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Being on their mailing list, I accepted the notice of the Clarke County Republicans’ Christmas party as an invitation and dropped by their gathering at Casa Mia Thursday night. Casa Mia laid out a great spread of food, and Republican friends such as Regina Quick and Chairman Matt Brewster were warmly welcoming. I elicited a “Merry Christmas” from longtime foe John Elliott and shook hands with newly minted Republican Rep. Doug McKillip. I had a nice chat with Rep. Chuck Williams, and we were each surprised to find out we were talking with a rather likable guy not at all what we had previously pictured. That’s what parties can accomplish. Newt was there, too.




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We Three Keanes . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Daddy Sang Bass (And the Twins Joined Right In) (l-r) Matt Brewster, the editor, Newt “Gingrinch” and Chuck Williams hang out near the baños. Unfortunately for further political visiting, I had to run down to the other end of the block to catch the tail end of the opening of Vernon Thornsberry’s exhibit of his stunning new paintings at ARTini’s (up through January). When you talk about the art and music and writing and service-industry work that make our Athens what it is, our own New Orleans transplant, “Thornsberry·J Vernon,” can serve as the archetype of the scene. He is multi-talented, hard-working and unassuming—loving the people and the life that surround him.

Woof, Woof: The Book Okay, the bottom line is, if you’re looking for a gift for a Bulldog fan, look no further than the new, revised tribute to those quintessential bulldogs—Uga. Damn Good Dogs!, revised and updated through the death of Uga VIII, is written by Terry Magazine editor Kent Hannon and Savannah attorney and keeper of the Ugas Sonny Seiler. Even if you can’t say the same for its subject, this is a beautifully designed (Anne Richmond Boston) and produced book (University of Georgia Press)—a big, hardbound tome on glossy paper in full color with over 500 photographs, all for $34.95. (Available at Avid Bookshop, 493 Prince Ave.) So, you’ve certainly got to call it a bargain, and one that will be welcomed by anybody interested in UGA football. It’s mostly about the UGA mascots, of course, and the Seiler family, who have been so generous with their time and resources during the last half-century or so, but there’s also a lot of stuff about Georgia football, its coaches, players, games, fans, etc. through the years. It’s sad to be reminded that the latest Ugas have been cut down by early illness, and it’s a little bit shocking to see how much leaner the early dogs were, compared to the stockiness of the recent iterations. This book, though, makes you realize why our unlikely mascot has become such an icon. Damn Good Dogs! also reminds you that, when he is not on duty, Uga is the family pet of the Seiler family and just happens, like them, to be ready to throw on his G-sweater and take off for Georgia games in the fall.

Occupy, Virtually It is unfortunate that the Occupy Athens movement decamped from the vicinity of the Arch after having their tents slashed and their money stolen—and their permit set to expire in a week. They have made their presence felt here in Athens, and it remains to be seen what they will do next with an abbreviated schedule of appearances at the Arch. Pete McCommons

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Now We Get It: In announcing the sale of the building that houses the Athens BannerHerald last week, the paper’s parent company, Morris Publishing, pulled one of its patented moves: printing a pseudo-objective press release about its own activities as though it were a news story, complete with an unattributed but highly subjective characterization of the ABH’s recent transition to a “digital first” model. Morris didn’t even bother to include a byline (or not to include a final “about Morris Publishing” paragraph directing readers to its Web address “for more information”). A version of the same “article” ran in the Augusta Chronicle, with no mention of the fact that Morris owns that paper, too.

alleged expenditure of $250,000 has afforded it “vested rights” to proceed with the development as planned seems far from settled. The question of whether or not county officials have given assurances that building permits will be issued is wide open to interpretation, as Blake Aued’s Dec. 11 ABH article, “Could downtown zoning change stop Walmart?” (and earlier Flagpole coverage) made clear. Even so, the vested rights angle may not be the best one to pursue in terms of limiting the scope of the development: lacking Mayor Nancy Denson’s support, ACC commissioners would have to muster a 7–3 majority just to get a rezoning of the area on the agenda, and likely have to defend it in a lawsuit if it passed. Anyway, Selig has other serious hurdles to clear before its deal is truly “done.” The results of a study on the probable traffic impacts of the project on surrounding streets, and of the prospects for sufficiently ameliorating them, will be critical to determining whether a 100,000-squarefoot Walmart is an acceptable use of the property. It’s likely that even a study paid for by the developer itself, No, it’s not being torn down; they’re just working on the sidewalk. But and needing approval only One Press Place, home of the Athens Banner-Herald, has been sold by its from the business-friendly parent company, Morris Publishing Group. The paper will continue to rent GDOT, will be hard-pressed office space in the building. to find that the Oconee corridor, which faces serious It’s nice when Morris reminds us who they obstacles to widening both to the immediate are by abandoning even the pretense of east and west of the A&D site, could be made journalistic integrity. And if we didn’t trust to handle the kind of increased traffic the prothe integrity of the ABH’s local staff, it would posed “supercenter” would bring. be tempting to speculate as to whether the And then, there’s the fact that the develpaper’s coverage of recent proposed developopment’s proposed layout would make an ments on land just outside the windows of extension of Hickory Street southwest to One Press Place had been shaped in any way Oconee and Fulton streets impossible to by the company’s own real estate interests. achieve, ever—despite its inclusion on ACC’s The Banner-Herald’s dogged skepticism of the Transportation Corridor Concept Map, which public-private Blue Heron initiative and open the M&C updated with a July 2010 vote. That’s accommodation of Selig Enterprises’ PR camnot a trivial detail; the map reflects a carefully paign for its Walmart development indicate considered plan to create a direct connection a clear bias in favor of unfettered private between the multi-modal transportation center profitmaking. That influential coverage cerand the UGA campus, and all new development tainly couldn’t have hurt the parent company’s is supposed to accommodate it. A variance efforts to unload its albatross of a building, from the map would have to go before the but was that its motivation? We sincerely ACC Hearings Board—along with a request hope not, but Morris gives us no reason not to for exemption from “minimum facade window wonder. requirements” on one of the parking decks, according to a Nov. 17 ABH article, which may Speaking of Selig: The public discourse surnot be as “minor” as it’s characterized by a rounding the proposed mixed-use developSelig official in the article. ment on the Armstrong & Dobbs property at The bottom line is that the developer of the edge of downtown has been marked by this immense project—which, it needs to be the repeated claim by Selig and its supportnoted, can be a wonderful thing for downers (including the editorial page of the ABH) town and Athens in general—is still accountthat the project, despite the absence of any able to the standards of this community. We plans having been submitted for the site, need to remember that, no matter how hard is fully in compliance with ACC zoning and Selig and its proxies try to make us forget. planning code. That claim, stated as a simple fact, has been an incredibly effective propaSpeaking of Community Priorities: The local ganda tool for Selig, as it casts any arguments education initiative Whatever It Takes against the specifics of the project as DOA: released its Athens Community Plan for “You don’t like it? Too bad, because it’s in full Children Dec. 12, after this issue’s press time. compliance with the law and no one has the The plan, produced over a year of study and power to demand it be changed.” The further planning, is available for download at www. implication is that anyone who objects to and Printed any aspect of the plan is an out-of-touch crycopies will be distributed throughout the combaby who wants to change the rules after the munity, or can be obtained directly from WIT game’s already been played. by calling (706) 372-6762. But evidence continues to mount that the claim is false. The issue of whether Selig’s Dave Marr



This time a year ago, Georgia’s political leadership was on fire to push through a sweeping revision of the state’s creaky tax code. The cries were heard in the Capitol hallways: “Broaden the tax base! Flatten the tax rates! Cut income taxes for everybody!” The tax reform campaign appeared to be an unstoppable juggernaut that would roll through the General Assembly and drop a bright, shiny bill on the desk of Gov. Nathan Deal for his signature. The only problem was, reality intervened. A major part of the tax revision proposal involved the elimination of most of the tax breaks and exemptions that had been granted over the years to various businesses and special interest groups. Corporate lobbyists quickly made it clear that they weren’t going to sit still and allow that to happen. It also turned out that facts are stubborn things. The academic consultants and economists who analyzed the tax proposal pointed out that lowering income tax rates for businesses, which was the primary goal of the leadership, would make it necessary to raise taxes on everyone else to comply with the constitutional requirement that the Legislature adopt a balanced budget. Legislative leaders kept demanding that the analysts run the numbers again until they came up with a more favorable outcome, but no matter how many times you add it up, you cannot make two plus two equal five. In the end, the tax revision bill was yanked from the table by House leaders before it ever went to the rank-and-file members for a vote. House Speaker David Ralston promised that lawmakers would make another attempt to revamp the tax system. The first indications of that new campaign surfaced last week in a legislative committee meeting. Sen. Bill Heath (R-Bremen) proposed eliminating the sales tax on energy used in manufacturing

and agriculture, increasing the state sales tax to 5 percent, restoring the state sales tax on groceries that was removed in the 1990s, and increasing the tobacco tax from 37 cents per pack of cigarettes to $1.37 a pack. The revenues raised from the sales and excise tax increases would make it possible to lower the income tax rate from 6 percent to 3.7 percent, Heath estimated. Senate President Pro Tem Tommie Williams (R-Lyons) was especially supportive of the idea of restoring the sales tax on groceries, calling the elimination of that tax “one of the biggest mistakes” of former governor Zell Miller’s administration. With the leadership of one legislative chamber ready to move forward, you’d think that tax revision was a certainty. That turned out not to be the case, however. One of Deal’s spokesmen said the governor would not support tax increases on groceries or cigarettes. The House Republican leadership also seemed a little reluctant to start mixing it up on the tax issue along the lines proposed by their Senate colleagues. “I’m very leery of this economy we’re in now, particularly the world situation,” said House Majority Leader Larry O’Neal (R-Bonaire). “If you couple a big change in tax policy with what could happen in Europe… on a short-term basis, that might put too much pressure on small businesses.” Because of the recent reapportionment process, many legislators will be running for reelection in redrawn districts that include new voters. I don’t think they relish the idea of explaining to these new constituents why they voted to put a 4 percent state sales tax on the food they buy. For all those reasons, you can assume that revising the state’s tax laws will remain a project that is set aside for others to take up at some point in the future. Tom Crawford

city pages resists adding amenities like trees and pedestrian crossings that may slow traffic), ACC should consider taking over control from the state and paying the maintenance costs itself, the study suggests. Prominent in the public comments were traffic concerns (“a huge issue at this choke Public comments have fairly poured in point crossing the Oconee River”) and antipato county planners about the future of two thy to the proposed big-box “anchor” for the Athens streets, Prince Avenue and Oconee/ Selig development: “Suddenly I may as well Oak streets (which runs from downtown to the live in Buford,” one citizen wrote. “I have bypass, where it becomes Lexington Road). seen many [earlier] failures in downtown, Drafts of the two “corridor” studies were comand this large out-of-scale chain reeks with pleted by county planners in October, shortly disaster,” commented another. Still another before Selig Enterprises announced its plans doubted that a “massive-scale big box develfor a controversial new retail/apartment devel- opment” like Selig’s “can be located at the opment along Oconee Street. heart of town without overwhelming the infraEach street study is over 50 pages long. structure, even if it is massively upgraded.” Aside from the usual demographics and plan“This corridor is dangerous to cross, and ning boilerplate (“Sustainable development cars are known to speed through red lights,” should achieve a balance that satisfies the a commenter wrote. “As for quality of life, it community’s housing, recreational, educaconcerns me that bus stops often don’t have tional, commercial, and industrial needs”), at minimum a place to sit.” Said another, some specific recommendations are included. “a bike and pedestrian path connecting Oak Both studies are available on the AthensStreet with East Campus would help a lot.” Clarke County website, and “When I first moved public comments will be into this area, I was able “This is a neighborhood accepted at least through to walk to campus by cutJan. 5. street and should not be ting through the cemetery. The Oak/Oconee study Why is that no longer postreated as a speedway.” sible for the general pubsuggests wider sidewalks, trees and retaining walls, lic?” asked another. (The as “likely development” will extend eastward report suggested approaching the cemetery’s from downtown. Connections to nearby Dudley owners about dealing with security concerns Park and the Greenway should be better and making that “remarkable greenspace marked, and a wider bridge across the Oconee asset” more accessible.) There were also conRiver is needed to accommodate bicycles and cerns about crime: “I have had my cars broken sidewalks. County parking requirements should into three times in the last four months.” be relaxed, encouraging more on-street parkACC Transportation and Public Works ing and fewer large lots (although parking lots Director David Clark was noncommittal about “are not typically driven by zoning minimums the impact of the Selig development on trafbut rather by private prerogatives”). fic. Clark told Flagpole there’s been no count Denser housing development would support of traffic on the Oconee Street hill—but Selig more neighborhood businesses (and justify must submit a traffic impact study that will more frequent bus service), the study says, include that information. Clark’s department but airport noise presents conflicts. Because will then evaluate and comment on Selig’s the corridor is a state-maintained highway traffic study, but because Oconee Street is (and the Georgia Department of Transportation a state-maintained highway, it is GDOT that

Prince, Oak/Oconee Corridor Studies Get Plenty of Feedback

must approve or reject it. Typically, Clark said, a developer will propose to “mitigate” traffic problems, perhaps by paying for wider traffic lanes or adding a stoplight. Like the Oak/Oconee study, the county’s Prince Avenue Corridor Study draws on earlier studies and public comments (including the 2004 “Community Approach to Planning Prince Avenue”), plus a couple of UGA landscape architecture projects. Its recommendations are mostly general (and similar to those for Oak/Oconee): consider taking over local control from GDOT; tweak zoning and encourage denser residential development; “accommodate” bicycles and relax county parking requirements; conduct a traffic circulation study and make a master, block-by-block streetscape plan (neither was done for either study). Citizens who commented liked the trees and walkable shopping areas along Prince. But

fast traffic was the overwhelming concern: “People drive too fast, never signal when they switch lanes and are completely oblivious to pedestrians and bikers,” wrote one commenter. “This is a neighborhood street and should not be treated as a speedway,” added a business owner. The solution, some suggested: a center median or reducing Prince to three lanes, a controversial proposal which could be implemented only if the county were to take over Prince between downtown and Milledge. “Policing and high-tech crosswalks only have limited impact,” one commenter suggested, and added that three-laning “has improved Milledge, Lumpkin, and Baxter for all users.” Some commenters also feared “outof-scale” development of office or “monster medical” buildings, and criticized “fast-food architecture.” John Huie

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everywhere else, USA—Athens has a warm and inviting feel to it and the downtown is the heart of it all.” • “The atmosphere. There are so many different personalities, but it all blends together so well on those streets. Strolling through the area, picking up a coffee, and browsing all the unique, independent shops is so great on a weekend afternoon.” • “The local flavor.” • “Local color, vibrant small town feel, safety, unique shops.” • “The small town familiarity.” • “The local flavor. The historical appearance. The music, food, and art.” • “The uniqueness of the town itself. There is no other place in the South that has as much character and rich culture as downtown Athens. This can only be attributed to the small businesses and the customers that keep them going.” • “Its funky, local vibe.”

I’d like to thank all of the 3,000 folks who have taken big name big box store will simply detract from the charm and the survey I helped create about downtown Athens. I’ll be grace that Athens exudes.” the first to admit that that survey, developed with help from • “I have fallen in love with Athens and its vibrant downAmy Johnson and Katie Goodrum, isn’t a perfect one. It was town. I have now purchased a home in Athens and I hope to deployed online, which carries certain limitations, and the retire here soon. If I’d heard about the sterile Walmart develaudience it reached is a somewhat self-selecting group, as opment, I’m not sure we’d have purchased this home!” are online commenters on daily paper websites, or forums, or • “While I am not a current resident of Athens. I grew up blogs. However, the intent of the survey wasn’t to produce a there, I own property there and I am a frequent visitor. The perfect set of statistics, but to start an informed conversacharm of Athens has always been in its ability to produce tion about what Athens is and could be, and to give a voice local talents whether in art, music or even football. We have to the community that Selig—the Atlanta firm seeking to a Walmart in my town and we fought against it and lost. It Equally unequivocal were elements that were liked least: anchor a mixed-use development on the Armstrong & Dobbs property with a 100,000-square-foot • “The smells that emanate from the college Walmart—has so intentionally and successfully bars on Sunday morning.” disenfranchised. • “The increasing number of chain restaurants With those caveats out of the way, here’s and businesses (Pita Pit, Starbucks, etc).” some of what we learned. For one, the volume • “Smell of bars being washed out. Amount of of responses was impressive: again, some 3,000 panhandlers.” in a week’s time. Interestingly, 65 percent of • “To be honest, the chain businesses. I grew respondents were female. Eighty percent of those up in a bigger city with so many chain stores. surveyed said they visit downtown at least once a Having lived in Athens for five years now, the week, and so are likely to have a fairly informed privately owned businesses downtown are what take on downtown’s strengths and weaknesses, the make Athens something special and original.” opportunities and potential pitfalls. • “Traffic.” “Parking.” “Traffic and parking!” Eighty percent, or approximately 2,400 of the • “The number of bars and the resulting respondents, were Athens-Clarke County residents. smells.” Attempts to downplay the People for a Better • “The filth and muck. Also—panhandlers Athens petition have focused on the fact that 40 scare away potential paying customers.” percent of the signers are from out of town, sug• ”Dirty sidewalks.” gesting that those folks, combined with a couple of fake names, invalidate the signatures of 10,000 Other interesting results: When asked whether Athenians (about one in 10 local residents!). they would “support a new county ordinance Supporters of the project, whom I’ll call People that limits the square footage of retail stores for a Downtown Walmart, don’t seem to have any in the Downtown area to exclude ‘big-box’-sized signatures collected, and haven’t held any meetstores,” 88 percent of respondents said yes ings open to the public, though project supporters Is “quirky” giving way to “corporate” in downtown Athens? Will tourists and conventioneers keep comand 7 percent said no. That backs up findings ing if local businesses give way to chains in the downtown? Mayor Nancy Denson and Chamber of Commerce from the ACC Planning Department in its recent President Doc Eldridge, among others, did take an Oak-Oconee Corridor Study. Eighty-two percent illegal one that helped to facilitate the project. agreed to a smaller square footage and 10 years later it is of respondents would prefer a grocery store smaller than the Of course, the perspective of out-of-towners shouldn’t be now expanding to a supercenter. Local businesses have been current Alps Road Kroger for downtown. Perhaps commissioncounted out. Tourism is an important part of our local econnegatively impacted and the landscape has suffered. Walmart ers should listen to the people on that one. omy, as evidenced by the substantial investment we’re making is not a neighborhood store. It is a big box store. People shop Athens’ favorite downtown building? The Georgia Theatre in the expansion of our Classic Center. If those out-of-town there and they do not go to other stores. [With] all the hiswas the most consistently chosen. It’s an interesting comfolks are saying that a Walmart will make them less likely to toric preservation that has occurred in Athens surrounding the parison, too, given that Selig is proposing the exact opposite visit, we ought to give that a closer look. Here’s what they’re downtown area, it would be a shame to lose its center to big approach from the one taken by the Theatre’s owner, Wilmot saying: box wholesalers.” Greene, after it burned. Rather than razing a building that was in much worse shape than the National Register struc• “Athens is known as a distinctive town, but there still is When asked what they liked most about downtown tures on the Armstrong & Dobbs property, he chose to take not as much tourism as there should be—as there is in other Athens, residents and visitors were nearly unanimous: a risk and do something special. The result is broad comSouthern towns known to be distinctive. Putting a Walmart munity support and national recognition. If Selig followed downtown could ruin any chance of us ever establishing a • “Unique, small businesses!” the Georgia Theatre’s example, a renovated Dixie Canner or tourism-drawing charm.” • “The vibe and eclectic, unique group of shops, restaurants Jittery Joe’s Roaster could top the list for Favorite Building • “Although I never lived in Athens, I have visited often and businesses.” in Athens in a couple of years. and enjoy the small-town atmosphere. I go to Athens to get • “The charming variety of independent small busiaway from Corporate America—putting in a Walmart or other nesses that makes Athens downtown very distinct and unlike Kevan Williams

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miscellany Get Your ATH Together Carol of the Bells and Glitches: “Unsilent Night,” an original electronic composition written by experimental artist Phil Kline, takes the form of a street promenade during which marchers simultaneously serve as the performers and the audience. Each participant receives one of four corresponding tracks to play on his or her own boombox or other amplifier, and is instructed to hit “play” at exactly the same time. The parade functions as a drifting cloud of sound allowing each participant to hear a unique version as they walk through the streets, depending on their movements within the group and their proximity to nearby buildings’ reverberating sounds. “Unsilent Night” is Kline’s most famous mobile sound sculpture project, having first debuted in Greenwich Village in 1992 and since spreading across the globe as an annual winter

pieces each artist can submit. Entries will be viewable to the public online up until the Feb. 1 deadline, after which, a panel of judges will grant up to 24 winners a $500 prize and publish their works in a multimedia book. A three-film series will also be presented in conjunction with the Kress Project. The series will kick off on Thursday, Jan. 12 with Caravaggio (1986), a fictionalized look at the life of the Italian Baroque painter. The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965) on Thursday, Jan. 19, focuses on Michelangelo Buonarotti’s tenuous relationship with his patron, Pope Julius II, as he paints the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. The third and final installment on Thursday, Jan. 26 features The Flowers of St. Francis (1950), a neorealist film recently remastered by the Criterion Collection that depicts several distinct vignettes of the life and work of St. Francis, an Italian Catholic friar known as the patron saint of animals and the first person to bear the stigmata. All films are free and begin at 7 p.m. For more information on how to submit entries and to view the Kress Collection online, visit www. kressproject.

