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pub notes Read It and Weep Finally, I have something in common with Sarah Palin. I had begun to believe that I would be forever out of step with her ascendency, so I am pleased to see that we use the same “palm pilot” method of writing notes to ourselves. As Frank Rich points out in The New York Times, the liberal intellectuals took the bait and made fun of Sarah and me for writing on our palms, but real Americans do it, and not everybody has an iPhone or Notebook or however else intellectuals remind themselves to pick up eggs and bread. As others have noticed, too, Sarah is in better touch with the country than President Obama, and she’s much freer to tell us what we want to hear, since she doesn’t have to actually do anything about it. As the next big thing, Gov. Palin is enjoying the same kind of adulation that carried President Obama to the top, with people gladly overlooking her shortcomings as we willingly overlooked his. In actual fact, Ms. Palin is simply the latest distraction in the big shell game that we call politics. Love her or hate her: it doesn’t matter, as long as you don’t begin to wonder why, no matter who is elected, we just go on hoping for change. In an excellent article, “How to Get Our Democracy Back,” in the Feb. 22 issue of The Nation, Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig jabs his finger on the real problem. Congress is the problem. The way business gets done in Washington is the real problem. Business gets done by buying Congress. All congressmen and senators must raise money all the time for re-election. Almost all of them quickly become beholden to those with the money, primarily big business. The U.S. Supreme Court just infinitely upped the ante on that system by removing all limits on corporate contributions. President Obama ran “Kill the brain, and against that Washington culyou kill the ghoul…” ture and promised to change it. Instead, he joined right in, playing things the Washington way. As Lessig points out, a lot of the Tea Bag wrath in the country is the same anger that elected Obama. He could have used that anger to try to change Congress, but he didn’t, and now the anger is directed at him. He lost the very energy that elected him. Lessig’s solution is publicly financed congressional elections—remove completely the corporate control of Congress. It seems so simple and would go so far toward breaking the control of money over our government. The idea helps put into focus all the distractions we argue about: Republican vs. Democrat, Palin vs. Obama, right vs. left, etc. “Kill the brain, and you kill the ghoul,” was the mantra in Night of the Living Dead. “Kill the cash, and you kill the control” will deliver us from our dark night of democracy, where those we choose to lead us lose their brains to corporate control. Closer to home, our Georgia governors and legislators pull in their share of corporate cash and dole out the appropriate loopholes that allow their benefactors to avoid paying their fair share of taxes. Even more than cash, however, our legislators are blinded by ideology. Those who govern us do not believe in government. They’ve just cut another billion dollars out of the state budget for the year we’re already in (Sen. Cowsert, Sen. Hudgens and Rep. Smith), and they’re preparing to do the same for next year. They all say government should be run like a business, but they don’t run government like a business because of their ideology. A businessman cuts expenses wherever possible, but if that doesn’t balance the budget, he raises prices to ensure that revenues meet expenses. The majority of our legislators are ruining government by destroying education, transportation, infrastructure and services that undergird the lives of its citizens. They will not raise taxes; they will not go after uncollected taxes; they will not raise out-of-date fees. Instead, they cut government and thereby shortchange us out of the traditional bedrock of our democracy: educated citizens. They cheat us out of our future by refusing to build highways, to repair bridges, to invest in the future with rapid rail. The problems in Washington could be fixed by changing campaign finance law. The problems in Atlanta go even deeper, to a disbelief in government than can only be changed by better education, a solution rapidly slipping through our fingers. The handwriting is on the palm, but we can’t read it. Pete McCommons

THIS WEEK’S ISSUE: News & Features City Dope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Athens News and Views

John Huie’s reflections on the Elbert Co. incinerator controversy.

Elder Mill and Covered Bridge . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Oconee Icons in Transition?

Preservation activists look for ways to keep the historic site from being swallowed by development.

Arts & Events Theatre Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 The Season Heats Up

The end of February brings an array of new theatre offerings, both on campus and off.

A Taste of Athens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

COVER DESIGN by Kelly Ruberto featuring a painting by Andrew Cayce on display at The Grit

Helping the Community to Connect

The 17th annual A Taste of Athens event brings local restaurants together for a good cause.


Music Amy Ray . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Revisiting the L-Word

Indigo Girl Amy Ray plays a sold-out show at the Melting Point.

The Vic Shows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 A Celebration of Vic Chesnutt’s Life and Music

Over 20 acts from across the U.S. come together for a two-day tribute.

LETTERS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 CITY DOPE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 CITY PAGES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 CAPITOL IMPACT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 ELDER MILL COVERED BRIDGE. . . . . . . . 8 LETTER FROM ECUADOR . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 MISCELLANY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 THEATRE NOTES. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 GRUB NOTES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 A TASTE OF ATHENS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 MOVIE DOPE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 MOVIE PICK. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

THREATS & PROMISES. . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 AMY RAY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 BAMBARA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 RECORD REVIEWS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 VIC CHESNUTT TRIBUTE. . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 THE CALENDAR!. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 BULLETIN BOARD. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 ART AROUND TOWN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 COMICS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 REALITY CHECK. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 CLASSIFIEDS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32


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MOMS ARE ALRIGHT The negative media messages that affront women’s sense of success and achievement in modern society are disheartening, particularly when rendered by community leaders. An ad in the Jan. 20 ABH invites women to a “Mommy makeover seminar” at a plastic surgery clinic. After giving birth and caring for children, women are asked “why not succeed at home and feel great about your appearance?” The ad suggests that various surgeries (including breast augmentation, breast reduction and liposuction) can “help reverse the physical effects of child-rearing.” We are writing as mothers in the Athens community who are “successes” without surgical makeovers. We have our own message to moms: Embrace the biological changes of pregnancy and motherhood. Eat well and rest as much as you can. Try to get some exercise. It may take many months for your body to return to a “pre-pregnancy” state. You’ll look even better without putting yourself and family at the health and financial risks of elective surgery, which can be costly and, rarely, deadly. For brand-new moms, breastfeeding is a great way to lose weight and give the best health and immunity benefits to your baby! We hope that others in the community join us in rejecting the message of success linked so explicitly to appearance. Success in life is all about applying your talents to make the world a better place. What greater success is there than giving your talents, time, mind and body to raising, teaching and promoting

people’s lives. A neurological chemist, Bruce McEwen, provided much of the scientific evidence for this. Racism is one of the elements. If we could have greater “pay compression,” bringing people closer together at the top and bottom, we would not have the humongous health crisis we are seeing increasingly. In the context of health care reform, we can say “people would really prefer not getting sick than getting sick and being We suddenly learned from Forbes magacured by expensive medical procedures.” zine that Athens, GA has the fourth highest Why is inequality so great in Athens? That income inequality of all local communities is fascinating, because we have a vibrant in the U.S. The highest 5 percent have 46 economy, with one institution that has a times the per capita income of the lowest 20 budget over a billion dollars, plus over one percent in Athens. That is $6,774 compared hundred highly prowith $310,703. ductive industries in Interestingly, the northern sector Southern Connecticut BUMPERSTICKER OF THE WEEK: is at the top of the of the county. Maybe the hospitals are a inequality ranking, model, where you but there, people’s Thanks, Ben. have one CEO making incomes at the top Send sticker sightings to over $500,000 and and bottom are many room cleanhigher, anyway. New ers and food-service York City is eighth workers making less than $20,000. With on the list, but they have over 30 billionaires. children, their per capita incomes are much The poverty in Athens is real. Why is Forbes lower. The university is similar. On the other interested in this issue? For one reason, lowhand, the industries often (not always) have income people do not purchase and consume well paid hourly-wage workers, but they often when they don’t have the money, bringing the live outside the county. At the same time, the economy down. hotel, convention, restaurant, bar, music and But inequality is a health problem as retail workers are paid pitiful wages. well. The DVD Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Can this situation be made different? Yes, Making Us Sick? demonstrates this point by it can, but it takes more than a proposition. pointing out that, as inequality has ballooned upward in the last 40 years, rates of illness It takes consumers, students and faculty and employers who understand the problem to be and early death rise due to “toxic stress” in

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Representin’: State Rep. Doug McKillip has done a nice job of late advocating for a couple of issues that have strong local resonance, and might also have a realistic chance of going somewhere in the Republican-dominated legislature in Atlanta. First the Athens Democrat sponsored a bill that would allow local governments to exempt people of any age, not just those under 12, from a state law that makes it illegal to ride bicycles on sidewalks. The ACC Commission recently voted to adopt that “under-12” exemption, but it seems likely commissioners would welcome the option to broaden it—at least until Athens can afford a more complete network of bike lanes and trails. That bill passed a House subcommittee last week. Also last week, McKillip The “Murmur Trestle” last Saturday morning, looking nearly as dinosaur-like introduced a bill that covered with snow as it does when it’s covered with kudzu. would legalize the sale (and possession, and We wish they hadn’t hurried their vote; and transportation…) of raw milk in Georgia, right or wrong, they should have explained subjecting it to the same regulation by the what they were doing. But at least Elbert’s state Dept. of Agriculture as pasteurized milk. unsophisticated commissioners seem willAs anyone who picked up a local newspaper ing to fall on their swords. Compare that to last October can imagine, that one’s probably Washington, where President Obama, recoggonna generate some interest in our fair city. nizing political reality, has cancelled a longplanned nuclear waste dump after billions had More Republicans Are Winning: Democratic already been spent. Why, it’s worse than trying gubernatorial candidate DuBose Porter to site a landfill—or to fix health care, or has recently taken up the fight to refute the immigration, or Social Security… [John Huie] notion that members of his party are “godless,” making impassioned insistences to the Oh, and By the Way: In light of the developcontrary at a forum with the Georgia Christian ments in Elbert County referenced above, Alliance and in a subsequent interview with Jill McElheney of the Winterville-based enviBeyond the Trestle’s Jonathan McGinty ronmental ministry MICAH’s Mission sent a (republished in a post entitled “More DuBose pointed email last week to ACC Solid Waste Porter is a Christian” [!] on Porter’s camDirector Jim Corley, County Manager Alan paign “blog”). While it’s tempting to shrug Reddish and others asking for a moratorium and envision Onion headlines—”Candidate on the proposed expansion of the ACC landfill Announces His Party Has No Formal Affiliation into Oglethorpe County. “The Elbert County with Satan”—the Dope finds himself more incinerator will change the Solid Waste inclined toward amazement—and affront— Management Plans of [Northeast Georgia] thus at the unqualified success of the Republican eliminating the need for [the expansion],” campaign of backwards “information” that the email stated. “Therefore, both Athenshas led to this conversation even taking place. Clarke and Oglethorpe County governments What a remarkable world. can remain true to their 1992 written governmental agreement with residents that there Dave Marr

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GO’s yearly big event, the conference showpeople who have experienced homelessness cases local farm tours, in-depth workshops the opportunity to share their stories with and educational sessions, which pursue the audiences at churches, schools, and other non-profit’s mission to “integrate healthy, suscommunity organizations. Kunkel moved to tainable and locally grown food into the lives Athens last summer from Dallas and introof all Georgians.” duced the Speakers’ Bureau to Athens last fall. Carlo Petrini, founder of Slow Food He organized two presentations in January International, will give the keynote address at and has three more planned for February. The a Saturday night dinner orchestrated by Five Bureau’s last local event took place at First & Ten restaurant’s Hugh Acheson. Petrini— United Methodist Church, with a turnout of to try to get some industry,” he said. Lucy famous for fighting McDonald’s in his native Heil feared that she and her husband—who about 25 youth group members. Italy—has big shoes to fill: the conference’s Kunkel says he hopes to dispel some of operate a USDA-certified organic farm in the 2009 keynote speaker was the groundbreaking county—could lose their USDA approval as the myths regarding the people who become author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Michael homeless and the causes of homelessness. a result of pollution from the plant. To Lisa “When most people think of the homeless they Pollan. Hood, the plan was “good-old-boy, backdoor But Petrini’s story adds a personal touch politics,” and she questioned the county’s think of the people on the street begging for to Georgia Organics’ vision of an alternative Commissioners in Elbert County, 30 miles “host contract” with GreenFirst. “It’s a 30-year change… What they don’t see is the people to homogeneous, industrial food production. east of Athens, voted unanimously last week contract that y’all are binding us to,” she in the shelters or sleeping on the couch at a Not only has he shown that modern methods told commissioners. “This was obviously writfriend’s house or in a car.” to allow a controversial “waste-to-energy” of food production and delivery can threaten a The reasons for becoming homeless tend incinerator, despite widespread objections by ten for the company, by the company.” Bill country’s very culture, Petrini brings a simple county citizens. Both newcomers and longtime Daughtry, attorney for the county government, to be more complex than many people assume message of physical and emotional health and are typically the result of a combination residents begged comtold Flagpole that several often lost in the breathless workaday world: of problems rather than a single conflict, says missioners to go slow and “That crowd is always concerns of citizens were Slow down. Enjoy. taken into account as the Kunkel. The causes include everything from study the implications Michael Wall, GO’s director of communicaaddictions and medical emergencies to inadof the incinerator, which 58-page “host contract” against everything tions, believes that the Slow Food mantra to equate wages and recession layoffs. was being negotiated. would burn trash and happening in this county.” Initially the company When organizing an event, Kunkel attempts “delight in your meals and… in the people wood chips trucked in with whom you share them” needs to be to assemble a diverse panel of speakers from as far as 90 miles asked the county to pay broadcast here in Georgia. away. But without a word of discussion, the for building the plant, he said, but “we didn’t who come from many different backgrounds “We’re tied to agriculture in so many ways, feel comfortable doing so, because a number and situations to illustrate this spectrum of commissioners voted for approval. yet we’re in danger of losing appreciation for of citizens had expressed concerns about causes. David Mai is one of the participants Burning the trash and fuel chips, hauled in the hard workers that produce it, and for the that.” The contract went through about six by some 220 truckloads a day, would generwho hopes to share his story with the commureal value that food has,” Wall says. ate enough electricity to power some 35,000 drafts, he said. “I thought it was odd that nity in order to spread awareness and encourThis year’s conference has big expectations homes, says GreenFirst LLC, the “real estate everyone was saying we were moving too fast” age involvement in the issue. Mai says he after unprecedented attendance of the 2009 since the project was investment” company which would own the once worked for a sucevent held in Decatur. Yet the decision to discussed in public meet- He once worked for a facility. It would likely be run by another cessful corporation but locate to Athens was a natural one: in addiings “ad nauseam for the company, Covanta Energy Corp., which operfound himself homeless ates over 40 such plants in the United States, previous six months,” he successful corporation but in 2008, unable to get a tion to unparalleled entertainment opportunities, there’s incredible farming brainpower in Europe and China, and would sell the elecsaid. Written questions job even at McDonald’s. found himself homeless in Mai’s situation is one of the Athens area. tricity and charge customers to receive the from citizens had been “It’s… the epicenter of the state’s agritrash. Metals would be recovered and recycled; answered, and GreenFirst those which cannot be 2008, unable to get a job cultural wisdom, thanks to the University of ash would be landfilled on-site. The plant had held a public meetattributed to just one Georgia’s agriculture department, the oldest will require various permits from Georgia’s ing one week before the conflict. Raised by an even at McDonald’s. ag school in the nation, founded in 1887,” Environmental Protection Division, but could vote, he added. abusive alcoholic father, Wall says. “Before there were tractors, there be completed in late 2013, GreenFirst says. “We had to do somehe quit school and left were agriculture studies and classes at UGA.” But incinerator opponents have submitted thing” to deal with Elbert County’s trash, home at the age of 14. Since that day, his life For chef Scott Howard, head of the Athens over 3200 signatures by Elbert County voters commissioner John Hubbard told Flagpole. has been a series of struggles with alcoholism chapter of Slow Food, Georgia Organics’ choice to petition for a referendum that could overCommissioners did not explain their vote, he and, eventually, a crack addiction. to hold the conference in Athens is a conride the commissioners’ approval. People were said, because there “wasn’t no need of dis“I grew up being told I wasn’t going to be firmation of the remarkable agricultural and eager to sign, petition organizers said; it took cussing it with that crowd, those hostile peonothing or do nothing right, and at one point culinary resources in the Classic City: “We have only 10 days to collect all the signatures. If at ple… That crowd is always against everything in my life I tried to prove that right,” says world-class farmers, least 2505 of the signers prove to have been happening in this county.” But the Winder Mai. registered voters as of November 2008—that’s landfill being used by the county is filling Mai moved to “We have world-class farmers, world-class producers here in the area. It’s 20 percent of Elbert’s registered voters— up; and citizens had already said they did not Athens in February unheard of, considerthen the question will be put on the ballot want a new landfill in Elbert County, Hubbard 2009 and gained world-class producers here ing we’re not a market in accordance with state law, probate judge said. Two years ago, “we went out and control of his addicin the area. It’s unheard like Atlanta. You look Susan Sexton told Flagpole. investigated the landfill deal and talked to tions with the help at cities of equal Numerous yard signs reading “No citizens—and that was a no-no; they did not of the local Potter’s of, considering we’re not a size… they don’t have Incinerator, No Landfill” attest to the concerns want a landfill.” Then GreenFirst pitched its House mission. Now anything close to of citizens; about 20 spoke to commissioners alternative, and commissioners and interested a maintenance worker market like Atlanta.” this.” before last week’s vote, with most opposing it citizens were bused to Huntsville, AL to tour a for the Athens Council While most conferor asking that the approval process be slowed trash-to-energy incinerator there. “Everybody on Aging, Mai makes ence events are expected to sell out, portions down. The meeting was moved to a larger in Huntsville is crazy about it,” he said. enough money to afford a shared apartment, will be open to the public on Friday night. room to accommodate the expected crowd, but considers himself “just a day away from The expo reception takes place at the Classic but that too filled up and many listened to John Huie being back to homeless.” Center from 5–7 p.m. with live music from the meeting from an adjacent room. It was Kunkel says one of the most powerful Hope for Agoldensummer. Expect a cash bar, broadcast live on an Elberton radio station. aspects of the speakers’ presentations is the local food tastings, cooking demos, artwork, “Y’all seem really just bound and detersincerity they demonstrate in their desire to mined to go ahead and do this,” said lifeimprove their situations. “When I look at them a silent auction and 70 exhibitors. Entrance is $10. time Elberton resident Hal Reynolds. But I see my friends and family in them and how After the reception at 8 p.m., Ciné will “how much do you know about this plant?” much we have in common. It’s unfortunate host a free public showing of Sundance Film he asked. “I don’t think that you know all there’s usually this ‘us and them’ mentality.” Festival selection Dirt! The Movie—a documenthe details; I don’t think the people of this As the program gains momentum in Athens, As one of the poorest counties in the tary that “brings to life the environmental, county know all the details.” Farm owner Kunkel hopes to increase the number of prenation, Athens-Clarke County is no stranger economic, social and political impact” of the Bob Matthews, a former district Republican sentations to 10 each month. to the problem of homelessness. Yet for many soil. A panel discussion follows. party official, warned that “every piece of Athenians, the problem is an abstract concern. Also, Petrini will make an appearance at land in this county is going to be worth less Devon Young Faces of Homelessness Speakers’ Bureau coorFarm 255 restaurant’s Slow Food fundraiser on money,” and that will reduce the tax base. Friday night. Twenty percent of supper sales “The political repercussions of this, if you rush dinator Jaron Kunkel attempts to engage the public by “putting a face” on an issue comwill support Slow Food’s Terra Madre fund. Call it through, are going to be astronomical,” monly swept under the carpet of society. ahead for reservations. he added. “Even if you’re right, you have not “Most people go about their daily lives and All participants in the conference are made the case to the people in the county.” don’t think about poverty or homelessness. encouraged to share their experiences online But Tookie Swords asked “why Elbert Putting a face on it gives them some perspecvia Facebook, Twitter, Flickr or YouTube on County is so negative of everything” when tive,” says Kunkel. GO’s social medial hub at www.georgiaorganicthere are empty buildings downtown, and Founded in 1996 by the National Coalition Sharpen your spades, shine your forks: young people leave once they finish college. Georgia Organics brings its 13th annual con“What alternative has anybody offered? I com- for the Homeless, the Speakers’ Bureau now ference to the Classic Center Feb. 19–20. 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Go Where the Money Is Little by little, the money keeps disappearing from the state budget. Georgia legislators have had to delete $1.2 billion from the current year’s budget because the recession has killed tax revenues. Lawmakers will have to reduce the budget for next fiscal year by a similar amount because of the ongoing recession. Who suffers the most when state spending is cut by such large amounts? Public education has consistently taken the biggest hit. At the urging of Gov. Sonny Perdue, the legislature has cut more than $2 billion in state funding to local school systems for grades K-12 since 2003. Those reductions continued in the revised state budget that the House approved last week. The amended budget cuts another $281 million in Quality Basic Education (QBE) funds that the state would normally send to local schools. If the state’s public school system is to be kept intact, this cutting cannot go on much longer. Is there a way, short of passing a tax increase, to raise the money needed for education? As it turns out, there is a solution staring legislators right in the face. Georgia loses buckets of tax dollars every year because of retailers who charge the sales tax on their customers but keep the money rather than send it to the revenue department. This problem is well known to lawmakers and revenue officials, but they haven’t done much to deal with it. A pilot program in Hall County uncovered the fact that nearly 1,000 businesses in that county do not have sales tax numbers, which means they are not reporting their sales tax collections to the state. There are several hundred businesses that do not have a business license from their local government. House Minority Leader DuBose Porter (D-Dublin) and his Democratic colleagues have been trying in vain for more than a year to pass legislation that would crack down on

these renegade businesses who are cheating the state of sales tax proceeds. “Our bill will stop the tax cheaters and get the money where it ought to go,” Porter said. Porter estimates that unreported sales taxes for the whole state could amount to as much as $1 billion. This is not a tax increase: this is money that the businesses are already required to collect and send to the state. Revenue Commissioner Bart Graham claims that the estimate of $1 billion in uncollected taxes is much too high. But he concedes that somewhere between 5 percent and 10 percent of Georgia’s sales tax proceeds are being evaded—or $250 million to $500 million a year. There have been indications that legislative Republicans are ready to join their Democratic colleagues and take action to collect these delinquent taxes. Bills have been introduced by lawmakers from both parties to set up a system that would cross-check sales tax and business license data to identify retailers who are not turning over tax proceeds as the law requires. That’s a good start. The next step is for lawmakers to get moving and adopt this legislation so that Georgia can start collecting taxes that are long past due. The General Assembly can move fast when it comes to legislation that has no relevance for its constituents. The Senate, for example, has already adopted a bill that would make it illegal to implant microchips in people, even though the bill’s sponsor could not cite a single instance where any person in Georgia was ever forced to undergo such an implantation. If legislators would only move that quickly to go after tax cheats, the state and its school systems would be in much better shape.


