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pub notes Food for the Spirit [This column comes to you from Milton Leathers, and I am glad to relinquish the space to him, his son Cobby and Cobby’s friend Steven Willoughby—Ed.]

THIS WEEK’S ISSUE: News and Features City Dope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Athens News and Views

A forward-looking wrap-up of last week’s meeting on riverfront development.

Townieconomy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Teaching to the New Tests

An initiative between Athens-Clarke and Oconee counties addresses circumstances for local businesses.

Milton writes: Our middle son Cobby, who lives in Thailand, was just home to Athens for a short visit last week. On the way back to the Atlanta airport a few early mornings ago, it was necessary for me to drive by Strickland’s restaurant, formerly located downtown at the corner of Broad and Jackson streets. Now, that Athens institution is way out west on 29/78 past the car dealerships. It was breakfast time, and Cobby wanted to pick up—for himself and a couple of other expats in Bangkok—four sausage biscuits, two country ham biscuits and two tenderloin biscuits. He got two other biscuits and one large coffee for us to share on the road. Before going through security, the precious bundle of eight was neatly wrapped in wax paper, more paper, a little more paper and a thin, breathable plastic Cobby had discovered was ideal for his purposes. The following day in Bangkok, two of the emigrant biscuits were hand-delivered to Cobby’s Thailand colleague, Steven—a man who is really from Alabama. What follows here is his friend’s thank-you note. (I mean, just because a person from the South lives in Southeast that doesn’t absolve him of The smell of the Asia, his responsibilities about writing coffee; the salty, thank-you notes, does it?) Steven writes: Cobby, the smoky flavor event took place this morning at of the ham; the Starbucks Emporium, attended by a pretty good friend of about seven buttery biscuit… or eight years. I shared with him exactly, uh, none. He is suffering [from] food poisoning, and I felt for him, truly. But, I did not want to risk wasting so rare a delicacy to ignominious retching and projectile vomiting, despite his very convincing whimpering for just a taste. I just didn’t think I could handle the potential waste. (He’s a Brit, an Oxford educated PhD, who, I am quite certain, has no Aunt Boochie or Aunt Eula, has never watched pigs breed or swigged a Nehi Grape, so could not possibly appreciate the experience.) I must confess, Cobby: I had left but one biscuit. After you departed, I auctioned the sausage biscuit on Thai eBay. Had bids from as far as Vientiane. In 3 minutes and 25 seconds, it went for THB 31,220 to a good ol’ boy named Hoot Gibson, from Tupelo, MS. He’s been a long way from home for too many years. Hoot tearfully accepted his treasure, gratefully pumped my arm with both of his trembling hands, turned to leave and could not suppress a little jump and a bellowing Rebel yell few outside the SEC could conjure—and then, another. Of course, the Thai commuters on the BTS platform accepted this with nary a reaction. More like deer frozen in the headlights, except for the security guards, who quickly slunk away, lest they be called upon to protect the public, or something. Khun Jack, at Starbucks, unwrapped the remaining biscuit, and although against the Starbucks rules, agreed to microwave it for me (a sacrilege in a Southern kitchen, I know, but compromises were necessary). He admired the curious contents, as well as the unique wrapping. “New paper technology,” I explained, “wax paper—keeps the gator meat fresh,” to which he nodded uncertainly. It was weird. As the succulent aroma of the ham and biscuit circulated about the café, people stopped what they were doing, noses turned upward, sampled the air and intently searched about for the source. Instinctively, crossing all cultural barriers, visitors from the world over knew something great was happening. They could not have known how close they were sitting to culinary perfection. I was sure to keep my treasure safely below their lines of sight. The smell of the coffee, the salty, smoky flavor of the ham, the buttery biscuit—it was sensational, Cobby. Closing my eyes, I could almost hear Aunt Jessie Merle calling to Uncle Jack out the back porch. It all combined to awaken a long forgotten memory from my youth—way down deep, deep in Dixie: New Hope Community, where float fishing down the Pea River is religion, great bird dog pups are “purdy,” and ham and sausage biscuits are food for the spirit. Thank you, Cobby. It was perfect. May I have more, please? Pete McCommons editor@flagpole.com

Arts and Events Movie Pick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Life or Death

127 Hours is the best film of 2010 Athens had to wait until 2011 to see.

The Reader . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 This, That and the Other

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Athens Business Rocks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 A Benefit for Nuçi’s Space

Will Flagpole’s band, The McCommunists, be able to take home top prize?

CITY DOPE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 CITY PAGES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 CAPITOL IMPACT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 ATHENS RISING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 GEORGIA MUSEUM OF ART. . . . . . . . . . . 9 MOVIE DOPE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 MOVIE PICK. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 THE READER. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 THREATS & PROMISES. . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 RECORD REVIEWS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

AMERICAN CHEESEBURGER. . . . . . . . . 15 DEERHOOF. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 ATHENS BUSINESS ROCKS. . . . . . . . . . . 17 THE CALENDAR!. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 BULLETIN BOARD. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 ART AROUND TOWN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 COMICS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 REALITY CHECK. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 CLASSIFIEDS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 TOWNIECONOMY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 EVERYDAY PEOPLE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

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communication of general information, should be pleased with a feature of the county’s new website that’s been designed to address those deficiencies. One can now sign up to be notified for any of a wide array of happenings, from commission meetings to day-camp sign-ups to public emergencies. ACC Public Information Officer Sandi Turner will be on hand at the Federation of Neighborhoods’ February meeting to explain this and other elements of the new site; the meeting takes place at Fire Hall No. 2, 489 Prince Ave., Monday, Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m. Wishful Thinking: Last week’s BikeAthens listserv bulletin contained a helpful set of instructions for not getting ticketed by UGA campus police for riding a bike the wrong way down the short, one-way stretch of Sanford Drive directly in front of Park Hall. Wouldn’t it be nice if, instead of clarifica-

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A young woman was injured when she was struck by a branch of an enormous tree that fell across Milledge Avenue Jan. 26, tearing down power, phone and cable lines and closing the street to traffic for hours. You can see more photos of the weird scene at www.flagpole.com. Vetting the numbers prepared so far— around 600 jobs created and $3.3 billion in economic impact—is a logical first step. Tying up properties currently under option in the area is the next front, since those will start to expire in mid-March, according to EDF board member Pete Dugas. Commissioner Kelly Girtz suggested that, in the meantime, we could move forward with a scaled version of this economic development scheme, and market property the county already owns on Dougherty Street in the same way as has been proposed for the river district. Could those two efforts be tied together, with some initial groundleases on Dougherty quickly pursued that might provide the funds to begin securing land in the river district? Another looming question is how to relate the Classic Center’s expansion to this proposal. If commissioners are as intrigued by this jobs district as they seemed last week, surely they should work to prevent the Classic Center’s expansion from hampering this larger economic development effort. Not giving that issue proper analysis, especially since the convention hall is an economic development tool, would be fairly negligent. [Kevan Williams] An Update on an Update: Those who have been frustrated in the past by the ACC government’s clumsy mechanisms for public notification of meetings and events, as well as

tions of policy from UGA Police Chief Jimmy Williamson regarding this crucial but nonfunctioning access point for bikers traveling from North to South Campus, we could hope for actual improvements to the university’s bike infrastructure? Let’s try not to think of ourselves as idle dreamers for keeping such things in mind, and maybe even bringing them up now and then. More Like It: When the Dope called Jim Thompson’s dismissal of Classic Centerexpansion activists in his ABH column “mystifying” last week, it was largely because the tone he appeared to be taking was so surprising from a guy as even-tempered and fair-minded as we all know Jim to be. Last Sunday’s in-print “mea culpa” for the remarks in question was far more in character, and reminded your humble Dope that there need be nothing “new” about civility in public discourse: it should be a given, especially on our local level. For turning up the rhetorical heat, rather than giving Jim’s good nature—and good intentions—the benefit of the doubt, his apology is seconded. Here’s hoping this whole episode helps move forward a productive discussion that will result in a design for the expansion that contributes to the healthy growth of our community. Dave Marr & Kevan Williams news@flagpole.com

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city pages Heavy Rains Led to More ACC Sewer Overflows in 2010

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Heavy rains have caused an unusual numACC’s 10 commissioners don’t always agree, ber of sewage overflows in Athens-Clarke but the current commissioners have similar County this past year, according to public outlooks on many issues—as opposed to years utilities director Gary Duck. ACC recorded past, when sharper philosophical differences 18 separate sewer overflows in 2010 that produced dramatic tie votes (or 6-4 decisions) reached “state waters” (creeks or rivers) and more often. These days, decisions are not therefore had to be reported to the Georgia always unanimous (or even predictable)—but Environmental Protection Division. Most they are more likely to be. were a few thousand gallons or less, typiIndeed, commissioners can appear so cally caused by broken manholes or rags or congenial—sometimes having discussed or roots that stopped up a pipe. But a February decided issues beforehand—that meetings downpour caused much larger spills totaling occasionally seem scripted. “I get the sense 137,000 estimated galthat there is so much lons at Carriage Lane ACC recorded 18 separate going on before these (off Barnett Shoals votes occur,” wrote Road), at Ben Burton Athens-Clarke Heritage sewer overflows in 2010 Park, and at Dairy Pak Foundation director Amy that reached “state waters.” Kissane in a December Road. “This is really the only year we’ve had a lot letter to Flagpole, “that of overflows due to heavy rainfall,” Duck told the public is denied the benefit of hearing Flagpole. “We’re working on trying to resolve how these votes are arrived at.” those issues, and we will resolve them.” “That’s partially right,” says Commissioner Rainwater is mostly carried away from Ed Robinson. “A lot of stuff goes on that streets and parking lots by separate storm nobody sees,” he says, and issues are dissewers. But during sudden heavy rains it can cussed by email “all the time.” Robinson says also enter the sanitary sewers through leaks he’s not reluctant to engage in such discusor manholes, backing up the system and caussions, but likes to copy people other than ing overflows at manholes farther down the commissioners on such emails, including the line. (Citizens should report overflows if they news media. see them.) The EPD periodically fines the Commissioner Kelly Girtz says he commucounty thousands of dollars for the overflows nicates “sometimes with the whole group [of it reports. commissioners] and sometimes with individuDuck told the citizen Overview Commission als by email almost every day… I think it’s that some Athens sewers date from the 1800s, really beneficial, in that it’s easy to distribute but “ACC so far hasn’t considered what’s information quickly.” Such emails can be needed to maintain an aging infrastructure.” obtained by the press or the public through Landowner Marion Cartwright is suing ACC, open records requests, he notes. And commisclaiming sewage overflows over his Carriage sioners usually do know how they’ll vote on an Lane land have damaged it. issue before the meeting, he says. “I think it is pretty rare that someone at a John Huie voting meeting changes their mind from the

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time they enter the meeting to the time the telephonic, electronic, wireless or other virtual vote is conducted. Generally, by that point means must be open.” there’s been lots of information-gathering But County Attorney Bill Berryman quesand many discussions.” Some commissiontions whether meetings can really be held ers “do come with a script,” he says. “Some electronically under Georgia law, and says people just like to prepare to that degree of commissioners “are free to discuss issues as certainty.” But, he part of their freeadds, “I think we “I think we need to offer some speech rights.” But need to offer some can they make a clarity about how decision outside of clarity about how we’ve we’ve arrived at our a scheduled public arrived at our decision.” decision.” meeting? “I’m not According to a citisure that’s ever hapzens’ guide written by former state attorney pened, or how that would happen,” he says. general Thurbert Baker, “public officials may “Somebody might have made up their mind not exclude the public from fact-finding and before they go to a meeting, but the vote is purely deliberative sessions simply because where the decision takes place.” no final action is taken.” Baker points out that “even meetings conducted by written, John Huie


capitol impact Georgia’s Immigration ‘Fight’ Is a Sham As goes Arizona, so goes Georgia. Lawmakers got the ball rolling last week on the issue that could be the dominating one for this session of the General Assembly: immigration control. Bills were introduced that mirror a law enacted by Arizona last year to crack down on undocumented immigrants. These measures would give law enforcement officers free rein to lock up anyone they suspect is not an American citizen. Employers who apply for a business license or occupational tax certificate would be required to prove that they are using a federal verification system to check the citizenship status of their employees. Undocumented residents attending the state’s public colleges would also be kicked out of their classes. “Our nation’s illegal immigration crisis ultimately represents a failure of government,” said Rep. Matt Ramsey (R-Peachtree City), who co-chaired with Sen. Jack Murphy (R-Cumming) a study committee that examined the immigration problem. Murphy was even more outspoken on the issue, saying that federal border agents should “shoot to kill” people who are caught sneaking into the country. These bills are necessary, Ramsey said, because “the federal government’s failure to secure our borders serves as an open invitation for illegal immigration.” Ramsey, who’s a lawyer by trade, hit upon the key word in his statement: federal. This issue was defined in the U.S. Constitution more than 200 years ago. Congress was given the authority to pass laws for immigration and naturalization, not the states. Even if the immigration bill is signed into law by Gov. Nathan Deal, that’s as far as it goes. The U.S. Justice Department will challenge the law in federal court and have it set aside. That’s why all this talk about solving the immigration problem at the state level is a sham. This is the federal government’s problem, and the blame for not resolving it must

fall on the people elected to Congress. The state’s largest industry—agriculture—would collapse if Georgia were actually successful in booting out every undocumented immigrant. Farmers depend upon a huge influx of migrant workers to get their crops harvested. The Georgia Farm Bureau adopted a resolution in December warning legislators about the consequences of passing a law that puts farmers at a competitive disadvantage. “We think immigration is a federal issue, and it needs a federal solution,” said Jon Huffmaster, of the Farm Bureau. “And we think a patchwork of state laws could cause more problems than it solves.” Chris Hobby, the city manager of Bainbridge down in Georgia’s southwestern corner, made a similar observation. “We have to have these migrant workers,” he said. “The corn and tomato crops are dependent on them. It’s not something they (farmers) do because they want to, that’s where their labor comes from. That’s just the way it is.” Hobby added that local governments such as his, which are already hurting because of the economic downturn, would be further burdened by a state law that requires them to lock up anyone suspected of being an undocumented immigrant. “We have a big influx of migrant workers twice a year because of the vegetable crops around here,” he said. “We can’t afford the burden (of verifying the citizenship status of every migrant worker and jailing those who don’t have papers). That would be a budgetbreaker for us.” Like it or not, immigration is an issue that must be addressed at the federal level. State legislators are not the people to be calling. You should start with Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson and work your way down from there. Tom Crawford tcrawford@gareport.com

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Charter school: Athens has a new civic institu- we will see how well fulfills its goals of suction on the horizon: the Athens Preparatory cessful innovation and community building. Charter school, slated to open its doors in fall 2012. As an independent charter school, Bike Friendly: Just how bike-friendly is our it will be publicly funded but run by a noncity? ACC staff are currently working with profit board of community members who can local transportation advocates BikeAthens to adopt a more flexible approach to governance. assemble the county’s application for Bicycle Charter schools have been used in many cities Friendly Community recognition. The League as successful, though sometimes controversial, of American Bicyclists (www.bikeleague.org) urban revitalization tools for areas whose will judge Athens in several categories to see existing public schools are a key factor in disif we make the initial tier—Bronze status, couraging prospective new homebuyers. Jim like Chattanooga and 55 others around the Geiser, one of several parents organizing the country—or higher. effort, says the school will serve families from Rather than a one-time designation, the all demographics. It will also help with the program is a blueprint for continuous improvecity’s economic development and poverty ment. The application process serves to invenissues, providing more choice for parents who tory Athens’ bike amenities, from racks to have “high expectations” for their children’s school. Geiser reports that 40 percent of Athens’ local government employees live outside Athens-Clarke County, perhaps due to school options. Charter schools also offer the opportunity for innovative approaches which may in turn serve as models for other schools. Athens’ first charter school, a district charter overseen by the local school board, is Judia Jackson Harris Elementary. It features themed learning clusters, numerous paraprofessionals and translators in classrooms, and benefits from UGA resources such as teachers-in-training. The school appears to be thriving despite challenges like high proportions of students who qualify for free or reduced-cost lunch or do not speak English. Let’s hope that the innovations of the proposed new charter school, which should eventually serve 800 K–12 students from six counties An informal inventory reveals bike amenities even in the midst around Athens, will extend to design of sprawl. Now, if we just had safe routes to reach them… and planning decisions. “Green schools” with features like natural light have been shown to enhance learning local ordinances, and it provides a list of topic as well as save on building operational costs. areas to help local advocates frame discusThe charter school’s governing board could sions with decision makers. And if we don’t break with the school system’s recent habit pass muster this year, there’s always next year (described by Kevan Williams several months to try again. ago in this column) of building a sprawling BikeAthens chair Nina Kelly sees this as campus in a sea of parking on the cheapan exciting opportunity to collaborate with est exurban land, disconnected from local government staff. “We all know Athens has neighborhoods. a strong cycling community, and this is our Location is an unknown now, says Geiser, chance to shed light on our strengths and but the idea is for it to be fairly central. There areas where we could improve.” Cyclists have is no facility money for charter schools, so the indeed become a more and more noticeable governing board will look creatively at opporpresence on our city streets in recent years. tunities to adapt unused space or to find Yet clearly, Athens still has great untapped building assistance from local groups. While potential for improvement. After all, this is more walkable neighborhood schools would be a college town with swarms of able young urbanistically ideal, this school’s six-county adults, typically with limited budgets and no scope means that parents will be expected to kids to transport. Developing a safe bicycle provide most transportation—with possible network is also a strong measure in the exceptions for children in need of it. Perhaps anti-poverty agenda: providing accessibillocating the building near concentrations of ity while avoiding the hurdle of car ownerunder-served children might allow the school ship. Bikeleague.org points out the tourism to enhance a local neighborhood while servappeal of a bike-friendly destination—the ing the wider region. North Carolina Department of Transportation Geiser envisages a curriculum “embedded reported a nine-fold return on investment in in the community”—for example, engaging Outer Banks bike improvements, for example— local organizations for experiential learning among the myriad other health, economic, outside the classroom or to provide students equability, and environmental benefits of bikwith workplace training. During our conversaing that we should all know by now. tion, my reference to the Vancouver model of So, does Athens have what it takes yet to schools as shared community facilities—with join the ranks of America’s bicycle friendly playgrounds, meeting rooms and other spaces communities? We’ll find out soon. accessible for wider use—was met positively. This school is “still a vision” as of today, but Katie Goodrum athensrising@flagpole.com

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ith its floor-to-ceiling glass walls, shiny new tile floors and sleek silver trimming, the entryway to the new Georgia Museum of Art (GMOA) exudes a serene, almost church-like, stillness. It’s a place where style meets function, where classic art meets playful energy. Walking through the hallway, heels gently clicking on the cool black floor, the space seems too beautiful for noise, and then comes the smashing of a hammer, the hard buzz of a drill and the heavy clank of a moving ladder. “Don’t worry,” laughs Jennifer Collard Williams, public relations coordinator of the museum. “It’ll all be done by the [public] grand opening [Jan. 31]. Really, it will.” After years of fundraising, months of planning and weeks of hard work, the final touches are being put on the new wing of the GMOA, located on the southeast end of the University of Georgia campus. By the time this piece hits newsstands, those missing name plates will be hung, blank walls spaces will be filled and noisy construction materials will be laid to rest. In November 2009, the GMOA shuttered its art collection in an effort to expand and renovate the museum, which was built in 1996. The new wing (“We are making a real effort not to call it ‘the old building’ and ‘the new building.’ We want to be fair to both sides,” says Williams) houses the museum’s diverse permanent collection, while the other portion of the building is home to special rotating exhibitions. Ever since the original museum was built on South Campus 10 years ago, GMOA director William Eiland, his staff and the university have had a vision to create a communal epicenter on campus. Eiland hoped that the new museum, the neighboring Hugh Hodgson School of Music, the Lamar Dodd School of Art and the Ramsey Student Center could all cohabit the area and collaborate, share their energy and create “a city on the hill,” he says. “We want to blend the arts together,” Eiland says. “We want to connect the spirit—the visual and performing arts— with the physical at the student center. With the expansion, this has completed our vision. It has connected the body and spirit, all in this one place.” Plus, adds Paul Manoquerra, the GMOA’s curator of American art, the museum simply needed more space to hold its nearly 10,000-piece collection, as the original wing only held some 3 percent of the entire body of works. And, says Eiland, thanks to the new $20 million addition (with all funds raised through private donations and federal grants), the museum can now fulfill its long-term goals of having that needed space, as well as having more storage space, and provide the community with a center for advanced art studies and appreciation. “We have a mission of research, teaching and scholarship,” Eiland says. “This expansion makes that mission tangible.” Within the walls of the polished new wing are 16,000 square feet of gallery space devoted to the continuous viewing of early Italian Renaissance painting, 19th- and 20th-century American art, folk art and decorative arts. Spanning centuries, styles and genres, the collection begins with a stoic Benjamin West painting of Capt. Christopher Bethell circa 1769, and ends with the lively 1999 Art Rosenbaum painting “Hurricane Season.” Thrown in between is practically anything an art enthusiast could ask for.

