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Silencing the News
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The ugly firing of Banner-Herald Managing Editor Allison Floyd last week by Publisher Scott Morrissey and Vice President for Audience Andrea Griffith sent shock waves through our community. “Ugly,” because they fired her for doing her job, checking a fact in a press release from the school system. They fired her after school Superintendent Philip Lanoue picked up the telephone and called Publisher Morrissey. There are two sides to everything, and this is a one-sided account of what happened to Floyd. The circumstantial evidence makes it look like a working journalist was fired because she stepped on the toe of her publisher’s golfing buddy. The whole thing looks even worse because the question Allison Floyd asked pertained to the Classic City High School, where the principal, Kelly Girtz, is the domestic partner of Vice President Griffith. Publisher Morrissey and Vice President for Audience Griffith surely had reasons sufficient to them for getting rid of Editor Floyd, but to do it after receiving a telephone call from the school superintendent just makes everybody inevitably look bad. The essence of journalism is checking facts. That’s what reporters and editors do. The work of a journalist is asking questions. Journalists call people or interview them face to face or email them and ask them questions, trying to get at the facts. Journalists call people in positions of authority and ask them questions. People in authority are not always comfortable with those questions. They may decline to answer, or they learn to answer without saying anything or by changing the subject. Tenacious journalists are frequently put in the position of being pests, asking embarrassing questions of people in power. That’s their job, and they can get away with it, because they’re calling from the newspaper, and the newspaper is a public institution that can stand up to people in power. Those powerful people may not like the newspaper calling them up and asking them questions, but they have to acknowledge the public’s right to know what is going on if the press stands up for that right. The press is a watchdog, an antagonist, an adversary Will this call to those who run things and don’t want to have to explain themselves. cost them Every time journalists call or email or their job? confront, they’re relying on the understanding that they’re not just Allison Floyd, they’re the newspaper calling. The newspaper stands behind them. Without the newspaper behind them, they’re just nosy pests on the phone. That’s what happened to Floyd last week. When the blowback came, the newspaper wasn’t behind her. Her publisher didn’t back her up. From now on, every Banner-Herald reporter who dials the phone to ask the tough questions that get the information that informs the public will have to wonder whether the public official that he or she is calling will in turn pick up the phone and call the publisher. Will this call cost them their job? Superintendent Lanoue is no doubt horrified that his call to his friend at the paper got an editor fired. But there are plenty of people in this community and every other who will do whatever they can to hide the truth and intimidate the press or anybody else working in the public interest who offends special interests. When a telephone call can silence a journalist, we’re confronted by the realization that power and money and influence can control what we know or what we don’t know. A publisher has a difficult job directing a news organization and running a business at the same time. It’s a delicate balance, but that’s what publishers do. Publishers at chain newspapers have an additional, and controlling, obligation to their corporate owners, who must put the demands of the out-of-town corporation ahead of local needs. Chain ownership was a cash cow when the economy was good; it is a liability now, an additional pressure point for those seeking to silence the news. If the Banner-Herald owner, the Morris company, continues to falter, can the Banner-Herald provide Athens with the news it needs? Can reporters and editors keep on making those calls, knowing that somebody has their back, or will they always have to fear that their newspaper will back down? The bad economy could wipe us all out—chains and local newspapers alike. But we shouldn’t contribute to our own demise. It will remain our duty until the end to “print the news and raise hell.” Pete McCommons email@example.com
News & Features Athens News and Views
The Sierra Club has come out in opposition to T-SPLOST, but don’t expect the next list to be greener if this one doesn’t pass with voters.
Athens Rising . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 What’s Up in New Development
What are goals and objectives for, if they’re not to be fulfilled?
Arts & Events Art Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Upcycle
ATHICA’s 45th exhibition is this spring’s wildly creative “Upcycle.”
The Reader . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Edge Play
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Budget Time: Mayor Denson’s recommended budget for Athens-Clarke County gives every government employee a $500-a-year raise, but reduces nighttime bus service, cuts a Fire Department ladder company and doesn’t fund a downtown master plan or any of the environmental initiatives prioritized by the commission (see this week’s Athens Rising, p. 6, for an astute analysis of that). The mayor and commission are holding work sessions this week to discuss the budget plan; there’s reason to believe commissioners will find ways to pay for some of the things listed above, particularly the bus service and a master plan. We’ll keep you posted. By the Way: If you read Pete McCommons’ Pub Notes column last week, you may have noted, among the many pieces of extraordinary information regarding the current state of affairs
projects. Club officials indicated that they hoped the referendum would fail, then be re-tooled to focus less heavily on roads and more on environmentally beneficial initiatives like rail transportation. That’s a fine thing to hope for, but underestimating the backwardness of Georgians on transportation and environmental issues doesn’t strike the Dope as a very good way to win a bet—nor does banking on Georgia legislators’ reluctance to pass financial burdens along to local governments to avoid raising state taxes. Yes, funding transportation projects with sales taxes is regressive, especially when corporations, which benefit from them at least as much as individuals, are having their taxes reduced. And yes, it would be great to see a more progressive approach to transportation reflected in the T-SPLOST projects. But if this referendum fails, transit
The Brain Train is not going to be added to the T-SPLOST projects list if the current one is voted down. at the Athens Banner-Herald, a brief mention of the sale of the newspaper’s downtown building. That wasn’t a reference to the December deal with Colorado-based Lulscal, LLC that fell through earlier this year. A new sale agreement has been reached, according to the most recent SEC filing by Morris Publishing, for the sale of the building to Hagen Creek Properties, Inc. for $13.23 million, about a quarter million less than the previous sale price. The newspaper will continue to rent out 10,000 square feet of the building for its offices. Hagen Creek is a corporation operated by local developer Carl Nichols, who brokered the original deal with Lulscal. The new sale agreement has been reported in various business and real estate periodicals, but not in the Banner-Herald itself, which customarily publishes a self-congratulatory press release disguised as a news story on such occasions. Nichols has the option to terminate the sale, scheduled to close June 17, any time within 60 days of the agreement, which will have elapsed next week. Perhaps the Morrises are waiting for that drop-dead date to pass before they make another public announcement. T-SPLOST a Toughie: The Sierra Club of Georgia last week announced that it will oppose passage of the T-SPLOST referendum in any of the state’s 13 regions because not enough of the proceeds from the transportation sales tax would be dedicated to transit
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projects are far more likely to be eliminated from reassembled lists than added to them. And if voters don’t agree to the sales tax, we can expect local government budgets to be stretched even thinner in the coming years just to address the most pressing transportation needs. Vote your conscience, folks, but be sure to do it with your eyes open. News from the Darkness: Last week, Rep. Doug McKillip presided over an Athens “town hall” forum whose purpose was to advocate for “school choice,” i.e., the redirecting of taxpayer dollars from public schools, whose primary mission is to educate children, to private education corporations, whose primary mission is to make money. Sounds pretty rotten, right? McKillip’s timing couldn’t be more insensitive, given our school district’s current struggles to make ends meet, largely due to continually decreasing support from the state. But it’s worse: the event was sponsored by the Americans for Prosperity Foundation of Georgia. Sound familiar? Yep—that would be the same Koch brothers-funded AFP that organizes Tea Party rallies, pimps for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, backs global warming skepticism and throws millions of dollars at every radical free-market advocacy initiative you can think of. Nice to see who Doug’s holding hands with these days—his next campaign finance report should be fun reading. Dave Marr firstname.lastname@example.org
The question of imposing a one-penny sales tax for transportation projects has become an issue that does not break down along familiar lines of Republican versus Democrat, or liberal versus conservative. There are several Tea Party organizations, which are very conservative, who are opposing the T-SPLOST referendums scheduled for July 31. They have been joined by the Sierra Club of Georgia, whose members have political leanings to the left of the Tea Party on most issues. On the other side, the T-SPLOST vote is being strongly backed by such businessoriented organizations as the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia Agribusiness Council. There is also a coalition of neighborhood groups and mass transit advocates, Fast Track Forward, working to turn out supporters of the transportation tax. Nobody knows which regions, if any, will vote to approve the tax, but I do want to mention one argument that has been used often by T-SPLOST supporters like Gov. Nathan Deal. They make this point: “This is the last realistic opportunity you will have to raise tax revenues to pay for badly needed improvements to our transportation infrastructure. There is no Plan B. If you don’t pass the T-SPLOST, you’ll miss your last chance to do something about our traffic congestion.” Actually, there is a Plan B. It is called the motor fuel excise tax that the state charges on gasoline sold at the pump. This gas tax is 7.5 cents per gallon, which makes it one of the lowest in the country. It was established in 1971 and has not been changed in the intervening 41 years. If you purchased 10 gallons of gas at your local service station in 1971, you paid a total of 75 cents in motor fuel excise tax. If you buy 10 gallons today, you will pay the same 75 cents in motor fuel tax. The gasoline excise tax is one of the fairest taxes ever seen. The tax is paid by the
same people who wear down our roads and highways by driving cars, trucks and SUVs on them. The resulting revenues pay for the repair of those highways. If you drive on our roads, you pay a tax for the privilege of using them. If you don’t drive a car, you don’t pay the tax. If the General Assembly adopted an increase of 5 cents per gallon in the motor fuel excise tax, it would still be one of the lowest such taxes in the nation. This increase would raise roughly $600 million each year for road-building purposes. Passage of an increase in the motor fuel tax would require majority votes in the Senate and House of Representatives, as well as a governor who would agree not to veto the legislation. That is an unlikely sequence of events. As jammed as our highways are, most of our elected officials simply will not vote for a tax increase to fix them. The most they will do is punt on the issue by telling the voters they can approve a new tax if they want to. A former lawmaker explained it to me this way: “No elected officeholder is going to give such an easy issue to an opponent on a silver platter, not in this era of single-issue, sound-bite demonization of political opponents. Kiss your political career good-bye.” The political will is not there to tax the people who use our roads the most. That is why we have an awkwardly designed set of regional sales tax referendums coming up on July 31. Regardless of what you hear in the next few weeks, there is a Plan B for improving Georgia’s transportation infrastructure for those with the courage to use it: the gasoline excise tax. If you’re looking for a fair solution to our transportation problems, it’s already there. Tom Crawford email@example.com
city pages People often drive too fast through the subdivision, which has no sidewalks, and “having to negotiate the roundabout will certainly slow that traffic down,” Commissioner Andy Herod said. “Particularly on safety Athens-Clarke County will get its first measures, the roundabout is superior to a “roundabout” intersection as a result of floodtraditional T-intersection.” Commissioners ing problems in the Cedar Creek subdivision. approved the single-lane roundabout design Heavy rains have been flooding yards near unanimously; it could be completed in the Ponderosa Drive and Sunnybrook Drive—just fall. off Gaines School Road—and have eroded the Another single-lane roundabout could also banks of nearby Cedar Creek. Money from a be built at the intersection of Tallassee and local one-cent sales tax is available to fix such Whitehead Roads; citizens who attended a problems, but the county’s proposal to rework recent hearing on a redesign of that interthe intersection with “rain gardens” (grassed section tended to favor a traditional traffic areas designed to function as shallow holding light, but Buck Bacon of ACC’s Department of ponds) would have required the relocation of Transportation and Public Works says that a a homeowner’s driveway. So, planners came up roundabout would be both cheaper and safer. with another idea: instead of a conventional Roundabouts reduce accident injuries by 75 T-shaped intersection, why not a roundabout, percent, Bacon told Flagpole. a traffic circle with rain gardens in its center? Also last week, commissioners blinked at Roundabouts are widely used in Europe in approving construction of a new intown park/ place of stoplights; because cars never stop trail, the Pulaski Creek Greenway. Approved by moving (but continue voters in 2004, it would around the circle until follow Pulaski Creek “Having to negotiate the their ‘exit’ comes up), through a mostly undethey handle traffic effiroundabout will certainly veloped or industrial area ciently and safely. But parallel to the residential slow that traffic down.” they present more probportion of Pulaski Street lems to pedestrians, ACC and behind the Council Transportation Director David Clark told county on Aging. But plans have been scaled back commissioners in a memo. Plus, “the design because the railroad that owns some of the may be challenging for some drivers to naviproperty that the county needs to build the gate at first,” he wrote. trail won’t sell. That reduces the length of the Clark’s recommendation was actually for creekside trail by half, to about a third of a a more conventional intersection design mile. (because it would allow more rainwater to The sales-tax funded project was budgeted be absorbed). But Cedar Creek residents who at $984,000, and was supposed to connect to spoke at last week’s commission meeting College Avenue and the existing Oconee Rivers mostly liked the roundabout, despite their Greenway, which is routed nearby. But without concerns about how pedestrians would get several more acres of land at the Cleveland through or around the 100-foot circle. “There Avenue end of the creek—which Norfolk are a lot of walkers. We’re known as a walking Southern railway has declined to sell to the community,” said Marie Mullan, who favors the county—the trail will run only 1000 feet roundabout. along the creek, and another 500 or so to con“I just think this roundabout is not going nect to Pulaski Street across from the Leathers to be very safe for those who walk and ride Building (it would connect to Hoyt Street and bicycles,” said Ann Berrigan, who doesn’t. the Council on Aging at the other end).
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The reduced connectivity of the downsized plan has raised concerns with the Oconee Rivers Greenway Commission and, apparently, with ACC commissioners, who voted unanimously last week to defer a decision on going ahead with construction. In a letter to Mayor Nancy Denson and commissioners, Greenway Commission Chair Ron Thomas said the new trail should either be cancelled—and the money spent instead on the proposed rail-trail east of downtown— or deferred until the missing land can be acquired. The scaled-back project “provides inadequate connectivity to the Greenway, the central reason for the project in the first place,” Thomas wrote, and would use up all the available money without acquiring the additional land. Commissioner Kathy Hoard told Flagpole that members of the ACC SPLOST Oversight
Committee have also expressed “concerns about the evolution of this project.” She asked to defer a decision for 30 days “to ensure that all possible resources have been exhausted to secure the necessary rights-of-way,” she said. Voter-approved SPLOST projects are supposed to be built according to the original project description if at all possible. The Pulaski Creek project description mentions “links” to eight destinations—the greenway, Lyndon House Arts Center, the Council on Aging and several neighborhoods and residential complexes—several of which were based on having trail access through College Avenue. If commissioners do approve construction, the shortened trail will include benches, boardwalk bridges and perhaps a community garden, and could be finished by early 2013. John Huie
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cause. This could simply be the next step in killing the position for good, and that would be a shame. For all the rhetoric about government waste that colors political debates these days, the notion that it ought to be someone’s job to watchdog the government and ensure it is using (expensive) natural resources wisely should receive more support than it does. When the mayor and commission approved shelf where all the past economic development these goals and objectives a few short months plans sit unread and unimplemented. ago, they were promising quite a bit to the While Athens is raking in community. Now, it’s time to see accolades as a great place to whether those promises will live—in the last month being be kept. The mayor’s proposed declared a great small city both budget is only the opening for economic development and offer; it’s now up to the comin which to retire—we are doing mission to review and revise it. nothing to maintain, support, or Mayor Denson has clearly made grow those successes into someit a priority to fund raises for thing meaningful. There’s an all county employees, which opportunity to turn these things they are certainly due. But it’s into the right kinds of growth, an expensive proposition, and which ultimately increase tax the cost and benefit to this revenue and make the sorts of community need to be weighed budgetary maneuvers we curseriously. The need for comrently face less necessary. If this pensation to attract and retain community is going to weather quality employees is ultimately the rest of this Great Recession one goal out of many, and and prepare for the next, investmeeeting it costs nearly a miling in the future is critical. lion dollars. Given, for instance, Planning initiatives that are that figures in the $100,000– recognized as sorely needed are $200,000 range are tossed likewise unprovided for, despite Will county leaders fund their own ideas for economic development and community around as the potential cost of the fact that the issues they planning in the FY13 budget, or rest on their laurels? a downtown master plan, the would address occupy so much amount of money set aside for of the mayor and commission’s attention. Environmental Coordinator position is also raises could instead cover many of the more Affordable housing, corridor studies and down- going to be frozen for a year, ensuring that no forward-thinking initiatives that the mayor town master planning were major goals, and one will give this important strategy for fiscal and commission initially endorsed as critical they remain ignored in the budget. Given how and environmental responsibility the consider- to accomplish this year, setting up the whole much time is already spent on these issues— ation it deserves. That position has remained community for a much more prosperous future. on the back end, in a reactionary manner—it hard to fill, with a lack of support for it within seems like investing now could save time and the county government rumored to be the Kevan Williams firstname.lastname@example.org
What’s Up in New Development If you’ve been hoping that Athens-Clarke County’s elected officials might soon get serious about planning for the future, rather than stumbling from crisis to crisis, now is the time to start bugging your commissioners. Last week, Mayor Nancy Denson pitched her proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2013, and it doesn’t have much to offer, leaving all of the planning-related budget goals the commission approved in February unfunded. Indeed, all of the issues that might be addressed by her specially appointed Economic Development Task Force are left alone, too; in the budget’s summary, it is noted again and again that “there are no funds designated in this budget to meet this objective.” The budget goal of supporting “the development of a comprehensive economic development strategy” for the community is a big one, and to set not a dollar aside in its pursuit raises questions about sincerity of the mayor’s efforts on economic development. Is her work done, now that Caterpillar’s here? If things go as planned, regardless of whether that task force recommends tax allocation districts for new infrastructure, or the establishment of opportunity zones for new job tax credits, there will be no money to study the issue and actually implement the necessary policy changes. The task force might as well wrap up now, because with no financial support for its conclusions from the mayor, any plan it produces will go straight to the same dusty
resources, and ultimately be a fiscally smart maneuver. It’s also interesting to note that while the first objective on the list of budget goals is to reduce energy consumption by 15 percent—a recognition that environmental sustainability is a path towards financial sustainability through the reduction of operating costs—not only are there “no specific FY13 operating funds in the Central Services proposed budget identified for this goal,” but the
