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OK, folks: three more days to vote for your Athens Favorites 2012—your favorite local coffee house, your favorite place to buy wine, your favorite hair salon, etc., etc. It only takes a minute, and it’s fun; give the nod to all those places that have provided great food, services, entertainment and value to you throughout the year. Tune your dial to and zing your votes on in there. The deadline is Friday, Feb. 3, and the Athens Favorites 2012 will be announced in the Feb. 29 issue of Flagpole. (See the ad on p. 16.)

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Athens Rising . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 What’s Up in New Development

Commissioners may not want to weigh in on Selig’s Walmart development, but it’s very possible they’ll have to.

Arts & Events Theatre Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Love, Craft and Lovecraft

The month of February brings lots of new and exciting productions.

Athens Business Rocks is back and better than ever. This is the all-out competition among the bands assembled from the staffs of local businesses to raise money for Nuçi’s Space. You remember how it works: you vote with your dollars for your favorite band. All the money goes to Nuçi’s Space. So, go to and vote soon and often. But hurry! The competition is this week: Feb. 2–4 at the 40 Watt Club. (See the story on p. 17 and think Walmartians.)

Yellow Box Blues It all started with a big yellow box. On Jan. 23 People for a Better Athens released a crude illustration meant to detail the scale of the proposed Walmart. After getting a mixed response, with many Facebook fans confused by Selig’s apparent proposal for a “yellow building with no windows,” PBA leader Russell Edwards scrambled to present a more realistic model—with a brick facade and more detailed scale using the height of a pickup truck for reference. Both graphics proved ripe for parody. Within a few hours, Athenians starting posting their own projections for the new Walmart—using everyone from the Kool-Aid Man to Andre the Giant as a scale. Soon an Athens-centric meme was born. By Jan. 25 a Tumblr was formed to host these images all in one place. There are now over 100 submissions to the Athens, GA Memes site with more posted every day at The site has expanded since to include other Internet memes that only Redditors or Internet junkies might recognize. It’s an inside, inside, hyper-local joke that has provided some levity to this whole situation while simultaneously raising awareness through the most organic, viral means. For this week’s Flagpole cover, we selected some of our favorites among those that had come in by press time. [Michelle Gilzenrat]

Whites Only School integration happens because it is perceived as being in the best interests of white students. Prof. Robert A. Garda, Jr., a law professor at Loyola University Of New Orleans School of Law has written several copiously documented articles arguing this thesis. Garda argues that the Brown V. Board of Education Supreme Court decision in 1954 basically happened, not for the benefit of black students, but because the Court accepted the view of white elites that racial integration of our public schools was a vital part of our worldwide struggle against Communism, that we couldn’t influence nations of brown-skinned people while our own people of color suffered second-class educational status. Prof. Garda says that unless something is perceived as being in the best interests of white students it will not happen in the public schools, because white parents will always act in what they see as the best interests of their children. Garda furthermore will tell you white students in all-white schools are not being prepared to do business or anything else in our multi-cultural world. As Garda puts it: “The free market demands interracially competent participants due to globalization and an increasingly diverse society.” Students in all-white schools are coming out largely interracially incompetent, and if that perception ever takes hold, white parents will demand racially integrated schools for the benefit of their own children. Sound farfetched? Go listen to Prof. Garda tell you about it in his own words this Thursday evening, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m. in the UGA Chapel on campus in a public lecture entitled, “The White Interest in School Diversity.” Pete McCommons

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part of its public relations campaign and repeated unquestioned by the Athens BannerHerald and many others—is patently false. In addition to the simple fact that no site plans have yet been submitted to ACC Planning for review, the project’s design also plainly ignores the requirement that right-of-way be preserved through the tract for a planned extension of Hickory Street that will provide a vital transit connection between the MultiModal Center and the UGA campus (see this week’s Athens Rising for more on that). There’s a point of view that says business should be conducted under any circumstances that are remotely allowed by the loosest interpretation of the law, but it’s hard to imagine that a majority of Athenians agree with it. This community will still have a chance to weigh in on how the development is executed. The most important question to be answered is whether a 94,000-square-foot retail center is a use that is compatible with

ought to sit down with Selig and tell them that, while we are delighted with their willingness to invest in our community and will work to accommodate that investment by whatever means possible, a big-box supercenter is not a use that can be considered for this location. Selig has said that Walmart is the only retailer that was interested in becoming the tenant of the “anchor” space as Among the many frustrating components of groundswell of opposition to this project as it it has been designed; that is a very different the local discourse regarding Selig Enterprises’ is currently planned. thing from saying that no retailer would be proposal for the development of the Armstrong There are a few things most if not all of us interested in a smaller space. But we’ll never & Dobbs property has been a deeply countercan agree on. Athens is in bad need of sales find out whether there are other possibilities productive fracturing of Athens’ progressive and property tax revenue, as well as jobs; the if we don’t press the issue, and commissioners community, which is as unnecessary as it is center of the city is home to a large populashould do just that. unfortunate. It’s easy to understand, given the tion of people in poverty who need those jobs, They should, but they probably won’t: range of competing priorities in play, but if as well as easy access to affordable groceries; there’s been little indication that the will we can stop arguing for a moment and think and the Armstrong & Dobbs property isn’t exists on the commission to impose any through the actual issues presented by the doing anyone much good as a semi-vacant lot. meaningful limits on what Selig can do with project, there’s no reason why we can’t find Most would also agree that Walmart is not the this development. That means the issue must common ground to work together for a version ideal retailer or employer to solve poverty in be pressed through other channels, like conof it that protects downtown and other surAthens; that there are good reasons why the vincing Walmart, which is sensitive to its rounding neighborhoods and corridors, reputation as it pursues an agenda of keeps Selig in the game and makes the placing its various smaller-sized “marcity we all love better. kets” in urban locations, that opening First, though, the resistance to a store that would so negatively impact Selig’s plan has to be put in its proper Athens’ iconic downtown would be a context. Russell Edwards’ “People for a public relations disaster. To that end, Better Athens” initiative, while its mobisome of Athens’ most prominent citizens lization of concerned citizens has been are about to enter the conversation in indispensable, has also been clumsy in a manner that should draw plenty of its communications and occasionally attention to the situation. The Drive-By reckless in its tactics, to the undeniable Truckers’ Patterson Hood has written detriment of the conversation at large. a song about what’s happening here, But the Athens Banner-Herald and other “After It’s Gone,” that has been recorded outspoken supporters of the developby the Truckers with members of R.E.M., ment have repeatedly passed off salvos Widespread Panic, Futurebirds and a from Selig’s painstakingly and profesbunch of other Athens musicians. It’ll sionally strategized public relations be released by midnight Wednesday, campaign as objective truth, especially Feb. 1 (that’s Tuesday night) at www. when they have professed to be counter- Compared with either Russell Edwards’ rendering or Selig’s, this view of Selig’s proposed development from Oconee Street, The webproduced by highly qualified local design professionals from elevation drawings made available by Selig, looks pretty accuing objections to the project, which are site has been set up to function as a rate. See more at usually framed as the claims of “anticlearinghouse for information about the Walmart activists” or a fringe “crowd.” development that cuts through the Selig Whatever one thinks of Edwards’ admitcity has made it a priority to protect and prothis location, and the simple answer is “no.” PR with in-depth research and sober, profestedly amateurish, monolithic “yellow box” mote its central districts as its most valuable, Town centers are not designed to support sional analysis. rendering, Selig’s equally dashed-off respondmarketable and investment-worthy assets; this kind of use; that’s why big-box stores are The idea that we have to choose between ing vision of an unobtrusive continuation of and that there are significant infrastructural always located well outside of them. Oconee Selig’s current plan and leaving the valuable the low Oconee streetscape (published in the issues to be reckoned with when considering Street can’t handle the traffic a Walmart A&D property unused is a fallacy: there’s too ABH alongside a story headlined “Misleading a development of this size in the center of a supercenter would add to it, nor can East much money in the location for it to go undedowntown Athens Walmart images circulate town like ours. Broad Street on the other side, nor Broad veloped even if Selig were to pull out. It’s sinonline,” which was clearly meant to refer only We can talk about Walmart until we’re Street downtown, nor Wilkerson and the other cerely to be hoped that they won’t, and that to Edwards’ rendering) doesn’t provide a pasblue in the face, but there’s nothing our neighborhood streets that would become instead they will be convinced to revise the sively factual counterpoint to it. And whether local government can or should do to stop an funnels for coming and going shoppers. The project’s design to make it compatible with or not one is concerned about the percentage “objectionable” brand from doing business investments our community has made in its immediate surroundings and beneficial to of the 17,000-plus signees to Edwards’ petihere. Likewise, any official policies designed this exact area to help it grow as a walkable the city as a whole. The current design would tion who don’t currently live in Athens, which to protect existing downtown and/or local extension of downtown would be badly combe neither, and to settle for it as though there Selig’s PR firm once claimed to be as high as businesses—much as we may value them— promised by a development that is so obviwere no alternatives would be an act of panic, 40 percent (a figure that also included obviwould be difficult to enact, and probably ously designed as a vehicular destination. and a mistake with consequences far more ously fake signatures, most of which have now unwise, too. If our zoning code doesn’t prohibit such a lasting than the political heat that comes been purged from the list), the more than Still, we do have recourse to our laws blatantly inappropriate use of this site, “too from demanding private accountability to the 10,000 residents of this city that would regarding planning and land use, and the bad for Athens” is not the proper response. public good. remain even after that highly questionable narrative that this project is fully in compliInstead, our elected representatives, using calculation do not constitute an insignificant ance with all of those—pushed by Selig as every ounce of leverage they can muster, Dave Marr

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city pages Armstrong & Dobbs Efforts Lacked Local Coordination from Start When the Athens-Clarke County Commission voted last February to allocate $15,000 toward an economic study for a proposed river district, they had no idea one of the project’s key properties was being sold out from under them. But that may not have been the case for Mayor Nancy Denson. Denson now says she knew the Armstrong & Dobbs property was the subject of negotiations with a developer “probably a year ago,” when she was invited to meet with representatives from Selig Enterprises, which now has the property under contract and plans to build a 200,000-squarefoot mixed-use complex that would be anchored by a Walmart supercenter. “I was invited to meet with them to see some new plans,” Denson says. “And at the time, they told me to keep the plans confidential.” Denson says she didn’t share the information about the Armstrong & Dobbs property prior to the Feb. 1 vote that allocated $15,000 to the Athens-Clarke County Economic Development Foundation for the economic feasibility study because she wasn’t aware of what the study would include, and because it was still early in her tenure as mayor. “It was a bigger and broader question and I didn’t know how it would affect the river district,” she says. After the February vote, the EDF contracted with the Sandy Springs-based Bleakly Advisory Group to undertake the feasibility study. But Ken Bleakly, president of the real estate advising firm, says there was no direction from either the EDF or the ACC government for the firm to avoid the Armstrong & Dobbs property in its calculations. In fact, says Bleakly, the property made a good starting point because it still looked like it was for sale. “We picked the Armstrong site because of the location and [because] it was on the market,” says Bleakly, adding that the river district plan didn’t need the property to be successful. Rather, “phase one” of a river district project could start anywhere in a swath of land between Foundry Street and the Oconee River. “You want to concentrate the

early phase in one area… Our whole point was you need to concentrate the development. So we said, ‘Let’s go with [Armstrong & Dobbs].’” In fact, plans to develop the Armstrong & Dobbs property were underway even before the EDF unveiled its “Project Blue Heron,” the conceptual plan to attract high-tech employers to the river area, in late 2010. Realtors sent out informational packets about the property to potential buyers in late 2009— one year after the home building supply company closed—with the University of Georgia’s Real Estate Foundation among several to bid on it. And while the Foundation’s bid wasn’t accepted, its president, Eric Orbock, kept tabs on the property’s status as late as March of 2011, when he reported to Selig Enterprises Vice President Jo Ann Chitty—his predecessor as head of the Real Estate Foundation—that the property would soon be under contract. “We were talking about some other stuff and the conversation turned to Armstrong & Dobbs,” Orbock wrote in a Mar. 16, 2011 email to Chitty. “[Realtor Jamie Boswell] thinks they will have the property under contract in 7–10 days. He didn’t identify the buyer.” Orbock now denies that he knew at the time that the buyer was Selig, and wouldn’t comment further on the purpose of the email. Chitty moved to Selig in 2005 after leading the Foundation through several large construction projects, including the construction of the East Campus residence and dining halls. Orbock came to the Real Estate Foundation in 2002, then succeeded Chitty as interim president before being named president. The Mar. 16 email was one of several succinct messages sent between Orbock and his former boss between the spring and fall of 2011, as Chitty made several trips to Athens. Matt Forshee, former president of the Economic Development Foundation, says the A&D property was originally part of the area the EDF considered for the river district plan. But an initial offer to option the property for purchase was rejected, he says. “Because it was for sale, it was a major piece of what we were looking at,” says Forshee, who left the EDF last November. “Our goal overall was to look at ways to create jobs… but when we moved into looking at options, we looked into optioning Armstrong & Dobbs—but it was never accepted.” At first, he says, the property owners said they wanted to look at other options on the

table. “They spent a few more months looking at options, and that’s when the offer came in from [Selig].” And even when the EDF learned of the plans for the property, Forshee says it was months before the details came out. “We were never privy to what was going on—the agent didn’t release anything to us,” he recalls. “He said it was a mixed-use project.” Bleakly says the Armstrong & Dobbs property’s potential lies not only in its suitability for mixed-use development, but also its proximity to UGA. The Blue Heron plan envisioned a mixture of entertainment, museum, office and retail spaces, targeting employers who could take advantage of being across the street from the university. “That whole area has tremendous potential,” he maintains, noting that in many college towns, a “research park” is built miles away from the school. “This was the opportunity to have something right adjacent to a university area, and we think this was a really unique aspect of the area… The trend is trying to replicate what we have.” Boswell, the Realtor brokering the Armstrong & Dobbs sale, confirms the

property has been under contract since last spring—although the title has not changed hands, according to county records. Boswell would not confirm, citing client confidentiality, whether the sale contract is contingent upon county approval of Selig’s proposed development. Forshee, who is now president and CEO of the Fayette County Development Authority, says downtown Athens has a lot of potential, with the greatest benefits coming from tax revenues for industrial and office uses, rather than retail and residences. Although, he notes, retail does produce sales tax revenue. But, much of downtown’s potential can only be realized by working together, according to Forshee. “Athens is a town that needs a coalition,” he says, citing various economic and social foundations and groups that all have similar missions—whether they realize it or not. “I think [many] would agree that we have a lot of viewpoints in Athens—but everyone can agree that creating jobs is a priority. It makes it harder to do when you’re not on the same page.” Kristen Morales

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capitol impact athens rising Georgia’s Republican voters will be choosing their favorites in the presidential preference primary coming up on March 6, and it looks like those could be very important ballots. As one of several primaries set for “Super Tuesday,” Georgia could have a big impact on which candidate gets the Republican nomination. That did not seem likely a few weeks ago when the primary season was thought to be nearing its close. Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, according to the experts, was on the verge of closing the sale with the Republican base, which would make the March 6 primaries irrelevant. Former House speaker Newt Gingrich, it seemed, was sinking fast, an impression that was reinforced by his weak finishes in the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary. As he has done so often over the past year, however, Gingrich came roaring back. He found his voice in South Carolina, performed well in two debates and whipped Romney among Palmetto State voters by 12 percentage points. Gingrich is back in the battle and looking better in national polls of likely Republican voters. The man who got his political start as a Georgia congressman still has a shot at becoming the GOP nominee for president. The prospect of that has set off alarm bells among the power brokers who make up the Republican Party establishment. Fred Thompson, the former Tennessee senator who’s endorsed Gingrich, alluded to those misgivings on a trip through Atlanta last week. “The establishment has panicked,” Thompson said. “He (Romney) was the anointed frontrunner for a long, long time, and quite a bit of panic has set in.” Romney began raising pointed questions about Gingrich’s mental stability during the week leading up to the Florida primary. “He’s gone from pillar to post almost like a pinball machine, from item to item in a way



which is highly erratic,” Romney remarked. “It does not suggest a stable, thoughtful course, which is normally associated with leadership.” I asked Thompson if this description of Gingrich as “erratic” and “unstable” was a fair characterization. “Newt is just Newt,” Thompson replied. He is correct about that. Gingrich’s personality in this campaign isn’t any different from the political face he has shown the world over the past 35 years. He’s as feisty, outrageous and sarcastic as he ever was. Those qualities appeal to many voters looking for someone who will take the fight to President Barack Obama in the fall campaign, but they can also turn off some people. We saw some of that division during Thompson’s visit to Atlanta, where he met briefly with state Capitol reporters to make a few comments on behalf of Gingrich. Several legislators who support Gingrich stood with Thompson at the news conference, including state representatives Joe Wilkinson, Sharon Cooper, Harry Geisinger and Charlice Byrd, along with senators Barry Loudermilk, Steve Gooch, Judson Hill and John Albers. Another Republican lawmaker, Lynne Riley, wasn’t nearly as supportive of Gingrich. She sent out an email stating, “Newt Gingrich has spent the last decade running from his Georgia roots and into the arms of the Washington insider establishment. We need a steady, reliable, conservative leader who can beat Barack Obama and turn around our broken economy— not a lobbyist and former legislator who left Congress in disgrace.” I’m writing this column a few days before the Florida primary, another election in which the experts are predicting a victory for Romney that could wrap up the GOP nomination. Maybe they’re right this time. I’m still hesitant to make any final predictions. Tom Crawford

What’s Up in New Development Making the Tough Call: We’re inching closer to the expiration of a 90-day delay on the demolition of structures on the Armstrong & Dobbs property in order to build a downtown Walmart. Although the issue has been talked about extensively by many in the community, there’s been a deafening silence, at least on the record, from two parties which likely will soon have to face each other: Selig, the Atlanta firm developing the Walmart complex, and the Athens-Clarke County Commission. Selig has been meeting quietly with small groups of community members, though. In those meetings, Selig representatives have made many conflicting statements about the details of the project, claiming to be listening to concerns, but betraying no apparent intention to address major issues like scale and connectivity. Basically, these developers have been telling people whatever they want to

relocated or not, the connection must remain a vehicular right-of-way—a pedestrian throughway is not sufficient. What this means is that either Selig must make wholesale changes to its design before submitting plans to the county, or the commission must vote on whether to allow them to build the project as drawn, with the knowledge that a vote to abandon the Hickory extension will symbolize a vote for Walmart to the thousands and thousands of petition-signing citizens. Hickory Street could be the leverage commissioners need, if the ones who have claimed to be concerned about issues like scale are really serious about bringing Selig to the table to work with the community. Mountains of research published from the last decade or so support the notion that this urban supercenter is a huge gamble, and that the predictions of new jobs and tax KEVAN WILLIAMS

