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Human Rights Local Bands, Bill Ayers and More on College Square p.10

APRIL 29, 2009 · VOL. 23 · NO. 17 · FREE

Against Me! Too Punk to Stay Punk Forever p.18

Hot Corner Fest p.9 · Craftstrava… p.15 · Sybris p.17 · JEFF the Brotherhood p.22 · Chuck Leavell p.26

IS LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS to help out during the festival in the following areas: Outdoor Stage, Hospitality, Merchandising, KidsFest and Artist Market. Please visit our website at and click on Volunteering or contact Sandii Brimble for more information or to sign up at or 706-291-2801. Volunteer information and sign up will also be available at the AthFest CD launch party on Friday May 15th at Tasty World featuring The Quick Hooks, Holy Liars and Brave New Citizen.










pub notes Curtain Actors are not special people: they come in all shapes and sizes; some are handsome, some not; they’re just ordinary, regular people who love the theater like other people love crosswords or fishing or music, which is not to say that actors can’t love those other things, too. Actors are like football players. They have to do an incredible amount of hard work that consumes long hours out of the public eye. They have to perform individually and as integral parts of a team of players depending on each other for split-second timing and the ability to get the job done under pressure. Like football players, actors labor in a profession defined in public by celebrities and superstars with high salaries and acclaim that have little to do with the good blocking the spectators never notice unless it’s not there. Sure, all actors think maybe someday Broadway, the movies, but it takes more than those dreams to work all day, grab some supper and show up at the theater to rehearse a scene and come back on weekends to screw partitions together to help build the set. What it takes is comrades equally ready to run lines or power tools to make the play take shape, especially that phalanx of experts never seen on stage: the “techies” who run the lights and the sound and do the heavy lifting building the set. Odd, that the theater shares with football the “play,” the precisely drilled Ben and Marie and Tom execution of a scripted maneuver designed to were supernovas within move the ball or the audience. Understandable the tight-knit world of that those who go Athens theater. through these endless drills together come to rely on one another and take each other’s measure. If you don’t show up for practice, you let the whole team down. If you don’t know the play, the whole team suffers. If you put in the hours, no matter how much you may be hurting, you become a team player: you earn the respect of your teammates, whether or not the audience has the eye to see what you are doing in front of them. The audience sees stars; the players see proficiency; the audience applauds; the players respect—and love. Ben and Marie and Tom—savagely killed on Saturday—are loved by those who worked long hours with them in the Town & Gown Players. They were actors—“doers”—who brought their wit and work to the newest show, always enmeshed in a network of collaborators who couldn’t help becoming friends. Ben was the éminence grise, the techie-in-chief who knew how to transform an empty stage into a cozy study or a 17th-century drawing room, who could direct the play, act in it, counsel those in difficulty and haul off the unsalvageable pieces after the set was struck. Marie breathed life into the characters she portrayed, the actors she directed and the friends who were energized by her vitality. Tom’s quiet brilliance brightened all around him: his ingenious sets, the widening range of characters he challenged himself with, and the entire process of theater he delighted in sharing with his fellow actors and techies. Ben and Marie and Tom were supernovas within the tightknit world of Athens theater. They made friends who know their true worth, because another oddity about acting is that you can’t be somebody else unless you know who you are. You can’t create the character if you’re not real. Actors have to be honest with themselves and with their compatriots. When you work with actors, you get down to the core of who they are and who you are. Those who worked with Ben and Marie and Tom knew them and loved them without illusion. And now, those who would have rallied the troupe are gone, and those who love them left to grieve their friends along with their theater. They cannot be gone. Like phantom limbs they linger just offstage, surely to return on cue. And yet, they’re lost, and their troupe must somehow stumble forward, remembering their invigorating presence, thinking, “Ben wouldn’t have let me get away with this,” or “Tom could have figured this out,” or “Marie would have loved this.” Meanwhile, Ben’s beloved wife Fran, a director herself, firstfriend to the actors and a Shakespearean scholar, found at the end of Lear the Bard’s benediction on grief: “The weight of this sad time we must obey/ Speak what we feel, not what we ought to say.” That’s the essence of theater and of Ben and Marie and Tom. Pete McCommons

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

Corridor studies, local stimulus lobbying (good things, both), bio-lab reverberations (!) and more.

Athens Rising . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 What’s Up in New Development

A new plan in East Athens could serve as a positive model for the future of local affordable housing.

Arts & Events Human Rights Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Ready to Take Over Downtown Again

This year’s event features Athens’ first Festival of Immigrant Rights, plus music and speakers aplenty.

Handy Work . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 It’s Craftstravaganzaa Time

The newest edition of the local indie arts and crafts fest is a two-day affair.

COVER DESIGN by Kelly Ruberto featuring a painting by Jeremy Hughes on display at the ACC Public Library


Music Against Me! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Don’t Care About Being Punk

The Florida quartet ditches the punk label and explores rock and roll’s roots.

Brad Downs and the Poor Bastard Souls . . . 19 Winter Breathing

Brad Downs leads an all-star cast on his debut album.



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city dope Athens News and Views Can’t Let It Go: Thus far in the news-and-spin cycle on the “No NBAF in Kansas” effort, our own Rep. Paul Broun, Jr. appears, well, uncharacteristically circumspect. Sure, Broun is piggybacking to some extent on the strident calls from Texas to revisit the site selection process—the argument being that Tornado Alley is a bad place to keep the germs associated with a BSL-4 bio-defense lab—but his statements on the matter as of press time stop short of the surprisingly out-there fearmongering coming from the Texas folks who’ve filed suit in federal court to try to yank the lab away from Kansas. Speaking of which, does anyone else find it ironic that the consortium charged with trying to bring the lab to Texas is now employing precisely the same kind of germ-release scare tactics for which Athens’ anti-lab folks were so berated? The NBAF story goes on and on, and it is a weird one.

Aqua-News: By the time you’re reading this Flagpole, local officials may have loosened outdoor watering restrictions; as of press time, they had permission from state officials to do so. Current information should always be online at, so check there if you get confused. And check back throughout the season for any changes to the rules: something tells City Dope that our wonderful wet spring weather has evaporated, and he wonders what the summer brings. Meanwhile, a water rate hike that’s steeper than originally planned appears inevitable, and City Dope is not envious of the commissioners who must vote on it. But more important, he wonders if there’s another model out there, one which would eliminate the problem that always crops up whereby water conservation reduces revenues for the water department, which then must raise rates. The truth is that more efficient water use probably needs to be central in our longterm outlook as a community, and it’s in the local government’s interest to find a way to make it economically sustainable sooner rather than later.

Nathaniel Malcolm

Turn Out, Speak Up: When ACC Commissioners decided last year to order “corridor studies” of Oak/Oconee Street and Prince Avenue, it was immediately clear that (a) both corridors are in great need of such attention, and (b) Talkin’ Real Economics: The leaders of the good projects there could have lasting legaOneAthens “Sixth Co-Convenor,” created to cies for all involved in their creation. With keep the organization in touch with real needs those points in mind, here’s an opportunity in the community, to get involved, as have announced the kickoff public a “Community meeting for both Economic Town Hall studies is planned for Forum” regarding this Thursday, Apr. federal stimulus fund30 from 5:30–7:30 ing coming to Athens, p.m. in the ACC set for Sunday, May Planning Department 3 at 4 p.m. Originally at 120 Dougherty St. set for the UGA Planning staffers will Chapel, the event give a brief presentaappears to have been tion at the beginning moved to the African of the meeting and American Cultural then again at 6:30. Center in room 407 of Public comment “will UGA’s Memorial Hall. be welcomed and is In a letter this month encouraged,” they to the ACC Mayor say. And there’s a and Commission, cocaveat of sorts in the Local artist and professor Didi Dunphy (with parasol), convenor chair Janice press release: the Mathis asked that along with some UGA art students, parked a park up primary focus is on elected officials keep on top of the College Avenue parking deck downtown land use and design on Apr. 23. The sunburns were worth it, they say. Next in mind the “impovoutside of the city erished, unemployed stop: College Square? right-of-way for each and under-educated” street, with a secondary focus on right-of-way improvements. But if in the community and “apply the stimulus good ideas are put on the table, that shouldn’t where it is needed the most—in job creation, human services, economic development for be too limiting a factor. So, go and give your neglected communities and youth in crisis.” good ideas. Not a bad idea. m A Good Idea in Action: Local artist and professor Didi Dunphy picked the first hot day All Serious Offers Will Be Considered: So of the year to spend with UGA art students in says the eBay listing currently online advera makeshift park on top of the College Avenue tising the old Allen’s Hamburgers sign, parking deck (see photo), and here’s hoping removed from the front facade of the original the project was but the beginning of a conver- Normaltown Allen’s before its demolition a sation about public space in downtown Athens few years ago. It’s a piece of Athens hisand the need for small parks in this town in tory, and it’s hanging in a warehouse in general. To answer an obvious question, yes, Watkinsville—there for the taking if you’ve she explored doing the project at ground got a few thousand (or more?) to spend. Circa level in an on-street parking space, but time Antiques and Art bought the 23-foot long sign wouldn’t allow the various bureaucratic hoopat auction in 2005, according to the listing, jumping required by that idea. Still, the “Park which also says: “This purchase was prompted a Park” had its own unique qualities, existing by a comment in the Athens Banner-Herald, by as it did on top of the deck, and it just may the auctioneer… ’Heck, we’ll sell the front of provide momentum for future projects that the building if someone’s crazy enough to buy may help get people talking and thinking in it.’” So there you have it. new ways. At the very least, the art school kids seemed to have fun. Ben Emanuel



city pages Bus Fares to Go Up; County Revenues All Down City bus fares will likely go up—perhaps Commissioner Alice Kinman didn’t argue with 25 cents, to $1.50—but commissioners won’t the need for a fare hike. “But I do think we decide until May 5 whether to also start should be looking at our operating efficiency charging for transfers, or for fares for children as part of our pricing policy,” she said, and under five, who now ride free. Fares were last asked for more information. raised in 2005—also by 25 cents—but longer The down economy means that expected operating hours and higher costs mean that sales-tax revenues to the county are also bus service is taking an ever-larger bite from down; so are real estate taxes, interest revthe county’s “general fund,” Athens Transit enue and municipal court fines, county manDirector Butch McDuffie told commissioners agers say. Those revenues are down nearly recently. Last year, fares covered only 28 per4 percent overall—a $2 million gap. For cent of bus costs, and that figure should be several months, “We have been asking our more like one third, McDuffie said. But bus rid- departments not to fill [job] vacancies,” ACC ership “has continued to increase at a record Manager Alan Reddish told commissioners pace,” he wrote in a background document last week, “unless they were mission-critical.” for commissioners—it’s up by nearly one fifth Some 70 percent of budget costs are personthis year. “Requests for additional services are nel costs, Reddish said. Employees are now received daily,” he wrote. “Overflow buses are being asked to pay a portion of their own routinely required on costs when they travel some routes because of on county business, he Last year, fares covered overcrowding.” added, and non-essential only 28 percent of bus costs, county purchases are At least for next year, McDuffie’s proposed being delayed. “But and that figure should be fare hikes would bring most importantly, I more like one third. farebox revenue up to think, we’ve charged our 37 percent of operating department directors to costs, but at last week’s agenda-setting meetbe very aware of this, and to make it a part ing (where they discuss items they’ll be voting of their daily management responsibilities,” on next month), some commissioners had resReddish said. ervations about charging for transfers, or for And while commissioners stopped short of children to ride. suggesting a color scheme for a new Atlanta “Let’s don’t put that burden on poor folks,” Highway water tank—it won’t be built for District 3 Commissioner George Maxwell probably three years—David Lynn knew what urged. “I see them every day: the homeless, he didn’t want to see. “Can we have some conthose that are struggling, trying to make sideration about what’s written on that tank? it.” Charging for transfers wouldn’t produce Can it just say ’Athens,’ and not ’ACCUG?’” a lot of revenue, compared to the 25-cent Lynn asked county managers. (ACCUG is the general fare increase; neither would charging acronym used in county documents for the for kids between two and five years old, as “Athens-Clarke County Unified Government.”) McDuffie proposed. “Just leave it where it is,” District 6 Commissioner Ed Robinson even Commissioner Doug Lowry suggested. suggested a design competition for the new But commissioners David Lynn and Kathy water tank, which amused some commissionHoard argued for all the recommended fare ers. But there’ll be no “ACCUG” water tank, hikes; and it’s bus riders who’d be hurt the Reddish assured them; “what is intended to be most if services were to be cut back, said there is the ACC logo that says, ’Athens-Clarke Lynn. “I’ve been a transit advocate for many, County.’ That’s all it says.” many years,” he added; but costs not paid by riders are “just borne by other people.” John Huie

Water Rates on the Rise; Gray Water to Be Allowed During last year’s drought, citizens reduced particularly care what water costs them, said their water use much more than expected— Girtz, and such a plan would mean “a more about four times as much as county managmodest increase” for other customers. ers had estimated, ACC Deputy Manager Bob But citizens may be able to avoid some of Snipes told commissioners at their Apr. 23 those water charges by using “gray water”— agenda-setting meeting. That’s one reason a practice that been illegal in the past. By that a water rate increase could be a little June, changes in state and local law could higher than initially planned: less water sold allow people to reuse water saved from certain means less revenue to the county, whose costs indoor uses for some outdoor uses. don’t necessarily go down when people use “You can use the water in the bathtub less water. Recent interest-rate changes— to water the flowers,” Commissioner George plus last year’s drought Maxwell summed it up. restrictions—mean the The proposed increase would (But not the vegetable county must raise water garden; that will still add perhaps $5 a month for require fresh water.) rates to meet bond requirements already Gray water saved from typical households who do committed to. The from washing or bathing some outdoor watering. proposed increase (to (but not from washbe decided by commising “diapers or other sioners May 5) would add perhaps $5 a month soiled garments,” or from kitchen sinks) could for typical households who do some outdoor be used for hand-watering outdoors from a watering. container. Commissioners Kelly Girtz and Ed Robinson “This will allow people to legally use the suggested concentrating the rate increase water that many have been saving and using,” instead among the higher-priced tiers of the said Commissioner Kathy Hoard, who chairs county’s new conservation-rate structure. the county’s water-conservation committee. Since only about a fifth of water sold is Some people have been “quietly” using gray billed at the higher-priced tiers (intended to water already to help conserve water during discourage excessive water use), that would the drought, she acknowledged—but “we’re mean a considerable jump in water prices for not going to name names.” households that do a lot of outdoor watering. But some of those large users don’t John Huie



capitol impact A Changing Political Landscape Out of the many emails that were zinging around Georgia’s political community last week, one in particular caught my eye. Republican consultant Clint Austin sent an email to his friends urging them to “resist the urge to fracture and unite behind a tested leader who can win the battle that is to come to hold the governor’s mansion in Georgia.” Austin noted: “The political challenges that have plagued Republicans around the country are only one election away from plaguing Georgia Republicans. Assuming that ‘any Republican who wins the primary will win the general election’ is assuming too much, even in Georgia.” That’s a recognition I’ve seen in other political experts as well: Georgia has been a strong Republican state for the past few election cycles, but that dominance won’t last forever. You can see it in the numbers. In the fall of 2002, when Republican Sonny Perdue was campaigning against Democrat Roy Barnes in the governor’s race, about 71 percent of Georgia’s registered voters were white and less than 27 percent were black. Hispanic voters barely totaled 14,000 in the whole state. Perdue upset Barnes in that race as conservative white voters in rural counties, angered by Barnes’ attempts to reform public education and change the state flag, surged to the polls to vote for the Republican challenger. Over the next two years, Republicans swept the Democrats out of majority control of the General Assembly as well. Those couple of elections may represent Georgia Republicans’ high-water mark in political dominance, however. The latest voter registration totals show that whites now make up less than 63 percent of the state’s electorate while blacks are right at 30 percent. There are now more than 84,000 voters who self-identify as Hispanic, and if you include those who classify themselves in other ethnic categories, the number of Hispanic voters likely exceeds



100,000. As Georgia’s population gets more diverse, there are fewer whites who tend to vote for Republicans and more blacks, Latinos and Asians who tend to vote for Democrats. Those rural counties that were so important to electing Perdue are becoming less politically powerful as the population shifts to urban areas. Consider the 15 counties that are centered around Fulton County and the city of Atlanta. This is the population center of Georgia and makes up a larger share of the vote in every election. In 2002, those 15 counties combined cast just over 50 percent of the state’s total votes. That share has been growing by about 1 percent in each succeeding election cycle as the metro Atlanta population grows and the population of rural counties shrinks. The population center around metro Atlanta is also becoming more diverse and Democraticleaning. Douglas and Rockdale counties went for Perdue in the 2002 and 2006 races for governor, but voted for Barack Obama by narrow margins in 2008. The populous counties Cobb, Gwinnett and Henry also went Republican in the last two races for governor, but in 2008 Obama carried more than 44 percent of the vote in each of those counties. The state’s political landscape is slowly but inevitably changing because of the demographic shifts that are transforming the electorate. You would still be safe betting on voters to lean Republican, but that is not such a sure thing anymore. Georgia hasn’t switched from red to blue just yet, but it appears to be changing enough to ensure that we have a very competitive race between the two major parties for governor in 2010. It doesn’t look like a slam dunk for the Republicans anymore. Tom Crawford Tom Crawford is the editor of Capitol Impact’s Georgia Report, an Internet news service at

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athens rising What’s Up in New Development An exciting development project getting underway in East Athens could change the way public building projects—for housing or otherwise—are done around here. The Athens Housing Authority (AHA), along with the East Athens Development Corporation (EADC) and others, have created Peter Street Partners, which will develop new affordable housing on a site at the corner of Vine and Peter streets. They’re aiming to make this a green project, aspiring to LEED-ND certification—the “ND” standing for Neighborhood Development. (This is a new LEED certification, created in response to concerns about LEED standards focusing more on buildings than on sites.) Even more interesting is the desire of the development partners for a very transparent design process, with the hopes of keeping the public involved from before the designs are drawn all the way through construction. Lots of Potential: At the first public meeting on the proposal, held Apr. 22, members of the partnership laid out the mission for the project. “Cutting-edge” was one of the phrases AHA Director Rick Parker used to describe the goals for the project, which—if followed— should open the door to some innovative solutions to too-common problems. The partners would like to build 50 to 60 affordable units which, along with the Athens Land Trust’s larger Fourth Street Village, could serve as a positive model for the future of affordable housing. Currently the property is zoned

for about 22 units, according to Parker. The rezone necessary for the project would allow for upwards of 100 units, but they’re not interested in maxing out the property’s allowable density. Several community members were present at the meeting, including many EADC board members. Concerns and ideas for the project centered around making it blend in to the existing fabric of East Athens, with smaller houses that match the neighborhood architecturally. The houses ought not be too obtrusive in color, either; much of the student-targeted infill recently built there is brightly painted. Neighborhood connectivity was another major topic. Many questions centered around how to design streets which are safe and discourage crime. One idea that surfaced was a single-entrance cul-de-sac approach. However, this design has actually hindered police work at Bethel Midtown Village downtown, by allowing criminals to spot when police arrive in the community. On the other hand, too much connectivity creates a different set of issues. The question is how to find a balance between the two approaches. Questions of Balance: The “green” factor is an interesting one as it applies to affordable housing, and another one where balancing multiple factors will be key. Energy efficiency is a way to cut residents’ utility bills. Lower water use, efficient heating and cooling, and reduced electricity consumption in general will

Local affordable housing development could stand some more innovation. Will a new plan in East Athens help provide a fresh model? add up to real savings for families below the poverty line. The LEED certification process isn’t a perfect one, though, and oftentimes getting the necessary number of credits for certification becomes the developer’s focus, rather than a more holistic approach to sustainable design. When the project has limited funds and people are asking for basic services, let’s hope that those needs are met, rather than focusing on green gadgets which score LEED points.

where the new Boys & Girls Club is convenient to new housing. Another question is how well served the area is by businesses. The concept of a “food desert” refers to a situation where people live without convenient access to healthy groceries, and instead must rely on convenience stores and fast food. Community gardens were brought up as an idea, but could a locally owned co-op help meet residents’ needs while also serving as a community center?

