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pub notes Then and Now On Oct. 26, 1987 a new “Colorbearer of the Athens Music Scene” caught the town by surprise: Flagpole was born, and it has continued its dialogue with the community every week for the last 23 years. While keeping a close eye on music, Flagpole has extended its vision over the years to include politics and government, food, books, art, theater, film, comics and advice to the loinlorn—all anchored by a comprehensive Calendar of local events and published in both the printed paper you can hold in your hands and the online issue you can read on your computer or your smartphone. Flagpole exists because our advertisers pay us money to run their ads; they exist because they’re savvy entrepreneurs who know that Flagpole gets the word out about their businesses. Except for whatever our editors write, everything in Flagpole is contributed by freelance writers, photographers, illustrators and cartoonists—which means that we pay them by the article, photo, drawing or comic, rather than having them on salary and on staff, a luxury we cannot afford. The good side of this arrangement is that Flagpole reflects many voices and is open to new writers who join us all the time. Some write one or two pieces and move on; others become regular contributors, making up Flagpole’s personality. A publication should reflect Flagpole is what it the community that supports is because Athens it and vice-versa, though no magazine or newspaper can is what it is. tell people what to think. It’s a give-and-take relationship. Flagpole is what it is because Athens is what it is. Only in Athens is Flagpole possible: the richness and diversity (and the university) make a town filled with plenty to write about, so much going on that we can’t cover it all with a week’s work. Athens is a progressive island surrounded by a sea of conservatism, and, judging by the recent election, the water is rising. Does that mean that Flagpole should stop trying to reflect Athens’ progressive spirit and start practicing a more conservative voice and adapting a stance more in keeping with the politics of our neighboring counties? No. Speaking as one of the political voices of Flagpole, I am sorry to see my home state growing ever more conservative when that conservatism in my opinion ignores the realities of modern life and refuses to come to grips with our real problems of education, job creation, health care, innovation, transportation and housing. Our state government has turned its back on our children, our families, our ill, our poor, our economy and our business prosperity, and opted for narrow goals of shrinking the services people need while extending every largess and loophole to the big, outside corporations that grow rich off our people. Flagpole can’t do much about the state of Georgia. We’ve got our hands full just trying to be a good citizen here in Athens and contribute positively to our own community. But I personally believe that Athens, at least, can overcome the voices of fear and conformity that have always tried to break down the special spirit that guides our town. As the tide of conservatism and conformity rises, I think it is more important than ever to have leadership here in Athens that is willing to use government to tackle the problems that beset us. That’s why I keep coming back to our need to elect Gwen O’Looney mayor. She understands what Athens is all about— and I mean “all.” Gwen is unquestionably progressive, but she is not elitist. She has dealt firsthand with our poverty; she has helped small businesses get started; she helped create our modern government. She knows how to lead the commission while understanding that only the commission has the power to authorize action and that only the manager and staff can make those actions happen. Her love of Athens is tempered by her long experience with the realities that must be faced if we’re to solve problems and create new initiatives. We need Gwen O’Looney more than ever. She has helped make Athens what it is; she has a vision for what Athens can be, and she knows in a hands-on way how to go to work on our problems and our possibilities. I wasn’t at Flagpole in 1987, but since long before that I’ve been observing Athens and Clarke County government, and I’ve got to say that Gwen O’Looney is absolutely the most qualified candidate we have ever had to bring out the best in our community and help us get it right. Pete McCommons editor@flagpole.com

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The anti-”Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” activist says what needs to happen when it’s repealed.

Arts & Events Setting Sail in Athens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Trader Joe’s Gets a Warm Reception

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city dope Athens News and Views Still On: By now, you all know—hell, some of you may have forgotten—the results of last week’s elections. Republicans won every contested race on the state and federal levels, and our two most closely fought local races, for mayor and ACC Commission District 5, are headed for run-offs between Nancy Denson and Gwen O’Looney and Jared Bailey and Dave Hudgins, respectively. The runoff is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 30 and the ACC Board of Elections hopes to get early voting started by Nov. 15. Those votes mean a lot: early ballots cast at the Board of Elections office accounted for nearly 25 percent of all those cast in the general election. When they, along with mail-in absentee ballots, were tallied—after all 24 local precincts had reported on election night—O’Looney’s lead over Spencer Frye for second place grew from 47 votes to 588. When the Board of Elections posts those totals by precinct—that may have happened by the time this is printed—we’ll have a much more detailed picture of how things actually shook out in the race. Check it out on the Board of Elections’ website, if that’s the kind of thing you’re into.

capacity that might again require him to make split-second decisions regarding the use of deadly force. Now this same officer has, in the line of duty, shot and killed 53-year-old Samuel Thomas Cunningham III, who was arguing with his friend John Willie Jennings—and holding a knife to his throat—when Pasqualetti encountered them in Jennings’ apartment. The police say the officer shot

Jennings if the officer hadn’t arrived when he did? It’s entirely possible. But the question of whether Pasqualetti could reasonably have been expected to try to defuse the situation without the use of deadly force is enormously grave, and amounts to far more than “Do you support our heroic police or do you not?” This entire community—and not just Jennings and Cunningham’s neighbors—needs to acknowledge the necessity of asking—again—whether Pasqualetti is someone who should be carrying a loaded gun into risky situations on our behalf, and our shared interest in the answer. A Legacy of Action: Atlanta, sadly, was no stranger to the AIDS outbreak in the 1980s, and was home to influential individuals who were active in informing the public and work-

under President Bill Clinton. The group will discuss the history of AIDS in Atlanta, as well as the impact of the AIDS Legacy Project, which will archive historical accounts of the AIDS outbreak. For more information, go to www.publichealth.uga.edu. [Lauren Pruitt] More to Love: If you haven’t had your fill of local veggies and crafts, the Athens Farmers Market is extending its market season to include Dec. 4, 11 and 18 from 9 a.m. to noon at Bishop Park. Hopefully the weather won’t be dismal, since the Dec. 18 AFM will be holiday-themed. Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the AFM will not take place on Nov. 27. [LP]

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A Few Things, FYI: When the ACC Mayor and Commission decided to nix plans for a sewer line extension along Sandy Creek, they and ACC Planning Director Brad Griffin agreed the Future Development and Zoning maps would have to be altered to reflect the change in plans. The Planning Department will hold an open house Thursday, Nov. 11 from 6–7:30 p.m. at J.J. Harris Elementary School (2300 Danielsville Rd.) to discuss the pending changes… Speaking of creeks, the Upper Oconee Watershed Network is expanding its autumn quarterly monitoring event to include an enhanced focus on Trail Creek, where, as you know, a massive chemical spill caused by a fire at an upstream plant turned the water blue and killed all the fish this summer. They need extra volunteers to make that happen, so get involved. The project starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 13 in the East Broad Street parking lot at Dudley Congratulations: Nuçi’s Space won its Park. Go to www.uown.org for more case before the Georgia Supreme Court info… The deadline to submit projects Monday, meaning its property taxto be considered for January’s Martin exempt status has been restored. We’ll Luther King, Jr. Day of Service is this have more on this next week. Friday, Nov. 12. Find out more at www. Here’s a photo, circa 1980, of Rick Hawkins’ print shop, which was badly damaged by a fire early Nov. 1. Note the weird, churchyAthensMLKday.org… And if you have looking thing in front of the R.E.M. steeple, and see John Huie’s article in City Pages, p. 5. Difficult Choices, Difficult Questions: a 35-foot cedar you’d like to donate Last year, when ACC Senior Police to ACC to be used as the community Officer Lou Pasqualetti shot and killed a 30-lb. Cunningham because he believed Jennings’ ing to prevent an epidemic. On Nov. 18 at Christmas tree in front of City Hall this dog that he said lunged at him with its mouth life was in immediate danger; Jennings told 5:30 p.m., the University of Georgia’s Paul D. year, call Rita Brown at the ACC Landscape open, the important questions to ask didn’t the Athens Banner-Herald, and the ACCPD has Coverdell Center for Biomedical and Health Management Division at (706) 613-3561. have anything to do with whether the dog confirmed, that Pasqualetti did not give verbal Sciences will host a panel discussion with should have been secured by its owners, or commands for Cunningham to drop the knife four HIV/AIDS issues leaders: Bruce Garner, And Finally: Citzens are being sought for posiwith whether a dog’s life is more important before firing his weapon. The incident is being Jim Martin, Nancy Paris and Sandra Thurman. tions on the Athens-Clarke County Industrial than a police officer’s safety, or even with investigated by the ACCPD and the Georgia Each panelist is personally connected to the (Economic) Development Authority, the whether we, as a community, should supBureau of Investigation. cause: Garner is a survivor of the disease Development Authority, the ACC Library Board, port the officers whose difficult and often We need and depend on police officers, who has been active in numerous Atlanta the Board of Health, the Construction Board of thankless duty it is to protect us from harm. and they deserve our support, cooperation and national AIDS initiatives; Martin, a forAppeals, the Division of Family and Children The important questions at that time were and thanks. No one here is suggesting that mer Georgia state representative, played a Services Board and the Planning Commission. whether the discharge of his firearm on a city we hold them to impossible standards of key role in passing numerous pieces of HIV/ Applications are due by Nov. 15; go to www. street had been this officer’s best reasonable qualification or performance, and no one here AIDS legislation; Paris, the president and CEO athensclarkecounty.com to find out more. option under the circumstances, and if not, is passing judgment on Officer Pasqualetti of the Georgia Center for Oncology Research [John Huie] whether it was in the community’s best interin advance of the findings of the current and Education, is a former president of AID est for this officer to continue serving in a investigations. Would Cunningham have killed Atlanta; and Thurman served as “AIDS Czar” Dave Marr, Lauren Pruitt & John Huie

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city pages Print Shop Housed Athens Memories An early-morning fire (perhaps started by a space heater belonging to homeless people) damaged the former Print Shop building on Oconee Street last week. That building (long owned by Rick “The Printer” Hawkins) had been vacant since snow damaged the roof two years ago, but in the late 1970s it was something of a youth hostel for international travelers, doubling as an early Athens coffeehouse in Hawkins’ commercial print shop downstairs. Early print jobs included R.E.M. album art, Eldorado/ Bluebird Café menus and the earliest incarnations of Flagpole. “It was just this amazing kind of house” where art students might show up to finish last-minute projects, remembered Dennis Greenia, an early publisher of Flagpole who worked at the Print Shop and now lives in Baltimore. R.E.M.’s church-house was next door, and “we would sometimes just yell over there for them to shut up” when the band practiced, he said. Hawkins kept an open door for artists and other creative, often late-night people to hang out (either at the shop or at a small coffeehouse he ran downtown). “Rick pursued his own brand of being the king of What,” said Greenia. “He would give people space to be kind of really creative, and at the same time create situations that would be really restrictive… It had that kind of ongoing creative tension that attracted and repelled and motivated.” “I was just being myself,” Hawkins recalls. Today he runs Java Cycles off Chase street; he plans to repair the building, and welcomes donations at his website (www.javacycles.

com). “Maybe make a printing museum,” he speculated. “I don’t know what it’s going to be.” John Huie

Green Building Regs Held for Discussion ACC commissioners seem eager to adopt a local “green building ordinance” for new (or renovated) commercial and apartment buildings that would require energy- and watersaving features. But last week they postponed the specifics, partly because new statewide standards will differ from the proposed local ones. Those statewide standards won’t go into effect until 2013, but perhaps ACC should go ahead and adopt them as a local standard in the meantime, suggested Tom Lawrence to commissioners. Lawrence and other building and design professionals served on a committee, appointed by Mayor Heidi Davison, that drew up the proposed local ordinance before the new state standards were announced. The expected state standards will be more flexible than the proposed local ones. Chief ACC building inspector Doug Hansford said in a memo the proposed local standards might “deter some nationally branded businesses from locating in this community” because their standard store plans would have to be modified. Commissioners voted to invite local homebuilders and the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce to a “conference committee” to discuss a compromise. John Huie

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I was doing a radio broadcast with some other journalists on election night as the returns came in, each set of numbers reinforcing the trend of a Republican sweep of elected offices in Georgia—Nathan Deal crushing Roy Barnes in the governor’s race, Casey Cagle trouncing Carol Porter for another term as lieutenant governor, Sam Olens, Brian Kemp, Gary Black and the other GOP nominees rolling to easy wins in their respective races. One of my newspaper colleagues finally commented: “I think this is the official end of the Democratic Party in Georgia.” You couldn’t dispute that statement. The process that started eight years ago when Sonny Perdue upset Barnes for governor has been completed. Control of state politics has been transferred from the Democrats to the Republicans. For those of us who were around on election night in 1990, the changeover has been a dramatic one. There were 11 races for statewide office on the ballot that year. Democrats, headed by Zell Miller in the governor’s race, won every one of those elections. There were four Democrats running statewide—Secretary of State Max Cleland, Attorney General Mike Bowers, State School Superintendent Werner Rogers and Labor Commissioner Joe Tanner—who were elected without an opponent on the ballot. The political pendulum has swung to the other side in the two decades since that election, and I don’t think we’re going to see it swing again for a long time. Three days after last week’s election, state Rep. Alan Powell of Hartwell saw the futility of it. Powell had been a lifelong Democrat and one of the last Democratic legislators left in North Georgia. He wrote and signed a letter on Friday to Rep. Calvin Smyre (D-Columbus), the chairman of the House Democratic caucus. “Through the years of my legislative services, I have always tried to be an independent voice representing the views of my local

citizens, and doing what is right for Georgia,” Powell wrote. “After discussions with many of my constituents, it is my decision to resign from the House Democratic Caucus.” Powell doesn’t know whether he will switch to the Republican Party or serve as an independent; he’ll talk to the folks in his district and see what their preference is. But he has given up on the Democrats ever being a credible force in state politics again. “The Democratic Party is dead,” he told me. “I don’t see it coming back in our lifetime.” The voters have clearly spoken, and the decision has been made. Georgia has made the transition from being a one-party state where the people in control were Democrats to a one-party state where the control is now held by Republicans. I don’t think that’s a healthy situation in the long run. Georgians would be better served by a competitive two-party system where the people out of power can keep an eye on the ones who are in control and blow the whistle if there’s any funny business. When one party holds all the power, there is simply too much temptation for graft and corruption. In the days of Democratic control, you had Gene Talmadge proclaiming, “Sure I stole: I stole for you.” In the days of Republican control, you have Sonny Perdue signing legislation that has been secretly amended to give himself a $100,000 tax exemption. Either alternative is bad for the taxpayers and a threat to clean government. On the other hand, Georgia has effectively been a one-party state for more than 130 years. I guess it’s something the voters want—and they are the ones who make the final decision on that. Tom Crawford tcrawford@gareport.com Tom Crawford is the editor of The Georgia Report, an Internet news service at gareport.com.


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What’s Up in New Development Productive Conversations: It was interesting to hear former would-be once-again Governor Roy Barnes suggest that we ought to be topping off every empty granite quarry with drinking water, utilizing these industrial blights as the backbone of a new infrastructure to sustain Georgia’s growth. Rather than simply piping water from one basin to another, as Atlanta would love to do and the rest of the state fears, or building more dams to flood thousands and thousands of acres, the quarry solution seems fairly reasonable. The capacity of our local quarry out by the airport is comparable to AthensClarke’s share of Bear Creek Reservoir. It uses about a tenth of the land, too.

issue, and so that conversation is changed for the better. The effect of this commitment to salmon stewardship has even led to the removal of hydroelectric dams. It’s not that all that fisheating has resulted in a little mercury-induced craziness on the part of the region, though. The direct benefits for salmon and fishermen flow out into other areas, affecting to some degree efforts which result in cleaner drinking water through habitat protection, and better planned cities due in part to good stormwater management and more compact development. All of these ideas are linked, and strong connections between culture, industry and ecology can be a big force.

