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THERE'S NOTHING TO DO IN MACON.... HA! INSIDE. AR 9, JUNE 16 - 30, 2011 � YE ISSUE 7 A Halluva Auction Dinner Theatre at Capitol Jazz in the Park Bug Day at Museum of Arts & Sciences BEST BETS PAUL BRONSON ISN'T Promote Macon in a song for a chance at a $25,000 prize package GATEWAY INITIATIVE UNVEILS MACON MUSIC COMPETITION For Father's Day FIVE FINDS CRAZY HE'S JUST AMBITIOUS MEET SOME YOUNG GUYS FOR MACON'S FUTURE WITH HIGH HOPES S PUBLISHER'S NOTES brad@11thHourOnline.com "No sir, I don't believe I have TB." "Well you sound like some old man who has spent some time in Virginia." "Wow." I just started laughing, which made me cough, which made him laugh. I may not have found the perfect Doctor, but I had definitely found the perfect doctor for me. Before I was gone, he'd whipped up something on his prescription pad that would knock the pneumonia off of me, and he'd gotten some laughs for both of us, at my expense which I guess, as they say, is the best medicine. This, I thought, is why I love Macon. Another reason I love Macon is Jared Wright. That fine looking young Man on last issue's cover, hitching a ride to pleasure town, was the victim of an auto break in, right after he helped shut down the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. After working there for the past few years, he caught a ride home from the closing party last Saturday night. When he came back Sunday, windows were smashed and his Mountain Bike was gone. Taking matters into his own hands, he took a small souvenir Braves bat to the streets of downtown and had the culprit in the hands of the authorities within a few hours. Kudos to you, Mr. Downtown Macon Vigilante, Jr. KNOW MACON: JUNE 16 - 30, 2011 THIS 23 YEAROLD IS HOPING FOR A SEAT ON CITY COUNCIL. PG 23 by BRAD EVANS o this past week I got sick. Really sick. Sick enough for me to call a friend and get a Doctor recommendation because even though I've lived here almost a decade I've never been to the Doctor here. I made an appointment and felt like a kid when that thin butt paper on the table crinkled up underneath me. At this point I had sweated through my shirt, and was shivering. The Doctor came in. "Good Lord son, why are you so sweaty?" "I'm sick." "Good heavens, you are really sweaty. Good LORD what is that on your head ? "That's a birthmark." "Lord that thing's big. Get some sunscreen on that. Can you stick your tongue out and say ahh." "Ahh" "Good Lord." "What, is my throat closed?" "You've had a lot of Dental Work." "Oh, yeah I have." "Let's listen to your chest." rattle rattle rattle "Whoah, wait a minute now. What in the world. Did you just ride in here with Doc Holiday? Did a coyote just bring you across the border with a bunch of others? Do you have TB?" WHAT I KNOW... WITH ASA HOWARD THE SCENE... ON PAGE 18 15 Days A Halluva Auction, Gateway rolls out new Macon Music Competition, Dinner Theatre, and so much more! 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The app allows you to access every HBO program ever on your ipad, and I was able to watch the first six minutes of a not yet released True Blood series premier, which opens in Fairyland. I almost puked on the device and I'm not happy about it. This series makes a habit out of jumping the shark though, so I'm sure it will be well received. Premiers Sunday, June 12. I'm not a huge Pearl Jam fan, I stopped listening to them almost before flannel got too hot for Georgia that summer, but Eddie Vedder's new album, Ukulele Songs, is worth a listen. I also got My Morning Jacket's new piece, Circuital, Middle Brother's self titled joint, and Black Lips, Arabia Mountain, this week . You should also check out the new video of Mumford and Sons, The Bookshop Sessions, which is just magnificent. If your not a National Geographic subscriber, you might want to pick up the latest edition, which turns their lens on the birth of religion, which they say may have had as great an affect on civilization as agriculture. It's as interesting a thing as I've read in months. I saw the Hangover II this past week, and I don't really know what I expected, but it sucked. I mean walk out of the theater bad. X-Men First Class turned out to be pretty good though. I had no idea that mutants helped avert the Cuban Missle Crisis. A movie I am pretty excited about is Blue Like Jazz. Keith Watson, from New City Church gave me the book a few years back, and I really enjoyed it. Paste magazine called it one of the 20 best books of the decade after all. And now thanks to a Kickstarter Campaign, and musician turned filmmaker Steve Taylor, it's coming to a theatre probably not near us soon. I was getting pretty excited about the new season of True Blood hitting this month on HBO. 15DAYS AUCTION June 16 - 30 CALENDAR FIVE FINDS NIGHTLIFE DINING OUT LUCINDA WILLIAMS TICKETS ON SALE NOW! 7/28 AT THE CAPITOL. TICKETS: $30-$50 FOR BALCONY, $100 FOR FLOOR. Steep... but you'll never see her again in this intimate setting! 6/17 ONE HELL OF AN AUCTION A Halluva Auction is the one auction this year you don't want to miss! Vacation packages, fine art, one-of-a-kind experiences and a chance to win $10,000! All to support vital downtown institutions: The Cherry Blossom Festival, The Georgia Sports Hall of Fame and NewTown Macon. Purchase a $100 raffle ticket for your chance at winning a reverse raffle of $10,000 cash, tickets will be drawn throughout the evening, with prizes awarded every 50th draw. Your ticket is also your admission to the auction and special VIP party. Only 400 raffle tickets will be sold, call Jessica today to buy yours at (478) 722-9909. But you don't have to purchase a raffle ticket to participate in the general and silent auction on June 17th. General admission is just $5 at the door of the historic Terminal Station, which starts at 8pm. Live auction items range from golf and vacation packages to fine art, large flat-screen TVs and even a complete patio makeover. The silent auction list is available to view online, and is by far the largest list of some of the coolest items in Macon, from catered dinners to motor scooters, all kinds of services from dental work to landscaping, jewelry, fine art and so much more! There will also be a large section of sports memorabilia and packages. Don't miss this fun and exciting chance to support downtown organizations. The Macon Department of Parks and Rec presents Adult Kickball REGISTRATION: June 20 � July 11 COST: $250 Per Team PLAY DAY & TIMES: Sundays July 24 thru August 28 at Central City Park Call 751-7973 for more information, register in person at 150 Willie Smokey GLover Drive in Central City Park. COMPETITION GATEWAY ANNOUNCES G 04 JUNE 16 - 30, 2011 ateway Macon's latest high profile, attention-grabbing contest, aptly entitled Macon Music, was introduced this week at the Douglass Theatre on the same historic stage where Otis Redding launched his legendary career. "Macon is looking for the next generation super star to call its own," said Executive Director, Beth Dunwody. "The Gateway Initiative developed the new musical competition to create more buzz and to enhance the public awareness of Macon's rich musical heritage." Macon Music's $25,000 total prize package is an investment in Macon's economic future and a catalyst for attracting top talent. According to a 2011 study conducted by B. William Riall, Ph.D., the estimated economic impact of the music industry in Georgia is $3.7 billion annually. Additionally, the study credits the industry with creating 19,955 jobs and generating more than $313 million in tax revenues for state and local governments. The Macon Music contest winner will receive studio time to record a three song EP (extended play mini-album). Two- time Grammy-nominated Macon resident and percussionist, Steve Moretti, will produce the project. The grand prize package includes a hi-definition music video, an array of promotional tools, and a CD release party at the Grand Opera House. Macon Music is phase two of an integrated marketing campaign that was strategically planned to highlight Macon's musical assets. As its inaugural project last fall, Gateway Macon commissioned an original song and produced a music video to showcase the city's assets. Rollingstone rocker Chuck Leavell, international violinist Robert McDuffie, rapper Sonny Spoon, Grammy-nominated drummer Steve Moretti, guitar virtuoso Peter Stroud and singer/songwriter Tony Reyes collaborated to develop "A Little More Soul." In