More Ideas: There are some interesting opportunities that didn’t come up in the meeting, but which are certainly worth considering as the project moves forward. For example, AHA property is contiguous with the area proposed for the Trail Creek Greenway. A link could be created, providing safe access for pedestrians in the neighborhood to the new East Athens Park. Such connections would mirror to some degree the setup seen at Fourth Street Village,

One to Watch: In early May, there will be a charrette for the site, a fast-paced public design exercise intended to get many ideas together in a quick way. I’ll be sure to let you know what comes out of that, and hope to see you there. The details on scheduling the charrette haven’t been worked out quite yet, though, so stay tuned. Kevan Williams

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Head Scratching: I feel like I’m still trying to figure out Harry’s Pig Shop (2425 Jefferson Rd., in the Homewood Village Shopping Center next to Rite-Aid), the brand-new dine-in venture from Ashley Epting and some other young members of Lee Epting’s catering team. There are times when it seems almost too business-like for its own good, clearly a franchise in the making, with a suspiciously sparkly sheen not usually associated with BBQ. And then there are times when the waitress forgets your knife and takes the number from your table too early, leaving the rest of the staff confused about what goes where, or when you notice that a lot of the Ikea picture frames on the walls still haven’t been filled with images. What this really means is that it’s a new restaurant, still finding its feet, and you will be asked for feedback, sometimes by two or three people. Okay, here’s feedback… The menu is cute and well-rounded, and while it’s not a traditional cue joint at all (the fried wontons filled with pork and scallions are a strange item to see, but they’re also really tasty), it’s creative and it has some options for non-pork eaters and even, sort of, for vegetarians. The look of the place is great, nicely mixing clean design with creative touches, and the flowers on the tables are some of the best in town. The commitment to a small footprint is appreciated, with all plates, cups, straws and utensils either reusable or made from corn. The food has some hits and some misses. The central stuff, the pork BBQ is, thankfully, pretty good. …the bacon is thick, Now, admittedly, I’m feelcrispy and awesome. ing especially picky, having recently consumed some from Hometown BBQ in Lawrenceville, which I haven’t found a commercial establishment to match, but Harry’s can hold its own with its Athens competition. It’s flavorful, not wet and wellpulled. The sauces, although there are many of them, don’t really pass muster, although the vinegar one will do if you must have sauce. The sweet onion sauce is practically jam. The plate of three sliders is an especially good way to enjoy it, as the slightly sweet soft rolls match well with the meat. The iceberg wedge salad with blue cheese and bacon, however, might be the best thing in the restaurant, not least due to the bacon, which is thick, crispy and awesome. Whether you want to pay $8-plus for a salad is your choice. There’s no question that Harry’s can occasionally feel on the pricey side. The “one-a-day,” a beef frank wrapped in bacon and fried (not deep), isn’t quite as overwhelming as it promises, and one slice of bacon doesn’t really feel like enough. If you’re assuring me, a small woman, that I’m only going to be able to eat one, you need to step it up. The sides are more of a mixed bag, tending to sugar rather than salt, as in the two different coleslaws—house and Memphis—the latter of which is marginally spicier and also yellow, but both of which seem to be missing something. When you feel that indefinable lack, it’s usually salt or acid, and the slaws could use both. The macaroni and cheese has an appealing description but quickly vanishes from the mind. The squash casserole is too bready, the beans and the chow-chow too sweet, but the hash is good. A selection of irresistible Southern sodas in bottles sits by the register, making even the committed water drinker want a Cheerwine or a Peach Nehi, and the newly added patio in front is a marvelous place to sit and drink beer. Harry’s isn’t the second coming of BBQ, but its ambitions, though not always achieved, are noteworthy, as it’s good to see a place that doesn’t shoot for the lowest common denominator. The restaurant takes credit cards and does take-out (you order at the counter) and catering. What Up? The Burger and Cheesesteak Factory, in the Bottleworks on Prince, is open. Shishkabobby’s, in Watkinsville, has closed and the space will become a Barberitos. Your Pie is opening a second location, in the former Subway in Five Points, on Lumpkin. Foxz, in Homewood Hills, has become The Office Lounge, run by Brigitte DeSimone and Sharon Spayd, both longtime employees of the former establishment. Is La Puerta del Sol, on Cedar Shoals, actually starting construction? It looks likely. Big City Bread Cafe is now open until 9:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, with some new menu items for dinner. Allen’s, on Hawthorne, is now serving breakfast both Saturdays and Sundays. Hillary Brown



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Celebrating Past and Present with Music and More ach year for nearly a decade now, the businesspeople and citizens of the Hot Corner Association have put together a springtime festival to celebrate the history of Athens’ Hot Corner—the early-20th-century epicenter of AfricanAmerican commerce and culture in downtown Athens. The festival’s musical lineup has always favored gospel and R&B, though local hip-hop has become more common there over the years, and last year’s event even included indie rock. That progression towards variety continues this year, both on Saturday’s outdoor stage and at Friday night’s “Sound Byte” concert inside the historic Morton Theater, itself the most visible reminder of the Hot Corner’s original heyday. The Friday concert


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features “poetry, spoken word and soulmoving music meant to satiate the most particular of tastes,” according to the festival’s organizers, with acoustic neo-soul songstress Kyshona Armstrong and singer-songwriter Kate Morrissey alongside The Splitz Band’s Motown sound and a range of local R&B acts. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door; call 706-613-3770 for more information. Saturday’s outdoor festival, which takes place at the corner of Washington and Hull streets downtown, is free and open to the public, and as always will have plenty of food available for purchase. It is followed by a fashion show at the Morton; tickets for the fashion show are also $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

Friday, May 1 · Concert Schedule 8:00 p.m. Celest, BlacStone, Rolando Harris, Kyshona Armstrong 8:30 p.m. Tanesha Douglas, The Reverence Revue, Nekabari Goka & Jvon Alexander, The Splitz Band 9:45 p.m. Kate Morrissey, Sara K. Hall, Mosaic, Lyric Jones

Saturday, May 2 · Street Festival Schedule 2:00 p.m. Pledge of Allegiance, devotion and prayer 1 12:05 p.m. Greetings from Mayor Heidi Davison and ACC Commissioner George Maxwell 12:10 p.m. Greetings from Homer Wilson, Hot Corner Association 12:15 p.m. History of the Hot Corner 12:30 p.m. Victory Church band, Silent Hands, Victory Church gospel rap group, Prodigal Sons dance group, Elizabeth Easley, Victory Church dance group 2:00 p.m. Poet Renita Eldom with Antonio on saxophone 2:15 p.m. Venus Gerrell, The HEAP, Kate Morrissey 3:45 p.m. African dance group 3:55 p.m. BlacStone 4:15 p.m. Poet Tanesha Douglass 4:30 p.m. “Old School Hip-Hop vs. New School Hip-Hop” 7:00 p.m. Low End Honey 7:15 p.m. The Splitz Band 7:45 p.m. Closing and Special Presentation



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the weekend of May 2 & 3, College Square will be filled with a combination of musical sound and political rhetoric that can signal only one thing: the Athens Human Rights Festival. The festival, which has a long history in Athens (the festival’s website features a staggering 6,200 word year-by-year account) will be marking its 31st iteration this year. As in years past, the main attractions of the festival will be found on the handcrafted, quartercentury-old stage at the intersection of Broad Street and College Avenue. On that well-worn stage will stand a variety of speakers, the headliner being author, teacher and former Weather Underground member Bill Ayers (see interview on facing page), who became a political lightning rod during the high-stakes final stretch of last year’s presidential campaign. The preceding day’s featured speakers will be Constance Curry and Bob Zellner, both authors and activists regarded as “Civil Rights pioneers” by festival spokesman and Banner-Herald columnist Ed Tant. Zellner, the son and grandson of Klansmen, participated in political organizing with African Americans during the Civil Rights era, an especially dangerous undertaking in the South. The youth program, with music by children of all ages and backgrounds, will kick off the festival on Saturday. (An entire kids’ area, with children’s arts and crafts, sand play, face painting, drumming, llamas, magic and more will be available 10 a.m.–7 p.m. on Saturday and 2–7 p.m. on Sunday.) Later in the evening on Saturday will be Athens’ first

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7:15 p.m. Millard Farmer Prof. Eugene Wilkes 7:45 p.m. Dictatortots 8:15 p.m. UGA Living Wage Campaign Economic Justice Coalition 8:30 p.m. Michael Guthrie Band 9:00 p.m. GLOBES/ Lambda Alliance 9:15 p.m. Diva Experience 9:45 p.m. GA NORML at UGA 10:00 p.m. Pride Parade

General Program: 1:00 p.m. Dancing Flowers for Peace 1:30 p.m. Festival Welcome 1:45 p.m. Paul Lombard 2:15 p.m. Teal Vox 2:45 p.m. Brooke Campbell, Peace Activist Women in Black 3:00 p.m. Kinky Waikiki 3:30 p.m. Art Rosenbaum 4:00 p.m. Constance Curry 4:15 p.m. Bob Zellner 4:30 p.m. Tommy Jordan & String Theory Latino Issues Program: 5:00 p.m. Solidarity Vigil 5:20 p.m. Casa de Amistad 5:30 p.m. UGA CLASE 5:40 p.m. La Carilla Zurda 6:00 p.m. Georgia Latino Forum 6:10 p.m. La Suegra 6:30 p.m. Richard Pellegrino 6:40 p.m. Incatepec


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10:00 a.m. Sara Blanchard and Jasmine Krasle 10:15 a.m. Montessori Singers 10:45 a.m. Warren McPherson Jasmine Krasle 11:00 a.m. Clarke Central High School Peace Jam 11:30 a.m. Girls with Guitars 12:00 p.m. Children’s Program


Festival of Immigrant Rights, featuring, among others, two politically charged Latino punk bands from Atlanta and a speech by Richard Pellegrino, an Italian-American immigrant rights activist whom Atlanta Latino magazine recently named “Person of the Year.” Away from the stage, visitors can expect to encounter progressive political organizations of all stripes tabling along College Square, calling attention to a variety of issues ranging from animal rights to marijuana legalization to economic justice. Festival co-organizer and spokesman John Miley, who has helped organize the event for almost the entirety of its 31 years, says that any organization—well, perhaps not the Klan—is allowed to set up and disseminate information, provided they bring a table and don’t try to sell anything. Miley thinks that the festival atmosphere can be an ideal venue for preaching progressive ideas to those not already in the choir. “If you have a political rally, people will show up who are [already] committed. If you have a festival centered on politics, you’re gonna pull people in that might be exposed to something that they normally wouldn’t,” he says. Miley also points out a big difference, in the mind of its organizers, between the festival and other downtown events: no corporate sponsorship. As always, the festival will happen rain or shine. Although checking the weather is still strongly advised, it is also pertinent to know that the festival has been relocated due to rain only once in its 30 years.

S u nd ay, M ay 3 2:00 p.m. Pocketful of Claptonite 2:30 p.m. Disaster Response Animal Rescue Brandon Shinholser 2:45 p.m. Sailor Dawn 3:15 p.m. Planned Parenthood Invisible Children UGA 3:30 p.m. Deep Blue Sun 4:00 p.m. Common Ground Million Mom March 4:15 p.m. Kaitlin Jones & the County Fair 4:45 p.m. Athens Area Habitat for Humanity Coffee Kids Charity Network 5:00 p.m. The Plague 5:30 p.m. Betty Sargent Tribute Moore’s Ford Memorial Committee 5:45 p.m. Critical Darlings 6:15 p.m. Trevor Almon Athens Justice Project 6:30 p.m. Kite to the Moon 7:00 p.m. Bill Ayers 7:30 p.m. Grogus 8:00 p.m. Ed Tant 8:15 p.m. DubConscious

A Man of the Movement

Flagpole Pals Around with Bill Ayers


ill Ayers, former 1960s radical and now a professor of education, became a household name during the 2008 presidential campaign, when Sarah Palin clumsily referred to him as a “terrorist” friend of Barack Obama’s. Ayers, who will be in town to speak at the Athens Human Rights Festival, took a break from his work to converse with Flagpole by phone from Chicago about America’s wars, progressive politics, the state of marriage and more. A fuller version of this interview—including his thoughts on public education, white supremacy and more about marriage—appears at

Flagpole: Seeing as you’re coming here to speak at the Human Rights Festival, do you see any big human rights issues now that are as pressing as the ones that you and many others were involved with over 40 years ago? Bill Ayers: I do. First of all, I think the human rights framework continues to be vital and enlivening in a thousand different ways. I think if you go back and read the [United Nations] Universal Declaration on Human Rights, it still—I actually carry it around in my back pocket, I have for years, I’m just reaching for it—literally you open it up and there are things like Article 1: “All human beings are born free and equal with dignity and rights.” That still has very important implications. Or, here’s one: “Everyone has the right to a nationality. No one should be arbitrarily deprived of nationality.” Here’s another one: “Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution.” That’s part of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. That’s not some, you know, crazy radical idea that a bunch of gay people have imposed on us; it’s right there from 1948. So, one of the overarching human rights issues of right now for us here in the United States is the full recognition and full civil rights of GLBTQ people… FP: As you know, Students for a Democratic Society re-formed in 2006. Have you been able

to talk to the students involved with this, and perhaps gauge if they’re headed in the right direction? BA: Yes, I know the SDS kids in the Chicago area… I know a lot of the SDS chapters and I’ve spoken at their campuses. I’m a huge supporter of multi-issue radical political organizing. In other words, organizing that connects the war with [global] warming, for example, or that connects civil rights with GLBTQ issues, or that connects GLBTQ issues with the right to universal health care—and on and on. So, I like multi-issue organizing; SDS does a lot of that. But the other thing that I feel very strongly about is that none of us should be so dogmatic or so certain that we know “this is good organizing and this isn’t”; we should have an attitude of experimentalism, and we should have an attitude of generosity. So, I look at the formation of SDS as a hopeful sign. …The one thing I would say is that the movement we need today is a movement of organizers, not just a movement of people who feel that they take the right position. People who go out and talk to strangers, knock on doors, find ways to get into the public square in unique and new ways, not in old, tired ways… engage the public in a conversation about the direction of the country. This is the moment of real opportunity, because the rising expectations people are experiencing everywhere are coming into deep collision with the realities of the environmental crisis, the economic crisis and more, so I think that this is a moment when organizing is what we must do.

BA: No, I’ve never gotten over it. I think that… [laughs] you know, I mean it was a silly, outrageous, theater-of-the-absurd kind of political theater kind of slogan. It had no literal meaning. But the metaphoric meaning is right. And that is, the idea that—well, first of all, smash marriage—but even the idea of this institutionalized deadening kind of relationship where you become a habit rather than a choice.

FP: But you’ve been with the same woman for what, 30 years now? BA: Forty.

Rather than saying we’re together for 40 years and every morning I get up and say “Gee, I wonder if we should be together today? Yes, I think we should”—that’s a choice. The other way of doing it is a habit: “Ah, shit, gotta be here, because… what the hell.” You know? So, the metaphor is a good one and the metaphor is a challenge to the idea that human relationships naturally fall into these boundaries of exclusivity.

FP: Forty! So, would that be proof that you’ve… gotten over that slogan?

FP: Why, in the documentary The Weather Underground, were you carrying a baseball bat

FP: I recall that the Weathermen had a slogan of “Smash Monogamy…” BA: It’s a great slogan.

on the streets of Chicago when you were retelling the story of the Days of Rage? BA: Because the filmmaker handed it to me. He brought it and handed to me… I wasn’t thinking about it much. He said, “Would you mind walking around with this baseball bat?” and I said, “Nah, I don’t mind.” So, I think he thought it was cute, and what do I care? FP: Well, here’s this event that was out of control—you know, rioting—and here you are as an adult, talking about learning from your mistakes… and yet you’ve got a baseball bat in your hand walking down the same street you smashed up 40 years ago. I just found that funny. BA: Yeah, it was ironic and I think that’s how the [filmmakers] meant it. But you know, the truth is that that was a militant demonstration at a certain moment in time. Nobody should be controlled [by] or living in the nostalgia of the ’60s—for good or bad. We’re in a new era; the ’60s is mostly myth and symbol, it didn’t happen the way the kind of perceived wisdom tells us it happened. It was more complicated, more layered, more contradictory than any single narrative can tell you. So, I think that it’s kind of one of the great problems for young activists: living in the shadow of this mythological ’60s. When mythologically, we had the best music, the best demonstrations, the best sex… it’s not true. It’s so flatly not true that it still astonishes me that people take that narrative seriously. Or the other side of the narrative is: “Oh, they were out of control; they were domestic terrorists; they were crazy; they were horrible.” That’s also not true. So, I think that people have to get over the ’60s and move on to some sense that we have to reinvent—right here, right now—a movement for social change and social justice and peace that doesn’t rely on the mythology of the ’60s… we have to make the movement right now.

Jeff Gore



movie dope Some releases may not be showing locally this week. 17 AGAIN (PG-13) Mike O’Donnell (Matthew Perry) is an unhappy 37-year-old on the verge of divorce. So, when a mystical janitor (Brian Doyle-Murray) offers Mike a chance to return to his hotshot days as a teenage basketball star who looked like Zac Efron, he says yes. Now that Mike looks like the High School Musical star, his wife, Scarlett (Leslie Mann), shows her cougar-ish side and his daughter, Maggie (Michelle Trachtenberg), goes all Lorraine McFly. The unimaginative casting and several giant, unnavigable plotholes hide a charming performance from the young lead. Efron may still be too lightweight for heavier fare, but he proves he’s more than Disney’s song-and-dance man. Alas, 17 Again has nothing new to offer the body-switching canon but Efron. Make your ticket-buying decisions accordingly. BATTLE FOR TERRA (PG) With the Earth destroyed, humanity is searching for a suitable replacement. The peaceful, albeit inhabited, planet of Terra would be perfect. Now space explorer Jim Stanton (v. Luke Wilson) must choose between his people and his new friends, two rebellious teens, Mala and Senn (v. Evan Rachel Wood and Justin Long). THE BIG LEBOWSKI (R) 1998. The Dude (Jeff Bridges) abides, while seeking recompense for a pissed-on rug from a millionaire with whom he shares a name in a Coen Brothers’ comedy that keeps getting funnier every single time I see it. The Big Lebowski was somewhat of a critical and commercial disappointment when it followed on the heels of the Coen Brothers’s Oscar-winning breathrough, Fargo; what a difference 10 years make. With John Goodman, John Turturro, Steve Buscemi, Julianne Moore, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Sam Elliot as “The Stranger.”

CRANK: HIGH VOLTAGE (R) Crank was the first hit of a new, highly addictive designer drug. Crank: High Voltage ups the dosage, ensuring that the audience will either become an addict, jonesing for that third hit, or a corpse, OD-ing on the most mainlined bit of video-game-influenced, cinematic pornography this side of the letters XXX. Writing-directing duo Neveldine/ Taylor would surely take that last statement as the compliment it was meant to be. 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 Timextough ticker, which they replace with a battery-powered artificial heart, meant to keep him alive until they can harvest the rest of his organs. Chev isn’t too keen on the idea, so he escapes, hellbent on finding his “strawberry tart.” Unfortunately, Chev demolishes the external battery keeping his borrowed heart pumping. He now has one hour until the internal battery runs out. As luck would have it, this backup can be temporarily recharged with friction and jolts of electricity. With assistance from a crazed Chinese hooker (Bai Ling), his dead pal Kaylo’s brother Venus (Efren Ramirez), Doc Miles (Dwight Yoakam) and girlfriend Eve (Amy Smart), Chev rampages through the city, killing, molesting and destroying anything between him and his pumper. 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. Yet C:HV typifies the toddler-ish subgenre of the video game action flick. A non-stop, frenetic assault of amorality and violence, Neveldine/ Taylor’s second film connotes Nintendo titles, Killer 7 and No More Heroes, both the twisted progeny of Suda 51,

as well as the notorious, mega-selling Grand Theft Auto franchise. Neveldine/ Taylor is/are not just videogame junkies. Their film also displays inherited traits from Quentin Tarantino, Leone’s spaghetti westerns and Japanese genius Takashi Miike. Cinematically, C:HV is a direct descendant of Miike’s gore-filled Yakuza flicks, although C:HV’s exploitative one-dimensionality grows tiring at an hour and a half. C:HV is no more meant to please the Merchant-Ivory crowd than Pride and Prejudice is intended to sate Mortal Kombat veterans. However, the film, no matter how depraved and immorally

Please! Scratch my nose. monotonous, is injected with far more creativity than the generic Hollywood action flick (see 12 Rounds). I’m not saying Neveldine/Taylor is/are the next Tarantino, but their newest feature makes me think they might be Hollywood’s domesticated version of Miike. DEATH NOTE: CHANGE THE WORLD (NR) The popular manga franchise returns to the big screen for a special live action presentation that also includes exclusive behindthe-scenes footage and interviews. Presented in Japanese with English


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the transgression never reaches Arctic Tale’s toxic levels.) As with most nature documentaries, boredom steps in occasionally, only to be dismissed by thirty lions taking down an elephant in the African dark. (That sequence was really cool.) Also, monkeys, as we all know, are hilarious. They’re nature’s comedians. Stay through the credits to get a glimpse into the incredible means by which this impossible footage was obtained. I’m already excited about next Earth Day’s release, Oceans. 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 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. FIGHTING (PG-13) See Movie Pick. GHOSTS OF GIRLFRIENDS PAST (PG-13) Love gets all Dickens on Connor Mead’s (Matthew McConaughey) ass when the fashion photog is visited by the ghosts of his exes at his younger brother’s wedding. Of course, all the hauntings are intended to convince Connor that fellow wedding guest, Jenny Perotti (Jennifer Garner), is his true love. McConaughey looks as rascally as ever; “Alias” veteran Garner is tough enough to tame him; and director Mark Waters brought something different to Mean Girls. GOMORRAH (NR) 2008. Matteo Garrone adapts Roberto Saviano’s account of organized crime in modern day Naples. (Saviano has been living under 24-hour protection since the book’s release.) Gomorrah recounts the

lives of five individuals who think they can make it with the area’s mafia, the Comorra. A Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, Gomorrah has already snagged the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes and five European Film Awards. The film was Italy’s official submission to the Academy Awards, but it didn’t make the final cut. GRAN TORINO (R) A retired Ford employee and Korean War vet, Walt Kowalski (Clint Eastwood) still lives in the same Michigan neighborhood in which he and his now deceased wife, Dorothy, raised two ungrateful sons. But the old neighborhood has changed. Immigrants have invaded Walt’s shores. The film paints a poignant portrait of entrenched racial hatred overcome by human kindness and interaction. Walt’s transformation proves you can teach an old dog new tricks. Gran Torino proves Eastwood is already a master of them all. HANNAH MONTANA: THE MOVIE (G) It’s highly doubtful any Hannah Montana fans will leave this supersized, big screen episode of the hit Disney series unsatisfied. As hard as it might be to believe, Hannah Montana: The Movie is a charmer. THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT (PG-13) Supposedly based on a true story, this horror film charts one family’s “encounter with the dark forces of the supernatural.” When the Campbell family moves to their Victorian home in upstate Connecticut, they soon discover the house’s disturbing history. HE’S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU (PG-13) Based on the self-help/ chicklit bestseller by Greg Behrendt (a “Sex and the City” story editor) and Liz Tucillo, He’s Just Not That Into You is too long, cinematographically desolate, and fashioned solely out of genderdefined traits and hang-ups. A bunch of Baltimoreans, representing every white, hetero demographic, navigate the stormy waters of love. HOTEL FOR DOGS (PG) Nickelodeon Movies’ new doggie flick is no Beverly Hills Chihuahua, and that is not a compliment. The gadget-enhanced antics of Hotel for Dogs, based on a novel by Lois Duncan, will please the tykes; adults must fend for themselves as foster kids, Andi and Bruce (Emma Roberts and Jake T. Austin), join forces with the teens at the local pet store to save the city’s strays. The kiddies’ sedated happiness is all that really matters with a movie like this. THE INFORMERS (R) The third filmed adaptation of a work by Bret Easton Ellis, arch lord of ‘80s emptiness, is definitely not as successful as Mary Harron’s excellent, underrated American Psycho nor as entertainingly naughty as Roger Avary’s The Rules of Attraction. (Less Than Zero would probably have benefited from being made in the ‘90s or aughts.) I know I’m supposed to realize how depressing and hollow the lives of Ellis’ blonde, Ray Banned mannequins (including Jon Foster, Amber Heard, Austin Nichols and Lou Taylor Pucci) are, but should hedonism be this boring? Why downplay the novel’s vampires? The film could totally have benefited from actual bloodsuckers, not just the metaphorical variety. The film’s adult actors—Billy Bob Thornton, Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke—all do their thing with maximum professionalism and minimal emotional

engagement. It’s obvious why this cold film failed to warm Sundance’s frozen audiences. MILITARY INTELLIGENCE AND YOU! (NR) 2006. A loving satire of World War II military propaganda films, Military Intelligence and You! stars Patrick Muldoon (Starship Troopers and the older guy who cheated on Kelly at The Attic on “Saved by the Bell”) as Major Nick Read, an Army intelligence analyst searching for the elusive Ghost Squadron. With Elizabeth Bennett, Mackenzie Astin (“The Facts of Life”), Eric Jungmann and appearances from William Holden, Alan Ladd, and President Ronald Reagan. Part of the ACC Library’s iFilms series. MONSTERS VS. ALIENS (PG) Rather than tying the knot with selfinvolved local TV weatherman, Derek Dietl (Paul Rudd), Susan becomes the 49 foot, 11 inch (get it?) Ginormica. Captured by General W.R. Monger (v. Kiefer Sutherland), Susan/Ginormica meets her fellow monsters. Meanwhile, the earth is being threatened by foureyed squidling, Gallaxhar (v. Rainn Wilson). Unsure of what to do, the namby-pamby president (v. Stephen Colbert) takes General Monger up on his offer of unleashing the monsters on the aliens. The ensuing battle over San Francisco is the film’s visual watermark. The wonderfully animated MvA may be remarkable for its major action set pieces but lacks the charm and wit of more memorable family films. NEW IN TOWN (PG-13) Renée Zellweger plays Lucy Hill, an executive from Miami sent to small-town Minnesota to restructure a local manufacturing plant. Though the locals (including Harry Connick, Jr.) are initially frigid, they warm to Lucy and she to them before a change of plans forces her to reorder her priorities. You’ve probably already guessed that Connick’s character plays a key role in Lucy’s transformation. With Frances Conroy (“Six Feet Under”), J.K. Simmons (Juno) and Nathan Fillion, whom I’ll watch in anything. OBSERVE AND REPORT (R) Ronnie Barnhardt (Seth Rogen) isn’t exactly living his dream. A wannabe cop, Ronnie protects the Forest Ridge mall for a living. Paul Blart, this is not. Observe and Report spits, hisses, scratches and claws. The comedy from writer-director Jody Hill (The Foot Fist Way, HBO’s “Eastbound and Down”) tries its damnedest to be unlikable, repugnant even. But it’s not. Instead, Observe and Report is the funniest film I’ve seen since Role Models. (Sorry, I Love You, Man, I’ve moved on.) Every joke goes too far; every gag threatens to make you gag. The violence, though played for laughs, is brutal. Observe and Report leaves no room for a middle ground. You’ll either love it or you’ll hate it, but you’ll never know which if you don’t see it. OBSESSED (PG-13) It’s great to see how far women have come. In Obsessed, a flick that would’ve felt more comfortable in the early ‘90s, Sharon Charles (Beyoncé Knowles) and temporary office temptress Lisa (Ali Larter, “Heroes”) duke it out like true feminists over successful V.P, Derek Charles (Idris Elba), who’s also Sharon’s hubby. At least Fatal Attraction had the decency to implicate the dude. Obsessed’s Derek is blameless; it’s all the succubus’ fault. The most predictable movie of the year—the method of the antagonist’s demise is telegraphed by the opening credits—Obsessed also suffers from the atrocious acting of Beyoncé, who needs a talented director and superior dialogue to approach passable. Superior actors Elba and Larter do pretty well considering the material. Larter sinks her teeth into her umpteenth bad girl like it’s her first time and pulls it off better than previous crazed temp, Lara Flynn Boyle.

