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Correction and (It Is Hoped) Clarification: In last week’s Pub Notes I confused the former WNEG-TV with WGTV. WGTV is the Georgia Public Broadcasting station that started out years ago as the University of Georgia television station and was eventually taken over by GPB. WGTV is now GPB’s flagship station in Atlanta. Meanwhile, the University of Georgia bought Toccoa station WNEG-TV a couple of years ago with the intention of using it as a commercial television station that also provided training for students. The commercial part didn’t work out, so the university finally had to ask GPB to take the station over and operate it as part of the state’s public television network, even though it continues to be owned by the university. That station, formerly WNEG-TV, is now called WUGA-TV and is the sister station to WUGA-FM radio, which had been owned all along by GPB but controlled by UGA. In order to entice GPB to take over WNEG-TV (now WUGA-TV), UGA ceded control of the radio station to GPB, which had long coveted WUGA-FM. I hope this is perfectly clear. You will recall, too, that when GPB took over WNEG-TV/ WUGA-TV they slashed the staff by 12 full-time positions and five part-time. No wonder the remaining staff at WUGA-FM are so jumpy. The new agreement between UGA and GPB requires only that GPB maintain a staff of two at the radio station, including the station manager, down from a guaranteed five in the old agreement. Moreover, the advertisement for a replacement for WUGAFM’s retiring News and Public Affairs Director Mary Kay Mitchell is for a radio/TV reporter-anchor and requires “Graduation from an accredited college or university and two years experience as a television reporter; or any equivalent combination of education and experience.” So, look: maybe it is inevitable under the new regime—with the television station and the radio station managed for GPB by the same director—that we’re going to get more crossover between the two media. When you’re listening to Robb Holmes’ radio music show “It’s Friday,” does it matter to you that it is being shot by TV cameras at the same time? Would “Athens News Matters” be any less hilarious if you knew it was also on TV? What it still all comes down to is neither the medium nor the message but whether Atlanta has the same commitment to Athens programming that the University of Georgia had. The shared fund of experience and local knowledge wrapped up in Mary Kay Mitchell and Robb Holmes can in no way be replaced by any reporter/anchor with two years TV experience or the equivalent. Local radio in Athens has been dealt a body blow by the departure (for whatever reasons) of these two stalwarts. Replacing them demands not just a call for a kid with a camera, but a thoroughgoing search for people who can approximate Mary Kay’s and Robb’s grasp of Athens news and music. Where There’s Smoke There’s Pork: Paul’s Bar-B-Q in downtown Lexington, 15 miles east of here, has traditionally been open “Saturdays and the 4th of July,” but in truth they have always remained closed on the Saturday closest to the 4th of July. Well, here’s the flash: this year Paul’s is open both on Saturday, July 2 and on Monday, July 4. I didn’t ask them what has occasioned this break with tradition, but there you have it. Make the most of it. Paul’s is the real deal meal: flavorful barbecued pork and juicy ribs cooked all night and served with the best stew I personally have ever eaten. Cole slaw and/or baked beans round out the sides, and of course you get tea, pickles and loaf bread—and usually some fabulous pecan pie, homemade, of course. This is a family business in a little former store with a pig pennant hanging out front and mostly local people inside getting their Saturday (and 4th of July) fix. Paul’s opens up mid-morning, and by 2 p.m. or so they’re beginning to run out of things. It takes around 20 minutes for the pleasant drive east out Highway 78 to Lexington, and once you’ve had your fill, there are some fine houses to see on Church Street over behind Paul’s. And Church Street dead-ends into Elberton Road, where, if you hang a left, you’ll find the always enthralling Goodness Grows plant nursery. Paul’s, Lexington and Goodness Grows all can make for a fine outing that doesn’t take up the whole afternoon, even if you stop back by the famous Shaking Rock Park. Pete McCommons

News & Features Athens News and Views

ACC commissioners have waded into deep water while trying to change the direction of the EDF.

City Pages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Denson, Commission Square Off Over EDF

The mayor is resisting a push to put commissioners on the EDF’s board.

Arts & Events Art Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Creative Groove

Forty-six artists will be presenting their work at the AthFest Artists Market this year.


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CITY DOPE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 CITY PAGES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 CAPITOL IMPACT. . . . . . . . . . . . 6 ATHENS RISING . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 GEORGIA THEATRE. . . . . . . . . . 8 ART NOTES. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 THE READER. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 MOVIE DOPE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 FILM NOTEBOOK. . . . . . . . . . . 11 THREATS & PROMISES. . . . . . 12 LAUGHFEST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

ATHFEST OVERVIEW. . . . . . . . 13 ATHFEST PICKS. . . . . . . . . . . . 14 WASHED OUT. . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 CHICKASAW MUDD PUPPIES. . 17 GUADALCANAL DIARY. . . . . . . 18 THE CALENDAR!. . . . . . . . . . . 19 BULLETIN BOARD. . . . . . . . . . 24 ART AROUND TOWN . . . . . . . . 25 COMICS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 REALITY CHECK. . . . . . . . . . . 27 CLASSIFIEDS . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 EVERYDAY PEOPLE. . . . . . . . . 31

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It’s Complicated: Nobody thinks ACC commissioners Andy Herod, Kelly Girtz or Mike Hamby have anything but the best of intentions— ”being responsible for the public’s money,” as Herod puts it—in trying to get themselves appointed to serve on the board of the Economic Development Foundation. Indeed, it’s high time for improvements in Athens’ lagging efforts to bring in new business and jobs. Whether “packing” the EDF board with self-appointed commissioners is going to do that is an open question. What are they going to do differently? They haven’t said. In fact, they’ve said precious little, going outside normal channels with little explanation. In an unprecedented move, a majority on the commission threatened funds for the board without explaining why (or offering any specific criticisms)—and certainly without revealing that they were doing so in order to get three of their number appointed to the board. This flirts with illegality and violates the spirit of open government that usually prevails here. But it also shows determination about an important issue; a frustration with the failings of the past. Longtime complacency has allowed Athens to fall behind in recruiting new business and jobs. Athens has, by some measures, one of the highest poverty rates in America; and as the OneAthens antipoverty group has said, the real answer to poverty is jobs. Yet, persistent recommendations for a better-organized multi-county effort to “sell” Athens have fallen to shortsighted politics (notably in Oconee County). Clearly, something needs to change. Maybe ACC’s ambitious commissioners have some answers, and are prepared to make the effort it’s going to take. And maybe too, they could let the rest of us in on their plans? [John Huie]

expansion of the county jail, the three-laning of Pulaski Street downtown and revisions to the sidewalk café ordinance to accommodate tenants of the new downtown parking deck. But it appears the M&C will have little to say about whatever the revised plans for the Classic Center expansion, which they will also vote on July 5, will consist of. That’s because the Classic Center’s architects, whose “final” plans, it was announced May 26, were over budget by an unspecified amount of money, required five weeks, not four, to prepare their revisions to be presented to the commissioners whose job it is to approve them. Oh, well—it’s not like the architects or their bosses have a history of disregarding overarching public concerns in deference to whatever is most convenient for the Classic Center. The last plan the architects presented all but ignored the commission’s mandate for midblock access between Thomas and Foundry streets, and commissioners’ half-hearted suggestions that such access actually be provided in the revisions aren’t likely to be taken very seriously, either. Especially when the new plan can be presented a week before the vote, with predictions of downtown’s economic ruin if the M&C don’t wave it through right now—for real, this time. [Dave Marr] Another Tragedy: It was only nine months ago that Caixia Geng, an electronics engineer who had lived in the Athens area since moving here from China in 1993, was the subject of a wonderful profile by André Gallant in Flagpole’s “Everyday People,” in which she eloquently reminisced on the changes that have overtaken her hometown since her emigration, and spoke with excitement of her son’s impending completion of a Georgia Tech doctoral degree. Caixia and her husband, Denghui Cheng, were killed in a car accident on GA 316 last week, and all of us at Flagpole offer our heartfelt sympathies to all the family and friends who loved them. [DM] John Huie & Dave Marr

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city pages Denson, Commission Square Off Over EDF A battle of wills is brewing between Mayor Nancy Denson and Athens-Clarke County commissioners who—in Denson’s view—have held “illegal” meetings out of public view in an effort to get three commissioners appointed to the board of the Economic Development Foundation. The EDF (initially set up by former Mayor Doc Eldridge to take politics out of local economic development efforts) works to draw new businesses and jobs to ACC, and to retain existing ones. Several commissioners have voiced unspecified dissatisfaction with EDF’s efforts, and earlier this month voted 7-1 (with Doug Lowry dissenting, Jared Bailey absent and Mayor Pro Tem Andy Herod sitting out the vote while filling in for the injured Denson) to withhold funds from EDF beyond July “for later discussion.” They offered little explanation at the time, but Herod told Flagpole last week the group wants three commission seats on the EDF board (in addition to the mayor, who is already on it): the two superdistrict commissioners (each representing half the county) and the mayor pro tem. Presently those positions are filled by Kelly Girtz, Mike Hamby and Herod—all of whom apparently met with the EDF’s director and chair before the budget vote, asking to be put onto the board. But EDF board members say they are awaiting a written request from the ACC Commission before acting, and did not discuss the proposal at last Monday’s board meeting. No commissioners attended that meeting. Local economic development efforts have been criticized for years. A 2008 task force study by local industrialists said the Athens area’s “fragmented” marketing effort “creates confusion among prospects” and “a negative perception among some key state government and business leaders and the statewide developers network.” Athens failed to draw a couple of prominent biotech prospects, and the EDF’s last director was asked to resign. Judging from last week’s EDF board meeting—and perhaps spurred by the threat of funding cuts—the organization is getting better organized, at least on paper. Board members (with some pushback from Eldridge, now the Chamber of

Commerce president) are more closely specifying the duties of director Matt Forshee and of the Chamber, which is one of the EDF’s partners and funders, along with UGA and ACC government. A “community assessment” due in July should provide “a snapshot of our local economy,” Forshee told the board; a study of the proposed “Blue Heron” river district is expected soon. “It’s about time” the EDF got organized, Hamby told Flagpole. “You can worry about the process all you want to, but at the end of the day this organization hasn’t shown results.” Hamby wants to see the EDF seek donations of private funds and communicate better with the elected commissioners. Herod said in a comment on the Athens Banner-Herald website that “a number of commissioners have been approached independently by several EDF board members with concerns about the EDF’s seeming lack of direction. Additionally, when we inquired directly with EDF about its strategic plan and overall direction related to economic development, we were given a vague and overly general response.” Denson is the ACC government’s official rep on the EDF board, but “never once” has a commissioner brought up any issues with her, she told Flagpole. (Both Herod and Hamby dispute that.) Nor does Denson approve of the “strong-arm tactic” of withholding funds to get additional seats on the board: “It’s wrong in so many ways,” and wouldn’t necessarily improve EDF, she said. Besides, EDF is changing: “There’s some self-examination going on,” she said. “It’s going to come out a much stronger and better organization… I don’t think packing the board with commissioners is the right answer.” Nor does the mayor plan to put such a request on the commission’s agenda, which she sets. “I see no impetus to do anything with it,” she told Flagpole. John Huie

Prioritized T-SPLOST List Agreed to by M&C Attending her first public meeting since her car parked itself on her leg last month, Mayor Nancy Denson sat to one side with her foot raised but participated attentively. Denson

said she expects to recover full use of the leg, and has been “so frustrated” to be sidelined from a job she loves. “I was doing 10 to 12 hours a day before this happened,” she told Flagpole. “Saturdays and Sundays were just another weekday.” Although she remains hobbled by the injury, she is recovering well and expects she’ll be back up to speed in five weeks. At that work session, commissioners agreed to a prioritized list of 18 local transportation projects, some of which will be submitted to voters next year. The top pick: a new Loop 10 exit to Mitchell Bridge Road (between the Tallassee Road and Atlanta Highway exits) intended to provide better access to Atlanta Highway. The priorities were recommended by ACC Transportation Director David Clark, based largely on their relevance to regional transportation needs; other, more local projects can still be built with local-option money that will also be available if the 1 percent T-SPLOST passes in 2012. ACC’s prioritized list now goes to a multi-county committee that will pick which projects actually are submitted to the voters.

Commissioners approved the list despite concerns about some projects—especially those that didn’t make the list. Three-laning Mitchell Bridge Road (with bike lanes and sidewalks) wasn’t included, Kelly Girtz pointed out. “We still want to move that project forward,” Clark said, but meanwhile, the new overpass should reduce cut-through traffic that now uses Mitchell Bridge. How about building sidewalks along Lexington Road, Doug Lowry asked. “We have been reluctant to fund projects along state highways when we have so many local road needs,” Clark said. Still, the state transportation department’s veto power over projects to be funded by the local tax will enable it to build some projects of its own choosing, said Clark and Commissioner Alice Kinman, who (along with Denson) represents ACC on the regional T-SPLOST “roundtable.” “We are going to be spending a lot of this money on the state roads system,” Kinman said. The complete prioritized projects list— from which local projects will be chosen—is available in the online edition of this article. John Huie



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capitol impact Transparent as Dirt Politicians will say things that they know they don’t mean at all. At the state level, whenever you hear a politician utter the word “transparency,” you can be sure that he or she is opposed to any kind of transparency or openness in government. I remember that when he was first elected governor, Sonny Perdue claimed that transparency was one of the greatest virtues an officeholder could have. He didn’t really mean it. Perdue, among other things, signed a bill that gave himself a $100,000 tax break without ever disclosing it publicly. (It wasn’t until two years after he signed it that a newspaper reporter finally broke the story about the governor’s generosity.) Perdue also signed several other bills that closed off various types of information contained in state and local government records to public view. House Speaker David Ralston has also paid public tribute to the concept of transparency. In the bill he pushed through a couple of years ago to revise Georgia’s ethics laws, he even changed the official name of the State Ethics Commission to the clunkier “Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission.” Ralston didn’t care much about “government transparency” either, as we soon discovered. Over the past few years, Georgia lawmakers have made a series of severe cutbacks in funding for the commission that is supposed to enforce government transparency, requiring the agency to reduce its staff from 26 to nine people. At the same time, legislators have amended the campaign disclosure laws so that more administrative paperwork requirements have been imposed on the few remaining staffers who have not been laid off. The result is that the people still working for the ethics commission have very little time or resources to investigate complaints that candidates are violating campaign finance

laws. This ensures that there will be less transparency regarding the way politicians raise and spend money during an election campaign. The “government transparency” commission hit its lowest point recently when the director, Stacey Kalberman, and her deputy director attempted to investigate complaints filed against Gov. Nathan Deal concerning his campaign for governor last year. Kalberman asked the commission members for the goahead to issue subpoenas for information related to their review of Deal’s campaign records. She could not get any of them to sign off on the subpoenas. Shortly afterward, commission members decided that because of “budget problems” they would unfortunately have to eliminate the jobs or cut the pay of Kalberman and the deputy director. (Kalberman eventually agreed to resign.) In a government memo that was transparently disclosed, Kalberman wrote to the commission chairman: “I do not believe it to be a coincidence that your increased concern with the budget coincides with my staff’s preparation and delivery to you for your signatures subpoenas related to the ongoing Nathan Deal investigation.” Kalberman is accurate in that assessment. All state agencies have seen their budgets reduced since 2008, but the sudden timing of this budget cutback at the commission whose function is to provide “government transparency” is highly suspect. It should not have been a surprise, however. Georgia politicians may tell you that they are all in favor of transparency in government, but they don’t really mean it. Tom Crawford Tom Crawford is the editor of The Georgia Report, an Internet news service at that covers government and politics in Georgia.

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is the ability to grow organically, reclaiming a storefront here and a cotton shed there, rather than tackling a massive area all at once. Starting from scratch to form a completed, master-planned community is much more difficult. Another factor to consider is how these concentrations of creative spaces relate to the community in a broader sense. Cycling and alternative transportation are much more integral to the local creative class than the general public, and so looking at regional trail projects could provide a good sense of where to establish new creative economic hubs. Fortunately, these places are also where industrial uses were historically clustered, and where features like shoals, once good for hydroelectric power, now translate into good swimming holes. While old mills might make for good sites, they do seem rather overwhelming at first glance. If the owners of such properties begin to view these relics not as asymmetrical wholes to be turned into condo complexes, but architectural evolutions and aggregations comprised of many independent pieces, more visually unified by the nature of their prior purposes than by their architecture, they might find a way to put them back to With gentrification limiting opportunities in urban Athens, could small towns use and make a buck as and former industrial sites (such as the Wellington Puritan Mill) become the well. Atlanta, Augusta and new hubs of the regional arts community? Columbus are more known for the monolithic mills, In the meantime, where do artists and while our local ones are much more rambling. musicians go, if they are to retain the proxMany proposals have been put forward that imity and sense of community necessary to have tried to apply that Atlanta condo treatmaintain a world-recognized scene? If the arts ment to our mills, but they’ve mostly been community and culture from which Athens has unsuccessful, with many sitting vacant for derived its primary successes and notoriety decades regardless of the visions of their ownare to continue and to thrive, the members ers. However, the salvation for these historic of that community have to start thinking of structures, and their new life, might come themselves not only as pioneers in an intellec- through the more organic pattern introtual sense, but also in the sense of where they duced by communities like the Chase Street choose to locate and cluster. Warehouses. Otherwise, it may be another Already, there are many examples, funcdecade before the local real estate market will tioning with varying degrees of success, that bear an Atlanta-style condo conversion. could provide starting points to create new As the local food movement picks up and models for artistic communities. The Oconee farmers’ markets sprout throughout the region, Cultural Arts Foundation (OCAF) inhabits the it’s also easy to imagine those old townships campus of a former school in Watkinsville, being more fully revived by entrepreneurial renting spaces for studios and hosting public settlers, provided an ample supply of space classes. The Chase Street Warehouses complex is available to build a critical mass. Some is a slightly more urban and private model, small towns may just be too small for a sucwith sections of old cotton warehouses sold cessful arts burg to take off, which is why we off and renovated by various individuals and hear much more about Union Point, Comer or businesses. The Orange Twin Conservation Watkinsville than we do about Carlton, Maxey’s Community is a planned conservation subdivior Good Hope. sion with plenty of room for planned studios Whether in upland railroad towns or rivand workshops. There are also more informal erside mills or somewhere else entirely, if congregations in small towns like Bishop, Northeast Georgia wants to retain its arts Comer and Union Point. identity, with all the economic vitality that While it’s arguable that a creative coloniza- brings, then the importance of community and tion of some small town is gentrification in place can’t be underestimated. While downits own right, the most successful examples town Athens may be a victim of its own sucabove are those which took vacant and cess, pushing out the arts scene with higher unused buildings and repurposed them, filland higher rents, the rural draw could provide ing a ceded void. The reuse of existing infrathe perfect alternative, with new creative structure for a fraction of the cost necessary hubs established nearby on the vacant foundato build new is a primary factor in the most tions of the former cotton industry. successful local artistic colonies. A second key feature of those more successful communities Kevan Williams

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Again and again, this town ranks high on lists related to arts and college towns. It’s not the parking decks and convention halls that have caused this success, though; indeed, the successes for which Athens is known have all happened in spite of the best efforts of the unified government. While every public building, school, bank tower, hotel, parking deck, fire station or doctor’s office may take on the same bland character, there are still some quirky elements that occasionally get through in Athens. Economics will do what bad policy couldn’t, though, at least in the most visible and urban areas of the county. Gentrification is pricing out the artists and musicians for which Athens is so well known, to be replaced by student-oriented bars. Could downtown Athens one day simply be a rowdier version of Statesboro, Clemson or Auburn?

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lopsided that Greene’s crew effectively had to build a modern, precisely squared building just inside the old walls. This proved to be a recurring theme, this tension between the historic nature of the building and modernity. Before construction could even begin, a Kafka-esque series of bureaucratic trials had to be overcome. Greene found the rebuilding project and its needs wedged between the often contradictory demands of historic preservation and modern building codes. A full 13 months were spent trapped in the nightmare of satisfying opposing bureaucracies. It was during this time that the Theatre faced its most dire existential crises. “There were days when I thought the best thing to do would’ve been to sell the dirt and knock down the walls,” Greene says. He compares the ordeal to the movie Brazil, Terry Gilliam’s classic depiction of convoluted bureaucracy: “I’d submit form QS-283 and

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espite its several churches, the religion of downtown Athens is music. For many, it is not Sunday morning that fills souls, but Saturday night. R.E.M., Pylon and The B-52s were the founding apostles, Elephant 6 the reformation. Many of the latter-day saints will be seen on stages at this year’s AthFest. And as in the early centuries of Christianity, the Athens music scene prizes its own holy relics. But instead of pieces of the True Cross or crypt-kept remains, Athens’ artifacts are fliers and rare recordings; trestles and reappropriated steeples; the sanctuaries that formed anywhere a drum kit and two amps could fit. So, when a fire nearly leveled the famed Georgia Theatre in June of 2009, owner Wilmot Greene knew he had to preserve whatever he could of the storied venue. Little remained but the four original walls, perilously close to collapse and standing as if tradition alone—the long memory of standing—kept them up. Somehow, the iconic marquee and box office escaped almost untouched. Nearly all else was lost, but Greene’s team would sift through the rubble to find salvageable pieces to return to their places in the new building. The charred cross beams were hewed to reveal beautiful 300-year-old heart pine to adorn the new bars. Even panes of melted glass were gleaned to be reused. The old Theatre will live in the new one, which is scheduled to open in August. Certainly, it would have been far cheaper to have knocked down the 120-year-old structure and started over. Greene could have simply collected the insurance money and sold the property. Greene could have cashed out. There were many easy routes and one very difficult one: to rebuild the Theatre with the care and attention the landmark deserved—that fans deserved. To make it a sort of crusade. Or, as Greene says, “Damn the torpedoes.” The primary mission was to save the original walls. This seemingly simply decision meant more than a year of work before construction could begin. The fire left the entire support system for the walls damaged beyond repair. The building had to be thoroughly gutted, leaving the roofless walls standing without supports. Even worse, the 19th-century building’s walls were built without a foundation. It was simply brick on dirt. With the supports gone, a strong enough wind could have brought the walls down So, as each charred support beam was removed, a temporary steel support had to take its place. It was a delicate process, like a huge, dangerous puzzle. Not only did Greene’s team find the old walls without a foundation, but they were not square, either. Not even close, really. In the unfinished interior of the Theatre, the old walls are visibly imprecise against the level and plumb lines of the newly built structures. Architectural engineering of the 1880s was not an exact science, and irregularly askew structures were the norm. In fact, the Theatre’s old walls were so inexact and


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they would say, “there’s a 30-day waiting period,” and on the 29th day they would say I had to have a QS-Q24 and there’s a 30-day waiting period on that.” Greene felt as though certain forces were acting against the rebuilding effort, either consciously or by their mere presence. “I was sitting in meetings with people who were using their power to enforce a point of view that wasn’t best for the Theatre,” he recalls. “There were days it seemed insane to continue.” But spending day after day at the Prince Avenue Huddle House, which had become his de facto office—“Because you could get all the coffee you wanted,” Greene admits; he was also losing sleep—he was approached by Athenians one after another who shared memories of the Georgia Theatre with him. “I met my wife there,” he’d hear. “I saw my first movie there. My dad took me to a concert there.” All of the hard work, Greene was reminded, was to preserve the character of the Theatre. The pieces salvaged weren’t just simple brick,

wood and steel, but pieces of a landmark in which memories were embedded. Like religious relics, the preserved pieces would be visible reminders of the invisible. With the building entirely gutted down to the dirt, a standard (and much less expensive) music venue could have been built. All that is essentially required is a stage and a room with a bar in the back. But, again, Greene was not simply building another club, but preserving the Georgia Theatre. Greene became a minor expert in theater construction. He can speak expertly on stage elements and the many varieties of curtaining. Even the traditionally sloped floor of the old Theatre will be found in the new room. The aging balcony returns, rebuilt, now improved with a tiered design that maximizes sight lines to the stage. So, while boasting its many noticeable improvements, the new Theatre will welcome back concertgoers with the preservation of its familiar layout. Topping (literally) the modernizing improvements will be the restaurant and bar on the new Theatre’s roof. Looking out over downtown and campus is what will surely become a popular spot, featuring a kitchen presided over by the White Tiger’s Ken Manring. With a separate entrance on the southeast corner of the theatre, the restaurant will be open for both lunch and dinner. Greene and Manring intend the restaurant to have “a little something for everybody,” with chicken, pork and tofu on a limited but high-quality, chef-designed menu. Excitement for the new restaurant is easy to imagine, but Greene and the Theatre need it to be successful, in addition to continued success downstairs in the venue. The painstaking preservation of the Georgia Theatre was not inexpensive, and the venture relied on a significant amount of financing from a local bank. So, more than just a visionary idea, the restaurant is necessary to supplement the income from downstairs. The next 20 years of the Theatre’s revenue will be dedicated to its massive debt load. Even after the last nail is driven, the work of bringing the Theatre back to life will continue. “Somehow, here we are.“ Wilmot Greene is on the stage of the rebuilt Theatre, looking out at the familiar room. Despite Greene’s intimacy with every step of the rebuilding, he cannot fully account for the product. He cannot quite believe what he sees. “There was some sort of divine intervention,” he muses. There have been interventions—many of them—but they were interventions of memory in the face of loss, a refusal to lose the beloved venue. It is, in fact, a collective wish to see an act of fate overturned that has revived the Georgia Theatre. Greene recalls the countless memories shared at the Huddle House “office,” on the street, in the newspaper, from bands, from fans: “If it weren’t for things like that, I probably would’ve given up.” Thank God he didn’t.