“It’s really nice that we can span the centuries and really get a feel for the art world as a whole, as it has evolved,” Manoquerra says. Perhaps one of the most meaningful sections of the museum is the Nalley South Gallery, which showcases works from Georgia artists and self-taught Southeastern artists. Four impressive Lamar Dodd paintings—notably his “Copperhill” and self-portrait works—take up a large portion of space on the right wall, while across the room, the whimsical and colorful folk art pieces offer a starkly contrasting mood. And that’s the great thing about the GMOA: it has a bit of everything, from the brilliant Winslow Homer watercolor “Taking Sunflower to Teacher” and John Linton Chapman’s “Via Appia” to the hearty collection of original early-19th century homewares and silver teaspoons. Then again, the GMOA isn’t all about its interior spaces and collections. The outdoor Jane and Harry Willson sculpture garden is also a masterful addition to the museum and is dedicated to sculptors who are women. Meant to be a space for reflection and contemplation, the calming cloister garden offers 12 sculpted figures—some standing, some sitting— that are so life-like that at times they may be confused with real people. The cast-iron pieces, part of an installation titled “Horizons,” are by the Icelandic artist Steinunn Thorarinsdottir. Linking the interior with the exterior, the garden is also situated directly below the sculpture room in the upstairs gallery. Inside that room, American artist Beverly Pepper’s small sculptural works occupy white platforms. At the front entrance of the museum is another sculpture that Eiland says perfectly captures the essence of the new space. A large, curved piece, also from Pepper and a permanent installation, “Ascensione” conveys the grandeur of the museum and the magnitude of its presence in Athens. “This Beverly Pepper sculpture says everything we wanted to say,” Eiland says. “It symbolizes exactly what we wanted to do, and we are very proud of our collection and our new building.” More than its varied collection of indoor and outdoor pieces, the museum is just as much about the museum. Its glass ceiling squares create a spectrum of prismatic colors when the sun shines. Its refreshing and novel use of natural light is a rarity for a fine arts gallery. Visitors will be happy to see that so much about both the original and expanded space is refined yet comforting, creating an environment of both hospitality and sophistication. After years of planning and dedication and the emergence of the museum as the two-pronged space he now has, Eiland says he can finally exhale and take a moment to enjoy the creation he and others worked to make a reality. “I’m—we are all—thrilled, just thrilled,” Eiland says. “It took a lot of planning, hard work and support from the community to get us where we are today. And here we are. A city on a hill. Our very own Cortona.” Anna Ferguson Hall Visit www.georgiamuseum.org for full exhibition details and for a schedule of events. Admission to the museum is free.

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(Scott Speedman, always remembered for “Felicity”) in this adaptation of Mordecai Richler’s last novel. BEST OF THE NY INT’L CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL (NR) Each year this festival presents a kaleidoscopic collection of the best new animation, live action and experimental film for children from around the world. Visit their website (www.gkids.tv/tour) or Ciné’s (www.athenscine.com) for more information. BIUTIFUL (R) Critical darling Alejandro González Iñárritu (Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Babel) returns with what sounds like a Spanish-language version of Clint Eastwood’s Hereafter (not a compliment). In Barcelona, Uxbal (Javier Bardem, who won Best Actor at Cannes) struggles to be a good husband and father, while using his ability to speak to the deceased to eke out a living. BLACK SWAN (R) Great does not begin to describe Black Swan nor does it do this complex film justice. Let’s call Black Swan what it is: stunning, original, another imperfect masterpiece from filmmaker Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler). Aging ballerina Nina Sayers (Natalie Portman) finally lands a lead as the Swan Queen in Swan Lake. But as the pressure mounts, Nina begins to suspect that the pretty new dancer, Lily (Mila Kunis), is out to Single White Female her. BLUE VALENTINE (R) The perfect past and broken present of working class couple Dean and Cindy (Golden Globe nominees Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams) is examined in a crosscut fury by writer-director Derek Cianfrance. Early buzz has been strong, though Blue Valentine is supposedly far from a light-hearted romp at the movies. BURLESQUE (PG-13) Not nearly as awfully entertaining as Paul Verhoeven’s glitzy Vegas crassterpiece, Burlesque stars Cher as the proprietor of a struggling Sunset Strip burlesque club and Christian Aguilera as the dancing diva with a voice strong enough to save it. CASINO JACK (R) This docudrama recounts the rise and fall of superlobbyist Jack Abramoff (Kevin Spacey, who is sure to garner Oscar buzz) and

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his business partner, Michael Scanlon (Barry Pepper), who wheeled and dealed with Washington’s most powerful players. The uh-oh comes when a mob-connected associate (Jon Lovitz) brings everything crashing down in scandal. CLIENT 9: THE RISE AND FALL OF ELIOT SPITZER (R) Academy Award winning documentarian Alex Gibney charts the rise and fall of former New York Governor and present CNN anchor Eliot Spitzer. Featuring interviews with the scandal-rocked former politico, Client 9’s poster claims to tell “the real story.” THE COMPANY MEN (R) TV megaproducer John Wells makes his feature film debut with this timely drama. Three men—Bobby Walker, Gene McClary and Phil Woodward (Oscar winners Ben Affleck, Chris Cooper and Tommy Lee Jones)—deal with losing their jobs in the present recession and the effects on their wives, lives and communities. COUNTRY STRONG (PG-13) A TV movie with a capital TV, Country Strong boasts some likable individual parts that fail to add up. Country superstar Kelly Canter (Gwyneth Paltrow, doing all her own singin’ and accentin’, y’all) is released from rehab and goes back on the road with a singing beauty queen, Chiles Stanton (Leighton Meester) and a singing cowboy, Beau Hutton. Some nice singing and songwriting can’t save a film so unsure of who we should root for. THE DILEMMA (PG-13) The Dilemma, the first comedy from director Ron Howard since 1999’s Edtv, has aspirations to be more than a silly slapstick farce. When the guy in imbroglio is played by Vince Vaughn, who is nearly always better than his chosen material, and the filmmaker is an acclaimed Oscar winner, you hope for a bit more than poorly edited, sophomoric gags. DUE DATE (R) After the big-time breakthrough of The Hangover, director Todd Phillips (Road Trip) returns with this comedy about a soon-to-be father, Peter Highman (Robert Downey, Jr.), who must hitch a ride with aspiring actor, Ethan Tremblay (Zack Galifinakias), if he wants to make it to his child’s birth on time. FASTER (R) The Rock shelves the family-friendly brand he’s been marketing the past few years for a motorized, violent, revenge thriller that seems custom-built for Vin Diesel. Dwayne Johnson’s Driver has just released from prison. Now he is on a monolithic mission to slaughter the men responsible for the death of his brother. THE FIGHTER (R) Mark Wahlberg stars as boxer “Irish” Micky Ward, whose brother, Dick Eklund (Christian Bale), helped him train before going pro in the 1980s. With Amy Adams and Melissa Leo. FROM PRADA TO NADA (PG-13) In this Latinized version of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, two spoiled little rich girls move to East L.A. to live with their estranged aunt after the sudden death of their supposedly wealthy father. THE GREEN HORNET (PG-13) More unconventional on paper than Ang Lee’s Hulk, The Green Hornet is an interesting entry in the overpopulated, same-y superhero genre. The original 1930s radio serial created by George

W. Trendle begat a 1940s film serial and 1960s television program starring Bruce Lee before spawning this latest, strangest adaptation, directed by French visualist Michel Gondry and written by slacker star Seth Rogen and his Superbad partner Evan Goldberg. GULLIVER’S TRAVELS (PG) Travel writer Lemuel Gulliver (Jack Black) is shipwrecked on the island of Lilliput, in the middle of the Bermuda Triangle, where he towers over the natives. Though they first imprison him, he soon becomes a favorite, helping scheme to defeat the Lilliputian rivals, the Blefuscudians. HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 1 (PG13) I cannot find fault with this flawless penultimate installment of the stalwart franchise. HOW DO YOU KNOW (PG-13) An aging (27?!) athlete Lisa Jorgenson (Reese Witherspoon) starts feeling her age and winds up getting involved in a love triangle with her baseball player boyfriend (Owen Wilson) and a crisisridden corporate guy (Paul Rudd). HOXIE: THE FIRST STAND (NR) Following the Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education declaring racial segregation in public schools unconstitutional, a small Arkansas town chooses to integrate its classrooms. When Life magazine publishes a feature story on Hoxie, however, white supremacists and politicians attack their position I LOVE YOU PHILLIP MORRIS (R) This black comedy recounts the true story of con man Steven Russell (Jim Carrey). A former policeman, Steven turns to a life of crime to pay for his new high-flying lifestyle as a gay man. When he’s finally caught, Steven is sent to prison where he meets doeeyed Phillip Morris (Ewan McGregor). The two fall in love, leading Steven to another fraud-filled crime spree and several (too many) escape attempts. THE ILLUSIONIST (PG) Triplets of Belleville filmmaker Sylvain Chomet returns with this wondrous looking traditionally animated feature. Based on a concept by the late, adored Jacques Tati (if you do not know the near silent French comedian of whom I speak, check out Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday immediately), The Illusionist is a stage magician struggling against the ebbing tide of vaudeville. Enter a young girl named Alice who changes his life forever. The Illusionist is the best chance traditional animation has to beat its computer generated competition for all the year-end prizes. THE KING’S SPEECH (R) To combat a nervous stammer, King George VI (Colin Firth), AKA Bertie, works with an unorthodox speech therapist, Lionel Logue (Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush). Director Tom Hooper helmed HBO’s excellent “John Adams” and Elizabeth I. This historical picture is shaping up to be Firth’s best Oscar shot yet; the trailer predicts a winner. With Helena Bonham Carter as George’s daughter Queen Elizabeth II, Guy Pearce as Edward VIII, Michael Gambon as King George V and Timothy Spall as Winston Churchill. LITTLE FOCKERS (PG-13) The Fockers, Greg and Pam (Ben Stiller and Teri Polo), now have a couple of kids, taking a little of grandpa Jack Byrnes’ (Robert De Niro) heat off of Greg. But with the twins’ birthday party on the horizon, old suspicions—and

old pals like Teri’s ex Kevin (Owen Wilson)—are returning to haunt male nurse Gaylord Focker. LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS (R) The raunchy romdramedy Love and Other Drugs delivers on its titillating promise to show loads of Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway naked and banging. THE MECHANIC (R) Jason Statham gets his Bronson on in this remake. Elite hit man Arthur Bishop (Statham) takes an apprentice, Steve McKenna (Ben Foster), under his wing. Complications arise after learning McKenna has connections to an earlier target. I really like the idea of the upand-coming Foster as an assassin-intraining, and I’ve watched enough crap with Statham to brave another. Donald Sutherland. ME FACING LIFE: CYNTOIA’S STORY (NR) At age 16, Cyntoia Brown was arrested for the murder of a 43-year-old man. Director Daniel Birman documents her life before and after her arrest. Facing Life sounds like an intriguing documentary from ITVS. MEGAMIND (PG) 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. MORNING GLORY (PG-13) Nothing special (it’s no Broadcast News), Morning Glory reaps the old-fashioned benefits of casting movie stars like zestful beauty McAdams or gruff audience fave Ford and letting them do their charismatic thing. THE NEXT THREE DAYS (PG-13) A schoolteacher husband and father, John Brennan (Russell Crowe), plots a prison break for his wife, Lara (Elizabeth Banks), an innocent imprisoned for murder. After consulting a criminal expert in prison breaks (Liam Neeson), John must ironically break the law his imprisoned wife did not if he is to free her. NO STRINGS ATTACHED (R) Could No Strings Attached be this year’s Valentine’s Day? It does star Ashton Kutcher, is helmed by a washed-up “comedy” director (Ivan Reitman), and is really poorly written. Two friends, Emma and Adam (Natalie Portman and Kutcher), engage in a strictly sexual relationship that leads to love. PEACEABLE KINGDOM (NR) 2004. Director Jenny Stein peeks inside the picturesque red barn door of farming to see the black soul of modern factory farming. The screening includes a discussion led by Janet Frick, Ph.D., Associate Head of the UGA Department of Psychology and Director of the UGA Infant Research Lab. For more information, visit www.uga.edu/sos/filmfest. THE RITE (PG-13) Based on journalist Matt Baglio’s book, California priest Gary Thomas (Colin O’Donoghue) is sent to Rome by his bishop to be trained as an exorcist. While at the Vatican’s exorcism school, he encounters demonic forces, and his views on the spiritual battle between good and evil change. Director Mikael Håfström earned good reviews for his last horror movie, 1408. Writer Michael Petroni created the short-lived NBC series, “Miracles.” THE ROOMMATE (PG-13) A college coed, Sara (Minka Kelly, formerly of “Friday Night Lights” and sometimes of “Parenthood”), fears for her safety after getting assigned a dangerous new

roommate, Rebecca (Leighton Meester, “Gossip Girl”). SANCTUM (R) James Cameron is producing this 3D diving thriller based on the harrowing real-life experience of producer-cowriter Andrew Wight. A group of divers are trapped in the world’s least accessible cave system after their exit is cut off during a storm. Now they must find an unknown escape route before their dwindling supplies run out. SEASON OF THE WITCH (PG-13) Two Crusaders (Nicolas Cage and the welcome Ron Perlman) desert the papal army after being asked to slaughter thousands of innocents. While trudging across Europe, the duo are found out and tasked with transporting a witch to some monks that intend to cure the plague. The trip does not go smoothly. THE SOCIAL NETWORK (PG-13) By the end of this multi-focused deposition of founder Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg), a new asshole of an ‘00’s anti-hero has been born to rival the ‘80’s Gordon Gekko and the ‘90’s Hannibal Lecter. And Zuckerberg is real. THE TEMPEST (PG-13) Julie Taymor, more acclaimed for Broadway’s The Lion King than any of her film work (Across the Universe) adapts more Shakespeare (she previously filmed a version of Titus). THE TOURIST (PG-13) Seeing this Angelina Jolie-Johnny Depp team-up may be cheaper than a trip to Venice, but anyone wishing to float the canals of that old Italian city would be advised to wait for discount fares. TRON: LEGACY (PG) The insanely entertaining Tron: Legacy is the best amusement park ride/laser light show you’ll see at the movies this year. Get your light cycle to the theater before I derez you. TRUE GRIT (PG-13) To help distance their new film from the John Wayne classic, Joel and Ethan Coen are calling it a new adaptation of the novel by Charles Portis rather than a remake. A young girl (Hailee Steinfeld) hires gruff U.S. Marshal Reuben J. “Rooster” Cogburn (Jeff Bridges) to help find the man who killed her father. I am quite thrilled to see Bridges’ take on Wayne’s iconic role as directed by the Coens. UNSTOPPABLE (PG-13) Denzel Washington and Chris Pine as the only two men who can stop a runaway train terrorizing the Pennsylvania countryside. Rosario Dawson is the sexy dispatcher guiding the two heroes. Sure, the genre clichés abound, but they cannot derail Tony’s train once it gets going. VISCERA FILM FESTIVAL (NR) The Viscera Film Festival specializes in horror made by female filmmakers, and the world tour is making a special stop at Ciné, where prizes and swag will be given away by Fangoria magazine. Some 28 films, ranging from 20 seconds to 20 minutes, are listed on the website. THE WAY BACK (PG-13) Another POW escape flick à la The Great Escape and Rescue Dawn, The Way Back chronicles the efforts of several soldiers, led by the young (Jim Sturgess, 21), to break out of a gulag in Sovietoccupied Poland. WHITE MATERIAL (NR) 2009. My main man, the Highlander himself, Christophe Lambert, returns in this acclaimed film from filmmaker Claire Denis (35 Shots of Rum). A French family, led by matriarch Maria (Isabelle Huppert), attempts to save their coffee plantation while rebel soldiers are on the rampage, destroying any remaining symbol of colonialism. YOGI BEAR (PG) Yogi Bear will satisfy the low expectations of children while providing the parents an hour and a half to disengage. Drew Wheeler


movie pick Life or Death 127 HOURS (R) Another excellent film from Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire), 127 Hours tells the remarkable survival story of Aron Ralston, an avid outdoorsman who whittled off his arm to escape dying in a canyon near Moab, UT. (Sorry, if you didn’t know Ralston’s well-publicized fate, but trust me when I say you want to know what the movie has in store for you. It gets gruesome.) Recently nominated for six Academy Awards, 127 Hours is the best film of 2010 Athens had to wait until 2011 to see. Boyle’s contagious kineticism perfectly captures Ralston’s indefatigable belief in his own invincibility. Opening with the flashy, sped-up preparation/drive James Franco to Ralston’s nearly fatal act of hiking hubris, Boyle shows us in a few moments exactly who our protagonist is. Ralston is the kind of guy who hops up from a nasty bike crash (that would have sent most people home with a limp) and pedals the remaining 15-plus miles. Unfortunately, he’s also the kind of guy who gets trapped by a rock in the middle of nowhere without anyone knowing where he is.