For Santa’s Little Helpers: Join St. Nick for breakfast on Saturday, Dec. 17 at Memorial Park, before he embarks on his journey around the world to deliver presents. Breakfast is $5 per person and offered at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Call (706) 613-3580 to register. If you’re The GMOA’s Kress Project is currently holding an international call for works instill hungry, help spired by the museum’s Italian Renaissance paintings. the Grinch’s heart grow from two sizes too small by joining tradition. The parade will take a 45-minute him for a second pancake breakfast at the stroll around downtown on Friday, Dec. 23, Rocksprings Community Center later that beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Little Kings Shuffle morning, from 10 a.m.–noon. Breakfast is Club. To participate, simply bring your own $3 and can be registered for by calling (706) boombox, phone or other mp3 player. If you’d 613-3603. Children and their parents are also like to help out with cassette duplication or invited for story telling, live music, animal can lend a few boomboxes, contact organizer encounters and photo opportunities among Mark Mobley at For the illuminated decorations at the Memorial more information on “Unsilent Night,” check Park Bear Hollow Zoo’s holiday lights display, out appropriately named “Deck the Hollow.” The m Pick Up the Paintbrush: In celebration of program is $3 per person and free for children the 50th anniversary of the Samuel H. Kress two or younger, and offered nightly, 5:30–7:30 Study Collection, the Georgia Museum of p.m., through Sunday, Dec. 18. Other upcomArt has organized a two-year initiative called ing holiday-themed events for children include The Kress Project to enlarge and diversify a free Santa’s Workshop session at the East the museum’s audience through the exploraAthens Community Center on Wednesday, tion of new ways of interpreting the collecDec. 14 from 5–6 p.m., a free Youth tion’s works. The Kress Project is currently Christmas Party at Lay Park on Tuesday, Dec. holding an international call for entries to 20 from 6–8 p.m. and a $2 Kids’ Yuletide solicit responses inspired by the 12 Italian Bash at Rocksprings Community Center on Renaissance paintings in the museum’s collecWednesday, Dec. 21 from 4:30–6 p.m. Check tion. Submissions can take virtually any form, out for including visual art, poems and essays, fashion more details. design, music composition, recipes and choreography, and there is no limit to how many Jessica Smith

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collection of Gonzo: Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone: The Essential Writing of Hunter S. Thompson (Simon & Schuster, 2011). Editor and Stone founder Jann Wenner has compiled every article Thompson did for the magazine, and the result is a fascinating look at Thompson’s evolution as a writer and as a burgeoning celebrity and counterculture hero. It also clears up some of the myths surrounding Thompson and Wenner’s oftcontentious relationship, by way of neverbefore-published correspondences between the two men, and is an excellent lesson for would-be journalists on how the writer/editor partnership should work. The book is also, and perhaps most importantly, a study of the way American politics has changed and yet stayed depressingly the same. While there are other crucial pieces in the book, most notably Thompson’s powerful and groundbreaking piece on the murder of Chicano journalist Ruben Salazar by L.A. riot police, Hunter’s bread-and-butter was political reporting from the trenches, from his early coverage of the Freak Power Party’s attempt to get the vote in Aspen, CO to his final work on the 2004 presidential race. In between are all the pieces Thompson wrote in his most productive and most crazed period, the campaign and reelection of Richard Nixon in 1972. Most of that work can be found in Thompson’s book Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72, but there’s something to be said for reading the articles that spawned the book; there is a greater sense of the immediacy and urgency of Thompson’s grueling work to get the story in and on time, and of Wenner and company’s efforts to hammer it into shape. One gets the nagging impression that Wenner’s motivations for releasing this book are not entirely simon-pure. The Stone of today is by no means the Stone of yesteryear, and while there is still some vital reporting coming from the magazine, for the most part, competition and entropy have turned it into a glossy and ephemeral parody of itself. Rolling Stone’s edge has dulled, and the magazine is now as Establishment as they come—one finds harder-hitting work in The Atlantic Monthly—but once upon a time, Wenner reminds us, his magazine had the meanest and most tenacious of all attack dogs in its kennel. Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone is a must-have for fans of Thompson and students of journalism as it has been and should be practiced. Young writers should know the work of Hunter S. Thompson, and if they find themselves inspired to go rake some muck of their own, so much the better. Just don’t call Thompson an “influence”—you’ll never live up to that.


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Earlier in my journalistic career, I worked in a town where, on Christmas Eve, someone would go up in a helicopter and pull a sleigh and eight tiny reindeer across the county. Until I realized this was happening, I thought people were insane to call the newspaper, asking what time Santa would be flying over their houses. I mean, isn’t that what the NORAD website is for? (see But both the helicopter Santa Claus and NORAD are all too real (did you know, smartphone users, you can track The Fat Man on your phone, too? Yes, there’s an app for that). As are my lies to my daughter, each year getting progressively more complex as I try to explain why a man comes into our house to give us things. In some places, the taking of the cookies and milk would at least count as a misdemeanor, not to mention the breaking and entering charge. So, why do we put on this elaborate display for our kids? I’m sure there’s a bit of nostalgia. For exactly what, though, I haven’t been able to figure out. My Christmas memories are more wrapped up in trips with the family or

leisure for more information on registration and prices). And of course, there’s the mall. At the various holiday events, you’re never quite sure what, um, “quality” of Santa you’ll get— always nice, but sometimes younger or less bearded than one might expect. But when you visit The Fat Man at the mall, he’s usually gone through some kind of Santa school and has a real beard. Cherry Hill Photo, the company that provides the Santa service at Georgia Square Mall, actually specializes in assembling an army of “naturally bearded Santas” for malls across the country. For a jolly laugh, check out www.santaclausschool. com, which has been teaching the how-tos of ho-ho-hos since 1937. It even has a dean! I’ve met these Santa types in the off season, and they are some hard-core Santas. One in particular drives around with a sign on his truck offering reindeer boarding. At Georgia Square, Santa will be set up until 6 p.m. Christmas Eve. Be warned that even if you intend simply to visit and have your child sit on his knee, you’ll probably end up buying a $30 picture because it’s so darn cute. Kristen Morales

Here’s a tip for anyone entering the creative field—artists, musicians, writers (especially writers)—never play the “influences” game. When someone asks you who your “influences” are, what he or she is really asking is: “Whom are you ripping off?” On the other side of it, claiming your influences implies that your work contains enough creative DNA that you could claim at least kinship, if not equivalent brilliance, with people who are much better at this sort of thing than you are. If the question comes up, it’s better to be honest. Your “influences” are those artists whose work jazzed you so much that you had to go out and do something like what they do. In my own work (if you can call this work), there are people who inspired me with their style, their voice and their drive, but calling them my “influences” would be monstrously presumptuous. Case in point: Hunter S. Thompson. Though there are many writers who made me want to write for a living, more than anyone else it was Thompson, in all his mad glory, who made me want to write like he did: the personal narrative voice, the unbridled wonder and rage, the way he could tell the story and tell you why the story matters without breaking his stride or showing the seams. Those have been my goals as a journalist since Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas first blew my teenaged mind, and yet I wouldn’t dream of calling Thompson an influence. I’ll never go in as deep as he did, never achieve his level of sheer intensity, and I sure as hell will never be that good. In the 40-plus years of Thompson’s work as a journalist, from Scanlon’s magazine to his final days as a columnist for ESPN, nowhere was he better than in his work for Rolling Stone. Theirs was a partnership made in Counterculture Heaven, an ambitious magazine seeking to provide a different voice to the drone of Big Media and a writer looking for an outlet that would give him enough editorial breathing room for his wild talent to take the wheel and his gigantic cojones to ride shotgun. The resulting work elevated the Stone from a semi-slick music rag for hippies and freaks to a viable source for real journalism, and it established Thompson as a war correspondent on the front lines of Ugly America, a postmodern muckraker putting his body on the line to reveal the engine of hypocrisy driving the Establishment machine. Not to say that either Rolling Stone or Thompson changed anything in any material sense, but they did help open the Information Superhighway to alternative vehicles like the one you’re reading right now. While there have been several biographies of Thompson and much repackaging of his work since his suicide seven years ago, this year has brought us the first really important

Kenzie Boadman, 4, laughs with Santa Claus at Urban Sanctuary’s recent holiday party. The photos of such meetings are great, but the cold, hard truth is tough to face up to. Breaking the news about Kris Kringle? Two flying reindeer out of eight. specific presents (the My Little Pony Dream Castle!), rather than with The Fat Man himself. He’s basically faded into the general trimmings of the holiday season, like the blinking tree lights or those nutcrackers that get trotted out each year. And sure, there are the great photos we get every year—either of kids looking lovingly into Santa’s twinkling eyes, or of the crying, screaming child on a bewildered Santa’s lap. In 12 years it will make for great blackmail fodder, and there’s always some sweet community event or open house where you an grab a seat with Santa for a photo. Athens-Clarke Leisure Services has some fun activities coming up, like Santa’s Workshop on Dec. 14 (where kids can make some crafts under Santa’s watchful eye), Breakfast With Santa on Dec. 17 and the Youth Christmas Party on Dec. 20. The breakfast and the party are great events for parents with preschoolaged kids and younger. (See “Miscellany” in this issue for even more fun holiday events, and visit

But aside from the photos, why do we perpetuate the myth about this jolly old elf? Is it some weird way to show our power over our kids? Are we exercising their imaginations? I promised my daughter when she was born that I would be straightforward and honest with her about everything, but now I feel as if I’ve dug a hole for myself that is already too deep to dig out of. “Oh, just one more Christmas,” I tell myself—so when she’s five, does that mean I’ll be sitting her down and explaining the elaborate ruse about a bearded man who hands out presents? I can already see the follow-up question: “So, what else have you been lying about?” I’ll probably end up telling her anyway; I’d rather she hear it from me than some kid at school. In all honesty, I did try to explain to her, about a year ago, that Santa wasn’t real. Her response? “Oh, Mommy, you’re crazy.” Just don’t even get me started on the Tooth Fairy. Kristen Morales

grub notes More of a Good Thing Success Story: The restaurant business is rife with failure. That’s why it’s so pleasing when folks who are nice, who cook wonderful food and who deserve good things seem to be succeeding, as is the case with the people behind Sr. Sol, which recently opened its second location at 2455 West Broad St., in a much larger space than its original, which occupies part of a gas station building on Tallassee Road. The food has never been a problem. Ever since the restaurant opened, its execution of its sizable menu, which includes options that appeal to the unadventurous, the serious eater and the vegetarian, has been great top to bottom. Its crew of adorable waitresses dressed in embroidered peasant blouses is ever attentive, happy to try to explain what buche is (either pig stomach or pig esophagus, depending on who’s explaining it, but don’t let that scare you off). Its addition of margaritas a couple of years ago was a smart idea, and the new location offers them as well, in sizes up to 60 ounces. The question, with the new digs, was whether the magic of the restaurant resided to some extent in its less-than-glamorous atmosphere, and I can assure you that it does not. The food at the Broad Street building is just as good as over on Tallassee, possibly even a mite better. The service is as cheerful and committed as ever, and the large crew is kept hopping by the even larger crowds. The burrito I had, while listed as the standard “burrito especial” on the menu, was positively magical, all the ingredients, including the usual toppers, wrapped tightly inside and the thing itself briefly browned on the griddle. I sincerely doubt the beans are vegetarian, as they taste wonderfully of pork fat. The tortas, always my favorite thing to get at the first Sr. Sol, are equally tasty here, stuffed full of excellent al pastor, jalapenos, vegetables and more, …stuffed full of which meld into a sandwich excellent al pastor… that holds its own with any other in town. The tacos, too, are mostly delicious, although the tongue, which has been great before, was a little blah, and the fish tacos aren’t fried, which means you should ignore them. Instead, get the barbacoa, the al pastor and the buche. The corn tortillas’ proportion of onions and herbs is just right. In short, Sr. Sol’s habit of doing everything right seems to be paying off. I sincerely hope the universe continues to reward it. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner every day, has a full bar and takes credit cards. Localism, Revisited: Team Biscuits and Burgers (745 Danielsville Rd.) may be attempting to franchise already, but the cute little red-and-black restaurant is indeed locally owned, which is a point in its favor. Unfortunately, its offerings, as delineated in its name, can be disappointing, but if you’d rather give your dollar to an Athenian than to a corporation, it does have a speedy drive-through. The burgers are precooked and assembled to order cafeteria-style, which may remind you of your formative years. Considering that handicap, they’re not terrible, but they’re also not impressive. The bacon is pretty good, better than that at many a fast-food restaurant. The french fries are bland and limp. Sweet potato ones are marginally better. The biscuits are on the same page. Sure, they’re large, but the contents aren’t great, and everything seems pre-made. The country ham is too salty, even for me, and the bologna is sliced too thin. The Georgia football theme is strongly carried out, with every item on the menu given the name of a position or other football term. They’re surpassingly friendly, the prices are decent, the employees seem well treated, and, basically, it all works pretty well except for the food… sigh. Fortunately, that part is theoretically correctable. Team Biscuits and Burgers is open for breakfast and lunch Monday through Saturday. It has no liquor license but does take credit cards, even at the drive-through, and offers cups of ice cream, cookies, cobbler and fruit salad to round out your meal. What Up?: Allen’s Bar & Grill on Hawthorne Avenue has closed, as has Toshiro Japanese Express on Jefferson Road. The El Centro bar space is now The Hangover. Hillary Brown

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movie dope Some releases may not be showing locally this week. • indicates new review ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: CHIPWRECKED (G) Come on, Fox! If you’re going to keep releasing new Chipmunks entries each holiday season, the least you can do is make a Christmas-themed movie featuring the furry trio’s classic holiday tunes. Instead, Alvin, Simon, Theodore, the Chipettes and Dave (poor, paycheckcashing Jason Lee) start out on a cruise ship and wind up on a deserted island. Judging by the boffo box office of the previous two features plus the young audience’s reaction to the new pic’s trailer, Chipwrecked should provide its studio with some holiday cheer. ARTHUR CHRISTMAS (PG) I’m a sucker for a good, creative, behind-theholiday-scenes sequence (Hop boasts a good one), and Arthur Christmas opens with a doozy. But this charming holiday surprise—coming from Aardman Studios—keeps charming as it delightfully recounts the Christmas Eve adventure of Santa’s younger son. After another successful, hi-tech run masterminded like a military operation by Santa’s older son, Steve (v. Hugh Laurie), Arthur (v. James McAvoy) discovers one little girl was missed. In a last-minute effort to save Christmas for that little girl, Arthur, his Grandsanta (v. Bill Nighy) and elfin wrapping specialist Bryony (v. Ashley Jensen, Ricky Gervais’s “Extras”) fire up the old sleigh, hitch up the eight famous reindeer and attempt to fly to England. Brits just get Christmas, and the animation gurus at Aardman, best known for Wallace and Gromit, have conjured up a lovely, happy holiday film. k CARNAGE (R) Roman Polanski directs Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly in a family dramedy. I’m game. Two sets of parents (Foster and Reilly; Winslet and Waltz) set up a friendly meeting to discuss their sons’ schoolyard tiff. I can’t wait to see where that discussion goes wrong. Polanski and playwright Yazmina Reza update her one-act play, God of Carnage, whose popular Broadway incarnation starred James Gandolfini, Marcia Gay Harden, Jeff Daniels and Hope Davis. Polanski’s son, Elvis, plays one of the boys. 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. Money woes, a hurricane and the fish’s own dislike of potential new tails confound the boy’s attempts. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO (R) David Fincher gets another shot at Oscar with the Englishlanguage adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s bestselling first entry in the Millennium Trilogy. Daniel Craig stars as journalist Mikael Blomkvist who solves a decadeold mystery with the help of computer hacker and owner of a dragon tattoo, Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara, The Social Network). As a big fan of the books and Swedish language films,


I applaud the cast, which includes Robin Wright as Blomkvist’s lover, Erika, and Christopher Plummer as Henrik Vanger. Oscar winner Steven Zaillian (Schindler’s List) adapted the screenplay. HAPPY FEET 2 (PG) Mad Max creator George Miller may not be able to get a new entry in his post-apocalyptic Outback franchise off the ground, but he was able to continue his singingdancing penguin series. Sadly, I was underwhelmed by the first film, so I have little interest in a 3D sequel about tap-dancing penguin Mumble (v. Elijah Wood). Now a father, Mumble must help his son, Erik, find his place in the Emperor Penguin world while facing a new threat with his friends and family. Featuring the voices of Robin Williams, Pink and other famous folks. THE HELP (PG-13) Every black servant is a saint, every white employer a demon. College-educated Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan (the extremely likable Emma Stonet) comes home to Jackson to save its minority population through bestselling pop fiction. She collects the stories of long-serving maids Aibileen (Viola Davis), Minny (Octavia Spencer) and more into an illegal (in 1960s Mississippi) tome that scandalizes the gentry. HUGO (PG) Oh, to be an orphan living in an early-20th-century clock! Despite its near perfection, this 3D family film—Martin Scorsese’s first— may be the loveliest wide release to struggle to find its audience this year. Yet it’s no wonder Scorsese, himself a film historian as well as a film lover, decided to adapt Brian Selznick’s The Invention of Hugo Cabret, whose central mystery revolves around an early cinematic master. Parisian orphan Hugo (Asa Butterfield), who lives inside the clocktower of the train station, seeks the answer to a mysterious automaton, left unsolved by his late father and clockmaker (Jude Law), with the help of a toymaker named Georges (Ben Kingsley) and his charge, Isabelle (Chloe Grace Moretz). Knowledgeable cinephiles will be enthralled by Selznick’s story, wonderfully adapted by Oscar-nominated scribe John Logan, which I refuse to spoil, and enchanted by the legendary filmmaker’s gorgeous imagery, which conjures memories of Amelie. Sadly, the family audiences that ensured the existence of a third Alvin and the Chipmunks will not be flocking to this thoughtful, literary two-plus-hour masterpiece, easily one of this cinema great’s best pictures. IMMORTALS (R) An in-spirit sequel of style to Zack Snyder’s 300, Immortals cannot conjure the historical magic of that 2006 blockbuster, but it is certainly more visually appealing than the bland, ugly Clash of the Titans. One of Greek mythology’s greatest mortal heroes, Theseus (Henry Cavill, the soon-to-be-Superman), gets his exploits to foil King Hyperion’s (a quirky Mickey Rourke, who one can imagine bullying his way to portraying the villainous royal however he damn well pleased) plan to release the Titans and overthrow the gods told on the big screen. Quite probably the most visually striking film of the year, thanks to the genius of director Tarsem Singh (The Cell), the action


adventure fails exactly as other films from the theater of the videogame have. Whereas cinematic videogames intercut predominantly weak storytelling with interactivity, films striving to look like videogames (the films of Zack Snyder and Paul W.S. Anderson) have yet to overcome their inability to be interactive, leaving the audience with thrilling visuals and a static, shallow narrative experience. Immortals’ dramatic sequences equate the cutscenes of a videogame, and they bore far more than the violent, bloody action thrills you never get to play. IN TIME (PG-13) Gattaca writerdirector Andrew Niccol tweaks the sci-fi genre again with this take on Logan’s Run. In a future world, everyone is genetically engineered to stop aging at 25. To ward off overcrowding, people are also designed to only live to 26. In this ageless new society, a man accused of murder (Justin Timberlake) goes on the lam with a pretty hostage (Amanda Seyfried, Mamma Mia!). With Olivia Wilde, Alex Pettyfer, Cillian Murphy, Johnny Galecki and Vincent Kartheiser (“Mad Men”).

close, private relationship with Clyde Tolson (Armie Hammer, The Social Network), and his too-close relationship with his mother (Dame Judi Dench). Oscar winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black does not write this film with anywhere near the introspective depth of Milk; J. Edgar offers too few insights into an intriguingly complex subject who had his fingers in so many of America’s historical pies. MARGIN CALL (R) A thriller about the financial crisis, Margin Call follows some key players at an investment banking firm during a 24-hour period near the beginning of the financial meltdown. Whoever J.C. Chandor is, the Golden Berlin Bear-nominated, first-time feature filmmaker corralled a hell of a cast. Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Zachary Quinto, Simon Baker, Mary McDonnell, Demi Moore and Stanley Tucci all appear. But can Chandor, who also wrote the film, make the most of this massive collection of talent? MELANCHOLIA (R) Apparently, Europe has forgiven renowned filmmaker/provocateur Lars von Trier for