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ntebellum mansions, urban landmark buildings and his property to make it part of the park. But no legal action in-town neighborhoods have been protected by local was ever initiated to make that happen, so that opportunity historic preservation ordinances over the past quarterwas also missed. century. But no such coverage has been extended to In recent times, he had to move into an assisted-living historic sites in rural locations. One such prime candidate for facility, so his late wife’s son decided to put the property preservation lies less than 20 miles from Athens, just outside up for sale. When the Athens Banner-Herald ran a front-page Watkinsville in rural Oconee County. story about its availability, the realtor handling the property “The Elder Mill and nearby covered bridge are one of only reported considerable buyer interest. The 1972-vintage home two such sites in Georgia,” says Russ Page, an Oconee busiand 2.3 acres were appraised at $135,000 and offered for nessman and farmland preservation activist. “Only six covered sale at $200,000. A few days after the article ran, a buyer bridges in the state are still open to local traffic.” submitted a sales contract; it was accepted and a closing was The combination of mill and covered bridge is “very unusual scheduled. The likely new owner of that central portion of the and very significant,” agrees Amy Kissane, executive director proposed park says he’s sympathetic to the idea of a park, but of the Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation, the local preservathat he is buying the house and land with plans to live there. tion group. “We need to be good stewards of such historic The conservation society folks had hoped that home would properties.” be converted into the park headquarters or a small museum Although the Oconee sites are on the National Register of chronicling local agricultural history. Historic Places, a federal listing of cultural resources worth Equally important, the long-time owner of the mill, retired preserving, and has a Scenic Preservation Designation, an over- UGA art professor Charles Morgan, says his property is still lay district of the county, neither listing offers any real, longavailable to be used for a park and has mentioned an asking term protection. price in the $1-million range. The conservation society believes Elder Mill and Covered Bridge is an ideal site to create a that figure may be too high, but an appraisal of the property public park, a handful of Oconee citizens who have formed the is needed to establish its current market value. The process of Elder Mill Conservation Society finding a certified real estate believe. Their immediate goal appraiser who specializes in is to aggregate at least 32 such historic properties has History of Elder Mill & Covered Bridge acres now privately owned in added complications since three parcels—the mill and such appraisers are a rarity in The mill was built around 1900 as a turbine-driven grist its surrounding seven acres, a this region. Oconee County and wheat mill. Operated by four generations of the Elder famsmall house across Rose Creek lists the assessed value of the ily, it served the area’s farmers until 1941 and still contains from the mill sitting on 2.3 mill and land at $183,321. the original milling equipment made in Indiana. The mill has acres, and an adjoining 23 In the meantime, the Elder been well maintained by its long-time owner, who envisions it additional acres. Mill Conservation Society one day being open to the public. Currently, it has small living The park could ideally be has filed an application with quarters that are occupied by a tenant. expanded, these citizens envithe Georgia Department of The covered bridge was built in 1897 by Nathaniel sion, to include two other Community Affairs to nomiRichardson across Call’s Creek on what is now Highway 441. surrounding tracts: one of 271 nate the area as a “regionIt was moved to its present Rose Creek site by wagon in 1924. acres, which is currently for ally important resource.” It The bridge, constructed in the Town’s lattice truss style, sale, and 400 acres owned by acknowledges the mill and underwent major repairs and renovation in the early 1970s, a family trust. covered bridge’s contribuwith funds from then-Gov. Jimmy Carter. For decades, the mill, tion to local history and its bridge and small home have potential as a regional tourist all been well maintained by attraction. their owners. But several recent developments have made the The application also acknowledges the bridge’s vulnerability. future of the area appear uncertain. The conservation society “Undeveloped land not far from the bridge has recently been folks are frustrated that they haven’t been able to gain the put on the market,” Page says. “If that land became a residensupport of Oconee County to move this process forward. tial area, the bridge would not meet today’s safety standards. A couple of years ago Oconee commissioners voted against It’s a one-lane bridge and is limited to cars and small trucks, buying the land, because they said funds weren’t available. so emergency vehicles couldn’t cross the bridge and would Russ Page says that if the county had invested $232,000 at have to travel an extra 15 miles to respond to calls. The bridge that time, they could have received a matching grant of $1.2 simply wouldn’t meet minimal DOT standards if traffic demands million from the Georgia Land Conservation Program. Now were to increase much.” those matching funds no longer exist. Curiously, UGA profesLong-time Oconee resident Melissa Steele, a textile artist sor and civic blogger Lee Becker (his site is Oconee County who lives near the area, says she is passionate about preservObservations) insists that some $10 million of the 2003 SPLOST ing the mill and covered bridge because of their history. She funds are available, so he believes that creating a park around says she’s impressed that the mill retains its original equipment the Elder Mill and iconic covered bridge was simply “not a priin pristine condition. “It’s important to share how our forefaority of the county.” thers had to work to feed their families,” she says. “Taking our Another frustrating factor stems from a recent change in history for granted would be a tragedy, a loss beyond words.” ownership of the 2.3-acre site. Earlier the elderly owner had offered to donate either his home and lot or an easement on John W. English

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Letter from Ecuador

Jeff Gore

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’ve only been in Ecuador for just over two weeks, yet already there is way too much to tell. Since I like to write, I’m going to try anyway. The first week here I spent with the family and friends of my best friend´s mother, Legny, who is from central Ecuador. Most of my time was spent with Gloria and Daniel, and their 21-year-old son Daniel (¨Danielito¨ to avoid confusion with dad), in the sprawling near-coastal city of Guayaquil. In this city the buildings are grimy, the roads are insane, and every neighborhood that’s not a hillside shanty has security measures so severe— giant gates, barbed wire, around-the-clock guards, broken glass bottles glued to the tops of walls—that at first glance, every rational parent and friend should be worried about my safety in such a place. But around Daniel and Gloria’s family and friends I was not only secure, but incredibly comfortable. Since Gloria is what you’d call a “homemaker,” the meals were unfailingly delicious and timely—usually consisting of a meat entree with rice and a vegetable side, accompanied by a glass of juice of mora (blackberry) or papaya blended with powdered milk. On a couple occasions I was lucky enough to enjoy a dessert of a sweet tamale of mashed corn with cheese and sugar, kept hot inside of a corn husk, neatly folded like some sort of fat letter. On my first weekend, we were off to the peninsula of Santa Elena, where Gloria and Daniel have a small house 15 minutes from the beach town of Salinas. If you find yourself at any relatively populated Ecuadorian beach, you’d better be prepared for the vendedores. Hardly a minute passes by without being approached by someone trying to sell you bootlegged DVDs or bamboo lamps or cheese empanadas. (Just understand that they’re there because you’re there.) One particularly creative vendedor dressed as a woman approached me with a “Hey, griiiiiingo” catcall, told me he loved me in Titanic, then proceeded to bare his plastic breasts, with a tweak of the nipples for special seductive effect, all the while maintaining eye contact with me. Despite the commendable extra effort, I declined his Chiclets, and he was off to seduce another Leo DiCaprio only a few meters away. Later that week I paid a visit to Legny’s hometown, Balzar, a two hour bus ride from Guayaquil. Upon arrival I was scooped up by her sister Solanda and taken to the picturesque farm of her 91-year-old father, where I struggled to accept the idea that I’m supposed to hit a horse to get it to move. I was,

however, much less hesitant about eating a delicious mango, skin and all, that had just fallen in a pile of horseshit. I did wash it off with water, although all the Mom-caliber hygienic questions—Did you clean it thoroughly enough? Where did the water come from? How do you know it’s clean?!? What about that guy’s hand you just shook? Don’t pick your nose; look at your fingernails!— briefly induced those psychosomatic feelings of illness that nearly justified those xenophobic, hypochondriac fears which can ruin any moment in any context. Luckily, I was able to remind myself that being out in the country around real food, fresh air, great people; being away from car exhaust, constant stress and wireless radiation, could in no conceivable way be bad for my health. With that, the damning “symptoms” eventually vanished and I enjoyed the ensuing tour of other farms in the area, where I watched the delicate art of harvesting avocados from high treetops while I sipped the perfectly subtle water of a chilled coconut through a straw. (The same assurance of good health cannot be given to the four fellows I saw on the way back, hitching a ride on top of a dump truck, sitting directly behind the exhaust pipe billowing black smoke into their faces, which they seemed to regard as only a minor nuisance.) During that time I was speaking only Spanish, and although it had only been a week, I can fully attest to the effectiveness of the “sink or swim”/ “total immersion” language learning method, as I could sense improvement on a daily basis. I found that my love for language extends beyond English, thankfully, and during my time in Guayaquil I was devouring dozens of new words, using the age-old memory technique of associatewhat-you’re-trying-to-remember-with-a-reallyridiculous-image. I’ll give you an example. The Spanish word for onion is cebolla. It’s pronounced seh-boy-ah. How to remember this? After gargling the sound of the word in my mind a bit, I arrived at this image: a stereotypical Italian (think Mario or Luigi) who happens to be delivering a baby. Under the hospital gown, from the spread legs, he brings out… a slimy onion. “It’s-a boy-a!” he declares, and thus cebolla is forever etched into my mind, bound to that slimy onion. It often takes some time to come up with a credible image, but it works—partly because of all that initial mental effort centered around just the sound of the word. (To be continued…) Jeff Gore



miscellany Out and About Around Athens Stuffed Streets: As it warms up and locals take to the sidewalks, Athens seems to be getting a little more closely knit. Daily Groceries Co-op beckons with wireless and a (happily) shared picnic table. On an unseasonably sunny afternoon, filmmaker and new Globe employee Kyle Giddens was introduced to recording artist Suny Lyons, whose music Giddens was hoping to use for a video project. Days later, Giddens shot a music video for local band Our New Silence, with a cast that included Pigpen Studios’ Daniel Collins, in the empty Chase Street warehouse site. k And the Co-op is home to local art, in addition to locals and local produce: Krysia Haag unveiled her new mosaic sign last week, and Lou Kregel will create a new “sunburst sign” to replace her “carrot sign,” which was stolen last year, according to Daily’s Walter Swanson.

Army movie nights are organized by Ryan Lewis, self-proclaimed culture writer, tombstone and scooter designer, and “Minister of Propaganda” for the WSLA). Full Week Ahead: Hear literature scholar John Richetti on UGA’s campus (2/17). The retired University of Pennsylvania professor will speak on “Daniel Defoe & Enlightenment” as part of the Georgia Colloquium in 18th- and 19th-Century Literature—despite the gravity of his subject, he is known to be as enter-

An Education: Janet Geddis, of the upcoming Avid Bookshop, was present at a recent Georgia Review readKrysia Haag has created a new mosaic sign for Daily Groceries Co-op. ing by acclaimed poet Kevin Prufer at Ciné. Geddis has just received taining as illuminating. Attend the Athens a scholarship at an American Booksellers Area Habitat for Humanity’s third annual Association educational conference for being “Home Is Where the Heart Is” Art Auction at a Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Hotel Indigo (2/18). The auction will feature “emerging leader.” And her photos, on display a wider selection of local art than in previat Flicker and benefitting Avid, “sold amazous years, and its proceeds will benefit the ingly well the first night,” she says. Women Build Campaign, through which local After the reading, dinner involved guest of women, Habitat staff and partner families honor Prufer and a group of local literati that come together to build affordable homes in included UGA graduate students and writers the community. Enjoy “A Slow Night at the Michael Tod Edgerton and Kevin Vaughn, and Farm,” at Farm 255 (2/19). Twenty percent long-time publisher, bookseller and promoter of the evening’s sales from the regular menu Judy Long, who has been organizing events will benefit Slow Food’s Terra Madre Fund, including a Jeannette Rankin remembrance there will be bluegrass by David Dowless and “A Taste of Athens,” for which more and Friends, and Slow Foods founder and than 50 local restaurants will provide samples president Carlo Petrini will make an appearat the Classic Center (2/21). Also along was ance. The following night Farm will feature the David Ingle, Assistant Editor of The Georgia culinary skills of Hugh Acheson at the Farmers Review, whose crew was already thinking Feast. Both events coincide with the 13th ahead to their next visitor, Michael Donohue, annual Georgia Organics conference at the winner of both the 2007 National Magazine Classic Center (2/19 & 2/20). The conference Award in Essays and the Gold Award in Essays itself is now sold out, but some associated presented by the Magazine Association of the events remain open. Visit www.georgiaorSoutheast for “Russell and Mary” (first for more info about lished in The Georgia Review). Donohue will availability. speak at the Athens Community Council on Aging and at the Miller Learning Center (2/17) Last, but Not Least: Catch the Jewish Film and read in the Rialto Room (2/18). Festival at Ciné (2/20–2/23), which will feature 15 films and a closing ceremony at Hotel Fat and Happy: And what a week for New Indigo’s Rialto Room (2/24). And celebrate Orleans! (Athens has lost some Cajun flavor local African-American leaders at “A Soulful with the closing of Harry Bissett’s, but the Celebration Dinner,” hosted by the Friends restaurant promises to reopen soon.) The Big of the Georgia Museum, at the UGA Visual Arts Easy is basking in football glory and Mardi Building, followed by a choir performance at Gras revelry, a time for the ultimate selfthe UGA Chapel (2/24). indulgence before some moral reckoning. What Do not miss the application deadare Athenians’ bad habits? PBR, crude humor line (2/21) for inclusion in “6X6 Media and inappropriate relationships, according Arts Event: Fashion” curated by Michael to a particularly hectic recent night at Ciné, Lachowski and the first installment of a when the Found Footage Festival had the monthly, six-part, themed series of experimencrowd in the Lab in hysterics with full-frontal tal digital media art events. All submissions male nudity; two films about age-disparate must last no longer than six minutes each. love affairs (A Single Man and An Education) For more info and to submit your work, go to packed the theaters; and a hipster-haven midnight movie emptied the coolers of their $2 brew (The Washington Street Liberation Elaine Ely



theatre notes The Season Heats Up Until the Violence Stops: The “V” in V-Day stands for “victory,” “valentine” and “vagina.” Originating on Valentine’s Day of 1998 at a New York production of Eve Ensler’s seminal (no pun intended) feminist piece, The Vagina Monologues, V-Day continues as a major impetus for activism against sexual violence, domestic abuse and female genital mutilation. Join Project Safe in their 10th anniversary of V-Day celebrations at this year’s The Vagina Monologues. Performances run Feb. 18–21 at 8 p.m at the UGA Chapel. Buy tickets at Frontier, Urban Sanctuary Day Spa and the Project Safe Thrift Store with proceeds benefiting Project Safe’s shelter and services for Georgia women and families. Visit for more information. Life’s a Banquet: Athens’ community theatre, Town and Gown, brings us Mame, the 1965 musical adaptation of the stage play Auntie Mame by writing partners Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, famous for historically relevant dramatizations such as the McCarthyist-critical Inherit the Wind and the Vietnamera The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail. Mame follows fashionable dynamo Mame Dennis—seemingly a cross between Holly Golightly and Maude Chardin—as she cares for her orphaned nephew through the Great Depression and its accompanying

Raising the Bard: Modernized versions of Shakespeare are tricky and often overwrought. Personally, I can’t stand to see techno-gimmicky revamps: Hamlet’s “To be or not to be” speech poured into a cell phone, for example. So, I’m always excited to see a production of Shakespeare conceptualized in a fresh light while upholding the power and beauty of its elevated language, which is what I expect from UGA’s second production of the semester, Romeo and Juliet. After his frightening staging of King Lear, director and professor Ray Paolino will no doubt take such a tragedy as pervasive and familiar as R and J and reveal something new about it. “This is a patriarchal and sexist world that Shakespeare has given us,” he explains, “and we make no attempt to rewrite history or defer to PC.” Reveling in the religious and historic setting of the SeneyStovall Chapel, this production is rooted in sacred ritual and sacrament juxtaposed with the bawdy and depraved sexuality that rules their society. Romeo and Juliet runs Feb. 18–20 and 24–27 at 8 p.m. with a matinee performance on Feb. 28 at 2:30 p.m. See for more information.


Careful What You Wish For: We all did this when we were young, right? List the top attributes of our preferred sex. But at Town and Gown’s first Second Stage production of the year, Norm Foster’s The Love List, witness the hilarity that ensues when two guys inadvertently forge their “ideal woman” and find her walking through their door. Catch it Feb. 26 & 27 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 28 at 2 p.m. Call the Town and Gown box office for more information at (706)208-8696.

Divas Unleashed: When black theatre and performance erected its moveable empire in the 1920s known as the Chitlin’ Circuit—connecting venues across America that produced work by, for, and about the black community—it created a longstanding tradition of staging the black experience in a powerful and comedic way that strove for autonomy The UGA production of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is at the Seney-Stovall Chapel Feb. 18–20 & 24–28. while remaining locally saturated. Shelly Garrett, tragedies. This Tony award-winning musical teaches us perseamong the most famous figures of black theatre, debuted his verance through song and dance. Catch Mame, Feb. 18–20 at 8 comedy Beauty Shop in 1987, which today is heralded as the p.m. with a matinee performance on Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. Call the most successful African-American stage play. This touring probox office for more information at (706) 208-8696. duction stops by the Classic Center, one night only, Feb. 27 at 8 p.m. Buy tickets online at Down to the Wireless: Who knows what sorts of adventures await as the Athens Creative Theatre presents another installCreaks for Kids: Local illustrious artists and puppeteers Eleanor ment in the ACT’s Reader’s Theatre Festival with live reenactDavis, Michele Chidester, David Mack and Jason Matherly team ments of the best programs from Old Time Radio’s golden age. up with friends, cardboard, lights, cotton and music to bring Enjoy murder, romance and Sherlock Holmes at Quinn Hall, Feb. another charmingly crafty Creaky Theatre shadow puppet 19 & 20 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 21 at 3 p.m. performance. “The Frog and the Grasshopper” tells the story of two competing souls, determined to save their habitat Not Your Madame Butterfly: The Athena Opera University of until the importance of team work and sweet beats is realGeorgia Opera Ensemble brings you a full-scale production ized. Part of ATHICA’s “Nurture” exhibit closing festivities and of Gian Carlo Menotti’s 1939 one-act opera The Old Maid and appropriate for ages three and up. Catch “The Frog and the the Thief. This opera is particularly interesting for a couple of Grasshopper” on Sunday Feb. 28 at 3:45 p.m. Find out more reasons. It was commissioned by NBC for the radio and incorinformation at porates narrative introductions to each scene. While those were not intended for staged versions of the opera, this production Auditions: Local professional company Rose of Athens Theatre will incorporate elements of that original style. The Old Maid announces auditions for their spring production of Charlotte’s and the Thief was also Menotti’s first English-language opera. Web. Please prepare one monologue, one or two minutes Borrowing stock archetypes from the Italian Renaissance long. Musicians are encouraged to audition, but must provide style of Commedia dell’Arte, Menotti illustrates the their own accompaniment. Feb. 24, 7 p.m. at the UGA Fine Machiavellian deceits lurking in small town America as a forArts Building, Room 201. Call (706) 340-9181 to schedule an eign newcomer is descended upon by two vying women. Free appointment. More information at to the public at the Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall at the UGA Performing Arts Center on Feb. 17 & 19 at 8 p.m. Amy Whisenhunt

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grub notes Venturing Out Cozy Yum Yum: Actually, while that’s the name of one restaurant in Athens, it can apply equally well to the dinner offerings at Big City Bread Cafe (393 N. Finley St.), which was on my list of places to re-visit for months. A recent dark and chilly evening proved the perfect time, though. I hadn’t ventured over to Big City for some time, and the café’s expansion into the space previously occupied by the bakery (at one point a separate business, now defunct), greatly increases indoor seating. From the outside, at night, it glows softly, with arrangements of tables and booths promoting intimacy and happy huddling. It’s a beautiful room, yet remains family-friendly and accommodating to large groups, a balancing act that’s not easy to pull off, and it makes me rather likely to return. The dinner menu changes often, with some items that are familiar from lunchtime (burgers, soups, sandwiches) and a selection of daily plates, handed to you on a separate slip of paper. Some of it aims for sophistication, but mostly, while the ingredients are nice, the results are on the rustic side, as with the sandwich of black beans, sweet potatoes and roasted red peppers, which is tasty but not exactly easy to eat while attempting to look like Cary Grant. The pricing is rather all over the place and correlates only somewhat with serving size, although our waitress was more than forthcoming with information about everything. For example, if you order the lamb sausage small plate, which comes with polenta topped with a softly fried egg, for $12, your plate will be small, whereas the abovementioned sandwich is a mere $6.75 and plenty of food for a large, hungry dude. The entrées are more expensive, priced daily at around $15–$18, but the piece of pork I received (admittedly, a really nicely cooked cut, with crispy bits, enough fat, a good sense of seasoning and a wonderful texture) was enormous. That’s probably an opinion colored by a diet that tends not to put a huge hunk of protein at the center of its meals, and far be it from me to encourage the restaurant to move toward a plate that gives more space to sides and less space to meat, as that’s hardly what the general public wants, but you may end up taking home leftovers. Big City’s practice of offering two sides (a starch and a green) that come with everything is both sensible, in that it requires far less prep and work on the part of the kitchen and wastes far less food, and, to a gourmand, disappointing. The polenta and roasted cauliflower were perfectly tasty, the latter maybe even more so, but I’d rather each plate be composed independently, with a consideration of what veggies might go with what proteins, and that there be a wider variety of choices. What’s the short version of this review? The dinner at Big City isn’t top-tier yet, even for Athens, but it’s well executed and thoughtfully cooked, and, especially if you live nearby, it’s a warm, friendly option. Hot Stuff: Um, did you know Bell’s (995 Hawthorne Ave.) has a breakfast counter? Unless you’ve talked to the right people, probably not. Well, in addition to being a nice option for local produce and locally prepared foods, the grocery store serves up styrofoam containers full of greasy goodness (except Sundays) for crazy-low prices. Most breakfast counters ladle out food the texture and flavor of wet cardboard. While the …the fried pork chop eggs at Bell’s may not look is salty and awesome. like much, they’re surprisingly delicious—maybe not “mom’s” quality but they really taste like eggs, which is rare. The grits are granular rather than excessively creamy and full of butter. The sausage is far better than the usual hockey puck, with layers of flavor, and the fried pork chop is salty and awesome. Even the biscuits—huge, light, well-browned—are a step up from what you would expect. Pork chop plus eggs, grits and biscuit will run you $3 and change and thoroughly fill you up. Bell’s has some seating, but take-out is a better option, away from the fluorescent lighting. What Up?: SunO Dessert, featuring a shaved-ice creation topped with anything from fruit to Oreos and gummi bears, expects to open later this month on Broad Street downtown, near the intersection with Thomas Street in the Franklin Building. And a new bar called Mad Hatter has opened in the old Village Idiot space on Clayton Street. Hillary Brown



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ust at the point when we’re all starting to anticipate spring, the annual A Taste of Athens flowers, reminding those of us who’ve stayed inside and cooked for ourselves all winter long how nice it can be to venture out and what an array of places we have to supply us with victuals. Call it the redbud of Athens festivals. This year’s version, the 17th time it’s been held, is coming up on Sunday, Feb. 21, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Classic Center and, as always, benefits Community Connection. About 50 food and drink vendors from within Athens and a little beyond attend each year, setting up their tables and their hot plates and assembling their tasty bites, and while it would be nearly impossible to hit every single one (unless you have Joey Chestnut-esque capacities), there are enough to provide variety for everyone. If you’re looking to sample some of the newer places in town, for example, you could stop by the tables of Square One, Hotel Indigo’s Phi Bar and Bistro, Reds Southern Tavern and Totonno’s Famous Meatballs, a fairly efficient way to check some eateries off your list. Old favorites like The Grill and The Grit will be there as well, and Cecilia Villaveces Cakes will no doubt be mobbed. If I were making my own list, I’d be sure to put both The National and the Daily Neighborhood Deli on there, the latter of which recently supplied a superlative red velvet cake to an event I attended. There’s also much in the way of potables, from Red Eye Coffee and 1000 Faces Coffee to Terrapin Beer and Tiger Mountain Vineyards, to yank you from depressant to stimulant and back again all night. The silent auction is frequently a highlight, and if you visit www.tasteofathens. com, you can see some of the items available this year, from original art to beautiful jewelry, salon gift baskets, pottery and more. The Red Clay Chef cook-off event, while popular in years past, has been axed this year, due to an effort to simplify and refocus on the real reason people come: the eats. The Athens A Train Band will supply a soundtrack for the evening, however, and this year’s celebrity guest judges, who determine best food and best drink (the audience still gets to have its say), will be the ladies from the locally filmed talk show “The Porch”: Liz Dalton, Jennifer Wootton, Paige Carmichael and Marty Winkler. TOA will also unveil its new logo. What I always find to be the greatest attraction, though, is that TOA helps Community Connection, an umbrella organization that benefits more than 70,000 people in a 14-county area every year. It’s a bit hard to get a handle on what, exactly, Community Connection does until you use the service, but here’s the short version. It runs the 2-1-1 Informational and Referral Helpline, which assists both those looking to supply help and those in need of it, whether that be through child care referrals, financial assistance, job training, childcare resources, disability services, assistance for seniors and their families or any other social service, either by dialing 2-1-1 or visiting Community Connection also administers HandsOn Northeast Georgia, which provides, through its site, a single point of entry if you want to volunteer with any of more than 60 agency partners, such as those that address domestic violence,

homelessness, the environment and poverty. Its third prong is the Non-Profit Development Alliance, which helps new and existing nonprofits make the best use of their resources, through staff training, encouragement of collaboration and resource sharing. The organization isn’t content just to chug along at the same rate, either. Julie Meehan, executive director of Community Connection, spoke with us and mentioned some of the advances it has made in the past year, due at least somewhat to the support that A Taste of Athens provides. For one thing, it’s now much easier to dial 2-1-1 from your cell phone than previously, due to partnerships established with major phone providers, a crucial step in this time when almost no one has a land line anymore. The referral service also updated its information database comprehensively, making it easier to search online. With government funds ever dwindling for social services, Community Connection was able to help nine households in the area that would have fallen by the wayside by providing support services and funds through the Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP), and helped organize both Project Homeless Connect and the Athens Holiday Coalition, to provide gifts to needy families. Meehan says that “HandsOn Northeast Georgia ended 2009 with over 3,000 new volunteers” and mentions its new partnership with the Athens Banner-Herald to create the “Blueprint” section in the paper that lists weekly volunteer opportunities. It also developed two new programs over the past year, FamilyServe and SingleServe, which help provide families with young children and young professionals with volunteer opportunities. HandsOn Northeast Georgia should soon launch its redeveloped website and is working on an exciting partnership with the University of Georgia and some financial support from Georgia Power that should let the organization move toward “great ease in listing projects, a deeper connection with service learning opportunities and a truly community-wide portal for getting connected to Athens,” according to Meehan. As for the Non-Profit Development Alliance, as the newest of Community Connection’s three facets, it’s still developing, but it received a grant this past year to hire a coordinator who will supply more than 60 agencies with hundreds of hours of training and technical assistance over the next two years. So, see? Your hard-earned dough is going to good use. If all of that doesn’t run a thumb across your heartstrings, I’ll point out that The Grill usually has shot-glass-sized milkshakes at the event, which may be as much of an attraction for some as doing good is for others. Tickets are $45 per person for regular admission and $75 for VIP, which gets you in half an hour early to stuff your face, access to the VIP garden (where you’ll be the object of much envy) and a souvenir wine glass and plate. You can purchase them either on the event’s website or by visiting any of the following establishments: Aurum Studios, Ciné, Homeplace, Jittery Joe’s (Alps, Five Points and East Side locations), The Rolling Pin, Suska and, of course, Community Connection.