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Boyle and Slumdog scripter Simon Beaufoy keep us engaged throughout Ralston’s multiday entrapment. Flashes of memories—some of his parents (Treat Williams and Kate Burton), some of his ex-girlfriend (Clemence Poesy)—take us away from his increasingly discouraging situation. Yet Ralston displays an inventive survival instinct unknown to most, and no actor could have better embodied our seemingly doomed hero than Academy Award nominee James Franco. He does what Tom Hanks did in Cast Away: carries an entire film on his shoulders and magnetic charisma. 127 Hours can be tough to watch. One patron sounded as if s/he was going to lose his/her popcorn and Coke as Ralston went to his greatest lengths to survive the final hours of his predicament—too tiny sounding a word for what the young man went through. The film ultimately reaffirms the triumph of the human spirit and Boyle’s mastery of all genres, while bringing much of the moviegoing population up to speed on Franco’s extraordinary talent. Drew Wheeler

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the reader This, That and the Other In the six years it was on the air, I never watched an episode of “Lost.” Not one. People at work would talk about it with the sweaty fervor of snake-handlers on an arsenic buzz, and truthfully it seemed like the kind of show that’d be right up my alley, what with the mysterious island and the sentient deathcloud and all, but I never turned it on. Once I ascertained that it was the sort of show that if I missed an episode I’d be, well, lost, I decided not even to dip a toe in the water. I don’t do “appointment” TV, and the idea of penciling in hours of the week specifically to watch it just irks me. If I find myself caring, I’ll rent the DVDs and watch on my own schedule. Just in case, don’t tell me how it ends. Maybe I’m just ornery that way, but it’s the same reason why, diehard geek though I am, I stopped reading comic books a long time ago. If you’re a funnybook reader, God bless you, you have way more dedication, stamina and disposable income than I do, but I just haven’t the will to spend three or four bucks a pop to gather enough issues, tie-ins and crossovers to decipher the convoluted continuity that informs mainstream comics. From what I understand, Batman has died at least three times since the last time I saw him… That’s not to say I’m down on comics, only that it takes something very special to get me to that section of the bookstore anymore. I want a self-contained story, preferably something that affords me something more substantial than the endless adventures of hyperthyroid cases pounding the snot out of each other illustrated by guys who draw every woman with 44DD breasts but never learned to draw feet. I’m looking for a graphic novel, and I don’t mean that in the air-quote sense geeks use when they don’t want to say “comic books.” Matt Kindt does graphic novels, stories told with sensitivity and pathos about what happens to ordinary people in extraordinary situations. In 2009’s year-end wrap-up I blurbed about his remarkable book 3 Story, about a guy who starts growing and doesn’t stop, told through the eyes of his mother, wife and daughter as they witness his growing (npi) and tragic isolation from humanity. In his recent book, Revolver (DC/Vertigo, 2010), Kindt takes a “Twilight Zone”-ish plot and imbues it with the kind of depth and gravity one rarely sees in any medium. Sam is a slacker on a slow careen toward a dead end. He works a BS job at an alternative newspaper (not that there’s anything wrong with that, mind you), cropping photos of the Chicago party scene for the fluff pages. Unmotivated, perpetually late and subjected to the venom of Jan, his no-nonsense harridan editor, Sam keeps his anger and self-loathing

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in check with his record collection, his ossifying relationship with his girlfriend and a heroic intake of booze. His is a wholly unremarkable life. Nothing to see here. Until one morning he wakes up and finds his morning commute passing buildings with smoke billowing from the windows and bodies falling from the upper stories—shades of 9/11. The newspaper has been hit and Sam wades through the panicked, fleeing mob to pull a shellshocked Jan out of her office and down to her car, where the two of them emerge into an America that has been nuked, terrorized and plunged into apocalyptic chaos. Martial law is in force, armed vigilantes and rioting looters swarm the streets and highways, and Sam the slacker is forced to become Sam the man of action.

That is, until the morning after that, when Sam wakes up again in his old world with all of the memories of the hellish day before but with none of the scrapes and scars. He is plunged into a nightmare of alternating days between the two realities, both of which appear utterly real. As the knowledge of the hellscape America awaiting him tomorrow begins to render his ordinary life meaningless, Sam must discover whether the slip between realities is actually happening or a descent into madness. And if the apocalypse is happening, how can one ordinary guy, even one with his special knowledge, stop it? Kindt’s style is sparse, even stark, managing to convey both the mundane and postapocalyptic worlds with evocative bleakness that matches the economy of his writing. Here his pictures do what excessive verbiage won’t, which is the unique beauty of the true graphic novel. Revolver is more than a comic. It’s a book, and one worth reading. John G. Nettles


threats & promises Music News And Gossip Lots of news this week, people. Sure, some of it is with regard to things happening weeks from now, but I know how much you like to make plans. So, you can thank me now. Better yet, just start reading… Gather Your Pennies: The Athens branch of Wuxtry Records will release another compilation LP for Record Store Day this year. Just like last year, it will be a vinyl-only affair with no download code and no digital version. Bands that have submitted songs for

The Whigs inclusion are R.E.M., Col. Bruce Hampton, David Barbe, Nutritional Peace, Cold Ones, Elf Power, Eureka California, Gift Horse, Flash to Bang Time, Grape Soda, The Goons, Antlered Auntlord, New Sound of Numbers, Marshmallow Coast, Sphinxie, The Incendiaries and brand spankin’ new band Hug Abuse, which features compilation curator Mike Turner. I have it on good authority that when all these tracks are added together there’s approximately six minutes too much to fit on an LP record. Cuts will need to be made, but the final track listing hasn’t been determined, so start your teeth-gnashing bouts of worrying now. Record Store Day falls on Saturday, Apr. 16, and you can find out more via www.recordstoreday.com. The Big Intro: Speaking of R.E.M., the band is doing a masterful job promoting its upcoming album, Collapse Into Now, due for release on Mar. 8. For the past few albums, the band, most likely at the insistence of its record label, had kept a pretty tight fist around all pre-release information, and review copies of albums were distributed very sparingly as if they were king’s gold. (Although, admittedly, they were always gracious in providing them to me. Thanks, R.E.M.!) For this new record, R.E.M. has already released five tracks (“Mine Smell Like Honey,” “Uberlin,” “Discoverer,” “It Happened Today” and “Oh My Heart”) for streaming preview via its own website and on sites like YouTube. The effect has been one of gathering excitement among fans for an album that sounds like it’s going to be a fine slab o’ vinyl and a natural follow-up to 2008’s acclaimed Accelerate. It really doesn’t look like the band will tour behind Collapse Into Now,

though. So get your visual fill over at www. youtube.com/user/remhq and check www. remhq.com for breaking news. Wild-Eyed Southern Boys: The Whigs will celebrate the UK release of their latest album, In The Dark, by playing five dates in Germany, three in Holland, one in Ireland and seven in the UK proper. Notable stops include Munich, Hamburg, Oxford, Amsterdam, London, Sheffield, Manchester, Bristol and Dublin. Dead Confederate will share all dates with The Whigs as coheadliners. For more info, please see www.thewhigs.com.

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Ain’t No Hollin Back, Girl: I’m looking forward to the upcoming fulllength release by El Hollin—composed of Dena Zilber, Wyatt Strother and Daniel Powell— even though by all accounts it’s taking the band a while to finish. I dunno. I just really dig their brand of bedroom micro-art pop. Due for release sometime this spring, the record will see release on Strother’s Athens Horse Party label. Speaking of which, the Kickstarter campaign for Athens Horse Party, through which Strother seeks to secure equipment to manufacture short runs of CDs for his releases and for local folks in general, is still happening, and its goal of $500 is pretty meager. More information, demos, etc., are available via www.elhollin.bandcamp.com. For the fundraising campaign, search for “Athens Horse Party” on Kickstarter.com. Rainy Day Women: Folky blues wailer Chris Ezelle has a new video out for his track “Goodnight Girl,” which will appear on the upcoming release In the Dark Water, due out in April. You can watch it over at www.youtube. com/chrisezelle. Good for Me, Good for You: The Georgia Museum of Art is hosting a slew of events to celebrate its reopening. Thursday, Feb. 3 will be “Student Day” at the museum and, logically, “Student Night” will follow this, even though you don’t have to be a student to attend. There will be tours of exhibits, refreshments, door prizes and other merriment. But what does this event have going on that warrants its inclusion in Threats & Promises? Well, punky, in the M. Smith Griffith Auditorium Sleeping Friends will play from 8–8:45 p.m., Reptar from 9–10 p.m. and Circulatory System from 10:30–11:30 p.m. Circulatory System’s Will Cullen Hart will also have sound installations throughout the galleries. On Friday, Feb. 4, Modern Skirts will perform at the M. Smith Griffith Grand Hall in the GMOA at 6 p.m. For more information, call 706-5420437 or see www.uga.edu/gamuseum. Gordon Lamb threatsandpromises@flagpole.com

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Between the six years since the last album and another few months of release delay, Social Distortion diehards are going nuts by now for the new record. It’s finally here, but it’s not exactly equal to the protracted wait. With wider homage to other American music touchstones, the collection’s a bit scattershot stylistically. Moreover, the tone reflects a man at a certain “mature” point in his life, one that’s more golden and sentimental than hungry and visceral. All of which is accurate for principal Mike Ness, but that also means this record sometimes lacks the virility of classic Social D. Still, this uneven hand packs some aces. The best instances of the band’s trademark heart include the cathartic, sky-serenading “Writing on the Wall” and the healing Southern California sunshine of “Still Alive.” That old growl still lives in songs like “Road Zombie” and “Machine Gun Blues.” Of the more atypical songs, picks are the last-call punky-tonker “Bakersfield,” which works the country edge that’s always favored Ness’ soulful side, and “Gimme the Sweet and Lowdown,” a roadpounding number that young countryrock bands would drink to. Any of these songs are more likely to become classics than the album itself. And though the feel-good vibes are plentiful, that defining edge is dearly missed. Bao Le-Huu

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CAKE Showroom of Compassion Upbeat Records Cake is supposed to be sweet. Sure, some of the band’s best songs over the years (“The Distance,” “Never There,” “Wheels”) have been about pain, loneliness and a general sense of existential malaise, but they were always softened with a hearty dollop of irony frosting that made them oddly relatable. With Showroom of Compassion, the band’s first proper album in seven years, it becomes clear that Cake has lost that sense of humor. The first single, “Sick of You,” is, on the surface, yet another atonally sung/ spoken breakup anthem with punchy horns and a creative bass-line—the Cake recipe, if you will—but an uninspired chorus and a downright depressing bridge seem far removed

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from the playfulness of the group’s early career. Following that is “Easy to Crash,” a dark, repetitive tune that seems to find frontman John McCrea contemplating driving into oncoming traffic—not exactly “Stickshifts and Safetybelts.” Perhaps even more disappointing is that, when it’s not bringing you down, Showroom feels like a sad attempt to recapture Cake’s past successes by ripping them off. “Moustache Man” and “Italian Guy” are rehashes of earlier, better songs, and the album title itself is lazily similar to the group’s far-superior debut, Motorcade of Generosity. So, what happened? Growing up, I loved Cake like a fat kid loves… well, you know. Did they, in leaving the aegis of Columbia for their own independent label (and solar-powered studio!), try to both have and eat themselves? Did their willfully quirky sound finally hit its ceiling? Is it just an off record? Only time will tell, but for now, consider me on a diet. This Cake is stale. David Fitzgerald

CUT COPY Zonoscope Modular Australian trio Cut Copy employ some seriously dense electronics in plying their sunny, infectious dance pop, so it’s no surprise that the group was founded by a DJ. On the band’s third record, frontman/producer Dan Whitford is clearly running the show from his laptop, drawing from a wide spectrum of electronic musics to create luxurious layers of digital sound in the mold of Caribou or Animal Collective. His commitment to the three-piece band setup, however, allows for genrecrossing explorations that would sound equally at home in the 40 Watt or New Earth Music Hall. “Take Me Over,” with its quick, staccato synths and tribal beat, sounds like an ‘80s-inflected Yeasayer. A bouncy, elastic bass line anchors “Pharaohs and Pyramids” as Whitford deftly piles on new elements, building the song to an explosive dance party finale. “Blink and You’ll Miss a Revolution” opens with an undeniable hat-tip to the Talking Heads before metamorphosing into a chill-wavey chorus. Really, all these songs are of a (admittedly killer) piece until the tremendous, 15-minute finale, “Sun God.” Occupying a full quarter of the album’s hour-long runtime, it starts off with some heavy drums and more David Byrne-esque vocals before winding and pulsing through several movements, touching on new wave, chill wave and spacey ambience before settling into its dubsteppin’ back end. The creativity and dexterity with which Whitford commingles the disparate subgenres that comprise electronic music history is stunning, and if “Sun God” is the exclamation point at the end of this chapter in the Cut Copy story, then I cannot wait to read the next. David Fitzgerald

THE DECEMBERISTS The King Is Dead Rough Trade Their ability to grow and explore new territory from album to album, despite an incredibly unique, almost niche-level sound, is what makes The Decemberists one of the most consistently rewarding bands working today. With each record growing increasingly ambitious in scale, from the early sea shanties of Castaways and Cutouts through the operatic heights of The Hazards of Love, it was beginning to seem as if their next album would have to feature liner notes that folded out into a magical castle for them to up the ante again. Instead, they simply didn’t try, but rather recorded an inspired return to their personal, prosaic, English-major-y roots with a noticeable folk/country twist. The new direction is almost immediately recognizable in the twangy bass, church choir harmonies, and bright harmonica of the uplifting opener, “Don’t Carry it All.” “Rox in the Box” serves as the requisite gambling song, playing like a tense poker game between its rollicking accordion and ominous fiddle. The uptempo group sing “Down By the Water” could almost pass for an Indigo Girls tune if it weren’t for the unmistakable vocals of frontman Colin Meloy, the unifying factor that makes everything The Decemberists attempt come out sounding like a success. Perhaps the greatest achievement on this lovely little record is the restrained, male/female duet of “June Hymn,” a quiet recollecting of happy times in a country town. The Decemberists have proved their epic mettle several times over, but it’s when these modern bards are at their smallest that they show just how much they are capable of. David Fitzgerald

OFF! First Four EPs Vice This LA-based hardcore supergroup features an all-star lineup of scene veterans Keith Morris, original frontman of Black Flag and Circle Jerks, Dimitri Coats of Burning Bridges, Mario Rubalcaba of Rocket from the Crypt and Steven McDonald of Redd Kross. Morris, who helped define the first wave of West Coast hardcore punk that emerged during the

late ‘70s, is surprisingly still slamming it out better than most musicians half his age. While First Four EPs may just seem like a rehash of Morris’ earlier career (take Black Flag’s similarly titled The First Four Years anthology into consideration), that’s not necessarily such a terrible thing coming from someone who has influenced decades of musicians. Tracks such as “Panic Attack” and “I Don’t Belong” sound just as alienated and misanthropic as ever and would fit seamlessly into Black Flag’s 1978 Nervous Breakdown EP. First Four EPs’ likeness to early hardcore even extends to its album art, designed by Raymond Pettibon, who was also responsible for creating Black Flag’s popular four bar symbol and overall visual aesthetic. With 16 songs clocking in at just above the same number of minutes, this lean box-set contains all the traditional elements of true-to-roots hardcore you’d expect: anthemic choruses, straightforward riffs and a barrage of ruthless percussion. The production, by no means polished or refined by industry standards, is regrettably a shade cleaner than the grittier and more inherently nihilistic recordings of the ‘80s, however. While Off! is in no way reinventing the wheel, the band’s timeless energy is good at re-igniting a hardcore spirit and demonstrating survival of the fittest at its best. Jessica Smith

MONOTONIX Not Yet Drag City On this Steve Albini-recorded sophomore album, the Greatest Live Band on Earth continues to bash out its lusty collision of Blue Cheer’s carving guitar heroics and The Stooges’ hot, vulgar virility. Trading in some measure of dynamism this time for sheer velocity, it is a redlining orgy of riffs and rawness that constantly threatens damage. But let’s not over-think things here. These Israeli savages are all about immediacy and power. Besides occasional guitar bombast, there’s a crude, distorted minimalism about them that always keeps them sounding fresh, unfiltered and bold. Still, the songs here tend to be similar in an almost interchangeable way. But they’re at least consistent and consistently electric, with full-on ragers like “Nasty Fancy,” “Blind Again” and “Fun Fun Fun” swinging the biggest dicks. Not Yet pales in comparison to their sometimes literally incendiary live shows, but that’s a little like noting that TNT doesn’t stack up to a nuke. True, but it’s still something to be reckoned with. And any record Monotonix makes can only ever be the audio component of a wildly multi-sensory experience. But up against mere mortal records, it’s a solid smear of rock and roll essence in all its animalistic glory. Bao Le-Huu


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think there was a lot of pressure on him since James was a pretty crazy frontman… I think Jeff did a great job. They just have two totally different styles. It changed the sound a bit, but for me it still worked.” There’s good news for those who wish to see this dynamism in action. Greer will reclaim his spot for approximately half of American Cheeseburger’s final show. As of last week he was rehearsing with the band for the first time in two years. All totaled, in five years American Cheeseburger released two 7-inch records of their own, two split 7-inches (one with Bukakke Boys and one with Canadian Rifle), the previously mentioned split LP and an upcoming split 6-inch (!) record with Worlds. This final show by American Cheeseburger shouldn’t be a sad affair at all, even though it seems a surprising move by a band with such visible success. When asked the inevitable question of “Why?” Steve Armstrong says, “We played for long enough and nothing lasts forever. When something is done it’s time to put it down and move on. We were always about a spur-of-the-moment energy and channeling it, and that is something that you cannot force… Bands will come and go, but I believe we made our mark and had fun.” For his part, Rapier remarks, “It just seemed like the thing to do. It seems everyone is busy with life, and we haven’t really had time for the band. But it is definitely one of the most fun bands I’ve ever been lucky to be a part of!” With his trademark enthusiasm, which really hasn’t waned in the approximately 16 years he’s been in Athens bands, Griffin says, “Well, it sucks to break up the band at this point because we have worked really hard to get to where we can finally get records out on bigger labels and book tours more easily. But I think we simply got a bit lazy. No one hates anyone… I think we had a great ride, and I’m proud of what we accomplished. And I would like to thank everyone in Athens and everywhere for helping us and allowing us to have so much fun.” Gordon Lamb

