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pub notes Who Will Be Mayor? Judging by the signs, Nancy Denson is in first place, and For Rent is second. Gwen O’Looney says hers are being pulled up, though there are still a lot of them around. In places, Spencer Frye seems to be piggybacking on commission candidate Tom Ellis’ appropriation of unoccupied buildings as sign sites, along with rental properties. Will the national conservative backlash reach even into progressive Athens-Clarke and sweep Nancy into office? She has positioned herself perfectly to draw on her long career as a Democratic politician/officeholder while making it clear to conservatives and Republicans that she’s the one for them. So, our non-partisan elections allow a Democrat to provide cover for Republicans and perhaps wrest the mayor’s office away from the Cobbham/R.E.M./Five Points progressives. For my money, which isn’t much, Gwen is still head and shoulders above Nancy and the other candidates in sheer knowledge of how our government works and where it needs to go to confront our current problems. At every forum I have attended, the other candidates have tended to talk in generalities about what they would do if elected, while Gwen focuses more on actual programs already in place or that could be in place. Remember, I have already declared my support for Gwen, so I am plainly prejudiced, but she just has that infectious enthusiasm—passion—for Athens and making it work better and the nuts and bolts knowledge of how to go about it. Plus, she’s got that …another wild and crazy persona that gets people “chameleon” fired up, and she also has a lifelong to hard work in public candidate like commitment service, for going where the action Doc Eldridge? is—from being a Red Cross worker in Vietnam during the war to various kinds of social work, including a stint as head of the Department of Family and Children Services here, until she was fired for flushing some marijuana rather than send a young girl to jail. Don’t think Nancy’s not calling people up to tell them about it, but it’s no secret; it was well reported at the time, and some people will vote against Gwen because of her actions. Others will vote against her because she’s just so Gwen. Maybe this time around we should have said, “Hey, it’s Charlie’s turn.” Charlie Maddox is a great guy, and he would be a fine ambassador in the mayor’s office or anywhere else. But we didn’t, and he looks right now like maybe fourth-place, depending on how much of the African-American vote goes to him. Those votes are going to be important and will probably be split among Charlie, Gwen and Nancy, the latter two having longstanding ties to the black community. Spencer has got to be considered the wild card in the race. He’ll draw some progressive votes—especially younger progressives—away from Gwen, but he’ll also draw some business votes away from Nancy. Assuming Nancy has at least a runoff locked up, could it be either Spencer or Gwen also in that runoff against her? Could either beat Nancy in a runoff? Given Nancy’s position as the conservative candidate, would the progressives unite behind either Spencer or Gwen? When it comes down to the conservative vote vs. the progressive vote, will the pendulum swing back the other way, with the Republicans slipping in the back door of City Hall with another “chameleon” candidate like Doc Eldridge? Well, make up your own mind. The mayoral candidates, along with the candidates for commission, board of education, legislature and congress (at least one of them) will be present to face the music at the Athens Press Club forums Sunday evening Oct. 17 and Monday evening Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. both nights in the hospitable surroundings of The Melting Point. Then, on Thursday evening, Oct. 21 the mayoral candidates gather for an east-side neighborhood forum at 7 p.m. in the Cedar Shoals auditorium. With these forums coming up and the ones we’ve already had, you’ve enjoyed a good chance to get to know these candidates. Now, it’s up to you. I could easily support any of the other candidates if Gwen weren’t in the race. They’re all good; she’s just that much better. She is smart, focused, in love with Athens and its potential, concerned about all our people—as she has demonstrated consistently in and out of office—and surprisingly un-ideological: she’s for what works, what does the most good for the least cost. I’m just sayin’: “Gwen in ’10.” Pete McCommons

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The race for the District 5 seat on the ACC Commission takes on some strange, scary contours.

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city dope Election Edition: SPECIAL REPORT Some stories are so unlikely, so convoluted and far-reaching that one doesn’t know where—or, in fact, whether—to begin telling them. The story of the weird machinations at work on the periphery of the race for the District 5 seat on the Athens-Clarke County Commission, which have become more and more entwined with some of its central players, is one of those. Its exact contours are hidden from all but a select few who are unwilling to share everything they know, but what has emerged is a narrative of an ardent campaign to force one of the three candidates from the race through the use of threats and insinuations against him and against those perceived to be his supporters. On Sept. 27, I received a voicemail at Flagpole from someone who said his name was “Bill”—I later learned that he was Bill Holmes—and he wanted to talk to me about one of the candidates in District 5. I called him back the following day, and he told me he was concerned that Jared Bailey was running for the seat. Holmes said Bailey, who founded Flagpole in 1987 and was its editor and publisher until 1990, had contacted his wife, Pamela, whom he said Bailey had briefly dated in the late 1980s, on Facebook to ask for her support in his campaign. She had responded, Holmes told me, with an email telling Bailey that she would not support him because of things she knew about his past, and furthermore, that she would release this “dirt” on him if he didn’t abandon his candidacy. Holmes said he and his wife were now involved with someone who was collecting signed statements, which he referred to as “affidavits,” filled with damaging claims about Bailey’s personal history. Holmes said that he and his wife had each signed an affidavit and had solicited and received two others from people they knew. They had given these materials, Holmes said, to someone who, once he had collected a sufficient amount of “evidence,” would offer Bailey an ultimatum: withdraw his candidacy or face having the affidavits made public. Holmes said he, his wife, the person compiling

affidavits and others were convinced Bailey’s election to the commission would be “bad for Athens” and that they wanted to prevent that from happening—quietly, if possible. He declined to tell me to whom he had given the affidavits; he had only contacted me because he hoped Flagpole would publish a story about Bailey’s past. I called Holmes back later that week after hearing a rumor about who was collecting the affidavits. I confronted him with that rumor (which later proved to be unverifiable), and he reiterated to me that he was not at liberty to disclose the identity of the person to whom he had given the four affidavits (Holmes repeatedly referred to this person as a man). He also told me that he and his wife were not active in any campaign to force Bailey out of the race: they had merely written their affidavits, solicited the others and delivered them to someone who wanted to use them against Bailey. Pamela had also written the email to Bailey threatening to expose damaging information about him if he didn’t leave the race, but she had been “bluffing.” Beyond that, they were not involved. The next Tuesday, Oct. 5, Tom Ellis—one of Bailey’s two opponents for the District 5 seat—called me about a separate matter and we met for coffee. During our conversation, I told him I had been contacted by someone who had prepared affidavits that were intended to end Bailey’s campaign and that I was looking into the story. I asked Ellis if he had received any such affidavits and he told me he had been contacted by various people with “information” that was ostensibly damaging to Bailey, and that included his having been sent—unsolicited—a number of signed affidavits. Ellis said he was not interested in the claims made in the affidavits and had no intention of using them; he said he was committed to winning the District 5 race by taking “the high road.” He said he hadn’t shared them with anyone else, including Bailey. He declined to let me see the affidavits or to tell me who had signed them or sent them (though he said they had come with a return

address), but he did tell me he thought it was likely that they had also been sent to the other candidate in District 5, Dave Hudgins. Later that afternoon, I called Hudgins and asked him if he had received any affidavits. He told me he had never heard of their existence. I called Ellis the next day and told him I was going to write a story about the affidavits and that I hoped he would let me see them, or at least tell me who had signed them and who had sent them to him. I told him that, as of that moment, the only concrete information I had about the affidavits was that I had spoken to someone who said he had sent four of them to someone who intended to use them to force Bailey out of the race and that he—Ellis—was the only person I knew who had received any of them. If he wanted to clarify from whom he had gotten them, I strongly suggested he do so. He said he was uncomfortable involving himself any further, but that he would think about it. I called him the next day—Thursday, Oct. 7—and left him a voicemail repeating my request. That call has not been returned. On Wednesday, Oct. 6, after I spoke to Ellis, I received a call from Bill Holmes. He said I should check into Bailey’s living arrangements: Holmes believed that Bailey’s stated residence in District 5 was a sham, and that he actually lived in Watkinsville with his girlfriend, whose name and address he gave me. (Both Ellis and Hudgins had separately expressed concern about this to me, as well.) During that conversation, I told Holmes that I was writing an article about the affidavits and that I hoped he would tell me whom he had sent them to. He had previously asked that our conversations be kept “off the record,” a condition to which I had initially agreed, but I now told him that if he was the only person who could confirm having produced and delivered materials related to the effort to force Bailey to withdraw his candidacy—an effort in which he was apparently still engaged—I would not be able to guarantee his anonymity. I called Bailey the next day and asked him where he lived. He told me he “spends time” at his girlfriend’s house in Watkinsville but that his home is in a house he shares with his brother in Athens, in District 5. He had signed a sworn statement to that effect upon qualifying, he said, and he had done so truthfully. On Sunday, Oct. 10, I asked Bailey if he had received any communications from people who wanted him to drop out of the District 5 race. He described receiving signed emails

from Pamela Holmes demanding that he abandon the race and leave Athens, as well as an anonymous letter containing “some of the same themes and language.” He said he has shared those messages with Athens police but has not filed a report. He also said his girlfriend had contacted Watkinsville police about people taking pictures of her house from a car parked on her street, a quiet cul-de-sac, and about a man her 10-year-old son saw watching their house from the woods at the back of the property. Bailey declined to share the emails from Pamela Holmes or the anonymous letter, but provided the following statement: “For several weeks, threats have been made that information derogatory about me from years past would be released if I did not withdraw as a candidate for public office. People are entitled to their opinions whether true or untrue, and there’s not a whole lot I can do or would want to do about that. I understand one of my opponents has an affidavit from the person making the threats. Although the candidate has not shared it with me, it is to that candidate’s credit that the information has not been used to date. Many decline to run for public office because of things like this. I believe I have made many positive contributions to this community and I am running for office because I want to make things better. If I have to take some punches along the way, so be it.” This is not what anyone at Flagpole had in mind for our election coverage, and I will never understand what possessed Bill Holmes to contact a reporter in order to inform him that he was involved in an effort to force a candidate out of a race for public office by leveraging harmful accusations against him. I spoke to multiple sources who said they had received either direct communication from Bill and/or Pamela Holmes or anonymous letters warning them against associating with Jared Bailey, some of them during the time since Bill Holmes began talking to me. I haven’t seen the materials Bailey says he showed the police, but I hope to. I still haven’t seen any affidavits, and I don’t know who, besides the Holmeses, wrote them. Tom Ellis is still the only person who has said he received any of them, or perhaps he received different ones, from another person altogether. I don’t know, because I haven’t seen them. The invitation to share, of course, remains open. Dave Marr

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city pages But commissioners couldn’t resist adding the expensive (although downsized) Classic Center addition at the last minute. The 22-member citizens committee that picked the projects didn’t dislike the Classic Center. “We have got to care about economic development,” said Gwen O’Looney, who served on the panel. But Will voters approve the biggest list yet of that project would have put the list over budnew sales-tax projects in November? Or will get. When the recommendations came to comthey say “no” (or maybe “No!”) and kick it missioners for approval, they simply expanded back to the ACC Mayor and Commission to trim the budget. the list and submit it again a year later? Then Besides online naysayers (“pork, pork, there would be no other state or local races pork”), the final list was criticized by former on the ballot aside from renewal of that other commissioner Carl Jordan as being too extenone-cent SPLOST, which goes to the school sive. “The golden egg of SPLOST has reverted district. Previous SPLOST referendums have to a magnanimous Santa Claus,” he wrote in all passed except for a 1993 proposal that Flagpole. “Ten years is far too long, and the 43 would have run for one year to retire debt on projects dilute public scrutiny.” With a smaller the current jail and the budget, he said, “only College Avenue parking the cream will rise to the “If we didn’t have these deck. The last SPLOST top.” vote (in November 2004) On their website extra things, we probably was approved by more, local than two-to-one. wouldn’t get some of the conservative Republican A new jail was not John Marsh and progresthings passed.” included in the last sive activist Michael round of SPLOST projects Smith say they think because it would have taken so much of the voters should be able to nix or approve each available money. But commissioners wince individual project, though present state law every time Sheriff Ira Edwards comes to them doesn’t allow that. They say they support the with another bill ($2 million last year) for aims of SPLOST, but not the length of it, nor “housing out” inmates to other county jails, the bond debt ($15 million will go to interest and they have insisted that a jail expansion on the jail and Classic Center projects, in order be included in this round. If SPLOST doesn’t to build them more quickly). pass, the jail will likely be funded from propBut offering something for everybody has erty taxes. long been a feature of SPLOST—for better or Because nearly half of sales taxes are paid worse. “We put the bells and whistles in so by out-of-county shoppers, SPLOST is generally people will like SPLOST,” said Commissioner considered to be a good deal for ACC taxpayHarry Sims in April. “If we didn’t have these ers. And setting aside the jail, the list of projextra things, we probably wouldn’t get some ects is not more costly than the current round. of the things passed. And communities around

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the state are just in awe of how we managed to put these kinds of projects together.” Other cities build fire stations, but ACC has done much more: restored the historic Morton Theatre and Gospel Pilgrim Cemetery and paid for new parks, trails, sidewalks, and a dance center, along with police stations, fire equipment, library books, bridges and roads. Sheriff Edwards has for years asked the commission to fund a new jail (and presented plan after downsized plan for what he’d like to see). Eventually, commissioners approved hiring a South Carolina consulting firm (Carter-Goble-Lee, which specializes in criminal justice) to determine just how big a jail ACC really needs. It produced a thorough report that details the condition of the old, cheaply-built jail (leaky roof, bad security layout, mostly not worth renovating) and also examines the programs that ACC has increasingly provided as alternatives to jail for some defendants. Following a national trend in which the U.S. leads every other nation in the percentage of citizens it locks up, Athens-Clarke County imprisoned more people in the last decade—the county’s per capita incarceration rate went up 27 percent between 1997 and 2007, according to the CGL report. Over the same period, crime rates have stayed roughly the same or fallen (as they have in Athens Clarke-County, down from from 81 violent or property crimes per 1000 residents to 52). Consultant Bob Goble told the county’s Criminal Justice Task Force in 2008 that more people are going to jail here because “you’re catching more”—the worst offenders are already in prison, he said, which “has enabled law enforcement to focus down” and arrest people for less-serious crimes. In a 2008 memo, ACC Police Chief Jack Lumpkin embraced the “broken window” approach to policing—that is, arresting offenders for minor violations (like, in Athens, underage drinking) to discourage major ones. Most “nuisance” offenders bond out quickly and so don’t need jail space, he said; but “few real options often exist for officers other than arresting or citing offenders… since there is a distinct lack of services available for the intoxicated and/or substance abuser or mental health treatment available.” The Carter-Goble-Lee report estimated ACC’s future jail needs and the possible impact of alternative programs. Pretrial release plus a diversion center could reduce jail population by 8 percent, it said; but the biggest reduction—13 percent—could come from speeding up court proceedings for people who are awaiting trial, and a court administrator was hired to speed up cases. (New software included in the SPLOST projects list would also help.) Jenni Austin, director of the Athens Justice Project (which works with indigent defendants) said offenders can spend “months and months” waiting for trail if they can’t afford bond, causing them to lose their jobs. More than half of ACC jail inmates are awaiting trial. In Georgia, one in 13 residents is in jail or on probation or parole, Austin said. Justice advocates are increasingly talking to legislators about what feeds Georgia’s high incarceration and recidivism rates; often the same people are being locked up over and over again, Austin said. “They’re often drugrelated. When they’re in that loop, it’s usually related to addiction.” But punishment doesn’t fix that, and rehab services are often the first to be cut from budgets, she said. Athens is “15 years too late building a jail,” Chief Lumpkin said last year. “There need to be some consequences for behavior… but the resources aren’t there right now for us to take a person off the street and keep them there for a while.”

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Campaign of Old Codgers When I look at the race for governor in the closing weeks of the campaign, the things that I don’t see include energy, enthusiasm or bold new ideas for revitalizing our great state of Georgia. What I see are two irritated old men complaining at each other. Georgia is slowly stagnating after eight years of indifferent leadership from a donothing governor. Our money is gone, our infrastructure is crumbling and our schools could use an extensive overhaul. We are badly in need of a governor who might shake up the system with some fresh thinking. Instead, we are given a choice in the governor’s race between two political retreads who are old, tired and overweight. (As someone who is old, tired, and overweight himself, I believe I’m fully qualified to make that observation.) Georgia’s two-party political era really started in 1966 when Republicans nominated Bo Callaway to run against Lester Maddox for governor. This election marks the first time since then that both major party candidates have been above the age of 60. Nathan Deal is 68 years old. Roy Barnes is the young man in this race at 62. If Deal wins the general election on Nov. 2, he will be the oldest person elected governor of Georgia since Lamartine G. Hardman won the office at the age of 71 in 1927. One example of the tired, worn-out thinking that characterizes this campaign is in the area of economic development and jobs. With Georgia still struggling to escape from the worst recession since the 1930s, the issue that has weighed most heavily on voters is how to generate jobs for the people who desperately need them. What has been the response of Deal and Barnes? Tax breaks. When you strip away all the spin from their campaign rhetoric, Barnes and Deal are basically proposing to solve our economic crisis by giving more tax breaks to businesses.

Deal says we should cut the state’s corporate income tax rate by one-third, reducing it from the current 6 percent down to 4 percent. Barnes wants to provide a $300 million jobs tax credit for employers who increase their total payroll by adding new jobs or increasing the hours or salary of current employees. Is that the best idea that either candidate can come up with? Really? If there’s one thing we should have learned over the past two decades, it’s that tax cuts do not result in the creation of new jobs. Bill Clinton signed a major tax increase early in his first term as president. George W. Bush signed the largest tax cuts in U.S. history in 2001 and 2003. Which president had the best record for job creation during his administration? According to the U.S. Labor Department, there were 23.1 million jobs created during Clinton’s eight years as president. There were 3.0 million jobs created during Bush’s eight years as president. Here in Georgia, the Legislature has passed and the governor has signed dozens of tax breaks and exemptions for businesses over the past five years. When lawmakers adopted each of these tax cuts, they claimed the measure would generate more jobs. Georgia’s unemployment rate currently hovers around the 10-percent mark. The state’s jobless rate has exceeded the national unemployment rate for 35 consecutive months—a period that includes most of the last year of the Bush administration. Where are the jobs those tax cuts were going to create? In the face of this data that tax cuts don’t result in the creation of jobs, our candidates for governor propose to create new jobs by implementing even more tax cuts. Great idea, guys. Tom Crawford

athens rising What’s Up in New Development Our brand: “Bulldawg Country!” declares the airport security agent as I begin the screening process at PDX. I’d rather the chummy fed had shared his affinity for our homegrown ‘80s New Wave bands, but, oh well. I was even wearing a WUOG 90.5 FM sweatshirt, instead of one with a Georgia G. The Dawgs are how we’re known by a lot of people, though, and it’s worth considering: what is the Athens brand? I ask the Englishwoman on the plane next to me; she has heard of R.E.M. but can’t place Georgia on a map, let alone Athens. If someone has never visited or encountered a Southerner for any length of time, it is sweet tea, racism, the lilting Savannah drawl and other stereotypes that he or she relies on. The film Deliverance, one person informed me, was reason enough not to visit Georgia.

cities” to master-plan their downtowns, I’ve come across quite a few interesting strategies. Macon aims to emulate Athens’ “college town cool” by revitalizing areas near Mercer to breathe life into their urban core. Chattanooga has adopted a public art plan, aiming to cement its arts identity. Charleston and New Orleans, both threatened by rising sea levels and coastal storms, have adopted green principles quite overtly as part of their city planning strategies.

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The Riverfront District in Columbus: success there can be good for the region as a whole, including Athens. While our beaches have always been a big hit with south-bound Yankees, an economic reputation is only just forming. Lately the South has roped in a lot of car plants, thanks to its lack of unionization. Charlotte and Atlanta have started to become major financial hubs. However, this isn’t a strong or cohesive brand, as compared to places like the Northwest or Northeast. The urban tradition is strong in the Northeast, and cities like New York, Philadelphia and Boston have strong reputations as the places where successful and cosmopolitan people flock, either as business tycoons or Ivy League students. The Pacific Northwest’s cities are known as clean and green, with active outdoor lifestyles and innovative solutions which attract so many young graduates that there aren’t near enough jobs to go around. Our Identity: What could pull people and capital into our region at the same level as those examples? There are plenty of people for whom small town life may be quite appealing, and this may point a way forward for the region. It also aligns well with the cultural reputation of the South. While Atlanta, Charlotte and Nashville jockey for the role of “Capital of the South,” there are a dozen other cities, in the million people or less range, each with a strong urban identity, which could form the basis for a regional approach to place-making as economic strategy. If high-quality companies want to locate in areas that are cheaper (a driving force behind so much Sun Belt growth) but don’t want to give up cosmopolitan amenities, we may be positioned to offer the best of both worlds. In researching the efforts of other “competitor

the success of one city’s revitalization really does benefit the region. Macon may end up getting commuter rail from Atlanta sooner than Athens, and Athens may still benefit tangentially. As individual cities become more progressive, this will only improve the regional reputation. Out-of-town investors may yet come to see the region as one brimming with possibility and eager to reinvent and reinvest in itself. The urban cores of regional cities also collectively might have the ability to sway a legislature much more interested in funding rural highways than intercity rail transportation. While proposals like an Interstate 3 through the Appalachian mountains may lure some freezer plants and distribution warehouses, a networked collection of urban and academic centers might attract higher quality industry. The reality is that 8 million out of nearly 10 million Georgians live within a metropolitan statistical area, and while much of that is suburban, it does mean that these core cities are a significant influence in the lives of 80 percent of Georgians. Why would we invest anywhere else? We may not be as green as Vancouver, or as educated as Boston, but we do have something to offer, and all it will take is a willingness to craft that experience. Southern cities should be the types of places where you ride along shady riverbanks, through historic neighborhoods and into beautiful downtowns that mix historic architecture with modern cultural amenities like museums. Who wouldn’t want to live in a place like that? The opportunity to create it is right here in front of us. Kevan Williams

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2010 Candidate Questionnaire 1.

