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That Billboard p.5 · Broun = Crazy, Pt. 2 p.7 · Boys & Girls Club Studio p.15 · Beards of Comedy p.22

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pub notes Losses and Gains The Real Deal I think the first time I met Tyus Butler he was already UGA Director of Alumni Relations, and although I wasn’t yet an alumnus, he seemed to know all about me: where I was from, who my people were, what I was doing at the university. I figured I was more important than I had realized. Every time I saw Tyus after that, he asked after me, not with the perfunctory questions we’re all used to, but the kinds of things a friend would ask about, somebody who knows you. He took a lively interest in what I was doing and in what was going on in the world we both inhabited. Over the years it slowly dawned on me that Tyus had an incredible gift for people, and I wasn’t the only one by far. His gift was unusual because, in a line of work that demands keeping up with people, he really was interested in us. He took delight in us and made us part of his world. Tyus died recently at the age of 94, long retired from the university but not from life. He called me up a couple of months before his death to comment on something he had read in Flagpole and to say that he wasn’t doing much more than driving his wife, Gene, to the beauty parlor. Tyus was one of those people who over the years have enriched the University of Georgia by attending it, working for it and representing it. Before becoming Alumni Relations Director, he taught journalism and before that served in the Army. He was the real deal: a smart, friendly, sophisticated, engaged bearer of humanity’s better instincts. I am fortunate to be among the host of people befriended by Tyus.

THIS WEEK’S ISSUE: News & Features City Dope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Athens News and Views

Oak Grove updates, Morris Publishing news, the new downtown deck and more.

Comment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Paul Broun, Jr. Is Crazy—Part 2 Continued from last week.

Arts & Events Movie Pick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 The Morning After

The Hangover is a perfect comedic convergence that’s funnier than it deserves to be.

Grub Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Fuel the Fire

Fuel delivers a neighborhoody atmosphere and some decent burgers.

COVER DESIGN by Kelly Ruberto featuring a detail of a painting by David Hale on display at Flicker


Music The Revolution Will Not Be Sponsored . . . . 16

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists Fight the Good Fight He made a career just in time to avoid selling out.

X . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Legendary Punk Act Is Still Living the Dream

No setback could keep these rockers from the road or stage for long.


Another Loss


We recently lost another public servant, States McCarter, who looked sort of like Clint Eastwood, and with a name like that should have been in one of the prolific director’s films. States typified the kind of commissioner we get because of the university: smart and accustomed to thinking for himself, involved in his neighborhood and, because of his university retirement, having plenty of time to represent his constituents. He was always independent and feisty and will be remembered as a strong commissioner.

Stay Tuned Increasingly, it’s worth your time to keep checking back at You never know when William Orten Carlton = Ort will unleash a new composition, and you never know what it will be about. Hillary Brown is now updating her Grub Notes column online with new information about the restaurant scene in Athens. Our comprehensive Calendar is also continuously updated as new events come in. World View, columns by the syndicated international writer Gwynne Dyer, are also frequently posted. Of course, the music news and views blog Homedrone is constantly on the move with new stuff from and about the local music scene. And have you noticed the “View the PDF” icon at the top left of the home page, right under the cover image? Click that, and you get an exact facsimile edition of the paper Flagpole, ads and all; you can flip through the paper, turning pages just like you do on the one you hold in your hand.

Hear Tunes If there are those amongst you who have not yet tuned in to AthFest, let me recommend it. Athens’ summer music festival kicks off with the Flagpole Athens Music Awards on Thursday evening, June 25, in the Morton Theatre (always a good show) and then Friday, Saturday and Sunday presents an array of every kind of music played in Athens. All the music venues have full schedules of performances, which will be amply covered in Flagpole and in the AthFest program. The good news, if you’re a musical neophyte, is that there’s a wide variety of music available free on the outside stage at the foot of Washington Street. This is an excellent, no-obligation way to sample Athens music, and the always intriguing artists’ market is right there, too, open for browsing. There’s food and beer under the big tent, and the whole AthFest experience makes for a very casual and enjoyable downtown excursion. Pete McCommons

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city dope Athens News and Views Budgets Away: Well, it’s over. For now. The ACC Mayor and Commission and the Clarke County Board of Education both got their yearly budgets passed last week. The school board’s is definitely the harsher of the two on the personnel front, eliminating 25 teaching jobs but, then again, managing to keep some of the classroom parapros over whom there was uproar earlier this spring. The Mayor and Commission voting meeting last week didn’t go down without dissent from commissioners George Maxwell and Ed Robinson on changes to The Bus in particular; see John Huie’s report this week at for more on that meeting. [BE] Chatterbox: The politico-legal rumor mill has lately turned up the name of Superior Court Judge Steve Jones as one (out of presumably many) vying for an open seat on the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia. Hard news of any sort, though, is still bottled up in Washington, DC, where nominations for various Judicial Branch positions

More on That Story: Several commissioners have engaged the Oak Grove developers in “serious negotiations,” Commissioner David Lynn said last week, hoping to eliminate the planned drive-throughs (except at the bank), add residential spaces above shops and lower the apartment densities. “Business is very welcome in this community,” Lynn said. “But I don’t think that being business-friendly and high-quality design are mutually exclusive.” Two years ago, after commissioners stuck to their guns on mixed-use requirements for residential developments on Oconee Street, the developers of those two projects abandoned them; they said market demand would not support the commercial spaces the county wanted them to add. But A bike (and “bumper” sticker) seen around town. this time, commissioners and the developer seem headed for compromise, and have agreed to table the request for are still, as of press time, making their way a month to work out details. “I think these through the political ranks. Jones himself had requirements make sense,” developer Joe zero comment on the matter, but here’s hoping O’Kelley told Flagpole. “There are some things he gets the job. He’s been a good judge for you can make commercially work, and some Athens, and deserves the promotion if indeed you can’t.” The developers are hosting an he wants it. [BE] open house for any interested citizens to view the plans and provide input on Sunday, June More Than Just a Parking Deck: What will 14 between 4 and 8 p.m. at the Oak Grove sprout up one day at the corner of Washington clubhouse, 350 Addison Rd. in the existing and Lumpkin streets downtown, spilling residential development. [JH] around the Georgia Theatre and over to Clayton Street? What does it mean to have In Other News: The interest payment deadline a mixed-use, “wrapped” parking deck? Like, for Morris Publishing, the Athens Bannerwill it be cool, or will it be lame? And to Herald’s owner, has been delayed again. A forparaphrase an ACC press release that came bearance granted by its creditors (the sixth in out last week: What will it mean to downthis streak) gave Morris until Friday, June 12 town Athens? Find out all about the planned to come up with $9.7 million originally due SPLOST-funded downtown parking deck at back in February. What happens this week? As an open house on Tuesday, June 16 between usual, it’s anybody’s guess… [Ben Emanuel] 5:30 and 7 p.m. (it’s a drop-in deal; you don’t have to stay the whole time) in the ACC BRAG: If you think you’re seeing spandex Planning Department auditorium at 120 W. everywhere you go in town this Wednesday, Dougherty St. This writer will be on vacation June 10, it’s probably because the Bike Ride and will have to miss it, but seriously: it’s Across Georgia is spending its layover day probably worth a look. [BE] here, midway through the ride. Welcome them! Show ‘em Athens loves bikes! [BE] Ben Emanuel & John Huie



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The News on Oak Grove: ACC commissioners appear to be reaching a compromise with developers on the details of adding a supermarket and retail area to the Oak Grove development on Jefferson Road. Oak Grove—with homes in different sizes and styles, clustered around common areas—was the subject of an NPR “Morning Edition” report in 2004, and has been praised by local environmentalists for its design (but not for its location: too far out in the rural “greenbelt,” they’ve said, contributing to sprawl). The homes have sold for $200,000–$500,000, and incorporate such traditional Southern amenities as porches and high ceilings. In 2004, commissioners approved adding a retail component, provided it met various requirements for greenspace and mixed-use design. Now the developer wants to increase the allowed commercial space (while including less greenspace), and wants exemptions from a few specific requirements. The plan is to build 300 apartments, a grocery store, a restaurant, retail shops, a fast-food chain, bank, pharmacy, and assisted-living facility. It includes sidewalks, bike parking and a 50-foot wide tree buffer along Jefferson Road. [John Huie]

city pages Advertising Notes: A Questionable Billboard Credit unions are not-for-profit institutions, and are considered “prudent and conservative,” according to Wall; this campaign was intended to broaden the reach of the credit union’s appeal. It’s also the first local advertising campaign where GFCU (www.gfcuonline. org) has hired an outside advertising agency, Atlanta-based Kilgannon. An argument, though, is that the woman in the ad is just looking in a dryer, and what else could you expect someone looking in a dryer to look like? That’s the thing, though; every piece of something constructed—a painting, a book, an advertisement on a billboard—is the result of a choice. And the choice to go with this decapitated side view could’ve just as easily been any other choice: an overthe-shoulder shot of a woman reaching into a more easily identifiable dryer; a woman sitting in front of a dryer, arms raised in exasperation; a shot from inside the dryer as the woman peers in to investigate. There’s nothing inherently sexual about the act of looking into

What’s up with the billboard? In the past few weeks in conversations around town, we’ve heard this image of a depersonalized, decapitated, supplicant woman called “offensive,” “gross,” “ridiculous” and “misogynistic,” so Flagpole got in touch with GFCU, which referred us to its Atlanta headquarters. “We certainly did not intend to offend anyone,” says Kim Wall, GFCU’s Vice President of Marketing. “We wanted to use an image that would attract attention and get people talking. We have had a few phone calls, and we explained the process of the campaign, which is limited, and we’ll be moving on to other images. But that is the only one we’ve received complaints about, I will say that.” Other images in the same campaign include prospective customers combing through couch cushions, digging through hedges or using a metal detector to search for loose change. “It is a stock photo of this girl,” says Wall. “It’s funny to me because it’s a girl who’s fully clothed. The advertising is of someone fully clothed. I mean, I’m a Sunday school teacher. It’s geared towards college kids.”

a dryer. More than anything, doing laundry is generally un-sexy. And there’s not even any laundry in the background of the photo, so who’s to say this isn’t some oven and this some suicide? Wall attributes the calls she’s received to unfortunate placement of the billboard downtown. People driving west from downtown and stopped at a traffic light have the right-hand side of the billboard obscured by the Gameday condos building. “The building hides the tag line,” says Wall. “They miss the message and can just see that young lady’s blue-jeaned behind.” She also says that the company acknowledges the potential controversy, but says that advertising is subjective. “I think about the Super Bowl ads where you may see one you love and one you hate,” she says. “[People] need to see all of them together to see their full story told…” Representatives from Kilgannon could not be reached by press time.

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The first thing you notice is her rear: ripe and ready and raised to receive—a spank? Something more? Eyes move from left to right, and there’s the uncomfortably overemphasized arch of a back, an expanse of bare and tanned flesh, a billow of blond hair. No head, though—odd for a woman on all fours. Oh, wait—her head seems to be inside of some sort of metal… box? Is her head in an oven? Is this some sort of suicide-prevention thing? Isn’t it a little sexual for that? Eyes keep moving rightward, and no, it’s no ad for girls going a little too wild, or for some new Plath-related event. The Georgia Federal Credit Union, a regional, not-for-profit financial institution, wants Athens to know it offers low-cost home financing, and you’re looking at a billboard at the northwest corner of Broad and Pulaski streets. “Money doesn’t have to be hard to find,” the ad copy says. (There’s another one like it on Lexington Road, visible to westbound traffic just outside the Loop.)

“Separate my trash? Whatever.” “I’m not rooting through my trash to pull out all of my cans and bottles…just so someone can make some plastic park bench out of it. What’s the point? What’s wrong with wooden park benches? I put out, like, three bags of garbage a week… I’m not going through all of that!”

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capitol impact Are Voters Ready for Action? In Roy Barnes’ announcement that he had decided to run for governor again, he tried to say all the right things voters would want to hear. He was conciliatory, a little apologetic, and tried to give the appearance that he really understands why he enraged so many voters in 2002 that they booted him from the governor’s office. “I realize I was impatient and I had an aggressive agenda,” Barnes said. “Listening is something I didn’t do enough of when I was governor. I tried to do too much, too fast. My heart was in the right place, but I was impatient and didn’t consult enough different people outside the capitol.” I don’t really know if Barnes was sincere about those lessons he supposedly learned from the disaster of 2002. He may still think he took the correct course when he aggressively tried to resolve Georgia’s longstanding problems with highways, education, healthcare and the state flag— an approach that made a lot of voters mad and cost him the governor’s office. The passage of time shows that Barnes was correct about the need to address those issues. Sonny Perdue has done little to address the state’s problems, which means that our roads are more crowded, our schools still rank in the bottom 10 percent of the states, and the number of people without health insurance now approaches two million. Many Georgia voters are quite happy with a low-energy governor who avoids the major issues. After all, Perdue was comfortably reelected with 58 percent of the vote in 2006. Barnes is betting that a majority of the voters want to try a more activist approach. That’s really the pivotal question for the governor’s race: Are voters ready to wake up from the big sleep of the past eight years, or do they want to continue with the muddling approach exemplified by the Perdue administration?



At this point in the campaign, the Republican nominee (whoever that turns out to be) would seem to have the numbers running in his or her favor. There are people who cite the results of last November’s general election as a good omen for Democrats, when a record turnout of black voters helped Barack Obama run a competitive race against John McCain for the state’s electoral votes and enabled Jim Martin to push Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss into a runoff. The high turnout in 2008—3.9 million voters—was during a presidential election year, however. Voter turnout always drops off sharply in non-presidential election years. The turnout in the 2010 general election will probably be closer to the 2.1 million voters who cast ballots in the December runoff last year— a smaller slice of the electorate where the Republican vote tends to be heavier. Barnes does give Democrats a shot at being competitive. Any of the other Democratic candidates would get, at best, 45 percent of the general election vote against the Republican nominee. One thing that Barnes can do very well is raise money, so he would have more of a fighting chance. Early polls show that Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine is running a couple of points ahead of Barnes, while Secretary of State Karen Handel runs a couple of points behind him. That’s a sign that we could have a very close election next year. I don’t think there’s any question that Barnes will win the Democratic nomination. Can he convince enough people that he’s really learned his lesson to win a general election? Tom Crawford Tom Crawford is the editor of Capitol Impact’s Georgia Report, an Internet news service at that covers government and politics in Georgia.

comment Paul Broun, Jr. Is Crazy—Part 2 “My-country’s-better-than-your-country” is not a foreign policy. It’s a playground taunt. But this childish idea is the basis of American exceptionalism. The concept is that the United States is not simply an exceptional nation in this regard or that, but the exception to all others, at all times and in all ways. The difference is categorical: America is the chosen nation. American exceptionalism is religious and extremist by its very nature. The ideology does not permit any other nation even to aspire to be on par with the new Canaan. Congressman Paul Broun, Jr., unexceptional in so many ways, is a steadfast American exceptionalist. Broun has written or signed onto a number of bills whose only goal is to slash federal discretionary spending in order to maintain or increase current military spending. Broun believes that the globe’s only exceptional nation, the one blessed by God, should, of course, have the capacity to decimate all the others. Given that the United States already spends more than all other nations on Earth combined on its military and war-making, it seems more than a little bloodthirsty to slight children’s healthcare and unemployment assistance to make more room for aircraft carriers and nukes whose tactical values are based on a Cold War calculus. Broun and his ultra-conservative pals have even tried to peg military spending to GDP to provide a floor under which war spending could not fall. Deriding the wisdom of George Washington, who warned against any standing American army, Broun would like nothing more than to create a fully militarized United States, armed to the teeth and trigger-happy. But what about foreigners we’re not allowed to shoot? No bomb has yet been invented which selectively targets Mexicans or Salvadorans. Broun, thus, has tried almost everything else available to punish impoverished immigrants from countries to our south. For example, Broun recently introduced HR 1621, a nightmare of a bill which seeks to withhold federal funds from any school which allows for the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in any language other than English. For a guy who has compared Obama to Hitler, it’s more than a little ironic that HR 1621 relies on Broun’s belief that “the government may, from time to time, take steps to reinforce national unity.” Broun’s wish to educationally and materially abuse the children of immigrants in the interest of “national unity” is textbook “us” versus “them” politics. One doesn’t have to listen hard for the subtext: The purity of the homeland must be defended against the Others whose very presence introduces, in Broun’s words, a “corrupting influence on our society.” As always, Broun casts the debate in the vague terms of a metaphysical battle in which heritage and purity are threatened by a corrupting evil. Never mind the hemispheric political economy which creates the conditions for widespread emigration. Never mind that the sort of trade policies Broun

supports—those which allow corporations to freely hopscotch national borders in search of cheap labor—hopelessly trap the underpaid workers behind borders they cannot cross.

Sanctity of Life: Until Birth For Broun, life begins at conception—even for immigrants. Broun cares deeply for the life of the unborn child. He largely ceases to care for that life, however, once it is born. While Broun sponsors bill after bill to protect the microscopic morulae, blastulae and metastacizing trophoblasts of the human gestation process, he really couldn’t care less about what happens once the baby is born into poverty. Broun offered a bill this year asserting that the “right to life guaranteed by the Constitution is vested in each human being,

abortion, the sort of abortion Dr. Broun is content to legislatively administer. In addition to protecting the sanctity of life (while promoting totally needless, bloody wars), Broun is into protecting the sanctity of marriage. His extremely selective reading of the Bible has led him to the belief that it is the government’s business how its citizens choose to live. Broun recently introduced a bill to create a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. In typical Broun fashion, the bill seeks the “protection” of marriage, as though allowing homosexuals the full rights of citizenship would simultaneously destroy conventional marriage. Apparently Broun didn’t get the news: Marriage has been anything but sacred in America for some time now, with divorce rates twice what they were in the 1950s and ’60s. Billboards in Atlanta advertise divorces at Sam’s Club-type discounts. Reality TV shows feature surreal contests in which spouses are selected by the crudest of criteria. It is still possible to acquire a mail-order bride in the country that invented the concept. Broun’s crusade to “protect” marriage is quixotic at best, hateful at worst.

Onward, Christian Soldier

and is the paramount and most fundamental right of a person.” But Broun’s sanctimonious concern evaporates as soon as the child is born and the matter leaves the lofty realm of ideology and religion. Life is messy, and Broun’s absolutism is better suited to pretending things about a zygote that cannot be seen. Though recently proposing the antiabortion “Sanctity of Human Life Act,” Broun voted multiple times to deny health care to millions of American infants and children by rejecting the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, a federal program which funds state programs like Georgia’s PeachCare. Meanwhile, the infant mortality rate in America is a shameful 46th in the world, as measured by the CIA. In the severe deprivation of the inner city and of poor rural areas, that number is much higher. While many low-income, minority urban areas in the United States show infant mortality rates the same as Mexico and Thailand, health experts find that some inner cities show rates on par with Third World nations such as Kazakhstan and Zimbabwe. To allow a child to die in the richest nation on earth can be thought of as a very late-term

There’s a country pulpit somewhere just aching for Broun’s moralizing. A wild-eyed congregation awaits his clumsy philosophies and premonitions, his notions of purity and warnings of barbarians at the gates. But Broun is a United States Congressman, and his absolutist tendencies do little to enhance constructive debate in Washington. It’s all religion to Broun, a pure order for which rational debate is useless. Faith, whether in a god or an ideology, doesn’t require evidence—that’s sort of the point. A member of Congress, though, is called to help steer the nation according to facts on the ground, not whims of the heavens. There is a time and place for religion, but as our founders so wisely determined, the business of government is not it. Still, Broun’s first allegiance is to his beliefs, however much they stand in conflict with the founders’ ideals. It is difficult to imagine that, even if placed in the Oval Office tomorrow, Broun would abandon his theocratic ideals and execute the office in accord with the founders’ principles. And that’s exactly why it is worrisome that Broun might have aspirations beyond his current station. Broun’s penchant for self-promotion, whether through his countless campaign mailings or increasingly frequent television appearances, is the sign of sights set higher, either within the Republican Party or perhaps in an office above that of Representative. Broun seeks to be an active agent in the war for control of the GOP, a battle that pits electoral-success-minded Republicans against the hard-line likes of Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and, well, Rep. Broun. Though it would reduce the party to a sad shadow of its former self, the hardliners want to fundamentalize the GOP, to strip reason and rationality from the party whose historical claim has always been its logical—as opposed to “bleeding heart”— basis. Are we watching in Broun the birth of a new conservatism, one that follows—at whatever distance—the Middle East’s model of dogmatic, faith-based parties? Or are we witnessing in our very own congressman the death rattle of an ideology whose day is done?








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I’ve noticed many Athenians making the If you want to help restaurant employees effort to buy locally in recent weeks and through the tough times, here’s how. Tip 20 months, and as a local business owner, I can’t percent every time. It’s as simple as that. For say enough how much I appreciate it. I’m people who haven’t worked in the restaurant sad to say, though, that since this recession business before, it may seem like tipping is began, I have seen a sharp increase in the an option, or that it’s a reward for extra-good number of people who are hurting my business service. It’s neither. If restaurants paid their by trying to save a few pennies. I’d like to tell employees a living wage, you’d see price you some things you may not know about the increases of at least 25 percent on all menus. restaurant business, from the perspective of You, the customer, pay the employee’s bills. an owner. Please realize that just as you are scrimping First, a restaurant is a business of pennies. to make ends meet, so is everyone at the resThe profit margin during good times is small, taurant. I’ve had to cut labor to account for and nearly nonexistent in bad times. In most fewer customers and less income. My servers local restaurants, the owner pays his bills are working less—sometimes half what they or not based on a penny or two out of every worked this time last year. In other words, dollar. You might know that already, but did they have fewer chances to make a good tip. you also know that most Oprah is wrong about of the profit from a meal In most local restaurants, it being okay to tip 10 comes from your drink percent. Eighteen to 20 the owner pays his bills and dessert? It costs a percent tip is industry lot of money to put good standard now. Servers or not based on a penny food on a plate, and make next to nothing or two out of every dollar. without tips, but they very little to make tea or refill a fountain machine. have to report at least Unfortunately, when customers feel the pinch, minimum wage. (Some restaurants pay minithe first place they skimp is on drinks. A foun- mum wage, but trust me: it’s not enough to tain drink may be only a buck-fifty to you, a live on.) In an hour with no tips, the server single customer, but to me, an owner, it’s a is paying to be at work. Additionally, most buck-fifty times 50 a day times seven days a restaurants do a tip pool. Tips are split among week. Since the recession began, I have seen the servers, hostesses, dishwasher and kitchen a drop of around $400 a week profit just from staff. Every employee is depending on every customers ordering water instead of a soft customer to leave tips. When you stiff the drink! server, you’re stiffing everyone in the building. Even on to-go orders, at least half the employees contributed to making your food. Your tip is the difference between them paying their bills or not. Finally, I want to encourage you to help your local restaurants in the way that is probably most important. If the service or food is particularly good, tell everyone you know. If something—anything at all—is wrong, tell the manager or owner. We work very hard to make sure everything is as pleasant as possible, but we simply can’t be everywhere at once. We’re running on smaller staffs now because we have to. Please don’t take it personally if your server is harried and busy and Yes, I mean I’ve taken a pay cut of $400 can’t see to your every desire instantly. She’s a week. No, I wasn’t making much more than one of the lucky ones who at least gets to that before. Restaurants can, and do, live or come to work. Be nice. die on this kind of thing. Strengthening your commitment to buyIf you’re drinking water for your health, ing local is a great idea, and I hope everyone please ask for bottled water. If you’re trying starts doing it, but please try to remember to save money, please think again. It’s only that it’s not just about spending money. It’s an extra couple of dollars to you, but it can about genuinely helping both local owners be the difference in an owner having takeand employees. home pay or not. (Oh, and if you’re going to Thanks again to everyone who supports ask for water and lots of lemon to make your local businesses. I hope together we can see own lemonade, you’re not going to make many this thing through until better fortune comes friends. That’s bad form.) Consider grabbing our way. a dessert to go if you’re full after your meal, or take home half of your meal and save room Bill Hamby for dessert. You’ll be stretching your money into two meals and helping the owner out Bill Hamby is the owner/operator of Five Star Day tremendously. Eastside.

