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The modern era of Athens-Clarke County government began in 1991, but it almost didn’t happen. Prior to that time, the City of Athens put most government authority into the hands of the mayor, with the city council forced to go along with him (always a him) on any important issue. The mayor basically represented business/banking/UGA administration interests. Clarke County was more rural, and government out there was basically about roads and bridges and trying not to be dominated by Athens. Athens business and government leaders had been trying for 20 years to consolidate the two governments, but the people out in the county kept voting it down. Finally, they worked out a compromise whereby the new government was composed of districts that mostly included part of the city and part of the county, and the head of government had very little power and was not even called “mayor,” to reassure the country people that the bad old Athens mayor was not going to gobble them up. The new leader was to be the “chief elected officer.” The county citizens were reassured, and “unification” She was getting passed, once they stopped calling it “consolidation.” the money not The next task was to elect the from a bank new government, and a bunch of jumped into the race for but from a band. people “CEO.” Oddly enough, after agitating for consolidation/unification for so long, the “establishment” didn’t have a candidate ready for the usual succession. They finally decided at the last minute on a popular lawyer/banker and the race was on. During the previous 20 years of political dominance by the business community, local liberals/progressives had made some inroads, electing a black county commissioner and a couple of liberal white commissioners. A coalition of blacks, white liberals and university students elected the first black city council member, and several neighborhood-oriented council members were elected, but the establishment always elected the mayor. What proved to be the most significant development in the election for the new leader of the unified government was the candidacy of city council member Gwen O’Looney. She was a neighborhood activist and a woman; she was liberal politically, and she was in tune with the music scene that had been growing up downtown unnoticed by most of the people who made up the established political leadership. Electing a county commissioner or a city council member was one thing. Electing a chief elected officer countywide was something else—something that called not only for every ounce of grassroots energy but also for money. Leafleting door-to-door wouldn’t be enough. This one required mailouts, newspaper and radio advertising and yard signs—lots of them. Nobody outside the establishment had ever had that kind of money to put into a political campaign, but Gwen O’Looney knew where to turn. Suddenly it became apparent that this upstart candidate had the money she needed to mount a serious campaign, and she was getting the money not from a bank but from a band. That band, R.E.M., made the difference— barely. After a hard-fought election and an even more hotly contested runoff, Gwen O’Looney headed the new government. For the first time, the “townies,” the people from the downtown music scene, played a significant role in the election of our government’s leader, and for the first time we had a leader who was part of and understood the downtown scene. Since that time, the members and staff of R.E.M. have become synonymous with progressive politics and forwardthinking community projects, historic preservation and neighborhood protection—never asking anything in return except good government. R.E.M. has provided the vital political counterweight that freed Athens to realize its potential as a haven for creativity, as an interesting place to live, unique in Georgia, known worldwide. With R.E.M. out of business, we don’t know what the future will hold. Even with their support in the last election, Gwen O’Looney, in a comeback attempt, lost out to a much more conservative candidate. But the money never actually came from R.E.M., anyway. It came out of the personal pockets of Michael and Bill and Bertis and them. We certainly hope they’ll still be around, and if they are, they will no doubt remain the same concerned citizens they’ve always been.
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Day of Reckoning: Quickly, try to think of a reflect that. But R.E.M. is still a going conmusical group or artist and a city more powcern, and it’s pretty tough to imagine Stipe, erfully and prominently linked than R.E.M. Mills, et al., turning their backs on Whatever and Athens. The Beatles’ relationship with It Takes and the Athens-Clarke Heritage Liverpool is about as close as it gets: for a Foundation just because they’re not writing lot of people, and in a lot of ways, R.E.M. is songs together anymore. Athens, and vice-versa. That’s the way it’s Tough Week: Last week’s been for most of the local development news past 31 years, like it wasn’t exactly inspiring or not, and to some to those (like the aforeextent, it will continue mentioned) who supto be so for the foreseeport the cultivation and able future, despite the preservation of Athens’ band’s “calling it a day” unique historic and last week. These kinds economic character. of associations don’t Monday saw the opening fade away overnight of the new downtown (see above examples). parking deck, which But what about R.E.M.’s will dominate the area’s direct, tangible, moreskyline and contribute or-less quantifiable a Waffle House and two impacts on this city— more chain restaurants namely, the band’s conto the local mix of culitributions to the wide nary options. Tuesday, variety of local charities UGA President Michael it has so actively and Adams announced his generously supported decision to raze and over the years? Few citStudents gathered at the Arch late Wednesday, rebuild Rutherford Hall, ies Athens’ size have Sept. 21 to light candles in remembrance of rather than renovate been able to claim such Troy Davis, who was executed that night deit. And Wednesday, spite doubts about his guilt in the 1989 mura benefactor; now that Flagpole’s Kevan Williams R.E.M. is no longer a der of Savannah Police Officer Mark MacPhail. reported that rumors band, will it stop being about Wal-mart’s interest a philanthropic force here, as well? in being the “anchor tenant” in a very hushThe short answer is “no.” While the band hush—at least as far as our elected officials has never established a foundation to manare concerned—development project on the age (or perpetuate) its charitable enterprises, Armstrong & Dobbs property, once touted as neither has that work been done solely in the the potential centerpiece of a vibrant new name of some remote, corporate entity that river district, appear well founded. will now cease to exist. It’s the band’s memNext week, we expect confirmation of bers themselves (and associates like Bertis the sale of the 40 Watt to the Walt Disney Downs) who have always made the decisions Company, which will improve the venue into to give their support to local causes, and it’s a spotlessly clean, family-friendly, Athens likely they’ll continue to do so, at least to music-themed “amusement center,” generating a significant extent. Of course, without new perhaps a dozen new minimum-wage jobs. albums or tours, the band’s income streams You heard it here first! are going to be considerably more modest, and its outlays will necessarily Dave Marr email@example.com
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Paul Broun, Jr.’s Krazy Korner Congressman Broun, Jr. recently took to the Athens BannerHerald’s editorial page to offer yet another bizarre rendering of trickle-down economics. Railing against “central planning,” Broun offered a radicalized trickle-down economic program as an alternative. His idea is to lower taxes even more, down to nothing in some cases for the rich, and to further lessen regulations on corporations. Exactly what Ronald Reagan tried 30 years ago. It’s getting sort of embarrassing to trot this stuff out. The trickle-down economic ideal Broun presents is a failed theory, as the experiment of the decades since Reagan’s inauguration have shown. The upper marginal tax rate in 1980 was 70 percent; it is now 35 percent. The banking industry during the last 30 years was deregulated so that profits trumped stability. Labor regulations were weakened and unions destroyed. Regulations on trade were decimated, opening up the spigot of profits for corporations moving factories to Mexico, China and elsewhere. And look around: the results are in. It’s failed. It’s a failed experiment. None of the promises of Reagan-era conservatives have materialized. The deregulated banks collapsed. The good jobs are gone. Incomes for middle-class and working-class earners are stagnant or declining. Families now need two incomes instead of one. More than one in five American children is in poverty. Infant mortality rates approach third-world levels. Meanwhile, the rich are doing better than they’ve done since the 1920s, and the disparity between the superwealthy and the rest of us is widening daily. Broun is asking us to continue and intensify these trends by redoubling our adherence to a thoroughly debunked ideology. Thirty years ago, Reagan and conservatives like Broun promised “morning in America.” How come it feels like dusk? [Matthew Pulver]
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“I really don’t have a problem with it,” Commissioner Doug Lowry told Flagpole. Sims is in favor of televising work sessions, as well—”as long as [commissioners] do it for the right reasons,” he said, not just to “have another shot at showing how proficient they are in terms of talking and really not getting something done.” Commissioner Kathy Hoard thinks it’s “a great idea”—one worth discussing at an upcoming commission retreat.
For 10 years now, Athens-Clarke County commissioners’ twice-monthly meetings at City Hall have been broadcast live on local cable Channel 7 (they are also streamed on the Internet, and can be viewed later both on television and online). And people do watch John Huie them. ”Very much so,” Commissioner Harry Sims told Flagpole. “’I watch you all religiously,’” people have told him. “I tease them sometimes,” he said—”you guys really don’t have a life if we are what you are really entertained by.” The programs are produced on the fly in a Despite concerns that downtown bars are small City Hall control room, with remotelydriving out daytime retailers, safety concerns controlled cameras mounted unobtrusively in alone won’t justify limiting the numbers of the commission chamber (equipment was supbars, ACC Police Chief Jack Lumpkin told plied free by Charter Communications). ACC’s county commissioners on the Legislative public information office (which televises Review Committee last week. “Our calls are the meetings) estimates the county’s costs down,” he said. “You at $500 per meeting. could not, in the last County school board “Cameras are intimidating,” three or four years, jusmeetings are also viewa public purpose [in able live (on Channel Mayor Nancy Denson said, tify limiting bar licenses] 16) or later on the with our statistics. Internet. and commissioners may “Some of that may be But one regular associated with the way meeting that’s not teleneed the “comfort level” we’ve played football the vised is the monthly last three or four years,” Commission work session of informal discussions he added. “We need (at which county staffwithout their glare. another Herschel.” The ers give presentations standing committee of on upcoming issues, and five commissioners is reviewing local alcohol commissioners discuss them). Items like the ordinances; it has already decided to recomClassic Center expansion, electoral reappormend dropping the distance requirements that tionment and the proposed “Blue Heron” disprevent package stores or grocery stores from trict for downtown were vetted in some detail selling alcohol near churches, schools or other at work sessions before being discussed at the package stores. televised meetings; when commissioners meet The committee’s interest in limiting bar with state legislators in November, it will be licenses—basically “on-premises” liquor conat a work session. sumption licenses, which could affect some Why shouldn’t work sessions be televised? restaurants, too—grows out of a persistent “Cameras are intimidating,” Mayor Nancy concern that proliferating bars are driving out Denson told Flagpole, and commissioners may daytime retail stores from downtown. “Large need the “comfort level” of informal discusspaces of downtown are basically abandoned sions without their glare (work sessions are during the day,” said Commissioner Andy open to the public and are sometimes wellHerod. attended).
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“With rents so high, you’re going to go Nonetheless, “I know we’d all like to see more for a higher-margin business,” Commissioner thriving retail downtown,” she said. “We do Alice Kinman speculated. “You see a lot of seem to be losing retail downtown, and what’s abandoned storefronts that light up at night. opening in its place seems to be bars and There’s a wish that downtown Athens had restaurants.” more of a day-and-night mix.” But, Kinman But Athens’ bars “are major draws to downadded, “we don’t want to create these artitown” she added; a common complaint of ficial barriers to entry [for new businesses] convention visitors is not that there are too unless there’s some many bars, but that really good reasons.” retail stores are closed “You see a lot of abandoned at night. “They see Instead of trying to be like Austin, all these great stores storefronts that light up at TX or Princeton, NJ, downtown, and the “why can’t we just be doors are locked.” night. There’s a wish that Athens?” Commissioner And a lot of people downtown Athens had more who would like a quiet George Maxwell wanted to know. Lacking data, meal downtown don’t of a day-and-night mix.” committee members realize, Lookofsky asked county staffers points out, that the to check whether bars pay higher rents than crush of the bar crowd doesn’t begin until 11 retail—and how fast their numbers have been p.m. or later. “There’s not this big party scene; growing—for discussion at the committee’s that doesn’t happen until late night.” Neither next meeting on Oct. 18. is crime the problem that some perceive it to The growth of bars has not been a conbe. “It’s really a pleasant environment,” she cern of the Athens Downtown Development said. Authority, ADDA Director Kathryn Lookofsky told Flagpole. “The board hasn’t discussed it.” John Huie
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It is a news story that has become very familiar over the past decade. A few weeks ago, the people who administer the College Board’s SAT exams reported the average scores for high school seniors taking the test in 2011. Georgia students did not do as well as we would hope. For the fifth consecutive year, the average SAT score of our students declined, and the state ranks below nearly every other state. Georgia students scored 1,445 out of a maximum score of 2,400. That was six points lower than the 2010 score and 55 points lower than the national average. Only two other states—South Carolina and Maine—had lower average scores than Georgia. That ranking at the bottom of the SAT barrel has been the case for a long time. In 2002, when Gov. Roy Barnes was in a heated race for reelection against Sonny Perdue, the SAT scores were released in the middle of the campaign. Georgia’s average score had not increased from the year before, and the state ranked 50th. Perdue blamed it on Barnes’ education reform program that was highly unpopular with schoolteachers. “I’m ashamed of the record here in Georgia where Roy Barnes’ program, in blaming teachers, has caused us to come in at 50th out of 50 in the United States in education,” Perdue said at a news conference. “Totally unacceptable.” Perdue soon took over as governor and began dismantling much of Barnes’ education reform program, most notably by allowing schools to go back to larger class sizes. Perdue also signed a series of budgets that cut state funding for K-12 education by a combined amount of nearly $3 billion during his two terms. How did all of that work out? During Perdue’s first year in office, Georgia again ranked 50th in average SAT scores. In his second year in office, Georgia actually
climbed to 49th place, moving slightly ahead of South Carolina. By Perdue’s third year in office, Georgia had slipped back into a tie with South Carolina for last place. Even with these low rankings, Georgia’s average SAT scores were still improving by three or four points a year. Those modest improvements ended in 2006 when the state’s combined score on the math and verbal sections dropped by three points. In 2007, the state’s average score declined by five points. The average score dropped by an additional six points in 2008, by six points in 2009 and by seven points in 2010. That’s not a good trend, and it indicates we don’t do a very good job of educating our kids. Some would argue that the decreasing SAT scores are a sign we should put more money into upgrading our schools, rather than continue down the path of cutting state funds for education. That is not what a majority of Georgia voters want, however. They have made it clear they would rather keep taxes low than spend additional money on education. In 2006, voters could pick between Perdue or a Democrat more amenable to the idea of increased spending on education, Mark Taylor. The voters elected Perdue by a margin of nearly 20 points. There was the same clear choice in 2010. Roy Barnes said the state should put more money into schools. Nathan Deal opposed extra spending and said he favored giving schools more “flexibility” in how they used existing resources. Voters again made their preference known, electing Deal by a smaller but still decisive 10-point margin. We don’t spend as much money as other states do on education, and it shows in our test scores, but that is what the voters want. In our democratic system, they are the ones who will ultimately make that decision. Tom Crawford firstname.lastname@example.org
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In retrospect, Obama’s election was a lot like the moon landing. Immediately afterward, we were all swept back into the vortex of our lives, but for a single collective moment, we stared at our screens in wonder. He did it. We did it. We broke a barrier. If this is possible, anything is possible. Maybe we can—maybe we shall—overcome. Three years later, America seems like a “can’t do” country. Like his predecessor, Obama stands on a pile of rubble, but this time it is an economic ruin; this time, we took the edifice down ourselves, and no one can brandish a bullhorn and make a speech and galvanize us to action. In a variety of ways, for a variety of reasons, we are spent.
Easy comparisons have already been made: Lincoln and Obama came into office two gaunt, young, inexperienced, relatively funny-looking Illinois lawyers, each seeking to soothe a bitterly divided nation. Such kinships would mean nothing, however, if they didn’t mean so much to Obama. Author Sarah Vowel has said that Lincoln is like one of those novelty mirrors with the beard painted on—all politicians want to see themselves reflected in his image. But some politicians look longer and deeper into the mirror. Sharing a house with Lincoln for eight years, President George W. Bush once quipped: “I’m often asked, ‘Do you see Lincoln’s ghost?’ and I tell people, ‘I quit drinking 22 years ago.’” Obama’s relationship with Lincoln’s ghost seems more profound. In his article, “What I See in Lincoln’s Eyes,” Obama claimed to see “tragedy altered into grace” whenever he looked into the 16th president’s face. “On trying days, [his] portrait, which hangs in my office, soothes me,” Obama wrote. “It always asks me questions.” One wonders what questions Lincoln’s ghost is asking now. Perhaps, if it is a good ghost, eager to help, it might offer up a few answers. In February 1861, Lincoln stood on a ruin of his own—seven states had already left the Union and no one knew if others would follow. Politicians approached him with yet another compromise—extending the 36°30’ line to the Pacific—but he rejected it out-of-hand. Slavery was a $3.5 billion dollar interest, but
it was also a monstrous evil that had corrupted American politics and made a mockery of American values. “The tug has to come,” Lincoln said. On the question of slavery in the territories, he would “hold firm, as with a chain of steel.” “Let us have faith that RIGHT MAKES MIGHT,” he said, “and in that faith, let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it.” A hundred days into his term, Lincoln confessed that if he’d known how difficult it was going to be when he started, he’d scarcely have thought it possible to survive. By the time Pope was defeated at Second Manassas, witnesses said Lincoln seemed “almost ready to hang himself.” After Fredericksburg he seemed “heart-broken… and soon reached a state of nervous excitement bordering on insanity.” “If there is a worse place than hell,” he said, “I am in it.” When Harriet Beecher Stowe asked about his plans after the war, Lincoln supposedly laughed: “After the war? I shall not be troubled about that. The war is killing me.” By the spring of 1864, Republican Horace Greeley, editor of the largest circulating newspaper in the North, came out against the president’s renomination. “Mr. Lincoln is already beaten,” he claimed. “He cannot be elected. And we must have another ticket to save us from utter overthrow.” Lincoln was almost inclined to agree. “Do you expect to be elected?” someone asked him. “Well,” he replied, “I don’t think I ever heard of any man being elected to an office unless someone was for him.” As it happens there was a quiet army of someones who were for Lincoln—the army itself—70 percent of whom voted for him and helped to give him his margin of victory. A few had always been “Lincoln Men.” Far more had been convinced by degrees that they had been wrong, and he had been right: the tug had to come. And now they, too, would hold firm, as with a chain of steel. It may be that political “warfare” is killing Obama. It may be that Obama never existed; possibly we fabricated him from our hopes, and killed him when they proved unrealistic. None of that matters now, because 2012 is an election year, and it is time to lock arms with someone. But if Obama should win, let us hope in his second term he takes another look in that mirror. The Lincoln he wants is not the one he’s been sold—the post-partisan consensusbuilder who sagely assembles a “team of rivals.” The one he wants is the unyielding man of principle who wages relentless war on billion-dollar interests that are bad for America. Stephen Berry Stephen Berry is associate professor of history at the University of Georgia, where he teaches courses on America in the Civil War Era. His latest book is House of Abraham: Lincoln and the Todds, A Family Divided by War, which was the Book of the Month Club main selection for March 2008.
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athens rising What’s Up in New Development Charrettapalooza: If architecture, design and planning are your passion, October’s gonna be a big month to move from spectator to participant and get your hands dirty. There are ample opportunities coming up to get involved, from charrettes and workshops to tours and lectures. The weekend of Oct. 13–16 is the big one, with dueling charrettes providing fresh ideas for a couple of local organizations to get particularly excited about. Partnering on Pauldoe: The University of Georgia’s Center for Community Design and Preservation (CCDP) will be tackling the proposed revitalization of the Jack R. Wells public housing community, also known as Pauldoe. The Athens Housing Authority has partnered with Atlanta developer Columbia Residential to explore the transformation of that site into a mixed-income neighborhood. The redevelopment project will likely treat the site, to
homeowners of historic properties of varying ages can take to reduce their environmental footprint. The event will also include a hands-on window workshop, with a chance to try out methods to improve the efficiency of older windows. Check out www.achfonline. org for more info. “The greenest building is the one that’s already been built,” says Lisa Dore, part of the team organizing the Preservation Matters series, which is why they chose “Inherently Green” as the motto guiding this year’s series. Although details are still loose, look for the ACHF to hold a symposium in the spring as a follow-up to the event they sponsored at Ciné in Spring 2010, and also a “green” bike tour. More Heritage Afoot: The ACHF will also be continuing its Athens Heritage Walks series throughout the fall, with another 11 tours of various historic areas around town led by
This little island in the North Oconee River was once the footing for the Broad Street covered bridge. Learn about these and other historic facts through an ACHF Heritage Walk led by Ben Emanuel! some degree, as a blank canvas, taking out existing buildings and streets, and creating a new walkable neighborhood. The details aren’t worked out yet, but the weekend will likely kick off on Thursday, Oct. 13 with a public input session to gather ideas about what the community could become. Nuçi’s Space Is the Place: In from out of town, the Georgia chapter of the American Institute of Architects will be holding its annual design conference at the Classic Center. While it is one of those things you will have to register for, they do incorporate an outreach aspect to the weekend, with teams of students tackling a local design problem as part of a charrettestyle process. This year, they’ll be taking a look at Nuçi’s Space and how that organization might grow its facilities to better fulfill its mission. That exercise will culminate with presentations on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 15. While geared toward design students, that work might be a good way to see what’s happening on the cutting academic edge. You can find out more about the conference at www. aiaga.org. Heritage Matters: The same day, the AthensClarke Heritage Foundation will be holding the latest installment of its Preservation Matters series from 8:30 a.m–2 p.m. at the Athens Community Council on Aging. That event, titled “Energy Efficient Strategies for the Historic Home” will look at strategies that
local history buffs. The tour guides are often “hilarious,” according to Dore, so sign up for one for on the ACHF website to check it out. Water Walks, Even: If you’re not totally charretted out, the CCDP will be facilitating another charrette the weekend of the Oct. 22, to explore ideas for a Blueway trail along the North Oconee River. Blueways are paddling “trails” along waterways, complete with easily accessible boat launches for canoes and kayaks. The ACHF will line up one of its walks with that weekend, with a tour of the river led by local river expert Ben Emanuel and the Athens Welcome Center’s Janet Clark. Spots are limited, so sign up quickly. If you haven’t seen Athens from the river, I thoroughly recommend it, having paddled that stretch a few times myself. It is a great angle—especially recently—from which to understand Athens’ natural and cultural history. With drought reducing the river level considerably this summer, there may be a bit more foot travel than you’d think, making the “Heritage Walk” moniker a bit too literal. Get on Board: With so many chances to learn about or participate, there’s no excuse not to take part—so, sign up for what interests you around town. There are plenty of chances to talk about Athens: what it’s been, and what it could be.