the span of nine months, the song and video have garnered global viewership and a bevy of national accolades including multiple TELLY and ADDY awards. The same award-winning sound, design and production team will judge, produce and develop the Macon Music prize package. For More Information on the Gateway Initiative Contact: Beth Dunwody The Gateway Initiative 478.314.2231, firstname.lastname@example.org Want to Make some Music? Submissions are due by August 15, artists must be available for recording in Macon Sept/Oct. Musicians entering the contest must submit examples of previous recordings, artists statement and lyrics for three original songs with scratch recordings. The final product must promote Macon as a music destination and increase awareness of Macon's unique character somehow in the song. THE GOINGS ON IN THE CITY 15DAYS in America opens at Coney Island, it traveled approximately six miles per hour and cost a nickel to ride. Thur history: (1884)16roller coaster June first This day in Third Thursday Party in Mercer Village. Live music and fun at a free street party-style event hosted by College Hill. 6 to 9 p.m. 478.301.2008. CollegeHillMacon.com. Montpelier Ave. at Coleman Ave. ONGOING arts New Macon Co-Ed Book Club: Looking for a hobby? Love to read? Want to make new friends? The new macon co-ed book club is just what you are looking for. For more information please call 912-227-4212. Theatre Macon presents "Pump Boys and Dinettes" dinner theatre at the Cox Capitol Theatre, thru June 24. Dinner begins 6:00 p.m. / Show at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $38, and includes Dinner. Pump Boys and Dinettes is a mixture of country, rock, gospel, wester-swing and folk music, and has received critical acclaim in theatres across the country. Don't miss this wonderful show at the Cox Capitol Theatre. For reservations call 257-6391. "Figures" Exhibit at Middle Georgia Art Association. Thru June 10. Free and open to the public. Exhibit continues Tuesday - Friday, Noon 5 p.m. Saturday, Noon - 3 p.m. 478.744.9557. MiddleGeorgiaArt.org. 2330 Ingleside Ave. Macon Arts Gallery "5X" Photography Exhibit in The Gallery at Macon Arts Alliance. Recent works by Grant Blankenship, Doug Nurnberger, David Veal, Michael Williams, and Will Zachary. The Gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is always free. For more info call 478.743.6940. 486 First St. Downtown Get Down Downtown's third Thursday networking event is a rolling happy hour presented by Capital City Bank and Coliseum Emergency Rooms. Get Down [town] targets professionals, business and civic leaders in the community, and provides the opportunity to network while enjoying live entertainment, spirits, and hors d'ouerves. Each month's event will take place in a different downtown location. June's Get Down is on June 16th at Market City Caf� with live music by Josh Carson. This free networking event is open to the public. May 21 - October 31 � 55th Anniversary of Museum of Arts & Sciences: Selections from the Permanent Collection. Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m.. Admission $4 - $8. 478.477.3232. MASMacon.com. 4182 Forsyth Rd. Liberty, a gift of friendship from the people of France arrives in New York. Fri June(1885) The Statue of 17 This day in history: La Galerie is an art gallery across from the Cox Capitol Theatre open each Friday from 6:30-10 pm or later. 391 Second St, Downtown Macon. Art on the Avenue Fine Art Gallery presents "Celebrating Life" a group show featuring the new artwork by all of the gallery's artists including selected works by the students of Debbie Anderson. 2368 Ingleside Ave, 478-743-3720 Open gallery exhibits at Contemporary Arts Exchange. Resident and guest artist exhibits every First Friday, 7 - 10 p.m. MySpace.com/CAEMacon. 2nd Floor, 590 Mulberry St. Halluva Auction for Georgia Sports Hall of Fame at the Terminal Station. Silent and live auctions, raffle, live music, food, etc. Tickets free with purchase of raffle ticket or $5 at the door. 478.722.9909. HalluvaAuction.com. 200 Cherry St. "The Honky Tonk Angels" at Macon Little Theatre. Revival of popular production. Wednesday � Saturday, 8 p.m. Sunday, 2:30 p.m. $10 - $18. 478.471.PLAY. Thru June 26. 4220 Forsyth Rd. She Got Game: The History of Women's Basketball in Georgia She Got Game explores Georgia's contribution to Women's basketball and features Georgia Sports Hall of Famers Teresa Edwards, Katrina McClain, and Anne Paradise. $3.50-$8 Third Friday in Ingleside Village Joycine's has invited many of the local businesses to stay open from 5-8ish for an evening of art, shopping, dining and discovery. Sip, shop and stroll historic Ingleside Village. farmer's markets Crossroads Writers Conference: Margaret Jennings South at Sidney Lanier Cottage. Topic: "The Art of the Story." Former film producer shares the keys to writing a good story no matter its format. 10 a.m. Tickets $10 - $20. 478.227.0690. CrossroadsWriters.org. 935 High St. This day in history: (1885) The Statue of Liberty, a gift of friendship from the people of France arrives in New York. The Cox Capitol Theatre presents... WET WILLIE A Tony Long Sr. Birthday Bash Benefit forTheatre. Doors at 7 p.m. / Show at 8 p.m. Admission: $125 Floor Table Seating (per seat) $100 Floor Cocktail Seating $50 Box Seating $25 Balcony Seating. Downtown Friday Fest Downtown Macon celebrates Fridays each week with Friday Fest. The streets of downtown Macon are alive with music, art, and great food every Friday of the year. Free concert in Third Street Park! The Regulars: 6-9 p.m. The Regulars Band is a five piece tour de force from the suburbs of Metro-Atlanta. The sound falls somewhere between The Beatles and Stevie Wonder. Third Street Park also has children's inflatables from 5-7pm on the first and third Fridays of the month. City Market on the Green, 9am - 1pm. Every Saturday morning in Poplar Street Park, middle Georgia merchants, craftsmen and artisans set up booths of locally grown produce, plants, delicious bakery items, art, crafts and more! Wesleyan Market every second Saturday 9am - 1pm. Held monthly, this fun community event features a variety of locally grown and produced items ranging from flowers and organic fruits and vegetables to baked goods. Music, fun & educational events also offered. Free and open to the public. (478) 757-5233. Fri June 24 Theatre Macon Presents: "Having Our Say, The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years"8:00 PM Tickets $20 General/$18 Senior/$15 Student. Historic Douglass Theatre. -- Bessie Delaney notes that blacks must be sharp to get ahead, "But if you're average and white, honey, you can go far. Just look at Dan Quayle. If that boy was colored he'd be washing dishes somewhere." And they are wise: Sister Sadie says, "Life is short, and it's up to you to make it sweet." Downtown Friday Fest Downtown Macon celebrates Fridays each week with Friday Fest. The streets of downtown Macon are alive with music, art, and great food every Friday of the year. Free concert in Third Street Park featuring Mile Hudlow Quartet: 5-7 p.m.; Mark & Mama T: 8:30 p.m. Tasha "Mama T" Keeble has a voice like Alannah Myles with that haughty naughty blues that was Koko Taylor's trademark. Mark Johnson will whip whatever instrument comes his way--guitar, dobro, mandolin--and turn it into some deep-fried and dirty blues stew. It's music as hot as the weather and perfect to keep you cool. Carter and Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev sign the SALT-II agreement dealing with limitations and guidelines for nuclear weapons. Sat in history: (1979) President Jimmy June 18 This day Mulberry Market every Wednesday. 4:30-7pm. The Mulberry Street Market is part of the Macon Main Street Program's efforts to bring life and business to Downtown Macon, and is directed by vendors dedicated to the people of Macon. Find a variety of all things fresh and local, from honey to breads, seasonal vegetables to grass-fed beef. SuninJune 26 hundred and This day history: (1965) One 20 miles above the earth, Major Edward H. museum hours Bug Day & 55th Anniversary Celebration at Museum of Arts & Sciences. Get up close and personal with bugs with fun demos & activities. Celebrate the Museum's 55th anniversary with special activities. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 478.477.3232. MASMacon.com. 4220 Forsyth Rd. Theatre Macon Presents: "Having Our Say, The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years"2:30 PM Tickets $20 General/$18 Senior/$15 Student. Historic Douglass Theatre. Sat in history: (1965) One hundred and June 25 This day 20 miles above the earth, Major Edward H. Wed history: (1965)29 hundred and June One This day in 20 miles above the earth, Major Edward H. Georgia Public Broadcasting Presents: Georgia Children's Museum: Tuesday � Saturday 10:30 -5:30, $4 per person, 2 and under free. Free admission on Tuesdays from 10:30 -1:30 for City of Macon residents and First Fridays from 5:30-8:30. Museum of Arts & Sciences. Tuesday � Saturday, 10 a.m. � 5 p.m. Sunday, 1 � 5 p.m. $4 - $8. Free for students & Bibb Co. residents the last Friday of each month, 5 � 8 p.m. 477.3232. 4182 Forsyth Rd. Free NFL Football Camp for ages 6-17, presentd by ex-NFL player Roger Jackson of the Denver Broncos and the Motivating Youth Foundation. Registration is from 5-6pm at Henderson Stadium, free instructional camp will be from 6-9pm. Kids will be able to enjoy instruction from former NFL and college players, focusing on football drills, combine drills with parental observation. For more information, call 320-4756. Book Signing at Cannonball House Susan Lindley will have an autograph session for her latest book "Susan Myrick of Gone With the Wind. An Autobiographical Biography" at the Cannonball House on June 25th. 856 Mulberry St., Macon, The Cannonball House is a nonprofit organization. For more information please call the Cannonball House at 478-745-5982. The Macon Premiere of Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel This GPB original documentary captures the extraordinary life and work of Margaret Mitchell on the 75th anniversary of her landmark novel, Gone With The Wind. 7:00 PM Tickets $35-$75, showing at the historic Douglass Theatre. The Allman Brothers Band Museum at the Big House in Macon. This house-turned-museum was where members of the Allman Brothers Band, their roadies, friends and families lived between 1970 and 1973.Call for hours. 741.5551. 2321 Vineville Ave. Georgia Sports Hall of Fame 9am-5pm Mon-Sat, 1pm-5pm Sun. Admission $8, children 4-16 $3.50. The Hay House, 934 Georgia Ave. Open TuesdaysSaturdays 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sundays 1 p.m. - 4. Tours are on the hour with the last tour at 3 p.m. $8 adults, $4 students. Children under 6 free. For a complete listing of events, including ongoing exhibits, musuem hours & more visit 11thHourOnline.com 11thHourOnline.com 5 15DAYS ARTS AND CULTURE THE AWE FACTOR: WHY MACON AUDIENCES ARE MAGIC T his past First Friday, Charleston, South Carolina musicians Megan Jean and The KFB (Klay Family Band) hit town to perform their singular songs at The Rookery. They arrived early enough to have time to partake of the Art Gallery Hop, which led them to The Gallery at Macon Arts Alliance where work by some of Macon's edgiest young artists is currently exhibited. There were many new faces in the crowd that night, including two I recognized from their show posters. We struck up a conversation and the topic quickly turned - as it does so often Thrilla from the Grilla with Pineapple Habenero Salsa Mexican Pizza with marinated chicken, black olives & jalepenos our Sign up for on mail coup e club at ZEBULON ROAD, In front of Kohl's OPEN MON-SAT 11-9 Calientesburritoshop.com with artists, musicians, filmmakers, and washboard scratchin,' banjo pickin' madother creative types - to how much they ness with a voice like you just ain't heard love Macon. before." They don't look like Sugarland. "We love playing Macon," Megan Yet they feel the love in Macon. They love reported. "Audiences here still have that to play Macon. awe about them, they're not jaded like so many places. You can't have an awesome show without that awe." That awe is the magic of the energy an audience gives performTEXT "CALI" ers at any live performTO 79704 ance. It fuels their performance and they give it right back. Give and For savings take, yin and yang. It's sent directly the reality of physics that to your cell explains why digital phone! recordings of great perMegan Jean and The KFB with Ami Dang formances are... ohkaaay... but they don't Monday, June 20 � 9 p.m. to Midnight induce goosebumps. And Golden Bough Bookstore, All Ages, Free Megan Jean is right. We Take a listen meganjean.net and amidang.com generate a healthy heap of that magic here in Macon. Outsiders get it, they feel it - our awe. We could rightfully be a "tough Why don't we? crowd" with the astounding talent of our Megan Jean and The KFB will perpast and present music scenes, with the form with Baltimore's Ami Dang in a free, number and quality of professional and all-ages show at the Golden Bough community theatre performances, with the Bookstore on Monday, June 20, at 9-ish outstanding musical talent drawn to PM. If you need a reason to remember Macon by Mercer and Wesleyan music why Macon is an awesome hub of creativprograms, with the array of fine artists ity, go hear them play, then strike up a conwhose work is collected and exhibited versation with Megan Jean, The KFB, or throughout the world. Yet we retain our Ami Dang. You'll quickly be reminded of enthusiasm for greatness, our appreciation the awesomeness of our town. for creativity at its best, our openness to Cindy Hill, Marketing & Grants Director the new and unusual. Which brings us back to Megan Jean of the Macon Arts Alliance, contributes a and The KFB. They're not an Allman monthly column on behalf of the nonprofit Brothers tribute band nor recantors of top organization. Macon Arts supports, pro40 hits. 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BJ Billiards, $3 wells and $2 domestics, shots $1.99 drafts, Johnny's Pizzeria FRI 6/17 theblueindian.com presents Sunglow,Too Many Chiefs,Wail Bone,Triathalon - all ages, $5 567 Gallery Stage Free Lance Ruckus APs Hidden Hideaway 40 Daze Billy's Clubhouse Sugar Creek 20's Pub, Riverside Drive WED 6/22 Rea Rea and Calvin Backporch Lounge Daily Happy Hour; 4-7pm. 241 drafts, house wine and well drinks Guiseppi's Pizza 2-4-1 wells and $2 Domestics until 8pm CJ's Sports Bar $1 Wells all night, The Bird Happy Hour open to close Rivalry's Sports Bar 45� wings, BOGO drafts, $2 mart. Kem's/Holiday Inn N. Ladies Night: 20's Pub Gals, $2 drinks all night Rivalry's Beer pong: $2 pitchers for teams, $1.50 wine for ladies, $3 wells, $3 Ritas Macon Mellow Taco Rita Nite- $2 tacos, $3 margaritas, $6 Megaritas, $4 Irish Bombs Wild Wing $4 Jager Bombs! Locos Matt Pippen Wild Wing Cafe, 8:30pm THUR 6/23 Open Mic Billy's Clubhouse Travis & Scott Pallot Wild Wing Cafe MON 6/27 Nathan Garrett 20's Pub, Riverside Drive TUES 6/28 Jim Cable Johnny's Pizzeria Great White Lion Snake The Hummingbird Nick Malloy The Shamrock FRI 6/24 Keith Williams 20's Pub, Riverside Drive Alter Ego APs Hidden Hideaway The Skeeterz Billy's Clubhouse B Keith Williams The Shamrock Service Industry Night 6PM-Close: 2 for $10 Jager Bombs; $3 House Margaritas; $3 3 Olives Vodka; $2 select Pints Macon Mellow BOGO drafts & house wine Kem's/Holiday Inn N. 1/2 off salads! $2 house vodka Wild Wing Cafe Locals' Showcase The Hummingbird FRIDAYS Eric Gant Band Wild Wing Cafe WED 6/29 SAT 6/18 Even Steven APs Hidden Hideaway Barry Darnell & the Mobile Slim Band The Hummingbird Matt Moncrief The Rookery Rea Rea and Calvin Backporch Lounge TUESDAYS Trivia: $1.50 PBR Pints, $4.50 Pitchers, $2 Blue Moon & Yuengling Macon Mellow Happy Hour prices for poker players, BJ's Billiards $2 pints of Mellow Blonde, $2.25 PBR Tall Boys Mellow Macon BOGO house wine, $5 Pitchers Kem's/Holiday Inn N. Matt Pippen Wild Wing Cafe, 8:30pm $1 PBR, Natty lite and High Life, Locos $8 bottomless mugs HL, PBR, $5 carbombs, $3 Guinness The Hummingbird Lance Harley Davidson Billy's Clubhouse Midnight in Macon The Hummingbird THUR 6/30 FRI 7/1 Miss. John Doude The Shamrock Travis & Scott Pallot Wild Wing Cafe Sugar Creek 20's Pub, Riverside Drive Free Lance Ruckus APs Hidden Hideaway Corruption Billy's Clubhouse The Rookery 11-1am: $2 BL bottles, $4.50 well doubles, $3 Sex on the Beach and 2 for 1 Jager. Everyday, Miller Lite buckets just $12! Wild Wing Free Lance Ruckus The Shamrock Gunshy Wild Wing Cafe John Stanley Band Wild Wing Cafe 2 for Tues- buy 8 wings and get 8 free! $2 domestic drafts Wild Wing 2-4-1 drafts Johnny's Pizzeria SATURDAYS SAT 6/25 WEDNESDAYS The Skeeterz APs Hidden Hideaway TBA Billy's Clubhouse Country Fried Weds- $1.50 natty lites, $2 bud & bud LT drafts, $4 rodeo bombs and country fried chicken wings Wild Wing