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movie dope Some releases may not be showing locally this week. ATHENS JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL (NR) The line-up of critically acclaimed films that explore Jewish identity, culture and experience includes The Beetle, At Home in Utopia, For My Father, Lemon Tree, Max Minsky and Me and Tickling Leo. Visit for complete schedule. AVATAR (PG-13) On a remote planet, a paraplegic marine, Jake Sully (Sam Worthington), is promised the use of his legs if he helps the Corporation relocate a race of blue warriors, the Na’vi, whose home is located atop the planet’s richest supply of unobtanium. Jake takes control of a Na’vi/ human hybrid, infiltrating the aliens to learn their ways, but falls in love with them, particularly the chief’s daughter, Neytiri (Zoe Saldana), instead. Now Sully must lead the Na’vi against the space marines led by General Miles Quaritch (Stephen Lang), a scarred hulk of a military man. THE BOOK OF ELI (R) The Book of Eli made it onto my most wanted list for 2010 based solely on its resemblance to Fallout 3, the greatest videogame I have played in years. In a postapocalyptic wasteland, one man (Denzel Washington) must protect a sacred text with the secret to saving mankind while crossing the dangerous country. The Hughes Brothers (Menace II Society, From Hell) can be hit or miss. Hopefully, Eli is a home run. With Gary Oldman and Mila Kunis. DEAR JOHN (PG-13) More Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook) and more Lasse Hallstrom (Chocolat) could mean saccharine overload with this tearjerker about a soldier, John Tyree (Channing Tatum), who falls in love with a gal, Savannah Lynn Curtis (the Amanda Seyfried), while home on leave. But the terrorist attacks of 9/11 cause him to reenlist, an act that puts long-distance strain on their relationship. Thank goodness for Richard Jenkins, whose

reassuring presence as John’s distant dad just might be enough to make this drivel tolerable. DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE MORGANS? (PG-13) Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker play the Morgans, an unhappily married city couple relocated to the wilds of Wyoming after witnessing a murder. One can imagine they will rekindle their love affair once they have left behind the hustle and bustle of city living. Writer-director Marc Lawrence also helmed the Sandra Bullock vehicles, Miss Congeniality and Two Weeks Notice (which also starred Grant). With Sam Elliot and Mary Steenburgen as the local lawman and his gun-toting wife. DIRT! THE MOVIE (NR) In this 2008 documentary, narrator Jamie Lee Curtis dishes the dirt on our relationship to soil, an often unappreciated resource. Playing in coordination with the Georgia Organics Conference, Dirt! The Movie digs into the various social, economical and environmental impacts of soil. EDGE OF DARKNESS (R) Boston detective and widower Thomas Craven dotes on his grown-up little girl, Emma (Bojana Novakovic), an MIT grad working as a trainee for a giant Massachusetts R&D firm, Northmoor. When Emma visits dear old dad and is gunned down in a supposed hit on the detective, Craven turns his professional skills on her personal life, of which he knows strangely little. The more Craven investigates Emma’s life, the more he begins to believe she was killed because of something she had discovered about Northmoor and her boss, Jack Bennett (Danny Huston). Craven the detective teams up with Craven the grieving dad to investigate Bennett and uncovers a run-of-the-mill political thriller cover-up. AN EDUCATION (PG-13) Intelligent and mature for her 16 years, Jenny

Miller (Academy Award nominee Mulligan) dreams of little more than escaping her tiny life in a London suburb with her bourgeois parents (Alfred Molina and Cara Seymour). With her father pushing her toward Oxford, Jenny spends her days studying classic works of Brit lit and translating Latin in preparation for her A-levels. But then she meets David Goldman (Peter Sarsgaard), an exciting older man with a sports car and a seemingly endless disposable income, the perfect combination to woo an impressionable teenage girl who dreams of life as a

Wanna see my prison tattoo? Parisian sophisticate. David charms the entire Miller family right up until the impending moment that his dream life proves too good to be true. THE EDUCATION OF MS. GROVES (NR) The Peabody-winning “Dateline NBC” report, “The Education of Ms. Groves,” chronicles the first-year classroom experience of 21-year-old Teach for America volunteer Monica Groves, as she struggles to educate at a tough, urban middle school in Atlanta. The 60-minute screening and discussion are part of the Measuring Deliberate Speed: School Desegregation Brown Bag Film and Discussion Series


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Fados (NR) 7:00 (Th. 2/18) The Garden (NR) 7:00 (Th. 2/25)

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Beechwood movie times are only accurate through Feb. 18. Visit for updated times. Avatar 3D (PG-13) 4:30, 8:00 The Book of Eli (R) 4:05, 7:05, 9:50 Dear John (PG-13) 4:20, 7:00, 9:35 Edge of Darkness (R) 4:00, 7:00, 9:35 From Paris With Love (R) 5:25, 7:40, 9:55 It’s Complicated (R) 4:15, 7:00, 9:40 Percy Jackson & the Olympians (PG) 4:15, 7:15, 9:55 Tooth Fairy (PG) 4:25, 7:20, 9:40 Valentine’s Day (PG-13) 4:00, 7:00, 10:00 When in Rome (PG-13) 5:15, 7:30, 9:40 The Wolfman (R) 5:10, 7:35, 10:00

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Carmike 12 movie times are only accurate through Feb. 18. Visit for updated times. Avatar 3D (PG-13) 12:00, 4:00, 7:45 The Book of Eli (R) 4:15, 7:15, 9:50 Dear John (PG-13) 1:20, 4:15, 7:10, 9:45 Edge of Darkness (R) 1:15, 4:10, 7:05, 9:40 From Paris With Love (R) 1:00, 3:15, 5:30, 7:45, 10:05 Legion (R) 1:30, 4:15, 7:10, 9:40 Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief (R) 1:30, 4:15, 7:05, 9:50 Tooth Fairy (PG) 1:30, 4:10, 7:00, 9:30 Valentine’s Day (PG-13) 1:10, 2:00, 4:05, 5:00, 7:00, 8:00, 9:55



being sponsored by the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies and the Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection. See Calendar Events 2/19. FADOS (NR) 2007. Septuagenarian director Carlos Saura’s film about Portugal’s Fado music culture won the Best Documentary Award from Spain’s Cinema Writers Circle Awards and was nominated for the Argentinean Film Critics Award’s Silver Condor for Best Foreign Film. Fados also won the Goya for Best Original Song (Portuguese Golden Globe winner Carlos do

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Visit for complete schedule. Athens Jewish Film Festival (NR) Sa. 2/21–Tu. 2/23 Dirt! The Movie (NR) 8:00 (F. 2/19 only) An Education (PG-13) 5:00, 7:15 (W. 2/17–Th. 2/18); 5:00, 7:15, 9:30 (F. 2/19); 2:45, 5:00 (Sa. 2/20); 7:15 (M. 2/22–Tu. 2/23); 5:00, 7:15, 9:30 (W. 2/24–Th. 2/25); (no shows Su. 2/21) The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus (PG-13) 9:30 (W. 2/17–Th. 2/18); 2:30 (Sa. 2/20); 9:45 (F. 2/19 & M. 2/22–Th. 2/25); (no shows Su. 2/21) Rain (NR) 7:00 (Th. 2/18 only) A Single Man (PG-13) 5:15, 7:30, 9:45 (W. 2/17); 5:15, 9:45 (Th. 2/18); 5:15, 7:30 (F. 2/19); 5:15 (Sa. 2/20 & M. 2/22–Tu. 2/23); 5:15, 7:30 (W. 2/24–Th. 2/25); (no shows Su. 2/21)

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Precious (R) 3:00, 5:15, 7:30, 9:45 (F. 2/19–Su. 2/21) The Pursuit of Happyness (PG-13) 8:00 (Th. 2/18)

Carmo and Fernando Pinto Do Amara) and was nominated for the Goya and European Film Award for Best Documentary. Part of the ACC Library’s iFilms series. FOWL PLAY (NR) Fowl Play: The Untold Story Behind Your Breakfast follows Mercy for Animals members as they infiltrate some of the nation’s largest egg production facilities, recording video footage of and rescuing sick and injured chickens. The film will be accompanied by a discussion led by Dr. Janet Frick, Associate Head of the UGA Department of Psychology and Director of the UGA Infant Research Lab. Part of the fifth annual Animal Voices Film Festival. See Calendar Events 2/22. FROM PARIS WITH LOVE (R) Pierre Morel, who directed Taken, the surprise winter hit of 2009, puts an extremely game John Travolta and Jonathan Rhys Meyers through the frantic action paces as an American spy and an employee from the U.S. Embassy trying to foil a terrorist attack on the City of Lights. The trailer looks incredibly fun; Travolta has not appeared this carelessly appealing since the late ‘90s. FROZEN (R) A trio of snowboarders— Joe (X-Men’s Shawn Ashmore), Parker (Emma Bell) and Dan (Kevin Zegers)— are trapped on a chairlift after the ski resort has shut down for the week. With their lives on the line, the three must decide whether to stay put and freeze or face something potentially more perilous. Writer-director Adam Green previously excited the horror genre crowd with 2006’s Hatchet. His new film sounds Open Water-ish. Kane “Jason Voorhees” Hodder appears presumably as some degree of psycho. THE GARDEN (NR) At 41st Street and Alameda in South Central Los Angeles, farmers, primarily immigrants from Latin America, built a 14 acre community garden in the wake of the violent L.A. riots. Scott Hamilton Kennedy’s documentary relates the clash between the urban community farmers and land

developers, raising questions about inequality, power, poverty and racial injustice. Part of the ACC Library’s iFilms series. l THE GHOST WRITER (PG-13) Based on the novel by Robert Harris (Fatherland), The Ghost Writer is Ewan McGregor, who is hired to complete a memoir for a former British Prime Minister (former Bond Pierce Brosnan). However, the secrets he uncovers put his own life in danger. Joining McGregor and Brosnan in acclaimed filmmaker Roman Polanski’s latest film are Kim Cattrall, Olivia Williams, Timothy Hutton, Tom Wilkinson, Eli Wallach and James Belushi. I’m curious to see whether Polanski’s headlinegrabbing legal woes help or hurt his new film at the box office. THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS (PG-13) Doctor Parnassus (Christopher Plummer) grants people entry into their own imaginations, where they are offered the choice of redemption or damnation, courtesy of Mr. Nick (Tom Waits), the devil. The sudden appearance of the charming Tony ( Heath Ledger), discovered hanging underneath a bridge, may be what the doctor ordered, as Mr. Nick just offered Doctor Parnassus one final wager. Let the games begin. IT’S COMPLICATED (R) Writerdirector Nancy Meyers (Something’s Gotta Give) returns from The Holiday for another age-appropriate romantic comedy. Divorced Jane (Meryl Streep) embarks on an affair with her ex-husband, Jake (Alec Baldwin), currently married to the younger woman for whom he left Jane. The titular complications arrive in Adam (Steve Martin), an appealing architect Jane is also wooing. The R rating signifies a decided maturity in Meyers’ latest. With Rita Wilson, John Krasinski (“The Office”), Hunter Parrish (“Weeds”) and Lake Bell. LEAP YEAR (PG) Amy Adams jumpstarts 2010 as Anna, who has worked tirelessly for four years to get engaged to her boyfriend, Jeremy (Adam Scott). When he jets off to Dublin for business, Anna decides to join him and avail herself of an Irish Leap Day tradition, wherein women are encouraged to propose on Feb. 29. A teeny hiccup in her travel plans strands her in Wales, where innkeeper Declan (Matthew Goode) offers her a ride and maybe so much more. LEGION (R) Apparently, God is fed up with mankind, again, and he tasks his baddest-ass angels, Michael (Paul Bettany) and Gabriel (Kevin Durand), with humanity’s extermination. But Michael has a change of heart and decides to protect man’s last hope, the unborn child of single waitress Charlie (Adrianne Palicki). THE MESSENGER (R) Staff Sergeant William Montgomery (Ben Foster) is a decorated war hero. Upon his return home, he is assigned to the Casualty Notification service. Along with his fellow officer, Captain Tony Stone (Woody Harrelson), Will is tasked with delivering the worst news a soldier’s N.O.K. (next of kin) could ever hear. Will has no desire to do this miserable job but follows his orders like a good soldier would. Eventually, he chafes at the stringent procedures in place and begins comforting the soldier’s families as best he can. However, one of the N.O.K.s, Olivia Pitterson (Samantha

Morton), offers a unique challenge as Will finds himself drawn to this widowed mother. MY NAME IS KHAN (PG-13) Rizwan Khan (Shahrukh Khan), a Muslim man from India living with Asperger’s, immigrates to America where he falls in love with and marries Mandira (Kajol). But 9/11 complicates their lives as Rizwan is detained at Los Angeles International Airport after authorities mistake his syndrome for suspicious behavior. This inspirational Bollywood film hopes to be the latest crossover hit. Christopher B. Duncan reprises his “Tonight Show with Jay Leno” impersonation of President Barack Obama. Directed by Karan Johar. PERCY JACKSON & THE OLYMPIANS: THE LIGHTNING THIEF (PG) See Movie Pick. PLANET 51 (PG) Astronaut Chuck Baker (v. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) lands on Planet 51 and finds an alien race paranoid of an alien invasion. He must recover his spaceship with the help of his new alien friend. Three firsttime directors—Jorge Blanco, Javier Abad and Marcos Martinez—bring Shrek Oscar nominee Joe Stillman’s script to animated life. This family flick does not look terrible, but it does not much resemble a holiday blockbuster either. Featuring the voices of Jessica Biel, Justin Long, Gary Oldman, Sean William Scott and John Cleese. POTO MITAN (NR) In Poto Mitan: Haitian Women, Pillars of the Global Economy, filmmakers Renée Bergan and Mark Schuller paint a portrait of five Haitian women impacted by globalization, labor relations and gender relations. A “krik krak,” traditional Haitian folklore narrated by acclaimed novelist Edwidge Danticat, is interwoven with the story of these courageous women to the sound of contemporary Haitian music by artists such as Emeline Michel, Boukman Eksperyans, Brothers Posse, Manze Dayila and the Nago Nation and Awozam. Part of the African Diaspora Film Festival sponsored by the Institute for African American Studies. PRECIOUS (R) 2009. Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire is one tough movie. Director Lee Daniels (Shadowboxer), working from Geoffrey Fletcher’s adaptation of Sapphire’s novel, delivers a gut-wrenching film, a tough watch that will not appeal to everyone, that is one of the year’s best. Incest, rape and abuse dominate the tiny world of obese, illiterate, 16-year-old Claireece “Precious” Jones (Gabourey Sidibe). Precious is mentally and physically abused by her mother, Mary (Mo’Nique), blinded by misplaced jealousy that her man is more sexually attracted to their daughter than to her. Life’s latest kick to Precious’ gut—she is kicked out of school—turns out to be the biggest gift she has ever received. She enrolls in an alternative school where her ABC teacher, Miss Rain (Paula Patton), attempts to teach Precious how to love herself as well as how to read and write. THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG (G) An updated retelling of The Frog Prince, The Princess and the Frog boasts Disney’s newest addition to their Princess brand, the first AfricanAmerican Princess, Tiana. After years of pale Pixar imitations, animation needed a hand-drawn refresher, and who better to provide it than the studio that started the genre 72 years ago? PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS (PG-13) 2006. Devoted father and salesman Chris Gardner (Will Smith) finds himself homeless due to bad investments and stupid decisions. But with pluck, moxie and a little luck, he lands on his feet after the greedy rich men of Dean Witter graciously offer Chris a job after he makes them oodles of money during an unpaid internship. The problem

with the well-made Happyness is, if you’re not careful, you’ll swallow the shit it’s shoveling. Director Gabriele Muccino shot a lovely film, and the preternaturally likable Smith tugs at the heartstrings like a puppetmaster while interacting with his real-life son. But in adapting Chris Gardner’s life, Steven Conrad (The Weather Man) sickeningly reifies most Americans’ belief that the plight of the homeless can be eradicated through hard work. RAIN (NR) 2008. One of the Bahamas’ first indigenous features, Rain concerns a young girl (Renel Brown) heads to Nassau to reconcile with the mother that abandoned her. Maria Govan’s directorial debut won the Audience Award for Best Feature at the Bahamas International Film Festival as well as two New Voices/ New Visions Special Jury Mentions from the Palm Springs International Film Festival. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with producer Pam Kohn. Presented by the UGA Institute for African American Studies as part of its fourth Annual African Diaspora Film Festival: Women Directors, Women in the World. SHUTTER ISLAND (R) Two U.S. Marshals, Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo), are sent to an isolated psychiatric hospital and prison after an inmate mysteriously vanishes. Of course, things are not what they seem. Legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese and writer Laeta Kalogridis adapt this terrific, neo-Gothic mystery from Mystic River author Dennis Lehane. The casting is spot-on; I could not help but picture DiCaprio, Ruffalo and Michelle Williams as I read the book. A SINGLE MAN (PG-13) A British, middle-aged, English professor living in California, George (Colin Firth) is devastated by the sudden death of his longtime partner, Jim (Matthew Goode), in a car crash. Contemplating

suicide to escape a color-faded world of woe, George lumbers through a potential final day. A Single Man never overwhelms with its ocean of sorrow. Bleak humor peeks out from the clouds. Judging from this film, Tom Ford has potential as a filmmaker. TOOTH FAIRY (PG) The mere presence of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson means Tooth Fairy will not be the worst family flick 2010 will offer (besides, The Spy Next Door is much worse). Johnson’s powerful magnetism will pull both parent and child through this hour and 40 minutes of silly fluff. Johnson stars as a minor league hockey enforcer, Derek “Tooth Fairy” Thompson, who is sentenced to perform the duties of his nickname after crushing the dreams of his girlfriend’s daughter. TO SAVE A LIFE (PG-13) A new faith-based movie, To Save a Life seeks the teenage audience that spends all their parents’ hard-earned money at the movies. Jake Taylor (Randy Wayne) has it all. He’s a high school hardcourt superstar who has the girl and a college scholarship. But when he can’t save his childhood friend, Roger (Robert Bailey, Jr.), who commits suicide right in front of Jake, the big man on campus risks everything to stop the next Roger from making a tragic decision. Director Brian Baugh was the DP on An American Carol. THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON (PG-13) All Twilight hating aside, the second cinematic installment of the four-part series bests the first film, even with less of Robert Pattinson’s Edward—a loss tempered by the promotion of the mostly shirtless Taylor Lautner. Twilight true believers will have no trouble loving the follow-up as much, if not more than, its predecessor. Those not inducted into the ever-expanding cult will wonder what all the fuss is about.

VALENTINE’S DAY (PG-13) Every young actor and actress in Hollywood looks to be involved with this romantic comedy intertwining a bunch of couples’ make-ups and break-ups due to the pressures of Valentine’s Day. The titanic cast includes Jessica Alba, Kathy Bates, Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper, Eric Dane, Patrick Dempsey, Hector Elizondo, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, Topher Grace, Anne Hathaway, Ashton Kutcher, Queen Latifah, Taylor Lautner, George Lopez, Shirley Maclaine, Emma Roberts, Julia Roberts and Taylor Swift. After Raising Helen and Georgia Rule, director Garry Marshall could use a good flick. WHEN IN ROME (PG-13) Kristen Bell is a young, ambitious New Yorker who has not been lucky in love. All of that changes when she steals coins from a magical fountain in Rome. Now she has more silly suitors—a too tanned, mostly shirtless Dax Shepard; an Italian Will Arnett; Jon Heder the magician; and Danny Devito—than she wants, when all she needs is one, Nick (Josh Duhamel). Romantic comedies that use actual magic as a plot point might be the most insufferable of the romcom sub-genres, and this flick does nothing to sway that long-held belief. THE WHITE RIBBON (R) Michael Haneke’s dual Oscar nominee (Best Foreign Language Film) also picked up the Palme d’Or at Cannes, the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film, and the European Film Award for Best Film. In the months prior to WWI, strange events begin occurring in a small German town, and apparently, the children have something to do with it. With its monochromatic cinematography and creepy towheaded kids, The White Ribbon exudes Village of the Damned vibes. THE WOLFMAN (R) See Movie Pick. Drew Wheeler



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THE WOLFMAN (R) Finally, the remake cycle discovers his father, Sir John Talbot (Anthony feels complete. Beginning in 1992 with Hopkins), keeping a dark, furry secret that Francis Ford Coppola’s interesting, yet flawed unleashes monthly mayhem upon the small Bram Stoker’s Dracula and continuing in 1994 English country village of Blackmoor. with Kenneth Branagh’s unfortunate Mary After a soporific first act, Lawrence is bitShelley’s Frankenstein, the three monsters that ten by the beast and becomes the newest made Universal Pictures— victim of the curse, unleashDracula, Frankenstein and ing an exciting second act, the Wolfman (not counthighlighted by a Victorian-era ing the Mummy)—have sanitarium and a moonlit received modern makeovers. rampage through London’s Technically, The Wolfman is streets. The beast beheads, the only official Universal do disembowels, munches on over that refits the original entrails and mauls everyone film for a modern audience, who gets in his way. and director Joe Johnston’s Johnston, no stranger to monster movie is sturdy CG or creatures run amok, enough to make me think channels his inner Joe Dante value might exist in extend(The Howling) for his entree ing the endeavor to Tod into horror, and winds up Browning’s stilted, stagewith a rather handsomely bound Dracula and James shot and appointed period Whale’s classic Frankenstein. piece. Naturally, the effects 1941’s The Wolfman, Emily Blunt and Benicio Del Toro and makeup are awardstarring Lon Chaney, Jr., is worthy. A werewolf movie is the oft-forgotten little brother of Drac and only as good as its first transformation, and Frank, though Andrew Kevin Walker and David The Wolfman’s is a doozy, even as it conjures Self’s script proves the wealth of potential hazy memories of An American Werewolf in in Curt Siodmak’s original screenplay. A man, London. Give The Wolfman a good half hour to Lawrence Talbot (Benicio Del Toro), attemptget going; once the moon is full, the beast is ing to escape his domineering father’s shadow, satisfyingly unleashed. is drawn back into his orbit after the mysterious, violent death of his brother. Lawrence Drew Wheeler

movie pick Not Quite a Greek Tragedy PERCY JACKSON & THE OLYMPIANS: THE LIGHTNING THIEF (PG) The Lightning Thief is no Eragon—a telling, cautionary example of the lack of respect some adult filmmakers have for young adults and the rich literature primarily aimed at them. Still, the adaptation of the first book in Rick Riordan’s popular YA series (hailed as the next Harry Potter) does no justice to its printed origins. Troubled teen Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman) discovers he is a demigod, the son of Greek god Poseidon (Kevin McKidd), and must recover his Uncle Zeus’ (Sean Bean) master bolt before an Olympian civil war rocks the entire world. Accompanied by protective satyr Grover (Brandon T. Jackson) and Annabeth (Alexandra Daddario), the daughter of Athena, Percy crisscrosses the country for silly reasons only a screenwriter would devise. I would love to place the Logan Lerman blame squarely on director Chris Columbus, whose lack of cinematic inventiveness makes his career spent bringing others’ works of stunning imaginative genius to the screen sadly ironic. Columbus smashes the beginning of one fight scene to the end of the previous fight scene, pasting them together with an atrocious oneliner. The creative poverty of the uninspired



adaptation becomes even sadder when one notices the pockets of Pavlovian laughter elicited on cue from the audience by square bon mots about Homeland Security. Still, I cannot entirely fault Columbus for his lack of vision when it is caused by the poor map provided by screenwriter/cartographer Steve Titley, who changes and keeps all the wrong bits and pieces. Riordan’s imperfect quest framework is tossed aside for the aforementioned cross-country pearl hunt. The story changes necessitate the jettisoning of interesting characters and increased face time for famous faces like Uma Thurman (Medusa) and Rosario Dawson (Persephone). In a surprisingly dimwitted move, this potential franchise cuts the Titan conspiracy that drives the books in favor of a standalone, episodic first entry. That said, I am sure much of the non-discriminating adolescent audience will scarf down this celluloid Happy Meal, emptied of Riordan’s witty inspiration like McDonald’s popular toy delivery system is of quality calories, because it is well-marketed, filled with passable CGI and not completely awful. What an endorsement, huh? Drew Wheeler

Another week rolls around, and here we are. Kneel down and start sippin’ this week’s news below… Fill in the Blanks: The Music Business Program at the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business (what a mouthful, right?) is now accepting applications for fall semester 2010. The interdisciplinary certificate program requires a 2.8 GPA and a commitment to taking 21 hours of coursework. Applications are available online at musicbusiness. Questions? Send them to

off to AthFest for this and also its upcoming Keys for Kids program which will seek to refurbish and redistribute instruments to local students. Watch this space for upcoming details on that. Turn the Page: The Athens Blur Magazine announced last week it was ceasing to print its monthly publication but may continue to live online. The magazine, which was Athensbased but national in its scope of coverage, was born approximately two years ago. Its final print edition will hit the streets Feb. 26. For more information and the publication’s official statement, please see www.athensblur. com.