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One Possibility for Us: Understanding and educating people on the role that our natural resources play is a first step. Perhaps our lack of a major league national park has hindered us, and finding a site worthy of one that is a suitable day trip from Atlanta would be a good start. Such a place might help us head in the direction of incorporating an understanding of our natural resources into our daily lives by serving as a point of state pride. Right now, Georgia has a patchwork of battlefields, historic sites, wildlife refuges and forests at the federal level, and plenty of small state parks. The Appalachian Trail is probably our most iconic protected land at the moment. One goal for Georgia, laid out in the state’s Community Greenspace Program, was to protect 20 percent of the state’s land. A new national park would be a great way to kick that off. What We Have: If we were to scour through the state’s patchwork of resources in search of a way to cobble together a national park or three, where might we start? By real estate standards, Georgia’s barrier islands are rather underdeveloped, with several, such as Cumberland, Sapelo, St. Catherine’s, Ossabaw and Wassaw only sparsely inhabited, and managed by a patchwork of state, federal and private entities. Jekyll’s redevelopment scheme, currently in flux after an ordeal with Linger Longer (the folks behind Reynolds Plantation) could focus on making that island the gateway to these other, more pristine places. The big question is how a concerted effort to unify conservation efforts here might tie in to our local fishing industry. In the Gulf coast town of Appalachicola, Florida’s oyster harvest is directly affected by Atlanta’s upstream water use; what effects might upstream cities have on our The historic site of Scull Shoals is located in the Oconee National Forest, a portion of Atlantic coast’s viability for fishing, as well as tourwhich covers much of Greene County to the south. ism, and how would a rebranding of those coastal resources change upstream behavior? While that is certainly a compelling idea, and I’ve put it out In the mountains of North Georgia, might we find a national there before, what interests me more is how such conversations park in waiting? Beyond the clean industry that a big tourism put industrial folks, ecologists and engineers all in the same boost would bring to the chronically depressed region, might room in a way that doesn’t always happen. Rather than the there be other impacts to forestry or other industries that often-adversarial relationships among these groups, this is one we don’t yet understand? Or perhaps the downstream effect is where they share a common cause. Taking a problem off the more important, and clean drinking water at the headwaters quarriers to solve a public utilities one, while protecting the is more important to sustain growth in cities like Atlanta or environment? Great! Augusta. New York City’s drinking water comes from protected There’s no reason why we can’t look for more such opporland in the Catskills; Atlanta should be similarly diligent. tunities around the region and the state, either. My sense, though, is that perhaps the reason we haven’t yet been comProblems into Solutions: Closer to home, we may one day view pelled to look more closely at the opportunities our local natu- our often-lamented small tax base as an asset. The thousands ral resources present is that we don’t really know what those of acres tied up in field and forest sustainably managed by the resources are. West of the Rockies is the land of big national university could be the backbone of a system of conserved parks, imposing landscapes and rugged but beautiful countrylands that provide the water to sustain our growth. Perhaps side, and it is in those states where people seem more aware the improvements to quality of life provided by nature close at of and in tune with the way they relate to their local natural hand would help attract high-paying clean jobs to the region. resources. Sustainably managed farms and fields likewise could not only ensure the growth of urban areas, but also that people who Out There: The West Coast’s stewardship of salmon comes to have developed a way of life tending to the land will be able mind as one such instance. Fishermen benefit economically to continue doing so for generations, since the soils won’t from healthy and intact watersheds, which ecologists also be depleted of resources. This is only scratching the surface, encourage protecting. The cultural attachment to the salmon is though; there are so many potential connections for mutual even more interesting; one Oregonian told me they were taught benefit between these seemingly disparate aspects of our city, from an early age in public school about the importance of region and state. salmon, both economically and ecologically. Forestry is an even bigger industry there, but is very much related to the salmon Kevan Williams athensrising@flagpole.com

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Hidden Cuteness: The soda fountain at Hawthorne Drugs was always kind of a secret, a place to get a decent Cuban sandwich along with your prescriptions, but recently the pharmacy expanded it into a real restaurant, Em’s Kitchen (975-B Hawthorne Ave.). The eponymous Emily worked the fountain from the age of 16, and she still looks fresh-faced at the age of 28, manning her own eating establishment. Em’s has somewhat the ambience of a poolside snack bar, with a young staff assembling orders while a line of customers waits to order. The Cuban sandwich remains at lunch, and while it could use some mojo to give it zip, it’s well pressed, and I like the inclusion of both ham and roasted pork. The BBQ is on the wet side, but it has decent flavor; the Brunswick stew is certainly not fancy, nor is it unique, but it does the trick. A homemade piece of apple-cinnamon pie could be nitpicked (the filling a touch too sweet), but the impression it makes, all proudly unglamorous on a piece of Fiestaware and clearly not from Sam’s Club, is that it has its heart in the right place. Suggestions throughout the lunch menu of interesting combinations (e.g., peanut butter on a hot dog) reinforce that feeling. At breakfast, “Nana P’s Pan-o-cheese,” a sort of glop of cheese and crushed biscuits, is a puddle of starchy, cheesy goodness, and it is indeed great on a biscuit, as the staff recommends. Sausage balls are exactly the combination of fried sausage, cheese and Bisquick Southern ladies have been serving up as appetizers for years and, while they aren’t gourmet, I have both a weakness and a strong nostalgia for them. Em’s is, on the whole, far better than it should be, with lots of cute touches, like the Halloween-themed Rice Krispie treats perched by the register recently, and while its food and ambitions are not up to the level of the Daily Neighborhood Deli, it has a similar atmosphere and attitude. It serves breakfast and lunch only, from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., on weekdays, but does take-out, still has ice cream and accepts credit cards. Hillary Brown food@flagpole.com

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Setting Sail in Athens Trader Joe’s Gets a Warm Reception

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ven before he officially had the job, Scott Bastin packed up his house, his wife and his hopes, relocating from Macon to Athens—all for a grocery store. Months ago, when Bastin heard that a Trader Joe’s would be setting up shop in the Classic City, he and his wife decided that it was a golden opportunity—scratch that, it was a tropical opportunity. “Man, we just packed and moved even before we knew for sure that we had jobs here. This is such a great place to work,” Bastin said, standing proudly in his red Hawaiian employee shirt. “And a great place to shop. I love the whole idea of a store that sells really quality food for a real and affordable price. Plus those Joe-Joe cookies, definitely my favorite.”

drive to Atlanta was getting pretty old. I love the beer selection, and my wife, of course, is in love with the Trader Joe’s chocolate.” As folks picked and pawed at the Trader Joe’s shelves Friday, not a single negative word could be heard throughout the store, which made me think: All this happy talk, just for a grocery store? Actually, upon examination, the jubilant buzz proved quite fitting. Strolling down the narrow, crowded aisles, it was easy to see why Trader Joe’s patrons were so enthusiastic. The shop appeared to have it all: samples of wraps and cookies and coffee around every corner; fresh, exotic and organic produce down the entryway, promising flavor but not expense; a heavily and well-stocked canned and frozen food section. And of course, there is the “twobuck Chuck.” That simple, tasty selection of houseblended and house-branded Cabernet (plus Merlot, Chardonnay and more) that sells for less than $3. Shopper and Athens resident Diane Handi was quick to compare Trader Joe’s with other niche “natural” markets. The major difference being, she said, the price point. “It’s the same highquality food without that high price-tag,” Handi said as she scanned the delights in the frozen-food section, picking up a risotto package and pointing. “You had this? It takes me five minutes to make, tastes like it came from a fancy restaurant, and when I pair it with a salad, my family is so impressed. This store has all the great food the family will love, and you can afford it. I am so thrilled I can shop here now.” Beer and wines are offered by the truck-load, all at budget-friendly prices. This is precisely the Two-buck Chuck, anyone? reaction Trader Joe’s upper management was gunning Employees and customers both got their for. As a press release from corporate headfill of Joe-Joe samples on Friday, Oct. 29, as quarters explained, store products are chosen offerings of the Oreo-like treat were passed based on freshness and convenience and are around by the tray-full, when Trader Joe’s sold directly from manufacturers, cutting out cut the ribbon on the new Athens location. the middleman distributor, which in turn cuts Outside the Epps Bridge Road storefront, out the inflated prices. members of the Oconee County High School As for me, I was more than happy to marching band sounded the call with trumbypass that middleman and shell out less than pets, trombones and tubas, while Trader Joe’s $15 for a brown bag full of goodies: frozen staff cut the official ribbon to let in the piles shrimp stir-fry, edamame, a haricot vert green of waiting customers. Slightly after 8 a.m. the bean mix, roasted potatoes with mushrooms, a glass doors slid open and in flooded the eager chick-pea salad and, of course, that aforemenshoppers, many of whom had been waiting for tioned two-buck delight. years for this grocery moment. In truth, Trader Joe’s is not likely to put “I heard that they were thinking about area grocery stores out of business, but it’s putting one of these in here some four years exactly the kind of place you would shop for a ago, and I have been waiting for it since,” specific grocery need—especially for special, said Watkinsville resident Cherie Ernest as she party-type occasions—if you’re willing to put pushed her bright red cart through the entrybrand preference aside. The array of products way. “I am so glad it is finally here.” offered is rotated regularly, with new items So was shopper Jim Evans. Before the local and tastes shipped in weekly, so the selection grocery opened, Evans and his wife would of fare never gets stale. make the trek down the interstate to Atlanta Trader Joe’s is a welcome addition to the to frequent a metro Trader Joe’s location. Now Athens grocery and food scene, allowing for the couple can save funds both on gas and on more competition and more flavorful options their grocery bill. in the Classic City. “We got here at 7:45 this morning to wait for these doors to open,” Evans said. “That Anna Ferguson Hall

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Back in 1947, Ralph Ellison published his the earnings of immigrants who, under current book, Invisible Man, in which he presented law, will never be able to claim benefits. At what it was like being black in this country. the same time, those undocumented immiSimilarly, this is true for Latino immigrants grants who do pay taxes are never able to file who are undocumented. We cannot always see for refunds, as American workers do. what they are doing, and it is difficult to see There will be a civil rights movement how they are feeling about the trap they are among Latino immigrants, comparable to in. They are locked out of any benefits of citithe movement of the 1960s. Just this year zenship, but locked in at the same time. we have seen what the leadership of such a Anywhere from 10,000 to 20,000 Latino movement will look like. The Trail of Dreams immigrants live here in Athens-Clarke County. youth who recently graduated from high Many live in mobile home parks which are not school, after coming into this country as small highly visible. Many live in apartment comchildren “walked” through Athens on their way plexes. The job market presents a variety of from Miami to Washington D.C. But they do hands-on types of work, many of which pose not have Social Security numbers, cannot get dangers for injury: the poultry plant, construcdrivers’ licenses, cannot get jobs and cannot tion jobs, landscaping and furniture moving. go to college. Latina women often work in hotels as cleanMultiple religious denominations have ers. Men and women work in hotel kitchens, endorsed the idea of immigration reform. restaurant kitchens, hospitals and the food Many U.S. citizens are supportive of families service on the UGA campus, and these jobs and their workers. Republicans are somewhat are not so visible, behind the walls of the divided on this issue. For example, the U.S. kitchens. Chamber of Commerce approves of immigration Workers are often separated from their reform policies. Some Democrats are opposed families. Many workers have been here for to them. years. They are locked away from their families for years. Some of the day-labor workers have I have a number of suggestions: told me they are returning home for good in December. When the time comes, they stay, • Recognize publicly that the U.S. realizing they will not be able to make a living Government has been working for over 25 there. It is a sad situation. years to support legitiOne of the goals of mate economic developU.S. corporations in the the Economic Justice ment in Mexico. Coalition, relating to the 1980s and 1990s decided day laborers, is to help • Offer undocumented to invite undocumented them feel more connected immigrants legitimate ID to this community, less and drivers’ licenses, immigrants here so that cards isolated. We connect them so that fear and risky to neighborhood health activities can be greatly they could easily fill centers, lawyers, transtheir employment rosters. reduced. lators and ESL English teachers. Learning English, • Increase the number their ability to communicate with employers of visas and green cards each year, so that improves, and they can get better jobs. family members do not have to wait 10 years Still, most live in fear of being arrested to come here legally. Guest worker programs and deported, especially if they are driving simply encourage coercion and unsafe working without licenses. They cannot get driver’s conditions, a modern form of slavery. licenses if they are undocumented. U.S. corporations in the 1980s and 1990s • For children who were not born here but decided to invite undocumented immigrants have graduated from U.S. high schools, pass here so that they could easily fill their the DREAM Act, which allows them to go to employment rosters. The U.S. Government pro- college, as well as getting drivers’ licenses, vided subsidies to the agricultural industries and Social Security numbers for jobs. with billions of dollars every year, putting local farmers in many Latin American countries • Offer more ESL programs. Immigrants out of work. More recently, NAFTA, the North can be better connected to the community, American Free Trade Agreement, made it easy better employees and more helpful to the for corporations to set up industrial plants police when they know English fluently. We and agricultural industries in Latin American can use more volunteers in conversational ESL countries. At the same time, NAFTA companies instruction. encouraged even more workers to come across the border. Immigration surged in the years • Martin Luther King, Jr., just before he following NAFTA. It was supposed to have the died, called for a poor people’s campaign, opposite effect. bringing black, brown and white together. People who have lived legally in the When the immigrants can find legal avenues, southwestern U.S. for centuries are now being they can join together with African Americans treated as if they were illegal. The fear facand whites in advocating for workers’ rights, tor has simply compounded the existing disunion organizing, decent pay and working crimination. At the same time, as immigration conditions. They do not have to resent each surged, rates of crime in those areas declined. other. Current economic conditions are a barThe fear factor in this economic situation, the rier, but it is reasonably clear that the civil great recession, has made it possible to claim rights movement is coming. We will become that immigrants are criminals. The rate of one nation, one people, with respect and crime among immigrants is much lower than decency across the board. in the American citizen population. It would be even lower if drivers’ licenses were availRay MacNair able for all immigrants. The Social Security Administration reported Ray MacNair is Co-chair of the Economic Justice that it holds approximately $420 billion from Coalition.

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As I write this column, the midterm election returns are about to come in. I can’t see the future, but by the time you read this, aside from the end of vicious attack ads, it’s a decent bet the news will not have been good. The very least I can do, therefore, is throw some items your way of a less catastrophic nature… The finalists for the 2010 National Book Awards have just been announced. Fiction: Peter Carey, Parrot and Olivier in America (Alfred A. Knopf) Jaimy Gordon, Lord of Misrule (McPherson & Co.) Nicole Krauss, Great House (W.W. Norton & Co.)

Kathryn Erskine, Mockingbird (Philomel Books, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group) Laura McNeal, Dark Water (Alfred A. Knopf) Walter Dean Myers, Lockdown (Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers) Rita Williams-Garcia, One Crazy Summer (Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers) I want to be able to tell you about these, but the Patti Smith bio is the only one I’ve actually read. For some reason the National Book Award committee has chosen to overlook comic books and zombie novels for consideration this year, so I’m in the dark. The awards will be announced Nov. 17. Go, Patti! By the Way: One awards committee that does consider comic books and zombie novels is the one that gives out the World Fantasy Awards, which has given the accolade for Best Novel to China Mieville for The City & the City (Macmillan UK/ Del Rey). Haven’t read this one either, but Mieville writes some seriously mind-blowing fiction, so I can recommend this one sight unseen.

Lionel Shriver, So Much for That (Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers) Karen Tei Yamashita, I Hotel (Coffee House Press) Nonfiction: Barbara Demick, Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea (Spiegel & Grau, an imprint of The Random House Publishing Group) John W. Dower, Cultures of War: Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima, 9-11, Iraq (W.W. Norton & Co./ The New Press ) Patti Smith, Just Kids (Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers) Justin Spring, Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) Megan K. Stack, Every Man in This Village Is a Liar: An Education in War (Doubleday) Poetry: Kathleen Graber, The Eternal City (Princeton University Press) Terrance Hayes, Lighthead (Penguin Books) James Richardson, By the Numbers (Copper Canyon Press) C.D. Wright, One with Others (Copper Canyon Press) Monica Youn, Ignatz (Four Way Books) Young People’s Literature: Paolo Bacigalupi, Ship Breaker (Little, Brown & Co.)

Enormous news: The Paris Review, since 1953 one of the finest literary journals on the planet, has just posted the entire archive of its Writers at Work interview series on its website for free. Formerly collected and sold in print volumes, the Writers at Work series features the greatest writers of the last 50 years in candid interviews about their lives and processes and may be the single best resource a budding (or not-so-budding) writer can have, a writing course with the world’s best teachers—from Hemingway, Faulkner, Graham Greene and T. S. Eliot to Haruki Murakami, William T. Vollman and Richard Powers. You can find the archive at www.theparisreview.org/interviews. Finally, Something about a Book I Have Read: A new hardcover biography of Janis Joplin has come out to commemorate the 40th anniversary of her death. What makes Ann Angel’s Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing (Harry N. Abrams, 2010) unusual, however, is that it’s for teens, making it a far cry from the typical pop-star biographies clogging the Young Adult shelves. From Janis’ beginnings as a restless misfit in Port Arthur, TX to her meteoric rise and tragically short career as one of the most influential voices of the 1960s, Angel’s book is remarkably and refreshingly frank is dealing with Janis’ demons, her insecurities, her alcohol and drug use, and her bottomless need to feel loved. The result is the story of a life that will resonate with any teen who has ever felt like a freak (which would be pretty much all of them) far more deeply than anything out there on Lady Gaga or Justin Bieber. Lavishly illustrated with photos in coffee-table size, Rise Up Singing is a great introduction to Janis, and in the era of Demi Lovato and the Jonas Brothers, the more kids introduced to Janis the better.