94,000 sq. ft.? For real? JACK AND JILL (PG) Adam Sandler must have thought the fake movies from Funny People had real potential to have signed on for this pitiful comedy where he plays both Jack Sadelstein and his twin sister, Jill. They key to the entire one-joke movie is that Sandler makes an ugly woman. Jill’s homeliness and her lack of self-awareness propel one lame gag after another. Sandler’s usual pals (Allen Covert, Nick Swardson) and celebrity cameos pepper the cast. Al Pacino’s appearance is the least likely and most unfortunate as he plays himself as a desperate man smitten with Jill. Regrettably, the flick also features more than a handful of casually stereotypical racial humor, though everything, even the lazy plotting and joke writing, is executed with the amiability that typifies its star. J. EDGAR (R) Clint Eastwood directs nothing overwhelmingly with this fairly straightforward biopic of the visionary American crime fighter J. Edgar Hoover. The two-hour plus awards-bait is a showcase for likely Oscar nominee Leonardo DiCaprio. The 37-year-old actor wastes not a moment of screen time, during much of which he’s clad in ultra-believable makeup as the aged Hoover, dictating his memoir to a string of junior G-men. The film unfolds as a sort of greatest hits of Hoover’s life. He recounts his promotion to the head of the FBI, the Lindbergh case, his close, working relationship with longtime secretary Helen Gundy (Naomi Watts), his

his failed Nazi joke (one hopes), as his masterful new film took top prize at the European Film Awards. It’s the end of the world as the Dane knows it, and Justine (Cannes Best Actress Kirsten Dunst in her bravest performance to date), a sometimes blushing, mostly depressed bride, is getting married while a mysterious new planet threatens to collide with Earth. Starting with the stunning, nearly 10-minute opening montage, von Trier has composed an extravagant, mature meditation on the apocalypse, both personal and planetary, and it is beautiful to behold. The Danish firebrand loves putting his female leads, both actress and character, through the paces, and Melancholia is no different. Fortunately, Antichrist acted like a colonic, cleansing von Trier of his worst tendencies and allowing him to produce a product of incomparable purity. Visually the two pictures are kin; thematically and emotionally, they could not be any more distinct. He might have doomed these two sisters (Dunst and Antichrist’s warrior Charlotte Gainsbourg), but hopefully their end marks a brilliant new cinematic beginning for him. MIDNIGHT IN PARIS (PG-13) Owen Wilson stars as the latest Woody stand-in, Gil, a Hollywood hack trying to finish a novel while on a business trip to Paris with his fiancee’s (Rachel McAdams) family. On a magical midnight walk, Gil runs into Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald (Tom Hiddleston

and Alison Pill), gets writing advice from Papa Hemingway (Corey Stoll) and Gertrude Stein (Kathy Bates) and falls for Picasso’s girlfriend, Adriana (Marion Cotillard). THE MUPPETS (PG) You can tell cowriter-star Jason Segel loves the Muppets. His reboot of Jim Henson’s lovable puppets is built with obvious love and understanding of what made their 1979 film debut so special. Gary (Segel), his puppet brother, Walter, and Gary’s longtime girlfriend, Mary (Amy Adams) travel to Los Angeles, where they discover a plot to destroy the Muppet Theater by oil tycoon Tex Richman (Oscar winner Chris Cooper). Together, they help Kermit reunite the old gang—Fozzie, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, et al.—to put on a telethon in order to raise the money needed to buy back the property. Self-referential with a joke ratio that favors adults two-to-one (a Muppet staple), some terrific songs by one half of Flight of the Conchords and a bevy of celebrity cameos, this film revives the Muppets as you remember them. • NEW YEAR’S EVE (PG-13) Almost every actor you could possibly recognize appears in the second, two-hour holiday party thrown by director Garry Marshall. (Scratch that. No Julia.) At least Valentine’s Day had a semblance to what normal people might expect on Feb. 14. The folks preparing to ring in 2012 (dating it could sorely limit this flick’s already weak repeat watchability) aren’t doing a single thing you or I do, unless you cater swank New York parties while arguing with your music superstar boyfriend (naturally played by Jon Bon Jovi). A movie that feels crafted by the celebrity worshipping cult of E! has a surprising late-game twist to appeal to the more mature segment of its decidedly female audience. Targeting women as it does, one would think they’d cast some more appealing dudes. A morose Ashton Kutcher and a way too hyper Zac Efron (who I typically like) are too much, even for Transformer-fighting Josh Duhamel, when he’s clad in a too small bowtie. I did like imagining that the cancer doctor (Cary Elwes) treating Robert De Niro’s character, Stan, was Elwes’ Saw victim, Dr. Lawrence Gordon, before Jigsaw’s games began. Skip this party, and wait for the real thing. PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3 (R) I cannot think of another horror franchise as chronologically interesting. Oren Peli’s scary 2007 blockbuster occurred last, ending without the typical survivor. Then, rather than have demonic Katie terrorize some unsuspecting family, the series’ creative minds chose to go backwards. Consider PA3 the origin story, revealing the footage, shot in 1988 by their mother’s boyfriend, Dennis, that explains why sisters Katie and Kristy continue to be haunted. PUSS IN BOOTS (PG) Shrek’s fairy tale may have moved on to happily ever after, but Puss in Boots (v. Antonio Banderas) is still itching for a fight. His spinoff reveals the swordfighting antics that led up to Puss meeting up with Shrek and company. Naturally, this flick was once slated for a direct-to-DVD release; will the cat be able to match the ogre’s blockbuster results? Director Chris Miller

previously helmed Shrek the Third. Featuring the voices of Salma Hayek, Zach Galifianakis and more. SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS (PG-13) Everyone important—stars Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law and director Guy Ritchie—is back for a second investigation. Here, Downey’s Holmes and Law’s Dr. Watson must duel the master sleuth’s archenemy, Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris). Other pluses are Noomi Rapace in her first, big post-Lisbeth Salander appearance and Stephen Fry as Holmes’ brother, Mycroft. I liked Ritchie’s blockbuster update of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s greatest creation; maybe I’ll love his second attempt. • THE SITTER (R) This surprisingly semi-sweet comic confection from director David Gordon Green in his cinematic equivalent to a rubber match (he won big with Pineapple Express ; he got blown out by the disappointing Your Highness ; The Sitter is the deciding third comedy) needs a better trailer. Jonah Hill’s Noah Griffith is a lot nicer of a dude than he or the trailer let on, and that likability saves the movie from descending into the Danny McBride-ian depths of comic self-loathing and assholeishness. Tasked with babysitting three miserable kids—anxiety-ridden Slater (Max Records), makeupdrenched, celeb-worshipper Blithe (Landry Bender) and Salvadoran foster kid Rodrigo (Kevin Hernandez)— this irresponsible slacker goes on a big city adventure just to get laid. Hill, the kids and the rock-solid Sam Rockwell, keep the concept and gags, most of which expired in 1990, fresh for the flick’s 80 brief minutes, while the quirky references and sweet electronic score evoke the ‘80s action vibe of the movies Green, Hill, me and the rest of The Sitter’s target audience grew up on. Still, Green needs to make another critical darling before he blows through his entire stash of goodwill. THE SMURFS (PG) The live action/ CGI hybrid version of The Smurfs is not as bad as its atrocious trailers would imply, thanks largely to the smurfish talents of Neil Patrick Harris. TOWER HEIST (PG-13) With the help of a con (Eddie Murphy), a group of working stiffs (including Ben Stiller, Matthew Broderick, Casey Affleck, Gabourey Sidibe and Michael Pena) plan a Danny Ocean-type heist on the high-rise home of the rich guy that took all of their money in a Ponzi scheme. This action comedy from oft-maligned Brett Ratner, who really missed his decade, also stars Tea Leoni, Alan Alda and Judd Hirsch. THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN–PART 1 (PG13) Stephenie Meyer’s extremely popular teen-vamp-romance took a surreal turn in the fourth book. Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson) finally marry. On the honeymoon, Bella becomes pregnant with a thing that should not be. Now the Cullens are caught between the Quileute wolves and the ancient Volturi, both of whom are threatened by this unknown new adversary. I’ll be interested to see how director Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters, Dreamgirls) handles the book’s R-rated events (specifically, the baby’s bloody birth) in a PG-13 manner. YOUNG GOETHE IN LOVE (NR) Young poet Johann Goethe fails his law exams, prompting his father to send him away to a small-town court to get his act together. Instead, he falls in love with a woman promised to someone else. Drew Wheeler

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Kill the Market MARGIN CALL (R) There’s no overt violence in Margin Call, director/writer J.C. Chandor’s feature debut set during the early days of the 2008 Wall Street financial meltdown, but there is the corpse of capitalism to contend with. Taking place over a 24-hour period, the movie tosses us into a volatile day at an investment firm when a number of employees are being fired, including a risk management executive, Eric Dale (Stanley Tucci). Before Dale leaves, though, he hands a USB drive to a younger executive, Peter Sullivan (Zachary Quinto), and warns him to be careful with the information stored on it. What Sullivan finds is the firm’s undoing: the risk algorithms are no longer valid, and the company has been in free fall for days. It’s only a matter of time before it all crashes to the ground. The information is passed Zachary Quinto on through the chain of command, all the way to C.E.O. John Tuld (Jeremy Irons), who races in to assess the damage. Heads roll. Margin Call rarely leaves the confines of the firm, and the visual dynamic is relegated to executives in suits standing around in offices talking. But Chandor manages to keep the tension coiled tight through most of it, and despite knowing how events transpired in the days and months to come,

it’s suspenseful stuff. How these executives conduct themselves in the boardrooms feels plausible, and Chandor seems to have a knack for how they talk and think. What he doesn’t have, unfortunately, is the ability to turn this material into a truly brilliant drama, and one wonders what Sidney Lumet or Paddy Chayefsky would have crafted from the same material. Ultimately, it lacks snap, and there are several scenes when characters spout clunky narrative expositions or unrealistically pontificate on how they reached this precarious point, as when Sullivan and his co-worker (Penn Badgley) ruminate on the impending doom in the back of a luxury car. A later scene in an elevator—when executives Demi Moore and Simon Baker talk openly about the messy resolution they’re about to unleash, ignoring the cleaning woman sandwiched between them— screeches the movie to a halt with its clumsy visual metaphor. The acting is solid, though, particularly Quinto and Kevin Spacey in defeated Jack Lemmon mode. But Margin Call feels too cool-headed for its own good. It lacks rage. There’s certainly plenty to spare nowadays.

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HOLIDAY GUIDE Flagpole's Businesses Extend Season's Greetings and Welcome * Art -Retail and Galleries * The Gallery Shop at Lyndon House Arts Center 293 Hoyt St., 706-613-3623 Browse a vast array of seasonal and gift-oriented arts and crafts created by local artists, including original wreaths, cards and ornaments. In addition, “Deck the Walls” expands into the Ronnie Lukasiewicz Gallery with pottery, paintings and handmade brooms. Hats, scarves, jewelry and aprons are among the season’s offerings. Tuesdays–Saturdays, 12–5 p.m., through Jan. 7, 2012. Closed Dec. 23, 24 & 31.

Good Dirt Clay Studio and Gallery

510 N. Thomas St., 706-355-3161 Good Dirt is a spacious, well-equipped facility for people of all ages and abilities to explore clay and other media. Our schedule of winter classes (starting early January) in pottery, sculpture and glass is at Gift certificates for classes and workshops available. The Gallery @ Good Dirt will feature local potters through Dec. 23.

The Loft Art Supply

1035 Baxter St., 706-548-5334 Who doesn’t love art supplies?! We have inspiration for everyone on your list—from the novice to the connoisseur— including decorative papers, watercolor sets, easels, sketchbooks, calligraphy pens and tons more. Need help customizing a gift? We can help! Have a friend with a vision? We have gift certificates! We can even help you get that paintbrush you’ve always wanted! Special holiday pricing on easels and gift sets. The Loft—where artists have served artists for over 30 years.

* Bars and Clubs * Allgood Lounge

114 College Ave., 706-355-3060 Happy Holidays from Allgood Lounge and our sister bars, Bluesky, Walker’s, Treppenhaus, Boar’s Head, Bar South and the Pub at Gameday. Give your friends and family the best gift of all… bring them in for a drink! Let us deck your liver with loads of cocktails this holiday season. We’d love to host your holiday party. Happy Holidays and may all your hangovers be mild. Ring in the New Year with us!

The Downtowner

283 Broad St., 706-559-0009 The Downtowner is a great local bar serving fresh juice cocktails, great wines and ice-cold beer in a beautiful historic space. It is a great place to gather with friends and family over the holidays. The Downtowner is the perfect size for holiday parties. Come enjoy the heart of downtown Athens without feeling lost in the crowd. All I want for Christmas is to shut the box!

40 Watt Club

285 W. Washington St., 706-549-7871 ‘Tis the Season. If you’re out and about this week, join us Thursday, Dec. 15 for our Holiday Party with Clay Leverett & the Chasers, Mad Axes and Bo Bedingfield. Friday and Saturday are in remembrance of Jon Guthrie: “Living the Dream,” featuring lots of local musicians. Don’t forget to Ring in 2012 at our NYE Party w/The Whigs, Elf Power and Gringo Star. The 40 Watt Club would like to wish our Families, Neighbors and Patrons a Very Happy and Safe Holiday Season.



New Earth Music Hall

227 W. Dougherty St., 706-543-8283 Happy Holidays! Come PARTY on NYE with us as we host L.A. producer Marty Party: half of the powerhouse DJ duo PANTyRAiD. Along with Marty Party, Athens’ favorite psychedelic reggae authority, DubConscious, will perform a set consisting of half “old school” original DubConscious songs and half “nu school” material. Check out www.newearthmusichall. com for more upcoming events and advance tickets with the lowest convenience fees in the industry!

Office Lounge

2455 Jefferson Rd., 706-546-0840 Come to our Christmas party with The Common People band at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17! We have Karaoke every Wednesday, Blues night every Thursday, Live music every Friday and Saturday, Keno, pool tables and FREE popcorn. Home of the STRONGEST drinks. Happy hour 4–7 p.m. with $2 house shots! Just a good ole neighborhood BAR! New Year’s Eve with The Shadow Executives, free party favors and champagne at Midnight. Happy Holidays!

* Concerts and Events * The Classic Center Theatre, 706-357-4444 Complete your holiday shopping list by buying tickets to see Monty Python’s Spamalot at the Classic Center Theatre on Monday, Jan. 23, 2012. Winner of the 2005 Tony Award for Best Musical, this outrageous new musical comedy is lovingly ripped off from the film classic Monty Pylon and the Holy Grail. To purchase tickets, call 706-357-4444, visit www. or stop by The Classic Center Theatre box office in Downtown Athens.

* Health and Beauty * A. LaFera Salon

2440 W. Broad St., 706-548-2188 A. LaFera Salon offers a full range of hair services in a comfortable, friendly atmosphere. Our stylists are committed to creating customized styles that reflect each individual. The staff has trained with Vidal Sassoon, Tony and Guy, and Redken among many others. A. LaFera Salon is the exclusive distributor of Rene Furterer products in Athens. Products are natural, plant-based and designed to treat from the scalp to the end. Holiday specials going on now.

City Salon and Spa

100 Athens Town Blvd., 706-552-1515 Head to toe, City Salon and Spa has you covered this Holiday Season. Family driving you crazy? Come visit the spa. Need a fresh new look for parties? Come get your hair styled. Check out our boutique, dresses, bags and jewelry, we have just the thing to get you looking Merry and Bright. Put off shopping until the last minute? No problem—gift certificates make the perfect gift for everyone on your list.

Rocket Salon

163 N. Jackson St., 706-353-0500 ‘Tis the season to celebrate with family and friends. Pamper and indulge yourself with a cut and color to spiff up before your parties begin. Rocket offers a variety of hair services in a fun, laid-back atmosphere. Our fanatical fan-base consists of hipsters, rockers, professionals, students and ladies who lunch. Everyone is welcome. Gift certificates available this holiday season.

* Hotels * Foundry Park Inn & Spa

295 E. Dougherty St., 706-549-7020 Have someone who’s been really good this year? The Foundry Park Inn & Spa’s got you covered for one of a kind experiences, ranging from spa gifts cards to private dinners with award-winning chef Martin Smetana, romantic in-town getaways and more! Join us at the Melting Point for holiday entertainment with the Highballs and Rack of Spam before booking your dinner & room package for our New Year’s Eve party with Mother’s Finest!

* Recreation * Ciné

234 W. Hancock Ave., 706-353-3343 CINÉ—downtown’s only arthouse cinema, screens the latest independent and international films, documentaries, festival discoveries and classic movies. More than a movie theater, Ciné is a modern arts center, featuring an exhibit gallery by local visual artists and the versatile CinéLab space—great for events, parties and live performances. Ciné offers a variety of cocktails and treats, gift certificates and annual memberships, plus a Dinner + Movie combo package with neighboring restaurant, The National. More info and showtimes at www.

Ten Pins Tavern

2451 Jefferson Rd., 706-546-8090 Here at Ten Pins Tavern we take a unique look at having a good time. We think you should be able to come in, relax, bring friends or family, and have a great meal or a snack. Maybe even a cold brew or two. Entertain yourselves with pinball machines, video games and, of course, bowling. All while in the family-friendly confines of the best little bowling lounge in the South! Holiday parties for large and small available in the privacy of the Tavern Lounge.

* Restaurants * Amici Italian Cafe

233 E. Clayton St., 706-353-0000 Deck the halls with boughs of hot wings and give the gift of Amici this holiday season. We will be closed the week of Dec. 19–25 for the holidays and some remodeling. We would like to thank you all for your support and showing your Amici love to everyone. Join us for NYE as we rock in 2012 with The Stumblin’ Toads. Come pop champagne with us.

Big City Bread Cafe

393 N. Finley St., 706-353-0029 Come by Big City Bread Cafe to stock up on goodies for your holiday events! We’ve got coffee by the pound, t-shirts, trucker hats, cookie tins and lots of fresh-baked, made-from-scratch treats. Bring the family in for a meal in our cozy dining room. We are serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, and serve beer and wine. We will close at 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve and be closed Christmas Day. Happy Holidays!

Buffalo’s Cafe

196 Alps Rd., 706-354-6655 Holiday Greetings from Rick, Sharon and the Staff of Buffalo’s Café! Buffalo’s Café is the perfect place for your family to celebrate the Holidays or to pick up a Party Platter for when you “go over the river and through the woods to Grandma’s house.” Bring your staff to Buffalo’s Café for your holiday party or luncheon, or we can cater to you. P.S. Gift Cards make a great stocking stuffer!

Dos Palmas Mexican Grill

3523 Atlanta Hwy., 706-353-7771 Happy holidays from Dos Palmas! Come join us every Thursday at 8 p.m. for trivia with $5 domestic beer pitchers. We have your favorite Mexican dishes, a full bar and lots of ways to bring some spice to your holidays!

Farm 255

255 W. Washington St., 706-549-4660 Join Farm 255 in a local, seasonal and sustainable holiday. Christmas Eve prix fixe menu with seasonal cocktails, and our bar will be open New Year’s Eve. We will be closed Dec 25–30. Menus will be on our website at

Five Star Day Café

229 E. Broad St., 706-543-8552 Bring home your favorite Five Star dish for the holidays. From collards and black-eyed peas for your New Year’s Day, to sweet potatoes, mac and cheese and squash casserole to round out your holiday dinner—we have it all. We are available for Holiday Parties and Catering. Gift certificates available for friends and family. Happy Holidays!


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Flicker Holiday Market

Heirloom Cafe & Fresh Market

815 N. Chase St., 706-354-7901 Let us help you with your holidays! We will have sides available to feed your friends and family, as well as some great stocking stuffers (think jam, infused olive oil, Pure Bliss nuts) and host gifts (cheeses, aprons, oven mitts), all sourced from your local community. Check out our website for more information:

La Estrella Mexican Restaurant

400 Hawthorne Ave., 706-353-8557 La Estrella Restaurant wants to thank all our guests that came in the year 2011. We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. La Estrella would also like to invite all Flagpole readers to come and try our delicious 100% Mexican food and our new California-style breakfast. We at La Estrella are hoping to see you all in the future. We will gladly give you our BEST service.

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Locos Grill and Pub

2020 Timothy Rd., 706-549-7700 1985 Barnett Shoals Rd., 706-208-0911 581 S. Harris St., 706-548-7803 Make the holidays less hectic this year! Stop by Locos Grill and Pub and pick up a gift card, get a quick and easy to-go-go carryout meal or even arrange holiday party catering! Heck, just sit back with friends and take in a game on one of the many TVs and put the holiday stress on hold! Three convenient Athens locations. Dine-in/takeout/delivery/catering. www.


Smoothie King

2361 W. Broad St., 706-369-3111 1591 S. Lumpkin St., 706-613-2600 Healthy Holiday Specials from Smoothie King in Five Points and in the Omni Club. Half off Immune Formula Capsules while supplies last, as well as a FREE 20 oz. Smoothie with a purchase of $25 dollar Smoothie King Gift card.


269 E. Broad St. (upstairs), 706-546-5556 Located in downtown Athens, Speakeasy sits upstairs on historic East Broad Street. Overlooking the beautiful campus of UGA, Speakeasy offers delicious tapas, fine wine, specialty cocktails and delectable desserts made for a romantic dinner or an evening of sharing among friends. With the holidays around the corner, Speakeasy is perfect for all of your catering needs and special events. Visit for more info.


145 E. Clayton St., 706-613-8773 1550 Oglethorpe Ave., 706-549-5112 Visit both of our locations throughout the holidays for daily lasagna specials, pizzas, pastas, panini and salads. We have daily bar specials, too. Transmetropolitan gift certificates make the perfect gift! Call us to reserve our upstairs room for your Holiday Party. Happy Holidays!

22nd Annual Benefit Show

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December 17th - 8:00pm at the Harris St. Location $10 donation requested. Proceeds to benefit Boys and Girls Clubs of Athens. 581 S. Harris St. (706) 548-7803

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We are ready to cater your next empanada party or cupcake celebration! Special holiday cupcake flavors are now being dreamt up. Our scratch-made soups will warm you up on the coldest day. Gift certificates and t-shirts now available. Why shop when you can give the gift of VIVA?!

White Tiger Gourmet

217 Hiawassee Ave., 706-353-6847 Happy holidays from White Tiger! Join us for our new Sunday Brunch Buffet, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. We can cater or host a private party of just about any size or style, you just say the word! Come see us for dinner Thursday–Saturday, lunch Tuesday–Saturday, and Sunday brunch, or stay in and order us on Bulldawg Delivery. Friend us on Facebook to see our daily specials.

* Retail * The Athens Farmers Market

Bishop Park, The Athens Farmers Market is an organization of local farmers, craftspeople and volunteers working to make local naturally grown food, crafts and works of art available for the good of all. Athens Farmers Market will host a special Holiday Market on Saturday, Dec. 17. An assortment of local crafts including but not limited to pottery, soap, photography, jewelry, glass art and handmade bags will be available.

Avid Bookshop

493 Prince Ave., 706-352-2060 Visit Athens’ brand-new independent bookshop selling new and used books, coffee, tea, magazines, gifts and more. Our store features a well-curated selection and excellent service. We’re happy to quickly special-order virtually anything in print by working with you in person or over the phone. Avid offers personalized shopping services, wish lists, book club consultations and more. Come see us in our historic building between Fire Hall #2 and the Daily Co-op.

Aurum Studios

125 E. Clayton St., 706-546-8826 Celebrating its 36th Anniversary, Aurum has a fabulous selection of platinum, gold and silver jewelry, diamonds, pearls, stunning color and cool beads. Original designs, custom work and repairs are available from six in-house goldsmiths. The Aurum gallery of American crafts features pottery, glass, wood and paintings by talented regional artists—even Christmas ornaments! Let Aurum’s friendly staff help you find all the gifts you need. Layaway, all charge cards and free giftwrapping.

Chick Music

240 W. Clayton St., 706-543-4348 In 2012, Chick Music will celebrate our 70th birthday! We are the only full line music store in the Athens area. We have a wide selection of guitars, amps, drums, band instruments, pianos, music, accessories and more. We also have a complete band instrument repair facility. Please stop by to check out all the great Christmas specials we have to offer!

Cillies Clothing

175 E. Clayton St., 706-369-7418 Come on in to CILLIES clothing for that PERFECT gift, from a hilarious tacky Christmas sweater for that holiday party or get that gorgeous vintage Chanel or Louis Vuitton bag you’ve been wanting! CILLIES has layaway and gift certificates for everyone on your list! C-ash $$$ from selling your clothes. I-mpulse purchasing (one for Mom, one for me). L-ayaway and Gift Certificates. L-uxury at affordable prices. I-nsanely HOT holiday dresses. E-nvironmental LOVE. S-anta shops here!!

Dynamite Clothing

143 N. Jackson St., 706-543-1243 This holiday season, along with our spectacular selection of men’s and women’s vintage, recycled and new clothing, we are now offering a wide variety of amazing hats, infinity



scarves, warm gloves and festive holiday wear. Create one-ofa-kind looks for yourself with our huge selection of items from vintage t-shirts, hoodies and western shirts to sunglasses, dresses, jewelry and more. American Apparel available here! Open daily, 12:30–6 p.m. We recycle fashion!

