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pub notes Sleight of Hand Neither Dave Marr nor I has seen much of UGA President Adams in action, so we were interested to observe how he handled himself in front of faculty, students and press on this thorny question of how another big drop in legislative appropriations is going to affect the university community. He looked dapper in an expensive navy blue poplin jacket with a green tie: a nice touch. He’s still got his hair and is tan enough to suggest that he might unwind after wrestling budgets and conferring with the regents by squinting into the evening sun through a good bourbon from his deck at Lake Oconee. As you would expect, the president launched into a PowerPoint presentation that graphically represented the cuts to the university over the last few years—to the “A” budget, the instructional part of the university, and the “B” budget, everything else—outreach, physical plant, transportation, etc. Down $44.6 million from last year in the A budget; down $10.7 million in the B budget, and no, we can’t take money from the A budget to help the B budget or vice-versa, etc. Then there’s the $1,000 per student tuition increase, but because so many students have their tuition rates locked in for four years, that will only amount to a gain of $17.5 million in the next fiscal year, etc. So, when you add all that up, it looks like a total hit of $37.8 million. But, the president is happy to announce that there’s money enough to hire 25 new teaching faculty in critical fields, and those programs everybody was so worried about back in March—WUGA, the 4-H Clubs, the Botanical The president is so Garden, etc.—are not going good at these things away after all, in spite of what you read in the press in March that he can explain (damned press). Then he opened it up for away $37.8 million, questions and stood there and we just sit ready to take whatever we all dished out. A history profesthere nodding. sor asked if health care for retirees was going to be taken away. The president acknowledged some discussion at the regents level about that but said he didn’t know of any such plan, though perhaps new hires might not get health insurance for their retirement. Any furloughs? Not in this budget. A new graduate wanted to know why she as an alumna should give to the university, given the fact that her money would not go to faculty salaries. Thanks for your contributions, the president said. We depend on people like you and need you more than ever in this downturn. A Red & Black editor asked a question. Another student asked why Adams is paid so much. He ruefully admitted he might be the most overpaid person in the room but pointed out that he’s not even the highest paid president in Georgia. Cuts to academic advisors? Very limited. That was about it. The president didn’t even break a sweat. We were out of there in less than an hour. As Dave and I walked back up the hill from the Tate Center, it began to dawn on us that the president had basically stood up there and finessed $37.8 million in cuts that are going to be made at a university that has already been cut to the bone during the last couple of years. We stopped and looked at each other. Hey, wait a minute! They’ve got to cut $37.8 million more out of the university, and he basically said that’s so routine it will be left to the deans and the department heads. WUGA will still be there, but in what form? Rob Holmes turning on the lights in the morning and turning them off at night while canned music plays? What about the janitors? Nobody said a word about them. What about teaching assistants? What about class size and course load? And how many people have already been “non-renewed?” How can you cut $37.8 million and not explain where it’s coming from? We’re all so relieved it’s not $90 million that we just sit there and don’t see the $37.8 million. It’s like a magic act. The president is so good at these things that he can explain away $37.8 million, and we just sit there nodding. Then he opens himself up to our best shot, and we just sit there nodding in relief, as if he had sawed the lady in half and we were glad to see she’s still whole when he opens the box. Except that in the case of the university, there’s real cutting going on. What a performance! He earned his paycheck on that one. Pete McCommons email@example.com
THIS WEEK’S ISSUE: News & Features City Dope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Athens News and Views
A curriculum change in ACC schools, Michael Adams brings the pain, and tennis talk at Bishop Park.
Behind the Rail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 An Inside Take on Local Issues
ACC Commissioner Mike Hamby sorts through the mayor and commission’s current agenda.
Arts & Events The Reader . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Our Dirty Little Secret
The Watchers is a fascinating look at the inner workings of the intelligence community.
Art Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Submit to “6X6”
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COVER DESIGN by Kelly Ruberto featuring a sculpture by Haru Park on display at Visionary Growth Gallery
Music Fading In and Playing Out . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Local Songwriter Andy LeMaster Returns to the Stage The Now It’s Overhead frontman unveils a new batch of solo compositions.
The Hold Steady . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Drink Some Beer, Jump Around and Bump into People Rock and roll stays alive as The Hold Steady debut as a four-piece.
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city dope Athens News and Views Tennis Pros and Cons: The uproar over the new Left to our imaginations, for example, tennis center that has to be built to satisfy was the question of how many members of the mandate of the SPLOST 2005 referenthe campus custodial staff will lose their dum had died down for a few months, but jobs (“strategic employment management it’s revving up again as the ACC Mayor and decisions” was the president’s elegant eupheCommission prepare to make a final decision mism). Oh, well—$38 million or so in trimon the facility’s location. Considering that the ming is such a minor thing that it won’t even prevailing mood on the commission seems merit another Adams announcement; deans to be that they’d just as soon not locate it and department heads, in their own time, anywhere, it’s reasonable to suggest that will make the final decisions about what and perhaps the cardinal, um, mistake was letwho stays and goes, once the university budting this project get on the referendum in the get is finalized sometime in June. The Dope first place. For someone who wasn’t following would like to echo the president’s thanks to the situation closely at the time, it’s hard to our state’s governor and Legislature for their imagine how a $2.3 million proposal—with no expert handling of this crisis, but to humbly provision for land acquisition—for a spacenote the irony in that gesture that apparently eating, arguably class-specific leisure amenity escapes him. that might attract out-of-town visitors several weekends a year made the cut. Non-Disastrous Curriculum Change: Clarke But it did, and the referendum passed, County middle schools will replace an elective and now it has to be built, and the best technology course with a recently developed option looks like putting it in… Bishop Park. agricultural science class that stresses, Without funds available to buy the YWCO among other things, local and organic food property on Research Drive (otherwise the best, and least disruptive, location), Bishop, the city’s best and most accessible urban multi-use park, is the only one of the three remaining candidate sites that could be transformed, under the existing budget, into a facility large enough to stand even a chance of attracting regional tournaments. Since the local economic impact of those hypothetical tournaments is the only remotely defensible justification for spending so much public money on this thing, that pretty much seals it. The question now will have to be: how can it be done without completely screwing the many people who use Bishop now? There’s now a link to the Leisure Services PowerPoint presentation on the matter, which explains a lot, from this article at flagpole.com. As you look at the plans, keep in mind that commissioners (in particular David Lynn, who has got$2.3 million should buy something a lot fancier than this. ten an earful from his District 5 constituents on this issue) have instructed staff to remove the encroachproduction. The ag science curriculum has ment on the multi-use field along Sunset Drive been in place at Hillsman Middle School for by whatever means necessary. As for the basthe past two years as an “exploratory” class, ketball courts at the rear of the park where the but the county’s other three middle schools Athens Farmers Market is currently held (see have continued to offer the “Technology this issue’s City Pages), those look like goners. Connections” course instead. The school This won’t be voted on until July; make your district has decided that the tech course is preferences known. redundant, since most of its content is now being taught to students at all levels of the UGA Budget Drums Beat On: It’s true: Michael curriculum at large, not to mention being perAdams’ 45-minute lullaby last week about vasively “integrated in their lives,” accordthe not-as-bad-as-we-feared university cuts ing to district Director of Applied Learning has got us all nodding our heads and humming and School-to-Career Education Lynn Johns. along obediently—and it feels great! But Agriculture, meanwhile, has been underemphalet’s not get too comfortable now that WUGA, sized in the county schools up to this point. the State Botanical Garden, 4-H, Cooperative “I think we did our kids a disservice by not Extension and the Georgia Small Business having this program sooner,” says Johns. In Development Center Network (who knew?) addition to teaching students farming and have all been named by name as entities that gardening, Johns expects the program to help will continue to exist in some form or another. improve math and science learning. The What about the many vulnerable university program also touches on career-oriented skills bodies that went unmentioned in Diamond like lawn maintenance and small engine repair. Mike’s placating presentation? What’s going to happen to them? Dave Marr firstname.lastname@example.org
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city pages At last week’s meeting, county attorney Bill Berryman took his turn in sketching the operations of his office for the commissioners. Several members had questions for Berryman: Porter asked whether the attorney’s office has been too quick to discourage affordablehousing initiatives like discounts for utilities The successful merger (in 1991) of Athens’ connections (Porter works on such initiatives). separate city and county governments into “I believe that there are ways to do reduced one was somewhat controversial—two earlier fees for hookups,” Berryman replied; but not attempts at consolidation had been rejected “by just saying we’re going to reduce fees by voters—but by most accounts has resulted for hookups for certain people.” Similarly, in more efficiency. When the change was he defended the county’s rejection of a tax made, a provision was included for a citizens’ exemption for Nuçi’s Space (for which “our commission to review the structure of the office and I have taken a lot of grief”) as a government every five years (later changed “very reasonable” view of a complex law. “My to every 10). That 21-member citizens’ job is to look at the law,” he said. “My job is group—the ACC Overview Commission—has not to use my position as a lawyer… to chanbeen meeting since January, interviewing ACC nel any personal beliefs that I might have.” department heads, and will A $2 million SPLOST projsoon be asking for input from ect would provide computer “The county’s the general public and county software for police, courts employees as well. organizational chart and jail to share data; can The group has uncovered elected judicial officials be no scandals, chairwoman Jill forced to use the program so was only the tip of Read said last week, although people aren’t left in jail waitthe iceberg…” its members have been ing for their paperwork to surprised at the number of come through? Berryman told boards and commissions involved in ACC’s gov- commission members there is no way to force ernment. “We’re now coming to find that [the the county’s elected “constitutional” officers county’s] organizational chart was only the to use the system unless they choose to. tip of the iceberg, in terms of how our govThe Overview Commission is setting up ernment provides services,” said commission a website to accept suggestions; five or member Delene Porter. “We have an adminissix public meetings will also be scheduled. trative firm running SPLOST, and then we have Meanwhile, comments for the committee can over 50 special committees, boards, commisbe addressed to the county auditor at (706) sions, and authorities.” In addition, there are 613-3012 or email@example.com. The commisperhaps 100 nonprofit groups that have “kind sion will develop recommendations for ACC’s of a synergy with county government,” added mayor and commission by January. Read. The Overview Commission wants to hear from those groups, she said. John Huie
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capitol impact athens rising If I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard someone propose term limits as the solution for every political problem that faces us, I could have retired long ago to that cabin in the North Georgia mountains. The argument for term limits is that they prevent politicians from becoming entrenched in office for so long that they act corruptly and enrich themselves at the taxpayers’ expense. After observing the activities in the Georgia General Assembly over the years, I have to admit that’s a compelling argument. In the real world, term limits have not been quite the magical cure people thought they would be. California enacted term limits two decades ago and wound up with a dysfunctional legislature that could do little more than argue and bicker as the state slid towards bankruptcy with a budget deficit of more than $20 billion. In Georgia, you could argue that term limits are really not necessary. Over the past decade, in fact, the voters have done a very effective job of clearing out the General Assembly and bringing new people into office. If you look at the list of those who were serving in the Georgia Senate and House of Representatives back in 2000, you’ll be amazed to see the names of so many lawmakers who are no longer there. During the 10 years since that session, the membership of both chambers has turned over by more than 75 percent. Of the 56 people who served in the Georgia Senate during the 2000 legislative session, 44 of them have left or are leaving because of retirement, electoral defeat or resignation to run for another office. Over in the House, only 43 of the 180 members who were serving in 2000 have stayed continuously in office and will still be House members next January. This turnover can also be seen in the leadership that runs the House and Senate. Over the past 10 years, we have seen two generations of leadership replaced in both chambers.
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The Democrats who ran things in 2000 were swept out of leadership roles when Republicans gained majority control of the Senate in 2003 and the House in 2005. House Speaker Tom Murphy, Speaker Pro Tem Jack Connell, Senate President Pro Tem Terrell Starr, Senate Majority Leader Charles Walker—most of them have passed away or are in prison. That first wave of Republican leaders has also been replaced or is on the way out. When the GOP took over the Senate in 2003, Eric Johnson was the president pro teem; Tom Price was the majority leader; Don Balfour was the caucus chairman; Mitch Seabaugh was the majority whip, and Bill Stephens and Dan Lee were the governor’s floor leaders. Johnson, Price, Stephens and Lee are no longer in the Senate; Balfour has long since been replaced as caucus chairman, and Seabaugh quit as majority whip during this year’s session. The House leaders who took over in 2005 when Republicans gained control of the lower chamber included Glenn Richardson as speaker, Mark Burkhalter as speaker pro tem, Jerry Keen as majority leader, Barry Fleming as majority whip and Earl Ehrhart as the rules committee chairman. Most of that original House leadership team has disintegrated over the past six months. Richardson was forced to resign as speaker because of a scandal involving a lobbyist. Burkhalter briefly replaced Richardson as speaker before he also stepped down and decided to retire from the legislature. Ehrhart was bounced from the rules committee chairmanship by the new speaker, David Ralston. Fleming left the House to run unsuccessfully for Congress. Keen hung on for one more session as majority leader but is also leaving the General Assembly. That is a lot of change for 10 years, and Georgia did it without term limits. Tom Crawford firstname.lastname@example.org
what’S uP in new deVeloPment A new historic district could be on the a neighborhood dominated by towering way to Athens, if the residents behind the McMansions. While Yonah, the first street proposed Buena Vista Historic District have behind Prince, has borne the brunt of that their way. Buena Vista, located just north of assault, much of the neighborhood is intact, the main Normaltown commercial strip, is a especially north of Boulevard. However, it may modest neighborhood, primarily composed not remain that way for long, as the economy of smaller working-class cottages, which slowly shudders back to life. were once likely occupied by workers at the The creation of local historic districts, Southern Mill, just across the railroad tracks at including the new one along Milledge Avenue, the end of Hiawassee. has largely focused on the grander homes of Buena Vista (historically pronounced Athens, with the multi-block Reese Street “byoo-nuh,” not “bway-nuh,” according to Historic District and a small row of shotgun some) might be perceived as an extension houses on Rocksprings as the notable excepof Boulevard, with that street serving as the tions. Currently, the districts that protect main drag for Buena Vista as well as for its Athens’ largest houses outnumber those own namesake neighborhood. However, some that protect Athens’ historic working-class maps suggest that Buena Vista’s development neighborhoods 5-to-1. The reality, though, actually predates Boulevard’s. Regardless of is that much of Athens’ urban landscape was Buena Vista’s elder status, its relationship to dominated by these small cottages, and withBoulevard is more like that of a kid brother. Both are currently governed by the Boulevard Neighborhood Association, which doesn’t give Buena Vista much credit in the naming. Boulevard “proper” is covered by a local historic district, while Buena Vista is only on the national register, which carries little protection. For the cartographically curious, the dividing line between the two roughly follows This house on Buena Vista Avenue typifies the modest scale and vernacular arBrickyard Creek, which chitecture in the Buena Vista neighborhood. flows down from King Avenue between Park and Hiawassee before out protections for them, the historic scale tucking under Boulevard (the street) and disand character of the city will erode away. appearing into the kudzu-draped woodlands Normaltown has undergone a recent renaisbeyond. sance, with Ike and Jane and Normal Bar The effort to locally designate Buena Vista augmenting Agua Linda to provide a great dates back at least 10 years, although its cursense of street life and vitality to this urban rent iteration began in the last year or so. village from morning until night. Buena Vista Last fall, residents began getting together and the neighborhood of post-war cottages to discuss the idea. They also held events to the south of Prince combine to create a to celebrate their neighborhood’s distinct largely contiguous district which is distinct character, such as a porch tour that visited in Athens for its modesty, affordability, and several historic homes which typify Buena access to amenities. Rather than allowing this Vista. Residents are currently fundraising for whole area to be blown up, one oversized a survey of the neighborhood’s structures, infill house at a time, we ought to consider which is generally the first step in the process what Buena Vista’s efforts really mean for toward designating a district. That survey will Athens. Although the creation of a Buena give a quantitative picture of the makeup of Vista Historic District will be an uphill climb, the neighborhood’s architecture. as any change to the status quo is, the project The idea of a historic district began to is worthwhile, and Athens will ultimately benresurface most recently when a spate of efit from it. large projects all began at once. The recently The bigger question is how gentrification completed Social Security building on Prince affects the community as a whole. The cycle Avenue and a proposal for a four-story office begins with the demolition of some near building and parking deck on the former and dear landmark. Moratoria are imposed, site of Allen’s Hamburgers made residents meetings are held; there is much wailing aware of just how much their neighborhood and gnashing of teeth. Finally, after years of could be affected by growth. Although those debate and lost friendships between neighprojects are outside the proposed boundarbors, some resolution is reached. Is there ies of a Buena Vista Historic District, the some better way, perhaps with a more flexeconomic pressures that the Medical College ible zoning approach, to establish guidelines of Georgia will bring when its Athens campus for how to build within context in neighborreplaces the Navy school are of great concern. hoods, regardless of whether the neighborSeveral three-story neo-Craftsman behehood is old or new? What if Buena Vista were moths looming over Yonah and Easy streets Athens’ last historic district, and it were acutely illustrate what can happen within the followed by a creative solution that would neighborhood itself as gentrification comes to protect neighborhood character across the the area. The pressures Buena Vista is facing entire city? will only grow, and unchecked, the pattern of teardowns could lead to this becoming Kevan Williams email@example.com
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behind the rail an inSide taKe on local iSSueS Local elected officials recently got an invitation to have lunch with Congressman Paul Broun, Jr. at a local Italian restaurant. It was awfully nice of him to reach out to us, but, unfortunately, I was unable to attend. I know those of us on the Athens-Clarke County Commission were busy looking for ways to make up for the shortfall in our budget for the next fiscal year. Garlic, a bad economy and rising costs can create an atmosphere in which no one welcomes their commissioner to come around the neighborhood. We’ll be voting on the budget next week, and it would’ve been nice to point out to the congressman that health care costs for our local government employees have risen almost $2 million over the past two years. I suspect that Rep. Broun, in between slurping up his spaghetti noodles, would’ve suggested that we cut the fat out of our budget. At this point, I would have downed a couple of glasses of Chianti and informed the congressman that, while costs have continued to rise, our expenditures for the next fiscal year are only $100,000 more than they were in the previous year. In addition, our revenues for next year are being affected by a decrease in our property tax digest and a flat sales tax projection. Our budget for this year is more like a meal of ramen noodles than a scrumptious plate of shrimp scampi. In an effort to balance the budget, we are taking several different actions. Departments were asked to cut 5 percent from their budgets; some of these cuts were accepted, while some were not. All county employees, including commissioners, will take two furlough days. It should also be noted that county employees have not received any sort of pay raise for the past two years. And, to keep fixing the potholes, keep the police cars running, and generally providing the services we expect here in Athens there is a proposed property tax increase of half a millage rate. Mayor Pro Tem Kathy Hoard did a good job of leading the budget discussion in this difficult year. Rep. Broun may be aware of—and may even be getting ready to hunt—the coyote that was recently spotted over on Hill Street. I hear the congressman doesn’t have a coyote mounted in his Washington office, and this one would be quite a trophy for him. But the chase for the Cobbham coyote will cause him to miss out on the discussion about food carts. The commission would be in support of a food cart offering a great deal on manicotti, ravioli and tortellini—especially Commissioners Kinman and Girtz—just as long as the cart offered a meat-free choice
for Girtz and good minestrone for Kinman. However, we passed the issue of considering more food cart permits out of the Legislative Review Committee with no action. Twenty-five permits for sidewalk food vendors are currently offered in Athens on a first come, first served basis. All are spoken for: 15 are downtown, nine are on the UGA side of Jackson Street, and one is located on Baldwin Street. We found that opportunities exist for potential vendors to partner with private business owners who might have available and desirable spaces to offer for rent. Creating these types of partnerships in areas beyond downtown, and even in downtown, certainly has potential and would satisfy the concerns of the committee about pedestrian safety and sidewalk space for food carts. I’ve poked a little fun at Rep. Broun but I’m sure he realizes that, while we have some very serious disagreements on political issues, the invitation to lunch from him to hear what’s going on in Athens was appreciated. Perhaps the commission can reciprocate by inviting the congressman for a cup of coffee at the downtown Jittery Joe’s; we may even have a place to park. Commissioner Kinman expressed a reluctant support for the proposed new parking arrangement at last week’s agenda meeting. I completely understand the hesitancy about this: the proposal is asking us to allow a special use for downtown surface parking, which is something we hope will become absent as downtown develops. However, the lack of any convenient parking at this point in this part of downtown and the hope that this will only be a temporary arrangement for a vibrant business like Jittery Joe’s make this project a bit more acceptable. There are certainly plenty of other things on our agenda next week that we could’ve discussed with the congressman, but that would’ve required ordering another bottle of Chianti to get through it all. Discussing things like awarding a construction services contract for the Sandy Creek Nature Center expansion, a One Athens Health Care Resolution (thanks, Mayor Davison) and dental insurance for ACC employees requires a bit of sobriety. With that said, it’s probably a good thing some of us weren’t able to go to the lunch with Congressman Broun; he might’ve ended up with a Commissioner Andy Herod mounted on his wall in Washington, D.C.
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In the end, there was no yellow-cake uranium on its way from Nigeria. There were no WMDs hidden beneath the sand. There was no link to Al-Qaeda and definitely no connection to 9/11. As each of the Bush administration’s rationales for America’s first preemptive war fell away disproven, only one remained: Saddam Hussein was a Bad Man, and we are duty-bound to remove Bad Men from power. This argument rings hollow, however, when one takes the 10 seconds or so needed to realize that although Hussein was a brutal dictator who routinely ordered the torture, rape and murder of his own people, this was hardly new information to us. The man ruled the second largest oil-producing nation on Earth for 35 years. Do we truly believe our intelligence community had no clue about his activities? The fact is, not only did we know Hussein was a Bad Man, we condoned his behavior and subsidized it. We paid for his palaces and his prisons. We armed him to fight the Iranians and terrorize the Kurds. Like Noriega before him, Hussein was a psycho but, like it or not, he was our psycho. Our nation’s intelligence services are like the shady uncle in the family no one likes to talk about—we can go on with our notions of democratic propriety and the rule of law as long as we avoid looking too long and hard at the dirty work they do, but ultimately we have to face some unpleasant facts. In the name of our security and interests, we do negotiate with terrorists. The CIA does kill people. The National Security Agency does spy on Americans. Our clandestine agents engage in extralegal activities in order to fund these operations without congressional oversight. And water is wet. In the arena of black ops, few people command as volatile a mixture of respect and revilement as Admiral John Poindexter, former head of the National Security Council and (reluctantly) famous as the architect of the Iran-Contra affair, which gave new meaning to the phrase “contempt of Congress” as his operatives, particularly Lt. Col. Oliver North, sold weapons to Iran to bankroll a revolution in Nicaragua in defiance of laws prohibiting both activities. The scandal demonstrated an executive branch grossly overstepping its bounds and almost brought down the Reagan presidency. Publicly, Poindexter was disgraced and drummed out of government, but among the intelligence community he evolved into an eminence gris, a Grand Old Spook who never gave up on his abiding passion to create a system of intelligence-gathering that would alert American forces of terrorist plots before they came to fruition. After 9/11, Poindexter was recruited back into service by DARPA, the Pentagon’s mad-science laboratory, where his ideas were instituted into the now-infamous Total Information Awareness (TIA) program.
