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6 Budget Battles Jackson’s mayor and city council are locked in a heated exchange over what info the city should provide. ELIZABETH WAIBEL

Cover photograph of mosaic play ponds at the Art Garden at the Mississippi Museum of Art by Julian Rankin


THIS ISSUE: ............. Editor’s Note


marcy nessel When Marcy Nessel recognizes the man walking into her gallery, she greets him with a hug. “Hey Don! I’m so happy you stopped by today,” she says. Gesturing toward some new statues, she asks him, “Aren’t these beautiful?” Don Mitchell is a regular client at Nessel’s Fischer Galleries. “He has a fantastic collection of work,” Nessel says, remembering the purchases he has made. She goes on to explain the method by which the artist, Rod Moorhead, created the masterpieces she points out. Fischer Galleries opened almost four years ago to represent Mississippi artists. “It’s very much a part of my personal life,” she says, adding that art is her passion. “It’s what I do every day.” Nessel, 48, has lived in Jackson for most of her life. She grew up in northeast Jackson and graduated from St. Andrew’s Episcopal School. She left to attend Stephens College in Columbia, Md. When she came back in 1983, she attended Millsaps College as an adult student. She has two sons: Spencer, 21, a senior at Millsaps; and Alexander, 23, who graduated from Millsaps in 2010 with a business degree. A runner, gardener and art connoisseur, Nessel initially attended school for fashion merchandising but fell in love with art along the way. She worked briefly for Bryant Galleries before moving on to work with James Patterson, a photographer and owner of

Gallery 119, for 10 years. While working with his galleries on Congress Street and President Street, Nessel learned how to run a gallery. To open Fischer Galleries in Fondren, Nessel worked with real estate developer Mike Peters and artist William Goodman. “It was a wonderful combination of things coming together,” she says. “The three of us worked to make it happen.” It was also “a combination of knowing a lot of local artists and not only loving them but admiring and having a huge appreciation for their work,” she says. “It seemed like a natural fit.” “A lot of the artists that I represent are the artists I’m extremely passionate about,” Nessel says. Ron Lindsey, Matthew Puckett and Richard Kelso are just a few of the artists represented in her personal collection in her Fondren home. “The artists make the gallery what it is. They pour their souls into their work. Their work is very much a part of who they are. It’s their passion to produce it as much as it is mine to show it,” Nessel says. “… It’s what makes what I do so special and interesting. I have so much respect for each one of them for what they do.” Fischer Galleries is at 3100 N. State St. Call 601-366-8833 or visit for more information. —Briana Robinson

16 Autumn Arts With cooler weather (we can hope) comes a new season of all things arty. Begin your fall plans here. ANDREW DUNAWAY

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Valerie Wells Valerie Wells is assistant editor of the JFP and BOOM Jackson. Email ideas to valerie@ She wrote the cover story.

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

Briana Robinson Deputy editor Briana Robinson is a 2010 graduate of St. Andrew’s Episcopal School. Her hobbies include photography, ballet and ballroom dancing. She is a sophomore at Millsaps College. She wrote the Jacksonian.

Elizabeth Waibel Cub reporter Elizabeth Waibel grew up in Clinton. In May, she received her journalism degree from Union University in Jackson, Tenn. She likes coffee and trying new cake recipes. She wrote Talks.

Larry Morrisey Larry Morrisey is the director of grants programs for the Mississippi Arts Commission. He is one of the hosts for “Mississippi Arts Hour,” the agency’s arts interview radio show on Mississippi Public Broadcasting. He wrote a music feature.

Jason Huang Editorial intern Jason Huang loves life’s banter and welcomes all adventures. Nothing can compare to stumbling on an unexpected adventure, living it, and then walking away with a strut. He wrote a music feature.

Alexis Goodman Editorial intern Alexis Goodman is a student at the University of Southern Mississippi, and enjoys spending time with friends and family. She is also addicted to watching crime television. She wrote Body/Soul.

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Account executive Adam Perry is a local musician who lives in Flowood where he, his wife and daughter are herded through life by two supreme beings posing as unruly house-cats. He manages JFP sales accounts.

by Lacey McLaughlin, News Editor

Washing Our Souls


n a balmy night last month, I was walking along Frenchmen Street in New Orleans with heavy thoughts. Life suddenly seemed like a game show with so many different paths and choices that come with inevitable disappointments and victories. I pondered the best investment of my time and the sacrifices I would need to make in order to meet my goals. Would it all be worth it in the end? All of a sudden, I stumbled in front of a young man wearing a newsboy cap and looking like he had just stepped out of the 1940s. He had set up a table and was writing on an antique typewriter. A sign attached to his table described his services: For $5, he would write a poem based on any topic you offered. I imagined that he probably received a fair share of non-serious requests from drunken tourists, but I decided to give it a try. I explained to him my conundrum about life, and 20 minutes later he presented me with the following poem: All points and stresses brought to bear by your consideration, and though your compass spins uncertain never fear that your direction is the best. And sometimes you must hold your nose and enter rooms of musty irrelevance, and make the best of the furniture you find, for you’ll never know where you’ll be tomorrow, so try to be as comfortable as you can while you’re here. The poem was like a sermon, and I placed it on my car’s dashboard where I read it over and over again in the next few weeks as my life encountered unexpected setbacks. I’ve always found comfort in words—whether it’s reading a good book or writing in my journal. For me writing is an outlet and even a form of atonement. But it’s not just the act of putting words on paper—it’s the magical act of telling a story. Good stories can transform people and even change society. Good stories cause us to stop and ask ourselves questions. Good stories break down walls and cause us to see the world in a different light. I wanted to be a writer since I was a child; I began filling up journals from the time I learned how to read and write at age 6. As a teenager growing up in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., I struggled to fit in at a high school where the majority of students—who were being groomed for high-power jobs—drove nicer cars than the teachers. Working on the school newspaper, however, gave me a reason to talk to students I might have been too intimidated to talk to otherwise. Unlike my other classes, journalism sent me outside the classroom and seldom required a textbook for learning. Despite my passion, I struggled with grammar, and my writing skills needed work. At the end of my junior year, I received a letter from my teacher telling me that she had to cut me from the newspaper staff. With tears in my eyes, I came to her office after school, asking her why. “You must improve

your writing,” she told me as she raised an eyebrow and looked over her eyeglasses. “Maybe there are other things you can do besides journalism.” I was crushed. I felt like I had nothing else to keep me coming to school. I remem-

I used to think that getting older meant that I would become jaded, but I’m starting to think that becoming jaded is a choice. ber walking up and down the hallways, distraught and in shock. Fortunately, my family ended up moving that summer to another school district, and I was able to write for that school’s newspaper. But the rejection I felt when I received that letter has long stayed with me. In fact, it made me want to be a journalist even more, and when I think of where I am now, I am truly humbled. I’d like to go back to that teacher and thank her for kicking me off the staff because it pushed me to work harder. When I started at the JFP two years ago, my writing took the form of inverted-

pyramid style journalism and lacked my voice. Working with editors such as Donna Ladd and Ronni Mott have caused me to grow and push myself. I’ve learned how to invest myself into a story, go back for more and get over writer’s block when I’m up against a deadline. Last week, I was fortunate enough to hear the works of so many talented local writers. I hosted the quarterly Writer’s Spotlight at Lemuria where local writers such as Bob Hudson, Jeremiah Maeda, Herbert Brown and Anita Modak-Truran read their writings. After the event, someone who just moved to the area told me that she didn’t realize Jackson had so much talent. Former Jacksonian Janine Jankovitz started the Writer’s Spotlight nearly two years ago, and it’s given writers as well as non-writers a place to connect. Unless you were there, it’s hard to describe how powerful it is to see local writers share their stories and bare their souls as they take the stage. I’ve never felt so proud of my city. In the midst of uncertainty, I find that I am drawn to other people’s stories and the idea of turning disappointment into an opportunity. I used to think that getting older meant that I would become jaded, but I’m starting to think that becoming jaded is a choice. Each disappointment also brings a new direction to our lives—new possibilities that we hadn’t thought of before. For me, writing provides an outlet for expression, but for others it might be music, photography or art. Art provides a way to deal with the crap that life sometimes throws at us, or as in the words of Pablo Picasso: “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”






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Thursday, Aug. 18 President Obama calls on Bashar alAssad, president of Syria, to step down and announces sanctions against the country. The announcement comes after five months of protests and deadly crackdowns by the Syrian government. …. Jim Hill High School holds a candlelight vigil to honor Tommy Wheaton, a student who was killed in a hit-and-run accident while riding his bike Aug. 14. Friday, Aug. 19 The “West Memphis Three” are released from prison 18 years after they were convicted of murdering three 8-year-old boys in Arkansas. New DNA evidence raised questions about their convictions, and the three men still say they are innocent. … Peaches Restaurant celebrates 50 years of serving up soul food and peach cobbler on Farish Street. Saturday, Aug. 20 Tropical Storm Irene forms in the Caribbean and quickly grows to hurricane strength in the warm waters. … A plane crashes during an air show in Kansas City, killing the pilot, one of several air-show deaths over the weekend. ... Jackson artist Miriam Weems dies. Sunday, Aug. 21 Libyan rebels move into the capital city of Tripoli, dealing another blow to Moammar Gadhafi’s regime. … A convenience store owner shoots a man who allegedly tried to rob him outside of his business on Hanging Moss Road.

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Council Spars with Mayor on Budget


ackson City Council members and Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. are caught in a power struggle over passing the city’s budget for fiscal year 2012. In preparation for passing the city’s budget Sept. 15, council members say they want more involvement in the process. Council President Frank Bluntson said Monday that he would take legal action against Johnson, if necessary, to obtain the names and salaries of all city employees after failed previous attempts to get the information from the mayor. In July, Johnson revealed his $266.7 million budget for fiscal year 2012 that would increase funding for public safety and infrastructure repairs. His budget would also provide a 2 percent raise to all city employees. The council’s budget committee has conducted hearings over the last two weeks in which they have received reports on expenditures from all city departments and asked questions of department heads. On request, the mayor provided a list of all salaries and job titles to council members, but did not attach employee names. He also provided a list of all city employees. Council members announced at yesterday’s work session that they are calling a special meeting at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday for a final review of the budget and to offer proposed amendments. The meeting is open to the public, but deviates from the planned budget process. The council will have a public

hearing on the budget Sept. 1 and vote on the budget Sept. 15. When the mayor questioned the council about the need for a special meeting, Bluntson brought up the issue of salaries and whom the city employs. He had asked the mayor for the list at a budget recap meeting Aug. 17, in which council members offered minor Jackson City Council President Frank Bluntson is budget amendments. He challenging Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. over the city’s budget. asked for the information again, repeatedly, at Monday’s meeting. petty politics that you put the whole financial “It looks like you have something to well-being of our city in jeopardy. That aphide,” Bluntson told the mayor. pears to be the road we are headed down.” Johnson said that determining Although Bluntson did not bring up employees’ salaries is an administrative func- the issue of the salaries last year, he said that tion and a not a legislative one, and, there- former mayor Frank Melton gave council fore, did not see a need to reveal the names members names and salaries of employees and salaries. when he was in office. “We are not trying to hide anything, “They are getting public money, and it’s but I don’t understand why, after providing a matter of public record,” Bluntson said. all the information that we have provided, “I’ll go to the attorney general or go and all the questions we have answered, that to court or do whatever it takes (to get these names of these employees are so impor- the documents).” tant that you have basically hijacked the proWard 1 Councilman Quentin Whitcess,” Johnson told Bluntson. well, vice chairman of the budget committee, Johnson accused Bluntson of playing BUDGET, see page 7 games. “I hope you don’t get so caught up in

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“What we are going to do is behave the way citizens of Jackson would ask us to behave.” —Ward 6 Jackson City Councilman Tony Yarber on Aug. 22 regarding the arguments between Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. and Council President Frank Bluntson over the city’s budget disclosures.

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said he planned to offer amendments to the budget Wednesday but would not give specifics. He did say that he did not support all city employees receiving 2 percent raises. He also said that council members felt like they did not have input in crafting the city’s budget and wants to change that for next year. “(The mayor) and his staff have guided this process 100 percent without allowing us to provide input about how we feel about the budget,” Whitwell said. City spokesman Chris Mims said that the mayor has provided with council for input. “We have asked the council to provide any questions or possible amendments in

writing to the administration so we can go back and see how to balance the budget if any changes are required,” Mims said. Ward 2 Councilman Chokwe Lumumba said he wants to see employees in the public works department receive more than 2 percent raises because of the high demands of their job. He also wants the city clerk’s office to add a policy analyst to offer recommendations on the administration’s proposed budget and policies. “I think the mayor’s proposal of a 2 percent pay raise is good,” he said. “But that still leaves a large gap between some of our employees and the people of the bottom of the ladder who are the public works people and are very important because they clean our city up.” Comment at

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plans stalled, Barbour called for building the museum in downtown Jackson. The Old Capitol once housed Mississippi’s history museum, but did not have enough room for all the exhibits and storage. The Old Capitol Museum now focuses on the building’s history, MDAH said. The Jackson Zoo will also get a boost from $1.3 million in bond money for ongoing renovations to help it maintain its accreditation with the American Zoo and Aquarium Association. Beth Poff, the zoo’s director, said some of the money will probably be used to renovate exhibits for the Amur leopard (an endangered Russian breed), gibbons and tapirs, which are some of the oldest animal exhibits at the zoo. The zoo will also use the money to add interactive displays to educational stations and to repair roofs. “Some of it is not as visible, but very important,” Poff said. The commission also approved issuing up to $100,000 in bonds for the Mississippi Children’s Museum. Susan Garrard, executive director of the museum, said they are also seeking private funding. During its first eight months of operation, 160,000 visitors came through its doors, Garrard said. The Mississippi Craft Center in Ridgeland will also get up to $100,000 in bond money, some of which will go to new parking areas. Comment at

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he state Bond Commission gave several Jackson-area projects the goahead last week, paving the way for a much-anticipated civil-rights museum downtown. The state Legislature passed a bill last session calling for the state to issue $38 million in bonds to fund a Museum of Mississippi History and a Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, but the Bond Commission had to approve those funds.. Lucy Allen, museum division director at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, said now that the commission has authorized the sale of bonds, the projects can move forward. The bill states that the Legislature intends for the museums to be open to the public by 2017, Mississippi’s bicentennial, a hope that Attorney General Jim Hood and Gov. Haley Barbour echoed at the Bond Commission meeting. With all the work that needs to be done to get two museums built and stocked with exhibits, Allen said the project probably will not be finished before 2017, although MDAH hopes to meet the target. The costs for building the museums are still being finalized, but both also need private donations. The Bond Commission approved a total of $40 million in bonds for the museums and allowed the state Bureau of Building, Grounds and Real Property Management to draw down $4 million for pre-planning. Officials discussed Tougaloo College as a potential location for the Civil Rights Museum in 2008, and the Jackson Redevelopment Authority suggested a site near Farish Street earlier this year. Allen said, however, that the museum will be between the William F. Winter Archives and History Building and the site for the Museum of Mississippi History on North Street. Mississippi has been planning a civil-rights museum since at least 2008, when Gov. Haley Barbour appointed a commission that recommended Tougaloo’s campus as a site for the museum. After those


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times this year. Precinct 4 Commander Wendell Watts said he witnessed Johnson asking people for money on Aug. 16 and, because that breaks a city ordinance, officers took him to jail. Watts presumed that due to overcrowding, officials released Johnson that same day. Watts said officers can’t take people to a state mental-health facility unless they pose a threat to themselves or others, but will try to take homeless people to a shelter such as Gateway Rescue Mission or the Salvation Army. “I think we have taken him to the hospital before, and they have deemed him safe enough to be out on the streets,” Watts said. Watts said JPD tries to help the homeless, but they can’t always control what happens after shelters work with them. “We have a process we have to follow in getting help from the shelters,” he said. “We try to help the homeless before we do anything as far as jail or mental facilities. People do have hard times and need assistance, but we can’t control what these facilities do. … This is an ongoing issue with a lot of them because it’s like they don’t want help.” David Waugh, president of the Fondren Association of Businesses, said business owners frequently express concerns about Johnson and other homeless men and women deterring their customers. “As far as we know, he is harmless to himself and to others,” Waugh said. “He takes care of himself—though not as much as we’d like. But when he is making these noises or threats it becomes scary, and it’s rough for these businesses to have someone like that sitting out front.” Waugh said that the only option business owners feel they have is to call the police. “We have talked to legal counsel about what it takes to remove people from the community,” he said. “We did so because we were listening to our membership. … He is a public nuisance, but he doesn’t pose a direct threat, and so there is nothing you can do.” Waugh said he is considering giving

Johnson a job such as picking up trash, or providing other opportunities for Johnson to be productive. “We wish it was a problem that goes away, but we recognize that it’s not going to, so how do we find ways to address it?” Waugh asked. “I think we have to learn how to embrace him as a neighbor.” Ron Chane, owner of Swell-O-Phonic, admits that he has called the police on a number of occasions when Johnson has disturbed customers. He said he felt conflicted about calling the police. “When we first started coming up, everyone was real accommodating to him, but sometimes your desire to want to help gets clouded by the fact that he’s a distraction,” Chane said. “… He has basically taken up residence here.” Drew Mellon, manager at Swell-O-Phonic, said that Johnson’s mental state could be keeping him from getting help. “I don’t know if he has the mental capacity to understand the concept of getting help,” Mellon said. Kathy Denton, public relations director at Mississippi State Hospital, said that residents must first go to a regional state health facility before coming to the state hospital. In Hinds County, residents can seek treatment at Hinds Behavioral Health Services, and staff will then decide if the patient should seek long-term treatment at the state facility. It often takes a family member or friend to bring in someone they are concerned about and continue taking them to appointments. Dr. Tomora Thomas of Hinds Behavioral Health Services said that her organization will sometimes offer JATRAN bus passes for homeless or needy patients. She also said that case managers are assigned to patients and will follow up with them by visiting them, even if they do not have a home. “The case manager will visit clients to help determine housing needs, medical needs and psychiatric needs,” she said. Comment at

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he white building sits nestled between small houses on Millsaps Avenue. The striking red front door and the bright red and white-striped domed cover above it sets the house apart from others on the street. The building is one of five that makes up Grace House, the largest transitional housing facility in Mississippi for homeless people with HIV/AIDS of three in the state. Grace House provides a home for men and women, and offers outreach and educational programs, grief counseling, and coordination with health-care providers. It is a place where HIV sufferers who would otherwise be unable to find any sort of assistance can come to find shelter and an opportunity to change their lives for the better. “Grace House is no longer a place just to live, it’s an opportunity to change your life,” Operations Manager Teresa Viramontez says. It also provides free confidential HIV testing “and a whole lot of love.” Many of the people at Grace House are homeless because they have been thrown out of their homes, abandoned by family, or denied rent opportunities due to the stigma of HIV/AIDS infection and the ignorance of many people regarding how the disease is spread. Many people also suffer from substance abuse or mental-health issues, often tied to their homelessness. Grace House’s program includes introducing structure into residents’ lives and preparing them to re-enter the work force. Lists of daily duties are posted at various places, and everyone does their part to maintain the buildings and grounds. One of the first things you may notice if you visit is that few residents seem to be around. Many are at jobs or school during the day; at least four residents are attending college. Residents speak to youth groups throughout the state about HIV and tell their stories. “Everything here at Grace House is about self-determination,” Viramontez says. “We are not a flop house. People are here to change their lives.” Words of inspiration are everywhere. On the stairs, each step has a word painted inside a white rectangle: courage, hope, wisdom, faith, love and healing. Every wall is covered in messages, Bible verses and handprints in multiple colors. Mission groups from colleges and churches throughout the state do many of these to commemorate their work here. The house even has a resident “horticulturist” who sees to all of the plants, including a vegetable garden located in the spacious shared backyard. The man is a former substance abuser, and taking care of plants is therapeutic. “Part of (substance abuse) therapy involves getting a puppy or a plant,” Viramontez says. “(It helps) take focus off of yourself and give something external to focus on.” A woman sits at the table in the center of the room, typing on a laptop. Piles of books, papers and folders lie on either side of her. The

Grace House, a transitional facility for people with HIV/AIDS, blends in with its Millsaps Avenue neighbors.

woman, who asks not to be named, is one of the four Grace House residents attending college. She’s majoring in business at Hinds Community College. “Things are going well,” she says. “It’s been typical so far; standing in line for hours for books, lots of homework.” Reginald, another resident, is dressed in a simple white T-shirt, a bronze-colored cross necklace around his neck. “When I go to speak to people today I tell them I have AIDS, not that I am HIV positive,” he says. “When you have an attitude of not hiding your status, it makes it easier to deal with it. If someone else has a problem with it, it is their problem. I don’t let ignorance get to me.” Last year, Mississippi reported 550 new cases of HIV. In 2009, the state ranked No. 6 nationally in HIV infection rates among the 40 states that have confidential HIV reporting. Nationally, the number of new infections has remained around 50,000 per year for the past decade. Nationally 44 percent of new infections are in African Americans; in Mississippi, 78 percent of new cases are African Americans. Men make up the majority of new cases, and the virus is especially prevalent among men who have sex with other men. About 9,500 Mississippians live with AIDS. HIV is not spread through the air or through casual contact. Any sexual contact that involves the exchange of body fluids allows the spread of HIV; vaginal, anal and oral sex can all cause infection. “Many young people think they’re invincible, but the highest age group (of people contracting HIV) is age 13 to 24,” Reginald says. “They need to hear the message, to clear their misconceptions, such as thinking they won’t get AIDS if they only have oral sex.” On Saturday, Aug. 27, Grace House hosts “Saving Grace,” an evening of blues, jazz and gospel music, from 6 to 9 p.m. at St. James Episcopal Church (3921 Oak Ridge Drive) featuring food and drink, a raffle, and performances by Ben Wiley Peyton, James Martin, Raphael Semmes, Lisa Palmer and the Grace House Choir. Tickets are $35. For additional information, call 601-353-1038.


