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I’m impervious to summer, pretty much. If I’m out walking, I get hot and sweat, and the same goes for working in the garden, but in summer I pretty much confine those activities to the earlier, cooler hours. During the heat of the day, most days, I’m surrounded by air-conditioning, so summer just passes by outside the window, waving brightly. Just one more way my life is homogenized and chilled. Is my mind warped by this separation from the natural world in one of its most spectacular seasons? Is my body weakened? Am I well on my way to becoming a fair-weather zombie, affected neither by heat nor cold? These thoughts are possible to me only because I got my start in life at a time and place not insulated by air-conditioning. Thus, the Georgia summer was an immediate part of our lives. We were out in it; no use holing up inside, because it was pretty hot in there, too. Just as well we were out of school, for the same reason. We could walk downtown (we called it “uptown”) or hop along the fiery sidewalk on our bare feet to the movie theater for the Saturday double-feature plus serial (we called them “continued pictures,” and come to think of it they prepared us for “Mad Men” and all the other TV programs continued from week to week). Until the churches finally got in on the act, the Greenland Theatre was the only air-conditioned place in town. I can still remember the heat blast of re-entry back out onto the sidewalk and the afternoon sun when the movies were over. It seemed impossible that anybody could survive in such heat, but soon we were used to it again and stopped noticing it. And, of course, the heat of summer intensified the pleasure of those activities designed for escape from the heat—swimming most of all. In Greensboro, GA we had no public swimming pool, and nobody had one at home, either, until much, much later, when cousin Miles Walker Lewis built his pool—the one the cow wandered into, but that’s a whole ‘nother story. Best of all was when we could convince our mothers to take a bunch of us down to Alexander H. Stephens Jr. State Park at Crawfordville, where there was a small lake with a long slide that you climbed way up the steps to reach. The alternative, in the other direction, was Legion Pool right here in Athens, now under the threat of death—something else funky and fun to be torn down by the university and replaced by something boring and sterile. We made the long ride in the hot car, the back seat crammed full of sweaty bodies eagerly envisioning that first plunge into the cool water. Those trips began before I knew how to swim, but that didn’t keep me off the incredibly high high dive at Legion Pool. You climbed fearfully, thrillingly up the long ladder until you could almost see all the way back to Greensboro. Then you stepped off into space and plummeted down to the cold water. And then you did it again. Except that I had to go off the side of the board, to stay closer to the edge of the pool, since I couldn’t swim. So, I had to aim for a spot among all the teeming heads of swimmers but far enough out that I wouldn’t crash down onto the concrete edge. Then I had to struggle back and climb out and repeat. In that struggling, I was learning to swim. And pretty soon, I could, and then I could go off the end of the board, confident that I could make it back. The cost of gasoline for Mama to drive us over to Legion was no doubt less than swimming lessons, and the process was a lot more fun. I guess you could call it distance learning.
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Athens News and Views And in This Corner…: This is the moment we’ve all been waitadopt an ordinance aimed at regulating “urban camping,” but ing for, even if most of us haven’t thought about it much yet. clearly intended to curtail “Occupy”-style protests like the one The Legislature’s slicing and dicing of Athens-Clarke County’s that was disbanded by police—without the aid of any custom commission map has been made official, qualifying for the legislation—at City Hall earlier this year. Yet, after having July 31 primary and nonpartisan elections has ended, and discussed it two weeks ago at the direction of Mayor Nancy it’s time to settle in for a brisk two months of campaigning. Denson, the Commission’s Legislative Review Committee will There weren’t any surprises in last week’s qualifying, unless take up the issue again at its next meeting June 12. you figured a Democrat would step up to take on the winner ACC’s track record on free speech under Denson, such as of the Republican primary in state House District 117, where it is, doesn’t exactly jibe with the image of Athens as a proRegina Quick is challenging incumbent Doug McKillip. Spencer gressive, enlightened community that openly nurtures all Frye is running against longtime incumbent Keith Heard on stripes of personal expression and political activism. While the Democratic side in 118, with Christopher Perlera and Carter the early-morning dispersal of the City Hall encampment in Kessler qualifying for that seat as Republicans. Chuck Williams March was ostensibly Police Chief Jack Lumpkin’s decision, it’s is unopposed in 119, as is his fellow Republican incumbent just about impossible to believe Denson wasn’t in the loop. Bill Cowsert in Senate District 46. Democrat Tim Riley will take And the mayor displayed