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May 11, a legion of University of Georgia gradupass. On more than one occasion, he has been known to naviates will take their first symbolic walk through the gate the street in his motorized wheelchair, using his iPhone Arch. Since being commissioned in 1856, the Arch as a rearview mirror. has become the literal and figurative transition “I remember last year when we had two inches of snow and from the campus to the community. it iced,” he says. “We were out of school for two or three days, Some graduates won’t be able to make that step, however, and then we had school afterwards. But ice was still everybecause they are disabled. In its 150-year history, the Arch has where, and snow was everywhere, and my chair got stuck in the never been wheelchair accessible, and like much of UGA’s hissnow.” torical campus, it might never be. Cletus Stripling, an IT manager in UGA’s Grady College of “This issue arises every four or five years, and the state ADA Journalism and Mass Communication, has had similar chaloffice has reviewed this question several times and tells UGA lenges since developing Guillain-Barré syndrome in 1996. He we are in compliance,” says Danny Sniff, UGA’s associate vice battled parking services when that UGA department all but president for facilities planning. forced him to park in the closest lot to According to the Americans with his building and to pay the accompanyDisabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), college ing higher rate. For six months, Stripling campuses are required to provide disstood his ground. abled students with the same access as “I chose one of the cheapest lots, and their able-bodied counterparts to public there were no handicapped spaces, so I programs and activities. made them paint two handicapped spaces “ADA is a set of guidelines that is subjust for the heck of it,” says Stripling. ject to interpretation and is not set and Stripling was working for Enterprise fast like many people think,” says Sniff. Information Technology Services at UGA “Often we fly for many years with one when his disease set in. He was able to interpretation, then change or modify make a smooth transition back into his based on a different interpretation.” job after a two-year hiatus. Stripling Things have certainly improved believes an IT job is ideal for a person in since ADA’s implementation on cama wheelchair. pus. In 1986, the disability services UGA’s office of Human Resources office opened on the second floor of might disagree with him. A posting for the Holmes-Hunter Academic Building. an IT professional assistant position Following a media frenzy—which in the food administration department included a photograph of a wheelchair states that the job would entail “strenuuser crawling up the treacherous stone ous activity, such as lifting up to 50 steps—the office was “immediately pounds, using a ladder, and crawling Cletus Stripling might not be able to moved to temporary quarters and finally under desks.” qualify for his own job under new employment to a central, accessible location on cam“Unfortunately, most people who hold guidelines. pus—the Tate Student Center,” according positions at the university don’t have the to Leigh Jagor, coordinator of disability luxury, being state employees, of only services at the University of Georgia Disability Resource Center. doing one thing,” Stripling says. “So, you have to be able to Since then, the markers of unequal access have been more do a lot of different things. You have to be an advocate for subtle. Khaled Alsafadi (cover and above), who plans to graduyourself, because some people do not care.” ate from UGA next year with a bachelor’s degree in biology and These and other injustices are sure to weigh heavily on psychology, reports having to drop classes taught by his firstAlsafadi come graduation day. In order for students like choice professors when he learned they’d be held in inaccesAlsafadi to go through the Arch, UGA would have to cut sible classrooms, such as on the third floor of Baldwin Hall. into the iron fence that borders North Campus. Such a move, According to Jagor, students with impaired mobility like according to Sniff, would require a series of other developAlsafadi are eligible for classroom change accommodations. ments to ensure accessibility, when people in wheelchairs can However, Alsafadi, who suffers from muscular dystrophy, feels already access North Campus from Herty Drive. that such accommodations can work against him. “We are looking at this again under a comprehensive Herty “The third or fourth time you have to go to a teacher with Drive utility project currently underway,” Sniff says. “But, an excuse—whether it’s snow, whether it’s this or that—they given the fact that the state ADA office is OK with the current start thinking in a way that you’re trying to get special accomroute, we might keep what we have.” modations,” said Alsafadi. “I’ve had more than one professor As to whether he’ll be able to make the symbolic trip say, ‘It seems like I’ve had to make more than one accommothrough the Arch next year, Alsafadi says, “Honestly, I’m happy dation, and it’s not really allowed in the syllabus.’ And I just just to be graduating. I just don’t know at what cost it would don’t think that’s right, because there are things that are out be to make it that I would be able to do it, and I don’t want to of my control.” seem too demanding.” When the snow or leaves fall on the sidewalks, Alsafadi says, they’re cleared only enough to let an able-bodied person Chelsea Toledo
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google that sh!t Search: Free Pussy Riot Two members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot remain behind bars following their actions in protest of Vladimir Putin’s ever-lengthening rule of the Russian Federation. As part of a wave of protests ahead of the March reelection of Putin, the band and feminist collective performed, without permission, their agitprop anti-Putin anthem “Punk Prayer” inside a prominent Moscow cathedral. A video available on YouTube shows the colorfully masked women singing, “Saint Mary, Virgin, become a feminist and drive away Putin,” as the authorities drag them into custody. Two of the women face up to seven years for the charge of “hooliganism.” A wave of international solidarity has sprung up in the wake of the detentions, even joined by Athens band Reptarz2, who closed a recent local show with the unfurling of a banner reading “Free Pussy Riot!” The Free Pussy Riot Facebook page features similar demonstrations of support from across the globe. The band’s trial is only the latest cause célèbre in what’s becoming a worldwide coordination of protests and uprisings, starting with the Arab Spring and Mediterranean austerity protests and spilling into wider Europe, the United States, Latin America and parts of Asia. And the Putin government’s reaction represents the sort of out-of-proportion response found nearly everywhere protests have broken out. As the stakes get higher, it appears that governments are increasingly prepared to use the powers at their disposal—military and legal—to stamp out dissent. Last month, Blackhawk helicopters could be seen performing military exercises over downtown Chicago in preparation for Occupy-type protests at next month’s NATO summit. In anticipation of protests at September’s Democratic Party Convention, the Charlotte city council voted to designate certain events as “extraordinary,” where police could all but disregard the Fourth Amendment and search and frisk anyone deemed suspicious. Unsurprisingly, it will be a Bank of America shareholders’ meeting that is first designated as an “extraordinary event,” during which the Constitution is held behind a cordon. In March, President Obama signed into law anti-protest legislation that creates nebulous and roving spaces with special laws similar to Charlotte’s. Updating an older, more narrow law, the new bill declares that any space overseen by the Secret Service is subject to different laws, different interpretations of the Constitution than those observed everywhere else in the country. An attempt to “impede or disrupt the orderly conduct of Government business or official functions”—an Occupy “mic check,” for instance—can be prosecuted as a federal offense, punishable by up to 10 years in prison. It is right here in Georgia, of all places, that we might find some hope. A recent General Assembly bill limiting the rights of union members was struck down after Labor aligned with Occupy and the Tea Party in opposition to the legislation. Drafted by the state Chamber of Commerce, SB 469 targeted union protests at places of residence, while excluding other groups (such as anti-abortion activists, whose tactics still include assassinations and fire bombs). The bill was sponsored by four American Legislative Exchange Council legislators, including your local ALEC lackey, Sen. Bill Cowsert. Despite the decidedly conservative bent of the bill, the Georgia Tea Party Patriots joined the opposition, citing the bill’s impingement of First Amendment rights. Republic Report’s Zaid Jilani reminds us that it was the activists of the original Tea Party generation, Samuel Adams’ Sons of Liberty, who “regularly protested outside of the homes of British colonial officials” and might have fallen into the purview of the proposed law. Debbie Dooley, a national Tea Party Patriots official, roused Teamsters and other union members to a standing ovation at the legislative hearing as she decried the “assault on our First Amendment rights.” As governments around the world continue to sharpen their tools in defense of the elite, it will take more scenes like this one—coalitional and multitudinous—to maintain and expand democracy. Matthew Pulver
beer notes Brew Fest Notes Found in a Soggy Pocket It was a daunting task, it was, but I managed to pull it off. bad at all, and a mix I’d like to try with the two on draught. The 17th annual Classic City Brew Fest, that is. I made it all Of course, you know they’re in Atlanta, don’t you? (I’ve been the way through without falling asleep, falling over or falling needing to visit and take a tour of their newly-expanded 195 in love. (The last was the biggest challenge of the day. Sigh.) Ottley Dr., N/E facility.) Let me begin at the beginning. Peak Organic Oak Aged Mocha Stout All the way from Sunday, Apr. 15 couldn’t have been a lovelier day for such Portland, ME rolled this cask just for us. This tasted very much an event. This year, in addition to the indoor areas, there was like a tree. Quite nice, it was. And no jokes about splinters; an entire outdoor (covered, natch) pavilion devoted to cask after all, in Maine they package and brews: one-of-a-kind, get-‘em-beforesell those as they’re-gone kinda thangs. I didn’t toothpicks. sample the casks in order of their placeMoon River ment, but by style (as much as posSwamp Fox IPA sible). There were 17. As I said above, Our compatriit was a daunting task. Let’s hope I can ots in downread my hurriedly scrawled notes. town Savannah Jailhouse Saison Reprieve (with feted us with a Kaffir lime leaves) Oooh, so satisfying, cask of this. It such a treat for a blistering day would it was yumsville. be! From those amazing folks in Hampton, GA. The bottled ver- This is frequently on tap at the brewsion (sans lime) has a label so wonderful that you almost want pub, which is located at 21 West Bay to buy it for that alone. One of my top three casks. (You’ll just St. (I’ve never been there!) have to add your own lime to the bottled version, dagnabbit.) Max Lager’s Imperial Mocha Lazy Magnolia Bonnie Blue Bomb Southern Pecan Ale with Oatmeal Stout (IMOS) On dark roast blueberries, coconut, lemon and cinnamon. Those poor little pecans were almost overshadowed by the added flavors, but somehow it all worked. This Kiln, MS brewery is never short on originality. Eagle & Lion Brew Pub Brass Monkey Mild Ale Kills by understatement. Ale to listen to Chopin by. This brewpub at 414 East Taylor St. in downtown Griffin, GA, which brews only British-style cask-conditioned ales, is worth the drive, especially for their East Griffin Stout. (I tasted that in Griffin just before Brewfest.) Twain’s Super Starburst Mad Guava Peachy Pale Ale Twain’s Billiards & Tap at 211 East Trinity Place in Decatur has a new brewer who is tweaking his way toward the heights. This was like something that Cigar City’s Wayne Wambles would create. “It’s quite busy in there,” I remarked to my sample. (I’ve gotta get back to Twain’s, and soon!) Red Hare Watership Brown with maple syruple and vanilla. (Hey, if Roger Miller calls it syruple, that’s good enough for me! [Rhymes with “purple,” of course.]) A nothing-likeNewcastle brew from a new kid in our midst, a packaging micro in Marietta, GA. (Watch for their Long Day Lager in cans soon!) Wrecking Bar Hoppy Hobbit Session IPA From the brewpub in the amazing old house at 292 Moreland Ave. N.E. in Little Five Points in Atlanta came this “3.8 percent but loaded with malt and hop complexity” brew. Whew! Another of my top three. I applaud makers of really tasty session beers; not every drinker is trying to see how polluted he or she can become! What a joy to have this one. (I could put away six or eight!) Wrecking Bar Smoked Porter (with Tahitian vanilla beans) Nice enough, yes, but not as original as the above. If they Jake, the official spokesdog and the line at BottleTree Beer Co. in Tryon, NC. have this on tap when I’m next there, I’ll surely hula up to the bar and order one, though. And a return visit is overdue. coffee and Ghana cocoa nibs. You could almost drink this Thomas Creek River Falls Red Ale Cask Irish-style Red Ale hot on a cold day. Very high gravity. One of the more original on toasted oak chips and dry-hopped with Sorachi Ace hops. A brews from the brewpub at 320 Peachtree St. NW in downtown distinctive flavor: good, but not mind-numbingly so. From our Atlanta. (I need to return there as well.) nearby Greenville, SC micro. Red Brick Spring Hop IPA A nice hoppy version of the SweetWater Hoppy Brown Porter IPA—a mix of Exodus style, this really hit the spot. I’ve never visited their brewery Porter and Sweet Georgia Brown with Centennial hops. Not in Northwest Atlanta (it’s at 2323 Defoor Hills Rd.). (Gad! What
a way to spend a week! Touring Atlanta breweries and brewpubs. Expense money, anyone?) Copper Creek Big Richard Double IPA With over one pound of hops in 10 gallons. Holy Waka-Jawaka, Batman! Who needs leg warmers after a coupla pints of this? A brew you can chew! Put a little water in those hops, Matt! This was my very favorite of all 17, without favor shown to anyone. For any of you who are unaware, this is from our local brewpub at 140 East Washington St. (This won’t be available, though, when you visit. C’est dommage.) Heavy Seas/O’Dempsey’s Collaboration Peg Leg With manzano peppers, vanilla and chocolate nibs. Argh, matey! This is surely a new take on hot chocolate. Well, it was original, I’ll give it that. Quite a few people seemed to like it a lot; I didn’t. My guess is that they brewed this in Baltimore. Highland Gaelic Ale With Warrior dry hops. An on-themilder-side entry. Nice. A good offering from our friends up in Asheville, NC. We’ve been blessed to have their brews in Athens for several years now. Terrapin 10th Anniversary Ale Last, but not least. A spicey Belgianstyle ale to commemorate the company’s 10 years of spiciness. Weighs in at 9.969 percent. They bottled some of this, so be on the lookout.
The Rest After this pith-helmet-less safari, I somehow managed to recoup and crowbar my bulky self inside for more, more joyous brews. Read about them in the full version of this story at Flagpole.com. I’ve only got enough space left here just to mention them. Twain’s Tropicalia IPA was from the Decatur brewpub. Moon River of Savannah brought their Wild Wacky Wit and Apparition Ale. Well done, folks. Blue Point Brewing of Patchogue, NY’s flagship Toasted Lager is quite nice. They also brought RastafaRye Ale and Hoptical Illusion… good products, these. Lazy Magnolia Ginger Jacque was superb! They also brought Southern Hospitality IPA, a new offering that is the strongest beer they’ve made so far. Also along for the ride was Jefferson Stout, a nice session brew made with Mississippi-grown sweet potatoes as an adjunct. Yum! Southern Tier Brewing of Lakewood, NY graced us with their Farmer’s Tan Imperial Pale Lager, which weighs in at 8.6 percent by volume. Cannon Brewpub of Columbus (located downtown at 1041 Broadway) brought their Special Ops IPA and Red Jacket Amber Ale. Both these brews were excellent. O’Dempsey’s Your Black Heart Russian Imperial Stout could be its own column, but this keyboard doesn’t have Cyrillic letters. It’s in the 8 percent range. Monk’s Mead. This Athens-based (!) company’s flagship is 12.9 percent. More in the wine department than beerish, mead is actually a honey wine. Bomb Lager appeared with its arty cans. Decent stuff. Highland Thunderstruck Coffee Porter rumbled in from Asheville. This is a worthy addition to their product line, as is their Little Hump Spring Ale. BottleTree Blonde at 6 percent and Irish Red 7.5 percent rolled in from Tryon, NC. Applause! French Broad Anvil Porter, Ryehopper Pale and IPA were all quite enjoyable. Sierra Nevada Kellerweis is a new product. I didn’t note what it tasted like, but if their new Torpedo Ale is any comparison, it must be good. Finally, I slid slowly down to Jailhouse Brewing’s table. I tasted Hard Time Barleywine Style Ale, which measures in at 10.5 percent. This is stunning: the high alcohol content is unobtrusive; the brew intensely flavorful. With this last-but-not-least sample, my work was done. I oozed downstairs, wandered into a corner, shook hands with an available chair and took a nap. (30.) William Orten Carlton = ORT.
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Just Opened: I usually make it a practice to give new places around six weeks before I visit, to give them time to work out the kinks and get their act together, but sometimes I can’t wait. Athens Bagel Company (268 N. Jackson St.) has only just opened its doors, and its official grand opening, with the promise of a full menu in place that includes sandwiches, isn’t scheduled for another week, but the anticipation of fresh bagels, properly made, provoked excitement that couldn’t be tamped down. I wasn’t the only one. Even with only a soft opening, a tiny menu and limited hours for now (usually 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., but check the Facebook page), the place is mighty busy, suggesting all kinds of folks have been jonesing for the same thing ever since Zim’s closed some years back. Fiona Nolan
Athens Bagel Company So, here’s all you need to hear: the bagels are good. If you’re going to get super picky, they’re a little large and they could use a tiny bit more salt, but they are indeed boiled prior to baking, and their texture shows it. Toppings include onion, garlic, poppy seeds, sesame seeds, everything and salt (kind of like a pretzel, with kosher salt dotting the top), and they cost $1.10 each or $12 for a baker’s dozen. The folks in the kitchen are having fun experimenting with different cream cheeses, offering flavors including strawberry, bacon, jalapeno, roasted red pepper, vegetable, honey pecan and even snickerdoodle, which presumably incorporates cookie crumbs. Those are fine, but the plain is all you need. Really, you don’t even need cream cheese on a bagel this nicely made. If you need something more substantial, the place also offers breakfast sandwiches made on its bagels, with bacon, egg and cheese available in various combinations, and these, too, are satisfying and well executed. If you must have lox, you can get that, but at $9.99, the bagel that includes it (as well as chips, capers, red onion and tomato) is a
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little pricey. For now, that’s all that’s available, although six taps promise beer on draft eventually. They are undoubtedly still working out some of the kinks in their counter service and the aesthetics of the space, but I can put up with that. I would put up with worse, too. The product is worth it. Brand Expansion: After a month or so driving by The Dogg Pound (1660 W. Broad St.) lately, noticing the sign that promises BBQ, and thinking about popping in to check it out, I finally pulled the trigger this past week. I have a great fondness for the hot dog restaurant that occupies the spot of the legendary Walter’s, which has been home to several cue joints over the years. Sure, it’s not much for frills, but the hot dogs are good, the marketing reliably creative, and the people who work there are nice as all get out. Unfortunately, the BBQ ain’t great. First of all, it’s chopped, which admittedly is much faster to produce but nearly always results in hunks of inedible stuff mixed in with the meat. The texture isn’t bad, considering, but there’s little in the way of smoke in either chicken or pork. The restaurant also offers beef BBQ, something rarer in Georgia, but was out the day I went. It favors hash rather than stew, which is on the tomatoey side, and its coleslaw is pretty good. Folded into a slice of white bread, with a tiny bit of the sweetish sauce and some coleslaw, the cue would be an acceptable lunch, but it’s not worth going out of your way for. Better to order a hot dog or two instead. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday and takes credit cards. Revisit: I’ve had a couple of meals at Heirloom Café recently, including dinner, and I have to say I continue to become more impressed with its offerings. Yes, its locavore leanings are easy to goof on, à la “Portlandia,” but the restaurant also knows what to do with its beautiful ingredients, and it manages to provide options for any dietary restriction without being annoying about it or unbalancing its menu. A pork tenderloin, battered and fried, then paired with a carrot purée and perfect greens, is undeniably Southern, meaty and satisfying, and it coexists happily with vegan offerings. A shrimp sandwich that was showing up as a special on the lunch menu was spring-like and refreshing. Desserts are reliably excellent. All of this is to say: props. Heirloom is doing a fine job and deserves a little hat-tip and your business, especially if you’re looking for an upscale dinner out. Hillary Brown email@example.com
One man’s trash is another’s conceptual art assemblage, or so the saying goes. Curated by Lizzie Zucker Saltz with assistance from Katie Faulkner, ATHICA’s 45th exhibition is this spring’s wildly creative “Upcycle,” on view through June 24. Focusing on the theme of creating new artwork from found or reclaimed materials, more than 20 artists from all over the globe present their multimedia works made of junk-pile detritus. As the curators write, “Our artists have dreamt these materials right out of the waste stream and into our stream of consciousness.”
to the exterior decoration. While his collection might not be up to Cap Man’s levels yet, Jamison Edgar gathered hundreds of Styrofoam cups to assemble “Chain 607.” The double-helix structure winds around the wooden supports in the gallery, as impressive a structure as it is an oppressive collection of trash you know will end up in a landfill or worse for the next few millennia. Also referencing chemical structures, London artist Jill Townsley recreates “Spoons” here in Athens, with your help. The sculpture, when completed, will be a triangular pyramid made of 9,273 plastic spoons and 3,091 rubber bands tying them together. Visitors are encouraged to upcycle their own plastic spoons into the construction of the tetrahedron or use those onsite collected from Athens Academy art students. Another artist hailing from London, Inguna Gremzde, presents 64 plastic water-bottle caps from her “Landscape for Emergency” series. Inside each round cap is a tiny and exquisitely painted landscape. Glimpses of the English countryside are trapped in the plastic rings, making something beautiful and treasured inside a “canvas” that is usually discarded, polluting the landscape these paintings idealize. The exhibition continues outside with a huge horse composed with rusty pieces of old plows and pick axes by Doug Makemson and the “Upcycle” billboard-style sign made from thousands of cans and plywood by Jay Reid McCallister’s assemblage artworks are on display at ATHICA Nackashi. Inside and out, through June 24. the curators have made this exhibition one that highlights Featured artist Reid McCallister’s assemlocal recycling, upcycling and conservation blage artworks are layered and complex sculpefforts. The seriously researched and detailed tures made of old wooden boards, scraps of texts that accompany each piece are full of metal and other found objects, which seem interesting (and scary) facts about how our inspired by a combination of influences from consumption affects the environment and Thornton Dial, Georges Braque and Robert endangers our shared future on this planet. Rauschenberg. Several pieces are about the Balancing this educational imperative with fun size of a large canvas; when hung on the wall and creative art is an admirable achievement. they make a comment on the fusion of sculpOur eyes are opened not only to wonderful tural construction and “painting” with the contemporary art and our role in the ecosysmany textures and colors of the raw materials. tem of both art creation/consumption but also Transforming pink, blue and yellow insulato the ecosystem of the larger natural and tion foam into something completely differsynthetic world we inhabit. With still more ent, Jourdan Joly’s “Mountain Goat Mountain” great artworks, plus tons of fun, affiliated is a life-size goat perched on a rock. The pasevents, “Upcycle” is another must-see. See the tel ice-cream colors look sweet, but these poi- website at www.athica.org for more details. sonous materials are decidedly not. Similarly, Joni Younkins-Herzog used mattress foam to Also on View: Another big exhibition on right create flower-like poufs which cover 19 feet of now is the annual Southworks juried show the gallery wall for “Pollen.” Calling attention at OCAF in Watkinsville. Over 100 works by to the toxic nature of the place where we lay artists from all over the country are on disour heads, the chemical-filled synthetics that play through May 11… In Athens, check out form this piece are cleverly perverse mirrors of Jeremy Hughes’ vibrant and dramatic portraits the organic fecundity they represent. at The Grit. These ladies are dressed in cosCreating a cozy and mobile domestic space tume and strike poses inspired by John Singer using upcycled materials, Athens’ Cap Man Sargent’s portraits. Hughes’ project has taken covered a small 1960s-era trailer with rusty on greater dimensions as he adds to his cast bottle caps. Inside “Lil Gem,” the bunks are of characters, most of whom are local artists upholstered in fun fur, and a small kitchen and musicians. The paintings look amazing setup provides the basic necessities for campwhen seen all together. ing in style. Visitors are invited to participate by bringing their own bottle caps to add Caroline Barratt firstname.lastname@example.org
film notebook News of Athens’ Cinema Scene Strap In: I heard a few minutes of Sissy Spacek being interviewed on NPR last week, which was interesting since I’d just seen her for the first time in what seemed like ages in The Help. (What a depressing piece of evidence against our cultural-political zeitgeist that movie is, with its tidy, exclusively female villains—the courtly men in the Mississippi of 1963 it envisions apparently don’t want anything to do with institutional racism—so easily vanquished by the stoic courage of black women, once they’re spurred to action by a conspicuously enlightened and intelligent 22-year-old white girl with moxie… but I digress.) Sissy was talking with Terri Gross about Carrie, and I realized I probably hadn’t seen it in 20 years. So, that night, when I found myself with a couple of discretionary hours, I looked up Brian De Palma on Netflix to see if I could stream it.
decided to watch De Palma’s next film about telekinetic teenagers, 1978’s The Fury. I’m the first to acknowledge the shakiness of De Palma’s claim to legitimate auteur status; his overripe pastiches and homages are at least as often offensively idiotic desecrations (Scarface) as guiltless pleasures (Blow Out). The Fury is an example of the latter strain in his career: a briskly enjoyable riff on Hitchcock (not to mention Argento’s supernatural gialli) with Kirk Douglas hamming it up as a man who knows too much and John Williams bombastically aping Bernard Herrmann (an impersonation Williams had practiced a couple of years earlier with his score for Hitchcock’s final film, Family Plot). There’s also plenty of creative use of rear-projection, including a beautifully satisfying clairvoyant hallucination sequence with a swirling camera on a grand staircase, which may be De Palma’s most justified and best integrated appropriation of the master’s style in a career that has contained no shortage of them.