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movie dope Some releases may not be showing locally this week. ANGELS & DEMONS (PG-13) Angels & Demons, the Da Vinci Code predecessor turned cinematic sequel, offers the same lukewarm thrills as the 2006 blockbuster. Symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks with a better hairdo) is tasked by the Vatican with solving a mystery involving a dead pope, four kidnapped cardinals and the Illuminati, a legendary cabal supposedly wiped out by the Catholic church centuries ago. Apparently, Langdon’s brainy brand of non-action reads better than it watches. I’d rather have spent the afternoon plowing through Dan Brown’s compelling plotting and disposable prose than snoozing through its plodding movie twin. ANNIE HALL (PG) 1977. Ciné is encouraging movie lovers to “beat the heat” with a summer classic movie series that kicks off with Woody Allen’s Oscar-winner. The Wood-man stars as Alvy Singer, who recounts his woeful search for love in New York City. Alvy thinks the free-spirited Annie Hall (Oscar-winner Diane Keaton) is the one, but love doesn’t always go as planned. I used to pettily begrudge Annie Hall for nabbing Star Wars’ Best Picture trophy; now I simply appreciate Allen’s most accessible film, a well-read romantic comedy melding humor, loads of heart and a large dose of neuroses. BEN X (NR) 2007. A bullied autistic teen, Ben (Greg Timmermans), retreats into an online game where he meets a friendly gal named Scarlite (Laura Verlinden). The trailer portends an intriguing film. Winner of three awards from the Montréal World Film Festival (including the top prize, Grand Prix des Amériques), a Heineken Red Star Award from the Palm Beach International Film Festival, and two prizes from the Sedona International Film Festival. Part of the ACC Library’s iFilms series.

CHINATOWN (R) 1974. Including Roman Polanski’s Oscar-winning ode to film noir, incest and everything Jack (Nicholson) in Ciné’s summer series of classic movies was a no-brainer. On a run-of-the-mill adultery case, P.I. Jake Gittes (Oscar-nominee Nicholson) discovers a murder scheme that has something to do with water. With a classy cast including Oscar-nominee Faye Dunaway, John Huston and Diane Ladd, Chinatown remains not only the most revered film in Polanski’s worshipped oeuvre but Robert Towne’s most quotable script. Nominated for 11 Academy Awards. CRANK: HIGH VOLTAGE (R) Seemingly invincible hitman Chev Chelios (Jason Statham) survived falling from a helicopter at the end of the first movie. Scooped off the road with a giant shovel, he’s taken immediately to a makeshift operating theater. The Triads want Chev’s Timex-tough ticker, which they replace with a batterypowered artificial heart, meant to keep him alive until they can harvest the rest of his organs. Fans of the first Crank will not be disappointed. The ante is upped considerably in what is possibly the most implausible movie I’ve ever seen. However, the film, no matter how depraved and immorally monotonous, is injected with far more creativity than the generic Hollywood action flick (see 12 Rounds). THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON (PG-13) A baby born in a tiny octogenarian body, Benjamin confounds everyone around him, besides his adopted mother, Queenie (Taraji P. Henson). The magic of Benjamin Button lies in its newfangled effects and old-fashioned storytelling. Pitt looks and acts terrific as the tiny old Benjamin. He captures the gait of the elderly and, with the help of Fincher’s digitized genius, their creased visage as well. Sporting a pleasant

sense of humor and an enormous, genuine heart, Benjamin Button is a curious case indeed. DANCE FLICK (PG-13) The humongous Wayans clan (namely, Keenan Ivory, Marlon, Shawn, Kim and Damon, Jr.) returns with another genre parody. A street dancer from the wrong side of the tracks, Thomas Uncles (Damon Wayans, Jr.), teams up with the gorgeous Megan White (Shoshana Bush) in order to win the big dance competition. I’m a little ashamed to admit how much I laughed at the trailer the first time I saw it. Maybe Dance Flick will be more “In Living Color” and less White Chicks. DRAG ME TO HELL (PG-13) While trying to get a promotion, sweet loan officer Christine Brown (Allison Lohman) shames an old gypsy hag, Mrs. Ganush (Lorna Raver). After a rousing attack in a parking garage, Christine is cursed. The demon Lamia will stop at nothing to torture her and carry her soul to hell for all eternity. Raimi digs deep into his bag of frenetic camerawork and joyously revels in revolting foley work (an oft mis/ underutilized horror device) in the most scary fun I’ve had at a horror film in a long time. FANBOYS (PG-13) Four guys (Sam Huntington, Chris Marquette, Dan Fogler, Jay Baruchel) and their gal pal (Kristen “Veronica Mars” Bell) travel across the country to steal a copy of Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace from Skywalker Ranch. However, their larceny is more grand than greedy as they plan to screen it for their dying friend. Kevin Smith and George Lucas have both contributed creatively to the final product. Fanboys should be fun for a game of spot the Star Wars alum. FAST & FURIOUS (PG-13) The fourth model of the Fast & Furious franchise knows exactly what it is and doesn’t try to be anything else. It is graphic vehicular pornography with


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Due to production deadlines, Beechwood movie times are only accurate through June 11. Visit for updated times. Angels & Demons (PG-13) 12:45, 3:50, 7:00, 10:00 Dance Flick (PG-13) 4:20, 10:00 Drag Me to Hell (PG-13) 12:10, 2:45, 5:05, 7:25, 9:50 The Hangover (R) 1:30, 4:00, 7:05, 9:40 Land of the Lost (PG-13) 12:15, 2:35, 4:55, 7:20, 9:50 My Life in Ruins (PG-13) 12:10, 2:40, 5:10, 7:25, 10:00 Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (PG) 12:00, 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 9:55 Open Season (PG) 10:00 a.m. (Th. 6/11) Star Trek (PG-13) 1:00, 4:15, 7:05, 9:55 Terminator Salvation (PG-13) 1:45, 4:30, 7:10, 10:05 Up (PG) 12:30, 3:00, 5:30, 8:00 Up (3D) (PG) 11:45, 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:45 X-Men Origins: Wolverine (PG-13) 1:15, 7:20

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Due to production deadlines, Carmike movie times are only accurate through June 11. Visit for updated times. Angels & Demons (PG-13) 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 10:00 Dance Flick (PG-13) 12:15, 2:45, 5:10, 7:40, 10:10 Drag Me to Hell (PG-13) 12:00, 2:30, 5:00, 7:40, 10:05 The Hangover (R) 12:40, 1:10, 3:05, 3:35, 5:30, 5:55, 7:50, 8:20, 10:15 Land of the Lost (PG-13) 12:30, 2:55, 5:20, 7:45, 10:10



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Annie Hall (PG) 8:15, 10:15 (ends 6/11) Chinatown (R) 8:30 (add’l time F. 6/12–Sa. 6/13: 11:00) (starts F. 6/12) Goodbye Solo (R) 6:30, 8:30, 10:30 (new times F. 6/12: 6:15) (add’l time F. 6/12–Su. 6/14: 4:15) Is Anybody There? (PG-13) 6:15 (ends 6/11) Sugar (R) 7:00, 9:30 (add’l time F. 6/12–Su. 6/14: 4:30) (no 9:30 show Su. 6/14) (starts F. 6/12)

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Due to production deadlines, Georgia Square Five movie times are only accurate through June 11. Visit www.Flagpole. com for updated times. Crank: High Voltage (R) 12:50, 3:10, 5:15, 7:35, 9:55 Fast & Furious (PG-13) 12:55, 4:10, 7:25, 9:50 Next Day Air (R) 12:45, 3:05, 5:10, 7:30, 9:45 Race to Witch Mountain (PG) 12:40, 3:00, 5:20, 7:40, 10:00 State of Play (PG-13) 1:00, 4:05, 7:20, 10:05

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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (PG-13) 10:00 (W. 6/10) Fanboys (PG-13) 8:00, 10:00 (M. 6/15 & W. 6/17)

the ultra-softcore sexuality of a bikinifilled car mag. On the lam con Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and FBI agent Brian O’Conner (the inexplicably appealing Paul Walker) are reunited by the death of a friend as they seek revenge against the drug lord responsible for her death. No one should mistake this article-less edition of F&F for a work of cinematic art; it’s upfront and honest about its lowbrow ambitions. GOODBYE SOLO (R) The third feature from writer-director Ramin Bahrani was shot in Winston-Salem, NC, where Bahrani was born. But the American South depicted in Goodbye Solo bears few of the standard hallmarks usually trotted out in films set in the region: there is not a trace of “redneck” culture, little evidence of racism, and almost no country music on the soundtrack. The film opens with William (Red West) in the back of a taxicab, trying to hire the driver for a one-way trip to a mountain landmark called Blowing Rock later that week. The driver, Solo (Souléymane Sy Savané), a gregarious and sensitive Senegalese immigrant, immediately voices his concern that William intends to commit suicide by jumping off the mountain, but William doesn’t respond. As the two men fall into a tense and unlikely friendship, Solo’s dogged attempts to discern what is troubling William, and William’s sometimes ferocious resistance to Solo’s attempts to help him, form the dramatic heart of the story. THE HANGOVER (R) See Movie Pick. IMAGINE THAT (PG) Eddie Murphy returns with another summer family film. It’s got to do better than last July’s Meet Dave, right? The preview, while cloying, implies “yes.” The former funnyman stars as a father whose financial planning career takes an upswing thanks to his daughter’s imaginary world of princesses and the like. The behind-the-scenes talents know funny. Director Karey Kirkpatrick previously helmed the animated Over the Hedge, and writers Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson planned Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. IS ANYBODY THERE? (PG-13) Ten-year-old Edward (Bill Milner, who was a little charmer in Son of Rambow) lives in an old folks home. The reasons aren’t that strange. His parents own it. But Edward’s a strange, lonely kid who is obsessed with the afterlife and tape records the residents. Fortunately, Edward befriends the newest tenant, retired magician Clarence (Michael Caine), and their burgeoning relationship benefits both the young boy and the old man. Directed by John Crowley (Intermission, Boy A). LAND OF THE LOST (PG-13) On a routine expedition, Dr. Rick Marshall (Will Ferrell), his comely assistant Holly (Anna Friel, “Pushing Daisies”), and uncouth mystery cave proprietor Will (Danny McBride) travel through time where they befriend Chaka (Jorma Toccone) and do battle with a brilliant T-Rex and lizardmen called Sleestacks. The comical, quirky Land of the Lost proves one thing. Big screen, bigger budget updates of the cult universes conceived by brothers Sid and Marty Krofft (“H.R. Pufnstuf”) are best left as cheesy, campy and bizarre as the grown-up fans, all hopped up on nostalgia, remember them. MY LIFE IN RUINS (PG-13) This super-size sitcom stars a dazzling Nia

Vardalos, who blew the mega-success of My Big Fat Greek Wedding on a failed television show, as Georgia, a tour guide looking for love among the ruins of ancient Greece. Saddled with an unimaginatively clichéd gaggle of American, British and Australian tourists (including Rachel Dratch and Harland Williams), Georgia does battle with a rival guide and, thanks to the oracular Irv (a vacationing Richard Dreyfuss), finds love with hottie bus driver, Poupi (Alexis Georgoulis). Mired in plot devices most hackneyed and jokes most stale (example: Poupi’s nephew is named Doudi), this gorgeous travelogue certainly knows its audience, all hyped up on Greek dreams fueled by multiple viewings of Mamma Mia! The tacky romcom held its small throng of older viewers in enchanted thrall. Anyone immune to its Siren song will see its naturally craggy, un-humorous visage and steer far, far away to safer, funnier waters. NEXT DAY AIR (R) Whoever ordered Next Day Air got exactly what they wanted, but the crime comedy (it’s not very funny) is no special delivery. Leo (Donald Faison, “Scrubs”), a stoner who works as a delivery man, leaves a package at the wrong apartment. Eventually, the supposedly comedic mix-up leads to a bloody shootout. NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: BATTLE OF THE SMITHSONIAN (PG) Spending a second Night at the Museum with former security guard Larry Daily (Ben Stiller) and the cometo-life exhibits isn’t the creatively bankrupt, money-grubbing experience you’d expect, largely thanks to talented new guests Amy Adams, Hank Azaria and Bill Hader (“SNL” and Superbad), a trio that breathes hilarious life into Amelia Earhart, Kahmunrah and General George Armstrong Custer. Everything about NatM:BotS improves on the lifeless original, especially the thankful lack of monkey antics of which there are a mere toned down few. OPEN SEASON (PG) As the voice of Elliot, an obnoxious mule deer exiled from his herd, Ashton Kutcher goofs around the woods for an hour and a half, making up silly songs about flatulent elves that pee a lot. Elliot and his reluctant pal, a grizzly bear named Boog (v. Martin Lawrence), must do battle with poacher Shaw (v. Gary Sinise) after being released into the wild by Boog’s keeper, a moon-faced park ranger (v. Debra Messing). Open Season, with its paranoid nutter of a hunter and anthropomorphically emotive animals, is rabidly anti-hunting. RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN (PG) I loved Escape to Witch Mountain and its sequel, Return from Witch Mountain, when I was a kid. Watching Disney’s franchise reboot didn’t exactly conjure up wispy nostalgia like I’d hoped. The filmmakers were kidding themselves if they thought they could replace the 1975 cast. Besides the stunt driving and the charmer formerly known as the Rock, Race to Witch Mountain possesses few other noticeable traits. STAR TREK (PG-13) Director J.J. Abrams brings Gene Roddenberry’s idyllic, stodgy creation to warp speed. Abrams and writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman revive the franchise with a breezy, action-packed matinee abandon never before seen in this often sober universe. Amazingly, an entirely new, unknown Star Trek universe lies

uncharted, to be mapped, one hopes, by Captain Abrams and his creative crew. Space may be the final frontier, but Star Trek should just be the first of many missions for this particular talented team. STATE OF PLAY (PG-13) State of Play may not be the best film of the year, but it is a well-made political thriller starring actual actors, some of whom own Oscars. Newspaper reporter Cal McAffrey (Russell Crowe) is a dinosaur on the verge of extinction. But when a sex scandal rocks the political/ personal boat of his college roommate, Congressman Stephen Collins (Ben Affleck), Cal gets another shot at glory and uncovers a deeper conspiracy, one full of twists and turns too juicy to spoil here. SUGAR (R) 2008. Half Nelson duo Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck’s second collaboration has far less buzz and no Ryan Gosling to earn a buzz-generating Oscar nom. Miguel “Sugar” Santos (newcomer Algenis Perez Soto) is a Dominican baseball star who dreams of playing in the big leagues. While training at a baseball academy, the 19-yearold is finally recruited to play in the minor leagues here in the States. THE TAKING OF PELHAM 1 2 3 (R) How many times can John Godey’s novel be made into a movie? Walter Matthau and Robert Shaw played cops and robbers in a 1974 version, and Edward James Olmos and Vincent D’Onofrio took over in a 1998 TV movie. Now megastars Denzel Washington and John Travolta hop on this express thriller about a hijacked subway train. TERMINATOR SALVATION (PG-13) The ultra-grim fourth installment of the time-bending franchise makes minor improvements on the frivolous third film. Finally, we get to witness the epic battles between man and machine. Humanity’s savior, John Connor (Christian Bale), is waylaid from his mission to defeat Skynet, the self-aware, computer-based defense system attempting to cleanse the planet of all mankind. As unkillable as the Terminators are, it might be time to unplug a franchise that’s two movies and a failed TV show past its T2 prime. TETRO (NR) Bennie (Alden Ehrenreich, who resembles a ravenhaired young Leo) travels to Buenos Aires to find his long-lost older brother (the infamous Vincent Gallo). Bennie hopes to find the key to understanding his sibling in the once promising writer’s nearly finished play. Its monochromatic style conjures comparisons with FFC’s underrated Outsiders follow-up, Rumble Fish. X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE (PG-13) In a post-Iron Man/Dark Knight/Watchmen world, X-Men Origins: Wolverine is an unevolved comic caveman. The X-Men trilogy has been going downhill since X2, and since 20th Century Fox’s rights predate Marvel’s new and improved property handling, no one should expect great things from subsequent Origins pics. Wolverine merely fills in the pre-X team gaps in the hairy, tri-clawed mutant’s long, long life. UP (PG) While kid-friendly, the latest Disney-Pixar film, Up, deals with some serious issues upfront (infertility, old age, death) before unleashing a most fantastical adventure film. Seventyeight-year-old Carl Fredricksen (v. Edward Asner) and his late wife, Ellie, always dreamed of traveling to South America. After Ellie’s death, Carl floats his house to the fabled Paradise Falls via several thousand helium balloons. Up is bound to be the year’s most unconventional blockbuster. Every minute of the film, co-directed by Pete Docter (Monsters, Inc.) and Peterson, bursts with creativity and ingenuity.) Drew Wheeler

movie pick The Morning After THE HANGOVER (R) The summer’s most relentlessly funny comedy may have arrived. When three buddies—married schoolteacher Phil (Bradley Cooper), emasculated dentist Stu (Ed Helms) and strange Alan (Zack Galifianakis)— take their pal, Doug (Justin Bartha), to Las Vegas for his bachelor party, all hell breaks loose. Stu wakes up minus a tooth. Alan finds a tiger in the bathroom. From the closet, a

Zack Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms baby cries. According to an ID bracelet, Phil was admitted to a hospital. The valet delivers a police car to the surprised trio. Stu married a stripper (Heather Graham). And Doug’s missing. Sounds like a hell of a night, and those events are just the ones spoiled by the trailer. Too bad none of these guys can remember one moment of it. The fifth feature from Todd Phillips, who helped initiate the Frat Pack with Old School,

The Hangover mercilessly, hilariously hazes a new class of comedy pledges. Cooper, a Wedding Crashers alum, has been struggling to elevate his douchy pretty boy star in Yes Man and He’s Just Not That Into You. Helms, an “Office” worker, is often still remembered as one of those guys who used to be on “The Daily Show.” And the big screen has not been kind to stand-up comic Galifianakis. The trio may have struggled apart, but together they are strong and they are funny. An entire film built around just one of them could be excruciatingly unpleasant. Phil is a jerk; the fastidious Stu is emotionally and physically battered by his girlfriend (Rachael Harris); and Alan may or may not be a pedophile. Doug isn’t a fourth Musketeer so much as the film’s MacGuffin, despite the sarcastically ebullient appeal of National Treasure’s one bright spot, Bartha. Peppered with familiar funny faces, The Hangover is a perfect comedic convergence that’s funnier than it deserves to be. Be prepared (or forewarned), though, a sequel was being fast-tracked months ago—an arrogant act that may tarnish the film’s reputation like the titular punishment for a hellacious bender. But right now, in the bright light of the head-pounding morning after, I want more of the hair of the dog. Drew Wheeler

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It’s All Relative: George W. may have spoken about the soft bigotry of low expectations, but sometimes those preconceptions result in something far better than when you’re anticipating awesomeness and end up disappointed. Believe it or not, I still could stand to eat a burger after filing my last column, and while I hadn’t heard anything good yet about Fuel (1194 Prince Ave.), it was still my duty to go there and report back. I’m not saying you’re in for culinary delights of a high order, either, but, sitting on the big patio of the converted gas station, happily munching on some quality onion rings, I felt like the restaurant could be a really pleasant place to wander over to for some simple grub, a beer, perhaps conversation with one’s neighbors over a sporting event inside. The Fuel burger, topped with jalapeños and bacon, among other things, was by far the best main dish I sampled, and while it’s not revolutionary or thick or, God forbid, medium rare, it’s at least on par with the average burger in this town, and Mike Bolen and Curtis Winsted, who own the place, have been smart enough to order Luna bread to put it on. The bread is about the only thing they don’t make in-house, an effort that’s admirable but doesn’t always work out. A BBQ chicken sandwich, for example, should really consist of more than hunks of chicken with BBQ sauce. And the BBQ sliders, while adorable and made with house-smoked pork, need a little rethinking; the chunks of pork are on the large side, and there’s something about the taste as a whole that’s kind of odd. Still, the fried pickles are tasty, the menu is plenty large (including a section for kids), the staff is exceedingly willing to please, and the atmosphere, while somewhat noisy outside, is genuinely pleasant. Fuel is open every day for lunch and dinner and may be open for breakfast as well by press time. The restaurant takes credit cards and, last I heard, plans to deliver in the area. Express Yourself: Inoko Sushi Express (2301 College Station Rd., next to Kroger) was likewise unpromising, in the space that had once housed Radio Shack and was filled with memories of a/v components unobtained, but a friend (Luke Powell) promised that the sushi was pretty good, despite his own initial misgivings, and so it was. The interior is now unrecognizable, and while it’s a bit generic, it at least feels like a restaurant, complete with traditional shouts by the The big bowl of udon chefs when you enter. The is a great deal… ordering system (fill out one paper slip for sushi, another for cooked items, and bring both to the registers up front) is a little confusing, even with the aid of helpful signs, but your food will arrive extremely quickly and you can call in a to-go order for pick-up. There’s little that’s extremely exciting on the menu, and some of the pieces of nigiri sushi are better than others. The yellowtail is pretty tasty, for example, and plenty simple, while the clam is less good. There are, of course, the usual complement of fried rolls or rolls involving cream cheese, and you can certainly order those if you so desire, but I can’t guarantee your results. The big bowl of udon is a great deal and tasty, while the tempura is heavy on the batter and the chicken teriyaki is unimpressive. The real appeal, here, is that it’s all very inexpensive and yet a cut above grocery-store sushi, as well as some of your other options in town. The atmosphere, for example, is a lot less party central than the one at Ru San’s, which may or may not be what you’re looking for. It’s not going to replace Utage, downtown, any time soon, but if you want a beer or a glass of wine and some non-gross sushi fast, it’s worth going. Inoko Sushi Express is open every day for lunch and dinner and takes credit cards. What Up? The Royal Peasant, an English pub with some Indian-influenced items on the menu, is open in what was the Mean Bean in Five Points. The European Deli, retailing sandwiches made with meats and cheeses and a selection of gourmet foods, is open on the Atlanta Highway near the intersection with Timothy/Mitchell Bridge Road. El Sol, the wonderful tiny Mexican restaurant on Tallassee Road, next to the gas station, has changed its name to Sr. Sol, which should help avoid some confusion with Taqueria del Sol. Marti’s at Midday now serves New York-style bagels. Antojitos Salvadorenos, on Chase Street, has closed, much to my chagrin. Hillary Brown



threats & promises Music News And Gossip From the Past: Local songwriter Tommy Wedge has released a “companion piece” to his 2007 release Heavensville. Titled Until I Reach L.A., the record features songs that pre-date the compositions on Heavensville. Recorded completely at home, Wedge (who performs with an ensemble under the same name) recorded nearly all the instruments himself with some help by John Neff on pedal steel and Marc Gilley on saxophone. I’m a big fan of Wedge’s atmospheric dream pop and welcome this release, but I hope that the band is busy at work on a new full-length release, too. To grab a copy of Until I Reach L.A., please see www. or iTunes. Beats Don’t Stop: Local DJ Alfredo Lapuz, Jr. (AKA Immuzikation) is starting to catch some serious out-of-town attention, most notably evidenced by his playing three sets (one each night) this week at Manchester,


