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pub notes Off the Wall You are on one side of a high wall; I’m on the other. From my side I can only see what has happened up to Friday evening, Oct. 29. You, on the other side, can see everything that has happened since. You know how the Georgia-Florida game turned out. (That pass!) You’re remembering the fun of Halloween and how Wild Rumpus ruled. And you’re still amazed at the way Charlie Maddox found his groove the very last weekend and came from behind to squeeze into the runoff. I, on the other hand, stuck on my side of the wall, chained to Flagpole’s publication schedule, am forced to write this column well before election day. Over here on this side, everybody (except Charlie) is still saying that it will be a runoff between Nancy and Gwen. Nobody sees how there could be any other outcome. People are still wondering if Spencer got a bump from Heidi’s endorsement and whether all his media spending could possibly push him past Gwen and into the runoff. Everybody at least agrees that Glenn is a great guy who has conducted himself during this campaign in a way that promises he has a future in Athens-Clarke County politics. But the runoff: did it happen? Are you looking at a Nancy and Gwen head-to-head contest? I’ll assume you are, even though I may be wrong, because that’s all we can see on this side of the wall. And if I am wrong, if Spencer won it handsdown, well, then, you can turn the page and proceed to City Dope and Dave Marr’s inside-the-bypass knowledge of what’s what and who’s who and what it all means and who cares. You see how difficult this kind of punditry is; you’ve got to understand that I am stuck on the other side of the wall, trying to write blind, still obsessed with an election that is already past for you. So, again I say, bear with me, or enjoy watching me swing blindfolded at the political piñata. So, Nancy and Gwen are still standing: how does it play out from here? Will Spencer and Charlie and Glenn endorse? If Spencer endorses, does that mean Heidi does, too? Do endorsements swing any votes? Can Charlie swing African-American votes to Nancy? Can Charlie Republican voters away …enjoy watching me pull from Nancy? How did Nancy get all swing blindfolded at those Republican voters, anythe political piñata. way? Whoa! I know a lot of Democrats support Nancy, but what is it about Nancy that brings in the Republicans and the more conservative voters? As a minor pundit, I am interested in the process. It’s like a baseball game. Signs and signals are passed that I don’t see, and then the Republicans know that Nancy is their candidate. Why not Charlie again this time? Why not Spencer? Why not Gwen, for that matter? I mean, here you’ve got a woman who was up to her elbows putting together this government that the Chamber of Commerce had pushed for 20 years to get before they finally got the county and the city unified. They were surprised when Gwen turned out to be the head of their new government, but she went through the long, messy process of joining the two formerly antagonistic governments into one. Night after night until 3 a.m. they worked, and Gwen led us through it and proved to be a fiscally conservative mayor who had the tenacity to lead a fractious commission and a staff overwhelmed with the thousand details of the new government. Why no thanks from the conservatives? From the Republicans who like to imagine themselves conservative, why no respect? Why is it liberal or progressive to get up under the hood of this government that the Chamber of Commerce pushed for and change out its engine and make it street legal for modern competition? Why, for that matter, is it conservative to be a good tax commissioner, following the laws of the State of Georgia and the Athens-Clarke County government? I mean, Nancy is a Democrat, for crying out loud! What is it about her that made the Republicans say, “She’s the one for us?” Dunno. All I know is that if this column isn’t completely off the wall, we’ve got another whole month of campaigning (until Nov. 30!) and we’ve got another one of those familiar struggles in our town where we fight to elect somebody who can lead our progressive commission that’s itching to get stuff done with a mayor who knows how to make this government work. I still say that’s Gwen. Pete McCommons editor@flagpole.com

THIS WEEK’S ISSUE: News & Features City Dope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Athens News and Views

The election may be over—mostly—but the Dope keeps flowing. So does the Krazy from Paul Broun, Jr.!

Behind the Rail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 An Inside Take on Local Issues

Andy Herod and Doug Lowry look at the potential redevelopment of the Willowood shopping center.

Arts & Events Art Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 OCAF Delivers

OCAF’s “Repercussions” offers a great sampling of Lyndon Tewksbury and Eric Simmons’ varied skill sets.

Dog Ear Books . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Taking a Page from Madison

Bookstore owner Jon Tonge opened Dog Ear Books last week, creating another “third space” downtown.

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Music Dead Dog . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Snotty Punk Finds Its Home in Athens

Local punk rockers release digital/cassette album Don’t Touch Me.

Man or Astroman? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Sweet Home Planet X

Acknowledged by their heroes, heckled by themselves.

LETTERS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 CITY DOPE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 CITY PAGES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 BEHIND THE RAIL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 CAPITOL IMPACT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 ATHENS RISING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 ART NOTES. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 DOG EAR BOOKS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 ROLLERGIRLS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 MOVIE DOPE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 MOVIE PICK. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 FILM NOTEBOOK. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 THREATS & PROMISES. . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

MAN OR ASTROMAN?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 DEAD DOG. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 ADAM KLEIN. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 OK GO. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 RECORD REVIEWS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 THE CALENDAR!. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 BULLETIN BOARD. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 ART AROUND TOWN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 COMICS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 REALITY CHECK. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 CLASSIFIEDS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 LT. DAN CHOI, PT. 1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

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to see exercised by anyone serving on the commission. Bowtie or necktie, his presence behind the rail is one that this commish-ophile will miss. Hopefully, you can get another column out of him before the year is done. Ben Emanuel Athens

The answer to the pipeline story header written by John Huie: “Are Gas Pipelines Potential Hazards in Athens-Clarke?” [City Pages, Oct. 6] is, unequivocally: yes! Colonial and Plantation pipelines are both old, decaying and leaking. For the poor souls who live near one or both and in some cases on these pipelines, as in the Whitehead Road area of Athens, their exposure to benzine is probPete!!!!! Calm down! [Pub Notes, Sept. 8] Have a cold one or two or three. The truth is ably off the chart from the many leaks. Can you say collateral damage? Colonial Pipeline, we are all in the balcony looking at the fools the world’s biggest oil carrier with the worst and bigots in D.C. ruin the country. And guess environmental record, is in such bad shape what, Pete? It is the black folk, the white the whole pipeline was declared a “hazardfolk, the red folk and the yellow folk suffering. Instead of To ous facility” in 1997 by the National Kill a Mockingbird, it Transportation Safety is To Kill a Country. BUMPERSTICKER OF THE WEEK: Board—the entire The Democrats and pipeline. Colonial’s the Republicans are nightmarish environall doing a first-class mental record is only job of it, too. Instead matched by its total of getting this upset Send your sticker sightings to disdain for all the about a movie, you letters@flagpole.com. people it has made might want to put sick and screwed. some quality time “Its trail of into worrying about tears” journey of breaking laws and screwing what do we do when the food lines start? And people seems destined to never end. The U.S. by the way, don’t count on the ever-failing empire in D.C. to give a damn about us, okay? Government had to finally step in and sue Clarke Williams them in 2000-01 to stop the pillaging. Watkinsville Why do they do it, Wally? Well, the oil lobbies write the environmental laws which are few to none, Beaver. When common folks have problems, our local, state and, especially, regional politicians won’t help because they “Miss Me Yet?” are bootlicks to the oil companies and oil No, I don’t. Absolutely fucking not. I never lobbies and must keep receiving their specialwill. interest PAC monies to run for re-election. The Saw that bumper sticker again on an SUV local fire chief’s concerns are very real and careening down Broad Street, spare tire on the well founded. God help our fire crews if the front rim and the windows down in 90 degree tank farm does catch fire from a spark/ lightheat. Another reptile voting against their ing/ God, whatever. Having to depend on the best interests, harboring the unrealistic belief pipeline companies for advice and oversight they, too, will be rich and able to squash the makes about as much sense as an ashtray on little folks. How about first coming to grips a motorcycle. See BP’s advice and oversight with the reality the Earth is round and that plans for their Gulf of Mexico and recent your daddy in heaven can’t help you win a $2 Alaskan spills. Oh yeah, Colonial Pipeline scratch-off lotto ticket bought with the money until 2003 was part-owned by BP. Any more you should have fixed your tire with. Every questions on quality control? Thanks for raistime I see a picture of the smiling chimp waving this very serious issue that no one thinks ing back at me with the caption of “Miss me about until their property is contaminated or they become sick. The bad news is that will be yet?” my mind retreats to the visual image of caskets draped with American flags: dead just the beginning of much more bad news. Richard A. Bennett fathers, mothers, son and daughters killed Athens and maimed because of a Lie. Miss me yet, you ask? What I miss is the nation I knew before this clown bankrupted us and he and his cabal escaped justice and into the night like a pack of smiling carpetbaggers. District 5 Commissioner David Lynn Miss me yet? No, I don’t, but you’re defisounded a weighty and understandably bittersweet note at the close of his “Behind the nitely missing your sanity. John Fields Rail” column in your Sept. 1 issue. Perhaps, then, it’s appropriate now to go ahead and Athens acknowledge the caliber of David’s service on the Athens-Clarke County Commission. As one who enjoyed the chance to get to know David and his point of view through my past job working news at Flagpole, I’d like to make note [André Gallant’s “Everyday People” is a] publicly of his conscientious, intelligent and great series—what a wonderful idea to chamopen approach to the work of holding local pion folks who just do their jobs, live their elected office. Even if, as it seems, I’ve tended lives, and rarely get any attention for their to disagree with a somewhat larger (though everyday kindnesses and good work. Nice to probably not large) proportion of his votes in see people like this elevated. Good job, André! recent months, David’s clear-headed and articVirginia Maxfield ulate method is one we should always hope Online comment

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Time’s Relentless Oppression: If you’ve turned here looking for some Dopey divination of the outcomes of Tuesday’s elections to go along with Pete’s pensive prognostications (Pub Notes-tications?), you’ll be disappointed—but then, you’re used to that. Tell you what: if you’ve picked this up early Tuesday evening, haul it over to the Normal Bar (or, if you’re not feeling social, the Beyond the Trestle link at Flagpole.com), where BTT and yours truly are whiling away Election Night, and all will be revealed to us together.

because Batson-Cook, the Atlanta developer that’s partnering with Athens-Clarke County on a new mixed-use parking deck that will also include retail and office space, has finally completed its financing agreement and work on the deck has begun. Now that that’s settled, let’s start talking about what businesses to bring in there: the Dope, for one, is sick of driving out to the mall every time he needs to hit Spencer’s for beer pong essentials. Attention, Scofflaws: If you’ve been waiting for just the right mood to strike you before clearing up that outstanding contempt warrant, perhaps this will provide some inspiration: the ACC Municipal Court has declared November “Amnesty Month,” and will accept payment for overdue tickets for the amount of the citation itself, waiving any late fees and warrant fees. Just drop by the first floor of the courthouse at 325 E. Washington

A “Shocking” Revelation: Speaking of elections, NPR reported a story last week (available at www.npr.org/templates/story/story. php?storyId=130833741) that should be of note in a state where anti-immigrant fervor has been wielded like a club by right-wing candidates to solidify their all-but-assured victories. Seems Senate Bill 1070—the draconian, probably unconstitutional Arizona immigration law that Republicans in Georgia and other states may now be poised and emboldened to emulate—was drafted last December at a meeting of an exclusive, “free-market oriented, limited-government” organization of state legislators, corporations and interest groups called the American Legislative Exchange Council. One of the group’s members, whose representatives were among “50 or so” present at Did a final Friday happy hour campaign swing through the downtown the December meeting, is the bars help push Gwen O’Looney over the top and into a mayoral runoff? Corrections Corporation of Let’s just call this another instance of you knowing more than the Dope. America, the biggest private prison company in the U.S. So the biggest player in an industry that stands St. any Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday in to profit enormously from a law that ensures November with cash, Visa or MasterCard, a the locking up of thousands of people gets certified check or money order (no personal to help write that law, in a secret meeting. checks will be accepted), or you can contact Gotta love that grass-roots, Tea Party activthe office of Judge Leslie Spornberger Jones ism—can’t wait to get some more of it here. if you have any questions. The amnesty is an attempt to collect unpaid fines and clear the Deck on Deck: If you were downtown late last docket of old cases for offenses like traffic vioweek, you probably noticed the fences around lations, possession of less than an ounce of the half-block surrounding the Georgia Theatre pot, DUI and shoplifting. Now’s your chance! and the workers within them busting up curbs and concrete. That’s Dave Marr news@flagpole.com

Paul Broun, Jr.’s Krazy Korner The Krazy Korner couldn’t be happier about the results of the 10th District congressional election. Let’s face it, “Russell Edwards’ Bilingual Rational Rincon” (or “Russell Edwards’ Boring Box,” I couldn’t decide) wasn’t going to entertain like Broun does. It would only be a matter of time before readership dwindled and the column was replaced by anything funnier than actual helpful legislation being passed. Like a column about paint drying. For instance, last time I introduced Broun: The Home Game!, a Mad Libs-styled game based on Paul Broun, Jr.’s fanciful rhetoric. Fun was had by all, but that sort of fun was going to come to a quick end with two years of Russell Edwards’ measured communication style and reasonable legislative proposals. Consider one of Edwards’ reasonable assessments from the campaign: “Too much of the agenda in Washington is driven by lobbyists for multinational corporations and special interest PACs.” True. But boring. Try to stay awake during this one: “We must honor this contract [with Social Security recipients], and not raise the retirement age or reduce benefits.” Would it have killed him to compare somebody, even Broun himself, to Hitler? Bin Laden, maybe? And how hard is it to race-bait a little? The sort of stuff that writes itself, that’s what I’m looking for. At least Broun has created—and preserved—one job in the 10th District: mine! [Matthew Pulver]


city pages Transit Head Tests New Buses Downtown

McDuffie said he’s not sure if or when Athens Transit would buy any new buses, but he said, “You’ve got to drive them before you buy them.”

Does little old Athens now have big, modDan Lorentz ern, articulated buses as part of its transit fleet? No, at least not yet, but you wouldn’t be crazy for asking that question. If you were downtown last Thursday you might have spotted a sleek extra-long bus with an accordionlike section in the middle tooling around. What you saw was Butch McDuffie, direcWhatever It Takes, the local coalition that tor of Athens Transit, test-driving a 62-foot won a $500,000 federal grant last month to articulated transit bus made by Nova Bus, a develop a plan to significantly boost educaCanadian-based maker of transit buses with a tional achievement and college graduation manufacturing plant in Plattsburgh, NY. rates among low-income students in Athens, The bus can carry up to 112 passengers just hired Erica Gilbertson as its program (seated and standing). The current workhorse director. vehicle in Athens Transit’s fleet is a 40-foot Gilbertson, who moved to Athens last year, bus with a total passenger capacity of about managed a $4 million Bill and Melinda Gates 50. The larger capacity is the reason why Foundation grant to set up six innovative McDuffie was taking public high schools the Nova Bus for a in Sacramento, CA. “We get tons of complaints spin. “We get tons of She’s a former high complaints that our school English teacher that our buses are too buses are too crowded, and has a master’s especially on the in education from crowded, especially on the routes popular with the University of routes popular with students.” Michigan. students,” McDuffie said. “So, we’re taking Gilbertson will help a look at these buses as a possible option for with efforts to draft the Whatever It Takes addressing that in the future.” plan and develop the application for federal The Nova Bus that McDuffie drove would implementation funds. If successful, Whatever cost about $600,000, compared to about It Takes could receive up to $10 million per year for 10 years to run its programs. $400,000 for the 40-footers in the current The Whatever It Takes coalition is spearfleet, but McDuffie said the added passenger headed by Family Connection-Communities in capacity per dollar would mean savings. Schools, a local non-profit agency. UGA’s Campus Transit is also taking a look at the Nova Bus. Atlanta already uses the Dan Lorentz buses in its fleet.

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behind the rail An Inside Take on Local Issues One of the most significant challenges we face here in Athens is what to do about older shopping centers which may have thrived in the past but which are now on a downward spiral or perhaps have been abandoned by their former tenants. Although there are several such spots across the county, the one with which we have been most involved is the Willowood shopping center, which sits at the intersection of Lexington and Gaines School roads and which was once the home to a Winn-Dixie supermarket and Roses. For the past two years or so, we have been working with the property owners, Trey and Chuck Wallace, and their local partner, John Stamm, to encourage the redevelopment of this shopping center into a location for a DeKalb-style world market/ farmers’ market. (John Stamm has been involved in building the new Walgreens pharmacy that sits cattycorner to Willowood.) Additional types of activities which we feel would fit in with such a concept are space for artists and arts and crafts producers, in which they could work and display their products, as well as a community kitchen where small-scale entrepreneurs like cake-bakers or jam-makers could rent commercial kitchen space to be able to make their products. The goal is to create a regional attraction which would not only provide employment here in Athens, but also help improve that corner and bring tax dollars into Athens and the region. The close proximity of the Athens airport makes this an ideal location for such a venture, as it would allow foods, spices and other goods for such a world market to be easily flown into our community. The property owners themselves are very interested in this idea, as they have an affinity for Athens. They have already invested some considerable sums in providing schematic drawings of what the renovated center might look like. Much of the now desolate-looking parking lot is envisioned to be open grassy areas to be utilized in a number of seasonal and special events. Removing some of the old structure will provide space for a cozy plaza and, with the addition of trees, what is now an unfriendly asphalt parking lot will be a welcoming and open place. Of course, the façade of the existing structure will undergo a face-lift as well. From the beginning, one of the components of our vision for the redevelopment of Willowood has been to include our neighboring counties to encourage greater regional cooperation in the area of economic

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development. To do so, we have been working with Burke Walker, the director of local government services at the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission. Burke has been extremely helpful in helping us to locate sources of possible funding, as well as supplying ideas for partnerships and existing projects to use as models for this concept. Through Burke and the Regional Commission we have met with and discussed this project with officials in Oglethorpe and Madison counties. Because the new center would provide a place for farmers, artists and craftspeople in these two counties to sell their goods, these government officials have responded positively and we hope to keep them involved as we move through the redevelopment process. The Lexington Road corridor is the most important corridor bringing people into ACC from the east and is one of the most important corridors in the county. We believe this entrance to our county is so important because much of the property along Lexington Road is currently for sale. There are several spots along it which are ripe for improvement and, as elected officials, we see a genuine opportunity to steer development along the lines of what we believe should be the direction for this area. We believe that a redeveloped Willowood that is a regional destination for people seeking high-quality, hand-made products, international and locally grown fruits and vegetables, as well as an exciting venue for artists and performers to display their work and skills, will set the tone for the type of development that will be most beneficial not only for our county, but for our region as well. Although there is still much work to be done to see this vision materialize, we believe that the refurbishing of Willowood is very important for the Eastside of Athens and is one element in a larger effort to revitalize this whole corridor. In particular, we both believe that the county’s public investment along this corridor, through locating the tennis center (funded under the 2005 SPLOST program) in Southeast Clarke Park and building the Parkand-Ride facility at the intersection of the loop, will help to attract private investment dollars into this area, improving both the corridor’s visual look but also, more importantly, helping to generate jobs and income. Andy Herod & Doug Lowry Andy Herod and Doug Lowry are the Athens-Clarke County commissioners for Districts 8 and 1, respectively.