Starting Now: The Athens PopFest returns this summer after taking last year off. (In the interest of full disclosure, please note I am involved heavily with the organization and promotion This year’s selections were culled from 143 submissions and of this festival). The dates include, as always, a fine cross-section of local talent; you’ll find for the 2010 event are Aug. high energy rock, quirky pop, soulful Americana, jam rock and more 10–14, and band submison this year’s compilation. Proceeds from CD sales benefit AthFest sions are being accepted as educational programs like AthFest InSchool, AthFest AfterSchool we speak at www.sonicbids. and Keys for Kids. This is the 13th annual AthFest CD produced by com/athenspopfest. Please Ghostmeat Records. note that there is a $12 submission fee. The venues 1. The Whigs—“I Don’t Even Care About the One I Love” for this year are the 40 2. Hope for Agoldensummer—“Be Free”* Watt, Caledonia Lounge and 3. Charlie Garrett Band—“Wasted Time”* Little Kings Shuffle Club. 4. Timber—“Sad & Scrawled”* To get an idea of the types 5. Spring Tigers—“Just Suggesting” of bands that are booked 6. The Incredible Sandwich—“Where You Are”* for this, please see previ 7. Five Eight—“The Ballad of Frankie Jr.” ous years’ lineups for a very 8. The Packway Handle Band—“Outskirts” rough schematic. Any ques 9. Modern Skirts—“Untitled”* tions? Lemme have ‘em at 10. Pride Parade—“If You See Her, Say Hello” 11. Ken Will Morton—“Tell It to the Wind”* 12. The Vinyl Strangers—“So Long, Heartache” Check-Up Time: Caroline 13. William Tonks—“Allelujah”* Aiken is presenting a series 14. Timi Conley—“New Boyfriend” of music clinics upstairs at 15. The Orkids—“Told You So”* the Globe: Feb. 20, featur 16. Venice Is Sinking—“Bardstown Road”* ing Aiken; Feb. 27 with guitarist Bobby Lee Rogers * indicates that the song is previously unreleased. (Aquarium Rescue Unit); Mar. 6 with vocal coach Jan The official release party will come later this spring and will Smith (Usher, Rob Thomas) feature live performances from three of the bands on the CD. and Mar. 13 with drummer AthFest and Ghostmeat Records would like to thank all the artists Yonrico Scott (Derek Trucks). who submitted music this year. [Michelle Gilzenrat] Also, each Sunday, Feb.

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21–Mar. 14, Pam Blanchard of The Sunny-Side Up Band will perform. The days are structured with a workshop occurring from 2–5 p.m., a “student showcase” from 7-9 p.m. and then a teacher’s performance starting at 9:30 p.m. The clinics alone cost $25, but if you want to stick around for the teacher’s performance it will cost you $40. You must reserve your spot and pay in advance, too. Look, I have every confidence that each person involved in this is talented and has things to teach, but $40? Why do I hear crickets? Send questions and reservation requests to carolineaiken@gmail. com, and find more details over at For the Kids, Yo: AthFest is already into its 2010 AthFest AfterSchool program and its AthFest InSchool program begins Feb. 16. Musicians participating in these programs include Don Chambers, JoJo Glidewell (Modern Skirts), Shauna Greeson, Carl Lindberg, Joel Byron, Dave Forker, Evan McGown and Jim Wilson. A full schedule of events and more information on these programs is available at Hats

Off the Ground & Making Sound: The Athensbased audio collective/production house/ recording studio Audio Aggregate is up and running. Started by Mike Albanese (Cinemechanica), it was originally going to be simply a for-hire outlet for translating eightbit videogame music to a live setting but has expanded into a for-hire outlet seeking clients and contract work in the video game field. Specifically, Audio Aggregate seeks to utilize its members’ talents to create original and creative music for a field dominated by, as Albanese says, “canned” music for so long. The folks involved are Albanese, Jace Bartet (Prismatic Spray), Luke Fields (We Versus the Shark, Powers), Brion Kennedy (Powers), Joel Hatstat (Pegasuses-XL), Coley Dennis (Maserati), Matt Weiss (Collective Efforts) and Alfredo Lapuz (Immuzikation). There’s actually a ton more detail available about this stuff, but in the interest of space, I’m just going to point you toward, and send you on your way. Gordon Lamb



Revisiting the L-Word L

esbian” and “indigo” both have three syllables. The syllables are identically stressed. When I first heard them—les-bi-an, (late ‘80s, third grade, walking home through the suburbs of Birmingham), in-di-go, (early ‘90s, in a church van, radio blasting, scruples flaring, girls pretending to French each other)—they were both followed by snickers and dirty winks. I think that’s what did it for me; for a split second, I totally thought they meant the same thing, or that one implied the other, synonyms in a sinner’s vocabulary. Both words sounded so… exotic. So earthy. Onomatopoetic, even. Amy Ray knows what I mean. She remembers the first time she heard “indigo.” It was 1985. She had a dictionary. She was looking for a word to go with “girls.” And when she dials from her private number in the North Georgia mountains, we talk about how people who live in the North Georgia mountains (she’s been there 17 years) love to say “North Georgia Mountains.” We talk about her youth group skate nights with the Methodists as a teenager in Decatur. We talk about her solo career and how the Indigo Girls’ new independently released album, Poseidon and the Bitter Bug (which references the North Georgia Mountains in the second line of the first song), is kind of incredible and how it just might be the best thing they’ve ever done, which I tell her I really wouldn’t know much about because other than recognizing that one song from the church van, I don’t know anything about their music. I only own one of their records—that one, the newest one, and only a promotional download version at that, which cracks her up. “That’s refreshing,” she says. But for most of the 20 minutes, the Indigo Girls’ Amy Ray and I talk about the word “lesbian”—about our first times hearing it, how we both instantly knew it was supposedly “bad,” and how it sounds so different now. I went first. Keith Nowell and I were on our way home after school rapping lines from “Parents Just Don’t Understand.” Ten yards behind us were these girls: Kelly Somethin’, the fifth grader and, more importantly, Jessica Jackson, the boss. She was in our class, but she was way taller than us. Already developing. Hot. Mean. She put bleach in her water gun. She kept shouting the word. She wouldn’t stop. It kept buzzing from her mouth. “Lezzzzzzz…” she kept daring me to say it. She got ahead of me and got in my face. “You don’t even know what it means, do you?” she laughed. “Yes, I do.” Dear Lord, no I didn’t. The only thing I knew was that “lesbian” sounded dirty as hell. I ran. Ray laughs as I recount the tale. “What about you?” I ask. “Oh, God,” she says. “I think I was probably in high school, which would be in the late ‘70s, early ‘80s. I think someone was making fun of one of our coaches. It was definitely a negative thing, definitely negative. I remember thinking I had to go along with that. I didn’t even know what it meant, but I had to go along with it. As the years went by I fell in love with a girl and really didn’t know what it was. I just knew I was in love with a girl. I was in the suburban South. There was no vocabulary for it.” Now, 20 years after break-out hit “Closer to Fine” made her one of the most famous ones in music, she has to think about

it a little while when I ask her if she’s ever made it through an interview without using the word. “Ha! Um… yeah, I have,” she says finally. “There’s been different periods of time where it felt like everything had to refer to the makeup of our audience, assuming it was mostly women when it isn’t actually, and also what our lifestyles are. We weren’t really talking about the music at all for a while there. It doesn’t feel like that happens that much right now for some reason.” Present interview excluded. I mean, I want to talk about Didn’t It Feel Kinder, her new solo record. But I can’t help myself. I’ve got 20 minutes and all I can think about is what it would feel like to be crowned as a hook-savvy poet by music fans of all creeds (even conservatives, like her very proud dad) yet spend 20 years prostrate to the angle-horny higher mind of music journalism as lesbian folk rock, lesbian folk rock, always lesbian folk rock? To have your career condensed to a punch line? To have your name rain from gossip blog tag clouds as evidence that Ellen Page, who burned with “sister fire” during a “big lezzy jam” of “Closer to Fine” (“that is such a memory song for me!”) at an Indigo Girls concert in a 2008 “SNL” sketch, might really be gay? To watch cartoon thirdgraders in the first-season suburbs of “South Park” crank up your CD so they can be lesbians? Ehh… Ray doesn’t know, or doesn’t care. She lives in the North Georgia Mountains for a reason. “I just sort of do my own thing and play music… I’m not in the pop culture kind of world,” she says. “I think that I don’t totally take all that stuff in because I try to live outside of that place.” But she does receive visitors. “The other day a friend of ours said ‘Hey, I was watching “30 Rock” or whatever and they mentioned you.’ Some cultural references to us—sometimes if makes you feel good, sometimes it feels like it’s derogatory.” Ray adds: “‘SNL’ did some spoof on us. I remember sorta being rubbed the wrong way by it at first. But then I was like, I should lighten up. They also did these fake public service announcements that made fun of our activism. It was kinda like, ouch, you know? You try to do something good and you get sorta panned for it and distilled down to a bleeding-heart lesbian activist and not taken seriously. Sometimes that kinda hurts.” But it’s nothing, nothing, she says, compared to the pain of the old days, the self-loathing of high school. The jokes, when she hears them, or is told about them, she can handle. They’ve changed. Everything has changed. Ray thinks things are closer to fine now than they’ve ever been.






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illiam Brookshire (bass) has been together with twin brothers Reid (guitar, vocals) and Blaze Bateh (drums) long enough to get gay couple civic rights in California, Vermont and Rhode Island. “We’ve known each other since the first grade—so probably ’96 or ’97… and we’ve been playing together under various names since 2001,” Blaze says. Now, they’re in an outfit named Bambara. And naturally, such familiarity does wonders for their improvisational impulse—be it filtered through their intense live performances or their playful conversations. These guys really know each other. Like, “know what each other is going to say next” type of know each other. And they have these cute little inside jokes that sometimes no one even has to say for them to laugh. They’re resoundingly welcoming and engagingly digressive. Flanked by toppling towers of empty PBR cans and Dragon Ball Z DVDs on mute in their downtown apartment, they talk about “nut-scented aliens” (actual lyrics from Dragon Ball Z’s season-one theme song), Jennifer Aniston’s “bega” nose (big + mega), and little plastic army men falling off the ceiling onto HEALTH’s frontman as he crashed on their couch. Still, the guys talk of nothing as excitedly as their music. “Noisy, washy, atmospheric, dark in a lot of places, melodic… textural.” The sound of Bambara—as described by the Bateh brothers in a back-and-forth staccato cadence. Surely. But the band used to sound very different. I remember seeing them my senior year of high school, the first time I went to the Masquerade. But like most music nerds, the scope of one’s taste explodes in college, and we’re all seniors again. “We used to be postmallcore spaz pop-punk!” Brookshire says, laughing. “But you mature, and the music you listen to grows with you,” Reid finishes. “So, eventually, we had to change our name,” Blaze explains. Catch Bambara live these days and you’ll understand why club owners have handpicked them to open for buzzy touring noisemakers like HEALTH and Monotonix. They’re very loud, although according to Reid, “We didn’t realize we were loud until we came to Athens.” Ha. At a recent house party posters were literally peeling off the walls from the vibrations— every bass drum hit was a thumbtack undone. So, obviously, Blaze is a madman on the drums. That they play in the near-dark only adds to the moody drama of Reid’s solemnly purple prose and echoey wisps of vocals.

Bambara’s upcoming EP Dog Ear Days is available now on Bandcamp using the “pay what you want” model, although they’re proofing the artwork for the impending physical release. The cover is a crappy picture taken on Blaze’s iPhone. It’s a still from a 1994 film by Peggy Ahwesh called The Color of Love; itself, an art film where Ahwesh painted over sex scenes from a ‘70s porno. It even has the muted pink tones that most shoegaze albums seem to have—Loveless, Pink, Cryptograms, A Place to Bury Strangers, etc. Maybe the art is a metaphor for Bambara’s hazey-gauzey sound and its emphasis on feedback. Most significantly, the six tracks enclosed are a pretty damn accurate document of Bambara’s live sound, and a clear advancement from its debut long player. “While recording, we tried to make it as live and raw as we could,” says Reid. “All the loops are done in real time… It’s all created live so we can play everything as it is on the EP.” Structurally, Bambara uses the loud-quietloud dynamic to lull you into near-hypnogogia, only to push you off a cliff. “There’s aggressive punk underneath the atmosphere, washes and soundscapes. But there’s melody behind Reid’s walls of sound,” Blaze says. The special thing about Bambara’s sound is that it paints post-rock’s quietus, punk rock’s noise and visceral potency and shoegaze’s smudgy impressionism on the same picture plane, so the viewer can only hope to take it all in at once. “We make pop songs that get beaten up and walk away with their heads down, until they get hard and mean,” Reid says. True to form, the guys in Bambara are focused on their music and have been playing forever. And they’ve long learned to balance love and social lives, school and day-jobs with their first love—that is, making ballsto-the-wall rock music. The most promising statement of the night came at the beginning of our interview from Brookshire: “We’re still excited by our writing and by our music.” So, party on.






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record reviews NANA GRIZOL Ruth Orange Twin The emotional urgency and melodic familiarity of Theo Hilton’s songs have always been the winning aspects of his bands, and the past several years of Nana Grizol’s perch atop the local folk-punk pile have solidified the band’s strengths. Ruth, the sophomore release, is an 11-song package that capitalizes on past positivity, but fleshes out the acoustic guitar jangle. “Cynicism” is Ruth’s opening salvo, a terse and wholehearted refutation of the song’s title subject, and “Gave On” is a propulsive, Kinks-y rocker with clear folk roots. Ruth is more dynamic than Nana Grizol’s debut, Love It, Love It, from a few years back. Laura Carter and Robbie Cucchiaro’s horns are surprisingly polished, in tune and swingy. The songs are focused on issues of life and how to live it, at some times subtle, at others overt, didactic but rarely polemical, personal and always political. Hilton (ex-Zumm Zumm, Defiance, Ohio) employs a folky speak-sung ramble that’s enthusiastically his own and heartfelt to the max. You could triangulate it using Conor Oberst, Daniel Johnston and Jeff Mangum, and while you wouldn’t be hammer-on-thenail, you’d be close enough. Choral moments like on “From Here” expand the idea of Nana Grizol from six-person band to community. So, basically: Charm City, population: Theo. And friends. Chris Hassiotis Nana Grizol is playing at Ben’s Bikes on Sunday, Feb. 21.

VV BROWN Travelling Like the Light Capitol Now that this 25-year-old Brit’s album has landed stateside, meet the next deserving pop sensation. A collision of contemporary pop sensibility with vintage memes dating back to Spector and the girl groups, Brown beams with blinding retro incandescence and delivers a cannonball of a debut. It’s a stylishly sharp display of her instinct for classic touchstones and charismatic sense of modern recontextualization that could and should make her the next Amy Winehouse, except with an attack that’s even more natural and dimensional.



The heavily front-loaded album is stocked with single-worthy tracks. “Leave!” bops like a bigger-voiced Kate Nash at a sock hop. “Crying Blood” reinterprets doo-wop, surf and garage for today’s dance floors. “Quick Fix” rides the inane fun of a ‘60s frat party. Carved with grandiose ‘70s soul horns, “Game Over” packs more cosmopolitan R&B flair than Beyoncé could in a lifetime. The star is “Shark in the Water,” whose massive chorus exhilarates with its scale and digs with its soulful conviction. Brown’s got the glamour and the attitude, but her legitimacy as a singer, songwriter and co-producer is what makes her special. Reconciling mainstream appeal and respectability is a rare feat these days, but VV Brown is the next great contender. Bao Le-Huu

THEODORE Hold You Like a Lover Moon Jaw Though freshly unveiled Moon Jaw Records is a new venture by notable labels Absolutely Kosher and Misra, its maiden release is more in step with the latter’s tradition of adventurous twang. Embracing banjo, harmonica, steel guitar and accordion, this album features almost all the signifiers that tickle hardcore folk and country fans, but these St. Louis players are anything but traditionalists. Their lush, countrified vision of indie folk also percolates with unusual flourishes like the sumptuousness and whimsicality of brass horns, the otherworldliness of singing saws, and even detours into experimental noise. But despite its sprawl, Theodore’s sound maintains a coherent, soulful core, mainly through the considerable emotionality in Justin Kinkel-Shuster’s voice. Highlights include “Half Pint,” a ramshackle waltz that finally gives in to its impassioned spirit, and “Death’s Head,” a mounting, twilit prairie lullaby that gets swept up into a twister of noise and somehow winds up in outer space. Others include the straightahead country-rock melodicism of “Betting to Show” and, especially, the impossibly gorgeous country perfection of “I Won’t Be a Stranger.” Though decorated in its hometown, this band remains relatively unknown nationally. But this album proves that Theodore is a bright talent that hangs over a field of pretenders like a big orange moon. Bao Le-Huu

JJ n˚ 3 Secretly Canadian The mystery and intrigue that surrounded jj had to make for a public relations piece of cake. When you’re not at liberty to know and tell who or what is responsible for the sounds, it’s especially easy to be coy and vague. Coyness and vagueness are essential

elements of any great “hot shit today, gone tomorrow” pop swindle.

The (less than) enigmatic Swedish duo wasted no time conjuring clever album titles and instead focused on distilling the finest elements of dubstep, synthpop, field recordings, hiphop and tropicalia. The result, n˚ 3, is a collection of nine beautiful tracks—a half hour that will be repeated to the point that poof is impossible. The “I’m grinding” bridge on “My Life” was shamelessly lifted from The Game and put to perfect use. You’ll wish Elin Kastlander’s warm voice didn’t fade away in less than three minutes. “And Now” can be used to soundtrack somber funereal slideshows, and the sample of an inspired Spanish soccer announcer on “Into the Light” makes for an especially uplifting aural experience. I love jj—whoever they are and whatever they smoke. David Eduardo

ALOHA Home Acres Polyvinyl Any band that has managed to stay together for 13 years deserves a lot of credit. Remember 1997? “Macarena” on the radio, etc.? That same year, East Coast rock band Aloha formed and has continued to make records (albeit with numerous lineup changes) ever since. Time has served Aloha well. Home Acres is a collection of mostly midtempo, gently pulsating rock songs that offer enough stylistic shifts to keep the listener a couple drinks away from falling asleep. There is tension here— abrupt shifts in instrumentation and style, moving, for instance, between British Invasion pop and languid bossa nova. It’s hard to get the sense that the band is trying to make a record for the ages here—more like a handful of tunes that were lying around, slowly crafted over years while tweaking with mellotrons and marimbas and pianos, and then executed in the studio. Take mid-album track “Everything Goes My Way.” Tony Cavallario’s heavily affected baritone sings in half-sentences, over psychedelic guitar fuzz and slow tribal drumming that hardly build to anything resembling a climax. The song—and the album itself—begins and ends without much of a story being told. That said, there are some awfully pretty sounds here. Good for keeping in the background while serving Chilean seabass to house-guests. Mark Sanders

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ic Chesnutt lived life more deliberately than most, of Vic’s videos, mourns not just Vic, but his inventiveness. He releasing 16 full-length albums, collaborating in movies describes Chesnutt as being “completely unlike anyone workand performance art and producing artwork of his own, ing, not only in music, but literature… his themes, songs, despite being a quadriplegic with limited mobility of his poetic license, whatever you want to call it, fits in just as well upper arms. Worldwide, he was recognized as an eminent poet alongside Flannery O’Connor and W.H. Auden as it would next and songwriter. So, when it came time to tell him goodbye, to Phil Ochs or Townes Van Zandt.” friends and collaborators from as far away as Tucson (Giant “He was the funniest person I’ve ever encountered,” says Sand’s Howe Gelb), California (Victoria Williams) and Montreal Elf Power’s Andrew Rieger. “His impressions and stories and (Thee Silver Mt. Zion Orchestra) wild tales made me laugh until I cried, enlisted, transforming the Vic Shows begging him to stop on more than one into a 24-act, two-night celebration, occasion!” with participants playing Chesnutt’s “I could write a boring little chord songs or songs he loved. progression, and Vic would start to Doors open at 8 p.m. each night. In addi“I suppose Athens will always be sing and well… I would laugh and tear tion to the live music listed below, there known as the home of R.E.M. and The up at the very same moment,” says will be a slideshow of Vic Chesnutt phoB-52s, but when it comes down to Kelly Keneipp, who collaborated with tographs in the game room of the 40 Watt sheer talent, Vic has ‘em both beat,” Chesnutt on Merriment and West of Club. The lineup is subject to change. says musician Jack Logan, whose Rome’s “Latent/ Blatant.” Check for updates friendship with Chesnutt stems back to One of Barbe’s funniest memories the ‘80s. “When you have a voice that stems from a tour with Mercyland in distinctive and expressive, and your the late ‘80s. “He played a batch of Friday, Feb. 19 lyric-writing peers are Bob Dylan and incredible new songs, some of which Leonard Cohen, there’s really not much would wind up on Little. I was really Five Eight sense in trying to reinvent the wheel.” blown away… a couple of days later The Romper Stompers The Drive-By Truckers’ Patterson we were playing… and we asked the Jack Logan and Kelly Keneipp Hood admired Vic for “guts, balls, promoter if Vic could be on the bill, Ham1 talent—you name it. He was a hero to too. The promoter reluctantly agreed, Dave Barbe & the Quick Hooks me on so many levels. I can’t fathom only after we tell him how great Vic Todd McBride and Rob Veal the pain he endured in doing what he was… Then, after our big send-up, Vic Kelly Hogan did; the artistry is beyond comprehengets onstage and plays nothing but TV Amorphous Strums sion. He was truly one of the greatest theme songs.” Ben Mize (if not THE greatest) songwriter of our Many of the artists participating in Flash to Bang Time time and generation. ‘Speed Racer’ may the tribute hope the show will generate Jill Carnes be the most punk rock thing I’ve ever new fans. “I would love it if the show John Keane and Nathan Sheppard heard, and it was delivered with an helps those new to Vic understand a acoustic guitar. ‘Soft Picasso’ may be little of what he was about and what is Saturday, Feb. 20 the most hilarious song ever written.” so special about his music,” says Ben Centromatic’s Will Johnson, who Mize. Greenleaf concurs: “There may Will Johnson (Centro-Matic) toured with Vic in 2006, remembers Vic be someone not familiar with his work Elf Power as a “superhero.” Says Johnson, “His who comes to this show and leaves Victoria Williams ability was astonishing, and his convicwith something deeper.” Howe Gelb tion, humor and ways of commenting Many come to play tribute to the Patterson Hood on this world… I’d never heard or seen man Hood deems “Athens’ greatest artMercyland anything like it. I’m still not sure I ist.” “I’m honored to play in anything Guy Picciotto and Mt. Zion properly conveyed what a pinnacle of that remembers Vic, one of Athens’, Lambchop inspiration he was. His music was only and surely the worlds’, best,” says Tenement Halls part of it. Even as we got to know each Keneipp. Mark Linkous (Sparklehorse) other I remained just as in awe of him “I can’t imagine not being there for Jeffrey Richards as I ever was.” it,” says Johnson. “It’s as close to a For local musician/producer David proper farewell, maybe some semblance Barbe, honesty was Chesnutt’s most of closure, as I can think of.” defining characteristic. “It shines through in his songs and is “Music doesn’t mean nearly as much to me as it used to,” one of the qualities that set him apart as a writer,” he says. 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Tuesday 16 EVENTS: Movie Night! (Flicker Theatre & Bar) Beneath the Valley of the Ultra Vixens, the 1979 sexploitation film written by Roger Ebert, plays on the big screen. Warning: You may wish the screen were smaller for several scenes. 8 p.m. FREE! EVENTS: Sustainability Film Series (UGA East Campus Village, Rooker Hall) UGA’s Department of University Housing hosts a spring film series focusing on environmental awareness and sustainability. This week: Who Killed the Electric Car? (2006). 7 p.m. FREE! LECTURES & LIT.: VOX Reading Series (Ciné Barcafé) The UGA Creative Writing Program presents works by poet Gillian Conoley. 8 p.m. FREE! MEETINGS: Athens Rock and Gem Club (Friendship Christian Church) Bring in your trilobite specimens for display! All interested parties are welcome to attend. 7:30 p.m. FREE! 706-549-8082 GAMES: Locos Trivia (Locos Grill & Pub) All three Athens locations of Locos Grill and Pub (Westside, Eastside and Harris St.) feature trivia night every Tuesday. 8:30 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Trivia (Doc Chey’s Noodle House) Every Tuesday with drink and food specials! 8:30–10:30 p.m. FREE!

Wednesday 17 EVENTS: Athens Council of the Blind Fundraiser (Various Locations) Escape from your kitchen today and make a date with Kelly’s Jamaican Restaurant, Transmetropolitan on Oglethorpe or La Fiesta, and 10% of the restaurants’ sales will benefit the blind and visually impaired community. EVENTS: Canine Cocktail Hour (Hotel Indigo, Phi Bar & Bistro Courtyard) Drink and food specials for you and your (well-behaved, non-aggressive, vaccinated) dog! Every Wednesday. 5–7 p.m. www. EVENTS: Dancing Dawgs for Haiti (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Join local Zumba instructors and enthusiasts for a fun workout of your own desired intensity in the Garden’s beautiful conservatory. Proceeds benefit the Haitian relief effort. 5:30–8 p.m. $5 (suggested donation). 706-542-6156, www.uga. edu/botgarden EVENTS: Plotluck Night (Ciné Barcafé) Come with a true short story from your life to share at this new monthly event. Ten names will be drawn from a hat and those chosen get five minutes and a microphone.