As we round the corner into summer, Obsessed pulls to the front of the pack of 2009’s entertainingly awful movies. PAUL BLART: MALL COP (PG) Paul Blart: Mall Cop delivers mild, unobjectionable humor. The beginning of the year usually suffers through flicks much less funny and much more painful than this. Paul Blart: Mall Cop is as likable and funny (more the former than the latter) as its star. THE SOLOIST (PG-13) Two great actors, a hot director, and an Oscar winning screenwriter don’t guarantee a great film. Robert Downey, Jr. brings all his powers—quick wit, fragile cynicism, hidden emotional depth—to L.A. Times reporter Steve Lopez, who befriends homeless, schizophrenic musician, Nathaniel Anthony Ayers, Jr. (Academy Award-winner Jamie Foxx). Atonement director Joe Wright probably overdirects his third feature a tad. Ayers’ supposedly enlightened love for music is nothing more than a Windows Media Player visualization. The film is also paced poorly, with long boring deserts relieved by oases of clumsy slapstick humor. An emotional connection runs throughout the picture. Lopez, wishing to help Nathaniel while always keeping him at arm’s length, makes a perfect stand-in for an audience similarly conflicted about the homeless. Wright hammers his message home with hundreds of homeless extras on L.A.’s Skid Row. The problem, especially its roots in mental illness, is hard to ignore when they’re staring back at you. Nonetheless, admirability only goes so far at the movies; at some point, craft and/or entertainment should take over. The Soloist is a little pitchy where both are concerned. STATE OF PLAY (PG-13) Adult moviegoers better get their butts in theaters over the next few weeks and see State of Play. You allowed Duplicity to fall by the box office wayside far too quickly.

If you ever hope to have something to watch other than tween/teen-geared fare starring the under-20 crowd, you’ve got to prove to Hollywood that some other kinds of movies are profitable. 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. We’re not talking Woodward and Bernstein, Watergate glory; Capitol Hill sex scandals are a dime a dozen, and incriminating the representative from the seventh district of Pennsylvania isn’t the same as evicting the president. With the help of his paper’s political blogger, Della Frye (Rachel McAdams), Cal uncovers a deeper conspiracy, one full of twists and turns too juicy to spoil here. Considering State of Play is a six-hour BBC miniseries boiled down to a two-hour feature, many of these “shocking” developments pile up behind one another like a multicar accident. Had the same cast been corralled for a classy, multipart HBO Americanization, State of Play might have been something really terrific as opposed to the pretty good that it became. Despite its brevity, State of Play succeeds through the fleet direction of Kevin Macdonald; the smart writing of Matthew Michael Carnahan (The Kingdom), Oscar-winner Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton) and Billy Ray (Breach); and the real acting of Crowe, Affleck, McAdams, Helen Mirren, et al. SUNSHINE CLEANING (R) Whether or not you enjoy Sunshine Cleaning will depend on your threshold for precious, Sundance-approved indie films. Maid Rose Lorkowski (Amy Adams) needs some quick cash so she

can send her unique son, Oscar (the expectedly cute Jason Spevack), to private school, where all his authorityrelated issues will magically disappear. Rose teams up with her screw-up sister, Nora (Emily Blunt), to start a biohazard removal and crime scene cleanup service. Everything goes swimmingly for a while. The sweet, one-armed owner of a cleaning supply store, Winston (Clifton Collins, Jr., who transcends his natural Willem Dafoe-ness), teaches Rose the ropes of the biz. But the house of cards comes fluttering down in unsurprising fashion after Nora fulfills her role as familial destroyer. Yet nothing fulfills its role more than Sunshine Cleaning. TAKEN (PG-13) Recently retired “preventer,” Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson), has given up his dangerous, globetrotting profession to be closer to his teenaged daughter, Kim (Maggie Grace, “Lost”). Shortly after turning 17, Kim asks her dad for permission to travel to Paris for the summer. You can easily imagine how this vengeful mission goes, but director Morel makes the trip feel fresh and new. It’s a quick, tough movie that your parents might even enjoy thanks to the toned-down, PG-13 violence. TIMECRIMES (R) See Movie Pick. l X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE (PG-13) Let’s face it; no other X-Man deserved the first solo mission more than Wolverine. Hugh Jackman, portraying the short (officially he’s 5’3”), furry, Canadian mutant for the fourth time, has been everything of which this super-fan ever dreamed. Wolverine delves into James Howlett’s shadowy past, as well as the Weapon X mythology, and debuts big screen versions of comic faves Gambit (Taylor Kitsch, “Friday Night Lights”) and Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds). Drew Wheeler



movie pick Gotta Get Back in Time TIMECRIMES (R) Time travel, were it possible, would be a risky proposition. The smallest action could disrupt your entire timeline. In his first feature, writer-director Nacho Vigalondo tackles the narrative challenge head-on, creating an exciting, surprising sci-fi film about one man’s struggle to correct the temporal felonies he has committed. I have written a plot synopsis so as not to spoil the film’s many surprises. Hector (Karra Elejalde) and his wife Clara (Candela Fernández) are moving into a new country home. While lounging in the backyard, Hector scans the surrounding Nacho Vigalondo forest and is happily surprised to see a woman removing her shirt. When she vanishes, Hector heads into the woods to investigate. While attempting to help the now naked, unconscious woman, Hector is attacked by a mysterious stranger whose face is swaddled in pink bandages. On the run, our middle-aged hero escapes to an isolated building where he is lured into a tub filled with white liquid by a lone

scientist (Vigalondo). When Hector emerges, he has traveled back in time. Now he must wait for his past self, a sort of mirror reflection, to repeat the events that led to his present dilemma. Instead, Hector chooses to course-correct, and every move he makes is another ripple he must quell. Before time travel enters the equation, Timecrimes seems to be poorly fulfilling a simple horror formula. Hector’s escape from his pursuer lacks tension. Once his past becomes his present, and events begin unfolding with the backwards momentum of Memento, the film runs a rapid downhill course to its satisfying conclusion. I’m not sure if Timecrimes would stand up to the sort of investigative nitpicking “Lost” undergoes. Ask too many questions and you risk ruining the ride. Instead, focus your queries using the film’s code of chronological conduct; the trip is worth it. Drew Wheeler

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FIGHTING (PG-13) Fighting has a lot more going for it than you might believe, judging from its Neanderthalic one-word title and trailer. Director-cowriter Dito Montiel’s B+ movie is in the same weight class as David Mamet’s genre effort, Redbelt. Alabama native Shawn MacArthur (Channing Tatum) is struggling in the Big Apple and draws the attention of easygoing hustler Harvey Boarden (Terrence Howard). Harvey guarantees the young pugilist big money for doing what comes naturally, and a relationship/plot arc is born. Shawn also meets a pretty, young mother, Zulay (Zulay Henao), at the exclusive club where the street-fighting community gathers. Their sweet courtship Channing Tatum nicely counters the brutal beatings Shawn keeps taking to survive. Of course, it’s only a matter of time and coincidence until these two worlds collide just in time for the climactic “big fight.” Fighting doesn’t rise above the clichés and stereotypes of its genre. Instead, the movie embraces them, nurturing the underdog nobody with good writing and better performances. The dialogue scripted by Montiel and Robert Munic (creator of A&E’s “The Cleaner”) flows naturally from the cast. Montiel directs

this borough-by-borough trek through New York with the same naïve lack of affect. Fighting would be nothing more than another violent thug with title aspirations without Howard and Tatum. No one should be shocked by Howard’s easy, sleazy charm. Watching his former colleagues enjoy the good life while he sells tickets to Broadway shows on the street, Harvey isn’t embittered. He keeps waiting for the opportunity that may never knock. Tatum exudes charm when the cockiness is all that’s required. He belies his own meathead appearance, delivering a sensitive performance. He easily conjures up a pictureperfect recreation of a polite Southern boy—an athlete with a violent streak a country mile wide—and why shouldn’t he? Shawn is the closest the Alabama native has come to playing himself. The shockingly engaging, authentic Fighting recalls an earlier peek into the New York nightlife. Though Saturday Night Fever is more dismally brutal, the New Yorks of John Travolta’s Tony Manero and Tatum’s Shawn aren’t that different at all. Staying alive, by feet or fist, is still a major accomplishment. Drew Wheeler

Handy Work

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national movement finds public expression here in town this weekend, and the fact that it’s local is the point. The 2009 Athens Indie Craftstravaganzaa is a gathering that brings together regional creators of art and crafts, along with musicians who will entertain shoppers assured of a unique shopping experience. Since 2007, each spring and holiday season, it’s created a community in the Agora parking lot at the corner of Clayton and Pulaski streets downtown. Eighty vendors will present one-of-a kind articles—fashion, jewelry, household goods, fine arts, sculpture, accessories, toys, items both whimsical and useful. The artists, according to founder Serra Ferguson, offer “an emphasis on recycled materials, local and green production methods, and often an edge

“I enjoy collaborating with and meeting other creative people; I made connections, and I wanted to give people a forum.” First working from a booth inside Agora, Ferguson ran a handmade consignment shop, Remnants, from 2002 to 2004, then did craft fairs in several states thereafter. She knew that she was part of a new scene, one she recognized upon seeing Faythe Levine’s documentary and reading the accompanying book, both titled Handmade Nation: The Rise of DIY, Art, Craft, and Design. “They’re people who make something satisfying with their hands, then keep the money they make circulating locally,” Ferguson says, and she wants to foster this type of local economy and participation. She credits downtown bar and property owner Joey Tatum, first during the days of her consignment shop and

to the work that sets it apart from what might be found at the traditional county fair.” The diversity of the vendors ensures that everyone will be engaged. This year, in the Family Craft area, children participate, too: they’ll make Mother’s Day cards using provided materials. And while undoubtedly Athenian, this twoday craft fair has counterparts nationwide. Perhaps the first time you saw people sitting outside the Manhattan Cafe busier with knitting needles than cigarette lighters was a harbinger of a new way. Across the country, waves of people were suddenly good with their hands, and they were networking. Appreciation of traditional handiworks became the basis for a dialog about consuming and producing, as well as about one’s local economy. A DIY mindset emerged, melding an earlier punk ethos with the broad access (who needs a printing press or recording studio?) brought by digital media. From online social networking to Etsy, from crafts collectives to a burgeoning network of craft fairs, the individuals who create value through crafts quickly coalesced into a particular kind of a community—a market. In Athens, they needed a venue. “I’m a career-driven artist, and needed a space,” says Ferguson, who initiated Craftstravaganzaa in 2007. “Someone had to just get the ball rolling, start things up. I didn’t know it would be me.” An artist who focuses on fiber arts and wearables, she says,

next through Craftstravaganzaa, for his support. “I think he helped me because he saw I was helping other people,” she recalls. Others have helped, too, particularly her friend and fellow crafter Rachel Cabaniss, whom Ferguson calls “an invaluable sounding board.” Ferguson touts the quality of this spring’s vendors, and is glad to host a two-day event this year for the first time, thus allowing them double the sales time. To suggest their variety, she mentions Laurel Hill, who does sterling jewelry, Christy Wooke, an illustrator, and Nate Archer Williams, for appliquéd T-shirts. (A full list of vendors is on the Craftstravaganzaa website.) The event will have a soundtrack; on Saturday, it will have two sources. Highwire Lounge (formerly Mercury Lounge) will open early in conjunction with Craftstravaganzaa, so musicians will perform both there and in the parking lot where the fair is held.


Deb Chasteen

WHAT: Athens Indie Craftstravaganzaa WHERE: Corner of Clayton and Pulaski streets WHEN: Saturday, May 2, 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Sunday, May 3, noon–5 p.m. HOW MUCH: FREE!



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Wassup Rockers?: Local rocker and scholar Matt Hudgins (Superfluous Umlaut Records) will host a presentation/show during happy hour at the Caledonia Lounge on Friday, May 1. As a study abroad student to Mexico, this event is a requirement of the Benjamin A. Gilbert Scholarship he received. He’ll be playing some Mexican songs he learned, talking about Mexico and his experience studying abroad, and showing photographs of his adventures. Doors open at 5:50 p.m., and music starts at 7 p.m. sharp. New Songs: Athens band Horse Party, which is tangentially related to Eureka, California, has new songs posted over at www.myspace. com/horsepartytime which really demonstrate how some live shows should be scheduled. Actually, most anything coming from local musician Wyatt Strother and the folks he plays with is among the most creative stuff happening in town.


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Drivin’ Solo: Patterson Hood will release his long-awaited second solo album June 23. Titled Murdering Oscar (and Other Love Songs), the album actually dates back about 15 years to Hood’s first landing in the Classic City. That is, some of this stuff pre-dates Drive-By Truckers by a decent shot. Produced by Hood and David Barbe, the album features Hood joined by his Trucker band-mates as well as Don Chambers, Will Johnson and Scott Danborn of Centro-Matic and South San Gabriel and legendary Muscle Shoals bass player David Hood, who also doubles as Patterson’s father. Tickets went on sale last week for the nine-date tour Hood will undertake with The Screwtopians, his backing band. The final date is Hood’s headlining slot at AthFest on June 27. Please visit www. and for all other needs.

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Wyatt Strother found at www.ugamusicbusiness.wordpress. com. Don’t search for criticism or jaded indieness over there. You won’t find it. You will, however, find lots of information concerning the day-to-day classroom activities of the program, notes about recent speakers, etc. The best audience I can imagine for this is students interested in the program as the blog is written by students and in their voice. Upcoming and So Worth It: Legendary Japanese band Ghost will play Tasty World on Wednesday, May 13 with Connecticut-based noisemakers and Drag City recording artists Majik Markers. Ghost began making its nearly patented brand of experimental, psychedelic composition 25 years ago in Tokyo, Japan. Ostensibly, tickets are available at, but a quick search over there turned up nothing. (They do, however, have tickets for this week’s show by Against Me!,



Accompanying them on this educational outreach trip was local Cedar Shoals High School student, tubist and Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra member Ibanda Ruhumbika who led several classroom sessions at Hawaiian schools. Ruhumbika, 17 years old and currently a senior, told PBS, “Knowing that I could have made even one kid more interested in music was really rewarding for me.” From the Top also hosts performances by outstanding students in the program, and the shows are titled “From the Top at Carnegie Hall.” Broadcast by PBS and NPR, the shows are archived online, and you can see Ruhumbika performing with members of the New York Philharmonic’s brass section. Head to fromthetop/video/season-2/206.php to see the show, and to learn more about From the Top, please see Gordon Lamb


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hard enough for established bands to make a living these days, much less indie artists. Still, Chicago’s Sybris has found a way to fund its greatest passion: touring. Bassist Shawn Podgurski says the band plays colleges as much as it can and relies on city-sponsored festivals and corporate events to supplement its income. It’s a change in pace from the mentality he grew up with as a punk rock kid in the ‘80s. “It’s like bizarro music world,” he says. “Back in the day, if you had put your song in a commercial you were crucified. Your fans would hate you. And now, that’s how people become big! Young punk rock kids may still scream ‘sellout,’ but in order to make money these days, that’s what you have to do.” Although Sybris hasn’t scored that dream iPod commercial yet, it has achieved significant critical acclaim. Fans are drawn into Sybris’ swirling, Sonic Youth-esque guitars and epic soundscapes. It all buzzes around Angela Mullenhour, the charismatic front woman whose delicate warble, as Podgurski says, “has got a little bit of every kind of weird female singer in it.” Podgurski discovered Mullenhour when she was just 19, drinking under age and sneaking into bars to play shows. “She’s got my favorite voice,” he says. When Mullenhour first joined the band six years ago, the immediate chemistry was overwhelming. The band wrote three new songs during that first practice and formed a permanent bond as best friends. “It was like tears in the eyes; wow, this is the greatest thing to ever happen.” There have been more highlights in the band’s career since then, including a special slot opening for Björk at the Virgin Music Festival in Toronto. “She was just the coolest,” Podgurski says of the Icelandic star. “She was just hanging out. She didn’t block the backstage area or anything like that. It was just Björk in sweatpants, chillin’. That’s one of those pinch-me moments.” Of course, these road warriors have had their share of low points, too, especially out West. Podgurski warns of a hostile Arizona border patrol that is notoriously disrespectful toward touring bands. “It’s almost unconstitutional what they make you go through,” he says. “It was worse than going through customs in Canada. They pulled us over in the middle of the desert, made us empty out our equipment; sand got in our equipment; they brought in dogs; they looked at our financial statements and were literally making fun of us because we don’t make any money.” Unfortunately, the band’s last trip to Athens didn’t fare much better; Sybris landed here in the dead of summer and played to an empty house. It’s frustrating to be sure, especially when you risk taking time off work to tour. “You’ve got to make some sacrifice to do this,” admits Podgurski. “But it’s worth it. It is so much fun and we love each other so much that it’s like you’re hanging out with your best friends, making music and meeting new people. No we’re not riding around in Bentleys and drinking Cristal, but I wouldn’t live any other way.” Attendance should be better this time around, as Tuesday night is also Bambara’s last show before heading to Europe for a three-month tour. As locals, I guess Bambara knows sticking around a college town for the summer doesn’t usually pay off. Michelle Gilzenrat

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Against Me!

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his is how the article begins, with a two-year-old sound: a wall of guitars, the thump and thud of drums and the shouted vocals of Against Me! lead singer Tom Gabel. “We can be the bands we want to hear; we can define our own generation,” he sings on “New Wave,” the title track from the band’s 2007 album. In 15 short rapid-fire bursts of syllables, Gabel provides a rallying cry to the audience and a mission statement for his band. It’s a new credo that sets aside the band’s punk-rock past and attempts to make peace with its major-label present. Today, Gabel and Against Me! are still touring behind New Wave; but even though the album is nearly two years old, the energy and ideas of possibility that came with the album are still just as fresh. “I feel like I always set out to write a better song, write a better record or to do something that we haven’t done before. It’s a constant goal of mine, and I always want to feel like I’m pushing myself and the band to grow,” says Gabel. Part of that growth began with the decision to set aside Against Me!’s unplugged sound. Although the band was originally conceived as an acoustic project by a then 16-year-old Gabel, the acoustic instruments eventually became less of a trademark and more of a means for some listeners to pigeonhole the band, something that Gabel hoped to shake with New Wave. “We were kind of getting to be known as that acoustic punk band, and I don’t necessarily just want to be that. With that being said, though, I feel like naturally over the few years we’ve had playing together as a band, we’ve come up with elements that I feel like are our sound… At the same time, I think we can

develop that in a way that will always be fresh for us,” says Gabel. The willingness to evolve beyond their roots may excite Gabel, but within the band’s fan base the idea of progressing beyond their punk-rock roots could be seen as compromising their music, or even worse, that ill-advised

“Punk is just a small part of what we do. It’s where we come from, but I’d rather just be under the umbrella of rock and roll music or just music in general.” If the purists are mad about that statement, then they shouldn’t read much further. To rank strangers, the tattooed and guitar-

removed from the head Heartbreaker. To Gabel, the newfound distance from his anarcho-punk past is a welcome change. “I really don’t care about being a punk band. I really don’t care if people think we’re a punk band. At this point, I’d love to distance myself even further from that title, because I think that title leads people to being really judgmental,” says Gabel. But just because Against Me! is seeking distance from the punk label, it doesn’t mean the live show is holding back anything. Audiences can expect a gut punch of guitars and drums that, coupled with Gabel’s vocals, begs for fistpumping, life-affirming posturing about how this music can save lives and epic, audience-encapsulating sing-alongs. “We want people to sing along. We want our lyrics to be inclusive. We use ‘we’ instead of ‘I,’ but for our shows it’s not us that matters, it’s the audience. It’s a two-way thing, they are there for us just as much as we are there for them.” The logistics of that statement aside, Gabel is ready to confront his band’s future and put its past behind them. He’s waiting to win over his throng of listeners—one mosh pit at a time. “It’s fun,” he says of the live shows. “I feel like we approach music as a contact sport. It’s awesome and such a release.”

and poorly defined notion of “selling out,” which to even the most diehard crusty punk is like garlic in Dracula’s spaghetti sauce. But Gabel looks forward to putting the punk label beside the band’s acoustic-based repertoire. Instead of merely rocking out for the bandlogos-hand-written-on-leather-jackets set, Gabel sees Against Me! moving towards something more universal than paint-by-numbers punk.

slinging Gabel and company may seem like cookie-cutter punk, but upon multiple listens of New Wave, the band’s sound draws less from the Spirit of ’77 and more from the heroes of ’65. This isn’t just rude boy punk rock; the band’s sonic assault is more inspired by rock and roll’s roots. Against Me! isn’t quite aping the Southern-fried, doobie-fueled rock of fellow Florida native Tom Petty, but the band’s three-chord back-to-basics music isn’t that far

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much for an inauspicious debut: instead of a quietly released album of self-penned tunes showcasing his songwriting chops, Brad Downs’ debut is a virtual who’s-who of Athens-based sidemen, scene veterans and rock royalty. Backed by members of Bloodkin, the Hackensaw Boys, Drive-By Truckers and White Buffalo, Downs’ debut album, Winter Breathing, is an eight-song journey through Downs’ Americana and country-rock roots. While the long list of collaborators and guests is a testament to Downs’ songwriting prowess, the music is a result of several long and informal jam sessions between Downs and bass player Paul “Crumpy” Edwards. “This project really started sitting on [Edwards’] couch drinking adult beverages. We sort of began this thing in January [2008] on acoustic bass and acoustic guitar. I’d bring in melodies to him, and he’d add things like space for a drum break. So, I have to give credit to Crumpy for those little things that helped this project shine,” says Downs. According to Downs, the notion of recording an album was all Edwards’ idea. “I played him a song that I wrote, and he said, ‘This is great, we’ve got to record this.’ I knew he had produced albums before, and I said, ‘If you’re serious, let’s do it.’ It took a lot of nights like the first one, with me playing the acoustic guitar and him playing the acoustic bass and nailing down the arrangements.” As the songs began to be recorded and the guests’ appearances began to pile up, Downs started to look at Winter Breathing as less of a proclamation of his own songwriting voice, than an album with a life of its own. So much so that the in-studio collaboration between Downs and his guests began inspiring the singer to create new music for the album. “I wrote two or three songs while we were in the studio—arrangement, lyrics and all for the project. I really see this as one single story, and some of those things really took shape in the studio,” says Downs. But even though the music ended up taking a life of its own, Downs has maintained a healthy attitude about the album, along with a quiet optimism that an album born on a couch over beers and incubated through the contributions of outside artists will find an audience.