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If Selig wants to build its shopping center as currently drawn, commissioners will have to vote to abandon a proposed extension of Hickory Street (extending into the A&D site from this intersection). Will the Commission use that leverage to enforce community concerns about scale, traffic, and historic preservation? hear in order to make people comfortable with the project. Community members have dutifully spoken up to make their priorities clear, but so far, there’s been no good faith effort on Selig’s part to respond to any of them. When details of the proposed shopping center were first made public, the developers made a big show of claiming that they were legally entitled to build their project exactly as drawn, and the commission has largely seemed content to go along with that line. A commission vote on the project would be contentious, and voting either for or against it would be a tricky proposition. Unfortunately for both Selig and the commission, and fortunately for Athens voters, it’s pretty clear that Selig’s narrative is false. The possibility of a commission vote likely hinges on an intended connection between Hickory and Fulton streets linking two major transportation hubs (UGA’s Jackson Street mall and the Multimodal Center), which was codified in a July 2010 commission vote updating ACC’s Transportation Corridor Concept Map. The extension of Hickory, which would cut through the middle of Selig’s project, has to be provided for in any plans for that site, according to county code, and Selig hasn’t done that in drawings they’ve shown thus far. According to ACC Transportation and Public Works Director David Clark, the ACC Hearings Board can vote to allow the relocation of a planned right-ofway within the same tract where it is located on the map, but the commission must vote to allow removal of a right-of-way. Whether

revenue are far less certain than those making them claim. Will commissioners really risk the futures of downtown Athens, its extraordinary collection of independent businesses and their owners and employees for 300 low-income jobs? This is a very real risk. The stakes are too high, and the reward is too low. While the idea of limiting retail square footage in the downtown area to 30,000 square feet hasn’t gained much traction, there may be other tools that could accomplish similar goals, should commissioners feel inclined to wade into the fray in a more proactive manner than their current strategy of waiting for Selig to act. Retail uses over a certain square footage could be designated a special use requiring approval, as fraternity and sorority houses are. Recognizing that especially large projects need extra scrutiny would be a logical approach that wouldn’t necessarily remove property rights or discourage investment in the way that a raw cap on size might. However, so long as our commissioners seem content to wait and react, rather than planning ahead, such strategies are probably outside the realm of possibility in Athens. A Reminder: The Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation will hold its symposium, “Southern Mills: Economically Smart | Socially Responsible” this Saturday, Feb. 4. Visit to get more info and register if you haven’t already. Kevan Williams

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A New Director Steps in to Guide Ciné into Its Next Phase On

Jan. 1, Ciné, Athens’ downtown arthouse cinema for the past five years, made the transition from privately owned business to 501(c)3 nonprofit entity. Under the stewardship of Brigitta Hangartner, the theater’s founder and erstwhile director, Ciné became the treasured hub of Athens film culture; now, as the nonprofit Athens Film Arts Institute assumes responsibility for its operations, the arthouse faces a new set of challenges and opportunities. Early this year, AFAI hired Gabe Wardell as Ciné’s executive director; he officially begins his new job Feb. 1. The director of the Atlanta Film Festival from 2006–2010 and an organizer of several other festivals over the past 20 years, Wardell has spent his adult life working in the field of independent film, from the projection booth to the fundraising circuit and numerous points in between. Flagpole spoke to Wardell last week, as he prepared to take up his duties in Athens. The conversation has been edited for print, but a much longer version is available at www.flagpole. com. After a recap of Wardell’s background, the talk turned to the subject of programming films for an arthouse audience.

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FP: I hope so. So, what’s the difference between a nonprofit arthouse and a privately owned one? This is the transition that Ciné’s making; do you see particular opportunities in that transition? What can a theater do as a nonprofit that Ciné hasn’t been able to do as privately owned? GW: That’s a great question. I think the first thing that people need to understand about “What is a nonprofit?”—one of the cornerstones of being a 501(c)3—is that there technically is no owner, and the motive for what you do is not based on crass, commercial bottom line. That said, it doesn’t give you license to not respond to market forces. Nonprofits are not companies that are designed to run into the ground, or companies that sit there and beg people to give them money because they can’t survive otherwise. Nonprofits are companies that run for the public good, but they run in the service of a public mission… They are owned by the community as a whole, so they have to answer to that community and respond to that community… Which is, I think, what makes FP: There’s a very real sense in them special. which—you can call it building up In the case of a transition from the trust of the audience, or you a for-profit, privately owned entity can call it “training” them as far to a 501(c)3 nonprofit, the bigas what to expect—but that has gest opportunity right out of the to happen before you can expect gate is a membership program. people to come and see things that Anybody can start a membership they’re not familiar with, which program, but when you’re a nongoes for repertory as well as new profit, there’s a different level of stuff… What are your thoughts engagement with the community. for Ciné, as far as that goes? So, people are agreeing not only Do you have some specific ideas to patronize your company, but to about how you intend to approach essentially become public supportprogramming? ers of it… It means that if you GW: Yes. Absolutely. There are successful at fulfilling your are a few things that I think are mission and serving your comcritical… When I was at [the AFI munity, you should be successful Silver Theatre in the Washington, at encouraging people to become D.C. area]—and I’m not a huge members. People should join out math and numbers kind of guy— of a sense of public responsibilbut I learned very quickly how to ity: you’re not just filling coffers; read the data for the film grosses, you’re giving money to the orgaand how they’re performing; which nization because you believe that ones have the best chance for they can help fulfill this mission… Gabe Wardell at the DecaturDocs film series in 2011. longevity, as opposed to turning The second part of that is, you it over every week… The critical are also eligible to apply for public thing is to respond to the needs of your audience… support from people who give grants… government entities… It really is a matter of viewing the data, and the data will then, there are also foundations, private givers out there that answer for you. They will tell you. And usually, once you have are always looking to underwrite entities like nonprofit arts that in place, you can start to find the comparable titles. And institutions… There are a dozen [different] foundations out there’s obviously exceptions, and there’s obviously breakouts, there that may be helpful in [enabling] Ciné to fulfill certain but in general, once you have a sense that—if a certain form goals and certain missions in the course of the next year. of film performs well for you, then it indicates the other kinds of films that will perform well… FP: So, you start February 1. Any final thoughts, by way of introducing yourself as you arrive? FP: What about repertory stuff? Do you see that as someGW: I can’t wait to get to know people, both individually, thing that can or should be expanded in Ciné’s programming? and to get to know the community collectively. I’m a big fan GW: Absolutely. I think there are two things that make repof Athens, as a town and as a community. As somebody who’s ertory rewarding and challenging. Repertory, I think, should be been living in Atlanta for the last couple of years, I look at a staple of what [arthouses] do. I think there’s a responsibilAthens with a certain degree of envy… I feel like there’s more ity to keep it fresh, and [also] to keep showing the films that of a cohesion to the community of Athens—a strong investpeople have fallen in love with… They’re the essentials that ment across the board, both as a pride in that community and built the house, and you have to keep acknowledging them and a sense of commitment to institutions and the arts, and susexposing new audiences to them and creating those experitaining this reputation over time. It’s something that people ences. I think the way to make it work—and we can obviously actually are adamant about—they defend it. And, that sense do some experimentation with it—I think that creating some of pride is something that can’t be replicated; it can’t be faked. sense of regularity to certain kinds of programming… You pick Knowing that was a huge part of my motivation for even a few slots that you’re always going to run a standard series in. applying for the position. Because I didn’t want to enter the I think that’s one very effective way to do it. marketplace where I was gonna be swimming upstream, conThere’s bringing in speakers… I like to look at it like a book stantly fighting the tide, and trying to say, “No, seriously, club: I’d love to create that type of regularity. And I think we’ll people—film is art!” figure out what we’re doing with the membership base, finding a way to reward membership… I think there’s ways to keep Dave Marr

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theatre notes Love, Craft and Lovecraft Are You Thirsty?: The UGA Performing Arts Center will host Neil Berg’s touring musical revue 100 Years of Broadway on Monday, Feb. 6. If you’re a fan of Broadway musicals, consider this show a drink from the firehose. The touring company brings several accomplished performers, including Sandra Joseph (Phantom of the Opera) and Ivan Rutherford (Les Miserables), onstage to do a greatesthits package from Broadway blockbusters over the past century. Expect a lot of Andrew Lloyd Weber numbers as well as crowd-pleasers from Chicago and Aida and many others, backed by a full band, including Berg on piano. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the Performing Arts Center box office at (706) 542-4400 or toll free at (888) 289-8497. Office Pool: The Circle Ensemble Theatre Company will hold a fundraiser for its upcoming production of The Diary of Anne Frank at the Office Lounge on Friday, Feb. 10. A long lineup of musical acts will be performing, including Dodd Ferrelle, Caroline Aiken and John Keane, to raise money to offset production costs and allow the company to reduce ticket prices for schools. The fundraiser begins at 7 p.m., and tickets are $5. Under the Tuscan Sun: The Town & Gown Players will present Matthew Barber’s 2003 adaptation of Elizabeth van Arnim’s

on a new comedic version of the story as his JV Productions presents the original play The Frankenstein Zone at Seney-Stovall Chapel Feb. 17 & 18. In this modern update, Victor Frankenstein builds his Creature and is on the run from it, searching the world for someone to whom he can tell his tale of horror and pity. Victor finds his audience in a rib joint in present-day Missouri, with the Creature at his heels… As Mel Brooks showed us, it’s possible to do Frankenstein and make it funny, and Vance

Enchanted April, Feb. 10–12 & 16–19, at the Athens Community Theatre. Those who may be familiar with older renditions of van Arnim’s novel, such as the excellent film version, will find some differences in this Tony Award-winner, but the story is the same: four very different women from England struggle to find themselves and their true desires in life while on holiday in a medieval castle on the Italian seaside. Directed by T&G veteran Beth Kozinsky, this production boasts a solid cast, so this should be good. Showtimes are 8 p.m. for Thursday–Saturday shows, 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $15, $8 for students with ID on Thursday, Feb. 16. Call (706) 208-8696 for reservations. During the break between weekend performances of Enchanted April, Town & Gown will hold auditions The Town and Gown players present Matthew Barber’s adaptation of for its next Main Stage show, Peter Enchanted April, Feb. 10–12 & 16–19. Shaffer’s Amadeus (the basis for the Oscar-winning film), on Feb. 13 & 14 at is no slouch when it comes to staging his 7 p.m. Auditions will consist of cold readings work. Showtimes are 8 p.m.; tickets are $10, from the script between actors. $8 for seniors and students with ID, at the door. For information, call (706) 543-2012. It’s Alive!: Few people in this town know Frankenstein like John Vance does. When I was Weird Fiction: It seems like February is a a grad student, Dr. Vance put me through my month for monsters—which actually isn’t that paces dissecting Mary Shelley’s seminal novel. surprising in the winter doldrums. Town & As a dramatist, Vance has trained his sights Gown’s first Second Stage production of 2012

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is The Call of Cthulhu, based on the stories of H. P. Lovecraft, and is slated to run Feb. 24–26. For those who don’t know Lovecraft, shame on you. One of the 20th-century’s foremost writers of horror, Lovecraft was considered by many the successor to Edgar Allan Poe with his tales of eldritch terrors and nameless dread. Director Cord Sibilsky has taken on the challenge of adapting The Call of Cthulhu from its origins as a radio play to a full-on stage production, and it will be interesting to see how he makes it work, especially since the hard-to-pronounce titular creature is a god of madness from beyond the stars, pitted against a handful of human beings who must fight the impossible to save us all. If Sibilsky and his cast can pull this off, the results will be a lot of fun. Showtimes are 8 p.m., Friday– Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $5 at the door. Curtain Calls: The UGA Chapel will host a special run of Eve Ensler’s groundbreaking work The Vagina Monologues, Thursday–Sunday, Feb. 16–19. Performances are at 8 p.m., and general admission is $15, with all proceeds going to benefit Project Safe and its mission to end domestic violence… Burlesque Beta returns to the Go Bar stage on Saturday, Feb. 11, with special guest performances from Atlanta burlesque superstars Talloolah Love and Fonda Lingue. Burlesque Beta is Effie’s Club Follies’ monthly talent showcase, and in its short history has evolved into a wildly popular event. Showtime is 10 p.m., cover is $3 at the door. John G. Nettles


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art notes Drawn Together With new leadership and refocused curatorial vision, the Gallery@Hotel Indigo-Athens presents two exhibitions: “DRAWN: from Athens” and “Looking for Light.” Local artist, designer and arts educator Didi Dunphy is the new director and curator for the Hotel Indigo galleries, building on the mission of the hotel to highlight local and regional artists. Now at the helm, she is re-branding the gallery and developing an exhibition program to bring together smart, professional, local arts to the public in the form of quarterly exhibitions in the Gallery@Hotel Indigo-Athens as well as artwork in the Glass Cube at the opposite end of the hotel.

three, and so on into a Google Image search. She then created realistic drawings in pastel of the image produced by the search to create a series that begins with simply one letter and ends with an image of the artist herself. Art Rosenbaum’s two drawings, “Gone to Hilo” and “Poor Ryan’s Lost at Sea,” are also self-portraits (at least in part), which incorporate images of a ship at sea, paints and brushes, and a couple in an embrace. The energy of these forces of nature is drawn with an expressive line full of movement and vigor for which the artist is well known. Learning that these drawings are, indeed, quite new only adds to this feeling of immediacy. Also out at sea is Michael Oliveri, whose drawings with light appear to be nighttime flashlight squiggles captured on film. In fact, they are records of wave patterns, as he attached a camera to a boat with its lens trained on the planet Jupiter. Also drawing with a fluid and lyrical line is Jim Barsness. His large work, “The River, the Woods, the Falls” depicts figures in a collage with hybrid creatures cavorting across a field of newspaper clippings, cartoons, notes and musical compositions. Jessica Wohl explores themes of memory, domesticity and subjectivity in her deceptively perfect drawing of two McMansions, “Two Blue Houses.” The nearly identical houses float on a white field, each brick and manicured shrubbery leaf accounted for, but with no sign of life within the homes. Wohl’s three drawings, “Inside,” “Twist” and “Billow,” each made in one day, are more organic with the spontaneity of the exercise reflected in the abstract, wispy lines. Clay McLaurin, a professor of fabric design at UGA, presents drawings created with a sewing machine. In his “Loops” series, he uses this domestic device to draw in thread what looks like paramecium with waving cilia, each winding around in columns in what McLaurin describes as a “performative” style of drawing. Susan Hable, also a textile designer, presents five drawings in black ink, distilling a leaf, feather or geometric pattern into a bold, simplified mark. Re-envisioning the natural world is also a part of Lauren Gallaspy’s drawings in ink and watercolor. It appears that a splash of watercolor starts the painting with lines emerging and growing to creating images from this act of chance. The four works Lauren Gallaspy’s work “Gee’s Bend tree” is part of the exhibition at the Gallery@Hotel Indigo. here are each beautiful on their own, but speak to each other in the mirroring placeIn an interview, Dunphy explained that she “loosely comment of the faceted, molecular shapes in “Teratoma” and “The missioned” Michael Oliveri to create a sculpture that would Seat” and the biomorphic forms in “Sweet Potato Nothings” make the most of the Glass Cube, a small, enclosed square that and “Gee’s Bend Tree.” she hopes to reinvent as a “project space” for more experimenTwo drawings by former-Athenian Jeff Owens bring his tal works. “Looking for Light” is a chandelier of sorts, made singular style back home. Owens’ black contours are electriup of carved, wooden butterflies that float in the space. In fied against a mustard-yellow ground in “Mices,” a multi-eyed the Gallery at the opposite end of the hotel, Dunphy curated and twisted monster version of Mickey or Mighty Mouse. Jaime “DRAWN: from Athens,” an exhibition of drawings by 11 artBull, a current MFA candidate at the Lamar Dodd School of Art, ists based in Athens or within the region. Bringing together a also presents animals made from a surreal concoction of metalvariety of styles and artists at different stages of their careers, lic shimmer and florescent ink in “Poodle Pile.” the show illustrates a breadth of approaches to drawing. Two Fostering relationships between the artworks in the exhibiworks, a series by Kathryn Refi and two drawings by Art tion is a particular talent of Dunphy’s. She said she imagined Rosenbaum, were made specifically for this exhibition. the show as an exercise in “putting together a fantastic dinner Dunphy says that the inspiration for the exhibition came party” where she “set up conversations between the pieces.” from a desire to focus on drawing as “the essential act. As a designer, she is attuned to the placement and play of [Drawing] leads to anything and everything.” The artists ideas and styles, which makes viewing the exhibition all the here have each approached this key practice in different more fun as you begin to draw correlations between artworks. ways. Leslie Snipes’ tightly controlled and minimalist geoNext up for the Gallery will be an exhibition perfectly timed metric drawings on graph paper are reminiscent of some of for our gorgeous Athenian spring, “Bloom,” which will open in Sol LeWitt’s work. Close examination of the marks she makes April. Dunphy chose six artists to present their work in a varireveals the pressure points of starting and stopping: the pulse ety of media for a colorful and vibrant exhibition focused on beneath the mathematical precision of her drawing. Illustrating botanical themes. a system is also part of Refi’s “Searching for Kathryn Refi,” in which she typed in first one letter of her name, then two, then Caroline Barratt

