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THIS WEEK’S ISSUE: News & Features City Dope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Athens News and Views
Positive progress on the Eastside tennis center and more Krazy from Paul Broun, Jr.
Athens Rising . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 What’s Up in New Development
Taking a detailed look at a complex zoning decision.
Arts & Events Athens Video Stores . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 The Thrill of the Hunt
With companies like Netflix breathing down their necks, how do local video rental stores survive?
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Music of Montreal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 A Look Through the Camera Lens
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Harvey Milk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 A Sunday Made for Metal and Booze
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So Crazy It Just Might Work Dept.: When the than expected. Currently there are 18 men ACC Commission decided to cut bait at Bishop and women enrolled in these programs, all of Park and site the much-discussed, SPLOST whom are making sacrifices in the short term 2005-funded tennis center on the Lexington in hopes of building a better future for themRoad side of Southeast Clarke Park, it was easy selves and their community. to imagine local tennis players would never The Bethel Midtown Village Stakeholders be happy with it. Commissioners Mike Hamby have organized “Christmas in October,” an and Andy Herod have been working with Walt initiative that aims to help ease the difficulty Williams, an original backer of the SPLOST of those efforts. Churches, organizations and project, to make sure that doesn’t happen. individuals are encouraged to “adopt” one of Herod and Hamby have received a prelimithe 18 adult students and their families for nary plan from Williams that would include 18 the holiday, each of whom has been asked for courts once it was fully built out—presumably a Christmas wish list. Organizers hope to have enough to support regional tournaments, each of the 18 families spoken for by the end the possibility of which was seen as a major of October; to give this tax-deductible gift advantage to the Bishop Park location. “That would be the long-range goal,” says Williams. “We don’t have the money in the budget to build all 18 courts,” so the tennis user group will work to secure private funds in the future to finance whatever the $2.3 million in the SPLOST kitty (or what remains of it) won’t cover. Furthermore, Hamby says he’s working toward a plan for the Southeast Clarke site that If you passed the Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation headquarters at the old Fire Hall No. 2 on Prince Avenue last Monday night, you might have would avoid displacing any of the existing athletic noticed something strange, yet somehow… familiar. The folks at ACHF let a group of local filmmakers trick out the fire hall for a Ghostbusters “fan fields at the park—stay film”; the crew brought at least one good-sized, er, prop. tuned for future developments on that front. It’s nice to see that Williams has remained or hear more information, call Ovita Thornton dedicated to making this project work, given at (706) 202-4437 or email her at ovitathornthe acrimony surrounding the decision on email@example.com. where to site it and the fact that the location chosen wasn’t anywhere near the the top of Got an Extra Bike?: BikeAthens is partnertennis enthusiasts’ lists. “At the end of the ing with Bicycles for Humanity Georgia to day,” says Hamby, “something very positive send bikes to Namibia, Africa to help give will happen that will please the tennis compeople there improved access to health care, munity.” That would be an unlikely happy education and jobs. BikeAthens, of course, ending to this difficult chapter in local poliprovides a lot of bikes to members of this tics. Let’s hope it comes to pass. community for those same purposes. The two organizations will hold a bike donation drive ‘Tis the Season: Something that was left out Saturday, Sept. 11 from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. at of last week’s Dope item on the progress being the Chase Park Warehouses on Tracy Street. made at Bethel Midtown Village was the fact They’ll take any bike in any condition; go to that participation in adult literacy and leaderhttp://b4hathens.blogspot.com for more info. ship programs in the community over the past year has been much higher Dave Marr firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul Broun, Jr.’s Krazy Korner The John Birch Society is sort of like the crazy uncle of American politics. The group is probably best known for its position that the fluoridation of drinking water was a Communist mind-control scheme—or its wild-eyed claim that President Eisenhower was a “dedicated, conscious agent of the Communist conspiracy.” Another, more modern classic was that Nelson Mandela is “a Communist terrorist thug.” The JBS is a lot like one of those peripheral, cultish sects of religion that organizes around some prophesied apocalyptic event and then—though the event never comes to pass, thus proving the group’s failure—the group decides to keep meeting, out of habit. So, even though all their conspiracy theories have been disproved, the JBS is somehow still around, still attracting impressionable, conspiracy-minded Americans. Like Paul Broun, Jr. In his new book The Backlash, Will Bunch describes a JBS gala last October at which Broun was the featured speaker. Broun proved willing to engage in the paranoiac flights of fancy that Birchers so enjoy, concocting for the audience his most ornate conspiracy theory yet: one in which Presidents Obama and George H.W. Bush were using the myth of global warming as a pretext for the establishment of a nefarious “New World Order.” Where would we be without these folks connecting the dots for us? [Matthew Pulver]
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of Milledge between Prince Avenue and Hill Street has just two narrow lanes for north- and southbound traffic and lacks dedicated turn lanes. During busy times traffic can already back up well beyond Hill. A popular restaurant—even one that focused on recruiting foot-traffic—would still likely attract lots of drivers. The small parking lot associated with the site and the lack of other immediately visible parking opportunities could lead to spillover parking in nearby residential streets. And where, by the way, would noisy delivery trucks park?
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Great Spot, Good Plan: Diana Fairbairn told me that when she learned that the old Dance FX Dance Studio at 623 N. Milledge Ave. was for lease, she was excited. She immediately thought this would be a great spot to open a new Five Star Day Café. It’s located in the heart of Cobbham, an intown neighborhood within easy reach of other in-town neighborhoods. True, the interior of the building that would house the restaurant would require extensive renovations, but the façade could be spruced up easily enough. The
Biting the Bullet: Now, you wouldn’t know existing 21-space parking lot might have from the way I’ve been telling this story to be reconfigured and reduced to 17 spaces. so far, but almost everyone who ended up This would reduce recommended maximum objecting to Fairbairn’s rezone request—the seating capacity from 84 to 68. (The fire marresidents, planning staff and the commissionshall suggests limiting restaurant seating ers—all acknowledged that her proposed to four seats per parking space.) But restaurant would contribute to the Fairbairn said this trade-off left her busiwalkability of the neighborhood. And ness plan intact, since she was going to that this would be a good thing… rely heavily on foot-traffic anyway. …At least in theory. Because in She wanted to create a counter-serpractice, we’re not quite ready to make vice café that would be open five days a the trade-offs required to create truly week for breakfast, lunch and dinner with walkable neighborhoods. A truly walkable brunches on weekends. Like Donderos’ neighborhood is a place where residents Kitchen, she had plans to offer discounts don’t need to get into a car to take care for customers and workers who walked— of most daily needs. Such neighborhoods rather than drove—to the restaurant. need a variety of restaurants, and a host In her vision, the café would quickly of other amenities like grocery stores, become a bustling neighborhood meethardware shops, schools and bars. All ing spot and add a bit of charm to that come with noise and traffic, and all will stretch of Milledge, which—frankly— have to be located near homes. looks seedy. At the intersection of Milledge and Cobb—good spot for a neighIf we actually want to enjoy the benBut, for Fairbairn, there was one prob- borhood café? Or not? efits of walkable neighborhoods—better lem with the site: it’s currently zoned health, higher property values, reduced C-O, for commercial-office. To be used as a transportation costs, less stress and, eventuThe other key worry about Fairbairn’s plan restaurant, it would have to be rezoned. was that she would just be renting the buildally, less traffic—then one of these days we’ll ing. Zoning changes aren’t usually made to need to start making trade-offs that favor Awkward Spot, Unpredictable Future: For othaccommodate renters. Even if she managed walkability. For now, it seems like we’re willing ers who took a look at the site, it was clear to create a nice, neighborhood-friendly spot, to give up the chance of a great neighborhood that putting a busy restaurant on this corner there was no guarantee that a future renter restaurant and gathering spot to avoid some right next to a relatively quiet residential area would be as responsible. noise, smells and uncertainty, and to preserve was a bad idea. These concerns were shared by a group current levels of traffic congestion. For one thing, there are some obvious of Cobbham residents and the ACC Planning traffic and parking concerns. This section Dan Lorentz email@example.com Commission. At an Aug. 19 agenda-setting
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Wrong Call?: When the Planning Commission voted in early August to recommend denial of a rezoning request to allow Five Star Day Café to open a second branch restaurant at Milledge Avenue and Cobb Street, they made the wrong judgment call—plain and simple. That’s what I initially thought today’s column would be about: how a handful of NIMBYists, an unimaginative planning staff, and a bunch of uncharacteristically timid county commissioners shot down a good plan for a family-friendly restaurant that clearly would have enhanced the charm and walkability of an in-town neighborhood. The story turns out to be more complicated than that, of course. But what makes it really interesting, I think, is how it reveals just what sort of trade-offs we are—and aren’t—willing to make right now to create truly walkable neighborhoods.
meeting, a number of county commissioners articulated the same set of concerns. While planning staff mentioned a few other objections to the rezoning request, it’s clear that the traffic and parking concerns combined with unease about future uses is what animated opposition.
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city pages One way to attract more participants would be to expand the parameters of the event. “We figured we’d make the first one as streamlined as possible” for the sake of organizational ease, Bailey says, but conversations are already underway regarding the possibility of expanding the race to a full marathon, The AthFest Music and Arts Festival will which would make it one of very few in the hold the first annual Athens, GA Half Marathon Southeast. That could happen as early as next on Oct. 24, and organizers think the event year, according to Bailey, and would substanhas plenty of potential for growth. AthFest tially increase the race’s economic impact on Director Jared Bailey says the race was first the city by making the event more attractive proposed last fall when local real estate devel- to the many runners who are willing to travel oper Drew Dekle approached him with the to participate in a full 26.2-mile race. idea. They pitched it to the festival board, it “AthFest is about music and arts,” says was approved, and they went to work organizBailey, and the half marathon will reflect that. ing the event. “We made sure to include lots of music-histori“We’ve been trying to do things more cal sites” along the race course, and there will year-round and get the also be bands playing on message out that AthFest the outdoor stage at Farm “We’ve been trying to do 255, near the Washington isn’t just a once-a-year festival,” Bailey explains. things more year-round Street finish line, at the “It’s a foundation that end of the race. As for does a lot of things in this and get the message out whether the organizers community.” would like to incorporate that AthFest isn’t just a One example of how multiple musical stages the festival hopes to be a along the course in emulaonce-a-year festival.” positive force in the comtion of other cities’ “music munity is through a series marathons,” Bailey says, of educational initiatives, which proceeds “We’re looking to find ways to fit more of that from the race will benefit. AthFest InSchool, kind of stuff in.” AthFest AfterSchool and Keys for Kids are all Registration for the race is $60, and busiprograms designed to connect the resources nesses, organizations or individuals who are of Athens’ music scene with children in public interested in sponsoring participants are schools. encouraged to do so. “If someone came forOver 1,000 participants had registered for ward and said… we’d like to sponsor some the half marathon as of last week, and Bailey runners,” says Bailey, “we’d be all over that.” says the organizers hope the final total will The deadline for registration is Oct. 23, the be 1,500–2,000. “For a first-time event, that’s night before the race. To register online or for pretty good,” Bailey says, but he’s not satismore information, go to www.athensgahalf. fied with that. “Down the road,” he believes, com. “this could be an event that, instead of 1,500 people, draws 15,000.” Dave Marr firstname.lastname@example.org
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tried to push back on the notion that a federal grand jury in Atlanta would be looking at the business transactions between state government and a Gainesville auto salvage firm that Deal co-owns. “There is no grand jury,” Evans told a reporter for the Savannah Morning News. “There is zero risk that we will have an October surprise or a September surprise,” Evans said in another interview with a TV newsman from Atlanta. The involvement of Evans in such a public role tells me that the Deal campaign must be feeling a little nervous about these ethics allegations. If their internal poll numbers were strong, they wouldn’t feel the need to send their lawyer out talking about federal grand juries. Deal is using the Barnes attacks as a motivational tool to raise more money for the general election. Campaign manager Chris Riley fired off an email to Deal supporters asking them to contribute money so that Deal can fight back: “It’s begun. Roy Barnes’ ruthless, negative attack on conservative Nathan Deal is underway. With Barack Obama’s help, Roy Barnes and national Democrats are funding a dishonest online ad campaign, attacking Nathan Deal.” Riley’s email message contains the two words that may turn out to be Deal’s best weapon in his race against Barnes: Barack Obama. The president is a very unpopular figure in Georgia right now, and Republicans are taking advantage of every opportunity to remind people that Obama and Barnes are both members in good standing of the Democratic Party. Barnes is obviously hoping that voters are finally paying attention to the issue of ethics. Deal may be able to trump that, however, by tying Barnes to the country’s first African American president.
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do no harm Straight Talk on Health Care Public Health programs look great on websites. But the health of the public sucks when you actually take care of the people. Where’s the disconnect? Is it lack of money? Dr. Claude Burnett, head of this district’s Public Health Department, would like us to believe that. He showed me graphs of increasing population, increasing disease and disease-risk, and decreasing dollars for his department. He wants me to draw that conclusion. His line—the official line—is, “If the economy were great, we’d have more money and we could do it all. It’s not. So we can’t.” I can’t figure out if he’s right. But I do know that a lot of people are finding this to be a perfectly fine time to be “health care professionals.” Mortality pays. Sonny Purdue says the government must reallocate and prioritize. This from The Governor’s Budget Report: Fiscal Year 2011: “These are challenging times, but focusing on our core priorities will allow Georgia to emerge from this period more prosperous and secure than ever.” Or he will. OK. Based on the 2011 budget, what are Sonny’s “core priorities”? Not higher education. Not lower education. And not health care. His plan: as we sicken and dumb-en, we’ll lose more industry and so compete successfully with South Carolina and Alaska for those socialist federal dollars? Antebellum Forever. The Georgia Budget and Policy Institute tells me that since FY2009, Georgia has had to cut $2.5 BILLION from its budget. FY2011 will see the Department of Community Health lose $237 million, and Public Health is in there. Sonny is betting that the feds will continue Medicaid funding from the Recovery Act. If they don’t, Community Health could be short $379 million. In fact, Georgia is using about $750 million from the federal Recovery Act to fund Medicaid for FY2011. Patriotic. Where are our leaders? Are their best ideas just less of more of the same? Two leaders answered my calls: State Rep. Doug McKillip (D-Athens), in the state House since 2006: lawyer, pragmatist, mediator, doesn’t have much power—yet. Public Health is not his interest—now. He has to worry about re-election—for a long time. He’s too judicious to be publicly angry— maybe ever. He laterals to Keith Heard. State Rep. Keith Heard (D-Athens), the 18-year veteran of the Georgia House, is perfectly amiable and a perfect survivor. He observes… very… carefully. Although serving
on three key standing committees crucial for health care (Appropriations, Insurance and Intragovernmental Coordination), he prefers sitting. He’s as risk-averse as they get. But he will talk about public health. Sort of. Yes, the Department of Community Health is suffering, so Public Health suffers. Yes, Claude Burnett has had a tough time for all the years he has known him. There are just no resources. But he drove past a clinic this morning, and it was packed. I ask, “If the clinic is flooded, maybe problems are not being prevented? Could we need different approaches?“ “There’s no political will.” Why not? “Nobody wants to change.” So, there’s no political will because nobody wants to change, and nobody wants to change because there’s no political will. I see. People are getting sicker. People are making money out of this. It’s costing US money! My last gambit: When do we just do the right thing? Smile. “There’s no political will.” Amiable people hate personal pronouns. See, I need to understand this. People are dying. Children are getting ready to die— tomorrow, next year, whenever. If what we were doing worked, we shouldn’t see this, right? We expect sick people, even those waiting to get sick, to “take charge of their lives” but nobody seriously teaches about risk and life choices, and nobody seriously asks to learn. We expect doctors and hospitals to “pay their fair share” when we won’t pay them. We expect politicians to lead us when none of them will make a choice that threatens his butt. We expect government employees and “professionals” to treat us right when many try to make sure we never learn who they are. We expect everybody to do the right thing, and hold nobody responsible for doing wrong. Sweet. One day, Doug and Keith and the Capitolists will come here. THEY—not “my representative”—will meet with people who are angry and shy and confused, too young to make babies but old enough to screw, doctors and teachers, everybody. They will meet at night—all night, when folks talk honest. They will ask, “What should we do so you will want to be healthy? And what must you do?” But until then, there’s no political will. I’ll try the Republicans again, soon. Promise.
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lockbuster is busted, and you can say goodbye to Hollywood (Video). In the age of Netflix, Redbox and good old-fashioned downloading, the corporate chain video store is fast going the way of the buffalo. In Athens, however, video rental is alive and well—thriving even—as foreign-, cult- and indie-minded young folks continue to flock to privately owned and operated rental houses, ravenous for that impossibleto-find Roger Corman flick or that early Russ Meyer film that no one else seems to have. Not unlike the adventure of digging through crates of old records or combing the shelves of one’s local rare book store, wandering through Athens’ independent video stores is about more than finding the movie you’re looking for; it’s about the possibility of discovering something amazing that you never knew existed. Starting with the heavyweight, Vision Video has a borderline monopoly on the rental game in our fair city. With locations stretching from Barnett Shoals to the tail end of Prince Avenue, Vision serves the whole of Athens, stocking multiple copies of the newest releases while also maintaining extensive back catalogues. With its now all but synonymous five-for-five deal, Vision offers the unbeatable bargain of five (non-new release) rentals for seven days for five dollars. For Athenian film buffs, there are few things more relaxing or exhilirating than blithely perusing one’s nearest Vision, constructing that perfect cinematic quintet. The Broad Street location offers a “Director’s Spotlight” section in which one can find the near-complete works of Martin Scorsese, The Coen Brothers or Woody Allen all shelved together, making filmography completists’ searches as easy as grocery shopping. The Prince Avenue store boasts the most extensive foreign film section in town; a section that is continuing to grow at a remarkable pace (they maintain one floor-to-ceiling shelf just for the new arrivals). Combined with eclectic “staff picks” sections, a customer request list and the opportunity to win free rentals by answering their notoriously tough trivia, Vision has firmly established itself as the go-to brand in Athens renting. If Vision is the champ, then Video Link is the scrappy underdog. The Rocky to Vision’s Apollo, this store has been quietly plugging along in the Shops of South Milledge on Macon Highway for several years, and in its Video Library incarnation for several more before that. Owner/operator Link Soutar, who has been renting, selling and talking movies with Athenians of every stripe since the
1980s, is something of an institution in his own right. Acting almost like a curator of his ever-growing collection, there are few titles on his shelves that he can’t recall and describe upon request. What his store lacks in size (you’ve likely seen bathrooms with comparable square footage) it makes up for with unparalleled customer service and a near-psychotic commitment to cult and grindhouse film. “If I don’t remember your name, then you haven’t been in in a year,” Link says proudly. “My emphasis right now is trying to find weird stuff like the Sinister Cinema. That stuff you really have to dig for. I feel like I’ve got the best cult selection in town, and these movies, if they don’t get transferred to DVD, they’re gonna be gone. They’re not going to bother to restore a lot of the older films to put them on Blu-Ray. If it’s not restored, it’s gonna look like crap, and they’ve found that a lot of older stuff, even if they restore it, no one [cares] about it.” The five-for-five deal saw its origins here and persists today with the exception of TV boxed sets which rent in their entirety (Vision divides and rents the individual discs). Further distinguishing himself from his rivals, Link will sell any video directly off his shelves at a vastly reduced price, and also deals in concessions and t-shirts. “The margins in this business are very small,” he explains. “As far as the chain stores are concerned, they’ve probably got about three years left. Cutting into the pie, you’ve got 50 percent of the industry is video stores, 25 percent is downloading and using Netflix, and the other 25 percent is Redbox—but there will still be a few independent stores here and there. You can’t automate customer service.” And so, even as the old guard of corporate video stores is dying off, Vision and Link will live on, and while the death of all physical formats may someday spell their deaths, too, it’s nice to believe that there will always be people who love the hour-long search, the discerning selection and the feel of a film in their hands. From Bergman to Bunuel and Fassbinder to Fellini, from Godard to Greenaway and Kubrick to Kurowsawa, the vast libraries at these two Athens flagships will hopefully keep sailing into inquisitive viewers’ homes until Blu-Ray is as obsolete as Betamax. And until that time, it is Athens’ job, nay, privilege, to help keep these ships afloat. So stop in. You never know what you might discover. David Fitzgerald
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art notes Hi-Tech and Worth the Trek Smart Phone Art: If you’ve recently stopped by Ciné, you may success of Dunphy’s project. “Rush Ride to Linkland” is on view have encountered “Rush Ride to Linkland,” a wall-installation until Sept. 15 and comes recommended. Bring your phone and of sculpture, vinyl, embroidery and video by Athens-based your friends. artist and designer Didi Dunphy. Dunphy’s work continually examines and creates environments or sites in which viewCurrently on display at ATHICA is “Mission Accomplished,” ers interact with one another in new and unexpected ways. an exhibition of three artists’ projects examining the effects This past March, she served as one of six curators for Lauren of war on society. The show, which features the entirety of Fancher’s ongoing media festival “6x6,” and, from a list of Decatur-based artist Cecelia Kane’s “Hand to Hand” project, themes, aptly chose “Play.” In past outings, she has created as well as work by Jim Buonaccorsi and Blaine Whisenhunt, adult-sized playgrounds and seesaws within gallery spaces, each element of which is so beautifully and elegantly crafted that climbing and playing on the work seems out of the question. For Dunphy, however, play is consistently the question, and it’s exactly this kind of interaction on the part of the viewer that, ultimately, completes the work each time. “Rush Ride to Linkland” features several of Dunphy’s trademark Lucite skateboard sculptures mounted on Ciné’s distressed/elegant front walls. Hotly lit from above, the clear plastic skate decks glow against the walls themselves, with the elegant designs etched directly into the material doubled by their luminous shadows. They’re gorgeous objects, and worth the price of admission alone (or they would be, if you had to pay to see them). However, it’s Dunphy’s cross-stitch works that really got me excited. Nestled between the two skateboard displays are three meticulously sewn QR Codes (see Didi Dunphy’s trademark Lucite skateboard sculptures are at Ciné until Sept. 15. last week’s Flagpole cover), each stretched taut across a small embroidery hoop. By scanning the works with a smartphone, Dunphy’s pieces offer has been timed by curators Lizzie Zucker Saltz and Katherine viewers the possibility of Internet travel to her pre-determined Holmes to coincide with President Obama’s promised date of destinations. This time, it’s three of her individual video withdrawal of all U.S. combat troops from Iraq. Look for an pieces, one of which is so striking and unexpected, I hesitate extended review of the show in the next edition of Art Notes, to say another word about it for fear of ruining the substanbut don’t wait until then to check out the exhibition yourself. tial surprise it offers. The combination of the hi-tech and the This coming Friday, Sept. 10, ATHICA will host “Front Lines: domestic is unexpected and charming, but it’s the posted Original Works About War and Life,” a VOX reading series event statement that reveals her real intentions in the installation. If featuring Dr. Chris Cuomo and poets Melisa Cahnmannviewers do not own a smart phone, the task falls upon them to Taylor, Ashley David and Heidi Lynn Staples. “Mission make a new friend to view the work together. At her opening, I Accomplished” is on display until Sept. 26, with closing day saw groups of up to six individuals crowding around three-inch discussions and events to be announced. For more information, screens to view these pieces—an undeniable affirmation of the contacts and hours, visit www.athica.org.