This has been one of the dreariest election years ever. Unhappy voters were made even grumpier by a flood of negative TV commercials. The Republican Governors Association spent nearly $6 million to produce and buy air time for attack ads aimed at Roy Barnes. That’s almost as much money as Nathan Deal reported raising in his last campaign disclosure report. Even in the muck and mire of this campaign cycle, there have been some developments that are worthy of a compliment. I don’t recall a governor’s race where the two major candidates participated in as many debates as Deal and Barnes have. They have gone head-to-head in these confrontations more than 10 times. We’ve never had that many debates in a governor’s race in recent history and I doubt that we ever will again. I commend both candidates for having the fortitude to show up and make their case in such adversarial settings. We’ve also seen an unusual degree of transparency on the part of some candidates. Barnes back in May released volumes of paper documenting his tax returns and personal financial information covering the past 25 years. He laid it all out there for the media and any interested voters to scrutinize. Deal did provide some information about his financial history, but he was not as open about it as Barnes was. The Deal campaign released summary information covering 28 years of tax returns, but did not provide the backup schedules and explanatory forms that Barnes did. Consider Deal’s fragmented tax information that he provided for 2007. He reported total income of $205,433 but paid only $2,068 in federal taxes—his federal taxes amounted to just 1 percent of his total income. Speaking from my own experience, I can tell you that my yearly income is a lot less than $205,000, but I pay a lot more than

1 percent of it in taxes. How was Deal able to do this? It’s an explanation we never got because his campaign declined to provide the backup information. It’s good that Deal at least disclosed some of the financial information about himself, but he should have provided a lot more. Another lesson learned from the campaign is that we need to be more watchful of our judicial system. The Deal campaign strongly criticized Barnes because he, or someone from his law firm, had appeared 37 times before judges he appointed while Barnes was governor. It is not illegal for an attorney to practice law and a judge is not necessarily crooked because he handles a case involving the man who appointed him. One of the judges Barnes appeared before was Jason Deal, the son of Nathan Deal. Barnes originally appointed the younger Deal to a judicial system job. I don’t think it would have been fair to characterize Jason Deal as a corrupt judge. These courtroom appearances do raise questions of fairness and impartiality, however. The General Assembly should pass a law next session to require judges in future situations to excuse themselves from handling cases involving the person who appointed them to the bench. That new law should also be written to apply to Supreme Court justices who are running for reelection, such as David Nahmias. Nahmias is considering an important case involving charter schools in which his own campaign chairman, Mike Bowers, is representing one of the parties to the appeal. Ethically speaking, Justice Nahmias should not be involved in the ruling on that case. It was a messy governor’s race, to be sure. But if we can get some reforms out of it like the ones mentioned above, it will have accomplished something. Tom Crawford tcrawford@gareport.com


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The arrival of Trader Joe’s re-sparks dreams of a real neighborhood grocery. specialty store—and not because it’s a traditional grocery, despite the interior store design effects—when I’m there I’ll be thinking about what’s missing from my neighborhood: a full-service grocery store I can walk to. A Grocery Store Dream: When my wife and I came to Athens about three years ago, we fell in love with Boulevard and its proximity to downtown from the start and bought a house located in the middle of the neighborhood on Lyndon Avenue. But almost as soon as we finished moving in, I started dreaming of a neighborhood grocery store. In every other city we’ve lived in, we’ve been able to walk to a decent-sized grocery store—and I had gotten accustomed to that. So I began daydreaming of a grocery store. I found a great location for one just a block from my house in a big parking lot at the corner of Chase Street and Dubose Avenue—kittycorner from Chase Street Elementary School. And it had a name: Green Thrift Grocery. While it would be a small-format store— just 10,000 square feet (considerably smaller than, say, the 50,000-plus-square-foot Kroger on Alps Road)—it would be full-service. At Green Thrift, you’d be able to get fresh, locally grown foods in season and pretty much everything else a conventional store has to offer (even if there’d be slightly fewer choices), including beer and wine. The store would have a street-facing coffee shop area where you could visit with neighbors. Green Thrift would allow neighborhood customers to roll grocery carts home and have them retrieved by the store. (In my dream, the carts had inflated tires and a simple suspension system to make them easy to steer and less noisy.) And the prices would be low, the store clerks competent and friendly…

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OCAF Delivers Excess and Restraint: Currently on display at the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation (OCAF) in Watkinsville is the twoman exhibition “Repercussions,” featuring the work of “longtime Athens residents” Eric Simmons and Lyndon Tewksbury. The show, which blends methods of painting, drawing and collage, offers a healthy sampling of both artists’ considerable and varied skill sets and works that are as intimate and compelling as they are mysterious. The small space is evenly divided between the two, although Lyndon Tewksbury’s maniacally hatched and repainted abstractions resound loudly against the other, more restrained pieces. Working primarily in earth tones, the surfaces of Tewksbury’s paintings build themselves up increasingly higher and higher, drawn together by the imagined, impossible architecture of mark that comprises each picture. Architecture seems to be a recurring motif with Tewksbury, as his collection of detailed ink drawings renders public and private spaces from a variety of angles and configurations. In fact, they’re so quiet that it’s hard to believe the same man who drew these drawings also painted these paintings. Eric Simmons’ mixed-media pieces combine unexpected elements with unexpected grace. Nestled within Simmons’ alternately whirling and flat planes of oil paint are delicately lifted reproductions of engravings, gently composed to create hilarious and tender characters inhabiting unstable and layered scenarios. My favorite, “Two if by Sea,” stacks and dissolves itself before the viewer, the central form suggesting a precarious structure and impossible machinery, while an anonymous figure watches from the upper left. Simmons’ use of collage is considered, spare, and works surprisingly well, with his works edging more towards Surrealism and absurdity than craftiness or kitsch. I can’t wait to see what he does next. On view until Nov. 20.

28) watches gallery visitors, strangely neon and somehow melancholy. On view until Nov. 9. Empty Wall Space?: Also up at Lamar Dodd is the “Third Annual MFA Auction,” which benefits the 2011 class of Masters of Fine Arts Candidates. The auction consists of two segments: first, until Nov. 9, all donated work is on display for viewers and passersby to place silent bids on the pieces; following that, the most hotly contested items will make their way to the live auction, which will be held at Little King’s Shuffle Club on Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. There, the real fun starts as the beers flow and pursestrings loosen, and friends become

Teeny Tiny: One gallery over at OCAF houses “Georgia Small Works,” a gigantic show of dinky artwork. With strict specifications to include only works under 14” in any direction, OCAF’s large, main gallery space is currently host to Eric Simmons’ mixed-media work “Two if by Sea” is on view at OCAF until Nov. 20. hundreds of small pieces. There’s something for everyone, folks: ceramics, jewelry, paintings (and more paintings!), metal enemies and enemies, friends. Last year’s auction, held at The sculpture, silk-dyed fabric, you name it. Due to the large numGlobe, was a hilarious good time where much great art was ber of works (and what must have been an even larger number seen and purchased, and everyone went home happy. This year of submissions), the idea is clearly popular. Maybe it will promises to be no different and, possibly, bigger and better. become an annual event (?). On view until Nov. 12. But no need to wait for the live auction; get yourselves to Lamar Dodd and start the bidding now. On view on the firstTeacher’s Pets: Last year, the Lamar Dodd School of Art floor atrium and third-floor suite; see it early for the best hosted what was, surprisingly, its first-ever “Juried Student selection. Exhibition.” This year, they’re at it again, and with Saltworks Gallery director Brian Holcombe as the juror, the results are Fast and Fun: Wednesday, Nov. 3 marks the second installsurprisingly different. Filling both of the spacious first- and ment of “6x6,” Athens’ ongoing media arts festival. The guest third-floor galleries, the show is an excellent cross-section of curator for November’s event is local artist Lindsey Klonoski, what’s going on in the school at this moment and what we can whose disquieting black and white videos took home the stuall logically expect to see around Athens in the future. I was dent prize for the first “6x6” series. Returning to the series in particularly struck by the quieter moments in the interdisciplin- her new role, Lindsey has compiled six works on the theme of ary exhibition, which includes kinetic sculpture, video, instal“Consumption.” Always exciting, “6x6” is hosted by Ciné the lation and a host of other media. Danielle Peters’ layered and first Wednesday of every month, and (as always) admission is detailed abstract drawings evoke and update Judy Chicago’s totally free. For more information, scheduling and guidelines iconography, while Phil Jasen’s hand-printed book “Friends” for future submissions, visit http://hexadic.blogspot.com. is as tender, funny and mournful as a book can be. Across the room, Craig Hawkins’ “Box No. 8” (see Bulletin Board on p. Brian Hitselberger arts@flagpole.com


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“My brother is an accountant, so he helps me with all that stuff. And I love books and being around people all day. I don’t know. It all just worked out.” It certainly appears that way. Walking into Dog Ear, there is a pop, a sense of something. Something slightly intangible that goes along with the whole locally owned bookstore ideal. Maybe it’s the smell of new and used books, of printed words on fine pages. Maybe it’s that lovely, quiet buzz—louder than a library hum but softer than a coffeehouse—that goes along with rummaging through shelves to find the perfect reader. Maybe it’s the general idea of staying local, of supporting not only a business owner but a friend. Whatever it is, Dog Ear has it. Tonge seems to understand what it is that people want from local business owner: they want a neighbor, a trusted member of the community, a service provider who, well, provides a service. Tonge gets it, and he delivers it. That much is proven by the hyper-loyal Madison following Tonge has gained since taking over the business there three years ago. Jenny Edwards, a Madison resident, followed Dog Ear to Athens for the grand-opening events. For years, she has been an avid Dog Ear Books shopper at its original Madison location, but when she heard the news that her favorite bookstore was heading to a larger market, she needed to see how—if at all—the store would change. To her pleasure, the shop has held on to its character and charm, despite its new Award-winning author Terry Kay signed copies of his novels at Dog Ear Books’ grand opening. locale. “I love it here,” says Sitting in the front of the store on the first night of fesEdwards. “I’m a librarian, so books are my business. And this tivities, signing copies of his books and meeting with fans, is one of my favorite bookstores of all time. They always just award-winning author and Georgia native Terry Kay raves about have all you need. Athens is lucky to have it.” Athens’ newest bookstore. Already, that same sense of appreciation is developing in “I think I need to give this place… what do you young Tonge’s new Athens crowd. Roaming the shelves of the “mature kids call it? A shout out,” Kay says, smiling through his scruffy and experienced” (AKA used) book section, shopper Drew white beard. “Now, I don’t know exactly what that means, but I Weing notes the extensive and impressive collection of the know it’s a good thing and I know this place deserves it. Those store. big-box bookstores have all but brought the small book busi“I am really surprised by how far back this place goes,” ness to its knees. We need more locally owned bookstores. We Weing says. “It’s got a lot more than I expected. I just kinda just do. And now, voila! Athens has one.” came in on a whim, and I have found a lot of great stuff. A lot In relocating his shop from Madison to the Classic City, of great stuff that isn’t as pricey as other bookstores, too. I’ll Tonge is seeking to fill this gap in the local reading scene. be back.” Although Athens has a few used bookstores and a share of During his three-day opening extravaganza, Tonge intromainstream bargain book houses, there is no truly local, new duced Athens to what he hopes becomes a long-term relationand used bookstore, Tonge says. ship. Because, he says, he is not merely opening a new store “There needs to be an independent, locally owned book downtown. Yes, Tonge has given Athens a new bookstore. store here,” Tonge says. “Like a lot of people in Athens, I’ve But he is trying for something more. He is hoping to crealways been an avid reader, and I have always been a supate a home where organizations, book clubs, families and porter of local operations. 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me to sign their jeans before and I’m like, ‘Is that OK with your mom?’” says blocker Morgan “Axtual Malice” Felts. The popularity of roller derby has seen an increase since the release of Drew Barrymore’s film, Whip It, last year. It featured Ellen Page as a 17-year-old unlikely rollergirl who blossomed on a team of quirky women. After the movie’s popularity hit its peak, the Classic City Rollergirls experienced a revitalization of roller derby hype. The team had previously hosted “boot camps” for interested girls twice a year to teach basic skills, but soon had so many prospective skaters that they began accepting girls year-round. Cooper felt encouraged to try out for the team after seeing Whip It, and noticed a similar enthusiasm in fans. “I think that because of the movie Whip It, it’s a whole new world to people. When I came to my first bout, even though I’d seen the movie, I wasn’t prepared for how fast-paced it was or the alter-egos people take, since they didn’t really focus on that in the movie,” says Cooper. “I think that’s half the reason people come… to see girls who, like me, are smiley and nice and like everyone, legitimately, and then hit other girls and get really mean and sassy sometimes.”

announcement was made for the third time that evening: Please keep children out of the first two rows. Those of you sitting there will most likely have a rollergirl in your lap this evening. The Classic City Rollergirls skated around the track, separating from the group one by one as their names were called: Moshya Brady, Rita Bandita, Chimera and Axtual Malice were among those who greeted the packed house, dressed like hellish ballerinas. The Sept. 18 bout against the Chattanooga Roller Girls began, the crowd’s excitement fueling the skaters as they darted around the track. The women seen smiling and laughing before the bout were suddenly crouched, throwing their shoulders brutally into their baby-blue clad opponents.

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rules of roller derby are simple: For every two-minute “jam,” each team has a pack made up of four skaters (three blockers and one pivot) and a jammer. The jammers, marked with starred helmets, attempt to score points by breaking through the pack, while the blockers work to move their jammer through and block the opposing team’s jammer. Once the jammer breaks through once, she laps the pack and skates through a second time, scoring points for every member of the opposing team she passes. “You get hit by a lot of people, and when you’re jammer you’ve got a big star on your helmet and there’s no missing you,” says Erin “Rita Bandita” Cooper, a lead jammer and blocker. “But it’s one of those things where you learn how to predict it and get out of the way, or you hit back, which is always a lot of fun and what I enjoy.” The hits continued with the bout and skaters went flying into the crowd or created pile-ups on the track while the jammers broke though, bouncing their hands off their hips to signal points to the ref. While Cooper was enthusiastic about hits, not all the Rollergirls were ready for the intensity that comes with a bout. “Newbie nerves kinda got to me in the beginning, and I got knocked down quite a few times,” says Gretchen “Wretched Gretchen” Eggiman, a blocker, of her first-ever bout. “But after half-time I was like, ‘All right, Gretchen, it’s do or die, they’re either going to hit you or you have to hit them. And it’s gonna hurt.’ And I knew that; I was just scared and nervous… But it

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went really well, and it was really fun, and towards the end of it I had some pretty good blocks and hits in there.” The Classic City Rollergirls walked away from the September bout with a 142-95 win and further enhanced celebrity status. Skate-A-Round USA could barely hold the 800-plus fans of the team and slowly emptied only after people took pictures and received autographs from the exhausted skaters. “Sometimes it feels like we’re famous; kids are really fun about it—they’ll ask you for autographs. Some kids have asked

isn’t only fans of Whip It who attend the Rollergirls’ bouts—UGA football fans move from Sanford Stadium to the roller rink on home game Saturdays to maintain the competitive atmosphere. “The fact that it is a competitive sport and being in a college football town, you already have a lot of team mentality, and I think that even though we’re not affiliated with the university, we still get a lot of that crowd bringing that hype to our bouts,” says Eggiman. The skaters are proud to advertise their league around town. For Eggiman and Cooper, both students at UGA, enthusiastic announcements of upcoming roller derby events have led to questions from their classmates. “It is definitely a double life, especially when you tell people, ‘Hey, support your local roller derby team,’ and they’re like, ‘Wait, you’re a Rollergirl? Don’t you have to be pretty badass to do that?’” says Eggiman, who is currently finishing her master’s degree in archeology. Rollergirls’ alter-egos start with their derby names—a trademark of the roller derby sport and a key intimidation


factor—and can become even clearer after particularly aggressive bouts. Cooper, who tutors kindergartners as her day-job, says an injury she sustained in the September bout surprised her co-workers. “I had a black eye from our last bout and I came in and all my kids were so freaked out and my supervisor was like, ‘What happened to you?’” says Cooper, laughing. “It can get kind of awkward to walk around school with a black eye.” For Felts, the rollergirl persona outside the rink is exciting, but it took time for her to truly engage with her fierce alterego when it came to hits during bouts and scrimmages. “It was hard for me to hit people hard, especially when they’re not paying attention, but that’s kind of my job, being a blocker, to see those people who aren’t being effective and use it against them,” says Felts. “When someone’s got their head in the other direction and I know I’m about to lay them out, I feel a little bad about it, but I just had to learn that people out here expect hard hits. It’s just part of the game.”

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team strives to create a comfortable learning environment for new and experienced skaters to master blocking, hits and basic skills. Now that new girls are accepted at any time, practices demand patience and understanding from the team as a whole. “(Practice) can be a little innovative sometimes to make sure that everyone’s included and learning, because you don’t want to make it too easy for your skaters that are well-skilled, you want them to be able to get a good practice, but you also don’t want to make it so hard that your newer people aren’t effectively learning,” says Felts. “A lot of times we try to do some stuff together, like warm-ups, and then we’ll kind of split practice. Then it just takes patience and understanding and realizing that we’ve all been there.” As a sport, roller derby gauges experience by skill sets in which skaters must show proficiency before they can scrimmage or compete in bouts, based on the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association standards and rules. Level One includes falls, stops and striding, the basics of skating, while Level Two is focused on endurance and includes hitting, bumping and what is now the signature roller derby move: whipping. Once a skater has moved on to Level Three, the focus is set on scrimmaging and becoming “bout-ready.” “Normally, it’s three to six months that you don’t scrimmage, and then when you start scrimmaging, they start you off at 50 percent, which is bumping, passive blocking or booty blocking, which is basically when we stick our butts way out there to stop someone. Then you go to 100 percent, when you can prove that you’re safe for your team and for yourself. One hundred percent is, basically, we can do anything to you that’s within the confines of the rules,” says Cooper. During the three to six months, the new girls—called “fresh meat” by the vets—are training; they’re also working to find a niche in the group. Although many skaters are recruited by friends, the world of roller derby—on and off the track—can be intimidating to a newbie. “A lot of them didn’t know me and I didn’t know them, and they were already such a close group of girls that I was afraid of stepping on toes and coming into other people’s territories,” says Eggiman. “But they accepted me; they accepted everyone. It’s just an awesome group of friends, and I know they’ll be around for the long haul. It keeps me coming back—no matter how stressed out I get, I try to make this a top priority.” The team dynamic is an unusual one, as these women vary in age and experience. While one may be worried about completing her thesis, another may be concerned about getting home to her children. The connections made on the team have encouraged Cooper to incorporate roller derby into her future plans. “I actually hope to be doing this for a really long time, or at least until my knees just fall off, which I don’t think will happen for a long time,” says Cooper. “Anywhere I move, if I leave Athens, I will definitely be able to find a roller derby team, or start one.”

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Classic City Rollergirls have their last home bout of the year on Saturday, Nov. 6 and hope to have the same enthusiasm from the crowd as their September bout. While the Rollergirls may be intimidating on the track, the excitement of their bouts encourages new girls to join. “Some of the skaters that are [at practice] I saw at open skate, and one of the girls was just trying to skate in a circle,” says Felts. “I told her, ‘Pick up your foot; it’ll help you.’ She looks at me like I’m crazy and I’m like, ‘I’m serious; trust me.’ And she was like, ‘I just want to get good enough to go try out for roller derby.’ I told her, ‘Well, I’m on the team, so you should come check out our practices. And pick your foot up.’”

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movie dope Some releases may not be showing locally this week. 127 HOURS (R) Academy Award winner Danny Boyle’s newest film is based on the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston (the increasingly interesting James Franco), who resorts to doing anything to survive after he is trapped under a boulder. For five days, he lies trapped before summoning the courage and will to scale a 65-foot wall and hike eight miles to be rescued. Think Cast Away except James Franco a lot more desperate than Tom Hanks. With Lizzy Caplan, Kate Mara, Amber Tamblyn and Treat Williams. AFTERSHOCK (NR) This Chinese domestic smash (it is China’s highest grossing locally made film) chronicles the 1976 earthquake in Tangshan that claimed 240,000 lives. Director Xiaogang Feng has won several international awards, including one from the Venice Film Festival, for his features A Sign, A World Without Thieves, The Banquet and Assembly. Aftershock is the first major commercial IMAX film shot outside of the United States. The film is also the official Chinese admission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. BOOGIE NIGHTS (R) 1997. Filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson proved he had the touch with this Oscar-nominated dramedy set during the rise and fall of ‘70s pornography. Eddie Adams (Mark Wahlberg) uses his natural gift to transform into Dirk Diggler. But the birth of the home video industry quickly sounded the death knell for the big-screen porn. CATFISH (PG-13) After Nev Schulman has one of his photographs printed in The New York Times, the 20-something New Yorker receives a painting in the mail. Soon, he strikes up a Facebook friendship with the painter, eight-yearold Abby, and her family, including her mom, Angela, and older sister, Megan. Eventually, Nev begins “dating” Megan via texts, Facebook and phone calls. One night Nev, his brother, Ariel, and their pal Henry begin to wonder if something else is going on with Megan. The trio decides to travel to Michigan to get some answers. Everyone, including the audience, is surprised by what they find. COLD PREY (NR) 2006. This Norwegian horror import sounds like

a perfectly chilly way to prepare for the upcoming Halloween. Five friends on a snowboarding vacation are forced to take shelter in an abandoned hotel (hope it’s not the Overlook) after one of them breaks a leg. Unfortunately, there is no more room at this inn, in which a psychopathic someone else already lives. Winner of two Amandas (Best Actress and Public Choice Award) as well as a nomination for the Amanda for Best Film. THE COMPANY MEN (R) TV megaproducer John Wells (“ER,” “The West Wing”) makes his feature film debut with this timely drama. Three men— Bobby Walker, Gene McClary and Phil Woodward (Oscar winners Ben Affleck, Chris Cooper and Tommy Lee Jones)—deal with losing their jobs in the present recession and the effects on their wives, lives and communities. Talk about a cast. Besides the three stars, Kevin Costner, Craig T. Nelson, Maria Bello and Rosemarie Dewitt are also Company Men. CONVICTION (R)Single mother Betty Anne Waters (two-time Academy Award winner Hilary Swank) puts herself through law school in order to get her 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. DUE DATE (R) After the big-time breakthrough of The Hangover, director Todd Phillips (Road Trip) returns with this comedy about a soon-to-be father, Peter Highman (Robert Downey, Jr.), who must hitch a ride with aspiring actor, Ethan Tremblay (Zack Galifinakias), if he wants to make it to his child’s birth on time. Something feels off in the trailer for this seemingly funny comedy. With Michelle Monaghan, Juliette Lewis, Danny McBride, Jamie Foxx, RZA and Alan Arkin. 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