remarkably poor instincts in having on the winner of a primary between incumbent Republican Senator Frank Ginn and current Barrow County Commission Chair Danny Yearwood in District 47. Stephen Simpson will challenge Rep. Paul Broun, Jr. in the Republican primary for the 10th Congressional District. In ACC elections, all incumbent judges, constitutional officers and school board members (except in District 4, where last-minute qualifier Carl Parks will run unopposed for the seat being vacated by Allison Wright, who is running for the ACC Commission) are seeking reelection unopposed, as are ACC commissioners Harry Sims, Andy Herod and Mike Hamby. Wright and David Ellison will vie for the District 4 seat being vacated by Alice Kinman, while Ron Winders will face off with Jerry NeSmith in District 6, where Ed Robinson is retiring after one term. We’ll get you up to speed on the candidates—especially non-incumbent ones—in all these contested races in the weeks ahead. It’s also important to note that, while the commission district lines have been dramatically altered, the ACC voting precincts have not. That means, for instance, that District 2 voters, rather than casting ballots only in precincts 2A and 2B, will now be scattered among precincts 1A, 1B, 2B (but not 2A!), 3B, 4A, 4B and 8C. Likewise, Precinct 3B will have ballots for five different commission districts: 2, 3, 4, 7 and 9. The ACC Board of Elections will be sending out new voter Construction of the Classic Center expansion continues to progress ahead of schedule, with the registration cards in the next month bones of the rear atrium having been framed out in recent weeks. Not pictured: the new, looming or so, and Elections Supervisor Gail grey wall that has cut off access to Foundry Street via Hancock forever. Schrader urges citizens to take a careful look at them before considering which commission candidate to vote for, to be sure of which a long-time community activist removed from the microphone district they now live in. She ain’t kidding. for allegedly being off-topic during a January commission agenda-setting session. Do the commissioners want to put Run, Don’t Walk: People for a Better Athens, the organizatheir stamp of approval on the next of Denson’s crackdowns on tion founded by Russell Edwards to oppose construction of a dissent? Surely not. Walmart supercenter on the Armstrong & Dobbs property at the County staff and police say our current laws need clarifiedge of downtown, has announced the inaugural 5K Run for a cation. But if that means making it clear that it’s illegal for Better Athens on Saturday, June 9. The run will begin at 8:30 protesters to assemble at places like City Hall because it’s a.m. at Jittery Joe’s Roaster, 780 E. Broad St., with the route inconvenient, then perhaps commissioners need to remind taking in parts of the Oconee Rivers Greenway and the area themselves that it’s absolutely supposed to be. “Protecting” surrounding the A&D site. Sign-in is at 7:45 or can be done pedestrians from having to alter their course on a sidewalk or online at www.peopleforabetterathens.org. 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city pages GA Looks to Sales Tax to Fund Transportation Come July 31, Athens-Clarke County voters will elect judges, county commissioners, sheriff, school board members—most running unopposed—and also decide if package sales of alcohol should be made legal on Sundays after more than 100 years. Republican Regina Quick will challenge Democrat-turnedRepublican Doug McKillip for McKillip’s statehouse seat; and in newly redrawn county commission districts, five seats are up for election including the open seats of retiring commissioners Alice Kinman and Ed Robinson. Two school board seats are also open. Also on the ballot: a new 10-year, onecent sales tax for transportation. All Georgia voters will approve or reject the tax, known as T-SPLOST, region by region, along with regional project lists that were decided last year by local elected officials. If the new tax is approved in the 12-county Northeast Georgia district, ACC’s sales tax would rise from seven to eight percent. State legislators came up with the plan to supplement gas tax funding of transportation projects. In Georgia, gas tax revenues are down because people drive less or use more efficient cars, but raising the gas tax is considered a nonstarter politically. The sales-tax plan gives locals more choices in where the money goes than they have with traditional funding—gas-tax money, for example, can only be used for roads and bridges, never for buses or trains (or even for sidewalks except when roads are being built or widened). If the sales tax passes, bicycle lanes will be added to Prince Avenue—a fairly expensive project requiring street-widening in places, and one that the state would never fund (and the county might have trouble affording). If the new tax passes, most of the money will be collected in the Athens area, since