Five Points Bottle Shop

1655 S. Lumpkin St., 706-543-6989 3685 Atlanta Hwy., 706-316-2337 This holiday season Five Points Bottle is stocking the shelves so you can stuff your stocking! Beer and liquor gift sets make wonderful presents. Come browse our huge inventory of seasonal brews and beer growlers for the beer-lover on your list. Our three or six bottle wine club membership is a great gift for the wine connoisseur. Did we mention everyone’s favorite stocking stuffer? Five Points Bottle Gift Certificates! Remember, No Fake IDs, No Crybabies!


193 E. Clayton St., 706-369-8079 Frontier has served the downtown Athens community for over 20 years as a shopping destination for local, Fair Trade and eco-friendly gifts. One customer explains, “Frontier is a rare gem. Far from the mindless stuff found in most stores, Frontier’s items are truly interesting, and it’s easy to find the perfect gift.” Come see what’s in-store for you this season at Frontier! Call 706-369-8079, visit or follow us on Facebook for more information.

Half-Moon Outfitters

1225 S. Milledge Ave., 706-548-7225 Half-Moon Outfitters offers great customer service for getting you ready for your next adventure. Half-Moon features quality gear for adventure and travel by Patagonia, The North Face, Arc’Teryx, Mountain Hardwear, Petzl and more. Open daily for your shopping convenience. Gift certificates available.


146 E. Clayton St., 706-354-8631 Have a peaceful, enjoyable shopping experience at Helix this holiday season! Choose from our large selection of stylish and artistic jewelry, housewares and stationery. For your child, fresh playful prints in clothes from Zutano and quality wooden toys. Deck your halls with original work by local artists. Bill Campbell’s pottery will thrill anyone on your list! With complimentary gift wrap and friendly service, Helix has everything you need to fill your holidays with cheer!

J’s Bottle Shop

1452 Prince Ave., 706-353-8881 J’s Bottle Shop in the heart of Normaltown has the best, most handsome and polite employees you’ll ever find anywhere. J’s Bottle Shop employees could sell anything simply based on how awesome, helpful, gracious and fun they are. Fortunately, J’s Bottle Shop and its breathtakingly amazing and knowledgeable employees choose to sell liquor, beer and wine at the lowest of prices this side of the Texarkana line. Congratulations, J’s Bottle Shop. Athens loves your winning spirit.

Junkman’s Daughter’s Brother

458 E. Clayton St., 706-543-4454 ‘Twas the day before Xmas/ the shoppers were manic/ Junkman’s is open, no need to panic/ We have earrings and lanterns/ jigsaws and t-shirts/ key chains and vases, handbags and short skirts/ comics and stickers, incense and bangles/ cool shoes and jackets, stuffed toys and candles/ Everything you would need for your special elf/ We make it so easy, there’s time to shop for yourself.

Masada Leather and Outdoor

238 E. Clayton St., 706-546-5014 In February 1975, a small leather shop was founded in downtown Athens with the idea of creating quality,

handcrafted leather work at a reasonable price. Now, over three decades later, MASADA has built a reputation as the state’s leader in fine leather accessories, comfort and hiking footwear, and outdoor apparel. We sincerely hope that you’ll visit our unique shop while you’re here and enjoy the rustic charm and Old-World atmosphere of an Athens landmark.

Musician’s Warehouse Showcase

150 Crane Dr., 706-548-7233 Wondering how to satisfy that musician in your life? Looking for the perfect gift to make your estranged son/ daughter talk to you again? Want to keep your neighbors up at night? Musician’s Warehouse has what you’re looking for! With the largest selection and best prices around we can satisfy all your musical needs for any size budget. Gift Certificates available. Behind the Racetrac next to Best Buy. Open every day until Christmas.


1850 Epps Bridge Pkwy., 706-208-9990 PeachMac is your source for all things Apple this holiday season. We have a huge selection of iPads, iPods, Macs, & AppleTVs, as well as the best stock of iPad and iPhone accessories in town. With 12 months same-as-cash financing available through Dec. 24 for those who qualify, you can give now and pay later. Stop in today for a demonstration of the hottest gifts of the year.

Perry’s Convenience & Liquors

265 North Ave., 706-543-0005 4388 Lexington Rd., 706-583-4066 Want to simplify things this hectic holiday season? Let the knowledgeable staff at Perry’s Liquors assist you with all your gift giving and entertaining needs. From selecting a wine to complement your meal, to figuring out how many kegs you’ll need for your party, Perry’s full-service store can help. Browse our large selection of wine and liquor gift sets to pick the present everyone appreciates. Have a Perry’s Christmas and a Happy New Year!

R. Wood Studio Ceramics

450 Georgia Dr., 706-613-8525 Shop local and give handmade pottery this year. R. Wood studio has been handcrafting pottery for 20 years. We are located in a rustic warehouse, just east of downtown. We have dinnerware in 20 gorgeous colors to make any meal more memorable. Shop our famous “seconds” room, or find the perfect gift in our one-of-a-kind section, filled with hundreds of handmade pieces.


2455 Jefferson Rd., 706-546-4864 Have you been naughty or nice this year? Savannah’s would like to make sure that you have a naughty but nice Christmas. We have lots of gift ideas, such as male and female performance pills, thigh-high boots, women’s lingerie (including plus sizes), male thongs, warming oils, novelties, bondage accessories, stocking stuffers and games. Male and female performance pills. We’ll be open Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Happy holidays!

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4124 Atlanta Hwy., 678-661-0700 50 Gaines School Rd., 706-850-6919 Why not get something naughty for the folks on your nice list? Sexy Suz has everything you need to stuff a sexy stocking! The hottest DVDS to warm you up this winter, adult toys for good lovers, Christmas party gag gifts, Sexy Santa lingerie and so much more. Jingle all the way to either our Eastside or Westside store and the girls will make sure you’re ready for a sexy holiday season!


170 College Ave., 706-613-5975 Showpony is a downtown Athens clothing boutique where women who love fashion will be inspired by our well-edited selection, coveted designers and exciting philosophy of mixing special pieces together in unexpected ways. The holidays are filled with occasions to get dressed up, and Showpony has

an extra special variety of dresses and separates to suit every event. Also, finding the perfect unique gift this holiday season is a delight with Showpony’s friendly staff and free gift wrapping.

Southern Waterbeds & Futons

3775 Atlanta Hwy., 706-543-4323 The same local owner since 1975 appreciates your business. Please come see what’s new. We have waterbeds that look like regular beds and futons that look like sofas. Both are great for all ages. For kids’ rooms we have bean bags, bunkbeds, student lofts, platform beds and matching furniture. We also have UGA room decor for playrooms, bedrooms, man caves and bathrooms! SHOP YOUR ATH OFF. Across from Georgia Square Mall. 706- 543-4323. Open 6 Days, 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Closed Sunday.

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815 W Broad St., 706-850-8226 We offer a range of well designed and well made products for babies, kids, parents and crafters of all ages. Our favorite gifts this year are: DIY ukulele kits, Kanye West lullaby CD, wooden coffee maker, our beloved RODY, 3D unicorn puzzle, graffiti art coloring book and washi tape. Lots of awesomeness under this roof! And as always… free wrapping.

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2026 S Milledge Ave., 706-543-2288 Video Link is currently having a “Going Out of Business” sale! Laserdiscs for $2, record albums for $4 and ALL DVDs (Blu-ray, boxed sets, Criterion, TV shows and new and old releases) are ALL priced at $10 or 3 for $20. We have MANY rare and out-of-print titles! If you’re buying DVDs for Christmas, SHOP US FIRST! All items are guaranteed, and sale runs through December 31. Merry Christmas to Athens!

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World of Futons

2041 W. Broad St., 706-353-1218 In 1984, starting with one bale of cotton, I made my first futon mattress, shortly after I got a friend to design a simple wooden futon frame. Soon I was ordering 20 bales of cotton at a time. Now 27 years later, we are still open, offering a wide selection of locally made futon furniture. I would like to thank you for your continued patronage and wish you all a happy new year. —David Frederick

* Services * Back to the Garden, 706-353-SOIL Get “Back to the Garden” this Holiday Season! Give a gift that keeps on giving. Got a garden? Want a garden? We produce the Worlds’ Finest Compost, Garden Soil and Mulches. We also offer Landscape and Arboricultural Consulting. Design and Build Gardens and Landscapes. We are experts in Tree Care and Removal. We take a holistic approach to the environment. Our clients are always happy and so are their yards. Be Safe, and Happy Holidays!

Bel-Jean Copy/Print Center

163 E. Broad St., 706-548-3648 Personalized stationery and note cards make a great gift for the hard-to-shop-for people on your list! We can also create custom Christmas cards, party invitations and calendars. Come to us for your special Christmas projects. Bel-Jean is locally owned and as been part of the downtown Athens community for over 29 years! Stop by any time!

Cook Coaching & Consulting LLC, 706-363-0539 Looking for a new (or better) job? Get your act together with help from Certified Career Coach and Resume Writer Sean Cook. Conveniently located downtown, Cook Coaching & Consulting LLC offers career coaching, resume/CV writing, custom LinkedIn profiles and a variety of career assessments, through SkillsOne. If cost is a concern, consider the weekly coaching group or our 7 Points to a Winning Resume e-book. See our website for Athens’ newest job search resource!

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and women’s pajamas are always needed. Donations can be brought to the Project Safe Thrift Store, located at the corner of Hawthorne and Prince avenues in the Bell’s Shopping center, Monday through Saturday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Pain and Wonder Tattoo 706-542-8350 Do you want to change your drinking habits? We are conducting a study on a medication for treating alcohol problems. Participation will include five in-person assessments, including four sessions of individual outpatient treatment. There is no cost for the treatment. You will be asked to take a medication or placebo on two occasions.

285 W. Washington St., 706-208-9588, This permanent artwork will be the gift that lasts forever. Highest sterilization standards in the industry. Be pierced using implant-quality jewelry. Gift certificates available. Artists include Chris Parry, Mike Groves, Graham Bradford and JP Alfonso. Piercers include Bethra and Randy. Members National Tattoo Association. Piercers are proud members of the Association of Professional Piercers.,

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threats & promises Music News And Gossip Epimetheus Would: of Montreal will release its new album, Paralytic Stalks, on Feb. 7, 2012. The band’s label, Polyvinyl, is accepting pre-orders as we speak. Initial tracking was done at Kevin Barnes’ home studio, and the album was completed with engineer Drew Vandenberg over at Chase Park Transduction. Although only one track, “Wintered Debts,” has been released for preview—and it’s a winding seven-and-a-half minute thing that starts acoustically and builds to a melodically noisy completion all the while with a vocal melody that hints at Grand Funk Railroad’s “Bad Time”—other influences on the album are reported to be “modern classical, neoprog, pseudo-country.” You can test drive it yourself over at and pre-order the record via

iTunes visualizer screen for over half an hour. As much as I dig the actual music, I keep thinking the whole thing is some sort of hoax-y commentary on music industry hype. If it is, then I applaud all involved. If it’s not, and it’s meant as a serious event, well, um, sorry? Go judge for yourself via Come Monday It’ll Be Alright: On Dec. 17 Nuçi’s Space will host an event named 4th of July in December: An American Celebration of Holidays and Good Value. Featured performers are Southern Trespass (The Shit-Hot Country Band’s new covers project), Forever Young (Second Sons performing “early-’70sesque folk-rock covers” like Dylan and Neil Young) and The Pencil Thin Reefer Band (members of Chapped Lips, The Caledonia Nightmare Band, et al.—including me—performing the hits of Jimmy Buffett). According to organizer Matt Hudgins, “It’s just supposed to be dumb, funny, and a chance to see people who usually take music really seriously not do that for a change.” Oh, it’s on, Hudge! The show costs $5 and will start at 8 p.m.

From Ashes Rise: Guitar builder Robbie Smith (Black Smith Guitars) has gotten a lot of press over the past few months for the guitar he built from the burned remains of the Georgia Theatre. The guitar will finally go up for auction Friday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. on the Theatre’s terrace. Raffle tickets are available now Three on Hump for $5 each, and you do Day: Folk duo The not have to be present Skipperdees will play to win. Originally schedGo Bar on Wednesday, uled to be auctioned Dec. 14, along with back in October, it looks Young Benjamin and like the guitar—made Bobby Be Good. The from materials salformer is a project from vaged from the fire— The Premonitions’ Matt will make its way to a Whitaker and gets a tip winner’s home before of the hat from me for Christmas. The fully un-ironically citing A playable electric instruFlock of Seagulls as an ment is autographed influence. Bobby Be by Widespread Panic, Good is a foursome of Davis Causey, Col. Bruce Georgia Theatre Guitar fresh-faced Marietta kids Hampton, The Avett now living in Athens Brothers, Randall Bramblett, Gillian Welch and who seem to have taken a page from the book many more. Raffle tickets can be purchased at of what I like to call the New Sincerity movethe Georgia Theatre box office and www.georment (e.g., Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver). If you miss out on this one, The Skipperdees will play the Athens Farmers Market on the morning Live Transmission: A rare event will happen of Saturday, Dec. 17. All the aforementioned Thursday, Dec. 15 at Little Kings Shuffle bands are on Facebook, so look for their proClub when Athens noiseniks Radio:Tahiti will files there. play for the first time in, by my estimation, at least a decade. The group—featuring foundNext Exit: Last week it was announced that ing and perennial members Jon Lester and longtime Drive-By Truckers bassist Shonna Steve Fitzpatrick—was a regular agitation Tucker had left the band. Although no specific in the Athens scene for several years in the reason was cited, an official statement from 1990s. Joining them are The Subliminator, Tucker said, “It’s time for me to move on Smokedog and Octa P.A., the last two of to the next great thing, whatever that may which also hardly ever play. So, you know, go be.” She joined the band in 2003, performed get some rare listening in. over 1,000 shows with the group, and has a dedicated following of her own among DBT Their Target Is Your Eyes: The Birdhouse, a fans. David Barbe will take over bass duties collective of newer Athens artists committed for the band for the foreseeable future. We to exploratory pop music and sound-making, wish Tucker well in whatever she goes on has a new DVD out featuring all-new tracks to do, and we’ll do our best to keep readers from Tree Spirit, Muuy Biien, Pretty Bird, posted concerning all new developments. Band Green Gerry, OOO, Cottonmouth, Kids leader Patterson Hood released a statement and The Circle. Featuring a running time that says, in part, “Her charm and spark will of approximately 40 minutes and available be irreplaceable, and her part in our last via download and physical discs, the entire decade of this band’s history is indisputthing is, at least reputedly and conceptuable. We will share in our fans missing of ally speaking, supposed to “put your head her.” To read the full statement, please see in the clouds.” What it really does, cally speaking, is make you feel like you’ve been staring through a kaleidoscope or at an Gordon Lamb


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ocal producer John Keane is well known for his work with R.E.M, the Indigo Girls, Widespread Panic, Uncle Tupelo and other noteworthy acts; he’s down-to-earth, friendly and highly sought-after in Athens and elsewhere. Keane may be a big-shot producer, but he has another fulltime gig: dad. Since his twin daughters, Paige and Rachel, were around 13 or 14, Keane has been accompanying them on traditional Christmas songs, performing these tunes for friends, family and the sheer fun of it. Calling themselves We Three Keanes, the trio decided to take it to the next level this year and record an album of their Christmas covers called O Christmas, Where Art Thou? For Keane and his daughters, this project is chiefly about the experience and secondarily about the future. “We had some friends that also sang and played guitar,” says Rachel, “and we wanted to make a CD with them just for fun.” “We always liked playing Christmas songs,” adds Paige, “and we already knew them. Also, we’re trying to save money for college tuition, because we both want to go out of state for college. We thought it’d be a good way to make extra money.” Clearly, Keane is an accomplished artist, but he doesn’t try to push his kids into his line of work. Rather, he seems to incorporate his passion into family life lightheartedly. “He did a contest earlier,” says Rachel, “where Paige, our brother Ian and I had to write a song, and he’d give $30 to the person who wrote the best song. I won that one.” “Bravo, Rachel,” replies Paige, in a jocularly begrudging (sisterly) tone. At 17, the Keane twins have their own future ambitions, but Paige does intend to remain on the artistic route. “I actually hope to pursue more of a theater career,” she says. “[Music] is more something we do as fun, not something I’d want to do as my job, professionally. I think that might take some of the fun out of it.” Rachel, on the other hand, doesn’t plan on studying the arts full-time. However, she acknowledges the need for art in her life. “I’m actually interested in international affairs,” she says, “and I want to go to school in Washington, D.C. But I’d definitely

do theatre and music while there. I don’t think I could give it up; I just wouldn’t want to pursue it as a career.” Recording with family members must be a different experience from what Keane is accustomed to, but he says that the production techniques were largely familiar on this project. “I didn’t really approach it that differently than I would recording a singer-songwriter type project, except for the fact that it was spaced out over such a long period of time. The girls are very busy with school and various drama productions at the high school, so I had to catch them when they weren’t busy and have them come in a little bit at a time and record these vocals… It’s pretty low-key… really oriented toward the vocal harmonies more than anything else.” When it comes to holiday music, there are countless songs to pore over. The task of picking the right tunes seems like a daunting one, but according to Keane, it wasn’t as difficult as one might think. “To me, it wasn’t really that big of a pot to choose from, because I don’t really like most Christmas music,” says Keane, with a laugh. “I let the girls pick songs that they wanted to do, and then I picked out a few songs… so it was kind of a group effort.” Paige describes the experience as “a good way to just hang out with our dad and get to know him better.” If Christmas is about family, We Three Keanes really hit the nail on the head this year. O Christmas, Where Art Thou? is available for purchase downtown at Wuxtry Records and Chick Music as well as online via www., iTunes and Amazon. Kevin Craig

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upstart roundup Introducing Athens’ Newest Talent THE SKIPPERDEES Americana/Folk/Bluegrass Lineup: Catherine Backus, Emily Backus. Influences: Strong women and sensitive dudes (Patty Griffin, Lucinda Williams, Dolly Parton, Townes Van Zandt, Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Ben Gibbard, The Carter Family) Over plaintive banjo and acoustic guitar, the twin Backus The Skipperdees sisters (occasionally joined live by Madison McDonald on mandolin) pay tribute to the quintessential sounds of Appalachia with earnest, poetic folk ballads. Emily says the duo has been “harmonizing since the womb” and are “influenced in equal parts by Spice World and Appalachia.” Yes, that’s Spice World, as in the film featuring The Spice Girls. I know, I don’t remember Folky Spice either, but before you dismiss the reference, visit The Skipperdees’ YouTube channel at TheSkipperdees and search for their series of “’90s November.” It’s a brilliant collection of their favorite ‘90s songs—performed on guitar and banjo—one for every day of the month. Yes, there is a Spice Girls track among them. Although the girls may have grown up with an affection for alternative pop and rock, it’s lucky for us they decided to pursue a more organic sound, as they do folk beautifully. For all original tunes, check out the girls’ new release, Here’s to Hoping, streaming on The record, says Emily, “tells of haunts literal and figurative” with what Flagpole’s own Gordon Lamb called “poetry worthy of Dickinson and an honesty rare as rubies.” Next show: Wednesday, Dec. 14 @ Go Bar SPACE TRUCKS NY Afro-Krautrock~1981 Lineup: Architecture, Mig Jiggler, Muddy Waters, Jazmin LaFleur, Johnny Burma, Hals Debs, Biz Quik. Shares members with: of Montreal, Grape Soda, Abandon the Earth Mission, We Hugged a Dolphin, Nutritional Peace, Lightning Bug vs Firefly, Supercluster. Influences: Zapp, Can, The Kalakuta Republic.


Revealing the true identities of the bandmembers that make up this wildly eclectic lineup might take something away from the delight of seeing them collect on stage for the first time, so we’ll leave the description just as ringleader Bryan Poole (AKA BP Helium, of Montreal) presented it. Of course, you might be able to wager a guess or two based on the list of bands that share members with Space Trucks. This brandnew group, with just a couple shows under its belt, has been cloaked in enigma since day one. The group’s debut show was described only as “a delicious dessert from the Late BP Helium,” but the mystery may have been more a result of circumstance than a marketing ploy.

“Space Trucks is a dare,” explains Poole. “Kris Deason [of Never] asked me if I wanted to play a show on 11-11-11. I said yes, but I didn’t have a band.” So, presumably, this as-of-yet-undefined band could’ve really been anything, but as it turns out, Poole couldn’t be

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more pleased with the direction it took. “This is a band I wish I had formed, say, five years ago,” he says. “I grew up on Afrika Bambaataa, Skyy, Lakeside and a bunch of other early-’80s funk bands. The last days of real funk bands. Bernie Worrel caused a stir in funk with his amazing synth basslines. Afrika Bambaataa heard Kraftwerk and freaked out and turned his gang into an art collective called the Zulu Nation. The Krautrock scene of the ‘70s with Can, Neu!, etc., was the embracing of a metronomic groove and sonic landscapes. Fela Kuti and his disciples applied similar principles mixed with American funky soul and local rhythms. All of these things are woven into Space Trucks.” The band’s debut show was a groovy kaleidoscope of textures from an impossible number of surprise instruments. Propulsive assorted percussion was punctuated by trumpets and saxophone and layered with psychedelic sounds from something Poole calls the “Fun Machine.” Guitars and keys danced together, and even their offspring, the keytar, made a guest appearance. It was a sort of wild, worldly jam and an impressively cohesive set for a debut performance. “We are still defining that sound,” says Poole. “Maybe it’s Primal Geometry. Its goal is focused more on the hips than the head. Telefunkenstein.” For a visual representation of the band, see Next show: The band is currently looking for a house party that’ll have ‘em. Yours? GLUPIST Future-Folk Lineup: Andrea DeMarcus, Danny Gorbachov, Stephen Gorbachov, Asia Meana, Elias Meana, Josh Wendling. Shares members with: Cicada Rhythm, Nuclear Spring, Firework Child, And Friends. Influences: “From the music made by the folksters of olde to the folk music of our modern day peers, friends and family.” The brothers Gorbachov are long-time friends with the Meana siblings, and the foursome started collaborating with DeMarcus and Wendling in Athens this past summer. Danny describes the band as “serious about not being taken too seriously,” and their psychedelic folk songs are underscored with a sense of humor (the blues tune “I Shit Gold” is a prime example). So far, the group has a 10-song demo for your listening pleasure, and there are plans for an EP to come out by the new year with a full-length to follow in the spring. Learn more at Next show: Wednesday, Dec. 28 @ Flicker Theatre & Bar Michelle Gilzenrat

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Tuesday 13 EVENTS: Bad Movie Night: Elves (Ciné Bar Cafe) Nazis dispatch a murderous elf to impregnate a virgin on Christmas Eve with the hope that this will somehow revive the master race. 8 p.m. FREE! www.facebook. com/badmovienight EVENTS: Deck the Hollow (Memorial Park) Holiday lights display at Bear Hollow Zoo with activities including live music, story telling, animal encounters and photo opportunities in the illuminated zoo. 5:30–7:30 p.m. FREE! (2 & under), $3. 706-613-3580, EVENTS: Drafts & Laughs (The Pub at Gameday) Local stand-up comedy. 9:30 p.m. 706-353-2831 EVENTS: Geminid Meteors and More (Sandy Creek Park) Come see a Geminid meteor shower, views of Venus, cloud belts, moons of Jupiter and the winter constellations. 6–8 p.m. $2. 706-613-3631, EVENTS: University Childcare Open House (University Childcare Center) UCC Director Nadia Perez and her staff will give tours of the facility and answer any questions that parents and children may have concerning the center’s daily operation. Dec. 13, 5–7 p.m. PERFORMANCE: Dancefx Performance (Cleveland Road Elementary School) All proceeds benefit the CASA Foundation. 5:30 & 7:30 p.m. Donations accepted. PERFORMANCE: Georgia Children’s Chorus (UGA Hodgson Hall) “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” a Christmas concert, is presented by the Hugh Hodgson School of Music. 7 p.m. $5. www. KIDSTUFF: Storytime (Oconee County Library) Enjoy a morning of stories, songs and crafts. For kids ages 2–5 and their caregivers. Every Tuesday and Wednesday. 10 & 11 a.m. FREE! 706-769-3950 LECTURES & LIT.: Book Release Party (Treehouse Kid and Craft) For Recipes for Press by Amy Flurry. 6–8 p.m. FREE! MEETINGS: Athens Fibercraft Guild (Lyndon House) The Guild welcomes all fiber artists. Margaret Agner will hold a mini-workshop on creating polymer buttons. Every second Tuesday. 12:30 p.m. FREE! 706-543-4319 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. For the next few weeks, a free pitcher of beer goes to the team with the best name! 8:30 p.m. FREE!