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only takes once, and it happens in a nanosecond,” says Athens Senior Police Officer Geoff Walsh. “I’m talking about in a millisecond you’re alive, and the next you’re dead from something that you can’t foresee.” Walsh has seen it kill time and again. He’s seen it tear the hearts out of wives, husbands, children and parents, and it never gets any easier. Of course, with over 95 restaurants and bars serving alcohol in the downtown Athens area alone—and many more countywide—it’s no surprise that the temptation to drink and drive is a powerful one; one that has claimed many people’s lives and put many more behind bars. The fact remains, however, that drinking and driving is legal (provided the drinker is over the age of 21) until a person’s blood alcohol concentration is above .08 percent. This raises the question: What is an appropriate and responsible way to handle having a few drinks and driving? “There’s a time factor to take into account; don’t go slamming drinks,” Walsh says. “My advice to anyone that’s going out for any occasion is to be very cautious, drink over a long span of time and drink very little.” There are other factors to take into consideration as well, as weight, gender and the type of drink all play their part in raising (or lowering) a person’s blood alcohol content. These factors make determining at what point someone should stop drinking a muddled and complicated business. “My take on doing this for 30-somethingyears is that people don’t believe they’re over the limit,” says local attorney John McArthur. “They think they’re OK to drive. I mean face it, alcohol removes inhibitions.” McArthur, who specializes in DUI cases, adds that one should have no more than two beers over a two-hour-or-so period; otherwise you may find yourself in the back seat of a police cruiser. “The typical scenario is this: an officer will stop someone, usually because they say they have observed some unsafe driving of some kind or an equipment violation,” McArthur explains. “Then, the police officer will say they detected an odor of alcohol, and they will inquire if the driver has been consuming alcohol.” The officer will then conduct a field sobriety test on the driver. Assuming the driver agrees and passes the test, he or she is in most cases allowed to go. If he fails, he’s going to jail. A refusal to even take the tests leads to an entirely different consequence. “The law is this,” says McArthur: “that if a police officer arrests you and has reason to believe you may be under the influence of
alcohol, he can have you submit to a stateadministered test that’s either blood, breath or urine. The police officer has to read you the implied consent rights. They say that Georgia law is allowed to administer these tests, and if you don’t agree to take this test, then your driver’s license will be suspended.” McArthur believes that one way to avoid this issue altogether would be by coming up with an accessible, cheap way for people to get home, as he feels that Athens’ taxi system just doesn’t cut it. “They’re not going to stop people from going downtown and drinking and wanting to get home, and the taxi system in this city is awful,” McArthur says. “I’m not sure what they could do to make them better, but it’s not a good system. In this era of budget cuts and reduced money, I don’t think the government or the university would be up for providing vans to pick people up.” In contrast with McArthur’s view of taxis as overcrowded and inconvenient, Walsh sees them as helpful. “When we do roadblocks, it is amazing to watch the number [of] cabs that are slap full of people come through those road checks,” Walsh says. “From my perspective, I think it’s nothing but good if you can get people on board.” For one 20-year-old Athens resident, all it took to hop on board with the taxi system was being arrested for DUI last July. Since his arrest, his rules for getting home have changed drastically. “I’d just call a taxi. It’s not worth getting in the car after a couple drinks, [whether] you’re over 21 or not. When you’re sitting in the cell, you have plenty of time to bash yourself for even thinking of getting in the driver’s seat,” the student says. “It doesn’t matter if you have gotten away with it before; it’s not worth the risk.” While both McArthur and Walsh both agree with that judgment, they do allow that, for a responsible drinker, it is OK to drink some alcohol and drive, provided one follows a few basic rules. “Know before you start drinking how many drinks you’re going to have, that it is a safe number, and stick to it,” McArthur advises. Walsh also believes commitment is the key to drinking and driving under the limit. “If you’re committed to drive, be ultracautious,” he says. “Leave the drinks to the absolute bare minimum. I’m talking about one, two. It totally depends on the person; some people shouldn’t drive after having any.” And as for when enough is enough? “You just have to be honest with yourself.” Foster Tyler Elrod
kiddie dope NEWS FROM THE JUICE BOX SET Arrow (393 N. Finley St.; ourarrow.blogspot.com) is another option for new parents looking for a place to drop in and hang with like-minded parents. It’s a little space next door to Big City Bread that has organized activities each week along with open play times. Parents can drop in for a small fee or get a monthly membership. The weekly Toddle Time group at St. Mary’s Hospital (1230 Baxter St.) gives moms a chance to focus on their newborn while their toddler plays. The group meets 10 a.m.–noon on Fridays and provides toys and activities for siblings so moms can feed and weigh their babies in peace. St. Mary’s also offers a support group for new moms, 1–3 p.m. on Mondays, where moms can feed, weigh and track their baby’s growth from week to week (more info: 706-389-3389). There also is the Athens Mommies group on Meetup.com (www.meetup.com/Athens-Mommies), which organizes playdates for both at-home and working moms, and even some child-free events. All those options are great for making new friends and commiserating, but for the multitaskers (and those who believe it’s never too early to start developing those brain cells), there are several places to start. Along with the weekly readings at Full Bloom, the AthensClarke County Library has a sweet program at 10:30 a.m. every Monday, where parents interact with their babies through songs, movement and stories. Older babies (ages 1–3) also can take part in parent-child workshops 10–11 a.m. Thursdays, plus other special events (check www. clarke.public.lib.ga.us/ events/accevents.html for details). The Oconee Public Library’s Book Babies program includes 15 minutes of songs, rhymes and stories that finishes with time for parents and babies to mingle. Babies that are a little more mobile can take part in the Family Dancing classes at Floorspace (160 Tracy St.) Classes are 10 a.m. Wednesdays and are $6 for first-timers, $12 per drop-in afterward. The Play ‘n’ Lunch Bunch at Whole: Mind. Body. Art. Christy Fricks and her son Lucas, 14 months, take part in a mama/baby yoga class at Full Bloom in Athens. New (127 N. Jackson St.) is a parents are lucky—they not only have a cute baby, but they have some great options for activities to share with good way to incorporate them; five pacifiers out of five. your baby into an activity that an older toddler classes. And you can get your little one off to a bright start sibling can enjoy, too. It’s a mixture of puppets, playtime and with educational activities, such as story times or music times. bring-your-own lunches from 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. every Monday. (Note that classes and groups come with various prices, usually Trying to get back to pre-baby shape? Take in a Mama Baby between $5 and $20.) Crawlers class at Athens Regional Medical Center. It’s at 12:30 One of the things that always baffled Nielsen, she says, was p.m. every Wednesday at the Mind Body Institute ($60 for 10 when new parents left the hospital. You’re left on your own, classes; 706-475-7329), and it’s a time for moms to tone and for the most part, with no place to get an independent opinstretch while babies (around ages 8 to 18 months) play around ion (aside from all that unsolicited advice from your mom). “I them. wanted to build a community of women; they learn from each There are songs incorporated into library storytimes, but other… They get to hear different viewpoints, and they ask parents can also get into the groove at a Kindermusik or questions, and that’s good,” Nielsen says. “It’s wonderful to Musikgarten class. Both are 12-week classes that incorporate see people become empowered, and it affects (a new mother’s) instruments, rhythm and lessons specifically for babies. Fall family life.” sessions have already started, but you can get a jump on a Full Bloom is just one of many places where parents can winter or spring session by calling 706-543-8560 (Kindermusik, find support and activities to enjoy with their new babies. at the YMCA) or 706-542-2894 (Musikgarten, at the UGA The Athens Mothers’ Center (3195 Barnett Shoals Rd. at St. Community Music School). Gregory’s Episcopal Church; athensga.motherscenter.org) is The options start to open up once babies reach 18 months. a gathering place for new moms (and dads!) for the past 30 (I’d argue that’s a toddler, actually.) But for parents navigating years. The group meets 9:30–11:30 a.m. Tuesday and Friday; the waters for the first time, it’s really the first year that usudads are welcome on Fridays, and there is childcare availally has you feeling a bit shellshocked. Who knew: before you able for toddlers and preschool-aged siblings. The center also could even babble, you’d have a full schedule? hosts nights out for moms and dads, and hosts holiday events throughout the year. Kristen Morales One of the best things about babies is how easy it is to tote them around. Forget the image of the frazzled parent with the overloaded diaper bag and jumbo stroller. Before they become toddlers—wreaking havoc wherever their little feet roam—they are tiny, totally portable little creatures that are easily placed in a sling and taken places. And, luckily, we here in Athens have some really great places to tote them, many sprouting up in the past few years. First of all, any discussion about places to take your baby, whether still too young to sit or experimenting with crawling, has to start with Full Bloom (220 N. Milledge Ave; fullbloomparent.com). It’s a resource center for new parents that does double duty as a store selling all sorts of nursing and cloth diapering supplies; upstairs is ReBlossom, a separate consignment shop with lots of used baby gear. Pat Nielsen, a registered nurse, has decades of experience working with babies, children and expectant moms, and after years working in hospitals and public health care, she decided to take her wealth of knowledge and apply it to a one-stop shop for new parents. The result is a space constantly buzzing with babies, new parents and activities for them. There are group play times for babies at various stages (actually, more like times for moms to chat while the babies nurse, drool or just do baby stuff). If you want to get active, there are weekly mama/baby yoga
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Since we’re all friends here, I’ll just come out and say it: I love Lady Gaga. Being primarily a rock-and-roll guy, it’s not her music that does it for me, though she chooses her producers well and kicks out singles with more texture and blessedly Auto-Tune-free production than most of her top-40 contemporaries, and the bit of dance-pop genius that is “Bad Romance” more than makes up for the occasional stumble like “Alejandro.” What I love about Gaga is that she, moreso than her peers, understands the two fundamental rules of pop superstardom. The first is that being a pop star is a 24/7 job, with no dinner or bathroom breaks, and the job is to be as unlike the rest of us as possible. The person gives way to the persona, and every waking moment is an opportunity to selfpromote. Stefani Germanotta from Jersey may be lurking around somewhere in that psyche, but we’ll never see her doing those things that you and I do: walking the dog, picking our noses, whipping into the convenience store for a Ho Ho and a Big Gulp. Try to imagine Madonna ironing or Prince eating Cheetos and watching the Vikings in his assless purple sweatpants and you’ll see what I mean. Gaga is Gaga, alien and fabulous, and Gaga is always on. The second rule is that the biggest pop stars are all transgressors. Popular entertainment likes ruts, grooves and pigeonholes. It seeks out the look and sound of the moment and then tries to crank out as many artists in that mold as possible. The diva vocalist à la Mariah and Christina is the model for “American Idol,” for example, but it’s telling that the most successful former contestants from the show are people who lost—Jennifer Hudson, Chris Daughtry—while the only winner who approached the level of fame promised by the show is Carrie Underwood, a country singer. Superstars shred genre boundaries, confound expectations, borrow from radical sources and dare to offend, in the end synthesizing new entertainments and evolving from freaks to pioneers. Michael Jackson knew this. Elvis knew it. Sinatra knew it. Josephine Baker knew it. Houdini knew it. Adah Isaacs Menken was (arguably) the first American pop star, an international phenomenon as infamous for her transgressions as she was famous for her considerable talents as an actress, poet and sex symbol. In the course of her meteoric career in the mid1800s, Menken married five husbands, among them the heavyweight boxing champion of the world, cross-dressed onstage, posed nude for public consumption, was an outspoken Zionist and was arrested as a Confederate spy. Walt Whitman, Charles Dickens, Algernon Swinburne and Alexandre Dumas were her close friends; Mark Twain was among her admirers, and Arthur Conan Doyle used her as the model for Irene Adler, the woman who bewitches and bests Sherlock Holmes in A Scandal in
Bohemia. Hers was a truly remarkable life, chronicled in a new biography by Michael and Barbara Foster, A Dangerous Woman: The Life, Loves and Scandals of Adah Isaacs Menken, 1835-1868, America’s Original Superstar (Lyons Press, 2011). In her day, as one of the most celebrated actresses in the country—back when being an actor meant working for a week at a time and performing a different play every night before hopping on a train to the next city— Adah Isaacs Menken’s private life was no less complex than her public one. Born in New Orleans of a black mother and a white father whose identity is a matter of contention, Menken passed for white, skirting the strict miscegenation laws of the day, and distinguished herself as a performer early, barely out of childhood when she joined a Texas repertory company. At this time it is strongly believed that she formed the first of several brief relationships with other women, but she married a producer from a well-to-do family, friends and supporters of Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise, the father of Reform Judaism in America. Under his tutelage, she became a zealous advocate for Zionism and cut her teeth as a poet in Jewish newspapers of the day. Her marriage was a rocky one, particularly after her husband’s envy turned to heavy drinking and her eye turned to John C. Heenan, an Irish boxer and major contender. Obtaining a rabbinical divorce, Menken married Heenan and the two appeared to be a golden couple, like Marilyn and DiMaggio. On the eve of Heenan’s celebrated bout with the English champ, however, Menken’s ex began to slur her in the press, claiming their divorce was illegal and invalid. The resulting scandal caused Heenan to disavow their relationship to avoid bad publicity and did devastating harm to Menken’s career. Always regarded as a sensationalistic actress rather than a good one, she pulled herself up from the depths of ignominy in what is now the time-honored manner of pop stars: she embraced her infamy with both arms and proceeded to live the glamorous life as out-there as possible, becoming internationally celebrated as the public eagerly watched for the next escapade from Adah Isaacs Menken. Biracial, bisexual, outspoken and willing to bare all, Menken was the model of transgression as living art, and the Fosters’ biography presents her story in a lively mix of solid scholarship and enthusiastic prose. The Fosters are Adah Isaacs Menken fans, and their frequent lapses in reportorial distance can be forgiven because of the life they breathe into what would be dryly academic in any other hands. A Dangerous Woman has a modern feel and goes down very easily—a pop read for a pop pioneer. John G. Nettles
art notes Grotesque, Comic Proportions Going Dutch: Paul Thomas, local artist, musician and former host of the thrift store/avant-garde living room X-Ray Cafe, has found new fans in the Netherlands, where he is participating in an exhibition that examines mythologies of the South, especially those in Southern Gothic literature. The exhibition, titled “What the modern era has gained in civility it has lost in poetic inspiration,” will be held at the 1646 gallery (www.1646.nl) in the Hague and is curated by Joris Lindhout and Maaike Gouwenberg. In an email interview with the curators, I asked how the two met Thomas. Gouwenberg replied that they were introduced by local artist, musician and Lamar Dodd School of Art instructor Christopher Cogan during a three-month road trip in the U.S. Cogan has studied and exhibited work in Europe over the years and his connections facilitated the meeting. “Paul became very important within our exhibition,” says Gouwenberg. “First of all because he has an amazing collection of Southern objects, pictures, stories, etc., and because he understood our way of thinking about the South and Southern Gothic very well. We share the love for the rough, but beautiful life in the Southern states, you can say.”
blowing them up to grotesque, comic proportions—and how these can function as subversive critiques on those social problems—is a very interesting way of dealing with the relation between social critique, creating cultural ‘products’ and entertainment.” I asked Gouwenberg why they were interested in doing a show about the South in the Netherlands. What relevance did they feel the subject will have for their audience? “The Southern states is an area that is fairly unknown by the general Dutch audience. By showing both the harsh and poor part but also by focusing on its beautiful landscapes and culture we want to open up discussions about the social political situation in connection to the Southern culture,” says Gouwenberg. “In the end, it would be wonderful if this way of working could open up a conversation that connects the South to the Netherlands.”
Relatively New to Town: Matty Goldstein arrived here from south Florida only a year ago. Goldstein studied painting and sculpture at the School of the Museum of Art in Boston and has most recently used his experience as a sign painter in his construction of pop art light-boxes. These, plus paintings on panel, are on display at Whole: Mind. Body. Art. on Jackson Street now through October in his first exhibition in Athens: “Electricity Encouraged.” In the darkened room, glowing light-boxes present psychedelic images in reds, pinks, green and black. Goldstein’s artwork explores imagery from horror films and reworkings of pop icons to create paintings and illuminated boxes. Elvis Presley, the “goth Elvis” Glenn Danzig, Regan from The Exorcist, the scary little girls from The Shining and Nancy Sinatra all appear. Far from the work of a very different “painter of light,” Goldstein’s visions of horror kitsch are vividly hued nightmares. Goldstein says, “I love the phantasmagoric,” referring to the projected images of skeletons and ghosts first created by “magic lanterns” in the early 19th-century. We talked about the exhilarating feeling of being scared watching horror movies, the terrible beauty of images like Nosferatu’s shadow reaching out to grab hold of his victim or the perfection of George A. Romero’s classic zombie film, Night of the Living Dead. The reds and pinks of “Walls of Blood,” depicting a scene from The Shining, are built up in layers which reverberate like the concentric glowing rings of thermal images. The repetition of elements and the flipping of images to mirror each other create a kaleidoscopic Rorschach of lasers, animals and nude silhouettes. My favorite piece is titled “Electric Sirens.” Mirror images of women in waves are at the foreground with pirate ships floating on a red sky behind them. The waves splash across the surface, breaking into Matty Goldstein’s artwork is on display at Whole: Mind. Body. Art. through October. pixels of black. It is these in-between spaces that interest Goldstein; the negative spaces create an Thomas’ contributions to this exhibition are photographs, image between the duplicated mirroring on either side of the film and a modified electric Santa sculpture. He describes picture. The way the colors are layered creates a holographic his work as “involving the themes of sex, death and resureffect, and it is, like many of the artworks in the room, a bit rection as depicted in the literature of Flannery O’ Connor, mind-bending when viewed up close. Visiting this exhibition William Faulkner, James Dickey, Cormac McCarthy and Harry is a little like walking through a gallery of funhouse mirrors, Crews.” Cogan also has a sculptural installation in the show, each reflecting a slightly unnerving vision of reality. Check a piece he intriguingly describes as “a sort of cave stalactite out a newcomer to Athens’ art scene and find an excellent made of weapons. The materials used are lights, soap and opportunity to start getting into the Halloween spirit! On view Red Man chewing tobacco.” Go to www.art.uga.edu/index. through October; see www.wholemindbodyart.com for hours php?pt=5&id=337 to see this for yourself. and contact information. Gouwenberg explains how the Southern literary connections of the exhibition were first inspired by storytelling on Mark Your Calendars: The Georgia Sculptors’ Society’s film: “Our interest in the South in general started after seeing “Inaugural Pulaski Street Art Crawl” takes place on Saturday, the documentary Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus in the Oct. 8, 5–9 p.m. on Pulaski Street. Participating Pulaski Street International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) in artists are opening their art studios to the public, and Pulaski 2005. Joris was already interested in it from the perspective of Street businesses will showcase artwork from Athens-area artpopular culture (i.e., movies like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre ists. The crawl begins as ARTini’s Art Lounge on Broad and and Deliverance), but the urge to build a large-scale project Pulaski, with the final stop and main event at Pints & Paints around it really came from Searching for the Wrong-eyed Jesus. in the Leathers Building. Admission is free and open to the After that, we started reading some of the authors mentioned public. For more info, please visit www.georgiasculpture.org. in the documentary, who all fall under the Southern Gothic trope. The way in which social problems are made visible by Caroline Barratt firstname.lastname@example.org
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movie dope Some releases may not be showing locally this week. • indicates new review 50/50 (R) I have no reservations about a comedic (probably best termed dramedic) take on a 27-year-old’s struggle to beat cancer so long as it stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen as the buddy and Oscar nominee Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air) as Levitt’s therapist. I enjoyed director Jonathan Levine’s debut, The Wackness, enough to warrant curiosity in his follow-up. • ABDUCTION (PG-13) Taylor Lautner, whose apparent acting idol was Derek Zoolander, has translated his however-many-pack into a Taylor-made bomb. Abduction attempts to force moviegoers to recognize Lautner as a superstar at gunpoint, and it’s as terrible a movie as you suspect it to be. AMELIE (R) 2001. Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s quirky, lovely fairy tale brought Audrey Tautou to the attention of American filmgoers as Amelie Poulain, an innocent young Parisian waitress looking to help those around her. Surprisingly, love awaits her in the guise of Nino (filmmaker Mattheiu Kassovitz), a guy fascinated by passport booth photos who works in a porn shop. J’adore Amelie, one of the loveliest, sweetest films I’ve ever seen. Nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Foreign Language Film and Best Original Screenplay. BAD TEACHER (R) As very bad teacher Elizabeth Halsey, Cameron Diaz reminds the moviegoing public that there was something about Mary, and she had a lot to do with it. Forced to return to a job she hates at which she is not very good, Elizabeth treats her students and coworkers with equal disdain, until she sets her sights on wooing rich new sub, Scott (Justin Timberlake), with a boob job she must rather questionably finance. CONTAGION (PG-13) Steven Soderbergh’s new “What if…” epidemic chiller is an excellent featurelength “Twilight Zone.” What if a deadly new, highly communicable virus entered the population? How quickly and effectively would the world’s governments and health agencies (represented by Laurence Fishburne, Kate Winslet, Bryan Cranston and Marion Cotillard) respond? CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE. (PG-13) What a crazy, stupid idea! Write a mature comedy script. Cast pretty,
talented, appropriately aged stars. Only almost everyone who doesn’t greenlight studio projects. Steve Carell stars as Cal Weaver, whose wife, Emily (Julianne Moore), suddenly bombs him with a divorce pronouncement that leads him to a local bar where Cal meets inveterate womanizer Jacob (Ryan Gosling). THE DEBT (PG-13) An above-average old people action-thriller that could have been so much more, The Debt boasts an Academy Award nominated director John Madden (Shakespeare in Love), a script by X-Men: First Class’ Matthew Vaughn, music by Thomas Newman AND a cast of Helen Mirren, “It Girl” Jessica Chastain, Sam Worthington, Ciaran Hinds and Tom Wilkinson. • DOLPHIN TALE (PG) I am not a sucker for sentimental animal movies. Were I, then I am sure Dolphin Tale would have fit the bill. A lonely 12-year-old, Sawyer (Nathan Gamble), rescues a dolphin (real tail-less dolphin, Winter, as herself) caught in a crab trap. With the help of a marine vet (Harry Connick Jr.), his daughter (Cozi Zuehlsdorff) and a doctor who specializes in prosthetics (Morgan Freeman), Sawyer helps save the dolphin by fashioning a fake appendage. It’s far too average to require parents to shell out 3D ticket money just so the kiddies can get their cute animal fix. DREAM HOUSE (PG-13) Will Atenton (Daniel Craig) and his family move to a new town, but their new house has a tragic history. A mother and her children were murdered in their new residence. Though everyone else suspects the murdered woman’s surviving husband, Will and a local resident, Ann Patterson (Naomi Watts), discover the truth may be more disturbing. DRIVE (R) Drive slides through the alleys and sidestreets of its criminal Los Angeles with the precision, skill and style of its nameless Driver (Ryan Gosling), called the Kid by his boss/ handler, Shannon (Bryan Cranston). Stuntman by day, getaway man for hire by night, the driver slides his leather driving gloves on and gets his bumpers bloody when a cute neighbor (Carey Mulligan) with a little tyke runs afoul of some local toughs. Drive’s leading the race for my favorite film of 2011.