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movie dope Some releases may not be showing locally this week. • indicates new review A DANGEROUS METHOD (R) Young psychiatrists Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud (Michael Fassbender and Viggo Mortensen, respectively) are working together to create a theory for what will become modern psychoanalysis. A young patient (Keira Knightly) with a crippling mental disorder pulls Jung further from the influence of his mentor in this true, romantic thriller. ANONYMOUS (PG-13) In keeping with his legacy of believable story lines, Roland Emmerich directs a historical film about the fraudulence of William Shakespeare’s genius. The director of Independence Day and 2012 puts his what-if spin on Elizabethan politics to purport that a more literate member of the upper class was responsible for the controversial narratives of royalty and betrayal we commonly attribute to a man of lesser standing. ANVIL! (NR) 2008. Anvil! The Story of Anvil is no Spinal Tap mockumentary; this hilarious account of the band’s last-ditch revival is the reality of rock and roll. The band will participate in a post-film Q&A. Pair this screening with the following night’s concert for the full Anvil experience. THE ARTIST (PG-13) Films today do not come as precious or charming as Michel Hazanavicius’ silent, Golden Globe winning Oscar frontrunner. A silent film that is all about talking, The Artist of title refers to matinee idol George Valentin (Golden Globe winner Jean Dujardin, who absolutely must be a silent film star Hazanivicius recently thawed from ice), who finds it difficult to transition from silent films to talkies. Who knew a trifling eccentricity would wind up 2011’s most daring film? BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (G) 1991. Disney rereleases the first animated feature to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar using the fancy new 3D technology that is all the rage right now. Based on the classic fairy tale. BIG MIRACLE (PG) Not surprisingly based on true events, Big Miracle recounts a small Alaskan town’s efforts to rescue a family of gray whales trapped in the Arctic ice. John Krasinski stars as the news reporter who contacts his ex-girlfriend (Drew Barrymore), a Greenpeace volunteer, to bring attention to the giant mammals’ plight. BLACK DYNAMITE (R) 2009. Another homage to blaxploitation, Black Dynamite stars co-writer Michael Jai White (Spawn) as the titular hero who must avenge his brother’s murder and right neighborhood wrongs all the way to the White House (James McManus plays Richard Nixon himself). I’m glad this movie finally made it to Athens, even if it is two years late. Winner of the Seattle International Film Festival’s Golden Space Needle Award for Best Film. With Arsenio Hall and “In Living Color”’s Tommy Davidson. CARNAGE (R) Go ahead and hashtag Roman Polanski’s new film “First World Problems.” Two New York couples, Penelope and Michael Longstreet (Golden Globe nominee Jodie Foster and John C. Reilly) and Nancy and Alan Cowan (Golden Globe nominee Kate Winslet and Christoph Waltz), hold an anti-productive summit after a playground fight between their sons. Yasmina Reza and Polanski update


Reza’s play for the big screen, and the four main actors have a ball yakking (in more ways than one) about their marital and parental woes. Polanski does nothing extraordinary because he doesn’t have to. Carnage’s success rests largely on its actors’ shoulders, and the quartet makes the antics of these largely unlikable adults uncomfortably hilarious. k CHRONICLE (PG-13) I want to like this horror, sci-fi, superhero mashup, but my first impression (a TV trailer) was weak. Three high school friends, including Michael B. Jordan of the excellent, missed “Friday Night Lights,” gain superpowers after making a discovery. Not much can be gleaned from the filmmakers’ filmographies. CONTRABAND (R) How much cooler would this flick have been had it recounted the tale of Bill and Lance, two lonely, shirtless soldiers blasting their way to the Alien’s lair to the sounds of Cinemechanica? Much, much cooler. Alas, Contraband is merely a standard, occasionally thrilling heist flick starring the “always reliable for this sort of action” Mark Wahlberg. As Chris Farraday, a former master smuggler gone legit, Wahlberg calmly muscles his way from New Orleans to Panama in order to get his brother-in-law (X-Men: First Class’s Caleb Landry Jones) out of trouble with a small time crook (Giovanni Ribisi). THE DESCENDANTS (R) Oscarnominated George Clooney searches for the man who may or may not have had an affair with his comatose wife in this Best Picture contender. Traces of O Brother Where Art Thou? come out in Clooney’s clipped, obsessive, reactionary dialogue as he cares for his two rebellious, insightful daughters, wields his power as a wealthy Hawaiian lawyer to decide if his legacied family should sell the last of their virgin land and struggles to redefine his relationship with his wife. DOUBLE INDEMNITY (NR) 1944. Ciné is heating up the cold winter nights with a Classic Film Noir Series featuring Hollywood classics screened from increasingly precious 35mm prints. Insurance man Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray as the anti-Steve Douglas) gets involved with a bad dame, Phyllis Dietrichson (Barbara Stanwyck). One of legendary filmmaker Billy Wilder’s innumerable classics. THE ELEPHANT IN THE LIVING ROOM (PG) 2010. Winner of five Best Documentary Awards (including the Humane Society’s Genesis Award), The Elephant in the Living Room tackles the controversial subject of raising the world’s most exotic animals as a household pet. Part of the seventh annual Animal Voices Festival sponsored by Speak Out for Species, the screening will include a discussion led by Janet Frick, Ph.D., Associate Head of the UGA Department of Psychology and Director of the UGA Infant Research Lab. EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE (PG-13) This adaptation of the Jonathan Safran Foer novel could have devolved into Stage 4 Pay It Forward-level emotional manipulation. Instead, the 9/11 tearjerker, directed by three-time Academy Award nominee Stephen Daldry (Billy


Elliot, The Hours and The Reader), only reaches Stage 2. Young Oskar Schell (“Jeopardy”’s Kids Week Champion Thomas Horn, making a striking acting debut) tries to make sense of his father’s death on 9/11. His dad, Thomas (Tom Hanks, in quite possibly his most saintly role to date), used to send Oskar on city-wide expeditions to help the boy conquer his social inhibitions. The final quest requires Oskar to traipse around NYC in search of a lock to fit a mysterious key. Of course, the journey to solving this mystery is more important than the solution itself. FOOTLOOSE (PG-13) Let’s go ahead and dispel any thoughts that the Kevin Bacon starrer is somehow above being remade. What Hustle & Flow filmmaker Craig Brewer has done in remaking the seminal ‘80s flick is impressive. Brewer relocates the dance banning town of Bomont from Oklahoma to Georgia, adding another film to Brewer’s resume of intriguing cinematic stories about the New South.

something psychologically deeper as Treadwell’s sometimes psychotic ramblings betray the confused man who only felt truly comfortable when among his bears. This highly recommended film won the Sundance Film Festival’s Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize. 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. HAYWIRE (R) The narrative goes a little haywire, leaving the impression that an expositional scene or two are missing, but the athletic, graceful action choreography skillfully executed by MMA fighter and former American Gladiator Gina Carano and captured on camera by the always surprising Steven Soderbergh knocks out all its current action competitors.

She hit Transmetropolitan last week. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO (R) Stieg Larsson may have created Lisbeth Salander, but David Fincher and the bold Rooney Mara have made her a big-screen icon. (No offense to Noomi Rapace’s Lisbeth, but Mara’s movie is loads better.) Fincher dangerously retains Larsson’s wicked, violent, European sexuality for Hollywood’s adaptation of the first book in the Millennium Trilogy. Journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) enlists the help of the titular tattooed (and multiply pierced) girl, a ward of the state who might be a psychopath but is certainly a genius, to solve a decades old murder. THE GREY (R) January is ending; it must be time for another Liam Neeson actioner. The formerly acclaimed actor has almost completed his transformation into an English Denzel Washington, whose filmography is filling up with inconsequential paychecks jobs. At least Joe Carnahan (Narc, The A-Team) is writing and directing this tale of an Alaskan drilling team struggling to defeat a pack of wolves hunting them after their plane crashes in the wilderness. With Dermot Mulroney and James Badge Dale (“The Pacific”). GRIZZLY MAN (R) 2005. Werner Herzog, whose most recent film was the well-received Cave of Forgotten Dreams, popped back on the world filmmaking scene with this funny, creepy, sad documentary of animal activist Timothy Treadwell, who was fatally mauled in 2003 by one of his beloved bears. What could be a simple, gorgeous nature film becomes

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. • THE INNKEEPERS (R) In his fifth feature—the third since gaining notoriety in the larger horror and film community for The House of the Devil—writer-director Ti West again proves a master of controlled terror in tight quarters (a very John Carpenteresque trait) in The Innkeepers. The Yankee Pedlar Inn is about to close down for good. On its final weekend, employees Claire (Sara Paxton) and Luke (Pat Healy) plan to finally nab some evidence of the ghost they believe to be haunting the place. As a genre fanatic, I cannot wait to see West’s future scare tactics. THE IRON LADY (PG-13) As a fan of all things British, The Iron Lady should have been more appealing to me, but the clumsy construction by director Phyllida Lloyd (Mamma Mia!) and writer Abi Morgan sink it. Meryl Streep may not be a revelation (she cannot be; the highest level of acting is expected of her), but her Golden Globe winning and sure to be Oscar nominated portrayal of Margaret Thatcher goes beyond mere impression. 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. J. Edgar offers

too few insights into an intriguingly complex subject who had his fingers in so many of America’s historical pies. It’s simply a nice Cliff’s Notes version of what would probably be a mammoth biography through which to plow. 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. JOYFUL NOISE (PG-13) You can almost hear the studio executive wheels turning for this godly “Glee” knockoff. A church choir from Small Town, GA heads to a national competition with new director, Vi Rose Hill (Queen Latifah), squaring off against G.G. Sparrow (Dolly Parton), the widow of the recently deceased former director (briefly and poorly played by Kris Kristofferson). Plenty of other minor melodramas engulf the group as they prepare some new numbers in order to win the national crown. LE HAVRE (NR) Four-time Palme d’Or nominee Aki Kaurismaki (Drifting Clouds, The Man Without a Past and Lights in the Dusk) wrote and directed this comedic drama of an African boy (Blondin Miguel) and the aging shoe shiner (Andre Wilms) who takes him into his home in the port city of Le Havre. MAN ON A LEDGE (PG-13) Don’t confuse this crime thriller with the tremendous documentary Man on Wire. Sam Worthington stars as Nick Cassidy, a suicidal ex-con needing to be talked down by police psychologist Lydia Mercer (Elizabeth Banks). Oh, by the way, the biggest diamond heist, like, ever is going on at the same time. Coincidence? This flick, whose trailers are woefully underwhelming, is director Asger Leth’s first fiction feature. MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE—GHOST PROTOCOL (PG-13) Mission: Impossible is that rare franchise that has actually gotten better with each new installment and in inverse proportion to its megastar’s popularity. Tom Cruise had few peers in 1996 when the weak, original M:I opened; now he’s more often a punchline, albeit a badass punchline who does many of his own death-defying stunts. MONEYBALL (PG-13) 2011. Based on Michael Lewis’ bestseller, director Bennet Miller’s Oscar-nominated follow-up to Capote actually makes baseball statistics interesting. Oakland A’s General Manager Billy Beane (Academy Award nominee Brad Pitt) and his sidekick (Academy Award nominee Jonah Hill) attempts to build a championship ballclub through On Base and Slugging Percentage rather than traditional scouting. THE MUPPETS (PG) Cowriter-star Jason Segel’s reboot of Jim Henson’s lovable puppets is built with his 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 L.A., where they discover a plot to destroy the Muppet Theater by oil tycoon Tex Richman (Chris Cooper). ONE FOR THE MONEY (PG-13) Janet Evanovich’s popular Stephanie Plum comes to the big screen. Newly divorced and unemployed, Plum

(Katherine Heigl) takes a gig at her cousin’s bail bond business. Her first assignment just happens to be a local cop and former flame (Jason O’Mara of “Terra Nova”). 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. RED TAILS (PG-13) Red Tails, a pet project of Star Wars creator George Lucas, succeeds everywhere it should and fails nowhere that should surprise anyone. The valor of the Tuskegee Airmen is every bit as worthy of patriotic, big screen fanfare as the flyers of Pearl Harbor and the WWI-era Lafayette Escadrille in Flyboys, and their movie is every bit the equal of dramatic lightweight and action heavyweight. SHAME (NC-17) 2011. Michael Fassbender’s career ignited with Inglorious Basterds and X-Men: First Class. Now he shows some love for filmmaker Steve McQueen, who gave Fassbender a leading role in his award winning 2008 film, Hunger. In Shame, Fassbender plays a sex addict, whose carefully planned life is disrupted by a visit from his sister (Carey Mulligan). TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY (R) The machinations Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, the new film from Let the Right One In’s Tomas Alfredson, may be a little too (you say dense, I say) murky for its own good. Despite the climactic presence of all the proper puzzle pieces, the filmmakers leave the viewer to believe there’s more to be worked out as a result of retired British spy George Smiley’s (an excellently restrained Gary Oldman) return to semi-active duty to uncover the identity of a mole amongst the highest echelons of MI6. 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 (imagine the ‘80s buddy cop movies he could have made), also stars Tea Leoni, Alan Alda and Judd Hirsch. UNDERWORLD: AWAKENING (R) I’ve never understood why the Underworld movies are so underwhelming. Vampires versus werewolves, Kate Beckinsale in skin-tight black leather, Bill Nighy and Michael Sheen all should add up to a crazy awesome movie. Instead, the three previous Underworlds make great cures for insomnia. W.E. (R) 2011. Madonna’s sophomore directing effort covers some of the same ground as last year’s big Oscar winner, The King’s Speech, as the romance between King Edward VIII and American divorcee Wallis Simpson is paralleled by the relationship between a married woman and a Russian security guard. THE WOMAN IN BLACK (PG-13) Harry Potter himself returns. Daniel Radcliffe transitions to his post-Potter career with this period horror movie from the director of the underrated thriller, Eden Lake, which starred the white-hot Michael Fassbender. YOUNG ADULT (R) As the ghost writer of a popular Sweet Valley High ripoff, high school hottie Mavis Gary (Charlize Theron) returns to her old kingdom to get her former beau, Buddy Slade (Patrick Wilson), back, despite his happy marriage and newborn daughter. Instead, she runs into Matt Freehauf (Patton Oswalt). This role could finally catapult Oswalt onto the A-list. Drew Wheeler

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at a painful cost. American movies have long traded on that fallacy, time and again serving up myths of personal self-improvement as truth. It’s a lie, of course, and Young Adult’s screenwriter Diablo Cody (Juno, Jennifer’s Body) thoroughly mangles the myth with a gleefulness that is nothing short of savage. This is a naturalistic comedy with a cruel acidity that director Billy Wilder would have approved of, though like Wilder’s work, Cody’s story stays grounded in the all-too-human. Cody may have won the Oscar for her Juno script, but Young Adult is the best thing she’s written so far. A lot of the movie’s success, however, must also go to the performances by Theron and Oswalt. Theron won accolades for Monster, embedding herself under makeup. As Mavis, her beauty is undisguised, but Theron bravely embraces the character’s inner ugliness with a gusto that actresses rarely attempt. Oswalt, too, delivers a painful yet nuanced performance as the moral heart of the picture. Viewers needing convenient dramatic resolutions will feel frustrated by Young Adult. Everyone else should enjoy the pain. Derek Hill

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Guns. Not that you asked, but I’ve always been of two minds on this particular subject. On the one hand, I’m a firm believer that the Founding Fathers meant every word of the Second Amendment, the part that reads: “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state,” as well as the part that reads: “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” That said, therefore, anyone who wants a gun should have to enlist in the National Guard, the only “well regulated militia” we have, and be willing to put that gun to use defending the security of the free state when called up. Not only will this ensure that gun owners are serious about it, but they’ll also receive some practical training in the use and misuse of their weapons beyond the purely nominal course currently required, and maybe the Guard can weed out some of the folks who have absolutely no business owning a concealable death-machine. On the other hand, I totally get the appeal of the handgun to the limbic brain and sex organs. My father was a gun owner, his preferred piece a Smith & Wesson.357 Magnum, and I grew up holding and shooting guns. They’re damn sensuous in the hand, and when you pull the trigger and the recoil sings up your arms, it feels an awful lot like love. Whatever we may argue about rights and responsibilities, on a purely visceral level, a gun is power you can feel in your balls, whether you have balls or not, and that’s why no one will ever be able to outlaw them. Control them, maybe—keep reaching for that rainbow, advocates—but get rid of them? Never happen. There’s just too much psychology, too much history and too much of our identity, as individuals and as a nation, tied up in the romance of guns. Because gun culture pervades every aspect of life in the world, and especially in America, any advancement in the mechanics of firearms, from the Minnie ball to the Colt revolver, has widespread consequences. Therefore, when an unassuming little inventor from Austria announced in the early 1980s that he had developed an entirely new handgun technology, the news was nothing less than earth-shattering. The man was Gaston Glock, and the pistol that bears his name swiftly became the most popular—and most controversial—piece of weaponry in the world. The story of Glock, the man and the gun, is the subject of journalist Paul M. Barrett’s remarkable new book Glock: The Rise of America’s Gun (Random House, 2012). In a parallel to the story of another famous gunsmith, Sam Colt, Gaston Glock was the right man in the right place at the right time. The owner of a small-town repair and tooling shop, Glock was a contractor to the Austrian

army, making knives and sundries out of his garage, who happened to be at headquarters when the brass were discussing the need for a new sidearm. Despite knowing nothing about guns, Glock asked for a chance to present something and was given permission with a shrug. That lack of knowledge proved to be vital, as Glock immediately educated himself on the mechanics of firearms and consulted with experts in their use, working from scratch to design a dream pistol. The result was lighter (injected plastic housing and softer trigger pull), more accurate (precise gripto-barrel angle), more reliable (fewer parts) and cheaper to produce (computerized work stations) than any handgun available anywhere. The Glock 17 could be buried in sand, submerged in water, dropped from a helicopter and fired thousands of times without malfunction, and its 17-cartridge clip made it an arsenal unto itself. Add to this harmonic convergence of circumstance the perception among law-enforcement—precipitated largely because of a disastrous FBI shootout in Miami—that the traditional six-shot revolver had become obsolete in the fight against bad guys armed with assault weapons, and suddenly the prospect of a 9-mm “super gun,” even one from Nowhere, Austria, became very attractive. Not for everyone, however. While the military and the police were taking a look at the new gun, its plastic construction and easy assembly gave rise to fears of a terrorist weapon that could bypass airport metal detectors, a reputation made worse by rumors that Libya, then considered a terrorist state, was looking closely at the Glock as well. In economic but fascinating prose, Barrett traces the path of the Glock through its vetting by authorities, its growing infamy through movies, TV and hip-hop lyrics (“Glock” rhymes with so many words) and its fierce competition in and dominance of the handgun market. Along the way, he gives us an inside look at the politics of guns in America, the workings of the NRA and the trends that move and shake the gun markets, and the fortunes of Gaston Glock and his company as they established themselves in suburban Smyrna, GA as local and international powerhouses. There’s money and corruption and crime and more than a little sex—once again, the Gold Club lives on past its demise—all the ingredients of the classic American success story. Ultimately, Glock is a book about two integral parts of America’s core, its guns and its business, and, therefore, it’s a book about America itself, one that should be read no matter on which side of the gun issue you happen to reside. John G. Nettles