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Love of Film: So, the great Preston Sturges’ Sullivan’s Travels is screening at Ciné in a rare 35mm print next Thursday, May 17, to wrap up For the Love of Cinema, the downtown art house’s fifth anniversary series. If you’ve never seen it, you’ve just got to go; even if you have, the chance to watch a 35mm print with an audience is not to be missed. There’s also a free, members-only reception catered by The National at 6 p.m., before the 7:30 screening. Speaking of member Veronica Lake sits on Joel McCrae’s lap and fails miserably to look like a boy in perks, there’s a really Preston Sturges’ masterpiece Sullivan’s Travels, playing at Ciné May 17. fun one coming up Saturday, May 19. At 11 a.m. in the CinéLab, This reminds me of a concern I’ve had UGA Film Studies Professor Richard Neupert lately, which is that as we become increaswill present a selection of classic 16mm ingly willing to make our spur-of-the-moment animated shorts from various studios, and home viewing selections from the titles availdiscuss what makes them special and different able for instant streaming through Netflix from one another. It’ll be appropriate to bring and other similar providers in order to avoid the kids, though by no means necessary. It’s the once-negligible inconvenience of running free, but again, you have to be a member. If out to the video store, we’re all watching you’re not already, go ahead and sign up now the same, oddly limited set of movies. And at www.athenscine.com. Membership fees— sure, the selection of films at a given video and other contributions to AFAI, the nonprofit store is itself limited by space and cost, but organization that operates Ciné—are taxit’s generally curated with an attempt to be deductible. canonical—so, if we were all seeing the same stuff when that was our only option, at least Write Now: It’s short notice, but Ciné is there was a reasonably valid consensus that hosting a six-week Intro to Screenwriting it was the important stuff. The composition Workshop beginning this Saturday, May 12. of the Netflix streaming catalog reflects what This is the kind of thing that hasn’t happened is available to the company at an affordable cost far more than what anyone thinks is actu- much at Ciné in the past, but should become more and more a part of its function. The ally valuable to watch, and that doesn’t seem course costs $175 ($160 for Ciné members) likely to change anytime soon. The thing to and is taught by my friend Allie Goolrick, remind ourselves, I guess, is that watching who is smart, fun and really well qualified. You films intentionally doesn’t take significantly can get more details, including a syllabus, at more effort than settling for what’s put in www.athenscine.com. front of us. Of course, I didn’t take that wisdom to Dave Marr email@example.com heart last week. With Carrie unavailable, I l
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movie dope Some releases may not be showing locally this week. • indicates new review AMERICAN REUNION (R) Sometimes reuniting with old friends isn’t all that bad, and American Reunion is much more entertaining than the last two times we hung out with Jim (Jason Biggs), Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas), Oz (Chris Klein), Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas) and Stifler (Seann William Scott). At their 13-year reunion, the old gang—plus Michelle (Alison Hannigan), Vicky (Tara Reid), Heather (Mena Suvari), Jim’s Dad (Eugene Levy), Stifler’s Mom (Jennifer Coolidge), Nadia (a brief, unnecessary appearance from Shannon Elizabeth) and the rest (Natasha Lyonne, John Cho)—get up to their old antics. Once they were randy teens trying to get laid; now they’re randy adults with the same objective. Still, the scenarios (the hot girl Jim used to babysit, Oz’s celebrity dance show appearance, etc.) are funny, and the characters have aged well (some better than their actors). Biggs and Hannigan deserve a sitcomy showcase, and Levy enjoys his dive into the raunchy end of the pool more than some of his paycheck-seeking costars. Yet Scott’s Stifler, forever stuck in his high school glory days, supplies the movie with its bounce and biggest laughs. Without the Stifmeister, the gang, including the audience, would have had a pretty boring reunion. • THE AVENGERS (PG-13) The various Avengers—Robert Downey, Jr.’s Iron Man, Chris Evans’ Captain America, Chris Hemsworth’s Thor, another new Hulk (this time Mark Ruffalo gets to unleash the beast) and the rest—have assembled, and together they are a blast. But before they can battle Thor’s mischievous brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), who is intent on enslaving the world with his other-dimensional army, Earth’s mightiest heroes have to sort out a few things among themselves. Joss Whedon and Zak Penn capture the bickering essence of a super-group. Every single one of these heroes benefits from Whedon’s trademark snappy banter and his way with ensembles. These characters thrive by not having to carry the movie on their own (the Hulk especially benefits from sharing the spotlight). Whedon has always loved the lady leads, and he gets more out of Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow than anyone else would have. Critical grumbling about The Avengers is minimal thanks to Whedon’s meticulously crafted screenplay and directorial vision (he heads his own verse for a reason) and the engaging ensemble. Once the paperwork is finalized so the team can go into action for the bang-up finale, The Avengers lives up to all the hype and expectation. BULLY (R) A documentary follows five families who have lost children to suicide caused by bullying. Director Lee Hirsch shows real middle schoolers bullying and being bullied as part of “The Bully Project.” THE CABIN IN THE WOODS (R) Horror movies do not come much more perfect than The Cabin in the Woods, written by geek god Joss Whedon and one of his strongest protégés, Drew Goddard. A sublime tweaking of the entire slasher genre, Cabin’s deconstruction may be less meta than Scream, but its
elaborate mythology—a staple of the Whedonverse—is transferable and adds a brand new reading to nearly every modern horror film. Five college friends (the most familiar face is the beardless one of Chris “Thor” Hemsworth, soon to be seen in Whedon’s The Avengers) take a weekend trip to the woods that ends in a bloodbath. CHIMPANZEE (G) Disneynature releases their most stunning Earth Day documentary yet. Too bad they did not include an alternate narration to substitute for Tim Allen’s; the sitcom giant is no Morgan Freeman. Nevertheless, the Bambi-like story of chimpanzee Oscar unfolds with some of the most unbelievable footage ever witnessed in a nature doc. DAMSELS IN DISTRESS (PG-13) Whit Stillman has not been heard from since 1998’s The Last Days of Disco, but his comeback pic supposedly shows the filmmaker picking up where he left off. Three coeds (Greta Gerwig, Megalyn Echikunwoke and Carrie MacLemore) attempt to help their peers at Seven Oaks College get out of their funk via good hygiene and musical numbers. Then some boys (including Adam Brody) get in the way. I enjoyed Stillman’s trio of ‘90s efforts (the Oscar-nominated Metropolitan, Barcelona and the aforementioned Last Days of Disco) and am rather looking forward to catching his latest. k DARK SHADOWS (PG-13) Tim Burton brings TV’s gothic soap opera to the big screen with his regular star, Johnny Depp, as vampire Barnabas Collins, whose run-ins with various supernatural fauna (monsters, witches, werewolves and ghosts) the series chronicles. I’ve always meant to watch any incarnation of Dark Shadows, but I’ve only barely ventured into Collinwood Manor. Adapted by Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter novelist Seth Grahame-Smith, the potential summer blockbuster looks to have quite the campy tone. With Eva Green, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jonny Lee Miller and Helena Bonham-Carter. THE DEEP BLUE SEA (R) Adapted from the play by Terence Rattigan, the newest film from award winning filmmaker Terence Davies (The Long Day Closes, which is screening as part of Ciné’s Fifth Anniversary Series) stars Rachel Weisz (a nominee for the Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actress) as Hester Collyer, the wife of a British judge, who begins a torrid love affair with an RAF pilot (Avengers villain Tom Hiddleston). Nominated for Best Film at the London Film Festival. DR. SEUSS’ THE LORAX (PG) Released on Dr. Seuss’ 108th birthday, this pleasant animated adaptation of the beloved children’s author’s environmental fable fails to utterly charm like the filmmakers’ previous animated smash, Despicable Me. The Lorax may visually stun you, and Danny DeVito’s brief time as voice of the Lorax could stand as his greatest role, one that will go unrecognized by any professional awards outside of the Annies. THE FIVE-YEAR ENGAGEMENT (R) As written by Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller, the acting-writing-directing duo
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behind Forgetting Sarah Marshall, The Five-Year Engagement almost sells its initial gag too well. Nearly the entire first act plays out like the airheaded romantic comedy in which the smart comedy writers plan to poke holes. Then the change comes and The FiveYear Engagement begins its lengthy, though not overlong, slide into relationship complications (more real than scripted) and comic gags (some sold with more skill and less obviousness than others). Tom and Violet (Segel and Emily Blunt) get engaged on their one-year anniversary and then struggle to pull the trigger, as life sends the soulmates obstacle after obstacle. GOOD DEEDS (PG-13) Good Deeds is another average melodrama from the entertainment juggernaut that is Atlanta’s Tyler Perry. Perry stars as Wesley Deeds, the uptight CEO of a software company who befriends a struggling widowed mother, Lindsey Wakefield (Thandie Newton), on the virtual eve of his wedding. Naturally, his relationship with Lindsey and her cute daughter, Ariel, awaken the spark of life that’s been lying dormant in Deeds for the bulk of his adult life, a
learns is named Beth (Taylor Schilling, still recovering from Atlas Shrugged: Part I) to thank her for saving his life. But things get complicated when he falls for her and her young son, Ben (Riley Thomas Stewart), and runs afoul of her ex/Ben’s dad (Jay R. Ferguson, who excels at clueless d-bags), a deputy sheriff and son of big-time local judge/prospective mayor. The war scenes are thankfully short, making me wonder how much worse they could have been on the page, and director Scott Hicks (some fine films like Shine and Snow Falling on Cedars) illustrates this romance with some gorgeous, magazine spread cinematography (word to Alar Kivilo, whose work to date has never betrayed this artistic an eye). Will love conquer all or is this another one of Sparks’ tearjerkers? Only 141 minutes of your life stand between you and the answer. THE PIRATES! BAND OF MISFITS (PG) You could do a lot worse than The Pirates! Band of Misfits when choosing animated flicks to see with your kids. Aardman Animations, the British folks that brought you Wallace & Gromit and Chicken Run, hit the high seas
Oral-V …for vampires. course charted by his domineering mother (Phylicia Rashad). Perry has two tonal modes: the headspinning comic/dramatic combo of his Madea movies and the grindingly humorless melodrama of his non-Madea flicks. THE HUNGER GAMES (PG-13) While a successful adaptation of a difficult book that near everyone has read, The Hunger Games has little cinematic spark. It’s a visual book report that merely summarizes the plot. It’s a well-written book report, but it’s still a book report. Seabiscuit director Gary Ross was not the most obvious choice to direct this dystopian adventure in which 24 teenagers are randomly selected for a contest in which only one will survive. JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND (PG) Journey 2: The Mysterious Island’s biggest problem might be time. Many of the young people who enjoyed its 2008 forebear, Journey to the Center of the Earth, might have outgrown the Brendan Fraser/Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson brand of family adventure movie. THE LUCKY ONE (PG-13) The Notebook it is not, but The Lucky One will not disappoint Nicholas Sparks’ fans looking for some sappy romance and a shirtless Zac Efron. A Marine named Logan (Efron) survives several incidents after finding a picture of a woman. When he returns to the states, he seeks out this woman, whom he
with the Pirate Captain (v. Hugh Grant) and his oddball crew. While seeking the coveted Pirate of the Year Award, the Pirate Captain runs into Charles Darwin (v. David Tennant, the tenth, and my personal favorite, Doctor), who wants the scurvy rascal’s feathered mascot, a thought-to-be-extinct dodo. The jokes are funny and often smart, and the stop-motion clay animation refreshingly different. The voice cast could have traded up (Jeremy Piven? No Ian McShane? Mostly, Jeremy Piven?!). Still, The Pirates! is cute, humorous and well-animated. Kiddie flicks come with a lot less booty than this buccaneer. THE RAVEN (R) Too bad The Raven wasn’t made by an Italian. As a giallo flick, this fictionalized account of the unknown events surrounding the last week of Edgar Allan Poe’s life could have been a better match for John Cusack’s laudable characterization of the American literary giant. Instead, V for Vendetta/Ninja Assassin director James McTeigue chose an ill-fitting Saw Meets Se7en vibe. When several bodies turn up murdered in a manner inspired by the works of Poe, America’s premier writer of the fantastic and grotesque may be the key to the police investigation, led by Inspector Fields (Luke Evans, The Three Musketeers’s Aramis). After Poe’s beloved, Emily Hamilton (Alice Eve, She’s Out of My League), is kidnapped, the author’s
urgency manifestly increases. The inventive story by writers Ben Livingston and Hannah Shakespeare is charged with potential that their screenplay, McTeigue’s direction and subpar supporting players quickly strangle. Dialogue is weak, at best, and Cusack is propping up everyone but Brendan Gleeson (though the near cameo from “Downton Abbey”’s Brendan Coyle pleases). Those weaknesses could be overcome with a sense of giallo style; imagine the mad field day even aged Argento could have had with this tale. SAFE (R) Fans who order the usual from the successful House of Statham franchise will be pleased by Safe, in which the charismatic proto-man plays Luke Wright, a former cop-turned-cage fighter viciously protecting a little Chinese girl (Catherine Chan) from the cops, the mayor, the Russian thugs who killed his family and the Triad. An appearance by James “Lo Pan” Hong is always worth a few extra points, but Safe is about as grimly typical as a Statham flick can be. I prefer mine balls-out crazy like the two Neveldine/ Taylor-helmed Crank hits. Having seen enough of Statham’s action movies to know action means important, dialogue not so much, Safe provided some key moments for me to continue crafting my never-to-be-written essay on Jason Statham. Today’s query: Is Statham better off having missed the ‘80s/’90s action heyday, when he would have been competing with Arnold, Sly and Bruno at the top of their game? Would he have joined the aforementioned big three or been relegated to the lower tier with Steven Seagal and Jean-Claude Van Damme? You should have time to develop your response during Safe or any of the other three to four movies the Brit action hero appears in this year. SAFE HOUSE (R) For Safe House’s target fans of Denzel Washington, whizzing bullets and car chases, the action flick is critically bulletproof; for me, it was competently boring. Former CIA operative turned rogue asset, Tobin Frost (Washington), goes on the run with green agent Matt Weston (Ryan Reynolds, in the thankless role anyone could have filled) hot on his heels. Washington remains the laziest talent in Hollywood. What draws him to waste his chops on these action-filled scripts with such obvious plot trajectories? You can tell which CIA bigwig (the suspects being Sam Shepard, Vera Farmiga and Brendan Gleeson) Weston shouldn’t trust from the trailers, and try as they might to imply otherwise, one can easily presume Washington’s Frost hasn’t gone rogue for sheer psychopathic thrills or mere greed. The predictable action is delivered with the workmanlike craftsmanship (quick edits, handheld camerawork, etc.) one expects from a production that is clearly influenced by Washington’s work with Tony Scott, but lacks his more artful eye. Safe House should make enough money to keep Washington’s rep as a box office draw undiminished, but won’t make much of an impression in his increasingly inconsequential filmography. THINK LIKE A MAN (PG-13) Anything I wanted to like about Think Like a Man is tainted by the casual homophobia, sexism and racism the movie attempts to pass off as comedy, and that’s a shame for the hilarious Kevin Hart, who is finally, smartly
given a showcase role. Based on Steve Harvey’s romantic self-help tome, Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, the movie, written by the scripters of Friends with Benefits, sometimes feels like a late night infomercial for Harvey’s patented way to win a man. We have six unbelievably mismatched buddies— Hart’s divorced dude, Romany Malco’s “playa,” Michael Ealy’s “dreamer,” Jerry “Turtle” Ferrara’s noncommittal white dude, Terrence J’s “mama’s boy” and some other white married guy—and the women (Gabrielle Union, Taraji P. Henson, Meagan Good and Regina Hall) who want them to settle down. Begin the chapter scenarios. Woody Allen attempted something like this to funnier results when he adapted Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Sex; a more relevant and even less successful adaptation would be 2009’s He’s Just Not That Into You. If you really want to take romantic advice from Steve Harvey, filtered through Turtle, it’s your love life. A THOUSAND WORDS (PG-13) An Eddie Murphy family comedy, directed by Brian Robbins (Meet Dave and Norbit), that’s been in the can since 2008? Nothing in this sentence implies anything good (or funny). A literary agent, Jack McCall (Murphy), is taught a lesson on truth by a spiritual guru via the Bodhi tree that appears on his property. Every word Jack speaks leads to a fallen leaf; when the last leaf falls, so does Jack. With Cliff Curtis, Jack McBrayer and Clark Duke. THE THREE STOOGES (PG) Apparently, a modern update of Three Stooges is not an idea as utterly bereft of laughs as one would imagine. As staged by the Farrelly Brothers, the violent misadventures of Moe (Chris Diamantopoulos), Larry (Sean Hayes, “Will & Grace”) and Curly (Will Sasso, “MADtv”) now involve a murder plot, a reality TV show and saving an orphanage at which Larry David entertainingly plays a nun. Fans of the Stooges should be pleased as the chosen trio and their younger counterparts— Skyler Gisondo, Lance ChantilesWertz and Robert Capron—are swell stand-ins for the originals. Their performances may simply be long-form impressions, but they stand up to scrutiny. If anyone could be knocked for shallow, sketch-level work, it is “MADtv” alum Sasso; however, Curly’s mannerisms and catchphrases have so long been repeated, it is hard to imagine his “nyuck, nyucks” not seeming mere imitation. Boo to the Farrellys for splitting up the Stooges in the last episode (the movie is segmented in three) AND including an unwanted “Jersey Shore” gag. It’s been a long time since I’ve watched the Stooges (I was always a Moe fan); this movie reminded me how much fun those three could be. TITANIC (PG-13) 1997. One of the biggest hits of all-time and the winner of 11 Academy Awards (including Best Picture and Best Director) gets even bigger with the addition of a third dimension. The shocking maritime disaster that took 1,514 lives becomes the backdrop for the love story of Jack and Rose (Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet) in King of the World James Cameron’s blockbuster epic. WHERE DO WE GO NOW? (PG13) In Caramel, writer, director and star Nadine Labaki’s sophomore feature, the women of a religiously divided Lebanese village surrounded by landmines and accessible only by a small bridge, attempt to keep their men in check as the country faces civil strife. A hit with film festival audiences, Where Do We Go Now? won the Cadillac People’s Choice Award from the Toronto International Film Festival and the Audience Award from the San Sebastian International Film Festival. Drew Wheeler
movie pick Between the Devil… THE DEEP BLUE SEA (R) Adapted from Terence in post-WWII Britain, and Davies evokes the Rattigan’s play by writer/director Terrence time period with his characteristic warmth and Davies, The Deep Blue Sea is so sensual, so pointed insight. Class differences prod much darkly hermetic, that initially its surface lushof the uneasiness flowing between Hester and ness acts as a barrier for us to sink into the her relationships with William and Freddie. narrative. The opening dramatic scene, in Her husband’s passionless world of English which we are introduced to the middle-aged gardens, affluence and clockwork orderliness Hester Collyer (Rachel Weisz) as she attempts is blatantly tyrannical. Freddie, on the other to commit suicide in a hand, offers something squalid London flat, could more ardently fulfilling, be viewed as an obstacle but his joking dismissals to go any further as we of her cultural interests fade in and out of her and his nostalgia to relive life while Samuel Barber’s the war years painfully “Concerto for Violin and reinforce her isolation Orchestra” pitches us into from him. the deep. Sensuality this In lesser hands, it overripe can be difficult would be convenient to engage with. It’s too to label this as nothing overt, emotionally intoximore than kitchen-sink cating and frightening. melodrama. But Davies Surrendering to a greater uses the genre in much passion is always risky. the same way that Sirk You might get hurt. Tom Hiddleston and Rachel Weisz did with his opulent But to disconnect from women’s pictures of the it would be a shame. Davies’ film is meticu1950s, or, decades later, Almodóvar and Todd lously crafted and mesmerizing, and at its Haynes have in their later, more mature work. center is an exquisite performance from Weisz, Davies is no ironist or subversive, however. perhaps her best yet. She’s the damaged heart Melodrama is not a distancing device forcing beating throughout it, a woman who leaves us to question the contradictions it raises. It’s her wealthy yet emotionally frigid husband, a passage to deeper operatic resonance and a Sir William Collyer (Simon Russell Beale), for way to unlock our own need to fully identify the boyish, charming yet troubled ex-fighter with a craving so overwhelming. pilot Freddie Page (Tom Hiddleston), and can’t find happiness with either one. The film is set Derek Hill
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On the Road Again and Again: Lera Lynn has a whole mess of stuff happening. After an already busy April, she is heading off on tour again. In the off times, she’ll be holed up in the studio with her band finishing a new LP that’s due out in the fall. In July, she’ll take off for a nine-date tour of the U.K. (including slots at the Summer Tyne Americana Festival, the Southern Fried Festival and the Cambridge Folk Festival) and in August she’ll play 13 dates with K.D. Lang. She’s got her new two-track Ring of Fire EP available for free download over at www.leralynn.com, so head over there and grab that while looking for more info. Lera Lynn next plays locally on June 14 at the Melting Point.
Bleating Heats: Clean your ears out for a night of supreme improvisation Saturday, May 12. Low Yo Yo Stuff Records is presenting a show at Flicker Theatre & Bar featuring trumpeter Peter Evans and saxophonist Travis Laplante (Little Women, Extra Life), both of New York City and each highly respected and heavily contributing members of the avantgarde community. Laplante is touring behind his album Heart Protector (sample it at www. travislaplante.bandcamp.com). Also on the bill this night are Dan Nettles (Kenosha Kid) and Brooklyn’s Thomas Crane, Jeremy Lamanno and Chris Deason (each of Garbage Island) and Killick. The show is technically free, but Mike White · deadlydesigns.com
Have a Cigar: Luke Johnson (Emergent Heart) is now doing A&R work for Athens label Mazarine Records. He says he’s mainly scouting “forward-thinking” rock bands at this point and will consider all submissions carefully. As one of the heads behind the continu-
and back, too. You can stream all of Georgia over at www.werewolves.bandcamp.com and download the whole thing for a minimum contribution of one dollar. Oh, don’t believe for a second that it was mere coincidence that this album was released on May Day, either. That’s just the sort of thing Strother goes in for.
