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Legendary, Spiritual Psych Rock from Japan p.14
Lucy Wainwright Roche Has Music in Her Blood p.15
Flagpole Awards Ballot p.2 · Budget Business p.5 · Matthew Barber p.16 · AthFest CD Release p.19
AWARDS ELECTRONIC/DJ o Immuzikation o Ruby Isle o Seadub o T8r(tot) o DJ Triz
THE VOTING DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, MAY 29!
The show kicks off AthFest, Athens’ annual music and arts festival, and will be held at the Morton Theatre on Thursday, June 25. You, the local music fan, will choose the local performers you wish to recognize by filling out this ballot. All awards are decided by a majority people’s choice vote, so YOUR VOTE IS VERY IMPORTANT. A panel of local music judges has selected this year’s finalists; just check the box next to your choice or write-in your own candidate in the space provided. You do not need to vote in every category. Please mail form to Flagpole Magazine, PO Box 1027, Athens, GA 30603; drop it off at our office at 112 S. Foundry St., or submit an online ballot at www.Flagpole.com.
o Diet Rock Star o Divided Like a Saint’s o Killick o Memory Gospel Dancers o Sweet Teeth
o Baby’s Blue Swing Set
featuring Mary Sigalas
o Carl Lindberg o Half Dozen Brass Band o Kenosha Kid o Rand Lines Trio
o A. Armada o Dead Confederate o Marriage o Pride Parade o Twin Tigers
o Bob Hay and the Jolly Beggars o DubConscious o Incatepec o One L o Rectanglers
o The Corduroy Road o Curley Maple o Don Chambers o Packway Handle Band o Sleepy Horses o Solstice Sisters
PUNK/HARDCORE o American Cheeseburger o Chrissakes o The Jack Burton o Nationale o Pegasuses-XL
o Brantley Gilbert o Colt Ford o Corey Smith o Daniel Mack and the Pickn’ Coop o Holman Autry Band o Kaitlin Jones and the County Fair (May ‘08 - Apr ‘09)
o Allison Weiss - “Let Me Go”
o Gimme Hendrix o The HEAP, P Funk Tribute o Pastor of Muppets o Pigs on the Wing o Very Disco: Daft Punk o Ziggy Stardust
o Allison Weiss and the Way She Likes It o Casper And The Cookies o Modern Skirts o Quiet Hooves o Spring Tigers o Venice Is Sinking
o The HEAP o JazzChronic o Nautilus o Randall Bramblett o Widespread Panic
o Athens Boys Choir o Deaf Judges o Elite tha Showstoppa o Future Ape Tapes o The Swank
The Annual Flagpole Athens Music Awards Show is designed to honor and celebrate those who make Athens, GA a center of musical creativity, enjoyment & accomplishment.
o The Dumps o Harvey Milk o Lazer/Wülf o Subrig Destroyer
(May ‘08 - Apr ‘09)
o Bloodkin - Baby They Told Us We’d Rise Again o Dead Confederate - Wrecking Ball o Don Chambers - Zebulon o Harvey Milk - Life... The Best Game in Town o Lazer/Wülf - The Void That Isn’t o Liz Durrett - Outside Our Gates o Madeline - White Flag o Modern Skirts - All of Us in Our Night o Venice Is Sinking - Azar o Vic Chesnutt, Elf Power & the Amorphous Strums -
o Adam Klein o Brock Butler o Ken Will Morton o Liz Durrett o Madeline o Timmy Tumble
UPSTART OF THE YEAR o The Arcs o Bambara o Chartreuse o Creepy o Gift Horse o The Incredible Sandwich o Kuroma o ’Powers o The Warm Fuzzies
BEST LIVE BAND o The Corduroy Road o Deaf Judges o The Matt Kurz One o Music Tapes o Of Montreal
Dir: Jason Miller and Ethan Payne o Buddy System - “Outta Sight” Dir: Lauren Gregg and Craig Sheldon ALBUM COVER ART (May ‘08 - Apr ‘09) o Dead Confederate - “The Rat” Dir: Pamela Liltky o Dead Confederate - “Start Me Laughing” Dir: Jason Miller and Ethan Payne BAND/PERFORMER o Hope for Agoldensummer - “4th Night” Dir: Jason Miller and James Ponsoldt OF THE YEAR (May ‘08 - Apr ‘09) o Ken Will Morton - “Muscadine Wine” Dir: Benson Greene Dark Developments o Lullwater - “Whatever Happened” Dir: Jason Miller o Ruby Isle - “How It Hurts” Dir: Taylor Coggins NAME ______________________________________ o Venice Is Sinking - “Ryan's Song" PHONE _____________________________________ Dir: Jason Miller and Ethan Payne ADDRESS ___________________________________ EMAIL _______________________________________ ____________________________________________ WATCH VIDEOS AT OR JUST GO VOTE AT FLAGPOLE.COM/AWARDS, WHICH IS JUST WAY EASIER FOR BOTH OF US FLAGPOLE.COM/AWARDS
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pub notes Great Mistake I should have known better than to second-guess the Georgia legislature. I and many others have accused that body of dragging its feet when it comes to appropriating money for rapid rail transportation in Georgia. Many of us have fretted while North Carolina pulled ahead with rail funding, and while our legislature can’t get it together to fund the Brain Train from here to Atlanta, North Carolina already has clean, fast trains running between Raleigh and Charlotte for $20 a ticket, and more on the way. Now that President Obama has designated $8 billion in the stimulus package to promote rapid rail travel, those states like North Carolina that are ready to go will pull even further ahead of states like Georgia that have not even moved into the planning stages. But I admit that I may have underestimated our legislators. They may be a lot smarter than I thought. While other people were desperate to get some transportation relief, the Georgia General Assembly resisted the urgent pleas that they give some attention to rapid rail in the state. Not only did they resist those pleas for rail funding, they even refused to do anything about road transportation projects—leaving Atlanta and surrounding areas gridMaybe there’s a low-cost locked in the smog. Meanwhile, the starter set of rails that Georgia Senate, by a vote of 43-1, passed would get Athens into Senate Resolution 632, urging the state to the game a lot faster secede from the union and for a lot less money. and re-establishing the principle that the State of Georgia does not have to abide by national laws if it deems them to exceed powers granted by the states. This return to the issues over which the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement were fought might make you think that Georgia is too preoccupied with the past to face the future. But maybe there is a loophole in this legislative lunacy: maybe it’s not too late for Athens to catch the train. We’ve been trying to get the legislature to invest in the Brain Train to get us to Atlanta, but maybe that concept is outmoded now, or at least secondary. If Obama runs that new train down the Amtrak corridor, maybe we don’t need all the expense of the Brain Train. Maybe there’s a low-cost starter set of rails that would get Athens into the game a lot faster and for a lot less money. The Gainesville-Midland railroad line runs from Athens to Gainesville mostly through the bucolic countryside, with a stop in Jefferson. Sure, it, too, is owned by CSX, but this is a short, little-used route compared to the main line between here and Atlanta. High-speed rail may just become a reality down here— sooner in North Carolina, later in Georgia. One of these days we’ll be able to jump onto a superliner and speed south to New Orleans and Houston or north to Washington and New York—assuming we’ll still want to go in that direction if we’re no longer in the union. While the stimulus is gearing us up for the fast-train route on the Amtrak line through Gainesville, all we need is some support from the legislature for passenger service on the Gainesville-Midland line, with schedules calibrated to hit Gainesville in time to transfer to the train going toward Atlanta or heading north. Our train doesn’t even have to be high-speed. A moderate-speed train will get you to Gainesville with a pleasant 30-minute ride. You can arrive in Atlanta in an hour or be speeding toward New York City. (You can see the old Gainesville Midland in action on YouTube: just search “Gainesville Midland.”) Even if the legislature takes Georgia out of the union, we’re still going to need to get to Atlanta, and we’re not going to want to sit in that traffic they haven’t done anything about. The Georgia legislature can look mighty smart by utilizing the Gainesville-Midland route and hooking Athens up to the fastforward future for a fraction of what it might have spent on the Brain Train. The old-time wits used to make word plays on the names of the railroads around here. Their sobriquet for the Gainesville Midland was the “Great Mistake.” That’s exactly what we’ll be making if we continue to look away, instead of linking up with the Dixie Limited. Pete McCommons firstname.lastname@example.org
THIS WEEK’S ISSUE: News & Features City Dope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Athens News and Views
Okay, so what about the bus fares—which way will the Commish go? More on the ACC budget, too.
Athens Rising . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 What’s Up in New Development
Thoughts on the nature of maps in planning.
Arts & Events Grub Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Tongue and Groove
Tienda Los Amigos serves up a delicious harmony created by crosscultural cuisine pollination.
Movie Pick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Keep on Trekin’
With the new Star Trek, Director J.J. Abrams brings Roddenberry’s idyllic, stodgy creation to warp speed.
COVER DESIGN by Kelly Ruberto featuring a painting by Perry McCrackin on display at the ACC Public Library
Music Ritual Hugeness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Japan’s Mind-Bending Ghost
Near mythological rock band Ghost transforms the rock club into a temple.
Lucy Wainwright Roche . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 All in the Family
The daughter and sibling of famous musicians, Roche’s unique voice stands on its own.
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city dope Athens News and Views Commish Business: The weather has warmed, the humidity has arrived, the farmers’ market is under way… the town has entered quiet time, but you wouldn’t know it if you were on the ACC Commission. This month finds that group charging forward from a pretty interesting May voting meeting into its budget work, but also on the table for another month is the matter of raising bus fares, which commissioners did not put to bed last week. There does appear to be consensus that they don’t want to cut back on service, which is not a surprise, but some commissioners also seem intrigued by the alternative farebox proposal coming at them from a local guy named Michael Smith. Even having tabled the Transit issue for a month, commissioners probably don’t have time for the kind of fundamental analysis that would compare Smith’s ideas to staff’s, but some of them are receptive to elements like not charging for young children or for transfers—they’ve just got to find a way to pay for them.
Which Brings Us To: Charlie Maddox. Fortunately or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it, Maddox’s announcement— due to the make-up of the attendants—morphed on the spot into a friendly face-to-face conversation over coffee between City Dope, the Banner-Herald’s Blake Aued, Maddox and his right-hand man Jeff Snowden. In a nutshell, Maddox said the campaign heard the criticism that he was not specific enough on issues in the ’06 race. He’s working to remedy that, he said; at present, however, his platform planks—which focus on economic development—are largely the same as last time. The question, then, is whether he’ll firm up the pitch. Oh, and hasn’t he been run-
Tree Talk: A while back it was the new CVS store site on Hawthorne Avenue at the corner of Oglethorpe; this time it’s the new office building site on Prince Avenue between Pound and Sylvia streets that has locals scratching their heads and asking, “Don’t we have a tree ordinance?” The answer is yes, but in addition to our tree ordinance not necessarily jiving perfectly with other parts of the zoning code—and after all, when an office building replaces some small houses on a busy street, the site’s going to change—there are also some goofy give-and-takes within the tree ordinance itself. At the CVS, all the Examples keep presenting themselves, all over town, of the trees conserved (and yes, the project needed tree ordinance tweaking that’s to come this year. met code) are at the back of the lot; on Prince, a “landmark tree” in back gave local businessman Todd Emily extra canopy ning again all along, ever since the last race “credits,” allowing the cutting of more trees ended? Well, yes, but now it’s official. Thus elsewhere. But the Community Tree Council the pre-game stages of the 2010 race go on… is beginning to look at all these issues, and ACC Commissioner Mike Hamby says his Leaf & Limb: “The March 2, 2009 [snow] storm Legislative Review Committee will delve into caused more damage and required more debris the tree ordinance this year, probably starting pickup than any other storm since unificanext month. It’ll take a few meetings to sort tion,” says an ACC press release explaining through it all, though, Hamby wisely warns. that private haulers are now assisting city crews with the extra-heavy leaf-and-limb Correction: Last week’s City Pages article workload that they’ve been slogging through on green building standards quoted ACC since the snowstorm. Hmm… wonder how Environmental Coordinator Dick Field as saymany trees unification knocked down? ing, “The mayor wants [standards for private builders] in place within a couple of months.” Lastly, the Broun File: Needless to say, this And she does, too; but Field was referring to week’s column would not be complete without Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin, not Athens’ a mention of the latest idea from U.S. Rep. Heidi Davison. We’ll try to listen more closely Paul Broun, Jr., to introduce a federal constinext time. [John Huie] tutional amendment banning gay marriage. Let us be sure we understand what our conAnd Another: City Dope erred last week in typ- gressman is doing: He is doing nothing more ing up a last-minute column addition about than toying with fundamental questions of the May 5 official announcement of the Charlie civil and human rights simply to raise his own Maddox campaign for mayor. “Along with Tax profile as a politician. He is returning to the Commissioner Nancy Denson, that makes two Rove-era politics of bigotry for the single, simdeclared candidates in the race,” the note ple-minded reason that more people will know said. In his haste, City Dope was forgetting his name henceforth because of it. Rather about candidate number three (or is it numthan take productive part in the work going ber one or two, chronologically speaking?), on in Washington to strengthen our country Brandon Shinholser, the 22-year-old liberal and our community, he is trafficking in cheap progressive who’s been officially in the race symbolism. His amendment will go nowhere; for well over a year now. Presumably we’ll all it will disappear from the halls of Congress learn more about Shinholser’s campaign in the sooner or later. If only he would, too. months to come, but for the time being it’s safe to say he’s nothing if not ambitious. Ben Emanuel firstname.lastname@example.org
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city pages A Sobering Budget Moves Toward Approval “It looks a lot different than it has in Commissioner Kelly Girtz told Flagpole later in previous years,” ACC Manager Alan Reddish the week. said of the county’s “capital budget” at a budAnother obvious place to look is at the get work session May 6. Because it includes increase in funding for the overcrowded Clarke infrastructure projects, equipment (like County Jail. Last year, Sheriff Ira Edwards had vehicles) and other discrete assets, the capital to come to commissioners midway through budget—both for new assets and for the conthe fiscal year to ask for an extra $463,000 tinuation of longstanding items—is typically to cover costs of boarding inmates in other the place to begin cutting in a tight budget counties’ jails—a situation that will continue year such as the present one. “And that’s what until a new jail is built (and that’s still several we’ve done,” Reddish told ACC Commissioners years away). The Mayor’s proposed budget for at the work session. By way of examples, many FY10 includes the extra $463,000 up front, for vehicle replacements are simply being put a total of $1.7 million for boarding inmates, off until next year, and the Public Utilities at an average of 102 inmates per day. Department will go forward with just one Various efforts already underway to reduce infrastructure project in the capital budget: a the county jail population were the subject water meter replacement program. of a thorough discussion at the work sesIn the “general fund,” the budget proposes sion between commissioners, Reddish, State carrying forward more than a million dollars in Court Judge Kent Lawrence, Superior Court held-over balances. “To be honest with you, Judge David Sweat and Court Administrator without that we couldn’t make the rest of the T.J. BeMent. For example, Lawrence said, his year’s balance,” Reddish told commissioners. court has funding—but needs Commission To help balance the budget for Fiscal Year approval—for a clerk to manage DUI cases in 2010, Mayor Davison’s budget as drafted particular and move them through the court proposes raising the county’s millage rate— system faster. He predicted a yearly savings which, along with property values, deterof $85,000 in jail costs if the position can be mines property tax rates—by a quarter of created. a mill, to 13.20 mills. The increase will add Similarly, court officials want to beef up roughly $12.50 to the tax bill on a house their staff of probation officers—brought worth $150,000, according to county docuin-house last year in an effort to reduce the ments. The much larger property tax increase inefficiencies plaguing the probation system for the vast majority under private, conof residents, though, tracted management. “The legislation specifically will come from state Managing probation lawmakers’ decision said that we cannot make any in-house is going not to fund the state’s well, they said, but reference to it on tax bills.” Homeowners’ Tax caseloads are too Relief Grants this year. high; they’ve increased Since 2000, the grants have yearly provided a twofold, BeMent told Flagpole. That’s in part $265 credit on homeowners’ tax bills, but that because officials looked at imprecise numbers credit disappears this year. prior to making the transition (due partly Tax Commissioner Nancy Denson told comjust to a semantic distinction), and in part missioners that she was “offended” by legislabecause raw numbers of misdemeanor convictors’ statements that counties can tighten tions have simply gone up along with crime budgets to cover the amount of the grants. rates in recent months. (That would be $1.8 million for the AthensThe array of innovative criminal justice Clarke government, and $2.7 million for the solutions at work in Athens, though—from Clarke County School District.) Asked if her DUI/Drug Court and Mental Health Court office will explain in tax bills where the large to “home arrest” via electronic monitoring jump has come from, Denson said, “The leg(planned to increase in future) and, in future, islation specifically said that we cannot make Child Support Court—means that bit by bit, any reference to it on tax bills.” She does plan jail overcrowding and its associated budget to include an explanatory insert in envelopes impacts should lessen. “We have a lot of good with tax bills, however. (“Taxpayers have a programs that the courts have self-sustained right” to know, Denson said.) to the best of their ability, and we want to Commissioners also heard from Human continue those…” BeMent told commissionResources Department staffer Lisa Ward. While ers. “Without those, we’d be seeing a lot it includes no pay increases whatsoever, the worse effects at the jail.” budget does strive to keep the county’s penCommissioners’ next budget work session— sion fund in good shape, and to shield county along with a public hearing required by the employees from steep increases in costs for Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights—is on Thursday, May benefits. “The market is seeing double-digit 14 at 5:30 p.m. in the Planning auditorium increases in health insurance, and we’re at 120 Dougherty St. (No citizens spoke on no different,” Ward said. The county has the budget at the first session.) They’ll hold typically picked up 65 percent of employees’ a third meeting on May 19 if needed, and health insurance, but since it wants to keep they vote on the Mayor’s proposed budget in their contribution the same as in the past, early June. There may be attempts at tweaks, its side of the split will be greater than 65 Commissioner Mike Hamby says, but: “I think percent—requiring an additional $1.2 milfor the most part you’ll see something similar lion in this year’s budget. “If you want to to what the Mayor has proposed.” look at the challenge of the mill hike, that’s one pretty obvious place to look,” District 9 Ben Emanuel email@example.com
Legislators Recap: What Happened in ATL? Was it a “great” General Assembly sesCowsert and Heard said they supported the sion, or a “divisive” one, marked by political controversial bill allowing Georgia Power to posturing? Depends on who you ask—but all pre-bill customers for a nuclear plant expanthree local legislators at a May 4 Federation sion; “this just leveled the playing field for of Neighborhoods forum agreed that money Georgia Power,” Cowsert said, since Electric was very tight. State Senator Bill Cowsert’s Membership Cooperatives are already allowed assessment was upbeat: “We didn’t borrow to pre-charge for their share of costs. money,” he said. “We didn’t raise taxes.” But Even as a minority Democrat, Rep. Doug “we basically used every reserve fund that we McKillip “had a good time,” he said, “getting had”—along with federal stimulus money— a little more progressive bent on some of the and future state budgets beyond 2010 could issues that are coming through,” and workbe “very shaky, unless the economy turns ing on local bills to aid Athens’ Industrial around.” But, Cowsert said, “we didn’t cut Development Authority and the Athens Land healthcare,” and “that’s the one topic I got Trust. Cowsert, too, enjoyed the session: “It is the most emails on.” fascinating. It’s like going to a different semi“Of course, we also passed one [resolunar two or three days a week”—nuclear power tion] to secede from the Union,” he acknowlone day, capital punishment the next. “When edged—which even most senators had not we take votes in the House,” McKillip said, read. But “we didn’t do a whole lot of damage, “Democrats and Republicans probably agree on and part of what you’re doing is stopping better than 90 percent of what comes through bad ideas,” Cowsert added. Representative there.” But while Republicans refused to raise Keith Heard, though, voted against the taxes, neither were tax exemptions eliminated, budget, because it cut he said. Cutting specialHomeowners’ Tax Relief interest tax breaks “would “Of course, we also Grants while giving raises save over a billion dollars” to teachers and addand could have reduced passed one [resolution] ing various tax breaks. the pain of the tight budto secede from the Union.” get year, McKillip said. “Everything should be on the table,” Heard said, in And he agreed with fellow such a tight budget year. Cutting the tax-relief local Rep. Bob Smith (who did not attend) grants—which will raise local property tax in calling for “sort of a tax constitutional bills—was “kind of like a political payback” convention to take a look at our archaic tax to local governments that fought against system.” some legislation, he believes. “I heard, on one All the legislators present said Georgia hand, ’We want to give the locals local conneeds a statewide transportation plan. trol,’” Heard said, “but on the other hand, ’We McKillip said he’d like to see a one-cent statewant to take it away.’” wide sales tax for transportation projects; Cowsert insisted that education is being it didn’t pass this year, but it will pass next properly funded—it now makes up 60 percent year, he thinks. “Some funding mechanism of the state’s budget, with dollars to local for transportation’s going to fly—whether it’s schools up year by year—but Heard said it regional or statewide, it will occur,” McKillip isn’t keeping pace with the increased number said. A higher gasoline tax should also be of students. And yet, Heard added, legislators considered, said Cowsert. “The Senate believes never discussed eliminating tax breaks—on strongly that it would not pass statewide,” but aircraft parts, Zoo Atlanta, jet fuel, port trafthat metro Atlanta voters might approve such fic, sales-tax holidays and more—and even a tax, he said. the state’s inventory tax was eliminated. At The recent shift in transportation planning times, Heard said, “the tone was very divi(from the State Transportation Board to a govsive… I was sad to see that our state of ernor-appointed planner) will give legislators Georgia is reliving the Civil War in 2009.” And, some power over GDOT decisions and therefore he said, “it was just amazing some of the stuff “make the DOT more responsive to the votthat didn’t pass.” But he did like the “super ers,” Cowsert said. “It’s always been political,” speeder” bill, which will both raise money for added Rep. Heard. “It’s amazing how folks in trauma care and discourage speeding. “The certain positions are able to get their roads.” other thing that I saw,” Heard said, “was posturing for 2010.” John Huie firstname.lastname@example.org
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As he worked his way through dozens of bill signings last week, Gov. Sonny Perdue put his signature on SB 27, a measure that designates April as Confederate Heritage/ History Month and sets the stage for the upcoming observance of the Civil War sesquicentennial. I wonder if Perdue even paused to ponder the irony of his signing a piece of legislation that compels an official recognition of the Confederate States of America. Perdue was elected governor in 2002 with the enthusiastic support of Confederate-flag-waving rural voters who were angry with Roy Barnes for changing the state flag. As he nears the end of his administration, Perdue again is bowing to the wishes of Georgians who long for the good old days of “the lost cause.” Of course, there are solid business reasons for setting up a Confederate history month. The 150th anniversary of the Civil War is expected to draw tourists who want to look at historic battlefield sites. We might as well prepare for this influx of visitors and the money they could spend. Two years before that anniversary arrives, however, we seem to be caught up in another refighting of the War Between the States. In recent weeks, political leaders in several Southern states have been talking openly about the positive aspects of such concepts as “secession,” “sovereignty,” “states’ rights” and “nullification.” Gov. Rick Perry of Texas was one of the first to mention secession, which he thought might be a good way for his state to throw off the burdens of an “intrusive” federal government. Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine, a Republican candidate for governor in Georgia, has expressed sympathy for the secessionist crowd as well. The Georgia Senate passed a resolution in the waning days of the legislative session, SR 632, that declares the state can ignore federal laws if its leaders think Congress doesn’t have the authority to enact such measures.