Worth the Drive: Several upcoming events that are certainly worth keeping on the radar: Athens’ own Zuzka Vaclavik will exhibit a dynamic new series of works on paper in Atlanta’s Emily Amy Gallery on Sept. 10. A somewhat recent Lamar Dodd graduate, Vaclavik’s large-scale oil paintings of bodily forms and suggestive masses have given way to more mediumsized, brilliant and ecstatic multimedia works that rearrange and appropriate cultural signifiers from a host of varied sources. Recently featured in New American Paintings, Vaclavik has made the point clear that her work has become well traveled in the past several years, which should come as no surprise as she has spent the last year in Athens, Germany, Costa Rica and Italy. Luckily for us (and for Atlanta) she’s picked up only the most interesting souvenirs along the way. The show, titled “Down the Rabbit Hole” will feature Vaclavik as well as the work of Jennifer Cawley and Cara Enteles, and is on display through Oct. 23. For all the details, visit www.emilyamygallery.com. Atlanta Is Pretty Close: Mercury Art Works is hosting “999,” a night of art, music and dance, this coming Saturday, Sept. 11, at 999 Peachtree Street in Atlanta. Featuring the work of John Ahee, Wendy Hanson, James Herbert, Jack Kehoe, Richard Olsen, Art Rosenbaum, Spencer Sloan, Margie Spalding and Mercury Founder Chris Wyrick, 999 will be open by appointment for the month of September. The opening reception, however, will feature performances by the Canopy Studio, the DAIR Project and Amanda Martin Dance. Looks like we’re taking the town by storm! Reception is from 7–10 p.m., Sept. 11, at the corner of 10th and Peachtree. Augusta Is, Too: Additionally, I recently received word of the coolest event that’s ever happened in the history of things happening. In conjunction with the Westobou Festival in Augusta, Saturday, Sept. 18 at the Sacred Heart Cultural Center will mark the regional premiere of “13 Most Beautiful… Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests.” The project will feature a large-scale projection of Warhol’s hauntingly beautiful portrait films (which include Lou Reed, Dennis Hopper and Edie Sedgwick) with live music accompaniment by Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips. And that’s not all; for this occasion, they will be performing a set composed of songs from Dean’s original band Galaxie 500. Former Athens resident Matthew Buzzell is producing the project, and I’m so completely stoked about this that I might just f–ing explode. Tickets and information are available at www.westoboufestival. org/tickets. Brian Hitselberger firstname.lastname@example.org
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feature filmmaking with this romantic comedy starring on-again off-again couple Drew Barrymore and Justin Long. Erin (Barrymore) and Garrett (Long) try to keep their love alive while jetting back and forth between Chicago and L.A. The cast (including Christina Applegate, Ron Livingston, Kelli Garner, Charlie “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” Day, Jason Sudeikis and Jim Gaffigan) is a good one. GOOD BURGER (PG) 1997. Dexter Reed (Kenan Thompson) must get a summer job at fast food joint, Good Burger. When giant new chain, Mondo Burger, opens up nearby, it is up to Dexter and Ed (Kel Mitchell) to save their employer with a special sauce. I have never seen Good Burger, and I am OK with that. Also starring Sinbad, the eternal Abe Vigoda, Ron “Billy Bob” Lester, Linda Cardellini and Shaq as “himself.” GROWN UPS (PG-13) Five old pals get together after their childhood basketball coach’s funeral. Inoffensive enough for easily amused families, the jokes in Grown Ups are primarily com-
Ferrier) own a business that breaks up unhappy relationships (sounds like a hell of a business model). When money grows tight, they set their sights on breaking up the daughter (Vanessa Paradis) of a wealthy dude and her true love. The European hit finally makes it to stateside theaters, but how far behind is the inevitable remake? Most of director Pascal Chaumeil’s experience is in French TV. With Andrew Lincoln (Love Actually). I’M STILL HERE (NR) Was Academy Award nominee Joaquin Phoenix serious when he retired from acting to pursue a career as a rapper? Maybe this documentary (mockumentary?), the directorial debut of Casey Affleck, will divulge the truth, though I doubt it. The lengthy full title is I’m Still Here: The Lost Years of Joaquin Phoenix. Little more info is available. We will have to wait for the film’s premiere to know more. INCEPTION (PG-13) Mysterious thief Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a mastermind at stealing from your mind. He and his team will forge your dream-
Supermodel Assassin Squad posed of friendly, heckling one-upmanship, better known as punchlines minus the work of a setup. Apparently, The Big Chill was too intellectual; what Lawrence Kasdan’s film lacked were fart/bunion/hairpiece jokes and bunch of Kevin James pratfalls. I AM LOVE (R) I Am Love, or Io Sono l’Amore, is set in turn of the century of Milan, where the Recchi dynasty is thrown into chaos after Emma (Tilda Swinton, who learned both Russian and Italian for the role) embarks on an affair with her brother-in-law’s friend/ business partner, Antonio (Edoardo Gabbriellini). Director and Swinton pal Luca Guadagnino last directed the scandalous Melissa P. Winner of the Boulder International Film Festival’s Best Feature Film Award and the Dublin Film Critics Award for Best Actress (Swinton). I BRING WHAT I LOVE (NR) 2008. Frustrated by the negative perception of his Islamic faith, Senegalese pop star Youssou Ndour, the “voice of Africa” for the last 20 years, composed the deeply spiritual album, Egypt. Filmmaker Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi documents the album’s acceptance by the West and the religious controversy stirred up in his homeland. Winner of the Impact of Music Award at the Nashville Film Festival and the Sao Paolo International Film Festival’s Audience Award. Part of the ACC Library’s iFilms series. HEARTBREAKER (NR) Siblings Alex (Romain Duris) and Melanie (Julie
scape, infiltrate it and extract whatever valuable secrets you are trying to hide. A perfect summer blockbuster that is also an Oscar contender (for set design and cinematography), the thrillingly original Inception is the cinematic equivalent of an intelligent, bestselling beach-read, well written enough to aspire higher but entertaining enough for mass appeal. THE LAST AIRBENDER (PG) M. Night Shyamalan, the arrogant writerdirector so maligned after a devastating trifecta that concluded with 2008’s The Happening, smartly streamlines the first 20 episodes of Nickelodeon’s Peabody Award-winning cartoon, “Avatar: The Last Airbender.” Airbender Aang (Noah Ringer) is the legendary Avatar, thawed out after a hundred-year deep freeze by Waterbender Katara (Nicola Peltz) and her doofy brother, Sokka (Eclipse’s Jackson Rathbone). Now he must learn how to bend the other three elements (water, earth and fire) in order to defeat the Fire Nation, which looks to rule the world. M. Night’s grandiose, almost operatic seriousness of purpose actually benefits the transition of the deceptively deep, often silly cartoon to the big screen. THE LAST EXORCISM (PG-13) Director Daniel Stamm’s film, written by Huck Botko and Andrew Garland, may be horror’s most successful example of how to fake a documentary. The hook is ingenious. Former child minister and exorcist Cotton Marcus (Patrick Fabian) wishes to prove exorcism to
be a sham. Enlisting a pair of documentarians, he takes on one last case, 16-year-old Nell Sweetzer (Ashley Bell). After the death of Nell’s mom, her father, Louis (Louis Herthum), withdrew into fundamentalism, homeschooling his daughter and son, Caleb (Caleb Landry Jones), on their isolated Louisiana farm. Now livestock are being killed, and Nell’s clothes are bloody. What else is a fundamentalist farmer to think other than his daughter is possessed? LEGENDARY (PG-13) What is this? A WWE movie that is not a sub-’80s action retread, Legendary stars John Cena as the older brother of a bookish teenager who joins his high school wrestling team in order to grow closer to a family that has grown distant since the death of their wrestling legend patriarch. Director Mel Damski was nominated for an Academy Award for Still Kicking: The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies. With Patricia Clarkson and Danny Glover. LOTTERY TICKET (PG-13) Bow Wow stars as Kevin Carson, a high school graduate from the projects who just won a $370 million lottery. With government offices closed for the 4th of July weekend, Kevin must survive his neighbors’ begging, pleading and stealing if he is ever going to pick up his money. Lottery Ticket isn’t the freshest comedy out there. Still, the movie’s heart is in the right place, and Bow Wow again proves a more charming, capable lead than many a child rapper-turned-actor (I’m talking to you, Lil’ Romeo). MASQUERADES (NR) 2008. The Algerian film from director Lyes Salem is the first of 10 feature films that will screen at Ciné for the Global Film Initiative’s Global Lens Film Series which runs through November. Mounir, a gardener from a small village seeks financial gain through marrying off his narcoleptic sister to a wealthy outsider, but his sister dreams of another life for herself. Winner of the Arabic Muhr Feature at the 2008 Dubai International Film Festival. MACHETE (R) Robert Rodriguez expounds on his Grindhouse trailer (not my favorite, the perfect retro awfulness of Thanksgiving takes the cake). Danny Trejo stars as an ex-Federale looking to take brutal revenge on the organization that betrayed him. The cast is ever so friendly on the eyes and to the genre, with Michelle Rodriguez, Jessica Alba, Robert De Niro, Lindsay Lohan, Cheech Marin, Jeff Fahey, Steven Seagal, Don Johnson and Rose McGowan returning as machine gunlegged Cherry Darling. NANNY MCPHEE RETURNS (PG) Nanny McPhee is back. Cue the cheers of indifference. The original was a modest hit, so why not cash that check again? Nanny McPhee (Emma Thompson) uses her magical childrearing powers to assist a young mom (Maggie Gyllenhaal) that is trying to run the family farm while her hubby (Ewan McGregor) is off at war. THE OTHER GUYS (PG-13) The newest comedy from star Ferrell and his Funny or Die partner, writer-director Adam McKay (Anchorman, Talladega Nights, Step Brothers), The Other Guys has a more singular focus than the last successful cop movie parody, 2007’s Hot Fuzz. Allen Gamble (Will Ferrell) and Terry Hoitz (Mark Wahlberg) are
two desk jockeys overshadowed by New York City’s movie supercop duo of Danson and Highsmith (Dwayne Johnson and Samuel L. Jackson). When Danson and Highsmith are suddenly sidelined, Gamble and Hoitz fill the void, going after rogue financier David Ershon (Steve Coogan). PIRANHA 3D (R) Boobs and blood are the calling cards of Piranha 3D. If that doesn’t get your attention, you should probably skip this horror comedy. RACE TO NOWHERE (PG-13) Director Vicki Abeles documents the pressures placed on teachers and schoolchildren to perform in America’s achievement culture. Featured in the film are Dr. Madeline Levine, Clinical Psychologist and author of the bestseller, The Price of Privilege; Dr. Wendy Mogel, Clinical Psychologist and author of The Blessing of a Skinned Knee; Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg, Adolescent Medicine Specialist, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; Dr. Deborah Stipek, Dean of the School of Education at Stanford University; Dr. Denise Pope, Co-Founder, Challenge Success, Stanford University; Sara Bennett, Founder, Stop Homework. An official selection of the Buffalo, Sonoma, Mill Valley, California, Okanagan and Hamilton Film Festivals. RAMONA AND BEEZUS (G) Beverly Cleary’s classic kid, Ramona, comes to the big screen. Ramona Quimby (Joey King) is a grade-schooler that gets in a lot of trouble. Beezus (Selena Gomez) is her older sister, Beatrice. John Corbett and Bridget Moynahan play the Quimby parents, Bob and Dorothy, and Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Duhamel as Aunt Bea and Uncle Hobart. Sandra Oh is Mrs. Meacham. These names will mean something to anyone that grew up reading these terrific books. l RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE (R) Oh God, another one? Weren’t the first three bad enough? None of Paul W.S. Anderson’s sci-fi/horror hybrids has captured anything close to the claustrophobic terror of the awkwardly controlled original videogame. Alice (Milla Jovovich) is still fighting the evil Umbrella Corporation. Outside of that, I gave up on the movie mythology several films ago. Is the addition of James Cameron’s 3D Fusion camera system and the bad-hottie team-up of Jovovich and Ali Larter enough to carry this tired franchise? THE ROAD (R) 2009. As universally acclaimed as Cormac McCarthy’s postapocalyptic novel is (even Oprah loved it!), a certain amount of critical disappointment in its cinematic adaptation is to be expected. Director John Hillcoat’s film looks and sounds authentic in its oppressive grey skies and cracking, dying world. What is lacking is the intense emotional resonance of McCarthy’s sparse prose. SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD (PG-13) Scott Pilgrim (MVP Michael Cera) is a 22-year-old slacker who must defeat his girlfriend’s seven evil exes, including an action star (Chris Evans), a vegan telekinetic (Brandon Routh) and the mysterious Gideon Graves (Jason Schwartzman). Shaun of the Dead/Hot Fuzz filmmaker Edgar Wright really cuts loose with Scott Pilgrim. THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE (PG) Disney hips up its seminal Fantasia sketch with Nic Cage as a curiously coiffed wizard backed up by his National Treasure director, Jon Turteltaub. A master sorcerer, Balthazar Blake (Cage), recruits a regular dude, Dave Stutler (Jay Baruchel, How to Train Your Dragon), to help him defeat his arch-nemesis, Maxim Horvath (Alfred Molina). Even with the gorgeous Monica Bellucci, I am skeptical about this flick, especially after Cage’s last sorcery movie, Season of the Witch.
SPACE JAM (PG) 1996. When alien slavers attempt to capture the Looney Tune clan, Bugs Bunny convinces them to play a basketball game for their freedom. Bugs then recruits basketball great Michael Jordan to combat the Nerdlucks. I have never seen Space Jam, and I am OK with that. THE SWITCH (PG-13) The Switch implies another attempt to make Jennifer Aniston a movie star, when the real star is, thankfully, Jason Bateman. The romantic comedy casts Aniston and Bateman as two friends, Kassie and Wally, who tried the dating thing but eventually settled nicely into BFFs. At 40, Kassie decides to get pregnant. Wally improbably ruins her donor’s sperm and substitutes his own. TAKERS (PG-13) Takers is a bad, bad movie. Everything from the writing (woeful tough-guy dialogue) to the acting (made worse by the writing) to the direction (generically overstylized action crime thriller) is subpar, and the basic plot and characters are so uninteresting that the movie’s not even a redemptively fun sort of bad. THE TILLMAN STORY (R) Filmmaker Amir Bar-Lev (My Kid Could Paint That) explores the propaganda, the mystery and the coverup surrounding the death of NFL player-
turned-soldier Pat Tillman. Giving up a multimillion-dollar contract to serve in the armed forces after 9/11, Tillman’s tragic death leads to numerous posthumous honors, including a Purple Heart, and a lot of questions for his family. Already nominated for a Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, The Tillman Story is abuzz with Oscar talk. THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE (PG-13) What can I say about this movie that will change anyone’s mind? The third entry in Stephenie Meyer’s popular vampire series has an intriguing new director. David Slade knows some vampires, having directed the adaptation of Steve Niles’ 30 Days of Night; he also helmed the sharp, Hard Candy. The Cullens (represented by RPattz) and the Quileute werewolves (repped by T-Laut) must unite to defeat a common foe, an army of vamps led by Victoria (Bryce Dallas Howard), who has sworn to avenge her lover’s death by killing Bella (Kristen Stewart). VAMPIRES SUCK (PG-13) Vampires don’t suck; Jason Friedberg/Aaron Seltzer spoofs (Date/Epic/Disaster Movie and Meet the Spartans) do, and they’ve got their sights set on Twilight. They constantly throw jokes at the audience with the hope that a small amount will elicit immature giggles.