Werewolves ously collaborative Emergent Heart project, though, he’s always open to new friendships with musicians, and even if your stuff isn’t right for the label, your skills might be perfect for Emergent Heart. For more information, or to submit material, just drop Johnson a line via firstname.lastname@example.org. He’s a peach of a guy, so don’t be all nervous or anything. Just write to him. For more information on Mazarine, please see www.mazarinerecords. com. And for more info on Emergent Heart, please see www.emergentheart.com. Bandarchy in the GA: It took about 11 months in the kitchen, but Werewolves finally released its new album, Georgia, last week. Although the focal point of Werewolves has always been Wyatt Strother (he’s the frontman, and these are his songs, after all), the music itself has a whole host of Athens microindie luminaries. To wit, this album includes contributions from Brian Veysey, Dena Zilber, Emily Armond, Lydia Brambila, Patrick Goral, Raoul de la Cruz, Sam Grindstaff and Jay Henriques. Although some are longtime contributors to Werewolves, they also represent El Hollín, Crun Pun, Titans of Filth, Sea of Dogs and more. It’s easily the best arranged and most fully realized release from Strother and Co. Werewolves will play Bloomington, IN’s Plan-It-X Fest this June and will, presumably, play some shows on the road there
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Introducing Athens’ Newest Talent TINMAN Folk/Pop/Rock Lineup: Mark Bailey, Matt Petty, Aaron Krall, Daniel Ard. Influences: Bob Dylan, Wilco, Ryan Adams, Tom Petty. Frontman Mark Bailey had been playing music with drummer Matt Petty since high school, but this project only got off the ground after a chance encounter with another high school friend, bassist Daniel Ard, at Highwire one evening. Aaron Krall filled in with additional electric guitar and has since become a permanent member, solidifying the band’s lineup. “We’re all pretty much rookies at this whole band thing, but it seems to be working out really well for us,” says Bailey. “We’ve gotten a really great response so far, and we’re just gonna keep on doing this.”
Bailey certainly has the songwriting chops to make this project a success. The songs streaming at Tinmanmusic.bandcamp.com are impressive, particularly for early demos. Bailey writes engaging, melodic folk songs that manage to stay clear of the more mundane singer-songwriter fare. And his vocal performance, particularly on the powerful ballad “Chances,” will make your jaw drop. He pulls out all the stops on that one, showcasing an impressive range, rich tone and incredible power. He’s backed by sparse, tasteful accompaniment that’s sort of dark and brooding, making Tinman feel more at home amid indie-rock than, say, purist Americana. Whatever you call it, big things are in store for this Upstart. Next show: May 30 @ Go Bar
As to the the name Sleep Dance, Atkins says it was born from Kreisher’s insomnia. “He would get out of bed every night and play the same song each night to get his mind to be calm. He named the song ‘Sleep Dance’… That song became track one on the EP, as a transition into new music and a new way of thinking. We later renamed the song ‘Lull’, but the name for the band has stuck and still seems very appropriate.” That self-titled EP was released last year, but the band has plans to record again in June. “This new EP will be a better representation of our current, higher energy sound,” says Atkins. We can also expect a full-length later this year. In the meantime, visit www.sleepdance.bandcamp.com to hear what they’ve got cooking. Next show: June 8 @ 40 Watt Club CICADA RHYTHM Appalachian Jazz Lineup: Andrea DeMarcus, David Kirslis. Shares members with: Glupist, Midnight Revival. Influences: The Beatles, classical music, roots music, Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings, Fleet Foxes, Wood Brothers, Joe Mcguinness, Nate Nelson & His Entertainment Crackers, First Aid Kit, Michael Hurley and the local music around us. An unlikely pairing brought together by unusual circumstances, the duo behind Cicada Rhythm create beautiful harmonies, offering a refreshing blend of jazz and roots music. Andrea DeMarcus is a graduate of Julliard, where she studied upright bass—her instrument of choice in Cicada Rhythm as well. She sang in choirs and church throughout her life, but it was not until the last several years that she began composing her own original tunes. Guitarist and singer David Kirslis, on the other hand, is a self-taught musician who says he draws most of his influences from “roots music and from older musicians within the Atlanta blues/roots community.” As the band tells it, the pair met when Kirslis was riding freight trains around Georgia. “One rainy day when riding from Athens to Atlanta, Dave called his friend to pick him up outside of Atlanta. His friend came and was accompanied with Andrea to pick him up. When the two met, Dave was covered in black soot and dirt, and Andrea thought the whole situation was quite unusual.” Despite the awkward first impression, Kirslis and DeMarcus became good friends over the next three years and would often share songs. Last June they decided to start making music
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SLEEP DANCE Indie/Folk/ Experimental Lineup: Matt Kreisher, Nick Vawter, Will Atkins, Brad Morgan. Influences: Radiohead, Ryan Adams, Paul Simon, Neil Young, Colour Revolt, Talking Heads, Elvis Costello. The members of Sleep Dance put a priority on pushing their music to the limits. They’ve taken their folk-rock melodies and built them up with ambient guitar and lots of surprise flourishes like glockenspiel and auxiliary percussion. “We have pushed all of our material as far as it can possibly go in complexity and dynamics,” says bassist Will Atkins, “which is what makes our sound so unique.” The bandmembers also had too many influences to list above, explaining that their “musical influences span every genre—from indie rock to jazz and everything in between.” Matt Kreisher has a lovely, controlled voice that shares some qualities with his heroes, Paul Simon, Elliott Smith and Mark Kozelek. Come to think of it, if it hasn’t happened already, Sleep Dance would fit beautifully on a bill with the aforementioned Tinman. While Sleep Dance has a more layered approach, at least judging by the few songs online at the moment, they have a similar gift for intricate, intelligent folk-rock.
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ouring 180 shows behind a single record is going to do a lot of things for any band, highlighting a delicate balance between the upsides (more fans, an impenetrable live show) and the drawbacks (a certain aversion to busses, vans, hotel rooms and the works). Perhaps the most progressive symptoms, and the ones that most struck Baltimore’s Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally—who together form dream-pop duo Beach House—are a sense of constant wonder concerning the next step and a mounting desire to create something altogether new. “We were fantasizing about making a new record even while we were touring for Teen Dream,” says Legrand in reference to all those shows behind the duo’s 2010 album. “We’re really high-energy people. We don’t really stay too long in one place, and when you play that many shows, music becomes more physicalized inside of you. It can become automatic. After that long, you are definitely ready for creating a new world.” The duo’s new record, Bloom, is therefore not surprisingly a product of the road—an admittedly long road packed with new experiences and mountains of musical growth for both core members. “You get a lot of pent-up energy when you play all those shows and those songs so many times,” says Legrand. “You understand them in a way that no one else ever will, and that’s where the attraction starts of imagining another place. That’s where the seeds of songs and bits and pieces of stuff find their way into your notebook.” When the Teen Dream tour ended, Legrand’s notebook was overflowing with dozens of snippets, ideas and song skeletons. It’s an artistic quagmire; while the antithesis of writer’s block, it can often be frustrating to sift through an unending pile of fragments in search of truly inspiring material. “We’re older; we’re more experienced now,” says Legrand of the creative process. “Our artistry and our ability to get things across, or to chase an idea down and really make sure that
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what’s happening is what we want to happen, I think those skills keep sharpening.” Bloom is indeed a sharpened, logical step for Beach House. Recorded on 2-inch tape (as Teen Dream was) and again aided by producer/ engineer Chris Coady, the end result is an atmospheric, lush soundscape that smartly expands on the band’s solidly established aesthetic. “The differences [on Bloom] are things that we hope people will feel just by listening to the record,” says Legrand. “Each time you listen to it, I hope there’s something that you’ll discover that you didn’t discover before. That’s the beauty of art.” “A lot of it is subconscious, the way that you move toward one direction,” she continues. “You have all these experiences and, ultimately, you go where you feel compelled to go. We follow our instincts and impulses, and we’ve been doing that since the beginning. For us, it’s as much about a journey as we hope it is for the listener.” It’s fair to say that Beach House’s journey is at a critical juncture. The lofty success of Teen Dream could, after all, pin any artist under a crippling pressure to succeed—or exceed. Yet, fair as it may be, Legrand scoffs at the notion. “I think you’re defined by the collection of your work. All of the things you make, that’s part of your identity,” she says. “It’s like children—why would you say one is more than the other, or one is your favorite? As an artist, I don’t want to be playing sides. I just want to create and continue to be inspired.” And, of course, start on the next 180 shows. Alec Wooden
WHO: Beach House, Zomes WHERE: Georgia Theatre WHEN: Saturday, May 12, 8 p.m. HOW MUCH: $20 (adv.)
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he 2010 demise of beloved local hip-hop outfit Deaf Judges was an irrefutable blow to the local music community—few acts performed with the same unholy fervor, few were as convincingly human. A year and a half on, it feels like a revival up in here. Three fourths of that
group have recently returned under a new creative union—the bustling and buzzworthy Mad Axes—and have put forth a fine first album in the shapeshifting, hubristically titled Debut Smash. As for the other guy, well, he’s been busy the whole time, picking away at some down-home Delta blues.
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With the Judges, Austin Darnell performed under the moniker Produce Man and was responsible for some of the group’s most energetic and well constructed lyrical salvos. With the blues-obsessed Darnell Boys, he now puts forth some equally inspired—if stylistically divergent—performances. “I just love music,” Darnell explains. “Old or new, it doesn’t matter, as long as it speaks to you. But it has to speak in that rare way that only really great art and music can.” As the name implies, The Darnell Boys are a bona fide family band. With siblings Caleb and Gus, the eldest Darnell plays a steadfastly authentic blend of blues, country and other such traditional sounds, taking cues from legends like Howlin’ Wolf, Ray Charles and Otis Redding to create a uniquely soulful sound. At the heart of the music is a shared history that cannot be substituted with any amount of outsider talent. “Our dad and his brothers all play music, and our grandmother plays gospel piano,” Darnell explains. “We always sang and played together at family gatherings. We’ve been playing music around [Athens] for years, but this is the first time all three of us have worked together on a project.” With the frequent and then permanent addition of Elijah Neesmith on upright bass, and Patrick Weise on junkyard percussion, the group began gigging regularly; its recurring shows at spots like Farm 255 proved crowd favorites. The Boys won over many an unsuspecting audience, amassing in the process a small legion of enamored followers. The band’s increasing popularity has led to its first 40 Watt performance, where the group will perform with like-minded local revivalists The Corduroy Road. For these three brothers, who grew up here and have spent young lifetimes bumming
around town, Athens is the glue that holds The Darnell Boys together. “[Our] family moved here when I was three,” Darnell says, “and both my brothers were born here, so Athens has definitely shaped our perceptions about life and music. When we play, we want people to feel at home. Whether we’re onstage or picking in the backyard, passing a bottle around, everyone is welcome.” It’s the sort of pleasant invitational attitude you find throughout the local music scene, but these guys seem to embody it better than just about anyone else. Aside from Thursday’s show, The Darnell Boys are preparing for a busy summer. An album is in the works (with Chase Park Transduction’s Will Manning), and the band has a spot on the outdoor AthFest mainstage alongside Reptar, Atlas Sound and Yip Deceiver—a lineup that confirms this town’s openness to a ridiculously wide swath of musical styles. Darnell looks forward to bringing his family’s love for the artistry of tradition to the masses. “The way someone like Ray Charles sings and plays,” he muses, “there’s really no word for it. It’s personal and almost spiritual. That’s the kind of music that interests me, and I hope that’s the kind of music we make.” Plus, he says, “It’s a great way to spend time with my family.” Gabe Vodicka
WHO: The Corduroy Road, Darnell Boys, Big Daddy Love WHERE: 40 Watt Club WHEN: Thursday, May 10, 9 p.m. HOW MUCH: $10
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Tuesday 8 CLASSES: Cooking in the Garden: Sorbet (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Learn to make two types of sorbet (a tart lemon and a sweet creamy coconut) and a candied citrus peel. Bring a container to take home sorbet. 6–7:30 p.m. $30-36. www.botgarden.uga.edu EVENTS: Compost Bin Sale (ACC Solid Waste Department) Pick up a compost bin. 5–7 p.m. www.athensgreenfest.com GAMES: Trivia with a Twist (Johnny’s New York Style Pizza) Compete! Tuesdays & Thursdays, 7:30-9:30 p.m. 706-354-1515 GAMES: Trivia (Fuzzy’s Taco Shop) Compete for prizes and giveaways. Every Tuesday. 9–11 p.m. 706353-0305 GAMES: Trivia (Shane’s Rib Shack) (College Station) Every Tuesday! 7 p.m. 706-543-0050 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! www.locosgrill.com GAMES: Trivia (Chango’s Asian Kitchen) Learn facts, eat noodles. Every Tuesday. 7:30 p.m. FREE! 706546-0015 KIDSTUFF: Toddler Storytime (ACC Library) For children ages 18 months to 5 years. This week: wormy stories! Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 LECTURES AND LIT: Intro to Excel (Oconee County Library) Topics include the Excel window, navigating in the worksheet, toolbars, general
formulas and more. Registration required. 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. FREE! 706-769-3950 LECTURES AND LIT: Special Collections Library Tour (UGA Russell Library) Explore interactive kiosks with access to oral history interviews, historical film, video and sound recordings. Look for familiar faces from the state’s political history in Art Rosenbaum’s mural, “Doors.” Every Tuesday. 2 p.m. FREE! 706542-8079 LECTURES AND LIT: AfricanAmerican Authors Book Club (ACC Library) This month’s title is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot. Newcomers welcome. 5 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 MEETINGS: Great Decisions Group Discussion (ACC Library) Great Decisions is a national program that encourages learning about U.S. foreign policy and global issues. Participants read articles and meet weekly to discuss issues. Every Tuesday. 7 p.m. $20 (for discussion book). 706-613-3650 MEETINGS: Athens Fibercraft Guild (Lyndon House Arts Center) Monthly meeting of the Athens Fibercraft Guild. All amateur and professional fiber artists welcome. 12:30 p.m. FREE! 706-543-4319 MEETINGS: ADDA Board Meeting (ADDA Office) Meeting of the Athens Downtown Development Authority. 3 p.m. FREE! 706-353-1421 MEETINGS: NE Georgia Transportational Forum (Multiple Choices Center for Independent Living) Citizens affected by the proposed transportation service plan and tax may voice their opinions and share information. Visit website for details about the
plan. 6:30 p.m. FREE! 706-5491020, www.it3.ga.gov OUTDOORS: Golden Sneakers Walking Club (Lay Park) A fitness program for senior adults to get active, stay fit and have fun. Participants can set their own speed and walk and talk with other seniors during an invigorating stroll around the park and other designated routes. Call to register. 10 a.m. $3–5. 706-613-3596 PERFORMANCE: Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Hugh Hodgson Hall) The Georgia Children’s Chorus holds a concert under the direction of artistic director Carol Reeves and with accompanist Erica McClellan. 7 p.m. $5. www.georgiachildrenschorus.org
Wednesday 9 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. georgiamuseum.org EVENTS: Canine Cocktail Hour (Hotel Indigo) (Madison Bar & Bistro Courtyard) Drink and food specials for you and your (well-behaved, non-aggressive, vaccinated) dog! Every Wednesday. 5-7 p.m. www. indigoathens.com EVENTS: Community HU Song (Lay Park) People of all faiths are invited to sing together with the Eckankar community. 7–7:30 p.m. FREE! 706-310-9499, www. eckankar-ga.org EVENTS: Athens Farmers Market (Little Kings Shuffle Club) An afternoon market featuring local and sustainable produce, meats, eggs,
The Growlers play the Georgia Theatre on Wednesday, May 9. baked goods, prepared foods and crafts. Live music at every market. Every Wednesday through the end of October. 4–7 p.m. FREE! www. athensfarmersmarket.net GAMES: Trivia (Your Pie) (Five Points location) Open your piehole for a chance to win! Every Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. FREE! 706850-7424 GAMES: Movie Trivia (Little Kings Shuffle Club) Hosted by Jeremy Dyson. 9 p.m. Facebook.com/ lkshuffleclub GAMES: Trivia (Blind Pig Tavern) Think you know it all? Test your knowledge every Wednesday night. 8 p.m. (Baldwin St. & Broad St. locations). 706-548-3442 GAMES: Trivia (Mellow Mushroom) Every Wednesday. 8 p.m. FREE! 706-613-0892 GAMES: Sports Trivia (Beef ‘O’ Brady’s) Test your sports knowledge every Wednesday night. 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-850-1916 GAMES: Trivia (Copper Creek Brewing Company) Test your trivia chops for prizes! Every Wednesday. 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-1102 GAMES: Trivia (Willy’s Mexicana Grill) Trivia with a DJ! Every Wednesday. 8–10 p.m. FREE! 706548-1920 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. fullbloomparent.com KIDSTUFF: Toddler Storytime (ACC Library) For children ages 18 months to 5 years. This week: wormy stories! Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 KIDSTUFF: Wildcard Wednesday (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! 706613-3650 LECTURES AND LIT: Composting Basics (Little Kings Shuffle Club) Info about composting during the Athens Farmers Market. 4–7 p.m. FREE! www.athensgreenfest.com
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ART: Closing Reception (Lamar Dodd School of Art) For the BFA fab-
ric design exit show, “Life’s a Stitch.” 7–9 p.m. FREE! www.art.uga.edu ART: Friends of GMOA Annual Meeting (Georgia Museum of Art) A presentation of the 2012 M. Smith Griffith Volunteer of the Year Award. Reception to follow. 5 p.m. FREE! www.georgiamuseum.org CLASSES: Introduction to Computers (Oconee County Library) The two-part class covers hardware, drives, storage disks and peripherals in the first class, and the basics of Microsoft Windows 7 and other software in the second. Participants must attend both classes. Call to register. May 10, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. & May 11, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. FREE! 706-7693950 GAMES: Trivia (The Volstead) Every Thursday! 7:30-9:30 p.m. FREE! 706-354-5300 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 GAMES: Special Olympics Bowling (Showtime Bowl) For individuals with cognitive disabilities ages 21 & up. Call to register and to obtain a medical form. Thursdays, 4:30–6 p.m. $3.75/game. 706-5481028 KIDSTUFF: Book Jammers (ACC Library) Children and their families are invited for stories, trivia and crafts. This month’s theme is composting. Ages 8–11. 4:30 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 KIDSTUFF: Teen Cartoon Illustrators Club (Lyndon House Arts Center) Work on your favorite style of cartoon with other young artists and discuss recent drawings and characters. Pizza and soda included! Every other Thursday. Call for more information. Ages 12 & older. 5:30– 7:30 p.m. $5. 706-613-3623 KIDSTUFF: Story Time (Avid Bookshop) Come listen to children’s stories read aloud. Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. & Saturdays, 1 p.m. FREE! 706352-2060 KIDSTUFF: Mother’s Day Crafts and Cookies (Heirloom Cafe and Fresh Market) Celebrate the mothers in your life by crafting beautiful gifts and treats for them. Juice provided. Email for reservations. 3–4 p.m. $10. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.heirloomathens.com
LECTURES AND LIT: Commercial Compost Facility Tour (ACC Landfill) View the city’s compost on a large scale. 10 a.m. FREE! 706613-3508 LECTURES AND LIT: Mille-feuille (Avid Bookshop) An artists’ book showcase. 6:30 p.m. FREE! www. avidbookshop.com LECTURES AND LIT: Southern Porch Party (Madison, Georgia) James T. Farmer, III, author of Sip & Savor and Porch Living will speak about the gardening and entertaining he details in his books. Part of the proceeds benefit the Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy. Email for location, reservations and signed book copies. $10. 4–6 p.m. email@example.com. OUTDOORS: Circle of Hikers (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) The garden offers a hike through the garden’s nature trails. Hikers are encouraged to bring nature writings or favorite poems and essays to share. 8:30 a.m. FREE! www.uga. edu/botgarden
Friday 11 LECTURES AND LIT: Book Signing (Avid Bookshop) Harlan Hambright, author of The Idiat and the Oddyssey will give a talk and sign copies of the book. 6:30 p.m. FREE! www. avidbookshop.com PERFORMANCE: Dancefx 2012 FX Spring Concert (The Morton Theatre) Annual concert featuring the FX2 and FX3 Performance Companies, Junior Company, KinderCompany and Dancefx Youth Program. May 11, 7 p.m. & May 12, 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. & 3:30 p.m. $5–16. Visit: www.mortontheatre. com PERFORMANCE: Athens Symphony Pops Concert (The Classic Center) Trumpet and flugelhorn soloist Jay Beckwith and the Athens Symphony Chorus perform popular musical pieces from Miles Davis, Irving Berlin and more. Pick up complimentary tickets at the Classic Center Apr. 30–May 12. 8 p.m. FREE! (tickets required). www. athenssymphony.org PERFORMANCE: Athens Cabaret Showgirls (Little Kings Shuffle Club) A unique drag show featuring performances by local drag artists. 10 p.m. $5. 706-546-5609
