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pub notes The Price Is Right Is it too much to hope that while the auto industry is getting straightened out some attention will be paid to the whole Arabian bazaar sales scheme that drives it? If you go to Sears to buy a refrigerator, you see the price plainly marked, sometimes with a discount for Memorial Day or whatever, and that’s that. If you walk into an auto showroom, you are, to put it politely, like a rube at the circus. The salesman’s job is to wring as much out of you as he can to pay for an automobile loaded with extras. There’s a price tag on it, but that’s just to tell you what ballpark you’re playing in. Even buying a house is more straightforward than buying a car. The salesman is under pressure from his manager to load you up with the biggest car you can stand, and the dealership is under pressure from the manufacturer to move the higher-ticket items because they have the higher profit margins. The whole house of cards is built on the delicate proposition that gasoline prices won’t go up before your check clears the bank. And by the time you seal the deal, you’re paying Maybe it would help thousands for frills that have nothing to do with getting the whole proposition you to the grocery store and back. if at least the price American consumers (and tags were real. how) have shown time and again that they want giant automobiles, which are actually trucks, and that they simply do not care about gas mileage and don’t believe gas will ever go back to $4 a gallon. From time to time the auto manufacturers have tried smaller, more fuel-efficient cars, but those have been knocked off the showroom floors by the mega-SUVs. The manufacturers have given the people what they want, even though this whole giant section of our economy depends for its continuation on the mercy of oil sheiks. Maybe it would help the whole proposition if at least the price tags were real. Just taking all the mumbo-jumbo out of buying a car would have to introduce a healthy dose of reality into the process. The four-cylinder, stick-shift model that gets 35 miles to the gallon is $20,000 plus tax, tag and title, period. The eight-cylinder turbo with automatic transmission that gets 18 miles to the gallon is $40,000. You can sit right there in the showroom and do the math yourself. That’s got to help you make a rational choice about what you’re doing with your money. That same rationality might also help another troubled industry. Airline ticket pricing is even more arcane than automobiles. The price you pay for your ticket is determined by when you buy it, where you sit, how many stops, etc. My friend Joe Causey says that when he flies he is tempted to stand up in the airplane and say, “Hey, everybody: how much did you pay for your ticket?” The range of prices would be incredible on that one airplane. And, of course, those tickets are basically non-refundable. Once you buy it, you’ve bought it. Why is it that you can make a reservation at a hotel weeks ahead of time and then if your plans change, you can cancel it at any time up to the day before arrival with absolutely no penalty? Hotels make their money on occupancy just like airlines, yet you’re not getting your money back from Delta. Why can’t a one-way ticket from Atlanta to LaGuardia be $200, regardless of whether you buy it three weeks ahead of time or the day before? Wouldn’t Delta sell more tickets at that price instead of on a sliding scale up to a thousand? The rationale has been, partly, that business flyers have to go on the spur of the moment and will pay whatever is charged. That always seemed spurious. One would think that business people, above all, would be careful about slinging money around, but, then, we’ve come to find out a lot about business people lately, too. The prices of cars, houses, airplane tickets and items in Moroccan markets are so confusing that we lose sight of what we’re buying. We need to be not consumers but buyers, looking for the worth in things, learning how to spend wisely, understanding the value behind the price. Mr. Po Boy Jenkins, of Danielsville, had been a mule trader, and I asked him once, “How could you know what a mule was worth, with no price tag on it?” “Shoot,” Po Boy said, “the price was on that mule. You just had to know how to read it.” Pete McCommons firstname.lastname@example.org
THIS WEEK’S ISSUE: News & Features City Dope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Special Edition: Oak Grove, 2009
A strip-mall shopping center on Jefferson Road just inside the county line? Commissioners vote June 2.
Comment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Torture and the Tablets of Eternity
Legal? Moral? Right? Professor Wilkes weighs in on the question of torture.
Arts & Events Grub Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Where’s the Beef?
Hillary lists the best burger joints in town.
Movie Pick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Back from the Future
The ultra-grim fourth installment of the franchise, Terminator Salvation, makes minor improvements.
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Music Only the Names Have Changed . . . . . . . . . 16 Atlanta’s Legendary VieTNam
New-wave-influenced, sax-wielding band returns for another five minutes of fame.
Casper and the Cookies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 New Record Modern Silence Out Now
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city dope Special Edition: Oak Grove, 2009 Out by the County Line: The final item on the Mayor and Commission agenda for the voting meeting on Tuesday, June 2 is a whopper of a rezone request at Oak Grove. Yes, that Oak Grove—Athens’ original development-in-thegreenbelt and, throughout its whole history, a flash point for local land-use issues. When the original plan for Oak Grove was approved on a 7-3 vote with conjecture of a mayoral veto in November of 2000, then-Commissioner John Barrow called it “the right thing in the wrong place.” That line of Barrow’s was quoted more than once at last week’s Mayor and Commission agenda-setting session, though it applies less now than it did then. Today’s Oak Grove proposal—though commissioners are rightly impressed by its quality—is, as they admitted, a shopping center. Fully at the mercy of the big-box national grocery store chains, it is more like the wrong thing in the wrong place for Athens.
to change every three or four years. That’s called spot zoning, and if the developers of an ambitious project on a large tract that’s important to the community don’t have the foresight to actually plan for the long term, then there’s little question that we should revert to our county’s planning documents rather than to the ever-changing developers’ ever-changing desires. And So: To be fair, commissioners have a tough call on their hands. David Lynn may be right that the original vision for Oak Grove was a “pipe dream,” that in ’04 he and fellow commissioners were sold just another “bill of goods,” and that if anything commercial will be built there, it will be a traditional shopping center. But while it’s one thing if ’the vision’ won’t work in the case of a particular devel-
An Ironic History: Oak Grove was only ever “the right thing” because of its original New Urbanist billing. But in 2004, Athens-Clarke County approved the addition of CommercialNeighborhood zoning to the single-family zoned tract which had (prior to 2000) been zoned Agricultural-Rural and Commercial-Rural. Now, with original “visionary” developer Denny Hill out of the picture, Oak Grove’s current owners want to rezone part of it to Commercial-General and put in a strip mall with a big-box grocery store and drive-throughs and everything. It’s a far cry from what Athens has said, for a decade The Flagpole cover of Nov. 22, 2000—in the wake of the original Commission vote on the first plan at Oak Grove, out in the greenbelt—said it all. now, it wants to see in its greenbelt. According to the Planning Department opment, it’s another thing entirely when the staff report, the developers’ present applicawell-developed vision for the entire county’s tion “states that the commercial component land-use plan no longer seems to apply. This of the current binding plan has proven to be is a “gateway” property in the greenbelt—a ’unworkable.’” Why’s that? Anything other giant “Welcome to Athens” sign just inside than big-lot surface parking would be “ecothe county line—and its corridor is our last nomically unfeasible,” it says, and “National best chance to do something different from an or regional grocers do not possess a retail Atlanta Highway redux. product that is smaller than 35,000 square feet.” Oh, and: “The ’live over retail’ scenario Here We Are: As Lynn said at last week’s meetcurrently approved is unfeasible due to the ing, “Well, here we are.” But while it’s cause current financial environment and the semifor deep reflection to consider this developrural location of Oak Grove.” The financial ment’s trajectory alongside that of a decade’s environment may have changed lately, but the worth of local politics, irony is too kind a word location was always rural. in this case. In the end, as we look to the Commission vote on June 2, is it too much to Banquo’s Ghost: In other words, John Barrow say that Oak Grove might just be a benchmark was prescient, as were all the many citizens for measuring progress in Athens over the past who crowded the council chamber at City Hall decade? After all the controversy it created in on the night of Oak Grove’s original approval the fall of 2000, the question today is really in 2000. There’s a reason we have room for rather simple: How far have we come? PDs—planned developments—in our zoning code, and it’s not that we expect for the plans Ben Emanuel firstname.lastname@example.org
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city pages ACC Budget Set to Pass at June 2 Meeting It could shave $70,000 from the budget in a tight year, but ACC Commissioners appear unlikely to end mowing along state-owned streets and roads. “It’s one of those things that’s very visible,” Commissioner Ed Robinson said at a recent budget work session. If the county quit mowing them, the state would mow the rural roads only twice a year, and some intown streets (including Milledge and Prince avenues) wouldn’t get mowed at all, ACC Manager Alan Reddish said. That didn’t sit well with some commissioners at their final budget work session May 19; commissioners haven’t forgotten citizens’ outcry last year when they proposed eliminating some streetlights. “It’s one of “I’d rather keep this in our that’s very toolbox for next year, if we’ve got to cut services again,” Alice Kinman said. Several commissioners also wanted to add a pre-trial probation officer (perhaps funded by an increase in probation fees, if judges agree). That could be the only new position created in the FY10 budget—up for a vote on Tuesday, June 2—and several existing jobs will be eliminated. “The pre-trial position handles low-level cases that would benefit from early intervention and help the probationer avoid recidivism,” Commissioner Kelly Girtz told Flagpole. But others—including Reddish—were skeptical that a fee increase could offset the cost. The county might also get out of the paving business. Most paving is contracted out
anyway, and “those potholes will still get fixed,” Commissioner David Lynn said. (Most potholes are patched with “cold mix,” rather than being repaved.) Commissioners must also decide whether the county will quit maintaining stoplights owned by the state; that could save $108,000 a year, but the state DOT’s maintenance techs are spread much thinner than Athens’, Reddish said. Nor did the mayor, manager or commissioners escape this year’s budget pen: the mayor will reduce office and travel expenses by $2,300; commissioners will forfeit $4,200 (over half) of their travel/training budget; and the manager’s office will save $27,000 by reducing travel, those things training and contract labor support. visible.” Also at their firstTuesday voting meeting on June 2, commissioners may approve plans for an addition to Sandy Creek Nature Center’s “ENSAT” building. They will likely raise bus fares to $1.50; decide on criteria for siting a planned tennis center; consider zoning changes at the large Oak Grove development on Jefferson Road; approve spending of the first $395,000 in federal stimulus money to install low-flow toilets, demolish dilapidated houses and provide small-business “gap” loans; and limit (to three years) the length of time that houses can be left boarded up, while requiring such houses to be painted and maintained. John Huie email@example.com
Progress on Trash Matters, Commissioner Says so-called “single-stream” recycling, in which “I’m very positive about it. I think somehomeowners don’t have to do any sorting. thing good is going to come out of it,” ACC Commissioner Doug Lowry says of the Solid Will committee members favor that approach? Waste Task Force which he co-chairs with “It’s too early to tell,” Lowry says. Meanwhile, he says, “I’m really happy that most of them Commissioner Kelly Girtz. The task force, still understand that the hill we’ve got to climb— in an “information-gathering stage,” began the big nut we’ve got to crack in Athens-Clarke meeting at the start of April, and at present Lowry expects it to have its first short-term County—is multi-family.” recommendations ready by Girtz and Lowry hope the end of June. “If everybody took a tour to create priorities among the group’s recommendaThe task force’s memof the landfill, you would tions this summer. One bership runs the gamut point is beginning to from long-time, avid recyautomatically increase clers and household combecome clear, Lowry says: recycling.” “A lot of the focus of posters to true neophytes the group… is that the when it comes to those biggest component of a successful recycling practices, he says, and the range of issues it seeks to address is no less broad. Waste reduc- program is PR, is education.” That doesn’t just tion is one big goal—with, of course, many mean water-bill inserts and PSAs on Channel subsets—but it’s not the whole story. The 7, either. The task force recently took a tour of the ACC landfill, and one member who’d never committee will have to look at the question been there before said to Lowry: “You know of hauler franchising, which was controversial what would help recycling? If everybody took when it briefly came to commissioners last a tour of the landfill, you would automatically year; Lowry says he doesn’t know yet how the task force will treat it. increase recycling.” When it comes to simply increasing recyBen Emanuel firstname.lastname@example.org cling rates, the task force will at least look at
capitol impact Goodbye to Some Friends One of the basic rules of daily journalism is that the reporter isn’t the story—what’s important is the news that is being reported. I’m going to ignore that rule to talk about three people in the news business who are all retiring after long years of writing about Georgia politics. They have each performed a valuable service in their careers by pointing out the misdeeds and mistakes made by the people running this state. Bill Shipp let the word out last week that he will stop writing his political column, which still appeared in dozens of Georgia newspapers, and hang it up after more than 50 years in the business. Shipp was a pugnacious journalist from the very first. As an editor at the University of Georgia’s student newspaper in the 1950s, he criticized the racist activities of the people who ran state government—and was kicked off the newspaper staff by university officials. He made his professional reputation as first a political reporter and then as city editor and columnist for the Atlanta Constitution. Bill could be a wild man in those days, but when he was on the trail of a story there were few people who had more tenacity or energy. Shipp went after Republicans and Democrats alike and had enemies in both parties. He carried on a long, bitterly personal feud with the late House speaker, Tom Murphy, over the drunken driving issue. He is still loathed and despised by Gov. Sonny Perdue because he looked into some of Perdue’s personal business dealings in Houston County. Dick Pettys is another political reporter who probably covered his last legislative session this year. If things work out according to plan, he and his wife will retire to the mountains of North Georgia. Pettys was the Associated Press’ man at the capitol for nearly 35 years before retiring from the AP in 2005. He then remained at the capitol for several years covering politics for Insider Advantage.
Dick was just as tough and thorough a reporter as Shipp, although he was able to avoid the kinds of personal battles that Shipp tended to stir up. Pettys was always scrupulously fair in his reporting and did not take cheap shots at the scoundrels who populated his articles. Another veteran observer of the political scene who will be retiring soon is Jim Wooten, the conservative columnist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s editorial page. Wooten was always very conservative in his political views and gravitated naturally to writing editorial page columns that reflected that point of view. Unlike Pettys and Shipp, Jim became less of a journalist over the years and more of a public relations spokesman for the Georgia Republican Party. I always considered that a real loss for the profession. Fortunately, Wooten retained his interest in exposing the dubious financing schemes that got proposed every year in the General Assembly. One of his favorite topics as an editorialist was the tendency of politicians to pass legislation that would personally enrich them while ripping off the taxpayers, usually through a questionable bond or pension proposal. Jim was rightly outraged at these blatant attempts to raid the public treasury, and did his best to bring them to the reader’s attention. In their own way, Shipp, Pettys and Wooten played an important role in our democracy by keeping people informed about what their elected representatives were doing for them—or to them. It’s a good thing for us that they were around for so long to do their jobs. 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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Remembering Betty Lee Sargent
etty Sargent, who lived in Athens from the early 1960s to the mid-1990s, died on Mar. 12 of this year in Scottsdale, AZ. Sargent worked at UGA for The Georgia Review for 18 years and was also a tireless local civil rights activist. She began her journalistic career as a freelancer for the Associated Press, Manchester Guardian and CBS Radio, covering the League of Nations in Geneva, and during World War II served in the U.S. Office of War Information. Locally, Betty supported such organizations as the American Civil Liberties Union and the League of Women Voters, and such causes as voter registration and the anti-war movement. At a celebration of her life that took place May 2 at the UGA Chapel, her friends and family gathered to recall her spirit and her causes. Excerpts from that event are included here. Bill Michael, her second cousin: In her 96th year of life, Betty had already borne witness to what from her vantage was the most important event in her lifetime—the election of Barack Obama… Betty Sargent was like no other; she will be missed and forever remembered by all. She was passionate about her causes and the most loyal of friends. Her family loved her deeply. Stephen Corey, Editor of The Georgia Review: No one could be acquainted with Betty “casually,” because the sincerity and intensity of her words and actions created a human magnetic field. You could not just “be around” Betty; if Betty was around, you were pulled toward her—almost literally into her way of speaking and being. My most rewarding contact with Betty came in the late 1980s when Stan Lindberg and I worked with her to edit for The Georgia Review her remarkable journalistic essay, “The Desperate Mission of Stefan Lux.” This still-mostly-forgotten story of a pre-World War II political martyr burned at Betty’s heart from the moment it came to her attention, so the inherently dramatic facts were enhanced in the telling by her passionate respect for the human story underlying those facts. She wrote about this 47-year-old man, with a wife and a six-year-old son, who literally sacrificed himself in the hope of saving Europe from the catastrophe he foresaw—and that did indeed come to pass. I firmly believe I am safe from accusations of romanticizing, sentimentalizing or exaggerating when I say that Betty rightly saw an image of herself in the fiery commitment to humanity and justice exhibited by Stefan Lux. Janice L. Mathis, Vice-President, RainbowPUSH Atlanta: Betty regularly showed up at my old law office with newspaper and magazine clippings underlined and annotated in the margins. As much as she had seen, as much as she knew about politics and history and economics, Betty always treated me like her peer. She talked to me about things I didn’t know, but spoke as if she assumed I did. She introduced me to the ACLU and to Howard Thurman—things I should have known, but did not. Betty held us all to a higher standard. She was possessed of a virtuosity of activism and invited us to lose our fear of commitment and come out with her into the deep water of social activism. In the early years, I had no idea about Betty’s years in California and World War II Europe. I did not know that in Geneva, Switzerland, she became a friend and colleague of William Shirer, author of the monumental The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. She hardly ever spoke of her storied past. But by bits and pieces, hearing others talk about her and reading her articles and letters, I learned what an extraordinary and committed American she was. Betty was much too occupied with the present and far too modest to regale her friends with tales of bygone exploits. Betty Sargent’s causes were many—she led a life of active involvement in social justice issues, the peace movement, nuclear disarmament, civil liberties, women’s rights, and on and on. She wrote her own epitaph. The only fitting memorial is that those of us who knew and admired her continue to work to make her ideals reality.
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In Her Own Words: “Working in the black community is my religion. Feeding the hungry, housing the homeless and ending war are my convictions. I just try to act on my convictions and do as much as my 72-year-old bones will let me.” —Atlanta Constitution, 1984 “I believe in democracy with a small ‘d.’ Everybody who is eligible to vote ought to. We don’t have political parties now which encourage the underclass to vote. We are as strong as our weakest link.” —Athens Banner-Herald, 1986 “The one thing we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history. It’s one world and if we don’t learn to live in it, we won’t have a world to live in.” —Georgia Center Quarterly, 1993 “[Albert] Einstein said that disarmament in bits and pieces was impossible, and he was appalled at the obvious passivism that the entire world displayed. Disarmament will only be achieved all at once. Einstein said we needed a new way of thinking about disarmament. We need it now more than ever.” —Athens Magazine, 1990 “President Eisenhower was the first to describe the alliance between the U.S. military establishment and industries producing military materiel as ’the militaryindustrial complex.’ Fearing its powerful influence on foreign and economic policy, the president warned in his farewell address in 1961 that this complex must be drastically curtailed to meet urgent human needs and to create a peaceful world. Because that warning remains unheeded, the U.S. has the world’s most powerful war machine, but ranks as the world’s largest debtor. Urgent unmet human needs mount as the economic recession deepens. And the prospect for a peaceful world is no brighter.” —Letter to the Editor, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 1991
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athens rising What’s Up in New Development Out on the Jefferson Road: The saga of the Jefferson Road Publix may finally be near its end, with the Planning Commission having voted to allow the proposed strip mall at Oak Grove to be built. According to comments by Planning Commissioners, the plans they approved were better than previous versions. A look at the plans for this site and at the plans for the proposed development at Moss Side—another Jefferson Road site whose developers are vying to build a suburban-style grocery store—doesn’t reveal any huge differences. Both include a few token gestures toward walkability and urbanism, but are essentially suburban in form. The assumption on the part of out-of-town developers seems Michael Goethe
First of the Two: At Spring Valley Road and Hancock Road, there’s a new proposal for a small neighborhood center which does quite a few things right. With the exception of the three entrances onto the property, parking is completely masked behind the buildings. Facing the street is an inviting courtyard. Spring Valley isn’t the busiest thoroughfare in town, so what makes walkable retail viable here, where it isn’t on Jefferson Road? It’s hard to say, but this is one project I’d really like to see get built. Based on the perspective drawing of the site, it looks like it will be an interesting project architecturally, and it’s in an area of town where present land uses are largely industrial or low-income residential. The back of the site does abut the former CSX rail line to Winterville, however, and that corridor may eventually become an extension of the rail-to-trail proposed along Oak Street. Some acknowledgment of the rail bed’s presence might be nice to see; if any of the property falls within the rail right-of-way, an easement or something along those lines might be in order. Also, providing for a future connection between the walkable streetscape and this future bike-ped amenity might be worth considering.