The audience votes for the best story and prize recipient. 7–9 p.m. FREE! (donations welcome), www. EVENTS: “UGA Master Plan and Historic Preservation” (UGA Fine Arts Theatre) Tour the newly restored theatre and catch a presentation by UGA’s Office of University Architects. 6:30–8:30 p.m. 706-3531801, PERFORMANCE: LowDown Comedy (New Earth Music Hall) Local comedian Chris Patton hosts this stand-up open mic night the third Wednesday of every month. Only 12 slots are available so sign up in advance at www.thelowdown. tk. Special headlinging performance by local comic Eric Slauson. 9 p.m. EARLY SHOW! $5. THEATRE: The Old Maid and the Thief (UGA Hodgson Hall) The Athena Opera University of Georgia Opera Ensemble presents Gian Carlo Menotti’s one-act opera. Feb. 17 & 19, 8 p.m. FREE! KIDSTUFF: Children’s Storytime (ACC Library) For children ages 18 months to 5 years. Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m., Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 KIDSTUFF: Cupcake Club (Rocksprings Neighborhood Center) Meet with your fellow cupcake compatriots and collaborate on the design for a different themed cupcake every Wednesday! 10–11:30 a.m. $1. 706-613-3603, KIDSTUFF: Eatin’ with the Critters (Sandy Creek Nature Center, ENSAT) Bring a sack lunch for an hour of learning about our world and the animals that inhabit it. For ages 3–5 with an adult. Call to register. 11 a.m.–noon, $0–$13 (scholarships available). 706-613-3615 KIDSTUFF: Wildcard Wednesday for Teens (ACC Library) Up next: Silly Stories. Each person writes one line of a story. The silliest! Ages 1118. 4 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 LECTURES & LIT.: Georgia Colloquium in Eighteenth and Nineteenth-Century Literature (UGA Park Hall, Room 265) John Richetti, the A.M. Rosenthal Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania, will deliver a lecture on “Daniel Defoe & Enlightenment.” 4:30 p.m. FREE! LECTURES & LIT.: Talking about Books (ACC Library, Small Conference Room) This month, members will read and discuss Mary Ann Schafer and Annie Barrow’s The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society. Newcomers welcome. 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 LECTURES & LIT.: “What Is Solar Water Heating?” (ACC Library) Local green builder Tony Purcell discusses energy trends and the


history, components and benefits of solar water heating. 7 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 MEETINGS: American Sign Language Study Group (Cups Coffee Café) All skill levels welcome. Come once or come weekly. Newcomers welcome! 7–8 p.m. FREE! MEETINGS: Athens Human Rights Festival (Nuçi’s Space) Committee planning meeting. Any volunteers who want to help organize this year’s festival are welcome. Parking is available across the street in the old Dial America lot. 7 p.m. 770-7252652, www.athenshumanrightsfest. org MEETINGS: Library Sewing Group (Madison County Library) Currently crocheting with double-ended crochet needles. Newcomers welcome. 1–3 p.m. FREE! 706-795-5597 GAMES: Dart League (Alibi) Meet up with other sharp-shooters. FREE! 706-549-1010 GAMES: Game Night (Alibi) Develop coordination, tolerance and grace through beer pong and Keno. Every Wednesday with Corey. FREE! 706-549-1010 GAMES: Movie Trivia Night (Flicker Theatre & Bar) Where movie trivia meets performance art. Hosted by “It Boy” Jeff Tobias and sponsored by Vision Video. Prizes! Sign up at 8 p.m. Trivia starts at 8:30 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Poker Tour (Buffalo’s Southwest Café) Texas Hold ‘Em every Wednesday. 18 and up. Sign in at 6:30 p.m. Dealing begins at 7:30 p.m. FREE! www.interstatepokerclub. com GAMES: Sports Trivia (Beef ‘O’ Brady’s) Every Wednesday. 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-850-1916 GAMES: Trivia (Harry’s Pig Shop) Nerd wars at Classic City Trivia’s “most challenging Trivia Night in Athens.” Every Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. FREE! 706-612-9219 GAMES: Trivia (Your Pie, Five Points) Calling all know-it-alls! Every Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Trivia (Willy’s Mexicana Grill) Every Wednesday. 8–10 p.m. FREE! 706-548-1920 GAMES: Trivia Wars (283 Bar) Trivia teams compete for a $250 tattoo and other prizes throughout February. Choose your teammates wisely, and check the Facebook group “Trivia Wars!” for weekly updates and the online question of the week. 8:30 p.m. (sign up) 9 p.m. (game starts). FREE! 706-208-1283

Thursday 18 EVENTS: Antiques Show & Sale Preview Party (Madison-Morgan Cultural Center) Get an early opportunity to see the pieces featured in

The Ebène Quartet will perform for FREE! at the UGA Performing Arts Center on Sunday, Feb. 21. the ninth Annual Madison Antiques Show & Sale and enjoy wine, cheese and refreshments. Tickets include admission to two-day sale. 5–8 p.m. $45 (advance), $50 (door). www. EVENTS: Clarke County Democratic Committee Roast (The Classic Center) Georgia Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond will be the roastee at this dinner and reception. The Honorable Lawton E. Stephens presides over the blaze. 6:30–9 p.m. $50. 706-207-6359, EVENTS: “Horsin’ Around for Hope” (Athens Country Club) Let loose at this fundraising derby for Hope Haven with casino-style cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, gaming tables, a silent auction and simulated horse races. You can place your bet with confidence knowing that proceeds benefit a worthy cause. 6 p.m. $50. 706-548-4361, www. EVENTS: Live After Five (Hotel Indigo, Phi Bar and Bistro) Get a headstart on your weekend with live music and wine tastings. Thursdays, 6–8 p.m. $15 (wine tastings). 706546-0430, EVENTS: Phi Kappa Debate (UGA Phi Kappa Hall) The Phi Kappa Literary Society celebrates its 190th anniversary. All are encouraged to attend in historical dress (anything from 1820 to the present). 7 p.m. FREE! EVENTS: UGA Living Wage Vigil (UGA Arch) Come out and show your support for a living wage! Every Thursday. 5–6 p.m. FREE! www. ART: “Home Is Where the Heart Is” Art Auction (Hotel Indigo) Various works by local artists will be auctioned off to benefit Athens Area Habitat for Humanity’s upcoming Women Build campaign. 5:30–7:30 p.m. 706-208-1001, THEATRE: Mame (Athens Community Theatre) The Town and Gown Players perform the classic 1956 Broadway musical about a boy who, after the death of his father,

is taken under the wing of his eccentric aunt and swept away in the whirlwind of her adventurous life in New York City. Feb. 18–21, 8 p.m. Thursday–Saturday, 2 p.m. Sundays. 706-208-8696, THEATRE: Romeo and Juliet (Seney-Stovall Chapel) UGA’s Department of Theatre and Film Studies promises a revelatory experience with this innovative retelling of everyone’s favorite tale of star-crossed lovers. Feb. 18–20 & Feb. 24–27, 8 p.m. Feb. 28, 2:30 p.m. $15 (adults), $12 (seniors and students). 706-542-2838 THEATRE: The Vagina Monologues (UGA Chapel) Project Safe, the Women’s Studies Student Organization and UGA Performing Arts present Eve Ensler’s awardwinning play. Tickets available in advance at Frontier, Urban Sanctuary Day Spa and Project Safe Thrift Store. Feb. 18–21, 8 p.m. $15. www. KIDSTUFF: Homeschoolers Chapter Book Review (Madison County Library) Elementary schoolage homeschoolers gather at the library to read a book together and talk about it. Every Thursday. 2 p.m. FREE! 706-795-5597 LECTURES & LIT.: Michael Donohue (Hotel Indigo, The Rialto Room) The Georgia Review sponsors a reading from the 2007 National Magazine Award winner. 7 p.m. 706-542-3481 MEETINGS: Athens Homebrewers Club (Terrapin Beer Co.) Club dedicated to the enjoyment of beers, meads and ciders as well as the advancement of brewing knowledge through education. New and experienced brewers welcome. Don’t forget to bring a glass! 6:30 p.m. www. MEETINGS: Athens Human Rights Festival (Nuçi’s Space) Committee planning meeting. Any volunteers who want to help organize this year’s festival are welcome. Parking is available across the street in the old Dial America lot. 7 p.m. 770-7252652, www.athenshumanrightsfest. org

MEETINGS: Spanish Group (1000faces Coffee, 588 Barber Street) All-level Spanish conversation group. Every Thursday. 7–8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-534-8860, MEETINGS: Volunteer in Peru (UGA LACSI Building, 290 S. Hull St.) Informational session on a summer volunteer program in Peru. Past participants will be on hand to answer questions. Open to anyone over the age of 18. 6:30 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Karaoke Contest (Club Chrome) Week seven of the competition. 8 p.m. $5 (to compete), FREE! (to enter). 706-543-9009 GAMES: Trivia (Your Pie, Downtown) Calling all know-it-alls! Every Thursday. 7:30 p.m. FREE! www.

Friday 19 EVENTS: Measuring Deliberate Speed Brown Bag Film & Discussion Series (UGA Main Library) To complement the ongoing exhibition, Measuring Deliberate Speed: Georgians Face School Desegregation, the Russell Library hosts Friday film screenings. This week: The Education of Ms. Groves (2006). Noon–1 p.m. FREE! 706542-5788 EVENTS: Antiques Show & Sale (Madison-Morgan Cultural Center) Exhibitors from around the country selling furniture, pottery, art, silver, textiles and more. Also featuring door prizes and FREE! lectures by experts at 1 p.m. Feb. 19, 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Feb. 20, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $6 (for both days). EVENTS: Farmers’ Market (Flora Hydroponics, 195 Paradise Blvd.) The Sacred Earth Growers Co-Op sets up a newly established yearround farmers’ market. Organic meat and dairy vendors, produce venders, local artisans and more. 2–7 p.m. FREE! 706-353-2223 EVENTS: Reception (Circle Gallery, UGA College of Environmental Design, Caldwell Hall) For Plant Communities of the Trail of Tears,

an exhibit comprised of student research, documentation and design associated with the construction of an interpretive 1710-era Cherokee Village. 5–7 p.m. FREE! www.uga. edu/news EVENTS: “Reclaiming Agriculture” (Various Locations) Local farm tours, expert speakers, innovative workshops on sustainable food and farms, a silent auction, live music, local crafts and a farmers’ feast at Farm 255 are just a few of the highlights of Georgia Organics’ annual conference. Full schedule & registration available online. www. EVENTS: A Slow Night at the Farm (Farm 255) Come out and enjoy the Farm’s regular menu with 20% of the evening’s sales benefitting Slow Food’s Terra Madre Fund. In honor of the Georgia Organics Conference, Slow Food founder Carlo Petrini will make an appearance. Reservations: 706-425-3069, EVENTS: Southeastern Indians Conference (UGA Visual Arts Building, Room 117) The Institute for Native American Studies sponsors two days of lectures, presentations, films and exhibits. Call or go online for full schedule. Feb. 19–20. 706-542-1492, EVENTS: Starwatch: Winter Constellations (Sandy Creek Park) Join the Athens Astronomical Association to enjoy stellar views of winter constellations, the red planet and the crescent moon. 7–9 p.m. $2. 706-613-3631 ART: “Specters” (Lamar Dodd School of Art, Room S-365-H) Seek out the unseen in this performance art piece by MFA candidate Marie Porterfield. 7–10 p.m. FREE! THEATRE: Mame (Athens Community Theatre) A Town and Gown Performance. See Theatre Feb. 12. Feb. 12–14, Feb. 18–21, 8 p.m. Thursday–Saturday, 2 p.m. Sundays. 706-208-8696,

THEATRE: The Old Maid and the Thief (UGA Hodgson Hall) The Athena Opera University of Georgia Opera Ensemble presents Gian Carlo Menotti’s one-act opera. Feb. 17 & 19, 8 p.m. FREE! THEATRE: Old Time Radio Show (Memorial Park Quinn Hall) Athens Creative Theatre presents this program featuring tales of intrigue, mystery, murder and romance. All ages may help themselves to popcorn and a dessert buffet. Feb. 12, 13, 19 & 20, 7:30 p.m. & Feb. 14 & 21, 3 p.m. $15. 706-613-3628, THEATRE: Romeo and Juliet (Seney-Stovall Chapel) A UGA Department of Theatre and Film Studies production. See Theatre Feb. 18. Feb. 18–20 & Feb. 24–27, 8 p.m. Feb. 28, 2:30 p.m. $15 (adults), $12 (seniors and students). 706542-2838 THEATRE: The Vagina Monologues (UGA Chapel) Proceeds benefit Project Safe. See Feb. 18 Theatre. Feb. 18–21, 8 p.m. $15. OUTDOORS: Owl Prowl (Sandy Creek Nature Center) Learn about and search for owls during an evening hike at SCNC. Call to register. 6:30–8 p.m. $6. 706-613-3615 KIDSTUFF: Afterhours @ The Library (ACC Library) Teen coffeehouse and open mic. Come sing, dance, play an instrument, read poetry or juggle. Refreshments provided. Ages 11–18. 7–9 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 LECTURES & LIT.: IWS Friday Speaker Series (UGA Student Learning Center, Room 214) This week’s featured speaker, Corey Johnson, delivers a talk entitled, “Football or Queer as Folk? Collective Memories of Men’s Sexual Identities & Media.” 12:20–1:10 p.m. FREE! 706-542-2846 LECTURES & LIT.: VOX Reading Series (ATHICA) “Blood Lines: Stories & Poems of Love & Family” features readings of original work by

local writers. Rescheduled from Feb. 13. 6:30 p.m. $3–$6 (suggested donation), MEETINGS: Drinking Liberally (Little Kings Shuffle Club) Informal, inclusive and progressive social group that gives left-leaning individuals a chance to talk politics. First and third Fridays of every month. 6:30 p.m. MEETINGS: Mindfulness Practice Group (Mind Body Institute) Beginners and experienced mindfulness practitioners welcome. 5:30 p.m. FREE! 706-475-7329

Saturday 20 EVENTS: Adoption Day (Pet Supplies Plus) Local animal rescue organizations bring their pups out for a chance at finding a forever home. Love connections made every Saturday! 11 a.m.–3 p.m. 706-3530650 EVENTS: African American History Tours (Athens Welcome Center) Bernard Turner leads this two-hour bus tour exploring various important historic sites around Athens, including the Morton Theatre and Gospel Pilgrim Cemetery. Call to reserve your seat. 2 p.m. $10. 706-353-1820 EVENTS: Antiques Show & Sale (Madison-Morgan Cultural Center) Exhibitors from around the country selling furniture, pottery, art, silver, textiles and more. See Feb. 19 Events. Feb. 19, 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Feb. 20, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $6 (for both days). EVENTS: Athens’ Hottest Girl Contest (Top Dawg Sports Bar & Nightclub) There can be only one. Don’t miss a special appearance by the Girls Gone Wild Bus and film crew, door prizes, screaming contests and more all in celebration of Sexy Suz Adult Emporium’s first anniversary. Keep an eye on your drinks, ladies! 9 p.m. www.

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Girls Rock Camp Athens Benefit 40 Watt Club Despite the lack of a full-fledged, all-ages venue in Athens, over the past several years the music community has sought to create a more inclusive environment for its Incendiaries younger (and potentially future) members. Nuçi’s Space offers its Camp Amped summer workshop, and 2010 sees the second year of the Girls Rock Camp. Last year, campers aged nine through 15 learned instruments, participated in workshops and formed bands in which they wrote their own songs and performed in a live afternoon showcase at the 40 Watt Club in the camp’s inaugural August session. Girls Rock Athens is part of the Portland, OR-based international Girls Rock Camp Alliance, which aims to bring together girls and cultivate their creative and collaborative potential. This benefit show aims to raise awareness as well as funds, and features the acts Creepy, The Orkids, Incendiaries and Allison Weiss & The Way She Likes It. “Creepy was definitely honored to be asked to play,” says Trish Scurry, Creepy’s bassist. Two members of the band, SJ Ursrey and Melissa Colbert, taught at the camp last year. “They always brag about what bad-asses these girls are!” says Scurry. “For me, I totally support Girls Rock Camp for so many reasons. Most of these girls are at the age where their emotions are going crazy from changes, and the camp gives them a positive outlet to express those emotions and, at the same time, create. “Also,” she adds, “the camp teaches these girls to come together and work as a team, as opposed to competing against each other for attention like most girls do, even as adults.” Check the darling 2008 documentary Girls Rock! for more on the movement, or hit up for more on the local chapter. This year’s session will take place at Pigpen Studios July 26–30, and registration is now open. [Chris Hassiotis]

EVENTS: “Bowling for the Bard” (Kingpins Bowl & Brew) Bowl for great prizes and help support Classic City Arts in their quest to share Shakespeare with the masses! Proceeds benefit this summer’s Free Shakespeare Project. 2–5 p.m. $5. EVENTS: Contra Dance (Memorial Park) Old-time contra dance with live music and calling presented by the Athens Folk Music & Dance Society. No experience necessary, no partner needed. Free lesson at 7:30 p.m. 8–11 p.m. $7 (18+), FREE! (ages 17 & under). EVENTS: Farmers’ Market (Flora Hydroponics, 195 Paradise Blvd.) The Sacred Earth Growers Co-Op sets up a newly established yearround farmers’ market. See Feb. 12 Events. 2–7 p.m. FREE! 706-3532223 EVENTS: India Night (The Classic Center) UGA’s Indian Cultural Exchange presents an evening of dance, theatre and exciting performances, all showcasing Indian culture. 7 p.m. $14. EVENTS: Jewish Film Festival (Ciné Barcafé) Featuring a lineup of critically acclaimed films that explore the Jewish identity, culture and experience. Special guests include filmmakers and academics. Discounted prices for students, members and seniors. Closing reception at Hotel Indigo’s Rialto Room. Feb. 20–24. $30 (festival pass), $9 (individual screenings). EVENTS: “Reclaiming Agriculture” (Various Locations) Georgia Organics’ 13th annual agricultural conference and expo. See Feb. 19 Events. EVENTS: Seed Swap (Madison County Library) Bring your seeds and swap with friends and neighbors! Please no seeds pre-2008. 9 a.m. FREE! 706-795-5597 EVENTS: Sexy Suz First Anniversary Celebration (Sexy Suz Adult Emporium) This eastside parking lot will be sexier than ever this weekend with the Girls Gone Wild Bus in attendance. Snatch up free gifts and door prizes all day. The party continues into the evening at Top Dawg Sports Bar & Nightclub. 2–5 p.m. 706-850-6919 EVENTS: Southeastern Indians Conference (UGA Visual Arts Building, Room 117) Sponsored by the Institute for Native American Studies. See Feb. 19 Events. Feb. 19–20. 706-542-1492, www.uga. edu/news THEATRE: Mame (Athens Community Theatre) A Town and Gown Performance. Feb. 18–21, 8 p.m. Thursday–Saturday, 2 p.m. Sundays. 706-208-8696, www. THEATRE: Old Time Radio Show (Memorial Park Quinn Hall) An Athens Creative Theatre production. Feb. 19 & 20, 7:30 p.m. & Feb. 21, 3 p.m. $15. 706-613-3628, www. THEATRE: Romeo and Juliet (Seney-Stovall Chapel) A UGA Department of Theatre and Film Studies production. See Theatre Feb. 18. Feb. 18–20 & Feb. 24–27, 8 p.m. Feb. 28, 2:30 p.m. $15 (adults), $12 (seniors and students). 706542-2838 THEATRE: The Vagina Monologues (UGA Chapel) Proceeds benefit Project Safe. See Feb. 18 Theatre. Feb. 18–21, 8 p.m. $15. LECTURES & LIT.: Book Signing (Borders Books & Music) Literary agent and novelist Deidre Knight speaks about her newest romance, k continued on next page





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Sunday 21 EVENTS: Frog Hop 5K Road Race (Sandy Creek Park) Help support the Nature Center by entering the 12th annual 5K run/walk (2:30 p.m.) and 1 mile Tadpole Fun Run (2 p.m.). Babies in strollers and leashed pups are also welcome! Register online. 706-613-3615, EVENTS: Jewish Film Festival (Ciné Barcafé) Featuring a line-up of critically acclaimed films. See Feb. 20 Events. Feb. 20–24. $30 (festival pass), $9 (individual screenings). EVENTS: Meditation and Kirtan (Vastu School of Yoga, Chase Park Warehouse) Lend your voice to this ancient form of devotional chanting performed in the traditional “call and response” form with live drumming and harmonium. 5 p.m. FREE! 561723-6172, EVENTS: A Taste of Athens (The Classic Center) A showcase of the culinary talents of the Athens community with over 50 food, wine and beverage vendors serving an array of edibles, live music and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit Community Connection of Northeast Georgia. 5–8 p.m. $45, $75 (VIPs). 706-3531313, ART: 35th Annual Juried Exhibition (Lyndon House Arts Center) Opening reception for exhibition that features work in a variety of media by area artists. Don your finest French Quarter attire in celebration of Mardi Gras and enjoy the festive refreshments! 2–4 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3623 PERFORMANCE: Ebene Quartet (UGA Hodgson Hall) A string quartet whose traditional repertoire is heavily influenced by its love of jazz. Set to include selections by Schubert, Faure and Brahms. 3 p.m. FREE! 706-542-4400 THEATRE: Mame (Athens Community Theatre) A Town and Gown Performance. Feb. 18–21, 8 p.m. Thursday–Saturday, 2 p.m. Sundays. 706-208-8696, www. THEATRE: Old Time Radio Show (Memorial Park Quinn Hall) An Athens Creative Theatre production. Feb. 19 & 20, 7:30 p.m. & Feb. 21, 3 p.m. $15. 706-613-3628, www. THEATRE: The Vagina Monologues (UGA Chapel) Proceeds benefit Project Safe. See Feb. 18 Theatre. Feb. 18–21, 8 p.m. $15. KIDSTUFF: Peppermint Talent Show (The Globe) Local musician Pam Blanchard is the mind behind this talent show “for cool kids.” Shouldn’t YOU be there? 2–5 p.m. 706-353-4721 GAMES: Full-Contact Trivia (Allen’s Bar & Grill) Sports-themed rules with diverse categories. 9 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Trippin’ Through the 2000s Pop Culture Trivia (Buffalo’s Southwest Café) The name says it all! Test your knowledge of pop culture in the ‘00s every Sunday. 6:30 p.m. (sign in), 7 p.m. (start). 706-354-6655

Monday 22 EVENTS: Animal Voices Film Festival (UGA Student Learning Center, Room 102) Take an especially graphic tour of a factory farm in


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Fowl Play: The Untold Story Behind Your Breakfast (2009). Sponsored by Speak Out for Species. 7:30 p.m. FREE! EVENTS: Jewish Film Festival (Ciné Barcafé) Featuring a line-up of critically acclaimed films. See Feb. 20 Events. Feb. 20–24. $30 (festival pass), $9 (individual screenings). ART: Reception (UGA Tate Center, Reception Hall) For “Love Makes a Family,” a photography exhibit featuring portraits, testimonials and quotes from the LGBT community. 6 p.m. FREE! KIDSTUFF: Bedtime Stories (ACC Library) Every Monday. 7 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 KIDSTUFF: Infant Storytime (ACC Library) Nurture language skills. 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 LECTURES & LIT.: Talking about Books (ACC Library) 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 GAMES: “20 Questions at Transmet” (Transmet Downtown) General trivia. Check the Facebook Group “20 questions at Transmet” for weekly themes and the online question of the week. Every Monday. 8:30–10 p.m. FREE! 706-613-8773 GAMES: Keno Night (The Office Lounge) Every Monday! 7 p.m. FREE! 706-546-0840 GAMES: Ping Pong (Flicker Theatre & Bar) Get your paddle ready for a riveting round of table tennis. 4–8 p.m. FREE! flickerbar GAMES: Pool Tournament (Alibi) Win prizes every Monday! 8 p.m. FREE! 706-549-1010 GAMES: Rock and Roll Trivia (Little Kings Shuffle Club) Get a team together and show off your extensive music knowledge every Monday! 8 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Team Trivia (Beef ‘O’ Brady’s) Win house cash and prizes! 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-850-1916 GAMES: Texas Hold ‘Em (Fat Daddy’s) Bring your poker face for a game of Hold ‘Em. Turbo game at 9 p.m. 6 p.m. 706-353-0241 GAMES: Trivia (Alibi) Every Monday with Ken! 9 p.m. FREE! 706-5491010 GAMES: Trivia (Buffalo’s Southwest Café) Every Monday with prizes! Sign up at 7:30. Start preparing for the Grand Showdown on Mar. 1 for the chance to win a $200 prize. 8 p.m. 706-354-6655

Tuesday 23 EVENTS: Jewish Film Festival (Ciné Barcafé) Featuring a line-up of critically acclaimed films. See Feb. 20 Events. Feb. 20–24. $30 (festival pass), $9 (individual screenings). EVENTS: Women in Business Forum (Ciné Barcafé) Learn about some of the local women-owned businesses in the Athens area. 5–6 p.m. FREE! KIDSTUFF: Children’s Storytime (ACC Library) For children ages 18 months to 5 years. Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m., Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 KIDSTUFF: Read to Rover (ACC Library) Beginning readers in grades 1–4 read aloud to an aid dog. Trainer always present. 3:30–4:30 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 LECTURES & LIT.: Global Diseases: Voices from the Vanguard (UGA Chapel) Bernard Nahlen, the deputy director of the President’s Malaria Initiative for USAID, is this month’s featured


speaker at the fifth annual lecture series. 5:30 p.m. FREE! 706-542-5038 MEETINGS: Amnesty International (Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens, 780 Timothy Rd) Meet with others to campaign for internationally recognized human rights to be respected and protected for all. 6 p.m. FREE! MEETINGS: Athens Permaculture (Ben’s Bikes) Meet up with others devoted to Permaculture and sustainable living and watch “The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil.” 6–7:30 p.m. FREE! MEETINGS: Pub Theology (Trappeze Pub) Open conversations revolving around theology. Currently reading Howard Thurman’s Jesus and the Disinherited. 8 p.m. FREE! 706-549-1915, GAMES: Flicker Poker Night (Flicker Theatre & Bar) Last Tuesday of every month! 8:30 p.m. www. GAMES: Locos Trivia (Locos Grill & Pub) All three Athens locations of Locos Grill and Pub (Westside, Eastside and Harris St.) feature trivia night every Tuesday. 8:30 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Trivia (Doc Chey’s Noodle House) Every Tuesday with drink and food specials! 8:30–10:30 p.m. FREE!