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very album that veteran indie band Deerhoof releases feels like a total departure from the previous effort, and the band says that’s intentional. “It seems like destruction is an important step in creation sometimes,” Deerhoof drummer Greg Saunier observes. “Something has to be erased, particularly if something goes well. That’s one thing I really notice. Like I remember watching Year of the Horse, that documentary about Neil Young. He says something in there that really hit home with me. Anytime he and Crazy Horse are on tour and a song goes particularly well one night, and it’s like everything is really rocking and all of the harmonies lock together and the audience totally loves it, then they know they have to cut that song out of the set-list the next night. I sort of feel the same way about what we do… It’s like anytime something seems to work, you’re almost guaranteed it’s not going to work a second time.” The idea of reinventing itself may be about the only thing that’s calculated about Deerhoof’s creative process— and “calculated” may be too strong a word because it implies that there’s a conscious, linear thought process at play when the band makes music. In talking to Saunier, who provides considerable insight into Deerhoof’s songwriting methods, it’s as if the four bandmembers (Saunier, singer/ bassist Satomi Matsuzaki and guitarists John Dieterich and Ed Rodriguez) don’t really know where a song is going until it’s essentially finished, and the composition can be wildly surprising and challenging even to them. Saunier says the original ideas for songs on the group’s latest release, Deerhoof vs. Evil, pushed the band further beyond familiar territory than ever. “Over the years it’s only gotten more and more ridiculous. If somebody in the band says, ‘Oh, I have this new song. Let me try and show it to you,’ there’s no way the other three can possibly guess what that song is about to sound like,” he says. “It really could be anything, and it’s most likely going to be something that is totally unreasonable. It’s like there’s no way in the world that a rock band can play it. It will be like some kind of classical thing or it will be something that is so difficult to play that it’s just like ‘What? There’s no way we can do that…’ I think, out of all the music we’ve ever done, Deerhoof vs. Evil probably has been more like that than any of them.” That sort of talk might make one expect that Deerhoof vs. Evil sounds like some sort of music from Mars, but in reality it might be one of the more accessible records the group has released over its 16-year history—although it still has plenty of moments that can disorient the unprepared listener. But this time, the songs also come with a payload of pure pop hooks that grab hold quickly and entice the listener to absorb and,

more often than not, embrace the quirkier musical elements that also inhabit the material. For instance, “Behold a Marvel in the Darkness” starts out sounding sparkly and poppy, before a “What is this thing called love?” refrain arrives from left field, and, just as suddenly, the band launches into a hook-filled guitar break. Then there’s “Secret Mobilization,” which delivers a knock-out funky yet mechanical rock riff before it shifts into a downright delicate direction only to burst into the album’s heaviest musical moment. Somehow songs like these work, even if it seems like there’s a surprise lurking at every turn. Saunier says he hopes the band will be able to play a healthy number of the new songs on tour. There was just one problem with that plan.

“The new songs are pretty hard because this time on the record we kind of didn’t really limit ourselves to a certain number of instruments or the rock band format or whatever,” Saunier says. “So, there are a lot of funny sounds on the record that we’re trying to figure out how in the world to do with sort of our bare-bones rock setup.” Somehow, one suspects that like the band’s songwriting process, things will work out just fine by the time Deerhoof plays its first show. Alan Sculley

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t’s no secret that Athens businesses employ a lot of musiwere benefits for Nuçi’s Space. When Rick moved to NYC, we cians. With a music scene like ours, a band’s got to have were afraid the event wouldn’t get produced again. When Brad some way of making the cash to buy those guitar strings. first approached Nuçi’s Space two years ago, we knew the idea But there’s another group of musicians out there in the was great. We had been searching for our ‘signature event’ for business world, the ones that have never been on tour, made almost a decade…” a record or even played a real gig. They’re our teachers, elecAlong with the name change, the competition has also tricians, our tech support, and on and on. Perhaps they just expanded to include an even wider field of entrants—drawing play for family and friends or maybe they’ve just never had the on all types of Athens businesses rather than just bars and motivation to play out. Whatever the reason, these everyday restaurants. There are a few other rule tweaks as well: bands men and women now have a may now be made up of 3/4 shot at the spotlight, thanks employees instead of all to Nuçi’s Space. employees, allowing Frank Athens Business Rocks Schedule Athens Business Rocks is from delivery’s guitarist the one show where every cousin to join in on the fun. Wednesday, Feb. 2 bank teller bassist and pianist And fun is the name of the Semi-Finals Round 1 plumber can play onstage game, says Sleppy. alongside the same people “Some of the hardest 8:30 p.m. The Waffle House they work with every day, I’ve ever laughed was at the 9:00 p.m. Sunshine Cycles (“Gears for Fears”) revealing musical talents Battle of the Bands,” he says. 9:30 p.m. Flagpole (“The McCommunists”) no one knew they had. A “I’m amazed by the level of 10:00 p.m. Wisevest/White Systems/ fundraising extravaganza for creativity and humor that Classic Installations/AutoMac Nuçi’s Space, the event is comes out at these shows.” (“The Nine G’s”) stretched over four nights at Part of that humor comes 10:30 p.m. Musician’s Warehouse the 40 Watt Club, with three from the band themes. With 11:00 p.m. Caledonia Lounge (“Chapped Lips”) semi-final rounds culminating only three songs and 15 11:30 p.m. Smith & Goff LLC/ACC School District in a grand finale featuring minutes to make an impres (“James Money and Hammertime”) the winners from each prevision, the groups often resort 12:00 a.m. Hot Breath Glass Studio/ ous night. Even for those who to hilarious song selections, L Marie Adams Inc./Ware Tutoring don’t win big, the event is makeup and concepts to grab sure to be the hot topic at attention. Thursday, Feb. 3 the water cooler on Monday. “…To give you an examSemi-Finals Round 2 “We really want to make ple, one of my favorite bands this something special for during the first Battle of the 8:00 p.m. The Red Zone (“What Up Dawg?) everyone involved,” says Bob Restaurant and Bar Bands 8:30 p.m. D&D Heating & Air Conditioning Sleppy, executive director for was created by the Georgia (“Static Pressure”) Nuçi’s Space. “Imagine if you Theatre employees,” says 9:00 p.m. Thrasher Photography & Design went into your job one mornSleppy. “The band name was (“Brian Enotown Massacre”) ing and people started cheerBjörn. They are dressed up as 9:30 p.m. Mama’s Boy (“Sweater Biscuits”) ing for you! Everyone should Björn Borg (a famous tennis 10:00 p.m. Hendershot’s Coffee/Jittery Joe’s Tasting get a chance to be cheered player) and performed ‘Björn Room (“Clusterphunk”) for, and this is that chance. to be Wild,’ ‘Björn in the USA’ 10:30 p.m. Partner Software (“Boy George Clinton”) Most of these people will and ‘Björn to Run.’ They even 11:00 p.m. Baxendale Guitar (“The Fret Dressers”) never get to play somewhere threw a temper-tantrum in 11:30 p.m. Bel-Jean Copy & Print Center like the 40 Watt.” the middle of their set, some (“80# Cougar”) Sleppy doesn’t believe thing Borg was well-known 12:00 a.m. Transmetropolitan (“The Wilfred Brimley that the transition from office for doing on occasion.” Extravaganza Family Band Project”) worker to rock star for a night This year the clever will be that difficult because band names run the gamut Friday, Feb. 4 “there are a lot more simifrom juiced-up job descripSemi-Finals Round 3 larities between the business tions like The Fret Dressers side of Athens and the music (Baxendale Guitar) and Static 8:30 p.m. Epting Events (“Pot Pie”) side than people think.” Pressure (D&D Heating & Air 9:00 p.m. Athens First Bank & Trust Multiple winners will Conditioning) to wince-wor (“The AFB-52s”) take home prize packages thy puns such as The AFB-52s 9:30 p.m. The State Botanical Garden of Georgia that include everything from (Athens First Bank and Trust) (“Botjam”) studio recording time to a and The McCommunists (our 10:00 p.m. Partner Software (“Depeche Motorhead”) framed platinum record and very own Flagpole). 10:30 p.m. 40 Watt Club more. With an overall winner, Bands will be scored on 11:00 p.m. TSAV (“Punch List”) Judges’ Choice and Audience qualifiers such as “creativity” 11:30 p.m. peachmac (“The Mac Daddy”) Favorite awards, everyone’s and “badassness” rather than 12:00 a.m. Volo Trading, Inc. (“The One Hitters”) got a pretty good shot at technical proficiency, and 12:30 a.m. Nuçi’s Space (“Çicago”) going home with something they also get extra points for shiny. And, of course, winners bringing in audience members Saturday, Feb. 19 get bragging rights until the and raising money in advance. Grand Finale next ABR battle. Fans can “vote” for their It could be said that the favorite contenders by donatOne band will be chosen from each qualifying round Caledonia Lounge is the curing via www.athensbusinessto participate in the Grand Finale. rent holder of the aforemenrocks.com. Every dollar raised tioned bragging rights, as the gets the band another point! club has won a similar com“We’re just hoping that petition two years running, relying on both a talented staff people come in and see how much fun everyone’s having and and a flair for comedic performance. But this is technically the want to start planning for their own band next year,” says first Athens Business Rocks event. Sleppy explains how the Sleppy. previous battle has evolved into its current form: So, go ahead and start planning your band now and keep an “The idea for a ‘Battle of the Restaurant and Bar Bands’ was eye on that air drumming kid in accounts receivable. He may conceived by Brad Fowler of Trappeze two years ago. In the be your shot at hilarious cover-band glory next year. second year, Brad was too busy with work to organize it again so Rick Poss at the 40 Watt took over. Both of these events Jordan Stepp

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Tuesday 1 EVENTS: Call of Life (UGA Miller Learning Center) Film investigating the rapid loss of biodiversity on the planet and exploring the causes and the impact of mass extinction. 7:30 p.m. FREE! www.uga.edu/sos/ filmfest PERFORMANCE: Open TOAD Comedy (Flicker Theatre & Bar) A unique open mic experience. The audience gets to pelt the performers who go over their six-minute time limit with foam rocks. Performers get in FREE! but must sign up by 8 p.m. 8 p.m. FREE! www.myspace.com/ flickerbar 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

Wednesday 2 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: Groundhog Day Celebration (Memorial Park) You may be over winter, but it’s up to Gus, Bear Hollow’s resident groundhog, to decide. 9-11 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3616 EVENTS: Original Signing Day Enthusiasts (Buffalo’s Southwest Café) Find out which high school seniors will be recruited for college football teams. Special guests and staff members of ugasports.com will be present. 7 a.m. www.buffaloscafe. com

EVENTS: Screening: Hoxie: The First Stand (Ciné BarCafé) The story of a small Arkansas town whose school board chose to integrate its classrooms in the summer of 1955. Part of the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Desegregation of UGA. 5 p.m. FREE! www.athenscine.com EVENTS: Signing Day Party (Blind Pig Tavern) Come cheer on the newest bulldawgs with a live radio remote from 960 The Ref. 8 a.m. FREE! 706-548-3442 ART: 6X6: “Time” (Ciné BarCafé) Fast, fun and free! This monthly series of curated video, sound, performance, and multi-media works presents six new media art works, each no longer than six minutes. This month’s show is curated by Brian Hitselberger. 7 p.m. FREE! hexadic.blogspot.com ART: Beverly Pepper (UGA Ramsey Concert Hall) Lecture by sculptor Pepper in honor of the Georgia Museum of Art’s grand reopening. Pepper’s statue “Ascension” will be on permanent display in the quad. 6 p.m. FREE! 706-542-4662 THEATRE: Fuddy Meers (UGA Fine Arts Building) University of Georgia’s Department of Theatre and Film Studies presents this comic mystery. Feb. 2–5, 8 p.m. Feb. 6, 2:30 p.m. $12–$15. 706-542-4400, www. drama.uga.edu/events/boxoffice KIDSTUFF: Children’s Storytime (ACC Library) For children ages 18 months to 5 years. Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 LECTURES & LIT.: “A Look 50 Years Back, 50 Years Forward” (UGA Sanford Hall, Room 314) A panel discussion of alumni and current students about their experiences in the Terry College of Business’ integration in the ‘70s and the common vision for the next 50 years. 6 p.m. FREE! desegregation.uga.edu

LECTURES & LIT.: “The Future of Graduate Education in the Humanities’ (UGA Miller Learning Center, Room 148) A moderated faculty panel discussion. 4 p.m. FREE! www.cha.uga.edu LECTURES & LIT.: Word of Mouth (The Globe) Monthly open poetry readings every first Wednesday. 8 p.m. FREE! www.athenswordofmouth.com MEETINGS: American Sign Language Study Group (Two Story Coffeehouse) All skill levels welcome. Come once or come weekly. 7 p.m. FREE! www.myspace. com/aslstudygroup MEETINGS: Daughters for Change Interest Meeting (UGA Tate Center, Room 482) Come to learn about the creation of Daughters for Change and meet the founders. 7:30 p.m. FREE! 404-751-6838 GAMES: Dart League and Pool Tournament (Alibi) Meet up with other sharp-shooters. 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: Texas Hold ‘Em (Allen’s Bar & Grill) Tons of prizes! 7–11 p.m. FREE! www.anytwocards.com GAMES: Texas Hold ‘Em (Buffalo’s Southwest Café) Poker night every Wednesday. 18 and up. Sign in at 6:30 p.m. Begins at 7:30 p.m. FREE! www.interstatepokerclub.com GAMES: Trivia (Harry’s Pig Shop) The “most challenging trivia night in Athens.” Every Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. FREE! 706-612-9219

Thursday 3 EVENTS: Dirty Business: Clean Coal (UGA Miller Learning Center, Room 213) Film sponsored by Sierra Student Coalition. Followed

The Water Coolers comedy troupe will perform at the UGA Performing Arts Center on Feb. 4 & 5. THEATRE: Fuddy Meers (UGA Fine Arts Building) See Feb. 2 Theatre Listing. Feb. 2–5, 8 p.m. Feb. 6, 2:30 p.m. $12–$15. 706-5424400, www.drama.uga.edu/events/ boxoffice KIDSTUFF: Big Kids Only! Storytime (ACC Library) Children in 1st–4th grades and their families are invited to joins us for stories. Program promotes literacy through the art of listening and helps to lengthen attention spans. 4:30–5 p.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 Thursday. 2 p.m. FREE! 706-795-5597 KIDSTUFF: Pajama Rama (Oconee County Library) Evening storytime program. Read books, sing songs and enjoy a bedtime snack. 7 p.m. FREE! 706-769-3950 LECTURES & LIT.: Dr. Paul Fyfe (UGA Park Hall, Room 254) Florida State University professor will discuss the age of the newspaper in Victorian Britain. Followed by a reception in the Park Hall Library. 4:30–5:30 p.m. FREE! www.cencl. uga.edu LECTURES & LIT.: Healing After Abortion (UGA Miller Learning Center, Room 267) Speaker Mary Ann McNeil discusses PostAbortion Syndrome, the PATH and Rachel’s Vineyard programs. 6:30–8 p.m. FREE! sfluga@gmail.com LECTURES & LIT.: Dean Hill (UGA Miller Learning Center) A discussion of green design sponsored by the College of Environment and Design.

by an info session on getting involved with the movement against dirty energy in Athens. 6 p.m. FREE! hhatz@uga.edu EVENTS: iFilms: Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story (ACC Library) Film follows the sad and startling story of Cyntoia Brown and takes a hard look at some of the complex social issues concerning a 16-year-old girl who is serving a life sentence for murder. 7 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 ART: Opening Reception (Town 220) “Large Format Wall Paintings” presents the works of painter Richard Olsen and works in clay by Rick Berman. Reception will be followed by a reading by Monica Culqui and live jazz music. 6–8 p.m. FREE! 706-752-0137, www.madisonartistsguild.org ART: Reopening Remixed: Student Night (Georgia Museum of Art) Check out the newly renovated museum and enjoy gallery tours, live music, a photo booth and DIY crafting. 7 p.m.–12 a.m. FREE! gmoastudent@gmail.com PERFORMANCE: Athens Cabaret Showgirls (Little Kings Shuffle Club) Local drag troupe’s one-year anniversary show! Bring a canned good donation and receive $1 off admission. 10 p.m. $5. www.myspace. com/littlekingsshuffleclub PERFORMANCE: Recital (Edge Recital Hall) Brooke Rutledge, clarinet. 5 p.m. 706-542-3737, www. music.uga.edu PERFORMANCE: UGA Symphony Orchestra Concert (UGA Hodgson Hall) Sponsored by the Hugh Hodgson School of Music. 8 p.m. 706-542-3737, www.music.uga.edu

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Saturday 5 EVENTS: 2011 Miss UGA Scholarship Pageant (UGA Grand Hall at Tate) Contestants will compete for the crown and more than $2,000 in scholarships and prizes. 7 p.m. $10 (students), $15. 706-542-8514, www.uga.edu/ campuslife EVENTS: Athens Wine Weekend (The Classic Center) Featuring hundreds of wines from around the world and seminar sessions with wine experts. Dinner/accomodation package options. See website for more info and tickets. 1 p.m. $25 (tasting only). 706-208-0900, www. athenswineweekend.com EVENTS: Family Day (Georgia Museum of Art) Visit the galleries for docent-led tours and create art based on works from the museum’s collection. Picasso People, an interactive children’s program that includes music, mime and puppetry, will play at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. FREE! 706-542-4662 EVENTS: Full Bloom Open House (Full Bloom Center) Demos, giveaways, mini-yoga classes and snacks. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. FREE! 706-353-3373, FullBloomParent@ gmail.com PERFORMANCE: The Water Coolers (UGA Ramsey Concert Hall) See Feb. 4 Listing. 8 p.m. $37. 706-542-4400, www.uga.edu/pac