Right Downtown: At 141 E. Broad St., elevations have been submitted for preliminary conceptual review of an infill structure proposed there. This is the parking lot between University Tower and Bel-Jean Copy/Print. This project came through once before but was ultimately pulled over concerns about how the building might block views from University Tower. The preliminary designs show a four-story building with retail on the ground floor and apartments above. The building also leaves a wide gap One of downtown’s prominent parking lots may become home between it and University Tower, so that to a new mid-rise building. both structures are able to get plenty of light. The design is fairly contemporary, which will be a nice change from the brickto be that unless we drivers can see the parking, drive-through lanes and Dumpsters from and-tan which has defined so many recent downtown projects (Hotel Indigo being the the highway, we’re too lazy to shop there. It’s other major exception). This sort of infill is also disappointing that Athens’ stated landthe kind of project that downtown needs, and use principles can be set aside so quickly. that the ACC Comprehensive Plan encourages. The game isn’t quite over yet, though; The only hang-up for this one is that the parkthe Oak Grove proposal still has to go to the ing lot is part of a planned development from Mayor and Commission for a final vote on 20 years ago; recent precedent shows that Tuesday, June 2. At that final step, there are PDs aren’t necessarily all that binding (see: a few points worth considering. This is a textOak Grove). Bending the rules to do the right book case of the “false choice” fallacy, and we thing is certainly in order here. ought not fall for it. The situation has been framed and phrased so that either we accept the suburban grocery store, or the whole thing Campus Note: In the coming weeks it’ll be worth taking a walk through the UGA campus fails. Could a smaller-scale commercial node and checking out some new greenspace projwith more housing be a better solution? What ects which should be wrapping up. Landscapes about locally based grocery solutions? Daily which had been on hold due to the drought Co-op could be a good model to follow. There have finally been installed at the new Lamar are other options for success besides national Dodd School of Art on East Campus, and the chain supermarkets which would meet the stated goals of both Athens’ land-use planning new quad in front of “Tate II” on Lumpkin Street should be opening soon. The University and Oak Grove’s original New Urbanist billing. Health Center and College of Pharmacy additions have also been given a healthy dose of On the Bright Side: There are two smaller green. East Campus has been getting the bulk new projects which do by and large meet the of the “reforestation” efforts so far, but, in spirit of Athens’ goals for a walkable comgeneral, a more canopy-based approach has munity. How these projects proceed, and been the theme around other parts of campus, the comments they receive from decisiontoo. The plants may look a little puny at the makers, ought to be a good illustration of moment, but in a few years, healthy tree canthe effectiveness of the ACC review process. opies should be covering all of these areas. If they get nitpicked apart, as has been the case before with good projects, it will be a Kevan Williams email@example.com disappointment. l
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comment Torture and the Tablets of Eternity “Unfortunately, there are some who think that the way to save freedom in this country is to adopt the techniques of tyranny.” —Hugo Black “How did we move from a policy of zero tolerance toward torture to a policy of zero-accountability?” —Harold Hongju Koh The question is whether there should be investigation, prosecution and punishment of those in the Bush administration who authorized or directed torture of prisoners, or who did the actual torturing. “The United States does not torture.” Thus spake George W. Bush to the American people and the world. It was a brazen lie, we now know. As Andrew Sullivan writes, no other “American president has ever orchestrated, constructed or so closely monitored the torture of other human beings the way George W. Bush did.” Bush, aided and abetted by government lawyers and officials, established what Dan Froomkin labels a “policy of treating detainees with deliberate cruelty, and torturing them. It is objective fact that the Bush administration consciously adopted tactics that are not just morally reprehensible and flatly illegal, but which experts say don’t produce reliable intelligence—just coerced confessions.”
Since the Nuremberg trials, torture of prisoners by government has been a war crime. Torture violates the Bill of Rights, it violates international law, it violates numerous federal statutes and treaties, and it is a serious felony under federal statutes. Conspiracy to commit torture is also a serious federal felony. Quite apart from its illegality, torture is uncivilized, cruel, barbaric, barbarous, inhuman, monstrous and sick, sick, sick. Torture is intrinsically evil at all times and in all circumstances. It violates what James Froude calls “the moral law… written on the tablets of eternity,” and what Victor Hugo calls “the universal conscience of humanity.” Horrifically, medical personnel, including physicians and psychologists, assisted the American torturers, and government lawyers John Yoo and Jay Bybee authored secret legal memos twisting and misstating the law and the Constitution in a scandalous endeavor to justify, excuse and legalize torture. “Torture is among the most fundamental affronts to human dignity, and hardly anything lawyers might do assaults human dignity more drastically than providing legal cover for torture and degradation,” writes Susan Carle. “The lawyers involved were like Hitler’s lawyers laying the legal groundwork for the murder of Soviet POWs. Not only were their moral objectives reprehensible, but their legal arguments also fell so far outside the standards of plausibility as to stand out as outrageous on this front as well.” I have read those putrescent memos of the torture lawyers, and I agree with Carle. With ophidian heartlessness the memos argue that the awful is lawful and the lawful is awful. In the words of Joseph Palermo, the attorneys who prepared those memos “are nothing but quacks who cooked up their dreary documents under a veil of secrecy… Their ’legal opinions’ were pure sophistry and the lawyers who drew them up knew they would never hold up in court or with their peers or the
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public.” Each of the torture memos, Andrew Sullivan notes, is “the work clearly not of a lawyer assessing torture techniques in good faith, but of an administration official tasked with finding how torture techniques already decided upon can be parsed in exquisitely disingenuous ways to fit the law, even when they clearly do not.” These memos are, Bennet Kelley observes, nothing but instruction manuals on how to break the law. They deserve to be compiled in a law book entitled How to Commit War Crimes and Get Away With It, although the book would probably sell better under the title The Idiot’s Guide to War Crimes. There are few things more inhumane, more Nazi-like, more flagrantly violative of American law and values than torturing helpless captives. What is absolutely astonishing and appalling is that some politicians, pundits and talk show hosts are now taking sides with the torturers. (These defenders of torture are the same ones who defended Bush’s torture policies when he was in office and who treated critics of those policies as traitors.) These torturers’ apprentices trot out ingenious arguments to defend the indefensible. They deny that the practices authorized by Bush were torture. They claim that even if it was torture it worked. They say it is vindictive and against the national interest to investigate and punish the torturers and those who authorized the torture. They actually seem to believe that prosecuting those who authorized or carried out torture is nothing more than unfairly punishing policy differences of opinion. They say that the tortured were satanically evil and that the torturers acted in good faith and were only following orders. The depravity of these apologists for American-authorized torture and American torturers shocks the conscience. These apologists are invoking the same conscienceless, horrid rationales the Nazi war criminals unsuccessfully invoked at Nuremberg. “I was only following orders,” indeed! Furthermore, the Convention Against Torture, which President Reagan signed in 1988, specifically says that “no exceptional circumstances whatsoever… may be invoked as a justification for torture.” That same treaty also obligates this country to prosecute torturers or to extradite them for prosecution. As Michael Kinsley asks, “Why should torturers, of all people, be forgiven?” Like the Nazi war criminals, George W. Bush arranged for prisoners to be tortured. His accomplices: former vice president Dick Cheney, former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld, former attorney general Alberto Gonzalez, former secretary of state Condi Rice, and former CIA director George Tenet, all of whom turned the CIA into a criminal organization, like the SS or the Gestapo. They deemed the president to be the torturer-inchief. They operated on the assumption that the motto of this nation is “In God and Torture We Trust.” They believed that torturers—at least American ones—are heros. Bush-era torture policies must be investigated and prosecuted. Not simply because terrible crimes were committed. Not just because Bush and his co-conspirators committed atrocities using the power of and in the name of the United States of America. But because, as Paul Krugman writes, this is necessary to reclaim America’s soul. “If,” as Dan Froomkin writes, “the United States is to live up to its core values, if it is to once again be a beacon of human rights to the world and a champion of human dignity,” then all involved in the Bush torture program, high or low, must be investigated and prosecuted. How can we be a nation founded on liberty if we give the wink-wink-nudge-nudge to torture of human beings? The moral law incised forever on the tablets of eternity demands that torturers be punished. Donald E. Wilkes, Jr. Donald E. Wilkes, Jr. teaches in the UGA School of Law.
grub notes Where’s the Beef? Tour de Burger: Let’s get this out of the way up front. I know you, dear reader, unless you are a health nut or a vegetarian, probably have your eyes light up with demonic glee at the idea of a deep-fried hamburger, which the brand-new The Burger and Cheesesteak Factory (227 Prince Ave., in the Bottleworks) touts as being on its menu. I know mine did. The very concept of an entire hamburger, not just the patty, being staked, dunked in Guinness batter and plunked into the deep fryer made me tingle in anticipation. Sadly, very sadly, I must warn you not to make the same mistake, dear reader. The hamburgers in general at the restaurant have a faint flavor of hot dogs (Is it preservatives? Nitrates? Sausage added to the mix? Whatever it is, it caused someone to write “hot dog breath” on the wall, with one of the Sharpies provided throughout for customers to mark up the place however they like), and it’s only intensified in the deep-fried version, which ends up tasting like a meaty, greasy, hot doggy sponge. Does that sound appealing? If it does, you know where to get it, but don’t say you didn’t know what you were in for. Dissection revealed the presence of bacon as well, although you certainly couldn’t taste it under all the fried goop. If I know you, you’ll want to test your limits, but if you’re looking for a cholesterolfest, you could clog your arteries with far more pleasure elsewhere. The “deep-fried paradise” section of the menu is a misnomer as well. Did you think bacon could only ever get better, especially if you decided to deep-fry it? You’d be wrong. Ditto for broccoli coated with Cheez Wiz. Both of them taste almost solely of batter. The deep-fried Oreos (with Coke batter) at least continue to taste like Oreos, and the deep-fried Milky Way still resembles a Milky Way, but by this point demoralization has set in, and one begins to …a meaty, greasy, question why anyone would just start frying with abandon at all. hot doggy sponge. The atmosphere seems positively soaked in grease, unavoidably no doubt, but the speedy grungification of the space, not even previously a restaurant, is impressive. The walls are marked up, one door plastered with Transformers images and peanut shells litter the floor near a bin of the legumes. Ice cream is available but not fried. According to the staff, it takes too much time and effort. If you must, and I know some of you must, the classic cheesesteak, made with Cheez Whiz the way it’s supposed to be, is a far better option than the burgers, supplying plenty of food, good flavor and no wienery-ness. The restaurant is open every day for lunch and dinner, including very late on weekends and takes credit cards. It also serves a four-pound hamburger called “The Godzilla,” plans to hold quarterly eating contests, and has a TV devoted to “Walker, Texas Ranger.”
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Mo’ Better Burgers: If you want a really good burger and, in fact, the only one I can think of offhand in town that you can actually get medium-rare, as opposed to being asked how you want it cooked only to be served a charred hockey puck, The National (232 W. Hancock Ave.) makes an absolutely delicious one with Grafton white cheddar, piquillo peppers, romaine and aleppo-scallion-mayo, served with crispy potatoes. It’s $11, and it’s only available at lunch, but it’s soft, light, buttery and happiness-inducing. The Last Resort Grill (174-184 E. Clayton St.) makes a nice one as well, with cheddar, jalapeños and bacon. It’s a little overcooked, but the mayo moistens it to where that could be overlooked, and it’s nice to get a salad on the side rather than a mound of fries, sometimes. Clocked (259 W. Washington St.) is where most people turn for a burger downtown, if they’re not over by The Grill or Five Guys, and despite my frequent annoyances with their service, they still do a pretty good job. It would be nice, however, if they’d go back to using the buns from Luna Bakery they used to. The new ones are squishy and flavorless and can’t stand up to the patties. What Up? The space on Baxter that held Tu Metapan most recently is becoming Yo Spicy Mexican Bar and Grill. Sounds authentic. Damon Krebs, one of the men behind Allgood Lounge, Walker’s and The Pub at Gameday, aims to open Blue Sky, yet another bar named after a departed establishment, above the downtown Taco Stand. Hillary Brown
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movie dope Some releases may not be showing locally this week. ANGELS & DEMONS (PG-13) How hard is it to turn pop fiction into an engrossing feature film? (Ask any adaptor of a John Grisham pageturner.) Angels & Demons, the Da Vinci Code predecessor turned cinematic sequel, offers the same lukewarm thrills as the 2006 blockbuster. Symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks with a better hairdo) is tasked by the Vatican with solving a mystery involving a dead pope, four kidnapped cardinals and the Illuminati, a legendary cabal supposedly wiped out by the Catholic church centuries ago. Apparently, Langdon’s brainy brand of non-action reads better than it watches. Decoding symbols comes off as coincidental luck rather than brilliant detecting. Another issue is the hero, an implied atheist (gasp!). I couldn’t care less about his religious affiliation, or lack thereof. I do care tremendously about his lack of personality. Hanks is a likable actor, but he again fails to imbue Langdon with anything approaching the magnetism of an Indiana Jones or that Gates guy Nic Cage played in National Treasure. I’d rather have spent the afternoon plowing through Dan Brown’s compelling plotting and disposable prose than snoozing through its plodding movie twin. CHE (R) How did an Argentinean doctor come to join Castro’s 1956 revolution? Che: Part One, alternately titled The Argentine, doesn’t provide much insight into the “whys” behind Ernesto “Che” Guevara’s transformation. Academy Award-winning director Steven Soderbergh and writer Peter Buchman instead provide a detailed account from the frontlines of the Cuban revolution. For two hours, Che (Benicio Del Toro) trudges through the jungle battling Fulgencio Batista’s army at the behest of Fidel Castro (Demián Bichir). He morphs from a coughing, asthmatic foot soldier into a rebel-bearded, hardened guerrilla warrior. As admirable and ambitious
as Soderbergh’s film is, it needs more ideological meat. Soderbergh is a brave enough filmmaker to risk alienating the heartland with a serious discussion of Communism, its idealism, successes and failings. Yet Che never digs that deeply into the motivations behind the revolution. One would expect a biopic about Che to include several lengthy, dogmatic lectures from either the title subject or Castro. Instead, Che is never uninteresting but it strays toward uneventful. Although flawed, the film is more success than failure, and its greatest triumph is Oscar-winner Del Toro’s performance. The actor gets lost in Che. Not once did I actively think about Del Toro’s power or perfection. He was simply Che. Fortunately, the voters at Cannes saw past the natural ease with which Del Toro slipped into the revolutionary’s body, mind and soul and awarded him the Best Actor trophy. Too often, incomparable work is overlooked when the actor makes his job seem so effortless, a laudatory accusation Del Toro has not deserved in the past. Soderbergh never overdirects Che. Stylistic conventions—black and white, handheld camerawork, etc.— are used sparingly and at the dictate of the plot, not the filmmaker. Due to scheduling conflicts, I could only see the first half of the two part picture. (Che: Part Two is screening only once a day, at 9:45, so plan accordingly.) Nonetheless, the Siamese films were separated with surgical precision so as to exist apart. Che: Part One stands alone. I don’t feel as if I only saw half of a film; I just sense I only know half of the story. It may have even been the better half, too, considering it is the one with the happy ending. DANCE FLICK (PG-13) The humongous Wayans clan (namely, Keenan Ivory, Marlon, Shawn, Kim and Damon, Jr.) returns with another genre parody. A street dancer from the wrong side of the tracks, Thomas Uncles (Damon
Wayans, Jr.), teams up with the gorgeous Megan White (Shoshana Bush) in order to win the big dance competition. I’m a little ashamed to admit how much I laughed at the trailer the first time I saw it. Maybe Dance Flick will be more “In Living Color” and less White Chicks. n DRAG ME TO HELL (PG-13) Drag Me to Hell’s trailers have been promising the “Return of True Horror,” but the PG-13 rating—even a Sam Raimi PG-13—leaves me doubting. A pretty young loan officer, Christine (Allison Lohman), refuses a loan extension to a scary old lady named Mrs. Ganush
Please brush your teeth before you wake me up! (Lorna Raver). Mrs. Ganush promptly curses Christine with one of the devil’s most dreaded demons. Gulp. The Spider-Man director has a lot of the right people excited about this return to Evil Dead form. With Justin Long and David Paymer. EVERLASTING MOMENTS (NR) Maria (Maria Heiskanen), a young working-class woman wins a camera in a lottery. Suddenly, her view of life in early 1900s Sweden is drastically altered. Nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film, Everlasting Moments won six Guldbagges (including Best Film, Best
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Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress), Sweden’s version of the Academy Award. Directed by two-time Oscarnominee Jan Troell (Utvandrarna). With Jesper Christensen (Mr. White in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace). 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
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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. FIREWORKS WEDNESDAY (NR) 2006. As the New Year approaches in Tehran, everyone is preparing for the festival of fire, or Fireworks Wednesday. Young Rouhi is experiencing fireworks of her own, courtesy of her new employers, a married couple embroiled in an argument about infidelity. Winner of the Gold Hugo for Best Feature from the Chicago International Film Festival, three Crystal Simorghs from the Fajr Film Festival (Best Director, Best Actress and Best Editing) and the Golden Lady Harimaguada from the Las Palmas Film Festival. 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 swoon and fight over this caddish hunk of beefcake. But Connor gets his comeuppance at his younger 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 man-whore actually has a heart of gold. Frankly, not even McC’s ample charm could make me give a damn. I LOVE YOU, MAN (R) An Apatow film in spirit if not in name, I Love
You, Man stars the always entertaining Paul Rudd as Peter Klaven, an LA realtor who realizes he has no male friends after popping the question to his girlfriend, Zooey (Rashida Jones, “The Office”). In search of a best man while selling Lou Ferrigno’s mansion, he meets Sydney Fife (Jason Segel), a carefree slacker. Rudd sacrifices none of his superior timing or wit playing the pleasant guy, and it’s nice to see Segel being someone other than the lovelorn softie. This bromance is real. IS ANYBODY THERE? (PG-13) Ten-year-old Edward (Bill Milner, who was a little charmer in Son of Rambow) lives in an old folks home. The reasons aren’t that strange. His parents own it. But Edward’s a strange, lonely kid who is obsessed with the afterlife and tape records the residents. Fortunately, Edward befriends the newest tenant, retired magician Clarence (Michael Caine), and their burgeoning relationship benefits both the young boy and the old man. Directed by John Crowley (Intermission, Boy A). KNOWING (PG-13) You might believe Nic Cage if he accosted you on the street with a numerological theory about the end of the world before you believe Knowing is a tremendously entertaining flick. The not-as-badlycoiffed-as-usual star takes Knowing very seriously, giving one of his best, least stylized performances in years. Combine Cage’s unexpected hard work with Marco Beltrami’s over-the-top, Bernard Herrmann-esque score and Proyas’s sinister B-movie setups, and before you know it, Knowing becomes the best M. Night Shyamalan movie M. Night didn’t get the chance to ruin. MADEA GOES TO JAIL (PG-13) The rewards of a Tyler Perry movie decrease with every formulaic play-to-film since his cinematic highwater mark, Why Did I Get Married? Diary of a Mad Black Woman pretty much laid out his neverchanging Madea manifesto. Hook them with the hilariously broad hijinks of the mad matriarch (Tyler Perry in drag) before force-feeding faith-based plots best left to Billy Graham’s movie ministry. In Madea Goes to Jail, Madea doesn’t actually go to jail until the film’s final 30 minutes. I’m beginning to fear Perry the filmmaker peaked well before his films’ popularity. MONSTERS VS. ALIENS (PG) Is there a premise more surefire than this one? Monsters vs. Aliens. In 3D. Normal Susan Murphy (v. Reese Witherspoon) gets hit by a quantonium-enriched meteorite on her wedding day. Rather than tying the knot with self-involved 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: the Missing Link (v. Will Arnett), Dr. Cockroach Ph.D. (v. Hugh Laurie), Bicarbonate Ostylezene Benzoate but you can him B.O.B. (v. Seth Rogen), and Insectosaurus. Meanwhile, the Earth is being threatened by four-eyed squidling Gallaxhar (v. Rainn Wilson), who is seeking the quantonium that is powering Ginormica. 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 monstrous quintet’s
tussle with a giant robot on the Golden Gate Bridge sets a new standard for animated action. DreamWorks’ great extra-dimensional hope will not be the 3D flick that changes the industry. The wonderfully animated MvA may be remarkable for its major action set pieces but lacks the charm and wit of more memorable family films. Where MvA fails is where DreamWorks’ ogre of a franchise so masterfully succeeded. Every character in the first two Shrek films was more than just well-animated; they were fully drawn to life. Susan, ginormous or not, gets no backstory other than her engagement to Derek. Of the other monsters, only genial, brainless B.O.B. is charming enough to be remembered once the film ends, and that distinction is thanks to Rogen’s delightful voicework. The usually captivating Arnett and Laurie leave no impression at all. Neither do any of the other half-dozen vocal standouts. MvA’s laugh-level never rises above chuckle. While not as bad as DreamWorks’ woeful Shark Tale, the promising new flick does not approach Shrek or last summer’s Kung Fu Panda. MvA might make some money for a few weeks; its advertising budget was massive and its upcoming competition for the family film dollar is weak. However, MvA’s eventual DVDs probably won’t wear out from overuse. NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: BATTLE OF THE SMITHSONIAN (PG) I disliked the first Night at the Museum so much that I nearly resigned my leadership position in the Ben Stiller Fan Club. The previews for Battle of the Smithsonian have me laughing again, but I remember how much the first movie hurt. Joining Larry Daily (Stiller), Teddy Roosevelt (Robin Williams), Jedediah (Owen Wilson) and Ocatavius (Steve Coogan) are Amelia Earhart (Amy Adams), Kah Mun Rah (Hank Azaria), General George Armstrong Custer (Bill Hader, looking like the flick’s scene stealer), and many more hysterical, historical figures. 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, “The Wire”’s Stringer Bell), who’s also Sharon’s hubby. At least Fatal Attraction had the decency to implicate the dude. PARIS 36 (PG-13) 2008. In 1936, residents of the Faubourg, a working class neighborhood in northern Paris, hope to revive their local theater by putting on a musical. Writer-director Christopher Barretier’s last film was 2005’s dual Oscar-nominee, The Chorus. Nominated for five Césars, Paris 36 won a Lumiere Award and two Étoile d’Ors; two of the three awards went to newcomer Nora Arnezeder. With Gérard Jugnot (The Chorus), Clovis Cornillac and Kad Merad (also from Barretier’s The Chorus). PAUL BLART: MALL COP (PG) Paul Blart: Mall Cop delivers mild, unobjectionable humor. The movie is as likable and funny (more the former than the latter) as its star. RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN (PG) I loved Escape to Witch Mountain and its sequel, Return from Witch Mountain, when I was a kid. Along with Princess Leia, Kim Richards was one of my first innocent little crushes. Watching Disney’s franchise reboot didn’t exactly conjure up wispy nostalgia like I’d hoped. The filmmakers were kidding themselves if they thought they could replace the 1975 cast of Eddie Albert, Ray Milland, Denver Pyle and MF-ing Donald Pleasance with Ciarán Hinds, Cheech Marin, Tom Everett Scott and Garry Marshall. Plus, the super-generic third act—a firefight and