What can an ACC commissioner do to influence government policy? How would you propose to use the powers of the office of commissioner to improve life in Athens? Farley Jones, District 1: Uphold the duties through action and advocacy with willingness as a responsive liaison between constituents and government and encourage citizens in the process. Improving the quality of life in Athens needs citizen input and requires a commissioner to study and inform and when issues arise, it mandates cooperation and follow through by the commissioner. Doug Lowry, District 1 (incumbent): I use my position on the commission to work with the other commissioners to create a vision for Athens-Clarke County, and to ensure that staff carries out the commission’s policies. Personal agendas and a commissioner’s ego don’t count. Alvin Sheats, District 3: The thing a commissioner should do is spend time in his or her district speaking and listening to constituents to determine what their concerns and issues are. That way a commissioner can determine the best way to address the concerns of citizens. By knowing the concerns and issues of his or her constituents, a commissioner can guide and influence local government in a manner that best addresses the needs and concerns of the citizens of their district. George Maxwell [incumbent] and Donald Norris, Jr., the other two candidates in District 3, did not respond to the questionnaire. Jared Bailey, District 5: The most effective way commissioners influence government policy is by creating a comprehensive vision. Formulating and adhering to sound policies is how commissioners forge the community’s future. Land use decisions and quality neighborhoods drive economic development. I have spent the past three decades actively working to improve quality of life in Athens and as a commissioner I will continue to do so. Tom Ellis, District 5: An ACC commissioner is only representing the views and opinions of the people of the district they serve and represent. My job is to help mold the future of Athens with the help of the strong neighborhoods, diverse backgrounds, and educations in District 5. Dave Hudgins, District 5: An individual commissioner does not have the power to direct government policy. A commissioner must work towards a consensus among the commissioners for any matters which that commissioner may choose to champion. Having been a resident of Athens since 1964, it’s been a privilege and a blessing to call Athens home and benefit from valuable lessons learned. With my experience, I possess the qualities and knowledge necessary for one who can build a consensus.




What do you see as the best avenues toward solutions to the crises of poverty and job losses in Athens? Farley Jones: Support existing businesses; be inviting to new business with creativity and fairness to both. Diverse job markets create new jobs. Welcome jobs and industry with sustaining and evolving computer technology and manufacturing; jobs for UGA, Athens Tech, high school students and many others. With advancements in agri-business in alternative power and fuel, the potential of our local farms, laborers and others is wide open and is a setting for national and international markets. Doug Lowry: I would tackle these problems with the following solutions—ideally, but not necessarily, in this order: Reduce teenage pregnancy; increase high school graduation rates; increase Athens Technical College enrollment; create the Athens industrial park; work with counties and cities in our region and the state of Georgia to pool resources for economic development; give economic development agencies the resources to market our region more successfully; create a local investment fund to finance local entrepreneurs and small businesses. Alvin Sheats: The best way to address the poverty issues in Athens is through education and the training of its citizens. More emphasis needs to be placed on technical and industrial training in our middle and high schools. Also, the basic needs of financial responsibility, credit worthiness and life skills need to be taught, as well as sex education. Jared Bailey: As an entrepreneur and former employee of the ACC Economic Development Foundation trained in economic development, I see three fronts on which we need to attack poverty and job loss: entrepreneur support, business retention and education. We should focus some economic development resources on helping community members wanting to start small businesses rather than always emphasizing large out-of-town company recruitment. We should not abandon recruiting large employers, but we also need to help small businesses because 95 percent of all jobs in Athens are created by entrepreneurs. Efforts to retain existing business here have been dismal. It is much more efficient to use resources to retain established jobs than to try to replace them once they have left town. To break the cycle of poverty we obviously need to have jobs for people to fill, but we need people to stay in school to gain the skills they need to be hired and succeed. Tom Ellis: Education and marketing. Strong primary education is the answer to fix a majority of our poverty problems. Hand in hand with a more prioritized education system is marketing Athens to the outside

world: emphasizing our strong suits and fantastic quality of life. Dave Hudgins: Poverty and job losses in Athens can be overcome by improving education and job training for our youth through grants and spurring economic development. It is incumbent upon the commission to work with our educational leaders. If we can overcome the negative perceptions associated with our educational system and our business atmosphere,

economy. They did an excellent job considering the constraints, and I applaud their efforts. Tom Ellis: Most people don’t realize the budget comes from staff and the manager’s office. Staff does a great job putting it together and I look forward, as a business man, to the opportunity next year to look for efficiencies to make Athens run tighter. I have the real world knowledge and experience to get the job done. Dave Hudgins: Given what I know, I would have reluctantly voted for the budget. It caused me concern that the budget required a millage rate increase which will fall on the shoulders of the property owners. That burden is unbearable for many so we must come up with realistic alternatives to funding the essential services and public safety for which our local government is responsible.


economic development will follow. We also need to explore incentives to attract new clean and green businesses and industries to locate in Athens.


In June, the commission approved the ACC budget for FY11 with Commissioner Lowry casting the sole dissenting vote. To the non-incumbent candidates: would you have voted to approve this budget? And to all candidates: please explain your vote, whether actual or hypothetical. Farley Jones: The Mayor’s Recommended Budget is required to be submitted to the commission at least 60 days prior to the beginning of the fiscal year, giving adequate notice for commission review and public comment, and the commission should receive the Government Overview Committee’s recommendations before adopting the budget. There will always be questions on costs in budget and SPLOST, but the budget is necessary for meeting our goals and the commission is elected to serve ACC in a timely and thorough manner. I would have voted Yes, but prior to, I would have recommended a more thorough review of all the figurative costs. Doug Lowry: Governments should not increase taxes until they’ve done everything to ensure that they have decreased expenses. One way to further this effort would be for commissioners to learn more about how each department spends money. Alvin Sheats: Since the census of the commission was to move forward, I would have supported the vote. Jared Bailey: I would have voted for approval. The mayor, commission, and staff made tough decisions based on the

The commission voted unanimously last month to remove a sewer line along Sandy Creek from the Public Utilities Service Delivery Plan, both to protect a stream that serves as a drinking water supply and to discourage increased development outside the perimeter. Do you think our current focus on in-town, as opposed to outlying, development is too stringent? Or should we be more committed to directing development toward a concentrated urban center? Farley Jones: There is a great deal of developed and developable land outside the perimeter, and by protecting the basin now and developing elsewhere on tracts with comparable prices without the same restrictions, we won’t have to look back and second guess if it was the right decision. I do not believe it is “discouraging development outside the perimeter.” Doug Lowry: I do believe in directing development to an urban center. But the creation of such a center depends on public support of the idea of having high-rise residences in the center. Alvin Sheats: Since the land mass of Athens-Clarke County is so small, I do not think that we should distinguish between in-town projects and outlying areas. Each project should be decided on its own merits. Jared Bailey: We should continue to focus on having more dense development and redevelopment in the existing in-town areas whenever possible. Having a concentrated urban area actually lowers the costs of delivery of services, protects greenspace and reduces automobile usage. This lifestyle promotes walkable neighborhoods, cleaner air, and less traffic congestion. Tom Ellis: I don’t think it’s too stringent—part of what everyone loves about our town is that everything is so close and accessible. Don’t forget the area we are

talking about is a mile from downtown and slated by the DOT for growth and a major corridor into Athens. Dave Hudgins: I believe the commission’s vote to remove the sewer line along Sandy Creek from the Service Delivery Plan was motivated by the need to protect our resources rather than a desire to discourage increased development outside the perimeter. Our Charter and our Future Development and Growth Concept maps contemplate development outside the urban center and we need to continue to explore ways to provide services both inside and outside of the perimeter.


What about the current commission’s commitment to stewardship of the environment? Is it strong enough? Or do decisions like the one regarding the Sandy Creek sewer line place too much importance on environmental concerns while shortchanging growth and development? Farley Jones: Athens has invested much to develop a strong environmental stewardship based on science and facts from various committees and agencies which help guide the commission. It is important to remember that time is our best teacher. We are not short-changing growth or development while maintaining a strong environment, which in itself creates recreational activities, and that equals fun and revenue. Doug Lowry: I believe the ACC commission does a good job of environmental stewardship. Alvin Sheats: There should be a balance between environmental issues and growth and development. Jared Bailey: I support the current commission’s environmental initiatives. They have encouraged increased recycling, lowered energy usage, and the construction of more LEED certified government buildings. Athens is a model for environmental stewardship in the region. I would like to see our commission continue their role as leaders in this area. Tom Ellis: Protecting our environment is extremely important. We can’t exist without a healthy ecosystem. As more people move to the state and to Athens we are going to have growth. We have a big responsibility to future generations to be mindful of every opportunity and resource we have. Dave Hudgins: Clarke County contains the smallest amount of land mass of any county in Georgia, but is the nineteenth most populated. Given our current and anticipated density, a strong commitment to environmental issues is critical for our government. As our Charter promised certain services to residents outside the former city limits, we need to explore alternatives to providing these services in a manner that is consistent with the preservation of our environment.


In two recent unanimous votes, the commission initiated a moratorium on building and rezoning in the Carr’s Hill neighborhood in order to consider measures against inappropriate development there, and denied a rezoning request to build a large RaceTrac gas station on Broad Street, largely because of the negative impacts it would presumably have had on an adjacent residential neighborhood. How should commissioners balance economic development concerns and the rights of property owners with other priorities like

protecting the rights of neighbors and preserving neighborhood character? Farley Jones: Carr’s Hill is in and/or adjacent to Neighborhood Revitalization and Historic areas, Areas Where Redevelopment or Change Likely and Residential and Leisure Activities. Its location, residents, proximity to the greenway and historical significance overall is unique. I feel the moratorium is appropriate at this time. We were having the same conversation in 2002 and before. Gas stations and convenience stores contribute revenue and continue to be built but only offer minimal employment and require a lot of clearing for hard surface. They should not necessarily have priority over existing or potential neighborhoods or be instead of other businesses which could be there. The new station being built on Lexington Road where Buck’s Bait Shop stood next door to the now closed Farmer’s Hardware is within a stone’s throw of neighborhoods and leisure activities. It will impact “neighborhood characteristic” in an area already loaded with much of the same.


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Doug Lowry: Working within the guidelines of the zoning ordinance and laws, a commissioner uses his or her best judgement to balance the rights of all parties when making a decision. Alvin Sheats: Each person has the right to develop their own property as long as this does not interfere with or harm his neighbor. Thus, careful consideration should be given to each project which should be weighted on its own merits.

In the thirty years I have served in elected office, I have been an agent for positive change and an advocate for fairness. I listen, respond and work for all of Athens-Clarke County Citizens. I believe my experience, education, integrity and record uniquely prepares me to serve as Athens-Clarke County’s next Mayor. I ask for your support and vote on November 2nd.

Jared Bailey: We need more jobs in Athens, which means working to accommodate appropriate business requests. However, we should not allow our quality of life to be compromised regardless of the promise of jobs. Quality of life is an important factor in economic development. We have zoning laws for a reason and we should not allow variances every time a business requests one. If we did that, why bother having the zoning laws? Jobs are important, but judicious zoning protects neighborhoods like Carr’s Hill and Colima from the negative effects of inappropriate or out of scale commercial development. Tom Ellis: Good neighbors make a strong community, but let’s not forget important factors like CURRENT zoning for everyone’s protection. Carr’s Hill has multiple apartment complexes, a trailer park, and is currently zoned for multi-family structures (RM). Placing a restriction (to do what the current zoning allows) on the taxpayers in that neighborhood is a diffucult action to justify if you don’t forgive those taxes while under a moratorium. The gas station was a different situation entirely: a straight rezone of a few parcels. Generally speaking, we only have one opportunity in our lifetime to develop each parcel of land in our neighborhoods. It’s a big challenge to do that responsibly while not infringing on property owner rights. I’m experienced and ready for the challenge. Dave Hudgins: Economic development, property rights, and neighborhood preservation are competing interests which county governments have been struggling with for many years. We should promote our intown commercial districts while ensuring sufficient buffers so as to preserve the surrounding neighborhoods. The interaction of these issues must be carefully evaluated in a deliberative manner so as to balance the competing rights involved.

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Don McKenna, the new CEO of St. Mary’s, did not write this. I did. He just… makes a very different impression from Athens Regional CEO Jack Drew. Used to be, hospital administrators were made: take one CPA, add 10 textbooks on health administration and policy, simmer slowly 15 years in a windowless office, sprinkle with Rotary, and promote from within. Serve with wingtips and proper obeisance. McKenna is the new type. I like it better. Don McKenna is the model for talking tuchus affen tisch—“ass on the table”—that glorious Yiddishism for blunt, disarmingly honest, well-humored communication. You trust him as soon as you meet him. He wanted to have lunch at Mirko’s Celebration of Carbs on Baxter. The food is great, but sharing starch dulls my critical edge. Glucose makes me tolerant. Does McKenna know that? I’m suspicious, as neurologists are. Nothing is off the record, he avers. Which is different. His necktie is a dominant pink stripe, with unobtrusive boxes intertwined. Suggests a persuasive, outgoing personality, with subtleties. An expressivedriver personality. McKenna assumes that I will be as tuchusaffen-tischly as he. He could have been really pissed that in my column on Jack Drew, I inadvertently gave financial information about St. Mary’s 2008 fiscal year (a net loss, according to American Hospital Directory) vs. ARMC’s 2009 fiscal year: they overlap, but are not the same. In FY2009, St. Mary’s had a $17 million profit on almost $500 million in gross revenue—a better rate than ARMC. I show him my data from We discuss it. He points out the website made errors for 2008—not me. Certainly possible: they ask for hospitals to make corrections. We save face. We move on. I ask him about St. Mary’s relationship with ARMC. A perfect opportunity for rancor. “After all,” I point out, “their ads always end with, ‘Choose ARMC. Why would you settle for anything less?’” Meaning what? “That’s marketing,” he says. McKenna majored in marketing, then did a Masters in Public Administration, at C.W. Post, the witty campus of Long Island University. McKenna’s no MBA. (I regret my stereotypes, but I do appreciate differences.) I took their advertising personally. Unprofessional of me, but I have no profession. “At St. Mary’s, we have a mission. Everything we do is based on that. Faith-

based institutions are like that. You operate at a loss if you have to, but it’s the mission that determines your actions and your goals. Regional is a kind of semi-municipal hospital.” Maybe he’s saying something about ARMC’s momma… So, you prioritize…. “Based on the mission. We were invited to serve Athens. When the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart needed help, they approached the Sisters of Mercy. They stepped in. We try to make decisions that will continue the hospital, but always according to the mission.” Explore again: Well, how do you compete with Athens Regional? “We don’t. They do stuff we don’t. We do stuff they don’t. We overlap in places. But you don’t have to have 400 beds to be a great hospital, or to have a great medical staff. And that’s what we have. And that’s what we are.” Do you cooperate? “Well, we share doctors. And we share patients. If we have a patient that needs open heart, we send them to Regional, if that’s what they want. Of course, as stents get better, there are fewer of those… ” He’s human. “We want to have a shared electronic medical record with them—which we can, by law—for those patients who are in and out of our ERs so often.” Then McKenna’s line, the clincher: “We’re just the right size.” Now I’m Goldilocks: hungry, tired, all alone. Just looking for what’s right. I swear McKenna said it, and he meant it just like that. I imagine St. Mary’s with its cathedral windows over the atrium and its small-town, unimposing “main entrance” dating from a humbler time, before hospitals became the mausoleums of our collective fear of death. Just the right size. Yeah, I’d go there. “What do you want people to know about St. Mary’s?” “We are inclusive.” There’s room for everybody. Just the right size to include everybody. In my Father’s— well, Mother’s—mansion, there are many rooms. I want to believe Don McKenna. Some lead by force of will. Some, by depth of character. I spent a long time on the Net looking at St. Mary’s mission and vision, then, Regional’s. Try it. With Jack’s imminent retirement, what will ARMC choose? David Block

grub notes almost there Changes: Sometimes a change of place can work out for the better. Chefs get a chance to stretch and spread their wings. New locations can inspire new dishes. Unfortunately, the relocation of Lamar Thomas from East-West Bistro to Chef Lamar’s Iron Grill (1155 Mitchell Bridge Rd., 706-543-9955, doesn’t seem to be one of those situations. While I didn’t always love his fusiony cuisine at EastWest (too many ingredients, often too sweet), I know he can do better than this, and the service and atmosphere of the restaurant are certainly above average for Athens. The small plates, which run down the left side of the sheet, are better than the entrees. The shrimp-fried onion rings, for example, aren’t super shrimpy, but they’re pretty good onion rings. The fried Springer Mountain organic chicken thigh with gorgonzola and Iron Tiger sauce is a touch on the sweet side, but it feels like a chef-produced dish. The Cajun chicken egg rolls are better while still hot, but again seem close to the product at East-West. A creamy crab-ginger soup, green and fragrant, was the best thing I had in two visits. These feel decently priced, incorporating some nice ingredients in a few bites, for an upscale experience. The right side of the menu is lower priced and gives you a tremendous amount of food on the plate, but it all sounds more ambitious than it is. I appreciate a commitment to sustainable seafood, but announcing that the fish of the day is tilapia is not going to impress a lot of folks. The Fat Burger, served on a nice, eggy challah bun, is both too expensive and too inexpensive at $10. A few more dollars and a fancier hamburger would impress. A few less, and you could sell it to yourself as a bargain. But, instead, it hits right in-between, meaning it’s not bad, but it’s not a motivation to go back. The grilled tofu steak is surprisingly flavorful, basted with miso and topped with some zippy “green curry” that seems much more like a chimichurri sauce, but the sides are a problem. According to the menu, it should come with house-pickled vegetables, The pulled pork but what arrives instead is saubarbecue sandwich teed and flavorless. The pulled pork barbecue is enormous… sandwich is enormous, impossible to eat except with a knife and fork, but the description (sourwood honey mustard, garlic aioli, grilled pineapple, jalapeno, shredded romaine, hand-cut fries) far outpaces the sticky-sweet vaguely Asian sauce that coats the whole thing. The dark-soy country pork ribs fall prey to a similar saucing, and while the idea of mac and cheese made with bleu, white Cheddar and Gouda sounds appealing, the end result is just kind of heavy and unexciting. “Udon” with Tiger sauce and wok-fried pork, beef, shrimp and vegetables turns out to be more like linguine. Thomas deserves a greater investment in ingredients on the part of his backers, and while it’s no doubt difficult to fill such a huge space, overpromising and underdelivering is not going to win a lot of committed fans. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner daily, has a full bar, does private parties and has pig roasts on home-game weekends.


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supporting cast of fashion eccentrics, private security operatives, kamikaze motorcycle couriers, ex-military private contractors and one seriously dangerous drummer, all pursuing each other through the lovingly rendered streets of London and Paris. All of this seems a bit over-the-top for a novel where the MacGuffin is a jean jacket until you fall into Gibson’s world of corporate espionage and its stratospheric stakes. Considering that the assets of certain corporations, even in fashion, dwarf that of many countries, the idea that people are willing to steal, abduct and kill for a piece of these fortunes is hardly outrageous. Gibson explores this world with all of the taut paranoia of

more traditional spy stories while keeping the gearhead sensibility that is his trademark. These last three novels have made me want a ninja smartphone, a tricked-out street bike, a darknet connection and a “cartel-grade” Toyota Hilux more than anything else I’ve ever wanted in my life. The glue that holds all of this together is Gibson’s rare talent for taking cutting-edge tech, Zen business, New Media, and avantgarde neo-trends and referencing them in such a way that we get them as if we always have. Unlike many authors who would be tempted to poke our gosh-wow button as often as possible, Gibson—like Anthony Burgess—trusts that we’re smart enough to keep up with him and never sacrifices his streetwise narrative style to make sure we get it. The result is a novel that makes the reader smarter as it goes along and, believe me, that’s every bit as rare as a Gabriel Hounds jacket. John G. Nettles

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Laugh! Cry! Applaud! Audition! experience. Night School, directed by Austin, features veteran actors Gay McCommons and Rex Totty along with native Athenian Michael Burke, back in Athens after a lengthy stint in Chicago performing professionally with several long-established companies. A Night Out, directed by Cesnik-Ferguson, features Rebekah Williams, LaBau Bryan and Terrell Austin with Truitt Broome as Alfred. Both of these plays were produced for radio in Britain in the early ’60s, and A Night Out was produced for TV by the BBC in the mid ’60s. “We are calling this production ‘A Night of Nights,’” Austin says, “because both of the Pinter plays we are doing share the word night—Night School and A Night Out. In one, what happens at night is a mystery; in the other, the night is a time for transformation.” Both plays feature young male protagonists— Walter and Alfred—two men with vastly different circumstances who are nevertheless similarly trapped. Walter comes home from his third stint in prison to find that his room has been let to a school teacher who supposedly takes classes at night. Alfred leaves home to venture out to a seemingly innocuous work-related function that sparks a completely unexpected transformation. “Questions abound!” (l–r) Rebekah Williams, Terrell Austin, Michael Burke and Marisa Castengera Austin says. “Is home a strike a ‘60s pose reminiscent of “Mad Men” in preparation for Town & refuge or a snare? What Gown’s “A Night of Nights: Two Plays by Harold Pinter” Oct. 22–24. (‘60s styl- makes a home a home? Are ing by DRee and Co., wardrobe courtesy of Agora) women jailers or salvation? What does it mean cal is about six young outsiders at the annual to be a man? And who is really in charge? But spelling bee. UGA is also doing the show later nothing too serious!” this fall, so why not see both productions and compare and contrast! Prince Avenue School More on How to Audition: There are several presents “Fine Arts Night,” Oct. 19. Town and auditions coming up throughout the year, and Gown Players presents the second weekend of I want to mention some cautions that directhe Mainstage production Epic Proportions, tors gave me about what not to do. Oct.14–17, followed by the Second Stage oneOne of the worst things actors can do is to weekend-only production, “A Night of Nights: apologize for their auditions—just get up and Two Plays by Harold Pinter,” (more on this get on with it. A close second is auditioning below) Oct. 22–24. UGA’s Dept. of Theatre without knowing the play or the characters and Film Studies presents Mary Zimmerman’s and revealing this by performing inappropriate The Arabian Nights, Oct.14–17 in the Cellar monologues, doing readings of parts without a Theater. clue as to who they are and asking questions like, “Is this a comedy or what?” Stunt Woman: Mary Ruth Ralston, Clarke By far the most heated responses were Central and Brenau University graduate, perabout actors with poor attitudes or who forms stunt work in the upcoming film My are being rude to directors and others. One Super Psycho Sweet 16 Part Two airing on MTV director described an actor at a “cattle call” at 10 p.m. Friday, Oct 22. Her parents, Lila audition for summer stock who gave a very and Mark Ralston, have also performed with impressive reading but ended by screaming at Town and Gown Players and other groups in the timekeeper who told him his time was up. Athens and are loyal supporters of performing She said she could see all the other directors arts in the area. doing what she was doing, erasing the guy’s name from their list. Talent is important, but m Pinter X 2: The above-mentioned “A Night attitude is critical! Oh, one other thing: do of Nights: Two Plays by Harold Pinter,” Town not bring pets to auditions! and Gown Players’ Second Stage production, provides a rare opportunity to see some expeJust Do It: Lots of good theatre coming, so rienced, veteran actors and directors all in check the Calendar and various websites and one place. Directors Lisa Cesnik-Ferguson, make sure you don’t miss a show, because, as who also guides Rose of Athens Theatre, and you know by now, theatre is life, film is art, Terrell Austin, current president of Town and and television is furniture (or a wall-hanging.) 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America, coffee drinkers in the U.S. and migratory songbirds throughout the Americas. The film will be accompanied by speaker Ben Myers, owner of 1000 Faces Coffee. (ACC Library) BURIED (R) Ryan Reynolds stars as Paul, a U.S. contractor whose work in Iraq turns deadly when he wakes up in a coffin with only a lighter and a cell phone. Director Rodrigo Cortes and writer Chris Sparling have little on their resumes to recommend them, but this flick’s concept calls for perfect execution, that, if pulled off, could mean good things to come. With Stephen Tobolowsky (you would recognize him even if you do not know his name) and Samantha Mathis (ahhh…Pump Up the Volume). CASE 39 (R) Add 10-year-old Lillith to cinema’s ever-growing list of potentially demonic children. Social worker Emily Jenkins (Renée Zellweger) suspects that problem-child Lillith (Jodelle Ferland) is the victim of abuse. After a fairy-tale oven incident transpires (from which the girl narrowly escapes), her fears are validated and the parents quickly jailed. Jenkins then brings Lillith into her home until the girl can be placed with the perfect foster parents, but a series of mysterious circumstances force do-gooder Jenkins to reassess the child’s innocence. Directed by Christian Alvert (writer of 2009 horror flick, Pandorum). CHAIN LETTER (R) A killer is stalking some high schoolers (of course). Their crime: breaking the chain of gruesome emails sent by said killer. Writer-director Deon Taylor is no stranger to straight-to-DVD horror (Dead Tone, Nite Tales: The Movie), so what is Chain Letter doing getting a theatrical launch? At least it’s rated R. With Nikki Reed (The Twilight Saga’s Rosalie), Keith David (not David Keith), Brad Dourif (creepy 9 roles out of 10, and Betsy Russell (The Saw franchise’s Mrs. Jiggy). CONVICTION (R)Single mother Betty Anne Waters (two-time Academy Award winner Hilary Swank) puts herself through law school in order to get her