“I feel very fortunate. I don’t know that it will ever happen like that again, but it’s nice. To me it’s a sign of validation that what I am doing is worthwhile and good. You know, if these guys are interested in playing on these songs, then surely someone else would be interested in listening to them,” he says. If Downs’ voice and songwriting are the medicine of Winter Breathing, the spoonful of sugar used to deliver Downs’ music can be found in the guitar work of William Tonks, which is prominently featured on the album. Each of the album’s tracks features a healthy dose of Tonks’ brand of dobro playing, electric guitar picking and beautiful lead work. For Downs, working with a virtuoso like Tonks was an exercise in economy. “When it came down to it, the more that I took myself out of the picture when it came down to what I call the ‘William Tonks Strawberry Pie,’ we got a better product.” Another guest on the album is former R.E.M. drummer Bill Berry, who took a break from retirement to add percussion and a rather unorthodox method of guitar playing to the album. “He took out an acoustic guitar and started hitting it with pencils. He plucked the guitar with pencils; I knew he was going to do that, but it was crazy to watch,” says Downs. Whether it’s bringing joy to retired rock stars or introducing a new songwriter to Athens, Winter Breathing apparently has something for everyone. But the real question for Downs is: Will the long list of sidemen and session aces steal a bit of the spotlight away from the promising singer-songwriter? “I haven’t really thought about it like that. I don’t know, now I’m kind of concerned,” laughs Downs. Both Brad Downs and Ralph Roddenbery celebrate CD releases tonight. Jason Bugg

WHO: Brad Downs and the Poor Bastard Souls, Ralph Roddenbery Band WHERE: 40 Watt Club WHEN: Thursday, Apr. 30 HOW MUCH: $5 (21+), $7 (18+)

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Tuesday 28 EVENTS: “Blue Water for a Green Future” (UGA River Basin Center) Public forum on issues of water quality, water quantity, economic development and sustainability in the Athens area and the Oconee River basin. 7 p.m. FREE! 706-542-7247, EVENTS: 15th Annual Entree of Hope (Various Locations) Eat out to help two great causes. 25 local restaurants donate 10% of their profits today to The Ark United Ministry Outreach Center and the Athens Area Emergency Food Bank. List of participating restaurants online. www. EVENTS: Human Rights Film Festival Closing Event (Ciné Barcafé) Venice Is Sinking performs as part of event to close out the film festival hosted by Amnesty International. 10 p.m. $5. www. ART: Jewelry Sale (Lamar Dodd School of Art—First Floor Foyer) Phi Beata Heata, the jewelry and metals student organization at the Lamar Dodd School of Art, hosts a two-day sale of student work. Apr. 28–29, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. PERFORMANCE: University Band & Philharmonia (UGA Hodgson Hall) Presented by the Hugh Hodgson School of Music. 8 p.m. FREE! KIDSTUFF: Chapter Book Review (Madison County Library) Every Tuesday and Thursday a chapter is read aloud from a young adult book. For elementary ages. 4:30 p.m. FREE! 706-795-5597 LECTURES & LIT.: “The Effect of the Economic Downturn on Crime” (UGA Tate Center—Room 137) FBI criminal analyst Joanna Simpkins, David Griffith of the ACC

Police Department and UGA sociology professor Mark Cooney discuss how the recent economic problems affect crime. 11 a.m. FREE! 706542-5845 LECTURES & LIT.: “The Music of Africa” (ACC Library) Jean Kidula, a professor at UGA’s Hugh Hodgson School of Music, gives the talk. Feel free to bring a lunch to this 45-minute program. 12:15 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 LECTURES & LIT.: “Writing Ourselves at Risk: Using SelfNarrative in Working for Social Justice” (UGA Aderhold—Room G23) Corey Johnson, assistant professor of recreation and leisure studies, gives the talk. Noon. FREE! 706-542-3942 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, MEETINGS: Pub Theology (Trappeze Pub) Open conversations revolving around theology. This month’s topic: perspectives on compassion/charity. Readings are from Stanley Hauerwas and Timothy Jackson. 8 p.m. FREE! 706-5491915, GAMES: 8-Ball Tournament (Fat Daddy’s) Tuesdays. 7 p.m. 706353-0241 GAMES: Beginner’s Pool School (Lucky Dawg Billiards) Learn the basics, every Tuesday! 7 p.m. 706354-7829 GAMES: Cornhole League (Lucky Dawg Billiards) Every Tuesday! 7 p.m. 706-354-7829 GAMES: Drunken Bingo (283 Bar) Great prizes and fun all night long. 10 p.m. FREE! 706-208-1283 GAMES: Flicker Poker Night (Flicker Theatre & Bar) Last Tuesday

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Wednesday 29 EVENTS: “Diversity and End-ofLife Care” (ACC Library) In the Hospice Foundation of America’s national teleconference, a panel of experts focus on ways that cultural diversity, from ethnicity to religion, can complicate and facilitate endof-life experiences like grief. A short discussion with a panel of local experts follows the teleconference. 1:30–4:30 p.m. FREE! 706-3892273 EVENTS: Roof Garden Open House (UGA Geography-Geology Building) Take a tour of the garden on top of the geography building. Sponsored by the Athens Urban Food Collective. 7 p.m. FREE! EVENTS: “Squidbillies” DVD Screening & Signing (Ciné Barcafé) Dave Willis and Jim Fortier, the creators and stars of the hit Adult Swim series “Squidbillies,” celebrate their latest DVD release with the screening of a never-before-seen episode from the show’s fourth season, a Q&A session and a DVD signing. 7 p.m. FREE! ART: Jewelry Sale (Lamar Dodd School of Art—First Floor Foyer) Phi Beata Heata, the jewelry and metals student organization at the Lamar Dodd School of Art, hosts a two-day sale of student work. Apr. 28–29, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

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Amanda Bray’s ceramic work “Slipstream” is at the Lyndon House Arts Center through May 9. 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. Call to register. 12:30 p.m. $0–$13 (scholarships available). 706-613-3615 KIDSTUFF: Storytime (ACC Library) For ages 18 months to 5 years. 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 KIDSTUFF: Wildcard Wednesday for Teens (ACC Library) Up next: Copycat Art. Try your hand at sculpture while creating a medieval monster. Ages 11–18. Space is limited. 4 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 KIDSTUFF: Young Adult Book Discussion (Madison County Library) This month’s book is Tears of the Tiger by Sharon Draper. 4:30 p.m. FREE! 706-795-5597

LECTURES & LIT.: Oconee Dems Book Group (Five Points Deli & More—Epps Bridge) Communitywide book group hosted by the Oconee County Democrats. This month: Voltaire’s Candide. Newcomers from any county and of any political affiliation are welcome. 6 p.m. FREE!, MEETINGS: Library Sewing Group (Madison County Library) The group works on a wide variety of both unusual and traditional handcrafts. Every Wednesday. 1–3 p.m. FREE! 706-795-5597 MEETINGS: Mindfulness Sitting Group (Mind Body Institute) Silent meditation group meets every Wednesday. 12:30–1 p.m. FREE! 706-475-7329

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Thursday 30 EVENTS: Thursday Night Throwdown (Red Eye Coffee) Friendly competition to bring together and create coffee community. Anybody, whether a coffee professional or home barista, is welcome to participate in the coffee competition. Limited to 30 competitors. 7:30 p.m. $5. 706-369-6850 EVENTS: Wine 101: The Big Six Wine Tasting (Ciné Barcafé) Interactive and informative tasting sessions led by wine expert Peter Birdsong from Georgia Crown Distributing Company. Admission also includes hors d’oeuvres catered by The National and a complimentary Ciné map poster. 7 p.m. $20 (advance), $25 (door).* ART: Thursday Painters (Lyndon House Arts Center) Join members of the Athens Art Association for an afternoon of painting. Bring your own paints and supplies. 12:30–3:30 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3623 PERFORMANCE: Middle Eastern Dance (40 Watt Club) Fatina and Company’s spring showcase. Discounted tickets for students: $5 (advance), $8 (door). 7 p.m. $8 (advance), $10 (door). www.40watt. com* PERFORMANCE: “Showing the Seams” (ATHICA) Performance night affiliated with “Crafting Romance” exhibit. Four local artists—Brian Hitselberger, Kate Schoenke, Andrea Trombetta and Jessica Wohl—explore the nature of love and relationships as performative acts in three original new works: “Stitches,” “Imaginatively Conceived” and “Love Seat.” 7:30– 9:30 p.m. $3 suggested donation. THEATRE: You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (East Jackson Comprehensive High School) The EJCHS drama department presents

the stage musical based on Charles Schulz’s Peanuts characters. Apr. 30–May 2, 7 p.m. May 2, 2 p.m. $7 (adults), $5 (students). 706-3368900 KIDSTUFF: Chapter Book Review (Madison County Library) Every Tuesday and Thursday a chapter is read aloud from a young adult book. For elementary ages. 4:30 p.m. FREE! 706-795-5597 KIDSTUFF: Pajama Storytime (Madison County Library) Snuggle in your jammies with your favorite stuffed animal and listen to bedtime stories. Light snack provided. All ages are invited. 7 p.m. FREE! 706795-5597 KIDSTUFF: Read to Rover (ACC Library) Beginning readers in grades 1–4 read aloud to an aid dog. Trainer always present. 3:30–4:30 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 KIDSTUFF: Read to Rover (Oconee County Library) Beginning readers in grades 1–4 read aloud to an aid dog. Trainer always present. Children should choose and supply their reading material for “Rover.” 3:30–4:30 p.m. FREE! 706-7693950 LECTURES & LIT.: Gallery Talk (Lamar Dodd School of Art—Room S365) Chung-Fan Chang, the Georgia Society of Contemporary Painters visiting graduate artist, gives the talk. Chang creates largescale, mixed-media drawings that convey motion, space and energy. 6 p.m. FREE! LECTURES & LIT.: Poetry Slam (Oconee County Library) In celebration of National Poetry Month, patrons ages 11 & up are invited to take the stage and read or recite a poem of their choice. Refreshments will be served. 7 p.m. FREE! 706769-3950 MEETINGS: Meditation Circle (Revolutionary Massage & Wellness) Non-dogmatic group meditation every Thursday. 6:30–7:30 p.m. FREE! 706-255-4443

MEETINGS: Spanish Conversation Group (1000faces Coffee—585 Barber Street) Practice Spanish conversational skills every Thursday evening. 6–8 p.m. FREE! 706-5348860 GAMES: Texas Hold ‘Em Poker (Lucky Dawg Billiards) Free every Thursday and Friday! 7 p.m. & 10 p.m. 706-354-7829 GAMES: Trivia (WOW Café & Wingery) Every Thursday. 706-5435510

Friday 1 EVENTS: Athens Tour de Farm (Various Locations) In anticipation of the grand opening of the Athens Farmers’ Market next week, 40 bicycling and local food enthusiasts ride 100 miles in 3 days and visit many of the farmers from the market. Each farmer will give an hour-long farm tour. Riders depart from the State Botanical Garden and camp on a farm Friday and Saturday nights. Cost includes 7 meals, insurance and assorted goodies. May 1–3. $100., EVENTS: Bicentennial Tour of Homes (Madison-Morgan Cultural Center) This year’s event offers tours of 15 private homes and a unique route with different homes each day. One-, two- and three-day tickets available. May 1–2, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. May 3, 1–5 p.m. $25–$65. www. ART: Opening Reception (MadisonMorgan Cultural Center) For “The Houses of Madison: Pen and Ink Drawings,” featuring original works by Atlanta architect and artist Kemp Mooney. 4–6 p.m. FREE! www. ART: Reception (Lamar Dodd School of Art—Gallery 101) For BFA art education, sculpture and drawing/ painting exit show. 7 p.m. FREE!

Wednesday, April 29

JEFF the Brotherhood, Ham1, The South French Broads Caledonia Lounge When Nashville brothers Jamin and Jake Orrall, who perform as JEFF the Brotherhood, played their Athens debut show at the Caledonia several weeks ago, they started off to an empty room. Rather than do the boring old thing of asking people to come JEFF the Brotherhood inside, they just started to play. It wasn’t long until the room was full. Jamin and Jake are veterans of several bands, the most high-profile being Be Your Own Pet. The pair also runs the label Infinity Cat Records, which they started in their teens. The guitar and drum duo succeeds at making bare-bones rock and roll that doesn’t fall strictly within the genres of garage or noise. In many ways, it’s as if they’d never seen or been in a band with more than two members. At the same time, they are refreshingly free of any indie or art-rock posturing. It’s a cliché, sure, and sounds more than a little trite, but JEFF the Brotherhood simply rocks. Currently supporting two separate split 7” records (one with Screaming Females, released on Infinity Cat and one with Sisters released between Infinity Cat and Death by Audio), the band also has two full-lengths to its credit and another one, Heavy Days, on the way. When asked about their first impressions of Athens, Jake says, “[Ham1 member] Jim [Willingham] gave us a great tour of the town and told us a lot of Athens history.” And about the show? “In Nashville our crowd is mostly high school kids and our close friends. So, playing with our peers (i.e., Ham1) was great.” Adds Jamin, “It was also weird and scary.” Ham1 recently released The Underground Stream vinyl via Infinity Cat, and the two bands share the bill again Wednesday night. Songs can be found at jakeandjamin, and surfing over that way is time well spent. [Gordon Lamb]

ART: Spring Open House and Sale (Bendzunas Glass—Comer) Featuring glass blowing demos all weekend and refreshments during opening night party. May 1, 6–10 p.m. May 2–3, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. www. PERFORMANCE: CCHS Chorus (Barnes and Noble) The Clarke Central High School chorus performs as part of the weekend’s book fair. A percentage of the proceeds from purchases made with a book fair voucher go to the CCHS English department and PeaceJam club. 5 p.m. FREE! webpages/lcox PERFORMANCE: An Evening with Mozart (UGA Hodgson Hall) Join the Athens Master Chorale as they celebrate their 20th anniversary. They will be joined by soloists Melanie Rowell (soprano), Laurie Swann (alto), Dallas Bono (tenor) and Brandon Graham (bass). 8 p.m. $10, $5 (UGA students).* PERFORMANCE: Sharkwing Comedy Show (Ciné Barcafé) Featuring live sketches, short film, live music and stand-up from the local comedy troupe. Midnight. FREE! THEATRE: The Miracle Worker (Clarke Central High School) Clarke Central High School presents the inspirational drama of Helen Keller and her teacher Annie Sullivan. 7:30 p.m. $7 (adults), $5 (students). 706227-0143 THEATRE: This Is Our Youth (UGA Episcopal Center—980 S. Lumpkin Street) CRC productions presents Kenneth Lonergan’s 1996 play that explores wealth, restlessness and drug use among young people. May 1–2, 8:30 p.m. $5. 706-224-0982 THEATRE: You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (East Jackson Comprehensive High School) The EJCHS drama department presents the stage musical based on Charles Schulz’s Peanuts characters. Apr. 30–May 2, 7 p.m. May 2, 2 p.m. $7 (adults), $5 (students). 706-3368900 LECTURES & LIT.: Mandala Literary Journal Release Party (Ciné Barcafé) Celebrate the release of the 2009/2009 Mandala Literary Journal with an event featuring readings by Syreeta L. Barlow, Daniel Hanna, Elizabeth Fields and John Spiers. Special guest Reginald McKnight. 7–9 p.m. FREE! www. GAMES: Friendly Friday Night Checkmate (Red Eye Coffee) Bring a board and make a friend. Chess players of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels welcome. Game play lasts until closing. 5 p.m. Minimum purchase of $5. 706-369-6850

Saturday 2 EVENTS: 31st Annual Athens Human Rights Festival (Downtown Athens—College Square) Annual festival that brings together political activists, musicians and artists in a call for action on human rights issues. This year’s featured speakers include Connie Curry, Bob Zellner and William Ayers. See feature on p. 10. May 2, 10 a.m.–midnight. May 3, 2–10:30 p.m. FREE! EVENTS: Adoptathon (Animal Control Shelter) Athens-Clarke County Animal Control, in conjunction with Cesar Millan and North Shore Animal League, is participating in the largest worldwide pet adoption event ever held. Several

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THE CALENDAR! rescue groups will be on hand with their adoptables. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. 706-613-3540 EVENTS: Bicentennial Tour of Homes (Madison-Morgan Cultural Center) This year’s event offers tours of 15 private homes and a unique route with different homes each day. One-, two- and three-day tickets available. May 1–2, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. May 3, 1–5 p.m. $25–$65. www. EVENTS: Birdhouse Auction (Lyndon House Arts Center) Silent and live auction of 30 birdhouses created by area artists, architects, woodworkers and other donors. Reception includes music, food, beer and wine. Proceeds benefit Athens Montessori School and the Lyndon House Arts Center. 5:30 p.m. $10. 706-549-8490,* EVENTS: Fashion: Imagination Unrestricted (Morton Theatre) Fashion show featuring the work of designers from the Athens and Atlanta areas. Part of the Hot Corner Celebration. 8 p.m. $10 (adv), $12 (door). 706-613-3771* EVENTS: Hot Corner Street Festival (Hot Corner—Washington and Hull St.) 9th annual festival to commemorate the history and heritage of the African-American community in Athens. See feature on p. 9. 12–8 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3770 EVENTS: Immigrants Rights Fest (Downtown Athens—College Square) Immigrants rights vigil followed by speakers from CLASE, Casa de Amistad and the Georgia Latino Forum. Part of 31st Annual Human Rights Festival. 5–7 p.m. FREE! www.athenshumanrightsfest. org EVENTS: Wildflower Celebration (Barnett Shoals Elementary School) Arts activities include printmaking, photography, wood scrap sculpture, a Good Dirt pottery wheel station and large-scale weaving. Also featuring step team, hoop dancing, drumming and drama performances. Additional events at Athens Montessori School and along Barnett Shoals Road. 9 a.m.–12 p.m. FREE! 706-338-0284 ART: Athens Indie Craftstravaganzaa (Downtown Athens—Corner of Pulaski and Clayton Streets) 4th annual handmade market featuring 50+ quirky and innovative artists/crafters offering up a variety of wares. Also includes a kids’ craft area and live music. See feature on p. 15. May 2, 11 a.m.–7 p.m. May 3, 12–5 p.m. www.athensindiecraftstravaganzaa. com ART: Plein Air Paint Out (4900 Barnett Shoals) All artists are invited to participate in the 5th Annual Plein Air Paint Out. In connection with the annual Wildflower Celebration and Vintage Pottery Sale. All day. FREE! ART: Plein Air Paint Out Awards Reception & Silent Auction (Madison-Morgan Cultural Center) Awards reception and silent auction of Madison Paint Out paintings. All proceeds from the sale of the artwork benefit the artists and the Madison Artists Guild. 4–6 p.m. FREE! www. ART: Southworks Artist Market and Arts Festival (Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation) 65 of the region’s top arts and craft persons sell their original works in a juried market that includes pottery, paintings, fiber art, stained and fused glass, jewelry, sculpture, photography and woodwork. Live music, a children’s activity area and food


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vendors, too. May 2–3, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. FREE! 706-769-4565, www. ART: Spring Open House and Sale (Bendzunas Glass—Comer) Featuring glass blowing demos all weekend. May 1, 6–10 p.m. May 2–3, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. PERFORMANCE: Clarke Central High School Orchestra Ensemble (Barnes and Noble) CCHS orchestra ensemble performs as part of weekend’s book fair to raise funds for the CCHS English department and PeaceJam club. 5:30 p.m. FREE! webpages/lcox PERFORMANCE: Drag Night (Blur) Every Saturday featuring music by DJ Jason J. 9 p.m. $5. PERFORMANCE: Meridian Women’s Chorus (First United Methodist Church) The chorus presents a concert featuring songs of hearth and home. 4 p.m. FREE! 706-254-6162 THEATRE: The Miracle Worker (Clarke Central High School) Clarke Central High School presents the inspirational drama of Helen Keller and her teacher Annie Sullivan. 7:30 p.m. $7 (adults), $5 (students). 706227-0143 THEATRE: This Is Our Youth (UGA Episcopal Center—980 S. Lumpkin Street) CRC productions presents Kenneth Lonergan’s 1996 play that explores themes of wealth, restlessness and drug use among young people. May 1–2, 8:30 p.m. $5. 706-224-0982 THEATRE: You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (East Jackson Comprehensive High School) The EJCHS drama department presents the stage musical based on Charles Schulz’s Peanuts characters. Apr. 30–May 2, 7 p.m. May 2, 2 p.m. $7 (adults), $5 (students). 706-3368900 OUTDOORS: Spring Bird Hike (Sandy Creek Nature Center—Allen House) Join the Oconee Rivers Audubon Society for a morning bird walk. All birding levels are welcome. Ages 13 & up. 8 a.m. FREE! KIDSTUFF: Athens Human Rights Children’s Festival (Downtown Athens—College Square) Children’s events and activities affiliated with the Human Rights Festival include arts and crafts, sand play, face painting, drumming, llamas, magic and performances. See feature on p. 10. May 2, 10 a.m.–7 p.m. May 3, 2–7 p.m. FREE! KIDSTUFF: Storytime (Barnes and Noble) Clarke Central book fair continues with principal Dr. Hooker and others reading children’s books. A portion of book fair sales benefit the CCHS English department and PeaceJam club. 12:30 p.m. FREE! lcox KIDSTUFF: Winnie the Pooh Stories and Theatre Games (ACC Library) Ben Reed from Rose of Athens Theatre reads Winnie the Pooh stories and plays theatre games. Children of all ages welcome. 2 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 LECTURES & LIT.: Athens Area Democrats Breakfast (Trumps at the Georgian) Dr. Charles S. Bullock discusses “The Elections of 2008 and their Implications.” Reservations must be made by Apr. 27. 9 a.m. $12. 706-247-3558* LECTURES & LIT.: Poetry Reading (Barnes and Noble) Clarke Central’s Open Mic Club reads


original poetry as part of book fair to raise funds for the CCHS English department and PeaceJam club. 7 p.m. FREE! webpages/lcox GAMES: Beer Bingo (Aromas) Hosted by Owen Ogletree and Kerri “Beer Wench” Allen. Sample 10 mystery beers and try to guess the style of each. Prizes for top scorers. Space is limited, reserve your spot online. 3 p.m. $19.