eventual aerial escape from a secret government-run laboratory—was so excruciatingly boring that I was more engaged in my struggle with a fierce catnap. The first hour, which is pretty much one long, chopped up car chase, was a lot of fun. When cabbie Jack Bruno (Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson) picks up the towheaded brother and sister duo of Sara (AnnaSophia Robb) and Seth (Alexander Ludwig), Race to Witch Mountain channels its inner Vanishing Point or the more movie appropriate Bullitt. The movie’s stunt drivers contributed more to the movie’s success than anyone besides the charming Johnson. Race to Witch Mountain belongs to Johnson. The former professional wrestler has a very easy charm and physicality rivaling Arnold Schwarzenegger at his ‘80s action peak. He makes Jack Bruno’s sudden, easy paradigm shift from non-believing Scully to true-believing Mulder as painless as possible. It’s not his fault; he didn’t write the inconsistent character, but he makes him as appealing as possible. Brief, witty soliloquies haven’t been au courant in action since Schwarzenegger’s Reagan-era reign, but Johnson wears them comfortably. He also pummels believably. Johnson exemplifies the soft tough guy. Besides the stunt driving and the charmer formerly known as the Rock, Race to Witch Mountain possesses few other noticeable traits. I’d recommend parents rent the original and its sequel if your kid can stomach special effects circa 1975. If your kid prefers the Prequels to the Original Trilogy, s/he’d be better off with the
Rock, but if your little one prefers puppets and matte paintings to digitally drawn-to-life creatures, Escape with Richards and Ike Eisenmann’s Tia and Tony Malone. RAISING ARIZONA (PG-13) 1987. In the Coen Brothers’ cult classic, a petty criminal (Nicholas Cage) and a cop (Holly Hunter) swipe a famous quintuplet. STAR TREK (PG-13) The 23rd-century voyages of the Starship Enterprise just entered the 21st century. Director J.J. Abrams brings Gene Roddenberry’s idyllic, stodgy creation to warp speed. Abrams and writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman revive the franchise with a breezy, action-packed matinee abandon never before seen in this often sober universe. The maiden voyage of the U.S.S. Enterprise, captained by Christopher Pike (Bruce Greenwood) and manned by a crew of future United Federation of Planets legends—James T. Kirk (Chris Pine), Mr. Spock (Zachary Quinto, “Heroes”), Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy (Karl Urban), communications officer Uhura (Zoe Saldana), pilot Sulu (John Cho), navigator Chekhov (Anton Yelchin), and engineer Scotty (Simon Pegg)—is fraught with peril as ship-endangering as ever. A rogue Romulan commander, Nero (Eric Bana), seeks vengeance after the Federation and its Ambassador, Spock (Leonard Nimoy), fail to halt the destruction of his home world. Star Trek’s drama is a rather grandly Khan-esque settling of scores. The lens through which I viewed Star Trek was definitely tinted with layers and layers of fandom. Even then, I don’t recall
enjoying a new Star Trek movie this much since 1986’s slightly goofy The Voyage Home. The last film, 2002’s TNG-helmed Nemesis, had broken the series’ “evens are good, odds are bad” streak. A massive reboot was in order, and the result, one of the most exciting science-fiction adventure films I’ve ever seen, boldly goes where no Trek has gone before. Abrams, Orci and Kurtzman make the Enterprise’s tricky, high-profile refitting look easy. TERMINATOR SALVATION (PG-13) See Movie Pick. 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 improved property handling, no one should expect great things from subsequent Origins pics. Wolverine merely fills in the pre-X team gaps in the tri-clawed mutant’s long life. UP (PG) Pixar’s newest left me cold when first we met by trailer. Seventyeight-year-old Carl Fredricksen (v. Edward Asner) ties thousands of balloons to his house, unwittingly soaring into the air with a stowaway 70 years younger, Russell (v. Jordan Nagai). As later trailers reveal the South American land of the lost visited by Carl and Wilderness Explorer Russell, my excitement has grown exponentially. Co-director Pete Docter, a four-time Oscar-nominee, previously directed Monsters, Inc. Drew Wheeler
movie pick Back from the Future TERMINATOR SALVATION (PG-13) Twenty-five T4, according to the series’ title-abbreviatyears ago, James Cameron, a little-known ing precedent, is rather like T2’s liquid metal filmmaker whose debut involved flying fish T-1000 once it falls into the molten metal. with sharp teeth, wrought hell upon the future The movie never solidifies into one cohesive by sending a cyborg into the past to kill the identity. Instead, several major plots compete mother of the future savior of humanity. Seven for dominance. One minute, the John Connor years later, he surpassed the original with one rescue mission is the A plot. Suddenly, Marcus of the best sci-fi films Wright’s identity criof the past 30 years. sis leaps from B to Then, he got a bit big A status. A constant for his britches, grew C plot involving the obsessed with a giant human resistance, led sunken ship, and the by genre vet Michael franchise fell into less Ironside, attemptcapable hands. ing to bomb Skynet, The ultra-grim seems to have drunkfourth installment enly stumbled over of the time-bending from a bad Saturday franchise, Terminator night on the Sci Fi Salvation, makes Channel. minor improvements Ultimately, almost on the frivolous third every terrifying prefilm. Finally, we get to diction I had about witness the epic batT4 came true. The tles between man and long-awaited battles machine. Strangely, between humanity this conflict resembles and the endoskeleton Vietnam with metalarmy grow tedious in lic enemy combatchunks larger than ants. Humanity’s T2’s tantalizing bits. savior, John Connor The film did quell (Christian Bale), is Christian Bale and Bryce Dallas Howard my fear about director waylaid from his McG. T4 is the best mission to defeat Skynet, the self-aware, looking film in the series, in a Michael Bay/ computer-based defense system attempting to Transformers kind of way. As unkillable as the cleanse the planet of all mankind. Searching Terminators are, it might be time to unplug for his teenage father, Kyle Reese (Anton a franchise that’s two movies and a failed TV Yelchin, Star Trek), Connor meets Marcus show past its T2 prime. Wright (Sam Worthington), a new Terminator model that actually believes it’s human. Drew Wheeler
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Jumping in at the deep end this week, people. Splash down below… Strap It On: People have made jewelry out of discarded musical ephemera for eons, but now you can buy discarded guitar strings from, perhaps, your favorite artist and the funds go to the charity of their choice. Cases in point are the discarded bass strings from Widespread Panic thumper Dave Schools. Wear Your Music is the organization in charge of crafting the bracelets from each musician’s strings, and Schools has designated local resource center Nuçi’s Space as his charity of choice. A Schools bracelet will run you a cool $150, which is the equivalent of approximately three tickets to a live Panic show or 30 extra-value meals. Since the latter is pretty hard to wrap up and the ardent fan in your life has likely already purchased the former, this is a fine opportunity to help Nuçi’s Space and give the WSP fan in your life a unique gift. Hot damn that sounds like an infomercial. Sorry, sincerely. Anyway, please see www.wearyourmusic. org for details.
Music Awards. Use the paper ballot in this issue or head to www.flagpole.com/awards and vote. Find out who this year’s winners are at the 2009 Flagpole Music Awards Show at the Morton Theater on Thursday, June 25. Officially, this event marks the beginning of AthFest but, make no mistake, this is the only official AthFest event that night. That means don’t hassle the employees at other local clubs by shaking your AthFest wristband in their face and trying to get into other shows with it. Not happening. A Few Words about Finality: In the past year or so, We Versus the Shark has released an album, lost one founding member, played what was reported to be its final show and then toured Europe. Now the word is that the band will take an extended hiatus after its June 26 AthFest performance at the Georgia Theatre. When the band returns, it will most likely have a new lineup, maybe a new album
Get Your Phreak On: Marshmallow Coast reached back to ancient telephone hacker terminology when naming its new album, Phreak Phantasy. Or at least, I like to think that’s what main coaster Andy Gonzales was doing. We Versus the Shark At any rate, the album, released this week on and, perhaps, even a new name. It seems the Happy Happy Birthday to Me Records, has guys are just looking for some time to regroup most likely sold out its entire run of LPs, and, in the words of U2’s Bono, “Dream it all which were limited to 100 copies, during the up again.” Of special note for the show on presale, but CD copies are in stores now. Or June 26 is that the live lineup will include you can hit up iTunes, etc. Word is live shows guitarist Samantha Paulsen once again. So, will be few and far between this summer but hell yeah on that. Gonzales has touring plans for the fall. In other Gonzales-related news, he’s been working steadily with label mates The Lolligags on Oh, Canada: Allison Weiss continues to advance her music every chance she gets, their upcoming full-length debut which won’t and by the time you’re likely to read this, be released until this winter. So, if you start she’ll have been to the Pacific Northwest and holding your breath for that one, don’t blame back. Weiss, along with New York-based artme. For more info or to order online, please ist Lauren Zettler, did a mini-tour that was see www.hhbtm.com. composed of three dates in Portland, a show in Seattle and then a gig in Vancouver (which Dem Demos: The Internet was all a twithappens to be the only place where I’ve ever ter (pun intended, natch) a couple of weeks had my entire car searched and been cussed ago when it was announced/discovered that out in French). In other news, last week Weiss R.E.M. (minus Michael Stipe) was in Portland recording a batch of demos. While fan-run site harnessed the power of the Internet once again via Kickstarter.com and put out the call Murmurs.com generally always pays attention for monetary pledges to support the recording to every move any of the members make, it of a new EP. She had planned on it taking at was more interesting to observe how even least two months to raise the needed $2,000 ostensibly staunch indie sites were respondthrough fans, friends and other supporters. ing with a curiosity toward the band that has In what was truly unbelievable to witness (I been absent for years. All in all, it’s damn tracked the progress throughout the day), she nice to see the U.S. press, not to mention a new generation of writers for whom R.E.M. has managed to raise even more than she needed in less than 8 hours! I’ve been quite suspibeen likely largely irrelevant to their musical cious, to the point of outright negativity, of development, begin to pay attention again most of what the Internet has to offer in terms or for the first time. In other news, the only of art, music, etc. However, after witnessing sure thing in the band’s recorded future is the this, combined with years and years of seeing deluxe edition re-release of its 1985 album artists struggle hopelessly to raise funds for Reckoning on June 23. You can keep up with a record, Weiss has made me a believer. See the boys over at www.remhq.com. www.allisonw.com, and to see how she did it, please see www.kickstarter.com. Open 24 Hours: Yeah, I told you. Each week until it’s over (June 5) I’m going to remind Gordon Lamb firstname.lastname@example.org you to cast your vote in the 2009 Flagpole
record reviews JARVIS COCKER Further Complications Rough Trade On his second solo endeavor, former Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker loosens his tie and throws off his tweed jacket to reveal a sweat-soaked undershirt. In between the usual sassy crooners, Cocker unleashes a revived, reckless energy—shouting emphatically until his vocal cords are raw. Now if only he could find a backing band that could keep up. Look, Jarvis could freestyle over the demo song on my $75 keyboard and I would think it’s genius (because the lyrics surely would be). But it’s still disappointing to hear such flat, uninspired shlock when the lyrics and delivery have the potential to match This Is Hardcore in delightfully sleazy yet self-deprecating wit. Steve Albini dropped the ball on this one—I’m all for Jarvis making a rock record, but let’s rock like it’s 2009. Further Complications is plagued by rock and roll clichés that any studio musician could crank out blindfolded. The simplicity does work sometimes, like on “Caucasian Blues” or “I Never Said I Was Deep,” where the progressions are so predictable it almost serves to underline how unpredictable or untraditional the lyrics are. I mean, the 12-bar blues was never graced with lyrics like “I heard it said that you are hung like a white man” before. But man, these melodies are complete throw-aways without Cocker’s charisma there to carry them through. Michelle Gilzenrat
HERMAS ZOPOULA Espoir Asthmatic Kitty Hermas Zopoula has quite a gift. He’s one of 36 siblings born in the somewhat politically unstable African nation of Burkina Faso, which has some of the highest poverty and unemployment rates in the world, and he’s witnessed bloodshed and revolution in his homeland. Yet, despite these things, he has managed to record one of the more joyous, hopeful-sounding records I’ve heard in a long time. Espoir, French for “hope,” is an aptly named collection of classically African pop music fused with an almost disarmingly playful vibe. Zopoula’s soft vocals flow effortlessly across the plucky strings, the light-as-air rhythm and the delightful sound of what I
want to say must be an old ‘80s Casio keyboard. But don’t worry—there’s nothing ironically hip about its use here. It’s entirely within bounds. While Zopoula’s sound can be a bit flat at times, perhaps not fully fleshed out, it’s forgivable. Unlike the wonderful and similarly styled Amadou and Mariam, from neighboring Mali, Zopoula doesn’t have a Manu Chao at the helm, which makes this record’s serenity and infectious likeability all the more amazing. With all songs sung in his native French, it’s hard to know what he’s singing about—the desperation experienced by his country and those surrounding it, or the joy he still finds in everyday life. I’m betting it’s the latter. And if someone from such a difficult background can find the up side to this world, so can we. Jennifer Gibson
MARSHMALLOW COAST Phreak Phantasy Happy Happy Birthday to Me Andy Gonzales sets the stage for this release by calling it his “HBO special, rated R album,” but the product is far from crude, my friends. The only thing Phreak Phantasy ostensibly has in common with products often rated R is a bit of naughty sexual humor (i.e., the a cappella “gentle genitalia” jam). The HBO aspect of Andy’s claim is perhaps more appropriate—this disc is simply far less derivative than a superficial listening suggests. Sure, traveled across are shredding guitars, effected vocals and the electro-pop thing so popular over the past, say, 18 months (though currently waning), but the subtext, yo! Of course, I concede no exact knowledge of authorial intent while affirming that repeated traversals through this genre-melding offering yield very intriguing and amusing nuggets of subtle internal debate and play—a palpable sense of discrete purpose and intelligent design veiled but accessible through vectors of humor and imagination. Context accounts for much here, and there’s too much of it to go into here. Be advised, at the very least, that this is a local release, but don’t dig around looking for subtle clues to the over-arching drama—just listen. If you really know anything about music and popular culture, angles and answers (and several questions) will constantly emerge and disappear from Phreak Phantasy’s framework with each passing. Superficially, it funks real good like, but there’s so much more to this than that. I won’t spoil the fun of the drama by telling you what I think it means, though. Tony Floyd Marshmallow Coast celebrates its CD release at the Caledonia Lounge on Saturday, May 30.
THE WARLOCKS The Mirror Explodes Tee Pee Of the illustrious line of Velvet Underground disciples, L.A.’s The Warlocks have always been one of the most distinctive. Measurably tweaking their neo-psychedelic aesthetic each time out, the band has actually shown more growth and evolution than most of their ilk. In fact, lots of shifting terrain is covered in just this new album alone. But their previous full-length—the richly atmospheric but ultimately desultory Heavy Deavy Skull Lover—was a cautionary reminder that they’re best when all their gorgeous texturizing is framed by sharp songwriting. Well, maybe all the touring they did with focused, likeminded upstarts The Black Angels rubbed off because The Warlocks have recovered with a record that features much more punctuation and point. Excellently dark narcosis sets in on the funeral incantation of “Standing Between the Lovers of Hell” and the mescaline bleakness of “Slowly Disappearing.” Other quieter gems include the spare Jesus-&-Mary-Chain twang on the Darklands-worshipping “There Is a Formula to Your Despair” and the surprisingly crystalline stargaze of “Static Eyes.” The pick of the litter however is “The Midnight Sun,” a celestial space lullaby that coasts on slo-mo sine curves of groaning, bleaching noise. Despite all the hazy layers at play, there’s a deft compositional hand operating here in determining the right washes and the scale at which each operates. The result is a work of clarity, maturity and depth. Bao Le-Huu
GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS Lost Channels Nettwerk Toronto’s Great Lake Swimmers are a band blessed with aptness of name. Like the imagery conjured by their moniker, their music is vast, fluid and wintry. Their rural yet pristine sound is informed primarily by folk but tempered with sadcore, which means total ennui is a constant concern. Fortunately, their fourth full-length avoids coma in several key ways. The Swimmers still like to gaze from windows at white northern landscapes and float in introspection.
The difference now is that they bring some greater detail and heft. The execution is reliably restrained, but the instrumentation here is lush and paints from a broader palette. Though delicate and fine-spun, the spacious, echoing soundscapes can also be epic. The Swimmers are getting larger and louder, and it works because the songwriting is keeping pace with increasingly salient melodies. Outstanding tracks include the wide, gorgeous breezes of “Palmistry,” the open-field jog of “Pulling on a Line,” the traditional literalism of “The Chorus in the Underground” and the strumming, rustic waltz of “Still.” The star however is “She Comes to Me in Dreams,” whose long twangy bends of pedal steel dance atop a real rock foundation. Like a dream-state love affair between Neil Young and Fleet Foxes, Lost Channels is the Swimmers’ most red-blooded and soulful effort to date. Here, the subtle divinity in their indie folk finds its greatest definition yet. With huge melodies and sparkling details, this is a work of marrow and grace. Bao Le-Huu
Today the Moon, Tomorrow the Sun The Lightning Exhibit Independent Release This six-song EP from Atlanta band Today the Moon, Tomorrow the Sun is strong, but may prove to be too little too late. After a flood of female-fronted electro-rock acts—from Ladytron and Metric to more recent front-runners like Ladyhawke and Crystal Castles—it’s really difficult to distinguish what characteristics could help this group stand apart from the rest. Maybe the difference lies in the rich and varied tones, the guitars grinding out Muse-like riffs countered by Lauren Gibson’s bell-like vocals. Still, overall, it’s not quite as abstract as Crystal Castles; it’s not quite as danceable as Metric (save for the intense Autonomic remix of “Traits of a Traitor”); and the choruses aren’t quite as memorable as Ladyhawke. Perhaps given the chance to record a full-length, TTMTTS would flex a little more muscle and explore more diverse sounds. The airy post-rock balladry of title track “The Lightning Exhibit” and acoustic number “Never.Always.Good” certainly suggest a more eclectic bag of tricks in the band’s arsenal than is immediately evident. Unless the band sheds its more derivative house beats and synth flourishes, however, TTMTTS may prove merely ancillary to the other electro rockers that did it first and do it better. Michelle Gilzenrat Today the Moon, Tomorrow the Sun plays the Caledonia Lounge on Thursday, May 28
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COMING SOON orget what you think you know about metal: its shlock, its dark mythology, its either dumbed-down LCD pander, or its hyper-intellectualized pretension. If you are willing to go to the dark side, there are dozens of bands that are vaguely accessible and postmodern in their synthesis of sound, that are making some of the best shit out there right now. At the top of the heap of septic flesh and rotting corpses is green black metal band Wolves in the Throne Room. Rad.
outsiders Vocalist/guitarist Nathan Weaver and his brother, drummer Aaron Weaver, anchor WITTR, joined by new(ish) guitarist Will Lindsay. Since 2004, Wolves in the Throne Room’s brand of metal has been affixed with a terrestrial and subterranean patina, oxidized by rust, cow shit and sustainable farming. This is to say, WITTR is very much influenced by Olympia, WA, and the band’s stronghold at Calliope—a farmstead situated inside 1,000 acres of protected forest in the Cascade Mountains. “We moved to Calliope six years ago. I often say that WITTR is the artistic manifestation of the farm and vice-versa. We bought that piece of land and started Wolves in the Throne Room in the same month. It is part of the same process,” says Aaron Weaver. For the most part, WITTR has removed itself from the modern world in favor of a back-to-basics lifestyle. For instance, Aaron and his wife grow their own veggies and slaughter most of the meat they eat. “We should think about the way in which the technologies we use transform our consciousness… It is the choice that I made that I’d like to remove myself from the technological industrial world. It is a slow process to achieve that. Obviously, right now I am talking on a cell phone, we have a DSL connection on the farm, we tour around the country in a van. It is more of a mindset and taking as much action as possible.” Of course, WITTR’s agrarian/neo-primitivist way of life only adds to its mythology. “Oftentimes people think that all the members of WITTR live in a one-room shack on some secluded farm, and when we’re not playing guitars together, we’re out hoeing the field. This is not true,” says Weaver.
outsider art Green or black, Wolves in the Throne Room is not a dilution or distillation of the black metal sound as much as a total annihilation of the black metal enterprise altogether to reconstruct the edifice in the image of the Weaver Brothers or, at least, the Weaver Brothers’ hoe.
Their new album Black Cascade fucking slays, takes names, kicks you in the balls and, naturally, patches you up with some organic aloe vera by the end of it all in a post-Aghast dark ambience. With the right lighting, “Ahrimanic Trance” is a fugue state waiting to happen, while album-closer “Crystal Ammunition” is a leviathan levitated. Black Cascade is a very different album than, say, the last one, Two Hunters, mostly because it is so metal, growling, haunting and heavy. WITTR made a point this time around to be more concise (whatever that means for an album with two 14-minute epics and two 10-minute ones) and closer to its live show. You know you’re doing something right when the purists do nothing but hate on you, and when non-card-carrying metal-listeners start to take note. True, if you’re looking for “Tr00 Kvlt” black metal, this is not that blackbody, but Wolves in the Throne Room couldn’t care less about the USBM (United States black metal) label or the implications of it. “As Wolves in the Throne Room progresses, I think that black metal is not the best genre to place our band within. In the beginning, there was more possibility in black metal to try different things and explore the ideology and philosophy behind that kind of music. Black metal has become very dogmatic. BM nowadays has to be satanic, there is a certain aesthetic and hairstyle, and we’re not interested in that. We’re outsiders. I can take or leave the black metal label,” Weaver says. Of course, for WITTR to reject wholesale the USBM scene would be blasphemy, especially considering the looming influence Burzum clearly has on the band: “The early BM bands tapped into a deep, uncompromisingly transcendent spirit. BM is a call to destroy modernity in a complete and total act of annihilation. It’s an apocalyptical art form,” Weaver says. “I’m not interested in Satanism or the childish, cartoonish horror aspect of BM. I like BM as transforming consciousness.” Yep, WITTR is able to stand above its peers in the USBM scene. And while you’re pre-gaming and clutching that 22 oz. Fat Tire beer, happy as hell that Georgia’s one of the lucky six new states to sell it, get over it, chug, and come early to check out opener Krallice’s special reinterpretation of the black metal sound, too.