that’s where most of the region’s money is spent. (Our region also includes Elberton, Covington and Greensboro.) And in some outlying counties, that’s a selling point. “Madison County officials say that the T-SPLOST is a way for the largely rural county to draw sales tax revenue from more commercially developed areas, such as Athens and Banks Crossing,” reports the weekly Madison Journal Today. “Since Madison County has a lot of road mileage, it stands to gain a larger portion of the T-SPLOST funding for local projects than some more populated counties, like Oconee.” Three-quarters of the tax revenues would go to a list of projects already picked by a regional roundtable of mayors and county officials (represented in Athens by Mayor Nancy Denson and Commissioner Alice Kinman). The regional projects (to be built if voters approve) include widening US 78 east of Athens (a project much desired by Oglethorpe County officials); four-laning Ga. 72 east of Comer; widening congested Mars Hill Road in Oconee County; adding three new overpasses to Ga. 316 in Barrow County (including fourlaning Patrick Mill Road to become the “West Winder Bypass”); a new I-85 interchange at Ga. 60 south of Gainesville; widening US 441 south of I-20 to four lanes; plus many smaller intersection, airport and road-widening improvements in the region. In addition, counties will divide 25 percent of the tax revenue to spend on whatever local projects they choose. In ACC, a new Loop 10 interchange will be built halfway between Tallassee Road and Atlanta Highway to alleviate Atlanta Highway congestion via Mitchell Bridge Road. A new four-lane Jennings Mill Parkway would connect Commerce Boulevard to Jennings Mill Road, and create another new Loop interchange. Five-foot bicycle lanes would be added to North Avenue (from Willow Street to Loop 10) and to Lexington Road (between Carmike Cinemas and Gaines School Road). The Prince Avenue bike lanes will run from downtown to Loop 10. Bike lanes and
sidewalks will also be added to a four-laned Tallassee Road (from Mitchell Bridge Road to Whitehead Road, with either a stoplight or roundabout at Whitehead). Daytime bus service would be increased from hourly to half-hourly on seven popular routes, and synchronized stoplights and airport improvements would also be funded. The Athens Area Chamber of Commerce supports the tax; Oconee County Chairman Melvin Davis has also come out in favor of it. Two ACC commissioners, Kinman and Kelly Girtz, told Flagpole they support it. The project list “reflects local priorities,” Kinman said. “Folks at the state level are finally starting to agree with Athens voters that transportation does not just refer to the capacity for moving single-occupancy vehicles as quickly as possible.” One opponent is the state Sierra Club, long an active supporter of public transit, which opposes all the regional projects lists as
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project ACC has been asked to get involved in lately, with the Orkin tract’s service roads also being a county-financed incentive for Caterpillar and its suppliers. The Selig team has also suggested to at least a few locals in its off-the-record and unaccountable meetings that it would expect the county to be involved in paying for some of the upgrades to Oconee Street and other corridors that its proposed development would necessitate. It has more generally and consistently made the argument that its project, because of a substantial augmentation of the property tax base, deserves to be approved. These are interesting decisions to consider, in that they could bring the local government back to a role that it hasn’t had in at least a generation: the construction not just of arteriCorvin Matei, JHP Architecture/ Urban Design
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A preliminary design sketch for the redevelopment of the Jack R. Wells property, which features a large, flat public square, appears to fail to account for the site’s actual topography. Should the project’s plans be vetted more carefully before the county commits to an infrastructure investment? If the AHA is passing the hat, looking for a million and a half dollars, perhaps a less garish design would be appropriate: one, for instance, that doesn’t attempt to put apartments in a very expensive bridge over the entry drive or a flat Savannah-style town square on a steep hillside. As yet, the drawings seem untested by the realities of budget or site. If these are indeed as preliminary as they feel, then a public meeting with the Mayor and Commission seems a strange place to show them off. I do appreciate the Housing Authority’s ambition in transforming this “project” into a real community, but the design solutions proposed thus far need a great deal more investigation, especially if the county’s taxpayers are going to be on the hook for it. A grand gateway does not a neighborhood make. It’s even stranger given that these sorts of “gateway” moments in urban design are more often touted in single-entry, auto-oriented subdivisions than real neighborhoods where folks are walking, biking and busing in many different directions. A real community is a combination of many more nuanced factors than a couple of off-the-shelf New Urbanism-lite design features. The goals of this project are good, and AHA’s headed in the right direction, but their design isn’t at the same level, and I hope they get it there. Part of the Housing Authority’s argument for the county’s investment in this project is that it will pay for itself over time, as the market-rate and subsidized units that will supplement the public housing there will be on the tax rolls. This isn’t the first road