Wednesday 24 EVENTS: APERO Africana Brown Bag Lecture (UGA Memorial Hall, Room 407) “Remembering Emmett Till,” a one-act play and discussion featuring members of the Black Theatrical Ensemble. 12:15 p.m. FREE! EVENTS: Canine Cocktail Hour (Hotel Indigo, Phi Bar & Bistro Courtyard) Drink and food specials for you and your (well-behaved, vaccinated) dog! Wednesdays. 5–7 p.m. EVENTS: Jewish Film Festival Closing Reception (Hotel Indigo) The festival goes out with a bang at Hotel Indigo’s Rialto Room with the shorts finalists screenings and an awards ceremony followed by a catered bash with live music from the local Klezmer band, Lokshen Kugel. 6 p.m. $15, $10 (students). EVENTS: “A Soulful Celebration” Dinner (UGA Visual Arts Building) The Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art host an exclusive dinner and art exhibition honoring leaders of the local African-American community followed by a peformance by the Ebenezer Baptist Church West Choir in the Chapel on North Campus. 6 p.m. $40 (dinner), 7 p.m. FREE! (performance). 706-542-4662 THEATRE: Romeo and Juliet (Seney-Stovall Chapel) A UGA production. See Theatre Feb. 18. Feb. 18–20 & Feb. 24–27, 8 p.m. Feb. 28, 2:30 p.m. $15 (adults), $12 (seniors and students). 706-542-2838 KIDSTUFF: Children’s Storytime (ACC Library) For children ages 18 months to 5 years. Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m., Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 KIDSTUFF: Cupcake Club (Rocksprings Neighborhood Center) Meet with your fellow cupcake compatriots and collaborate on the design for a different themed cupcake every Wednesday! 10–11:30 a.m. $1. 706-613-3603, KIDSTUFF: Wildcard Wednesday for Teens (ACC Library) Up next: Penny Diamonds. Make a traditional Victorian craft with a twist! Ages

Sunday, February 21

Lily Buckley


Nana Grizol, The Sugar Dicks, The Jack Burton, Sea of Dogs Ben’s Bikes It’s a good example of when eyes deceive taste: when a particularly fetid dish is placed on the table, The Sugar Dicks the first reaction is “Yuck, what is it?” But then you try some, and it turns out to be pretty good. The Sugar Dicks are a garage rock band! Three chords and a bad attitude! Who’s involved? Well, former (geographically) slash current (spiritually) Long Legged Woman guitarist Gabe Vodicka writes the songs in collaboration with tragicomic troubadour Roy Coughlin. In their current and strongest incarnation, they are joined by stoic bassist Kevan Williams, coyote-skinny drummer Adam Bewley and sit-down omnichordist Corey Loomis. I’ll re-iterate: sit-down omnichordist. Well, actually, that might be selling Corey short; he also plays the tambourine and opens bottles of champagne. And lest you forget this band features a Long Legged Woman, you will be reminded every time Vodicka lays into a guitar solo. His method is thusly: place one’s fingers atop the smallest frets on the guitar, the ones closest to the pickups, and strum very quickly. Instant wrwrrrrrzzzzkkk! The band’s simple-not-stupid approach to songwriting is as fun as lonely gets, which, as anyone with access to alcohol and rooftops knows, can actually be really fun. It’s affectation-free roots rock, based less on self-conscious attempts at garage-rock puritanism than on being some music you can goddamn dance to. This is the second of a newly begun residency that the Sugar Ds have taken up at Ben’s Bikes, entitled “Sunday Holy Holy” for no discernible reason. This week’s lineup of Nana Grizol, The Jack Burton and Sea of Dogs firmly establishes this a mandatory attendance event. Glory be, it’s like summer doing a winter preview! See you there! [Jeff Tobias]

11–18. Space is limited. 4 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650. KIDSTUFF: Young Adult Book Discussion (Madison County Library) This month’s book will be The Giver by Lois Lowry. 4:30 p.m. FREE! 706-795-5597 LECTURES & LIT.: Brown Bag Lunch (ACC Library) Money Matters coordinator Teri Hanna will teach you what you need to know before investing. Feel free to bring a lunch to this 45-minute program. 7 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 LECTURES & LIT.: Oconee Dems Book Group (Five Points Deli & More, Epps Bridge) Communitywide book group hosted by the Oconee County Democrats. This month: A Sand County Almanac, a classic by Aldo Leopold. Newcomers from any county and of any political affiliation are welcome. 6 p.m. FREE!, www. MEETINGS: American Sign Language Study Group (Cups Coffee Café) All skill levels welcome. Come once or come weekly. 7–8 p.m. FREE! aslstudygroup MEETINGS: Athens Human Rights Festival (Nuçi’s Space) Committee planning meeting. Any volunteers who want to help organize this year’s festival are welcome. Parking is available across the street. 7 p.m. 770-725-2652, MEETINGS: Library Sewing Group (Madison County Library) Currently crocheting with double-ended crochet needles. Newcomers welcome. 1–3 p.m. FREE! 706-795-5597 GAMES: Dart League (Alibi) Meet up with other sharp-shooters. FREE! 706-549-1010 GAMES: Game Night (Alibi) Develop coordination, tolerance and grace through beer pong and Keno. Every Wednesday with Corey. FREE! 706-549-1010 GAMES: Movie Trivia Night (Flicker Theatre & Bar) Where movie trivia meets performance art. Hosted

by “It Boy” Jeff Tobias and sponsored by Vision Video. Prizes! Sign up at 8 p.m. Trivia starts at 8:30 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Poker Tour (Buffalo’s Southwest Café) Texas Hold ‘Em every Wednesday. 18 and up. Sign in at 6:30 p.m. Dealing begins at 7:30 p.m. FREE! www.interstatepokerclub. com GAMES: Sports Trivia (Beef ‘O’ Brady’s) Every Wednesday. 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-850-1916 GAMES: Trivia (Harry’s Pig Shop) Nerd wars at Classic City Trivia’s “most challenging Trivia Night in Athens.” Every Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. FREE! 706-612-9219 GAMES: Trivia (Your Pie, Five Points) Calling all know-it-alls! Every Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Trivia (Willy’s Mexicana Grill) Every Wednesday. 8–10 p.m. FREE! 706-548-1920 GAMES: Trivia Wars (283 Bar) Trivia teams compete for a $250 tattoo and other prizes throughout February. Check the Facebook group “Trivia Wars!” for weekly updates and the online question of the week. 8:30 p.m. (sign up) 9 p.m. (game starts). FREE! 706-208-1283 * Advance Tickets Available

Live Music Tuesday 16 283 Bar 11 p.m. FREE! 706-208-1283 HALF DOZEN BRASS BAND Come celebrate Mardi Gras with Athens’ own New Orleans-style brass band. 40 Watt Club 8 p.m. $16 (adv.). AS TALL AS LIONS Moody, ambient indie rock from Long Island, NY. CAGE THE ELEPHANT Having recently relocated to East London,

England, this Kentucky-bred band blends American and British alternative rock. MORNING TELEPORTATION Portland-based ensemble with punchy vocals and a dancey, psychedelic vibe. WINSTON AUDIO These favorite gentlemen from Atlanta perform guitar-driven alternative rock that, at its more solemn moments, is epic and cinematic. Alibi 9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-1010 KAMAKAZI KARAOKE With the singing cowboy. Allgood Lounge 9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-0166 MODERN SKIRTS This piano-driven foursome has become one of Athens’ most treasured and acclaimed local pop acts. A special Mardi Gras celebration! Buffalo’s Southwest Café 6–10 p.m. $5 (includes lessons). 706354-6655 DINE & DANCE NIGHT Beginners’ and advanced dance lessons every Tuesday from 6–7 p.m. followed by open dance until 10 p.m. Tonight features swing dancing. Gnat’s Landing 7 p.m. FREE! THE DEACON BRANDON REEVES This resonator-bass-drums threepiece from Atlanta churns out upbeat yet bluesy tunes. Go Bar 10 p.m. CEDRO DANADO New experimental music from Georgia. The tracks on Cedro Danado’s MySpace page bear a resemblance to the music added to Maya Deren’s film Meshes of the Afternoon. DIVIDED LIKE A SAINT’S Local envelope-pushing rock band. MOTHER EARTH Psychedelic rock and roll.

Little Kings Shuffle Club 10 p.m. PUNK ROCK NIGHT Every Tuesday at Little Kings! Featuring a mix of punk rock bands and DJ-led dance parties. The Melting Point 7 p.m. $3 (18+). THE MUDFLAPJACKS This local band performs old-time country and bluegrass jams. Part of the weekly Terrapin Bluegrass Series. New Earth Music Hall P.O.S.I.T.I.V.E. Benefit. 9 p.m. www. ZION-I Oakland hip-hop duo of Amplive and MC Zion provide organic, inspiring rhymes and original, layered grooves. No Where Bar 10 p.m. $2. 706-546-4742 FREE LUNCH TRIO Local band consisting of three guys and a passion for music. Jazzy, funky rock with grunge roots. Rye Bar 10 p.m. NEMO No info available. Tasty World Uptown 9 p.m. $3. FUTUREBIRDS Local folk-rock collective with a tattered, raspy edge. This show is part of the band’s continuing residency at Tasty World, with shows every other Tuesday until Mardi Gras. HOLY LIARS This local four-piece tends toward blue-collar rock, not unlike a more polished early Uncle Tupelo or the cow-punkier moments of Social Distortion. WUOG 90.5FM 8 p.m. FREE! “LIVE IN THE LOBBY” Mouser will perform on the college radio station’s twice weekly program. Listen over the air or drop by the station to watch!

Wednesday 17 40 Watt Club “Girls Rock Camp Benefit” (See Calendar Pick). 8 p.m. $5 (adv.). CREEPY These five local ladies weave haunting harmonies and vitriolic cries over lush psychedelic sounds. INCENDIARIES Local indie-prog outfit featuring ex-Cinemechanica bassist and Shitty Candy member Erica Strout. THE ORKIDS Local electropop group guaranteed to get you dancing. ALLISON WEISS Heartfelt singer/ songwriter with quirky charm, sharp pop sensibilities and an avid online following. Her album, Allison Weiss Was Right All Along, is out now! Alibi 9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-1010 HIP-HOP JAMBOREE A DJ spins all your favorite hip-hop jams. Caledonia Lounge 10 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). ELSINORE Alternative pop band from Champaign, IL with soaring, super melodic vocals and bouncy guitars that have a very British feel, like a guitar-driven Keane. SOAPBAR Local group plays shaggy, diverse alt-rock informed by its lo-fi and folk peers. SPRING TIGERS Taking cues from bands like XTC and Blur, local band

Spring Tigers offers up angular pop rock. Their self-titled debut EP is out now! WE LANDED ON THE MOON Catchy, danceable rock fronted by female vocals and driven by synth. Farm 255 11 p.m. FREE! GABRIEL KELLEY Whether solo or with his backing band, Gabriel Kelley Zorbanos (ex-Gabriel Young) plays heartfelt acoustic folk music informed by rustic country and Appalachian sounds. Flicker Theatre & Bar 11:30 p.m. FREE! flickerbar SONGWRITER SHOWCASE Featuring solo acoustic performances by local musicians: Phillip Westmoreland, Joe Orr, Coy King, Lee Markey and Mr. Guppyfin. Go Bar 10 p.m. BANG UTOT Featuring a fresh lineup and a sound that has only been described as “styrofoam music” as opposed to “paper cup music,” which is apparently what the band used to be. EUREKA CALIFORNIA Local indie band influenced by American indie that sounds like British indie influenced by American indie. CD Release show. LA SNACKS Tuneful indie rock from Austin. TRANSMOGRAPHY Abstract rhythms and instrumental freak-outs. WEREWOLVES Local band featuring quirky lo-fi rock with bright, bouncy flourishes. La Fiesta on Hawthorne Noon–2 p.m. FREE! 706-548-4261 KEVIN FLEMING Spanish and Latin guitar, every Wednesday during lunch. The Melting Point 8:30 p.m. SOLD OUT! AMY RAY’S ROCK SHOW The acclaimed Indigo Girl trades in her acoustic guitar for a Les Paul for an electrified solo set featuring tracks off her new album Didn’t It Feel Kinder. See story on p. 17. BRANDI CARLILE Melodic folk-pop charmer Brandi Carlile recently released her third album, Give Up the Ghost. New Earth Music Hall 11 p.m. ARCHNEMESIS Side project from the electronic dub/jam act Telepath. AZ-IZ Adrian Zelski of DubConscious spins world/dub/dance. FLIGHT RISK New side project from members of DubConscious. No Where Bar 10 p.m. $2. 706-546-4742 NATHAN SHEPPARD The local acoustic guitarist-harmonicist is known for his emotive singing style and his modern reworkings of classic tunes, from Dylan to Van Morrison. The Office Lounge 9:30 p.m. FREE! 706-549-0840 KARAOKE Every Wednesday with Lynn! Rye Bar 10 p.m. PATRICK ATWATER Original and cover tunes, all intertwined with live looping and drum & bass grooves. FUNKY FIASCO Jam band that incorporates trumpet and saxophone for a driving and energetic sound.

Terrapin Beer Co. 5 p.m. CELL FEHRENBACH Acoustic folk that is hard-hitting, emotional and often funny.

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Thursday 18 40 Watt Club 8:30 p.m. $11 (adv.). AKRON/FAMILY Experimental folk-rock band known for using improvisation and three-part harmonies along with psychedelic and electronic elements. WARPAINT Low-key folky music with a psychedelic bend.

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WED. FEB. 17

El Paisano 8 p.m. 706-353-0346 KARAOKE Every Thursday with margarita specials. Farm 255 11 p.m. FREE! KINKY WAIKIKI Featuring members of Kenosha Kid, Birds+Wire, Big C and the Ringers, this group plays modern arrangements of traditional Hawaiian music, with a little Western swing thrown into the mix.


Nikki’s Birthday Party with

Greg Reece Clay Leverett and Friends FREE!

SAT. FEB. 27

(Telepath Side Project)

Alibi 9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-1010 OPEN MIC/JAM Hosted by Wes of Dixie Mafia. Open to all musicians. Caledonia Lounge 10 p.m. $6 (21+), $8 (18-20). www.˜ COTTON JONES Influenced by ‘60s psych pop, this band’s melodies are soulful and simple. 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. King is the latest new album.


Dub/Reggae/Hip Hop Night FREE!


Flight Risk

(Dubconscious 2.0 Side Project)

and AZ-IZ


LowDown Comedy Show


Nosaj Thing Jogger


FRI. FEB. 19


Big Gigantic

Emancipator with

Heyoka and AV8R

Two Fresh

MON. FEB. 22


Return of

Open DJ Night

227 W Dougherty St. Downtown Athens

Open Mon-Sat 5pm-2am • All Shows 18+ • $2 for under 21

Advance Tix available at Schoolkids Records - 706-353-1666 and Blue Girl Boutique - 706-543-4242 and online at

FREE! Check out our new blog!

Tuesday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m.

Flicker Theatre & Bar 8:30 p.m. $5. flickerbar LOKSHEN KUGEL A local seven-piece Klezmer band specializing in Jewish and Gypsy music. Accordians, fiddles, clarinets, oh my! With Dan Horowitz of Five Eight.

Call, click or stop by the Box Office 706.357.4444 300 N. Thomas St. Downtown Athens

Go Bar 11:30 p.m. FREE! gobar “DR. FRED’S KARAOKE” Hosted by karaoke fanatic John “Dr. Fred” Bowers, every Thursday. The Melting Point 8:30 p.m. $7 (adv.), $10 (door). www. THE MOSIER BROTHERS Joss Mosier has been playing Americana for over 30 years, as a founding member of Blueground Undergrass and a member of the original Col. Bruce Hampton and the Aquarium Rescue Unit lineups. He’s joined by brother Johnny on guitar and renowned local fiddler David Blackmon for a fresh take on “newgrass.”

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No Where Bar 10 p.m. $3. 706-546-4742 THE LANEY STRICKLAND BAND Classic Southern rock with bluesy riffs, wailing organ and soulful vocals. SNAP! Snap!, formerly known as the King Daddy Conspiracy, features organ-heavy funk/jazz tunes delivered by local all-stars. Celebrating the release of its new album, GrooveHitLatinBluesFunk. The Office Lounge 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-0840 THE HEATHENS Y’all-ternative rock from seasoned local folk musicians:



THE CALENDAR! singer-songwriter Michael Eudy (ex-One Big Eye), drummer Bob Fernandez (The Plague, ex-Star Room Boys), and bassist-vocalist Robert Kelleher (Dime Bag). Rye Bar 10 p.m. HOT POLITICS Jazzy funk from Greensboro, NC. JAZZCHRONIC Local five-piece explores freaky, funky, psychedelic fusion jazz while incorporating rock, R&B, heavy beats and more into the stew. Also playing at the 40 Watt on Tuesday, Feb. 23. Tasty World Uptown “FOR HAITI Benefit Concert.” 9 p.m. $7. FIRE ZUAVE Dreamy, fun psych-pop based here in town. HEYPENNY Theatrical Nashville band in marching band uniforms puts on a lively show infused with poppy lofi indie rock. IMMUZIKATION Celebrated local DJ Alfredo Lapuz Jr. mashes up highenergy electro and rock. VANILLIN New local band mixing elements of rock, funk and pop. THE WALES Brand-new local band. Terrapin Beer Co. 5 p.m. LEFTY WILLIAMS Although this artist was born without a right hand, that didn’t stop him from playing guitar as early as age four. Williams later went on to graduate with honors from the Atlanta Institute of Music. His album Snake Oil was released in July and produced by John Keane. WUOG 90.5FM 8 p.m. FREE! “LIVE IN THE LOBBY” The Woodgrains will perform on the college radio station’s twice weekly program. Listen over the air or drop by the station to watch!

Friday 19 283 Bar 10 p.m. FREE! 706-208-1283 IMMUZIKATION Part of the 283 Bar’s 12th Anniversary weekend partython. 40 Watt Club 8 p.m. $10 (adv.). THE VIC SHOWS–NIGHT I Celebrating the life and music of Vic Chesnutt. Tonight’s lineup includes: Five Eight, The Romper Stompers, Jack Logan and Kelly Keneipp, Ham1, Dave Barbe & the Quick Hooks, Kelly Hogan, Todd McBride and Rob Veal, Amorphous Strums, Ben Mize, Flash to Bang Time, Jill Carnes, and John Keane and Nathan Sheppard. See story on p. 21. Alibi 9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-1010 ELECTRIK EELZ Veteran Athens musicians Wade Hester, Chris Hampton and Matt Donaldson play party rock, pop, funk and blue-eyed soul classics with a lot of surprises thrown in. Caledonia Lounge 10 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). CALTROP This Chapel Hill band offers heavy, riff-based rock that takes its cues from Sabbath but presents them in a series of very modern arrangements. POWERS Four guitarists and one drummer, set up in the corners of the venue for the full, quadrophonic rock experience. Featuring members of


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Cinemechanica, Lazer/Wülf, We vs. the Shark and Coulier. Amazing. SAVAGIST Athens band featuring fine folks from punk/metal bands 300 Cobras, Hot Breath and The Dumps. Club Chrome 9 p.m. $5. 706-543-9009 BACKWATER Classic and Southern rock covers with an attitude. Farm 255 11 p.m. FREE! DAVID DOWLESS Performing a lively blend of bluegrass. Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m. THE PARTY GUESTS COLLECTIVE Expat Recordings presents The Sugar Dicks acoustic set plus music from Robert Gunn and Brer Paladin. Go Bar 10 p.m. $5. ACID REFLUX Hardcore from Albany, NY featuring members of Limp Wrist. AMERICAN CHEESEBURGER Rapid-fire, loud and aggressive oldschool thrash rock. SHITSTORM Fast grindcore from Miami, sharing members with Torche! UNFUN Catchy pop-punk from Vancouver. Little Kings Shuffle Club 8 p.m. FREE! KARAOKE Hosted by Jon Lester. The Melting Point 9 p.m. $10 (adv.), $12 (door). www. ABBEY ROAD LIVE! Here come the sun kings! The local cover band delivers a start-to-finish performance of The Beatles’ Abbey Road and tosses in other high-energy, later-era Beatles rockers. New Earth Music Hall 9 p.m. BIG GIGANTIC Combining elements of electronica, hip-hop and hardcore for a unique sound. TWO FRESH Electronic hip-hop jazz. The Office Lounge “Fundraiser for Haiti.” 9:30 p.m. $2. 706-546-0840 S.O.B. BLUES BAND Covering blues from the ‘70s and beyond. Rye Bar 10 p.m. PATRICK ATWATER Original and cover tunes, all intertwined with live looping and drum & bass grooves. ORANGE MAGNOLIA Bluesy psychedlic jams. Tasty World Uptown 9 p.m. 3 FOOT SWAGGER Local jam rockers who blend high-energy rock with myriad original sounds. GIMME HENDRIX Jimi Hendrix tribute band. LAISSEZ-FUNK Funk-jam fusion plus a variety of covers. Terrapin Beer Co. 5 p.m. BLOSSOM CREEK BREEZE This duo plays relaxed, upbeat guitar tunes. WUGA 91.7 FM 4 p.m. “IT’S FRIDAY!” Boo Ray and Caroline Aiken will perform on the local radio station’s weekly program.


University Cable Channel 15 will also broadcast the show.

Saturday 20 283 Bar 10 p.m. FREE! 706-208-1283 JOCK JAM Hosted by DJ Mahogany. Party goers are encouraged to dress in their finest sportswear or cheerleading outfits. Says Mahogany: “Be an athlete, not an athletic supporter.” 40 Watt Club 8 p.m. $10 (adv.). THE VIC SHOWS–NIGHT II Celebrating the life and music of Vic Chesnutt. Tonight’s lineup includes: Featuring Will Johnson (Centromatic), Elf Power, Victoria Williams, Howe Gelb, Patterson Hood, Mercyland, Guy Picciotto and Mt. Zion, Lambchop, Tenement Halls, Mark Linkous and Jeffrey Richards. See story on p. 21. Alibi 9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-1010 DANCE PARTY The name says it all! A DJ will spin all of your favorite dance hits all night. Caledonia Lounge 10 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). BAMBARA CD Release! Local power trio has a sound that draws from both the atmospherics of bands like Slowdive and the ferocity of bands like Fugazi. See story on p. 19. CARNIVORES Fun grunge-pop from Atlanta. REPTAR This up-and-coming local quartet sounds like the result of Animal Collective and Talking Heads teaming up to travel back in time and fight Napoleon. Dance shoes recommended. Expect painted faces, confetti and/or glitter. SHITHEAD This band wants you to pronounce its name “shy-theed.” The tunes are laid back with a jam band sort of vibe. Club Chrome 9 p.m. $5. 706-543-9009 BOBBY COMPTON BAND The first Redneck Idol, Bobby Compton sings hard rockin’ country. Farm 255 10 p.m. KENOSHA KID Centered around the instru-improv jazz compositions of guitarist Dan Nettles, Kenosha Kid’s music borrows freely from multiple sources and hammers it all into a seamless product glistening with inspiration. If you like jazz, you might like this; if you hate jazz, you still might like this. Flicker Theatre & Bar 8:30 p.m. $5. flickerbar GHOST BIRD A fusion of electronica and dark indie rock featuring emotionally charged lyrics coupled with dynamic beats and explorative melodies. The Globe 7 p.m. 706-353-4721 SPAWNING GROUND PERFORMANCE Students from the day’s workshop show what they know onstage. Featured Spawining Ground instructor and folk artist Caroline Aiken follows up with a set of her own at 9:30 p.m. Go Bar 10 p.m. EASTER ISLAND Self-described as Pedro the Lion meets Stars without the female vocalist, this local act features John Cable (drums), Asher Payne (keys), Ethan Payne (guitar),

Sunday, February 21

A Storm of Light, Via Vengeance, Of Legend Kingpins Bowl and Brew Josh Graham is responsible for the eight post– apocalyptic collages you’ll find when you remove the shrink-wrap and investigate A Storm of Light Forgive Us Our Trespasses (Neurot Recordings). The images depicting mankind’s masochistic tendencies, and the indelible scars said tendencies leave on our planet, are gripping. In addition to fronting the ethereal, angry and informed Brooklyn-based band A Storm of Light, Graham has served for more than a decade as visual artist-in-residence for avant-garde metal powerhouse Neurosis. “The main focus of my artwork right now is the overall passage of time. It’s something that a lot of us can barely comprehend as it is something infinitely larger than us. For example, our sun will die, leaving our planet a cold and desolate place. Over the lifetime of our universe, humanity will be nothing more significant than the blink of an eye,” says Graham when asked about his creative process. So, the question regarding the human race to hell in a handbasket begins with “when,” rather than “if,” no? “Mankind seems to have an obsession with its demise. Even as far back as the Roman Empire people were convinced it was the end-times, and that Caesar was the Antichrist. So, while our record deals with the end of humanity, we hold it as one possible outcome, and one that is relative to our current treatment of our planet.” Trespasses is cold and industrial and beautiful—like the soundtrack to a decades-long Siberian penal labor camp experience where life is brutal and punishing, the anguish only temporarily suspended during rare glimpses of the aurora borealis through prison window bars. Perhaps those angels riding the mysterious iridescent solar winds are coming to take you away, or maybe if you’re lucky, they’ll let you stick around to see the shit hit the fan. [David Eduardo]

Andrew Terrell (bass) and Nathan Thompson. IMMUZIKATION Celebrated local DJ Alfredo Lapuz Jr. mashes up highenergy electro and rock. TWIN POWERS DJ Dan Geller (Gold Party, The Agenda) and a rotating cast of partners—Winston Parker (ATEM), Tom Hedger (owner of Go Bar), Eddie Russell (of Farm 255)—spin top 40/hip-hop mixed with indie, synthpop, new wave and Britpop. Little Kings Shuffle Club 10 p.m. $3. 90 ACRE FARM This acoustic trio from Watkinsville plays original Americana and covers. Playing two sets tonight! The Melting Point 8:30p.m. $8 (adv.), $10 (door). www. GROGUS The local and long-running ensemble plays jazz and salsa accentuated with reggae, hip-hop and Afro-Cuban styles. New Earth Music Hall 8 p.m. CLASSIC CITY COMEDY SHOW Bringing the comedy to Athens like no other! The Office Lounge 9:30 p.m. FREE! 706-546-0840 SEVEN 7 This regional cover band plays ‘60s soul, ‘70s disco and ‘80s pop with a mix of contemporary and classic rock. Rye Bar 10 p.m. BEST BROTHERS BAND Atlanta band that plays R&B infused with a Dave Matthews Band kind of sound. BETSY FRANCK & THE BARE KNUCKLE BAND Soulful, brassy Southern rock and country songs rooted in tradition, but with a modern sensibility.