by Lacey McLaughlin

2011-2012 SEASON


Hosemann vs. Dems? RAIN

A Tribute to the Beatles

Monty Python’s Spamalot

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Color Purple

Vienna Boys Choir

February 12


embers of the state’s Democratic Party claim they were sideswiped Aug. 16 when Republican Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann issued a press release that the party had failed to file election results from the Aug. 2 primary, which were due Aug. 12. The secretary of state’s office must receive the Democratic and Republican Party’s election results by Aug. 12 to provide ballots to county circuit clerks for the state’s runoff elections Aug. 23. The Democrats filed their results on Aug. 16 at 5 p.m.—an hour after Hosemann sent the press release, titled “State Democratic Party Fails to Certify Elections.” The Republicans, however, were also late, having filed their results just one day earlier. Jamie Franks, chairman of the Democratic Party and candidate for House representative in District 19, said his party had been in constant contact with the secretary of state’s office over the elections results, which were late because a few counties were having technical glitches. “It seems like the secretary of state is more interested in playing political games so that he can blame it on the Democratic Party, rather than his own self,” Franks said. “I don’t understand why someone who was in constant contact with the Democratic Party would send a press release when everything was certified by 5 p.m. that day.” Each county’s Democratic or Republican Party submits results to the state party, which then compiles a complete report for the secretary of state’s office. Franks said party members met Friday, Aug. 12, to certify the results, despite reports that the party could not meet because they didn’t have a quorum. Franks believes that Hosemann is unfairly targeting Democrats because it’s an election year. “Any problems we may have had weren’t just exclusive to the Democratic Party. The Republicans had the same problem as well, but yet he wants to jump on the party that

he is a not a member of,” Franks said. Pamela Weaver, director of communications for the secretary of state’s office, disagreed with Franks’ assessment and said that Hosemann was doing his job. “The Democratic Party is responsible for conducting their own primary election. Both parties certified their results late. How is that political?” Weaver asked, despite the release not mentioning the Republican Party in its release headline. The Secretary of State’s website also refers to the Democratic Party as the “Democrat Party.” The term is a political epithet used primarily by conservatives to cast the party in a negative light and dispel the notion that Democratic Party members are inheritors of democracy. Weaver could not confirm if any Republican or Democratic candidates have been left off the absentee ballots due to the late certification. Opponents often portray the Mississippi Democratic Party as disorganized and underfunded. Democrats are in the minority in the candidate pool this election season— with no Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, secretary of state or state auditor. Former Republican Party Chairman Brad White, who stepped down in February but is still a member of the party, said the state party’s certification relies on the county parties. “The state party is always—in order to get everything done—dependent on the county parties getting their elections certified and getting them to us. If you have some counties that are late in getting their certifications to us, it slows the whole process down.” White added, however, that it’s ultimately the state party’s responsibility to manage county elections. “If you have a lack of organization and lack of cohesiveness between county party’s in the state, it can really affect the process,” he said. Comment at

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Was Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann playing politics when his office notified the public about the state Democratic Party filing election results late?

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jfp op/ed

opining, grousing & pontificating


Small is Beautiful


hen Peter Vandorn laid out downtown Jackson’s streets in 1822, he designed a checkerboard of alternating green squares. His plan created a public park on every other block. Stores or residences or offices would open doors and windows to green spaces. That plan didn’t last very long as development spread in Mississippi’s capital city. It was big thinking to plan a new city of perfect proportions balancing buildings and gardens. Perhaps it seemed too much like a dream and not practical enough for economic development. Vandorn had the right idea. The Art Garden, opening Oct. 1 at Mississippi Museum of Art, reminds us that public green spaces create a sense of place and, for exactly that reason, can boost economic development. People want to live and work in beautiful places where they feel connected to nature and to each other. Art helps that feeling. City leaders and developers should think small as well as big when coming up with plans for future projects. Everything should not hinge on huge projects such as a convention center hotel or a sports arena. Some thought should go into small projects that dot downtown with creativity. For example, we’d like to see landlords of vacant buildings allow artists to display their paintings and sculptures in the empty storefronts on Capitol Street. Many downtowns have done this, from Seattle, Wash., to Austin, Texas. It’s a simple, small thing that doesn’t come with an over-the-top budget. The dividends would last, though. When visitors staying at the King Edward step out on Capitol Street, they could look out at small pockets of art. Businesses want more residents downtown. Getting them there is going to take more than just creating new places to live. It takes adding little touches that make people want to be downtown all the time. People have got to want to walk the streets. The best way to do this is to give them things to see and appreciate along the way. Imagine if the playful alligator bench with its mosaic shell crawled out of the Art Garden to a spot somewhere on Capitol Street. Art with function is a way to spread bright spots around. The city of Jackson, through a new arts initiative, is looking for artists to paint 340 traffic boxes. It’s a simple and fast way to create many small points of optimism and inspiration. Beyond the city’s push, landlords and residents should join a grassroots effort to add a little joy—maybe even just a potted plant or two—in an effort to recapture at least part of Vandorn’s vision. For inspiration, join us at the Art Garden this fall. We can’t think of a better place to dream of grassroots creativity than the new public green space. Feel free to slip off your shoes and dip your toes in the play pools and let them dry on the grass.


Law of Self-Preservation

August 24 - 30, 2011



iss Doodle Mae: “Last week, around 7,000 people attended a job fair in Atlanta. They stood in the excruciating heat waiting with high hopes of landing a job. Little did these desperate job seekers realize that the companies represented at the job fair were not so interested in hiring them. “During our morning staff meeting, Jojo went into a philosophical mode to address why companies, small businesses and corporations are slow on hiring.” Jojo: “I want the staff of Jojo’s Discount Dollar Store to remember something my granddaddy Jojo said to me: ‘You are only necessary when you are useful.’ Granddaddy Jojo also shared with me the first law of nature, called self-preservation. In essence, every living thing, ranging from corporate CEOs to the desperate job seeker on the street, will fight, rob, price gouge and manipulate to survive. It’s natural to think of yourself first. Unfortunately, the ‘Law of Self-Preservation’ operates on a grand scale now. And hypocrisy is at an all-time high. “I also want my staff to know that everyone is useful and necessary at Jojo’s Discount Dollar Store. And the doors of this store are always open to those who are willing to share and have hope in their hearts. So, in the words of ‘Red’ from the movie ‘The Shawshank Redemption,’ ‘Get busy living or get busy dying.’” Miss Doodle Mae: “Those deep words should motivate you to come to the ‘Necessary and Useful End of Summer Sale’ at Jojo’s Discount Dollar Store.”


by Rommel W. Benjamin

Light a Candle


he killing of Mr. James Craig Anderson in Jackson in June seems to have precipitated a number of questions that can, in my opinion, be answered by revisiting our state’s history. The Clarion-Ledger gave a benign account of the event that made it sound like a possible accident. Then, CNN gave the community and the nation-atlarge the full story including intent, content, interview, discussion and the film footage captured on tape by a hotel near the site. This “twice-told tale” reveals what has the appearance of an intentional attempt to downplay the event by The Clarion-Ledger and the intention of CNN to report the story as it likely was: an egregious racist killing of an innocent person who happened to be black, the apparent preferred prey for the appetite of the “hunters,” Deryl Dedmon, John Aaron Rice and the two young white females who have not been formally charged. Many believe that they, too, are accessories to this crime. Did the judges in the case send a message that such a blatant violation of human life and legal rights will not be tolerated? And why is this case any different from other murder cases in Jackson, i.e., shootings at clubs, gas stations, drive-by, and carjacking, where both victims and perpetrators are of the same ethnic background? The answers lie in Mississippi’s past. Those who espoused white supremacy maimed, murdered and socially ostracized black and white Mississippians involved in the Civil Rights Movement. There is an endless stream of questions about Anderson’s murder because many have focused on evidence of positive social change in Mississippi. However, we cannot dismiss the fact that residues of racism lurk in the shadows of our social structure, residuals of systematic segregation, unrestrained discrimination, and the negative evaluation of black life, black culture and black contributions to society.

Mississippi has become the “poster state” for egregious violations of human rights and moral ethical norms of a supposedly civilized Christian society. This labeling obscures the work that many black and white Mississippians have done to bring the state into the 21st century—educationally, economically, politically and spiritually. Their work is an uphill battle against myth, misinformation, disinformation and blatant lies. To say the least, it is sad that Mr. Anderson had to die such a cruel, inhumane, untimely, and heartless death to awaken this community to the need for vigilance and continuous striving in the quest for truth, justice and spiritual actualization. Those who see injustice and intolerance and decline to speak out against it, and those who are in positions to dispense justice and prevent human predation but do not, are as guilty as those who practice these immoral, inhumane and destructive behaviors. CNN’s second telling of the story ignited a glimmer of hope when more than 500 people—community leaders, families, public officials and others— gathered for a march to the site of the murder and a candlelight vigil. The group sang “This Little Light of Mine,” an old Negro spiritual that seemingly took on new meaning: “This Big Light of Ours.” Several whites brought their children to be exposed to acts of compassion for the lives of others, regardless of their race, color or creed. This is a far cry from a time when whites would bring their children to the church picnic to watch the hanging of a black man or woman. Let us continue to light a candle rather than curse the darkness. Rommel W. Benjamin is a retired sociology professor living in west Jackson. He taught at numerous universities throughout his career, including Southern Illinois, Mississippi Valley and Jackson State universities.

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grew up in the Mississippi Delta in a large family with some of the most artistic people in Humphreys County. Some could paint; others received riches of literary talent; all could spin a tale. Mamaw Outlaw’s youngest, Uncle Richard, was a hairdresser like me, and for several years handed out business cards that said “Your hair looks like sh*t.� I spent countless hours with this colorful group, gleaning our history and embracing my God-given place in a long line of far-from-Broadway performers with great comedic timing. When I hear of a high-school kid interning in some big city for the summer, I wonder how I might have turned out if given that opportunity. What could I have picked up from more cosmopolitan folks had we vacationed in New York City or Los Angeles instead of the Ozarks? As it was, I spent hours plowing though issues of Metropolitan Home during study hall. I’ll never forget the first time I saw a loft apartment in glossy print. I looked around our two blocks of “downtown� and wondered if I could do the same thing. Secretly, I began to squirrel away pages of materials and furnishings from Mother’s Spiegel and Sears catalogues. Anyone with half a brain would have urged me toward interior design or architecture, but how in the world is a 17year-old supposed to know which way to go if nobody has shown him the options? Mrs. Mortimer, my high-school English teacher and wife of the local mortician, wins the award for trying. She survived two heart attacks, and the rumor was she’d been re-animated like the bride of Frankenstein with less hair and makeup. Almost all the students were afraid of her. One day she asked me to come to her classroom. I quickly scanned the day’s events for something I’d done wrong. Finding nothing, I followed obediently, shoulders slouched, brow furrowed into a knot. As I entered the room, the door shut behind me. “If she sucks the life out of me now, I’ll never know who shot J.R.,� I thought. She sat down, opened a drawer and pushed a book in my direction. “Show this to your parents. Tell them I said this is the place for you,� she said, with an accent devoid of the typical Delta drawl, and sent me on my way. Later that day, I bounded off the bus. “Look, Momma!� I yelled excitedly. “Mrs. Mortimer thinks I should be an artist!� I handed her the catalogue, and Mother flipped through the book. “New York? Paris? Has she lost her mind?� she asked. “But Mother, it’s Par-sons!� I replied. (I had no clue what Parsons was, and

knew even less about New York.) She handed it back to me and said: “Son, you’re going to be the first in this family to finish college. And that college is Mississippi College.� She then gave me her patented Bonnie nod. That nod was like ending a statement with “or I’ll whip you ‘til your butt won’t hold shucks.� I never gave myself permission to refer to myself as “a creative� until I moved into the Fondren Corner building. There, I found myself neck deep in a community serious about its art. Hell, if one of our graffiti artists worked over my car, I’d consider myself lucky. I once spent an afternoon watching William Goodman put the finishing touches on a collection and then deftly turning and whitewashing a wall with the same reverence. From time to time, Ginger Williams would show up at my door with a story about teaching classes to innercity kids at the Mississippi Museum of Art. Back before we lost Josh Hailey to his dreams in Los Angeles, he often burst into the salon to say “hey� and ask an opinion about his outfit. Remember the Borat bikini? Not my idea. Over the next few years, I met several creatives and befriended quite a few. What I discovered by watching them is that creativity grows by the act of creating. Their works are a result of countless hours of practicing the act of being artistic. Ginger Williams once debuted a mini retrospective in my salon during Arts, Eats and Beats, covering every wall with works that she produced during her life’s highs and lows. Every piece spoke to me on some level. Inspired by Goodman and others, I picked up the brush again. I thought back to time I’d spent with Mamaw Outlaw. One afternoon, we hopped into her maroon Oldsmobile and rode to Yazoo City. As we made our way down the aisles of the local Rite Aid, she stopped at the craft section and selected an oil paint set. Her bright blue eyes lit up as she whispered “How would you like me to teach you to paint?� I felt something take hold, and it’s something I’ve never forgotten. If someone is willing to show me how, I’m more than willing to take it up. It’s no wonder that every single time I smell linseed oil I think of her. Thankfully, living in Fondren ensures I never forget. Eddie Outlaw is co-owner of the William Wallace Salon in Fondren, a downtown resident of the King Edward, and spends most of his time trying not to embarrass his sweet Delta mother on

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Engineering Whimsy by Valerie Wells

Artists, engineers and planners considered every aspect of the Art Garden before construction began at the Mississippi Museum of Art.

August 24 - 30, 2011

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etsy Bradley stepped into the construction zone in high heels, looking back at a group of curious art lovers. Behind her, more than 30 adults holding wine glasses and beer bottles followed. The new, wide sidewalks stood higher than the rectangular patches of orange dirt. Bradley, executive director the Mississippi Museum of Art, stopped where the sidewalks radiated out to different points of downtown Jackson. She calls these sidewalks the bones of the still-emerging Art Garden. On this hot summer evening, she took members of the museum’s New Collectors Club on a field trip of the garden’s backbone. “Oh my goodness, we’ve been wondering what’s back here,” a woman in a sundress and sandals said. “Betsy, what is this?” another woman asked, pointing to a large concrete cube with exposed hardware jutting out. “Betsy, what is that?” asked a man dressed in shorts. He wanted to know more about the engineering specifications and how another concrete rectangle would function. She didn’t respond, but waited until she could get most of the group’s attention. Then Bradley showed them where they will soon see murals and where they will hear concerts on a performance stage large enough to accommodate an entire symphony orchestra. The slightly terraced park has levels for daily outdoor dining, well within sight of the garden’s art. Bradley showed the New Collectors where airships will sail and where rooms with tree walls will change shape with each season as the flowering crab

and Japanese cherries come into bloom. She told them this park will be much more than green grass, 61 steel trays of flowers and concrete outlines. “This park is a clearing in a forest,” Bradley told them. “Ed Blake said that.” Blake, a Hattiesburg landscape architect who died in 2010, was an expert on public green spaces. Back in 2005 and 2006, he helped a museum committee formulate a vision for a garden meant to go with the new museum, which was built in 2007. Blake, when advising the committee, stressed the importance of public spaces throughout history. Even before the first ancient cities, Blake said, humans on long journeys would come to an open space and take time to pause, celebrate and socialize. That’s exactly what Bradley and the museum supporters want to happen Oct. 1 at the inaugural Town Creek Arts Festival. Artists, craftsmen, food and entertainment will fill the geometry of the new green space, beginning at 10 a.m. and lasting into the evening hours. Ballet Mississippi and The Front Porch Dancers will dance in celebration. The festival will be the first chance for many to visit the green public space filled with the creations of Mississippi artists Ed McGowin, Martha Ferris, Fletcher Cox and Jennifer Torres. McGowin designed four large stone-cast columns for the garden that resemble fat, tapered ancient Egyptian columns. A wide band of bronze-relief sculptures wraps around each column. The columns depict images of Mississippi wildlife, literature, music and food. The food column contains a virtual recipe of McGowin’s mother’s gumbo with 12 crabs, four bell peppers, okra

and Worcestershire sauce. It even depicts a bag of flour with a scoop that a park visitor can grasp. He also designed the bench tops for the park, using the same motifs that will flow from one design to the next. The relief sculptures are nearly two inches high in some places. “The values change in shadow and in sunlight,” he told the art lovers. At different times of day or seasons of the year, the gumbo ingredients will create new pictures. Early in the planning process, a climatologist charted the entire park, marking hot spots and windy spots. McGowin’s columns open to the tree-rooms in the north part of the park. The eastern edge tends to be windiest. That’s where tall, steel boat sculptures will catch a breeze and spin, reflecting light shapes. Torres, an art professor at the University of Southern Mississippi, created the nine large metal sculptures in her Hattiesburg studio. The boat sculptures will top poles at heights varying from 7 feet to 12 feet, tall enough for a grown man to walk under one safely and maybe, if he feels inspired, reach up and lightly spin it. During the July 20 evening tour of the art garden, Torres snapped cellphone pictures of Vicksburg artist Ferris near the completed mosaic wading pools. Ferris, who brought Torres into the project to collaborate on an alligator bench, designed the mosaics with images of flowers, snakes, frogs and turtles. The backs of the turtles’ shells are Choctaw basket patterns. Water bubbled from the center of mosaic lilies. The two women laughed. “I can’t believe the water’s on,” Ferris said. “It’s the first time I’ve seen water running. I’m thrilled.” Her inspiration for her “play ponds” came from


Vicksburg artist Martha Ferris designed mosaic wading pools to reflect her own Mississippi memories of playing in ponds.

The Art Garden is still under construction. Its public debut is Oct. 1 for the Town Creek Arts Festival.

to park, because the Art Garden plans included new parking surrounding the block that results in at least five more parking spots than before. MMA leases its property at 380 S. Lamar St.—the garden and the building—from the city of Jackson. The new park will connect the museum to other city structures: the Arts Center of Mississippi, the Russell C. Davis Planetarium and Thalia Mara Hall. A flowering wall of confederate jasmine and climbing roses will screen Thalia Mara’s loading dock from the park. From across the street, visitors on the second floor of the Jackson Convention Center will look out at flowering galleries and an alley of trees. “This is much more than grass, flowers and concrete,” Bradley said. “Artists are core to this garden.” For information, go to

almost 11-inch radius. Structural engineers calculated the loads and curves. Other engineers doubled-checked the physics and math. “That’s how design works in real life,” Cox said. The small model—only about 5 feet tall—looks like an old, thick and twisted wisteria vine or lowhanging and long-reaching gnarled branches on ancient magnolias in some forgotten forest. “This thing has some amazingly sensual curves in it,” Norquist told the art lovers. “It has some sexy turns. Over the laughter, Bradley spoke loudly from the back of the room. “Fletcher, I don’t think you said what its name is,” she said. Cox smiled and said, “The noodle.” “I wonder if it will still be called the noodle after that description,” Martha Ferris said. Bradley said the museum still needs $1 million to cover the garden’s $5.6 million bill. Events to help raise part of the funds are in the works, including “An Evening in the Garden,” 6-10 p.m. Sept. 29. MMA Executive Chef Luis Bruno is in charge of the sit-down dinner for the gala. The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra will perform excerpts from “Sunday in the Park with George,” the 1984 Stephen Sondheim musical inspired by the impressionistic painting “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte” by Georges Seurat. Tickets are $150 per person and $300 per couple. The Art Garden replaces a parking lot, worrying some drivers about where to leave their cars so they can enjoy the public space as well as the art inside the museum. It’s a misconception that visitors won’t have a place


Italian gardens she visited in Tuscany. The whimsy of mosaic and water together appealed to her. “I grew up on a farm, swimming in ponds, seeing snakes, turtles and frogs,” she told the art lovers. Ferris explained how the mosaic was fabricated in New Hampshire and brought to Mississippi. The pallets of panels sat in the heat and then the rain, causing a few complications. She said she was pleased at how it all—from concept to technology—came together. While Ferris and the rest of the group moved away, Torres hung back, took her sandals off and dipped her toes in the pond. Bradley herded the crowd back into the air-conditioned museum to hear the other artists describe their process of planning, designing and consulting with engineers on the feasibility of their vision. Cox opened rolls of torn, thin paper with delicate drawings that no one in the back of the room could see. He explained how he created the idea for the proscenium arch that will frame the performance stage. The challenge was to create a functional structure 22-feet high that could bear a ton of light and sound equipment. He began early in the process to sketch biomorphic shapes. “I knew early on it was going to be use steel,” Cox said. He looked at more unrolled drawings. “I started disliking biomorphic.” He came up with a scale drawing he liked better, and showed it to fabricator Steve Norquist. Cox asked him if he could build the arch in the scale drawing. “I said, ‘We can do it, as long as you can pay for it,’” Norquist said. It would take a lot of pipe with an



Exhibits and Openings Events at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Hours are Monday–Saturday 10 a.m.–6 p.m. and Sunday 1–5 p.m. Free; call 601-960-1557. • Glen Warren Art Exhibit Sept. 1-30. The Puckett native’s paintings frequently have animals, especially birds, as subjects. • Jeanette Jarmon Exhibit Sept. 19-Oct. 31, in the Gertrude C. Ford Atrium. Works include paintings made during a trip to Costa Rica and illustrations from John Stark’s book, “Read This Book Outside.”