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Taking It to the Streets: This weekend marks AthFest’s 15th year and, along with showcasing dozens of local bands throughout the five-day festival, local artists will also be part of the scene. The 46 artists presenting their work at the AthFest Artists Market this year are primarily Athens-based, but some are traveling from North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama and Florida to attend. A few returning artists are Jamie Calkin, Chris Hubbard (CHUB), Robert Smith of BlackSmith Guitars, Chuck Hanes of Misty Mountain Pottery, ReCycle Jewelry by Russell Williams and Ken

more people—exposing them to art and artists they may not otherwise [experience]. ARTini’s unintimidating atmosphere may open them up to visit other galleries.” Cook has planned additional exhibitions throughout the rest of the year and welcomes new submissions. Paintings by Matt Bahr are on display through July. His scenes of surfers shooting the curl are very escapist and appropriate for summertime. Bahr studied at the School of Visual Arts in NYC and is a new addition to Athens; he works as an illustrator at New World Graphics. ARTini’s shows rotate monthly; look for Vernon Thornsberry’s paintings there in December if you missed him this month at This-Way-Out. Living Vicariously: Even if your summer plans do not include a European vacation, you can do a good job of pretending by visiting Etienne Brasserie downtown to dine on moules frites and view Ian McFarlane’s dreamy photographs that he took while in France and Italy. Romantic scenes of churches, old wooden boats on the shore, street scenes and fashionable shop fronts are great visual sources for imaginative travel. On view through July.


Turn Your Watch Back About 100,000 Years: Traveling a little farther east, a sculptural installation and contemporary dance performance at the Lyndon House is inspired by historic Mesopotamia. Artist Ian McFarlane’s photographs of Europe are on display at Etienne Glen Kaufman (retired UGA Brasserie through July. Lamar Dodd School of Art fabric design professor) presents “Kaunakes: Turk Glass. Newcomers to the festival include Ghosts of Mesopotamia.” During the openMandy Elias, Sergio Ruano of Spoke-N-For, ing for the exhibition, Andrea Trombetta Jason Thomas of Red Rocket Farm, Letter (UGA MFA 2005) will perform a work of Landmarks, Gabriel Brown and Kathleen contemporary dance. She describes the colMasters. Art market Chair Sean Cook worked laborative piece as “inspired by the traditional with two other jurors, Pat McCaffrey of kaunake garments which have historic roots Swampware Pottery and glass artist Susan in Mesopotamian culture made alive through Staley, to select the artists. historic/contemporary associations with Iraq Cook says that the group is really excited today from Saddam Hussein to the present. about presenting their work and that he The ever increasing loss of civilian lives made “loves them all.” Drop by Washington and Hull streets to say hello, check out the artwork and manifest by the gallery space filled with empty garment forms floating in space and enhanced take some home with you! The Artists Market by interpretative dance performance.” is open Friday, June 24, 5–10 p.m., Saturday, While Trombetta’s live performance will June 25, noon–10 p.m., and Sunday, June 26, only accompany the opening and closing of 12:30 p.m.–8 p.m. the exhibition, “Kaunakes” will be on view at the Lyndon House through Aug. 6. The openAnother Round: I had never visited ARTini’s ing and performance will take place at the Art Lounge before last week, but was curiLyndon House Arts Center in the Lukasiewicz ous about the painting studio/gallery since it Gallery on Wednesday, June 22 at 7 p.m. occupies the space that was once the Phoenix Market. The studio is a breezy, shotgun-style Drawing from Sources Closer to Home: The room with high ceilings and rough brick-andartists in “From Our Studios,” are three plaster walls on one side. On the other, a perfriends who present their work together at the fectly smooth and gallery-white wall is where Oconee County Library gallery. The exhibition owner Kate Cook showcases paintings, prints includes mixed-media paintings by Robin Fay, and photographs by local artists. intricately composed quilts by Sarah Hubbard Her goal for the space is to encourage and paintings created in dyed silks by Rene local art in two ways: “With ARTini’s gallery Shoemaker. Though the artists work in difaspect, I simply want to support the local arts ferent media, they share a penchant for rich as much as possible. Like many artists would colors and lots of texture. On view through agree, we can be our own worst critics, and I’m excited that I have a venue in which I can July 20. represent artists with enthusiasm. With the Caroline Barratt painting parties, I feel as if I’m bringing art to

Father’s Day was June 19. I hate Father’s Day. Not because it’s a transparent grab at consumer dollars (which it is), or because it’s an occasion driven entirely by familial guilt (which it also is), but because for a day that’s supposed to be about celebrating the sheer doodah greatness of fathers, it always leaves me feeling horribly inadequate. I don’t golf. I don’t fish. I don’t barbecue or hunt or fix things or build things in the shop. I don’t even have a shop. Or a den. Looking at the marketing for Father’s Day, it’s clear that whatever dads are supposed to be, I’m not it. The life lessons I have passed on to my children are of dubious value at best. That the Joel episodes of “MST3K” are better than the Mike episodes. That you shouldn’t take drugs, despite the fact that every artist you like was better on them than off. That it’s not only acceptable but crucial to assess a potential partner’s musical tastes before dating him or her (I dated a Chicago fan for a year—sometimes I still wake up screaming). That the only sequel you should ever watch is Evil Dead II. That dating a writer will ruin your life—just look at your mother. So, Cliff Huxtable I’m not, but what am I? What kind of dad goes to shows and bitches about the lousy sound in virtually every club in this town? Or hangs a couple of nights a week at the hipster bar despite his lack of fashionable footwear and a scalp that can now be seen from space? What sort of pathetic scenester man-child have I become? Thanks to Henry Owings and the staff of the mighty Chunklet magazine, I now have a name: Black Flag Dad. “He’s the middle-aged guy standing, arms crossed, by the bar or near the door guy at rock shows. He’s drinking responsibly, not macking chicks and he doesn’t recognize a mosh pit unless it’s moving in a circular direction.” That comes from the new book by Owings’ crew, The Indie Cred Test (Chunklet Industries, 2011), a tome jampacked with everything hipsters need to know about not crossing that line between detached irony and pretentious douchebaggery. As someone who has lived in this town since the days when people used to move here specifically in order to see Stipe on the street and pretend not to notice, I’ve encountered every breed of hipster, record-store scholar, culture snob and trust-fund bohemian to be found in the wild. This book is for them, a collection of quizzes, litmus tests and commentaries to help navigate the perilous country of cool in all its varied terrain. How eclectic is your DVD collection, and how often and prominently is the word “Criterion” displayed? Do you dress “vintage” enough, and does it look like you shopped for your clothes or do you make it seem like your vinyl car coat and American-made Chuck Taylors just grew from

your body like snakeskin? Do you actually like all that Afro-dub music you keep buying or do you use it to cover up your Genesis albums when company comes over? And how deftly do you walk that tightrope of buying music that’s obscure enough to make you appear “discerning” and just well-known enough that other people will know how “discerning” you are? Anyone familiar with Chunklet pretty much knows what to expect in the way of snarky humor and pop-culture references, but they’ll also realize that the book, like the magazine, often falls into its own trap. In order to make the jokes about music snobbery, Owings et al have to display their own. You can’t rag on David Yow without a full understanding of why jokes about David Yow are funny. It’s hard, therefore, to tell what is self-deprecating humor at the expense of others and what is just plain old irony of the sort that hipsters suckle like Enfamil—and that question in itself is ironic (don’t you think?).

Still, The Indie Cred Test is pretty damn funny and worth a straight-through read on the coffee table and repeated skimmings thereafter from its place on your cinder-blockand-lumber bookshelf or next to the toilet. And it’d make a great gift for Father’s Day for your favorite Black Flag Dad. See what I did there? I took the opening stuff and referenced it again in the conclusion. That’s what writers do. Just don’t date them (see, I did it again!). Attention, Writers: The 17th annual Harriette Austin Writers’ Conference will be held July 22 & 23 at the Georgia Center. This is a great opportunity for writers to network and get noticed by authors, agents and publishers. If you have a manuscript you’d like to submit for review at the conference, the deadline is June 20. Manuscripts can be sent to Scott Medine at For information about the conference, visit http://2011hawc. John G. Nettles



movie dope Some releases may not be showing locally this week. • indicates new review 13 ASSASSINS (R) Heroes, villains and sword fights abound in this traditional tale of 19th century samurai. Directed by Takashi Miike, the film is a remake of Eiichi Kudo’s 1963 black and white Japanese film, an epic based on true incidents set at the end of Japan’s feudal era. A dozen samurai are enlisted to bring down the sadistic young Lord Naritsugu, the former Shogun’s son and current Shogun’s younger brother. A BETTER LIFE (PG-13) After The Golden Compass and The Twilight Saga: New Moon, director Chris Weitz leaves gigantic fantasy universes behind for a small, family drama. Carlos Galindo (Demián Bichir), a gardener from East L.A., struggles to keep his son away from gangs and the INS, while manicuring the lawns of the city’s wealthiest homeowners. Bichir played Fidel Castro in Steven Soderbergh’s epic Che and his politico/drug lord has been a bright spot in the rather disappointing last few seasons of the formerly phenomenal “Weeds.” ATHENS BURNING (NR) This locally produced documentary recounts the history of that once proud downtown landmark, the Georgia Theatre. Beginning with the devastating blaze, Athens Burning recounts the history of our city’s music scene from the 1970s to present day. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker. Part of the Athfest Filmfest 2011 Rock Docs series. BAD TEACHER (R) A teacher (Cameron Diaz) who doesn’t exactly seem to be following the appropriate rules and practices sets her sights on a coworker after her sugar daddy dumps her. But her new romantic target pits her against one of the school’s most popular teachers (Lucy Punch, Dinner with Schmucks). BEST OF THE FOUND FOOTAGE FESTIVAL (NR) The Found Footage Festival double dips in the Classic City in 2011. If you missed the show in April, here’s your chance to catch a 20th-anniversary compilation of random, hilarious home movies,

training videos, ill-advised PR stunts and more, specially chosen by curators Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher. Recommended for anyone jonesing for MST3K –style laughs. I have been three times and watched the rest on DVD. The FFF ranks as one of the funniest experiences of my life and never disappoints. Do not miss this special FFF event. Part of Athfest Filmfest 2011. BRIDESMAIDS (R) Considering its competition, calling Bridesmaids the funniest movie of 2011 may be as much an insult as a compliment to this hilarious comedy, written by and starring Kristen Wiig (winner of the year’s It’s About Time Award). This female-driven flick needs to be judged and compared to its raunchy, hearty brothers, all raised under the banner of the House of Apatow. CARS 2 (G) Lightning McQueen (v. Owen Wilson), pit crew chief Mater (v. Larry the Cable Guy) and the rest of Lightning’s crew go international for the Race of Champions, which takes place in Japan, Germany, Italy, France and England. Cars is easily my least favorite Pixar movie, but it seems to be the most beloved of children, who snapped up the merchandise in bulk. THE DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS: GO-GO BOOTS EPISODES (NR) This series of mini-documentaries, written and produced by Patterson Hood (directed by Jason Thrasher), explores the themes and influences of the Drive-By Truckers’ latest album, Go-Go Boots. The eight episodes feature select stories, live performances and songs from the album. Any true Drive-By Truckers fan will want to watch this video companion to Go-Go Boots. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker. Part of the Athfest Filmfest 2011 Rock Docs series. FIREWALL OF SOUND (NR) 2010. How has the Internet been both a blessing and a curse to the independent music industry? In Devin DiMittia’s documentary, Athenians Julian Koster (Neutral Milk Hotel, The Music Tapes)

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and Bertis Downs (manager, R.E.M.), Mac McCaughan (Superchunk, Merge Records), Perry Wright (Prayers & Tears, The Mountain Goats), Roberto Lange (Helado Negro, Savath & Savalas), Nathan Rabin & Josh Modell (The A.V. Club), Ken Shipley (Numero), Ryan Catbird (The Catbirdseat) and more will tell you. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker. Part of the Athfest Filmfest 2011 Rock Docs series. GIRLS ROCK! (PG) 2007. If you didn’t think girls could rock, think again. At the Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls, four attendees ranging in age from eight to 18—adopted Laura (15, vocals), recovering meth addict Misty (17, bass), sweet metalhead Palace (7, vocals), and dog-loving Amelia (8, guitar)—learn to form a band, write songs, plays gigs, and generally behave in ways discouraged by years of gender stereotyping. Proceeds will benefit the Athens Girls Rock Camp. Part of the Athfest Filmfest 2011 Rock Docs series. • GREEN LANTERN (PG-13) The movie version of DC’s second-line superhero, a ring-equipped intergalactic policeman, lacks the nostalgic baggage checked by the big two, Supes and Bats. Test pilot Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds) is chosen to join the Green Lantern Corps just in time to battle Parallax, a world-devouring baddie who uses the yellow power of fear to turn Peter Sarsgaard from a John Carpenter doppelganger into an evil, bloated alien John Carpenter. Lantern’s ring is energized by the green power of will, which allows him/her/it to create any construct imaginable. The movie could use a little more creative pizazz; judging by his constructs, this Lantern is a preteen boy (I kept waiting on the fart construct). The ripped, fast-talking Reynolds like he stepped right from the page of a comic and is as twodimensional. Uninteresting alter-ego Jordan dominates the movie; Green Lantern only flies during its CGI spacey bits. Marvel has set the bar high with their cross-pollinated universe. DC could use a similarly rich, real universe populated by their greatest creations. However, in a world protected by Superman, who the hell wants Green Lantern to show up and save the day? HALL PASS (R) The Farrelly Brothers peaked in 1998. Hall Pass is one of their weakest, i.e., least funny, movies yet. Two bumbling suburbanites—Rick (a miscast Owen Wilson) and Fred (Jason Sudeikis, who needs to get out of TV more)—are granted a week off of marriage from their gorgeous wives (Jenna Fischer and Christina Applegate). Unfortunately, hilarity does not ensue. THE HANGOVER PART II (R) Sequels to hit comedies mostly suck. Think about it. Caddyshack II. Fletch Lives. American Pie 2. Major League 2. Arthur 2: On the Rocks. Porky’s II: The Next Day. Blues Brothers 2000. Weekend at Bernie’s II. The list goes on. The reasons these sequels fail are numerous: failure to comprehend what was funny about the original; loss of the original stars; characters lose likability; sequel mines exact same jokes as the first movie; etc. The Hangover Part II sidesteps the landmines that blow away the humorous limbs from most comedy sequels. Lobbing critical grenades at the movie’s lack

of creativity ignores the ingenuity that fashioned a funny facsimile without simply recycling wholesale gags from the 2009 blockbuster. JUDY MOODY AND THE NOT BUMMER SUMMER (PG) This energetic third-grader escapes from the pages of Megan McDonald’s best-selling kid-lit series for a big screen, summer adventure. When Judy Moody’s (Jordana Beatty) parents take a trip to California sans Judy and her little brother, Stink (Parris Mosteller), the rat’s nest redhead creates a series of summer dares to entertain herself and her friends. Fortunately, the summer sitter, Aunt Opal (Heather Graham), is way cool. Director John Schultz has a lot to his name (Drive Me Crazy, Like Mike, The Honeymooners, Aliens in the Attic), none of it good. KUNG FU PANDA 2 (PG) However much I dug the first Kung Fu Panda, the second adventure of Dragon Warrior Po (v. Jack Black, who is better heard than seen) and the Furious Five—Master Tigress (v. Angelina Jolie), Master Crane (v. Cross), Master Viper (v. Lucy Liu), Master Mantis (v. Seth Rogen) and Master Monkey (v. Jackie Chan)—has more visual inventiveness than it does comic or narrative combined. THE LINCOLN LAWYER (R) The Lincoln Lawyer seems like the next great drama from TNT. Matthew McConaughey would make many a dreary summer weeknight fly by as slick attorney Mickey Haller, who does business out of the backseat of his roomy town car. As a movie, this legal thriller says all the right things in all the right ways. Too bad courtroom dramas are a dime a dozen on TV. • MIDNIGHT IN PARIS (PG-13) This literary romantic comedy easily bests Woody Allen’s last few films, especially his mean-spirited You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger. Owen Wilson stars as the latest Woody stand-in, Gil, a Hollywood hack trying to finish a novel while on a family business trip to Paris with his fiancee’s (Rachel McAdams) family. On a magical midnight walk, Gil runs into Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald (Tom Hiddleston and Alison Pill), gets writing advice from Papa Hemingway (Corey Stoll) and Gertrude Stein (Kathy Bates) and falls for Picasso’s girlfriend, Adriana (Marion Cotillard). This funny, heartwarming charmer should please longtime Allen fans, lit teachers and anyone looking for an intelligent breeze to freshen up the stagnant romcom genre. MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS (PG) Businessman Tom Popper (Jim Carrey) gets a penguin as a gift and soon becomes the caretaker of five more of the formally clad seabirds. With six penguins to care for, Mr. Popper’s life and home must change drastically. Director Mark Waters’ filmography has been hit or miss. Sure, Mean Girls was great (more thanks to Tina Fey), but Ghost of Girlfriends Past was terrible. Waters’ last family friendly project, The Spiderwick Chronicles, wasn’t too bad. With Carla Gugino, Angela Lansbury and Philip Baker Hall. THE OATH (NR) This post 9/11 story of two men begins with one a free man driving a Yemeni taxi and the other a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay, facing a military tribunal for war crimes. The journey of former Osama Bin Laden bodyguard, Yemeni cabbie