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includes Emma Stone, Stanley Tucci, Patricia Clarkson, Thomas Haden Church, Lisa Kudrow and Malcolm McDowell. EAT PRAY LOVE (PG-13) In this adaptation of the bestseller, Julia Roberts stars as Elizabeth Gilbert, who changes her life after a painful divorce by traveling the world. The involvement of “Nip/Tuck” and “Glee” creator Ryan Murphy, whose only feature credit was the disappointing Running with Scissors, is surprising. Eat Pray Love does not seem like the boundarypushing TV auteur’s thing. FAIR GAME (PG-13) Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity) directs this drama based on the government’s outing of CIA Operative Valerie Plame. Naomi Watts stars as Plame, whose identity was leaked while investigating WMDs in Iraq after her husband, Joseph Wilson (Sean Penn), wrote a 2003 New York Times op-ed piece critical of the Bush administration. With Ty Burrell (so funny on “Modern Family”), Bruce McGill (you’ll know him when you see him), Sam Shepard and Brooke Smith (the awesome reality TV satire Series 7: The Contenders). FLOW (NR) 2008. Irena Salina documents the world’s need and dwindling supply of water in Flow: For Love of Water. Apparently, what we thought to be a natural resource now belongs to a handful of multinational corporations. This Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize nominee won the Festival Award for Best Documentary from the Vail Film Festival. FOR COLORED GIRLS (R) He’s baa-ack. Tyler Perry returns, and he’s brought his Why Did I Get Married star Janet Jackson with him. The lives of several black women intersect at a 12-step program in Perry’s first adaptation of someone else’s work (Ntozake Shange’s 1975 play, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf). It might be interesting to see how (if) Perry converts Shange’s 20-poem structure into a cohesive plot-driven movie. With Anika Noni Rose, Whoopi Goldberg, Thandie Newton, Loretta Devine, Kimberly Elise, Phylicia Rashad and Macy Gray. 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 KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST (R) 2009. The cinematic tale of Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) concludes with this adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s third and final novel. Trapped in the hospital, recovering from life-threatening injuries, Lisbeth and her allies, including Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist), must outwit a secret section of the Swedish government that just wants her dead. The Girl Who Played with Fire director Daniel Alfredson returns. HEREAFTER (PG-13) Clint must be feeling mortal. The sturdy old director’s newest film, a supernatural melodrama (it’s not quite his thing), asks and unsuccessfully tries to answer the eternal query: What happens after we die? Real psychic George Lonegan (Matt Damon) sees his ability to “connect” with people’s dead loved ones as a curse, not a blessing. He has given up

his lucrative practice to drive a forklift. Famous French newscaster Marie Lelay (Cecile De France, High Tension) experiences a near-death experience after a freak tsunami. A poor London lad, Marcus, loses his twin brother, Jason. The lives of these three people eventually intertwine. 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 (The Times of Harvey Milk, Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt, and The Celluloid Closet) and Jeffrey Friedman (The Celluloid Closet) direct their first fiction feature with this combination of live-action and animation. Sounds like a cool film. INCEPTION (PG-13) Mysterious thief Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a mastermind at stealing from your mind. He and his team will forge your dreamscape, infiltrate it and extract whatever valuable secrets you are trying to hide. A perfect summer blockbuster that is also an Oscar contender (for set design and cinematography), the thrillingly original Inception is the cinematic equivalent of an intelligent, bestselling beach-read, well written enough to aspire higher but entertaining enough for mass appeal. INHALE (NR) A young girl (Mia Stallard) needs a double lung transplant, leading her parents, Paul and Diane Stanton (Dermot Mulroney and Diane Kruger), to travel to Juarez, Mexico, where their ethical boundaries will be tested. Icelandic director, seven-time Edda Award winner Baltasar Kormákur, is admired for his 101 Reykjavick and The Sea, not so much for his English language debut, 2005’s A Little Trip to Heaven. 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. I WANT YOUR MONEY (PG) If conservatives really want to combat Michael Moore, they are going to have to find some like-minded filmmakers capable of making better movies than last year’s An American Carol or the new documentary, I Want Your Money. JACKASS 3D (R) Everything I said four years ago in my Jackass Number Two review holds true for Jackass 3D. It’s disgusting, filthy, violent and fracking hilarious. 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. Hoffman, Ortiz and RubinVega all reprise their roles from the stage production. THE LAST EXORCISM (PG-13) Director Daniel Stamm’s film, written by Huck Botko and Andrew Garland, may be horror’s most successful example of how to fake a documentary. The hook is ingenious. Former child minister and exorcist Cotton Marcus (Patrick Fabian) wishes to prove exorcism to be a sham. Enlisting a pair of documentarians, he takes on one last case, 16-year-old Nell Sweetzer (Ashley Bell). After the death of Nell’s mom, her father, Louis (Louis Herthum), withdrew into fundamentalism, homeschooling his daughter and son, Caleb (Caleb Landry Jones), on their isolated Louisiana farm. Now livestock are being killed, and Nell’s clothes are bloody. What else is a fundamentalist farmer to think other than his daughter is possessed? 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. Unfortunately, the film, based on the first three books in Kathryn Lasky’s bestselling children’s series (I made it through one and almost a half of the short books), feels rushed and poorly explained. 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. LIFE DURING WARTIME (R) Controversial filmmaker Todd Solondz returns to his Happiness clan, albeit with all new actors. Convicted pedophile Bill (Ciaran Hinds) is set to be released from prison, while his wife, Trish (Alison Janney) is planning to get remarried. Meanwhile, Trish’s sister, Joy (Shirley Henderson), leaves a wake of secrets and shame while on leave from the correctional institute where she works. MEGAMIND (PG) After Despicable Me, reformed supervillains are all the rage in the animated family-film world. After constantly failing to capture Metro City, courtesy of Metro Man (v. Brad Pitt), the world’s most brilliant villain, Megamind (v. Will Ferrell), starts using his power for good to stop his own creation, Titan (v. Jonah Hill). The guiding presence of Tom McGrath (the disappointing Madagascar and Madagascar 2) does not excite me. Featuring the voices of Tina Fey and David Cross. MONSTERS (R) Monsters envisions a world in which Mexico has become an alien quarantine zone. One man, U.S. journalist Andrew Kaulder (Scoot

McNairy, In Search of a Midnight Kiss), must help tourist Samantha Wynden (Whitney Able, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane) find the safety offered by the U.S. border. Gareth Edwards wrote, directed and shot this buzz-inducing genre flick; the visual effects whiz completed the FX on his laptop. Sounds like Escape from District 9. I’m in. MY TEHRAN FOR SALE (NR) 2009. Terminally ill actress Marzieh (Marzieh Vafamehr) recounts her life while seeking political asylum through an unsympathetic government official. An artist forced underground by the repressive Iranian regime, Marzieh meets an Iranian-born Australian, Saman (Amir Chegini), who promises her a new life together in Adelaide. My Tehran for Sale is the first feature by poet-turnedfilmmaker Granaz Moussavi. THE NIGHT OF TRUTH (NR) 2004. Mirroring the political strife and genocide in contemporary Sub-Saharan Africa, this film opens as preparations are being made to end a decade of civil war in a fictitious West African country. Part of the Global Lens Film Series. NOWHERE BOY (R) From his childhood in Liverpool with his Aunt Mimi (Kristin Scott Thomas) and estranged mother (Anne-Marie Duff) to the founding of the Quarrymen, the early life of John Lennon is chronicled in this biopic. In the pivotal lead role, Aaron Johnson will show whether he can do anything besides Kick-Ass. The feature debut of director Sam Taylor Wood was nominated for two BAFTAs. With Thomas Sangster (Love Actually) and David “That’s not Liam Neeson, is it?” Morrissey. THE OTHER GUYS (PG-13) The newest comedy from star Ferrell and his Funny or Die partner, writer-director Adam McKay (Anchorman, Talladega Nights, Step Brothers), The Other Guys has a more singular focus than the last successful cop movie parody, 2007’s Hot Fuzz. Allen Gamble (Will Ferrell) and Terry Hoitz (Mark Wahlberg) are two desk jockeys overshadowed by New York City’s movie supercop duo of Danson and Highsmith (Dwayne Johnson and Samuel L. Jackson). When Danson and Highsmith are suddenly sidelined, Gamble and Hoitz fill the void, going after rogue financier David Ershon (Steve Coogan). PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2 (R) Katie’s back. Does it matter what this sequel to Oren Peli’s tiny budgeted fall blockbuster is about, so long as the movie is as chilly as the teaser? What worries me most is how you justify another found footage supernatural thriller without completely ripping off the original or coming off as horribly forced structurally. RED (PG-13) Retired black ops agent Frank Moses (Willis) is classified RED—Retired, Extremely Dangerous. To survive, he goes on the road, picking up his former teammates, all of whom have also been declared RED due to a mysterious early-’80s operation in Guatemala. With the help of cancer-stricken Joe Matheson (Freeman), lunatic Marvin Boggs (Malkovich), wetworks-specialist-turned-Martha-Stewart Victoria (Mirren) and Frank’s new girlfriend, Social Security flunkie Sarah (MaryLouise Parker), Frank must outwit his pseudo-replacement, William Cooper (Karl Urban), and figure out who wants him dead. A good old, lighthearted romp of PG-13 violence and explosions. REEL INJUN (NR) 2009. Neil Diamond (not that super-awesome one), Catherine Bainbridge and Jeremiah Hayes directed this documentary account of the depiction of Native Americans on film. Culling footage from the silent era through today, Reel Injun shows the evolution of the cinematic Indian. Featuring interviews with Adam Beach, Clint Eastwood,


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wholly terrible thing. I enjoyed the first two dance movies. In the third, comic relief Moose (Adam G. Sevani) gets left in Paris after an international dance competition. Of course, he enters the underground street scene just in time for their contest, for which he enlists some of his stateside pals. 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, and the writer of Junebug, Angus MacLachlan, on board, this B-movie thriller sounds like something that typically airs late on premium cable. With Frances Conroy (“Six Feet Under”) as another put-upon wife. 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. Terrific performances (though Hamm is a bit stiff and too chivalrous for a G-douche) and tremendous direction from Affleck (he obviously paid attention during the filming

of Reindeer Games with the legendary John Frankenheimer) highlight the best film Hollywood has offered to mature adults in months. 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. YOU WILL MEET A TALL DARK STRANGER (R) Woody Allen’s first movie since he left New York for London, You Will Meet... concerns the marital woes of two couples: writer Roy (Josh Brolin) and Sally (Naomi Watts) and Sally‘s parents, Alfie (Anthony Hopkins) and Helena (Gemma Jones). Roy, having trouble getting his novel published, starts flirting with the girl next door, Dia (Freida Pinto). Sally has a crush on handsome gallery owner Greg (Antonio Banderas). After getting divorced, Alfie has a new love, escort/ actress Charmaine (Lucy Punch). Helena has started visiting a psychic named Cristal (Pauline Collins). I think Allen envisioned a romantic comedy, but it’s not very funny.

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Running from War: Fritz Lang’s 1941 Man Hunt got a good bit of attention last year when Fox gave it its first release on DVD. I saw it last week; it’s a fast-paced, slick, consistently entertaining Hollywood product that still displays some of the idiosyncratic stylistic and thematic hallmarks of its director. While Robert Osborne’s claim, in his introduction on Turner Classic Movies (which aired it in August and will again Dec. 3), that it’s “certainly” the best film of Lang’s Hollywood period may be a bit overenthusiastic, it’s also probably more than “a minor work from a major director,” as Paul Brunick remarked in his Film Comment review of the DVD.

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The film stars Walter Pidgeon as a worldrenowned big game hunter who is introduced at the conclusion of a “sporting stalk” of the most dangerous game in the world: Hitler! Positioned atop a cliff and armed with a sharpshooter’s rifle, Pidgeon cleanly sights the Führer, but doesn’t get the chance to pull the trigger—if, indeed, he ever intended to, a key question to which the film will return before its conclusion. He spends much of the rest of the film in a very shadowy East End of London, on the lam with a very smitten young Cockney girl played by Joan Bennett, pursued by George Sanders’ elegant Gestapo officer and John Carradine’s ghoulish henchman, among plentiful others who are often distant figures glimpsed through the fog. There’s a lot of prime Langian imagery to savor here, including a long scene in which Pidgeon, being tortured while Sanders interrogates him, is visually represented only by his shadow, and a magnificently designed and shot sequence deep in the London Underground. But it’s the way the film—made and released after the German invasion of Poland but before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor—metaphorically integrates Lang’s preoccupations with destiny and free will with then-timely concerns about whether the U.S. might enter World War II that is most interesting to me. The matter of whether Pidgeon meant to pull his trigger, and whether he should have—not as an agent of the British government, but “as a man”—is finally settled in a way that would have sent an unmistakable message to the film’s American audiences, who were then gazing over a precipice of their own. Happy Days at the Arthaus: Ciné has been on a pretty good roll of late, and not just

anticipated (and heavily praised) portrait of Allen Ginsberg at the time of the creation of his most famous poem, opened last Friday and will run at least through Thursday, Nov. 4. Same goes for Jack Goes Boating, the directorial debut of Philip Seymour Hoffman in which he stars alongside the equally redoubtable Amy Ryan. And as much as I may dislike the films of Todd Solondz, there’s no doubt that his Life During Wartime, scheduled to open Nov. 5, is the kind of thing Ciné needs to bring in every single time. Cavalcade of Freedom: For the next two entries in his ICE-Vision series at the Lamar Dodd School of Art, curator Will Stephenson has selected a pair of vintage Italian offerings of decidedly different flavors. The Conformist, showing Nov. 4, is probably my favorite film by Bernardo Bertolucci, an intensely personal inquisition of fascist politics. Nov. 11 is Dario Argento’s Tenebre, a 1982 giallo that was released in the U.S. in 1984 with the title Unsane. I’ve always wanted to see it but never have—here’s my chance, and yours, too. The free screenings are Thursdays at 8 p.m. in Room S150 of the art school… The iFilms series at the ACC Library continues Nov. 4 with Reel Injun, a 2009 documentary about Hollywood depictions of Native Americans that was supposed to have been screened a month ago, but was apparently rescheduled. Nov. 11 is Deep Down: A Story from the Heart of Coal Country, a 2010 documentary about the toll a conflict about mining rights takes on relationships among the residents of a rural community in eastern Kentucky. All iFilms screenings—Thursdays at 7 p.m. at the library, 2025 Baxter St.—are free.

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There’s a lot to keep your eyes busy this week so don’t linger up here. Look below now. Can’t Stop the Dance: Mega kudos are due to former Athenian Brian Burton (AKA Danger Mouse) for landing in the producer’s chair for U2’s next LP, due for release next year. Admittedly, the connection between Athens and Burton is pretty thin by now, but I couldn’t let this news go by without mentioning that I’m pretty thrilled that a guy with whom I used to go buy tacos and swap work shifts is now producing the biggest band in the world. So, hear, hear. All Points Covered: Chris Ezelle (ex-We Are the Gold Machine) has a new video for his song “7 in tha Mornin’ Blues.” The track is from his album This Ten Year Town, which he released a few months ago. You can see the clip for the slow-paced, bluesy number over at www.reverbnation.com/chrisezelle. I can’t really make out a narrative in the video, but it does prominently feature railroad tracks, and it’s the law of the blues that you must mention the devil, whiskey, a real mean woman, an evil dog or something to do with trains if you’re gonna be a real blues singer. So, for now, Ezelle is covered. A Proud and Booming Industry: Several Athens and Athens-related artists will appear on a forthcoming tribute to Guided by Voices due

Ease on Down the Road: Andy From Denver (AKA Andy Gonzales of Marshmallow Coast) has a new hip-hop/pop project named Simple Teek that is composed of him and vocalist Corrie Stowers, who also goes by the name Simple Teek. Confused? Yeah, me too. The duo hasn’t played out a lot but has several tracks recorded and available for streaming. They next play live on Saturday, Nov. 6 at new venue My Boy located at 1387 W. Broad St. This is the old Mom’s Kitchen building, but the place also has a long history as a nightclub. Indeed, it was the only restaurant I’d ever been to that had a functioning (and elevated) DJ booth in the place. (Trivia: R.E.M. shot a couple of promo photos for its 1996 LP New Adventures in Hi-Fi inside the place). Check out Simple Teek over at www.myspace.com/ simpleteek.

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So New, So Nice: Athens punk band Hot New Mexicans released its sophomore, selftitled LP several weeks ago, but the vinyl just landed in my hands last week. It’s a split release between Bloomington, IN’s Houseplant Records and San Pedro, CA’s Recess Records, and it’s a real treat. The vinyl is nice and heavy (and recycled, even), and the back cover art is genuinely laugh-outloud funny. Look for a full and proper review in Flagpole soon. In the meantime you can hear sound samples at www.myspace.com/ hotnewmexicans.

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Tunabunny out early next year on No More Fake Labels. The as-yet-untitled album will feature Elf Power, James Husband (ex-of Montreal), Jason Isbell (ex-Drive-By Truckers) and Twin Tigers alongside marquee appearances by Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), Kelly Deal (The Breeders) and Flaming Lips. A separate digitalonly EP will feature Mass Solo Revolt. For more info, see www.nomorefakelabels.com. What Would Paul Morley Say?: HHBTM Records will celebrate the release of a new 7” titled Lead Balloon by Flash to Bang Time and the self-titled full-length debut by Tunabunny on Saturday, Nov. 13 at the Caledonia Lounge. Atlanta (and beyond) new wave/ art rock legend Kevin Dunn will also play this night with his new band The Common Article. (Full disclosure: I’m involved in the promotion of this show alongside HHBTM and Wuxtry Records. Just so you know.) For more information, please see www.hhbtm.com.

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one knows exactly who they are or where they come from. They have always worked under aliases, and their origins are shrouded in mystery. Some say they are travelers from space. Some say they hail from the great state of Alabama. Some say that, until this very tour, they have been in suspended animation, cryogenically frozen and replaced by clones until they were sufficiently rested and prepared to unleash their solar surf storm upon the peoples of Earth again. Be they man, or astroman, they are undeniable badasses and titans of a genre that few living musicians do better. Back after nearly a decade of hibernation, they’re kicking things off at the 40 Watt, and drummer Birdstuff could not be more excited. “In a greater sense,” he says, “Athens has always been a kind of home away from home. When we were young we played a lot of concerts in Athens, but it’s probably been 15 years. We originally formed the band in Auburn, AL, but we’ve split our time between Auburn and Atlanta and Athens. Athens was a place from early on that was beyond kind to us for whatever strange reason.” The rest of the current lineup includes Coco on bass and Athens resident Star Crunch on guitar. “We all have names,” says Birdstuff, “and we started this band to kind of have fun with it. It was kind of a reaction to a lot of the over-serious, ludicrous modern rock that was going on. We wanted the band to be about the ‘thing,’ ya know? The thing itself and not about us.” The “thing” in question turns out to be supersonic, intergalactic, instrumental astrosurf rock in the grand tradition of guitar legends Dick Dale and Link Wray (both of whom the band has toured with in years past). “It’s really awe-inspiring—not only getting to play with people [like that] but getting to tour with The Cramps as well, having the guys from DEVO come out and see us play; it’s like, these are the people from bands that made us want to make music when we were kids, and getting to hang out with them and see them appreciate it—that’s more success than I ever thought we’d have. Outside of having anybody show up to shows, or making any money, or getting to travel, or any of that bullshit, just getting acknowledgment from your heroes has gotta be one of the biggest rewards for anybody at any level.” While its foundation is in the groovy, psychedelic sounds of 1960s California, Man or Astroman?’s vision is closer to 2060, as the band grounds its unstoppable shredding in

spacey effects, sci-fi sound clips and a risky, pyro-cosmic stage show. “A lot of that started just as a segue device for us, but it also kind of helped us remember the songs [laughs]”, says Birdstuff. “When you play a lot of instrumental music you’re like, ‘Oh it’s the one with the Videodrome sample in front of it,’ and then it also kind of helps our audience know the songs, too. Our very first use of samples… we had a bunch where we heckled ourselves as if we were audience members, and we’d have heckles playing through the PA. We may be one of the first bands in rock history to heckle ourselves. Most of that stuff is taken from sci-fi B-movies which are just ripe for strange one-liners and non-sequiturs. Some stuff has been from, like, weird PSAs and instructional records—a lot of Cold War era stuff—but the majority of it is just from long-forgotten sci-fi B-movies.” Birdstuff continues: “Coco, our bass player, has always been kind of the mad scientist of the band. Besides making theremins, which are very strange devices, he also wrote an entire song on a Dot Matrix printer, where an entire line of text was a B sharp, and another line of text was like a D. He also made lots of strange devices like Tesla Coils and Jacob’s Ladders and a whole lot of things that shoot out electricity. We’ve blown the 40 Watt power before, so maybe we could do a reenactment of that [laughs]. Henry Owings, who does Chunklet, is promoting the show and is one of our longest, old-school Athens friends, and it’s great to kind of count that additional reunion element. He’s done tons of cool shows for us. He’s booked us in Athens for old skating rinks, an old lazer-tag place, the 40 Watt, everywhere it’s possible to play in town. We can’t be more excited. Shutting down the 40 Watt’s power, and maybe causing an entire brownout of downtown Athens is the plan.” Whether they shut down the city or not remains to be seen, but rest assured, after a decade of waiting and wondering, the return of these shadowy figures is an event not to be missed. Be they man, or astroman, they are coming for us. We’d best be prepared. David Fitzgerald

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ou know how it is when you’re living in a place, you’ve got a job that’s OK, you’ve got a band, you’re seeing someone, so you’re kind of like… those are the essential things you need.” So says Ella Sternberg. The place was Brooklyn, the jobs were probably immaterial, the band was punk/pop (not punk-pop) trio Dead Dog, and she was seeing John McLean. In 2002, when two of these punk-life creature comforts were thrown into disarray, a regrouping was in order, and, besides, Sternberg says, “We were kind of looking for an excuse to leave New York for a long time.” Dead Dog formed as a creative partnership between Sternberg, McLean and drummer Matthew “Skip” Callahan in 2006 after having met on the New York punk scene. Sternberg had played upright bass in jazz ensembles throughout all levels of schooling; she has a degree in music composition from Purchase College in New York. McLean had screwed around with bass for years and had only started on guitar after his neighbor sold him one for $20. The two shared vocals and all was well. After two years, “Skip quit and John lost his job in pretty quick succession,” says Sternberg. Uprooted, the pair found themselves free of responsibilities and ready to take advantage of their newfound freedom. They embarked on a road trip to determine where to set up shop anew, checking out Chattanooga, Richmond, Asheville, Bloomington and, with some coaxing from their longtime friends in the band Witches, Athens. The Classic City won out due to “the fact that it’s so walkable and friendly and humansized [that, and the J&J Flea Market],” says Sternberg. It was there that they re-met drummer Lexie Gay, who had recently transplanted himself from his home in Cleveland, MS. The three had met previously in passing, playing one another’s homes on the house-party circuit. Formerly the drummer for widely beloved DIY punks One Reason, Gay had followed his friends in Hot New Mexicans to Athens, where “there was a blind date set up with these guys,” he says, motioning towards Sternberg and McLean. The trio were an instant and obvious fit for one another, and Dead Dog was reborn; they began touring in earnest from Athens’ advantageous location. One significant six-week tour and a couple of weekenders later, the band was ready to cut a record. They opted to work with Mike Pack of Chattanooga band Future Virgins at his Revolution Sound recording studio, located above well-trod venue JJ’s Bohemia. The band bum-rushed their way through three days, while attempting to drown out music coming from the floor below. “We tracked all the music in one day, did vocals and overdubs the next day, and mixed

it the next day,” says McLean. “All late at night while we were drunk. During mixing, we went downstairs and saw [gravel-voiced Brit punks] Leatherface, and then came back up, really, really wasted, and mixed till four in the morning.” The result, Don’t Touch Me, is a digital recording but is tailor-made for the resurgent cassette culture. (Sternberg: “John almost kind of fetishizes cassettes.” McLean: “I just have a lot of them.”) At 18 minutes all totaled, the ramshackle production has lots of sharp elbows, but can’t mask the thoughtful craft applied to the songwriting. The lo-fi take was no mistake. “We were trying to make something that had production gaps, something kind of Guided by Voices or Shellshag-sound,” explains Sternberg. “They’ll have one song that’s a pop song and sounds really pop, is produced pop, but then they’ll have a snotty punk song that sounds like it was recorded on a hand-held cassette recorder in your basement. I mean, who wants to hear a snotty punk song recorded like a fucking, I don’t know, Foo Fighters song?” The finished product was mastered by none other than Dave Barbe, who was more than happy to leave Don’t Touch Me the rougharound-the-edges gem it is. Bloomington, IL label Let’s Pretend will be doing the honors, releasing the album on cassette and vinyl. Just as the newly arrived musicians were a coincidentally perfect fit for one another, they’ve found genuine family in the Athens punk community. Cara Beth Satalino of Witches worked alongside Sternberg in the Purchase College music program, where the two would compare notes each week on new songs. During our interview, Steve Armstrong of American Cheeseburger stopped by to invite the band to go “blow shit up” with rifles. This is where they belong—“this” being not only Athens, but the punk scene at large. “I don’t know how else to function,” says Sternberg. “I feel like every time we try to break out and play other kinds of scenes and venues we feel really uncomfortable,” says McLean. “We always want to branch out and play clubs and stuff, and it always feels weird. I never feel comfortable on a stage, or a big stage anyway.” Feeling comfortable, after all, is essential.