Sadly enough, the writing/directing duo are met with success every single time, despite the utter lack of any actual humor. The successful box office game of “Laugh if you recognize this pop culture reference” still has participants willing to pay to play. THE VIRGINITY HIT (R) Four friends chronicle their buddy’s attempt to lose his virginity with a camera and the Internet. Can they survive the friends with benefits, Internet hookups and porn stars? Producers Will Ferrell and Adam McKay hope they’ve got the new Superbad with this low-budget, coming-of-age experiment. Will audiences think it’s just another teen sex comedy à la Sex Drive? WILD GRASS (PG) 2009. The latest film from 88-year-old, acclaimed French filmmaker Alain Resnais was nominated for the Palme d’Or at Cannes and won the director two special awards. A seemingly happily married husband and father, Georges (André Dussollier), finds a wallet and begins fantasizing about its owner, Marguerite (Sabine Azéma), a dentist’s wife and aviator. Wild Grass was also nominated for four Césars, including Best Film. Drew Wheeler
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The American strangely reminded me of a serious In Bruges. Professional killer wastes time in a tiny European burg while waiting for his boss to decide what to do with him. Midmovie, I considered looking up a synopsis of the film or its source material, Martin Booth’s A Very Private Gentleman. At least I remained interested enough to want to know what I did not—even though no one seemed eager to tell me. Drew Wheeler
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Since we’re such good friends, please allow me to share with you what I’ve learned this past week. Since I couldn’t be sure of when you would arrive, I wrote it down and left it for you here… Gather ‘Round: When a train killed Athens street musician and personality extraordinaire Tom Walker this past June, his friend Jonathan Daniels (The Suex Effect) started putting together plans for a tribute concert, and it looks like it’s going to happen in October. Daniels has gathered a core band of musicians and is looking for folks to sing or sit-in with them as they play songs that Walker played himself or simply those that Walker enjoyed, which are mainly ‘60s and ‘70s hits. If you want to participate or suggest songs, please contact Daniels via email@example.com. Walker was born in Ohio but had lived in New York, Vermont, Michigan, South Florida and California before coming to Athens a couple of years back. Shortly before his death he was living in a tent behind Thomas Lay Park and had made a real name for himself with his regular performances on College Square. He had also written a film script revolving around the lives of five Athenian friends. To get a small glimpse of what Tom was all about, listen to his music at www. myspace.com/thedevilandt0mwalker or read his blog at www. Tom Walker memexman.blogspot.com. Dig It: The second-longest-running rock and roll band in Athens, The Jesters, will play the Melting Point on Friday, Sept. 17. Appearances by the group (which is second only to The Michael Guthrie Band for longevity and originally existed between 1964 and 1970 but reunited in 1982) only happen a few times a year these days. One thing I love a lot about The Jesters is that they are a significant link from Athens (another would be The Athens Rogues) to the often forgotten 1960s garage/dance/R&B/beach music scene of the South and Southeast, which comprised hundreds of bands across approximately 10 states. Some members of The Jesters, notably Davis Causey, went on to other musical projects. The band has a new album out now titled Sure Thing that should be available in local record shops and online. Tickets to the show are $12 in advance from www.meltingpointathens.com. Some Assembly Required: After seeking, but not finding, a publisher for its latest book project, Chunklet magazine started a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for The Indie Cred Test. The book is actually an attack on all the presupposed things that make a person “credible” in the indie scene but done with Chunklet’s own style of humor and panache. A donation of $15 will get you the book, but a donation of $25 will get you the book plus a copy of an exclusive 7-inch single from Toronto’s Fucked Up, which just happens to be one of my favorite bands in the world (not to be confused with Holy Fuck, also from Toronto and playing in Athens Sept. 14). There’s a bunch of other stuff for other tiers of support, too. No one goes home emptyhanded. To get in on it, please visit www.kickstarter.com and search for Chunklet.
Puzzlin’ Evidence: Is anyone else out there bothered by the phenomenon of some Athens bands and audience members that have taken to wearing faux war paint, fake headdresses and other types of Native American costume as a means of simply decorating themselves for a rock show? Truth be told, this started in Athens a few years back but has since been happening pretty regularly among some newer bands and their fans both in Athens and the indie scene at large. I’m working on an article addressing this type of thing, which seems at best ignorant and at worst racist, and I’d like to hear from you readers out there as to what you think of this, if you’ve even noticed it at all, and if your band participates in this type of thing, what your reasoning is for doing so. Please drop me a line with your thoughts
to firstname.lastname@example.org. Anonymous comments are welcome. I’m really, honestly interested in what you have to say even if you don’t want to put your name to it. More Fred: If you just can’t get enough of Fred Schneider (The B-52s, The Superions), then go ahead ahead and check out the upcoming release from Ursula 1000 (AKA Alex Gimeno) named the Fuzz EP. Schneider appears on the track “Hey You” and the whole record is a departure from the normally dance-floorsmooth Ursula 1000 as he takes on 1960s garage rock. Indeed, the promotional mix of “Hey You” is mashed up with “Shake,” the 1969 release Shadows of Knight singer Jim Sohns recorded with a bunch of studio musicians (although it’s credited to the band anyway), and it fits perfectly. The EP will be released on Thievery Corporation’s label, ESL. For more information, please see www.esl music.com. Gunter Glieben Glauchen Globen: Advance sales of two-day wristbands have commenced for this year’s Devilneck Metal Fest which takes place at the Caledonia Lounge Oct. 1 & 2. Comprising 22 bands (including notable out-of-towners Stone Mountain Freeway, Colossus and Rwake, among many others) the event will likely be pretty packed each night. Two-day tickets are $15 and available at Pain & Wonder Tattoo Studio (next door to the 40 Watt) at 285 W. Washington St. Alternatively, you can purchase tickets via PayPal by sending payment to email@example.com. For more info, please see www.myspace.com/ devilneckmetalfest. Gordon Lamb firstname.lastname@example.org
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A Look Through the Camera Lens
ver the past decade, of Montreal has pushed the boundaries of what’s acceptable in an indie-rock club show, and lately it seems the band’s been on a multimedia excursion. Check the successful reception for the recent video for “Coquet Coquette,” a fantastically savage seaside romp directed by Jason Miller and spotlighting a track from the band’s new album, False Priest, out next week. There’s another video in the works that combines the band’s freak-funk with archetypal outdoor imagery, this time directed by man-about-town Spenser Simrill. Simrill spoke with Flagpole about shooting the video for “Sex Karma,” a track which features guest vocals from Solange Knowles, famously sister to Beyonce. There is also a river fire serpent goddess in the footage, which means you can now add local artist Nina Barnes alongside Salma Hayek and Britney Spears in the dances-memorably-with-a-snake lineage. Simrill also shot and directed Family Nouveau, the film documenting of Montreal’s 2009 European tour. He has plans for an expanded release of that still percolating project, but more on that when it’s time. For now, Spenser, let’s hear about the fire goddess. Flagpole: Tell us about the shoot you just wrapped last week. Spenser Simrill: The video shoot was awesome. I got on the Broad River and got this guy who owns this 30’x90’ rock that juts out into the middle of the river. I got three truckloads of wood, and we lit the biggest fire you could imagine. We had these small fires surrounding it in the shape of a pentagram. The video was a river fire serpent goddess invocation ritual, and so the footage is Nina, Kevin’s wife, as the goddess, and she just was absolutely phenomenal. Just gorgeous. Her motions were mainly stoic but also had a little bit of melancholy. I’ll just describe the concept: so you see this rock, sort of a close-up of a rock, and then it cuts to a snake slithering across the water onto the rock, and then you cut to Nina; so basically Nina is the serpent fire goddess who creates the fire, and the fire gives birth to the band. The band before are these still, aquatic creatures, so the fire is the siren’s call for them to move to land. It’s basically retracing the emergence from water to land to fire, and honoring those first mammals or amphibians who came to land, taking this incredible risk to leave their home and place of comfort yet called by something mysterious to emerge into a new life for themselves. FP: Was it tricky wrangling an entire band in the middle of a river? SS: The challenge was we used all natural light. [There were] huge fires and torches, and so we had to get the narrative’s five steps, and we only had about three hours to do that due to the fire lasting for a certain time, and the sun was setting, too. We used a six-foot boa constrictor named Luraleen that the owner named after his best friend’s favorite Huddle House waitress. The original idea was for Solange to be the goddess, but she couldn’t make it, but I’m glad that Nina did it. There was a bond between Nina and the snake. The song is upbeat, and I guess the mood of the video has that same triumph. I was inspired by Stanley Kubrick for sure,
and the opening of 2001: A Space Odyssey, that sense of triumph and of risk rewarded. I thought of pushing the idea of rebirth through sexuality and new forms and new life. FP: What made you want to film of Montreal in the first place for Family Nouveau? SS: It kind of happened by chance. Before their European tour they needed someone to sell their merch. The price of the plane tickets was astronomical. I had a plane ticket to Europe already, as I was teaching in Cortona, Italy. They asked me since I was already heading that way, but my brother also had a ticket already so I said, “Why don’t we get my kid brother to sell the shirts, and I’ll run a couple of cameras?” So, that’s how we went over there. I didn’t have a crew and had to recruit people along the way. That was hit or miss, but I found some good people along the way. But it was basically just an Athens thing; the deal was worked out at a Christmas party because everyone knows everyone, and it was casual. You know how Athens is. FP: Do you see any relation between of Montreal’s theatrics and the music? Did you try to capture that with Family Nouveau or the video? SS: There’s that German phrase for a total work of art. Gosh, why can’t I remember it? [It’s Gesamtkunstwerk —Ed.] What really intrigues me about the band is that Kevin makes all the music and David and Nina contribute the art and the theatrics. So, it really is a family affair. The three of them can be the creative force behind the show, but everyone then pitches in. Davey makes these amazing puppets. Nick makes beautiful video projections. Everyone pitches in to make sure that there’s a total immersive experience. A lot of the theatricals are extremely mythological. Kevin’s an autodidact, so well-read. He’s obviously a musical genius but also a literary one. His knowledge is very broad, but occasionally there’s surprising depth, too, in exploring themes. He explores old myths and new things. So, I wanted to make something narrative-driven but also symbolic and archetypal. FP: What are the plans for the video’s release? SS: We’ll have the video done by Sept. 14, the same day that False Priest is released. There’s a local artist, Mark Magnarella, who has taken these extreme close-ups of waterbased paint, taking a macro lens to paint in a petri dish. It’s kind of phenomenal, a strangely beautiful union of order and chaos. There are perfect spheres. It mimics creation on a cellular, planetary and galactic level. So, right now I’m mixing that with the actual footage to wrap up the “Sex Karma” video. Chris Hassiotis
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oly moly. I mean, holy fuck! Holy Fuck is coming to Athens. The exclamation is part of the name, but with music this visceral—and a live act that supports such nomenclature— you’d be advised not to neuter, delete or otherwise substitute the expletive for the diminutive, “Holy F.,” “Holy Uck,” or any other un-holy hogwash of mutation or transliteration; thereby, you have been officially censured against censorship. What this means is, you should be excited. What this also means is that Holy Fuck does not sound like many other quote-unquote electronic acts who generally “sound like the fucking CD player through a PA system,” as phoned-in from Holy Fuck noisenik and originator Graham Walsh on this hectic dog day of interviews and missed calls; it’s his first day back in America from a lengthy tour of the European festival circuit. Known for its incendiary live shows where bandmembers run across stage from one unusual instrument to another, like a toy gun phaser or 35mm film synchronizer, the group recently debuted its most recent single among dicks and fat chicks via the website Chatroulette. Against all odds, Holy Fuck has carved its own little niche in the indie scene with krautish instrumentals that are as much Dusseldorf School as they are designed for trendy, cool kids at Fabric; somehow still connecting the dots between Trans Am’s post-rock, second wave B-more dance-punkers, and its own fuck buddies, the similarly odd-instrument-welding group Fuck Buttons. This amounts to a sound that is fundamentally electronic but smartly aided by a live rhythm section that kills. And considering the increasing popularity of EDM in an indie sphere that is struggling to adapt itself in a live conceit, Holy Fuck’s live setup gets it right. “Electronic is a hard genre. I remember going to DJ sets at rock clubs, and it’s just a guy with a laptop bobbing his head. We pretty much knew from the beginning we didn’t want that,” Walsh says.
Until its most recent release, Latin, the Toronto quartet has maintained a largely untitled catalogue: one self-titled debut, another EP and then the breakthrough sophomore release, LP, which has been nominated for both the Polaris Music Prize and a Juno Award. And even if this is your first time hearing about the band, you’ve definitely heard at least a snippet of LP’s quasi-smash hit “Lovely Allen,” or at least its “Baba O’Riley”-esque 10-second prelude. The track is a beloved set piece for music supervisors, and it accordingly has been sound-tracking love scenes, climaxes and general film and commercial peripeteia since its pressing in 2007. You may have heard it while Chrysler shills you minivans or on MTV’s preview for a show about “teen moms,” among other places. Ironically, despite its ubiquity, according to Walsh the song has earned the band little money in Europe, at least from licensing. “In Europe they have free rein to use music without paying anyone. So, on random house rental programs, bad sitcoms and Gordon Ramsay cooking shows, you’ll hear ‘Lovely Allen’ while cooking risotto.” Damn. Naturally, it’s not about the money, and it seems the guys are just happy that they’ve managed to turn the once “two-person hobby” into a permanent touring foursome of friends. “Chaotic and volatile. Our show is noisy and scattered and fun. I like blurring things and bringing them back into focus, there’s quite a bit of improvisation.” However Walsh describes it, Holy Fuck will definitely bring you to the dance floor. And then out of a request for an encore, or of a sigh of excitement, they might make you say their name. Christopher Benton
WHO: Holy Fuck, Indian Jewelry, Quiet Hooves (as Prince) WHERE: New Earth Music Hall WHEN: Tuesday, Sept. 14, 9 p.m. HOW MUCH: $13
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Metal and Booze “Not canceled due to lack of interest yet.” —www.myspace.com/harveymilk
a way, this nod to market forces is surprising. Undisputedly Athens’ greatest-ever heavy metal band, Harvey Milk was cranking it out to empty rooms for years in the ‘90s. The group reformed to fervent worship in 2006, but now, as it finds itself in high demand, the band is as close to inactive as it has been since its recent resurgence. “It was the complete opposite of the way it is now,” affirms drummer Kyle Spence, referring to his first tenure with the band (which began after original drummer Paul Trudeau left the group). “We would practice three or four times a week; we would be playing shows fairly constantly, going out of town. You know, like a normal band,” he laughs. “The exact opposite of what it is now.” What it is now is as follows: Spence lives here in Athens, recording colossal-sounding albums for bands such as Pride Parade. Guitarist/vocalist/band auteur Creston Spiers teaches music at a nearby elementary school. Oft-shirtless bassist Stephen Tanner lives in Brooklyn, where he made a name for himself feeding soul food to Williamsburg kids at the amazingly named Pies-n-Thighs; he recently opened a new joint called The Commodore (which he described to a New York Magazine blogger as “like Applebee’s, but better”). Spiers’ work schedule limits extensive touring to summers, and Tanner’s work up North keeps him plenty occupied. This excess of distance and absence of time has rendered Harvey Milk mostly inert, if not outright canceled. Which is a shame, because the band has released one of its most distilled offerings yet in A Small Turn of Human Kindness. After the eclectic last album, Life…the Best Game in Town (yuk yuk—the only game in town, sucker!), the band zeroed in on the origins of its sound. “I guess that the last record that we did, the Life… record, wasn’t anybody’s favorite in the band,” says Spence. “It was real hard to make and it just kinda went in a bunch of different directions. You know, some of the stuff worked out cool on it, but it wasn’t very focused. So, Creston wrote the new record pretty much from start to finish, and it was consciously done to be all one piece, really.” Remember that this is a band that prints t-shirts of E.T. the extraterrestrial smoking a joint and ended its last record with a thrash take on the “Looney Tunes” theme song; this album, however, is utterly miserable and imbued with hopelessness. It is also very beautiful at times. In other words, classic Harvey Milk.
The band’s jokey nonchalance has always stood as a necessary counterpoint to its bleak fatalism, and without it, A Small Turn… stands stark and naked in its sad openness. Plodding, composed (Spiers writes his songs on sheet music) and haunted, the album’s tortured vibe belies its easy-as-pie production. “Since we all had a pretty clear idea of what we wanted to do, recording it was a breeze,” says Spence. “We got together over a week and pretty much tracked all the music. It went real smooth. I think we came out better than we thought it would, actually. I guess you could say it sort of has more in common with older Harvey Milk records than the last few records, but that’s on purpose.” Aside from releasing the album—with barren cover photography by scene staple Mike White—and a couple of shows this past March, the band hasn’t exactly unleashed a barrage of promotion. “This year is the slowest that it’s been in the last few years, I guess,” says Spence. “We were going to go on tour again this summer and go back to Europe, but what ended up happening was Steven realized that he sort of needed to be around at home in New York to work on his restaurant, and Creston decided that it would be a good summer for him to spend with his family, and I decided it would be a good time to join Dinosaur Jr. for a few months. So, that all worked out pretty good.” (Spence took over the drum seat in Dino Jr. while original member Emmett “Murph” Murphy took a breather.) As for the matter of the band’s upcoming show being held at the unlikely venue of the Melting Point—which features mostly Americana and classic rock on its calendar— the band’s rationale was typically casual. “We had shows in North Carolina booked on Friday and Saturday already, and we wanted to play as much as we could while Steven was down here for the week,” says Spence. “It just seemed like it would be a good chance to play one more time. It’s not a typical club that we would play. So, it should be a little different, which is cool. Plus everybody can drink on a Sunday night.” Any thoughts on the menu? “The main thing about serving food is that they can serve alcohol, y’know. On Sundays. That’s more important than food.”
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record reviews The songs that actually work well include the porcelain celestiality of “The Letter,” the moody lightheadedness of “Lost and Found” and the rippling rainbow mist of “All Come Down.” Apart from these, however, it’s an exercise in minimalism without the requisite dynamism to make it sing. It’s not that Boy Outside is bad, it’s just that it’s mannered to the point of anemia, and that ain’t good. Bao Le-Huu
FOALS Total Life Forever Sub Pop
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Though these Oxford boys’ 2008 debut was auspicious, they’ve thrown the door of their potential wide open on this sophomore album because this is a strikingly mature and resonant work for a young band. Total Life Forever is dazzling in its sophistication and precision. Its utterly modern sound is crafted with miles of complexity and intellect, but the sense of movement throughout is kept facile, funky and immediate. It’s a ride that’s less jumpy but far more liquid. Moreover, the songs progress in dramatically unfolding arcs, each passage marked by grand instrumental gestures. Most feature upward punches in scale, often scraping the sky by their conclusion. And, melodically, Foals has never been more penetrating. The stars of this bright constellation are the taut groove of “Total Life Forever,” the ozone soar of “This Orient” and the crystalline spindles of “2 Trees.” But the suns are the blooming magnificence of “Blue Blood” and the rippling immensity of “Spanish Sahara.” Huge but airy, exacting yet effortless, this record is some of the most statuesque work in indie rock today. Even more than a poignant snapshot in time, the most exciting aspect of Total Life Forever is its view of a band with a long, deep future. Bao Le-Huu
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THE THERMALS Personal Life Kill Rock Stars Some bands do a particular thing like none other, so well that when they deviate, it feels like the cosmos is offbalance. The Thermals are one such band. There’s such a mighty specificity in their sound. The combustion between their bursting heart, untamed delivery and overdriven lo-fi glory lit up the world the second they emerged. Recently, they’ve complicated the formula with more nuance and spectrum, adding only smoke rather than fuel to their flame. But it’s on now, because Chris Walla’s back on production and the album’s focus is back to love. Yes, The Thermals are back in full effect. Supernovas include “I’m Gonna Change Your Life,” a mid-paced monolith where Hutch Harris’ voice beams with the life-giving desperation that John Darnielle used to conjure at his best. The eternal youth and ragged bounce of “I Don’t Believe You” is a classic dance-your-ass-off jam. Tuneful, focused and high-impact, Personal Life is astoundingly on-point. Absolutely radioactive with heart, The Thermals haven’t sounded this essential in years. Bao Le-Huu The Thermals are playing at the 40 Watt Club on Tuesday, Oct. 19.
STEVE MASON Boy Outside Domino After recording under the names King Biscuit Time and Black Affair, Beta Band fans should be somewhat heartened to know that singer Steve Mason has boomeranged back to that lauded core sound, or at least closer to it than he’s been in years. However, there’s a fundamental change in perspective on this album. More than mature, it’s very adult, as in adult contemporary. The material here lacks the chunky, tactile bite and real psychedelic strangeness of The Beta Band. And those, it turns out, constitute a pretty big difference in the sum total. The album’s treatment is so cleanly proportioned that it’s sterile. There’s a fine and critical line between stoned and just plain sleepy, and it’s one that separates prime-era Beta Band and Mason’s new solo work.
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opportunities, pre-purchase. Those adding Messengers to their cart before check-out will find a fine collection of emotionally and sonically dense, lurid psych-rock songs. Opening track “At Night” is as tense and terrifying (and occasionally weightless) as a fever dream. The album never reaches that same pleasantly acerbic and primal plateau again, only occasionally teasing (see “The Roof” or “Hurrah”) and instead venturing into more muddied, melodic meadows (see “Not to Know”), even reminding me of The Walkmen a lot (see “Cadence”).