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Music News And Gossip It’s hard to believe it’s already February. I hope everyone’s plans for a rockin’ 2012 have been working out. I know a lot of folks have been hibernating, but there’s always time for that when/if it snows. So, for now, keep abreast of all the goings on. Oh, yeah, the goings on are down there below. Hop to it… What I’m Sayin’ Is They Got Some Hats Now: Even though I’m not generally one who goes in for utterly goofy band names, I gotta admit Quiabo de Chapeu made me laugh out loud. The band blends traditional Brazilian music with “a pinch of funk” and will play a “Carnaval” at Hendershot’s Coffee Bar on Saturday, Feb. 4. Word on the street is that the band tends to fill the room pretty tightly, so if you’re interested, it’d be a good idea to show up before the 8 p.m. starting time. Oh, yeah, the name means “okra with a hat” in Portuguese. Take It Easy: Although ostensibly performing a blend of “rock, electronica, funk, metal and jazz,” local band Sumilan actually plays


Do It Again: Gypsy Farm Records and recording studio will host a mini-fest of sorts Friday, Feb. 24 at Little Kings Shuffle Club. The label recently held a successful three-day movable festival in local houses. This show will feature bands that are either on the label proper or have recorded at the studio, and the event seems to be shaping up as a pretty nice showcase. So far, the announced bands include The Humms, Koko Beware, The Rodney Kings, Timmy & the Tumblers and Cars Can Be Blue. Look for a feature article on Gypsy Farm in Flagpole that week, but, for now, head over to for all your needs in this area. Duty Now: Even though the whole world seems to be knee-deep in a protracted race for the White House, you can make your voice heard on a much more personal level by voting in the 2012 Flagpole Athens Favorites race. In the music area, you can vote for your favorite recording studio, live music venue (over 200 capacity), live music venue (under 200 capacity) and favorite non-traditional place

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Sumilan a pretty mellow form of middle-of-the-road easy-listening. At least that’s what they’ve chosen to highlight at sumilan. The thing is, I know I’ve seen them live at least twice, but for the life of me, I can’t remember anything about their shows. So, I went online and found some videos of the band, and, indeed, they can occasionally get a little “funky.” If you’d like to get down with them, then head over to New Earth Music Hall on Friday, Feb. 3. The band will be celebrating the release of its new album, Natural Selection, and might be so wrapped up in the moment they’ll just cut loose. Good Things: Monahan will perform as the house band for the fifth annual Big Hearts Pageant. Produced by the nonprofit Extra Special People, Inc., the pageant exhibits the talents and skills of children and young adults with developmental disabilities. This year’s event is at the Classic Center theatre Saturday, Feb. 4 and begins at 7 p.m. The night’s events will be kicked off, so to speak, by Vince and Barbara Dooley. Tickets are $12 in advance at and at the Classic Center box office. For more information on E.S.P., please see

to see live music. Voting deadline is Feb. 3, and the winners will be announced in our Feb. 29 issue. Do it over at AthensFavorites. Short Takes: Tickets are still available for The B-52s show on Thursday, Feb. 9—coincidentally, pretty much the band’s 35th anniversary, at the Classic Center. Prices range from $38.50–$149. Details at www.classiccenter. com… Reptar’s EP Oblange Fizz, Y’all just got manufactured on vinyl after its short life as a digital-only release. Look for it in stores soon… Suspect Raptor released a new video for its track “Ellen Page” a couple of weeks ago. It’s a perfectly lovely song colored 100 percent with 1990s indie-pop overtones. See it at… UGA’s Hodgson Concert Hall has a few grand shows in the space of one week this month. Namely, The Emerson String Quartet on Tuesday, Feb. 14; Poland’s Wroclaw Philharmonic on Thursday, Feb. 16 and Canadian Brass on Tuesday, Feb. 21. All performances are presented by the UGA Performing Arts Center. For ticket information, please see www.pac. Gordon Lamb



The Ataris Ups, Downs and Honesty


e didn’t want to be lumped in with all the homogenized, auto-tuned pop-punk stuff,” says Ataris lead vocalist/songwriter Kristopher Roe. “We’d been around a lot longer than that… but that’s what happens when you do something that people kind of relate to and it catches on as part of a movement—you just kind of get written off as part of that.” Artistically, Roe is never comfortable doing the same thing twice. The Ataris have gone through several lineup changes, and Roe has been the only constant throughout the years. Roe was essentially the band’s only founding member, as he first recorded homemade demos to pass out to potential bandmates. Therefore, in a sense, the original lineup remains intact. The implications of his band’s complicated history are not lost on Roe. “On paper,” he says, “it looks like, ‘Man, this band is the most dysfunctional fucking unit ever.’” The artist admits to having had several bouts of personal and professional bad luck—a heroin-addicted drummer, temporary homelessness, members who “couldn’t hang with the touring lifestyle” and various other issues—but he’s never let it get in his way. “Basically,” he continues, “I was just always kind of forced to work with whatever situation I had.” And deal he did. Despite all these hurdles, The Ataris amassed a huge underground following during their Kung-Fu Records years, releasing three decidedly punk albums from 1997 to 2001. In 2003 the band suddenly found itself in the mainstream limelight. So Long Astoria went gold and produced hit singles, slick MTV music videos and plenty of fanfare. By commercial measures, the band’s attempt to make a “genre-less, straightforward rock album” that would reach a diverse audience was a success. However, Roe became frustrated with the band’s newfound place in the industry. “I guess, because we’d built this really good momentum and grassroots following with our three independent albums, it was just kind of set to do that,” says Roe, “But the thing that I didn’t like was that when I tried to control the vision of what I wanted to do with the band, it started being harder and harder to steer it. There was so much that was just… fate.”



After So Long, Astoria, The Ataris’ four touring bandmembers had an artistic/professional split. “One of them was on the same wavelength as me,” says Roe, “and the other two wanted to be the biggest band in the world.” Therefore, guitarist John Collura and Roe decided to take a drastic turn with their 2007 release, Welcome the Night, an album wherein dark, modern rock sounds provide the backdrop for Roe’s uncharacteristically haunting vocals and poetic lyrics. “We knew Ataris fans probably weren’t going to like it, but I didn’t feel sincere writing another So Long, Astoria… and it’s more punk rock, in essence, than writing another record you think people would want.” The Ataris sold Welcome the Night to a label that folded three months after the album’s release. This greatly affected sales and nearly resigned the album to the annals of history. “So, we regrouped,” says Roe, “and now, years later, I’m finally back to a place where I’m kind of content and happy, doing what I want to be doing… at this point in my life, this is just what feels honest.” Roe took all of 2010 off to write, record and play solo acoustic shows all over the world. “This year’s all about the band,” he says. The Ataris plan to tour extensively and release their new album, Graveyard of the Atlantic—a collection of “organic rock songs with kind of a middle piece between So Long Astoria and Welcome the Night”—by mid-2012. At 35, Roe is satisfied simply writing, performing and being as sincere as possible in his work. He’s benefited from following his own advice from So Long, Astoria’s single, “In This Diary”: “The only thing that matters is just following your heart; and eventually, you’ll finally get it right.” Kevin Craig

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our years ago, Steve “Lips” Kudlow was driving trucks for a caterer and playing shows with his band, Anvil, in a local Toronto sports bar. Over 20 years had passed since Anvil toured with the biggest and best heavy metal bands in the early ‘80s, opening for Iron Maiden and Motörhead, and developing a reputation as metal’s Next Big Thing. But instead of building on the popularity of Anvil’s sophomore album, Metal on Metal, and its successor, Forged in Fire, a combination of bad record deals, bad management and the changing times collectively plunged the group into obscurity—which is where they languished until 2008, when the critically acclaimed documentary Anvil! The Story of Anvil was released [Ed. note: The documentary is screening at Ciné on Thursday, Feb. 2]. Anvil! was filmed by Sacha Gervasi, a screenwriter perhaps best known for writing The Terminal for Stephen Spielberg. As a teenager, Gervasi had toured with Anvil as their roadie and drum technician. When he realized that Anvil was still releasing albums and touring even as the two remaining founding members of the band—singer/guitarist Kudlow and drummer Robb Reiner—were approaching 50, he flew Kudlow down to Los Angeles to discuss the possibility of making a documentary on the band’s strange journey. “When Sacha told me he wanted to make a movie about Anvil,” remembers Kudlow, “I burst into tears because I saw the result right there. We really had a lot to express, and I thought that the movie would be an extraordinarily compelling thing—if it was honest.” Anvil! follows Kudlow and Reiner through their mundane day-jobs in Toronto and then on an ill-conceived and poorly executed European tour that finds the band sleeping in train stations and nearly coming to blows with a venue owner in Prague. In another scene, the band is tapped to play Monsters of Transylvania, a festival held in a 10,000-person arena, with 5,000 people expected to attend. Fewer than 300 show up. The documentary billed Anvil as a real-life Spinal Tap, and similarities do abound. But what sets the two apart is Kudlow’s irrepressible optimism which surfaces even as the band faces bankruptcy. Yes, Anvil’s plight is ridiculous, but at the same time, viewers can’t help but pull for Kudlow, who is just about the nicest gentleman playing a guitar with a dildo that you’d ever hope to find. Kudlow’s goofy charm and dedication to his craft made the film a success, and the success of the film enabled Kudlow and Reiner to quit their dayjobs to focus exclusively on Anvil.

“It’s a dream come true,” he says. “But nothing is exactly the way you think it’s gonna be. There are things that come with success that you would never expect in a million years, and you gotta roll with it… It’s all about your state of mind. It’s all a quest for happiness, regardless of whatever external thing you got going on in your life; it’s all about a search for happiness.” And Kudlow is happiest onstage. He still dresses in leather with a subtle bondage theme, and he still breaks out the trusty dildo that he uses to play guitar on a few songs. “The feeling hasn’t changed at all,” Kudlow says about playing live. “Being out on the road is what it’s all about. That’s where we find all of our happiness—other than in bed with our wives!” Of course, the profile of the band’s audience has changed dramatically. Now, fans of the documentary greatly outnumber fans of the music—not that Kudlow draws such distinctions. “Honestly, it doesn’t make a difference,” Kudlow says. “If you’re there because you like me as a person and like the movie, I’m happy with that. I don’t distinguish between the two. There’s something greedy about that. When I go out onstage, people know me, not necessarily my music. Thanks to the movie, people in the audience have met my mother; they’ve been to my house for Christmas. Me and my music are one and the same.” Anvil is currently touring in support of a new album, Juggernaut of Justice, and the band’s label is in the process of re-mastering and re-releasing some of Anvil’s early records. According to Kudlow, another documentary may be in the works, too. No matter what happens, though, Kudlow is focused on finding balance in his life and moving forward. “When you look back at everything in your life,” he says, in full Zen-master mode, “it’s always through rose-colored glasses—even the worst of times. You shouldn’t compare your past all of the time; you gotta live for better things, so that your future becomes the past that you look at with rose-colored glasses.” John Seay

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thens is probably one of the few towns of its size that could actually pull something like this off,” says Bob Sleppy, executive director of Nuçi’s Space. “I’m really excited about all the bands that have signed up. It’s going to be good.” The “this” would be a four-night, fundraising, rock and roll bonanza known as Athens Business Rocks.

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Sleppy. “It seems like a lot more people are talking about it, which is good because we put a lot of work into making this as fun as possible.” The concept is pretty simple. Athens has many musicians that have never set foot onstage. These musicians are hiding in plain sight as our dentists, waiters, pencil-pushers and so on. Gather the employees of a small business together and, more than likely, enough know how to play an instrument to form a band. The bands rehearse three cover songs, wear some funky clothes, play the covers onstage for friends and family, and raise money for Nuçi’s Space all at the same time. It’s simple, fun, and a way better workplace bonding experience than trust exercises. Bands can move on to the next round (Feb. 18) by getting the most points, accumulated by raising funds via the ABR site (, collecting donations or by having friends “bribe” the guest judges by placing money in tip jars with their band’s name on it. “We thought the idea of ‘bribing’ the judges would just add to the fun atmosphere of the night,” says Sleppy. “We always have great local judges to help us out. We’ve had Patterson [Hood of the Drive-By Truckers], Dewitt Burton, who works with R.E.M., and many others who make it all really fun to perform. You get to play in front of real industry people.”

If you’re in one of the bands and are worried about being judged by a music business professional, don’t fret. Sleppy says the judges aren’t too concerned about how well bands perform, it’s more about how much fun everyone’s having. “That’s one of the main reasons we ask everyone to do cover songs instead of originals. Athens Business Rocks is not about how well you can play or write a song, it’s about getting together with your friends and co-workers and just having a good time playing songs you like.” Of course, in order to maximize the silliness of it all, bands are encouraged to produce really cool names. This year will see the likes of Caledonia Lounge’s “Pörtly Crüe,” “Athens Band Trust” from Athens Land Trust, and Flagpole’s very own “Selig and the Walmartians.” Bands from bygone years have also made up ridiculous stage costumes to go along with outrageous names and inspired cover selections. “I guess the best part of it all is just seeing people have fun up there,” says Sleppy. “Some of these people have never been on a stage before, and it’s really fun to see them get all excited about playing to a crowd. Some of the most entertaining performances came from first-timers who just wanted to get up and play and not take themselves too seriously.” Jordan Stepp

2012 Athens Business Rocks Elimination Rounds at the 40 Watt Club Thursday, Feb. 2 8:00 p.m. DOORS OPEN 8:30 p.m. Epting Events (Pot Pie) 9:00 p.m. Athens Land Trust (Athens Band Trust) 9:30 p.m. Moped Motion (SHA 15.15s) 10:00 p.m. Heirloom Cafe (Hairlüm) 10:30 p.m. Drive-By Truckers Crew (Thundercrack) 11:00 p.m. Flagpole magazine (Selig and the Walmartians) 11:30 p.m. Caledonia Lounge (Pörtly Crüe) 12:00 a.m. ANNOUNCE WINNER For the past several years, Nuçi’s Space has held a “battle of the bands”-type competition to raise funds for various Nuçi’s projects. Last year, the Space opened up the competition to all Athens businesses, effectively creating what is now Athens Business Rocks. Prior to that battle, the competition was limited to places like music venues and restaurants. Now, even small businesses can compete, creating the perfect climate for an even larger and more insane competition. “Last year really set the tone for this year, I think,” says

Friday, Feb. 3 8:00 p.m. DOORS OPEN 8:30 p.m. R. Wood Studios (Glazer Beams) 9:00 p.m. The Red Zone (What Up, Dawg? featuring Bonnie Jovi) 9:30 p.m. Musician’s Warehouse (Ed’s Last Minute All-Stars) 10:00 p.m. Oglethorpe County Schools (The Torpideros) 10:30 p.m. Blanchard Law Office (The Unindicted Co-Conspirators)

11:00 p.m. TSAV (Punch List) 11:30 p.m. Sunshine Cycles (C.C. Top) 12:00 a.m. Your Pie (Jiggle the Handle) 12:30 a.m. The 40 Watt Club (40 Cent) 1:00 a.m. ANNOUNCE WINNER Saturday, Feb. 4 8:00 p.m. DOORS OPEN 8:30 p.m. Sunshine Pediatrics (Thrombus) 9:00 p.m. State Botanical Garden of Georgia (BotJam) 9:30 p.m. Daily Groceries Co-op (Bikini Kale) 10:00 p.m. City Salon (Chop Shop City) 10:30 p.m. Baxendale Guitars (One Degree of Separation) 11:00 p.m. Athens Social Media (Great Odin’s Raven) 11:30 p.m. Bel-Jean Copy & Print (80# Cougar) 12:00 a.m. Transmetropolitan (Athens Idiot) 12:30 a.m. Hotbreath Glass Studio (Sweet Leaf) 1:00 a.m. ANNOUNCE WINNER




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Tuesday 31 ART: 6X6: Kai Riedl (Ciné Bar Cafe) Kai Riedl will share music from his latest collaborative project with Electrophoria and the premiere of his new audiovisual work. Additional video projections will feature the work of Nick Gould, Ken Henslee and Lauren Fancher. 7 p.m. FREE! OUTDOORS: Street Hockey (No Location Specified) Pick-up games. All levels welcome. No equipment necessary. Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. athensfloorhockey@ GAMES: Locos Trivia (Locos Grill & Pub) All three Athens locations of Locos Grill and Pub (Westside, Eastside and Harris St.) feature trivia night every Tuesday. 8 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 1 EVENTS: Canine Cocktail Hour (Hotel Indigo, Madison Bar & Bistro Courtyard) Drink and food specials for you and your (well-behaved, non-aggressive, vaccinated) dog! This week: salty dogs and greyhounds. Every Wednesday. 5-7 p.m. EVENTS: Signing Day (Buffalo’s Southwest Café) Follow all the action with the Original Signing Day Enthusiasts, UGA Alumni and UGA Majorettes. 7 a.m. 706-354-6655, ART: Artful Conversation (Georgia Museum of Art) Meet Carissa DiCindio, curator of education, in the lobby for a discussion of Radcliffe Bailey’s painting “7 Steps.” 2–3 p.m. FREE! ART: Life Drawing Open Studio (Lamar Dodd School of Art, Rms. S370 and S380) Ages 18 & up. 5:30–8:30 p.m. ART: Opening Reception (Heirloom Cafe and Fresh Market) For artwork by Tatiana Veneruso. 5–6 p.m. FREE! 706-354-7901 ART: Symposium of Decorative Arts (Georgia Museum of Art) Topics include pottery archeology in Washington County, Windsor chair construction, the African-American presence in the decorative arts of the South, historic house restoration,


Southern needlework and clockmakers. Feb. 2–4. FREE! (registered students), $75–250. 706-542-4662, THEATRE: The Meeting (UGA Chapel) A play dramatizing a conversation between Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. 6 p.m. FREE! 706-542-8468 KIDSTUFF: Crawlers’ Playgroup (Full Bloom Center) For sitting and scooting babies and their parents. 10 a.m. $3. 706-353-3373, www. KIDSTUFF: Full Bloom Storytime (Full Bloom Center) Interactive storytime led by local storytellers who love reading to children. Open to all ages. 4 p.m. $3 (suggested donation). 706-353-3373, www. KIDSTUFF: Preschool & Toddler Storytime (Madison County Library) Includes stories, fingerpuppet plays, songs and crafts for literacy-based fun. For ages 2–5. 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-795-5597 KIDSTUFF: Snow Globes and Hot Chocolate (Oconee County Library) Teens will learn the art of do-it-yourself snow globes while drinking hot chocolate. Ages 11–18. 6–8 p.m. FREE! 706-769-3950 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: Toddler Storytime (ACC Library) For children ages 18 months to 5 years. Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 KIDSTUFF: Wildcard Wednesday for Teens (ACC Library) Up Next: Game Day! Play one of the library’s or bring your favorite from home to share. Ages 11–18. 4 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 LECTURES & LIT.: Chronicling America’s Financial Crisis (UGA Sanford Hall) Students in Free Enterprise presents a nonpartisan explanation of the causes of the recent financial crisis and how it affects our lives and futures. 5 p.m. FREE! 706-294-4079 LECTURES & LIT.: Clueless: Book Discussion (Oconee County Library) Mystery book discussion group. This month’s featured book is Starvation Lake by Bryan Gruley. Stop by the library before the discussion group to check out a copy. 7 p.m. FREE! 706-769-3950 LECTURES & LIT.: Gender Transcender (UGA Miller Learning Center, Room 207) A discussionbased program focusing on gender, mental health and body image. 6:30 p.m. FREE! LECTURES & LIT.: Georgia Poetry Circuit (Ciné Bar Cafe) Poetry reading by nationally-known touring poet Todd Boss and local writer Jeff Fallis. 7 p.m. FREE! www.athenscine. com


LECTURES & LIT.: Word of Mouth (The Globe) Monthly open poetry readings every first Wednesday. 8 p.m. FREE! 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. & Broad St. locations). 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! 706-613-0892 GAMES: Trivia (Willy’s Mexicana Grill) Trivia with a DJ! Wednesdays. 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!