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Adam Klein Kicking Off the Dust and Adding a Little Polish there’s one thing that Adam Klein knows well, it’s the concept of a journey. The singer-songwriter has done plenty of traveling—through the vast landscapes of the real world and the impressive soundscapes of his music. Klein attributes his love of music to his younger days of seeing shows and wishing to be a part of the action. This same love that propelled him toward becoming a songwriter also instilled in him a great love of Athens music. From there, the young musician started honing his songwriting chops, focusing on the country-tinged flavors of Americana and the longing heart of the singer-songwriter. A close listen to Klein’s 2006 album Distant Music reveals keen lyrical prowess—impressive for an artist’s debut release. While Distant Music served as a solid introduction to a rising talent, Klein’s follow-up, Western Tales and Trails proved that Klein’s attraction to profound prose was more than just a passing affair. Western Tales and Trails focuses on a wide variety of characters and stories. He sings of bar brawls, women and wine with a fun-loving yet innocent spirit. Klein’s voice carries very little of the world-weariness of his rustic peers. Instead, he sounds as if he would be just as at home at a pop show as he would be in a dusty country-western bar. It’s an approach that had served Klein well, but he felt the need to continue growing and changing as an artist, and he began to swerve away from the carefully constructed characters of his past work. This led to him creating Wounded Electric Youth. “I think that there’s a greater maturity maybe dynamically and melodically here,” says Klein of his new record. “This album has fewer story-songs. It has more content that comes from me, an expression of me, in terms of an emotional feeling… I consider this a comingof-age album. It’s about finding yourself at a certain age where you may have expected different or greater things, coming to terms and accepting where and who you are.” Wounded Electric Youth also showcases a more diverse sound for Klein. While there is still a bit of grit in between the lines, the surface is certainly more polished than previous Klein efforts.

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“Western Tales and Trails leaned more towards this sort of Western country-folk sound, and this new album is more folk-pop,” he says. “It’s rooted in Americana and still has that rustic aesthetic, and I think it touches on pop in a new way for me; so I���m really excited about that.” Just as Klein continues on his musical journey, he also continues to travel around the world. Klein is a frequent globetrotter, spreading hope and music wherever he goes. Recently, Klein ventured off to Mali in West Africa and recorded a Mandé album of original songs performed in the Bambara language. Using a vast array of native and exotic instruments, he created an album called Dugu Wolo. Local favorite filmmaker Jason Miller (who recently relocated to Los Angeles) was along for the ride, recording the “making of” documentary for the album. Though no concrete plans for a release have been made, Klein is very excited about the project. For now, he’s concentrating on touring behind Wounded Electric Youth, spending the rest of the year up north and down the Eastern Seaboard. His stop in Athens will serve as a CD-release show with plenty of family and friends hanging around to make it a real party. Klein will be joined at the show by his Athens Americana Music Festival partner, Justin Evans. Evans, in addition to helping Klein run AAMF, is also on Klein’s Cowboy Angel Music label. The duo has sought to make Americana, in particular, and Athens music, in general, more recognized throughout the world. “We want to create a platform for Americana and roots music in Athens and just want to get together to celebrate this great music scene and to expose people to new bands and ideas they might not’ve had a chance to check out yet.” Jordan Stepp

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hy won’t you let me be great?” is a phrase so magical that it could only have been sourced from the perpetually indignant mind of Kanye West. I am trying to be great, and I would be being great, right now, if you—you—would just get the hell out of my way. Why are you doing this to me? Kanye’s hit-to-miss ratio is up for debate, but about a year ago, OK Go could actually claim the aforementioned phrase and really own it. Up until that point, OK Go was a genial, charming, pop-rock band from Los Angeles that liked to dress sharply and speckle its songs with handclaps. They’d always made eye-catching videos, but with “Here It Goes Again” (a jet-powered take on Billy Joel’s “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me”) they raised their personal bar. It’s more widely known as the “treadmill video,” and if you need to Google it, do so, and then you’ll see why. The video became an instant YouTube sensation, and with good reason. It’s the birth of the sort of idea usually left in its planning stages due to the laziness; the video required little more than creativity, time and effort, albeit a large amount of all three. Cute, low-budget and very D.I.Y., it’s a surefire smile-generator. It is great. “Originally, eight years ago when we signed to a major label, making a video was like it was for everybody,” says bassist Tim Nordwind. “They wanted us to make a commercial for our record, and that was in the form of a video. And when we did that, we sort of thought: if they’re going to give us ‘x’ amount of dollars to make a short film with our music as the soundtrack, then we wanna do it. We want to be able to have the fun of directing and coming up with the concept ourselves. It felt kind of lame to farm that stuff out to other people. It’s certainly become a part of what we do as a band. I think every band since Elvis has had a visual component to them; it’s part of the rock and roll culture, I think.” OK Go continued to make videos that were a cut above the norm, arguably reaching their apex with the Rube Goldberg-honoring “This Too Shall Pass,” but as their profile justifiably rose, a problem arose in tandem: their record label, EMI, decided to turn off the embed option on their YouTube videos. It seems

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that EMI would make a couple of cents off of every video play—as long as it was directly on YouTube. This understandably stuck in OK Go’s craw, as well as the collective craws of their fans: it deprived the band of muchwarranted exposure, deprived the fans of the fun of easily sharing the videos, and only for a few meager pennies. About a year of public legal disputes and one very public New York Times op-ed written by lead singer Damien Kulash later, the band has formed its own label, Paracadute (Italian for “parachute”) and gained full control of how its videos make their way through the world-wide web. Finally, no one is standing in their way of being great. “I think the split came at a good time,” says Nordwind. “We sort of see everything we make as having a certain amount of value, not only creative value but potentially financial value as well, which was a little bit different from the business model of the major label; they only kind of saw value in the recording of a song. And everything else around it pointed to the song. Videos, concerts, collaborations, everything you could think of was basically looked at as marketing and promotion for the recorded song. And we just thought that there’s a lot more value in a lot of things that we do, and it doesn’t all just point to the single recording. In fact, we sort of have everything we make point towards everything else that we’re making. Because we don’t look at our videos as marketing tools, we look at them as separate art projects, basically. Same as we look at our records as its own art project, and the way we look at collaborations we do with technologists to make laser guitars, the list goes on and on… So, [with Paracadute], it’s nice to have a distribution arm for all of those things we want to try.” Right. Did you say laser guitars? “Yeah, we have laser guitars now.”

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VALIENT THORR Stranger Volcom Entertainment Though from Venus (um, by way of North Carolina), this party-metal juggernaut is one of the best live acts on Earth. Besides hair, sweat and denim vests, true belief is what fuels its performances and lifts its songs to catharsis. In person, Valient Thorr’s all-out release blasts the shackles of the universal everyman condition, making you believe that the only things required to attain total freedom are canned beer and loud motherfucking

rock and roll. It is—no shit—cock-out revelry elevated to church revival. But despite the Truth of the band’s live show, its recordings have always been subservient and occasionally faceless. Stranger, thankfully, is a solid capture of Valient Thorr’s hard-kicking sound. Tough chest-thumpers like “Gillionaire” and “Sleeper Awakes” let their burly hardcore side shine. Other highlights include the hard-nosed rumbler “Sudden Death Is Nothing” and the full-throttle thrasher “Habituary.” But the band is at its best in heartpounding, roof-punching anthems like “Disappearer” and “Double Crossed,” which, swear to God, will turn everyone in the room into a head-banging Jack Black. No one expects the classicist Valient Thorr to rewrite the book of hard rock. But in honor of its legendary live shows, the least the band can do is rock hard enough on record to kick down a door or two. And Stranger is one of their hardest-hitting collections yet. Bao Le-Huu

CARNIVORES If I’m Ancient Double Phantom The name If I’m Ancient deliberately misleads. The grammatically conditional title of this sophomore record from Atlanta’s Carnivores, who, incidentally, are far from aged themselves, communicates a tentativeness the band seems wholly without. Appropriate, perhaps, that a group so committed to pop disguised deftly beneath layers of psych-punk anarchy fools us yet again. Pleasant deception is what it’s best at. Accordingly, the members of the four-piece switch lead singing duties, seeming to incorporate similar but split personalities. Listeners keep guessing as they slide effortlessly between heart-pounding, quick punk (“Feral Children”), psychedelic ballads (“Tremble”) and atonal washes of noise (“Creeps”). Bassist Philip Frobos, guitarist Nathaniel Higgins and keyboardist Caitlin Lang all take point on a few of the record’s songs (“Sleeping in a Burning House,” “Planet Dream” and “Summer Shades,” respectively). Higgins’ mellow, nostalgic croon and Lang’s manic shriek and demented wail pop up in nice counterpoint to Frobos’ frequently tuneless rasp and shout. But as noisy as they can be, Carnivores prove expert both in their pervasive use of melody and their restraint with it. Perhaps the record’s stand-out, “Georgia Power Company” features creepy theremin over a Higgins-sung, bass-heavy rout. When the brief, tuneful chorus comes around only twice with Lang’s soprano layered over its top, it’s that much more satisfying for its scarcity. Aided by intermittently clattering percussion from drummer Ross Politi (“The Florentine”), Carnivores complete their exploration of the best in short-song expression. If I’m Ancient meets all these oblique expectations, somehow

both effusive and reined-in, punk and pop, hopefully psychedelic and ruefully realistic. Julia Reidy

SCREAMING FEMALES Castle Talk Don Giovanni The term “guitar hero” gets thrown around a lot, but enigmatic Screaming Females axetress Marissa Paternoster will shred harder and faster than anyone out there, period. Just try to remember the equally massive chops displayed by her male counterparts, Michael Abbate (bass) and Jarrett Dougherty (drums). For instance, you expect any heavy album to kick off with devilish guitar feedback, but “Laura + Marty” really picks up when an eerily similar bass line to Jane’s Addiction’s “Coming Down the Mountain” quickly morphs into something Mike Watt would envy. While Paternoster may sing “It’s easy and generic/ So I can meet the beat” on “I Don’t Mind It,” the song is anything but, as it’s constructed around an off-beat bass line, intense pauses and increasingly reckless guitar play. The album only gets better from here with catchy tracks like “A New Kid” and “Wild” leading the way. Paternoster’s vocal talents shine on “Nothing at All,” where she maintains her punk tone but climbs up and down in scale as expertly as a trained opera tenor. The album takes a welcome detour back to the band’s DIY roots on “Ghost,” which might be a B-side anywhere else with its lo-fi recording and nearly inaudible vocals but becomes a glimpse into the recording process when we hear Paternoster giggling over their inability to keep in time. The whole album is unified with a simple mission: play rock and do it with some soul. Patrick McGinn

MASERATI Pyramid of the Sun Temporary Residence This is the final completed Maserati album with influential drummer Jerry Fuchs before his tragic, untimely death. But, besides the closing track’s title (“Bye M’Friend, Goodbye”), its testament as a musical work and summation of their ability is that any sense of elegy felt here will come only from the listener. Besides

their trademark finesse and dynamism, this is perhaps Maserati’s most melodically crystallized effort ever. From the spacey dawn-of-man intro “Who Can Find the Beast?,” it’s already clear they’re aiming for the heavens. A reactive fusion of heavy post- and kraut-rock with electronic dance music sensibilities (the trancerocker “They’ll No More Suffer from Thirst”), everything afterwards is an organic perpetual-motion machine built for interplanetary travel. The thrusters of the elevating title track gracefully move the towering hulk from stasis to kinesis. By “We Got the System to Fight the System,” you’re lifted past the pull of earthly gravity and now glide effortlessly past twinkling stars. But no other embodies the album’s clarity better than the silvery elegance of “Oaxaca.” In delivering an album so articulated and alive without a single word, Maserati has provided the ultimate reason for celebration of a group at the top of their game rather than sorrow for a fallen mate. Bao Le-Huu Maserati is playing the 40 Watt Club on Saturday, Nov. 20.

BRUCE JOYNER AND THE RECONSTRUCTION Elements Haunted Lake Perpetual survivor Bruce Joyner has upped his ante significantly with Elements. The Georgia native’s broad musical palate serves him well on this album whereas, with most folks, blending styles usually winds up as a pile of unlistenable mush. The highlights here are the psychedelic garage “Swamp Fox Foxy” (at least, I think that’s its name; the track listing is all kinds of screwed up on the artwork) which really should have been the album’s opening track. Joyner’s voice is clear and strong and retains a good amount of range for someone who has been recording for over 30 years. The Brian Jones-ish lead guitar complements Joyner’s mild-EricBurdon-ish delivery. Indeed, the whole album is about as authentically 1960s as possible in 2010. Heavily influenced by British pop-blues as well as very early prog-rock, it’s a surprising treat that it’s as good as it is given those beat-to-death influences. Joyner makes it all somewhat fresh again. Sometimes, though, even at only 11 tracks, it feels a little long, and not every song is a winner. “Evil Smile” feels kinda forced, too, and seems only half-finished. Also, the sequencing of the record could have been much better. It doesn’t flow as well as it should given the strength of the material. Overall, though, it’s quite strong and receiving this completely out of the blue was a total treat and week-maker. Gordon Lamb


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Tuesday 2 EVENTS: Athens Farmers Market (Little Kings Shuffle Club) Check out the afternoon market in its convenient downtown location! Buy fresh, locally grown organic produce, locally crafted goods and freshly baked breads. 4–7 p.m. FREE! www. athensfarmersmarket.net EVENTS: Russell Edwards Election Results Party (The Melting Point) Coverage on the big screen and live entertainment. FREE! www.meltingpointathens.com PERFORMANCE: The Second City (UGA Ramsey Concert Hall) The legendary comedy troupe presents Fair & Unbalanced, a show featuring some of the best sketches, songs and improvisations from the troupe’s 50-year history. 8 p.m. $37. 706542-4400, www.uga.edu/pac KIDSTUFF: Children’s Storytime (ACC Library) For children ages 18 months to 5 years. Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m., Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 KIDSTUFF: Family Afternoon at the (Described) Movies (ACC Library) This month, the animated favorite, Aladdin. Film features a non-intrusive narrative track for visually impaired viewers. 3 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 LECTURES & LIT.: Book Signing (Borders Books & Music) Author James C. Cobb relates the history of the South from the Dixiecrats to contemporary Southern life, in his newest non-fiction work, The South and America Since World War II. 7 p.m. FREE! 706-583-8647 MEETINGS: Sitting Meditation Group (Mind Body Institute) Silent meditation. 12:30 p.m. FREE! 706475-7329 GAMES: Locos Trivia (Locos Grill & Pub) All three Athens locations of Locos Grill and Pub (Westside, Eastside and Harris St.) feature trivia night every Tuesday. 8:30 p.m. FREE! www.locosgrill.com GAMES: Trivia (Alibi) Find out what Visual Audio Trivia is! 8 p.m. FREE! 706-549-1010

Wednesday 3 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. www.indigoathens.com ART: 6X6: “Consumption” (Ciné BarCafé) Fast, fun and free! This monthly media arts event is a cross between an art show and a film festival. This month’s show is curated by previous “6X6” contributor Lindsey Klonoski. 7 p.m. FREE! www. hexadic.blogspot.com

ART: Closing Reception and Gallery Talk (Bottleworks) UGA art history professor Dr. Asen Kirin leads a dialogue with Athens artists Andy Cherewick and Terry Rowlett. This is the last chance to view the “BuyArt @ Bottleworks” exhibit. 5–7 p.m. FREE! 706-461-3798 ART: Opening Reception (UGA Ecology Building, Gallery Suite) UGA Costa Rica study abroad program presents the Cloudforest Butterfly Collection. The exhibition is part of the UGA Costa Rica study abroad program’s fifth anniversary celebration. 4 p.m. FREE! www.uga. edu/costarica PERFORMANCE: UGA Steel Pan Ensemble (UGA Ramsey Concert Hall) Presented by the Hugh Hodgson School of Music. 6 p.m. FREE! www.uga.edu/pac PERFORMANCE: UGA Symphonic Band (UGA Hodgson Hall) Recital performance led by Conductor Micheal Robison. 6 p.m. FREE! www.uga.edu/pac KIDSTUFF: Children’s Storytime (ACC Library) For children ages 18 months to 5 years. Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m., Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 LECTURES & LIT.: 22nd Annual Louise McBee Lecture (UGA Chapel) Nancy Zimpher, chancellor of the State University of New York, delivers a lecture titled “Educational Leadership in Tough Economic Times.” 11 a.m. FREE! LECTURES & LIT.: APERO Africana Brown Bag Lecture (UGA Tate Center) Tina M. Harris presents a lecture titled “The Interrogation of Privilege and Public Redagogy in White Man’s Burden.” 12:15 p.m. FREE! fsgiles@uga.edu LECTURES & LIT.: Stephane Audeguy (UGA Miller Learning Center, Room 150) The novelist and essayist delivers a lecture titled “The Ideology of the End: The Apocalypse in Contemporary America.” Sponsored by the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts. 4 p.m. FREE! www.cha.uga.edu LECTURES & LIT.: “Climate Change and Infectious Disease” (UGA Coverdell Building) The Biomedical and Health Sciences Institute presents a lecture from Rick Ostfeld, a well-known expert in the ecology of Lyme disease. 2 p.m. FREE! 706-542-5922, alea@ uga.edu LECTURES & LIT.: “Public Health Needs in Georgia: Current and Future Directions” (UGA Georgia Center, Master’s Hall) Dr. M. Rony Francis, director of the Division of Public Health for the Georgia Department of Community Health, gives a lecture on health care in Georgia. 4 p.m. FREE! 706542-3313 LECTURES & LIT.: Word of Mouth (The Globe) Monthly open poetry readings every first Wednesday.