GAMES: Trivia (Shane’s Rib Shack, College Station) Every Tuesday! 7 p.m. 706-543-0050 GAMES: Trivia (Chango’s Asian Kitchen) Learn facts, eat noodles. Every Tuesday. 7:30 p.m. FREE! 706546-0015 GAMES: Trivia with a Twist (Johnny’s New York Style Pizza) Throw a lime in your Coors Light and compete! Tuesdays & Thursdays, 7:30–9:30 p.m. 706354-1515

Wednesday 14 EVENTS: Community HU Song (Lay Park) People of all faiths are invited to sing together with the Eckankar community. 7 p.m. FREE! 706-310-9499 EVENTS: Deck the Hollow (Memorial Park) Holiday lights display at Bear Hollow Zoo with activities including live music, story telling, animal encounters and photo opportunities in the illuminated zoo. 5:30–7:30 p.m. FREE! (2 & under), $3. 706-613-3580, EVENTS: Vinyl Wednesday Christmas Party (Blue Sky) Listen to great Christmas music on vinyl and drink hot chocolate/apple cider drinks and candy-cane mojitos. Christmas cookies included. 7–10 p.m. FREE! ART: Tour at Two (Georgia Museum of Art) Meet docents in the lobby for a tour of highlights from the permanent collection. 2 p.m. FREE! www. KIDSTUFF: Anime Club (Oconee County Library) Discuss anime and eat ramen noodles. Includes previews of anime, manga, J-Pop music, fan art and fan fiction. Ages 13–18. 6–8 p.m. FREE! 706-7693950 KIDSTUFF: Home School Science for Older Students (Sandy Creek Nature Center) Home-schooled students and parents are invited to explore interactive learning stations and go on a guided hike. 10 a.m.–12 p.m. $4. 706-613-3615, KIDSTUFF: Santa’s Workshop (East Athens Community Center) It’s not child labor if it’s fun! Kids ages 3-12 are invited to help Santa with some last-minute chores. Fill in for Santa’s depleted elf workforce and help feed the reindeer, decorate cookies, stuff the stockings and hang the lights! Call to register. 5–6 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3595 KIDSTUFF: Storytime (Oconee County Library) Enjoy a morning of stories, songs and crafts. For kids ages 2–5 and their caregivers. 10 & 11 a.m. FREE! 706-769-3950 KIDSTUFF: Wildcard Wednesday for Teens (ACC Library) Up next: Forensic Fun! Play with a few CSI techniques like lifting fingerprints


and comparng ink samples. Ages 11–18. 4 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 LECTURES & LIT.: Community Snapshots (Athens-Clarke County Library) Local artist Marilyn WolfRagatz presents “Living in a World of Art and Creativity,” viewable inperson or online via a live webcast. 12:30 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650, MEETINGS: AARP Monthly Meeting (Athens First Bank and Trust) This month: Speaker Delene Porter, CEO and President of the Athens Area Community Foundation. 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-340-9418 GAMES: Sports Trivia (Beef ‘O’ Brady’s) Test your sports knowledge every Wednesday night. 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-850-1916 GAMES: Trivia (Blind Pig Tavern) Wednesdays, 8 p.m. (Baldwin St. location), 8:30 p.m. (Broad St. location). 706-548-3442 GAMES: Trivia (Copper Creek Brewing Company) Test your trivia chops for prizes! Every Wednesday. 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-1102 GAMES: Trivia (Mellow Mushroom) Every Wednesday. 8 p.m. FREE! 706-613-992 GAMES: Trivia (Willy’s Mexicana Grill) Trivia with a DJ! Every Wednesday. 8–10 p.m. FREE! 706548-1920 GAMES: Trivia (Your Pie, 5 Points) Open your pie-hole for a chance to win! Every Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. FREE!

Thursday 15 EVENTS: Deck the Hollow (Memorial Park) Holiday lights display at Bear Hollow Zoo with live music, story telling, animal encounters and photo opportunities. 5:30–7:30 p.m. FREE! (2 & under), $3. 706-613-3580, EVENTS: Everyone Welcome X-Mas Party (40 Watt Club) Featuring live music from Clay Leverett & Friends, Mad Axes and Bo Bedingfield and the Wydelles. 9 p.m. $5, $3 w/ 2 cans of food or 1 unwrapped toy. EVENTS: Rally for a Better Athens (New Earth Music Hall) People against the Walmart developement gather to voice their opinions. 7 p.m. FREE! PERFORMANCE: Chicago the Band Presents an Evening of Holiday Music (Beechwood Stadium Cinemas) Transmitted live to the theater, the band will perform songs from their new holiday album, Chicago XXXIII, “O Christmas Three,” with additional rehearsal and behind-the-scenes footage and interviews. 7 p.m. 706-546-1012 PERFORMANCE: Willson Center Recital (UGA Chapel) Academic Director of Classics Jared Klein

“Dawgs and Dogs: The Works of Wingate Downs and Mary Engel” are on display at the Hotel Indigo gallery through December. performs songs by Franz Schubert in their native German. Handouts with English translations will be provided. 3–6 p.m. FREE! 706-542-3966 THEATRE: Hedwig & the Angry Inch (Town and Gown Players) John Cameron Mitchell’s provocative drag rock musical, directed by Eric Kumsomboone and Cameron Logan. Proceeds benefit the Boybutante AIDS Foundation. See Calendar Pick on p. 25. Dec. 15–17, 8 p.m. Dec. 17, 12 a.m. Dec. 18, 6 p.m. $12. KIDSTUFF: Baby Music Jam (ACC Library) Children ages 1-3 and their caregivers play instruments, sing and dance together! 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 KIDSTUFF: Big Kids Only! Storytime (ACC Library) Children in 1st-4th grades are invited for stories. 4:30 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 KIDSTUFF: Homeschoolers Chapter Book Review (Madison County Library) Elementary schoolage homeschoolers gather at the library to read and discuss a book together. Every Thursday. 2 p.m. FREE! 706-795-5597 KIDSTUFF: Read to Rover (Oconee County Library) Readers in grades 1–4 read aloud to an aid dog to improve reading confidence. 3:30–4:30 p.m. FREE! 706-769-3950 KIDSTUFF: Teen Book Club (East Athens Community Center) Ages 10-14. Every Thursday. 4:30–5:30

p.m. FREE! www.athensclarkecounty. com/leisure LECTURES & LIT.: Art Journal Release Party (Avid Bookshop) Athens’ own Carl Martin releases his art journal, Free Fall. 7 p.m. FREE! 706-352-2060 GAMES: Trivia (Dos Palmas Restaurant & Cantina) Trivia and drink specials. Every Thursday. 8 p.m. FREE! 705-353-7771 GAMES: Trivia with a Twist (Johnny’s New York Style Pizza) Tuesdays & Thursdays, 7:30–9:30 p.m. 706-354-1515

Friday 16 EVENTS: Closing Reception (Whole: Mind. Body. Art.) For the UGA Student Photography Association. DJ Justin Legend spins. 6 p.m. FREE! EVENTS: Deck the Hollow (Memorial Park) Holiday lights display at Bear Hollow Zoo with live music, story telling, animal encounters and photo opportunities. 5:30–7:30 p.m. FREE! (2 & under), $3. 706-613-3580, EVENTS: Fall Semester Commencement (UGA Stegeman Coliseum) Undergraduate ceremony hosts speaker James H. Shepherd Jr., chairman of the Shepherd Center

in Atlanta, and the graduate ceremony hosts Sylvia McCoy Hutchinson, professor emerita of reading education at UGA. 9:30 a.m. (undergrad), 2:30 p.m. (graduate). EVENTS: Georgia Theatre Guitar Raffle Drawing (Georgia Theatre) On the rooftop! A beautiful guitar was handmade using materials salvaged from the original Georgia Theatre after the fire. See photo in Threats and Promises on p. 16. 7 p.m. $5. ART: Opening Reception (Ciné Bar Cafe) For drawings and sculptures by Layet Johnson. 6–8 p.m. FREE! PERFORMANCE: Beta Burlesque (Go Bar) What a tease! Open-mic variety show hosted by Miss Effie. 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 THEATRE: Hedwig & the Angry Inch (Town and Gown Players) See Dec. 15 Theatre. Dec. 15–17, 8 p.m. Dec. 17, 12 a.m. Dec. 18, 6 p.m. $12. KIDSTUFF: Preschool & Toddler Storytime (Madison County Library) Stories, finger-puppet plays, songs and crafts. For ages 2–5. 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-795-5597

Saturday 17 EVENTS: Annual Honeypot Sale (Bee Natural) All-natural beeswax and botanical honeypot candles.

9:30 a.m.–2 p.m. FREE! EVENTS: Athens Farmers Market (Bishop Park) The last market of the year! Buy fresh, locally grown organic produce, locally crafted goods and freshly baked breads. Every Saturday. For the holidays, multiple craft vendors will set up their offerings of candles, bird houses, gourds, soaps and more. 8 a.m.–12 p.m. FREE! EVENTS: Contra Dance and Acoustic Jam (Memorial Park) Old-time contra dance with live music and calling, presented by the Athens Folk Music & Dance Society. Free lesson at 7:30 p.m. No partner needed. 8-11 p.m. $7, FREE! (under 18). EVENTS: Deck the Hollow (Memorial Park) Holiday lights display at Bear Hollow Zoo with activities including live music, story telling, animal encounters and photo opportunities in the illuminated zoo. 5:30–7:30 p.m. FREE! (2 & under), $3. 706-613-3580, EVENTS: Grand Opening (Bikram Yoga Athens) Free hot yoga classes for all skill levels. Dec. 17, 9 a.m., 12 p.m. & 4 p.m. Dec. 18, 10 a.m. & 4 p.m. FREE! www.bikramathens. com EVENTS: Ladies Zumba Night (Whole: Mind. Body. Art.) Dinner, then door prizes, then dancing, oh my! Catered dinner. Space is limited; call to register. December’s Ladies Zumba is open to men as well. 5:30–8:30 p.m. $20. 706-424-0195, ART: Draw-In and Opening Reception (Athens Institute for Contemporary Art (ATHICA)) For “OCCUPY: This Is What Democracy Looks Like,” a benefit exhibit supporting the OWS Movement. Add your art to the 99-cent wall at the Draw-In. 1–3 p.m. (draw-in), 7–9 p.m. (reception). FREE! www.athica. org ART: Holiday Market (Flicker Theatre & Bar) A collection of creations from local artists. 12–5 p.m. FREE! ART: Holiday Pottery Sale (Blue Bell Gallery) Works by Tina McCullough and Tammy Nance. Every Saturday through Dec. 24. 9 a.m.–1 p.m. ART: Mixed Media Photo Assemblage (The Loft Art Supplies) Artist Annette Paskiewicz will teach participants how to use personal photos and found objects to make an assemblage. 1–4 p.m. $40 (includes materials). 706-5485334, PERFORMANCE: First Presbyterian Christmas Concert (Performing Arts Center) “The Dawn of Redeeming Grace” Christmas concert. 7:30 p.m. FREE! THEATRE: Hedwig & the Angry Inch (Town and Gown Players) See Dec. 15 Theatre. Dec. 15–17, 8 p.m. Dec. 17, 12 a.m. Dec. 18, 6 p.m. $12. 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: Breakfast with Santa (Memorial Park) Eat breakfast and get a photo with the Jolly Old Elf. 9–9:45 a.m. or 10–10:45 a.m. $5. memorial KIDSTUFF: Breakfast with the Grinch (Rocksprings Community Center & Park) He’ll be posing for pictures with kids, whether he likes it or not. Come for a pancake break-

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Sunday 18 EVENTS: AAPACT Winter Party (Email for Location) Athens Adoptive Parents and Children Together asks attendees to please bring a covered dish or a dozen or more cookies for an exchange. 1:30–3:30 p.m. FREE! EVENTS: Deck the Hollow (Memorial Park) Holiday lights display at Bear Hollow Zoo with activities including live music, story telling, animal encounters and photo opportunities in the illuminated zoo. 5:30–7:30 p.m. FREE! (2 & under), $3. 706-613-3580, EVENTS: Grand Opening (Bikram Yoga Athens) Free hot yoga classes for all skill levels. Dec. 17, 9 a.m., 12 p.m. & 4 p.m. Dec. 18, 10 a.m. & 4 p.m. FREE! www.bikramathens. com EVENTS: Local Crafts Holiday Sale (Hendershot’s Coffee Bar) Locally made goods and gifts. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. FREE! PERFORMANCE: Holiday Celebration of Song (MadisonMorgan Cultural Center) Featuring Rachel Sterrenberg and including special guests Shelby McLeod, Stan DeJarnett, Andrew Ellis, The Ashburn Chorale and more. 7 p.m. FREE! (w/a canned good donation). THEATRE: Hedwig & the Angry Inch (Town and Gown Players) See Dec. 15 Theatre. Dec. 15–17, 8 p.m. Dec. 17, 12 a.m. Dec. 18, 6 p.m. $12. KIDSTUFF: Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus (Avid Bookshop) Take a photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus, hear Santa read a Christmas story and listen to live Brazilian music from Coconut Moon. 3 p.m. FREE! 706-352-2060 LECTURES & LIT.: Book Signing (Barnes and Noble Café) Local author Terry Kay will sign copies of his latest novels Bogmeadow’s Wish and The Greats of Cuttercane. 1–3 p.m. FREE! 706-354-1195 GAMES: Full Contact Trivia (Amici Italian Café) Sundays, 9 p.m. FREE! 706-353-0000 GAMES: Trivia (Buffalo’s Southwest Café) “Brewer’s Inquisition,” k continued on next page



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Monday 19 KIDSTUFF: Open Playtime (ACC Library) For children ages 1–3 with their caregivers. 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 GAMES: Rock and Roll Trivia (Little Kings Shuffle Club) Get a team together and show off your extensive music knowledge every Monday! Hosted by Jonathan Thompson. 8 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Team Trivia (Beef ‘O’ Brady’s) Win house cash and prizes! Every Monday night. 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-850-1916 GAMES: Trivia (Alibi) Every Monday night. 9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-1010

Tuesday 20 EVENTS: Holiday Potluck Dinner (Rocksprings Community Center & Park) Bring your homemade dish and share in holiday festivities like holiday bingo, holiday music and a visit from St. Nick. Call to register. 5–7 p.m. $3. 706-613-3603. 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. flickerbar KIDSTUFF: Santa’s Workshop (East Athens Community Center) It’s not child labor if it’s fun! Kids ages 3-12 are invited to help Santa with some last-minute chores. Fill in for Santa’s depleted elf workforce and help feed the reindeer, decorate cookies, stuff the stockings and hang the lights! Call to register. 5–6 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3595 KIDSTUFF: Storytime (Oconee County Library) Enjoy a morning of stories, songs and crafts. For kids ages 2–5 and their caregivers. 10 & 11 a.m. FREE! 706-769-3950 KIDSTUFF: Youth Christmas Party (Lay Park) Activities include a visit from Santa, games, refreshments and goody bags. For ages 3–10. 6–8 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3596 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. For the next few weeks, a free pitcher of beer goes to the team with the best name! 8:30 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Trivia (Shane’s Rib Shack, College Station) Every Tuesday! 7 p.m. 706-543-0050 GAMES: Trivia (Chango’s Asian Kitchen) Learn facts, eat noodles. 7:30 p.m. FREE! 706-546-0015 GAMES: Trivia with a Twist (Johnny’s New York Style Pizza) Tuesdays & Thursdays, 7:30–9:30 p.m. 706-354-1515

Wednesday 21 ART: Tour at Two (Georgia Museum of Art) Meet docents in the lobby for a tour of highlights from the permanent collection. 2 p.m. FREE! www.

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KIDSTUFF: Kids’ Yuletide Bash (Rocksprings Community Center & Park) Activities include holiday karaoke, crafts, dancing and more. 4:30–6 p.m. $2. 706-613-3603, rocksprings KIDSTUFF: Storytime (Oconee County Library) Enjoy a morning of stories, songs and crafts. For kids ages 2–5 and their caregivers. 10 & 11 a.m. FREE! 706-769-3950 KIDSTUFF: Winter Break Kick-Off Party (Oconee County Library) Party events include a book swap, scavenger hunt, talent show, prizes and a performance from Athens pop/ punk/folk band Werewolves. Ages 11–18. 7 p.m.–12 p.m. FREE! 706769-3950 GAMES: Sports Trivia (Beef ‘O’ Brady’s) Test your sports knowledge every Wednesday night. 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-850-1916 GAMES: Trivia (Blind Pig Tavern) Think you know it all? Wednesdays, 8 p.m. (Baldwin St. location), 8:30 p.m. (Broad St. location). 706-5483442 GAMES: Trivia (Mellow Mushroom) Every Wednesday. 8 p.m. FREE! 706-613-992 GAMES: Trivia (Willy’s Mexicana Grill) Every Wednesday. 8–10 p.m. FREE! 706-548-1920 GAMES: Trivia (Your Pie, 5 Points) Open your pie-hole for a chance to win! Every Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. FREE! * Advance Tickets Available

Down the Line EVENTS: Phil Kline’s Unsilent Night 12/23 (Little Kings Shuffle Club) Collective seasonal musical procession in which individuals gather to play music and noise while parading. Bring your own boombox and/or mp3 player. The parade will begin and end at Little Kings. 6:30–8 p.m. FREE! 706-369-3144 ART: Holiday Pottery Sale 12/24 (Blue Bell Gallery) Works by Tina McCullough and Tammy Nance. Every Saturday through Dec. 24. 9 a.m.–1 p.m. KIDSTUFF: Saturday Morning Zoo Tours 12/24 (Memorial Park) Learn the inside story of Bear Hollow Zoo’s residents. Every second and fourth Saturday. 10–11 a.m. FREE! www. EVENTS: A Taste of Oconee 1/28 (Oconee County Civic Center) Sixth annual event hosted by the Oconee County Middle School Band and Chorus Boosters. 5–8 p.m. $20 (adv.), $25.,

Live Music Tuesday 13 Applebee’s 10 p.m.–1 a.m. FREE! 706-543-1339 KARAOKE Every Friday. Flicker Theatre & Bar 8:30 p.m. FREE! COPPERMOUTH Local band consisting of Ethan Davis, Mike Gavrieldes, Christopher Henderson and Ron Winders. Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 TREEHOUSE Fusion of reggae, alternative jam rock.

The Melting Point Terrapin Bluegrass Series. 7 p.m. $5. GRASSVILLE These guys offer an original bent on contemporary bluegrass. No Where Bar 10 p.m. $2. 706-546-4742 DAVIN MCCOY Emotional, soulful songwriter with a bluesy jazz feel that’s been likened to Cat Stevens, Damien Rice and even Dave Matthews.

Blumenstock playing dreamy, inventive tunes driven by various percussive instruments and synth. ERIN LOVETT Half of Four Eyes plays a solo set. VESPOLINA Baroque pop-rock band featuring lush arrangements and clever wordplay, fronted by Daniel Aaron. The Office Lounge 9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-0840 KARAOKE With your host Lynn, the Queen of Karaoke!

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Boar’s Head Lounge 9 p.m. 706-369-3040 OPEN MIC NIGHT Welcoming singer-songwriters every Wednesday.

Caledonia Lounge 9:30 p.m. PIG MAN Solo project featuring Dead Confederate guitarist Walker Howle. HANK SULLIVANT Lead singer of rock band Kuroma plays a solo set, plus special guests! THOMAS HARDY MORRIS AND THE OUTFIT Come see the softer side of Hardy Morris, frontman for Dead Confederate. The Outfit plays reverby, haunting Americana and minor-key rock led by Morris’ distinctive vocals.