Sunday 3 EVENTS: 31st Annual Athens Human Rights Festival (Downtown Athens—College Square) Annual festival that brings together political activists, musicians and artists in a call for action on human rights issues. See feature on p. 10. May 2, 10 a.m.–midnight. May 3, 2–10:30 p.m. FREE! www. EVENTS: Unnatural Causes (UGA Coverdell Building) Film and discussion series focusing on the social and economic factors that shape disease continues. Sixth episode, “Collateral Damage,” focuses on local populations in the Marshall Islands displaced by American military globalization. Panel discussion and light reception follow. 3 p.m. FREE! 706-542-5788, jlevinso@ EVENTS: Bicentennial Tour of Homes (Madison-Morgan Cultural Center) This year’s event offers tours of 15 private homes and a unique route with different homes each day. One-, two- and three-day tickets available. May 1–2, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. May 3, 1–5 p.m. $25–$65. www.* EVENTS: Townhall Economic Forum (UGA Memorial Hall— Room 407) Community economic forum to discuss stimulus plan and local economy. Panel members include Michael Thurmond of the GA Department of Labor, State Representative Keith Heard and ACC Commissioner Harry Sims. Refreshments served. Sponsored by the UGA Black Faculty and Staff Organization. 4 p.m. FREE! 706542-7422 ART: Athens Indie Craftstravaganzaa (Downtown Athens—Corner of Pulaski and Clayton Streets) 4th annual handmade market featuring 50+ quirky and innovative artists/crafters offering up a variety of wares. Also includes a kids’ craft area and live music. See feature on p. 15. May 2, 11 a.m.–7 p.m. May 3, 12–5 p.m. www.athensindiecraftstravaganzaa. com ART: Reception (Brick House Studio) Meet the artists featured in the studio’s Spring 2009 Exhibition: Tim Adams, Andy Cherewick, Doug Makemson, Michael Pierce and Lamar Wood. 4–7 p.m. FREE! www. ART: Southworks Artist Market and Arts Festival (Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation) 65 of the region’s top arts and craft persons sell their original works. See May 2 Art. May 2–3, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. FREE! 706-769-4565, ART: Spring Open House and Sale (Bendzunas Glass—Comer) Featuring glass blowing demos all weekend. May 1, 6–10 p.m. May 2–3, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. PERFORMANCE: Live! at the Library (ACC Library) The Classic City German Band plays favorites like “The Hamburger Waltz” and “Beer Barrel Polka.” Light reception follows. 3 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650

Friday, May 1

The Athens School of Music Student Ensemble Showcase Nuçi’s Space The nerves and anticipation will be high Friday night! After months of hard work and dedication, students from the Athens School of Music—ranging in age from 12 to 45—will make their live debut, showcasing their chops in Students kick back in the Athens School of Music lobby. front of an audience for the first time ever. The Athens School of Music—located on Lexington Road near the Carmike Cinemas—specializes in one-on-one instruction in a wide range of styles and instruments. Previously, ensemble performances were held at the school on Saturdays two or three times a month, but this is the first time they were able to book a show in a larger venue that’s open to the public. “It’s the first of many more to come,” says Jeremy Rushing, school owner and teacher. The students picked their genre of expertise, and the teachers grouped them into appropriate ensembles, assigning songs that fit the skill level of each musician. Tonight we’ll hear from a bluegrass ensemble, two jazz ensembles, and three rock ensembles. Each rock group will play one classic rock song: “Come As You Are,” “Sunshine of Your Love,” or “Enter Sandman.” There will be students of guitar, banjo, drums, mandolin, fiddle and more showing off their newly acquired skills. The show costs just $5, and proceeds will go toward a scholarship program for future students who may not otherwise be able to afford lessons. The esteemed staff at the Athens School includes musicians in such notable local acts as Save Grand Canyon, Countdown to Ecstasy, Rand Lines Trio, Bit Brigade and more. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the music starts at 8 p.m. To learn more about the school or to sign up for classes, visit [Michelle Gilzenrat]

KIDSTUFF: Athens Human Rights Children’s Festival (Downtown Athens—College Square) Children’s events and activities include arts and crafts, sand play, face painting, drumming, llamas, magic and performances. See feature on p. 10. May 2, 10 a.m.–7 p.m. May 3, 2–7 p.m. FREE! KIDSTUFF: Multicultural Storytime (Barnes and Noble) Book fair to raise funds for the Clarke Central English department and PeaceJam club wraps up with students reading multicultural children’s and young adult selections in Spanish & English. 2 p.m. www. MEETINGS: Circus Banquet (Rubber Soul Yoga Revolution Studio) Practice circus skills, perform and jam with musicians. Every Sunday. 7 p.m. FREE! 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!

review the 2009 General Assembly session. A panel comprising members of the local legislative delegation will present their views on this year’s session and take questions from the audience. 7:30 p.m. FREE! GAMES: APA Pool (Alibi) Pool league events every Monday. 8 p.m. FREE! 706-549-1010 GAMES: Ping Pong (Flicker Theatre & Bar) Get your paddle ready for a game of table tennis! 8:30 p.m. $5. GAMES: Texas Hold ‘Em (Fat Daddy’s) Every Monday and Wednesday. Mondays, 6 & 9 p.m. Wednesdays, 7 & 10 p.m. 706353-0241 GAMES: Trivia (Taco Stand) Every Monday night at the downtown location. 9 p.m. GAMES: Trivia (Transmetropolitan) New! Every Monday at the downtown location. Prizes include house money and passes to Terrapin Brewery. 9–11 p.m. 706-613-8773 GAMES: Trivia (Beef O’ Brady’s) Get a team together, order some burgers and test your knowledge of the trivial. Every Monday! 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-850-1916

Monday 4

KIDSTUFF: Hooray for Worms Storytime (ACC Library) This week’s storytime includes a visit from some recycling worms, a wormy craft and the showing of Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin. Ages 18 months to 5 years. 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 MEETINGS: Great Decisions Discussion Group (ACC Library) 7 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650, jtate@ MEETINGS: Mommy Mingle (Young Harris United Methodist Church) Group for new and expecting moms. Meets first Tuesday of every month. 10–11 a.m. FREE! 706-549-6001

KIDSTUFF: Hooray for Worms Storytime (ACC Library) This week’s storytime includes a visit from some recycling worms, a wormy craft and the showing of Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin. Ages 18 months to 5 years. 7 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 KIDSTUFF: Infant Storytime (ACC Library) 10:30 a.m. & 2 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 MEETINGS: Federation of Neighborhood Associations (Fire Hall No. 2—489 Prince Avenue) This month’s program will

Tuesday 5

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!

Wednesday 6 EVENTS: Compost Bin Sale (ACC Solid Waste Department) Take waste reduction to the next level by purchasing a compost bin. All proceeds benefit Keep ACC Beautiful. 5–7 p.m. $45 each. 706-613-3501 ART: Jewelry Show (Kaleidoscope—1072 Baxter Street) Presented by local jewelry artist Robin Weinrich. 10 a.m.–6 p.m. 706-613-9899 ART: Opening Reception (Circle Gallery, UGA College of Environmental Design) For “Seeking Symbiosis Between Markers and Maya: The Integration of Hand and Computer Graphics.” In the exhibit local architectural illustrator Steven Arnold examines the divide between hand graphics and computer graphics. 5–7 p.m. FREE! 706-542-8292 ART: Reception (ACC Library) For exhibit of artwork created by the seniors of the ACC Senior Center. 10:30–11:30 a.m. FREE! 706-6133650 KIDSTUFF: Hooray for Worms Storytime (ACC Library) This week’s storytime includes a visit from some recycling worms, a wormy craft and the showing of Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin. Ages 18 months to 5 years. 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 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: Wildcard Wednesday for Teens (ACC Library) Up next: Make washable body paint. Ages 11–18. Space is limited. 4 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650

MEETINGS: Mindfulness Sitting Group (Mind Body Institute) Silent meditation every Wednesday. 12:30– 1 p.m. FREE! 706-475-7329 GAMES: Rock Band Game Night (Wild Wing Café) Try your luck as a virtual musician! Every Wednesday. 9 p.m. GAMES: Sports Trivia (Beef O’ Brady’s) Test your sports knowledge every Wednesday night. 8:30 p.m. 706-850-1916 GAMES: Stan’s Famous Trivia Nite (Alibi) Get a team together and test your knowledge of the trivial. Every Wednesday. 8–10 p.m. FREE! 706-549-1010 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: Athens Symphony Pops Concert (The Classic Center) Featuring soloist Adam Frey on the euphonium. Tickets are available in sets of four while supplies last. May 8–9, 8 p.m. FREE! 706-357-4444 PERFORMANCE: The Cody Rivers Show 5/8 (Rubber Soul Yoga Revolution Studio) A kinetic and unpredictable comedy duo that pushes the envelope of dance, music and theatre. 8 p.m. $10. calclements@,* GAMES: Team Trivia (Wild Wing Café) FREE! EVENTS: Farmer for a Day 5/17 (Roots Farm CSA—Winterville) Athens Locally Grown hosts first of six monthly tours highlighting the benefits of sustainable agricultural practices. Lunch provided. Carpooling available. Limited space, email to register. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. FREE! * Advance Tickets Available

Live Music Tuesday 28 40 Watt Club Food2Kids Benefit. 8 p.m. $20, $10 (students). GEORGIA GROWN: WILL ROCK 4 FOOD Conceptual benefit show for Food2Kids, featuring Sleepy Horses, Stereo Campbell, Elijah, Kite to the Moon and Corey Crowder. Each band will play one original, and then cover songs celebrating their favorite Georgia artists. Alibi 8 p.m.–12 a.m. FREE! 706-549-1010 DJ JOHN Country Rock DJ spins every Tuesday for Bike Nite. 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 Every Tuesday, hosted by Lynn. Georgia Theatre 9 p.m. $20. ZACH DEPUTY This Bluffton, S.C. native plays acoustic party-funk. STEVE KIMOCK CRAZY ENGINE San Francisco-based guitarist who

pushes new boundaries of rock, rhythm and blues, gospel and soul with this new project. Little Kings Shuffle Club 10 p.m. FREE! littlekingshuffleclub PUNK ROCK DANCE PARTY Every Tuesday! Hosted by Randy Smyre. The Melting Point 7 p.m. $3. www.meltingpointathens. com SPRING CREEK Part of the Terrapin Tuesday Bluegrass Series. This downhome band from Colorado makes itself known with solid banjo picking and youthful vigor. Don’t be surprised if you hear an Elton John or Gillian Welch cover squeezed into the set of more traditional bluegrass sounds. Rye Bar 10 p.m. SUMILAN Progressive jam rock. Tasty World Benefit for Cystic Fibrosis. 10 p.m. $5. LEADING EDGE The local band formerly known as Mudra has gotten a bit more upbeat since the name change—channeling alternative rock and pop sounds from across the decades. JAMES PATRICK MORGAN Covington, GA singer-songwriter with a husky, soulful voice who performs with an acoustic guitar. Influences include John Mayer and Train. Tasty Bar. 9 p.m.–2 a.m. FREE! www. TASTY TUESDAY Now a weekly event hosted by Athens’ “Hip-Hop Ambassador” Mon2, the fourth Tuesday of every month features DJ Killacut scratching and mixing underground, classic and Top 40 hip-hop, and a open mic for freestyle fellowship and emcee battles.

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Wild Wing Café 10 p.m. FREE! KARAOKE Every Tuesday night at the downtown wing chain’s upstairs space.

Wednesday 29 Caledonia Lounge 10 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). HAM1 The new record, The Underground Stream, offers a breezy take on straight ahead ‘60s garage rock, brightened by swoon-worthy harmonies and a pop sensibility. JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD Dirty garage rock spews angrily and unintelligibly from this energetic Nashville duo. See Calendar Pick on p. 21. THE SOUTH FRENCH BROADS An eclectic, entertaining duo out of Asheville, NC that uses a variety of instruments, toys and props to create a high energy blend of jazz, punk and rock that’s infused with comedy.

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Fat Daddy’s 9 p.m. FREE! 706-353-0241 THE BROS. MARLER Brothers Drew and Daniel Marler are currently concentrating on bringing their brand of Neil Young/Elliot Smith/Allman Bros.-influenced music to the people as an acoustic duo. Flicker Theatre & Bar 8:30 p.m. $5. flickerbar DIET ROCKSTAR The local trio combines the powers of Craig Lieske (Garbage Island, Desk Pussy), Eric k continued on page 25



Eat. Drink. Listen Closely. THURSDAY, APRIL 30 Monthly Jazz Spotlight featuring


1/2 PRICE WINE SELECTIONS • $3 at the door


1st Annual Noteworthy Event featuring

CHUCK LEAVELL with THE RANDALL BRAMBLETT BAND A Benefit for UGA Music Business Program • Tickets $150 and General Admission $100

$150 Tickets include VIP Patrons Pre-Party, Hors d’Oeuvres Reception, Auction Preview + Reserved Floor Seating

Including a silent auction featuring rock‘n’roll memorabilia and signed items by R.E.M., Widespread Panic, Bonnie Raitt, Reba McEntire, VIP Concert tickets, meet and greets, art and more!

SATURDAY, MAY 2 Have Your Derby Party at the Melting Point! We’ll open at 3pm with Pre-Race & The Race Coverage on the Big Screen, Derby Drinks & More • FREE!


TRIBUTE TO VAN MORRISON Tickets $8 adv • $10 at the door WEDNESDAY, MAY 6 with JAZZCHRONIC

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SATURDAY, MAY 9 Patio opens at 3pm for seating on the patio feat. free live acoustic music

Celebrate UGA Graduation with us featuring


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SUNDAY, MAY 10 Mother’s Day Jazz Brunch at the Foundry Park Inn featuring

MARY SIGALAS TRIO 11:30am-3:30pm - Call 706-549-7020 to make your reservation now!

Buffet Brunch feat. salads, turkey, pork loin and a decadent dessert display. $29.50 for adults, $12 for kids under 12 and free for kids 5 + under

5/11 - Annual KIDS’ HOOT 5/12 - Craft Beer Dinner feat. Terraping Cask Ale Tickets going fast 5/16 - THE BIG DADDYS BAND 5/21 - BRANDI CARLILE - SOLD OUT 5/22 - Totally 80s Party with THE HIGHBALLS 5/23 - RICK FOWLER BAND

COMING SOON 5/28 - Athens 441 taping with DEAD CONFEDERATE 5/29 - STRAWBERRY FLATS 6/2 - Evening with LITTLE FEAT 6/6 - A night of blues featuring DELTA MOON with EG KIGHT

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Harris (Ham1, Olivia Tremor Control) and Jeff Rieter (Baghouse, Count) to create improvised jazz featuring dub and tape loops. ECHO CANYON Local trio of Jim Wilson, Chuck Bradburn and Craig Lieske plays experimental music that is playful yet demanding with an other-worldly, delicate feel that evolves into metal power. Georgia Theatre 9 p.m. $20 (adv), $25 (door). www.* BLACK JOE LEWIS A soul-influenced blues musician from Austin, often joined by collaborators. ROBERT RANDOLPH AND THE FAMILY BAND A multicultural funk and soul band fronted by the eponymous pedal steel guitarist. Go Bar 10 p.m. BALLET Kim Kirby tears it up in the DJ booth bringing you the Brit pop hits you know and love and introducing you to the Euro dance hits so often featured in early National Lampoons films. Think Raff, Den Harrow and anything not techno from Ibiza. Harry Bissett’s Bayou Grill 6 p.m. FREE! 706-552-1193 TONGUE N GROOVE The acoustic trio of Henry Williams, Don Henderson and Amy Moon plays lively originals and classic acoustic rock covers. On the patio. Kingpins Bowl & Brew 8 p.m.–Midnight. NORMALTOWN KARAOKE Every Wednesday night in the Terrapin Grill and Tap Room. The Melting Point 8–11 p.m. $5. THE DEACON BRANDON REEVES Part of John Straw’s Wednesday Blues series. This resonator-bassdrums three piece from Atlanta churns out upbeat yet bluesy tunes. The Office Lounge 9:30 p.m. FREE! 706-549-0840 KARAOKE Every Wednesday. Rye Bar 10 p.m. LAST YEAR PORTRAIT Atlantabased Christian band churns out polished pop rock numbers. WAKE OF THE TITAN Modern rock that is full of soaring vocals, winding melodies, mature guitar solos, complex rhythmic figures and odd time signatures. Tasty World 7 p.m. $12. AGAINST ME! Gainesville, FL, punk quartet Against Me!—frontman Tom Gabel, guitarist James Bowman, bassist Andrew Seward and drummer Warren Oakes—recently released New Wave, a brief, efficient and electrifying disc of agitated yet poppy anthems. MUSIC HATES YOU High-energy and higher volume, Music Hates You plays a dirty kind of punk metal. There’s red clay under the fingernails of this fist raised against authority. OFF WITH THEIR HEADS Minneapolis pop-punk outfit. The band’s latest release, From the Bottom, is out on No Idea Records. Tasty Bar. 10:30 p.m. FREE! www. KAOS House music every Wednesday!

Thursday 30 283 Bar 10 p.m. FREE! 706-208-1283 COCKNAP Live Rock Band Karaoke championed by Samantha Paulsen (We vs. the Shark) and her fellow musical miscreants. Sign up to sing while Cocknap shreds the game behind you! 40 Watt Club 10 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). BRAD DOWNS AND THE POOR BASTARD SOULS Double CD release show. Local singer/songwriter Brad Downs performs thoughtful, story-driven songs with his band. Expect a few high profile surprise guests on the bill, as a number of impressive musicians guest on his new record, Winter Breathing. See p. 19. RALPH RODDENBERY BAND Double CD release show. Ralph Roddenbery’s indie-folk-rock outfit takes off from his ‘80s alt-rock experience to deliver a dynamic rootsy Americana sound with a bluesy twist. 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. Caledonia Lounge 10 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). THE INCREDIBLE SANDWICH Athens-based instrumental jam band with some tropical leanings. JANGO MONKEY Folk vocals with quirky lyrics offset this Atlanta band’s proggy classic rock-inspired instrumentation. It’s “indie rock meets thinking man’s jam.” Farm 255 11 p.m. FREE! FIRE ZUAVE The lead singer of this Athens-by-way-of-West-Palm-Beach trio is the cousin of Of Montreal’s Kevin Barnes, but he sings a scratchier pop that veers toward Americana. His voice can channel Conor Oberst and Jeff Tweedy, and the bassist and drummer buoy his melodies with clean backing vocals. THAYER SARRANO Local singersongwriter and multi-instrumentalist with lovely, airy vocals singing dark, gentle melodies over guitar while backed by lap steel, bass and drums. Currently in residency at Farm 255 downtown. Flicker Theatre & Bar 8:30 p.m. $5. flickerbar DUSTY LIGHTSWITCH Described as “one of the most exciting and satisfying live bands in town” by our own Gordon Lamb, this revolving cast of local eccentrics delivers rock and roll with epic possibilites. CORTEZ GARZA Local singer/songwriter Cortez Garza used to front NC emo band Mason Curse, but has relocated to Athens and turned more acoustic. The result is a truly contemporary take on Americana. Georgia Theatre 9 p.m. $20 (adv), $25 (door). www.* TOUBAB KREWE Wielding its unique, Malian-influenced “Afrocowboy-ninja-surf” music, the Asheville-based instrumental quintet also borrows Brazilian, Jamaican and American sounds.

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. IT’S ELEPHANT’S Big, soulful, blues vocals screech over edgy and erratic rock from this Atlanta group. ODIST This local three-piece weaves layers of dark, reverb-laden guitars for a sound that’s somewhere between prog and shoegaze. Odist names Mars Volta and At the DriveIn as key influences. Little Kings Shuffle Club 9 p.m. DODD FERRELLE After breaking from The Tinfoil Stars, singersongwriter Dodd got together with Hope for Agoldensummer’s Claire Campbell and the esteemed folk artist Jim Whitem among others to create a noticeably darker sound. This show will celebrate the release of Dodd’s latest album, Lonely Parades, which came out last month. The Melting Point Monthly Jazz Spotlight. 8 p.m. $3. TREY WRIGHT TRIO Guitarist Trey Wright will be joined tonight by Jacksonville State University and LaGrange College bass instructor Marc Miller and former Squat drummer Darren Stanley. The trio will perform for the release of its second album, Thinking Out Loud. No Where Bar 11 p.m. 706-546-4742 AGOBI PROJECT This Ashevillebased three-piece electronica outfit incorporates elements of jazz, electro, drum ‘n’ bass, hip-hop, funk and IDM. LUNA Local DJ. TNT DJ Triz and fellow beat aficionado t8r(tot) have “joined like Voltron” to form TnT and will be “unfolding a beat session before ye the likes of which have ne’er been seen.” Rye Bar 10 p.m. JON MARK Local singer-songwriter plays acoustic-guitar folk with a Christian message. Tasty World 10 p.m. $5. 29 Upbeat Southern rock. THE BLEKERS Young Andrew Bleke’s band plays piano-driven jazz and woeful blues. He lists Ben Folds as a major influence. UP TO HERE Catchy college rock from the band formerly known as Welcome to Buckhead. Terrapin Beer Co. 5:30 p.m. DEAD STICK LANDING Eclectic local “technically minded power trio” Dead Stick Landing claims influences such as Frank Zappa, 311, Soundgarden and Ween. LOS AMIGOS Local four-piece acoustic combo plays ‘60s and ‘70s folk rock tunes with Latin flair. Wild Wing Café 10 p.m. FREE! DERRICK DOVE Georgia guitarist croons his blues-inspired pop.

Friday, May 1

Chuck Leavell, The Randall Bramblett Band Melting Point Chuck Leavell has been one of Georgia’s most prolific and keyed-in (if behind-the-scenes) musicians for decades. The songwriter, pianist and keyboard player got his start when he moved to Macon and hooked up with the legendary Capricorn Records crew. Leavell joined up with The Allman Brothers in 1972, following the death of founding member Duane Allman and replacing his lead guitar lines with keyboards. With those days behind him, Leavell has, over the years, applied his jaunty, inspired playing to George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Government Mule and The Black Crowes, though he’s probably best known as the Rolling Stones’ touring Chuck Leavell and recording keyboard player, a position he’s nimbly filled since the mid’80s. Leavell’s debut solo album What’s in That Bag? dropped in ‘98, and he followed that with three other albums all the way to the Alabama and Georgia Music Halls of Fame. The show, taking place only a few days after Leavell’s 57th birthday, should provide the opportunity for a reunion of sorts, too, with Randall Bramblett and his band opening. Bramblett (and fellow Athenian Davis Causey) joined up with the Leavell-led postAllman band Seaworthy when that bluesy jazz-rock band expanded to a seven-piece in, fittingly, ‘77. Whether there’ll be any sitting in on each other’s songs, well, nothing’s in stone, but it seems fairly likely. Oh, and this is no bake sale. The “Noteworthy Event,” as tonight’s shindig is billed, is the first in a planned annual series of serious fundraising for the University of Georgia’s music business program, primarily fueled by private funds rather than UGA money, and tickets are priced accordingly. Tickets bought for $150 give audience members admittance to a “pre-party” (access to hor d’oeuvres and a silent auction of rock memorabilia, travel packages and more), as well as reserved seats in the Melting Point’s intimate floorseating area near the stage, while the general admission $100 tickets garner a space on the mezzanine, upper balcony or, weather permitting, patio. Doors open at 7 p.m.; show starts promptly at 8:30 p.m. [Chris Hassiotis]

Friday 1 40 Watt Club 10 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). OBLIO Nashville avant-pop trio delivers Americana earnestness with a metropolitan indie panache. Fans of Wilco, The Walkmen or French Kicks will not be strangers. THE STARTER KITS Multiinstrumentalist Mikey Dwyer fronts this band sounding a bit like a Southern Elvis Costello with a slight punk snarl. He’s joined by bassist Jamie Coulter (The Help) and drummer Chris Ellenburg (Tony Tidwell). THE HELP Local band The Help has parted from its country-tinged sound in favor of more pop-oriented rock with a three-guitar attack. Alibi 9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-1010 THE TANGENTS Country-fried rock with Lynyrd Skynyrd licks and John Mellencamp melodies. Allen’s Bar & Grill 9:30 p.m. FREE! www.allensbarandgrill. com 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. Caledonia Lounge 10 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). ARIZONA Boy-girl vocal harmonies and a fluffy sort of lo-fi psych-pop-

folk hybrid is what this AshevilleNYC band has to offer, earning it comparisons to Grizzly Bear, Badly Drawn Boy and Belle & Sebastian. 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. New record coming soon! RUSSIAN SPY CAMERA Ryan White (guitar, vocals) and Andy Turner (drums, vocals) last year recruited musician McGregor Button, drawing in influences from rock, hip-hop and electronic music. The new album is available for free download at www. Early Show! 5 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). MATT HUDGINS Former member of The Visitations, Matt Hudgins plays his own brand of electronic folk. Farm 255 11 p.m. FREE! SETH HENDERSHOT & FRIENDS Blueground Undergrass’ Seth Hendershot heads up this band that features acoustic and electric banjo and fiddle. Flicker Theatre & Bar 8:30 p.m. $5. flickerbar THE BASTARDS OF FATE This band from Roanoke, VA offers playful instrumentation and lyrics that tackle issues like dinosaur excavation and the struggle with isolation. NIGHT NURSES The band formerly known at 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.