Abu Jandal, and Guantanamo prisoner Salim Hamdan to reach their present situations lead past Bin Laden, 9/11, Guantanamo and the United States Supreme Court. Laura Poitras’ Sundance Grand Jury Prize nominee won the Cinematography Award from the Park City crowd and snagged Best Documentary at the Gotham Awards. PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES (PG-13) You would think Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow would soar to the surface now that he’s shed of the dead weight that was Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley). Instead, the fourth adventure of Captain Jack is terribly unexciting and, worst of all, boring, as he canters frantically about for no reason more dramatically pressing than box office booty. RANGO (PG) Rango is not your kid’s animated feature. Boasting a quirky pedigree of chameleonic star Johnny Depp, blockbuster director Gore Verbinski (the first three Pirates of the Caribbean and The Ring) and writer John Logan (an Academy Award nominee for both The Aviator and Gladiator), this animated family/action/adventure/ Western stands out from the pack of interchangeable CGI kiddie pics. RIO (G) Another week, another average animated children’s movie that won’t quite pain the adults forced to accompany them. After Rango, 2011’s animated output has some minor big, quirky boots to fill. Rio isn’t quirky. It mashes together several popular cartoon plotlines. A pet out of water— Blu, a domesticated macaw quite well-voiced by The Social Network’s Jesse Eisenberg—must negotiate the wide world in order to finds its owner, Linda (perfectly voiced by Leslie Mann) again. But what will he learn on the way? RUBBER (R) When a tire named Robert comes to life and discovers it has the telekinetic power to kill, it rolls around a desert town (the motel looks straight out of The Devil’s Rejects) looking for victims. Robert is particularly intrigued by a mysterious woman named Sheila (Roxane Mesquida). Writer-director Quentin Dupieux, AKA French techno artist Mr. Oizo, has crafted a very self-aware horror/comedy hybrid that works better when it sticks to straight-faced terror. As silly a killer as Robert the tire is, he is as brutally efficient as Jason Voorhees. However, the Geek chorus of voyeurs, watching the mayhem unfold through binoculars from a nearby mountainside, may make Dupieux’s point about movie audiences, but they’re silly, sucking us out of what could be an intriguing take on the exploitation and slasher subgenres. The fantastically appropriate and exciting ending just leave me jazzed for a Rubber retread. Rubber is worth a watch for adventurous genre fans tired of the same old horror flick. But beware. The flick is only recommended for the highly ironic. THE SECRET TO A HAPPY ENDING (NR) 2010. Three years of touring and recording in the lives of Athens’ own Drive-By Truckers is chronicled by filmmaker Barr Weinstein in the documentary, The Secret to a Happy Ending. Featuring interviews with the band, behind the scenes footage (on the road and in the studio) and live performances (I can personally attest to the band’s greatness), this

rock doc is a must see for the diehard Truckers fan. Show up Monday, 1/17, for a Q&A with producer Dave Barbe. Part of the Athfest Filmfest 2011 Rock Docs series. SOUL SURFER (PG) The second release from new distributor FilmDistrict, Soul Surfer is based on the true story of teenaged surfer Bethany Hamilton (AnnaSophia Robb), who lost her arm but not her desire to hang ten to a shark attack. A ludicrously buff Dennis Quaid and Helen Hunt appear as Bethany’s father and mother. Writer-director Sean McNamara has a long history of Nickelodeon/Disney TV movies and shows as well as the features Raise Your Voice and Bratz. SUPER 8 (PG-13) In J.J. Abrams’ new summer crowdpleaser, a group of junior Spielbergs witness a train crash that unleashes some mysterious and destructive events on their small Ohio town. The film’s dramatic core and primary means of propulsion are its dual mysteries: one fantastical, one tragically mundane. Without giving too much away, but to establish a point of reference, Super 8 is a Close Encounter with Jaws and E.T. Stylistically and narratively, Abrams references Spielberg’s greatest hits (much like Spielberg himself did in Jurassic Park). Yet Spielberg’s mastery of the creature reveal is not a gift shared by Abrams, as the first couple of acts, a perfect Polaroid of a simpler, more innocent time (peopled by some talented child actors and Kyle Chandler), is shelled to death by its tank-filled finale. For a solid hour-and-a-half, the Star Trek director provides the exact product the all-grown-up Spielberg has not in almost 20 years. It is only in the climax of his retro vision that it rings untrue; being able to explicitly depict whatever you want is not necessarily the boon Hollywood believes it to be. WATER FOR ELEPHANTS (NR) Jacob Jankowski (Robert Pattinson) has only his finals left to go before his dream life as a veterinarian can begin. Those dreams are cut short by the death of his parents in a car accident. In a magical twist of plot-driven fate, Jacob hops a train carrying the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth to its next stop. Soon, he convinces ringmaster August Rosenbluth (an absolutely terrifying Christoph Waltz) to hire him as the circus’ vet. And when Benzini Brothers gets a new star attraction, Rosie the elephant, Jacob becomes the all-important bull man (i.e., elephant trainer). X-MEN: FIRST CLASS (PG-13) Considering my interest in the X-Men wanes by 90 percent when Wolverine isn’t involved, it’s a good thing the last 10 includes Professor X and Magneto. With Kick-Ass filmmaker Matthew Vaughn in charge, X-Men: First Class is what the third X-movie should have been. A prequel to the preceding cinematic issues, X-Men Zero explains how Professor Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lehnsherr, AKA Magneto (Michael Fassbender), came to be friends and then mortal enemies. With Hellfire Club members Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon) and Emma Frost (January Jones) plotting nuclear war against the backdrop of the Cuban Missile Crisis, Xavier must train his first class of mutants—including series vets Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) and Beast (Nicholas Hoult)—to control their powers. With its early-’60s style (Shaw’s sub has a swank white interior) and Cold War tensions, X-Zero exceeds its predecessors in energy, style and fun. No disrespect to X2, but this fourth entry in the superhero franchise is the first X-film to fully live up to the property’s huge potential. Now give Vaughn some cool X-Men to work with already. Drew Wheeler

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It’s a pretty instructive thing to see Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for girls, will promote and benefit the third annual Athens version, Girls’ if you’re about to enter the childbirth system, Rock Camp ATH. especially if you or your more responsible Finally, honorary local status needs to be spouse or partner haven’t been busily reading awarded to Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett, the up on all the crazy things people in hospitals sometimes want to do to women they’re trying guys behind the long-running (seriously!) to get babies out of. Hint: they may be hoping and ever-changing Found Footage Festival. They’ve brought their lovingly curated to do it fairly quickly. compendia of unfortunate training videos, So, the film’s pro-midwifery stance, and unintentionally surreal cable access shows, even its nearly as strident argument for home creepily erotic birth, are pretty exercise tapes and easy to buy into. various other video (In fact, the ephemera from Film Notebooks the trash heap of are all about the semi-recent history midwives—here’s to Athens repeata shout out to the edly over the past ladies at ARMC: several years, and Woot! Woot!) But it’s always a good without giving time. They’ll be too much away, I back for a Saturday might suggest that night screening of depicting a latethe “best” from night New York their 20 years of taxi ride to the collecting this hospital, however stuff, presented timely and wellwith their inimimanaged, when table in-person complications make commentary. a home birth risky Get a full schedis not the best way ule and detailed to reassure those descriptions at who might be on www.athenscine. the fence about com. going that route. You gotta admire Summer Classics director Abby Set: Last time out, Wes Freed’s DVD cover art for The Secret to a Happy Epstein’s commitI mentioned the Ending, the Drive-By Truckers doc playing at Ciné during ment to honesty, Summer Classic though—especially AthFest. Movie Series at considering she Ciné; the films, dates and presenters have now was the lady having a baby in a cab. Yeah, go been finalized. Presenters will introduce their ahead and see it. films on Friday opening nights, and each film m Everything’s AthFest: Once again, Ciné is runs a week. The series begins July 8, when film central for the summer music festival, and Tony Eubanks will introduce Chocolat. Next, the lineup for this year’s AthFest FilmFest is Patterson Hood presents one of his favorite pretty diverse and fun, including, as usual, films, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. I’ll several well-chosen, music-related feature introduce Ernst Lubitsch’s final film, Cluny documentaries, as well as the short film proBrown, followed by Sanni Baungartner with grams Athens Picture Show and TeenScreen— Josef von Sternberg’s first collaboration with plus, an encore presentation of the Sprockets Marlene Dietrich, The Blue Angel. The series Music + Video Show (which debuted last week- wraps up with two musicals: Jacques Demy’s end at the 40 Watt, and whose winners will be lovely The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, presented announced at this Thursday’s Flagpole Music by Richard Neupert, and the splendid, ubiqAwards Show at the Morton Theatre). uitous Grease, introduced by Pam Kohn. I’ll Two of the music docs are about the remind you of these in the coming weeks; in Drive-By Truckers: Barr Weissman’s 2009 feathe meantime, you can find out more at Ciné’s ture The Secret to a Happy Ending and The website. Go-Go Boots Episodes, an eight-segment video companion to the band’s latest album Extra Credit: A few readers and friends written by frontman Patterson Hood and responded to my challenge to think of westdirected by Athens filmmaker and photograern films directed by women, with both Will pher Jason Thrasher. 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This week I want to start out by welcoming all visitors to Athens. I know a lot of you are in town for AthFest, although I imagine a few could have just started driving and wound up here, so please have a good time and enjoy our city and our music. Remember, too, that we locals live here year-round and we’re an amenable bunch if you need help with directions, advice on where to eat, etc., but we’ll bristle up really quickly if you start throwing around big-city attitudes. So, stay hydrated and kind, and we’ll all get along just fine. Now, let’s really get into it… Sing Out Loud, Sing Out Strong: Collapserock band Tunabunny has a new video out for its song “(Song for My) Solar Sister” which has been a live favorite of the band’s for several months. The song is featured on the group’s new self-titled 7-inch single (available locally at Wuxtry) and is from its upcoming album Minima Moralia that comes out Aug. 2. Each of these releases is on Athens’ HHBTM Records. The song itself is one of the band’s most clearly executed pop songs and reminds me very much of the old Austin band The Reivers, but it also manages to somehow deliver the mood and feel of the Athens music scene from way back when. The artstudio/crowd–scene video solidifies this. Catch the video over at user/TheTunabunny. In other news, Tunabunny will play this Saturday night, June 25, at Ciné at the HHBTM Records AthFest Showcase Tunabunny along with Flash to Bang Time, Eureka California, Cars Can Be Blue and Hug Abuse. For more information please see


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Beer for Breakfast: The Caledonia Lounge will host its first ever unofficial AthFest day party on Saturday, June 25 from noon–8 p.m. The free event, dubbed “Dirty Athens,” will feature Bambara, Casper & the Cookies, Co Co Ri Co, Prizmatic Spray, White Violet, Abby Go Go Turf War and others to be announced. There are also “two big surprises,” but I have absolutely no idea what these are, so don’t bother asking me. Check out the event’s Facebook page for set times. Notably, this is Bambara’s last show in Athens before the boys make the big move to Brooklyn, NY in August, so feel free to go by the show and ask them exactly what their problem is. Hull-Hounds on Your Trail: The Rick Fowler Band has a new five-song EP titled Discordia out now which thematically addresses “the destruction of the economy by major corporations and bankers and the resulting suffering of the poor and middle class.” The heavy blues and classic rock band will perform most, if not all, of the EP during its set on the AthFest Hull Street stage at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 26. The EP is available at all major download merchants and at local record shops. Fowler’s biography is pretty unimpeachable and those unfamiliar with his work can bone up over at



One More Silver Dollar: The funky dudes in Athens’ Tent City (the band, not the place) will match their jazz with the likeminded folks from Tuscaloosa’s The Hypsys and present a tribute show to Macon, GA’s favorite sons, The Allman Brothers Band, on Thursday, June 23 at the Melting Point. If this sounds like your kind of thing, visit tentcity and check out the folks entrusting Duane’s legacy to themselves. Artists Only: The surprise hit around my house this week is the new album by the strictly rhythm-’n’-vocals group Pretty Bird. I mean, I’m not really surprised that I like it, as I tend to aggressively go in for projects that operate via subtraction, but rather that it was a nice surprise to be tipped to. Titled Rules, the 15-track album is the latest release from local psychedelic/experimental collective The Birdhouse Collection which comprises Pretty Bird, Cottonmouth, Muuy Biien, Green Gerry and K i d s. The whole collection plays the Caledonia Lounge on Thursday, June 30, so go dig ‘em. Before you do, though, download Rules and other releases over at www. All the Live Long Day: I’ve said before that if you dropped a stranger into Athens between spring and summer they’d think all we did here was host festivals. Even though you’re all in AthFest mode this week, keep your calendar open for the Third Annual Classic City American Music Festival. The one-day event happens Sunday, July 3 at the Melting Point and is presented by that venue, Nomad Artists and the Packway Handle Band. Featured performers include Patterson Hood, Yo Soybean, Mountain Heart, New Familiars, Seven Handle Circus, Lera Lynn, The Welfare Liners, Art Rosenbaum, Ken Will Morton, String Theory and Border Hop 5. Doors open at 1 p.m., music begins at 3 p.m., and advance tickets are $15 until June 27 when they go up to $17. Tickets at the door are $20, and UGA students can get in for $12 with a student ID. Children 12 and under get in free. For more information, please see www. Welcome to AppFest: If you’re wondering if there was an official AthFest iPhone application, well, you’re in luck. This year all iPersons can have a sortable schedule, map of downtown Athens, band synopses and more all in your pocket and ready to do your bidding at any time. Just head to the iTunes store and search for “AthFest” to get wired. Let’s Stay Inside: The blissed-out and newlyback-in-Athens band Pacific UV has steadily released one song for free each month since February as a way of leading up to its new album, Weekends, which is due this fall. Just head to and hear what you’ve been missing. Gordon Lamb

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usic and stand-up comedy make natural allies. Stand-up possesses many of music’s key elements—a good comic must pay close attention to cadence, rhythm and timing, and at its best, a stand-up routine develops into what the late George Carlin called a “verbal ballet.” In fact, spokenword performances might be stripped-down enough to compete with experimental jazz as the most avant-garde musical form—if we count the “verbal ballet” as music, that is. It makes perfect sense that stand-up comedy finally claimed its rightful place as part of AthFest last year, and this time around, LaughFest promises to be bigger, better and, most important, funnier. Many Athenians surely remember Chicago comic Dan Telfer from Patton Oswalt’s two-night stand at Dan Telfer the 40 Watt in March, mainly because Telfer put on a hell of a show. His intellectual and observational humor had the audience intermittently unsettled and laughing uncontrollably, with jokes about everyday life, a bit about 16th-century astronomer Tycho Brahe and an extremely memorable scientific tirade about dinosaurs. Telfer is headlining LaughFest this year, supported by locals Chris Patton, Natalie Glaser, Matt Gilbert, Ed Burmila, Drew Dickerson and TJ Young. Since 2006, Young has been watching the Athens stand-up scene develop while playing an active role in its growth. “I didn’t see a whole lot of comedy going on in Athens,” says Young. “It just didn’t seem like the very little comedy that was happening was being very widely promoted.” So, Young started running a monthly comedy showcase out of The Loft, an endeavor which lasted about three years. “Over the course of that time, I definitely saw a steady build of people who were more and more interested in seeing comedy,” says Young. “People were almost always excited and surprised that comedy was going on… now that there’s a variety of people doing it, you get a lot of different circles of friends that don’t necessarily overlap, so you just get a wider audience automatically… I think it’s just taking time for everybody to see that comedy is a thing that happens in Athens.” Another featured performer in this year’s LaughFest lineup is New York-based comic Dave Waite. Waite’s style is self-deprecating, drawing on his pre-stand-up career failures and myriad misfortunes in love. He began doing comedy after taking a stand-up class in Newport, KY, and his career’s been growing ever since.

Young’s thoughts on the efficacy of standup comedy classes are largely positive. “I don’t think that’s any better or any worse than anybody just going to an open-mic and really trying it… I was comfortable onstage already, just having done improv performance, and I took a class. I don’t know that it taught me much about being onstage, but it gave me a jumping off point for how to write standup, in terms of how to brainstorm an idea or learning about word economy… which is just making sure that you tear your joke down to the absolute essential information that people need in order to get the punch-line.” While local talent Luke Fields will host, introducing the plethora of comedians gracing the stage that evening and throwing in some

of his own jokes, comedy fans will see each comic’s “best seven minutes,” followed by a 10-minute set by Waite, then a full hour from Telfer to close out the night. Young is excited about Athens’ burgeoning stand-up scene, and he encourages any Athenians with an interest in stand-up to join in the fun. “Just do it. I tell people this all the time. If you have any inkling to want to try it, just do it… no one ever dies from doing stand-up comedy. There are plenty of places to perform around here, and there’s no time like the present.” Kevin Craig

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far as exclusivity goes, you could do far worse outside of Athens. Complications surrounding insurance prevent most venues from hosting all-ages events, creating an environment where only the most derring-do-doing youngsters venture out into the night. Plus, let’s face it, lots of musicians are poor self-promoters, leaving many songs unheard by potentially receptive ears. But for the most part, a thriving and dynamic local music scene is readily available. If nothing else, AthFest takes the next step and acts as our town’s great equalizer. Like any good circus, the egalitarian call goes out: Step right up, ladies and gentlemen, young and old. “You get a lot of people who go out all the time, but then you get folks who are a little older,” says AthFest director Jared Bailey. He sees AthFest as an event for music fans “who have kids and day jobs and don’t get a chance to go out to the late-night rock clubs anymore, but they love music. This is an opportunity for them to bring their kids to see some bands they like, try some new bands, listen to some new bands, at an hour when they’re able to come out.” Bailey continues: “It’s summer, and kids are out of school, whereas during the year, they don’t get to see much live music.” Troy Aubrey, the festival’s booking chair—responsible for the line-ups on the popular outdoor stages—concurs: “It’s awesome for families. Now that I have a family, I love bringing my daughter down there for the KidsFest and seeing some cool bands. And as she grows up, she’s gonna experience that you can’t get into clubs up until you’re 16 or 17. Until then, it’s the only opportunity to see what Athens bands are about.” In 1997 AthFest’s founders spent 10 weeks putting together a free street festival in downtown Athens in conjunction with the Athens Downtown Development Authority. Fourteen years later, the festival has grown to include an artists’ market, the children’s “KidsFest,” mini film fests, a half-marathon (taking place in October), the release of an annual compilation CD, The Flagpole Athens Music Awards Show (see Calendar Pick p. 20) and, since this is 2011, an iPhone app: AthFest’s downloadable website. AthFest is operating in tandem with the WIRED Dance Music Festival taking place that weekend at the New Earth Music Hall as well as the LaughFest comedy show at the 40 Watt—both of which offer discounted admission with the AthFest wristband. In short, this sprawling bonanza is a long way from 1998, when Aubrey ran into Bailey at the post office and was promptly offered the opportunity to manage AthFest’s outdoor stage. “It’s definitely grown, but AthFest has intentionally tried to grow with baby steps,” says Aubrey. “We never wanted to be this Music Midtown, corporate, national act, huge festival—the focus was always on the local scene. The whole thing started because it was a chance to showcase what Athens had to offer, you know?” The work that Aubrey and his fellow AthFest employees put into each festival starts almost as soon as the previous year’s

ends. “We take a little break in July to decompress,” he says. “But we try to get back together fairly soon, two or three weeks after AthFest, while things are still fresh on our mind, and we have a wrap-up meeting and discuss what went right and what went wrong and how we can improve.” By August and September, they are preparing for their fund-raising Athens, GA Half-Marathon, which takes place each October. In November, Aubrey begins accepting early electronic submissions via Sonic Bids, the press kit website—with caveats in mind. “The thing I don’t want bands to do on Sonic Bids is to be this California band who has never played in the Southeast and pay $10 or whatever it is to submit and no chance in hell they’re getting in. Who’s going to come see that band that’s never had any history here? We don’t want a flood of bands just throwing submissions out there to see if they stick. We want bands to do their homework. What is AthFest? Local bands.” While the majority of the festival features local bands, the select few out-of-towners are chosen not for their name recognition so much as local significance. “Every year, there’s the argument: Why don’t we do a bunch of bands that are national acts from out of town? And we have a small degree of those types of bands, but I always try to find bands that have a relationship to Athens.” Centro-matic, the Denton, TX band who often frequented the stage at the now-defunct Tasty World, are one such band; Georgia music legend Colonel Bruce Hampton is another. In January, Aubrey begins his search for headliners on the outdoor stages, which largely shapes the booking for the earlier slots as well. “I’m not a big fan of putting two jarring bands together. I like a flow to the sets. If you’re a fan of this band, well, maybe you don’t know the next band, but you’re probably going to become a fan of that band. I like eclectic, personally, but I think for the mass audience that’s down there, you wanna have a sort of a good sonic flow to the day. There’s some bands, like Free Mountain—where am I going to put them where it flows well? Nowhere, it’s just so different from what everyone else is doing. So, I just tried to fit ‘em in where it felt best.” (Ed. note: That’s what she said.) Aubrey cites the rootsy one-two-three-four punch of arriving-up-and-comers Lera Lynn, Woodfangs, Centro-matic and Futurebirds as one particularly fluid arrangement of acts. As winter winds down, Aubrey shores up his headliners and proceeds to sift through the rapidly arriving submissions, both electronic and physical. By mid-March, they’re able to announce their line-up, and from there it’s a lot of coordinating: communicating with bands, venues and the city to get all AthFest’s ducks in a row. Before you—or anyone at the organization, for that matter—know it, June has rolled around and things are getting real. Which brings us to present day: you hold in your hands, reader, the story up until now. This, of course, is where you come in. Be sure to take full advantage of the opportunity. Jeff Tobias

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we have any AthFest advice to give you it’s this: check out a band you’ve never seen before. Pick one at random. Pick one based on its name. Go see a band because the description in the program intrigues you/ confuses you/ enrages you. Whatever it takes. That’s how some of the best musical discoveries are made. But if you aren’t feeling bold, we’ll still be here to hold your hand and make a few suggestions. Here are some of our favorites, in order of appearance… Easter Island: Shimmering, melodic pop from one of our Flagpole Athens Music Awards Upstart of the Year finalists. It’s delicate and lush and beautiful, and the songs just keep getting better with every show. [Michelle Gilzenrat] Pulaski Street Stage, Friday, 5 p.m. Oryx and Crake: A huge ensemble with a sound to match, this neo-folk outfit out of Atlanta brings heartfelt emotion and haunting presence to their craft. A flurry of strings from banjo to cello provides a rustic backdrop for soaring gang vocal swells that tug at the memories of anyone who has lived and loved in the South. [David Fitzgerald] Hull Street Stage, Friday, 6 p.m. Michelle Gilzenrat

Lera Lynn: Get a preview of her set at the Flagpole Athens Music Awards on Thursday, and you’ll soon understand why we nominated her as one of this town’s finest country artists. Whether performing solo or with a full band, Lynn’s voice and stage presence are absolutely riveting. Ooh, and let’s all request her breathtaking cover of TV on the Radio’s “Wolf Like Me,” which might be even better than the original. [MG] Pulaski Street Stage, Friday, 6:30 p.m.