92 Dreamteam and more. Wiggs is currently seeking volunteers to help with moving equipment on and off stage, etc. Oh, man, I admire Wiggs’ enthusiasm with all this. And I also know that even at $3 for over 11 bands, there’s gonna be some douche bags trying to scam their way in for free. Don’t be that person, people. Interested parties should get in touch with Wiggs via daffodilathens. Dub Fest?: Athens’ premier reggae-dub band DubConcious and promoter Harmonic Productions will present the “Dub-ocracy Mini-Festival” at Atlanta’s swanky 595 North this weekend, June 12–14. Tickets for regular admission are $55, and VIP admission is $100, but that includes backstage access and free beer. Scheduled to perform are Benga, DJ Spooky, Starkey, M80 DubStation, Joe Nice, Djunya, SubSwara, Alex B and some

Immuzikation TN’s awesomely huge Bonnaroo. Additionally, Immuzikation has received solid praise from regarding a recent remix of MGMT’s “Time to Pretend.” Lapuz, who also plays in Kuroma and Daft Punk tribute band Very Disco, was highlighted by online publication The Cold Cut for his appearance on Daft Punk tribute album Remix After All, which was commissioned by the publication. Word is that Very Disco will play sets at the Houston and Dallas, TX locations of the House of Blues in July but will appear locally at the Georgia Theatre on Thursday, June 25. Immuzikation will play the Theatre on Saturday, June 27 with Kuroma, Velveteen Pink and Gift Horse. Check everything out via immuzikation. Meat Some New Friends: Derek Wiggs of local band Daffodil has put together a multi-band BBQ and performance day at Little Kings Shuffle Club for July 25. The reason I’m telling y’all this way ahead of time is because there’s a slight smidge of a chance that he might add some more bands to the bill, and if you’re interested in playing you should get in touch. The event is planned to be hella cheap at approximately two or three dollars a person. Any funds left over after expenses are to be donated to the ACC Animal Control. Bands already scheduled to play are Circle in Flight, Jungol, Die Bennie, Daffodil, Laminated Cat, The Jack Burton, Lazer/Wülf, Dead Dog, Shitty Darkness, Christopher’s Liver,

surprise guests. Atlanta Dubstep will host an outdoor stage, too, and art by Kris D, David Hale, Catherine Stinson, Rob P, and Rhett Johnston will decorate the venue. Tickets are available at Treasure in Your Own Backyard: Longtime Athens-based artist Bill Mallonee (Vigilantes of Love) is planning another tour of house shows this summer billed as the “Guitar in a Car” tour. Over the years, in addition to extensive touring at traditional venues, Mallonee has played over 500 house shows. The target dates for the new house shows are July–September. Mallonee also found himself in the position of having to sell a beloved vintage guitar recently, but when one door closes, another door opens. It turns out that the buyer was Dallas-based filmmaker Jeff Hopher, who decided to use the necessity of Mallonee selling the guitar as the inspiration for a brand-new documentary on Mallonee. This is the first documentary of its kind on Mallonee, who is certainly due something like this after 17 years, 25 albums and a fan base that, while still relatively cult-like, is incredibly loyal and enthusiastic around the world. For more information on all this, please see If you are interested in having him play your living room (which he will travel anywhere to do), please drop a line to Gordon Lamb



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The ragged rock and roll of New Jersey’s Titus Andronicus is a refreshingly simple blast of no-nonsense, aiming-for-awesome tuneage. Patrick Stickles’ lyrics—ruminative, prying, clever—are almost buried under the basement production of the album, but they’re there nonetheless, fiery and raw assertions that can’t help but get noticed. They’re easily heard and easily repeated, and bear a resemblance to the best of any late-’80s/ early-’90s anthemic, drunken-sing-a-longfriendly punk, though with guitars slathered in layers of distortion. The Airing of Grievances, released by the band last year but reissued by XL, is just nine songs long, but it doesn’t lack for it. Of course, there’s that word, constricting and ill-shaped anyway: punk. At its best it’s an attitude, and Titus Andronicus has that by the barrel, though musically nothing’s as reductive as the three-chord basics. The band is able to carry a manic abandon into near-epic guitar rock, creating the sort of bounteous sweep and propulsive inevitability of the best Arcade Fire tunes while retaining that sense of promise that appeals to disenfranchised youth of any number of varieties. It’s kinda like if The Descendents grew up but then said “fuck it” and threw all the pretense out the window headed back to the garage. If you’ve seen any number of rock and roll bands in the past—reading this paper, that’s pretty likely—and you take a step back from the crowd rather than fully giving yourself over, you might find Titus Andronicus makes you feel a little old. What you might need to do is get over that, though, and if you do, the guys in Titus Andronicus could just make you feel as young, excited and unrestrained as they are. Chris Hassiotis Titus Andronicus is playing at the 40 Watt Club on Thursday, June 11.

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SONIC YOUTH The Eternal Matador It stings to have to accept that artists like Sonic Youth aren’t that young anymore, but their last two albums, Sonic Nurse and Rather Ripped, were solid enough to soften this fact. Sonic

Youth’s latest offering, The Eternal, is a veritable time-warp of an album, somehow taking 15 years off of the group’s age and being just as phenomenal as anything the band’s ever put out. With The Eternal being the band’s 16th release (not including countless side projects by everyone in the band), this is an amazing accomplishment. Hardcore Sonic Youth fans will notice the departure of multi-tasker Jim O’Rourke and the addition of former Pavement bassist, Mark Ibold. The Eternal is also the band’s first release on Matador Records, which interestingly enough gives the sound an almost intelligent pop, Pavement-y feel through many of the tracks. Gone are the days of 10-minute long screeching jam sessions, though these can thankfully still be heard at the band’s live shows. Kim Gordon has eclipsed singing on only “her songs” and now sounds like the lead singer, while Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo sound like the “other” singers in the band. The pairing of Moore’s guitar work and Gordon’s voice on “Malibu Gas Station” is one of their most brilliant ever. The two create a SoCal sound that two life-long New Yorkers simply shouldn’t be able to produce. With a 16th successful release, a fantastic new bassist, and comfortable new home with Matador, as corny as it may be, Sonic Youth is everything The Eternal should be. Noel Wurst Sonic Youth is playing at Variety Playhouse in Atlanta on July 13.

DEPECHE MODE Sounds of the Universe Mute/Capitol Although much noise has been made about this being the second album to feature a few songs by singer Dave Gahan, considerably less fuss has been made over the obvious: Gahan seems to have learned everything from traditional Depeche Mode scribe Martin Gore. Outside of Gahan’s tendency to be less emotionally bare than Gore, there’s no appreciable difference. So, really, 28 years after its debut album, Depeche Mode’s influence is felt among its own membership as much as anywhere else. Which is to say that there are no major shifts in style or substance on Sounds of the Universe. That doesn’t mean, however, that it is to be easily dismissed. If anything, it’s a slow burner. After months of anticipation, it took me, an unabashedly ardent fan, several listens to absorb it all. The first moment of clarity, as it were, arrives with the tender and yearning “Fragile Tension.” Other highlights are “In Sympathy” and “Peace,” the latter coming across tonally like a conscious look back to the band’s Vince Clarke era. All told, it’s a fine record by a band that, although its name gives lip service to immediacy and disposability,

has virtually defined the intersection of brooding sexual tension, mind games, cruelty tempered with tenderness, personal longing, failure and success through the language of multiple synthesizers for almost three decades. It’s not enough to say this album is what can be expected from Depeche Mode, but it might be enough to say the reason it’s expected is because they present themselves, again, unfailingly, as standard bearers. Gordon Lamb

CASPER AND THE COOKIES Modern Silence Happy Happy Birthday to Me I’ve always thought it reductive when people refer to Casper and the Cookies as an indie-pop band—which is not to say that simple indie-pop bands that produce cute, catchy tunes don’t deserve their share of appreciation. But it’s always been clear to me that Jason NeSmith, Kay Stanton and Jim Hix have larger ambitions beyond mere earworm melody. Modern Silence, the band’s brand-new record, demonstrates that in a more tangible form, capturing the bobbing and weaving effect their live performances produce, especially on the last three tracks, a mini-symphony that recalls The Residents as much as The Beatles in its collage of songs and tones. Impressive as it is, if you’re looking for foot-tapping, that won’t quite do, but there’s more than enough elsewhere. Modern Silence is a big album to get a handle on, but even if it only had “Keep Talking,” an absolute gem of a song that’s both sweet and funky, it could be considered a success. What do you call a mix of prog and twee, anyway? Interesting may be the best word for it. Hillary Brown

PHOENIX Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix V2 This album is catchy as fuck. And poppy, too. About time. With Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, Phoenix may finally become “the next big thing” that U.S. critics have heralded since the band’s soundtrack track “Too Young” was licensed by every other Hollywood music supervisor back in the early ‘00s. One thing’s for sure, Air’s former backing band definitely hearts

industrial-sounding synthesizers, which generally cite Tangerine Dream—hold the fromage. This synthkrautrock proposition really comes up when Phoenix challenges its listeners with an early bait-and-switch, displacing the pop-accessible with the cumbersome. The nearly 8-minute 2-song suite “Love Like a Sunset” builds into an Antony Gonzales synthgaze monolith, only to recede, climax, then low tide again—and just when you think it’s all instrumental, Thomas Mars coos in for the last 40 seconds. Phoenix relies on similar ‘80s touchstones as Gonzales’ Saturdays=Youth, without all the nostalgic masturbation to Molly Ringwald Tiger Beats and Brat Pack films. On many songs, lead singer Mars sounds like a straight-faced Kevin Barnes, among other impossibilities. Early post-punk is here, too, especially in the rhythm section, as is some New Order, Spoon, and maybe even Clap Your Hands Say Yeah! After recently becoming one of the very few bands to have three performances in one “SNL” episode, it seems everyone is on the Phoenix bandwagon. Get on it, dance, and sing awkwardly in your car. Christopher Benton

PLUME Sunrise in the Rain Independent Release Sunrise in the Rain, the new album from Plume, is an eclectic blend of trippy pop songs and quasiexperimental rock. Plume is Will Goss—a mainstay in the Athens music and art scene—who recorded, produced and performed every track on the album. Goss himself is a bit of a wunderkind—one visit to his website ( reveals a cornucopia of free, streaming music and links to hysterical videos. Goss’ other artistic exploits would normally have little to do with his music, but they do explain some of the humor on Sunrise in the Rain. Lyrically, the album is a combination of bubblegum lyrics and tonguein-cheek sarcasm (“Every little girlie wants a little piece of candy,” he sings on “Girlie Girls.”) More often than not—sonically and compositionally speaking—Sunrise in the Rain recalls The Kinks and Zabriskie Point-era Pink Floyd. On the song “Johnny” in particular, Goss channels a Laurel Canyon vibe that would not be out of place on Frank Zappa’s We’re Only in It for the Money. All in all, Sunshine in the Rain is a unique offering that no one could claim is uncreative. While it is difficult to envision listening to the album from start to finish repeatedly, the album confirms that Goss is, at the very least, worth paying attention to. While it might be true that every little girlie wants a little piece of candy, I think they’d settle for a copy of Sunshine in the Rain. John Seay

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he music business is so much like pro sports,” suggests Bruce Burch of the UGA Music Business Program, “in that it’s hard to break into. You can’t learn about the music business too young, in my opinion…” While aspiring athletes have little league teams and P.E. classes to help them get in the game at a very young age, rock stars in the making have had to settle for piano recitals and marching bands at best. That is, until now. There is a new trend in children’s activity programming, and it is driven by music composition, recording and performance. Mike Hackett, president and chief officer of the Boys and Girls Club in Athens, has worked with Boys and Girls Clubs for nearly 25 years. “I’m amazed,” he says. “I can’t recall a time when kids were as interested in music and dance as they are right now.” So, when plans were underway to build the expansive new club on Fourth Street, which also features vibrant construction, an oversize basketball court, game rooms, study centers, computer labs and more, the addition of a recording studio became a top priority, particularly for the teen center. “When we first came up with this concept, what we were looking for was a cool space that would attract teenagers,” says Hackett. “In other Boys and Girls Clubs in Georgia they have converted old classrooms into studios for kids and it’s become very popular… but once certain people got involved like Pete Dugas over at TSAV and Bruce Burch and Keith Perissi… it’s grown into an entity of its own. I’ve got a feeling that this whole studio is going to become bigger than what I ever envisioned it to be.” Unlike the converted rooms found at most youth clubs, this space was designed from the beginning to function as a professional studio. “The biggest investment has been in the space itself,” says Hackett. “We’ve probably spent $85,000 just to upgrade the physical space.” The room has its own A/C controls, floating wood floor, double thick walls and baffling

to ensure acoustic integrity. As for the actual studio design and installation, local company TSAV has offered its services free of charge. Basic equipment such as drums, guitars and amps are already in place and soon TSAV will be wiring the control room. The goals of this project are multi-faceted, and the possibilities are limitless. Hackett hopes the studio will diversify club membership by attracting creative children who are interested in more than just athletics and provide a safe Brandon Wright, 14, tries out the studio drums. haven where members can express themselves creatively. “Our kids have a lot of natural ability, but very few of them he says earnestly. Last year Burch visited the Boys and Girls have formal musical training… You can make music now withClub in Venice, CA (which is programmed by former R.E.M. out knowing anything about music: hit the auto-rhythm button producer Scott Litt) and was surprised to learn that record and the auto-melody button, that sort of thing.” Hackett says label scouts were actually flying in to check out the work the this studio will focus on more organic composition that encom- California club members were creating. passes all genres and all aspects of the industry. “[The Athens BGC] really could become an A&R center,” “One of the things we are very excited about is the partnerBurch says. ship with the Music Business Program. Keith and Bruce are The program may also serve as a feeder to UGA, encouraggoing to send their students over and they are going to do like ing students to continue their music education with the Music a Junior Achievement model with the kids where they’ll start Business program or elsewhere. up their own recording label. So, some kids might be the per“It’s like basketball,” says Hackett, echoing Burch’s sports formers, others might learn the engineering, other kids might metaphor. “Not a lot of them are going to make it to the NBA, be involved in promotions and marketing and that sort of stuff. but it’s going to inspire them to finish school; it’s going to I’ve just been blown away by how many people from the music provide them with discipline; and it’s going to provide them community have come in and said, ‘We want to help!’” with positive activities so they aren’t getting in trouble.” Burch is equally enthusiastic about the partnership and To learn more about the studio, visit knows that real potential exists for these young musicians. “I think there’s going to be some hit records made in that place,” Michelle Gilzenrat



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The Revolution Will Not B◊ Sponsored Ted Leo and the Pharmacists Fight the Good Fight


isten: if the hackneyed bumper sticker is true and money is the devil, then we’re all pretty much going straight to hell. This is the real deal, physical original sin. So, if we’re going to continue with this religious metaphor (and hopefully we won’t much longer), then piousness is a true virtue. When everything is neatly priced, we can’t allow ourselves to be owned. One might be reminded of seeing William Ayers speak at the Athens Human Rights Festival a few weeks back. Paraphrasing here must be forgiven, but the Chicagoan radical/ Fox News talking point was speaking about the efficacy of various individuals in the political process, and he framed art and artists in what might be considered an unusual slant: he defined art as altruistic. He didn’t see artists in the popularly held pose of chronic self-involvement and masturbatory aesthetic blinders. He saw artists as giving, as willing to work as catalysts for something larger than themselves. This is the raison d’être of Ted Leo and his Pharmacists. Theirs is a world where purity actually—stop me if you’ve heard this one before—matters. It’s a diamond-hard belief that the conversation that occurs between artist and listener pivots on that axis and that axis alone. Sponsorship, private interests, and such are alien by the very nature of their motivations. “I personally hate the fact that I associate whatever, Isuzu, with a Buzzcocks song,” says Leo. “Because it changes the context of music that was previously so important to me, and that was at least originally presented as something that was incorruptible—[something] that was about showing a young person who has aged, obviously, but still retains these… ideals that there are realms to life, aspects to life, that don’t revolve around commerce and capitalism and product placement.” This interview took place a week prior to the day that Pearl Jam continued on its march towards becoming the grunge U2 and announced plans to tie its forthcoming album with Target. With the music industry’s means of support still a big fat Comic



Sans question mark, artists like Leo who have been saying “no thanks” to free money from nice men in suits for over a decade now (much longer if you count his previous band Chisel) are facing grim circumstances. “We’d just hit that point where, ‘Holy shit, we’re paying our bills! I don’t need to go do a temp job anymore!’ We hit that moment exactly when it ceased being an option for bands at our level of the game. And I don’t say that in a boo-hoo way; it’s just kind of one of those cosmic ironies. We don’t actually completely make our living from music anymore; we did for a brief shining moment.” Let’s pause for a moment to discuss a tiny bit of detritus from the prior sentence: music. Leo’s music is often punk only in attitude. After he broke into indie consciousness with The Tyranny of Distance in 2001, he established his weapons of choice as decidedly more populist than the double-time/ noswing approach favored by the Warped Tour set. With his sometimes-rotating but always solid Pharmacists, he has whipped out a combination of celtic-centric Thin Lizzy-esque, melodic, fist-pumping, ‘60s soul for vocal inspiration, and vigorous nods

of the hat to Elvis Costello. But he’s not 100-percent stationary, as the very, very awesome experiment with reggae “Crying Over You” from 2007’s Living with the Living proved. The music is generally pop rock, and that’s what makes it a Trojan horse. As the indie-punk community has bleached itself further into what is now today’s world of barstool liberals, it seems like political content has become somehow unfashionable. And so Leo’s approach of using rabble-rousing pop gets his alwayspoliticized (but frequently subtle) lyrics to the masses. But in the time since, Touch & Go, Leo’s label of choice, succumbed to the economy and stopped pressing new releases. And while it seems like an obvious route now, even when Spin and Rolling Stone were running features on the Pharmacists, major labels were never in the equation. “I’ve made no bones that I’m really not comfortable with working with a major label. I’ve talked to labels here and there, and I’ve always walked away thinking that I’ve made the right choice in not going in that direction,” he says. “Let me also say that I think that the kind of dialogue that goes on around this, kids getting into arguments about who sold out and who hasn’t, people think it’s a bunch of bullshit—but I don’t think it is. I think it’s totally valuable and valid to discuss those ideas, to figure out where you stand on these things and hash out these issues, because they are real issues.” Jeff Tobias

WHO: Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Titus Andronicus, All the Saints WHERE: 40 Watt Club WHEN: Thursday, June 11 HOW MUCH: $10 (advance)

Legendary Punk Act Is Still Living the Dream Editor’s Note: On Wednesday, June 3, X vocalist Exene Cervenka announced that, after months of feeling ill, she has been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. “Although this is obviously unfortunate news,” she said in an official statement, “I am choosing to see the positive in it… While this diagnosis will most certainly mean some changes for me, personally, it will not affect my commitments to the current X U.S. tour, nor will it affect my solo album that is slated for release this fall on Bloodshot Records.” Flagpole admires Cervenka’s unwavering dedication in the face of adversity. The following interview and story were written several weeks before the announcement.