Cafe BOGO Whiskey, 1/2 price wine Kem's/Holiday Inn N. $1 PBR, Natty lite and High Life, Locos $10 Beer Buckets, 20's Pub $2 pints, $3 wells, $3 Ritas Mellow Macon SUN 6/19 Big Mike & Booty Papas APs Hidden Hideaway Jazz Brunch with Walton/Andrews Project The Rookery Scott Pallot Wild Wing Cafe Wet Willie Cox Capitol Theatre Tokyo Spa The Hummingbird Big C & the Ringers The Hummingbird Session Road The Rookery $1 PBR, Natty lite and High Life Locos $4 Firefly cocktails, $3 20oz. domestics Wild Wing Cafe SUNDAYS 8-9pm: Free cocktails and Miller High Life Draft, Kaos Macon $10 beer buckets, 20's Pub $7.99 Beer buckets Giuseppi's $3 Wells, Ritas & $2 select pints Macon Mellow Live acoustic on patio, 6:309:30pm. $2.50 Miller Lt & Coors Lt Bottles $3 Bloody Marys Wild Wing Cafe Lady's Hour 7:30-8:30pm. Gals enjoy $1 Wells/Domestics BJ's Billiards MON 6/20 Jim Cable 20's Pub, Riverside Drive Broken Bootstraps The Rookery Chris Blankenship The Shamrock Radio Cult Wild Wing Cafe THUR 7/28 FRI 7/29 Lucinda Williams Cox Capitol Theatre Perpectual Groove Cox Capitol Theatre Ladies night, free wells for the gals The Hummingbird Hippy Chick Night 6PM-Close: $1.50 House Wine & $4.50 Jager Mellow Mushroom $5.99 Pitchers - Trivia Johnny's Pizzeria 11thHourOnline.com 11 15DAYS NIGHTLIFE | exclusive bandography COME HEAR... DANCE PARTY / DJ Macon's newest dance club, Element open Wed-Sat! DJ Tremendous, Macon's best dance party at Club Kaos Fri & Sat. BARRY DARNELL @ THE BIRD THE SKEETERZ @ AP'S JOHN STANLEY BAND @ WILD WING would quite describe his unique style. With a sound that's as swampy as snake oil, and as gritty as the cloud of dust on a dry dirt road, MJD's sweaty blues riffs pull you in like quicksand, while his stripped down roots music takes you back to where American music began, capturing the soul of the blues, the heart of country, and the attitude of punk-rock along the way. KARAOKE Wed,Thurs, Sat & Sun, 8p, 20's Pub Every Wednesday 8pm-until at AP's Hidden Hideaway Every Friday & Saturday, Friends Bar & Grill, Macon Sundays with Brad, 9pm The Backporch Lounge Wednesdays with Mitch Kersey from 9p-1a at BJ Billiards FRI. JUNE 17 theblueindian.com presents Sunglow, Too Many Chiefs, Wail Bone @ 567 Gallery Stage Eric Gant Band @ Wild Wing TRIVIA NOW TUESDAYS: Hardest Trivia in Macon 7-9pm at BJs Billiards Wednesdays, Johnny's Pizzeria Wednesday nights at Guiseppis, hosted by Outspoken Ent. Tuesday Night Trivia (8pm) with Outspoken Entertainment., Wild Wing Cafe Tuesday night trivia with our own Jammin' Rivalrys Wednesday nights, 7:30pm at Billy's Clubhouse Sunglow is the musical workings of Daniel Lynch, a resident of Savannah, Georgia. Daniel began experimenting with programming and electronics and eventually wound up creating a very unique sound that retains its originality while drawing comparisons to Washed Out or Panda Bear. WAIL BONE is one of many musical projects of Macon's Jacob Bruner (Stribling). Jacob has been writing and recording songs over the past few months and will be debuting most of his material at this show. Too Many Chiefs, Not Enough Indians is Chris Bump and Tyler Axtell, both residents of Warner Robins, Georgia. This will be their first show in Macon! There may be no one with more integrity singing, and playing music, in today's music business than singer, songwriter, and multiinstrumentalist Eric Gant. Eric Gant has a heart, and soul rarely seen on a stage, as he plays his special brand of blues, funk, rock n' roll, reggae, classic country, and bluegrass. SAT. JUNE 18 Midnight in Macon @ The Bird SAT. JUNE 25 With a repertoire ranging from blues, to rock to country and a smattering of other musical styles thrown in for good measure, Midnight In Macon plays something for everyone. Whether your idea of a good time is dance, romance or simply relaxing and enjoying truly great musical entertainment, this is the place to be. Wet Willie @ Cox Capitol Theatre Wet Willie is an American band from Mobile, Alabama. They were best known for their hit "Keep On Smilin'," but had a number of charted songs in the 1970s utilizing their soulful brand of Southern rock. Maconite Jimmy Hall and founding member, fronts the band, and puts on a show you won't forget. ENTION THIS AD TO RECEIVE 20%Macon,GA. And only OFF. 40 Daze originates out of Trivia with Jacob at Loco's every Wednesday, Big payouts! 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JUNE 24 Great White Lion Snake @ The Bird six months from jumping on the Macon music scene in late 1999, 40 Daze was playing the biggest shows the area had to offer opening for the likes of Drivin N Cryin, Jackyl, and Brand New Immortals just to name a few. 40 Daze is in the process of writing and recording their first full length CD and touring around Georgia. Barry Darnell & the Mobile Slim Band @ The Hummingbird Radio Cult @ Wild Wing Caf� "It ain't me, y'all, but I've got the best rockin' blues band in the world! Macon, Georgia gave us the world's best rock n' roller (Little Richard), the world's best soul singer (Otis), the world's best Southern Rock (Allmans, Wet Willie, Marshall Tucker) so why not? No brag, just fact. Come on down and see for yourself... This is all according to Barry but he is fun. Rock Springs Hottest@Hair. Broken Bootstraps The Rookery Since 2005, Radio Cult has performed over 500 shows including festivals as well as in bars, concert halls and other music venues from their hometown of Atlanta, GA all the way to Los Angeles. When the band has fun, the crowd has has a blast! A new rock/country band out of Macon consisting of Josh Maloy, Bobby Hall, Nestor Jaenz and Justin Weaver. These guys are writing their own songs, are experienced musicians and the intimate listening room atmosphere of the Rook is the perfect downtown debut. Jennifer Jones Miss. John Doude @ The Shamrock massage & skincare Mississippi John Doude is blues, rock, folk and country all rolled into one, yet none of these Nick Malloy being talked about 482 First Street, is477.7800in Middle Nick Malloy @ The Shamrock new Season, new Style, new Georgia. And it's not because he's Frank's Son. This boy can play and he's got stage presence. And he's putting out great material to boot. IF you haven't seen him go. 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NINJ JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE AND SUSHI BAR 478.238.6331 575 Mulberry St. Lane LUNCH Monday - Friday 10:30am - 3pm DINNER Mon-Thur 5-9:30pm Fri & Sat 5-11pm lo�ca�vore noun Those who are interested in eating food that is locally produced. LOCAVORE THURSDAYS The Rookery now purchases farm-fresh produce and grass-fed beef from the Mulberry Market every Wednesday... AND CREATES LOCAVORE SPECIALS ON THURSDAYS! TEN BEERS ON DRAFT LIVE MUSIC 76 est. 19 FRI 6/24: MATT MONCRIEF SAT 6/25: BROKEN BOOTSTRAPS FRI 7/1: SESSION ROAD Dining Hours Mon 11-3, Tues-Thur 11-9:30 Fri & Sat 11-10, Sun 11:30-9 Full Bar Open til 2am Tues-Saturday JAZZ BRUNCH EVERY SUNDAY 11:30am - 3pm To-Go Orders: 746-8658 | Full service catering 16 JUNE 16 - 30, 2011 ROOKERYMACON.COM 15DAYS THE SCENE | the city's best bets when the sun goes down THE URBAN EXPLORER S for a showing of Pump Boys and Dinettes, a musical production featuring actors from around the area. From what o this past week my car decided to run out of gas in a neighborhood that was less the perfect for that situ- I've heard this looks like a fine way to spend an evening. Admission includes a dinner from Good To Go. ation. I was going to dinner with my dad and was in I'll be down at The Rookery on Sunday for Sunday a hurry so I just decided to leave it where it was and come Night Open Mic lead by Back City Woods and Denny back later. Somehow a few days passed before I made it Hanson. If you see Dan Zook, please encourage him to back that way and when I did, I decided I needed to stop in at a BBQ place I'd heard nothing but good things about. play "Careless Whispers" for me. Macon Noise Records Joe Bear's Texas Style BBQ is hands down the best BBQ brings Baltimore, Maryland's Ami Dang, an eclectic mix of Indian and American music, to The Golden Bough I have had since moving to Macon 12 years ago. Great Bookstore. I listened to a few songs online and I'm very service, friendly staff and generous portions. The whole curious to see how it translates into a live show, so I'll be experience was easily one of the best things to happen to there on Monday night. me in the past few weeks. Get over on Napier Avenue and In my attempts to