August 24 - 30, 2011

Events at circa. Urban Artisan Living (2771 Old Canton Road). Free; call 601-362-8484. • Furniture Show Sept. 1, 5 p.m. See the latest designs from local furniture makers. • Alexander Brown Opening Reception Oct. 6, 5 p.m. View the artist’s wooden sculptures. • Birthday Celebration Nov. 17, 5 p.m. The artisan boutique celebrates one year in business with music and refreshments. Meet the artisans behind the store’s eclectic inventory.


Events at The Cedars Historic Home (4145 Old Canton Road). Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. Free; call 601-981-9606. • “Outdoor Splendor” Art Show Sept. 8-30. See works by the Plein Air Artists of Mississippi, Susan Clark and Terri Dalriva. The opening reception is from 5:30-8 p.m. Sept. 8. • “Gifts from The Seasons” Art Show Dec. 122. Exhibitors include Sarah Jane Alston, Kit Fields, Bebe Wolfe and Tana Graham. The artist reception is from 5-8 p.m. Dec. 1. Events at The Commons at Eudora Welty’s Birthplace (719 N. Congress St.). Call 601-352-3399. • Print and Ceramics Showcase through Sept. 16. The local art exhibit includes ceramics and prints such as woodcuts, screen prints, etchings and monotypes. Free.

Events at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 9 a.m.5 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. Free; call 601576-6920. • Muster at the Museum Sept. 10, 10 a.m. Learn what it was like to serve in the military during the Civil War. Re-enactors will be on hand to demonstrate drills, tent set-up and other related skills. COURTESY DEE GARDNER

Events at Brown’s Fine Art (630 Fondren Place). Hours are 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays. Free; call 601-982-4844. • Plein Air Art Show Sept. 8, 5 p.m. See works by Peyton Hutchinson, Charles Guess, Sharon Richardson, Ann Seale and Angelika Robinson with the Plein Air Painters Show at The Cedars. • October Art Show Oct. 1-31. See works by Dick Ford and Michelle Allee. • November Art Show Nov. 1-30. See works by Bill Jackson and Vicki Carroll. • December Art Show Dec. 1-31. See small works from all of the gallery’s exhibitors.

• Jackson Arts Collective Fall Showcase Sept. 24, 5 p.m. The annual event highlights the Jackson arts scene through music, dance, visual artists, poetry, spoken word and comedy. $5.

See red-eyed frogs and more at “FROGS: Beyond Green” through Jan. 9 at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science.

• The Mummy Returns Oct. 1-31. (100 S. State St.). The famous “Mummy” returns to the museum for the Halloween season. Events at Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Drive). Reservations required for groups. $6; call 601-432-4500 or 800-844-8687. • Pumpkin Adventure Oct. 12-15, Oct. 1921 and Oct. 26-28. Meet Farmer Ed, take a hayride tour, visit the Heritage Center, the 4-H Museum, and the Learning Center and Barnyard, and get a small pumpkin pie to take home. Hours are 9 a.m.-noon WednesdayFriday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. • Harvest Festival Nov. 8-12. Enjoy agriculture demonstrations, $1 train and wagon rides, animal exhibits, free refreshments and live music. Hours are 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Antique vehicles and tractors are on display Nov. 12. Reservations required for groups. $5, $4 seniors, $3 ages 518, $1 ages 3-4.

Events at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). $8, children 12 months and under free; call 601-981-5469 or 877-793-5437. • Express Yourself Arts Gallery Supply Drive through Aug. 31. Donate construction paper, safety scissors, glue sticks or money to the museum’s arts program. • Grandparents Day Sept. 10, 10 a.m. Bring your grandparents to the museum to make crafts and participate in special activities with them. • Jim Henson’s Birthday Sept. 24, 10 a.m. Come dressed as your favorite Muppet, watch puppetry making and demos, and learn about Mississippi storytellers. Events at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). Free unless stated otherwise; call 601-856-7546. • Craft Exhibits. See Jennifer Taylor’s metal work in August; Diane M. Jordan’s quilts in September; Patti Henson’s fiber art, paintings and prints in October; Terry Tjader’s woodcarvings in November; and a private collectors’ exhibit in December. • Greater Jackson Quilt Celebration Sept. 1718, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Local guilds showcase more than 200 quilts. $5. • “Expose Yourself to Craft” Calendar Reveal Party Oct. 4, 7 p.m. The 2012 pinups are revealed. Food, a photo booth and music are included. $40 (includes calendar). • Fiber Festival Oct. 15, 9 a.m. Enjoy demonstrations, seminars and a fashion show. • New Member Exhibit Oct. 25, 5:30 p.m. The newest members of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi show their work. • Craft Demonstrations. Members of the Mississippi Craftsman’s Guild give demonstrations from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Visit for schedule. Events at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Hours are Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.5 p.m. and Sunday from noon-5 p.m. $3-$5, children under 5 and museum members free unless stated otherwise; call 601-960-1515. • Art by Choice Exhibition through Sept. 11. See works from Mississippi artists and galleries across the country. Purchase pieces at the live auction at 7 p.m. Aug. 26 ($50, $100 VIP) and during regular hours through Sept. 11. • Unburied Treasures Sept. 20, Oct. 18 and Nov. 15, 5:30 p.m., in Trustmark Grand Hall.

Hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar are available at 5:30 p.m., and the lecture on selected artwork begins at 6 p.m. Free admission. • Art Garden Opening Gala Sept. 29, 7 p.m. The museum celebrates the opening of the 1.2-acre park, which has performance spaces, outdoor terrace dining and fountains. Executive chef Luis Bruno prepares dinner, and the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra performs. $150. • Town Creek Arts Festival Oct. 1, 10 a.m. See works by 40 Mississippi artists and craftsmen. Children’s activities, food vendors and music included. Free. • Mississippi Watercolor Society Grand National Watercolor Exhibition Oct. 1Jan 1, in the public corridor. This annual presentation includes works from across the country in various water-based mediums, organized in conjunction with the Mississippi Watercolor Society. • “Skating: An Artist’s Book” Exhibition Oct. 8-Feb 5. See Jane Kent’s 11 prints used in Mississippi author Richard Ford’s book. Admission to the Mississippi Invitational and Rembrandt exhibits included. • “Rembrandt: Beyond the Brush” Oct. 8-Dec. 11. See Rembrandt van Rijn’s 35 etchings of secular and biblical scenes. Admission to the Mississippi Invitational and “Skating” exhibits included. • Mississippi Invitational Oct. 8, 10 a.m. The Donna and Jim Barksdale Galleries for Changing Exhibitions presents works from Mississippi artists in various mediums. • Bethlehem Tree: Younger Foundation Crèche Collection Dec. 6-Jan 8., in Trustmark Grand Hall. See Jewell Younger Graeber’s collection of more than 150 18th-century nativity figures. Free. Events at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). Hours are 8 a.m.5 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sundays.$6, $5 seniors, $4 children ages 3-18, members and babies free; call 601-354-7303. • Fossil Friday Oct. 14, 10 a.m. Dig into the museum’s fossil pile and enjoy fossil activities. • Slither, Crawl and Fly Oct. 29, 10 a.m. Learn about and interact with snakes, spiders and bats. • FROGS! Beyond Green through Jan. 9. See 25 species of exotic frogs and toads. Events at Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art (386 Beach Blvd., Biloxi). Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m.


Events at Walter Anderson Museum of Art (510 Washington Ave., Ocean Springs). Call 228-872-3164. • “Inspiration, Creativity and Resilience: Honoring the Anderson Legacy” Exhibition through Dec. 31. The exhibition is in honor of the museum’s 20th anniversary. Hours are 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 12:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday. The opening reception (free for members) is from 6-8 p.m. Aug. 25, which includes a free open house for the nearby Ocean Springs Community Center. $10, $8 seniors/students/military, $5 children 5-15. • Kayak Sketch and Photo Trip, date and time TBA. Join WAMA and South Coast Paddling Company for a kayak trip to Deer Island. Bring your art medium of choice. Boats, paddles, life jackets, water, snack, instructions and a kayak guide provided. $55. • Family Schooner Trip Sept. 10, 9 a.m. Travel to Horn Island to enjoy art activities, hiking and a picnic. $90, $70 members. “Despair to Destiny” through Aug. 25, at Jackson Municipal Art Gallery (839 N. State St.). Anne Dennis’ exhibit includes art, poetry and personal letters. Free; call 601-960-1582.


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he 2011 Mississippi Invitational, fellowship can use the funds to study with hosted by the Mississippi Museum another artist or studio, conduct research, of Art, will include work by con- purchase art supplies or travel. The artist temporary artists around the state. is required to donate one original piece to The upcoming exhibit the museum, chomarks the eighth instalsen from at least lation of the showcase, five works created which began in 1997. during the two-year The new exhibigrant period. tion runs from Oct. 8 The invito Feb. 5, 2012, and tational exhibition showcases selected artwill hang in the ists’ work in various Donna and Jim mediums. Los Ange- Critz Campbell (born 1967), Mother Is a Fish, Barksdale Galleries les, Calif.-based curator 2009. pine, maple, and oak. 40 x 20 x 70 in. for Changing Exhibicopyright © the artist. Franklin Sirmans chose tions. The museum the exhibit’s art. will produce an illustrated catalogue of All artists included in the exhibit are the exhibit. The Mississippi Museum of eligible to apply for The Jane Crater Hiatt Art (380 South Lamar Street) is open Artist Fellowship. Jane and Wodd Hiatt Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and created the grant in 2005, which offers up Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. to $15,000 to one artist to nurture and For more information, call 601-960invigorate the arts. The recipient of the 1515 or visit

Summer Sidewalk Sample Sale Aug. 27, 10 a.m., at Easely Amused, Ridgeland (Trace Harbor Village, 7048 Old Canton Road, Suite 1002, Ridgeland). Studio instructors sell sample paintings and other works of art. Free admission; call 769-251-5574. Humphrey, Langford and Tate Art Show through Aug. 30, at Gallery Point Leflore (214 Howard St., Greenwood). The show features the works of Vicksburg artist Kennith Humphrey, Jackson artist Ellen Langford and Stoneville artist Jamie Tate. The opening reception is 5:30-7:30 p.m. July 30. The show hangs through Aug. 30. Hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and by appointment Sunday-Tuesday. Free with art for sale; call 662-455-0040. “No Frame, No Glass” Art Show through Aug. 30, at Mississippi Library Commission (3881 Eastwood Drive). See works by George Miles Jr. and Marcy Petrini through Aug. 30. Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. Free; call 601-432-4111. Dog Days of Summer Art Show through Aug. 31, at Nunnery’s at Gallery 119—Fine Art & Framing (119 S. President St.). Exhibitors include William Dunlap, Cathy Hegman, Alfred Nicols and Jean Seymour. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. Free; call 601-969-4091. “New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music” through Sept. 1, at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). The traveling exhibit is part of the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street program. The interactive exhibit offers a glimpse into various genres and styles of American music. Hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.4 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Free; call 601-932-2562. Midtown Debris Organization through Oct. 8, at the old Cultural Expressions building (147 Millsaps Ave.). The interactive performance

art exhibit includes items from the Midtown area. Saturdays, visitors can make art from the collection, and enjoy dance and multimedia sculpture. Hours are Mondays and Wednesdays 6-9 a.m., Fridays from 6-9 a.m. and 3-6 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The exhibit closes with a block party from 3-7 p.m. Oct. 8. Free; call 601-497-7454. “The Freedom Rides: Journey for Change” through Oct. 31, at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). The exhibit examines the arrival of the Freedom Riders in Jackson, their incarceration at the State Penitentiary at Parchman, and the impact the event had on the civil rights movement. Hours are 8 a.m.5 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m.–1 p.m. Saturdays. Free; call 601-576-6850. Son House Exhibit through Oct. 31, at Delta Blues Museum (1 Blues Alley, Clarksdale). Dick Waterman’s photography exhibit is in honor of Eddie James “Son” House Jr., the renowned bluesman who taught Robert Johnson. The June 23 opening reception is at 5 p.m. $7, $5 children ages 6-12, children under 6 free; call 662-627-6820. Laurin McCracken Exhibit Sept. 1-30, at Lincoln County Public Library (100 S. Jackson St., Brookhaven). See the award-winning Mississippi artist’s watercolor paintings. The artist reception and gallery talk is from 4-6 p.m. Sept. 15. Free; call 601-833-3369. Arts on the Square Sept. 16-17, at Historic Canton Square. Shop for artwork, watch art demonstrations, and enjoy music and face painting. Hours are 4-8 p.m. Sept. 16 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 17. Free; call 601-859-5816. Attic Gallery 40th Anniversary Art Exhibit Oct. 14-Nov. 14, at Attic Gallery (1101 Washington St.). The oldest gallery in the state celebrates with a 40-artist exhibit including pieces inspired

Studio Open House Nov. 19, 10 a.m., at Wolfe Studio (4308 Old Canton Road). Block prints, screen prints, nativity sets, Christmas ornaments and ceramic birds are for sale. Enjoy free refreshments and gift-wrapping. Free; call 601-366-1844. Chimneyville Crafts Festival Dec. 2-4, at Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). More than 200 master craftsmen display, demonstrate and sell their work. The preview party is 7-10 p.m. Dec. 2. Festival hours are 10 a.m.5 p.m. Dec. 3 and noon-5 p.m. Dec. 4. $10 one day, $50 three days, children under 12 free; call 601-856-7546. Art at the Healthplex, at Baptist Healthplex, Clinton (102 Clinton Parkway, Clinton). See paintings by artist-in-residence Jeanette “JNet” Jarmon, Lenore Barkley, Edna Richardson, Sherry Ferguson, Bob Dunaway, Penny Ma, Scoty Hearst, Frances Smith, Marijane Whitfield, Michael Nees, Jasmine Cole, Georgia Wright, Mike Kincses, Wanda Wright and Melissa Day, metal work by Bill Broadus and woodwork by Billy Jones. Prints, T-shirts and other gift items are on sale. Exhibit hours are 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.5 p.m. Saturday and 1-6 p.m. Sunday. Free; call 601-906-3458. “Alsace to America,” at Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience (3863 Morrison Road, Utica). Jews immigrated to Mississippi from Alsace and Lorraine throughout the 19th century. This exhibit reflects the life and times of these pioneers, why they left France and Germany, and how they became an integral part of the historical fabric of their chosen communities in America. Please call between 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. to schedule a tour. $5, $4 students and groups of 15 or more; call 601-362-6357. Art Exhibit, at Hinds Community College, Raymond Campus (501 E. Main St., Raymond), in the Katherine Denton Art Building. The gallery features regional and local exhibitions in a variety of media. Hours are 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m.-noon Friday. The gallery is closed during school holidays and from June-August. Free; visit Tana Hoban Exhibit, at University of Southern Mississippi Museum of Art (118 College Drive, Oxford). The exhibit is a retrospective of the wellknown author and photographer, who published children’s literature from the 1940s until her death in 2006. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Free; call 601-296-7475. “Kinetic Vapor,” at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). NunoErin’s artwork is made from aluminum wall panels, reflected natural light and color-shifting LEDs that span a 100-foot by 9-foot-6-inch section of the mezzanine wall overlooking the Jackson Convention Complex’s east lobby. Free; call 601-960-2321. Call for Artists, at Sneaky Beans (2914 N. State St.). Sneaky Beans is looking for Jackson-focused art to display in the shop. Photography, paintings, drawings and mixed media are welcome. Email The Shire of Iron Ox Demonstrations, at Java Ink (420 Roberts St., Pearl). The Society for Creative Anachronism shares old-world skills such as loom weaving and fencing at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Free; call 601-397-6292. See and add more events at

Events at Southside Gallery (150 Courthouse Square, Oxford). Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Free; call 662-234-9090. • September Art Show Aug. 30-Oct. 1. See Drew Galloway’s paintings, and Carlyle Wolfe’s embroidered drawings, paintings and works on paper. The artists’ reception is 6:30-8 p.m. Sept. 22. • October Art Show Oct. 4-29. See paintings by Stan O’Dell and Anne Strand. The artists’ reception is 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 13. • November Art Show Nov. 1-26. See paintings by Jere Allen and ceramics by Ron Dale. The artists’ reception is 6:30-8 p.m. Nov. 17. • Holiday Group Exhibit Dec. 6-31. Exhibitors display works in various mediums.

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by the numbers 1-40. The opening reception is from 7-9 p.m Oct. 14. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Free; call 601-638-9221.


Tuesday-Saturday. $10, $8 seniors and military, $5 children ages 6-17, members and children 5 and under free; call 228-374-5547. • “Design in Three Dimensions” through Nov. 27. See ceramics by Brian Nettles in the Mississippi Sound Welcome Center. • “Above All, Enjoy the Music” through Nov. 27. See jazz photography by Herman Leonard in the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino Gallery, and in the Gallery of African American Art. • “Look at It ... Think About It” through Dec. 4. See mixed media works by William Dunlap in the IP Casino Resort Spa Exhibitions Gallery. Dunlap gives a gallery talk Sept. 15 at 5:30 p.m. • “Mortal To Mythic: The Transforming Power Of Art” Permanent Exhibitions. Exhibitions include “George Edgar Ohr: Selections from Gulf Coast Collections” in the Star Gallery; additional works by Ohr and “Frank O. Gehry: Dancing with the Trees” in the Welcome Center Gallery; and “My House: The Pleasant Reed Story” and “The Native Guard: A Photographic History of Ship Island’s African American Regiment” in the Pleasant Reed Interpretive Center. Free. • Alisa Holen Ceramics Exhibit through June 2. See Holen’s creations in the Welcome Center. • “Looking Ahead: Portraits from the MottMarsh Collection” through May 28. See the exhibition in the Beau Rivage Gallery and the Gallery of African American Art.



Galleries COURTESY MARCY NESSEL or visit Jackson Street Gallery (500 Highway 51 N., Suite E, Ridgeland). Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.4 p.m. Call 601-853-1880. Works from more than 80 artists on display. Open during Ridgeland Rendezvous on third Thursdays from 5-8 p.m.

Bob Tompkins’ “Iowa Feed Lot” is part of the Mississippi Oil Painters Association Art Show Sept. 8 at Fischer Galleries.

Blaylock Fine Art Photography Studio and Gallery (3017 N. State St.). Featuring the photography of Millsaps College instructor Ron Blaylock. Private lessons and workshops available. Call 601506-6624. Visit Brown’s Fine Art (630 Fondren Place). The gallery represents more than 30 Mississippi artists, including the late Walter Anderson. Open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Call 601-982-4844 or visit

Fondren Art Gallery (601 Duling Ave.). Hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. See an eclectic mix of paintings, sculptures and local art, including Richard McKey’s artwork. Custom paintings, portraits and framing also offered. Call 601-981-9222; visit

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Events at Fischer Galleries (3100 N. State St., Suite 101). Open Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 601-291-9115. • Tony Saldano Exhibit through Aug. 31. The New Orleans native specializes in abstract monotype paintings. Donations welcome. • Mississippi Oil Painters Association Art Show Sept. 8, 5 p.m. MOPA promotes oil painting throughout the region. • HeARTworks art show benefiting Stewpot Sept. 22. • Charles Carraway Art Show Oct. 6, 5 p.m. The Terry artist’s exhibit contains pieces that combine impressionist landscapes and still lifes. • Art Show Nov. 3, 5 p.m. See works by Dan Piersol, Rod Moorhead and Maureen Donelly. • Richard Kelso Art Show Dec. 1, 5 p.m. The Cleveland, Miss., artist specializes in painting rural landscapes.