Angeles-based band X catapulted to fame during punk’s first wave—the frenetic foursome forming when bassist John Doe met up with guitarist Billy Zoom. Soon, Doe’s girlfriend, Exene Cervenka—who he’d met in a Venice Beach poetry workshop—joined in, refusing to part with her poetry unless she, too, could sing. Their unique harmonies and lyrics became a defining element of the band’s sound. Drummer DJ Bonebrake, who’d been playing in The Eyes with Charlotte Caffey of The Go-Gos, was the last to join. In the threeplus decades since, the band has left its mark on rockabilly, folk, hardcore and garage-rock scenes. It has also gained acclaim as “one of the greatest live acts of all time.” The strength of X’s live shows is a point of pride for Bonebrake, who thinks the band is even stronger today than in its heyday. “We’re more consistent,” he says. “We rock more, and obviously, we’re more mature. We’ve had a lot of experience, and everyone puts 100 percent into the shows because we’re serious about the music… We’re not walking through it.” You might think Bonebrake would tire of playing some of the same songs after 32 years, but he’s still having a blast. “You’re standing in the dressing room going ‘God, I’m 53 years old. I’m still playing this incredible music. I can still do it and get a good response. There’s nothing like it.’ People would die to have the career that we’ve had. We haven’t become rich; we’re not that famous, but to have a long career where you’re constantly working is the greatest gift. What more could you ask for?” When young musicians first start out, Bonebrake says, “[Many think] ‘I’m going to be in the biggest band in the world. I’m going to be rich and famous.’ Well, that happens as often as, well maybe less often than, when people win the lottery. Most bands don’t make it, and then there are bands like X; we’re somewhere in between. I think we’re the luckiest ones because we made a living and we’ve

been on tour. We’re working musicians.” And versatile ones at that. Guitar Player recently recognized Billy Zoom as one of the greatest guitarists of all time; Zoom has recorded with several major artists, including Gene Vincent, Etta James and Big Joe Turner. Last year, Gretsch even issued its very own Billy Zoom Tribute Silver Jet Guitar. Bonebrake, Cervenka and Doe all play in X’s alt-country off-shoot The Knitters. Doe just followed the release of two critically acclaimed solo albums with an album backed by The Sadies and has a successful side career as an actor. Cervenka has fronted punk bands the Original Sinners and Auntie Christ, released several volumes of poetry and spoken word, and regularly shows her art. Bonebrake, a classically trained musician, plays traditional jazz with the Bonebrake Syncopators, and Afro-Cuban-inspired jazz with Orchestra Superstring. Playing a variety of musical genres has certainly impacted Bonebrake’s craft. “When I was younger,” he says, “I wanted to do anything to be the best musician I could become, so I studied in the school programs and played in rock bands. It gets me more work because I’m more versatile, and I’m sure it helps me as a musician. It’s hard to qualify it—the more you learn about something, the easier the concepts come to you, assuming you’re trying to learn a song. If you can hear the chord progression, you can understand the structure and learn it quickly… I just get bored, and I like different styles of music. Life is long… and music has to be fun.” This tour will provide a unique opportunity for the fans to actively shape each show. “We’re taking requests online from our fans,” says Bonebrake, “and are playing some songs we haven’t played in a while… We’ve played things like ‘The Have-Nots,’ ‘How I Learned My Lesson,’ ‘Under the Big Black Sun’ and ‘Burning House of Love.’” To put in your request for the Athens show, log on to So, what’s next with X? The group doesn’t have plans to slow down, even when this tour is over. Doe and Cervenka have been actively writing, and although the group hasn’t had a chance to enter the studio yet, Bonebrake thinks it’ll be time to record later this year. Deirdre Sayre

WHO: X, Steve Soto & the Twisted Hearts WHERE: 40 Watt Club WHEN: Friday, June 12 HOW MUCH: $20 (advance)

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Tuesday 9 PERFORMANCE: Cabaret Revue with Classic City Arts (Buffalo’s Southwest Café) An evening of ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s and contemporary music by local cabaret performers Scott Earle and Amy Wright. 7:30 p.m. FREE! 706-354-6655 MEETINGS: Great Decisions Discussion Group (ACC Library) Group meets every Tuesday through June 9 to discuss U.S. foreign policy and global issues. Space is limited. Contact Jeff Tate to sign up. 7 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650, GAMES: 8-Ball Tournament (Fat Daddy’s) Tuesdays. 7 p.m. 706353-0241 GAMES: Drunken Bingo (283 Bar) Great prizes and fun all night long. 10 p.m. FREE! 706-208-1283 GAMES: Locos Trivia (Locos Grill & Pub) All three Athens locations of Locos Grill and Pub (Westside, Eastside and Harris St.) feature trivia night every Tuesday. 8:30 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Movie Trivia (Ciné Barcafé) With drink specials and prizes every Tuesday. Sign up at 7:30 p.m. 8 p.m. FREE!

Wednesday 10 EVENTS: Beach Party (Blur) Kaos Entertainment brings a beach party drag show to Blur. Come out in your beachy best. 10 p.m. $3. OUTDOORS: Bike Ride (Clarke Middle School) BikeAthens will lead a ride from the BRAG (Bicycle Ride Across Georgia) layover site at CMS to downtown and back. All interested parties are invited to ride along with the BRAG participants. 6 p.m. FREE! KIDSTUFF: Eatin’ with the Critters (Sandy Creek Nature Center—ENSAT) Bring a sack lunch for an hour of learning about “Past to Present.” For ages 3–5 with an adult. Call to register. 12:30 p.m. $0–$16 (scholarships available). 706-613-3615 KIDSTUFF: Spanish Storytime (ACC Library) Led by UGA student volunteers from the Department of Language and Literacy Education. 5 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 KIDSTUFF: Storytelling Concert (Oconee County Library) Local storyteller Donna Butler gets creative with fun folktales from around the world. 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-7693950 KIDSTUFF: Storytime (ACC Library) For ages 18 months to 5 years. 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 MEETINGS: Arts Development Council of Georgia (Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation) General membership/open meeting. Featured


speaker is OCAF Director Joe Ruiz. 10–11:30 a.m. FREE! GAMES: Rock Star Game Night (Wild Wing Café) Try your luck as a virtual musician! Every Wednesday. 9 p.m. GAMES: Trivia (Willy’s Mexicana Grill) Play for prizes every Wednesday. 8–10 p.m. FREE! 706548-1920

Thursday 11 ART: Opening Reception (Lyndon House Arts Center) For juried exhibition of works by members of the Southeastern Pastel Society. 7–9 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3623 THEATRE: Benefit Performance for Town & Gown Players (Aurora Theatre—Lawrenceville) Jeff Evans and Cindy Nason, longtime Town & Gown actors, present Love Letters by A.R. Gurney on the Strickland Family Mainstage. 8 p.m. $15 (minimum suggested donation). 678-226-6222* KIDSTUFF: Lap Puppet Show (ACC Library) Join Kim James for folktales and songs from Spain. 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 KIDSTUFF: Sock Monkey Stories (Oconee County Library) Listen to funny stories about the much-loved stuffed animal and then make your own sock puppet to take home. Bring an old, long sock. 7 p.m. FREE! 706-769-3950 LECTURES & LIT.: Judy and Takis Iakovou (Borders Books & Music) The Iakovous, longtime Athens residents who write under the pen name Ann Stamos, bring their personal immigration insights to Bitter Tide, the debut novel in their new mystery series. 7:30 p.m. FREE! 706-583-8647 GAMES: Trivia (WOW Café & Wingery) Every Thursday. 706-5435510

Friday 12 EVENTS: Open House/Birthday Party (Athens Land Trust—685 N. Pope Street) Athens Land Trust hosts the 103rd birthday party for the cottage that it will use as its future office. Stop by for birthday cake, light refreshments and to see the progress ALT has made renovating the historic structure. 5:30–8:30 p.m. FREE! EVENTS: Sacred Harp Singing (First United Methodist Church) Traditional shape-note singing. Songbooks available to borrow on site. Beginners welcome. 7–9 p.m. FREE! 404-731-0162, www. EVENTS: Sock Hop (Buffalo’s Southwest Café) Do the twist, shag and other popular dances of the ‘50s and ‘60s. Wear your poodle skirt, saddle shoes, penny loafers or


peddle pushers to win a prize. Every Friday. 8 p.m. FREE! 706-354-6655 ART: Mural Unveiling (The Point of Art Gallery—Union Point) Reception to honor Jan Whyllson, the artist who designed and painted a mural on the side of the Rhodes Sports Center that shows the history of Union Point from the 1800s through the late 1900s. The reception also celebrates The Point of Art Gallery’s current exhibit, “On the Road.” 6–8 p.m. FREE! 706-486-2351 ART: Reception (White Tiger Gourmet Food & Chocolates) For exhibition of prints and drawings by Amanda Jane Burk. 7–9 p.m. FREE! 706-353-6847 PERFORMANCE: Drag Night (Blur) Every Friday featuring music by DJ Shine[y] before and after the show. 9 p.m. $5. blurathens PERFORMANCE: Hip Hop Summer Dance Fest (East Athens Educational Dance Center) Featuring high-energy dance workshops for children and adults, a Friday Midnight Battle Zone Competition for adults, a Saturday talent showcase and more. June 12–13. $3/ workshop. 706-613-3624, www. KIDSTUFF: Open Playtime (ACC Library) For children ages 1–3 with their caregivers. 10 a.m. FREE! 706613-3650 MEETINGS: Mindfulness Practice Group (Mind Body Institute) Meets the second Friday of every month. 5:30–6:30 p.m. FREE! 706-4757329

Saturday 13 EVENTS: 2nd Annual 10th Anniversary Celebration (Blind Pig Tavern) Music Fest and pig roast! Featuring live music from Avery Dylan Project, Betsy Franck and the Bareknuckle Band, Carla LeFever and the Rays, Dashboard Saviors, Chris Moore and The Rattlers. 4 p.m. EVENTS: Athens Farmers’ Market (Bishop Park) Buy fresh, locally grown organic produce, locally crafted goods and freshly baked breads. Live music, cooking demos and educational classes, too. Every Saturday. 8 a.m.–12 p.m. EVENTS: Classic City Rollergirls Bout (Skate-A-Round USA) The Classic City Rollergirls take on the Low County High Rollers in their first home bout of the season. A portion of the proceeds will help support Hands On Northeast Georgia. After-party at Kingpins. 7 p.m. $10 (adults), $5 (ages 6–10), FREE! (ages 6 & under).* EVENTS: Film Screening (Lighthouse Christian Fellowship,

The Eroica Trio will play the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center Monday, June 15. 100 Newton Bridge Rd.) Part of a series of Holocaust movies screened in observance of Holocaust Remembrance Month. 7 p.m. FREE! 706-244-5308 EVENTS: Yard Sale Extravaganza (1560 Jimmy Daniel Road) Antiques, clothes, toys, furniture, refreshments, face painting and more. Benefits Georgia Options, an organization that helps people with disabilities live in their own homes and have typical life experiences. To donate items for the sale, contact Mallory (706-614-7369) by June 12. 8 a.m.–12 p.m. ART: Reception (Flicker Theatre & Bar) For “Letters from Emptiness,” an exhibition featuring new paintings by David Hale. Music from Jungol and Manray. 7 p.m. FREE! (before 9 p.m.), $5 (after 9 p.m.). ART: Summer Pottery Sale (Carter Gillies Pottery—572 Nantahala Ave.) Handmade pieces by local artists Geoff & Lisa Pickett, Jim Peckham, Jeff Bishoff and Carter Gillies. June 13–14, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. 706-546-7235 ART: Washington Art Stroll (Downtown Washington) Five studios and galleries will be open to the public. Maps provided. Coupons for free drinks at lunch and dinner. 11 a.m.–8 p.m. FREE! 706-486-6808, PERFORMANCE: Hip Hop Summer Dance Fest (East Athens Educational Dance Center) Featuring high-energy dance workshops for children and adults, a Friday Midnight Battle Zone Competition for adults, a Saturday talent showcase and more. June 12–13. $3/ workshop. 706-613-3624, www. KIDSTUFF: Abbey Road LIVE! (Georgia Theatre) Afternoon kids’ show featuring a kid-friendly “bar” and songs that inspire sing-alongs!

This local band performs high energy Beatles covers with amazing precision and enthusiasm. 1:30 p.m. $5. KIDSTUFF: Second Saturday Storytime (Sandy Creek Nature Center) Join Center staff for nature stories. 2:30 p.m. FREE! 706-6133615 KIDSTUFF: Storytime (Barnes and Noble) A story and craft every Saturday morning. 11 a.m. FREE! 706-354-1195 KIDSTUFF: Tie Dye T-Shirts (Oconee County Library) Bring a white t-shirt and wear old clothes. Tie-dye and snacks provided. Ages 11–18. 2–3:30 p.m. FREE! 706769-3950 LECTURES & LIT.: Writings for Eternity (Borders Books & Music) J.R. Mora, an undergraduate at UGA studying biology, visits with his first published work, a collection of poetry. 2 p.m. FREE! 706-583-8647 MEETINGS: Athens Area Democrats Breakfast (Trumps at the Georgian) Representatives Keith Heard and Doug McKillip speak about the 2009 Georgia legislative session. A few extra chairs will be available for those who would like to hear the program but do not have breakfast reservations. 9 a.m. $12. 706-543-1480*

Sunday 14 EVENTS: AIDS Athens Memorial Service (AIDS Athens—112 Park Avenue) Service to commemorate the lives of those lost to HIV/AIDS with friends and loved ones. A reception will follow. 7–8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-542-2437 ART: Summer Pottery Sale (Carter Gillies Pottery—572 Nantahala Ave.) Handmade pieces by local artists Geoff & Lisa Pickett, Jim Peckham, Jeff Bishoff and Carter

Gillies. June 13–14, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. 706-546-7235 PERFORMANCE: Beards of Comedy (The Melting Point) Tour featuring Dave Stone, Andy Sandford, TJ Young and Joe Zimmerman, four of the freshest bearded faces in comedy. See Calendar Pick on p.XX 8:30 p.m. $8 (adv.), $10 (door).* LECTURES & LIT.: “Abraham Lincoln: A Journey through Historiography” (ACC Library) Steve Schaefer, the former director of the Uncle Remus Library System, conducts a breakneck tour of the Lincoln literature from the past 144 years. 3 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 GAMES: Full-Contact Trivia (Allen’s Bar & Grill) “The lord of all that is trivia,” Bobby Nettles, commutes from Duluth, GA to pick your brain. Sports-themed rules with diverse categories. 9 p.m. FREE! www. GAMES: Team Trivia (Wild Wing Café) Every Sunday at Wild Wing! FREE!

Monday 15 PERFORMANCE: “A Night at the Opera…Without the Singers” (Madison-Morgan Cultural Center) The Grammy-nominated Eroica Trio performs new arrangements of Porgy and Bess and West Side Story. Part of the Madison Chamber Music Festival. 7 p.m. $50 (includes dinner). 706-342-4743,* PERFORMANCE: Russian Masterworks (Emmanuel Episcopal Church) Presented by the Athens Brass Choir and featuring Tchaikovsky’s “Marche Slave” and Mussorgsky’s complete “Pictures at an Exhibition.” Dedicated to the memory of local artist and Pylon

co-founder Randy Bewley. Donations for Nuçi’s Space will be accepted. 7 p.m. FREE! www.athensbrasschoir. org KIDSTUFF: Infant Storytime (ACC Library) 10:30 a.m. & 2 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 KIDSTUFF: Storytime (ACC Library) Bedtime stories. 7 p.m. FREE! 706613-3650 KIDSTUFF: Super Scavenger Hunt (Oconee County Library) Rising 3rd–6th graders are invited to show off their sleuthing skills. Participants will receive a list of questions about the library and then work alone or in a team to hunt for the answers. 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-769-3950 GAMES: Live Trivia (Buffalo’s Southwest Café) Every Monday with Trivia Joe. 7–11 p.m. FREE! 706354-6655 GAMES: Sports Trivia (WOW Café & Wingery) Every Monday. 706543-5510. GAMES: Texas Hold ‘Em (Fat Daddy’s) Every Monday. 6 & 9 p.m. 706-353-0241. GAMES: Trivia (Taco Stand) Every Monday night at the downtown location. 9 p.m.

Tuesday 16 PERFORMANCE: Cabaret Revue with Classic City Arts (Buffalo’s Southwest Café) An evening of ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s and contemporary music by local cabaret performers Scott Earle and Amy Wright. 7:30 p.m. FREE! 706-354-6655 KIDSTUFF: Magical Creatures (ACC Library) Listen to stories and sing songs about leprechauns, unicorns, elves and even pots of slop with Barbara Dinnan. 2:30 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 KIDSTUFF: Storytime (ACC Library) For ages 18 months to 5 years. 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 GAMES: Drunken Bingo (283 Bar) Great prizes and fun all night long. 10 p.m. FREE! 706-208-1283 GAMES: Locos Trivia (Locos Grill & Pub) All three Athens locations of Locos Grill and Pub (Westside, Eastside and Harris St.) feature trivia night every Tuesday. 8:30 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Movie Trivia (Ciné Barcafé) With drink specials and prizes every Tuesday. Sign up at 7:30 p.m. 8 p.m. FREE!

Wednesday 17 PERFORMANCE: Haydn, Mendelssohn and Madison Celebration (Madison-Morgan Cultural Center) Trio RPM premiers a new work commissioned specifically in honor of Madison’s bicentennial year. An outdoor champagne and chocolates reception follows the performance. Part of the Madison Chamber Music Festival. 8 p.m. $25. 706-342-4743,* KIDSTUFF: Drums, Drama, Dance (Madison-Morgan Cultural Center) Family concert featuring excerpts from Stravinsky’s “The Soldier’s Tale” and Kabalevsky’s “The Comedians” stars Grammy-nominee Jennifer Koh on violin and the Lee Harper Dancers from Atlanta. A bike parade precedes the performance at 10:30 a.m, and an ice cream social follows it. 11 a.m. FREE! 706-3424743, KIDSTUFF: “Giddy-Up Go!” (Oconee County Library) See cowboy and storyteller Calvin Sims. 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-769-3950 KIDSTUFF: Storytime (ACC Library) For ages 18 months to 5 years. 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650

LECTURES & LIT.: Talking about Books (ACC Library—Small Conference Room) This month’s title is Rabbit Run by John Updike. Newcomers welcome. 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 GAMES: Family Feud (Georgia Theatre) Hosts Monty G and Kinky C return for summer fun… gameshow-style! Contact katie@ to register your five-person “family” team. 8 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Rock Star Game Night (Wild Wing Café) Try your luck as a virtual musician! Every Wednesday. 9 p.m. GAMES: Trivia (Willy’s Mexicana Grill) Play for prizes every Wednesday. 8–10 p.m. FREE! 706548-1920 * Advance Tickets Available

Down the Line PERFORMANCE: The Enso Quartet 6/18 (Town 220— Madison) The dynamic young string quartet performs as part of the Madison Chamber Music Festival. 8 p.m. $20. 706-342-4743, www.* ART: Opening Reception 6/19 (Mama’s Boy) Brunch and coffee reception for show featuring the original drawings of Mark Watkins’ “Cats Love Birds” comics. 9–10 a.m. FREE! 706-548-6249 ART: “Emerges III” 6/20 (ATHICA) Opening reception for exhibit curated by Mary C. Wilson and Erin McIntosh that features work by Jennifer Desormeaux, Layet Johnson, Charles Westfall, Robert August Peterson and Robyn Waserman. 7–9 p.m. FREE! www. EVENTS: Gospel Pilgrim Cemetery Tour with Al Hester 6/20 (Gospel Pilgrim Cemetery) Guided walking tour of historic 1882 cemetery established for Athens’ black residents. Limited to 25 participants. 10 a.m. $15. 706-353-1801, OUTDOORS: Walking the Land 6/20 (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Steve Scurry leads a walking narrative of the natural and cultural history of the Garden woodlands. 10 a.m.–12 p.m. FREE! 706-542-1244 PERFORMANCE: Alison Buchanan 6/23 (Church of the Advent— Madison) The British soprano star who has performed for the New York City Opera returns to the Madison Chamber Music Festival to perform American Civil War period works in the church that counted antisecessionist Joshua Hill as one of its first vestry members. 5:30 p.m. $25. 706-342-4743,* LECTURES & LIT.: Brian Jay Corrigan 6/25 (Oconee County Library) The Georgia author will relate the story behind his first novel, The Poet of Loch Ness, talk about his upcoming novels and give tips on finding an agent and getting published. 7 p.m. FREE! 706-769-3950 EVENTS: Henderson Avenue Tour with John Whitehead 6/27 (Various Locations) Guided walking tour of historic Henderson Avenue. The homes dating from the late 1800s include examples of Folk Victorian and Craftsman-style architecture. Limited to 25 participants. 10 a.m. $15. 706-353-1801, www. LECTURES & LIT.: Book Signing and Reception 6/30 (Taylor Grady House) For Frances Taliaferro Thomas’ A Portrait of Historic k continued on next page



THE CALENDAR! Athens and Clarke County. Space is limited. RSVP by June 24. 5:30 p.m. FREE! 706-353-1801 EVENTS: Star Spangled Classic 7/4 (Bishop Park) Featuring inflatables, old-fashioned family games, a dunking booth, children’s art activities, music and concessions. Culminates with a movie in the park that will replace the traditional fireworks display. 6 p.m. FREE! 706613-3589 LECTURES & LIT.: “Emancipation: Lincoln’s Second Thoughts” 7/5 (ACC Library) Dr. Barry Schwartz, Professor Emeritus of Sociology at UGA, discusses Lincoln’s feelings of ambivalence about the Emancipation Proclamation. 3 p.m. FREE! 706613-3650 * Advance Tickets Available

Live Music Tuesday 9 40 Watt Club 10 p.m. $5. www.caledonialounge. com* AMONG THE OAK & ASH Featuring Josh Joplin and Garrison Starr, both artists signed independently to major labels as teens. The duo plays modern interpretations of dark, strikingly beautiful numbers rooted in the sullen melancholy of Appalachian ballads. FUTUREBIRDS Local folk-rock collective with a tattered, raspy edge. JESSICA LEA MAYFIELD Young, edgy musician who approaches country sounds with an alternative, indie perspective. Caledonia Lounge 10 p.m. $8 (21+), $10 (18+). www. D NUMBERS A colorful hybrid of instrumental rock and electronica that ranges in mood and tonality from ambient to rock to funk. Features both analog sounds plus layers of loops and samples. SEADUB Local DJ Colin Williams spins and mixes dubstep. Farm 255 11 p.m. FREE! DAN NETTLES Celebrated local jazz musician known for his work fronting Kenosha Kid. Fat Daddy’s 10 p.m. FREE! 706-353-0241 KARAOKE Huge karaoke dance party hosted by Lynn every Tuesday. Go Bar 10 p.m. THE BORDER LIONS Rock and roll trio that plays ‘70s-inspired songs, with styles ranging from beachy to bluesy. EUREKA CALIFORNIA Recently expanded from the solo project of Jake Ward to a full band, Eureka California is a local indie band influenced by American indie that sounds like British indie influenced by American indie. Also, it rocks. ROMANENKO Local trio draws from ‘70s pop and folk with a modern rock edge, like Mary Timony fronting the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. The Melting Point 7 p.m. $3. www.meltingpointathens. com* REDLINE EXPRESS This Hillsboro, GA group features music vets whose interests range from classic bluegrass to modern acoustic sounds.



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Expect a genuine downhome sound complete with fiddle, resonator, acoustic, stand-up bass and banjo. No Where Bar 9 p.m. 706-546-4742 LANEY STRICKLAND BAND Classic Southern rock with bluesy riffs, wailing organ and soulful vocals. Square One Restaurant and Bar 8–11 p.m. FREE! ROBBY WELLS Vocalist for the Savannah-based jam band Mellow Motion plays a solo acoustic set on the patio. Wild Wing Café 10 p.m. FREE! KARAOKE Every Tuesday night at the downtown wing chain’s upstairs space.

Wednesday 10 Caledonia Lounge 10 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). CHARTREUSE Drew Smith, guitarist for Chrissakes, now makes icy, ambient music under this moniker. LET’S GO EXPLORING Lethargic, minimalist riffs and punkish vocals dominate this Florida band’s sound. THE RANDOM NOTES OF DECAY The melodic death metal from this Florida band carries its own blend of lo-fi vocals and shoegazey drone. Fat Daddy’s 10 p.m.–1 a.m. FREE! 706-353-0241 OPEN MIC Featuring Avery Dylan. Flicker Theatre & Bar 8:30 p.m. FREE! flickerbar OWLBEAR Solo acoustic singer/ songwriter based here in Athens

whose plaintive voice is reminiscent of Jeff Mangum’s. PONY BONES Experimental folk artist Pony Bones wails and screams over de-tuned guitars and modified banjos. Go Bar 10 p.m. PUSHY LIPS This experimental Nashville band pumps out post-rock in the spirit of Slint with lo-fi psychedelic female vocals. Harry Bissett’s Bayou Grill 6 p.m. FREE! 706-552-1193 TINY JAZZ ARKESTRA Experimental yet accessible, the Tiny Jazz Arkestra plays music influenced by the last half century of jazz: from the golden age of Blue Note to the postmodern sounds of The Knitting Factory. The Melting Point 8 p.m. $5. www.meltingpointathens. com THE DADDY MACK BLUES BAND No-nonsense blues legends with licks as sharp as their suits. Fronted by guitarist “Daddy” Mack Orr. The Office Lounge 9:30 p.m. FREE! 706-549-0840 KARAOKE Every Wednesday with Stan.