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FINAL DESTINATION 5 (R) Do you enjoy watching creatively gory death scenes? How about creatively gory death scenes in 3D? If you answered yes, Final Destination 5 is handcrafted from the dismembered limbs of hundreds of previous slasher victims. THE GUARD (R) Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle star in Ned Kelly writer John Michael McDonagh’s feature debut, an ‘80s-sounding buddy cop-com. He’s an unorthodox Irish policeman (Gleeson); he’s an uptight FBI agent (Cheadle). International cocaine smugglers better watch out when they begrudgingly team up. This Sundance Grand Jury Prize nominee won the Berlin International Film Festival’s Honorable Mention for Best Debut Film and the Audience Award from the Sarajevo Film Festival. HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 2 (PG13) It’s over. The final battle rages over the and through the hallowed halls of Hogwarts as Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Hermione (Emma Watson), Ron (Rupert Grint) attempt to end Voldemort’s (Ralph Fiennes) evil reign. HP7.2 is filled with blood, death and violence yet is still fit for the entire family (besides the littlest ones). THE HELP (PG-13) An audiencewooer à la The Blind Side, this ‘60s Mississippi set melodramedy will draw raves from your mother, grandmother, aunt, the ladies of the church, etc., but the whitewashed world of The Help lacks the proper depth to feel real. HORRIBLE BOSSES (R) Nick (Jason Bateman) works for an evil corporate shark played perfectly by Kevin Spacey. Dale (Charlie Day of the best sitcom on TV, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”) is getting seriously sexually harassed by his seriously hot dentist boss (Jennifer Aniston). Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) answers to a cokehead douchebag that resembles a balding Colin Farrell (Farrell). With the help of a murder consultant with a very blue name (Jamie Foxx), these three friends decide the solution to their employment problems is to murder each other’s boss. I DON’T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT (PG-13) This imitation Carrie Bradshaw chick flick—it even has the cloying inner monologue just right— might fool its “Sex and the City” clientele, but no one else cares how SJP does it. Sarah Jessica Parker is Kate Reddy, a working mom who’s sad because she’s missing out on her two kids’ big moments (first haircuts and such) but unwilling to stop doing what it takes to survive in a “man’s world.” • KILLER ELITE (R) Nothing against Killer Elite. I liked Killer Elite. However, I couldn’t remember I’d seen Killer Elite three hours after it was over. What seems like another kinetic actioner in Jason Statham’s interchangeable (besides the two hits of Crank) is actually a pretty solid exercise in real men (Statham, Clive Owen, Robert De Niro and a bunch of British toughs) playing war. KUNG FU PANDA 2 (PG) The second adventure of Dragon Warrior Po (v. Jack Black, who is better heard than seen) and the Furious Five has more visual inventiveness than it does comic or narrative combined. LADY TERMINATOR (R) 1989. This shameless Indonesian knockoff of James Cameron’s The Terminator
somehow finds a way to throw in the Indonesian folklore, while throwing out the time traveling cyborgs. LOS QUE SE QUEDAN (NR) 2008. This moving documentary examines what happens to those who remain (the English translation of the title) when family members migrate North for work. Jaime Chavez, a graduate student from Romance Languages, will introduce the screening, and a Q&A will follow. MANHATTAN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (NR) Ciné brings the largest short film festival in the world to Athens with the 10 best short films selected from 598 entries representing 48 countries. The festival is interactive as well. Audience members aren’t just passive viewers; they’re judges, too. MARGARET (R) After a loooooong time on the shelf (Margaret was filmed in 2005), two-time Oscar nominee Kenneth Lonergan’s follow-up to the fabulous You Can Count on Me is finally seeing the dark of a theater. With Anna Paquin. • MONEYBALL (PG-13) Based on Michael Lewis’ bestseller, director Bennet Miller’s follow-up to the Oscar winning Capote actually makes baseball statistics interesting. Oakland A’s General Manager Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) attempts to build a championship ballclub through On Base and Slugging Percentage rather than traditional scouting. Does it work? Anyone familiar with Major League Baseball already
knows the answer. Moneyball isn’t quite this year’s The Social Network. SARAH’S KEY (PG-13) A Parisian journalist (Kristin Scott Thomas) investigating the notorious 1942 Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup becomes embroiled in the mystery of a young girl whose family ties were severed by the Holocaust. With Mélusine Mayance as 10-year-old Sarah Starzynski and Niels Arestrup. SENNA (PG-13) The late Brazilian Formula One racer Ayrton Senna gets the documentary treatment in this film from BAFTA Award winner and Cannes Film Festival nominee Asif Kapadia (The Warrior and the short, The Sheep Thief). The three-time F1 champion, revered as a saint in his native country, died like NASCAR superstar Dale Earnhardt, felled on live television by the sport he loved. SPY KIDS: ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD (PG) Robert Rodriguez’s family espionage franchise is reborn, and Miramax is hoping for this flick to be a big hit. A former spy (Jessica Alba) returns to battle the villainous Timekeeper (Jeremy Piven) who is plotting to rule the world. Expect appearances from series regulars. STRAW DOGS (R) I have a sneaking suspicion this remake of the violent 1971 Sam Peckinpah classic will play a lot differently in the Deep South than filmmaker Rod Lurie might expect. Character identification issues might abound, giving this Straw Dogs a level unavailable to the original (to
anyone besides small town Northern Englishmen). Hah-vuhd educated Hollywood screenwriter David Sumner (James Marsden) and his actress wife, Amy (Kate Bosworth), return to her backwoods Mississippi hometown. TAKE SHELTER (R) Curtis Laforche (Michael Shannon, Revolutionary Road) is having apocalyptic visions. Now he must decide who to protect his family from: a coming storm or him. Shannon has proven to be a commanding presence in such works as Bug, “Boardwalk Empire” and more. TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON (PG-13) What exactly did Michael Bay think was wrong with the last Transformers movie? Whatever he fixed made Transformers 3 cringingly bad and the worst of the bunch. After defeating the Decepticons, the Autobots help pursue the U.S. government’s global agenda until a lunar discovery brings about a cataclysmic battle that only the Bots and a select group of Americans can win. WARRIOR (PG-13) Warrior is to The Fighter what MMA remains to boxing, for the majority of the population that still mistakes Mixed Martial Arts for some sort of wrestling offshoot. Don’t expect Gavin O’Connor’s clichéd follow-up to pick up any Oscar noms, but dude knows his sports movies. WHAT’S YOUR NUMBER? (R) Anna Faris searches her past 20 loves to see if one of them may have been her one and only. The cast is a strong one. . THE WHISTLEBLOWER (R) Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener) stars as Kathryn Bolkovac, the Nebraska cop who outed the United Nations’ complicity in the cover up of cases of sex trafficking. ZOOKEEPER (PG) Kevin James is Griffin, a nice guy who nicely takes care of nice animals for a nice living. Drew Wheeler
film notebook News of Athens’ Cinema Scene Who’s Really Sorry?: Last week, when a long and strange email of “apology” from Netflix CEO Reed Hastings appeared in my inbox, I read it, as undoubtedly did millions of my fellow subscribers to Hastings’ service, with a mixture of bemusement and indignation. Was this guy really going to strike the pose of delivering a humble “mea culpa” for the insensitive manner in which he had announced his company’s arrogantly prodigious recent price hike as cover for the announcement of a convenience-diminishing restructuring of said company? Yes, he was. Just as Netflix was implementing the 60 percent price increase (for some subscription plans) that had cost it about a million subscribers, it was also jettisoning its DVD delivery business to a new subsidiary called Qwikster, whose customers would have to maintain separate online “queues” from Netflix’s, which would become an online streaming-only business.
hand, Criterion’s February streaming deal with Hulu has meant that some 600 foreign and art-house titles—many of them unavailable on DVD—are offered for instant viewing, on a dedicated page, to those who can afford the company’s $7.99-per-month subscription fee. But at the same time, Netflix (soon to become Quikster), which retains the rights to Criterion DVDs, no longer offers all the company’s titles to its subscribers in that format. DVDs—and especially Blu-ray discs— provide a far higher-quality viewing experience than streaming, and people who care about that will always demand a “hard” delivery format. But if Netflix isn’t going to offer new Criterion editions of films like Jean-Pierre Melville’s Leon Morin, Priest, Satyajit Ray’s The Music Room or Jonathan Demme’s Something Wild—to say nothing of smaller-label titles like Shout! Factory’s recent reissue of Alan Rudolph’s brilliant 1985 Trouble in Mind—then
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Whistle As The Wind Blows: R.E.M. is over. Or, please see www.tunabunny.tumblr.com or in the parlance of the band itself, the guys www.facebook.com/Tunabunny. have decided “to call it a day.” This announcen He Ain’t Wrong, He’s Just Different: Matt ment came via a simple posting on the band’s Hudgins & His Shit-Hot Country Band website last Wednesday, albeit one that released their new album, Hit Makers Vol. 1, rocketed around the world with pretty amazlast week via Bandcamp.com. The 10-track ing speed. While not a total surprise—there’s album features, of course, the band’s signature been quiet scuttlebutt suggesting this exact early ‘70s-style outlaw country sound with thing for almost a year now—the news still occasionally comical lyrics, and the cover art came as a blow to the identity of the Athens is a beautiful portrait of Matt Hudgins and music scene which has had R.E.M. as a sort his patriotic beard. The whole thing can be of cultural backbone for the past 31 years. yours for $5, which is less than you lost on Warner Brothers will release what is described the barroom floor last night. Head to www. as a “career spanning” compilation on Nov. shithotcountryband.bandcamp.com and get 15 titled Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part your copy. Garbage: 1982-2011, named so after Peter Buck’s famous description of R.E.M. The Will and Presentation: The philosophy departgroup’s popular fan club will shut down, ment at UGA will host its Interdisciplinary and this year’s Christmas single and holiday Conference on Pop Culture on Saturday, Oct. package will be the last such release from the 29. Researchers, faculty and graduate students band. It’s impossible to quantify in a single from all academic departments are encouraged paragraph the enormity of the band’s contrito submit paper abstracts showing how their bution to our town. Suffice it for now to say research is “inspired by and is clearly demthat our common sense of what constitutes onstrated in a variety of media, such as litthe Athens landscape of music, art, politics, historic preservation, etc. owes a massive debt erature, film, music and other forms of visual art.” The deadline for submitting abstracts is to R.E.M. Both as citizens and a professional organization, R.E.M. was always willing to work from where they were to do what they could and never forgot that all politics is local. Often credited, and not erroneously, with being the single most important band during the college radio revolution of the 1980s, the band was a multi-platinum international success less than a decade after forming. By the time ‘90s “alternative rock” swept the world R.E.M. were the form’s most respected elder statesmen. After drummer Bill Berry left the group in 1997, Michael Stipe, Mike Mills and Peter Buck augmented the group with other players both live and in the studio, but there was never any mistaking who was calling the shots or writing the songs. It would be very easy to continue on Matt Hudgins & His Shit-Hot Country Band released their new citing facts and memories and attribalbum, Hit Makers Vol. 1. uting saint-like status to R.E.M., but, to steal a line from Collapse Into Now, Saturday, Oct. 1. The conference is planned as “We’ll leave the allegory to a different Bible story” and just say a simple thank you directly a multimedia event, so it’s cool to use, um, multiple media in your presentation, but you to the band. So, thanks R.E.M., for everyshould be prepared to have your time in front thing. To read the band’s official statement, of everyone last 20–30 minutes with Q&A time please see www.remhq.com. after that. While this is a UGA-centered academic conference, organizer Luke Johnson— Quietly Superb: Supergroup, of sorts, himself a veteran player—says collaborations Nightskys released a cool little record almost with Athens artists and musicians are highly completely under the radar last month. The encouraged. So, drop your abstracts to him via band is composed of Steven Trimmer and firstname.lastname@example.org; that’s also the best way to ask Eddie Whelan, both of Eddie the Wheel, any questions you might have. along with Dena Zilber (El Hollin) and Ruby Kendrick. Titled Open Windows, the album is Gather Your Bros, Bud, While Ye May: If you a sweet 12 tracks of unpretentious synth-pop missed out on getting tickets for Widespread that feel off-the-cuff yet are sensationally Panic’s hometown Toys for Tots benefit show well arranged. It’s easily running neck and at the Georgia Theatre, you can still catch neck with Tunabunny’s new one as my favorite the show. HDNet will broadcast the show live record of the last month. Get it for free over Sunday, Oct. 9 at 8 p.m. Although the tickat www.nightskys.bandcamp.com. ets for the benefit show were far from cheap ($151 and $501), the event was an easy The Heart of Rock and Roll: Speaking of the sell-out, and it’s for an awesome cause, so aforementioned Tunabunny, that band is out on the road celebrating the release of its new- no one should complain about anything. For more information on HDNet Concerts, head to est LP, Minima Moralia, which came out on www.facebook.com/HDNetConcerts. And for all HHBTM Records a few weeks ago. It’s a short your Widespread Panic needs, continue to visit jaunt up the East Coast and then to Chicago www.widespreadpanic.com. before winding things down in Cleveland, OH. They’ll be back a few days after you read this, Gordon Lamb email@example.com so ask ‘em how it went! For more information,
Cut Copy Band on the Run
ut Copy has been working hard. “I’m home in Australia right now,” begins guitarist Tim Hoey in a thick, cheery accent that immediately proves the veracity of his statement. “This is our first break that we’ve had since, I guess, February. We’ve been touring pretty much nonstop for the whole year. Didn’t have a day or a week off until like a week ago.” That’s six months and change on the road, for those who don’t feel like doing the math, and Hoey sounds more than happy to have a few weeks to decompress. Though these indie dance-pop heroes make their home Down Under, they’re happy to peddle their infectious hooks and disco beats to all continents and peoples. Soon the Classic City and the shiny new Georgia Theatre can add their names to that list, as Cut Copy swings through town in support of its third studio album, Zonoscope. Though the band has never played Athens before, Zonoscope was mixed in Atlanta, and Hoey expresses great fondness for our state’s capital, saying “I really quite like it. I think so often you go through cities and you only see what’s trendy—How many times do you get to really explore a city?—but we got to spend a little more time there and really got to see it. It really changed my perspective.” With the meteoric success of the band’s last studio effort, the 2008 mini-classic In Ghost Colours, the band set a high bar for itself, but the guys in Cut Copy seem to take the pressure in stride. “I guess we were just excited to start our new material,” Hoey says, explaining the band’s collective mindset when approaching the new album. “We toured with the last record for so long that we were just kind of itching to get back into the studio. I’d say the tour was spent kind of absorbing ideas for it; you know, buying gear for the new record and absorbing music from whatever country we’re in. And by the end, we came back with so many ideas for songs that by the time we actually started recording, it felt a bit like a blank page. We had all these new ideas we wanted to get started on right away.” And indeed, while Zonoscope displays all the best characteristics that have made Cut Copy into international indie stars, it is a far cry from the dance-pop grooves of In Ghost Colours, nowhere more so than on the 15-minute closer “Sun God.” “We just wanted it to
sound like something from a science-fiction film or something,” Hoey claims. “The whole idea of it was to be this really kind of hypnotic, trance-inducing kind of track. I think the idea of the whole record was to have songs that really build from minute to minute, as opposed to the short little pop songs. The overall plan was to be building this rather grand world, this grand idea that you can explore and really immerse yourself in, and I guess ‘Sun God’ is kind of the best example of the idea we wanted to express.” The density of the new material has necessitated the addition of a fourth member, bassist Ben Browning, for the live show, and according to Hoey, he brings a lot to the table. “We just realized we really needed somebody else to fill out the part,” he explains, “because it’s very complex. We kind of needed somebody to play bass and fill out the extra vocals, and to play keyboard as well. So, we had the intention of going back to a four-piece when our bass player left to study philosophy at Harvard, and Ben, a friend who played around town, he just kind of drifted really naturally into the band. He kind of understood where we were coming from, and it’s been wonderful having an extra member playing parts and allowing us to explore more.” Exploration seems to be the band’s guiding purpose at the moment, whether it’s new musical avenues or the world at large. “A lot of traveling, a lot of shows, has really kind of taken its toll,” Hoey says with a faint sigh. “I think we’ll take November off, and then we’ve got some Australian festivals, and then there might be another South American and Asian tour, but this will probably be our last proper run through America for a while.” So, you heard it here first, folks. Catch these blokes now or be prepared to wait a while. From all indications, they are ready for a well-deserved break. David Fitzgerald
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fter three decades looming large as an international treasure and our most celebrated local band, R.E.M. has decided to call it quits. We asked members of the community—longtime fans, many of whom have supported the band from the very beginning—to reflect on the immeasurable influence R.E.M. has had on this town and on their lives personally. The response was that of resounding gratitude. Athens is forever indebted to R.E.M. for helping to create the framework for our music scene, and we thank them for the music, the memories and the continued support. Some of the quotes below are excerpts from longer letters; for full content, plus additional contributions, please see www.flagpole.com.
Gwen O’Looney, former Athens mayor “To R.E.M. Athens, Ltd.: Thank you for your music legacy, your values, your generosity and for keeping “Athens” a part
of your name, agenda and heart. You deserved every bit of the fame and appreciation you received on the home, national and world scenes. I know how hard you worked and what high standards you required of yourselves. It was the constant ingredient that made you rise to and remain at the top. You took your assets and invested them in making our world a better place. You made a difference! To R.E.M., the guys: Congratulations! What a team you are! Michael, Mike, Peter (and Bill), but also Bertis, Chris, Kevin, Mercer, Sarah and all. I’ve watched as you grew up, dazzled the world and handled growth, wealth and fame with integrity and creativity. Whatever the future holds for each of you, you have created a legacy and reputation of professionalism, honor and productivity. Whatever new paths you choose, I know your talents, experience and work ethic will lead to new achievements and satisfactions. As individuals you are special people, and I will watch with affection and pride as you pursue and fulfill future goals. No doubt, we will all be surprised and impressed at what each of you achieves in the next 30 years.”
Maureen McLaughlin, longtime Athens resident and friend of the band “Yes, I was there the night that R.E.M. played at K.O.’s birthday party. I thought the church was the weirdest place I had ever seen. Into the front part of the building, someone had inserted what looked to be the innards of an old singlewide trailer. The walls were made out of cardboard and the kitchen was the finest low-grade plywood. In order to get to the back of the church, we had to climb through someone’s closet on our hands and knees. No effort had been made to make a passageway for the guests, so I remember shoving aside stinky tennis shoes to get through the entrance hole. Once inside the back of the building, it was magical. Large portions of the roof were missing, and moonlight streamed in through the holes, casting shadows from the kudzu that was poking through all over the place. I remember that the floor was soft, like litter under the trees in a forest, although it was probably just very rotten boards. The band was on a dais that would originally have served as the altar area. Michael S. was in front and center, as he would always come to be, with Bill almost directly behind on the drum kit. Peter was onstage right and Michael M. on stage left. Everything was in place from that first night—the songs had yet to be written, of course, but the relationship was there. The relationship between the four of them—and later the three of them—set a righteous standard for other bands to emulate. The relationship between the band and the audience? Well, that was love from the very beginning. They loved to play, and we loved to listen; we passionately sang along, even when no one knew the words, and beat out wild tattoos with our feet while sailing along with them to the place where all good music takes its followers. I have many wonderful memories of R.E.M: me and the boys running down the street holding hands to reach a derelict movie theater on Avenue F in New York City, scared to death and laughing all the way. Trips in the van to Arcade on Sunday afternoon, wondering which would go first, the engine or the tires. (It was the tires.) Lots of food, like all the meals we shared together, and the green bean casserole Bill made me. Going grocery shopping with Mills and belting out songs with KRGR Kroger Radio at four o’clock in the morning. Peter signing a guitar for a charity event during a stressful time when anyone else would have ignored my request. Finding huge branches of flowers on my car from Michael S., left early in the morning before R.E.M. once again hit the road. Being backstage in Baltimore, MD, where they had just finished playing one of the early gigs on their first arena tour, opening for U2. Those moments have continued all the way up to some stolen minutes just a few days ago. R.E.M. the band may have called it quits, but my admiration and love for Michael Stipe, Peter Buck, Michael Mills and Bill Berry will never, ever end.”
Cindy Wilson, singer of the The B-52s Ed Colver
“R.E.M. was a dynamo band that spoke for a generation. One of those special groups that don’t come around often. It was a pleasure to listen to their music… a party band with a conscience… and were innovators. They are leaving us with a wealth of songs and memories, and they will be talked about for a long time.”
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Vanessa Briscoe Hay, singer of Pylon “R.E.M. surprised me today. I thought it was Leonard Cohen’s birthday! Shopping day! The equinox! Then came the news. My friend Maureen ran upstairs to tell me, and soon I was checking my email and Facebook—and yes, it was true. The R.E.M. website had crashed. That said even more. Today the sky in Athens, GA is threatening rain at one minute, with sunshine pouring down the next. I have mixed feelings, just like that sky. Sadness on the end of an era. No more shows or records to look forward to. Happiness that it was not something sad that caused their demise. They chose to end
their career on their own terms. Without movement or change, there is the true death. I remember the first time that I saw them perform at the Church for K.O.’s birthday party. (R.E.M.’s first show in April 1980.) Girls screamed and ran to the front of the stage. It was sweaty, hot and dark. The vines were growing through the walls of the sanctuary. Up on the stage, R.E.M. had that something extra right away. That mysterious thing. I watched from high in the rafters of the church as they shook it down. They never gave it up or sold it out. Let’s remember them as one of the great bands of all time, and count ourselves lucky to have been there, too. Thank you, R.E.M., for 31 great years. You have made the world a better place.”
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“The old church was crowded. Three new bands were to debut that night… one was (or evolved into) Men in Trees; another’s name I don’t remember at the moment. The third was toying with their new name: r. e. m., in lower case, like that. Partly for the sleep-connected thing and partly in homage to visionary black-and-white photographer Ralph Eugene Meatyard (1925-1972), who always signed his correspondence exactly that way: r. e. m. It was Kathleen O’Brien’s birthday, and there were enough kegs for the masses. I crammed myself into the crumbling former sanctuary, plastic cup in hand and witnessed this nearMeatyardian band’s first out-in-the-open clatterings. It was pure magic. Somehow, they had this three-way harmony going, from Stipe to Berry to Mills. It was celestial. They did a song, one of their earliest originals, named “Body Count.” The vocals were like nothing I’d ever heard before… a stack of harmonies tastier than any flapjacks ever could be. Great, late Red & Black music writer Jimmy Ellison once summed them up in those early days by saying: ‘two-thirds cool covers, one-third cool originals… can YOU tell the difference?’ I could. And those originals grew to be 50/50 with covers, then 66/34. And they became better and better. And better. And better. Now, 31 years later, the chapel is gone and only the steeple remains. The band, minus Berry (who took early retirement) has decided to hang it up, to retire. They will never know how much of a better place they made my life, and for so many years.”