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gas station signs photographed along the way. As Chris recounts it, he was called into the R.E.M. office several days after submitting his design expecting to collect a check, but instead was offered the position of assisting Michael in all visual aspects of the multi-platinum band. (He also got the check.) By then in his early 20s, Bilheimer was ecstatic to accept the position, which he continues to hold to this day. Around this time, Chris moved into the old Athens High School Gymnasium on Meigs Street with fellow art students and filmmakers Dan Donahue and Lance Bangs. The former gym, owned and operated by filmmaker, painter and Professor Emeritus Jim Herbert, has become somewhat legendary in Athens—initially for the huge, frantic and constant painting that the artist himself completed there and for the rotating cast of young artists who have used the space as a studio. Having studied under Herbert, Bilheimer, along with Bangs and Donahue, established crude bedroom spaces out of corrugated tin, and began an ongoing series of collaborative film and design projects over the next five years. Eventually, Chris and Dan Donahue would go on to form Krush Girls, a two-man DJ bill that sold out local clubs consistently for the next decade. Donahue went on to expand upon the fashion brand Groop on the West Coast and in New York, and Bangs continued his innovative film work, collaborating on music videos and projects with celebrated directors Michel Gondry and Spike Jones, among others. The fruits of their individual and collective labors from this time period, and beyond, are the primary subject of a three-man multimedia show at Ciné entitled “Blackboards and Smokebombs,” which features 175 of Bilheimer’s Poloroids alongside films by Lance Bangs and film and design work by Dan Donahue. The next evening, ATHICA will host a retrospective of Bilheimer’s design work, featuring T-shirts, posters and record covers, a portion of which will be auctioned off to benefit local musicians’ resource Nuçi’s Space. And to cap it all off, this two-night exhibition marks Chris’ relocation from Athens to Austin, TX. “I moved here from my parents’ house and stayed for over 20 years. I’ve had a good run, and it’s about time for a change of pace.” In tandem with his work for the music industry, Chris has also worked extensively in the alternative comedy scene, creating work for such acts as “Mr. Show”’s Bob Odenkirk and David Cross, Sarah Silverman and Patton Oswalt. When asked about a project that he would consider to be a personal favorite, Chris recounts the frantic and hurried design of a self-published book accompanying a live tour of “Mr. Show”—a book that, given a stack of pictures, word documents and only 10 days, he co-designed with Chunklet magazine’s Henry Owings. “It was an opportunity to use the encyclopedic knowledge of the show that I had amassed; I don’t think I could have done it without knowing everything there was to know about every episode.” In moving to Austin, Chris is excited to immerse himself in a town that boasts a truly vibrant film community, but will continue his work for R.E.M., Green Day and Widespread Panic. It goes without saying, but his presence surely will be missed. Brian Hitselberger

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Todd Phillips (Road Trip) returns with this comedy about a soon-tobe 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. FANTASTIC MR. FOX (PG) 2009. The first family film by Wes Anderson is also the most genuinely appealing and possibly most human feature the Oscar-nominated auteur has ever dreamed up (with the help of the fantastic Mr. Dahl, of course). In style, tone, music, voice and verbiage, Fantastic Mr. Fox broadcasts on the same frequency as Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums. I adore the filmmaker’s attempt to provide a family film product that lacks the homogeneity often referred to as Disneyfication. 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. 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. With an English-language adaptation of the first novel on the way, will an American audience exist for the Swedish climax? 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. Being an Eastwood film, I’m not surprised Hereafter is slow and a bit sappily sentimental. 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. With Jon Hamm, Mary-Louise Parker, Jeff Daniels, Alessandro Nivola, David Strathairn, Treat Williams, and Bob Balaban.

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. 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. With Lauren Graham, Jeremy Davies (“Lost”), Jim Gaffigan and Viola Davis (an Academy Award nominee for Doubt). 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. LEO’S ROOM (NR) 2009. In Montevideo, Leo (Martin Rodriguez) traps himself in his room, unable to finish his thesis or get a job. After his six-month relationship with his girlfriend ends, Leo seeks help from a therapist and new acquaintances on the Internet. However, it is a chance encounter with a classmate, Caro (Cecilia Cósero), that starts to crack Leo’s self-imposed shell. Leo’s Room is the feature debut of writer-director Enrique Buchichio.

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) See Movie Pick. 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. MORNING GLORY (PG-13) Youthful producer Becky Fuller (Rachel McAdams) is tasked with improving the ratings of a formerly popular morning show with two venerable, constantly feuding anchors, Colleen Peck (Diane Keaton) and Mike Pomeroy (Harrison Ford). Director Roger Michell previously helmed Notting Hill, Changing Lanes and Venus, while screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna has a spotty record including The Devil Wears Prada (really good) and 27 Dresses (really bad). With Jeff Goldblum, Patrick Wilson and 50 Cent as Himself. NEVER LET ME GO (R) One of the most acclaimed novels of our time (wow, that sounds overblown), Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go comes to the big screen as director Mark Romanek’s follow-up to his intriguing 2002 debut, One Hour Photo. In a dystopian Britain where people are cloned for use in organ transplants, three friends (Keira Knightley, Carrie Mulligan and Andrew Garfield) struggle to face reality as they mature into adulthood. With Charlotte Rampling and Sally Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky). 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? Director Tod Williams previously helmed the John Irving adaptation The Door in the Floor; writer Michael R. Perry has some genre experience from years in the TV biz (“Stephen King’s Dead Zone,” “Millennium,” “American Gothic” and the awesome “Eerie, Indiana”). 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. THE ROOM (R) 2003. I’ve wanted to see writer-director-star Tommy Wiseau’s personal cinematic atom bomb since reading an article in Entertainment Weekly about the prominent billboard for the would-be auteur’s debut, an awful picture beloved by two of my favorite ensembles, “The State” and “Arrested Development.” Wiseau’s film is supposedly THE new cult phenomenon. SAW 3D (R) So it is that Saw 3D (AKA Saw VII) continues the vengeful games devised by angry policeman Mark Hoffman (Costas Mandylor). His latest target is a two-fer: Jigsaw’s widow, Jill Tuck (Betsy Russell), and an unmemorable IA officer played by an actor who combines Christian Bale, Matthew McConaughey and Ryan Gosling into the missing Dillon brother (his name’s Chad Donella, for those who care). The original Saw’s self-maimed surgeon, Dr. Lawrence Gordon (Cary Elwes), returns for reasons only revealed in the movie’s ho-hum climax, an expected series of revelations that retcon the entire franchise. SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD (PG-13) Scott Pilgrim (MVP Michael Cera) is a 22-year-old slacker, who plays bass in a tiny Toronto three piece. After Scott falls for Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), he learns that to date Ramona, he will have to defeat her seven evil exes, including an action star (Human Torch/ Captain America Chris Evans), a vegan telekinetic (Superman Brandon Routh), and the mysterious Gideon Graves (Jason Schwartzman). Shaun of the Dead/Hot


Fuzz filmmaker Edgar Wright really cuts loose with Scott Pilgrim. He releases every crazy idea in his comic/videogame/cult movie/pop culture-obsessed brain into the cinematic wild. SECRETARIAT (PG) The subject of this biopic, the 1973 Triple Crown winner, is made pretty obvious by the title, but much of the focus will be on owner Penny Chenery (Diane Lane). Director Randall Wallace was nominated for an Oscar for writing Braveheart before settling in the director’s chair for The Man in the Iron Mask and We Were Soldiers. Scripter Mike Rich really knows this touchy-feely biographical territory, having written Finding Forrester, The Rookie and Radio. With John Malkovich, Scott Glenn, James Cromwell and Dylan Walsh. SKYLINE (PG-13) When strange lights appear above Los Angeles, people wander outside and begin disappearing. What’s going on? The cast—Eric Balfour (“Buffy,” “Six Feet Under”), Donald Faison (“Scrubs”), Scottie Thompson (“NCIS,” “Trauma”), David Zayas (“Dexter”) and Brittany Daniel (“That ‘80s Show,” “The Game”)—smells distinctly of the small screen, and the directors, Colin and Greg Strause, are visual effects veterans (Titanic, Avatar) who need to make up for their terrible feature directing debut, Aliens vs Predator: Requiem.

THE SWITCH (PG-13) Jennifer Aniston plays a single 40-something who becomes pregnant through AI. Little does she know her pal (Jason Bateman) switched her preferred brand of sperm for his store brand. Seven years later, he tells her the truth. TAKERS (PG-13) A theft of multiple millions of dollars and Matt Dillon sounds a lot like Armored. This crime around, Dillon is a detective in the way of a group of bank robbers and the $20 million they stole. The odd, recognizable cast also includes Zoe Saldana, Hayden Christensen, Paul Walker, Idris Elba (I would say he’s slumming but this flick seems no worse than Obsessed), Johnathon Schaech, Jay Hernandez, Michael Ealy, Chris Brown and Tip “T.I.” Harris. 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. UNSTOPPABLE (PG-13) After Man on Fire, Déjà Vu and The Taking of Pelham 123, I thought I was done with Tony Scott’s overdirected movies starring Denzel Washington, but the trailer for this based-on-true-events, dramatic-runaway-train thriller looks exciting. Two engineers (Washington and Star Trek’s Chris Pine) desperately

try to stop an unmanned, half-mile long train pulling hazardous chemicals before it wipes out a town. WALL STREET: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS (PG-13) Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps opens in 2001 when a broken, grizzled shell of what Gordon Gecko (Michael Douglas) used to be is released from prison. Flash forward seven years to 2008. Enter the film’s high-flying financial whiz, Jake Moore (Shia LaBeouf), who just so happens to be dating Gecko’s daughter, Winnie (recent Oscar ingénue Carrie Mulligan). Under the pretense of reuniting father and daughter (but probably more so he can meet a legend), Jake begins a series of trades with Gecko that could cost the young man everything. WE EXIST (NR) UGA College of Education faculty members and documentary filmmakers Corey Johnson and Anneliese Singh follow up their first documentary, Be There for Me, with We Exist: Collective Memories of Transgender, Queer, and Questioning Youth, a film that focuses on the high school existence of those three titular youth groups. This documentary film premiere is sponsored by the LGBT Resource Center, Lambda Alliance and Georgia Safe Schools Coalition. A Q&A with the filmmakers will follow.

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deliciousness” and free reign to mispronounce words (he says Metro City like velocity). Fey raises the IQ and LQ (laugh quotient) of everything she touches. Megamind wittily tweaks the superhero genre with enough ingenuity and crafty celebrity voice-work to save a parent’s weekend trip to the movies. Dreamworks’ Megamind could not stand up to the real costumed heroes like Pixar’s The Incredibles, but the superhero satire would make a capable animated sidekick. Drew Wheeler

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threats & promises Music News And Gossip Well, our mayoral race may have come down to a run-off, but there’s nothing like that in the Athens music scene. People vote pretty clearly in that every day. I’m not even sure what the prize is, but this week’s candidates are below… Give It Away Now: Steve LaBate (ex-Paste magazine, 40 Nights of Rock & Roll) is curating the soundtrack for a new, low-budget independent film. As per usual with this sort of thing, there is “no music budget for the film but a chance for good exposure and back-end cash on a digitally released soundtrack.” The film, directed by Atlanta filmmaker Savvy Lorestani (My Sixteenth Summer) is the first to be sponsored by the Atlanta-based filmmakers support group Will Film for Food. It’s a coming-of-age story titled Quarterlife Ben, revolving around a slacker who falls for an older woman. If you’re interested in submitting something, drop a line to stevelabate@gmail.com or send a physical CD to Steve LaBate, 1074 Colquitt Ave., Atlanta, GA, 30307. For more info, please see www.willfilmforfood.com. Local Is as Local Does: WUOG 90.5 FM will host its first WUOG Festival this week. Running Thursday, Nov. 11–Saturday, Nov. 13, the three-night event will feature approximately 12 bands performing at Farm 255,

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posters, shirts, etc.) of Chris Bilheimer. It’s hard for me to believe so much time has passed since Bilheimer had a ponytail (and had not yet dropped out of art school) and since Bangs regularly read poetry onstage with local bands. Each has pursued his art for the better part of two decades, but this show, “Blackboards & Smokebombs,” seems to specifically express the closeness of the three and the emotional component of their collaboration even though, undoubtedly, a lot of the work was produced by them individually. See our full feature on Chris on p. 11. The More Things Change: Modern Skirts will host a pre-release show for its third full-length album this Friday, Nov. 12 at the 40 Watt (see story on this page). Promoter Troy Aubrey says this is the only chance fans will have to purchase the CD until its official release next year. You can preview some of the tracks at www.myspace.com/modernskirts. Now, That’s a Mouthful: UGA student organization F.O.O.T.S.T.E.P.S. (Friends On One Team Supporting The Effort to Provide Sustainability) will host a benefit concert Friday, Nov. 12 at Bad Manor. All proceeds will go toward building a children’s school in the West African country of Mali. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Those under

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Venice Is Sinking Go Bar and the 40 Watt. Featured acts are Witches, M. Coast, Yo Soybean, Arturo in Letto, Marriage, Abandon the Earth Mission, Bigfoot, Nesey Gallons, Venice Is Sinking, Reptar, Green Gerry, Oryx and Crake and possibly more. For more information, please see www.wuog.org. Open Your Eyes: A very special art and film exhibition will happen Friday, Nov. 12 and Saturday, Nov. 13, featuring the work of longtime friends, artists and collaborators Chris Bilheimer, Dan Donahue (Great Lakes) and Lance Bangs. The first night, Nov. 12 will happen at Ciné (opens at 6:30 p.m., films and Q&A at 8 p.m.) and feature films from Lance Bangs, films and design work by Donahue and a Polaroid exhibition from Bilheimer. The next night will happen at ATHICA at 7:30 p.m. and will feature the design work (albums,

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21 will have to cough up another $2, too. The featured bands this night are Doctor Squid, Leaving Araby, The Orkids, The Less and Lefty Hathaway. For advance tickets and more information, please see www.ugafootsteps.org. Keep It Real: There’s a few days left to help fund the production of a new album by Hope for Agoldensummer. The group is utilizing Indie GoGo, which is a little bit different than the more popular Kickstarter. The band’s goal is $10,000, but they’ll get to keep whatever amount they raise, whereas if they utilized Kickstarter they’d forfeit this amount if the goal was not met. To donate to the new album, or simply see what Indie GoGo is all about, please see www.indiegogo.com/ hopeforagoldensummer.

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been taking so much care of her, and I’m sick….” And so begins the song that has followed Modern Skirts throughout their early career. “Pasadena” became the band’s most easily recognized tune, sung by swooning girls and mouthed by their boyfriends during shows at the 40 Watt. In essence, it was a near-perfect pop tune: beautiful, quiet, pleading and possessing the ability to stay stuck in your head for days. The album it sprang from, Catalogue of Generous Men, was much the same way. Next came All of Us in Our Night, an extension of the sounds that got the band compared to Ben Folds more often than they might have liked. But rumbling beneath the melodic structures and sweet harmonies was a longing to be just a bit more than a piano pop band. Traces of experimental rhythms and less polished vocals appeared in songs like “Soft Pedals” and “Conversational.” The songs began pulling away from the familiar indiepop ballads Modern Skirts had once performed. But if All of Us in Our Night was a small step for the Skirts, Gramahawk would be considered one giant leap into a whole new direction. Gone are the soft piano ballads and the pop-rock guitars and almost everything else that gave Flagpole readers a reason to vote the group “Best Local Pop Band” in 2009. Instead, the album contains challenging songs full of samples, fuzzy double-tracked vocals and a great deal more percussion. “Percussion is more important than the melody in most of the new tunes,” says lead singer Jay Gulley. “Most of the songs were written without chords originally. A ‘verysimple-because-it-doesn’t-have-to-be-complicated’ approach. When percussion is blasted, the beat tends to make tones. You can use those to write with.” Using those tones, the Skirts built several songs that would become the Happy 81 EP, the precursor to Gramahawk. The live shows changed from a mostly low-key affair to something resembling more of a rock show. All four members of the Skirts would clamber about, banging giant drums and cuing samples. The band had a bit more bite to it, but changing up the foundations of what Modern Skirts did wasn’t exactly the easiest thing to do. “Gramahawk is an evolution in that it required us to get over our fears a bit,” says

Gulley. “Any dismantling that happens is because the songs sound like a child wrote them—however you take that. The songs were taken from original takes of skeleton songs, and they remained somewhat intact after the recording process. We were always scared of going on instinct. We have gotten to the point where that’s what feels right.” For fans fearful that they may never hear “Pasadena” again, relax. It’s not like the band is just dropping everything all at once. “While it’s true that we are selfishly happier performing the new material, we still have to drag the pillows out and beef on that old stuff,” says Gulley. That may not be exactly what a Skirts faithful would want to hear, but fans would do well to give Gramahawk a shot. If anything, the record is a look at how the Skirts, and the members themselves, have evolved. “There has been a departure from our usual way of writing and composing,” says Gulley. “The older I get, the less satisfied I am with making songs that sound like a tax write-off. I think we all shared a vision and we stuck with it. I think we have matured a bit.” Modern Skirts are not going to apologize for favoring their new material and sounds over the pop-glazed croons of before. A little experimentation and some openness have yielded an inventive album, and they’re pretty proud of that. The future may be a little hard to see, but at least the present is an interesting adventure to undertake. “This record is just where we are at now,” says Gulley. “The other two represent where we were at then. I’m not saying this is a pattern we can keep up, but we are a little more honest with ourselves now. I think that we were tilting this way with the last record. Maybe the next one won’t be so ‘dark.’ Maybe we can afford to turn on the heat.” Jordan Stepp