Thursday 11 40 Watt Club 10 p.m. $10. ALL THE SAINTS Jagged and distant, All the Saints’ atmospheric guitar, vocals and percussion craft a great wall of psychedelic noise that’s equal parts Sabbath and Floyd. TED LEO & THE PHARMACISTS Prolific, progressive and eloquent indie punk band that infuses elements of folk, hardcore and soul. See story on p. 16. TITUS ANDRONICUS Reckless, spirited punk rock stomps with grungy

undertones inspired by bands like Minor Threat and Galaxie 500. Alibi 9 p.m.–1 a.m. FREE! 706-549-1010 “STAN’S ALMOST FAMOUS KARAOKE” Karaoke lady Lynn is your energetic host for the night. Every Thursday. Allen’s Bar & Grill 6:30 p.m. FREE! www.allensbarandgrill. com JON PENLAND This acoustic singersongwriter from Toccoa, GA is influenced by artists like Switchfoot, Creed and Jack Johnson. He has a “rare comfortableness in front of a crowd” thanks to years performing at his church. Blur 10 p.m. DJS LATINUM 10K & D:RC The two DJs spin their best drum and bass. Buffalo’s Southwest Café 6:30 p.m. FREE! 706-354-6655 LIVE JAZZ Jazz Tuesdays feature a new jazz band every week. Call for this week’s lineup. Caledonia Lounge 10 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). DEAD DOG Local band delivers frenetic, spunky lo-fi punk delivered with a pop smile. HOTCHACHA With husky, sultry rock vocals like Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth), this all lady quartet from Cleveland mixes moody post-rock guitars with new wave sass and edgy rhythms. SPRING TIGERS UK transplant Kris Barratt (ex-Capes) fronts Athens’ own melodic Britpop rockers. TUNABUNNY Experimental local act featuring hazy and warped experimental psychedelia. Dual female guitarists/vocalists are backed by synthesized percussion and a wall of noise.

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St. Vincent, Pattern Is Movement 40 Watt Club St. Vincent’s one-woman show Annie Clark—a member of The Polyphonic Spree and a touring musician in Sufjan Stevens’ band—was an instant charmer on her 2007 debut Marry Me. Meticulous, knowing pop veered between the innovative and the twee, tying together and shaking out a number of pop influences. Though Marry Me’s St. Vincent whimsical flourishes haven’t been set completely aside for Clark’s sophomore effort (which also boasts an increase in contributing musicians), they’ve been buried, exhumed and reinterred on Actor, secluded deep within tangled arrangements and guitar tones pushed subtly into the red. And the cleanliness of Clark’s vocals remains, spotlighted against the cacophony of Actor; it’s the sort of jazzy, lounge-friendly, open-voweled delivery that Nellie McKay uses (to, granted, much more precious effect). The incessant, pounding second half of “Black Rainbow,” though, a string-laced apocalypse, is more indicative of Actor’s nightmarish turn. “Marrow” owes a serious debt to Björk, packed as it is with fuzzed-out distortion, digitized brass, hauntingly weird vocals and girded by a foreboding technological beat. (Bowie’s Scary Monsters could just as easily be a touchstone.) In fact, a lot of Björk’s love of both techie innovation and old-school, classicist nostalgia—particularly as evidenced on her Debut and Post albums—shows up on Actor, released last month, though Clark pretties up the pretty while letting the dirty remain just so. And like her Icelandic counterpart, Clark revels in idiosyncrasy and is all the more successful for doing so. The calm first, now the storm. [Chris Hassiotis]

Farm 255 11 p.m. FREE! DON CHAMBERS This local favorite’s whiskey-soaked bootstomps capture a certain dusty closing-time chic. Rough and tumble vocals scratch and howl over rootsy guitars, banjo and pedal steel. Fat Daddy’s 8 p.m. FREE! www.allensbarandgrill. com CHRIS BLANTON BAND Christian musician Chris Blanton puts his religious devotion to song with his straight-up rock and roll band. Georgia Theatre 9:30 p.m. $7. HER & KINGS COUNTY Six-piece Southern rock band with catchy pop sensibilites. Fronted by confident, in-your-face vocalist Monique Staffile and hailing from New York City, HER and Kings County play “outlaw country from deep inside Yankee country.” THE IBILISKI TAKEDOWN This Athens band plays energetic Southern rock and sultry blues punctuated by fiddle, harmonica and guitar. LONA Local Southern rock band fronted by Clay Leverett and featuring members of other bands such as Hayride, Star Room Boys and Drip. Girasoles 6–9 p.m. FREE! 706-310-0410 SONNY GOT BLUE Local jazz group featuring James Goodhand (bass), George Davidson (tenor sax), Andrew Murdison (trumpet) and Karl Friday (drums) plays swing and Latin jazz standards for the dinner crowd every Thursday. Go Bar 10 p.m. “DR. FRED’S KARAOKE” Hosted by karaoke fanatic John “Dr. Fred” Bowers, every Thursday, following the live music. Little Kings Shuffle Club 10 p.m. EVERYBODY RUN This local rock band offers a blend of poppy and psychedelic melodies with a folkrock tinge. PONCHO MAGIC Bluegrass sensibilities with country-rock execution. The multi-part vocal harmonies are the real show, though. The Melting Point 8:30 p.m. $5. www.meltingpointathens. com ADAM PAYNE BAND Payne’s impressively versatile tenor is somewhat reminiscent of Neil Young’s nasal delivery. Payne writes songs with a lot of heart—the kind of tunes that can either make you tear up or laugh out loud. JOSH PERKINS EXPERIMENT IN SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY Longtime local songwriter Josh Perkins leads his group through original country, folk and Americana sounds. Rye Bar 10 p.m. ASHUTTO MIRRA This alternative rock quartet features members of alterna-soul group The Revival. Terrapin Beer Co. 5:30 p.m. TROPICAL BREEZE STEEL BAND This local outfit is exactly what it claims to be: a spicy, tropical band whose melodic emphasis is entirely in its proficient steel drum section. Expect jazz and reggae influences dipped in their own brand of salsa.

Wild Wing Café 9 p.m. FREE! JUSTIN BROGDON Rock vet Justin Brogdon puts a lot of Southern soul into his epic songs—drawing from artists like The Black Crowes and Tom Petty. His all-American sound owes a lot to his all-star backing band: drummer Carlton Owens (Squat), bassist Stephen Spivey (Tishamingo), keyboardist/guitarist Jess Franklin (Tishamingo) and lead guitarist Benji Shanks (Last Waltz Ensemble).

Friday 12 40 Watt Club 10 p.m. $20 (adv).* STEVE SOTO AND THE TWISTED HEARTS Americana and ‘90s altrock converge with this California band, whose still-fresh swing revival of guitar, drums and brass contrasts with its emo-rooted lyrics and vocals. X Legendary punk band performs featuring all the original members: John Doe, Exene Cervenka, Billy Zoom and DJ Bonebrake. See story on p.17.

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Alibi 9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-1010 THE SUNDRESSES Punk and blues fit perfectly within this band’s genuine ‘70s aesthetic. The Sundresses effortlessly bridge the two genres through scratchy croons and a swinging rhythm section right out of Iggy Pop’s solo work. Allen’s Bar & Grill 9:30 p.m. FREE! www.allensbarandgrill. com CLAIBORNE SHEPARD No info available. Caledonia Lounge 8 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). DASHBOARD SAVIORS Local rootsrock band. Farm 255 11 p.m. FREE! DJ ROYALE C.K. of Electa Villain and Velveteen Pink spins all the dance hits. Fat Daddy’s 9 p.m. FREE! www.allensbarandgrill. com HOT SMOKIN’ PISTOL Southern rock act Hot Smokin’ Pistol plays covers and originals. Flicker Theatre & Bar 8:30 p.m. $5. flickerbar HOLA HALO “’70s keys, dripping guitars and marching band drums” are the specialty of this local band. Celebrating the release of the brandnew album, Time Out Here, which will be for sale at the show! Georgia Theatre 10 p.m. $10.* ABBEY ROAD LIVE! Here come the sun kings! The local cover band delivers a start-to-finish performance of The Beatles’ Abbey Road and tosses in other high-energy, later-era Beatles rockers. Go Bar 10 p.m. DJ BABY PANDAS Genre goes out the window tonight as former Flagpole music editor Chris Hassiotis selects a wide-ranging array of gleeful dance favorites and obscurities, from garage rock to funk to pop to more. THE DOPPEL GANG This off-kilter semi-local group has a distant, k continued on next page

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THE CALENDAR! dusky garage rock feel—like a cleaner Gun Club or dirtier Howlies. GIANT LION This low-key experimental band from Atlanta strips the psychedelic aspects of Beat Happening and the Pixies down to somber vocals and almost no instrumentation. NUCLEAR SPRING Athens natives Nuclear Spring sound like a cassette tape of Woody Guthrie that’s been left in the sun and is now warped and melted; the band’s folky undertones are twisted and distorted by experimental effects and overdubs. Jot ‘Em Down Country Store & BBQ 6 p.m. FREE! 706-549-2110. REDNECK GREECE Traditionally this show consists of two sets—a clean one for the whole family and a second set full of white-trash-fueled naughtiness that is as twisted as it is hilarious. Musically Redneck GReece draws from the old country classics—Merle Haggard, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash and the like. Little Kings Shuffle Club 8 p.m. KARAOKE Hosted by Dr. Fred. The Melting Point 9 p.m. $16 (adv.), $20 (door). www.* FICTION FAMILY This rootsy altrock outfit features Jon Foreman of Switchfoot and Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek. SARA WATKINS Solo debut from the Nickel Creek multi-instrumentalist. Watkins plays a range of Americana with country and folk influences. The Office Lounge 9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-0840 CARLA LEFEVER AND THE RAYS LeFever and her band play dance tunes, sweet pop, classic rock and originals. Rye Bar 10 p.m. NOSTAR These Augusta rockers take their name from a Sonic Youth record, but damn, their singer sounds exactly like Chris Cornell. The tunes seem to be in a similar alt-rock vein. TREEHORN Bluesy alt-country riffs and raw vocals make this local Southern rock outfit sound as much like the Allman Brothers as the Drive-By Truckers. Terrapin Beer Co. 5:30 p.m. ROY SCHNEIDER Comic strip artist turned singer-songwriter Roy Schneider croons folky blues over harmonica and finger-picked guitar. Wild Wing Café 9 p.m. FREE! TYLER REEVE A blend of raw country and big Southern rock currently based Atlanta.

Saturday 13 40 Watt Club 9 p.m. $12 (adv).* PATTERN IS MOVEMENT Rhythmically complex and overflowing with energy, this Philly duo touches on abrasive sounds and pop structures. ST. VINCENT Multi-instrumentalist Annie Clark sings haunting lyrics over minimalist, often lo-fi loops. Before going solo, Clark played with Polyphonic Spree and Sufjan Stevens’ touring band. See Calendar Pick on p. 20.


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The Athens Farmers Market 10 a.m. FREE! LERALYNN The tender, jazzy folk voice behind Birds+Wire performs a solo set. 8 a.m. FREE! ATHENS FOLK SOCIETY BAND Featuring rotating Folk Society members on fiddle, mandolin, guitar, harmonica and banjos. Confirmed for this show are Susan Staley, Tommy Jordan, Dale Wechsler and Wallace Denton. The band invites you to join in on their songs. Blind Pig Tavern 4 p.m. 2ND ANNUAL 10TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION Music Fest and pig roast! Featuring live music from Avery Dylan Project, Betsy Franck and the Bareknuckle Band, Carla LeFever and the Rays, Dashboard Saviors, Chris Moore and The Rattlers. Blur “POP Life!” 9 p.m. blurathens DJ ISAAC M Longtime deejay Isaac McCalla mixes club beats for the weekly Pop Life dance party. Caledonia Lounge 10 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). KAITLIN JONES AND THE COUNTY FAIR Local folk guitarist/ vocalist Kaitlin Jones’ five-piece electric band performs a set of Americana-tinged tunes that feature guitars, bass, drums and keys. ADAM KLEIN This local singersongwriter’s latest release, Western Tales & Trails, features a blend of the finest elements of folk, Americana and country with poetic lyricism and striking imagery to create engaging, well-crafted songs. THE WYDELLES Local group that plays rustic Americana with lonesome pedal steel wimpering behind gritty, Springsteen-esque vocals. Farm 255 11 p.m. FREE! NAUTILUS Featuring James Feeney on drums, Andrew Haynes on bass and Chris Keesecker on keyboards/ synth, this band plays covers and originals inspired by hip-hop, jazz and electronic music. NEWBERRY JAM This Atlanta band plays easy-going jazz, funk and breakbeat with sax, bass, guitar and drum machine. Fat Daddy’s 9 p.m. FREE! www.allensbarandgrill. com TRACER BULLET Local band performs originals and some covers in a Southern rock style. Flicker Theatre & Bar 8:30 p.m. $5. flickerbar JUNGOL Experimental electronic rock from Atlanta that ranges from ethereal to aggressive with operatic pop vocals. MANRAY Alternative Atlanta rock band formerly known as Hot Pink Money Shot. Georgia Theatre 10 p.m. $7.* WRONG WAY Sublime tribute band. 1:30 p.m. $5. www.georgiatheatre. com* ABBEY ROAD LIVE! Afternoon kids’ show. Here come the sun kings!


The local cover band delivers a start-to-finish performance of The Beatles’ Abbey Road and tosses in other high-energy, later-era Beatles rockers. Go Bar 10 p.m. THE KYLE SOWASHES Columbus, OH native Kyle Sowash belts out humorous confessional lyrics as his band accompanies him with fuzzy bubblegum power-pop hooks. “LATE NITE DISCO” The house deejay and occasional special guests spin a cool mix of disco, New Wave and modern dance tunes for a sweaty and energetic closing-time crowd. Dance party begins after the live music. Every Saturday. SOAPBAR Local group plays shaggy, diverse alt-rock informed by its lo-fi and folk peers. THE WARM FUZZIES Weezer fans should definitely pick up this local band’s deliciously scratch and sniffscented Bubblegum EP for a set of fun alternative rock numbers. Little Kings Shuffle Club 8 p.m. FREE! CHRISTOPHER HENDERSON Athens musician Chris Henderson plays dobro, mandolin, banjo, melodica, harmonica and more. You can find his most recent release, full of intimate acoustic ballads, in delightful homemade brown paper bag packaging around town. JASON BECKHAM’S INNOCENT Blues-influenced rock/Americana for fans of Van Morrison, Kevn Kinney and the like. The full lineup features Beckham on vocals and guitar, Jeff Rieter on bass, Brad Sikes on drums and Jack Stirling on keys. THE MUMBLEBEES Newly formed local duo The Mumblebees sing folk lyrics over acoustic guitar and harmonica. Late show! 11 p.m. littlekingsshuffleclub DJ MAHOGANY Freaky funk, sultry soul, righteous R&B, and a whole lotta unexpected faves as DJ Mahogany dips into his enormous bag of goodies from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. The Melting Point 8 p.m. $10 (adv.), $13 (door). www.* LIL’ MALCOLM AND THE HOUSEROCKERS This five-man band centers around guitarist Percy Walker and his two sons, drummer Percy Walker, Jr. and accordionist Lil’ Malcolm Walker, playing a range of different styles in the rich Zydeco tradition. The Office Lounge 9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-0840 THREE 7S Rock trio of current Seven 7 members performing rock and funk covers. This subset of the band features John Kirsch, Chris Turner and Mary Jane Schwab. Rye Bar 10 p.m. THE BEST BROTHERS No info available. AMBER LYNN Young songwriter Amber Lynn from Nashville sings lively pop country over acoustic. Terrapin Beer Co. 5:30 p.m. BRUE CRUE Local band Brue Crue offers Southern garage rock and female lead vocals. Wild Wing Café 9 p.m. FREE! DAVE FIRMIN Vocalist for Augusta’s alternative rock band Edison Project.

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The Beards of Comedy The Melting Point Somewhere left of brickwall backdrops, zinging oneliners of mainstream comedy of yore and the alternavitriol of Bill Hicks types lie The Beards of Comedy. Composed of four hirsute comedians based in the Southeast—Andy Sandford, T.J. Young, Dave Stone and Joe Zimmerman—the troupe of Beards came together with hopes of offering audiences a full program of consistent, quality stand-up comedy. “We got the idea [for us to] start our own little tour where the four of us do equal time,” says Dave Stone, a Beard based north of Atlanta who spoke of the group’s shared experiences in more traditional comedy show formats. Rather than fit themselves individuT.J. Young ally into a program in which the so-called headliner, opening act and host could be strangers to one another and at varying levels of skill and experience, the four Beards here each perform quick solid sets showcasing their talents as up-and-comers, all at comparable stages in their own respective careers as solo standup comedians. Some may recognize Athens’ own T.J. Young, the prolific creator and host of The Loft’s monthly Loft Comedy series and OpenTOAD Comedy, a new comedy open mic night at Flicker Theatre & Bar. Young opened for Patton Oswalt at the 40 Watt in February. Stone also views the Beards show as an alternative to traditional comedy clubs that charge audiences exorbitant prices to see a headlining sitcom star. Instead, Stone says the Beards borrowed the concept propelled by Patton Oswalt’s The Comedians of Comedy, where rock clubs as venues take precedence. And though it’s true the four do have their facial scruff in common, along with similar, just-shy-of-edgy comedic sensibilities, Stone lays a few common misconceptions to rest: “We don’t do beard-oriented comedy. We’re not beard enthusiasts.” Ah, well. [Valentina Tapia]

Sunday 14 Farm 255 11 p.m. FREE! GIFT HORSE Athens’ Gift Horse is as dark and brooding as it is sensual. The ominous yet sparse tones creep and ache with tingling reverb. PONTIAK This psychedelic indie band from Virginia cranks out distant, mellow vocals with spacey riffs. Jot ‘Em Down Country Store & BBQ 3 p.m. FREE! 706-549-2110. TANGENTS This country-fried rock group from Watkinsville carries Lynyrd Skynyrd licks and John Mellencamp melodies. Square One Restaurant and Bar 1–4 p.m. FREE! www.squareonefishco. com CARLTON OWENS TRIO Live jazz.

Monday 15 Ciné Barcafé 6–8:30 p.m. FREE! www.athenscine. com OPEN JAZZ JAM Calling all jazz musicians. Now you can join local jazz group Sonny Got Blue every Monday. Note the new location! Flicker Theatre & Bar 8:30 p.m. $5. flickerbar BICYCLES & GRAVEL Sincere, organic indie pop that recalls the stable of artists over on K Records.

WEREWOLVES Quirky and minimalist from here in town. WILD MOCCASINS Houston-based indie band Wild Moccasins offers fuzzy power-pop tunes with girl-boy vocals and a bit of a country rock edge.

Tuesday 16 Caledonia Lounge 10 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). BLUE FLASHING LIGHT Local band Blue Flashing Light integrates dancy, Killers-esque rhythms behind its always emotional, alt-pop vocals and supremely polished aesthetic. EUREKA CALIFORNIA Recently expanded from the solo project of Jake Ward to a full band, Eureka California is a local indie band influenced by American indie that sounds like British indie influenced by American indie. Also, it rocks. MICE IN CARS Loud post-rock band from Atlanta inspired by Shellac, Mogwai and The Pixies. NIGHT NURSES The band formerly known as The Flowers of Evil splits the difference between Joy Division and Johnny Cash with twang-infused guitar atmospherics, throbbing, hypnotic basslines and ominous baritone vocals. Farm 255 11 p.m. FREE! CARL LINDBERG Jazz bassist Carl Lindberg (Grogus, Squat, Kenosha Kid, etc.) performs standards, originals and some surprising tunes from divergent styles.

Fat Daddy’s 10 p.m. FREE! 706-353-0241 KARAOKE Huge karaoke dance party hosted by Lynn every Tuesday. The Melting Point 7 p.m. $3. www.meltingpointathens. com* BUTTERMILK REVIVAL Traditional bluegrass tribute, including songs by the Stanley Brothers, Bill Monroe and many others. No Where Bar 9 p.m. 706-546-4742 SCARY GARCIA Local groove-rock trio. Square One Restaurant and Bar 8–11 p.m. FREE! ROBBY WELLS Vocalist for the Savannah-based jam band Mellow Motion plays a solo acoustic set. Wild Wing Café 10 p.m. FREE! KARAOKE Every Tuesday night at the downtown wing chain’s upstairs space.

Wednesday 17 Caledonia Lounge 10 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). FREE LUNCH Dynamic jazz-oriented jam band with lots of funky slap bass, saxophone and fun sing-along melodies. LEAVING COUNTRIES Warm, inviting folk rock from here in Athens.