JOE JACK TALCUM The former guitarist and vocalist for the Dead Milkmen takes his silly and bizarre comedy rock on a solo tour. TITANS OF FILTH This local band combines droll Southern voices with easy-rolling, efficient and uncomplicated indie-pop rock about the ups and downs of teenage love. Georgia Theatre 9 p.m. $10 (adv), $15 (door). www.* DEHLIA LOW Asheville, NC bluegrass band with a dobro, mandolin, fiddle, upright bass and enough energy to power a steam engine. PACKWAY HANDLE BAND Packway’s “gather around the mic” approach to bluegrass provides sly, hearty original songs and renditions of classic tunes. The band’s close four-part harmonies are backed by high energy, and the contemporary lyrics are delivered with an engaging sense of humor. Go Bar WUOG Awards. 10 p.m. www.myspace. com/gobar JUNGLE DANCE Featuring DJs Ballet and Disco. LONA Lona is the flagship band for local songwriter, guitarist and drummer Clay Leverett (The Chasers, Now It’s Overhead, Bright Eyes). The band sends out more than a little country and more than enough gutsy, mid-tempo rock. Highwire Lounge 8 p.m. FREE! (Formerly known as Mercury Lounge). 706-583-8510 BABY’S BLUE SWINGSET Talented local jazz vocalist Mary Sigalas k continued on next page



THE CALENDAR! performs with her new classic jazz, swing and blues band. Little Kings Shuffle Club 9 p.m. GEMINI CRICKET The current threepiece lineup of this local band has ditched its cutesty kazoo pop in favor of sleazy garage stomps that swagger through the reverb and jangle with ‘60s abandon. TENDABERRY After a welcome debut during PopFest in 2008, Tendaberry returns to Athens with its funky, soulful post-punk. Think Rick James sitting in with Gang of Four. The Melting Point Terry College Music Business Program Benefit. 8 p.m. $100 (GA), $150 (VIP).* CHUCK LEAVELL The renowned pianist and keyboardist has worked with the likes of Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stones and The Allman Brothers Band to name a few. See Calendar Pick on p. 25. RANDALL BRAMBLETT BAND Longtime Athenian Randall Bramblett presents a simplified slab of Southern music. Either blowing the sax or delivering his gruff ‘n’ grumbly vocals, Bramblett can toss out direct Southern R&B kickers. Morton Theatre 8 p.m. $10 (adv), $12 (door) www.* SOUND BYTE CONCERT The Hot Corner Association hosts a night of spoken word and soul-moving music as part of the 9th Annual Hot Corner Celebration and Soul Food Festival. The line-up includes neo-soul artist Celest Devine, as well as local songstresses Kyshona Armstrong and Kate Morrissey. See the feature on p. 9. Nuçi’s Space 8 p.m. $5. www.athensschoolofmusic. com ATHENS SCHOOL OF MUSIC STUDENT ENSEMBLE SHOWCASE Featuring jazz, bluegrass and rock ensembles. See Calendar Pick on p. 22. The Office Lounge 9:30 p.m. 706-546-0840 KARAOKE Hosted by Almost Famous Karaoke diva Lynn. Rye Bar 10 p.m. MATCH PACK “Going five deep on the funk and rollin’ out the jams,” says the band. Tasty World 10 p.m. $5. DEATH ON TWO WHEELS Blistering classic rock from Atlanta with fierce lead guitar, gravelly soulful vocals and catchy choruses. ELEVATION Atlanta’s epic, sweeping alternative pop band Elevation was recently signed to 50 Records and released its debut album, Strangelove, in 2008. HARRISON HUDSON Harrison Hudson (vocals, guitar) and his backing band, David Dees (bass), Brandon Dees (bass) and Steven Kadar (drums), head south from their Nashville base, playing upbeat, melodic, no-frills pop rock. THE SHUT UPS Led by Don Condescending and Ben Spraker, formerly of Athens pop powerhouse Ceiling Fan, the band produces sounds reminiscent of The Joe Jackson Band, The Paul Collins Beat and The Brains.


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Tasty Bar Downstairs. 10 p.m. www. CLUB SEAL This local DJ fires up the floor with dance beats. Terrapin 5:30 p.m. MAMA’S LOVE Young, funky jam band from right here in Athens. The band’s slogan says it all: “bringin’ it back to the roots while goin’ beyond the bounds.” Wild Wing Café 10 p.m. FREE! BILLY FLORKOWSKI Atlanta-based acoustic rock musician with an extra helping of soul.

Saturday 2 40 Watt Club 10 p.m. $6 (21+), $8 (18+). ‘POWERS Your most awesome nightmares have all come simultaneously true: four guitarists and one drummer, set up in the corners of the venue for the full, quadrophonic rock experience. Featuring members of Cinemechanica, Lazer/Wülf, We vs. the Shark and Coulier. BIT BRIGADE AS “CASTLEBANDIA” Members of Cinemechanica, We Vs. the Shark and Coulier (collectively known as Bit Brigade) collaborate with master gamer Noah McCarthy as he speedruns through the classic NES game Castlevania 3 live onstage, and the band provides post-rock versions of the classic game soundtracks and SFX. THE BUDDY SYSTEM The Buddy System features the adorable projected animation of Lauren Gregg’s illustrations to go along with the gently grooving indie-pop tunes delivered by Kindercore stalwarts. Allen’s Bar & Grill 9:30 p.m. FREE! www.allensbarandgrill. com ALBATROSS Local band plays classic rock and alternative rock covers. Blur 9 p.m. $5. DJ JASON J Spinning dance music before and after Drag Night. 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. JAZZCHRONIC Local five-piece band JazzChronic explores freaky, funky, psychedelic fusion jazz while incorporating rock, R&B & heavy beats. Downtown Athens May 2, 10 a.m.–10 p.m., May 3, 2–9 p.m. FREE! 31ST ANNUAL ATHENS HUMAN RIGHTS FESTIVAL (College Square) Featuring local Athens music, kid-oriented music and Latino music segments. The bands Pride Parade, String Theory, Incatepec, Girls with Guitars, Kite to the Moon and DubConscious will headline. For a full schedule, see p. 10. Flicker Theatre & Bar 8:30 p.m. $5. flickerbar 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. NUTRIA AND FRIENDS Guests include Peter Alvanos (Fabulous Bird), Jay Gonzales (Drive-By Truckers), Adam Klein, Paul Walkern, and members of The Eskimos, County Fair and more. Georgia Theatre 9 p.m. $10 (adv), $15 (door). www.* CHRONICLES OF THE LANDSQUID This experimental rock band borrows elements from drum & bass, breakbeats, progressive trance and jazz fusion. EP3 Ohio-based band plays a unique mix of space rock and old-school improvisation. TELEPATH Asheville, NC zone-out trio that blends live instrumentation, deejaying and electronic compositions. The mellow new album, Fire One, draws on dub, dancehall, Indian and Arabic sounds. Go Bar 10 p.m. “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. Every Saturday. Little Kings Shuffle Club 9 p.m. BUBBLY MOMMY GUN Raucous psychedelic explorations led by members of Sleeping Friends, The Lickity-Splits and Ice Cream Socialists. THE EMPTIES Local pop-rockers The Empties combine melancholy vocals with surprisingly harmonized choruses, in an interesting combination of rhythmic mope-rock and more driving hard rock. The new self-titled record is out now. STEGOSAURUS Usually witty, sometimes danceable and always raw, this local trio plays songs about down-and-out characters who crash on “14 Couches,” don’t want to roll cigarettes or feel as ancient as a dinosaur. The Melting Point 8 p.m. $8 (adv.), $10 (door). www.* GREG HESTER Hester performs songs by Van Morrison with a scaled-down band of just acoustic guitar, cello and drums. Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation May 2 & 3, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. FREE! 706769-4565, 14TH ANNUAL SOUTHWORKS ARTS FESTIVAL Musical acts for this year’s Southworks Arts Festival include Mad Whiskey Grin, JazzChronic and Curley Maple. The Office Lounge 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-546-0840 SHORTBUS ALLSTARS The guys play blues-rock, incorporating standard numbers & original tunes. Rye Bar 10 p.m. PATRICK MCCLARY & HAYDEN SMITH McClary (Daybreakdown) and Smith (WILX) team up to create music with alternative and grunge roots, soaked in Southern styling. Sideways 11 p.m. FREE! sidewaysbar DJRX Brian G. delivers his own original mixes of current pop and

American Idol David Cook will perform at Georgia Theatre on Monday, May 4. dance with accents ranging from old-school to country. Tasty World Tasty Bar Downstairs. 10 p.m. $5. LATIN NIGHT Dance the night away to Latin rhythms. Terrapin 5:30 p.m. THE RAMBLERS A rootsy Americana rock sound dominates the music of The Ramblers, whose influences reach across the country. Wild Wing Café 10 p.m. FREE! ALAN YATES This Atlanta-based singer-songwriter experiments with psychobilly lyrics and atmospheric guitar sounds.

Sunday 3 Borders Books & Music 4 p.m. FREE! 706-583-8647 JENNY JUMPSTART Recent Athens transplant Jenny Jumpstart has a voice like a perfect glass of iced tea: classic yet refreshing and seeped in a sweetness that’s distinctively Southern. Downtown Athens May 2, 10 a.m.–10 p.m., May 3, 2–9 p.m. FREE! 31ST ANNUAL ATHENS HUMAN RIGHTS FESTIVAL (College Square) Featuring local Athens music, kid-oriented music and

Latino music segments. The bands Pride Parade, String Theory, Incatepec, Girls with Guitars, Kite to the Moon and DubConscious will headline. For a full schedule, see p. 10. Farm 255 11 p.m. FREE! THE JACK BURTON Local punk band featuring former members of departed Athens faves like Hunter-Gatherer, Let’s Surf! and Exit 86. Jot ‘Em Down Country Store & BBQ 3 p.m. FREE! 706-549-2100 THE TANGENTS Country-fried rock from Watkinsville carries Lynyrd Skynyrd licks and John Mellencamp melodies. Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation May 2 & 3, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. FREE! 706769-4565, 14TH ANNUAL SOUTHWORKS ARTS FESTIVAL The musical acts for this year’s Southworks Arts Festival include Mad Whiskey Grin, JazzChronic and Curley Maple.

Monday 4 Ciné Barcafé 7–10 p.m. FREE! OPEN JAZZ JAM Calling all jazz musicians. Now you can join local jazz group Sonny Got Blue every Monday for an open mic jam. Note the new location!

Fat Daddy’s 9 p.m. FREE! 706-353-0241 NATHAN SHEPPARD The local acoustic guitarist-harmonicist is known for his emotive singing style and his modern reworkings of classic tunes, from Dylan and Neil Young to Van Morrison. Georgia Theatre 9 p.m. $15.* DAVID COOK Singer-songwriter of American Idol fame tours in support of his latest single, “Come Back to Me.” RYAN STAR This New York-based singer-songwriter aims to make a name for himself as a solo pop artist. His first major label release, 11:59, comes out in June. Tasty World 10 p.m. $5. HORRIBLE IDEA This Atlanta/Athens four-piece plays an enthusiastically suburban mix of pop-punk and metal, occasionally blending in some upbeat ska influences to sound like Lagwagon or Less Than Jake.

Tuesday 5 Alibi 8 p.m.–12 a.m. FREE! 706-549-1010 DJ JOHN Country Rock DJ spins every Tuesday for Bike Nite. Caledonia Lounge 10 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). BAMBARA Citing both dreamy and aggressive bands as influences, this

local band has a sound that is truly right in between—Slowdive-like atmospherics matched occasionally with Fugazi ferocity. This is the band’s farewell show before departing on its European tour. SWEETBOX Paul McHugh from Mother Jackson performs a solo set. SYBRIS Psychedelic indie-pop band from Chicago showcases its slow jams from its highly acclaimed latest album, Into the Trees, and more. Go Bar 10 p.m. CINCO DE MAYO WITH CLAY LEVERETT The Lona front man spins classic country and western. Little Kings Shuffle Club 9 p.m. 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 7 p.m. $3. www.meltingpointathens. com NORTH GEORGIA BLUEGRASS BAND An eclectic blend of traditional and contemporary acoustic music. Part of Melting Point’s weekly bluegrass series, the Terrapin Tuesday Bluegrass Series. Sideways 11 p.m. FREE! sidewaysbar DJRX Brian G. delivers his own original mixes of current pop and dance with accents in a special Cinco de Mayo session. Tasty World 9 p.m.–2 a.m. FREE! www.tastyworld. net TASTY TUESDAY Now a weekly event hosted by Athens’ “Hip-Hop Ambassador” Mon2, the first Tuesday of every month features DJ Bulldawg Pup scratching and mixing old-school and contemporary hits, and an open mic for artists to perform, or producers to play tracks. Wild Wing Café 10 p.m. FREE! KARAOKE Every Tuesday night at the downtown wing chain’s upstairs space.

Wednesday 6 40 Watt Club 10 p.m. $5.* ANDY DAVIS Alternative pop songwriter with a soaring falsetto and piano-driven melodies. PAUL SMITH Acoustic singer/ songwriter from Gutyon, GA, with a strong Christian message. Caledonia Lounge 10 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). ELECTRA VILLAIN Acoustic-electric folk rock meets synth mixing in this local band’s music. Electra Villain’s authentic lo-fi sound from comes from its actual bare-bones resources. IDIOT SLOWDOWN The band names Radiohead as a key influence, so the name is probably taken from the OK Computer closing song “The Tourist.” Sound-wise, though, Idiot Slowdown has more in common with the alternative rock found on Pablo Honey. 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.

Georgia Theatre 10 p.m. $5. HIGHTIDE BLUES BAND This Auburn-based modern Southern rock band delivers acoustic and electric guitars backed by a hardhitting rhythm section. RADIOLUCENT Local act that falls somewhere between bluesy Southern rock and the poppier side of alt-country. 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 acoustic duo reworks both classic rockers and more recent hits. Kingpins Bowl & Brew 8 p.m.–Midnight. NORMALTOWN KARAOKE Every Wednesday night in the Terrapin Grill and Tap Room. The Melting Point 8 p.m. $5. www.meltingpointathens. com FREE LUNCH Dynamic jazz-oriented jam band with lots of funky slap bass, saxophone and fun sing-along melodies. The Office Lounge 9:30 p.m. FREE! 706-549-0840 KARAOKE Every Wednesday. Tasty World Tasty Bar. 10:30 p.m. FREE! www. KAOS House music every Wednesday! * Advance Tickets Available

Down the Line 5/7 Pastor of Muppets / Supernaut (Caledonia Lounge) 5/7 DJ Triz / Shpongle (Georgia Theatre) 5/7 Little Green Chairs (No Where Bar) 5/7 Carla LeFever (Roadhouse) 5/7 Hills Rolling (Terrapin) 5/7 Justin Brogdon (Wild Wing Café) 5/8 Dusty Rhodes and the River Band / Presidents of the United States of America (40 Watt Club)* 5/8 Big Eyed Beans from Venus / Jeffrey Bützer (Caledonia Lounge) 5/8 Lazer/Wülf / Marriage (Ciné Barcafé) 5/8 Southern Soul (Fat Daddy’s) 5/8 Jeremy Wheatley (Flicker Theatre & Bar) 5/8 Colt Ford (Georgia Theatre) 5/8 Beatles for Sale (J.R.’s Baitshack) 5/8 Marion Montgomery (Madison County Library) 5/8 Grant Mitchell & Friends (Rye Bar) 5/8 Ken Will Morton And Andrew Vickery (Terrapin) 5/8 Dromedary Quartet (The Melting Point) 5/8 Reservoir Dogs (Wild Wing Café) 5/8 “It’s Friday!” (WUGA 91.7 FM) 5/9 “Late Nite Disco” (Go Bar) 5/9 Kuroma / The Walkmen (40 Watt Club)* 5/9 The Buddy System / Pegasuses-XL / YeahBig+KidStatic (Caledonia Lounge) 5/9 WILX (Farm 255) 5/9 Diamond Back (Fat Daddy’s) 5/9 William Blackart / William Chamberlain / Adam Faucett / Henry Flowers (Flicker Theatre & Bar) 5/9 Colt Ford (Georgia Theatre) 5/9 Yankee Slickers (Rye Bar)

5/9 Jango Monkey (Terrapin) 5/9 The Rattlers (The Melting Point) 5/9 Steve Shuler (Wild Wing Café) 5/10 Mary Sigalas Trio (The Melting Point) 5/11 Darsombra / The Dumps / Hot Breath / Striking Lizaveta (Caledonia Lounge) 5/11 Nathan Sheppard (Fat Daddy’s) 5/12 Smokey’s Farmland Band (The Melting Point) 5/13 Kaos (Tasty World) 5/13 Napoleon Solo (Harry Bissett’s Bayou Grill) 5/14 Tim Easton / Todd McBride / Vigilantes of Love (40 Watt Club) 5/14 Slow Claw (Borders Books & Music) 5/14 Dusty Lightswitch (Caledonia Lounge) 5/14 Blueground Undergrass / Curley Maple / Stop Drop and Roll (Georgia Theatre) 5/14 JazzChronic (No Where Bar) 5/14 Great Society / Kochis / Misfortune 500 / The Warm Fuzzies (Tasty World) 5/14 TwentyNine (Terrapin) 5/15 The Planet Riders (Fat Daddy’s) 5/15 Bloodkin / Heavy Feathers (Georgia Theatre) 5/15 American Cheeseburger / Crude / Unit 21 / Worlds (Go Bar) 5/15 Firework Child / The Humms / Owlphabet / Warren Steele Stylee (Rye Bar) 5/15 AthFest CD Release Party (Tasty World) 5/15 Samurai Trout (Terrapin) 5/15 Deepstep (Wild Wing Café) 5/16 DJ Triz (Rye Bar) 5/16 Dr. Ian Johnson (Borders Books & Music) 5/16 Half Dozen Brass Band / One L (Farm 255) 5/16 Betsy Franke and the BKB (Fat Daddy’s) 5/16 Caroline Aiken (Georgia Theatre) 5/16 Super Luky Cat (Terrapin) 5/16 Big Daddy’s Band (The Melting Point) 5/16 Big Don Band (Wild Wing Café) 5/19 The Mudflapjacks (The Melting Point) 5/20 Bill Lupkin (The Melting Point) 5/21 Duke Fame (RPM) 5/21 Brandi Carlile (The Melting Point) 5/22 Burning Nova / Lullwater / Sequoyah Prep School (40 Watt Club) 5/22 Ten Toes Up (Rye Bar) 5/22 Dead Stick Landing (Terrapin Beer Co.) 5/22 The Highballs (The Melting Point) 5/22 Josh Ray (Wild Wing Café) 5/23 Harp Unstrung (Terrapin)










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bulletin board DO SOMETHING; GET INVOLVED! Deadline for getting listed in Bulletin Board and Art Around Town is every THURSDAY at 12 p.m. Email Listings are printed based on available space, more listings are online.

ART 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 Measure for Measure (Classic City Arts Production Studio) Classic City Arts is holding auditions for its summer production of the

Shakespeare play. May 3–8. help@, www.classic

CLASSES Art Classes (Lyndon House Arts Center) Now registering for summer classes, including a Portrait Painting Workshop with Leah Mantini, Painting with Charles, Low-Relief Casting and Feltmaking. 706-6133623, AWC Classes (Athens Wellness Cooperative) Offering community acupuncture sessions Wednesdays– Fridays from 1–5 p.m. ($25). Also,

ART AROUND TOWN ACC Library “Expression/Recession,” an exhibit featuring paintings by Jeremy Hughes that deconstruct cultural icons. Through April. (Heritage Room) “Ice Flowers: Celebrating the March 2009 Snow/Ice Storm,” an exhibit featuring photographs by Barbara Hutson. Through April. Exhibit of artwork created by the seniors of the ACC Senior Center. May 1–31. Reception May 6. Paintings by Keith L. Thurman. Through May. 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. Art Gallery La Place (Washington) “Fragile Balance,” featuring work by Athens artists Bob Hart and Will Eskridge. Through May 30. ATHICA “Crafting Romance” explores how love is expressed through the domestic and decorative arts. Featuring pieces crafted in a variety of media: jewelry, reconfigured telephones, drawing, photography, video and more. Through May 31. Aurum Studio “Lost Athens and Beyond,” a photographic essay by Jim McGregor. Through April. Barnes and Noble Café Work by students at Clarke Central High School. May 1–3. Big City Bread Cafe New paintings by Lou Kregel. Through April. Brick House Studio Exhibit featuring new work by Tim Adams, Andy Cherewick, Doug Makemson, Michael Pierce and Lamar Wood. Opening weekend May 2 & 3 (1–6 p.m.) and artists’ reception May 3 from 4–7 p.m. Continues through early summer by appointment only. Circle Gallery, UGA College of Environmental Design “Orr2: Interpreting the Legacy,” an artistic interpretation of Fred J. Orr’s revivalist architecture through the medium of handpainted silk by textile artist René D. Shoemaker. Through April. City Salon + Spa “A Series of Jars,” an exhibition by Lauren Harrell. Through April. Elements Hair Salon Abstract paintings by Meg McConnell. Through August. Flicker Theatre & Bar Work by MFA Fabric Design candidate Stephanie Blair. Through April. Georgia Center (Hill Atrium) “My India: Personal Reflections and Captured Moments,” featuring photography by UGA alumnus Eric Berg and UGA professor Farley Richmond. Through April. The Grit Image archivists Lou Kregel and Chris Purcell present “The Big Clip Art Show No. 1.” The exhibit features some of the artists’ favorite clip art images painted onto cut-out wood. Hampton Fine Art Gallery (Greensboro) “The Blue Green Earth Exhibition,” featuring works by Lamar Wood, Melin Miller, Lisa Hampton-Pepe,



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 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 four-week Maymester classes in stoneware, porcelain and earthenware. 706-355-3161, www.gooddirt. net Computer Class (ACC Library) “Digital Cameras: The Basics.” In the Educational Technology Center. Call

RainDance and Cameron Hampton. Through May 30. Just Pho and More Oil paintings by Melody Croft. Through April. Lamar Dodd School of Art (Gallery 101 & 307) BFA art education, sculpture and drawing/ painting exit show. Through May 1. Reception May 1. (Gallery 101 & 307) BFA interior design, jewelry, fabric design and ceramics exit show. May 4–8. Reception May 8. Lyndon House Arts Center 34th Annual Juried Exhibition, featuring work by area artists in a variety of media. Through May 9. “Mama Had One of Those,” an exhibit of selected pottery from the collection of Bill and Dorothy Paul. Through May 30. Eight winning designs from the Athens Area Arts Council’s “You, Me and the Bus” competition. Through May 9. Madison-Morgan Cultural Center “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 “Night Photos” by Brooke Easler. Through mid-May. Marigold Cafe (Winterville) Abstract paintings by Meg McConnell. Through August. Monroe Art Guild Annual Walton County student show. Through Apr. 30. Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation 14th Annual Southworks Juried Art Exhibition features selected works in a variety of media produced by artists from around the country. Through May 9. www. The Point of Art Gallery (Union Point) “Rite of Passage,” featuring selected works by owner Anne Jenkins and eight local artists. Through May 23. Red Eye Coffee Photography by Dena Gunter Maxwell. Through April. 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. UGA Caldwell Hall (Owens Library) “If Walls Could Talk: Then and Now at UGA,” a poster exhibit displaying several historic buildings on the UGA campus as they used to appear and as they appear now. Through Apr. 30. UGA Main Library Exhibit showcasing both historic landscapes and the role of historic preservation in the sustainability movement. Through Apr. 30. Washington Historical Museum (Washington) Premiere showing of Herb Bridges’ collection of hand-painted movie poster boards from the ‘30s and ‘40s. Through May. White Tiger Gourmet Food & Chocolates Drawings by Jill Carnes. Through Apr. 30. Wild Child Arts (Monroe) “Crosses/Rebirth,” featuring work by local artists. Through April. www.