Thursday 2 EVENTS: adDRESS a Need Competition (Foundry Park Inn & Spa) Inspired by Project Runway, the Designer’s Challenge will model and judge refashioned gowns. A Top Model portion will follow. 7 p.m. $15–16.50. EVENTS: African Diaspora Film Festival (UGA Miller Learning Center, Room 248) Black Dynamite is a satire of blaxploitation films which tells the story of an AfricanAmerican action star of the 1970s who sets out in search of justice when his only brother is killed. 7 p.m. FREE! 706-542-5157 EVENTS: Film Screening: Anvil! (Ciné Bar Cafe) Screening of Anvil!, a documentary about the fame and obscurity of the eponymous Canadian metal band, which is performing at the Melting Point the following evening. Screening followed by band Q&A. 7:30 p.m. (screening), 9:45 p.m. (Q&A). $8 (w/concert ticket), $10. EVENTS: Groundhog Day Celebration (Memorial Park) You may be over winter, but it’s up to Gus, Bear Hollow’s resident groundhog, to decide. Come out for a live feeding demo and learn cool facts as you await Gus’ prediction. 10 a.m.12 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3616 EVENTS: I.C.E. Vision Film Screening (Lamar Dodd School of Art, Room S150) God Grew Tired of Us is a documentary contrasting the material hunger of the third world and the spiritual starvation of the first world. 8 p.m. FREE! ART: Drawing in the Galleries (Georgia Museum of Art) Open hours for visitors to sketch in the

The Joe Goode Performance Group will perform at the UGA Fine Arts Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 4 & Sunday, Feb. 5. galleries using graphite or colored pencils. 5–8 p.m. FREE! ART: Opening Reception (Artini’s Art Lounge) For “Ripe,” a selection of oil paintings by Manda McKay. 5:30 p.m. FREE! 706-353-8530 ART: Symposium of Decorative Arts (Georgia Museum of Art) Topics include pottery archeology in Washington County, Windsor chair construction, the African-American presence in the decorative arts of the South, historic house restoration, Southern needlework and clockmakers. Feb. 2–4. FREE! (registered students), $75–250. 706-542-4662, OUTDOORS: Circle of Hikers (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Exercise your mind and body every Thursday morning with nature hikes and readings from nature-inspired stories and poems. 9 a.m. FREE! 706-542-6156, botgarden KIDSTUFF: Babies and Beasties Series (Sandy Creek Nature Center) Discover nature through hands-on activities, hikes and crafts. For children 18 months to 2 years old who are accompanied by adults. Thursdays, 10–10:45 a.m. $12. 706613-3615, www.athensclarkecounty. com/sandycreeknaturecenter KIDSTUFF: Library Crew (Oconee County Library) The library is seeking volunteers ages 9-12 to assist with craft projects, help take care of the library and have a good time! First Thursday of the month. 4–5 p.m. FREE! 706-769-3950 KIDSTUFF: Yoga Bonding: Crawlers (Full Bloom Center) For crawling babies until they begin walking (about 8–18 months age) and their parent. Thursdays, 12:30 p.m. $60 (6 classes). 706-4757329, LECTURES & LIT.: Art Lecture (Lamar Dodd School of Art, Room S150) Dr. Alexis Boylan presents “The Two Mrs. Sloans: Problems of Biography and Feminism in Art History,” a lecture based on her book about the two wives of artist John Sloan. 5 p.m. FREE! mdavison@ LECTURES & LIT.: Author Lecture (UGA Main Library, Rare Book & Manuscript Library) Vincent Carretta discusses his new book, Phillis Wheatley: Biography of a Genius in Bondage. 5 p.m. FREE! asharp@ LECTURES & LIT.: Keynote Address (Georgia Museum of Art) For the Decorative Arts Symposium, given by antiques dealer and Georgia native Deanna Deavours.

6 p.m. FREE! 706-542-4662, www. LECTURES & LIT.: “The Benefits of Diversity for White Students” (UGA Chapel) Keynote speaker Professor Robert Garda of the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law presents a lecture based on his recently published Florida Law Review article “The White Interest in School Integration.” 7 p.m. FREE! news/12551 MEETINGS: Green Drinks Athens (Hotel Indigo) An informal mixer for green-minded folks to discuss building, transportation and sustainability issues in the Athens area. 5:30–7:30 p.m. FREE! MEETINGS: New Mamas Group (Full Bloom Center) Meet other new moms and get non-judgmental support and reassurance. Babies welcome. 10 a.m. FREE! 706-353-3373, MEETINGS: Oconee Rivers Audubon Society (Sandy Creek Nature Center, ENSAT) Learn about wildlife and bird happenings. Newcomers welcome. 7 p.m. FREE! president@oconeeriversaudubon. org GAMES: “Drink While You Think” (Gnat’s Landing) Thursdays! 7–9 p.m. GAMES: Trivia (The Volstead) Every Thursday! 7:30 p.m. FREE! 706354-5300 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

Friday 3 EVENTS: Athens Wine Weekend (The Classic Center) Sample hundreds of wines, eat a gourmet dinner with wine pairings and a Sunday brunch with complimentary beverages. Visit the website for full details. $25–$325. EVENTS: Grit-Off! (ATHICA) Enjoy the fruits of a competition for the best grits from local Southern restaurants and a performance of “Keep Hope Alive” by Ted Kuhn. 7–9 p.m. $6 (suggested donation). www. ART: Opening Reception (Trace Gallery) For “Codex” by Laura Foster. 7–9 p.m. FREE! ART: Opening Reception (Lamar Dodd School of Art) For “Works on

Paper” by Thomas Drozol. 7–9 p.m. FREE! ART: Opening Reception (Lamar Dodd School of Art) For “Waterpockets: Art Show,” new drawings and paintings by Joel Rosenburg. 7–10 p.m. FREE! www. ART: Symposium of Decorative Arts (Georgia Museum of Art) Topics include pottery archeology in Washington County, Windsor chair construction, the African-American presence in the decorative arts of the South, historic house restoration, Southern needlework and clockmakers. Feb. 2–4. FREE! (registered students), $75–250. 706-542-4662, PERFORMANCE: Athens Cabaret Showgirls (Little Kings Shuffle Club) A unique drag show featuring performances by local drag artists. 10 p.m. $5. 706-369-3144 KIDSTUFF: Celebration of Elmo’s Birthday (Rocksprings Community Center & Park) Children ages 1-5 are invited to play games, bake Elmo cookies, learn to draw Elmo and participate in more Elmo-themed adventures. 10–11:30 a.m. $2. 706613-3603, www.athensclarkecounty. com/rocksprings LECTURES & LIT.: “Climate Change in the Southeast” (UGA Ecology Building) A symposium presented by the Georgia Climate Change Coalition. 5–8:30 p.m. FREE! LECTURES & LIT.: Friday Speaker Series (UGA Miller Learning Center) The Women’s Studies Department hosts “Working for a Reproductive Justice in Northeast Georgia.” 12:20 p.m. FREE! www. LECTURES & LIT.: Striking the Right Balance: Energy Security in International Law (UGA Dean Rusk Center) Day-long conference addressing international energy governance issues, nuclear safety law and nuclear waste legal regimes post-Fukushima. Commissioner William C. Ostendorff will deliver the keynote address. Register by Jan. 31. Feb. 3, 8:30 a.m. FREE! www. LECTURES & LIT.: “The White Interest in School Integration” (UGA Aderhold) Keynote speaker Professor Robert Garda of the Loyola University of Law presents a lecture based on his recently published Florida Law Review article. 12 p.m. FREE! MEETINGS: Friends First Friday: Anne Shenk (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Gather at a made-from-scratch breakfast to meet

other folks and listen to Anne Shenk, Director of Education, speak about songbirds, coffee, chocolate and conservation. 9 a.m. $12. 706-5426156,

Saturday 4 EVENTS: 2012 Transition Expo and Conference (UGA Tate Center) Annual opportunity for families of students with learning challenges and disabilities to visit exhibits, attend learning sessions, help their children succeed and plan for the future. 9 a.m.–1:30 p.m. FREE! www. EVENTS: A Tale of Two Cities (Athens Arena) The Classic City Rollergirls take on the Little City Rollergirls. 6 p.m. $10. EVENTS: Athens Wine Weekend (The Classic Center) Sample hundreds of wines, eat a gourmet dinner with wine pairings and a Sunday brunch with complimentary beverages. Visit the website for full details. $25–$325. EVENTS: Big Hearts Pageant (The Classic Center) A silent auction and pageant showcasing talents of children with special needs to benefit Extra Special People, a nonprofit dedicated to the progress of young people with special needs. 7 p.m. $12. EVENTS: Contra Dance (Lay Park) Live music by Beverly Smith and Friends. Deena Kushner is calling. Free lesson at 7:15 p.m. No experience or partner needed. 7:30–10:30 p.m. FREE! (under 18), $7 (adults). ART: Artist Talk (The Loft Art Supplies) Artist Ray Lee discusses his delicate landscape watercolors and figure drawings. 2 p.m. FREE! ART: Reception (The Globe) For a Kickstarter project to benefit Marie Cochran’s documentary of the Affrilachian Artist Project. Music and door prizes. See website for more info. 3–5 p.m. FREE! ART: Symposium of Decorative Arts (Georgia Museum of Art) See Feb. 3 Art . Feb. 2–4. FREE! (registered students), $75–250. 706-5424662, PERFORMANCE: Dance for Awareness (Cedar Shoals High School) Terpsicore & Studio Dance Academy host a dance to benefit AIDS Athens. 6:30 p.m. $10 (students), $15. terpsicorecompany@ PERFORMANCE: Joe Goode Performance Group (UGA Fine Arts Building) The dance-theater company performs a new work entitled The Rambler. Feb. 4, 8 p.m. & Feb. 5, 3 p.m. $34–39. www.pac. OUTDOORS: Dirty Spokes Trail Run (Heritage Park) Second annual Dirty Spokes eight-mile trail running race with double track and off-road running experience. 8:30 a.m. $30. 706-769-3965 KIDSTUFF: Juggling Workshop (Whole: Mind. Body. Art.) For ages 12 & up. 1 p.m. $10. KIDSTUFF: Storytime & Craft (Treehouse Kid and Craft) Make a craft inspired by the book. For ages 2–5. Saturdays, 10–11 a.m. $10. 706-850-8226 KIDSTUFF: Super Crazy Crayons (Oconee County Library) Recyclcle broken crayons into brand-new art supplies. Participants can use those provided by the library. 10 a.m.–1 p.m. FREE! 706-769-3950

LECTURES & LIT.: Symposium on Historic Mill Redevelopment (Chase Street Elementary) Speakers will detail the economic and cultural ramifications of redeveloping the Southern Mills property. Preregistration required. 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m. $35. 706-353-1801, www.

Sunday 5 EVENTS: Athens Wine Weekend (The Classic Center) Sample hundreds of wines, eat a gourmet dinner with wine pairings and a Sunday brunch with complimentary beverages. Visit the website for full details. $25–$325. EVENTS: Opening Reception (Congregation Children of Israel) For “A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs, 1910-1965.” Live music by Jim Sherman and a multimedia presentation about Irving Berlin. 3 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 PERFORMANCE: Joe Goode Performance Group (UGA Fine Arts Building) The dance-theater company performs The Rambler. Feb. 4, 8 p.m. & Feb. 5, 3 p.m. $34–39. MEETINGS: Envision the New Year (Jittery Joe’s Coffee Atlanta Highway) Create a vision board with Pathways Counseling to clarify goals for the new year. 10 a.m.–12 p.m. $20. 706-614-6060, GAMES: Trivia Sundays (Blind Pig Tavern) At the West Broad location. 6 p.m. 706-208-7979

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Monday 6 EVENTS: The Elephant in the Living Room (UGA Miller Learning Center, Room 102) A documentary exploring the exotic pet industry, where the most dangerous animals in the world are raised as house pets. 7:30 p.m. FREE! www.sos.uga. edu/filmfest EVENTS: Body Composition Test (UGA Ramsey Student Center) Bodyfat percentage test. 5–7 p.m. $1. EVENTS: Campus MovieFest Film Festival (UGA Tate Center) Films produced by students during the Campus MovieFest competition are shown. 7:30 p.m. FREE! PERFORMANCE: 100 Years of Broadway (Performing Arts Center) Popular songs from hit musicals of the past 100 years, featuring former Broadway actors. 8 p.m. $20–42. PERFORMANCE: HACKS XI (Caledonia Lounge) Comedians Adam Newman, Noah Gardenswartz, Ed Burmila, Nate Mitchell, Craig Hoelzer, Scott Rollins, Thom Bossert and host Luke Fields. 9 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). KIDSTUFF: Bedtime Stories (ACC Library) Every Monday. 7 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 KIDSTUFF: Infant Storytime (ACC Library) Nurture language skills. 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 LECTURES & LIT.: Darwin Day Lecture (UGA Miller Learning Center, Room 102) Jack Jorner presents “How to Build a Dinosaur.” A book signing will follow the lecture. 4 p.m. FREE! 706-542-3966 MEETINGS: 34th Annual Athens Human Rights Festival Planning Meeting (Nuçi’s Space) Open to anyone who would like to participate in planning the May k continued on next page

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Thursday, February 2nd

8:00 - DOORS OPEN 8:30 - Epting Events (Pot Pie) 9:00 - Athens Land Trust (Athens Band Trust) 9:30 - Moped Motion (SHA 15.15s) 10:00 - Heirloom Café (Hairlüm) 10:30 - Drive-By Truckers Crew (Thundercrack) 11:00 - Flagpole Magazine (Selig and the Walmartians) 11:30 - Caledonia Lounge (Pörtly Crüe) 12:00 - ANNOUNCE WINNER

Friday, February 3rd

8:00 - DOORS OPEN 8:30 - R. Wood Studios (Glazer Beams) 9:00 - The Red Zone (What Up, Dawg? featuring Bonnie Jovi) 9:30 - Musicians Warehouse (Ed’s Last Minute All-Stars) 10:00 - Oglethorpe County Schools (The Torpideros) 10:30 - Blanchard Law Office (The Unindicted Co-Conspirators) 11:00 - TSAV (Punch List) 11:30 - Sunshine Cycles (C.C. Top) 12:00 - Your Pie (Jiggle the Handle) 12:30 - The 40 Watt Club (40 Cent) 1:00 - ANNOUNCE WINNER

Saturday, February 4th

8:00 - DOORS OPEN 8:30 - Sunshine Pediatrics (Thrombus) 9:00 - State Botanical Garden of Georgia (BotJam) 9:30 - Daily Groceries (Bikini Kale) 10:00 - City Salon (Chop Shop City) 10:30 - Baxendale Guitars (One Degree of Separation) 11:00 - Athens Social Media (Great Odin’s Raven) 11:30 - Bel-Jean Copy & Print (80# Cougar) 12:00 - Transmetropolitan (Athenian Idiot) 12:30 - Hotbreath Glass Studio (Sweet Leaf) 1:00 - ANNOUNCE WINNER

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EVENTS: African-American Testing Day (AIDS Athens) Walkin, anonymous HIV testing. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. FREE! 706-549-3730, EVENTS: New Belgium Beer Dinner (Heirloom Cafe and Fresh Market) Six beers, five courses. Reservation required. $60. 6–9 p.m. EVENTS: Sustainability Film Series (UGA Rooker Hall) A screening of Countdown to Zero, a film exploring the dangers of nuclear weapons. 7 p.m. FREE! 706-5427068 ART: Opening Reception (ArtLand Gallery) For Meredith Lachin’s “Metrocard Project,” an exhibit featuring tiny representational paintings on recycled New York subway cards. 6 p.m. FREE! www.chopsandhops. com 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. 8 p.m. FREE! (performers), $5. www.myspace. com/flickerbar THEATRE: Armitage (Seney-Stovall Chapel) The University Theatre presents a gothic tale of time, space and grief. Feb. 7–11, 8 p.m., Feb. 12, 2:30 p.m. $10. 706-542-5041 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: Teen Painting Club (Lyndon House Arts Center) An informal gathering of teens meets twice a month to paint. No instruction provided. Bring your own project and materials. Ages 14-19. 5:30–7 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3623 KIDSTUFF: Toddler Storytime (ACC Library) For children ages 18 months to 5 years. Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 LECTURES & LIT.: Darwin Day Lecture (UGA Paul D. Coverdell Center, Room S175) Wallace Marshall from the University of California speaks about “Pattern Formation and Regeneration in a Single Cell.” 11 a.m. FREE! 706542-3966 LECTURES & LIT.: Ecology Seminar (UGA Ecology Building) “Amphibians Living in a Contaminated Environment: Individual, Population and Species Level Differences in Response to Chronic Copper Exposure,” presented by Stacey Lance, Savannah River Ecology Laboratory. 4 p.m. FREE! LECTURES & LIT.: “Let’s Talk About It!: Beyond Tolerance” (UGA Miller Learning Center, Room 213) Discussion about creating a community where tolerance is replaced with understanding. 6:30–8 p.m. FREE! LECTURES & LIT.: Statewide Severe Weather Lecture (UGA Tate Center) Donald Keith, director of the Office of Emergency Preparedness at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, discusses his experiences and response to the tornado in Tuscaloosa in April. In

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conjunction with the annual Georgia Statewide Severe Weather Week. 10 a.m. FREE! GAMES: Locos Trivia (Locos Grill & Pub) All three Athens locations of Locos Grill and Pub (Westside, Eastside and Harris St.) feature trivia night every Tuesday. 8 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) Throw a lime in your Coors Light and compete! Tuesdays & Thursdays, 7:30-9:30 p.m. 706354-1515