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indeed an old church that had been retrofitted with apartments. Several members of the group lived there, and they were practicing in the back of the building where the old altar was. I used to hang out at the Church, and when a decision was made that the band would debut at a party on housemate Kathleen O’Brien’s birthday, I was asked to deejay it. It sounded like fun, but word got around about the shindig, and I remember being on a UGA bus and hearing some sorority gals talking about the party. I figured there was going to be a lot of people there we didn’t know. And, indeed, when the day rolled around, there was instead of the 50 or so friends we expected, over 500 mostly unfamiliar folks there. The place was so packed, I gave up on trying to play any records and just had a good time. And a very good time was had, as The Side Effects debuted (and don’t forget Turtle Bay!), while the as-yet-unnamed R.E.M. rocked out reasonably well with a set of mostly covers (“God Save The Queen,” “Secret Agent Man,” “I’m Not Your Stepping Stone”). I always thought that R.E.M.’s meteoritic rise in popularity was at least partially due to all those students who showed up at the party and spread the word back to the dorms about the hot new band in town.”
David Barbe, musician, producer and director of the UGA Music Business Program “The first time I heard R.E.M. was hearing the Hib-Tone single on WRAS in Atlanta. As soon as I heard it, I loved it. It was a like it was some sort of music that had existed in the back corner of my subconsciousness somewhere, but I had never actually heard before. Some combination of propulsive rhythms, jangling guitar reminiscent of ‘60s psychedelia, and vocals that were loud enough, but not exactly clear, rendering an evocativeness that was unlike anything else… In August of 1982, Chronic Town was released. It was a couple of months before they played in Athens again. The first show I saw was at the I and I Club in October of 1982,
a few weeks after my 19th birthday… They were incredible. I mean, the energy level was something else. It was like what I imagined seeing The Who in the ‘60s would be like; which is funny because I have never had the impression that The Who is something that R.E.M. would ever have been influenced by, and it was absolutely the best show I had ever seen. This is the period where I became truly hooked. After that, I caught them every time I could, which basically meant every Athens and Atlanta show—I and I, 40 Watt, Moon Shadow, Six Flags (yes, Six Flags), Legion Field, Mad Hatter, parties, wherever. I saw the side projects and one-offs. I checked out other bands that had an association, like the dB’s and Let’s Active. …Within a few years I would be doing my own indie/punk rock touring with Mercyland, encountering people all over the place whose awakening to the burgeoning musical underground had been provided by R.E.M., many of whom also subsequently regarded Athens as some sort of Mecca… R.E.M. credited influences whose artistic contributions outweighed their sales numbers, like Big Star, Patti Smith and the Velvet Underground. They shared the spotlight with other local bands in national interviews, exposing their new fans to at least an awareness and, in some cases, the actual music of bands like Love Tractor and Pylon. They continued to support Athens music by having later-era bands like Elf Power, The Olivia Tremor Control and Now It’s Overhead as opening acts… The way that R.E.M. made music was no more impressive than the way that R.E.M. Athens, LLC conducted its business. In the music industry, there is a long and unfortunate history of shady business dealings by every level of impresarios and countless artists screwing themselves in the long run by grabbing everything they can right now. R.E.M. never did that. They always seemed to put the quality of their art first, maintain creative control over it, and let everything else build off of that… They focused on quality, maintained a relationship with the fans, were able to negotiate from strength, and built their career on their own terms… I am not sad or sorry in any way that R.E.M. has broken up. It is perfectly consistent with the way they have always done things: on their own terms, not as some broken down thing that no one cares about anymore, or as a broken record of weak renditions of their greatest hits. Congratulations, and thank you.”
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I had always been a huge fan of the earlier albums (Chronic Town through Lifes Rich Pageant) and the recent remastered reissues have been some of my favorite releases of the last five years or so. Reckoning especially stands out to me and has held up better than many of 1984’s more notorious releases (no cheesy synthesizers à la Born in the USA, no ridiculous ‘80s drums, etc.). Nearly a decade later, a very different sounding R.E.M. released Automatic for the People, and it also stands up nearly 20 years later as a masterpiece and one of the most beautiful albums ever made. I wish them all the best and owe them a lifetime of thanks.”
Tim Johnson, executive director of Family Connection-Communities in Schools “Thank you, R.E.M. For all the brilliant music over the last three decades, live and recorded. For supporting our work through the years. For always being such great community members—of Athens, of the nation, of the planet. For having such a great staff. For being genuinely nice people. Thank you, R.E.M.”
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“R.E.M. has always been a class act. They have been one of my favorite bands since I was a teenager. I first discovered them while working at a record store in my hometown around the time of Chronic Town in early 1983. A few weeks later, they released their debut full-length album, Murmur, which ended up topping year-end lists the world over. R.E.M. defied all labels and in turn went on to define at least two generations of music during a run of critically acclaimed (and eventually best-selling) albums that ranks with the finest string of consecutive releases ever. They have been an influence on my music and on my life, as I most certainly would not have ended up moving to Athens 18 years ago were it not for them. Their early albums were the first to actually make me proud to be Southern. They reveled in the weirdness of our region without resorting to rebel flag waving, foolish pride or guitar pyrotechnics. I’m dead serious when I rank Fables of the Reconstruction as one of the best Southern rock albums ever. Peter Buck is easily one of the most innovative and interesting guitar players of his time. They never repeated themselves and they treated their fans with intelligence. They ran their business in a progressive and innovative way that influenced a generation of bands including Sonic Youth, Nirvana, Radiohead and the bands I have played in. After an amazing run of ‘indie’ records on the small IRS label, they made the leap to the majors, signing with Warner Brothers in 1988. This precarious move proved the death of many bands from that era, but R.E.M. did it their way, like they had done everything else, and continued their string of great albums, only now selling millions instead of thousands of records in the process. They became a world-famous band yet retained deep roots in the little town that spawned them. They were unafraid to be political and controversial when it would have seemed easier to turn away. In later years, I have become friends with a couple of them and consider that an honor. Their lesser albums are interesting and daring, and the better ones have stood the test of time as some of the greatest of the entire rock era.
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Critical Darlings ou can’t keep a good band down. Especially if that band contains Chris McKay, a man who does not know how to quit. “In the words of John Wesley Harding, if I were a band, I would’ve broken up a long time ago,” says McKay. “As for what keeps me going, apparently, I don’t know when to stop. And, in this case, that’s a good thing.” After undergoing an ever-shifting cast of bandmembers and the departure of co-founder and longtime bassist Frank Defreese to the Netherlands, things weren’t looking too great for Chris McKay and the Critical Darlings. So, McKay did what he always does: rock on. The Critical Darlings name had already seen many different lineups over the years; maybe it was time for a change. McKay thought that maybe he’d keep some old material and create a new group with new songs and possibly new lead singers. He wasn’t exactly trying to keep the old band name alive. But after what McKay describes as a “near mutiny,” it quickly became clear that his new bandmates didn’t want to be anything but the Critical Darlings. And so, with the blessings and encouragement of Defreese, the Critical Darlings began again together and better than ever. Backed by Alex Grizzard on drums, Adam West on bass [ed. note: No, not that Adam West] and Ash Miltiades on guitar, McKay decided to add a previously missing element to the band: a female singer. Specifically, a female vocalist/percussionist/pianist named Kate Powell. The addition of new members has meant an expansion in live sound, something McKay is quite happy about. “The amazing thing is that I always heard piano parts and keyboard parts in my head,” says McKay. “And sometimes female vocals and harmony guitars and on and on, and as a three-piece, they were virtually impossible. Now, I can write something and make it happen. It’s hard to answer that way, because it sounds like I didn’t have freedom before, which I did. We just have more ability.” That new ability has produced a slight change in the Darlings’ sound. While there are still echoes of the power-pop trio, the fleshedout lineup has produced more experimental rock sounds as McKay figures out how to utilize his new bandmates’ individual styles.
“Ash was in Guff all those years and toured everywhere. He’s a pro. He’s like my musical director basically. And Kate just keeps pushing us to go crazier and crazier. It’s like Ash is the wheels and Kate is the wings. And the other three of us just do what we can to keep straight down the path. It’s even cooler because they are polar opposites in so many ways, and it really shouldn’t work, but so far, it’s been great. My only regret with the new lineup is that we don’t have more Kate and Ash songs in the set yet.” But what hasn’t changed is McKay’s dedication to pleasing his fans. McKay writes more songs than he can possibly record. So, instead of paring down the list himself, he asks Critical Darlings fans for input. The band presents rough cuts of songs on its Facebook page, and whichever songs get the most positive feedback get considered for the album. It’s not a hard and fast rule, but McKay says the votes tend to be great guidelines for the band. “I want people to enjoy what we do,” says McKay, “and I want them to know that they have a part in it, because they do. Any band really does that anyway, just not as obviously. Do you really think that when a band performs a new song to the audience that they’re not swayed by the audience reaction? If the song continually fails, I guarantee it won’t be used. If it’s a favorite, it’s there. What’s the difference? We just point-blank will ask. We do. I’m proud of it. The Satisfactionista album was MUCH better because of that.” With some great shows behind them and a string of promising gigs this fall, the Critical Darlings aren’t looking to stop any time soon. And that suits McKay just fine. “I don’t stop for the same reason that I don’t stop breathing willingly. I don’t stop because this is what I do.” Jordan Stepp
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Von Grey: The Rockin’ Sisters Return to Make Some Noise
ister act Von Grey is made up of four school-aged girls from the Atlanta suburbs, but their deft mix of tuneful Americana suggests strong futures in adult contemporary sounds. Blending bluegrass, folk and country influences with classical training, the band comes across like a budding Nickel Creek with a little of Taylor Swift’s accessible acoustica. The girls—Kathryn (16), Annika (15), Fiona (13) and Petra (11)—all play multiple instruments and offer vocal harmonies on their debut album, Make Some Noise. In 2007, the Von Grey sisters began performing chamber music under the name Kannafitra, but a year later expanded their repertoire to include Celtic, folk and bluegrass. Adopting the band name Von Grey in 2009, the group has found its way to Georgia stages. “Well, I think [becoming a band] was kind of a natural thing for us,” says Annika. “Music’s been a big part of our family. We started doing classical music together, playing weddings, then we went to India. We met some Indian musicians who played Western classic rock, and that was really cool and interesting. We started playing with them. When we came back we were dabbling in a couple things: bluegrass, Irish fiddling. We started breaking out of that about two years ago. And then we started writing our own music.” The sisters, all of whom are home-schooled by their parents in the Alpharetta/Johns Creek suburban area, practice 30 hours a week together and an hour or two a day
individually. Saturdays are the “chill days,” according to Annika, who credits her parents for sparking the family proclivities. “Neither of them are musicians,” she says, “but they love music, and when we were really young we went to festivals and listened to music, all the time, really immersed in the musical kind of culture.” “Fiona and I are the main two singers,” says Annika, “so we do the primary songwriting. She’ll start playing guitar. If one of us like the idea, we’ll go with it, develop chord progressions and other stuff. Usually we write
the music first, and then I’ll go write some lyrics. The process changes from song to song. We really let it happen organically, though, so we can all suggest ideas.” Von Grey made its Athens debut last month, performing at the Melting Point as part of the Terrapin Tuesdays bluegrass series. “It had a really great environment and vibe,” says Annika. “The show was really good.” Von Grey returns to the Melting Point this week, opening for their pals in the Macon band St. Francis, who’ve offered a little mentorship to the budding group.
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“It’s been a big learning curve,” says Annika. “St. Francis has been super helpful, and it’s great getting to know musicians in the area. We met Ed Roland from Collective Soul at Eddie’s Attic, and he had good things to say. And If you meet someone who’s kind of a roadie or a soundman and they can tell you anything about the industry, that’s always really helpful, too.” And on the hour-or-so drive to Athens from the North Atlanta ‘burbs, can the sisters agree on what to listen to in the car? Annika says there may be some sisterly disagreements in tunes, but they find common ground in music similar to what they play as a band. “There’s a really big variety of music on our own,” she says, “but really when we’re together we listen to The River or Dave FM; Fiona likes urban music like R&B and that sort of thing, but Kathryn and I listen to some of the more raw acoustic artists. The artists that have a lot of authenticity are the ones that we all listen to, like Nickel Creek, Dixie Chicks, Mumford & Sons. Those we can agree on.”
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Tuesday 27 EVENTS: Athens Farmers Market (Little Kings Shuffle Club) Check out the afternoon market in its convenient downtown location! Buy fresh, locally grown organic produce, locally crafted goods and freshly baked breads. 4–7 p.m. FREE! www. athensfarmersmarket.net EVENTS: Bad Movie Night (Ciné Barcafé) Indonesians shamelessly rip-off The Terminator, trading cyborgs and time travel for mysticism and bad overdubbing in Lady Terminator. 8–10 p.m. FREE! www. facebook.com/badmovienight ART: Introduction to Knitting (Community) Make a pair of fingerless gloves. 6:30–8:30 p.m. $10. 706-316-2067, www.facebook.com/ CommunityAthens THEATRE: The 39 Steps (Cellar Theatre) Based on Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 film, four actors portray 39 characters in a shot-for-shot remake of the classic mystery thriller. 8 p.m. $12 (students), $15. 706-5424400, www.drama.uga.edu/events/ boxoffice OUTDOORS: Golden Sneakers (Lay Park) Fitness program for senior adults to walk and talk their way around the park. Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. $3. 706-613-3596, www.athensclarkecounty.com/lay KIDSTUFF: Exploring Craft (Treehouse Kid and Craft) For children 2–5. Material exploration and a craft. Tuesdays, 4–5 p.m. $10 706-850-8226, www.treehousekidandcraft.com KIDSTUFF: Toddler Storytime (ACC Library) For children ages 18 months to 5 years. Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 LECTURES & LIT.: “Let’s Talk About It!: Big Love” (UGA Miller Learning Center, Room 213) Discuss monogamy, polygamy and polyamory. 6:30–8 p.m. FREE! email@example.com GAMES: Flicker Poker Night (Flicker Theatre & Bar) Last Tuesday of every month! 8:30 p.m. www. myspace.com/flickerbar GAMES: Locos Trivia (Locos Grill & Pub) All three Athens locations of Locos Grill and Pub (Westside, Eastside and Harris St.) feature trivia night every Tuesday. 8:30 p.m. FREE! www.locosgrill.com GAMES: Trivia (Shane’s Rib Shack) Every Tuesday! 7 p.m. 706-5430050. College Station location.
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hounds. Every Wednesday. 5-7 p.m. www.indigoathens.com EVENTS: Community Snapshot (No Location Specified) Each month, a local baby boomer shares his or her story via live webcast as a part of a new grant program called “The Boomers: Reflecting, Learning, Sharing.” This month: antique car enthusiast George Bugg talks about his collection. 4 p.m. FREE! 706613-3650, ext. 343, www.boomersinathens.org EVENTS: Film Screening: The Real Dirt on Farmer John (UGA Tate Center) A documentary about a midwestern farmer and rural America. A panel discussion including members of UGArden will follow. 7 p.m. FREE! 706-542-2471 ART: Opening Reception (Circle Gallery, UGA College of Environmental Design) For “Learning from the Land,” works by Edward Daugherty. 4:30–6 p.m. FREE! www.ced.uga.edu ART: Tour at Two: American Letterpress (GMOA) Join Todd Rivers, chief preparator, in the lobby for a tour of “American Letterpress: The Art of Hatch Show Print.” 2–3 p.m. FREE! 706-542-4662, www. georgiamuseum.org ART: UGA Ceramic Students Pottery Sale (UGA Lamar Dodd School of Art Galleries) Seasonal pottery sale including handbuilt sculptures, cups, teapots, plates, jewelry and bowls. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. www.art.uga.edu PERFORMANCE: Bulldog Brass Society (UGA Ramsey Concert Hall) A recital by UGA’s premier graduate brass quintet. 8 p.m. FREE! www.music.uga.edu THEATRE: The 39 Steps (Cellar Theatre) Based on Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 film, four actors portray 39 characters in a shot-for-shot remake of the classic mystery thriller. 8 p.m. $12 (students), $15. 706-5424400, www.drama.uga.edu/events/ boxoffice KIDSTUFF: DIY Craft (Treehouse Kid and Craft) Detailed projects for ages 6–10, like sewing, printing, bookbinding, jewelry-making and more. Wednesdays, 4 p.m. $10. 706-8508226, www.treehousekidandcraft. tumblr.com KIDSTUFF: Reader’s Theater (Oconee County Library) Teens are invited to read through a script and use props to make the story come to life. Afterwards, make a craft based on the play. 6–8 p.m. FREE! 706769-3950 KIDSTUFF: Shadow Visits (Monsignor Donovan Catholic High School) Potential students are invited to scope out the school. 706433-0223, www.mdchs.org KIDSTUFF: Toddler Storytime (ACC Library) For children ages 18 months to 5 years. Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650
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KIDSTUFF: Wildcard Wednesday for Teens (ACC Library) Up Next: Zombies vs. Unicorns! Who will win the epic battle? Show support with either a zombie or unicorn pendant. Ages 11–18. 4 p.m. FREE! 706613-3650 LECTURES & LIT.: APERO Africana Brown Bag Lecture (UGA Memorial Hall) “The New Plantation: Black Athletes and Intercollegiate Athletics,” presented by Billy Hawkins. 12:15 p.m. FREE! firstname.lastname@example.org LECTURES & LIT.: Oconee Democrats Book Group (Buffalo’s Southwest Café) Discussing Big Box Swindle: The True Cost of MegaRetailers and the Fight for America’s Independent Businesses. 7 p.m. FREE! email@example.com GAMES: Dart League Tournament (Alibi) Meet up with other sharpshooters. 8 p.m. FREE! 706-5491010 GAMES: Sports Trivia (Beef ‘O’ Brady’s) Every Wednesday. Win house cash and prizes! 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-850-1916 GAMES: Texas Hold ‘Em (Buffalo’s Southwest Café) Poker night every Wednesday. 18 and up. Sign in at 6:30 p.m. Dealing begins at 7:30 p.m. FREE! www.interstatepokerclub. com GAMES: Trivia (Blind Pig Tavern, Broad St.) Think you know it all? Wednesdays, 8:30 p.m. 706-5483442 GAMES: Trivia (Copper Creek Brewing Company) Test your trivia chops for prizes! Every Wednesday. 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-1102 GAMES: Trivia (Willy’s Mexicana Grill) Test your trivia knowledge for prizes every Wednesday! 8 p.m. FREE! 706-548-1920
Thursday 29 EVENTS: Community Volunteer Fair (Lay Park) Representatives from more than 30 local agencies will be in attendance to provide information about volunteer opportunities. 3–6 p.m. FREE! leslie.boby@ athensclarkecounty.com EVENTS: An Evening in the Garden (The Trial Gardens at UGA) An evening of wine and hors d’oeuvres, live music performed by the Dial Indicators, guided tours by Dr. Allan Armitage and a book sale and signing. 5:30–7:30 p.m. $5. www.ugatrial.hort.uga.edu EVENTS: Manhattan Short Film Festival (Ciné Barcafé) Ten finalist films from around the world will be screened during a “cinematic Olympiad.” 7:30 p.m. www.athenscine.com ART: Opening Reception (Hotel Indigo) For “Dawgs and Dogs: The Works of Wingate Downs and Mary Engel.” 6:30–8:30 p.m. FREE! www. indigoathens.com
“Shona on the Lawn,” a self-guided garden tour featuring contemporary Zimbabwean sculptors, is on exhibit at Ashford Manor Friday, Sept. 30 through Oct. 31. THEATRE: The 39 Steps (Cellar Theatre) Based on Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 film, four actors portray 39 characters in a shot-for-shot remake of the classic mystery thriller. 8 p.m. $12 (students), $15. 706-5424400, www.drama.uga.edu/events/ boxoffice OUTDOORS: Circle of Hikers (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Exercise your mind and body every Thursday morning with nature hikes and readings from nature-inspired stories and poems. 8:30 a.m. FREE! 706-542-6156, www.uga.edu/ botgarden KIDSTUFF: Parent/Child Workshops (ACC Library) For children ages 1–3 and their caregivers. Featuring toys, music, art activities and a different community resource guest each week. For firsttime participants only. In-person pre-registration required. Thursdays through Oct. 6, 10–11 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 KIDSTUFF: Read to Rover (Oconee County Library) Readers in grades K–5 are invited to bring their favorite book and read aloud to a certified therapy dog. A trainer is always present. First come, first served. 3:30–4:30 p.m. FREE! 706-7693950 LECTURES & LIT.: African Studies Institute Lecture (UGA Memorial Hall) “Yoruba Omoluwabi and the Concept of Ideal Personality,” presented by Ademola Dasylva, a professor of African literature at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria, Africa. 4–6 p.m. FREE! www.uga. edu/afrstu GAMES: Beer Pong (Alibi) The classic tournament-style game. Get your pong on! 9 p.m. FREE! 706549-1010
Friday 30 EVENTS: Eat Out for the Animals (Big City Bread Cafe) A percentage night to benefit the Athens Humane Society. 5:30–9:30 p.m. 706-3530029, www.athenshumanesociety. org EVENTS: Tin Roof Music Festival (Little Kings Shuffle Club) An evening of live music from Yo Soybean, Sam Sniper, Machismo, Mr. Falcon and Save Grand Canyon, as well as door prizes including gift certificates to local restaurants and concert tickets. See Calendar Pick on p. 26. 8 p.m. $5. 706-369-3144 ART: Opening Reception (ATHICA) A special exhibit of the ATHICA Mystery Triennial’s People’s Choice and Board Choice winners: Rebecca Brantley, Jorie Berman, Will Eskridge, Cindy Jerrell, Missy Kulik and Darcy Reenis. 7–9 p.m. FREE! www.athica.org ART: Opening Reception (Artini’s Art Lounge) For a Project Safe exhibition of work done by domestic violence survivors, surviving families, Project Safe employees and other supporters. 6–8 p.m. FREE! www. project-safe.org ART: Opening Reception (Ashford Manor) For “Shona on the Lawn,” a self-guided garden tour featuring contemporary Zimbabwean sculptors. 6–8 p.m. FREE! 706-769-2633 PERFORMANCE: Athens Cabaret Showgirls (Go Bar) A unique drag show featuring performances by local drag artists. 10 p.m. 706546-5609 PERFORMANCE: Sharkwing Comedy Show (Ciné Barcafé) Featuring Harry Potter parodies.