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he band’s name may now sound as simple and matter-of-fact as a line in an encyclopedia. However, in the spring of 1980, with the barely-over war in Southeast Asia still looming large in the collective consciousness of the United States, taking the name VieTNam was incredibly ballsy. The decision was not made lightly by founder Stan Satin. “It was intentional. It was the only time America had lost a war. I had veterans yell at me,” says Satin. “Looking back it may have been a bad decision because it kept us from being more accepted. But that’s what we wanted at the time.” Even so, a mere three months after forming VieTNam, Satin had an initial burst of improbable success. The band played its first live gig (on Apr. 24, 1980) opening for Pylon and Public Image, Ltd. at Atlanta’s Agora Ballroom. Satin says, jokingly, “In three months we went from starting to that. It’s been all downhill from there.” In a way, he’s not wrong, considering that VieTNam isn’t a name that drips from the lips of scene historians the way, say, the aforementioned Pylon does. While Satin says the band’s earliest influences were not the good-time bands of the day (The B-52s, et al.) but, rather, Throbbing Gristle, Cabaret Voltaire and Teenage Jesus & the Jerks, he does say that by the time VieTNam had made its first run as a band the music had become, either through design or cultural shift, more accessible. “It wasn’t a happy-go-lucky dance band. Interestingly, we evolved into that. We became much more danceable,” he says. The above might have something to do with the band being embraced by the staunchly separatist Athens scene at the time that valued, among other things, the twin tenets of art and dancing. Satin recalls, “We played a lot around Athens and were about the only Atlanta band that was taken into the arms of Athens. There was a real rivalry between the cities. Atlanta was all rocker guys trying to be new wave by wearing skinny ties. Athens had created a new thing.” VieTNam also had many personnel connections. After the first incarnation of VieTNam split a few years later, Satin joined the final lineup of the David Gamble-less version of Athens’ Method Actors. Then it was several years until VieTNam, whose ashes had spawned premier Atlanta band The Pillowtexans, reformed even halfway and then, in 1992, it was just for kicks. “We played for a number of years, but there were no clubs that seemed right at that time. We never played out between 1993 and 1999,” says Satin. Then, in 1999, something
happened. “Bryan Lilje, who had been in The Pillowtexans, had formed another band named Engine in the 1990s and it had this girl named Jennifer Ericson. So, that’s the band that formed—basically The Pillowtexans, Ericson and the 1993 version of VieTNam.” While Ericson would not stay in the band, she did play guitar on VieTNam’s 2005 album Past Away, which features mainly songs written many years earlier but re-envisioned by the then-current lineup. Today, VieTNam produces a sound that mixes hard new wave with a dose of hard bop jazz all underplayed with heavily grooved rhythms. This writer still stands by his assessment of a few years ago. That is, this music is as fresh as anything else happening today. The band’s lineup now is Satin (lead vocals, saxophone and percussion), David Dean (drums, synthesizer, steel drum), David Watkins (drums, percussion), Laurie G-Force (bass) and Ken Schenck (electric guitar). Because of space limitations, it’s impossible to individually list each member’s contributions to the Atlanta and Georgia underground. It should be noted, however, that each has basically dedicated his/her life to making music and art. If you trace the musical lineage of any of VieTNam’s current and former members you’ll find a fascinating amount of music, most of which is completely time-worthy. While speaking with Satin about the past, he is alternately whimsical and analytical. He’s not, however, nostalgic. Fully embracing the new economy of the music trade, he runs his label, Scarred Records, through an alliance with online merchant CD Baby. “Not until the Internet have I ever seen any money from my musical effort at all. It’s always been a labor of love.” Discussing the immediacy of the digital age and, perhaps, its ushering in the end of the times when people would wait for months to find out what was happening around the world in music, he dismisses the idea that Andy Warhol’s famous prediction (“In the future, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes”) has come true. Instead, he says, “It’s more like five minutes.” Gordon Lamb
WHO: VieTNam, The Plague WHERE: Caledonia Lounge WHEN: Wednesday, May 27 HOW MUCH: $5 (21+), $7 (18+)
Casper & the Cookies
New Record Modern Silence Out Now
lthough the deep roots of Athens band Casper & the Cookies extend back to the early-’90s, four-track home experiments of founder Jason NeSmith, the reality is that the Cookies have always been a live band. Indeed, although having undergone a few lineup changes over the years, the group has functioned as a live unit since 1998, only taking hiatus once, in 2004, while NeSmith briefly joined fellow Athenians Of Montreal. The band (composed of core members Nesmith, Kay Stanton and Jim Hix), released its latest album, a gem titled Modern Silence, this month on Athens label Happy Happy Birthday to Me. Although the album is chockfull of the quick-witted, harmonic pop heard on its previous releases (2004’s Oh! and 2006’s The Optimist’s Club), this record reveals a band more comfortable with allowing its experimental side to show. Even so, the psychedelic flourish of “You Love Me” and the ballad “Song Across the Sea” fit comfortably within the normal Cookies paradigm. The brass ring of the album arrives at its end via a three-song suite titled “Post Modern Silence” with the tracks “I Am Happy,” “Your Eyes of Gold” and “I Am Gone.” “I’m very proud of the whole record, but ‘Post Modern Silence’ is probably the recording I’m most excited about. I was thinking about [composer] Alvin Lucier’s processpiece ‘I Am Sitting in a Room,’ about how he removed himself from his own piece [note: Lucier accomplished this by recording and re-recording his own voice such that eventually the only thing discernible was a room’s resonance], and how an idea like that could be used in a pop context,” says NeSmith. The underlying piece is an unfinished song by long-time friend, Shut-Up’s leader Don Condescending. NeSmith solicited contributions from friends and received 35 responses which were melded into the track, along with a version of a 2005 vocal take of Stanton singing The Carpenters’ “Close to You,” an inclusion for which NeSmith was required to get permission from the song’s publisher. The above could be taken as evidence that NeSmith, as founder of the band and owner of Bel-Air Studio where the Cookies record, is the sole go-to guy. NeSmith dismisses this, saying, “This band is historically song-oriented. The rule is that the composer has the final say. We each come in with songs more or less written. Everyone pitches in his or her best ideas to help the writer achieve his vision.” The band divides tasks equitably with booking and graphic layout being handled by Stanton, recording and associated duties handled by NeSmith and some special online promotion handled by Hix. Reaching into the community, the band enlisted Athens
artist Matt Blanks to do the album’s artwork, another long-time friend Bill Doss (Sunshine Fix, Olivia Tremor Control) to assist with recording and even took under advisement the never understated opinions of local music enthusiast, and occasional record financier, Pierre Gerard-Marchant. While the band has occasionally struggled to connect with audiences, its general trajectory has been upward, albeit perhaps at a slower pace than anticipated. The band cites its tours opening for Apples in Stereo as a particular high point. “I think we all felt some deep satisfaction [on those tours], especially playing places like The Paradise in Boston… I was backstage thinking, ‘XTC sat on this bench in 1980!’” says NeSmith. Hix mentions the band’s performances at the Athens PopFests as particularly memorable as well. (Disclosure: this writer was an organizer of the festival in 2008.) He says, “I know last year having Keith John Adams film our intro from the Beijing Olympics is something that comes to mind immediately. Our best PopFest set had to be two years ago when we got to back up [legendary Austin, TX artist] Daniel Johnston.” Thematically, Modern Silence loosely hinges on aspects of sound, identity and communication, or lack thereof. NeSmith says, “I like records that wrap a bunch of pop songs around a theme. I searched for a unifying theme and failed. Instead this record has a couple of recurring themes. I didn’t know what they were until Don Condescending told me.” The Cookies will undertake an alreadyplanned weeks-long tour in the near future and seem to particularly enjoy this aspect of being a group. Stanton says, “We really love touring, even as exhausting and wallet-draining as it can be. I think we’d do it a whole lot more if we could. I know I would.” Reflecting again on the musical turn the band takes on Modern Silence, Stanton clarifies, “In the past, we’ve kept our experimental tendencies a little more under cover, releasing the weird stuff on tour-only CDRs and the like. For this record, we just decided to do what came from our hearts.” Opening act Marshmallow Coast is also celebrating its CD release Saturday night. See Record Reviews for more on that album. Gordon Lamb
WHO: Casper & the Cookies, Marshmallow Coast, The Lolligags WHERE: Caledonia Lounge WHEN: Saturday, May 30 HOW MUCH: $5 (21+), $7 (18+)
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Tuesday 26 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: “Giddy-Up Go!” (ACC Library) Kick off Summer Reading Program with Calvin Sims, the master storyteller of the American frontier. 2:30 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 KIDSTUFF: Storytime (ACC Library) For ages 18 months to 5 years. 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 LECTURES & LIT.: “Upcoming Election Changes” (ACC Library) Presented by the Athens-Clarke County Board of Elections and Voter Registration. Feel free to bring a lunch to this 45-minute program. 12:15 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. Contact Jeff Tate to sign up. 7 p.m. FREE! 706-6133650, firstname.lastname@example.org MEETINGS: Pub Theology (Trappeze Pub) This month’s topic: “radical theology and the death of god.” Contact Chris for reading materials. 8 p.m. FREE! 706-549-1915, email@example.com GAMES: Drunken Bingo (283 Bar) Great prizes and fun all night long. 10 p.m. FREE! 706-208-1283 GAMES: Flicker Poker Night (Flicker Theatre & Bar) Last Tuesday of every month! 8:30 p.m. www. myspace.com/flickerbar 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 27 EVENTS: An Evening of Good Taste (State Botanical Garden) Tasting, hors d’oeuvres and live music by the Rand Lines Jazz Trio. Sponsored by the UGA Alumni Association. 6–8 p.m. $20. 706542-8199 KIDSTUFF: Eatin’ with the Critters (Sandy Creek Nature Center—ENSAT) Bring a sack lunch for an hour of learning about “Past to Present.” For ages 3–5 with an adult. Call to register. 12:30 p.m. $0–$16. 706-613-3615 KIDSTUFF: Storytime (ACC Library) For ages 18 months to 5 years. 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 KIDSTUFF: Summer Reading Program Kick-Off (Oconee County Library) Pick up your reading logs and celebrate with magician Chad Crews. 2 p.m. FREE! 706-769-3950
KIDSTUFF: Summer Reading Program Kick-Off (Madison County Library) Kick-off party with magician David Ginn. 2 p.m. FREE! 706-795-5597 LECTURES & LIT.: Oconee Dems Book Group (Five Points Deli & More—Epps Bridge) Communitywide book group hosted by the Oconee County Democrats. This month: Adam Hochschild’s awardwinning Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire’s Slaves. Newcomers from any county and of any political affiliation are welcome. 6 p.m. FREE! firstname.lastname@example.org, www. oconeedemocrats.org 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: Trivia (Willy’s Mexicana Grill) Play for prizes every Wednesday. 8–10 p.m. FREE! 706548-1920
Thursday 28 EVENTS: Thursday Night Throwdown (Red Eye Coffee) Friendly competition to bring together and create coffee community. Anybody, whether a coffee professional or home barista, is welcome to participate in the coffee competition. Limited to 30 competitors. 7:30 p.m. $5. 706-369-6850 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 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: Pajama Storytime (Madison County Library) Snuggle in your jammies with your favorite stuffed animal and listen to bedtime stories. Light snack provided. All ages are invited. 7 p.m. FREE! 706795-5597 KIDSTUFF: “Pesky Critters!” (ACC Library) Barbara Dinnan tells cowboy stories and sings songs of the Old West. 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706613-3650 KIDSTUFF: Read to Rover (Oconee County Library) Beginning readers in grades 1–4 read aloud to an aid dog. Trainer always present. Children should choose and supply
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their reading material for “Rover.” 3:30–4:30 p.m. FREE! 706-7693950 LECTURES & LIT.: James Kibler (Borders Books & Music) The UGA English professor discusses and signs copies of his new novel, The Education of Chauncey Doolittle, the third book in his Clay Bank County Series. Also appearing May 30 at Barnes & Noble. 7 p.m. FREE! 706583-8647 LECTURES & LIT.: Labor Law Presentation (Oglethorpe County Library) Civil rights attorney Janet E. Hill discusses potential Supreme Court nominees to replace Justice David Souter as well as the Lilly Ledbetter Equal Pay Act, the Employee Free Choice Act and other labor law issues. 7 p.m. FREE! www. oglethorpedemocrats.org MEETINGS: Clarke County Democratic Committee (Clarke County Courthouse—Grand Jury Room) Monthly meeting of the CCDC. Gail Schrader, Supervisor of Elections and Registration for Athens-Clarke County, will be the featured speaker. All interested persons are invited to attend. 6 p.m. FREE! 706-202-7515 GAMES: Trivia (WOW Café & Wingery) Every Thursday. 706-5435510
Friday 29 ART: Opening Reception (Ciné Barcafé) For exhibit featuring work by recent MFA graduates Stacy Isenbarger and Erin McIntosh. 7–9 p.m. FREE! www.athenscine.com ART: Reception (Healing Arts Centre) For “Reflections of Meditation,” an exhibit featuring paintings by Scott Pridgen of DubConscious. 5–8 p.m. FREE! 706-613-1142 PERFORMANCE: Drag Night (Blur) Every Friday featuring music by DJ Shine[y] before and after the show. 9 p.m. $5. www.myspace.com/ blurathens THEATRE: The Spell of Sleeping Beauty (Seney-Stovall Chapel) Presented by the Athens Little Playhouse and directed by Gloria Kibbe Sams. Discounted tickets: children’s admission $5 on May 31. May 29–30, 7:30 p.m. May 30–31, 2 p.m. $10, $8 (students/seniors). 706-208-1036, www.athenslittleplayhouse.org* OUTDOORS: Starwatch: Shoot the Moon (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: Express Yourself @ the Library Summer Program Kick-Off (Madison County Library) Kick-off for visual arts, theatre, writing and music program in which teens can earn prize vouchers by
Erin McIntosh’s painting “Holding Pattern” is on display at Ciné May 21–June 20. writing book blurbs, attending events and participating in secret “passive programming.” 1 p.m. FREE! 706-795-5597 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: Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art Annual Meeting (Lamar Dodd School of Art) The Friends of the Museum celebrate the past year’s achievements and announce the 2009 recipient of the “Smitty,” the M. Smith Griffith Volunteer of the Year Award. A reception will follow. Event open to the public. 6–8 p.m. FREE! 706542-0437 GAMES: Friendly Friday Night Checkmate (Red Eye Coffee) Bring a board and make a friend. Chess players of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels welcome. Game play lasts until closing. 5 p.m. Minimum purchase of $5. 706-369-6850
Saturday 30 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: Book Sale (Church of the Nations—8780 Macon Highway) Homeschool curricula, children’s books, educational toys, games, videos, music and more will be sold. Bring small bills and change for purchases. Hosted by Athens Area Homeschoolers. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. FREE! 706-353-0808
EVENTS: Film Screening (Lighthouse Christian Fellowship—100 Newton Bridge Rd.) Part of a series of Holocaust movies screened in observance of Holocaust Remembrance. 7 p.m. FREE! 706-244-5308 EVENTS: Pet Adoption (Earth Fare) True Love Canine Rescue invites animal lovers to come see all the dogs that need homes. 12–3 p.m. FREE! 706-227-1717 THEATRE: The Spell of Sleeping Beauty (Seney-Stovall Chapel) Presented by the Athens Little Playhouse and directed by Gloria Kibbe Sams. Discounted tickets: children’s admission $5 on May 31. May 29–30, 7:30 p.m. May 30–31, 2 p.m. $10, $8 (students/seniors). 706-208-1036, www.athenslittleplayhouse.org KIDSTUFF: Family Canoe Day (Sandy Creek Park) View Lake Chapman from a canoe. Basic instruction provided. Ages 8 & up. Pre-registration required by May 29. 10 a.m. $5. 706-613-3631 KIDSTUFF: Kick-Off Party (Oconee County Library) “Duck Into the Library” summer program for teens kicks off with snacks and games. Everyone will get a traveling duck and a disposable camera for recording their duck’s “adventures” throughout the summer. Sign up at the circulation desk. 3 p.m. FREE! 706-769-3950 KIDSTUFF: Walk in the Park (Southeast Clarke Park) Family event featuring parent and child bird walk, dog park agility demo, tennis activities and music. 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3871 LECTURES & LIT.: James Kibler (Barnes and Noble) The UGA English professor signs copies of his new novel, The Education of Chauncey Doolittle, the third book in his Clay Bank County Series. Also appearing May 28 at Borders. 2–4 p.m. FREE! 706-354-1195
Sunday 31 ART: “Crafting Romance” Closing Day (ATHICA) Featuring a raffle, presentations, a panel discussion with artists and a reception. Speakers include Josh Barnett, the founder of GayInAthens, and featured artist Vadis Turner from Brooklyn, NY. Jyl Inov of Flagpole’s Reality Check will also take questions live via cell phone. Closing reception catered by Marti’s at Midday. 3–6 p.m. FREE! www.athica.org ART: Opening Reception (Lyndon House Arts Center) For “Light After Dark,” an exhibition featuring dream-like landscapes by photographers Karekin & Ginger Goekjian. 2–4 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3623 THEATRE: The Spell of Sleeping Beauty (Seney-Stovall Chapel) Presented by the Athens Little Playhouse and directed by Gloria Kibbe Sams. Discounted tickets: children’s admission $5 on May 31. May 29–30, 7:30 p.m. May 30–31, 2 p.m. $10, $8 (students/seniors). 706-208-1036, www.athenslittleplayhouse.org* KIDSTUFF: Secret Agent 23 Skidoo (The Globe) Positive hiphop for kids with a sound that is all grown-up. 2:30 p.m. $5. 706296-7307 LECTURES & LIT.: “The Integration of the University of Georgia” (ACC Library) Presented by Dr. Robert Pratt, head of UGA’s history department. 3 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 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 1 PERFORMANCE: A Midsummer Chamber Concert (UGA Ramsey Concert Hall) A quintet of worldrenowned musicians assembled by Michael Heald, Associate Professor of Violin at UGA, performs. 8 p.m. FREE! www.music.uga.edu KIDSTUFF: Puppet Show (ACC Library) “And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon.” 7 p.m. FREE! 706613-3650 LECTURES & LIT.: Last Monday Book Group (ACC Library—Small Conference Room) This month’s book: The Beautiful and the Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Newcomers welcome. 7 p.m. FREE! 706-6133650 MEETINGS: Federation of Neighborhood Associations (Fire Hall No. 2—489 Prince Avenue) A roundtable of representatives from a variety of Athens neighborhoods will discuss the issues, opportunities and solutions to problems shared by local neighborhoods. 7:30 p.m. FREE! cja@ perigen.com GAMES: Live Trivia (Buffalo’s Southwest Café) Every Monday with Trivia Joe. 7–11 p.m. FREE! 706354-6655 GAMES: Sports Trivia (WOW Café & Wingery) Every Monday. 706543-5510. GAMES: Texas Hold ‘Em (Fat Daddy’s) Every Monday. 6 & 9 p.m. 706-353-0241. GAMES: Trivia (Taco Stand) Every Monday night at the downtown location. 9 p.m. www.thetacostand.com
Tuesday 2 PERFORMANCE: Cabaret Revue with Classic City Arts (Buffalo’s Southwest Café) An evening of ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s and contemporary music by local cabaret performers Scott Earle and Amy Wright. 7:30 p.m. FREE! 706-354-6655 PERFORMANCE: Open TOAD Comedy (Flicker Theatre & Bar) Sign up by 8 p.m. to be funny. 8:30 p.m. FREE! www.myspace.com/ flickerbar KIDSTUFF: Puppet Show (ACC Library) “And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon,” based on the book by Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel. 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 MEETINGS: Great Decisions Discussion Group (ACC Library) 7 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650, jtate@ athenslibrary.org MEETINGS: Mommy Mingle (Young Harris United Methodist Church) Group for new and expecting moms. Meets first Tuesday of every month. 10–11 a.m. FREE! 706-549-6001 GAMES: Drunken Bingo (283 Bar) Great prizes and fun all night long. 10 p.m. FREE! 706-208-1283 GAMES: Locos Trivia (Locos Grill & Pub) All three Athens locations of Locos Grill and Pub (Westside, Eastside and Harris St.) feature trivia night every Tuesday. 8:30 p.m. FREE! www.locosgrill.com
Wednesday 3 KIDSTUFF: Magic Show (Oconee County Library) Magician Keith Karnok and his talking bird Vern
perform dazzling tricks. 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-769-3950 KIDSTUFF: Puppet Show (ACC Library) 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 KIDSTUFF: Spanish Storytime (ACC Library) Led by UGA student volunteers from the Department of Language and Literacy Education. 5 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 GAMES: Rock Star Game Night (Wild Wing Café) Try your luck as a virtual musician! Every Wednesday. 9 p.m. www.wildwingcafe.com 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: 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 ART: Five Points Art Fest 6/6 (Five Points) Paintings, hand-crafted jewelry, ceramics, drawings and more are on display on the lawns of Five Points boutiques. Light refreshments. 2–7 p.m. FREE! www. visit5points.com ART: JB & Friends Pottery and Art Show and Sale (1790 Salem Road—Farmington) Featuring work by Carter Gillies, Caryn Curry, Jim Peckham, Michael Pierce, Keen Zero, Rebecca Wood and Jeff Bishoff. June 6, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. June 7, 12–5 p.m. 706-769-8401 EVENTS: Farmer for a Day 6/6 (Roots Farm CSA—Winterville) Athens Locally Grown hosts second of six monthly tours highlighting the benefits of sustainable agricultural practices. Lunch provided. Carpooling available. Limited space, email to register. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. FREE! email@example.com 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 and demonstrations of 19thcentury living. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $8 (adults), $6 (seniors & children). www.harrishomestead.com ART: Summer Pottery Sale (Carter Gillies Pottery—572 Nantahala Ave.) Handmade pieces by local artists Geoff & Lisa Pickett, Jim Peckham, Jeff Bishoff and Carter Gillies. June 13–14, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. 706-546-7235 ART: Washington Art Stroll 6/13 (Downtown Washington) Five studios and galleries will be open to the public. Maps provided. Coupons for free drinks at lunch and dinner. 11 a.m.–8 p.m. FREE! 706-486-6808, www.washingtonartstroll.com EVENTS: Classic City Rollergirls Bout 6/13 (Skate-A-Round USA) The Classic City Rollergirls take on the Low County High Rollers in their first home bout of the season. 7 p.m. $10 (adults), $5 (ages 6–10), FREE! (ages 6 & under). www.classiccityrollergirls.com* LECTURES & LIT.: “Abraham Lincoln: A Journey through Historiography” 6/14 (ACC Library) Steve Schaefer conducts a breakneck tour of the Lincoln literature from the past 144 years. 3 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 EVENTS: Star Spangled Classic 7/4 (Bishop Park) Featuring inflatables, old-fashioned family games, a dunking booth, children’s art activities, music and concessions.