8 p.m. FREE! www.athenswordofmouth.com 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. Dealing begins at 7:30 p.m. FREE! www.interstatepokerclub. com GAMES: Sports Trivia (Beef ‘O’ Brady’s) Every Wednesday. Win house cash and prizes! 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-850-1916 GAMES: Team Trivia (Lucky Dawg Billiards) Team Trivia every Wednesday night (2 rounds). First round at 9 p.m. Second round at 11 p.m. 9 p.m. FREE! 706-354-7829 GAMES: Trivia (Copper Creek Brewing Company) Test your trivia chops for prizes! Every Wednesday. 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-1102 GAMES: Trivia (Willy’s Mexicana Grill) Test your trivia knowledge for prizes 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! www.yourpie.com

Thursday 4 EVENTS: Bad Poetry Competition (UGA Phi Kappa Hall) All UGA students are invited to attend and enter up to three pieces of awesomely bad poetry. The winner will be named Phi Kappa Poet Laureate for 2010! 9:30–10:30 p.m. FREE! phikappals@gmail.com, phikappa.org EVENTS: iFilms Series: Reel Injun (ACC Library, Auditorium) A provocative history of Hollywood’s portrayal of the First Nations people. The film documents the evolution of their depiction in film from the silent era to today. 7 p.m. FREE! www. clarke.public.libs.ga.us EVENTS: Wine Tasting (Jack’s Bar) Sample six wines all from sunny California. 6–8 p.m. $15. 912-6048560 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: Opening Reception (The Point of Art Gallery) For “Tapestry: Life Stories in Paintings,” an exhibit featuring the work of Laura Connely. 6–8 p.m. FREE! 706-486-6808 ART: Reception (Athens Academy, Myers Gallery) Come celebrate and view the current Doug Makemson sculpture show. 6–8 p.m. FREE! ART: Teen Art Show (Ciné BarCafé) All art submissions from www. iartathens.org’s Teen Art Contest will be displayed and winners will

Violinist Caroline Goulding will perform at the UGA Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, Nov. 9. be announced. The event includes a spoken word performance by Celest Ngeve, live painting by David Hale and tapas. 6–8 p.m. FREE! www. iartathens.org/art-contest/ PERFORMANCE: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (UGA Fine Arts Building) UGA’s Department of Theatre and Film Studies presents the hit musical. Nov. 4 & 5, 11–13, 8 p.m., Nov. 7, 14, 2:30 p.m. $12–$15. www.drama. uga.edu/events, 706-542-4400 PERFORMANCE: Classic City Jazz at UGA (UGA Chapel) Free concert by the vocal an instrumental jazz combo. 8 p.m. FREE! PERFORMANCE: Jennifer Mann (UGA Ramsey Concert Hall) The Hugh Hodgson School of Music presents a recital by the guest bassoonist. 6 p.m. FREE! www.uga. edu/pac THEATRE: Annie (Morton Theatre) Athens Creative Theatre presents this classic musical tale of a spunky Depression-era orphan determined to find her parents and escape embittered Miss Hannigan’s orphanage. Nov. 4, 5, 11–13, 7:30 p.m. Nov.. 7 & 14, 3 p.m. $15 (adults) $12 (students, seniors, children). 706613-3628 KIDSTUFF: Babies and Beasties Series (Sandy Creek Nature Center) Immerse your child in learning through sounds, movements, smells and live animals while you learn how to help your toddler discover nature. For children 18 months to 2 years old who are accompanied by adults.

Pre-registration required. 10–10:45 a.m. $7. 706-613-3615 ext. 0 * LECTURES & LIT.: “Biodiversity Loss and the Rise of Emerging Infectious Diseases” (UGA Ecology Building, Auditorium) Lecture by Rick Ostfeld. 3:30 p.m. FREE! www.ecology.uga.edu LECTURES & LIT.: Brandine Bril (UGA Miller Learning Center, Room 171) Professor Bril delivers a lecture titled “A Comparative Analysis of Tool Use: Percussive Actions in Humans and Chimpanzees.” Sponsored by the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts. 4 p.m. FREE! www.cha.uga.edu MEETINGS: Athens Art Association (Lyndon House Arts Center, Lyndon House Art Center) This month’s meeting features the program “Art and Architecture in Indian Temples” presented by Bal Joshi. Newcomers ages 18 and up welcome. 6:30–9 p.m. FREE! www. athensart.org MEETINGS: Oconee Rivers Audubon Society (Sandy Creek Nature Center, ENSAT) UGA entomologist Dr. Marianne Robinette presents the lecture “Pollinators, Pollination, Beneficials and Intergrated Pest Management.” 7 p.m. FREE! president@oconeeriversaudubon.org GAMES: Beer Pong (Alibi) The classic tournament-style game. 9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-1010 GAMES: Dart Tourney (Alibi) Inhouse weekly dart tournment. 9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-1010

Friday 5 ART: Art Sale (Downtown Watkinsville, 67 Greensboro Hwy, Mini-Warehouses) Oconee artist Laura Leiden hosts a sale of her original paintings. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Athens. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. 706-540-4181 PERFORMANCE: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (UGA Fine Arts Building) UGA’s Department of Theatre and Film Studies presents the hit musical. Nov. 4 & 5, 11–13, 8 p.m., Nov. 7, 14, 2:30 p.m. $12–$15. www.drama. uga.edu/events, 706-542-4400 PERFORMANCE: Epic (Canopy Studio) Canopy Studio Repertory Company presents this kid-friendly, large-scale production featuring elaborate pieces inspired by memorable rock songs. Nov. 5, 8 p.m., Nov. 6, 4 p.m. & 8 p.m., Nov. 7, 2 p.m. & 6 p.m., $6-$15 (Advance tickets at Dynamite Clothing), www. canopystudio/com/events PERFORMANCE: David Heinsen (Edge Recital Hall) Student recital from the euphonium player. 6:30 p.m. FREE! www.uga.edu/pac PERFORMANCE: Sarah Lawing (UGA Ramsey Concert Hall) Student recital from the clarinet player. 3:35 p.m. FREE! www.uga.edu/pac PERFORMANCE: UGA Woodwind Chamber Music (Edge Recital Hall) Presented by the Hugh k continued on next page

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

Lyle Lovett and His Large Band

Wednesday, November 17 at 8 p.m.

Hodgson School of Music. 5 p.m. FREE! www.uga.edu/pac THEATRE: Annie (Morton Theatre) Athens Creative Theatre presents this classic musical tale. See Calendar Nov. 4 Theatre. Nov. 4, 5, 11–13, 7:30 p.m. Nov.. 7 & 14, 3 p.m. $15 (adults) $12 (students, seniors, children). 706-613-3628 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: Read to Rover (ACC Library, Storyroom) Beginning readers are invited to come read aloud to a certified therapy dog. 3:30–4:30 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 LECTURES & LIT.: “Does Diversity in the Composition of an Appellate Court Make a Difference?” (UGA Miller Learning Center, Room 213) Political scientist Susan Haire presents a lecture on diversity in the judicial branch. 12:20–1:10 p.m. FREE! 706542-0066 LECTURES & LIT.: Friends First Friday (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Where did my plant go? James Gilstrap, garden IT specialist, discusses what the garden is doing with GIS/GPS technologies. 9 a.m. $10. 706-542-6138 MEETINGS: Drinking Liberally (Little Kings Shuffle Club) Informal, inclusive and progressive social group that gives left-leaning individuals a chance to talk politics. First Friday of every month. 6:30 p.m. athens@drinkingliberally.org

Saturday 6 Tuesday, December 14 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 12, 2011 at 8 p.m. COMING SOON Mamma Mia! – March 23 & 24, 2011 The Color Purple – May 5, 2011 Doc Severinsen – May 12, 2011* ( * UGA Performing Arts Center)

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EVENTS: Athens Farmers Market (Bishop Park) Buy fresh, locally grown organic produce, locally crafted goods and freshly baked breads. Now accepting EBT cards. Every Saturday. 8 a.m.–Noon. FREE! www.athensfarmersmarket.net EVENTS: Book Sale (Athens Elks Lodge) The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks hosts a book sale! All books are $2, and proceeds benefit local charities. 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Jan. 17, 1–4 p.m. www.georgiaelks. org EVENTS: Classic City Rollergirls Bout (Skate-A-Round USA) The Classic City Rollergirls take on the Queen City’s Charlotte Roller Girls. A portion of the proceeds will help support HandsOn Northeast Georgia. 6 p.m. $10 (adults), $5 (ages 6–10), FREE! (ages 6 & under). www.classiccityrollergirls.com EVENTS: Rock and Gem Show (Sandy Creek Nature Center) The Athens Rock and Gem Club hosts its annual show. Learn about the rocks and minerals in our area. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. FREE! ART: Art Sale (Downtown Watkinsville, 67 Greensboro Hwy, Mini-Warehouses) Oconee artist Laura Leiden hosts a sale of her original paintings. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Athens. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. 706-540-4181 ART: “A Minor Arc” Opening Reception (ACC Library, Heritage Library) For the graphic design exhibition of books and research posters accompanying Moon Jung Jang’s research on the transformation of a minor arc or minor arc sector in visual communication. 3–5 p.m. FREE! www.clarke.public.lib.ga.us PERFORMANCE: Epic (Canopy Studio) Canopy Studio Repertory Company presents this kid-friendly,

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large-scale production featuring elaborate pieces inspired by memorable rock songs. Nov. 5, 8 p.m., Nov. 6, 4 p.m. & 8 p.m., Nov. 7, 2 p.m. & 6 p.m., $6-$15 (Advance tickets at Dynamite Clothing), www. canopystudio/com/events PERFORMANCE: Randall Bramblett (Madison-Morgan Cultural Center, Madison) The soulful singer-songwriter performs with a live band. 7 p.m. $15. www. mmcc-arts.org * PERFORMANCE: The Spectacular Show featuring the Mezmer Society (New Earth Music Hall) A night of live music, bellydance, fire dance, hoop dance, aerialists, musicians and mystical mayhem. Show features the infamous Mezmer Society of Asheville, NC. 8 p.m. $12. www.floorspaceathens.com

Sunday 7 EVENTS: Cask Ale Festival (Aromas) Come enjoy beer from America’s best craft breweries, food and live music. 2 p.m. $40. 706208-0059, www.aromaswinebar. com/AromasCalendar.html EVENTS: Jewish Foods and Crafts Festival (Congregation Children of Israel) Enjoy New York-style corned beef sandwiches, knishes, kugel, baked goods and more while shopping for locally made arts and crafts. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. FREE! 706255-6943 PERFORMANCE: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (UGA Fine Arts Building) UGA’s Department of Theatre and Film Studies presents the hit musical. Nov. 4 & 5, 11–13, 8 p.m., Nov. 7, 14, 2:30 p.m. $12–$15. www.drama. uga.edu/events, 706-542-4400 PERFORMANCE: Epic (Canopy Studio) Canopy Studio Repertory Company presents this kid-friendly, large-scale production featuring elaborate pieces inspired by memorable rock songs. Nov. 5, 8 p.m., Nov. 6, 4 p.m. & 8 p.m., Nov. 7, 2 p.m. & 6 p.m., $6-$15 (Advance

tickets at Dynamite Clothing), www. canopystudio/com/events * PERFORMANCE: Athens Youth Symphony (Borders Books & Music) Members of the AYS will be in the cafe. (5 p.m.) 3:30 p.m. FREE! 706-583-8647 THEATRE: Annie (Morton Theatre) Athens Creative Theatre presents this classic musical tale. See Calendar Nov. 4 Theatre. Nov. 4, 5, 11–13, 7:30 p.m. Nov.. 7 & 14, 3 p.m. $15 (adults) $12 (students, seniors, children). 706-613-3628 GAMES: Full Contact Trivia (Amici Italian Café) Come test your knowledge! 9 p.m. FREE! 706-353-0000 GAMES: Trivia (Buffalo’s Southwest Café) Weekly Trivia! Students get 10 percent off with I.D. 7 p.m. FREE!

Monday 8 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.: VOX Reading Series (Ciné BarCafé) UGA Creative Writing Programs presents this event featuring the works of poets Blake Butler and Lee Ann Brown. 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: Beer Pong (Alibi) The classic tournament style game. 9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-1010 GAMES: Poker Night (Jack’s Bar) There’s a new game in town. 7:30 p.m. FREE! 912-604-8560 GAMES: Rock and Roll Trivia (Little Kings Shuffle Club) Get a team together and show off your extensive music knowledge every Monday! 8 p.m. FREE! www.myspace.com/littlekingsshuffleclub GAMES: 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 Night (Highwire) Compete with your friends for a chance to win a $100 bar tab, a $25 bar tab or two Highwire t-shirts. Team registration begins at 7 p.m. 8 p.m. FREE! 706-583-8510, highwirelounge@gmail.com

Tuesday 9 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. Every Tuesday afternoon. FREE! www.athensfarmersmarket.net EVENTS: Orgullo Hispano: Hispanic Pride (UGA Miller Learning Center, Room 150) Hispanic individuals share their stories of success in the U.S., providing advice to students on how to build meaningful relationships in a diverse country. 8–9 p.m. FREE! PERFORMANCE: Caroline Goulding (UGA Ramsey Concert Hall) Concert by violinist who won the Conceto Competition at the Aspen Festival at age 13 and has since appeared with the Detriot Symphony and Cleveland Orchestra. Starts at 8 p.m. $25. www.uga.edu/ pac * 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: Origami Workshop (Oconee County Library) Learn how to make zany animals and objects from paper! For children in second grade and up. 4 p.m. FREE! 706769-3950 LECTURES & LIT.: AfricanAmerican Authors Book Club (ACC Library, Small Conference Room) This month’s title is Big Girls Do Cry by Carl Webber. Newcomers welcome. 5 p.m. FREE! 706-6133650

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Live Jazz with Muzik Club Aftermath Sometimes, the first thing you want to do when you get off work is chill out, maybe have a nice cocktail and perhaps unwind with some relaxing tunes. Luckily for us, there are tons of places to do just that in Athens. But if you’re looking for happy hour jazz, your best bet is Thursdays at Club Aftermath. For one night a week the dance club is transformed into a smoky jazz lounge replete with candlelight, mirrored walls and dressed tables. It’s also the only place in Athens where you can hear the smooth jazz stylings of Atlanta band Muzik. Muzik brings an eclectic mix of R&B and contemporary jazz, mixing in its own brand of improvisation and modern jazz covers. The band consists of Ron Brown on bass, Darrius Carter on keyboards, Ira McCall on drums and the incomparable Antonio Bennet on saxophone. After swimming in the same musical circles around Atlanta, the guys got together and, according to Brown, “decided to take control of our own musical destiny.” Drawing from influences as diverse as Spyro Gyra, The Eagles, Yellowjackets and Count Basie, you never know just what to expect from Muzik on any given night. According to the band, the set is really most dependent on the audience. “We respond to the crowd… If it’s a smooth-chilling crowd, we respond to their mood and play in the zone. If it’s a crowd that’s jumping and wanting to get out of their seats and cut a step, we can bring it and turn the volume up and move the crowd.” So, if you’re looking for the hotspot right after work, drop by and check out one of Muzik’s sets. The band plays at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. [Charley Lee]

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LECTURES & LIT.: “How the MCG/UGA Medical Partnership Was Formed” (Central Presbyterian Church) With the first class of 40 medical students arriving in Aug. 2010, Dr. Schuster shares the story of how this partnership formed and the steps that were taken to prepare for teaching four years of medical education in Athens. 10 a.m. FREE! LECTURES & LIT.: “Let’s Talk About It: Black is Not a Color of the Rainbow” (UGA Tate Center, Grand Hall) An in-depth discussion of the turbulent relationship between black churches and the LGBT community. This issue was recently highlighted in the news media by the scandal surrounding Bishop Eddie Long. 6–8 p.m. FREE! LECTURES & LIT.: Cleopatra Mathis Poetry Reading (Ciné BarCafé) The Georgia Review and the Georgia Poetry Circuit present this free, public reading. Mathis has published five books of poems, and her work has been featured in various publications including The New Yorker, Poetry and The Southern Review. UGA creative writing MFA student Nicole Higgins is the opening reader tonight. 7 p.m. FREE! 706-542-3481, www.georgiareview. com LECTURES & LIT.: “The Role of Symbioses in Affecting Plant Distribution” (UGA Ecology Building, Auditorium) Research scientist for the Smithsonian Enviromental Research Center Melissa K. McCormick presents a lecture on her current research. 3:30 p.m. FREE! www.ecology.uga.edu LECTURES & LIT.: “Two Tragedies and a Distress: Lucreatia, Verginia, Fabia Minor and the Roman Construction” (UGA Park Hall, Room 265) Discussion of the role these three women played in the history of Early Rome. 4:30 p.m. FREE! 706-542-3918 LECTURES & LIT.: Visiting Artist and Scholar Series (Lamar Dodd School of Art) This session’s speaker is Lola Brooks, a metalsmith, jeweller and master lecturer at University of the Arts in Philadelphia. 5:30 p.m. FREE! www.art.uga.edu MEETINGS: Sitting Meditation Group (Mind Body Institute) Silent meditation. 12:30 p.m. FREE! 706475-7329 GAMES: Locos Trivia (Locos Grill & Pub) All three Athens locations of Locos Grill and Pub (Westside, Eastside and Harris St.) feature trivia night every Tuesday. 8:30 p.m. FREE! www.locosgrill.com GAMES: Trivia (Alibi) Find out what Visual Audio Trivia is! 8 p.m. FREE! 706-549-1010

Wednesday 10 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. www.indigoathens.com ART: 3rd Annual MFA Art Auction Fundraiser (Little Kings Shuffle Club) A live auction of donated artworks benefiting the Lamar Dodd MFA Thesis Exhibition. Works will be on view for silent auction at the suite and plaza galleries of the Lamar Dodd School of Art until Nov. 9. 7 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

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. Dealing begins at 7:30 p.m. FREE! www.interstatepokerclub. com GAMES: Pool Tournament (Alibi) Call to sign up. 9 p.m. FREE! 706549-1010 GAMES: Sports Trivia (Beef ‘O’ Brady’s) Every Wednesday. Win house cash and prizes! 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-850-1916 GAMES: Trivia (Copper Creek Brewing Company) Test your trivia chops for prizes! Every Wednesday. 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-1102 GAMES: Trivia (Willy’s Mexicana Grill) Test your trivia knowledge for prizes 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! www.yourpie.com * Advance Tickets Available

Down the Line PERFORMANCE: Senior Exit Concert 2010 11/11 (UGA Dance Building) Eight graduating seniors present their individual new and original choreography. Nov. 11–13, 8 p.m. $8–$12. www.uga.edu/pac THEATRE: Annie 11/11 (Morton Theatre) Athens Creative Theatre presents this classic musical tale. Nov. 4, 5, 11–13, 7:30 p.m. Nov.. 7 & 14, 3 p.m. $15 (adults) $12 (students, seniors, children). 706613-3628 EVENTS: “Fallout: The Future of Nuclear Security and NonProliferation” 11/12 (UGA School of Law) UGA School of Law hosts an all day conference that will evaluate the U.N. Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and discuss the future legal framework for non-proliferation. 8:30 a.m.–3:45 p.m. www.law.uga. edu/gjicl-2010-conference LECTURES & LIT.: “Café au Libris” 11/12 (ACC Library) An evening of books, local authors, coffee, desserts and live violin music by Mamie Simonds. Mingle with local authors Allan Armitage, Donny Seagraves, Jeffrey Stepakoff, Grady Thrasher and Susan Rebecca White. 7–9 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 MEETINGS: Mindfulness Practice Group 11/12 (Mind Body Institute) Beginners and experienced mindfulness practitioners welcome. Meets the second Friday of each month. 5:30 p.m. FREE! 706-475-7329 EVENTS: Athens Farmers Market 11/13 (Bishop Park) Buy fresh, locally grown organic produce, locally crafted goods and freshly baked breads. Now accepting EBT cards. Every Saturday. 8 a.m.–Noon. FREE! www.athensfarmersmarket.net KIDSTUFF: Second Saturday Storytime 11/13 (Sandy Creek Nature Center) Join the SCNC staff for stories about the woods and their resident creatures. 2:30 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3615, www.accleisureservices.com EVENTS: 11th Annual Turkey Trot 5K Race 11/14 (UGA Stegeman Coliseum) Run/Walk to benefit the UGA Habitat for Humanity. 9 a.m. (registration) 10 a.m. (race), $20. www.active.com LECTURES & LIT.: “I AM AMERICA” Open Mic Poetry Session 11/14 (ACC Library, Auditorium) In celebration of the American spirit, local poets are ink continued on next page

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JOHN FRENCH & THE BASTILLES

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 13

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vited to present poetry that illustrates the immigrant experience or how we overcome obstacles to live the American Dream. Refreshments will be provided. Call to register by Nov. 12. 2–3 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650, www.clarke.public.lib.ga.us LECTURES & LIT.: Talking about Books 11/17 (ACC Library, Small Conference Room) This month’s title is The Seville Communion, by Arturo Perez Reverte. 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 EVENTS: JLA Marketplace 11/19 (Georgia Center) Get your holiday shopping out of the way early at this market sponsored by the Junior League of Athens. Unique gifts from upscale specialty merchants, works by local and regional artists, monogrammed items, custom jewelry and more. Nov. 19–21. FREE! www. juniorleagueofathens.org KIDSTUFF: Nature Trading Post 11/20 (Sandy Creek Nature Center) Program intended to encourage personal nature exploration and raise awareness about ecological connections among young collectors. Participants earn points for their collected items (shells, rocks, animal bones, etc.). The points can be banked or used to trade for another object from the Nature Center’s Trading Post. Kids, bring an adult to participate! 11 a.m.–noon. FREE! 706-613-3615 OUTDOORS: Naturalist Walk 11/20 (Sandy Creek Nature Center) Join SCNC staff for a walk around the property. 10–11 a.m. FREE! 706613-3615 PERFORMANCE: “A Night of 100 Stars” 11/20 (Morton Theatre) An evening of vaudeville, jazz and cinema featuring performances by students from the East Athens Dance Center alongside international entertainer Calvin Smith. Part of The Morton Theatre Centennial. 8:30 p.m. $15–$45. www.mortontheatre. com* LECTURES & LIT.: Oconee Dems Book Group 11/24 (Five Points Deli & More, Epps Bridge) Community-wide book group hosted by the Oconee County Democrats. This month’s title is the New York Times bestseller, The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism, by Andrew Bacevich. Newcomers from any county and of any political affiliation are welcome. 6 p.m. FREE! patricia.priest@yahoo.com, www. oconeedemocrats.org PERFORMANCE: Bawling Comedy Showcase 11/30 (Last Call) A stellar stand-up comedy open mic featuring some of the best up-andcoming comdians from all over. 8:30–10 p.m. $3. 706-461-2629, www.bawlingcomedy.com EVENTS: Holiday Afternoon Tea 12/11 (Athens Community Council on Aging, 135 Hoyt St.) Athens Community Council on Aging hosts a tea in celebration of the winter holiday season. Tickets are available phone or email. 4 p.m. (Dec. 11), 2 p.m. (Dec. 12). $15 (children) $20 (adults). 706-549-485. cboozer@accaging.org, www.accaging.org* * Advance Tickets Available

Live Music Tuesday 2 Alibi 9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-1010 KARAOKE With the Singing Cowboy!