Futurebirds: It was almost surreal watching the crowd response to our boys over at SXSW earlier this year. Set after set, the venues were packed, and by the end of each night everyone was singing along and singing their praises. These boys are on their way up. Check out this show if you dig harmonies, heartfelt Americana and a rollicking good time. [MG] Pulaski Street Stage, Friday, 9 p.m. Green Thrift Grocery: What’s the opposite of a secret weapon? An obvious weapon? Green Thrift Grocery’s obvious weapon is lead singer/guitarist Chloe Tewksbury, who has effortlessly dashed past all the miserable shoegazers in your favorite bands to become the most exciting performer in Athens music right now. Unchained from her usual gig behind the drum kit for Tunabunny, Tewksbury’s brazenly unpredictable wildness makes you feel like punk never happening never happened. The rest of the band churns out jangly, jarring noise pop that buttresses her deeply “free” acoustic-electric guitar playing. A truly sustainable source of local music, and they’re only a quick walk away! [Jeff Tobias] Go Bar, Friday, 9 p.m. ‘Powers: Four guitars, one drum set, all shred, all the time. Like watching a hurricane from within the eye, ‘Powers is a quadraphonic metal maelstrom that must be experienced to be believed. [DF] 40 Watt Club, Friday, 10 p.m. The Spinoffs: Oh, my stars. An all-star lineup featuring members of Heavy Feather, The HEAP and the Critical Darlings offers


Hans Darkbolt: A theatrical story line set this young concept band apart. With every new song Hans Darkbolt adds to its supervillain’s mythology, and the operatic vocals and dynamic rock arrangements ensure that the music is as entertaining as the lyrics. The band also recently expanded its sound, adding horns and more keyboard parts; so, if you haven’t seen these

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Centro-matic: They can be called an “Athens band” only tangentially (frontman Will Johnson has spent time here and has included Athenians in his various musical projects through the years), but Denton, TX’s Centro-matic are no stranger to AthFest, having given some sweaty and superb performances in years past. Perpetually awesome and tragically underrated, the group seemingly has been reenergized by a new record, the crisp Candidate Waltz. [Gabe Vodicka] Pulaski Street Stage, Friday, 7:45 p.m.


a few great songs about stars… “Lucky Stars,” which you can hear on this year’s AthFest CD, and the beautiful “Stars Go On,” which the band played in tribute to Jon Guthrie at its debut (and only previous) show. But the other tracks are pretty stellar, too. I’m looking forward to hearing the Stooges/ Pretenders-inspired “Disposable,” a song Kathy Kirbo says is about “corporate greed and its long-term effects on the environment”—something the local activist knows a lot about. Kirbo says this project serves as sort of an experimental playing ground—a place to try out alternative tunings and go off in new directions not explored in the members’ other bands. “They are all rock-based right now,” she says of The Spinoffs’ tunes, “but span from surreal, artsy rock to Deadhead-esque to power pop. Chris [McKay] said ‘space pop,’ and I think he’s on to something. I like spacepop.” [MG] The Globe, Friday, 11 p.m.

guys in a while, it’s worth a revisit. [MG] Flicker Theatre & Bar, Friday, 11 p.m. Manray: This was Flagpole’s favorite new band of 2010, and they just keep getting better. Furiously aggressive with intricate guitar and relentless energy… It might get loud. [MG] 40 Watt Club, Friday, 11 p.m. Spring Tigers: With incisive lyrics, immense energy and a melodic sensibility that would have given Blur a run for its money, the recently revitalized Spring Tigers are steadily reclaiming their place at the upper echelons of Athens’ music scene. The band has been busy recording its debut full-length, and recent gigs suggest the group is toning down the pop and turning up the rock—not that they haven’t always seemed to have a predilection for rocking out, but fans of The Strokes will be happy to hear Spring Tigers continuing down a more angular, gritty road. Plus, the British accent is pretty sexy. Note new set time! [Kevin Craig] Caledonia Lounge, Friday, 1 a.m. Cinemechanica: With perfect timing and stunning synchronicity, these guys power through technically complicated, mind-bending math rock with a fury usually reserved for speed metal. Indeed, for the duration of their set, AthFest will unquestionably be transformed into MathFest. [DF] 40 Watt Club, Friday, 1 a.m. Mouser: This long-running project takes the straightahead power of psychedelic garage rock and splices on an absolutely legendary horn section. Tripping between ska, jazz and mariachi-flavored melodies, Mouser delivers a musical wallop, giving

equal time to experimental play and rowdy head-banging. [DF] Farm 255, Friday, 1:15 a.m. Monahan: What a voice! If you miss Jeff Buckley, if Jimmy Gnecco of Ours melts your black heart, if Bono gives you a broner, don’t miss Monahan’s set. [MG] Hull Street Stage, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. The Whiskey Gentry: Simply put: a rock and roll hootenanny. Rock and bluegrass instrumentation combine with neo-traditional songwriting and rhythmic rapidity to bring the band’s sound close to folk-punk, but country predominantly underlies The Whiskey Gentry’s sound. Lead vocalist Lauren Staley’s Allison Krauss-meets-Dave King (Flogging Molly) delivery has just enough twang and pipes-a-plenty, giving the edginess of the music a nice dose of unbridled beauty. [KC] Hull Street Stage, Saturday, 4:45 p.m. Jim White: One of the more legitimately talented songwriters in the over-saturated Southern Gothic folk scene, Jim White rarely struts his stuff for an audience, so when he does, it’s well worth checking out. Many know White from his role as narrator and star of the BBC documentary “Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus”; his grasp on the scary, joyous truths of the new American South informs his life and his music, which veers between ominous serenity and noisy, Waits-ian clang. [GV] Pulaski Street Stage, Saturday, 6:30 p.m. Dip: Here’s something to mull over: Do you think Das Racist’s dorm roommates at Wesleyan heard “Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell” and thought it was brilliant? No, they probably told them it was stupid, and they were right. Doesn’t matter: it’s infectious in its stupidity and signaled the deeper cleverness which Das Racist has since showcased. One might cautiously foster similarly high hopes for Dip, the unrelentingly goofy booty “rap” group featuring Christopher Grimmett and Noah Ray. True, they may just be capitalizing on the proliferation of cheap/free/stolen music software, but if “Skinny Dip”—the genuinely great leadoff song on their latest album Double Dip—is any indication, they at least have a good grasp of dynamics and a sense of fun you can’t fake. Come on, Dip… don’t let us down. [JT] Go Bar, Saturday, 9 p.m. Reptar: We’ve gushed about this band so much it’s almost embarrassing. The shows are a blast; the debut EP sounds great, and we just hope that when they are sitting on top of Pop Mountain they remember that lil’ ol’ Flagpole loved them first. [MG] 40 Watt Club, Saturday, 11:45 p.m. Sea of Dogs: What makes Sea of Dogs great is the same thing that makes life worth living: amid the grim realities, there’s hope to be found. Emily Armond’s banjo-driven songs are an unblinking look in the mirror for narrator and listener alike, and her band has the good taste to play quietly enough to give the lyrics plenty of elbow room. [JT] Flicker Theatre & Bar, Saturday, midnight Like Totally!: Although the dancing flower and his friends were throwing back beers and prancing with cigarettes dangling from their mouths at their Farm 255 debut last week, they promise to clean things up for the kid-friendly set at KidsFest. All the best kids shows and movies throw in a few winks and nudges for the parents to enjoy, and Like Totally! offers that, too. If you have any love for whimsy, it’s hard not to smile watching this colorful cast of costumed merry-makers sing songs about friendship and discovery. I’ve been told that costumes might rotate, but there’s a good chance you’ll see a singing scientist, a gee-tar pickin’ farmer, a dancing octopus, a bouncy Beanie Baby and a sax-playing banana. Lots of talent up on one stage and even more cuteness. [MG] KidsFest Stage, Sunday, 5:00 p.m.



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rnest Greene is doing Horatio Alger proud. A classic rags-to-riches tale for the 21st-century electronica set, the Atlanta/Athens native has, in a staggeringly brief window of time, gone from creating music on his laptop in his parents’ spare room to signing a deal with the king of all indie labels, Sub Pop, and playing to fans all over the world. His oddly fractured beats, overexposed melodies and humid, syrupy production spill out of every semi-danceable, commercially viable track, and with his major label debut, Within and Without, set for release later this year, he has virtually become the face of the still-young chillwave movement. Making a long-awaited return to the Classic City for AthFest 2011, Greene is arguably the biggest act on the docket this year, or at least the most “of the moment”—but in speaking with him, you’d never know it. A notoriously reluctant performer at the onset of his meteoric rise, Greene begins by reflecting on his days in Athens and what was, at the time, only his second show ever. “I love the city,” he says in the relaxed, friendly tone of a Southeastern festival hippie. “I had no idea what I was doing at that point. Initially, I was worried about just getting up in front of people because I’m a pretty shy person. I wasn’t really excited about that. The music wasn’t recorded with performance in mind. I wasn’t sure how I was gonna pull it off. It’s really taken this long to figure it out. The first show I did at the 40 Watt was me by myself, which is not very entertaining for an audience with kinda slower tempo stuff. But since then I’ve had a couple of different bands, and it’s definitely more fun for me and, I hope, for the audience. It’s more of a rock-band feel and a reinterpretation of some of the songs on the record.” With regard to making the leap to a professional studio, Greene expressed a similarly guarded concern at the outset, only to have all his fears allayed. “It’s been really great” he explains. “I was a little nervous about it, both working in a proper studio—having my music mixed and mastered was really scary—and working with a label as great as Sub Pop. I’ve always been very hands-on with everything involved with Washed Out, so I was scared that they might do some crazy promos that I

wasn’t happy with or something like that. It’s been a huge learning experience, but they’ve kinda been holding my hand through the entire process, and they’ve been great.” When asked about the mini-controversy that erupted over the cover art for the new record, Greene chalks it up to yet another learning experience. “I knew for this record, both sonically and with the visuals, it was gonna move away from some of the things I’ve done in the past. If you’ve seen any of the covers from the older material, it’s all faded, 35 mm, for lack of a better word, ‘washed out’ colors—so I knew I wanted something kind of drastically different from that. The stark white was what first grabbed me from the image and then, to me, it kinda brought this intimate quality that I was trying to represent with the record. When we debuted the first song and the artwork, people thought it was meant to be provocative and sensual and, honestly, that didn’t even cross my mind. It was a little disappointing because I think that sort of interpretation undercuts what I was trying to communicate with the image. But I still really like it.” Regardless of his early hiccups, Greene’s Washed Out project is clearly hitting its stride, and his story stands as an inspiration to all those who have walked away from the University of Georgia with a degree only to stay close by and follow their bliss. Joined by rising Athenian stars Reptar and FLT RSK (see Calendar Pick on p. 22), AthFest’s Saturday night at the 40 Watt will be one to remember, and no matter how long it takes Greene to come back for round three, it’s comforting to know he’s out there—as an ambassador both for chillwave and for all the brilliant young musicians still working their asses off in the Classic City. David Fitzgerald

WHO: Washed Out WHERE: 40 Watt Club WHEN: Saturday, June 25, 1 a.m. HOW MUCH: AthFest wristband required for entry



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Bringing Back the Stomp

The Chickasaw Mudd Puppies Return After a Two-Decade Hiatus


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wenty years ago, Ben Reynolds and Brant Slay were delightful, bluesy stand-outs in the crowded Athens music scene. As the Chickasaw Mudd Puppies, they strummed, stomped, hollered and carried on like a couple of tipsy hillbilly rockers. The twosome called it quits in 1992. But this year, on the heels of an unexpected reunion in the studio, the Mudd Puppies are back in action. “It’s hard for me to look back at it and say what we were or what we are now,” says Reynolds, who handled electric guitar and shared vocal duties. “We certainly didn’t plan on being a kind of novelty act, although it did sort of turn into that at one point. For us, it was all about the music. We had a great time doing it, and there was some sort of weird chemistry between us.” Formed in 1988, the duo played around town and took their act on the road behind a small pile of recordings. Fans loved their onstage enthusiasm and backwoods image. Critics raved about their Southern personality, bluesy style and Slay’s stompbox, harmonica, washboard and battery of homemade percussion instruments. Fellow musicians admired their rawbut-effective technique. “Neither one of us had any plans on being professional musicians,” says Reynolds. “Although, that would be my dream job. In some ways, it still is my dream job, but it’s nothing I ever thought I’d be doing. We just simply got together and started playing.” Their show wasn’t a silly novelty act. On their kiosk flyers and promo photos, the longhaired, overall-clad Mudd Puppies looked a little crazy and weird, but onstage, the music stood up. Their punkish blend of swamp blues, rockabilly, country and Appalachian folk styles was mighty powerful. Slay’s boot-stomping performance style and rowdy harp work complemented Reynolds’ twangy guitar tones and riffs. It rocked and grooved in a unique way. “I can’t tell you how talented I think Brant is,” says Reynolds. “He somehow makes me sound good, which is difficult,” he laughs. “It’s not like we’re virtuosos at what we do, but Brant’s a natural talent. For me, I’m just a basic guitar player who can beat the hell out of a guitar.” In 1989, the Mudd Puppies issued their debut on the small California indie label Texas Hotel Records. “When we were dealing with Texas Hotel, we were really excited because they had some great artists, like Vic Chesnutt, Poi Dog Pondering and the Rollins Band. They had a hard time, though. They’d make promises that they weren’t in the position to follow through with.” After a frustrating period of delays and complications with Texas Hotel, the duo signed to Wing Records, a subsidiary of Mercury/PolyGram, in 1990. The album White Dirt came out that year, followed by 8 Track Stomp (co-produced by Willie Dixon and Michael Stipe) in ’91. “I liked the idea of being on an indie label, but I liked the idea of getting out there and playing music,” Reynolds says. “That just wasn’t happening with Texas Hotel, for one reason or another. When we went with a major label, we were able to record and get out and tour all around the States, Canada and England.”

From 1990 to ’92, the Mudd Puppies warmed up for the likes of The Rave-Ups, Violent Femmes, The Waterboys, The Feelies, Jane’s Addiction and The Bad Livers. They toured regularly with Beggar Weeds. In the U.K., they opened for Bingo Hand Job, R.E.M.’s collaborated with Billy Bragg, Peter Holsapple (of The dB’s), and Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians. “By that time, it was the era of record labels signing indie bands and then spitting them back out,” remembers Reynolds. “They realized that everybody wasn’t going to be R.E.M. PolyGram decided to keep Ugly Kid Joe and dump us. “I think we handled some of the business side of things poorly because we took the advice of experts,” he adds. “One thing I’ve learned about it is to always follow your conscience.” After an amicable split in ’92, Reynolds and Slay went back to school, worked day jobs and started families. Reynolds currently works as a photography professor at the University of Georgia. Slay is now a land protection manger for the Georgia Nature Conservancy. “Brant and I kept in touch, but we hadn’t been in close contact until a couple of years ago when someone got in touch with us about music for an indie film,” Reynolds says. Director Simon West’s 2011 film The Mechanic used the scratchy romper “Chickenbone” in the original soundtrack. The song was originally released under the title “Ponky Knot” on White Dirt. Over a raw blues riff from Reynolds, Slay’s hightoned whoops, washboard rhythms and rapid-fire hickrap skills are on full display on the track. “We decided to re-record it under a new title with John Keane,” says Reynolds. “It was the first time we got together like that in a long time. We decided to do a few shows to see how it went, and it was a lot of fun.” That experience in Keane’s studio sparked a casual reunion. They played a handful of shows around the Southeast, including a stint at South by Southwest in Austin. The Mudd Puppies shared the stage with old cronies Beggar Weeds (from Jacksonville) at the Melting Point during a local reunion gig in April. Drummer Alan Cowart kept time with Reynolds and Slay onstage; it looks like he’s been enlisted as the official drummer. “Alan’s a great drummer, and we’re all like family,” says Reynolds. “We’re all like one big band and one big family, like always, so it made some sense to play with him when we got back together. It’s fun to revisit this stuff with new ears and old ears. If we can write some new songs and play them out, instead of just playing old stuff, I think we’ll stick around for a while.” T. Ballard Lesemann

WHO: Chickasaw Mudd Puppies WHERE: AthFest Pulaski Street Stage WHEN: Saturday, June 25, 7:45 p.m. HOW MUCH: FREE!

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hen people talk about the college radiobased jangle-rock invasion that came out of Georgia and North Carolina in the early ’80s, Atlanta-born quartet Guadalcanal Diary often gets a deserved mention alongside R.E.M., Pylon and Let’s Active. As a guitar-based, melody-driven, twanginfused power-pop band, guitarist and singer Murray Attaway, lead guitarist Jeff Walls, bassist Rhett Crowe and drummer John Poe provided their own brand of excitement in the coolest clubs in the region. Guadalcanal Diary formed in 1981. Their first gig was a friend’s backyard wedding party. Attaway chose the moniker from a book by Richard Tregaski about a U.S. campaign against Japan during World War II. Although officially from the Atlanta suburb of Marietta, the band was lumped in as one of the major bands of the Athens/Atlanta underground scenes of the early and mid-’80s. “We always felt more akin to the Athens scene than the Atlanta scene, which is why most of us moved there,” says Walls, currently of The Woggles. “It was silly when journalists asked us about the ‘Marietta sound,’ which didn’t exist…Listening back, you definitely hear that Pylon, four-on-the-floor, Athens beat in a lot of bands. There were certain rhythmic ways of phrasing that sound very Athens-y to me.” In celebration of their 30th anniversary, Guadalcanal reunites this week as one of the headliners at AthFest’s main stage. Walls, Attaway and Crowe have already been preparing for the show. Poe will be coming back to Georgia from his home in San Francisco. “It’ll just be the four of us—the four members that ever were,” Walls says. “To me, once you’ve done a reunion, the shock is not so bad. The first reunion show we did in 1996 was the shock. At that time, we’d not played together in seven years. The weirdest feeling came right before we went on, sitting in the same room with the same people, about to play the same songs we’d played a million times before. The only thing that will be a shock at AthFest is how young the people in the audience are compared to us [laughs].” Guadalcanal Diary’s earliest recordings came out on the Athens-based DB Records label. In 1984 they released a full-length titled Walking in the Shadow of the Big Man, produced by North Carolina studio wiz Don Dixon. The album earned critical praise and college radio airtime. In 1985 Elektra Records signed the band, reissued the album and sent them out on tour. “I remember when we signed with Elektra, that was one of the things they were bitching about. I remember [A&R executive] Kevin Patrick saying, ‘I don’t know about those glasses on Murray and Rhett… they might be too nerdy.’ Well, we were nerdy.” Their 1986 Elektra debut, Jamboree, bounced with a slicker, more mainstream production style, but 1987’s 2x4 recaptured the band’s signature rock rhythms and guitar

jangle. The song “Litany (Life Goes On)” became an alternative-rock hit and enjoyed rotation on MTV’s “120 Minutes” program. After they released 1989’s Flip-Flop, the band endured several lengthy tours before amicably parting ways. “We didn’t break up because we didn’t get along; we broke up because we were tired of doing what we were doing,” says Walls. “But we all stayed friends.” Everyone dabbled in various projects and collaborations over the years. Walls stayed particularly busy, playing guitar in the theatrical rockabilly-pop band Hillbilly Frankenstein and joining the garage rockers The Woggles. This week’s reunion took shape in a roundabout way. “It really started in 2009 when I began playing in a soul and R&B band,” says Walls. “I put it together with Phyllis [Walls’ wife] and Pat Patterson of Hillbilly Frankenstein on bass and drums, along with Doug Stanley on organ and guitar. We’d been playing around town. We became Bomber City with Murray on guitar and vocals and Diana Crowe on vocals and percussion. It was family thing when it came together, and it was fun.” After Bomber City got going, Attaway and Walls started talking about the 30-year anniversary and tossing around the idea of doing another reunion. “You know how stuff like that is; you get offers for stuff, but none of it sounds like it’d be any fun,” Walls says. “Then the opportunity to play AthFest came up, so everything lined up.” Walls says the band plans to play the heavier fan faves from the catalog with emphasis on their earliest material. “We haven’t reworked too many things, although I’ve adapted some of my own guitar parts,” he says. “It does make you look back on some of the old stuff and think, ‘Man, that was such a goofy guitar part’—like an arpeggiated thing Andy Summers might have done. It’s funny because I never liked to think of myself being too influenced by new wave bands. To me, they were my contemporaries, not influences. But listening back, I was more influenced than I realized.” As for the show, “It’ll be rawer than you know ‘cause there ain’t gonna be no sound check on that stage,” Walls adds. “It’ll be like being shot out of a cannon, you know? We do have a solid set list together, though. Murray and I wanted to put songs together for people to dance, have fun and rock hard—that was the only real doctrine we ascribed to. It’s mostly the uptempo stuff—the cheeky, rockin’ stuff.” T. Ballard Lesemann

WHO: Guadalcanal Diary WHERE: AthFest Pulaski Street Stage WHEN: Saturday, June 25, 9 p.m. HOW MUCH: FREE!


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Tuesday 21 EVENTS: Athens Farmers Market (Little Kings Shuffle Club) Check out the market in its downtown location! Buy fresh, locally grown organic produce, locally crafted goods and freshly baked breads. 4–7 p.m. FREE! ART: Art and History Lesson (Oglethorpe County Library) Meet at the Old Jail for a history lesson presented by Tom Gresham, then reconvene at the library for an art lesson in oil resist with instructor Nan Demsky. 4 p.m. FREE! 706743-8817 ART: Sewing Basics: Basic Alterations/Fitting (Community) Learn the basics of fitting and bring a shirt, dress or skirt to take in. Basic machine knowledge required. 7–9 p.m. $20. communityathens@ 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!