“All acts of Congress which assume to create, define or punish crimes, other than those so enumerated in the Constitution are altogether void, and of no force; and that the power to create, define and punish such other crimes is reserved and, of right, appertains solely and exclusively to the respective States, each within its own territory,” says the quaint language of the resolution, which was copied from a document written by Thomas Jefferson in 1798. Let’s call this what it is: crazy talk. The question of who prevails in a dispute between the federal government and the states was settled about 150 years ago in that struggle called the Civil War. These arguments about the supposed authority of states to do whatever they want to do—such as ignore Civil Rights laws—are the sort of thing we heard from John Birchers, white supremacists, and other extremists in the 1950s and 1960s. It is a point of view that does have its supporters here. A recent poll of the state’s voters showed that among Republicans, one-third of them favored the idea of Georgia leaving the United States. The overall support for secession among all poll respondents was 18 percent. And there you have it. The members of the political party whose greatest president fought a bloody war to prevent Southern states from seceding are now in the forefront of dissidents who want those same states to secede. As we near the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, a large part of our population is ready to fight the war all over again. If it sounds weird, it’s just Georgia politics in action. Tom Crawford Tom Crawford is the editor of Capitol Impact’s Georgia Report, an Internet news service at www.gareport.com that covers government and politics in Georgia.
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There’s something about the nature of maps. Visual presentations carry greater weight than purely verbal ones; consequently, a plan drawing displayed will elicit a lot more feedback than will a verbal description of the same information. This has created a perception of images by the community at large as definite and inflexible, which ultimately does no one—community members, developers or planners—any good. Opening It Up: Some theories of how we learn hold that people learn visually, verbally or through experience; limiting discussion of ideas to only one of these, typically the verbal, disenfranchises people who learn differently from the process. It also limits feedback, especially of the negative variety. Negative reactions can kill a good and necessary project just as easily as they can a bad one, so maps are held carefully by the wellintentioned planner as well as by the greedy developer. Projects, be they public parks or high-rise condos, may be more likely to get built when images are released discreetly, but it’s not the most transparent process.
presentation felt more like a lecture, the mapbased one more like an exhibit. However, the graphics shown there were representations of what is, rather than what could be. Each of the projects will proceed differently; on May 14 (5:30 p.m. at the East Athens Development Corporation, 410 McKinley Dr.), there will be a meeting for the Peter Street project to go over preliminary design concepts. Hopefully this will include plenty of graphic presentations. Input on the Prince and Oconee studies is continuing online and on a drop-in basis at the ACC Planning Department (120 Dougherty St., downtown) for the rest of May. The maps shown at the recent meeting are available, as is a neat online interactive map where verbal comments are mapped to the locations to which they refer, along with color-coding for positive or negative feedback. When these comments aggregate over time, perhaps there will be areas of intense red (negative) or green (positive) on the map, indicating areas which are successful or in need of greater investment. Go to www.accplanning.com to check it out.
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Wine Seminars Full Bar Craft Beers On Draft Desserts Cheese Plates Coffee & Cocktails The Oconee Street corridor study provides just one example for looking at the role of maps, and other visual depictions of proposed plans, in any community planning effort. Maps, plans and drawings are eventually shown in the process, usually for review by county officials for compliance with code. At this point, a project is at a stage when designs are fixed, and it’s considered too late to change more than what’s legally required. I think that this is part of the reason for the “freak-out” that occurs when maps are shown. If the only drawings shown are immutable ones, then it follows to the lay person that all drawings are immutable. That’s not the case. Real-Life Examples: Shifting gears, AthensClarke County’s Prince Avenue and Oak/ Oconee Street corridor studies, along with the Peter Street Partners housing project, may be two interesting case studies in how to meaningfully incorporate input in graphic format. The first meeting for the Peter Street project didn’t even have a map of the property in question, and consisted primarily of discussion about what people liked or didn’t like. The corridor studies’ first meeting had 30 or more maps of existing conditions displayed around the room. Each meeting had a different vibe based on these setups. The verbal
Meanwhile, there’s still another level of learning that’s not often addressed: the kinetic. Can walking those corridors or project sites with community members generate other ideas? Arming people with physical objects to experiment with, like small flags or cones, and allowing them to physically manipulate an environment is the next step. End of the Day: What all of this boils down to is a faith in the intuition of a community to produce meaningful results given the proper tools. As long as community input is limited to a lecture format, it’s just a token gesture. I’m convinced that people who have lived in a place have an intuitive sense about what could happen there, but it will take better attempts at listening to them in order to capitalize on that knowledge. That’s all wishful thinking, though, if it doesn’t address the bottom line. The most necessary change is a realization on the part of developers that community buy-in and input can help them make money by improving the quality of their products.
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grub notes Tongue and Groove Mid-Afternoon Tacos: After hearing about Tienda Los Amigos (109 Rowe Rd., behind Pilgrim’s Pride, between Chase and Barber) for some time and then getting scooped by Steven Grubbs at the Athens Banner-Herald (hat tip), I finally made it over to the taco counter inside a medium-sized grocery store, chockfull of anticipation. Would these really be the best tacos in Athens? Eh, it’s hard to say. We are, whether the average Athenian knows it or not, absolutely jammed with great places to get a taco, from the more familiar Taqueria La Parrilla to the marvelous El Sol (now serving beer and margaritas on Tallassee Road, not to be confused with Taqueria del Sol which makes its own exceedingly wonderful but slightly less “authentic” versions) to the delights of La Rosita (in a gas station off Hull Road) and more. And each of these places has its strengths. Los Amigos has two major recommendations in its favor: the al pastor and the tongue (lengua). The former, when done correctly, serves as a beautiful example of the new harmony that can be created by crosscultural cuisine pollination, being basically shawarma with chiles and pineapple, a New World fruit, added, and it is indeed done correctly at Los Amigos, with tender pork containing a wealth of flavors, hitting sweet, sour, salty, bitter and umami, or meatiness. If forced to choose, I might say it’s slightly better at La Estrella (on Hawthorne), but I might hem and haw a little, even at gunpoint. The lengua, on the other hand, has no match in town. …a far more delicate You might not want to watch as the ladies behind the texture and a whiff counter wield big cleavers on of gaminess. a fairly gross looking cow’s tongue, but the results could easily be sneaked past a picky eater, resembling barbecued beef but with a far more delicate texture and a whiff of gaminess. Doused with green sauce, onions and lime, it’s the kind of taste that should make you close your eyes in happiness. Los Amigos also has tacos made with chorizo, carne asada, barbacoa, tripas (I wussed) and carnitas (a little tough), plus four beverages and a generally minimal atmosphere that includes some seating. My Spanish is too minimal to assess hours, and cash payment seems the way to go. Long Delayed: I’ve been hearing Chef Ming (1720 Epps Bridge Pkwy., next to the Kroger) was among the better Chinese restaurants in town pretty much since it opened, but I never managed to make it out there with that purpose in mind until a few weeks ago. Now I’ve been three times in three weeks, which should give you some idea of the quality that awaits you. Not that the restaurant needs my help. Weekend lunches are pretty busy, especially post-church, and it’s no wonder, considering the mid-day deals. Most dishes on the lunch menu hover around $6 and include soup, rice and choice of side (spring roll, chicken wing or crab rangoon). The thing about Chef Ming isn’t that it’s the most authentically Chinese place I’ve ever eaten—far from it—but its execution of the standards familiar to Americans is careful, not sloppy. Mongolian chicken doesn’t skimp on the scallions, and it’s not syrupy or excessively cornstarchy. Sweet-and-sour chicken still isn’t my favorite, but it’s better by far than at most other Americanized Chinese restaurants. Black pepper fish is tender, crispy and well-flavored, and Szechuan tofu is nicely tingly on the lips, genuinely spicy without crossing the line into unpleasant to eat. The hot and sour soup is awesomely peppery, with a really deep, layered taste, and while you may leave with a hint of vegetable oil on your palate, the whole experience is a happy one. Do I still want soup dumplings, scallion pancakes, hot pots and more? I do, but this will suffice for the moment. Chef Ming is open every day for lunch and dinner, accepts credit cards and does to-go but not delivery. What up? Fuel, on Prince, will be open by presstime, serving burgers and family food out of a former gas station. MJ’s Fish Shack, on Tallassee, has closed and is about to be replaced by Los Comales, which means “the griddles.” Square One Fish Co. is open on Thomas Street downtown, with a big fish hanging over the door and free valet parking, which should help business a lot. Mercury Lounge, on W. Clayton downtown, has new owners and a new name: Highwire Lounge. Hillary Brown
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Memo: Linger Longer’s Jekyll Island “Legacy” “It was an opportunity for us to leave a legacy, similar to what we have with Reynolds Plantation…” —Paul van Leeuwen, Vice President, Linger Longer Communities Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Mar. 2, 2009 The contract makes Linger Longer the authority’s consultant… [The company] also gets dibs… on every development contract the authority decides to seek over the next 25 years. —AJC, Mar. 2, 2009 Date: June 1, 2012 To: The Jekyll Island Authority From: Linger Longer Communities Re: Jekyll Island’s Next Five Years, 2012–2017
Linger Longer is grateful to be your partner in the redevelopment of Jekyll Island, and at the five-year mark, we still see this as a win-win situation for the company as well as for the island. However, as your consultant as well as a company who takes seriously our reputation and legacy, we have a few suggestions for Jekyll’s next five-year plan. First, we need gates for the Beach Village area. Gates are classy, and as you know gates are signature items at Reynolds Plantation and Achasta. A gated Beach Village will communicate an air of cosmopolitan living amid our world-class amenities and appeal to a higher quality of visitor than Jekyll has typically drawn. Alas, soccer fields and the 4-H complex do not project the proper Linger Longer image. We recommend that people who come onto the island only to go to the soccer complex and 4-H Center be routed along the marsh side of the island to reach their destination. School buses and church vans are part of the old, last-century Jekyll image we are trying to erase. The same goes for day-trippers in rattletrap pickup trucks who come on the island to seine for shrimp at St. Andrews
or go swimming. They, too, should only travel along the marshland. And those charter buses packed with elderly people who visit the Sea Turtle Center and the Millionaires’ Village? Well, they also need to shuffle along the marsh side. If the Elderhostel folks want to visit the beach, they should buy a ticket on one of the Linger Longer trams that offers a video presentation on our timeshare condos and a brief history of
the Reynolds family. Next, it is time for the campground to go. Campsites occupy prime real estate. Do we really want to continue to encourage the flannel-shirt, rice-and-beans crowd? Condos or a high-end hotel for golfers, complete with cart paths connecting homes with our various courses, could be mutually profitable and draw more of the customer base we are looking for as we continue to work together to upgrade the image of Georgia’s Jewel. Finally, we would like to discuss the convention center with you. The remodeling and enlarging of the center has been a huge success, and conventions bookings are up. We realize you are in charge of bookings, but as your consultant we feel obligated to point out that in order to draw a more monied clientele to the island, we need to book better conventions. For example, birdwatchers don’t spend money; they just look at birds and bicycle through the forest. They are seldom the kind of people who buy timeshares either, and as you know, because of the long recession we still have some to sell. And are groups like the Georgia Farm Bureau and Professional Association of Georgia Educators really the best we can do? Teachers are not big spenders, and farmers tend to drive trucks. Again, wrong image and wrong kind of people, too. Oh, and one last little point. Don’t you agree that it’s time to drop the “state park” label for Jekyll? That tag makes Jekyll sound like the kind of place that caters to hordes of plain people, low-level revenue generators and tree-huggers. We look forward to meeting with you soon and planning for the next five years of our mutually rewarding 25-year contract. Together we can continue to redesign Jekyll Island into a place that truly deserves to be part of the Linger Longer brand. Diane J. Shearer
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movie dope Some releases may not be showing locally this week. 12 (PG-13) 2007. Nominated for a Golden Lion at the 2007 Venice Film Festival and for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2008 Academy Awards, director Nikita Mikhalkov’s film reimagines 12 Angry Men with contemporary Russia as the backdrop. 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. ADVENTURELAND (R) The summer after graduating from college, James Brennan (Jesse Eisenberg), was supposed to travel across Europe with his well-to-do buddy. But James is forced to get a job after his father is “transferred to another department,” and the only gig for which the Renaissance Studies major is qualified is running games at the local amusement park. Adventureland will remind everyone of that awesome summer in 1987 when they worked at that crappy amusement park, fell in love, had their heart broken and learned to love again, for real this time, whether or not it actually happened. ANGELS & DEMONS (PG-13) I think the producers made a good call when they turned Dan Brown’s bestselling
Da Vinci Code precursor into a cinematic successor. The second smart thing they did was get Tom Hanks a haircut. Most everyone—star Hanks, director Ron Howard, screenwriter Akiva Goldsman—is back, and the new faces—Ewan McGregor, Stellan Skarsgård, Armin Mueller-Stahl—are welcome. For the five of us that didn’t read the novel, symbologist Robert Langdon is tasked by the Catholic Church with solving a murder and preventing a terrorist attack, masterminded by the Illuminati, on the Vatican. 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. CHE (R) 2008. Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Soderbergh labored on this four-hour epic biopic about Latin American revolutionary/t-shirt mainstay, Che Guevara (Benicio Del Toro), that barely saw the theatrical light of day (last fall, the film was released in two parts) or made a dent in the year-end hardware giveaway. I desperately want to have seen this ambitious film but am unsure whether I can suffer through the full, four-hour theatrical experience all in one sitting. Soderbergh’s film was nominated for the Palme d’Or at Cannes, where Del Toro won the Best Actor Prize. EARTH (G) Films don’t come much more beautiful than DisneyNature’s first release, Earth. Breathtaking natural vistas of deserts—sand and ice—and oceans and rainforests trump exploding explosions and computer-generated armies any day. Three mothers—polar bear, elephant, humpback whale—and their children dangerously trek through their native environments. James Earl Jones narrates Mother Nature’s plot with the proper gravitas; too bad a little
anthropomorphism slips in every once and a while. As with most nature documentaries, boredom steps in occasionally, only to be dismissed by 30 lions taking down an elephant in the African dark. Also, monkeys, as we all know, are hilarious. 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. GHOSTS OF GIRLFRIENDS PAST (PG-13) Fashion photographer Connor Mead (Matthew McConaughey) is the definition of a lady-killer. The most beautiful supermodels in the world fight over this caddish hunk of beefcake. But Connor gets his comeuppance at his brother’s (Breckin Meyer) wedding when he’s visited by the ghost of dead Uncle Wayne (Michael Douglas). Uncle Wayne taught Connor everything he knows about seducing women, but being a non-corporeal, eternal bachelor isn’t what’s advertised in Bachelor Pad Quarterly. Wayne leads a trio of ghost girls (dominated by the usually funny Emma Stone) giving Connor the whole Christmas Carol shock treatment. Without humor, all Ghosts has left is drama built around whether or not an insensitive manwhore actually has a heart of gold. Frankly, not even McC’s ample charm could make me give a damn.
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Due to production deadlines, Beechwood movie times are only accurate through May 14. Visit www.Flagpole.com for updated times. 17 Again (PG-13) 4:50, 7:20, 9:45 Angels & Demons (PG-13) 4:00, 7:00, 10:00 (starts F. 5/15) Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (PG-13) 5:10, 7:35, 9:55 Hannah Montana: The Movie (G) 4:55, 7:20, 9:45 Metropolitan Opera: La Cenerentola (NR) 7:00 (W. 5/20) Obsessed (PG-13) 4:25, 7:10, 9:40 The Soloist (PG-13) 4:05, 7:05, 9:35 Star Trek (PG-13) 4:15, 6:30, 7:15, 9:15 10:00 State of Play (PG-13) 4:00, 7:05, 9:50 X-Men Origins: Wolverine (PG-13) 4:30, 5:15, 6:15, 7:00, 7:45, 8:45, 9:30, 10:15
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Due to production deadlines, Carmike movie times are only accurate through May 14. Visit www.Flagpole.com for updated times. 17 Again (PG-13) 12:45, 3:00, 5:15, 7:30 Earth (G) 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 9:30 Fast & Furious (PG-13) 10:00 Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (PG-13) 1:25, 4:20, 7:15, 10:10 Monsters vs. Aliens (3D) (PG) 12:30, 2:45, 5:00, 7:25, 9:50 Next Day Air (R) 12:15, 2:45, 5:10, 7:40, 10:10
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Obsessed (PG-13) 1:20, 4:05, 6:50, 9:25 The Soloist (PG-13) 12:15, 4:00, 7:05, 10:10 Star Trek (PG-13) 1:20, 1:50, 4:10, 4:40, 7:00, 7:30, 9:50, 10:20 X-Men Origins: Wolverine (PG-13) 12:00, 12:45, 1:30, 2:30, 3:15, 4:15, 5:00, 5:45, 7:00, 7:30, 8:15, 9:30 10:00
12 (PG-13) 7:00 (add’l time F. 5/15–Su. 5/17: 4:00) (starts F. 5/15) The Big Lebowski (R) 10:00 (no show Su. 5/17) (starts F. 5/15) Che I: The Argentine (R) 7:15 (add’l time F. 5/15–Su. 5/17: 4:15) (no 7:15 show Su. 5/17) (starts F. 5/15) Che II: Guerilla (R) 9:45 (add’l time F. 5/15–Su. 5/17: 7:15) (no 9:45 show Su. 5/17) (starts F. 5/15) Gomorrah (NR) 7:00, 9:45 (ends Th. 5/14) Sunshine Cleaning (R) 7:15 (ends Th. 5/14) Timecrimes (R) 9:15 (ends Th. 5/14)
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Due to production deadlines, Georgia Square Five movie times are only accurate through May 14. Visit www.Flagpole. com for updated times. Adventureland (R) 4:10, 7:20, 10:00 Gran Torino (R) 4:05, 9:55 He’s Just Not That Into You (PG-13) 4:00, 9:45 Hotel for Dogs (PG) 7:25 Paul Blart: Mall Cop (PG) 5:10, 7:30, 9:50 Taken (PG-13) 7:35 Watchmen (R) 5:15, 9:15
GOMORRAH (NR) Based on Robert Saviano’s exposé of the Camorra, director-cowriter Matteo Garrone’s film follows a handful of southern Italians living under the reign of the world’s deadliest criminal organization. Gomorrah never glorifies the gangster. The Camorra resemble nothing more than a bunch of paunchy “Sopranos” extras. No one drives a flashy car, lives in a palatial villa or wears expensive suits. The rulers of this Italian ghetto live among their subjects/victims. Garrone’s tremendous achievement won Cannes’s Grand Prix and the European Film Award for Best Film. It would be criminal not to see this fierce film. 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. 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. MANAGEMENT (R) A traveling saleswoman, Sue Claussen (Jennifer Aniston), succumbs to the childish wiles of a flaky motel manager, Mike (Steve Zahn). Now he won’t leave her alone, following her to a new town in hope that she’ll move into his parents’ motel with him. Sound funny to any of you “Friends” fans out there? Playwright Stephen Belber (he previously adapted his play Tape for Richard Linklater) makes his feature writingdirecting debut. With Woody Harrelson and Fred Ward. METROPOLITAN OPERA: LA CENERENTOLA (NR) Elina Garanca portrays the title character of Rossini’s bel canto Cinderella story, and Lawrence Brownlee is her Prince Charming. 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. NEXT DAY AIR (R) Whoever ordered Next Day Air got exactly what they wanted, but the crime comedy (it’s not very funny) is no special delivery. Leo (Donald Faison, “Scrubs”), a stoner who works as a delivery man, leaves a package at the wrong apartment. The cocaine he delivers to two-bit thugs, Guch (Wood Harris, “The Wire”’s Avon Barksdale) and Brody (Mike Epps), really belong to a scary Mexican drug lord, Bodega (Emilio Rivera). Now Bodega wants his product, but Guch and Brody have a deal brewing with Brody’s cousin, a dealer named Shavoo (Omari Hardwick). Eventually the supposedly comedic mix-up leads to a bloody shootout. 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. 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 Oscarwinning screenwriter don’t guarantee a great film. Robert Downey, Jr. brings all his powers to L.A. Times reporter Steve Lopez, who befriends homeless, schizophrenic musician Nathaniel Anthony Ayers, Jr. (Jamie Foxx). 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 and location shooting on L.A.’s Skid Row. The problem is hard to ignore when they’re staring back at you from the big screen. 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. STAR TREK (PG-13) See Movie Pick. STATE OF PLAY (PG-13) State of Play may not be the best film of the year, but it is a well-made political thriller starring actual actors, some of whom own Oscars. Newspaper reporter Cal McAffrey (Russell Crowe) is a dinosaur on the verge of extinction. But when a sex scandal rocks the political/
personal boat of his college roommate, Congressman Stephen Collins (Ben Affleck), Cal gets another shot at glory. 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. 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 (Jason Spevack), to private school, where all his authority-related issues will magically disappear. But the house of cards comes fluttering down in unsurprising fashion. Yet nothing fulfills its role more than Sunshine Cleaning. It contains every marking of an indie dramedy. 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. Well aware of the dangers lurking in the shadows of the City of Lights, Bryan reticently agrees. As soon as you can translate “I told you so” into French, Kim has been kidnapped by human traffickers... TIMECRIMES (R) Time travel, were it possible, is 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 sciencefiction film about one man’s struggle to correct the temporal felonies he has committed. No matter how much I thought I knew about what was going to happen, I was pleasantly surprised by what unfolded. Although I’m not sure Timecrimes would stand up to the sort of investigative nitpicking “Lost” undergoes week after week. 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. THE TRAP (NR) 2007. Director Srdan Golubovic examines post-Milosevic Serbia through a neo-noir lens. How far will a father go to save his ailing son? Belgradian Mladen Pavlovic (Nebojša Glogovac) must answer that potentially deadly question when his 8-year-old son needs expensive, lifesaving surgery. Winner of a variety of prizes from the Art Film Festival, Cinequest San Jose Film Festival, Milan International Film Festival, Sofia International Film Festival, Trieste Film Festival and Wiesbaden goEast. WATCHMEN (R) Watchmen is not the greatest comic book movie of all time, yet considering the height of its twin measuring sticks (its own source material and The Dark Knight), such expectations may have been too great to begin with. A vicious hard R-rating and a deep philosophical cynicism practically ensure its failure as a box office juggernaut and award contender. Watchmen—a perfect capstone for the present superhero renaissance—has been brought to ambitious, artistic, flawed and extremely watchable life. X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE (PG-13) In a post-Iron Man/Dark Knight/Watchmen world, X-Men Origins: Wolverine is an unevolved comic caveman. The X-Men trilogy has been going downhill since X2, and since 20th Century Fox’s rights predate Marvel’s new and improved property handling, no one should expect great things from subsequent Origins pics. Wolverine merely fills in the pre-X team gaps in the hairy, tri-clawed mutant’s long, long life. Drew Wheeler
movie pick Keep on Trekin’ STAR TREK (PG-13) The 23rd-century voyof fandom. Even then, I don’t recall enjoying ages of the Starship Enterprise just entered a new Star Trek movie this much since 1986’s the 21st century. Director J.J. Abrams brings slightly goofy The Voyage Home. The last film, Gene Roddenberry’s idyllic, stodgy creation to 2002’s TNG-helmed Nemesis, had broken the warp speed. Abrams and writers Roberto Orci series’ “evens are good, odds are bad” streak. and Alex Kurtzman revive the franchise with a A massive reboot was in order, and the result, breezy, action-packed matinee abandon never one of the most exciting science-fiction before seen in this often sober universe. adventure films I’ve ever seen, boldly goes The maiden voyage of the U.S.S. where no Trek has gone before. Enterprise, captained by Christopher Pike Abrams, Orci and Kurtzman make the (Bruce Greenwood) and manned by a crew Enterprise’s high-profile refitting—plus the of future United construction of Federation of Planets a summer blocklegends—James T. buster—look easy. Kirk (Chris Pine), Abrams, a wunMr. Spock (Zachary derkind storyteller Quinto, “Heroes”), whose directorial Dr. Leonard “Bones” output (prior to McCoy (Karl Urban), Star Trek, he’d only communications helmed Mission: officer Uhura (Zoe Impossible III) needs Saldana), pilot beefing up, proves he Sulu (John Cho), deserves the “Next navigator Chekhov Zachary Quinto and Chris Pine Spielberg” hype. He (Anton Yelchin), and may have already engineer Scotty (Simon Pegg)—is fraught given us the year’s best movie (not film); his with peril as ship-endangering as ever. A hit will certainly compete for best blockbuster. rogue Romulan commander, Nero (Eric Bana), Amazingly, an entirely new, unknown Star Trek seeks vengeance after the Federation and its universe lies uncharted, to be mapped, one Ambassador, Spock (Leonard Nimoy), fail to hopes, by Captain Abrams and his creative halt the destruction of his home world. Star crew. Space may be the final frontier, but Star Trek’s drama is a rather grandly Khan-esque Trek should just be the first of many missions settling of scores. for this particular talented team. The lens through which I viewed Star Trek was definitely tinted with layers and layers Drew Wheeler
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threats & promises Music News And Gossip Ah, summer in Athens: fewer students, longer days, more parties. Even though I’ve never been able to reconcile myself with Georgia heat, I always look forward to this time of year because, more than any other, this is when the magic happens. Another Year of Me: Every year around this time I blow my own horn and announce my birthday party loudly and, probably, obnoxiously. This year, though, it’s actually for a good cause. So, the whole town is invited to come see Werewolves (formerly Horse Party), Grape Soda, Nationale and Smokedog at the Caledonia Lounge on Saturday, May 16. I’ll also be screening a special 20-minute cut of Atlanta music documentary WE FUN, so come get a preview of that a full two months before it opens in Athens. Most importantly, though, the event is a benefit for the Northeast Georgia Food Bank. To this end, admission is $5 or $3 with a food donation. For a list of most needed food items, please see www. foodbanknega.org. The bands can all by heard on MySpace.