Midnight. FREE! www.sharkwingtheatre.com THEATRE: The 39 Steps (Cellar Theatre) Based on Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 film, four actors portray 39 characters in a shot-for-shot remake of the classic mystery thriller. 8 p.m. $12 (students), $15. 706-5424400, www.drama.uga.edu/events/ boxoffice KIDSTUFF: Watkinsville Ghost Tours (Eagle Tavern) Kid-friendly tours guided by host Melissa Piche, who fill share ghoulish tales from the past and present. 7 p.m. Through Nov. 5. $7–12. www.northgeorgiatours.net MEETINGS: Meet the Doulas (Full Bloom Center) A gathering of local doulas and pregnant women and their families. Open to all women seeking emotional and physical support during labor and/or postpartum. 6:30–8:30 p.m. FREE! RSVP: 706353-3373, fullbloomparent@gmail. com. wwwfullbloomparent.com
Saturday 1 EVENTS: 6th Annual Union Junction Jamboree (Downtown Union Point) View classic tractors and model trains, visit the Union Point Museum and listen to live music. In observance of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, perioddressed reenactors of the Wayside Ladies will tell stories in the Wisteria Cemetery. Pony rides, a petting zoo and fun zone will be available for the kids. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. FREE! www. unionjunctionjamboree.org EVENTS: 7th Annual Chili Cookoff & Fall Fest (Madison Town Park) Chili teams compete in two categories, with sampling begin-
ning at 12:30 p.m. Live music by Packway Handle Band at 2 p.m. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. FREE! $3 (tasting cups). www.mainstreetmadisonga.com 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! www.athensfarmersmarket.net EVENTS: College of Nursing Tailgate (UGA Reed Quad) All local GHSU grads are invited to tailgate with faculty and students. Reconnect with old classmates and join your alma mater for food and fun. 9 a.m.– 12 p.m. FREE! www.georgiahealth. edu/alumni EVENTS: Contra Dance (Lay Park) Live music by the Hot Fire String Band and Rob Harper calling. Free lesson beginning at 7:15 p.m. No experience or partner needed. 7:30–10:30 p.m. FREE! (under 18), $7 (adults). www.athensfolk.org EVENTS: Cow Day (MadisonMorgan Cultural Center) Real live cattle visit to graze the front lawn of the Center in celebration of “The Cow Show” art exhibit. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. FREE! www.mmcc-arts.org EVENTS: Not Your Yard Yard Sale (Little Kings Shuffle Club) Come sell stuff or buy stuff. 5–9 p.m. FREE! www.myspace.com/littlekingsshuffleclub EVENTS: Open House (Athens Montessori School) Tour the classrooms and learn why Montessori education may be right for your child. 2–4 p.m. FREE! 706-5408490, www.athensmontessori.org EVENTS: Weekend A’Fair (Charmar Flower and Gift Shop) Rent a table for $10 or come check out what other artists, craftspeople and local farmers have in store. First Saturday of every month. FREE! 10 a.m.–5 p.m. firstname.lastname@example.org ART: Opening Reception (Trace Gallery) “In the Company of Wolves” features works by tattoo artists Joshua Espenshade, John Collins, Mike Groves, Nash Hogan, Chris Parry, Radar, Cliff White, Graham Bradford, Kim Deakins, Dustin Hill and Corey Lambert. 7–9 p.m. FREE! www.tracegalleryathens.com OUTDOORS: Fall Wildflowers Symposium (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Learn basic botanical terminology used in identifying and describing fall flowering plants. 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. $45. 706-542-6156, www.uga.edu/ botgarden OUTDOORS: Mushroom Ramble (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Foray to find wild mushrooms while reviewing general morphology and skills for identification. 10–11 a.m. FREE! 706-542-6156, www.uga.edu/ botgarden OUTDOORS: Naturalist Walk (Sandy Creek Nature Center) Join SCNC staff for a walk around the property. Bring a camera or binoculars. All ages. Call to register. 10–11 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3615 KIDSTUFF: Storytime & Craft (Treehouse Kid and Craft) Make a craft inspired by the book. For ages 2–5. Saturdays, 10–11 a.m. $10. 706-850-8226 www.treehousekidandcraft.com GAMES: Magic: The Gathering (Tyche’s Games) New Innistrad launch booster draft tournament. Entrance fee includes four booster packs. 12 p.m. $12. www.tychesgames.com
Sunday 2 EVENTS: AAPACT Potluck (Memorial Park, Shelter #3) Athens Adoptive Parents and Children Together invites adoptive families for
a picnic at the park. Fried chicken and drinks will be provided; please bring a covered dish to share. 1–4:30 p.m. FREE! email@example.com EVENTS: Athens Heritage Walk (Call for location) Milton Leathers leads a tour around the Cobbham Historic District. 2 p.m. $12–15. 706-353-1801, www.achfonline.org EVENTS: Zombie Skate Party (Skate-A-Round USA) Visit the zombie makeup booth and skate around to monster music. Proceeds benefit the locally produced film, Get Trejo! 7–10 p.m. $6 (w/ zombie costume), $7. www.gettrejo.com KIDSTUFF: Zoo Open Classroom (Memorial Park) Explore the Exhibit Hall and visit with salamanders, pond turtles, snakes and more. Every Sunday. 1–4 p.m. FREE! 706613-3616 GAMES: Live Trivia (Buffalo’s Southwest Café) Every Sunday! Great prizes and fun—teams of all sizes welcome. 6:30 p.m. (sign-in), 7 p.m. (first question). 706-3546655
Monday 3 PERFORMANCE: Classics on the Lawn (The Hill) Join the Athens Flute Choir for an evening of food and music outdoors. Lawn chairs or blankets recommended. 6:30–8:30 p.m. FREE! www.athensflutechoir.org KIDSTUFF: Exploring the Plant Kingdom (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Join the educational staff for a day off from school discovering the wonderful world of plants through environmental games and hands-on activities. 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m. $45. 706-542-6156, www.uga. edu/botgarden KIDSTUFF: Infant Storytime (ACC Library) Nurture language skills. 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 KIDSTUFF: Play & Lunch Bunch (Whole: Mind. Body. Art.) A mixture of puppets, playtime and bring-yourown lunches for babies and toddlers. Mondays, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. KIDSTUFF: School Day Off Program (Memorial Park) Elementary school kids are invited to “Things That Go Bump,” a day of spooky games, eerie crafts, frightful snacks and creepy critters. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. $15. 706-613-3580, www.athensclarkecounty.com/memorial MEETINGS: Federation of Neighborhoods (Fire Hall No. 2, 489 Prince Ave.) An information session on “Arts in Athens.” All interested parties are welcome. 7:30 p.m. FREE! 706-613-2912, firstname.lastname@example.org GAMES: Pool Tournament (Alibi) Win prizes every Monday! 8 p.m. FREE! 706-549-1010 GAMES: Team Trivia (Beef ‘O’ Brady’s) Every Monday night. Win house cash and prizes! 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-850-1916
Tuesday 4 EVENTS: Athens Farmers Market (Little Kings Shuffle Club) Check out the afternoon market in its convenient downtown location! Buy fresh, locally grown organic produce, locally crafted goods and freshly baked breads. Now accepting EBT cards. 4–7 p.m. FREE! www.athensfarmersmarket.net EVENTS: Peace Place 11th Annual Candlelight Vigil (Old Barrow County Court House) Join Peace Place Inc. in honoring the victims and survivors of domestic violence. 7 p.m. FREE! www.peaceplaceinc.org k continued on next page
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THE CALENDAR! PERFORMANCE: Open TOAD Comedy (Flicker Theatre & Bar) A unique open mic experience. The audience gets to pelt the performers who go over their six-minute time limit with foam rocks. Performers get in FREE! but must sign up by 8 p.m. 8 p.m. $5. www.myspace.com/ flickerbar OUTDOORS: Golden Sneakers (Lay Park) Fitness program for senior adults to walk and talk their way around the park. Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. $3. 706-613-3596, www.athensclarkecounty.com/lay GAMES: Locos Trivia (Locos Grill & Pub) All three Athens locations of Locos Grill and Pub (Westside, Eastside and Harris St.) feature trivia night every Tuesday. 8:30 p.m. FREE! www.locosgrill.com GAMES: Trivia (Shane’s Rib Shack) Every Tuesday! 7 p.m. 706-5430050. College Station location.
Wednesday 5 EVENTS: Minute to Win It Challenge (Lay Park) Compete against others in a variety of oneminute challenges. 6:30–8 p.m. $1. 706-613-3596, www.athensclarkecounty.com/lay EVENTS: Women Who Own It (The Melting Point) Kicking off Breast Cancer Awareness month with an evening full of performances and demonstrations. 6:30–9 p.m. FREE! 706-347-3708 ART: 6x6: “Tresor Trove: Lost and Found, Flotsom and Jetsom” (Ciné Barcafé) Fast, fun and free! This month: multi-media works from various artists using repurposed and found footage, each no longer than six minutes. Curated by Lauren “Fancypants” Fancher. 7 p.m. FREE! www.athenscine.com PERFORMANCE: Magical Talent Show (Go Bar) An old-school talent show with a healthy dose of new-school Athens weirdness. Sign up on the Facebook page (search “Magical Athens Talent Show”) for a chance at the prizes, or just go check it out. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit Nuçi’s Space. 9 p.m. www.myspace. com/gobar KIDSTUFF: Read to Rover (ACC Library) Beginning readers in grades 1–4 read aloud to an aid dog. Trainer always present. 3:30–4:30 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 KIDSTUFF: Shadow Visits (Monsignor Donovan Catholic High School) Potential students are invited to scope out the school. 706433-0223, www.mdchs.org GAMES: Dart League Tournament (Alibi) Meet up with other sharpshooters. 8 p.m. FREE! 706-5491010 GAMES: Sports Trivia (Beef ‘O’ Brady’s) Every Wednesday. Win house cash and prizes! 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-850-1916 GAMES: Texas Hold ‘Em (Buffalo’s Southwest Café) Poker night every Wednesday. 18 and up. Sign in at 6:30 p.m. Dealing begins at 7:30 p.m. FREE! www.interstatepokerclub. com GAMES: Trivia (Blind Pig Tavern, Broad St.) Think you know it all? Wednesdays, 8:30 p.m. 706-5483442 GAMES: Trivia (Copper Creek Brewing Company) Test your trivia chops for prizes! Every Wednesday night. 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-1102 GAMES: Trivia (Willy’s Mexicana Grill) Every Wednesday. 8–10 p.m. FREE! 706-548-1920 * Advance Tickets Available
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Live Music Tuesday 27 Caledonia Lounge 7:30 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (under 21). All ages welcome! www.caledonialounge.com AVIAN Indie/rock band from Lawrenceville with layered guitar harmonies and heavy breakdowns. CLOAK & DAGGER DATING SERVICE Local six-piece ensemble plays loud and loose straightahead rock with dueling male/female vocals. COME WHAT MAY Melodic hardcore band with a positive message. THE GIVING TREE Seven-piece indie-rock folk band from Chicago. Includes bluegrass style beats and soaring vocal harmonies. CORY GOLDSMITH Bassist and vocalist of the band Come What May plays a solo set. Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 ACORN BCORN Guitar and drums sister duo from Arizona with a gritty, raw White Stripes-esque sound. INCENDIARIES Ladies of pedigree enforcing angular sensibilities. Featuring local musicians Mandy Branch-Friar, Mary Joyce, Erika Rickson and Erica Strout. KILL KILL BUFFALO Grungy hard rock duo based in Athens featuring Kara Kildare’s powerful pipes and Tyler John on drums. Highwire Lounge 8 p.m. FREE! www.highwirelounge.com KENOSHA KID Centered around the instru-improv jazz compositions of guitarist Dan Nettles, Kenosha Kid also features Robby Handley (bass) and Marlon Patton (drums). Every Tuesday. Little Kings Shuffle Club Athens Farmers Market. 4–7 p.m. FREE! www.athensfarmersmarket.net DAVE HOWARD Local singersongwriter plays mellow acoustic guitar tunes. The Loft Dance Lounge 9 p.m. 706-613-7771 ATHENS 2 IBIZA DJ BangRadio presides over a special Girls’ Night Out, for which he remixes current pop radio hits with fistpumping beach party beats. Every Tuesday. The Melting Point 8 p.m. $6 (adv.), $8 (door). www.meltingpointathens.com* JONATHAN BYRD AND JASON KENNEY Sweet folk and bluegrass with special guest performances by John Keane and David Blackmon. New Earth Music Hall 9 p.m. $8. www.newearthmusichall. com ZACH DEPUTY One-man band with lots of live looping. He’s got a soulful jam vibe that integrates calypso, hip-hop, gospel and R&B. No Where Bar 10 p.m. $2. 706-546-4742 LONESOME CITY TRAVELERS Throwback country rock from Orlando. State Botanical Garden of Georgia 7–9 p.m. $5–15. 706-542-6156, www. uga.edu/botgarden SUNFLOWER MUSIC SERIES Spend a summer evening outdoors.
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Bring a picnic basket, spread a blanket and enjoy live music provided by the Arvin Scott Quartet.
Wednesday 28 Alibi 9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-1010 KARAOKE With the Singing Cowboy! Blue Sky 5–10 p.m. www.blueskyathens.com VINYL WEDNESDAY Bring your own vinyl and be a DJ for the night. Boar’s Head Lounge 9 p.m. 706-369-3040 OPEN MIC NIGHT Welcoming singer-songwriters every Wednesday. Caledonia Lounge 9:30 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). www. caledonialounge.com JOSH DANIELS Local acoustic singer who works real emotion into classic bluegrass songs. DAVIN MCCOY & THE COMING ATTRACTIONS Smooth, soulful melodic acoustic rock. Farm 255 Jazz Night. 8 p.m. FREE! www.farm255. com DIAL INDICATORS Background sounds for dinner and cocktails. This quiet jazz duo features Jeremy Roberts on guitar and George Davidson on tenor sax playing odd covers and improvising on familiar themes. 11 p.m. FREE! www.farm255.com MONARCHS The Austin-based altsoul love child of Celeste Griffin. See Calendar Pick on this page. Flight Tapas and Bar 7:30 p.m. FREE! 706-549-0200 MARY SIGALAS Visiting standards and not-so-standards from the ‘20s through the ‘50s. Every Wednesday. George’s Lowcountry Table 6 p.m. FREE! 706-548-3359 JIM PERKINS Acoustic singer/songwriter from Augusta. He combines folk, jazz, and blues. Georgia Theatre 8 p.m. $25. www.georgiatheatre.com CUT COPY Danceable, new wave-inspired electronic rock from Australia. See story on p. 16. MIDNIGHT MAGIC A nine-person ensemble led by a female vocalist. The group offers an eclectic mix of funk, disco, electro, and soul that will make it impossible not to dance. ROOFTOP DANCE PARTY Ticket holders should meet on the Georgia Theatre rooftop following the Cut Copy show for a late-night dance party featuring Athens All-Star DJs Twin Powers, Immuzikation, Z-Dog and Feral Youth spining a mix of electro, dance and rock. WASHED OUT Self-described as “no-fi,” Georgia’s own Ernest Greene produces some dreamy synth pop with occasional shoegaze elements. Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 GHOST LIGHTS Local psych-rock trio that likes to get loud. THE SKIPPERDEES Charming local acoustic duo with rich, folky vocal harmonies and a sense of humor. SUSPECT RAPTOR Lo-fi reggaepunk from Atlanta. Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. FREE! www.hendershotscoffeebar.com REDSTONE RAMBLERS A couple acoustic guitars and a bass, playing front porch folky Americana.
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Monarchs Farm 255 The long-held political institution of monarchism tends to get a bad rep; history abounds with examples of disgruntled peoples overthrowing their family-run governments, and modern, Western eyes generally perceive these incidents as progressive benchmarks. When placed into artistic hands, however, the word “monarchy” gains a new and profound significance. Meet Monarchs: an “altsoul,” musically diverse band Celeste Griffin of Monarchs that derives its name from a poetic interpretation of that age-old practice—usurping, if you will, monarchism’s meaning to ascribe it with new beauty. “The concept of family has multiple scales for me,” says Celeste Griffin, Monarchs’ lead vocalist, pianist, guitarist and songwriter. “Most literally, in many of my first songs, I used melodies to tell stories of my Tuscaloosa, AL family and family history. Then, I started thinking of my musical project as a big communal-family project—as the collaborators, listeners, musicians, supporters, producers and whatnot were all working together in the process that is Monarchs.” Griffin says that every member of the Monarchs family—the “amazing people” who’ve helped “roll this ball along”—would “take way too long” to list, but on this tour she will be accompanied by Van Hollingsworth on guitar, Alex Mitchell on bass and Dave Crenshaw on drums. Monarchs’ sound conveys seemingly divergent tones, somehow feeling intensely personal and universal at once. However, what seems like contradiction quickly becomes correlation, and just like Monarchs’ music, Griffin’s words illustrate a nuanced theme of interconnectedness: “I just believe that the world, its energy, people, cities, plants, spirits, everything, is just one big interconnected family—a gigantic connection of relationships that was created and that we are all a part of… so it’s like we are all Monarchs in this great big family.” [Kevin Craig]
Locos Grill & Pub 7 p.m. FREE! www.locosgrill.com (Timothy Rd. location) NORMALTOWN FLYERS This Athens roots-rock institution plays a set of good-time rock and roll with a Southern leaning. The Melting Point 8 p.m. $8 (adv.), $10 (door). www. meltingpointathens.com* GEOFF ACHISON & THE SOULDIGGERS Australian singersongwriter Geoff Achison lays down his version of New Orleans funk, driving blues and jazz with the licks of a true guitar virtuoso. Tonight with Yonrico Scott and Ted Pecchio. The Office Lounge 9:30 p.m. FREE! 706-549-0840 KARAOKE With your host Lynn, the Queen of Karaoke! Omega Bar 9 p.m. $3. www.theomegabar.com SPICY SALSA Lessons at 9:30 p.m. followed by open dancing at 10:30. No partner or experience necessary. Every Wednesday. Porterhouse Grill 7–10 p.m. FREE! 706-369-0990 JAZZ NIGHT Every Wednesday! This week features Steve Key and Friends with Bill Baker, Jeremy Roberts and Nic Wiles.
Thursday 29 Amici Italian Café 11 p.m. FREE! 706-353-0000. NEW SNEAKERS Five-piece Southern jam-rock fusion formerly known as The Blekers.
Blind Pig Tavern 8 p.m. (West Broad St. location). 706548-3442. JIM PERKINS Acoustic singer/songwriter from Augusta. He combines folk, jazz and blues. Caledonia Lounge 10 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). www.caledonialounge.com JOEL HAMILTON Minimalist robot chirps and echoes that swirl into nothingness. Influences include the “end of days” and “entropy.” MITCHEL THUNDERBOLT Gritty, experimental Americana from Vaughan Lamb (Gift Horse bassist). WHITE VIOLET Long singer-songwriter Nate Nelson’s solid new band features the same sweet, heartfelt indie-pop melodies for which he is known. DePalma’s Italian Cafe 6:30–8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-552-1237 (Timothy Rd. location) BORDERHOP FIVE Formerly a bluegrass trio, the group has added fiddle and banjo into the mix for a more rounded-out, high, lonesome sound. Farm 255 11 p.m. FREE! www.farm255.com CLEAN BREAK Lo-fi indie-rock trio based here in Athens. STRANGE TORPEDO Bouncy, angular, alternative rock meets post-punk that’s driven by more melodic bass lines. SUNLIGHT ALCHEMISTS New local rock band featuring members of Revo. The alternative-leaning group names Switchfoot and Alanis Morissette among its many influences.
Flicker Theatre & Bar 8:30 p.m. FREE! www.flickertheatreandbar.com DON AUBER Local songwriter plays from his vast catalog of traveling laments, cautionary tales, murder ballads and Appalachian-gothic folk hymnals. Special guest fiddler Adam Poulin. BRANDON NELSON MCCOY After honing his craft in Savannah, this talented singer moved to Athens with a stockpile of songs written in the vein of Gram Parsons and Townes Van Zandt. Flight Tapas and Bar 8 p.m. 706-549-0200 BOY MYSTIC Philip Brantley of Modern Skirts. 40 Watt Club 9 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). www.40watt. com CHRIS MCKAY & THE CRITICAL DARLINGS Drawing equally on ‘80s power-pop like The Cars and earlier stuff like The Kinks, frontman Chris McKay has a sharp lyrical turn for every melodic offering of his bandmates. New songs and a new lineup! See story on p. 15. LOWDIVE Local ska/reggae band. TEALVOX Alternative rock band with a hint of classic British rock. Go Bar 9 p.m. 706-546-5609 CRUN PUN Local Athens band playing surfish sludge punk. ROWDY DOWNSTAIRS Edgy, raucous, punk band from Chattanooga, TN. 11 p.m. 706-546-5609 DR. FRED’S KARAOKE Hosted by karaoke fanatic John “Dr. Fred”
Bowers and featuring a large assortment of pop, rock, indie and more. Begins after the live music at 11 p.m. Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. FREE! www.hendershotscoffeebar.com ODD TRIO Quirky jazz ensemble that incorporates looped audio. Kabana 6–10 p.m. 706-850-7711 KARAOKE Every Thursday! Little Kings Shuffle Club 10 p.m. $5. www.myspace.com/littlekingsshuffleclub THE DARNELL BOYS The three Darnell brothers play and sing country blues originals backed by upright bass, singing saw and junkyard percussion. HAVE GUN WILL TRAVEL Americana/folk band with anthemic choruses and a homegrown vibe. THE WHISKEY GENTRY Toe-tapping Americana ranging from bluegrass picking to punk-inspired songs. CD release party for the new album, Please Make Welcome. The Melting Point 8 p.m. $5. www.meltingpointathens. com FREE MOUNTAIN Local rock supergroup that made its debut at AthFest in 2010. Featuring guitarist Kevin Sweeney (Hayride), vocalist Jared Hasmuk (Dictatortots), bassist Bryan Howard (The HEAP) and drummer Mark Brill (Hayride) playing straightup, loud rock and roll! ICE CREAM MEN Van Halen covers. SAVE GRAND CANYON Emotional and dynamic, this tenderfoot local band plays what it calls “organic alt-rock.” DAN WENTWORTH Acoustic alternative rock songwriter who has been compared to artists like David Bowie and Pearl Jam. New Earth Music Hall 9 p.m. www.newearthmusichall.com DATSIK DJ who combines original hip-hop beats with floor-shaking dubstep dance grooves. DJ MAAGICIAN Spinning melodic dance music filled with crafty and unique transitions blending different genres together. GEMNEYE Live electronic and dub, mixed into what main man Nick Stewart calls “ragestep.” TROGDOR Local trance DJ named after the cartoon Burninator. No Where Bar 10 p.m. $4. 706-546-4742 THREE FOOT SWAGGER Local band that plays dynamic, high-energy rock and roll with a lot of funk. The Office Lounge 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-546-0840 BLUES NIGHT The Shadow Executives host an open, all-night blues jam, kicking it off with a set of their own originals. 8 p.m. sign-up. Omega Bar 5 p.m. $5 (before 7 p.m.), $10 (after 7 p.m.). www.theomegabar.com THE SEGAR JAZZ AFFAIR Two sets of live jazz every Thursday (one at 7:15 p.m. and the other at 9:15 p.m.). After 10 p.m. enjoy dancing to old school R&B with WXAG DJ Mellow Myers. Terrapin Beer Co. 5:30 p.m. $10 (glass). www.terrapinbeer.com MIKE ARMSTRONG Vocalist, acoustic guitarist and harmonica player from local easy-listening cover band, Blossom Creek Breeze.