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als, but of the fabric of neighborhood streets, be they residential, industrial or commercial in their orientation. That role has long been filled by the developers of the various suburban versions of those land uses, and we’ll likely see more of this type of project locally as the greater real estate market turns back toward the city. The question, then, becomes: will the city, asked to finance this infrastructure, assert its own values in the planning and design of these places? If not, the suggestion is simply that the county government is there to provide free roads for whomever would increase the tax base in a timely enough manner to “pay back” the investment. Of course, there are presumed external benefits to the infrastructure for these projects— high-paying jobs in the case of Caterpillar; workforce housing with AHA—but that doesn’t preclude the broader investigation of the planning and design of these county-financed areas. If the city is now responsible for paying for streets, then it seems like the platting and planning should be their prerogative, as well, with other priorities, such as a more walkable and bike-able grid, management of on-street parking and provision of open space all becoming very public concerns. If this public planning and financing were carried out on a large scale, we might see a reversal of the disconnected character that plagues suburban parts of the county. It happened before, and we have places like downtown as a result. Maybe it could happen again. Kevan Williams firstname.lastname@example.org
capitol impact Bipartisan Group Aims at McKillip When Rep. Doug McKillip (R-Athens) decided to switch his party affiliation from Democratic to Republican 18 months ago, he stirred up anger and resentment among many of the colleagues he left behind. How intense is that resentment? Intense enough that progressive-minded Democrats living in Atlanta, nearly 70 miles removed from McKillip’s legislative district, are attending fundraisers in support of his Republican primary opponent, Athens attorney Regina Quick. Quick drove to Atlanta on a recent Sunday afternoon for one of those fundraisers at a private home near Emory University. The event drew numerous people who had probably never contributed to a Republican candidate before but who were eager to hear Quick discuss her campaign against McKillip. The host committee for the fundraiser included such Democratic lawmakers as Rep. Kathy Ashe (D-Atlanta) and Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver (D-Decatur), as well as former Atlanta City Council member Panke Bradley Miller. Bob Smith, a Watkinsville Republican who represented Oconee County for 12 years before stepping down from the Georgia House, was another of the honorary hosts for the event. McKillip angered Democrats by bolting the party just days after he ran for and was elected chairman of the House Democratic Caucus. He has also irritated Republicans like Smith because he redrew his legislative district, which had been contained entirely within the confines of Athens-Clarke County, to take in slices of Republican areas in Oconee, Jackson and Barrow counties. “Bob Smith and Lynn Westmoreland worked hard to finally get a House map where all of Oconee was in one district,” Quick said. “Now it’s been split up again.” McKillip especially angered women’s groups by sponsoring the controversial measure, HB
954, that criminalizes abortions performed after 20 weeks, on the grounds that they allegedly result in “fetal pain.” (Gov. Nathan Deal subsequently signed the bill into law.) The invitation to Quick’s Atlanta fundraiser included this exhortation: “HB 954, authored by Representative Doug McKillip… was not about health care or choice, it was a raw grab for power. He is being positioned for higher leadership. We cannot allow this to happen. He must be stopped. Now!” Quick noted that McKillip did not co-sponsor an identical abortion bill, HB 89, that was introduced by Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon) in the 2011 session, and he did not pre-file a bill to restrict abortions prior to the convening of the 2012 session. McKillip only introduced HB 954 on Feb. 8, about three weeks after Quick announced she would run against him in the Republican primary. She contends that his primary motivation in this tardy introduction of the bill was to curry favor with the voters in a Republican-leaning district. “He’s an opportunist—that’s the only political party he belongs to,” Quick said. “I’m a real Republican.” Quick was unapologetic in telling the Democrats at her fundraiser that she admired the work of people like Debbie Dooley, who are involved in the various Tea Party groups. She also added that she will be an independent voice in the House and not merely a member of Speaker David Ralston’s “team.” (Ralston is helping out McKillip with some of his fundraisers.) She was able to close the sale, as evidenced by the checks that were written out to her. She earlier had received contributions from Democrats like Doug Haines, a former state senator from Athens, and Athens Mayor Nancy Denson, whose daughter is Rep. Margaret Kaiser (D-Atlanta). Tom Crawford email@example.com