Wednesday 8 EVENTS: Canine Cocktail Hour (Hotel Indigo, Madison Bar & Bistro Courtyard) Drink and food specials for you and your (well-behaved, non-aggressive, vaccinated) dog! This week: salty dogs and greyhounds. Every Wednesday. 5-7 p.m. EVENTS: Community HU Song (Lay Park) People of all faiths are invited to sing with the Eckankar community. 7 p.m. FREE! 706-3109499, EVENTS: Film Screening: Barbershop Punk (MadisonMorgan Cultural Center) Barbershop Punk examines the critical issues surrounding the future of the American Internet and what it truly means to be “punk.” A discussion and reception with the filmmaker will follow. Part of the Southern Circuit of Independent Filmmakers. 7 p.m. $5. 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. PERFORMANCE: Unchained Tour of Georgia (The Melting Point) Featuring readings and performances by Elna Baker, Peter Aguero, Joan Juliet Buck, Edgar Oliver and more, with a musical performance by Shovels & Rope. See Calendar Pick on p. 23. 7:30 p.m. $15. THEATRE: Armitage (Seney-Stovall Chapel) The University Theatre presents a gothic tale of time, space and grief. Feb. 7–11, 8 p.m., Feb. 12, 2:30 p.m. $10. 706-542-5041 KIDSTUFF: Crawlers’ Playgroup (Full Bloom Center) For sitting and scooting babies and their parents. 10 a.m. $3. 706-353-3373, www. KIDSTUFF: Full Bloom Storytime (Full Bloom Center) Interactive storytime led by local storytellers who love reading to children. Open to all ages. 4 p.m. $3 (suggested donation). 706-353-3373, www. KIDSTUFF: Hearts for Heroes (Oconee County Library) Teens ages 11 to 18 are invited to decorate heart-shaped cookies to give to the Watkinsville Police Department. 6–8 p.m. FREE! 706-769-3950 KIDSTUFF: Preschool & Toddler Storytime (Madison County Library) Includes stories, fingerpuppet plays, songs and crafts for literacy-based fun. For ages 2–5. 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-795-5597 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: Toddler Storytime (ACC Library) For children ages 18 months to 5 years. Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 KIDSTUFF: Wildcard Wednesday (ACC Library) This week: Candy Kiss Rosebuds. For ages 11–18. 4–5 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 LECTURES & LIT.: Apero Brown Bag Lecture (UGA Memorial Hall) Bantu D. Gross, PhD student, presents “How the Accusation of ‘Acting White’ Influences Leisure Preferences for African-American Youth.” 12:15 p.m. FREE! 706-5422102 LECTURES & LIT.: Darwin Day Lecture (UGA Biological Sciences Building, Room 404A) Wallace Marshall from the University of California speaks about “How to Build a Cell.” 12:15 p.m. FREE! 706542-3966 LECTURES & LIT.: Willson Center Science for Humanists Lecture (UGA Miller Learning Center, Room 248) Steve Holland, UGA Geology, presents “From Shells to Bones: How We Find Fossils.” 4 p.m. FREE! 706-542-3966 MEETINGS: Contigo Peru Information Session (UGA LACSI Building) Learn Spanish and volunteer to work in Trujillo City, Peru. 7 p.m. FREE! contigoperuspanish@ 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. & Broad St. locations). 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! 706-613-0892 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

Live Music Tuesday 31 Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8:30 p.m. FREE! IKE STUBBLEFIELD AND FRIENDS Soulful R&B artist Ike Stubblefield is a Hammond B3 virtuoso who cut his teeth backing Motown legends like the Four Tops, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye. Featuring Seth Hendershot on drums. Every Tuesday! The Melting Point “Terrapin Tuesday.” 7:30 p.m. $5. www. KLEZMER LOCAL 42 A local sevenpiece Klezmer band specializing in high-energy Jewish and gypsy music and featuring Dan Horowitz of Five Eight. WUOG 90.5FM 8 p.m. FREE! “LIVE IN THE LOBBY” The Four Thieves will perform on the college radio station’s twice weekly program. Listen over the air, stream online or drop by the station to watch!

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Wednesday 1 Farm 255 Jazz Night. 8–10 p.m. FREE! www. 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. Flicker Theatre & Bar 8:30 p.m. $5. www.flickertheatreandbar. com KYSHONA ARMSTRONG This engaging local songwriter performs a unique fusion of acoustic folk and soul. THE HEAP Funky local indie-soul band based here in Athens with a killer horn section and fronted by Bryan Howard’s low, bass growl. Playing Flicker every Wednesday in February! Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 FEAST OF EPIPHANY Keyboarddriven proggressive project from Baltimore, MD and spearheaded by Nick Podgurski, who also plays with the bands Extra Life and Art Department.

GRAPE SODA Local band featuring the brothers Lewis (Mat and Ryan, also of The Agenda), on vocals, organ and drums, playing reverbheavy garage psych-rock. PRETTY BIRD Heavy on percussion and tribal-style hollering/chanting/ panting, expect an avant-garde performance that’s equal parts weird and fun. Little Kings Shuffle Club 6:30–8:30 p.m. $8 (includes drink from the bar). 706-369-3144 SALSA LESSONS Learn some latin moves. 10 p.m. $3-$5. 706-369-3144 CCBB Local purveyors of “trashy pervert pop.” PAINT FUMES This Charlotte, NC trio offers indie garage rock band channeling plenty of wail and feedback. THE RODNEY KINGS Scuzzed-out punk. The Melting Point 6:30–9:30 p.m. FREE! JIM PERKINS Acoustic singer/songwriter from Augusta. He combines folk, jazz and blues. The Office Lounge 9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-0840 KARAOKE With your host Lynn, the Queen of Karaoke!

Walker’s Coffee & Pub 706-543-1433 LIVE JAZZ Every Wednesday! Featuring The Downstairs Jazz Quartet.

Thursday 2 Farm 255 11 p.m. FREE! DJ CHAMBER MUSIC “Bounce warm-up” as the local DJ helps you stretch those glutes before Big Freedia comes to town. You can also grab Big Freedia tickets in advance at this show for $8. MONSANTO “Sub-testing frequencies over dub stepped sounds.” From members of Basshunter64 and Mans Trash. PARTY PARTY PARTNERS VARIETY SHOW Members of Bubbly Mommy Gun, Quiet Hooves and other PPP-associated acts play each other’s songs! RENE LE CONTE Joe Kubler’s French-style electropop. Flicker Theatre & Bar 8:30 p.m. $5. www.flickertheatreandbar. com ANDROCLES AND THE LION This local band plays airy indie-rock with melodic harmonies.

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There is only one reason to go to a Big Freedia concert: to shake that azz. At long last, the Queen Diva of Bounce is bringing the party to Athens after having to cancel her appearance in April last year due to injury. (“Apparently, a speaker fell on her” was the word from the local promoter.) Thankfully, she has more than recovered, and the anticipation for her notoriously wild live show has only grown. If you’re unfamiliar with the gyrating, jiggling jubilee that is bounce, a few primer Youtube videos are well advised. Check out Big Freedia’s recent appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” or one of her many explosive live shows at home in New Orleans, and then imagine all that bump and grind live, right your face. It’s going to be spectacular. As always, Freedia will be joined by her dancers, The Divas, who will show you ways to move your booty that you never dreamt possible. With the animated Freedia front and center, dropping instructional, repetitive rhymes meant to incite wild dancing, there’s no doubt the whole room will be grooving by the end of the night. “Make the beat go BOOM!” Booty bass originated in Miami, spread across the South and spawned spinoff genres such as crunk. But within the last few years, New Orleans has taken center stage with a movement called “sissy bounce” starring flamboyant artists like Freedia. “It’s about having fun, letting off some steam,” Freedia told Flagpole last spring. “If you’re having a bad day, turn on some of that bounce music, shake your ass, let off some of that stress and have a good time. Hip-hop today has a lot of negativity in it, so we’re trying to keep positive things going because we have a big future ahead of us.” Take note! Unlike most Farm shows, this is a ticketed event. Admission costs $10 at the door, or you can buy tickets in advance at Southern Vision downtown (below the Jittery Joe’s on Broad Street) for $8. [Michelle Gilzenrat]

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THE CALENDAR! TUMBLEWEED STAMPEDE Local group plays danceable indie folk. WOODFANGS Grungy, lo-fi psychedelic pop.

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klezmer local 42 TIX $5 ADMISSION • $2 TERRAPIN PINTS!


jim perkins acoustic FREE SHOW! • Music 6:30-9:30


saint francis tedo stone

TIX $5 ADV • $8 DOOR • $5 w/ UGA ID

carolina chocolate drops

thur•feb•2 foundry entertainment presents... the corduroy road


fri•feb•3 as seen in Anvil! The Story of Anvil

anvil w/ athens

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sat•feb•4 Tribute to Jimmy Buffett with

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string theory unchained tour with shovels & rope the whiskey gentry, have gun will travel, adam klein & the wild fires grains of sand brandi carlile (SOLD OUT!) sweethearts duets hoot valentine’s dinner & show w/ francine reed danny hutchens, betsy franck, adam payne, ty manning, richard chamberlain, thomas galloway & lefty hathaway passafire, lowdive mardi gras athens featuring matt joiner, emily mccannon modern skirts, t. hardy morris & the outfit

2.20 david mayfield parade 2.21 fat tuesday w/ tab benoit, sol driven train 2.22 dash rip rock 2.24 mike cooley (of the drive-by truckers) 2.25 the highballs 2.27 carbon leaf with tim brantley 2.28 smokey’s farmland band 2.29 california guitar trio, shaun hopper 3.3 1pm - laughing pizza children’s show 8pm - dirk howell band 3.8 stephen kellogg & the sixers 3.13 buttermilk revival 3.15 colin hay (of men at work) 3.22 andy mckee 3.28 leo kottke 4.6 abigail washburn 4.11 rehab @ GATH LOCATED ON THE GROUNDS OF



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40 Watt Club 8:30 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). ATHENS BUSINESS ROCKS BATTLE OF THE BANDS Employees from local businesses reveal their inner rockstar in this fundraiser for Nuçi’s Space. Tonight features Flagpole band and 2011 Athens Business Rocks champions Selig and the Walmartians. For full lineup and schedule, see story on p. 17. Georgia Theatre 7 p.m. $21. CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS Trio of banjo and fiddle extraordinaires carrying on the tradition of string bands from the green hills of the Carolinas with a modern twist. THE CORDUROY ROAD Rooted in classic Americana, with lots of banjo-plucking and pedal steel. The Melting Point 8 p.m. $5 (adv. or w/UGA ID), $8 (door). SAINT FRANCIS Scott Baston reunites former Moonshine Still members in a fiery, spirit-filled musical hootenanny like a down-home gospel church on revival Sunday. TEDO STONE Alt-country/indie/psych rock that toys with layered minimalist elements. New Earth Music Hall 9:30 p.m. $5. www.newearthmusichall. com SIR CHARLES Electronic bass music. SOUNDUO A post-dub audio/visual live performance project. VLAD THE INAHLER The Crunchay Sunday host from Florida mixes a variety of EDM bass sounds to keep your feet moving. No Where Bar 10 p.m. $3. 706-546-4742 JAZZCHRONIC Local five-piece explores freaky, funky, psychedelic fusion jazz. The Office Lounge 8:30 p.m. 706-546-0840. THE SHADOW EXECUTIVES Get your fill of straight-up, authentic blues covers from this skilled Athens five-piece. Playing at “Blues Night” every Thursday. WUOG 90.5FM 8 p.m. FREE! “LIVE IN THE LOBBY” The Humms will perform on the college radio station’s twice weekly program. Listen over the air, stream online or drop by the station to watch!

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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 top-40 remixes backed by video projections. Caledonia Lounge 10 p.m. DANNY THE LOOPER Ex-Time Toy member using loops and making sounds, all with a sense of humor. FOUNTAINHEAD Covering eclectic hard rock hits from the ‘70s to today. SPOTTY LADS A tribute to the music of Genesis.

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Farm 255 11:30 p.m. $8 (adv.), $10 (door). www. BIG FREEDIA Get ready to shake your booty with the Queen Diva of Bounce! There will likely be “azz everywhere.” See Calendar Pick on p. 21. DJ CHAMBER MUSIC Opening and closing the night with sets that’ll keep your booty bouncing. Flicker Theatre & Bar 8:30 p.m. FREE! SINGER-SONGWRITER SHOWCASE Featuring Chris Ingram, Natalie Gonzolez, Mr. Guppyfin, James Warrior, Mark Bailey and more! 40 Watt Club 8:30 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). ATHENS BUSINESS ROCKS BATTLE OF THE BAND Employees from local businesses reveal their inner rockstar in this fundraiser for Nuçi’s Space. For full lineup and schedule, see story on p. 17. Georgia Theatre 8 p.m. $10. IVAN NEVILLE’S DUMPSTAPHUNK This New Orleans ensemble is possibly one of the finest funk bands around today. With a touch of urban edge and some jam sensibilities, these soulful stomps feature explosive grooves.

YO MAMA’S BIG FAT BOOTY BAND Get ready for a dancefloorshaking funk show mixed with high-energy ska, reggae, hip-hop and Latin soul. Highwire Lounge “Friday Night Jazz.” 8 p.m. FREE! www. RAND LINES Original compositions of pianist Rand Lines with drummer Ben Williams and bassist Mike Beshara. The Melting Point 9 p.m. $10 (adv. w/student ID). $13 (door w/student ID). $12 (adv GA). $15 (door, GA). ANVIL The metal band that influenced a generation of metal adolescents is featured in the hit cult documentary, “Anvil! The Story of Anvil.” Catch the documentary at Ciné on Thursday. See story on p. 15. THE ATHENS BAND High-energy teen rockers with classic rock influences and anthemic choruses. New Earth Music Hall 10 p.m. $6. www.newearthmusichall. com DJ STYLEMIND Spinning tracks between sets. FUNK YOU A mix of funk and jazz from Augusta. SUMILAN Technically proficient musicians playing jam rock. No Where Bar 10 p.m. $4. 706-546-4742 ASHER ARMSTRONG Four-piece Americana rock band from Nashville.

DANGFLY Local rock band featuring an all-star lineup including Americana noteables Adam Payne, Shawn Johnson, Jay Rodgers, Scotty Nicholson, Adam Poulin and more. The Office Lounge 9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-0840 KARAOKE With your host Lynn, the Queen of Karaoke! Terrapin Beer Co. 5:30-7:30 p.m. $10 Glass. THE FOUR THIEVES This energetic acoustic folk band is sure to get your boots stompin’. The Volstead 11 p.m.– 2 a.m. FREE! 706-614-9596 DJ SIFI Runs the gamut from rap and hip-hop to rock and country.

Saturday 4 Amici Italian Café 11 p.m. 706-353-0000 NEW SNEAKERS Five-piece Southern jam-rock fusion. The Bad Manor 12TH PLANET Dubstep artist who recently worked on Korn’s new dubstep album. Caledonia Lounge 8:30 p.m. $10. www.caledonialounge. com THE ATARIS Formed as pop-punk band in ‘95, the group achieved

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Betsy Kingston & the Crowns, DJ Mahogany Georgia Theatre With the notion that all great art is born from suffering often testing true, Flagpole would like to offer a departure from the presumption that said suffering is solely an artist’s to endure. We present as evidence Betsy Kingston, local heartbreaker dispensing sorrow, at least in song. This evening with her band, The Crowns, featuring talented multi-instrumentalist Joe Dinnan, Kingston marks the release of her independent debut, Blue Laws. The Savannah-raised songstress with the Southern velvet voice shares some insight on her new album (produced by Dinnan) and the soirée celebrating its arrival. “We recorded most of [Blue Laws] at the Magic Closet in Portland, OR,” Kingston says. “It rained 10 out of 10 days there, which is fortunate, because I only write about sad and angry things,” she adds dryly, making it impossible to determine where her tongue is in relation to the cheek. After Portland, the band did some mixing in Sacramento, CA. And then they started working with a studio in Nashville where they recorded, among others, “You Look Like I Need a Drink,” a song whose title alone would likely sell-out the Georgia Theatre on any given evening. Finally, there was work left to be done in New York… So, is crisscrossing the country a recording strategy she’d recommend to her peers? “It’s not the most cost-effective,” she laughs, adding, “I think we’ll do it differently the next time around—although we loved everyone we worked with, and we loved all of the studios involved.” This is Kingston & the Crowns’ first appearance at the Georgia Theatre. Kingston says to expect the unexpected at this free show. “Hopefully there’s going to be some juggling—freaks, sex, whatever. This town is so spoiled, you know—anything to get them in the door… And then there’s the music…” As for the music, Kingston is just as comfortable oozing diva attitude (“Use Me”) as she is drifting into ethereal waters (“The Ed Oo Song”). It’s a CD release party: the perfect opportunity to watch her do both. [David Eduardo]

EMILY HEARN Young singer-songwriter offers sweet, melodic acoustic ballads. Red Balloon release party.

Wednesday, February 8

The Unchained Tour Melting Point Alhough the guy who scratched out the first painting in that cave in Lascaux, France might disagree (and from all reports he was a real prima donna), storytelling is mankind’s oldest art form. Storytellers and raconteurs are the original sources of our myths, our history and our entertainment. These days, with 500 channels of digital TV and the vast, unending sea of the Internet force-feeding our frontal lobes, it would seem that the art of storytelling is in danger of obsolescence. That’s a real shame, as there is still no Edgar Oliver substitute for the experience of one speaker weaving tales before a captive audience. It’s a pleasure that is primal, pure and 100 percent organic. The Melting Point will host an evening of that pleasure when the Unchained Tour rolls into town. Unchained is a rolling troupe of acclaimed raconteurs and musicians currently bringing the gospel of spoken-word performance to venues in Georgia and Florida. Among the scheduled performers are author and activist Tina A. Brown; actress, novelist and former editor of French Vogue Joan Juliet Buck; playwright Edgar Oliver; Elna Baker, contributor to “This American Life”; and rock storyteller Peter Aguaro. Charleston’s Shovels & Rope, an up-and-coming “sloppy tonk” duo, whose music was recently featured on an episode of “True Blood,” will do a set as well. You won’t be able to miss the performers when they roll into town. The very cool Blue Bird bus festooned with art and quotes from all over Georgia? That’ll be them. Check them out on the Melting Point stage beginning at 7:30. This is an 18+ show. Tickets are $15 in advance, $17 at the door. [John G. Nettles]

mainstream success with its 2003 album So Long, Astoria. See story on p. 14. BURNS LIKE FIRE Stewed, screwed, tattooed punk rock that will leave you flat on your face. KARBOMB High-speed local punk. PANIC MANOR Genre-hopping poppunk with three lead singers. Farm 255 11:30 p.m. FREE! BISHOP New local band. Flicker Theatre & Bar 8:30 p.m. $5. www.flickertheatreandbar. com MARC C AND THE NATIONALS Local band plays soulful, heartfelt Americana. Cunningham draws from classic country artists like Johnny Cash and Steve Earle. NORMA RAE This local four-piece plays soulful, distinctively Southern Americana. CHRIS PICKERING Brisbane by way of Nashville singer-songwriter who plays indie Americana. 40 Watt Club 8:30 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). ATHENS BUSINESS ROCKS BATTLE OF THE BAND Employees from local businesses reveal their inner rockstar in this fundraiser for Nuçi’s Space. For full lineup and schedule, see story on p. 17. Georgia Theatre 8 p.m. $12. DRFAMEUS Electronic music project led by versatile drummer Allen Aucoin. He explores drum ‘n’ bass, dubstep, techno and more. POLISH AMBASSADOR The dancier counterpart to Andrew Sugalski’s work as Ample Mammal.