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Caledonia Lounge 9:30 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). www. caledonialounge.com APHRODISIACS Southern rockers formerly known as fabulously named Mac-N-Chz. THE STARLITE DEVILLES Straightforward, country-inflected rock from Athens. THE VINYL STRANGERS Timelessly charming classic-sounding pop rock reminiscent of early Beatles and Byrds. THE WORNOUT WELCOME Blending the punk leanings of The Replacements with the alt-country twang of Whiskeytown. Go Bar 9 p.m. www.myspace.com/gobar RIVERWINDS Solid Americana with plenty of organ and prominent guitar solos. SOFT BLACK Brooklyn band offers low-key, mid-tempo rock rooted in traditional American music. Highwire Lounge 8-11 p.m. FREE! 706-583-8510 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. Kelly’s Jerk Wings “Sidewalk Symphonies.” 6-8 p.m. 706208-0000 MAD WHISKEY GRIN Local duo featuring masterful guitarist Frank Williams, who slides and fingerpicks his way through bluesy and decidedly American sounds, plus the smoky vocals of Nancy Byron. (7 p.m.) MIKE MCDONALD AND EMILY HEARN Expect acoustic ballads from this duo. Little Kings Shuffle Club Athens Farmers Market. 4–7 p.m. FREE! www.athensfarmersmarket.net DAVE HOWARD Local singersongwriter plays mellow acoustic guitar tunes.

The Melting Point “Terrapin Bluegrass Series.” 7 p.m. $3. www.meltingpointathens.com THE FAREWELL DRIFTERS Rootsy Americana featuring shimmering vocal harmonies and a lineup that includes guitar, mandolin, fiddle and upright bass. New Earth Music Hall 8 p.m. FREE! (21 & up) $2 (under 21). www.newearthmusichall.com POETIC SOUL Mon2 and Buddah host an open-mic for poets, singers and other soulful types. Rye Bar 10:30 p.m. FREE! www.myspace.com/ ryebarathens THE POWDER KEGS This Philly group seems to draw from the rich textures of ‘70s groups like Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.

Wednesday 3 Caledonia Lounge 10 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). www.caledonialounge.com FLESH AND BLOOD Tonight is the band’s first-ever show! HOT CHA CHA Infectious, danceable punk/new wave. 8e’s Bar 10 p.m. FREE! 706-613-1764 DJ ANDYREDRUM Atlanta-based deejay offering “the other side” of the ‘80s, including new wave and alternative. Farm 255 11 p.m. FREE! www.farm255.com DEAD DOG Local band delivers frenetic, spunky lo-fi punk with a pop smile. HOT NEW MEXICANS Catchy, boozy punk-influenced power-pop. WITCHES Local oufit plays edgy, melodic rock led by the rich vocals of Cara Beth Satalino with touchstones that include Neil Young. Flicker Theatre & Bar 8:30 p.m. $5. www.myspace.com/ filckerbar SINGER-SONGWRITER SHOWCASE Hosted by A PostWar Drama frontman Will Chamberlain,

this monthly event features local talent. Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. FREE! 706-353-3050 AJ ADAMS Solo slap-steel project. Last Call 9 p.m.–1 a.m. FREE! For more info contact dg2003@yahoo.com SPICY SALSA DANCING Lessons begin at 9 p.m. and dancing starts at 10 p.m. New Earth Music Hall 9 p.m. $7. www.newearthmusichall. com JONATHAN TYLER & THE NORTHERN LIGHTS Bluesy five-piece that toured with Lynryd Skynyrd and opened for AC/DC. PONDEROSA Local quartet fronted by Kalen Nash (ex-Gabriel Young) blasts through fiery classic rock, working pedal steel into the mix. The Office Lounge 9:30 p.m. FREE! 706-549-0840 KARAOKE Every Wednesday and Friday with Lynn, the Queen of Karaoke! Also tonight, a costume contest! Rye Bar 10:30 p.m. www.myspace.com/ryebarathens DJ KILLACUT A definitive night of hip-hop. DJ Killacut spins and hosts this special Halloween party featuring rappers from the TNEB-RCP music group. 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.

Thursday 4 Aftermath 6 & 8 p.m. 706-613-1000 MUZIK Happy hour jazz set every Thursday. See Calendar Pick on p. 22.

Thursday, November 4

Big Gigantic, Ana Sia New Earth Music Hall You heard it here first: “Big Gigantic just got your girlfriend pregnant.” Big Gigantic No, not really (I don’t think, anyway, though I suppose that’s between you and your girlfriend), but that’s the most blunt and encompassing description Xaphoon James, one half of American remix/sample masters Chiddy Bang, had for Big Gigantic after hearing the pulsing energy of the Colorado duo’s latest release, A Place Behind the Moon. James’ description is but one example of the oft-jaw-dropping descriptors bestowed upon saxophonist Dominic Lalli and drummer Jeremy Salken, who founded Big Gigantic in 2008 to carve their own niche in the Colorado electronic music scene. Carve they have. Equipped with Lalli’s sax and Salken’s relentless kit work, the duo has become a mainstay in the electro-circuits across the country. The key to A Place Behind the Moon, and really to Big Gigantic’s musical philosophy as a whole, is the mixture of “traditional” electronic elements (pulsing drums, padded synthesizer undertones) with Lalli’s melodic sensibilities to create a mixture that feels equal parts familiar and uncharted, combining the showmanship of a live show and the thoughtful musicianship of a DJ/producer rig. Of course, electronic bands are meant to be experienced live as much as they are heard on record, and Big Gigantic has been corralling fans on a long tour run that concludes with the New Earth show Thursday night. As the accolades pile up for A Place Behind the Moon, it’s clear that Big Gigantic is becoming a must-see. Whether or not to bring your girlfriend? That’s up to you. [Alec Wooden]


Alibi 9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-1010 OLD SKOOL DJ Dance party! Caledonia Lounge 10 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). www.caledonialounge.com GUZIK Southern rock meets death metal. SHARK HEART Local progressive metal band. Formerly known as Cancerstick. WOLVES AND JACKALS Fusing together thrash, death metal and hardcore with driving speed and unrelenting brutality. DePalma’s Italian Cafe 6–8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-552-1237 (Timothy Road) 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. Playing an acoustic set. El Paisano 8 p.m. 706-353-0346 KARAOKE Every Thursday with margarita specials. Farm 255 11 p.m. FREE! www.farm255.com THE HUMMS Local three-piece known for its loud and bizarre shows and a raunchy, grooving blend of psychedelic garage rock. MERMAIDS This Atlanta band uses plenty of reverb but stops short of haziness, delivering garage-y guitar pop. NUCLEAR SPRING This local rock band plays sleazy, freaky psychedelic garage rock with glam swagger. Self-titled album out now. RUNAWAY SUNS This Brooklyn band’s garage aesthetic has a strong folk undercurrent. Sometimes it sounds like The Kinks and other times like a fuzzed-out Donovan. Flicker Theatre & Bar 11 p.m. $6. www.myspace.com/ flickerbar ELF POWER This local band never ceases to explore new sonic territories–always experimenting with unconventional instrumenation and arrangements behind its driving folk-rock. JACOB MORRIS Acoustic, ‘70sinspired folk rock. Morris also plays in Moths and Ham1. 40 Watt Club 8 p.m. $15 (adv.) www.40watt.com OK GO Indie-pop stalwarts offer big hooks and danceable drum beats. The band’s latest album is Of the Blue Colour of the Sky. See story on p. 19. SAMUEL Solo electro-pop act from New York offering tuneful, sincere vocals and bouncy rhythms. THOSE DARLINS Country-punk girl group from Murfreesboro, TN. Gnat’s Landing 6:30 p.m. FREE! www.gnatslanding.net TJ MIMBS This local acoustic singersongwriter plays everything from hip-hop covers to alternative rock on acoustic guitar backed by loops and samples. Go Bar 10 p.m. www.myspace.com/gobar DR. FRED’S KARAOKE Hosted by karaoke fanatic John “Dr. Fred” Bowers. Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. FREE! 706-353-3050 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.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 13

REPTAR VENICE IS SINKING

Jack’s Bar 6–9 p.m. 912-604-8560 JOHN NORRIS AND DAN COY Jazz accompaniment. The Max Canada “Happy Hour.” 6–9 p.m. FREE! 706254-3392 GREG & GEORGE Members of riffheavy bluesy rock band Shallow Palace. Playing a stripped down set. NUCLEAR SPRING This local rock band plays sleazy, freaky psychedelic garage rock with glam swagger. New Earth Music Hall 9 p.m. $15. www.newearthmusichall. com ANA SIA Female dubstep artist from San Francisco who incorporates elements like psychedelic hip-hop, grimy glitch and more. BIG GIGANTIC Combining elements of electronica, hip-hop and hardcore. See Calendar Pick on p. 24. RPM 10 p.m. FREE! 706-543-0428 HOLY LIARS This local four-piece tends towards blue-collar rock, not unlike more polished early Uncle Tupelo or the cow-punkier moments of Social Distortion. Rye Bar “Knock Knock Dance Party.” 10:30 p.m. FREE! www.myspace.com/ ryebarathens WONKY KONG DJ producing various styles of dance music including bassline, tropical, fidget, tech and micro. Terrapin Beer Co. 5 p.m. www.terrapinbeer.com TURBINE These Bonnaroo vets jam on rock and funk with impressive three-part harmonies and inventive arrangements. WUOG 90.5FM 8 p.m. FREE! www.wuog.org “LIVE IN THE LOBBY” Green Gerry will perform on the college radio station’s twice weekly program. Listen over the air or drop by the station to watch!

Friday 5 Alibi 9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-1010 REDNECK GREECE Local artist sings swingin’ hillbilly honky tonk about “folks that grew up on the wrong side of tracks” with both an earnest conviction and a biting sense of humor. Athens Arena 9 p.m. $5 (21+), $10 (18+). 404-6264073 ALEX HALL Georgia’s Alex Hall may be young, but the voice on his recordings sounds like it belongs to an old country legend. JOE OLDS BAND Country rock with a heavy drumbeat. The Bad Manor 9 p.m. FREE! (21+), $5 (18+). www. thebadmanor.com DJRX DJ-remixer Brian Gonzalez delivers original mixes of mainly current pop with forays into rock, old school, country and electronica. Barnette’s “Voices Against Brain Cancer Benefit.” 10 p.m. $10. 706-543-3177 BLOODKIN The long-running Athens quartet plays a bluesy style of roots-rock music with big guitars

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19

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THE CALENDAR! and sharply written lyrics for darkly countrified bar-room rock. Boar’s Head Lounge 9 p.m. 706-369-3040 THE INCREDIBLE SANDWICH Athens-based jam band with some tropical leanings. Winners of the 2010 Flagpole Athens Music Award for best jam band! Buffalo’s Southwest Café 8 p.m. $10. 706–354–6655 DAVID PRINCE This Athens staple and one-time member of The Jesters plays your favorite soul, rock and R&B oldies. Caledonia Lounge 10 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). www.caledonialounge.com THE DARNELL BROTHERS The three Darnell brothers play and sing country blues originals backed by upright bass, singing saw and junk yard percussion. THE JOHN KING BAND This rootsy band, formerly known as Vinyl, stays true to the twangier side of its influences which include Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Allman Brothers. MATT HUDGINS & HIS SHIT HOT COUNTRY BAND Classic country and honky tonk from a local ensemble. Farm 255 11 p.m. FREE! www.farm255.com DELICATE STEVE This New Jersey band offers complex, layered compositions. The songs build to lend a glitchy symphonic quality to their simple melodies. WOODFANGS Grungy, lo-fi, psychedelic pop. Flicker Theatre & Bar 8:30 p.m. & 10:30 p.m. $5. www.myspace.com/flickerbar WOMEN IN THE ROUND Caroline Aiken, Lara Oshon and Laura Meyer will share the stage for an evening of world-class acoustic music. These three singer-songwriters spanning the East & West Coasts are coming together for the first time for this very special event, each sharing original songs from their new albums. 40 Watt Club 9 p.m. $12 (adv.) www.40watt.com FIEND WITHOUT A FACE Surf duo from Atlanta with impressively dynamic guitar work. MAN OR ASTRO-MAN? This veteran band has been making surf and punk music since the ‘90s, with a sort of rockabilly Devo aesthetic and new wave vocals. See story on p. 17. Gnat’s Landing 6:30 p.m. FREE! www.gnatslanding.net BROS. MARLER Brothers Drew and Daniel Marler play gypsyAmericana. Go Bar 10 p.m. www.myspace.com/gobar DJ MAHOGANY Freaky funk, sultry soul, righteous R&B and a whole lotta unexpected faves. NEON BLUD Sludgy punk trio from Florida. WITCHES Local oufit plays edgy, melodic rock led by the rich vocals of Cara Beth Satalino with touchstones that include The Breeders. Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. FREE! 706-353-3050 BORDERHOP TRIO This bluegrass trio sums up its sound in two words: “high” and “lonesome.”

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Highwire 8 -11 p.m. FREE! 706-583-8510 RAND LINES TRIO Pianist Rand Lines performs original compositions with the help of drummer Ben Williams and bassits Mike Beshara. Hotel Indigo “Fabulous Football Fridays.” 8:30 p.m. $25. www.indigoathens.com THE CATALINAS A staple of the Carolina surf-rock scene for over 50 years, this band keeps it fresh with an ever-rotating cast of musicians. Last Call 10 p.m. $8 (adv.), $10 (door). www. lastcallathens.com FUTUREBIRDS Local folk-rock band with a tattered, raspy edge and sweet harmonies. Their impressive new album, Hampton’s Lullaby, is out now. JONNY CORNDAWG Off-kilter, country-flavored, tongue-in-cheek ballads. Playing a solo set. Little Kings Shuffle Club 10:30 p.m. FREE! www.myspace.com/ littlekingsshuffleclub BITCH SWITCH Your all-star lady DJ team, three strong tonight, spins thick dance grooves and adds in a twinge of its own campy performance. The Melting Point 9 p.m. $12 (adv.), $15 (door) www. meltingpointathens.com KINCHAFOONEE COWBOYS Georgia six-piece playing country and Southern rock that has kept mostly the same lineup since the members were in high school nearly 20 years ago. They’ve since been a favorite around the state and have shared bills with such well known acts as the Dave Matthews Band and Widespread Panic. Nuçi’s Space “Nuçi’s Space Jam.” 7–10 p.m. $5. All ages. www.nuci.org UP UNTIL NOW Local duo plays electronic dance music with driving uptempo beats and catchy, unforgetable melodies. 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 and Friday with Lynn, the Queen of Karaoke! Rye Bar 10:30 p.m. FREE! www.myspace.com/ ryebarathens 3 FOOT SWAGGER Local jam rockers who blend high-energy rock with myriad original sounds. E COMPANY Spacey jazz with horns and a cool organ sound. Terrapin Beer Co. 5 p.m. www.terrapinbeer.com BLUEBILLY GRIT Live bluegrass! Performing originals and some great covers including The Beatles, Johnny Cash, Janis Joplin and even Alanis Morissette. Wayfarer Music Hall 8 p.m. $6. www.wayfarerhotel.com FISHING WITH DYNAMITE Country and Southern rock five-piece from Northeast Georgia. WUGA 91.7 FM 4 p.m. FREE! www.wuga.org “IT’S FRIDAY” Laura Meyer and Crane will perform on the local radio station’s weekly program. University Cable Channel 15 will also broadcast the show.

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Saturday 6 Alibi 9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-1010 KARAOKE With the Singing Cowboy! The Bad Manor 9 p.m. FREE! (21+), $5 (18+). www. thebadmanor.com NIC COWAN Eclectic infusion of soul, rock, blues and country. Bishop Park 8 a.m.–12 p.m. Athens Farmers Market. FREE! www.athensfarmersmarket.net LAURA MEYER NYC-based folk-rock artist known for her intricate style of guitar playing and evocative lyrics, and honored in many prestigious songwriting competitions. (8 a.m.) WHISPER KISS New acoustic project featuring multi-instrumentalist Michael Wegner (Abbey Road LIVE!, Fuzzy Sprouts, Sunny-Side Up Band) and Shelley Olin (DubConscious, Grogus). (10 a.m.). Caledonia Lounge 10 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). www.caledonialounge.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. QURIOUS This Atlanta group creates spacey soundscapes featuring dreamy female vocals, samples, synthesizers and freaky masks. Farm 255 11 p.m. FREE! www.farm255.com THE DISTRICT ATTORNEYS Local band plays summery Americana with a breezy, reverb-drenched aesthetic. Flicker Theatre & Bar 8:30 p.m. $5. www.myspace.com/ flickerbar LOVERS From Portland by way of Athens, this electro-pop group offers sparce but danceable tunes driven by synths and live drumming. TIN CUP PROPHETTE Amanda Kapousouz blends genres as she loops her airy vocals and violin around guitar and drums. 40 Watt Club 9:30 p.m. $8 (adv.), $10 (door). www.40watt.com KRUSH GIRLS Dance numbers from the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s—and today! So shake it, shake it at the dance party hosted by ultra-popular DJ Chris Bilheimer. We’re excited Krush Girls is back after self-imposed semi-retirement! YACHT ROCK REVUE This Atlantabased septet offers spot-on covers of soft rock hits from the ‘70s and ‘80s delivered with kitschy flair. Dancing is advised. See Calendar Pick on this page. Gnat’s Landing FREE! www.gnatslanding.net 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 game! Go Bar 10 p.m. www.myspace.com/gobar JESUS’S BOYFRIEND No info available. THE K-MACKS Danceable, highenergy country-fried punk rock for fans of acts like The Avett Bros. TWIN POWERS DJ Dan Geller (Gold Party, The Agenda) and friends spin late-night glam rock, new wave, Top 40, punk and Britpop.

Saturday, November 6

Yacht Rock Revue, Krush Girls 40 Watt Club Yacht Rock Revue singer Nicholas Niespodziani lays down the ground rules for setting sail with the greatest show on surf. First, there’s the dress code: “You’ve gotta have your Yacht Rock Revue captain’s hat and your collar popped and your shirt tucked in. We say, ‘If you ain’t tuckin’, you ain’t fuckin’.’” Next, the mood: “[The audience] shouldn’t take their excitement level to more than six out of 10 because anything more is going to rock the boat.” Finally, make sure there is fruit in your mixed drink and maybe a spoonful of irony to help the AM Gold go down. Niespodziani admits the tribute band, which impeccably covers the smooth styles of artists like Hall & Oates, Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins, is a “walking cliché,” but even as an “indie-rock snob” himself he’s discovered the magic of the genre. “The thing about yacht rock that’s so endearing is that it’s such good-times music. When you listen to Bob Dylan—who is like my favorite besides The Beatles—it’s so tied into the world and real things that happen, and it makes you think. Whereas, with yacht rock, you can dance like a doofus, and it’s OK. It’s just such an escape for people, and I think there is something really beautiful about that. It’s OK to want to escape sometimes.” What started as a one-off, tongue-in-cheek night of “dentist music” by Atlanta band Y.O.U. in 2008 has grown into a seven-plus-person phenomenon that consistently packs clubs in Atlanta and is in high demand at private events across the country. Just recently the group received its highest honor: praise from America’s Cup Hall of Fame inductee Ted Turner, who enthusiastically conducted the band through a rehearsal of the national anthem before the group performed at Bobby Cox’s final game. If Captain Courage himself is on board, what are you waiting for? Step into some polyester, put on those sunglasses (indoors, at night) and say “bon voyage” to all your worries. [Michelle Gilzenrat]

Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. FREE! 706-353-3050 ANDROCLES AND THE LION Minimalist indie rock that makes use of ambient sounds and guitar feedback without straying from traditional song structure. Hotel Indigo Post-game Tailgate. FREE! www.indigoathens.com BETSY FRANCK & THE BARE KNUCKLE BAND Soulful, brassy Southern rock and country songs rooted in tradition, but with a modern sensibility. Join them game day to cheer on the Dawgs! Last Call “Rave Night.” 9 p.m. FREE! www.lastcallathens.com TWO BROTHERS BAND Newly formed band from Athens featuring the White Brothers. They veer into live electronica not unlike Lotus and The Slip but stay true to their organic instruments. Their set will be followed by multiple DJs continuing with the “Rave Night” theme. Little Kings Shuffle Club 10 p.m. $5. www.myspace.com/littlekingsshuffleclub JUSTIN EVANS’ CHINATOWN DIARY Local guy Justin Evans wrangles intricate lyricism and twangy guitar into dirt-road romanticism. ADAM KLEIN Singer-songwriter who blends the finest elements of folk, Americana and country with poetic lyricism and striking imagery to create engaging, well-crafted songs. CD release party! See story on p. 18. Madison-Morgan Cultural Center 7 p.m. $15. www.mmcc-arts.org RANDALL BRAMBLETT Longtime Athenian Randall Bramblett will perform his blend of funky, soulful Southern Americana.