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brother’s (Sam Rockwell) wrongful conviction for murder overturned. It’s hard to tell from the trailer whether or not this inspirational, based on a true story drama—starring one multiple Oscar winner and several Oscar nominees (Juliette Lewis, Minnie Driver, and Melissa Leo)—has award potential. With Ari Graynor, Clea DuVall, and Peter Gallagher. Directed by Tony Goldwyn (the bad guy from Ghost who now directs). DESPICABLE ME (PG) Despicable Me may be no Toy Story 3, but the animated feature is as funny and entertaining as any other kiddie film released this year. DINNER FOR SCHMUCKS (PG13) While Dinner for Schmucks is a stupidly funny movie that fulfills its hilarious obligations to the audience, I hope the French film on which it is based had sharper satirical teeth. Steve Carell excels at cluelessness, and the guileless, innocent Barry does not have even half a clue to spare. Paul Rudd’s second straight turn as straight man is more successful than I Love You, Man, but I wonder if the movie might have worked better had Tim actually been kind of a douche. Nonetheless, I laughed too hard to harshly criticize Austin Powers/Meet the Parents director Jay Roach’s first big screen comedy since 2004. EASY A (PG-13) This second movie from director Will Gluck and first-time feature writer Bert V. Royal accomplishes a rare feat for teen-aimed funny flicks. It starts with a fun concept that it treats respectfully and with genuine humor in a tightly written script good enough to attract a talented cast that includes Emma Stone, Stanley Tucci, Patricia Clarkson, Thomas Haden Church, Lisa Kudrow and Malcolm McDowell. FREAKONOMICS (PG-13) Freakonomics the documentary is nowhere near as enlightening or entertaining as the book(s) upon which it is based. The most intriguing aspect of the film is its high-concept construction. As a whole, the film is interesting, but its parts can disappoint. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE (R) The Swedish language sequel to the film version of Stieg Larsson’s unstoppable The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire improves upon its cinematic predecessor just like its published companion did its forerunner. Computer hacker Lisbeth Salander (the tremendous Noomi Rapace) is falsely accused of three murders. Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) reenters Lisbeth’s life to help clear her name. The secrets of Lisbeth’s past tumble out into the open as Mikael seeks to prove her innocence and Lisbeth seeks revenge. GOING THE DISTANCE (R) Thanks to an uproarious supporting cast (especially MVP Charlie “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” Day), the appealing chemistry of both leads, Drew Barrymore and Justin “I’m a Mac” Long, and an atypical on-screen romance (long distance), Going the Distance is a lot funnier—and raunchier—than your average Kate Hudson flick. HATCHET II (NR) As a horror fan, I feel I should have watched Frozen writer-director Adam Green’s 2006 award winner (Austin Fantastic Fest and Fant-Asia Film Festival) by

now, but I haven’t. Original survivor Marybeth (genre vet Danielle Harris, Halloweens IV and V as well as Rob Zombie’s Halloween remake and its sequel) discovers her connection to slasher Victor Crowley (Kane Hodder) and returns to the Bayou to confront him once and for all. With Tony “Candyman” Todd. HOWL (NR) The increasingly impressive James Franco stars as Beat poet Allen Ginsberg, whose poem, “Howl,” led to an obscenity trial in 1957. Two-time Academy Award winner Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (The Celluloid Closet) direct their first fiction feature with this combination of live-action and animation. Sounds like a cool film. 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). INSIDE JOB (PG-13) Charles Ferguson—his Oscar nominated Iraq War doc, No End in Sight, was one of 2007’s best, most insightful films—returns with a comprehensive look at the 2008 financial meltdown in which we remain mired. As fantastic as Ferguson’s previous film was, it was also one of the most depressing and frightening. I cannot see Inside Job being any more optimistic. However, I would assume it will garner Ferguson his second Oscar nomination. Narrated by Matt Damon. IT’S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY (PG-13) A depressed teenager (Keir Gilchrist, the son from “The United States of Tara”) checks into an adult psychiatric ward, befriending one nutter ( Zack Galifianakis) and sparking a romance with another (Emma Roberts). The third film from Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (Half Nelson and Sugar) will, hopefully, finally break the duo through to the next filmmaking tier. JACKASS 3D (R) What can I write to convince you to see this movie if you have already decided not to? The first film is a masterpiece of stupid genius, and it was extremely funny. Jackass 2 was not as good, but it was still superior to the dumb-as-bricks show from which it all originated. Alas, I never saw the direct-to-video Jackass 2.5. I am sure the 3D will only amp up the idiotic creativity of Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Bam, and company. JACK GOES BOATING (R) In Philip Seymour Hoffman’s directorial debut, the Academy Award winner goes with something comfortable. He developed and starred in an Off-Broadway production of the Bob Glaudino play. Limo driver Jack (Hoffman) goes on a blind date with Dr. Bob’s Funeral Home employee Connie (Amy Ryan), while the relationship of another working class couple, Clyde and Lucy (John Ortiz and Daphne Rubin-Vega), hits a rough patch. 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. LEGEND OF THE GUARDIANS: THE OWLS OF GA’HOOLE (PG) 300 director Zack Snyder was made for 3D animation, and Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole proves it. The birds are gorgeously animated. Their fluff and feathers appear tangible. The battle scenes (maybe a bit strong for the youngest, most sensitive child) depend too much on slow motion but show off Snyder’s burly sense of action. LET ME IN (R) I called the original Swedish language adaptation of John Ajvide Lindqvist’s vampire novel, Let the Right One In, perfect as is. Surprisingly, the American one, written and directed by Cloverfield’s Matt Reeves, is not so bad itself. Lonely, bullied Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee, The Road) falls for Abby (Chloe Grace Moretz, Kick-Ass), a vampire eternally trapped at the age of 12, more or less. Let Me In accomplishes nothing new, but those unfamiliar with its Swedish origins are in for the best bloody horror film of the year. LIFE AS WE KNOW IT (PG-13) When their mutual friends die in a car accident, two singletons (Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel) find themselves thrust into the role of caregiver for their orphaned daughter. Director Greg Berlanti (a successful TV show vet from “Dawson’s Creek,” “Brothers and Sisters” and the much-missed “Everwood”) looks to snatch the crown of heartfelt hilarity from Judd Apatow using Apatow’s own Knocked Up queen. New writing duo Ian Deitchman and Kristin Rusk Robinson could be next big thing. LOTTERY TICKET (PG-13) Over the 4th of July weekend, a young man, Kevin Carson (Bow Wow), must protect his new prized possession, a lottery ticket worth $370 million, from all the crazies in his family and the neighborhood. The cast of familiars includes Terry Crews, Keith David, Ice Cube (as an old man), Brandon T. Jackson, Loretta Devine, Mike Epps, Naturi Naughton and Bill Bellamy. The trailer portrays a comedy as broad as they come. Another music video director, Erik White, makes his feature debut. MY SOUL TO TAKE (R) Wes Craven is back, but not in the much-publicized Scream 4. First up is this half generic/ half intriguing horror film about a thought-dead serial killer stalking seven children that had the temerity to be born on the day he was supposedly laid to rest. The cast is shockingly empty of familiar names and faces. Good (New Nightmare), bad (The Hills Have Eyes Part II) or misguided (The People Under the Stairs), a film written and directed by a horror legend is always welcome. 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? [REC] (R) 2007. Never given a theatrical release in the states, the

multiple award winning [REC] received the remake treatment as Quarantine instead. A TV reporter and her cameraman follow some local firemen on a call from an old lady trapped in her house. Thus begins a first-person, night-long nightmare. Director Jaume Balagueró went on to direct the not-sogreat horror movie Darkness. RED (PG-13) A former black-ops agent, Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) assembles his old team to tackle a high-tech assassin who is threatening his idyllic retirement. Director Robert Schwentke capably helmed the unimpressive Flightplan and The Time Traveler’s Wife. The writers of Whiteout, Erich and Jon Hoeber, adapted the comic tale from popular scribe Warren Ellis and illustrator Cully Hamner. RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE (R) Calling Paul W.S. Anderson’s directorial return to this zombie videogameturned-movie franchise Resident Evil 4 would be an insult to arguably the best game in the mother series. RE:A3D may be the worst yet, in terms of story, and its 3D gimmick, while well done, cannot account for it, especially not at exorbitant 3D ticket prices. RESTREPO (R) Spend 15 months in the crucial Korangal Valley, described by CNN as “the most dangerous place in the world,” with Junger, codirector Tim Hetherington, and a company of soldiers doing what it takes to defeat the Taliban. SALT (PG-13) Accused of being a spy tasked with killing the U.S. president by a Russian defector, CIA operative Evelyn Salt (Angelina Jolie) must elude capture if she is going to uncover the truth about her identity. Naturally, she is very good at what she does. SECRETARIAT (PG) The subject of this biopic, the 1973 Triple Crown winner, is made pretty obvious by the title, but much of the focus will be on owner Penny Chenery (Diane Lane). Director Randall Wallace was nominated for an Oscar for writing Braveheart before settling in the director’s chair for The Man in the Iron Mask and We Were Soldiers. Scripter Mike Rich really knows this touchy-feely biographical territory, having written Finding Forrester, The Rookie and Radio. SHIRLEY ADAMS (NR) A single mother in present-day South Africa struggles to care for her paraplegic son in their impoverished Cape Town district. SHOCK ‘EM DEAD (R) Martin, a talentless nobody, makes a pact with the devil in order to become the greatest rock star in the world. THE SOCIAL NETWORK (PG-13) At Harvard University in 2003, a computer science undergrad named Mark Zuckerberg is dumped by a student from BU. Fueled by anger and alcohol, he vengefully blogs about her and creates a one-night-only social zeitgeist called Acclaimed director Fincher lets words and carefully cast actors carry the load, precisely aiming them and hitting bull’s-eye after bull’s-eye. The Social Network may not be the best film of the year when the calendar turns, but it will be damn close. SOMEBODY ELSE, SOMEWHERE ELSE: THE RAYMOND ANDREWS STORY. (NR) Jesse Freeman’s documentary is an insightful look at the life of Georgia novelist Raymond Andrews. STONE (R) Edward Norton stars as convicted arsonist Gerald “Stone” Creeson, who convinces his wife, Lucetta (Milla Jovovich), to seduce his soon-to-retire parole officer, Jack Mabry (Robert De Niro), as part of his plan to get released. Even with Norton’s The Painted Veil director, John Curran, on board, this B-movie thriller sounds like something that typically airs late on premium cable. TAMARA DREWE (R) A young newspaper writer (blockbuster princess

Gemma Arterton, Quantum of Solace, Clash of the Titans, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time), who used to be what one would call an ugly duckling, returns to her hometown as her childhood home goes up for sale. THE TOWN (R) Ben Affleck’s second directorial effort (this one based off a tough Bostonian novel by Chuck Hogan rather than Dennis Lehane) is a very good film. This tough cops-androbbers flick conjures comparisons to Heat, a good, if overrated Michael Mann film that The Town soundly trumps. TOY STORY 3 (G) Toy Story 3 lacks the emotional heft (though parents of youngsters best bring the tissues) of recent Pixar masterpieces, but is every bit the satisfying curtain call for Andy’s toys. VAMPIRES SUCK (PG-13) I don’t care how much you hate Twilight. Dumbass, uninspired spoofs by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer (three entries in IMDB’s Bottom 100: Disaster Movie, Epic Movie and Meet the Spartans) are much worse. Now imagine a dumbass, uninspired spoof of The Twilight Saga by Friedberg and

Seltzer. Vampires Suck is gunning for Worst Movie of the Year honors based on pedigree alone, not to mention the woefully unfunny trailers. With some people you might recognize. THE VIRGINITY HIT (R) If you’ve seen one “losin’ it” sex comedy, you’ve apparently seen them all. In this lowbudget Blair Witch Meets American Pie flick, a group of pals (Matt Bennett, Zack Pearlman, Jacob Davich and Justin Kline) make a movie about losing their virginity. By the time the movie gets around to its obligatory “lose it with someone you love” climax, the dirty damage is done, but not with enough humor to sanitize it. WAKING SLEEPING BEAUTY (PG) 2009. This documentary recounts the art of modern animation, more often completed in computers rather than in the traditional hand-drawn manner. Interviews abound with all the big wigs of animation from the House of Mouse, including former head honcho Michael Eisner. WALL STREET: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS (PG-13) Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps opens in 2001 when a broken, grizzled shell of what Gordon

Gecko (Michael Douglas) used to be is released from prison. Flash forward seven years to 2008. Enter the film’s high-flying financial whiz, Jake Moore (Shia LaBeouf), who just so happens to be dating Gecko’s daughter, Winnie (recent Oscar ingénue Carrie Mulligan). 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 (Resnais’s wife, Sabine Azéma), a dentist’s wife and aviatrix. Wild Grass was also nominated for four Césars, including Best Film. YOU AGAIN (PG) Marni (Kristen Bell) realizes her brother is about to marry the bully (Odette Yustman, The Unborn) that tormented her throughout high school. Now it is her job to expose her enemy’s true colors before they become family. With Cloris Leachman and Betty White. Drew Wheeler




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of tickets bought to see this flick. Now an ugly movie gets uglier. Most scenes are as flat as their 2D counterparts; I can’t recall one extra-dimensional moment. Had Craven known the movie would be granted an additional D, one would hope he could have devised gimmicky sequences at least on par with Friday the 13th, Part 3. Nonetheless, it’s October, the season of the scary movie. Bring on Saw 3D and Paranormal Activity 2. They can’t be any worse… can they? Drew Wheeler



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Lera Lynn show that same night at Little Kings Shuffle Club, you can clarify this with her. She’ll perform with Washington, DC band These United States and Lubbock, TX folks Thrift Store Cowboys. For more information, please see Three for the South: The Athens-based Rank ‘Em website, at which music fans can “rank” songs by various artists in terms of personal favorites (which might be meaningful for smaller artists but is plain silly for, say, Led Zeppelin), is hosting a benefit show for Voice of The Wetlands at Little Kings Shuffle Club on Friday, Oct. 15. Louisiana musician Tab Benoit founded the charity and its purpose is the protection and refortification of Southern Louisiana’s wetlands. Featured bands this night are Laminated Cat, Grape Soda and Vinyl Vanilla. The show costs $5, and you can find more info at and Look, Ma!: Local tattoo shops Walk The Line and American Classic will present a one-day, two-event happening on Saturday, Oct. 30. From 2–9 p.m. that day representatives from both shops will gather at American Classic Tattoo (1035 Baxter Street) and host a tattoo art show featuring the work of several artists, including several local musicians. Featured work will be courtesy of Brian Kindamo, Charley Firlito, Travis Loving, John Collins, Josh Espenshade and more. That night the gang takes over Caledonia Lounge with a show from Burns Like Fire, Stone Mountain Freeway, Karbomb and The Carry-Ons. Mr. Blank will have his Carnival of Black Hearts

A Band Checks In: The rarely heard from local band Nutria will play Thursday, Oct. 14 at Caledonia Lounge with Pilgrim and Free Mountain. The main reason this is somewhat newsworthy is because it happens so rarely these days. The band is still pushing its most recent full-length album, Permanent Reminder of A Temporary Emotion, which was released on Adam Klein’s Cowboy Angel label earlier this year. Nutria is always a good listen, but these teaser types of rare appearances seem unlikely to thrust them into cult territory (à la The Glands), so it’d likely be a good idea for them to play more often. Check them out over at nutriaworld. There’s Something in a Monday: Country rocker Boo Ray is hosting his Backslidin’ Baptist Truck Stop every Monday this month at Little Kings Shuffle Club. The rotating group of bandits participating in this weekly showcase of “pickin’-n-sinnin” include Daniel Marler, Abby Owens, Laney Strickland, Nathan Sheppard, William Tonks, Carlton Owens, Mike Dekle, Paul Lee, Paul Edelman, Ty Manning, Fester Hagood, Ralph Roddenbery, Jason Alan Fuller, Aaron “Woody” Wood, Adam Payne, Biker Lee, Todd White and Charlie Garrett. Things kick off each Monday in October at 10 p.m. You can also get your fill of fancy fixins including “possum pie” and “poke salad” care of Robbie “The Beast” Toulson. For more information, please see Stop the Press: The punk scene in Athens, like most subsets of the larger local music scene, is constantly having its members shuffled into side projects, one-off projects, etc. to varying degrees of artistic success. The latest example, albeit one it seems will last for a while, is Cold Ones, which counts Ben Salie (Leaving Araby), Christopher Ingham (Liverty), John McLean (Dead Dog) and Ken Freeman (2nd Floor East Records/Skateboards) as its members. The band plays total old school (well, ‘80s-ish) mid-tempo punk and totally impressed me when I was able to catch them a couple of weeks ago. They’re a real treat. So far, they’ve got a seven-song demo you can download for free over at Just don’t confuse them with the identically named UK hardcore band. The local Cold Ones have a Facebook page, too, but the URL is all kinds of messy, so just head there and search for ‘em. Gordon Lamb

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A Taste of What’s to Come: When the term “front porch siren” is invented, it will surely apply in spades to local songwriter Lera Lynn. As the lead singer and focal point of Birds & Wire, Lynn has made a name for herself over the past few years to such a degree that it only seems appropriate that she’s poised to release her first solo recording. A full-length album, Have You Met Lera Lynn?, is due next spring. The first single (“Bobby, Baby”) will be released on Oct. 21 as a free download. Reportedly, the song can be had from www., but as of press time this site was not functional. So, if you head to her

on the scene, too, with his fire dancers, raffles, games, etc. Insanity. This show marks the one-year anniversary for Burns Like Fire, and the band plans to begin recording its full length debut in December at Gainesville, FL studio Moat House, which is, basically, Roger Manganelli’s (Less Than Jake) house. Manganelli will serve as producer as well. Look for a release date around February of next year. Until then, please see www.facebook. com/burnslikefiremusic for all your local pop punk needs. Or at least some of them.

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elcome, folks, to the age of the big band (back to the age, anyway). As the value of recorded music drops and that of the live show continues to skyrocket, it seems that live personnel lineups are expanding at a breakneck pace. Does it take eight members on stage to get the point across these days? You won’t convince Kathy Foster, bassist of Portland-based indie punk-poppers The Thermals, that any of it’s necessary. “I’m very into the philosophy of ‘less is more.’ At this point, we’re really happy being a power trio,” says Foster. “We could never find the right way to play with two guitars. It made things more complicated than they needed to be. It’s cool to see what kinds of songs you can write as a trio and to see how far you can get sonically and dynamically.” For The Thermals, dynamic is everything— well forged bonds between band members from hours of rehearsal and, more importantly, relentless touring (the band has 23 dates in October alone) have left them with a striking live show. “When you’re comfortable onstage in front of people, you’re more at ease playing with one another, too, and vice versa,” says Foster. “When we’re playing close together onstage, it just feels like we’re in our practice space joking around and stuff. And I think that gives off a great energy.” The band’s latest effort, Personal Life, is a testament to its current comfort level. Whereas songs for the critically acclaimed previous releases, The Body The Blood The Machine and Now We Can See, were written largely by Foster and original band mate Hutch Harris, the tracks for the new collection were the most collaborative, full-trio effort with the inclusion of new drummer Westin Glass. The result was the band’s most seamless creative process to date. “We hadn’t written songs [that quickly] in a while,” she says. “The Body The Blood The Machine and Now We Can See were more labor-intensive, since it was only Hutch and I writing and playing everything. We spent more time making demos and trying out songs in different ways and then dialing everything in before going into the studio, which just takes longer as a two-piece playing than as a full band. So it was cool to write songs quickly again, and it was cool writing with Westin for the first time. When you have a limited amount of time, you can’t think about it too much or over-analyze.”