stay occupied and discover more try it out. great things about Middle Georgia, I've found out about a I'll be spending the next weeks working a lot, but I'm few places that I'm very intrigued to check out. The going to try and get out as much as possible. My good friend Chris Horne just announced that he'll be running for Opera House in Juliette has had some amazing musicians recently, according to my dad, so I want to make it there as City Council Ward 1, Post 3 and I'm going to be working soon as possible. I've heard about a few antique stores in with him as much as I can. This upcoming election is a Milledgeville that usually have some promising finds so very crucial one for Macon, so I'd encourage you to get I'll be making the drive there soon, unless I involved however you can. can put up with the heat and ride my bike. On Friday, June 17th, There are a few businesses opening in TheBlueIndian.com is showthe Downtown area in the next few months casing bands from all around that I'm excited about and I hope that you'll Georgia at The 567 Gallery look into. Fountain of Juice and Margarita's Stage. On Saturday, some of will soon be finished and Mercer Village will Macon's best DJ's will be spinbe alive! Roasted Coffee Shop, located on ning a 5 hour long party at Second Street will host live music and have a Element, so I'm going to try to full bar as well. Red Light Tobacco should be stop in and catch a bit of that. open in early July as well. Also on Saturday, one of the It makes me so happy to see new, locally coolest events I've been a part owned businesses popping up in Downtown. Sunglow, an electronica/ pop of in Macon is back at The It's up to us to get out and support the great Museum of Arts and Sciences. outfit out of Savannah will things going on in our community. If you're Bug Day is an all day gathering perform at the Blue Indian unsatisfied with whats going on in Macon, of insect aficionados to show show Friday, June 17 at the then take it upon yourself to create something off the best of their collections. worthwhile and invite people to join you in 567 Gallery Stage. The all If you think you can make it your ventures. I don't know everything going out, plan on spending a few ages show will also showcase on around town and I'm quite thankful that I hours at the museum because other Georgia talent like don't, but if you ever feel like there's fun to be there is so much going on. Wailbone, and Triathalon. shared, email me (email@example.com) Sometime this week, I want to and let me know! Admission just $5. make it to the Capitol Theatre BY SEAN PRITCHARD 430 Cherry Street | 741-9130 MON-FRI 4pm � sat 1pm y Hour Happ 2-4-1 wells 4-8PM! MON vinyl mondays $1 Wells all Day! BOTTOMLESS TUES $8 car bombs MUGS $5 Trivia 7-9pm WED Teamwells for gals free THUR OPEN MIC NIGHT MUGS $8 BOTTOMLESS FRI. JUNE 17 MACON LOVE RUGBY BENEFIT GREAT WHITE LION SNAKE SAT. JUNE 18 midnight in macon FRI. JUNE 24 Frontman for Magnificent Bastard, affectionately called MagTard, took some time to tell us about the band's new EP "Did you Mean Mustard?" LISTEN UP TO CHRIS NYLUND The 7-song EP "Did You Mean Mustard?" presents Mag Tard in all its sonic rock glory. The guitar, bass, drums and saxophone all meld effortlessly into a rich musical landscape for the vocals and harmonies to weave across. The sound rushes toward the listener with ferocity, compelling each to stand and take note. Much like a ray of light shining through the darkest cloud, this EP will pierce your soul and leave a simple thought, did you mean mustard? Yes. Local artist Craig Burkhalter created and designed the artwork then handmade each individual album cover making each one its own piece of art. The EP is literally art wrapped in art. The Arts Exchange, where Craig's studio is located, recently hosted Mag Tards CD release show on First Friday, June 3. Front man Chris Nylund says, "There's no deep, philosophical meaning behind the title. We came up with the name because that's what Google asks if you type Mag Tard in the search box. We're brilliant." The new EP was mixed/mastered by Jason Kingsland, who kept getting interrupted by a pesky band called Band of Horses (who kept flying him out to California to cut records for them), which is part of the reason it took so long for the release. For more information or details find Mag Tard on Facebook or at www.magtard.com. Name a song you've listened to in the past 24 hours? "So it goes" by Nick Lowe What was the first album you bought with your own money? "Dookie" by Green Day. Catchy songs about juvenile things like wasting time and servicing your own merchandise. Whose band t-shirt do you wear proudly? The Bronx. A kickass band from LA that's named after one of the five boroughs. When the Zombie Apocalypse happens, I will stroll the streets with their first record on my iPod for inspiration and a Louisville Slugger for protection. Recommend a band our readers must hear now? Megan Jean and the KFB, Great band. Great music. Awesome people. What's your favorite local happy hour spot? The Rookery. PBR. Favorite local independent restaurant? IVP. Veggie pizza, add jalapenos and spinach. BARRY DARNELL & THE MOBILE SLIM BAND SAT. JUNE 25 tokyo spa FRI. JUNE 24 Big C and the Ringers FOR A COMPLETE SCHEDULE VISIT HUMMINGBIRDMACON.COM 11thHourOnline.com 17 15DAYS THE SCENE it's what you missed | what i know MY WEEK WAS COOLER THAN YOURS Dylan York's guide to getting down; he recaps what you may have missed sitting on your ass these past two weeks I recently watched the movie Howl starring James Franco and Jon Hamm. It was three in the morning and I was staying at a friend's house to help her write a paper for class, it was last minute and I was supposed to be booked to shoot a show in Atlanta that evening. My ride fell through and I agreed to help with homework instead. It wasn't the hipsploitation film I thought it would be, I thought James Franco playing Allen Ginsberg would be like Lil Bow-Wow playing John Coltrane. He actually did a great job, and I was glad to be in Macon for the night. I love this town; the minute I cross over Bass Road to leave my mind is like, "What the hell are you doing?" The last time I was booked in Atlanta I had to stay with my friend who's an art teacher at Georgia State, I got lost in East ATL at 3AM and she forgot to tell me she had cats. I'm super allergic to cats. These past few weeks have brought some amazing shows to our scene, including the third Macon performance of Charlestonbased Megan Jean and the KFB. Megan and her husband Byrne perform a washboarddriven eclectic two person circus of music she describes as Gypsy Americana; falling somewhere between Gogol Bordello and Jolie Holland. Their percussion section, Megan's leg, a kick drum and a tambourine strapped to her ankle, pair perfectly with her husband Byrne's banjo. I ran into Megan outside the Arts Exchange this past First Friday where The Magnificent Bastards were jamming on the corner with Back City Woods to celebrate the release of their album Did You Mean Mustard?, a tongue-in-cheek ode to a Google search of their nickname. Megan and I stood and talked as we watched the two bands play, she was slated to open for BCW right after Mag Tard had performed their official album release inside the Exchange. "We're timing it so that once our show ends, everyone can head to The Rookery and see Back City Woods and Megan Jean perform," Mag Tard guitarist Chris Nylund told me earlier that evening. It was the best First Friday I had experienced since I moved here ten months ago; three amazing bands working together to make one amazing event downtown. A few months prior BCW had brought Megan Jean to Macon for the first time, the show at The Hummingbird nearly brought the house down. I was so energized that night I stayed up until 5AM, unable to grasp what had just happened. Macon instantly fell in love with the duo and they play here every chance they get. Speaking of The Bird, these past few weeks Ladies Night has been the place to be on a Wednesday. I don't know what it is, but something has changed for the better, maybe it was bartender Lindsey LeBlanc finally getting the lights turned off over the dance floor. Ladies Night is The Hummingbird's weekly dance party that starts at ten Wednesday nights. Recently Roger Riddle jumped on the tables during Shawty Slim's guest appearance and played a remix of One More Time. I've been pretty vocal in my desire to hear more Electro the past couple months, it was