Saturday 12 CLASSES: Mind over Weight Workshop (Whole: Mind. Body. Art.) With Heather Heyn. Preregistration required. 2 p.m. $12. www.wholemindbodyart.com CLASSES: Wetland Plants Workshop (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Learn the functional and structural adaptations unique to wetland vegetation and basic botanical terms used in identifying and describing wetland plant species. 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. $45–50. www. botgarden.uga.edu CLASSES: Henna Workshop (Whole: Mind. Body. Art.) Learn the art of temporary, illustrative tattoos. Pre-registration required. 6:30 p.m. $20. www.wholemindbodyart.com CLASSES: Beginner and Intermediate Silk Painting (The Loft Art Supplies) Artist René Shoemaker demonstrates how to paint with dyes on silk to make wall hangings, cushion covers or wearable art. 1–4 p.m. $45. www. loftartsupply.com EVENTS: Athens Psychic Fair (Body, Mind & Spirit) Featuring tarot readings, divinations, pagan philosophy, refreshments and entertainment. Proceeds benefit Athens Pagan Pride Day. 11–4 p.m. FREE! www.athenspaganpride.org EVENTS: Oconee Farmers Market (Oconee County Courthouse) Fresh produce, meats and other farm products. Every Saturday. 8 a.m.–1 p.m. www.oconeecountyobservations. blogspot.com EVENTS: MMA Fight Night IV (The Bad Manor) Fight Fusion presents the next stars of mixed martial arts. 6–11 p.m. $19–50. www.showclix. com/event/fightnight EVENTS: Love Letter Write-In (Avid Bookshop) Write a love letter to mom or to the warm spring weather. 3–4 p.m. FREE! www.avidbookshop.com EVENTS: Athens Canine Rescue Adopt-A-Pet Day (Pawtropolis) Meet ACR’s adorable, adoptable dogs in the flesh. Second Saturday of each month. 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m. FREE! www.athenscaninerescue.com EVENTS: Athens Farmers Market (Bishop Park) Local and sustainable produce, meats, eggs, dairy, baked goods, prepared foods and crafts. Live music at every market. Every Saturday through mid-December. This week features a fine arts market and a cooking demonstration by Craig Page. 8 a.m.–12 p.m. FREE! www.athensfarmersmarket.net KIDSTUFF: Second Saturday Storytime (Sandy Creek Nature Center) Hear a nature story and learn about the woods, butterflies, turtles and more. 2:30–3 p.m. FREE! 706613-3615 KIDSTUFF: Family Fun Day (The Church at College Station) An outdoor, end-of-school celebration for families. Activities include games, music, face-painting, crafts, a cookie walk, an inflatable bounce house and slide. Food and Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt provided. 3–7 p.m. FREE! 706-548-3409 KIDSTUFF: Animal Encounters (Memorial Park) Meet some of Bear Hollow’s education ambassadors during a live animal presentation. 1:30 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3616 KIDSTUFF: Story Time (Avid Bookshop) Come listen to children’s stories read aloud. Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. & Saturdays, 1 p.m. FREE! 706352-2060 KIDSTUFF: Hershey’s Track and Field Games (Athens Christian School) Kids ages 8-12 can compete in fun games and races. Email or call to pre-register. 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
FREE! 706-613-3589, firstname.lastname@example.org LECTURES AND LIT: Meet the Poet (Avid Bookshop) Meet poet Terri Witek, author of Exit Island. 6:30 p.m. FREE! www.avidbookshop. com OUTDOORS: Family Time Paddles (Sandy Creek Park) Families are invited to paddle around Lake Chapman during this morning summer program. Participants may rent or bring their own canoes and kayaks. Call to register and pay in advance. 9–11 a.m. $5–12. 706613-3631 PERFORMANCE: Athens Symphony Pops Concert (The Classic Center) Trumpet and flugelhorn soloist Jay Beckwith and the Athens Symphony Chorus perform popular musical pieces from Miles Davis, Irving Berlin and more. Pick up complimentary tickets at the Classic Center Apr. 30–May 12. 8 p.m. FREE! (tickets required). www. athenssymphony.org PERFORMANCE: Dancefx 2012 FX Spring Concert (The Morton Theatre) Annual concert featuring the FX2 and FX3 Performance Companies, Junior Company, KinderCompany and Dancefx Youth Program. May 11, 7 p.m. & May 12, 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. & 3:30 p.m. $5–16. www.mortontheatre.com
Sunday 13 EVENTS: Mother’s Day Lunch (Foundry Park Inn & Spa) Visit website for menu. 11:30 a.m.–3 p.m. $12 (12 & under), $25. www.foundryparkinn.com GAMES: Trivia Sundays (Blind Pig Tavern) At the West Broad location. 6 p.m. 706-208-7979 GAMES: Trivia (The Capital Room) Every Sunday! Hosted by Evan Delany. First place wins $50 and second place wins $25. 8 p.m. FREE! www.thecapitalroom.com
Monday 14 GAMES: Rock and Roll Trivia (Little Kings Shuffle Club) Get a team together and show off your extensive music knowledge every Monday! Hosted by Jonathan Thompson. 9 p.m. FREE! www.myspace.com/littlekingsshuffleclub GAMES: Trivia (Highwire Lounge) Every Monday. 8 p.m. FREE! 706543-8997 GAMES: Team Trivia (Beef ‘O’ Brady’s) Win house cash and prizes! Every Monday night. 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-850-1916 KIDSTUFF: Open Playtime (ACC Library) For children ages 1–3 with their caregivers. 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 KIDSTUFF: Bedtime Stories (ACC Library) Snuggle in your jammies and listen to bedtime stories. Every Monday. 7 p.m. FREE! 706-6133650
Tuesday 15 CLASSES: Tango Workshop (The Globe) Tango Evolution of Atlanta teaches one class of tango basics and one of intermediate tango. 7 p.m. $10–15. 706-353-4721 CLASSES: Intermediate Excel Class (Oconee County Library) Learn to use Excel more effectively. Subjects include advanced formulas, creating charts, conditional formatting, removing duplicates and more. Participants must have knowledge of Excel basics. Registration required. 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. FREE! 706769-3950
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 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! www.locosgrill.com 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 (Fuzzy’s Taco Shop) Compete for prizes and giveaways. Every Tuesday. 9–11 p.m. 706353-0305 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 AND LIT: Plant Conservation Day Tour (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Take a “behind the scenes” tour of the Center for Native Plant Studies to see how the SBG Research and Conservation staff is working to protect the plants. 5:30–7 p.m. www. botgarden.uga.edu LECTURES AND LIT: Special Collections Library Tour (UGA Russell Library) Explore interactive kiosks with access to oral history interviews, historical film, video and sound recordings. Look for familiar faces from the state’s political history in Art Rosenbaum’s mural, “Doors.” Every Tuesday. 2 p.m. FREE! 706542-8079 MEETINGS: Great Decisions Group Discussion (ACC Library) Great Decisions is a national program that encourages learning about U.S. foreign policy and global issues. Participants read articles and meet weekly to discuss issues. Every Tuesday. 7 p.m. $20 (for discussion book). 706-613-3650 MEETINGS: CCSD Budget Hearing (Alps Road Elementary School) The Clarke-County school district holds a public budget hearing. Visit website for details. 6–7 p.m. FREE! www. clarke.k12.ga.us MEETINGS: Athens League of Extraordinary Zymurgists (ALEZ) (Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens) Homebrewers or craft beer lovers meet for discussions and drinks. Bring a glass and labeled home brews if you have them. Ages 21 & up. 6 p.m. www. athenshomebrewers.com OUTDOORS: Golden Sneakers Walking Club (Lay Park) A fitness program for senior adults to get active, stay fit and have fun. Participants can set their own speed and walk and talk with other seniors during an invigorating stroll around the park and other designated routes. Call to register. 10 a.m. $3–5. 706-613-3596 PERFORMANCE: OpenTOAD Comedy Open Mic (Flicker Theatre & Bar) Voted by Flagpole’s readers as Athens’ “favorite comedy night,” this comedy show allows locals to watch and perform. Email to perform. First and third Tuesday of every month! 9 p.m. FREE! (performers), $5. email@example.com, www.flickertheatreandbar.com
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THE CALENDAR! the galleries for an in-depth discussion of Paul Cadmus’ “Playground.” 2 p.m. FREE! www.georgiamuseum. org ART: Artist Happy Hour (Hotel Indigo) Meet some of the artists behind “The Flower Show” exhibit. 5:30 p.m. FREE! www.indigoathens. com CLASSES: Intro to Microsoft Word 2007 (Madison County Library) Learn how to compose and edit documents. May 1, 8 & 15, 2–3 p.m. & 7-8 p.m., May 2, 9 & 16, 11 a.m.–12 p.m. FREE! 706-795-5597 CLASSES: Windows 7 for Beginners (Oconee County Library) Participants will learn how to navigate Windows 7 and its features. 5–7 p.m. FREE! 706769-3950 EVENTS: Canine Cocktail Hour (Hotel Indigo) (Madison Bar & Bistro Courtyard) Drink and food specials for you and your (well-behaved, non-aggressive, vaccinated) dog! Every Wednesday. 5-7 p.m. www. indigoathens.com EVENTS: Athens Farmers Market (City Hall/ College Avenue) An afternoon market featuring local and sustainable produce, meats, eggs, baked goods, prepared foods and crafts. Live music at every market. Every Wednesday through the end of October. 4–7 p.m. FREE! www. athensfarmersmarket.net GAMES: Trivia (Copper Creek Brewing Company) Test your trivia chops for prizes! Every Wednesday. 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-1102 GAMES: Sports Trivia (Beef ‘O’ Brady’s) Test your sports knowledge every Wednesday night. 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-850-1916 GAMES: Trivia (Your Pie) (Five Points location) Open your piehole for a chance to win! Every Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. FREE! 706850-7424 GAMES: Trivia (Blind Pig Tavern) Every Wednesday night. 8 p.m. (Baldwin St. & Broad St. locations). 706-548-3442 GAMES: Trivia (Willy’s Mexicana Grill) Trivia with a DJ! Every Wednesday. 8–10 p.m. FREE! 706548-1920 GAMES: Trivia (Mellow Mushroom) Every Wednesday. 8 p.m. FREE! 706-613-0892 KIDSTUFF: Mother’s Day Storytime (Madison County Library) Stories about all kinds of mothers. 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706795-5597 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: Full Bloom Storytime (Full Bloom Center) Interactive storytime. Open to all ages. 4 p.m. $3 (suggested donation). 706-3533373, www.fullbloomparent.com LECTURES AND LIT: Talking About Books (ACC Library) An adult book discussion group. This month’s title is Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese. 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650, ext. 324 MEETINGS: Info Session for Foster and Adoptive Parents (Clarke County DFCS) (Conference Room A) Held the third Wednesday of every month. 6–8 p.m. FREE! 706-227-7904
Down the Line CLASSES: Genealogy 102: Census Records Online 5/17 (Oconee County Library) This class covers navigating the geneal-
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ogy databases Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest Online. Participants must have basic computer skills. Registration required. 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. FREE! 706769-3950 GAMES: Special Olympics Bowling 5/17 (Showtime Bowl) For individuals with cognitive disabilities ages 21 & up. Call to register and to obtain a medical form. Thursdays, 4:30–6 p.m. $3.75/ game. 706-548-1028 GAMES: Trivia with a Twist 5/17 (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 GAMES: Trivia 5/17 (The Volstead) Every Thursday! 7:30-9:30 p.m. FREE! 706-354-5300 KIDSTUFF: Gallery Games 5/17 (Georgia Museum of Art) Special interactive gallery tour. Learn about works in the museum’s permanent collection through activities designed just for kids ages 7–11. 4:15–5 p.m. FREE! www.georgiamuseum.com KIDSTUFF: Graduation Tea 5/17 (Madison County Library) For graduating high school seniors. 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. FREE! 706-795-5597 KIDSTUFF: Story Time 5/17 (Avid Bookshop) Come listen to children’s stories read aloud. Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. & Saturdays, 1 p.m. FREE! 706352-2060 KIDSTUFF: Wildcard Wednesday 5/17 (ACC Library) Up next: Hemp and Friendship Bracelets. Get some hippie style for summer with either a hemp or friendship bracelet. For ages 11–18. 4–5 p.m. FREE! 706613-3650 LECTURES AND LIT: Stillpoint Literary Magazine Launch 5/17 (Avid Bookshop) Release party for the 2012 edition of Stillpoint, a UGA literary magazine. 6:30 p.m. FREE! www.avidbookshop.com MEETINGS: Transportation Policy Committee 5/17 (Athens, Ga) Participate in a monthly committee of BikeAthens that researches and advocates for a more complete street network for all road users using both motorized and human-powered transportation. Email for location. Third Thursday of every month, 6 p.m. firstname.lastname@example.org OUTDOORS: Circle of Hikers 5/17 (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) The garden offers a hike through the garden’s trails. Hikers are encouraged to bring nature writings or favorite poems and essays to share. 8:30 a.m. FREE! www.uga.edu/ botgarden ART: The Collectors Bash: Seven Deadly Sins 5/18 (Georgia Museum of Art) A decadent dinner and silent auction to raise funds for acquisitions at GMOA. RSVP by May 10. 6 p.m. $75–85. www.georgiamuseum.org EVENTS: Broad River Watershed Party 5/18 (Broad River Outpost) A party and live music to benefit the Broad River Watershed Association. There will be bands, a waterslide, food, kayak races and camping. Live music from Pilgrim, Moths, Outer Spaces, Tom(b) Television, Timmy Tumble and more. Email or call for reservations and transportation. 12–10 p.m. $5. 706-795-3242, email@example.com OUTDOORS: Friday Night Paddles 5/18 (Sandy Creek Park) Experience nighttime on Lake Chapman and paddle around the moonlit waters. Every other Friday night through summer. Participants may bring or
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rent a canoe or kayak. For ages 12 & up. Call to pre-register. 9–11 p.m. $5–12/family. 706-613-3631, www. athensclarkecounty.com/sandycreekpark PERFORMANCE: Bawling Comedy Showcase 5/18 (The Globe) A stand-up comedy show with local and out-of-town comics. 9 p.m. $2-3. www.bawlingcomedy.com CLASSES: Plant Taxonomy Workshop 5/19 (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Learn how to name, describe and identify the plants most commonly encountered in Georgia’s natural areas. 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. $95–105. www. botgarden.uga.edu EVENTS: Athens Farmers Market 5/19 (Bishop Park) Local and sustainable produce, meats, eggs, dairy, baked goods, prepared foods and crafts. Live music at every market. Every Saturday through mid-December. This week features a cooking demonstration by Amanda Willis. 8 a.m.–12 p.m. FREE! www. athensfarmersmarket.net EVENTS: Marigold Festival 5/19 (Front Porch Book Store) The Front Porch Book Store hosts a spring festival and book sale. 10 a.m. 706372-1236 EVENTS: Oconee Farmers Market 5/19 (Oconee County Courthouse) Fresh produce, meats and other farm products. Every Saturday. 8 a.m.–1 p.m. www.oconeecountyobservations.blogspot.com EVENTS: Paw Wash and Pet Fest 5/19 (Heritage Park) The Humane Society of Morgan County invites all pet owners and their animal companions to enjoy animal bathing and pampering and pet supplies vendors. All proceeds from the event will benefit the HSMC. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. $10 (animal services). www. humanemorgan.org KIDSTUFF: Meet the Children’s Author 5/19 (Avid Bookshop) Sarah Frances Hardy signs copies of her new book Puzzled by Pink about a little girl who definitely does not love the color pink. 1–3 p.m. FREE! www. avidbookshop.com KIDSTUFF: Nature Trading Post 5/19 (Sandy Creek Nature Center) Trade one or two objects found in nature for points or other nature objects in the center’s collection. 11 a.m.–12 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3615 KIDSTUFF: Saturday at the Rock 5/19 (Rock Eagle 4H Center) Learn about bee biology and pollination and sample Rock Eagle honey. 9:30–11:30 a.m. $5. 706-484-2862, www.rockeagle4h.org KIDSTUFF: Story Time 5/19 (Avid Bookshop) Come listen to children’s stories read aloud. Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. & Saturdays, 1 p.m. FREE! 706352-2060 LECTURES AND LIT: Meet the Children’s Author 5/19 (Avid Bookshop) Meet Sarah Frances Hardy, author of Puzzled by Pink. 1 p.m. FREE! www.avidbookshop.com OUTDOORS: Naturalist Walk 5/19 (Sandy Creek Nature Center) Join the SCNC staff for a walk around the property. Bring a camera or binoculars. All ages. Call to register. 10–11 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3615
LIVE MUSIC Tuesday 8 Caledonia Lounge 9:30 p.m. $5(21+), $7 (18+). www. caledonialounge.com VANDAVEER The alt-folk project of songwriter Mark Charles Heidinger. This up-and-coming act has already shared the stage with all the rising
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Morningbell The Globe With their new album, Basso Profundo, Gainesville, FL outfit Morningbell continues a winning streak of releasing solidly crafted, hook-filled records. Toiling for over a decade but still largely unheralded, the band’s under-the-radarness doesn’t stem from a lack of talent or effort but perhaps from an unwillingness to conform to the microtrends of the day. “It doesn’t seem like plugging away for decades [and] paying your dues is the solution anymore,” observes bassist Eric Atria. “The rules are always changing. It’s almost as if you have to be brand new to get any attention now.” Morningbell’s lived-in style is a unique blend of blue-eyed sincerity and winking wiliness. It’s often tough to gauge where one ends and the other begins, a trait that lends the tunes a fun and irresistible quality. “Travis [Atria, guitarist and singer]’s writing is always directly influenced by what he is listening to at the time,” Eric says of his brother. For Morningbell’s new record, the soulful sounds of its last—2009’s Sincerely, Severely—proved a continuing obsession, though Atria explains that during the writing process “some songs went in a new direction, [with] more lush orchestrations and classical music overtones.” (Those songs will constitute yet another new record, Boa Noite, slated to come out next year.) For the release of Basso Profundo, Morningbell is eschewing traditional formats, releasing the album digitally and via custom-printed USB cards. “We wanted to do something completely different,” Atria explains. “You can’t just tell someone, ‘Just go online, man, and download the album.’ They won’t.” The thumb drives not only contain the album’s nine tracks but an exclusive four-song EP and various other multimedia, including “bandmember recipes.” (Morningbell’s Funky Fiesta Dip?) But aside from delicious side dishes, the main thing these folks bring to the party is, well, the party. “Music today, and especially ‘indie music,’ has no sex,” Atria laments. “It has no butt.” Behold a truly matchless motto: Morningbell has butt. [Gabe Vodicka]
stars of the latest indie-folk movement, including Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes and Alela Diane. YO SOYBEAN Local “party-folk” trio featuring upbeat, sing-along numbers with guests on guitar, banjo, mandolin, violin and more. For fans of Bright Eyes and the like. Flicker Theatre & Bar 5–6:30 p.m. FREE! www.flickertheatreandbar.com RAND LINES Local jazz musician Lines will be playing a happy hour solo piano set every Tuesday night in May! 8:30 p.m. FREE! www.flickertheatreandbar.com COSMIC CHARLIE’S FLYING CIRCUS Grateful Dead covers like you’ve never heard them performed before. Georgia Theatre 8 p.m. $18.50. www.georgiatheatre. com SWITCHFOOT Popular alternative rock band that proudly wears its faith on its sleeve. THE ROCKET SUMMER Solo project of Texas-based multi-instrumentalist Bryce Avary, The Rocket Summer plays power pop with uplifting, positive lyrics. “Get Up Get Down” on the rooftop! 11 p.m. $2. www.georgiatheatre.com. Event is rain or shine. In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved to the balcony or the main room. THE BRIGHT LIGHT SOCIAL HOUR Texas band that melds rock and roll with muscular funk, soul and some psychedelia. IMMUZIKATION Celebrated local DJ Alfredo Lapuz, Jr. hosts a dance party featuring high-energy electro and rock.
Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 THE SKIPPERDEES Charming local acoustic duo of sisters with rich, folky vocal harmonies and a sense of humor. AVERY DRAUT Local singersongwriter EVAN TYOR Of the Atlanta band King Richard’s Sunday Best— featuring ornate chord progressions and poetic lyrics.
HOMELESS HILL Rock band from Macon, GA with big hooks and a Southern edge. ALL THE LOCALS No info available. KICK THE ROBOT Power-pop trio.
Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8:30 p.m. $5. www.hendershotscoffee. com 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. Seth Hendershot on drums. Every Tuesday!
Farm 255 8 p.m. FREE! www.farm255.com CALEB DARNELL Member of The Darnell Boys and Bellyache sings the blues. 11 p.m. FREE! www.farm255.com MAGIK MARKERS Connecticutbased noise rock band Magik Markers experiments with grungy drone sounds against singerguitarist Elisa Ambrogio’s haunting vocals. BLACK MOON Psychedelic experimentations. NEVER Psychedelic, swirling guitars and layers of ambiance pierced by Melissa Colbert’s howling, cathartic vocals.
The Melting Point 7 p.m. $5. www.meltingpointathens. com JOHNNY ROQUEMORE & THE APOSTLES OF BLUEGRASS Award winning songwriter, guitarist and vocalist plays character-rich folk.
City Hall/College Avenue Athens Farmers Market. 4:30 p.m. www.athensfarmersmarket.net DANIEL AARON Frontman for local Americana band Vespolina performs a solo set.
Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m. $5. www.flickertheatreandbar. com PLECTOPHILIA Members of Smokey’s Farmland Band and The Whiskey Gentry play traditional bluegrass and acoustic material, modern stringband repertoire, jazz standards and Stevie Wonder covers.
Caledonia Lounge 8 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). www.caledonialounge.com LULLWATER Gritty yet melodic local rock band that pairs Southern rock with ‘90s alternative.
Georgia Theatre On the Rooftop! 10 p.m. $5. www.georgiatheatre.com THE GROWLERS Playing reverbdrenched gypsy/surf the band has dubbed “beach goth.”
The Volstead 9 p.m.–1:30 a.m. 706-354-5300 KARAOKE Every Tuesday!
JANE JANE POLLOCK Experimental band that utilizes a variety of broken toys, dishware and the occasional actual instrument to play a sort of Southern gypsy music. The live show is particularly mesmerizing! Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 SANS Abri New band featuring members of Packway Handle Band. YOUNG BENJAMIN Solo project of guitarist/banjoist Matt Whitaker (The Premonitions, Emergent Heart). Featuring swirling, looping guitars and lush layers of moody melodies. SAM SNIPER Acoustic set. Postalternative, country-fried twang with big anthemic choruses, joyful harmonies and a strong melody/pop sensibility. Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. $3. www.hendershotscoffee.com ADAM KLEIN & THE WILD FIRES Local country-folk and Americana singer-songwriter will play at Hendershot’s every Wednesday in May! Each evening Adam Klein & the Wild Fires will perform a different original album in its entirety. Tonight features Distant Music with special guests David Blackmon on fiddle and William Tonks on electric guitar and dobro.