Tasty World Uptown 10 p.m. $5 (21+). MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN Midnight rave hosted by Project Seven Dance Troupe. Dancers will intermittently be debuting pieces from the Summer Concert while a laser and blacklight show will be performed by Dancin’ Lights. Terrapin Beer Co. 5 p.m. BLUE BILLY GRIT Live bluegrass! Performing originals and some great covers including The Beatles, Johnny Cash, Janis Joplin and even Alanis Morissette.

Sunday 21 Ben’s Bikes 9 p.m. FREE! www.bensbikesathens. com THE JACK BURTON Local punk band featuring former members of departed Athens faves like Hunter-Gatherer, Let’s Surf! and Exit 86. NANA GRIZOL Local punk band that plays songs about shooting stars, fancy cars and red guitars. SEA OF DOGS Songwriter and banjopicker Emily Armond leads this endearing folk group with disarming honesty, candid lyrics and warm harmonies. THE SUGAR DICKS Greasy, fun garage rock featuring guitars and ominchord. See Calendar Pick on p. 24. Kingpins Bowl & Brew “Headbanger’s Bowl.” 8 p.m. $3 (21+), $5 (under 21). A STORM OF LIGHT Climactic doom metal delivering brutal aural escapes. See Calendar Pick on this page. OF LEGEND Local metalcore band. VIA VENGEANCE Progressive sludge metal with drums, guitar, and vocals all performed by the same man!

Sky City Lounge & Bulldog Cafe 706-380-7699 KARAOKE (468 North Ave.) Old School Social Sundays begin! Square One Fish Co. Noon-3 p.m. FREE! SUNDAY JAZZ BRUNCH Rotating local jazz artists play on the patio.

Monday 22 Caledonia Lounge 9:30 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18-20). www. COME WHAT MAY Local post-hardcore band based here in town. Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m.–midnight. FREE! www.myspace. com/flickerbar KENOSHA KID One of Athens’ most prized and inventive jazz ensembles continues its Monday night residency at Flicker. New Earth Music Hall 9 p.m. FREE! www.newearthmusichall. com OPEN DJ NIGHT TRYOUTS Bring your computer or turntables to tryout or just come down to enjoy live tunes from local DJs. Tasty World Uptown 9 p.m. BUILT UNDER Brand-new local act. DAN THE JUGGLER Having recently formed among students who met through the Music Business Program, this band is known for getting crowds hyped with covers.

Tuesday 23 40 Watt Club “Perry Johnson, Jr. Family Benefit.” 8 p.m. $6 (adv.). ADAM PAYNE BAND Payne’s impressively versatile tenor is some-

what 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. JAZZCHRONIC Local five-piece explores freaky, funky, psychedelic fusion jazz while incorporating rock, R&B, heavy beats and more into the stew. KITE TO THE MOON Featuring Athens natives Timi Conley, Jay Rodgers, Andrew Hanme, this colorful band is known for its stimulating live show featuring jubilant, rowdy pop music accompanied by spontaneous video mixing. THE SUEX EFFECT Alternative/ progressive rock featuring a fusion of funk, reggae, metal and blues with plenty of harmonies and improvisation. For more info on the Perry Johnson family, see Don’t Miss at Alibi 9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-1010 KAMAKAZI KARAOKE With the singing cowboy. Buffalo’s Southwest Café 6–10 p.m. $5 (includes lessons). 706354-6655 DINE & DANCE NIGHT Beginners’ and advanced dance lessons every Tuesday from 6–7 p.m. followed by open dance until 10 p.m. Tonight features the tango. Caledonia Lounge 9:30 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18-20). www. JOSH GURLEY Local Christian rock performer who uses his music as a medium for communicating his messages of worship and praise. JUSTIN KENNEDY Local singersongwriter with a country drawl who sings earnest, radio-ready ballads about the trials and tribulations of daily life. PROVIDENCE ROAD All-female trio featuring seasoned vocalists whose inspirational lyrics take on traditional and progressive Southern gospel. Little Kings Shuffle Club 10 p.m. PUNK ROCK NIGHT Every Tuesday at Little Kings! Featuring a mix of punk rock bands and DJ-led dance parties. The Melting Point 7 p.m. $3 (all ages). www.meltingpoint. com HIGH STRUNG STRING BAND This local act plays offers three-part harmonies and ramblin’, upbeat bluegrass on acoustic guitar, banjo and mandolin. New Earth Music Hall 10 p.m. FREE! www.newearthmusichall. com P.O.S.I.T.I.V.E. Dub/reggae/hip-hop night. No Where Bar 10 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742 ATHENS SONGWRITER AND LYRICIST GUILD Featuring Drew Beskin, Richard Chamberlain, Drew Dixon, Brad Downs, John Woodfin Harry and Thomas Galloway. The Rialto Room WNGC St. Jude Benefit. 8 p.m. $30. SONGWRITERS IN THE ROUND Unique live music performance in the round featuring these highly respected songwriters: Colt Ford, Mike Dekle, Brantley Gilbert and Rachel Farley. Limited seating.

Rye Bar 9 p.m. OPEN MIC SERIES Six separate acts have the opportunity to impress the judges based on vocals, performance and songwriting. State Botanical Garden of Georgia 7:30–8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-542-6156, DUSTY WOODRUFF The acclaimed classical guitarist from the Athens Guitar Trio kicks off the Garden’s Evergreen Concert Series. Call for information about a special preconcert dinner. Tasty World Uptown 10 p.m. OLD HOUSE Local acoustic-pop act. WUOG 90.5FM 8 p.m. FREE! “LIVE IN THE LOBBY” Wowser Bowser will perform on the college radio station’s twice weekly program. Listen over the air or drop by the station to watch!

Wednesday 24 40 Watt Club 9 p.m. $10 (adv.). ROBERT OSBORNE CLASSIC FILM FESTIVAL BENEFIT A three-hour song swamp extravaganza hosted by Patterson Hood and featuring David Barbe, Don Chambers, Daniel Hutchens (Bloodkin), Dave Marr (Star Room Boys), Brad Morgan, John Neff, and William Tonks. Caledonia Lounge 10 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). DUSTY LIGHTSWITCH This revolving cast of local eccentrics delivers rock and roll with epic possibilites. MANGER Punk rock four-piece with screaming guitars and lively vocals. JESSE MARSTON Of Romanenko. RAG Bluesy alternative rock band. ROMANENKO Local trio draws from ‘70s pop and folk with a modern rock edge, like Mary Timony fronting the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Flicker Theatre & Bar 11:30 p.m. FREE! flickerbar TIM CURRY/ BRUCE WILLIS CAGE MATCH Spinning tracks from each actor-cum-musician’s albums. La Fiesta on Hawthorne Noon–2 p.m. FREE! 706-548-4261 KEVIN FLEMING Spanish and Latin guitar, every Wednesday during lunch.




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ART Call for Artists (Call for location) Seeking artists/musicians to participate in Phoenix Rising, a commemorative art quilt celebrating the Georgia Theatre, to be auctioned off on behalf of the theatre. No sewing required. Deadline extended to April 30. 706-540-2712, www. Call for Artists Seeking submissions of experimental, digital media, film, performance and sound art for “6X6,” a media arts event to take place in six installments over the next six months. Work must be able to be projected digitally, performed or played via sound system and only six minutes in length., Call for Artists (Hoschton, GA) Now accepting entries for the Hoschton Arts and Folk Life Festival, a two-day celebration of history and the arts featuring live demonstrations, fine art and historical exhibits. 404-202-3044 Call for Logo Submissions Athens Human Rights Festival needs a logo for this year’s event. All artists are encouraged to submit their designs online or by mail. 706-7145751, www.athenshumanrightsfest. org, P.O. BOX 1183, Athens, GA 30603 Call for Submissions (Athens Academy) Now accepting entries of postcard-sized artwork for inclusion in a “mail art show” which will be up through March. Both sides of the card will be on display as part of a permanent exhibit at the school. For more information, contact lstueck@ Mail entries to Lawrence Stueck, Athens Academy, P.O. Box 6548, Athens, GA 30604


Call for Submissions (Hotel Indigo) Now accepting works of textile art for “Material World: Art Meets the Runway.” Submit a photo and a description of the work. Deadline for submission is Apr. 9. Email low-res jpgs to celebratethearts@yahoo. com with the altered subject line: YourName: CtA2010 “Fund-Erasers” Submit your photo or drawing containing erasers to win the “Erasing Poverty in Athens” charity arts competition. Submission deadline is Feb. 20, so act fast! http://athensphotocontest.

AUDITIONS Charlotte’s Web (UGA Fine Arts Building, Room 201) Find a place for yourself in Rose of Athens’ theatrical production of E.B. White’s classic, Charlotte’s Web. Prepare a 1–2 minute monologue and call to schedule an appointment. Feb. 24, 7–9 p.m. 706-340-9181

CLASSES 12 Weeks to Total Wellness (St. Mary’s Wellness Center) St. Mary’s registered dietitians offer a new health and wellness program with a focus on nutrition. Thursdays, 3–4 p.m. $100/program, $10/class. 706-389-3355 Acting for Film Workshop (106 West Performing Arts Venue, Winder) Open to ages 16 & up. No acting experience necessary. Tuesdays, 6:45 p.m. $95 (adults), $65 (students). 770-868-1977, Aikido Classes (Classic Martial Arts Club) Aikido is a Japanese martial art that uses throws and


joint-locks to control an opponent. Trial classes are FREE! Mondays & Thursdays, 7 p.m. 706-353-3616, Art Classes (Lyndon House Arts Center) Sign up for spring art classes! For adults, teens and children. Go online for full list of programs. Now registering! 706-613-3623, Athens Area Weight Loss Challenge (Call for location) Personal wellness coach Rodney A. Gallagher challenges you to get healthy in his 12-week nonprofit course about nutrition and exercise. Begins Feb. 25, $40. 706-354-1652 Back Care Yoga (Mind Body Institute) Fight chronic back pain with yoga! Call to register. 706-4757329, Basics of Drawing (Fringe Collective Studios) Sign up for four weeks of drawing classes! Tuesdays, 10 a.m.–noon or Saturdays, 2–4 p.m. $20/session (plus a one-time supply fee of $20). 706-540-2712, Beginning & Intermediate Wheel Throwing (Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation) Potter Maria Dondero instructs this class for beginning and advanced students. Feb. 17–Mar. 24, 6–8 p.m. $140. 706-769-4565, Beginning Bellydance for Fitness (YWCO) Have fun and exercise at the same time with this incredible dance form. Tuesdays, noon–1 p.m. Wednesdays, 6–7 p.m. 706-354-7880, Beginning to Intermediate Pottery (Lyndon House Arts Center) Develop wheelthrowing, glazing and decorating techniques while you make your own unique stoneware! Now registering. 706613-3623, www.accleisureservices. com

Ruth Allen’s paintings are on display at Big City Bread Cafe through February. Body, Mind & Spirit (Body, Mind & Spirit Ministries) Offering a wide range of self-improvement and spiritual classes and workshops. Full schedule online. 706-351-6024, www.bodymindandspiritofathens. com Bookmaking Workshop (Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation) Instructor Dave Smiley helps participants construct book covers, hone their signature stitching and explore uses for various scraps and jewelry in bookmaking. For students with previous bookmaking experience. Feb. 27, 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. $35. 706-769-4565 Chen Style Taijiquan (Floorspace) Effortless power. Authentic Chinese martial lineage. Register for ongoing instruction. Sundays and Mondays, 706-6143342, Classical Pilates (StudiO) Private instruction and group classes offered daily! Schedule online. 678-596-2956, www.studioin Clay Classes (Good Dirt) Weekly “Try Clay” class every Friday from 7–9 p.m. and “Family Try Clay” every Sunday from 2–4 p.m. ($20/ person). 706-355-3161, www.good Computer Class (Oconee County Library) Introduction to PowerPoint. Learn how to make a digital slideshow. Call to register. Feb. 18, 3–4:30 p.m. FREE! 706-769-3950 Computer Classes (ACC Library, Educational Technology Center) Introduction to Word. Call to register. Feb. 25, 10–11:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 Computer Workshop (Madison County Library) Four-part series on

using a computer. Pre-registration required. Tuesdays, 2-3 p.m. & 7–8 p.m., Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. FREE! 706-795-5597 Creative Kids (Blue Tin Art Studio) Help your little artist grow this February! Fee includes materials. Call to register. Tuesdays, 3:30–4:30 p.m. $75. 404-556-6884, www. Deep Relaxation Workshop (Five Points Yoga) Verbally guided relaxation with Carla Jennings, RYT. Call or go online to pre-register. Feb. 27, 4–5:30 p.m. $15. 706-3553114, www.athensfivepointsyoga. com Ecstatic Dance (Vastu School of Yoga) The Athens Kirtan Collective hosts an evening of meditation through dance and movement. Fridays, 7–9 p.m. 561-723-6172, Family Yoga (Mind Body Institute) Offering instruction for kids in grades K–5 when accompanied by an adult. Call ahead. Sundays, through Feb. 21, 3–4 p.m. $50/5 classes. 706-475-7329, www.armc. org/mbi “Fooling Around with Form” (Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation) Poet and essayist Dana Wildsmith leads this poetry workshop which encourages writers to explore fixed forms through nonthreatening exercises and prompts. For novices and experienced poets alike. Feb. 20. $160. 706-769-4565,, www.danawildsmith. com Genealogy 102: Census Records Online (Oconee County Library) Research family history online using Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest Online.

Genealogy 101 is a prerequisite for this class. Call to register. Feb. 23, 3–4 p.m. FREE! 706-769-3950 Gentle Yoga (St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church) Bring your own mat or towel and wear loose clothing. Julie Horne, instructor. Tuesdays, 5:30–7 p.m. $9/class. 706-354-1996 Glass Fusing Workshop (Good Dirt) Make colorful glass wind-chimes or sun-catchers! Fee includes materials and firing. Call to register. Feb. 21, 2–4 p.m. $50. 706355-3161, HeritageQuest Online (ACC Library) Librarian Laura Carter will walk you through the online research tool and teach you how to use it to trace your family roots. Feb. 20, 2 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 Introduction to Life Drawing (Fringe Collective Artistic Studios) Instructed classes for artists 18 and up. Call to reserve a space. Sundays, 2–4 p.m. 706540-2727 Jewelry and Metals (Blue Tin Art Studio) Meet once a week in February. Call to register. Wednesdays, 6:30–8:30 p.m. $75 (includes materials). 404-556-6884, Kids Yoga (Vastu School of Yoga) Children derive enormous benefits from many easy and fun poses. Tuesdays, 5:30–6:15 p.m. 561-7236172, Kids’ Art Classes (Oglethorpe County Library) Free afterschool art classes through Mar. 1! Space is limited; call to save your spot. Mondays, 3:30–5:30 p.m. FREE! 706-743-8817 Laugh-a-Yoga (Mind Body Institute) Laugh your stress away.

Feb. 19, 5:30–6:30 p.m. $5. 706475-7329, Life Drawing Open Studio (Fringe Collective Artistic Studios) Bring any supplies/equipment that you may require. Ages 18 and up. Call to reserve a space. Thursdays, 6–8:15 p.m. 706-540-2727 Mama-Baby Yoga (Mind Body Institute) For mamas and their babies. Six weeks old to crawlers. Every Wednesday. 10:30 a.m. $60/6 classes. 706-475-7329, mbi Meditation (Vastu School of Yoga, Chase Park Warehouse) Begin every day with relaxing meditation. 6–7 a.m. FREE! 561-723-6172, Meditative Yoga (YWCO) Easy Meditative Yoga for Every Body. Drop-ins welcome. Mondays and Thursdays, noon; Wednesdays, 7 p.m. $7 (non-members). 706-3547880, Money Matters (ACC Library) “The Importance of Managing Your Credit Score” will teach you how to evaluate your credit report and score, while “Introduction to Investing” offers how to wisely invest. No registration necessary. Feb. 24, 7 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 Nature Photography Class (Sandy Creek Park) Learn how to do it right with this one-day class led by nature photographer Rodney Hayhurst. Call to register. Feb. 27, 1–3 p.m. $5. 706-613-3631, www. Painting with Charles (Lyndon House Arts Center) Bring in your oil or acrylic masterpieces-in-progress to receive easel-side assistance from instructor Charles. Now registering for an 8-week session beginning in March. 706-613-3623, www.acc Pilates Classes (Balance Pilates and Wellness Studio) Offering high-quality instruction in Pilates and overall health. Mat classes and apparatus classes available! Full schedule and information about private lessons online. 706-546-1061, Postpartum Yoga (Full Bloom Center) An 8-week class focusing on reconnecting with yourself following the transformation into motherhood. Begins Mar. 6. Saturdays, 2–3:15 p.m. $90. 706-353-3373, www. Prenatal Yoga (Sangha Yoga Studio) Twice a week with instructor Alexa Shea. Tuesdays, noon–1 p.m. Thursdays, 10:30–11:45 a.m. 706613-1143 Running into Yoga (Five Points Yoga) Seasoned runners and walkers are invited to this month-long class which incorporates stretching, breathing and relaxation techniques into your workout. Through Feb. 18, Tuesdays & Thursdays, $120. www. Spawning Ground (The Globe) Folk artist Caroline Aiken is the featured teacher at this limited admission performance, song writing and touring workshop. Feb. 20, 3–6 p.m. Spring Clay and Glass Classes (Good Dirt) Now registering for classes in wheel-thrown pottery, fountain making, glass fusing and slumping. All levels for youth and adults. See complete schedule online. Tae Kwon Do & Jodo Classes (Live Oak Martial Arts, Chase Street Warehouses) For kids and adults, beginner through advanced. Mondays–Thursdays, 3:30-8:30 p.m. 706-548-0077, www.liveoak Tech Tips: Podcasting (ACC Library) Learn how to record and edit your own Podcast and share

it with the world! Feb. 23, 7 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 Teen Yoga (Vastu School of Yoga) Aside from the physical benefits, yoga teaches teens techniques for coping with the unique challenges of adolescence. Thursdays, 6–7 p.m. 561-723-6172, vastuyoga@ Winter Classes (Sangha Yoga Studio, Healing Arts Center) Now registering for Bootycamp, Egyptian Bellydancing, Pilates and various yoga methods to suit your lifestyle. See full schedule online! 706-6131143, Yoga and Tai Chi Classes (Athens Wellness Cooperative) For beginners through experienced. See full calendar online. $14/drop-in, $60/6 classes, $108/12 classes. Yoga Classes (Om Town Yoga, 190 Park Avenue) Lyengar-certified Yoga instruction for balance, strength, flexibility and stamina. Mondays, 6:15 p.m. Wednesdays, 5:45 p.m. $10/drop-in. www.athens Yoga for Athletes (Five Points Yoga) Physical therapist Marlysa Sullivan leads a one-day workshop for athletes hoping to expand their workouts. Feb. 20, 1:30–4 p.m. $35. 706-355-3114 Yoga for Healthy Backs (Vastu School of Yoga) If you are one of the millions of people suffering from back pain, yoga may bring you some relief. Call to register. 561-7236172, Yoga Workshop (Five Points Yoga) Explore the second chakra through a vinyasa yoga class. For all levels of experience. Feb. 21, 1:30–3:30 p.m. $20. www.athens Yoga XL for the Larger Body (Vastu School of Yoga) Plus-size yoga adapts the traditional postures to accomodate your curves. Thursdays, 4:30–5 p.m. 561-7236172, Yoga, Tai Chi and Mindfulness Classes (Mind Body Institute) Experienced and highly educated instructors offer a wide variety of basic and specialty classes throughout the day. 706475-7329, Yoshukai Karate (AKF Itto Martial Arts) Learn Yoshukai Karate, a traditional hard Okinawan style. www. Zen Meditation (Email for Location) For both new and experienced meditators. Meets every Monday. 7:15 p.m. FREE! 706-7141202,, Zen Seeing, Zen Drawing (Lyndon House Arts Center) Drawing, painting and printmaking with lessons inspired by artist and author Frederick Franck. Instruction by Toni Carlucci. Now registering. 706-613-3623, www.accleisure Zumba (Lay Park) A one-of-a-kind fitness program fusing Latin rhythms and simple steps. Mondays, 6–7 p.m. $6. 706-613-3596 Zumba at the Garden (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves comprise this dynamic fitness program. Wednesdays, through Feb. 24. 5:30–6:30 p.m. $10/class, $60/session.