The result was a progressive step forward on the indie punk/pop foundation forged since 2005. “Musically, we continue to challenge ourselves and see what kinds of different songs we can write as a three-piece. This time, a lot of the melodies came from the bass, and we formed the songs from there. Hutch plays more minimally on guitar, sitting out at times, and playing more note-y lines rather than power chords,” says Foster. “There are of course a few classic-sounding Thermals songs (“I Don’t Believe You,” “Your Love Is So Strong”), but we mix it up. [Overall], it’s another lyrically dark, musically uplifting album. Lyrically it’s about love and all the shit you have to deal with when you find yourself in a failing relationship. Sometimes you’re the asshole, sometimes they’re the asshole, sometimes both. Maybe it’s your own cynical view on life and love, maybe it’s their neurotic insecurities. Regardless, we want to cling to whatever love is there. It’s a thick and sticky web we find ourselves in sometimes.” “I advise listening to this album as its own thing,” she continues. “Don’t think about what we’ve done in the past, and don’t think about what we might do in the future.” The future is something on which Foster doesn’t care to speculate for the time being— trusting that enjoyment of the current moments (and current lineup) will produce the desired result in the end. “Hutch and I have played music together and been best friends for 13 years,” she says. We’ve stuck together through thick and thin, and often tell each other that’s the way it will be our whole lives. We picture ourselves playing music together when we’re 70 and still cracking the same inside jokes. We’ve known Westin for two years now, and we all clicked the first day we met. He fits right in, and I can really see the same thing happening with him. Playing music with our friends, having a good time and doing what we love is really important to all of us.” Alec Wooden

WHO: The Thermals, Cymbals Eat Guitars WHERE: 40 Watt Club WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 19, 8 p.m. HOW MUCH: $13


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(Sound familiar?) “We’re all part of this community, and within it everybody’s doing something—it’s very free. So it is a very wonderful place to return to. No one cares about what labels they’re on; they just wanna play shows and maybe tour, you know? The level of ambition, the way you might have it if you’re in Brooklyn, it’s probably not as high. But the level of desire and spontaneous creativity is—so I prefer that.” A quick Google image search of the band’s current touring incarnation—featuring multiinstrumentalist Steve Strohmeier and longtime drummer Daniel Franz—reveals a stage setup that again belies a strong sense of setting and terrestrial escape. The quartet is flanked by three incandescent pyramids, and the addition of smoke and lights in places like Colorado’s Red Rocks creates a minimal but strong effect. Yes, that’s Red Rocks—a nearly 10,000-capacity venue, a far cry from the warehouses of downtown Baltimore. That recent show was just one of the many massive bills Beach House is playing on its current tour opening for Vampire Weekend (The 40 Watt show is a “night off” from that opening slot). “This is so out of our world for us, it’s not some ascension,” insists Legrand. “This is not natural evolution. This is not part of what we’ve worked for and towards, you know what I’m saying? All the work that we’ve put in is not so we could tour with Vampire Weekend in arenas. The work we put in was so that after this tour was over, we could return to our world in Baltimore and continue writing and continue having our own shows and hopefully not supporting larger acts, just having our own shows or playing with smaller bands. “The people on this tour are very nice, the crew, there’s nothing bad about this tour,” she continues. “But the size of the venues— I mean, they’re 2,000. 6,000. 3,000. 5,000. That’s not the level that I think that we’re at. I like 1,000-person venues, 1,200 or less— those are great sized rooms. That’s a good show. You have your artistic control, you can have your audience feel like they’re in a place that’s real, and that’s really where we are, at heart. I don’t think this is a new phase for Beach House. We aren’t playing arenas. We’re not an anthemic band yet; we’re not U2. This is for Vampire Weekend; this is their world, we’re just sort of putting a foot in it, but it’s just one shoe.” Jeff Tobias

WHO: Beach House, Steve Strohmeier, Henry Barbe WHERE: 40 Watt Club WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 16, 9 p.m. HOW MUCH: $18



ou can’t close your eyes and read at the same time, but try and go with me on this: imagine waking from restful, down-comforter-comfortable slumber in a room cast only with gauzy, slanted window light. Ambling down spiral stairs, you smell coffee; it’s the olfactory complement to the wash of sound emanating from just beyond the French doors across the room. You step onto a widow’s watch and cast your eyes from one end of the earth’s gentle curve to the other—it’s all blue waters. Below, on the pebbled sand, you think maybe you can see Chris Isaak and Helena Christiansen writhing in black and white. It’s not easy to invent such a vividly pleasant scenario, but that’s a glance into the world of Beach House. Music, art and literature are neat tools of mental and emotional architecture. We have no perspectives but the ones we’re locked into from behind our eyes, and so these windows are more than just voyeurism; at their best, they are immersive new worlds. As Beach House, Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally are deftly mindful of the power they wield to build and maintain these inviting sound-environs. Over the course of three fulllengths, the Baltimore-based duo has worked with a palate of hushed percussion, tremolomassaged guitars and phantom organ tones to make sensual, slick and warm music. Legrand, who spent her formative years growing up on farmland, moved to Baltimore six years ago following a stint at Vassar College in New York. She’d originally moved to join a band that happened to enlist Scally on bass—“pretty fateful” as she puts it. “It happened organically,” she says. “It was awesome playing together; we weren’t even thinking, ‘This is gonna be a band’ necessarily, but we really enjoyed playing and writing together, and very quickly we had nine songs and then we wanted to make a record of those nine songs. Then we wanted to play live. It all happened one realization at a time. Next thing we knew, we came up with a name, and then we had a band. It was born out of a deep love of the instruments we had around—this very mutual interest in other bands and music and hanging out a lot, listening to records like best friends do. That’s how it happened.” Baltimore seems like an unlikely source of inspiration and camaraderie for Beach House, and not just because of that city’s notorious history of street crime. The community that Baltimore has become known for in years past is ringleadered by the Steve Reich of the keytar set, Dan Deacon, and his loose-knit, warehouse-based Wham City art collective. But even as Beach House’s becalmed sepia tones juxtapose oddly with Baltimore’s day-glo dissonance, Legrand praises her local community’s support system. “It’s not a very big place, so everybody sees each other, pretty much,” she says.



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asilla, AK is known for two things, building houses and, more recently, former mayor Sarah Palin. John Gourney, leader of experimental outfit Portugal. the Man, was much fonder of the former. “I think us playing in a band coming out of Wasilla is just crazy. I mean, nothing happens there. We build houses and work up on the North Slope; that’s all we do. We didn’t even have a venue there. We just worked hard and practiced in our garage.” It was more or less by happenstance that he even landed his first gig as lead singer of the short-lived emo/screamo act Anatomy of a Ghost. “I was just living in Alaska and was a really, really shy kid,” Gourney says. “I liked writing and playing music, but I didn’t really want to sing for a band. Those guys [Anatomy of a Ghost] just called me at the right time.” After one album (2003’s Evanesce), he wanted to contribute some of his songs instead of simply arranging the instruments. “Everybody stopped writing, and I sort of took it upon myself to start writing for the second album, and it offended everyone in the band with the exception of the drummer and bass player (Portugal. the Man bassist Zach Carothers).” This sense of alienation led to a side project between Carothers and Gourney which evolved into Portugal. the Man. “I didn’t want any fucking egos in the band,” Gourney says. “I just wanted to work hard, and I got lucky in finding a group where everyone wants the same thing.” Gourney reveals the etymology of the band’s unique name: “Our band was called The Approaching Air Balloons, and each of us would have our own alter ego, like Ziggy Stardust or Sgt. Pepper, so I decided to name mine after a country with a singular voice, like Portugal. It also sounded really fucking cool; so we just stuck with it.” Each of the band’s albums, beginning with its synthesized 2006 debut Waiter: “You Vultures!” up to this year’s release of the sweeping American Ghetto, have the same collective sound but are always taking the listener to new places. “Just last night this kid who had been to five shows over a four-

year period said, ‘Every time I see you guys, you seem to get better at playing your instruments.’ And it’s true because we sort of just learn as we go,” Gourney says. The group’s constant experimentation is a result of the band’s overall ethos: don’t operate like a “normal” band. “For whatever fucking reason, I thought it was just normal to go in and track my acoustic guitar and then record a scratch vocal,” Gourney philosophizes. “It’s a lot like a hip-hop production; we’ll lay these points down, and then I’ll put a beat on it, and then drums, so everything happens as it needs to happen.” Portugal. the Man may be the hardestworking indie act out there in terms of sheer volume. In the past five years, the band has played 800+ shows, dozens of festivals and released at least an LP or EP every year. This ravenous appetite for disseminating new material is even more shocking to the group’s peers. “I tend to think bands are kind of lazy, anyways,” Gourney says. “Anytime I’m around another band they’ll say, ‘Man, you have six records out right now!’ Whenever they mention that, I’m like, ‘you’ve been in a band for eight years: how long does it take to write records?’” All that hard work finally paid off when Portugal. the Man’s newly minted deal with storied Atlantic Records was finalized right before this year’s European tour. The new album is due out early next spring, and Gourney is uncharacteristically beaming over it. “It’s the best thing we’ve done, and we just signed with Atlantic, and that was so exciting, because everyone at the label loves music. And I really wanted to give them that fucking album, you know?” Patrick McGinn

WHO: Portugal. the Man, Chief, Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band WHERE: 40 Watt Club WHEN: Friday, Oct. 15, 8 p.m. HOW MUCH: $12 (adv.)

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The name Moonshine Hooligans suggests high-volume, fast-tempo, dirty Southern rock born in the depths of a whiskey-drenched country-western bar. Instead, this band, composed of brothers Matthew and Stuart Watson, delivers a complex blend of alternative folk and psychedelic rock driven by an arsenal of unconventional instruments. The tales spun by this super-duo on their debut album, Subterranean Secrets, amount to dark lullabies and ghost stories chronicling murders, mysteries and other eerie tales. Smooth, often high-tenor vocals are comparable to indie favorites My Morning Jacket and Nada Surf, and prove just as powerful in their seamless harmony. The ghostly, far-away vocals, wailing fiddle, rich cello and intricate banjo-picking combined with the harmonium and Moog synthesizer weave the eight differing tracks together into one cohesive and highly original work. While the first four tracks offer darker tales, this gloomy tone is relieved by “Moonshine Theme,” an upbeat instrumental occasionally interrupted by the sounds of clanking bottles and intoxicated laughter. The next track, “Arcadia,” is an ode to the small town off I-81 where the narrators have broken down on the way to a gig and pass the time chain-smoking. The final song switches gears completely with an out-of-place reggae beat and heavily reverbed vocal quality that takes the listener from Appalachian mountain tops to California beaches in seconds. Subterranean Secrets is a well-crafted and sophisticated package that sets high standards for this young band’s future releases. Carrie Dagenhard







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ELI “PAPERBOY” REED Come and Get It Capitol Soul “revivalists,” who take a defibrillator to a specific year, label, singer or geographic area, sometimes forget to sweat. Mayer Hawthorne is capable of layering himself in studio overdubs, but his songs sound altogether spiritless; they approximate soul without possessing it. Eli “Paperboy” Reed, on the other hand, was born to play this yelping role

and write his own name into the genre’s ever-expanding history. He sings with a voice seemingly weathered by singing, sounds like his influence Otis Clay and used to perform in a church run by Mitty Collier. Reed succeeds in following soul’s blueprints of horn and string sections, witty turns of phrase and backing vocalists, and he shows a lot of promise. For three-fourths of Come and Get It, Reed’s third full-length album, he puts on a show with audacious come-ons and an inviting, infectious confidence. “When temptation come to play, it’s hard to look the other way—you got to help me,” he sings in “Help Me,” a song about touring, which, like many classic soul singles, sees desire tugging the artist in opposite directions. The album stalls in a string of inert ballads, but the garagerock “Explosion” ends the album with pockets of nervous energy that would do King Khan & the Shrines proud. He is not as talented and inventive a vocalist as Jamie Lidell, but when Reed sings, “What I’ve got, you know that you can’t fake it,” in the throwback title track, you can take that assertion to the bank with your hard-earned, 2010 dollars. Alex Dimitropoulos

BELLE AND SEBASTIAN Belle and Sebastian Write About Love Matador Whether you’re a fan of the group’s early, unadorned Scottish folk, or its more recent, power-pop dalliances, there’s something for everyone on Belle and Sebastian Write About Love The indie legends are in solid form on their eighth studio album, splitting the difference between their early and later years and tossing a couple of surprises in as well. The lead track, “I Didn’t See it Coming,” revolves around a wistful progression of piano chords backing the feathery, earnest vocals of Sarah Martin. Her romantic plea of “Make me dance/I want to surrender” is later picked up by B&S frontman Stuart Murdoch in refrain, and their beautiful duet sets the tone for an album full of them. Breaking up the more idyllic fare are a few less traditional, up-tempo head-bobbers; the most memorable of which is “I Want the World to Stop,” a driving, prog-light number full of string and horn flourishes that occasionally recall “Classical Gas.” Norah Jones guests on the smoky jazz ballad “Little Lou, Ugly Jack, Prophet John,” and her distinctive, silky voice entwines with Murdoch’s like two lovers wrapped in a sheet. Later, the truly odd “I’m Not Living in the Real World,” sung primarily by lead guitarist Stevie Jackson, comes across like a sugary comingling of They Might be Giants and Harpers Bizarre (and I mean that in the best way possible). This album won’t win any new converts, but when it comes to that specific brand of Donovanesque, bucolic folk-pop, Belle and Sebastian

is still among the best out there today, both here and across the pond. David Fitzgerald

RA RA RIOT The Orchard Barsuk On the title track of Ra Ra Riot’s The Orchard, Wes Miles sings, “I found myself while I was away.” As The Orchard was composed primarily during Ra Ra Riot’s residency at a peach orchard, it seems that what the band actually found was time—time to write complex arrangements that disguise mostly mediocre songs, even if slightly distancing its sound from brothers in college prep-rock, Vampire Weekend. In the opening track, the vocals ebb and flow through swirling string lines, but Miles’ pensive melody is unmemorable. The song does serve as a foil for “Boy,” the album’s most driving song, yet the stylistic bumbling bass line kills some of that momentum. The technical arrangements do feel occasionally inspired, such as in “Massachusetts,” where complex string and guitar interplay is supported by Stewart Copelandesque syncopated drum accents. In “You and I Know,” a three-over-two feel in the chorus adds some depth without being distracting. However, there are only a few high points on an album that feels more like a collection of B-sides. “Kansai” is instantly forgettable, and the hook on “Do You Remember,” a song cowritten by Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij, just sounds like a melody idea that Vampire Weekend decided to scrap. Unfortunately this collaboration only serves to remind the listener that Vampire Weekend is forever Ra Ra Riot’s stylistic counterpart, and if Contra is the bar, The Orchard comes up short. John Granofsky

JAMES APOLLO ‘Til Your Feet Bleed No Alternatives A good many songwriters attempt to encapsulate America’s yesteryear in song. Gram Parsons and Bruce Springsteen, obvious influences on James Apollo’s ‘Til Your Feet Bleed, are but a couple. Apollo, a young crooner with model-esque good looks, takes his cues from the canon of literate American folk songs. So, how do the young Apollo’s fare against the greats’? Well, the chops are certainly there.

Apollo has a talent for penning deceptively simple dramas-in-song. He also employs an array of instruments—who knew woodwinds would work so well in folk-rock?—and Apollo’s voice has a slurred quality with a gruffness that stops a few merciful steps short of Michael Bolton territory. And yet Apollo’s voice is perhaps also his greatest liability. Press materials describe the guitar-slinger as writing many of these songs “… under a tree in the Utah Canyons, within the shadows of notorious train and bank robber, Butch Cassidy’s rumored hideout.” After reading through a few more melodramatic hyperboles, you get the idea: Apollo is a cowboy, a vagabond—a dreamer, baby!—and his heart is as tender as his feet after a sojourn across the mesa. Indeed, ‘Til Your Feet Bleed is definitely for the less-cynical set. And, as an example of how much roots-rock has evolved in an age where troubadours have run out of places to roam, Apollo holds his own well. For the rest of us, a night of commiseration with Townes Van Zandt and a cold beer is pretty much all that’s needed for a dose of acoustic guitarfueled nostalgia. Mark Sanders


Mermaids have been met with local success and SXSW buzz even before releasing their debut LP Tropsicle. Reverb-heavy guitars, plenty of vocal harmonies, and fast eighth-note hihat work does sometimes drift a little too far into Beach Boys territory, but Mermaids seem to be having enough fun that a bit of throwback material isn’t a big deal.

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Take “Vacation,” for example. Sonically, it’s lazy, lying-on-thebeach-stoned music. Lyrically, it’s about a group of friends drifting off into the ocean on a boat—after they’ve murdered the captain and crew members. Of course, juxtaposing ironically dark lyrics with major-key beach tunes has been done before; just listen to “California Girls” by the Magnetic Fields. Hell, the Beach Boys themselves were masters of drug euphemisms. Still, a sense of fun and lightness permeates Mermaids’ music to its benefit. “Everybody’s Acting Like an Animal” is straight tambourine doowop with an organ solo. After a pianoand-whistling intro, the catchy chorus of “Afternoon” goes, “And I know that we’re all going somewhere / And I don’t really think it’ll be that bad.” As for the Mermaids’ future, that’s a given. John Granofsky



Business Casual Atlantic If you’ve ever spent a lazy Sunday watching a VH1 countdown of the best most-forgotten hits of the 1980s, then you already know what Business Casual sounds like. The third fulllength release by Montreal-based electro-fuck duo Chromeo has pulled the best elements from its sophomore album, Fancy Footwork, and thrown them for a sophisticated spin. The consciously arranged tracks blend ingredients from ‘80s pop and modern mixing techniques into a stylish concoction worthy of repeat. Business Casual is not your typical tongue-in-cheek new wave revival album. Though the monikers P-Thugg and Dave 1 conjure thoughts of cheesy, generic, over-produced hipster pop, the result is anything but. Instead, Chromeo turns out 10 original, multifaceted, danceable hits. The smooth, easy vocal stylings and suave coolness of “When the Nights Falls” and “Don’t Turn the Lights On” echo British new wave favorites The Human League and Simple Minds. Business Casual is neither pretentious nor vapid, but chock-full of heart-pounding goodtime tunes anyone with a penchant for unconstrained dancing is sure to enjoy. Carrie Dagenhard

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Tuesday 12 EVENTS: Athens Farmers Market (Little Kings Shuffle Club) Buy fresh, locally grown organic produce, locally crafted goods and freshly baked breads. 4–7 p.m. FREE! www. EVENTS: “Let’s Talk About It: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (UGA Miller Learning Center, Room 147) The LGBT Resource Center hosts a discussion about the DADT policy which bars openly gay individuals from military service. 6–8 p.m. FREE! EVENTS: Mayoral Meet & Greet (Taylor-Grady House) The Junior League of Athens hosts a mayoral forum. 6–8 p.m. FREE! 706-7141402 EVENTS: Twistology Bartending Competition (The Arch Bar) Wilmot Greene, owner of the Georgia Theatre, hosts this competition at The Arch Bar to find the best bartender in Athens. The competition will take place in four rounds, including signature drink, flair, speed and a secret ingredient challenge. 7 p.m. FREE! PERFORMANCE: The 5 Browns (UGA Hodgson Hall) The acclaimed Utah quintet of sibling pianists and their five grand pianos take the stage to perform works by Rachmaninoff, Brahms and more. 8 p.m. $20–$37. 706-542-4400, * THEATRE: The Arabian Nights (Cellar Theatre) University Theatre brings a handful of the 1,001 classic Eastern and Middle Eastern tales to the stage in Mary Zimmerman’s production of The Arabian Nights. Oct. 12–15, 8 p.m. Oct 17, 2:30 & 8 p.m. $10, $7 (students) www.drama. GAMES: Locos Trivia (Locos Grill & Pub) All three Athens locations of Locos Grill and Pub (Westside, Eastside and Harris St.) feature trivia night every Tuesday. 8:30 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Trivia (Doc Chey’s Noodle House) Every Tuesday. 7:30 p.m. 706-546-0015 GAMES: Trivia (Alibi) Find out what Visual Audio Trivia is! 8 p.m. FREE! 706-549-1010

Wednesday 13 EVENTS: Birdsong and Coffee: A Wake Up Call (ACC Library) Ben Myers, owner of 1000 Faces Coffee, introduces this 2007 documentary film examining the economic and environmental connections among farmers, coffee drinkers and songbirds in the Americas. 7 p.m. FREE! EVENTS: Canine Cocktail Hour (Hotel Indigo, Madison 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. 5–7 p.m. EVENTS: Meet Ludacris (Five Points Bottle Shop, Westside Location) Meet rapper Ludacris with purchase of his new beverage, Conjure Cognac. 4:30–6 p.m. FREE! EVENTS: Pumpkin Fest (Aromas) Ten taps featuring pumpkin and other fall-style beers. Serving soups from Chops & Hops. 4 p.m. 706208-0059, EVENTS: A Tribute to Raymond Andrews Discussion and Film Screening (Ciné BarCafé, Room 250) The Georgia Review hosts a pre-screening reception for Jesse Freeman’s documentary, Somebody Else, Somewhere Else: The Raymond Andrews Story. A panel discussion and readings begin at 8 p.m. 6 p.m. FREE! PERFORMANCE: UGA Wind Ensemble (UGA Hodgson Hall) Conductor John P. Lynch leads this recital performance. 8 p.m. FREE! THEATRE: The Arabian Nights (Cellar Theatre) A University Theatre production. See Calendar Oct. 12 Theatre. Oct. 12–15, 8 p.m. Oct 17, 2:30 & 8 p.m. $10, $7 (students) KIDSTUFF: Brownie Bake-Off Challenge (Lay Park) So, you think you can bake? Bring your goods to Lay Park in a covered container. Arrive at dusk. We’ll see who goes home with the prize and who goes home with wet eyes. Ages 10–15. 6–8 p.m. $7. 706-613-3596 KIDSTUFF: Children’s Storytime (ACC Library) For children ages 18 months to 5 years. Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m., Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 KIDSTUFF: Homeschoolers Chapter Book Review (Madison County Library) Elementary schoolage homeschoolers gather at the library to read a book together and talk about it. Every Wednesday. 2 p.m. FREE! 706-795-5597 KIDSTUFF: Wildcard Wednesday for Teens (ACC Library) Up Next: Miniature Wire Sculpture. Learn how to draw with wire in 3D. Ages 11–18. Space is limited. 4 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 LECTURES & LIT.: VOX Reading Series (Ciné BarCafé) The UGA Creative Writing Program presents readings from novelist Melanie Sumner and poet Danielle Sellers. 8 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Bocce Ball (DePalma’s Italian Cafe, 2080 Timothy Rd.) Every Wednesday. 6:30 p.m. FREE! 706-552-1237, GAMES: Dart League and Game Night (Alibi) Meet up with other sharp-shooters. FREE! 706-5491010

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! 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 (Copper Creek Brewing Company) Test your trivia chops for prizes! Every Wednesday. 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-1102 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 (Willy’s Mexicana Grill) Test your trivia knowledge every Wednesday! 8 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Trivia (Your Pie) Open your pie-hole for a chance to win! Every Wednesday at all three locations. 7:30 p.m. FREE!