Caledonia Lounge 9:30 p.m. $7 (21+), $9 (18+). www. TURF WAR This band takes the lo-fi garage aesthetic of the Black Lips and turns it into something more than just another sound-alike. VG MINUS Kurt Wood plays drums in his new project. Expect deep punk and new wave covers. 8e’s Bar 9 p.m. FREE! (21+), $5 (18+). www. TECROPOLIS DJs Andyredrum, XB and Trogdor spin electro and dubstep all night. Farm 255 Jazz Night. 9 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. 40 Watt Club 8 p.m. $10 (adv.).* JOVONTAES Experimental, psycedelic tunes with eerie guitar feedback and a grungy attitude. WOODS Indie pop with a sunshine-y, psychedelic folk feel. See story on p. 19. Georgia Theatre 9 p.m. $5.* BROCK BUTLER Perpetual Groove frontman weaves complex, inspired, loop-based soul jams. This intimate show will take place on the balcony only. Go Bar 8–11 p.m. FREE! 706-546-5609 BOBBY BE GOOD Local acoustic group. THE SKIPPERDEES Charming local acoustic duo with rich, folky vocal harmonies and a sense of humor. YOUNG BENJAMIN Solo project of guitarist/banjoist Matt Whitaker (The Premonitions, Emergent Heart). 11 p.m. 706-546-5609 CLOUDRAT Female-fronted grindcore trio from Mount Pleasant, MI. GRINCHFINGER Grindcore. GRIPE Local grindcore/powerviolence. Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. $3. www.hendershotscoffeebar. com SCOTT SPILLANE Former Neutral Milk Hotel horn player and current Gerbils frontman plays a solo set every Wednesday in December. Little Kings Shuffle Club 10 p.m. 706-369-3144 BOYCYCLE Brand-new local band featuring Andre Ducote, Ashley Floyd, Austin Williams and Bryson

Flicker Theatre & Bar 8:30 p.m. $5. www.flickertheatreandbar. com MANIPULATION Hardcore punk. SHAVED CHRIST Local punk band featuring members of American Cheeseburger, Witches, Dark Meat and Hot New Mexicans. WADE BOGGS Local punk band featuring Ian McCord (Hot New Mexicans, Carrie Nations) and lots of catchy hooks. 40 Watt Club 40 Watt Xmas Show. 9 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+), $3 (w/2 cans of food or 1 unwrapped toy). BO BEDINGFIELD & THE WYDELLES Led by the vivid storytelling of Bedingfield, the Wydelles play heartland-inspired Americana. CLAY LEVERETT & FRIENDS Local maintstay Clay Leverett offers original country music ranging from bar-room swingers to heart-touching ballads. MAD AXES New band featuring exmembers of Deaf Judges. The rap group names “MIA, WTC, NWA, CCR, Run-DMC and Tom Petty” among its influences. Georgia Theatre 9 p.m. $5.* THE DARNELL BOYS The three Darnell brothers play and sing country blues originals backed by upright bass, singing saw and junkyard percussion. HIGH STRUNG STRING BAND This local act offers three-part harmonies and ramblin’, upbeat bluegrass on acoustic guitar, banjo and mandolin. Expect a blazing, high-energy set! WE THREE KEANES John Keane and his twin daughters sing classic Christmas songs. See story on p. 20. THE WHISKEY GENTRY Toe-tapping Americana ranging from bluegrass picking to punk-inspired songs. Go Bar 10 p.m. FREE! gobar DR. FRED’S KARAOKE Hosted by karaoke fanatic John “Dr. Fred” Bowers and featuring a large assortment of pop, rock, indie and more. Little Kings Shuffle Club Jon Lester’s Xmas Show. 10 p.m. 706369-3144 OCTA P.A. Side solo project from Mark Opel of The Savoir Faire and Golden Gates.

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Hedwig and the Angry Inch Athens Community Theatre It has been said by more than one veteran of the Athens music scene that, back in the day, no self-respecting townie boy would be without the necessary wardrobe and supplies to pull off fairly skilled drag at a moment’s notice. It’s hard to imagine nowadays, when drag is either represented by the occasional cabaret show or the travesty of frat boys stumbling around every Halloween in their girlfriends’ dresses and dime-store wigs, but there was a time when people in this town took their transvestism seriously, dammit. If the future of Athens drag is to have a face, then that face may rightly belong to Nathan Altman, who reprises his role as Hedwig in Town & Gown’s upcoming revival of John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask’s 1998 rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch, directed by Eric Kumsomboone and Cameron Logan. Set in the ‘70s, when glam and the Cold War were both in full flower, Hedwig is the classic story: boy meets boy, boy becomes girl (in order to escape East Germany and marry), boy’s operation is botched, boy/girl loses boy, who becomes a massive rock star while boy/girl fronts a rock band forever in her ex’s shadow. As Hedwig (né Hansel), Altman is a gender-bending vision of tragic rock and roll glory, backed by a solid band and Trask’s amazing score. The play, which draws from Mitchell’s own life and the aesthetic of Bowie, Iggy and Lou, has been a perennial international favorite for over a decade, spawning a cult film and many revivals. T&G’s production is co-presented by the Boybutante AIDS Foundation, and half the $12 ticket price will go to support that worthy organization. As it is one of T&G’s Second Stage productions, it is for one weekend only, and there will be no advance reservations taken: seating is first come, first served. It is therefore advised that you arrive early to purchase tickets as it is expected that these shows will sell out. [John G. Nettles]

RADIO: TAHITI First live show in 10 years! This local band uses samples and loops to creat a dark, industrial sound. SMOKEDOG Local guys Thom Strickland (vocals, guitar) and Jason Jones (drums) play a noisy motorik pulse with treated guitar. Says Jones, “noisy lo-fi boogie smeared over mechanical back-pocket beats.” THE SUBLIMINATOR Combining spoken-word poetry with experimental music, this one-man show from Atlanta backs his sometimes heavily processed words with sounds created from AirSynths, effects pedals and loops. The Melting Point 8 p.m. $6 (adv). $8 (door). THE SPLITZ BAND This band’s impressively wide range encompasses classic Motown, funk, disco and both old-school and contemporary R&B. No Where Bar 10 p.m. $3. 706-546-4742 NEW MADRID Echoing, Americana vocals and swift, proficient guitar. OLD YOU Bluesy rock from Charleston. SAM SNIPER Post-alternative, country-fried twang with big anthemic choruses, joyful harmonies and a strong melody/pop sensibility. The Office Lounge 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-546-0840 BLUES NIGHT The Shadow Executives host an open blues jam, kicking it off with a set of their own originals. Sign up at 8 p.m. Whole: Mind. Body. Art. 7:30 p.m. $5. www.wholemindbodyart. com DANCE! DANCE! PARTY! PARTY! A ladies-only freestyle dance session. It’s simple: No Boys. No Booze. No Judgment. (Legwarmers Optional.)

Friday 16 Applebee’s 10 p.m.–1 a.m. FREE! 706-543-1339 KARAOKE Every Friday. The Bad Manor 9 p.m. FREE! (21+), $5 (18+ before 11 p.m.), $10 (18+ after 11 p.m.). www. FERAL YOUTH Banging electro house, dubstep, with a dash of top40 remixes. Caledonia Lounge 10 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). SAVE GRAND CANYON Emotional and dynamic, this tenderfoot local band plays what it calls “organic alt-rock.” TASTES LIKE GOOD Local band mixes alt- and classic rock into a loud and rhythmic soundscape. Farm 255 10 p.m. FREE! GLUPIST New band featuring Danny Gorbachev, formerly of Nuclear Spring, singing playful folk rock. THE VIKING PROGRESS Patrick Morales has a lovely, tender voice that sings gentle, indie/folk ballads about love, death and isolation inspired by his time at sea. Flicker Theatre & Bar 8:30 p.m. FREE! GOSPEL MUSIC Solo project of indie-pop songwriter Black Kids bassist Owen Holmes. MOTHS Featuring Jacob Morris of Ham1, Moths plays a mostly acoustic sort of ‘70s folk-rock with a pop sensibility and an inevitable psychedelic tinge. OLD SMOKEY New band featuring members of Ham1 doing spaghetti western-style numbers. TOM TELEVISION Hip-hop and indie-rock songs over looped in-

strumentation from Thomas Valadez, Future Ape Tapes co-founder and bassist for Moths and Superfighter. 40 Watt Club Jon Guthrie: Living the Dream III. 6 p.m. $7 (21+), $9. CAROLINE AIKEN Aiken’s soulful voice purrs and growls the blues over bright finger-picking. GEOFF GUTHRIE BAND Smooth jams with a Southern rock attitude and soaring guitar solos. HERE TO ETERNITY Hard rock band. JOHN NEFF AND BO BEDINGFIELD Trucker guitarist John Neff teams up with local singer/songwriter Bedingfield for a special set. KARBOMB High-speed local punk band. KITE TO THE MOON Local band led by Timi Conley and featuring a stimulating live show with jubilant, rowdy pop music. MICHAEL GUTHRIE BAND Longrunning local mix of melodic, jangly British-sounding throwback rock. NORMA RAE This local four-piece plays soulful, distinctively Southern Americana. RAGGED ORCHIDS These South Carolina natives play alternative Americana. RICK FOWLER BAND Local guitarist Rick Fowler (Lonely White Boys, Ralph Roddenbery, etc.) specializes in classic British blues rock. SALVATION ARMY BAND No info available. SO IT GOES Socially conscious punk rock band that infuses elements of Spanish rock, folk and ska. THE TOWES No info available. Georgia Theatre 8 p.m. $12 (GA), $50 (VIP). BLOODKIN & FRIENDS EXILE ON LUMPKIN STREET Tonight the long-running Athens quartet will be joined by saxophone player Bobby Keys as the group takes

on Exile/Sticky Fingers-era Rolling Stones tunes. Hosted by the UGA Music Business Program. See Calendar Pick on p. 27. Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 DJ MAHOGANY Freaky funk, sultry soul, righteous R&B and a whole lotta unexpected faves. DJ set follows the burlesque show! Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. $5. THE SOLSTICE SISTERS Old-time country ballads, traditional folk and ‘40s-style swing with sweet, warm harmonies. Tonight they will be playing songs off their CD, Holiday Music from Around the World, plus a selection of Christmas singalongs. Las Conchitas Caliente 7–9 p.m. FREE! 706-353-2500 LATIN JAZZ With Seve Key on keyboards and Beto Cacao on sax. Little Kings Shuffle Club 10 p.m. FREE! 706-369-3144 EASYRIDER Spinning all your favorite jams from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. The Melting Point 9 p.m. $10 (adv.), $12 (door). www.* ABBEY ROAD LIVE The local cover band delivers a start-to-finish performance of The Beatles’ Abbey Road and tosses in other high-energy, later-era Beatles rockers. New Earth Music Hall XMAS DANCE PARTY Featuring gifts, prizes and giveaways all night long. No Where Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-4742 MELODIOUS GROUND It’s been five years since this band played together, and they are reunited for one night only! This rock group has a funky jam vibe that swirls with psychedelic flourishes. The Office Lounge 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-0850 5TH WHEEL Country meets Southern rock. Omega Bar 6 p.m. FREE! (ladies, 6–7 p.m.), $5–10. THE SEGAR JAZZ AFFAIR Smooth jazz tunes that provide a casual, relaxing atmosphere. Hosted by DJ Segar. Every Friday! Terrapin Beer Co. 5:30-7:30 p.m. $10 Glass. ILLICITIZEN Originally the solo project of singer-songwriter Eric Cavanaugh, Illicitizen has fleshed out its sound with a programmed rhythm section and Maria Zaccaro on bass. Whole: Mind. Body. Art. UGA Student Photography Association Closing Reception. 6 p.m. FREE! DJ JUSTIN LEGEND Spinning oldschool hip-hop from Eazy E to Biz Markie to Public Enemy.

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Caledonia Lounge 10 p.m. $5 (21)+), $7 (18+). www. DEAD FINGERS This Alabama duo plays minimalist folk rock. KALEN NASH Lead singer of local fiery, classic rock quartet Ponderosa. WHITE VIOLET Long singer-songwriter Nate Nelson’s solid new band features the same sweet, heartfelt indie-pop melodies for which he is known. Bishop Park “Athens Farmers Market.” 9 a.m.– noon. FREE! COCONUT MOON Brazilian music. (10:30 a.m.) THE SKIPPERDEES Charming local acoustic duo with rich, folky vocal harmonies. (9 a.m.) Farm 255 11 p.m. FREE! CRUN PUN New crunk punk from Christopher Ingham, Dain Marx, Patrick Goral and Brian Veysey. MAD AXES New band featuring exmembers of Deaf Judges. The rap group names “MIA, WTC, NWA, CCR, Run-DMC and Tom Petty among its influences and describes itself as “pro-life suicide rap.” SHOWTIME Elite tha Showstoppa’s band plays eclectic hip-hop mixed with rockin’ funky soul. TATERZANDRA Local band playing angular, often dissonant but catchy grunge that maintains a distinct sense of melody. DJ TRIZ Blending original compositions with electronica/hip-hop/ house/funk/D&B and dubstep.

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TEALVOX Alternative rock band with a hint of classic British rock. THUNDERCHIEF Local act with a West Coast punk sound influenced by classic rock.

NUCLEAR SPRING This local rock band plays sleazy, freaky psychedelic garage rock with loads of glam swagger. TWIN POWERS DJ Dan Geller (Gold Party, The Agenda) and friends spin late-night glam rock, new wave, Top 40, punk and Britpop.

Georgia Theatre A Benefit for the Buddy Christian Trust. 8:30 p.m. $5. www.georgiatheatre. com 16 TONS Reunited! This heavy-hitting and hard-driving local group pulls from strong traditions in performing its mountain music, bluegrass, honky-tonk and classic country tunes. Tonight’s set features special guest Kaitlin Jones. FIVE EIGHT Near-legendary Athens rock trio that consistently pumps out boisterous rock and roll. Tonight’s set features special guest Vanessa Hay of Pylon! THAYER SARRANO AND FRIENDS Local singer-songwriter and multiinstrumentalist with lovely, airy vocals singing dark, gentle melodies. Rounding out her band tonight will be Dan Nettles (Kenosha Kid), Jo Jo Glydwell (Modern Skirts), Seth Hendershots (Granfalloons) and Ted Kuhn (Marriage).

Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8:30 p.m. FREE! BREATHLANES Led by guitarist/ composer John Miley, Breathlanes features atmospheric, organic tones. Featuring Dave Spivey (keys), Darrin Cook (bass) and Jamie DeRevere (drums).

Go Bar 9:30 p.m. $3. 706-546-5609 ANCIENT WHALES Trancy, lo-fi indie-rock tunes with layers of psycedelic vocal harmonies. CAPTAIN #1 This band spins grand tales of death, love and life through low-key acoustic pop. THE CURL Surf guitar classics and surf interpretations of modern tunes.

Locos Grill & Pub 9 p.m. $10 (proceeds benefit Boys and Girls Club of Athens). Harris St. location. 706-548-7803 REDNECK GREECE Local artist sings swingin’ hillbilly honky tonk about “folks that grew up on the wrong side of the tracks” with both an earnest conviction and a biting sense of humor.

Little Kings Shuffle Club 10 p.m. $5. 706-369-3144 THE KNOCKOUTS This local group of all-star musicians plays original tunes that pack all the punch of punk rock with diverse, worldly melodies that draw on polka, bluegrass, Cajun and Irish folk music. DAVE MARR The former Star Room Boys singer with a deep and resonant country twang plays a solo set. RANCH Laura Morgan’s (Furlined Records) new rock project featuring Jim Willingham (Ham1) on guitar.

Nuçi’s Space “4th of July in December: An American Celebration of Holidays and Good Value.” 8 p.m. $5. FOREVER YOUNG Second Sons performing “early-’70s-esque folk rock covers.” SOUTHERN TRESPASS The ShitHot Country Band’s new covers project. THE PENCIL THIN REEFER BAND Members of Chapped Lips and The Caledonia Nightmare Band performing the hits of Jimmy Buffett. The Office Lounge “The Office Lounge Christmas Party!” Food at 6 p.m, music at 7 p.m. FREE! 708-546-0840 THE COMMON PEOPLE BAND Local group pays tribute to Motown’s greatest hits. Rock Paper Scissors Rummage & Craft Market. 7 p.m. CICADA RHYTHM Athens/Atlanta acoustic guitar and upright bass duo playing bluegrass-tinged indie folk. RUBY KENDRICK Local singersongwriter with a sweet voice and prodding, poignant lyrics. RYAN MOORE Solo set from Hans Darkbolt bassist and member of Brothers. VFW 8 p.m. $12. 706-549-5340 THE JESTERS Before R.E.M., Pylon or The B-52s, there were The Jesters. This celebrated rhythm and blues ensemble formed in Athens over 40 years ago. After periods of breaking up and reuniting, the latest lineup maintains its enthusiasm for Chelsea Goff


Flicker Theatre & Bar 8:30 p.m. FREE! XXXMAS No info available… but it’s probably both a little naughty and nice. 40 Watt Club Jon Guthrie: Living the Dream III. 6 p.m. $7 (21+), $9. THE ATHENS BAND High-energy teen rockers with classic rock influences, big riffs and anthemic choruses. BURNS LIKE FIRE Stewed, screwed, tattooed punk rock. CHRIS MCKAY AND 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. FREERIDE New collaboration featuring members of local rock bands Hayride and Free Mountain. JAY GONZALEZ Best known as the keyboardist for the Drive-By Truckers, solo, his innate pop sensibility is distilled into a bevy of flavors, from soft AM gold to insanely memorable guitar rock. REID HOWLAND No info available. LOVE TRACTOR Athens on-againoff-again alt-rock favorites for 30 years. LOWDIVE Local ska/reggae band. GABRIELA MEJIAS No info available. MICHAEL GUTHRIE BAND Longrunning local mix of melodic, jangly British-sounding throwback rock. NEW SOUND OF NUMBERS Experimental pop and post-punk project led by Hannah Jones, visual artist and percussionist for Supercluster. THE SPINOFFS Powerpop meets rock with this all-start lineup of Athens musicians including Bryan Howard, Kathy Kirbo, Chris McKay and Tim Payne.



Kite to the Moon plays the Jon Guthrie: Living the Dream III tribute show on Friday, Dec. 16 at the 40 Watt Club.

Friday, December 16

Bloodkin and Friends Exile on Lumpkin Street Georgia Theatre Beatles or Stones? Why pick? Bobby Keys has played with members of both. But the sax man is perhaps best known as a permanent fixture on the Stones’ recordings from ‘69–’74 (for example, that sleazy solo on “Brown Sugar”—that’s him). And the man himself, the guy who helped Keith Richards throw a TV set out of a hotel window (as seen in Cocksucker Blues), the man who accompanied John Lennon on his Lost Weekend in Los Angeles (along with Ringo, Harry Nilsson and Keith Moon), will be in town to help Bloodkin celebrate its 25th anniversary. Blookin frontman Daniel Hutchens says the group had been kicking around ideas for their big return to the Georgia Theatre, but the fact that they were able to nab Keys was total “happenstance.” Bloodkin’s manager had met Keys in the past and suggested the idea of bringing him onboard. Coincidentally, Bloodkin, still riding high on a wave of critical acclaim that met its 2009 release, Baby They Told Us We Would Rise Again, was talking with Terminus Records about putting out a five-CD anthology boxset (due out next year). It just so happened that a couple of guys at Terminus were pals with Keys. A phone call was made, Keys said “sure,” and that’s all there was to it. Save for a few strategic phone calls, Hutchens says he’s never met Keys, and they plan on rehearsing just once, the night before the show. But these are songs embedded in Hutchens’ DNA, and the sax parts Keys will play are his own. “This is classic Bobby Keys-era Rolling Stones: Exile on Main Street, Sticky Fingers,” says Hutchens of the set-list. “Plus, that’s just our favorite stuff in the world.” As if that lineup weren’t special enough, Bloodkin has asked a few local friends to hop on the bill as well. Expect appearances by Thayer Sarrano, Dodd Ferrelle, Betsy Franck, Jason Fuller and many more. V.I.P. tickets, which include a pre-show meet-andgreet with Bloodkin and Keys, are already sold out, but general admission tickets are available for $12. [Michelle Gilzenrat]

music from the ‘60s, featuring hit songs in the genres of rhythm and blues, soul and surf.

Sunday 18 Avid Bookshop 2:30 p.m. FREE! 706-352-2060 COCONUT MOON All girl four-piece band plays Brazilian music. The Georgian Tap Room 6 p.m. OPEN MIC Every Sunday. Hendershot’s Coffee Bar A Cowboy Angel Christmas. 8 p.m. FREE!www.hendershotscoffeebar. com ADAM KLEIN & THE WILD FIRES Local band playing a rustic blend of country, folk and Americana. DANIEL AARON AND HOLLY BELLE Members of Vespolina play acoustic tunes. THE GRANFALLOONS Georgians playing sunny Americana with twangy guitars, the occasional accordion and lots of pop melodies. JUSTIN EVANS & FRIENDS Evans incorporates elements of old-time fiddle, New Orleans jazz, blues and Americana. LITTLE COUNTRY GIANTS Stellar old-time folk, country and blues from Rome, GA. Playing a stripped down acoustic set as a duo (Russell and Cameron Cook on guitar and upright bass). VESPOLINA Baroque pop-rock band featuring lush arrangements and clever wordplay, fronted by Daniel Aaron. The Melting Point Totally ‘80s Holiday Toy Drive. 7:30 p.m. $10 (adv.), $13 (door). www.* THE HIGHBALLS Put on your bangle bracelets and tuck in those shoulder pads! Athens music vets The Highballs will perform a totally awe-

some set of ‘70s and ‘80s dance hits. Get $5 off food with a toy donation.

Monday 19 Little Kings Shuffle Club Little Kings Xmas Party. 9 p.m. 706369-3144 DANIEL AARON Frontman for local band Timber performs a solo set. JUSTIN EVANS Evans incorporates elements of old-time fiddle, New Orleans jazz, blues and Americana. CLAY LEVERETT One of this town’s finest country frontmen, Leverett has led both The Chasers and Lona, and recently opened for Travis Tritt in Atlanta. Full band tonight. PAUL MCHUGH Member of local band Pilgrim with a soulful, energetic voice and a bluesy guitar style.

Wednesday 21 Boar’s Head Lounge 9 p.m. 706-369-3040 OPEN MIC NIGHT Welcoming singer-songwriters every Wednesday. Caledonia Lounge 9 p.m. THE WINTER SOUNDS New wave, punk and synth-pop melded into well crafted and lyrically inspiring songs. Tonight will feature a special, low-key set on accordion and banjo with “as many Christmas songs and fun ‘80s covers as we can think of.” Farm 255 9 p.m. FREE! CALEB DARNELL Member of The Darnell Boys and Bellyache performs as part of Jazz Night. Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. $3. www.hendershotscoffeebar. com SCOTT SPILLANE Former Neutral Milk Hotel horn player and current Gerbils frontman plays a solo set.