The efforts of Poindexter, former Director of National Intelligence Michael Hayden and an alphabet soup of secret agencies to create a vast, comprehensive apparatus for collecting information on everyone, including you and me, is chronicled in journalist Shane Harris’ remarkable book The Watchers: The Rise of America’s Surveillance State (Penguin, 2010). Harris, a correspondent for the National Journal specializing in intelligence and counterterrorism issues, has taken an admittedly tech-heavy subject and laid it out in a crisp narrative style reminiscent of Tom Clancy (who can’t write three-dimensional characters to save his life but makes hardware and tech awfully sexy) at his best. Harris is aided by unprecedented—and un-whitewashed—access to Poindexter himself, among others. Harris begins with the 1983 attacks on U.S. Marines in Beirut, America’s introduction to the suicide bomber and then-deputy national security adviser Poindexter’s first inkling that our intelligence services were gathering information on hostile forces but not interpreting, sharing or coordinating it in any useful or timely fashion. He became fixated on two vital concepts concerning truly effective intelligence: a) that a wide net should be cast, capturing even seemingly innocuous chatter, in hopes of finding connections that point to terrorist activity; and b) that the executive branch should have unlimited fiat to pursue intelligence goals unencumbered by a clueless and meddlesome Congress. He created a model for achieving these goals—what he would eventually call “total information awareness”—but, as tech-wonky as he was, he had no instrument for implementing it. Enter a little-known Pentagon agency called the Information Dominance Corps, a group of self-proclaimed geeks who used nascent data-mining techniques to provide intelligence reports more inclusively and faster than the CIA. The IDC developed a template for interpreting disparate data that was nothing short of miraculous—the realization of Poindexter’s vision. After 9/11 revealed a persistent need for such a template, Poindexter was brought back into the government fold to supervise the creation of an agency specifically designed to trawl for patterns of potential threats, even those originating from American citizens. Harris’ book is a fascinating look at the inner workings of the intelligence community on the cutting edge of surveillance and analysis, how such agencies clash with and circumvent the law, and how the ongoing struggle between the lofty ideals that hold up the republic and the necessary evils going on in its shadow is being fought every day. John G. Nettles
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Recently, I was fortunate enough to meet up with Lauren Fancher, the brains behind this entire undertaking, as well as Athensbased artist, former proprietor of the muchmissed X-Ray Café and next guest curator, Paul Thomas. Under porchlight and over pasta, we discussed “6X6,” creativity within boundaries, cultural shifts towards shorter attention spans and the phenomenon of light itself.
Flagpole: Lauren, I’m curious—what led you to initiate “6X6” in Athens? Is it a labor of love? What was the impetus? Lauren Fancher: At my job, I work with a lot of digital media and digital formatting of information. I’ve found that so many people of a younger generation can be somewhat unforthcoming and reticent in reality, but once they’re online, there’s a real confidence there. “6X6” plays into this phenomenon, but it also adds a venue for this kind of work to be experienced in real time and on a grander scale. A lot of the venues to exhibit new media don’t really seem appropriate, like a mounted LCD monitor on a wall with a set of headphones dangling from it. “6X6” hopes to create that more appropriate place.
PT: Yeah. FP: What about the specific borders of the “6X6” structure? Every event is limited to six works, and each work has to be under six min-
example Talk20 [a worldwide phenomenon in which information is organized and displayed in a fast-paced, structured and performative manner] and PechaKucha. PechaKucha, which is almost exactly like Talk20, has actually been co-opted by the business world, in an attempt to end the reign of terror that is the PowerPoint. Both depend upon very specific limits to make a point, but also make plain the idea that if your “point” can’t be made in under six minutes, then what is your “point?” That idea can be a little reductive, but I find the possibility of a pre-defined structure something that people can really galvanize around; in that sense, these kinds of limits can be really exciting. FP: What about your next theme, “Light,” which follows “Fashion,” “Play” and “Nature?” LF: When I was coming up with the list of topics, I thought that “Light” would be open-ended enough to include a lot of work, but still specific enough to be evocative. PT: I picked “Light” because that’s really what everything is composed of, bodies of light in motion and in relation to one another. I think it’s going to be pretty great.
FP: Your curators have been great so far—Michael Lachowski, Didi Dunphy, Kim Kirby—and now Paul Thomas. What was it about Paul that interested you in getting him involved?
FP: Thanks guys. And thank you for all of your hard work bringing something like this to Athens.
LF: He’s a really strong personality, certainly locally, and Brian Hitselberger and Paul Thomas discuss the next installment of “6X6.” he has a well-defined point of view and strong opinions about aesthetics. He also utes long. Certainly, I can understand the decimakes his own work in multiple formats; I sion to keep things brief, but these are pretty thought he’d be a good judge of all of our specific guidelines. submissions. X-Ray Café, Paul’s former shop, functioned in a multifaceted way as well—it LF: Initially, “6X6” was going to funcwas a vintage shop, but also a salon, a pertion more like an open mic night, but it soon formance space and a studio for his own work became obvious that things needed to be as well. He’s someone who understands these more structured. We looked back at a couple multiple ways of thinking. of other things that exist like this already, for
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June 2 marks the fourth installment of a new, six-part media mini-festival happening right now at Ciné: “6X6.” For three months now, digital video and time-based art submissions from regional, national and international artists and amateurs have been viewed and selected by hand-picked local curators under a variety of themes. Keeping things brief, each individual submission must clock in at no longer than six minutes, and each event is comprised of only six selections. Michael Lachowski (of Pylon and Young Foxy & Free) kicked everything off with the first “6X6” event, named “Fashion,” which featured, among other things, Ash Sechler’s disorienting and brutally abrupt stop-animation film of a human figure, half-man, half-woman, hurriedly dressing under a raking light. “6X6” part two, themed “Play” and aptly curated by (UGA Art X professor) Didi Dunphy, brought the series’ first live performances, including a particularly memorable event when local photographer Leslie Burns created a drawing before a stunned audience using nothing but a black-light and a plastic tube full of live termites. Kim Kirby of Young Athenians curated “Nature,” and after delivering her opening remarks in a Sasquatch costume, ushered in some of the most exciting pieces yet, including Eddie Whelan’s delirious mash-up of a talking lion, cloud photography and vintage digital graphics over a krautrock soundtrack, which somehow added up to 60 of the most achingly beautiful seconds of my recent memory. This is great stuff, my friends, and it’s getting better and better.
Paul Thomas: A lot of the events that now happen at Ciné used to be situated in X-Ray Café. It’s good to still be working on these kinds of projects that are somewhat free-form, and occasionally move outside of boundaries. Some of the shows at X-Ray Café would occasionally move outside and onto the sidewalk. I’m actually writing a book right now that works in the same way: it’s a combination of autobiography, cut-up poetry, things that I find and post on Facebook, among other things. It’s built in to accommodate a shorter attention span—like an autobiography for a Facebook generation.
“6X6” is a monthly event on the first Wednesday of every month, from 7–8 p.m. in the Ciné Lab. For information on curators, scheduling and submissions, visit http://hexadic.blogspot. com. The next session, “Light,” will be on Wednesday, June 2. The last two sessions, “Mystery” and “Disaster” will be held on Wednesday, July 7 and Aug. 4, respectively. Admission is free and open to the public. Brian Hitselberger
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movie dope Some releases may not be showing locally this week. ALICE IN WONDERLAND (PG) In Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll’s young heroine is now an adult. This nearing-20 Alice seeks to escape an arranged engagement to the odious son of her late father’s business partner by again falling into a hole while chasing a tardy white rabbit. Sadly, this Alice has, like the Hatter astutely announces, lost its muchness. This return trip feels less like Tim Burton’s adventures in Wonderland than a Disney approximation of the auteur’s vision. 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. Jake takes control of a Na’vi/ human hybrid, infiltrating the aliens to learn their ways but falls in love with Neytiri (Zoe Saldana), the chief’s daughter. Now Sully must lead the Na’vi against the space marines led by the dastardly General Miles Quaritch (Stephen Lang). Cameron is thought of as a filmmaker more obsessed with technology than story and character. At heart, his Avatar is about the spiritual bond between all the creatures of Pandora, as well as the John Smith/ Pocahontas love affair of Sully and Neytiri. BABIES (PG) Shockingly, I found the trailer for this infant doc as cute and endearing as it was intended. (The Sufjan Stevens song is perfect accompaniment to the two crying babies.) Chronicling a year in the lives of four babies from around the world--Ponijao (Opuwo, Namibia), Bayar (Bayanchandmani, Mongolia), Mari (Tokyo, Japan), and Hattie (San Francisco, California)—Babies appeals to me much more than the animal documentaries of the last few years. Director Thomas Balmes won a couple of awards for his The Gospel According to the Papuans. BREAKING UPWARDS (NR) See Movie Pick. DATE NIGHT (PG-13) Tina Fey and Steve Carell are the Fosters, a married couple trying to liven things up with a night on the town. But a simple case of mistaken identity turns into more than the Fosters bargained for. The hilarious supporting cast includes Mila Kunis, Mark Wahlberg, James Franco, Ray Liotta, Kristen Wiig and more. At its
core, Date Night should be no better than your average rom-action-edy, but Fey, Carell and their inspired support shape a run-of-the-mill, high-concept blockbuster in their comedic image rather than allow it to remove their brainy comic brawn. DIARY OF A WIMPY KID (PG) Greg Heffley (the expressive Zachary Gordon) is just starting middle school, and he is not thrilled. Deeming it “the dumbest idea ever invented,” Greg must navigate the pitfalls of seat selection, the cafeteria, PE and the constant bullying. His terrorizing older brother, Rodrick (Devon Bostick), bets his little bro will either be “dead or homeschooled by the end of the year.” The most familiar adult faces are those of Rachael Harris and Steve Zahn—Greg’s parents who truly do not understand. Typical family films are stocked with ironic/hip comics and big-name stars. Wimpy Kid is all about the kiddies. Diary of a Wimpy Kid reminds me of the days when Hollywood, especially Disney, produced live-action fare that was not dominated by CG-ed talking animals or Home Alone’s slap-shtick. They were age-appropriately smart, did not condescend, and were genuine about the highs and lows of being a kid. GREENBERG (R) Noah Baumbach (the Oscar nominated The Squid and the Whale, Margot at the Wedding) wrote and directed this comedy starring Ben Stiller as Roger Greenberg. Unemployed New Yorker Greenberg moves to Los Angeles to housesit for his brother (Chris Messina) and get his life together. He soon hits it off with his brother’s assistant (indie hottie Greta Gerwig, Baghead and The House of the Devil), an aspiring singer. The trailer looks humorously twee. HOLY ROLLERS (R) An Orthodox Jewish teen (Jesse Eisenberg, Wonderland and Zombieland) living in Brooklyn starts dealing ecstasy for an Israeli drug cartel. The filmmaker doesn’t sport a lot of experience. Director Kevin Ansch previously directed the 2005 short, “Characters;” writer Antonio Macia’s only credit is the screenplay for IMDB’s 49th worst rated film, Anne B. Real (intriguingly described in the tagline as “Anne Frank meets 8 Mile.”). With Justin Bartha, Ari Graynor, Q-Tip and the Pepsi girl, Hallie Kate Eisenberg (Jesse’s lil sis).
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HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON (PG) How to Train Your Dragon is a terrific computer-generated animated feature, and the first I recommend you should watch in 3D. As great as it is for families (if I had a kid, I would rush out to see it with him/her), Dragon left me breathless at the animation and kind of bored with the familiar story and tired pop culture jokes. Dragon is the latest from DreamWorks Animation, the home of Shrek, and the family resemblance is strong. Hiccup (v. Jay Baruchel) is a scrawny Viking screw-up who wants to hunt dragons like his gigantic, heroic dad (v. Gerard Butler). But after capturing his own flying firebreather, Hiccup learns there may be more to these creatures than hunting them. The voicework is excellent (especially Baruchel, Butler and Craig Ferguson as blacksmith/ dragon slaying instructor Gobber), and
charm their neighbors, all of whom attempt to keep up with the Joneses, who might not be quite what they seem. Writer-director Derrick Borte makes his directorial debut with this comedy that sounds more like a new Showtime sitcom. With Gary Cole, Glenne Headly and Lauren Hutton. JUST WRIGHT (PG) The title is beyond bad, even for a diehard punner like me, but this fairly standard romance accomplishes its goals rather well under the steady direction of Sanaa Hamri (though her Something New is far superior). Physical trainer Leslie Wright (Queen Latifah) falls in love with the basketball star, Scott McKnight (R&B star Common), she is rehabbing. Of course, he falls for her gorgeous pal, Morgan (Paula Patton), even though everyone can tell Leslie is the gal for him. This inoffensive
When you said “hump,” I thought… the script is written with humor and heart. Dragon is an excellent film for parents and kids to see together (much better than the family crap peddled in the pre-film trailers…Furry Vengeance and Marmaduke look awful). Without a child’s awe to buoy me, I found my mind wandering when Hiccup was not soaring. Note: the action might be intense for the littlest ones. IRON MAN II (PG-13) Iron Man’s second mission picks up right after his last. Tony Stark, having outed himself as the armor-clad superhero, must do battle against a new foe: government bureaucracy. Facing down a congressional committee chaired by a particularly snide Senator played by Garry Shandling with rapid-fire wit as opposed to his trademark repulsor beams, Stark manages to maintain control of his proprietary technology as fears of other iron men become campaign fodder. Enter Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell), a rival weapons developer with more cunning than mechanical creativity and an ax to grind with Stark. Hammer hires a Russian technical genius, Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke), to assemble an army of Iron Man knockoffs with which he can embarrass Stark Enterprises. Much to Hammer’s chagrin, Vanko, AKA Whiplash, is plotting his own revenge on Stark. Screenwriter Justin Theroux (Tropic Thunder) almost buries the witty humanity that distinguished Iron Man under a heap of metallic superhero clichés. Almost. THE JONESES (R) Steve and Kate Jones (David Duchovny and Demi Moore) move into a gated community. The perfect couple with their perfect teenagers (Pineapple Express’s Amber Heard and Ben Hollingsworth) soon
romance could have used a better male lead; Common can’t yet hold his own against the Queen. But we have been subjected to far worse in the cause of counter-programming. LETTERS TO JULIET (PG) While in Verona, young American Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) finds a 50-year-old letter addressed to Juliet and decides to answer it. Soon she is seeking Claire’s (Vanessa Redgrave) Romeo, Lorenzo, and falling for the older woman’s grandson, Charlie (Christopher Egan). Anyone else but Seyfried (Mamma Mia!, “Big Love”), and I would probably hate this Sophie character. Letters to Juliet is another innocuous, romance fueled by chaste-teen-girl longing and Nicholas Sparks’ novels. Its targeted demo will be smitten; everyone else, not so much. MACGRUBER (R) The latest “SNL” sketch to be expanded into a featurelength film is neither good enough to recommend nor bad enough to say stay away. Its straight-faced tone actually makes the whole deal funnier than it should be. Former special operative MacGruber (cowriter Will Forte) must defeat his arch-enemy, Dieter Von Cunth (a hammy Val Kilmer), who is threatening Washington, D.C. with a nuclear missile. Enough genuinely hilarious moments—most poking nostalgic fun at ‘80s action movies—help make up for the lame running gags one expects from an “SNL” flick. Forte is a charming lead, and Kristen Wiig is reliably kooky. Ryan Philippe excels as a straight man. Unfortunately, the central conceit of MacGruber is so full of holes that the movie cannot stay afloat for even 90 minutes. Was MacGruber once as great as Colonel Faith (Power Boothe) claims (he was supposedly an
ex-Navy SEAL, Green Beret, Marine, etc.) or has he always been such a monumental failure? MICMACS (R) In Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s first film since 2004’s A Very Long Engagement, the quirky French auteur seems to be returning to the stranger fare of his popular team-ups with Marc Caro. Bazil (Dany Boon), recently recovered from a bullet to the brain, and a group of junk dealers plot vengeful destruction on two major arms manufacturers. I am excited about seeing a new eccentric vision from Jeunet. Nominated for three Césars (not surprisingly Best Costume Design, Best Production Design and Best Sound). A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (R) A horribly scarred serial killer named Freddy Krueger (Jackie Earle Haley) hunts a group of teens while they sleep. If they can’t stay awake, they die a horrible death in their dreams. This remake of a horror classic has me more excited than any since Rob Zombie’s Halloween, and I might be more pumped for Nightmare. Haley (Watchmen’s Rorshach) is inspired casting, though Robert Englund leaves him a big glove, hat, and sweater to fill. “Smells Like Teen Spirit” video director Samuel Bayer makes his feature debut. PLEASE GIVE (R) In Friends with Money, filmmaker Nicole Holofcener’s newest film, a couple, Kate and Alex (Catherine Keener and Oliver Platt), plot to expand their New York City apartment. But things grind to a halt after they befriend their elderly neighbor Andra (Ann Guilbert) and butt heads with her granddaughters (Rebecca Hall and Amanda Peet). One can easily imagine this film appealing to the fanbase Holofcener has built through Friends with Money, Walking and Talking, and Lovely & Amazing. PRINCE OF PERSIA: THE SANDS OF TIME (PG-13) This videogame adaptation looks to buck the odds and actually be good, thanks to the megabucks of überproducer Jerry Bruckheimer, the talent of Harry Potter 4 director Mike Newell and the rock-solid abs of Jake Gyllenhaal. An adventurous prince (Gyllenhaal) with a magic dagger capable of turning back time teams up with a feisty princess (Gemma Arterton, Quantum of Solace) to stop an evil ruler (Ben Kingsley, of course) from destroying the world. PoP could be the surprise hit of the early summer. ROBIN HOOD (PG-13) On paper, a realistic, “historically accurate” version of the Robin Hood myth from the Gladiator team and super-producer Brian Grazer read like a dynamite summer blockbuster, but in reality, a dour, dark, incredibly anachronistic (everyone is a feminist, ecumenical, Enlightenment philosopher) Robin Hood is no Robin Hood at all. I would rather rewatch the 1938 Errol Flynn masterpiece, The Adventures of Robin Hood, than this version. In the medieval darkness, Russell Crowe’s Robin kind of misses the target. THE SECRET OF KELLS (NR) In the Middle Ages, amid the barbarian invasions from the North, young Brendan lives in a walled city under the guardianship of his stern uncle, the Abbot Cellach (v. Brendan Gleeson). When Father Aidan, a master illuminator, seeks refuge in Kells, Brendan learns the methods behind the scribe’s mysterious art. While seeking berries
to make ink, the young boy befriends a fairy named Aisling, who roams the woods surrounding the village. But the Vikings are quickly approaching. What can a boy do to save the treasured book, as well as the people of Kells? The Secret of Kells should be known to everyone, especially parents seeking a superior substitute to Furry Vengeance. l SEX AND THE CITY 2 (R) The girls—Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), Miranda (Cynthia Nixon), Charlotte (Kristin Davis) and Samantha (Kim Cattrall)—are back in town. Their boys (Chris Noth, David Eigenberg, Evan Handler, Jason Lewis, Mario Cantone and Willie Garson) are back, too. My fiancée and all her pals have been drooling over the fashionable trailers for this flick since they debuted early this year, and none of them care one iota what the movie is about. Again written and directed by Michael Patrick King. SHE’S OUT OF MY LEAGUE (R) If a filmmaker with a real talent for creating raunchy romantic comedies had made She’s Out of My League, this movie could have been something. It could have been a contender, under the guiding hand of Judd Apatow or the Farrelly Brothers. Instead, little-known British comic Jim Field Smith makes an underwhelming directorial debut with another script from the Sex Drive duo of Sean Anders and John Morris. (These two are also responsible for Hot Tub Time Machine.) SHREK FOREVER AFTER (PG) The first two Shreks were highly entertaining and richly creative way back in 2001. In 2010, this fourth and supposedly final chapter is really tired. Shrek (still voiced by Mike Myers) regrets settling down with Fiona (v. Cameron Diaz). Wanting to be a real ogre again, he accepts wily Rumpelstiltskin’s (v. Walt Dohrn) magical offer and inadvertently hands him the keys to the kingdom of Far Far Away. Inoffensive and boring, Shrek Forever After offers nothing new, instead relying on a stale formula of non-stop pop culture references and the faded charms of its star voices, especially Myers and Eddie Murphy. SHUTTER ISLAND (R) In 1954, U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his new partner, Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo), are summoned to a remote island in Boston Harbor that houses some of the nation’s most dangerous, unstable prisoners, or patients, as head psychiatrist, Dr. Cawley (Ben Kingsley), prefers. A patient, Rachel Solando (Emily Mortimer), has mysteriously escaped, and the marshals have been tasked with finding her and returning her, a job at which Teddy excels. However, Teddy and Chuck soon realize something is amiss on Shutter Island. SOMERS TOWN (NR) This Is England director Shane Meadows returns to chronicle more of modern Britain. Two teens, Tomo (London Critics Circle Film Awards’ Young British Performer of the Year Thomas Turgoose, who also starred in This Is England) and Marek, bond over a hot London summer and their shared love of the same girl. Nominated for four British Independent Film Awards. SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD (R) The sixth entry in George A. Romero’s granddaddy zombie franchise picks up directly after the events of Diary of the Dead. Two rival families square off on Plum Island. The O’Flynns want to kill the zombie hordes; the Muldoons want to quarantine the plague until a cure is found. A band of survivors, led by Diary’s Guardsman Sarge (Alex Van Sprang), arrive on the island just as the zombies are overwhelming the outmatched families. Expect Romero’s typical humor and social commentary. Drew Wheeler
movie pick The Anti-Romcom BREAKING UPWARDS (NR) Breaking Upwards aspires to some of the same cinematic goals of 2006’s anti-romantic comedy, The Break-Up, and meets them with much more sustained, distinctly independent success. Daryl and Zoe (writer-director-producer Daryl Wein and cowriter-producer Zoe Lister-Jones as themselves) have been in a relationship for four years. Still
Daryl Wein and Zoe Lister-Jones the best of friends, the couple has lost a bit of their amorous fire. Not so brilliantly, they decide to open up their relationship. They will only see each other a few days a week. They divide up the city. The rest of the time they are free to live as single urbanites. You can imagine the results are not quite what Daryl or Zoe expects. Jealousy, anger and disappointment mar their once friendly landscape, and no one watching is surprised. “Just
break up already,” my fiancée said, and it’s the obvious solution that neither Daryl nor Zoe wishes to acknowledge. Being alone would be much worse. No guarantee exists that you will find anyone else with whom to lounge in the park while reading Erica Jong. To the credit of Wein and Lister-Jones, their screen counterparts never grate like so many modern, indie protagonists, with whom they share a tendency for foul-mouthed, articulate chattiness. She is distinctly beautiful, and he resembles a Yankee (read: less tough) Vincent Cassel. Their script, cowritten with Peter Duchan, is light and funny and insightfully real, thanks to what must have been one hell of an awkward fieldtest by the two leads. Wein makes his film-school education pay off with a 20-something’s version of the Big Apple seen through the thick lenses of Woody Allen’s European myopia. Flecks of European masters bob up and down in Wein’s choppy celluloid sea. The filmmaker definitely paid attention during his class on the New Wave. Breaking up is hard to do; Breaking Upwards, a funny, sad, sweet anti-romcom, is not hard to enjoy. Drew Wheeler
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o Abandon the Eath Mission o Aman Amun o Maps and Transit o Prizmatic Spray o T’ n ‘T
The show kicks off AthFest, Athens’ annual music and arts festival, and will be held at the Morton Theatre on Thursday, June 24. You, the local music fan, will choose the local performers you wish to recognize by filling out this ballot. All awards are decided by a majority people’s choice vote, so YOUR VOTE IS VERY IMPORTANT.