nice to see an end to my con- stant cries of "Would it kill you to play some Daft Punk?!" going unanswered. A few days later Roger tells me he's DJing a dance party at the Rookery the second Sunday night in August, I immediately slap him a high-five. I ended these past few weeks as everyone in Macon should, at The Rookery's Sunday Jam. It's a glorified jam session led by three of the most talented musicians in Macon; Michael Collins, James Lengel and Denny Hanson and hosted by local comedian and podcaster Jacob Ryals. Amber Pierce of the Vineyard is a main staple of the event as well, bringing an edge of Americana soulfulness and outright adorableness to the whole thing. It begins every Sunday at nine and you'll usually find me outside enjoying the music and the warm summer night. Sometimes I think about this scene, and I think about the pictures I've seen and the stories I have read from the Beat Generation. I think about Ginsberg reading his poetry, Coltrane playing the Village Vanguard, Kerouac lighting an unfiltered cigarette in some shady back alley. I think about JuBee bringing his baby son to shows, I think about Denny drinking strong coffee, I think about Dan Zook philosophizing on his porch into the wee hours of the morning...I see the best minds of my generation. ... You meet a lot of intertesting people having the best juke box in town. ... Some folks you have to drink with to tolerate. ... Retail in downtown Macon? Been there, it was 1968 and my business was called the Ultimate Eye. We sold bell bottoms and leather. It was called that because it was located right underneath Pearl Optical. OW... HIS I KN RD T A W ASA HO der at en - bart kporch c The Ba nge u Lo ... My band Boogie Chillun' was one of the first white bands Capricorn Records ever signed. We opened for the Beach Boys once. ... We used to make $12-$1500 a night, now bands are lucky to get $300. ... It was a shot in the foot to lose the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, with all of our musical heritage here. ... It's a bar, it's supposed to be dark and smoky. ... A baseball bat hit against the bar will usually dissolve any altercation. But we don't get that much here at The Backproch Lounge. ... Working for my boss makes this job easy. ... People always end up where they feel comfortable. That's why I always end up at the Backporch. 18 JUNE 16 - 30, 2011 11thHourOnline.com 19 Museum of Aviation Volunteer draws the raffle ticket purchased by Joe Black of Kathleen, Georgia making him the winner of a $250 restaurant gift card. Mr. Black is the winner of the fourth Museum of Aviation Foundation PreRaffle Bonus Drawing held yesterday afternoon (June 1). His ticket will go back into the pot for all future drawings and the big Grand Prize drawing on July 16th. The next Pre-Raffle Drawing will be held on June 15th, for a $250 gasoline gift card. The remaining pre-raffle bonus drawings will be: June 29 � Apple iPad July 13 � $250 restaurant gift card Billy's CLUBHOUSE 1580 FOREST HILL RD � 477-0717 HOURS: MON-SAT 11-2A, SUN 12:30-12A Sign-Up @ 6p, Play @ 7p Open Mic Night urs & S Sun 40 DAZE FRIDAY 17th Daily Lunch & Dinner Specials Everyday 11am - 7pm KITCHEN OPEN 11AM MIDNIGHT LANCE HARLEY DAVIDSON SATURDAY 18th Live Music a er the race D i kS i l ! Drink Specials! 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I told him I had two more questions left and for a moment it was like Final Jeopardy: the 25-year-old firefighter/mayoral candidate and his campaign manager, straightening their backs, putting on game faces, getting serious while I paused, game show host-like, so they could compose themselves before the moment of truth. "Do you really think you can win?" It was hard to tell if he was hurt by the question or just confused--at what point during the last hour and a half did I not get that he believes he can win?--or was he just surprised that it was such a simple question. Or maybe just disappointed it was such a familiar question. "Yes." I ask if he's crazy to do it. "If wanting to see the city move forward is crazy; if wanting to see more business, more jobs come to the city--if that's crazy; if wanting to see a better educational system for our kids is crazy, then I guess I'm the craziest man in the world." ...A NEW MACON A month has since passed and it's official. Bronson has plopped down the $3,105.02 qualifying fee to enter the mayor's race against a trio of contenders who are not only more experienced politicians but have actually all run against each other. In 1991, current Macon Mayor Robert Reichert, former Mayor C. Jack Ellis and former State Senator Robert Brown vied for the remainder of Tommy Olmstead's unexpired term in the State Senate. Brown won that round, but Bronson was a five year old in 1991. Eight years ago, as a high schooler, he was almost as busy as he is today, working three jobs and going to school. Instead of Ruby Tuesday's, Chuck E. Cheese and the Finish Line, today he's a reservist with the Army National Guard and a substitute teacher for the Bibb County public schools, in addition to his job as a fire fighter with the Macon-Bibb Fire Department. He's not married and has no kids, so maybe this is the right time to do something like this. Maybe he can't help himself. "I'm running for the average person, the one who works 9to-5, the single mother and all the people facing problems finding jobs. I'm running for the young people--now, in this generation--whose future seems blurry." If the race were decided on passion and confidence alone, you get the feeling that Bronson would be a mile ahead of his opponents. How that eventually translates at the polls is anyone's guess, but there is no second guessing his intentions. From this perspective, he's a breath of fresh air, an eager and willing public servant. He draws an obvious--to some, but not enough--comparison between Macon and Nashville. "Nashville and Macon are both considered `Music Cities.' However, the difference is that Nashville is owning that title, and Macon is not. Nashville is also Tennessee's centrally located city just as Macon is to Georgia. However, again, Macon has not taken ownership of that title." In a way, Glover says the problem is our attitude. "The day we decide that Macon is Georgia's premier city is the day we will began taking steps in the right direction." There are plenty of tangible steps he says must be taken, and he's been bold in taking some already. In regards to crime, he's taken it upon himself to reach out to and speak with alleged gang leaders. He wants to help broker a peace accord between rival gangs. "If we do not get a handle on our growing crime rate this city is doomed." HEAD ABOVE WATER Four years ago, Councilman Virgil Watkins was, as Glover is, a 23-year-old with political aspirations. In 2007, he squared off against Gerald Harvey, a then 57-year-old former city councilman, for the Ward 4, Post 3 seat. A former intern for the Ellis administration, Watkins won, becoming the youngest member of council. (Watkins has no opposition in this year's race. Harvey is opposing incumbent Charles Jones this year for the Ward 4, Post 2 seat.) Though hardly a grizzled veteran, Watkins says he's grown into a better councilman since first taking the seat. "Yeah, a lot of growth. I thought the (Ellis) internship would be enough. I thought I was more than ready then but it was a lot of rippin' and runnin'." The fact he was a recent college graduate, he says, helped. "It was probably a good thing I'd just graduated college because I still had that `study hard' mentality. I still study constantly because I'm not a lawyer. I need to understand these materials we're getting to review." Despite the feeling he may have been overconfident when he first joined council, Watkins decided to run again because there's something about public service that he truly enjoys. "At the end of the day, you can feel--even if it isn't a big thing--like you did something to make someone's life better." Researchers have long documented that the correlation between idealism and youth, but that ambitious hope doesn't always translate into political action. In Macon's 2010 primary, which featured a vote on the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) proposed by county officials, more than 9,000 young people between the ages 20-30 years old were registered to vote. It was the best showing in any age group. However, only about 2,000 of those registered young people actually showed up to cast a vote for a ballot that was defeated by only 1,030 votes. If even half of the 7,000 who stayed home had voted yes, it would've not only turned the tides--it would've been a landslide. Glover thinks that might be changing, that his generation is ready to seize the reigns now. The problem, he says, is that the existing structure isn't ready to relinquish them. "Our city is in a transitional period, the citizens are yearning for newer and younger leadership," he says. "If young people are going to be met with negativity simply because of their age then why should we continue to pour money into programs like (4-H, Boys and Girls Club, National Young Leader Conference, etc)?" FACTS OF LIFE "Kids in my generation don't focus in on the color of skin," Bronson says. It's slowly become a recognized fact that the racial tension that was so evident in the Civil Rights generation and handed down to their kids isn't one of the prevailing factors for 20-30 year olds now. Bronson says their chief concerns are to have good jobs, safe environments and a strong educational system for their kids. CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE 11thHourOnline.com PAUL BRONSON THESE YOUNG LEADERS ARE RUNNING FOR OFFICE IN MACON. 