Thursday 14 EVENTS: EYE-Films Series: [rec] (ACC Library, Auditorium) ACC Library’s iFilms series focuses on horror for the month of October. This week’s film is the 2007 Spanish horror film [rec]. 7 p.m. FREE! 706613-3650 ext. 336 EVENTS: Fall Fun-n-Friends Celebration (Call for location) Join the Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation for a tour of the historic 1857 Athens Cotton and Wool Factory. Registration required. 5:30–7:30 p.m. 706-353-1801, EVENTS: Meet & Greet with Jared Bailey (Normal Bar) The AthensClarke County District 5 commission candidate will be meeting with constituents and sharing his views during happy hour. 6–8 p.m. FREE! EVENTS: Pumpkin Fest (Aromas) Ten taps featuring pumpkin and other fall-style beers. Also serving soups from Chops & Hops. 4 p.m. 706-208-0059, www.aromaswinebar. com 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 ART: Public Art Reception (Lyndon House Arts Center) For the four new music-themed bus shelters designed by local artists and set up around town. Featuring punch, arts and crafts and bus rides to check out the new shelters at every half hour. 706310-1099,

Violinist Lara St. John will perform at the UGA Performing Arts Center on Sunday, Oct. 17. PERFORMANCE: Basically Brass! (UGA Hodgson Hall) The UGA Faculty Brass Quintet performs with the Bulldog Brass Society. Part of the 2nd Thursday Concert Series. 8 p.m. $15, $7 (UGA students). 706542-4400 PERFORMANCE: Andre Loss (UGA Ramsey Concert Hall) The pianist delivers a recital as a guest performer of UGA. 6 p.m. FREE! www. PERFORMANCE: “Second Thursdays Comedy Night (The Globe) SHARKwING Theatre and Improv Athens join forces to bring you this monthly comedy night. 10 p.m. FREE! info@sharkwingtheatre. com THEATRE: The Arabian Nights (Cellar Theatre) A University Theatre production. See Calendar Oct. 12 Theatre. Oct. 12–15, 8 p.m. Oct 17, 2:30 & 8 p.m. $10, $7 (students) THEATRE: Epic Proportions (Athens Community Theatre) The Town & Gown Players present Larry Cohen and David Crane’s screwball comedy following two brothers into the Arizona desert for the filming of a Biblical epic. For all ages. Oct. 14–16, 8 p.m., Oct. 17, 2 p.m. $12–$15. 706-208-8696, www. KIDSTUFF: Children’s Book Award Program (ACC Library, Storyroom) Trivia battles about nominations for the 2010–2011 Georgia Children’s Book Award. For first through fifth graders. 4 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 KIDSTUFF: Mask-Making (Treehouse Kid and Craft) 4 p.m. $10 706-850-8226, LECTURES & LIT.: Crossroads of Conflict Book Signing (T.R.R Cobb House) Author Barry L. Brown will be speaking and signing copies of the Georgia Civil War book. 12–4 p.m. FREE! LECTURES & LIT.: Grady Alumni Authors Showcase (UGA Miller Learning Center, 3rd Floor Reading Room) Five alumni authors will discuss their work and answer questions in a panel discussion moderated by Grady associate professor Leara Rhodes. 4 p.m. FREE!

LECTURES & LIT.: “Preserving Literary History: The Raymond Andrews Papers at Emory University” (UGA Miller Learning Center, Room 250) The Georgia Review honors the late Georgia novelist and memoirist Raymond Andrews with a panel discussion on Andrews’ life, work and legacy. 4–5:15 p.m. FREE! LECTURES & LIT.: “Think Italy, Not Russia: 20 Years After the Revolution” (UGA School of Law, Rusk Hall, Larry Walker Room) James C. Rosapepe, former U.S. Ambassador to Romania, and Sheilah Kast, an award-winning journalist, discuss the country that has survived communism and is now a thriving democracy. 12:30 p.m. FREE! LECTURES & LIT.: A Tribute to Raymond Andrews Literary Reading (Ciné BarCafé) The Georgia Review honors the late Georgia novelist as a part of its program, “Once Upon a Time in Athens: The Legacy of Raymond Andrews” with readings from his works. 7 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Dart Tourney (Alibi) Inhouse weekly dart tournment. 9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-1010 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 15 EVENTS: BreastFest Save the Date Party (Terrapin Beer Co.) BreastFest’s goal is to raise funds to support local breast cancer efforts. The proceeds from this event will benefit St. Mary’s breast cancer screening and awareness programs. Entertainment includes live music and Terrapin beer. 8:30–11:30 p.m. $12 EVENTS: Dawgs After Dark: “Homecoming Carnival” (Legion Field) Games, midway rides and free food. 7 p.m.–11 p.m.. FREE! (UGA students), $5 (nonstudents). 706-542-6396 EVENTS: Haunted Plantation (Tucker Plantation, Colbert) The haunted barn opens its doors for

weekends in October. Also featuring hay rides, marshmallow roast and movies under the stars. Fridays & Saturdays, 7 p.m.– midnight. $20, $15 (kids). 706-788-3803, www. EVENTS: Pumpkin Fest (Aromas) Ten taps featuring pumpkin and other fall-style beers. Serving soups from Chops & Hops. 4 p.m. 706208-0059, EVENTS: The 2nd Annual Princess Avenue Pageant (Go Bar) 15 contestants compete for the title of Princess Avenue, with evening wear, onstage interview, and talent categories. All proceeds benefit the Ugandan Orphanage Relief Fund. Music provided by Immuzikation! 9 p.m. $5. 706546-5609 EVENTS: UGA Homecoming Parade (Downtown Athens) The Redcoat Band leads this year’s parade of floats, displays, gleeful ensembles and local dignitaries through Downtown Athens. 6 p.m. FREE! THEATRE: The Arabian Nights (Cellar Theatre) A University Theatre production. See Calendar Oct. 12 Theatre. Oct. 12–15, 8 p.m. Oct 17, 2:30 & 8 p.m. $10, $7 (students) THEATRE: Epic Proportions (Athens Community Theatre) The Town & Gown Players present Larry Cohen and David Crane’s screwball comedy following two brothers into the Arizona desert for the filming of a Biblical epic. For all ages. Oct. 14–16, 8 p.m., Oct. 17, 2 p.m. $12–$15. 706-208-8696, www. KIDSTUFF: Afterhours @ The Library (ACC Library) Teen coffeehouse and open mic. Come sing, dance, play an instrument, read poetry or juggle. Refreshments provided. Ages 11–18. 7–9 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 KIDSTUFF: Preschool & Toddler Storytime (Madison County Library) Includes stories, fingerpuppet plays, songs and crafts for literacy-based fun. 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-795-5597 KIDSTUFF: Spanish Storytime (ACC Library) Led by UGA student volunteers from the Department of

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Corey Smith Friday, October 15 at 8 p.m.

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Thursday, November 11 at 7:30 p.m.

Lyle Lovett and His Large Band

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Language and Literacy Education. 5 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 LECTURES & LIT.: “Climate Change as a Matter of Social Justice” (UGA Miller Learning Center, Room 213) Speaker Chris Cuomo delivers a lecture sponsored by Women’s Studies as part of the “Friday Speaker Series.” 12:20–1:10 p.m. FREE! 706-542-0066 LECTURES & LIT.: “A Discussion on Sustainability” (Big City Bread Cafe) Dr. Simon Baptist, a visiting Oxford don with a background in environmental economics and resource management, leads a breakfast discussion on sustainability. Call for more information: 706425-3318, LECTURES & LIT.: Honors Program 50th Anniversary Lecture (UGA Chapel) Professor Jim Cobb speaks about the history of the Honors Program at UGA. 3 p.m. FREE!

Saturday 16 EVENTS: 1st Annual Pumpkin Workout and Carving Contest (CrossFit Athens, 190 Ben Burton Rd.) Get yourself and your pumpkin in shape for fall. All ages! 10 a.m.– noon. FREE! 706-424-4981 EVENTS: 37th Annual Fall Festival (Downtown Watkinsville) Oconee Chamber of Commerce hosts this annual event. Visitors are invited to enjoy a fall day in historic downtown Watkinsville. 9 a.m.–6 p.m. FREE! EVENTS: All the King’s Men Screening (ACC Library, Auditorium) Robert Penn Warren’s novel is brought to life in director Steven Zaillian’s film adaptation. This event is part of the “Picturing America: Land of Opportunity” discussion series. 3 p.m. FREE! www. 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! EVENTS: Haunted Plantation (Tucker Plantation, Colbert) The haunted barn opens its doors for weekends in October. Fridays & Saturdays, 7 p.m.– midnight. $20, $15 (kids). 706-788-3803, www. EVENTS: Project Safe Store Anniversaries (Project Safe) Help Project Safe celebrate the anniversaries of their two second-hand stores with store discounts, food and raffles. Anniversary celebrations— Project Safe Thrift Store’s five-year anniversary (9 a.m.–5 p.m.) and P.S. Too’s one-year anniversary (10 a.m.–6 p.m.)—will take place at store locations. FREE! THEATRE: Epic Proportions (Athens Community Theatre) The Town & Gown Players present Larry Cohen and David Crane’s screwball comedy following two brothers into the Arizona desert for the filming of a Biblical epic. For all ages. Oct. 14–16, 8 p.m., Oct. 17, 2 p.m. $12–$15. 706-208-8696, www. OUTDOORS: Greenway Leaf Walk (Greenway) Enjoy the fall colors with a short walk and crafts to celebrate the season. Registration required. 1–3 p.m. $2 (706) 613-3615 ext. 242 * OUTDOORS: Naturalist Walk (Sandy Creek Nature Center) Join SCNC staff for a walk around the

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property. Bring a camera or binoculars. All ages. Call to register. 10–11 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3615

Sunday 17 EVENTS: Autism Is a World (Ciné BarCafé) Georgia Options, a local nonproft which advocates for people with disabilities, presents a screening of the Academy Awardnominated 2004 documentary. Proceeds benefit the people supported through Georgia Options. 2 p.m. $15. 706-546-0009, katy@ EVENTS: Community Dance Celebration (UGA Dance Building) UGA’s department of dance hosts an open house featuring FREE! dance classes for adults and children and performances by the UGA Ballet Ensemble, the Ballroom Performance Group, the East Athens Dance Center and more. Tickets must be reserved for all events held in conjunction with the DanceATHENS Festival. 2 p.m. (classes), 3 p.m. (performances). 706-542-8579 PERFORMANCE: Lara St. John (UGA Hodgson Hall) The Canadianborn solo violinist performs with pianist Martin Kennedy. 3 p.m. FREE! THEATRE: The Arabian Nights (Cellar Theatre) A University Theatre production. See Calendar Oct. 12 Theatre. Oct. 12–15, 8 p.m. Oct 17, 2:30 & 8 p.m. $10, $7 (students) THEATRE: Epic Proportions (Athens Community Theatre) The Town & Gown Players present Larry Cohen and David Crane’s screwball comedy following two brothers into the Arizona desert for the filming of a Biblical epic. For all ages. Oct. 14–16, 8 p.m., Oct. 17, 2 p.m. $12–$15. 706-208-8696, www.

LECTURES & LIT.: “The Brain on Music” Roundtable Discussion (UGA Miller Learning Center, Room 148) The Willson Center sponsors a lecture and discussion on the relationship of early music training to intellectual achievement in other areas. Professor Roy Martin will give the opening lecture. Panelists include Jean Martin-Williams, Jed Rasula, Martha Thomas and James W. Wilson. 4 p.m. FREE! www.cha. MEETINGS: Local Candidate Forums (The Melting Point) “The Athen’s Press Club” hosts a forum featuring the candidates in the contested races for ACC Commission in Districts 1, 3, 5, State House District 113 and State Senate District 47. 7–9 p.m. FREE! 706-542-1939 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) Weekly Trivia! Students get 10 percent off with I.D. 7 p.m. FREE!

Monday 18 PERFORMANCE: UGA Contemporary Chamber Ensemble (UGA Ramsey Concert Hall) Conductors Adrian P. Childs and Richard Zimbars lead this performance. 8 p.m. FREE! www.uga. edu/pac PERFORMANCE: The United States Army Field Band Jazz Ambassadors (UGA Hodgson Hall) This concert is presented by the Performing Arts Center. 8 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 LECTURES & LIT.: Lieutenant Dan Choi (UGA Tate Center) The former U.S. Army officer will present a lecture concerning the U.S. military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. Choi was dishonorably discharged from the Army following the revelation of his homosexuality. Tickets can be purchased at the Tate Center cashier window. See Calendar Pick on. 31. 7:30 p.m. FREE! (UGA students) $5 (non-students). LECTURES & LIT.: “Picturing America: Land of Opportunity” (ACC Library) Dr. Charles Bullock, Richard B. Russell professor at UGA, discusses “Changes in Southern Politics” as a part of the book, lecture and discussion series. 7 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650, www.clarke. html MEETINGS: Local Candidate Forums (The Melting Point) Athen’s Press Club hosts a forum featuring the candidates for ACC Mayor and Clarke County Board of Education Districts 5 and 7. 7–9 p.m. FREE! 706-542-1939 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: Ping Pong (Flicker Theatre & Bar) Get your paddle ready for a riveting round of table tennis. 4–8 p.m. FREE! flickerbar GAMES: Poker Night (Jack’s Bar, 254 W. Clayton St.) There’s a new game in town. 7:30 p.m. FREE! 706583-8510 GAMES: Rock and Roll Trivia (Little Kings Shuffle Club) Get a team together and show off your extensive music knowledge every

Thursday, October 14

Tribal Seeds, Rebelution Last Call Rebelution is a rare find in Athens. Our town is not exactly known for being a great place for reggae bands (minus a few exceptions, of course), so it’s surprising that a band of Rebelution’s caliber would be playing Athens at all. So kudos to Last Call, a bar Rebelution on the “other” side of town, for reeling ‘em in and starting to step up as a legit music venue. These California boys know how to create grooves that are so laid back that they make Jack Johnson look strung out. Standout songs like “Bright Side of Life” and “Safe and Sound” are most indicative of Rebelution’s sound. Featuring a classic reggae message of positivity and happiness, the group offers solid harmonies and uncomplicated arrangements that bring the lyrics to the forefront. A pretty standard four-piece, Rebelution isn’t trying to revolutionize reggae. Instead, the band sticks to the roots of the genre and gives its tunes a little Santa Barbara twist. Traces of dub appear here and there, emphasizing a bouncy beat. The band has a very beachy vibe going for it, so Athenians longing for one last night of summer before the weather starts to get really cold can find solace here. If you want a prime example of worry-free reggae, you won’t find much better. Rebelution’s already gotten the attention of its home coast, and now it would seem it’s after ours. If you’re up for something on the groovier side of life, try a little Rebelution. The band’s music won’t make you hot under the collar, but you’ll feel a little bit cooler by the end of the night. At the very least, you’ll be relaxed and maybe even more optimistic. [Jordan Stepp]

Monday! 8 p.m. FREE! 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 (Doc Chey’s Noodle House) Every Tuesday. 7:30 p.m. 706-546-0015 GAMES: Trivia (Alibi) Find out what Visual Audio Trivia is! 8 p.m. FREE! 706-549-1010

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EVENTS: Bad Movie Night (Ciné BarCafé) In Shock ‘Em Dead, Nerd makes a deal with the devil to become a heavy metal superstar. 8–10 p.m. FREE! badmovienight EVENTS: Canine Cocktail Hour (Hotel Indigo, Madison 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. 5–7 p.m. PERFORMANCE: Greek Grind (The Classic Center) In its third year, the annual dance competition between sororities promises a hip-hop and breakdancing portion of the performance. All proceeds benefit Prevent Child Abuse America. 7:30 p.m. PERFORMANCE: Unchained Tour of Georgia (Seney-Stovall Chapel) The renowned storytellers and performers of Moth, the NYC storytelling collective made even more popular by the NPR program “Moth on the Radio,” alight in Athens as part of a 13-stop tour to promote support of independent bookstores. 7:30 p.m. $15. KIDSTUFF: Children’s Storytime (ACC Library) For children ages 18 months to 5 years. Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m., Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 KIDSTUFF: Homeschoolers Chapter Book Review (Madison County Library) Elementary schoolage homeschoolers gather at the library to read a book together and talk about it. Every Wednesday. 2 p.m. FREE! 706-795-5597 KIDSTUFF: Wildcard Wednesday for Teens (ACC Library) Up next: Collage Chaos. Express yourself through the mixed-media art of collage. Ages 11–18. Space is limited. 4 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 LECTURES & LIT.: 36th Annual McGill Lecture (UGA Miller Learning Center, Room 171) Paul Steiger, ProPublica Editor in Chief, delivers this year’s talk entitled “Making Journalism Work in the Digital Age.” 4 p.m. FREE! www. LECTURES & LIT.: 538 Ways to Live, Work and Play Like a Liberal (Little Kings Shuffle Club) Author Justin Krebs, co-founder of Living Liberally, talks about his new book. 7 p.m. FREE! www.justinkrebs. com LECTURES & LIT.: John Monds (UGA Tate Center, Room 142) Hear the Libertarian Party gubernatorial candidate make his case for the state’s highest executive office. 5–7 p.m. FREE! LECTURES & LIT.: Talking about Books (ACC Library, Small Conference Room) This month’s title is Infidel, by Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Newcomers welcome. 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 MEETINGS: Rebuild SPLOST Town Meeting (ACC Library, Auditorium) Meeting formatted to be a public conversation on the referendum to extend the county’s 1 percent local sales tax. 6–8 p.m. FREE! www. GAMES: Bocce Ball (DePalma’s Italian Cafe, 2080 Timothy Rd.) Join the league on the lawn every

EVENTS: The End of the Line (UGA Miller Learning Center, Room 101) This film delves beneath the surface of the seas to reveal the troubling truth of an ocean increasinly empty of fish, destroyed by exploitation and over-fishing. 7:30–9:30 p.m. FREE! EVENTS: Okuribito Screening (UGA Miller Learning Center, Room 171) The Japan-America Society of Georgia and the Center for Asian Studies at UGA host a screening of director Yojiro Takita’s 2009 Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film. Light refreshments will be served, and an informational discussion will follow the film. 6:30 p.m. FREE! 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! EVENTS: Athens’ Last Comic Standing (New Earth Music Hall) Round Two of the second annual comic competition. 9 p.m. FREE! PERFORMANCE: UGA Glee Club (UGA Hodgson Hall) Club recital with conductors Dr. Daniel Bara and Dr. Mitos Andaya. 8 p.m. FREE! KIDSTUFF: Children’s Storytime (ACC Library) For children ages 18 months to 5 years. Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m., Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 KIDSTUFF: Shadow Puppets (Treehouse Kid and Craft) Learn to make cute, zany or spooky shadow puppets! Class Tuesday 10/19 is for 4-6 year-olds, and class Thursday 10/21 is for 7-9 year-olds. All instruction and materials are included in the price, and a parent or gaurdian must be present. 4 p.m. $10 706850-8226 LECTURES & LIT.: Book Signing (Borders Books & Music) Author Al Hester breathes new life into the Reconstruction Era with his recent historical work, Enduring Legacy: The Story of Clarke County, Georgia’s Two Ex-Slave Legislators—Madison Davis and Alfred Richardson. 7 p.m. FREE! 706-583-8647 LECTURES & LIT.: Taste Your P.L.A.C.E. Book Club (Little Kings Shuffle Club) Discussion of Novella Carpenter’s Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer. 7:30 p.m. FREE! MEETINGS: Athens Rock and Gem Club (Friendship Christian Church) Club president Jim Maudsley presents the program “The Selenite Mineral,” a film on two recently discovered crystal caves. 7:30 p.m. FREE! 706-549-8082 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!

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12 Terrapin Bluegrass Series featuring


$3 Admission • $2 Terrapin Pints All Night!

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14 High Energy Grateful Dead

COSMIC CHARLIE Tickets $7 adv. • $10 at the door $5 at the door w/ UGA ID

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15 Join us for the best of the 80’s with


Tickets $8 adv. • $10 at the door $5 at the door w/ UGA ID


The Return of

ALLGOOD Tickets $12 adv. • $17 at the door



TUESDAY, OCTOBER 19 Nomad Artists and the Melting Point present


UGA Online Courses

Tickets $18 adv. • $22 at the door $15 with UGA ID at door

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 20 Fall Funkfest featuring


LAISSEZ FUNK, JUNK Tickets $5 adv.


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21 Nomad Artists presents

For more information or to register:

DONNA THE BUFFALO 706-542-3243 1-800-877-3243 See your academic advisor about applying specific IDL courses to your program of study.

Tickets $15 adv. • $20 at the door $15 at the door w/ UGA ID

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22 Independent and Distance Learning (IDL)

Suite 193 • 1197 South Lumpkin Street • Athens, GA The University of Georgia is committed to principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Alpha Gamma Delta presents

LOVE AND THEFT Tickets $20 adv.



Dance Music for the Soul featuring

145 E. clayton street • downtown athens • 706-613-8773 1550 oglethorpe avenue • westside • 706-549-5112





(Both Locations)


and EPL SOCCER!* (*Downtown Location only)

ZACH DEPUTY Tickets $10 adv.