Wednesday 22 EVENTS: Canine Cocktail Hour (Hotel Indigo, Madison Bar & Bistro Courtyard) Drink and food specials for you and your (well-behaved, non-aggressive, vaccinated) dog! This week: salty dogs and greyhounds. Every Wednesday. 5-7 p.m. EVENTS: Cans for Critters Celebration (Memorial Park) A ceremony at Bear Hollow to mark the end of the “Cans for Critters” program. A $1,000 check will be presented from Novelis, a world leader in beverage can recycling. 9:30 a.m. 706-613-3512

EVENTS: Vegetarian/Vegan Dinner (The Melting Point) A threecourse meal of vegetarian/vegan fare including chilled gazpacho with chick pea crisps, couscous tabbouleh and tofu churros. $15.95. 706-549-7020, ART: Opening Reception (Lyndon House Arts Center) “Kaunakes: Ghosts of Mesopotamia” includes an installation by Glen Kaufman and performance by Andrea Trombetta. 7 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3623 ART: Tour at Two (Georgia Museum of Art) Docents lead a tour of the permanent collection. 2 p.m. FREE! PERFORMANCE: LaughFest 2011 (40 Watt Club) Comedians Dan Telfer, Dave Waite, TJ Young, Chris Patton, Natalie Glaser, Matt Gilbert, Luke Fields and Drew Dickerson. DJ BangRadio will spin between sets. AthFest Comedy Showcase. 8 p.m. $5 (18+ w/ AthFest wristband), $10 (21+), $12 (18+). KIDSTUFF: Puppet Shows (Various Locations) “Animal Crackers Fly the Coop” is a twist on the classic Grimm’s tale, The Bremen Town Musicians. 10:30 a.m. (Oconee County Library), 706-769-3950 & 2 p.m. (Madison County Senior Center), 706-795-5597. FREE! KIDSTUFF: Toddler 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.: Nature Writing Group (Athens Land Trust) Examine some great nature writing and take walks outdoors. Every Wednesday. 4:30–5:30 p.m. $5. patricia.priest@ GAMES: Dart League and Pool Tournament (Alibi) Meet up with other sharp-shooters. 8 p.m. FREE! 706-549-1010


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Thursday 23 EVENTS: Flagpole Athens Music Awards (Morton Theatre) We’re rolling out the red carpet for Athens’ finest talents as we announced the winners of this year’s awards! This year’s show is hosted by local musician, comedian and HACKS mastermind Luke Fields with performances by Lera Lynn, Timmy Tumble, Abandon the Earth Mission, The Gold Party and Ruby Kendrick plus surprise presenters and more! Tickets available at 8 p.m. See Calendar Pick on p. 20. EVENTS: iFilms: The Oath (ACC Library) The story of Abu Jandal, Osama bin Laden’s former bodyguard, and Salim Hamdan, a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay Prison and the first man to face the controversial U.S. military tribunals. 7 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 ART: Drawing in the Galleries (Georgia Museum of Art) Open hours for visitors to sketch in the galleries. 5–8 p.m. FREE! collardj@ ART: Opening Reception (Ciné BarCafé) For new drawings by Leslie Snipes. 6–8 p.m. FREE! PERFORMANCE: Athens Area Shapenote Singers (First United Methodist Church) Monthly traditional singing from The Sacred Harp, a collection of hymn tunes, odes and anthems set in four shapes. 7–9 p.m. FREE! PERFORMANCE: The Linden String Quartet (Town 220) Graduate quartet-in-residence at Yale School of Music perform dur-

Nancy Carter’s artwork is part of The Studio Group show on display at the Lyndon House through July 30. ing a dinner concert. Reservations required. 6 p.m. (dinner), 8 p.m. (concert). $25. 706-342-4743, www. THEATRE: Arsenic and Old Lace (Piedmont College) A farcical black comedy centered around a drama critic, Mortimer Brewster, who discovers his two aunts are homicidal maniacs. Thursday–Saturday, 7:30 p.m. & Sunday, 2 p.m. FREE! (students and staff), $15. 706-7788500, ext. 1355. OUTDOORS: In Search of Pollinators! Flower Garden Ramble (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) An introduction to the pollinator-friendly plants of the

Flower Garden. 7 p.m. FREE! 706542-6156, KIDSTUFF: Family Fishing Day (Sandy Creek Nature Center) Fish in the hidden Claypit Pond. Bait, poles and tips provided. Call to register. 6–7:30 p.m. $6/family. 706-6133615 KIDSTUFF: Make a Blinged-Out Bracelet (Georgia Square Mall, Learning Express) Each child will be given a “decorate by numbers” bracelet and sticky gems to place on their jewelry. 10:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. FREE! KIDSTUFF: Puppet Show (ACC Library) David Stephens of All Hands Productions performs “The

New Adventures of Br’er Rabbit.” 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 KIDSTUFF: Screening: Whale Rider (Oconee County Library) Pai, an 11-year-old girl, wants to be the new chief of her New Zealand Whangara tribe. 6–8 p.m. FREE! 706-760-3950 LECTURES & LIT.: Investing 101 (ACC Library) Money Matters presents a seminar on reaching financial goals. 7 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 MEETINGS: Clarke County Democratic Meeting (Clarke County Courthouse) Meeting in the Grand Jury Room. 6 p.m. FREE! 706-202-7515

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Friday 24 EVENTS: Athens Music History Tours (Athens Welcome Center) Take a walking tour through Athens for an in-depth exploration of the early scene. Sites include the many 40 Watt Club locations, the Steeple and the Murmur trestle, among other spots. Call to reserve spot. June 24, 5:30 p.m., June 25 & 26, 10:30 a.m. 706-208-8687 EVENTS: Happy Hour Rose Wine Tasting (The National) Three French rose wines paired with tapas. 5–6:30 p.m. $18. 706-549-3450 EVENTS: Musicians’ Legal Clinics (Nuçi’s Space) Private 30-minute clinic appointments with an entertainment law attorney. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. FREE! protectathensmusic@ ART: Opening Reception (Blue Tin Art Studio) For paintings by Andy Cherewick. 12–8 p.m. bluetinstudio. THEATRE: Arsenic and Old Lace (Piedmont College) A farcical black comedy centered around a drama critic, Mortimer Brewster, who discovers his two aunts are homicidal maniacs who murder lonely old men. Thursday–Saturday, 7:30 p.m. & Sunday, 2 p.m. FREE! (students and staff), $15. 706-778-8500, ext. 1355. THEATRE: Sock Puppet Bogosian (Athens Community Theatre) An adults-only mash-up of Eric Bogosian’s silliest and most poignant pieces performed by puppets. June 24–26, 2 p.m. $5. www. KIDSTUFF: Japanese Storytime (ACC Library, Storyroom) Learn about Japanese culture through literacy-based fun. Led by volunteers from UGA’s Japan Outreach Program. 5 p.m. FREE! 706-6133650 KIDSTUFF: Storytelling Concert (ACC Library) Barbara Dinnan shares tasty tales from around the world in “Gobble, Gobble, Slip, Slop!” 2:30 p.m. FREE! 706-6133650 KIDSTUFF: Summer Celebration Free Classes (Dancefx) Hip-hop (5 p.m.), theater-style singing and dancing (6 p.m.) and karate for beginners (6 p.m.) For ages 6–12. FREE! 706-355-3078, www.dancefx. org KIDSTUFF: Toddler Play Group (St. Gregory the Great) Meet other new moms at this weekly play date. Fridays, 9:30–11:30 a.m. FREE! 706-552-8554,








EVENTS: Adoption Day (Pawtropolis) Athens Canine Rescue brings its pups out for a chance at finding a new home. 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m. FREE! EVENTS: Athens Farmers Market (Bishop Park) Buy fresh, locally grown organic produce, locally crafted goods and freshly baked breads. Every Saturday. 8 a.m.–noon. FREE! EVENTS: Athens Music History Tours (Athens Welcome Center) June 24, 5:30 p.m., June 25 & 26, 10:30 a.m. 706-208-8687

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EVENTS: Athens Psychic Fair (Body, Mind & Spirit Ministries) Tarot readings, divinations and other activities in celebration of Athens Pagan Pride Day. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. FREE! EVENTS: Found Footage Festival (Ciné BarCafé) Brand-new installment of festival that showcases odd videos, such as infomercials, training videos and cable access shows. Hosted by comedians Joe Pickett (“The Onion”) and Nick Prueher (“Letterman”). 8 p.m. $10. www. EVENTS: Oconee Farmers Market (Downtown Watkinsville) Visit the back lawn of the Eagle Tavern Museum for locally grown produce, meats, dairy and handcrafted goods. Every Saturday, 8 a.m.–1 p.m. www. EVENTS: Open House (The Trial Gardens at UGA) Former UGA Athletic Director Vince Dooley will be visiting from 9–11 a.m. for a book signing. 8 a.m.–3 p.m. www. EVENTS: Screening: Girls Rock! (Ciné BarCafé) Documentary screening presented by Girls’ Rock Camp Athens. An open discussion, mini instrument instructions, gear drive and volunteer recruitment session will follow. 2 p.m. $5, $3 (w/ Athfest wristband). EVENTS: Summer Celebration Free Classes (Dancefx) Swing dancing (11 a.m.), beach body hiphop and conditioning (12 p.m.) and open level contemporary (1 p.m.) For ages 17 & up. FREE! 706-3553078, EVENTS: UGA Trial Gardens Public Open House (The Trial Gardens at UGA) Guided tours with Dr. Allan Armitage, a plant sale, heirloom tomato tasting and a book

signing. 8 a.m.–3 p.m. $5. www.uga. ART: Beginners’ Book-Making Workshop (The Loft Art Supplies) Learn to make handmade books with artist Brian Hitselberger. Register by calling. 1–4:30 p.m. 706-548-5334, PERFORMANCE: Sharon Isbin (Madison-Morgan Cultural Center) Classical guitarist performs solo and alongside the Linden String Quartet to play Boccherini’s “Fandango” Quintet. 7:30 p.m. $5 (students), $25. 706-342-4743, THEATRE: Arsenic and Old Lace (Piedmont College) A farcical black comedy centered around a drama critic, Mortimer Brewster, who discovers his two aunts are homicidal maniacs. Thursday–Saturday, 7:30 p.m. & Sunday, 2 p.m. FREE! (students and staff), $15. 706-7788500, ext. 1355. THEATRE: Sock Puppet Bogosian (Athens Community Theatre) An adults-only mash-up of Eric Bogosian’s silliest and most poignant pieces performed by puppets. June 24–26, 2 p.m. $5. www. OUTDOORS: Athens Family Nature Club (Dudley Park) For the whole family. Enjoy stories, games, earthskills and nature play at this monthly event. Meet at the parking lot behind Mama’s Boy. 10 a.m–noon. FREE! 706-224-2490, KIDSTUFF: Summer Celebration Free Classes (Dancefx) FREE! 706-355-3078,

Sunday 26 EVENTS: Athens Music History Tours (Athens Welcome Center) June 24, 5:30 p.m., June 25 & 26, 10:30 a.m. 706-208-8687

THEATRE: Arsenic and Old Lace (Piedmont College) A farcical black comedy centered around a drama critic, Mortimer Brewster, who discovers his two aunts are homicidal maniacs who murder lonely old men. Thursday–Saturday, 7:30 p.m. & Sunday, 2 p.m. FREE! (students and staff), $15. 706-778-8500, ext. 1355. THEATRE: Sock Puppet Bogosian (Athens Community Theatre) An adults-only mash-up of Eric Bogosian’s silliest and most poignant pieces performed by puppets. June 24–26, 2 p.m. $5. www.

Monday 27 KIDSTUFF: Bedtime Stories (ACC Library) Snuggle in your jammies and listen to bedtime stories. Every Monday. 7 p.m. FREE! 706-6133650 LECTURES & LIT.: Last Monday Book Group (ACC Library, Small Conference Room) Title TBA. Newcomers welcome. 7 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 MEETINGS: Classic City Woodturners Meeting (Clarke Central High School) A presentation of turning small boxes with ringed inserts. 6 p.m. GAMES: Adult Trivia (Jack’s Bar) Test your knowledge. 9–11 p.m. 706-548-8510 GAMES: Team Trivia (Beef ‘O’ Brady’s) Every Monday night. Win house cash and prizes! 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-850-1916

Tuesday 28 EVENTS: Athens Farmers Market (Little Kings Shuffle Club) Check out the afternoon market in its conve-

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The Flagpole Athens Music Awards Morton Theatre The campaigning has ended. The nominated acts have sent their last Facebook invites and their last pleading tweets. The non-nominated bands The Gold Party have begrudgingly stopped their bitching and moaning. The votes have been counted, and now it’s time for just one thing: #winning. Here’s the best part: the fact that we live (or play) in a town that has enough highquality acts to fill a four-day music festival, and the fact that narrowing down those hundreds of acts to a mere handful of top-notch nominees for our awards show is a harrowing challenge, means that we all win, friends. So, whether you got the coveted Flagpole Awards nod or not, let’s get together and celebrate all that we love about the Athens music scene at the beautiful Morton Theatre on Thursday. It’s a good way to get those warm fuzzies flowing; you’ll need those to help you power through the marathon of live music that follows. This year we’ve enlisted help of Luke Fields as host for the evening. You may already know him as one of the most badass guitarists in town—currently shredding for Bit Brigade and the obscenely entertaining ‘Powers. But in the last couple of years he has figured out how to entertain crowds without a guitar, and with his monthly comedy series, HACKS, he’s convinced a bunch of other musicians that they can do the same. He’ll have the pleasure of welcoming to the stage some of our favorite local bands from across a bunch of different genres: The Gold Party, Abandon the Earth Mission, Lera Lynn, Ruby Kendrick and Timmy Tumble will all be performing during the show, and Kenosha Kid returns as our pit band. And being that we love the ‘poles, we’ve also invited the Vertical Pole Dance Academy to perform an opening number. If you absolutely can’t make it to the show, you can follow along as winners are announced live via Twitter—just follow @Flagpolemusic. [Michelle Gilzenrat]

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nient downtown location! Buy fresh, locally grown organic produce, locally crafted goods and freshly baked breads. Now accepting EBT cards. 4–7 p.m. FREE! ART: Art and History Lesson (Oglethorpe County Library) Meet at Shaking Rock Park for a history lesson presented by Frances Hansford, then reconvene at the library for an art lesson in mixed-media collage with instructor Nan Demsky. 4 p.m. FREE! 706-743-8817 PERFORMANCE: R. Carlos Nakai (Madison-Morgan Cultural Center) Native-American flutist who will be joined by the Linden String Quartet to present Dvorak’s American String Quartet. 7:30 p.m. $5 (students), $25. 706-342-4743, KIDSTUFF: Toddler 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.: Brown Bag Lunch (ACC Library) Hannah Smith will share ideas for off-the-beatenpath attractions and travel resources in “One Tank Trips.” Feel free to bring a lunch to this 45-minute program. 12:15 p.m. FREE! 706613-3650 MEETINGS: Four Athens Happy Hour (The Globe) Four Athens, a tech incubator that supports local tech entrepreneurs, hosts a happy hour for tech professionals. Every Tuesday. 5:30–7:30 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Locos Trivia (Locos Grill & Pub) All three Athens locations of Locos Grill and Pub (Westside, Eastside and Harris St.) feature trivia night every Tuesday. 8:30 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Poker Night (Flicker Theatre & Bar) Last Tuesday of every month. 8:30 p.m. * Advance Tickets Available

Live Music Tuesday 21 Caledonia Lounge 9:30 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (Under 21). All ages show. www.caledonialounge. com MISFORTUNE 500 Moody and melodic local band with soaring anthemic moments influenced by post-punk and ‘80s new wave. THE HIGHEST South Florida indie rock. WITNESS THE APOTHEOSIS Athens-based darkwave-industrial duo blending dark vocals with hardhitting electronic music. Farm 255 9 p.m. FREE! KATE MORRISSEY Morrissey’s songwriting is literate and sincere, and her conversational live shows come punctuated with an offbeat sense of humor. NIGHTINGALE NEWS Coy Campbell King (The Vestibules) plays tender, rootsy acoustic ballads. WILL AND JOHN’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE Electronica/dance/ trance/groove music from Will Weber (Sunspots) and John Norris. Flicker Theatre & Bar 8:30 p.m. $5. www.flickertheatreandbar. com DAVID ROSENFIELD Like Conor Oberst playing early Dylan, or The Mountain Goats with Allen Ginsberg as lyricist, David Rosenfield is a

modern beat poet with an acoustic guitar. THE VIKING PROGRESS Beautiful and touching folk songs.



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. Little Kings Shuffle Club “Athens Farmers Market.” 4:30 p.m. FREE! DAVID ROSENFIELD Rosenfield is a modern beat poet with an acoustic guitar. 10 p.m. RANDY AND LOZO Spinning punk rock! SHAVED CHRIST New local grinder/ punk band featuring members of American Cheeseburger, Witches, Dark Meat and Hot New Mexicans. The Loft Dance Lounge 10 p.m. FREE! (21+), $5 (18+). www. SMASHFEST The first of the Summer Smash series, featuring heavy bass grooves from Pound Town, Decepticron, NeXus and Variant. The Melting Point Terrapin Bluegrass Series. 7 p.m. $5. HIGH STRUNG STRING BAND This local act offers three-part harmonies and ramblin’, upbeat bluegrass. Rye Bar 10 p.m. END OF AN ERA From the Jersey Shore but not the Jersey Shore crew you know: electro-metal punk with an ear for radio-friendly hooks. PHARMACY SPIRITS Charged and tempered pop rock with convincing vocals and persistant melodies. State Botanical Garden of Georgia Sunflower Music Series. 7–9 p.m. $5–15. MODERN SKIRTS This foursome went from piano-driven darlings to more experimental electronicinspired dance pop on its recent album, Gramahawk, out now. NATE NELSON Local singer-songwriter whose dreamy vocals lilt over sweet, heartfelt indie-pop melodies.

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George’s Lowcountry Table 6 p.m. FREE! 706-548-3359 THE BACUPS Local cover band plays fun ‘60s tunes from The Beatles to The Temptations.

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Go Bar 10 p.m. BURNS LIKE FIRE Local punk band featuring members of Karbomb, Wristbandits and Celerity. A quartet of musical disarray! CHATTY KATHIES Power-trio pop punk from Lafayatte, LA. SQUIRT GUN WARRIORS Quirky, nasal-y pop ska with a dose of synths from Baton Rouge. WRISTBANDITS Energetic teen-poppunk trio rocking out in the vein of Millencolin or NOFX. Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. ERIC SOMMER Upbeat songs that showcase the D.C. guitarist’s proficiency in slide guitar and Travis picking. Locos Grill & Pub 6 p.m. FREE! (Timothy Rd.) RICK FOWLER BAND Local guitarist Rick Fowler specializes in a classic sort of British blues rock. New Earth Music Hall 7 p.m. $5. www.newearthmusichall. com BORDERHOP TRIO This bluegrass trio sums up its sound in two words: “high” and “lonesome.” JOEL HAMILTON Minimalist robot chirps and echoes that swirl into nothingness. Influences include the “end of days” and “entropy.” JON LINDSAY Solo act of frontman for Carlisle, The Young Sons and The Catch Fire plays a diverse mix of pop-rock based tunes. MARK CUNNINGHAM AND THE NATIONALS Soulful, heartfelt Americana featuring Daniel Marler on dobro and Coy Campbell King on upright bass. NIGHTINGALE NEWS Coy Campbell King (The Vestibules) plays tender, rootsy acoustic ballads. The Office Lounge 9:30 p.m. FREE! 706-549-0840 KARAOKE With your host Lynn, the Queen of Karaoke! Every Wednesday.


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Terrapin Beer Co. 5 p.m. $10 glass. www.terrapinbeer. com GIN HOUSE Atlanta two-piece acoustic Americana featuring plenty of sweet, soft strumming and harmonyheavy ballads.

Thursday 23 Alibi 9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-1010 PARTY NIGHT Dance to the music of ‘80s and ‘90s. Amici Italian Café 11 p.m. FREE! BORDERHOP FIVE This bluegrass quintet sums up its sound in two words: “high” and “lonesome.”

Caledonia Lounge 9:30 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). www. THE DARNELL BROTHERS Country blues originals backed by upright bass, singing saw and junkyard percussion. MATT HUDGINS & HIS SHIT-HOT COUNTRY BAND The local band plays classic country and honky tonk that goes down well with a shot of whisky or an ice-cold beer. REDNECK GREECE Local artist sings swingin’ hillbilly honky tonk. DePalma’s Italian Cafe 6:30–8:30 p.m. (weather permitting). FREE! 706-552-1237 (Timothy Rd.) THE BACKSLIDERS Old time folk/ bluegrass trio. Farm 255 11 p.m. FREE! INCENDIARIES Ladies of pedigree enforcing angular sensibilities. MAXIMUM BUSY MUSCLE Local tech-metal trio. THE PLAGUE Original ‘80s Athens punk band continuing to tear it up with dark, angular rock. Flicker Theatre & Bar 8:30 p.m. $5. www.flickertheatreandbar. com FOUR EYES Jace Bartet and Erin Lovett lovingly mingle gentle melodies with bombastic shredding. NEW SOUND OF NUMBERS Experimental pop and post-punk project led by Hannah Jones of Supercluster. TIMMY TUMBLE AND THE TUMBLERS Tim Schreiber howls and spasms and literally tumbles over garagey rock-anthems and retro-inspired pop songs. Georgia Bar 9 p.m. 706-546-9884 WORN OUT WELCOME A rootsy mix of alt-country and rock. Go Bar 10 p.m. FREE! gobar DR. FRED’S KARAOKE Hosted by fanatic John “Dr. Fred” Bowers. Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. JAZZCHRONIC Local five-piece explores psychedelic fusion jazz. Hotel Indigo “Live After 5 on the Madison Patio.” 6–8 p.m. FREE! www.indigoathens. com MIKE KILLEEN Decatur-based performer who counts Bob Dylan and Vic Chesnutt as influences. Max “MaxFest.” 7:30 p.m. $3. 706-2543392 HOLY LIARS This local four-piece tends towards blue-collar rock. MACHISMO Local gutter pop group who want nothing more than for you to give in to the white fire and destroy yourself. MIKEY DWYER AND THE STARTER KITS There’s a touch of Elvis Costello in Athenian Mikey Dwyer’s distinctive vocals. NUTRIA This rootsy local powerpop band features former members of The Eskimos and The Possibilities. SAM SNIPER Southern jungle rock that holds together firmly with big rhythms and harmonies despite joyful bouncing between genres. TUMBLEWEED STAMPEDE Adventurous and energetic dancejam-folk sextet plays party music with folksy and surf touches.

YO SOYBEAN Local “party-folk” trio featuring upbeat, sing-a-long numbers. The Melting Point 9 p.m. $5. www.meltingpointathens. com ALLMAN BROTHERS TRIBUTE BAND Featuring Members of The Hypsys, Betsy Franck and the Bareknuckle Band and Lefty Hathaway. Morton Theatre 8 p.m. $5 (w/ AthFest wristband), $8 (adv.) $10. 706-613-3771 FLAGPOLE ATHENS MUSIC AWARDS We’re rolling out the red carpet for Athens’ finest talents as we announced the winners of this year’s awards! See Calendar Pick on p. 20. New Earth Music Hall 9 p.m. FREE TOMORROW Sophisticated, high-energy live hip-hop band utilizing multiple genre styles. JUICE BOX New local band lays down some smooth, funky jams. SUMILAN Technically proficient musicians playing jam rock. No Where Bar 10 p.m. $3, 706-546-4742 MAMA’S LOVE Young, funky jam band from right here in Athens. The Office Lounge 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-546-0840 BLUES NIGHT The Shadow Executives host a blues jam. The Roadhouse Happy Hour! 6 p.m. 706-613-2324 JOHN BOYLE Forty-year music vet performs on acoustic guitar in the vein of John Prine and Dylan. RPM 9 p.m. FREE! 706-543-0428 DJ JUSTIN LEGEND Spinning oldschool hip-hop. Rye Bar 10 p.m. $5. BROCK BUTLER Perpetual Groove frontman weaves complex, inspired, loop-based soul jams. Terrapin Beer Co. 5 p.m. $10 glass. www.terrapinbeer. com OUTSIDE THE BOX Poppy rock and roll band with lots of Rhodes organ.

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Mallonee takes his love of twangy, soulful pop to near-perfection. The Office Lounge 9:30 p.m. FREE! OfficeAthens EXCEPTION TO THE RULE This group infuses elements of classical, jazz, blues and rock. The Roadhouse 11 p.m. FREE! 706-613-2324 THE DICTATORTOTS These longtime Athenian chaos-cultivators stomp about and trash the night with postgrunge grooves. RPM 10 p.m. FREE! 706-543-0428 DJ MAHOGANY Freaky funk, sultry soul, righteous R&B and a whole lotta unexpected faves. Terrapin Beer Co. 5 p.m. $10 glass. www.terrapinbeer. com LAURA SLADE WIGGINS You may have seen Laura on Showtime’s “Shameless,” but tonight she’s putting on her musician’s hat.

Saturday 25 Alibi 9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-1010 KARAOKE With the Singing Cowboy! Amici Italian Café 11 p.m. FREE! BABY BABY This charismatic Atlanta band can be described simply as “fun-rock.” Bishop Park “Athens Farmers Market.” 8 a.m.– noon. FREE! KYSHONA ARMSTRONG This engaging songwriter performs a fusion of acoustic folk and soul. (10 a.m.) REPENT AT LEISURE Traditional Celtic tunes. (8 a.m.) Caledonia Lounge Noon–8 p.m. FREE! DIRTY ATHENS Day party featuring performances by Bambara (last show in Athens for a while!) Casper & the Cookies, Co Co Ri Co, Prizmatic Spray, White Violet, Abby Go Go, Turf War and more to be announced. Find the event on Facebook for lineup details.

Alibi 9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-1010 AFTERSHOCK Rock covers.

Front Porch Bookstore 6 p.m. FREE! 706-372-1236 HOBOHEMIANS Local four-piece playing a mix of proto-jazz, blues and folk music of the 1910s, ‘20s and ‘30s.

