Managing Editor Amber Helsel is a Gemini who loves travelling, art, photography, music, anime, cats, snacks and more. She recently joined the Four Eyes Club. Email story ideas to email@example.com.
Cooper Restaurants Inc., which owns Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Renaissance at Highland Colony Park, announced on Monday, March 26, that the restaurant will close. Here is a press release, verbatim:
RIDGELAND, MS, March 26, 2018 —Cooper Restaurants Inc. announced today the closure of the Ridgeland, Mississippi Ruth’s Chris Steak House location. The restaurant, located at 1000 Highland Colony Parkway was one of two Ruth’s Chris Steak House franchises operated by Cooper Restaurants. The restaurant opened its doors in July of 2008 and has been a cornerstone of the Renaissance Center at Colony Park. “We are honored by the support that we have received in Ridgeland, Mississippi over the past 10 years. Continue Reading
Jackson has lots of stuff to do, as evident from our calendar. Here are a few events you could attend this week. Cabaret at Duling Hall—The Eclectic Guitar
Tonight, March 19, Local musician Barry Leach will perform original solo guitar pieces, as well as known songs. The event is at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.) at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25.
Ideas on Tap: “Emerging Mississippi” in Arts & Culture
During Mississippi Humanities Council’s next Ideas on Tap, panelists such as Ginger Williams Cook, Phillip “DJ Young Venom” Rollins and moderator Garrad Lee will discuss young Mississippians in arts and culture. Continue Reading
Most of us will probably attend the Hal’s St. Paddy’s Parade & Festival tomorrow, but if you want to know what else is happening, here are some choices.
“Point of Perception” Podcast Launch & Art Show
Tonight, March 16, Michele Mathis is launching her podcast, “Point of Perception,” which focuses on how people perceive the world around them. Along with a discussion about the podcast, the launch party will also feature work from local artists Justin Ransburg, Will Brooks, Kira Cummings, Lynlee Healing Webb and Managing Editor Amber Helsel. A portion of proceeds from art sales goes to The McCoy House for Sober Living. The event, which is free and open to the public, is at Jax-Zen Float (155 Wesley Ave.) from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
For this year, the first Fondren After 5 has been pushed back to April 5. In a statement to area businesses and restaurants, Fondren Renaissance Foundation Executive Director Jim Wilkirson said that due to unseasonably cold weather and ongoing construction to sidewalks in the neighborhood, the event will begin later than usual this year. “Some area businesses may elect to start earlier than this date, and some may be open this month, but we will not officially publicize the event as a neighborhood until our kickoff on April 5.” Events for FA5 will center around three areas: Duling Avenue, State Street and Rainbow Plaza. The plan is to have Duling Avenue blocked off each month, activities in Rainbow Plaza from Hops & Habanas to Cups, and Sneaky Beans serving as the anchor for the State Street area, though these plans may change due to construction. Continue Reading
Since Jan. 1, Jackson has experienced water-main breaks due to below-freezing temperatures. Here is a press release from the City of Jackson about ongoing repairs to the breaks:
Jackson, MS—Water pressures and flows are beginning to return to normal in many areas within the City of Jackson water-distribution network of pipelines. The number of new main breaks has subsided while repairs continue. However, other areas continue to experience low pressure in areas immediately near main break sites, which will have little or no pressure or flow available until those breaks are repaired. Continue Reading
On Friday, Dec. 8, Podastery co-owner and host of podcasts such as “Let’s Talk Jackson” Beau York announced a new podcast that would explore the meaning of the Mississippi state flag and its impact on the state’s citizens. Here is a press release, verbatim:
“Red Flag,” a new podcast about the historical impact and fallout from the state flag of Mississippi, was announced on Dec. 8. The podcast, hosted and produced by citizens of the state, aims to show how Mississippi is changing from within, specifically highlighting how the Confederate emblem was obtained, those who wish to see it removed and why, through the narration of hosts Beau York and Chellese Hall. Continue Reading
On Tuesday, Dec. 12, Innovate Mississippi announced that the W.K. Kellogg Foundation awarded the organization with a three-year, $1-million grant to help Innovate grow its Mississippi Coding Academies in Jackson. Here is a press release verbatim from Innovate Mississippi:
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has awarded Innovate Mississippi a three-year, $1-million grant to help the newly formed Mississippi Coding Academies grow their current program in the city of Jackson from one academy to four academies over the next three years. The goal is to dramatically increase the number of Jackson-based computer coders trained by the innovative, high-tech workforce-development program. The Mississippi Coding Academies is a private/public initiative that launched as a joint effort between Innovate Mississippi and the Mississippi Development Authority, with support from the Mississippi Community College Board, Hinds Community College, East Mississippi Community College and the Mississippi Works initiative. Continue Reading
On Thursday, Nov. 30, the Mississippi Museum of Art announced the opening of its community-centered initiative, the Center for Art and Public Exchange. The initiative will use art, exhibitions, programs and artist engagements to “increase understanding and inspire new narratives in contemporary Mississippi,” a press release says. “We at the Mississippi Museum of Art believe that when great, profound art and human beings come together, when they intersect, there’s something magical about that place,” MMA Director Betsy Bradley said in the release. “We think that personal transformation can happen in that circumstance. Continue Reading
On Wednesday, Nov. 15, Jesmyn Ward received a National Book Award for “Sing, Unburied, Sing.” The book centers around 13-year-old Jojo, whose mother, Leonie, takes he and his toddler sister Kayla on a trip to Parchman to pick up their white father. Ward is now a two-time winner of the National Book Award, as she won one in 2011 for her novel, “Salvage the Bones.” Click here to read a New York Times story about her award. Continue Reading
In honor of the state’s bicentennial and the opening on the civil-rights and history museums in December, organizations and businesses such as Creative Mississippi, Team JXN and Blue Magnolia films have partnered together to create the Mississippi Mile in downtown Jackson. The Mile will feature a bicentennial photo gallery, which will be one of the largest pop-up, open-air galleries in the U.S., and more. Mississippi Mile is Saturday, Dec. 9, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Capitol Street in downtown Jackson. The event is free and open to the public. Those who want to be a vendor should register here by Monday, Nov. Continue Reading