Little Kings Shuffle Club 10 p.m. 706-369-3144 COLD ONES Local punk band featuring members of Christopher’s Liver, among others. Skuzzy and straightforward, with riffs and rough vocals, but not without melody. GRIPE Local grindcore/powerviolence. MAUSER Fierce, thrashy punk rock from Florida. SHAVED CHRIST Local grinder/punk band featuring members of American Cheeseburger, Witches, Dark Meat and Hot New Mexicans. Oconee County Library Winter Break Kick-Off Party. 7 p.m.– Midnight. WEREWOLVES Local pop/punk/folk group plays a special concert for teens (ages 11–18). * Advance Tickets Available

Down the Line 12/22 Mark Cunningham / Betsy Franck / Adam Klein (Flicker Theatre & Bar) 12/23 Karaoke (Applebee’s) 12/23 Rack of Spam (The Melting Point)* 12/27 Borderhop 5 (The Melting Point) 12/28 Open Mic Night (Boar’s Head Lounge) 12/28 Boycycle / Glupist / Woodworks (Flicker Theatre & Bar) 12/28 Scott Spillane (Hendershot’s Coffee Bar) 12/29 Break Science / Gramatik (Georgia Theatre) 12/30 Dex Romweber Duo (Farm 255) 12/30 Greg Hester / Mother’s Finest (The Melting Point)* 12/31 DJ Z-Dawg / Elf Power / Gring Star / The Whigs (40 Watt Club) 12/31 The Stumblin Toads (Amici Italian Café) 12/31 The B-53’s (Caledonia Lounge) 12/31 Quiet Hooves (Farm 255)

12/31 Qurious / Reptar / Velveteen Pink (Georgia Theatre)* 12/31 Dance Party w/ Harouki Zombi / The Gold Party / DJ List Christee / Yip Deceiver (Go Bar) 12/31 DubConcious / Trogdor (New Earth Music Hall) 12/31 Caroline Aiken / Mother’s Finest (The Melting Point)* 12/31 Bullet Proof (The Rialto Room) 1/1 Open Mic (The Georgian Tap Room) 1/5 Lil’ Malcom & The House Rockers (The Melting Point)* 1/6 Bobby Compton / Creston Maxey / Jeff Vaughn (Georgia Theatre)* 1/6 The Big Daddy’s Band (The Melting Point)* 1/7 The Swingin’ Medallions (The Melting Point)* 1/11 Basshunter 64 / Bubbly Mommy Gun / Future Ape Tapes / Laughing Eye Weeping Eye (Little Kings Shuffle Club) 1/11 Sarah Jarosz (The Melting Point)* 1/12 Drive-by-Truckers / Futurebirds (40 Watt Club) 1/12 Bubonik Funk / Eddie and the Public Speakers (No Where Bar) 1/13 Alabama Shakes (40 Watt Club) 1/14 Camp Amped All-Stars / Free Mountain (40 Watt Club) 1/14 Eddie and the Public Speakers / The Suex Effect (Georgia Theatre)* 1/18 Zoso (Georgia Theatre)* 1/19 Lunice / MiMOSA (Georgia Theatre)* 1/20 Langhorne Slim (40 Watt Club)* 1/20 Randall Bramblett Band (The Melting Point)* 1/21 Old 97’s / Those Darlins (40 Watt Club)* 1/21 Mountain Heart / Tony Rice (The Melting Point)* 1/25 Erick Baker / Callaghan (The Melting Point)* 1/26 Emancipator / Little People (Georgia Theatre) 1/27 Yacht Rock Revue (Georgia Theatre)* 1/27 Agobi Project / Ployd / Rooftop Society (New Earth Music Hall) 1/28 Deja Vu (The Melting Point) 1/30 The Mountain Goats / Nurses (40 Watt Club) 1/30 Beacon / Tycho (Georgia Theatre)* 2/2 Carolina Chocolate Drops (Georgia Theatre) 2/3 The Four Thieves (Terrapin Beer Co.) 2/3 Anvil / The Athens Band (The Melting Point) 2/4 Domino Effect (No Where Bar) 2/4 Sons of Sailors (The Melting Point) 2/7 String Theory (The Melting Point) 2/10 Andrew, Scott & Laura / Jeff Mangum (40 Watt Club) 2/10 Grains of Sand (The Melting Point) 2/11 Andrew, Scott & Laura / Jeff Mangum (40 Watt Club) 2/11 Medeski Martin & Wood (Georgia Theatre) 2/11 Illicitizen (Terrapin Beer Co.)

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ART 37th Juried Exhibition: Call for Artists (Lyndon House Arts Center) Professionally oriented art competition seeks submissions from Athens area artists working in visual media. Submit 1-3 works of art to the Lyndon House on Jan. 26 between 12:30–8:30 p.m. or Jan. 27 between 10 a.m.–4 p.m. $25 (entry fee). 706-613-3623 Call for Artists (Amici Italian Café) Seeking art for display at Amici Italian Cafe. Send inquiries to Call for Entries (Georgia Museum of Art) Seeking responses to the Kress Collection in all media through Feb. 1. No entry fee. $500 prize for 24 selected artists, writers, musicians, etc. See www.georgia for details.

CLASSES Advanced Computer Classes (Oconee County Library) Classes by appoinment are taught one-on-one by the library’s computer specialist. 706-769-3950, watkinsville@ Athens Vertical Pole Dance Academy (Canopy Studio) Ongoing pole dance classes for beginners and intermediate students. 706-347-3708, 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, Bellydance for Fitness (YWCO) Have fun and exercise at the same time. Mondays & Wednesdays, 6–7 p.m.

Classes at Full Bloom (Full Bloom Center) Offering courses in preparing for birth, hypnobirthing and yoga. Check webside for calendar. Clay Classes (Good Dirt) Weekly “Try Clay” classes ($20/person) every Friday from 7-9 p.m. “Family Try Clay” classes every Sunday from 2-4 p.m. 706-355-3161, Eight Silken Qigong (Red Lotus Institute) Experience moving meditation to improve your health and harmonize your mind, body and spirit. Saturdays, 9-10 a.m. $10. Figure Drawing Sessions (Fringe Collective Artistic Studios) Weekly drop-in sessions. Must be over age 18. Sundays, 2–4 p.m. $10. 706-540-2727, fringecollective Garden Geology (State Botanical Garden) Explore the Georgia Piedmont and Eastern Blueridge rock types found at the garden. Wednesdays, Jan. 11–Feb. 29, 4–6 p.m. $40. 706-542-6156, Genealogy 102: Census Records Online (Oconee County Library) Research family history online using Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest Online. Must have previous basic computer skills. Call to register. Dec. 19, 3–4:30 p.m. FREE! 706-769-3950 Gentle Hatha Drop-In Yoga (St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church) From certified instructor Mike Healy. Tuesdays, 5:30–7 p.m. $9. 706-5430162, Giving and Receiving Productive Feedback (Athens Technical College) Learn to communicate effectively at work and home. Dec. 20, 8 a.m.–12 p.m. $49. 706-369-5876


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Cute 14-pound Terrier is about a year old, tri-colored with lots of fringe and a tiny underbite. He was happy being carried or walking on a leash.




Very handsome and sleek, black and tan Shepherd mix is built like a greyhound. Friendly and playful with folks and other dogs. Young, neutered male.


Gymnastics (Bishop Park) Registering now for the winter and spring gymnastics program. Classes offered for children ages 12 months through adults. 706-613-3589, Health and Wellness Classes (Athens Community Council on Aging) Senior-friendly Ballroom Dancing, Line Dancing, Yoga, Tai Chi and more! Go online for a complete schedule. 706-5494850, Holiday Clay Classes (Good Dirt) Be productive and creative this season! Complete schedule online. 706-355-3161, Improvisational Comedy Workshop (Floorspace) Lisa Mende, professional actress and comedian, leads an 8 week class for beginning actors. Begins Jan. 14. $120 (before Dec. 14), $160. Italian Lessons and Tutoring (Call for location) Personalized Italian lessons and tutoring for any level of Italian from Jeff Kilpatrick, Italian Instructor at UGA with a Ph.D. in Linguistics. 805-448-1657, kilpatrickjeff@ Monologues and More! (Memorial Park, Quinn Hall) This program uses simple monologues, skits and improvisational scenarios to explore the benefits of drama, discover different emotional responses and build self-esteem. For teens and adults with cognitive disabilities and their caregivers. Call to register. Mondays, Jan. 9–Feb. 13, 1–2 p.m. $30-40. 706-613-3628, www.athens Online Computer Class (ACC Library) Introduction to Word 2007. Dec. 20. 10–11:30 a.m. 706-6133650, ext. 354. www.clarke.public.

Big, laidback Lab and Pointer mix. He’s white with little spots. He’s had some obedience training, is great on a leash and knows “sit” and probably more. Very calm and confident.


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“Buon Natale” holiday prints by Libby Bailey are on display at the GMOA through Jan. 8. Power Yoga (Active Climbing) Vinyasa flow yoga. All levels welcome. Every Sunday. 11:45 a.m.–1 p.m. FREE! (first class), $5–8. Reiki (Over the Moon Creative Possibilities) Drop in for a 10-minute, non-invasive therapy. Wednesdays, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. and Thursdays, 4–6 p.m. $10. 706540-2712 Tai Chi (Rocksprings Community Center & Park) Senior adults can learn the ancient art of Tai Chi. Thursdays. 11 a.m. $3 (ACC residents). $5 (non-ACC residents). rocksprings Winter Classes (Good Dirt) Now registering for clay classes, wheel throwing, handbuilding and sculpture. Classes begin January 14. 706355-3161, Winter/Spring Art Classes (Lyndon House Arts Center) An array of beginner and advanced classes in a variety of disciplines for all ages. Register now. 706-613-3623, lyndonhouse Yoga Classes (Total Training Gym & Yoga Center) Check website for dates and times. On-going. 706316-9000, www.totaltrainingcenter. com 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, Yoga Teacher Training (Call for location) Four-month program beginning in January that teaches yoga students how to become

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HELP OUT! Become a Mentor (Boys and Girls Clubs of Athens) Volunteer one hour per week to make a difference in the life of a child. Training provided. 706-546-5910, Blood Drive (Red Cross Donor Center) Give the gift of life! Call to make an appointment today. 706546-0681, 1-800-RED-CROSS, Drivers for Veterans Volunteers needed to drive veterans to Athens and Augusta hospitals. Background check required. VA furnishes vehicles. Call Roger at 706-202-0587. Food Drive (Red Cross Donor Center, 3525 Atlanta Hwy) The American Red Cross is collecting food for our neighbors and pets in need through December. Donations benefit Project Safe and the Athens Area Humane Society. Monday–Wednesday, 1–7 p.m. Thursday–Saturday, 8 a.m.–3 p.m. Give-a-Gift Tree (Oconee County Library) The Give-a-Gift Tree will be decorated with ornaments representing books, CDs, DVDs and other supplies that the library needs. Community members are encouraged to choose an ornament from the tree and donate the cost of the item. Gifts donated in an individual’s name will include a commemorative book plate. Through December. 706769-3950

Soccer Coaches Needed (Southeast Clarke Park) Volunteers needed to coach ages 4–8 for upcoming indoor season. Call for information. 706-613-3589,

KIDSTUFF Atomic Science kids (Rocksprings Community Center & Park) Fun afterschool experiments. Ages 6–12. Pre-registration required by Dec. 19. Tuesdays, Jan. 3–31. 4–5 p.m. $4 per class. 706-6133603, rocksprings Call for Submissions (Oconee County Library) The library seeks poetry, art, comics, prose, stories or anything else creative for the Teen Zine. Ages 11–17. Submit by Dec. 31. 706-769-3950 Family Creative Movement (Floorspace) Explore creative movement. For parents and children of all ages. Wednesdays, 10 a.m. $6–12. Holiday Mini-Camp: An OldFashioned Christmas (Memorial Park) Three-day camp exploring the ways winter holidays were celebrated throughout history. Pre-registration required by Dec. 14. Dec. 19–21. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. $45. 705-613-3580 Kids’ Clay Classes (Jennifer Jangles Studio and Gallery) Now registering for six-week classes. Call for details. $120. 706-207-9032, Knee-High Naturalists (Sandy Creek Nature Center) Ageappropriate nature exploration, hikes

and crafts. Alternating Wednesdays, 3:30–4:30 p.m. $24. 706-613-3515, creeknaturecenter Mama-Baby Yoga for Crawlers (Mind Body Institute) Wednesdays, 12:30 p.m. $60 (10 classes). 706-475-7329, www.armc. org/mbi Mommy and Me Nutrition Cooking (Rocksprings Community Center) Teach children about basic nutrition. Register by Dec. 19. Wednesdays, 11 a.m.– 12:30 p.m. Jan. 24–Feb. 22. $3 per class. 706-613-3603, www.athens Out-of-School Workshop (Good Dirt) Give the kids time to be creative this holiday break. Call to register. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. $55. 706355-3161, Theatre Classes (Athens Little Playhouse) Drama classes. Begins Jan. 17. Tuesdays, 5–6 p.m. (beginner). Thursdays, 5–6 p.m. (intermediate).$65 (per month). athenslittle Winter Explorers Mini Camp (Sandy Creek Nature Center) Children ages 4–12 participate in

nature activities, arts and crafts, and hikes. Dec. 28–30, 9:30 a.m.– 12:30 p.m. $16. 706-613-3615, Youth Basketball Registration (Various Locations) Sign-ups for recreational basketball leagues at Bishop Park, East Athens Community Center and Lay Park. 706-613-3589, ZumbAtomic for Kids (Whole: Mind. Body. Art.) Mondays & Wednesdays, 6:30–7:30 p.m. $6. 706-424-0195, www.wholemind

SUPPORT Alzheimers Support Group (Athens Community Council on Aging) Lunch served. Third Tuesdays. 12 p.m. FREE! RSVP 706549-4850, ANAD Support Group (Holy Cross Lutheran Church) For individuals suffering from eating disorders. Saturdays, 10 a.m. 678-612-2697,

ART AROUND TOWN Amici Italian Café (233 E. Clayton St.) Abstractexpressionist original acrylics by Frances Jemini. Through December. Antiques and Jewels (290 N. Milledge) New paintings by Mary Porter, Lana Mitchell, Taylor Dubeau and others. Through December. Art on the Side Gallery and Gifts (1011B Industrial Blvd., Watkinsville) A gallery featuring works by various artists in media including ceramics, paintings and fused glass. Artini’s Art Lounge (296 W. Broad St.) Vernon Thornsberry’s classical oil paintings interjected with his own life experiences. Through January. ArtLand Gallery (2 S. Main St., Watkinsville) Works by Hatidza Mulic. Through Jan. 15. Athens Institute for Contemporary Art (ATHICA) (160 Tracy St.) Works by 99 artists for $99, $9.99 and 99 cents to benefit the Occupy Athens protesters. Through Jan. 8. Aurum Studios (125 E. Clayton St.) Paintings by Rich Panico and Coco. Through Jan. 17. Ciné Bar Cafe (234 W. Hancock Ave.) Drawings and collapsible sculptures by Layet Johnson. Opening reception Dec. 16. Through Jan. 15. • “The Fabric of Things” features still-life paintings from UGA Gallery Director Jeffrey Whittle. Through Dec. 14. 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 Matt Alston, Michael Pierce, Nick Joslyn, Peter Loose and more. Flicker Theatre & Bar (263 W. Washington St.) Works by Jill Carnes. Through December. Georgia Museum of Art (90 Carlton St.) “All Creatures Great and Small” features works depicting animals created by self-taught American artists. Through Apr. 20. • Pioneering artist Bill Viola brought video art to greater prominence in the contemporary art world of the ‘70s and ‘80s. Through Feb. 19. • “Buon Natale” features holiday woodcuts with a distinctly Italian flavor by Libby Bailey. Through Jan. 8. • “Horizons” includes 12 androgynous, life-sized cast-iron figures by Icelandic artist Steinunn Dorarinsdottir. Through Jan. 31. • Temporary display complementing “Dale Nichols: Transcending Regionalism,” featuring images of the Midwest by American artists from the permanent collection of the GMOA as well as objects on extended loan from the collection of Jason Schoen, Princeton, NJ. Through Feb. 27. • “Introduction to the Centers” is a small, daily exhibition introducing the Henry D. Green Center for the Study of the Decorative Arts, one of the four new units of the museum. Through Mar. 4. • “Lycett China” contains 30 painted porcelain pieces by Edward Lycett. Through Mar. 4. • “Originality by Subscription,” was originally printed in l’Estampe Originale, a quarterly started in March 1893 in France. Through Dec. 31. The Grit (199 Prince Ave.) Recent drawings by James Greer. Through Jan. 8.

Emotional Abuse Support Group (Call for location) Demeaning behavior can be just as harmful as punches and kicks. Childcare is provided. Call the Project Safe hotline: 706-543-3331. Wednesdays, 6:30–8 p.m. Emotions Anonymous (Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens) Informal and supportive 12step program. Fridays, 3:30–4:30 p.m. at Aloha Counseling. Sundays, 4–5 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. 706-202-7463, Mental Health Support Groups (St. Mary’s Hospital) NAMI Connections, 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month. Emotions Anonymous, 2nd and 4th Thursdays. Thursdays, 6:30–8 p.m. 706-5401320,

ON THE STREET Holiday Recordings for Families (Pigpen Studios) Sing and record your favorite holiday songs. 706-461-2584, f

Heirloom Cafe and Fresh Market (815 N. Chase St.) Artwork by Karla Pruitt. Through December. Hotel Indigo (500 College Ave.) “Dawgs and Dogs: The Works of Wingate Downs and Mary Engel.” Through December. Jittery Joe’s Coffee (297 E. Broad St.) Large portraits by Lea Purvis. Through December. Just Pho…and More (1063 Baxter St.) “Funky Fruits and More” includes a variety of paintings, prints and new work from Pamela Rodgers Smith. Through January. Lyndon House Arts Center (293 Hoyt St.) “Community,” features works of art by by students of the Clarke County School District, emphasizing the theme of community and connection. • “Deck the Walls” is a holiday-themed market on display in the Gallery Shop and Ronnie Lukasiewicz Gallery. Through Jan. 7. Madison-Morgan Cultural Center (434 S. Main St.) “Scapes” is an exhibition of landscapes, cityscapes and seascapes by Steffen Thomas. Through Feb. 18. Mama’s Boy (197 Oak St.) Original photography by Brooke Easler Bryant. Through December. The Melting Point (295 E. Dougherty St.) Original paintings by Anthony “Garbo” Garan. Through December. OCAF (34 School St., Watkinsville) The Artist Shoppe features the works of 35 regional artists. Oconee County Library (1080 Experiment Station Rd.) Abstract paintings and still lifes combining Cubism and realism by Teri Levine. Through December. Over the Moon Creative Possibilities (159 N. Jackson St., Suite 31) New gallery featuring the Georgia Theatre Art Quilt and artwork by Timothy and Jennifer Schildknecht. Through December. Republic Salon (312 E. Broad St.) Cut paper portraits by David Broughton. Through December. State Botanical Garden of Georgia (2450 Milledge Ave.) “Forged from Nature” is an outdoor series of sculpted garden gates by artist Andrew T. Crawford. Through Dec. 23. StudiO (675 Pulaski St.) “Breathing Room” is a collection of landscape photography by Brian Cole. Through January. Trace Gallery (160 Tracy St.) Detailed and colorful artwork by Jim Barsness. Through Jan. 20. UGA Science Library (210 DW Brooks Dr.) Scientific illustrations by Sam Davidson from Monteverde, Costa Rica in pen and ink, carbon dust and watercolor. Through December. Visionary Growth Gallery (2400 Booger Hill Rd., Danielsville) “Drawing Pretty Pictures Is a Way to Meet God in the World Like It Is” features works by Lois Curtis, Carter Wellborn, Peter Loose, Alpha Andrews, Betty Wansley and Annie Wellborn. Through April. Walker’s Coffee & Pub (128 College Ave.) Artwork by Ben Harris. Through December. White Tiger Gourmet Food & Chocolates (217 Hiawasee Ave.) Ceramic plates and sculptures by Jasey Jones. Through December.



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I am in my early ‘20s. I have been dating this girl for a couple of months. Things are going great. We see each other a couple times a week, talk most days on the phone, and spend the night together most weekends. We are both very serious about school, and we both have fairly active lives outside of that with social and volunteer activities, and I have a part-time job. This means that unlike every other relationship I have had, she doesn’t insist on spending every possible moment together, which is great because I am the kind of guy who likes to have some time to himself. She is very close to her family, which is very large. They all live in a town a couple hours away from here. I have very little family and have never been close to them. I have no plans to go home for the holidays. Partially this is because I have to work, and partially because I frankly just don’t care. My family is nearer than hers, but they don’t do much for the holidays anyway. I will probably go home for a day or two to see my mom after Christmas. She is fine with that. My girlfriend, on the other hand, is not. She thinks I should go home, and that if I am not going to go home that I should go with her to spend the holiday with her family. The problem is that I haven’t met her parents yet, and I just don’t think Christmas is a good time to do that. It’s a big deal in her family, which means that not only will there be parents and siblings, but also aunts, uncles and cousins. I’m sure her family is great. She has told me all about them, and I am sure that they would be nice and welcoming. But I don’t feel that this is an appropriate time to intrude on a family that I am not yet really a part of. She insists that it would be fine and even had her mother invite me personally. What should I do? Grinch? No matter what you think of your girlfriend’s assessment of the situation, there is no mistaking an invitation that comes directly from her mother. While I can appreciate your hesitation, you really needn’t feel intrusive after that. I assume with a situation like she has that your girlfriend will be going home for several days. For a guy who is as busy as you are, that doesn’t really seem practical, right? So, maybe you can make the drive just for the holiday, or drive there on Christmas Eve, stay through Christmas, and come home the day after? As long as it fits into your work schedule, of course, and as long as you will still be able to go see your own mother. If you think about it, this situation is actually less pressure than if you were to meet them another time. There will be meals and gifts and other family to worry about, and you won’t be the center of attention. Plus, your girlfriend will be happy, and you won’t spend the holiday alone. Win-win.