THEATRE: Fuddy Meers (UGA Fine Arts Building) See Feb. 2 Theatre Listing. Feb. 2–5, 8 p.m. Feb. 6, 2:30 p.m. $12–$15. 706-5424400, www.drama.uga.edu/events/ boxoffice LECTURES & LIT.: Book Signing (Dog Ear Books) Jackie Lee Miles will sign copies of her new novel, All That’s True, a story about self-discovery. 2 p.m. FREE! dogearbooks@ gmail.com GAMES: Mirrodin Besieged Launch Booster Draft Tournament (Tyche’s Games) Celebrating the Feb. 4 release date of Magic: The Gathering expansion set. Noon. $16. 706-354-4500, www.tychesgames.com

Sunday 6 THEATRE: Fuddy Meers (UGA Fine Arts Building) See Feb. 2 Theatre Listing. Feb. 2–5, 8 p.m. Feb. 6, 2:30 p.m. $12–$15. 706-542-4400, www.drama.uga.edu/events/boxoffice * GAMES: Trivia (Buffalo’s Southwest Café) Weekly Trivia! 7 p.m. FREE! 706-354-6655

Monday 7 EVENTS: Screening: A Secret (UGA Tate Center) WWII historical melodrama based on a true story about a man who discovers secrets about his Jewish family, the War and his origins. Introduced by French film specialist Richard Neupert. 8 p.m. $2. neupert@uga.edu PERFORMANCE: UGA Faculty Recital (UGA Ramsey Concert Hall) Anatoly Sheludyakov, piano, performs works by Bach, Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky. 8 p.m. 706-5423737, www.music.uga.edu KIDSTUFF: Bedtime Stories (ACC Library) Snuggle in your jammies and listen to bedtime stories. Every Monday. 7 p.m. FREE! 706-6133650 KIDSTUFF: Book Babies (Oconee County Library) Special storytime for young readers up to 23 months. Stories, songs, nursery rhymes, bouncing, cuddling and playtime. 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-769-3950, www.clarke.public.lib.ga.us/oconee/ index.html MEETINGS: Federation of Neighborhoods (Fire Hall No. 2, 489 Prince Ave.) This month, a presentation on the ACC’s Unified Government’s new website. 7:30 p.m. FREE! 706-613-2912, contact@accneighborhoods.org MEETINGS: Safe Space Training (UGA Memorial Hall, Room 238) Interactive workshop to raise awareness and knowledge of LGBT issues. Online registration required. 1:30–5 p.m. FREE! 706-542-4077, safe@ uga.edu MEETINGS: Teen Advisory Board (Oconee County Library) Help plan and organize programs for the Oconee County Library’s Young Adult department that appeal to you! For ages 11-18. 7–8 p.m. FREE! 706-769-3950 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

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Wednesday 9 EVENTS: Canine Cocktail Hour (Hotel Indigo, Madison Bar & Bistro Courtyard) Drink and food specials for you and your dog! This week: salty dogs and greyhounds. Every Wednesday. 5-7 p.m. www.indigoathens.com EVENTS: Comedy Beer Tasting (The Pub at Gameday) Enjoy laughs and drafts. 9 p.m. $5 706-353-2831 PERFORMANCE: Recital (UGA Ramsey Concert Hall) Ryana Dunnagan, cello. 6 p.m. 706-5423737, www.music.uga.edu KIDSTUFF: Children’s Storytime (ACC Library) For children ages 18 months to 5 years. Tuesdays &

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Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 KIDSTUFF: Wildcard Wednesday for Teens (ACC Library) Up next: Heart Felt Mascots! No sewing experience required. Ages 11–18. Space is limited. 4 p.m. FREE! 706613-3650 LECTURES & LIT.: Darwin Day Lecture (UGA Geography-Geology Building, Room 200A) Jere H. Lipps, University of California, Berkeley, discusses “Charles Darwin and the Voyage of the Beagle.” 5 p.m. 706542-1693, mfarmer@uga.edu LECTURES & LIT.: Willson Center Science for Humanists Lecture (UGA Miller Learning Center, Room 248) Robert S. Phillips, Professor of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, presents “Tryptophan: The Chemical Behind your Turkey-Induced Nap and Human History.” 4 p.m. 706-5423966, jdingus@uga.edu MEETINGS: American Sign Language Study Group (Two Story Coffeehouse) All skill levels welcome. Come once or come weekly. 7 p.m. FREE! www.myspace. com/aslstudygroup MEETINGS: Daughters for Change Interest Meeting (UGA Tate Center, Room 482) Come to learn about the creation of the Daughters for Change and meet the founders. 7:30–8:30 p.m. FREE! 404-7516838 GAMES: Dart League and Pool Tournament (Alibi) Meet up with other sharp-shooters. 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: Texas Hold ‘Em (Buffalo’s Southwest Café) Poker night every Wednesday. 18 and up. Sign in at 6:30 p.m. Begins at 7:30 p.m. FREE! www.interstatepokerclub.com GAMES: Trivia (Harry’s Pig Shop) Nerd wars at Classic City Trivia’s “most challenging trivia night in Athens.” Every Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. FREE! 706-612-9219 * Advance Tickets Available

Live Music Tuesday 1 Alibi 9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-1010 KARAOKE With the Singing Cowboy! Farm 255 11 p.m. FREE! www.farm255.com DARNELL BOYS The three Darnell brothers play and sing country blues originals backed by upright bass, singing saw and junkyard percussion. I WANT WHISKEY Multiinstrumentalist solo act from Atlanta offering original songs and innovative covers. 40 Watt Club 9 p.m. $12. www.40watt.com CODY CANADA & THE DEPARTED Lead singer of Cross Canadian Ragweed—a dark and modern country outfit. EDDIE AND THE PUBLIC SPEAKERS Local blues-funk trio. Highwire 8–11 p.m. FREE! 706-543-8997 KENOSHA KID Centered around the instru-improv jazz compositions of guitarist Dan Nettles, Kenosha Kid’s

music borrows freely from multiple sources and hammers it all into a seamless product glistening with inspiration. Every Tuesday! The Melting Point “Terrapin Bluegrass Series.” 7 p.m. $4. www.meltingpointathens.com UGLY COUSIN This Dahlonega, GA group plays a blend of old-time covers and originals centered on “small town life and the trials of living in the ‘New Depression.’”

New Earth Music Hall 9 p.m. $3. blog.newearthmusichall.com SPICY SALSA DANCING Learn how to salsa dance. No partner or experience necessary. The Office Lounge 9:30 p.m. FREE! 706-549-0840 KARAOKE Every Wednesday and Friday with Lynn!

Rye Bar 10 p.m. FREE! www.myspace.com/ ryebarathens MOSS Local funk rock trio recently reunited. SUMILAN Technically proficient musicians playing progressive jam rock.

Rye Bar 10 p.m. FREE! www.myspace.com/ ryebarathens CHRIS CUNDARI Jam, electronica and reggae performed live with a looping technique similar to Keller Williams. ERIC SOMMER Upbeat songs that showcase the D.C. guitarist’s proficiency in slide guitar and Travis picking.

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

Sky City Lounge & Bulldog Cafe 7:30 p.m. Donations accepted. 70638-7699. AFRICAN SOUL CD release show! This inspiring sister duo performs a mix of smooth, soulful R&B and spoken word.

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Terrapin Beer Co. 5:30–7:30 p.m. $10 glass. www.terrapinbeer.com TRE POWELL Solo blues and R&B guitarist.

Bailey’s American Tavern 10 p.m. FREE! 706-543-7170 KARAOKE Over 30,000 songs on the large projection screen. Caledonia Lounge 9:30 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). www. caledonialounge.com SING SING 76 Melodic, emotive poprock from Spartanburg, SC. BOMBSBOMBSBOMBS Local, quirky pop rock. DUSTY LIGHTSWITCH Quirky, highenergy local band featuring bluesinfluenced rock. EUREKA CALIFORNIA Melodic, guitar-driven indie rock influenced by bands like Guided by Voices. Farm 255 “Primals Night!” 8-10 p.m. FREE! www. farm255.com DIAL INDICATORS Background sounds for dinner. This quiet jazz duo features Jeremy Roberts on guitar and George Davidson on tenor sax playing odd covers and improvising on familiar themes. 40 Watt Club “Athens Business Rocks.” 8 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). www.40watt.com ATHENS BUSINESS ROCKS SEMIFINAL ROUND 1 Employees from local businessess form bands and battle for top prize in this Nuçi’s Space benefit show. Tonight’s lineup features employees from: Waffle House, Sunshine Cycles, Flagpole, Wisevest/White Systems/Classic Installations/Auto-Max, Musician’s Warehouse and Caledonia Lounge. See www.athensbusinessrocks.com for full lineup and schedule. One winner from tonight’s show will go on to compete in the Grand Finale Feb. 19. See story on p. 17. Go Bar 10 p.m. www.myspace.com/gobar TWIN POWERS DJ Dan Geller (Gold Party, The Agenda) and friends spin late-night glam rock, new wave, Top 40, punk and Britpop. Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. FREE! 706-353-3050 CARL LINDBERG Jazz bassist Carl Lindberg (Grogus, Squat, Kenosha Kid, etc.) performs standards, originals and some surprising tunes from divergent styles.

Thursday 3 Farm 255 10 p.m. FREE! www.farm255.com NERF SWORD New two-piece rock outfit that “spins epic tales of love and courage in an apocolyptic future and past.” TOM(B) TELEVISION Hip-hop and indie-rock songs over looped instrumentation from Thomas Valadez, Future Ape Tapes co-founder and bassist for Moths and Superfighter. Flicker Theatre & Bar 8:30 p.m. $5. www.myspace.com/ flickerbar JOSH CARPENTER Singersongwriter from South Carolina. BRIAN CONNELL Local musician whose original songs are in the classic spirit of Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan. 40 Watt Club “Athens Business Rocks.” 8 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). www.40watt.com ATHENS BUSINESS ROCKS SEMIFINAL ROUND 2 Employees from local businessess form bands and battle for top prize in this Nuçi’s Space benefit show. Tonight’s lineup features employees from: The Red Zone, D&D Heating and Air Conditioning, Thrasher Photography & Design, Mama’s Boy, Hendershot’s Coffee/Jittery Joe’s Tasting Room, Partner Software, Baxendale Guitars, Bel-Jean Copy & Print Center and Transmetropolitan. See story on p. 17. Georgia Museum of Art Reopening Remixed: Student Night at the GA Museum of Art. 8 p.m. FREE! gmoastudent@gmail.com MEMBERS OF CIRCULATORY SYSTEM Will Cullen Hart will be joined by Chase Prince, Pete Erchick and perhaps another friend or two to play a stripped down, experimental set. 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. SLEEPING FRIENDS Unpredictable yet structured, experimental garage


Thursday, February 3

Blockhead, Emancipator New Earth Music Hall “The music scene has got me down/ ‘cos I don’t want to be a clown.” Those lyrics, sung on a dusty CSNY-esque sample from obscure ‘60s folkie Merrel Fankhauser, obviously resonated with New York City-based hip-hop producer Blockhead, known to the government as Tony Simon. A lot has changed in the 10 years Blockhead since Simon offered up the melancholic headnod beat to underground indie-rapper Aesop Rock’s “Daylight,” a backpacker classic if there ever was one. The single launched Aesop Rock and Blockhead’s careers and coincided with the rugged self-made success of others on the New York-based Definitive Jux label. Today, the idea of a “scene”—in any place, not just New York—has ceded its importance to the single-shooter theory: one person on the Internet doing his or her thing, broadcasting and intertwining, not via location but via broadband connection. Now, Simon puts out music on a label based in the UK (Ninja Tune), collaborates with emcees in Columbus, OH and Los Angeles through email and rifles for samples in what he calls the “digital crates” of music blogs. A big part of this is due to the fact that, musically, Blockhead has already got his thing down. “At this point in my career, I don’t think I’m being influenced by much music that I’m listening to now, you know?” he says. “I’m not taking cues from anything, really. It’s just me making beats which evolved into this thing I do on my own, and all the influences are deeply ingrained in my brain from older music.” Simon credits golden era hip-hop as his bedrock. “Mostly the classic East Coast producers like Primo, Showbiz, Pete Rock, Prince Paul—the late ‘80s/ early ‘90s hip-hop was really my favorite thing, ever.” That New York scene’s influence glows as the core of Blockhead’s multilayered, richly textured compositions, which encompass a world of sound all their own. [Jeff Tobias]

pop featuring members from Bubbly Mommy Gun and Quiet Hooves. Go Bar 10 p.m. www.myspace.com/gobar DR. FRED’S KARAOKE Hosted by karaoke fanatic John “Dr. Fred” Bowers. Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. FREE! 706-353-3050 KENOSHA KID Centered around the instru-improv jazz compositions of guitarist Dan Nettles, Kenosha Kid’s music borrows freely from multiple sources and hammers it all into a seamless product glistening with inspiration. Hilltop Grille 7 p.m. FREE! 706-353-7667 MILLIGAN Acoustic duo reworks both classic rock and more recent hits from CSNY to Johnny Cash to Jack Johnson to Maroon 5. Hotel Indigo “Live After 5 on the Madison Patio.” 6–8 p.m. FREE! www.indigoathens. com CARL LINDBERG Jazz bassist Carl Lindberg (Grogus, Squat, Kenosha Kid, etc.) performs standards, originals and some surprising tunes from divergent styles. Playing every Thursday in February at Hotel Indigo. The Max Canada 10 p.m. $2. 706-254-3392 HANS DARKBOLT Local band performing fiercely melodic pop tunes with swelling vocals and eerie harmonies. LEOTARDS With jangly guitars and upbeat, half-shouted vocals, this band calls to mind such recent acts as Abe Vigoda or No Age. From Atlanta.

The Melting Point 8:30 p.m. $10 (adv.), $15 (door). www. meltingpointathens.com DAN BERN Witty, prolific songwriter whose insightful, often humorous lyrics are backed by melodic heartland folk and rock melodies. Read our Calendar Pick online at www. flagpole.com. KATE MORRISSEY Best known for her dark velvet voice, Morrissey’s songwriting is literate and sincere, and her conversational live shows come punctuated with an offbeat sense of humor. New Earth Music Hall 9 p.m. $13. www.newearthmusichall. com BLOCKHEAD Rapper and producer. See Calendar Pick on this page. EMANCIPATOR Doug Appling is a producer/multi-instrumentalist who creates adventurous down-tempo electronica. No Where Bar 10 p.m. $4. 706-546-4742 THE BIG SOMETHING Rock outfit from North Carolina that draws from John Mellencamp and Rod Stewart. JAZZCHRONIC Local five-piece explores freaky, funky, psychedelic fusion jazz while incorporating rock, R&B, heavy beats and more. CD release party for Groovathon!

micro and other subgenres of dance music. WONKY KONG DJ producing various styles of dance music including bassline, tropical, fidget, tech and micro. Terrapin Beer Co. 5:30–7:30 p.m. $10 glass. www.terrapinbeer.com ATHEL Hard rock trio from Chicago. Transmetropolitan “Sidewalk Symphony.” 6–8 p.m. ARTURO IN LETTO 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. EXCEPTION TO THE RULE Progressive, young bluegrass band from Northeast Georgia. Fueled by a hard-driving banjo style, sultry violin and mandolin, this group infuses elements of classical, jazz, blues and rock. WUOG 90.5FM 8 p.m. FREE! www.wuog.org LIVE IN THE LOBBY Dubnet Mask will perform on the college radio station’s twice weekly program. Listen over the air or drop by to watch!

Friday 4

The Office Lounge 7-11 p.m. FREE! 706-546-0840 BLUEGRASS PICKIN’ NIGHT Hosted by John Boggin and the Rockinwood Mountain Boys. Every 1st and 3rd Thursday.

Alibi 9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-1010 BIG DON BAND Real Southern rock featuring soulful vocals backed by smooth, bluesy guitars. Featuring lots of covers and some originals.

Rye Bar 10 p.m. FREE! www.myspace.com/ ryebarathens KNOCK KNOCK DANCE PARTY Hosted by DJ Wonky Kong who spins bassline, tropical, fidget, tech,

The Bad Manor 9 p.m. FREE! (21+), $5 (18+). www. thebadmanor.com DJ SIFI This DJ’s selection runs the gamut, from rap and hip-hop to rock and country.

Caledonia Lounge 10 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). www.caledonialounge.com AMERICAN CHEESEBURGER Last show ever! The Athens hardcore act delivers rapid-fire, loud and aggressive old-school thrash rock. Former frontman James Greer is back tonight, singing for the first half of the set while Jeff Rapier takes over for the second half. See story on p. 15. GRIPE Local grindcore/powerviolence. PRIMATE New outfit from Atlanta featuring members of Brutal Truth and Mastadon. SAVAGIST Impressive Athens metal band featuring fine folks from punk/ metal bands 300 Cobras, Hot Breath and The Dumps. Club Chrome 8 p.m. $20. Call 706-307-1311 for tickets DAVID ALLAN COE Outlaw country singer and “long haired redneck” known for such hits as “Mona Lisa Lost Her Smile,” “You Never Even Call Me by My Name,” and many more. DIAMONDBACK Hard Southern rock influenced by Lynyrd Skynyrd and AC/DC. JEFF VAUGHN BAND A fun, rowdy mix of Southern rock and country. Farm 255 10 p.m. FREE! www.farm255.com THOMAS HARDY Dead Confederate frontman Hardy Morris performing original songs solo. THE STARTER KITS This local band sounds a bit like a Southern Elvis Costello with a slight punk snarl. THE WEEKS Deep-voiced rock and alt-country from Nashville. Flicker Theatre & Bar 8:30 p.m. $5. www.myspace.com/ flickerbar THE HEAP Funky local indie-soul band based here in Athens with a killer horn section and fronted by Bryan Howard’s low, bass growl. LINDSEY MILHAS AND RICKY CATANISE Members of local “organic alt-rock” band Save Grand Canyon. KATIE MARTIN Emphatic singer from and blues guitarist from Auburn, AL. 40 Watt Club “Athens Business Rocks.” 8 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). www.40watt.com ATHENS BUSINESS ROCKS SEMIFINAL ROUND 3 Employees from local businessess form bands and battle for top prize in this Nuçi’s Space benefit show. Tonight’s lineup features employees from Epting Events, Athens First Bank & Trust, The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, Partner Software, 40 Watt Club, TSAV, Peach Mac, Volo Trading, Inc. and Nuçi’s Space. One winner from tonight’s show will go on to compete in the Grand Finale Feb. 19. See story on p. 17. Georgia Museum of Art 6 p.m. $15 (members), $20 (nonmembers). Call 706-542-4662 to RSVP. MODERN SKIRTS One of Athens’ most treasured and acclaimed local pop acts, this foursome went from piano-driven darlings to more experimental electronic-inspired dance pop on its recent album, Gramahawk, out now. Go Bar 10 p.m. www.myspace.com/gobar FALCONES Local band that serves up crunchy, stripped down rock and roll in the vein of The Stooges. GRAVEROBBERS Winston Parker spins high-energy electronic, dance and rock music. k continued on next page

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THE CALENDAR! Eat. Drink. Listen Closely. TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 1 Terrapin Bluegrass Series featuring

UGLY COUSIN

$4 admission • Terrapin Draft Specials All Night!