HELP OUT! Become a Boybutante Sponsor The Boybutante AIDS Foundation, Inc., which has helped to fund AIDS Athens for 20 years, is seeking sponsorship for the 21st

annual Boybutante Ball this April. Read about their mission and find a sponsorship packet online. www. Become a Mentor (Boys and Girls Clubs of Athens) Volunteer one hour per week to make a difference in the life of a child. Training provided. 706-546-4910, mentor@, Bike Recycling Program (Chase Street Warehouses) Join BikeAthens volunteers as they clean and repair donated bicycles for local service agencies. Bike repair skills a plus, but not necessary. Sunday, 2–4:30 p.m. Monday & Wednesday, 6–8:30 p.m. Call for Volunteers Athens Indie Craftstravaganzaa is seeking volunteers to assist with an upcoming community arts event. volunteers Donations Needed (Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation) OCAF seeks new or used items for its annual Thrift Sale Fundraiser. Drop off items from 2–7 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Saturdays at Rocket Hall. Donations accepted through Mar. 7. 706-769-4565, info@ocaf. com Foster an Animal Victim of Domestic Violence (Various Locations) Ahimsa House needs foster homes to shelter pets from abusive situations. 404-496-4038 ext. 713, Soccer Coaches Needed The ACC Department of Leisure Services is currently seeking volunteer coaches for the upcoming spring soccer season. 706-613-3871, www. Volunteer Opportunities (ACC Library) Learn about the various ways you can give back to your community by volunteering your time at the ACC Library. 706-6133650, arls/support/index.html

KIDSTUFF Children’s Clay Workshop (Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation) Construct Easter gifts from clay in this workshop for kids ages 10 and up. Feb. 27, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. $35. 706-769-4565, Fantastic Fridays (Bishop Park) Obstacle courses and other activities in an unstructured environment. Drop in any time. Ages 10 months–4 years. Fridays, 9 a.m.–noon. $12/ day. 706-613-3589 GEN Homeschool Club (State Botanical Garden) Garden Earth Naturalist Club for homeschoolers. Meet once a week to learn about pollination, air and water purification, pest control and recycling through discovery hunts, environmental games, nature hikes and crafts. Wednesdays, through Feb. 24, 9–11 a.m. $44. 706-542-6156 Girls’ Rock Camp Athens (Pigpen Studios) Girls learn an instrument, form a band, write a song and participate in various empowering workshops. Showcase scheduled for July 31. Ages 9–15. Now registering! July 26–30, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. $300 (scholarships available). 706-498-2507, www. Parent/Child Workshop (ACC Library, Storyroom) For children ages 1–3 and their caregivers. Inperson registration is required. Open to first-time participants. 10–11 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 Spanish Mommy and Me Classes (Email for Location) Learn Spanish with your preschooler through songs, stories and games! New session starting soon. sehlers

Spring Break Art Break (Lyndon House Arts Center) Children ages 6-12 will enjoy art activities, including art exploration with a guest artist and the creation of their own artwork. Mar. 9 & 11. $50 (materials included), scholarships available. 706-613-3623, www.acc Spring Break Camp: Festivals Around the World (Memorial Park) Enjoy crafts, games and snacks while you learn how different countries welcome and celebrate the arrival of spring. Mar. 8–12, 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. $43–$65 (scholarships available). 706-613-3580, www.accleisure Spring Break Mini Camp (Sandy Creek Nature Center) At “Woodland Wonders” Mini Camp, participants will discover the interconnections of the forest environment. Each day includes activities, crafts, snacks and more. Mar. 10–12, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. 706613-3615, www.accleisureservices. com Story Tubes Contest (ACC Library) Kids, make a video about your favorite book and win great prizes! Talk to your librarian about submitting your video before Feb. 22 or go online for more information. 706-613-3650, http://storytubes. info/drupal/ Yoga Sprouts (Memorial Park) Fun, playful yoga for kids ages 2 and up. Now registering! Call for information on sessions, fees and scholarships. Tuesdays. 706-353-3373

SUPPORT Domestic Violence Support Group (Call for location) Dinner begins at 6 p.m. and group at 6:30

p.m. Children are welcome for supper and childcare is provided during group. Call the Project Safe hotline: 706-543-3331. Second and fourth Thursday of the month in Clarke County. First and third Thursday of the month in Madison County. 6–8 p.m. Double Trouble (Clarke County Courthouse, 3rd Floor) Support group for those in the community with a dual diagnosis of mental health and chemical dependency issues. Peer chaired Mondays and Thursdays. 5:30 p.m. FREE! double Emotional Abuse Support Group (Call for location) Demeaning behavior and hateful words can be just as harmful as punches and kicks. Childcare is provided. Call the Project Safe hotline: 706-543-3331. Wednesdays, 6:30–8 p.m. Emotions Anonymous (Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens) Informal and supportive 12step program open to anyone with a desire to become well emotionally. Sundays, 4–5 p.m. 706-202-7463, Nar Anon Family Meeting (Call for location) Meet every Thursday to learn about drug addiction and to speak with others whose lives are affected by it. Identity is protected, no dues, no fees. 7 p.m. FREE! 770725-5719 Overeaters Anonymous (Various Locations) 12-step meetings for compulsive eating disorders. All ages and sizes welcome. Mondays, 5:30 p.m. at Nuçi’s Space. Thursdays, 7 p.m. at St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church. Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. at Princeton United Methodist Church. FREE! 706-552-3194 Survivors of Suicide (Nuçi’s Space) Open to anyone who has lost

ART AROUND TOWN ACC Library (Upstairs) Floral photography by Kathy Berry. Through February. (Top of the Stairs Gallery) Paintings by Mia Merlin. Through February. Athens Academy (Bertelsmann Gallery) A “mail art” exhibit, featuring mailbox-sized artworks by various local artists. Through March. ATHICA (160 Tracy St.) “Nurture,” an exhibit featuring video and photography by Amy Jenkins, explores the intimate, yet universal, issues of parenting and breast-feeding. Through February. Aurum Studio (125 East Clayton St.) Paintings by Christine Shockley-Gholson and John Gholson. Through February. Big City Bread Cafe (393 N. Finley St.) New paintings by Ruth Allen. Through February. Chappelle Gallery (25 S. Main St., Watkinsville) Original works on paper by Carter McCaffrey through March. Doc Chey’s Noodle House (320 E. Clayton St.) Paintings and mixed media by Amanda Trader and Liz Williams. Through April. Espresso Royale Caffe (297 E. Broad St.) Works created “for the process of exploration and personal expression” by Sarah Pattison. Through Feb. 18. Flicker Theatre & Bar (263 W. Washington St.) Photography by Janet Geddis. Proceeds benefit Avid Bookshop, coming soon to a neighborhood near you. Through February. Highwire Lounge (254 W. Clayton St.) Mixed media portraits by Christopher DeDe Giddens. Through February. Jittery Joe’s Eastside (1860 Barnett Shoals Rd.) Cartoonish monsters spring to life in paintings by Dan Smith. Through April. Just Pho…and More (1063 Baxter St.) Work by Richard “Ole” Olsen. Through Mar. 15. Lamar Dodd School of Art (Gallery 307) “@ LAST,” an exhibit featuring ceramic sculpture by Arthur Gonzalez. Through Feb. 19. (Gallery 307) An exhibit featuring scientific illustrations. Through Mar. 8. Reception Mar. 3. (Gallery 101) “Suzani: Uzbek Treasures in Thread,” featuring selected embroideries from the Charlene Page Kaufman Memorial Textile

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ON THE STREET Baseball Registration The Athens Area Men’s Baseball League is signing up players and teams for spring. Register by Mar. 20. Call 706-207-8939, or visit www.aambl. com FREE! Tax Assistance (Various Locations) Offered by AARP Tax Aide. For taxpayers with low to moderate income, with special attention to those 60+ years old. Call for more locations. Oconee County Library, Mondays, 1–4:30 p.m.; Council on Aging, Tuesdays, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.; Kroger on Epps Bridge Pkwy, Wednesday–Saturday, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. 706-769-3950 FREE! Tax Preparation Assistance (Various Locations) Now scheduling 1-hour appointments for low- to middle-income families at the UGA Visual Arts Building and the Georgia Federal Credit Union. 706-227-5400 ext. 6486, Nutrition Consultations (St. Mary’s Wellness Center) Meet with a registered dietitian to find a diet that is right for you! One-hour individual consultations available by appoinment. 706-389-3355 PTSD Support Group Local support group now forming for family members of soldiers and veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. 770-725-4527 Roots Farm CSA (Roots Farm CSA) Now accepting members! Sign up to receive your weekly supply of locally grown veggies. f

Collection and work by Lamar Dodd’s Fabric Design students. Through Mar. 4. (Gallery 307) “Translucent Fusions,” an exhibit featuring transfer collages on wood by Kathy Prescott. Through May 7. Lyndon House Arts Center (293 Hoyt. St.) 34th Annual Juried Exhibition, featuring work by area artists in a variety of mediums. Through May 8. Reception Feb. 21. Madison-Morgan Cultural Center (434 S. Main St., Madison) John Wayne, Teddy Roosevelt, Annie Oakley, the Wicked Witch of the West and Superman are among the 23 Andy Warhol silkscreen portraits on display. Through Apr. 2. Mercury Art Works (Hotel Indigo, 500 College Ave.) Vibrantly colorful figurative oil paintings by John Ahee. Through March. Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation (34 School St., Watkinsville) “Heart & Soul: A Celebration of Black History Month” showcases the work of eight black artists sharing their history and experiences. Through Feb. 20. State Botanical Garden of Georgia (2450 S. Milledge Ave.) Larger-than-life blooms emerge in Jamie Kirkell’s silk batik fabric art. Through February. UGA Tate Center “Love Makes a Family,” a photography exhibit featuring portraits, testimonials and quotes from the LGBT community. Through Feb. 26. Reception Feb. 22. UGA Visual Arts Building (285 S. Jackson St.) “The Art of The Georgia Review” showcases the varied works of visual art published by the journal and includes works by artists James Herbert, Terry Rowlett, Gaela Erwin and more. Through Apr. 29. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens (780 Timothy Rd.) “What I saw then,” an exhibit featuring James Ponsoldt’s photography of North America and Europe. Through February. Visionary Growth Gallery (2400 Booger Hill Rd., Danielsville) “Our Way the Only Way,” an exhibit featuring new works by UGA sculpture professor Jim Buonaccorsi and painter David Barron. Through Mar. 12. White Tiger Gourmet Food & Chocolates (217 Hiawasee Ave.) New paintings by Jeremy Hughes re-present familiar images from popular culture, the Internet and various other media. Through February.






reality check Matters Of The Heart And Loins My boyfriend and I have been going out for a year, and I’m completely in love with him. Problem is, I think my love for him is just a reflection of my own lack of self-esteem. Allow me to explain; he is an extremely smart and capable adult who is so deep into his own hobbies and intellectual pursuits that he seems to take little interest in me other than as someone to spend time with and share body heat. I am still somewhat of a kid compared to him, not to mention the fact that I have always been a strong romantic, and he’s the exact opposite; a logical, thinking creature to the core (the Spock to my Shatner, if you will). I know he has fun with me, but I am desperate for him to actually take a deeper interest. He has never once asked for my opinion on any matter, nor has he ever been curious about my past and tastes, and it is certainly not because he already knows because sometimes he has a totally incorrect perception of me. I have complained to him a few times before about this lack of affection, but I end up just feeling whiney because after all, he’s done nothing wrong and is otherwise a perfectly nice friend. I have recently been content just to be the one who expresses all the emotion, but since I started the spring semester I have gotten to know a particular boy-classmate who appears to be mildly fascinated by me. I genuinely like this guy, but I am not in love with him because I am still devoted to my aloof Vulcan. To return to my original thesis, am I just bound to love a guy who doesn’t truly love me because I, in fact, can’t love myself? Can I not love someone who loves me because I know that they then have bad taste? (I am reminded of that Groucho Marx quote: “I don’t want to be in a club that would have me as a member.”) I am tempted to threaten my boyfriend, even though I know this is never the right option because it’s catty and needlessly aggressive. I also don’t want to be diplomatic because I might as well futilely cry “Aren’t you curious about my hopes and fears, dammit???” I write to you because my biggest problem is that I respect and love this man immensely, to the point of wanting to spend my one life with him, but I feel hurt now and again by his lack of genuine interest. Should I move on or just accept my boyfriend for who he is? Feeling Neglected No matter how much you love your boyfriend and how much you think he loves you, you are clearly not satisfied with this relationship. And if you already have problems with self-esteem, then perhaps dating somebody whom you see as so much smarter and more sophisticated than you is not the healthiest choice. If you want to explore your emotional problems and figure out where they come from and how to solve them, then you need to talk to a professional. I can’t tell you why you love

this guy or whether or not you love yourself, but I can tell you that if you aren’t getting what you need from the relationship then you should end it. He is obviously perfectly comfortable with who he is and how he expresses his feelings, so don’t expect him to change. You have already made it clear that you need more and you aren’t getting it. Since Spock and William Shatner don’t share the same world, what with one being a fictional character and the other an actual person (not to mention a comic genius and a global superstar), perhaps you need to find yourself a nice Leonard Nimoy instead.


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So, I was at a restaurant with my buddy the other night, and he was hitting on the bartender. I kept telling him to stop and that he was embarrassing himself, but he actually seemed to think that he was making headway. When we left, she said “Thanks a lot. Come back soon!” I will admit that she seemed to really mean it, but I would still argue that this is just something that bartenders and other people in the service industry say. Isn’t it their job to be polite and smile and stuff? And aren’t bartenders kind of required to be chatty with their customers? I am really trying to get through to this guy, and I’m hoping that maybe a female perspective will help. Right now he seems a little too excited about it, and I don’t want him to get his hopes up. Wing Man One of the things I hated the most about being a bartender was waiting on people who didn’t get it. You’re right, WM, it’s a bartender’s job to talk to you, to be nice to you, and to make you feel welcome. In the service industry people work for tips, and it is the rare jewel of a customer who tips you more when you abuse them. So, no, she isn’t necessarily into him just because she humors him, or smiles, or whatever he perceives as flirting. On the other hand, you shouldn’t assume that she doesn’t like him, either. But she is trapped back there, and you don’t want to make her feel like a caged animal, so my advice to your friend is to go back and have a drink (one drink, mind you—there’s nothing attractive about a drunk dumbass, no matter how well he tips) and maybe if she seems interested, tell her where he’s going when he leaves and encourage her to meet up with him there. I know that I normally encourage the direct approach, but there really is a weird dynamic involved here. You have to leave the ball gently in her court. Trust me, she’ll appreciate it. Confidential to Lonely and Sad in GA: Maybe you should talk to her. Ask her why she is acting the way she is. Find out if she is upset with you for some reason. Or else you can ask your sister. This may be as simple as an apology, or she may be a selfish bitch and you may need to find a new best friend. It’s not fun, but it also isn’t the end of the world. Jyl Inov




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1BR/1BA. All electric. Nice apt. Water provided. On busline. Single preferred. Avail. now! (706) 543-4271. 1BRs and Studios. Princeton Court Apts. Close to UGA. On busline. Nice quiet complex. If you want good neighbors & pleasant place to live, call Tommy (706) 540-3595. 1BR apt. for $475/mo. 2BR apt. starting at $700/ mo. 3BR apt starting at $1000/mo. All close to campus! Howard Properties (706) 546-0300. 1BR studio w/ full kit. & BA. W/D. incl. Reduced to $300/mo. + $300/sec dep. Avail. now. Won’t last! (706) 254-2936. 2BR/2BA on College Station. Huge apar tment, FP, deck, lots of closets, DW, W/D, CHAC. Avail. now. Pets OK. $575/mo. (706) 369-2908.

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2BR/1BA Apts avail. 125 Honeysuckle Lane off Broad St. across from King Ave. On busline. GRFA welcomed. Water & trash incl. Central location. Lease, deposit, references req’d. $450/mo. (706) 227-6000 or (706) 461-2349. 3BR/2.5BA townhome off Riverbend. Tons of space! Finished basement, front porch & back deck. Pool & tennis community. Only $900/ mo. Aaron (706) 207-2957. ARMC/Normaltown Area. Only $400/mo.! 1BR/1BA. Next door to hospital & Navy School. 1 mi. to Dwntn. Avail. immediately or pre–lease for Fall. (706) 788-2152 or email Available Now. Spacious 2BR Dwntn apts. 3 blocks from N. campus. Out of bar scene. Close to everything. Call Geor ge (706) 340-0987. Artist studio/garden cottage. Very private, quiet, lovely setting. Dwntn Watkinsville, walk 1 block to Jittery Joe’s. Great restaurants, music on the lawn, lg. open main rm. w/ great windows. 2BR/1BA, screen porch, 1200 sq. ft. Professional/grad student. N/S, no candles, pets neg. $740/mo. incl. water & all appl. Avail. now! Pls. call (706) 769-0205 evening, (706) 207-5175. Lv. msg.

Downtown 1BR/1BA Flat. $465/mo. Water, gas, trash p/u incl., fitness room, on–site laundry. Text “Columns” to 41513. www. Joiner Management (706) 353-6868. Downtown Apartments. 4BR/2BA. Fully updated. New kitchen. W/D, Deck. Wo n ’t l a s t l o n g , re n t s fast! Call Stacy at (706) 425-4048. Downtown Apartment. Spacious 1BR/1BA in University Tower, corner of Broad & Lumpkin. Great view. $750/mo. Call (706) 255-3743. E a s t s i d e . 2BR apt. $550 + dep. W/D hookup, gas heat. Avail. now! Call (706) 540-1265. FTX Apartments. Campus & busline within half a block. Near Milledge Ave. 2BR units. Pre–lease for Fall 2010. These units are always 100% leased so act now for low rental rates. Call Stacy at (706) 425-4048 or (706) 296-1863. Make Your Ad Look Like This! Call Flagpole (706) 549-0301. Now pre–leasing for Fall. Great location, 3BR/2.5BA. Townhouse on Milledge. Pool, sand volleyball, basketball. Incl. W/D, on bus line. Call Paul (678) 462-0824.


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Commercial Property 195 Park Ave. $750/ mo.3 lg. offices, common area w/ kitchen. Currently used as wellness center. Great location, great n’hood. Contact or call today (706) 5 4 8 - 9 7 9 7 , b o u l e v a r d​ property​m anagement. com. Amazing Office Spaces for lease above Dwntn Five G u y s re s t a u r a n t . S i g n a 1 Year Lease and Receive the 1st Month Free or 12% off!! Call Reign at Coldwell Banker Upchurch Realty (706) 3724166, 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) 4254048 or (706) 296-1863. Eastside Offices 1060 Gaines School Rd. Rent: 1200 sq. ft. $1200/mo. 450 sq. ft. $600/mo. 170 sq. ft. $375/mo. (706) 5461615 or www.athenstown


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Dwntn Restaurant avail. now for lease. Kitchen equip w/ walk–in cooler & vent hood. Located at 275 E. Clayton St. For more info. or to schedule a showing pls call Mary at Parker & Associates (706) 546-0600 or email mary@ Historic Downtown Building. 3200 sq. ft. Ample onsite parking. Office/Commercial. Contact Stacy (706) 425-4048. Leathers Building. Retail/ Office/Commercial. 1100 sq. ft. Front & rear entrance. $1400/mo. All inclusive. Call Stacy at (706) 425-4048. Paint Artist Studios Historic Boulevard Area Artist Community 160 Tracy St. Rent: 400 sq. ft. $200/ mo. 300 sq. ft. $150/mo. (706) 546-1615 or www. Retail Suites for lease at Homewood Village. 1K–12,500 sq. ft. avail. For more info call Bryan Austin at (706) 353-1039 or visit

Condos For Sale Chicopee Commons. 2BR/2BA + loft, courtyard & owner’s storage space. $187,500. Call Rose (706) 255-0472. See at www.

Duplexes For Rent 2BR/1.5BA. Jolly Lane in Sleepy Hollow Subdivision. Near UGA, Memorial Park & Birchmore Trail. W/D, DW, CHAC, FP. Avail now. $650/mo. Call April (706) 549-5006, go to www.

1 duplex apt. suitable for 1 person or a couple. Avail. now on Oconee Street near Dwntn. Converted 1890s house, big porch, & backyard, all appls, some furnishings, pet friendly. 1BR/1BA & in excellent condition. $499/ mo. Call Drew at (706) 2022712 or email drewclimber@ 2BR/1.5BA East Athens Duplex. Fresh paint, W/D, DW, range, fridge, trash & yard service incl. Pets OK. Avail. now! $550/mo. Call Mike toll free (877) 740-1514. Winterville. 2BR/1BA. FP, DW, range, Fridge, Upgrades: kitchen & bath. CHAC, lg. yd. $595/mo, $400/dep. (706) 742-8884.

Houses for Rent $850/mo. Blocks from campus. 3 extra lg. BRs, 1.5BA. 12’ ceilings, HWflrs., W/D, CHAC. Avail. now. 127 Elizabeth St. Owner/Agent. Call Mike (706) 207-7400. $350–$2500/mo. 1BR, 2BR, 3BR, 4BR, & 5BR. 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: $1150/mo. Affordable 5BR/3BA. 10 yr. young modular house. Walk to UGA/Dwntn. Bands OK. CHAC, W/D, DW. Avail. now, 6/1, or 8/1. Drive by 229 S. Poplar. Email luckydawg96@ 110 Whitehall Road, 2BR/1BA w/ lg. extra room. New Paint, HWflrs., HVAC, Pets OK w/ dep. $750/mo. Sec. dep. req’d. Dorian (706) 340-7136. 1080 Oglethorpe Ave. City busline. Upscale 2-3BR/1BA. Patio, lg. laundry. Great local/condition. Lawn maintenance possible. 1st mo. utilities paid. Short term OK. $750-$850/mo. (706) 353-0708. 2BR/2BA on 22 ac., 35 mins from Athens. Trails, creek, fish pond. Artist designed sunny house. CHAC, W/D, free well water. Neighbors organic farm. Pets welcome. Ogelthorpe Co. Avail. immediately or 8/1. $700/mo. Call Rose (706) 540-5979. 2BR duplexes starting at $450/mo. Pls. call (706) 549-6070. 2BR/1BA. Avail. now! $550/mo. CHAC, W/D. 235 Glenhaven Ave. Pets welcome. Call Lance (706) 714-4603. 2BR/1BA “A”frame on Freeman Dr. Huge loft, CHAC, total electric. Move-in now, rest of mo. free. $525/ mo. No pets. (706) 202-0147.

2BR/1BA country cottage off Danielsville Rd. on 3 ac. Move-in now, rest of mo. free. $500/mo. (706) 202-0147. 3BR/2BA. 84 Pittman Hill Rd. 8 mi. from Athens. Charming farmhouse. CHAC. Fenced yd. Pets OK. No pet fees! $750/mo. Call (706) 254-2569. 3BR/2BA for lease by o w n e r. Completely remodeled in-town home. New everything! Pets are welcome. 1334 W. Hancock. Call Lance, (706) 714-4603. 4BR/4BA house. $900 special! W/D, sec. sys., 24 hr. maint. service, pets welcome, lawn & pest incl. (706) 552-3500. Go to www. 4BR/2BA. CHAC, FP, HWflrs, DW, fridge w/ ice/water in–door, W/D. Lg. porch & yd. Must have ref’s. 116 Whitehead Rd. $998/mo. (706) 714-1100. 4 lg. private BRs w/ full BAs. Common living area w/ fully equipped eat–in kitchen, W/D, CHAC. 6 mi. from campus. $910/mo. + dep. (770) 842-7351. Available now! 2BR/1BA brick house w/ study rm. Great Westside location near Beechwood shopping. All new flooring, paint, roof & HVAC. All appls, DW, W/D, range, fridge. $750/mo. No pets. Pls. call Katy (706) 714-8466. Blvd. area. 133 Virginia Ave. 2BR/1BA. Close to Dwntn. HWflrs. W/D hook-ups, cats OK, off street parking. $700/ mo. Sec. dep & refs req’d. Call (706) 202-9805. Borders! Print version of the Classifieds. Pictures! Check them out on the Flagpole website. Lowest rates in town! Place your ad today at Best rentals in Athens! 1–5BR houses, apts., condos. In the heart of UGA/Dwntn/5 Pts. Avail. Aug. Going fast, call today! (706) 3692908 for more info. Cute cottage in the country. 15 min. to UGA & Athens. 1BR/1BR. All appls. Laundry hookups. $485/mo. Call (706) 788-2988 or (706) 207-3349. Forest Heights. 260 Robinhood Ct. 3BR/2BA Newly Renovated, W/D, secluded, $1K. (706) 296-1200. First month free! 2–3BRs in quiet setting, off the beaten path. Sec. sys. incl. W/D, DW, priv. deck. Mention this ad & pay no pet fee! (706) 548-2522, www.dovetail Preleasing for fall. 1, 2 & 3BR houses. Close to campus & Dwntn. Call (706) 255-0066.

Great homes with h a rd w o o d f l o o r s ! 4930 Mars Hill Rd. Oconee Co. 3BR/2BA, $895/mo. 597 Dearing B S t . off Milledge. 4BR/2BA, $1295/mo. 597 Dearing A St.. 2BR/1BA, $650/mo. 1264 Hull Rd. 2BR/1BA & sunroom. $625/ mo. (706) 546-7946, Flowersnancy@bellsouth. net. See virtual tours Northside 2BR/1BA, lg. lot, $600/mo. Hospital area 2BR/1BA, carport, fenced–in yard, $700/mo. Eastside 3BR/2BA. Lg. yd., on dead–end street. $950/mo. 4BR/2BA w/ lg. yd. $1200/mo. 2 or 3BR/1BA w/ screened front porch, $700/ mo. Cedar Creek 4BR/2BA $950/mo. Oconee County 3BR/2BA. Lv. rm. w/ FP, din. rm., double garage, $975/mo. Call McWaters Realty, (706) 549-3222, (706) 3532700, (706) 540-1529. Newly renovated 4BR/3BA for rent in ARMC area. W/D, DW, CHAC, screen porch, g a m e ro o m , o ff – s t re e t parking. $1200/mo. Call Vicki at (706) 540-7113 to set up a tour. New 5BR/4BA house in Dwntn for summer lease. Avail. April 1st. Also preleasing 4BR/2BA townhome in 5 Pts. (706) 296-9546. Pristine Five Points Cottage. 1 block to 5 Pts. Walk/bike everywhere! 2BR/1BA. HWflrs, HVAC, FP, sunroom, fenced yd., http:// $1100/mo. Avail. 6/15. (706) 338-7364. R e c e n t l y re n o v a t e d in–town. 3BR/1BA. HVAC, W/D, all HWflrs, alarm. Walk to Kroger, library, movies, Post Office, drugstore, shopping. Cats OK. (706) 248-7100, lv. msg. Unique 3BR/2BA, custom– built, tiled BA’s, new appls, HWflrs, lg. fenced yd., gardens, on river, everything close, no pets. 625 Rivermont Rd. $1200/mo. Call (706) 850-6323.

Houses for Sale A close–in cabin in the woods. 3BR/2BA. Open living, dining, kitchen. $900/mo. NS. Call Rose (706) 255-0472.

220 Bentwood. $149,900. 3BR/2BA in Winterville. Motivated Sellers! Coldwell Banker Upchurch Realty,, (706) 543-4000, (706) 3724166. Call Reign!

Grad student/young professional. 3BR/1BA. Quiet family n’hood. HWflrs. Separate garage/workshop. Huge fenced dog pen. Avail. 8/1. $750/mo. Call (706) 369-2908.

Come to Betty for vintage quilted Chanel bags. Just in time for Valentine’s Day! On the corner of Pulaski & Clayton, next to Agora. Open 1pm–4pm daily. (706) 424-0566.

370 Cleveland. $97K. Pulaski Heights. 1BR/1BA. Call Reign at Coldwell Banker Upchurch Realty! (706) 5434000, (706) 372-4166, visit



Look! M/F for 3BR/2BA. W / D , D W, F P, d e c k , fenced yds., garage. Cool roommates. Avail. Feb. 20. $325/mo.+ utils. 10 min drive to Dwntn. (352) 215-0056.

Dumbo rats. Make great pets! Males $5, Females $6. Not feeder rats! Pls. call Todd (706) 540-6734.

708 Aycock. Lexington, Ga. $178,500. 3BR/2BA on 15+ acre Horse Farm. Call Reign at Coldwell Banker Upchurch Realty (706) 5434000, (706) 372-4166, visit Perfect for students. 4BR/2BA. Fenced yard, near busline, park & shopping. $124,900. Call Rose (706) 255-0472 or see www.

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