Songs They Know by Heart: Almost local band Ruby Isle spent the last year or so recording cover versions of whatever songs Grape Soda happened to be on top of the charts at music blog aggregator elbo.ws, including Fleet Foxes, Black Lips, The Decemberists, Animal Collective and more. Now those cover versions, or rather portions thereof, are available as a “mega mix” over at Kindercore.com. The URL for the MP3 is impossibly long, so just look for the post by member Dan Geller from Apr. 29. In other news, the remix version of Ruby Isle’s album Night Shot is slated for a June release. Presumably, the band will return to composing original music at some point in the future. Better Set Your House in Order: In 2001 Chris Ezelle moved to Athens from Macon. Between then and now he has played his blend of folky, country blues under the name of We Are the Gold Machine. Personally, I’m more of a fan of his slower, more desolate tunes, but overall I’m quite impressed with his seemingly extensive knowledge of the form. He doesn’t play in an academic, learned style, but with a hand-hewn, callous-worn familiarity. There are many songs available for streaming plus links to free downloads at www.myspace.com/ wearethegoldmachine. He next plays locally at Little Kings on Friday, May 15 and, yes, this is a recommendation. An Easy Request: The members and players of long-absent Athens/Massachusetts/Ruston, LA band Neutral Milk Hotel, through a communiqué by player Julian Koster (The Music Tapes) and NMH main man Jeff Mangum, have asked their fans to please help preserve the 81-year-old Paragon Carousel at Nantasket Beach in Hull, MA. Under an initiative sponsored by American Express and partnered by
The National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Paragon Carousel site is one of a total of 25 in the Greater Boston area that is under consideration for a sizable grant. The winning site is guaranteed $100,000, and American Express has guaranteed $1 million total expenditure to preserve historic Boston sites. So, why should you care? Actually, because of the music. If you’re an NMH fan, you know that music wasn’t made with the consciousness of Facebooking and Twittering and MP3ing. It embodies an aesthetic and evokes a mood of when the world was not so much, as they say, with us. Historic sites such as this continue to present craftsmanship and old-world artisanship to new generations. Is it really a stretch to say if you like NMH you might be interested in preserving inspiration for the next generation of songwriters who might be
someone else’s NMH? I don’t think so. Voting is open until May 17, so please visit www. partnersinpreservation.com/boston/index.php and www.paragoncarousel.com. Something the Lord Made: Occasionally-abovethe-radar local rockers Chrissakes have finished a split 12” record with Baltimore’s The Convocation (AKA The Convocation of…). It’s been a long time in the making and should be out in the next couple of weeks if not sooner. The seriously exciting band next plays locally at the Caledonia Lounge on Tuesday, May 26 with Joe Preston’s (Melvins, Harvey Milk) Thrones and then on Saturday, May 30 at Little Kings with Pride Parade and Atlanta band Hawks. Jam out and get hurt over at www.myspace.com/chrissakesband. Special Watt Service: Word shot around town a couple of weeks ago that The English Beat would play the 40 Watt on June 3. Yes, it’s true, and advance tickets are on sale now for $15. This is original member Dave Wakeling and his version of the band (other founding members Ranking Roger and Everett Morton tour in the UK with their version, The Beat UK). Although I’ve not yet caught them this go around (they played Atlanta in February), I have it on good authority that the shows have been stunningly good. Besides, even for you old timers, did you really ever know who any of the members were except Dave and Roger? Hush; no you didn’t. For those who have no idea why this is so cool, please see www.my space.com/officialbeatspace. Gordon Lamb firstname.lastname@example.org
record reviews ROMEO SPIKE For the Cause Self-Released The debut album from the dynamic duo of Mike Kunz and Donn Aaron is a genuinely solid first effort. Though it might be a stretch to call it “futuristic classic rock,” For the Cause is a satisfactory melding of atmospheric space rock and chunky alt-rock/ indie-pop arrangements. What flows from the speakers is more reminiscent of The Teardrop Explodes than Pink Floyd, with elements of jazz and blues thrown in for good measure. Every now and again it becomes impossible to tell the difference between Romeo Spike and Science for Girls, due to the band’s wide array of instrumentation and the subtle down-tempo grooves floating in and out of the background. Even Kunz’s emotive and slurred vocals become an instrument, especially on the closing track “Yesterday’s News”—a perfectly sparse arrangement containing haunting melodies and atmospherics. Thankfully For the Cause is chock full of standout numbers including the bluesy, sexy, drug-love ballad, “Cocaine Slim” and the upbeat synthlaced dream-pop of “Star Power,” a song that’s sure to be stuck on repeat. And while Kunz and Aaron are responsible for most everything you hear on the album, they were able to garner the attention of Grammy-awardwinner and long-time Elton John mix engineer/producer Matt Still, who produced, mixed and provided back-up vocals on almost half of the album. Though some of the lyrics may be a bit absurd, overall this first effort is resoundingly engaging, resulting in an album that’s absolutely worth the fight. Charley Lee
P.O.S. Never Better Rhymesayers Entertainment P.O.S.’ third album, Never Better, invites the listener to be an active participant. The CD’s packaging, which includes 20 transparent and paper inserts containing the album’s provocative artwork and lyrics, is meant to inspire the disc’s owner to customize the visual presentation. For my front cover, I rearranged the cards so the words, “Kick& Snare& Kick& HighHat” overlay a copy of the Declaration of Independence with the content crossed out in black marker. I did this because Never Better is the emcee/producer’s
declaration that the old revolution’s creeds have been ignored, and the new revolution starts with music. On the opening track “Let It Rattle,” P.O.S. lists an inventory of class warfare grievances. He flips the classic Nas lyric, “I’m out for presidents to represent me,” to “you really think a president would represent you?” This anger swells and builds up to the line “Now, what do you do? Exactly!” But P.O.S. is no Dead Prez or Rage Against the Machine; he’s more pragmatic and inclusive. After his outburst, he stops rapping to address the audience: “That sounded kinda cold. No, not ‘exactly’ like ‘you don’t do anything. Exactly.’ But more like, ‘what exactly do you do?’” While P.O.S. is a contrarian with biting cynicism, he also engages his audience with sincerity and respect. On Never Better, he fine-tunes his rapid-fire delivery to balance everyday realism with rebellious ideals. The majority of the beats on Never Better juxtapose restless rat-a-tat percussion with empty spaces. When appropriate, the backdrop is reinforced by reverb-laden guitar and vocals, giving the album a lo-fi garage-rock aesthetic. P.O.S. doesn’t even mention the words “hip-hop” in his 15-song production, a rarity in the genre. Still, by delivering harsh diatribes from the perspective of a disenfranchised youth, P.O.S. produced a definitive underground hip-hop album. Michael J. Gerber
Boys of old, however. The band’s two previous albums focused on people perpetually on the verge of departure, and Begone Dull Care is too sleepy to take you very far. Alex Dimitropoulos
VARIOUS ARTISTS AthFest 2009 Ghostmeat Records No matter how hard I try to be a grouch about AthFest, there’s something that gets into my misanthropic tendencies and up-ends them, and the annual compilation CD is no exception. Heartfelt and loudly sung singer-songwriter efforts coexist nicely alongside indie rap, alt-country and jangly pop of the sort this town is still known for, and somehow it kind of all works and captures the feel of the event itself: a happy mish-mash that encourages us all to try new things. Jesse Mangum’s “I Saw You Last Night” is a highlight, a warm, Waterford beauty of a tune with delicate production that polishes every sound on the track to a soft glow. The Corduroy Road’s “Love Is a War” is almost equally charming, twangy and skippy. There’s a slight country flavor to the whole, but if you don’t like a song, there’s a vastly different one following right behind it. Hillary Brown
JUNIOR BOYS Begone Dull Care Domino This is the sound of Junior Boys getting a little too comfortable. After the Canadian electronic duo’s pronounced backbeats and jumpy, interweaving melodies, the best parts of its songs are always buried or out of reach. So, when Jeremy Greenspan moves his voice closer to the fore with each release, he still maintains a seductive, soulful pillow talk that points to possibilities both inside and outside of lonely bedcovers. While Last Exit and So This Is Goodbye shrouded him in dynamic, jittery instrumentation, however, the duo does not exorcise its dull demons except in the first five songs of this eight-track album. The excellent “Work,” for example, slips a throbbing, ostinato bass line under a wiry, restless synth and then commands you to “work it, baby, work it.” “Bits and Pieces” and “Hazel” bring the band into Chromeo territory sans talk box and then, for a few exhilarating seconds, derail into Super-Collider-style spazz outs. Elsewhere, the subtle phasing in and out of recycled sections and the band’s delicate restraint suggest indolence as songs stretch on for too long. So This Is Goodbye was one of my favorite records of 2006, and this album is probably worth the purchase. Do not come in expecting Kelley Polar’s lush orchestration, Out Hud’s inexhaustible transitions or the Junior
MARRIAGE Ebenezer Independent Release Marriage’s third album is easily its most accessible, and that isn’t just a crack at the band’s typically dodgy packaging ethics (rather than being screwed into wood or sewn into quilted fabric, this effort has only a digital release planned so far). Ebenezer sees an already great Athens rock band taking leaps forward in almost every capacity: the songwriting is more confident and adventurous, even as it finds brevity; guitarist Josh Wootton’s distinct, operatic howl has been reined into efficiency; Brent Blalock’s time-dancing drum antics have never been more fun (or had more cowbell); and the addition of bassist Ted Kuhn polishes a brilliant duo into the power-trio it was always meant to be. It’s easy to forget that the band has any other agenda than to shatter the common rock model. But above all things, beyond any other influence or genre pinning, Marriage is a Christian band. Still, this
truly unclassifiable trio has far more to say than the contents of its lyrics. The music itself is foaming with honesty, triumphant, courageous and unembarrassed, the kind that has become so rare in any genre. It’s a smooth transition with a jarring key change, bizarre near-pop with a foot in the sludge, nobullshit rock and roll with a Southern swagger, all set against its own wholesome message. It’s like being punched in the face by a hug. In the best way, there neither is, nor has ever been, anything in this world like Marriage, and it’s this tragically underrated footprint that makes Ebenezer’s release even more important. Sure, the band’s novel (read: alien) approach may make them hard to swallow on a mainstream level. But for those who can commit to Marriage, it’s happily ever after, to honor and cherish, as long as this band shall live. Bryan Aiken
VENICE IS SINKING AZAR One Percent Press Drummers that don’t play beats, sprawling ambience, and “what-thehell-are-they-singing?” vocals have come to define the new post-rock, if the genre still exists at all; and if post-rock is sinking, this is a band that has come along to make sure the ship stays afloat. One of the few to rise above the Athens music template, Venice Is Sinking is influenced more by The Cure than the scene, and its cosmopolitan sound recalls Arcade Fire without the Bruce Springsteen pomp and circumstance. Derivative but never imitative, Venice Is Sinking appeals to a younger, starry-eyed, and perhaps more self-conscientious generation of over-educated (and oftentimes intoxicated) shoegazers. With the aid of producer Scott Solter, the intermissions interspersed throughout AZAR give the album’s lofty haze an added sense of textural depth through a seamless blend of cinematic orchestration eschewed by lo-fi imagery. Like digital Pet Sounds, these artifacts of melancholy are like little thematic vignettes recovered from some antique future (think Grandaddy or Boards of Canada)—until out of the swamps of sonic landscape, emerge bittersweet gems. On “Wetlands Dancehall,” Carolyn Troupe’s Cranberries-like cooing collides agreeably into Daniel Lawson’s mournful anthem of indifference (“All the while the remains go un-wasted”), as the two commiserate like wallflowers on prom night. Either too happy to cry, or too sad to be happy—AZAR is completely rendered in grayscale. Certainly not genre defying, and sometimes lacking in energy, the strength of AZAR rests on its textural laurels and aesthetic consistency; yet, as it ebbs and flows through squalor and fanfare, AZAR never sinks beneath its own weight. Ryan Monahan
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he whole World History of People Aiming High is rich with intense lexical gravity, and the grandiose vision-realm of psychedelic rock—the main musical manifestation of same—appropriately follows suit. What fried visionary, having gone to great chemical pains to plumb the deep, hot fires of his own lysergic imagination, could be satisfied with the semantic strictures implied by mere-everydays like “song,” “album,” “band” or “show?” Think of the Kraken-heavy KrautGods Ash Ra Tempel, for example, who played avowed “free-rock acid-rituals” and released a record featuring two giant-sized slabs of freaked-out religiosity entitled simply and greatly: “Time” and “Space.” You know, this kind of sanctified-mountaintop thing: artists empowered to reach past the banal and lifeless into vast spaces of Universal Thought and Understanding, where words mean nothing and everything all at once. Dig? Well, no band has earned this particular sort of mythical enormity more than Japan’s amazing Ghost. Everything about them is cloaked in that Ancient Hugeness, and their coming to Athens should be considered as nothing less than a capital-E, save-the-date Event. Their endurance and methodology alone make them seem like holy tribal druids; they’ve rarely ventured outside their homeland to tour. Deep contemporary legend surrounds them: it’s been said of their early years that they would perform only in the disused subway stations of Tokyo and the ruins of ancient holy sites at which they squatted. Main Ghost Masaki Batoh explained to me that their established reticence to travel has always sprung from the same fertile organic source from which their music comes; simply, they make music as an avocation rather than as an occupation, and their involvement with any scene or rigamarole associated with touring rock bands happens at the leisure of the interests and activities that sustain them. Batoh himself is an acupuncturist and, while speaking of it, he seems to sum up the whole Ghost approach: “My medical treatments and music are born from the same energies,” he says, “these are the same thing to me.” Taishi Takizawa, or “Giant,” one of the oldest Ghosts, is, as Batoh explains, “a monk at his own temple.” It would be easy to take Batoh’s explanation as some sort of metaphorical personality descriptor, but that’s not the case, as their singer is a healer, their drummer is a monk and, thusly, they make music when the mood allows, and the aura that surrounds it is rightfully and appropriately magical, deep and holy-seeming. This is no soulless marketing spiel. They’ve followed their elevated muse
wherever it took them, and did what they had to do to Achieve the Maximum, by whatever means necessary. And then, in terms of creating modern-legend, there’s the awe-inspiring music, which is epic and life-sized and imbued with a deeply prayer-like sense of volume and dynamic. The most recent album, In Stormy Nights, is loaded with universal head-music of every color and feel; it’s bookended with two lovely and lilting 10-minute meditations—executed with acoustic instruments from all over the globe—not unlike the Incredible String Band’s most tranquil and searching moments. The crest of the album rises on three mega-jams, electric and heavy and full of tight-spined strychnine-fear; the monstrous drum-sound alone could imprison a boatload of Vikings, and their utilization of martial and classical rhythms provides an immense, traditional propulsion. “Caledonia” is particularly chill-inducing: over this tribal attack of tympani and tomtoms and the warm thrum of a million guitars, a chorus of recorders and flutes blares a Scottish warmarch, while Batoh darkly admonishes the universe about one thing or the other. Batoh’s decision to sing in his unclear and accented English, rather than in his native language, perpetually provides an even more rarified air, not unlike that which surrounds fellow Japanese dreadvoyagers Les Rallizes Denudes: it’s as if you happened upon a man singing to himself in his own private language, one connected only to the freedom of his thought-poetics. This organic abstraction separates proceedings from particularities and specifics; you, too, are then free to apply Batoh’s moaning and versifying to your own experiences and discoveries. This shit is truly transformative. I know I’m pulling double duty here, writing an article promoting my own band’s show, but I feel I would be remiss in my duties as both a music-and-art autodidact and a devoted head if I didn’t tout this show as thee place to be. Think of it: as you nurse your third Pabst, Ghost is gonna somehow install in that humdrum room the elevated feel of True Ritual. From Batoh: “The vibration and feedback energies are forged between audience and us at ANYWHERE. Nothing is different between American rock clubs and temples.” Jim McHugh
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would be easy to accuse Lucy Wainwright Roche of hitching a ride on the coattails of her famous family members. She is, after all, the daughter of Loudon Wainwright III and The Roches’ Suzzy Roche and half-sister of Rufus and Martha Wainwright, and much of her musical background stems not from performing but from tagging along with her touring parents as a child. With her small, doll-like speaking voice and large, peering eyes, it can be hard to imagine her taking the reigns herself and jumping head first into the messy music industry. Such an accusation, however, would be a huge mistake. Behind the tiny voice and childlike baby blues lies a unique force, something wholly different from the rest of her clan, a quiet strength that allows the Brooklyn-based Roche to hold her own whether opening for her musically flamboyant brother, providing backing vocals for the mountainous voice of Neko Case, or writing and performing her own songs. It’s something unexpected. In fact, Roche herself never saw it coming. “I grew up on the road with my mom. We toured a lot when I was a kid, so that was really a big part of my life. But when I went to college, I wasn’t really into pursuing it for myself,” she says. “I ended up getting a master’s degree and going into teaching.” “As a kid, I obsessively listened to music all the time, but I wasn’t writing,” she continues. “I wrote a little bit toward the end of high school and beginning of college, but then I stopped.” It took a month-long stint on the road with her brother in 2005 to reawaken the urge to tour, after which she started writing again and began composing soft, folkish songs that sound not like someone trying to fit into the scene but rather someone with the scene in her blood. To better put it, she’s as uncomplicated as Rufus is grand, as earthy as he is theatrical. And with a voice that’s crisp, clear and sweetly communicative, it’s strange to think she ever considered doing anything else. “[Being a musician] is great. Everybody in my family is incredibly supportive and helpful, and Rufus has a really great attitude. He tends to believe the more the merrier,” she says.