The trio’s On the Journey EP features tender violin, aching harmonica and melodic acoustic guitars. TENT CITY This local four-piece fuses elements of jazz, funk, blues and world music. The band says, “Come prepared to boogie!” Farm 255 11 p.m. FREE! MADELINE Bell-voiced local songwriter Madeline Adam’s literate folk musings have grown increasingly soulful, drawing comparisons to artists like Joni Mitchell and Karen Carpenter. ONE MAN MACHINE Soulful and a little psychedelic, Bernard Pearce brings his jazzy funk to us from New Orleans. One Man Machine also features Jason Trahan and Jason Robira on guitar and drums. Fat Daddy’s 10 p.m.–1 a.m. FREE! 706-353-0241 OPEN MIC Every Wednesday featuring Avery Dylan. Flicker Theatre & Bar 8:30 p.m. $5. flickerbar MEGAN BAER Local songwriter Megan Baer performs a bittersweet and dusky set of country-folk tunes. Harry Bissett’s Bayou Grill 6 p.m. FREE! 706-552-1193 MILLIGAN Performing a set of cover songs from CSNY to Johnny Cash to Jack Johnson to Maroon 5, this band reworks both classic rockers and more recent hits. The Melting Point 9 p.m. $5. www.meltingpointathens. com HEYPENNY Theatrical Nashville band in marching band uniforms puts on a lively show infused with poppy lofi indie rock. THE WARM FUZZIES Weezer fans should definitely pick up this local band’s deliciously scratch and sniffscented Bubblegum EP for a set of fun alternative rock numbers. The Office Lounge 9:30 p.m. FREE! 706-549-0840 KARAOKE Every Wednesday with Stan. * Advance Tickets Available

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6/20 51 Rising (Allen’s Bar & Grill) 6/20 Kyle Dawkins / Maps and Transit (Farm 255) 6/20 Against All Odds (Fat Daddy’s) 6/20 Harp Unstrung (Lansdowne Road Irish Pub) 6/20 Albatross (Rye Bar) 6/20 Scarlet Snow (Terrapin Beer Co.) 6/20 Ken Will Morton / Brian Williams (The Athens Farmers Market) 6/20 Big Don Band (Wild Wing Café) 6/22 The Highballs (Ashford Manor) 6/22 Joe Cook (Fat Daddy’s) 6/23 Catawba / The Heap / Romanenko / The Stereofidelics (Caledonia Lounge) 6/23 The New Familiars (The Melting Point) 6/24 Dusty Lightswitch / The Ibilisi Takedown / Laminated Cat / Van*Gloria (Caledonia Lounge) 6/24 The Extraordinaires (Go Bar) 6/24 The Constellations (Rye Bar) 6/24 Ashutto Mirra / Leading Edge (The Melting Point) 6/25 The Ice Cream Men / Powerload (Caledonia Lounge) 6/25 Bellyache / Jumpin’ Jesus Christers (Farm 255) 6/25 Melissa Colbert / Hola Halo / Romanenko / Standard 8 (Flicker Theatre & Bar) 6/25 Coco Ri Co / Green Gerry / Power Animal (Go Bar) 6/25 Jon Mark Thoms (Rye Bar) 6/25 Tent City (Terrapin Beer Co.) 6/25 Chip McKenzie and Jef Whatley / Garbage Island / Holy Liars / Retric (The Max Canada) 6/25–6/28 AthFest (Various Venues) 6/30 Beverly Smith and Carl Jones (The Melting Point)* 7/1 The Grenadines / Heartless Bastards / Jenny Lewis (Georgia Theatre)* 7/2 ZoSo (Georgia Theatre)* 7/3 Nightingale News (40 Watt Club) 7/4 Greg Hester (Ashford Manor) 7/4 Red White and Brewgrass Festival (The Melting Point)* 7/7 Paul Lombard (The Melting Point)* 7/9 Marcia Ball (The Melting Point) 7/10 Redneck GReece (Jot ‘Em Down Country Store & BBQ) 7/11 The Heap / Noot d’Noot (40 Watt Club)* 7/11 Harp Unstrung (Terrapin Beer Co.) 7/13 Lazy B and the Recliners (Ashford Manor) 7/16 Eureka California / Idiot Slowdown (40 Watt Club) 7/17 The Deep Vibration / Eric Wilson and Empty Hearts / Kaitlin Jones / Radiolucent (40 Watt Club) 7/18 Better Than Ezra / Tyler Hilton (40 Watt Club)* 7/18 Harp Unstrung (Go Bar) 7/21 A. A. Bondy / Connor Oberst & the Mystic Valley Band (40 Watt Club)* 7/21 Dusty Lightswitch (Caledonia Lounge) 7/22 The Donkeys / Magnolia Electric Company / Thousand Arrows (40 Watt Club) 7/24 Adam Payne Band / Brad Downs & the Poor Bastard Souls / Theomataras (40 Watt Club) 7/27 The Moaners / M.Ward (40 Watt Club)* 7/27 Grogus (Ashford Manor) 8/1 Harvey Milk / Torche (40 Watt Club)* 8/10 Randall Bramblett (Ashford Manor) 8/14 Amy Ray / Von Iva (40 Watt Club)* 8/24 Mama’s Love (Ashford Manor)


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ART Call for Entries (The Classic Center) The Classic Center Cultural Foundation is accepting submissions through July 19 for free-form bicycle racks designed by artists. Winning racks will be installed on Hancock and Foundry streets. 706357-4417, Call for Entries (ATHICA) Seeking work that addresses the embattled news media industry for upcoming “Free Press in Free Fall” exhibit (Sept. 19–Nov. 8). Deadline is July 6. See site for instructions.

AUDITIONS Athens Rock Theatre (Call for location) Seeking performance artists, dancers and trapeze artists to perform in a fall production of “Hellfire Cabaret” with Mad Whiskey Grin. Contact Genie for more info. 706-338-7969, zen_motion@

CLASSES Aging & DisabiliTy Resource Connection Seminar (ACC Library) Learn how to access free resource information for seniors, the disabled and caregivers. June 25, 1:30–2:30 p.m. FREE! 706583-2546 Archery for Beginners (Sandy Creek Park) Basic archery instructions for beginners with a strong emphasis on safety. Ages 10 & up. Pre-registration required. June 27, 10 a.m. $6. 706-613-3631 AWC Classes (Athens Wellness Cooperative) Offering community

acupuncture sessions Wednesdays– Fridays from 1–5 p.m. ($25). Also, Yoga, Pilates, tai chi and salsa classes for adults and older teens. Full schedule online. $14/drop-in, $60/6 classes, $108/12 classes. 706-369-8855, www.wellness Beginning Genealogy (Oconee County Library) Learn how and where to begin genealogy research and receive an introductory packet with helpful book titles, websites, family tree charts and more. Call to register. June 13, 2–3:30 p.m. FREE! 706-769-3950 “Beyond Memoir” (Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation) Poet and essayist Dana Wildsmith provides instruction on how to focus on the facts of your life in your writing without merely recording family stories. All levels are welcome. July 11, 18 & 25, 9 a.m.–noon. $150. 706-7694565, Booty Camp (Sangha Yoga Studio) Led by Mary Imes. Tuesdays, 5:30– 6:45 p.m. Fridays, 10:30–11:45 a.m. 706-613-1143 Clay Classes (Good Dirt) Weekly “Try Clay” class every Friday from 7–9 p.m. and “Family Try Clay” every Sunday from 2–4 p.m. ($20/ person). Also now registering for 8-week summer classes. 706-3553161, Computer Class (ACC Library) “Introduction to Computers.” In the Educational Technology Center. Call to register. June 10–11, 10 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 Cooking in the Garden: Sushi for Dummies (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Learn techniques for preparing sushi rice and cutting a variety of vegetable fillings. Preregistration required. June 18, 6:30 p.m. $27. 706-542-6156, www.uga. edu/botgarden

Craft Classes (Main Street Yarns—Watkinsville) Offering instruction in knitting, crocheting, wheel spinning and more. Full schedule online. 706-769-5531, Creating More Prosperity and Abundance in Your Life (Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens) Laurie Hart leads the class in techniques such as EFT, dowsing and meditation. First and third Tuesday of every month. 7–9 p.m. $10. 706-5461107, Creditability Workshop (Goodwill Career Center—10 Huntington Road) Credit union professionals share the secrets to improved credit. Call to pre-register. June 18, 9:30 a.m.–12 p.m. FREE! 706-433-1908, 706-613-0122 Dog and Cat Treat Baking Workshop (Earth Fare) Participants will take home recipes, freshly baked treats and samples from Z Dog Bakery. Hosted by the Cat Zip Alliance. June 17, 7 p.m. $8. 706-207-1013, Earthen Building Intensive Workshop Series (Earthsong) Three-week course covering natural building philosophy, ecological design, cob construction, natural plasters and earthen floor construction. Camping provided, vegetarian meals included. July 10–31. $2000., www.redclaynb. org, Encaustics Workshop (Blue Tin Studio—Studio C, 393 N. Finley Street) Learn step-by-step techniques for painting with beeswax. Registration ends June 10. June 27 & July 11, 9:30 a.m.–3 p.m. $65. 404-556-6884, www.bluetinstudio. com Garden Jewelry (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Learn to make

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Donna Bigee’s pastel “Delightful Choices” is on display at the Lyndon House Arts Center through Aug. 15. beads, mirrors and pendants for your garden. All supplies will be provided to create two garden ornaments. Pre-registration required. July 9, 6:30–8:30 p.m. $27. 706-542-6156, Getting Started with Genealogy (ACC Library) Monthly informal class to walk you through the basics of researching family history. Bring a pencil and paper. In Heritage Room. June 18, 6–8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 Hand Drumming (Young Harris United Methodist Church) Drumming class led by Dr. Arvin Scott. Space is limited. Registration required. June 11, 7 p.m. 706-5496001, Introduction to the Internet (Oconee County Library) Three-part class that covers Internet service providers, web browsers, useful sites and Internet safety. Space is limited, call to register. June 11, 18 & 25, 4 p.m. FREE! 706-769-3950 Invasive Plants of the Southeast (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) An introduction to the problem of invasive, nonnative plants in GA. Pre-registration required. June 13, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. $45. 706-542-6156, www.uga. edu/botgarden Laugh-a-Yoga (Mind Body Institute) Laugh your stress away. Helps produce changes in mood, confidence and health. June 19, 5:30 p.m. $5. 706-475-7329, www.armc. org/mbi MBI Classes (Mind Body Institute) Yoga classes for every ability level. Offerings include Therapeutic Yoga, Chair Yoga, Yoga for the Unbendable Man, Prenatal Yoga and more. Morning, afternoon and evening class times. 706-475-7329, www. Resumé Workshop (Oconee County Library) Joe Freeman leads workshop on how to select, organize and summarize your resumé information for maximum effect. June 18, 7:30 p.m. FREE! 706-769-3950 Silk and Cotton Painting Class (Margaret Agner Studio—145 Yorkshire Road, Bogart) Call for supply list and fee info. Space is limited. June 10–11 & 12–13, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. 706-3537719, www.margaretagnerstudio. com Tae Kwon Do & Jodo Classes (Live Oak Martial Arts) For kids and adults, beginner–advanced. Chase St. Warehouses, next to Canopy

and ATHICA. Mondays–Thursdays, 3:30-8:30 p.m. 706-548-0077, www. Tech Tips: Photoshop (ACC Library) Learn how to optimize photos and graphics for printing and uploading to the web. June 23, 12:15–1 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 Yoga Classes (Om Town Yoga— 190 Park Avenue) Ongoing classes with detailed asana instruction. Multi-class discounts. Mondays, 6:15 p.m. Wednesdays, 5:45 p.m. $10/drop-in. Yoga for Beginners (Athens Wellness Cooperative) Slower paced class accessible to people of all sizes, ages and fitness levels. Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11 a.m.–12:15 p.m. $14/drop-in, $60/6 classes, $108/12 classes. www. YWCO Classes (YWCO) Offerings include Belly Dancing, Triathlon Training, Pilates and Yoga. Full schedule online. 706-354-7880,

HELP OUT! American Red Cross (Red Cross Donor Center—3525 Atlanta Hwy.) This month all donors will receive coupons from local restaurants and be entered for a chance to win a cruise for two. 706-546-0681, www. Athens Farmers’ Market Volunteers (Bishop Park) Looking for people willing to help out between 6:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. every Saturday through Nov. 14. Volunteers usually get fresh vegetable donations from the farmers. BikeAthens Volunteers (UGA Campus) BikeAthens is going to be setting up a table with info about the organization at 16 freshman orientation resource fairs in June and July. Volunteers are needed to help man the tables. All fairs start at 9:30 a.m. and last 45 minutes. chair@ Volunteer Gallery Sitters (ATHICA) ATHICA needs gallery sitters June 20–July 20. Visit www. for info and email to start. Volunteers Needed (Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic) Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic is seeking volunteers interested in reading and recording textbooks for 90 minutes per week. 706-5491313,

Volunteers Needed (Athens Community Council on Aging) The Meals on Wheels Program seeks dedicated volunteers to deliver hot meals to homebound seniors in Clarke County. 706-549-4850,

KIDSTUFF Art Adventures: Folk Art (Various Locations) The Georgia Museum of Art is now registering for its third annual community outreach program. Children will learn about the subjects, techniques and materials folk artists use and create their own art. June 15–July 17. FREE! 706-542-4662, gamuseum Be Creative @ Your Library (ACC Library) Calling all young authors and illustrators. Seeking short stories to include in a book that will be added to the library’s collection. Each child can submit one story up to four pages long. Participants will be invited to a book release party at the end of the summer. Ages 10 & under. Through July 30. FREE! 706613-3650 Belly Dancing Class (ACC Library) Clara Smith teaches the basics of belly dance. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a scarf to tie around your hips. Ages 11–18. Tuesdays, June 16–30, 2–3 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 Creative Movement (Floorspace) Ongoing class for ages 3–5. Thursdays, 4:15 p.m. $40/4 classes. 706-850-5557, lisayaconelli@ Cyber Camp (Rocksprings Neighborhood Center) Learn basic computer skills, typing skills, Internet safety and the history of computers. Guest speakers throughout the week. Register by July 24. July 27–31, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. $11. 706-613-3603 EcoCamp (Georgia Nature Center— Watkinsville) Summer day camp for ages 4–16. Kids learn about solar power, organic farming, carnivorous plants and green building while exploring over 100 acres of fern grottos, springs, creeks and waterfalls. 706-769-1000, Henna Hands (ACC Library) Learn how to apply temporary henna body art. Ages 11–18. Pre-registration required. June 25, 2–4 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 Invasion of the Forest Snatchers (Greenway) Learn how to identify invasive plants so

you can fight the invasion at home. Call to register. June 20, 9 a.m. 706613-3614 Kids’ Art Camps (Good Dirt) Now registering for summer art camps. Registration forms at www.gooddirt. net. 706-355-3161 Movie-Making Workshop (ACC Library) Everything you need to know to show your movie at library’s upcoming Teen Film Festival will be covered. Ages 11–18. Through June 12, 2–3 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 New Moon Summer Adventure Camps (Various Locations) Travels to different state parks and natural areas daily. Activities include hiking, swimming, boating and more. June 15–19, June 22–26, July 13–17 & July 20–24, 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. $150/week. 706-338-2892, newmoonpreschool Ninja Scout Adventure Camp (State Botanical Garden) Ages 9–12. July 1–2, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. $85. 706542-6156, Summer Academy at UGA (UGA Campus) Week-long summer programs for ages 11–17. This year’s

offerings include Comic Book and Cartoon Art, Website Design, Film School and more. $149–$349. 706542-3537, www.georgiacenter.uga. edu/summeracademy Summer Camp Junior Counselor Positions (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) 706542-6156 Summer Reading Program (ACC Library) Stop by to pick up your reading log and a list of summer events. Ages 11–18. FREE! 706-613-3650 Summer Stretch Camp (Full Bloom Center) Now registering for camp featuring children’s yoga, arts, gardening and more. One week sessions (Monday–Thursday, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.) Ages 3–12. $120/ week. Sweet Pea Club Camp (State Botanical Garden) Programs involve puppet shows, storytelling and more. Ages 3–4. June 22–26, 9–11 a.m. $110. Swim School (Bishop Park) Now registering for lessons for levels I–V. Two sessions: June 16–July 2 & July 7–23. $33. 706-613-3589

ART AROUND TOWN ACC Library (Heritage Room Corridor) 2009 Congressional Arts Contest. Through June. “Forever Free: Lincoln’s Journey to Emancipation,” a new traveling exhibition that traces Lincoln’s transformation from an antislavery moderate into “The Great Emancipator.” Through July 10. (Top of the Stairs Gallery) Work by Tyrus Litton of the GA Fine Arts Academy. Through June. (Lobby) “River of Words,” an exhibit intended to stimulate kids’ imaginations through poetry and art. June 15–26. Antiques and Jewels “Athens Fine Art Gallery,” an exhibit featuring works by Mary Porter, Elizabeth Barton, Brandon Zinninger, Greg Benson, Jim StipeMaas, Taylor DuBeau, Judy Dudley O’Donnell and Susan Elizabeth. Through September. ATHICA “Emerges III,” featuring Jennifer Desormeaux’s documentation of her running routines, Layet Johnson & Charles Westfall’s simulated ocean journey and Robyn Waserman’s large-scale color prints from her expedition to Antartica. Robert August Peterson’s multimedia installation will be set up at ATHICA’s satellite space in the Bottleworks. June 20–July 19. Reception June 20. Aurum Studio Artist Studio Sale featuring work by 19 local artists, including Margaret Agner, John Ahee, Shannon Candler, Leigh Ellis, Joe Ruiz, Margie Spalding, Joy Stanley, Lamar Wood and Chris Wyrick. Through June 26. Big City Bread Cafe Mosaic artwork by J. Elizabeth Wright. Through June. Ciné Barcafé Exhibit featuring work by recent MFA graduates Stacy Isenbarger and Erin McIntosh. Through June 20. Elements Hair Salon Abstract paintings by Meg McConnell. Through August. Five Star Day Café Watercolors by Becca Edwards. Through mid-June. Five Star Day Cafe—Eastside Paintings by Jim StipeMaas. Through June. Flicker Theatre & Bar “Letters from Emptiness,” featuring new paintings by David Hale. Through June. Reception June 13. The Grit “Heavy Metal,” featuring mixed-media work by Ben Baumgartner (AKA Ben Venom) of San Francisco, CA. Through June 21. Healing Arts Centre “Reflections of Meditation,” featuring paintings by Scott Pridgen of DubConscious. Through June 14. Ice House Underground (Madison) Exhibit featuring landscapes by Sam Traina, abstract work by Shannon Candler and paintings inspired by Norse mythology by Liselott Johnsson. Through Aug. 22. Jittery Joe’s Coffee (Watkinsville) Floral photography by Don Byram. Through June 18. (Baxter St.) Paintings by Lauren Harrell. Through June. (Barnett Shoals Rd.) Psychedelic drawings by Gabriel Ricks. Through June. Just Pho and More Silk paintings by Margaret Agner. Through June 15. Lamar Dodd School of Art “Nothing Is Your Own,” featuring paintings by Daniel Barber. Through June 19.

Teen Art Contest (ACC Library) Any size and media (except sculpture) are accepted. Through July 24. 706-613-3650 Yoga Sprouts (Full Bloom Center) Fun, playful yoga for kids ages 2–6. Wednesdays, 3:30 p.m. $14/single class, $60/6 classes. 706-353-3373

SUPPORT Mental Health Support Group (St. Mary’s Hospital) Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. 706-7835706,

ON THE STREET ATHICA 4Lease (ATHICA) Dates available for summer parties, exhibits, etc. Men with Aprons (Bishop Park) Habitat for Humanity hosts a Men’s Bake Sale June 20 in conjunction with the Athens Farmers’ Market. Men interested in joining the team should call: 706-208-1001, f

Last Resort Grill Photography by John Griffiths. Through June. Lyndon House Arts Center A selection of needlework and a five-panel tapestry depicting flora, fauna and natural wonders of the U.S. that was created over a period of 6 years by over 1,000 artists. Presented by the Dogwood chapter of the Embroiders’ Guild of America. Through July 18. “Light After Dark,” featuring a selection of dream-like landscapes by photographers Karekin and Ginger Goekjian. Through Aug. 15. A juried exhibition of works by members of the Southeastern Pastel Society. June 11–Aug. 15. Reception June 11. Madison County Library Face jugs by Mudcat Pottery (Janice Hall and Pat Shields) of Danielsville. Through June. Madison-Morgan Cultural Center “The Houses of Madison: Pen and Ink Drawings,” featuring original works by Atlanta architect and artist Kemp Mooney. Through June 30. “The Many Faces of Madison: A History of Portrait Painting in the Piedmont” features 35 portraits dating from the late-18th century through 1985. Exhibit curated by Spalding Nix. Through June 30. Mama’s Boy Oil paintings by David Noah. Through June 17. Marigold Cafe (Winterville) Abstract paintings by Meg McConnell. Through August. Monroe Art Guild Stephanie Roberts photographically documents 365 days in a sequence in “Project 365: Daily Discoveries.” Through June 25. Oconee County Library Acrylic paintings by Lanelle Mauldin. Through June. Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation Annual Members’ Exhibit, featuring a diverse display of works, including sculpture, paintings, drawings, textiles, jewelry, pottery and photos, from a variety of skilled artists who are also OCAF members. Through June 30. Original Fine Art Gallery Paintings, photography and other work by local artists Susan Vaclavik, Angali Singh, Michael K. Fouche and more. Pauley’s Original Crepe Bar “Streak,” featuring photographs by Brittny Teree Smith. Through June. The Point of Art Gallery (Union Point) “On the Road,” featuring work by Del Sanders, Cameron Hampton and Anne Jenkins. Through July 4. Reception June 12. State Botanical Garden of Georgia “Out on a Limb: An Artful Journey,” an exhibit featuring traditional watercolors and funky mixed media works by Judy Bolton Jarrett that focus on her love of trees. Through June 19. Transmetropolitan (Oglethorpe Ave.) New paintings by Ainhoa Canup. Through June. UGA Aderhold Local artist and UGA faculty member Jamie Calkin helps the College of Education recognize its centennial year with “Celebration,” a rotating exhibit of original watercolors of the UGA campus and downtown Athens. Through Aug. 30. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens “Digital Collage,” featuring work by local artist Roger Moore. Through July 2. White Tiger Gourmet Food & Chocolates An exhibition of prints and drawings by Amanda Jane Burk. Through June. Reception June 12.