Amici Italian Café 11 p.m. FREE! 706-353-0000 WORLDWIDE ZOO This Tampa band grooves, swings, sizzles and jives their way into your mind and soul.

Georgia Bar 9 p.m. 706-546-9884 THREE FOOT SWAGGER Local band that plays dynamic, high-energy rock and roll with a lot of funk.

Boar’s Head Lounge 9 p.m. 706-369-3040 KIP JONES Like the reflective acoustic territory of Harvest-era Neil Young and ‘80s-era Steve Earle.

Highwire 10 p.m. FREE! www.highwirelounge. com KENOSHA KID Genre-bending jazz ensemble expands into a six-piece with Dan Nettles on guitar, Marlon Patton on drums, Robby Handley on bass, Neal Fountain on baritone guitar, and some incredible NYC horn players.

Georgia Bar 9 p.m. $10 (includes new CDs from both bands). 706-546-9884 EFREN Local indie-folksters along the lines of Iron and Wine. STARLIGHT DEVILLES Poppy garage rock with alt-country leanings. Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. BILL MALLONEE AND MURIAH ROSE The engine behind seminal Athens outfit Vigilantes of Love, Bill

Little Kings Shuffle Club Slush Fund Recordings Day Party. 1 p.m. FREE! littlekingsshuffleclub DAVID ROLAND AND THE LAST TRANSMISSION Theatric rock sixpiece driven by emotional fortitude of Roland’s Rufus Wainwright-esque vocals.


Heather Leake

Saturday, June 25

AthFest: FLT RSK 40 Watt Club

I once wrote that FLT RSK was aptly named because its live shows have the potential to take off at any moment, propelling crowds into orgiastic raves of jamtronica ecstasy. With the release of its debut album, People and Places, however, FLT RSK’s name becomes apt for a different reason. Running the gamut from hip-hop to trip-hop to IDM to trance and back again, the guys in FLT RSK prove in an all-too-short eight tracks that if you try to pin them down to any one genre, they’ll just wing on over to the next. Thus, unsurprisingly, producer JB Lawrence balks when asked to describe his sound, explaining, “I usually just refer to other people because when I do it, I start throwing out 20 different adjectives because it’s all over the place, and this album really shows that. I guess music that has always spoken to me the most is something with real soul. Stuff like Mishka and the hip-hop stuff. There’s not a lot of meaning behind it, but a lot of these songs were written with pain and love and all those kinds of inspirations driving them. It’s a tough question.” The album will be released in conjunction with the band’s upcoming AthFest showcase. “We’re more than excited about the opportunity to play the 40 Watt,” Lawrence shares. “It’s a totally different scene than we’re used to. We’d like to think that our music could potentially reach out to more than the New Earth crowd.” New Earth regulars Matt Wooley and Matty G (both of DubConscious) round out the trio, and the ever-humble Lawrence is quick to praise them both. “I’m just so blown away,” he exclaims. “It doesn’t need to be about me. It should be about FLT RSK. I’m just thankful to be able to do this, especially with the Matts, because they’re so talented. After finally getting this album done, I’m so thankful, and I just hope to be able to keep doing it.” [David Fitzgerald]

Packway Handle Band



with Powerkompany, The DA’s and The Interns

9pm • Free with AthFest Wristband

Jon Lindsay

with Mark Cunningham and the Nationals, Nightingale News, Border Hop Trio and Joel Hamilton


MATT KNUTSON The Empties guitarist plays new electro/garage pop rock. LERA LYNN This local songwriter has a haunting, smoky voice that glides over original Americana tunes. PONDEROSA Quartet fronted by Kalen Nash blasts through fiery classic rock, adding in some pedal steel. TRANCES ARC Highly polished, tight, alt-rock quartet. The Loft Dance Lounge 10 p.m. FREE! 706-613-7771 BANGRADIO Self-styled slinger of “Athens Euro,” this DJ offers a mix of Eurotrash, dirty South, hip-hop, dubstep, rock and pop remixes.

New Earth Music Hall 4 p.m.–2 a.m. $5 (with AthFest wristband), $10. WIRED MUSIC FESTIVAL A whole slew of electronic tunes for your ear-pounding pleasure. See AthFest program for details. No Where Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-4742 ADAM PAYNE BAND Payne’s impressively versatile tenor is reminiscent of Neil Young’s nasal delivery. THE BEARFOOT HOOKERS Funky, good-humored country.

RPM 10 p.m. FREE! 706-543-0428 DIRTY SPIDERS Simple, fast, hollerladen punk straight from the gutters of Brooklyn. GRIPE Local grindcore/powerviolence. KARBOMB Local quartet plays highspeed, erratic and angry punk. SPACE COKE Three-piece motorcycle rock from South Carolina. Sideways 11 p.m. FREE! 706-319-1919 DJRX Forays into rock, old school, country and electronica. Speakeasy Midnight. FREE TOMORROW Sophisticated, high-energy live hip-hop band utilizing multiple genre styles. Terrapin Beer Co. 5 p.m. $10 glass. www.terrapinbeer. com CLIMB THE BELL TOWER Grungy rock with big arena vocals/melodies. Wayfarer Music Hall 9 p.m. $7. 770-267-2035 TAYLOR MARTIN’S ENGINE Gritty, real and powerful Americana.

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The Office Lounge 9:30 p.m. FREE! OfficeAthens THE SHADOW EXECUTIVES Blues covers.

Farm 255 10 p.m. FREE! THE HUMMS After the Fest clears, The Humms are coming in with a garage rock-flavored hangover cure. THE VG MINUS Punk-tinged powerpop featuring notable locals Kurt Wood and Paul Walker (Casper and the Cookies, The Eskimos).

The Roadhouse 9 p.m. $1. 706-613-2324 CORDODA No info available. JD SMITH AND COMPANY Local singer-songwriter with backing band performing acoustic-pop tunes.

Highwire “The Evening Service.” 8 p.m. FREE! RUSSELL COOK Member of Americana bluegrass band Little Country Giants solo set.

Electronic Music Festival

JUSTIN EVANS Evans incorporates elements of old-time fiddle, New Orleans jazz, blues and Americana.


Monday 27 Flicker Theatre & Bar 8:30 p.m. $5. www.flickertheaterandbar. com ERIC SOMMER Upbeat songs that showcase the D.C. guitarist’s proficiency in slide guitar. CHUCK TAYLOR Acoustic folk with flair from Toccoa, GA. Go Bar 10 p.m. BALDER Hazy, swirling tape loops and washes of sound. Rye Bar 8:30 p.m. FREE! ryebarathens OPEN MIC Every Monday! Sign up between 8:30 & 9:30 p.m.

Tuesday 28 Highwire 8–11 p.m. FREE! 706-543-8997 KENOSHA KID Improv jazz compositions. Little Kings Shuffle Club “Athens Farmers Market.” 4:30 p.m. FREE! SOME SWEET DAY Local duo plays sweet indie chamber folk. The Melting Point Terrapin Bluegrass Series. 7 p.m. $5. EXCEPTION TO THE RULE Progressive, young bluegrass band. Rye Bar 10 p.m. KALICKULIGHT Statesboro fourpiece with an alternative/psych rock mix of covers and originals. VINCENT THE DOG Power trio informed by rock, blues & funk.

WIRED Charlie P, Ployd, Feral Youth, Sorted, Triz

Sumilan with Free Tomorrow

and 20+ more electronic artists Starts at 2pm! $5 with AthFest Wristband


227 W Dougherty St.

and Juice Box

Downtown Athens


Canine Cocktail Hour 5-7p on The Madison Patio Pet-friendly with $3 Salty-Dogs & Greyhounds


Live After Five 6-8p on The Madison Patio Featuring live music by Mike Killeen








Local Libations The Madison Bar & Bistro Enjoy our signature cock tails for only $5


The National 11:30 p.m. FREE! SUMMER DANCE PARTY Afterhours dance party featuring DJ Immuzikation.

TASTES LIKE GOOD Local band mixes alt and classic rock.


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

ART Call for Artists (Hotel Indigo) First Annual Artist Market Holiday Showcase is seeking artists. Deadline July 9. Showcase is Dec. 11. $20 (application), $90 (booth). application Plying the Arts (Lyndon House Arts Center) Peachtree Handspinners Guild hosts three days of fiber arts workshops. Registration deadline July 5. Aug. 5–8. www.peachtree,

CLASSES Aquatic Aerobics (Memorial Park) Low-impact exercise sessions with Kim Saxton on Saturdays (10 a.m.), and Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (6 p.m.). No preregistration necessary. $5/session. 706-613-3580, www.athensclarke Ashtanga Yoga (Healing Arts Centre) Led primary series on Mondays at 7:15 p.m., mysore classes Friday mornings at 9 a.m. and classes for beginners Thursdays at 7:15 p.m. farley@athensashtanga Beginning Sewing (Athens Technical College) Students must bring machine to class. Class size limited; call to register. July 25–29, 5–7:30 p.m. $159 (materials included). 706-369-5763, bmoody@ Bellydancing and Yoga at Sangha (Sangha Yoga Studio) Beginner (7 p.m.) and Intermediate (8:30 p.m.) bellydancing every Wednesday. Choose from daily morning, afternoon and evening

yoga classes for all skill levels. 706-613-1143, www.healingarts Classes at Floorspace (Floorspace) Contemporary lyrical dance, Capoeira Angola & Maculele, performance theatre, Nia dance, creative movement and improv dance, bellydancing and yoga. Check website for schedule. Classes for Seniors (Various Locations) The City of Winterville in cooperation with the Athens Community Council on Aging offer classes in social networking, scrapbooking, computers, Zumba, ballroom dancing, line dancing, quilting, gardening, yoga, tai chi and more. Check website for details. Clay Classes (Good Dirt) Weekly “Try Clay” classes ($20/person) introduce participants to the potter’s wheel every Friday from 7-9 p.m. “Family Try Clay” classes show children and adults hand-building methods every Sunday from 2-4 p.m. 706-355-3161, Dance Classes (Dancefx) Ballet, tap, hip-hop, contemporary, ballroom, Latin, clogging and exercise classes like pilates and body sculpting. Check website for schedule. 706-355-3078, Donation-Based Yoga Classes (Red Lotus Institute) Ongoing classes in ashtanga, flow, hatha, kundalini, sivananda, triyoga, yin and more. 18 classes a week, Sunday through Friday. 706-2483910, theyogashala.athens@gmail. com, Earthenware Pottery-Soda Firing (OCAF) A 6-week course focusing on red clay, wheel and hand-built methods, surface treatment, kiln design and firing. Thursdays, July 7–Aug. 18, 6–8

ACC ANIMAL CONTROL 45 Beaverdam Rd. • 706-613-3540

Open every day except Wednesday 10am-4pm

p.m. $190. 706-769-4565, English and Spanish Classes (Athens Latino Center) Learn to speak and connect with the local Latino community. Check webiste for more information. jaimeumana79@, English Classes (Boys and Girls Clubs of Athens, 160 Elkview Dr.) Learn language and civics. All levels welcome. Monday-Thursday, 6:30–8:30 p.m. FREE! Figure Drawing Studio (Fringe Collective Artistic Studios) Bring your own supplies. For ages 18 & up. Call ahead. Sundays, 2–4 p.m. $10., 706-540-2727 Garden Explorer’s Camp (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Participants will engage in the scientific and artistic aspects of nature. Activities include plant collecting, journaling and exploring natural history and plant lore. For rising 4th– 7th graders. July 18–22, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. $155. 706-542-6156 Genealogy 102: Census Records Online (Oconee County Library) Research family history online using Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest Online. Must have previous genealogy experience and basic computer skills. Call to register. June 27, 3–4:30 p.m. FREE! 706-769-3950 Introduction to Computers (Oconee County Library) Learn the basic components of your computer or master Microsoft Windows XP. Registration required. June 23 & 24, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. FREE! 706-769-3950 Invasive Non-Native Plants of the Southeast (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) An introduction to the problem of invasive, non-native plants in GA. Pre-

Sadly, this nice Lab mix has the type of neck injury that suggests a small collar was left on for too long, but it is healing. He walks very nicely on a halter and stopped and gave a friendly greeting to each and every dog in the kennels. He’s a gentle sweetheart under a year old who is ready to learn and wants to please.

Happy white Terrier with big black spots on her back and little spots on her ears is a good girl who was very shy when she came in. Now that she knows all the folks are kindly, her true joyful self is revealed. She has one brown eye and one blue eye, lots of enthusiasm and is a very friendly medium-sized girl. Pretty and confident red Chihuahua lady is happy being held or walking daintily by your side.


6/9 - 6/15




ACC ANIMAL CONTROL 25 Dogs Received, 26 Dogs Placed 26 Cats Received, 12 Cats Placed ATHENS AREA HUMANE SOCIETY 12 Cats Received, 10 Cats Placed, 0 Healthy Adoptable Cats Euthanized


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Claire Clements’ art show “Paper Moon” is on display at OCAF through July 15. registration required. June 25, 8:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. $45. 706-542-6156, Line Dancing (Buffalo’s Southwest Café) Lessons with Ron Putman. Alternate Thursdays through July 21. 6 p.m. $5. Oneness Deeksha & Kundalini Activation (Healing Arts Centre) Breathing and meditation techniques. Every Thursday at 6 p.m. $15. soleicosta@, Pre-Natal and Postpartum Pilates (Balance Pilates and Wellness Studio) Pre-natal mat class, Saturdays, 1 p.m. and postpartum mat class, Wednesdays, 9:15 a.m. $10. www.balancepilatesathens. com Tai Chi for Seniors (Rocksprings Park) Increase strength and balance at your own pace! Every Thursday. 11 a.m. $3. 706-613-3603 Watercolor Painting (Lyndon House Arts Center) Class for beginners and intermediates covering wash methods, glazes, wet-into-wet, brushstrokes and correcting mistakes. Register by calling. Thursdays, July 14–Aug. 18, 5:30–7:30 p.m. 706-613-3623, lyndonhouse Yoga and More (Whole: Mind. Body. Art.) Recurring classes offered in yoga, meditation, Pilates, Zumba and toning, turbo kick and photography. Check website for details and schedule. www.wholemindbodyart. com Yoga Classes (Total Training Gym & Yoga Center) Classes offered in tai chi, vinyasa flow, yoga for athletes, integral hatha yoga, power flow, power lunch Pilates and power lunch yoga. Check website for dates and times. On-going. 706-316-9000, Yoga in Five Points (Five Points) Offering classes in flow, fluid, power, prenatal, hatha, anusara and vinyasa yoga for all levels. Check website for schedule. 706-355-3114, Yoshukai Karate (East Athens Community Center) Must be at least 13 years old. No experience or athletic ability required. Every Monday, Thursday and Saturday. Monday and Thursday, 7:30–8:30 p.m., Saturday, 2–3 p.m. FREE! www.clarkecounty Zumba at the Garden (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves comprise this dynamic fitness pro-

gram. Wednesdays, 5:30–6:30 p.m. $10/class, $80/session. www.uga. edu/botgarden

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. 706-546-5910, 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. Mondays & Wednesdays, 6–8 p.m. and Sundays, 2–4:30 p.m. Donate Books (Oconee County Library) Donate gently used books, CDs, music, DVDs, etc., for the next annual OCAF Book Sale in September. Taking donations through Aug. 31. 706-310-9060 Girls’ Rock Camp (Boys and Girls Clubs of Athens) Volunteers needed to be band coaches, instrument instructors, workshop leaders and gear donors. July 24–30. volunteer@, www.girlsrock Summer Food Service Program (Various Locations) Now recruiting day camps, church camps and summer tutoring programs to host service sites that provide healthy food for children in neighborhoods.

KIDSTUFF Classic City Tutoring (Classic City Tutoring) Summer programs with flexible scheduling for students pre K–12. 678-661-0600, Garden Earth Nature Camp (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) In Garden Earth II (June 27–July 1) they investigate water, insects and trees. Ages 5–8. Registration forms online. 9 a.m.–12 p.m. $115. 706542-6156 Girls’ Rock Camp (Boys and Girls Clubs of Athens) Learn an instrument, form a band, write/ record a song and find your voice. No experience necessary. Open to girls ages 9–15. July 25–30. $325., Mermaid Days (Lay Park) Proficient young swimmers are invited to experience life under the sea at this four-day aquatics program. Activities include pearl-diving, seashell crafts, edible aquaria and other typical mermaid/merman recreational fun. For ages 8–12. July 18–22, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. $40. 706-613-3580, New Moon Summer Camp (New Moon Learning Environment) Experience the great outdoors by traveling to state parks and nature areas. Activities include hiking, swimming, boating and a ropes course. For ages 6–12. July 11–15, 18–22. 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. $150/ week. 706-310-0013 Pirate Days (Bishop Park) A fourday aquatics program with piratethemed activities including diving for treasure, foam sword fighting and pirate crafts. Ages 8–12. Call to register. July 11–15, 9 a.m.–noon. $40. 706-613-3580 Pre-School and Youth Camps (Treehouse Kid and Craft) Weekly summer camps offered for children ages 3–10. Themes range from exploring food, folk art, magic and illusion, science, fairies, fashion and crafts. Space is limited; call or email to reserve spot. Check website for details. $110–140 per week + materials. 706-850-8226,, youthcamp Summer Camps (Various Locations) ACC Leisure Services has a total of 35 summer camps for children and teens, ranging from traditional day camps to arts, sports, theatre and even a zoo camp. Check online for complete list of camps and registration info. 706-613-3625, See camps Summer Camps (Floorspace) Theatre, creative writing, improv performance, art, culture and dance summer camps for ages pre-K to young teens. Scholarships available. Check website for details. Summer Dance Camps (Dancefx) Now registering for Pre-K Princess Camp, DanceJamm Camp, Triple Threat Camp, Choreography Intensive and Ballet Intensive. Deadline is one week before camp starts. Check website for details. Through July 15. $125–175. 706355-3078,

ART AROUND TOWN ACC Library (2025 Baxter St.) A Community Art Project in honor of Global Youth Service Day. Through July 9. • Paintings by Liza Roger. Through July 9. Amici Italian Café (233 E. Clayton St.) Music photography by Chris McKay. Through June. Art on the Side Gallery and Gifts (1101B Industrial Blvd., Watkinsville) A gallery featuring works by various artists in media including ceramics, paintings, fused glass, jewelry and mosaic belt buckles. Artini’s Art Lounge (296 W. Broad St.) Paintings by Matt Bahr. Through July. ATHICA (160 Tracy St.) Large-scale oil paintings by Maxine Youngblood. Reception July 9. Through July 24. Big City Bread Cafe (393 N. Finley St.) Smallscale works on paper by Emmanuel Taati. Through June. Blue Tin Art Studio (393 N. Finley St.) Paintings by Andy Cherewick. Opening reception June 24. Through June 26. Ciné BarCafé (234 W. Hancock Ave.) New drawings by Leslie Snipes. Reception June 23. Through July 25. Circle Gallery, UGA College of Environmental Design (Caldwell Hall) A display of exemplary student work from the past academic year. Through Aug. 5. Dawg Gone Good BBQ (224 W. Hancock Ave.) “Jewish, Gypsy, Irish Music?” Photography by Barbara Hutson. Through July 15. Espresso Royale Caffe (297 E. Broad St.) Paintings by Lea Purvis. Etienne Brasserie (311 E. Broad St.) “Across the Pond” is a collection of photographs taken in France and Italy by Ian McFarlane. Through July. Farmington Depot Gallery (1011 Salem Rd., Farmington) Owned and staffed by 16 artists, the gallery exhibits paintings, sculpture, folk art, ceramics, fine furniture and more. Permanent collection artists include Phillip Goulding, Leigh Ellis, Peter Loose, Susan Nees and more. Five Star Day Café (229 E. Broad St.) Works by Alice Serres, Tess Strickland and Jared Collins. Flicker Theatre & Bar (263 W. Washington St.) Works by Rosemary Mendicino. Through June 25. Floorspace (160 Tracy St.) “Alien Still Lifes” is a series of oil paintings by Manda McKay. Through July. Georgia Museum of Art (90 Carlton St.) American watercolors from the mid-19th century to the 1970s. Through Aug. 7. •“The Art of Disegno: Italian Prints and Drawings” is a selection of 53 works on paper produced in the 16th, 17th and 18th

Summer Reading Program (ACC Library) Read books and earn prizes! Sign up in the Children’s Area. Program ends Aug. 7. Sweet Pea Club Camp (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Developed for young nature lovers and their guardian helpers, this club offers programs involving puppet shows, storytelling, crafts and explorations. For ages 3–4. July 12–15, 9–11 a.m. $95. 706-542-6156 Swim School (Bishop Park) Swim lessons for tots 6 mo.–3 years old and kids ages 3 & up. Meets Tuesdays, Wednesays and Fridays. July 5–22. $33. 706-613-3801, acc

SUPPORT Better Brains for Babies (Samaritan Counseling Center) Educational support group for parents and caregivers. Contact for more information. 706-369-7911, Emotional Abuse Support Group (Call for location) Demeaning behavior and hateful words can be just as harmful as punches and kicks. Childcare is provided. Call the Project Safe hotline: 706-543-3331. Wednesdays, 6:30–8 p.m. Emotions Anonymous (Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of

centuries. Through Aug. 8. • “Horizons” includes 12 androgynous, life-sized cast-iron figures by Icelandic artist Steinunn Dorarinsdottir. Through June. • 14 small works in stone and steel by sculptor Beverly Pepper. Through July 29. Just Pho…and More (1063 Baxter St.) Watercolor and oil landscape paintings by Michael Spronck. Through June. Lamar Dodd School of Art (270 River Rd.) “Continental Drift,” new works by Matt King. Through Aug. 4. • “Reflections of Georgia” includes selected works from the Spring 2011 color photography class. Through June 28. Lyndon House Arts Center (293 Hoyt St.) “Kaunakes: Ghosts of Mesopotamia” includes an installation by Glen Kaufman and performance by Andrea Trombetta. Opening reception June 22. Closing reception Aug. 6. • “Memories of Home” celebrates the art and stories of seniors from the Athens-Clarke County Senior Center. Through July 7. • An exhibit celebrating the 30th anniversary of The Studio Group. Through July 30. Mama’s Boy (197 Oak St.) Artwork by Rachel Barnes. Through June. Mercury Art Works at Hotel Indigo (500 College Ave.) “Fascination” features artists Amanda Burk, Anthony Stanislaw Wislar, Christopher Wyrick, Gretchen Elsner, Leslie Snipes and Rusy Wallace. Through July 8. OCAF (34 School St., Watkinsville) A display of works from a variety of artists and OCAF members. Through June 30. • “Paper Moon” features paintings by Claire Clements. Through July 15. Oconee County Library (1080 Experiment Station Rd.) Artwork from Robin Fay (mixed-media paintings with handmade paper), Sarah Hubbard (quilts) and Rene Shoemaker (fabric paintings). Through June. State Botanical Garden of Georgia (2450 Milledge Ave.) “Forged from Nature” is an outdoor series of sculpted garden gates by artist Andrew T. Crawford. The Grit (199 Prince Ave.) New works by Andy Giannakakis and Ashlee Walters. Through July 10. Town 220 (Madison) “Two Women of Substance” features art by Katie Bacon and Maggie Mize. Through July 31. Trace Gallery (160 Trace St.) Paintings by Carol John and photographs by Carl Martin. Through August. Transmetropolitan (145 E. Clayton St.) Mixedmedia artwork by Violet Kester and Sarah Adams. Through June. Walker’s Coffee & Pub (128 College Ave.) Paintings by Lainey Dorsey. Through June. World of Futons (2041 W. Broad St.) Vibrant folk art by the late Earle Carson.