“There’s no sort of weirdness about me joining the business.” Her brother has inadvertently provided some help on her way, such as introducing her to Neko Case at an Atlanta show in 2007. Since then, she has provided back-up vocals on Case’s latest record, as well as provided back-up for Case on “The Late Show with David Letterman.” She has also scored opening slots for Over the Rhine, Indigo Girls and Madeleine Peyroux, and she’s living the dream for some of us who wish we were in a position to hang out with and sometimes inspire our favorite songwriters. “There are a lot of people I listened to when I was younger and now have gotten to work with, like Dar Williams. I feel incredibly lucky to have the resources and to be on the road and able to meet these people,” she says. “You never know what’s going to happen.” While she’s battling the open road with people like Neko Case and Dar Williams, she’s also spending more time getting to know her family on a better level. Touring, she says, has actually made it easier to stay in touch even though it means she’s rarely home. “It’s great to get to spend some time together on the road with my brother or my dad or my mom, because when a bunch of people are touring all the time no one’s ever home. Rufus and I even live in the same city, but we’re never there at the same time. So, we get to hang out on the road.” When Roche hits Athens on May 15, she won’t be with family, but she says she hopes to meet some people who enjoy the music and maybe make more friends while she’s at it. “Being on the road can be a lonely thing, but every once in a while you meet people you connect with in a big way,” Roche says. “And that sort of makes up for the lonely times.” Jennifer Gibson
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atthew Barber cannot emphasize enough that he does not believe in the supernatural. “I do believe in science and I don’t believe in ghosts,” he says, “but there is a moment on one song—a sound I can’t explain… I don’t want to say it was a voice, but that’s what it sounds like.” Canadian singer-songwriter Matthew Barber recorded his latest record in a creepy old Victorian mansion outside of Toronto that is shrouded in ghost mythology. He then mixed the record below an apartment that was said to be haunted, too. So, when he played back the final recording of “Somebody Sometime” and heard mysterious phantom vocals embedded in the mix, his previously tentative title for the record, Ghost Notes, seemed an obvious choice. The album actually came out well over a year ago in Canada, and it’s been available on iTunes here for just as long, but it just recently got a physical release date in the States which, for better or worse, seems to be considered more legitimate. At home Barber is already considered a critical darling, having earned a Juno nomination (otherwise known as the Canadian Grammy) and having released three previous albums. He has toured Europe, Australia and all of Canada, and yet in his fertile six-year career he has never really toured in the U.S. until now. “It’s silly because it’s so close,” he admits, “but this is the first time I’ve had my legit papers to go down… and an official release in the U.S. [Getting a visa] is really expensive, but it’s an investment.” There are just four dates planned for this jaunt down the coast, and Athens should consider itself lucky to be among the first American towns to enjoy the gentle yet commanding songwriting of Barber. Although his voice is smooth and clear, the songs are far from wimpy, constructed tightly over clever climaxes and playful melodies. Lyrically, says Barber, the songs on Ghost Notes indirectly chronicle a romantic relationship. He considers them short stories that are unified in their “hopeful but cautious” theme that guides its protagonists out of the darkness. It’s certainly a more folky endeavor than some of his earlier work. Barber says Ghost Notes is a direct reaction to his previous release, a full-length on Warner called Sweet Nothing. While that album had its mellow moments, Barber says label pressures forced him to subconsciously put emphasis on the harder rocking numbers. “Even though I wasn’t trying to write radio hits… I was trying to write radio hits.”
Now on indie label Outside Music, Barber is able to focus on his contemplative side while keeping the songs steeped in pop sensibility, drawing from such key influences as The Band, Neil Young and Van Morrison. Ghost Notes is also the first album Toronto-based Outside Music has released in the U.S. It’s a distinction of which Barber, who at one time worked in the stock room of the label, is especially proud. As a quick but relevant aside, Barber also used to play with a backing band called Union Dues—members of which have gone on to participate in some well-respected projects. Bassist Julian Brown went on to record and tour with Feist; another former bass player, Matt McQuaid, now plays in electro-rock band Holy Fuck; and drummer Joel Stouffer now plays in U.K. group Dragonette. And while Barber had a fresh batch of backers on Ghost Notes, this tour will be as “zero frills as it gets.” Barber is buckling himself in the driver’s seat, his guitar the only passenger, and making the trek solo. This is a test drive of sorts for Barber whose newly acquired visa will allow him access to the States for the next three years. While coming through this time, he hopes to make some connections that will help him return soon and frequently. While the task of driving solo down and back up the coast seems daunting, Barber sees the journey as creative fodder. “I like the opportunity to get away on my own and do a road trip,” he says. “It offers a lot of time to think… I need to get away so I can get into the space where I can write at home. The trips are inspiring always, and even though I don’t get anything done when I’m away, the first few days when I get back are always fertile.” But you know, Barber also thought he was all alone when he recorded that haunted track—so maybe he’ll have some spiritual company helping him out on this journey. With all the new doors that Ghost Notes has opened for Barber already, I wouldn’t be surprised if that spook starts asking for royalties. Michelle Gilzenrat
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don’t miss OUR MUSIC EDITOR’S WEEKLY PICKS “School’s out! For! Summer!” Just a little Alice Cooper there, for the kids. Yes, it’s true a large portion of Athens’ population is out for the next few months, and things are slowing down, but the music scene never really takes a vacation. There is plenty of live music to keep us going until our next big hit of rock, AthFest, takes over the town in late June. Just take a look at this eclectic selection of entertainment all geared to help you kick-start your summer. Slow Claw: You’ll get not one, not two, but three chances to see this Cincinnati band! This is the first time I recall entering three shows in one day for any band in our Calendar. Slow Claw will warm up with an acoustic show at Borders around 3 p.m., head downtown for another acoustic show at Ciné around 6:30
swaggers through funky jazz and sleazy New Orleans soul with equal precision. The group recently acquired new trumpet and tenor sax players, so the sextet now features: Charles Arnold (trumpet), Jamie Pannell (trombone), Joe Wytanis (tenor sax) Gnarly G (baritone sax), Joshua Cutchin (tuba) and Brent Hedrick (percussion). There’s something about brass that has so much personality; the instruments chattering, bickering and celebrating together. Cutchin’s playing is particularly inventive, manipulating the tuba to create an array of sounds both melodic and percussive. It almost sounds like the tuba is scatting over the melodies at times. It’s just hard not to smile listening to the upbeat blasts of Half Dozen Brass Band, and it’s the perfect music to get you in the groove for summer. It’s especially fun when the band plays Farm because the horns rever-
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Slow Claw p.m., and close the night with a full-on rock show at the Caledonia Lounge. The trio features pop-oriented rock songs with emotive vocals and intricate, inventive guitar textures. Slow Claw just released a record called Grandfather Clocks which was engineered by Joel T. Hamilton of The Working Title. (Borders/Ciné/Caledonia, Thursday 14) Marigold Festival: The warm summer air often inspires travel, so why not make the quick jaunt to Winterville this weekend for a day filled with art, food and music? The Winterville Marigold Festival actually features a number of Athens Americana acts plus a few groups based in surrounding areas. The full musical lineup includes Curley Maple (11:45 a.m.), Splinter Belly (1:30 p.m.), Wintervillians (2:30 p.m.), Poncho Magic (3:30 p.m.), Wilma (4:15 p.m.) and Jimmy Driftwood & His Legendary Sidemen (5 p.m.). There will be all kinds of art on display and craft demonstrations plus truly original activities such as beekeeping and dog agility! Bring the kids to this one for sure, as there will be a stage dedicated to them as well. Best of all, both parking and admission are free! Doors open up at 8 a.m. Winterville is 15 minutes east of Athens, and the festival encompasses the entire city with the hub focused around City Hall and Pittard Park. (Downtown Winterville, Saturday 16) Half Dozen Brass Band: There’s no other group like it in town! The Half Dozen Brass Band is a stunning, versatile ensemble that
berate off of all the buildings on Washington as if a Mardi Gras parade were marching through town. (Farm 255, Saturday 16) Big Daddy’s Band: Cover bands don’t always get the respect they deserve. Even if the songwriting credits belongs to someone else, it takes the right kind of talent to bring the songs to life in a live setting. Big Daddy’s Band does it right, and it’s no surprise when you have a lineup featuring seasoned musicians from such acts as Rack of Spam and Georgia Satellites. This group focuses on up-tempo hits from the ‘70s and ‘80s, including Michael McDonald, Steely Dan and Doobie Brothers. If you’re into that era, get ready to dance and sing along! Bring your requests; I hear the group does a killer cover of “Layla”… (Melting Point, Saturday 16). Guitar Bomb: Billed as a one-man blues punk band, Guitar Bomb usually performs with a drum machine, but he’s paired up with a live drummer at a few shows as well. The live footage I’ve seen of the duo immediately recalls the urgency and energy of Dex Romweber. The recorded tunes are equally engaging, with rapid-fire finger-picking that ventures from garage rock to rockabilly to more traditional blues riffs. No matter the style, Guitar Bomb’s jams are seeped in sweat—all greasy, grimy and raw like both the blues and punk should be. (Flicker, Tuesday 19)
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Tuesday 12 EVENTS: Craft Beer Week Dinner (The Melting Point) Owen Ogletree hosts a beer dinner in celebration of American Craft Beer Week. Includes food courses and five of the best U.S. craft beers. All attendees get a Terrapin pint glass, free admission to Terrapin Tuesday Bluegrass after the dinner and Craft Beer Week literature. 6:30 p.m. $45. www.meltingpointathens.com* EVENTS: Pearl Gluck (ACC Library) The Athens Jewish Film Festival presents a special event with filmmaker Pearl Gluck introducing her first documentary feature, Divan. In the film Gluck travels from her Hasidic community in Brooklyn to her roots in Hungary. 6:30 p.m. FREE! www.athensjff.org PERFORMANCE: “Singing Happily Ever After” (UGA Hodgson Hall) Presented by the Georgia Children’s Chorus. 7 p.m. $5. 706-542-8711* KIDSTUFF: Chapter Book Review (Madison County Library) Every Tuesday and Thursday elementary school-aged children meet in the lobby to read aloud and share thoughts about books. 4:30 p.m. FREE! 706-795-5597 KIDSTUFF: Storytime (ACC Library) For ages 18 months to 5 years. 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 LECTURES & LIT.: AfricanAmerican Authors Book Club (ACC Library—Small Conference Room) This month members can read any book they choose and discuss with the group. Last meeting until September. Newcomers welcome. 7 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 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, email@example.com GAMES: 8-Ball Tournament (Fat Daddy’s) Tuesdays. 7 p.m. 706353-0241 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! www.locosgrill.com
Wednesday 13 EVENTS: Tours of Athens (Athens Welcome Center) In celebration of National Travel and Tourism Week, the Athens Welcome Center and Classic City Tours are offering free tours to encourage Athenians to become tourists of their own town. Choose between a 1.5-hour guided driving tour (2 p.m.) or a 2.25-hour tour of the interiors of Athens’ four
house museums (10:30 a.m.). Space is limited; reservations are recommended. FREE! 706-208-8687 KIDSTUFF: Eatin’ with the Critters (Sandy Creek Nature Center—ENSAT) Bring a sack lunch for an hour of learning about “Past to Present.” For ages 3–5 with an adult. Call to register. 12:30 p.m. $0–$13 (scholarships available). 706-613-3615 KIDSTUFF: Spanish Storytime (ACC Library) Led by UGA student volunteers from the Department of Language and Literacy Education. 5 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 KIDSTUFF: 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: Art Workshop with Keith L. Thurman. The local artist talks about how he creates paintings and shares his techniques. Ages 11–18. Space is limited. 4 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650. MEETINGS: Library Sewing Group (Madison County Library) This month the craft group works on knitting with skewers and toothpicks. Newcomers welcome. 1–3 p.m. FREE! 706-795-5597 MEETINGS: Mindfulness Sitting Group (Mind Body Institute) Silent meditation every Wednesday. 12:30– 1 p.m. FREE! 706-475-7329 GAMES: Rock Star Game Night (Wild Wing Café) Try your luck as a virtual musician! Every Wednesday. 9 p.m. www.wildwingcafe.com 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
Thursday 14 EVENTS: Charity Dinner: The Foods of Peru (Earth Fare) Chef Michael Perkins prepares a fourcourse Peruvian meal, with four different wines paired with each course. Live Spanish guitar music accompanies the meal. Proceeds benefit local non-profit Volunteer and Educational Network Peru, which provides aid and assistance to marginalized areas of Peru. Space is limited; call to reserve a spot. 7 p.m. $20 suggested donation. 706-227-1717, www. venperu.org 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
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to participate in the coffee competition. Limited to 30 competitors. 7:30 p.m. $5. 706-369-6850 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: An Evening of Beethoven (UGA Hodgson Hall) Presented by the Athens Choral Society. Featuring guest pianist Kevin T. Chance. 8 p.m. FREE! www. athenschoralsociety.com KIDSTUFF: Chapter Book Review (Madison County Library) Every Tuesday and Thursday elementary school-aged children meet in the lobby to read aloud and share thoughts about books. 4:30 p.m. FREE! 706-795-5597 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 KIDSTUFF: Storytime with Clifford the Big Red Dog (ACC Library) Stories, songs and a special visit from Clifford the Big Red Dog. Bring camera for pictures with Clifford. 11:30 a.m. FREE! 706613-3650 LECTURES & LIT.: “Surviving in the Down Economy” (UGA Tate Center—Reception Hall) Dr. William Lastrapes, professor of economics in the Terry College of Business, speaks on America’s current economic difficulties, the causes and how to plan for the future. 5:30–7 p.m. FREE! 706-542-8199 MEETINGS: Community Public Input Meeting (East Athens Development Corporation—410 McKinley Drive) Meeting to review preliminary architectural plans for the Peter Street Partners multi-family development at the corner of Peter and Vine streets. 5:30 p.m. FREE! 706-208-0048
Friday 15 EVENTS: Athens Convention and Visitors Bureau Tourism Breakfast (Georgia Center) Breakfast program to commemorate National Travel and Tourism Week will feature a proclamation from Mayor Heidi Davison and the presentation of the annual Athens Hospitality Awards. RSVP. 8:30 a.m. firstname.lastname@example.org EVENTS: FARA Benefit Bash (The Georgia Club—Statham) Dinner, drinks, auctions, raffles and music by the Dirk Howell Band. Benefit begins with golf tournament at 1:30 p.m. (registration at 12 p.m.). Fee to participate in tournament is $120 and includes entrance to evening’s
Shanta Hauser’s artwork will be featured in The Heritage Gallery at the ACC Library through May. event. Proceeds benefit FARA, a non-profit dedicated to helping treat and find a cure for Friedreich’s ataxia. 7 p.m. $60. 706-202-8241, www.benefitbash.org EVENTS: Tours of Athens (Athens Welcome Center) In celebration of National Travel and Tourism Week, the Athens Welcome Center and Classic City Tours are offering free tours to encourage Athenians to become tourists of their own town. Choose between a 1.5-hour guided driving tour (2 p.m.) or a 2.25-hour tour of the interiors of Athens’ four house museums (10:30 a.m.). Reservations are recommended. FREE! 706-208-8687 THEATRE: Winnie the Pooh (Seney-Stovall Chapel) Rose of Athens Theatre presents an adaptation of Milne’s classic stories. Lisa Cesnik directs, w/live music from Marty Winkler and choreography by Becca Woolbright. 7 p.m. $15, $10 (ages 25 & under). 706-340-9181, www.roseofathens.org* OUTDOORS: Full Moon Canoe Ride (Sandy Creek Park) Paddle a canoe guided by the full moon. Participants may use one of the park’s or bring their own. Must preregister. 9 p.m. $5, $3 (with own canoe/kayak). 706-613-3631 KIDSTUFF: Preschool & Toddler Storytime (Madison County Library) Includes stories, fingerpuppet plays, songs and crafts for literacy-based fun. This month’s themes include Mexico, Mother’s Day, elephants and author/illustrator Jan Brett. Ages 2–5. 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-795-5597 MEETINGS: Drinking Liberally (Little Kings Shuffle Club) Informal, inclusive and progressive social
group that gives left-leaning individuals a chance to talk politics. First and third Friday of every month. 6:30 p.m. email@example.com MEETINGS: Learning in Retirement (Athens Community Council on Aging) The organization holds its annual meeting and celebrates its 15th anniversary. Meeting to include reports on last year’s activities and a look ahead to the coming year, election of new officers, discussion of how to improve growth and an ice cream social. 1 p.m. 706-549-7350, www. athenslir.org 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 GAMES: Shadowfist CCG Tournament (Tyche’s Games) Final Brawl format. Prizes for all. Noon. $1. 706-354-4500, www.tychesgames.com
Saturday 16 EVENTS: Athens Farmers’ Market (Bishop Park) Buy fresh, locally grown organic produce, locally crafted goods and freshly baked breads. Live music, cooking demos and educational classes, too. Every Saturday. 8 a.m.–12 p.m. athensfarmersmarket.net EVENTS: Marigold Festival (Downtown Winterville) All-day event featuring juried arts and craft vendors, games, demonstrations, food, music, an author’s corner, a
children’s area and more. All proceeds go toward improvement projects in Winterville. See Don’t Miss on p. 17. 9 a.m.–8 p.m. FREE! www. cityofwinterville.com/marigold ART: “Art on Wheels” (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Join the Georgia Museum of Art’s collectors for a gala evening featuring a silent auction and several vehicles from the golden age of vintage automobiles. Proceeds benefit the collectors’ mission to support the GMOA’s permanent collection through acquisitions. RSVP. 6–8:30 p.m. $100, $175/couple. 706-5420830 PERFORMANCE: Drag Night (Blur) Every Saturday featuring music by DJ Isaac M before and after the show. 9 p.m. $5. www.myspace. com/blurathens PERFORMANCE: Effie’s Club Follies (Blur) This local “slap-strip comedic burlesque” troupe combines the best elements of sketch comedy, musical theatre, drag and striptease. Dance party after the performance. 9 p.m. $8 (21+), $10 (18+). 706-543-8283 THEATRE: Before the Bell Rings (Morton Theatre) A substitute teacher and school custodian try to open the eyes of the students in a study hall class while forcing them to put on a black history program for the school. Presented by HWF Productions. Discounted tickets: $15 (children ages 7–12), FREE! (ages 6 & under). 7 p.m. $20 (advance), $25 (door). 706-613-3771* THEATRE: Winnie the Pooh (Seney-Stovall Chapel) Rose of Athens Theatre presents a stage adaptation of A.A. Milne’s classic stories. See May 15 Theatre. 7 p.m.