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the reader Must-Read TV After a quarter-century of living here in Coolsville, very little about my hipster brethren and sistren surprises me anymore, except for one thing. I’m amazed at how few people I meet admit to watching television. Personally, I don’t believe it—nobody actually spends the endless hours listening to and dissecting the music of Serge Gainsbourg or Magnetic Fields, or exclusively watching the experimental foreign-language cinemah that these people claim to do without some sort of respite. Nobody can possibly be that arch. Even if you watch it ironically, you still watch TV. The fact is that there is nothing wrong with watching television. Sure, it’s a lowestcommon-denominator pastime, but that also means that it’s the only activity that comes anywhere close to a nationally shared experience. It’s the only activity that 300 million people can do at the same time. You want to live like common people; you want to do what common people do? Then you watch the television people cavort for your pleasure or present the day’s events in stentorian tones, and you do so without anyshame. Because TV is ubiquitous, both as an entertainment medium and as a primary source of information, the study of television is a legitimate subject for historians and sociologists. What we watch reflects who we are and helps to shape what we think—people who heard the famous 1960 Kennedy-Nixon debate on the radio thought Nixon had won—and at no time is that more evident than when we look at TV at its mostwatched. For the bulk of the 1980s and ‘90s, there was no more powerful regular event in America than the Thursday night primetime lineup on NBC, what would become known as “Must-See TV.” At its peak, that single night of programming generated more advertising revenue than an entire week on the rest of the broadcast networks. Combined. The shows that ran on Thursday nights during that time period were the definition of water-cooler shows, dominating the national conversation on Friday mornings, and while many of us could not have cared less about Sam and Diane, Ross and Rachel or Will and Grace, we knew what everyone else was talking about. And though “Seinfeld” has now been off the air for five more years than it was on, we still quote it relentlessly, and several of its phrases have entered the lexicon. The guiding hand at NBC during those years was Warren Littlefield, who served as director of comedy programming and then president of entertainment for the network, an exalted and precarious position in the cutthroat business of amusing America. During his tenure, Littlefield shepherded the development of “Cheers,” “The Cosby Show,” “Seinfeld,” “Friends,” “Frasier,” “ER,” “Mad About You,” “Will & Grace,” “Law & Order” and a number of other programs that continue to generate millions in syndication. His new book, Top of the Rock: Inside the Rise and Fall of Must See TV (with T.R. Pearson,
Random House, 2012) is a chronicle of those years and a surprisingly fascinating read. Although he was one of the suits, Littlefield’s secret as a developer of TV programs was to assemble talent and allow them to do what they did best, to facilitate their process rather than impose his authority. He does the same thing here. Rather than the usual chest-pounding memoir one would expect from a former entertainment executive about his years as the biggest cock on the walk, Littlefield and Pearson give us the story of NBC’s most fallow period as an oral history, told through the voices of many of the actors, creators and executives from the shows that aired during Littlefield’s tenure. Littlefield’s voice directs the discussion, but then he steps
back and lets everyone else tell the story. Here is Jerry Seinfeld and Jason Alexander discussing the process of creating their unique show week after week, then cast members from “Friends” and “ER” giving a practical seminar on how to work as an ensemble cast in high-stakes TV. We also get the inside stories about who almost got the parts and how close many of these shows came to dying on the vine, a glimpse into an alternate TV-universe where Fred Dryer was Sam Malone, Megan Mullally was Elaine Benes and Cliff Huxtable was a limo driver. And throughout the book is an extended love letter to James Burrows, the most accomplished and possibly the best director of four-camera situation comedy in the history of the medium. Top of the Rock is a quick read—all dialogue, no narrative—and a pocket education in how television is created, produced, written and performed. Anyone who aspires to work in TV will benefit from this collection of anecdotes by the people who were the most successful at it. And for the rest of us, Littlefield’s book is an engaging look at how all of us, hipsters included, were brought together by the flash of the Peacock’s tail. John G. Nettles
art notes Sunday Afternoon Sublime Without exception, each time I visit our own manicured and beatific State Botanical Garden on South Milledge, I ask myself why is it exactly that I don’t conduct more of my daily life there. Why don’t I come here in the mornings to read the paper? Why don’t I exclusively jog on these trails? Can I think of a solid reason not to start eating three meals a day at Donderos’ Kitchen, tucked snugly inside a two-story greenhouse just off the Visitor’s Center? I’m a fan, if that’s not immediately obvious. And after my most recent trip out to the Garden, to see Hannah Skoonberg’s generous exhibition of prints currently on display, I’m now convinced that this may be the most calming, gorgeous venue in which to display work of this kind.