Whiskey Bent 11 p.m. 706-548-8899 DJRX DJ-remixer Brian Gonzalez delivers original audio/video productions that focus on pop music of this generation, with forays into rock, old school, country and electronica. The hits are synced with videos.
Friday 30 Alibi “Freakers Ball.” 9:30 p.m. FREE! 706549-1010 ELECTRIC CODPIECE Southern jamrock from Tucker, GA. Playful lyrics with fun, danceable grooves. Amici Italian Café 11 p.m. FREE! 706-353-0000 CHROMAZONE “Electronic-infused funk rock” featuring several members of UGA’s Music Business Program playing a mix of covers and originals. Athens Vineyard Church 7 p.m. FREE! www.athensvineyard.com JOHN AND MARIE BARNETT Soft acoustic tunes with praise and worship lyrics. RYAN DELMORE Singer/songwriter kicking off his Southeastern tour. The Bad Manor 9 p.m. FREE! (21+), $5 (18+, before 11 p.m.), $10 (18+, after 11 p.m.). www. thebadmanor.com FERAL YOUTH Banging electro house, dubstep, with a dash of top40 remixes. Join him every week for Feral Fridays! Boar’s Head Lounge 9 p.m. FREE! 706-369-3040 CONNOR PLEDGER TRIO Pledger’s mostly acoustic sound is influenced by acts like Dave Matthews, John Mayer and Jack Johnson—now with a rhythm section. Caledonia Lounge 9 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). www.caledonialounge.com ANDROCLES AND THE LION This local band plays airy indie rock with lots of warm acoustic guitar, melodic harmonies and folk undertones. GROOVE TANGENT Playing covers from diverse rock acts like Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd and Jet. REGARDING SUNSHINE Sweet, quirky local trio featuring ukulele and glockenspiel. Expect a mix of covers and originals. THE WAYFARES Rootsy Americana that integrates old-time fiddle tunes with a down-home feel and the highenergy performances that characterize early mountain music. Farm 255 11 p.m FREE! www.farm255.com LIGHTHOUSE MUSIC Five multiinstrumentalists play genre-bending music that draws from everyone from Bob Dylan to Mozart to Ravi Shankar. Expect rich textures of unique instrumentation—vocal harmonies, xylophone, saxophone, banjo picking and more surprises. LOUD VALLEY Orlando band formerly known as Bananafish which features gorgeous, four-part harmonies, mariachi-influenced horns and breezy, beachy atmospherics. VESTIBULES Lyrically driven Americana with a gravelly, emotive frontman and a lively horn section accented by stand-up bass and pedal steel. Flicker Theatre & Bar 8:30 p.m. FREE! www.flickertheatreandbar.com GUILLERMO SEXO Psych/indie rock with dreamy shoegaze-inspired atmospherics.
HELEN SCOTT Lindsey Haddad (exLaminated Cat), Emileigh Ireland, Hannah Weyandt and sometimes Dena Zilber (El Hollin, Werewolves) play folky pop with a hint of psychedelic rock. SLAW & ORDER Local drum and keys duo performs tambourine-rich pop tracks. DAVEY WRATHGABER Local songwriter from Visitations. 40 Watt Club 9 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). www.40watt. com RUBY KENDRICK Local singersongwriter with a sweet voice and prodding, poignant lyrics. LERA LYNN This local songwriter has a haunting, smoky voice that glides over tender, original Americana tunes. Lynn recently took home top prize in the Chris Austin songwriting competition at Merlefest. SHOVELS & ROPE Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent playing “sloppy tonk” music. Georgia Theatre 8 p.m. $8. www.georgiatheatre.com YACHT ROCK REVUE This Atlantabased septet offers spot-on covers of soft rock hits from the ‘70s and ‘80s delivered with kitschy flair. Dancing and captain hats are recommended for smooth sailing. Go Bar Midnight. 706-546-5609 DJ MAHOGANY Freaky funk, sultry soul, righteous R&B and a whole lotta unexpected faves, tonight including a slew of hoedown tunes to make you dance like there’s a snake in your boots. Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. FREE! www.hendershotscoffeebar.com BREATHLANES Led by guitarist/ composer John Miley, Breathlanes features atmospheric, organic tones built around guitar, drums and stand-up bass. Highwire Lounge 8–11 p.m. FREE! www.highwirelounge. com RAND LINES TRIO Pianist Rand Lines performs original compositions with the help of drummer Ben Williams and bassist Chris Enghauser. Every Friday! Little Kings Shuffle Club “Tin Roof Music Festival.” 8 p.m. $5. 706-369-3144 DJ WINSTON PARKER AKA DJ Graverobbers, Winston spins dance and rock music featuring his own unique mixes and mash-ups. MACHISMO Local gutter-pop group who want nothing more than for you to give in to the white fire and destroy yourself. MR. FALCON High-energy, indie garage-rock influenced equally by The Kinks and Pixies. SAM SNIPER Post-alternative, country-fried twang with big anthemic choruses, joyful harmonies and strong melody/pop sensibility. SAVE GRAND CANYON Emotional and dynamic, this tenderfoot local band plays what it calls “organic alt-rock.” YO SOYBEAN Local “party-folk” trio featuring upbeat, sing-along numbers with guests on guitar, banjo, mandolin, violin and more. The Melting Point 8 p.m. $8 (adv.), $10 (door). www. meltingpointathens.com* BETSY KINGSTON Joined by her backing band The Crowns, Kingston plays soulful Southern rock.
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2011 CONCERT SERIES
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 5
A TRIBUTE TO SANTANA Collaborative Tribute to Carlos Santana
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 19
PACKWAY HANDLE BAND Old Time Bluegrass
FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT WWW.AMCONCERTS.COM OR CALL 706.769.2633.
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THE CALENDAR! Eat. Drink. Listen Closely. TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 Terrapin Tuesday co-bill featuring
JONATHAN BYRD & JASON KENNEY with special guest performances by
JOHN KEANE & DAVID BLACKMON Tickets $6 adv • $8 at the door
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
& THE SOULDIGGERS
featuring YONRICO SCOTT & TED PECCHIO Tickets $8 adv • $10 at the door
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 Partner Software presents
ICE CREAM MEN FREE MOUNTAIN SAVE GRAND CANYON DAN WENTWORTH $5 admission
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30
SAINT FRANCIS VON GREY BETSY KINGSTON
Tickets $8 adv • $10 at the door
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1
THE DARNELL BOYS MAC LEAPHART & GUILT RIDDEN TROUBADOUR OLD MEMPHIS KINGS Tickets $5 adv • $7 at the door
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2
Tickets $20 adv • $22 at the door
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4 Terrapin Tuesday featuring
$5 admission • $2 Terrapin Pints all night!
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6
EMILY HEARN THE LESS JOHN FRENCH
Tickets $5 adv • $8 at the door
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7
TIM REYNOLDS & TR3 $13 admission • $15 at the door
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8 Southern Ground Recording Artist
SONIA LEIGH SOL JUNKY
Tickets $8 adv • $12 at the door
UPCOMING EVENTS 10.5 10.14 10.18 10.19 10.20 10.21 10.22 10.25 10.27 10.29
WOMEN WHO OWN IT: BREASTFEST KICKOFF CHICKASAW MUDD PUPPIES, BURNING ANGELS TYLER RAMSEY (of Band of Horses) FRONTIER RUCKUS OTHER BROTHERS BAND (Allman Brothers Tribute) CHARLIE GARRETT CD Release MATT JOINER BAND, EMILY McCANNON DANGERMUFFIN MADSEN (from GERMANY) RICH ROBINSON, DYLAN LeBLANC LOCATED ON THE GROUNDS OF
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JARON AND THE LONG ROAD TO LOVE, JOE FIRSTMAN DEJA VU - Tribute to CSN&Y SOUTHERN GENTLEMAN TOUR with ED ROLAND AND KEVIN GRIFFIN STEWART & WINFIELD TIM MILLER BAND SONDRE LERCHE @ 40 WATT SHAWN MULLINS JORMA KAUKONEN RICK FOWLER BAND, GEORGIA HEALERS JOHN McCUTCHEON RACK OF SPAM SWINGIN’ MEDALLIONS 295 E. DOUGHERTY ST., ATHENS, GA
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SAINT FRANCIS Scott Baston reunites former Moonshine Still members in a fiery, spirit-filled musical hootenanny like a down-home gospel church on revival Sunday. VON GREY Four classically trained sisters performing a blend of various genres, including country, pop and rock. See story on p. 21.
Bishop Park “Athens Farmers Market.” 8 a.m.– noon. FREE! www.athensfarmersmarket.net TRE POWELL Layered but sparse guitar folk with a wonderful wistful feeling. (8 a.m.) DREW WILLIAMS Alternative folk rock with hints of country and blues.
New Earth Music Hall 9 p.m. $15. www.newearthmusichall. com HEROES + VILLAINS Two DJs who mash-up rap with dubstep. SKRYPTED Atlanta DJ duo Sorted and Kryptonite are known for their upfront track selection and technical prowess, spinning genre-defying sets featuring the bass- heavy sounds of electro house, dubstep and DNB. SWITCH World-renowned DJ perhaps best known for his production work (M.I.A, Beyonce, Santigold, Christina Aguilera) and as one half of Major Lazer (with fellow producer Diplo). MARK YURM Breakbeat dancehall DJ from Atlanta.
Caledonia Lounge 9:30 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). www. caledonialounge.com HERMITS OF SUBURBIA Selfdescribed as “post-post modern semi-melodic folk-ska-musical humor-core.” LOWDIVE Local ska/reggae band. THE REAL DEAL Mosh pit-inducing party punk (a la Less Than Jake) with a bit of reggae and ska thrown in the mix. STATE OF UNREST Ska-core band from Atlanta. STONE LEEK Pop punk band from Tokyo, Japan. Fast, harmonized guitar riffs and driving drum beats.
The Office Lounge 9:30 p.m. FREE! 706-546-0840. THE ORIGINAL SCREWTOPS Formerly the SOB Blues Band. Sideways 10 p.m. FREE! 706-319-1919 DJRX DJ-remixer Brian Gonzalez delivers original audio/video productions that focus on pop music of this generation, with forays into rock, old school, country and electronica. The hits are synced with videos projected on the big screen. Terrapin Beer Co. 5:30 p.m. $10 (glass). www.terrapinbeer.com ELECTRIC CODPIECE Southern jamrock from Tucker, GA. Playful lyrics with fun, danceable grooves. VFW 8:30 p.m. $10. 706-546-5978 DIRK HOWELL BAND Party band featuring ‘60s-style R&B, disco and beach music. WUGA 91.7 FM 3 p.m. FREE! www.wuga.org “IT’S FRIDAY!” Exception to the Rule will perform on the local radio station’s weekly program. Tune in at 91.7 FM or University Cable Channel 15.
Saturday 1 Aftermath 7 p.m.–2 a.m. $8–$15. 706-680-6752 “CEOS & CORPORATE HOS” DJ Craven presents a night of dubstep, hip-hop and chart crushers. Try to keep your DJ happy before he gets a chance to say “You’re Fired!” Fellas, get out an old tie and rock out with the black briefcases; girls, you’re dressing up as sexy secretaries—or vice-versa! Alibi 9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-1010 KARAOKE With the Singing Cowboy! The Bad Manor 9 p.m. FREE! (21+), $5 (18+, before 11 p.m.), $10 (18+, after 11 p.m.). www. thebadmanor.com DJRX DJ-remixer Brian Gonzalez delivers original audio/video productions that focus on pop music of this generation, with forays into rock, old school, country and electronica. The hits are synced with videos.
Farm 255 10 p.m. FREE! www.farm255.com EFREN Efren has electrified their indie-folk sound into a new Americana rock show with thick guitars and reminiscences of long nights in bars. THOMAS WYNN AND THE BELIEVERS This six-piece group from Orlando plays Americana rock infused with Southern soul. 40 Watt Club 9 p.m. $7 (21+), $9 (18+). www.40watt. com HEY ROCCO New York-based indierock trio with catchy melodies and a quirky attitude.
STILL FLYIN’ This San Franscio party band (featuring former members of Athens groups Je Suis France, Masters of the Hemisphere and Maserati) is full of smiles and irresisitably fun tunes. See Calendar Pick on p. 27. TIMMY TUMBLE AND THE TUMBLERS Tim Schreiber (Dark Meat, The Lickity-Splits) howls and spasms and literally tumbles over garage-y rock-anthems and retroinspired pop songs. Georgia Theatre 9 p.m. $12. www.georgiatheatre.com* PAPER DIAMOND High-energy new project from Colorado-based producer Alex B, featuring driving beats and bass plus rich, rumbling tones under layers of spacey synthesizers, sweet melodies and catchy vocals. SORRY FOR PARTYING DJ duo playing dubstep, electro hip-hop mashups. High-energy sets with recognizable remixes. TWO FRESH Electronic hip-hop meets jazz. Go Bar “La Belle Dame Sans Party.” 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 BANGRADIO Self-styled slinger of “Athens Euro,” this DJ offers a mix of Eurotrash, dirty South, hip-hop, dubstep, classic rock, rock and pop remixes. TWIN POWERS DJ Dan Geller (Gold Party, The Agenda) and friends spin late-night glam rock, new wave, Top 40, punk and Britpop. Little Kings Shuffle Club Nash’s going away party. 10 p.m. FREE! 706-369-3144. DJ IMMUZIKATION Celebrated local DJ Alfredo Lapuz, Jr. hosts a dance party featuring high-energy electro and rock.
The Melting Point 9 p.m. $5 (adv.), $7 (door). www.meltingpointathens.com* THE DARNELL BOYS Country originals backed by upright bass, singing saw and junkyard percussion. MAC LEAPHART & GUILT RIDDEN TROUBADOUR Mac takes the honky-tonk side of the Rolling Stones and Little Feat and merges it with the alt-country stylings of Blue Mountain and Uncle Tupelo, but with a modern Southern rock edge. OLD MEMPHIS KINGS Blues band from Mississippi recently expanded from a duo into a trio. The Office Lounge 9:30 p.m. FREE! 706-546-0840 SALLY & THE SIX GRAND BAND Funky, soulful rock covers. RPM 10 p.m. FREE! 706-543-0428 DJ WINSTON PARKER AKA DJ Graverobbers, spins dance and rock music featuring his mash-ups. Terrapin Beer Co. 5:30 p.m. $10 (glass). www.terrapinbeer.com YADDATU Progressive jam rock from North Carolina. VFW 7 p.m. $12. 706-546-5978 SENSATIONAL SOUNDS OF MOTOWN Local six-piece of veteran players takes on all your favorite Motown hits.
Sunday 2 The Melting Point 8 p.m. $20 (adv.), $22 (door). www. meltingpointathens.com* MARTIN SEXTON Acoustic rock with lighthearted, soulful lyrics.
Friday, September 30
Tin Roof Music Festival Little Kings Shuffle Club Nicholas Mallis (Yo Soybean, Sam Sniper) has some stuff on his mind: primarily, helping to continue the work of the Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation. From the most gorgeous of ivy-swathed mansions to the most ramshackle of shotgun shacks, from the simple homes on Boulevard to the new Georgia Theatre, this historic preservation society has made it its mission to keep the Classic City classic for nearly four decades. With the help of Mallis’ two bands (along with local acts Machismo, Mr. Falcon and Sam Sniper Save Grand Canyon) the first annual Tin Roof Music Festival hopes to continue that good work. “My cousin is the president of the board of trustees,” begins the always-affable Mallis, “and I’ve been getting involved with some of the committees. Most people don’t even know what all they’ve done for the community, but they’ve helped to keep Athens historically preserved for like 40 years now, so I was like, ‘Have you guys ever thought about doing a concert?’ R.E.M. donates a lot of money, but that’s essentially [the Foundation’s] only tie to the music scene. So, this festival is a celebration of the Athens music that has become part of the town’s heritage, and also a fundraiser. There are lots of cool door prizes people donated.” Indeed, in addition to getting to hear some of the best talent Athens has to offer, attendees will have a shot to win gift certificates to local restaurants (Flight, Farm 255) and concert tickets (Brett Dennen at the Georgia Theatre, of Montreal at the 40 Watt). “We’re planning on doing this thing every year,” says Mallis, “It’s called the Tin Roof Music Festival because it’s supposed to tie in the historic homes of Athens with the music scene, evoke images of artists living in old houses with tin roofs. And, of course, it’s also a B-52s reference.” [David Fitzgerald]
Saturday, October 1
Still Flyin’, Hey Rocco, Timmy Tumble and the Tumblers 40 Watt Club Even silly, joke reggae collectives have to grow up sometime. “It’s hard, I guess, if you’re a handsome young man in a band,” says Still Flyin’ ringleader Sean Still Flyin’ Rawls with a smile. “It’s hard not to meet a nice lady on tour, and who knows where it goes from there? …You end up moving across the world.” Thus explains the absence of drummer Yoshi Nakamoto on the band’s upcoming tour; while he’s still technically in the band, he’s currently off in Berlin with his new girlfriend, whom he met while the San Francisco-based group was gigging across Europe. Still Flyin’ core member Bren Mead also recently departed the city by the bay to be by his lady here in Athens. I guess not everyone leaves his heart in San Francisco. But budding romance is just a footnote in the band’s evolving career. The once sprawling collective—formed around a “stupid joke reggae song” Rawls wrote with Athens party band Je Suis France—seems to be maturing in sound as well. From its fauxreggae beginnings to what Rawls describes as “party disco music,” followed by a foray into “krautrock-inspired, ‘80s-sounding” tracks on this year’s Neu Ideas Compilation, Still Flyin’ is continuing to come into its own. The band is currently working on a new record due out early next year, which Rawls says is the group’s most focused effort to date. “It still sounds fun and light-hearted like all our stuff, but it’s just more streamlined,” he says. “It’s kind of just straight-forward indie pop… There’s lots of chorus effect on everything and lots of really big choruses. All the songs are really short and anthemic.” The live lineup is also streamlined on this tour, whittled down to a core six members. Most notably, Phil Horan, the band’s dancer, will be filling in for Nakamoto behind the drums—his first time behind the kit since drumming for Maserati. We’ll miss his signature Thrilla moves, but Rawls is confident that the role of dancing fool will be easily filled by their always ecstatic Athens friends and fans. [Michelle Gilzenrat]
CHRIS TRAPPER Folk-pop singer/ songwriter formerly of The Push Stars who has been featured on numerous film soundtracks. He has a narrative, emotional style and accompanies himself with light guitar/ piano/percussion fare.
The Melting Point “Terrapin Bluegrass Series.” 7 p.m. $5. www.meltingpointathens.com THE HOBOHEMIANS American and European roots music: a mix of proto-jazz, blues and folk music of the 1910s, ‘20s and ‘30s.
UGA Memorial Hall 6 p.m. (beginner), 7 p.m. (intermediate), 8 p.m. (open dance). $3. www. sites.google.com/site/bdcuga2 BALLROOM DANCING Lessons in tango, swing, salsa, rumba and waltzing. No partner or experience necessary. Every Sunday.
New Earth Music Hall 9 p.m. www.newearthmusichall.com THE CHAOTIC GOOD Electronic dubstep that mixes in a bunch of chart-topping hits.
Alibi 9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-1010 KARAOKE With the Singing Cowboy!
Caledonia Lounge 9:30 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). www. caledonialounge.com ALBATROSS Local band jams out with bluesy funk and classic rockinspired originals. CONNECTED HOUSES Local sixpiece funk rock band with infectious grooves. Georgia Theatre 8 p.m. $18. www.georgiatheatre.com* BRETT DENNEN Young West Coast singer/songwriter with a cool, easy groove and soulful phrasing. His heartwarming tunes are part acoustic pop, part folk and part reggae. Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 GRIPE Local grindcore/powerviolence. Little Kings Shuffle Club Athens Farmers Market. 4–7 p.m. FREE! www.athensfarmersmarket.net DANIEL AARON Frontman for local Americana band Timber performs a solo set. (5:30 p.m.)
Wednesday 5 Ashford Manor 7 p.m. $15, $12 (w/student or military ID), $5 (kids under 12), FREE! (kids under 6). www.amconcerts.com A TRIBUTE TO SANTANA Featuring a who’s who of the Athens music scene, this tribute will cover a wide range of Santana’s hit songs. Caledonia Lounge 9:30 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). www. caledonialounge.com THE FALCONES Local Athens alternative rock. Anthemic choruses with layered vocal harmonies. THE GLORIOUS VEINS Indie-rock band from New York. Self described as “bluesy, post-punk dance rock from Mars.” JEFFERS MORNING Rock trio from Athens. Fun, danceable power-chord pop/punk. George’s Lowcountry Table 6 p.m. FREE! 706-548-3359 SHANNON No info available.
The Office Lounge 9:30 p.m. FREE! 706-549-0840 KARAOKE With your host Lynn, the Queen of Karaoke! Omega Bar 9 p.m. $3. www.theomegabar.com SPICY SALSA Lessons at 9:30 p.m. followed by open dancing at 10:30. No partner or experience necessary. Every Wednesday. Terrapin Beer Co. 5:30 p.m. $10 glass. www.terrapinbeer. com KEN WILL MORTON BAND Bluesy rock and roll with a hint of Americana and pop is Morton’s speciality. His latest record, True Grit, was met with much critical acclaim, and now he’s hitting the stage with his backing band (Andrew Vickery, Tim Adams and Dave Hooper).