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his one time… at band camp: I rocked out like Jimi Hendrix!” A special place for children as much as participating musicians, Pepperland Farm Camp combines an idyllic setting with a musical mission that becomes lodged in the hearts of those it touches. Athens-based artist and internationally touring performer Caroline Aiken articulated the strong appeal of PFC to her personally. “Where would my life have gone if I had this kind of positive one-on-one with an adult who was already doing music, helping me discover myself and telling me it was OK, and that I wasn’t going to hell for playing rock and roll? I can’t imagine how much further along I’d have been at that age if I had that kind of support.” While generational evolution has led to a more tenuous relationship between rock music and hell, Aiken’s point about the importance of nurturing young musical talent remains culturally relevant. The Pepperland Cabin Jam benefit will expose Athens families, musicians and potential supporters to this uniquely dedicated non-profit organization. Located in Murphy, NC, on 64 acres of Mother Earth, PFC offers a two-week music camp for youths ages 8 to 16, of all ability levels and cultures. Supported by a mix of volunteers and paid staff, PFC’s vision is to give children the opportunity to experience the wonders of nature, music and a culture of extended family. According to PFC Director Khalisa Taylor, “At Pepperland, we cook together, play together and deal with any problems together. Living as a family helps build a strong bond between us, and that bond spreads beyond the borders of camp and into the community.” Started in 1974, PFC originally focused on environmental education, Native-American games and crafts, and primitive living skills. Building on this foundation, PFC added a music focus in the last five years, although no experience is necessary to enroll. Taylor describes the power of the musical engagement of youths. “Music enriches our lives, builds character, sparks creativity and allows us to come together and share ourselves on an even plane. All kids are drawn to music, even the nonverbal and shy ones. Even if you don’t want to play an instrument, you enjoy listening. So, when a child finds an instrument that is right, all the possibilities the world of music offers open up.” While PFC relies on charitable donations and fundraising events to provide financial assistance to children who would not be able to attend otherwise, the purpose of the upcoming benefit is to raise funds to rebuild a cabin destroyed by a fire last March. According to PFC co-director Corey Walker, “The loss of the cabin meant that Pepperland had to cut admissions by five children.” The idea for this particular benefit was spawned by Pepperland

parent and music enthusiast Kathleen Layson (formerly O’Brien, as in the instrumental link among R.E.M. bandmates 30 years ago). “As a parent I wanted to give back to the camp. So I thought for my 50th birthday, I’ll throw this huge party and accept donations for Pepperland. The timing didn’t work out, but when I went to get my son this summer, again I was so impressed. I was like, ‘Ya know, I still want to help make this benefit happen.’” Witnessing her son’s experiences over the last two years, Layson has strong feelings about Pepperland. “I think it’s a really good camp for kids. They’re exposed to musicians and volunteers. It’s such a great concept, and it really gave my son an outlet when he was experiencing a difficult transition at school. Being with other kids and having the performance at the end of camp was awesome. As a parent, this has brought such great substance into his life and mine.” Working closely with event co-coordinator Karyn Hegrenes, Layson’s vision to expose PFC to a new area and esteemed music community will unfold on Nov. 13. The Pepperland Cabin Jam starts at 5 p.m. at Last Call, featuring performances by the Pepperland Kids, Caroline Aiken joined by Carly Gibson and Diane Durrett, The High Strung String Band, Glenn Phillips Band, Green Bracelet, Copious Jones, The Squirrelheads and Carla LeFever & the Rays. The event will offer a range of music spanning folk, bluegrass, blues, zydeco, rock and funk. A sneak preview of some of the performances—including Caroline Aiken, Carly Gibson, and the Pepperland Kids—can be seen at the Farmers Market at Bishop Park earlier that day. The silent auction portion of the event at Last Call will provide an opportunity to bid on local art, goods and services, as well as a number of musical items and artifacts with historical significance, including autographed rock and roll memorabilia. Aiken summarizes what the camp means to those directly involved and well beyond: “The more this model happens in the country and around the world, the better we’ll be. The parents get a safe place for their kids, learning to give and take. It’s a positive place for kids to be and for musicians to have a paying gig where they can invest their input and wealth of knowledge… a win-win for everybody.” For additional information, visit www.pepperlandfarmcamp.org. Sarah Savage

WHAT: Pepperland Cabin Jam WHERE: Last Call WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 13, 5 p.m. HOW MUCH: $10

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trench, Interpol has gone completely insular, crafting an album psychopathic in its narcissism, darkness and cleansounding perfection. By this mining inward, Interpol the record, although pretty to look at, makes for a detached and anti-cathartic listen. Christopher Benton

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Bang-U-tot has made a rock album. The local band eschews reverb on its debut, culling from just guitar, bass and drums a nuanced, rounded sound that brings to mind Television’s Marquee Moon and is certainly informed by—but not beholden to— the last decade’s garage rock revival. The album’s biggest strength might be the band’s comprehension of form. Each song is its own entity, each section distinct; the record’s pacing is near-perfect. Singer Daniel Gold’s lyrics have a bitter, satiric bite, encapsulating a weariness with a lifestyle familiar to many in town. These observations are never self-righteous; rather they are neurotic in the tradition of David Byrne, sincere without being preachy. Leavened with humor and self-deprecation, Gold’s delivery is endearing and, above all, truthful. Recently, bands have tended to accentuate the novelty of genre at the expense of individuality. The result can be a blandness masquerading as cutting-edge. There are no external signifiers—excessive reverb, overt distortion—to mark Bang-U-tot’s uniqueness. They aren’t necessary. Marshall Yarbrough Bang-U-Tot is playing at Go Bar on Saturday, Nov. 13.

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TUNABUNNY Tunabunny Happy Happy Birthday to Me The inventive feel of Tunabunny’s debut comes from an odd sense you get while listening: it’s as if the band didn’t take for granted the idea that every member should be playing in unison. The songs hit familiar points of reference in a way that highlights their idiosyncrasy. The approach is similar to taking a machine apart and putting it back together: it works, but it doesn’t look quite the same.” The effect is recognizable, but the means are strange. On “When We Go Out,” for example, the band plays a propulsive, straight rhythm, both singers shout-singing in unison. The line “Go! Dance!” repeats and you note that the drummer is playing in a swung rhythm at odds with the rest of the band. The tension persists for the rest of the song; “I Miss You (You Miss Me Yes)” employs the same device. Songs like “Gasmasks” take a single-note Pylon guitar line but eschew that band’s sparse sound, choosing instead to submerge the notes in a distorted mire. If at times the tools are borrowed, the builder’s hands are Tunabunny’s. Marshall Yarbrough Tunabunny is playing at Caledonia Lounge on Saturday, Nov. 13.

INTERPOL Interpol Matador Interpol used to make two types of songs: modern pop ballads with heavy, pixelated riffs that moved in stopmotion and danceable ones with a killer rhythm section and angular guitar. But according to Interpol’s new sound design, most tracks ride the middle: mid-tempo, minor-key, some planned piano. Even the structurally dynamic songs come off as aimlessly inert without real hooks or real climaxes. Still, too big (and talented) to fail, there are transcendent moments. “Summer Well” maintains the band’s sexy, slow-dance slow-burn, and the layered polyglot finale “The Undoing” ambles with the miserable beauty of past heights. Seemingly directionless and unable to expand upon the tightly defined sound that has become its

elegant for the ephemera of trend, this is some of most gracefully durable music being made today. “A Crime” proves that all it takes for the wonderfully sonorous Van Etten to make a complete-sounding song is an acoustic strum and the tall yearning of her voice. Add the full band and you’ve got magic like the lush country majesty of “Save Yourself” and the absolutely perfect heartbreaker “One Day,” one of this year’s loveliest songs. Epic is patient and restrained but never bores. Instead, its quiet, romantic intensity and velvet hand beckon, bewitch and consummate. And it places Van Etten squarely in the class of leading—if criminally unheralded— ladies like Jennifer O’Connor and Kathleen Edwards. Bao Le-Huu

SISTERS Ghost Fits Narnack Unlike the ‘50s and ‘60s pop at the twee heart of bands like The Raveonettes or The Legends, the core of this Brooklyn noise-pop duo lies in ‘90s indie rock. On this debut, Sisters wed slacker wobble with sharp hookheavy instinct and then redline the fuzz and distortion. Such textural temperament isn’t surprising when you consider that the band is part of the Death by Audio crew, the musical cabal made famous by sonic crushers A Place to Bury Strangers). Likeable stylistic signposts abound, including the loud, detached Sonic Youth crests of “Visions” and the head-on collision between the Wedding Present and Dinosaur Jr. in “Sky.” Top picks include the full-throttle pogopop of “Highway Scratch,” the stout Pavement-loving indie-rock heart of “Glue” and the unbridled jubilance of “The Curse.” Sisters’ lo-fi, high-octane angle is bashed-out and swooning, sloppy and enthusiastic. But unlike others mining similar ground, there’s more clarity, richness and heart amid all their angles and jangles. And that extra cohesiveness and depth is what makes Sisters one of this year’s best new bands. Bao Le-Huu

SHARON VAN ETTEN Epic Ba Da Bing Though she collaborated with Megafaun, sang on The Antlers’ breakout record, Hospice, and boasts fans like The National and Bon Iver, this northeastern chanteuse has yet to become a household name herself. But with this sophomore work unfurling a robust full-band rendition of her songs, she can no longer be ignored. The gorgeous, spacious acres of atmosphere on this mini-album are carved by slow, sumptuous rivers of genteel country and smooth rustic soul. Too hip to be adult alternative and too classically

overdubs is the knob wizardry of Daniel Lanois. Though the stripped-down, collaborative setup between producer and solo musician is similar, this isn’t as naked as the dance between Johnny Cash and Rick Rubin. Lanois is a master of texture and atmosphere, and this record is as much a showcase for his recording flair (and the sonics in his Silverlake home studio) as it is for Young’s raw expression. And that means Young’s character-rich voice and playing are set adrift in a swirling bath of spacey atmospherics. Though the tapestry’s undeniably compelling and rich, it’s still a confined approach that can occasionally seem forced. In fact, the album’s least heavy-handed, most naturalistic moment—the melodic intimacy and Mexican romance of “Love and War”—happens to be one of the most effective. But strong moments where the grand production device clicks include “Hitchhiker,” which boils restlessly with big heart, and particularly “Angry World,” a towering song almost tunefully equal to eternal anthems like “Rockin’ in the Free World.” However, these work primarily because of their exceptional songwriting. And though much mileage is covered by few elements, this is more an interesting concept study than a revelatory homerun. Bao Le-Huu

NEIL YOUNG Le Noise Reprise The great iconoclast is at it again, and in the place of a band or even

XBXRX O Polyvinyl Anyone would be stoked at the bonanza of a 10-song, 7” release. Now you might shift to concern if told that it all blazes by in under nine minutes. But if you knew experimentalists XBXRX—who can condense the mileage of a full song into a fraction of the expanse—then you’d know that’s plenty of space to do their damage. Filled with density, paranoia and pure release, O bridges post-hardcore, noise-rock and squelching electronics to land somewhere between Daughters and The Locust. It’s a return to the full torque of their more structured work, featuring songs that—despite occurring like facial detonations—are actually fully-crafted and articulated compositions featuring intros, outros, breakdowns and bridges. Among the highlights are the virtually identical sister tracks “Decay I” and “Decay II,” which could be MeltBanana breakdowns fronted by shouting teenage boys instead of a barking Chihuahua. “Life Is Our Grave” and “Stop the Signs” pair live-wire tension with grinding, unrelenting noise-core. And “Sand Dimes” closes with a vortex that’ll strip the paint off your walls. O is sonic power from a purer realm where noise, punk and rock exist in concentrated form, abstracted from their own respective social mores. It’s a feral sound that kicks, punches, grinds and scrapes. Most importantly, it’s full-tilt. Bao Le-Huu


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ith face-melting origins in Athens circa 1993, the death-metal duo Jucifer has been bringing its unique approach to sludge metal, marked by excessive amplification and innovative light shows, to live performances for close to 20 years. As bandmates and a married couple, drummer G. Edgar Livengood and guitarist/vocalist G. Amber Valentine have been touring nonstop since 2001. Returning to Athens on Nov. 12, Valentine recently described Jucifer’s extensive journey to Flagpole. Flagpole: What were the early days like when forming Jucifer? Gazelle Amber Valentine: Once our original drummer split, Edgar took over drums and we became a duo. We thought it was going to be temporary and we’d get another member at some point. We practiced a couple times with our friend, Harvey Milk bassist Stephen Tanner, but since HM was still touring, we agreed that we’d be better off not sharing him. At the same time we realized we were happy being a two-piece—the autonomy, the prolific songwriting we had between us… FP: How has Jucifer’s sound and performance evolved over the years? GAV: Back in the day, I tuned super ridiculously low. A lot of the nuance of what I was playing wasn’t audible to the audience because it was just rumble. I think I’ve honed the articulation of the amp wall and my tunings to a point where now the rumble’s still happening—the earth still shudders—but people can hear notes. I used to want sonic overload at any price, but I realized it was lame for that to camouflage good riffs and drumming. FP: How did you develop the “horrors of war” concept for the new album, Throned in Blood, and how do you hope listeners experience it? GAV: I’m the main lyricist and pretty nihilistic. Atrocities I learn about in my reading end up inspiring a lot of songs. I hope listeners just have fun turning it up and freaking out. It’s got intellectual concepts behind it, but it’s not meant to be listened to as a

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highbrow think piece, and it’s not a production feast like some of our other albums. It’s purposefully raw. FP: What has it been like to have the road as your permanent address? GAV: We love it. Our RV is a beautifully small little house that keeps us where we need to be. The small living space forces you to be totally at ease with each other or explode. After about three months into it, we agreed we would probably live in an RV together for the rest of our lives. FP: What do you enjoy most about playing live? GAV: When we sound like God and we can’t fuck up no matter how hard we try… when we’re transcendent. That’s the high all musicians are addicted to and the thing we keep coming back for. It doesn’t even matter what the audience is doing or if there’s an audience at all in those moments. FP: How do you feel about returning to Athens? GAV: We haven’t been able to play Athens for maybe two years. It just hasn’t been on our route. So we’re really looking forward to coming back. We only played Caledonia once when it first opened, and we’re stoked on rattling their walls again! And some friends we haven’t seen in way too long are playing the show with us. Whenever we get to come to Athens, it’s a little bit of a reunion. We look forward to it a lot.