HIGH STRUNG STRING BAND High Strung String Band Independent Release Part of the charm of the High Strung String Band is how relaxed the band’s music is. Unlike many other bluegrass acts that focus on speed, High Strung is comfortable taking its time during a song, allowing each instrument its time in the spotlight. Neither incredibly dramatic nor forgettable, the six songs found on the band’s debut EP barely clock in at 20 minutes of music but make a positive impact during their time, with a few key moments that jump out and demand attention. The beautiful slide guitar on “Just Around the Bend” is perfectly paired with soothing vocals and a gentle rhythm that could be overlooked on the first pass through the album but a second listening massages out delicate details at the edges. On the flip side, “Stay With Me” is a rather by-thenumbers country-beat song that is pleasant enough on its own without being adventurous. The High Strung String Band only lives up to the “string band” part of its name. Maybe with a bit more highstrung energy behind it, these songs could go from just pleasant listening to something a bit more noteworthy. Jordan Stepp
MT ST HELENS VIETNAM BAND Where the Messengers Meet Dead Oceans Seattle-based Mt St Helens Vietnam Band probably didn’t ardently discuss a business model based on suckers bent toward the bizarre when they decided on their dreadful moniker. Thankfully, these days the music-purchasing public is more discerning and generally privy to listening
DEER TICK The Black Dirt Sessions Partisan Having racked up touring miles with like-minded royalty such as Neko Case, Jenny Lewis, Jason Isbell and
the Felice Brothers, the Rhode Island breakouts have been blazing their way up. But in contrast to their dustraising live shows, this record is a notably reflective turn, its heft coming almost exclusively from the warmth and radiance of atmosphere. Besides the Dixie-blazing coda of “Mange,” things maintain more or less of a sultry simmer throughout. And rather than castrate them, the inward perspective actually separates them further from the pack. The obvious highlights are the sweeping, country-kissed rock of “When She Comes Home” and the golden Southern porch-rock of “Hand in My Hand.” But proof that their roots are reaching new, fertile depths are the grandly wistful slow dance of “Choir of Angels” and the microcosmic majesty of “Twenty Miles.” Making the evolution all worthwhile is the grizzled grace of John McCauley’s voice, now one of indie folk’s most powerful, distinctive and textured beacons. All it takes to prove the towering power of his raw, hairraising emotionality is one spin of “Christ Jesus.” With that voice at the helm, Deer Tick will never be ordinary. And this rugged-yet-rich effort is a titillating taste of a band with much more to show. Bao Le-Huu Deer Tick is playing at the 40 Watt Club on Thursday, Oct. 7.
MENOMENA Mines Barsuk An abundance of talent doesn’t ensure creative ease. Even a group stacked with skills like this Portland experimental-rock trio had to endure a long and contentious three-and-ahalf-year gestation period for their fourth album. But from all the strife came a forward-looking work that’s extraordinarily balanced, cohesive and emotional. Menomena is comprised of some of the most painstaking sonic architects out there, and its dense foundation of self-made loops (created on a software program written by member Brent Knopf as a college assignment) culminates in a blend of organic and synthetic that’s unconventional in an utterly fluid way. Like a more florid, spaced-out TV on the Radio, the band’s high intellect is anchored by a slightly centrist expression with real pop smarts, something shown marvelously in the airy directness of the lovely “Killemall.” Despite all the wrestling in the womb, this golden child has emerged bearing character and inspiration. The shimmeringly striated fabric of Mines can only come from a band that’s competent, conceptual and utterly current. Though highly atmospheric, it’s a sound that’s gutsy enough to fill the entire room instead of simply lining the walls. Bao Le-Huu
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Tuesday 7 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. 4–7 p.m. FREE! www. athensfarmersmarket.net EVENTS: Athens Heritage Walks (Call for location) Lee Epting and John Knowlton lead a walking tour of 1800 Crescent Lane, also known as “The Hill”, which has served as a safe haven for several historic houses which were relocated here to avoid demolition. Space is limited; call to reserve spot. 6:30 p.m. $15. 706-353-1801, www.achfonline.org EVENTS: Banff Mountain Film Festival (Ciné BarCafé) The Radical Reels Tour showcases extreme outdoor sports footage gathered from cliff divers, whitewater adventurers, mountain bikers and more. Hosted by Half-Moon Outfitters. 7 p.m. www.athenscine.com 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 Disney’s newest film from deep in the bayou, The Princess and the Frog. Film features a non-intrusive narrative track for visually impaired viewers. 3 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 KIDSTUFF: “Grin and Bear it” (Memorial Park) Play bear games, make bear crafts, have a “bear-sized” snack and learn about Bear Hollow’s resident black bears. Call to register. 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. $15–23. 706– 613–3580. www.accleisureservices. com/kids/shtml 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 8 EVENTS: Canine Cocktail Hour (Hotel Indigo, Phi Bar & Bistro Courtyard) Drink and food specials for you and your (well-behaved, non-aggressive, vaccinated) dog! This week: salty dogs and greyhound drink specials. Every Wednesday. 5–7 p.m. www.athensdowntownhotel.com 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 and talk about it. Wednesdays. 2 p.m. FREE! 706795-5597 KIDSTUFF: School Supplies Bingo Bonanza (Lay Park) Compete to win a backpack loaded with school supplies at a community center near you! Ages 6–12. 6–7:30 p.m. $3. 706-613-3596 MEETINGS: Library Sewing Group (Madison County Library) Currently crocheting with double-ended crochet needles. Newcomers welcome. 1–3 p.m. FREE! 706-795-5597 MEETINGS: Open Forum on Green Infrastructure at UGA (Broad Street Studios, 225 Broad St.) The second-year Master’s of Landscape Architecture studio seeks the community’s participation in a creative, multidisciplinary meeting on a green infrastructure plan. Refreshments provided. Please RSVP. 6:15 p.m. FREE! firstname.lastname@example.org MEETINGS: Sitting Meditation Group (Mind Body Institute) Silent meditation. 12:30 p.m. FREE! 706475-7329 GAMES: Bocce Ball (DePalma’s Italian Cafe, 2080 Timothy Rd.) Join the league on the lawn every Wednesday. 6:30 p.m. FREE! 706552-1237, email@example.com GAMES: Game Night (Alibi) Develop coordination, tolerance and grace through beer pong. Every Wednesday and Saturday with Corey. FREE! 706-549-1010 GAMES: Poker Night (Buffalo’s Southwest Café) Texas Hold ‘Em every Wednesday. 18 and up. Sign in at 6:30 p.m. 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: Team Trivia (Lucky Dawg Billiards) Team Trivia every Wednesday night (2 rounds). First round at 9 p.m. Second round at 11 p.m. 9 p.m. FREE! 706-354-7829 GAMES: Trivia (Harry’s Pig Shop) Nerd wars at Classic City Trivia’s “most challenging trivia night in Athens.” Every Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. FREE! 706-612-9219 GAMES: Trivia (Your Pie) Open your pie-hole for a chance to win! Every Wednesday at all three locations. 7:30 p.m. FREE! www.yourpie.com
Thursday 9 EVENTS: Blessing of the Waters (Healing Arts Centre) Meditate and pray over vials of water which will be poured into the Gulf and Trail Creek. Healing songs by Lara Oshon. 7:30–8:45 p.m. FREE! 404432-1976
EVENTS: Junior Roller Derby Fundraiser (Skate-A-Round USA) Information session and fundraiser for a newly forming league of young skaters. Come out and bring your friends for a night of skating and allyou-can-eat pizza! 6–9 p.m. $5. athensjuniorrollerderby.forumup.com EVENTS: Phi Kappa Debate (UGA Phi Kappa Hall) Join the Phi Kappa Literary Society and a guest speaker from the EPA to debate who should be held responsible for oil spills. A second debate on the merits of the Social Security system follows. 7 p.m. FREE! firstname.lastname@example.org 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: Yappy Hour for (WellBehaved) Dogs (283 Bar) Happy hour is all the more happy when your dog is by your side. Come out for drink specials for humans and endless bowls of water and treats for the furries. 5–8 p.m. 706-208-1283 PERFORMANCE: 2nd Thursday Concert Series (UGA Hodgson Hall) Mark Cedel directs the UGA Symphony Orchestra in a program to include Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor and Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 4. 8 p.m. $15, $7 (UGA students). 706542-4400 KIDSTUFF: Afternoon Movie (Madison County Library) Share popcorn with your friends and enjoy a FREE! screening of The Tale of Desperaux. 4:30 p.m. FREE! 706795-5597 KIDSTUFF: Read to Rover (ACC Library) Beginning readers in grades 1–4 read aloud to an aid dog. Trainer always present. 3:30–4:30 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 GAMES: Poker (Lucky Dawg Billiards) Poker tournaments every Thursday (2 rounds). First round at 7:30 p.m. Second round at 10:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. FREE! 706-354-7829
Friday 10 EVENTS: Community Grand Opening (Community, 119 Jackson St.) Welcome the newest women’s boutique to the neighborhood! Featuring vintage and local design and serving up Little Cookoo Chocolates. Find the afterparty at the 283 Bar. 5–8 p.m. FREE! EVENTS: District 1 “Fun-Raiser” (Alibi) Stop by to mingle near the snack table at this “fun-raiser” for Farley Jones. Catch live musical performances by Ralph Roddenbery Band and Dodd Ferelle. 8 p.m. FREE! 706-549-1010 EVENTS: Sacred Harp Singing (First United Methodist Church) Traditional shape-note singing from
Hill Country Revue plays the 40 Watt Club on Wednesday, Sept. 8. hymnals published in the 1800s by Georgia composers. No experience required. New singers’ orientation at 6:30 p.m. 7–9 p.m. FREE! 706372-6344 PERFORMANCE: Drag Show (Go Bar) Featuring local performers. 9–11 p.m. www.myspace.com/gobar OUTDOORS: “A Night in Nature” (Sandy Creek Park) This new program designed for individuals to meet others with similar interests features canoeing, behind-thescenes zoo tours, night walks and more. Call to register. 6:30–9 p.m. $13. 706-613-3615 KIDSTUFF: Preschool & Toddler Storytime (Madison County Library) Includes stories, fingerpuppet plays, songs and crafts for literacy-based fun. This month’s themes include the Letter H, author Jon Sciezska and birthdays. 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-795-5597 LECTURES & LIT.: Front Lines (ATHICA) Readings of original works about war and its lasting effects with keynote reader Dr. Chris Cuomo, philosophy and women’s studies professor and author of The Philospher Queen. 7–9 p.m. $3 (donation) www.athica.org MEETINGS: Mindfulness Practice Group (Mind Body Institute) Beginners and experienced mindfulness practitioners welcome. Meets the second Friday of each month. 5:30 p.m. FREE! 706-475-7329 GAMES: Poker (Lucky Dawg Billiards) Poker tournaments every Friday (2 rounds). First round at 7 p.m. Second round at 10 p.m. 7 p.m. FREE! 706-354-7829
Saturday 11 EVENTS: 13th Annual Greek Festival (St. Philothea Greek Orthodox Church) Traditional music and dancing, Greek cuisine, a marketplace, lecture on iconography, church tours, Hellenic spirit dancers and kids’ activities. (Sept. 11 & 12) 11 a.m.–8 p.m. $3, $1 (seniors & students). www.stphilothea. ga.goarch.org EVENTS: 15th Anniversary Celebration (Monroe Art Guild) Join the Monroe Art Guild and the Walton County Music Guild to commemorate 15 years in the small town of Monroe. Stop by for a slideshow documenting the history of both institutions, a glimpse of the current art exhibit, “Papermakers,” and live music and refreshments. 8–11 p.m. FREE! www.monroeartguild.org EVENTS: Adoption Day (Pet Supplies Plus) Local animal rescue organizations bring their pups out
for a chance at finding a forever home. Love connections made every Saturday! 11 a.m.–3 p.m. 706-3530650 EVENTS: 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: Athens Heritage Walks (Call for location) Maxine Easom, a fourth-generation resident of Carr’s Hill, leads this tour of the riverside neighborhood which once served as a bustling railroad terminus freckled with textile mills. Space is limited; call to reserve spot. 10 a.m. $15. 706-353-1801, www.achfonline.org EVENTS: Mutt Strut (Ben Burton Park) Featuring a costume contest, a dog/owner lookalike contest and more. Meet other dog lovers and their dogs, be charmed by the onsite adoptables and learn about the many canine organizations and rescue groups around town. 10 a.m.–1 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3615, www. athensgreenway.com EVENTS: Owl Flight 5K Run/Walk (Clarke Middle School) The Clarke Middle School PTO hosts a 5K funrun to raise money for the school. 8:30 a.m. $18, $12 (CMS students). Contact: Al Clarke, 706-631-5028 EVENTS: Peace in the Valley Dance Party (New Earth Music Hall) Benefit party for Common Ground Athens featuring guest speakers and DJs! 9 p.m. $5. www. newearthmusichall.com ART: Opening Reception (Flicker Theatre & Bar) For an exhibit featuring work by James Greer. 6 p.m. FREE! www.myspace.com/flickerbar OUTDOORS: “Shoals of Time” Book Launch on the River (Ogeechee River Mill, Mayfield) Celebrate the release of Bartram’s Living Legacy: The Travels and the Nature of the South and The Flower Seeker at this fundraising event for the Georgia River Network and the Ogeechee Riverkeeper. Bring a picnic lunch and a canoe or a kayak for a paddle on the Ogeechee River. For registration, directions and information, go online. Noon–4 p.m. $15 (adults) FREE! (kids 12 & under). www.garivers.org/events/ shoalevent.html KIDSTUFF: Celebration Weekend (First Presbyterian Church, 185 E Hancock Ave.) Festival for children with performances by Pam Blanchard and the Sunny-Side Up Band at 12:30 p.m., inflatables and other activities. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. FREE! www.firstpresathens.org KIDSTUFF: “Sam-I-Am
Challenge” (Rocksprings Neighborhood Center) Finally, it’s time to let a limited vocabulary work for you! Enter this Dr. Seuss-inspired contest and challenge yourself to write a story using only 50 words. Winners will receive prizes and all participants will be rewarded with a green eggs and ham brunch. For kids ages 4–12. Call to register. 11 a.m. $3. 706-613-3603. KIDSTUFF: Second Saturday Storytime (Sandy Creek Nature Center) Join the SCNC staff for stories about the woods and their resident creatures. 2:30 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3615, www.accleisureservices.com GAMES: Game Night (Alibi) Develop coordination, tolerance and grace through beer pong. Every Wednesday and Saturday with Corey. FREE! 706-549-1010 GAMES: Poker (Lucky Dawg Billiards) Poker tournaments every Saturday (2 rounds). First round at 5 p.m. Second round at 8 p.m. 5 p.m. FREE! 706-354-7829
Sunday 12 EVENTS: 13th Annual Greek Festival (St. Philothea Greek Orthodox Church) Live music, Greek dancing and delicious Greek cuisine. See Calendar Events Sept. 11. (Sept. 11 & 12) 11 a.m.–8 p.m. $3, $1 (seniors & students). www.stphilothea. ga.goarch.org EVENTS: Athens Heritage Walk (Call for location) David Bryant, a 20-year resident of the eclectic Pulaski Heights neighborhood, leads a walking tour of the charming northwestern nook of downtown. Space is limited; call to reserve spot. 2 p.m. $15. 706-353-1801, www. achfonline.org ART: Reception (Monroe Art Guild) For “Papermakers,” an exhibit featuring paper sculpture and other paper arts by over 20 local artists. Come early for light refreshments, live music and an artist demonstration. 2–4 p.m. FREE! www.monroeartguild.org GAMES: Full Contact Trivia (Amici Italian Café) Come test your knowledge! 9 p.m. FREE! 706-353-0000 GAMES: Poker (Lucky Dawg Billiards) Poker tournaments every Sunday (2 rounds). First round at 2 p.m. Second round at 5 p.m. 2 p.m. FREE! 706-354-7829 GAMES: Trivia (Buffalo’s Southwest Café) Test your knowledge of ‘00s pop culture every Sunday. 6:30 p.m. (sign in), 7 p.m. (start). 706354-6655 k continued on next page
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Monday 13 EVENTS: Drum Clinic with Mark Schulman (Musician’s Warehouse) Don’t miss this opportunity to work with Mark Schulman, a drummer who has played with Sheryl Crow, Foreigner, Destiny’s Child, Billy Idol and more. FREE! giveaways for all ages! 7:30 p.m. FREE! KIDSTUFF: Bedtime Stories (ACC Library) Snuggle in your jammies and listen to bedtime stories. Every Monday. 7 p.m. FREE! 706-6133650 KIDSTUFF: Infant Storytime (ACC Library) Nurture language skills. 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 KIDSTUFF: Infant Storytime (Madison County Library) Rhymes and songs with your little one! 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-795-5597 LECTURES & LIT.: “Picturing America: Land of Opportunity” (ACC Library) An ongoing literary discussion series featuring scholarled conversations about novels concerned with the American Dream. In the first of five discussions, Dr. Hugh Ruppersburg will focus on E.L. Doctorow’s Ragtime. Go online for full program schedule. 6:30 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650, www.clarke. public.lib.ga.us/events/accevents. html MEETINGS: Athens Permaculture (Ben’s Bikes) Meet up with others devoted to permaculture and sustainable living and discuss exciting news about the Athens Community Garden. 7–8:30 p.m. FREE! email@example.com MEETINGS: Federation of Neighborhood Associations (Fire Hall No. 2, 489 Prince Ave.) This month, a panel discussion with ACC mayoral candidates. All interested parties are welcome. 7:30 p.m. FREE! 706-613-2912, contact@ accneighborhoods.org MEETINGS: Oconee Cycling Organization (Oconee County Library) Meet up to elect the organization’s first official board and to discuss goals for the coming year. New members welcome. 7:30–8:30 p.m. FREE! oconeecycling.org GAMES: 20 Questions (Transmetropolitan) Chris Creech hosts general knowledge trivia. Compete for $10 and $25 gift certificates to Transmet! Every Monday. 9 p.m. FREE! 706-613-8773 GAMES: APA Pool Leagues (Lucky Dawg Billiards) Join anytime, any skill level! 7:30 p.m. 706-354-7829 GAMES: Team Trivia (Beef ‘O’ Brady’s) Every Monday night. Bring your friends! 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706850-1916 GAMES: Trivia (Blind Pig Tavern) Think you know it all? 8 p.m. 706548-3442 GAMES: Trivia (Alibi) Marilyn hosts this weekly trivia game. Every Monday. 8 p.m. FREE! 706-5491010
Tuesday 14 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: Sustainability Film Series (UGA East Campus Village, Rooker Hall) UGA’s University Housing Sustainability Committee hosts a fall film series focusing
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on environmental awareness and sustainability. This week: Gasland. 7 p.m. FREE! 706-542-7068, firstname.lastname@example.org 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 MEETINGS: Sitting Meditation Group (Mind Body Institute) Silent meditation. 12:30 p.m. FREE! 706475-7329 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 15 EVENTS: Bad Movie Night (Ciné BarCafé) An unstoppable killing machine must kick, punch and scream his way to freedom from bloodthirsty mercenaries in Deadly Prey. 8–10 p.m. FREE! www.facebook.com/ badmovienight EVENTS: Canine Cocktail Hour (Hotel Indigo, Phi Bar & Bistro Courtyard) Drink and food specials for you and your (well-behaved, non-aggressive, vaccinated) dog! This week: salty dogs and greyhounds. Every Wednesday night. 5–7 p.m. www.athensdowntownhotel.com 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 MEETINGS: Library Sewing Group (Madison County Library) Currently crocheting with double-ended crochet needles. Newcomers welcome. 1–3 p.m. FREE! 706-795-5597 GAMES: Bocce Ball (DePalma’s Italian Cafe, 2080 Timothy Rd.) Join the league on the lawn every Wednesday. 6:30 p.m. FREE! 706552-1237, email@example.com GAMES: Game Night (Alibi) Develop coordination, tolerance and grace through beer pong. Every Wednesday and Saturday with Corey. FREE! 706-549-1010 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: Team Trivia (Lucky Dawg Billiards) Team Trivia every Wednesday night (2 rounds). First round at 9 p.m. Second round at 11 p.m. 9 p.m. FREE! 706-354-7829 GAMES: Trivia (Harry’s Pig Shop) Nerd wars at Classic City Trivia’s “most challenging trivia night in Athens.” Every Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. FREE! 706-612-9219 GAMES: Trivia (Your Pie) Open your pie-hole for a chance to win! Every Wednesday at all three locations. 7:30 p.m. FREE! www.yourpie.com * Advance Tickets Available
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Down the Line EVENTS: Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund’s Annual Dinner 9/16 (Call for location) Honor this year’s 80 scholars and network with local business owners. Brigadier General Maria Britt is the keynote speaker. 5:30 p.m. $65. 706-208-1211, www. rankinfoundation.org EVENTS: Athens Farmers Market 9/18 (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: Classic City Rollergirls Bout 9/18 (Skate-A-Round USA) The Classic City Rollergirls take on the Chattanooga Roller Girls. 7 p.m. $10 (adults), $5 (ages 6–10), FREE! (ages 6 & under). www.classiccityrollergirls.com OUTDOORS: Naturalist Walk 9/18 (Sandy Creek Nature Center) Join SCNC staff for a walk around the property. 10–11 a.m. FREE! 706613-3615 KIDSTUFF: Insectival! 9/25 (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Family festival with discovery stations, beetle races, puppet show and lots of live insects. Butterfly release at 11 a.m. 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. $5/person, $20 (family max), FREE! ages 2 & under. 706-542-6156 OUTDOORS: Audubon Society Bird Ramble 9/25 (State Botanical Garden) Join the Oconee Rivers Audubon Society for a morning bird walk. All birding levels are welcome. Meet at the upper parking lot between the Garden Club Headquarters and the Chapel. 8 a.m. FREE! www. oconeeriversaudubon.org ART: Closing Day 9/26 (ATHICA) For “Mission Accomplished,” an exhibit reflecting on the Iraq War. Featuring video and sound art, photography, glass, prints, embroidery and sculpture as well as a panel discussion with the artists. 3:30 p.m. www. athica.org MEETINGS: Mindfulness Practice Group 10/8 (Mind Body Institute) Beginners and experienced mindfulness practitioners welcome. Meets the second Friday of each month. 5:30 p.m. FREE! 706-475-7329 KIDSTUFF: Second Saturday Storytime 10/9 (Sandy Creek Nature Center) Join the SCNC staff for stories about the woods and their resident creatures. 2:30 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3615, www.accleisureservices.com OUTDOORS: Athens, GA Half Marathon 10/24 (Various Locations) Explore Athens in autumn on this run winding through campus, downtown and alongside the North Oconee River. Proceeds benefit AthFest. 7 a.m. $60. www. athensgahalf.com * Advance Tickets Available
Live Music Tuesday 7 Alibi 9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-1010 KARAOKE Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday with the Singing Cowboy! Caledonia Lounge 9:30 p.m. $5 (21+), $7. www.caledonialounge.com MAC-N-CHZ These Southern rockers play a mix of originals and classic covers.