Culminates with a movie in the park that will replace the traditional fireworks display. 6 p.m. FREE! 706613-3589 * Advance Tickets Available
Live Music Tuesday 26 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 CHRISSAKES Local hardcore band with haunting, brooding guitar riffs and explosive, screaming vocals. THRONES Solo project of Joe Preston (Harvey Milk, Earth, The Melvins) on Southern Lord. Farm 255 11 p.m. FREE! www.farm255.com DAN NETTLES Celebrated local jazz musician known for his work fronting Kenosha Kid. Fat Daddy’s 10 p.m. FREE! 706-353-0241 KARAOKE Every Tuesday, 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* THE DROVERS OLD TIME MEDICINE SHOW This South Carolina bluegrass band got its start as a back porch honky tonk act. The Old Time Medicine show still delivers its bluegrass with a good dose of humor. Tasty World 10 p.m. $5. www.tastyworld.net 13 DAY MISSION Atlanta duo that plays propulsive, dynamic instrumental rock inspired by The Mars Volta and Trans Am. BEATRIX KIDDO Athens’ own Beatrix Kiddo offers post-rock that will appeal to fans of Sonic Youth, Mission of Burma and the like. JACOB’S LADDER Prog rock finds a funky and weird home with this Raleigh-based Rush cover band. KID:NAP:KIN Haphazard and abrasive, Boston’s Kid:Nap:Kin pounds out odd-meter rhythms and jazzinfused melodies that are replete with distorted guitar and dissonant harmonizations. MILES FROM PANGAEA Marietta band aiming for Floyd-styled psychedelia, but mixed with a heavy amount of modern emo-rock sounds and jam-band proclivities. THE VINYL STRANGERS Timelessly charming classic-sounding pop rock reminiscent of early Beatles and Byrds. Wild Wing Café 10 p.m. FREE! www.wildwingcafe.com KARAOKE Every Tuesday night at the downtown wing chain’s upstairs space.
Wednesday 27 40 Watt Club 10 p.m. $3 (21+), $5 (18+). www.40watt.com A POSTWAR DRAMA Cowboy soul from North Country featuring help
from local musicians and tunes for the dusty trail. DEAD DOG Local band delivers frenetic, spunky lo-fi punk delivered with a pop smile. WITCHES Local rock band featuring Cara Beth Satalino on lead vocals backed by a drummer and bassist. Influences include The Breeders and Neil Young. Alibi 8 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 THE PLAGUE One of the original Athens punk bands formed in the ‘80s, The Plague was revitalized in 2005 and continues to tear it up with dark, angular rock. VIETNAM One of the original postpunk/hard new wave bands of the early ‘80s Atlanta scene. VieTNam reformed just a few years ago, playing PopFest in 2007. See story on p. 16. Fat Daddy’s 10 p.m.–1 a.m. FREE! 706-353-0241 OPEN MIC Every Wednesday featuring Avery Dylan. Flicker Theatre & Bar 8:30 p.m. $5. www.myspace.com/ flickerbar MOTHS Featuring Jacob Morris (Ham1). SWEETBOX New local band plays swampy, lumbering psychedelic blues with wailing sax. Features members of Mother Jackson plus Jacob Morris, Kate Mikulka, Jef Whatley and other guests. TOMMY TELEVISION Moths bassist performs hip-hip improv. Harry Bissett’s Bayou Grill 6 p.m. FREE! 706-552-1193 KIP JONES TRIO Many of Jones’ tunes split between the reflective acoustic territory of Harvest-era Neil Young and the country-infused rock of ‘80s-era Steve Earle. Kingpins Bowl & Brew 8 p.m.–Midnight. www.kingpinsbowlandbrew.com NORMALTOWN KARAOKE Every Wednesday night in the Terrapin Grill and Tap Room. The Max Canada 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-254-3392* THE DUMPS With four veterans of the local punk scene at the helm, The Dumps deliver angular metal licks with lots of dual screaming over sludgy grooves, making for one intense rock performance. HOT BREATH Thrash trio featuring members of Garbage Island and S.V.A. MUSIC HATES YOU High-energy and higher volume, Music Hates You plays a dirty kind of punk metal. There’s red clay under the fingernails of this fist raised against authority. The Melting Point 7 p.m. $8 (adv.), $10 (door). www. meltingpointathens.com* THE INCREDIBLE SANDWICH Athens-based instrumental jam band with some tropical leanings. LINGO Funky, soulful jam band from Marietta that recently recorded its debut album with John Keane here in town. The Office Lounge 9:30 p.m. FREE! 706-549-0840 KARAOKE Every Wednesday with Stan.
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THE CALENDAR! Tasty World 10 p.m. $5. www.tastyworld.net HELEN, DODGE Local Americana act that began as a songwriter-in-theround on a back porch and has now finally cemented into a full-fledged band featuring Neal Canup, Mark Cunningham, Roger Alan Wade and Corey Holland performing both original music and obscure covers.
rock star game night
napoleon solo friday night rocks
mister fernando saturday live music with
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team trivia! mondays
food & bev night 312 E. Washington Street 706-227-WING (9464) wildwingcafe.com
40 Watt Club 10 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). www.40watt.com ALL-CITY CANNONBALLERS Local songwriter J.S. Dillard fronts ACC, formerly known as Honey. If you’re into swell classic rock like Creedence, The Faces, T. Rex, the Stones and Tom Petty, you’ll find a lot to like here. THE IBILISI TAKEDOWN This Athens band plays energetic Southern rock and sultry blues punctuated by fiddle, harmonica and guitar. LONA Local Southern rock band fronted by Clay Leverett and featuring members of other bands such as Hayride, Star Room Boys and Drip. Alibi 9 p.m.–1 a.m. FREE! 706-549-1010 “STAN’S ALMOST FAMOUS KARAOKE” Karaoke lady Lynn is your energetic host for the night. Every Thursday. Caledonia Lounge 10 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). www.caledonialounge.com JUNGOL Experimental electronic rock from Atlanta that ranges from ethereal to aggressive with operatic pop vocals. KEBERT XELA With Chris Howe currently on tour with Virginia band Shapiro, the other half of Kebert Xela (Doug Saylor) will be manning the mountain of electronics tonight with a little help from some friends. TODAY THE MOON, TOMORROW THE SUN Endearing electro-rock from Atlanta featuring sweet and strong female vocals backed by fierce guitars. See Record Reviews on p. 13. Farm 255 11 p.m. FREE! www.farm255.com CHIP MCKENZIE The Still, Small Voice and the Joyful Noise frontman plays a solo set. Flicker Theatre & Bar 8:30 p.m. $5. www.myspace.com/ flickerbar THE HEAP Local indie-soul band that’s been praised by the likes of Violent Femmes and Kevn Kinney. VINYL STRANGERS Timelessly charming classic-sounding pop rock reminiscent of early Beatles and Byrds. Georgia Theatre 10 p.m. $5. www.georgiatheatre.com* 3 FOOT SWAGGER Local band featuring musicians Dave Cardello, Jake Cohen, Scott Lerch, Charlie McCoy and Jeff Reusche. The Swagger plays dynamic, high-energy rock and roll with a lot of funk. Girasoles 6–9 p.m. FREE! 706-310-0410 SONNY GOT BLUE Local jazz group featuring James Goodhand (bass), George Davidson (tenor sax), Andrew Murdison (trumpet) and Karl Friday (drums) plays swing and Latin jazz standards for the dinner crowd every Thursday.
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Go Bar 9 p.m. www.myspace.com/gobar “DR. FRED’S KARAOKE” Hosted by karaoke fanatic John “Dr. Fred” Bowers, every Thursday, following the live music. MURDER MEDIA Hardcore punk out of South Carolina. REEKS OF FAILURE Three-piece punk band that takes its cues from bands like Bad Religion, Jawbreaker, Minor Threat, The Descendants and Face to Face. SMEGMA Featuring members of scrappy punk band Rockspring Destroyers. The Melting Point Athens 441. 8 p.m. $5 (adv.), $7 (door). www.meltingpointathens. com* DEAD CONFEDERATE With its moody, dark weaving of Southern rock and grunge, Dead Confederate is quickly ascending in popularity across the nation and beyond. PARKER GISPERT The Whigs’ lead vocalist, guitarist and keyboardist gives an opening solo performance accompanied by Matt Stossel. See Calendar Pick on p. 20. No Where Bar 11 p.m. 706-546-4742 ADAM PAYNE BAND Payne’s impressively versatile tenor is somewhat reminiscent of Neil Young’s nasal delivery. Payne writes songs with a lot of heart—the kind of tunes that can either make you tear up or laugh out loud. The Office Lounge 6–8 p.m. FREE! 706-549-0840 JOANNE PARKS TIDWELL This singer-songwriter from Jackson, MS covers all the classics plus some new popular music in her own style. Rye Bar 10 p.m. www.myspace.com/ryebarathens UP WITH THE JONESES Peppy, upbeat melodic rock four-piece out of Chattanooga, TN that is into incorporating some country-style vocal harmonies and is heavy on energetic stage antics.
Tasty World 10 p.m. $5. www.tastyworld.net THE CHRIS DEMARCO BAND Last year, the titular frontman from this Georgia-based classic rock band released his “lost tracks” from the ‘70s and ‘80s alongside his most recent spacey new wave and synth sound. LEAVING ARABY Pop-rock quartet with a style akin to yesteryear radio sweethearts Goo Goo Dolls, Gin Blossoms and the like. MEGAFAUNA Energetic distorted guitar riffs, lilting female vocals and straightforward drums highlight this Austin indie band’s chaotic music. Terrapin Beer Co. 5:30 p.m. www.terrapinbeer.com JAZZCHRONIC Local five-piece band JazzChronic explores freaky, funky, psychedelic fusion jazz while incorporating rock, R&B, heavy beats and more into the stew. Wild Wing Café 9 p.m. FREE! www.wildwingcafe.com NAPOLEON SOLO This multitasking one-man rock band handles it all.
Friday 29 40 Watt Club 9 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). www.40watt. com THE CORDUROY Colorado’s The Corduroy provides a groovy blend of funk, blues and Americana complete with alto sax, flute, guitar and bass. MAMA’S LOVE Young, funky jam band from right here in Athens. Alibi 9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-1010 HAMMERSTRAT Blues-heavy Southern rock based in Statham, formerly known as The Rustlers. Caledonia Lounge 10 p.m. $6 (21+), $8 (18+). www.caledonialounge.com THE CLASSIC BASTARDS Members of the Primus Cover Band offer original songs with a similar cheeky, funk-metal swagger. And if they sneak in a few covers… is it luck? GAYLORD This Atlanta-via-Rochester, NY prog-metal band experiments with genres such as electronica, jazz, funk and surf rock.
LAZER/WÜLF This local avant-metal trio mixes in prog, thrash as well as more eclectic influences, and was named the 2008 Flagpole Band of the Year. The group recently released its debut LP, The Void That Isn’t. Ciné Barcafé “Las Venas Abiertas de America Latina.” 9 p.m. $5. www.athenscine. com INCATEPEC A combination of traditional tunes from South America and Cuba with a unique jazz twist. Tonight is a special performance in honor of the indigenous people of Latin America. Aerial dancers will also perform. ONE L Local band One L plays AfroCuban-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. Crossroads Community Church 6 p.m. $5. 706-247-6322. SCARLET SNOW Local band Scarlet Snow (Ian Canalis, Mike Cowan and Suzanne Cowan) offers melodic Christian rock in a Coldplay/U2-lite vein. All proceeds tonight benefit the church’s mission project in Varna, Bulgaria. Farm 255 11 p.m. FREE! www.farm255.com BRIAN CONNELL Local musician whose original songs are in the classic spirit of Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan. ROMANENKO Local trio draws from ‘70s pop and folk with a modern rock edge, like Mary Timony fronting the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Fat Daddy’s 9 p.m. FREE! 706-353-0241 IMPULSE RIDE Covers and some ‘90s alternative rock-sounding originals. The group has opened for the Goo Goo Dolls and Third Eye Blind. Flicker Theatre & Bar 8:30 p.m. $5. www.myspace.com/ flickerbar PATRICK CAREY The Ginger Envelope frontman plays slowrolling countryish pop marked by
Thursday, May 28
Megafauna, Leaving Araby, The Chris DeMarco Band Tasty World Remember the shock of seeing Jucifer for the first time? The adrenaline jolt of seeing lead singer Amber Valentine shred her guitar in a one-million-notes-aMegafauna second blast of power? If that experience is worth reliving, be sure to check out Austin’s Megafauna. Megafauna lead singer and chief songwriter Dani Neff may not be the heavy metal hero that Valentine is, but she does share the dubious reputation for lulling the casual and presumptive listener into thinking that her band may be something a bit softer, a bit quieter and a bit more laid back than the grunge rock and metal-inspired guitar madness than it unleashes. And Neff is quite used to preconceived notions about being in a female-fronted band. “There’s a stereotype with people assuming what kind of music we play. Actually, the paper in Chicago described us as a folk-pop band, and I don’t know how, but it’s great to mess with people’s expectations,” says Neff. Megafauna’s roots aren’t in the flowery pop of Joni Mitchell or the angst-ridden dirges of Tori Amos, instead Neff and fellow bandmembers Will Krause and Cameron Page craft music with a bit more muscle and masculine influences. For those who are in the know, expect a great evening of powerful guitar rock with ethereal vocals, and be sure not to ruin the surprise for those who have no idea. Music starts at 10 p.m., and the show costs $5 at the door. [Jason Bugg]
breezy, melodic sounds with chiming acoustic and electric sounds and vocal melodies. THAYER SARRANO Local singersongwriter and multi-instrumentalist with lovely, airy vocals singing dark, gentle melodies over guitar while backed by lap steel, bass and drums. Georgia Theatre 10 p.m. $5. www.georgiatheatre.com* THE ARCS Local act featuring former members of Athens cream-of-thecrop pop rock acts The Possibilities and Ceiling Fan. GIFT HORSE Athens’ Gift Horse is as dark and brooding as it is sensual. The ominous yet sparse tones creep and ache with tingling reverb. New record coming soon! HAM1 Their lastest record, The Underground Stream, offers a breezy take on straight-ahead ‘60s garage rock, brightened by swoon-worthy harmonies and a pop sensibility. DJ KURT WOOD Spinning danceable selections from his expansive vinyl collection featuring garage, soul, funk, R&B and surf. DJ OTHER VOICES OTHER ROOMS Spinning rock, soul, rap, punk, ‘60s girl groups and dubstep. Harry Bissett’s Bayou Grill 6 p.m. FREE! 706-552-1193 GROGUS The local and long-running Grogus ensemble plays jazz and salsa accentuated with reggae, hiphop and Afro-Cuban styles. KEVIN HYDE TRIO Local jazz ensemble. Madison County Library 7 p.m. FREE! 706-795-5597 PAT SHIELDS AND THE GEORGIA MUDCATS Homegrown bluegrass. Bring a picnic supper or purchase a meal from on-site vendors. The Melting Point 9 p.m. $10 (adv.), $15 (door). www. meltingpointathens.com* STRAWBERRY FLATS Southern rock from local music vets John Keane, Scott Sanders, Tim White and Deane Quinter. Impressive playing to support their especially impressive musical resumes. The Office Lounge 9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-0840 THE R.I.B.S. With energetic Southern and classic rock originals and covers, this band hopes to “inspire redneck behavior.” Rye Bar 10 p.m. www.myspace.com/ryebarathens FOUNDER AND THE INVISIBLES Local singer-songwriter and UGA student Drew Dixon’s band accompanies his John Mayer-like vocals with blues and soul-inspired arrangements. LASSIEZ FUNK Local up-and-comers play funk-jam fusion plus a variety of covers. Tasty World 10 p.m. $5. www.tastyworld.net MORPHEUS MOVEMENT Local Athens group plays industrial synth pop. Terrapin Beer Co. 5:30 p.m. www.terrapinbeer.com 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. Wild Wing Café 9 p.m. FREE! www.wildwingcafe.com MR. FERNANDO This Atlanta-based alt-grunge band’s sound calls to
mind Alice in Chains and Stone Temple Pilots.
FRIDAY, JUNE 5
CARLA LeFEVER AND THE RAYS THE R.I.B.S. ROYAL BLUE AND THE STONE GRIFTERS CHRIS MOORE
WUGA 91.7 FM 4 p.m. FREE! www.wuga.org “IT’S FRIDAY!” The UGA Jazz Band will perform on the local radio station’s weekly program. University Cable Channel 15 will also broadcast the show.
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Saturday 30 283 Bar 10 p.m. FREE! 706-208-1283 DJ ROYALE C.K. of Electa Villain and Velveteen Pink spins all the dance hits. 40 Watt Club “Get Your Shine On.” 9 p.m. $7 (21+), $9 (18+). www.40watt.com COLLECTIVE EFFORTS Progressive hip-hop crew out of Atlanta. These talented emcees are eager to put on a show, and their live performances are just as engaging as the records. ENTROPY Frequently accompanied by backup singers, guest percussionists and a horn section, this Atlanta band plays soulful funk-fusion. See Calendar Pick on p. 22. DJ P.O.D.O. Spinning and mixing club “drumbassics” for the masses. SEA DUB Local DJ Colin Williams spins and mixes dubstep. Alibi Alibi 2nd Annual Anniversary Party. 9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-1010 BEARFOOT HOOKERS This rowdy local band performs funky, goodhumored country. It’s beer-drinkin’ gospel. Also tonight, as part of Alibi’s 2nd Anniversary celebration, there will be a bikini contest and Keno. Allen’s Bar & Grill 9:30 p.m. FREE! www.allensbarandgrill. com SUNSET CARCRASH This Atlanta band plays mellow folk with off-beat rhythms and poppy vocals. The Athens Farmers Market 10 a.m. FREE! www.athensfarmersmarket.net 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. 8 a.m. FREE! www.athensfarmersmarket.net FIDDLE-DW Bluegrass! Blur 9 p.m. www.myspace.com/blurathens DJ ISAAC M Longtime Boneshakers/ Kultur Lounge deejay Isaac McCalla mixes electro dance house tunes. Caledonia Lounge 10 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). www.caledonialounge.com CASPER & THE COOKIES Reminiscent of bands like Talking Heads and The Beatles, local poprock superpower Casper & the Cookies plays a diverse set of songs built around one concept: fun. The band will celebrate the release of their new album Modern Silence. See story on p. 17. THE LOLLIGAGS Danceable yet dark electro tunes comprise The Lolligags’ latest record, Out of Perversity Join Hands. MARSHMALLOW COAST Local group that once featured smooth and airy, swirly indie-pop celebrates the release of its funky new album, Phreak Phantasy. See record review on p. 13.