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 3

Nomad Artists presents

DAN BERN (SOLO)

KATE MORRISEY

Tickets $10 adv. • $15 at the door

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 4

HOLMAN AUTRY BAND Tickets $7 adv. • $10 at the door

, , SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 5 DEJA VU A TRIBUTE TO CROSBY, STILLS, NASH AND YOUNG Tickets $9 adv. • $12 at the door

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 6

BIG GAME PARTY

GAME ON PROJECTION SCREEN!

2 YEUNGLING, BUDWEISER, BUD LIGHTS

JEFFER’S MORNING Rock trio from Athens. TWIN POWERS DJ Dan Geller (Gold Party, The Agenda) and friends spin late-night glam rock, new wave, Top 40, punk and Britpop.

Saturday 5

Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. FREE! 706-353-3050 CLOSE ENOUGH TO FINE Longtime Athens singer/songwriters Noel Blackmon (of Curley Maple) and Julie Powell Caldwell cover Indigo Girls’ seminal album, Closer to Fine, start to finish. WHISPER KISS Acoustic project featuring multi-instrumentalist Michael Wegner and Shelley Olin (DubConscious, Grogus).

Amici Italian Café 9 p.m. FREE! 706-353-0000 RHYME OR TREASON High-energy rock mixing flavors of ska, punk, R&B and funk. NO COVER!

Hilltop Grille 7 p.m. FREE! 706-353-7667 TONGUE AND GROOVE The acoustic quartet of Henry Williams, Don Henderson, Jason Peckham and Amy Moon plays lively covers and originals. Live on the patio. Little Kings Shuffle Club 10 p.m. FREE! www.myspace.com/ littlekingsshuffleclub DR. FRED’S KARAOKE Hosted by karaoke fanatic John “Dr. Fred” Bowers.

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 7

THE CIVIL WARS LUCY SCHWARTZ Tickets $12 adv.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 8 Terrapin Bluegrass Series featuring

3 BUCKS SHY

$4 admission • $2 Terrapin Specials All Night!

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 10 Georgia Theatre & Nomad Artists present WSP After Party with

MOON TAXI

Streaming Live Audio from WSP at the Classic Center

Tickets $8 adv. • $2 Terrapin Pints! $1.50 Highlife and PBR

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 11

ABBEY ROAD LIVE!

Streaming Live Audio from WSP at the Classic Center Tickets $10 adv. • $12 at the door

JUST ANNOUNCED SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 12 Valentine’s Evening with

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Join us for a romance-filled, “one night only” performance with jazz legend, Francine Reed. Planned with hopeless romantics in mind, a tantalizing, four-course meal has been prepared with love by our award-winning culinary team led by Executive Chef, Martin Smetana. Packages available by calling 706.549.7020

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 16

JIM WHITE

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3/5 - DIRK HOWELL BAND 3/8 - NORTH GEORGIA BLUEGRASS BAND 3/10 - COLIN HAY Solo Show 3/11 - GRAINS OF SAND 3/19 - STRAWBERRY FLATS 3/24 - KEVINE DEVINE, RIVER CITY EXTENSION, HARDY MORRIS 3/25 - SONS OF SAILORS 3/29 - Avett Bros After Party with CORDUROY ROAD 4/8 - J. MASCIS, KURT VILE AND THE VIOLATORS 4/27 - WATSON TWINS

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The Melting Point 9 p.m. $7 (adv.), $10 (door). www. meltingpointathens.com THE HOLMAN AUTRY BAND Described as “a little bit of Hank, a little bit of Metallica, and a healthy dose of Southern rock,” fans of bands like the Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd can’t go wrong here. New Earth Music Hall 9 p.m. $4 or FREE! with a costume related to the letter ‘F.’ www.newearthmusichall.com WHAT THE ‘F’ DANCE PARTY The Fatality Farms Fantasy Factory dance party where costumes related to the letter ‘F’ are encouraged. The Office Lounge 9:30 p.m. FREE! 706-549-0840 KARAOKE Every Wednesday and Friday with Lynn! Rye Bar 10 p.m. $2. www.myspace.com/ryebarathens THE GOOD DOCTOR Since starting out as a trio of Berklee College of Music graduates, the band has expanded into a five-piece funk-rock band. LAISSEZ FUNK Local group plays funk-jam fusion plus a variety of covers. 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. Terrapin Beer Co. 5:30–7:30 p.m. $10 glass. www.terrapinbeer.com KEVIN ROWE Singer-songwriterdriven piano pop from Atlanta. 283 Bar 10 p.m. FREE! 706-208-1283 IMMUZIKATION Celebrated local DJ Alfredo Lapuz, Jr. mashes up highenergy electro and rock. Wayfarer Music Hall 8 p.m. $5. 770-267-2035 FESTER’S FARM “Georgia’s Best Southern Rock Band” is from Atlanta and doesn’t skimp on the cowbell.

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

Bailey’s American Tavern 10 p.m. FREE! 706-543-7170 BANGRADIO Self-styled slinger of “Athens Euro,” this DJ offers a mix of Eurotrash, dirty South, hip-hop, dubstep, classic rock, rock and pop remixes. Caledonia Lounge 10 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). www.caledonialounge.com SCOTT BAXENDALE Guitar dynamicism from the owner of Baxendale Guitars. For fans of Jimi Hendrixstyle guitar wizardry. BRONSON MESTIZO FAMILY BAND Athenian Bronson Tew gathers a backing outfit to channel his low-key, jazzy folk laments. CLAY LEVERETT One of this town’s finest country frontmen, Leverett has led both The Chasers and Lona and recently opened for Travis Tritt in Atlanta. MODEL CITIZEN Country rock trio from Alabama featuring members of the Dexateens. NATE NELSON Local singer-songwriter whose dreamy vocals lilt over sweet, heartfelt indie pop melodies. Farm 255 10 p.m. FREE! www.farm255.com BASSHUNTER64 Matt Goodlett, guitarist for Atlanta blues/Americana band Ben Chapman & the Accents, and Lloyd Handy offer chilled-out dance music that’s bass heavy.

WOODFANGS Grungy, lo-fi psychedelic pop. Flicker Theatre & Bar I Art Athens Fundraiser. 9 p.m. $3 (suggested donation). www.iartathens.org DREAM BOAT The ethereal vocals and acoustic guitar of Page Campbell performing songs written by her and Dan Donahue. Joining Page on stage will be sister Claire Campbell and multi-instrumentalist John Fernandes. WILL ESKRIDGE Member of The Ones and Hola Halo, Eskridge plays a solo set tonight. 40 Watt Club 8 p.m. $15. www.40watt.com BEN BUTLER & THE MOUSEPAD Tiny symphonies of video game sound effects. DEERHOOF Experimental trio from San Francisco with a distinctive West Coast amalgam of influences. For more info about the band’s new album and its unique composition style, see full story on p. 16. TUNABUNNY Local act featuring hazy and warped experimental psychedelia. Dual female guitarist/vocalists are backed by synthesized percussion and a wall of noise. Go Bar 10 p.m. www.myspace.com/gobar THE DECORATIONS Synth-infused, marching band dance music with extra drums and featuring members of The Awesomelies. MESS WITH TEXAS Banjo and drums project featuring members of local, bouncy, lo-fi band Werewolves. ROBERTA & CHARLENE Female country vocals backed by synth beats. Hilltop Grille 7 p.m. FREE! 706-353-7667 JAZZ NIGHT Every Saturday! Featuring The Chris Enghauser Trio and a rotation of top jazz musicians.

Little Kings Shuffle Club 10 p.m. FREE! www.myspace.com/ littlekingsshuffleclub DJ MAHOGANY Freaky funk, sultry soul, righteous R&B and a whole lotta unexpected faves. The Melting Point 9 p.m. $9 (adv.), $12 (door). www. meltingpointathens.com DEJA VU John Keane, Nathan Sheppard and friends play a tribute to Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. New Earth Music Hall 10 p.m. $5 (before 11 p.m.), $10 (after 11 p.m.). www.newearthmusichall. com RICH ROCK This DJ spins primarily hip-hop mixes with a party vibe. “Verdict” post step-show party. The Office Lounge 8 p.m. 706-546-0840 THE HANDS OF TIME Rock covers featuring Charles Burgess (The Common Peoples Band) on vocals and keys, Amy Pritchett (Forward Motion) on keys and vocals, JC Plant (Blue Flame) on guitar and vocals, Kenny Brawner (The Grains of Sand) on bass, Bill Oglesby (The Soul Pleasers) on sax and Larry Freeman (The Soul Pleasers) on drums. RPM 10 p.m. FREE! 706-543-0428 DEMONAUT Riff-heavy mix of classic rock and metal. RICER Hard-rocking band from Atlanta that offers “a dual-edged sword with beautiful melodic passages backing up against a skullpounding harsh reality.” STONE MOUNTAIN FREEWAY Heavy rock and roll influenced by AC/DC and Motörhead. Rye Bar “Country Night.” 10 p.m. FREE! www. myspace.com/ryebarathens PHOLKSINGER JOSH A blend of traditional folk music with old-time, country and blues influences.

Monday, February 7

Jimmy Eat World, David Bazan & Band 40 Watt Club Jimmy Eat World is the Rodney Dangerfield of American guitar bands. The group has sold over two million albums and even scored a hit single (2002’s “The Middle”), and yet the Jimmy Eat World band is dubbed a one-hitwonder act and, worst of all, is still slapped with the dreaded “emo” tag. The group gets no respect. But to write off the band’s mix of earnest guitar rock and atmospheric balladry is to do the band a disservice. “I don’t think we’ve ever tried to do a particular kind of album. It ebbs and flows with our shifting personal tastes and lives. Throughout everything it’s still us,” says Jim Adkins, singer, guitarist and the “Jimmy” in Jimmy Eat World. The band’s latest album, Invented (Interscope), is a decidedly un-emo take on millennial guitar-rock—like Weezer if they still tried. The album’s mix of air-guitar heroics and lush vocal harmonies may not set the skinny-jeans set on fire, but fans of tuneful pop will find the music is right at home played alongside the group’s older material—even if longtime fans aren’t ready for it. “It takes time for a record to develop and to make things special for an audience. When we are introducing the newer material, we have to fight the urge to say, ‘Here’s a song that you’ll love in three years,’” says Adkins. Despite the one-hit wonder tag, Jimmy Eat World are diving in and attacking their live shows with a sweaty, fiery and urgent mix of audience favorites and their latest cuts. Adkins has even developed a pragmatic approach to selling new material to the legions of drunks wanting to relive their glory days to the chorus of “The Middle.” “I think once the album is out for a little while and gets a chance to breathe and sit with the audience, they’ll start having their favorites, too,” he says. [Jason Bugg]


SKELLY Dulcet tones and gentle twang from Lawrenceville. Terrapin Beer Co. 5:30–7:30 p.m. $10 glass. www.terrapinbeer.com HALF STITCHED Country-covered Delta blues. 283 Bar 10 p.m. FREE! 706-208-1283 FERAL YOUTH Local DJ Chris Howe will mow you down with his highenergy pop mashups. Whiskey Bent 11 p.m. 706-548-8899 DJRX Original mixes of mainly current pop with forays into rock, old school, country and electronica.

Sunday 6 ACC Library 3 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 LIVE! AT THE LIBRARY This month: Half Dozen Brass Band, a group blending jazz, hip-hop, funk and Dixieland. Farm 255 9 p.m.–12 a.m. FREE! www.farm255. com INDUSTRY NIGHT Special guest bands and DJ sets TBA.

Monday 7 Alibi 9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-1010 KARAOKE Start the week off with your favorite songs! Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m. Donnations suggested. www. myspace.com/flickerbar DAIKAIJU Hard rocking psycho-surf from Alabama. THE NICE MACHINE Local, instrumental rock with surf undertones. REEKS OF FAILURE This three-piece punk band takes its cues from bands like Bad Religion. 40 Watt Club 7 p.m. $26 (adv.) www.40watt.com DAVID BAZAN & BAND Former lead singer of Pedro the Lion and Headphones continues to write emotionally charged narratives. JIMMY EAT WORLD Alt-rock quartet formed in 1993 known best for its platinum record Bleed American featuring the hit “The Middle.” See Calendar Pick on p. 22. Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. FREE!, $3 to play. 706-3533050. OPEN MIC Mondays! Hosted by local soulful singer Kyshona Armstrong. The Melting Point 8:30 p.m. $12. www.meltingpointathens.com THE CIVIL WARS Nashville folk band that plays lilting duets. Its new album, Barton Hollow, came out Feb. 1. LUCY SCHWARTZ Lush and hopeful piano pop with a Feist-like rasp. Rye Bar “Open Mic.” 10 p.m. FREE! www.myspace.com/ryebarathens ALLEN THOMPSON BAND This Nashville band is led by Thompson’s sweet, soulful voice as he shares Southern gothic stories.

Tuesday 8 Alibi 9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-1010 KARAOKE With the Singing Cowboy!

Highwire 8–11 p.m. FREE! 706-543-8997 KENOSHA KID Centered around the instru-improv jazz compositions of guitarist Dan Nettles, KK borrows freely from multiple sources. The Loft Dance Lounge “Back to BASSics Rave Night.” 10–2 a.m. FREE! 21+ DECEPTICRON Spinning high energy house music. FERAL YOUTH Local DJ Chris Howe will mow you down with his highenergy pop mashups. The Melting Point “Terrapin Bluegrass Series.” 7 p.m. $4. www.meltingpointathens.com 3 BUCKS SHY This ensemble plays “bluegrass PLUS.” That is, bluegrass “plus any music we dadburn feel like playing.” Rye Bar 10 p.m. FREE! www.myspace.com/ ryebarathens GHETTO MEZRAB Local experimental jazz jams with an extra dose of funk. THE SPARTA PHILHARMONIC This multi-instrumental, experimental punk duo creates original and unpredictable arrangements. WUOG 90.5FM 8 p.m. FREE! www.wuog.org LIVE IN THE LOBBY Eureka California will perform on the college radio station’s twice weekly program. Drop by the station to watch!

Wednesday 9 Caledonia Lounge 7:30 p.m. www.caledonialounge.com COME WHAT MAY Local intense rock band employing a propulsive guitar and drum attack. THE FIRING LINE Punk rock. KILLS AND THRILLS Screaming, propulsive punk trio. THE MURDER AND THE HARLOT Thrash metal meets progressive hard rock for an intensely heavy sound that isn’t afraid of being melodic. OH, MANHATTAN Local six-piece melodic hardcore band. TIMES LIKE THESE Pop-punk from Atlanta. Farm 255 “Primals Night!” 8-10 p.m. FREE! www. farm255.com DIAL INDICATORS This quiet jazz duo features Jeremy Roberts on guitar and George Davidson on sax. Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. FREE! 706-353-3050 BETWEEN NAYBORS Local duo Greg Benson and Melanie Morgan play folky acoustic tunes. New Earth Music Hall 9 p.m. $3. blog.newearthmusichall.com SPICY SALSA DANCING Learn how to salsa dance. The Office Lounge 9:30 p.m. FREE! 706-549-0840 KARAOKE With Lynn!

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“SPREAD THE LOVE” featuring SWEET DREAMS AND THE DIRTY DOZEN

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 5

DEERHOOF BEN BUTLER & THE MOUSEPAD TUNABUNNY

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Rye Bar 10 p.m. FREE! www.myspace.com/ ryebarathens MAX EVE Lawrenceville act whose songs consist of ambient, cinematic tones. Terrapin Beer Co. 5:30–7:30 p.m. $10 glass. www.terrapinbeer.com OUTSIDE THE BOX Poppy rock with lots of smooth Rhodes organ. * Advance Tickets Available

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Call for Artists (Floorspace) FloorSpace is seeking artists for month-long exhibitions. 706-3721833, www.floorspaceathens.com Call for Entries (Georgia Piedmont Arts Center) Georgia Piedmont Arts Center invites artists of all skill levels to participate in the gallery exhibition “Envy Green,” on Mar. 19 & 20. $15. 404-202-3044, www.georgiapiedmontartscenter.com Call for Entries (Georgia Piedmont Arts Center) Inviting artists of all skill levels to participate in the gallery exhibition “Radically Red,” on Feb. 19 & 20. $15. 404202-3044, www.georgiapiedmont artscenter.com Call for Entries (ATHICA) Currently seeking work that investigates, reveals or deconstructs the nature of systems. See a full description and instructions online. No calls please. Deadline: Feb. 11. Show runs Apr. 9–May 29. www. athica.org/callforentries.php Call for Submissions (Amici Italian Café) Seeking artists for monthly exhibitions in 2011. 706353-0000, athens@amici-cafe.com Seeking Submissions (Highwire) Seeking submissions for monthly exhibitions: large paintings or prints preferred. 478-986-8681, trappeze booking@gmail.com StoryTubes Contest (Various Locations) Join kids from across the country by making a short video about your favorite book. Winners receive $250 worth of books for themselves and an additional $250 worth of books for the library. Submissions are accepted Jan. 19 through Feb. 28. Go online to enter and check out last year’s winners. www.storytubes.info/drupal

Rose of Athens Theatre’s 2010/2011 Season (SeneyStovall Chapel) Now holding auditions for As You Like It and Alice in Wonderland. Prepare two one-minute monologues, one classical and one contemporary. Call to schedule audition. Ages 9 to adult. Feb. 2, 6–9 p.m. www.roseofathens. org, 706-340-9181, danielle@ roseofathens.org