ZOOGMA This Oxford, MS group lays down electro-driven funk and rock jams that feature smooth improvization and sampling. Hendershot’s Coffee Bar “Brazilian Carnaval.” 9 p.m. QUIABO DE CHAPEU Local musicians playing popular Brazilian music. Little Kings Shuffle Club 8 p.m. $5. 706-369-3144 LOUIS PELOT The guitarist/vocalist from local folk rock group Leaving Countries plays a solo set. KATE MORRISSEY Best known for her dark velvet voice, Morrissey’s songwriting is literate and sincere. THOMAS KIVI & SARAH PRAY Silky, warm harmonies over delicate finger-picked melodies from this folky duo. The Melting Point 8:30 p.m. $10 (adv.), $13 (door). www. SONS OF SAILORS A Margaritavillebound train of Jimmy Buffett hits. New Earth Music Hall 10 p.m. $5. www.newearthmusichall. com ROLLIN HOME This local group jams on originals with a Grateful Dead groove and a Southern rock leaning. SALTWATER GRASS An organic blend of funk, blues, Latin soul and reggae with rock-solid bass, wailing harmonica and muted trumpet. No Where Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-4742 DOMINO EFFECT Smooth reggae from Savannah infused with cool funk and soul.

The Office Lounge 9:30 p.m. FREE! 706-546-0840 THE FLAMETHROWERS Local surf rock-style rock and roll band. The Volstead 11 p.m.– 2 a.m. FREE! 706-614-9596 DJ SIFI This DJ’s selection runs the gamut from rap and hip-hop to rock and country.

Sunday 5 Buffalo’s Southwest Café 6 & 8 p.m. $5. LIVE JAZZ Hosted by DJ Segar. Farm 255 “Sunday Night DJ Night.” 10 p.m. FREE! DJ JAVIER Javier Morales of The Dream Scene spinning dance and sunshine pop. WEIRD WIVES Featuring members of Surfer Blood.

Monday 6 Buffalo’s Southwest Café 6–10 p.m. $5. 706-613-5386, www. SHAG NIGHT Bring your dancing shoes for shag dancing in the BBR. Every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month. 40 Watt Club 8 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). www.40watt. com MICAH DALTON Alternative soul singer from Atlanta whose vocal style was influenced by such diverse acts as Marvin Gaye and Paul Simon.

Georgia Theatre 8 p.m. FREE! BETSY KINGSTON AND THE CROWNS Local band balancing “heavy-hitting blues-rock and soulful country-folk.” See Calendar Pick on p. 22. DJ MAHOGANY Freaky funk, sultry soul and R&B. Starts at 11 p.m. No Where Bar 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742 BIG C Clarence “Big C” Cameron plays straightahead blues.

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Wednesday 8 The Bad Manor 8 p.m. $25. STEVE AOKI Internationally acclaimed electro house musician and founder of Dim Mak Records. DATSIK DJ who combines original hip-hop beats with floor-shaking dubstep dance grooves. Flicker Theatre & Bar 8:30 p.m. $5. www.flickertheatreandbar. com THE DICTATORTOTS These longtime Athenian trash the night with postgrunge grooves. THE HEAP Funky local indie-soul band based here in Athens! 40 Watt Club “Music for a Better Athens.” 8 p.m. THE KNOCKOUTS Rock with diverse, worldly melodies that draws on polka, bluegrass and Irish folk music. LOVE TRACTOR Athens alt-rock favorites for 30 years. The Melting Point “Unchained Tour of Georgia.” 7:30 p.m. $15. SHOVELS & ROPE Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent playing “sloppy tonk” music. The Office Lounge 9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-0840 KARAOKE With your host Lynn. Walker’s Coffee & Pub 706-543-1433 LIVE JAZZ Every Wednesday! Featuring The Downstairs Jazz Quartet. * Advance Tickets Available

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ART Call for Designers and Models (ATHICA) Seeks models and designers for the “Trashy Fashion Show,” a collection of recycled materials made into wearable art. Show is Apr. 22. Apply by Feb. 22., www. 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. Call for Entries (ATHICA) Seeking works that creatively reuse materials otherwise destined for landfills for “Upcycle.” Presenters and performers are also needed. Visit php to submit. Deadline Feb. 20. Call for Entries (OCAF) Artists 18 & up are invited to submit artwork for the Southworks Juried Art Exhibition. Deadline Feb. 11. Exhibit runs Apr. 6–May 11.

Seeking Artists (Athens, GA) The Athens Indie Craftstravaganzaa is now taking applications for vendors for the Apr. 28 & 29 craft fair. Apply by Mar. 5. www.athensindiecraft

CLASSES Adult Dance Classes (East Athens Community Center) Classes offered in adult ballet, tap dance, praise dance, hip hop, etc. 706-613-3624 Adult Sewing (Treehouse Kid and Craft) Learn the basics and necessities. No experience required. Call for more information. Sundays, Feb. 5–26. $120. 706-850-8226 Advanced Computer Classes (Oconee County Library) Classes by appoinment are taught one-on-one by the library’s computer specialist and tailored to each individual’s needs. 706-769-3950, watkinsville Clay Classes (Good Dirt) Weekly “Try Clay” classes ($20/person) introduce participants to the potter’s


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wheel every Friday from 7-9 p.m. “Family Try Clay” classes show children and adults hand-building methods every Sunday from 2-4 p.m. 706-355-3161, Earth Skills Series: Friction Fire (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) In this session, develop the skill to create fire from materials in the wild. Bring a sack lunch. Feb. 4, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. $66. 706-542-6156, Flower Arranging (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Taught by a National Garden Club Master Flower Show judge. Focus will be on dining table arrangements. Bring a lunch. Call to register. Feb. 29, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. $45. 706-542-6156, Heart of Glass: Valentine’s Day Glass Fusing (Good Dirt) Make fused-glass ornaments or jewelry. Feb. 5, 2–4 p.m. $50. 706-355-3161 Kundalini Yoga (Red Lotus Institute) Yoga of awareness. Tuesdays, 5:30–7 p.m. FREE! (donations accepted). www.wellness


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Drek Davis’ work, “A Crown for Oshun–Femininity,” is on display at ATHICA through Mar. 4. Ladies’ Non-Contact Cardio Boxing (Lay Park) Build muscle strength, endurance, balance, agility and coordination. Call for more information. BYOGloves. Wednesdays through Apr. 23, 7–8 p.m. $10. 706613-3596, www.athensclarkecounty. com/lay Mind Body & Art Classes (Whole: Mind. Body. Art.) Classes for all ages including cardio jam, cardio bellydance, Zumba, kids’ art and more. 706-410-0283 Natural History of Georgia Plants (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) This course will introduce students to the diverse natural vegetation of Georgia. Call to register. Feb. 12, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. $105. 706-542-6156, botgarden SALSAthens (Little Kings Shuffle Club) Cuban-style salsa dance classes. Every Wednesday. 6:307:30 p.m. (intermediate), 7:30-8:30 p.m. (beginners). $8. 706-338-6613 Spring Classes (OCAF) Now registering for classes in oil painting, watercolor, writing, pottery, papermaking and more. View website for details. 706-769-4565, Vegetative Plant Propagation (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Will focus primarily on methods applicable to native plants. Feb. 23, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. $50. 706-542-6156, www.uga. edu/botgarden Watercolor Painting Inspired by Nature (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Designed for students of all skill levels and basic experience. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. $220.

Windchimes & Suncatchers (Good Dirt) Make tinkling windchimes or a suncatcher. For teens and adults. Feb. 19, 2–4 p.m. $50 (includes materials). 706-355-3161

HELP OUT! adDRESS a Need (Call for location) Donate formal dresses, shoes, purses or jewelry to high school students and community members to wear at prom and other formal events. 706-206-8886, www.friends Call for Donations (OCAF) OCAF is seeking new or used items for its annual thrift sale. Accepting anything usable. Proceeds benefit art and art education at OCAF. Check website for drop-off times. Turn Conflicts into Opportunities (Call for location) Earn a practitioner certificate for personal use or as a step to being a trainer in conflict management. 706-340-3439, www.georgiaconflict

KIDSTUFF 22nd annual “Give Wildlife a Chance” Poster Contest (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Artwork must portray Georgia nongame (not legally hunted, trapped or fished) wildlife and plants. Any student in grades K-5 is eligible to participate. Call for more info. Entries due by Mar. 28. 706-5426156,,

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Arts in the Afternoon (East Athens Community Center) Afterschool program teaches arts and crafts and allows children to create original artwork. Ages 6–15. Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:30– 5:30 p.m. FREE! 706-61-3593 Knitting Classes (Treehouse Kid and Craft) Knitting instruction for all levels! For ages 6–12. Call for details. Saturdays, Feb. 4–25. 706-850-8226 Mardi Grad Fun for Kids (Rocksprings Community Center & Park) Celebrate Fat Tuesday with games, arts and crafts, sweet snacks and fun festivities. Register by Feb. 1. 9:30 a.m.–12 p.m. (Ages 7-12), 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m. (Ages 3–6). $2. 706-613-3603 Music to my Ears Music Lessons (Lay Park) Concentration on major scales and tones for middle and high school students. Must have own instrument. Ages 12–17. Fridays, 5:30 p.m. $2. 706-613-3596 Naturalist Assistant Program Training (Sandy Creek Nature Center) For teens interested in working at SCNC. Preregistration and interview required. Feb. 4, 1–5 p.m. 706-613-3615, kate.mowbray@athensclarkecounty. com Snow Day (Memorial Park) Day off school program for elementary schoolers celebrating the hope for snow. Enjoy snow games, wintry crafts, cold weather treats and learning about what the animals at Bear Hollow do when the weather gets cold. Call to register by Feb. 8. Feb. 13. 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. $15. 705-613-3580.

Spring Programs (East Athens Community Center) Sports, homework help, teen groups and more are going on now and throughout the spring. Call for more information. 706-613-3593 Storytubes Video Contest (ACC Library) Join kids from across the country by making a short video about your favorite book and posting it online. Schedule a private session with one of the Children’s area staff. Submissions due by Feb. 20. Yoga Sprouts (Memorial Park) Fun, playful yoga and crafts for kids ages 2 & up. Call for more information. Register by Mar. 14. Tuesdays, Mar, 22–May 17. 706-613-3580 Youth After-School Program (Lay Park) Homework help, arts and crafts, field trips and more. Ages 6–17. Call to register. 706-613-3596 Youth Soccer (Southeast Clarke Park) Co-ed recreational league for children 4–12 years old. Register by Feb. 17. Feb. 27–Apr. 28. $65 (ACC residents), $98. 706-613-3589,



Emotional Abuse Support Group (Call for location) Demeaning behavior and hateful words can be just as harmful as punches and kicks. Childcare is provided. Call the Project Safe hotline: 706-543-3331. Wednesdays, 6:30–8 p.m. Survive and Revive (Call for location) Domestic violence support group. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. and group at 6:30 p.m. Children are welcome for supper and childcare is provided during group. Second and fourth Tuesday of the month in Clarke County. First and third Monday of the month in Madison County. 6:30–8 p.m. Project Safe: 706-543-3357, ext. 771 Wonderful Wednesdays (Call for location) Adults with cognitive disabilities can learn leisure skills, community inclusion and exploration. Call for more information and to register. Every other Wednesday, Jan. 11–Apr. 18. 10:30 a.m. $14. 706-613-3580

Beat the Heat (Athens Area Humane Society) Spay your cat for a special rate before her heat cycle to prevent unwanted litters. Through Feb. 29. $20. 706-769-9155, Film Athens FIlm Athens is seeking a lead designer for the 7th annual Sprockets Music Video Competition. Email statement of interest and examples of work to sprockets@ Heroes’ Breakfast (Red Cross Center) The Red Cross seeks to recognize local heroes who have made a difference in other people’s lives in the past year. Nominate a friend, family member or anyone else by Mar. 15. Breakfast will be held on May 16. Email for nomination form. Summer Jobs (Athens, GA) ACC Leisure Services is hiring for 120 summer positions including camp counselors, lifeguards, park assistants and pool staff. 706-613-3090, jobs f

ART AROUND TOWN Amici Italian Café (233 E. Clayton St.) Photography by Chris Denney. Through February. Antiques and Jewels (290 N. Milledge) Paintings by Elizabeth Barton, Greg Benson and others. 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. Borad. St.) A selection of oil paintings entitled “Ripe,” by Manda McKay. Through February. ArtLand Gallery (2 S. Main St., Watkinsville) Tiny representational paintings by Meredith Lachin on recycled New York subway cards. Opening reception Feb. 7. Through March. Athens Academy (1281 Spartan Rd.) “Keeping Watch” includes recent work by Georgia Sea Grant artists. Through Feb. 24. Athens Institute for Contemporary Art (ATHICA) (160 Tracy St.) “Southern” features work from Rodrecas Davis, Hope Hilton, Michael Lachowski, Sam Seawright, James Perry Walker and more. Through March 4. Aurum Studios (125 E. Clayton St.) Paintings, pastels and silk hangings by Margaret Agner. Through Feb. 29. Circle Gallery, UGA College of Environmental Design (Caldwell Hall) “Historic Structures Report: Process and Product” explores various building materials including lumber, plaster, brick and stone. Through Feb. 17. Congregation Children of Israel (115 Dudley Dr.) “A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs, 1910–1965” uses images from broadway musicals, classic films and personal collections. Through Feb. 24. Etienne Brasserie (311 E. Broad St.) Oil paintings by Manty Dey. 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 Tom Philips, Larry Hamilton, Cheri Wranosky, John Weber and more. Five Star Day Café (229 E. Broad St.) Parrot paintings and illustrations by Lisa Santillo. Flicker Theatre & Bar (263 W. Washington St.) Artwork by Emmanuel Taati and Chris Denny. Through February. 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. • “Georgia Bellflowers” is devoted to antique dealer and furniture maker Henry Eugene Thomas. Through Apr. 15. • 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. • Pastel drawings by Will Henry Stevens, who used naturalism and geometric abstraction. Through Mar. 25. The Grit (199 Prince Ave.) New mixed-media art from Stephanie McKee. Through Feb. 18. Heirloom Cafe and Fresh Market (815 N. Chase St.) Artwork by Tatiana Veneruso. Opening reception Feb. 1. Through February. Hendershot’s Coffee Bar (1560 Oglethorpe Ave.) “Monuments to Empire” features large photo murals by Tobin Russell Brogunier. Through Feb. 4. Hotel Indigo (500 College Ave.) “Drawn: from Athens” features work from Jeff Owens, Art Rosenbaum, Michael Oliveri, Jaime Bull and more. • The glasscube at Hotel Indigo features Michael Oliveri’s installation “Look for Light,” butterflyinspired florescent chandeliers. Just Pho…and More (1063 Baxter St.) Artwork by Robert Lowery. Through March. Kumquat Mae Bakery Café (18 Barnett Shoals Rd., Watkinsville) Paintings by Greg Benson. Through February. Lamar Dodd School of Art (270 River Road) “Hairpieces,” by Rebecca Drolen. Through Feb. 11. Last Resort Grill (184 W. Clayton St.) Fine art photography focusing on new work from China, classic images of St. Andrews Old Course and local favorites by Sally Ross. Madison-Morgan Cultural Center (434 S. Main St.) “Scapes” is an exhibition of landscapes, cityscapes and seascapes by Steffen Thomas. Through Feb. 18. OCAF (34 School St.) An exhibit for Black History Month that includes artwork reflecting the journey of life as it pertains to African-American artists. Through Feb. 24. • Paintings by June F. Johnston. Through Feb. 10. Oconee County Library (1080 Experiment Station Rd.) Jewelry by Sylvia Dawe. • Watercolor paintings by Radha Murthy and Mindy Mendelsohn. Republic Salon (312 E. Broad St.) Cut paper portraits by David Broughton. State Botanical Garden of Georgia “NatureInspired Quilts” features handmade quilts from the Mountain Laurel Quilters Guild of Clarkesville, GA. Through Feb. 26. Trace Gallery (160 Tracy St.) “Codex,” new work by Laura Foster based on scientific and philosophical drawings. Opening reception Feb. 3. Through Feb. 26. 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.) Ink and watercolor paintings of local scenes by Jamie Calkin.

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them, and it seems like the sky is the limit. The problem comes in when we are invited to company functions. These men are very popular in our small community; they have very public faces and outgoing personalities, and have always made me feel welcome. Their wives, on the other hand, are a very close-knit group, and their behavior toward me ranges from icy tolerance of my presence to thinly veiled hatred. I have only ever been nice to them, and when they visit the place where I work I do my best to make them feel welcome. I don’t know them, and they don’t know me. There is no history here, so I have no idea where the attitude is coming from. It’s getting to the point where I don’t want to socialize with these people anymore. I’m happy that my husband has found a way to make a living pursuing his passion, and I want to support him, but this high school behavior is really getting to me. What should I do? Not One of Them It’s great that your husband is so happy, and a shame that the Real Housewives of Small Town, USA are making your life miserable, but there isn’t a whole lot you can do. It is possible that these women are having a difficult time with their husbands’ popularity. Maybe they’re jealous and guarded because they have been thrown into a spotlight they hadn’t bargained on, or maybe they’re just small-minded and bitchy. My advice is for you to continue to be yourself. Be pleasant and friendly with them and their husbands, and pretend that you don’t notice their Mean Girls routine. Are there other employees at your husband’s level? Do they have spouses? If so, you’re bound to find some solace in the company of other, equally shat upon people. If not, then do your thing and hope that they get over whatever their issues are. Have a life and friends outside of this circle, and don’t expose yourself to them more than is absolutely necessary. Show up to events enough to support your husband but not so much that you drive yourself crazy. There’s an old saying that comes to mind: “God made the country, man made the city, and the devil made small towns.” Don’t let these women get the best of you. Confidential to Not Knocked Up: I hope you have learned a valuable lesson from your scare. First, there are very effective forms of birth control that, while seemingly expensive, are much less expensive than having a child or an abortion. An IUD is safe and effective, and only has to be dealt with every five (sometimes 10) years. You don’t have to remember to put it in your purse or take it at the same time every day. And second, you really shouldn’t be sleeping with a boy who does not respect a woman’s right to choose, unless you are ready to have his child in nine months. Think about that. Men, y’all need to think on this, too. Jyl Inov




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Commercial Property 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. Private offices for lease 300/ mo. w/ utils. & wireless. Intown, quiet, secure, beautiful space w/ nice natural light, heart pine, high ceilings. Call (706) 6143557. P a i n t a r t i s t s t u d i o s -160 Tracy St. Historic Boulevard area artist community. Rent 300 sf., $150/mo. 400 sf., $200/mo. or (706) 546-1615.