Gaddis Group Gallery (2900 N. State St., Room 206). Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 601-3689522. Features the work of 28 watercolorists, many of whom studied under John Gaddis, a local artist and teacher. Commissioned work is welcome. Harry the Potter (381 Ridge Way, Flowood). Select from a variety of unpainted bisque items and paint your own masterpiece. Call 601-992-7779, email

Lewis Art Gallery at Millsaps College, third floor of the Academic Complex, open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 601974-1431, e-mail or visit See works by Sandra Murchison and Molly Morin through Sept. 22; gallery talk Sept. 9 at 2 p.m. Lori Spencer’s “Vignettes and Silhouettes” exhibit hangs Sept. 26-Oct. 28. Ross Jahnke’s “Fast Food” exhibit hangs Nov. 4-Dec. 2. Light and Glass Studio (523 Commerce St.) Open Tuesday-Saturday, 3:30-6:30 p.m. and by appointment. Call 601-942-7285 or visit lightandglass. net. Glassworks by Jerri Sherer and photography by Roy Adkins. Lounge Interiors/Lounge Arts Gallery (1491 Old Canton Mart Road, Suites 10 and 10a). Lounge Arts features the works of 17 artists including Ginger Williams, Meredith Pardue, Jason Avery Kelch, Courtney Yancey, Doug Kennedy and Margaret Moses. Call 601-206-1788, visit loungeartsgallery. com or email Mela Dolce Design Studio (107 N. Union St., Canton). Open Monday-Wednesday, 10 a.m.6 p.m.; Thursday-Friday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. A studio offering fine art, custom draperies, reupholstering services and wallcoverings. Call 601-667-3509. Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). Call 601-856-7546 or visit mscrafts. org. Featuring works the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi. The center has a satellite location at Fondren Corner. “Expose Yourself to Craft” Calendar Reveal Party Oct. 4; quilt exhibition Oct. 17-18. The Mustard Seed Gift Shop (1085 Luckney Road, Brandon). Call 601-992-3556; visit 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Featuring ceramics by local artists and Mustard Seed residents. From 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday Shopping Days Nov. 12, Nov. 19 and Dec. 10; open house Dec. 3. North Midtown Arts Center (121 Millsaps Ave.), Jackson’s only DIY contemporary- and modern-art gallery. Hours vary with exhibits. Visit northmid Vinyl Night Fridays from 6-9 p.m. Bring records to swap, sell or spin. Nunnery’s at Gallery 119—Fine Art & Framing (119 S. President St.). Nunnery’s Gallery, specializing in fine art and distinctive custom framing, merged with Gallery 119, a contemporary fine-art gallery specializing in the works of Mississippi and

NunoErin (533 Commerce St.). Mississippi designer Erin Hayne and Portuguese sculptor Nuno Gonçalves Ferreira founded the studio. Permanent exhibit: “Kinetic Vapor” at the Jackson Convention Complex. Call 601-944-0023; visit One Blu Wall Gallery First floor of Fondren Corner (2906 N. State St.). Featured artists include Howard Barron, Christina Cannon and Alan Vance. Call 601-713-1224; visit P.R. Henson Studio (1115 Lynwood Drive). By appointment only. Stay tuned for information on an upcoming open house. Call 601-982-4067 or email Pearl River Glass Studio 142 Millsaps Ave. Featuring work from Pearl River Glass artists such as Andy Young. Call 601-353-2497 or visit Richard McKey Studio (3242 N. State St.). See paintings and sculptures from Richard McKey, including the large “Obama Head” in front of his studio. Call 601-573-1060 or visit richardmckey. com. McKey teaches a beginners drawing and painting class Oct. 13-Nov. 10 at Fondren Art Gallery. $250; call 601-981-9222. Sami Lott Designs and Gallery (1800 N. State St.). Reception for represented artists on first Thursdays of each month. Call 601-212-7707.

Studio AMN/Sanaa Gallery The Quadrangle (5846 Ridgewood Road, Suite C-212). The gallery sells fine art, has a boutique featuring jewelry and body products, and offers custom framing. Call 769-2188289; visit The South Warehouse Gallery (627 Silas Brown St.). Hours are Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. or by appointment. Call 601-968-0100 or 601 398-5237. Email or Southern Breeze Gallery (1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 5005), Renaissance in Ridgeland. Different artists are featured each week. Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 1-5 p.m. and by appointment. Call 601607-4147 or visit Southside Gallery (150 Courthouse Square, Oxford). Open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.6 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m. Call 662-2349090; visit View Gallery (1107 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 105, Ridgeland). Call 601-8562001 or visit Wolfe Studio (4308 Old Canton Road). Paintings, prints and colorful ceramics are available to view. Open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.5 p.m. Call 601-366-1844. See and add more events at

A Gem in Vicksburg


idden above the Highway 61 Coffeehouse in Vicksburg, the Attic Gallery is an artistic wonderland. In October, Lesley Silver will celebrate her 40th year collecting artwork for the gallery, located in the room above Daniel Boone’s (her husband’s) café. In 1971, Silver felt inspired to start an art gallery. “We wondered where people got to see art, and we couldn’t think of anything,” Silver says. When the Attic Gallery opened, it had only 15 art pieces from California, where Silver had vacationed that year. The owner of Comsky Gallery, no longer in business, started Silver’s business by sending artwork to hang. Silver wanted people to see artwork from all over the world. In the 1980s, Silver began bringing in southern regional artwork. The eclectic gallery now features original work from at least forty artists. You’ll find jewelry made of freshwater pearls, locally mined opals wrought with bronze, silver or gold. Poor Julia Allen, a Jackson artist, brings in welded sculptures made from discarded metal. Thumb through a scrapbook made of quilt and

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circa. Urban Artisan Living (2771 Old Canton Road) in the Historic Fondren District. 601-3628484. Open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Featuring functional and decorative artisan-created items for home, garden and body. Visit circaliving. com. Jazz Night Live Aug. 26 and Sept. 30 from 7-11 p.m., $12 cover. Furniture exhibition Sept. 1, Alexander Brown woodcarvings exhibit Oct. 6 and Sami Lott designer clothing trunk show Nov. 3.

Java Ink (420 Roberts St., Pearl). Located at Bright Center behind Trustmark on Mississippi Highway 80. The store sells coffee, comic books and art, and offers weekly creative classes and Yu-Gi-Oh tournaments. Call 601-397-6292 or visit

southern artists. Fall Figure Drawing Class with Jerrod Partridge Sept. 12-Nov. 14. $275; call 601668-5408 or 601-969-4091.

Lesley Silver will celebrate the Attic Gallery’s 40th anniversary Oct. 14.

dollies, courtesy of Elayne Goodman and buy birdhouses and crosses made from bottle caps popped off beer bottles. In celebration of the gallery’s birthday, on Oct. 14, Silver will open up her house located above the Attic Gallery (1101 Washington St., Vicksburg) and exhibit 40 artworks, one for every year the gallery has been open. For information call 601-638-9221.



Events at North Midtown Arts Center (121 Millsaps Ave.). Call 601-376-9404. â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;4 the Recordâ&#x20AC;? Swap Meet Oct. 1, 9 a.m. Buy, sell or trade records, and enjoy music by local performers and deejays. $4, children under 12 free, $20 vendors. â&#x20AC;˘ Vinyl Night. Play, sell and swap records, and enjoy music from local deejays from 6-9 p.m. Fridays. Free. Jazz Night Live Aug. 26, Sept. 30 and Oct. 28, 7 p.m., at circa. Urban Artisan Living (2771 Old Canton Road). Enjoy the sounds of Jazz Beautiful featuring Pam Confer and a cash bar with artisan beer, light wine, soft drinks and juice on the last Friday of each month. Light snacks included. Buy tickets at the door or at $12; call 601-362-8484. Westhaven Church Music Conference Aug. 2728, at Blackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church (3425 Robinson Road). The music workshop with Minister Eddie Robinson is from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 27. The WCMW Mass Choir gives a finale concert at 3 p.m. Aug. 28. $30 workshop, free concert; call 769-218-9860. SneakyFest Outdoor Music Festival Aug. 27, noon-midnight, at Sneaky Beans (2914 N. State St.). The event extends from Mitchell Ave. to Fondren Place. Enjoy live music on two stages, a facial hair fashion show, kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; activities such as a rock wall and a space jump, and food from local vendors. Performers include Furrows, 7even Thirty, Spacewolf, Wooden Finger, the Bailey Brothers and the Back to Basics hiphop showcase. $10; call 601-487-6349. Summerset Aug. 27, 8 p.m., at Dreamz JXN (426 W. Capitol St.). Speaker Freaker Productions is the host. Monk, DJ Proppa Bear and Paul B perform. $15 before 10 p.m., $20 after; visit

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601.592.9914 Summer Concert Aug. 28, 1:30 p.m., at St. Richard Catholic Church (1242 Lynnwood Drive), in Foley Hall. Lester Senter, Janette Sudderth, Colin McDearman, Ginger Hogg, Brent Corbello and Ebony Welch perform. A reception follows. Free; call 601-366-2335. Mississippi Music Foundation Youth Symphony Auditions through Aug. 30. The three-level symphony consists of strings, winds, brass, percussion, harp and keyboard. Members participate in a 25-30 week season including rehearsals, sectional rehearsals and master classes with guest soloists. Participants must be Mississippi residents. Call 662-429-2939. Charles Eversâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 89th Birthday Concert Sept. 4, 4 p.m., at The Plant on 80 (1421 Highway 80 W.). Performers include Mel Waiters, Sir Charles Jones, Nellie â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tigerâ&#x20AC;? Travis, Stevie J, Ms. Jody, Robert â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Dukeâ&#x20AC;? Tillman and Dr. D. Doors open at 1 p.m. $30. Call 601-948-5835. Music in the City Sept. 6, Oct. 4 and Nov. 8, 5:15 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.), in Trustmark Grand Hall. In partnership with St. Andrewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cathedral, the museum brings a series of free concerts one Tuesday a month. Hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres will be served first, and the performance is at 5:45 p.m. Violinist Tom Lowe and harpsichordist John Paul perform Sept. 6; pianist Sandra Polanski performs Oct. 4; and harpsichordist John Paul performs Nov. 8. Free, donations welcome; call 601-354-1533. Symphony at Sunset Sept. 22, 7 p.m., at The Cedars Historic Home (4145 Old Canton Road). The Fondren Renaissance Foundation hosts an evening of music from the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and honors Fondren volunteer Sherry Greener. Bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnics. Free; call 601-981-9606. Jeremy Camp Oct. 1, 7 p.m., at Evangel Temple Church (104 Skyland Drive, Meridian). The

contemporary Christian musician performs on his â&#x20AC;&#x153;We Cry Outâ&#x20AC;? tour. Francesca Battistelli and Adam Cappa also perform. Tickets available at $25, $75 VIP; call 601-693-5966 or 800-965-9324. Chamber I: Baroque Gems Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m., at St. Andrewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Cathedral (305 E. Capitol St.). The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and violinist Stephen Redfield present pieces by Bach and Vivaldi. $15 and up; call 601-960-1565. Classics in the Courtyard Oct. 14-Nov. 4, at Southern Cultural Heritage Center (1302 Adams St., Vicksburg). Enjoy local music and food Fridays from noon-1 p.m. Reservations required. Order food by 5 p.m. Thursday. Free; $9 lunch; call 601-631-2997. Mississippi Opry Fall Show Oct. 15, 6 p.m., at Pearl Community Room (2420 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). Harmony & Grits headlines the show. Refreshments sold. $10, children free; call 601-331-6672. MSU Bulldog Bash Nov. 11, 3 p.m., at Historic Cotton District, Starkville. Enjoy inflatables, food, shopping and live music on several stages. Performers include the Avett Brothers and Jake Owen. Free; visit David Crowder Band Nov. 13, 7 p.m., at Jackson Academy Performing Arts Center (4908 Ridgewood Road). The contemporary Christian group is a six-member band from Waco, Texas. Gungor, Chris August and John Mark McMillan also perform. $30-$45; call 601-364-5416. Casting Crowns Dec. 4, 7 p.m., at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). The contemporary Christian band performs on their â&#x20AC;&#x153;Come to the Wellâ&#x20AC;? tour. Sanctus Real, the Afters and Lindsey McCaul also perform. $20-$75; call 601-353-0603 or 800-745-3000. See and add more events at Get daily live music listings at





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Events at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). Call 601-948-3533, ext. 222. • “Driving Miss Daisy” Sept. 13-25. The play tells the story of the decades-long relationship between a stubborn Southern matriarch and her compassionate chauffeur. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13-17 and Sept. 21-24, and 2 p.m. Sept, 18 and Sept. 25. $25, $22 seniors and students. • “Dracula” Oct. 25-Nov. 6. The play is an adaptation of Bram Stoker’s classic novel about a vampire’s siege on residents in 19th-century London. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25-29 and Nov. 2-5, and 2 p.m. Oct. 30 and Nov. 6. $25, $22 seniors and students. • “Annie” Dec. 2-18. The classic musical is based on the “Little Orphan Annie” comic strip. Show times and ticket price TBA.

Events at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). Call Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 unless otherwise stated. • “Peter Pan” Sept. 20-21, Tony Award nominee Cathy Rigby is the star of the musical. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. nightly. $20-$62.50. • Brown Is Back: A Comedy Experience Sept. 24, 7:30 p.m. Enjoy performances by David Mann of “Meet the Browns” and Chinnitta “Chocolate” Morris. $22.50-$37.50. • “Beauty and the Beast” Oct. 18-20. Disney presents the Broadway version of the romantic animated film. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. nightly. $25-$62.50. • “Madama Butterfly” Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m. The Mississippi Opera presents Giacomo Puccini’s composition about a geisha’s relationship with a U.S. naval officer. $45 and up; call 601-960-2300 for ticket info. • “My Fair Lady” Nov. 14-15. The Broadway musical about the tale of Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle is based on the Disney adaptation of the book “Pygmalion.” Shows are at 7:30 p.m. nightly. $25-$62.50. Events at Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.). • “Hurricane on the Bayou” Mega-HD Cinema through Oct. 31. The film explores the Louisiana wetlands, Hurricane Katrina, and recovery efforts in New Orleans and the bayou. Show times are

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Events at Tinseltown (411 Riverwind Drive, Pearl). $14, $13 seniors and students, $12 children; call 601-936-5856. • “Red Hot Chili Peppers LIVE: I’m With You” Aug 30, 8 p.m. The high-definition film is a recording of the band’s live concert. • “Scarface” Aug 31, 7:30 p.m. The screening of the classic Al Pacino film includes interviews with filmmakers and performers on how the film has influenced society and filmmaking over the years. Events at Black Rose Community Theatre (103 Black St., Brandon). $15, $10 seniors and students; call 601-825-1293. • “Divorce Southern Style” Sept. 14-18, Dani Baisden directs the play about a woman who plots to win back her ex-husband for financial reasons. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. • “Guys and Dolls” Nov. 10-20. Lydie Vick directs the musical based on short stories by Damon Runyon. Show times are 7:30 p.m. ThursdaySaturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Events at Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts (100 University Ave., Oxford). $33$45; call 662-915-7411. • “Young Frankenstein” Oct. 19, 7 p.m. The Broadway musical is based on the classic Mel Brooks film.

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ne of the most famous love stories ever told comes to Jackson in October: Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” W. Kessler Ltd. brings the musical, based on a French fairy tale, to Thalia Mara Hall (225 E. Pascagoula St.) Oct. 18 to 20. See the characters Belle, Beast, Lumiere and Mrs. Potts come to life on stage. See lavish sets and hear spectacular musical numbers, including “Be Our Guest.” The time-honored fairy tale tells of the romance between Belle, the beautiful daughter of a captured merchant, and Beast, a cursed prince. Walt Disney Feature Animation adapted the story of love and acceptance to animated film in 1991. The stage Dane Agostinis as Beast and Emily Behny as Belle in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” musical is based on the Disney film, adapted by Linda Woolverton, Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice. “Beauty and the Beast” features Dane Agostinis as “Beast” and Emily Behny as “Belle.” W. Kessler Ltd. has brought its Best of Broadway series to Jackson for 28 years. Locally owned and operated, the company presents national tours of some of the most acclaimed productions on Broadway. This year’s Best of Broadway series includes “Peter Pan” Sept. 20 and 21, and “My Fair Lady” on Nov. 14 and 15. Shows start at 7:30 p.m., and ticket prices start at $27.60. The season includes two additional shows in 2012. Season ticket prices start at $90. Learn more at, or call 601-981-1847.


Events at Power Academic and Performing Arts Complex (1120 Riverside Drive). Call 601-960-5387. • Autumn Production Nov. 11, 6:30 p.m. The school’s fourth- and fifth-grade theater-arts students perform. Ticket price TBA. • Call for Applications through Nov. 18, Jackson Public Schools’ nationally awarded program supplements Jackson students in the fields of dance, theater arts, visual arts, instrumental and vocal music. Students in grades 6-12 may apply. Applications for the 2012-2013 school year must be received by 4 p.m. Nov. 18. Auditions are from 1-3 p.m. Dec. 10.

noon weekdays and 4 p.m. Saturdays. $6.50 adults, $5.50 seniors, $4 children, $3 students; call 601-960-1552. • Art House Cinema Downtown. On Sundays, watch a ballet or opera film at 2 p.m. for $16, and an independent film at 5 p.m. for $7. Popcorn and beverages available. Visit Aug 28, films include the opera “The Magic Flute” at 2 p.m. and “Rejoice and Shout” at 5 p.m. Sept. 4, films include the opera “Nabucco” at 2 p.m. and “Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop” at 5 p.m. • Mississippi International Film Festival Oct. 21-23. This year’s festival has a rockabilly theme. Screenings begin at 1 p.m. Oct. 21 and 10 a.m. Oct. 22. The gala opening is at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 21, and actor Danny Glover speaks before the screening of his Freedom Riders film “Freedom Song,” followed by horror and sci-fi films. Oct. 22, enjoy a hot-rod show, food, vendors and music. Performers include Al Ferrier, Shea Arender and Daniel Lee. The Mississippi Filmmaker’s Block is at 1 p.m., and “Blue Hawaii” shows at 7 p.m., which includes an Elvis costume contest. The awards ceremony brunch is at 11 a.m. Oct. 23, at the King Edward Hotel (235 W. Capitol St.). $8 per film and gala opening, $20 awards ceremony; call 601-665-7737.

• “South Pacific” Nov. 17, 7 p.m. This version of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical is based on the 2008 Tony Award-winning Lincoln Center Theater production. “Theodore Boone and the Thrill of Rights” Sept. 8, 4 p.m., at Eudora Welty Library (300 N. State St.). The Story Pirates present an interactive show that teaches basic concepts of the American judicial system. The group bases the show on John Grisham’s “Theodore Boone” novels. Free; call Lemuria Books at 601-366-7619. One Enchanted Evening Sept. 8, 7 p.m., at Southern Cultural Heritage Center (1302 Adams St., Vicksburg), in the SCH Auditorium. Joe M. Turner presents an evening of magic, mentalism and music. Hors d’oeuvres and cash bar included. Limited seating; advance ticket purchase suggested. $30, $25 members, $225 table; call 601-631-2997. “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do” Sept. 9-18, at Parkside Playhouse (101 Iowa Blvd., Vicksburg). The Neil Sedaka musical comedy is about two Brooklyn friends in search of fun and romance over the Labor Day weekend. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Reception held after the Sept. 9 show. $12, $10 seniors, $7 students, $5 children 12 and under; call 601-636-0471. “Into the Woods” Sept. 17-18, at Madison Square Center for the Arts (2103 Main St.). The Center Players present James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim’s fractured fairy tale that features irreverent versions of classic characters. Shows are at 7 p.m. Sept. 15-17 and 2 p.m. Sept. 18. $12, $10 seniors and students; call 601-953-0181. “13, the Musical” Sept. 22-Oct. 2, at Actor’s Playhouse (121 Paul Truitt Lane, Pearl). The coming-of-age story is about a 13-year-old’s struggles after moving from New York to Indiana. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. $15, $10 seniors and students; call 601-664-0930. Black and Blue Civil War Living History Event Oct. 1, 7 a.m., at Historic Jefferson College (100 Old North St., Washington). Re-enactors present stories of slaves at Adams County’s Second Creek, in Natchez and in Jefferson County during the Civil War. Volunteer actors welcome. Free, donations welcome; call 601-442-4719. The Spencers: Theatre of Illusion Oct. 1, 7 p.m., at Jackson Academy Performing Arts Center (4908 Ridgewood Road). The Spencers combine theatrical elements with cutting edge-illusions such as levitating and walking through walls. $20-$30; call 601-364-5416. “Everyone Plays The Fool” Oct. 2, 7 p.m., at Jackson State University, Rose E. McCoy Auditorium (1400 Lynch St.). J. Lee Productions presents a comedy about people in love and the issues they endure. $15 in advance, $20 at the door, $5 student discount with ID; visit “Macbeth” Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m., at MSU Riley Center (2200 Fifth St., Meridian). William Shakespeare’s tragic play is about a man’s demise obtaining power through multiple murders. $28, $22; call 601-696-2200. Disney on Ice: Mickey and Minnie’s Magical Journey Nov. 17-20, at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). Mickey and Minnie Mouse journey into the worlds of The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Peter Pan, and Lilo and Stitch. Show times vary. $15-$45; call 601-353-0603 or 800-745-3000. See and add more events at

Events at The Commons at Eudora Welty’s Birthplace (719 N. Congress St.). • Power APAC’s An Evening of the Arts Oct. 7, 5:30 p.m. Students in grades 4-12 showcase their talents in the areas of visual art, dance, theater and music. $2; call 601-960-5387. • Front Porch Dance Season Opening Gala and Fundraiser Dec. 3, 8 p.m. Meet the dancers, see sneak previews of their choreography and enjoy music from the Strange Pilgrims, food, and a cash bar. Donations welcome; call 601-540-1267.