Sarah Laurentius’ photography is part of “Crafting Romance” at ATHICA through May 31. to register. May 7, 10–11 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 Computer Class (Madison County Library) Final part of Introduction to Computer Series is “Fun with Publisher.” Preregistration required. Meeting time: Apr. 29 at 11 a.m. FREE! 706-7955597 Cookin’ Up Compost (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Learn the basic ingredients and directions to make compost at home. Composting supplies provided to all attendees. May 4, 6–7:30 p.m. $12. 706-542-6156, botgarden Cooking in the Garden: Lite in Spring (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Create light, delicate springtime dishes. Pre-registration required. May 21, 6:30 p.m. $27. 706-542-6156, botgarden Equine Extravaganza (UGA Livestock Arena—2600 S. Milledge Avenue) Educational seminar covering equine health concepts with live demos, hands-on activities and raffles. Lunch provided with admission. 8 a.m.–4 p.m. $25 (adults), $12.50 (students). www.crossroadsvet Fitness Boot Camps (St. Mary’s Wellness Center) Now registering for high-intensity fitness boot camps. Program will feature strength training, agility and balance, plyometrics and calisthenics. Camps start June

1 and meet for two months on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Adult Boot Camp meets from 8–9 a.m. ($100/month). Teen Boot Camp meets from 2–3 p.m. ($30/week). Registration ends May 29. 706-3893355, Genealogy on the Internet (ACC Library) A brief intro to Internet resources for genealogy. Databases in Galileo will be introduced. Registration required. May. 14, 6–8:45 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 Hatha Yoga (Full Bloom Center) All levels welcome. Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m. melkitch@ MBI Classes (Mind Body Institute) Offerings include Beginner Yoga, Gentle Yoga, Chair Yoga, Prenatal Yoga and Tai Chi Chih. Also, Meditation Intensive with Dr. Rich Panico that consists of two meditation courses and a silent retreat in the GA mountains. 706-475-7329, Swing Dancing (Rubber Soul Yoga Revolution Studio) Beginners welcome, no partner necessary. Lesson starts at 9 p.m. Social dancing continues until midnight. Tuesdays. $3. 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: Facebook (ACC Library) Learn the basics of one of the fastest growing social networking sites. May 13, 12:15–1:15 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 Tile Wall Works (Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation) Workshop to create and install a major collaborative clay wall mural. Led by Jerry Chappelle. Offered in six sessions May 9–June 22, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. $180. 706-769-4565, info@ Women’s Self-Defense and Personal Safety (AKF Itto Martial Arts) Six-week workshop covering social, psychological and physical aspects of safety. Led by Sarah Peck, second-degree black belt in Kyuki-Do. Thursdays, Apr. 30–June 4, 7:45 p.m.–9:15 p.m. $25. 706-353-7743, www.akfitto. com 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. www.athensomtown

HELP OUT! Athens-Oconee CASA (CASA— 220 College Avenue) Now recruiting volunteers for spring training session. CASA volunteers provide legal advocacy for abused and neglected

children. 706-613-1922, www.athens Free IT Athens (Free IT Athens) Seeking volunteers and donations for computer refurbishing program. Stop by 594 Oconee Street Sundays from 1–5 p.m. or Wednesdays from 6–8 p.m. Great American Clean-Up Challenge (Various Locations) All Adopt-a-Highway Groups and community groups are challenged to organize a litter clean-up and/ or beautification project during GreenFest. Call Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful to organize a green activity. 706-613-3501

KIDSTUFF Auditions for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (ACC Library) Young Actors Studio is holding auditions for its summer production. Singing and dancing required for some roles. Come prepared with a one-minute song for Snow White and other major roles. May 18, 6:30–8:30 p.m. Babies & Beasties Series (Sandy Creek Nature Center) Help your toddler discover nature. Ages 18 months–2 years, with adult. Registration required. Spring session: Thursdays, May 7–28, 10 a.m. $7. 706-613-3615 Battle of the Bands (Monsignor Donovan Catholic High School) Now accepting applications for second annual Ram Jam scheduled for May 23. Application online. Deadline for submission is May 1. Bandmembers must be between the ages of 11 and 19. All proceeds from event benefit Bethlehem Ministry’s Haiti Project. Creative Movement (Floorspace) Ongoing class for ages 3–5. Thursdays, 4:15 p.m. $40/4 classes. 706-850-5557, lisayaconelli@ Freedom to Grow Unschool (Call for location) Holding meetings with parents interested in discussing innovative new school for elementary students that is forming in Athens. Call for meeting times. The school will feature a democratic, homeschool-like learning environment. 478-718-1414, Garden Earth Nature Camp (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) In Garden Earth I (June 8–12 & 15–19) campers explore pollinators, soil critters and food chains. In Garden Earth II (July 6–10 & 13–17) they investigate water, insects and trees. Ages 5–8. Registration forms online. 9 a.m.–12 p.m. $95. www. Karate Summer Camp (American Black Belt Academy) Offering three week-long sessions in June and July. No experience necessary. Ages 5–11. Space is limited, register early. 706-549-1671 Kids’ Art Camps (Good Dirt) Now registering for summer art camps. Complete schedule info and registration forms at 706-355-3161 Movie-Making Workshop (ACC Library) Learn the basics of scripting, costuming, acting, production and editing. Everything you need to know to show your movie at library’s upcoming Teen Film Festival will be covered. May 26, 1:30–5:30 p.m. & May 27–29, 2–5:30 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 New Moon Summer Adventure Camps (Various Locations) Now accepting registration for summer camp that travels to different state parks and natural areas daily. Activities include hiking,

swimming, boating and more. Fee includes all expenses. 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, Summer Art Camps (Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation) Now registering for three June/July sessions. Children will explore a wide range of art media in each session. Each twoweek session is from 9 a.m.–12 p.m. with a break in the middle for snack time. Ages 4–8 and 9–12. Schedule online. $240/session. 706-7694565, Summer Camp (Canopy Studio) Now registering for three two-week sessions in June and July for grades K–5. Activities include trapeze, dance, art, drumming and gymnastics. Email to reserve spot. $150/ week, $250/two weeks. ashowah@, Sweet Pea Club Camp (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Camp developed specially for young nature lovers. Programs involve puppet shows, storytelling, learning games, nature crafts and garden explorations. Ages 3–4. June 22–26, 9–11 a.m. $110. Yoga Sprouts Summer Stretch Camp (Full Bloom Center) Now registering for summer camp featuring children’s yoga, arts, gardening and more. One week sessions (Monday–Thursday, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.) throughout June and July. Ages 3–12. $120/week.

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reality check Matters Of The Heart And Loins This is a bit of an old story, I’m afraid, but bear with me. I was in a relationship for a long time. Things were great, then they weren’t, then we split, got back together, etc. Years. So, the first guy I actually met outside of the longterm boyfriend is great. He is attractive, smart, educated, ambitious, etc. And he likes me. So, we date, and it’s pretty hot, but I don’t want to get too serious, because I have just gotten out of the other thing, and also, he is leaving. I won’t get into why, but it is not negotiable. His departure time is not known. I stopped seeing him because I was starting to get attached too quickly, and he obviously wasn’t. We had great chemistry, but he always made it clear that he wasn’t in it for the long haul. He was often too busy to see me, and certainly dating other women (which, to be fair, was within the agreement we made). So, I dropped him like cigarettes—meaning, slowly, painfully, and with several incidents of sneaking one on a lunch break. He protested, but I stood firm. And then I didn’t, and we had a series of great dates, and then I realized that it was happening again. Finally, I stopped for real. This was a couple months ago. And now he is pursuing me harder than ever. I am having trouble resisting, because as I said, he’s pretty hot, and we have great chemistry, and frankly I haven’t met anybody else that interests me at all. I am still quit, but I wonder if I should be. Why bother? Should I just take what I can get while it’s here? Anonymous You haven’t told me why he is leaving, and you seem quite convinced that whatever he told you is real, but I have to ask. Are you sure that he is actually leaving? Is it possible that he’s giving you some sort of “shipping out” story so you won’t have any expectation of a long-term relationship? And do you think he’s giving the same story to all the women he’s sleeping with? Whatever the case may be, I think you’ve done the right thing by walking away. And as is often the case, he seems to want you more now that he can’t have you, right? The guy is either an emotional fuckwit or a player, and either way he’s nothing but trouble. You are obviously looking for something real. Stick to your proverbial guns and don’t waste your time. You’ve already had a pleasantly torrid affair, so consider it your rebound and go on to search for something meaningful. I have been with my girlfriend for a couple of years. We’re talking about moving in together in the fall when both of our leases run out. I really love her, and things between us are great, but I am starting to have doubts about the moving in part. She is a morning person. She has a job that requires her to get up really early during the week, and because she insists that she can’t possibly survive on less than eight or nine hours of sleep, she always wants to go to bed early. Also, she is always tired on Friday because she has gotten up early and worked every day all week, so those nights are usually out, too. This isn’t usually a problem, because I will either go home with her and go to bed or I will stay out with my friends,

and she’ll turn in, but I’m not so sure it’s going to make a happy living situation. I have a regular job, but I don’t have to get up as early and I don’t need as much sleep as she seems to. The biggest problem is that she often wants me to come to bed when I’m not tired. I do this sometimes to keep her happy, but sometimes I just can’t sleep, and she gets mad at me if I get out of bed. I have gotten used to her not being as social as I am, but I worry that moving in together is going to create an expectation that I should be home all the time or that we can only do things together. Also, I can’t imagine her being okay with me having people over to watch a game or anything if she has to get up early. I love this girl, but I don’t know if we can actually live together, and now that the conversation has happened, I feel like it’s already over. What should I do? Not Homey You need to talk to her. Just because the two of you are great as a couple does not mean that you will make great roommates. It is obvious from the way that you talk about this that her lack of sociability and need for sleep is frustrating to you. Have you told her this? It seems to me that if you are sometimes able to go home and go to bed when you aren’t really ready, then she should sometimes be able to go out on a Friday night or maybe even stay up late on a school night.There is also a possibility that this is not going to ever be the case. If that is true, then how can you possibly expect to live together? And why do you (or does she) feel the need to? It is possible (and sometimes much healthier) to maintain a relationship while occupying separate places. In your case, I think it might be the only way. Either way, you need to talk to her about it, and for God’s sake, be honest. Really think about what living together will mean for your social life and discuss possible ways of dealing with it. Don’t ruin a good thing because you were too afraid to be honest with each other. Jyl, I have to disagree with the advice you gave to Helpless. Not everybody is meant to go to college. For some people it is just a big waste of time and money, and if she isn’t good at school then maybe it just isn’t for her. I usually like your advice and agree with you, but I think you dropped the ball on that one. A college degree isn’t a guarantee or even a measure of success in life. Self-Taught

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2BR/1BA renovated apts., perfect for grad students, nice & quiet, close to campus & Dwntn. 225 China St. 2 avail. now! Also preleasing for fall, $400–$550/mo. Incl. water & trash, no dogs, laundry onsite. Chris (706) 202-5156.

12 mo. lease first mo. is free, 15 mo. lease $1000 off making 1BRs $443.34, 2BRs $523.34, 3BRs $638.34. Move in April, rent free! Pet friendly. On busline. (706) 549-6254. Hurry. Restrictions apply. 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 kaceyprice@, (706) 540-2829. 1BR/1BA. All elec., water furnished, nice! On bus line. Single pref. Avail. now! (706) 543-4271. 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/1BA. $450/mo. FP, DW, CHAC. 418 Lexington Heights. Dogs OK. (706) 749-9141. 2BR/1BA. Walk to campus & Dwntn. apt. Quiet bldg. New paint. Water/trash incl. Avail. now! $450/mo. Drive by 199 Little St. then call (706) 215-4496. 2BR/2.5BA w/ W/D for $700/mo. Lg. townhouse condo w/ pool view located less than 1 mi. from UGA & Dwntn. Pets welcome. (706) 839-8762. 2BR/2BA on College Station. Huge apt., FP, deck, lots of closets, DW, W/D, CHAC. Avail. 8/1. Pre–leasing. Pets OK. $575/mo. (706) 369-2908. 3BR/2.5BA townhouse on Milledge. Unique flrplan, W/D, pool, sand volleyball, on busline. Great location, great value! Call Paul (678) 462-0824.

2BR/2BA, H a r r i s P l a c e Apartments. 1 block from Varsity! Incl. CHAC, DW, W/D. $695/mo. Flexible move–in dates. Call (706) 546-6900 or go to 3BR/2BA condo in gated community. HWflrs, tile, etc., great shape & location. Flexible on move–in. $1200/mo. Must see! Call Geoff for more (706) 206-3560. Owner is lic. RE agent in Ga., #302489. Avail. 6/1. 1BR apt. Walking distance to campus. In great n’hood. All appls., CHAC, HWflrs. $630/mo. Call (706) 340-7531. Beautiful studio apt. Tile granite & stainless steel appls. W/D incl. Fully furnished. Across from Family Housing/East Campus. 5 min. to dt. $695/mo. Contact Jill (678) 524-4112. Brick duplex. 2BR/2BA w/ all extras, very clean. Just off Mitchell’s Bridge Rd. 2 mi. from Publix. $500/mo. Grad students & professionals welcome. (706) 254-0478. Cedar Shoals Dr. area. 4 or 5BR/4BA. Lg. rms., quiet n’hood, W/D incl. $1K/mo. + dep. req’d. (706) 742-8555. Close to Dwntn. 2BR/1BA apt. in house. HWflrs, DW, W/D, CHAC. $600/mo. Avail. 8/1. (706) 7694779 or (706) 207-2001. 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. College Station 2BR/2BA. All appls + W/D, FP, xtra closet space, water/garbage incl. $575/mo. Owner/Agent (706) 340-2450.

Convenient Westside l o c a t i o n ! Spacious 2 & 3BR/1.5BA townhomes. W/D hookups, sparkling pool, on busline. 2BRs $459–$579/ mo. 1/2 off 1st mo. rent w/ 13 mo. lease. *Must pass credit & background check.* Riverwood Apar tments (706) 353-2879. DGH Properties Inc. 112 Foundry St. Now leasing for Aug. Dwntn. Close to everything but out of bar scene. 1 & 2 BR avail. Enjoy living in the ambiance of a historic bldg. Call George at (706) 340-0987. F a l l S p e c i a l ! Best deal at The Lodge. 2BR/2BA. Incl. basic cable & Internet, clubhouse w/ pool, fitness center, & much more! Sign up now for $750/mo. Athens Realty (706) 353-0708. 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. Lynn Rock Apts. 1BR/1BA $490/mo. On Bloomfield St. off Baxter, Near campus. DW, water, trash incl. Mention this ad & receive $100 off your sec. dep.!! (706) 353-6868 or www. On the River. 12 ac. in Clarke Co. Min.’s from campus & mall. All w/ deck or porches. Incl. water, trash, W/D. Pets ok w/ approval. 1BR/ loft $350/mo., two 1BR/1BA $400/mo. Off Tallassee Rd. Call (706) 614-3252. Pre–leasing for fall. Townhouses at North Ave., approx. 2 mi. to campus. All 2BR/2.5BA. Lg. kitchens, DW, CHAC, W/D, $725/mo., incl. pest control & garbage service. Call Matthew (706) 224-1544.

Overlook Village at China & Little St. 2BR/1BA. $440/mo. Pls. call Dave (706) 207-2908. 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. Ve r y cool layout! 3BR/1.5BA apt. in quadraplex. 2 blocks from campus. 5 Pts. area. W/D, CHAC, nice patio. $1050/mo. Pre–leasing. Avail. 8/1. Pets OK. Call (706) 369-2908. Westside condos. 2BR/2BA, $600/mo. 3BR/2BA, $700/ mo. Conver ted clubhouse into a huge open flr. plan. 4BR/2.5BA, $1200/mo. Eastside quadraplex 2BR/2BA, $525/mo.2BR/1BA, $490/mo. Call McWaters Realty, (706) 549-3222, (706) 353-2700.

Apartments for Sale $159,811. 3BR/2.5BA condo conveniently located on the Eastside. Priv. & less than 5 mi. to Dwntn. Athens. Close by 6/1 & receive 6 mo. paid HOA dues! See it online at ReignSold. c o m o r C a l l R ei g n a t Coldwell Banker Upchurch Realty. (706) 372-4166, (706) 543-4000. $94,900. 1BR/1BA University Tower condo. Excellent views of Dwntn Athens. See it online at or call Chard Rader at Keller Williams Realty Greater Athens, (706) 338-7058 or (706) 316-2900. 1305 Cedar Shoals. $121,900. 2BR/2BA condo. Call Reign (706) 372- 4166.

Houses for Rent $1350/mo. $450/BR. Incl. utils. 5 Pts., 1 block to UGA. 3BR. Avail 6/1. CHAC, W/D, D W, h i g h c e i l i n g s . E m a i l or call (706) 714-4486. $350–$1950/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:

$600/mo. 2BR/1BA, prel e a s i n g for 8/1. Historic house. 386 N. Chase St. CHAC, W/D, DW, wood flrs., high ceilings. Pets OK. Email, call (706) 714-4486. $725/mo. 3BR/1.5BA. 171 Kenwood Dr. CHAC. Lots of storage space! Fenced yd., wooded lot. Quiet n’hood. (706) 338-7740, (706) 549-4857. $750/mo. 3BR/1BA house on 2 ac. in Winterville. 5 mins from Athens. Very safe n’hood. Wooded lot. Pets OK. Call (706) 338-4669. $995/mo., 3BR/2BA, lg. house, only 5 min. to campus. Popular Eastside, safe n’hood, exc. cond., no pets. 475 Crestwood Dr. Call Mike at (706) 207-7400 or email 1/2 mi. from Downtown. 1, 2, 3, 4BR houses & apts. located in the historic Blvd. n’hood. Please check out boulevard​ property​ or call (706) 548-9797. 1/2 mi. to UGA. Nice 2BR/1BA. HWflrs., CHAC, W/D, fenced yd., pets OK. 1284 E. Broad, across from Chicopee apts. $690/mo. Avail. 8/1. Rose (706) 540-5979. 12 mo. lease first mo. is free, 15 mo. lease $1000 off making 1BRs $443.34, 2BRs $523.34, 3BRs $638.34! Move in April rent free! Pet friendly, on busline. (706) 549-6254. Hurry. Restrictions apply. 136 Grove Street. $1200/ mo. Aug. 1. 4BR/3BA located on Oconee hill near Mama’s Boy & Waffle House. Lg, spacious rms. Huge yd. & a lg. front porch. boulevard​p roperty​ m a n a g e m e n t . c o m . Call today (706) 548-9797. 140 Indale Ave. 2BR/1BA close to Dwntn. & UGA. $600/ mo. Total electric, CHAC, W/D, DW, sec. sys., fenced, deck., (706) 714-4486. 145 Mell St. 5 Pts. Sm. garage efficiency apt. HWflrs., W/D. $400/mo. incl. utils. 1 block from UGA. Avail. 6/1. Email, call (706) 714-4486. 180 O’Farrell. 5 Pts. house. Great location, near UGA Baseball Field, lg. rambling house. Go to www.boulevard​ property​ Call today (706) 548-9797. 1BR Cottage in Blvd area. Fully remodeled. Incl. DW & W/D hookups. $695/mo. Call (706) 546-6900 or go to 1BR apt. in house on Sunset/ Normaltown. Wood flrs., porch, W/D. Split utils. w/ other apt. Pets OK. $450/mo. Flex. starting dates 6/15–8/1. Call (706) 543-5497.



1BR homes avail. now! $465/ mo. Walk to Dwntn & campus. All Hart Realty. Tiffany (706) 4763262 or Julie (706) 201-7363. 1BR up to 3BR houses. Preleasing for next school yr. Close to UGA & Dwntn. Call (706) 714-4486 or email at 1BR/1BA historic home. Close to Dwntn. & UGA. CHAC, W/D, DW, fenced. $500/mo., (706) 714-4486. 1BR huge apt. in historic Blvd house, Incl. W/D hookups, DW, HWflrs, pet friendly. 2 to choose from! $675-795/mo. Call (706) 546-6900 or go to 1st mo. rent free. Avail. Aug. 1st. 3BR/3BA, huge kit., lg. yd., back deck, pets welcome. $850/mo. Call Teresa (706) 714-4000. 2 country houses. 3BR/2BA. Avail. now. 10 & 15 min. from Dwntn. Athens. CHAC, all appls., 40 ac. fenced pasture for horses in absolute privacy. $900/mo. & $1K/mo. Call (706) 340-7531. 2535 Barnett Shoals. Aug 1. $850/mo. 3BR/1.5BA. HWflrs., fenced backyd, a great kit. & a carport. boulevard​property​ m a n a g e m e n t . c o m . Call today (706) 548-9797. 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 $625/month. Milledge Court #20. Avail. June 15. Great 5 Pts. duplex, tile BA, HWflrs. Great location! boulevard​ property​ Call today (706) 548-9797. 2BR/1BA + dining room and study. Quiet & safe n’hood. HWflrs., CHAC, W/D, DW. Nice cond. $750/mo. Call (706) 548-5869. 2BR/1BA A–frame. Close to Dwntn. & bypass. Shady lot. $625/mo. Call (706) 202-2312. 2BR/1BA cool house! $800/mo. 0.5 mi. from Dwntn. All appls. 340 Ruth St. Apt. B. Avail. 8/1. (706) 713-0626. 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 house in Blvd area, HWflrs, screen porch, W/D hookups, flexible move–in. $925/ mo. Call (706) 546-6900 or go to 2BR/1BA renovated mill house on 1st St. High ceilings, HWflrs, chef’s kit. w/ all appls. Big priv. yd., front porch, rear deck, storage buildling. $850/mo. (706) 202-9507. 2BR/1BA w/ study, sunrm., priv. garden, shed, CHAC, W/D, new IKEA kit. 735 Little Oconee St. Walk to campus, Dwntn., Greenway. $825/mo. Avail. 1 yr. in Aug. or 15 mo. in May. Call Patrick (404) 295-8305. 2BR/1BA. 1/2 mi. to Arch. All appls., HWflrs, lg. wood deck overlooks priv. fenced yd. $700/ mo. (706) 202-9507.