THE SERENADERS Rockabilly fused with classic country influenced by Hank Williams, Johnny Cash and Lucinda Williams. STARLITE DEVILLES New local band featuring Eric Gregory and Bear from Twain, Tommy Jones (Ralph Roddenbery Band, Pet Volcano) and Brian Crum (Dylan Blues Project, Jolly Beggars) playing a mix of alternative country and power-pop. Doc McGee’s 8 p.m. $5 (musicians FREE!). www. docmcgees.com MUSICIAN ALL JAM Every Tuesday night Doc McGee’s presents Musician All Jam hosted by The Mike Delaney Project. Bring your instrument and sign up when you arrive to play. Farm 255 11 p.m. FREE! www.farm255.com BLACK CONGO, NC World music meets psychedelic indie. CO CO RI CO Angular, guitar-driven rock that melodically meanders through post-rock soundscapes featuring technical drums, wandering bass and glockenspiel. GRAPE SODA Lewis brothers Ryan and Mat team up to create soulful, spaced-out pop songs buried in lush reverb. Debut album is coming out very soon! Flicker Theatre & Bar 8:30 p.m. www.myspace.com/flickerbar OPEN TOAD COMEDY A unique open mic experience. The audience gets to pelt the performers who go over their six-minute time limit with foam rocks. Performers get in FREE! but must sign up by 8 p.m. Go Bar 10 p.m. www.myspace.com/gobar DADFAG This San Francisco trio plays dark, angular no wave punk. Featuring one-time Athenian Eva Hannan. WITCHES With touchstones that include The Breeders and Neil Young, this local band plays edgy, melodic rock led by the rich vocals of Cara Beth Satalino. Little Kings Shuffle Club Athens Farmers Market. 4–7 p.m. FREE! www.athensfarmersmarket.net CATHERINE KIMBRO & SHOAL CREEK Wholesome country with bell-like vocals influenced by Loretta Lynn, Carrie Underwood and Allison Moreno. (4–5:15 p.m.) TRENT MAYO Country rock influenced by contemporary artists such as Travis Tritt, Keith Urban and Garth Brooks. (5:30–7 p.m.) The Melting Point 7 p.m. $3. www.meltingpointathens. com CAMP CREEK COMMITTEE Part of the weekly Terrapin bluegrass series. New Earth Music Hall 9 p.m. FREE! www.newearthmusichall. com POETIC SOUL Mon2 and Buddah host this new open-mic for poets, singers and other soulful types. Every Tuesday. Sign up at 8 p.m. Rye Bar 10 p.m. www.myspace.com/ryebarathens PHIL WISEMAN Alternative rock from Austin, TX.
Caledonia Lounge 10 p.m. $5 (21+), $7. www.caledonialounge.com HOT CHA CHA Infectious, danceable punk/new wave. INCENDIARIES Ladies of pedigree enforcing angular sensibilities. Featuring local musicians Mandy Branch-Friar, Mary Joyce, Erika Rickson and Erica Strout.
The Bad Manor 11 p.m. FREE! www.thebadmanor.com THE FRANCISCO VIDAL BAND Atlanta-based singer-songwriter Francisco Vidal and his band play catchy rock and pop songs.
Farm 255 “Primals Night.” 9–11 p.m. FREE! www.farm255.com AARON GENTRY & PATRICK MORALES Gentry is a multi-instrumentalist known for his work with Broken Bits and Quiet Hooves, and Morales is a local singer-songwriter.
Caledonia Lounge 10 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). www.caledonialounge.com THE BEAT GEEKS A musical hybrid of R&B and pop incorporating heavy drums, hypnotizing techno melodies and alternative attitude. MERCURY VEIL Emotional alternative rock featuring crunchy guitar riffs with male and female vocals and an affinity for bands like Tool and Smashing Pumpkins. SLOW CLAW Straightforward, unpretentious, very listenable indie rock from Ohio.
40 Watt Club 8 p.m. $16 (adv.). www.40watt.com HILL COUNTRY REVUE Modern Southern rock and blues band led by Cody Dickinson of The North Mississippi Allstars. TEA LEAF GREEN Like a number of other jam bands, Tea Leaf Green is made up of road warriors whose relentless touring has won over dedicated fans across the nation. Go Bar 10 p.m. FREE! www.myspace.com/ gobar DJ MAHOGANY Freaky funk, sultry soul, righteous R&B and a whole lotta unexpected faves. Johnny’s New York Style Pizza 8 p.m. FREE! www.bawlingcomedy.com OPEN MIC CHALLENGE Bawling Comedy hosts an open-mic for amateur stand-up comics. Get laughed off stage for the chance to win $50. The Melting Point 9 p.m. $5. www.meltingpointathens. com GIMME HENDRIX Locally based Jimi Hendrix tribute band featuring authentic look and gear. HARP UNSTRUNG Alternative rock with a funky, jam-band twist. Lush harmonies and guitar-driven songs will invite you to the dance floor. New Earth Music Hall 9 p.m. $10 (adv.), $12 (door).com EAST PONCE SOUL FACTION Heavy, organ-based funky rock that names Medeski, Martin and Wood as key influences. THE NEW MASTERSOUNDS Four-piece funk band from Northern England. The Office Lounge 9:30 p.m. FREE! 706-549-0840 KARAOKE Every Wednesday with Lynn the Queen of Karaoke! Rye Bar 10:30 p.m. www.myspace.com/ryebarathens DJ KILLACUT Spinning an eclectic mix of music and mashing it up DJ Shadow-style. Terrapin Beer Co. 5 p.m. www.terrapinbeer.com CARLA LE FEVER AND THE RAYS LeFever and her band play old school funk, classic rock and pop covers and originals.
Barnette’s 10 p.m. FREE! 706-546-0966 KARAOKE Every Thursday.
DePalma’s Italian Cafe 6–8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-552-1237 (Timothy Road) BREATHLANES Led by guitarist/ composer John Miley, Breathlanes features atmospheric, organic tones built around guitar, drums and stand-up bass. El Paisano 8 p.m. 706-353-0346 KARAOKE Every Thursday with margarita specials. Farm 255 10 p.m. FREE! www.farm255.com EASTER ISLAND Pop shoegaze meets yuppie angst. THE PREMONITIONS Local band The Premonitions are back with an all new lineup featuring Kara McKenney on lead vocals/keyboard/ guitar and Matt Whittaker on guitar. The tunes are still melodic rock but perhaps a bit edgier than before. 40 Watt Club 10:30 p.m. FREE! (21+), $2 (under 21). www.40watt.com FREE DANCE PARTY Featuring local DJ powerhouses Immuzikation, Dream Dogs and Twin Powers. Expect a mix of electro, pop, new wave, rock and top 40. Gnat’s Landing 6:30 p.m. FREE! www.gnatslanding.net MY NEXT BEST FRIEND Hookheavy acoustic rock and pop covers and originals. Go Bar 10 p.m. www.myspace.com/gobar DR. FRED’S KARAOKE Hosted by karaoke fanatic John “Dr. Fred” Bowers, every Thursday. SKOENE OEKE Marshall Yarbrough from Stegosaurus plays solo. SLEEPING FRIENDS Garage pop featuring Joe Kubler (Bubbly Mommy Gun) and friends. SOFTSPOT Born as the lovechild between classically trained musician Sarah Kinlaw and boyfriend Bryan Keller. Their sound incorporates aspects of freak folk and early rock and roll with strong classical influences thrown in.
Club Exit 12 9 p.m. FREE! Commerce Rd. KARAOKE Karaoke with Lynn.
Hotel Indigo “Live after 5 on the Phi Bar Patio.” 6 p.m. FREE! www.indigoathens.com KINKY WAIKIKI Playing modern arrangements of traditional Hawaiian music, with a little Western swing thrown into the mix.
Alibi 9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-1010 KARAOKE Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday with the Singing Cowboy!
Alibi 9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-1010 OPEN MIC BATTLE OF THE BANDS Hosted by Wes of Dixie Mafia every Thursday.
Last Call 10 p.m. FREE! www.lastcallathens.com BATTLE OF THE BANDS: ROUND 1 Featuring Vic the Dog and The Bleekers.
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Cinemechanica, Manray, Pride Parade Caledonia Lounge Manray is one of the newest arrivals on the Athens math rock scene. The members of the band—who hail from Athens (or “Mathens,” as they jokingly refer to it)—perform progressive rock music characterized by abstruse time-changes and atonal chord voicings. While the label “math rock” Manray might be intimidating to people looking for a study break, Manray is exciting to watch live and doesn’t generally make the audience feel like it’s cramming for an exam. “People shouldn’t be apprehensive about seeing new music,” says Gene Woolfolk III, guitarist for the group. But, he admits, “Yes, we do have some moments in our songs that some folk find hard to dance to.” Woolfolk joins the Olivera brothers, Ryan Gabriel, Jordan Micah and Derek Lucifer, who play bass, guitar and drums, respectively. All members sing. Whether or not their middle names are actually real is questionable, but what is certain is that—like their presumptive namesake, the Dadaist and Surrealist painter Man Ray—Manray pushes the envelope. Touchstones for the band include King Crimson, Tortoise, The Mars Volta and local powerhouse Cinemechanica. Like the members of all of those bands, the members of Manray are über-proficient at their instruments; and the fact that they’ve been playing music together in some way, shape or form most of their musical careers only contributes to the group’s onstage chemistry. “I think all four of us play well together,” says Woolfolk. “Having played together since the moment we all first picked up instruments perhaps makes it easier to do some of what we do.” Fans of rock and pop music in general should find plenty to enjoy about a Manray show and, in fact, probably can find a way to dance to the group’s sometimes complicated rhythms. Says Woolfolk, “Pop and rock music is bound to permeate some of what we do because we were nursed on it.” [John Seay]
Little Kings Shuffle Club 10 p.m. www.myspace.com/littlekingsshuffleclub CLAY LEVERETT AND FRIENDS One of this town’s finest country frontmen, Leverett has a new band featuring members of The Chasers. The Melting Point 9 p.m. $10. www.meltingpointathens. com ZOSO Expect typical Led Zeppelin covers as well as a trip into relative Zep obscurity during the California band’s traditional two-set performance. New Earth Music Hall 9 p.m. $10 (adv.), $13 (door). www. newearthmusichall.com ABANDON THE EARTH MISSION Ambient and lush atmospherics, featuring the tender vocals of Josh McKay (ex-Macha) and eclectic instrumentation that includes vibraphone, hammered dulcimer and electronic beats. BOOMBOX Alabama duo Zion Godchaux (guitar, vocals) and Russ Randolph (turntables, samples) create atmospheric, light rock influenced by hip-hop and electronic music. No Where Bar 10 p.m. $2. 706–546–4742 BEARFOOT HOOKERS This rowdy local band performs funky, goodhumored country. It’s beer-drinkin’ gospel. The Office Lounge 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-546-0840 KARAOKE Karaoke every Thursday with The Singing Cowboy.
Rye Bar 10:30 p.m. www.myspace.com/ryebarathens THE ON FIRES Alt rock with a punk aesthetic from Victoria, Australia. Terrapin Beer Co. 5 p.m. www.terrapinbeer.com I’M CHINESE Heartfelt alternative rock from Atlanta. WUOG 90.5FM 8 p.m. FREE! www.wuog.org “LIVE IN THE LOBBY” Easter Island will perform on the college radio station’s twice weekly program. Listen over the air or drop by the station to watch!
Friday 10 Alibi “District 1 Fun-Raiser for Farley Jones.” 8 p.m. FREE! 706-549-1010 DODD FERRELLE Former Tinfoil Stars frontman and longtime Athenian Dodd Ferrelle pours heart and soul into his sweeping ballads and alt-country rockers. RALPH RODDENBERY BAND Roddenbery performs earnest folk ballads that fall somewhere between the styles of David Gray and Iron and Wine.
fluenced by Thom Yorke, Bob Dylan and Damien Rice. Buffalo’s Southwest Café 8 p.m. $10. 706–354–6655 DAVID PRINCE This Athens staple and one-time member of The Jesters plays your favorite R&B oldies. Caledonia Lounge 10 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). www.caledonialounge.com FREE MOUNTAIN New, local, rock supergroup featuring guitarist Kevin Sweeney (Hayride), vocalist Jared Hasmuk (Dictatortots), bassist Bryan Howard (The HEAP) and drummer Mark Brill (Hayride). Playing straight-up, loud rock and roll! GIRLS OWN LOVE All-female Andrew W.K. cover band featuring Marie Uhler and Elizabeth Hargrett. NEVER ENDING PASTA BOWL Formerly John Parr Jones, formerly Beef Silence. Keyboards, drums, and a man singing to you about emails, heat moments, stone lovemaking and monkey shocking.
The Bad Manor 10 p.m. FREE! www.thebadmanor.com JUSTIN Acoustic based powerpop from Atlanta.
Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m. $5. www.myspace.com/flickerbar BOMBS BOMBS BOMBS New local act playing quirky pop rock. KEVIN LARKIN AND DAVID RYNHART Larkin of the Mayhem String Band and Rynhart from Denver play a set of original, avantacoustic music.
Boar’s Head Lounge 9 p.m. FREE! 706-369-3040 BRENNAN JOHNSON Local singersongwriter with heartfelt tunes in-
40 Watt Club 9 p.m. $10. www.40watt.com AMERICAN AQUARIUM The good times come pouring down with foot-
stomping rhythms, howling organs and a serious Southern twang from this Raleigh band. BLOODKIN The long-running Athens quartet plays a bluesy style of roots-rock music with big guitars and sharply written lyrics for darkly countrified bar-room rock. HOLY LIARS This local four-piece tends towards blue-collar rock, not unlike more polished early Uncle Tupelo or the cow-punkier moments of Social Distortion. Gnat’s Landing 6:30 p.m. FREE! www.gnatslanding.net STEVE SHIVER BAND Georgia band influenced by Southern rock and jam. Go Bar 11 p.m. www.myspace.com/gobar SUMMER OF ‘78 DANCE PARTY uHAPS and CampusStyle.com bring you a night of punk, new wave and disco hits from local DJs Decepticron, Grave Robbers and Twin Powers. Eddie Whelan will provide visual stimuli via funky, psychedelic projections. Last Call 10 p.m. FREE! www.lastcallathens.com LAISSEZ FUNK Local group plays funk-jam fusion plus a variety of covers. SUMILAN Technically proficient musicians playing jam rock. Little Kings Shuffle Club 10 p.m. $3. www.myspace.com/littlekingsshuffleclub BETSY FRANCK Soulful, brassy Southern rock and country songs rooted in tradition, but with a modern sensibility. WORKINGMAN’S UNION Combining gospel grooves and old-time Appalachia melodies with charming lyrics. The Melting Point 9 p.m. $10 (adv.). www.meltingpointathens.com DEJA VU John Keane and Nathan Sheppard play a tribute to Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. New Earth Music Hall 10 p.m. $5. www.newearthmusichall. com HARP UNSTRUNG Alternative rock with a funky, jam-band twist. Lush harmonies and guitar-driven songs will invite you to the dance floor. TRUCE Eclectic local four-piece featuring Brennan Bennett (bass), Tony Delgado (drums), Harmon Hanson (guitar) and Ryan Horn (guitar). TWO BROTHERS AND CO. The White brothers veer into live electronica not unlike Lotus and the Slip but stay true to their organic instruments. The Office Lounge 8 p.m. FREE! 706-546-0840 REDNECK GREECE Local artist sings swingin’ hillbilly honky tonk about “folks that grew up on the wrong side of tracks.” Rye Bar 10:30 p.m. www.myspace.com/ryebarathens ORANGE MAGNOLIA Bluesy psychedelic jams. SALTWATER GRASS An organic blend of funk, blues, Latin soul and reggae with rock-solid bass, wailing harmonica and muted trumpet. Terrapin Beer Co. 5 p.m. www.terrapinbeer.com WORKINGMAN’S UNION Combining gospel grooves and old-time Appalachia melodies with charming lyrics. k continued on next page
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THE CALENDAR! 283 Bar 11 p.m. FREE! 706–208–1283 IMMUZIKATION Celebrated local DJ Alfredo Lapuz, Jr. mashes up highenergy electro and rock. WUGA 91.7 FM 4 p.m. FREE! www.wuga.org “IT’S FRIDAY!” Ralph Roddenbery Band will perform on the local radio station’s weekly program. University Cable Channel 15 will also broadcast the show.
Saturday 11 Alibi 9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-1010 KARAOKE Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday with the Singing Cowboy! The Bad Manor 10 p.m. FREE! www.thebadmanor.com DJRX DJ-remixer Brian Gonzalez delivers original mixes of mainly current pop with forays into rock, old school, country and electronica. Bishop Park 8 a.m.–12 p.m. Athens Farmers Market. FREE! www.athensfarmersmarket.net DAVE HOWARD Local singer-songwriter plays mellow acoustic guitar tunes. (8 a.m.) MAD WHISKEY GRIN Local duo featuring masterful guitarist Frank Williams, who slides and fingerpicks his way through bluesy and decidedly American sounds, plus the smoky vocals of Nancy Byron. (10 a.m.). Boar’s Head Lounge 9 p.m. FREE! 706-369-3040 TRAVIS BOYLES Local singersongwriter. Caledonia Lounge 10 p.m. $7 (21+), $9 (21+). www.caledonialounge.com CINEMECHANICA This intensely voluminous local quartet is the aggro math-rock indie outfit that doesn’t know it’s a metal band. Or perhaps vice versa. MANRAY Local foursome that plays high-energy, “off-timed” rock and roll with “threads of improvisation.” Touchstones include Pixies and Fugazi. For more info, see Calendar Pick on p. 21. PRIDE PARADE Local hard rockers play a blistering mix of punk, grunge, stoner metal and blues. Farm 255 10:30 p.m. FREE! www.farm255.com ELASTIC SUNSHINE No info available. FLAMINGO ROYALE Jazzy rock band. 40 Watt Club 8 p.m. $15 (adv.). www.40watt.com THE GOONS New indie-poprock featuring members of The Glands, Casper & the Cookies and Marshmallow Coast. OF MONTREAL Let your freak flag fly with this increasingly outrageous Athens pop band. The album False Priest comes out on Sept. 13 and showcases the band’s more soulful, R&B influences. See Q&A story on p. 15. 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.