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Tuesday 9 EVENTS: Athens Farmers Market (Little Kings Shuffle Club) Buy fresh, locally grown organic produce, locally crafted goods and freshly baked breads. 4–7 p.m. FREE! www. 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! www.uga. edu/hsa PERFORMANCE: Caroline Goulding (UGA Ramsey Concert Hall) Concert by violinist who appeared with the Cleveland Orchestra. 8 p.m. $25. www.uga.edu/pac * LECTURES & LIT.: The South and America Since World War II (Barnes and Noble) Author and UGA Phinizy Spalding Distinguished Professor James C. Cobb will read from and sign his definitive history of the postwar South. 7 p.m. FREE! 706-354-1195 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. 7 p.m. FREE! 706-5423481, www.georgiareview.com 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 EVENTS: Spanish Wine Tasting (Casa Mia) Sample a variety of Spanish wines from regions such as Rioja and Penedes. 6–8 p.m. $15. 706–227-4444 EVENTS: The Metropolitan Opera: Boris Godunov Encore (Beechwood Stadium Cinemas) Live stream from New York City. 6:30 p.m. 706-546-1011 ART: 3rd Annual MFA Art Auction Fundraiser (Little Kings Shuffle Club) A live auction of donated artworks benefiting the 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! www.art.uga.edu KIDSTUFF: Children’s Storytime (ACC Library) For children ages 18 months to 5 years. Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m., Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 KIDSTUFF: Homeschoolers Chapter Book Review (Madison County Library) Elementary schoolage homeschoolers gather at the library to read a book together and talk about it. Every Wednesday. 2 p.m. FREE! 706-795-5597 KIDSTUFF: Wildcard Wednesday for Teens (ACC Library) Up Next: Drawing Basics. Learn to draw people and other objects using contour lines. Ages 11–18. Space is limited. 4 p.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. 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! 706-548-1920 GAMES: Trivia (Your Pie) Every Wednesday at all three locations. 7:30 p.m. FREE! www.yourpie.com

Thursday 11 EVENTS: Cigars and Martinis (Jack’s Bar) Try six different cigars from The Cigar Shop, including Montecristos, Rocky Patels and others. Specials on martini and cigar pairings. 6–9 p.m. 912-604-8560. EVENTS: Stamp Out Hunger, Eat Out Athens (Various Locations) Eat at one of the participating businesses to benefit Our Daily Bread, the community kitchen serving hot meals in Athens for over 20 years. Go online for a complete list of participants. 706-353-6647, www. actionministries.net EVENTS: The Metropolitan Opera: Boris Godunov Encore (Beechwood Stadium Cinemas) Live stream from New York City. 6:30 p.m. 706-546-1011 EVENTS: Yappy Hour for (WellBehaved) Dogs (283 Bar) Happy hour is all the more happy when

your dog is by your side. Come out for drink specials for humans and endless bowls of water and treats for the furries. 5–8 p.m. 706-208-1283 PERFORMANCE: Athens Cabaret Showgirls (Little Kings Shuffle Club) Local drag troupe. www.myspace.com/littlekingsshuffleclub PERFORMANCE: Gilbert and Sullian’s H.M.S. Pinafore (UGA Hodgson Hall) Frederick Burchinal directs the UGA Opera Ensemble performance of H.M.S. Pinafore. 8 p.m. $5 (UGA students) $15 (nonstudents). www.uga.edu/pac PERFORMANCE: Micheal Pace (Edge Recital Hall) Student recital from the clarinet player. 6:30 p.m. FREE! www.uga.edu/pac PERFORMANCE: Senior Exit Concert 2010 (UGA Dance Building, Theatre) Eight graduating seniors present their individual new and original choreography. Nov. 11–13, 8 p.m. $8–$12. www.uga. edu/pac PERFORMANCE: Sunheiy Min (Edge Recital Hall) Student recital from the pianist. 5 p.m. FREE! www. uga.edu/pac PERFORMANCE: UGA Jazz Band (UGA Ramsey Concert Hall) A performance led by Conductor Steve Dancz. 6 p.m. FREE! www.uga. edu/pac THEATRE: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (UGA Fine Arts Building) UGA’s Department of Theatre and Film Studies presents the hit musical. Nov. 11–13, 8 p.m., Nov. 14, 2:30 p.m. $12–$15. www.drama.uga.edu/ events, 706-542-4400 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. 11–13, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14, 3 p.m. $15 (adults) $12 (students, seniors, children). 706-613-3628 THEATRE: Christmas Spirits Holiday Tour (Ware-Lyndon House) Rose of Athens Theatre presents three vignettes in conjuction with a tour of Athens historic houses. Each vignette is set during Christmas holidays and reflects the spirit of the house where it is performed. 5, 6 & 7 p.m. $25 ($15 for children under 10). 706-208-8687, www.visitathensga.com THEATRE: Legally Blonde: The Musical (The Classic Center) The popular comedic film is brought to life onstage. 7:30 p.m. $10–$65. 706-357-4444, www.classiccenter. com * 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.

The BBC Concert Orchestra will perform at the UGA Performing Arts Center on Sunday, Nov. 14. Pre-registration required. 10–10:45 a.m. $7. 706-613-3615 ext. 0 * LECTURES & LIT.: Tosia Schneider (UGA Tate Center, Room 137) A lecture from the Holocaust survivor and author of the memoir Someone Must Survive to Tell the World. 11 a.m. FREE! 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 12 EVENTS: “Fallout: The Future of Nuclear Security and NonProliferation” (UGA School of Law, Larry Walker Room) 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-2010conference EVENTS: “Sustainability: Bring It Home!” (State Botanical Garden) Weekend workshop for people interested in learning about home energy alternatives, home orchards and forest gardens, natural building, raising animals at home and creative erosion control. Nov. 12–14. $200. www.uga.edu/botgarden ART: “Blackboards and Smokebombs” (Ciné BarCafé) Multi-media group show features long-time collaborators and former roommates Lance Bangs, Chris Bilheimer and Dan Donahue. Show includes films by Bangs and Donahue, design by Donahue and 175 Polaroids by Bilheimer. 6:30 p.m. (Opening Reception), 8 p.m. (Film Screening) FREE! www.athenscine.com. See story on p. 11. ART: Open House (Wildeye Creative Exploration Studio, 585 Barber St.) Stop by the DOC building for snacks and creative crafting activities! 5–10 p.m. FREE! 706-410-0250, www. wildeyecreative.com ART: Opening Reception (Trace Gallery) Light refreshments provided at a reception for Michaelene Walsh and Debbie Kupinsky’s ceramics show. 7–9 p.m. FREE! www.tracegalleryathens.com ART: Opening Reception (Lamar Dodd School of Art, Gallery 101, 307 & Orbit Galleries) Senior work

from undergraduate students. Drawing and Painting, Art X, Sculpture and Ceramics major exit shows. 7–9 p.m. FREE! www.art. uga.edu ART: Opening Reception (Ten Pins Tavern) Screen prints, etchings, monoprints and drawings from young artist Gregory Stone. 8–10 p.m. FREE! www.tenpinstavern.com PERFORMANCE: Andrew van Devender (Edge Recital Hall) Student recital from the tuba player. 6:30 p.m. FREE! www.uga.edu/pac PERFORMANCE: Bertolt Brecht’s The Threepenny Opera (New Earth Music Hall) The Circle Ensemble Theatre Company kicks off their inaugural season with Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s transformative, biting political satire which combines the sound of 1920s Berlin dance bands and cabaret. 7 p.m. $15. www.newearthmusichall.com PERFORMANCE: Drag-A-Palooza: A Psychedelic Experience (New Earth Music Hall) Join the Classic City Kings, Athens’ premiere male performance troupe, and guests for the bohemian blowout of the season. Arrive dressed in your best ‘70s attire for a chance to win $75 cash prize. 9 p.m.–2 a.m. $5. www. theclassiccitykings.com PERFORMANCE: Rebecca Shawn Frazer and Camille Grant (Edge Recital Hall) Student recital by flute player Frazer and vocalist Grant. 3:35 p.m. FREE! www.uga.edu/pac PERFORMANCE: Gilbert and Sullian’s H.M.S. Pinafore (UGA Hodgson Hall) Frederick Burchinal directs the UGA Opera Ensemble performance of H.M.S. Pinafore. 8 p.m. $5 (UGA students) $15 (nonstudents). www.uga.edu/pac PERFORMANCE: Thomas Hildreth (UGA Ramsey Concert Hall) Student recital by the double bass player. 6 p.m. FREE! www.uga.edu/pac PERFORMANCE: Senior Exit Concert 2010 (UGA Dance Building, Theatre) Eight graduating seniors present their individual new and original choreography. Nov. 11–13, 8 p.m. $8–$12. www.uga. edu/pac PERFORMANCE: UGA Woodwind Chamber Music (Edge Recital Hall) Presented by the Hugh Hodgson School of Music. 5 p.m. FREE! www.uga.edu/pac THEATRE: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (UGA Fine Arts Building) See Nov.

11 Theatre. Nov. 11–13, 8 p.m., Nov. 14, 2:30 p.m. $12–$15. www.drama. uga.edu/events, 706-542-4400 THEATRE: Annie (Morton Theatre) See Nov. 11 Theatre. Nov. 11–13, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14, 3 p.m. $15 (adults) $12 (students, seniors, children). 706-613-3628 THEATRE: The Frog Princess (Athens Little Playhouse) Gloria Kibbe Sams’ production of the old Russian folk tale of a prince tasked with choosing a wife, but finding only a frog in her place. Nov. 12 & 19, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13 & 20, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 & 21, 2 p.m. $5–$10. 706-208-1036, www.athenslittleplayhouse.org THEATRE: One Act Performance Night (Cedar Shoals High School, Fine Arts Building) Cedar Shoals High School presents John S. Wells Competition Piece and Jerome McDonough’s Asylum. 7:30 p.m. $5 (general) $3 (students). milsapr@ clarke.k12.ga.us OUTDOORS: A Night in Nature (Sandy Creek Nature Center) This new program designed for individuals to meet others with similar interests features canoeing, behindthe-scenes zoo tours, night walks and more. Call to register. 6:30–9 p.m. $13. 706-613-3615 KIDSTUFF: Preschool & Toddler Storytime (Madison County Library) Includes stories, fingerpuppet plays, songs and crafts for literacy-based fun. 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-795-5597 KIDSTUFF: Rock Science (ACC Library) Learn about volcanoes, fossils and more through interactive stories and hands-on activities! Program is appropriate for children in elementary grades. Preregistration required. 4:30–5:30 p.m. FREE! www.clarke.public.lib.ga.us, 706613-3650 KIDSTUFF: Teddy Bear Sleep Over (Oconee County Library) Kids! Drop off your favorite stuffed animal at the Oconee County Library for a sleep-over in the library! Children’s librarian Ms. Jessie will “supervise” the stuffed animals. Children can come to retrieve their animals, along with a copy of a CD showing all their fun activities during the sleepover, on Monday, Nov. 15. Please note only the stuffed animals are invited to sleep over, NOT the children. 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. FREE! 706-7693950

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LECTURES & LIT.: “Café au Libris” (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 LECTURES & LIT.: “Clients, Protest and State Transformation in Latin America” (UGA Baldwin Hall, Room 114A) Jon Shefnet of the University of Tennessee presents a lecture sponsored by the Willson Center for the Humanities and Arts. 3:30 p.m. FREE! beccara606@ gmail.com MEETINGS: Free IT Athens Annual Meeting (ATHICA) Join Free IT Athens to enjoy refreshments and celebrate five years of accomplishments and preview plans for the next year. 7–9 p.m. FREE! www. freeitathens.org/meeting MEETINGS: Mindfulness Practice Group (Mind Body Institute) Beginners and experienced mindfulness practitioners welcome. Meets the second Friday of each month. 5:30 p.m. FREE! 706-475-7329

Saturday 13 EVENTS: 3rd Annual “Free to Breathe” Lung Cancer 5K (Sandy Creek Park) Run/Walk to benefit lung cancer charities and research. 8 a.m. www.active.com EVENTS: 5th Annual Madison County Artist Market (Downtown Danielsville, Historic Courthouse) Local artist bazaar featuring folk art, pottery, jewelry, baskets, painting, sculptures, fiber crafts and more! 9 a.m.–4 p.m. FREE! madisoncountyartistmarket.blogspot.com EVENTS: Acoustic Guitar Summit (Musician’s Warehouse) Manufacturers present one-of-a-kind and prototype models and offer great discounts on guitars for sale. Live entertainment and demonstrations by Jason Salzman and Richard Starkey. 10 a.m.–7 p.m. FREE! 706-548-7233 EVENTS: Adoption Day (Pawtropolis, Bogart) A chance to meet all of the wonderful adoptable dogs in person. 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m. FREE! rescue@athenscaninerescue. com 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: Fall Tasting Tour (Downtown Athens) Progressive dinner with fall seasonal tastes from seven downtown restaurants. The food tour lasts three hours, so come hungry! 3–6 p.m. $45. 706-3388054, www.athensfoodtours.com/ downtown EVENTS: Firefly Brew (170 Virgina Ave.) A party for Cucuyo, Athens’ bi-cultural teen arts program in the Dominican Republic. A night of brewed beverages, local cuisine, live music and a live auction. Live music from locals Kate Morrissey, Emily Hearn and Ryan Monahan. 7 p.m. $20. www. cucuyo.org EVENTS: Noche Latina (UGA Tate Center) The annual event from the UGA Hispanic Students Association features reggaeton, samba, salsa, mariachi music and more! Ticket price includes a dinner served at Tate Center Grand Hall. 6:30–10 p.m. $5

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(students), $7 (non-students). hsaboard@listserv.uga.edu EVENTS: “Sustainability: Bring It Home!” (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) See Nov. 12 Events. $200. www.uga.edu/botgarden EVENTS: Taste Your P.L.A.C.E. Pie Contest (Athens Farmers’ Market) Top three pies will receive prizes. If you want to enter a pie into the contest ($5 per entry), try to use as many local ingredients as possible and bring it to the market by 10 a.m. 10 a.m. $5 (to taste all pies). www.localplace.org ART: Athens Indie Craftstravaganzaa (Downtown Athens, Corner of Pulaski and Clayton Streets) Annual handmade market featuring 75+ quirky and innovative artists/crafters! Shop amidst a flurry of activity including live music and DJs, fun crafts for the kids, a photo booth and more. Drinks, food and tunes from DJ Mahoghany on the Caledonia patio. 10 a.m.–7 p.m. FREE! www.athensindiecraftstravaganzaa.com ART: Opening Reception (ATHICA) For Chris Bilheimer’s Retrospective. Shirts, posters, album covers and other design work from the past 15 years of the long-time Athenian’s career. Bilheimer has done numerous designs for R.E.M., Green Day and Widespread Panic. On view Nov. 11 from 6–9 p.m. and Nov.12-14 from 1–6 p.m. 7:30 p.m. FREE! www. athica.org. See story p. 11. PERFORMANCE: Athens Symphony Fall Concert (The Classic Center) Seasonal performance featuring selections from works by Tchaikovsky, Mozart and Elgar. 8–11 p.m. FREE! www.athenssymphony.org * PERFORMANCE: Bertolt Brecht’s The Threepenny Opera (New Earth Music Hall) The Circle Ensemble Theatre Company kicks off

their inaugural season with Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s transformative biting political satire which combines the sound of 1920s Berlin dance bands and cabaret. 7 p.m. $15. www.newearthmusichall.com PERFORMANCE: Senior Exit Concert 2010 (UGA Dance Building, Theatre) Eight graduating seniors present their individual new and original choreography. Nov. 11–13, 8 p.m. $8–$12. www.uga. edu/pac * THEATRE: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (UGA Fine Arts Building) See Nov. 11 Theatre. THEATRE: Annie (Morton Theatre) See Nov. 11 Theatre. THEATRE: The Frog Princess (Athens Little Playhouse) See Nov. 12 Theatre. THEATRE: One Act Performance Night (Cedar Shoals High School) See Nov. 12 Theatre. KIDSTUFF: Second Saturday Storytime (Sandy Creek Nature Center) Join the SCNC staff for stories about the woods and their resident creatures. 2:30 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3615, www.accleisureservices.com KIDSTUFF: Yarn Gathering (ACC Library) Bring your needlework projects of all kinds: knitting, crochet, cross-stitch or anything else that uses yarn or thread! Refreshments are provided at this program for teens ages 11-18. 2–5 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 LECTURES & LIT.: Book Signing (Borders Books & Music) Athens’ own Louise Anderson-Smith will be in store with her new novel Li’l Boy Johnson, a portrait of a strong Southern family plagued by poverty and tragedy. 2 p.m. FREE! 706583-8647 LECTURES & LIT.: My Adoption: A Search for My Birth Parents (ACC Library, Auditorium) Harry Binkow, historian, investigator and independent researcher, will

talk about his search for his birth parents and share resources that may help other adoptees start their own search. 2–3 p.m. FREE! 706613-3650

Sunday 14 EVENTS: 11th Annual Turkey Trot 5K Race (UGA Stegeman Coliseum) Run/Walk to benefit the UGA Habitat for Humanity. 9 a.m. (registration) 10 a.m. (race), $20. www.active.com EVENTS: Fall Progressive Brunch (Downtown Athens) Fall seasonal tastes from seven downtown restaurants. The food tour lasts three hours, so come hungry! 11 a.m.–2 p.m. $45. 706-338-8054, www.athensfoodtour.com/downtown EVENTS: Holiday Open House (Thyme After Thyme, 550 Athens Rd., Winterville) Celebrate the holiday season with refreshments! 12–5 p.m. FREE! www.thymeafterthyme. com EVENTS: “Sustainability: Bring It Home!” (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) See Nov. 12 Events. $200. www.uga.edu/botgarden ART: 8th Annual Home & Garden Art Auction (Boutier Winery, Danielsville) Benefit for Madison County Habitat for Humanity. Doors open at 5 p.m. for a silent auction, smooth jazz by the Garnett River Gals, drinks, hors d’oeuvres and a preview of the art for sale. 2–5 p.m. $10. 706-789-0059, madisoncountyhabitat@yahoo.com PERFORMANCE: African American Choral Ensemble (Milledge Avenue Baptist Church) A performance of spirituals and gospel songs including works by Moses Hogan and Walter Hawkins. 4 p.m. FREE! www.uga.edu/aace PERFORMANCE: BBC Concert Orchestra (UGA Hodgson Hall) World-famous conductor Keith Lockhart leads the orchestra in