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threats & promises muSic newS and goSSiP It Could Happen to You: Last week, while working at a local show, an Athens police officer issued me a citation for illegal handbill posting. The flier in question had been affixed to the outside of a downtown Athens shop window without the owner’s permission and, because none of the bands on the bill would admit to hanging it there, the ticket was issued to me because I was “in charge” of the show. In reality, I just happened to be the first to greet the police at the door. If your band or venue name is on an illegally posted flier, Athens-Clarke County accepts this as prima facie evidence against you. The handbill ordinances are slightly confusing, and violations seem to be low-priority and thus irregularly pursued, but these ordinances have been around since 1996, when they were ushered in as an effort to “clean up” Athens for Olympic visitors; so their existence shouldn’t surprise anyone. The fine is $70. You can agree or disagree with the law, but whatever you do, familiarize yourself with it. See www.athensclarkecounty.com for the full text of all ACC ordinances. All We Ever Wanted: The 2010 Athens PopFest will happen Aug. 10–14 at the 40 Watt Club, Caledonia Lounge and Little Kings Shuffle Club. In the interest of full disclosure, yes, I am heavily involved with this event and will only speak of it in this space when it’s a matter of legitimate news. Headlining bands this year are Boston’s legendary Mission of
Werewolves’ first album that he wants to clear from the decks. The first should be out by the end of June with subsequent ones in July and August. They’ll only be a buck each over at www.werewolves.bandcamp.com, which is also, coincidentally, where you can still grab the band’s debut album, Someday We’ll Live in the Forest, for only $5. Is That Like Jazz Hands?: The band formerly known as Live Well and most recently as Ibilisi Takedown is now going by the name Spirit Hair—dear Lord—and it’s got a new album you can grab for free. The tunes run the gamut from the goofy to the vaguely psychedelic to straightahead rockers. Visit www. spirithair.net to download. Only a Couple of Weeks Left: Athens rockn-country band The Bearfoot Hookers is utilizing Kickerstarter to raise funds for its upcoming album, Beer Drinkin’ Gospel Revival, and the band is well on its way to reaching its $2,000 goal. Not bad for a group that hasn’t had an album in five years. The album, recorded in Rutledge, GA at Gypsy Rose Recording with engineer Will Thrift, has 14 new Hookers tracks. Visit the band’s Kickstarter site at www.kck.st/ccXITc. That Time of Year: OK, voting ends Friday, June 4 for the 2010 Flagpole Athens Music Awards. There are 20 different categories, and you do not have to vote in each to vote in
A painting by Mikey Dwyer Burma, UK heroes The Wedding Present and Denver’s E-6 brethren Apples in Stereo. Other bands of note include Quintron & Miss Pussycat, Joe Jack Talcum (Dead Milkmen), Elekibass (Japan), indie pop legends Go Sailor, a solo set by Rose Melberg (Softies, Go Sailor) and many more. Please see www. athenspopfest.com for ticket info. And, if you couldn’t tell by the relatively sedate tone of my reportage, yes, I’m completely jazzed out of my mind over this lineup. Where Wolves?: After making a spirited racket over the past year and gigging quite regularly, local band Werewolves has been out of sight for a while. Why? Because the band is working on new material and recording it, too. A series of EP releases is planned for the immediate future, though, as main man Wyatt Strother says he’s got a lot of material left over from
any. You may also write in any artist you feel deserves it. To vote online you must provide a valid email address, because you’ll have to confirm your vote for it to count. The winners will be announced at the Morton Theatre on Thursday, June 24. So, vote over at www. awards.flagpole.com. The Unhanging: The Starter Kits will play the Flicker Theatre & Bar on Thursday, May 27 as part of the closing reception for Starter Kits leader Mikey Dwyer’s art show that is currently hanging in the space. The paintings “…contain text and are really songs in their own right. So, the show is representing the related processes of both disciplines,” he says. The closing reception starts at 7 p.m., and the band will play at 9 p.m.
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JUNGOL BROADENS ITS ELECTRONIC HORIZONS
osh and Graham Yoder, the founding members of the Woodstock-based, experimental rock band Jungol, split from one zygote. The identical twins have nearly identical arm tattoos of an egg dividing, an image that Josh designed and Athens local David Hale, whose artwork appears on the band’s album covers, inked. At their show at The Earl on Apr. 30, 2010, Graham did not look like an egg, his brother or even a person, however. Inspired by Fever Ray, he visited Eddie’s Trick Shop, donned a white mask and covered his body in black during a looped introduction. Afterwards, Graham realized that it looked like No-Face, a character in the film Spirited Away who literally consumes greedy characters and then grows into his own insatiable monster. “All of our favorite bands have pretty awesome theatrical elements to their music, and it’s something that we’ve always been into,” Josh says. “I guess I would feel lately, over the last couple of years—year, really—it’s something that we could really dive into in our own kind of way. It just adds a whole ‘nother color to the show.” Jungol is constantly expanding its sonic palette based on the music its members discover. Graham wanted to create electronic music after listening to Warp label artists like Flying Lotus and Squarepusher, Björk’s Vespertine and Daedelus. On its fourth fulllength album, Over the Sun and Under the Radar, Jungol has embraced that electronic side introduced on its Places EP—Josh plays bass on less than half of the new album’s songs, while Graham’s Kaoss Pad and field recordings play more prominent roles, adding yet another kind of color to the performances. Graham found a recording of jingling car keys while searching for a beginning for “Empty Tank,” and a microphone at Rich Grillo’s Rich ‘n’ Roll Studios in Alpharetta picked up the rain linking the end of “Drink Up Your Friends” to the beginning of “Summer Air.” Tiny Heaven, the last full-length release recorded under their former name, Liquid Jungle, included piano-driven rock, reggae and the chug-chug-chug rhythms of metal.
“On Tiny Heaven we used to be a lot more, like, just taking random riffs and putting them next to each other,” Graham says. “We used to do more of that, where it was very choppy, riff-oriented and progressive.” Graham wanted to make Over the Sun “washier and dreamier,” he says, and Josh’s nimble and reverb-altered voice, Josh’s synthesizer and the brothers’ vocal harmonies accomplish that goal. On “Another Life,” Graham’s guitar playing traces Josh’s singing so closely that the two are almost indistinguishable, and the elastic arrangements on the new album recall, in places, The Mars Volta, Radiohead, Grizzly Bear and ambient music. “We’ve been sort of in, like, a prog kind of realm for pretty much most of our musical—,” Josh says, before Graham interrupts him. “Not straight-up prog,” says Graham. “No, I’m just in the prog realm,” Josh says. “A lot of people kind of threw us into that for a bunch of years.” Some of the Yoder brothers’ fans have followed them since their high school shows, the first of which the brothers played at the age of 14. Drummer Jason Monseur, a longtime friend, joined the band in 2003. “We were a lot spacier before Jason joined and stretched out long songs,” Graham says. “He came at a time when we were shifting musically, and we just liked what he brought. It just kind of meshed together and made, you know, a great sound, I thought.” Graham compares Monseur to Tool drummer Danny Carey, and Josh considers Monseur the Yoders’ triplet. “We have yet, I think, to have a real struggle with being inspired, which is really cool,” Josh says. “Maybe that’s a brother thing or something.” Alex Dimitropoulos
WHO: Jungol, Daffodil, Manray WHERE: Little Kings Shufﬂe Club WHEN: Saturday, May 29 HOW MUCH: TBD
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THE DISTRICT ATTORNEYS Orders From… Independent Release When I think of “fun in the sun,” lawyers aren’t the first thing that comes to mind, but from now on, I will look to Athens’ District Attorneys for the appropriate soundtrack. Their summery Americana is wrapped in a gauzy layer of reverb that gives the songs a subtle beach vibe. But there is just a enough pedal steel calling in the background and jangly banjo to place the band firmly in the South. So, instead of valley girls and big kahunas, The District Attorneys pay homage to the mountains and valleys of South Carolina and the bluesy, boozy energy of the East Coast. An overdose of reverb seems to be a common trend these days, in the wake of Animal Collective, Grizzly Bear, Surfer Blood and the like, but this is much more organic and breezier than all that. The smooth backing vocals float in like wafts of honeysuckle, and the mood remains upbeat and lighthearted throughout. Stand-out tracks include the particularly celebratory “Splitsville,” with its chorus of friends singing in the background, locomotive harmonica and big Southern rock riffs. Closing track “Jerry Ten” made me smile with its seamless homage to Poison, as frontman Drew Beskin hollers melodically, “won’t be nothin’ but a good time” mid-verse. Orders From… is a sizable EP at seven tracks, but every song is absolutely essential. Expect this gem to make more than a few local year-end best-of lists. Michelle Gilzenrat The District Attorneys are playing the 40 Watt Club on Thursday, May 27.
JIMMY GNECCO The Heart Bright Antenna On Ours’ break-through 2001 release, Distorted Lullabies, the cover features frontman Jimmy Gnecco’s face obscured by a red velvet frame. On his debut solo record, The Heart, Gnecco stands in full view, from the waist up, shirtless. It’s a glaring metaphor, of course: here is Gnecco unplugged— exposed, stripped down, vulnerable, baring his soul. We get it. The thing is, this record isn’t full of your typical slice-of-life tales of heartbreak and forgiveness. This is an acoustic opera of emotion. Backed
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by a full band or no, the focus has always been, and could only be, on Gnecco’s heart-wrenching, acrobatic vocals. From his aching, baritone whisper to his angelic falsetto, Gnecco trembles with intensity at every turn. His sadness wallows in the misery of a hundred tragedies. At least, that’s the weight his dramatic delivery conveys. With the lighter than usual musical accompaniment, there are brief moments of brightness, like the cheerfully bounding piano intro of “Gravity.” Why, it’s almost uplifting, until the vocals come in: “Fly into the grave/ Crying to be saved/ Love was just a phase and then it died.” Oh. But there’s something to be said for the comfort of commiseration, and this is a record you can really collapse into. For all its darkness, these melodies are still beautiful, and there’s no denying the goosebump-raising power of Gnecco’s voice. Fans of Jeff Buckley who might have been turned off by Ours’ more abrasive elements will certainly find solace here. The vocal melody of “The Heart” actually sounds very much like one penned by Thom Yorke, and “Mystery,” with its midrange balladeering, sounds a bit like a somber Rufus Wainwright. So, if these are touchstones that touch your heart, open yours to Gnecco. Michelle Gilzenrat Jimmy Gnecco is playing at Vinyl in Atlanta on Tuesday, June 1.
ROKY ERICKSON WITH OKKERVIL RIVER True Love Cast Out All Evil AntiAfter becoming a cause célèbre and mounting a remarkable recovery this past decade, the psychedelic god returns with his first new album in 14 years. From 60 unreleased songs, Will Sheff curated and produced the record with his own Okkervil River as the backing band, so naturally their lush, studious country flourishes are all over it. Though it’s in sharp contrast to Erickson’s gritty, lo-fi rock and roll work (only “John Lawman” comes close), it’s an appropriate vehicle for reckoning, faith and redemption—all life themes that he explores in his most straightforward manner ever. Furthermore, the patient, immaculately crafted sound is an effective tapestry for Erickson’s broken-in voice. A crude recording made by Erickson while at Rusk State Hospital for the Criminally Insane, “Devotional Number One” is a simple hymn that crackles with hope until finally rising in a heavenly post-production swell. Other picks include the jangly country-rock of “Bring Back the Past” and the title track’s last-call honky-tonk heartbreak. The star is “Goodbye Sweet Dreams,” a classic, burning Erickson melody made elegantly robust. True Love is a majestic landmark work, one that powerfully frames Erickson’s legacy, something he would
never directly do himself. With Okkervil River’s judicious handling, this national treasure emerges from the psychological abyss with one of rock history’s most welcome comebacks. Bao Le-Huu
WIDESPREAD PANIC Dirty Side Down ATO Yes, Widespread Panic is back with another hard-hitting noodle fest of a record, but this one is a bit more mellow than Panic fans may be used to. Joining the Panic crew is longtime producer/contributing musician John Keane, who puts his “slick but not slippery” touch on the band’s 11th studio album. Dirty Side Down sounds more like a continuation of 2008’s Free Somehow than a new direction. The band has gotten into a slower, more groovy habit, sprinkling the new material with pieces of its past influences. “Visiting Day” strays into Drive-By Trucker territory while “Clinic Cynic” would be at home on a Jimmy Buffet album. “Clinic Cynic” is so laid back, it wouldn’t surprise me if Panic recorded the thing while lying down. But be ready for a wrecking ball when you hit “This Cruel Thing.” Originally penned by Vic Chesnutt, “Cruel Thing” never made it onto a proper record until now. Here, John Bell channels his old friend, pushing his usual growl into a mournful-sounding echo of Chesnutt’s voice. He even manages to nail Chesnutt’s distinct way of phrasing, breaking the central chorus into more syllables than normal. It’s the emotional heart of Dirty Side Down. The main quibble with this record is the same one that has plagued the band since it began recording: how can the live energy be captured on tape? The band is so tight from years of playing that the improvisational looseness gets lost in the shuffle. The beauty of a band like Widespread doesn’t come down in a wall of sound; it’s in the little details that shine through the cracks. Case in point: “North.” At first listen, it’s your standard jammy Widespread tune, but if you spin it a few more times, rich details in the guitar work and the percussion start to flow out of the woodwork. Sunny Ortiz and Todd Nance provide just enough counterbalance to Jimmy Herring’s guitar solos that the song is saved from sounding like a Van Halen exercise. The same goes for “Saint Ex,” the dark opener that twists and slithers its way into your psyche with blistering guitars and a bass groove to die for. Bell’s lyrics are at top form here. “Don’t apologize with philosophy,” he crows, “Come closer, tame me. Don’t you recognize we’re not enemies?” Overall, if you’re a fan of Panic at all, Dirty Side Down will offer you everything you love about the band: intense guitar, howling and growling vocals, and a connective groove. But as far as Widespread records go, this one is neither mind-blowing nor disappointing. It just is. And that’s how Dirty Side Down should be. Jordan Stepp
Fading In and Playing Out Local Songwriter Andy LeMaster Returns to the Stage
atching Andy LeMaster manipulate the mixing board at Chase Park Transduction, the studio he co-owns and where he works as an engineer and producer, is like watching the steady hand of a surgeon at work. Through careful manipulation and steadfast attention to detail, LeMaster coaxes from his clients classic recordings that are recognized universally for their sonic quality.
LeMaster applies that same precision to his own musical endeavors. Over the course of the past decade, LeMaster has released three highly acclaimed albums with his band, Now It’s Overhead (NIO), on Saddle Creek Records. However, the last of those records was released over four years ago. While LeMaster is not quite ready to reanimate NIO, he has been preparing new songs under his own last name. “Part of why its been so long is because I wanted to take a break from [NIO] for a while, and the new stuff feels like a new thing to me,” says LeMaster. “I’m not saying I’m abandoning [NIO], and I might come back to it at some point in the future, but I’m focusing on this music now.” Although, as with any perfectionist, LeMaster is hesitant to share his works-in-progress with the community at large, the two tracks he played for Flagpole possessed all of the charm of his back catalog. LeMaster’s voice is still a soothing blend of Thom Yorke and Fred Cornog (East River Pipe), but the musical accompaniment is less produced and, therefore, crisper. LeMaster plays many of the instruments on the new recordings himself, with Sam Fogarino (Interpol) and Nate Nelson, among others, contributing throughout. One of the tracks LeMaster previewed for Flagpole was a slower, dirge-like acoustic number that played like a bare-
bones NIO song, while the second track featured full production and a driving bass line that sounded like a more tuneful Radiohead. “I realized that I wanted to steer things to a sparser place,” says LeMaster. “And I feel like [my new music is] a little more stripped down. That’s why it feels different to me. It’s also a little bit less brooding, and it’s attempting to be less overly produced, too.” Despite his recent desire to create sparser compositions, LeMaster remains inspired by some of the bands he works with at Chase Park, where he constantly observes other musicians’ creative processes and works with them to achieve sounds that complement their visions. LeMaster also uses the studio as a writing tool, a place where he can test new ideas, or spend hours finding that perfect sound—a luxury not available to many musicians. But sometimes when LeMaster records himself, he loses his perspective on his own music. “It forces you out of your comfort zone when you work with other people,” he says, “and that’s the best thing you can do for creativity and keeping things fresh. Sometimes, when I’m working by myself on my own music, I just get into a K-hole.” Right now, LeMaster is in the demo phase of recording, where he adopts a solipsistic studio existence. During this phase, he experiments with sounds and spends days finding the right levels to bring his music to life. “After I get all the demo versions of these songs fleshed out, then I’ll see if they have a certain magic on their own, or if some or all of them should be recorded with maybe someone else engineering,” he says. When LeMaster plays live this week, it will represent another step in the songwriting process and another opportunity for LeMaster to refine his music. He will, however, also play several NIO songs. Live, LeMaster will (probably) be backed by Nate Nelson, Jeremy Wheatley and Matt Nelson (no relation to Nate). “The main thing is that I want to start playing out live some songs that I’m writing. It’s not like a big unveiling; it’s like a fade in,” he says. “I just haven’t played out, especially for my songs, in a long time.” While LeMaster’s presence in the studio does call to mind the image of a surgeon, he also artfully combines and layers sounds, mixing them together like a painter with a palette. Indeed, LeMaster is an adept visual artist, and his original artwork has graced the covers of several of his albums, as well as lines the walls of his house. The combination of LeMaster’s attention to detail and creative spirit imbues his music with sonic vibrancy. “I view building a song and writing a song very much like a painting,” he says, “because it’s always an initial image or idea that latches me onto it to follow it, and then there’s the under-painting and the layers. It’s a composition in all of the obvious ways.” John Seay
WHO: Abandon the Earth Mission, LeMaster, Creepy WHERE: Caledonia Lounge WHEN: Saturday, May 29, 10 p.m. HOW MUCH: $5 (21+), $7 (18+)
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lmost dying, digging on awkward silences and songs that are scratched into your soul: sound familiar? It should, if you’re up on the catalog of the Brooklynby-way-of-Minneapolis rock band The Hold Steady. But take a step back and take in the panoramic scroll of rock and roll history, and check it out: you’ll see it over and over again. The Hold Steady traffic in that sort of selfperpetuating mythology: historical fiction on the ongoing non-fiction of our lives. It’s been about a decade since Craig Finn and Tad Kubler found their bound-for-culthood band Lifter Puller broken up; they decamped for Brooklyn and formed The Hold Steady shortly thereafter. Bassist Galen Polivka and drummer Bobby Drake were brought in as the rhythm section and have been there ever since. The odd man out was Franz Nicolay, the quirky keyboardist who found himself loaned out to the group from his main gig, the notorious, oversized cabaret punk collective World Inferno Friendship Society. The group took cues from the legendary Minneapolis twin godheads The Replacements and Hüsker Dü as well as earthier classic rock—The Band, The Boss. Since then, The Hold Steady made its name on five full-lengths of Finn’s boozy/literate lyrics and countless tours featuring a boozy/raucous live show. It’s the kind of band that sells lighters with bottle openers on them at the merch booth. But how has the show changed since the beginning? “Well, luckily, there are more women in the audience than there used to be,” laughs Finn via telephone. “And it’s certainly grown, but since we kind of have a classic sound, we pull from a lot of different areas. The range of ages in the audience is probably greater than a lot of other bands. I see fathers and sons coming to our shows together… someone who’s my age, who grew up in the ‘70s or ‘80s, could bring their children—their adult children, anyway—and both [of them could] find something in it that they relate to.” The question of relating to a collective idea of what rock and roll is about is not only key to the band’s existence, but also key to its lyrical concepts. The club scene—packed rock shows fueled by sketchy characters, very loud electric instruments and Midwestern dread— is, by some approximations, on its way out. “It’s hard for me to tell on that, but I wouldn’t be surprised,” says Finn. “Going out and spending time with real people is
probably on the decline when you can communicate through Facebook and Twitter and whatever else, you know? I think especially for younger people, they find that as a somewhat acceptable replacement to being around real people. I think in some ways, that’s what we sell, or what we offer: an opportunity to get in a room with a bunch of people who have the same interest as you: rock and roll fans. Drink some beer and jump around and bump into people; I think in some ways that’s what we’re bringing, and due to technology, that’s become more and more of a rare thing.” Finn and Co. spend the lion’s share of their time providing that rare thing, which finds them in the minority among their peers. Rather than being one of the many scrambling to find “the new business model” for the music business, they’ve settled on a solid one: put out a record and tour your ass off. “I would say that a very, very significant portion of our incomes come from touring— about 90 percent or so,” says Finn. “So, it’s pretty much all about playing shows, which is fine. I think that’s what a rock band should do, play shows. Especially once you kind of have been established in an area, you can go on seemingly indefinitely. We go to Australia, we go to Europe, and obviously there’s a lot of the United States to cover, as well. So, I think we’re out for pretty much the whole summer and will continue into the fall. I don’t really see us taking a huge break anytime in 2010.” The band’s latest offering, Heaven Is Whenever, was a first for the band—an album written as a four-piece. The end of 2009 saw the exit of the ever-mustachioed Nicolay, who left amicably, which in turn allowed The Hold Steady to take a fresh stab at songwriting. “I think we went with a little more space,” says Finn. “We used piano and keys on the record but only where we felt they were necessary; so we kind of allowed it to breathe a little bit more. It’s made things more guitarheavy, but in a really good way. It’s injected some life into the old material, as well.”