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Go Bar 10 p.m. www.myspace.com/gobar ARRAH & THE FERNS Endearing indie folk from Philly with lots of warm wurlitzer. THE AWESOMELIES The awesome duo of Ian Rickert (bass) and Becky Lovell (keys) sing silly, irreverent pop songs. THICK PAINT New band featuring Graham Ulicny from Reptar. TWIN POWERS DJ Dan Geller (Gold Party, The Agenda) and a rotating cast spin late-night glam rock, new wave, punk and Britpop. Last Call 10 p.m. FREE! www.lastcallathens.com DJ NIGHT Dance party with special guests: free hotdogs! Yum. Little Kings Shuffle Club 10 p.m. www.myspace.com/littlekingsshuffleclub THE KNOCKOUTS This local group of all-star musicians plays original tunes that pack all the punch of punk rock with diverse, worldly melodies that draw on polka, bluegrass, Cajun and Irish folk music. THE VINYL STRANGERS Timelessly charming classic-sounding pop rock reminiscent of early Beatles and Byrds. The Melting Point 9 p.m. $7 (adv.), $10 (door). www. meltingpointathens.com HOLMAN AUTRY BAND Described as “a little bit of Hank, a little bit of Metallica and a healthy dose of Southern rock.” Fans of bands like the Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd can’t go wrong here. New Earth Music Hall 9 p.m. $5. www.newearthmusichall. com PEACE IN THE VALLEY DANCE PARTY Benefit party for Common Ground Athens featuring guest speakers and DJs! The Office Lounge 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-0840 S.O.B. BLUES BAND Covering blues from the ‘70s and beyond. Rye Bar 10:30 p.m. www.myspace.com/ryebarathens SALTWATER GRASS An organic blend of funk, blues, Latin soul and reggae with rock-solid bass, wailing harmonica and muted trumpet. Terrapin Beer Co. 5 p.m. www.terrapinbeer.com ROBBIE HAZEN AND THE RIOT Performing clever compositions that blend acoustic college rock, alt pop and indie folk with an invigorating sense of fun. 283 Bar 11 p.m. FREE! 706–208–1283 DREAM DOGS Zack Hosey and Nate Nelson tag-team behind the decks spinning indie, electro, rock and more. IMMUZIKATION Celebrated local DJ Alfredo Lapuz, Jr. mashes up highenergy electro and rock.
Sunday 12 Farm 255 9:30 p.m. FREE! www.farm255.com ALL TINY CREATURES New instrumental rock band led by Thomas Wincek, who has worked with Collections of Colonies of Bees as well as Bon Iver’s frontman, Justin Vernon, in Volcano Choir. See Calendar Pick on this page.
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DANIEL LAWSON The singer and guitarist from Venice Is Sinking plays a solo set. JEREMY WHEATLEY You may have seen Jeremy Wheatley perform as a member of Tin Cup Prophette, The Low Lows and Je Suis France. His solo shows feature warm, endearing ballads accompanied by guitar. The Melting Point 8 p.m. $8 (adv.), $10 (door). www. meltingpointathens.com HARVEY MILK Local sludge metal gods. See story on p. 17. 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 13 Alibi 9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-1010 KARAOKE Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday with the Singing Cowboy! Caledonia Lounge 9:30 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). www. caledonialounge.com MIKE DUNN Combination of acoustic and electric guitars and piano influenced by Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and Paul Westerberg. JOHN LEFLER Texas-based singersongwriter who is also the guitarist and keyboardist of Dashboard Confessional. NATE NELSON Local singersongwriter whose songs offer both mainstream accessibility and more indie-oriented idiosyncrasy. RICHARD SHERFEY AND ALL GOD’S CHILDREN Fronted by local singer Richard Sherfey, All God’s Children includes members of the bands Hey, Revolution! and Modern Skirts. Sherfey trucks in some squarely American, impassioned pop-rock songs. The Melting Point 8–10 p.m. FREE! www.meltingpointathens.com THE HOOT A monthly event sponsored by the Athens Folk Music and Dance Society and hosted by Susan Staley. This week will feature a set from Earl Murphy & His Bluegrass Ensemble and String Theory. Rye Bar 10:30 p.m. www.myspace.com/ryebarathens PHIL WISEMAN Alternative rock from Austin.
Tuesday 14 Alibi 9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-1010 KARAOKE Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday with the Singing Cowboy! Doc McGee’s 8 p.m. $5 (musicians FREE!). www. docmcgees.com MUSICIAN ALL JAM Every Tuesday night Doc McGee’s presents Musician All Jam hosted by The Mike Delaney Project. Bring your instrument and sign up when you arrive to play. Little Kings Shuffle Club Athens Farmers Market. 4–7 p.m. FREE! www.athensfarmersmarket.net KYSHONA ARMSTRONG AND THE GUYS This local group plays smooth, funky rock that’s good for the soul.
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All Tiny Creatures, Jeremy Wheatley, Daniel Lawson Farm 255 All Tiny Creatures is the project of Thomas Wincek, a multi-instrumentalist hailing from Madison, WI. Wincek has released music with a variety of different All Tiny Creatures groups over the years, including Emotional Joystick, Collections of Colonies of Bees and Volcano Choir (the latter of which featured members of Collections of Colonies of Bees and Justin Vernon of Bon Iver). While none of these projects has earned Wincek the cover of Rolling Stone, he has earned accolades for the careful production that goes into his music. “The songs are super-layered out of the gate,” says Wincek. “The single from the album, ‘An Iris,’ started with an already really dense guitar loop, and I took it and cut it up and made different sections out of it. So, the cutting and layering of sounds kind of are the song.” On Harbors, the first full-length recording from All Tiny Creatures, set to be released in early 2011, Wincek takes that deliberate approach to music to new heights. The album is primarily instrumental, with appearances by Hometapes labelmates Megafaun and (who else?) Justin Vernon of Bon Iver. But to label All Tiny Creatures an “instrumental band” is to miss the point. “I’ve never considered myself as writing instrumental music,” says Wincek. “Not to compare myself to Philip Glass, but people don’t think of him as writing instrumental music.” The Philip Glass reference—although not intended as a comparison by Wincek—is nevertheless apt. All Tiny Creatures’ music has been called “experimental pop,” which seems like a contradiction in terms until the music is heard. But what separates All Tiny Creatures from other primarily instrumental groups is Wincek’s ability to craft good melodies set against a driving beat. In fact, much of the music on Harbors is danceable (or at least sway-able). “There are four of us in the band, and live we do pretty much everything on the album,” says Wincek. “Everything is hooked up to the computer… it’s almost like a mainframe set up onstage. We are able to pretty much recreate the layered sections of the songs when we play live.” [John Seay]
The Melting Point “Terrapin Bluegrass Series.” 7 p.m. $3. meltingpointathens.com NORTH GEORGIA BLUEGRASS BAND A blend of traditional and contemporary acoustic music. New Earth Music Hall 9 p.m. $13. www.newearthmusichall. com HOLY FUCK Waves of manipulated noise buzzing with an incredibly loud rhythmic foundation of dual drummers. See story on p. 16. INDIAN JEWELRY Drone and psychedelic, ambient sounds from Houston. QUIET HOOVES High-energy, idiosyncratic pop that’s loose and full of fun. Tonight’s show: Prince covers. Rye Bar 10:30 p.m. www.myspace.com/ryebarathens CHRIS CUNDARI Jam, electronica and reggae performed live with a looping technique similar to Keller Williams. SUMILAN Technically proficient musicians playing jam rock. WUOG 90.5FM 8 p.m. FREE! www.wuog.org “LIVE IN THE LOBBY” Arturo in Letto will perform on the college radio station’s twice weekly program. Listen over the air or drop by the station to watch!
Wednesday 15 Alibi 9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-1010 KARAOKE Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday.
Caledonia Lounge 10 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (21+). www.caledonialounge.com EASTER ISLAND Pop shoegaze meets yuppie angst. NIGHT DRIVING IN SMALL TOWNS Atlanta band featuring sweet, breathy, lead female vocals backed by jangly guitars for a mix that’s somewhere between Mazzy Star and Rilo Kiley. THE VIKING PROGRESS The Viking Progress plays beautiful and touching folk songs. Farm 255 “Primals Night.” 9–11 p.m. FREE! www.farm255.com DECAMERON DUO Classical guitar. 11 p.m. FREE! www.farm255.com BIRD NAMES A somewhat twisted menagerie of psychedelic, distorted sounds and childlike melodies. CHRISTMAS Gritty noise band with pop underpinnings. CO CO RI CO Angular, guitar-driven rock that melodically meanders through post-rock soundscapes featuring technical drums, wandering bass and glockenspiel. Go Bar 9 p.m. www.myspace.com/gobar TWIN POWERS DJ Dan Geller (Gold Party, The Agenda) and a rotating cast of partners—Winston Parker (ATEM), Tom Hedger (owner of Go Bar)—spin late night glam rock, new wave, punk and Britpop. The Melting Point 8:30 p.m. $7 (adv.), $10 (door). www. meltingpointathens.com GEOFF ACHISON & THE SOULDIGGERS Australian singersongwriter Geoff Achison lays down
his version of New Orleans funk, driving blues and jazz with the licks of a true guitar virtuoso. Joined tonight by Yonrico Scott and Todd Smallie. New Earth Music Hall 9 p.m. $5. www.newearthmusichall. com LOWDOWN COMEDY OPEN MIC Lowdown Comedy Open Mic runs every third Wednesday. Hosted by Chris Patton. This month’s featured headliner is Carlos Valencia. The Office Lounge 9:30 p.m. FREE! 706-549-0840 KARAOKE Every Wednesday with Lynn the Queen of Karaoke! Rye Bar 10:30 p.m. www.myspace.com/ryebarathens DJ KILLACUT Spinning an eclectic mix of music and mashing it up DJ Shadow-style. Terrapin Beer Co. 5 p.m. www.terrapinbeer.com JUNKER Local band with guitar, bass, harmonica, pedal steel, saxophone and drums. * Advance Tickets Available
Down the Line 9/16 Open Mic Battle of the Bands (Alibi) 9/16 Redneck GReece Deluxe (DePalma’s Italian Cafe) 9/16 Yo Soy Bean (Farm 255) 9/16 Now You See Them / Ye Olde Sub Shoppe (Flicker Theatre & Bar)
9/16 Whisper Kiss (Hotel Indigo) 9/16 Telepath (New Earth Music Hall) 9/16 The Hypsys (Rye Bar) 9/16 Dave Howard (Terrapin Beer Co.) 9/16 Half Dozen Brass Band (The Melting Point) 9/16 Sonny Got Blue (The Trial Gardens at UGA) 9/16 “Live in the Lobby” (WUOG 90.5FM) 9/17 Athens Boys Choir / Los Meesfits / Madeline (40 Watt Club) 9/17 John Martin and Southern Drive (Buffalo’s Southwest Café) 9/17 Efren / Hola Halo / Nuclear Spring (Farm 255) 9/17 Dank Sinatra (New Earth Music Hall) 9/17 Glasgow / The Lefty Hathaway Band / Lullwater (Rye Bar) 9/17 BlueBilly Grit (Terrapin Beer Co.) 9/17 The Jesters (The Melting Point) 9/17 Swingin’ Medallions (The Rialto Room) 9/18 Grape Soda / Kuroma / Quiet Hooves / Reptar (40 Watt Club) 9/18 Jake and the Jake Mowrer Trio / Lera Lynn (Bishop Park) 9/18 Secret Army (Farm 255) 9/18 Clay Leverett and Friends (Hotel Indigo) 9/18 Zoogma (New Earth Music Hall) 9/18 Rollin’ Home (Rye Bar) 9/18 Juliet Whiskey (Terrapin Beer Co.) 9/18 The Highballs (The Melting Point) 9/19 Sunday Jazz Brunch (Square One Fish Co.) 9/20 Stewart & Winfield (Ashford Manor) 9/20 Golden Triangle / Matt Kurz One (Go Bar) 9/21 Musician All Jam (Doc McGee’s) 9/21 Poetic Soul (New Earth Music Hall) 9/21 Charlotte (Little Kings Shuffle Club) 9/21 Garnet River Gals / The Green Flag Band / Incatepec / The Lokshen Kugel Klezmer Band (Little Kings Shuffle Club) 9/21 “Live in the Lobby” (WUOG 90.5FM) 9/22 Mike Armstrong (Terrapin Beer Co.) 9/22 Benjy Davis Project / Ingram Hill (The Melting Point) 9/23 Heypenny / The Orkids (Caledonia Lounge) 9/23 Efren (DePalma’s Italian Cafe) 9/23 Black Swans (Farm 255) 9/23 Curley Maple (Hotel Indigo) 9/23 Suex Effect (Terrapin Beer Co.) 9/23 Merle Haggard (The Classic Center) 9/23 Ryan Griffin (The Rialto Room) 9/24 Eternal Summer / Jenny and Johnny / Whispertown (40 Watt Club) 9/24 Agent Ribbons / Cars Can Be Blue (Caledonia Lounge) 9/24 Bigfoot / Crookie Monsters / Woodfangs (Farm 255) 9/24 Dexter Romweber (New Earth Music Hall) 9/24 Ashutto Mirra (Terrapin Beer Co.) 9/25 Union Broadcast (283 Bar) 9/25 The Jason Childs Band / The Jompson Brothers / Radiolucent (40 Watt Club) 9/25 Athens Folk Society Band (Bishop Park) 9/25 Kite to the Moon (Farm 255) 9/25 The Welfare Liners (Terrapin Beer Co.) 9/25 The Hushpuppies (The Melting Point) 9/26 Bears of Blue River / Madeline (Farm 255) 9/28 Jeremy Aggers / Channing and Quinn / Tyler Lyle / Chelsea Lynn-Labate (Farm 255)
9/28 Justin Evans (Little Kings Shuffle Club) 9/29 Sumilan (Terrapin Beer Co.) 9/30 Jamie DiCiurico / Matt Joiner / Rollin’ Home (40 Watt Club) 9/30 Five Eight (DePalma’s Italian Cafe) 9/30 Buxton / Eddie the Wheel / Mr. Falcon (Farm 255) 9/30 Ken Will Morton (Hotel Indigo) 9/30 Mike Armstrong (Terrapin Beer Co.) 10/1 Bananafish / Futurebirds / Gift Horse / Velveteen Pink (40 Watt Club) 10/1 Elvis! (Buffalo’s Southwest Café) 10/1 American Cheeseburger / Armazilla / Holy Dirt / In the Lurch / Music Hates You / Royal Thunder / Sons of Tonatiuh / Telestrion / Utah (Caledonia Lounge) 10/1 Peter Alvanos / Claire Campbell / Shauna Greeson / Marissa Mustard / Jim White (Nuçi’s Space) 10/1 Dreamworld Conspiracy (Terrapin Beer Co.) 10/1 The Grains of Sand (The Melting Point) 10/2 Elf Power / LeMaster (40 Watt Club) 10/2 Holly Belle / Stereofidelics (Bishop Park) 10/2 Cat Meat / Colossus / Death of Kings / Demonaut / Guzik / Helmsman / Indian / Let the Night Roar / Noble Rust / Rat Babies / Rwake / Stone Mountain Freeway / Whores / Wizard Smoke (Caledonia Lounge) 10/2 Clap for Daylight (Terrapin Beer Co.) 10/2 Grogus (The Melting Point) 10/4 Packway Handle Band (Ashford Manor) 10/5 Catherine Kimbro & Shoal Creek / Trent Mayo (Little Kings Shuffle Club) 10/6 Erick Baker / Micah Dalton Band / Andrew Ripp (40 Watt Club) 10/6 Elephant (Terrapin Beer Co.) * Advance Tickets Available
In the ATL 9/8 Crystal Castles / Bear In Heaven (The Masquerade) 9/8 John Mayer / Owl City (Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood) 9/9 Crystal Castles / Bear in Heaven (The Masquerade) 9/9 John Mayer / Owl City (Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood) 9/9 Kottonmouth Kings (The Masquerade) 9/10 Best Coast (Drunken Unicorn) 9/11 Fucked Up (Drunken Unicorn) 9/13 Pixies / Fuck Buttons (Fox Theatre) 9/14 Adam Lambert (Woodruff Arts Center) 9/14 Flatfoot 56 / Sick of It All (The Masquerade) 9/15 Sea Wolf (Eddie’s Attic) 9/15 The Drums / Surfer Blood (The Loft) 9/15 The Drums / Surfer Blood (The Loft) 9/17 Shooter Jennings (The Masquerade) 9/17 Smooth Jazz Festival (Barnes Mable House Amphitheatre) 9/18 Ghostland Observatory (The Masquerade) 9/18 Smooth Jazz Festival (Barnes Mable House Amphitheatre) 9/26 Pavement (The Tabernacle) 9/28 Alice in Chains / Deftones / Mastodon (Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood) 9/30 Cotton Jones (The EARL)
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11
OF MONTREAL THE GOONS
doors open at 8pm • fifteen dollars adv **
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 285 W. Washington St. Athens, GA • Call 706-549-7871 for Show Updates
CHEAP DRINK SPECIALS EVERY NIGHT BEFORE 11PM • 18 + UP
AtypicAl Southern QuArtet
with Special Guest
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8
doors open at 9pm • eight dollars adv **
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17
LOS MEESFITS ATHENS BOYS CHOIR MADELINE
TEA LEAF GREEN HILL COUNTRY REVUE
doors open at 9pm • six dollars
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18
REPTAR KUROMA QUIET HOOVES GRAPE SODA
doors open at 8:30pm • eight dollars adv**
doors open at 8pm • sixteen dollars adv *
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
Jenny & Johnny
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9
FREE DANCE PARTY IMMUZIKATION DREAMDOGS TWIN POWERS
doors open at 10:30pm • FREE! (two dollars under 21)
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
(FEATURING JENNY LEWIS AND JOHNATHAN RICE)
ETERNAL SUMMER WHISPERTOWN doors open at 8pm • sixteen dollars adv* 9/30
MATT JOINER / ROLLIN HOME / JAMIE DICIURCIO
FUTUREBIRDS CD Release / VELVETEEN PINK / GIFT HORSE
** 10/2 10/4
AMERICAN AQUARIUM • HOLY LIARS doors open at 9pm • ten dollars
ELF POWER / LeMASTER / MAJOR ORGAN MOVIE SCREENING COMEDY TROUPE: UPRIGHT CITIZENS BRIGADE
DEER TICK / BLITZEN TRAPPER / JASON ISBELL / MALCOLM HOLCOMBE
THE WHIGS / KUROMA / BAMBARA
All Shows 18 and up • + $2 for Under 21 * Advance Tix Available at Schoolkids Records ** Advance Tix Sold at http://www.40watt.com
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Call for Artists Fringe Collective and Moon Mama seek artists for Penumbra Halloween art show. 706-540-2712, moonmama61 @aol.com Call for Artists (ATHICA) Seeking submissions from artists who request the participation of others as a key element of their work. Go online for submission guidelines. Deadline Oct. 6. www.athica.org Call for Artists (Downtown Washington) The Washington Wilkes Arts Foundation seeks submissions for ArtFest, taking place Nov. 5, 6 & 7. www.washingtonwilkesarts.org Call for Artists (Fringe Collective) Now seeking artisans to facilitate classes/workshops. 706540-2712, email@example.com Call for Artists and Musicians Athens Indie Craftstravaganzaa is accepting applications for this year’s Holiday Craftstravaganzaa, held Nov. 13. Applications available online. www. athensindiecraftstravaganzaa.com Call for Entries (OCAF) Artists are invited to enter up to 3 works (of any medium) to the Georgia Small Works juried exhibition. All work must be hand-delivered on Oct. 1 or Oct. 2. Go online for an entry form. $20/entry. www.ocaf.com