more recent pieces on display, utilizes the time-honored apposition of organic against geometric, of nuanced detail against rigid pattern, of unexpected points of view. In short, this piece does everything right. It also introduces other weapons in Skoonberg’s arsenal: her unflagging and often staggering attention to miniscule details, and a near-spooky ability to successfully articulate them every time, all of the time. Set against a nondescript office building and parking garage, an ecstatically executed tree blooms like a river breaking into streams. The depiction of organic matter in art is often an occasion for elaboration and/or outright invention, but throughout the show, Skoonberg walks a straight line between high realism and simplification—forming each tiny network
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TIX $15 adv, $20 door Skoonberg’s show is hung in a tucked-away corner of the Visitor’s Center and Conservatory, catty-corner to the café and opposite a gigantic indoor palm tree (can’t miss it!). The work, all framed prints—mostly relief and on Japanese paper— primarily concern themselves with landscape, although the range of techniques and compositional strategies at work here separates the 20-something pieces on display into distinct sub-sets, like paragraphs onto a page. The most distinctive of these is Skoonberg’s 10-part suite “My Mother’s Garden,” which riffs on traditional botanical illustration and the practice of pressing living specimens between paper as a means of preservation. In these, Skoonberg begins with a carved linoleum representation of plant life drawn directly from her own mother’s garden. Equal parts attentive and economical, Skoonberg’s skill as a printmaker is foregrounded by her consistently successful description of form through a sophisticated layering of saturated color, much of the time (and mercifully) avoiding black as a means of fixing the image too solidly onto the page. The results are delicately composed images, whose carefully considered layers cling to one another with a slight tension, as well as a vague undercurrent of ephemerality (not unlike the botanical subjects themselves). This may sound like a weak spot in her practice, but Skoonberg’s got the chops to build her house on sand. Cut from the page and pressed under glass, the seeming meekness of the work is preserved and highlighted for a viewer, labeled with hand-typed print in the bottom corner. I was, and remain, charmed. As I made my way around the show, however, it became clear that this was a warm-up act. “City Trees,” one of the
of branches and limbs while (for the most part) omitting any description of surface. The results are complex, graphically striking silhouettes that blend, fade and resist the various contexts Skoonberg devises for them. “Blackwell” and the jaw-droppingly detailed “Night Descends” (two of the largest pieces in the show) are carved and printed on a scale directly related to that of the human body: the vertical orientation and relative width of the pieces are roughly the size of torsos. At this size, the dense optical networks created by the artist’s considerable focus are given ample platform upon which to sing—and sing is exactly what they do. Inside the edges, Skoonberg’s skittering, manic branches evoke lungs, nerves, blood vessels, streams and so on, and so on, and so on…. As dizzying as this detail can be, several of Skoonberg’s pieces rely on a mood conjured by sophisticated color decisions, as well as sustained attention to the craft of printing images by hand. “Stillness” and “Meditation” layer transparent layers atop the warm ground of Japanese paper, depicting Georgia landscapes with Eastern sensibilities, but with a voice so specific and misty it feels like looking at your own dreams. Hannah Skoonberg’s exhibition is on display at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia until June 17. Hung in the Visitor’s Center and Conservatory, hours are Tuesdays through Saturday from 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. (with late nights on Tuesdays until 8:30), and Sundays from 11:30 a.m until 4:30 p.m. The Garden is closed on Mondays, presumably for watering. Brian Hitselberger
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movie dope Some releases may not be showing locally this week. • indicates new review 21 JUMP STREET (R) 2012’s biggest surprise to date has to be this brilliantly dumb comedy from star-producerstory contributor Jonah Hill. A pair of pathetic new cops, Schmidt and Jenko (Hill and comedy revelation Channing Tatum), blow their first bust. As a result, they are transferred to a special undercover unit that sends fresh-faced policemen into local schools to nab drug dealers and the like. Hilarity, or what passes for it these days, ensues. 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 otherdimensional 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 that has been rampant among the 12-year-old boys trapped within otherwise normally grownup men.. BATTLEFIELD AMERICA (PG13) How much you’re going to like Battlefield America (don’t confuse it with a sequel to the slice of John Travolta-meets-L. Ron Hubbard awful that is Battlefield Earth) depends on how excited this next statement makes you: “From the writer, director & creator of You Got Served.” Pumped yet? Chris Stokes hits the dance floor again with a new group of kids. The plot, if you care, involves a businessman bankrolling an instructor to get some misfits ready for an underground dance competition. The usual plotline in any reality-based melodrama. BATTLESHIP (PG-13) For a giant, dumb summer movie that could only be called Bay-esque, Battleship doesn’t sink itself. Earth gets more than it bargained for after scientists send signals into space in an attempt to add some extraterrestrial Facebook friends. The ETs that answer are not friendly, answering with massive Transformer-y ships and personality-less shock troopers. Fortunately, Earth has Taylor Kitsch, Landry from “Friday Night Lights,” Rihanna and Brooklyn Decker to fight the giant peg-bomb launching invaders. FX-laden, wannabe blockbusters based on board games can certainly be worse than this flick directed by Peter Berg (with a soundtrack