The Melting Point 9 p.m. $6 (adv.), $8 (door). www.meltingpointathens.com BRAD DOWNS & THE POOR BASTARD SOULS Local singersongwriter performs roots rock with his all-star band. His debut record includes guest appearances by members of R.E.M., Widespread Panic, Drive-By Truckers, Bloodkin and more! ADAM PAYNE This local musician’s impressively versatile tenor is somewhat reminiscent of Neil Young’s. He writes songs with a lot of heart. WILLIAM TONKS Local folk rocker William Tonks (Workhorses, Barbara Cue, etc.) performs on guitar and dobro. His earnest delivery recalls the vocals of James Taylor and the Southern tones of Gram Parsons. My Boy 10 p.m. FREE! 1387 W. Broad St. SIMPLE TEEK Young local hip-hop artist with a positive message. Her beats are programmed by Andy Gonzales (Marshmallow Coast). New Earth Music Hall “The Official UGA vs. ISU After Party.” 11 p.m. www.newearthmusichall. com ICE KREAM Hip-hop dance party hosted by Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi and Firestone International. Featuring DJ Rich Rock and DJ Dark Knight. The Office Lounge 9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-0840 HEAVY PETTY Former members of Masters of the Hemisphere and The Possibilities rock through the back catalog of Tom Petty. Rye Bar 10:30 p.m. FREE! www.myspace.com/ ryebarathens JAZZCHRONIC Local five-piece explores freaky, funky, psychedelic fusion jazz while incorporating rock, R&B, heavy beats and more.

Terrapin Beer Co. 5 p.m. www.terrapinbeer.com TIM MCNARY Sincere lyrics and soulful melodies. Whole: Mind. Body. Art. 7:30 p.m. $15. 706-410-0283 CHRIS KEEGAN Nashville’s Chris Keegan puts on a guitar workshop and performs his modern countryinfused rock music.

Sunday 7 ACC Library 3 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 LIVE! AT THE LIBRARY This week: Green Flag, an Athens band playing traditional Celtic music. Borders Books & Music 3:30 p.m. FREE! 706-583-8647 BRETT SCHIEBER Orchestralsounding pop from Atlanta. Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. FREE! 706-353-3050 FABULOUS BIRD Local troubadour Peter Alvanos plays bright, ‘60sinspired pop. Square One Fish Co. 12:30–3:30 p.m. FREE! www.squareonefishco.com CARLTON OWENS TRIO Drummer Carlton Owens, bass player Chris Enghauser and pianist Rand Lines play a three-hour set of music on the patio at every Sunday for brunch.

Monday 8 Alibi 9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-1010 KARAOKE With the Singing Cowboy! Go Bar 10 p.m. www.myspace.com/gobar RESIDENT ALIEN Rock band from Kentucky.


Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. FREE! 706-353-3050 OPEN MIC Hosted by local songstress Kyshona Armstrong every Monday. The Melting Point 8 -10 p.m. FREE! www.meltingpointathens.com THE HOOT A monthly event sponsored by the Athens Folk Music and Dance Society and hosted by Susan Staley. This week will feature a set from The Adams Family, HoBoHemians and Lavon Smith & Nancy Heiges. Rye Bar 10:30 p.m. FREE! www.myspace.com/ ryebarathens EVAN BARBER Southern rock with an alt-country twang. JJ WELLS Simple and heartfelt country ballads with ominous vocals and masterful guitar solos. Ten Pins Tavern 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-540-1831 OPEN MIC Tom Eisenbraun hosts a weekly open mic featuring drink specials and half-priced fried okra for all performers.

Tuesday 9 Alibi 9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-1010 KARAOKE With the Singing Cowboy! Caledonia Lounge 9:30 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (Under 21). All ages show. www.caledonialounge. com ARTISTS OF WAR Solo act of local musician Brad Olsen. Highly technical, propulsive metal. FALCONES Brand-new local band that references Smashing Pumpkins and At the Drive-in. DYLAN GILBERT Gilbert writes pop gems with a mastery that is far beyond his years. Big, sweeping melodies bounce along upbeat rhythms. NATIVE KID Soulful indie pop. Farm 255 11 p.m. FREE! www.farm255.com DARNELL BROTHERS The three Darnell brothers play and sing country blues originals backed by upright bass, singing saw and junk yard percussion. GRINNIN’ BEAR Expect fast-paced country and bluegrass tunes from this local band. LEOTARDS With jangly guitars and upbeat, half-shouted vocals, this band calls to mind such recent acts as Abe Vigoda or No Age. The Globe 8 p.m. FREE! 706-353-4721 IAN MCFERON AND ALISA MILNER Upbeat country from Seattle with Texas-style fiddle accompaniment. Highwire Lounge 8–11 p.m. FREE! 706-583-8510 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. Little Kings Shuffle Club “Athens Farmers Market.” 4–7 p.m. FREE! www.athensfarmersmarket.net CARLY GIBSON Georgia-born songwriter who draws on rock, jazz, folk and blues. (5:30 p.m.) BRETT VAUGHN Member of Indiepop band The Ums and recent Athens transplant, Vaughn plays his songwriter-type folk music. (4-5:15 p.m.)

The Melting Point “Terrapin Bluegrass Series.” 7 p.m. $3. www.meltingpointathens.com SEVEN HANDLE CIRCUS Layered and lush bluegrass with modernsounding vocals and lyrics. New Earth Music Hall 8 p.m. FREE! (21 & up) $2 (under 21). www.newearthmusichall.com POETIC SOUL Mon2 and Buddah host an open-mic for poets, singers and other soulful types. Every Tuesday. Rye Bar 10:30 p.m. FREE! www.myspace.com/ ryebarathens RIBBONS Bright, soaring rock from Philadelphia with intricate guitar parts reminiscent of Chin Up Chin Up. SUMILAN Technically proficient musicians playing progressive jam rock. Wilson’s Soul Food “Sidewalk Symphonies.” 5–7 p.m. 706-353-7289 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. CO CO RI CO Angular, guitar-driven rock that melodically meanders through post-rock soundscapes featuring technical drums, wandering bass and glockenspiel. WUOG 90.5FM 8 p.m. FREE! www.wuog.org “LIVE IN THE LOBBY “ Modern Skirts will perform on the college radio station’s twice weekly program. Listen over the air or drop by the station to watch!

Wednesday 10 Caledonia Lounge 10 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). www.caledonialounge.com CO CO RI CO Angular, guitar-driven rock that melodically meanders through post-rock soundscapes featuring technical drums, wandering bass and glockenspiel. GOLDILOCKS Funky, layered surfrock with jangly optimism. WOWSER BOWSER Blissed-out, bittersweet synth-pop. 8e’s Bar 10 p.m. FREE! 706-613-1764 DJ ANDYREDRUM Atlanta-based deejay offering “the other side” of the ‘80s, including new wave and alternative. Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. FREE! 706-353-3050 “ONE MAN WEDNESDAY” Surprise guest solo artist! Last Call 9 p.m.–1 a.m. FREE! For more info contact dg2003@yahoo.com SPICY SALSA DANCING Lessons begin at 9 p.m. and dancing starts at 10 p.m. No partner required. The Melting Point 9 p.m. $5. www.meltingpointathens. com KYSHONA ARMSTRONG This local group plays smooth, funky rock that’s good for the soul. EMILY HEARN Young singersongwriter performs sweet, innocent, melodic acoustic ballads. JOHN FRENCH AND THE BASTILLES Songwriter John French’s sincere acoustic compositions are backed by a group of musicians who show country and rock influence.

The Office Lounge 9:30 p.m. FREE! 706-549-0840 KARAOKE Every Wednesday and Friday with Lynn, the Queen of Karaoke! Rye Bar 10:30 p.m. www.myspace.com/ryebarathens DJ KILLACUT A definitive night of hip-hop. DJ Killacut invites local rappers to perform to their own music or some choice cuts from the DJ’s selection. 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. FREE! www.terrapinbeer.com LAURA MEYER NYC-based folk-rock artist known for her intricate style of guitar playing and evocative lyrics, and honored in many prestigious songwriting competitions. * Advance Tickets Available

Down the Line 11/11 Immuzikation (Jack’s Bar) 11/11 Old Skool DJ (Alibi) 11/11 Kite to the Moon / Misfortune500 / Yo Soybean (40 Watt Club) 11/11 Muzik (Aftermath) 11/11 Dusty Lightswitch / Great Day in the Morning / Hans Darkbolt (Caledonia Lounge) 11/11 The Welfare Liners (DePalma’s Italian Cafe) 11/11 Steve Key and Friends (Hendershot’s Coffee Bar) 11/11 Benjy Davis Project (Last Call) 11/11 FLT RSK / The New Deal / Up Until Now (New Earth Music Hall) 11/11 Dirty Paris (Rye Bar) 11/11 Future (Terrapin Beer Co.) 11/11 Greg & George / Zach & Will (The Max Canada) 11/11 Jerry Joseph and the Wally Ingram Duo (The Melting Point) 11/11 “Live in the Lobby “ (WUOG 90.5FM) 11/12 Deleted Scenes / Grape Soda / Modern Skirts (40 Watt Club) 11/12 Elvis! (Buffalo’s Southwest Café) 11/12 American Cheeseburger / Hot Breath / Jucifer (Caledonia Lounge) 11/12 Cockerspaniels / Werewolves / Ye Olde Sub Shoppe (Flicker Theatre & Bar) 11/12 Bill Mallonee (Hendershot’s Coffee Bar) 11/12 Rand Lines Trio (Highwire) 11/12 Kim Carnes (Hotel Indigo) 11/12 Rehab (Last Call) 11/12 Cars Can Be Blue / The Humms / Shannon and the Clams (Little Kings Shuffle Club) 11/12 The K-Macks / Matt Kabus (Nuçi’s Space) 11/12 Dave Daniels & The PTA / Brett Vaughn (Rye Bar) 11/12 Doctor Squid / Leaving Araby / Lefty Hathaway / The Less / The Orkids (The Bad Manor) 11/12 Sensational Sounds of Motown (The Melting Point) 11/12 “It’s Friday” (WUGA 91.7 FM) 11/13 Bambara / Oryx & Crake / Reptar / Venice Is Sinking (40 Watt Club) 11/13 Flash to Bang Time / Kevin Dunn and the Common Article / Tunabunny (Caledonia Lounge)

11/13 Caroline Aiken / Carly Gibson (Bishop Park) 11/13 Tastes Like Good (Hendershot’s Coffee Bar) 11/13 Carla Le Fever and the Rays (Last Call) 11/13 E. R. E. / JUNK (Rye Bar) 11/13 Bridges out of Eden (Terrapin Beer Co.) 11/13 Holman Autry Band (The Melting Point) 11/14 Mark Wenthe (Borders Books & Music) 11/14 The Garnett River Girls (Boutier Winery) 11/14 Liturgy (Farm 255) 11/14 “Student Showcase” (Hendershot’s Coffee Bar) 11/14 Carlton Owens Trio (Square One Fish Co.) 11/14 Camp (The Melting Point) 11/15 Open Mic (Hendershot’s Coffee Bar) 11/15 Open Mic (Ten Pins Tavern) 11/15 Only Living Boy (Rye Bar) 11/16 NO SHAME! (Hendershot’s Coffee Bar) 11/16 Thomas Galloway (Jack’s Bar) 11/16 Justin Evans / Kaitlin Jones and Chris Cason (Little Kings Shuffle Club) 11/16 Efren / JJ Grey and Mofro / Poetic Soul (New Earth Music Hall) 11/16 Dopapod (Rye Bar) 11/16 Pholksinger’s Bluegrass Pickin’ Circle / The Welfare Liners (White Tiger Gourmet Food & Chocolates) 11/16 “Live in the Lobby “ (WUOG 90.5FM) 11/17 DJ Andyredrum (8e’s Bar) 11/17 Spicy Salsa Dancing (Last Call) 11/17 Poetic Release Therapy (Sky City Lounge & Bulldog Cafe) 11/17 Bridges & Powerlines / Easter Island / Sunspots (Caledonia Lounge) 11/17 Dopapod (Rye Bar) 11/17 Dylan Gilbert (Terrapin Beer Co.) 11/17 Lyle Lovett (The Classic Center) 11/18 Ryan Francesconi / Joanna Newsom (40 Watt Club) 11/18 Mama’s Love (Jack’s Bar) 11/18 Alex B / Dank Sinatra / Eliot Lipp (New Earth Music Hall) 11/18 Eddie & The Public Speakers (Rye Bar) 11/18 Dave Howard (Terrapin Beer Co.) 11/18 Papadosio (The Bad Manor) 11/18 The Blueroots / Greg & George / Sam Sniper (The Max Canada) 11/19 DJ Kurt Wood / DJ Mahogany (New Earth Music Hall) 11/19 Azure Ray / Dead Fingers / James Husband (40 Watt Club) 11/19 Randall Bramblett (Buffalo’s Southwest Café) 11/19 Secret Swarm (Floorspace) 11/19 Rusty Belle (Hendershot’s Coffee Bar) 11/19 Brad Heller and The Fustics / Ken Will Morton Band / Timber (Little Kings Shuffle Club) 11/19 Afro America (Rye Bar) 11/19 New Terminus (Terrapin Beer Co.)

In the ATL 11/5 La Roux (The Tabernacle) 11/7 Marcy Playground (The Masquerade) 11/11 The Dandy Warhols (Center Stage) 11/12 Black Mountain / The Black Angels (The EARL) 11/13 The Dresden Dolls (The Buckhead Theatre) 11/17 Future Islands (Eyedrum) * Advance Tickets Available

Café au Libris

At the Athens-Clarke County Library, 2025 Baxter Street

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Guest Authors Allan Armitage - Armitage’s Vines and Climbers Donny Seagraves - Gone from These Woods Jeffrey Stepakoff - Fireworks over Toccoa Grady Thrasher - Tim and Sally’s Year in Poems

Music by Mamie Simonds

Susan Rebecca White - A Soft Place to Land

~Sponsored by the Friends of the Athens-Clarke County Library~ Books will be available for purchase and signing, and there will be a silent auction of collectible books. Visa, MasterCard, cash and check accepted. All proceeds benefit the Library. Admission is free. Call (706) 613-3650, ext. 344 for more information.

UGA Online Courses MORE THAN 75 COURSES ONLINE For more information or to register:

www.georgiacenter.uga.edu/flagpole 706-542-3243 1-800-877-3243 See your academic advisor about applying specific IDL courses to your program of study.

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.

SUNDAY JAZZ BRUNCH TUESDAY DATE NIGHT Fresh Seafood, South Florida Style ON SITE PARKING!

Free Wi-Fi Event Planning Reservations Accepted

Surf n’ Turf for 2, a bottle of wine or 2 beverages, dessert $ 40 per couple

Saturday, Nov. 6 Open at 3pm

POST GAME HAPPY HOUR

Complimentary Appetizer till 7pm Drink Specials at the bar

HAPPY HOUR DAILY 50¢ Oysters with Complimentary hors d’oeuvres

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ART

Nov. 9 (1–8 p.m.) & Nov. 10 (12-4 p.m.) 706-613-3623 ext. 224.

2010 Student Art Competition (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Seeking submissions from Georgia college and high school students 9th grade and above. Deadline to submit is Dec. 10. Call or email Connie Cottingham for more information. 706-5426014, connicot@uga.edu “Art in the Air” Contest Submissions (Athens, GA) Athens area artists are invited to submit artwork to hang above the highways on the billboards of Athens-Clarke County. Artwork must measure 30 inches wide by 9 inches high or a size that is exactly proportional to those dimensions. Application and rules available online. Deadline for submissions is Nov. 19. www.artintheair.com, michael.parsons@fairwayoutdoor.com Call for Artists (Farmington Depot Gallery) Seeking artists for outdoor holiday market. Art must be handmade. Please send digitals of the artwork by email. Booths at the outdoor market cost $25 including electricity. Festive lights encouraged. Market will be held Dec. 4 & 5. 706548-6596, peterlooseart@gmail.com Call for Artists (Ten Pins Tavern) Seeking unique submissions from artists who are interested in showcasing their work inside of a bowling alley. 706-540-1831, www. tenpinstavern.com Call for Artists/Crafters (Lyndon House Arts Center) Seeking original, handmade wreaths, ornaments or other holiday-inspired art/crafts for “Deck the Walls.” Fabricated bases may be used but items should have hand-made embellishments incorporated into the finished product. Delivery dates:

CLASSES Adult Wing Chun Kung Fu (Floorspace) Wing Chun is a Chinese system of Kung Fu that specializes in developing dynamic, explosive and street-oriented practical self-defense. Mondays & Tuesdays, 5:45–6:45 p.m. $12 per class, $60 for 6 classes. jare616@gmail.com Adventure Club: Yoga Teacher Training (Rubber Soul Yoga) 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. www.rubbersoulyoga.com/adventure.html Argentine Tango Essentials (Athens Elks Lodge, 3155 Atlanta Hwy.) Workshop taught by Clint Rauscher and Shelly Brooks of Atlanta’s Tango Evolution. No experience or partner necessary. Nov. 9 &23, 6–8:30 p.m. $5. 706-6138178, cvunderwood@charter.net Back Care Yoga (Mind Body Institute) Don’t submit to chronic back pain. Call to register. Classes begin Nov. 4. Thursdays, 6–8 p.m. $75 (6 classes). www.armc.org/mbi Bellydancing (Healing Arts Centre) Learn basic technique, postures and movements fundamental to all styles of bellydance in “Beginners Egyptian Bellydancing” (Wednesdays, 7–8:15 p.m.). Learn intermediate-level movements in “Intermediate/Advanced Bellydancing” (Wednesdays, 8:30–9:45 p.m.). 706-613-1143, www.healingartscentre.net

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, jewaters@gmail.com Chen Style Taijiquan (Floorspace) Effortless power. Authentic Chinese martial lineage. Register for ongoing instruction. Sundays and Mondays, 706-6143342, telihu@gmail.com 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, www.gooddirt.net Computer Class: Mouse and Keyboard Skills (ACC Library, Educational Technology Center) Introduction to using a computer mouse and keyboard for adults. Call to register. Nov. 4, 7–8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 ext. 354 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, awhite@athenstech.edu, www.athenstech.edu Continuing Education Classes at UGA (Various Locations) Register for a class to expand your job opportunities, enhance your garden, learn a new language, etc. Go online to learn more. www.georgiacenter.uga.edu Dancefx Fitness Classes (Dancefx) Choose from Pilates, zumba, body sculpting, floor barre, stretch and more. See full schedule

BEEPER & WEDNESDAY

Athens Area Humane Society

ADOPTION CENTER

Inside Pet Supplies Plus at Alps Shopping Center • 706.353.2287 Miss Amy was mid-nap but goodnaturedly obliged meeting new folks. She’s an easygoing, beautiful long-hair girl happy to chat or snuggle with you.

Tilly has huge Cheshire-cat eyes and a heart-shaped face. She takes her time getting to know you, but then is extremely sweet. She is declawed and will need to stay indoors.

MISS AMY

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ACC ANIMAL CONTROL 31 Dogs Received 13 Dogs Placed

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

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Two sweet and playful Tortoiseshell sisters aren’t a bit shy. They would love to stay together as they are best playmates.

Samhain (you can call him “Sam”) looks perpetually sleepy. He’s a love bug who’s very laidback but looooooves attention.