Adventure Club: Yoga Teacher Training (Rubber Soul) Certification program for teachers that includes instruction in yoga, teaching methodology, philosophy, literature, diet and nutrition, health and activism. Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.–7 p.m. Tuesdays, 6–11 p.m. $180/month. www.rubbersoulyoga. com/adventure.html Argentine Tango Essentials (Athens Elks Lodge, 3155 Atlanta Hwy.) No experience or partner necessary. Sept. 14 & 28, 6–8:30 p.m. $5. 706-613-8178, cvunderwood@ charter.net Basic Computer Skills and Introduction to Computers (Oconee County Library) Learn the basic components of your computer or master Microsoft Windows XP. 706-7693950, FREE! www.clarke.public.lib. ga.us/oconee.html Beginners Salsa & Merengue (Floorspace, 160 Tracy St.) Local mover and shaker Mumbi teaches Latin dance basics, including steps, turns and combinations. No partner required. Wednesdays, 6:30–7:30 p.m. $12/drop-in, $60/6-classes. firstname.lastname@example.org Beginning to Intermediate Pottery (Lyndon House Arts Center) Develop wheelthrowing, glazing and decorating techniques while you make your own unique stoneware! Now registering. 706613-3623, www.accleisureservices. com Bellydancing (Healing Arts Centre) “Beginners Egyptian Bellydancing” (Wednesdays, 7–8:15 p.m.). Learn intermediatelevel movements in “Intermediate/ Advanced Bellydancing”
The Frog Princess (Athens Little Playhouse) Athens Little Playhouse is holding auditions for Gloria Kibbe Sams’ production of the old Russian folk tale. Roles available for ages 5–21 years. Sept. 13 & 14, 6:30–8 p.m. FREE! www.athenslittleplay house.org
(Wednesdays, 8:30–9:45 p.m.). 706-613-1143, www.healing artscentre.net Burlesque Workshops (The Hardcore Gym) Learn exotic dance techniques for fun, fitness and confidence. See schedule online. www. bobbisburlesque.webs.com Canopy Classes (Canopy Studio) Now offering beginner or intermediate trapeze classes for adults or children. Choose from Trapeze, Stretch & Strengthen, Mother/Father Morning Out and more. Full schedule online. 706-549-8501, www. canopystudio.com Chen Style Taijiquan (Floorspace) Effortless power. Authentic Chinese martial lineage. Register for ongoing instruction. Sundays and Mondays, 706-6143342, email@example.com Childbirth Support Classes (Call for location, Watkinsville) Learn the Bradley Method of Husband-Coached Childbirth from certified instructors. Call to register. 12-week course begins Sept. 13, 6:30–8:30 p.m. $350. 706-4744126, www.bradleybirth.com Clay Classes (Good Dirt) Weekly “Try Clay” class every Friday from 7–9 p.m. and “Family Try Clay” every Sunday from 2–4 p.m. ($20/ person). 706-355-3161, www.good dirt.net “Color for Dummies: Oil & Acrylic Painting” (OCAF) Master basic color theory and explore mixing, hue, value, intensity and composition of color using acrylics, oils, pastels or watercolors. Sept. 20–Oct. 18, Mondays, 1–3 p.m. $115. www.ocaf.com Computer Class (Oconee County Library) Introduction to Microsoft Word. Space is limited to four participants; call to register. Sept. 8, 3–4:30 p.m. FREE! 706-769-3950
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Sarah Seabolt’s encaustic paintings are at the Last Resort through September. Computer Classes (Madison County Library) Learn to navigate the internet with the library’s computer specialist, Alicia Clayton. Tuesdays, 2–3 p.m. & 7–8 p.m, Wednesdays, 11 a.m.–12 p.m. FREE! 706-795-0830 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.studiodance academy.com Dancefx Fitness Classes (Dancefx) Choose from Pilates, zumba, body sculpting, floor barre, stretch and more. See full schedule online. $6/class. 706-355-3078, www.dancefx.org Dancing Pals Dance Lessons (Freedom of Movement Dance Academy, 8081 Macon Hwy) Be prepared for any social occasion with alternating ballroom and countrywestern dance lessons every Sunday afternoon and Tuesday evening. 6:30–7:30 p.m. $10. jean.guard@ yahoo.com Etching for Beginners and Intermediates (Lyndon House Arts Center) An introduction to intaglio/etching processes using printmaking methods to inscribe images onto metal plates. Learn Xerox transfer, soft ground and aquatint techniques! Call for more info. 706613-3623, www.accleisureservices. com Evening Laugh-a-Yoga (Mind Body Institute) Laugh your stress away. 5:30–6:30 p.m. $5. 706-4757329, firstname.lastname@example.org Fall Clay and Glass Classes (Good Dirt) Now registering for classes in wheel-thrown pottery, glass fusing and slumping, and other special projects. All levels for youth and adults. See complete schedule online. 706-355-3161. www.gooddirt.net Figure Drawing Studio (Fringe Collective Artistic Studios) Bring any supplies/equipment that you may require. Ages 18 and up. Sundays, 2–4 p.m. $8. 706-540-2727 Figure Photography Studio (Fringe Collective Artistic Studios) Focus on the human figure. Model, lighting equipment and props are supplied, but bring your own camera equipment. Ages 18 and up. Call to reserve a space. Sundays, 4-6 p.m. $20. 706-540-2727 GED Classes (Athens Urban Ministries, 717 Oconee St.) Get your GED for free, free, free! Mondays &
Thursdays 9:30–11:30 a.m. FREE! 706-353-6647. 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! 706-549-4850 Intentional Creating (Wildeye Creative Exploration Studio) Explore your inner artist with this mixedmedia workshop. Sept. 11, 10 a.m.– 4 p.m. $75 (materials included). 706-410-0250, wildeyecreative email@example.com Intro to Flyball (Lucky Dog Agility, Winterville) Register for this competitive sport involving jumping and retrieving in relay-style racing with other dogs. Open enrollment for weekly classes. Classes begin Oct. 5, 7:30–9 p.m. $125/12 weeks. 706-367-9813 www.flyballdogs. com/dddare. Lunchtime Laugh-a-Yoga (Mind Body Institute) Laugh your stress away. Noon–12:45 p.m. $5. 706-475-7329, mbiprograms@ armc.org New Horizon Music Classes (UGA School of Music) Beginning band, intermediate band, beginning orchestra and piano classes for adults age 50+. No prior music experience needed! FREE! Call 706542-2894 to register. Nia (Sangha Yoga Studio) Gain muscle definition and strength in this dance class with Valerie Beard. Tuesdays, 9–10 a.m. www.healing artscentre.net OCAF Classes (Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation (OCAF)) Now registering for fall classes. Offerings include drawing, watercolor, oil and acrylic painting, bagpipe making, ceramic arts, book making and poetry. 706-769-4565, www.ocaf.com Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Classes (Trumps on Milledge, 2026 S. Milledge Ave.) OLLI, formerly Learning in Retirement, will hold registration for fall courses and activities. Sept. 13, 9:30 a.m. 706-542-5011, www.olli. uga.edu Pilates Booty Camp (Sangha Yoga Studio) A low-impact core fitness course led by Mary Imes. Tuesdays, 5:30–6:45 p.m. $75/session. 706-613-1143, www.healing artscentre.net Qigong (State Botanical Garden of Georgia, Visitor Center, Great Room) Certified Qigong instructor Carl
Lindberg leads class on the ancient Chinese art of self-cultivation. Mondays, Sept. 20–Nov. 8, noon–1 p.m. $80. 706-542-1244, www.uga. edu/botgarden Staying Active Painlessly (Athens Technical College) Dr. Lou Pack, ankle and foot surgeon and author of The Arthritis Revolution, discusses how to stay active without medication or surgery. Sept. 29, 6–8 p.m. $10. 706-369-5763, bmoody@ athenstech.edu Survival Spanish (ACC Library) Instruction in basic Spanish vocabulary and conversation. Now registering! Sept. 19–Nov. 28, Sundays, 4–5 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 Turkish Tribal Bellydance (Floorspace, 160 Tracy St.) A 6-week session for experienced dancers. Thursdays beginning Sept. 16. 706372-1833, firstname.lastname@example.org Women’s Self Defense Classes (American Black Belt Academy) One rape or sexual assault occurs every two minutes in the U.S. Learn what you can do to protect yourself. Go online or call to register. 706-549-1671, www.americanblack belt.org Writing for Profit (Athens Technical College) Local writer and actress Luanne Byrd shares tips on how to become a published writer. Wednesdays in September, 5:30–6:30 p.m. $30. 706-369-5763, email@example.com Yoga and Art for Kids and Teens (Whole: Mind. Body. Art., 160 Tracy St.) Go online for complete schedule. 706-410-0283, wholemindbodyart.com Yoga Classes (Sangha Yoga Studio) See full schedule online. $14/drop-in, $60/6-class punch card. 706-613-1143, www.healing artscentre.net Yoga Classes (Mind Body Institute) A wide variety of basic and specialty classes throughout the day. 706-475-7329, www.armc.org/mbi Yoga, Tai Chi and Pilates (Five Points Yoga) Classes in Mama-Baby Yoga, Prenatal Yoga and more. $5/ class, $10/drop-in. www.athensfive pointsyoga.com Yoshukai Karate (AKF Itto Martial Arts) Learn Yoshukai Karate. www. athensy.com Zumba at the Garden (State Botanical Garden) Latin rhythms comprise this dynamic fitness program. Wednesdays, 5:30–6:30 p.m. $10/class, $72/session. www.uga. edu/botgarden
HELP OUT! Athens Volunteer Fair (UGA Tate Center) Volunteer opportunities for people of all ages. Sept. 21, 11 a.m.–1 p.m., 4–7 p.m. FREE! www. athensvolunteer.org 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. firstname.lastname@example.org, Bike Recycling Program (BikeAthens, Chase Street Warehouses) Join BikeAthens volunteers as they clean and repair donated bicycles for local service agencies. 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-RED-CROSS, www.redcrossblood.org Docent Training (Memorial Park) Bear Hollow Zoo is seeking volunteers interested in conservation and environmental education. Call for more information or to register. Sept. 14–Nov. 3, FREE! 706-613-3615, email@example.com Foster Homes Needed (Athens Area Humane Society) AAHS is looking for dependable foster parents to take in dogs for a limited time. Download an application at www.athenshumanesociety.org. firstname.lastname@example.org Seeking Donations and Volunteers (Front Porch Bookstore, 102 Marigold Ln., Winterville) Seeking volunteers and
book donations. No more textbooks, please! 706-372-1236, ronwetherbee @windstream.net Volunteer ESL Teachers Catholic Charities seeks volunteers to teach English as a Second Language to adults in the community Monday through Thursday evenings this fall. No experience necessary. Margaret Prickett, 770–790–3118, email@example.com Volunteers Needed (Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic) Seeking volunteer readers to help record audio textbooks. 706-549-1313, www. rfbdga.org, firstname.lastname@example.org
KIDSTUFF Home School Science (Sandy Creek Nature Center) An interactive learning experience for homeschoolers and their parents this fall. Call to register for these monthly programs. Third Fridays through December, 10 a.m.–noon. $2. 706-613-3615 Junior Roller Derby (SkateA-Round USA) New league starting up for ages 7-17. Open skate every Saturday from 2-4 p.m. zigzagjh@ gmail.com, athensjuniorrollerderby. forumup.com Knee-High Naturalists (Sandy Creek Nature Center) A program of age-appropriate nature exploration, animal encounters, hikes and crafts. For parents and children. Alternating Wednesdays, 3:30–4:30 p.m. $13. 706-613-3515, www.sandycreek naturecenter.com Ninja Scout Adventure (State Botanical Garden) Educational outdoor immersion for kids 6 and
ART AROUND TOWN 283 Bar (283 E. Broad St.) Paintings by local artist Nash Hogan. Through September. Anchor Gallery (660 W. Broad St.) Work by David Hale. Through September. Athens Academy (Myers Gallery, 1281 Spartan Dr.) “The Farmington Depot Gallery Showcase” features the work of 16 artist-members from the newly opened art space in Farmington. Through Oct. 8. (Student Gallery, 1281 Spartan Dr.) A student art show featuring the work of members of Athens Academy’s Senior Portfolio class. Through Oct. 8. ATHICA (160 Tracy St.) “Mission Accomplished,” an exhibit reflecting on the Iraq War and coinciding with President Obama’s promised date of withdrawal from Iraq, features video and sound art, glass, photography, prints, embroidery and sculpture by artists Cecelia Kane, James Buonaccorsi and Blaine Whisenhunt. Through Sept. 26. Big City Bread Cafe (393 N. Finley St.) Photography by Justin Evans. Through September. Cillies (175 East Clayton St.) New paintings on display by Kristen Ashley. Through September. Ciné BarCafé (234 W. Hancock Ave.) “Rush Ride to Linkland,” features new works by Didi Dunphy, including skate sculpture, vinyl installation, embroidery and video. Through Sept. 15. Circle Gallery, UGA College of Environmental Design (Caldwell Hall) Using map visualization as a primary method, “Mapping Athens” indentifies Athens’ unique physical, environmental and social characteristics. Through Sept. 24. Espresso Royale Caffe (297 E. Broad St.) Photographs of local scene-scapes by Eddie Whelan. Through mid-September. Flicker Theatre & Bar (263 W. Washington St.) Paintings by James Greer. Through October 1. Reception Sept. 11. Good Dirt (510 B North Thomas St.) Functional wood-fired ceramics by Wisconsin artist Joe Singewald. Through September. Hendershot’s Coffee Bar (1560 Oglethorpe Ave.) “And Now for Something Completely Different,” a display of paintings and assemblages by Charley Seagraves. Through September. Just Pho…and More (1063 Baxter St.) New work by Clift Probst. Through September. Lamar Dodd School of Art (270 River Rd., Gallery 101) “The Other Side of the Mask” is a
up. Certified Qigong instructor Carl Lindberg leads a one-day program designed around Native American Culture, West African Drumming Traditions and more. Sept. 18, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. $40. www.uga.edu/ botgarden Parent/Child Workshops (ACC Library) For children ages 1–3, plus their caregivers. Featuring toys, music, art activities and a different community resource guest each week. For first-time participants only. In-person pre-registration required. Sept. 30–Oct. 14, Thursdays, 10–11 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 Read to Rover (Oconee County Library) Beginning readers in grades 1–4 read aloud to an aid dog. Trainer always present. Registration required. 15-minute sessions, FREE! 706-769-3950 Red Cross Babysitting Course (Memorial Park) A Red Cross certified instructor will guide participants through the basic leadership, safety and supervisory skills needed to babysit. Ages 11–15. Sept. 25, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. $30. 706613-3580 Sponge Ball Tennis Clinic (Lay Park) Tennis lessons! Kids will learn basic strokes, drills, shots, rules and other fundamentals. For kids ages 6–12 years. Through Oct. 12, 4–5 p.m. $1/class. 706-6133596, www.accleisureservices.com Storytime in the Park (Rocksprings Neighborhood Center) Literature and the outdoors! Stories will be accompanied by dancing, singing, plays, crafts, snacks and musical instruments. For children ages 18 months to 4 years and their
1400-square-foot, site-specific installation by Thom Houser employing still and video images. Closing reception Sept. 24. (270 River Rd., Gallery 307) “Re:mark” features drawings and mixed-media works by Sara Schneckloth, Barb Bondy, Phillip Buntin and Kathleen McShane. Through Sept. 17. Last Resort Grill (184 W. Clayton St.) Encaustic paintings by Sarah Seabolt and acrylic paintings by Marbrey Dalton. Through September. Lyndon House Arts Center (293 Hoyt St.) “Full House 2010” features over a hundred works in a variety of media by local artists and members of the organizations that meet regularly at the Lyndon House. Through Sept. 18. Madison County Library (1315 Hwy. 98 W., Danielsville) Handmade baskets by Ginni Edwards and photographs of local farms by Visionary Growth Gallery’s Robert Lowery. Madison-Morgan Cultural Center (434 S. Main St., Madison) “Mapping the Present Just Went By,” a collaborative multimedia project presented by the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center and the Morgan County African-American Museum which combines stories, documents, sculpture and other historical relics with photography by Lynn Marshall-Linnemeier. Through Sept. 24. Mercury Art Works at Hotel Indigo (Hotel Indigo, 500 College Ave.) New works by Art Rosenbaum and Margo Newmark Rosenbaum. Through Sept. 19. Monroe Art Guild (205 S. Broad St., Monroe) “Papermakers,” an exhibit featuring paper sculpture and other paper arts by over 20 local artists. Through Sept. 29. Reception Sept. 12. Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation (OCAF) (34 School St., Watkinsville) 8th Annual Perspectives Pottery Exhibition features the work of over 50 Georgian potters. Through Sept. 15. Republic Salon (312 E. Broad St.) Large, vibrant acrylic paintings by Jaime Bull. Through November. State Botanical Garden of Georgia (2450 Milledge Ave.) “Serene Nature,” an exhibit featuring large-scale landscapes by painter Ken McLeskey. Through Oct. 3. Trace Gallery (160 Tracy St.) “Summer Ghosts,” an exhibit featuring paintings by Sam Seawright. Through Oct. 1. UGA Aderhold (110 Carlton St., Room 232) “Home and Away,” an exhibit featuring photographs of Georgia and abroad by Sally Hudson Ross. Through September.