THE CIVIL WARS Tickets $9 adv. • $12 at the door








THE CALENDAR! Wednesday. 6:30 p.m. FREE! 706552-1237, GAMES: Dart League and Game Night (Alibi) Meet up with other sharp-shooters. FREE! 706-5491010 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! 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 (Copper Creek Brewing Company) Test your trivia chops for prizes! Every Wednesday. 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-1102 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 (Willy’s Mexicana Grill) Test your trivia knowledge for prizes every Wednesday! 8 p.m. GAMES: Trivia (Your Pie) Open your pie-hole for a chance to win! Every Wednesday at all three locations. 7:30 p.m. FREE! * Advance Tickets Available

Down the Line ART: Open House and Print Sale 10/21 (Lamar Dodd School of Art, Room S265) For UGA’s Printmaking and Book Arts program. Costumes encouraged, refreshments provided. 6–9 p.m. FREE! ART: UGA in Costa Rica Screening and Reception 10/21 (Ciné BarCafé) A photo-documentary screening and reception featuring the photography of Richard Siegesmund, a former UGA Costa Rica Willson Artist-in-Residence. Refreshments provided by Big City Bread. 6 p.m. FREE! www.lacsi. PERFORMANCE: “Operatic Scenes from Mozart to Moore” 10/22 (UGA Hodgson Hall) The UGA Opera Ensemble, under the direction of Metropolitan Opera baritone Fredrick Burchinal, will present a concert performance of well-known scenes spanning over 200 years of opera. ART: 1st Annual Lickskillet Artists Market 10/23 (Lyndon House Arts Center) Find work by over a dozen local artists, catch an artist demonstration, and choose from an assortment of tasty local food options available for purchase. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3623 KIDSTUFF: “Scary, Oozy, Slimy Day” 10/23 (Sandy Creek Nature Center) Calling all goblins! Spend an afternoon learning about slippery, slimy and misunderstood creatures. Other activities include games, crafts, interactive, food, drinks and the opportunity to see and touch live animals. Halloween costumes encouraged. 3–6 p.m. $2 706-6133615 OUTDOORS: Meet Your River! 10/23 (Big Dogs On The River) This kayak trip will include fun and informative spots to check out both the critters and the history. 1 p.m. FREE! * Advance Tickets Available


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Live Music Tuesday 12 Alibi 9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-1010 KARAOKE With the Singing Cowboy! Caledonia Lounge 9:30 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). www. CATAWBA Local four-piece playing mellow indie rock informed by windswept Americana. LISTEN LIKE THIEVES Solo artist from Nashville whose show features loop-based acoustic/eclectic poprock on vocals, guitar, mandolin and tin whistle. MR. FALCON High-energy, indie garage rock influenced equally by The Kinks and Pixies. 40 Watt Club 8 p.m. $16 (adv.) BUILT TO SPILL Indie-rock giants Built to Spill stop by the 40 Watt to promote their newest release, You in Reverse. REVOLT REVOLT Melodic punk with tight percussion and short bursts of yell-singing. Go Bar 9 p.m. FREE! THE FALCON LORDS A band of crime-fighting superheroes who love music and relaxing in their volcano lair. Known for their energetic live shows and superior villain-stomping skills. WITNESS THE APOTHEOSIS Athens-based darkwave-industrial duo blending dark vocals and moving cello with hard-hitting electronic music. Little Kings Shuffle Club Athens Farmers Market. 4–7 p.m. FREE! CAROLINE AIKEN Renowned acoustic folk artist Caroline Aiken shared the stage with The Indigo Girls for some time. Her soulful voice purrs and growls the blues over bright finger-picking. 10:30 p.m. PUNK ROCK NIGHT Bands/DJs to be confirmed. The Melting Point 7 p.m. $3. www.meltingpointathens. com MOORS & MCCUMBER A unique brand of Americana with equal parts, rock, blues, country and bluegrass. New Earth Music Hall 8 p.m. FREE! (21 & up) $2 (under 21). POETIC SOUL Mon2 and Buddah host an open-mic for poets, singers and other soulful types. Every Tuesday. Rye Bar 10 p.m. GHETTO MEZRAB Local expeirmental jazz jams with an extra dose of funk. SUMILAN Technically proficient musicians playing progressive jam rock. WUOG 90.5FM 8 p.m. FREE! “LIVE IN THE LOBBY “ The New Sound of Numbers will perform on the college radio station’s twice weekly program. Listen over the air or drop by the station to watch!


Wednesday 13 Caledonia Lounge 9:30 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). www. COLD ONES Local punk band featuring members of Christopher’s Liver, among others. Skuzzy and straightforward, with riffs and rough vocals but not without melody. POLICY ROCKET Funky, Afro-jazz trio. THE VALLEY OF DREAMS: A ROCK ODYSSEY Nathan Thomas O’Rourke presents a musical performance based on a series of scifi and fantasy books he is writing. He’ll be joined by Katie Mae Willoughby on percussion, background vocals and visuals. Farm 255 “Primals Night.” 9 p.m. FREE! www. PATRICK ATWATER TRIO Originals and cover tunes, all intertwined with live looping and drum & bass grooves. Flicker Theatre & Bar 8:30 p.m. $5. flickerbar SINGER-SONGWRITER SHOWCASE Hosted by A PostWar Drama frontman Will Chamberlain, this monthly event features local talent. 40 Watt Club 8 p.m. $11 (adv.) DREW HOLCOMB Reverent and calm piano pop with raspy, freeing vocals that keep the inspirational lyrics from being cheesy. BEN RECTOR Soulful and impossible-not-to-dance-to pop with pretty melodies and a killer beat. Go Bar 10 p.m. ANDROCLES AND THE LION Minimalist indie rock that makes use of ambient sounds and guitar feedback without straying from traditional song structure. RYAT Live electronic duo from Philadelphia. Soaring melodies verge on the medieval. Energetic beats make the tunes danceable. SUNSPOTS Bedroom psych-pop with tropical beats and airy vocals. X RAY VISIONARIES High-energy guitar and keytar rock with a quirky and melodic pop sensibility akin to They Might Be Giants or Atom and His Package. Last Call 9 p.m. $10. BENEFIT FOR RUSSELL EDWARDS Featuring performances by Patterson Hood, Packway Handle Band, Futurebirds (acoustic set), Matt McKinney (of The Incredible Sandwich) and Boo Ray. Help Edwards beat Paul Broun, Jr. for a seat in Congress. Legion Field “Homecoming Concert.” 8 p.m. SOLD OUT! LUDACRIS Highly acclaimed, charttopping Atlanta rapper known for such hits as “Stand Up,” “Move Bitch,” “What’s Your Fantasy” and many more. New Earth Music Hall 9 p.m. $8 (adv.) BODEGA ROJA Instrumental sextet at the crossroads of jam and technical math-fused prog rock. THE HEAVY PETS The band’s live show is a powerful explosion of jazzinfused funk-reggae and rock that is never the same experience twice.

Friday, October 15

Kenosha Kid, Pride Parade, Chrissakes Caledonia Lounge Kenosha Kid doesn’t mind being difficult. The band is constantly evolving, and each new incarnation only complicates the task of describing its sound. Kenosha Kid Previous attempts have keyed into problems with the much-maligned “jazz” label, crediting the band with a sort of aggressive eclecticism. In person, though, bandmembers Dan Nettles and Neal Fountain aren’t too aggressive. For all the uncertainty their music generates, these two are rather self-assured. As for the problems of labeling his band, Nettles says, “all that comes about later when I have to talk about the music and book gigs,” making a distinction between the music itself and what comes after. This confidence comes through on the band’s new album, Land of Obey, which will see release this Friday at the Caledonia Lounge. Recorded live by Sloan Simpson during the band’s four-month stint playing every Monday at Flicker, the album contains new material as well as reworked versions of previously released tracks. “The album is mostly about the band vocabulary,” Nettles says. The record “covers an incredible spectrum of music,” moving from John McLaughlin-like peaks of intensity to loose moments reminiscent of Bitches Brew. The wide range demonstrates Kenosha Kid’s versatility as a band. That the trio (guitarist Nettles, bassist Fountain and drummer Jeff Reilly) handles the diverse material with such apparent ease speaks to how natural its sound in fact is—the band’s eclecticism isn’t a reaction against anything. Friday’s bill further shows Kenosha Kid’s comfort with diversity. The band will match volume against hard rockers Pride Parade and Chrissakes. Land of Obey will be offered in digital format, with “downloads and other treats.” At over 90 minutes, the album takes advantage of the new format’s lack of constraints. The record challenges listeners to consider the band’s full range, for which Kenosha Kid remains unapologetic but still gracious. “Did you listen to the whole thing?” Fountain asks. “God bless you.” [Marshall Yarbrough]

The Office Lounge 9:30 p.m. FREE! 706-549-0840 KARAOKE Every Wednesday with Lynn, the Queen of Karaoke! Rye Bar 10 p.m. FREE! ryebarathens DJ KILLACUT Spinning an eclectic mix of music and mashing it up DJ Shadow-style. Sky City Lounge & Bulldog Cafe 9 p.m. FREE! 706-380-7699 POETIC RELEASE THERAPY Let your positive energy and serenity shine bright at this candlelit open mic for artists, singers and poets. Sign up at 8:30 p.m. Terrapin Beer Co. 5 p.m. COLT LANDON BAKER Intricate, nostalgic folk-pop. For fans of John Mayer.

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Hasmuk (Dictatortots), bassist Bryan Howard (The HEAP) and drummer Mark Brill (Hayride). Playing straight-up, loud rock and roll! NUTRIA This rootsy local powerpop band features former members of The Eskimos and The Possibilities. PILGRIM New local rock and roll band featuring Paul McHugh (Mother Jackson), TJ Machado and Matt Hudgins. Club Exit 12 9 p.m. FREE! Commerce Rd. KARAOKE Karaoke with Lynn the Queen of Karaoke. Every Thursday. DePalma’s Italian Cafe 6–8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-552-1237 (Timothy Road) THE BURNING ANGELS Local act that plays Americana soul featuring guitar, dobro, fiddle and banjo. El Paisano 8 p.m. 706-353-0346 KARAOKE Every Thursday with margarita specials.

Barnette’s 9 p.m. $5. 706-546-0966 THE SWANK Curtison Jones, AKA Son1, lays down his original rhymes that connect with rap and rock fans alike. CD release tonight! 10 p.m. FREE! 706-546-0966 KARAOKE Every Thursday.

Flicker Theatre & Bar 8:30 p.m. $5. flickerbar WILLIAM CHAMBERLAIN A PostWar Drama guitarist and singer plays a solo show. ZACH CLAYTON Guitarist from A PostWar Drama plays a solo set. SCOTT LOW Local indie-folkster whose band Efren calls to mind prominent beards like Iron and Wine and Bonnie Prince Billy. Tonight he plays solo.

Caledonia Lounge 10 p.m. $5 (21+) $7 (18+). FREE MOUNTAIN New, local rock supergroup featuring guitarist Kevin Sweeney (Hayride), vocalist Jared

40 Watt Club 9 p.m. $6. BLAIR CRIMMINS AND THE HOOKERS Songs jump with a 1920s gaudiness reminiscent of tawdry, dangerous jazz with devilish lyr-

Alibi 9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-1010 OLD SKOOL DJ Dance party!

ics. There’s jangling banjo, a lively horn section and relentless energy. MOSES GUNN Featuring members of the recently dismantled local Americana act The Corduroy Road, this new group plays old country and rock with explosive energy. Go Bar 9 p.m. FREE! DR. FRED’S KARAOKE Hosted by karaoke fanatic John “Dr. Fred” Bowers. Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. FREE! 1560 Oglethorpe Ave. RAND LINES TRIO Rand Lines and fellow trio members, drummer Carlton Owens and bassist Dennis Baraw, play modern and original jazz compositions. Hotel Indigo “Live After 5 on the Madison Patio.” 6 p.m. FREE! SHELBY MCLEOD Tender-voiced country music singer in the Taylor Swift vein. Jack’s Bar 10:30 p.m. FREE! 254 W. Clayton St. IMMUZIKATION Celebrated local DJ Alfredo Lapuz, Jr. mashes up highenergy electro and rock. Last Call 8 p.m. $15. REBELUTION Popular Cali dub and reggae quartet infused with jam and ska influences. See Calendar Pick on p. 26. TRIBAL SEEDS Melodic, popinfluenced reggae that has hit no. 5 on the Billboard Reggae Charts and had one of iTunes’ best reggae albums of 2008. ZION 1 Oakland hip-hop mainstays whose newest album, Atomic Clock,

finds the group venturing into new territory, exploring its interest in reggae and dub. Little Kings Shuffle Club 5:30–7:30 p.m. littlekingsshuffleclub DAVE HOWARD Local singersongwriter plays mellow acoustic guitar tunes. 10 p.m. THE SAFES Punk rock from Chicago. TIMMY TUMBLE Tim Schreiber howls over pre-recorded beats, literally tumbling across the floor, enraptured with his garage-rock lust. The Max Canada 10 p.m. 706-254-3392 DJRX DJ-remixer Brian Gonzalez delivers original mixes of mainly current pop with forays into rock, old school, country and electronica. The Melting Point 9 p.m. $7 (adv.), $10 (door). www. COSMIC CHARLIE Grateful Dead covers like you’ve never heard before. New Earth Music Hall 9 p.m. $13. www.newearthmusichall. com GUNSLINGER Progressive Nashville guitar/drums duo. See our Calendar Pick at INFECTED MUSHROOM A mix of rock, electro, hip-hop and reggae that comes out as percussive, intense trance.

rock covers. From AC/DC and Guns N’ Roses to Journey and Bon Jovi.

Caledonia Lounge 10 p.m. $6 (21+.), $8 (18+). www. CHRISSAKES Whether you like your punk with psychedelic guitar solos or with more aggressive guitar riffs, this band offers the perfect mix of both. KENOSHA KID Centered around the instru-improv jazz compositions of guitarist Dan Nettles, Kenosha Kid’s music borrows freely from multiple sources and hammers it all into a seamless product glistening with inspiration. CD release show! See Calendar Pick on p. 28. PRIDE PARADE Local hard rockers play a blistering mix of punk, grunge, stoner metal and blues. The Classic Center 8 p.m. $25, $30. www.classiccenter. com COREY SMITH Georgia native and UGA grad Corey Smith is a celebrated singer-songwriter with a gift for storytelling. Smith’s fans seek solace in his highly relatable lyrics that drift smoothly over a mix of country, rock and blues.

Rye Bar 10 p.m. GROOVE TANGENT Playing covers from diverse rock acts like Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd and Jet.

Farm 255 11 p.m. FREE! (SEMICIRCLE Local project featuring dreamy vocals, sweeping strings and gently plucked acoustic guitar. HANS DARKBOLT Brand-new local band performing fiercely melodic pop tunes with swelling vocals and eerie harmonies. TUMBLEWEED STAMPEDE Adventurous and energetic dancejam-folk sextet play party music with folksy and surf touches.

Terrapin Beer Co. 5 p.m. MIKE ARMSTRONG Vocalist, acoustic guitarist and harmonica player from local easy-listening cover band, Blossom Creek Breeze.

Flicker Theatre & Bar 8:30 p.m. FREE! flickerbar EXSOMNIUM VARIETY SHOW Acts from singers, comedians, performance artists and talent of all kinds.

WUOG 90.5FM 8 p.m. FREE! “LIVE IN THE LOBBY “ Nesey Gallons will perform on the college radio station’s twice weekly program. Listen over the air or drop by to watch!

40 Watt Club 8 p.m. $12 (adv). CHIEF Mellow rock from California fit for a sunset on the beach or a nighttime drive along said beach. MT. ST. HELENS VIETNAM BAND Angular, melodic rock from Seattle for fans of ‘70s post-punk and The Strokes. PORTUGAL. THE MAN Danceable, crooning groove-rock. See story on p. 21.

The Office Lounge 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-546-0840 JAZZ NIGHT With music by the Jake Mowrer Quartet.

Friday 15 Alibi 9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-1010 THE TANGENTS This country-fried rock group from Watkinsville carries Lynyrd Skynyrd licks and John Mellencamp melodies.



Buffalo’s Southwest Café 8 p.m. $5. 706–354–6655 POWER PLAY Live band playing country, rock and pop from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s!

The Globe 10 p.m. FREE! 706-353-4721 JEREMY ROBERTS QUARTET Live jazz! Every Friday.

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CYMBALS EAT GUITARS doors open at 8pm • thirteen dollars adv.**

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Amici Italian Café 11:30 p.m. FREE! 706-353-0000 MUD SCHOLAR Debut show from self-described “douche-bag-alterego-obnoxious-satire-music-act,” fronted by Alex McKelvey of locals Crumbling Arches.

Go Bar Midnight. FREE! gobar IMMUZIKATION Celebrated local DJ Alfredo Lapuz, Jr. mashes up high-energy electro and rock. DJ set begins after the pageant.

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The Bad Manor 9 p.m. FREE! THE DIRTY GUV’NAHS Knoxville natives play roots-rock with a wailing Hammond organ and ‘60s-style soul vocals.

Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. FREE! 1560 Oglethorpe Ave. KYSHONA ARMSTRONG This local group plays smooth, funky rock that’s good for the soul.

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THE CALENDAR! Little Kings Shuffle Club “Voice of the Wetlands Benefit.” 10 p.m. $5. www.voiceofthewetlands. org GRAPE SODA Lewis brothers Ryan and Mat team up to create soulful, spaced-out pop songs buried in lush reverb. LAMINATED CAT Local band brings lush, atonal vocals in multiples with solid, steady rock to back them up. VINYL VANILLA New local electronic rock duo influenced by electropop and folk. The Melting Point 9 p.m. $8 (adv.), $10 (door). www. BREAKFAST CLUB Billing itself as “America’s premier ‘80s tribute band,” expect the very best of John Hughes mixtapes, plus more. New Earth Music Hall 10 p.m. BLACK OUT 2K10 The official UGA homecoming welcome party featuring the turntable skills of DJ Rich Rock and Dark Knight. Nuçi’s Space “Nuçi’s Space Jam Concert Series.” 7:30 p.m. $5 (adv). THE ORKIDS Polished local electropop group with alternating male/ female vocals and super-hooky refrains. SECONDSUNS Quartet of young, local talent born at Camp Amped, featuring Phil Carpenter (vocals and guitar), Nick Bradfield (vocals and keys), Nick Brown (drums) and Trent Andrews (bass), playing original songs with rock-and-roll heart! The Office Lounge 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-546-0840 THE UNFORGIVEN Expect bluesy tunes from this Atlanta-based fourpiece. The Rialto Room “Fabulous Football Fridays.” 8:30 p.m. $25. THE TAMS R&B stars from the ‘60s, this Atlanta group is still active and playing the hits that made them famous. Ten Pins Tavern 9 p.m. $5. 706-540-1831 CARNIVORES Fun grunge-pop from Atlanta. SO SO GLOS DIY punks from Brooklyn whose newest release, Low Back Chain Shift, brings plenty of pop bounce and melody, although the vocals remain brash. All-ages show!


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Terrapin Beer Co. 5 p.m. TIMI CONLEY The current Kite to the Moon frontman and ex-Fuzzy Sprout will play tunes off his solo record, Nerd Sexy.

Saturday 16 Alibi 9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-1010 KARAOKE With the Singing Cowboy! The Bad Manor 10 p.m. FREE! THE SCOTTY CRAM BAND Atlanta based singer-songwriter whose mostly acoustic tunes draw from R&B, soul and rock. Bishop Park “Athens Farmers Market.” 8 a.m.–12 p.m. FREE! MIKE EUDY The Heathens’ vocalistguitarist plays a solo set of his unique brand of Southern alternative rock. (8 a.m.) JIM AND THE BEANSTALKS Kidfriendly folk and Americana. (10 a.m.) Boar’s Head Lounge 10 p.m. FREE! 706-369-3040 MARC HARRIS & MOJO RISING Guitar-strumming songster and Nashville session veteran with band in tow whose songs have been described as “Southern surf.” Borders Books & Music 3 p.m. FREE! 706-583-8647 DR. IAN JOHNSON Local musician plays easy listening jazz on two keyboards to emulate a jazz band sound. Caledonia Lounge 10 p.m. $5 (21+) $7 (18+). THE GOONS New indie-poprock featuring members of The Glands, Casper & the Cookies and Marshmallow Coast. HAM1 A breezy take on straightahead ‘60s garage rock, brightened by swoon-worthy harmonies and keen pop sensibilities. TIM CHAD AND SHERRY This band, with members of The Silver Jews and Lambchop, recalls the twangy, country feel of the former’s last two records. Farm 255 11 p.m. FREE! AVA LUNA Featuring the requisite three backup singers, this Brooklyn band can claim its fair share of soul-


ful funkiness, rightly referencing Stax as an influence. Expect vocal acrobatics as aesthetic choice à la Dirty Projectors. BIGFOOT Howling indie classic rock as intriguing as it is difficult to pin down. This Athens group mixes Tom Petty guitar solos with Captain Beefheart strangeness. SLEEPING FRIENDS Garage pop featuring Joe Kubler (Bubbly Mommy Gun) and friends. Flicker Theatre & Bar 8:30 p.m. $5. flickerbar PATRICK CAREY The Ginger Envelope frontman plays slowrolling countryish pop marked by breezy, melodic sounds with chiming acoustic and electric sounds and vocal melodies. GOBLINIZER Steve Miller from Ceramic Dvck teams up with Colin Carey from The Ginger Envelope for this experimental project. NUCLEAR SPRING This local rock band plays sleazy, freaky psychedelic garage rock with glam swagger. Self-titled album out now. SUPERFIGHTER Athens/Atlanta band playing propulsive music reminiscent of alt- rock from the ‘90s and early aughts. TOMMY TV Moths bassist performs hip-hop improv. 40 Watt Club 9 p.m. $18 (adv.) HENRY BARBE The son of Athens musician and acclaimed producer David Barbe, Henry takes center stage with a set of originals. BEACH HOUSE This critically acclaimed duo spins dreamy melodies with gossamer vocals and warm indie rock tones. See story on p. 19. STEVE STROHMEIER Beach House touring multi-instrumentalist performs a set of his original folky rock material. You may also recognize him from his band Arboretum. Gnat’s Landing 6:30 p.m. FREE! RACHEL O’NEAL Local singer/ songwriter who plays a mix of soulful acoustic originals and an eclectic blend of indie rock, jazz and Southern-tinged Americana covers. Music starts after the UGA football game! Go Bar 8 p.m.–Midnight. FREE! www.myspace. com/gobar DR. FRED’S KARAOKE Hosted by karaoke fanatic John “Dr. Fred” Bowers. Midnight. FREE! gobar TWIN POWERS DJ Dan Geller (Gold Party, The Agenda) and friends spin

late night glam rock, new wave, Top 40, punk and Britpop. Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. FREE! 1560 Oglethorpe Ave. DR. ARVIN SCOTT Dr. Arvin Scott is a multi-award winning percussion artist with over three decades of national and international experience. He has performed with the likes of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones and Widespread Panic. Hotel Indigo Post-game Tailgate. FREE! CLAY LEVERETT AND FRIENDS One of this town’s finest country frontmen, Leverett and his new band, featuring members of The Chasers, have opened for such legends as Loretta Lynn. Join them every game day at Hotel Indigo to cheer on the Dawgs! Little Kings Shuffle Club 10 p.m. THE HEAP Funky local indie-soul band based here in Athens with a killer horn section and fronted by Bryan Howard’s low, bass growl. Playing every Monday of this month after ping pong. THE VINYL STRANGERS Timelessly charming classic-sounding pop rock reminiscent of early Beatles and Byrds. The Melting Point 9 p.m. $12 (adv.), $17 (door). www. ALLGOOD Formerly known as Allgood Music Company, this local Southern rock jam band from the ‘90s has recently reunited and will be playing its hits. New Earth Music Hall 9 p.m. $12. 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. BEATS ANTIQUE Unique trio from San Francisco that melds hip-hop, classical and world music, playing a variety of instruments alongside electronic beats. LYNX Electronic beats back soulful female vocals and rapping. From Oakland, CA. The Office Lounge 9:30 p.m. FREE! 706-546-0840 THE OLD SCHOOL OUTLAWS Good old-fashioned Southern rock and roll.

Rye Bar 10 p.m. RYE This group plays originals that have a Sister Hazel, Black Crowes feel. Sideways 10 p.m. FREE! 706-319-1919 KONTRABAND Come out for Kontraband’s high-energy fusion of rock and hip-hop. Terrapin Beer Co. 5 p.m. JUSTIN KENNEDY Local singersongwriter with a country drawl who sings earnest, radio-ready ballads about the trials and tribulations of daily life. 283 Bar 11 p.m. FREE! 706–208–1283 IMMUZIKATION Celebrated local DJ Alfredo Lapuz, Jr. mashes up highenergy electro and rock.