2BR/1BA, pre-leasing. CHAC, W/D, DW, sec. sys., fenced. Pets OK. Close to Dwntn. & UGA. $300/BR. Email, call (706) 714-4486.

4BR/3BA. Lg. rms., huge closets, gigantic eat–in kit., CHVAC, DW, W/D. Screened porch, Blvd. area, shared fenced yd., some pets OK. Avail. 8/1. $1395/mo. Lease, dep., ref. req’d. Call (706) 227-6000.

2BR/1BA. 2785 Danielsville Rd. Perfect for Grad student. Wooded. Total electric, CHAC, W/D. Wood flrs., fenced yd., lawncare incl. $550/mo. + dep. (706) 546-5390, lv. msg.

4BR/4BA brand new houses Dwntn & 5 Pts. Awesome locations! W/D incl. Now preleasing for Fall 09. $1800-1900/ mo. Call Aaron (706) 207-2957.

2BR/1BA. Avail. 6/1. Off Pulaski. Close to Dwntn. Wood flrs., W/D, screened porch. $430/mo. Email, call (706) 714-4486. 3BR/1.5BA Eastside. CHAV, front & backyd, liv. rm., din. rm., den. $800/mo. + $1000 dep. (706) 206-5344, lv. msg. 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/1BA ARMC area. W/D, HWflrs., tiled kitchen, fenced backyd., carport. $750/mo. Credit check. Call Andy (215) 284-2503. 3BR/1BA home avail. for Aug.! $915/mo. In the Normaltown/ ARMC area. (706) 201-7363. 3BR/1BA. 1 mi. from Arch. Fenced yd. HWflrs. W/D incl. All appls. $900/mo. (706) 202-9507. 3BR/1BA. 1/2 mile to campus. Fenced backyd., HWflrs., DW, W/D, CHAC. Pets OK. Pre–leasing. Avail. 8/1. $975/mo. Won’t last! (706) 369-2908. 3BR/1BA. Pets OK. $800/mo. 220 Habersham Dr. (706) 613-2317. 3BR/2BA house across from Navy/Med school main gate. 425 Oglethorpe. $950/mo. Fenced yd. Call (770) 725-1555 or email 3BR/2BA off of Prince Ave. Avail. now! $750/mo. Call Anne Gilree (706) 206-3332. 3BR/3BA Eastside. Quiet n’hood. $1100/mo. All appls. 213 Springtree St. Avail. 8/1. (706) 713-0626. 3BR/3BA. Huge house on Greenway! $1400/mo. All appls. 978 MLK Pkwy. Avail. 8/1. (706) 713-0626. 3BR pre–leasing. 5 Pts., 1 block to UGA & Milledge Ave. Beautiful home. $1350/mo. $450/BR. Includes utilities. Email hathawayproperties@, call (706) 714-4486. 4BR/2BA renovated victorian home. 1/2 mi. from campus. W/D, DW, fenced yd., HWflrs, $1525/ mo. Huge rooms! Lots of character. Pre–leasing. Avail. 8/1. Pets OK. (706) 369-2908.

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 s p e c i a l ! W/D, sec. sys., 24 hr. maint. service, pets welcome, lawn & pest incl. (706) 552-3500. Go to www. 4BR/4BA house. On UGA busline. Community pool. $1900/ mo. Also avail. 2BR/1BA apt. Walk to campus. $595-$695/mo. Both have W/D, & appls. Water & trash incl. Pets OK w/ dep. Call (706) 207-9295. 4–5BR/2BA 100 yr. old farm house. 2 decks, great porch, wood flrs. High ceilings, country setting but only .5 mi. to civilization. Good dog OK. (706) 548-9797. Avail. anytime between May & July. $1200/mo. 5 Pts. 4BR/4BA. Won’t last! Cloverhurst/Bloomfield area. Luxury living. Walk 2 blocks to campus. DW, W/D, CHAC. Pets OK. Pre–leasing. Avail. 8/1. $500/BR. (706) 369-2908. 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. All Around Athens & near Campus! 4BR/2BA, 322 Whitehall Rd., $750/ mo. 3BR/1BA, 606 Whitehall Rd., $750/mo. 3 B R / 2 B A , 739 Beaverdam Rd. $850/ mo. 3BR/2BA, 276 Oak Meadows, $995/mo. 3BR/2BA, 1060 Macon Hwy., $850/mo. 3BR/1BA, 131 Rose St., $685/ mo. 3BR/2BA, 4930 Mars Hill Rd, Oconee Co. $850/ mo. 4BR/2BA 597 Dearing St., off Milledge, $1295/mo. (706) 714-7000, (706) 5467946. F l o w e r s R e n t a l s @ See virtual tours

Avail. August 1. 2BR duplex on quiet wooded lot. Eastside. CHAC. Free garbage p/u. Pets upon approval. (404) 314-1177. Avail. Aug. 2BR/1BA. Wood flrs., CHAC, DW, W/D. Water & trash incl. $750/mo. 1365 E Broad St. (706) 255-2493. Avail. Aug. Eastside 3BR/1.5BA, lv. rm., dining area, sunrm., garage, lg. fenced yd. Ansley Dr. Lawncare provided. $1K/mo. (706) 338-6716. Avail. Aug. Spacious 3BR/2BA, lg. kit., lv. rm. area, HWflrs., W/D, close to Dwntn. & campus. Cleveland Ave. Lawncare provided. $1200/ mo. (706) 338-6716. Available Now. Eastside 3BR/2BA, large bedrooms, deck. Recently fully renovated. 120 Woody Lane. $825/mo. (706) 207-4243 or (229) 263-2300. 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. (706) 713-0626. Best rentals in Athens! 1–5BR houses, apts., condos. In the heart of UGA/Dwntn/5 Pts. Pre–leasing for Aug! Call (706) 369-2908 for more info. Boulevard area, 686 1/2 Barber St.4BR/3BA, DW, W/D HWflrs., screened porch, lg. rms., renovated old church. Some pets OK. Avail. 8/1. $1395/mo. Lease, dep., ref’s. (706) 227-6000. Close to Dwntn. Apt. in house. 3BR/1BA w/ alarm sys. Nice side yd. HWflrs, DW, W/D, CHAC. $800/mo. Avail. 8/1. (706) 7694779 or cell (706) 207-2001. Close to Dwntn. New 4BR/3.5BA houses. New appls. Pets welcome. Rent from $950– $1300/mo. Call (706) 540-1257. Country Cottage. 1BR/1BA, 15 mins. to UGA & Dwntn. Appls incl. & W/D hookup. $450/mo. Call (706) 788-2988.

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. $1595/mo. Call (706) 369-2908.

Lovely, vacant home. 3BR Village of Jennings Mills Golf Course. W/D. 2.5BA. 2–car attached, garage. Professor owned property. $1200/mo. (706) 224-9747.

Extra lg. 1BR duplexes on Oglethorpe Ave. Quiet living w/ FP, HWflrs, CHAC, W/D hookups, pet friendly. Call (706) 5466900 or go to www.Valerio

Normaltown/ARMC. 180 Willow Run. Very nice, 3BR/1BA. HWflrs, DW, W/D, CHAC. Lg. fenced backyd. Pets OK w/ dep. Avail. 5/1. $900/mo. (404) 210-7145.

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 Great 4BR/4BA houses. Live next to your buddies! 1/2 mi. from campus. Front porch, back deck, nice yd., DW, W/D, CHAC. Pets OK. Pre–leasing Avail. 8/1. $1400/mo. (706) 369-2908. Heart of 5 Pts. 3BR/2.5BA house w/ separate cottage in rear. Avail. June 1. $2200/mo. Call Paul for details (706) 714-9607. Heart of 5 Pts. 3BR/2BA. Lv. rm., din. rm., & kitchen. No pets. Unfurnished. $1450/mo. Call (706) 548-4358. Historic Blvd. area. 193 Nacoochee 2BR/1BA. Beautiful HWflrs., high ceilings, clawfoot tub, eat–in kitchen, W/D, garden. Pets OK. $800/mo. Lease dep. (706) 206-7067. House for Rent, Oconee County. Off Jimmie Daniel Rd. behind Sam’s Club. 3BR/2.5BA, pool & tennis courts. $1500/mo. Lawn maintenance & HOA dues incl. (706) 308-5334. Lg. 3BR/2BA house 1 mi. from campus. HWflrs throughout. All appls incl. Lg. fenced–in backyd. $800/mo. Pets welcome. (770) 995-6788. New construction! 4BR/4BA. All appls. incl. $450/BR. A view of Dwntn. Off North Ave. Avail. July. (706) 202-4648.

Normaltown/Navy School area. Willow Run. Brick townhouse duplex. Upstairs unit apt. Private, quiet 2BR/1BA, HWflrs., lg. fenced yd. Pets OK. $600/ mo. lease/dep. (706) 207-4636. Northside 2BR/1BA, lg. lot, $600/mo. Hospital area, Fenced–in yd. Avail. June. $800/ mo. Eastside 3BR/2BA. Lg. yd., on dead–end street. $1100/mo. Cedar Creek 4BR/2BA $1100/ mo. Call McWaters Realty, (706) 549-3222, (706) 353-2700. Now leasing & pre–leasing in–town properties. 3, 4, & 5BR’s. Pls. call Garnett (706) 540-0093. 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,

Houses for Sale $68K. 3BR/1BA house w/ garage. CHAC, lg. wooded lot. Owner financing, or rent to own. $595/mo. (706) 549-4580. $69,900. 2–3BR/1BA. Dwntn Athens. 1256 W. Hancock. New roof & new siding. CHAC, plumbing electrical, HWflrs. Won’t last! Call (706) 714-4603. $89,900. Studio 40. 1BR/1BA. Tile & HWflrs., DW, courtyds, w/in walking distance to Ramsey Center! Call Reign at Coldwell Banker Upchurch Realty. (706) 372-4166, (706) 543-4000. ➤ continued on next page

Amazing renovated 5BR/3BA. 1/2 mi. from campus. 2 lv. rms., 2 kitchens, big BRs, huge deck, plenty of parking. DW, W/D, CHAC. Pets OK. Pre–leasing. Avail. 8/1. $400/BR. (706) 369-2908.

4BR/2BA w/ game rm. & den. 2600 sq. ft. Carport. $860/mo. 1st & last mo. dep. 5 min. to Dwntn/campus. (706) 354-1652 after 5 pm.




185 Poplar. $224,936. 3BR/1.5BA In town classic Artisan home Call Reign (706) 372-4166. 2-story condo in Drayton Square. Mins. to Dwntn/Campus & off of Loop. 2BR/2.5BA w/ upgraded kitchen & BAs. FSBO. Call (706) 461-1840. 3BR/2BA brick home in Forest Heights n’hood. HWflrs, granite counters, lg. rms. Updated appls. Formal din. rm. Lg. yd. $139K. Purchase or lease. (479) 879-1541 or (479) 841-8039. 3BR/2BA house. Beechwood, 5 Pts. area. HWflrs, new appls. $335K. (706) 254-4343. Artistic Renovation of 1BR/1BA cottage w/ artist’s studio. 14ft. ceilings, reclaimed metal, reclaimed flrs., artistic metalwork throughout $129,900. Sarah Ellis w/ CJ&L (706) 559-4520, (706) 338-6265.

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 Retail Suites for lease at Homewood Village. 1K–12,500 sq. ft. avail. For more info. Call Bryan Austin at (706) 353-1039 or visit www.

Roommates 1 or 2 roommates needed to share nice apt. in Appleby Mews. Near campus. $375/mo. per person. (678) 887-4599 or email Awesome house! 1 or 2 M/F needed for 3BR/2BA. W/D, DW, FP, deck, fenced yds., garage. Rooms open 6/1. $310/mo.+ utils. 10 min drive to Dwntn. (352) 215-0056.

Charming 1950’s. 2–3BR/1BA brick house on Westside. Close to loop & a few mi. from Dwntn/ UGA. Completely updated, huge fenced yard. $129,900. (706) 543-6943. http://picasaweb. AthensGa30606#.

F landscape architecture grad student needs M/F roommate beginning Aug 2009 to share 2BR/2BA newly remodeled townhouse. Partly furnished w/ FP, W/D & DW. $425/mo. Email or sashton@

Cool 3BR/2BA home on largest lot in best part of Newtown. Fenced, CHAC, appls, HWflrs. 1/2 mi. from Dwntn. 166 Athens Ave. $159K. (706) 248-9095. Lv. msg.

F wanted to share 3BR/1BA house, Normaltown. W/D, DW, deck, fenced yd. $355/mo. + 1/3 utils. Lease starts Aug 1. Rm. avail. now through summer also. (410) 490-4686.

Cute house for sale by owner. 3BR/1BA. 1 ac. private wooded lot. Wood flrs. in entire house, HVAC & wood stove. Shop w/ electricity. Double french doors. Lg. wrap around porch, open flr. plan. 858 Johnson Mill Road. Jefferson, GA 30549. For info call Billy & Mary Hayden. (706) 338-0265. $109K. Also avail. for rent. $950/mo. Heart of 5 Pts. 3BR/2.5BA house w/ separate cottage in rear. 143 Greenwood Dr. $419,000. Brokers welcome. Call Paul for details (706) 714-9607. Westside off Whitehead. 3BR/2BA. 2 car garage, formal dining rm. $147K. Purchase or $1100/mo. lease. (706) 3543212 or (757) 576-1706. What are your Real Estate needs? Home, Land, Condo, Investment, Commercial? We have it all! Call Carrie (706) 224-8816 at The Leaders Real Estate Group.

Commercial Property 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.

M/F for spacious rm. in great house. Lg. closet, HWflrs, CHAC, WiFi, W/D, DW. $340/mo. + 1/3 utils. No pets. Avail. 6/1. (706) 254-2991. Roommate needed ASAP for house off Pulaski St. Screened porch, W/D. Only a 10 min. walk from Dwntn. Only $250/mo. Call (706) 548-9744 today!

Rooms for Rent 1/2 M/F to share luxury condo at The Woodlands. Beautiful grounds, sports mecca, pets fine. Indulgent land lady. $450/mo. (706) 714-7600, 1BR/1BA w/ study. Share kitchen. Utils incl. Parking. Free wireless/ Tivo! Totally furnished. Safe, quiet, close to UGA. Priv. entrance/ deck. $700/mo. negotiable. Avail 6/1. (706) 296-6956. Furnished room in private home. Avail early May. Near Alps Kroger. Private entrance, bath, micro, fridge, A/C. No pets/ smoking. $375/mo. Utils & cable incl. (706) 227-0774. Great rm. close to busline! Only $230/mo. Avail. 5/10 & I will pay 1st mo. rent. Email me at for more info. Spacious rm. avail. in historic Blvd. district. $375/mo. Priv. entrance & porch on quiet street. W/D. Avail. immediately. (606) 584-5231.

Sub-lease 1BR/1BA avail. in 4BR in Farmer’s Exchange Dwntn. DW, CHAC, HWflrs., $410/mo. OBO! Avail. mid May thru end of July. Call (843) 813-0627.

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.

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Get a new computer now! Brand name. Bad or no credit, no problem! Smallest wkly payments avail. Call now. Call (800) 816-2232 (AAN CAN).

Classical Guitar, DJ Services. Entertainment for weddings, parties & other various social occasions. Over 20 yrs. experience throughout the Southeast. Contact Neal (770) 560-6277.

Get a new computer! Brand name laptops & desktops. Bad or no credit, no problem! Smallest weekly payments avail. It’s yours now! Call (800) 8038819 (AAN CAN).

Furniture Gently Used Furniture. Sofas $100, sofa chairs $50, coffee tables $20, side tables $15, dining chairs $15, bedside tables, bar stools, etc. www. or (706) 340-3969.

Backyard Solutions. Make your neighbors jealous! Water falls, ponds, fences, decks, gazebos, porches, & more! Call Robin for free estimate! (706) 340-4492.

Spring into Mom’s Garage for amazing deals! Gently used furniture for frugal people. Appointments & Sat. noon–5pm. Chase Park Warehouses (706) 207-7855.

Protect your family. Get a free GE alarm system w/ no installation fee & no equipment cost. Most homeowners will receive an insurance discount as well. Mention this ad & get 2 free keychain remotes! Promotional code: A02087. Call (888) 951-5158 (AAN CAN).

Tables, chairs, sofas, antiques, clothes, records & players, retro goods, & more! Cool, affordable furniture every day. Go to Agora! Your favorite everything store! 260 W. Clayton St., (706) 316-0130.


Come to Betty for vintage quilted Chanel bags, just in for Spring! On the corner of Pulaski & Clayton, next to Agora. Open 1–4 daily. (706) 424-0566.

Perfect Getaway Weekend! 5–7 rms. avail. 5/16 at The Ritz Carlton Lake Oconee Resort. Spa, restaurants & many lake activities. $169/night (walk-in rate $360/night)! (770) 630-7380.

Tutors Prof. writer/instructor avail. for tutoring, or editing high school, undergrad, graduate students & non-students. All genres. Fiction, non-fiction, dramatic writing. (706) 543-9330. Your Personal Tutor/Editor. PhD candidate (ABD) will help you w/ English skills: class papers, applications, proposals, resumes. Bring ‘em on! Excellent rates. or (706) 614-1035.




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Cozy salon in artist community seeks stylists for booth rent positions. Sense of environmentalism a must! Paul Mitchell Focus Salon. Email res. to

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.

Love Guitar Hero? Quit playing the game & lear n the real thing. Teachers w/ decades of experience. 1–on–1 affordable, fun lessons. All styles & skill levels welcome. Music Exchange (706) 549-6199.


Piano Lessons: University Graduate w/ Honors in piano. Lessons taught on large 8 foot concert grand piano. Excellent teacher. All ages & levels of skill welcome. (706) 549-0707.

Musicians Wanted Seeking both an experienced bass player & singer/frontman to complete hard rock lineup. Original material. Serious m u s i c i a n s o n l y. C o n t a c t : forminghardrockband@ Seeking dynamic drums, bass, lead guitar, keys, multi– instrumentalist for sonic texture. Gig/studio–ready originals. Hear Wilco, Ween, PJ, GBV, Pavement, U2, the Nat’l, ElSmith. (706) 254-3450, elitruett.


Wedding Bands. Quality, professional bands. Weddings, parties. Rock, Jazz, etc. Call Classic City Entertainment. ( 7 0 6 ) 5 4 9 - 1 5 6 7 . w w w. Featuring The Magictones— Athens’ premiere wedding & party band.


A n t i q u e f re n c h & e n g l i s h furniture, fine estate jewelry, oriental rugs, stain glass windows, original oil paintings, watercolors, fabulous quilts, sterling silver, designer clothing. (706) 340-3717.

Reasonable priced Athens bar for sale. Located Dwntn. Bar has been established for 8.5 yrs. Serious inquiries only. (706) 3406992 or email btbowman007@ & make us an offer.

Looking for a fun, classy alternative to the typical wedding band? If you are looking for “YMCA” than Squat is not your band. If you want Duke Ellington, Ray Charles, & salsa, then visit weddings. (706) 548-0457.

Blind Pig is now hiring experienced line cooks. Apply in person 485 Baldwin St.


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everyday people Rebekah Rogers, Animal Portrait Artist Born in Maryland and raised in Snellville, Rebekah Rogers is one of the lucky few who get to dictate their own work hours. She draws and paints portraits of animals—mostly dogs—for clients both near and far. As an owner of five dogs and caretaker of six cats, she’s an unabashed animal lover who is also a part of the local music scene, playing drums for the all-female band Creepy. Flagpole: How did you get into what you’re doing now? Rebekah Rogers: I’ve always been an artist… when I was a little kid my parents put me in art classes because it was obviously the only thing I wanted to do. I always just drew animals—mostly horses and unicorns… we didn’t have any pets but I was kind of obsessed with animals. So, it was just kind of like this natural thing that happened—you know, like I drew animals for years and years… the next thing you know, somebody’s like “Hey, can you draw a portrait of my dog?”

FP: All on your own dollar and time? RR: I paid for most of it, but I did have someone who found out about what I was doing and donated several hundred dollars to help me out… and I still have six of those cats; one I can’t touch. FP: How long have you been here in Athens? RR: I moved here when I was 20, so… 13 years. FP: Do you think the town has changed much since then? RR: Oh, yeah… rent has just skyrocketed… apartment complexes have been shooting up everywhere. Weird-looking, ugly new buildings in town. I’m not a big fan… And the football season has gotten more intense over the years, too. Gameday

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FP: At what point in your life was that? RR: I think I was 16 or 17. I had a job at the vet clinic… and this lady would hang her art in our lobby… she would change it out every month, and one month she brought in a pastel drawing of a dog. And I was like, “I can do that.” And I thought maybe I could do it better… so I asked my boss, “If I draw a dog, can we hang it in the lobby?” And he was really not into it: “Uh, I don’t know, this lady’s a professional. I’d have to have a look at it first to make sure it’s okay.” So the challenge was on. So, I drew a portrait of a Basset Hound—and it’s still hanging in there… in Brookwood Animal Hospital in Snellville. So, then after that, some people that would come in would be like “Hey, who drew that? Could you do mine?”

kittens, found homes for about 20 of them, and the leftovers I trapped and had them spayed… more than 10 cats.

FP: Given that you spend a lot of time around animals, how do you feel about spaying and neutering? RR: I think it should be mandatory. I mean, that’s the reason I have all my dogs is because somebody got rid of ‘em… I was involved in rescue for several years, and I was fostering for a little while, and it’s crazy how many dogs are euthanized, how many dogs are abandoned; it’s really sad… With cats, it’s worse. …The house I lived in before, I think four litters of kittens were born around my house within a few months of me moving in… so I started putting out cat food and caught all these

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FP: Are your clients generally wealthier people? RR: You’d think that… but I actually don’t work for a lot of wealthy people. A lot of what I’m doing is memorial portraits of dogs, and when it comes to somebody’s dog who just passed away, I don’t think that they really think about the money. And I can definitely relate to the people I’m working for… a lot of people cry when I do portraits of their dogs, whether it’s alive or not… I get a lot of hugs from people.

FP: Being a freelance artist, do you have health insurance? RR: I don’t have any insurance. I keep thinking that I’m gonna get ahead of the game and be able to get [it.] And I’ve been thinking that for a long time… luckily, I’m healthy.

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FP: How is business for you right now? RR: Right now business is awesome. I’m just like, “How am I getting away with this?” Because I know people that are losing their jobs, and I’m like: “I’m drawing dogs.”

FP: Could you give me the average price for your portraits? RR: They start at $200 and go up to $350… sometimes I’ll do a little portrait for $85, but it’s so small that most people want an 8x10 or a 9x12 or something like that.

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FRI & SAT, MAY 8th & 9th didn’t used to be a big deal—gameday’s insane now! [But] Athens is a lot the same. A lot of the same people are here… friends that I met when I worked down at Blue Sky Coffee who I see all the time. FP: What do you like to do when you’re not drawing and painting animals? RR: Well, that’s my main thing, and music. I play drums. I play cello, dabble in mandolin… it’s never too late to learn how to play music, though. I taught myself how to play drums within the past year and a half. And now I’m in a band and we played at the 40 Watt the other night.


FP: Any other bands you’d recommend—besides your own? RR: Hola Halo—they’re really, really cool… and actually, I’m a huge fan of my boyfriend’s band, The Help. Hope for Agoldensummer, Don Chambers, they’re awesome. Jeff Gore



Cruising into Georgia May 2009


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