guardians. Every second Wednesday from Sept. 8–Dec. 8. 10:30 a.m. $2. 706-613-3603, www.accleisure services.com Youth Theater Workshop (Various Locations) Innovative, creative after-school theater workshops for ages 6-12. Sept. 13–Dec. 15. Mondays at Athens Montessori School, Tuesdays at Waseca Leaning Environment). 3:15 & 4:15 p.m. $120. www.smallhousecreative.com
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SUPPORT Domestic Violence Support Group Call the Project Safe hotline: 706-543-3331. Second and fourth Thursday of the month in Clarke County. First and third Thursday of the month in Madison County. 6–8 p.m. Emotional Abuse Support Group (Call for location) Childcare is provided. Call the Project Safe hotline: 706-543-3331. Wednesdays, 6:30–8 p.m. Emotions Anonymous (Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens) Informal and supportive 12step program open to anyone with a desire to become well emotionally. Sundays, 4–5 p.m. 706-202-7463, www.emotionsanonymous.org 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 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 Sapph Fire (Email for Location) Support group for lesbian and bisexual women of color meets the first and third Saturday of every month. Find Sapph Fire on Facebook, email@example.com
ON THE STREET “1980 Championship Year Revisited” (Georgia Center, Hill Atrium) Photojournalist Wingate Downs chronicles a legendary year in UGA football in this pictorial exhibit which will hang through Jan. 7. www.georgiacenter.uga.edu Athens, GA Half-Marathon (Various Locations) Explore Athens in autumn on this run winding through campus, downtown and alongside the North Oconee River. Start training today! Proceeds benefit AthFest. Now registering. Oct. 24, 7 a.m. $60. www.athensgahalf.com Benefit Golf Tournament (Lane Creek Golf Club) The registration fee includes entry in the tournament, lunch, on-course beverages and a scoring party. Proceeds will benefit the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation. Sept. 13, registration begins at 10:30 a.m. $75. 706-3531126, www.realtorsathens.com Nuci’s SPACE Race (Nuçi’s Space) Now registering for a 5k run/walk to benefit Nuci’s Space on Oct. 2nd. www.nuci.org/space-race-2010registration Soccer for Beginners No one is too old to learn how to play the world’s most popular sport. Email for more information. Weeknights, 7–8 p.m. firstname.lastname@example.org Super Shredder Saturday (Georgia Square Mall) Residents and small businesses are invited to come out and shred at the mall! Bring all confidential and sensitive materials and then say your goodbyes. The ACC Recycling Division will recycle the shreds. Sept. 11, 9–noon. FREE! 706-613-3512 f
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reality check Matters Of The Heart And Loins My fiancé, let’s call him Jason, grew up around porn. His father had a massive collection of porn that was housed in a cabinet that he built solely for porn-housing purposes. Jason’s father also exposed him to cinematic adventures such as Ralph Bakshi’s Fritz the Cat starting at the tender age of five. So, as far back as he can remember, Jason has been super-conditioned to focus on the visual for arousal and his hand for satisfaction. Fast-forward to now: Jason is 31, and I am 25, and we’ve been together for three years, living together for about two and a half. Jason was also just diagnosed with ADHD. I think we’ve got some big issues with our sex life; Jason either honestly thinks everything is great or he’s in denial. Jason has to manually stimulate himself at all times. His idea of great sex is us lying side by side, barely touching each other, stimulating ourselves and talking dirty. Then, after literally four or five (or more) hours of this, we have very rushed, abrupt intercourse. I, as a woman, am entirely unsatisfied by this and feel very sexually unfulfilled. I think Jason is like this from years of watching porn and because of his ADHD. Basically, when Jason and I have sex, it’s all about him, and my pleasure and I are a side note. I don’t think he’s being purposefully selfish; I know he cares about me, but he is very sexually selfish nonetheless. Also, ADHD medication isn’t going to help because he has an Adderall prescription and loves to pop several pills and then watch porn, so his medication and his abuse of it only add to the problem. I hate to be the girlfriend who gets mad at her man for watching porn, but when Jason does (and he doesn’t do it very often, maybe once a month) he will literally watch movies for hours, in almost a state of hypnosis. He then wants to do our pleasure-ourselves-together-forfour-plus-hours routine and is often so numb or chafed that his performance greatly suffers, if not never occurs, once we FINALLY go to have sex. I’ve even tried watching porn with him, but I can’t stand it for two reasons: 1) He doesn’t focus on me at all; it’s like I’m just there for company and I feel like I’m competing for his attention and 2) he loves hardcore anal porn, and the girls in the video seem to be suffering so much that I just can’t get turned on when I watch it. I know there’s “couples’ porn” out there, but that just doesn’t do it for him. I don’t think he’s addicted to porn because he only watches it once a month or so and, otherwise, it doesn’t affect our lives. Now, I have done everything possible, short of bringing another person into the bedroom, to enact Jason’s fantasies (and, of course, they’re all ideas from porn). My apologies if this is TMI, but we have anal sex and I enjoy it, so there’s no weird obligatory sense when we do it, just good ol’ freaky sex. But he’s conditioned himself to need his hand so much and to need to go into this hypnotic trance state
for so long, that the prospect of anal is waaaay more exciting for him than the act. He’s hooked on the anticipation, not the release. He’ll drag out the dirty talk for so long, that I am often numb, tired and feeling resentful and neglected by the time the act takes place. I love him and I know he loves me, but I don’t know what to do about this. By playing along, I don’t seem to be helping the situation, only making it normal. When we make love without all the talking and masturbation, it’s very abrupt (I’m talking, three minutes), there’s no foreplay on his part to get me in the mood, and it’s never more frequent than once a week. Basically, he rolls over with morning wood and we have a quickie. I always take the opportunity though, because I know that if I don’t, even if he hasn’t touched me at all to warm me up, I may not get another chance for a long time; he can go without sex for weeks and I can’t. I’m 25 and I’m already unfulfilled by one quickie a week and this once-amonth-dragged-out-mutualmasturbation with a little intercourse as an after-thought. I rarely say anything to Jason about our sex life because he is so defensive, but when I do, it’s to tell him that I need him to actually touch me and that I want to make love more often. I have tried countless times to initiate sex, and he doesn’t respond at all; when I am in the mood, he couldn’t be less interested and makes no attempt to put himself in the mood (though I do that all the time for him). We can’t afford a sex therapist and everything else is great, so I wouldn’t end the relationship just because of unfulfilling sex. How can I get through to him that we need to really change things? How can I help him break his dependence on masturbation? He can only seem to put in the minimal amount of effort when it comes to my pleasure because he has to focus on himself so much. What can I do to change that? Help! Watching Him Play Too Much with the Hand He’s Been Dealt. Forgive the editing, W, but there are space issues here. You have obviously spent a LOT of time analyzing Jason and making excuses for him. I can see that you obviously care about him, but the situation is ridiculous. You have already tried to talk to him about this, and he isn’t interested. You told him what you need, and he’s not giving it to you. I know you aren’t going to listen to me, but I think you should end this relationship. Call it what you want: ADHD, narcissistic behavior or whatever. I call it a dead end. You are miserable, and he doesn’t care. If you aren’t going to go to therapy, there is no hope. None. Forget it. (Realistically, I know you aren’t going to break up with him, so my only other advice is to find a therapist who will work on a sliding scale. Immediately. But I still say this will only prolong the inevitable.) Jyl Inov
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Flagpole Classifieds! $10/wk. for your merchandise, $14/wk. for your house, $16/wk. for your business! Go to www.flagpole.com or call (706) 549-0301. Deadlines every Monday at 11am. 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) 4254048 or (706) 2961863.
STUDIO 40. 655 East Campus Rd. 2 units avail. for 2010/2011. $650/mo. Contact Shannon Martin w/ Cindy Karp Realty, Inc. at (706) 424-1889 or shannon@ cindykarp.com. T w e e d e l l P r o p e r t i e s (706) 207-6361. Convenient to campus. 2BR/1BA, 2BR/2BA, 3BR/2BA, 4BR/2BA starting at $595/mo. For more i n f o r m a t i o n w w w. tweedellproperties. com. W/D, ceiling fans, DW, microwave, total electric, fresh paint, up-to-date appls.
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Westside condos. 2 B R / 2 B A , $600/mo. Eastside quadraplex 2 B R / 2 B A , $525/mo. Eastside Duplex 2BR/1BA, $475/mo. Eastside basement apartment 2BR/1BA. W/D, nice yard. $550/ mo. Call McWaters Realty, (706) 549-3222, (706) 353-2700 or cell (706) 540-1529.
Commercial Property Athens Executive Suites. Offices available 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) 2961863. Eastside Offices. 1060 Gaines School Rd. Rent 1200 sq. ft. for $1200/mo., 750 sq. ft. for $900/mo., 450 sq. ft. for $600/mo. (706) 546-1615 or www. athenstownproperties. com. For Sale. 4700 sq. ft. office. 485 Newton Bridge Rd. Possible owner financing to qualified, credit worthy buyer. This is great opportunity! Call Don at Sumner Properties (706) 353-1039. Historic Downtown Building. 3200 sq. ft. Ample onsite parking. Office/Commercial. Contact Stacy (706) 4254048. Paint Artist Studios. Historic Boulevard area artist community 160 Tracy Street. Rent 300 sq. ft. for $150/mo. & 400 sq. ft. for $200/mo. (706) 546-1615 or www. athenstownproperties. com. Retail Suites for lease at Homewood Village. 1K–12,500 sq. ft. available. For more info call Bryan Austin at (706) 353-1039 or visit www. sumnerproperties.net.
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Condos for Rent $850/mo. 2BR/2.5BA. 1200 sqft, 385 Old Epps Bridge. Near campus, bus, shops. W/D inc. HW & tile flrs. River view patio. Avail. Immediately. (706) 380-1288. $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. r m., sec. system. Available i m m e d i a t e l y. O w n e r / Agent, call Robin (770) 265-6509 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Studio 51. Luxury studios adjoining UGA campus. On UGA busline. Well apportioned. Stainless appls. Tile & bamboo floors. On–site laundry. Please visit www. studio51condos. com. Updated, upsale unit in E. Athens off Riverbend. 3BR/2.5BA. New kitchen w / a ll a p p ls , L R/ DR combo, deck, master w/ FP & deck, laundry room, patio. Pool. $900/mo. (706) 433-2712.
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Houses for Rent $680/mo. 2BR/2BA. 115 E. Carver Dr. 1.5 mi. from UGA Arch. Fenced–in yd. Tile & HWflrs. CHAC, W/D hookups, DW. Pets welcome. Avail. now! (706) 614-8335. $675/mo. Walk to Dwntn and UGA, 2BR/1BA. Huge Bedrooms, 12’ ceilings, HWflrs, W/D, front porch, pet friendly, sm. fenced area, available 10/1. Owner/ Agent, call Robin (770) 265-6509, or email email@example.com. 1.5BR/1BA. Danielsville Rd. Private wooded setting. CHAC, W/D hookup. Wood flrs., large fenced yd., lawncare incl. $525/mo. + dep. (706) 424-1571, lv. msg.
1085A Macon H w y. 3BR/1BA $795/mo., huge rooms, storage. 1085B Macon Hwy. 2BR/1BA, $595/ mo. 1045 Macon Hwy. 4BR/2BA + extra rooms, sunroom, lots of parking. All on busline. All homes have HWflrs, CHAC, W/D, & pet friendly. Available now! (Pics in order). (706) 546-7946, Flowersnancy@ bellsouth.net. See virtual tours www. nancyflowers.com.
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2BR/1BA off King Ave. Normaltown a re a . I n q u i e t , s a f e n’hood. Water & garbage p a i d . To t a l e l e c t r i c , CHAC. No smoking. No pets. $550/mo. Available now. (706) 543-4556. 3BR/1.5BA. 460 Whitehead Rd. HWflrs, carpet, CHAC, attic fan, tiled kitchen, garbage disposal, DW, fenced yd., pecan trees. $750/mo. & $500/dep. Call (706) 254-2936. 3BR/1.5BA located at 2 0 0 2 M i l l e d g e Av e . 2 mins from campus. Recently updated house w/ 12ft. ceilings and HWflrs. Lg bedrooms. $800/month. Call (706) 202-9905.
3BR/2BA house on campus. Available now. Lg. yd., DW, W/D, CHAC, HWflrs. $1200/mo. (706) 255-0066. 3BR/2BA. Cedar creek. Fenced backyd., gas grill, FP, wooded lot. Quiet family n’hood. Swimming community. 3 6 0 S a n d s t o n e D r. $1025/mo. & dep. (706) 319-1846, (706) 5484819. GA. R. E. lic. 300830. 4BR/4BA home & 4BR/3BA townhome for rent in Deer Park. $800/ mo. Huge floorplan! W/D, alarm system, pets welcome. $400/ d e p . E a s t s i d e . Vi s i t w w w. hancock propertiesinc.com. (706) 552-3500. 4BR/4BA house in The Retreat. Less than 1 mile from The Arch. Pool. Pets welcome. Great price $1200/mo. Aaron (706) 207-2957. 4BR/3BA 2–story brick garage, huge yd. 205 Pendleton Dr. Homewood Hills. Pics at hathaway propertiesathens. com. $1200/mo. Text (706) 714-4486, hathawayproper ties@ gmail.com. Available now! Brick homes starting at just $250/BR. Close to Dwntn/ UGA & pet friendly. Dekle Realty (706) 5480580. Please visit www. deklerealty.com. Borders! Print version of the Classifieds. Pictures! Check them out on the Flagpole website. New C a t e g o r i e s ! An d still the lowest rates in town! Place your ad today at www. flagpole.com. Beautifully remodeled 3BR/1BA home located just minutes to Dwntn Athens. HWflrs, granite countertops, screened in porch, huge back yd, & basement storage. Dekle Realty (706) 5480580. Char ming Countr y Home.3BR/2BA. 10 mi. from Dwntn. 16 acres. Suitable for 2 horses. Fenced pasture w/ shelter. CHAC, all appls. 1BR & 2BAs completely renovated. $900/mo. (706) 3 4 0 7531.
Eastside 3BR/2BA. Lg. yd., on dead–end street. $950/mo. 4BR/2BA w/ lg. yd. $1200/mo. Five Points 3BR/1BA, single carpor t, $750/ mo. Call M c Wa t e r s Realty, (706) 5493222, (706) 353-2700, (706) 540-1529. Rent/Sale. $550/mo. Sale: $99,999. Adorable 2BR cottage. Recently r e n o v a t e d . LV, D R , kitchen, front porch, nice yd. Lg. dog pen. Great location, busline, UGA, Dwntn. (706) 5435604.
Houses for Sale 2000 Chandelier model mobile home for sale. 3BR/2BA, CHAC, Gas appls. Located 5 min. from Dwntn. Close to UGA. Call Kristy at (912) 614-7252. 3BR house & 3 lots. Close to UGA & Dwntn Athens. Great investment, rental property or starter home. All for $154,900. Contact Jamie (706)215-7078. Charming & Fun i n 5 P t s . w w w. 4 6 5 springdalestreet. com. Or be cool in the Country w/ garden space to grow your own! w w w. 1 7 0 E l d e r S t re e t . com. Donna Smith Fee, Keller Williams Realty Greater Athens, (706) 296-5717 cell (706) 3192900 office. Normaltown under $100,000! www. 115KnottinghamDrive. com. Or 3.6 acres w/ home in Oconee www. 2011PeteDickensRoad. com under $150,000. Donna Fee, Keller Williams Realty, Cell: (706) 296-5717, Office: (706) 316-2900.
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.
Sub-lease Great downtown studio apartment! Lofted BR above kitchen, large BA, DW & microwave. Close to North Campus (Wall St. btw E. Clayton & Broad) Water included in rent, $640/mo. Available 9-8-10. Partial credit for Sept. Call Mollye (404) 275-3937.
For Sale Businesses Playball franchise for sale. Work Athens area earn 30K PT. This is a working business, just step in, get trained & star t ear ning. Work with kids age 3 - 8. All training & equipment incl. 6 schools in A t h e n s a re a a re m y clients. Only $5000. Call Dane (706) 2541205.
Furniture Ask about our Run– til–Sold rate. Lowest classified ad rate in town! 12 weeks for only $40! Call (706) 5490301 or place an ad at www.flagpole.com. Merchandise only. Pillowtop Queen Mattress set. Never used. Still in factory plastic. $260. Full size mattress set. Never used. Still in factory plastic. $160. (706) 7691959. Delivery available. Tables, chairs, sofas, antiques, clothes, records & players, retro goods, & more! Cool, affordable furniture every day. Go to Agora! Your favorite everything store! 260 W. Clayton St., (706) 3160130.
2006 Bobcat T300 Track Loader with A/C and Heat, Power Bob-tach, I’m asking $5650. Email nredn839@ msn.com or call (678) 306-3520.
Athens School of Music. Instruction in Guitar, Bass, Drums, Piano, Voice, Brass, Woodwinds, Strings, Banjo, Mandolin, Fiddle, & more. From beginner to expert. Instrument repairs avail. Visit www. AthensSchoolofMusic.com, (706) 543-5800.
Good cleaning is an art. Green cleaning is smart! Fall specials. Call or text Nick (706) 206-0381. Local, independant. 7 days a week.
Music Services Can’t put your finger on what you are missing? Need a session player? Strings, brass, synthesizers, backup singers, wailing soloists, we have it all! Let our seasoned session players help you finish your album. Please email SCIOagencyAthens@ gmail.com with your project. Very low rates! 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) 5491567. Wedding Bands. Quality, p ro f e s s i o n a l b a n d s . Weddings, parties. Rock, Jazz, etc. Call Classic City Entertainment. (706) 549-1567. www.classic cityentertainment.com. Featuring The Magictones - Athens’ premiere wedding & party band. www.themagictones.com.
Studios RoomFiftyThree. Mix room & ProTools HD2 Accelbased recording studio on the Eastside of Athens. Seriously high–end analog gear! Seriously affordable! Feel the love! Visit www. roomfiftythree.com.
Health Penis enlargement. FDA medical vacuum pumps. Gain 1-3 i n c h e s p e r m a n e n t l y. Testosterone, Viagra, Cialis. Free pills! (619) 2 9 4 - 7 7 7 7 c o d e A LT www.drjoelkaplan.com discounts available. (AAN CAN). Pregnant? Considering adoption? Talk w/ caring agency specializing in matching birthmothers w/ families nationwide. Living expenses paid. Call 24/7. Abby’s One True Gift Adoptions. (866) 413-6293 (AAN CAN). Do you want to use a logo, graphic or border in your classified ad? You can with Classified Display Advertising!!! Call (706) 549-0301 for more information.
Massage Come relax at Revolutionary Massage & Wellness in September & re c e i v e y o u r f i r s t massage for $45. Call (706) 255-4443 or book your appt. online at: www.revolutionary massage.com. ➤ continued on next page
2BR / 2.5BA Townhomes $650
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Wa l k / b i k e 1 / 2 m i l e to Dwntn/campus. Looking for responsible M/F nonsmoker to share 2BR/2BA. New bathrooms/kitchen. WiFi, W/D. No dogs pls. $385/ mo + utils. Tony (478) 397-4696.
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Awesome Martial Arts. M e n / Wo m e n . O n l y 8 spots left! Eastside Athens. Kenpo, Kali, Silat, Self-Defense. Tuedays 6:30 pm. 2 weeks free! Email firstname.lastname@example.org Call (706) 410-0951.
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Can you write code? J AVA , O b j e c t i v e – C , R a i l s , . N E T. A p p l y today! Email Jobs@tsav. com. Little Prodigies Childcare is hiring FT teacher. Teacher needs experience in childcare and positive attititude! Email resume to littleprodigieschildcare@ gmail.com with “RESUME” in subject line. LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO LIVE? Tu r n t o F L A G P O L E CLASSIFIEDS to find roommates, apartments, houses, etc. To place an ad call (706) 5490301.
Opportunities As part of our expansion p ro g r a m , M i l l e n n i u m Magic Procurement LLC is in need of people to work as PT Account Managers, Payment & Sales representatives. Pays a minimum of $3000/mo. + benefits. Takes only little of your time. Please contact u s f o r m o re d e t a i l s . Requirements: Should be computer literate. 2–3 hours access to the Internet weekly. Must be honest & loyal. Must be efficient & dedicated. If interested & need more info, contact Mike S l o a n , m p ro c u re l l c @ aol.com. Dependable person needed during the evening hrs. helping a young man confined t o a w h e e l c h a i r. I n exchange for free rent in apt., food, utils. & other amenities. Call (706) 316-2798 or (706) 549-9456.
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Earn extra income assembling CD cases from home. No experience necessary. Call our live operators now. (800) 4057619 ext. 2450. www. easywork-greatpay.com (AAN CAN). H i g h S c h o o l diploma! Graduate in just 4 weeks! Free brochure. Call now! (800) 532-6546 ext. 97. Go to www. c o n t i n e n t a l a c a d e m y. com (AAN CAN). Movie Extras. Earn up to $150/day to stand in backgrounds of major films. Experience not required. Call now! (888) 664-4621. (AAN CAN)
Part-time Deliver y/store help. Saturday a must + 2 weekdays. Clean MVR & criminal record. Drug free. Non smoker. Able to lift 100 lbs. Southern Wa t e r b e d s & F u t o n s (706) 543-4323. FT or PT Prep. Cook (min. 1 yr exp.) and Dishwasher needed for Mexicali Grill. PLease apply at Eastside location between 11am - 5pm Mon.-Fri. Mystery shoppers earn up to $100/ d a y. U n d e r c o v e r shoppers needed to judge retail & dining establishments. No exp. req’d. (800) 7438535. Now Hiring. Eastside Ta c o S t a n d i s n o w hiring. All shifts available. Call (706) 549-5481.
1969 Camaro SS, perfect condition, original, unrestored, 396 Cubic Inch 350 Horsepower asking $5500, details at firstname.lastname@example.org (678) 278-9287. Heyward Allen Toyota is having a great summer. Looking for new or pre–owned vehicles? Come see me. Chris Koopmans, Sales & Leasing Consultant, (706) 369-5020 ext.123. Email ckoopmans@ heywardallentoyota. c o m , o r v i s i t w w w. heywardallentoyota.com.
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Motorcycles 1982 GS450. Great restored condition. Many new parts. Very reliable and fun. Please call for more details and to see the bike. (706) 363-7650. Eastside. Thanks.
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Organizations Recruiting volunteers, intelligence, Federal crime analysis. 40+ yrs, laptop, drug-free, alcohol-free. Sept. 8 & Sept. 15 ACC Library Circulation 6:30pm. Establishing chronology, patterns, categories for federal gov. review. Reach over 5 million young, educated readers for only $995 by advertising in 110 weekly newspapers like this one. Call Jason at (202) 2898484 This is not a job offer. (AAN CAN). Borders! Print version of the Classifieds. Pictures! Check them out on the Flagpole website. New Categories! And still the lowest rates in town! Place your ad today at www. flagpole.com.
Personals Wanted in good condition. 1970 Athens High School yearbook. Lv. m sg. (70 6) 5 469151.
Pets Dog Foster Homes Needed! Athens Area Humane Society will provide everything you need (food, leash, toys, etc). You provide a loving home. If interested e-mail dogs@ athenshumanesociety.org.
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