Sunday 17 Borders Books & Music 4 p.m. FREE! 706-583-8647 NANCY HEIGES AND LEVON SMITH This duo croons together, offering original, harmonic melodies. Square One Fish Co. Noon-3 p.m. FREE! SUNDAY JAZZ BRUNCH Rotating local jazz artists play Sunday afternoons on the patio.

Monday 18 Alibi 9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-1010 KARAOKE With the Singing Cowboy! Ashford Manor 6 p.m. $15 (adult), $5 (child). www. HALF DOZEN BRASS BAND This local, Louisiana-style brass band gets the crowd all riled up with loads of horns and a percussive frenzy. Caledonia Lounge 9 p.m. $7 (21+), $9 (18+). CHRISTIAN MISTRESS Metal act whose song structures and vocals almost give off a classic rock vibe. Think Heart with shredding and a double bass pedal. SAVAGIST Athens metal band featuring fine folks from punk/metal bands 300 Cobras, Hot Breath and The Dumps. THRONES Solo project of Joe Preston (Harvey Milk, Earth, The Melvins) on Southern Lord.

40 Watt Club 8 p.m. $12 (adv.) REWARDS Colorado band with a tendency toward lyrical—marking bouncy, guitar-driven rock songs with a ‘90s feel. TWIN TIGERS Loud and lush at the same time, this local rock band combines jarring guitar riffs with sweeping melodies and heavy percussion. Check out the Tigers’ critically acclaimed new record, Gray Waves. WE ARE SCIENTISTS This group is an indie rock band from California that boasts big choruses over danceable rhythms. Go Bar 10 p.m. FREE! gobar SUPERCLUSTER Not really a full-on show, but rather a fun jam session in honor of frontwoman Vanessa Hay’s birthday! Little Kings Shuffle Club 10:30 p.m. BOO RAY’S BACKSLIDIN’ BAPTIST TRUCK STOP A night of country music, ornery guitar pickin’ and sinnin’. Every Monday following trivia! This week features William Tonks, Laney Strickland, Daniel Marler, Woody Wood, Jason Fuller, Abbey Owens, Paul Lee, Ty Manning, Carlton Owens, Adam Payne and Mike Mann. Ten Pins Tavern 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-540-1831 OPEN MIC (2451 Jefferson Rd.) Tom Eisenbraun hosts a weekly open mic featuring drink specials and half-priced fried okra for all willing performers.

Tuesday 19 Alibi 9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-1010 KARAOKE Every Tuesday with the Singing Cowboy! Caledonia Lounge 9:30 p.m. $6 (21+) $8 (18+). www. THE GROWLERS Playing reverbdrenched gypsy/surf the band has coined “beach goth.” WOODFANGS Grungy, lo-fi psychedelic pop. Farm 255 10:30 p.m. FREE! NEW SOUND OF NUMBERS Experimental pop and post-punk project by Hannah Jones, percussionist for Supercluster. NYMPH Noisy, eclectic avant-garde punk that’s inspired by psychedelia,

Monday, October 18

Lieutenant Dan Choi Lecture Tate Student Center Grand Hall There are a lot of great jokes about “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” since it’s such a joke in itself, but here’s a succinct one from Chris Rock: “Hey! If they wanna fight, let ‘em fight! ‘Cos I ain’t fighting!” This is a refreshing perspective, because it seems like most people who think “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” is a good thing won’t admit the same aversion to combat. Contrast that with individuals such as Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs, who thinks repealing the law is a good idea, and has forcibly said so. Indeed, the mounting list of those standing on the right side of history grows each year. But just because this groundbreaking moment for civil rights is an inevitability doesn’t mean it shouldn’t happen as soon as possible. Real lives of service men and women are still being ruined by this petty law—one of the few still on the books that can arbitrarily render ordinary people second-class, lesser-than. Lt. Dan Choi may be the most present and well-known face in the battle to repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Lt. Choi is a veteran of the war in Iraq, a West Point graduate and an Arabic-speaking linguist who was an infantry platoon leader with the National Guard. He is also a founding member of the organization Knights Out, a community of West Point alumni who work in support of LGBT rights. No sooner had he uttered the words “I am gay” on the Rachel Maddow show on MSNBC than the Army began proceedings to have him dishonorably discharged from the service. Ever since then, Lt. Choi has been speaking out against his wrongful firing, engaging in civil disobedience (including chaining himself to the White House fence) as well as giving lectures. The Athens community will have an opportunity to hear what Lt. Choi has to say at the Tate Student Center Grand Hall courtesy of the Ideas and Issues Division of the University Union Student Programming Board on Monday, Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m. [Jeff Tobias]

flamenco, African blues and beyond. Jason Robira (ex-Dark Meat) is on the drums. Flicker Theatre & Bar 8:30 p.m. $5. flickerbar NESEY GALLONS E6 collaborator whose mostly acoustic numbers feature whimsical lyrics sung with quavering sincerity over acoustic guitar with xylophone and organ. 40 Watt Club 8 p.m. $13 (adv.) CYMBALS EAT GUITARS Staten Island four-piece with a looseness to its approach that calls to mind Wowie Zowie-era Pavement—a kind of chance, anthemic quality. THE THERMALS The new record from this power pop/punk band explores darker, more introspective territory. See story on p. 18.

Go Bar 9 p.m. EUREKA CALIFORNIA Melodic, guitar-driven indie rock influenced by bands like Guided by Voices. LITTLE RED LUNG Densely layered with menacing undertones, the songs from this Knoxville, TN artist have an anthemic quality that comes close to glam-rock at times. MR. FALCON High-energy, indie garage rock influenced equally by The Kinks and Pixies. PILE Alternating from wordless screaming to mellow choruses worthy of an alt-country band, expect a wide range of sounds from these Bostonians. STARS REGARDLESS Mid-tempo guitar pop from Brooklyn with an atmospheric feel reminiscent of Grizzly Bear. TRIBAL RIVALS Laconic baritone vocals, prominent bass and airy

guitars call to mind the third Velvet Underground LP, then the dance beat comes in and the strumming starts. From Athens! Little Kings Shuffle Club Athens Farmers Market. 4–7 p.m. FREE! SEAN ARINGTON Rip-your-heart-out acoustic pop originals and covers from Athenian singer/songwriter formerly of bands Big Atomic and One Big Eye. (5:30-7 p.m.) GREG BENSON Singer-songwriter with a gift for humor and pathos. (4-5:15 p.m.) The Melting Point 9 p.m. $18 (adv.), $22 (door). www. RAILROAD EARTH Eclectic acoustic set including instruments like the mandolin, saxophone, hand drums, banjo and the pennywhistle.

New Earth Music Hall 8 p.m. FREE! (21 & up) $2 (under 21). POETIC SOUL Mon2 and Buddah host an open-mic for poets, singers and other soulful types. Every Tuesday. 11 p.m. $3 (adv.). BEAUTIFUL BELLS With a strange amalgam of sounds on top of electronic beats, this act is more into sonic effect than melody. BIZKAIA Live electronics: dub, hip-hop, club and drum & bass. Featuring the production stylings of Eric B. T8R(TOT) Local beatmaster mixes trippy laptop creations featuring dubstep, drum ‘n’ bass and funk. WUOG 90.5FM 8 p.m. FREE! “LIVE IN THE LOBBY “ Grape Soda will perform on the college radio station’s twice weekly program. Listen over the air or drop by the station to watch!

Wednesday 20 Caledonia Lounge 9:30 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). www. BLACK DELEGATES Hip-hop from Atlanta with a futuristic flow. BUSINESS’S MAN Hip-hop. DICTATOR AND GROWN Hip-hop crew that will make you move. OPPOSITES ATTRACT Hip-hop. Farm 255 “Primals Night.” 9 p.m. FREE! www. DIAL INDICATORS New local jazz duo featuring guitar and tenor saxophone. Dial Indicators play standards from the ‘20s through the ‘50s plus original compositions. Flicker Theatre & Bar 8:30 p.m. $5. flickerbar LADIES NIGHT A night of musical performances featuring female musicians. Hosted by Jess Marston, formerly of Romanenko. 40 Watt Club 8 p.m. $11 (adv). ERICK BAKER Rhythmic, souful acoustic ballads. WILL HOGE Expect heart-on-yoursleeve lyrics with Springsteen’s delivery and a backing band true to the singer’s hometown. Go Bar 10 p.m. BUBBLY MOMMY GUN Local experimental pop band that belts out raucous, psychedelic tunes.

COLD ONES Local punk band featuring members of Christopher’s Liver, among others. Skuzzy and straightforward, with riffs and rough vocals, but not without melody. DANIEL FRANCIS DOYLE Austin experimentalist with vocals that recall Jesus Lizard, Doyle constructs fractured, silly guitar lines through a Line6 delay and then plays drums along while triggering loops with his left foot. High-speed and highenergy. PRETTY BIRD Lo-fi psych and experimental tunes. Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. FREE! 1560 Oglethorpe Ave. JAY GONZALEZ Multi-instrumentalist and Drive-By Truckers keyboardist who has composed Fahey-esque instrumentals, memorable Badfingerand Nilsson-style pop singles, lowkey piano ballads and unabashed rockers—all distinctly catchy. Last Call 9 p.m.–1 a.m. FREE! For more info contact SPICY SALSA DANCING Lessons begin at 9 p.m. and dancing starts at 10 p.m. No partner or experience required. Little Kings Shuffle Club 10 p.m. $6. THE HUMMS Local three-piece known for its loud and bizarre shows featuring everything from sex toys to strobe lights. The tunes are a grooving blend of raunchy psychedelia. RAYON BEACH Heavy psychedelic clashing and chanting from Austin. SHAPES HAVE FANGS Distorted psych-rock from Austin that jangles with the enthusiasm of teenagers at the beach in the 1950s. TIMMY TUMBLE Tim Schreiber howls over pre-recorded beats, literally tumbling across the floor, enraptured by his garage-rock lust. The Melting Point “Fall Funk Fest.” 9 p.m. $5. JUNK Keys, bass and drums trio with an emphasis on jazz fusion and group improvisation. LAISSEZ FUNK Local group plays funk-jam fusion plus a variety of covers. TENT CITY This Athens-based fourpiece blends a homegrown sound with new-age funk and soulful blues. New Earth Music Hall 9 p.m. $10. www.newearthmusichall. com AFROMAN We were going to write a description for this comedic rapper, but then we got high.

ELITE THA SHOWSTOPPA Gravelvoiced rapper Elite tha Showstoppa is one of Athens’ favorite hip-hop personalities. WILDKARD This Athens hip-hop group boasts a guitar player and melodic, danceable tracks. The Office Lounge 9:30 p.m. FREE! 706-549-0840 KARAOKE Every Wednesday with Lynn, the Queen of Karaoke! Sky City Lounge & Bulldog Cafe 9 p.m. FREE! 706-380-7699 POETIC RELEASE THERAPY Let your positive energy and serenity shine bright at this candlelit open mic for artists, singers and poets. Sign up at 8:30 p.m. Terrapin Beer Co. 5 p.m. BUNNY CARLOS Longtime Athenians Doug Pynn (guitar, vocals), Bill Bokas (drums, vocals) and Mike Flynn (bass), formerly of Barking Charlie, play “rock and roll the way it was meant to be played.” * Advance Tickets Available

Down the Line 10/21 Ahleuchatistas / Incendiaries / Manray (Caledonia Lounge) 10/21 Betsy Franck / Scott Low (DePalma’s Italian Cafe) 10/21 Delicate Cutters / Ruby Kendrick / Tin Cup Prophette (Farm 255) 10/21 Lera Lynn / These United States / Thrift Store Cowboys (Little Kings Shuffle Club) 10/21 Ample Mammal / Flight Risk / Polish Ambassador / Serkatree (New Earth Music Hall) 10/21 Donna the Buffalo (The Melting Point) 10/22 Pastor of Muppets / Powerload (Caledonia Lounge) 10/22 Incatepec / Los Meesfits / Los Pleneros (Ciné BarCafé) 10/22 Burning Angels (Farm 255) 10/22 The Fact / Reeks of Failure (Go Bar) 10/22 Efren (Hendershot’s Coffee Bar) 10/22 Carla Le Fever and the Rays (Rye Bar) 10/22 Buttermilk Revival / David Barbe and the Quick Hooks / Kuroma (Terrapin Beer Co.) 10/22 Jeremy Roberts Quartet (The Globe) 10/22 Love & Theft (The Melting Point) 10/23 High Strung String Band / Solstice Sisters (Bishop Park) * Advance Tickets Available



bulletin board DO SOMETHING; GET INVOLVED! Deadline for getting listed in Bulletin Board and Art Around Town is every THURSDAY at 12 p.m. Email Listings are printed based on available space; more listings are online.

ART Call for Artists (Fringe Collective Artistic Studios) Artists get your scare on and join us for Penumbra, Moon Mama and Fringe Collective’s Halloween art show. Deadline Oct. 21, Jennifer at moon, 706-540-2712 Call for Artists (Ten Pins Tavern) Seeking unique submissions from artists. 706-540-1831, Call for Artists Don’t miss your chance to be a part of the 1st Annual Lickskillet Artists Market presented by Lyndon House Art Center. Pick up an application at LHAC or contact Deadline for application: Oct. 17. $15–$25. 706-613-3623 Call for Artists (Fringe Collective Artistic Studios) Now seeking artisans to facilitate classes/ workshops. 706-540-2712, Submissions: “FALL In Love With Athens” (Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau) The Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau invites Athens residents, visitors and college students to submit original photography to the CVB Facebook page. Submissions will be accepted through Nov. 15. On Nov. 20, winners will be announced and awarded Athens prize packages.

CLASSES Adventure Club: Yoga Teacher Training (Rubber Soul Yoga Revolution Studio) Certification program for teachers that includes individual and group 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. adventure.html Athens Vertical Pole Dance Academy (Canopy Studio, 160 Tracy St.) Now registering for classes. 706-347-3708 Basic Botany (State Botanical Garden) A certificate course on general plant anatomy, morphology and physiology with an emphasis on relating form to function. Registration required. Oct. 16, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. $100. 706-542-6156 Beginning to Intermediate Pottery (Lyndon House) Develop wheelthrowing, glazing and decorating techniques while you make your own unique stoneware! Now registering. 706-613-3623, www. Bellydancing (Healing Arts Centre) “Beginners Egyptian Bellydancing” (Wednesdays, 7–8:15 p.m.). “Intermediate/Advanced Bellydancing” (Wednesdays, 8:30–9:45 p.m.). 706-613-1143, Canopy Classes (Canopy Studio) Now offering beginner or intermediate trapeze classes for adults or children. Full schedule online. 706549-8501, Capoeira (Floorspace) Develop strength, balance and coordination with this high-energy Brazilian martial art. Tuesdays, 8:15–9:15 p.m. $12/drop-in, $10/class. 706-8508150, Chen Style Taijiquan (Floorspace) Register for ongoing instruction. Sundays and Mondays, 706-614-3342, Clay Classes (Good Dirt) Weekly “Try Clay” classes ($20/person) introduce participants to the potter’s

wheel every Friday from 7–9 p.m. “Family Try Clay” classes show children and adults hand-building methods every Sunday from 2–4 p.m. 706-355-3161, “Color for Dummies: Oil & Acrylic Painting” (Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation (OCAF)) Master basic color theory and explore mixing, hue, value, intensity and composition of color using acrylics, oils, pastels or watercolors. Through Oct. 18, Mondays, 1–3 p.m. $115. Computer Class (ACC Library, Educational Technology Center) Two-part introduction to computers. Call to register. Oct. 20 & 21, 10–11:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 Computer Class (ACC Library, Educational Technology Center) Introduction to the internet. Call to register. Oct. 28, 7–8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 Computer Classes (Madison County Library) Learn to navigate the Internet with the library’s computer specialist, Alicia Clayton. Space is limited; call to register. Tuesdays, 2–3 p.m. & 7–8 p.m, Wednesdays, 11 a.m.–12 p.m. FREE! 706-795-0830 Continuing Education Classes At Athens Tech (Athens Technical College) Register for a class to improve your home, enhance your computer skills, expand your job opportunities and more. Go online to learn about the opportunities open to all. Call or email to register. 706-369-5763,, Continuing Education Classes At UGA (Various Locations) Register for a class to expand your job opportunities, enhance your garden, learn a new language or more! Go online to learn


45 Beaverdam Rd. • 706-613-3540 Cool and confident Chihuahua mixed with something a tad bigger. He likes other dogs, especially girls.

From September 30 to October 6


Extremely sweet and quiet young Pitbull mix pup. She’s about six months, seen some hard times, but is a calm girl who listens and is ready to devote herself.

Gorgeous pure white Siberian Husky with blue eyes. Beautiful adult girl in great shape. Curious, very comfortable with people and well-behaved.

It’s ridiculous how cute this baby Boston Terrier is. He makes tiny piggy noises. He will have no problem getting adopted–just wanted you to see him and know that you can come volunteer to play with and walk the dogs any day. Tiny, dainty Miniature Pinscher mix looks like a fawn! Usually her ears are politely against her head. She can jump from the ground into your arms. Sweet, quiet young girl.


33 Dogs Received 25 Dogs Placed!

ATHENS AREA HUMANE SOCIETY 7 Total Cats Received 4 Cats Placed! 0 Adoptable Cats Euthanized


more dogs can be seen online at

“Sasquatch,” a collaborative screenprint by Aaron Wilson and Tim Dooley, is on display at the Lamar Dodd School of Art through Oct. 19. about the many opportunities open to all. Dancefx Fitness Classes (Dancefx) Choose from Pilates, zumba, body sculpting, floor barre, stretch and more. See full schedule online. $6/class. 706-355-3078, 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@ Editing Workshop (Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation (OCAF)) Journalist and retired professor Dr. Wally Eberhard teaches “The Art of Editing: A Workshop for Writers.” Discover how to make your manuscript desirable to editors and agents. Copies of the Associated Press Stylebook and Dr. Eberhard’s workbook are included in the course fee. Registration required. Nov. 20, 9 a.m.–noon. $60 706-769-4565, Genealogy on the Internet (ACC Library) A brief intro to Internet resources for genealogy. Registration required. Oct. 21, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 Greening Your Home (Athens Technical College) Instructor Jeremy Field teaches you how to go green at your house! Oct. 18 & 20, 5:30–8 p.m. $49. 706-369-5763, bmoody@ Introduction to the Acting and Modeling Industry (Athens Technical College) Why can’t everyone be on TV? Local actor Luanne Byrd discusses what it takes to break into the biz. Oct. 13, 5:30–7 p.m. 706-369-5763, bmoody@ Laugh-a-Yoga (Mind Body Institute) Laugh your stress away. First Friday, noon–12:45 p.m. Third Friday, 5:30–6:30 p.m. $5. 706-4757329, Learn to Rock Climb (Active Climbing) Learn the basics in just three classes. A great workout alternative for your mind and body. Email to register. Oct. 12, 19 & 26. $50. Martial Arts (Live Oak Martial Arts, 400 C Commerce Blvd.) Tae Kwon Do, self-defense and grappling and weapons classes for kids and adults, beginner through advanced. 706-548-0077, www. Money Matters: Engaged and Newlywed Edition (ACC Library) Don’t let financial problems ruin your marriage. Money Matters coordinator Teri Hanna will share

some helpful tips for budgeting, maintaining a checking account and improving your credit score in this program sponsored by Smart Investing @ Your Library. Oct. 21, 7 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 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 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, 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 Pilates Mat Class (StudiO, 675 Pulaski St.) All levels welcome. Mats provided. Wednesdays, 6:45–7:40 p.m. $15. Plant Conservation (State Botanical Garden) This Certificate in Native Plants class will include demonstrations, hands-on activities, group discussions and a tour of the garden’s endangered species collection. Registration required. Oct. 23, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. $100. 706542-6156, Poi Workshops (Canopy Studio) Learn the Maori art of Poi from instructor Vince Walzberg. Every other Sunday, 2–4 p.m. $10. 706-5498501, Qigong (State Botanical Garden of Georgia, Visitor Center, Great Room) Ancient Chinese art of self-cultivation that fosters health, relaxation and calm. Mondays, through Nov. 8, noon–1 p.m. $80. 706-542-1244, Shoemaking Workshop (Email for Location) Make all of your cobbling dreams come true at this two-day intensive workshop for beginners. Learn how to make a pair of mules! Oct. 30 & 31, $795. Kim@ www.shoemaking Striptease 101 (The Hardcore Gym) Sexy dancing techniques for women. A prerequisite for Striptease 102. 18 & up. See schedule online. Vocal Toning (106 West Performing Arts Venue, Winder) Learn to ease chronic pain, stress

and anxiety and improve breathing, concentration and immuno health through vocal toning. Sundays, 6:30–7:30 p.m. $10. www.sound, 770-868-1977 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, Yoga (Active Climbing) First time is free. Tuesdays, 5:30–6:45 p.m. $8/ class. 706-354-0038, Yoga and Art for Kids and Teens (Whole: Mind. Body. Art., 160 Tracy St.) Go online for more information and for complete schedule. 706-410-0283, wholemindbody Yoga Classes (Sangha Yoga Studio) For all skill levels. See full schedule online. $14/drop-in, $60/6-class punch card. 706-6131143, Yoga Classes (Mind Body Institute) Specialty classes throughout the day. 706-475-7329, www. Yoga, Tai Chi and Pilates (Five Points Yoga) Full schedule online. Zumba (Council on Aging) Instructor Patricia Sims leads a fun, Latininspired dance workout. No previous experience necessary! Mondays, 6–7 p.m. Tuesdays, 6:30–7:30 p.m. $6. Zumba at the Garden (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves comprise this dynamic fitness program. Wednesdays, 5:30–6:30 p.m. $10/class, $72/session. www.uga. edu/botgarden

HELP OUT! American Red Cross (Red Cross Center, 3525 Atlanta Hwy.) Seeking donors for all blood types. 706-5460681, 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., Blood Drive (Athens First United Methodist Church) Call the church to schedule an appointment. Oct. 13, 1:30–6:30 p.m. 706-543-1442 Call for Teachers (Treehouse Kid and Craft) Treehouse Kid and Craft is seeking teachers to lead DIY classes on crafts, music, storytelling and food for kids, teens, adults and families. 706-850-8226, treehouse

Cuts for the Cure (Fantastic Sams) Get your hair cut for only $10! 50 percent of proceeds benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Oct. 20, $5. 706-850-7011 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 Rivers Alive (Multi-Modal Transportation Center, 775 E. Broad St.) Come out and give back to our rivers for Athens’ annual river cleanup. Walk, bike or take the bus! Oct. 24, 1:30–5 p.m. 706-613-3440, Volunteers Needed (Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic) Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic is desperately seeking volunteer readers to help record audio textbooks. 706-549-1313, www.rfbdga. org, Youth Mentoring Goodwill of North Georgia is seeking caring adults to volunteer 4–6 hours per month mentoring kids ages 12–17 in the community. Email for an application. 706-433-0737, goodguides@,

KIDSTUFF Fantastic Fridays (Bishop Park) Obstacle courses and other activities in an unstructured environment. For ages 10 months–4 years and their guardians. First and third Fridays through Dec. 3, 9 a.m.–noon. $12/ day. 706-613-3589 GEN Homeschool Club (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Garden Earth Naturalist Club for homeschoolers. Meet once a week

to learn about pollination, air and water purification, pest control, soil production and recycling through discovery hunts, environmental games, nature hikes and crafts. Through Nov. 10, Wednesdays, 10 a.m.–noon. (session 1) or through Nov. 13, Saturdays, 10 a.m.–noon. (session 2) $45. 706-542-6156 “Georgia Spiders” Youth Climbing Team (Active Climbing) This climbing team gives your child a chance to try to be a “Spider Man.” The first week is free. Every Tuesday & Thursday, 5–6:30 p.m. 706-354-0038, adrian@active Home School Science (Sandy Creek Nature Center) Call to register for these monthly programs about weather, rocks, astronomy and more. 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 Sunday from 2–4 p.m. $3 (skates not included). 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 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. Through 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.