Thursday, November 11

The New Deal, FLT RSK, Up Until Now New Earth Music Hall Canadian jamtronica godfathers The New Deal, along with The Disco Biscuits and STS9, were among the first acts to combine the sounds of electronica with the pure, The New Deal improvisational spirit of jam music, and as those once disparate genres have continued to mutate, mesh and meld. Over the past two decades, The New Deal has remained one of the leading lights in both. After overcoming the shock of the Georgia Theatre’s demise (he hadn’t heard), bassist and founding member Dan Kurtz shares fond memories of his band’s last trip through Athens. “We did a run through what, from my Canadian perspective, would be the Southeast of the U.S., and it was one of the best times we’ve had as a band. The weather we enjoyed tremendously, not to mention the barbecue, and it was just something we wanted to do again.” Still betraying a slight Canadian accent, Kurtz describes his band’s approach. “We’re still operating on the same principle as we always have, which is that we’re making it up as we go along and we’re not using any loops. The loops thing would really, I think, fuck us up, just after how long we’ve played together. We’re kind of machine-like together already.” As for his band’s future, Kurtz adds, “We’re definitely gonna be doing shows, and I’m hoping that people will come and check it out. It’s a really great time to see The New Deal. It feels like we’re on the verge of some kind of metamorphosis that is palpable when you come and see the show. There’s an energy that is really exciting for us.” Between The New Deal and New Earth, new is clearly the word, and that’s something to get excited aboot. [David Fitzgerald]


a program featuring Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony, Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2. 7:30 p.m. $20–$52. 706-542-4400, www.uga. edu/pac * THEATRE: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (UGA Fine Arts Building) See Nov. 11 Theatre. THEATRE: Annie (Morton Theatre) See Nov. 11 Theatre. THEATRE: The Frog Princess (Athens Little Playhouse) See Nov. 12 Theatre. KIDSTUFF: Build a Faerie House (Whole: Mind. Body. Art.) Children and parents are invited to work together and create a miniature fairy harvest scene. Natural materials provided and gathered along with balsa wood and paint. 2–4:30 p.m. $30/family. 706-410-0283, www. wholemindbodyart.com LECTURES & LIT.: “I AM AMERICA” Open Mic Poetry Session (ACC Library, Auditorium) In celebration of the American spirit, local poets are invited 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 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 15 EVENTS: Asian BBQ (UGA Myers Quad) The women of the Delta Phi Lambda Sorority host this outdoor dinner to promote cultural understanding. There will be food, music and games from selected Asian countries. 5–7 p.m. FREE! 706364-8575 PERFORMANCE: HACKS (Caledonia Lounge) Amateur open mic stand-up comedy featuring local personalities: Keenan Burton, Jeff Griggs, Ed Burmilla, Connor Barrett, Drew Smith, Jason Griffin, Jeff Tobias, Mat Lewis, Thom Strickland, Neil Callaghan and Bob Ware. A lot of these guys are known for their musical chops, let’s see if they can make us laugh, too. 9 p.m. $2 (21+), $4 (18+). www.caledonialounge.com KIDSTUFF: Bedtime Stories (ACC Library) Snuggle in your jammies and listen to bedtime stories. Every Monday. 7 p.m. FREE! 706-6133650 LECTURES & LIT.: Book Discussion: Seabiscuit: An American Legend (ACC Library, Small Conference Room) UGA’s Dr. Hugh Ruppersburg leads a discussion of this classic novel by Laura Hillenbrand. 7 p.m. FREE! 706-6133650, www.clarke.public.lib.ga.us MEETINGS: Backyard Poultry (Ben’s Bikes) Learn about raising chickens in urban spaces! Here’s how you can keep a healthy chicken in your backyard! 6:30–8 p.m. FREE! 706-206-3858 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: Ping Pong (Flicker Theatre & Bar) Get your paddle ready for a riveting round of table tennis. 4–8 p.m. FREE! www.myspace.com/ flickerbar GAMES: Poker Night (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 16 EVENTS: Athens Executive Lock Up (Foundry Park Inn & Spa) Local business and community leaders try and raise “bail” after being “arrested” and taken to “jail.” Money raised as “bail” will benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association to help fund groundbreaking research and provide services to local families dealing with the neuromuscular disease. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. 770-6219800, www.mda.org EVENTS: Athens Farmers Market (Little Kings Shuffle Club) Buy fresh, locally grown organic produce, locally crafted goods and freshly baked breads. Now accepting EBT cards. 4–7 p.m. FREE! www.athensfarmersmarket.net PERFORMANCE: Group Recital (Edge Recital Hall) Student recital featuring trumpet players Maxwell Marshall, Jonathan Marvel and Jonathan Matthew Sparks. 3:30 p.m. FREE! www.uga.edu/pac PERFORMANCE: Nikki Hobus and Kevin Rowland (Edge Recital Hall) Student recital featuring the two vocalists. 5 p.m. FREE! www.uga. edu/pac PERFORMANCE: Whitney Holley (UGA Ramsey Concert Hall) Student recital from the oboe player. 3:30 p.m. FREE! www.uga.edu PERFORMANCE: University Philharmonic (UGA Hodgson Hall) Led by Conductor Skip Taylor. 8 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.: Diversity Discussion Panel (UGA Miller Learning Center, Room 101) The women of Delta Phi Lambda host this panel on campus diversity. 7:30–9:30 p.m. FREE! 678-7903036 LECTURES & LIT.: Taste Your P.L.A.C.E. Book Club (Little Kings Shuffle Club) Discussion of Lisa Hamilton’s Deeply Rooted. 7:30 p.m. FREE! www.localplace.org MEETINGS: Athens Rock and Gem Club (Friendship Christian Church) Club member Kim Cochran presents the program “Hands On Gems,” a game where members identify gem material for a chance to win a prize. 7:30 p.m. FREE! 706-549-8082 MEETINGS: Sitting Meditation Group (Mind Body Institute) 12:30 p.m. FREE! 706-475-7329 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: “Miyamoto’s B-Day” (Flicker Theatre & Bar) Nintendo game room set up in the theater in k continued on next page

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Live Music 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 serves up crunchy, stripped down rock and roll in the vein of The Stooges and Dinosaur Jr. 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 10 p.m. FREE! www.farm255.com 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. PHOLKSINGER JOSH A blend of traditional folk music with old-time, country and blues influences.

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

The Globe 8 p.m. FREE! www,globeathens.com 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.

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)

Call, click or stop by the Box Office 706.357.4444 • www.ClassicCenter.com 300 N. Thomas St. • Downtown Athens Performances in The Classic Center Entertainment Season are made possible by the generous support of our sponsors

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 Recent Athens transplant and member of Indie-pop band The Ums plays his songwritertype folk music. (4-5:15 p.m.) The Melting Point “Terrapin Bluegrass Series.” 7 p.m. FREE! 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.

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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 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! See story p. 14.

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. Farm 255 “Primals Night!” 9 p.m. FREE! www. farm255.com DIAL INDICATORS New local jazz duo featuring Jeremy Roberts on

guitar and George Davidson on tenor saxophone. Dial Indicators play standards from the ‘20s through the ‘50s plus original compositions. 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. 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 With Lynn. Rye Bar 10:30 p.m. www.myspace.com/ryebarathens DJ KILLACUT 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.

Thursday 11 Aftermath 6 & 8 p.m. 706-613-1000 MUZIK Happy hour jazz set every Thursday. Alibi 9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-1010 OLD SKOOL DJ Dance party! The Bad Manor 9 p.m. $5 (18+), FREE! (21+). www. thebadmanor.com ROD MICHAEL Edgy pop/rock from Atlanta. Caledonia Lounge 10 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). www.caledonialounge.com DUSTY LIGHTSWITCH Quirky, highenergy local band featuring bluesinfluenced rock. GREAT DAY IN THE MORNING Critically acclaimed upbeat, melodic rock band from Augusta. HANS DARKBOLT Fiercely melodic pop tunes with swelling vocals and eerie harmonies. DePalma’s Italian Cafe 6–8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-552-1237 (Timothy Road) THE WELFARE LINERS Bluegrass band complete with upright bass, banjo, mandolin, guitar and fiddle. El Paisano 8 p.m. 706-353-0346 KARAOKE Every Thursday with margarita specials. Farm 255 “WUOG Fest” 10 p.m. FREE! www. farm255.com MARSHMALLOW COAST Local group that once featured smooth and

Friday, November 12

The Cocker Spaniels, Werewolves, Ye Olde Sub Shoppe, Four Eyes Flicker Theatre and Bar “Praise the Lord for indie rock and black women. You’ve reached the voice mail box of Sean Padilla.” It seems that everything Sean Padilla records is an unadulThe Cocker Spaniels terated, 100 percent representation of his personality, right down to his voicemail greeting. The Texas native is the sole force behind The Cocker Spaniels, singing every harmony, shredding every guitar solo, self-recording every take. Compounding that, the lyrics almost read like literal transcriptions of what one might guess is Sean’s personal journal. “I grew up listening to hip-hop, and a lot of hip-hop songs tend to be narrated from the first person,” says Padilla. “So, when I started writing lyrics for my own songs, that just stayed with me. Part of it is also a reaction to a lot of the indie rock that I grew up listening to where the lyrics are more cerebral—if they meant anything at all. So, the literal first-person narrative style of lyrics is partially stylistic but just partially ingrained in me.” Padilla was steeped in East Coast rap, but says, “Guided by Voices was the band that motivated me to finally ask my parents, ‘Hey, can you please buy me a multitrack for Christmas? I can do this, I want to do this.’” The result is songs like “The Only Black Guy at the Indie Rock Show” and other similar tracks that communicate Padilla’s unique personal experience. The Cocker Spaniels (just Sean, of course) are on a five-week tour supporting his long-gestating sophomore LP, Sometimes You Have to Fight to Get a Bit of Peace,” which he recorded on a digital 24-track recorder, a step up in fidelity from his trusty cassette eight-track. He describes the new record’s sound as “mid-fi—I like that it doesn’t sound like Alien Lanes, but it doesn’t sound like The Matrix, either.” [Jeff Tobias]


airy, swirly indie-pop turned up the funk on Phreak Phantasy. NESEY GALLONS E6 collaborator whose mostly acoustic numbers feature whimsical lyrics sung with quavering sincerity over acoustic guitar with flourishes of xylophone and organ. SLEEPING FRIENDS Unpredictable experimental garage pop featuring members from Bubbly Mommy Gun and Quiet Hooves. WITCHES Local oufit plays edgy, melodic rock led by the rich vocals of Cara Beth Satalino with touchstones that include The Breeders and Neil Young. Flicker Theatre & Bar 8:30 p.m. $5. www.myspace.com/ flickerbar CATAWBA Local four-piece performaing windswept Americana. BRIAN CONNELL Local musician whose original songs are in the classic spirit of Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan. SCOTT LOW Local indie-folkster whose band Efren calls to mind such prominent beards as Iron and Wine and Bonnie Prince Billy. Tonight he plays solo. 40 Watt Club 9 p.m. $6. www.40watt.com KITE TO THE MOON Local band led by Timi Conley and featuring a stimulating live show with jubilant, rowdy pop music accompanied by spontaneous video mixing, trapeze girls and more. MISFORTUNE 500 Moody and melodic local band with soaring anthemic moments influenced by post-punk and ‘80s new wave. YO SOYBEAN Local “party-folk” trio featuring upbeat, sing-a-long numbers with guests on guitar, banjo, mandolin, violin and more. For fans of Bright Eyes and the like. Go Bar 10 p.m. FREE! 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 STEVE KEY AND FRIENDS Local Athenian songster with special guests. Hotel Indigo “Live After Five.” 6 p.m. FREE! 888928-4367 KATE MORISSEY Best known throughout this corridor for her dark velvet voice that stands on its own, Morrissey’s songwriting is literate and sincere. Jack’s Bar 10:30 p.m. FREE! 912-604-8560. IMMUZIKATION Celebrated local DJ Alfredo Lapuz, Jr. mashes up highenergy electro and rock. Last Call 9 p.m. $5. www.lastcallathens.com BENJY DAVIS PROJECT Folk-rock band based out of Louisiana that has supported such acclaimed artists as John Mayer, Better Than Ezra, and The North Mississippi Allstars. STRAY DOGS No info available. The Max Canada “Happy Hour.” 6–9 p.m. FREE! 706254-3392 BRANDON KIRKLEY & THE FIRECRACKERS Super hooky pop rock from Charlotte with big guitar solos and anthemic melodies. GREG & GEORGE Members of riffheavy bluesy rock band Shallow Palace.

ZACH & WILL Duo from local act A Postwar Drama plays folk-rock with an occasional Eastern European bent. The Melting Point 9 p.m. $8 (adv.), $10 (door). www. meltingpointathens.com JERRY JOSEPH AND THE WALLY INGRAM DUO Soulful singer/ songwriter from Portland with achingly emotional lyrics and a sort of Heartland rocker persona that’s been compared to Neil Young and Steve Earle. Playing tonight with The Wally Ingram Duo. New Earth Music Hall 9 p.m. $15. www.newearthmusichall. com FLT RSK A funky blend of electronica and space rock featuring members of DubConscious. THE NEW DEAL Old-school funky electronic with jazz and dance influences. See Calendar Pick on p. 22 and full feature at www.flagpole.com. UP UNTIL NOW Local duo plays electronic dance music with driving uptempo beats and catchy, unforgettable melodies. RPM 9 p.m. FREE! 706-543-0428 COME WHAT MAY Local intense rock band employing a propulsive guitar and drum attack and tight vocals that recall the alt-rock of the early 2000s. ELITE THA SHOWSTOPPA Gravelvoiced rapper Elite tha Showstoppa is one of Athens’ favorite hip-hop personalities. MICHAEL MANN Radiolucent’s songwriter and guitarist performs his brand of bluesy Southern rock. TEALVOX Local teenage indie-rock band that draws inspiration from acts such as Coldplay, U2 and The Beatles. DARIUS WEEMS The star of Darius Goes West takes the stage to perform his brand-new, original rap songs. Rye Bar 10:30 p.m. www.myspace.com/ryebarathens DIRTY PARIS Albany prog/fusion band unabashedly offering their grandiose improvised compositions. Terrapin Beer Co. 5 p.m. www.terrapinbeer.com FUTURE Five-piece band from D.C. that combines bluesy rock and hiphop with socially conscious lyrics and a deep groove. UGA Memorial Hall 8 p.m. $4 (adv.), $6 (door). www. myiea.org BOMBS, BOMBS, BOMBS New local act playing quirky pop rock. 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. UGA ACCIDENTALS UGA’s male a cappella group and the 2009 winners of the International Collegiate A Cappella quarter-finals.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19

AZURE RAY JAMES HUSBAND DEAD FINGERS

doors open at 8pm**

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 20 MASERATI

285 W. Washington St. Athens, GA • Call 706-549-7871 for Show Updates

CHEAP DRINK SPECIALS EVERY NIGHT BEFORE 11PM • 18 + UP

“PYRAMID OF THE SUN” Athens CD Release Party

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 11

POWERS

KITE TO THE MOON

LATE NIGHT DANCE PARTY WITH

doors open at 9:30pm**

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 26

MISFORTUNE 500 • YO SOYBEAN

DRIVIN ‘N CRYIN

doors open at 9pm Nomad Artists presents

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 12

MODERN SKIRTS

“Gramahawk” Album Release Party DELETED SCENES • GRAPE SODA doors open at 9:30pm*

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 13

REPTAR VENICE IS SINKING

Z-DOGG

WUOG Festival

ORYX AND CRAKE BIGFOOT GREEN GERRY doors open at 9pm

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 18

TRANCES ARC doors open at 8pm*

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1

BONNIE “PRINCE” BILLY

& THE CAIRO BAND doors open at 8pm* Nomad Artists presents

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2

JIMMY HERRING BAND

LEFTY HATHAWAY BAND doors open at 8pm*

COMING SOON: MONDAY, DECEMBER 6

COLD WAR KIDS

THE CAVE SINGERS*

JOANNA NEWSOM RYAN FRANCESCONI doors open at 8pm*

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 7

JIMMY EAT WORLD

DAVID BAZAN & BAND* All Shows 18 and up • + $2 for Under 21 * Advance Tix Available at Schoolkids Records ** Advance Tix Sold at http://www.40watt.com

WUOG 90.5FM 8 p.m. FREE! www.wuog.org “LIVE IN THE LOBBY” Venice Is Sinking will perform on the college radio station’s twice weekly program. Listen over the air or drop by the station to watch!