reality check Matters Of The Heart And Loins I’m sub-letting an apartment for the summer that I share with three roommates who I don’t really know very well. They are friends of my buddy who left for the summer. I get along with all of them fine, but I noticed that one of their girlfriends maybe gets along with me a bit too well. She is a very flirty girl in general, but with me it seems worse. She always asks me personal questions about how big my equipment is and how I like my blowjobs, etc. She has drunkenly done this in front of her boyfriend, and he only laughs. The other guys don’t seem to notice it either, but I never hear her say stuff like that to them, and one of them is single, too. So, the other night I got up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, and when I got back in my room she was sitting on my bed. I asked her politely to get out, and we argued a bit and were mostly laughing, but she did threaten to stay and started to get loud and jumped under my blanket and told me “we should just do it and get it over with.” Now, understand, I am only a man, and I have needs, and my reptile brain was shouting at me to lock the door and go for it. I did manage to get her out of there without so much as a kiss, but I can’t be sure what would have happened if I had been drinking or was otherwise messed up. Will I say “no” the next time? I can’t say for sure. I know it’s wrong, and I am really trying to be a good guy, but how can I nip this thing in the bud? Do you think her boyfriend is really that clueless, or do you think he just doesn’t care? How can I make her back off without being an asshole? Should I tell her boyfriend about what happened? Anonymous Sounds to me like simple avoidance isn’t cutting it, A, so you’re going to have to play a little more defense. Next time she makes a sexual remark to you in front of everybody else, ask her why she’s so interested. Don’t continue to laugh and play along or you will only encourage her. I’m not saying you have to flip out on her, but make it clear to her that she is crossing a line. You might also ask her boyfriend how he feels about it. Tell him that you’re uncomfortable about the way she acts and see if he will talk to her about it. At least then he will be forced to acknowledge her behavior. He may not notice, and it is possible that he notices and he doesn’t care. Whatever you do, you better continue to avoid her like the plague. Even if it means bolting your bedroom door, you do not want to face the wrath of three roommates you barely know. It could get very ugly. I just moved into a new place with my boyfriend. I love having space that we don’t have to share, having only our stuff, being able to do it whenever and wherever we please. We get along well, and so far, all of that is good. The thing is, our place is loaded with windows, and


we live right near an apartment complex that a lot of college students are in. I know some of the neighbors are able to hear us, and we’re not going to be super quiet as long as we’re not waking anybody up. So, the other day I noticed that one neighbor in particular was looking at me when I was leaving the house. I can’t explain why, but I just knew that he knew something. He had a smirk on his face that I can’t quite describe. At first I had no idea what it was about, so I smiled and waved at him and he waved back. Then a few nights later my boyfriend and I were going at it in the bedroom and when I looked toward the window I realized that the guy—that guy, from the other day—was just across the way and he could see us. At first it freaked me out, but then I thought it was kind of hot, so I kept going. I even looked over at him and waved behind my boyfriend’s back at the guy. He laughed, gave me a thumbs up and just stood there and kept watching. I really, really got off on it and I swear that was some of the best sex I have had. And when we were done, I got up with no clothes on and walked to the kitchen and got a glass of water, knowing that this guy was watching me. I have no interest in anything physical with this guy at all, and I have no intention of even talking to him. I love my boyfriend and things are great. My question is, is there anything inherently wrong with me or with what I am doing? And do I have to tell my boyfriend that I know we are being watched? It doesn’t happen every time, obviously, but I am sure it will happen again and I even want it to. Exhibit K. There is nothing “inherently wrong” with what you are doing, EK. What you are is a budding exhibitionist, and as long as you and your voyeur are consenting adults, then there is no real harm. Your boyfriend, on the other hand, is not consenting—yet. And even though he may freak out, you absolutely have to tell him. Think about how you would feel if you were being watched doing something intensely personal without your knowledge and he didn’t tell you. Wouldn’t you feel violated and betrayed? I mean, I know you are getting off on this particular situation, but imagine that you found out you were being watched on the toilet and your boyfriend knew and didn’t tell you. Not very nice, huh? So, sit him down in a non-sexual situation and in a different room, tell him what happened, and tell him how much you got off on it. Tell him everything you just told me: don’t know the guy, don’t want to meet him, not interested, blah, blah, blah. And then ask him how he feels about it. It is entirely possible that he may get off on it as well, or that he will at least live with it because you get off on it. But you have to give him the choice. Jyl Inov Got a question for Jyl? Submit your anonymous inquiry via the Reality Check button at



Real Estate Apartments for Rent Awesome 1BR/1BA old shared house! $650/mo. Recently remodeled. Lg. 800 sq. ft., HWflrs., all appls. 340 Ruth St. Apt A. Avail. 8/1. Call (706) 713-0626. $1275/mo. The Woodlands. 3BR/3BA. All amenities. W/D, Gated, Avail. Fall. Owner/Agent. Call Mike (706) 207-7400. $440–$460/mo. 1 lg. BR/1BA w/ lg. lv. rm. New carpet or HWflrs. Laundry facilities, picnic tables, grill. 1 block off Milledge w/ bus stop. (706) 207-9902, (706) 835-8401. $485/mo. Quiet 1BR basement apt. in 5 Pts. Priv. entrance, off–street parking, W/D access, full kitchen. 1 block from the Waffle House in 5 Pts. Shared utils. & cable. Av a i l a b l e immediately. On Morton Ave. between Pinecrest Dr. & Milledge Ave. (706) 354-6039, if no answer call David (706) 254-2526. 1BR Studios. East Campus Rd. $0 sec. dep. $625/mo. Incl. water, gas, pest & trash. City/UGA bus stop, built–ins, tile & HWflrs. Pets OK. Call today–only a few left! Contact, (706) 540-2829. 1BR on Meigs St. Close to Dwntn. Porch, W/D, HWflrs, NS, no pets. Avail. 7/15. $485/mo. Lv. msg. (706) 224-5273.

1BR apartments starting at $443.34, 2BRs $506.67, 3BRs $705! Deposit $150. Spacious, quiet community, pet friendly, on busline, recycling. June rent free on 2 bedrooms! (706) 549-6254. Restrictions apply. 1BR/1BA, 2 Blocks to town, L g . s e p a r a t e B R , C H VA C , great view of city, ceiling fans, some screen porches. Owner pays water & garbage. $ 4 7 5 – 5 2 5 / m o . Av a i l . f o r June, July or August move-in. BoulevardPropertyManagement. com, (706) 548-9797. 1BR/1BA. Next to UGA. Walk to campus & Dwntn. HWflrs., A/C, some utils. incl. Free parking for residents. Cats OK, no dogs. $475–$500/mo. Call (706) 354-4261, 10am–2pm. Get a roommate & live w/ us! 2BR Downtown Athens loft. Located N. Hull St. Controlled access, parking garage, elevator, 15 ft. ceil.! Rent incl. water, basic cable, trash, DW, & W/D. (706) 543-1910 or email becky@ 2BR basement apt. 180 Moss Side Dr. Great rm. w/ FP. Priv. ent. $580/mo + utils. Washer & DW provided. Call (706) 254-2526 or (706) 227-9312. 2BR/1BA Eastside on Cedar Shoals Dr. All electric, remodeled, W/D hookup. $550/mo. (706) 202-2466. 2BR/1BA Riverbend Rd. Triplex. Incl. CHAC, DW, W/D hookups. $675/mo. Flexible move-in dates. Call (706) 546-6900 or go to www. 2BR/1BA duplex in North Place for lease. $450/mo. 1st mo. rent & dep. req’d. Pls. call (706) 4614556. Avail. 7/1. 2BR/2.5BA Condo near scenic park & river. Avail. 8/1. HWflrs, W/D, DW, ceiling fans, deck, amenities galore, convenient to everything. Call Matt at (706) 248-9088.




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2BR duplexes starting at $450/ mo. (706) 549-6070. 2BR/2.5BA condo. Avail. now. Near UGA/Dwntn. Historic Art/Mill district. Private porches. Gated courtyd. On Greenway. Bamboo woods. Pets OK. $650/ mo. Call (706) 714-7600. 2BR/2BA apt. w/ FP. Just outside perimeter off Jefferson Rd. W/D connection. Big kitchen w/ breakfast area. Patio. $600/mo. RE/MAX Realtor Michelle Watson (706) 433-2712. 2BR/2BA. $850/mo. Walk to UGA campus. Close to Alps Rd. shopping. All appls. incl.! Contact Nicole for details or tour (770) 713-0601 or email dawgs0385@ 2BR/2BA. BR’s w/ full priv. BA. Walk–in closets. W/D hookups. Rent starting at $525/mo. Water & trash incl. Sm. pets allowed. (706) 245-8435 or cell (706) 498-6013. 2BR/2BA Harris Place Apartments. 1 block from Varsity! Incl. CHAC, DW, W/D. $695/mo. Flexible move–in dates. Call (706) 546-6900 or go to www.ValerioProperties. com. 3BR/2BA condo. Screened porch, tennis & pool in complex, no pets, NS. $800/mo. (706) 540-2818. 5BR/3.5BA. Very lg. Excellent condition. Complete paint, new carpet. Must see! Avail. Aug. Great price. $825/mo. Eastside bus line. Call (706) 548-2433. Ask about $ 1 0 0 s i g n i n g bonus! Located off S. Lumpkin, on Sleepy Creek Dr., near 5 Pts. All new carpet, tile & paint. 2BR/2BA w/ FP, storage & backyd. Sm. pets OK. $725/mo. Ask about our 6 mo. lease! Call (404) 281-6273. Best property in town! Woodlands of Athens. 3BR/3BA full of amenities. Gated community, great specials. Call Pete (706) 372-3319.

Cedar Shoals Dr. area. 4 or 5BR/4BA. Lg. rms., quiet n’hood, W/D incl. $1K/mo. + dep. req’d. (706) 742-8555. Cobbham historic district. 1BR apt. Heart pine flrs. + ceil. fans. CHAC, W/D, garage w/ auto opener. NS. No pets. Call (706) 340-1283. College Station 2BR/2BA. All appls + W/D, FP, xtra closet space, water/garbage incl. $575/mo. Owner/Agent (706) 340-2450. Completely furnished. Daylight basement apt. Quiet, overlooks lake. 1400 sq. ft. Carpet. kitchen, bath. Oconee Co. No pets/smoking. Private entrance. Dish network. All utils. $650/mo. (706) 769-6208. Duplex 2BR/1BA w/ all extras. Very clean. 2 mi. north of Dwntn., just off Danielsville Rd. $500/mo. Grad students & professionals welcome. (706) 254-0478. Dwntn 2BR/1BA, walk to class. Laundry, lg. deck w/ swing, CHAC. 185 S. Finley St., cobblestone st. the tree that owns itself. $595/mo. (706) 714-1100. Eastside Cedar Shoals Dr. 4 min. to UGA. Preleasing for Fall! 5BR/3BA. Lg. rms. Total electric. W/D incl. Lawncare & trash p/u paid. $995/mo. Unbelievable! (706) 621-0077. Free month’s rent. Stadium Village 2BR/1BA gated community, close to campus. Water, trash, lawn incl. Pool, gym. $575/mo. (706) 549-6070. Garage apt. in heart of 5 Pts. 1BR/1BA. Lv. rm., & kitchen incl. No pets. HWflrs. $500/mo. Call (706) 548-4358. Hill St. 2BR/1BA. All electric apt. W/D, water, trash, lawn incl. $575/ mo. Call (706) 549-6070. Large apartment in Boulevard. Avail. early June. 2–3BR, W/D, DW, $900/mo. (706) 742-2757. Quiet 1BR/1BA apt. Walking distance to campus. In great n’hood. CHAC. All appls. Hwflrs. $620/mo. Cozy studio apt. also avail. in same n’hood. $480/mo. (706) 340-7531. Remodeled townhome. 2BR/2.5BA. $650/mo. Barnett Shoals Rd. Private patio, W/D, DW, CHAC, HWflrs. No pets. NS. Across from bus stop. (714) 270-8281.

South Milledge Area. Newly renovated. 4BR/2BA, W/D, DW, private fenced backyd. $1050/ mo. Pamela, Property Manager (706) 247-1805. Go to www. to see listings. Bruce Azevedo, Inc. Studio & 1BR apts. for rent. $495-525/mo., utils. incl. On the bus line. W/D avail., remodeled, quiet complex. Call Katie (706) 202-4777. Studio apts. Great location. 5 min. to Dwntn. & North campus. $400-$500/mo. + utils. Avail. 6/1. (706) 548-1532. Ver y cool layout! 2–3BR/1.5BA apt. in quadraplex. 2 blocks from campus. 5 Pts. area. W/D, CHAC, nice patio. $700–$850/mo. Pre– leasing. Avail. 8/1. Pets OK. Call (706) 369-2908. Walk to 5 Points. 2BR/2.5BA. W/D, FP, pool, pets OK w/ fee. Close to dog park, on busline. Outdoor patio. Great location! $750/mo. (706) 202-4777. Westside condos. 2BR/2BA, $600/mo. 3BR/2BA, $700/mo. Converted clubhouse into a huge open flr. plan. 4BR/2.5BA, $1200/mo. 5 Pts. 2BR/2.5BA. lv. rm w/ FP. Corner lot. $700/ mo. Eastside quadraplex 2BR/2BA, $525/mo. 2BR/1BA, $ 4 9 0 / m o . C a l l M c Wa t e r s Realty, (706) 549-3222, (706) 353-2700 or cell (706) 540-1529. Windsor Place. 2BR/2BA. All appls. FP. $695/mo. Some pets allowed. (706) 540-0857.

Apartments for Sale $89,900. Studio 40. 1BR/1BA. Tile & HWflrs., DW. Courtyds, w/in walking distance to Ramsey Center! Also for rent. Reign at Coldwell Banker Upchurch Realty. (706) 372-4166, (706) 543-4000.

Commercial Property 4500 sq. ft. office/shop. 1.5BA, 3 12 ft. overhead doors. 4000 sq. ft. of out building storage. 2+ ac. fenced. Lexington, GA. $595/mo. (706) 549-9456. 8849 Macon Hwy, Athens. 2700 sq. ft. New HVAC. $1500/mo. Ken (706) 614-8295. Amazing Office Spaces for lease above Dwntn Five Guys restaurant. No better location! Call Reign at Coldwell Banker Upchurch Realty (706) 372-4166, or (706) 543-4000. Charming historic cottage. 500 sq. ft., 2 rms. 2 FP, BA, ceiling fans, CHAC, Internet, parking, security, pine flrs., excellent condition. Flexible terms. Great retail store, office, studio, Therapist, etc. $650/mo. 290 N. Milledge Ave. Pls. call Karen (706) 340-3717.



Athens Executive Suites. Offices avail. in historic Dwntn bldg. w/ on–site parking. All utils., Internet, & janitorial incl. Single or multiple offices avail. Call Stacy (706) 425-4048 or (706) 296-1863. Eastside offices for lease. 1060 Gaines School Rd. 1200 sq. ft., $1200/mo. 500 sq. ft. $625/mo., 150 sq. ft. $300/mo. (706) 546-1615 or Paint Artist Studio for rent. 300 sq. ft. $150/mo. 400 sq. ft. $200/mo. 160 Tracy St. Historic Boulevard Area, Artist/Crafts Community. (706) 546-1615 or Retail Suites for lease a t H o m e w o o d Vi l l a g e . 1K–12,500 sq. ft. avail. For more info. Call Bryan Austin at (706) 353-1039 or visit www.

Houses for Rent 2BR/1BA duplex, off Beaverdam Rd. On the Eastside. All electric W/D hookups, DW, lg. wooded lot. $500/mo. 1 mo. dep. Call D.D. (770) 868-7198. $1000/mo. Wonderful 3BR/2BA, mins. to campus off North Ave. W/D incl., formal din. rm., FP in liv. rm., split BR plan, CHAC. NS. Some dogs OK. $500 dep. Avail. 6/1. 131 Burgundy Court. Call Allison (770) 605-3160. $1170/mo. $390/BR. 3BR/3BA. Close to UGA & Dwntn. Beautiful brick home. Pets OK. Avail. 8/5. $400 signing bonus or referral fee. Email, or (706) 548-0580. $1200–$1600/mo. Great for entertaining! Avail. 8/1. 3BR/2BA. 2004 gut renovation. 1/4 mi. to Dwntn/Campus. Front porch, priv. fenced in backyd. w/ 2 decks. House & yards wired for sound. Unique details, alarm, W/D, DW, ceiling fans, screen doors/windows, CHAC. Pets OK. (770) 329-0409 or 135oakridge@ $1460/mo. $365/BR. 4BR/4BA. Close to UGA & Dwntn. Beautiful brick home. Pets OK. Avail. 8/5. $400 signing bonus or referral fee. Email, or call (706) 548-0580. $300–$400/BR. 3–5BR townhome on Eastside. Double porches, HWflrs., ceiling fans, DW, W/D, trash incl., & new pool. Now leasing! (706) 543-1910 or email $350 & up! 1BR, 2BR, & 3BR homes for lease. Just 1.5 mi. from UGA & Dwntn! Water & lawn maintenance incl. Call Dekle Realty (706) 548-0580. $875/mo. 3BR/1BA. Spacious renovated 1880s farmhouse on fenced ac. lot. 16 ft. ceilings, HWflrs, W/D, porches. 1/2 mi. from Dwntn & campus. Pets OK w/ dep. Avail. 7/1. (912) 655-5550 or email

$395–$1700/mo. 1BR, 2BR, 3BR, 4BR, & 5BR. Prices reduced! Awesome walk & bike to campus & town! Pre–leasing for Fall! Many historical houses w/ lg. rms, high ceilings, big windows, HWflrs., old–world charm, modern amenities. Porches, & yds. Pet friendly. These go fast! Email for list: $500 lease–signing bonus! 4BR/4BA. New construction, all appls. incl. $450/BR. A view of Dwntn. Off North Ave. Avail. July. (706) 202-4648. $625/mo. 2 lg. BR/1BA. Blocks from campus & Dwntn. 12 ft. ceilings, W/D hookups. Dead-end St. 145 Elizabeth St. Avail. now. Owner/Agent. Call Mike (706) 207-7400. $895/mo. 4BR/1.5BA. CHAC, W/D, lg. kitchen, quiet & safe n’hood, Eastside, 10 min. to UGA. Avail. now. 117 Crossbow Circle. Owner/Agent, Call Mike at (706) 207-7400. 1, 2, 3BR houses. Pre–leasing for fall. Close to UGA & Dwntn. Call (706) 255-0066. 1305 Cedar Shoals. $121,900. 2BR/2BA condo. Call Reign (706) 372-4166. 145 Woodcrest Dr. Avail. now! 3BR/2BA. CHAC. Fenced yd. Pets OK. No pet fees! Free W/D if needed. $825/mo. Call (706) 372-6813. 175 Glenhaven Ave. 3BR/1.5BA. $750/mo. CHAC, W/D, DW, oak flrs., deck. Fenced yd. All electric. Close to Dwntn. Email or call (706) 714-4486. 180 O’Farrell. 2–3BR.5 Pts. house. Great location, near UGA Baseball Field, lg. rambling house. $1300/mo. Go to www.boulevard​property​ Call today (706) 548-9797. 1BR Cottage in Boulevard area. Fully remodeled. Incl. DW & W/D hookups. $695/mo. Call (706) 546-6900 or go to www. 1BR huge apartment in historic Boulevard house. Incl. W/D hookups, DW, HWflrs, pet friendly. 2 to choose from! $675795/mo. Call (706) 546-6900 or go to www.ValerioProperties. com. 2, 3, 4, 5BR units starting at $550/ mo. w/ $250 dep. Units incl. W/D, DW, FP. Call for locations & avail. Email, (706) 224-3098. 226 Johnson Dr. Behind Carmike. S t e l l a r r e n t a l ! Ba m b o o & tile flrs., all new appls, W/D. 2BR/1BA. $850/mo. Avail. now! Pets OK. Call (706) 340-5054. 2BR/1.5BA East Athens Duplex for rent. Fresh paint, new carpet, W/D, DW, range, fridge, trash & yard service incl. Pets OK. Avail. now! $550/mo. Call Mike (877) 740-1514 toll free. 2BR/1BA & 1BR/1BA apts. Great in-town n’hood. Walk everywhere. Water & garbage paid. $490$695/mo. Check out boulevard​ property​ or call (706) 548-9797. 2BR/1BA cute cottage w/ front porch. CHAC, near UGA. Avail 8/1. $800/mo. Also, ask about 2 other available houses. Call (706) 354-1276 or (706) 540-7812.

2BR/1BA Woody Drive. Newly renovated duplexes, beautifully landscaped, quiet dead–in street, perfect for everyone. Timothy school zone & close to every shopping need. (706) 5489797 or boulevard​p roperty​ 2BR/1BA Blvd. area duplex. Energy efficient, total electric, recently renovated, W/D, DW, HVAC, shared fenced yd, some pets OK. Avail. as early as 6/1 or as late as 8/1. Lease, dep., ref. req’d. $650/ mo. Call (706) 227-6000. 2BR/1BA duplex on Willow Run near ARMC. Incl. W/D hookups, DW, CHAC. $675/ mo. Call (706) 546-6900 or go to 2BR/1BA in Five Points. HWflrs, tile BA, W/D. Great locations. 12 & 14 Milledge Ct. $625/mo. (706) 548-9797 or boulevard​property​ 2BR/1BA. $765/mo. Off Jefferson River Rd. HVAC, DW, W/D hookups, HWflrs. Lg. privacy– fenced backyd. Pets OK upon approval. Avail. now! Call (706) 714-6089. 2BR/1BA. 1.5 mi from Dwntn. Complete renovation. HWflrs., HVAC, W/D, new appls! Lg. fenced yd. Avail. 8/1. Pets OK. $800/mo. + dep. (864) 901-9949. 2BR/1BA. 2790 Danielsville Rd. Wooded. Wide porch. CHAC, W/D hookup. Wood flrs., fenced yd., lawncare incl. $600/mo. + dep. (706) 546-5390, lv. msg. 2BR/1BA. 2895 Danielsville Rd. Wooded. Wide porch. CHAC, W/D hookup. Wood flrs., fenced yd., lawncare incl. $600/mo. + dep. (706) 546-5390, lv. msg. 2BR/1BA. East Athens cottage. Lv. rm., din. rm., new kitchen, & HWflrs. $625/mo. Call Linda (706) 543-5604. 2BR/1BA. HWflrs, W/D, CHAC, FP, ceiling fans, close to Dwntn/ campus. Pets OK. Porches. $650/mo. + dep. Avail. 8/1. 375 N. Billups. Email dmarklevitt@, (706) 424-9127. 2BR/2.5BA townhome for rent on Westside. Lg. lv. & din. rm. W/D. Ample storage. Private back patio w/ grill & lg. shared backyd. Avail. 7/1. Call (773) 805-5780. 2BR/2.5BA. 2 5 6 A p p l e b y Mews. Poolside, W/D, DW, porch, lg. BRs, on Oconee Hill close to Mama’s Boy & the Greenway! Lots of room for little money. $675/mo. (706) 548-9797. 2BR/2BA on 10+ ac., 35 mins from Athens. Trails, creek, swimming shoals, fish pond. Artist designed sunny house. CHAC, W/D, free well water. Wood stove. Neighbors organic farm. Pets welcome. Ogelthorpe Co. Avail. 8/1. $700/ mo. Call Rose (706) 540-5979 2BR/2BA w/ den. 1360 Boulevard. Cute modest 50s bungalow. Cottage interior. CHAC, HWflrs., W/D, off–street parking. Fenced backyd. Approved pet OK. Avail. now. $785/mo. (706) 742-2505 8am–10pm.

2BR/2BA. 1.5 mi. from UGA. Kitchen, din. r m., liv. r m., laundry rm., fenced backyd. w/ deck. W/D & fridge incl. $800/ mo. (706) 342-2788, (706) 461-5541. 2BR/2BA. Navy School area. Lg. covered front porch. All appls., incl. W/D. Excellent condition. Vacant & ready for occupancy. $600/mo. Owner/Agent (706) 540-0472. 2–3BR/1BA. 1/2 mile to campus. Fenced backyd., HWflrs., DW, W/D, CHAC. Pets OK. Pre–leasing. Avail. 8/1. $800–$950/mo. Won’t last! (706) 369-2908. 3BR/1.5BA on quiet cul–de–sac off Oglethorpe Ave. 7 min. from Dwntn. CHAC, HWflrs., attached carport, lg. fenced backyd. W/D. Landlord mows lawn. Pets OK w/ dep. Avail. 8/1. $800/mo. Jared (706) 338-9019, or email 3BR/1.5BA. 288 4th St. Pre– leasing for 8/1/09. Fenced yd. DW, CHAC, big yd. W/D, FP, garbage disposal, HWflrs. Pecan trees. $800/mo. + $800/sec. (706) 254-2936. 3BR/1.5BA. Close to Dwntn/UGA. $750/mo. CHAC, W/D, DW, oak flrs., deck. Fenced. All electric. Email Hathawayproper ties@, or call (706) 714-4486. 3BR/1.5BA. HWflrs., CHVAC, W/D. University Heights on Eastside. On busline, convenient to East Campus. $950/mo. Call Dave (706) 201-9222. 3BR/1BA brick house w/ carport. Fenced yd. Pets OK. $650/ mo. Attractive brick 3BR/1BA house also avail., CHAC, DW, W/D, & carport. $750/mo. Call (706) 548-5869. 3BR/1BA. Non–smoking home. 5 min. from UGA. CHAC, W/D. $900/mo. No pets. Great location. Avail. 8/1. (706) 338-1859, email 3BR/2.5BA end–unit townhome off Cedar Shoals. Pets OK. Incl. W/D. On bus route. Only $750/ mo. Now 1/2 off your first month’s Rent! Aaron (706) 207-2957.