$15 (adults), $10 (ages 25 & under). 706-340-9181, www.roseofathens. org* OUTDOORS: Full Moon Canoe Ride (Sandy Creek Park) 9 p.m. $5, $3 (with own canoe/kayak). 706613-3631 KIDSTUFF: Animal Appetites (Sandy Creek Nature Center) Learn what it takes to care for the animals at the Nature Center by helping feed and clean them. Ages 6 & up. Call to register. 10 a.m. $6. 706-613-3615 KIDSTUFF: Pool Open House (Green Acres Pool) All are invited to swim at the pool for free. Swim team also available (contact tyfulghum13@yahoo for info). May 16, 10 a.m.–7 p.m. May 17, 1–7 p.m. FREE! www.greenacrespool.org LECTURES & LIT.: “Making Sense of the 1850 Mortality Census” (ACC Library) Nan McMurry looks at the medical world of mid-19th-century America using the 1850 mortality census of GA. Meet and greet to follow. Sponsored by the Clarke-Oconee Genealogical Society. 2 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 GAMES: Cornhole Competition (Little Kings Shuffle Club) Singleelimination tournament with a trophy for the winners and t-shirts for all competitors. Benefits Mental Health America of Northeast Georgia. 7 p.m. $30/two-person team. 706549-7888, www.fightthestigma.com GAMES: Legend of the Five Rings (Tyche’s Games) Samurai Edition Tournament. Promotional cards for all. 2 p.m. $1. 706-354-4500, www. tychesgames.com
Sunday 17 EVENTS: Birchmore Trail Day (Memorial Park) Event includes games and activities for children, scavenger hunts on the trail and a chance to meet legendary Athenian Fred Birchmore. 2–4 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3512 EVENTS: Farmer for a Day (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. See Calendar Pick on p. 22. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. FREE! firstname.lastname@example.org EVENTS: Fishing Expo Day (Sandy Creek Park) Vendors will demo the latest trends in the fishing industry. Event will also include a kids’ fishing derby for ages 4–15. 12–4 p.m. $2. 706-613-3631 ART: A Chat with Bill Paul (Lyndon House Arts Center) Bill Paul, an artist and UGA professor of art, speaks about his collection of vernacular pottery, a sampling of which is currently on display in the Lyndon House lobby. Light refreshments. 2–4 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3623 PERFORMANCE: Athens Chamber Singers (Friendship Presbyterian Church) Kevin Kelly directs the choral ensemble in a program featuring folk songs from Hungary, Romania, Serbia and the Czech Republic. 3 p.m. FREE! 706-542-2712, www. athenschambersingers.org KIDSTUFF: Pool Open House (Green Acres Pool) All are invited to swim at the pool for free. Swim team also available (contact tyfulghum13@yahoo for info). May 16, 10 a.m.–7 p.m. May 17, 1–7 p.m. FREE! www.greenacrespool.org LECTURES & LIT.: President Obama’s Cabinet (Oconee County Library) Dr. Larry Nackerud of UGA’s School of Social Work presents a slideshow about the members of President Obama’s cabinet. Sponsored by the Oconee County
Democrats. 4 p.m. FREE! ppriest@ charter.net MEETINGS: Circus Banquet (Rubber Soul Yoga Revolution Studio) Practice circus skills, perform and jam with musicians. Every Sunday. 7 p.m. FREE! www.rubbersoulyoga.com 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. allensbarandgrill.com GAMES: Team Trivia (Wild Wing Café) Every Sunday at Wild Wing! FREE! www.wildwingcafe.com
Monday 18 EVENTS: Athens Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Banquet (The Classic Center) Adults and students are recognized for their athletic accomplishments on high school, college and professional levels. 6 p.m. $35. 706-357-4444, www.classiccenter.com* KIDSTUFF: Infant Storytime (ACC Library) 10:30 a.m. & 2 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 KIDSTUFF: Storytime (ACC Library) Bedtime stories. 7 p.m. FREE! 706613-3650 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. www.myspace.com/flickerbar GAMES: Texas Hold ‘Em (Fat Daddy’s) Every Monday. 6 & 9 p.m. 706-353-0241. GAMES: Trivia (Taco Stand) Every Monday night at the downtown location. 9 p.m. www.thetacostand.com 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
Tuesday 19 EVENTS: Global Day of Action for Troy Davis (UGA Arch) Sponsored by the Women in Black and Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. 6–7 p.m. FREE! www. amnestyusa.org/troydavis KIDSTUFF: Chapter Book Review (Madison County Library) Every Tuesday and Thursday elementary school-aged children meet in the lobby to read aloud and share thoughts about books. 4:30 p.m. FREE! 706-795-5597 KIDSTUFF: Storytime (ACC Library) For ages 18 months to 5 years. 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 MEETINGS: Athens Rock and Gem Club (Friendship Christian Church) Chester and Gail Karwoski present “Trees of Stone: Visiting the Ginko Petrified Forest State Park.” They’ll show a video and bring pieces of petrified wood from various locations. Visitors can bring their rocks to be identified. 7:30 p.m. FREE! 706-549-8082 MEETINGS: Great Decisions Discussion Group (ACC Library) 7 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650, jtate@ athenslibrary.org GAMES: 8-Ball Tournament (Fat Daddy’s) Tuesdays. 7 p.m. 706353-0241 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! www.locosgrill.com
Wednesday 20 KIDSTUFF: Storytime (ACC Library) For ages 18 months to 5 years. 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 KIDSTUFF: Young Adult Book Discussion (Madison County Library) This month’s book is Abduction by Peg Kehret. 4:30 p.m. FREE! 706-795-5597 LECTURES & LIT.: Talking about Books (ACC Library—Small Conference Room) Adult book discussion group. This month: A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah. Newcomers welcome. 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706613-3650 MEETINGS: Library Sewing Group (Madison County Library) This month the craft group works on knitting with skewers and toothpicks. Newcomers welcome. 1–3 p.m. FREE! 706-795-5597 MEETINGS: Mindfulness Sitting Group (Mind Body Institute) Silent meditation every Wednesday. 12:30– 1 p.m. FREE! 706-475-7329 GAMES: Rock Star Game Night (Wild Wing Café) Try your luck as a virtual musician! Every Wednesday. 9 p.m. www.wildwingcafe.com 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 EVENTS: Charity Dinner: Soul Food Celebration 5/21 (Earth Fare) Charity dinner featuring southern soul food classics, a wine tasting and live music. Proceeds benefit GA River Network. Space is limited; call to reserve a spot. 7 p.m. $20 suggested donation. 706-227-1717 KIDSTUFF: Beach Party 5/22 (Sandy Creek Park) Annual beach party to celebrate the start of summer. Activities include swimming, a sand castle contest (judging at 6 p.m.), and live music by Pam Blanchard and the Sunny Side Up Band. Bring a picnic dinner. 5:30 p.m. $2. 706-613-3631 OUTDOORS: Starwatch: Shoot the Moon 5/29 (Sandy Creek Park) Take photos of the moon through telescopes with the Athens Astronomical Association. The Starlab planetarium will also be set up inside. 9 p.m. $5. 706-613-3631 KIDSTUFF: Family Canoe Day 5/30 (Sandy Creek Park) View Lake Chapman from a canoe. Basic instruction and guidance provided. Ages 8 & up. Pre-registration required by May 29. 10 a.m. $5. 706613-3631 EVENTS: The Art of: Flowers 6/4 (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Curator-led tours of the Flower and Heritage Gardens. Reception to follow. Part of GMOA’s “The Art of” Series. Call to RSVP. 6–8 p.m. $10. 706-542-0830, www.uga.edu/ gamuseum EVENTS: Heritage Day 6/6 (William Harris Homestead—Monroe) Featuring tours of the homestead’s log cabin and grounds, a Civil War
reenactment, hayrides, exhibits, music, mini-workshops and demonstrations of 19th-century living. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $8 (adults), $6 (seniors & children). www.harrishomestead. com * Advance Tickets Available
Live Music Tuesday 12 Alibi 8 p.m.–12 a.m. FREE! 706-549-1010 DJ JOHN Country Rock DJ spins every Tuesday for Bike Nite. Fat Daddy’s 10 p.m. FREE! 706-353-0241 KARAOKE Every Wednesday, with Lynn. Little Kings Shuffle Club 10 p.m. FREE! www.myspace.com/ littlekingshuffleclub PUNK ROCK DANCE PARTY Every Tuesday! Hosted by Randy Smyre. The Melting Point 7 p.m. $3. www.meltingpointathens. com SMOKEY’S FARMLAND BAND This Atlanta band plays a fun mixture of bluegrass, funk, reggae, Eastern European tunes and acoustic jazz. Tasty World 10 p.m. $5. www.tastyworld.net ASHUTTO MIRRA New alternative rock quartet featuring members of The Revival. THE HUMMS Local act plays what’s been described as “Happy Hippie Horror Rock.” Imagine the sunny side of ‘60s garage rock tainted lyrically by mischievousness and a quirky flirtation with evil. SUBURBAN SOUL Funk- and soulinfluenced acoustic rock, incorporat-
ing both sung and breathy spoken/ rap vocals care of Andy Greene Ball. “Singing along and dancing while consuming spirits and smoking herb” is what this Athens four-piece is “all about,” so says its MySpace blog. SUNSET SOUNDTRACK Manipulated yet poppy vocals overlay this local indie band’s trance synth and guitar-driven math rock sound. This band used to be called That’s What She Said. Tasty Bar downstairs. 9 p.m.–2 a.m. FREE! www.tastyworld.net TASTY TUESDAY Now a weekly event hosted by Athens’ “HipHop Ambassador” Mon2, the second Tuesday of every month features DJ Chief Rocka mixing Golden Era, reggae and his own exclusive jams, plus an original song battle for artists to try for a cash prize. Wild Wing Café 10 p.m. FREE! www.wildwingcafe.com KARAOKE Every Tuesday night at the downtown wing chain’s upstairs space.
Wednesday 13 Alibi 8 p.m.–12 a.m. FREE! 706-549-1010 OPEN MIC JAM A call to any musicians out there—groups or solo performers—bring your instruments for an open jam! Caledonia Lounge 10 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). www.caledonialounge.com BON VIVANTS Lo-fi psych-folk from Atlanta with lots of jingle and jangle influenced by people like Syd Barrett and The Modern Lovers. 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.
Fat Daddy’s 10 p.m.–1 a.m. FREE! 706-353-0241 OPEN MIC Every Wednesday. Flicker Theatre & Bar 8:30 p.m. $5. www.myspace.com/ flickerbar BLUE STOCKINGS It’s been a couple years since this folk-tinged rock trio has hit the Athens stage. HIGH STRUNG Ramblin’, upbeat, bluesy folk on acoustic guitar and mandolin. Harry Bissett’s Bayou Grill 6 p.m. FREE! 706-552-1193 NAPOLEON SOLO This multitasking one-man rock band handles it all. Kingpins Bowl & Brew 8 p.m.–Midnight. www.kingpinsbowlandbrew.com NORMALTOWN KARAOKE Every Wednesday night in the Terrapin Grill and Tap Room. The Melting Point 8 p.m. $5. www.meltingpointathens. com* FOUNDER & THE INVISIBLES Local singer-songwriter and UGA student Drew Dixon’s band accompanies his John Mayer-like vocals with blues and soul-inspired arrangements. THE INTERNS New local band that shares several members with Futurebirds. Look for their debut record soon. The Office Lounge 9:30 p.m. FREE! 706-549-0840 KARAOKE Every Wednesday. Tasty World 10 p.m. $12. www.tastyworld.net* DARK MEAT Super group of 10+ members playing psychedelic garage-rock rave-ups ranging from the tight and efficient to the expansively sprawling, drawing inspiration k continued on next page
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AthFest 2009 CD Release Show Tasty World Selecting 16 tracks from more than 10 times as many submissions from Athens artists, local label Ghostmeat Records is back with this year’s compilation promoting the annual AthFest Holy Liars music and arts festival. A show at Tasty World this weekend celebrates the release of the album. Eleven of this year’s tracks were previously unreleased, including one from Widespread Panic, and Drive-By Trucker songwriter Patterson Hood is the only artist among the eclectic bunch who has appeared on an AthFest comp before. Three bands, each with a track on the compilation, perform at Friday’s show. Local producer David Barbe’s band The Quick Hooks offer up “Metal Confines,” while Holy Liars tackle “Wine and Women” with a twangier take on modern rock, and Brave New Citizen, the new band from former Empire State-r Jay Nackashi, offers up the layered pop rock of “What You Want to Believe.” The disc also runs the gamut of rock and roll (The Starter Kits, The Arcs), rap (Deaf Judges), folk (Curley Maple, The Corduroy Road), jazzy torch songs (Marty Winkler) and mellower, prettier stuff (Jesse Mangum, A Postwar Drama). It will be available at the show and, come Tuesday May 19, can be purchased at AthFest.com, Ghostmeat.com, iTunes and local record stores. Also on hand Friday will be Sunny Ortiz of Widespread Panic. He’ll be at the CD release party to officially present a signed Brian Setzer model Nashville Gretsch guitar to AthFest founder Jared Bailey. The guitar, signed by all of the members of Widespread Panic, will be put up on eBay the week of AthFest. Proceeds from the guitar auction will benefit AthFest AfterSchool, a program intended to expose children to all aspects of music, from genres to career choices. This year’s AthFest takes place June 25–28. The AthFest 2009 CD release show is free and starts at 8 p.m. [Chris Hassiotis]
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from free-jazz, punk and showboating funk. GHOST This Tokyo band’s improvisation-heavy experimental music promises to be a “Japan psychexperience.” See story on p. 14. MAGIK MARKERS Connecticutbased noise rock band Magik Markers experiments with grungy drone sounds against singer-guitarist Elisa Ambrogio’s haunting vocals. Tasty Bar. 10:30 p.m. FREE! www. tastyworld.net KAOS House music every Wednesday!
Thursday 14 40 Watt Club 10 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). www.40watt.com TIM EASTON On his new, highly acclaimed album Porcupine, Tim Easton gets a little edgier than his previously rootsy folk sound. The songwriting is still astute, but now his husky, road-weary vocals wail over punchy rhythms that explore R&B, rockabilly and the blues. TODD MCBRIDE Former Dashboard Savior Todd McBride turns out fine roots-rock Americana that dips into straightahead pub-rocking and more rustic pieces. VIGILANTES OF LOVE Newly reformed Athens staple with bluesy, folk roots infused with gospel and Southern rock. 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. Borders Books & Music 3 p.m. FREE! 706-583-8647 SLOW CLAW This straightforward, non-pretentious, very listenable indie band from Ohio plays an acoustic set at Borders. Also playing at Ciné today at 6:30 p.m., followed by a set at Caledonia Lounge later in the evening. Caledonia Lounge 10 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). www.caledonialounge.com LEAVING ARABY Pop-rock quartet with a style akin to yesteryear radio sweethearts Goo Goo Dolls, Gin Blossoms and the like. MOTHER No info available. PREZ THE BOXER The band formerly known as Moon Unit now features the three-piece lineup of Mark Vaughan, Davis Bacon and Austin Theodore playing quirky indie rock influenced by bands like The Mountain Goats. ROGUE HELICOPTER PILOTS Electronic-infused and melancholy rock group from Tallahassee. SLOW CLAW Straightforward, nonpretentious, very listenable indie rock from Ohio. Also playing earlier today at Borders and Ciné. See Don’t Miss on p. 17. Ciné Barcafé 6:30 p.m. FREE! www.athenscine.com SLOW CLAW A straightforward, nonpretentious, very listenable indie band from Ohio. This will be an acoustic set. Farm 255 11 p.m. FREE! www.farm255.com CHIP MCKENZIE The Still, Small Voice and the Joyful Noise frontman plays a solo set. THAYER SARRANO Local singersongwriter and multi-instrumentalist with lovely, airy vocals singing dark, gentle melodies over guitar while
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backed by lap steel, bass and drums. Currently in residency at Farm. Georgia Theatre 9 p.m. $10. www.georgiatheatre.com BLUEGROUND UNDERGRASS Started by Jeff Mosier in 1998, the Atlanta band unites warm, shimmering pedal and lap steel playing with acoustic and electric banjo, fiddle and a few other instruments. Southern rock with a bluegrass backbone and an undeniable groove. CURLEY MAPLE Fiddler David Blackmon’s progressive old-time project. He’s joined by wife Noel and Christian Lopez on mandolin and guitar, and Chris Enghauser on bass. STOP DROP AND ROLL This Atlanta-based band combines traditional bluegrass, rock, funk, reggae and elements from the jam band genre to create a unique sound. Go Bar 10 p.m. www.myspace.com/gobar “DR. FRED’S KARAOKE” Hosted by karaoke fanatic John “Dr. Fred” Bowers, every Thursday, following the live music. The Max Canada 8 p.m. FREE! 706-254-3392 JUSTIN EVANS Local guy Justin Evans wrangles intricate lyricism and twangy guitar into dirt-road romanticism. In the past, he’s been backed by AJ Adams on lap steel, Carlton Owens on drums and Julia Schoenning on vocals. KAITLIN JONES Local folk guitarist/ vocalist Kaitlin Jones (Fine Line, Porch to the People) performs a set of Americana-tinged tunes. TIMBER Frontman Daniel Aaron serves up his brand of hangover country rock. His lyric-focused arrangements are often nestled within minimalist instrumentation that incorporates the fiddle, piano, pedal steel or xylophone. The Melting Point 8 p.m. $3 (adv.), $5 (door). www.meltingpointathens.com* CACHAçA Local jazz group with a Latin bent plays standards plus original compositions and Brazilian gems for the Thursday Night Jazz Series. No Where Bar 11 p.m. $2. 706-546-4742 JAZZCHRONIC Five-piece band JazzChronic explores freaky, funky, psychedelic fusion jazz while incorporating rock, R&B, heavy beats and more into the stew. Celebrating the release of their new album tonight! Rye Bar 10 p.m. www.myspace.com/ryebarathens TENT CITY This local four-piece fuses elements of jazz, funk, blues and world music. The band says, “Come prepared to boogie!” Tasty World 10 p.m. $5. www.tastyworld.net GREAT SOCIETY This local quartet plays garagey power pop songs about girls, sounding a little like Weezer and The Cars. KOCHIS This self-defined geek rock three-piece plays powerpop songs about girls, geeks and Star Wars. MISFORTUNE 500 Hook-heavy, mid-tempo local rock with a strong melodic backing and an enthusiastic stage show. 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.
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Terrapin Beer Co. 5:30 p.m. www.terrapinbeer.com TWENTYNINE Local alternative rock with mainstream-leaning vocals and grungy guitars along the lines of Fuel, Incubus or Stone Temple Pilots.
Friday 15 283 Bar 11 p.m. FREE! 706-208-1283 “CUT A BITCH” DJs Cut a Rug and Bitch Switch tag team once again. Tonight will be a dance party with a short shorts and shutter shades theme. The first 25 people in the door get free shutter shades. Alibi 9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-1010 GRAINS OF SAND This cover band performs classic Motown hits. Caledonia Lounge 10 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). www.caledonialounge.com SPY FOR HIRE Contemplative, spacey electro-rock is the name of the game for this melodic and moody Columbus, GA band. THIEVES AND PASTORS Newly formed local indie shoegaze with post-rock guitar and soaring vocals. Ciné Barcafé 10 p.m. $5 donation. www.athenscine. com ALEXIS GIDEON Accompanied by minimal beats, guitar and xylophone, this Portland-based rapper is backed by projected animations illustrating his entertaining lyrics. SHELLEY SHORT Inventive, dreamy lullabies delivered through rustic folk. SPIRIT OF THE FALCON-XL Pegasuses-XL’s psychedelic dance party alter ego. Tonight the band will perform a one time only tribute to Terry Riley entitled “In C Minor,” feat. members of Maximum Busy Muscle, Anus Full of Wasabi, Matt Kurz One, We vs. the Shark and more. TOMMY VALENTINE Recently resurrected local rap sensation is back on the scene after a two-year hiatus. Farm 255 11 p.m. FREE! www.farm255.com MATTHEW BARBER Acclaimed Canadian singer-songwriter. See story on p. 16. MOTH VAMANA Folky pop with a ‘70s vibe featuring Jacob Morris (Ham1) on guitar and vocals plus a rotating cast of supporting musicians which most recently includes: John Fernandes on violin, Paul McHugh (Mother Jackson) on keys, Colin Carey (Ginger Envelope) on drums, and Thomas Valadez (Future Ape Tapes) on bass. Fat Daddy’s 9 p.m. FREE! 706-353-0241 THE PLANET RIDERS This Monroe, GA group plays easygoing American rock in line with acts like The Eagles or The Heartbreakers with a hint of bluegrass influences. Flicker Theatre & Bar 8:30 p.m. $5. www.myspace.com/ flickerbar LUCY WAINWRIGHT ROCHE Rufus Wainwright’s sister plays polite acoustic lullabies. See feature story on p.15. SEA OF DOGS Emily Armond (exTitans of Filth/Dark Meat) has turned her solo project into a full band, joined by Kate Mitchell, Kelsey Brooks, Page Campbell, Maryn Vance and Meghan Morris. The talented ladies perform disarmingly honest, eclectic folk songs.
Georgia Theatre Benefit for True Love Canine Rescue. 10 p.m. $7. www.georgiatheatre.com BLOODKIN The long-running Athens rock and roll quartet plays a bluesy style of roots-rock music with big guitars and sharply written lyrics for darkly countrified bar-room rock and roll. HEAVY FEATHER Hook-heavy rock is the name of the game for this longrunning but infrequently playing local act, formerly known as Jackpot City. From catchy pop harmonies drawing on Big Star and The Beatles to dirtier, Stones-inspired bluesrock. Go Bar 10 p.m. $5. www.myspace.com/gobar AMERICAN CHEESEBURGER Athens four-piece that boasts former members of No!, Divorce and Carrie Nations, delivering rapid-fire, loud and aggressive old school thrash rock. DJ BABY PANDAS Chris Hassiotis spins an eclectic set of classic funk, searing soul, vintage garage rock and more after the bands. CRUDE Blazing hardcore punk from Japan with ferocious rock and roll guitar solos. UNIT 21 Old-school hardcore from Austin, TX. WORLDS This grindcore quartet from Florida features members of Assuck and Asshole Parade. Little Kings Shuffle Club Benefit for Mental Health America of Northeast Georgia. 7 p.m. See www. myspace.com/littlekingsshuffleclub for more info. BLUES TO FIGHT THE BLUES Featuring performances by We Are the Gold Machine, Chris Moore, Blueswater Bridge, Royal Blue
& the Stone Grifters as well as an open jam led by the Geiger Bros. Plus Classic City Cornhole Tournament on Saturday. Madison County Library 7 p.m. FREE! 706-795-5597 THE GARNET RIVER GALS This old-time string band features the talents of local ladies Beth Kelley Zorbanos, Noel Blackmon, Mary Wooten, Annette Raymond and Dale Weschler. The Melting Point 8 p.m. $10 (adv.), $15 (door). www. meltingpointathens.com* BLACKMON BROTHERS Featuring fiddler David Blackmon (Curley Maple, Normaltown Flyers, Widespread Panic) and his brother Buddy on banjo playing lively bluegrass. BUDDY GREENE AND FRIENDS This Georgia-born artist plays a unique hybrid of country, bluegrass, folk, gospel and even some traditional blues. The Office Lounge 9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-0840 THREE 7S Three 7s is a rock trio of current Seven7 members performing rock and funk covers. This subset of the band features John Kirsch, Chris Turner and Mary Jane Schwab (who also drums for Shitty Candy). Rye Bar 10 p.m. www.myspace.com/ryebarathens FIREWORK CHILD Young and newly formed collective. Featuring “two drummers, two male and two female singers, guitars, bass and cello, Firework Child is an explosion of telepathic communication.” Aren’t you dying to know if that’s true?
THE HUMMS Local act plays what’s been described as “Happy Hippie Horror Rock.” Imagine the sunny side of ‘60s garage rock tainted lyrically by mischievousness and a quirky flirtation with evil. WARREN STEELE STYLEE This local artist/musician performs sinister-sounding, avant-garde tunes that match melody with menace— skewing vocals to often haunting and bizarre effect. Tasty World AthFest CD Release Party. 8 p.m. FREE! www.tastyworld.net BRAVE NEW CITIZEN Local rock band fronted by Jay Nackashi using some homemade instruments (exEmpire State) featuring seasoned local musicians Alex Nackashi (drums), Jesse Flavin (guitar) and Larry Tenner (bass). See Calendar Pick p. 19. DAVID BARBE AND THE QUICK HOOKS Legendary local producer David Barbe (R.E.M., Son Volt, Truckers, etc.) and his band will have a unique set tonight, having to play their sludgy, psychedelic blues without drummer Kyle Spence, who is out touring with Harvey Milk. See Calendar Pick p. 19. HOLY LIARS This local four-piece tends towards blue-collar rock, not unlike more polished early Uncle Tupelo or the cow-punkier moments of Social Distortion. See Calendar Pick p. 19. Terrapin Beer Co. 5:30 p.m. www.terrapinbeer.com SAMURAI TROUT Local roots-rock, swamp-boogie band featuring singer-songwriters Mark Wilmot and Woody Garrison backed by Bill Bokas (drums), Chip Barnett (guitar) and Mike Flynn (bass).