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THE CALENDAR! current pop with forays into rock, old school, country and electronica. The Bad Manor “F.O.O.T.S.T.E.P.S. Benefit Concert.” 9 p.m. $8 (adv.), $10 (door). www. thebadmanor.com DOCTOR SQUID Jangly, frenetic rock and roll. LEAVING ARABY Pop-rock quartet with a style akin to yesteryear radio sweethearts Goo Goo Dolls, Gin Blossoms and the like. LEFTY HATHAWAY Local singersongwriter Lefty Hathaway plays rock and roll soul with turbulent piano jams reminiscent of the late, great Lowell George and fellow Tulsan JJ Cale. THE LESS Atlanta pop band with a sound that’s in the vein of John Mayer. THE ORKIDS Polished local electropop group with alternating male/ female vocals and super-hooky refrains. Buffalo’s Southwest Café 7:30 p.m. $10. (adv.), $12 (door), $80 (table of ten). 706–354–6655 ELVIS! A night with The King. Monthly sensation returns to entertain you with all your Elvis favorites. Backed by a live band, you won’t see a better impersonator than this! Caledonia Lounge 10 p.m. $7. www.caledonialounge.com AMERICAN CHEESEBURGER Athens four-piece that boasts former members of No!, Divorce and Carrie Nations, delivering rapid-fire, loud and aggressive old-school thrash rock. Fronted by Jeff Rapier (ex-The Dumps). HOT BREATH Thrash trio featuring members of experimental local acts Garbage Island and S.V.A. JUCIFER Intense metal with guitar work that ensures that, for all the screaming, the songs don’t lack in melody. All ages show! See story on p. 19. Farm 255 11 p.m. FREE! www.farm255.com CATAWBA Local four-piece performaing windswept Americana. STEREOFIDELICS This Asheville duo has “the energy of bluegrass, the seduction of Latin music, the freedom of jazz and the raw passion of hard rock driven by instinctive virtuosity and musicianship.” Flicker Theatre & Bar 8:30 p.m. $5. www.myspace.com/ flickerbar THE COCKER SPANIELS Austin, TX indie pop with melodic leanings reminiscent of Elliott Smith, albeit a great deal cheerier. See Calendar Pick on p. 24. FOUR EYES Jace Bartet and Erin Lovett lovingly mingle gentle melodies with bombastic shredding. WEREWOLVES Local band featuring quirky lo-fi rock with bright, bouncy flourishes, unique instrumentation and emotive lyrics. YE OLDE SUB SHOPPE Big-hearted pop music played on tiny instruments. 40 Watt Club 9:30 p.m. $8 (adv.), $10 (door). www.40watt.com DELETED SCENES Eclectic indie rock that shares a lot with The Shins and a little with Vampire Weekend. The soaring vocals and swirling guitars are accented by colorful vibraphone, trumpet, organ and piano. GRAPE SODA Lewis brothers Ryan and Mat team up to create soulful,

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spaced-out pop songs buried in lush reverb. Debut album is coming out very soon! MODERN SKIRTS This piano-driven foursome has become one of Athens’ most treasured and acclaimed local pop acts, with its songwriting growing more adventurous with each record. This show will be the only chance for anyone to purchase Gramahawk (in CD format only) before its official release date in early 2011. See story on p. 14. The Globe 10 p.m. FREE! www.globeathens.com JEREMY ROBERTS QUARTET Live jazz! Every Friday. Go Bar “WUOG Fest.” 9 p.m. FREE! (21+) $3 (18+). www.myspace.com/gobar 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. ARTURO IN LETTO Backup guitarist and brother of local artist Allison Weiss, AJ Weiss shows off his solo chops under the name Arturo in Letto, singing mostly sweet, melodic songs written in Italy about his time abroad. IMMUZIKATION Celebrated local DJ Alfredo Lapuz, Jr. mashes up highenergy electro and rock. MARRIAGE Local envelope-pushing hard rock band. Now featuring Bryan Aiken (Lazer/Wülf, ‘Powers) on guitar. YO SOYBEAN Local “party-folk” trio featuring upbeat, sing-a-long numbers with guests on guitar, banjo, mandolin, violin and more. For fans of Bright Eyes and the like. Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. FREE! 706-353-3050 BILL MALLONEE The engine behind seminal Athens outfit Vigilantes of Love, Bill Mallonee takes his love of twangy, soulful pop to nearperfection on his numerous recent releases. This is his first show back in Athens after his move to Santa Fe! 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. Lamar Dodd School of Art 8 p.m. FREE! www.amanamun.com AMAN AMUN Part musician, part performance artist, Brian McGaw will debut new “visual instruments” he has created to manipulate and project his art. Last Call 9 p.m. $12 (adv., from www.athensmusic.net). www.lastcallathens.com REHAB With several big radio hits under its belt (“Last Tattoo,” “Bartender Song” and more) this Atlanta band continues to blend alternative Southern rock with hip-hop on its new album, Welcome Home. RITTZ Atlanta hip-hop artist working in the style of his hometown, recalling both Outkast and more recent, mainstream fare. Little Kings Shuffle Club 10 p.m. $5. www.myspace.com/littlekingsshuffleclub CARS CAN BE BLUE Quirky and sometimes naughty local duo that sounds like “Sarah Silverman front-

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ing Dressy Bessy: bubblegum pop with raunchy, satirical lyrics.” THE HUMMS Local three-piece known for its loud and bizarre shows and a raunchy, grooving blend of psychedelic garage rock. LOS MEESFITS The music of The Misfits done in Spanish/Cuban salsa style. SHANNON AND THE CLAMS Ethereal metal riffs and spacey dance beat all wrapped up in a punk rock tortilla served hot. The Melting Point 8:30 p.m. $10 (adv.), $14 (door). www. meltingpointathens.com SENSATIONAL SOUNDS OF MOTOWN Local six-piece of veteran players takes on all your favorite Motown hits. Nuçi’s Space “Nuçi’s Space Jam.” 7–10 p.m. $5. All ages. www.nuci.org THE K-MACKS Danceable, highenergy country-fried punk rock for fans of acts like The Avett Bros. MATT KABUS This Atlanta-based singer-songwriter has a sweet pop voice and delivers heartfelt acoustic ballads. The Office Lounge 8:30 p.m. $5. 706-546-0840 DWIGHT WILSON AND THE CLASSIC CITY SOUL Motown and R&B classics. Rye Bar 10:30 p.m. www.myspace.com/ryebarathens DAVE DANIELS & THE PTA Daniels is a personable, perceptive songwriter who writes earnest Americana. The P.T.A., consists of Chris Blais on drums (ex- Beautiful Mess), Nathan Sadler on bass (ex-Soft Targets), multi-instrumentalist David Fountain (Damion Suomi & The Minor Prophets) and pedal steel guitar guru Mark Van Allen. BRETT VAUGHN Member of indie-pop band The Ums and recent Athens transplant plays his songwriter-type folk music. WUGA 91.7 FM 4 p.m. FREE! www.wuga.org “IT’S FRIDAY” Shades of Blue and Michael Logan will perform on the local radio station’s weekly program. University Cable Channel 15 will also broadcast the show.

Saturday 13 170 Virginia Ave “Firefly Brew.” 7 p.m. $20 (benefits Cucuyo Art Program). RSVP at moreplease@cucuyo.org or via Facebook EMILY HEARN Young singersongwriter performs sweet, innocent, melodic acoustic ballads. RYAN MONAHAN Local musician who performs Brit-pop influenced indie-folk-rock, with impressive, Jeff Buckley-esque vocal prowess. KATE MORRISSEY Best known throughout this corridor for her dark velvet voice that stands on its own, Morrissey’s songwriting is literate and sincere, and her conversational live shows come punctuated with an offbeat sense of humor. Alibi 9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-1010 KARAOKE With the Singing Cowboy! Bishop Park 8 a.m.–12 p.m. Athens Farmers Market. FREE! www.athensfarmersmarket.net CARLY GIBSON Georgia-born songwriter who draws on rock, jazz, folk and blues. (8 a.m.)

Saturday, November 13

Kevin Dunn and the Common Article III, Tunabunny, Flash to Bang Time Caledonia Lounge It’s been said that Athens had a pretty good music scene before all those art students ruined everything. What did rock music look like in pre-1980 Atlanta? “It looked like Skynyrd and the [Allman] Brothers, and that was pretty much it,” says Kevin Dunn from his home in Kevin Dunn Atlanta. While this idyllic Eden certainly has its charms, the rest is history: from 1977 on, the art students reigned supreme. But even before the art students took over, there was Kevin Dunn and the Fans. “We started up in ‘75, but no one had any context for what we were doing,” says Dunn. Working in the still-nascent medium of new wave, the Fans mined the same chilly vein as Joy Division with an ear for chiming guitars and Brit-like hooks. Their hometown reception ranged from ambivalence to outright deprecation. So, it was only natural that the group was attracted to the odd noises being emitted from the small college town just northeast of the city. “Athens was, apart from a few small enclaves of Atlanta, the most artistically advanced part of the state at the time in terms of rock and other sorts of music,” he says. For the past couple of decades, Dunn admits that playing music has been a “pretty hermetic activity… I was performing ensemble performances up to about ‘88 or ‘89 or so, and then family stuff got in the way, and I just let it go for a while, without any intention to let it go forever.” In 2009 Brad San Martin of the Casa Nueva Industries label approached him about releasing a retrospective of his largely out-of-print catalogue. The result is No Great Lost: Songs, 1979–1985, a collection of the entirety of The Judgment of Paris along with numerous other buzzy, frantic new wave jams collected from various EPs and singles. No Great Lost is immediately remarkable for its prescience: it fits somewhere between XTC’s wackball pop and the Futureheads’ most eccentric moments. [Jeff Tobias]

CAROLINE AIKEN Renowned acoustic folk artist Caroline Aiken shared the stage with The Indigo Girls for some time. Her soulful voice purrs and growls the blues over bright finger-picking. (10 a.m.) Boar’s Head Lounge 9 p.m. FREE! 706-369-3040 WINGMAN Rock covers and originals. Caledonia Lounge 10 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). www.caledonialounge.com FLASH TO BANG TIME This local band has been playing its pensive, new wave rock soundscapes since 2000, featuring Lynda Stipe’s brooding vocals and cello. Celebrating the release of a new 7-inch! KEVIN DUNN AND THE COMMON ARTICLE III Progressive rock. See Calendar Pick on this page. TUNABUNNY Local act featuring hazy and warped experimental psychedelia. Dual female guitarist/vocalists are backed by synthesized percussion. LP release show! 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. Flicker Theatre & Bar 8:30 p.m. $5. www.myspace.com/ flickerbar DAVID FAIRBAIRN Local musician and designer David Fairbairn (exMichael) performs a solo set on acoustic guitar. SHAUNA GREESON Also currently a member of Nanny Island and Hola Halo, Greeson performs solo on acoustic guitar and piano.

JESS MARSTON Singer/guitarist from local rock band Romanenko. IAN MAULDIN Folk singer from Atlanta singing sparse and emotional songs. 40 Watt Club “WUOG Festival.” 9 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+) www.40watt.com 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. GREEN GERRY Particularly dreamlike and subtly electronic local artist. ORYX & CRAKE Indie rock that mixes in elements of psych pop, electronica and R&B. Recommended for fans of Sufjan Stevens, Bon Iver and Arcade Fire. REPTAR Angular, highly danceable rock punctuated by electronics and taking cues from from Talking Heads and Animal Collective. Expect a sweaty audience covered in facepaint and confetti. VENICE IS SINKING With boy/girl vocals, a cinematic jangle and a sweeping, emotional punch courtesy of a viola, Venice Is Sinking’s pianobased torch songs burn bright. Go Bar 8 p.m. www.myspace.com/gobar BANG-U-TOT Fast-paced, inventive rock with unpredictable song structures. Members Big Hug Little Kiss and Shithead. Record review on p. 16. HELMSMAN Epic doom metal influenced by Big Business, Om and Black Sabbath. SHITHEAD Local band with members of Bang-U-Tot and Big Hug Little Kiss plays indie rock at Sonic Youth volume.

SORRY NO FERRARI Instrumental math rock from Atlanta. For fans of Cinemechanica, Manray, etc. TWIN POWERS DJ Dan Geller (Gold Party, The Agenda) and friends spin late-night glam rock, new wave, Top 40, punk and Britpop. Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. FREE! 706-353-3050 TASTES LIKE GOOD Rock with improvisational leanings plus covers. Acoustic set. Last Call “Pepperland Cabin Jam.” 5 p.m. $10. www.pepperlandfarmcamp.org CAROLINE AIKEN Renowned acoustic folk artist Caroline Aiken shared the stage with The Indigo Girls for some time. Her soulful voice purrs and growls the blues over bright finger-picking. CARLA LEFEVER AND THE RAYS Old school funk and pop covers and originals. COPIOUS JONES Earnest, melodic acoustic pop rock. DIANE DURRETT Soulful songstress from Atlanta. CARLY GIBSON Georgia-born songwriter who draws on rock, jazz, folk and blues. GLENN PHILLIPS BAND Atlanta group led by a dynamic blues and jazz guitarist. GREEN BRACELET Gritty ‘70s Southern rock with a distorted guitar and reverbed female vocals that recall Heart. HIGH STRUNG STRING BAND This local act offers three-part harmonies and ramblin’, upbeat bluegrass on acoustic guitar, banjo and mandolin. THE SQUIRRELHEADS Funky, danceable rock band armed with


a wah-wah pedal and a Hammond organ.

Green, Annette Raymond and Dale Weschler.

Little Kings Shuffle Club 10 p.m. $5. www.myspace.com/littlekingsshuffleclub DON CHAMBERS + GOAT Don Chambers’ whiskey-soaked Southern Gothic rock. Playing a “quiet(ish) set” tonight. ANGELA FAYE MARTIN Leading lady of Angela Faye Martin and the Scarlet Oak Sway from North Carolina singing darker, countryinspired indie rock.

Farm 255 9:30 p.m. FREE! www.farm255.com GEISTERKATZEN Featuring guitar, keyboards, bass, drums and saxophone, this Athens-based ensemble creates experimental soundcapes. For tonight’s show the band will soundtrack a silent film. LITURGY Black metal band that has tunes marked by delicate intricacies.

The Melting Point 9 p.m. $7 (adv.), $10 (door). www. meltingpointathens.com HOLMAN AUTRY BAND Described as “a little bit of Hank, a little bit of Metallica and a healthy dose of Southern rock.” Fans of bands like the Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd can’t go wrong here. New Earth Music Hall 10 p.m. www.newearthmusichall.com LATIN DANCE PARTY Late night fun following The Three Penny Opera. The Office Lounge 9:30 p.m. $5. 706-546-0840 MC BLUEZ Made up of the founding members of Sea of Storms, this blues-based band is influenced by classics such as Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson and Duane Allman. Rye Bar 10:30 p.m. www.myspace.com/ryebarathens E. R. E. Reggae returns to Athens. Tonight’s show features the group’s original bassist. Sideways 10 p.m. FREE! 706-319-1919 DJRX DJ-remixer Brian Gonzalez delivers original mixes of mainly current pop with forays into rock, old school, country and electronica. Ten Pins Tavern 9 p.m. $5. 706-540-1831 BOO RAY & FRIENDS Soulful Southern rock with a bit of outlaw country twang, solid blues riffs and a lot of heart. Boo Ray’s new live band features seasoned Athenians Daniel Marler, Steve Abercrombie, Nate Hale and Ann Innecken. FESTER HAGOOD This local songwriter sings in a soft drawl that accents his simple, plucked country songs. THE HEATHENS Y’all-ternative rock from seasoned local folk musicians. Terrapin Beer Co. 5 p.m. www.terrapinbeer.com BRIDGES OUT OF EDEN This Nashville band plays countryinflected ‘90s alternative rock. 283 Bar 10:30 p.m. FREE! 706-208-1283 IMMUZIKATION Celebrated local DJ Alfredo Lapuz, Jr. mashes up highenergy electro and rock.

Sunday 14 Borders Books & Music 4 p.m. FREE! 706-583-8647 MARK WENTHE A member of Dusty Lightswitch, Wenthe will be playing original tunes on acoustic guitar influenced by rock, jazz and classical music. Boutier Winery 2-5 p.m. $10. www.madisoncountyhfh. org GARNET RIVER GALS This old-time string band features the talents of local ladies Beth Kelley Zorbanos, Noel Blackmon, Mary Wooten

Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 6 p.m. FREE! 706-353-3050 “STUDENT SHOWCASE” Hosted by Vanda Guthrie. The Melting Point 7 p.m. FREE! www.meltingpointathens. com CAMP AMPED SHOWCASE The Camp Amped AfterSchool Program at Nuçi’s Space presents a night of music arranged in original styles and performed by campers. The allages show will feature The Broken Doors, Mischief Spree, Seamus and Tator Tots. Not to be missed, these kids are talented! Square One Fish Co. “Jazz Brunch.” 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 at Square One.

Monday 15 Alibi 9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-1010 KARAOKE With the Singing Cowboy! Go Bar 10 p.m. www.myspace.com/gobar THE HOSANNAS Portland band whose near-falsetto vocals and general distorted-beauty aesthetic brings to mind fellow Portland band Menomena. FLETCHER JOHNSON Brooklyn band with a sound that’s equal parts Pavement and Crosby, Stills and Nash. Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. FREE! 706-353-3050 OPEN MIC Hosted by local songstress Kyshona Armstrong every Monday. Rye Bar 10:30 p.m. www.myspace.com/ryebarathens ONLY LIVING BOY Fiery blues-based rock and roll with a smooth, rolling feel. 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 16 Alibi 9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-1010 KARAOKE With the Singing Cowboy! Caledonia Lounge 9:30 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). www. caledonialounge.com COUGH This Virginia sludge metal band is comfortable with its love of Sabbath. Song titles like “Crippled Wizard” and “Acid Witch” speak for themselves. GUZIK Southern rock meets death metal.

SAVAGIST Athens metal band featuring fine folks from punk/metal bands 300 Cobras and The Dumps. Go Bar 10 p.m. www.myspace.com/gobar MATT KURZ ONE One-man rock machine. Expect a mix of garage rock stomps and bluesy croons. Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. FREE! 706-353-3050 NO SHAME! Open mic hosted by Rose of Athens Theatre.

