Wednesday, September 1, 2004
Sept. 2 marks the return of ARTMix in the Historic Fondren District of Jackson. Come mix it up with artists in their studios and merchants in their stores, throughout the neighborhood, with business hours extended until 8 p.m. It is a great way to take advantage of the cooler weather (soon, soon) and a great time of day to enjoy our fair city. When else can you see twinkling urban lights from a rooftop in Jackson? Artists Latrica Graves and Susan Davis are featured at Cups on Old Canton. Check out paintings and furniture like no other in Gallery 119/Article; Fondren Traders has local artwork as well as interesting yard art. The first evening of ARTMix also marks the first of four art shows entitled "The Four Seasons of The Cedars"—"Autumn" features abstract expressionist works by Richard McKey and William Goodman, opening at 7 p.m. The Cedars is only a short Steel Magnolia Trolley ride away from Fondren to 4145 Old Canton Road. Subsequent shows will feature other media for each season.
— Emily Resmer
Indie Movies Invade Jackson
It may seem stranger than paradise that a Jim Jarmusch film would show in Jackson, but the Crossroads Film Society is making it possible. Jarmusch's latest film, "Coffee and Cigarettes," will open up Crossroad's six-week, 35mm indie-film series on Sept. 13 at the Parkway Place Theater on Lakeland. The film, which features comedy vignettes with Iggy Pop, Bill Murray, Steve Buscemi, Jack White and others, will begin a series of Monday night events, which the Crossroads Film Society hopes will cause more Jacksonians to love indie cinema.
"The bulk of the Crossroads films are what are generally referred to in the industry as 'limited platform' releases," explains Crossroads board member Ed Inman. "They are primarily released in larger cities and to arthouse-type theaters but rarely ever come to mainstream 'plex'-type theaters such as those in metro Jackson."
After researching and negotiating, though, the Crossroads people have made sure that several independent films will come to Jackson. In the weeks following "Coffee and Cigarettes," the group plans to show a variety of other films. For a complete listing, see page 11. Tickets for each movie are $6, but members get in free. You can become a member on the spot and get the entire series for free.
The Jewish Film Festival and Southern Circuit Series are also participating in the indie invasion. The Jewish Film Festival will screen a mixture of feature-length and short films from Saturday, Oct 16, through Tuesday, Oct. 19 at various locations. General admission is $10 adults, and $5 students, per screening. A festival pass is $30 for adults and $20 for students and includes all four screenings. Patron passes are available for $125, and include all screenings and the Saturday evening Patron Party. To order tickets, call 956-6215.
The Southern Circuit Film Festival has a Monday night series, too, beginning Sept. 27 and showing once a month through November. It picks back up in February and runs through April. The cool thing about its showing is that the director shows up, too! Directors stick around after screenings to answer questions. All films will be shown at Millsaps College and are free. See pages 11-12 for a complete listing of the films. — Casey Parks
Having the Last Laughs
You've probably seen Headliners, the "nightlife hotspot" that opened not too long ago on Ridgewood Road. While Headliners does feature several dance clubs and a sports bar—the normal "party scene" fare—if you can find your way down and around to Rascal's Comedy Club, you're in for some laughs.
Giant paintings of comedians like Jerry Seinfeld and Drew Carey loom on the comedy club's walls, and plenty of talented comedians from around the country take the Rascal's stage. Famous comedienne Brett Butler brings her act to Jackson Sept. 10-11. (You may remember Brett as Grace from the comedy series "Grace Under Fire".) Max Dolcelli, Brian Sheil and Scott Bruce—alumni of HBO, Showtime, Comedy Central, the Tonight Show—round out the September performers.
Need more laughs? Head on down to Vicksburg. Saturday, Sept. 25, to the Vicksburg Convention Center, and check out "Chicago Style Stand-Ups." The unique new comedy show features the excitement and interaction of an ensemble and the fast-paced dynamic of stand-up comedy together in one high-energy package. There are six headliner comics on stage together, taking off in a rapid rotation and all at once. — by Beth Kander
What a super night last night at ArtMix. We were set up on the first floor of the Fondren Corner building and visited with hundreds of folks passing through, many we know from the Lounge List. It was "free" night: We served wine, registered people to vote, gave away Elixir and Amerigo gift certificates, "Think Global, Shop Local" stickers, Rock the Vote buttons, and other knickknacks. Most fun, for three hours, Chane printed free JFP "I Get It Once a Week" t-shirts in his new Studio Chane location in the basement of Fondren Corner (down the hall from the new Josie's Corner boutique). Or, rather, he let people print them himself! Very exciting, and cheers to Chane for including us on such a great idea that was such a hit with everyone. Chane rocks. After the ArtMix, Todd and I caught the end of Richard McKey and William Goodman's show at The Cedars. Wow. And what Camp Best and the Fondren Renaissance folks have done with that building! It is just super. Remember, all, to join us on the lawn there next Thursday night for Symphony at Sunset with swing dancing in the moonlight! Our friends Edward St. Pe and Lisa Palmer will be crooning with Crafton Beck and his orchestra. 4145 Old Canton Road. Come early to get a great spot on the lawn Starts at 7 p.m.