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Tuesday 25 EVENTS: Athens Farmers Market (Little Kings Shuffle Club) Check out the afternoon market in its convenient downtown location! Buy fresh, locally grown organic produce, locally crafted goods and freshly baked breads. Now accepting EBT cards. 4–7 p.m. FREE! www.athensfarmersmarket.net EVENTS: Spring Carnival (Georgia Square Mall) The carnival is here! May 20–May 31, Monday–Thursday, 6–10 p.m. Friday, 6–11 p.m. Saturday, noon–11 p.m. Sunday, 1–10 p.m. $20 (unlimited rides until closing). 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 LECTURES & LIT.: Brown Bag Lunch (ACC Library) Dr. Gary Green, Assistant Professor at UGA’s Daniel Warnell School of Forestry, speaks about Georgia forests and recreation opportunities. Feel free to bring a lunch to this 45-minute program. 12:15 p.m. FREE! 706613-3650 MEETINGS: Girls’ Rock Camp Planning (GRCA Office) Meet up with other Girls’ Rock CampATHENS organizers and volunteers to share ideas and feedback about the upcoming camp session. 8 p.m. FREE! 706-498-2507, www. girlsrockathens.org MEETINGS: Great Decisions Discussion Group (ACC Library) Group meets every Tuesday through May 25 to discuss U.S. foreign policy and global issues. Space is limited. Contact Jeff Tate to sign up. 7 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650, jtate@ athenslibrary.org MEETINGS: Pub Theology (Trappeze Pub) Open conversations revolving around theology. Next discussion: Bernard Brandon Scott’s thoughts on Jesus’ parable of the dinner party and re-imagining the world. 8 p.m. FREE! 706-549-1915, firstname.lastname@example.org GAMES: Blind Draw Poker (Fat Daddy’s) Bring your poker face. 8 p.m. FREE! 706-353-0241 GAMES: Dart Tournament (The Pub at Gameday) You can’t spell dart without the art. Compete against other bar game extraordinaires. 706353-2831 GAMES: Locos Trivia (Locos Grill & Pub) All three Athens locations of Locos Grill and Pub (Westside, Eastside and Harris St.) feature trivia night every Tuesday. 8:30 p.m. FREE! www.locosgrill.com GAMES: Poker Night (Flicker Theatre & Bar) Last Tuesday of every month. 8:30 p.m. www.myspace. com/flickerbar GAMES: Senior Bingo (Columbus Avenue Senior Center) Enjoy re-
freshments and play for prizes in this monthly game for players 55 and older. Every fourth Tuesday! 10 a.m.–noon, $4. 706-613-3603 GAMES: Trivia (Doc Chey’s Noodle House) Every Tuesday. 7:30 p.m. 706-546-0015
Wednesday 26 EVENTS: Cocktail Party (Aromas) Learn how to make cool summer drinks with fresh fruits and herbs! 7 p.m. $15. 706-208-0059, www. aromaswinebar.com EVENTS: Girls Night Out (Buffalo’s Southwest Café) Cocktail Hour starts at 5 p.m. Featuring karaoke in the atrium. Wednesday is also oyster night! 5 p.m. 706-354-6655 EVENTS: Plotluck Night (Ciné Barcafé) Come with a true short story from your life to share at this 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. athenscine.com EVENTS: Spring Carnival (Georgia Square Mall) The carnival is here! May 20–May 31, Monday–Thursday, 6–10 p.m. Friday, 6–11 p.m. Saturday, noon–11 p.m. Sunday, 1–10 p.m. $20 (unlimited rides until closing). PERFORMANCE: Spoken Word Showcase (Flicker Theatre & Bar) Featuring local poets. 11:30 p.m. FREE! www.myspace.com/flickerbar 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: Homeschoolers Chapter Book Review (Madison County Library) Elementary schoolage homeschoolers gather at the library to read a book together and talk about it. Every Wednesday. 2 p.m. FREE! 706-795-5597 KIDSTUFF: “The Magic of Hawaii” (Oconee County Library) Entertainer David Ginn and his magic rabbit, Harry, present a tropical magic show. 2 p.m. FREE! 706769-3950 LECTURES & LIT.: Oconee Dems Book Group (Five Points Deli & More, Epps Bridge) Communitywide book group hosted by the Oconee County Democrats. For May and June: Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States. Newcomers from any county and of any political affiliation are welcome. 6 p.m. FREE! patricia.priest@yahoo. com, www.oconeedemocrats.org MEETINGS: Library Sewing Group (Madison County Library) Currently crocheting with double-ended crochet needles. Newcomers are always welcome. 1–3 p.m. FREE! 706-795-5597
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GAMES: Dart Night (Fat Daddy’s) Because you’re a different kind of athlete. FREE! 706-355-3030 GAMES: Movie Trivia Night (Flicker Theatre & Bar) Meet your new host! Sign up at 8 p.m. Trivia starts at 8:30 p.m. FREE! www.myspace.com/flickerbar GAMES: Poker Night (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: Saving the Best Trivia for Last (283 Bar) Chris Creech hosts the final battle of Trivia Wars. 8:30 p.m. (sign up) 9 p.m. (game starts). FREE! 706-208-1283 GAMES: Sports Trivia (Beef ‘O’ Brady’s) Every Wednesday. Win house cash and prizes! 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-850-1916 GAMES: Trivia (Copper Creek Brewing Company) Test your trivia chops for prizes! Every Wednesday. 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-1102
Thursday 27 EVENTS: Breaking Upwards Reception (Ciné Barcafé) The Athens Jewish Film Festival presents a sneak preview of Daryl Wein’s film which premiered at the SXSW Film Festival last year. Screening begins at 7 p.m. and is followed by a video conference Q&A with actress and co-writer of the film, Zoe ListerJones. 6 p.m. www.athenscine.com EVENTS: Athenaeum Club Tour and Social (Call for location) The recently formed club for young professionals interested in historic preservation tours the Urban Sanctuary and Spa’s historic digs at 810 N. Chase St. Chris Peterson will lead the tour and discuss the renovation process. 6:30 p.m. $10 (includes drink at on-site happy hour), FREE! (members). 706-542-5788, email@example.com EVENTS: Full Moon Party (Square One Fish Co.) Your summer staycation begins here with an island-style buffet, cool mojitos and live music by Kinky Waikiki. Reservations suggested. 7 p.m. 706-353-8862, www.squareonefishco.com EVENTS: Live After Five (Hotel Indigo, Phi Bar and Bistro) Get a headstart on your weekend with live music from Brian Ashley Jones (FREE!) and wine tastings. 6–8 p.m. $15 (wine tastings). 706-546-0430, www.athensdowntownhotel.com EVENTS: Senior Skills Day (Columbus Avenue Senior Center) Stay sharp with a variety of fun activities, including card games, puzzles, board games and computers. Every Thursday! 10 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3603 EVENTS: Spring Carnival (Georgia Square Mall) The carnival is here! May 20–May 31, Monday–Thursday,
Graham Bradford’s latest paintings are on display at the downtown Transmetropolitan. 6–10 p.m. Friday, 6–11 p.m. Saturday, noon–11 p.m. Sunday, 1–10 p.m. $20 (unlimited rides until closing). ART: Closing Reception (Flicker Theatre & Bar, 263 W. Washington St.) For paintings by local musician and visual artist Mike Dwyer. 7–9 p.m. FREE! www.myspace.com/ flickerbar THEATRE: Honest Pleasure (Memorial Park Quinn Hall) Stray Productions presents a comedy by Rex Totty. May 27–29, 8 p.m., May 30, 2:30 p.m. $12 (adv.), $15 (door). 706-424-4993 OUTDOORS: Full Moon Hike (Greenway) Experience nature in a different light. Call to register. 8–9:30 p.m. $2. 706-613-3615, www.athensgreenway.com KIDSTUFF: Pajama Storytime (Madison County Library) Snuggle in your jammies with your favorite stuffed animal and listen to bedtime stories. Light snack provided. All ages. 7 p.m. FREE! 706-795-5597 KIDSTUFF: Storytelling Concert (ACC Library) Grandmother Goose will fly in for interactive storytelling and good times. 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 MEETINGS: Clarke County Democratic Committee (Clarke County Courthouse, Grand Jury Room) Democratic House District 114 candidate Holly Ward is this month’s featured speaker. All interested persons are invited to attend this month’s meeting of the CCDC. 6 p.m. FREE! 706-202-7515 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
Friday 28 EVENTS: Charity “Yart Sale” (Don Byram Art, 249 Pottery Factory Dr., Commerce) Proceeds from this yard/ art sale benefit the Boys and Girls Club. May 28 & 29, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. FREE! 706-336-8080 EVENTS: Perpetual Groove Amberland Music Festival (Cherokee Farms, LaFayette) Get your groove on for the 8th year with this ice cream social/BBQ/ camping festival featuring a chili cook-off, an unconventional fashion show, cornhole tournaments and at least six live sets by Athens-based jammers Perpetual Groove. See Calendar Pick on p. 23. May 28–30, $50–$100, www.pgroove.com EVENTS: Sacred Earth Farmers Market (Flora Hydroponics, 195 Paradise Blvd.) The Sacred Earth Growers Co-Op sets up their yearround farmers’ market. Organic meat and dairy vendors, produce vendors, local artisans and more. 3–7 p.m. FREE! 706-353-2223 EVENTS: Spring Carnival (Georgia Square Mall) The carnival is here! May 20–May 31, Monday–Thursday, 6–10 p.m. Friday, 6–11 p.m. Saturday, noon–11 p.m. Sunday, 1–10 p.m. $20 (unlimited rides until closing). PERFORMANCE: The Classic City Kings and Kittens (New Earth Music Hall) Classic City Kings, Athens’ premiere professional male
impersonation performance troupe teams up with Athens’ newest allfemale burlesque troupe, Classic City Kittens. 10 p.m. www.newearthmusichall.com THEATRE: Honest Pleasure (Memorial Park Quinn Hall) Stray Productions presents a comedy by Rex Totty. May 27–29, 8 p.m., May 30, 2:30 p.m. $12 (adv.), $15 (door). 706-424-4993 KIDSTUFF: Books & Bites (Madison County Library) Read undisturbed for hours and eat pizza! For teens only! 8 p.m. FREE! 706795-5597 KIDSTUFF: Preschool & Toddler Storytime (Madison County Library) This month’s themes are the letter “F,” Italy and the color green! For kids ages 2 to 5. 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-795-5597 KIDSTUFF: Summer Reading Program Kick-Off (Madison County Library) Peter Hart and his traveling puppet troupe entertain and motivate young readers at this kick-off event! 2 p.m. FREE! 706795-5597
Saturday 29 EVENTS: Athens Farmers Market (Bishop Park) Buy fresh, locally grown organic produce, locally crafted goods and freshly baked breads. Now accepting EBT cards. Every Saturday. 8 a.m.–Noon. FREE! www.athensfarmersmarket.net EVENTS: Charity “Yart Sale” (Don Byram Art, 249 Pottery Factory Dr., Commerce) Proceeds from this yard/
art sale benefit the Boys and Girls Club. May 28 & 29, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. FREE! 706-336-8080 EVENTS: Durhamtown Spring Jam (Durhamtown, 2350 Randolph Church Rd., Union Point) Pack your lawn chairs and coolers and prepare yourself for the Southeast’s largest off-road park. Hop on your dirt bike, load up your camper or let your riding lawnmower lead the way to the second annual all-day festival featuring live Southern rock, poker games, fireworks, a motorcycle show and lawnmower races. $20 (adults), $10 (12 & under). 706-486-4603, www. durhamtown.com EVENTS: Perpetual Groove Amberland Music Festival (Cherokee Farms) 8th annual ice cream social/BBQ/camping festival. See Calendar Events May 28. May 28–30, $50–$100, www.pgroove. com EVENTS: Rollergirls Percentage Night (Alibi) Meet the women of The Classic City Rollergirls and impress with your karaoke prowess. A portion of the night’s proceeds benefits the local roller derby league. 9 p.m.–2 a.m. FREE! www.classiccityrollergirls.com EVENTS: Sacred Earth Farmers Market (Flora Hydroponics, 195 Paradise Blvd.) The Sacred Earth Growers Co-Op sets up their yearround farmers’ market. See Calendar May 28 Events. 3–7 p.m. FREE! 706-353-2223 EVENTS: Spring Carnival (Georgia Square Mall) The carnival is here! May 20–May 31, Monday–Thursday, 6–10 p.m. Friday, 6–11 p.m. Saturday, noon–11 p.m. Sunday, 1–10 p.m. $20 (unlimited rides until closing). THEATRE: Honest Pleasure (Memorial Park Quinn Hall) Stray Productions presents a comedy by Rex Totty. May 27–29, 8 p.m., May 30, 2:30 p.m. $12 (adv.), $15 (door). 706-424-4993 OUTDOORS: Pool Open House (Green Acres Pool) Start swim season right with FREE! admission to the pool for two weekends! May 22 & 29, 10 a.m.–7 p.m. May 23 & 30, 1–7 p.m. FREE! www.greenacrespool.org OUTDOORS: Saturday Strolls at Harris Shoals (Harris Shoals Park, Watkinsville) Explore nature next door with this series of walks led by local naturalists and artists. This week: Dr. Lawrence Stueck, an environmental sculptor and art teacher at Athens Academy, discusses the environment’s role in shaping his outdoor playscapes. 9–10 a.m. $5 (adults). FREE! (18 & under). 706353-8310, firstname.lastname@example.org KIDSTUFF: Geocaching Adventures (Call for location) Learn the basics of geocaching and use your skills to find a hidden cache. Under 16 accompanied by an adult. Space is limited; call to register. 1–3 p.m. $2, 706-613-3615
Sunday 30 EVENTS: Perpetual Groove Amberland Music Festival (Cherokee Farms) 8th annual ice cream social/BBQ/camping festival. See Calendar Events May 28. May 28–30, $50–$100, www.pgroove. com EVENTS: Spring Carnival (Georgia Square Mall) The carnival is here! May 20–May 31, Monday–Thursday, 6–10 p.m. Friday, 6–11 p.m. Saturday, noon–11 p.m. Sunday, 1–10 p.m. $20 (unlimited rides until closing). ART: Closing Reception and Porch BBQ (ATHICA) For “Deluge,” the spring exhibition featuring paint-
ings, photography, embroidery and sculpture to address concerns about global warming, land use issues and the social impact of floods. Curator Lizzie Zucker Saltz and guest essayist Ben Emanuel will moderate a panel discussion with visiting and local artists. Learn how to make a rain barrel at 4:15 and fill your belly at 5:30 with supper from White Tiger Gourmet. 3:30–6 p.m. $6 (suggested donation) www.athica.org THEATRE: Honest Pleasure (Memorial Park Quinn Hall) Stray Productions presents a comedy by Rex Totty. May 27–29, 8 p.m., May 30, 2:30 p.m. $12 (adv.), $15 (door). 706-424-4993 OUTDOORS: Pool Open House (Green Acres Pool) Start swim season right with FREE! admission to the pool for two weekends! May 22 & 29, 10 a.m.–7 p.m. May 23 & 30, 1–7 p.m. FREE! www.greenacrespool.org GAMES: Trivia (Buffalo’s Southwest Café) 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 31 EVENTS: Matter of Trust Hair Collection (Hotel Indigo) Lose your locks for a good cause when you get your hair cut on the patio by stylists from participating local salons. Matter of Trust is an organization collecting hair for use in the Gulf oil spill clean-up efforts. Also accepting donations of nylon hose. Live music by The Burning Angels and Efren. 5–8 p.m. 706-548-0770, email@example.com EVENTS: Memorial Day in Memorial Park (Memorial Park) An afternoon of music, crafts and activities to celebrate Memorial Day weekend. Noon–3 p.m. FREE! 706613-3580 EVENTS: Spring Carnival (Georgia Square Mall) The carnival is here! May 20–May 31, Monday–Thursday, 6–10 p.m. Friday, 6–11 p.m. Saturday, noon–11 p.m. Sunday, 1–10 p.m. $20 (unlimited rides until closing). KIDSTUFF: Bedtime Stories (ACC Library) Every Monday. 7 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 GAMES: 20 Questions (Transmetropolitan) Hosted by Chris Creech. Join the “20 Questions at Transmet” Facebook group to receive the online question of the week. 9 p.m. FREE! 706-613-8773 GAMES: Game Night (The Pub at Gameday) New games including Wii bowling! 706-353-2831 GAMES: Ping Pong (Flicker Theatre & Bar) Get your paddle ready for a riveting round of table tennis. 4–8 p.m. FREE! www.myspace.com/ flickerbar GAMES: Poker Night (Last Call) Get in on a game of Texas Hold ‘Em. Sign up between 9 and 10 p.m. Every Monday! 9 p.m. FREE! www. lastcallathens.com GAMES: Pool Tournament (Fat Daddy’s) Sharks and minnows compete. 8 p.m. 706-353-0241 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! www.myspace.com/littlekingsshuffleclub GAMES: Trivia (Blind Pig Tavern) Think you know it all? 8 p.m. 706548-3442 GAMES: Trivia and Karaoke and Pool (Alibi) Handsome Ken has his hands full hosting various bar games to keep you happy. 9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-1010
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Eat. Drink. Listen Closely. TUESDAY, MAY 25 2 TERRAPIN PINTS ALL NIGHT!
Terrapin Tuesday Bluegrass Series featuring
SILVERBIRD DUO Tickets $3
WEDNESDAY, MAY 26 NOMAD ARTISTS PRESENTS
AND THE DEAD HORSES CHARLIE GARRETT BAND Tickets $10 adv. • $15 at the door
THURSDAY, MAY 27
CLAY LEVERETT AND FRIENDS Tickets $5 adv.
FRIDAY, MAY 28 Totally ‘80s party with
THE HIGHBALLS Tickets $8 adv. • $10 at the door
FRIDAY, JUNE 4
LEON RUSSELL Tickets $25 adv. • $30 at the door
SATURDAY, JUNE 5 A special evening with
THE TOMMY TALTON BAND
Tickets $10 adv. • $12 at the door
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 9
Tickets $8 adv. • $10 at the door
FRIDAY, JUNE 11
SENSATIONAL SOUNDS OF MOTOWN Tickets $10 adv. • $12 at the door
SATURDAY, JUNE 12
DARE DUKES, CAROLINE HERRING
Tickets $12 adv. • $15 at the door
MONDAY, JUNE 14 Athens Folk Music and Dance Society presents
THE ATHFEST HOOT SAMPLER featuring THE VINYL STRANGERS, TIMBER AND WILLIAM TONKS All Ages! Free! Music 8-10pm
ON THE HORIZON
The Melting Point and Packway Handle Band present
"The Classic City 4th of July American Music Festival"
featuring Cherryholmes and Packway Handle Band Event takes place on July 3rd and July 4th featuring 14 bands on indoor and outdoor stages. Featured acts include: July 3rd - Cherryholmes, Betsy Franck & the Bareknuckle Band, Art Rosenbaum, High Strung String Band, Exception to the Rule, Bluebilly Grit and Driftwood. July 4th - Packway Handle Band, Shannon Whitworth, The Knockouts, String Theory, Lera Lynn, Curley Maple and Whiskey Gentry All Ages! One day pass $15 adv, $20 door Two Day pass available $25
COMING SOON 6/13 - SUMMER BRIDAL OPEN HOUSE 6/18 - RACK OF SPAM 6/19 - THE HUSHPUPPIES 7/3 - Classic City 4th of July American Music featuring CHERRYHOLMES 7/4 - Classic City 4th of July American Music featuring PACKWAY HANDLE BAND 7/9 - NEW RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE LOCATED ON THE GROUNDS OF 7/23 - TIFT MERRITT 295 E. DOUGHERTY ST., ATHENS, GA
FOR TICKETS & SHOWTIMES OR CALL THE BOX OFFICE 706.254.6909
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EVENTS: Athens Farmers Market (Little Kings Shuffle Club) Check out the afternoon market in its convenient downtown location! Buy fresh, locally grown organic produce, locally crafted goods and freshly baked breads. Now accepting EBT cards. 4–7 p.m. FREE! www.athensfarmersmarket.net THEATRE: As You Like It (Cellar Theatre) UGA’s Department of Theatre and Film Studies presents Shakespeare’s classic comedy that features star-crossed lovers, devoted friends and dysfunctional families. June 1 & 2, 8 p.m. $5. 706-5422836, www.drama.uga.edu 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: Family Afternoon at the (Described) Movies (ACC Library) Showing Toy Story 2. Film features a non-intrusive narrative track for visually impaired viewers. 3 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 GAMES: Dart Tournament (The Pub at Gameday) You can’t spell dart without the art. Compete against other bar game extraordinaires. 706353-2831 GAMES: Locos Trivia (Locos Grill & Pub) All three Athens locations of Locos Grill and Pub (Westside, Eastside and Harris St.) feature trivia night every Tuesday. 8:30 p.m. FREE! www.locosgrill.com GAMES: Trivia (Doc Chey’s Noodle House) Every Tuesday. 7:30 p.m. 706-546-0015
Wednesday 2 EVENTS: Cask Beer Tasting (Aromas) A Terrapin cask featuring the second release of the Georgia Theatre beers. 6 p.m. 706-2080059, www.aromaswinebar.com ART: 6X6: “Light” (Ciné Barcafé) Artist and curator Paul Thomas presents the fourth of six media arts events featuring video, sound and performance art. In the Ciné Lab. See full schedule online. 7–8 p.m. FREE! www.headic.blogspot.com THEATRE: As You Like It (Cellar Theatre) A UGA Department of Theatre and Film Studies production. See Calendar Theatre June 1. June 1 & 2, 8 p.m. $5. 706-5422836, www.drama.uga.edu 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: Homeschoolers Chapter Book Review (Madison County Library) Elementary schoolage homeschoolers gather at the library to read a book together and talk about it. Every Wednesday. 2 p.m. FREE! 706-795-5597 KIDSTUFF: Music Jams (ACC Library) Make your own soundtrack to summer with your friends! Bring an instrument or borrow one from the library. Ages 11–18. 2–3:30 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 KIDSTUFF: Storytelling (Oconee County Library) Grandmother Goose picks up where Mother Goose left off in this interactive storytime for children of all ages. 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-769-3950 MEETINGS: Library Sewing Group (Madison County Library) Currently crocheting with double-ended crochet needles. Newcomers welcome. 1–3 p.m. FREE! 706-795-5597
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GAMES: Poker Night (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. Win house cash and prizes! 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-850-1916 GAMES: Trivia (Copper Creek Brewing Company) Test your trivia chops for prizes! Every Wednesday. 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-1102 * Advance Tickets Available
Down the Line OUTDOORS: First Fridays at the Garden 6/4 (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Get to know the Garden’s staff at this casual breakfast social and discover staff members’ favorite parts of the Garden on a guided tour. 9–10:20 a.m. $10. www.uga.edu/ botgarden ART: Summer Craft Fair 6/5 (Chappelle Gallery, 25 South Main St., Watkinsville) Featuring work by 18 artists and daily craft demos, including wheel-throwing, raku-firing and weaving. BBQ also for sale. June 5–6, 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m. FREE! 706-310-0985 EVENTS: Athens Farmers Market 6/5 (Bishop Park) Buy fresh, locally grown organic produce, locally crafted goods and freshly baked breads. Now accepting EBT cards. Every Saturday. 8 a.m.–Noon. FREE! www.athensfarmersmarket.net EVENTS: Walking Meditation 6/5 (State Botanical Garden of Georgia, Orange Trail) The Georgia Conflict Center sponsors a group meditation to reduce violence and promote peace. 8–9 a.m. FREE! (donations welcome) 706-614-1091, www. georgiaconflictcenter.org KIDSTUFF: Snake Day 6/5 (Sandy Creek Nature Center) Explore the misunderstood and secret world of snakes. Noon–4 p.m. $2. 706613-3615 EVENTS: Opening Reception 6/6 (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) For “Spirit of the Land.” The exhibit and affiliated events are meant to increase awareness about shrinking greenspace. All work is for sale and benefits the Athens Land Trust and the Oconee River Land Trust. 2–4 p.m. FREE! 706-542-6156, www. uga.edu/botgarden MEETINGS: Athens Area Fibercraft Guild 6/8 (Lyndon House Arts Center) 12:30 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3623 ART: Five Points Art Fest 6/12 (Five Points) Paintings, hand-crafted jewelry, ceramics, drawings and more are on display on the lawns of Five Points boutiques. Also featuring a KidZone area with games and crafts this year. Light refreshments. Noon–7 p.m. FREE! www.visit5points.com KIDSTUFF: Music Jams 6/16 (ACC Library) Make your own soundtrack to summer with your friends! Bring an instrument or borrow one from the library. Ages 11–18. 2–3:30 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 LECTURES & LIT.: Talking about Books 6/16 (ACC Library, Small Conference Room) This month’s title is Thomas Friedman’s The World is Flat. Newcomers welcome. 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 ART: Athens Sculpture Festival 6/24 (The Classic Center) The first annual juried exhibition and sale features the work of over 20 local artists including Beverly Babb, Matt
Boland, Jaclyn Enck, Will Eskridge and Stan Mullins. June 24–26, 706-208-0900, www.athenssculpturefestival.com * Advance Tickets Available
Live Music Tuesday 25 Alibi 9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-1010 KARAOKE Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday with the Singing Cowboy! Barnette’s 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-0966 OPEN MIC Bring your guitar and some tunes! Go Bar 10 p.m. www.myspace.com/gobar THE DISTRICT ATTORNEYS Poppy Americana influenced by acts like Bruce Springsteen, Fleetwood Mac and The Replacements. KC QUILTY Alternative grunge reminiscent of ‘90s rock radio. Little Kings Shuffle Club Athens Farmers Market. 4–7 p.m. FREE! www.athensfarmersmarket.net COUNT KELLAM AND FRIENDS Former Athenian Count Kellam sings Jeff Buckley-esque breezy, sweeping ballads. His set begins at 5:30 p.m. JUSTIN EVANS Local musician with rich, deep voice who sings about hard drinkin’, fast women and country roads. Evans brings in old school fiddle, New Orleans jazz, blues and Americana. His set begins at 4 p.m. The Melting Point 7:30 p.m. $3. www.meltingpointathens. com SILVERBIRD DUO David Leinweber and Bob McMillan have a repertoire that stretches for miles, tackling classic country, rock, folk and singer-songwriter favorites. Rye Bar 9 p.m. www.myspace.com/ryebarathens BOOTDANA No info available.