ART AROUND TOWN ACC Library (2025 Baxter St., Top of the Stairs Gallery) Portraits by Hatidza Mulic. Through October. Amici Italian Café (223 E. Clayton St.) New works by Jeff Wood. Through October. Aurum Studio (125 E. Clayton St.) Landscape paintings by Joe Ruiz, landscape photography by Richard Farber and jewelry by Betty McAlexander. Through Oct. 16. Bottleworks (297 Prince Ave.) “BuyArt @ the Bottleworks,” an exhibit featuring new works by prominent Athens artists Andy Cherewick and Terry Rowlett. Through October. Also available by appointment: 706-461-3798. Espresso Royale Caffe (297 E. Broad St.) New work from Georgia tattoo artists Billie Brown (Pain and Wonder) and Chris Harris (Black Orchid Tattoo). Through October. Flicker Theatre & Bar (263 W. Washington St.) Shadowboxes and paintings by Cindy Jerrell and Dan Smith. Through October. Good Dirt (510 B North Thomas St.) New work by Geoff Pickett, Blake Anthony and Jim Peckett. Through October. Imaginative busts and sculptures by Jeff Williams. Through November. Hair Therapy Studio (840 Hawthorne Ave.) “Vinyasa,” featuring mixed media works by Celia Brooks. Through Nov. 13. Hampton Fine Art Gallery (115 E. Broad St.) “Haunted” features eerie works by various artists. Gallery is open to the public Wednesday to Saturday every week. Through Nov. 13. Healing Arts Centre (834 Prince Ave.) Paintings by Ainhoa Bilbao Canup. Through Nov. 5. Hendershot’s Coffee Bar (1560 Oglethorpe Ave.) Landscape, figurative and portrait paintings by Hal Schwarze. Through October. Just Pho…and More (1063 Baxter St.) New work by Virginia Wazarea. Through October. Lamar Dodd School of Art (270 River Rd., Gallery 307) “Lines of Impulse and Deliberation,” an exhibit featuring drawings by Susan Cofer. Through Dec. 15. (270 River Rd., Suite Gallery) The “UGA Costa Rica Group Show” features works by students in UGA’s Art and Culture in Latin America’s

Trainer always present. Registration required. 15-minute sessions, FREE! 706-769-3950 Spanish Mommy and Me Classes (Email for Location) Learn Spanish with your preschooler through songs, stories and games! New session starting soon. Storytime in the Park (Rocksprings Neighborhood Center) Stories will be accompanied by dancing, singing, plays, crafts, snacks and musical instruments. For children ages 18 months to 4 years and their guardians. Every second Wednesday through Dec. 8. 10:30 a.m. $2. 706-613-3603, www.acc Sweet Pea Club (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) A club for young nature lovers. Ages 3–5. Registration required. Oct. 7–28, Thursdays, 9:45–11 a.m. $22. Youth Theater Workshop (Various Locations) Innovative, creative after-school theater workshops for ages 6-12. Fun & skills in voice, movement, improvisation and storytelling. Through Dec. 15. Mondays at Athens Montessori School, Tuesdays at Waseca Leaning Environment). 3:15 & 4:15 p.m. $120.

SUPPORT Depression and Anxiety Group (Call for location, Watkinsville) A 12-week program for adolescent girls suffering depression and anxiety. Accepting many insurance plans. Call for information or to register. Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m. 706-410-4074, audreybrannen@

Maymester program. Through Oct. 14. (270 River Rd., Gallery 101) A collaborative printmaking installation by visiting artists Aaron Wilson and Tim Dooley. Through Oct. 19. Lyndon House Arts Center (293 Hoyt St.) An exhibition of quilts which celebrates the tradition of quilting in the African American community. Through January 19. Monroe Art Guild (205 S. Broad St., Monroe) Painted ponies by Michael Lee. Through Oct. 27. Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation (OCAF) (34 School St., Watkinsville) The “Georgia Small Works Exhibition,” OCAF’s first juried exhibition of its kind, will feature 2-D and 3-D small-scale works. Through Nov. 12. (34 School St., Watkinsville) “Searching for Bartram’s Wilderness: Studies from the Field” an exhibit featuring Philip Juras’ landscape paintings and other works inspired by American naturalist William Bartram. Through Oct. 16. Republic Salon (312 E. Broad St.) Large, vibrant acrylic paintings by Jaime Bull. Through November. State Botanical Garden of Georgia (2450 Milledge Ave.) Photographs of native plants by Peter Hawman. Through Oct. 29. The Globe (199 N. Lumpkin St.) Photographs of various ends of the Earth by New York transplant Luke Chase. Through Oct. 13. The Grit (199 Prince Ave.) Works by Meghan Morris. Through Oct. 17. Town 220 (Madison) “Aislin’s Bouquet from the Garden of the Fall,” an exhibit of various works inspired by gardens. Featuring more than a dozen local artists, including Greg Benson, Andy Cherewick, Dana Downs, Robert Lowery, Melin Foscue Miller, Masakatsu Nakagawa, Marshall Reddoch and Lamar Wood. Through January. Trace Gallery (160 Tracy St.) “Without Poems,” an exhibit featuring paintings and prints by Chris Hocking. Through Nov. 5. Various Locations The Athens Area Arts Council, the Athens Transit System and the ACC Government present four new music-themed bus shelters around town desiged by local artists. Reception at the Lyndon House at 4 p.m. (with a bus ride tour!) Oct. 14. White Tiger Gourmet Food & Chocolates (217 Hiawasee Ave.) New paintings by Andy Cherewick. Through October.

Emotional Abuse Support Group (Call for location) Demeaning behavior can be just as harmful as punches and kicks. Childcare is provided. Call the Project Safe hotline: 706-543-3331. Wednesdays, 6:30–8 p.m. 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, Mental Health Support Group (St. Mary’s Hospital) Meets in the lobby conference room. Thursdays, 6:30–8 p.m. 706-7835706, Overeaters Anonymous (Various Locations) Mondays, 5:30 p.m. at Nuçi’s Space. Thursdays, 7 p.m. at St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church. Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. at Princeton United Methodist Church. FREE! 404-771-8971, Sapph.Fire The newly formed social, support and volunteer organization for lesbian and bisexual women of color. Ages 21 & up. Join Sapph. fire on Downelink. Email sapph. to learn about the next meeting. Survive and Revive (Call for location) Domestic violence support group. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. and group at 6:30 p.m. Childcare is provided. Second and fourth Tuesday of the month in Clarke County. First and third Monday of the month in Madison County. 6–8 p.m. Project Safe: 706-543-3331

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. 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. Books for Keeps Book Drive (Email for Location) Donate your new or gently-used books to underprivileged Athens kids. Drop-off locations and wishlist online. Through October. www.booksforkeeps. Celebrity Bartender Series: Political Edition (Ten Pins Tavern) Athens’ mayoral candidates take turns behind the bar to raise money for their pet causes. Oct. 15, 20 & 27, 7–9 p.m. 706-546-8090, Fall Classic Century Bike Ride (Terrapin Beer Co.) Jittery Joe’s, Habitat for Humanity and Terrapin Brewery host a metric century ride with two course options, 62 miles or 31 miles, as well as a 6-mile ride for the family. Call or go online to register. Race day: Oct. 30. 706-208-1001,, Free to Breathe Run/Walk (Sandy Creek Park) Raise funding for lung cancer research when you register for this 5K run or one-mile walk. Nov. 13, 7 a.m. $15–$20. 608316-3786, Lemonade Stand for Loan (Treehouse Kid and Craft, 815 W. Broad St.) Treehouse Kid and Craft will open up their lemonade stand for your school, organization or individual fundraising needs. 706850-8226, treehousekidandcraft@ f

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reality check Matters Of The Heart And Loins So I went out with this girl on a date. We met on the Internet, and she was cute. I sent her a note; she sent one back. Things were going well for a few days, with us exchanging messages and information about each other, so I decided to man up and ask her for a real date. We met downtown; she was still cute, but almost as soon as we sat down I thought something was off. I couldn’t figure it out and I thought it was probably just nerves, so I continued. We ate, we had coffee, it was… okay. There were awkward silences, and there were a few things about her that I thought might be trouble down the line. No deal breakers, but some tastes and tendencies that we had NOT in common at all. Still, I thought, not a big deal. Our waitress was very chatty and very nice. I got up at one point to go to the men’s room and ran into the waitress in the hallway. She and I exchanged a laugh, and I told her that I was on a first date. She asked how it was going, and I said okay, but really, just okay. She laughed again and wished me good luck. When I got out of the bathroom there was another waitress waiting. She handed me a piece of paper with a number on it and said, “This is in case the date doesn’t work out.” She motioned her head toward my waitress. I asked if the waitress knew she was giving me the number. Yes. Okay. So, back to my date. The waitress never reappears. Another waitress drops our check and the whole staff’s standing around smirking. I pay, and we leave. We go to a bar down the street, and things get weirder when my date goes to the bathroom. I can’t tell if she has done some kind of drug or what, but when she gets back she starts acting weird. Manic. She kisses me, which I wasn’t ready for and didn’t want. Then she goes all quiet and tells me that this place reminds her of an ex. I ask if she has bad memories, and then she starts crying and says she isn’t really over him and apologizes a bunch of times. I try to say it’s okay, and she says something like, “But you really like me, and I feel bad,” and I answer that I don’t REALLY like her because we have just met, and then she freaks out and tells me I am mean. And she gets up and storms out, trying to start a scene, telling me I was flirting with the waitress and I made her insecure. I try to say that I wasn’t flirting with the waitress; I was just being nice and being my usual chatty self, and she apologizes again and tells me that I shouldn’t have kissed her. I remind her that she kissed me, and she freaks out again, crying and telling me I’m mean. So I basically tell her I don’t know what she wants me to say but that I didn’t feel like

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Comfy ar mchairs. Perfect for dorms/ apar tments/anywhere. Tan material, removable cushion, wood frame. Removed from hotel l o b b y, s h a m p o o e d & Febreezed. 36” high/ deep/ wide. Delivery home FB weekends. Call/text (478) 290-7802. $45 each/$80 a pair. Do you want to use a logo, graphic or border in your classified ad? You can with Classified Display Adver tising!!! Call 706-549-0301 for more information. Pillowtop queen mattress set. Never used. Still in factory plastic. $260. Full size mattress set. Never used. Still in factory plastic. $160. (706) 769-1959. Delivery available. Ta b l e s , c h a i r s , s o f a s , antiques, clothes, records & players, retro goods, & more! Cool, affordable furniture every day. Go to Agora! Your favorite everything store! 260 W. Clayton St., (706) 316-0130.

Miscellaneous Mary Moses at Bluegirl Boutique on E Clayton St. Art, perfumes, & accessories. Event coming October 23 thru 24, make your own natural products!

Instruction Athens School of Music. Instruction in G u i t a r, B a s s , D r u m s , P i a n o , Vo i c e , B r a s s , Woodwinds, Strings, Banjo, Mandolin, Fiddle, & more. From beginner to expert. Instrument repairs avail. Visit www. AthensSchoolofMusic. com, (706) 543-5800.

Music Services Fret Shop. Professional guitar repairs & modifications, setups, electronics, precision fretwork. Previous clients incl. R.E.M., Widespread P a n i c , C r a c k e r, B o b Mould, John Berry, Abbey Road Live!, Squat. (706) 549-1567. Wedding Bands. Q u a l i t y, p r o f e s s i o n a l bands. Weddings, parties. Rock, jazz, etc. Call Classic City Entertainment. (706) 549-1567. www. classiccityentertainment. com. Featuring The Magictones - Athens’ premiere wedding & p a r t y b a n d . w w w.

Studios RoomFiftyThree. Mix r o o m & P r o To o l s H D 2 Accel-based recording studio on the Eastside of Athens. Seriously high–end analog gear! Seriously affordable! Feel the love! Visit w w w. ro o m f i f t y t h re e . com.

Services Cleaning E a r t h - f r i e n d l y, p e t friendly, budget-friendly house cleaning. Local & independent. Call or text Nick (706) 206-0381. Email Nick@goodworld. b i z . w w w. g o o d w o r l d . biz.

Health Pregnant? Considering adoption? Talk w/ caring agency specializing in matching birthmothers w/ families nationwide. Living expenses paid. C a l l 2 4 / 7 . A b b y ’s O n e Tr u e G i f t A d o p t i o n s . (866) 413-6293 (AAN CAN).

Misc. Services Feeling stuck? Athens Life and Career Coach w/ 15 yrs. higher ed. exp. Specializing in work w/ college students, recent grads & higher ed. professionals. 1-on-1 coaching, assistance w/ resumes/cover letters/grad. school applications. Visit www.higheredcareercoach. com or call Sean at (706) 363-0539. Trying to get your personal business off the ground? Advertise in the Flagpole Classifieds! Only $16 for 1 week & $48 for 4 weeks! Call 549-0301. Function space available. Book private parties in back room. Catering available. Large HDTV & sound system. Jack’s Bar, 354 W. Clayton (next to Caledonia). Call Jack for details (912) 6048560.

Extra income assembling CD cases from home! No experience necessary! Call our live operators now! (800) 405-7619 ext. 2450. www.easywork-greatpay. com (AAN CAN).

2006 Saturn Vue. Black w/ gray interior. Great gas mileage, cold AC, factory roof racks, power windows, locks & mirrors. 81K hwy miles. $8950 OBO. (706) 206-1836.

Earn $75–$200/hr. Media M akeup Ar tist Training for ads, TV, film, fashion. 1 wk. class. Stable j o b i n w e a k e c o n o m y. Details at www. awardmakeupschool. com, (310) 364-0665 (AAN CAN).

Sell your auto with Flagpole Classifieds. Now with online pics! Go to today!

High school diploma! Graduate in just 4 weeks! Free brochure. Call now! (800) 532-6546 ext. 97. www.continentalacademy. com (AAN CAN). Mystery shoppers earn up to $100/day. Undercover shoppers needed to judge retail & dining establishments. No exp. req’d. (800) 743-8535.


M ovie extras ear n up to $150/day to stand in backgrounds of major films. Experience not required. Call now. (888) 664-4621 (AAN CAN).

Local catering company seeks kitchen help w/ nonchain restaurant experience. Must be organized & h a rd w o r k i n g . M u s t b e willing to work nights & weekends. Email resume to experiencedkitchenhelp@

Now hiring! Companies desperately need employees to assemble products at home. No selling, any hours. $500/ wk. potential. Info at (985) 646-1700 dept. GA–3058.


W h a t e v e r I t Ta k e s seeks applicants for the following positions: Program Director: Management of one year p l a n n i n g p ro c e s s , F T. Communications D i r e c t o r : Wo r k w i t h executive director & communications committee to inform community about Whatever It Takes, FT. Resident Engagement Facilitator: Recruit & retain expanded resident engagement in planning & implementing Whatever It Takes, FT. Partner Engagement Facilitator: Recruit & retain expanded engagement in planning & implementing Whatever It Takes, FT. Data Clerk: Assist in data collection, info system development, & evaluation process, PT. Job descriptions and how to apply at www.witathens. org (scroll to “Click here for job descriptions”). No phone calls please.

Opportunities 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.

NEED A JOB? Full-Time and Part-Time opportunities are listed weekly in the Flagpole Classifieds. Paid in advance! Make $1000 a week mailing b ro c h u re s f ro m h o m e . Guaranteed income. Free supplies. No experience required. Start immediately. www. (AAN CAN).

Vehicles Autos 1997 Yukon SLE. 178K miles. Great shape. Burgandy. Grey leather interior, running boards, roof racks. Excellent body condition! AC needs work. Looking for new home! $3150 OBO. (706) 369-0875.

Boats 1962 Lonestar 18’ lake boat. Only 20 hrs. on Tohatsu 70 horsepower, low emissions engine. Selling w/ skis, lg. inflatable, all accessories. $3500. Call (912) 223-0073. 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

Motorcycles 1982 GS450. Great restored condition. M a n y n e w p a r t s . Ve r y reliable and fun. Please call for more details and to see the bike. (706) 363-7650. Eastside. Thanks.

Notices Messages Your body is your canvas. Decorate it with tattoos.

Organizations Gain national exposure. Reach over 5 million young, educated readers for only $995 by advertising in 110 weekly newspapers like this one. Call Jason (202) 2898484. This is not a job offer (AAN CAN).

Pets Lose your puppy? Need a date? Want to find that guy you saw at the bar last weekend? Place your ad here.

Boulevard Animal Hospital 298 Prince Ave. October Special~Free 1–year rabies w/ canine or feline annual exam & vaccinations. ( 7 0 6 ) 4 2 5 - 5 0 9 9 w w w.

S e l l Yo u r C a r, B i k e , Va n , Tr u c k , B u s , Motorcycle, Boat, C a m p e r, S c o o t e r, e t c . Call 706-549-0301 to place your ad!




18th Anniversary! Friday, Oct 15 Come celebrate our 18th birthday with hors d’oeuvres, champagne toast and drink specials all night long! Large party discounts, half price table dances every hour! We’re going old school, taking our drink prices back to 1992!

The Celebration Continues All Year Long with... H Every Night: All Covers 2 for 1 with Student ID

H Mondays: Old School Night...

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H Tuesdays: Service Industry Night $1 off all drinks for service industry workers

H Wednesdays: Amateur Night H Thursdays: Ladies’ Night $1 Wine, $1 Champagne, $3 Apple Martinis

H Fridays and Saturdays: Drink Specials All Night

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everyday people


Petra, Grandmother and Chile Aficionado Outside a trailer in a North Athens mobile home park, Petra cooks pozole in a dented stew pot suspended over a fire between two cinderblocks. “It’s a soup of pork, corn and chile Guajillo,” she says. “When you eat it, you add oregano and lime.” Her son-in-law pulls up in a mini-van, unloads chopped wood from the back and stokes the cooking flames. Is there a reason for making pozole outside on an open flame? Yes, she says, all that stove heat makes her home unbearably hot! Eleanor Davis

FP: What about drying peppers? P: When they’re red, I pick them. I put them out all day and take them in at night. Every single day, but not today, of course, because it rained… I don’t know how long exactly it takes, but a lot of days until they dry very well… when you pick them up, they crack in your hand and you can keep them forever. My father made hills of chiles… so big you couldn’t see over them. I love chile poblanos and chile pasillas, but they don’t grow very good here. [Petra pulls over a five-gallon bucket full of bright red chiles in varying states of dehydration]. I grow these. Some people call them tree peppers. And chile piquin, too. FP: What was your town in Michoacan like? P: I was born in Luvianos, in the state of Mexico. It was nice, because my father had a garden and I learned all about how things grow. He grew pineapples, jicama, chiles and sweet potatoes. My husband was from Michoacan, so that’s why I moved there. All my children are from Michoacan, so that’s why I say that I’m from Michoacan. My husband worked in the fields; he would raise cows for milk. I would cook food for him, bring him food in the fields and help him with the labor… now I have 12 years as a widow. Luvianos to Michoacan to Athens. I came right here to Athens, and I’ve been in this parking lot all 12 years. I bought this trailer seven years ago. FP: What was your first impression of Athens? P: I didn’t like it. The same moment I got here I wanted to get back. My first three years I was crying a lot, because I wanted to get back. But my kids said, “What’s to do back there? You should stay here.” I was very homesick for the country. I had a house with animals— goats, chickens, cows. I don’t miss it much now. My sister is there, and sometimes I call her, but nobody is in my home, and no one is working the field.

Petra, a native of Mexico, passes the afternoon embroidering flower designs onto yards of white fabric, keeping one eye on the needle and the other on the bubbling soup; the eyes in the back of her head are trained on her grandchildren, who are playing among the flush of pepper plants that frames Petra’s patio. On an average day, when stormy skies aren’t busy ending weeks of drought, the stone circular tables outside Petra’s home are piled high with drying chiles. A note: Petra enjoyed her interview for Everyday People, but as our meeting wrapped up she requested some anonymity as far as her picture and last name are concerned. She worried her neighbors wouldn’t understand why she was in the paper. They might think she’d done something wrong. She did agree to a sketch, so Flagpole asked local artist Eleanor Davis to make an illustration to replace the usual photograph. This interview was conducted with the help of a translator. Flagpole: What’s your secret to growing peppers? Petra: This year, I would’ve grown from seeds, but the winter left so late, so I just bought the plants. I make small beds, but thick with dirt. The week after I move the plants in, I add some plant food. It’s the same process for all the plants, even watermelon. I would just make the hole a bit deeper.

FP: Why did your family want to come here? P: My children came before my husband died, and they wanted us to come, but he didn’t. But when my husband died, my kids came to get me… you know young people… people told them they can come to [the U.S.] and make a lot of money… they have illusions, dreams… they can buy whatever they want: cars, dress in fancy ways. And that’s the reason… they build dreams in their head. I have three daughters. Two are here, and the oldest is in Mexico. She has a husband, and they grow guava.







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FP: What do you like about this community? P: Not much. I don’t work. I’m only here for my family. I’d go, but I fear that they’d follow me home. Their families are here; they have to work for their families; it’s better for them here. FP: Do you get out into the city very often? P: I don’t know the language, so I have nothing to do out there. André Gallant



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