Caledonia Lounge 9:30 p.m. $7 (21+), $9 (18+). www. caledonialounge.com FAUN FABLES The crossroads at which ancient ballad, art song, physical theatre and rock music meet. Since 1997, the band has been touring North America, Europe, Israel, New Zealand and Iceland. GINGER ENVELOPE Patrick Carey’s slow-rolling countryish pop is marked by breezy, melodic sounds with chiming acoustic and electric notes and vocal melodies. DePalma’s Italian Cafe 6–9 p.m. FREE! www.depalmasitaliancafe.com (Timothy Rd. location) LOS PAISANOS No info available. Farm 255 11 p.m. FREE! www.farm255.com OLD YOU Bluesy rock band from Charleston. AIRSPACE EXPANSION PROJECT Members of Elastic Skyline and Chromazone have joined together to combine funky jazz rhythms and soaring melodic jams. Flicker Theatre & Bar 8:30 p.m. $5. www.flickertheatreandbar. com SONGWRITER SHOWCASE Local songwriters get the spotlight on this cozy stage. Lineup TBA.
Little Kings Shuffle Club Athens Farmers Market. 4–7 p.m. www. facebook.com/lkshuffleclub DANIEL AARON Frontman for local Americana band Vespolina performs a solo set.
Georgia Theatre On the Rooftop! Midnight. FREE! www. georgiatheatre.com OLD SKOOL TRIO Jazz jams featuring Carl Lindberg, Seth Hendershot on drums and Jason Fuller on keys.
Locos Grill & Pub 6-9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-7700 (Timothy Rd. location) RACHEL O’NEAL Local singer/ songwriter who plays a mix of soulful acoustic originals and an eclectic blend of indie rock, jazz and Southern-tinged Americana covers.
Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 KARAOKE Hosted by karaoke fanatic John “Dr. Fred” Bowers and featuring a large assortment of pop, rock, indie and more.
The Melting Point 8:30 p.m. $10 (adv), $15(door). www. meltingpointathens.com GIRLYMAN Leading-edge, three-part harmony folk-pop. ADRON Adrienne McCann from Atlanta wraps her voice in warbles and sighs around late-’60s Brazilian Tropicalia and charming satire. The Office Lounge 9:30 p.m. FREE! 706-549-0840 KARAOKE With your host Lynn, the Queen of Karaoke! Walker’s Coffee & Pub 9 p.m. FREE! 706-543-1433 LIVE JAZZ Every Wednesday! The Winery 7–11 p.m. FREE! 706-613-0095 LOUIS PHILLIP PELOT Local singer-songwriter performs solo folk and country. Every Wednesday
Thursday 10 40 Watt Club 9 p.m. $10 (18-20), $8 (21+). www.40watt.com THE CORDUROY ROAD Although rooted in classic Americana, with lots of foot-stomping, banjo-plucking and pedal steel, The Corduroy Road also has a knack for endearing pop melodies. THE DARNELL BOYS The three Darnell brothers play and sing country blues originals backed by upright bass, singing saw and junkyard percussion. See story on p. 15. BIG DADDY LOVE Americana, rock, country, bluegrass‚ this five-piece from Asheville, NC has it all, plus a party in every song.
Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8–11 p.m. FREE! www.hendershotscoffee KENOSHA KID Centered around the instru-improv jazz compositions of guitarist Dan Nettles, Kenosha Kid also features Robby Handley (bass) and Marlon Patton (drums). The new originals spark like Booker T & the MG’s mixed with 20th-century harmony, and will appeal to indie noise rockers and jam-band fans alike. The Melting Point 8:30 p.m. $5 (adv.), $7 (door). www. meltingpointathens.com THE WHEELER BROTHERS Twangy up-and-coming folk-rock act out of Austin. MATT KABUS Singer-songwriter with thoughtful lyrics and memorable tunes. He names Dave Matthews, John Mayer, Jack Johnson, Ryan Tedder and Sara Bareilles as key influences. No Where Bar 11 p.m. $3. 706-546-4742 GEORGIA SOUL COUNCIL Atlantabased jazz and funk band formed in 2010 as the backing band for Otis Redding III. The Office Lounge Blues Night. 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. Your Pie 8–Midnight. FREE! www.yourpie.com (Downtown location) LOUIS PHILLIP PELOT Local singer-songwriter performs solo folk and country. Every Thursday!
Friday 11 Amici Italian Café 11 p.m. FREE! 706-353-0000 STRAIGHT NO CHASER This group reinvents the idea of a cappella in the modern pop landscape. The Bad Manor 9 p.m. FREE! (21+), $5 (18+, before 11 p.m.), $10 (18+, after 11 p.m.). www. thebadmanor.com DEADBEAT DJS This DJ duo spins upbeat electro house. Buffalo’s Southwest Café 8 p.m. buffaloscafe.com/athens DAVID PRINCE This Athens staple and one-time member of The Jesters plays your favorite soul, rock and R&B oldies. The Bury 7–11 p.m. FREE! 321 Clayton St. LOUIS PHILLIP PELOT Local singer-songwriter performs solo folk and country. Caledonia Lounge 10 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). www.caledonialounge.com WHITE VIOLET Long singersongwriter Nate Nelson’s solid band features the same sweet, heartfelt indie-pop melodies for which he is known. THE LANES Project featuring brothers Kevin and Matt Lane with Richard Mikulka on guitar and Chuck Bradburn on bass playing powerpop in the vein of The Possibilities. SLEEP DANCE A combination of acoustic rock, jazz and indie rock featuring ambient soundcapes, intricate guitar work and complex percussion.
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tues·may·8 terrapin tuesday series featuring johnny roquemore & the apostles of bluegrass TIX $5 admission, $2 Terrapin Drafts
adron TIX $10 adv, $15 door,$10 at door with UGA ID
the wheeler brothers matt kabus TIX $5 adv, $7 door, $5 at door with UGA ID
fri·may·11 Foundry Entertainment and Snowflake Entertainment present
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tues·may·15 Terrapin Tuesday featuring
cicada rhythm TIX $5, $2 Terrapin Pints!
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Saturday 12 40 Watt Club 9 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). www.40watt. com 5TH WHEEL Country meets Southern rock. PHIL DUNCAN Local singer-songwriter sings country-inflected tunes about life’s emotional moments. Amici Italian Café 11 p.m. FREE! 706-353-0000 SUMILIAN Technically proficient musicians playing progressive jam rock. The Bad Manor 9 p.m. FREE! (21+), $5 (18+ before 11 p.m.), $10 (18+ after 11 p.m.). www. thebadmanor.com FERAL YOUTH Banging electro house, dubstep, with a dash of top40 remixes backed by video projections. Now spinning every Saturday. Bishop Park Athens Farmers Market. 8 a.m. FREE! athensfarmersmarket.net THE SKIPPERDEES Charming local acoustic duo with rich, folky vocal harmonies and a sense of humor. (8 a.m.) THE SOLSTICE SISTERS Old-time country ballads, traditional folk and ‘40s-style swing with sweet, warm harmonies. (10 a.m.) Caledonia Lounge 9 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). www.caledonialounge.com KARBOMB High-speed local punk band. NOTHING IN THE DARK Fast punk rock. CHILLED MONKEY BRAINS High-energy mix of punk, ska and hardcore. KATER MASS Local melodic punk band influenced by acts like Propagandhi and Fugazi. GRIPE Formed in 2010, this Athens thrash, grind and powerviolent band is known for its live show intensity. Farm 255 11 p.m. FREE! www.farm255.com THE SHITTY BEATLES Members of Mouser and Bubbly Mommy Gun perform a set of Beatles covers. Flicker Theatre & Bar Lo Yo Yo Stuff Records Presents. 8:30 p.m. FREE! www.flickertheatreandbar.com DAN NETTLES & THOMAS CRANE Brooklyn-based drummer/composer
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Thomas Crane will be joining composer/guitarist Dan Nettles for a set of improvised originals based on the lifecycle of fireflies, using prepared guitars, amplifiers and found objects. KILLICK Freeform jazz experimentalist coaxes unconventional sounds from his H’arpeggione. PETER EVANS A graduate from the Oberlin Conservatory with a degree in classical trumpet, Evans currently works in a wide variety of areas, including solo performance, jazz groups, chamber orchestras, free improvised settings, electro-acoustic music and composition. TRAVIS LAPLANTE This saxophonist is a prominent member of the NYC avant jazz community. JERAMY LAMANNO & FRIENDS Local musician Jeramy Lamanno will be joined by Garbage Island bandmate Kris Deason and friends to debut his new collaborative project. Georgia Theatre 8 p.m. $20. www.georgiatheatre.com BEACH HOUSE This critically acclaimed duo spins dreamy melodies with gossamer vocals and warm indie-rock tones. See story on p. 16. ZOMES Asa Osborne and Keith Levine create looping melodies with a cinematic quality. The Globe Upstairs. 10 p.m. $5. 706-353-4721 MORNINGBELL Eclectic indie band full of playful experimentation, bright harmonies and even a lick of country
here and there. See Calendar Pick on p. 20. Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 KILL KILL BUFFALO Grungy, hardrock duo based in Athens featuring Kara Kildare’s powerful, seductive vocals. POWERKOMPANY Local husband and wife duo playing sincere, bittersweet lullabies with gorgeous vocal harmonies over guitar and viola. TWIN POWERS DJ Dan Geller (Gold Party, The Agenda) and friends spin late-night glam rock, new wave, Top 40, punk and Britpop. Little Kings Shuffle Club 10 p.m. Donations accepted for Project Safe. www.facebook.com/ lkshuffleclub RANCH Laura Morgan’s (Furlined Records) new rock project featuring Jim Willingham (Ham1) on guitar. The Melting Point 8:30 p.m. $8 (adv), $10 (door) www. meltingpointathens.com NORMALTOWN FLYERS Not quite country, not exactly folk or rock and roll, but an energetic mixture of all three. These Athens mainstays have been performing for three decades.
Sunday 13 Seney-Stovall Chapel ConcART. 1 p.m. $20 (adv.), $25 (door). Incl. beer and BBQ. concart. eventbrite.com MICHAEL MANN Lead vocalist for local Southern rock band
Radiolucent plays a solo set outdoors. CODY STALVEY Frontman for local pop group Tealovox plays a solo set outdoors. ADAM KLEIN AND BRONSON TEW Local Americana duo plays outdoors. SONGWRITERS IN THE ROUND Starting at 6 p.m. indoors, this set will feature local musicians Nate Nelson, Aslyn Nash and Kalen Nash. PONDEROSA Quartet fronted by Kalen Nash (ex-Gabriel Young) blasts through fiery classic rock, working some pedal steel into the mix and drawing heavily from bluesinfluenced Texas rock. Headlining set. See Calendar Pick on this page.
Monday 14 Buffalo’s Southwest Café 7–10 p.m. $5. 706-354-6655, www. buffaloscafe.com/athens LINE DANCING Learn to line dance in the Big Back Room! Every 2nd and 4th Monday. Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 BR’ERPhiladelphia native Benjamin Schurr and friends create dense experimental pop compositions. FORGET THE TIMES Noisy free jazz experimentation. FUTURE APE TAPES Local group creating psychedelic, experimental music driven by loops, beats, guitars and synths. SMOKEDOG Local guys Thom Strickland (vocals, guitar) and Jason
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ConcArt: A Benefit for Nuçi’s Space & the Athens Area Habitat for Humanity Seney-Stovall Chapel Few things are as satisfying on a Sunday afternoon as BBQ, cold beer and live music. Sprinkle in a sampling of wares by local artists, the opportunity to win free stuff and a chance to help out two very special Athens charities, and you’ve got yourself a full-fledged end-of-the-weekend extravaganza. That’s the idea Nate Nelson behind the first event of the ConcArt series, which is being held on the lawn of the Seney Stovall Chapel this Sunday. ConcArt, an organization developed by locals Cartter Fontaine and Kalen Nash (Ponderosa), works to encourage collaborations between local musicians and other artists through promotions and events. “We are working to increase support for the arts, while cultivating a relationship amongst all art forms and supporting great causes around town,” says Fontaine. “While this event may focus a little more on music than art, next time around we may focus more on visual art, or maybe film or dance.” The event, which starts at 1 p.m., is slated to last until after sunset and promises hours of activities, music, a makeshift flea market and a $20 ticket purchase includes beer and food. Live entertainment will include outdoor sets by Michael Mann, Cody Stalvey and Adam Klein with Bronson Tew. Inside Seney-Stovall at 6 p.m., there will be a “Songwriters in the Round” showcasing organic collaborations between local musicians Kalen and Aslyn Nash, Nate Nelson and Vaughn Lamb, followed by a set featuring members of Ponderosa and special guests. Attendees will have the chance to win a record player, as well as posters autographed by all performing musicians. According to Fontaine, event-goers can expect a very intimate and relaxed atmosphere. However, if the promise of a fulfilling Sunday Funday isn’t enough, you’ll also have the chance to score a few karma points. Proceeds from the event will be donated to Nuçi’s Space and the Athens Area Habitat for Humanity. [Carrie Dagenhard]
Jones (drums) play “noisy lo-fi boogie smeared over mechanical back-pocket beats.” The Grotto 6 p.m. FREE! 140 E. Clayton St. THE SEGAR JAZZ AFFAIR Every Monday. Smooth jazz played by DJ Segar from WXAG 1470, the light radio station. Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. FREE! www.hendershotscoffee. com OPEN MIC Local songstress Kyshona Armstrong hosts this open mic night every Monday! Little Kings Shuffle Club 11 p.m. www.facebook.com/lkshuffleclub EUREKA CALIFORNIA Melodic, guitar-driven indie rock influenced by bands like Guided by Voices. CARS CAN BE BLUE Local purveyors of “trashy pervert pop.” NIGHTMARE BOYZZZ High-energy, raw garage pop from Alabama. The Melting Point The Hoot! 8-10 p.m. FREE! www.meltingpointathens.com MICHAEL & JUDITH WEGNER Cockney British folk songs from the WWII era. KATE MORRISSEY Best known for her dark velvet voice, Morrissey’s songwriting is literate and sincere, and her conversational live shows come punctuated with an offbeat sense of humor. STEVE COUGHLIN BAND Originals on keys, drums, bass and Stratocaster. Featuring members of Driftwood.
Tuesday 15 Farm 255 11 p.m. FREE! www.farm255.com DENT MAY Ukelele ballads with tongue-in-cheek lyrics and a lot of charm. SLEEPING FRIENDS Garage pop featuring Joe Kubler (Bubbly Mommy Gun) and friends. DAYS OF BEYOND THUNDER Mercer West and friends play lyrical pop songs “for the over-50 set.” Flicker Theatre & Bar 5–6:30 p.m. FREE! www.flickertheatreandbar.com RAND LINES Local jazz musician Lines will be playing a happy hour solo piano set every Tuesday in May! Georgia Theatre “Get Up Get Down” on the rooftop! 11 p.m. $2. www.georgiatheatre.com. Event is rain or shine–in case of inclement weather the event will be moved to the balcony or main room. BLACK TAXI “Grit-pop” and “dance punk” group from New York City. Z DOG Zack “Z-Dog” Hosey spins dance classics, punk, ‘80s and more. Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8:30 p.m. $5. www.hendershotscoffee. com 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. meltingpointathens.com CICADA RHYTHM Athens/Atlanta acoustic guitar and upright bass duo playing heartfelt. bluegrass-tinged
indie folk. See Upstart Roundup on p. 15 for more info. The Volstead 9 p.m.–1:30 a.m. 706-354-5300 KARAOKE Every Tuesday!
Wednesday 16 Caledonia Lounge 10 p.m. $8 (adv.), $10 (21+), $12 (18+). www.caledonialounge.com SLEEPER AGENT Joyous melodic rock with alternating male-female lead vocals, big hooks and a raw, energetic live show. This band is on its way home after playing Coachella and opening for Ben Kweller and FUN. TURF WAR This band takes the lo-fi garage aesthetic of the Black Lips and turns it into something more than just another sound-alike. SHEHEHE Vanguards of New American Jet Rock. Punk back beats and indie gang vocals all overlaid with arena leads. City Hall/College Avenue Athens Farmers Market. 4:30 p.m. www.athensfarmersmarket.net JUSTIN EVANS Local musician with a rich, deep voice who sings about hard drinkin’, fast women and country roads. Evans incorporates elements of old-time fiddle, New Orleans jazz, blues and Americana. Farm 255 8 p.m. FREE! www.farm255.com DIAL INDICATORS This quiet, romantic background for the dinner set plays an eclectic selection of standards from Tin Pan Alley to Tom Waits. Georgia Theatre 9 p.m. $20. www.georgiatheatre.com M. WARD Portland, OR-based troubadour and half of the Grammynominated duo She & Him. His new album, A Wasteland Companion, came out Apr. 10. LEE RANALDO BAND Sonic Youth co-founder and guitarist tours behind his recent solo release, Between the Times and the Tides. Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. $3. www.hendershotscoffee.com ADAM KLEIN & THE WILD FIRES Local country-folk and Americana singer-songwriter will play at Hendershot’s every Wednesday night in May! Each evening Adam Klein & the Wild Fires will perform a different original album in its entirety. Tonight will feature the folk rock story-songs featured on Western Tales & Trails. The Melting Point 9 p.m. $5 (adv.) $8 (door) www.meltingpointathens.com MONOPHONICS Sweet soul and heavy funk twisted with dynamic vocals. 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. The Office Lounge 9:30 p.m. FREE! 706-549-0840 KARAOKE With your host Lynn, the Queen of Karaoke! Walker’s Coffee & Pub 9 p.m. FREE! 706-543-1433 LIVE JAZZ Every Wednesday! The Winery 7–11 p.m. FREE! 706-613-0095 LOUIS PHILLIP PELOT Local singer-songwriter performs solo folk and country tunes. Every Wednesday night.
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CLASSES Adult Beginning Sewing (Treehouse Kid and Craft) Saturdays, May 12–June 2, 12–3 p.m. $120. www.treehousekidandcraft.com Clay Classes (Good Dirt) Weekly “Try Clay” classes ($20/person) every Friday from 7-9 p.m. “Family Try Clay” every Sunday from 2-4 p.m. $20. 706-355-3161, www.gooddirt.net Computer Classes (Oconee County Library) Classes offered by appointment for various skill levels in wireless terminology, Windows 7 and more. Call to register. 706-769-
3950, watkinsville@athenslibrary. org Computer Tutorials (ACC Library) Choose from a list of topics for personalized, one-on-one instruction. Call for times and to register. 706-613-3650 Dance Classes (Dancefx) Ballet, tap, hip-hop, Zumba, contemporary, foxtrot, strip aerobics, pilates and more. Check website for schedule. 706-355-3078, www.dancefx.org Kundalini Meditation & Yoga (Red Lotus Institute) Kundalini Meditations. Sundays, 9–10 a.m. $8. Kundalini Yoga for Weight Reduction. Sundays, 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m. $8. Kundalini Yoga. Tuesdays, 5:30–7 p.m. $7–14 (sliding scale). 706-369-8855. Lori’s Boot Camp (Fitness at Five) Get in shape in time for summer. Thursdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m. & Saturdays, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. 706353-6030, www.fitnessatfive.com Mama-Baby Yoga (Full Bloom Center) Work core muscles with Super Mama Squats. Stretch, breathe and nurse. For babies 0–9 months. Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.