Wednesday 26 40 Watt Club 9 p.m. $17 (adv.). www.40watt.com THE HOLD STEADY Life-affirming rock anthems with big riffs and infectious melodies. The new album, Heaven Is Whenever, was released earlier this month on Vagrant Records. TWIN TIGERS Loud and lush at the same time, this local rock band combines jarring guitar riffs with sweeping melodies and heavy percussion. This local sensation will hit the road with Interpol later this summer. Alibi 9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-1010 DANCE PARTY DJ spins hip-hop and dance music for Bike Night. KARAOKE Every Wednesday along with darts and a hip-hop DJ. Barnette’s 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-0966 OPEN MIC Bring your guitar and some tunes! Caledonia Lounge 9:30 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). www. caledonialounge.com BIGFOOT No info available. QURIOUS This Atlanta group creates spacey soundscapes featuring
dreamy female vocals, samples and synthesizers and freaky masks. TUMBLEWEED STAMPEDE Adventurous and energetic dancejam-folk sextet play party music with folksy and surf touches. WHITE LIGHT FOREST CHOIR Psychedelic rock sextet from Atlanta. Farm 255 9 p.m. FREE! www.farm255.com KINKY WAIKIKI Featuring members of Kenosha Kid, Birds+Wire, Big C and the Ringers, Vigilantes of Love and Pride Parade, this group plays modern arrangements of traditional Hawaiian music, with a little Western swing thrown into the mix. Go Bar 10 p.m. FREE! www.myspace.com/ gobar DJS TOMAHAWK AND MURDER BITCH Go Bar owner Tom spins Italo-disco, new wave, house music and more while Murder Bitch (Candice Jones) offers up a sweet mix of bumping jock jams for Ladies Night! Last Call 9 p.m.–1 a.m. FREE! For more info contact firstname.lastname@example.org SPICY SALSA DANCING Lessons begin at 9 p.m. and dancing starts at 10 p.m. No partner required. Little Kings Shuffle Club 9:30 p.m. $5. www.myspace.com/littlekingsshuffleclub BRIAN ASHLEY JONES Currently based out of Nashville, this onceGeorgian singer plays a Southern Americana style that’s heavily influenced by the blues. He’ll be performing as a duo tonight joined by upright bassist Tisha Simeral. Jones is also playing tomorrow evening at Hotel Indigo. KEN WILL MORTON Athens’ own Ken Will Morton has been strumming and singing for over 20 years. With his gritty, soulful rasp, Morton trudges through Americana’s roots with rock and roll swagger and a folk singer’s heart. THE WORN OUT WELCOME Blending the punk leanings of The Replacements with the alt-country twang of Whiskeytown. Their debut full-length, Small Town Loser, features guest performances by John Neff of the Drive-By Truckers and Eric Carter of Bloodkin. The Melting Point 9 p.m. $10 (adv.), $15 (door). www. meltingpointathens.com CHARLIE GARRETT BAND Athensbased country rock influenced by The Rolling Stones, Tom Waits and Neil Young. RYAN BINGHAM AND THE DEAD HORSES Texas-bred troubadour on the road supporting his second album, Roadhouse Sun. The Office Lounge 9:30 p.m. FREE! 706-549-0840 KARAOKE Every Wednesday with Lynn! Rye Bar 9 p.m. www.myspace.com/ryebarathens BOBBY LEE RODGERS Berklee instructor influenced by gospel, bluegrass, rock and jazz. Tasty World Uptown 9 p.m. www.tastyworlduptown.com AMINAL This trio from Chapel Hill plays twangy, indie soul rock. DODD FERRELLE Former Tinfoil Stars frontman and longtime Athenian Dodd Ferrelle pours heart and soul into his sweeping, anthemic ballads and alt-country rockers.
Roadhouse 11 p.m. $1. 706-613-2324 JOHN SOSEBEE BAND This explosive duo plays traditional blues standards.
Friday, May 28
The Lokshen Kugel Klezmer Band Flicker Theatre & Bar Before you even ask, “Lokshen Kugel” is a Yiddish noodle pudding and, yes, the band does have a clarinet player. The former question being foremost on the lips of gentiles unfamiliar with the dish, and the latter the most frequently posed to bassist Dan Horowitz as he hustled to form a klezmer band. Horowitz has been on a mission ever since his wedding to Barbette in 2007. The couple hired a klezmer band for their wedding, and Horowitz was frustrated that he had to “import them from Atlanta.” He has been fascinated with traditional Jewish music for years and decided it was about time we had a homegrown klezmer ensemble here in Athens. Being busy with his other bands, Five-Eight and The Artie Ball Swing Band, it took a couple of years before Horowitz found the time and the right backing musicians, but Lokshen Kugel has been going strong since its first show in September 2009. “Klezmer is full of emotion, and it’s the most soulful music you can think of,” says Horowitz. “That’s why they call it Jewish blues, because of the way it wails and the way you can infuse humor or heartache in every note.” Of course, this is Athens, so our klezmer band is a bit more adventurous than most. “We’ve taken risks and gone where other klezmer bands haven’t gone,” he says. The group pays its respects to the classics, playing traditional numbers and singing in Yiddish, Hebrew and Ladino, but they’ve also “klez-ified” some modern numbers as well. As the opening act for the Jewish Film Festival, Lokshen Kugel played a film score medley that included music from Rocky 3, Shaft and other surprises, before seamlessly going into more traditional numbers. The group is versatile because the musicians are seasoned pros. The lineup features Paul Prenovitz (clarinet!), Adam Poulin (violin), Noel Blackmon (mandolin), Daniel Promislow (guitar), Joe Ellison (drums) and Abel Klainbaum (accordion). They are also available for weddings and bar mitzvahs, naturally. [Michelle Gilzenrat]
Terrapin Beer Co. 5 p.m. www.terrapinbeer.com ELEPHANT Instrumental trio from Atlanta jams on dreamy soundcapes and ambient sounds.
Thursday 27 40 Watt Club 9 p.m. $5. www.40watt.com CHASE 56 Twangy folk-rock that lists boiled peanuts and sweet tea as influences. THE DISTRICT ATTORNEYS Poppy Americana influenced by acts like Bruce Springsteen, Fleetwood Mac and The Replacements. Celebrating the release of their new EP, Orders From… See Record Reviews on p. 14. Alibi 9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-1010 OPEN MIC Hosted by Wes of Dixie Mafia. The Bad Manor 11 p.m. $10 (adv), $15 (door). www. thebadmanor.com BLACKBERRY SMOKE Atlantabased Southern rock band that has shared the stage with legends like ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd and countless others. Barnette’s 10 p.m. FREE! 706-546-0966 KARAOKE Every Thursday. Caledonia Lounge 10 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). www.caledonialounge.com LOVE TRACTOR Original Love Tractor member Mike Richmond recruited Nathan Collins on drums, Kevin Fleming on guitar, and Jarred Forrester on bass to round out his new lineup. The album Black Hole features spacey and compelling, prog-influenced guitar epics. MICHAEL GUTHRIE BAND For nearly 40 years, Athenian Michael
Guthrie (also of The ‘60s and Disraeli Gears) and his various bandmates have delved into the world of melodic, jangly Britishsounding throwback rock. ROMANENKO Local trio draws from ‘70s pop and folk with a modern rock edge, like Mary Timony fronting the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. DePalma’s Italian Cafe 6–8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-552-1237 (Timothy Road) EFREN Local indie swamp-folk band with lonesome vocals. El Centro 10 p.m. 706-548-5700 LEFTY HATHAWAY BAND Lefty is joined by other Bareknuckle Band members for a night of Lefty’s originals as well as a nice choice of delicious covers by Little Feat, JJ Cale, Leon Russell and many more. Farm 255 11 p.m. FREE! www.farm255.com 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 9 p.m. FREE! www.myspace.com/ flickerbar THE STARTER KITS Live music follows closing reception for paintings by Mikey Dwyer. This local band sounds a bit like a Southern Elvis Costello with a slight punk snarl. Gnat’s Landing 6:30 p.m. FREE! 706-850-5858 TJ MIMBS This local acoustic singersongwriter plays everything from hip-hop covers to alternative rock on acoustic guitar backed by loops and samples.
Go Bar 10 p.m. FREE! www.myspace.com/ gobar DR. FRED’S KARAOKE Hosted by karaoke fanatic John “Dr. Fred” Bowers, every Thursday. Hotel Indigo “Live After Five.” 6–8 p.m. FREE! www. athensdowntownhotel.com BRIAN ASHLEY JONES AND TISHA SIMERAL Jones plays a Southern folk-rock style that’s heavily influenced by the blues. He’ll be joined by Tisha Simeral on stand-up bass. Last Call 10 p.m. FREE! www.lastcallathens.com THE BURNING ANGELS Local act that plays Americana soul featuring guitar, dobro, fiddle and banjo. Little Kings Shuffle Club 10 p.m. $3. www.myspace.com/littlekingsshuffleclub GOODNIGHT PROCESS Highenergy powerpop from Portland, ME. LAMINATED CAT Local psychedelic pop band fluent in the absurd and eccentric. THE STEREO FLYS Fuzz-friendly and upbeat indie rock. The Melting Point 9 p.m. $5. www.meltingpointathens. com BO BEDINGFIELD Singer and primary songwriter for local band The Wydelles, Bo Bedingfield’s smooth, warm vocals are steeped in all the soul of country music without the twang. He’ll be swapping songs with Clay Leverett all night! CLAY LEVERETT AND FRIENDS One of this town’s finest country frontmen, Leverett has a new band featuring members of The Chasers. The Office Lounge 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-546-0840 KARAOKE Karaoke! Every Thursday with The Singing Cowboy.
Rye Bar 9 p.m. www.myspace.com/ryebarathens.com JUST PEACHY Jazz fusion jam band that draws on The Allman Brothers and Led Zeppelin. Square One Fish Co. “Full Moon Party on the Patio!” 8 p.m. FREE! www.squareonefishco.com KINKY WAIKIKI Featuring members of Kenosha Kid, Birds+Wire, Big C and the Ringers, Vigilantes of Love and Pride Parade, this group plays modern arrangements of traditional Hawaiian music, with a little Western swing thrown into the mix. Terrapin Beer Co. 5 p.m. www.terrapinbeer.com CAPIBARA Alternative rock from Atlanta.
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Friday 28 40 Watt Club 9 p.m. $10. www.40watt.com DEATH ON TWO WHEELS Blistering classic rock from Atlanta with fierce lead guitar, gravelly, soulful vocals and catchy choruses. TRUTH AND SALVAGE CO. Americana sextet featuring four songwriters and four-part harmonies that explore rock, country and alternative sounds. Alibi 9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-1010 THE BLUE FLAMES A mix of blues, Motown and rock and roll.
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Boar’s Head 9 p.m. FREE! 706-369-3040 NATHAN SHEPPARD The local acoustic guitarist-harmonicist is known for his emotive singing style and his modern reworkings of classic tunes, from Dylan and Neil Young to Van Morrison. Buffalo’s Southwest Café 8 p.m. $10. 706-354-6655 POWER PLAY Live band playing country, rock and pop from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s! Caledonia Lounge 10 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). www.caledonialounge.com GUZIK This local band fuses metal and Southern rock. NOBLE RUST Experimental Southern metal from Atlanta with sludgy, ambient leanings. SAVAGIST Athens band featuring the fine folks from punk/metal bands 300 Cobras, Hot Breath and The Dumps. Cherokee Farms “Amberland.” 8 p.m. $50–$100, www. pgroove.com PERPETUAL GROOVE AMBERLAND Local jam band Perpetual Groove hosts its annual music and arts festival. The threeday event will feature six separate sets by the band plus live music from P-Groove side project, Lazy B & the Recliners and Brockfest, a solo set featuring charismatic frontman Brock Butler. See Calendar Pick on p. 23. Club Chrome 8 p.m. 706-543-9009 TEXAS PAUL SOUTHERLAND Texan country complete with harmonica and crooning vocals.
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THE CALENDAR! Farm 255 11 p.m. FREE! www.farm255.com BIG EYED BEANS FROM VENUS These Athenians perform the music of Captain Beefheart with precision and presence, having shared the stage with members of Beefheart’s Magic Band. GIMME HENDRIX Jimi Hendrix tribute band. TIMMY TUMBLE Tim Schreiber (Dark Meat, The Lickity-Splits) howls over pre-recorded beats, literally tumbling across the floor, enraptured by his garage-rock lust. Flicker Theatre & Bar 8:30 p.m. $5. www.myspace.com/ flickerbar THE LOKSHEN KUGEL KLEZMER BAND A local seven-piece Klezmer band specializing in Jewish and Gypsy music. Accordians and fiddles and clarinets, oh my! See Calendar Pick on p. 21. Gnat’s Landing 6:30 p.m. FREE! 706-850-5858 LEAVING COUNTRIES Warm, inviting folk rock from here in Athens, featuring tender violin, aching harmonica and melodic acoustic guitars. Go Bar 9 p.m. www.myspace.com/gobar THE FUZZLERS Goof punk with a highly interactive live show. IMMUZIKATION Celebrated local DJ Alfredo Lapuz, Jr. mashes up highenergy electro and rock. Dance party follows the live music. PRIZZY PRIZZY PLEASE Sound varies between energized hardcore punk to ‘70s avant-garde/funk fusion with melodic pop. SPOKESMEN Rock band from Carbondale, IL. WOLFCHARGE Thrash! Last Call 10 p.m. FREE! www.lastcallathens.com LEVI LOWREY Rootsy folk-rock about dealin’ with the devil and the church and getting caught between the two. Lowrey comes from a family with deep roots in bluegrass, but he has a modern ear, and his live shows are as engaging as any rocker. Little Kings Shuffle Club 10 p.m. www.myspace.com/littlekingsshuffleclub MAXIMUM BUSY MUSCLE Local tech-metal trio featuring Jay Roach on guitar, Mary Joyce on drums and Kris Deason on bass. EP release show! THE NICE MACHINE Local spastic surf-punk trio.
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RORSHAK Member of local group Deaf Judges performs a solo set featuring abstract lyricism set to hardcore experimental hip-hop. New solo album out now! The Melting Point 8:30 p.m. $8 (adv.), $10 (door). www. meltingpointathens.com HIGHBALLS Dance band performing ‘70s disco and rock and roll, ‘80s classics and today’s standards. The Office Lounge 9:30 p.m. FREE! 706-546-0840 THE OLD SCHOOL OUTLAWS Good old-fashioned Southern rock. Rye Bar 9 p.m. www.myspace.com/ryebarathens VINYL VANILLA New local electronic rock duo influenced by electropop and folk. Tasty World Uptown 9 p.m. www.tastyworlduptown.com THE CASTE Danceable and jangly pop rock with a style similar to The Strokes or Wolf Parade. ROLLIN’ HOME This local group jams on originals with a Grateful Dead kind of groove and a Southern rock leaning. Terrapin Beer Co. 5 p.m. www.terrapinbeer.com BLUE BILLY GRIT Live bluegrass! Performing originals and some great covers including The Beatles, Johnny Cash, Janis Joplin and even Alanis Morissette.
the best of MJ including covers, Jackson family tunes, remixes and mash-ups. Alibi 1 Year Anniversary Party! 9 p.m. 706549-1010 DIXIE MAFIA Southern rock cover band based here in Athens. Followed by the Hogpen Afterparty! Allen’s Bar & Grill 9 p.m. FREE! www.allensbarandgrill. com AVERY DYLAN PROJECT Avery Dylan is known for his Southern, rockin’ Texas-syle blues and aggressive playing style. He’ll be playing some new material from his upcoming album Broken Down along with music from previous albums and of course your Hendrix, Clapton, etc. ATHICA 8 p.m. $6–$9 suggested donation. www.athica.org BOX DEVILS This duo presents a haunting mix of guitar and electronically textured ambiance. THE SUBLIMINATOR Combining spoken-word poetry with experimental music, Atlanta’s one-man show and motorcycle enthusiast The Subliminator backs his sometimesheavily-processed words with sounds created from AirSynths, effects pedals and loops. TUNABUNNY Experimental local act featuring hazy and warped experimental psychedelia. Dual female guitarist/vocalists are backed by synthesized percussion and a wall of noise.
VFW 7 p.m. $7. 706-543-5940 ELECTRIK EELS BAND 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.
Bishop Park 8 a.m.–12 p.m. Athens Farmers Market. FREE! www.athensfarmersmarket.net GEORGE BOGGS Member of the High Strung String Band. His set starts at 8 a.m. LERA LYNN The tender, jazzy folk voice behind Birds & Wire. (10 a.m.).
WUGA 91.7 FM 4 p.m. FREE! www.wuga.org “IT’S FRIDAY” Border Lions will perform on the local radio station’s weekly program. University Cable Channel 15 will also broadcast the show.
Boar’s Head 9 p.m. FREE! 706-369-3040 KIP JONES Many of Jones’ tunes split between the reflective acoustic territory of Harvest-era Neil Young and the country-infused rock of ‘80s-era Steve Earle.
Caledonia Lounge 10 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). www.caledonialounge.com ABANDON THE EARTH MISSION With the recent addition of Mason Brown (Jet by Day) on guitar, this quartet creates ambient and lush soundscapes, driven by vibraphone, hammered dulcimer and electronic beats.
40 Watt Club 10 p.m. $5. www.40watt.com 2ND ANNUAL MICHAEL JACKSON DANCE PARTY Dance party and tribute night to the King of Pop! There will be a costume contest and dance contest. The DJ will spin
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CREEPY These five local ladies weave haunting harmonies and vitriolic cries over lush psychedelic sounds. LEMASTER Local singer-songwriter and co-owner and producer/engineer of Chase Park Transduction studios. He has played with several bands off of the Saddle Creek label including Bright Eyes, Now It’s Overhead and Azure Ray. See story on p. 15. Cherokee Farms “Amberland.” 8 p.m. $50–$100, www. pgroove.com PERPETUAL GROOVE AMBERLAND Local jam band Perpetual Groove hosts its annual music and arts festival. The threeday event will feature six separate sets by the band plus live music from P-Groove side project, Lazy B & the Recliners and Brockfest, a solo set featuring charismatic frontman Brock Butler. Farm 255 11 p.m. FREE! www.farm255.com DJ MAHOGANY Freaky funk, sultry soul, righteous R&B and a whole lotta unexpected faves. Gnat’s Landing 6:30 p.m. FREE! 706-850-5858 TONGUE & GROOVE The acoustic quartet of Henry Williams, Don Henderson, Jason Peckham and Amy Moon plays lively covers and originals. Go Bar 10 p.m. FREE! www.myspace.com/ gobar THE AGENDA In-your-face punk rock ensemble featuring a high-energy show that’s both reckless and wildly entertaining. MATT KURZ ONE One-man rock machine Matt Kurz literally plays drums, keyboard, guitar and bass, by himself, all at the same time. Expect a mix of garage-rock stomps and bluesy crooning. TWIN POWERS AND IMMUZIKATION Joining powers for one big dance night featuring indie rock, electro, pop and more. Las Conchitas Caliente 10 p.m. Anarchy Punk Night. Donations accepted. 706-353-2500 BABY The latest side project from local musician Christopher Ingham, this pop punk band is tempered by folky influences. CLOAK AND DAGGER DATING SERVICE Local six-piece ensemble plays loud straightahead rock with dueling male/female vocals. REEKS OF FAILURE This three-piece punk band takes its cues from bands like Bad Religion, Jawbreaker, Minor Threat, The Descendents and Face to Face.