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Holiday Fondren Events. Free; call 601-981-9606. • Find Fonzy the Reindeer Nov. 18-Dec. 24. Look for Fonzy, a life-sized reindeer statue, at local businesses to become eligible to win a $500 gift certificate. Enter daily at The winner is announced Dec. 24. • Four Thursdays of Preparation Dec. 1-22. Enjoy holiday shopping and music from 5-8 p.m. Events at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). $9, $8.10 seniors, $6 children ages 2-12, members and babies free; call 601-352-2580. • Boo at the Zoo Oct. 20-22 and Oct. 27-29, 5:30-8 p.m. Trick-or-treat at more than 30 stations, and enjoy a haunted hay ride, a play area, a costume contest, a visit from Inky the Clown, movies, and train and carousel rides. • Pumpkin Smash at the Zoo Oct. 29. Watch the animals enjoy special pumpkin treats for Halloween. • Thanksgiving Appreciation Day. All visitors get free admission to the zoo. • Global Tree Display Dec. 2-30. See trees with decorations inspired by different cultures. Events at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Free admission; call 601-960-1515. • Museum Merriment Family Day Dec. 3, 10 a.m. See the Bethlehem Tree, sip cider and make ornaments. • Museum Store Holiday Open House Dec. 6, 10 a.m. In conjunction with the lighting of the Bethlehem Tree, shop for holiday gifts and enjoy refreshments. • Lighting of the Bethlehem Tree Dec. 6, 5:15 p.m., in Trustmark Grand Hall. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar at 5:15 p.m., and music by the St. Andrew’s Cathedral Choir at 5:45 p.m. Donations welcome. Holiday Potpourri Oct. 21, 9 a.m., at the home of Kim and Mike Nichols (4203 Eastover Place). Highland Village sponsors the fundraiser for First Presbyterian Day School. Includes a home tour, tea tasting, silent auction, craft exhibit and floral arrangement gallery. $5; call 601-355-1731. Mistletoe Marketplace Nov. 2-5, at Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). The preview gala is at 7 p.m. Nov. 2. Shopping hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Nov. 3-4 and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 5. No strollers or rolling carts allowed. Visit for a schedule of additional events. $10, $5 ages 6-12 and

seniors, $20 three days, $100 gala; call 888324-0027. Christmas Open House Nov. 6, 12:30 p.m., at Green Oak Garden Center (5009 Old Canton Road). View Christmas decor, and pre-order Christmas trees. Enjoy refreshments, music, door prizes and pictures with Santa. Free; call 601-956-5017. Turkey Tuesday Nov. 22, 10 a.m., at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). Enjoy Thanksgiving-related activities appropriate for all ages. $4-$6, children under 3 and museum members free; call 601-354-7303.


Christmas at the Governor’s Mansion Dec. 2-20, at Governor’s Mansion (300 E. Capitol St.). The historic section of the mansion features holiday decorations. Guided tours from 9:30-11 a.m. Tuesday-Friday on the half-hour. Reservations required for groups of 10 or more. Free; call 601-359-6421. City of Jackson Christmas Parade Dec. 2, 11 a.m., in downtown Jackson. Local schools and organizations participate in the annual event, which includes a tree lighting ceremony at City Hall and live music. Free; call 601-960-1084. Sounds of the Season Dec. 2, 3, 10, 16 and 17, noon, at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Enjoy local choir performances in the rotunda. Free; call 601-576-6920. Old Jackson Christmas by Candlelight Tour Dec. 2, 4:30 p.m., in downtown Jackson. See Christmas decorations at the Governor’s Mansion, the Old Capitol Museum, the Mississippi State Capitol and the William F. Winter Archives and History Building. Free; call 601-576-6800. Belhaven Singing Christmas Tree Dec. 2-3, at Belhaven University (1500 Peachtree St.). The Belhaven Concert Choir along with alumni, faculty and staff, give an outdoor concert at 7:30 p.m. both nights. Free; call 601-960-5940. Holly Days Arts and Crafts Show Dec. 3, 9 a.m., at Southern Cultural Heritage Center (1302 Adams St., Vicksburg). Purchase art, handbags, jewelry, clothing, food and more. Live music included. $1; call 601-631-2997. Christmas Parade of Lights Dec. 3, 5 p.m., in downtown Vicksburg on Washington St. The theme is “a Gift from the Heart.” Vicksburg Main Street is the sponsor. Call 601-634-4527. See and add more events at

Farmers’ Markets

Livingston Farmers Market (129 Mannsdale Road, Madison), through Oct. 13. The market is open 4-8 p.m. Thursdays. Call 601-898-0212. Byram Farmers Market (20 Willow Creek Lane, Byram), through Oct. 29. The market is open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Call 601-373-4545.

Mississippi Farmers Market (929 High St.), through Dec. 17. Open 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Call 601-354-6573. Old Farmers Market (352 Woodrow Wilson Ave.), through Nov. 12. Hours are 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sunday. Call 601-354-0529 or 601-353-1633. Jackson Roadmap to Health Equity Project’s Farmers Market (2548 Livingston Road) through Dec. 17. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays, and 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturdays. Call 601-987-6783. Old Fannin Road Farmers Market (1307 Old Fannin Road, Brandon), through Dec. 24. Hours are 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Call 601-919-1690.

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Jackson Square Farmers Market through Sept. 25, at Jackson Square Promenade (2460 Terry Road). Hours are 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Free admission, $5-$10 vendor fee; call 601-372-7157.


Olde Towne Market Sept. 10, Oct. 8 and Nov. 12, 9 a.m., in downtown Clinton. Vendors sell produce and crafts on the brick streets of Olde Towne Clinton. Free admission; call 601-924-5472.



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“One Writer’s Garden: Eudora Welty’s Home Place” Nov. 10, 4 p.m., at Southern Cultural Heritage Center (1302 Adams St., Vicksburg). Susan Haltam talks about and signs copies of the book. Lorelei Books sells copies on-site. Free admission, $35 book; call 601-631-2997. “Freedom’s Sisters” Essay Contest through Aug. 26. Students in grades 4-8 may write a 200-500 word essay on “Who is Your Favorite Freedom Sister and Why?” based on the “Freedom’s Sisters” exhibit at the Smith Robertson Museum. Prizes are savings bonds worth $500-$5,000. Call 601-960-1457.

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Story Time on the Side Porch Aug. 24, 3:30 p.m., at Eudora Welty House (1119 Pinehurst Place).


Untangling Knots


by Jason Huang

n Sept. 22, Lemuria Books (4465 trayal and emotional whirlwind from losInterstate 55 N., Suite 202) will ing Felice. They include the mother, Avis, hold a book signing for Diana an expert pastry chef; father, Brian, a real Abu-Jaber, author of the new novel, estate attorney; and older brother, Stanley, “Birds of Paradise.” Abuthe proprietor of an organJaber is an Iraqi-American ic food market. author who has already After five years away published three novels from home, Felice begins “Origin,” “Crescent” and to deal with the guilt and “Arabian Jazz,” and the secrets that drove her away. memoir, “The Language On her 18th birthday, of Baklava.” the family must face the “Birds of Paradise,” realizations of their pain. which comes out Sept. 6, The book signing will tells the story of a damstart at 5 p.m. and Abuaged family caught up in Jaber will begin reading a frenzy of personal probat 5:30 p.m. Lemuria will lems. They attempt to deal Diana Abu-Jaber, author of sell first edition signed with the daughter, Felice “Birds of Paradise,” will be at copies of “Birds of ParaMuir, running away to live Lemuria Books Sept. 22. dise” for $25.95. on the streets of Miami as For more information well as untangling their own internal knots. on this and future events at Lemuria, call Each of the characters grapples with the be- 601-366-7619, or visit For children in kindergarten through third grade. This week’s book is “Planting a Rainbow.” After the reading, the children make paper-flower collages. Reservation required. Free; call 601-353-7762. “From Log to Blog” Blogging Seminar Aug. 28, 2 p.m., at Walter Anderson Museum of Art (510 Washington Ave., Ocean Springs). Author and photographer Ellis Anderson discusses contemporary journaling tools and techniques. Space limited; preregistration encouraged. $20; call 228-872-3164. A Perspective on C.S. Lewis Sept. 16-17, at Duncan Gray Episcopal Retreat Center (1530 Way Road, Canton). Rev. Robert MacSwain, University of the South professor, elaborates on Lewis’ books such as “The Chronicles of Narnia” and “Screwtape Letters.” Sessions begin at 6 p.m. Sept. 16 and 9 a.m. Sept. 17. Accommodations available from $95. $50 optional post-conference event, $70 commuter. Visit



Book Signings at Lemuria Books (202 Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N.). Call 601-366-7619. • Aug. 24, 5 p.m., Seetha Srinivasan signs “Way to Serve: The Mississippi Nurses Association, 1911-2011”; reading at 5:30 p.m. $27.95 book. • Aug. 26, 4 p.m., Tom Angleberger signs “Darth Paper Strikes Back: An Origami Yoda Book.” $12.95 book. • Sept. 7, 4 p.m., Loren Long signs “Otis and the Tornado.” $17.99 book. • Sept. 13, 5 p.m., Robert Olen Butler signs “A Small Hotel”; reading at 5:30 p.m. $24 book. • Sept. 17, 2 p.m., Jean W. Cash signs “Larry Brown: A Writer’s Life.” $35 book. • Sept. 19, 4 p.m., Anna Dewdney signs “Llama Llama Home with Mama.” $17.99 book. • Sept. 20, 5 p.m., Norma Watkins signs “The Last Resort: Taking the Mississippi Cure”; reading at 5:30 p.m. $28 book. • Sept. 21, 5 p.m., Jesmyn Ward signs “Salvage the Bones”; reading at 5:30 p.m. $24 book. • Sept. 22, 5 p.m., Diana Abu-Jaber signs “Birds of Paradise”; reading at 5:30 p.m. $25.95 book. • Oct. 3, 5 p.m., Erin Morgenstern signs “The Night Circus”; reading at 5:30 p.m. $26.95 book. • Oct. 5, 5 p.m., Karl Marlantes signs “What It Is Like to Go to War”; reading at 5:30 p.m. $25.95 book. • Oct. 8, 11 a.m., Susan Haltom and Jane Roy Brown sign “One Writer’s Garden: Eudora Welty’s Home Place.” $35 book. • Oct. 11, 5 p.m., Charles Frazier signs “Nightwoods”; reading at 5:30 p.m. $26 book. • Oct. 27, 5 p.m., Marlin Barton signs “The Cross Garden”; reading at 5:30 p.m. $24.95 book. • Nov. 18, 5 p.m., Pat and Gina Neely sign “The Neelys Celebration Cookbook: Down Home Meals for Every Occasion.” $28.95 book.

Chuck Palahniuk’s “Damned” Book Night Oct. 20, 5:30 p.m., at Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St.). Lemuria Books sells signed copies of Palahniuk’s latest along with back titles. Enjoy refreshments from Cathead Vodka and Parlor Market. Spacewolf, Bloodbird and the New Orleans Bingo! Show perform. Fischer Galleries hosts an art show. For ages 21 and up. Free; $24.95 book. Southern Writers Group Meetings, at Chastain G. Flynt Memorial Library (103 Winners Circle). Writers and aspiring writers meet on fourth Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. to share and discuss writing and publishing. Free; call 601-919-1911. Weekly Storytime, at Campbell’s Bakery (3013 N. State St.). Children and teens are welcome to listen to a story Wednesdays from 2-3 p.m. Volunteers and donations welcome. Free; call 601-362-4628. See and add more events at

Learn to make macaroons Sept. 10 at the Viking Cooking School.

Monotype Printing Class Aug. 27-28, at North Midtown Arts Center (121 Millsaps Ave.). Learn from Richard Stowe how to make water-based monotype screen prints. Sessions are from 2-5 p.m. both days. $80; call 601-201-4769. Shut Up and Write! at JFP Classroom (2727 Old Canton Road, Suite 224). Sign up for the workshop series of JFP Editor-in-Chief Donna Ladd’s popular non-fiction and creative writing classes starting Sept. 10. Workshop meets from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every second Saturday through Nov. 19. $150; call 601-362-6121, ext. 16. Fall Figure Drawing Class Sept. 12-Nov. 14, at Nunnery’s at Gallery 119—Fine Art & Framing (119 S. President St.). Jerrod Partridge teaches the class from 6-9 p.m. Mondays. $275; call 601-668-5408. Oil Painting Workshop Sept. 30-Oct. 2, at Pat Walker Studio (141 Locust St., Rolling Fork). Oil Painters of America member Timothy Tyler is the instructor. Call 662-873-4003 or email for a schedule and fees; visit

Beginners Drawing and Painting Class Oct. 13Nov. 10, at Fondren Art Gallery (601 Duling Ave.). Richard McKey teaches the class for adults Thursdays from 6-8 p.m., excluding Nov. 3. Supplies included; space limited. $250; call 601-981-9222. Introduction to Small Figure Woodcarving Oct. 18-26, at Walter Anderson Museum of Art (510 Washington Ave., Ocean Springs). Ed Twilbeck teaches the class from 9 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Supplies included. $100, $90 members; call 228-872-3164. Christmas for the Birds Dec. 3, 10 a.m., at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). Create natural ornaments that double as bird feeders. $4-$6, free for members and children under 3; call 601-354-7303. Classes at Easely Amused, Ridgeland (Trace Harbor Village, 7048 Old Canton Road, Suite 1002, Ridgeland). Call 769-251-5574.

Classes at Easely Amused, Flowood (2315 Lakeland Dr., Suite C, Flowood). • “Groovy Groove/Jumpin’ Junction” Sept. 8, 7 p.m. Paint your favorite tailgate spot. $26.75. • “Fleur” Sept. 15, 7 p.m. Learn to paint a modern fleur de lis. This class is a treat for the New Orleans Saints fan. $26.75. • “Be True to Your School” Sept. 17, 10 a.m. Paint your favorite local school or college logo. $26.75. Events at Viking Cooking School (Township at Colony Park, 1107 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland). call 601-898-8345. • Easy Tailgating Recipes and Tablescape Ideas Aug. 26, 6 p.m. South Florida’s “Cooking Queen” Linda Ogden Epling shares recipes, tips and techniques. $59. • Sweets and Treats for Families Class Aug. 27, 9 a.m. “Masterchef” season 1 winner Whitney Miller shares recipes from her book “Modern Hospitality: Simple Recipes with Southern Charm.” A portion of the proceeds benefits Share Our Strength’s Great American Bake Sale. $59. • Food For Life Aug. 30 and Sept. 27, 9 a.m. Make a healthy soup, make fruit salsa, create crosshatch grill marks and make pilaf. $59. • Thai Taste Explosions Workshop Sept. 1, 6 p.m. Learn how to cook with authentic Thai ingredients. Recipes include spring rolls, chicken satay and banana leaf-wrapped snapper. $89. • Macaroons and Whoopie Pies Class Sept. 10, 9 a.m. Topics include baking macaroons, making almond meringue and chocolate ganache, preparing buttercream and making whoopie pies. $89. • Barbecue Basics Sept. 25, 1 p.m. Learn the basic principles for indoor and outdoor barbecue, and how to prepare side dishes. $109. • Viking University Oct. 5-Nov. 9 Learn classic culinary techniques such as fish, meat and poultry cooking, knife skills, braising, boiling, searing and steaming. Classes are from 9 a.m.-noon Wednesdays. $599. Weekly Creative Group Meetings, at Java Ink (420 Roberts St., Pearl). The Java Ink Jotters writers group and the Sketchers drawing group meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. No joining fee; all ages and skill levels welcome. Free; call 601-397-6292. Polymer Clay Classes at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). Learn to sculpt with polymer clay from the Central Mississippi Polymer Clay Guild on third Saturdays at 10 a.m. Sept. 17, participants make faux gems. Visit for a supply list. Free first meeting, $5 future meetings, $20 annual membership; email Fall Community Enrichment Series, at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). Most classes start the week of Sept. 19. Contact the Continuing Education office at 601-974-1130 or visit conted for a complete list of classes. Fees vary. • Beginning Photography Class. Photographer Ron Blaylock teaches how to operate a digital or film camera and how to take better pictures. Session I is Sept. 19-Oct. 10 from 6-8 p.m. Mondays. Session II is Sept. 22-Oct. 13 from 6-8 p.m. Thursdays. $155.

• Calligraphy: the Art of Beautiful Writing. Betsy Greener teaches lettering techniques, layout, design and how to start a calligraphy business. Session I is Sept. 20-Oct. 18 from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Session II is Sept. 21Oct. 19 from 10-11:30 p.m. Wednesdays. $100, $35 materials. • Exciting New Guide to Portrait Drawing Sept. 20-Oct. 25. Keisi D.V. Ward teaches drawing techniques from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Learn to draw a portrait of your favorite person by the end of the program. $90 plus supplies. • Watercolor Painting Sept. 20-Oct. 25. Learn proper painting techniques from Laurel Schoolar from 6-8:15 p.m. Tuesdays. $95 plus supplies. • How Not to Be a Starving Artist Sept. 24, 9 a.m. Tracie James Wade teaches how to develop an effective plan for making a living with art. $50, $10 materials fee. • Handmade Paper Christmas Ornaments Oct. 1, 10 a.m. Ann Daniel teaches how to make ornaments from natural fibers. $50, $10 materials. • Fringe Bracelet Class Oct. 4, 6 p.m. Laura Tarbutton teaches basic beading and wiring techniques to create fringe and assemble the pieces into a bracelet. $40, $12 materials. • Kumihimo Class Oct. 15, 9 a.m. Martha Scarborough teaches the Japanese method of braiding by interlacing strands of thread and beads to make a bracelet. $50, $20 materials. • Praise and Worship Dance Workshop Oct. 15, 9 a.m. Tracie Wade teaches dance techniques for church performances. $60, $10 materials. • Portrait Photography Class Oct. 17-Nov. 3. Photographer Ron Blaylock teaches how to take better pictures of relatives and special occasions from 6:30-8 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays. $190. • Precious Metal Clay Class Oct. 25-27. Laura Tarbutton teaches how to make silver and copper earrings from precious metal clay and everyday objects from 6-8 p.m. $80 plus supplies.

• Fine Silver Findings Class Nov. 15-17. Laura Tarbutton teaches how to make toggles with precious metal clay, silver wire and jump rings. Classes are from 6-8 p.m. $80 plus supplies. Art Therapy For Cancer Patients at Baptist Medical Center (1225 N. State St.), Wednesdays in the Activities Room of the Hederman Cancer Center. The classes are designed to help cancer patients and provide an outlet to express feelings, reduce stress, assist in pain management, help build positive coping skills and increase self-discovery and self-awareness. Art supplies included. Registration required. Free; call 601-948-6262 or 800-948-6262. Adult Hip-Hop Dance Classes at Courthouse Racquet and Fitness Club, Northeast (46 Northtown Drive). For ages 16 and up. Classes are on Mondays from 7:30-8:30 p.m. and Fridays from 5:306:30 p.m. $10; call 601-853-7480. Woodcarving with George Berry at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). Classes are on Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. $225; call 601260-7749. Arts and Crafts at Richard Wright Library (515 W. McDowell Road). Sessions are for children ages 6-13 and are held Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2:30 p.m. Children will work with paper crafts, crayons, pencils and more. Free; call 601-372-1621. Line Dance Classes at VFW Post 9832 (4610 Sunray Drive). Learn the electric slide, the wobble, the Chinese checker and other popular dances. Classes are Thursdays at 7 p.m. Free; call 601-362-1646. Dance Classes Mar 21-Dec. 31, at Salsa Mississippi Studio and Club (605 Duling Ave.). Options include salsa, Zumba, bachata, Bollywood aerobics, flamenco, cha-cha, hip-hop and more. A beginner’s salsa class is also taught at the Chapatoula Building (115 Cynthia St., Clinton) Mondays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Visit for a schedule. $10 per class; call 601-213-6355. See and add more events at

Have A Crafty Autumn


he Mississippi Craft Center, (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland) will host a variety of creative classes in the coming months. Class topics include beginning quilting with Dorinda Evans, creative welding with Charles Buster and silk batik with Candy Cain. Participants can also learn weaving and spinning with Marcy Petrini; take introduction to pottery, combined handbuilding and the wheel with Robert Pickenpaugh; woodcarving with George Berry and many more. Prices, dates and availability of classes vary; to check the details, visit If you do not see a date listed for a class, registration for that class will take place once there is sufficient interest to begin the class. On Thursday, Aug. 25, enjoy “A Night of Craft at the Center.” The event is from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and is for adults only. Admission is $25 and includes

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Introduction to Ballroom Dancing Oct. 10-31, at Dance Connection (306 N. Bierdeman Road, Pearl). Mike and Lisa Day teach the basics of the waltz, fox trot, tango, rumba, cha-cha and single step swing from 7-8 p.m. Mondays. $100; call 601-974-1130.

• “Blue Birds” Aug. 25, 7 p.m., Paint with local artist Cliff Speaks. $32.10. • “Look at Me Now” Sept. 6, noon. Paint Van Gogh-inspired flowers and leaves. $26.75. • “Together” Sept. 16, 7 p.m. Paint an abstract pattern with local artist Kathryn Wiggins. $32.10.