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THE CALENDAR! Farm 255 11 p.m. FREE! www.farm255.com HOLA HALO “’70s keys, dripping guitars and marching band drums” are the specialty of this local band. Fat Daddy’s 9 p.m. FREE! 706-353-0241 LANEY STRICKLAND BAND Classic Southern rock with bluesy riffs, wailing organ and soulful vocals. Flicker Theatre & Bar 8:30 p.m. $5. www.myspace.com/ flickerbar DON CHAMBERS This local favorite’s whiskey-soaked bootstomps capture a certain dusty closing-time chic. Rough and tumble vocals scratch and howl over rootsy guitars, banjo and pedal steel. CLAY LEVERETT One of this town’s finest country frontmen, Leverett has led both The Chasers and Lona. Georgia Theatre 9 p.m. $10. www.georgiatheatre.com* KINCHAFOONEE COWBOYS These Georgia Theatre favorites dish out modern country originals and radio hits. The Globe 10 p.m. FREE! 706-353-4721 GUNSON ROSES Brad Gunson’s NYC powerhouse quartet plays visceral jazz and bizarre originals. Gunson leads the band on guitartron; local Dave Spivey will join them on piano for a few tunes. Go Bar 10 p.m. www.myspace.com/gobar “LATE NITE DISCO” The house deejay and occasional special guests spin a cool mix of disco, New Wave and modern dance tunes for a sweaty and energetic closing-time crowd. Dance party begins after the live music. Every Saturday. Harry Bissett’s Bayou Grill 5 p.m. FREE! 706-552-1193 AVERY DYLAN PROJECT Guitarist Avery Dylan turns out electric blues backed by Clint Swords and Mike Strickland. CLARENCE “BIG C” CAMERON Local bluesman and UGA grad Clarence Cameron takes inspiration from artists like B.B. King, Muddy Waters and Buddy Guy. THE HEALERS Local bona fide hardcore blues band recently reformed featuring its original ‘90s lineup: Donny Ray Simonds, John Straw, John Davis, Jimmy Bolman and Steve Harding. Look for a new John Keane-produced album out this summer. Little Kings Shuffle Club 4th Annual Jam for Justice. 3–6 p.m. $5 (suggested donation). www.myspace.com/littlekingsshuffleclub LERALYNN The tender, jazzy folk voice behind Birds+Wire. Proceeds from tonight’s performance benefit Athens Justice Project, a local nonprofit dedicated to stopping the cycle of crime and poverty in our community. WILMA Local singer/songwriter performs delicate, inspiring musings on acoustic guitar influenced by artists like Joni Mitchell and Etta James. The Melting Point 9 p.m. $12 (adv.), $15 (door). www. meltingpointathens.com DODD FERRELLE WITH DAVID VANWYCK Featuring a stripped down set of the new Ferrelle album Lonely Parades plus some even newer songs and oldies thrown in
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the mix. VanWyck played on the record and currently plays cello and glockenspiel in Ferrelle’s band. JIM WHITE Local singer/songwriter with a rising national profile, noted for his expert storytelling and tender vocals. The Office Lounge Grand Opening Party! 7 p.m. FREE! 706-546-8209 GRAINS OF SAND This cover band performs classic Motown hits. Rye Bar 10 p.m. www.myspace.com/ryebarathens EDDIE & THE PUBLIC SPEAKERS Local blues-funk trio led by frontman Eddie Speaker. Tasty World Mantooth Music Presents. 10 p.m. FREE! www.tastyworld.net BOHDI ZAFFA Atlanta band featuring Sean Peiffer of Lazer/Wülf fame plays jazzy surf metal. BURDEN Aggressive yet melodic group featuring robust vocal harmonies and metal guitar licks. DJ DJ Spinning in between bands. UTAH Head banging three-piece featuring Wil “Mantooth” Smith on guitar, venturing through rapid tempo changes and monster riffs. Terrapin Beer Co. 5:30 p.m. www.terrapinbeer.com DEAD STICK LANDING Eclectic local “technically minded power trio” Dead Stick Landing claims influences such as Frank Zappa, 311, Soundgarden, Umphrey’s McGee and Ween. Wild Wing Café 9 p.m. FREE! www.wildwingcafe.com JUSTIN BROGDON Rock vet Justin Brogdon puts a lot of Southern soul into his epic songs—drawing from artists like The Black Crowes and Tom Petty. His all-American sound owes a lot to his all-star backing band: drummer Carlton Owens (Squat), bassist Stephen Spivey (Tishamingo), keyboardist/guitarist Jess Franklin (Tishamingo) and lead guitarist Benji Shanks (Last Waltz Ensemble).
Sunday 31 Farm 255 10 p.m. FREE! www.farm255.com 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. The Globe 2:30 p.m. $5. 706-296-7307 SECRET AGENT 23 SKIDOO Positive hip-hop for kids with a sound that is all grown-up. Harry Bissett’s Bayou Grill 1:30 p.m. FREE! 706-552-1193 KYSHONA ARMSTRONG Local songstress Kyshona sings soulful ballads over acoustic guitar. She has been compared to Tracy Chapman, Diana Krall and Dionne Farris. LIGHTHOUSE GOSPELETTES This Athens family of musicians performs exciting, authentic gospel in traditional a cappella style. THE SPLITZ BAND This Atlanta cover group specializes in Motown
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as well as other mellow sounds from the ‘60s to the present. Jittery Joe’s Coffee “Luau On the Porch.” 4 p.m. FREE! 706-227-4291 KINKY WAIKIKI Featuring members of Kenosha Kid, Birds and Wire, Pride Parade, Vigilantes of Love and Big C and the Ringers, this group plays modern arrangements of traditional Hawaiian music, with a little Western Swing thrown in the mix. Call it steel guitar cocktail music. Jot ‘Em Down Country Store & BBQ 3 p.m. FREE! 706-549-2110. KIP JONES Many of Jones’ tunes split between the reflective acoustic territory of Harvest-era Neil Young and the country-infused rock of ‘80s-era Steve Earle.
Monday 1 Caledonia Lounge 10 p.m. $10 (21+), $12 (18+). www. caledonialounge.com A STORM OF LIGHT This post-rock, doom metal band from NYC experiments with the pedal steel guitar among other instruments to create a dark and black atmospheric sound. KRALLICE This experimental band from NYC produces a heavy, progressive black metal sound that layers noise and post-rock riffs. WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM Olympia, WA’s Wolves in the Throne Room creates cinematic metal marked by ghoulishly dark ambiance and drone. See story on p. 15. Ciné Barcafé 6–8:30 p.m. FREE! www.athenscine. com OPEN JAZZ JAM Calling all jazz musicians. Now you can join local jazz group Sonny Got Blue every Monday for an open mic jam. Note the new location! Fat Daddy’s 9 p.m. FREE! 706-353-0241 JOE COOK Acoustic covers and originals. Tasty World 10 p.m. $5. www.tastyworld.net AMERICAN ENCORE This Atlantabased alt-rock band dabbles in screamo and heavy metal riffs within a radio-ready sound.
Tuesday 2 Fat Daddy’s 10 p.m. FREE! 706-353-0241 KARAOKE Every Tuesday, with Lynn. The Melting Point 8:30 p.m. $30 (adv), $35 (door). www. meltingpointathens.com* LITTLE FEAT Founding vocalist and keyboardist Bill Payne and drummer Richie Hayward continue their 40year tenure in Little Feat with their signature bluesy, funk-rock sound. Early show! On the patio. 6–8 p.m. $3. www.meltingpointathens.com* MAYHEM STRING BAND Veteran instrumental bluegrass quintet from Mississippi performs for the Terrapin Tuesday Bluegrass Series on the patio. Tasty World 10 p.m. $5. www.tastyworld.net BUNNY CARLOS Longtime Athenians Doug Pynn (guitar, vocals), Bill Bokas (drums, vocals) and Mike Flynn (bass), formerly of Barking Charlie, play “rock and roll the way it was meant to be played.” HALF DOZEN BRASS BAND Highly praised local ensemble, and Athens’
Saturday, May 30
Entropy, Collective Efforts, DJ SeaDUB 40 Watt Club Energetic funk band Entropy first got its groove a decade ago, and Athens partied like it was 1999 (well, it was) with the dudes for a couple of years. ‘Round Entropy about mid-decade, though, Entropy up and split for big-time Atlanta. It was a wise move for the band, whose members had been back and forth between the cities for years. Consolidating in the bigger city allowed for a bigger audience, and if there’s one thing niche-interest bands in Athens have found, it’s that the high performer-to-audience-member ratio makes it difficult to breach the threshold of interested observers. Some stay in Athens but hit the road more and more (DubConscious, Of Montreal), while some leave town altogether. Entropy is of the latter category, and its 2005 settling in the ATL has been good for the gang. What once was a trio back in its Athenian days (Tasty World gigs, service industry jobs, Flagpole Athens Music Awards, etc.) has ballooned upwards to a core quintet but often grows further with a full brass section, getting the numbers up into double digits. Entropy’s a little hippie-fied, but plays a horn-heavy funk that veers between organic granola jams and deeper, bass-heavy hip-hop stuff. The horns keep the band rooted in funk’s soulful history, but Jim Coley’s rubbery bass lines owe a heavy debt to late-’70s funk and George Clinton’s spaced-out family in particular. Currently prepping for a tour to Colorado, the band will perform at a number of breweries before heading out on a more extended tour to hit up some summer festivals. Crawl, the band’s latest album, was released in 2007, while a new one called A.R.O. is set for later this year. Vocalist-heavy and stylistically progressive ATL hip-hop crew Collective Efforts opens, with Athens guy Colin Williams providing “dubstep, gangster-rap and bass-heavy dance” sounds throughout the night as DJ SeaDUB. [Chris Hassiotis]
only New Orleans-style brass band, claims Rebirth, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Youngblood Brass Band as influences. 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).
Wednesday 3 40 Watt Club 8 p.m. $15 (adv). www.40watt.com* THE ENGLISH BEAT Influential UK band that plays two-tone ska revival that fuses pop, soul, reggae and punk rock. This tour honors the band’s 30th anniversary. OUTLAW NATION New Orleans’ Outlaw Nation plays funky hip-hop and reggae beats. Caledonia Lounge 10 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). www.caledonialounge.com DELETED SCENES Eclectic indie rock that shares a lot with The Shins and a little with Vampire Weekend. HOWLIES Buzz band from Atlanta, formerly Moresight, devours ‘60s garage, ATL crunk and doo-wop on the new record produced by legendary ‘60s acid-punk maestro Kim Fowley. Fat Daddy’s 10 p.m.–1 a.m. FREE! 706-353-0241 OPEN MIC Every Wednesday featuring Avery Dylan. Flicker Theatre & Bar 8:30 p.m. $5. www.myspace.com/ flickerbar* CATAWBA Local four-piece plays mellow indie rock informed by windswept Americana. TREES LEAVE Nashville duo offers alt-folk originals and re-woven traditionals via guitar, fiddle and dual vocals.
Georgia Theatre 10 p.m. $15 (adv), $20 (door). www. georgiatheatre.com* LUKE BRYAN Capitol Records Nashville recording artist Luke Bryan is a down-home country boy with straightforward, honest songs delivered with authentic Southern twang. FAST RYDE With solid, heavy hitting drums, rockin’ guitars and hooks that you can sing for days, this Nashville band provides energetic tunes for both the classic and the progressive country music fan. Harry Bissett’s Bayou Grill 6 p.m. FREE! 706-552-1193 TONGUE N GROOVE The acoustic trio of Henry Williams, Don Henderson and Amy Moon plays lively originals and classic acoustic rock covers. The Melting Point 8 p.m. $5. www.meltingpointathens. com* THE DONNER PARTY This Pogues tribute band features “drinking songs, traditional singalongs, more drinking songs, and also some songs for drinking to.” The all-star cast features members of local bands Olympus Mans, Half Dozen Brass Band, Greyhounds and Positraxion. ONE L Local band One L plays AfroCuban-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. * Advance Tickets Available
Down the Line 6/4 Don Chambers / Druid City / Ginger Envelope (40 Watt Club) 6/4 Garbage Island (Caledonia Lounge)
6/4 Megan Baer (Flicker Theatre & Bar) 6/4 Zach Deputy (Georgia Theatre)* 6/4 Carla LeFever (Roadhouse) 6/4 Splatty Ninjas (Terrapin Beer Co.) 6/4 JazzChronic (The Melting Point)* 6/4 Napoleon Solo (Wild Wing Café) 6/5 Carla LeFever and The Rays / Chris Moore / The R.I.B.S. / Royal Blue and the Stone Grifters / We Are the Gold Machine (40 Watt Club) 6/5 The Empties / Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (Georgia Theatre)* 6/5 Dusty Lightswitch / Reeks of Failure (Rye Bar) 6/5 The Incredible Sandwich (Tasty World) 6/5 Grant Haze (Terrapin Beer Co.) 6/6 Albatross / Rollin’ Home (40 Watt Club) 6/6 Kaitlin Jones and the Country Fair / Monkey (Five Points) 6/6 Holman Autry Band (Georgia Theatre)* 6/6 Corleone (Rye Bar) 6/6 The Bridges / The Desarios / Tealvox (Tasty World) 6/6 Harp Unstrung (Terrapin Beer Co.) 6/6 Hope for Agoldensummer / Kate Morrissey (The Athens Farmers Market) 6/6 Delta Moon / EG Kight (The Melting Point)* 6/8 Sons of Sailors (Ashford Manor) 6/8 Joe Cook (Fat Daddy’s) 6/8 Post Honeymoon / Sir Richard Bishop (Tasty World) 6/8 AthFest Sampler Hoot (The Melting Point) 6/9 Among the Oak & Ash / Futurebirds / Jessica Lea Mayfield (40 Watt Club)* 6/9 Redline Express (The Melting Point)* 6/11 All the Saints / Ted Leo & the Pharmacists / Titus Andronicus (40 Watt Club)* 6/11 HER & Kings County (Georgia Theatre)
6/11 Ashutto Mirra (Rye Bar) 6/12 Steve Soto and the Twisted Hearts / X (40 Watt Club)* 6/12 Abbey Road LIVE! (Georgia Theatre)* 6/12 NoStar (Rye Bar) 6/12 Roy Schneider (Terrapin Beer Co.) 6/12 Fiction Family (The Melting Point) 6/13 Pattern is Movement / St. Vincent (40 Watt Club)* 6/13 11 Year Anniversary Celebration (Blind Pig Tavern) 6/13 The Best Brothers / Amber Lynn (Rye Bar) 6/13 Little Malcolm and the Houserockers (The Melting Point) 6/13 Three 7s (The Office Lounge) 6/16 Christabel & The Jons (The Melting Point) 6/18 The Corduroy Road / Dodd Ferrelle / Robert Gomez (40 Watt Club) 6/18 JazzChronic (No Where Bar) 6/18 Princess Idiot (Terrapin Beer Co.) 6/18 Geoff Achison / Yonrico Scott Band (The Melting Point) 6/19 Nana Grizol / Sea of Dogs (40 Watt Club) 6/19 Perpetual Groove (Georgia Theatre)* 6/19 Founder and the Invisibles (Rye Bar) 6/19 Dusty Lightswitch (Terrapin Beer Co.) 6/20 Hold Cell / The Rattlers (40 Watt Club) 6/20 Albatross (Rye Bar) 6/20 Scarlet Snow (Terrapin Beer Co.) 6/22 The Highballs (Ashford Manor) 6/23 The New Familiars (The Melting Point) 6/24 The Extraordinaires (Go Bar) 6/24 The Constellations (Rye Bar) 6/24 Ashutto Mirra / Leading Edge (The Melting Point) 6/25 Coco Ri Co / Green Gerry / Power Animal (Go Bar) 6/25 Jon Mark Thoms (Rye Bar) 6/25 Chip McKenzie and Jef Whatley / Garbage Island / Holy Liars / Retric (The Max Canada) 6/25–6/29 AthFest (40 Watt Club) 6/26 Excali Brah / Tealvox / Those Darlins (AthFest Hull Street Stage) 6/26 The Black Lips / Dead Confederate (AthFest Main Stage) 6/26 Noot d’ Noot / Puddin’ Tang / Quiet Hooves / Rump Posse (Farm 255) 6/26 Creepy / Madeline / Moths (Flicker Theatre & Bar) 6/26 Deaf Judges / Lazer/Wülf / Marriage / We Versus the Shark (Georgia Theatre) 6/26 Brave New Citizen / Fire Zuave / Our New Silence / Etienne de Rocher (Little Kings Shuffle Club) 6/26 3 Foot Swagger / Grant Mitchell (Rye Bar) 6/26 Bearfoot Hookers / Ibilisi Takedown / Up To Here (Tasty World) 6/26 Operation Experimentation (Terrapin Beer Co.) 6/26 Cachaça / The Donner Party / One L (The Globe) 6/26 Curley Maple / Dodd Ferrelle (The Melting Point) 6/27 A. Armada / Cinemechanica / Pegasuses-XL / ‘Powers (40 Watt Club) 6/27 Art Rosenbaum / David Barbe & the Quick Hooks / Liz Durrett (AthFest Hull Street Stage) 6/27 Bloodkin / Patterson Hood (AthFest Main Stage) 6/27 Birds+Wire / Electa Villian / Kite to the Moon (Farm 255) 6/27 Gift Horse / Immuzikation / Kuroma (Georgia Theatre) 6/27 A PostWar Drama / Madeline / Tin Cup Prophette / Twin Powers (Go Bar)
6/27 Justin Evans / Kaitlin Jones and the County Fair / Monkey / Rebecca Jean Smith / Timber (Little Kings Shuffle Club) 6/27 Futurebirds / The Interns / Part Bear (Tasty World) 6/27 The Premonitions / Rand Lines Trio / Sailor Dawn (The Globe) 6/27 Five Eight / Flash to Bang Time / Love Tractor / Time Toy (The Melting Point) 6/28 Dave Barbe and the Quick Hooks / Heavy Feather (AthFest Hull Street Stage) 6/28 Betsy Franck & the Bareknuckle Band / Dreams So Real (AthFest Main Stage) 7/1 Heartless Bastards / Jenny Lewis (Georgia Theatre)* 7/2 ZoSo (Georgia Theatre)* 7/2 The Additives / Colorful Quiet / Phillip Mitchell (Rye Bar) 7/4 Greg Hester (Ashford Manor) 7/4 Red White and Brewgrass Festival (The Melting Point)* 7/9 Marcia Ball (The Melting Point) 7/11 The Heap / Noot d’Noot (40 Watt Club)* 7/18 Better Than Ezra (40 Watt Club)* 7/21 A. A. Bondy / Connor Oberst & the Mystic Valley Band (40 Watt Club)* 7/21 Dusty Lightswitch (Caledonia Lounge) 7/22 The Donkeys / Magnolia Electric Company (40 Watt Club) 7/27 The Moaners / M.Ward (40 Watt Club)* 7/27 Grogus (Ashford Manor) 8/10 Randall Bramblett (Ashford Manor)
Crafting Romance CLOSING DAY SYMPOSIUM
Raffle, Presentations & Artists Panel Discussion including Featured Artist Vadis Turner from Brooklyn, NY
SUNDAY, MAY 31, 2009 3:00 P.M. — 6:00 P.M.
Gallery opens at 1:00 for exhibit viewing 3:15
Jyl Inov, Author of Reality Check
Josh Barnett, Founder of GayInAthens.
Vadis Turner, CR Featured Artist from Brooklyn, NY
Artists’ Panel Discussion
the popular Flagpole Magazine love advice column will answer questions live via cell phone. (See Website for participation details.)
w/ Bob Clements, Brian Hitselberger, Sarah Laurentius, Jessi Wohl, Vadis Turner (moderated by Rebecca Brantlley & Nathanael Roesch, co-curators.)