THE FACT Latino punk rock based here in Athens. Little Kings Shuffle Club 10 p.m. www.myspace.com/littlekingsshuffleclub DAFFODIL Local trio plays hardhitting, noisy rock. JUNGOL Experimental electronic rock from Atlanta that ranges from ethereal to aggressive with operatic pop vocals. See story on p. 13. MANRAY Local band of three brothers who play high-energy, “off-timed” rock and roll with “threads of improvisation.” The Office Lounge 8 p.m. FREE! 406-546-0840 THE HANDS OF TIME Featuring Charles Burgess (The Common Peoples Band) on vocals and keys, Amy Pritchett (Forward Motion) on keys and vocals, JC Plant (Blue Flame) on guitar and vocals, Kenny Brawner (The Grains of Sand) on bass, Danny Anthony (The Grains of Sand) on sax, Jeff Hammond (The Soul Pleasers) on trombone, Bill Oglesby (The Soul Pleasers) on sax and Larry Freeman (The Soul Pleasers) on drums. Tasty World Uptown 9 p.m. www.tastyworlduptown.com DUSTY LIGHTSWITCH Quirky, high-energy local band featuring blues-influenced rock punctuated by dueling trumpets. WITNESS THE APOTHEOSIS Athens-based New Wave-Industrial two piece. Heavy and rapid electronic dance beats fused with Depeche Mode-esque vocals and dark, moving cello. Terrapin Beer Co. 5 p.m. www.terrapinbeer.com ALBATROSS Local band jams out with bluesy funk and classic rockinspired originals. VFW 7 p.m. $7. 706-543-5940 MIKE WATSON A solo artist from Georgia, Mike Watson sings and plays the blues.
Sunday 30 Ben’s Bikes 9 p.m. www.bensbikesathens.com DJ KURT WOOD Spinning danceable selections from his expansive vinyl collection featuring garage, psychedelia, soul, funk, R&B and surf. DJ MAHOGANY Freaky funk, sultry soul, righteous R&B and a whole lotta unexpected faves. Joined by the Eye Gate Light Show and Whistling School for Boys will provide LCD video weirdness.
Cherokee Farms “Amberland.” 8 p.m. $50–$100, www. pgroove.com PERPETUAL GROOVE AMBERLAND Local jam band Perpetual Groove hosts its annual music and arts festival. The threeday event will feature six separate sets by the band plus live music from P-Groove side project, Lazy B & the Recliners and Brockfest, a solo set featuring charismatic frontman Brock Butler. Farm 255 10 p.m. FREE! www.farm255.com BALKANS Angular riffs and lo-fi production give this Atlanta band a sound that’s something like a dirtier, more garage-fueled version of The Walkmen. BAMBARA Local power trio has a sound that draws from both the atmospherics of bands like Slowdive and the ferocity of bands like Fugazi. GRAPE SODA Lewis brothers Ryan and Mat team up to create soulful, spaced-out pop songs buried in lush reverb. Square One Fish Co. Noon-3 p.m. FREE! www.squareonefishco.com SUNDAY JAZZ BRUNCH Rotating local jazz artists play Sunday afternoons on the patio.
Monday 31 Caledonia Lounge 7 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). www.caledonialounge.com DODD FERRELLE Former Tinfoil Stars frontman and longtime Athenian Dodd Ferrelle pours heart and soul into his sweeping, anthemic ballads and alt-country rockers. TODD MCBRIDE Former Dashboard Savior Todd McBride turns out fine roots-rock Americana that dips into straightahead pub-rocking and more rustic pieces. PET VOLCANO Local band that captures Southern themes and comingof-age experiences. Featuring Spencer Frye (vocals, guitar), Bart King (vocals, keys), Tommy Jones (bass) and Eddie Glikin (percussion). STARLITE DEVILLES New local band featuring Eric Gregory and Bear from Twain playing a mix of alternative country and powerpop. Ciné Barcafé 6 p.m. FREE! www.athenscine.com JAZZ JAM SESSION Athens jazz ensemble Sonny Got Blue hosts a standing jam session on Mondays joined by a rotating cast of regulars on various instruments.
at 10 p.m. No partner or experience required.
Alibi 9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-1010 KARAOKE Hosted by the Singing Cowboy!
The Office Lounge 9:30 p.m. FREE! 706-549-0840 KARAOKE Every Wednesday with Lynn!
Barnette’s 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-0966 OPEN MIC Bring your guitar and some tunes!
Rye Bar 9 p.m. www.myspace.com/ryebarathens GOOD DOCTOR Funk band from Auburn.
Little Kings Shuffle Club Athens Farmers Market. 4–7 p.m. FREE! www.athensfarmersmarket.net THE LOKSHEN KUGEL KLEZMER BAND A local seven-piece Klezmer band specializing in Jewish and Gypsy music. Accordians, fiddles, clarinets, oh my! Set begins at 5:30 p.m. Rye Bar 9 p.m. www.myspace.com/ryebarathens BOBBY LEE RODGERS Berklee instructor influenced by gospel, bluegrass, rock and jazz.
Wednesday 2 Alibi 9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-1010 DANCE PARTY DJ spins hip-hop and dance music for Bike Night. KARAOKE Every Wednesday along with darts and a hip-hop DJ. Barnette’s 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-0966 OPEN MIC Bring your guitar and some tunes! Caledonia Lounge 9:30 p.m. $4 (21+), $6 (18+). www. caledonialounge.com EUREKA CALIFORNIA Local indie band influenced by American indie that sounds like British indie influenced by American indie. GIRLS OWN LOVE All-female Andrew W.K. cover band featuring Marie Uhler and Elizabeth Hargrett on keys. HOT HANDS Gritty noise-pop duo with stripped down chords and energetic vocals. SUNSPOTS Bedroom psych-pop with tropical beats and airy vocals. Go Bar 10 p.m. FREE! www.myspace.com/ gobar DJS TOMAHAWK AND MURDER BITCH Last Call 9 p.m.–1 a.m. FREE! For more info contact email@example.com SPICY SALSA DANCING Lessons begin at 9 p.m. and dancing starts
Terrapin Beer Co. 5 p.m. www.terrapinbeer.com JUST PEACHY Jazz fusion jam band that draws on The Allman Brothers and Led Zeppelin for inspiration. * Advance Tickets Available
Down the Line 6/3 Adam Klein & Friends / Daniel Aaron / Moses Gunn / Nutria (40 Watt Club) 6/3 Betsy Franck (Hotel Indigo) 6/3 Carla LeFever and the Rays (Roadhouse) 6/3 Good Doctor / Just Peachy (Rye Bar) 6/3 Squish (Terrapin Beer Co.) 6/3 Francisco Vidal (The Bad Manor) 6/4 Leaving Araby / Misfortune 500 / Radiolucent / Yo Soybean (40 Watt Club) 6/4 Holman Autry Band (Boutier Winery) 6/4 The Big Don Band (Club Chrome) 6/4 Col. Bruce Hampton & The Quark Alliance / Elastic Skyline / JazzChronic (Last Call) 6/4 Bros Marler / Efren Rock (Rye Bar) 6/4 The Arcs (Tasty World Uptown) 6/4 Free Lunch Trio (Terrapin Beer Co.) 6/4 Scotty Cram Band (The Bad Manor) 6/4 Leon Russell (The Melting Point) 6/4 Power Play (VFW) 6/5 Circulatory System (40 Watt Club) 6/5 Artie Ball Swing Band / Kate Morrissey (Bishop Park) 6/5 Lifeforce (Buffalo’s Southwest Café) 6/5 Aman Amun (Ciné Barcafé) 6/5 North Georgia Bluegrass Band (Front Porch Bookstore) 6/5 Capsule Corp (Rye Bar) 6/5 Bearfoot Hookers / Nathan Beaver / Mike Killeen (Tasty World Uptown) 6/5 Smalltown Mayors (Terrapin Beer Co.) 6/5 The Tommy Talton Band (The Melting Point) 6/5 Contagious (VFW)
6/6 Live! at the Library (ACC Library) 6/7 Jazz Jam Session (Ciné Barcafé) 6/8 Ken Will Morton (Little Kings Shuffle Club) 6/9 Spicy Salsa Dancing (Last Call) 6/9 The Ride Home (Terrapin Beer Co.) 6/9 Carrie Rodriguez (The Melting Point) 6/10 Kyshona Armstrong (Hotel Indigo) 6/10 NoStar (Terrapin Beer Co.) 6/11 Broken Bells / The Morning Benders (40 Watt Club) 6/11 Discordian Society (Terrapin Beer Co.) 6/11 Sensational Sounds of Motown (The Melting Point) 6/11 Electrik Eels Band (VFW) 6/12 Carolina Chocolate Drops / Solstice Sisters (40 Watt Club) 6/12 Repent at Leisure / Solstice Sisters (Bishop Park) 6/12 Adam Payne Band / Betsy Franck & the Bareknuckle Band / Carla LeFever / Kaitlin Jones and the County Fair / Todd McBride / Chris Moore (Blind Pig Tavern) 6/12 Adam Garza / Mercury Veil / The Shrinks / Vox Inertia / Juliet Whiskey (Caledonia Lounge) 6/12 Holman Autry Band (Club Chrome) 6/12 Poncho Magic (Front Porch Bookstore) 6/12 The Jangling Sparrows (Terrapin Beer Co.) 6/12 Dare Dukes / Caroline Herring / Jim White (The Melting Point) 6/12 Time Travelers (VFW) 6/14 Isis / The Melvins / Totimoshi (40 Watt Club) 6/14 The Vinyl Strangers / Timber / William Tonks (The Melting Point) 6/15 Timber (Little Kings Shuffle Club) 6/16 Chris Cundari (Terrapin Beer Co.) 6/17 Etienne DeRocher (Hotel Indigo) 6/17 Sacred Hollow (Terrapin Beer Co.) 6/18 Otherside of Homer (Club Chrome) 6/18 Kristen Cothron (Terrapin Beer Co.) 6/18 Rack of Spam (The Melting Point) 6/19 Chris McKay & the Critical Darlings / Mitch Easter / Magnapop (40 Watt Club) 6/19 Jim and the Beanstalks / Without Pearls (Bishop Park) 6/19 Dodd Ferrelle (Front Porch Bookstore) 6/19 The Nice Machine (Terrapin Beer Co.) 6/19 The Hushpuppies (The Melting Point)
Perpetual Groove Amberland 8 LaFayette, Georgia The older I get, the more I appreciate Memorial Day. As a youth, vacation was the norm, since the body itself was a foreign land, but now, inextricably involved with Everything, I notice that adults don’t want to be uptight; it’s just a consequence of free choice. We must Perpetual Groove remember, though, that freedom is also the best giver, and Memorial Day is one of its gifts, ingeniously placed right where “spring fever” gives way to “I quit.” Leave it to Perpetual Groove’s Amberland Music Festival to be there for you, too, for the eighth time. Travel costs aside, a mere $65 (presale now at www.pgroove.com) to $100 (weekend pass at the gate on May 28) grants admission to woody foothills certain to attract the Party Fairy’s attention. Perpetual Groove will ceremoniously open memory lane Friday night by performing the band’s self-titled debut album in its entirety for the first time, approximately a decade and four titles after its release. Saturday’s fun also smacks of youthful ease: an “Anything but Clothes” event where fans are “encouraged to fashion outfits out of unconventional materials” coupled with a chili cookoff, poster signing and cornhole tournament. If you’re wondering how Sunday can top that, you won’t be disappointed by “Jersey Shore” theme day! (Sunday-only tickets are priced at $50.) Camping and RV spots are included in all ticket prices. As far as music is concerned, you can expect at least six P. Groove sets over the three-day gathering, in addition to a Sunday morning solo set by frontman Brock Butler, as well as a “Motown revue” performance by Lazy B and The Recliners. The event is billed as “part backyard barbeque, part interactive showcase… celebrat[ing] Perpetual Groove and the community that has grown around the Athens, GA-based band.” If you’re hunting surprises, this is a good place to explore. [Tony Floyd]
6/21 Athens Flute Choir Summer Concert (1800 Crescent Lane) 6/22 Lara (Little Kings Shuffle Club) 6/23 Joe McPhee / The Thing (ATHICA) 6/23 Paddy Dover (Terrapin Beer Co.) 6/24 Justin Brogdon (Hotel Indigo) 6/24 The Vinyl Strangers (Terrapin Beer Co.) 6/25 Chad Speeder / Union Broadcast (283 Bar) 6/25 ‘Powers / Cinemechanica / Pride Parade (40 Watt Club) 6/25 Boo Ray / David Dondero / Ken Will Morton Band / Packway Handle Band / Stewart & Winfield Band (AthFest Lumpkin St. Stage) 6/25 Allison Weiss & the Way She Likes It / Modern Skirts / Reptar / Spring Tigers / The Gold Party (AthFest Pulaski St. Stage)
6/25 Ginger Envelope / Lona / Night Moves Gold / The Arcs / The Shut-Ups (Caledonia Lounge) 6/25 Cars Can Be Blue / Flash to Bang Time / Titans of Filth / Tunabunny (Ciné Barcafé) 6/25 Bubbly Mommy Gin / Lord Scrummage / Man’s Trash / Quiet Hooves (Farm 255) 6/25 Efren / Hope for Agoldensummer / Major Love Event / Thayer Sarrano (Flicker Theatre & Bar) 6/25 Breathlanes / Whisperkiss (The Globe) 6/25 Creepy / Easter Island / Engineering / Immuzikation and Twin Powers / Ramone (Go Bar) 6/25 Justin Evans and the Chinatown Diaries / Moses Gunn / Timber / Working Man’s Union (Little Kings Shuffle Club)
6/25 DJ Winston Parker / LeMaster / Our New Silence / Party City (New Earth Music Hall) 6/25 The District Attorneys / Save Grand Canyon (Tasty World Uptown)
In the ATL 5/28 Harvey Milk / Black Breath / Gaza (The Masquerade) 5/29 Neil Young (Fox Theatre)* 5/29 The Psychedelic Furs / She Wants Revenge (The Masquerade) 5/30 Apocalyptica (Variety Playhouse) 6/1 Jimmy Gnecco (Vinyl)* 6/9 Neon Indian (The EARL)* * Advance Tickets Available
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ART Call for Artists The Moonlight Gypsy Market is currently seeking artists, musicians and performers for its inaugural event in August. Outsider, erotic, macabre, weird or dark art will feel at home here. email@example.com Call for Submissions The EcoFocus Film Festival is now accepting film submissions for the local fall festival celebrating environmentally concerned films. Go online for requirements. Deadlines: Aug. 1 (short films), Jul. 1 (feature-length films). www.withoutabox.com, eco focusfilmfest.org
AUDITIONS The Lion in Winter (Athens Community Theatre) Auditions for Town & Gown Players’ upcoming production of James Goldman’s The Lion in Winter. Cold readings from the script with scene partners. June 7 & 8, 7 p.m. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.townandgownplayers.org
CLASSES Adult Beginner Trapeze Workshop (Canopy Studio) Intro to aerial dance on the trapeze. Register for June/July session now! Mondays, 5:30–6:30 p.m. $135/9 weeks. 706-549-8501, www.canopy studio.com Art Journaling Workshops (Fringe Collective Artistic Studios, 159 N. Jackson St.) Now registering for the first creative expression session with Moon Mama. 4-week day and evening workshops available for adults, kids and teens. Call to
register. Begins June 3. $75 (supplies included). 706-540-2712, email@example.com “At the Heart of It” Yoga Workshop (Healing Arts Centre, Sangha Yoga Studio) Learn “How to Stand in the World” in John Hawkins’ intense weekend workshop. Call to register. June 4–6, 706-613-1143, www.theyogabehind theyoga.com Basic Computer Skills and Introduction to Computers (Oconee County Library) Registration required. Go online for list of upcoming classes. 706-769-3950, FREE! www.clarke. public.lib.ga.us/oconee.html Basket Weaving (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Learn how to construct a basket for your garden or market veggies! Cost of class includes materials. Registration required. June 23, 6:15–8:45 p.m. $48. www.uga.edu/botgarden Beginner Bellydance (Sangha Yoga Studio) Wednesdays, 7:00– 8:15 p.m. $60/6 weeks, $14/class. 706-613-1143, bellydancebody@ gmail.com Certificate in Native Plants Elective Course (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Connie Gray, a consultant in natural area restoration and management, leads a certificate course on “Non-Native Pest Plants of the Southeast.” Registration required. June 25, 8:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. $45. 706-542-6014 Clay Classes (Good Dirt) Weekly “Try Clay” class every Friday from 7–9 p.m. and “Family Try Clay” every Sunday, 2–4 p.m. ($20/person). 706-355-3161, www.gooddirt.net Computer Class (ACC Library, Educational Technology Center) Introduction to Excel. Call to register. June 17, 10–11:30 a.m. FREE! 706613-3650
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Computer Class (ACC Library) “Mouse and Keyboard Skills.” In the Educational Technology Center. Call to register. June 3, 10–11:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 Computer Classes (ACC Library, Educational Technology Center) Introduction to the internet. Call to register. June 10, 7–8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 Crafting Classes (Hobby Lobby) Now offering classes in papermaking, soapmaking, crocheting, collage/decoupage and more! Call for details. $5–$25. 478-718-5180, www.nataliebush.com Creative Kids (Blue Tin Art Studio) Help your little artist grow this spring and summer with classes in drawing, painting, printmaking and more! Call to register. 828-2750451, www.bluetinstudio.com Dance Classes (Jadespring Wellness Center, Comer) Now offering classes in Nia, a blend of dance arts, martial arts and healing arts. Fridays, 5:15–6:15 p.m. $12, 706614-6126 Dance Classes (Studio Dance Academy) Now registering for a wide range of youth and adult classes, from ballet and tap to swing and Nia. 706-354-6454, www.studio danceacademy.com Dance Classes, Martial Arts and Yoga (Floorspace) Now registering for adult and children’s classes, featuring Open Dancing, Fusion Bellydance, Creative Movement, Zumba, Nia, Martial Arts, Poi, Yoga and more! See full schedule online. www.floorspace athens.com Digital Plant Photography: Wildflowers, Gardens and Landscapes (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Led by nature photographers Hugh and Carol Nourse. Registration required.
Amanda Crouse’s figurative sculptures are on display at the Visionary Growth Gallery through June 27. June 12, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. $45. 706-542-6014, www.uga.edu/ botgarden Drum Making Workshop (Email for Location) Make a drum covered in elk hide and learn some traditional stories of the drum from instructor Michael Red Turtle in this fundraising workshop for Athens Pagan Pride Day. Deposit required by June 7. June 27, $160. http:// sites.google.com/site/athenspagan prideday/fundraisers “Entrepeneurs’ Biggest Mistakes” (ACC Library) Anne-Marie Johnson of the Small Business Development Center breaks down the top 10 mistakes people make when starting a business. June 17, 12–1:30 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 GED Classes (Athens Urban Ministries) Get your GED for free, free, free! Wednesdays, 9:30–11:30 a.m., Thursdays, 1:30–3:30 p.m. FREE! 706-353-6647. Genealogy on the Internet (ACC Library) A brief intro to Internet resources for genealogy. Databases in Galileo will be introduced. Registration required. June 17, 6–8:45 p.m. FREE! 706613-3650 Gentle Pilates/Yoga (Sangha Yoga Studio) A therapeutic mind/ body workout to help create balance and wellness. Mondays & Wednesdays, 706-613-1143 Gentle Yoga for Seniors (Council on Aging) Regain flexibility, stamina and muscle tone with gentle stretches and breathing techniques. Tuesdays, 8–9:15 a.m. Wednesdays, 3–4:15 p.m. Fridays, 10–11 a.m. FREE! 706-548-3910 Line Dancing for Seniors (Council on Aging, Harris Room) Keep your health in line and have fun at the same time! Tuesdays, 4–5 p.m. $5/class. 706-549-4850 Meditative Yoga (YWCO) Easy meditative yoga for every body. Mondays and Thursdays, noon; Wednesdays, 7 p.m. FREE! (members) $7 (non-members). 706-3547880, www.iriseabove.com Mind Your Muscles (Council on Aging) Bring your muscles into focus with a combination of tai chi, yoga and Pilates! Fridays, 3–4 p.m. $5/class. 706-549-4850 Money Matters (ACC Library) Money Matters coordinator Teri Hanna will share some helpful tips for budgeting, maintaining a checking account and improving your credit score in this program sponsored by Smart Investing @
Your Library. June 17, 7 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 Nature Dojo (Greenway) Nurture your original animal intelligence and “re-wild” your body and mind through fun exercises in nature. Meet at Greenway parking lot behind Mama’s Boy. For ages 18 & up. Tuesdays–Thursdays, 5:30–7 p.m. $10/drop-in, $40/month. www.wild intelligence.org Outdoor Fitness Boot Camps (Various Locations) Now registering men and women of all fitness levels for weekday morning and evening programs. Learn more and register online! www.wowbootcamp.net Prenatal Yoga (Full Bloom Center) Get ready for birth and beyond. Thursdays, 5:30 p.m., Saturdays, 12:30 p.m. $14/class or $60/6 classes. 706-353-3373, www. fullbloomparent.com 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 Rose of Athens Theatre Academy Classes (SeneyStovall Chapel) Improvisation, movement and beginning acting classes for grades 3–12. June 7–11 & 14–18, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. 706340-9181, firstname.lastname@example.org Social Media for Your Business (Athens Technical College) Learn how to use Facebook and Twitter to market your business. June 14, 6–7 p.m. $10. 706-3695871 Solar Water Heating Installer Certification (Call for location, Newton Bridge Rd.) Full day of instruction on how to install the Power Partners Solar Water Heating System. Includes a hands-on mock system installation. Lunch provided. May 27, $450. 706-369-7938, www.complete resources.net Summer Tree Identification (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Learn the basics of identifying common (yet extraordinary!) trees of the Georgia Piedmont. June 19, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. $45. 706-5426014, www.uga.edu/botgarden 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 martialarts.com Tai Chi for Seniors (Council on Aging) Increase strength and balance at your own pace! Every
Tuesday. 2–3 p.m. $15/semester. 706-549-4850 Tai Chi in the Park on Talmadge Drive (Mind Body Institute, Athens Regional Medical Center) Offering Tai Chi instruction. Call ahead to reserve a spot. Saturdays, 9:30–10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-475-7329, mbiprograms@ armc.org Tech Tips: Craigslist (ACC Library) Look for a job, rehome your finches, arrange a carpool or find that missing person–all on Craigslist. June 22, 12:15 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 “Who’s in Charge at Your House?” (Athens Technical College) Brenda Murphy, a certified Nurtured Heart Approach specialist, teaches strategies for managing the most difficult of children, in your home or in the classroom. Call to register. June 4, 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. $59 (includes lunch). 706-369-5763 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. www.wellnesscooperative.com Yoga Classes (Five Points Yoga) Classes in Mama-Baby Yoga, Prenatal Yoga and Forrest Yoga. Full schedule online. $10–$14/class. 706-355-3114, www.athensfive pointsyoga.com Yoga Classes (Bliss Yoga, Watkinsville) Now offering classes and workshops in Kundalini Yoga, Integral Hatha Yoga, Nia Movement and more. See complete schedule online. 706-310-0015, www.bliss yoga.me Yoga for Moms (Bliss Yoga) Whether you’re prenatal, postnatal or looking to reconnect with your child, Bliss has you covered. Go online for full schedule. 706-310-0015, www. blissyoga.me Yoga for Teens (Floorspace) Build strength and flexibility, improve your posture and coordination and reduce daily stess! Mondays, 5–6 p.m. $12/class, 706-424-9873, www.thebodyeclectic.net 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, www.armc.org/mbi Zen Meditation and Book Discussion (Email for Location) For both new and experienced meditators. Reading Cheri Huber’s The Key. Meets every Monday. 7:15 p.m.