Condos for Rent 2BR/2.5BA condo in Stone C re e k C o n d o m i u m . H W f l r s . downstairs. 2 parking places. Recently upgraded, new paint job, easy access to UGA. (706) 224-1400 or (706) 743-3111. 6 mo. or 18 mo. lease avail.$800/mo. Gigantic 5BR/3BA. End of Lumpkin. 2500 sf. 2 LRs, huge laundry rm., DR, FP, big deck. DW, W/D, CHAC. Pets OK. Avail. 8/1. $1500/mo. (706) 369-2908.

Duplexes For Rent $495/mo., $300 dep. 2BR/1BA duplex, East Athens. Total electric, stove, fridge, DW, W/D connect. Trash, lawn care, monthly pest control inc. (706) 248-4001 or (706) 548-9100. 2BR Westside duplex. Immaculate, friendly, convenient, wooded, FP. W/D, $550/mo. (706) 207-9436. 5 Pts., 2BR/1BA duplex. $600/ mo. Beautiful HWflrs., W/D, CHAC, ceiling fans, across street from Memorial Park. 251 Marion Drive. No dogs, cats OK. Avail now. Call (706) 202-9805. Brick duplex, 2BR/2BA, very clean, all extras. Just 2 mi. to campus on north side Athens. 1 unit avail. Pets OK. $500/mo. + dep. Call Sharon at (706) 2019093.

Houses for Rent 145 Woodcrest Dr. 3BR/2BA. Avail. Feb. 1. CHAC, fenced yd., pets OK, no pet fees! Nice, quiet area. $825/mo. (706) 3726813. 2BR/1BA. Classic bead board interior, CHAC, W/D connect., stove/fridge. 1 mi. to Dwntn. 227 Hillside St. (706) 354-1276. 3BR/2BA, CHAC, HWflrs., 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.

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3BR/1.5 BA. Lg. washroom with W/D. deck, front porch. Rent to own. $1500 down, $630/mo. (706) 254-2936.

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.

3BR/3BA new Dwntn. Private baths, hardwoods, walk-in closets. Walk everywhere! W/D & lawn maint. incl. Now preleasing for Fall 2012. $1500/ mo. Aaron, (706) 207-2957.

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3BR/2BA. New house. 1/4 mi. to campus, near Greenway, HWflrs., W/D, D/W, HVAC, alarm, $980/mo. (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. $1900/mo. Aaron, (706) 207-2957. 4BR/2BA Victorian home, renovated. 1/2 mi. from campus. Pre-leasing. W/D, DW, fenced yd., HW. $1650/⁣mo. Huge rms.! Lots of character. Avail. 8/1. Pets OK. (706) 369-2908. 4BR/2BA. $1100. Short or longterm lease avail. Big house, fenced yd., carport, deck, well maintained. Email for details. (404) 849-6572. 5 Pts. 2BR/1BA. Great location. Great for grad student. Walk to campus. W/D, CHAC, nice patio. Pets OK. $650-$700/mo. Avail 8/1. Call (706) 369-2908. 5 Pts. 3BR/3BA. CHAC, HWflrs., decks, FP, new granite & stainless kitchen, family room. 5 min. to UGA. Big yard, quiet street, no dogs. Professionals preferred. $1300/mo. (706) 202-9805. Awesome 3BR/2BA, close to campus. New master BA w/ double sink. HWflrs., fenced backyard. W/D, DW, CHAC. Avail. 8/1. $1200/mo. (706) 369-2908. Awesome Victorian 4BR/2.5BA house. 1/2 mi. from campus. Huge rms., HWflrs. 2 LRs, patio, high ceilings, DW, W/D, CHAC. Pets OK. Avail. 8/1. $1850/mo. (706) 369-2908. Available in March. 3BR brick home in established, quiet n’hood near Alps shopping. Less than 10 min. drive to UGA & Dwntn. Spacious kitchen, W/D, HWflrs., FP, private lot, lawn maint. incl., pets OK. $950/mo. (317) 4038737.

Boulevard n’hood, 3BR/2BA. HWflrs., central air, modern kitchen, big closets, laundry hookups, stunning view, Avail. now! $1200/mo. Call to see, (706) 352-9491. Cedar Creek: 4BR/2BA, lg. fenced yd., $950/mo. 5 Pts.: Off Baxter St., 4BR/2BA, $1200/mo. Call McWaters Realty, (706) 353-2700, (706) 540-1529. Fall leasing: 1, 2, 3 & 4 BR houses & apts. 5 Pts. & Dwntn. See at Owner Broker Herbert Bond Realty & Investment. Lic. #H13552.



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Flagpole wants to know who your favorite local business are! Go to www. to make sure your spots get represented. Vote until Feb. 3. Great 4BR/4BA house. 1/2 mi. from campus. Front porch, back deck, nice yd., DW, W/D, CHAC. Pets OK. Avail. 8/1. Special! $1500/mo. (706) 369-2908. Huge 3BR/2BA renovated Victorian house. HW, high ceilings, front porch, back deck, nice yard. Pets OK. W/D, Dishwasher, HVAC. Avail. 8/1. $1275/mo. (706) 3692908. I heart Flagpole Classifieds! Lovely new house. 4BR/3BA. Half mi. to campus. Big rms., HWflrs., DW, W/D, CHAC, pets OK. Avail. 8/1. $1750/mo. Call (706) 3692908. Modern 3BR/2BA house on 3 acres. Quiet country location just 9 mi. from Dwntn. Athens. Big kitchen, LR w/ FP. W/D hookup. $925/mo. (706) 540-8461. Micro farm in Athens. 2BR/1BA, CHAC, HWflrs., W/D. 1100 sf. on 2.5 acres, all fenced. 7 minutes to town. $900/mo. Pets welcome! Contact Adam, (276) 920-7228. Short term leases avail. through July 31! 4 awesome houses! 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 for virtual tours. You will love them!

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

Pre-Leasing Live in town! Sought after Blvd., Normaltown, 5 Pts., Cobbham & Dwntn. locations. Lease for Fall, starting on Feb. 3. Call (706) 5466900 or email valerioproperties@

Roommates 2 roommates needed. 2 story 3BR/3BA in The Woodlands, $425/ mo./renter OR $375/each/mo. if 2 renters sign together! Gated community + amenities near UGA. Email:

Rooms for Rent 1BR/1.5BA, kitchen, LR, full bath, W/D. CH, all utils. incl. 75 A S. Finley St. on Cobblestone street at “The Tree That Owns Itself.” $375/ mo. (706) 714-1100.

For Sale Furniture Furniture! Great couch, love seat, coffee table, end tables, chair. Pale green w/ wood detail. Have look & make offer. Set entire or piece(s). (843) 214-0023.

Miscellaneous 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.

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. Instant cash is now being paid for good vinyl records & CDs in fine condition. Wuxtry Records, at corner of Clayton & College downtown. (706) 3699428.

Music 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. We buy musical instruments & equipment every day! Guitars, drums, pro-sound & more. (770) 931-9190, www. H u g e , o n l i n e i n v e n t o r y. We love trades! Come visit Music Go Round soon...

Instruction Athens School of Music. I n s t r u c t i o n i n g u i t a r, b a s s , drums, piano, voice, brass, woodwinds, strings, banjo, mandolin, fiddle & more. From beginner to expert. Instrument repairs avail. Visit http://www., (706) 543-5800.

Music Services Eady Guitars, Guitar Building & Repair. Qualified repairman offering professional set ups, fret work, wiring, finishing & restorations. Exp. incl. Gibson & Benedetto Guitars. Appt. only. (615) 714-9722, www. 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. Kitchen Table Stereo 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. W e d d i n g b a n d s . Q u a l i t y, professional bands. Weddings, parties. Rock, jazz, etc. Call Classic City Entertainment. ( 7 0 6 ) 5 4 9 - 1 5 6 7 . w w w. Featuring The Magictones - Athens’ premiere wedding & party band. www.themagictones. com.

Services Cleaning New Years Resolution: “If someone cleans my house, I’m good to go for another 3 months!” Professional, reliable, pet & budget friendly. Te x t / c a l l N i c k : ( 7 0 6 ) 851-9087. Email: Local references on request.

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Misc. Services Advertise your services! Someone in Athens is looking for a gardener, a nanny, a language tutor or a house c l e a n e r. L e t t h e m k n o w you’re the one for the job with Flagpole Classifieds. Visit or call (706) 549-0301 to get started.

Pets Boulevard Animal Hospital’s February special: $25 off dental p ro c e d u re ! F o r m o re i n f o , contact your favorite Athens, GA vet at (706) 425-5099 or www.

Tutors Stressed about your GRE, ACT, or SAT? Let Meridian Tutors help you decrease that stress while increasing your score! Local, in-person tutoring w/ flexible scheduling. References a l w a y s p ro v i d e d ! w w w., (608) 217-0498.

Jobs Full-time Call center representative. Join established Athens company calling CEOs & CFOs of major corporations generating sales leads for tech companies. $9/hr. BOS Staffing,, (706) 3533030. EvoShield, a protective sports apparel company, is looking for mid-level graphic designer. FT position. Strong graphic design background req’d. To apply, send cover letter & portfolio (online or PDF) to Join the hive! Honey’s Salon is looking for a stylist w/ experience & an existing clientele. Chase Park Warehouses. Apply in person, please. Now hiring promotional/ marketing agents for new branch opening in Athens. No exp. req’d. Send Resume to or call (706) 534-0928.


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Messages ”Rhinocerii & hippopotamii, Latin plurals. Pii has 2 iis. The r h i n o p ro t e c t s t h e h i p p o a s the lion & the thorn protects the flower. The paragirraff w/ the 2 iied antennii sees all.” Noah... Flagpole wants to know who your favorite local business are! Go to www. to make sure your spots get represented. Vote until Feb. 3.

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12 noon on Jan. 31, thousands of pilgrims from all over the world will wind their way up a small hill in central India. Their destination: a small, domed tomb, where the body of their Beloved now rests. Most of these people never met Him. Many of these people had never heard His name before He “dropped His body” on Jan. 31, 1969. None of the people on the hill, even those who were blessed to have seen Him, ever heard His voice, for He was silent. Who are these people drawn to this hill? Some are Shiite Muslims from Iran, playing their drums with a band of Israeli Jews dancing to the wild rhythms of their Persian brothers. A choir of Russian Orthodox pilgrims are ascending the hill with a group of Chinese from Beijing. There are Argentineans (mostly raised in the Catholic church), Aussies, Kiwis (including the first Maoris to make the voyage), French, Germans, Swiss, Greeks and, of course, thousands of Indians from all castes and religions. But wait a minute, there are even a few oddballs from Athens, GA. Why are they there? They come because Love drew them to the hill. They come to surrender their hearts to the One they know as the “Lord of Love.” As one of the Athenians sings, ”I’m chasing after the thief who stole my heart.” How did they hear about this thief? It was His love that drew them to Him. There was nothing to join. No church. No clergy. No doctrine. Not even any dues to pay… unless you consider laying down your life at His feet. It is the path of Love. The motley band in Athens, who number around 35, all have weird and wonderful stories of how they were lured into His net. They hail from such places as Canada, India, Louisiana, New Zealand, Colorado, California and, of course, Clarke County. Some are doctors, some are lawyers, some are carpenters; there are nurses, realtors, acupuncturists and members of the Athens restaurant and music scenes. But they all have one thing in common: the man on the hill. He was given the name “Meher Baba” by those early ones who were attracted to His flame of love like moths to a candle. Meher Baba means “The Compassionate Father,” and it is by this name that He is known around the world. He traveled extensively, including 14 trips to America. He said that His blood would have to be spilt both in the West and in the East, and in 1952 He was involved in a serious car accident in Oklahoma, where the left side of His body was crushed. Four years later, in central India, in another car crash, the right side of His body was crushed, and He spent many weeks in hospitals enduring all the pain in silence. He fed the poor with His own hands, often first washing their feet and then placing His head there before serving them their food. Countless lepers were bathed and clothed by His own hands, and most of these acts were done incognito, without ever disclosing His identity to the thousands whom He served. Meher Baba “dropped His body” on Jan. 31, 1969 (coincidentally, on the same day that The Beatles recorded their song, “Let It Be”) and was buried on the top of Meherabad Hill. A small trickle of Athenians regularly find their way up that gentle hill and cover the foot of His grave with beautiful garlands of flowers and grateful tears. Wow! What a deal! Charlie Gard’ner



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everyday people Jerry, Bank Security Guard Jerry spends his workday as a security guard outside a downtown bank. While he doesn’t appear to be doing much, Jerry’s job requires constant vigilance: he is always watching for small details. He analyzes the people who come and go to make sure there aren’t any troublemakers going into the bank. He says his work makes him realize just how much people don’t notice about themselves and the world around them. Although Jerry is not allowed to say which company he works for, and he was uncomfortable revealing his last name, he’s a permanent fixture of downtown for the observant eye to find. Flagpole: What do you do while you’re on the job? Jerry: I watch people, and I do things to deter crime, especially in this area where I work. What I’m watching is people’s body language, seeing what they’re saying to each other. When they go inside, I kind of scan them over real quick and make sure I can pick up on their attitude and make sure they’re not carrying weapons. You can normally tell when someone’s carrying. The other thing I do is just watch people and see if there’s an attitude or something like that and make sure they don’t go in the bank with it, and if they do, then I have to get the police up here so we can escort them out.

FP: And you’re outside rain or shine? J: Rain or shine, sleet or snow—if they have us up here in the snow.

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FP: How long have you been a security guard? J: Ten-and-a-half years… I haven’t been down here [in Athens] for 10 years. I’ve been here about six months, but I’ve been traveling from bank to bank all over the place.

FP: It must get quite cold. J: It does, but I dress accordingly. Like I said, I’ve been doing it for 10 years, so I know how to dress when I come out here. Yes, my face gets a little cold, but you know. FP: You must enjoy it to have done it for so long. J: Yeah, I do. I really do. FP: What did you do before this? J: Before, I was in the service. Twenty-two years in the military… I was in the Marine Corps for 11 years and the Army for 11 years. FP: Did you get to travel? J: I got to travel everywhere. I’ve been all over Europe, Scandinavia, the Middle East, Far East—all at government expense. It was fantastic. I loved every minute of it, and I took every advantage I could to explore the particular country I was in—except for Saudi Arabia and Iraq, when I was in the Persian Gulf War. FP: What was your favorite experience abroad? J: Oh, geez. There’s so many of them. Stockholm, Sweden was nice. Japan was fantastic. Germany was pretty good. When you were off, you could go to different places and see different things. Went down to Oktoberfest. That was a blast… We rode on motorcycles down there, and the cops didn’t care because we rode on motorcycles down there knowing that we weren’t going to drink and drive. We took sleeping bags with us, and we put them down beside our motorcycles and went to sleep, and the cops didn’t bother us because they knew they’d rather have us sleep than ride the motorcycles. That was a lot of fun. Japan, like I said, that was fantastic. The people over there, when you get to know them, are really nice, but you’ve got to get away from the base, kind of spread out a little bit. The people are really nice.

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FP: Was your time in the military constructive for you? Do you think it contributed to who you are? J: Yeah, yeah. When I was in the military, I learned a lot of different things. Discipline. How to take orders. How to give orders and just make sure that everybody understood where I was coming from and what they had to do—and just keep it at a level tone and don’t scream and holler, and you’ll get everything done.

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FP: How did you wind up working in Athens? J: When I got back from Iraq, I was still stationed over in Oklahoma, and then, I got out, and I came back to Georgia— I’m born and raised here in [Decatur,] Georgia… I live in Winder—or Auburn, just outside of Winder—and I’ve been here ever since. FP: Athens is work, then. J: Athens is work. Now, when I retire, I’ll come down here and just walk as an individual and see how Athens really is. [Nearby, a photographer takes a picture of an unseasonably dressed young man in brightly colored clothing. The man shouts, “I’m very photogenic, as you can see!”] FP: You must see a lot of odd things out here. J: Oh, yes. All kinds of stuff. I’ve seen kids come through here with so many tattoos, so many ear piercings, lip piercings, nose piercings. I’m like, “What happened?” I hear a lot of people complaining, especially some of these younger ones, “Oh, they’ve got so many regulations going on” and stuff like this… So, what they’ve got now, the Internet and all that kind of stuff, that’s good, but when you start getting on there and getting crazy—you know, we didn’t have this when I was growing up. It was either a phone call… And then, the first time you ever got on a computer is when we had a Commodore 64. FP: Are you glad you don’t sit on a computer all day? J: I like using a computer, but I’d much rather be out in the fresh air. I was talking to these guys over here. They work upstairs. I said, “Man, I cannot sit at a desk as many hours as y’all do, because I’d fall asleep.” FP: Do you feel like you’re a part of Athens even though you don’t spend much time here after work? J: I feel like I’m a part of Athens because I’ve got a lot of people who come here and appreciate me being here. I’ve had a lot of people say, “Boy, am I glad you’re standing out here.” Because they’ll go in there and start doing their thing, and they don’t know what they’re fixing to walk out to, so with me standing out here, they feel a whole lot safer. And another thing I’ve done with college students is, I see them walking out the door, they’ve got their cards out. They’ve got their money out in front of them. And I say, “Excuse me, just for future reference, I just want to give you some advice. When you come out of that bank or go in that bank, make sure you have no money showing.” FP: Do they appreciate your advice? J: Yeah. A lot of them say, “I didn’t think about that.” So, you have to turn it on for them… because they’re not thinking.



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