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Georgia Nature Center Benefit Georgia Theatre Northeast Georgia has seen some unpredictable and treacherous weather this year. In February a 900-footwide tornado, spanning the exact width of the property, ripped through the Georgia Nature Center in Watkinsville. Center founder Jeff Gold says the storm mangled and toppled several thousand trees, destroying the center’s pavilion area, greenhouse, gift shop and a mounting system for one Mad Whiskey Grin of its innovative solar-power panels. Rising to the occasion, Caroline Aiken, Kate Morrissey and Mad Whiskey Grin will perform a benefit concert for the Nature Center. The show itself had been in the works for some time, originally billed as a “12-string guitar duel” between Mad Whiskey Grin guitarist Frank Williams and Caroline Aiken. “She’s a 12-string wizard,” says Williams of the seasoned pro, “and so am I.” The timing seemed shaky at first, with school off for the summer, but when Aiken heard about the damage to the Nature Center, she felt inclined to help. Both Aiken and Morrissey have ties to the center, having played their solar-powered concerts in the past. Gold certainly seems honored by the effort. “Caroline Aiken is definitely my favorite artist of all time,” he says. For those who haven’t seen Mad Whiskey Grin in a while, you might be surprised to see Williams’ solo project has expanded into a dynamic duo, featuring the fearless, sweet and smoky vocals of Nancy Byron. Byron half-jokingly invited herself onstage with Williams at the Bud Bourbon and Blues Festival in November and, says Williams, has “stepped in and made herself comfortable” ever since. “It was kind of a surprise, but a welcome one!” Williams has also branched out as an instrumentalist, utilizing the six-string more and integrating new-age finger-tapping plus looping effects and echo in addition to his expert use of the slide. For more information about the tornado damage, visit www.naturecenter.com and click on “Tornado Alley Trail.” [Michelle Gilzenrat]
Wild Wing Café 10 p.m. FREE! www.wildwingcafe.com DEEPSTEP Country rock band out of Dublin, GA, equally adept at both old-school country sounds and newer pop-rock Nashville tunes. WUGA 91.7 FM 4 p.m. FREE! www.wuga.org “IT’S FRIDAY!” Elijah and Lucy Wainwright Roche will perform on the local radio station’s weekly program. University Cable Channel 15 will also broadcast the show.
Saturday 16 40 Watt Club 9:30 p.m. $2. www.40watt.com CHRIS MCKAY AND THE CRITICAL DARLINGS Drawing equally on ‘80s power-pop like The Cars and earlier stuff like The Kinks, frontman Chris McKay has a sharp lyrical turn for every melodic offering of his bandmates. LAKE INFERIOR Chapel Hill’s Lake Inferior offers an eclectic, meticulously crafted indie pop sound for fans of bands like The National. RADIOLUCENT Local band Radiolucent falls somewhere between bluesy Southern rock and the poppier side of alt-country. Alibi 9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-1010 AVERY DYLAN PROJECT Guitarist Avery Dylan turns out electric blues backed by Clint Swords and Mike Strickland. THE BORDER LIONS Rock and roll trio that plays ‘70s-inspired songs, with styles ranging from beachy to bluesy. Allen’s Bar & Grill 9:30 p.m. FREE! www.allensbarandgrill. com BRUE CRUE Local band Brue Crue offers Southern garage rock and female lead vocals. Blur 9 p.m. $5. www.myspace.com/blurathens DJ ISAAC M Spinning dance music before and after Drag Night. Borders Books & Music 3 p.m. FREE! 706-583-8647 DR. IAN JOHNSON Athens local man plays easy listening jazz on two keyboards to emulate a jazz band sound. Caledonia Lounge 10 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). www.caledonialounge.com GRAPE SODA New band featuring the brothers Lewis (Mat and Ryan) of The Buddy System on vocals, organ and drums, playing reverb-heavy garage psych-rock. NATIONALE Female-fronted hardcore promising discord and an energetic live show. SMOKEDOG Local guys Thom Strickland (vocals, guitar) and Jason Jones (drums) play a noisy motorik pulse with treated guitar. Says Jones, “noisy lo-fi boogie smeared over mechanical back-pocket beats.” WEREWOLVES Formerly Horse Party, this quartet offers minimalist quirk-pop. Farm 255 10 p.m. FREE! www.farm255.com HALF DOZEN BRASS BAND Highly praised local ensemble, and Athens’ only New Orleans-style brass band, claims Rebirth, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Youngblood Brass Band as influences. See Don’t Miss on p. 17. ONE L Afro-Cuban-inspired music that blends rock, funk and soul with
clave patterns and electric guitar. Featuring Afro-Cuban percussion, a searing horn section and authentic Cuban instruments, the band promises to keep you on your feet. Fat Daddy’s 9 p.m. FREE! 706-353-0241 90 ACRE FARM This acoustic trio from Watkinsville plays traditional rock. Flicker Theatre & Bar 8:30 p.m. $5. www.myspace.com/ flickerbar PETER ERCHICK Elephant 6 stalwart Pete Erchick (Circulatory System, Olivia Tremor Control, Dark Meat, etc.) performs a solo set, aided by some friends. HEATHER HEYN Local singer/ songwriter and guitarist with a silky, soulful and dynamic voice that can swoop from lulling whisper to powerful roar. In the past Heyn has belted out the tunes with bands like Vicariously Through Cats and Dark Meat. MOTHS Featuring Jacob Morris (Ham1). Georgia Theatre Georgia Nature Center Benefit. 10 p.m. $7. www.georgiatheatre.com CAROLINE AIKEN Renowned acoustic folk artist who shared the stage with The Indigo Girls for some time. Her soulful voice purrs the blues over bright finger-picking. MAD WHISKEY GRIN Duo featuring masterful guitarist Frank Williams, who slides and finger-picks his way through bluesy and decidedly American sounds, plus the smokey vocals of Nancy Byron. See Calendar Pick on p. 20. KATE MORRISSEY Morrissey’s warm, soulful voice and rhythmic piano spice her original songs, which have been described as “urban fables and fairy tales.” The Globe 10 p.m. FREE! 706-353-4721* 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. Go Bar 10 p.m. FREE! www.myspace.com/ gobar GO GAY DISCO FABULOUS DANCE PARTY Featuring DJ Mahogany spinning a mix of ‘70s and ‘80s hits. This special event is hosted by a group of LGBTQ professional organizations from UGA.
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Jot ‘Em Down Country Store & BBQ 3 p.m. FREE! 706-549-2100 THE R.I.B.S. With energetic Southern and classic rock originals and covers, this band hopes to “inspire redneck behavior.” Little Kings Shuffle Club Benefit for Mental Health America of Northeast Georgia. 7 p.m. www.myspace.com/littlekingsshuffleclub BLUES TO FIGHT THE BLUES Featuring performances by Brothers Marler, Jeff Evans Band, The Ben Fairaday Band, Unforgiven and Blues Affliction. Plus Classic City Cornhole Tournament. The Melting Point 8:30 p.m. $8 (adv.), $10 (door). www. meltingpointathens.com* BIG DADDY’S BAND Clarence Young (Rack of Spam, The Jesters) teams up with Bill Pappas, Kenny Head (The Georgia Satellites), Tim k continued on next page
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Pritchett and Chris Hillsman to turn out some good-time Southern rock and covers from the ‘70s and ‘80s, including the Allman Bros., Steely Dan and Michael McDonald. See Don’t Miss on p. 17. The Office Lounge 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-8209 BROKEN GLASS Jam rock band from Atlanta. Rye Bar 10 p.m. www.myspace.com/ryebarathens NOISE ORGANIZATION This Alabama jam band’s sound is driven by electronica, samples and MIDI technology. T8R(TOT) Local beatmaster mixes trippy electronic laptop creations featuring dubstep, drum ‘n’ bass and funk. DJ TRIZ Spinning classic hip-hop, dance and funk. Tasty World Tasty Bar Downstairs. 10 p.m. $5. www.tastyworld.net LATIN NIGHT Dance the night away to Latin rhythms. Terrapin Beer Co. 5:30 p.m. www.terrapinbeer.com SUPER LUCKY CAT Relaxing, acoustic lounge-jams in the style of Jimmy Buffet.
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Wild Wing Café 10 p.m. FREE! www.wildwingcafe.com BIG DON BAND Real Southern rock featuring vocals with lots of soulful drawl backed by smooth, bluesy guitars. Lynyrd Skynyrd would approve. The new lineup features Big Don Spurlin (guitar), Brian Daniel (bass), Jeff Hargens (drums) and Jason Crowe (keys).
Sunday 17 Jot ‘Em Down Country Store & BBQ 3 p.m. FREE! 706-549-2100 KEN WILL MORTON Athens’ own Ken Will Morton is an engaging songwriter and performer. His soulful rasp captures the rough and tumble rock edge of Springsteen and the keen lyricism of Dylan.
Monday 18 Ciné Barcafé 6–8:30 p.m. FREE! www.athenscine. com OPEN JAZZ JAM Calling all jazz musicians. Now you can join local jazz group Sonny Got Blue every Monday 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. Rye Bar 9:30 p.m. FREE! www.myspace.com/ ryebarathens OPEN MIC Every Monday! Sign up between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tasty World 10 p.m. $5. www.tastyworld.net BLUESWATER BRIDGE Local rock outfit inspired by classic Southern rock and blues. RAPPORT Jack Johnson-inspired acoustic soul from Atlanta.
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Tuesday 19 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+). www.caledonialounge.com IT’S ELEPHANT’S Big, soulful, blues vocals screech over edgy and erratic rock from this Atlanta group. MICE IN CARS Loud post-rock band from Atlanta inspired by Shellac, Mogwai and The Pixies. THE WINTER SOUNDS Local band that infuses elements of new wave, punk and synth-pop into its carefully crafted and lyrically inspiring songs. Fat Daddy’s 10 p.m. FREE! 706-353-0241 KARAOKE Every Wednesday. Flicker Theatre & Bar 8:30 p.m. $5. www.myspace.com/ flickerbar GUITAR BOMB One-man blues punk band with gravelly Tom Waits vocals, the urgency of The Stooges and a drum machine to keep things barreling forward. See Don’t Miss on p. 17. RANCH Laura Morgan’s (Furlined Records) new rock project featuring Jim Willingham (Ham1) on guitar. THE SWEET ONES Garage rock shouted in unison by all members of this Brooklyn band. The Sweet Ones sometimes veers towards post-punk
with angular guitars and thrashy rhythms—like The Modern Lovers meets Black Flag. JIM WILLINGHAM Ham1 guitarist/ songwriter performs a solo set of his folksy, quirky pop. Little Kings Shuffle Club 10 p.m. FREE! www.myspace.com/ littlekingshuffleclub AMERICAN IN FRANCE The punk band from Chapel Hill, NC performs before the punk rock DJ. PUNK ROCK DANCE PARTY Every Tuesday! Hosted by Randy Smyre. The Melting Point 7 p.m. $3. www.meltingpointathens. com* THE MUDFLAPJACKS This local band performs old-time country and bluegrass jams. The Office Lounge 6 p.m. FREE! 706-549-0840 SAM MIXON Local singer-songwriter and member of Sunshine Fix and Amorphous Strums plays quirky, fun, pop-oriented, kid-friendly, acoustic numbers. Tasty World 10 p.m. $5. www.tastyworld.net CIRCLE IN FLIGHT New metal trio influenced by Isis and Neurosis. KILL THE SCHOOL New, local metal four-piece. STRANDED Southern metal five-piece from Commerce, GA. Tasty Bar. 9 p.m.–2 a.m. FREE! www. tastyworld.net TASTY TUESDAY The third Tuesday of every month features DJ DJ blending and blasting the Southern Top 40 and his own exclusives, and
a Beat War for producers to show off their original beats for a cash prize. Wild Wing Café 10 p.m. FREE! www.wildwingcafe.com KARAOKE Every Tuesday night at the downtown chain’s upstairs space.
Wednesday 20 Alibi 8 p.m.–12 a.m. FREE! 706-549-1010 OPEN MIC JAM A call to any musicians out there—groups or solo performers—bring your instruments for an open jam! Caledonia Lounge 10 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). www.caledonialounge.com LITTLE FRANCIS Steven Grubbs plays songs backed by Jesse Thompson, Jordan Noel and Brian Connell, sounding like rowdy, anthemic folk music mixed with early’50s rock and roll. LIVING ROOMS Atlanta band that pushes buttons and turns knobs to create spacey, ethereal rock that calls to mind a particularly subdued Animal Collective. MR. FALCON High energy, indie garage rock influenced equally by The Kinks and The Pixies. Fat Daddy’s 10 p.m.–1 a.m. FREE! 706-353-0241 OPEN MIC Every Wednesday. Flicker Theatre & Bar 8:30 p.m. $5. www.myspace.com/ flickerbar FIRE ZUAVE The lead singer of this Athens-by-way-of-West-Palm-Beach
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Farmer for a Day Tour Roots Farm In recent years, the signs of spring in Athens have gone beyond dogwoods and azaleas. Local produce has become abundant, and is available from more sources each year. Vegetables and other edibles aren’t the only things growing; a community embracing sustainable living continues to grow and participate in local food production. Since 2001, the web-based Athens Locally Grown farmers’ market has gone from a few growers to a collaboration of more than 100 area small farmers serving over 1,800 members. Despite its success, it provides limited avenues for education and social interaction. Prior to the establishment last year of the Athens Farmers’ Market, there were few meeting places outside of Locally Grown’s weekly pick-up for members. So, Locally Grown created the “Farmer for a Day” tour: guided by growers, guests visit local farms and experience the work, the food and the culture of sustainable agriculture. This year’s series of tours runs once a month through October. The first tour is this Sunday, May 17 at Roots Farm in Winterville, where many spring veggies and herbs are being harvested now. The farms represented in this year’s tour are diverse—included among those who focus on produce are also a dairy farm, a farm producing free-range eggs and pastureraised chicken, and one offering mule-ground grits (red mule, that is). All tours are free and will run from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. (tours to come will be listed in the Flagpole Calendar). Guests begin their visit by participating in light chores for a few hours, then enjoy a hearty free lunch of deli sandwiches and fruit from Daily Co-op, the tour’s newest sponsor, and side dishes and beverages by Locally Grown and participating farms. Next follows a farmer-guided tour of each property, with a Q&A session evolving as you walk. “Each year,” says tour coordinator Marc Tissenbaum, “the tours attract people who are inspired to take whatever bit of land they have to grow food for themselves or others.” Perhaps you’ll be the one to be inspired this year. Tours are limited to 25 participants, chosen on a first-come, first-served basis. (Guests may join more than one tour.) To sign up, email Tissenbaum at email@example.com. Participants will receive an email with carpool information and directions. [Deb Chasteen]
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. MOONLIGHT BRIDE Danceable electro indie rock from Chattanooga that’s a little Stellstarr and a little Arcade Fire. Harry Bissett’s Bayou Grill 6 p.m. FREE! 706-552-1193 THE R.I.B.S. With energetic Southern and classic rock originals and covers, this band hopes to “inspire redneck behavior.” Kingpins Bowl & Brew 8 p.m.–Midnight. www.kingpinsbowlandbrew.com NORMALTOWN KARAOKE Every Wednesday night in the Terrapin Grill and Tap Room. The Melting Point 8 p.m. $5. www.meltingpointathens. com* BILL LUPKIN Singer-songwriter performs as part of John Straw’s Wednesday Blues series. Lupkin is a seasoned blues pro and master harpist whose played with Jimmy Rogers and Howlin’ Wolf. The Office Lounge 9:30 p.m. FREE! 706-549-0840 KARAOKE Every Wednesday. Tasty World Tasty Bar. 10:30 p.m. FREE! www. tastyworld.net KAOS House music every Wednesday! * Advance Tickets Available
Down the Line 5/21 Blue Flashing Light (40 Watt Club) 5/21 Dodd Ferrelle / The Help / Twain (Caledonia Lounge) 5/21 Loxsly / Mass Solo Revolt / The Matt Kurz One (Flicker Theatre & Bar) 5/21 Duke Fame (RPM) 5/21 Vinyl Strangers (Terrapin Beer Co.) 5/21 Brandi Carlile (The Melting Point) 5/21 Justin Brogdon (Wild Wing Café) 5/22 Burning Nova / Lullwater / Sequoyah Prep School (40 Watt Club) 5/22 John Martin and Southern Drive (Alibi) 5/22 Clarke County Line (Allen’s Bar & Grill) 5/22 Coope / Daniel Mack & the Pickin’ / Clay Leverett & Friends / Lera Lynn (Caledonia Lounge) 5/22 Dust Congress / The Visitations (Flicker Theatre & Bar) 5/22 Ten Toes Up / Tent City (Rye Bar) 5/22 Dead Stick Landing (Terrapin Beer Co.) 5/22 The Highballs (The Melting Point)* 5/22 “It’s Friday!” (WUGA 91.7 FM) 5/23 Emmie Beretta / Birds+Wire / Hope for Agoldensummer (40 Watt Club) 5/23 Carla LeFever and the Rays (Alibi) 5/23 Dusty Lightswitch / Super Cobra (Caledonia Lounge) 5/23 Ram Jam Battle of the Bands (Monsignor Donovan Catholic High School) 5/23 Harp Unstrung (Terrapin Beer Co.) 5/23 The Rick Fowler Band (The Melting Point)*
5/24 Mixel Pixel (Farm 255) 5/24 Teal Vox (The Melting Point)* 5/25 Packway Handle Band (Ashford Manor) 5/26 Chrissakes / Thrones (Caledonia Lounge) 5/26 Sunset (Go Bar) 5/26 The Drovers Old Time Medicine Show (The Melting Point)* 5/27 Kaos / Low End Honey / Uncle Lucius (Tasty World) 5/27 The Plague / VieTNam (Caledonia Lounge) 5/27 Moths / Sweetbox / Tommy Television (Flicker Theatre & Bar) 5/27 The Dumps / Hot Breath / Music Hates You (The Max Canada) 5/27 The Incredible Sandwich / Lingo (The Melting Point)* 5/28 The HEAP / Vinyl Strangers (Flicker Theatre & Bar) 5/28 3 Foot Swagger (Georgia Theatre) 5/28 Chris Demarco (Tasty World) 5/28 Dead Confederate (The Melting Point)* 5/29 Mama’s Love (40 Watt Club) 5/29 Hammerstrat (Alibi) 5/29 The Classic Bastards / Gaylord / Lazer/Wülf (Caledonia Lounge) 5/29 Patrick Carey / Thayer Sarrano (Flicker Theatre & Bar) 5/29 The Arcs / Ham1 / DJ Kurt Wood / DJ Ovor (Georgia Theatre) 5/29 Founder and The Invisibles (Rye Bar) 5/29 Strawberry Flats (The Melting Point)* 5/30 Casper and the Cookies / The Lolligags / Marshmallow Coast (Caledonia Lounge) 5/30 Don Chambers / Clay Leverett (Flicker Theatre & Bar) 5/30 Kinchafoonee Cowboys (Georgia Theatre) 5/30 Jim White (The Melting Point)* 6/1 A Storm of Light / Room / Wolves in the Throne (Caledonia Lounge) 6/2 Little Feat / Mayhem String Band (The Melting Point)* 6/3 The English Beat (40 Watt Club)* 6/3 Luke Bryan (Georgia Theatre) 6/4 Zach Deputy (Georgia Theatre) 6/5 The Incredible Sandwich (Tasty World) 6/6 Rollin’ Home (40 Watt Club) 6/6 Holman Autry Band (Georgia Theatre) 6/6 Corleone (Rye Bar) 6/6 The Bridges (Tasty World) 6/6 Delta Moon / EG Kight (The Melting Point)* 6/8 Sons of Sailors (Ashford Manor) 6/9 Redline Express (The Melting Point)* 6/11 All the Saints / Ted Leo & the Pharmacists / Titus Andronicus (40 Watt Club) 6/12 Steve Soto and the Twisted Hearts / X (40 Watt Club) 6/12 Fiction Family (The Melting Point) 6/13 Pattern is Movement / St. Vincent (40 Watt Club) 6/13 Little Malcolm and the Houserockers (The Melting Point) 6/20 Hold Cell / The Rattlers (40 Watt Club) 6/25–6/28 AthFest (Downtown Athens) 6/25 Garbage Island / Holy Liars / Still, Small Voice and the Joyful Noise (The Max Canada) 7/1 Heartless Bastards / Jenny Lewis (Georgia Theatre)* 7/4 Greg Hester (Ashford Manor) 7/13 Lazy B and the Recliners (Ashford Manor) 7/27 M.Ward (40 Watt Club) 8/10 Randall Bramblett (Ashford Manor) 9/7 Dirk Howell (Ashford Manor)
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ART “Two Waters Two Lights” (The Georgia Club) “Two Waters Two Lights,” featuring watercolors by Juan Carlos Camacho. By appointment through May. 706-248-2537 Artists Needed (Five Points) Seeking artists for the Second Annual Five Points Art Fest in June. email@example.com 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. www.athica.org/callforentries.php
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, www.accleisureservices.com 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). 706-355-3161, www.good dirt.net Computer Classes (ACC Library) “Intro to Powerpoint” (May 21, 7 p.m.) and “Intro to Excel” (May 28, 10 a.m.). In the Educational Technology Center. Call to register. FREE! 706-613-3650 Computer Classes (ACC Library) “Digital Cameras: The Basics” (May 7, 10–11 a.m.) and “Mouse and Keyboard Skills” (May 12, 7–8:30 p.m.) In the Educational Technology Center. Call to register. Contra Dance (Memorial Park) Old-time contra dance presented by the Athens Folk Music & Dance Society with live music and calling. FREE! lesson at 7:30 p.m. May 16, 8–11 p.m. $7 (18+), FREE! (ages 17 & under). www.athensfolk.org Cooking Class: Raw Foods (Earth Fare) Chef Michael Perkins helps raw foodies kick off a spring cleanse. May 13, 6 p.m. FREE! 706227-1717 Cooking Class: Spring (Earth Fare) Cooking class dedicated to the foods of spring. Space is limited; call to reserve a spot. May 27, 6 p.m. FREE! 706-227-1717 Cooking in the Garden: Lite in Spring (State Botanical Garden) Create light, delicate
ART AROUND TOWN ACC Library Paintings by North Carolina artist Shanta Hauser. Through May. Exhibit of artwork created by the seniors of the ACC Senior Center. Through May 31. 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. www.artgallerylaplace.com 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. www.athica.org Brick House Studio Exhibit featuring new work by Tim Adams, Andy Cherewick, Doug Makemson, Michael Pierce and Lamar Wood. By appointment only all summer. www.lamarwood.com Circle Gallery, UGA College of Environmental Design Steven Arnold, a local architectural illustrator, examines the divide between hand graphics and computer graphics in “Seeking Symbiosis Between Markers and Maya: The Integration of Hand and Computer Graphics.” Through May 15. Elements Hair Salon Abstract paintings by Meg McConnell. Through August. Five Star Day Cafe—Eastside Paintings by Ruth Allen. The Grit Work by Lauren Gregg. Through May. Hampton Fine Art Gallery (Greensboro) “The Blue Green Earth Exhibition,” featuring works by Lamar Wood, Melin Miller, Lisa Hampton-Pepe, RainDance and Cameron Hampton. Through May 30. www.artistcameronhampton.com Hawthorne House Antiques and Interiors New works by Margie Spalding.