FREE! 706-714-1202, email@example.com, thezencenter. livingcompassion.org Zumba (Dancefx) Your first class is free! Wednesdays, 6:30–7:30 p.m. www.dancefx.org
HELP OUT! 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@ athensbgca.com, www.fflife.net Bike Recycling Program (BikeAthens) 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. www.bikeathens.com Blood Drive (Red Cross Donor Center) Give the gift of life! Call to make an appointment today. 706546-0681, 1-800-GIVE-LIFE Cameras for Peru (Email for Location) Consider donating your old digital camera to children in a Peruvian orphanage! 706-254-9061, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.venperu.org Free IT Athens (Free IT Athens, 594 Oconee St.) Donate your old laptop or desktop to be refurbished and supplied to low-income members of the community. Now accepting computers with Pentium III or better processors. Drop off on Sundays from 1–5 p.m. or
Wednesdays from 6–8 p.m. at the Action, Inc. building. 706-621-6157, email@example.com National Trails Day Work Day (Sandy Creek Park) Hike to the halfway point along Cook’s Trail and back, while clearing invasive plant species and completing basic maintenance. Call to register. June 5, 8:30–11 a.m. 706-613-3615 Volunteer Gallery Sitters (ATHICA) ATHICA needs gallery sitters now through mid-summer. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to start. Vote for Avid Bookshop Help bring an indie bookstore to Athens! Once a day throughout May, vote to get Avid Bookshop a $50,000 grant. www.refresheverything.com/ avidforathens, http://imanavidreader. blogspot.com
KIDSTUFF ACC Summer Camps (Various Locations) Registration for Athens Creative Theatre Camp, Sandy Creek Teen Camp, Teens in Tennis Camps and more continues! Call or go online for more information. 706-6133625, www.accleisureservices.com Babies & Beasties Series (Sandy Creek Nature Center) Help your toddler discover nature. Ages 18 months–2 years, with adult. Registration required. Thursdays, 10 a.m. $7. 706-613-3615 Bloom Healthy Day Camp (St. Mary’s Wellness Center) Girls struggling with weight or self-esteem
ART AROUND TOWN ACC Library (2025 Baxter St., Top of the Stairs Gallery) Featuring work by students in UGA’s Lamar Dodd School of Art. Through June. Paintings by Gail Vogels. Through May. Anchor Gallery (660 W. Broad St.) “Live Free or Drive,” a bike-themed group show featuring prints, drawings and paintings by local artists and bike enthusiasts. Through June 1. Athens Academy (1281 Spartan Ln., Myers Gallery) “Apophatic Paintings,” an exhibit featuring paintings by Judy McWillie. Through May 28. ATHICA (160 Tracy St.) “Deluge,” a timely exploration of our relationship to floods and the often tragic aftermath, features paintings, photography, embroidery and sculpture to address concerns about global warming, land use issues and the social impact of floods. Through May 30. Aurum Studio (125 E. Clayton St.) Paintings by Bill Paul and jewelry designed by Susan N. Blake. Through May 30. Big City Bread Cafe (393 N. Finley St.) Photography by Kathy Berry. Through May. Espresso Royale Caffe (234 W. Hancock Ave.) “Ectoplasmic Residue,” featuring Ghostbustersinspired works from Ghostbusters-inspired artists. Through May. Flicker Theatre & Bar (263 W. Washington St.) Featuring artwork by local musician and visual artist Mike Dwyer. Through May. Good Dirt (510 N. Thomas St.) An exhibit featuring the work of emerging clay artists Todd Runkle, Julie Green, Carrie and Gabe Sealey-Morris and Eduardo de la Torre. Through May. The Grit (199 Prince Ave.) Paintings by Matt Blanks. Through June 13. Healing Arts Centre (834 Prince Ave.) Unique art quilts by Sarah Hubbard. Through May. Jittery Joe’s Coffee (Five Points) “Athens Above,” an exhibit featuring René Shoemaker’s textile paintings on silk of the Classic City’s skyline. Through June. Krimson Kafe (40 Greensboro Hwy., Watkinsville) “Old McDonald’s Farm,” a collection of paintings by Perry McCrackin. Through July. Last Resort Grill (184 W. Clayton St.) “As I Went Out One Morning,” a photography exhibit featuring vividly colored landscapes and curious portraiture by Andrew Graham. Through June 1. Lumpkin Cafe (1700 S. Lumpkin St.) “Coast to Coast,” an exhibit featuring handmade jewelry and recent paintings from artist Ann Hamlin’s travels to Florida and California. Through May.
issues may benefit from this 6-week program focusing on basic health and nutrition and daily structured exercise. For girls ages 10–14. $150. 706-540-5325, deedeegaines @gmail.com 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. girlsrockathens.org Henna Workshop (ACC Library) Learn how to apply temporary henna body art. Ages 11–18. Parents are encouraged to attend with their teen. Call to register. June 3, 2–3:30 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 Kids Summer Day Camp (Silverthorn Farm) Register your junior equestrian for week-long sessions at this day camp just outside of Athens. 8 a.m.–1 p.m. $300/week. 706-548-8561, www.silverthorn farm.com Movie Making Workshop (ACC Library) Get inspired at this 4-day workshop on scriptwriting, costuming, lighting, acting, directing, editing and more. Ages 11–18. Call to register. June 8–11, 2–3:30 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 New Moon Summer Adventure Camps (Various Locations) Now accepting registration for summer camp that travels to different state parks and natural
Madison County Library (1315 Hwy. 98 W., Danielsville) Porcelain vases and paintings share a flower motif in this exhibit featuring works by Sally Hollifield. Through May. Madison-Morgan Cultural Center (434 S. Main St.) “Gary Hudson: A Memorial Retrospective,” an exhibit celebrating the life and work of the Abstract Expressionist painter. Through July 9. Mama’s Boy (197 Oak St.) Paintings by Brian Brooks. Through May. Mercury Art Works (Hotel Indigo, 500 College Ave.) Vibrant figurative oil paintings by John Ahee. Through May. Monroe Art Guild (205 S. Broad St., Monroe) Silk paintings of historic Monroe by René Shoemaker. Through May. Multi-Modal Transportation Center (325 Pound St.) Collages by Erin K. Meredith. Through June. Oconee County Library (1080 Experiment Station Rd., Watkinsville) Oil paintings by Doug Mattox. Through May. Red Eye Coffee (297 Prince Ave.) New paintings by Terry Rowlett. Through May 28. Speakeasy (269 E. Broad St.) Paintings by Will Eskridge. Through June. State Botanical Garden of Georgia (2450 Milledge Ave.) “Linda Fraser Returns to the Garden,” an exhibit featuring watercolors by Linda Fraser. Through May. “Spirit of the Land” features work by local artists. The exhibit and affiliated events are meant to increase awareness about shrinking green space. All work is for sale and benefits the Athens Land Trust and the Oconee River Land Trust. Through June 26. Gala Reception June 26. Transmetropolitan (145 E. Clayton St.) Work by Pain and Wonder’s Graham Bradford. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens (780 Timothy Rd.) An exhibit featuring Margaret Agner’s silk paintings on banners. Through May. Visionary Growth Gallery (2400 Booger Hill Rd., Danielsville) “The Mother Show III: Art on the Theme of Motherhood,” featuring work by dozens of artists including Ruth Allen, Lucy Calhoun, Jeremy Hughes, Jasey Jones, Cindy Jerrell, Peter Loose, Robert Lowery, Annie Wellborn and C. Keen Zero. Through June 27. Walker’s Coffee & Pub (128 College Ave.) “This Is What Music Looks Like,” featuring new works by Danielle Tobin. Through May. White Tiger Gourmet Food & Chocolates (217 Hiawasee Ave.) “New Landscapes,” paintings by Mary Porter. Through May.
areas daily. Activities include hiking, swimming, boating and more. Fee includes all activities and travel expenses. For ages 6–12. June 14–18, 21–25 & July 12–16, 19–23, 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. $150/week. 706338-2892, newmoonpreschool@ gmail.com Summer Academy at UGA (UGA Campus) UGA Center for Continuing Education is now registering for its week-long summer programs for ages 11–17. This year’s offerings include Aviation, Dance, Bugs and Plants, CSI, Comic Book Art, Graphic Design, Film School, Mini Medical School and more. $199– $349. 706-542-3537, www.georgia center.uga.edu/summeracademy Summer Art Camp (Good Dirt) Limited space available in kids’ clay classes. Ages 4–6, 7–10, and 11 & up. Schedule and registration forms online. 706-355-3161, www. gooddirt.net Summer Reading Program (ACC Library) Stop by to pick up your reading log and a list of summer events. For readers 18 and under. FREE! 706-613-3650 Swim School (Bishop Park) Now registering for lessons for levels I–V taught by an American Red Cross Certified Water Safety Instructor. Pre-school and parent/tot classes also offered. Through July 23, $33. 706-613-3589 Teen Bowling Nights (Rocksprings Neighborhood Center) Gather your friends and head to the alley! ACC Leisure Services Teen Programs now hosts bowling nights through May for teens ages 13–15. Call to register. May 28, 706-6133603, www.accleisureservices.com Teen Night Live (Various Locations) Register your teen for a summer of field trips, music, dancing and fun in a safe environment! For ages 11–14. June 1–24, July 6–29, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6–9 p.m. $10. 706-613-3871, www.acc leisureservices.com Thursday Theater for Teens (Oconee County Library) Enjoy popcorn and drinks as you watch popular movies on the big screen. Thursdays through July, 6–8 p.m. FREE! 706-769-3950 Waseca School Biome Camp (Waseca Learning Environment) Campers explore the forest and learn about sustainability through art projects, community building and gardening. Discounts available. June–July, 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. $140–$170/week. 706-5434473, wasecaschool.org Yoga Sprouts (Full Bloom Center) Now registering. Learn fun, playful yoga poses and breathing exercises while enhancing relaxation and confidence. For kids ages 2–6. Wednesdays, 3:30–4:30 p.m. $14/ drop-in, $60/6 classes. 706-3721757, www.yogasprouts.com Youth Summer Art Camps (Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation) Now registering for sessions beginning in June. Children will explore a wide range of art media in each session. This year’s theme is “Georgia Wildlife,” and the children’s work will be showcased in the members’ gallery in July. Schedule online. 706-769-4565, www.ocaf.com.
SUPPORT Alzheimer’s Caregiver Luncheon Program (Bentley Center) The Athens Area Alzheimer’s Support Group meets the third Tuesday of every month. Registration required and care will be provided for your loved one free of charge. Noon–1 p.m. FREE! Eve Anthony, 706-549-4850
Athens Mothers’ Center (St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church) Meet with other supportive moms and dads. Tuesdays & Fridays, 9:30–11:30 a.m. 706-552-8554, www.athensga.mothercenter.org 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. Emotional Abuse Support Group (Call for location) Demeaning behavior 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. Grief Support Group (Council on Aging) Meeting every third Thursday each month. 2–3:30 p.m. FREE! 706-549-4850 Mental Health Support Group (St. Mary’s Hospital) Meets in the lobby conference room. Thursdays, 6:30–8 p.m. 706-7835706, www.athensmentalhealth.org 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) 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 Parkinson’s Support Group (Council on Aging) Meet up every fourth Monday for an open support group for those living with Parkinson’s Disease. 2:30–4 p.m. FREE! 706-549-4850
ON THE STREET AAHS Pet Care Clinic (Pet Supplies Plus) Services include one-year rabies vaccinations for $5, three-year vaccinations for $10, microchips for $25, flea/tick treatments for $10 and nail trims for $5. Proceeds benefit Athens Area Humane Society. June 5, 1–4 p.m. www.athenshumanesociety.com/ pet_care_clinics.php Adult Kickball Now registering for the summer season! Create your own team or join as a free agent. Games are played Sundays in local parks. For ages 21 and up. Register by June 5. Season begins June 20. $49/season. www.gokickball.com Dancing with the Athens Stars “People’s Choice” Nominations (Project Safe) Project Safe is accepting nominations for the 2011 edition of its signature fundraising event. Submissions should include an explanation for why the person would make a great addition to the line-up. Self-nominations also accepted. Emailed submissions must be received by June 7. prittiejoan19@ gmail.com, P.O. Box 7532, Athens, GA, 30604 Live from the Classic City (Email for Location) Get your music spread locally and around the world when you record at the studio! Sign up online. 706-850-1755, www. classiccityarts.com/live Rent-A-Club Fundraiser Students working with Habitat for Humanity building houses in New Orleans this summer are accepting bids to complete basic chores and services to help raise money for the project. Email email@example.com to set up an appointment. f
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FLAGPOLE.COM ∙ MAY 26, 2010
Matters Of The Heart And Loins
I have a friend who is an artist. She has taken some classes and she makes pottery, and recently has been trying to figure out how to make a living at it. Meanwhile, she is constantly stealing music and movies off of the Internet. I try to tell her that it’s bad karma for her to steal from other artists. She said, “Well, nobody’s paying me for my creativity.” I think this is bullshit. What do you think? Anonymous Artist Friend I’m with you, AAF. But I think I may be one of the last people on Earth who thinks that stealing music off of the Internet is actually stealing. The problem is that it has become so prevalent that nobody even feels bad about it anymore. Also, like watching “Lost” or reading Ayn Rand, it is something you can do in the privacy of your own home, and nobody ever has to know. You can talk to her about her hypocrisy if you feel very strongly about it, but it probably isn’t a battle you are going to win. So, I am new to town, having moved here to be with a girl who has lived here for several years (went to college and stayed on). She has a history with people in town, and I am working with a clean slate. In going out by myself I have met a few people who are cool to me, but I later found out are not nice to her/have bad blood with her. In particular there is a small group of girls who have been friendly to me that definitely do not like my girlfriend for petty shit that happened in the past. They have friended me on Facebook, and whenever I am out alone they are nice to me and we talk. But if I am with my girlfriend they more or less ignore us both, and it is a little awkward. My girlfriend is pissed that these girls are so nice to me and rude to her, and she resents it that I have been friendly back. I am just trying to make friends in a new town and don’t want to alienate anyone, but she feels like I am being disloyal with this particular group of girls. To make matters worse, one of them has started dating a guy I hang with as well. What is the best way to handle this? You should just ask your new “friend” what the hell is up. If she can’t be nice to your girlfriend, then she can’t be nice. It would be different if there was more than a petty reason for it, and it is entirely possible that this friend of yours sees things differently than your girlfriend. In any case, they are clearly not adult enough to deal with it, and since you are the completely neutral party, you are the only one who can fix it. Tell your new friends that you like them well enough but that the bad blood is making things difficult for you. Ask if they won’t consider trying to bury the proverbial hatchet for your sake. If they won’t, then you should probably find new friends, because you obviously like your girlfriend enough to move just to be with her.
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If they will, then you have to get your girlfriend on board as well. I am sure since you moved to be with her that she will want to make things as easy for you as possible, right? So, hopefully, it will be easy to smooth over. But make no mistake about it; if they can’t settle this shit, you are going to have to make a choice.
I thought that I had a romantic conundrum. But, as I wrote it down in words and proofread it to myself it became more and more apparent that this guy—let’s call him Jim—just isn’t interested in me—now, yet or ever. Also, I should stop watching Twilight OnDemand. Thank you for hosting your advice column and for honoring our sad testimonials with responses. Yours Truly, Whoever Invented Facebook Chat Should Die Alone
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I have just about had it with men. I was just on another date (Internet dating—it’s ohso-fun, you know). Another second date, to be more precise, and I got this line: “It’s just… well, I am still in love with my ex.” What the hell is going on here? Why do people sign up for a dating service if they aren’t ready to date? Am I insane? Is there a way to see these guys coming? I don’t think I can handle another situation like this. I swear it all seems like it is going well, and then BOOM. The ex. I am going to lose it soon if it doesn’t stop. Help! Anonymous Blonde Two things spring to mind here, AB: one, you should probably get The Ex Question out of the way on the first date. Find out when and why they broke up, and whether or not they are still in contact, and then proceed accordingly. Like, run away unless it was at least six months ago and there has been no contact, or unless he broke up with her. The other thing is that maybe— just maybe—you are not good on second dates? I mean, is there a pattern here? A piece of information you let out, a bar you’re taking them to, a bathroom you maybe need to clean… I don’t know… are you drinking too much? Are you a terrible kisser? I’m just sayin’. There is a definite pattern here, and it is possible that rather than assuming that these guys are all the same, you might find a different common thread?
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Real Estate Apartments for Rent $450-$470/mo. 1 extra lg. BR, walk–in closet, lg. LR, 650 sq. ft. Some apts. w/ HWflrs. 18–unit complex off Milledge. On–site laundry facilities. (706) 764-6854 or (706) 207-9902. $595/mo. All utils incl. 2BR/1BA. Air conditioning, W/D, porch swing, at bus stop, low dep. 116 Whitehead Rd. 1.5 mi from Dwntn. (706 ) 714-1100. 1BR/1BA in 5 Pts. Close to campus. Off–street parking. Quiet & safe. $450/mo. incl. water, garbage, pest. Avail. late July or Aug 1st. (706) 546-4305. 1BR/1BA. All electric. Nice apt. Water provided. On busline. Single preferred. Avail. now! (706) 543-4271. 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 remodeled. All utils. incl. W/D service avail. On bus line, close to campus. $495-525/mo. (706) 424-0770, (706) 540-3595. 2BR/1BA & 1BR/1BA apts. Great in–town n’hood. Walk everywhere. Water & garbage paid. $490–$695/mo. Check o u t b o u l e v a r d p r o p e r t y management.com or call (706) 548-9797. 2BR/2.5BA. $375/ BR. 3BR/3BA $350/ BR. 4BR/4BA $285/ BR. Towhomes & Flats for rent near S. Lumpkin & S. Milledge. HWflrs, private BAs, DW, W/D, micros, pet friendly. Call about our leasing specials! Go to www.riveroaksathens.com or (706) 543-1910. 2BR/1BA Apts avail. 125 Honeysuckle Lane off Broad St. across from King Ave. On busline. GRFA welcomed. Water & trash incl. Central, private, secluded, park-like location. Lease, deposit, references req’d. $450/mo. (706) 227-6000 or (706) 461-2349.
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2BR/1BA renovated apts walking distance to Mama’s Boy & Dwntn! Avail. 8/1. Only$550-600/mo. incl. water/trash. 225 China St. Small/quiet complex, perfect for grad students. No dogs. Laundry on premises. Call Chris (706) 202-5156 or chris @petersonproperties.org. 205 Little Street. 2BR/1BA. Water, gas, power incl. Near Dwntn. $550/mo. Call Joiner Management (706) 353-6868. 2BR/2BA. BR’s w/ full priv. BA. Walk–in closets. W/D hookups. Rent starting at $525/mo. Water & trash incl. Sm. pets allowed. (706) 245-8435 or cell (706) 498-6013 or go to www. hendrixapartments.com. 2BR/2BA Harris Place Apts. Close to Dwntn & bus stop. Incl. DW & W/D! Avail. August $650/mo. Call (706) 546-6900 or visit www. ValerioProperties.com. Ask about $100 signing bonus! Located off S. Lumpkin, on Sleepy Creek Dr., near 5 Pts. 1 yr. old carpet, tile & paint. 2BR/2BA w/ FP, storage & backyd. Sm. pets OK. $725/mo. Call (404) 281-6273.
Cute, sunny, 1st flr. apt. in home. 850 sq. ft., W/D, fireplace, recently renovated, private entrance, lg. fenced yd. Pets OK. $725/mo. incl. utils + Internet. Share home w/ UGA professor & artist. Can swap babysitting for reduced rent. (706) 227-0824. Downtown Apartments. 4BR/2BA. Fully updated. New kitchen. W/D, Deck. Won’t last long, rents fast! Call Stacy at (706) 425-4048. Downtown Apartment. 1BR/1BA. Clayton St. above Helix. $575/mo. Won't last so call Stacy today! (706) 425-4048 or (706) 296-1863. Downtown 1BR/1BA Flat. $465/mo. Water, gas, trash p/u incl., fitness room, on–site laundry. Text “Columns” to 41513. www.joinermanagement. com. Joiner Management (706) 353-6868. 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.
Best deal in town! El Dorado 2BR/1BA & studio apts. in N o r m a l t o w n . F r e e w a t e r, gas, basic cable & wireless Internet. W/D in 2BR units. Dog runs. $420–$675/mo. Joiner & Associates (706) 549-7371, www.gojoiner.com.
Ideal 5 Pts. location. 1BR/1BA. Heat, H/C water, trash service incl. $780/mo. Avail. now, preleasing Fall. 1660 S. Lumpkin St. Visit www.stilesproperties.com. Stiles Properties (706) 549-9600.
Blvd & Normaltown. 1BRs from $605-$750/mo. Avail. June & Aug. Call (706) 546-6900 or visit www.ValerioProperties.com.
Quiet duplex apt. 1BR/1BA Eastside. Lg. priv. lot. Convenient location. Ideal for grad student. $375/mo. (770) 725-2758. Spacious. Bright 2BR/1BA. Quiet Five Points n’hood. 2 blocks from Milledge. $695/ mo. incl. water & W/D. Avail. Aug. 310 Stanton Way. Owner/ Broker Herbert Bond Realty & Investment (706) 224-8002.