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Highwire Lounge 8–11 p.m. FREE! 706-583-8510 KENOSHA KID Centered around the instru-improv jazz compositions of guitarist Dan Nettles. Little Kings Shuffle Club “Athens Farmers Market.” 4–7 p.m. FREE! www.athensfarmersmarket.net JUSTIN EVANS Evans incorporates elements of old-time fiddle, New Orleans jazz, blues and Americana. (4 p.m.) KAITLIN JONES AND CHRIS CASON Local folk guitarist/vocalist Kaitlin Jones teams up with Chris Cason. (5:30 p.m.) 10 p.m. www.myspace.com/littlekingsshuffleclub THE COUGS Lo-fi, jangly atonal rock from St. Augustine, FL. DJS RANDY AND LOZO Spinning punk rock! WITCHES Local oufit plays edgy, melodic rock led by the rich vocals of Cara Beth Satalino with touchstones that include The Breeders. The Melting Point “Customer Appreciation Night.” 7 p.m. FREE! www.meltingpointathens.com THE SILVERBIRD DUO David Leinweber and Bob McMillan offer an enormous selection of covers featuring top-notch guitar work and vocal harmonies. Expect a mix of classic country, rock, folk and singer-songwriter favorites.

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New Earth Music Hall 8 p.m. $15. www.newearthmusichall. com EFREN Local indie-folksters along the lines of Iron and Wine and Bonnie Prince Billy. JJ GREY AND MOFRO Festival vets who have shared the stage with B.B. King, play Southern rock with a heavy dose of soul, blues and R&B. Rye Bar 10:30 p.m. www.myspace.com/ryebarathens DOPAPOD Over the past few years, this band has grown from an organand-drum duo to a five-piece funkjam sensation. Playing tonight and tomorrow! White Tiger Gourmet Food & Chocolates “Sidewalk Symphonies.” 6-8 p.m. FREE! www.nourishinternational.org PHOLKSINGER’S BLUEGRASS PICKIN’ CIRCLE Pholksinger Josh and many prominent Athens Bluegrass musicians. (7 p.m.) THE WELFARE LINERS Bluegrass band complete with upright bass, banjo, mandolin, guitar and fiddle, featuring members of 6 String Drag, The Burning Angels and The F-Holes. (6 p.m.) WUOG 90.5FM 8 p.m. FREE! www.wuog.org “LIVE IN THE LOBBY “ Courtesan will perform on the college radio station’s twice weekly program. Listen over the air or drop by the station to watch! * Advance Tickets Available

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ART 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:

Nov. 10 (12-4 p.m.) 706-613-3623 ext. 224. Call for Submissions (White Tiger Gourmet Food & Chocolates) White Tiger Gourmet is seeking artists for monthly exhibitions in 2011. Please email inquiries to jaseyjones@gmail.com.

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) 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. 23, 6–8:30 p.m. $5. 706-613-8178, cvunderwood@charter.net Art Classes (Lyndon House) Sign up for winter and spring art classes! For adults, teens and children. Go online for full list of programs. Now registering! 706-613-3623, www. accleisureservices.com Athens Vertical Pole Dance Academy (Canopy Studio, 160 Tracy St.) Now registering for classes. 706-347-3708

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 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

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Lyndon Tewksbury’s paintings are on display at OCAF through Nov. 20. Dancefx Fitness Classes (Dancefx) Choose from Pilates, zumba, body sculpting, floor barre, stretch and more. See full schedule online. $6/class. 706-355-3078, www.dancefx.org Deep Relaxation Workshop (Five Points Yoga) One hour, verbally guided deep relaxtion session led by Carla Jennings. Call or go online to register. Nov. 13, 2–3:30 p.m. $15. 706-355-3114, www. athensfivepointsyoga.com 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 Egyptian Bellydance (Floorspace, 160 Tracy St.) For any belly! All levels welcome to this fun and exotic class. Tuesdays, 7 p.m. www.floorspace.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 Gymnastics (Bishop Park) Don’t miss registration for the winter gymnastics program. Find classes for all ages, from “Diaper Gym” to “Adult Tumbling!” Registration begins Nov. 20. 706-613-3589, www.accleisureservices.com/gymnastics.shtml 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 Intermediate Bellydance (Floorspace, 160 Tracy St.) Improve your graceful moves in a fun and supportive environment with a focus on tribal style and rhythms. Thursdays, 7:45 p.m. www.floorspaceathens.com

Iyengar Yoga (StudiO) Certified Iyengar 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 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 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. Commerce 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 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 (Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation (OCAF)) Now registering for fall classes. Offerings include drawing, watercolor, oil and acrylic painting, bagpipe making, ceramic arts, book making and poetry. 706-769-4565, www.ocaf.com 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 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: 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 Tribal Basics Bellydance (Floorspace, 160 Tracy St.) Bellydance for every belly! Learn graceful moves in a fun and supportive environment with a focus on Egyptian style and rhythms. Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. www.floorspaceathens.com VIVA PERU Spanish Language School Information Session (UGA LACSI Building, 290 S. Hull St.) Students are invited to learn more about this opportunity to learn Spanish while living with a family in the coastal city of Trujillo, Peru. Programs starts Jan. 2011. Nov. 11, 5:30–7 p.m. 706-2484804, vivaperutrujillo@hotmail.com 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 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 Fall Stream Monitoring (Dudley Park) The Upper Oconee Watershed Network needs volunteers to help sample local streams and check on the recovery of the Trail Creek Ecosystem. Coffee and light breakfast provided. Nov. 13. 9 a.m. FREE! www.uown.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 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. 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 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 group. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. and group at 6:30 p.m. Children are welcome for supper and childcare is provided during group. Second and fourth Tuesday of the month in Clarke County. First and third Monday of the month in Madison County. 6–8 p.m. Project Safe: 706543-3331

ON THE STREET 11th Annual Turkey Trot 5K Race (UGA Stegeman Coliseum) UGA Habitat for Humanity hosts a fun run/walk event. Proceeds work to create affordable living in the Athens area. Race day: Nov. 14. www.active.com Frankenstein Lives! Rose of Athens Theatre chronicles the life of

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. 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. ATHICA Retrospective spanning the last 15 years of Chris Bilheimer’s design work. The long-time Athenian will be showing shirts, posters and album covers, including designs for R.E.M., Green Day and Widespread Panic. Nov. 11, 6–9 p.m. Nov. 12–14, 1–6 p.m. Reception Nov. 13. Aurum Studio (125 E. Clayton St.) Paintings by June Ball and Dianne Penny. Through Nov. 27. Ciné BarCafé “Blackboards and Smokebombs” is the first multi-media group show featuring long-time collaborators and former roommates Lance Bangs, Chris Bilheimer and Dan Donahue. The three artists began a personal and creative relationship in 1994 while living and studying in Athens. Show includes films by Bangs and Donahue, design by Donahue and 175 Polaroids by Bilheimer. Reception and screening Nov. 12. Espresso Royale Caffe (297 E. Broad St.) New photographs by David Manning. Through November. Farmington Depot Gallery (1011 Salem Rd., Farmington) Owned and staffed by 16 artists, the gallery exhibits paintings, sculpture, folk art, ceramics, fine furniture and more. Permanent collection artists include Phillip Goulding, Leigh Ellis, Peter Loose, Susan Nees and more. Flicker Theatre & Bar (263 W. Washington St.) New paintings by Andy Cherewick. Through November. Hair Therapy Studio (840 Hawthorne Ave.) “Vinyasa,” featuring mixed media works by Celia Brooks. Through Nov. 13. Just Pho…and More (1039 Baxter St.) New work by Barbara Hudson. Through November. Lamar Dodd School of Art (William J. Thompson Gallery, S. Thomas St. Bldg.) Exit show from graduating senior Alliene Phillips. On view Nov. 14–21. • (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. Through Nov. 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. •

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 ac-

“Hands That Can Do: African-American Quilters of Northeast Georgia,” is an exhibition of quilts which celebrates the tradition of quilting in the AfricanAmerican community. Through Jan. 19. Monroe Art Guild (Main Gallery, Monroe) “Select Wall Series” features recent work by Richard J. Olsen. Through November. Oconee County Library (1080 Experiment Station Rd., Watkinsville) Acrylic cubes from Mary Delaplane. • Three-woman show featuring work from Jean Gibson, Nancy Roberson and Connie Flynn. 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. Republic Salon (312 E. Broad St.) Large, vibrant acrylic paintings by Jaime Bull. Through November. • An exhibit featuring your favorite animals in embroidery and print mixed-media works by Lea Purvis. 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.) New works by Dena Zilber. Through Nov. 28. 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.) New ceramic works from Michaelene Walsh and Debbie Kupinsky. Through Dec. 3. Opening reception Nov. 12. 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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Lt. Dan Choi Speaks Out

Part Two of the Flagpole Interview

Last

week, we ran Part One of our interview with Lt. Dan Choi, a former Army serviceman who was dismissed under the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy after coming out of the closet on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show.” In this second half of our interview, we were able to discuss with Choi the personal side of his story, as well as the broader narrative of what it’s like to be gay in the military. Flagpole: One thing I wanted to bring up that you’ve mentioned is how repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” or an executive order to that effect, would not be the end of anything. There would be, as you said, many different facets to changing the culture of the military. We saw this with Robert Gates expressing… Lt. Dan Choi: “Enormous consequences!” [Laughs.] FP: Right… he’s expressing trepidation about it. My question relates to something on your website, where you put in bold letters: “The people I served with, they knew I was gay. They didn’t care; they were professionals.” Can you give us an idea of the person-to-person military culture, what it was like when you were serving, and how you think it would change on that personal level? DC: I appreciate the question because not a lot of people understand the military unless they’ve served in it, and a lot of people like Gates and others try to say “Y’all don’t understand, so just back off.” When I went back after being on “Rachel Maddow” and I served for a year and a half in my infantry unit―the infantry unit is probably what people have been pointing out, the kind of combat unit that would have the most difficulty because they’re all assumed to be homophobes. And they’re all assumed to be hyper-masculine, and

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that’s true to an extent. There’s a hyper-masculine culture there. That’s not gonna change because of gay people. I mean, it’s not going to change because you see women in combat roles now. And I think that when people term this in vocabulary couched in terms of a culture war, that’s what they’re really saying. It really isn’t the Christian versus gay thing. What scares people is that there is a clear gender norm for military servicemen. And women, for the past couple of decades that they’ve been serving in integrated units, have also acknowledged that there is an almost hyper-masculinity that’s part of the culture. But that doesn’t change because of the presence of women or the presence of lesbians or the presence of gay men. And that didn’t change in the culture in my unit. I think there’s this stigmatized view of an effeminate gay man and an assumption that they will not be able to fulfill the roles of a military person. I think, number one, that’s, on it’s face, false. I know a [great] many effeminate women that do very well in combat. When I went back to training, nobody really said anything to me about it, and I wondered if people didn’t know about it. But afterwards, at the bar and on Facebook, people were writing to me, and they were saying, “I thought I saw you!” or “That was you!” or “That was great, what you’re doing!” There were people that said “I have a gay brother,” “I have a lesbian sister,” “a gay cousin,” or “I’m gay,” and that took awhile, people coming out of the closet to me. Because of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” I never sought out any gay friends, I never sought out any gay military comrades, I never sought out any mentorship on how to come out. I avoided the issue and the identity and the community completely and 100 percent. So now this was weird for me, because I was very out, and didn’t understand how it really played into my role

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and my identity. I clearly know how to be Asian-American; that didn’t take too many instructional lessons. But being gay and being openly gay in the infantry unit, sometimes I felt nervous about things. I felt more nervous than necessary, because a lot of my friends were saying, you’re going to get hate-crimed, or you’re going to get harassed, or shot at, “fragged.” But nobody in my chain of command sat me down and said, “You know, you’re too gay out there. You just gotta stop being so gay.” But my battalion commander, [a] lieutenant colonel, he sat me down and said that he appreciated what I do and that he found it courageous. And the bottom line is: we’re at war. And people are looking and judging not based on your race or your orientation or your religion, but they judge based on: “Can you do your job?” That’s especially what you need in a time of war. We also have a high suicide rate in the military overall. It’s double that of society right now. So people, when they spout these messages of “you’re not alone; no soldier stands alone; tell them that they’re still part of the team,” things like that, it’s really disingenuous when you have something glaring like “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” which forces you to be alone. And so I made that very clear to my commanders. I made that very clear to some of my soldiers when we engaged in conversation. Being able to have those conversations was so meaningful because those soldiers were able to ask me about transgender people, ask me about marriage, what’s this ENDA [Employment Non-Discrimination Act] thing. And it was all new to me, too; I met Sharon Glass of “Queer as Folk” in Miami, and she was going on and on about, you know, how her show was this and this. I was just nodding my head; she didn’t realize that I had never been able to access that part of my identity

even so much as to watch “Queer as Folk,” or to understand those things in pop culture, in the gay community subculture. To say, “Okay, well, what does it mean to be gay?” was such a new thing to me. A lot of my friends that I served with in combat wrote letters of recommendation for me in my trial, testified, wrote letters of support, encouragement—and that was what was really surprising. It was some of the toughest guys, that you wouldn’t expect, that did that. We’re serving with NATO countries in coalitions, so technically we do have open services in our units in the coalition units. We have Great Britain, Australia, Canada and Israel. There are some 28 that allow people to serve openly. Israel gives partner benefits to their gay soldiers, and Great Britain has transgender reassignment operations that they pay for. So, to say that America can’t deal with the “upsetting of the norms,” this gloom and doom that has Secretary Gates, as a Secretary of Defense, going into some of this childish, boorish behavior, saying there’s going to be enormous consequences, and getting his talking points from Tony Perkins, just seems ridiculous. I think President Obama should have replaced him at the outset and now with this new commandant he’s placing in for the Marine Corps who is also homophobic [General James Amos], I think there are certainly failures of leadership. And here’s what it comes down to: they need to realize that in the process, it takes leadership from the top. That’s the missing element here, that the president’s not able to say forthrightly, firmly, “This is what I’m going to do” and “You have to get on board.” …You’ve got the secretary, who’s clearly filibustering in his own way, having to study about the impact… which, if you take a poll of soldiers on anything, you’re gonna get a fragmented view, and you’re never gonna have


a poll about things that it admittedly takes leadership on, such as going to war. And you’re seeing the “enormous consequences” right now. That’s what people are not reporting and representing, is the suicides among gay people in the military. Because of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” isolation, coming out of combat, PTSD, depression; it’s a question of no resources; mental health you can’t access without fear of being discharged when you tell your psychiatric or psychological professional. You can’t tell your chaplain, you can’t tell your mom, you can’t tell your dad, you can’t tell your brother or sister, you can’t tell your best friend, you can’t tell your pastor―you can’t tell your boyfriend. I’m not allowed to say it to myself! That’s what “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” does, and I think to not have that safety net, to not have that community, to stigmatize that community… you realize that you’re still doing something that is illegal by existing—fully, honestly. And that is what drives more people to suicide, is not being able to find your place in the world and not knowing how to go on. So if you’re thinking about “enormous consequences,” just think about that. You should think about the fact that when you send gay and lesbian soldiers overseas, they can’t have a phone call from their partner, the one that they trust the most. Their partner is sitting by the phone or watching CNN to see if something happened in the province [where] their soldier is, and they don’t know if they’re going to be killed. If they do get killed, [and] that was their last day on Earth, they’ll never be notified, they’ll never be called, they’ll never be given the American flag at the funeral. And I thought about when I was asked to go back to Iraq and I wanted to go back, but then I had a partner and I wouldn’t have been able to acknowledge that partner to anybody on my team. When you give that note, that love note, the final love note, you say, tell my wife I loved her. I wouldn’t be able to say that, tell

my boyfriend I love him and it’s going to be okay. And that was too hard for me, because I finally understood that this person was the first person—my first gay friend and my first boyfriend and my first lover; I never had a girlfriend. I never had any gay contacts and he was helping me through so much. And I think about how many folks don’t have that when they come back from war, and how many of them commit suicide or try to hurt themselves, engaging in high-risk behavior like getting into car accidents and doing thrillseeking. It’s heightened among gay people in the military in a way that one would expect for any stigmatized group. And the fact that they can’t even have that support. I think that when you get rid of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the greatest change isn’t going to happen to the culture of the Army; people aren’t going to have mass coming-out parties. In fact, after the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” my job’s going to get harder, in that I’ll be called on to help all these soldiers come out to themselves first. And to help those people, to save them from suicide, to tell them that there’s somebody else out there, and that they’re not alone, and not only that, but they have that responsibility to be out so that other people will not commit suicide. That’s what it’s all about. It’s gonna get harder, because people are still going to have that problem. That is the internalized “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” that will not go away by a repeal in the law, and it won’t get repealed by the president, and it won’t get overturned in the courts. There’s no amount of money that you can pay some people to come to terms with that part of themselves, either. And I think that’s where my journey will be the most important. Jeff Tobias An unabridged version of this interview is available at Flagpole.com.

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