Athens) Informal and supportive 12step program open to anyone with a desire to become well emotionally. Sundays, 4–5 p.m. 706-202-7463, Project Safe An online support group for male survivors of domestic violence. Call the hotline for more information. Mondays, 8–9 p.m. 706-543-3331 PTSD Support Group Ongoing support group for family and friends of veterans and soldiers who have PTSD/TBI. 770-725-4527, Survive and Revive (Call for location) Domestic violence support group. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. and group at 6:30 p.m. Childcare is provided during group. Second and fourth Tuesday of the month in Clarke County. First and third Monday of the month in Madison County. 6–8 p.m. Project Safe: 706-543-3331

ON THE STREET Dance Instructor Recruitment (East Athens Educational Dance Center) The ACC Leisure Services Department is currently recruiting dance instructors to teach summer classes in ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop and modern, at the East Athens Educational Dance Center. Call for information. 706-613-2624

GIRLS ROCK! SCREENING SATURDAY, JUNE 25th 2pm at Ciné Open discussion, mini instrument instructions, gear drive and volunteer recruitment party immediately following the screening!


JULY 25th-30th • Open to All Girls Ages 9-15 Registration Fee: $25 / Tuition $300 (*Limited Scholarships Available) For more information email


Film Athens Filmakers, crew members and production support services: Get listed in Film Athens’ new searchable Production Directory at Firefly Festival The Oglethorpe County Chamber of Commerce is seeking vendors and parade entries for its first annual Firefly Festival, held on Oct. 15. Call for information. 706-207-9319 “Harry Potter’s World” (ACC Library) Using materials from the National Library of Medicine’s History of Medicine collection, “Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine” explores the series’ roots in Renaissance science and medicine. Lemonade Stand for Loan (Treehouse Kid and Craft, 815 W. Broad St.) Treehouse Kid and Craft will open up their lemonade stand for your school, organization or individual fundraising needs. Reserve your dates today. 706-850-8226, Summer Reading Program (Oconee County Library) Events and reading incentives for all ages! Stop by for reading logs and program materials. Program ends Aug. 9. Zoo Atlanta Family Passes (Various Locations) Zoo Atlanta and the Athens Regional Library System have partnered up to grant family passes to patrons with library cards. For details, visit f





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reality check Matters Of The Heart And Loins So, my wedding day is fast approaching— getting hitched in October. Everything is going well, except that there has been some recent drama with one of my bridesmaids. She got engaged just a few weeks after I did and set a date in February. We were emailing wedding ideas, supporting each other, being generally giddy/overwhelmed, like all brides-to-be. The problem is, a few weeks ago she had to call her wedding off. There had been drama with her fiancé even back when he was her boyfriend… They probably should never have gotten engaged, but that’s another story… Long story short, they are breaking up, and she is obviously devastated. And now I just feel incredibly awkward. I am still excited by my wedding, of course, and I want her to be involved, but I feel insensitive even mentioning my wedding plans around her now. I don’t want to rub it in or make her feel bad, but I also feel like I’m walking on eggshells now, and that’s not fun for anyone. Any suggestions on how to proceed? How do I gently invite her to my bridal shower, for example, without it coming across as “Hey, come celebrate MY wedding which is still happening… unlike yours!” Gettin’ Hitched, Not a Bitch. Have a very honest conversation with her about this right away. Tell her you feel bad and you don’t want to rub it in, but that you’re excited about the wedding. This is your day. Not hers. Her situation is crappy, but if you are close enough that she is actually in your wedding, then hopefully she will be happy enough for you that things can proceed normally. Consider letting her off the bridesmaid’s hook altogether if she thinks it would be easier to deal with. Whatever you do, address the issue now and get it over with right away, because you are dealing with enough as it is, and if this thing blows up later it might cause real damage to both your wedding and your friendship. My husband and I were married for eight years. At first things were wonderful—we were young and in love, and things were perfect and passionate. Then he got The Job. The job was great for him at first—everything he always wanted and more, not great pay, but he loved loved loved what he did. He excelled at it; he got a couple of promotions and raises within the first couple of years; we bought a house; things were looking up. I had a mediocre job, but then I went back to school. Then I got my dream job, and things were great for both of us. Then, things changed. I got into the groove of my job and things mellowed out. I was still happy, but less busy and more settled. Him, not so much. He started staying late and leaving early. Then, he was working some weekends, etc. And I was never happy. We never saw each other, and when

we did, he was either exhausted or working at home. I complained; we talked; we went to therapy. He promised to change, then he sort of changed, then he went back to his old ways. So, I asked for a divorce, moved out and took a lover. This part was over the course of about six months. He found out about the other guy, and he was upset, but he knew why I did it. At that point, I was actually really happy with the new guy, and we were making plans for the future. I know, I know— don’t rebound, spend time alone, blah, blah, blah. Tell me about it. What can I say? I was lonely; he was sexy and smart and available; we got it on. Sue me. Anyway, the new guy and I were making plans, and I was halfway out the door and in the process of a divorce, and then I had to meet up with my husband to sign some papers and stuff. It was during this meeting that I realized how much I missed him and why I had fallen in love with him in the first place. We spent most of the night getting drinks in our favorite bar, and the rest of it making sweet love back at his (our) house. So, now I don’t know what to do. I feel like I owe it to new guy to tell him what’s up, but I also don’t want to lose him. I don’t think my husband and I are going to get back together because he still has The Job and there is no way that things will ever be normal. So, do I tell the new guy what I did and beg his forgiveness? Or just keep it quiet and hope he doesn’t find out? In a way, this is sort of expected of people who are in the process of divorce, right? Arrgh. Confused. Please help. Old Flame, New Flame Your only choice is immediate full disclosure. Surely your new guy had to realize that getting involved with a woman in the midst of a divorce was going to be complicated. Tell him what’s going on, and then tell him you need some time. Because I know you don’t want to admit this, but You. Need. Some. Time. It doesn’t matter what you think you want right now. You need to tell both of these guys that it’s time for a time out. Then, take a time out. Take a class, volunteer, (buy a vibrator?), meditate, maybe consider a little therapy. Figure out what it is that you really want and need, and after you have changed your mind six or seven or a thousand times, spend some more time thinking about it. Even if you are over your husband (which you aren’t; but that doesn’t mean you won’t get over him), you are not ready for whatever is next. You had the get-it-out-of-your-system sex with another guy, and that’s great. But now you really like the guy, and if you don’t back away, you are going to fuck everything up. Give yourself six months, then see what’s up. Jyl Inov Got a question for Jyl? Submit your anonymous query via the Reality Check button at

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2BR/2BA, off College Station near UGA, $575/mo. Nice, spacious, updated unit w/ FP, deck. Ideal for students seeking quiet environment. Avail. now! Call Dan, (706) 248-7475.

1BR/1BA, HWflrs. 5 Pts. $490/mo. Incl. heat, water, g a r b a g e , p e s t c o n t ro l . C . Hamilton & Assoc. (706) 613-9001.

2BR/1BA. Small, quiet apt. complex, per fect for grad students! 225/245 China St., $500–550/mo. incl. water & trash! Walk to campus, Dwntn., Mama’s Boy! One avail. now, a few avail. 8/1. Extremely efficient w/ minimal util. bills, laundry mat on p re m i s e s ( n o h o o k - u p s i n units), cats OK, no dogs (sorry). Chris, (706) 202-5156 or chris@petersonproperties. org.

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2 B R / 1 B A 2 n d f l r. a p t . , Eastside near shopping centers. Private entrance, outdoor motion lights, W/D, parking. $700/mo. incl. all utils., lawn maintenance, garbage p/u. No pets. (706) 546-0737.

2 B R / 2 . 5 B A . Ve r y q u i e t , on Milledge next to family housing bus. 1300 sf. W/D, FP, free wireless, cable, UGA bus, pool, yard, pets OK. Avail. Aug. $850/mo. (706) 461-4351.

1BR/1BA. All electric. Nice apartment. Water provided. On busline. Single pref ’d. Avail. now! (706) 543-4271. 1BRs $495, 2BRs $550, 3BRs $705! Move in June for $99! Move in July or later & get $300 off 1st mo.’s rent, $200 off 2nd & $100 off 3rd mo.! On busline & pet friendly. Restrictions apply. Av a i l . f o r F a l l . ( 7 0 6 ) 5 4 9 6254. 1 B R apar tment for $ 4 7 5 / mo. 2BR apartment starting at $700/mo. 3BR apartment star ting at $1000/mo. All c l o s e t o c a m p u s ! H o w a rd Properties (706) 546-0300.

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2BR/2BA luxury suites w/ private studies. Stainless steel appliances incl. W/D, granite countertops, walk-in cl ose ts & more . O n U G A / A t h e n s Tr a n s i t b u s l i n e . Close to campus & Dwntn. No security deposit. (706) 369-0772 or apply online at w w w. c l u b p r o p e r t i e s . c o m / riverbend.html. 2BR/2BA. BRs w/ full priv. B A . Wa l k – i n c l o s e t s . W / D hookups. Rent starting at $ 5 0 0 / m o . Wa t e r & t r a s h incl. Small pets allowed. (706) 245-8435, cell: (706) 4 9 8 - 6 0 1 3 , w e b : w w w. 2BR/1BA apts. 136 Grady Ave. Great in–town n’hood. Wa l k e v e r y w h e re . Wa t e r & garbage paid. $680– $ 7 5 0 / m o . w w w. b o u l e v a r d or call (706) 548-9797.



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2BR/2BA condo apt. Eastside, on bus line. Lg rooms, W/D, swimming pool on grounds, $575/mo. + $200 dep. (706) 207-3427.

3BR/1.5BA townhome off Riverbend. Pool & tennis. Fireplace. 2 decks. Pets OK. C on ve nie nt t o e ve r yt hin g ! Av a i l . 8 / 1 . O n l y $ 8 0 0 / m o . Aaron, (706) 207-2957. AtlasRealEstateAdvisors. com. 3BR/2.5BA townhomes on Eastside. On bus route. Fireplace. W/D incl. Spacious & convenient. Avail. now & Fall. 4 at this price! Only $750/mo. Aaron, (706) 207-2957. AtlasRealEstateAdvisors. com. 4BR loft 2 blocks from Milledge, avail. 8/1! 2nd stor y of commercial bldg., 999 Baxter St., huge den, custom kitchen & BAs, huge closets, $1600/mo. No dogs, cats OK. Chris: chris@, (706) 202-5156. Avail. now & pre-leasing for Fall! Total electric. Eastside. Must see. 5BR/3BA townhouse. Trash & lawn paid for. Modern/ huge rooms. Approx. 2800 sf. $995/mo. (706) 6210077.

A ff o rd a b l e 1 B R / 1 B A , close to Dwntn./UGA, pets OK. Only $515/mo! Won’t last long. Call Parker & Associates, (706) 5460600 & ask about “Cobb Hill Apar tments” or visit www. ARMC/Normaltown Area. Only $400/mo.! Just $99 deposit! 1BR/1BA. Incl. water & garbage pickup. 1 mi. to Dwntn. Avail. immediately or pre–lease for Fall. (706) 788-2152 or email

Baldwin Village, across street from UGA. F re e p a r k i n g , l a u n d r y on premises, on-call maintenance, on-site mgr. Microwave & DW. HWflrs. 1, 2, 3BRs. $500 to $1200/mo. Contact (706) 354-4261. College Station 2BR/2BA on bus line. All appls. + W/D, FP, extra closet space, water/ garbage incl. $550/mo. Owner/ Agent (706) 340-2450. Downtown loft apartment. 144 E. Clayton St. 2BR/1 lg. BA, exposed brick wall in LR, avail. immediately. Won’t last! Call Staci, (706) 296-1863 or (706) 425-4048. Dwntn., 1BR/1BA flat, $465/mo. Units avail. for immediate move-in & pre-leasing for Aug. 2011. Water, gas, trash pick-up incl. On-site laundry. Joiner Management, (706) 3536868. Dearing Courtyard – 2BR/2.5BAs – spacious townhouse located in walking distance to UGA & Dwntn. On UGA bus line. HVAC, W/D, DW, ceiling fans & deck overlooking swimming pool. Rent $840/mo. incl. trash pick-up & ground maintenance. Avail. Aug. 1. Ref. & dep. req. Call (706) 548-8824. Eastside quadraplex, 2BR/2BA, $500/mo. & 2BR/1BA, $475/ mo. Eastside duplex, 2BR/1BA & FP, $475/mo. 3BR/2BA & FP, $650. Call McWaters Realty, (706) 353-2700 or cell (706) 540-1529. Free rent 1st month! No pet fee! 2BR/2BA apartments close to Dwntn., 3BR/2BA duplexes in wooded n’hood avail. W/D, DW in all units. Easy access to loop. (706) 548-2522. www. Luxurious 2 & 3BR townhouses. Great locations. $750-900/mo. C. Hamilton & Assoc. (706) 6 1 3 - 9 0 0 1 . w w w. a t h e n s - g a Stonecrest, 2 & 3BRs, $800 t o $ 1 0 5 0 / m o . W / D , D W, m i c r o w a v e , p o o l . w w w., text “stonecrest” to 41513, or call Joiner Management, (706) 8507727.

Sweet 1BR/1BA studio in ARMC area, pretty & quiet n'hood, in between Normaltown & Dwntn. $425/ mo. + $425 deposit. Lots of cubbies for storage, inexpensive utils. Avail. Aug. Perfect for grad student or young professional. E-mail for details. Townhouse, 2BR/1.5BA, fenced yd., DW, W/D conn., patio. 812 College Ave., walk to Dwntn. & the Greenway. Check it out! $575/mo. Call (404) 255-8915. Walk to 5 Pts. On busline, next to Lake Herrick & dog park. 2BR/2.5BA, W/D, DW, FP, outside private terrace, pool. Lots of parking! Walk to campus, oversized BRs & closets. Quiet, convenient. Pets OK. $675/mo. Best maintained, m o s t a ff o rd a b l e u n i t s a t Jamestown! Call Ver nazza Properties, (706) 338-9018.

Commercial Property 4500 sf. residence/office/shop. 1.5BA, 3 12 ft. overhead doors. 2+ ac. fenced. Lexington, GA. $500+/mo. Partial property rental avail. Avail. July 1. Call (706) 549-9456. Athens executive suites. Offices avail. 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. Eastside offices. 1060 Gaines School Rd. Rent 1200 sf. $1200/mo., 750 sf. $900/mo., 450 sf. $600/mo. & 150 sf. $300/mo. (706) 546-1615 or For Sale/Lease: Historic Leathers Building office condo avail. 7/1. Amazing location on Pulaski, highly trafficked. Shared kitchen, conference room, bathrooms. Exposed brick/timber. $1150/mo. (706) 461-1009. Office space in 5 Pts. on S. Milledge Ave. $850/mo., utils. incl. except phone. 575 sf. Private entry. Handicap accessible. (706) 353-7272 or

Spacious 2BR/1BA apt. for rent near ARMC, Dwntn., & Piedmont College. W/D, N/S, no pets. $800/mo. Avail. 8/10. (706) 338-1040.

Retail, bar, or restaurant for lease at Homewood Shopping Center. 3000 sf. Call Bryan Austin at (706) 3531039.

Studio apt. in lovely Victorian house on Hill St. Near Daily Groceries, Dwntwn., UGA. Qui et , responsi bl e t enant desired, N/S, no pets, avail. 8/1, $485/mo., (706) 224-5273.

Paint artist studios. Historic Boulevard area artist community. 160 Tracy St. Rent: 300 sf. $150/ mo., 400 sf. $200/mo. (706) 5461615 or athenstownproperties. com

Condos for Rent $1100/mo. Woodlands of Athens. Cottage, 3BR/3 private BA, lg. BRs & closets, HWflrs., lg. kit., W/D, front porch & p a t i o , g a t e d c o m m u n i t y, t re m e n d o u s a m e n i t i e s : l g . pool, fitness center & much m o re ! 4 9 0 B a r n e t t S h o a l s R d . , U n i t 1 0 9 . Av a i l . 8 / 1 . Call Robin, (770) 265-6509. 2BR/2BA condo w/ bonus ro o m / o ff i c e . 1 b l o c k f ro m campus. All appls incl. W/D. Pet friendly. Avail. 8/1. $775/mo. (478) 609-1303. 4BR/3BA Urban Lofts condo. Granite counters, HW & tile flrs., all appl., 2 car garage. Pics at Dwntn., convenient to UGA. $1900/mo. Christina, (706) 372-2257.

Condos For Sale J u s t r e d u c e d ! I n v e s t o r ’s West-side condo. 2BR/2BA, F P, 1 5 0 0 s f . , g r e a t investment, lease 12 mo.s at $550. Price in 40s. For more info, call McWaters Realty at (706) 353-2700 or (706) 5401529.

Duplexes For Rent $675/mo. Blocks from UGA & Dwntn. 2BR/1BA, patio, kit. w/ DW, W/D. Lg. LR w/ F P, water & gar bage i ncl . in rent, 167A Elizabeth St. Avail. 8/1. Call Robin, (770) 265-6509. $200 cash per person at lease signing! S. Milledge Ave. Hunter’s Run. 2BR/2BA, $650/mo. 3BR/2BA, $800/mo. W/D, alarm system, pets welcome. h a n co c k p roper ti es i n c . com, (706) 552-3500. 2BR/1BA duplex, Boulevard area, wood flrs., convenient to UGA & town, 863 N. Chase. $600/mo. Call Tom, (706) 254-1634. 2 B R / 1 B A , W o o d y D r. $680/mo. Great duplex beautifully renovated, all electric, HWflrs., nice quiet street. boulevard or (706) 548-9797. 5 Pts. duplex. 2BR/1BA, W/D incl., CHAC, fresh & clean. Across the street from Memorial Park. $600/mo. Call (706) 2029805. S. Milledge Duplex - Venita D r. : 4 B R / 2 B A , W / D , D W, fenced back yd.! Close to everything yet private. $950/ mo. negotiable. (706) 3100096, (404) 558-3218, or Electronic flyers avail. Westside duplex. I m m a c u l a t e , f r i e n d l y, convenient, wooded, 2BR, F P. W / D , $ 5 5 0 / m o . ( 7 0 6 ) 207-9436.

Houses for Rent $100 off dep.! 4 & 5BR pads completely renovated. All new inside & out! Next to 100 acres of woods in 5 Pts. On Jolly Lane off S. Lumpkin. $1100/mo. (706) 764-6854,

E A R LY C L A S S I F I E D AD DEADLINE! We will be closed Mon., July 4 & Tues., July 5 for Independence Day. All Classified ad placements or changes must be submitted before 11 a.m. on Fri., July 1 to be included in the issue of July 6. $875/mo. Blocks from UGA & Dwntn. Athens. 3BR/1BA, CHAC, totally remodeled, tall ceilings, HWflrs., tile, W/D, front porch. 500 Willow St. Avail. now. Owner/Agent, Robin, (770) 2656509. $1050/mo. 3BR/1BA. Amazing location in Normaltown. Fullfenced yd., pet friendly. Near new Med School & bus line. 1 mi. from Dwntn./UGA. 155 Buena Vista. Alex, (706)-5400961.

$645/mo. 2BR/1BA bachelor pad/house avail. 7/15. W/D, AC, DW, storage shed. 1.5 mi. from UGA, 2 mi. from Dwntn. 264 Magnolia St. Call (678) 481-7533. $550/mo. 3BR/1BA. 121 E. Carver Dr. Fenced–in yd. Tile & HWflrs. CHAC, W/D hookups, DW. Pets welcome. Avail. now! (706) 614-8335. $1250/mo. Great for entertaining! Avail. 8/1. 3BR/2BA, ‘04 gut renov. ¼ mi. to Dwntn./campus. Front porch, private fenced-in back yd. w/ 2 decks. House & yards wired for sound. Unique details, a l a r m , W / D , D / W, c e i l i n g fans, screen doors/windows, CHAC. Pets OK. Contact for photos. (917) 671-8158 or $975/mo. Blocks from UGA & Dwntn., 3BR/1.5BA, 12’ ceilings & HWflrs., front porch, utility room, W/D, CHAC. Avail. May 15. 127 Elizabeth Street, Owner/ Agent. Call Robin, (770) 2656509. 135 Garden Ct. 3BR close to UGA campus, HWflrs., huge porch, plenty of parking, $795/mo. boulevard proper, (706) 548-9797. 130 Inglewood Ave. 4BR/2BA, fenced, pets OK, HWflrs., FP, CHAC, 3 blocks to UGA & Dwntn. Covered porch w/swing. W/D, fridge w/ ice & water on door, DW, high ceilings. $1155/mo. Pre-leasing for Fall. Avail. 8/1. (706) 7141100. 140 Janice Dr. 3BR/1.5BA. CHAC, HWflrs., fenced yd., pets OK, no pet fees! Other homes avail. $795/mo. (706) 372-6813. 1 7 5 Va l l e y w o o d D r . 4BR/2BA. CHAC, sun room, deck, creek! Fenced yd., pets OK, no pet fees! Other homes avail. $950/mo. (706) 2542569.

1 acre, pet friendly, 3BR/1.5BA, wood flrs., high ceilings, CHAC. Consider lease/purchase. $750/mo. 715 Whitehead Rd. Call Tom, (706) 254-1634. 1672 S. Milledge Ave. 2BR/1BA house at 5 Pts., CHAC, W/D, porch w/ swing & rockers, sec. sys., fenced, on bus line, 4 blocks to UGA. $950/mo. Preleasing for Fall. Avail. now. (706) 714-1100.