programmed by a classic rock DJ named Mad Dog). A whole lot of seenit-before and just enough something new keep this hulking behemoth afloat. Props to the writing Hoebers who fit in a sequence where the characters actually play a life-or-death version of Battleship; I haven’t seen such a great deadly game night since Never Say Never Again. The best/worst salvo I
of the soap’s suds and upping the camp, the big screen Dark Shadows still involves many of the series’ major players: vampire Barnabas Collins (Depp), Elizabeth Collins Stoddard (Michelle Pfeiffer), Dr. Hoffman (Helena Bonham Carter), Angelique (Eva Green), Willie Loomis (Jackie Earle Haley), Victoria Winters (Bella Heathcote) and Carolyn Stoddard (Chloe Grace Moretz). That list of names will mean little to the scores of uninitiated young Burton/Depp
THE DICTATOR (R) Sacha Baron Cohen and director Larry Charles may have left their guerrilla mockumentary tactics behind, but their offensive strategy still elicits massive bombs of laughter, even in this much more conventionally structured comedy. Cohen’s Admiral General Aladeen, the dictator of the fictional North African nation of Wadiya, is stripped of his beard and power on a trip to speak to the United Nations. With the help of a crunchy feminist (adequately sup-
If you were German girls, this sweet jacket would be ripped to shreds by now! can launch at this flick is that it made me really yearn to play Battleship for the first time in years. Two hundred million dollars bought Hasbro a hell of a commercial. THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL (PG-13) No better Avengers counterprogramming could exist than this British dramedy starring Oscar winner Dame Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel, Oscar winner Maggie Smith and Oscar winner Tom Wilkinson and directed by Shakespeare in Love Oscar nominee John Madden. A bevy of Brits travel to the subcontinent to stay at the posh, newly renovated Marigold Hotel, but the adverts prove misleading. Still, the hotel does begin to charm its English patrons. Based on the novel by Deborah Moggach. CHERNOBYL DIARIES (R) In this new flick from Paranormal Activity creator Oren Peli (visual effects vet Bradley Parker makes his directorial debut), six American tourists (including multiplatinum recording artist Jesse McCartney) hire an extreme tour guide to take them to Pripyat, the ghost city left by Chernobyl. The visitors soon discover they are not alone. Peli jettisons the found footage gimmick upon which his previous features have relied. The trailer looks appropriately creepy, but that title is terrible.This one is not sponsored by the Southern Company. DARK SHADOWS (PG-13) Having tried but never quite sunk my teeth into both previous versions of Dan Curtis’ gothic soap opera, I had few preconceptions going into Tim Burton/ Johnny Depp’s high-concept reimagining. Sadly, the duo merely delivered a pretty-looking, rather dull oddity. (Burton’s output has become increasingly miss-and-hit.) Tossing much
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fans looking for another Alice in Wonderland, which this horror comedy most certainly is not. That movie’s billion-dollar success has fortunately allowed Burton to indulge his quirkier side at Collinswood. Still, his latest movie becomes shockingly boring after the extremely amusing early
plied by an atypical Anna Faris) and a should-be-dead nuclear scientist (“The League” MVP Jason Mantzoukas aka El Cuñado), Aladeen must infiltrate a peace summit before his beloved oppressive regime becomes a democracy. The brilliant gags far outclass the low-brow misses; the soundtrack—
American democracy (all true, of course), The Dictator lacks the witheringly pointed satire of Borat and Bruno. It surely is hilarious though. 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. FOOTNOTE (PG) 2011. The rivalry between a father and son who both teach Talmudic Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem reaches a new competitive peak when the father, Eliezer (Shlomo Bar-Aba), is honored for his work. This Israeli feature by writer-director Joseph Cedar was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Academy Award and Cannes’ Palme d’Or; it also won nine Awards of the Israeli Film Academy, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Screenplay. Every researcher at the university will be jostling for a place in the ticket line and roaring with laughter once inside, don’t you know? THE HUNGER GAMES (PG-13) An adaptation of a difficult book that nearly 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. JOHN CARTER (PG-13) Civil War veteran John Carter (“Friday Night Lights”’ alum Taylor Kitsch, whose career is poised to blow up or implode
This must be the new Apple virus everyone is talking about. scenes of 200-plus-year-old Barnabas adapting to the 1970s. Depp produces another entertaining character, a la Jack Sparrow, but as the movie approaches the two hour mark, he grows as tedious as the blockbuster he solely supports. The cutting room could have used help from a professional scissorshand.