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springtime dishes. May 21, 6:30 p.m. $27. 706-542-6156, www.uga. edu/botgarden Cool-Season Grasses (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Students will learn to recognize grass parts that are useful in field identification. May 30, 8:30 a.m.– 12:30 p.m. $45. 706-542-6156, www.uga.edu/botgarden Craft Classes (Main Street Yarns—Watkinsville) Offering instruction in knitting, crocheting, wheel spinning and more. Full schedule online. 706-769-5531, www.mainstreetyarns.com Encaustics Workshop (Blue Tin Studio—393 N. Finley Street) Learn step-by-step techniques for painting with beeswax. Registration ends June 10. June 27 & July 11, 9:30 a.m.–3 p.m. $65. 404-5566884, www.bluetinstudio.com Equine Extravaganza (UGA Livestock Arena—2600 S. Milledge Avenue) Educational seminar covering equine health concepts with live demos, hands-on activities and raffles. May 30, 8 a.m.–4 p.m. $25 (adults), $12.50 (students). www. crossroadsvetservices.com Fitness Boot Camps (St. Mary’s Wellness Center) Now registering for high-intensity fitness boot camps.
Through May 24. Healing Arts Centre “Reflections of Meditation,” featuring paintings by Scott Pridgen of DubConscious. Through May. Reception May 29. Lyndon House Arts Center “Mama Had One of Those,” an exhibit of selected pottery from the collection of Bill and Dorothy Paul. Through May 30. Madison-Morgan Cultural Center “The Houses of Madison: Pen and Ink Drawings,” featuring original works by Atlanta architect and artist Kemp Mooney. Through June 30. “The Many Faces of Madison: A History of Portrait Painting in the Piedmont” features 35 portraits dating from the late-18th century through 1985. Exhibit curated by Spalding Nix. Through June 30. Mama’s Boy “Night Photos” by Brooke Easler. Through mid-May. www.brookeeaslerart.com Marigold Cafe (Winterville) Abstract paintings by Meg McConnell. Through August. Monroe Art Guild “Project 365” featuring photography by Stephanie Roberts. Through June 25. Oconee County Library “Home and Away: Fine Art Photography from the Athens/Oconee Area and the World,” an exhibition of photographic prints by Sally Ross. Through May 29. Acrylic cubes by Murrell Tyson. Through May. The Point of Art Gallery (Union Point) “Rite of Passage,” featuring selected works by owner Anne Jenkins and eight local artists. Through May 23. www.thepointofart.net Red Eye Coffee Monsterrific paintings by Dan Smith. Through May. www.seedanpaint.com State Botanical Garden of Georgia “Fleeting Moment: Intimate Images of Flowers,” an exhibition of photographs by Ted Mikalsen. Through May. 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. Washington Historical Museum (Washington) Premiere showing of Herb Bridges’ collection of hand-painted movie poster boards from the ‘30s and ‘40s. Through May.
Alexandra Carter’s artwork is part of “Crafting Romance” at ATHICA through May 31. 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. Registration ends May 29. 706-3893355, firstname.lastname@example.org Genealogy on the Internet (ACC Library) A brief intro to Internet resources for genealogy. Databases in Galileo will be introduced. May 14, 6–8:45 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 Getting Started with Genealogy (ACC Library) Monthly informal class to walk you through the basics of researching family history. Bring a pencil and paper. In Heritage Room. May 21, 6–8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 Hatha Yoga (Full Bloom Center) All levels welcome. Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m. $14/drop-in, $60/5-class card. email@example.com Interviewing Seminar (Earth Fare) Seminar will focus on questions that job applicants might face in an interview. May 25, 8 p.m. FREE! 706-202-2224 Invasive Plants of the Southeast (State Botanical Garden) An introduction to the problem of invasive, non-native plants in GA. Pre-registration required. June 13, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. $45. 706542-6156, www.uga.edu/botgarden
Resumé Preparation Seminar (Earth Fare) Joey Freeman shows how to best select, present, organize and summarize job seekers’ education and experience on resumés. May 18, 8 p.m. FREE! 706-202-2224 Social Networking: Connect and Grow Your Marketing Reach (UGA Small Business Center) Learn about the power of social networking websites in marketing your business, service or product. May 13, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. $39 (includes lunch). 706-5427436, www.athenssbdc.org 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. www.rubbersoulyoga.com Tae Kwon Do & Jodo Classes (Live Oak Martial Arts) For kids and adults, beginner–advanced. Chase St. Warehouses, next to Canopy and ATHICA. Mondays–Thursdays, 3:30-8:30 p.m. 706-548-0077, www. liveoakmartialarts.com 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 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 yoga.com
HELP OUT! Volunteer ESL Teachers (Goodwill Career Center) Catholic Charities seeks volunteers to teach English as a Second Language to adults in the community on Monday and Wednesday evenings. Ongoing training provided. Eight-week commitment. Valerie Pflug, 706-2541371, firstname.lastname@example.org Volunteers Needed (Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic) Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic is seeking volunteers interested in reading and recording textbooks for 90 minutes per week. 706-5491313, email@example.com
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. young firstname.lastname@example.org Be Creative @ Your Library (ACC Library) Calling all young authors and illustrators. Seeking short stories to include in a book that will be added to the library’s collection. Ages 10 & under. May 21–July 30. FREE! 706-613-3650 Creative Movement (Floorspace) Ongoing class for ages 3–5. Thursdays, 4:15 p.m. $40/4 classes. 706-850-5557, lisayaconelli@ yahoo.com Cyber Camp (Rocksprings Neighborhood Center) Learn basic computer skills, typing skills, Internet safety and the history of computers. Register by July 24. July 27–31, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. $11. 706613-3603 Garden Earth Nature Camp (State Botanical Garden) 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. 9 a.m.–12 p.m. $95. www.uga. edu/botgarden 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 www.gooddirt.net. 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. June 15–19, June 22–26, July 13–17 & July 20–24, 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. $150/week. 706338-2892, newmoonpreschool@ gmail.com Ninja Scout Adventure Camp (State Botanical Garden) Curriculum blends ancient Asian arts, NativeAmerican wisdom and African musical traditions. Ages 9–12. July 1–2, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. $85. 706-542-6156, www.uga.edu/botgarden Summer Academy at UGA (UGA Campus) UGA Center for Continuing Education is now registering for its week-long summer programs for ages 11–17. This year’s offerings include Comic Book and Cartoon Art, Website Design, Secret Agent Camp, Film School, etc. First camps begin June 1. $149–$349. 706-5423537, www.georgiacenter.uga.edu/ summeracademy 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, www.ocaf.com. Summer Art Camps (Blue Tin Studio—Studio C, 393 N. Finley Street) Teen Art Studio (June 15–19 & July 27–31), “Right Brain Rigor” for ages 5–7 (June 22–26 & July 13–17) and “Art Around the World” for ages 8–12 (July 6–10 & 20–24). Registration ends June 10. $25 tuition discount for enrolling more than one child per family. $85
(includes supplies). 404-556-6884, www.bluetinstudio.com Summer Camp (Canopy Studio) Now registering for three two-week sessions in June and July for grades K–5. Email to reserve spot. $150/ week, $250/two weeks. ashowah@ gmail.com, www.canopystudio.com Summer Camp Junior Counselor Positions (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Positions allow adolescents ages 13–17 to build confidence, serve as a role model for younger children and learn new skills. Contact Cora Keber to apply. 706-542-6156 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. www.uga.edu/botgarden Teen Art Contest (ACC Library) Any media (except sculpture) are accepted. Enter your three best pieces to be voted on by other teens. May 20–July 24. 706-613-3650 Theatre Camp (Athens Creative Theatre) Learn theatre basics. Space very limited. Two sessions: June 15–26 & July 6–17. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. $0–$173 (dependent on scholarship eligibility). 706-613-3628 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. email@example.com
SUPPORT Emotions Anonymous (Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens) Informal and supportive 12step program open to anyone with a desire to become well emotionally. Sundays, 4–5 p.m. 706-227-2354, www.emotionsanonymous.org Mental Health America of Northeast Georgia (Various Locations) Weekly social group for those with mental illness and their family members. Tuesdays. 706549-7888, www.fightthestigma.com Mental Health Support Group (St. Mary’s Hospital) Meets in the lobby conference room. Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. 706-7835706, www.athensmentalhealth.org
Farmers’ Market 8am-Noon Every Saturday at Bishop Park 705 Sunset Drive
ON THE STREET Benefit Golf Tournament (Lane Creek Golf Club) May 23 tournament is a four-person scramble with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Proceeds will benefit Lifespan Montessori’s childcare program. 706-224-1731, lifespanmontessori @gmail.com Choreographer Needed (Athens Creative Theatre) Contact Terry or Cindy to schedule an appointment. Fee commensurate with experience. 706-613-3628 Classic City Rollergirls Skater Boot Camp (Skate-ARound USA) Now recruiting new skaters. Sessions on May 18, May 27 and June 1. Try-outs will be held June 15. Contact recruitment@ classiccityrollergirls.com to register. www.classiccityrollergirls.com Running with the Dawgs 5K (The Classic Center) Now registering for 5K sponsored by the AthensOconee Junior Woman’s Club. Proceeds benefit the various community projects. May 25, 8 a.m. $15 (before May 23), $20 (after May 23). www.active.com f
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reality check Matters Of The Heart And Loins I’ve been dating a guy I met here at school for almost three years now. However, I am a year older than he is and graduated last summer, and he is still in school here for another year maybe. I have moved an hour away to try and look for a real job with no success yet, but because he doesn’t have a car now, I come and visit him here as much as I can, pretty much half the week. It’s funny, when we first started dating, he was a transfer student and new to this school and I had a much more active social life here than he did. But in the last year, he’s been working downtown and his social life has increased and he’s become Mr. Popularity, while mine has decreased because a lot of my good friends have graduated and moved away and gotten jobs or gone to grad school. Plus, I’ve just not been in as social of a mood lately. I still have some friends here and I try to see them occasionally on the weekends or I will go for lunch or shopping with them, maybe a couple times a week. However, he has a group of guy friends that he hangs out with constantly, some of which were my guy friends first, by the way. When I complain about this and tell him since I am coming to visit him he should spend more alone time with me, he tells me that I have no friends and that I need to get a life of my own and stop centering my life around him. I tell him I do have my friends; I just don’t feel the need to hang out with them every night from dinner until breakfast. Plus, I remind him that a lot of my friends are gone and I haven’t had a chance to meet many new people my age in the place I moved to. I don’t see why I should force myself to be more social than I want to just to win some contest of who has more friends. I mean some going out is fine. Just not all the time. Who do you think is right?? Half Hermit Well, HH, the good news is that you are both right. You do need to make new friends and “get a life,” as your boyfriend so kindly put it and, also, there is no need to go out all of the time. And the bad news? Well, in case you haven’t already realized it, your relationship is pretty much over. Your lives are simply on divergent paths. This doesn’t have to be forever, but do consider the fact that when you do find a “real” job (which, by the way, is as insulting to a person who busts their ass working in the service industry every night as telling somebody to “get a life”) you will have even less time to spend with your guy, and he will continue to spend the next year being a social butterfly, and likely meet even more women than he is already meeting now. You moved because you were ready to move on and grow up, right? Well, by all means, do. But you shouldn’t expect him to do the same.
He still has a year of sanctioned irresponsibility left. Had the two of you ever talked about what would happen when you left? You seem resentful of his job and his attitude, and from what you’ve said it seems like he’s perfectly happy. It isn’t going to get any better if you spend half the week here nagging him. Either move back or move on with your life. I recommend the latter. I have broken my one and only resolution for the New Year. It involves a guy who I have been (*ahem*) seeing on and off for a couple of years. The chemistry is amazing, we get on very well as friends, but he never ever wants things to go further. We have so much in common— politically, socially, intellectually and sexually—that I don’t understand how he can possibly not want a relationship. But whenever I start to get too close or call him a couple of days in a row, he pulls away. He has always been very clear about what he does and does not want. He is very confusing, and I have repeatedly told myself that I was through, but it never does seem to stay that way, especially when we’re out drinking together. My friends have had it with my pining and complaining, and, frankly, I am starting to get disgusted with myself. So, how do I quit the man? Lust Addict Only one way to quit this kind of addiction, LA, and that’s cold turkey. Unfortunately, science has yet to provide us with a Fuck Buddy Patch, so you are going to have to rely on pure willpower (with a little help from chocolate and electronics). Next time you run into the boy when you are out drinking, either go to a different bar or call it a night and rush home to a waiting chocolate bar and some alone time. That way you get the dopamine rush you need without the “walk of shame” feelings bringing you down. There is nothing confusing at all about his behavior, by the way. He has made it clear that you will never be his girlfriend, and you are confused because of your feelings for him. This doesn’t mean that he has more than platonic feelings for you. No matter how “perfect” you are for each other, it isn’t going to happen, and until you fully realize that you are never going to move on. Also, you should consider the fact that there might be a guy waiting in the wings, a guy who actually likes you and wants to spend time with you outside of the bedroom and who might actually introduce you to his parents and make an excellent boyfriend but who thinks you and your FB are an actual item and who is therefore keeping his distance. Do you want that guy to ask out another girl? I’m just saying. Jyl Inov Got a question for Jyl? Submit your anonymous inquiry via the Reality Check button at www.flagpole.com.
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Real Estate Apartments for Rent $300–$400/BR. 3–5BR townhome on Eastside. Double porches, HWflrs., ceiling fans, DW, W/D, trash incl., & a new pool. Now leasing! (706) 543-1910. Go to www.landmarkathens.com. $450/mo. Alexi Apartments. 1 lg. BR/1BA w/ lg. lv. rm. New laundry facilities. 18 unit complex, 1 block off Milledge w/ bus stop. (706) 207-9902, (706) 835-8401. $485/mo. Quiet 1BR basement apt. in 5 Pts. Priv. entrance, off–street parking, W/D access, full kitchen. 1 block from the Waffle House in 5 Pts. Shared utils. & cable. Available immediately. On Morton Ave. between Pinecrest Dr. & Milledge Ave. (706) 354-6039, if no answer call David (706) 254-2526. 116 1/2 Whitehead Rd. 2BR/1BA. Utilities included! Washer/ dryer. Deck, lg. yd. + 10 ac. pasture. Outside upstairs entry, gas logs, Within city limits. At bus stop $598/mo. (706) 714-1100. Pets OK. No dep. 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 email@example.com, (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 Eastside on Cedar Shoals Dr. All electric, remodeled, W/D hookup. $550/mo. (706) 202-2466.
College Station 2BR/2BA. All appls + W/D, FP, xtra closet space, water/garbage incl. $575/mo. Owner/Agent (706) 340-2450.
2BR duplexes starting at $475/ mo. (706) 549-6070.
2BR/2BA. BR’s w/ full priv. BA. Walk–in closets. W/D hookups. Rent starting at $525/mo. Water & trash incl. Sm. pets allowed. (706) 245-8435 or cell (706) 498-6013.
2BR/1BA + study. Lg. kitchen, shady yard w/ creek. Quiet, safe n’hood. CHAC, DW, W/D, HWflrs. Clean & well–maintained. $750/ mo. Call (706) 548-5869.
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.
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.
2BR/1BA Riverbend Rd. Triplex. Incl. CHAC, DW, W/D hookups. $675/mo. Flexible move-in dates. Call (706) 546-6900 or go to www.ValerioProperties.com.
3BR/3 private BA. $1275/mo. The Woodlands. Great amenities. Avail. Fall 09. Owner/Agent. Call Mike (706) 207-7400.
2BR/1BA renovated apts., perfect for grad students, nice & quiet, close to campus & Dwntn. 225 China St. 1 avail. now! Also preleasing for fall, $500/mo. Incl. water & trash, no dogs, laundry onsite. Chris (706) 202-5156. 2BR/1BA. $450/mo. FP, DW, CHAC. 418 Lexington Heights. Dogs OK. (706) 749-9141. 2BR/2.5BA partially furnished condo. Milledge Next to Family Housing at James Town. 1400 sq. ft. W/D, FP, Wireless, UGA Bus. Avail. Aug 1. $850/mo. 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, Harris Place Apar tments. 1 block from Varsity! Incl. CHAC, DW, W/D. $695/mo. Flexible move–in dates. Call (706) 546-6900 or go to www.ValerioProperties.com.
Avail. 6/1. 1BR apt. Walking distance to campus. In great n’hood. All appls., CHAC, HWflrs. $630/mo. Call (706) 340-7531. Best property in town! Woodlands of Athens. 3BR/3BA full of amenities. Gated community, great specials. Call Pete (706) 372-3319. Brick duplex. 2BR/2BA w/ all extras, ver y 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. Clean, quiet 1BR basement apt. Kitchen, lv. rm, BR, BA, private entrance. Eastside family n’hood. 5 min. to UGA S. campus. No W/D. NS. $450/mo. incl. utils. & $300 sec. dep. Pet negotiable (706) 296-0273. 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.
Fall Special! Best deal at The Lodge. 2BR/2BA. Incl. basic cable & Internet, clubhouse w/ pool, fitness center, & much more! Sign up now for $695/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. joinermanagement.com. Overlook Village at China & Little St. 2BR/1BA. $440/mo. Pls. call Dave (706) 207-2908. 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. Remodeled townhome. 2BR/2.5BA. $650/mo. Barnett Shoals Rd. Private patio, W/D, DW, CHAC, HWflrs. No pets. NS. Across from bus stop. (714) 270-8281. South Milledge Area. Newly renovated. 4BR/2BA, W/D, DW, private fenced backyd. $1050/ mo. Pamela, Property Manager (706) 247-1805. Go to www. azevedoproperties.com to see listings. Bruce Azevedo, Inc.
Ver y cool layout! 2–3BR/1.5BA apt. in quadraplex. 2 blocks from campus. 5 Pts. area. W/D, CHAC, nice patio. $950–$1050/mo. Pre– leasing. Avail. 8/1. Pets OK. Call (706) 369-2908. Westside condos. 2BR/2BA, $600/mo. 3BR/2BA, $700/mo. Converted clubhouse into a huge open flr. plan. 4BR/2.5BA, $1200/mo. Eastside quadraplex 2BR/2BA, $525/mo.2BR/1BA, $ 4 9 0 / m o . C a l l M c Wa t e r s Realty, (706) 549-3222, (706) 353-2700.
Apartments for Sale $104,000. 2BR/2BA Scarborough Place Condo For Sale. FP, pool, lawn maint., trash, water incl. in dues. Ground Floor. Kitchen appl. & W/D incl. Call Laurie at (706) 540-7501. $119,000. 3BR/2.5BA Scarborough Place Condo For Sale. FP, pool, lawn maint., trash, water incl. in dues. 2nd Flr. Kitchen Appl. & W/D incl. Call Laurie (706) 540-7501. $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.com or Call Reign at Coldwell Banker Upchurch Realty. (706) 372-4166, (706) 543-4000. 1305 Cedar Shoals. $121,900. 2BR/2BA condo. Call Reign (706) 372- 4166.
Houses for Rent $1200/mo. $400/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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call (706) 714-4486. $1200/mo. 3-4BR/2BA, near 5 Pts., Beechwood. 2400 sq. ft., lg. great rm., HWflrs, W/D, CHAC, FPs, porches, fenced yard, private lot, kids & pets welcome. Avail. 6/1. 650 West Lake. (706) 669-2241. $1250/mo. 4 – 5 B R / 2 B A w / office. Great house, big fenced yard. 2 full kitchens, 2 lv. rms, laundry rm. W/D incl., deck, fenced yard, carport, completely updated. Big house, lots of storage. Close to Dwntn. & campus. Avail. July 1. Bobby (404) 849-6572. $350–$1800/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: luckydawg96@ yahoo.com.