25-YEAR OLD PAUL BRONSON HAS ENTERED THE RACE FOR MAYOR. 23-YEAR OLD DANNY GLOVER WILL TRY TO OUST TOM ELLINGTON FOR A SEAT AT CITY COUNCIL. EDUCATE YOURSELF Bronson's campaign manager is a young woman named Lekisha Joseph. Most of the time, she sits and listens, but here and there she too gets caught up in the moment-- moved by the spirit--and just has to share something. "This is a great city," she interjects, like someone suffering from a positive, hopeful variety of Tourette Syndrome. While she's enjoying the work she's doing with Bronson, she said her goal is to build a nonprofit organization that helps parents become more responsible for their children's education by training the parents to do more teaching at home. Maybe there's something in the water because Bronson and Joseph aren't alone, though they have been overlooked, which is part of the reason they've stepped up and into politics. DANNY GLOVER D Danny D. Glover (no... no relation) is a 23-year-old college graduate of Tennessee State University in Nashville who has come back home to Macon, he says, to serve. "Macon has invested in me, and now it's time for my great city to cash in on that investment." Glover is running for Macon City Council in the Ward 3, Post 3 race against incumbent Tom Ellington, who at 38 is the second youngest member of council. 23 OP-ED SEEING RED BILL KNOWLES Active member of the Republican Party news & views CITY SCENE SEEING RED RADIO FREE MACON CULTURAL MUSINGS chewing on a briar. Now I had assumed she would get her share of the camera but I had no idea what she had in mind. In her rant, instead of welcoming competition and being gracious, she attacked Mayor Reichert and the Republican party for being behind Chris Horne's candidacy saying that "its' very clear to me and anyone else who's kept up with this that the present Mayor, Mayor Reichert and the Republican Party are have initiated and are supporting this candidate against me. What they want to do is remove the `people's candidate' from office." I couldn't believe my ears. Well, yes I could. Nothing is surprising coming from this clown anymore. Now I cannot speak for Mayor Reichert, who quite honestly has a reelection fight on his hands and certainly THE CONSPIRACY AGAINST ELAINE LUCAS O k readers, mark the time and place you are reading this, because I, Bill Knowles, am about to admit I was wrong about something. A few columns back I told you that City Councilperson Elaine Lucas would probably run for her husband David's position in the Georgia House after he abdicated his thrown to run for State Senator Robert Brown's seat, who in turn is now running for mayor of Macon. (And if Brown has his way through consolidation would be crowned the Baron of Bibb County.) Anyway getting back to my admission of wrongness, Mrs. Lucas has instead qualified to run for reelection to her spot on city council. I was wrong. It didn't surprise me that she would run for reelection, but I was wrong. There. Happy? Mrs. Lucas qualified to run for her position early last week, much to my dismay, but something funny happened on the way to the coronation. That "something" is a challenger who has sprung up to dare run against the ironfisted rule of Queen Elaine of Shurling. The challenger is former Macon Telegraph writer and former 11th Hour Magazine editor Chris Horne. Now, what I am NOT going to do with this column is endorse Mr. Horne. I can't. He will have a big "D" next to his name at the ballot box and as the Vice-Chair of the Bibb County Republican Party, I am unable to. I WILL use this column however to set the record straight about some things that have been alleged by Elaine about Chris while reminding you who you have as a member of city council. Early last Friday, June 10th, the last day of qualifying, I received a text telling me that Elaine Lucas was at the Bibb County Board of officers meeting" and get paid for it as well. The State Board of Education made her pay it back. If you don't believe me, it's case number 1994-40 and was decided in 1994. In other words she was caught with her hands in your cookie jar. The decision reads: "They (former City Councilwoman Thelma Dillard and Lucas) were charged with abusing their sick leave by claiming sick leave on days they Elections. Now why in the world would Elaine attended municipal officer meetings for which be down there? I mean she had already qualithey received expense reimbursements from fied and I'm sure any questions she may have the City of Macon. As a result, the Local Board had about the election could have been hanordered both Dillard and Lucas to repay the dled over the phone by Bibb County Board of amounts they received reimbursement from Elections supervisor Elaine Carr, so I was reathe City of Macon for conference expenses, sonably sure that could only mean one thing: and both Dillard and Lucas appealed to the she wanted to steal the show when her compeState Board of Education." Later in the decitition qualified. I'm going to take a break in the sion, the appeal was disstory here to tell you a few missed. things. In 2010, Lucas 1. I have never to my started a political conknowledge ever met Chris sulting group. One of her Horne. He was already first clients was Roy gone from the 11th Hour Barnes who was running staff when I started writing. for Governor. Lucas 2. Up until Friday of last directed, according to week, I have never contactthe January 30th issue of ed or been contacted by the Macon Telegraph, a Chris in any manner includ...as I have said before, I cannot endorse Chris Horne. But I can City Council employee ing email, snail mail, text, ask the constituents of Ward 1: Do you really want Elaine Lucas to e-mail the media IM, Facebook, Twitter, telecontrolling your part of the city anymore? about an event for phone, telegraph, smoke sigdoesn't have time to worry about Elaine's race, Barnes at Macon's Studio 32. This time, after nals, or carrier pigeon. 3. To my knowledge, no one from the Bibb or individual members of the Bibb County former radio host Chris Krok caught her, she County Republican Party has contacted or Republican Party, but I do know that we as a apologized and admitted it was the "wrong party have NOT encouraged nor supported thing to do." (This is a minor thing, no doubt. been contacted by Chris. Chris Horne's candidacy. I will say this, how- But what about all of the other minor things ll of that being said, after I found out ever. Elaine Lucas is a scourge on the con- that she may have done that have not been that Elaine was there, I put out a mes- stituents of Bibb County and needs to be caught?) She would later file a harassment sage on Facebook that said that "Elaine kicked out of office. The people in Ward 1 complaint against Krok, which the Macon Lucas is out the Bibb County Board of finally have a choice and if they don't chose to police determined was unwarranted. Now as I have said before, I cannot Elections hovering like a vulture looking for run this vermin out of office they get what they deserve: another self-serving term of Elaine endorse Chris Horne. But I can ask the conprey. Watch out Chris Horne." I then sent Chris a personal note on Facebook asking him Lucas whose only mission in life is to boost stituents of Ward 1: Do you really want