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. Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5:45 p.m. $12 per class, $60 for 6 classes. floorspacestudio@gmail. com, www.floorspaceathens.com 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) Ongoing pole dance classes for beginners and intermediate students. info@AVPDA.com Capoeira (Floorspace) Learn this form of Afro-Brazilian martial art! Tuesdays, 8:15-9:15 p.m. $12, $60 (6 classes). jewaters@gmail.com, www.floorspaceathens.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 meth-

ods every Sunday from 2-4 p.m. 706-355-3161, www.gooddirt.net Computer Class: Mouse and Keyboard Skills (ACC Library, Educational Technology Center) Introduction to using a computer mouse and keyboard for adults. Call to register. Feb. 10, 7–8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 ext. 354 Cooking in the Garden (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) This session: Gnocchi. Learn how to make delicious and healthy dishes with the help of Dean Neff, Sous Chef of Five and Ten. Call to register. Feb. 3, 6–8 p.m. $36. 706-5426156, www.uga.edu/botgarden Creative Exploration Classes (Wildeye Creative Exploration Studio) Tap into your creative process! Classes for kids and adults. 706-410-0250, www.wildeyecreative.com Digital Media Acrylic Grounds Demo (The Loft Art Supplies) Demonstration of how to turn any surface into one that can accept images from your computer using acrylic mediums. Registration required. Feb. 17, 6–7 p.m. FREE! 706-548-5334 English as a Second Language (Pinewoods Hispanic Community Library) Classes every week! Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30–8 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3708 Flower Arranging (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Taught by a National Garden Club Master Flower Show Judge. Focus will be on dining table arrangements. Call to register. Feb. 23, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. $45. 706-542-6156, www.uga.edu/ botgarden Fly Tying (Sandy Creek Park, Conference Room) A weekend course offering the basics of tying fly fishing lures. Call to register! Feb. 12 & 13, 12–4 p.m. $30. 706-

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Open every day except Wednesday 10am-4pm He looked very serious in his kennel but turned into a love-seeking goofball once he was out. Black with white chin and chest and a cute Pug face. Very fun and friendly, though easy to miss. Lots of folks were passing him by! 32022 Mama 32086

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This big girl feels very lost since she was obviously a loved member of a family. Her nails are painted pink! She looks like a pampered Golden Lab/Sharpei mix. Leash-shy but very sweet. Your very own Wishbone! Though he looks like a pup, he’s a confident, well-socialized adult Jack Russell Terrier. more pets online at

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Heather Freeman’s digital prints on cotton are on display at ATHICA through Mar. 6. 613-3631, www.athensclarkecounty. com/leisure Forest Yoga (Five Points Yoga) Deepen your breath, work your core, strengthen your body and connect with your spirit. Wednesdays, 8 p.m. $10/class. 706-355-3114 Genealogy 101: The Basics (Oconee County Library) Learn how to begin your family history research! Registration required. Feb. 8, 4–5:30 p.m. FREE! 706-769-3950 Get Out and Prune Your Plants (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Learn various pruning techniques as well as the dos and don’ts of pruning your home landscape. Call to register. Feb. 7, 9:30–11:30 a.m. $16. 706-5426156, www.uga.edu/botgarden Health and Wellness Classes (Athens Community Council on Aging) Athens Community Council on Aging hosts senior-friendly Zumba, Line Dancing, Yoga, Tai Chi and more! Go online for a complete schedule. 706-549-4850, www.accaging.org Intro to Word (Oconee County Library) Learn the basics of word processing. Registration required. Feb. 11, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. FREE! 706-769-3950 Introduction to Computers (Oconee County Library) Learn the basic components of your computer or master Microsoft Windows XP. Go online for list of upcoming classes. Feb. 17 & 18, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. 706-769-3950 www.clarke.public. lib.ga.us/oconee.html Introduction to Excel (ACC Library, Education Technology Center) Registration required. Feb. 3, 10–11:30 a.m. 706-613-3650 Introduction to the Internet (Oconee County Library) Class that covers Internet service providers, web browsers, useful sites and Internet safety. Call to register. Feb. 17, 7–8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-769-3950 Introduction to the Internet (ACC Library) Class covers Internet service providers, web browsers, useful sites and Internet safety. Space is limited; call to register. Feb. 17, 7–8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 Introduction to Word (ACC Library, Education Technology Center) Learn the basics of word processing. Registration required. Feb. 24, 7 p.m. FREE! 706-6133650, ext. 354 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

Laugh-a-Yoga (Mind Body Institute) Laugh your stress away. Fourth Friday, 5:30–6:30 p.m. FREE! 706-475-7329, mbiprograms@ armc.org Maintain, Prevent and Transform (Athens Yoga Therapeutics) On-going Hatha style Yoga class with instructor Kerry Fulford. 706-207-5881, kerry@ athensyogatherapeutics.com, www.athensyogatherapeutics.com Mama-Baby Yoga Bonding (Full Bloom Center) Fussy babies and tired mamas welcome! 10 a.m. class for babies 8–18 months old and 11 a.m. class for babies 1–8 months old. Fridays, 10 a.m. $14, $60 (6 weeks). 706-353-3373 Mandalas and Movement (Samaritan Counseling Center) Combining gentle yoga and meditative drawing in 4-week sessions. Registration required. Wednesdays, Feb. 9–Mar. 2, 6–8 p.m.$90. 706369-7911, www.samaritannega.org Medicinal Plants (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Introduction to the medical botany of our region with an emphasis on the traditional and current uses of native plants. Call to register. 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. $45. 706-5426156, www.uga.edu/botgarden Mouse and Keyboard Skills (Oconee County Library) Covering the basics of using the keyboard and mouse. Space is limited; call to register. Feb. 3, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. FREE! 706-769-3950 Musikgarten Early Childhood Classes (UGA School of Music) Music classes for toddlers ages 2–4. Check website for details. Through Mar. 7. $70. 706-542-2894, ugacms@uga.edu, www.uga.edu/ugacms/earlychild hood.html Natural History of Georgia Plants (State Botanical Garden) This course will introduce students to the diverse natural vegetation of Georgia. Call to register. Feb. 12, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. $100. 706542-6156, www.uga.edu/botgarden New Horizons Music Classes (UGA School of Music) Beginning band, intermediate band, beginning orchestra and piano classes for adults age 50+. No prior music experience needed! Call 706-542-2894 to register. www.uga.edu/ugacms Nia (Sangha Yoga Studio) Gain muscle definition and strength in this dance class with Valerie Beard. Mondays, 7:15–8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, 9–10 a.m. Thursdays, 10:30–11:30 a.m. www.healingartscentre.net Partner Yoga (Sangha Yoga Studio) Come stretch, breathe and connect with a partner, friend or

family member. Feb. 12, 2–3:30 p.m. $25 (adv.), $30. 706-613-1143, www.healingartscentre.net Pheonix Rising Yoga Therapy (Sangha Yoga Studio) Six-week program meeting every Thursday. No experience necessary. Preregistration required. 7:15–8:45 p.m. $65 (6 weeks). 706-613-1143, www.healingartscentre.net Postpartum Yoga and Journaling Group (Full Bloom Center) Meditation, yoga, art time and group circle. Bring your own journal. Must be 6 weeks postpartum. Registration required. Thursdays in Feb., 4–5:30 p.m. $65 (w/childcare), $55. 706-353-3373, www.fullbloomparent.com Prenatal Yoga (Full Bloom Center) Thursdays, 5:45 p.m., Fridays, 12:15 p.m. $14, $60 (6 classes). 706-353-3373, www.fullbloomparent.com Rise & Shine Yoga (Five Points Yoga) Get your shine on with early morning flow yoga. Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5:45–6:45 a.m. $10 (Drop-In). 706-355-3114 Survival Spanish (ACC Library) Instruction in basic Spanish vocabulary and conversation. Ages 18 & up. Pre-registration required. Through Mar. 27, Sundays, 3 p.m. (beginner) & 4 p.m. (intermediate). FREE! 706-613-3650, refdesk@ athenslibrary.org Tango Lessons (Buffalo’s Southwest Café) Every Tuesday with Clint and Shelly. 4–6 p.m. (Private Lessons), 6–7 p.m. (Intermediate Class) 7–8 p.m. (Beginner Class), $10 (group class).706-613-8178, cvunderwood@charter.net 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. Wednesdays, 7–8 p.m. www.floor spaceathens.com Turkish Tribal Bellydance (Floorspace, 160 Tracy St.) A 6-week session for experienced dancers. Thursdays, $12 (drop-in), $60 (6 classes). 706-372-1833, christyfricks@gmail.com UGA Tango Club (UGA Tate Center, Room 311) Meet up every week to wax the floor with your new moves. Evening classes for beginners and advanced students. Thursdays, Beginning 6:10 p.m., Intermediate/ Advanced 7:10 p.m.$30 (per semester), $20 (UGA Community). athenstangoclub@gmail.com Valentine’s Day Couples Trapeze Workshop (Canopy Studio) Learn partner work on trapeze on the floor as well as in the air.


Register by email. Feb.13, 12-1:30 p.m. & 2-3:30 p.m. $40 (couple). info@canopystudio.com Valentine’s Day Glass Fusing Workshop (Good Dirt) Create jewelry pieces and pendants as gifts for V-Day. Space is limited; call to register. Feb. 6, 2–4 p.m. $50. 706355-3161, www.gooddirt.net Vinyasa Flow Yoga (Floorspace) Daytime flow classes. Tuesdays, 8:45 a.m. Thursdays, 12:15 p.m. $6–$12 (suggested donation). thebodyeclectic@rocketmail.com, www.floorspaceathens.com Weekly Meditation (Athens Insights, 179 Woodward St. #7) Providing a calm and open environment in which people can relax and experience new cultural and religious ideas. Wednesdays, 8 p.m.–9 p.m. FREE! athensinsights@ gmail.com Women Writing Their Lives (160 Tracy St.) A 12-week course designed to motivate and inspire women to tell their unique stories. Appropriate for beginners and those who would like the support of a group. Every Thursday, January–March, 7–8:15 p.m. $50/ month. thektp@gmail.com, holdingwomanspace.com 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 Women’s Self-Defense and Personal Safety (AKF Itto Martial Arts) Six-week workshop covering social, psychological and physical aspects of safety. Led by Sarah Peck, second-degree black belt in Kyuki-Do. Thursdays, through Mar. 10, 8–9:30 p.m. $30. 706-353-7743, www.akfitto.com Yoga (Rubber Soul Yoga Revolution Studio) Offering yoga, meditation and gentle yoga classes every day of the week. For full schedule, go online. Daily, $5 (donation). www.rubbersoulyoga.com Yoga & The 7 Sacred Centers (Five Points Yoga) Learn how the 7 main chakras affect the body. Feb. 26, 2–4 p.m. $30. 706-254-0200 Yoga Crawlers (Full Bloom Center) For active babies 8–18 months. Every Wednesday. 10:30 a.m. $14. 706-353-3373, www.fullbloomparent.com Yoga: Maintain, Prevent, Transform (Leathers Building) Hatha-style yoga in a small, comfortable setting with instructor Kerry Fulford. Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5:45–7:45 p.m. $60 (6 classes) 706-207-5881 Yoshukai Karate (AKF Itto Martial Arts) Learn Yoshukai Karate, a traditional hard Okinawan style. FREE! www.athensy.com Youth and Parents Drum Circle (Floorspace) Percussion class! Bring a drum if you have one! Every second Friday of the month.

4–4:45 p.m. $5–$10 (suggested donation). christyfricks@gmail.com, www.floorspaceathens.com Zumba (Athens Community Council on Aging) Get fit to Latin rhythms! No experience necessary. Mondays, 6–7 p.m. & Tuesdays, 6:30–7:30 p.m. $6. 706-206-6057, http://53247.zumba.com ZumbAtomic for Toddlers (Whole: Mind. Body. Art.) Fun fusion of Zumba moves for the little ones! Wednesdays, 10 a.m. $6 (for first child), $3 (for each additional sibling). 706-410-0134, www.whole mindbodyart.com

HELP OUT! Become a Mentor (Boys and Girls Clubs of Athens) Volunteer one hour per week to make a difference in the life of a child. Training provided. mentor@athensbgca.com BikeAthens Bike Recycling (Chase Street Warehouses) Join BikeAthens volunteers as they clean and repair donated bicylces for local service agencies. Bike repair skills a plus but not necessary. BikeAthens is also seeking donations of used kids’ and adult bikes in any condition. Sundays, 2–4:30 p.m. www.bikeathens.com Blood Drive (Red Cross Donor Center) Give the gift of life! Call to make an appointment today. 706546-0681, 1-800-RED-CROSS, www.redcrossblood.org Donate a Book (Oconee County Library) Children under 10 are encouraged to donate a book from the Oconee Library wish list to the permanent children’s collection in honor of the Oconee Library’s birthday. 706-769-3950 Georgia Museum of Art Volunteers (Georgia Museum of Art) Volunteers needed to help staff the newly renovated GMOA shop. Assist in creating store displays, ringing up sales and basic customer service. 706-542-0450, millera@uga.edu, www.uga.edu/ gamuseum Preparing Dinner for the Residents (Athens Area Homeless Shelter) Volunteer to make a meal for the women and children living at Athens Area Homeless Shelter. Call to reserve your night to help out. Daily, 5:30–6:30 p.m. 706-354-0423 Project Safe Volunteers (Various Locations) Take part in the movement to end domestic violence by becoming a mentor, donating a meal or volunteering at the thrift store. Help someone start a new life in the new year! 706-542-0922, www.project-safe.org Thrift Sale Fundraiser (OCAF) Seeking surplus furniture, toys, clothing, books, tools, electronics, antiques, etc. All donations are tax deductible and proceeds will benefit local art education. Accepting donations through Mar. 12. 706769-4565, info@ocaf.com

KIDSTUFF Homework Helpers (East Athens Community Center) UGA students tutor your children and help them get assignments finished. Open to any child or teen who needs help with homework. Daily, 3:30–5:30 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3657, www.clarke.public.lib.ga.us Little League Tryouts (Holland Youth Sports) For ages 4–14. Register online to play spring baseball and softball. Feb. 19, 20 & 21. FREE! www.athenslittleleague.org Mommy and Me Yoga (Rocksprings Park) Mothers and their youngsters are invited to find their inner Zen during this 12-week program. Pre-registration required. Mondays, Feb. 7–Apr. 25, 10–11 a.m. $60. 706-613-3603, www.athensclarkecounty.com/leisure One-to-One Learning (Lay Park) Pratice reading, writing and math with the librarian and UGA student volunteers. For ages 6 and up. Daily, 3:30–5:30 p.m. FREE! 706613-3667 One-to-One Reading Program (East Athens Community Center) Read with the librarian and other volunteers. Get them all to yourself! For ages 6 and up. Daily, 3:30–5:30 p.m., FREE! 706-613-3593 Red Cross Babysitting Course (Memorial Park) A Red Cross certified instructor will guide participants through the basic leadership, safety and supervisory skills needed to babysit. Ages 1115. Register by Feb. 9. Feb. 12, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. $45. 706-613-3580 Sweet Pea Club (State Botanical Garden) A club for young nature lovers featuring puppet shows, storytelling, learning games, nature crafts and garden explorations. Ages 3–5. Registration required. Through Feb. 3, Thursdays, 9:45–11 a.m. $22. www.uga.edu/botgarden Yoga Sprouts (Memorial Park) Fun, playful yoga for kids ages 2 and up. Now registering! Call for information on sessions, fees and scholarships. Tuesdays. 706-353-3373 ZumbAtomic for Kids (Whole: Mind. Body. Art.) Fast-foward fusion of Zumba moves designed to let kids max out on fun and fitness at the same time! Mondays, 5:15–6:15 p.m. $6 (for first child), $3 (for each additional sibling). www.wholemind bodyart.com

SUPPORT Alcoholics Anonymous (Various Locations) If you want to drink, that’s your business. If you want to stop, we can help. 706-5430436, www.athensaa.com Emotional Abuse Support Group (Call for location) Demeaning behavior and hateful words can be just as harmful as punches and kicks. Childcare is

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provided. Call the hotline: 706-5433331. Wednesdays, 6:30–8 p.m. Emotions Anonymous (Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens) Informal and supportive 12step program open to anyone with a desire to become well emotionally. Sundays, 4–5 p.m. 706-202-7463, www.emotionsanonymous.org Gender Mix (UGA Memorial Hall, Room 414) Support group established to promote unity within interpersonal relationships. Last Monday of every month. 6 p.m. FREE! 706542-8468, cymoon@uga.edu Mental Health Support Group (St. Mary’s Hospital) Meets in the lobby conference room. Thursdays, 6:30–8 p.m. 706-7835706, www.athensmentalhealth.org Overeaters Anonymous (Various Locations) 12-step meetings for compulsive eaters. All ages and sizes welcome. Mondays, 5:30 p.m. at Nuçi’s Space. Thursdays,

Flight Tapas and Bar (225 N. Lumpkin St.) New works by Mandy Elias. Through February. Good Dirt (510 B Thomas St.) The gallery features hand-built and wheel-thrown pieces by various ceramic artists and potters including Rob Sutherland, Caryn Van Wagtendonk, Crisha Yantis and Mike Klapthor. Hampton Fine Art Gallery (115 E. Broad St., Greensboro) Electic collection of work from master pastel artist Cameron Hampton. Through February. Jittery Joe’s Coffee (1230 S. Millledge Ave.) Mixed-media photography by Jami Gilstrap. Through February. • Handpainted silks by René Shoemaker. Just Pho…and More (1063 Baxter St.) New work by artist Antonio Caruso. Through February. Lamar Dodd School of Art (Gallery 101) “A Year on the Hill” features photography by Jim Fiscus and Chris Bilheimer. Through Feb. 11. Mama’s Boy (197 Oak St.) Abstract paintings and drawings by Hannah Jones. Through February. Mercury Art Works at Hotel Indigo (500 College Ave.) “Colliding Scopes” features art work by Nash Hogan, Paige Mostowy, Dena Zilber, Charlie Key and Margaret Schreiber. Opening Reception Feb. 4. Through Mar. 1. Monroe Art Guild (205 S. Broad St., Monroe) Winter art show featuring work by contestant winners from all over Georgia. Through February. OCAF (34 School St., Watkinsville) Exhibition of black and white photography by Dr. Roy Ward. Through Feb. 9. Republic Salon (312 E. Broad St.) An exhibit featuring your favorite animals in embroidery and print mixed-media works by Lea Purvis. Through February. Speakeasy (269 E. Broad St.) New paintings by Sarah Nguyen. Through February. State Botanical Garden of Georgia (2450 Millege Ave.) “Art Naturale” features natural-themed paintings, photographs, pottery, textiles and jewelry by 26 artists from the Madison Artists Guild. Through Feb. 27. The Grit (199 Prince Ave.) New work by Sarah T., friend of Bigfoot. Drawings, collage, photographs and fabric art. Through Feb. 13. Trace Gallery (160 Tracy St., 2A) New mixed media works by Stephanie Dotson. Through Feb. 4. Transmetropolitan (145 E. Clayton St.) “The Pursuit of Happiness.” New paintings by Joe Havasy. Through February. White Tiger Gourmet Food & Chocolates (217 Hiawasee Ave.) Mixed-media work by two young artists, Kirin Fernandes and Havivah Saltz.