3–4BRs. 340 Barber, 255 Boulevard Heights, 390 Pound Street, 180 O’Farrell, 135 Garden Cour t, 160 Gilmer, 135 Glencrest, 1321 Dowdy Road. Check out these great houses online at boulevard​property​management. com or call (706) 548-9797. 4 or 5BR/3BA. Cottage + study. CHAC, HWflrs., front porch & back deck. DW, W/D, micro, & alarm sys. 1 mi. to Dwntn! Avail. Aug. (706) 543-1910 or becky@ $370-$450/ BR. Call about our rent specials! 4BR/2 tile BA. Beautiful lg. Victorian. CHAC, W/D, DW, 10 ft. ceilings w/ fans, porches, FP, fenced yd., stainless appls. 550 Cobb St. No undergrads, must see. $1580/mo. + dep. Avail. 8/1. Email, 706-424-9127. 4BR/2.5BA beautiful plantation house on 3 acres. High ceilings, HWflrs., lg. kit. & rooms w/ a country setting. Front porch, screen porch & rear sun room. Pets welcome. 3–sided fence. 990 Double Bridges Rd. Avail. 6/1. $1200/mo. + dep. (706) 3191846, or (706) 548-4819. GA. R, E, lic. 300830. 4BR/2BA renovated victorian home. 1/2 mi. from campus. W/D, DW, fenced yd., HWflrs, $1200/ mo. Huge rooms! Lots of character. Pre–leasing. Avail. 8/1. Pets OK. (706) 369-2908. 4BR/3BA. Boulevard area, 686 1/2 Barber St., DW, W/D HWflrs., s c re e n e d p o rc h , l g . r m s . , renovated old church. Some pets OK. Avail. 8/1. $1395/mo. Lease, dep., ref’s. (706) 227-6000. 4BR/4BA brand new houses D w n t n & 5 P t s . Aw e s o m e locations! W/D incl. Now preleasing for Fall 09. $1700-1800/ mo. Call Aaron (706) 207-2957. 4BR/4BA brick home. Spacious BR w/ full BA. HVAC. Full kit., deck, lawn/pest control. W/D incl. $860/mo. (404) 274-0948.

4BR/4BA house. $900 special! W/D, sec. sys., 24 hr. maint. service, pets welcome, lawn & pest incl. (706) 552-3500. Go to

Best rentals in Athens! 1–5BR houses, apts., condos. In the heart of UGA/Dwntn/5 Pts. Going fast, call today! (706) 369-2908 for more info.

5BR/2BA built around 1900, in Blvd, huge open spaces, 14 ft. ceilings, custom kitchen & BAs, DW, & W/D, HWflrs, huge windows. Full renovation to be completed by 8/1. No dogs. $2000/mo. Chris (706) 202-5156.

Close to Dwntn. New 4BR/3.5BA houses. New appls. Pets welcome. $1300/mo. Call (706) 540-1257.

ARMC/Cobbham area. 2BR/1BA. CHAC, total electric, new fixtures, kitchen cabinets & includes Washer/ Dryer/Refrigerator. Lawn care included in $700/mo. rental. Large shady backyard. Available Aug. 1st or sooner if needed. Call Bob (706)2156848 GAREL #269394. Adorable 3BR/2.5BA house w/ fenced yard, 1–car garage, 1700 sq. ft. on .5 ac. Lawn care incl. Lots of storage, nice deck. W/D, DW, CHAC. 6 mi. from UGA in quaint Winterville on Twin Lane. Avail. now or for fall move in. $1100/mo. Call April (706) 549-5006, & go to www. All Around Athens & near Campus! 1095 Macon Hwy., 2BR/1BA, $675/mo. 105 Redstone Dr. 2BR/1BA, $525/mo. 276 Oak Meadows, 3BR/2BA, $995/mo. 597 Dearing St. off Milledge. 4BR/2BA, $1495/mo. 105 Whitehall Rd., 2BR/1BA, $675/mo. 445 N Main St. Winterville, 2BR/1BA, $675/mo. (706) 546-7946, Flowersnancy@ bellsouth net. See virtual tours www

Cobbham. 3–4BR, 3 full BA. HWflrs, CHAC, Sm. pets OK. Avail. now! 1 yr. lease & sec. dep. $1700/mo. Call (706) 224-9307. Duplex for rent. 2BR/1.5BA. Fenced yd. Sleepy Creek Dr. near UGA, Memorial Park & Birchmore Tr. W/D, DW, CHAC. Avail. Aug. $725/mo. Call April (706) 549-5006, go to www. Duplex for rent. 2BR/1.5BA. Jolly Lane in Sleepy Hollow Subdivision. Near UGA, Memorial Park & Birchmore Trail. W/D, DW, CHAC. Avail Aug. $715/mo. Call April (706) 549-5006, go to www. East Athens. Remodeled 2BR/1BA house on cul–de–sac. CHAC, extra insulation, ceiling fans. Deck. Pet OK. Avail. 6/15 . $675/mo. Free water & garbage. Owner/Broker (706) 340-4619. Eastside 2BR/1BA split lvl. Lg. lv. area splits BRs. Lg. kitchen. Priv. drive. Big backyd. w/ storage bldg. Appls. incl. $675/mo. + dep. Pet negotiable. (706) 248-7338. Excellent renovated 4BR/3BA. 1/2 mi. to campus. Lots of character! Big rms. DW, W/D, CHAC. Pets OK. Pre–leasing, Avail. 8/1. $1350/mo. Call (706) 369-2908.

Avail. Aug! 3 & 4 Bedroom Cottages. Close to campus! Features incl. DW, W/D, private BAs, pool! $450–$485/BR. Call (706) 543-1910 or email becky@

Five Points Duplexes. 2BR/1BA & 4BR/3BA. Close to campus/bus stops, incl. W/D! $900–1325/mo. Call (706) 5466900 or go to www.Valerio

Available August 1st. Half historic house. professional or graduate. 1BR. CHAC, porch w/ view. Spotless! 615A Pulaski. (706) 548-3505. Lv. msg.

Heart of 5 Pts. 3BR/2BA. Lv. rm., din. rm., & kitchen. No pets. Unfurnished. $1450/mo. Call (706) 548-4358.

3BR/2BA house. Cedar creek subdivision. Fenced backyd., gas grill attached to sundeck, FP, wooded lot. Quiet family n’hood. S w i m m i n g c o m m u n i t y. 3 6 0 Sandstone Dr. Avail. 7/1. $1025/ mo + dep. (706) 319-1846, or (706) 548-4819. GA. R, E, lic. 300830. 3BR/2BA. Tiled, CHAC, W/D, DW, HWflrs, in–town, fenced yd., pets OK, carport, $960/mo. + dep. 260 Sunset Dr. Avail. 8/1. (706) 424-9127 or email dmarklevitt@ 3BR/3BA Eastside. Quiet n’hood. $1100/mo. All appls. 213 Springtree St. Avail 8/1. (706) 713-0626. 3–4BR/4BA house. Great location! Walk to Dwntn. $1400/ mo. All appls. 200 MLK Jr. Pkwy. Avail. 8/1. (706) 713-0626.



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Great 4BR/4BA houses. 1/2 mi. from campus. Front porch, back deck, nice yd., DW, W/D, CHAC. Pets OK. Pre–leasing Avail. 8/1. $1100/mo. (706) 369-2908.

2BR/2.5BA Huntington Place townhouse. Near Mall. All appls remain incl. W/D. All electric. Very good condition. Avail. now! $98K. Call for details, (706) 613-9466.

Huge 5BR/4BA Nor maltown home. 2 lv. rms., FP, 2 kitchens. Safe parking, deck & patio w/ grill. RE/MAX Realtor Michelle Watson (706) 433-2712. $2K/mo. Pets OK.

3BR/2BA house. Beechwood, 5 Pts. area. HWflrs, new appls. $335K. (706) 254-4343.

Live in a cute house for less than an apt.! Charming 2BR, lv. rm., office, 1BA. Garden, fenced in yd. Very pet friendly. Off street parking. W/D, DW. Avail. 7/1. $700/mo. & $700/dep. Lisa (323) 445-1033. Next to UGA. 836 Church St. 2BR brick duplex. All appls. Avail. 8/1. $650/mo. Owner/Broker Herbert Bond at (706) 224-8002. N o r m a l t o w n / A R M C . 180 Willow Run. Very nice, 3BR/1BA. HWflrs, DW, W/D, CHAC. Lg. fenced backyd. Pets OK w/ dep. Avail. now. $900/mo. (404) 210-7145. Northside 2BR/1BA, lg. lot, $600/mo. Hospital area Fenced–in yd. Avail. June. $800/ mo. Five Points 2BR/2.5BA, lv. rm. w/ FP, corner lot, $700/mo. Eastside 3BR/2BA. Lg. yd., on dead–end street. $1100/mo. 4BR/2BA w/ lg. yd. $1300/mo. 2 or 3BR/1BA w/ screened front porch, $800/mo. Cedar Creek 4BR/2BA $1100/mo. Oconee County 3BR/2BA. Lv. rm. w/ FP, din. rm., double garage, $1100/ mo. Call McWaters Realty, (706) 549-3222, (706) 353-2700. Pre-leasing for Fall! Walk to campus! 2 & 3BRs from $625/ mo. W/D, DW, priv. deck, pets welcome. Mention this ad & pay no pet fee! (706) 548-2522,

FSBO. 1BR studio condo. Broad St., Athens. HWflrs, appls incl. Private & secure. $94,900. (706) 474-1101. Historic Blvd n’hood. 224 Dubose. Meticulously maintained 4BR/2BA. New kitchen, new paint. HWflrs, pressed tin ceiling. Walk to Dwntn/UGA. $424,900. Patrick (706) 614-8007, go to New Construction Underway. 3BR/2BA. 1600 sq. ft. Frame house on Hebel block foundation. All the goods: Tile, HWflrs, IKEA Kitchen, energy efficient, metal roof, lots of storage rm. & more! Pulaski Heights near Downtown. Builder will customize for buyer! $209,900. Call Drew at (706) 202-2712 or Christy at CJ&L at (706) 559-4520. Own your own rental property! 139 & 143 Strickland Ave. 4BR/3BA on each side of duplex. Entire duplex for $359,800. 1 side for rent $1600/ mo. Call Reign at Coldwell Banker Upchurch Realty (706) 372-4166, or (706) 543-4000. T h e N e w I n To w n ! Remodeled 3BR/2BA bungalow, HWflrs, screened–in porch, slate patio, tin roof, separate garage, walk to shopping & restaurants. Call Melinda at Benny Payne Realty (706) 540-0606, www.


Prime location. 5 min. from Dwntn. & North campus. 1, 2 & 3BR houses. $800-$1050/mo. + utils. Avail. 6/1 or 8/1. (706) 548-1532.

1 B R / 1 B A w / s t u d y. S h a re kitchen. Utils incl. Parking. Free wireless/Tivo! Totally furnished. Safe, quiet, close to UGA. Priv. entrance/deck. $600/mo. neg. Avail. 6/1. (706) 296-6956.

Several 2BR/1BA houses for rent. East Athens. On cul–de–sac. CHAC, ceiling fans. Pet OK. Avail. 6/15. $595–$695/mo. Free water & garbage. Owner/Broker (706) 340-4619.

2 roommates needed 3BR/2.5BA condo at Milledge Place. UGA Athens busline. $300/mo. + 1/3 power bill. 3–5 min drive to campus. Swimming pool. (909) 957-7058.

Two 2BR/1BA houses on Virginia Ave., HWflrs, W/D hookups, flexible move–in. $950-$1040/mo. Call (706) 546-6900 or go to w w w.

2BR/1BA. W/D hookup, CHAC, HWflrs., Victorian house in historic district. Off street parking. Walk to UGA & Dwntn. $375/mo. Call Corey (706) 936-3521 or (678)794-5414.

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Christian F seeks roommate to share townhouse. Call (706) 202-1553.

$219,900.180 Marshall Drive. Watkinsville. 3BR/2BA w/ bonus rm. DW, CHAC, FP, HWflrs, new interior paint, & bricked patios, irrigation system. (407) 421-1604. 1 8 5 P o p l a r. $ 2 2 4 , 9 3 6 . 3BR/1.5BA. In–town classic Artisan home Call Reign (706) 372-4166.

F roommate needed to share cute 3BR/2BA house on Odd St. Grad student/working professional. W/D, DW, CHAC. 1 yr. lease. $525/mo + utils. Avail. 6/20. Pet OK. (706) 614-6331. Roommate needed to share nice apt. in Appleby Mews. Near campus. $375/mo. (678) 8874599 or email markabuzzotta@ or go to website at Roommate needed. Brand new townhome, 3BR/2.5BA. HWflrs., vaulted ceilings, pool. No pets. $375/mo. + 1/3 utils. Dep. neg. Avail. now. (706) 714-8072.

Roommates needed. Awesome house. Avail. 8/1. Huge rms, 12’ ceilings fans, HWflrs, HVAC, multiple entrances. 2 kitchens, 2 full BAs. W/D provided. Graduate student/professional. (706) 424-0901.

Rooms for Rent Charming country house. Fully furnished. 2BR’s avail. Female only. 15 min. from UGA, 5 min. from Athens Tech. $275/BR incl. utils./Internet access. W/D, DW, renovated kitchen. No pets. (706) 369-1659. Look! Beautiful house. M/F needed for 3BR/2BA. W/D, DW, FP, deck, fenced yds, garage, cool roommates. $310/mo.+ utils. 10 min drive to Dwntn. (352) 215-0056. Rms. for rent. $380/mo. 1 yr. lease in BR/4BA house starting July. Private pool, huge home. 3.2 mi. from Dwntn. Call Dan (805) 450-4130. Roommate to live in 2BR/1BA near campus. CHAC, private garden, fish pond, no pets. I spend about 4–6 wks a yr., mostly summers, in Athens. 450/ mo. plus utils. Room available mid-July (possibly earlier). email:

Sub-lease 1BR/1BA avail. in a 3BR house in Cobbham district. Walk to campus & Dwntn. Fully furnished! Avail. 6/1–7/31. $466/mo. Call (404) 384-1309. Avail. now thru end of July. 4BR/1.5BA. Walk to campus funky 2–story apt. in triplex. Great location. Historic n’hood. Pulaski near Prince. Remodeled tile, antique heartpine accents, W/D, CHAC. $500/mo. (706) 215-4496.

For Sale Art Antiques & Jewels Artist Appreciation Sale! Fabulous paintings by Mary Porter, Taylor Dubeau, Jim Stipe Maas, Judy Dudley O’Donnell, Greg Benson, Susan Elizabeth, & Art Quilts by Elizabeth Barton. New Gallery, great prices! Pls. visit 290 N. Milledge Ave. Tue.–Sat., 12pm– 6pm, by chance or appt. on Sun.–Mon. (706) 340-3717.

Businesses Dwntn Clothing Store for Sale. $50K OBO! Owner financing avail. Very well known business. (770) 634-8241.

Computers Get a new computer now! Brand name. Bad or no credit, no problem! Smallest wkly payments avail. Call now. Call (800) 8162232 (AAN CAN). Get a new computer! Brand name laptops & desktops. Bad or no credit, no problem! Smallest weekly payments avail. It’s yours now! Call (800) 803-8819 (AAN CAN).

Furniture For sale: King size bed & matching 6 drawer dresser. Color: black/brown. Brand: By Design. Cost: $500. Call (706) 202-2692. Must be able to pick up. Tables, chairs, sofas, antiques, clothes, records & players, retro goods, & more! Cool, affordable fur niture ever y day. Go to Agora! Your favorite everything store! 260 W. Clayton St., (706) 316-0130.



Miscellaneous Come to Betty for vintage quilted Chanel bags, just in for Spring & Summer! On the corner of Pulaski & Clayton, next to Agora. Open 1–4 daily. (706) 424-0566. Flagpole Classifieds! $9/ wk. for your merchandise, $13/ wk. for your house, $15/wk. for your business! Go to www. or call (706) 5490301. Deadlines every Monday at 11am.

Yard Sales Benefits Georgia Options. A nonprofit dedicated to supporting adults w/ disabilities. Tons of items. Household items, childrens things, furniture, rugs, sm. appls, clothes, art, antiques. Some of everything! Sat. 9am– 2pm. 1560 Jimmy Daniel Rd. (706) 614-7369.

Music Equipment Alvarez Stage Acoustic Rosewood fretboard. Mahogany back w/ case. $500. (706) 3519391. Ask about our Run–till– Sold rate. Lowest classified ad rate in town! Call (706) 5490301 or submit your ad through Restrictions may apply. New Fender Highway 1 Jazz Bass (Sunburst) w/ Peavey Max. 115 Bass amp + accessories. $950. (706) 850-0992.

Instruction Athens School of Music. Instruction in Guitar, Bass, Drums, Piano, Voice, Brass, Woodwinds, Strings, Banjo, Mandolin, Fiddle, & more. From beginner to expert. Instrument repairs avail. (706) 543-5800. Guitar lessons taught by college guitar instructor. All styles. 18 yrs. exp. Students have won several guitar competitions. 1st lesson free. Composition/ theory & bass lessons too. David Mitchell, (706) 546-7082 or www.

Musicians Wanted Wanted: dedicated bassist for original touring rock band. Dates already booked in Atlanta, Louisville, St. Louis, Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Boston, NYC, etc. Call Carey (803) 292-8387.

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everyday people Todd Lister, Carpenter/Farmer Todd Lister loves to talk. In the midst of an hour-and-40minute conversation, he told me that his wife once suggested that he wear a cork around his neck so that any exasperated listener could stuff it into his mouth when they’d had enough. But luckily, Todd has a lot of interesting things to say— which can be expected, considering the circumstances: he is an organic vegetable farmer living in Vesta, a former town between Lexington and Elberton that now is just “a flagpole on a granite monument.” His front yard includes the long-abandoned post office, while his backyard boasts an assortment of tombstones not far from the back door. Beyond the graveyard is a two-story wood shop that he built himself. His wife, Dale Wechsler, is an accomplished fiddler who plays in four different local bands, including String Theory and the Garnet River Gals. He met her during a “pit stop” in Columbia, MO, where he was selling his stash of antiques out of a 30-foot truck bed and she was attending grad school. Ben Mostyn

…I was interested in it, but it was a side thing—I worked full-time in wood. I do historic restoration work, historic preservation work, antique furniture restoration—anything old. Old building dissection… my wife and I used to have an antique store and I’ve been into antiques my whole life. …My friend who I did the work for was spending all of his time… playing with plants. And he was telling me about how much money he was making at it—wasn’t bragging about it, just matter-of-factly how much money he had done in summer of ’07. And I thought, “I’ve got some dirt. I should be able to make that work…” The story went around town that Eric [Wagoner]’s Locally Grown website had such demand that if you put something on there, it was sold—all of it, every time… it was really the motivating factor that made me think, “How much can I lose?” The seed pack is two bucks, you know? …Now, the labor factor—it’s monumental. I mean if I figured my hourly rate, it [would be] about a nickel. But I don’t look at it that way. My whole world of being a woodworker has been about “time is money”— incrementally, every moment has a value that I must not squander. And this is just the exact opposite. There’s no end to the things to do. FP: What are your biggest challenges as a farmer? TL: Record-keeping is really big… Look at your beds at the end of the season. How many dollars did that bed make? In the big picture, if that bed didn’t make X number of dollars, I can’t grow that product anymore. It’s not worth my time… like, I grew horseradish last year. It’s just worthless… people at the farmers’ market [buying] big honker pieces of horseradish root? They’re not going to want but a little bit. …And pests… if some bug is eating a plant in my field, I’m ready to lose my mind… FP: Do you ever talk to the plants? TL: Oh, my God! Every plant in that field knows when I’m there. They do… I just have this sense, I have a connection with every one of those plants: I took the seed, I put it in the seed tray. I took care of it gently, with water and sun until it popped up. I watched it ’til it was the right size. I picked a bed; I amended the bed; I built the bed; I put the compost in there; I made it all righteous… I gotta tell you, it’s amazing. FP: I’m assuming you eat pretty well at home? TL: Oh, man. I’ll give you an example… we have about 35 very mature asparagus crowns… we have asparagus in huge quantities on our dinner plate three times a week. FP: Being a lifetime carpenter, what do you think of the quality of our structures today? TL: …I’m a hardcore treehugger, I despise modern construction. I won’t build you a new house, but I’ll work on a real old one.

After some nudging from Dale—a UGA alum—Todd agreed to move from Boulder, CO, where he owned an antiques store, to Lexington in the fall of 1997. Four years later, they moved to the historic property where they now reside. When he’s not prepping his plants for sale at the Athens Farmers’ Market, Todd enjoys surfing the Internet and playing guitar. I caught him on a grey, misty evening one Thursday after a vegetable drop-off to customers of Athens’ popular “Locally Grown” online produce market. Flagpole: How did you get into farming? Todd Lister: I’m like a 40-year carpenter. Even now, I’m a woodworker. I took farming on as a side thing in the last couple years, ’cause a number of my friends are big growers locally—organic gardeners. And one of ’em, I built his house, and I built his greenhouses, and I built him a certified kitchen, and I’ve done his carpentry over the years and watched him build his garden. A couple years ago I said, “I should I be able to do this.”

FP: So, do you think there are already plenty of houses out there for people to live in? TL: No, there isn’t. I just don’t want to be the one to help furnish new housing. I don’t want to be the one to be burning up new resources to create modern houses, which by today’s standard, houses are complete garbage. If you have a halfmillion dollar house at Lake Oconee, it’s a great big piece of garbage… [construction] is not what it used to be. FP: What were you doing before you came to Athens, before you started farming? TL: I grew up in Wisconsin, moved to Boulder, CO when I was 25… I was young—it was ’75—I didn’t really have a trade. And I latched onto a great Sicilian carpenter from St. Louis that turned out to be a lifetime mentor and friend… gave me all the solid basics of good journeyman carpentry in my first couple years… stayed with that about 20 years; really enjoyed it.

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