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$500 lease–signing bonus! 4BR/4BA. New construction, all appls. incl. $450/BR. A view of Dwntn. Off North Ave. Avail. July. (706) 202-4648. $700/mo. 2BR/2BA in country w/ horse farm. Min. from Athens/ UGA. CHAC, safe, quiet, private. Behaved pet OK. No smoking! Consider price incl. horse board? Lease/dep./ref. Avail. June. (706) 783-3564. $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. $900/mo. 3BR/2BA house for rent 4 mi. from Dwntn. W/D, lawn maint. & trash pickup incl. in rent. Call Rich at (706) 372-6426 or email hambowman2003@yahoo. com. Agent# 318245 $990/mo. 3BR/2.5BA Eastside house for rent. W/D & lawn maint. incl. in rent. Call Rich at (706) 3726426 or email hambowman2003@ yahoo.com. Agent# 318245 1/2 mi. from Downtown. 1, 2, 3, 4BR houses & apts. located in the historic Blvd. n’hood. Please check out boulevardproperty management.com 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. 1277 W. Hancock. $600/mo. Avail. 8/1. 1BR/1BA house w/ office or extra BR. Pets OK. Walk to Dwntn Athens. Call Paul (706) 714-9607. 145 Mell St. 5 Pts. Sm. garage efficiency apt. HWflrs., W/D. $400/mo. incl. utils. 1 block from UGA. Avail. 6/1. Email email@example.com, call (706) 714-4486. 175 Glen Haven. 3BR/1.5BA. Pre–leasing. Total electric. Oak flrs., CHAC, W/D, DW. Fenced yd. w/ deck. Close to Dwntn. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, call (706) 714-4486. 180 O’Farrell. 5 Pts. house. G re a t l o c a t i o n , n e a r U G A Baseball Field, lg. rambling house. Go to www.boulevard propertymanagement.com. 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 www.ValerioProperties.com. 1BR homes avail. now! $465/mo. Walk to Dwntn & campus. All Hart Realty. Tiffany (706) 476-3262 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 email@example.com.
1BR/1BA cottage. Westside, quiet n’hood, huge porch, fenced yd., all kitchen appl. + W/D. $600/ mo. incl. all utils. (706) 353-0196 or (706) 247-3500. Avail. May. Owner/agent. 1BR/1BA historic home, preleasing. Close to Dwntn. & UGA. CHAC, W/D, DW, fenced. $500/ mo. hathawayproperties@gmail. com, (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 www.ValerioProperties.com. 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. 226 Johnson Dr. Behind Carmike. Stellar rental! Bamboo & tile flrs., all new appls, W/D. 2BR/1BA. $850/mo. Avail. 6/1. Pets OK. Call (706) 340-5054. 2BR townhouse. Close to campus & Dwntn. Fenced yd. Newly remodeled. W/D. Close to Lyndon House Art Center on College Ave. $750/mo. + 1 mo. sec. dep. Call Geoff at (404) 754-6179. 2BR/1.5BA East Athens Duplex for rent. Fresh paint, new carpet, W/D, DW, range, fridge, trash & yard service incl. Pets OK. Avail. now! $550/mo. Call Mike (877) 740-1514 toll free. 2BR/1BA & 1BR/1BA apts. Great in-town n’hood. Walk everywhere. Water & garbage paid. $490$695/mo. Check out boulevard propertym anagement.com or call (706) 548-9797. 2BR/1BA Woody Drive. Newly renovated duplexes, beautifully landscaped, quiet dead–in street, perfect for everyone. Timothy school zone & close to every shopping need. (706) 5489797 or boulevardp roperty management.com. 2BR/1BA duplex on Willow Run near ARMC. Incl. W/D hookups, DW, CHAC. $675/ mo. Call (706) 546-6900 or go to www.ValerioProperties.com. 2BR/1BA house in Blvd area, HWflrs, screen porch, W/D hookups, flexible move–in. $925/ mo. Call (706) 546-6900 or go to w w w. Va l e r i o P ro p e r t i e s . com. 2BR/1BA house on King Ave. $800/mo. W/D, CHAC, DW HWflrs. Close to campus, ARMC, & Dwntn. Sm. pets OK. Great roommate floor plan. Avail. 6/1. Wes (678) 770-0127. 2BR/1BA in Five Points. HWflrs, tile BA, W/D. Great locations, 417 Morton Ave., 230 O’Farrell, 12 & 14 Milledge Ct. $625/mo. (706) 548-9797 or boulevardproperty management.com. 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. Boulevard District on Virginia Ave. Gorgeous, spacious house. HWflrs, porch, A/C, W/D. $1040/mo. Avail. 8/1, possibly sooner. Valerio Properties (706) 546-6900, or (706) 425-0122.
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. HWflrs., CHAC, W/D, fenced yd. Pets ok w/ dep. Avail. 6/1. 136 Sylvia Circle. $680/mo. Sec. dep. req’d. Dorian (706) 340-7136. 2BR/2.5BA. 2 5 6 A p p l e b y Mews. Poolside, W/D, DW, porch, lg. BRs, on Oconee Hill close to Mama’s Boy & the Greenway! Lots of room for little money. $695/mo. (706) 548-9797. 2BR/2BA 200 Cloverhurst Condo. Walking distance to c a m p u s . W / D , D W, C H A C , all electric. 1 of the best 5 Pts. locations avail. $850/mo. (706) 548-9797. 2BR/2BA house in town. $850/ mo. Forest Heights n’hood. Deck, fenced backyd, pet OK w/ dep. W/D, DW. Enclosed garage/shop. Avail. 8/1, possibly earlier. (770) 725-5657. 2–3BR/1BA. 1/2 mile to campus. Fenced backyd., HWflrs., DW, W/D, CHAC. Pets OK. Pre–leasing. Avail. 8/1. $850–$975/mo. Won’t last! (706) 369-2908. 3 or 4BR/3BA. 136 Grove St. W/D, DW, HWflrs, lg. covered front porch, big yd. Inside the loop & close to UGA, Mama’s Boy, Waffle House & the Greenway! $1250/mo. boulevardproperty management.com, (706) 548-9797. 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. Pets OK. $800/mo. 220 Habersham Dr. (706) 613-2317. 3BR/1BA. Non–smoking home. 5 min. from UGA. CHAC, W/D. $900/mo. No pets. Great location. Avail. 8/1. (706) 338-1859, email firstname.lastname@example.org. 3BR/2BA Eastside. CHAV, front & backyd, liv. rm., din. rm., den. $800/mo. + $1000 dep. (706) 206-5344, lv. msg. 3BR/2BA house. Cedar creek subdivision. Fenced backyd., gas grill attached to sundeck, FP, wooded lot. Quiet family n’hood. S w i m m i n g c o m m u n i t y. 3 6 0 Sandstone Dr. Avail. 7/1. $1025/mo + dep. (706) 319-1846, or (706) 548-4819. GA. R, E, lic. 300830.
3BR/2BA remodeled home w/ bonus rm. $1200/mo. 1 mi. from Dwntn Athens. 3BR/1BA home. $750/mo. 3 mi. from Dwntn Athens (706) 613-7242.
Avail. Aug. Eastside 3BR/1.5BA, lv. rm., dining area, sunrm., garage, lg. fenced yd. Ansley Dr. Lawncare provided. $1K/mo. (706) 338-6716.
3BR pre–leasing. 5 Pts., 1 block to UGA & Milledge Ave. Beautiful home. $1200/mo. $400/ BR. Includes utilities. Email email@example.com, call (706) 714-4486.
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.
3–4BRs. 340 Barber, 255 Boulevard Heights, 390 Pound Street, 180 O’Farrell, 135 Garden Cour t, 160 Gilmer, 135 Glencrest, 1321 Dowdy Road. Check out these great houses online at boulevard propertymanagement.com or call (706) 548-9797. 4BR new historic–style cottages. Avail. 8/1. $1350–$1800/mo. Unique sustainable concept community. Raised–bed gardens, walking trails & greenspace. Walk to Dwntn/UGA. Go to www. fullcircleathens.com for info. (706) 255-9235. 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 special! W/D, sec. sys., 24 hr. maint. service, pets welcome, lawn & pest incl. (706) 552-3500. Go to www.hancockpropertiesinc.com. 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. 5BR/3BA Cottage + study. CHAC, HWflrs, front porch & back deck, DW, W/D, micro, & alarm system. 1 mi. to downtown! Avail. Aug. (706) 543-1910 or becky@ landmarkathens.com. $370$400/BR. Call about our rent specials!
Avail. August 1. 2BR duplex on quiet wooded lot. Eastside. CHAC. $435/mo. Pets upon approval. (404) 314-1177. Av a i l a b l e N o w . Eastside 3BR/2BA, large bedrooms, deck. Recently fully renovated. 120 Woody Lane. $825/mo. (706) 207-4243 or (229) 263-2300. 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. Bring horses. 3BR/2BA modular home on 5 ac., 5 mi. NW of loop. Incl. 2–stall barn in paddock. Avail. 6/1. $750/mo. Owner/Broker (706) 340-4619. 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. Cute house FSBO. 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.
Brand new 4BR/3BA homes. On Barber St., less than 1 mi. from UGA/Dwntn. 10 ft. ceilings. Bamboo HWflrs. & custom tile throughout, granite countertops, stainless appls, Internet/phone in every BR. Lg. flr. plan. $1600/ mo. lease/dep. (706) 207-9906. Duplex for rent. 2BR/1.5BA. Fenced yd. Sleepy Creek Dr. near UGA, Memorial Park & Birchmore Tr. W/D, DW, CHAC. Avail. Aug. $725/mo. Call April w/ Athens Condo Sales (706) 549-5006. Duplex for rent. 2BR/1.5BA. Jolly Ln. in Sleepy Hollow Subdivision near UGA, Memorial Park & Birchmore Tr. W/D, DW, CHAC. Avail Aug. $715/mo. Call April w/ Athens Condo Sales (706) 549-5006. East Athens. Remodeled 2BR/1BA house on cul–de–sac. CHAC, extra insulation, ceiling fans. Deck. Pet OK. Avail. 6/1. $650/mo. Owner/Broker (706) 340-4619. 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. 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 Properties.com. Five Points Duplexes. 2BR/1BA & 4BR/3BA. Close to campus/ bus stops, incl. W/D! $900–1325/ mo. Call (706) 546-6900 or go to w w w. Va l e r i o P ro p e r t i e s . com. 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. $1200/mo. (706) 369-2908. Heart of 5 Pts. 3BR/2.5BA house. Avail. 6/1. Total electric, HWflrs., tile BA’s, stainless steel appls, W/D, DW. Walk to Earth Fare. $1600/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. 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. Next to UGA. 836 Church St. 2BR brick duplex. All appls. Avail. 8/1. $650/mo. Owner/Broker Herbert Bond at (706) 224-8002. Nor maltown/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. Northside 2BR/1BA, lg. lot, $600/mo. H o s p i t a l a re a , 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, www. dovetailmanagement.com. Westside off Whitehead. 3BR/2BA. 2 car garage, formal dining rm. $147K. Purchase or $1100/mo. lease. (706) 354-3212 or (757) 576-1706. Winterville. $900/mo + utils. 3BR/1.5BA fenced yd. Covered deck, private. 10 min to UGA. Dep. req’d. No pets. (706) 2553144. Lv. msg.
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Adorable 3BR/2.5BA house w/ fenced yard, 1–car garage, 1700 sq. ft. on .5 ac. Lawn care incl. Lots of storage, nice deck. W/D, DW, CHAC. 6 mi. from UGA in quaint Winterville on Twin Lane. Avail. now or for fall move in. $1100/mo. Call April w/ Athens Condo Sales (706) 549-5006. All Around Athens & near Campus! 322 Whitehall Rd., 4BR/2BA, $750/mo. 267 Atlanta Ave. 3BR/1BA, $675/mo. 335 N. Pope St., 2BR/1BA, $675/mo. 739 Beaverdam Rd. 3BR/ 2BA, $850/mo. 276 Oak Meadows, 3BR/2BA, $995/mo. 131 Rose St., 3BR/1BA $685/mo. 597 D e a r i n g S t . off Milledge. 4BR/2BA, $1495/mo. (706) 5467946, Flowersnancy@bellsouth. net. See virtual tours www. nancyflowers.com. Avail. Aug. 2BR/1BA. Wood flrs., CHAC, DW, W/D. Water & trash incl. $750/mo. 1365 E Broad St. (706) 255-2493.
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$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. 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 house. Beechwood, 5 Pts. area. HWflrs, new appls. $335K. (706) 254-4343. Adorable 3BR/2.5BA in Comer. One owner, gorgeous landscaping, .67 ac., 1807 sq. ft. Fridge, W/D, DW, microwave, range w/ warranties. Built in 2005. Open flrplan. $139,900. (706) 202-6119. Artistic Renovation of 1BR/1BA cottage w/ artist’s studio. 14ft. c e i l i n g s , re c l a i m e d m e t a l , reclaimed flrs., artistic metalwork throughout $129,900. Sarah Ellis w/ CJ&L (706) 559-4520, (706) 338-6265. 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. 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. FSBO. 1BR studio condo. Main St. Athens. Private & secure. $94,900. (706) 474-1101. Loft Condo on River. 1BR/1BA. Open flrplan. All appls. Close to campus. $109,900. Call Dawn at Keller Williams Realty (706) 207-0857. New Construction Underway. 3BR/2BA. 1600 sq. ft. Frame house on Hebel block foundation. All the goods: Tile, HWflrs, IKEA Kitchen, energy efficient, metal roof, lots of storage rm. & more! Pulaski Heights near Downtown. Builder will customize for buyer! $209,900. Call Drew at (706) 202-2712 or Christy at CJ&L at (706) 559-4520. New on the market! $117,900. 3BR/2BA, super efficient, wired renovation 1800 Timothy. Beautiful landscaping, great screen porch & sunny deck, stone patios, HW, tile. See at www.HomesInAthens. com & call Melinda at (706) 540-0606.
Commercial Property Amazing Office Spaces for lease above Dwntn Five Guys restaurant. No better location! Call Reign at Coldwell Banker Upchurch Realty (706) 372-4166, or (706) 543-4000. Prince Ave. Office. 2 level suite. 1K sq. ft. $800/mo. Joiner Management (706) 353-6868.
Athens Executive Suites. Offices avail. in historic Dwntn bldg. w/ on–site parking. All utils., Internet, & janitorial incl. Single or multiple offices avail. Call Stacy (706) 425-4048 or (706) 296-1863. Eastside offices for lease. 1060 Gaines School Rd. 1200 sq. ft., $1200/mo. 500 sq. ft. $625/mo., 150 sq. ft. $300/mo. (706) 546-1615 or athenstownproperties.com. 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. sumnerproperties.net.
Roommates 1 or 2 roommates needed to share nice apt. in Appleby Mews. Near campus. $375/mo. per person. (678) 887-4599 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Available now! Priv. BR/BA w/ lv. rm., kit., W/D. $300/mo. + dep. & 1/2 utils. Excellent amenities. NS. A must see! Refs. req’d. (706) 369-1419. 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. F roommate needed. Pref. a professional/grad student. 6/1– 7/31 lease w/ possible extension. $375/mo. + 1/2 utils. Lg. sunny BR. Lg. closet. Close to Dwntn/ UGA. (706) 255-0176. 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.
M, NS 1BR w/ BA at the Lodge of Athens. Lots of perks. $450/mo. + $400 dep. Pls. call for details at (706) 424-0029 or (706) 534-7000 if no answer lv. msg.
Land for Sale Residential multi-family building lot. Meigs St., 1 block off of Milledge. $75K. (706) 714-4486, email@example.com.
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. 2BR/1BA sublease on Springdale. $550/mo. W/D, DW, CHAC. Avail. June 1 – Aug. 1. Call (706) 414-0750. 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. Blvd area. 2BR/2BA sublease for June/July. W/D, Front/back porches. Meows OK. $850/mo. (904) 994-4764 or kespilman@ gmail.com asap. Love you.
For Sale Antiques Antique french & english furniture, fine estate jewelry, oriental rugs, stain glass windows, original oil paintings, watercolors, fabulous quilts, sterling silver, designer clothing. (706) 340-3717.
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!
Dwntn Clothing Store for Sale. $50K OBO! Owner financing avail. Very well known business. (770) 634-8241.
Roommate needed now for 4BR/2.5BA townhouse on Lumpkin between 5 Pts. & the Loop. 3 stories w/ nice back porch, pool, W/D, DW. $265/mo. + 1/3 utils. Chris (678) 570-8124.
Reasonable priced Athens bar for sale. Located Dwntn. Bar has been established for 8.5 yrs. Serious inquiries only. (706) 3406992 or email btbowman007@ gmail.com & make us an offer.
Summit 4BR/4BA cottage. Need 2 F tenants to join 2 current F tenants. W/D, clubhouse, pool. $475/mo. ea. (770) 429-8542 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Rooms for Rent 1/2 M/F to share luxury condo at The Woodlands. Beautiful grounds, sports mecca, pets f i n e . I n d u l g e n t l a n d l a d y. $450/mo. (706) 714-7600, email@example.com. 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) 540-9913. Spacious rm. avail. in historic Blvd. district. $375/mo. Priv. entrance & porch on quiet street. W/D. Avail. immediately. (606) 584-5231.
Gently Used Furniture. Sofas $100, sofa chairs $50, coffee tables $20, side tables $15, dining chairs $15, bedside tables, bar stools, etc. www.AthensGaFurniture.com or (706) 340-3969. Spring into Mom’s Garage for amazing deals! Gently used furniture for frugal people. Appointments & Sat. noon–5pm. Chase Park Warehouses (706) 207-7855. 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.
Miscellaneous 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.
Yard Sales Sat. 5/16 at 8:00am. Furniture, kitchenware, clothes, & more! All must go. 105 Sweet Gum Dr., off Gaines Scool Rd.
Computers Get a new computer! Brand name laptops & desktops. Bad or no credit, no problem! Smallest weekly payments avail. It’s yours now! Call (800) 803-8819 (AAN CAN).
Music Equipment Alvarez Stage Acoustic Rosewood fretboard. Mahogany back w/ case. $500. (706) 351-9391.
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everyday people Joe Wyms, UGA Custodian It would be hard to find better living proof of the importance of good diet and exercise than Joe Willie Wyms, nearing his 86th birthday at the time of this interview in late April. He was born and raised in Crawford, the small town in Oglethorpe County not far from Athens. Save for a decade-long stint in the 1950s working at an Atlanta gas station (or, in Joe’s words, a “filling station”), he’s lived in Crawford his entire life. The grandson of a full-blooded Native American, Wyms is also a full-time employee of the University of Georgia, likely scrubbing the toilets and mopping the floors of LeConte Hall as you read these words. But don’t feel pity for Joe Wyms—he probably wouldn’t have it any other way.
FP: Have you been working in the same building the whole time? JW: Well, no, I’ve been in that building about 30, 31 years… when I first come here I had to go around the campus… shampooing carpets and doing different things and finally they put in me in that building, LeConte.
FP: You said your mom didn’t allow you to drink or smoke, but what about when you moved out of the house?
THURSDAY, MAY 14th • 9pm
FRIDAY, MAY 15th • 9pm
Flagpole: How long have you been working for the university? Joe Wyms: It’ll be 37 years this year. I’ve been here 36.
FP: I was about to say, you look pretty good for 85… JW: Well, my mama didn’t allow me to drink, that’s why I’m still here. She was Christian—don’t smoke either. See, God made this body, but you can’t put filthy things in it. Smoking: that settle on your lungs, turn ‘em yellow… but the young people don’t think about that… [and] a lot of ‘em eat hot sauce. You put all that stuff in your stomach, I mean it’ll just eat your intestines out. But you live longer when you use your body, get your blood circulatin’. You live longer when you work.
SATURDAY, MAY 16th
FP: Do you ever want to move into a different building? JW: No, everybody likes me there ‘cause I’m honest… So, they know about me; actually, I don’t want to move, and they don’t want me to.
THURSDAY, MAY 28th
FP: What shift do you work? JW: From 5:30 to two. Night shift.
FRIDAY, MAY 29th
FP: Do you work here because you have to? JW: No, I draw Social Security… I don’t want to sit down—I get bored. FP: So, do you like your job? JW: Oh yeah, yeah, I like it, it’s nothin’ hard. Like I told you, I come up plowing a mule and hauling lumber and cutting wood. This young generation—it might be somethin’ to them ‘cause they ain’t never done nothin’ but went to school, you know… I had to work all my life. I was 18 years old [during] World War II… in 1935, that’s when you were plowing a mule from sunup to sundown, picking cotton, chopping cotton—they weren’t making no machinery then… it was manpower. FP: So, is that what you were doing back then? JW: Yeah, we were with white people; black folks didn’t have no land… [but] we worked with some good white people. During segregation, you was called a nigger and had to come in the back door, but all white people [are] not alike; we were with the good ones. FP: What was it like working and living on a farm? JW: …We were eatin’ good, wasn’t nothin’ to it. Raise everything on the farm… you didn’t have to buy peaches; you had peach trees. Out in the country you had apple trees, you had pear trees, you had blackberries to make jam… you go and fill your hog pens and kill your hog… The white folks wasn’t in no good house, but they was in a better house than we were. So, you raised everything… we planted corn, peas, butterbeans, sweet potatoes, all that stuff… the only thing you had to go to the store for was to buy sugar and coffee. I wish the days [were] like that now, but it ain’t. People [used to] live a long life… then you didn’t have no cancer, no sugar diabetes. Now they say this food you eat… Life’s short for white folks and black folks now. They live to get 50 or 60 they’d be lucky, some of ‘em. And a lot of ‘em are living too fast…
SATURDAY, MAY 30th
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3rd JW: No, I was still with my mama. Never been married… lived with my mama till she died in ’77. I’ve dated women, now, I got the kids… I mean I got two boys by one, girl by the other one; [she] had a miscarriage. But I never did marry. FP: Could you tell a little bit more about what it was like growing up as a black person in a segregated country? JW: Yeah, till King got us [de]segregated, you couldn’t go to restaurants and eat with no whites… couldn’t go into no motel or nothin’ with no whites… I stayed in my place—if you looked back at a white girl then, they’d lynch you… up North and out West, they wasn’t as bad on black folks, but in the South it was different…
COMING ON WEDNESDAYS IN JUNE
FP: It seems like there are still some people here that wish things were segregated. JW: Oh, yeah, I know it, it’ll never wear out. That’ll fall from one generation to the next—I’ve been called a nigger [at work] by a white girl… if you teach your child that, they’re gonna come up with that in ‘em. Prejudice and hate’ll never wear out… Jeff Gore
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