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Matters Of The Heart And Loins I met a terribly handsome fellow recently. I was out at a bar with some friends, and he came right up and started talking to me. I was pleased as punch and flattered, of course. We chatted for a few minutes, and then he went back to his group of friends. As I was leaving, he asked for my phone number and said he’d like to call me for a date. Although I rarely do such a thing, I was intrigued, and so I gave it to him. So, several days later, he called while I was at work and left me a message. Now, normally I wouldn’t think too much of this, but he knows what I do for living, and I feel like he called when I wasn’t going to pick up the phone on purpose. So, he left a message and, obviously, he wanted me to call him back. When I got home that evening, I did call him back. And he didn’t answer. No big deal, right? Except he called back the next day at the same time. And again, I didn’t answer, because I was working. So, this time, I called him back, and I told him if he wanted to reach me he should call between the hours of X and X. He didn’t. My friend says that I was too abrupt or maybe too demanding, but I think that’s ridiculous. I was merely trying to avoid the phone tag. So, I guess my question is, do I call him again or not? And if he doesn’t call me again, do I assume that I said the wrong thing? Honestly, I don’t understand the dating game. Please advise. More of a Price Is Right Girl I guess it depends on the tone of voice that you used when you left the message. I don’t really see the problem here, but clearly something happened. There’s no way to tell, really, so I guess the only advice I have is don’t worry about it. It’s possible that he met somebody else or changed his mind for another reason, in which case there isn’t anything you can do, or anything you could have done differently. If he was scared off by you just being direct and trying to communicate, then he probably isn’t worth your time anyway. Why are women so confusing? I met a girl in class recently who seemed like she was interested in me. Afterward, we had a long talk in the hallway about our professor and the class in general. I didn’t think anything of it at first. But then the next couple of times I saw her she made an effort to sit next to me and she seemed to talk to me a lot, more than other people in class. So then I asked her if she wanted to get together to study, and she immediately changed tone. It seemed like she

thought that I read too much into something or that I was asking her out on a date. In a way, I suppose I was, but I really did want to study and I sort of thought we could see where it went from there. Did I overstep a boundary somehow? I am very confused. Was It Something I Said? I don’t think you overstepped anything, WISIS. But it is possible that she sensed that you were possibly making a move and, not feeling the same way, sidestepped the whole thing. Maybe she has a significant other that she hadn’t mentioned, maybe she was genuinely unable to get together, and maybe, just maybe, you were wrong about her reaction. Also, she may genuinely like you as a class buddy but have no interest in seeing you outside of that place. There are a million things that it could be, WISIS, and you may never know. I think you should just continue to be yourself and try to monitor the situation. Maybe next time invite some other people in the class to meet up while she is within earshot. If she knows it’s a group project she may feel less pressure. Of course, you could always be upfront about the whole thing. Tell her that you are in fact interested in getting to know her better, but let her know that if she’s not into it then it won’t change things. I’m not expecting you to go that route, of course, but it is an option. I am in a long-distance relationship with an older guy. Things have been great between us for more than a year. We have great sex, and we have plenty to talk about, etc. We see each other a couple times a month and talk on the phone daily. And I would really like to move to where he lives after I finish school in May. The problem being, whenever I talk about it, he gets all quiet, or he says he is worried about our future because of our age difference. He thinks it isn’t practical for me to think about spending the rest of my life with him because he is too old to have more kids (I don’t want them and his are almost my age), etc. I don’t know what I can say to convince him that I don’t care about this stuff! Help! Young but Not Naïve It is possible that he really is worried that your future with him will be less than fulfilling, YBNN. It is also possible that he is trying to tell you he doesn’t want to stay with you indefinitely. So, you can say whatever you want to convince him that age isn’t the issue, and you can ask him what his issue really is, but unless you’re sure you can handle the truth, you may want to just let it go. Don’t move before you get this stuff sorted out, though, unless you think you can handle life there without him. Jyl Inov Got a question for Jyl? Submit your anonymous inquiry via the Reality Check button at www.flagpole.com.

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Commercial Property Athens executive suites. Offices available in historic Dwntn. bldg. w/ on–site parking. All utils., internet & janitorial incl. Single or multiple offices avail. Call Stacy (706) 425-4048 or (706) 296-1863. Downtown space/business w/ 2 parking spots. 250 W Broad St #108, zoned C-D, across from UGA. Terms neg. for business. Asking $239K. Call Jim Paine, (706) 372-7300. Eastside offices. 1060 Gaines School Rd. Rent 1200 sq. ft. $1200/mo., 750 sq. ft. $900/ mo., 450 sq. ft. $600/mo., 150 sq. ft. $300/mo. (706) 546-1615 or athenstownproperties.com. Office space in 5 Pts./S. Milledge Ave. $1000/mo., incl. all utils. except phone. 3 rooms. 575 sq. ft. Private entry. Kitchen, bathrooms shared w/ law office. (706) 353-7272.

Retail, bar, or restaurant for lease at Homewood Shopping Center. 3000 sq. ft. Call Bryan Austin at (706) 353-1039. Unique 3200 sq. ft. space at Chase Park artist complex. 40x80 ft. open space ready for entrepreneur to bring unique talents. Zoned E-O. Live/work optional. Nathan, (478) 2906283. Owner financing avail. $129,000. Wa r e h o u s e / o f f i c e / s t u d i o . Fenced yd., A/C, great light, roll-up door, view of river, perfect for service industry. Rent 25% to 100% of 3500 sq. ft. bldg. $200-1250/mo. Cole, (706) 202-2733.

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2BR house. Eastside near Walmart. Quiet street, fenced yd., wood floors downstairs. $600/mo. + dep. (706) 5435497.

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New 3BR/3BA houses! Great Dwntn. location! Lg. BRs, tile, HWflrs., $1500/mo., avail. 8/1. www.newagepropertiesathens. com, (706) 713-0626. New 4BR/4BA houses! Great Dwntn. location! Lg. BRs, tile, HWflrs., $1900/mo., avail. 8/1. www.newagepropertiesathens. com, (706) 713-0626. Now leasing 3 & 4 BR brick homes w/ private baths for Fall 2011. Pet friendly student community close to Dwntn. www.deklerealty.com, (706) 548-0580. Rent/sale. $550/mo., $99,999. Adorable 2BR cottage. Recently renovated. New kitchen. LR, DR, front porch, dog pen. New heat pump. Great location, busline, UGA, Dwntn. (706) 543-5604.

Houses for Sale Beautiful Athens Victorian on historic Dearing St. 3BR/2BA, separate studio/ office bldg. Wrap-around porch w/ swing. $399,900. Visit 421dearingst. blogspot.com, call (706) 208-8242, 421dearingst@ gmail.com.

Pre-Leasing 5 Pts. 2BR/1BA. Great location. Great for grad student. Walk to campus. W/D, CHAC, nice patio. Pets OK. $650-$700/mo. Avail. 8/1. Call (706) 369-2908 Adorable 3BR/2BA, close to campus. New master BA w/ double sink. HWflrs., fenced back yd. W/D, DW, CHAC. Avail. 8/1. $1250/mo. (706) 369-2908. Awesome Victorian 4BR/2.5BA house. 1/2 mi. from campus. Huge rooms, HWflrs., 2 LRs., patio, high ceilings, DW, W/D, CHAC. Pets OK. Avail. 8/1. $1850/ mo. (706) 369-2908. Best rentals in Athens! 1–5BR houses, apts., condos. In the heart of UGA/Dwntn./5 Pts. Avail. Aug. Going fast, call today! (706) 3692908 for more info.

Eastside 4BR/2BA home. $700/ mo. incl. trash & lawn care. All appls incl. Fenced-in back yd., pets OK. Call (706) 201-2121.

Great 4BR/4BA house. 1/2 mi. from campus. Front porch, back deck, nice yd., DW, W/D, CHAC. Pets OK. Avail. 8/1. Special! $1500/mo. (706) 369-2908.

For rent/sale. Wakefield ranch, 3BR/2BA, garage, appliances, fenced yd., deck, blinds, fans, FP. Rent, $900/mo. plus deposit. Sell, $115,900. Call (706) 255-9570.

Pre-leasing houses for UGA students. 4BR, 3BR, 2BR, 1BR. Close to UGA & Dwntn. Lowest rent. hathawayproper tiesathens. com. (706) 714-4486.

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Roommates Huge room for rent w/ private entry. $420/mo. Pay weekly or monthly. W/D, utilities incl. Bigger than master BR. (678) 698-4260.

Great house. 2BR/1BA. $695/mo. 75% off 1st mo. rent! Great location & rent. HWflrs., big sun deck, W/D, micro, fridge/freezer. (404) 368-8043, p@mba.ms. http://www.rentals. com/Georgia/Athens/r1125042/

Lg. house. 2BR/1BA, Pulaski St. $400/mo. + 1/2 utils. Mostly furnished. 1/2 mi. from Dwntn. CHAC, W/D, DW, HWflrs., 1 acre lot. 12 ft. ceilings, porches, deck. (706) 3698697.

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Driving out to the Oconee County Civic Center on a recent spend more face-to-face time with their clients or patrons, so Monday night, I can see the stalwart models of a developing Haygood and Evans organized a customer service seminar. local economy along Hog Mountain Road: former pasture lands Some owners require expanded financial guidance. In a and ancient knots of pine trees converted into shopping plazas booming economy, owners were more likely to pay out checks and market squares with their branching entrepreneurial sprigs: before checking their accounts, says Evans, but skinny budgets nail salons, pizzerias, ice cream parlors and private gyms. call for sharp eyes on the ledger, so the counties arranged a This is how it’s worked for years: Generate a business idea, seminar to meet those needs. secure financing, find four walls and hang a neon sign. Cross Then there’s loss prevention, an ever-tricky situation for your fingers and watch it unfold. employers, employees and, especially, thieves. For large busiBut technology and economic shifts have both had their nesses or corporations, which utilize their size to maintain a way with time-hardened business methods. Today, even the corner pharmacy boasts an interactive website and squeezes fiscal austerity out of the sandwich counter. As the local economic landscape evolves, altering the needs of small business owners, the role of our government’s economic development agencies adjusts at the same pace. So, here I am in the civic center parking lot, which shares acreage with Oconee County High School, taking note of the mix of Clarke and Oconee license plates, their owners gathered here to attend the first small business workshop of a new crosscounty economic development (ED) collaboration. “Businesses don’t see county lines,” says Teri Evans, Athens-Clarke County’s community economic development coordinator, “and neither do their clients.” Taxes. Marketing. Health care. Requests for information on these topics increasingly arrive on Evans’ desk, as well as on that of her Oconee County counterpart, Rusty Haygood. Noticing SEOteric’s Matt Brooks demystifies Internet marketing for local entrepreneurs. a trend, the two counties decided to pool their resources and offer a series of workshops on those topics instead of overlapping the education. safe, impersonal distance in these matters, those policies are But hosting informative sessions like these free monthly etched into handbooks and manuals and are easy to implement. seminars isn’t a traditional facet of an ED director’s job. For small shops, loss prevention is a compact, upfront and “Several decades ago, economic development was primarily unavoidable engagement with reality, but the protections and about pursuing manufacturers to locate within your comprecedents aren’t always in place to deal with this common, munity,” writes Haygood in an email. “In more recent days, awkward issue. So, expect a workshop on this tough topic. economic developers have embraced more research and develTonight’s session focuses on marketing, Internet style; opment, retail opportunities and tourism activities as being and SEOteric, a Watkinsville-based web design and promovital to the long-term benefit of communities.” tions company, is offering up its expertise pro bono to an Businesses now look to Haygood’s office as a resource assembly of 30 or so local business people from varying fields. hub, as a “sounding board,” and for advice on buttressing Coaching forums usually cost money, and right now businesses their operations. As business owners have cut their staffs durare strapped for cash. SEOteric’s Jeff Rorabaugh views the free ing leaner economic times, Evans says they’re realizing they seminar as an “investment in their own backyard.” There’s a lot haven’t retained some of the skills once delegated to employof “snake oil” being sold when it comes to web stuff, he says. ees—educational gaps need to be filled. Some employers now While most of it’s “pretty easy to learn,” properly marketing

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a businesses’ web presence can eat up a lot of time, which a small business owner can’t often spare. If any of tonight’s attendees end up hiring SEOteric, he won’t turn them down. Rorabaugh and partner Matt Brooks use an updated, Web 2.0 version of the good cop/ bad cop routine to teach search engine optimization, or how to attract visitors to your website. Brooks scrolls through PowerPoint slides to explain how Google’s secret algorithm monitors Internet activity. Just as my interest slips and I try to remember the last time I licked a stamp or flipped through a phonebook, Rorabaugh steps in and asks: “Are any of y’all Lord of the Rings fans? You know the big eye, the eye of Sauron? It’s just like that.” My attention snaps back. I love those movies… um, I mean books. Scanning over the sign-in sheet, it appears everyone here has some form of a web presence. The crowd includes some traditional businesses: a well-known financial firm, a pizza delivery franchise and a construction company—the “fourwalls-and-a-neon-sign” crowd. But the new face of commerce is represented as well: the home-based or web-based sole proprietor, including, among others, an online-only vintage guitar shop, a voice-over artist and an Internet media producer. Before the recession struck its heaviest toll in 2008, Census data revealed that Georgia led the nation in non-employer business growth at 7 percent, a number that would include web- and home-based outfits as well as enterprises that use sub-contracted labor. While Evans says there hasn’t been “a great influx” of such businesses in Athens, Haygood writes that sole-proprietorships, most of them with fewer than five employees, make up a large chunk of recent business growth in Oconee—almost 75 percent—and many are homeor web-based. As the economy continues to slash jobs (unemployment is still on the rise in Clarke County), some workers, now with extra time on their hands, may be turning their secondary skills into primary income. On my way home, passing the storefront signboards that glow like airway beacons down Capital Avenue, that football-field long strip that splits the Market Center shopping plaza in Watkinsville, I think about connections between the bricks, lights and front doors of these shops and their ones-and-zeros equivalents. What do innovation and growth really need to look like for these small, local businesses? The web is already old media. Should they deterministically focus on technology as it constantly updates itself? Does Taqueria La Parilla have an iPhone app? My connective concerns are grounded back along county lines as Haygood’s email arrives in my inbox the next morning. Whether at IP or street addresses, employment is what matters: “The needs… in both [Athens-Clarke and Oconee counties] are basically the same. When businesses in this area are collectively more successful, it benefits the surrounding communities as well.” André Gallant townieconomy@flagpole.com

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Flagpole: Tell me what you know about Garnett Ridge. Susan Wilson: The neighborhood was developed sometime around… I think 1995; that’s my ballpark figure. I’m not sure what the original neighborhood population here was, but when I started coming out here it was about… roughly half-and-half African-American and Hispanic. It’s a fairly transient neighborhood; people come in and live here for a while. There are maybe two or three families who’ve been here as long as I have. So, there’s a frequent turnover in residents.

FP: The club has been a big force providing an alternative to gangs, which have been a problem in this neighborhood. How has that changed in your time here? SW: It goes through cycles. Getting to know the moms and dads… they tell you stuff they won’t tell the police… And each part of the neighborhood has its own dynamic… it’s hard to say. When things happen, people won’t say anything because of fear of reprisals. My feeling is that it was quieter; the dynamic is changing. I think it’s better than when I first came out here.

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In the late 1990s, a UGA doctoral student in social work founded a family support center in Garnett Ridge, a community of duplexes off Jefferson River Road in north Athens. At that time, Susan Wilson was teaching ESOL with Catholic Social Services, so the center’s management asked her to come out and work with the neighborhood’s large Hispanic population. But unlike Garnett Ridge’s transient residents and the center’s itinerant university leadership, Susan Wilson never left. In over 12 years of service, she’s watched the support center evolve into the Boys and Girls Club and embed itself as a community hub, offering the neighborhood’s children a safe place to learn.

FP: How has it changed? SW: Like I said, when I first started working here it was roughly half and half, and as time passed, anytime a family moved out, the incoming family was Hispanic. The tendency is for somebody, a pioneer, to go to an area. You’ll get what feels like the entire neighborhood, or the entire village, [moving] lock, stock and barrel to that new city, so you wind up with neighborhoods with a lot of relatives. Recently, it’s been connected to the economic troubles, to use the most neutral term I can… I don’t have anything to back this up, but more AfricanAmerican families [are moving back]. So, it’s shifted from 90 percent Hispanic back to 80 percent Hispanic. FP: Describe a usual day for the club. SW: We try to be a typical Boys and Girls Club. What gets a lot of the parents to send their kids here is, we help kids with their homework. I have parents tell me, “I can’t help him with a lot of his homework because I can’t read or understand English.” They want their kids to do better in school, and they’re wise enough to realize they can only go so far… yeah, they can do math, a 10 is a 10 no matter what you call it, but things like word problems, comprehension, social studies, you can’t help beyond a basic point. My primary focus is helping the kids with school. FP: What else do you do? SW: We have the Smart Moves program, which teaches kids skills to keep from getting involved with drugs or alcohol. And the older kids, strategies to keep from getting involved in premature sexual activity. We’re not going to tell anybody that kids are not going to experiment. What we want to do is give them the tools to be strong enough in their own identity… to be able to make an informed choice that’s right for them. We don’t make any claims to be able to keep kids from making unwise choices, but at least we give them the tools to make informed choices.” FP: How involved with the families do you tend to get? SW: With the Family Support Center, we were very involved… Boys and Girls Club is less oriented that way. As a

FP: Do you still stress this place as an alternative? SW: Definitely… gangs are always going to be an attraction to these kids because of their parents’ situation. Anytime you have kids that feel they don’t have control over their own lives, or any sense of positive worth, and the gang is there to provide that for them—the family, the bling, the cars, the clothes—they will have a lot of power. These parents love their kids, but they have to work like nobody’s business just to survive. FP: This must be one of those jobs you can’t drop at the end of the day. How do you set a boundary for yourself? How do you relax? SW: There are people who would say I don’t. It’s hard to leave work at work… I tend to hang onto things that I shouldn’t. I’m very self-analytical—it’s the science background—but I’ve gotten quite good at compartmentalizing and multi-tasking… putting things into a box and dealing with them later. FP: To relax? SW: I live right next to the Middle Oconee River and I have a kayak to go paddling. I am owned by ferrets. They are some of the best mood lifters there are. FP: How so? SW: They are incredibly full of curiosity, energy and joy… sorry, I get emotional because the down side is they don’t live very long. They just don’t care about big issues… they are just: “Chase me; give me that shoe!” FP: Getting back into the moment. SW: Yeah, they are much more intelligent than most people think they are. They’re problem solvers; they keep you on your toes. It’s hard to sit and brood about something at work when you are chasing a weasel because they’ve stolen your insole for the 17th time. André Gallant everydaypeople@flagpole.com

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