Down the Line 10/6 Dr. Fred’s Karaoke (Go Bar) 10/6 Jack Jiggles (Ted’s Most Best) 10/6 Open Mic (DePalma’s Italian Cafe) 10/6 Butch Walker and the Black Widows / Shovels and Rope (40 Watt Club) 10/6 New Sneakers (Amici Italian Café) 10/6 Ghostland Observatory (Georgia Theatre) 10/6 The Soundmen (Hendershot’s Coffee Bar) 10/6 Shallow Palace / Sleepy Eye Giant / Spring Tigers (Max) 10/6 Arpetrio / The Suex Effect (No Where Bar) 10/6 The Segar Jazz Affair (Omega Bar) 10/6 Red Oak Southern String Band (Terrapin Beer Co.)
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ART 3rd Annual Penumbra Halloween Art Show (Fringe Collective Artistic Studios) Drop off Halloween-themed pieces by Oct. 10. Opening reception Oct. 22. $15 (for three pieces). 706-540-2712, firstname.lastname@example.org Call for Artists (Farmington Depot Gallery) Seeking artists and food vendors for Festiboo (Oct. 29–30) and a Holiday Market (Dec. 2–3). Email for application. email@example.com Call for Artists (Little Kings Shuffle Club) The Moonlight Gypsy Market (Nov. 11) is accepting vendor applications for artists, crafters and junk collectors. Seeking outsider, erotic, macabre and odd artists. Fill Online application. $15. moonlight firstname.lastname@example.org, www.face book.com/moonlightgypsymarket Call for Artists (Highwire Lounge) Highwire is currently seeking painters, printmakers and photographers to hang large-scale works for 1-2-month-long exhibi-
tions. email@example.com, www.highwirelounge.com Call for Entries (OCAF) OCAF’s Georgia Small Works Juried Exhibition is seeking artists working in small 2D or 3D formats (14”x14” or under). Deadline Sept. 30. Exhibit runs Oct. 7–Nov. 12. www.ocaf.com Call for Submissions (Athens Institute for Contemporary Art (ATHICA)) Seeking works that strip away layers of convention attached to the trope “Southern.” Deadline Nov. 10. Exhibit dates Jan. 21–Mar. 3. www.athica.org/callforentries.php Indie Craftstravaganzaa Holiday Market (Downtown Athens) Seeking artist vendors for craft fair on Dec. 3, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Application deadline Oct. 24. $110. athensindiecraftstravaganzaa@ gmail.com, www.athensindiecraft stravaganzaa.com Lickskillet Artists Market (Lyndon House Arts Center) Call for artist vendors for market on Oct. 22, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Applications due Oct. 8. $25 (indoor), $15 (outdoor). 706-613-3623, ihartsfoundation@ gmail.com, www.lyndonhouse.org
CLASSES Basic Botany (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) A certificate course on general plant anatomy, morphology and physiology with an emphasis on relating form to function. Registration required. Oct. 8, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. $100. 706542-6156, www.uga.edu/botgarden Beginning Bellydance (Whole: Mind. Body. Art.) Egyptian-style bellydance for people of all ages, sizes and fitness levels. Wednesdays, 7:30–8:30 p.m. $10. 706-424-0195, www.wholemindbodyart.com Bellydance for Fitness (YWCO) Have fun and exercise at the same time. Mondays & Wednesdays, 6–7 p.m. firstname.lastname@example.org Bellydancing (Sangha Yoga Studio) Beginner (7 p.m.) and Intermediate (8:30 p.m.) bellydancing every Wednesday. $14. 706552-2660, belllydancebody@gmail. com, www.healingartscentre.net Classes at Floorspace (Floorspace) Contemporary lyrical dance, Capoeira Angola & Maculele,
This is a sight I hate to see. These poor pups suffered a home ear crop, and tail docking–possibly with scissors or 45 Beaverdam Rd. • 706-613-3540 box cutters, no anesthesia, and a huge Open every day except Wednesday 10am-4pm opportunity for infection and blood loss. It’s someone did this to use them in ACC is crazy full and most pens This great girl is almost out possible dogfighting or (most likely) to make them have more than one dog except of time. She’s a low-rider look mean and tough. Don’t they look for Frank’s. He’s a friendly, Staffordshire Terrier mix with mean and tough now? Their ears have curious pot-bellied pig who really a pretty brindle coat. She is a healed and despite everything, they are needs a home! He weighs under humble and quiet all-around gentle, sweet and trusting young girls. 100 pounds and is still growing. good girl. Probably Staffordshire Terrier mixed with Lab or something lanky.
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Patrick Denker’s photography is on display at Earth Fare through September. performance theatre, hoop dance, Nia dance, creative movement and improv dance, bellydancing and yoga. Check website for schedule. www.floorspaceathens.com Clay Classes (Good Dirt) Weekly “Try Clay” classes ($20/person) introduce participants to the potter’s wheel every Friday from 7-9 p.m. “Family Try Clay” classes show children and adults hand-building methods every Sunday from 2-4 p.m. 706-355-3161, www.gooddirt.net Dance Classes (Dancefx) Ballet, tap, hip-hop, Zumba, contemporary, ballroom, Latin, swing, karate, clogging and exercise classes like Pilates and body sculpting. Check website for schedule. 706-355-3078, www.dancefx.org 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, www.rahasya.org/theyogashala Earth Skills Series: Shelter (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Develop the skill to create fire from materials found in the wild. Methods include flint and steel, bow drills and hand drills. Nov. 19, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. $66. 706-542-6156, www.uga.edu/ botgarden Fall Classes & Workshops (OCAF) Adult classes and workshops include watercolor, oil painting, drawing, writing and editing, journal and papermaking, clay arts and bagpipes. Check website for details. 706-769-4565, www.ocaf.com Health and Wellness Classes (Athens Community Council on Aging) Athens Community Council on Aging hosts senior-friendly Ballroom Dancing, Line Dancing, Yoga, Tai Chi and more! Go online for a complete schedule. 706-549-4850, www.accaging.org
High Flying Trapeze Classes (Leap Trapeze) Flying trapeze classes for all ages and abilities. Check website for schedule. www.leaptrapeze.com Illustration (Athens Technical College) Seven-week class starting Oct. 7. Learn about illustration using various media with instructor Bettie Miller. 12:30–3:30 p.m. $129. 706369-5763, email@example.com Iyengar Yoga (StudiO) Certified Iyengar teacher leads a class focusing on strength, flexibility, stamina and balance. Every Tuesday, 5:30– 6:50 p.m. $10/class, $50/6 classes. www.chetthomasyoga.com Ladies’ Non-Contact Cardio Boxing (Lay Park) Build muscle strength, endurance, balance, agility and coordination. Wednesdays through Oct. 24, 7–8 p.m. $10. 706613-3596, www.athensclarkecounty. com/lay Medicinal Plant Symposium (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Introduction to the medical botany of our region with an emphasis on the traditional and current uses of native plants. Call to register. Oct. 18, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. $65. 706-542-6156, www.uga.edu/botgarden Propagating Native Plants from Seeds (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) A discussion on how to collect, clean and store different types of native plant seeds. Oct. 19, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. $45. 706-542-6156, www.uga.edu/ botgarden Soap Making (Athens Technical College) Learn about ingredients, blending, saponification and molds and cutters. Go home with your own bar of handmade soap. Oct. 6, 5:30–7:30 p.m. $45. 706-369-5876, firstname.lastname@example.org Tennis for Life (Various Locations) Accelerated six-lesson course for novice tennis players. Oct. 6–Nov. 17, 10–11:15 a.m. $75. 706-613-3592, www.tennisforlife.net
Thistle and Kudzu Scottish Country Dancers (Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens) No partner or experience necessary. Bring your dancing shoes. Every Tuesday, 7–9 p.m. $3. www.thistle andkudzu.net Watercolor Painting (Athens Community Council on Aging) Learn to mix water and paint, use lighting techniques and create texture with transparent watercolors. Sept. 30 & Oct. 7, 2–3:30 p.m. $20/series. 706-549-4850, www.accaging.org Wisdom of Body (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Achieve bodymind-spirit alignment with Carl Lindberg, certified Qigong instructor. Mondays through Oct. 31, 1–2 p.m. $80 (8 weeks), $12 (per class). 706542-6156, www.uga.edu/botgarden Yoga Classes (Sangha Yoga Studio) Choose from morning, afternoon or evening classes. See full schedule online. 706-613-1143, www.healingartscentre.net 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, www.athensfivepointsyoga.com You can CAN (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Step-by-step instructions on safe methods for food preservation. Oct. 6, 2–4 p.m. $17. 706-542-6156, www.uga.edu/ botgarden “Your Google Presence” (Georgia Center) A half-day course for businesses to claim their online listings, customize them and establish an economical and efficient online marketing presence. Oct. 14, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. $149. www.georgiacenter.uga.edu Zumba at the Garden (State Botanical Garden) Latin rhythms comprise this dynamic fitness program. Wednesdays, 5:30–6:30 p.m. $10/class, $80/session. www.uga. edu/botgarden
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Athens, GA Half Marathon (Athens, GA) Currently seeking volunteers to assist with runner packet distribution, expo operations, course directing, etc. Race is on Oct. 22– 23. Sign up online. www.volunteer. truist.com/hng/volunteer/home Drivers for Veterans Volunteers needed. Background check required. VA furnishes vehicles. Call Roger at 706-202-0587. Film Survey Film Athens seeks input on the film industry in Athens. Fill out an online survey. filmathens. net/2011survey Seeking Volunteer Coordinator (ATHICA) ATHICA is seeking a volunteer coordinator for Fall 2011-Summer 2012. email@example.com Volunteer Readers (Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic) Learning Ally (120 Florida Ave.) is seeking readers to record audio textbooks for disabled students. 706-549-1313, www.learningally.org Volunteers and Demonstrators Needed (Lyndon House) The 37th Annual Harvest Festival (Oct. 13) is seeking volunteers to help out and demonstrators to share their 1800s-themed skills, crafts and art. 706-613-3623
Craft Club (Treehouse Kid and Craft) Four-week printmaking course for ages 8–14. Thursdays, Oct. 6–Oct. 27, 4–6 p.m. $90. 706-8508226, www.treehousekidandcraft. tumblr.com Creative Dynamics (Athens Little Playhouse) A beginning level drama class for ages 5–9. Thursdays, 5–6 p.m. $65 (per month). firstname.lastname@example.org Family Creative Movement (Floorspace) Explore creative movement for children of all ages. Wednesdays, 10 a.m. $6–12. www.floorspaceathens.com Karate Classes (East Athens Community Center) Free classes for ages 7–14. Monday–Thursday, 5–6 p.m. 706-613-3593, www.athens clarkecounty.com/eastathens Knee-High Naturalists (Sandy Creek Nature Center) A program of nature exploration. Alternating Wednesdays, 3:30–4:30 p.m. $24. 706-613-3515, www.athensclarke county.com/sandycreeknaturecenter Mama-Baby Yoga for Crawlers (Mind Body Institute) Wednesdays, 12:30 p.m. $60 (10 classes). 706-475-7329. Spanish for Kids (Treehouse Kid and Craft) Vocabulary mixed with
ART AROUND TOWN Amici Italian Café (233 E. Clayton St.) Art by Brooke Davidson. Through October. • Abstract paintings by Corey Wall. Through September. Artini’s Art Lounge (296 W. Broad St.) Paintings by Christine Bush Roman. Through September. • In support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, an exhibit of work done by survivors, surviving families, Project Safe employees and other supporters. Opening reception Sept. 30. Through Nov. 6. Ashford Manor (5 Harden Hill Rd., Watkinsville) “Shona on the Lawn,” a self-guided garden tour featuring contemporary Zimbabwean sculptors. Opening reception Sept. 30. Through October. Athens Academy (1281 Spartan Dr.) Photography by Bill Zorn and Alan Olansky. Through Oct. 7. Big City Bread Cafe (393 N. Finley St.) Abstract oil paintings by Elana Munroe-Gregory. Through October. • Paintings by Ruth Allen. Through September. Circle Gallery, UGA College of Environmental Design (Caldwell Hall) “Learning from the Land,” works by Edward Daugherty. Reception and lecture Sept. 28. Through Oct. 25. Earth Fare (1689 S. Lumpkin St.) Photography by Patrick Denker, a UGA Robert Park Fellow. Through September. 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 Alice Pruitt, Leigh Ellis, Suzanna Antonez, Matt Alston and more. Five Star Day Café (229 E. Broad St.) Paintings by Will Eskridge. Flicker Theatre & Bar (263 W. Washington St.) Artwork by Cindy Jerrell and friends. Through October. • Artwork by Lindsey Jane Haddad and Emileigh Ireland. Through September. Floorspace (160 Tracy St.) Nature studies in watercolor and acrylic by Bill Pierson. Through September. Georgia Museum of Art (90 Carlton St.) “American Letterpress: The Art of Hatch Show Print” contains 120 original posters and 20 hand-carved wooden printing blocks. Through Nov. 6. • “Edmund Lewandowski: Precisionism and Beyond” features 50 examples of the artist’s career. Through Dec. 4. • “Hot Metal and Cool Paper: The Black Art of Making Books” presents works by private presses. Through Nov. 6. • “Introduction to the Centers” features prints, drawings, letters and photos relating to Pierre Daura and Alfred Heber Holbrook (founder and first director of GMOA). Through Nov. 20. The Grit (199 Prince Ave.) New paintings by R. Land. Through Oct. 2. Healing Arts Centre (834 Prince Ave.) “Life”
dance, song, etc. For ages 4–8. Saturdays, Oct. 1–Nov. 19. $90 (7 weeks). 706-850-8226
SUPPORT Athens Adoption Parents and Children Together New group for families with adopted children. Email for monthly meetings. Stacy, 770-601-3042, email@example.com Sapph.Fire (Nuçi’s Space) Social, support for lesbian and bisexual women. Email for next meeting date. Sapph.firstname.lastname@example.org, www.facebook.com/sapphfire.athens
ON THE STREET Free to Breathe Run/Walk (Sandy Creek Park) Raise funding for lung cancer research when you register for this 5K run or one-mile walk. Nov. 13, 7 a.m. $15–$20. 608316-3786, www.freetobreathe.org Open Call for Writers A new literary publication, Stray Dog Almanac, is seeking local or Athensaffiliated authors to contribute to a limited-print-run, handmade chapbook. Deadline Sept. 28. www. straydogalmanac.com/submit f
includes paintings by artist Ainhoa Bilbao Canup. Through September. Hendershot’s Coffee Bar (1560 Oglethorpe Ave.) Works by Thayer Sarrano and installations by Dana Jo Cooley. Through September. Hotel Indigo (500 College Ave.) “Dawgs and Dogs: The Works of Wingate Downs and Mary Engel.” Opening reception Sept. 29. Jennifer Jangles Studio and Gallery (10 Barnett Shoals Rd.) A studio and gallery of jewelry, pottery, fabrics, ribbon and more. Jittery Joe’s Eastside (1860 Barnett Shoals Rd.) Twenty abstract and landscape paintings by Harold C. Powell. Through September. Just Pho…and More (1063 Baxter St.) Artwork by Leslie Litt. Through November. Lamar Dodd School of Art (270 River Rd.) “Framed Events” includes works by Alison Crocetta. Through Oct. 17. Last Resort Grill (184 W. Clayton St.) “Revelation,” large-scale paintings by David Barron. Through Oct. 2. Lyndon House Arts Center (293 Hoyt St.) The Georgia Watercolor Society Members Juried Exhibition, judged by Stan Miller. Through Oct. 14. Madison-Morgan Cultural Center (Madison) “The Cow Show,” a bovine-inspired exhibition includes new works based on the humble, yet majestic animal. Through Oct. 15. OCAF (34 School St., Watkinsville) Paintings by Virginia Parker detailing the relationship between environment and heredity. Reception Oct. 7. Through Oct. 21. Republic Salon (312 E. Broad St.) Vibrant and surreal paintings by Jessica McVey. Through October. State Botanical Garden of Georgia (2450 Milledge Ave.) “Forged from Nature” is an outdoor series of sculpted garden gates by artist Andrew T. Crawford. • Photographer Diane Kirkland’s exhibit “Georgia Natural” features a series of landscapes. Through Oct. 16. Town 220 (Madison) “Gary Hudson: Art Lives, Works from the ‘70s, California and New York.” Through Oct. 30. Transmetropolitan (145 E. Clayton St.) Large, bedazzled, psychedelic spaceship stools and sofa paintings by Jaime Bull. Walk the Line Tattoo Co. (364 E. Broad St.) Third Annual “Don’t Tell Mommy” erotic art show featuring works by two dozen artists, including Keith P. Rein, John Collins, Joshua Espenshade and Nash Hogan. White Tiger Gourmet Food & Chocolates (217 Hiawasee Ave.) “Dinner and a Show” includes paintings of the Boulevard area by Mary Porter. Through October. Whole: Mind. Body. Art. (127 N. Jackson St.) “Electricity Encouraged,” lightbox works and wood pieces by Matty Goldstein.
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Matters Of The Heart And Loins I had a break-up with a girl recently. We had been together for a couple of years, longdistance at first, and then she moved here and we got a place. So, things didn’t work out, and I asked her to leave, and she got her own place. She asked me to keep her cat for a while while she got settled in. I did. And then a while became a month, and then two, and now three. I have asked her several times to come and get the cat, and she keeps saying she will “soon.” I like the cat just fine—hell, I love this cat—but this is her cat. She has had it for like five years, and I don’t understand why she doesn’t come and get it. She keeps avoiding the issue, but then she wants to come and visit it. I am getting sick of the whole thing. I don’t stay friends with my exes—ever. I need a clean break, and I am trying to be a nice guy, but I don’t know what to do. I want this girl and her cat out of my life. She said last week that she “loves her cat and everything, but her life is just more convenient without one right now.” My head almost exploded. What about my life? One more example of why we didn’t work out. My friends are telling me I should just keep the cat and cut the girl out of my life. But I don’t know what to do. What do you think? Clawless She knows you are done with the relationship, and she is doing this to keep a connection with you. As crappy a thing as that is to do to you, it’s an even worse thing to do to the cat. The poor thing has already been through a move this year. The girl is a selfish asshole, and you are enabling her selfish assholery. How old is she, like early 20s? This sounds like a classic college kid “I think I’ll get a pet because I’m lonely” maneuver, followed by the slow realization that pets are actual adult responsibility, followed by the sloughing off of said responsibility. At least she shoved hers off on a responsible person, rather than dumping it off at the humane society to get euthanized or throwing it out of the car somewhere like most of these fools do. Ever notice how crowded the shelters get right around the end of the school year? Yep, That’s why. Because people are assholes. It seems to me like you don’t want to keep this cat on principle, which I totally understand, because the girl should take care of her own pet and you don’t sound like you need any more reasons to dwell on your relationship. However, I would urge you to either reconsider keeping this cat (you love the thing, right? And you are a responsible guy who can take care of it?) or give it to a friend that you know will make a good home for it. This girl doesn’t deserve either of you. If you are hell bent on making her deal with it, simply call her up and give her a date and an ultimatum. And while you’re at it, tell her I said she sucks. My boyfriend and I broke up a few months ago after a tumultuous two-and-a-half-year relationship. He and I had fundamental differences of opinion that ultimately drove both of us crazy. He was always onto me about not hanging out with guys that I work with, who
he said just want to hook up with me. But most of my friends are guys, and that’s how it’s always been. I told him over and over that he had nothing to worry about, but he said if I couldn’t stop it, he wasn’t going to stay. He has a day job, and he makes good money, and I work at a bar while studying for the MCAT, and he was always pissed that I stayed out after work and stuff. The thing is that the one guy that I think ended our relationship was a co-worker who has a girlfriend. I don’t know why but this guy in particular always bothered him. The guy and I would text back and forth, and we were always joking with each other and stuff, but he had a girlfriend. He was just a flirty guy. So, after my ex and I broke up, this guy and his girlfriend broke up, and we ended up hooking up a few times. It isn’t going to go anywhere, because he is moving out of state anyway, so it’s no big deal, but my ex is convinced that he was right all along and that this guy was trying to hook up with me even when we were together. The argument we had over it was pretty much the final straw, and has ended any hope I had of getting back together, according to my ex. I don’t think that my hooking up with that guy proves anything, but my ex seems to think that I just proved him right. What do you think? Not Cheating Well, that certainly wasn’t cheating, NC, but it was proving your ex’s point. You seem more concerned about being right in this situation than you are concerned about what was really going on and how your ex really feels. He never accused you of cheating, first of all, so you can quit reiterating that. And then think about this situation from his point of view: There is a guy (or guys) who you consider friends. Your ex can obviously see some kind of tension between the two of you; whether or not it is one-sided makes no difference. So, he goes to work every morning and comes home every evening and sees very little of you, all the while presumably waiting for you to take a test and get back into school, at which point, presumably, you will stop staying out all night with guys who are trying to get in your pants. Then you break up, and, magically, the guy he has been suspicious of for many months also breaks up with his girlfriend, and the two of you hook up. Whether or not you see this as proving his point, it does. And whatever reason your hookup had for breaking up with his girlfriend, it looks an awful lot like he was just waiting for a chance with you. You pretty much blew it with your ex because all of his suspicions were confirmed in what you are now calling no big deal. Forget it, NC. Let it go, and next time think a little more about how your actions are making your boyfriend feel and less about how you are technically not doing anything wrong.
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Real Estate Apartments for Rent 1BR/1BA. All electric. Nice apt. Water provided. On busline. Single pref’d. Avail. now! (706) 543-4271. 1BR apt. $495, 2BR $550, 3BR $705! Choose your special: 1st mo. free, or $300 off of 1st mo.’s rent, $200 off of 2nd, & $100 off of 3rd! Pet friendly, on busline. Call us today! (706) 549-6254. Restrictions apply. 2BR/1BA w/ fridge, D W, p r i v a t e d e c k , 5 m i n . f ro m c a m p u s . Newly renovated. Water, lawn care incl. M a t u re / g r a d . s t u d e n t or family. Only $600 / mo. Call (404) 8193506 or pulkitg1@ yahoo.com.
1st month rent free! Walk to 5 Pts. On busline, next to Lake Herrick & dog park. 2BR/2.5BA, W/D, D W, F P, o u t s i d e p r i v a t e terrace, pool. Lots of parking! Walk to campus, oversized BRs & closets. Quiet, convenient. Pets OK. $750/mo. Best maintained, most affordable units at Jamestown! Call Vernazza Properties, (706) 338-9018. www.ver nazzaproper ties. com. 2BR/1BA apt. for rent. 125 Honeysuckle Ln. off Broad St. near King Ave. Quiet secluded setting. Water & trash incl. No pets. $450/ mo. Lease, dep., references req’d. (706) 540-4752. 2 B R / 2 . 5 B A o ff L u m p k i n . $949/mo. Finished basement, bus route, W/D. Pets on case basis. Subletting negotiable. Section 8 welcome. Flexible lease terms. Easy access to 5 Pts., loop, eastside. Russ, (706) 372-5645.