* Advance Tickets Available
In the ATL 5/27 The National (The Tabernacle) 5/28 Isis / Pelican (The EARL)* 5/29 Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy (Variety Playhouse)* 5/29 Yo-Yo Ma (Woodruff Arts Center)* 5/30 Groove Stain (Vinyl) 5/30 Young Antiques (The EARL)* 6/1 “US Air Guitar” (The EARL) 6/2 Les Claypool / Matisyahu (The Tabernacle)* 6/2 PJ Harvey / John Parish (Center Stage)* 6/3 The Decemberists (The Tabernacle) 6/4 New Kids on the Block (Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood)* 6/5 Gaelic Storm (The Loft)* 6/5 No Doubt / Paramore / The Sounds (Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood)* 6/7 Bon Iver (Variety Playhouse)* 6/13 TV on the Radio (The Tabernacle)* 6/15 Andrew Bird / Calexico (Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre)* 6/15 Holy Fuck! (Drunken Unicorn) 6/16 The Meat Puppets (Drunken Unicorn)* 6/16 Sunset Rubdown (Drunken Unicorn)* 6/18 John Vanderslice (The EARL)* 6/19 Camera Obscura (Variety Playhouse)* 6/20 Superdrag (The Loft)* 6/28 Lynyrd Skynyrd / Kid Rock (Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood)* 6/30 Casiotone for the Painfully Alone (529)* 7/1 Beyonce (Philips Arena)* 7/4 311 / Ziggy Marley (Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood)* 7/27 Destroyer (The EARL)* 7/28 Vans Warped Tour ()* 8/21 O.A.R. (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre) 10/4 Metallica (Philips Arena)* * Advance Tickets Available
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ART Call for Entries (The Classic Center) The Classic Center Cultural Foundation is accepting submissions through July 19 for free-form bicycle racks designed by artists. Winning racks will be installed on Hancock and Foundry streets. 706357-4417, www.classiccenter.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
AUDITIONS Angels in America: Millennium Approaches (UGA Arena Theatre) Uzupis Theatre Company is holding additional open auditions for its upcoming July production of the Tony Kushner play. Email for an appointment. May 28, 6–10 p.m. uzupisangels@ centerpath.net
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 AWC Classes (Athens Wellness Cooperative) Offering community acupuncture sessions Wednesdays– Fridays from 1–5 p.m. ($25). Also, Yoga, Pilates, tai chi and salsa classes for adults and older teens. Full schedule online. $14 drop-in,
$60/6 classes, $108/12 classes. 706-369-8855, www.wellness cooperative.com “Beyond Memoir” (Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation) Poet and essayist Dana Wildsmith provides instruction on how to focus on the facts of your life in your writing without merely recording family stories. All levels are welcome. July 11, 18 & 25, 9 a.m.–noon. $150. 706-7694565, email@example.com Canopy Summer Session (Canopy Studio) Now registering for 12-week summer session classes, including a new beginner trapeze class. Full schedule online. 706549-8501, www.canopystudio.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). Also now registering for 8-week summer classes. 706-3553161, www.gooddirt.net Computer Class (ACC Library) “Intro to Excel,” in the Educational Technology Center. Register. May 28, 10 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 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: Sushi for Dummies (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Learn techniques for preparing sushi rice and cutting a variety of vegetable fillings. Preregistration required. June 18, 6:30 p.m. $27. 706-542-6156, www.uga. edu/botgarden 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 Deep Relaxation Workshop (Five Points Yoga) One hour of verbally guided relaxation with Carla Jennings, RYT. Pre-registration required. May 30, 3:30–5 p.m. $15. 706-355-3114, www.athensfive pointsyoga.com Earthen Building Intensive Workshop Series (Earthsong) Three-week course covering natural building philosophy, ecological design, cob construction, natural plasters and earthen floor construction. Focus will be placed on hands-on experience. Camping provided, vegetarian meals included. July 10–31. $2000. firstname.lastname@example.org, www. redclaynb.org, www.earthsong.cc Encaustics Workshop (Blue Tin Studio—Studio C, 393 N. Finley Street) Learn step-by-step techniques for painting with beeswax. Registration ends June 10. June 27 & July 11, 9:30 a.m.–3 p.m. $65. 404-556-6884, www.bluetinstudio. com Fitness Boot Camps (St. Mary’s Wellness Center) Now registering for high-intensity fitness boot camps. Program will feature strength training, agility and balance, plyometrics and calisthenics. Camps start June 1 and meet for two months on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Adult Boot Camp meets from 8–9 a.m. ($100/month). Teen Boot Camp meets from 2–3 p.m. ($30/week). Registration ends May 29. 706-3893355, email@example.com Hand Drumming (Young Harris United Methodist Church) Drumming class led by Dr. Arvin Scott. Space is limited. Registration
Selected pottery from the collection of Bill and Dorothy Paul at the Lyndon House Arts Center through May 30. required. June 11, 7 p.m. 706-5496001, charlotte.house@young harrisumc.org Hatha Yoga (Full Bloom Center) All levels welcome. Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m. $14/drop-in, $60/5-class card. firstname.lastname@example.org Hoopdance Workshops (Canopy Studio) Locally made hoops available to borrow and buy. Space is limited. Registration required. May 31, 1 p.m. $25. 706549-8504, email@example.com 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 Laugh-a-Yoga (Mind Body Institute) Laugh your stress away. Helps produce changes in mood, confidence and health. May 29, 5:30–6:30 p.m. $5. 706-475-7329, www.armc.org/mbi Photo Story 3 (Oconee County Library) Three-part computer class taught by Blair Weaver that will cover the basics of the Microsoft program. June 1, 8 & 15, 7 p.m. FREE! 706769-3950 Silk and Cotton Painting Class (Margaret Agner Studio—145 Yorkshire Road, Bogart) Call for supply list and fee info. June 10–11 & 12–13, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. 706-353-7719, www. margaretagnerstudio.com Tae Kwon Do & Jodo Classes (Live Oak Martial Arts) For kids and adults, beginner–advanced. Chase St. Warehouses, next to Canopy and ATHICA. Mondays–Thursdays, 3:30-8:30 p.m. 706-548-0077, www. liveoakmartialarts.com Yoga Classes (Om Town Yoga— 190 Park Avenue) Ongoing classes with detailed asana instruction. Multi-class discounts. Mondays, 6:15 p.m. Wednesdays, 5:45 p.m. $10/drop-in. www.athensomtown yoga.com
HELP OUT! Volunteer Gallery Sitters (ATHICA) ATHICA needs gallery sitters June 20–July 20. Visit www.
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athica.org/volunteer.php for info and email firstname.lastname@example.org to start. Volunteers Needed (Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic) Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic is seeking volunteers interested in reading and recording textbooks for 90 minutes per week. 706-5491313, email@example.com Volunteers Needed (Athens Community Council on Aging) The Meals on Wheels Program seeks dedicated volunteers to deliver hot meals to homebound seniors in Clarke County. Training is provided. Volunteers must use own vehicles and are asked to commit to one day a week between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. 706-549-4850, meals@ accaging.org
KIDSTUFF Be Creative @ Your Library (ACC Library) Calling all young authors and illustrators. Seeking short stories to include in a book that will be added to the library’s collection. Each child can submit one story up to four pages long. Participants will be invited to a book release party at the end of the summer. Ages 10 & under. Through July 30. FREE! 706613-3650 Canopy Summer Camp (Canopy Studio) Activities include trapeze, dance, gymnastics, art and more. Starts June 6. $150 (one week), $250 (two weeks). 706-549-8501, firstname.lastname@example.org 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, the history of computers and take a trip to UGA to see one of the state’s largest CPUs in action. Guest speakers throughout the week. Register by July 24. July 27–31, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. $11. 706613-3603 EcoCamp (Georgia Nature Center— Watkinsville) Summer day camp for ages 4–16. Kids learn about solar power, organic farming, carnivorous
plants and green building while exploring over 100 acres of fern grottos, springs, creeks and waterfalls. Upcoming sessions: June 8–12, June 22–26, July 13–17 & July 27–31. $49–$199. 706-769-1000, www.ecocamp.org Garden Earth Nature Camp (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) In Garden Earth I (June 8–12 & 15–19) campers explore pollinators, soil critters and food chains. In Garden Earth II (July 6–10 & 13–17) they investigate water, insects and trees. Ages 5–8. Registration forms online. 9 a.m.–12 p.m. $95. www. uga.edu/botgarden Invasion of the Forest Snatchers (Greenway) Learn how to identify invasive plants so you can fight the invasion at home. All ages. Call to register. June 20, 9 a.m. Call for fees. 706-613-3614 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 New Moon Summer Adventure Camps (Various Locations) Now accepting registration for summer camp that travels to different state parks and natural areas daily. Activities include hiking, swimming, boating and more. Fee includes all activities and travel expenses. 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 of Georgia) Curriculum blends ancient Asian arts, Native-American 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 in-
clude Comic Book and Cartoon Art, Website Design, Secret Agent Camp, Film School, Mini Medical School, Robots and Animation, Music Performance, Theatre Performance, Game Camp, Photography, Graphic Design, Aviation Camp and Crime Scene Investigation. 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 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 Summer Reading Program (ACC Library) Stop by to pick up your reading log and a list of summer events. Ages 11–18. FREE! 706-613-3650 Summer Stretch Camp (Full Bloom Center) Now registering for
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 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 Swim School (Bishop Park) Now registering for lessons for levels I–V taught by an American Red Cross Certified Water Safety Instructor. Two sessions: June 16–July 2 & July 7–23. $33. 706-613-3589 Teen Art Contest (ACC Library) Any size and media (except sculpture) are accepted. Enter your three best pieces to be voted on by other teens. Prizes will be awarded to the top three. Through July 24. 706613-3650 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 (Full Bloom Center) Fun, playful yoga for kids ages 2–6. Builds strength and flexibility while enhancing relaxation and confidence. Wednesdays, 3:30 p.m. $14/single class, $60/6 classes. 706-353-3373
SUPPORT Emotions Anonymous (Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens) Informal and supportive 12step program open to anyone with a
ART AROUND TOWN ACC Library “Forever Free: Lincoln’s Journey to Emancipation,” a new traveling exhibition that traces Lincoln’s transformation from an antislavery moderate into “The Great Emancipator.” May 28–July 10. 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. 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 Ciné Barcafé Exhibit featuring work by recent MFA graduates Stacy Isenbarger and Erin McIntosh. May 21–June 20. Reception May 29. Elements Hair Salon Abstract paintings by Meg McConnell. Through August. Five Star Day Cafe—Eastside Paintings by Ruth Allen. The Georgia Club “Two Waters Two Lights,” featuring watercolors by Juan Carlos Camacho. By appointment through May. 706-248-2537 The Grit “NERDS!” featuring works by Lauren Gregg. Through May. www.laurengregg.com 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 Healing Arts Centre “Reflections of Meditation,” featuring paintings by Scott Pridgen of
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 group for those with mental illness and their family members. This month’s events include a movie and a walk at the Botanical Gardens. 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
ON THE STREET ATHICA 4Lease (ATHICA) Dates available to use ATHICA’s 4Lease space for summer parties, exhibits, etc. www.athica.org/4lease.php Classic City Rollergirls Skater Boot Camp (Skate-ARound USA) Now recruiting new skaters. At the boot camp sessions you’ll learn derby basics and will later have the opportunity to try out. Sessions on May 27 and June 1. Try-outs will be held June 15. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register. www.classic cityrollergirls.com Dancing with the Athens Stars “People’s Choice” Nominations (Project Safe) Project Safe is accepting nominations for the 2010 edition of its signature fundraising event. Submissions should include an explanation for why the person would make a great addition to the line-up. Self-nominations also accepted. Emailed submissions must be received by May 29. jprittie@ project-safe.org f
DubConscious. Through May. Reception May 29. Lyndon House Arts Center A selection of needlework and a five-panel tapestry depicting flora, fauna and natural wonders of the U.S. that was created over a period of 6 years by over 1,000 artists. Presented by the Dogwood chapter of the Embroiders’ Guild of America. Through July 18. “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 Oil paintings by David Noah. Marigold Cafe (Winterville) Abstract paintings by Meg McConnell. Through August. Monroe Art Guild Stephanie Roberts photographically documents 365 days in a sequence in “Project 365: Daily Discoveries.” Through June 25. Oconee County Library “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. 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. UGA Main Library (Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library) “Out of the Midst of Time,” featuring the photographs of Dr. W. Robert Nix. Through May 30. Washington Historical Museum (Washington) Premiere showing of Herb Bridges’ collection of hand-painted movie poster boards from the ‘30s and ‘40s. Through May.
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reality check Matters Of The Heart And Loins I have a difficult time socializing with women. I am recently divorced, late-30s, and generally very easy going. The problem is that since I was married very young I never really learned how to date. Or maybe I knew at one time and now I’ve forgotten. I have been experiencing some depression, and I do tend to drink a lot when I go out because I am so uncomfortable in crowded social situations. I have several friends who are trying to help me out and hook me up with some of their lady friends, and I am grateful to them for it, but I do manage to screw it up by getting a bit tipsy and going from quiet and shy to loud and annoying. I am fully aware that this is happening, but I feel unable to control it. If I go out and don’t drink, I feel so much anxiety that I can’t talk to anyone. I don’t really know where to go from here, especially because according to my “plan” I should be a “stay at home” dad right now, happily married with at least one kid. I guess my questions are multiple: How can I meet women my age? What can I do about the anxiety? And most importantly, are there other women out there who are interested in having a husband who wants to stay at home and raise the kids? Mr. Mom? The first thing you are going to have to do is get a hold on your drinking/anxiety issues. There are various ways you can deal with this, but I advise you to seek the advice of a professional. In the meantime, it might help if you limit yourself to social situations that involve smaller groups of people, or quit drinking, or both. You have friends. Great. They are trying to help you. Great. But don’t forget the Internet. Regarding your last question: Are you kidding?! There are plenty of women who would love to have a family and not have to give up their careers. That’s even more reason to utilize Internet dating sites. The more specific and honest you are up front, the more likely your chances of success. A couple of months ago, I started dating a woman that I met while on a business trip. We were in another state, but found out that at home we coincidentally lived only 45 minutes away from each other. The trip was great, business good, and everyone was in a celebratory mood. She and I hit it off immediately. She is smart, driven, beautiful and, I later found out, sexually aggressive. I was blown away. So, we decided to see each other again when we got back. We did, and it was good. She came to see me; we talked for hours; she stayed at my house; we stayed in bed forever and then went out and had a great time the whole weekend. I am amazed by her. I am divorced and in my 40s, and it is rare that I meet anyone like me in my business, much less somebody I find so compelling. So, things are going very well. We see each other almost every weekend. And just when I was beginning to feel like
everything was perfect, she told me that she is married, but separated. She still lives with her husband. They are going to get a divorce, but they can’t afford to live separately until they sell their house. I don’t know why, but this really bothers me. I have no reason not to believe her, but I also can’t imagine what would happen if she were to go back to him. I feel awful. I feel like she cheated. I would love for things to progress with us, but fear the worst. She has assured me that they are not going to stay together, that they don’t sleep together, and that her husband is also seeing somebody else. And yet I still can’t quite get comfortable. Where do I go from here? Should I break it off? Anonymous I do find it a bit suspect that she waited so long to explain her circumstances to you, A, but it is possible that she didn’t feel it necessary while things were still casual. Are you worried that she is still with her husband, or that she will go back to him? Short of having a meeting with both of them to discuss the status of their marriage, I don’t know how you’re going to get the reassurance you seek. You either have to trust her or not. I know the housing market isn’t great right now, but do people really live together through a divorce? I don’t know. Also, you may want to consider the fact that if she is currently married and having an affair with you, you might end up being the rebound guy. It sounds like you are really falling for this woman, and I would hate for you to get your heart broken because you were in the right place at the wrong time. Maybe you should get some distance from this thing until her divorce is finalized and she has her own place. If she really likes you, she will understand your concern and work a little harder to change her situation. If she doesn’t, then better you find out now before you get in any deeper. Just wanted to respond to Anonymous (in the May 6th issue of Flagpole). Her lawyerlike lover is a sociopath still in love with the woman he cheated on his wife with for over five years. He likes to watch other people run around after him and he likes to see people suffer as he remains cold. He thinks these reactions are proof that a human cares and he will put one through the wringer. He is sick. He knows it. He does not care at all about this chick. He is using her to get off. His lover that has his heart, mind and soul loved him back but would not commit to him because at first he covered up everything that he knew she wouldn’t like and then years into it, he let some crazy ways show and she was intelligent enough to figure out he was a whack job. Sometimes, love dies that way. The girl better jump ship immediately before she is sucked down dry. 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 Awesome 1BR/1BA old shared house! $650/mo. Recently remodeled. Lg. 800 sq. ft., HWflrs., all appls. 340 Ruth St. Apt A. Avail. 8/1. Call (706) 7130626. $1275/mo. The Woodlands. 3BR/3BA. All amenities. W/D, Gated, Avail. Fall. Owner/Agent. Call Mike (706) 207-7400. $485/mo. Quiet 1BR basement apt. in 5 Pts. Priv. entrance, off–street parking, W/D access, full kitchen. 1 block from the Waffle House in 5 Pts. Shared utils. & cable. Av a i l a b l e immediately. On Morton Ave. between Pinecrest Dr. & Milledge Ave. (706) 354-6039, if no answer call David (706) 254-2526. $875/mo. 3 lg. BR/1.5BA. Blocks to campus & Dwntn. 12 ft. ceilings, HWflrs., W/D hookup, priv. 127 Elizabeth St. Avail. now. Owner/Agent. Call Mike (706) 207-7400. 1BR Studios. East Campus Rd. $0 sec. dep. $625/mo. Incl. water, gas, pest & trash. City/ UGA bus stop, built–ins, tile & HWflrs. Pets OK. Call today–only a few left! Contact kaceyprice@ hotmail.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! 1st mo. free or 1BR apts starting at $443.34, 2BRs $523.34, 3BRs $638.34. Move in May for free! Preleasing has begun! Pet friendly, on busline. $150 dep. Call us today (706) 549-6254. Restrictions apply. 2BR duplexes starting at $450/ mo. (706) 549-6070. 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/1BA Eastside on Cedar S h o a l s D r. A l l e l e c t r i c , remodeled, W/D hookup. $550/ mo. (706) 202-2466. 2BR/1BA Riverbend Rd. Triplex. Incl. CHAC, DW, W/D hookups. $675/mo. Flexible move-in dates. Call (706) 546-6900 or go to w w w. Va l e r i o P ro p e r t i e s .com. 2 B R / 1 B A re n o v a t e d a p t s . , 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. 2 B R / 2 . 5 B A C o n d o near scenic park & river. Avail. 8/1. H W f l r s , W / D , D W, c e i l i n g fans, deck, amenities galore, convenient to everything. Call Matt at (706) 248-9088.
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.
Cobbham historic district. 1BR apt. Heart pine flrs. + ceil. fans. CHAC, W/D, garage w/ auto opener. NS. No pets. Call (706) 340-1283.
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.
Duplex 2BR/1BA w/ all extras. Very clean. 2 mi. north of Dwntn., just off Danielsville Rd. $500/mo. Grad students & professionals welcome. (706) 254-0478.
2BR/2BA Harris Place Apartments. 1 block from Varsity! Incl. CHAC, DW, W/D. $695/mo. Flexible move–in dates. Call (706) 546-6900 or go to www.ValerioProperties .com.
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.
Ask about $100 signing bonus! Located off S. Lumpkin, on Sleepy Creek Dr., near 5 Pts. All new carpet, tile & paint. 2BR/2BA w/ FP, storage & backyd. Sm. pets OK. $725/mo. Ask about our 6 mo. lease! Call (404) 281-6273. 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! Wo o d l a n d s o f A t h e n s . 3BR/3BA full of amenities. Gated community, great specials. Call Pete (706) 372-3319. Cedar Shoals Dr. area. 4 or 5BR/4BA. Lg. rms., quiet n’hood, W/D incl. $1K/mo. + dep. req’d. (706) 742-8555. 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. College Station 2BR/2BA. All appls + W/D, FP, xtra closet space, water/garbage incl. $575/mo. Owner/Agent (706) 340-2450.
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. 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. Studio & 1BR apts. for rent. $495-525/mo., utils. incl. On the bus line. W/D avail., remodeled, quiet complex. Call Katie (706) 202-4777. Studio apts. Great location. 5 min. to Dwntn. & North campus. $400-$500/mo. + utils. Avail. 6/1. (706) 548-1532.
Ver y cool layout! 2–3BR/1.5BA apt. in quadraplex. 2 blocks from campus. 5 Pts. area. W/D, CHAC, nice patio. $950–$1050/ mo. Pre–leasing. Avail. 8/1. Pets OK. Call (706) 369-2908. Walk to 5 Points. 2BR/2.5BA. W/D, FP, pool, pets OK w/ fee. Close to dog park, on busline. Outdoor patio. Great location! $750/mo. (706) 202-4777. Westside condos. 2BR/2BA, $600/mo. 3BR/2BA, $700/mo. Converted clubhouse into a huge open flr. plan. 4BR/2.5BA, $1200/mo. Eastside quadraplex 2BR/2BA, $525/mo.2BR/1BA, $490/mo. Call 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. $89,900. Studio 40. 1BR/1BA. Tile & HWflrs., DW. Courtyds, w/in walking distance to Ramsey Center! Also for rent. Reign at Coldwell Banker Upchurch Realty. (706) 372-4166, (706) 543-4000.
Commercial Property 4500 sq. ft. office/shop. 1.5BA, 3 12 ft. overhead doors. 4000 sq. ft. of out building storage. 2+ ac. fenced. Lexington, GA. $595/mo. (706) 549-9456. 8849 Macon Hwy, Athens. 2700 sq. ft. New HVAC. $1500/mo. Ken (706) 614-8295. Amazing Office Spaces for lease above Dwntn Five Guys restaurant. No better location! Call Reign at Coldwell Banker Upchurch Realty (706) 372-4166, or (706) 543-4000. 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. P r i n c e Av e . O ff i c e . 2 level suite. 1K sq. ft. $800/ mo. Joiner Management (706) 353-6868.
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Retail Suites for lease a t H o m e w o o d Vi l l a g e . 1K–12,500 sq. ft. avail. For more info. Call Bryan Austin at (706) 353-1039 or visit www. sumnerproperties.net.
Houses for Rent 2BR/1BA duplex, off Beaverdam Rd. On the Eastside. All electric W/D hookups, DW, lg. wooded lot. $500/mo. 1 mo. dep. Call D.D. (770) 868-7198. $1000/mo. Wonderful 3BR/2BA, mins. to campus off North Ave. W/D incl., formal din. rm., FP in liv. rm., split BR plan, CHAC. NS. Some dogs OK. $500 dep. Avail. 6/1. 131 Burgundy Court. Call Allison (770) 605-3160. $1075/mo. OBO. Athens Regional Medical College area. Close to UGA. 3BR/2BA brick home. HWflrs, granite counters, lg. rms. lg. yd. Perfect for students! (479) 879-1541 or (479) 841-8039. $1170/mo. $390/BR. 3BR/3BA. Close to UGA & Dwntn. Beautiful brick home. Pets OK. Avail. 8/5. $400 signing bonus or referral fee. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, or (706) 548-0580. $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. 4–5BR/2BA w/ o f f i c e . G re a t h o u s e , b i g 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. $1460/mo. $365/BR. 4BR/4BA. Close to UGA & Dwntn. Beautiful brick home. Pets OK. Avail. 8/5. $400 signing bonus or referral fee. Email email@example.com, or call (706) 548-0580. $300–$400/BR. 3–5BR townhome on Eastside. Double porches, HWflrs., ceiling fans, DW, W/D, trash incl., & new pool. Now leasing! (706) 543-1910 or email becky@landmarkathens .com. $395–$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. $500 lease–signing bonus! 4BR/4BA. New construction, all appls. incl. $450/BR. A view of Dwntn. Off North Ave. Avail. July. (706) 202-4648.
$625/mo. 2 lg. BR/1BA. Blocks from campus & Dwntn. 12 ft. ceilings, W/D hookups. Dead-end St. 145 Elizabeth St. Avail. now. Owner/Agent. Call Mike (706) 207-7400.
2BR/1BA & 1BR/1BA apts. Great in-town n’hood. Walk everywhere. Water & garbage paid. $490$695/mo. Check out boulevard propertymanagement.com or call (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.
$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
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.