Elaine if he had qualified. That was the extent of any herself politically while sponging off of the tax- Lucas controlling your part of the city anymore? Don't you think it's time for a change payers of Macon. conversations with him to my knowledge. I want to remind the voters of Macon for the betterment of our community? You can Fast forward now to the 6:00 news on WMAZ-TV, who reported that Chris had in about Mrs. Lucas and her past antics. Several do your part to help clean up Macon by getting fact qualified and finished with a short inter- years ago while working with the Board of rid of her at the ballot box. While you're at it, view with him. Then BAM! Elaine Lucas Education, Elaine took some sick days at your let's get rid of her husband and her crony invaded my TV screen grinning like a possum expense, only to go to a city council "municipal Robert Brown, too. It's up to you. A PAUL BRONSON ISN'T CRAZY Focusing on the color of someone's skin is holding us back. One remedy, he suggests, is to get more young people into office so they can put their attention towards the issues that face the city--unemployment, abandoned houses, rising crime--instead of the politics of color. "I serve a God that says love all mankind. That's regardless of skin color, regardless of economic status. (God says,) `Love that man. I don't care if that man has one leg, one arm and no teeth.'" He breathes deep and says, "With all the churches we have here, we've got to start pushing that message." This aspect of the mayor's job is one Bronson understands and is prepared to use: the bully pulpit. While the mayor may not have the legal authority over the educational system, he or she can urge the public to support it. Though the mayor can't eradicate racism in Macon, he or she can certainly work with local churches to spread that message of cooperation and interdepend ability. Like many in Macon, he knows what the city needs: more jobs, lower crime, better education, etc. He even has some specific tasks he hopes to achieve, like revitalizing downtown and opening the lines of communication between the city's leadership and its people. But he isn't exactly sure yet how to affect that change. He just knows that, in speaking with the people he hopes to represent, they are desperate for some change. hiimflocotorres.ning And no matter what, he's staying positive. Nothing "below the the last twelve. An area like downtown, that belt," Joseph says. could've been fixed in a year's time." "Tell me," I say, "what happens in "Clean hands and a clean heart." So... We play make believe for a minute. eight years if you do win and serve two I ask, "What happens on your first terms. What do you do next?" "I'll go back to the fire department," day in office?" he says, a bit of self-satisfaction curls up "I'll cut my salary in half," he says. "What have you seen that was good the edges of his mouth. He got the reaction he wanted. "The best leaders are the but you thought should've been better?" "We can't afford another four years like best followers." FLOCO MC'S ELECTION COVERAGE - URGING YOUNG PEOPLE TO VOTE. LISTEN UP: 24 JUNE 16 - 30, 2011 RADIOFREE MACON BY CHRIS HORNE percentage of respondents at the final "Macon Speaks" forum who believe improving public education is of the highest importance 96 the number of people who attended the listening session at Northeast High with new Bibb Superintendent Romain Dallemand 300 So if we have a vision and a plan... what's missing? Speaking of Best Case Scenarios... In a shockThe "2030 Comprehensive Plan" is as thorough and ing turn of events, the ugly fight between the Industrial I attended the "Macon Speaks" forums, listening sessions with the city and county about a potential Special Purpose far-reaching as it seems, covering minute details pertaining Authority and the Macon Economic Development to economic development, transportation, housing, com. Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) and a listening session munity facilities and our natural and cultural resources. But Commission turned... perfect. At least potentially. Though long-time director Kathy Bowden was forced to resign, the t with new Bibb school superintendent Romain Dallemand. there isn't much about education at all. Of Industrial Authority picked up a noted star from Atlanta in I kept hearing the same couple of things. r course, there's little that the MBPZ has control Maceo Rodgers. The MEDC gets to keep Pat Topping, who There's nothing more important for our r The city does over in terms of improving public education, but has been the area's point of contact on all meaningful ecor future than having the strongest possible pubtherein lies the bigger problem. nomic development projects for a long time. The differr lic education system. This came up, obviously, have a plan... It's one thing to have a plan; it's another ence between the two entities essentially is that the MEDC with Dallemand, but it was on the forefront of d to get everyone to adopt it. Our local agencies, markets our potential and the Industrial Authority uses its k people's minds at the SPLOST session too, nonprofits, businesses, etc., etc., have their own given powers to make deals happen. Now they're working y despite the fact that the city and county don't vision and own mission and so on and so forth. together again. Maybe some real progress is ahead of us. h have control over the Bibb public schools and So what's missing? The partners, and the m a SPLOST can only be used for capital biggest of those partners is the so-called "gener- Fort Hawkins Boost d improvements. al public." The folks who helped put together the ideas are Second to it--again in all three sessions--is the need On a visit to Fort Hawkins on Flag Day, "Fort Builder" e for jobs, for economic development that brings jobs, for job the ones this plan needs to have pushing it along, but the Marty Willett ran through the day's figures--100 flags m vast majority of the people at the "Macon Speaks" forum-- retired, 100-something visitors, 100-degree weather--and , readiness programs. Other issues sort of mixed and mingled in there, but myself included--didn't realize the 2030 Comp Plan exist- then with his characteristic enthusiasm said the fort is just e ed. about to be absorbed by NewTown Macon, if City Council - nothing really got folks excited like talk about a vision for the city, one that would put us on a path for solving the Goodbye Georgia Music Hall of Fame. agrees to it. The move will allow the Fort Hawkins problems we face. Almost everyone sounded off on it. Commission to work faster on turning the historic site of Well, Adriane Wood of the Georgia Department of Hello, Macon Hall of Fame? Macon's birth into a more prominent tourist attraction and s - Community Affairs piped up and reminded the room--or Way back in January, in a column for a publication whose educational opportunity in time to take advantage of the r informed those of us that didn't already know--that there name escapes me, I wrote that if the worst case scenario bicentennial celebration of the War of 1812. Part of the y is already a vision for Macon. There's a comprehensive happened with the Georgia Music Hall of Fame that it vision is to have consistent archeological digs on-site and wouldn't necessarily be such a bad thing for Macon. Don't turn the old service station at the foot of the fort into a visg plan to achieve it. She'd know, she worked on it. Though there were expansive community engagement get me wrong, it is a bad thing, but maybe there's an alter- itor's center for the site. s There's an interesting significance to the move o pieces to get direction and input from the public, it has native. That would be a place to honor our unique history, f remained, nearly in secret on the Macon-Bibb County a Macon Hall of Fame. While not a new idea, I was flat- because NewTown Macon took its name from the village &Zoning Commission website tered to learn that my column was forwarded around in the that sprang up around the original Fort Hawkins, which a Planning e (maconbibbpz.org) without much notice from the commu- wake of the bad news about the GMHF. Now I'm excited was built in 1806, and eventually became Macon. If couna nity at large. That said, the MBPZ does regularly update the to read that this is a possible fate for the old Capricorn cil approves the move, it'll be like old times. Studios, which NewTown is renovating. 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