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$575/mo. 2BR/2 private BAs. 3 min. to campus. Lg. LR, kitchen w/ DW, W/D conn., deck, lots of storage, water & garbage incl. in rent. New carpet & paint, very safe area, no pets. 145 Sandburg St. Avail 12/1. Owner/ Agent. Call Robin, (770) 2656509. $460/mo. Huge 1BR apt., walk-in closet, on-site laundry facilities, 18-unit complex off N. Milledge. (706) 764-6854, leaseathens. com, Lease Athens, LLC. Affordable, in-town 1BR apt., just $400/mo. Very basic, but clean & quiet. Convenient ARMC/ Normaltown area, low $99 sec. dep., move in now or pre-lease, (706) 788-2152 or GaAveApts@ 2BR/1BA & 1BR/1BA apts. Great in–town n’hood. Walk everywhere. Water & garbage paid. $490– $695/mo. Check out boulevard or call (706) 548-9797.

2BR/1BA off King Ave. Normaltown area. In quiet, safe n’hood. Water & garbage paid. Total electric, CHAC. No smoking. No pets. $575/mo. Available now. (706) 850-5510. 3BR/2.5BA townhomes reduced again! On Eastside. On bus route. FP. W/D incl. Spacious & convenient. Pets welcome. Avail. immediately. Now only $600/ mo.! Aaron, (706) 207-2957. Affordable 1BR/1BA Normaltown efficiency apt., water & garbage p/u incl. Move in today for just $450/mo. w/ only $99 security dep. Call (706) 788-2152 or email Available Jan. Large 1BR Dwntn. Out of bar scene, close to everything. Historic bldg. Light w/ large windows. DGH Properties. Call George, (706) 340-0987.

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Baldwin Village, 2BR/1BA, $ 7 0 0 / m o . a c ro s s s t re e t from UGA. Gas heat & water, central AC, laundry on premises, free on-site parking, no pets. Avail. now. (706) 354-4261. Eastside quadraplex, 2BR/2BA, $500/mo. & 2BR/1BA, $475/ mo. Eastside duplex, 2BR/1BA & FP, $475/mo. 3BR/2BA & FP, $650/mo. Call McWaters Realty, (706) 353-2700 or cell, (706) 540-1529. Half off rent 1st 2 mos. when you mention this ad! 2BR/2BA apts. a few blocks f ro m D w n t n . o ff N o r t h Av e . Pet friendly & no pet fee! Dep. only $150. Rent from $625-675/mo. incl. trash. ( 7 0 6 ) 5 4 8 - 2 5 2 2 , w w w.



2BR/2BA condo apt. Eastside. Avail now! On bus line. Lg. rooms, W/D, swimming pool on grounds, no pets. $575/mo. (706) 2073427. Dwntn. Athens Luxury Condo – The Georgian. 1BR/1BA only 2 blocks from UGA’s N. Campus. HWflrs., granite counter tops, 10 ft. ceilings, stainless steel appls. Secure bldg, parking. $199,900. (706) 540-1150. Tw o - s t o r y 3 B R / 3 B A i n T h e Woodlands for rent. $450/ mo. per room. Will rent to an individual or roommates. Gated community w/ amenities near UGA. Contact

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Loft, 640 sf. Chase Park artist complex. Granite, c e i l i n g f a n s , w a s h e r, storage. Nice! Nathan, (478) 290-6283, (478) 2748141. Was $600, now $549. Pictures on Facebook, “Bracewell Lofts.”

Just reduced! Investor’s Westside condo. 2BR/2BA, FP, 1500 sf., great investment, lease 12 mos. at $550/mo. Price in $40s. For more info, call McWaters Realty at (706) 353-2700 or (706) 540-1529.

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2 Dwntn. bars for sale. 150K & 250K. Serious inquiries only. (706) 254-4343. Eastside offices, 1060 Gaines School Rd. Rent 750 sf. $900/ mo., 450 sf. $600/mo. (706) 5461615 or athenstownproperties. com. For Lease. Prime commercial street level space in Dwntn. Athens. 2500 sf. avail. in Jan. (706) 296-7413. Paint ar tist studios-160 Tracy St. Historic Boulevard area artist community. Rent 300 sf., $150/mo. 400 sf., $200/mo. or (706) 546-1615.


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Heart of Normaltown! 1BR+ Bonus/1BA, $575/mo. Be the 1st to live in this completely renovated, spacious duplex., (706) 546-6900. Priced to go! Available Jan.1.

Houses for Rent 194 Childs Street, 2BR/2BA. One of the best houses and locations in Boulevard, $950. 2BR/1BA, 440 Yonah. Screened-in porch, FP, W/D. Great price! $695/mo. (706) 548-9797 or boulevard 170 N. Church St. 2BR/1BA. 4 blocks to 40 Watt/UGA. Pets OK, no fees. Fenced yd., deck, screened porch, W/D, stove, fridge. $800/mo. Dan, (516) 507-8654. 175 Sylvan Dr. 3BR/1BA home w/ great location near ARMC. $900/mo. Avail. now! Pls. call (706) 540-1810, (706) 433-2072, or email cbolen@upchurchrealty. com. One owner is a licensed realtor in the state of GA. 1 or 2BR, recently renovated, private, quiet location near Publix. All elect., CHAC, new a p p l s . , W / D , D W, H W f l r s . , water & garbage paid. $ 6 5 0 / m o . w w w. b o u l e v a r d proper, (706) 548-9797. 1BR cottage on busline. Hard pine floors, pets OK. $450/mo. Call Paul, (706) 714-9607. 2 - 3 B R / 1 B A h o u s e f o r re n t . Newly renovated. Central location at 135 Honeysuckle L a n e o ff B ro a d S t . a c ro s s from King Ave. 1 acre lot. Pets O K w / a p p ro v a l . W / D , W D , HWflrs. $595/mo. Lease, dep., references req’d. Avail. now. Call (706) 540-4752. 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) 5404752. 2BR/1BA on busline. Walk to Dwntn. W/D, DW, CHAC, pets OK. $700/mo. Call Paul, (706) 714-9607. 2BR/1BA cottage for rent in Nor maltown. CHAC, private off-street lot w/ dog pen. Pets welcome w/ dep. $700/mo. (706) 372-8625. 2BR/1BA close to Dwntn./UGA. HWflrs, sunny, CHAC, W/D, sec. sys., fenced yd. Great for pets. Mama’s Boy area. $600/mo. Avail. 1/1 or sooner. Liz, (706) 540-5979.



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2BR, $750/mo. Flexible lease/ dep. Truly stellar house, must see inside. Pets OK! Fenced yd., W/D incl. Hardwoods/tile, modern/hip design. 226 Johnson Drive. Call (706) 340-5054. 3BR/2BA, CHAC, HWfls., W/D, DW, carport, close to Dwntn./ campus, spacious, $990/mo. + dep., cats OK. Avail. now, 395 Oak St., (706) 613-8525 or (315) 750-6156. 3BR/2BA remodeled house w/ bonus rm. 320 Conrad Dr., DW, W/D, refridge., 1 mi. from Dwntn. $900/mo. + dep. or $850/mo. if paid electronically by 1st. Brian, (706) 613-7242 or Brett, (678) 232-7228. 3BR/2BA, lg. yard, on busline. Pets OK, W/D, DW, CHAC incl. Avail. now! $825/mo. Call Paul, (706) 714-9607. 3BR/3BA new Dwntn. Private b a t h s , h a rd w o o d s , w a l k - i n closets. Walk everywhere! W/D & lawn maint. incl. Now preleasing for Fall 2012. $1500/ mo. Aaron, (706) 207-2957. 3 or 4BR new house, 2.5 BA. Close to Dwntn. 6 mo. lease avail. $1000/mo. Call Lance, (706) 7144603. 3BR/2BA. 6 yr. old house, 1 quarter mi. campus, near Greenway, W/D, D/W, HVAC, alarm, $1100/mo. Available now. (706) 202-1113. 4BR/4BA new Dwntn. Private baths, double porches, walk-in c l o s e t s , h a r d w o o d s . Wa l k everywhere! W/D & lawn maint. incl. Pre-leasing for Fall 2012. $1950/mo. Aaron, (706) 207-2957. 580 Aubrey Dr., Bogart. 3BR/1BA. HWflrs., carpet, CHAC, W/D hook-up, fenced yd, sec. sys. avail., GRFA welcome. $700/mo + dep. Avail. now! (770) 725-7748. Awesome house! 597 Dearing St., 4BR/2BA, $1050/mo. 2045 Robert Hardman Rd., Winterville, 5BR/2BA, $1095/mo. 4BR on Whitehall Rd., $750/mo. 1045 Macon Hwy., 4BR/2BA, separate office, $995/mo. Call Nancy Flowers & Co. Real Estate, (706) 546-7946, or visit nancyflowers. com for virtual tours. You will love them! Adorable homes in the Rocksprings area. Avail. now! 251 Magnolia St., 2BR,$550. 255 Magnolia St., 3BR, $700. 1334 W.Hancock, 3BR, $675. 235 Glenhaven Ave., 2BR, $600. Call Tiffany, (706) 476-3262. Cedar Creek: 4BR/2BA, lg. fenced yd., $950/mo. 5 Pts.: Off Baxter St., 4BR/2BA, $1200/mo. Call McWaters Realty, (706) 3532700, (706) 540-1529. Fall leasing: 1, 2, 3 & 4 BR houses & apts. 5 Pts. & Dwntn. See at Owner Broker Herbert Bond Realty & Investment. Lic. #H13552.

Holiday special! 1 mo. free! Lease now/pre-lease for Fall! Homes & condos avail. Close to UGA & shopping. On bus route. $300-550/ BR. (706) 215-6848, Bob@ I heart Flagpole Classifieds! Modern 3BR/2BA house on 3 acres. Quiet country location just 9 mi. from Dwntn. Athens. Big kitchen, LR w/ FP. W/D hookup. $950/mo. (706) 5408461. Reduced! 4BR/2BA, 845 W. Hancock, HWflrs., CHAC, avail. now. Pets OK! 4 blocks to Dwntn. Pics on Craigslist. $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. War m & Cozy! Boulevard n’hood, 3BR/2BA, HWflrs., CHAC, modern kitchen, rocking chair front porch. $1200/mo. (706) 543-6368. Walk to ARMC. 3BR/2BA house just $995/mo. Lots of HWflrs., natural light & character in this one. All appls. + W/D & a fenced in backyard. 610 Belvoir Heights. Call Rich at (706) 372-6426 or email rich@ bowmanpropertymanagement. com

Parking & Storage Parking places for rent across from UGA. $30/mo. (706) 354-4261.

Rooms for Rent $300/mo., 1/3 utils. in 3BR/2BA home. 5-10 min. to campus/mall/ grocery store. High speed WiFi. HD Dish Network, CHAC, W/D. Quiet n’hood, yard/garden. No drugs, no drama. 1 rm. Avail. Jan 1. Call (706) 351-2708. Better than Ebay! Sell your goods locally without the shipping fees! Place your ads in the Flagpole Classifieds. Awesome run–till–sold rate! 12 wks only the price of 4. Go to or call (706) 549-0301. Dashiell Cottages. Move–in, $75/ wk.! (706) 850-0491. River loft, all amenities, WiFi, unlimited long distance. Enjoy our river community, 5 blocks to UGA. Enjoy the wildlife observation.

For Sale Miscellaneous Instant cash is now being paid for good vinyl records & CDs in fine condition. Wuxtry Records, at corner of Clayton & College downtown. (706) 3699428. 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 A g o r a ! Awesome! Affordable! The ultimate store! Specializing in retro everything: antiques, furniture, clothes, bikes, records & players! 260 W. Clayton St., (706) 3160130.

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Call center representative. Join established Athens company calling CEOs & CFOs of major corporations generating sales leads for tech companies. $9/hr. BOS Staffing, www.bostemps. com, (706) 353-3030.

Big screen HDTV 65 in. Mitsubishi 3-D Ready, $700. Sony 60 in. big screen HDTV, $600. Sansung 42 in. big screen HDTV, $250. Call (706) 372-0535.



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


Looking for work? Need advice & support? Athens Career Coach is organizing a wkly. meeting group. Call Sean at Cook Coaching & Consulting. (706) 363-0539 or We d d i n g b a n d s . Quality, professional bands. Weddings, parties. Rock, jazz, etc. Call Classic City Enter tainment. ( 7 0 6 ) 5 4 9 - 1 5 6 7 . w w w. Featuring The Magictones Athens’ premiere wedding & party band.

Musicians Wanted L o o k i n g f o r a d r u m m e r, g u i t a r i s t , b a s s p l a y e r, violinist? Looking for a band? Find your music mate with Flagpole Classifieds! Call (706) 549-0301.

Services Cleaning ’Tis the season for house cleaning! Give your family & friends the best gift going at the best price in town. Professional, reliable, pet & Ear th friendly. L o c a l re f e re n c e s o n request. Text/call Nick: (706) 851-9087. Email:

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Music Services

K i t c h e n Ta b l e S t e r e o since 1989, electronic technical s e r v i c e s . Va c u u m t u b e & transistor amplifier repair, effects, pedals, keyboards. Sound system sales, service & installation. (706) 355-3071.

When you buy from local independent businesses, you are helping keep your favorite Local Athens establishments open and are contributing to the vitality of the Athens economy.

High School diploma! Graduate in just 4 wks. Free brochures. Call now. (800) 532-6546. Ext. 97. Go to (AAN CAN).

Athens School of Music. Instruction in guitar, bass, drums, piano, voice, brass, woodwinds, strings, banjo, mandolin, fiddle & more. From beginner to expert. Instrument repairs avail. Visit, (706) 543-5800.

Fret Shop. Professional guitar repairs & modifications, setups, electronics, precision fretwork. Previous clients incl. R.E.M., Widespread Panic, Cracker, Bob Mould, John Berry, Abbey Road Live!, Squat. (706) 549-1567.


Free groceries! Receive $2000 in grocery savings. Grocery stimulus program provides savings to participants of shopping survey. All major and local supermarkets. Call now (877) 301-1691 (AAN CAN).

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Now hiring discreet private lingerie models. Flexible schedules, no exp. needed, good working environment, upscale clientele. Unlimited ear ning potential. Call for info: (706) 6138986.

Advertise your seasonal b u s i n e s s ! Firewood, Christmas trees, holiday decorating! Let our readers know how to contact you! Call (706) 549-0301.

Vehicles Autos

Pets B o u l e v a rd A n i m a l H o s p i t a l December Special: Board your cat 2 nights & get 1 night free! 298 Prince Ave. www. (706) 425-5099.


1976 Camaro, gunmetal grey, beautiful head-turner, unique custom interior & rims. $11,111.11. New Edelbrock engine. Runs great. Call (828) 421-7466.

Misc. Vehicles 1996 GMC Jimmy 4 dr. In good cond. runs well, v. reasonable. Reliable transportation. Call (706) 248-4649 after 2 p.m. Reasonable prices.

Full-time Are you a DRee and Company stylist? Our open concept salon has room for you to create and be part of the team environment you’ve been searching for. Apply in person, 760 N. Chase St. Dos Palmas is now hiring experienced servers. Apply in person between 2–5 p.m., Mon.– Thurs. 3523 Atlanta Highway. No phone calls, please.

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Words on Music There was a time when the ‘70s was largely remembered as the decade that brought us music by the likes of Boston and Bread. People thought that the Sex Pistols started punk, the Bee Gees spawned disco, and hip-hop was a passing fad. Thankfully, times have changed. Works like Nelson George’s Hip-Hop America and Jeff Chang’s Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation, documented hip-hop’s roots and launched serious consideration of the form. Books like Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk helped set the record straight that punk hailed from New York and Detroit, not London. Disco, probably the most maligned music of the time, is the latest to receive revisionist treatments with groundbreaking books like Alice Echols’ Hot Stuff: Disco and the Remaking of American Culture and Tim Lawrence’s Love Saves the Day: A History of American Dance Music Culture, 1970–1979.

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Hot Stuff considers disco’s relationship to punk, rock and R&B, for example, and it’s tough to beat her near-perfect mix of personally informed writing combined with a scholar’s handle on gender, sexuality, race and culture. But few writers have tackled as many genres in one book, and Hermes does an especially good job at tracing New York salsa and other Latin artists’ influences on disco and rock, something given more cursory treatment in most other books. Hermes and others have gone a long way toward correcting the record about ‘70s music, making the case that it was arguably an era as rich and important as the ‘60s. If you’re not convinced, get a taste at Hermes’ companion blog ( that at last check featured video clips from the likes of Television, Grandmaster Flash & the 4 MCs, Celia Cruz and the Art Ensemble of Chicago. Published in 1998, Michael Stipe’s book of photographs Two Times Intro: On the Road with Patti Smith (September, Akashic) has been reissued with a new introduction. In ‘70s New York, Smith was an ascendant force of nature. Stipe’s photo diary finds her decades later in 1995, after the death of her husband, MC5 guitarist Fred Smith, returning to performance after quiet family life in northern Detroit. Many of Stipe’s black-and-white photos capture Smith and her friends and bandmates in transit, passing time backstage, or preparing to play. Smith is one of the great muses of our time, inspiring the likes of Thurston Moore, PJ Harvey and an untold number of other younger musicians, including Stipe.

These are just a few books from a shelf’s worth that are essential for anyone seeking to understand ‘70s music; but for those who have less time for this noble intellectual pursuit, there is Will Hermes’ Love Goes to Buildings on Fire: Five Years in New York that Changed Music Forever (November, Faber and Faber), the best book to give a broad overview of this formative time in American culture. Hermes is a senior critic at Rolling Stone who has covered music for publications like the New York Times, Spin, the Village Voice and Entertainment Weekly. Starting with 1973, Hermes works his way through five years of musical excess and glory as it played out in New York’s burgeoning disco, punk, hip-hop, salsa, loft jazz, rock and minimalist classical music scenes. Hermes’ knowledge is encyclopedic—his bibliography alone stretches to seven tightly packed pages. The strength, and weakness, of the book is his journalistic, chronological approach. At times the marching narrative feels a little clunky, but mostly it works, as he shows the stunning array of artists steadily breaking new ground in close proximity, one after another. Philip Glass premieres Music in Twelve Parts one week after DJ Kool Herc throws a new kind of party further uptown. Two up-and-comers from Jersey, Patti Smith and Bruce Springsteen, release Horses and Born to Run months apart. Hermes shows that these artists were often influenced by what was going on around them. Connections between disparate genres have been traced before with more focus. Echols’

Other notable summer and fall music releases for your enjoyment … Rapper, entrepreneur, actor, suicide interventionist and now novelist—T.I. officially achieves Renaissance-man status with Power & Beauty: A Love Story of Life on the Streets (October, William Morrow). Filmmaker, producer and author Nelson George also has a novel out, The Plot Against Hip-Hop (November, Akashic). Butch Walker, pop production wonder boy from Floyd County, GA, tells all in his memoir, Drinking with Strangers: Music Lessons from a Teenage Bullet Belt (November, William Morrow). Chic founder and production guru Niles Rogers’ new memoir is Le Freak: An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco, and Destiny (October, Random House). Mark Amerika’s ambitious remixthebook pushes past traditional print, presenting a book on art theory as a hybrid print/digital/web performance work (September, University of Minnesota Press). Metal guitar god Tony Iommi dishes on Ozzy and more in Iron Man: My Journey through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath (November, Da Capo). Greil Marcus attempts to break on through the myths and clichés in The Doors: A Lifetime of Listening to Five Wild Years (November, PublicAffairs). Chantal Regnault’s photos capture the mid-’80s gay ballroom scene in Voguing and the Gay Balls of New York City (November, Soul Jazz Books). Even when you disagree with him, you’ll be entertained by contrarian Chuck Eddy’s writing, collected in Rock and Roll Always Forgets: A Quarter Century of Music Criticism (October, Duke University Press). Lester K. Spence explores the complicated intersection of hip-hop and politics in Stare in the Darkness: The Limits of Hip-hop and Black Politics (July, University of Minnesota Press). The Best of Punk Magazine includes commentary from publisher John Holmstrom, unpublished material and better reproductions of the art and photos than the original magazines (November, HarperCollins/It Books). New in the 33 ⅓ series: Portishead’s Dummy by RJ Wheaton (September, Continuum) and Dinosaur Jr.’s You’re Living All Over Me by Nick Attfield (June, Continuum). Sujatha Fernandes asks if hip-hop can change the world in Close to the Edge: In Search of the Global HipHop Generation (September, Verso). Jack Isenhour looks at No Show Jones’ masterpiece in He Stopped Loving Her Today: George Jones, Billy Sherrill, and the Pretty-Much Totally True Story of the Making of the Greatest Country Record of All Time (September, University Press of Mississippi).

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rePTAr & frIeNDS


PINk & QurIOuS

DOOrS 8:00pm • ShOW 9:00pm

COMING SOON 12/30 fuTureBIrDS (AT BuCkheAD TheATre) 1/6 BOBBY COMPTON 1/14 eDDIe & The PuBLIC SPeAkerS 1/18 ZOSO 1/19 MIMOSA with LuNICe 1/20 WOODfANGS, INTerNS & hOLY LIArS 1/21 uGA herO’S BuLLDOG BrAWL (BOXING) 1/26 eMANCIPATOr

1/27 1/30 2/2 2/4


John McLeod





Lunch special

Breakfast of Champions

HAppY HoUr eVerY dAY FroM

Get Liquored Locally! Book Your Holiday Parties Here!

3:30 till 9:30


doLLAr oFF eVerYtHing

Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar

Free Wi-Fi & Wi-Fi gAMes!

200+ Bottled Beers • Expanded Wine List • Huge Screen TVs Pool Tables Smoking Welcome on Our Patios

great draft and craft beer selection!

256 E. CLAYTON ST. • (706) 549-0166 Open Mon-Sat Noon-2am •

best prices on good beer

PUB AT GAMEDAY • ClAYTon ST • nExT To ShokiTini


Please Drink Responsibly.





’ r s e k al Coffee & Pub



100+ 200+ Craft Beers Whiskies


Purveyors of Craft Beers and Fine Spirits Food Delivery from Taco Stand & Speakeasy

SEVEN DAYS A WEEK Pastries • Croissants Breakfast Sandwiches Drunken Waffles • Fresh Fruit Veggie Breakfast Burrito Lunch Sandwiches

VINYL WEDNESDAYS Bring Your Own Vinyl! 5-10pm




NOW BOOkiNG HOLidAY PARTiES Amazing Happy Hour 5-9pm Open at


Above Taco Stand Downtown




114 COLLEGE AvE. • 706-355-3060

MON-FRI 7am-2pm SAT 8:30am-2pm Sun 11am-5pm


706- 543 -143 3 128 College Ave.