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$14 (one class), $60 (six classes). 706-353-3373, www.fullbloom parent.com One-on-One Computer Tutorials (Madison County Library) Call to set up an appointment with computer specialist Alisa Claytor. 706-795-5597 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 (incl. $3.50 drink). 706-338-6613 Yoga Classes (Total Training Center) Ongoing classes offered in power lunch yoga, fluid power, yoga for health, yoga for athletes, gentle yoga and more. Check website for dates and times. 706-316-9000, www.totaltrainingcenter.com Yoga Classes (Athens, Ga) Satchidananda Mission therapeutic and integral yoga in a natural setting. Email for location and information. email@example.com Yoga Teacher Training (Athens, Ga) Summer yoga teacher training course. Includes instruction about how to teach Hatha yoga,
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John Baeder’s photography is on display at the GMOA through July 22. meets Yoga Alliance standards for RYT 200 certification. See website for schedule and location. May 11–July 15. www.yogafulday.com
HELP OUT Blood Drive (Madison County Library) Blood donations accepted by the Red Cross and Friends of the Library. May 14, 2–7 p.m. FREE! 706-795-5597 Commencement Volunteers Needed (UGA Arch) Volunteers are needed to help distribute water to the graduates and their families before UGA’s commencement. 1–5 p.m. firstname.lastname@example.org Seeking Mentors (Athens, Ga) Women to the World seeks mentors to help rescue women and children from poverty, dependency and abuse with the Partnering Ambassadors for Life and Service (PALS) program. 706-548-0000, www.womentothe world.org Shoe Drive for Soles4Soul (ACC Solid Waste Department) To donate shoes, bind them together with shoelaces or a rubber band and drop them off in a plastic bag. Through May 15. www.athensclarke county/recycling Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive (Athens, Ga) Leave a sturdy bag of non-perishable foods next to your mailbox for letter carriers to collect. Donations go towards a local food bank. May 12. www.stampout hunger.info Veteran Assistance (Athens, Ga) Dispatch and drive Veterans Administration vehicles to take veterans to medical appointments. 706-202-0587 Volunteer Bike Repair (Chase Street Warehouses) Help repair bikes at the Bike Recycling Program of BikeAthens. Mondays and Wednesdays, 6-8:30 p.m.; Sundays, 2-4:30 p.m. www.bikeathens.com
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KIDSTUFF Art Journaling Camps (Over the Moon Creative Possibilities) Four sessions of summer camp for kids and teens ages 9 & up. Call to pre-register. Visit website for details. 706-540-2712, www.overthemoon creativepossibilities.blogspot.com 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! 706-613-3593 Classic City Tutoring (Athens, Ga) Tutoring for students Pre-K through 12th grade in all subjects. Flexible schedule. Visit website for location and details. www.classic citytutoring.com Dancefx Summer Dance Camps (Dancefx) Call to register for ballet, choreography, street dancing, musical theatre and Pre-K Princess camps. Visit website for more details. 706-355-3078, www.danceathens.com Kids’ Craft Classes (Treehouse Kid and Craft) Mama/Papa & Me craft class (Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.), Craft Club for ages 3–5 (Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4 p.m.) Craft Club for ages 6–10 (Wednesdays, 4 p.m.) and Kids Can Sew for ages 9–14 (Sundays, 2 p.m.). Check website for prices. 706-850-8226, www.tree housekidandcraft.tumblr.com New Moon Summer Adventure Camp (Athens, Ga) Now accepting registration for a summer camp that travels to different state parks and natural areas daily. Fee includes all activities and travel expenses. For ages 6–12. June 18–25 & July 16–23. $150/wk. 706-310-0013 Own the Night (ACC Library) Young adult summer reading program. Teens who read any 10 books
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before July 29 will get an invitation to the End of Summer Party. Pick up a book log May 17. Ages 11–18. 706-613-3650, ext. 336 Peace Camp (Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens) Children can engage in peacemaking skills, cooperative games and projects, outdoor exploration, music, water games and more. Ages 6–12. Register by June 1. Jul. 23–27, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. $80–130. www.uuathensga.org/ explore/peace_camp.html Ram Jam (Athens, Ga) A Battle of the Bands for local middle and high school students. Ten bands will battle for a top prize that includes cash, eight hours of studio time at Chase Park Transduction and a spot at AthFest. Bands can pick up an application at Monsignor Donovan Catholic High School or online at www.mdchs.org. Summer Academy at UGA (The Georgia Center) Educational day camps for ages 11–17. Visit website for dates and details. Summer Camps (Good Dirt) Now registering for week-long clay camps for ages 4–18. Each week has a different theme. Check website for program descriptions. Call to register. May 21–Aug. 6. $125-165. 706555-3161, www.gooddirt.net Summer Reading Program (Clarke Central High School) Students and families can sign up for the summer reading program to read books and earn prizes. Thursdays, May 24–Jul. 26. 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 Summer Theatre Academy (Rose of Athens Theatre) “Teaching Life Skills Through Stage Skills.” For ages 8–18. June 4–22. $85–275. www.roseofathens.org Zoo Exhibit Hall (Memorial Park) The community can explore Bear Hollow’s exhibit hall and visit some of the animals, such as reptiles, fish and more. Saturdays, 1–4 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3616, ext. 22.
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ON THE STREET AthFest FilmFest Call for Entries (Ciné) The AthFest Film Committee is currently accepting submissions for local independent films, music documentaries and student projects to be screened during AthFest 2012. Submit by May 15. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.athfest.com/ music-festival/film Cherokee Rose 5K (State Botanical Garden) A trail race benefiting the State Botanical Gardens. Register online by May 10. May 12, 9 a.m. $25. 706-548-7225, www. go-greenevents.com/cherokeerose, www.halfmoonoutfitters.com
Compost Sale (ACC Landfill) Discounted compost made up of leaf and limb material and bio-solids. Through May 12, 8 a.m.–3 p.m. $6/ cubic yard. 706-613-3508
SUPPORT Athens Mothers’ Center Support Group (St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church) Mothers’ support group. Children welcome. Tuesdays and Fridays, 9:30–11:30 a.m. FREE! athensga.motherscenter.org Emotional Abuse Support Group (Athens, Ga) Demeaning behavior can be just as harmful as punches and kicks. Childcare
ART AROUND TOWN AMICI ITALIAN CAFÉ (233 E. Clayton St.) Paintings and illustrations by Rae Cook. Through May. ANTIQUES & JEWELS ART GALLERY (290 N. Milledge Ave.) Paintings by Elizabeth Barton, Greg Benson, Ainhoa Bilbao Canup and others. Art quilt by Elizabeth Barton and handmade jewelry by various artists. ART ON THE SIDE GALLERY AND GIFTS (1011B Industrial Blvd., Watkinsville) A gallery featuring works by various artists in media including ceramics, paintings and fused glass. ARTINI’S ART LOUNGE (296 W. Broad St.) Selected mixed media works by Robin Fay. Through May 26. ARTLAND LOFT GALLERY (2 S. Main St., Watkinsville) Large salt paintings by Dana Jo Cooley, artist of the Love Shack Bus Stop. Through May. ATHENS ACADEMY (1281 Spartan Dr.) “Artscape 2012” is an annual show of student artwork. Through May 25. ATHENS INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART (ATHICA) (160 Tracy St.) “Upcycle” includes over 20 artists’ creative approaches to material re-use, transforming non-recyclable trash into works of art. Through June 24. AURUM STUDIOS (125 E. Clayton St.) Two- and three-dimensional artwork created by MFA students from the Lamar Dodd School of Art. Through May. BIG CITY BREAD CAFE (393 N. Finley St.) Paintings by Ruth Allen. Through May. CINÉ BARCAFÉ (234 W. Hancock Ave.) “A Different Point of View” features abstract paintings by June Ball. Through May 23. EARTH FARE (1689 S. Lumpkin St.) Digital artwork by Greg Harmon. Through May. ETIENNE BRASSERIE (311 E. Broad St.) Paintings by Andy Cherewick. Through May. 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 John Weber, John Cleaveland, Leigh Ellis, Cindy Jerrell and more. FIVE STAR DAY CAFÉ (229 E. Broad St.) New animal paintings by Lisa Tantillo. Through July. GALLERY @ HOTEL INDIGO (500 College Ave.) “The Flower Show” features paintings, photos, drawings and murals by Rinne Allen, Kim Deakins, Susan Hable, Imi Hwangbo, Carol John and Lou Kregel. Through June 1. GEORGIA MUSEUM OF ART (90 Carlton St.) “Polly Knipp Hill: Marking a Life Through Etching.” Through June 3. • “Performing Identity: Marina Abramovic, Eleanor Antin and Hannah Wilke.” Through June 10. • “A Divine Light: Northern Renaissance Paintings from the Bob Jones University Museum and Gallery.” Through June 17. • “Pattern and Palette in Print: Gentry Magazine and a New Generation of Trendsetters” is a collaboration with undergraduate fabric design students at UGA that takes its inspiration from Gentry magazine. Through June 17. • “John Baeder’s American Roadside” contains photographs of street signs, diners and off-interstate structures. Through July 22. GEORGIA MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY (East Campus Rd.) A collection of mounted game animals featuring lynxes, African leopards, Alaskan bears, water buffalo and elk, as well as live corn snakes, tarantulas, and other live animals. GEORGIA THEATRE (215 N. Lumpkin St.) Artwork by Walker Howle (of Dead Confederate) and his father, William Howle. Through May. THE GRIT (199 Prince Ave.) New paintings by Jeremy Hughes. Through May 12. New paintings from Ainhoa
provided. Call for location. Every Wednesday. 6:30–8 p.m. FREE! 706543-3331, 706-613-3357, ext. 771. PTSD Support Group (Oconee Veterans Park) PTSD support group for families of veterans. Third Wednesday of each month, 6 p.m. www.georgiapeacegivers.org Sapph.fire (Athens, Ga) A support group for lesbian, bisexual and transexual women. Email for meeting information. email@example.com Survive and Revive (Athens, Ga) Support for survivors of domestic violence. Second and fourth Tuesdays in Clarke Co. First and Third Mondays in Madison Co. 6:30–8 p.m. 706-543-3331 (hotline), 706-613-3357. f
Bilbao Canup. May 13–June 2. HEIRLOOM CAFÉ AND FRESH MARKET (815 N. Chase St.) New paintings from Erin McIntosh. Closing reception May 30, 5–6 p.m. Through May. JITTERY JOE’S COFFEE DOWNTOWN (297 E. Broad St.) Large portraits by Lea Purvis and a collection of works by several local potters. JITTERY JOE’S COFFEE EASTSIDE (1860 Barnett Shoals Rd.) The work of Rae Cook explores a whimsical variety of typographic fauna. Through May 31. JITTERY JOE’S COFFEE FIVE POINTS (1230 S. Milledge Ave.) Hand-dyed silk paintings by René Shoemaker and abstract paintings by Daego Ulloa. Through May. JUST PHO…AND MORE (1063 Baxter St.) Photography by Robert Lowery. KUMQUAT MAE CAFÉ (18 S. Barnett Shoals Rd.) Photography and paintings by Ann Hamlin. Reception May 20, 3–5 p.m. Through May. LAMAR DODD SCHOOL OF ART (270 River Rd.) The BFA exit show featuring works by painting, drawing, ceramics, jewelry, metals and art education students. Through May 9. The BFA exit show for interior design, fabric design and graphic design students. Through May 11. LAST RESORT GRILL (184 W. Clayton St.) Abstract organic forms by Sarah Stansell. Through May. LYNDON HOUSE ARTS CENTER (293 Hoyt St.) “Float” features the honeypots and photographs from the “floatoshoots” of Bee Natural artist Creighton Cutts. Other exhibited artist include Juan Alonso, Virginia Carver, Christopher Domis and more. Reception May 31, 6–8 p.m. Through Aug 4. MADISON COUNTY LIBRARY (1315 Hwy. 98 W.) A wooden bowl created by Jack Hudson, Leather goods by Terry Brown and hand-blown glass vases by Paul Benzundas. Through May. MADISON MORGAN CULTURAL CENTER (434 S. Main St., Madison) “Heritage: Natural and Cultural” is a competitive juried show with the Madison Arts Guild. Through May 19. MAMA’S BOY (197 Oak St.) Convergence Artist Productions presents “Athfest Artist Market Preview,” including samples from Bob Davis, Frank Registrato, Ryan Myers and Caitlin Glennon. Through May. MULTI-MODAL CENTER (775 E. Broad St.) Artwork by seniors from the Center for Active Living. Through May 25. OCAF (34 School St., Watkinsville) The 17th Annual Southworks Juried Art Exhibition showcases a variety of media produced by artists from around the country. Through May 11. OCONEE COUNTY LIBRARY (1080 Experiment Station Rd.) Paintings and colored pencil drawings by John Geruntino and oil paintings, watercolors and graphite works by Ann Dirkes. Through May. STATE BOTANICAL GARDEN OF GEORGIA (2450 S. Milledge Ave.) Nature-inspired prints by UGA graduate student Hannah Skoonberg. Reception May 20, 2–4 p.m. Through June 17. STRAND HAIR SALON (1625 S. Lumpkin St.) “The Smoke Series” features photography by Blake Smith. Through May. TOWN 220 RESTAURANT AND GALLERY (220 W. Washington St., Madison) “Three Points of View: Landscapes” features landscape paintings by Greg Benson, Kim Shockley Karelson and Jill Schultz McGannon. Through June 28. TRANSMETROPOLITAN (145 E. Clayton St.) Prints from UGA art student Greg Stone. Through May. WALKER’S COFFEE AND PUB (128 College Ave.) Lauren Williamson displays her surreal mixed-media paintings that employ charcoal, oil, shellac and ink. Through May. WHITE TIGER (217 Hiawassee Ave.) Paintings by Jess Snyder. Through May.
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Matters Of The Heart And Loins About two years ago, I got divorced. After eight years, my husband left me, and although I surely should have seen it coming, I was shocked and upset and it fucked me up. I went into a spiral for a few months, then I tried the old chin-up, “he didn’t leave me, he set me free” line of crap. Denial, some attempts at Internet dating, bitterness, regret, etc. I almost lost the house. I pulled it together, refinanced, and then went on a series of bad roommate adventures that nearly drove me crazy. And then I found my current roommate. He is much younger than I am, and we work together in the same company, but not in the same department at all. We barely see each other at work. So far, this has been great. He is selfsufficient, clean, pays rent on time and, for the love of god, he COOKS. Great situation. I even get along with his parents, who we see every couple of weeks. He has been here for eight months without any hassle. But now he has this girlfriend, and I am worried about it. She is weird and jealous and very young. She makes passive-aggressive remarks about my weight and my house and my hair, and she has made herself WAY too comfortable here way too quickly. She is spending four nights a week here on average, and I find myself hiding in my room watching Netflix on my laptop while they watch crappy movies on my flatscreen TV in the living room, and then cramming earplugs in my ears while they go at it until late in the night.
I really like him, and I want him to be happy, but this is just a crappy situation. What can I do? This girl is not good enough for him, and she is rude and nasty to me. She never does anything in front of him, though, so he has no idea. I don’t want him to think I’m jealous, but I want this girl gone. I can’t be uncomfortable in my own house. But I want him to stay. In fact, I need him to stay. I can’t afford to live here by myself and I can’t imagine trying to find another roommate again. Many of our co-workers have made jokes about our “relationship” before, and I think it made him feel weird at the time, but now we are pretty close. How can I approach this? I need help. Three Really Is a Crowd I think the first thing you should do is make an effort to get to know her a little better. I don’t mean for you to supplicate yourself, but consider the fact that she is young
and insecure, and you are an older woman, a home owner and a person who is very close (closer than she is) to her new boyfriend. Be nice, be welcoming, and try to assuage her fears. After that, if she continues to act like a jerk, you should call her out on it. When she makes a passive-aggressive remark, ask her what she means by it. Make her justify her stupid behavior, preferably in front of him. If that doesn’t work, you’ll have to talk to him. And make him talk to her. Whatever you do, do not get chased out of your own damned living room. My boyfriend and I have been together for six months. This is the longest relationship either of us has ever had. We spend a lot of time together and are happy. Most of our friends have had sex, and we haven’t. We have talked about it, and both of us are not ready right now. Don’t get me wrong—we fool around, and it is fun, but sex is a big deal. We have said that we would like our first times to be together, just not now. My problem is that so many other girls at school ask about it, and so many people talk about it. I feel like I am missing something. I don’t want to admit that I don’t know what they are talking about. I don’t want to change who I am or what I want because of peer pressure, but how do I fake that I know what they mean? I wish people would just mind their own business. Happy Virgin You shouldn’t feel the need to fake anything, HV, and I generally discourage faking anything, especially when it comes to sex. But I know that when you’re young (pardon my assumption), sometimes doing your own thing is very difficult. My advice to you is not to say too much. You said that you two have fooled around, and that you are having fun and being careful, which is great. So, just tell your friends that you’re having fun and let them think whatever they want to think. If they press you for details, just tell them you aren’t comfortable talking about it. I know that it seems like everybody feels the need to broadcast their every thought and action these days, but privacy is still available to those who choose it. It sounds like you are a smart, strong young woman who knows what she wants. Don’t let other people influence you. Are you missing something? Well, kind of, but you will get there eventually, and there is no need to rush. In fact, getting there more slowly and getting to know your own body (and figuring out what you like along the way) makes it more likely that you will enjoy it when you do finally have sex. And, hey, you may already know what you need to know about safe sex and birth control, but do me a favor and read up on it at www.plannedparenthood.org/infofor-teens/, OK? If, like many people, you get your information from your abstinence-only school program and late-night TV, you might be missing some important details.
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1BR/1BA. All elec. Nice apt. Water provided. On bus line. Single pref. Avail now! (706) 543-4271. 2BR/2BA on College Station. H u g e a p t . , F P, d e c k , lots of closets, DW, W/D, CHAC. Avail. 8/1. Great for grad students. Pre–leasing. Pets OK. $575/mo. (706) 3389173. Av a i l a b l e n o w. Bar nett Ridge, 2BR/2BA flats. Eastside. $625/mo. Lots of room for the price. W/D, DW incl. Also pre-leasing f o r A u g . 2 0 1 2 . w w w. joinermanagement.com, Joiner Management, (706) 353-6868. Av a i l . n o w. 2 B R / 1 B A fla t. 205 Little St. $550/mo. incl. water, gas, elec., trash & pest control. Joiner Management, (706) 353-6868. Basement apt. 5 Pts./ Glenwood. Kitchen, BA, lg. entry hall, carpeted BR/sitting rm. w/ lg. closet. No pets. N/S. $470/mo. + dep. Utils. incl. (706) 543-8821.
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Avail. Aug. 1. Beautiful 2BR/2BA at Milledge Place. $760/mo. Walk-in closets, laundr y room with W/D. Fully-equipped kitchen. Rear deck. Photos at milledgeplace. blogspot.com. Contact milledgeplace10@ gmail.com. Close to Downtown on Pulaski. 2BR/1BA apt. in house. HWflrs., DW, W/D, CHAC. $600/ mo. Avail. 8/1. (706) 769-4779, (706) 207-2001. Eastside quadraplex, 2BR/2BA, $500/mo. & 2BR/1BA, $475/mo. Eastside duplex, 2BR/1BA & FP, $475/mo. 3BR/2BA & FP, $650/mo. Call McWaters Realty, (706) 353-2700 or cell, (706) 540-1529. Half off rent 1st 2 mos. when you mention this ad! 2BR/2BA apts. a few blocks from Dwntn. off North Ave. Pet friendly & no pet fee! Dep. only $150. Rent from $625-675/mo. incl. trash. (706) 548-2522, www.dovetailmanagement. com. Now pre-leasing for Fall 2012. Baldwin Village, across street from UGA, 2 blocks from Dwntn. Summer move-in. 1 & 2 BR apts., water incl., on-site laundry, on-call maint., free parking, no pets. $475700/mo. On-site mgr., 8-12 M-F or by appt. (706) 3544261.
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Commercial Property Eastside offices, 1060 Gaines School Rd. Rent 750 sf. $900/ mo., 400 sf. $600/mo. (706) 5461615 or athenstownproperties. com. Historic commercial space in downtown Comer, Ga. 14 mi. from Athens. Could be retail, restaurant, artist studio. Lg. space, cheap price, $150/mo. (706) 207-5564. Prince Ave. near Daily Grocery, 2nd floor, 4 huge offices w/ lobby & kitchen. Super nice. $1800/mo. Call Cole (706) 2022733. Paint artist studios. 160 Tracy St. Historic Blvd. area artist community. $150/mo for 300 sf., $200/mo for 400 sf. (706) 546-1615 or www. athenstownproperties.com.
Condos for Rent 2BR/2.5BA, 2 story condo in Stones Creek. Hwflrs., SS appls., pool, end unit. 2 mi. to Dwntn. and campus. $800. (770) 530-8853 Best location. 1775 S. Milledge #21, Summit Chase A p t s . Wa l k i n g d i s t a n c e (under 1 mi.) from 5 Pts., R a m s e y, L a k e H e r r i c k / Oconee Forest & Memorial Park. Access to intramural fields & tennis courts. On-site campus & city bus stops. 2BR/2BA, 2 parking spots, FP, W/D, DW, front/ backyards. $680/mo. Jairo, (706) 351-3419. Mario, (706) 540-2094.
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3 roommates needed. 2 story 3BR/3BA in The Woodlands, $425/mo./renter or $375/mo. if 2+ renters sign together! Gated community & amenities near UGA. Email ashleycleary@ gmail.com. Appleby Mews #255. Walk to campus, close to Dwntn., 2BR/2.5BA condo reduced to just $625/mo.! Pre-lease for Fall now. Won’t last long. Call Rent Athens, (706) 389-1700, RentAthens.com. Condo on Eastside. 2BR/2.5BA, 1100 sf. All a p p l s . i n c l . Tr a s h , p e s t control & grass cutting incl. 2 personal parking spaces + guest. Small pet ok. Avail. Jun. 1. Sec. dep. $650. Rent is $650/mo. Call (770) 8674928 or (706) 769-4404. Pre-leasing for Fall. Reduced re n t ! $ 6 0 0 / m o . 1 B R / 1 B A , LR, study, modern kitchen, pool, gym, gated, ground floor cor ner unit. Stadium Village close to UGA. Ideal for single/couple. Rob, (706) 338-4984, wimberlyme@ bellsouth.net. Quiet 2BR/2.5BA condo. Milledge, next to family housing bus, 1300 sf., W/D, F P, f r e e w i r e l e s s , c a b l e , pool, yard, pets ok. Avail. Aug. $850/mo. (706) 4614351 Spacious 2BR/2BA 1 story, ground floor condo at poolside, Appleby Mews. W/D, CHAC, on busline. Apt. 165 in Appleby Condos. $695/mo. Avail. now. (706) 714-1100. Studios & 2BRs across from campus for Fall semester. Also, 4BR at Urban Lofts. Call (404) 557-5203.
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Duplexes For Rent 3BR/2BA duplex, $750/ mo. Eastside. W/D incl., alarm system, pets welcome. $375 dep. www. hancockproper tiesinc. com. (706) 552-3500. Brick duplex, 2BR/1BA, very clean, all extras. Just 2 mi. to campus on north side Athens. 2 units avail. Pets OK. $500/ mo. + dep. Call Sharon at (706) 201-9093.