In the fall, the Mississippi Craft Center will offer a pottery class for children.

food and wine. Attendees can meet craftsmen and learn how to make metal jewelry, fused glass, blacksmithing items or woven basket fabrics. To register, contact the Mississippi Craft Center at 601-856-7546, or visit mscrafts. org. All classes require full payment at the time of registration.


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Events at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). • Spiritual Pilgrimage to the Mississippi Delta Aug. 27. The caravan lines up at 7:30 a.m. and leaves at 8 a.m. Stops includes the Medgar Evers Home and Museum (minimum $1 donation), Fannie Lou Hamer’s grave site (minimum $1 donation), the Emmett Till Historic Intrepid Center ($4) and the kidnap site of Emmett Till (free). Participants cover their own food and transportation costs. Call 601-353-4455 or 601-957-2969. • Parents for Public Schools Lunch Bunch Sept. 7, Oct. 5 and Nov. 2, 11:45 a.m., in the Community Meeting Room. PPS advocates for quality education in public schools. Please RSVP. $5 lunch; call 601-969-6015, ext 320. • National Night Out Oct. 4, 6 p.m., in the Bailey Avenue parking lot. Residents gather as part of a national campaign to fight neighborhood crime. Food, games and entertainment included. Free; call 601-982-8467.

Events at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). $9, $8.10 seniors, $6 children ages 2-12, members and babies free; call 601-352-2580. • Story Time Tuesday Sept. 6, 10 a.m. A local celebrity comes to the zoo to read an animal story. Afterward, the kids get to do a related craft project or have an animal encounter. Free with paid admission. • Grandparents Appreciation Day Sept. 11, 9 a.m. Grandparents receive free admission to the zoo. Free with paying grandchild. • National Carousel Day Sept. 17, 9 a.m. Enjoy a 50-percent discount on carousel rides. $1 plus paid admission. • Feast with the Beasts Oct. 7, 5:30 p.m. The annual members-only event features board elections, presentations on the state of the zoo, keeper chats, food, and train and carousel rides. Free. • Veterans Appreciation Day Nov. 11, 9 a.m. Veterans with ID receive free admission. • Orangutan Awareness Day Nov. 12, 10 a.m., at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Participate in special orangutan keeper chats and activities that shed light upon the plight of the orangutan in the wild. $9, $8.10 seniors, $6 children ages 2-12, members and babies free; call 601-352-2580. “History Is Lunch,” noon, at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.) unless stated otherwise. Bring lunch; coffee and water provided. Free; call 601-576-6998. • Aug. 24, at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Mississippi Main Street Association Director Bob Wilson talks about Main Street activities. • Aug. 31, Historic Jefferson College director Robin Person gives a virtual tour of the HJC site. • Sept. 7, Mississippi Sen. Hillman Frazier presents “My Long Journey Home.”

A Community LoveFest

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ev. Keith Tonkel considers WellsFest a love-fest for the community. Tonkel, Wells Memorial United Methodist Church pastor since 1969, says the 28-year tradition is a “gift of love” to the community and to the nonprofits that WellsFest benefits. Live music from local bands is the sound track for an expanded arts and crafts venue and a day of family fun, including a 5K run and walk. Children’s activities are the highlight of the day with a pet parade, face painting, pony rides and a rock-climbing wall. The event provides an alcohol and drug-free atmosphere. The 28th WellsFest is 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 24 at Jamie Fowler Boyll Park next to Smith-Wills Stadium on Lakeland Drive. All proceeds go to The Mustard Seed, a local non-profit organization that helps adults with developmental disabilities. The support from WellsFest will allow the Mustard Seed to expand its ceramics studio and activity center. Special ceramics produced for Wells-

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WellsFest offers family fun for a good cause.

Fest include shoes for the 5K run and walk awards, bowls for the pet-parade winners, coffee mugs for sale in the coffeehouse and flowerpots for the gardening booth. The Mustard Seed also will have a booth at WellsFest for the many other ceramic items created by residents. For information about WellsFest, call 601-353-0658, visit or visit the WellsFest Facebook page.

• Sept. 14, Mississippi Arts Commission Grants Director Larry Morrisey talks about his Mississippi Senior Cultural Leaders Oral History Project. • Sept. 21, author Norma Watkins will discuss and sign copies of her book “The Last Resort: Taking the Mississippi Cure,” about the art colony Allison’s Wells. • Sept. 28, historian Gene Dattel discusses Kathryn Stockett’s novel “The Help.” • Oct. 5, historic preservation division staff members share their favorite archaeological artifacts in honor of Archaeology Month. • Oct. 12, MDAH staff present audio selections from “Speak Now: Memories of the Civil Rights Era.” The public may share Civil Rights era memories as part of the “Speak Now” audio recording project before and after the program from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The recordings will be added to the MDAH archival collection and made available to the public. • Oct. 19, at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.), museum staff presents “The Old Capitol, Past and Present.” • Oct. 26, Jackson writer Ellen Anne Fentress presents “Reporter Norma Fields: American Woman.” • Nov. 2, retired FBI agent Avery Rollins presents “The FBI Oral History Program in Mississippi.” • Nov. 16, Sister Paulinus Oakes talks about her book, “The Sisters of Mercy in Mississippi During the Civil War and Yellow Fever.” • Nov. 30, noon, at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.), MDAH architectural historian Todd Sanders presents “Architects of Antebellum Mississippi.” Events at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Call 601-576-6800. • “Present Meets Past: Voices from Mississippi History” Oct. 27, 5 p.m. Walk through the museum and meet key figures who shaped the history of the historic landmark. Free. • Social Studies Teachers Workshop Nov. 4, 8 a.m. “The Civil War in Mississippi: Frontlines.” 0.5 CEU credits available through Mississippi College. $40, $5 CEU credit. • Telling Tales Dec. 2-16. Come for story time and a craft with an ethical focus at 3:30 p.m. Fridays. Free. Events at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). • MINIT 2 WINIT Fall Fundraiser Oct. 6, 5:30 p.m. Local celebrities compete in 60-second rounds of games of skill. Contestants include Howard Ballou, Marshall Ramsey, Christy Jones and Rick Cleveland. Enjoy dinner, cash bar and music from the Mississippi Boychoir, the Samuel Keys Combo, pianist Josh Weiner and Michael Jackson impersonator Joseph Trigg. Proceeds benefit the Mississippi Boychoir. $40; call 601665-7374. • Once Upon a Fall Festival … There Was a Storybook Ball Oct. 8, 6:30 p.m. A fundraiser with book readings, children’s activities, an essay contest for fifth-graders, food and dancing. Sponsorships available. $35, $25 children 12 and under, $150$250 family package; call 601-709-8971. Events at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). $4-$6, children under 3 and museum members free; call 601-354-7303. • First Tuesday Lectures noon. Sept. 6, biologist Kathy Shelton talks about frog preservation in Mississippi; Oct. 4, marine scientist Dr. Ruth Carmichael talks about the effects of the Deep-

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COPS Meetings. These monthly forums are designed to help resolve community issues or problems, from crime to potholes. Meetings are held at 6 p.m. • Precinct 1 meets on first Thursdays at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 1 (810 Cooper Road). Call 601-960-0001. • Precinct 2 meets on second Thursdays at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 2 (711 W. Capitol St.). Call 601-960-0002. • Precinct 3 meets on third Thursdays at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 3 (3925 W. Northside Drive). Call 601-960-0003. • Precinct 4 meets on fourth Thursdays at Redeemer Church (640 E. Northside Drive). Call 601-960-0004.

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he Byram Farmers Market (20 Willow Creek Lane, Byram, 601-373-4545) has been open for seven years and is off Siwell Road behind BankPlus. The market is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. until late October and reopens every year in March. Byram Farmers Market is locally run and owned and sells produce from farmers. Each of the numerous farmers who contribute to the market specializes in different products, and some bring multiple items for sale. You’ll find all kinds of fresh produce in season. Right now, some favorites are butterbeans, peas, squash and okra. It also has vendors of wildflower honey, roasted peanuts and canned goods. Non-food items at the Byram Farmers Market include decorated bottles for indoor use, beautiful two-story birdhouses, goat milk soap and outdoor swings. While it carries a limited amount of garden ornaments, the market does have fruit trees and flowers. water Horizon oil spill on horseshoe crabs; Nov. 1, University of Louisiana doctoral candidate Tyler Olivier talks about river shrimp migration. • Teachers’ Back to School Night Sept. 8, 4 p.m. Get resource materials, program ideas, and activities to bring environmental and natural resource education into the classroom. • Make a Splash Sept. 23, 8 a.m. The interactive event allows students to explore a variety of waterrelated topics. • Merry Mammals Dec. 2, 9 a.m. Join the museum staff for warm-blooded and furry fun activities. Call for Grant Applications through Aug. 31, at Women’s Fund of Mississippi (Plaza Building, 120 N. Congress St., Suite 903). The Women’s Fund will make grants to programs that create economic security for Mississippi women. Eligible applicants must be non-profits with 501(c)(3) status. Call to

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Anusara Yoga Immersion, Part 1 Sept. 17Nov. 13, at Butterfly Yoga (3025 N. State St.). The prerequisite course covers alignment, props, breathing, meditation and poses. Classes are one weekend a month from noon-3 p.m. and 4-6:45 p.m. Saturdays, and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3-5:30 p.m. Sundays. Register by Sept. 2 for a $50 discount. $500; call 601-594-2313. Belly Dance for Fitness Sept. 19-Oct. 24, at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). Janice Jordan teaches the exercise class from 6-6:50 p.m. Mondays. $100; call 601-974-1130. Zumba Class Sept. 21-Oct. 26, at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). Ashleigh Bandy teaches the Latin-inspired exercise class from 6-7:15 p.m. Tuesdays. $60; call 601-974-1130. Operation Bloom Oct. 22, 9 a.m., at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). The Runnels Foundation is the sponsor. Come for free breast-cancer screenings and informatwion in the Community Meeting Room. Free; call 601-939-9778. First Friday Free ADHD Screenings through Dec. 2, at the office of Suzanne Russell, LPC (665 Highway 51 N., Ridgeland). Licensed professional counselor Suzanne Russell offers free 30-minute ADHD screenings for children on first Fridays. Appointment required. Free; call 601-707-7355. Fitness Center, at Jackson Roadmap to Health Equity Project’s Farmers’ Market (2548 Livingston Road). Options include aerobics and Zumba classes, equipment for resistance training and toning, and access to a personal trainer. No joining fee or long-term commitment required. Hours are 8 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturdays. $20 per month; call 601-987-6783. Fitness Camp, at Lake Hico Park (4801 Watkins Drive). Do cardiovascular and strength training exercises, and learn about proper nutrition. Sessions are from 8-9 a.m. Saturdays. $20; call 601-3318468.

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Diabetes Support Group Meetings, at Baptist Health Systems, Madison Campus (401 Baptist Drive, Madison). Baptist Nutrition Center hosts the meetings on third Thursdays at 1 p.m. Free; call 601-973-1624.


Zumba Fitness Classes. The Latin-inspired aerobics classes are held at two Dance Unlimited Studio locations. $5; call 601-209-7566. • Mondays and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m., and Saturdays at 9 a.m. at 6787 S. Siwell Road, Suite A, Byram. • Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at 11 a.m. at 3091 Highway 49 South, Suite E, Florence.


brainstorm the project concept before formally submitting a concept brief. Aug. 31 is the deadline for concept brief submissions. Call 601-326-0701.

awards ceremony follows the final round Aug. 28. Proceeds benefit the Mississippi Sickle Cell Foundation’s Camp Sickle Stars, the Youth Golf Clinic and the Beginners/First Time Golfers Clinic. $145; call 601-214-2390 or 601-259-6770.

Millsaps Arts and Lecture Series 7 p.m., at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.), in the recital hall. $10; call 601-974-1130. • Sept. 13, Jackson native Brunson Green, producer of “The Help” and Jackson Academy graduate, talks about developing the film from Kathryn Stockett’s novel. • Oct. 11, musician, poet and photographer Eve Beglarian performs music inspired by her kayaking trip on the Mississippi River. • Nov. 15, poet Marc LaFrancis and the Victory Belles perform as a salute to veterans. • Dec. 6, Natchez chef Regina Charboneau shares Christmas recipes.

Washington Addition Family Fun Day Aug. 27, 2 p.m., at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.), at T.B. Ellis Gym. Enjoy storytelling, magic tricks, creative dance, arts and crafts, games, music, giveaways, and free educational and fitness activities. Free; call 601-979-0663. Natural Hair Sip and Social Aug. 27, 6 p.m., at Suite 106 (106 Wilmington St.). Network with others with natural hair, purchase or swap products, discuss health and wellness, and meet YouTube vlogger HairCrush. Giveaways included. Limited tickets; registration recommended. $5; email

Project ReDirectory Recycling Program through Aug. 31. Telephone book recycling bins are located throughout the metro Jackson area, and you can schedule a pickup from your business if you have 50 books or more. Contact Keep Jackson Beautiful for a list of locations. Books may also be dropped off at Recycling Services (3010 N. Mill Street). Call 601-366-4842.

ACLU of Mississippi 42nd Annual Membership Meeting Aug. 27, 6 p.m., at Cabot Lodge Millsaps (2375 N. State St.). Attorney Lan Diep speaks on issues affecting coastal residents after the BP oil spill. The meeting includes live music, a silent suction and refreshments. $20 (includes one-year membership); free for members; call 601-354-3408. Blue Bengal SWAC Kick-off Party Aug. 27, 8 p.m., at VFW Post 9832 (4610 Sunray Drive). The party is a fundraiser for Jackson State University’s athletic department. $5; call 769-251-9079.

Naturalization Workshop Aug. 25, 2 p.m., at Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance (612 N. State St.). The workshop is for individuals who have been lawful permanent residents for the last five years, or three years if married to and living with a United States citizen. $60 MIRA membership, $140 N-400 application assistance; call 601-968-5182.

Black August 2011 Aug. 28, 4 p.m., at Lakeover Center (6531 Dogwood Parkway). “Tribute to Our Warriors: Commemorating the Legacy of Black Resistance and Struggle” is the theme. Participants pay tribute to the late Geronimo Ji Jaga Pratt, the late Gil Scott Heron and Assata Shakur. Tawanna Shaunte’ of Eclectik Soul performs. Limited seating; RSVP recommended. Free; call 601-353-5566.

WWE Raw World Tour Aug. 26, 7:30 p.m., at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). See wrestling matches between John Cena and CM Punk, and Rey Mysterio and The Miz. John Morrison, Kofi Kingston, R-Truth, Evan Bourne, Jack Swagger, Dolph Ziggler, the Bella Twins and Alex Riley also compete. $25-$60; call Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000.

Luncheon with Lysa TerKeurst Aug. 31, noon, at Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Drive), in the Sparkman Auditorium. TerKeurst is a New York Times best-selling author and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries. She also speaks at 6:30 p.m. at Pinelake Church (6071 Highway 25, Brandon). $12.50 luncheon, free evening lecture; call 601-829-4583.

Lady Drivers Community Service Open Golf Tournament Aug. 27-28, at Country Club of Jackson (345 Saint Andrews Drive). The tournament begins at 8 a.m. daily. Registration includes green fee, cart, bag, lunch and banquet. The banquet is 6 p.m. Aug. 27 in the ballroom, and lunch and an

Cycling Safely

The Youth Cycling Group will learn how to safely ride bikes on and off the road.


W.C. Gorden Classic Sept. 3, 1:30 p.m., at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium (2531 N. State St.). Jackson State University takes on Concordia College in the annual football game. Free for current JSU students with ID. $25 in advance, $30 game day, $10 ages 3-18 in advance; call 800-848-6817. Survival Spanish Sept. 5-26, at Lingofest Language Center (7048 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland). Learn basic conversational Spanish from 7-9 p.m. Mondays. $98, $30 materials; call 601-500-7700. Fire & Feast Sept. 9-10, at Yazoo County Fairgrounds (203 Hugh McGraw Drive, Yazoo). The barbecue competition and festival includes arts and crafts vendors, children’s activities and a concert at 5 p.m. Sept. 9. The Mississippi Firefighters Memorial Burn Association receives a portion of the proceeds. $15 concert, barbecue competitor and vendor fees vary; call 662-746-1815. Destination Downtown Conference Sept. 12-14, at Hilton Garden Inn, Tupelo (363 E. Main St.). Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisiana Main Streets host the event, which includes tours, dining, seminars and exhibits. Registration required. $125; call 601-944-0115. Fondren Association of Businesses Annual Membership Meeting Sept. 12, 5:30 p.m., at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). Meeting includes discussing the business agenda, electing officers and giving leadership awards. Light refreshments served. Call 601-960-6520 or 601-981-1658, ext. 20. Intro to Spanish for Adults Sept. 13-Oct. 18, at Southern Cultural Heritage Center (1302 Adams St., Vicksburg). The workshop covers basic phrases, grammar and pronunciation. Classes are from 5:307 p.m. on Tuesdays. Materials included; registration required. $75, $70 members; call 601-631-2997. Mississippi Greek Weekend Sept. 22-25, at various Jackson locations. The events promote unity among Greek organizations and raises awareness of blood disorders such as sickle cell anemia, leukemia and lymphoma. Enjoy mixers, step show and concerts. Visit for a schedule. Charges vary; email Forever Friday Sept. 23, 10 p.m., at F. Jones Corner (303 N. Farish St.). Enjoy music from BlacDadi-

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nstead of your kids watching television and playing videos games Saturday mornings, take them to be a part of the Youth Cycling Group. Personal trainer

Tammy Thomas of MS Fitness Pro will lead the group every Saturday beginning Sept. 3 to teach the proper and safe way to ride a bike. Kids ages 9 to 16, grouped according to ability, will learn the basics of bicycling etiquette, starting and stopping techniques and hand turn signals. The group’s first goal is to ride five miles on the Ridgeland Multi-Use Trail, a wide paved path that winds through Ridgeland and is centered on the Natchez Trace. The piece the bikers will travel goes from Harbor Drive to Rice Road to Highland Colony Parkway, a distance of almost seven miles. Thomas, who emphasizes the importance of safety, will teach the kids to ride on the road for at least 20 miles. Your kids will

be involved in a sport that is good for the body, be part of a serene and aesthetic experience, and learn how to work within a group. Biking also relieves the stress of a child’s busy life of academia and other activities. Meet Thomas at 9 a.m. in the parking lot of the old Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland), located just off the Natchez Trace Parkway. Be sure your child is equipped with a bike, helmet, gloves and water. Thomas will inspect the bike to ensure it is safe. If your child is young, Thomas highly recommends that you stay to help. Also, adult chaperones are welcome to join the fun. For more information on this free event, contact Tammy Thomas at 601-559-5577.

Strahberies and DJ Phingaprint, poetry and art displays. $10 before 10 p.m.; call 601-454-8313.

Conversation About Community Sept. 29, 6 p.m., at King Edward Hotel (235 W. Capitol St.). In the ballroom. A panel discussion on issues affecting our community, including poverty, race, health care and faith to benefit Operation Shoestring. Panelists and admission to be announced. Call 601-353-6336. Purple for Peace Sept. 30, 11:30 a.m., at Hilton Jackson (1001 E. County Line Road). Jill Conner Browne hosts the luncheon that promotes family-violence prevention in recognition of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Anti-violence advocate Tony Porter is the speaker. Pat Flynn is this year’s Purple Peace Prize honoree. $25 (includes raffle entry), $10-$20 raffle only; call 601-981-9196. Mississippi Minority Business Alliance Awards Gala Sept. 30, 6 p.m., at Jackson Marriott (200 E. Amite St.). The event showcases accomplishments of minority-owned businesses and corporations. Attorney Thomas N. Todd is the speaker. Proceeds go toward college scholarships for disadvantaged youth. $100; call 601-965-0365. White Elephant Sale Oct. 1, 8 a.m., at Fondren Hall (Northwood Shopping Center, 4436 N. State St.). Purchase unique merchandise from local merchants. Limited booths available. $2, $5 early bird (7-8 a.m.), $50 booth; call 601-981-9606. Jackson State University Homecoming Celebration Oct. 8-8, at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.). “Celebrating the Legacy of JSU” includes the stage play “Everyone Plays the Fool” Oct. 2; a fashion show hosted by Keshia Knight Pulliam (“The Cosby Show”) Oct. 3; a street jam Oct. 4; a comedy show Oct. 5; and a Greek step show Oct. 6. The homecoming parade is at 9 a.m. Oct. 8, on Capitol Street, and the football game against the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium (2531 N. State St.) is at 4 p.m. Visit for specifics. Admission varies, some events free; call 601-979-0289.