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Baldwin Village, across street from UGA. Free parking, laundry on premises, on-call maint., on-site mgr. Microwave & DW. HWflrs. 1, 2, 3BRs. $500 to $1200/mo. Contact (706) 354-4261. Basement apt. 5 Pts./ Glenwood. Kitchen, BA, lg. entry hall, carpeted BR/ sitting rm. w/ lg. closet. No pets. N/S. $470/mo. + dep. Utils. incl. (706) 543-8821. College Station 2BR/2BA on bus line. All appls. + W / D , F P, e x t r a c l o s e t space, water/garbage incl. $550/mo. Owner/Agent, (706) 340-2450. Downtown loft apartment. 144 E. Clayton St. 4BR/4BA, exposed brick wall in LR, avail. immediately. Won’t last! Call Staci, (706) 2961863 or (706) 425-4048. DGH Properites Dwntn. 1B R , s pacious , clos e t o everything but out of bar scene. Ready now! Call George, (706) 3400987. Eastside quadraplex, 2BR/2BA, $500/mo. & 2BR/1BA, $475/mo. Eastside duplex, 2BR/1BA & FP, $475/mo. 3BR/2BA & F P, $ 6 5 0 / m o . C a l l M c Wa t e r s R e a l t y, ( 7 0 6 ) 353-2700 or cell, (706) 540-1529. For rent: ver y small 1 room efficiency garage apt. 1.5 blocks from 5 Pts. N/S only. $400/mo., incl. water. Email emilycolson@ yahoo.com.
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Commercial Property Athens executive suites. Offices avail. in historic Dwntn. bldg. w/ on–site parking. All utils., internet & janitorial incl. Single or multiple offices avail. C a l l S t a c y, ( 7 0 6 ) 4 2 5 4048 or ( 706) 296- 186 3 . Commercial, office or studio bldg. for lease, 919 N. Chase St. 600 sf., $600/mo. I n c l . w a t e r, B o u l e v a r d historic district, off s t reet par k ing. C all R o n , ( 706) 247- 5746. Eastside offices, 1060 Gaines School Rd. Rent 1200 s f . $1200/ mo. , 7 5 0 sf. $900/mo., 450 sf. $600/ mo. ( 706) 546- 16 1 5 or at hens t ow nproper t ie s . com. Paint artist studios. H i s t o r i c B o u l e v a rd a re a artist community at 160 Tr a c y S t . R e n t 3 0 0 s f . $150/mo., 400 sf. $200/ mo. (706) 546-1615 or athenstownproperties. com. Quiet, professional off ice in 5 Pt s . Lobby & kitchen access. Utils. incl. $500/ mo. C all ( 70 6 ) 424- 0567. Retail, bar, or restaurant for lease at Homewood Shopping C e n t e r. 3 0 0 0 s f . C a l l Bryan Austin at (706) 353- 1039.
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1 8 4 N o r t h v i e w D r. – 5BR/2.5BA house – great location! 1655 S. Milledge Ave. – 3BR/2.5BA – walking distance to campus! 2375 S. Lumpkin St. – 3BR/3BA condo – quiet location! For rental info. pls. call (706) 546-0300 or e-mail howardrentalsinfo@gmail. com.
Dwntn. Athens Luxury Condo – The Georgian. 1BR/1BA only 2 blocks from UGA’s N. Campus. HWflrs., granite countertops, 10 ft. ceilings, stainless steel a p p l s . S e c u re b u i l d i n g , parking. $199,900. (706) 540-1150. Just reduced! Investor’s West-side condo. 2 B R / 2 B A , F P, 1 5 0 0 s f . , great investment, lease 12 mos. at $550/mo. Price in $40s. For more info, call McWaters Realty at (706) 353-2700 or (706) 5401529.
Duplexes For Rent $575/mo. Blocks from UGA & Dwntn. 2BR/1BA, water & trash incl., LR w/ FP, kitchen w/ DW, W/D. 167A Elizabeth St. Avail. now. Call Robin, (770) 265-6509. 5 Pts., 2BR/1BA duplex. $625/mo. Beautiful HWflrs., W/D, CHAC, ceiling fans, across street from Memorial Park. No dogs, cats OK. Avail. Sept. 23. Call (706) 2029805. Brick duplex, 2BR/2BA, very clean, all extras. Just 2 mi. to campus on north side Athens. 2 units avail. Pets OK. $500/ mo. + dep. Call Sharon at (706) 201-9093. Eastside duplex for rent. 2BR/1BA, W/D hook-up, lg. lot. $500/mo. Call D.D. at (770) 868-7198. Normaltown duplex near med. school & ARMC. Convenient to everything. 2BR/1BA, water & garbage incl. in rent. Avail. now. $550/mo. Call Mindy, (706) 713-0527.
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1 1 4 A l p i n e Wa y. G re a t house. 4BR/2BA. Close to Beechwood Shopping Center & Alps Rd. School. All appls. Lg. screened back deck. $999/mo. + dep. Cell, (706) 206-3350. 176 Magnolia St. 2BR/1BA house for rent. HWflrs., CHAC, W/D, stove, refrigerator, storage, lawn maint. incl. $800/mo. Avail. now. (804) 678-8003. 235 Alawana Dr. 4BR/2BA house for rent w/ garage. New HWflrs., CHAC, new W/D, stove, fridge, DW. $900/ mo. Avail. now. (706) 4246505. 2BR/1BA “A-Frame” house on Fowler Dr. 2 mi. from campus. Huge loft area, on bus route, total elect., CHAC. $525/mo. $525 dep. (706) 202-0147. 2BR/1BA country cottage off Danielsville Rd. 3.5 mi. from UGA. 3 ac. lot, wood burning stove, $495/mo. $400 dep. (706) 202-0147. 2BR/1BA. Near UGA, LR, DR, den, HWflrs., all appl., fenced yd., garbage p/u, carport, electric A/C, gas heat, no pets. $550/mo. 117 Johnson Dr. Owner/ Agent. Stan, (706) 5435352. 2BR unique mill house. Hear t pine flr. w/ 11 ft. beam ceilings. Sunny LR, new BA, W/D, DW, CHAC. 477 Whitehall. $700/mo. (706) 353-1750, ext. 104. 2BR/1BA close to Dwntn./ UGA. HWflrs, sunny, CHAC, W/D, sec. sys., fenced yd. Great for pets. Mama’s Boy area. $650/mo. Avail. 10/1. Liz, (706) 540-5979.
3BR/2BA house on cul-de-sac for rent. On Eastside off Barnett Shoals Rd. $900/mo. w/ yr. lease. Call (404) 392-8977 to see. 3BR/2BA remodeled house w/ bonus rm. 320 Conrad Dr., DW, W/D, all elect., 1 mi. from Dwntn. Athens. $900/mo. + dep. Avail. now. Contact Brian, (706) 613-7242. 3BR/3BA house, huge LR & kitchen w/ bar area. 1 acre lot! Fenced back yd. Pets welcome! Lawn maint. & W/D incl. $850/mo., $425 dep. Stephanie, (770) 633-8159. 3BR/2BA house. Univ. Cir., 1 mi. from UGA. All appls., W/D, lg. fenced yd., carport. $1100/mo., $800 dep. (404) 983-7063. 3BR/1BA, 140 Airport Rd. on Eastside. Storage shed, back deck & privacy fence. Very spacious, great location. $750/mo. + dep. Pets OK. (706) 254-3450. 3BR/2BA, LR/DR, den, laundry room, garage, nice yd., FP, all elect. appls. Leafy, quiet n’hood. Eastside. 180 Longview. Pets OK. Avail. 11/1. $875/mo. (706) 2860568. 3BR/2BA on Oglethorpe Ave. across from old Navy School. Fenced-in back yd., pet friendly. $890/mo. Call (770) 725-1555 for an appt. 3BR/2BA, $995/mo., Oconee Co., McRee Mill Lane, bonus room. Call (706) 769-5957. 3BR/3BA house Dwntn. Great price! Walk to everything! New HWflrs., extra lg. BRs, covered porch. W/D incl. $1200/mo. Avail. now! A a ro n , ( 7 0 6 ) 2 0 7 - 2 9 5 7 . AtlasRealEstateAdvisors.com. 4BR/4BA house Dwntn. Just reduced! Walk to everything! Stainless, HWflrs., whole house audio, covered porch. W/D incl. $1200/mo. Avail. now. Aaron, (706) 207-2957. AtlasRealEstateAdvisors.com. A lg. studio/workshop comes w/ this spacious 5 Pts. 4BR/3.5BA ranch home in Glenwood. Avail. Oct. 15. $1275/mo. (850) 443-4521. Open house Sun., Oct. 2, 12–4 p.m. Awesome house! 597 Dearing St., 4BR/2BA, $1050/mo. 155 Henry Meyer, 3BR/2.5BA, $1095/mo. 4BR on Whitehall Rd., $750/mo. Call Nancy Flowers & Co. Real Estate, (706) 546-7946. Or visit nancyflowers.com for virtual tours. You will love them! Huge yd., private, fire pit, fenced, have parties, grow a garden. 3BR/2BA, pets OK. W/D conn. $800. (706) 540-2432. I heart Flagpole Classifieds! L e t ’s m a k e a d e a l ! Significantly lower than going rate! 4BR/4BA house at The Retreat. Pristine condition! Call or text me, (706) 3801954.
Nice home, 3BR/2BA, 2 bonus rms./den. HWflrs., carpet, W/D conn., lg. private back yd., near bus line. A must see, call today! (706) 338-9065. Students/family welcome. Residential or commercial: very lg. older home on 1.5 acres, 10 rms., 2 kitchens, 2BAs, lg. porch & deck. On busline. $1200/mo. David, (706) 247-1398. Reduced! 4BR/2BA, 845 W. Hancock, HWflrs., CHAC, avail. now. Pets OK! 4 blocks to Dwntn. $1050/mo. Call (864) 784-3049. Student special! Near bus line. 4BR/2BA, ample parking, fenced yd. w/ storage bldg., $800/mo. + $800 dep. Call Rose, (706) 255-0472, Prudential Blanton Properties.
Houses for Sale 3BR/1BA brick home in Green Acres subdivision. Convenient to shopping, schools, restaurants. Sale price $117,000. (706) 2487338.
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Parking & Storage UGA parking spaces. Across the street from campus, law & library. $25/ mo. 6 mo. minimum. Contact Susan, (706) 354-4261.
Roommates 2BR duplex. Beautiful & fully furnished. 4 mi. from GA Square Mall in Bogart area. Retiree wants roommate to share expenses. $385/mo. covers everything. (678) 8799772.
Sub-lease 1 rm. avail. for sublease on S. Milledge Ave. $300/ mo. Across from UGA & city bus lines. HWflrs., granite countertops, CHAC, DW, W/D & 2 great college roommates! Call (229) 344-4911.
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Miscellaneous Bidders Buy Auction. New & used items, collectables, & antiques. Auctions every Fri. & Sat. 1459 Hargrove Lake Rd. in Winterville. Visit www.biddersbuyauctions. com or call (706) 742-2205 for more info. Go to Agora! Awesome! Affordable! The ultimate store! Specializing in retro everything: antiques, fur niture, clothes, bikes, re c o rd s & p l a y e r s ! 2 6 0 W. Clayton St., (706) 3160130. Instant cash is now being paid for good v i n y l re c o rd s & C D s i n fine condition. Wuxtr y Records, at corner of Clayton & College downtown. (706) 369-9428.
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Instruction Athens School of Music. Instruction in g u i t a r, b a s s , d r u m s , piano, voice, brass, woodwinds, strings, banjo, mandolin, fiddle & m o re . F ro m b e g i n n e r to expert. Instrument repairs avail. Visit www. AthensSchoolofMusic.com, (706) 543-5800.
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E a d y C u s t o m Finishing offers everything from basic instrument set-ups & fret work to full restorations. Experience incl. working for Gibson Custom Shop. Appointment only. ( 6 1 5 ) 7 1 4 - 9 7 2 2 . w w w. eadycustomfinishing. com. Fret Shop. Professional guitar repairs & modifications, setups, electronics, precision fretwork. Previous clients incl. R.E.M., Widespread P a n i c , C r a c k e r, B o b Mould, John Berry, Abbey Road Live!, Squat. (706) 549-1567. Kitchen Table Stereo serving Athens since 1989. Member of Musical I n s t r u m e n t Te c h n i c i a n s ’ Assoc. Guitar amp re p a i r, k e y b o a rd re p a i r, sound system service & i n s t a l l a t i o n . Wa r r a n t y service Kawai, Kustom, P e a v e y, U S M u s i c , Ya m a h a . C o n t a c t R o g e r, (706) 355-3071. Wedding bands. Q u a l i t y, p r o f e s s i o n a l bands. Weddings, parties. Rock, jazz, etc. Call Classic City Entertainment. ( 7 0 6 ) 5 4 9 - 1 5 6 7 . w w w. classiccityenter tainment. com. Featuring The Magictones - Athens’ premiere wedding & p a r t y b a n d . w w w. themagictones.com.
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Misc. Services New talent at Rage Hair Studio! Offering full services at 1/2 price under the supervision of a senior stylist. Call (706) 548-8178 & ask for Karly!
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some 5,500 air miles from 1570 cast sheets and dates of the encore showings Lexington Rd. in Athens to the are also posted on the Met website. ancient Greek theatre in Taormina, “These Met Live broadcasts are not just on the Mediterranean island of Sicily. entertainment for us,” said Farley Richmond, But mid-afternoon on a scorching August UGA drama department professor, “they’re afternoon, a few dozen Athens opera fans took educational. Our graduate students have the their seats at the Carmike Cinema to watch opportunity to see top-class performances and a live performance of the classic Verdi opera get ideas. These spectacular programs have Nabucco. It was 9:30 p.m. in Taormina, six been beneficial to students and push them to hours earlier in Athens. broaden their horizons. It’s a window into a The setting couldn’t have been more specspecial world, and that’s what we value.” tacular. The Teatro Antico sits on a hill overNCM Fathom Events, which brings the looking the resort town below, the bay and Met opera performances to Beechwood, also Ionian seacoast and majestic snow-capped has a popular culture series, which includes Mount Etna in the horizon. It’s a breathtaking such acts as Rifftrax (of the old “Mystery panorama and a perfect setting for an opera Science Theater 3000” TV series), Eric Clapton first performed in 1842. and Wynton Marsalis playing the blues, the “There was an immediacy to the presentaRed Hot Chili Peppers and Black Eyed Peas tion, with the lit-up port in the background in concert. In Atlanta, they also present a and the moon above,” observed Milton Shakespeare series broadcast live from the Leathers, a local opera fan. “One thing that Globe Theatre in London. made me feel I was there was they kept the cameras going during intermission when the lights in the theatre came up. People there were milling about and chatting in real time, just as they were in Athens. It made me wonder what Verdi would have thought of all the technology.” This live broadcast via satellite is part of the Opera in Cinema series that Carmike is bringing to the Classic City. The new season includes four chestnuts: The Teatro Antico in Taormina during the broadcast of Nabucco. • Gounod’s Faust, live from London’s Royal Opera House on Ciné, the local art house on Hancock Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 2 p.m. EST. Street, has been bringing world cinema to • Mozart’s Don Giovanni, live from Teatro Athens since its opening in April 2007. Similar alla Scala in Milan, Wednesday, Dec. 7, at to its European counterparts, Ciné programs noon EST, opening night of the new season a broad spectrum of films from a variety of • Puccini’s La Boheme, live from Gran cultures and countries. These films, by their Theatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Tuesday, Mar. nature, are subtitled. “Subtitles are still a 13. factor for some moviegoers,” said Richard • Verdi’s Rigoletto, live from the Royal Neupert, a UGA professor of film and Arthaus Opera House in London, Tuesday, Apr. 17. board member, “but not for those raised on art In addition to the opera series, Carmike is films or those who are familiar with them from also bringing world-class ballet performances seeing foreign films on television.” to the screen, including five works from the “Ciné’s philosophy is to bring quality films Bolshoi in Moscow and three programs from to Athens, no matter where they came from,” London’s Royal Ballet. The first ballet, the Neupert said. “From the outset, Ciné has been Bolshoi’s Esmeralda, will be broadcast live on pushing international films. It’s sponsored a Sunday, Oct. 9. The schedule of all ballets in number of festivals, including a German, Latin the series is at www.balletincinema.com. American, Jewish and French film series. We’re In its sixth season, New York’s Metropolitan also sponsoring a Directors’ Spotlight series, Opera will again broadcast 11 opera perforbeginning with Werner Fassbinder and, later, mances to screens around the world, includLars von Trier. This year we are also bringing ing Beechwood Cinema in Athens. Those in a film from The Congo.” live shows are broadcast on Saturday afterFinally, for all its riches in global culture, noons, beginning with a new production of Athens is missing out on a world-class theDonizetti’s Anna Bolena on Oct. 15 at 12:55 atre series that is being broadcast live into p.m. Encore showings are Wednesday evenings cinemas around the world from the esteemed a couple of weeks later. National Theatre in London. That theatre In addition to its big-screen presence, series, now in its third season, is being picked close-ups and powerful digital sound, The up by only one venue in Georgia: the Douglass Met: Live in HD series includes interviews with Theatre in Macon. In its first two seasons, the principals and fascinating behind-theI managed to see four of the new plays and scenes features during the long (20 minutes) found them quite heady and engaging fare. intermissions. The new season began with One Man, Two This year’s slate of operas includes two of Guvnors, which is based on Carlo Goldoni’s Wagner’s fabled Ring series—Siegfried on Nov. Servant of Two Masters, broadcast live on Sept. 5 and Gotterdammerung on Feb. 11—and the 15. The Kitchen, a 1950s workplace drama, Philip Glass visual extravaganza Satyagraha on follows on Oct. 6. The complete list of theatre Nov. 19. Seven of the works this year are new broadcasts is at www.ntlive.com. productions. The complete schedule is available online at www.metoperafamily.org. The John W. English
everyday people Evan Leavitt, Library Assistant Although the economic downturn has forced many people to choose between their passions and their paychecks, Evan Leavitt strives to pursue both. Once a full-time archeologist, he currently does freelance work producing graphics for museums and archeological firms while working part-time at the Athens-Clarke County Library. He also pursues his interests in history and art through photography. He says making his own schedule is challenging, and while he would like the security of full-time work, he is glad to have time to devote to photography. He even met his wife through the photo management website Flickr. Flagpole: You have several occupations. What is a typical day like for you? Evan Leavitt: I work at the library almost every day, and then, in my free time, I do photography… I take a lot of photos, so I spend a lot of time editing my photos. And then,
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course and liked it and just took more and more, and kind of decided on archeology as what I wanted to do—not really knowing how archeology was. College doesn’t always prepare you for the way things really are. But it’s a fun job, and it’s the kind of job you only do if you really love it, because it doesn’t pay great and it’s manual labor. But if you have a passion for history, then it’s the best job ever.
FP: What did you dig up? EL: We did a dig in Yorktown, which was really cool. They actually made the national news with that site. They were tearing down a restaurant and building a parking deck, and we uncovered some human burials from the Revolutionary War, and we found a horse burial, which was really interesting because during the Siege of Yorktown, the British collected the horses from the surrounding area to keep the rebels from having use of them. But they didn’t have enough feed and fodder for them, so they killed about 500 horses, and they threw them in the river, but they washed all back up on shore. So, they were decomposing, and it was a big mess. This was the first horse burial that was ever uncovered. It was interesting because no historical record really told how they executed the horses—if they shot them or hit them or what. This one had a skull that was caved in, so we know it was hit in the head by something, so that kind of answered a question that was unanswered before. FP: Did you ever find the work tedious? EL: It can be. When you’re involved with something—when you’re digging up something—you’re so engrossed with it that you don’t really pay attention to how slow you’re going, or how much time it’s taking. But there’s a lot with the job that people don’t think of, like when it rains. You know, our site’s buried in water, and you’ll spend two hours just bailing water. So, there’s lots of annoying aspects about the job that people probably don’t think about: the bugs, the snakes, the heat, the snow. We’re out in it all year long no matter what.
when I have the work, I do the computer graphics for archeological firms and museums. It’s not as frequent as it used to be, unfortunately, because of the economy, but I still have some every now and then from them. FP: What do you do at the library? EL: I work in circulation, so I help all the patrons find what they need, check them out, check them in. FP: How long have you been working there? EL: A little over a year. FP: Had you been working for the archeological firms before that? EL: Yeah, mostly. I moved back down here in 2007. After college, I moved up to Virginia… I went to Georgia Southern. And I did archeology in Virginia for five years or so, and then moved back down here, and I just worked from home doing the graphics for three years steady, and then the economy tanked, and my clients’ work dried up, so mine dried up. So, I started looking for a part-time job, and that’s when I started working at the library. FP: How did you get into archeology? EL: Well, I’ve always been interested in history my entire life. And I kind of went to college and didn’t know what I wanted to do, and I kind of fell into it. I took an anthropology
FP: So, is your interest in archeology related to your interest in photography? EL: Somewhat. I’ve always been interested in photography. As a kid, I would go out with my dad when he took pictures. In college, I played around with it some. It wasn’t really until I moved back here that I got back into it. Working from home, I have free time. I can make my own schedule, so it really gave me the opportunity to get out. I started driving around the area. Loving history, I’ve always been interested in the rural South and the historical structures that are still standing, and I would just get out and start driving around looking for them and photographing them. And it’s just kind of evolved from there… So much of it is disappearing really quickly, and I’m trying to document it before it’s all gone. I don’t like to strictly document it; I like to do it in an artistic way so it’s not just a photo. I like to convey some sort of emotion with photography that I feel is underlying in these places, because these places do each have their own personality. You know, you don’t know the stories they could tell if they could—if it’s romance, comedy, tragedy. There are so many stored memories in these places, and they really have an atmosphere to them that amazes me, and it’s really fun to spend some time with each one and see what I see in it and try to capture what I feel. FP: You mentioned that your wife is a photographer, too. Do you bounce ideas off each other? EL: We do bounce ideas off each other. It’s funny. We met because of photography. I’m on Flickr, and we’re both on Flickr, and that’s how we met. It’s wonderful being with another photographer because if you’re not a photographer, it’s kind of hard to understand a photographer. So, it’s great to have that understanding and that interest that we share, because we love to just get out there and ride the back roads with the windows down, and it’s a lot of fun.
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