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Craig Hawkins’ painting “Box No. 8” is part of the “Juried Student Exhibition” at the Lamar Dodd School of Art through Nov. 9. online. $6/class. 706-355-3078, www.dancefx.org 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, www.ocaf.com Figure Drawing Sessions (Fringe Collective Artistic Studios) Weekly drop-in sessions for artists wishing to draw the human figure. Must be over age 18. Sundays, 2–4 p.m. $8. 706-540-2727, fringecollective@live.com Figure Photography Sessions (Fringe Collective Artistic Studios) Photographers over 18 years of age are invited to this weekly open studio. Optional instruction is offered for beginners. By appointment only. Sundays, 4–6 p.m. $20. 706-540-2727, fringecollective@live.com Holiday Clay Classes (Good Dirt) Be productive and creative this season with wheel-thrown pottery, slab-building, clay beads or mug making! Complete schedule online. 706-355-3161, www.gooddirt.net Introduction to Power Point (Oconee County Library) Class will cover the basics of creating a digital slide show, including design/slide layout option, inserting images, creating slide transitions and more. Registration required. Nov. 3, 3–4:30 p.m. FREE! 706769-3950

Kids’ Kung Fu (Floorspace) The Junior program teaches a solid base of effective martial arts skills from Jun Fan Gung Fu and Wing Chun Kung Fu. Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3:45–4:45 p.m. jare616@gmail. com, www.floorspaceathens.com 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. FREE! 706475-7329, mbiprograms@armc.org Lyengar Yoga (StudiO) Certified Lyengar teacher leads a class focusing on strength, flexibility, stamina and balance. Tuesdays, 6:45–8:15 p.m. $10/class, $56/series. www. athensomtownyoga.com Mama-Baby Yoga for Crawlers (Mind Body Institute) For crawlings babes until they begin walking (about 8 months to 18 months age) and their mamas. Every Wednesday. 12:30–1:45 p.m. $60 (6 classes). 706-475-7329, www.armc. org/mbi Martial Arts (Live Oak Martial Arts, 400 C. Comerce Blvd.) Tae Kwon Do, self-defense and grappling and weapons classes for kids and adults, beginner through advanced. With instructor and three-time AAU National Champion Jason Hughes. 706-548-0077, www. liveoakmartialarts.com Mezmer Society and Darbuka Dave Workshops (Floorspace) A day of workshops with the fabulous Onca and August of the Mezmer Society of Lumani. Registration is limited to just 30 people. See the website for a complete list of workshops, schedules and prices. Nov. 6, 11 a.m.–5:30 p.m. www.mezmersinathens.eventbrite.com

Mixed-Media Workshop (Hampton Fine Art Gallery) Artist Cameron Hampton teaches you how to use mixed media to create animals in this one-time class. Nov. 8, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. $55. www.artistcameronhampton.com Mouse and Keyboard Skills (Oconee County Library) Covering the basics of using the keyboard and mouse. Space is limited; call to register. Nov. 8, 3–4:30 p.m. FREE! 706-769-3950 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.healingartscentre.net OCAF Classes (OCAF) Now registering for fall classes. Offerings include drawing, watercolor, oil and acrylic painting, bagpipe making, ceramic arts, book making and poetry. 706-769-4565, www.ocaf.com 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.healingartscentre.net Pilates Mat Class (StudiO, 675 Pulaski St.) All levels welcome. Mats provided. Wednesdays, 6:45–7:40 p.m. $15. studioinathens.com Prenatal Yoga (Mind Body Institute) For expectant mothers. Every Tuesday. 6:30–8 p.m. $60 (6 classes). 706-475-7329, www.armc. org/mbi


Puppy Training Class (UGA Vet College) Puppies 8-16 weeks receive training from veterinary behaviorists from the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine. Nov. 9, 16, 30 & Dec. 7, 7 p.m. 706-542-1984 Qigong (State Botanical Garden of Georgia, Visitor Center, Great Room) Certified Qigong instructor Carl Lindberg leads class on the ancient Chinese art of self-cultivation that fosters health, relaxation and calm. Mondays, through Nov. 8, noon–1 p.m. $80. 706-542-1244, www.uga. edu/botgarden Self-Defense Clinic (Classic Martial Arts Club) Certified tactics instructors will lead participants through strategies of self-protection. No experience necessary. Nov. 13, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. $25. 706-353-3616, www.classic-mac.com Striptease 101 (The Hardcore Gym) Sexy dancing techniques for women. A prerequisite for Striptease 102. 18 & up. See schedule online. www.bobbisburlesque.webs.com Tech Tips: Ebay and Craigslist (Oconee County Library) Look for a job, rehome your finches, arrange a carpool or find that missing person–all on Craigslist. Nov. 7, 3 p.m. FREE! 706769-3950 Tech Tips: Twitter (ACC Library) Tweet yourself to a free class on Twitter, a micro-blogging, social messaging business tool. Nov. 16. 12:15–1 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 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.soundtherapygoddess.com, 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, www.americanblackbelt.org Yoga (Active Climbing) Join us every week to work out your core, strength, balance, flexibilty and more. First time is free, and all levels are welcome. Tuesdays, 5:30–6:45 p.m. $8/class. 706-354-0038, www. activeclimbing.com Yoga and Art for Kids and Teens (Whole: Mind. Body. Art., 160 Tracy St.) Now offering mentally, physically and artistically enriching classes for children and teens. Choose from Yoga Sprouts, Recycled Arts, Intro to Drawing and Creative Alterations. Go online for more information and for complete schedule. 706-410-0283, wholemindbodyart.com Yoga Classes (Sangha Yoga Studio) Choose from morning, afternoon or evening classes. For all skill levels. See full schedule online. $14/drop-in, $60/6-class punch card. 706-613-1143, www.healingartscentre.net

Yoga Classes (Mind Body Institute) Experienced and highly educated instructors offer a wide variety of basic and specialty classes throughout the day. 706-475-7329, www.armc.org/mbi Yoga, Tai Chi and Pilates (Five Points Yoga) Classes in Mama-Baby Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Power Vinyasa Flow, Pranayama, Tai Chi Qui Gong, Tai Chi Kung Fu and Pilates for all levels. Full schedule online. www. athensfivepointsyoga.com 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. http://53247.zumba.com/ 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, $80/session. www.uga. edu/botgarden

HELP OUT! American Red Cross (Red Cross Donor Center, 3525 Atlanta Hwy.) Seeking donors for all blood types. 706-546-0681, www.redcrossblood. org Bike to Market Day (Athens Farmers’ Market) BikeAthens needs volunteers to help hand out free cookies and promotional materials to those walked, biked or took the bus to the market. Email to sign-up for a shift. Nov. 6, 8 a.m.–12 p.m. admin@bikeathens.com BikeAthens Bike Recycling (Chase Street Warehouses) Join BikeAthens volunteers as they clean and repair donated bicylces for local service agencies. Bike repair skills a plus but not necessary. BikeAthens is also seeking donation of used kids and adult bikes in any condition. Sundays (2–4:30 p.m.), Mondays & Wednesdays (6–8:30 p.m.) FREE! www.bikeathens.com Blood Drive (Red Cross Donor Center) Give the gift of life! Call to make an appointment today. 706546-0681, 1-800-RED-CROSS, www.redcrossblood.org 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, gaunit@rfbd.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@ ging.org, www.ging.org

KIDSTUFF Athens Jr. Roller Derby (Skate-A-Round USA) Girls ages 7-17 are invited to experience the

confidence-building and physical benefits of the sport in this nocontact league. Sundays, 2–4 p.m. $3 (for speed skate rental). athensjuniorrollerderby.formup.com 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 “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@activeclimbing.com Home School Science (Sandy Creek Nature Center) Sandy Creek Nature Center hosts an interactive learning experience for homeschoolers and their parents this fall. Call to register for these monthly programs about weather, rocks, astronomy and more. Third Fridays through December, 10 a.m.–noon. $2. 706613-3615 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.sandycreeknaturecenter.com Spanish Mommy and Me Classes (Email for Location) Learn Spanish with your preschooler through songs, stories and games! New session starting soon. sehlers@uga.edu Storytime in the Park (Rocksprings Neighborhood Center) Parents and children are invited to attend a new program featuring two of the best things life has to offer: literature and the outdoors! Stories will be accompanied by dancing, singing, plays, crafts, snacks and musical instruments. For children ages 18 months to 4 years and their guardians. Every second Wednesday through Dec. 8. 10:30 a.m. $2. 706613-3603, www.accleisureservices. com 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. www.smallhousecreative.com

SUPPORT Alcoholics Anonymous (Athens, GA) If you want to drink, that’s your business. If you want to stop, we can help. 706-543-0436, www.athensaa.com Emotional Abuse Support Group (Call for location) Demeaning behavior and hateful

ART AROUND TOWN ACC Library (Heritage Gallery, 2025 Baxter St.) Graphic design exhibition of books and research posters accompanying Moon Jung Jang’s research on the transformation of a minor arc or minor arc sector in visual communication. Through December. Opening reception Nov. 6. Amici Italian Café (233 E. Clayton St.) Abstract paintings from Meg McConnell. Through November. Athens Academy (1281 Spartan Dr.) Large outdoor metal sculptures comprised of mechanical parts from local artist Doug Makemson. Through Dec. 10. Aurum Studio (125 E. Clayton St.) Paintings by June Ball and Dianne Penny. Through Nov. 16. Flicker Theatre & Bar (263 W. Washington St.) New paintings by Andy Cherewick. Through November. Good Dirt (510 B N. Thomas St.) “Enchanted Forest” is a display of macabre sculpture, clay jack-o-lanterns and other Halloween-themed works by featured artist Jeff Williams and friends. Through Nov. 7. Hair Therapy Studio (840 Hawthorne Ave.) “Vinyasa,” featuring mixed media works by Celia Brooks. Through Nov. 13. Healing Arts Centre (834 Prince Ave.) Paintings by Ainhoa Bilbao Canup. Through Nov. 5. Just Pho…and More (1039 Baxter St.) New work by Barbara Hudson. Through November. Lamar Dodd School of Art (270 River Rd.) Donated works for the 3rd Annual MFA Art Auction and Fundraiser. Exhibtion and silent auction runs through Nov. 9. Live auction scheduled for Nov. 10 at Little Kings. (Galleries 101 and 307) Second Annual Juried Student Exhibition, featuring work by artists at the Lamar Dodd School of Art. Through Nov. 9. (Gallery 307) “Lines of Impulse and Deliberation,” an exhibit featuring drawings by Susan Cofer. Through Dec. 15. (William J. Thompson Gallery, S. Thomas St. Bldg.) Sculptural work from Professor Steven Abadie’s 2400 Class. Nov. 7–14. Lyndon House Arts Center (293 Hoyt St.) “Floating Fetching Fowling,” paintings, drawings, mixed media and 3D art by Ouida Williams, Nancy Lloyd and Caroline Montague. Through Jan. 19. “Hands That Can Do: African-American Quilters of Northeast Georgia,” is an exhibition of quilts which

words can be just as harmful as punches and kicks. Childcare is provided. Call the Project Safe hotline: 706-543-3331. Wednesdays, 6:30–8 p.m. Overeaters Anonymous (Various Locations) 12-step meetings for compulsive eaters. All ages and sizes welcome. Mondays, 5:30 p.m. at Nuçi’s Space. Thursdays, 7 p.m. at St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church. Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. at Princeton United Methodist Church. FREE! 404-771-8971, www.oa.org PTSD Support Group Local support group now forming for family members of soldiers and veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. 770-725-4527 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. fire@yahoo.com to learn about the next meeting. Survive and Revive (Call for location) Domestic violence support

celebrates the tradition of quilting in the AfricanAmerican community. Through January 19. Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation (OCAF) (Watkinsville) “Georgia Small Works” juried exhibition features only work that is 14”x14” or smaller in size. Through Nov. 12. “Repercussions” represents an exploration in the methods of drawing, painting, collage and traditional printmaking techniques used by Athens artists Lyndon Tewksbury and Eric Simmons. Through Nov. 20. The Point of Art Gallery (604 Sibley Ave., Union Point) “Tapestry: Life Stories in Paintings” features the work of Laura Connely. Through Dec. 24. Reception on Nov. 4. 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 Nov. 29. Ten Pins Tavern (Homewood Shopping Center) Mixed media works by Clarke County Middle School teacher Luke Durkish. Through Nov. 21. The Grit (199 Prince Ave.) Featuring new drawings by James Greer. Through Nov. 7. 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. Transmetropolitan (145 E Clayton St.) New work by Sarah T. Through November. UGA Ecology Building (140 E. Green St.) Jim Porter from the Odum School of Ecology presents a butterfly exhibition featuring more than 300 specimens of tropical butterflies. Through Dec. 1. Various Locations “You, Me and the Bus Art Rocks!,” presented by the Athens Area Arts Council, the Athens Transit System and the ACC Government showcases four new, music-themed bus shelters around town desiged by local artists. White Tiger Gourmet Food & Chocolates (217 Hiawasee Ave.) New work from graphic designer Kim Kirby. Through November.

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ON THE STREET Frankenstein Lives! Rose of Athens Theatre chronicles the life of young gothic novelist Mary Shelley in this performance which explores some uncanny similarities between the artist and her literary creation. The show is available for booking through March. 706-340-9181, www.roseofathens.org Call for Entries (Downtown Athens) The Athens-Clarke County Downtown Parade of Lights is accepting entries through Nov. 18. The parade entry fee is $40. Go online or call for more information. 706-

613-3801, robinstevens@co.clarke. ga.us, www.accleisureservices.com Free to Breathe Run/Walk (Sandy Creek Park) Raise vital funding for lung cancer research when you register for this 5K run or onemile walk. Nov. 13, 7 a.m. $15–$20. 608-316-3786, www.freetobreathe. org 11th Annual Turkey Trot 5K Race (UGA Stegeman Coliseum) UGA Habitat for Humanity hosts a fun run/walk event. Proceeds work to eliminate substandard housing and create affordable living in the Athens area. Race day: Nov. 14. For more info, see www.active.com. 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. They provide a prime location, the goods and the stand; you provide the man/ woman/child-power. Reserve your dates today. 706-850-8226, treehousekidandcraft@gmail.com f

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My little cousin is a lesbian. She is almost 20 and recently decided that she wants to be a guy. We have been very close for a long time, and I am fully supportive of whatever she wants. Basically, everybody else in the family is humoring her and assuming it’s a phase, and I am happy that they’re even being that nice. Now that she is actually starting to identify as male, I am in a bit of an odd place. I don’t know how to refer to her. She’s always been a bit of a tomboy anyway, so I don’t know what kind of changes to expect and how I will refer to her (him?). Any advice? I am really trying to respect her wishes and I don’t want to screw up. Big Cous You need to get together with your cousin, ask her straight up how and when she intends to make this transition, and how she wants to be referred to henceforth. You two are close, and you don’t have any experience in this arena, so just be straightforward and ask her what she wants. Then you get to be the ambassador to the rest of the family. It sounds like you’re perfect for the job. Good luck. My boyfriend and I just moved in together after a year and a half of living long distance. He moved from his hometown, and we got a new place together so he wouldn’t feel like he was living in “my place.” Which is fine. I make a good amount of money because I have had a good job for a long time, so in order to help him adjust to the expense of living in a city, I offered to pay the same amount of rent that I had been paying on a one-bedroom, but that we would move into a two-bedroom and he would make up the difference. So, his plan was to go to grad school. He works in a bar, which is what he did at home, and he works nights from Thursday through Saturday, and now we see even less of each other than we did when we lived 800 miles apart. The problem is, he took the first job he found and now he seems perfectly content to keep working at a bar. I work a regular job, get up early in the morning, and even when he has a weekend day or night off he sleeps for most of it and then I don’t see him anyway. He gets home long after I have gone to bed, many times after having been drinking for a couple hours after work. I used to work in a bar, and I know how it is. It’s not like I would race home to get into bed with my already sleeping girlfriend if I were him either. But when he was talking about moving he acted like he was going to find a day job and then study for the GMAT, and now he has been here for six months and not a word about school. On the plus side, he is meeting his own

friends and finding his own way around so he doesn’t feel like he’s relying on me too much. Also, he is making good money and that hasn’t been an issue for us. But these friends are bar people, with bar schedules, and they are young and happy to stay up all night and sleep all day. Most of them don’t have plans and certainly not any sort of goals. Again, this is fine, and I did that and I know how it is. But my boyfriend is pushing 30 and he said he was going to go to school. And now I have a roommate that I barely see instead of a boyfriend that I actually get to hang around with on a regular basis. We keep talking about it, and he keeps saying to give him time and have faith. Frankly, I’m getting tired of the conversation at this point, but I don’t know what to do. I have tried to be patient, but I worry that he will never get out of this lifestyle if he doesn’t do it now. I am tired of having the same conversation over and over, but I can’t help it. I can’t think of anything else because it affects my life every day. I am losing sleep because of his schedule and because I am as lonely most of the time as I was when he didn’t live here. I am not sure how much longer I can do this. Help! Day Job Six months is a lot of time to keep a supposedly temporary job. Is he even applying for anything else? If he isn’t, then you need to dredge up the crappy conversation at least one more time, and ask him to set a date. I know the job market sucks right now, but he could get a daytime bar job (not as much money, but possibly a good trade off) or something in retail or even a temporary office gig? At least then you would see each other. Plus, having a less social (and less drunk) job will probably make him more likely to get cracking on grad school. Even if you’re tired of the conversation, it has to be had. It sounds like he gave you some expectations that he isn’t meeting, and you have to sort it out or you’re going to lose it. Make sure he understands how you feel and why, and make sure this isn’t just about him growing up, but about the two of you actually having a life together. Ask him to set a goal and then stop talking about it. Give him another month (or whatever) to find a different job or at least a different schedule. Have an end-date in mind. See what kind of effort he makes. If things haven’t changed by then, and if he isn’t really trying, you have to ask him to move out. Jyl Inov Got a question for Jyl? Submit your anonymous inquiry via the Reality Check button at www.flagpole.com.

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Monday, Oct. 18, Flagpole was fortunate enough to sit down with former U.S. Army Lieutenant Dan Choi to ask him some questions about his experiences as possibly the most publicly out-of-the-closet military officer in America. It was in March of 2009 that Choi, then a spokesman for Knights Out, an LGBT awareness group consisting of West Point alumni, announced his sexual orientation on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show.” Proceedings began immediately to have Choi discharged from the military, in accordance with the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. Since then, Choi has become a vocal civil rights activist and a well-known advocate for gay members of the military. It just so happened that the weekend before we spoke with Choi, federal Judge Virginia Philips refused to issue a stay on her ruling that DADT was unconstitutional. On Tuesday, Oct. 19, the Pentagon surprised the nation by taking steps to accept openly gay recruits; Choi was seen in the pages of The New York Times the next day reenlisting. Later that week, the Obama administration issued an appeal, and for now, DADT remains in place. Flagpole: Following the federal court ruling last week… Lt. Daniel Choi: Log Cabin Republicans.

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FP: Right. Can you maybe give people an idea of the mood coming from the LGBT community in the military? Choi: I know that in the LGBT community overall, it’s creating something of a paradigm shift. For so long, we’ve been so tied to the Democrats as a party, and we think that our self-worth is tied to the Democrats’ success every November. And that is becoming a sore spot for not only our community, but for the larger progressive movement. We are beginning to see that this is supposed to be a participatory democracy and not a representative democracy. We’ve tried with this whole representative democracy idea, and, for instance, with “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” you have 80 percent of Americans saying, ‘Get rid of this discrimination.’ Well, shouldn’t that mean, if it is truly a representative government, that 80 percent of our officials should vote at least close to that? So, why is it so difficult? And why is it being delayed so long? So, we’re seeing a disconnect, which is what is so angering, not only to our community but to immigration and Muslims and all of the scapegoated and stigmatized groups in America. And the Democrats have been in power for a long time. And we’re realizing that not only with the Tea Party activists, but with people in all of our movements, whether we engage in direct action and go to jail

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successfully for us, that should be the end, that should be it. The president should not appeal it; he’s already done his duty, the DOJ has done their duty, the Justice Department put on a case. They don’t need to do any more beyond that, and that’s a misconception of a lot of people. They’re saying, “It’s his duty. He must.” The only people who are saying that he must appeal are Tony Perkins and the Family Research Counsel. The only people who are saying he must appeal are the people who are ideologically driven to continue hatred against gay people for all their other agendas. So, for the president, as a legal scholar, as somebody who has taught constitutional law, someone who is well-versed in law—he’s taught at Harvard Law School—he should know that his job in the executive branch of the government is not to defend all laws that are unconstitutional. In fact, if it’s unconstitutional, it goes against his duty as an American to be on the wrong side of history, the wrong side of justice, the wrong side of the Constitution, and it’s immoral for him to do that.

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society and in our politics. In his farewell address, George Washington said that was the most dangerous thing for our government. I don’t go so far as to say that there’s only one party, although I can understand that there’s one class of people that are always represented by a party that depends on money. The thing that we have to come in and say is, “The party doesn’t just depend on money; it depends on volunteers, and energy, and getting out the vote.” They’re telling the president that everything “gay” or “Muslim” or “immigrant” is a net-negative. In the polling, in the election day. And that turned out to be contrary to reality on the primaries that happened for Democrats who are on the side of equality for “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and it’s not hurting people in close elections. In fact, it’s hurting people like Carl Paladino in New York, it’s hurting people like Ken Buck in Colorado, who say stupid things. The culture has shifted, and for anyone in politics on a national level not to realize that, I wonder why they’re of influence to the president anyway. So, there is a sentiment there in the White House, and that’s primarily because people like Rahm Emanuel and other people who have worked in the White House in Clinton’s time are seeing a repeat, or they’re just applying their lessons of their youth to now, even though they’re 40-somethings or 50-somethings, saying, “We don’t want to make the same mistakes.” That’s one thing. The other thing is people who are very afraid of whether they could criticize the first African-American president back in 2009, and this was difficult for a lot of people. Especially during Prop 8, as stories were coming out that it was “Black people versus gay people!” and “Gay people against black people!” and “Gay black people don’t know what to do!” [Laughs.] And people were trying to make gay people feel guilty to step up as a minority. You see that same thing with “civil rights,” whether or not gay people can use the term “civil rights.” And of course I say people HAVE to use the term “civil rights”; these are plain and simple civil rights! People who say “It must be statutory change; it must be a statutory repeal. It must be legislative. You must go to Congress… it really takes pressure off the president” He can do an executive order which would have prevented my firing, as well as the at last count 500 or so who have been fired

under his watch. He says that that will not fully get rid of the law, and that’s true. It remains that even if there is a legislative repeal under his watch of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” it’s his responsibility to institute a nondiscrimination policy, it’s his responsibility to figure out [for] all the people who return back—are they going to have reparations for having their careers cut short? Or for any of the West Point loans or tuitions that have had to have been paid back? We have a couple of ROTC students who are high-profile now, but so many who don’t want to come up and make a story of it, who have had to pay upwards of $80,000 to $300,000 of their tuition back as an unemployed person with whatever kind of discharge. Those stories are only now coming out. The president still has to decide a lot of that stuff, how’s that all going to be smoothed out. And, clearly, he has not engaged. The day before the Senate voted for cloture to move forward with this defense authorization, the president didn’t lift a finger. There was a comment that said he lifted a finger: he lifted this one. [Lifts middle finger.] FP: Right. Choi: He called the WNBA, the women’s basketball team out in Seattle, but he didn’t call a single senator. [He’s] not doing anything on [his] part, as the president, to sit down with Republicans, to talk about the issue that is the lowest hanging fruit. That is the easiest one to push on your end and energize the people who put you in power. They say, “Rock the vote, rock the vote, rock the vote.” I say “Fuck the vote.” You have one chance in November and if you got some people in office that don’t do what they promise, then what you gonna do after November if all you’re saying is to vote? You have one vote if you go to the ballot box in November. You have another vote if you hold your leaders accountable. You have a third vote if you have your friends hold your leaders accountable. You have a fourth vote if you engage in civil disobedience and you bring it to their front door and you show how much this means to you. And that’s how you create a participatory democracy, not just a ballot box democracy. Continued next issue… Jeff Tobias

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