Watkinsville. Completely furnished. $700/mo. incl. utils.. 1400 sq. ft. 1BR/1BA daylight basement apt. Overlooks lake, Dish TV, VCR, business size desk, carpet, new kitchen, private entrance, quiet n’hood. No pets, no smokers. See to appreciate! Evening (706) 7696208, Day (706) 338-7727. Westside condos. 2BR/2BA, $600/mo. Eastside quadraplex 2BR/2BA, $525/mo. 2BR/1BA, $490/mo. Eastside duplex 2BR/1BA, FP, $490/mo.3BR/2BA, FP, $650/ mo., corner lot. Call McWaters Realty, (706) 549-3222, (706) 353-2700 or cell (706) 540-1529.
Commercial Property Athens Executive Suites.Offices avail. in historic Dwntn bldg. w/ on–site parking. All utils., Internet, & janitorial incl. Single or multiple offices avail. Call Stacy (706) 425-4048 or (706) 296-1863. E a s t s i d e O ff i c e s 1060 Gaines School Rd. Rent: 1200 sq. ft. $1200/mo. 450 sq. ft. $600/mo. 170 sq. ft. $375/ mo. (706) 546-1615 or www. athenstownproperties.com. 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 Studio. Historic Blvd area artist community. 160 Tracy St. Rent: 300 sq. ft. $150/mo. 400 sq. ft. $200/ mo. (706) 546-1615 or www. athenstownproperties.com. Retail Suites for lease at Homewood Village. 1K–12,500 sq. ft. avail. For more info call Bryan Austin at (706) 353-1039 or visit www. sumnerproperties.net.
Condos for Rent
2BR/2.5BA. Windaway To w n h o m e s , B a r n e t t Shoals Rd., DW, W/D, HWflrs., CHAC. $550/mo. or $650/mo. renovated. Call (714) 270-8281. 2–3BR/2BA. 370 South Pope St. Near Baxter. All appls. $780/ mo. Close to campus & Dwntn. Avail. 8/1. Pet friendly. Call (478) 609-1303. 3BR condo for rent. Woodlands. $400/BR. Avail. 8/1/10. Call Eddie at (706) 354-1212. Brand new townhome, 3BR/2.5BA. Beautiful. Avail. immediately. HWflrs., vaulted ceilings, pool. $950/mo. Dep. neg. Call Paul at (706) 540-7005.
The Woodlands of Athens, 3 Lg. BR, 3 private BA. All appls incl. W/D. Excellent condition. Unbelievable amenities! Gated, safe, close to campus. Avail. 8/1. Owner/Agent, call Robin (770) 265-6509 or email email@example.com.
Duplexes For Rent $650/mo., blocks from UGA & Dwntn, 2 Lg. BR/1BA. 167 A Elizabeth St. W/D, fireplace, storage, rent incl. water & garbage. Avail. 8/1. Owner/ Agent, call Robin (770) 2656509 or email at robintdubois@ gmail.com. $750/mo. 4BR/3 Full BA. 10 min. to UGA. 137 Westchester Circle. All appls incl. W/D, excellent condition. New carpet & paint. Lg. lv. rm., sec. system. Avail. 6/1. Owner/ Agent, call Robin (779) 2656509 or email at robintdubois@ gmail.com. 2BR Duplexes in 5 Pts on Hampton Ct. & Highland Ave. $695/mo. Avail. Aug. Call (706) 546-6900 or visit www. ValerioProperties.com. 2BR/1.5BA duplexes in S l e e p y H o l l o w. F e n c e d y a r d s , W / D , D W , F P, lawn maintenance, pest control. Some pets OK. Close to UGA, 5 Pts & Memorial Park. $700/mo. Call April for appt. (706) 5 4 9 - 5 0 0 6 , w w w. A t h e n s CondoSales.com. 2BR/1BA. $650/mo., Milledge Court #18/#20, Avail. Aug. Great 5 Pts. duplex, tile BA, HWflrs., great location! Visit boulevardproper ty m a n a g e m e n t . c o m . Call today (706) 548-9797. Avail. 8/1. 2BR duplex on quiet wooded lot. Eastside. CHAC. Pets upon approval. $445/mo. 10–12 month lease available. Tom (404) 314-1177. Boulevard Area Duplex. 672 1/2 Barber St. 2BR/1BA. Recently remodeled. Super energy efficient. Total electric. W/D, DW, small fenced yard. Some pets OK. Avail. July. $650/mo. Lease deposit. References req’d. Call (706) 227-6000. Let us welcome you home! Central location, shopping. $675/mo. Avail. now! 2BR/1BA. 510 & 512 Sunset Dr. Lawn maintenance incl. Visit www. stilesproperties.com. Stiles Properties (706) 549-9600. Quiet 5 Points Location!! 2BR/1BA, hdwd floors, CHAC, washer/dryer included. $675 Call (706) 546-6900 or visit w w w. Va l e r i o Properties.com
Upscale Westside Rentals. 2BR/2.5BA, duplex on Jennings Mill Rd. $700/mo. 2BR/2.5BA, condo on Huntington Rd w/ HWflrs., new carpet, sunroom, fireplace, only $725/mo. Both units avail. immediately. Call Barbara Loyd, Owner/Agent at (706) 540-4111.
Houses for Rent $845/mo. All utils incl. 2BR/3BA, W/D, DW, CHAC, deck, quiet cottage. 1672 1/2 S. Milledge Ave. 2 blocks to 5 Pts. Low deposit. (706) 714-1100. $660/mo. 3BR/1BA. 121 E. Carver Dr. 1.5 mi. from UGA Arch. Fenced–in yd. HW & tile flrs., CHAC, W/D hookups, DW, micro. Pets welcome. Avail. 5/1. Call (706) 614-8335. $650/mo. Blocks from UGA campus, 2BR/1BA, Tall Ceilings, HWflrs., Very Lg. BRs, W/D, Sm. Fenced–In Yd. Avail. Now. 145 Elizabeth St. Owner/Agent, Call Robin Dubois (770) 265-6509. $1250/mo. Historic Blvd n’hood. Very nice updated 3BR. CHAC, W/D, DW, fridge. Huge screened front porch. Walk/bike to UGA campus. Busline. Incl. lawn & cleaning service. Avail. July 1st. (706) 255-0488 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. $650/mo. Blocks from UGA & Downtown, 2BR/1BA. 12’ ceilings, HWflrs, W/D, incl. lawn maint., Avail. 8/1, 189 Elizabeth St., Owner/Agent, Call Robin (770) 265-6509 or email at email@example.com. $375/mo. Blocks from UGA & Downtown, 1BR/1BA., Bungalow, W/D, front porch, Avail. 8/1. 225 Elizabeth St., Owner/Agent, Call Robin (770) 265-6509 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
145 Woodcrest Drive and 245 Robinhood Court. Both in Forest Heights subdivision. 3BR. Avail. 8/1. CHAC. Fenced yds. Pets OK. No pet fees! $845 & $875/mo. (706) 372-6813. 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 Woody Drive. Newly renovated duplexes, beautifully landscaped, quiet dead–in street, perfect for everyone. Timothy school zone & close to every shopping need. 316 & the loop. $680/mo. (706) 5489797 or boulevardproperty management.com. 2, 3, 4BR houses. 5 Pts. close to campus & other areas. Check out our website at www. athenslease.com, or call (706) 410-6122. 2BR/1BA, 1600 sq. ft. home. Fur nished or unfur nished. 6 ft. privacy fence, recently remodeled HWflrs., granite countertops. $580/mo. + utils. No setup fee! Call (706) 207-9429. 3BR/2.5BA Eastside. Beautiful wooded lot, rocking chair front porch, shady fenced backyd. Many upgrades throughout, lots space. $139,000 or $1100/mo. (706) 207-1166 or email@example.com or http:/180bentwood.weebly.com. 3BR/2.5BA house. CHAC, W/D. $1050/mo. (706) 769-4155.
3BR/2.5BA townhouse on Milledge. Best value on 3BR in town! Pool, sand volleyball, basketball. W/D & all appls incl. On busline. Any lease signed before 6/15/10 gets 1st mo. free! (678) 462-0824.
140 and 250 Janice Drive. Avail. June 1st & Aug. 1st. HWflrs. CHAC, fenced yds. Pets OK. No pet fees! $795/mo. (706) 254-2569
3BR/1BA located in Historic Blvd. area/walking distance to campus. High ceilings, fenced yd., HVAC, W/D, etc. $1100/mo. Avail Aug. Call (706) 254-1273.
1331 Dowdy Rd. 3-6BR/2BA. $1200–$1400/mo. 100 yr old farmhouse located ½ mile from civilization. High ceilings, HWflrs., & good dogs welcome. A spacious house w/ 2 lg. porches located close to great schools & all of your shopping needs in a serene setting, which is great for family friends & nature lovers, or anyone else who is looking for a great house to live for the upcoming year!Avail. 8/1. Pls. call (706) 548-9797 boulevard propertymanagement.com.
340 Barber Street. The only one like it. This is the best 3BR/2BA in town. This 2–story newly renovated house has beautiful skylights in the 25 ft. high living room ceiling w/ exposed brick give the house an urban feel. 340 Barber St. is in walking distance to campus & Dwntn. $1600/mo. (706) 5489797 boulevardp roper ty management.com.
135 Glencrest. $900/mo. 3BR/2BA. Great traditional house w/ a beautifully landscaped yd.!Call today( 7 0 6 ) 5 4 8 9797 boulevardp roperty management.com. 1200 sq. ft. house in Oglethorpe Co. $600/dep. + $600/mo. No smoking. Pets maybe. Avail. now! (706) 202-1847.
3BR/1BA house off Baxter St. CHAC, DW, W/D incl. No gas bill, fenced yd., pets OK. Bonus rm. 4th BR. Avail. 8/1. Only $695/mo. (706) 255-2552 text OffCampusRealty.com. 3BR/2BA. Cedar creek. Fenced backyd., gas grill, FP, wooded lot. Quiet family n’hood. Swimming community. 360 Sandstone Dr. $1025/mo. & dep. (706) 319-1846, (706) 548-4819. GA. R. E. lic. 300830.
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Near Dwntn. 1BR house. $500/ mo. Pets OK. No gas bill. CHAC, DW, W/D incl. Fenced yard. Bonus room/office. Avail. now or prelease. (706) 255-2552 OffCampusRealty.com.
4BR/2BA. Big house, deck, fenced yard. 2 living areas, 2 kitchens, 2 offices. CHAC, DW, W/D, carport, lawn/pest incl. Pets welcome. Close to UGA/Dwntn. Recently remodeled. Avail. July. Great deal. $1250/mo. & deposit. (706) 202-0858.
Nor maltown/ARMC. 170 Willow Run. Very nice 3BR/1BA. H W f l r s , D W, W / D , C H A C . Lg. fenced backyd. Pets OK w/ dep. $850/mo. (404) 210-7145.
4BR/2BA brick house w/ screen porch. 2 blocks from campus & busline. Great yard. 360 Peabody Street. $1700/mo. Call Stacy at (706) 425-4048 or (706) 296-1863. 4BR/2BA. CHAC, FP, HWflrs, DW, fridge w/ ice/water in–door, W/D. Lg. porch & yd. Must have refs. 116 Whitehead Rd. $998/ mo. (706) 714-1100.
4BR/4BA house. Beaverdam Rd. Covered front porch, W/D, sec. sys., 24 hr. maintenance service, pets welcome, lawn & pest incl. $900/mo. (706) 552-3500. 6BR/3BA house, multi–family zoned. 2620 Riverbend Rd. Fully renovated, new everything, HWflrs., custom kitchen & BAs. $350/BR. Avail. 8/1. Chris (706) 202-5156 or chris@ petersonproperties.org. Avail Aug. 3BR/2BA. Lg. vaulted kitchen & lv. rm. Beautiful HWflrs. All appls., W/D. Off–street parking, lawn maintenance. Some pets OK. Close to Dwntn/ UGA. 430 Cleveland Ave. $1200/mo. Call (706) 338-6716. Cedar Shoals area. Great 2BR/1BA duplex. Fresh paint, new carpet, W/D, DW, range, fridge, fenced yd., trash & yd. serv. incl. Avail. now $550/ mo. Call Mike (877) 740-1514 toll free. Eastside 3BR/2BA. Lg. yd., on dead–end street. $1000/mo. 4BR/2BA w/ lg. yd. $1200/mo. Cedar Creek 4BR/2BA $950/ mo. Call McWaters Realty, (706) 549-3222, (706) 353-2700, (706) 540-1529. First month free! No pet fee! 2 or 3BRs close to Dwntn. W/D, DW, private patios, large yards. (706) 548-2522, www. dovetailmanagement.com. Huge house in N o r m a l t o w n ! 2 – s t o r y, 4BR/2BA, HWflrs, CHAC, D/W, W/D hookups. On busline at Prince/Oglethorpe. $1450/mo. (706) 546-6900 or go to www. ValerioProperties.com. Leases avail. 2, 3, 4BR properties starting at $875/ mo. Call today for list of avail. properties. Contact Becky Smith (706) 201-2121 for an appt.
Normaltown cottage. Avail. 8/1/10. 2BR/1BA. HWflrs, CHAC, DW, W/D, fenced–in backyd, covered patio, FP. Perfect for grad students or professionals. On busline. Pets OK w/ dep.! $800/mo.+ dep. (706) 372-3383. One month free rent! Great East Athens house. $1150/mo. + mo. dep. 3BR/2BA laminate wood/ carpet/tile flrs. fenced backyd w/ screen porch. 335 Oak Meadow Dr., 30605. Pls call Richard (706) 540-5794. Preleasing for fall. 1, 2 & 3BR houses. Close to campus & Dwntn. Call (706) 255-0066. Students! Perfect 4BR/2BA. Eastside. Near park & bus stop. Fenced yd., decks, lots of parking. $900/mo. Call Rose (706) 255-0472 or email rose@ prudentialblanton.com. Unique loft–like country home. East Clarke County. Huge rooms, new bath, HWflrs., lg. deck, fenced pasture. For pictures only (954) 558-1350. $725/mo. For appt. (954) 243-3098. We make house hunting easy!Classically simple 1, 2, 3, or 4BR homes avail. now! $595–$1313/mo. Lawn maintenance. Pet friendly. Visit www.stilesproperties.com. Stiles Properties (706) 549-9600.
Houses for Sale
370 Cleveland. 1BR/1BA. Convenient to everything. $97K. Go to www.ReignSold. com or Call Reign at Coldwell Banker Upchurch Realty. (706) 372-4166, (706) 543-4000.
461 Waddell Dearing Oaks Condo. Awesome, In town Location $284K. Go to www. ReignSold.com or Call Reign at Coldwell Banker Upchurch Realty. (706) 372-4166, (706) 543-4000.
553 Castalia. 5 Pts. 100 yards from Jittery Joe’s. $235K. Go to www.ReignSold. com or Call Reign at Coldwell Banker Upchurch Realty. (706) 372-4166, (706) 543-4000. Enjoy your new home located in a peaceful setting. Close to shopping/UGA. 3BR/2.5BA home on 2.28 acres. 12x20 workshed. Priced to sell Price reduced $153K. Contact Becky Smith (706) 201-2121 for an appt.
Studio 40. Walk everywhere 1/1 on busline adjacent to Intermural Fields $85K. Go to www.ReignSold. com or Call Reign at Coldwell Banker Upchurch Realty. (706) 372-4166, (706) 543-4000.
Updated home on lar ge wooded lot. Downtown Athens. 146 Madison, quiet St. Blvd/Pulaski area off Atlanta Ave. Newly painted 2BR/1BA, W/D, all appls. Lv. rm. kitchen combination w/ vaulted ceiling, newly refinished HWflrs. throughout. Laundry rm., new water & sewer. Sit on front porch or grill on the back deck under old pecan trees. Lg. fenced–in yd. Open house, Sat. May 30th, 2–4pm. $120K. (706) 714-8992.
Watkinsville. 102 Hight Dr. 3BR/2BA mostly brick ranch. 1 acre very private lot. Nice quiet n’hood. Near Dwntn. $132K. (706) 255-7100.
Pre-Leasing 1BR/1BA + office in 5 Pts. Great for Grad Students. Close to campus. W/D, DW, CHAC, Pets OK. Avail. 8/1. $650/mo. (706) 369-2908. 1/2 mi. from Downtown. 1, 2, 3, 4BR houses & apts. located in the historic Blvd n’hood. Pls. check out boulevardproperty management.com or call (706) 548-9797. 2BR/1BA in 5 Pts. Great for Grad Students. Close to campus. W/D, DW, CHAC, Pets OK. Avail. 8/1. $700/mo. (706) 396-2908.
4BR/4BA house. On UGA busline. Community pool w/ pool house. $1950/mo. W/D, & appls. Pets OK w/ dep. Avail. 8/1. Call (706) 207-9295. Cabin in the Woods. 1BR/1BA, 265 acre Conservation community, Broad River, T&G, tile, deck, organic garden, 30 mi. Athens/UGA. $650/mo. Jim Beall, 706-245-0909, jbeall@ skywayusa.net
Great homes with hardwood floors! (pics in order) 619 Whitehall Rd.4BR/1BA, $795/mo. 625 A Whitehall 2BR/2BA, $675/ mo. 597 Dearing St. off Milledge. 4BR/2BA, $1395/mo. 104 Puritan Lane. 3BR/2BA, $850/mo. Huge dog kennel. 322 Whitehall. 3BR/2BA $795/mo. 1045 Macon Hwy. 4BR/2BA, $1395/mo. (706) 5467946, Flowersnancy@bellsouth. net. See virtual tours www. nancyflowers.com.
Tired of spending too much rent? 1, 2, 3, 4BR homes avail. in the Fall. $595–$1313/mo. Lawn maintenance. Pet friendly. Visit www.stilesproperties.com. Stiles Properties (706) 549-9600.
Roommates Tu r n to FLAGPOLE CLASSIFIEDS to find roommates, apartments, houses, etc. To place an ad call 706549-0301. 1BR in 2BR/1BA Eastside duplex. Grad student or professional pref’d. W/D, DW, CHAC. $250/mo. + 1/2 utils. + dep. Avail. now! (706) 254-1534 after 6pm. 1 or 2 female roommates needed. $325/mo., utils split, 2–story house on Eastside avail. 8/1/10. Email abbyg87@ uga.edu. Relisted! Roommate needed ASAP for house off Pulaski St. Screened porch, W/D. Only a 10 min. walk from Dwntn. Only $250/mo. (706) 548-9744.
Rooms for Rent Dashiell Cottages Inc. Move–in $75! (706) 850-0491. All amenities, Wifi. Enjoy our river community, 5 blocks to UGA. Enjoy the wildlife observation. Two spaces for rent. $370/mo. Right in the middle of downtown. University students pref’d. Call (678) 410-9012.
Sub-lease $325/BR. Female student to sublease June & July (Harris Place Apts). Utils are about $40/ mo. Call (770) 570-8231 or (865) 898-4986 for details. Female sublease needed at The Club on Riverbend Parkway. May paid for! $305/mo (utils incl. power/cable/Internet runs $40–60/mo). Avail. 5/17. Call (478) 595-5950 or kqueen@ uga.edu.
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Big yard sale in Blvd area. Clothes, shoes, accessories, musical instruments, household items, furniture, electronics. Sat. 5/29, 9:30–2ish at 250 Dubose Ave. off Lyndon. High Shoals Market. Community yard sale held at the charming Portico Church on Hwy 186. Sat. 6/5, 9am–2pm. Electronics, baby items, antiques, lawn furniture, original art, old tools, vintage dolls, linens, garden produce, flowers, homemade foods & soaps. Take 441S toward Bishop, turn RT onto Hwy 186, go 6 miles, cross shoals to church on rt.
Music Equipment Fender American Standard Jazz Bass w/ molded case, color– blizzard, new condition, $950. Call Charles at (706) 613-6166.
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Instruction Athens School of Music. Instruction in Guitar, Bass, Drums, Piano, Voice, Brass, Woodwinds, Strings, Banjo, Mandolin, Fiddle, & more. From beginner to expert. Instrument re p a i r s a v a i l . Vi s i t w w w. AthensSchoolofMusic.com, (706) 543-5800. Athens Piano School. Premium Piano Lessons Guaranteed. All ages & levels welcome from beginners to advanced. Discounts for families & UGA students. Visit www. AthensPianoSchool.com or call (706) 549-0707.
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CopyMyVinyl.com.Quality vinyl album or cassette to CD reproduction at great prices! Get out your old albums & cassettes & contact us! See www.copymyvinyl.com or call (678) 227-2111. Fret Shop. Professional guitar repairs & modifications, setups, electronics, precision fretwork. Previous clients incl. R.E.M., Widespread Panic, Cracker, Bob Mould, John Berry, Abbey Road Live!, Squat. (706) 549-1567. Wedding Bands. Quality, professional bands. Weddings, parties. Rock, Jazz, etc. Call Classic City Entertainment. ( 7 0 6 ) 5 4 9 - 1 5 6 7 . w w w. classiccityentertainment.com. Featuring The Magictones— Athens’ premiere wedding & party band. www.themagictones.com.
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Musicians Wanted Piano players wanted for dueling piano showcase in Macon, GA. Must have extensive repertoire of popular music. Charisma to work crowd. (478) 318-7680 for more info.
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Home and Garden Backyard Solutions. Get started on your Summer project! Water falls, ponds, fences, decks, gazebos, porches, & more! Call Robin for free estimate! (706) 340-4492.
Jobs Full-time $1K sign on bonus! Owner operators needed. Home daily! At least 1 yr. Verifiable Tractor Trailer experience. Clean MVR & criminal background. (866) 7308725, www.comtrakinc.com. Aromas is hiring! Exp. servers pls send your res. to contact@ aromaswinebar.com or apply in person at 1235 S. Milledge between 2:30 & 4pm. Bookkeeper/Customer Service needed for Property Mgmt. Co. Quick Books, Excel, & Word. Property Mgmt. experience very helpful. Wanted immediately. Pls. email Resume to cgbarks@ bellsouth.net. Flash ActionScript Programmer for NBC Universal’s online video team. OOP, Patterns, TDD, Agile, etc. Must have curiosity, communication skills, & experience working on commerical applications. Work under the direct supervision of an industry veteran. Email email@example.com. Got the Gift of Gab? Immediate openings available for sales reps! Pay ranges from $500–$2K/wkly. Sales experience a + but not a must! Call Debbie (706) 201-4835. New Athens Restaurant hiring FT & PT employees for front & back of the house positions. Send inquiries & resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org Taxi Drivers needed. Your Cab, Inc. 21 yrs. old +. Neat appearance. Clean driving record. Able to follow instructions. Serious inquiries only. (706) 5465844 between 6am–6pm.
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