Over the River Run Oct. 8, 8 a.m., at Old Mississippi River Bridge (Interstate 20 and Washington St., Vicksburg). The event includes a five-mile run/ walk and a one-mile kids’ fun run. Pre-registration required by Oct. 1 for five-member family teams ($55, immediate family only) or three-to-five-member corporate teams ($75). $25 by Oct. 1, $30 after, $15 kids 10 and under ; call 601-631-2997. Jackson Symphony League Mandarin Ball Oct. 8, 6:30 p.m., at Country Club of Jackson (345 Saint Andrews Drive). The fundraiser for the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra includes auctions, food and music. Admission TBA; call 601-960-1565. Super Sitters Babysitting Class Oct. 15, 8:30 a.m., at Baptist Medical Center (1225 N. State St.). The class is recommended for ages 1115 and teaches essential babysitting skills. The fee includes books, a boxed lunch and a snack. Registration required. $45; call 601-968-1712. L.E.A.D. Conference Oct. 17-20. Four oneday conferences teach youth the importance of preventing tobacco use in their communities. Shaun Derik is the keynote speaker. Sessions are from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Venues include Lake Terrace Convention Center (1 Convention Center Plaza, Hattiesburg) Oct. 17; Washington County Con-

Women of Color Entrepreneurs Conference Nov. 1-2, at Mississippi e-Center at Jackson State University (1230 Raymond Road). The Jackson State University College of Business is the host. The conference is a certification and contracting training opportunity for women who own small businesses. $150; call 601-979-2541. Farish Street Heritage Festival Nov. 5, 4 p.m., at Farish Street. The annual event includes food and merchandise vendors, a Kiddie Cottage, and concerts. Tickets sold at Bully’s Soul Food Restaurant and Bama Record Shop. Bring a W.C. Gordon Classic ticket stub to receive a discount. $10 in advance, $15 at the gate; call 601-948-5667. Breakfast with Ballerinas Nov. 5, 7:30 a.m., at Applebee’s, Ridgeland (900 E. County Line Road). The pancake breakfast is a fundraiser for Power APAC’s dance department. Ticket price TBA; call 601-960-5387. The Highlands Ball Dec. 3, 6 p.m., at Lauren Rogers Museum of Art (565 N. Fifth Ave., Laurel). Enjoy Scottish cuisine, and live and silent auctions of high-end items at the fundraiser. Sponsorships available. $100; call 601-649-6374. Nature Nuts Preschool Program through Nov. 16, at Clinton Community Nature Center (617 Dunton Road, Clinton). The nature discovery program is for children ages 2-5. Sessions are held on third Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. Registration required. Receive a $2 discount for each additional child. $8 per session, $5 members; call 601-926-1104. Leadership, Personal Development and Life Skills Seminar Series through May 22, at Operation Shoestring (1711 Bailey Ave.). Operation Shoestring and Kuumba Promos host the seminars on first and third Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. during

Good Time Irish


oasting Irish brews and Scottish bands, CelticFest is Jackson’s annual celebration of Celtic culture. As the Celtic Heritage Society’s largest Mississippi event, CelticFest has taken place the weekend after Labor Day each year since the festival’s inception in 1992. As one of Mississippi’s only Celticcentric celebrations, the festival attracts local, regional and international performers whose music or trade recalls primarily Irish and Scottish tradition. This year’s headlining (and toe-tapping) performers include the all-Irish Fuchsia Band (fronted by Máirtín de Cógáin) Scottsman and musician Brian McNeill, and Irish band Teada. The grounds and buildings of the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum accommodates the festival’s eight stages. The outdoor and indoor venues host musical performances, music and dance workshops, a children’s area, and the everpopular Whiskey Tasting benefit (get tickets early for this one.) The Ceili Mor dance is a traditional Irish party that includes live


o you think you have to be stuck in the house all day on Turkey Day? You may think that everything’s closed on Thanksgiving, but no. If you and the kids get restless, go visit the animals on Thanksgiving Appreciation Day at the Jackson Zoo. The Jackson Zoo, located at 2918 W. Capitol St., is giving thanks to the community for its year-round support by opening its doors on Thanksgiving Day for free. The zoo will be open Thursday, Nov. 24, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Take your family to meet the zoo families. The giraffe family just welcomed a baby girl, Jasmine, in May. Watch the Sumatran tigers, three 4-year-old brothers hailing from Sacramento. As you walk off some of that stuffing, enjoy the wonder of the sea otters, Otis, Rocky and Nipper. Visit Chimpanzee Island, to see the chimpanzee family of six. Its youngest member is the adorable 2-year-old baby, Mojo. The the school year to introduce leadership skills, life management skills and cultural pride to local youth. Enrollment required. Free; call 601-353-3663 or 601-957-2969. Porsches & Coffee Breakfast, at Beagle Bagel (Highland Village, 4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 145). The Magnolia Region Porsche Club of America meets the last Saturday of every month from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Park under the trees in the upper level parking lot next to Bravo. Prospective members welcome. Email; visit New Vibrations Network Gatherings, at Unitarian Universalist Church (4866 N. State St.). The mixer is held every second Thursday from 6:30-8 p.m. Bring business cards and brochures to share with others. Call


Mississippi State Fair Oct. 5-16, at Mississippi State Fairgrounds (1207 Mississippi St.). The annual event includes food, livestock shows, rides and concerts. Admission TBA; call 601-961-4000.

UNCF Mayors’ Masked Ball Oct. 21, 7 p.m., at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). The annual event takes place in the Trustmark Ballroom. Proceeds benefit Tougaloo and Rust colleges. $65, $520 table of eight; call 601-977-7871.

The Zoo Says ‘Thanks’

CelticFest is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

music and encourages non-culture-specific dancing, arguably the climax of the festival. Numerous beer and food vendors are on site to fill bellies and wet whistles. This year’s festival begins 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, and ends 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11 at the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Drive). Visit for more information.

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“The Right Way to Start a Nonprofit” Workshop Sept. 29, 9 a.m., at Mississippi Center for Nonprofits (921 N. President St., Suite C). Learn how to get state and federal approval, meet the requirements for registering, complete the IRS application and legally solicit funds in Mississippi. Paperwork for establishing the nonprofit organization will also be completed. $100; call 601-968-0061.

vention Center (1040 S. Raceway Road, Greenville) Oct. 18; Oxford Conference Center (102 Ed Perry Blvd., Oxford) Oct. 19; and the Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.) Oct. 20. Free; call 601-420-2414.

Go see the sea otters, Nipper and Otis, on Thanksgiving Appreciation Day at the zoo.

train and carousel rides, priced at $2, will also be available to enjoy, weather permitting. Though admission to the zoo will be free all day, donations are welcome. For more information, call 601-3522580, or visit Jackson Arts Collective Monthly Meetings, at The Commons at Eudora Welty’s Birthplace (719 N. Congress St.). Every first Monday at 6 p.m., the Collective Steering Committee meets to discuss business of the previous month and listen to local artist proposals for the sponsorship of events that fall in line with their mission. Open to the public. Call 601-497-7454. LGBT Support Group for Youth/Young Adults, at A Brave New Day (Fondren Corner, 2906 N. State St., Suite 204). Rise Above for Youth welcomes youth and young adults age 14-24 to connect with others in the community and to share experiences and resources. The meeting is held the last Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Free; call 601-922-4968. Business Plan Workshops, at New Horizon Church International (1770 Ellis Ave.). Get hands-on, individualized or small-group assistance to develop your customized business plan. Sessions are from 10:30 a.m.-noon or 5:30 p.m.7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; and from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. first and third Saturdays. Appointment required. Call 601-371-1390, 601-371-1296 or 601-371-1427. Jackson 2000 Study Circles Program. The program includes six two-hour sessions of dialogue and problem-solving to encourage racial harmony and community involvement. Jackson 2000 is looking for participants from all walks of life to sign up, and sessions will be scheduled soon. Email Talk & Tour Open House, at Venture Incubator (City Centre Building, 200 S. Lamar St., South Tower, 10th floor). Potential or current small business owners, and professionals interested in mentoring small business owners are welcome to meet with Wes Holsapple, president and CEO, and tour the facilities on Mondays from 5-6 p.m. and Wednesdays from noon-1 p.m. Refreshments served. Free; call 601-414-0140. Arabian Dance Parties, at Petra Cafe (2741 Old Canton Road). On Fridays at 7:30 p.m., watch a belly dancer perform, and enjoy Arabian dancing and Greek dancing with plate breaking. No cover, food prices vary; call 601-366-0161. Yu-Gi-Oh Tournaments, at Java Ink (420 Roberts St., Pearl). Compete and trade cards with other fans at 2 p.m. Sundays. Admission varies each week; call 601-397-6292. See and add more events at




Be the Change

Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Opportunity Aug. 27, 8 a.m., location TBA. Join volunteers from the Latin American Business Association in the construction of a Habitat for Humanity home. Email Dog Days of Summer Aug. 27, 10 a.m., at Pelahatchie Shore Park (Pelahatchie Shore Drive, Brandon). The event includes a barbecue lunch, live music, a silent auction, a dog parade, a blessing of the pets, arts and crafts, and a children’s carnival. Steve Deaton, the Born Again Quartet and the Lizz Strowd Band perform. Proceeds benefit Community Animal Rescue and Adoption. Dog food or cat litter welcome; $10 meal, $3 kids meal; call 601-201-0568. Back-to-school Festival Blood Drive Aug. 27, 3:30 p.m., on Sharon Hill Drive. Look for the Mississippi Blood Services donor coach in front of the tennis courts. Donors receive a T-shirt and a school supply item. Please bring ID. Donations welcome; call 888-902-5663. Saving Grace Benefit for Grace House Aug. 27, 6 p.m., at St. James Episcopal Church (3921 Oakridge Drive). Enjoy tapas, a cash bar and music from the Magnolia String Quartet, Raphael Semmes, Lisa Palmer, Ben Payton and the Grace House Choir. $35; call 601-353-1038.

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he National Alliance on Mental Illness of Mississippi hosts the 8th Annual NAMIWalks on Saturday, Nov. 5 at Winner’s Circle Park (100 Winners Circle Drive, Flowood). NAMI Mississippi is a non-profit organization that strives to improve the lives of people living with mental illness, as well as their families. Money raised goes to NAMI branches. The night before the walk, Friday, Nov. 4, NAMI will have a candlelight vigil at the State Capitol (100 N. State St.) to raise awareness of people suffering from mental illness. The vigil starts at 7 p.m. NAMI Mississippi Development Director Kevin Jones is optimistic. “For so long it has only been focused on consumers with mental illnesses and behavioral health companies, and so the goal this year is to branch out a little more,” he says. “We’re working hard to make sure we’re educating about NAMI, letting people know what NAMI can provide. All the support that we

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Women on Fire Gospel Concert Aug. 26, 7 p.m., at Word and Worship (6286 Hanging Moss Road). Performers include Shanda Marie and Sisterly Love, Chandra Wise, Deona Boyd and Calandra DavisDaniels. Pastor Maxine Evans Gray is the speaker. A portion of the donations benefits Mission in Action, which supports Lizzie’s House, a transition home for women and children. Free admission, donations welcome; call 601-832-6258.

Kevin Jones, development director for NAMI Mississippi, is ready to step off for the 8th annual NAMIWalks in November at Winner’s Circle Park.

get from the walk helps us to continue to provide free services for our community.” Check-in for NAMIWalks begins at 9 a.m. and the walk officially steps off at 10 a.m. The walk is 4k, or 2.5 miles long. Donations can be made online or mailed to NAMI, 411 Briarwood Drive, Suite 401, Jackson, Miss., 39206. To join the walk or for more information, visit NAMIwalkms, or call 601-899-9058.

HeARTWorks Art Show Sept. 22, 5 p.m., at Fischer Galleries (3100 N. State St., Suite 101). HeARTWorks is an art ministry to the people in and around the Stewpot community. Proceeds from the sale of the artwork benefit the artists and Stewpot Community Services. Call 601-291-9115.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk Oct. 8, 9 a.m., at Mississippi State Capitol (400 High St.). Registration is at 7:30 a.m., and the opening ceremony is at 8 a.m. Proceeds from the 5K walk benefit the American Cancer Society. Donations welcome; call 601-321-5500.

Walk for Diabetes Oct. 2. 2 p.m., at Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance (1401 Livingston Lane). Registration starts at 1 p.m. The event includes a 5K walk and a one-mile family fun walk. Proceeds benefit the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi. $20 minimum donation; call 601-957-7878.

Thanksgiving Canned Food Drive Nov. 1-23, at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Bring a canned good or non-perishable food item and receive $1 off general admission. Donations welcome; call 601-352-2580.

HeARTS Against AIDS RED Party Oct. 3, 5 p.m., at BRAVO! Restaurant (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 244). The fundraiser includes a cocktail hour, music and a silent auction. Advance ticket recommended. $40, $75 couple; call 601-259-6768.

Mental Health Candlelight Vigil Nov 4, 7 p.m., at Mississippi State Capitol (400 High St.). NAMI Mississippi hosts. Speakers include individuals living with mental illness and family members of those with mental illness. Call 601-899-9058.

Radio JFP on WLEZ, 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 guest is Laura Lillard of Community Animal Rescue and Adoption. JFP sports writer Bryan Flynn gives commentary at 12:45 p.m. Listen to podcasts at Free; call 601-362-6121, ext. 17.

theme is from 5:30-7:30 p.m., and includes a children’s costume contest and pumpkin carving. The Zombie Prom is from 8-11 p.m. at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.) in the auditorium. Free festival, $45 prom; visit • Fondren Unwrapped Nov. 17, 5-8 p.m. Enjoy an evening of holiday shopping, music and cuisine in the Fondren Business District. Free.

Fondren Events. Call 601-981-9606. • Fondren After 5 Sept. 1, Oct. 6, Nov. 3 and Dec. 1, 5-8 p.m. This monthly event showcases the local shops, galleries and restaurants of the Fondren neighborhood. Free. • The Market in Fondren Sept. 17, 8 a.m., at Duling Green (Duling Ave. and Old Canton Road). Local artists and food producers sell their goods. Entertainment provided. Free; call 601-832-4396. • Zombie Crawl and Prom Oct. 27, 5:30 p.m., in Fondren. The family festival with a spooky

CelticFest Mississippi Sept. 9-11, at Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Drive). At the 20th annual celebration of Celtic heritage, enjoy film screenings, whiskey and scotch tasting, music, dance and more. The event’s signature whiskey tasting is at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9 in Sparkman Auditorium ($35 in advance through Sept. 7, $50 at the door with limited admission). $12 weekend pass, individual ticket prices vary; call 601-366-6644; visit

• Wellsfest Art Night and Auction Sept. 20, 5:30 p.m., at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). The preview party is at 5:30 p.m., and the live art auction is at 7 p.m. Music and food included. • WellsFest Sept. 24, 10 a.m., at Jamie Fowler Boyll Park (3601 Lakeland Lane). The fundraiser includes a 5K run/walk and one-mile fun run at 8 a.m., a pet parade at 9 a.m., and a festival at 10 a.m. that includes live music, food, children’s activities, an arts-and-crafts vendor area, a plant sale, and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit the Mustard Seed. Prices for food, games and run/walk vary.

“Fill the Bus” School Supply Drive through Sept. 2, at Fondren Corner (2906 N. State St.). Drop off school supplies for Boyd Elementary students at the designated location through Sept. 2. Donations welcome; call 601-981-1658, ext. 20. Habitat for Humanity-Metro Jackson 25th Anniversary Gala Oct. 4, 6:30 p.m., at Old Capitol Inn (226 N. State St.). The banquet is a celebration of 25 years of service and 500 houses built for needy families, and honoring board member and former Mississippi first lady Elise Winter for 25 years of service. Proceeds go toward the construction of the 501st Habitat home. $100; call 601-940-4950.

NAMIWalks for the Mind of America Nov. 5, 10 a.m., at Winners Circle Park (100 Winners Circle, Flowood). The 4K walk is a fundraiser for NAMI Mississippi, a local branch of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI is a nonprofit, grassroots organization dedicated to providing support, education and advocacy for consumers of mental health services and their family members. Visit to join an existing team, form a new team, walk as an individual or become a sponsor. Join JFP’s team at Donations welcome; call 601-899-9058. 12K’s for the Holidays Nov. 19, 7:30 a.m., in Fondren. On-site registration is at 6 a.m. The race includes a 12K run, a 5K run/walk and a one- mile kid’ fun run. Proceeds benefit the Good Samaritan Center. Entry fees TBA; call 601-355-6276. Food for Thought Dec. 1-31, at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Donate books and non-perishable foods during the month of December. Special programming for school groups throughout the month highlights the value of good citizenship. Call 601-576-6920. Jackson Public Schools Call for Volunteers. Jackson Public Schools is seeking volunteers from the community to be mentors for seniors enrolled in the Advanced Seminar: Employability Skills course. Call 601-960-8310. Parent/Guardian Education Advocacy Trainings at Lumpkin’s BBQ (182 Raymond Road). Sessions are held the second Saturday of each month at 11 a.m., and the topic varies. Lunch provided. Please RSVP. Free; call 877-892-2577. CARA Recycling Program at Community Animal Rescue and Adoption (960 N. Flag Chapel Road). Mississippi’s largest no-kill animal shelter is earning cash for operating expenses by participating in the FundingFactory Recycling Program. The shelter is collecting empty laser or toner cartridges and used cellphones and sending the waste products to FundingFactory in exchange for cash. Donations welcome; email See and add more events at If you’re a non-profit that prevents crime in some way, please tell us about your work for the Oct. 12 GOOD issue. Email

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WellsFest Events. Proceeds benefit the Mustard Seed. Free admission; call 601-353-0658.

Jackson 2000 Friendship Golf Outing Sept. 28, 8:30 a.m., at Colonial Country Club (5635 Old Canton Road). The format is a fourperson scramble with prizes for a variety of feats. Lunch included; door prizes given. Register by Sept. 2. Sponsorships available. $500 team of four,

$1,000-$2,500 sponsorship; call 601-948-3071 or 601-957-0434. spellBOUND SPELLdown Challenge Oct. 6, 7 p.m., at Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St.). The adult spelling bee is a fundraiser for Imaginary Library, a program that provides free books to children in the Jackson Area. $5; email sharla@ Metro Jackson Start! Heart Walk Oct. 30, 1 p.m., at Mississippi State Capitol (400 High St.). Proceeds from the annual walk benefit the American Heart Association. Walkers who raise $100 or more will receive a T-shirt. Donations welcome; call 601-321-1209. Mississippi Happening. Guaqueta Productions hosts the monthly broadcast, which features a special musical guest. Download free podcasts at See and add more events at

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Finding a Musical Home by Larry Morrisey


Memphis guitarist John Paul Keith brings together several strands of American roots music in his latest album, “The Man That Time Forgot.” The band, dubbed the One Four Fives, quickly built up a following in Memphis, playing shows that featured a wide range of roots music. Keith gradually worked originals into the set, which the group recorded for its first album, “Spills and Thrills,” in 2009. Keith is touring to promote his just-released second album, “The Man that Time Forgot.” Recorded in Water Valley, Miss., the album showcases Keith’s expanding palette as a songwriter. In addition to catchy rave-ups that he’s become known for, the guitarist also includes songs that show the influences of Memphis soul and organ trio jazz. “I don’t want to be thought of just as the ‘twang guy,’” he says. “It’s not all that I do, or want to do.”

In addition to touring steadily, Keith and his band also play private parties around Memphis. The band is able to connect with many different types of audiences, and Keith still makes use of musical “tools” he acquired when he first started playing. “Chuck Berry songs are like a Swiss Army knife; they’ll get you out of whatever jam you’re in,” he says. “I don’t think there’s anybody who doesn’t like Chuck Berry, even people who don’t listen to him. If you play a Chuck Berry song in a bar, you might win them over.” See John Paul Keith and the One Four Fives Friday, Aug. 26 at the Ole Tavern (416 George St., 601-960-2700). For 33 more information on Keith, visit

ohn Paul Keith is not what you’d expect in a Memphis musician. Originally from east Tennessee, the Memphis-based guitarist and singer’s music brings together a bunch of roots music styles, including ’50s rave-up and honky-tonk. It’s a twangier sound more often associated with Nashville. Keith had planned to quit playing when he moved to Memphis in 2005, but the city’s supportive music scene energized him, and he was soon playing more than he ever had before. “In Memphis, you’re not looked at weird if you’re a musician,” he says. “Memphis people love music, and they don’t care what kind it is, as long as it’s good.” Keith grew up outside of Knoxville, Tenn., where he was exposed primarily to country and church music. When he was 10, he got interested in the guitar. “My dad told me, ‘If you want to play guitar, you need to hear Chuck Berry and B.B. King’,” he says. His father bought him cassette tapes of these legends, which served as Keith’s musical foundation. When he was a high-school senior, Keith started writing his own songs and performing at local clubs. He met Scott Miller and Jeff Bills, with whom he formed the Viceroys, a group that brought rootsy country together with a rock edge. Although his band mates were in their mid- to late-20s, and Keith was 19, he wasn’t an underling in the group. “They pretty much treated me as an equal,” he says. “I was expected to write songs as good as Scott.” The band quickly gained a following and got a record deal, but Keith left before it released the first album. He moved to Nashville and began a series of ups and downs in the music business. These included recording an album that the label never released, playing with Ryan Adams, and moving to New York City and later Birmingham, Ala., to start new groups. By 2005, he’d had enough. “I was sick of making a fool of myself, trying to be successful at this,” Keith says. “And by successful, I mean just having a record ten people had heard of.” His sister Jennie was living in Memphis and convinced him to move there. Keith had no intention of playing music, but a friend called, inviting him to sit in with a band performing on Beale Street in Memphis. Needing money, he did the gig. While he originally looked down on this type of performing, he quickly changed his mind. “I realized I wasn’t as good as I thought as I was,” Keith says. Playing for tourists on Beale, “I got a taste of playing music purely for entertainment, including for people who want to dance. It makes you realize everybody wants to be entertained.” Keith took the lessons he learned on Beale Street into a new group. He began playing with bassist Mark Stuart and drummer John Argroves, both veterans of the Memphis music scene. Rather than spending months rehearsing, Keith started things off by booking a gig at a corner bar. The trio had one quick rehearsal, and then played for two hours at the club. He found this informal approach exhilarating. “I could just call out a tune and the key, and they either knew it, and if they didn’t, they could wing it,” he says. “And we did our whole first gig like that.”