3BR/1BA. Non–smoking home. 5 m i n . f ro m U G A . C H A C , W/D. $900/mo. No pets. Great location. Avail. 8/1. (706) 3381859, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
$990/mo. 3BR/2.5BA Eastside house for rent. W/D & lawn maint. incl. in rent. Call Rich at (706) 372-6426 or email email@example.com. Agent# 318245 1305 Cedar Shoals. $121,900. 2BR/2BA condo. Call Reign (706) 372-4166. 175 Glen Haven. 3BR/1.5BA. Pre–leasing. Total electric. Oak flrs., CHAC, W/D, DW. Fenced yd. w/ deck. Close to Dwntn. Email hathawayproper ties@ gmail.com, call (706) 714-4486. 175 Sylvan Dr. 3BR/1BA home w/ great location near ARMC. $850/mo. Newly painted BRs. Avail. now! Pls. call (706) 5401810, (706) 433-2072, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. 1 8 0 O ’ F a r r e l l . 2–3BR.5 Pts. house. Great location, near UGA Baseball Field, lg. rambling house. $1300/mo. Go to www.boulevardproperty management.com. Call today (706) 548-9797. 1BR Cottage in Boulevard area. Fully remodeled. Incl. DW & W/D hookups. $695/mo. Call (706) 546-6900 or go to www. ValerioProperties.com. 1BR/1BA cottage. Westside, quiet n’hood, huge porch, fenced yd., all kitchen appl. + W/D. $600/mo. incl. all utils. (706) 3530196 or (706) 247-3500. Avail. May. Owner/agent. 1BR huge apartment in historic Boulevard house. Incl. W/D hookups, DW, HWflrs, pet friendly. 2 to choose from! $675-795/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. 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. 2, 3, 4, 5BR units starting at $550/mo. w/ $250 dep. Units incl. W/D, DW, FP. Call for locations & avail. Email tappproperties@aol. com, (706) 224-3098. 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 mobile home on the Eastside. W/D, stove, & fridge. $400/mo. + utils. Call (706) 224-7027. 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. AT ! GREIA LS SPEC
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2BR/1BA Blvd. area duplex. Energy efficient, total electric, recently renovated, W/D, DW, HVAC, shared fenced yd, some pets OK. Avail. as early as 6/1 or as late as 8/1. Lease, dep., ref. req’d. $650/mo. Call (706) 227-6000. 2BR/1BA duplex on Willow Run near ARMC. Incl. W/D hookups, DW, CHAC. $675/ mo. Call (706) 546-6900 or go to www.ValerioProperties .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. Boulevard D i s t r i c t on Virginia Ave. Gorgeous, spacious house. HWflrs, porch, A/C, W/D. $1040/ mo. Avail. 8/1, possibly sooner. Valerio Properties (706) 5466900, or (706) 425-0122. 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. 256 Appleby Mews. Poolside, W/D, DW, porch, lg. BRs, on Oconee Hill close to Mama’s Boy & the Greenway! Lots of room for little money. $675/mo. (706) 548-9797. 2BR/2BA 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. 2BR/2BA. 1.5 mi. from UGA. Kitchen, din. rm., liv. rm., laundry rm., fenced backyd. w/ deck. W/D & fridge incl. $800/mo. (706) 342-2788, (706) 461-5541. 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! $1000/mo. boulevardproperty management.com, (706) 548-9797.
3BR/2BA house. Cedar creek subdivision. Fenced backyd., gas grill attached to sundeck, FP, wooded lot. Quiet family n’hood. Swimming community. 360 Sandstone Dr. Avail. 7/1. $1025/mo + dep. (706) 3191846, 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. 3BR/3BA Eastside. Quiet n’hood. $1100/mo. All appls. 213 Springtree St. Avail 8/1. (706) 713-0626. 3–4BR/4BA house. Great location! Walk to Dwntn. $1400/ mo. All appls. 200 MLK Jr. Pkwy. Avail. 8/1. (706) 713-0626. 3–4BRs. 340 Barber, 255 Boulevard Heights, 390 Pound Street, 180 O’Farrell, 135 Garden Court, 160 Gilmer, 135 Glencrest, 1321 Dowdy Road. Check out these great houses online at boulevardpropertymanagement. com or call (706) 548-9797. 4BR/2.5BA beautiful plantation house on 3 acres. High ceilings, HWflrs., lg. kit. & rooms w/ a country setting. Front porch, screen porch & rear sun room. Pets welcome. 3–sided fence. 990 Double Bridges Rd. Avail. 6/1. $1200/mo. + dep. (706) 3191846, or (706) 548-4819. GA. R, E, lic. 300830. 4BR/2BA renovated victorian home. 1/2 mi. from campus. W/D, DW, fenced yd., HWflrs, $1450/ mo. Huge rooms! Lots of character. Pre–leasing. Avail. 8/1. Pets OK. (706) 369-2908.
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 email@example.com. $370-$400/BR. Call about our rent specials! 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! 267 Atlanta Ave. 3BR/1BA, $675/mo. 335 N. Pope St., 2BR/1BA, $675/ mo. 739 Beaverdam Rd. 3BR/ 2BA, $895/mo. 276 Oak Meadows, 3BR/2BA, $995/mo. 129 Oak Park Ct., 2BR/1.5BA, $550/mo. 597 Dearing St. off Milledge. 4BR/2BA, $1495/ mo. 105 Whitehall Rd., 2BR/1BA, $675/mo. 445 N Main St. Winterville, 2BR/1BA, $675/mo. (706) 5467946, Flowersnancy@bellsouth. net. See virtual tours www. nancyflowers.com. Avail. Aug! 3 & 4 Bedroom Cottages. Close to campus! Features incl. DW, W/D, private BAs, pool! $450–$485/BR. Call (706) 543-1910 or email becky@ landmarkathens.com. Avail. Aug. Eastside 3BR/1.5BA, lv. rm., dining area, sunrm., garage, lg. fenced yd. Ansley Dr. Lawncare provided. $1K/mo. (706) 338-6716. Avail. Aug. Spacious 3BR/2BA, lg. kit., lv. rm. area, HWflrs., W/D, close to Dwntn. & campus. Cleveland Ave. Lawncare provided. $1200/ mo. (706) 338-6716. Avail. 8/1. 2BR duplex on quiet wooded lot. Eastside. CHAC. Pets upon approval. $445/mo. 10, 11, or 12 month lease available. Tom (404) 314-1177.
Available Now. Eastside 3BR/2BA, large bedrooms, deck. Recently fully renovated. 120 Woody Lane. $825/ mo. (706) 207-4243 or (229) 263-2300.
East Athens. Remodeled 2BR/1BA house on cul–de–sac. CHAC, extra insulation, ceiling fans. Deck. Pet OK. Avail. 6/1. $675/mo. Free water & garbage. Owner/Broker (706) 340-4619.
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.
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. $1500/mo. Call (706) 369-2908.
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. 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. 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. $1300/mo. Call (706) 540-1257. 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.
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/2BA. Lv. rm., din. rm., & kitchen. No pets. Unfurnished. $1450/mo. Call (706) 548-4358. 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. now. $900/mo. (404) 210-7145. Northside 2BR/1BA, lg. lot, $600/mo. Hospital area, Fenced–in yd. Avail. June. $800/ mo. Eastside 3BR/2BA. Lg. yd., on dead–end street. $1100/mo. Cedar Creek 4BR/2BA $1100/ mo. Call McWaters Realty, (706) 549-3222, (706) 353-2700. 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. ➤ continued on next page
4BR/4BA brick home. Spacious BR w/ full BA. HVAC. Full kit., deck, lawn/pest control. W/D incl. $860/mo. (404) 274-0948. 4BR/4BA house. $900 s p e c i a l ! W/D, sec. sys., 24 hr. maint. service, pets welcome, lawn & pest incl. (706) 552-3500. Go to www. 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/2BA built around 1900, in Blvd, huge open spaces, 14 ft. ceilings, custom kitchen & BAs, DW, & W/D, HWflrs, huge windows. Full renovation to be completed by 8/1. No dogs. $2000/mo. Chris (706) 202-5156.
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Prime location. 5 min. from Dwntn. & North campus. 1, 2 & 3BR houses. $800-$1050/mo. + utils. Avail. 6/1 or 8/1. (706) 548-1532.
Two 2BR/1BA houses on Virginia Ave., HWflrs, W/D hookups, flexible move–in. $950-$1040/mo. Call (706) 546-6900 or go to w w w. ValerioProperties.com.
$300–$340/BR. 2 UGA students seek 2 new roommates to share 4BR townhome on Eastside. Double porches, ceiling fans, DW, W/D, trash incl., tennis courts & pool. On UGA busline. Avail. now or fall for 2009–2010 school yr. (678) 467-6127 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Westside off Whitehead. 3BR/2BA. 2 car garage, formal dining rm. $147K. Purchase or $1100/mo. lease. (706) 354-3212 or (757) 576-1706.
1 or 2 roommates needed to share nice apt. in Appleby Mews. Near campus. $375/mo. per person. (678) 887-4599 or email email@example.com.
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.
1 B R / 1 B A w / s t u d y. S h a re kitchen. Utils incl. Parking. Free wireless/Tivo! Totally furnished. Safe, quiet, close to UGA. Priv. entrance/deck. $600/mo. neg. Avail. 6/1. (706) 296-6956.
Houses for Sale 1 8 5 P o p l a r. $ 2 2 4 , 9 3 6 . 3BR/1.5BA. In–town classic Artisan home Call Reign (706) 372-4166.
2 roommates needed 3BR/2.5BA condo at Milledge Place. UGA Athens busline. $300/mo. + 1/3 power bill. 3–5 min drive to campus. Swimming pool. (909) 957-7058.
3BR/2BA house. Beechwood, 5 Pts. area. HWflrs, new appls. $335K. (706) 254-4343.
Christian F seeks roommate to share townhouse. Call (706) 202-1553.
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.
May to end of July. Huge BR for rent in 2BR/1BA house on Nantahala. Lg. kitchen, big backyd., covered porches. $450/ mo. + utils. Cool F already living here in other BR. (706) 461-0042.
FSBO. 1BR studio condo. Main St. Athens. Private & secure. $94,900. (706) 474-1101. Historic Blvd n’hood. 224 Dubose. Meticulously maintained 4BR/2BA. New kitchen, new paint. HWflrs, pressed tin ceiling. Walk to Dwntn/UGA. $424,900. Patrick (706) 614-8007, go to www.fullcircleathens.com. FLAGPOLE CLASSIFIEDS: Find roommates, apartments, houses, etc. To place an ad call 706-549-0301. 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 D o w n t o w n . Builder will customize for buyer! $209,900. Call Drew at (706) 202-2712 or Christy at CJ&L at (706) 559-4520. Own your own rental property! 139 & 143 Strickland Ave. 4BR/3BA on each side of duplex. Entire duplex for $359,800. 1 side for rent $1600/ mo. Call Reign at Coldwell Banker Upchurch Realty (706) 372-4166, or (706) 543-4000.
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. 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 mature student to share luxury condo at The Woodlands. B e a u t i f u l g ro u n d s , s p o r t s mecca, pets fine. Indulgent land lady. $450/mo. (706) 714-7600, email@example.com. 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) 5347000 if no answer lv. msg.
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.
Businesses Dwntn Clothing Store for Sale. $50K OBO! Owner financing avail. Very well known business. (770) 634-8241. 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.
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) 8038819 (AAN CAN).
Furniture Gently Used Fur niture. 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 fur niture ever y day. Go to Agora! Your favorite everything store! 260 W. Clayton St., (706) 316-0130.
Miscellaneous 2 Bonnaroo Tickets for sale. Only $250 ea.! Pay no extra fees or shipping. $60 cheaper than website. RV pass avail. too for $125. Call (706) 372-3758 or (706) 296-4212.
Rms. for rent. $380/mo. 1 yr. lease in BR/4BA house starting July. Private pool, huge home. 3.2 mi. from Dwntn. Call Dan (805) 450-4130.
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.
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.
One day only! Sat. May 30th. 8am–3pm. 20 West 2nd Ave., Colbert. Time to pur ge! Furniture, collectibles, & stuff! Some vintage, some not. Some cheap, some not! Help me lighten my load!
1BR/1BA avail. in a 3BR house in Cobbham district. Walk to campus & Dwntn. Fully furnished! Avail. 6/1–7/31. $466/ mo. Call (404) 384-1309.
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.
Equipment Alvarez Stage Acoustic Rosewood fretboard. Mahogany back w/ case. $500. (706) 351-9391. Ibanez left handed acoustic guitar. In like–new condition. Has been played very little. Will take $125 OBO. (912) 230-0327.
Instruction Athens School of Music. Instruction in Guitar, Bass, Drums, Piano, Voice, Brass, Woodwinds, Strings, Banjo, Mandolin, Fiddle, & more. From beginner to expert. Instrument repairs avail. (706) 543-5800. Guitar lessons taught by college guitar instructor. All styles. 18 yrs. exp. Students have won several guitar competitions. 1st lesson free. Composition/ theory & bass lessons too. David Mitchell, (706) 546-7082 or www. mitchellmusicguitar.com.
Musicians Wanted Wanted: dedicated bassist for original touring rock band. Dates already booked in Atlanta, Louisville, St. Louis, Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Boston, NYC, etc. Call Carey (803) 292-8387.
Services Classical Guitar, DJ Services. Entertainment for weddings, parties & other various social occasions. Over 20 yrs. experience throughout the Southeast. Contact Neal (770) 560-6277. Fret Shop. Professional guitar repairs & modifications, setups, electronics, precision fretwork. Previous clients incl. R.E.M., Widespread Panic, Cracker, Bob Mould, John Berry, Abbey Road Live!, Squat. (706) 549-1567. Guitar Repair, setups, electronics & fretwork by 20 yr. pro. Thousands of previous clients. Proceeds help benefit N u ç i ’s S p a c e . C o n t a c t Jeff, (404) 643-9772 or www. AthensGuitar.com for details. Looking for a fun, classy alternative to the typical wedding band? If you are looking for “YMCA” than Squat is not your band. If you want Duke Ellington, Ray Charles, & salsa, then visit www.squatme.com/ weddings. (706) 548-0457. Wedding Bands. Quality, professional bands. Weddings, parties. Rock, Jazz, etc. Call Classic City Entertainment. ( 7 0 6 ) 5 4 9 - 1 5 6 7 . w w w. classiccityentertainment.com. Featuring The Magictones— Athens’ premiere wedding & party band. www.themagictones. com.
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Home and Garden Backyard Solutions. Make your neighbors jealous! Waterfalls, ponds, fences, decks, gazebos, porches, & more! Call Robin for free estimate! (706) 340-4492.
Protect your family. Get a free GE alarm system w/ no installation fee & no equipment cost. Most homeowners will receive an insurance discount as well. Mention this ad & get 2 free keychain remotes! Promotional code: A02087. Call (888) 9515129 (AAN CAN). Silver Lining Home Services. Maintenance, repair, installation, custom design & more. Jobs sm. & lg. Call Stephen (706) 410-8222.
Tutors Prof. writer/instructor avail. for tutoring, or editing high school, undergrad, graduate students & non-students. All genres. Fiction, non-fiction, dramatic writing. (706) 543-9330. Your Personal Tutor/Editor. PhD candidate (ABD) will help you w/ English skills: class papers, applications, proposals, resumes. Bring ‘em on! Excellent rates. firstname.lastname@example.org or (706) 614-1035.
Jobs Full-time Cozy salon in artist community seeks stylists for booth rent positions. Sense of environmentalism a must! Paul Mitchell Focus Salon. Email res. to email@example.com. Farm 255 seeks experienced line cook to join our kitchen. Must be committed, hard-working, & thrive in a team environment. Resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org. No calls. Hardcore Sales Reps Needed. Hrly + comm. I need the best & forget the rest! Call Chris (770) 560-5653. Marketing Communication Specialist. Join an est. Athens company calling C E O ’s & C F O ’s o f m a j o r corporations generating sales leads for technology companies. $9/hr. BOS Staffing w w w. b o s t e m p s . c o m , ( 7 0 6 ) 353-3030.
Opportunities $600 wk. potential. Helping the gov’t. PT. No exp., no selling. Call (888) 213-5225 AD code L-5. Void in MD & SD. (AAN CAN). Awesome Career. $20/hr., avg. $57K/yr. Postal Jobs, Paid Training, Vacation OT, Full Benefits, Pension Plan. Call M-F, 8am-6pm CST. (888) 361-6551 Ext. 1027 (AAN CAN). Dependable person needed during the evening hrs. helping a young man confined to a wheelchair. In exchange for free rent in apt., food, utils. & other amenities. Call (706) 316-2798 or (706) 549-9456. E a r n $ 7 5 - $ 2 0 0 / h r. M e d i a Makeup Artist Training make–up artist for ads, TV, film, fashion. 1 wk. class. Stable job in weak economy. Details at http://www. MediaMakeupArtists.com, (310) 364-0665 (AAN CAN). High School diploma! Fast, affordable & accredited. Free brochure. Call now! (800) 5326546. Ext. 97. Go to http:// www.continentalacademy.com (AAN CAN). Now hiring! Companies desperately need employees to assemble products at home. No selling, any hours. $500/wk. potential. Info at (985) 646-1700 dept. GA–3058.
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Bobby Nettles, Full Contact Trivia Bobby Nettles is best known as the acerbic, witty one-man show called Full Contact Trivia. Currently living in Athens, he commutes all throughout North Georgia during the week to host his well-honed trivia sessions, bringing with him a loyal following—some have been playing with him for as many as eight years—that usually packs to the gills whichever restaurant or bar he happens to be working in. I spoke with Bobby on a Sunday night after a raucous session at Allen’s Bar & Grill, where one guy managed to fall asleep (or, to be more accurate, pass out) despite being surrounded by a boisterous audience and exceptionally loud speakers. “That takes talent,” Bobby said dryly. Flagpole: How did you get into doing this? Bobby Nettles: I had been working in food-and-beverage for probably 12 years or so and just got sick of it. Couldn’t do it anymore… I had done bartending and waiting, mostly, but started doing some managing… thought [it] was going to be better and it was worse. Didn’t make as much money, had to work longer—just couldn’t stand it. Poked around for a year—
FP: But I would think intellect is better measured by how well you react to a completely new situation, not how much information you can retain. BN: I agree with that entirely… I say a lot of times on the mic: you can tell the smart people by the wrong answers more than you can the right answers… when somebody hears a question and doesn’t know the answer and then you can see from their answer how they start to whittle it down to something, and they get it to something that’s wrong but it’s a pretty goddamn good guess…you can go, “That’s pretty fuckin’ good right there.” But you’re absolutely right, I agree with that 100 percent. And I’ve got some brilliant people that I know that are terrible at trivia… a lot of doctors just are terrible… [but] lawyers tend to be extremely good… [and] no offense, the women aren’t as good at trivia, and the reason women aren’t as good at trivia is that women are a lot more laid-back than men. Women don’t glom onto useless information like men do… it’s a little bit of neurosis, to be honest with you.
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FP: How prevalent do you think cheating is in trivia? BN: In Athens it’s damn near a second language. FP: Why is that? BN: ’Cause they wanna win… and there’s money. And they might not have money. In Atlanta people have jobs. Here, you’re a college student, you’re probably on a budget—even if it’s a decent budget from home, it’s a budget. FP: Do you ever get tired of doing trivia all the time? BN: Ultimately, no… but there are times when, you know, you’ve had a bad day. I threw my back out weight training. I had a dog die. I broke up with a girl… fill in the blank, something miserable. [But] you gotta go be the happy-happy-joyjoy center of the party. And these people see you once a week, so don’t go in there all fuckin’ mopey or pouty. FP: So, is what I see up there onstage you, or is it a persona? BN: It’s an alter ego… it was probably an alter ego long before I even realized it was, and at some point I started to acknowledge it was an alter ego and start to almost cultivate it… so it is a character. A lot of people want you to be the alter ego all the time, ’cause that’s fun to them. But you can’t be stompin’ and spittin’ and cussin’ around the fuckin’ Kroger at three in the afternoon. It doesn’t do anybody any good. And as cute as that persona is to [laughs] strange girls, the other guy—me—isn’t as cute to that particular girl. That’s why I don’t date anybody from trivia…
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FP: So, you think they’re attracted to who you’re not? BN: Yeah, and if you’re attracted to that guy, you’ve got issues. this was about ’98… sold cars for a little while, drove a cab for a little while, was a bouncer at a titty bar for a little while… a place called Bikini Beach. Apparently, the girl I was dating told a guy that was doing trivia in one of the Atlanta locations— she’s like, “My boyfriend’s perfect for this… he’d be the best trivia guy you’ve ever seen.” FP: Why would she say that? BN: I don’t know, because I’m not intimidated by anything… because I’m chatty and I’m articulate… I think fast on my feet; I’ve always got some quip, comeback—some kind of shit, you know? FP: How would you characterize your audience? BN: It’s hard to sneak one past my audience. When you’re dealing with my audience, if they’re playing with me for any length of time, they’re doing so because they’re being rewarded for being intelligent. FP: So, you think your stuff is some of the more high-brow trivia in town? BN: Oh, yeah—absolutely. And I’m unapologetic about saying that. Most trivias are idiotic…
FP: I don’t think I’ve heard you stutter even once. Do you have any dreams of having your voice heard in TV or movies? BN: …If somebody wants to come along and offer me a buttload of money to do something, I’m certainly listening. But right now this does quite well, and I’m in school to be a teacher… I’ve done trivia for first-, second- and third-graders, actually. I have a bunch of teachers that play trivia and were like, “You should come do trivia for me!” and I was like, “It’s classroom time; it counts towards my degree, so sure. We’ll do a bunch of Hannah Montana questions, sure.” So, I have plans… but to stop doing this would be retarded, because this actually does quite well and would probably make me more money than teaching—probably past masters level. FP: So, you’re making a living off of this. BN: Yeah, this is all I do. I do some other DJ-ing stuff to round out my income and I actually do a little personal training, but this has been my sole source of income since I… started doing it on my own. But it’s a hustle. So, I want something [more stable]… I’m paying single-guy insurance, you know—I’m not on anybody’s plan. Jeff Gore
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