Houses for Rent 130 Inglewood Ave. 4BR/2BA, fenced, pets OK, HWflrs., FP, CHAC, 3 blocks to UGA & Dwntn. Covered porch w/ swing. W/D, fridge w/ ice & water on door, DW, high ceilings. $275/BR, $1100/mo. Pre-leasing for Fall. Avail. 8/1. (706) 714-1100. 1 or 2BR, recently renovated, private, quiet location near Publix. All elec., CHAC, new appls., W/D, DW, HWflrs. Water & garbage paid. $6506 8 0 / m o . w w w. b o u l e v a r d proper tymanagement.com, (706) 548-9797. 140 Sylvia Circle. 2BR/1BA. CHAC, W/D hookups, fenced yard, carport, updated windows, pets ok. $670/mo. sec./pet deposit req’d. Avail. Jun. 1. Dorian, (706) 340-7136. 1 4 5 W o o d c r e s t D r. 3BR/2BA. Avail. now! CHAC, fenced yd., pets OK, no pet fees! Nice, quiet area. $795/ mo. (706) 372-6813. 2BR/1BA w/ workshop. Ultra charming, quiet house surrounded by greenspace, w/ all appls., lawn maint. & pest control included. 13 Min. walk to campus & Dwntn. 140 Peter St. $900/mo. Avail. Aug. 1. Call Jeff, (706) 714-1807. 2BR/1BA, Normaltown & ARMC area. Convenient to everything! Hardwoods. Storage building. Pets welcome. Avail. Aug. 1. Water, trash & lawn care incl. $800/mo. Aaron, (706) 2072957. 213 Springtree St. 3BR/2BA, $975/mo. Eastside, quiet n’hood. Open layout, all appls. Avail. 8/1. (706) 713-0626. www.newagepropertiesathens. com.
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2 BR/1 BA house. 250 Indale St. HWflrs., CHAC, all elec. $600/ mo. Avail Jun. 1. Call Mark at (706) 202-5110. 2BR/1BA, 129 Riverdale (June 1), 20 Milledge Ct., 230 O’Farrell (Aug. 1). All have HWflrs., tile BA, W/D. Great locations in Five Points! $650/mo. (706) 548-9797 or www.boulevard propertymanagement.com. 2/3BR house avail. now! Also pre-leasing for Fall. 1, 2 & 3BR houses. Close to campus & Dwntn. Call (706) 255-0066. 340 B Ruth St. 2BR/1BA, Hardwood/tile flrs., all appls., covered porch, sm. fenced yd., 1/2 mi. to Dwntn., $750/mo. Avail. 8/1. (706) 713-0626 & newagepropertiesathens.com. 3BR/2BA. UGA Med School/ Normaltown area. $1,100/mo. 340 Clover St. 7 yrs. old, split BR floor plan, 2-car garage. All appls. incl. WD. Vaulted ceiling in LR, lg. deck & spacious back yd. Home in excellent cond. Avail. mid-July. (706) 540-0472.
4BR/4BA new Dwntn. Private baths, double porches, walk-in closets, HWflrs. Walk everywhere! W/D & lawn maint. incl. Pre-leasing for Fall. Only $1800/mo. Aaron, (706) 2072957. 4BR/2BA. Fenced, pets OK. HWflrs., porch swing, FP, 3 blocks to UGA & Dwntn. W/D, fridge w/ ice/water, high ceilings. Avail. 8/1. $275/BR, $1100/mo. (706) 714-1100. 506 Woodland Hills Dr., Inside Loop directly off Milledge Ave. Walking distance to Memorial Park & dog park, 2BR/1BA. All Appls. W/D, DW, fenced back yd. Pets welcome. Avail. Aug., $850/mo. (706) 372-3220. Available Fall. 2, 3, 4 & 5 BR houses. 235 Hill St., 1 or 2BR now & Aug., beautiful apt. in Victorian house. 340 Barber St., 3BR/2BA amazing house. 668 Pulaski, 3BR/1BA. 580 Kathwood, 4/5BR. 136 Grove St, 3/4BR. (706) 548-9797, www.boulevard propertymanagement.com.
Walk to campus & Dwntn. 4BR house. Pre-leasing for fall. Great location less than 1/2 mi. to campus & Dwntn. Newly renovated w/ HWflrs., high ceilings, DW, walk-in closet in every room, 2 FP, incl. W/D. Lease starts Aug. 1. $1600/ mo. Call (706) 540-1232 for more information.
Houses for Sale 2BR/2.5 BA townhouse. Lantern Walk. 4.5 mi to Dwntn./UGA. Quiet area. Appliances, W/D hookup. 7 yrs. old. Bus line. Trash/lawncare. Alarm sys. Call/ text (770) 826-3732 or (770) 548-1682. $109,000/obo.
Parking & Storage Parking places for rent across from UGA. $30/mo. (706) 3544261.
3BR/2BA completely remodeled house Dwntn. Walk to campus, Dwntn. & Greenway. W/D incl. Avail. Aug. 1. Pre-leasing for Fall. Only $1000/mo. Aaron, (706) 207-2957.
Big old house on busline, in-town, lots of off street parking. Very lg. rooms, 2 kitchens, 2BA. Commercial or residential. David, (706) 2471398.
1BR/1BA, LynnRock Apts. $490/mo. w/ DW, water incl. Blocks from campus off Ba x te r St. Pre - le a s in g fo r Au g. J o in e r Ma n a ge m e n t, ( 7 0 6 ) 3 5 3 - 6 8 6 8 . w w w. joinermanagement.com.
3BR/2BA. UGA Med School/ Nor maltown area. $1,000/ mo. 425 Clover St. HWflrs., all appls. incl. WD. LR, DR, eat-in kitchen + office. Home repairs will be completed w/ new HVAC sys. & paint before occupancy. Avail. Aug. (706) 540-0472.
Beautiful country home! 2BR/2BA on 22 acres. Trails, creek, pond. 20 mi. east of Athens. Artist-designed, sunny, open, rustic house. CHAC, W/D, great for pets. Avail. 8/1. $650/ mo. Rose, (706) 540-5979.
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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.
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3BR/2BA. All appls. Next to Alps Rd. and school, Beechwood Shopping Center. 106 Alpine Way. $999/mo. (706) 206-3350. 3BR/2BA, CHAC, W/D, DW, carport, HWflrs., tile, ceiling fans. Safe, in-town 50’s n’hood, 260 Sunset Dr., pets ok, avail. Aug. 1. $960/mo + deposit. email@example.com. (315) 750-6156. 3–4BR/3.5BA townhouse. 285 Highland Park Dr. 3K sf. Excellent condition. Must see! Avail. Aug. Great price, $835/ mo. Eastside busline. (706) 3388372 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. 3BR/2BA, 5 Pts. 250 Old Princeton Rd. CHAC, W/D, DW, ceiling fans. Across street from Memorial Park. Fenced back yd. $750/mo. Avail. now! Call (706) 372-7300. 305 Conrad Dr. 4BR/3BA, open kitchen & LR, lg. BRs, walk-in closets, covered porches, nice fenced yd. $1650/mo. Avail. Aug. 1. (706) 713-0626, newagepropertiesathens.com. 4BR/3BA totally renovated house Dwntn. Walk everywhere! Stainless, HWflrs., whole house audio, covered parking. W/D & lawncare incl. $1700/mo. Aaron, (706) 207-2957. 4BR/4BA new house, Oconee S t . Wa l k Dwn t n . H W f l r s . , stainless, double porches, back deck, whole house audio. W/D & lawncare incl. $1800/ mo. Avail Fall. Aaron, (706) 207-2957. 4BR/2.5BA avail. 8/1/12. 1023 Oconee St. $1500/mo. Spacious rooms, HWflrs., fenced-in backyard, pets allowed, close to campus. (706) 247-6834.
Entrepreneurs! Avail. now. Close to town/busline. 3BR/2BA + 2 office/studio. W/D, CHAC, big kitchen & LR. $900/mo. 395 Oak St. Call Josh at (706) 6138525. Jun. and Jul. only. 5 Pts. 3 B R / 2 B A h o u s e w / w h ite picket fence. Across from UGA baseball field. Walk to class. W/D, HWflrs., CHAC, sec. sys., lg. deck, on busline. Small pet OK (incl. Radio Fence for dog). 190 Pinecrest Dr. $1605 ($535/ BR). Avail. Jun. (706) 714-1100. New houses on Oconee St. 4 B R / 3 . 5 B A . Wa l k D w n t n . & to campus, HWflrs., sec. sys., walk-in closets, covered porches, covered parking. $1800/mo. (706) 713-0626. www.newagepropertiesathens. com. Recently built 2BR house on 1 acre in a quiet n’hood. 3.5 mi. from Dwntn. $925/mo. (706) 424-1157, rudydunlap@ gmail. Pics at http://www. flickr.com/photos/51353660@ N05/5415269824
2BR/2.5BA townhome, Cedar Bluff, Eastside. $670/mo. w/ W/D, DW, lg. rooms. Perfect for grad. student/young prof. Pre-leasing for Aug. www. joinermanagement.com. Joiner Management, (706) 353-6868. Arbor Creek: 1 & 2 BRs, $520 to $655/mo. W/D, DW, pool. Pre-leasing f o r A u g . 2 0 1 2 . w w w. joinermanagement.com, Joiner Management, (706) 353-6868. Dwntn., 1BR/1BA flat, $465/mo. Pre-leasing for A u g . 2 0 1 2 . W a t e r, g a s , trash pick-up incl. Free o n - s i t e l a u n d r y. J o i n e r Management, (706) 353-6868.
Roommates 2BR/1BA duplex in Bogart. Your r m. fur nished. 6 mo. lease. $300/mo. + 1/2 utils. Deposit req. (678) 879-9772 Free rent: Serious-minded, more mature housemate for 6 0 - y e a r- o ld dis a ble d, but vibrant artist. Terms: free rent in Eastside quiet, residential Athens, near Cedar Shoals H.S., furnished apt., private BR/BA in exchange for light housekeeping, occasional transportation, general camaraderie; half utils. (~$150/month); art students welcome. Westa Br yant, w e s t a b @ e m b a rq m a i l . c o m , 888-553-8388 Huge room for rent w/ private entry. $380/mo. Pay weekly or monthly. No lease req’d. W/D, utils. incl. Bigger than master BR. (678) 698-4260.
M/F roommate needed for 2BR/2.5BA, 2 stor y condo i n S t o n e s C re e k . H w f l r s . , SS appliances, pool. Great place! $400 plus half utilities. (770) 530-8853. Roommate wanted. Safe n’hood on Westside. A m e n i t i e s a v a i l . W a t e r, lawn, trash incl. Large rm, private BA. Walk-in closet, wi-fi, U-verse. W/D. $30/ utils., $425/mo. Great for responsible student, single parent, traveling salesperson. Providing storage & lodge. (706) 248-4649. Roommate needed for 1 yr. lease in Woodlands gated community. $545/mo., cable & utilities incl. 2BR/2.5BA condo w/ full utils. Access to clubhouse, huge pool & fitness center. Newly painted & carpeted condo that is kept very clean. No pets. I am very personable & respectful, but also very busy! Please call/ email if interested! graceo@ uga.edu (404) 309-9594.
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Antiques & Jewels. Open 12-5, Tues.-Sat. Offering fine estate jewelry, original paintings, local art, antique furniture, Persian rugs, stained glass, china, silver & more. 290 N. Milledge Ave. The Victorian house on corner of Milledge & Hancock. (706) 340-3717.
Miscellaneous Come to Cillies, 175 E. Clayton St. for vintage Louis Vuitton. 20% off single purchase of clothing, sandals and jewelry (excl. J. Crew). 1/person. Go to A g o r a ! Awesome! A ff o rd a b l e ! T h e u l t i m a t e store! Specializing in retro ever ything: antiques, furniture, clothes, bikes, records & players! 260 W. Clayton St., (706) 316-0130. Great summer deals at Worldwide Fashion & Gifts. Unique, affordable clothing, jewelry, purses & more. Visit Facebook for sales, events & festivals. www.ethnicfashion. net, (706) 208-9915. 1375 Prince Ave., Athens. Instant cash is now being paid for good vinyl records & CDs in fine condition. Wuxtry Records, at corner of Clayton & College downtown. (706) 369-9428.
Yard Sales H I / L O yard sale! Mix of vintage, old and new objects, clothing, craft supplies, fabric, housewares, kids’ stuff, books, etc. Some things are HI: designer clothes, collectible vintage, antiques and one-ofa-kind pieces. Some things are LO: well-loved and used items. Sat., May 12, 8 a.m.–3 p.m. 133 Westview Dr. in 5Pts. Rain date: Sat., June 2.
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.
Instruction Boulevard Piano Studio. Piano lessons taught by local jazz musician Rand Lines. $40/ hr. boulevardpianostudio@ gmail.com or (706) 363-0328.
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. eadyguitars.com. F re t S h o p . Professional guitar repairs & modifications, setups, electronics, precision fretwork. Previous clients incl. R.E.M., Widespread Panic, Cracker, Bob Mould, John Berr y, Abbey Road Live!, Squat. (706) 549-1567.
Wedding bands. Quality, professional bands. Weddings, parties. Rock, jazz, etc. Call Classic City Entertainment. ( 7 0 6 ) 5 4 9 - 1 5 6 7 . w w w. classiccityentertainment.com. Featuring The Magictones Athens’ premiere wedding & p a r t y b a n d . w w w. themagictones.com.
Services Cleaning I clean for my attorney, banker & favorite restaurateur & I’d love to house clean for you! I’m local & independent, Earth & pet friendly. Text/call Nick, (706) 851-9087. Email Nick@goodworld. biz.
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the reader Edge Play When my wife and I first became parents, our son’s godparents took pure glee in giving our child toys that played songs and made noise. As all parents know, watching one’s child take delight in pushing a button and producing a sound is a beautiful thing… for about five minutes. After that it becomes a hellish, teeth-gnashing ordeal of “O Susannah” and “It’s a Small World” on an endless loop that haunts your dreams. If you ever want to see something funny, speak the words “Barney’s Magic Banjo” and watch us convulse. One night my wife and I, sleep-deprived and staring with the eyes of shellshocked Vietnam vets, decided that we would just never tell our son about batteries. When the noise toys finally stopped working, we’d just shrug and commiserate with the boy over their untimely demise. Then one of us, I don’t remember who, predicted that one day our son would take this as a challenge and decide to devote his life to inventing a small, replaceable power source, and that the day after he unveiled his triumph to the world he’d come after us and kill us both, probably with Barney’s Magic Banjo. Michael Olson’s debut novel Strange Flesh (Simon & Schuster, 2012) feels much like that, the product of a writer working for years on something that’s already been invented. Had his cyberpunk noir, packed with techno-fetishism and loads of the other kinds, come out 10 or 15 years ago, I’d be calling it brilliant. Today, however, it’s a decent novel that revisits ground trampled hard and flat by too many previous travelers. James Pryce is a world-weary detective of the 21st-century variety. An operative for a skyhigh-tech cyber-security firm so bleeding-edge that the NSA calls on them for help, he spends his off-hours drowning his sorrows, not in a bottle but in disastrous hookups with women he meets in online sex sites, which typically end with Pryce getting beaten up and robbed. Like any good noir hero, however, the cause of Pryce’s self-destructive spiral is a woman, in this case Blythe Randall, a patrician beauty from his Harvard days—distant, melancholy and attached in a definitely unwholesome way to her twin brother Blake. Blythe is the one that got away, the one who messed Pryce up, and so it is a shock when the Randall twins contact Pryce’s firm and ask for him personally. The Randalls contract Pryce to track down their black-sheep half-brother, a cyber-artist with a grudge against them and a stylized suicide video that is most certainly faked, showing Billy Randall de-rezzing into a Second Life-type simulation world as he threatens to bring his siblings and their telecommunications empire down. Pryce goes undercover at
the headquarters of the world provider, a tech collective of eclectic gamers and artists, and finds himself entwined with a group working on a project so outrageous it promises to revolutionize both virtual reality and sex itself. Meanwhile, his pursuit of Billy leads him into his quarry’s deepest obsession, realizing the darkest dreams of the Marquis de Sade in literal, unflinching and lethal reality. The book is hardcore punk noir from start to finish, with wonderfully graphic depictions of sex and violence, which often happen at the same time. Olson’s biggest misfortune, however, is that the elements of his novel no longer have the power to shock that they should. There is no gee-whiz factor in depicting immersive sim-worlds to an audience now weaned on World of Warcraft—hell, even William Gibson has stopped writing cyberpunk—nor is there much ewww to be found in the BDSM that pervades Olson’s novel when it shares shelf-space with Fifty Shades of Grey, currently being read by millions of closet-kinky housewives across the country.
And while cyberpunk and noir go together like a fist and a jaw, the current state of the genre is much further out than Olson goes here— take a look at Richard K. Morgan’s Takeshi Kovacs novels, for example, which center on a detective who downloads himself into other people’s bodies. Maybe I’m jaded. I’ve been reading about cyberpunk for 24 years and about sex for much longer, and I forget that not everyone has been immersed in this stuff like I have. Strange Flesh may be more shocking to some than it was to me, allowing them to take a walk on the wild side. For my part, I’ll be interested in seeing what Olson does next, now that he has invented the battery. John G. Nettles
everyday people William Holley, Jr., Advocate for the Disabled William Holley is the executive director at Multiple Choices Center for Independent Living. He had a lot of interesting things to say—more than we have the space to print—so, let’s get to it. A longer version of this interview can be found at flagpole.com. Flagpole: How long have you been the executive director at Multiple Choices? William Holley: I became executive director here in 2006. And, what we do is we provide support, assistance for individuals with disabilities to live in communities of their choice. For people who are differently abled, it’s very difficult to negotiate the premises sometimes. For instance, I’m a blind person. You wouldn’t know that unless I told you. I am legally blind. My vision is not the greatest in the world, but I can manipulate and negotiate the premises pretty good because I’m familiar with it. When I go outside, I have to make sure that I take a cane or something to make sure that I can get up and down the street without hurting myself. So, we provide those canes.
stuff?” So, you’re kinda damned if you do, damned if you don’t. But, in comparison, I think that Georgia, weather-wise, is a much better place than New York. I’ve adjusted to the heat; I don’t mind sweating a couple of months out of the year. I go inside and I cut the air conditioner on like everybody else, and I stay there. If I didn’t have air conditioning, I’d have the windows open and the fans going. Get in a cool spot under a shady tree and just try to live through it. But Georgia is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. I love the fall here. I could do without the spring; it almost kills me.
FP: Oh, really—what did you do there? WH: I used to be the, what do you call it, the diversity coordinator for the Institute on Human Development and Disabilities. FP: So, you where did you come from originally? WH: I came from New York City. FP: What brought you to Georgia? WH: I bought into this thing about Georgia being an opportunity for African-American males, like myself, to come down and really become a part of a growing opportunity. Back in the ‘70s, that was sold to us. We should come down and give a look. And I came to Atlanta with the understanding that here’s going to be this great opportunity, just to find out that it wasn’t what I thought it was. Basically, it was just a piein-the-sky dream that these people had. At that time you had people like the Maynard Jacksons and the Andy Youngs and folk like that moving around the country and [saying] “Give Atlanta, Georgia a try.” And I gave it a try. That’s what brought me here. After I got here, what kept me here wasn’t the stuff they were saying—it’s so pretty here. This is one of the prettiest states I’ve ever been in. I fell in love with the climate… I was satisfied: I could have lived under a tent just to get out of that stuff up there. One of the things that happens is that you leave New York and you come to Georgia… and you get down here and the heat hits you and the humidity hits you, and you go, “Who could live in this
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FP: The pollen? WH: The pollen kills you here. I’ve never seen anything looks like this stuff flying through the air… But, basically the weather kept me here. I came here and I liked the weather, and then I did buy into the opportunity and the potential. I finally looked around, and I said, you know, uh, this place hasn’t been, what do you call it, it hasn’t been polluted yet. And what I mean by pollution—I don’t mean pollution like the air and all that—I mean there was still some clean, down-to-earth, you know, real people that had some real good thoughts and ideas about how to build, how to take advantage, how to protect a great society and the environment… And I bought into that. FP: When you came here, did you have family that you came with? WH: Actually, I came here with no family. I ended up marrying somebody from Georgia. As a matter of fact, she’s from a little town called Maysville, right up there in the foothills. That’s how I got family here, but I was not from here. I had no family here. I just came here. I was like a pioneer. I came here on a wagon.
We may provide a wheelchair for a person who is not able to walk. For a person who is hearing impaired, we may provide a hearing aid… But, I’ve been living in Georgia since ‘79. And I’ve been in and out of programs and doing stuff in Athens since ‘97, ‘96. I used to be at the University of Georgia.
FP: Everyone is talking about how we are on the cusp of all these babyboomers becoming elderly. Obviously, you think we need to improve services now… WH: …When I think of baby-boomers, I think of the ‘60s. I think that things that people were saying in the ‘60s, even though they were radical, in many ways, they were very right… As we grew and became a little older and more conservative, we abandoned some of those ideas that would have stimulated a different approach to society… People seem to want to attribute that period of time to acid-headed pot-smoking hippies. Everybody wasn’t a pot-smoking acid-head hippie. Some people had some very intelligent thoughts and minds and did some great things. Some of the stuff did happen, but not enough. I think that out of problems in our society come opportunities. I think with the baby-boomer population coming along, we are going to see a return in that kind of thinking. I believe that life is like a journey, and a transitional journey. You start as a kid and then become a teenager… You’re not a lot different than a child when you’re aged… so then, all those things that happened back when you were a young, energetic child re-occurs to you. Something very simple that most of us don’t think about— and I’m giving you this from an old man’s perspective—you know that knee that you fell down and injured when you were in high school? …You may have [borne] that injury for years and years, but then it stopped bothering you and you forgot all about it. When you get over 50, it’s going to come back to visit you. It’s called “Arthur.” I know this is a roundabout way of trying to tell you something, but… life comes in cycles. Some of the issues that we talked about when we were younger are going to come back up when you become a senior, because we haven’t done anything about them all these years. You can’t prepare for Arthur. The only way you prepare for Arthur is: don’t fall.
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