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Mississippi Main Street Association director Bob Wilson speaks during History Is Lunch at noon at the Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Bring lunch; call 601576-6998. … Bring your kids to Story Time on the Side Porch at 3:30 p.m. at the Eudora Welty House (1119 Pinehurst Place). Free; call 601-353-7762. … Jennifer Taylor’s metal work exhibit at the Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland) is on display through Aug. 31. Free; call 601-856-7546. … Hal & Mal’s “An Intimate Evening with Mississippi’s Finest” includes music from Luther Dickinson and Bobby Rush. … Y’alls Blues Band is at Fenian’s at 9 p.m. … Hunter Gibson is at Kathryn’s. … The Supakidz host Wasted Wednesday at Dreamz JXN.


The Jackson Bike Advocates community bike ride starts at 6 p.m. at Rainbow Whole Foods (2807 Old Canton Road). Email … BBQ & Blues is from 6-9 p.m. at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Drive) in Sparkman Auditorium. $25, $5 children; call 601-3717335. … The Art by Choice sale and live auction is at 7 p.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). $50, $100 VIP for 6 p.m. entry; call 601-960-1515 to RSVP. … Jazz Beautiful with Pam Confer performs during Jazz Night Live at 7 p.m. at circa. Urban Artisan Living (2771 Old Canton Road). $12; call 601-362-8484. … The “Women on Fire” gospel concert is at 7 p.m. at Word and Worship Church (6286 Hanging Moss Road). Free, donations welcome; call 601-832-6258. … The WWE Raw World Tour kicks off at 7:30 p.m. at the Mississippi Coliseum. $25-$60; call 800-745-3000.


CARA’s Dog Days of Summer fundraiser is at 10 a.m. at Pelahatchie Shore Park (Pelahatchie Shore Drive, Brandon). $10 meal, $3 kids meal, dog food or cat litter donations welcome; call 601-201-0568. … Enjoy music and food at SneakyFest from noon-midnight at Sneaky Beans. Performers include Spacewolf, Furrows, Strange Pilgrims, Wooden Finger and Young Buffalo. $10 plus cost of food; call 601487-6349. … The Natural Hair Sip and Social is at 6 p.m. at Suite 106. Limited tickets. $5; visit to RSVP. … The Saving Grace Benefit for Grace House is at 6 p.m. at St. James Episcopal Church (3921 Oakridge Drive). $35; call 601-353-1038. … The “Rolling on the River” Wine, Spirits and Food Festival is 6-9 p.m. at the Vicksburg Convention Center (1600 Mulberry St., Vicksburg). $35, $60 couple; call 800-745-3000. … Monk, DJ Proppa Bear and Paul B perform during Summerset at 8 p.m. at Dreamz JXN. $15 before 10 p.m., $20 after. … The SWAC Kick-off Party is at 8 p.m. at VFW Post 9832. $5; call 769-251-9079. Take photos with Francis, CARA’s “wonder pup,” at Dog Days of Summer at 10 a.m. Aug. 27 at Pelahatchie Shore Park in Brandon.

At F. Jones Corner, David Pigott performs during the blues lunch, and the Amazin’ Lazy Boi Band plays at 10 p.m. … Anne Dennis’ “Despair to Destiny” exhibit at the Municipal Art Gallery (839 N. State St.) closes today. Free; call 601-960-1582. … Exhibitors at the Dog Days of Summer art show at Nunnery’s at Gallery 119 (119 S. President St.) include William Dunlap and Jean Seymour; the show hangs through Aug. 31. Free; call 601-969-4091. … Larry Brewer performs at 8 p.m. at Fitzgerald’s. … The Jason Turner Band are at AJ’s on the Lake (361 Township Ave., Ridgeland). Calico Panache performs at Centric Thursday at Dreamz JXN. … Framing Hanley and Oh No Fiasco are at Fire at 8 p.m. $15 in advance.

At 1:30 p.m., St. Richard Catholic Church (1242 Lynnwood Drive) hosts a summer concert and reception in Foley Hall. Free, donations welcome; call 601-3662335. … Art House Cinema Downtown at Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.) includes the films “The Magic Flute” at 2 p.m. ($16) and “Rejoice and Shout” at 5 p.m. Visit … Kurt Carr headlines the Gospel Music Extravaganza at 6 p.m. at the Jackson Convention Complex. $15 in advance, $20 at the door; call 601-355-0636 or 800-745-3000. … Air Slimm, Killa B and Mr. Shiesty perform at Dreamz JXN.


Michele Schipper of the Institute of Southern Jewish Life speaks at the W.I.N.E. women’s meetup at 1335 Grand Ave. Email to RSVP. … Larry Brewer is at Kathryn’s. … Pub Quiz at Ole Tavern. … Fenian’s, Irish Frog, and Burgers and Blues have karaoke. … Martin’s hosts an open-mic free jam.


See the film “Red Hot Chili Peppers LIVE: I’m With You” at 8 p.m. at Tinseltown (411 Riverwind Drive, Pearl). $14, $13 seniors and students, $12 children; call 601-9365856. … Dreamz JXN hosts Comedy Night.


Historic Jefferson College Director Robin Person speaks during History Is Lunch at noon at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Bring lunch; call 601-576-6998. … The luncheon with author Lysa TerKeurst is at noon at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum, Sparkman Auditorium (1150 Lakeland Drive). $12.50; call 601-829-4583. More events and details at Furrows performs at the 2nd Annual SneakyFest Aug. 27 at Sneaky Beans. SneakyFest runs from noon to midnight. WILLIAM PATRICK BUTLER





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by Jason Huang

Open to Local The album starts off with a hazy listlessness. “Wolf ” and “Mental Needles” creep along with a downbeat trod, but they don’t sacrifice musical integrity to fall into the category of the weary, emotionally distraught song. Rather, “Wolf ” has a running pop-like tune, if a little bit monotonous, and “Mental Needles” feels likes grunge mixed with progressive rock. The music doesn’t sound like a straight garage band, which is rather pleasant. The next part of the album, which has only eight songs for a total of 30 minutes, adopts a catchier tone. “You Can’t Like Everything About Everybody, All The Time,” is a thrilling rock song with glamorous ascending guitar riffs and quirky lyrics. It gives an unexpected turn from the mood it first sets, bolstering the band’s strength of diversity. A downside that plagues this album, unfortunately, is the moments of monotonous singing. While the instruments are sharp, McKercher’s voice never really changes, even across songs. Without paying attention, some may mistake songs like “Millionth” and “Static” to be one, perhaps merely noticing a change of rhythm. It would have been refreshing to hear his vocals carry more distinctive tones throughout the record. One starkly different song—you could even say contrasting—is “. . . “ (yes, that’s the name of the track), a recording

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Spacewolf includes, from left, Don Hawkins, Drew McKercher and Murph Caicedo.

of what seems to be the band warming up. The crescendo of sound transitions from piqued to slightly unsettling. This is what is fascinating about this band. The diversification of this album, whatever genre it may be (because at some point it can become muddled), should catch listeners, reel them in and maybe even mesmerize them. This album surprised me with the band’s talent and clear musical produc-

tion. Spacewolf is currently touring the southeast, but if you’re looking for great locality, “Spacewolf ” delivers without stumbling in the mud. Catch Spacewolf playing Sept. 24 at Sam’s Lounge with Baak Gwai; Aug. 27 at the second annual Sneakyfest at Sneaky Beans; and Oct. 20 at Hal & Mal’s at the Chuck Palahniuk book signing event. Visit their Facebook Page for more updates and info.

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and just taking it, though, I joined some of Jackson’s finest in the hip-hop scene to take our message to the children. From June 6-10, PyInfamous, Coke Bumaye, 5th Child, Skipp Coon, Ulogy, DJ Young Venom, myself and others created, organized and ran a hip-hop summer camp for a group of third-, fourth- and fifthgraders at Brown Elementary in midtown. We taught the students about the history of hip-hop, guided them through a project that ended with the creation of an original graffiti piece, and helped them write original raps about the positives and negatives in their communities. The kids then performed them in front of a full auditorium of parents and fellow students on the last day. On July 9 and 10, I participated in the 4th Annual ACLU Mississippi Youth HipHop Summit at Jackson State University, which brought together nearly 600 youths from around the state to not only learn about their rights as members of the hiphop generation, but also to learn ways to be more proactive in their communities.



ure, summer is not officially over. In fact, it is nowhere near being over in any real sense of the word. As those of us who have spent sizeable amounts of time in Mississippi know, our relief will not come until October—if we’re lucky. But, for us teachers and other summers-off people, the summer ended in the middle of August when weekday sleep-ins gave way to 6 a.m. stumbles out of bed. I, of course, was sad to see my lazy days end, but I was glad to get back into the grind of work and responsibility. I do not, however, wish to give the impression that my summer break was one of complete and utter laziness. Truthfully, I had one of the most productive vacations I have ever had. I finished my master’s degree at Jackson State University in May and temporarily joined the ranks of the over-educated and under-employed. But all was not lost. With the stress of looking for a real job weighing heavily on my constitution, I watched one of the hottest Junes in history roll in. Instead of sitting back



pacewolf,” released in May 2011, is the first album of the band Spacewolf, made up of guitarist-vocalist Drew McKercher, bassist Don Hawkins and drummer Murph Caicedo. Each of the band mates, who are all in their early 30s, hails from a different place. McKercher was born in Idaho but grew up in Vicksburg; Hawkins was born and raised in Ocean Springs; and Caicedo was born in the Pacific Northwest but moved to Pearl as a middle-schooler. Outside of making music, McKercher is the ops manager at a musical instrument retailer, Hawkins is the traffic manager at an advertising agency, and Caicedo is a percussionist for the Belhaven dance department and is working at Malaco Records during the reconstruction process after it was destroyed by a tornado last April. Despite the band mates seemingly unconnected backgrounds, they join together to create cohesive sound and mature tone, unafraid to take risks. The album, produced by Spacewolf and Kent Bruce of Malaco records, comes with a maturity uncharacteristic of a “first” album. Having been together for a little over a year, Spacewolf can deliver and intrigue. The band combines classic rock, experimental instrumentals and subtle pop. This album isn’t amateur—it’s much more than that.

Garrad Lee, left, and Lyrik teach kids about hip-hop history and artistry.

We taught the participants about hiphop’s roots in social-justice movements while also conducting workshops where they got hands-on experience with all four elements of hip-hop (DJing, Breaking, MCing and graffiti) from Jackson’s purveyors of the culture. Hip-hop catches a lot of slack and, in some ways, that’s understandable given the version of the culture that mainstream

music presents. As hip-hop activists and educators, it is our job to fight those misconceptions and misrepresentations and arm youth with the knowledge they need to navigate a world that tells them that their culture is somehow less important than the dominant one. To do that, we show kids how hip-hop culture is rooted not only in movements for social justice, but also in deep, rich musical and artistic legacies that stretch all the way back to Africa. Those African legacies moved all around the world, eventually stopping off on the Caribbean islands before Kool Herc brought them to the Bronx in the 1970s. The rest is history. And it is that history that is so vital to our understanding of hip-hop as a culture and as a movement. This summer, Jackson’s hip-hop community put its money where its mouth is and took the message to the people. And, just so you know, the fall and winter, whenever they might come around, won’t cool us off at all. We’ve got a lot more on the way.



























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anyone to look up to. It was just a thing that I realized I enjoyed, and I decided to continue doing it. How would you describe your cooking style? Is it fusion or there another term you like to use? I’d say eclectic—a little of everything. Growing up in the Bronx, I was the kid reared on fried pork chops, and rice and beans. Then I moved up to eating rare steak and Thai beef salad and Asian food and Japanese and all these different cuisines. It’s just huge; it’s another world. Chef Luis Bruno and The Big Louis, one of his works of art.


n Jackson, the name “Bruno’s” is spoken with revered tones. People will wax nostalgic about the Thai beef salad, paella and pad Thai for hours all while bemoaning the void it left in the city’s culinary landscape. So what happened to Bruno’s namesake? In the few years since Bruno’s Eclectic Cuisine closed its doors, owner and head chef Luis Bruno has been scurrying across the city, never staying in one place too long. He taught occasional cooking classes at The Everyday Gourmet, had an exhibition at the Viking Classic golf tournament and, after a stint as the personal chef to Gov. Haley Barbour, Bruno took command of all the restaurants in the Jackson Hilton. He recently moved to a new venture, the Palette Café at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St., 601-965-9900). There, amidst the cacophony of construction and school groups, I sat down with Chef Bruno.

with my TV show. It got picked up by Mississippi Public Broadcasting, and we started filming in June. It’s tentatively titled “Cooking for Life with Chef Luis Bruno.” Is it going to be your cookbook, “Don’t Feel Guilty, Eat it,” in a TV format? Yes. (The Mississippi) Farm Bureau is one of my sponsors, and we’re working to feature Mississippi products—all facets of Mississippi farming from pork to vegetables to honey. I’m going to turn around and bring it into the studio and make it eclectic, make it with flair, keep it low fat, have a little fun.

What do you have planned for the Palette Café? Will we see your trademark blend of Latin and Asian cuisines? I’m going to do a little bit of everything and make it an eclectic café.

You went to culinary school at Pinellas Technical Education Center in Florida, but did you have any interest in food while growing up? I started working with food when I was 12. We had our first supermarket in New York (City) and from there we opened a pizzeria, and then we opened two more restaurants, all in a 10-year span. So I’ve been at this for 30 years. I never knew I was going to go into the food business for a career.

This is a change of pace from the Hilton. Is this going be more low-key with a chance to explore more cuisine? I’m still exploring, and I’m keeping busy

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Petra CafĂŠ (2741 Old Canton Road, 601-925-0016) Mediterranean and Lebanese Cuisine. Aladdin Mediterranean Grill (730 Lakeland Drive 601-366-6033) Kristos (971 Madison Ave @ Hwy 51, Madison, 601-605-2266) Famous Greek meatball! Mezza (1896 Main St., Suite A, Madison 601-853-0876) Med. & wood fired pizzas. Vasilios (828 Hwy 51 in Madison 601-853-0028) Authentic Greek dining.

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Pan Asia (720 Harbor Pines Dr, Ridgeland 601-956-2958) Beautiful ambiance. Fusion Japanese and Thai Cuisine (1002 Treetop Blvd, Flowood 601-664-7588)



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Two Sisters Kitchen (707 N. Congress St. 601-353-1180) 2011 Best of Jackson 2011 fried chicken, lunch-only (M-F, Sun) all-you-can eat buffet. Fresh veggies, whisky bread pudding.


Broad Street Bakery (4465 Interstate 55 N. 601-362-2900) Gourmet deli fare. Primos Cafe (2323 Lakeland 601-936-3398/ 515 Lake Harbour 601-898-3400) A Jackson institution featuring a full breakfast, blue-plate specials, catfish, burgers, bakery. For Heavenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cakes (4950 Old Canton Road 601-991-2253) Cakes and cupcakes for all occasions including weddings, parties, catered events. Beagle Bagel (4500 I-55 North, Suite 145, Highland Village 769-251-1892) Fresh bagels in tons of different styles with a variety of toppings including cream cheese, lox, eggs, cheese, meats and or as full sandwiches for lunch. Paninis, wraps and much more!


High Noon CafĂŠ (2807 Old Canton Road in Rainbow Plaza 601-366-1513) Fresh, gourmet, tasty and healthy defines the lunch options at Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own strict vegetarian (and very-vegan-friendly) restaurant.

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here are a few things in life you just have to see to believe. Some places are so rich in history and culture that to experience it is to be a part of that history. That place is The Big Apple Inn; the experience is the pig ear sandwich. One of the oldest restaurants in Jackson, The Big Apple Inn opened in September of 1939 by a Mexican immigrant, Juan “Big John” Mora and his son Harold Lee. Mora came to Mississippi with an old family recipe for tamales and made his mark on Jackson history by pushing a hot tamale cart along Farish Street in the early 1930s. When the opportunity came to acquire a building, Mora enlisted the help of his son Harold Lee and opened The Big Apple Inn in a rented building on Farish Street. Tamales made Mora well known but a coincidence made him famous. The local meat Geno Lee packing plant would throw away unused pig ears from its meat processing. The owner asked Mora if he could do something with the ears and the rest, they say, is history. When Mora began making his pig ear sandwiches, they were boiled for two days to make them fork-tender. Now the ears are pressure cooked for two hours with salt, but served the same way Big John did: on a slider bun with mustard sauce, slaw, and homemade hot sauce. In addition to the famous pig ears, The Big Apple Inn is known for their signature smokes sandwich and tamales, all available for $1.05 each. What makes The Big Apple Inn so unique is the role it played in the history of Farish Street. Famed blues singer Sonny Boy Williams rented the apartment above the Inn and would play his guitar at night in the restaurant. After the apartment was turned into office space, Medgar Evers opened his office there and was known to meet in the Inn space when he needed extra room. Present-day owner Geno Lee took the family business over from his uncle, who was handed the Inn down from Big John himself. Lee’s family is not only known for their mark on the culinary history of Jackson, but on its civil rights trail as well. Lee’s mother, Mary Harrison Lee, was born in Manila, Philippines, and was adopted by a Texas family. She made her way to become a student at Tougaloo College. Mary was one of the Tougaloo Four arrested at the Jackson Greyhound Station for Breach of Peace; she was a Freedom Rider. The Big Apple Inn was the recipient of the prestigious Ruth Fertel Keeper of the Flame Award in 2009. The Big Apple Inn’s signature pig ear sandwich was featured on Ripley’s Believe It or Not and Garden and Gun Magazine’s Top 50 Things to Do Before You Die. So if you are looking for a true Jackson original, make your way to The Big Apple Inn and give the pig ear sandwich a try. Don’t forget the smokes and tamales, and experience a piece of history today.

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Mia: friend, downtown dog and life companion.

That turned things a little somber and reflective, as we tried to consider how she must feel after investing those years in a relationship that she thought would last forever and then it ending unexpectedly. (For the record, we ourselves are not nearing the big 4-0, not that that’s old.) Things turned to the subject of the lives we make for ourselves, including talk of other friends who, over the past few years, married and had children, and how that affects their identity. It all comes down to the issue of choice, we decided. As children, we’re taught

that we can be anything we want to be when we grow up. So why, as adults, do we sometimes feel that we have to defend the choices we’ve made, or judge others for theirs? Or, perhaps worse, question our own choices? Which brings us back to the apple. I think it was B who mentioned her theory about Eve. Namely, that she gets a bad rap for—you know—that whole downfall of mankind thing. And so, we decided to reclaim the apple. Because, not to get all theological, but eating the apple wasn’t just something that happened to her; it was a conscious decision that came to define her. We all make choices—where we live, what we do with our lives, with whom we live them—that come to define our identity, and we need to own them. It’s definitely something that B, Mom o’ Mia and I think about a lot. I’m sure married people, moms and men think about it, too. But when you’re a single gal in the South, particularly, and not at all defined by your relationship to anyone else (a spouse, a child), it can be hard to fully accept and own the control you have over who you are and what you do.

As Steven poured us our last glasses of wine, we made an oath and formalized it on a cocktail napkin with our signatures. The agreement was simple: Eat that apple. We hope it’s a philosophy that spreads: Own your identity; take charge of the choices you make; live life fully; and if you don’t like something, change it. It’s a choice. B even started a daily list of ways to embrace the philosophy. I started embracing it before we even departed—by getting a PM burger to go (I like to be alone with my red meat). Because a burger is a choice that I never second-guess. COURTESY JULIE SKIPPER

at that apple.” It’s a new catchphrase, coined during what started out as an evening catching up with friends over wine at Parlor Market (115 W. Capitol St., 601-360-0090), but turned into adoption of a new life philosophy. The friends in question wish to remain nameless, so I’ll refer to them as B, who is my Only Child Soul Sister, and Mom o’ Mia (Mia is a fluffy white dog, not a child). B and Mom o’ Mia are dear friends with whom I share a special friendship, the sort that includes absolute acceptance and the ability to be completely honest. That’s particularly true on topics that sometimes result in judgment from others who don’t understand our point of view because they made choices different from our own—topics like kids, marriage and renting an apartment instead of buying a home. It started innocently enough, with Mom o’ Mia mentioning a friend who recently broke up with her boyfriend of six years. That’s bad enough on its own, but she added that the friend is knocking on the door of the big 4-0.


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