185B S. Finley St. 2BR/1BA. Dwntn. at “Tree That Owns Itself.” Walk to class. Small pet OK. All appls., CHAC, ceramic tile flrs., private setting. Hillside view of Dwntn. $585/mo. Preleasing for Fall. Avail. 8/1. (706) 714-1100. 2BR/1BA renovated craftsman cottage. CHAC, W/D hookup, DW, fridge, stove, HWflrs., great yd., covered porches, sec. sys. Lots of charm! $775/mo. 8/1 move–in. To view photos & flr. plan, call (770) 363-0187. 2BR/1BA house, $630/mo, 130 Sunset. Fenced back yd, 1.5 miles from campus, pets OK, W/D. Avail. Aug 1. Call Adam, (706) 296-5838. 2-4BR houses avail. Walk to town, campus, east & west side Oconee locations. C. Hamilton & Assoc. (706) 613-9001. www. 2 & 3BR super nice houses i n t h e B o u l e v a rd n ’ h o o d . Walk to town & campus. 235 Hill Street, 195 B Barrow, 156 Athens Ave. boulevard or call (706) 548-9797 2BR/1BA, 340 Ruth St. Cool house w/ HWflrs., all appls, pet-friendly, $750/mo., avail. 8/1. (706) 713-0626, www. 2BR/2BA. 1.5 mi. from UGA. Kitchen, DR, LR, laundry rm., fenced back yd., deck, W/D, fridge. Pets OK. Avail. 8/1. $800/mo. Cell: (706) 461-5541. Evenings: (706) 342-2788. 3BR/2BA. Fenced yd., detached workshop/shed, bamboo floors. Lots of natural light. Great n’hood! $1000/ mo. plus utils. Pets negotiable w/ add’l dep. (678) 596-9427. 3BR/2BA in awesome 5 Points n’hood. Walk everywhere! 2 LRs, HWflrs., fenced back yd. Pets OK. W/D incl. Avail. 6/1. $1100/ mo. Aaron, (706) 207-2957. 3BR/2.5BA great simple h o u s e near GA Sq. Mall. Private & peaceful, woodland creek, generous deck, spacious flr. plan, gas FP, 2–car garage. Storage plus. Pets fine. $1200/mo. (706) 714-7600. 3BR/3BA house, huge LR & kitchen w/ bar area. 1 acre lot! Fenced back yd. Pets welcome! Lawn maint. & W/D incl. $990/mo., $495 deposit. (770) 633-8159, Stephanie. 3BR/2BA in newer Dwntn. n’hood. Stainless, eat-in kitchen, fenced back yd. Pets OK. W/D incl. Avail. 7/1. $1100/mo. Aaron, (706) 207-2957. 3BR/2BA on Oglethorpe Ave. across from the UGA Health Science College. Avail. 7/1. $1100/mo. Call (770) 7251555. 3–4BR/3.5BA townhouse. 3K sf. Excellent condition. Must see! Avail. Aug. Great price, $835/mo. Eastside busline. (706) 769-3433 or email 3BR/1BA, split level, wooded lot, small creek. 280 Midway Dr. On Eastside near Walmart. $650/mo. (706) 248-7338.

3BR/2BA, Athens. $850/mo. Quiet family neigborhood, 10 miles from UGA. Partly furnished single-level, 1564 sf. Gorgeous hardwood f l o o r s t h ro u g h o u t . Z o n e d heat, large combo kitchen/ dining, carport, w a s h e r, dr yer, fridge, dishwasher. Photos: jones.centerpath. net. Landlord: (646) 246-4415. Listing: (678) 694-7937, www. 4 B R / a p p ro v e d z o n i n g . $1500/mo. 130 Appleby Dr. See at www, Owner/Broker Herbert Bond Realty & Investment. (706) 2248002. 4BR, great n’hood. Full basement, HWflrs., tile BA’s. Appls. incl. On busline, near UGA. Lg. private fenced back yd. Pets OK. $1500/mo. Call for great details! Cory (706) 2023784. 4BR/2BA big house, big deck, big fenced yd. 2 flrs., 2 living areas, 2 kitchens, office, CHAC, W/D, carport & HWflrs. 214 Springtree Rd. $1200/mo. (706) 202-0858. 4BR/4BA house! 189 Ruth Dr. Great Dwntn. location! Lg. BRs, tile, HWflrs., $1700/ m o . , a v a i l . 8 / 1 . w w w., (706) 713-0626. 4BR/4BA, 5 Pts. Free iPad w/ signed lease before 6/30! Stainless, HWflrs., whole house audio, covered porch. W/D. Avail. Fall. $1700/ mo. Aaron, (706) 207-2957. 4BR house avail. 8/1. Walk to campus & Dwntn. HWflrs., big deck, all appl.s, W/D, CHAC, 2 fireplaces, newly remodeled. $1600/ mo. (706) 540-1232. 4 B R / 4 B A i n T h e R e t re a t . Free iPad w/ signed lease before 6/30! Pool, clubhouse, HWflrs., W/D. Avail. Fall. $1700/mo. Aaron, (706) 207-2957. 5BR/3BA house 1/2 mi. to UGA & Dwntn. $1400/ mo. Avail. 8/1. Only 3 yrs. old. Incl. W/D, DW, electric CHAC. Pets welcome! ( 7 0 6 ) 2 5 4 - 2 1 7 2 , w w w. 5BR/2.5BA house w/ huge yd. on Milledge. Lg. BRs, 2 min. from campus! $2000/mo. $1000 off Aug. rent w/ signed lease. Call (706) 202-9905 or athensarearentals@gmail. com. 5 Pts. Prime location on Mell St. 2BR/1BA, $720/ mo, all electric. W/D, DW, off-street parking, 1 block from Milledge, Lumpkin, 5 Pts., UGA bus stops! for more details. (706) 546-6900. 5 8 0 A u b r e y D r. , B o g a r t . 3BR/1BA. HWflrs., carpet, CHAC, W/D hook-up, lg. yd. S e c . s y s . , l a n d l o rd m o w s lawn, GRFA welcome. $750/ mo + dep. Avail. now! (770) 725-7748. 576 Whitehead Rd. 2BR/1BA. CHAC, 2 storage bldgs., huge 1.5 acre lot, fence yd., pets OK, no pet fees! $700/mo. (706) 2542569.

6BR/3.5BA off Prince Ave. on King Ave. Avail. 8/1, fully renovated, 2 custom kitchens w/ granite, custom BAs, 2 dens, huge yd.! $2100/mo., no dogs, cats OK. Chris: chris@, (706) 202-5156. 8BR house & cottage avail. in heart of 5 Pts. 1393 S. Milledge Ave. Convenient location, walk to campus. C. Hamilton & Assoc. (706) 613-9001. www. Cute 2BR/1BA cottage near UGA. Front porch, CHAC, stove & fridge. $800/mo. Avail. now. 227 Hillside. Less than 7/10 mi. to Sanford. Call (706) 354-1276 or (706) 540-7812. Cedar Creek: 4BR/2BA, lg. fenced yd., $950/mo. 5 Pts.: Off Baxter St., 4BR/2BA, $1200/ mo. Call McWaters Realty, (706) 353-2700, (706) 540-1529. Dearing Garden, 1 & 2BR flats. $550 to $650/mo. W/D, DW. Block from campus off Baxter St. Joiner Management, (706) 850-7727, text “dearing” to 41513. www.joinermanagement. com. Deluxe 1BR on Oglethorpe, HWflrs., separate LR & study w/ built-ins & FP, laundr y room, full kitchen, lg. BR & BA, covered porch, $710/mo. for more details. (706) 546-6900. Great in-town house on G l e n h a v e n Av e . 1 B R / 1 B A w/ lg. bonus room. HWflrs., CHAC, W/D, DW, total electric, fenced yd., nice front porch, pets OK. $500/mo. Avail. 8/1. Call/text (706) 255-2552. www. Great E a s t s i d e location. Large 1BR unit w/ kitchen, LR, BR & full BA. $405/mo. valerioproper , (706) 546-6900. Home for rent. 640 Tallassee Rd. Located in private setting. This 2BR/1BA has fireplace, CHAC, W/D conn., nice front porch. $635/ mo. w/ dep. on 1 yr. lease. Call Bill at Thornton Realty, (706) 353-7700.

Student special! Near bus line. 4BR/2BA, ample parking, fenced yd. w/ storage bldg., $950/mo. + $950 dep. Call Rose, (706) 255-0472, Prudential Blanton Properties.

Houses for Sale 3BR/2BA ranch house on Eastside. Fenced back yd., laundry room, eat-in kitchen, vaulted ceilings, fireplace, sidewalks, lg. living room. Call Daniel for more info, (706) 2962941. Charming, classic, updated cottage in Normaltown. 2BR/2BA w/ sunroom. $188,000, 248 Georgia Ave. Antique heart pine, high ceilings. (706) 8501175 or (678) 358-5181. By appt. only. Manufactured home. 3BR/2BA. 5 miles to UGA. Owner financing. Call (706) 543-4883 or (706) 2018051. This amazing house built in 2005 is close to Dwntn. in a quiet n’hood. 3BRs & 2 full BAs w/ detached workshop. Fenced-in yd. $159,900. Call (678) 596-9427.

Parking & Storage UGA parking spaces. Across the street from campus, law & library. $25/mo. 6 mo. minimum. Contact Susan, (706) 3544261.

Pre-Leasing 2BR/2BA on College Station. Huge apt., FP, deck, lots of closets, DW, W/D, CHAC. Avail. 7/1 or 8/1. Pre–leasing. Pets OK. $575/ mo. (706) 369-2908. ➤ continued on next page

I heart Flagpole Classifieds! Live in high style next to Dwntn.! Walk to class/ restaurants/river trails. 4 B R / 4 B A , W / D , D W, in-house stereo system, huge bedrooms, walk-in closets & huge decks! (706) 363-0637. Multiple in-town properties for rent. 2 & 3BR, $475–900/mo. Pets OK, fenced-in yds., CHAC, W/D conn. Avail. now! Call David, (706) 255-2552. Pre-leasing for Fall. 1, 2 & 3BR houses. Close to campus & Dwntn. Call (706) 255-0066.

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Awesome 3BR/2BA, close to campus. New master BA w/ double sink. HWflrs., fenced back yd. W/D, DW, CHAC. Pets OK. Avail. 8/1. $1125/mo. (706) 369-2908. Rent your properties in Flagpole Classifieds! Call (706) 549-0301! Shoal Creek: 1 & 2BRs, $575 to $675. W/D, DW, ice-maker, pool. www.joinermanagement. com, text “shoalcreek” to 41513, or call Joiner Management, (706) 850-7727. Students welcome. 1st mo. rent free! Nor th Ave. 5BR/4BA. 4 car garage, 5 min. walk to Dwntn., on bus line. All appls. HWflrs. $400/BR. Call Lynette, (706) 202-4648. Students welcome. 1st mo. rent free! Corner of Madison Heights/North Ave. 4BR/4BA. HW/tile flrs. All appls. 5 min. walk to Dwntn., on busline. $400/BR + one mo.’s rent dep. Lynette, (706) 202-4648.

Roommates Roommate wanted! Cool house in Normaltown seeks roommate starting Aug. $350 + 1/3 utils. Mad gardening skills, frisbee skills & well-timed punchlines a must. Call Cord, (706) 3630803.

Rooms for Rent $375/mo. to share nice 2BR/2.5BA townhouse w/ M PH.D. student in Appleby Mews. 1 mi. from UGA. Pool & laundry facilities. Excellent condition. More info at www.AthensApt. com. (678) 887-4599. Stuck in a lease you're trying to end? Sublease your house or apartment w/ Flagpole Classifieds! Visit or call (706) 549-0301.

Sub-lease 2BR townhome on Eastside. Need someone to take over lease for 2 mo. starting in July. $560/mo. + utils. Must be approved by mgmt. (706) 5460653.

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BUSINESSES JB’s Polish Sausage Business is up for sale. Incl. food bags, truck, grills, polish sausage & world famous Comeback Sauce recipe. Call JB, (706) 617-3948.

Furniture All new pillow-top mattress set from $139. Sofa & love-seat, $549. 5-pc. bedroom set, $399. Pub table w/ chairs, $350. (706) 612-8004.

Miscellaneous Bidders Buy Auction. New & used items, collectables, & antiques. Auctions every Fri. & Sat. 1459 Hargrove Lake Rd. in Winterville. Visit www. or call (706) 742-2205 for more info.

Go to A g o r a ! Awesome! A ff o rd a b l e ! Yo u r f a v o r i t e store! Specializing in retro everything including antiques, furniture, clothes, bikes, records & players! 260 W. Clayton St., (706) 316-0130. Leaving town? Don't know how to get your wkly. Flagpole fix? Subscribe! Get Flagpole delivered to your mailbox! $40 for 6 months, $70 for a yr.! Call (706) 549-9523. P e a c e P l a c e T h r i f t S t o re , Hwy 129 & 82S in Jefferson. Over 9,000 sf. of gently used clothes, toys, furniture, h o u s e h o l d & m o re ! D a i l y sales. Your wish is your command! Revolutionary discovery goes beyond “Law of Attraction.” Create wealth, love, happiness! Limited time offer, $300 value, 14-CD set, yours free! Call (800) 591-0346 (AAN CAN).

Music Announcements Looking for bands to play at Kabana, a restaurant at 211 Tallassee Rd. For more info call Tamika, (706) 850-7711 or (706) 461-2207.

Equipment Nuçi’s Space needs your old instruments & music gear! All donations are tax-deductible. Call (706) 227-1515 or come by Nuçi’s Space, 396 Oconee St.

Instruction Athens School of Music. Instruction in guitar, bass, drums, piano, voice, brass, woodwinds, strings, banjo, mandolin, fiddle & more. From beginner to expert. Instrument r e p a i r s a v a i l . V i s i t w w w., (706) 543-5800.

Music Services F r e t S h o p . P ro f e s s i o n a l guitar repairs & modifications, setups, electronics, precision f re t w o r k . P re v i o u s c l i e n t s incl. R.E.M., Widespread Panic, Cracker, Bob Mould, J o h n B e r r y, A b b e y R o a d Live!, Squat. (706) 5491567. Wedding bands. Quality, professional bands. We d d i n g s , p a r t i e s . R o c k , jazz, etc. Call Classic City Entertainment. ( 7 0 6 ) 5 4 9 - 1 5 6 7 . w w w. classiccityentertainment. com. Featuring The Magictones - Athens’ premiere wedding & par ty band. www.themagictones. com.

Studios SmallHouseCreative. Seriously high-end analog gear! Seriously affordable! Mix, master & track in P r o To o l s H D 2 A c c e l based recording studio on Athens’ Eastside. Feel the l o v e ! w w w. r o o m f i f t y t h r e e . com.

Services Classes High school diploma! Graduate in just 4 wks.! Free brochure. Call now! (800) 532-6546, ext. 97. www.continentalacademy. com (AAN CAN).

Cleaning Summer specials. Tell me what you want cleaned & I will clean it. Pricing examples: bathroom only $15, floors only $20. Call for other specials. Pet & earth friendly. Local & independent. References on request. Text or call Nick: (706) 851-9087. Email:

Health Pregnant? Considering a d o p t i o n ? Ta l k w / c a r i n g agency specializing in matching birthmothers w/ families nationwide. Living expenses paid. Call 24/7 Abby’s One True Gift Adoptions. (866) 413-6293 (AAN CAN).

House/server staff: Greyfield Inn, Cumberland Island. Come join our house staff & live/work on a beautiful Georgia island! Some dining & wine service experience helpful. In-residence position. $25,500/annum. Send letter of interest & application request to seashore@ Shenanigans Salon is now accepting applications for experienced hair stylists, clientele pref’d. Email resume to admin@shenaniganssalon. com or present in person. 1037A Baxter St. (706) 5481115. Town Center Salon & Spa in dwntn. Watkinsville is looking for two stylists, commission or booth rental; massage therapist; nail technician. FT or PT opportunities avail. To apply call (706) 769-0501 or stop by the salon at 2 S. Main St., Watkinsville.



Actors/movie extras needed immediately for upcoming roles. $150-300/day depending on job requirements. No exp., all looks. (800) 560-8679, A-109 for casting times/locations. (AAN CAN).

Stressed? Let me help! Tina’s relaxing therapeutic body rub. Call (334) 648-6358 or (334) MIT-MELT. hollyandsage2011@

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Help wanted. Extra income! Assembling CD cases from home! No exp. necessary! Call our live operators now! (800) 405-7619, ext. 2450. www. (AAN CAN).

Need cash, get it here. Top dollar for scrap gold, firearms, & other items. GA Dawg Pawn, (706) 353-0799. 4390B Atlanta Hwy, across from Sam’s Club.


Little Prodigies is looking for an experienced music teacher for infants – 5 yrs. old. Experience teaching music to this age range, upbeat attitude, professional appearance & passion to introduce children to music a must. Send cover letter & resume to Wes at owner. littleprodigieschildcare@gmail. com. No phone calls please!

Patricia Prince P h o t o g r a p h y. M o d e l s , portfolios, bands, head shots, pets. Fair prices! (706) 4984149.

Mystery shoppers earn up to $100/day. Undercover shoppers needed to judge retail & dining establishments. No exp. req’d. (800) 743-8535.


Paid in advance! Make $1K/ wk. mailing brochures from home! Guar. income! Free supplies! No experience req’d. Start immediately! www. (AAN CAN).

Pets Boulevard Animal Hospital June specials! $5 off a bath when you mention this ad. Advantage Multi: buy 6, get 2 tubes free! (706) 425-5099, www.

Full-time E A R LY C L A S S I F I E D AD DEADLINE! We will be closed Mon., July 4 & Tues., July 5 for Independence Day. All Classified ad placements or changes must be submitted before 11 a.m. on Fri., July 1 to be included in the issue of July 6. Call center representative. Join established Athens company calling CEOs & CFOs of major corporations generating sales leads for tech companies. $9/hr. BOS Staffing,, (706) 3533030. Keba Spitfire Grill is coming soon to Epps Bridge! Seeking experienced FT management staff. Fill out our online application & email it to eppsbridge@

Part-time The Downtown Athens Parking System (DAPS) is looking for smiling, energetic, customer service focused people to fill PT positions. Mostly evening hours. $8-$11/ h r. A p p l y i n p e r s o n o n l y at the DAPS office, 287 College Ave., M–F, 9 am–4 p m . M o re i n f o h e re : w w w. jobs.php

Vehicles Misc. Vehicles Ride your bike! Sell your auto w/ Flagpole Classifieds. Now w/ online pics! Go to www.flagpole. com today!

everyday people Paula M. Elliott, Hospice Nurse Paula Elliott is a nurse at St. Mary’s Hospice, and it is easy to tell that she is good at her job. She has a calming demeanor and mesmerizing, bright green eyes. She is the type of person whose age is impossible to guess, and she seems as if she would be good at making plants grow. She wears intricate wire jewelry that she made herself, and she tells a story about finding a sapphire almost as big as her palm while rock hunting with her eight-year-old son, Aiden. Paula truly believes in hospice. She eagerly expresses her fondness for her work with the conviction of one who knows she is doing the right thing. In addition to being a nurse, Paula is an artist, gardener, outdoor enthusiast, soccer lover and a former resident of Washington, D.C. Flagpole: How did you decide to work at hospice? Paula M. Elliott: I was working in general surgery and nephrology in Athens, and I had started participating in a palliative care team, and that’s when I first realized, “Oh, I really love this.” And then I just made a decision that I wanted to work for hospice.

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FP: What kind of things do you like to do when you’re not working? PME: Well, when I’m not working, I love wire art. I’m a wire artist… I make wire angels, and they’re really, really beautiful, and people love them. It makes them feel good because the angels are so delicate and pretty. And I love to go do gardening and go camping, bike riding. My most favorite thing to do is just enjoy my son and play with him and watch him grow. He’s just the love of my life. He’s amazing. I didn’t even know you could love something as much as you love your child, and once I had him, I was like, “Wow!”

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FP: You said earlier that you’re from Washington, D.C. How did you wind up in Athens? PME: Well, my father and my mom did some research on the Internet, and they decided that they wanted to move in their retirement, and they chose Athens, Georgia. I love them, so it was very hard to be away, so I followed. It was a wonderful move. I miss the city, but the people in Georgia and this area are so polite. It’s not as stressful; there’s not as much traffic. FP: Before you moved to Athens, had you spent your whole life in Washington, D.C.? PME: Mm-hmm. Not right in Washington, D.C.— Fairfax… Arlington. Just 15 or 20 miles out of D.C. FP: Were you in D.C. on September 11th? PME: Oh, yeah. I lived right up the 395 corridor. When the plane hit the Pentagon, that was really scary—that’s one of the other reasons why I decided to move. When the plane blew up, when the explosions happened, [they] echoed throughout the city, and [they] actually—several miles down in Alexandria, Virginia where I was living at that time—shook our high-rise. And I just remember feeling the building shake, and I was watching what had happened in New York at that time and seeing some fighter jets going overhead, and people started running out of our building because we thought, at that time, that the whole area was getting blown up because the explosions were just echoing and shaking. It was really, really, really scary. And we actually drove down to the Pentagon that night—I hadn’t thought about the jet fuel and how that would be when you smell that and all—but we drove down there that night, and it was very eerie. There was no traffic. There was just lights shining on the building.

When I was still in nursing school, my grandmother was very ill, and we had chosen hospice. And I was scared to death. I didn’t know anything. They did such a wonderful job and helped my grandmother and my family to get through that, and that was the other thing that had always sparked—I wanted to be able to do for other people what someone had done for us. FP: Did seeing so much death bother you at first? PME: I wouldn’t call it bothered, exactly, but affected, yes. But there’s a couple of different ways you have to look at that. One is, I have to put things in a way that I can deal with them. I do feel very deeply when someone passes away, when they die. And I guess it does bother me, but at the same time, I can’t change what’s going to happen, and so many people are afraid to face and deal with that, the end of a person’s life. And the end of a person’s life is just as important as their birth. The way that I cope with it is that I know that our team helped them to control their pain and their suffering and their discomforts when they needed it the most, when they’re most afraid. There’s a lot of different hospices out there, and one of the things I love about St. Mary’s is the community outreach that

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we get to be involved with, too. Like there’s Camp Nokose… it’s a camp that the kids can come to when someone that they love has died, and the kids go through a grief workshop without even realizing it. It’s a wonderful experience.

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FP: So, your son has lived in Athens his whole life? PME: Yes, I moved here in 2002 and he was born in 2003. He’s a Georgia boy. FP: Is there anything you would change about Athens if you could? PME: Probably more coffee shops and more outdoor types of restaurants where you can sit out on the patios and stuff, a little closer towards Oconee. FP: Is that something you miss about D.C.? PME: Yeah. The city and the tall buildings and the museums. Like the Smithsonian Museum was right there, and I miss that. But, on the other hand, it’s forced me to find other [places]. For instance, I went to the natural history museum at UGA where they have the bug collection, and I never have seen anything like [it]… We’ve done different things that I wouldn’t have done if I was in D.C., like the train ride—the short line ride—where you go see Jimmy Carter’s farm… I don’t know if I would really change it because Athens is beautiful like it is, too… There’s one other thing I would change about Athens: I would have a women’s soccer team. Emily Patrick




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