filled by “Wadiyan”-language versions of “Everybody Hurts,” “9 to 5” and “The Next Episode”—is the film’s best running joke. Cohen continues to stake his claim to the chameleonic comic crown left by Peter Sellers, but what should he do with it once he gets it? Outside of the scathing climactic critique of
in 2012) is transported to Mars, where 12-foot-tall barbarians rule. WALL-E director Andrew Stanton becomes the latest Pixar filmmaker to make the jump from animation to live action. I’d love to see his film be as successful as Brad Bird’s Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol. With Bryan Cranston, Mark
Strong, Ciaran Hinds, Willem Dafoe and Thomas Haden Church. THE KID WITH A BIKE (PG-13) 2011. Palme d’Or winners Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (Rosetta and The Child) wrote and directed this feature about a young boy (Thomas Doret), abandoned by his father, who spends his weekends with a local hairdresser (Cecile de France). Unfortunately, he also gets mixed up with a local criminal. His mode of transportation: a bike. What did you think, roller skates? The Palme d’Or nominee picked up Cannes’ Grand Prize of the Jury and was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Golden Globes. MEN IN BLACK III (PG-13) Confession time: I never saw Men in Black II. I’m OK with that oversight. Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones reprise their roles as Agent J and Agent K. Apparently, Smith’s J time travels back to 1969 to stop an alien from assassinating his partner, whose younger version is played by John Brolin. Director Barry Sonnenfeld returns and could really use a hit. With Alice Eve, Jemaine Clement, Emma Thompson and Bill Hader as Andy Warhol, who unfortunately couldn’t help with the plot. MIRROR MIRROR (PG) Not much clicks in 2012’s first reimaging of Snow White (the darker Snow White and the Huntsman drops in June). Julia Roberts does not an Evil Queen make; the anachronistic dialogue is wincingly unfunny and the live action cartoon, overflowing with Stooge-y slapstick, is a tonal decision only pleasing to undiscriminating children, many of whom found Mirror Mirror to be rousingly delightful. It’s not. lPIRANHA 3DD (R) The needleteethed, bloodthirsty pack of prehistoric piranha might be back, but not many of the people responsible for that fun-filled exploitation flick are. The Feast trio—director John Gulagher and writers Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton—is replacing Alexandre Aja; that’s not a trade up. Moving the allyou-can-eat buffet from Lake Victoria to a water park seems like a smart move. Now, it’s up to the execution. With Danielle Panabaker, Ving Rhames, David Hasselhoff and Katrina Bowden. nSNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN (PG-13) 2012’s second Snow White movie (she’s also a television star on ABC’s “Once Upon a Time”) tweaks the fairy tale with the pale beauty (Kristen Stewart, Twilight) and the huntsman (Chris Hemsworth, Thor), sent by Charlize Theron’s Evil Queen to kill her, instead teaming up to overthrow her majesty. Director Rupert Sanders is an unknown entity; thankfully, the cast includes the familiar faces of Toby Jones, Ian McShane, Ray Winstone, Nick Frost and Bob Hoskins. Written by Drive’s Hossein Amini. THE THREE STOOGES (PG) Apparently, a modern update of Three Stooges is not an idea as utterly bereft of laughs as one would imagine, assuming one imagined the original Three Stooges to be unbereft of laughs, as it were. 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 Chantiles-Wertz and Robert Capron— are swell stand-ins for the originals. WE HAVE A POPE (NR) 2011. An Italian man is elected to be Pope against his wishes, prompting an embarrassing lack of enthusiasm for God’s chosen post in this comedy directed by Nanni Moretti. The cardinals bring in a psychiatrist to help the
new Pope deal with his anxiety in this warm and witty comedy. WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING (PG-13) Expecting a cinematic extinction level event on par with Garry Marshall’s star-whoring Valentine’s Day/New Year’s Eve, What to Expect When You’re Expecting pleasantly met my vastly lowered expectations. What to Expect would have been a decent Apatow/Bridesmaids knockoff had it slimmed down to one main plot—an expectant couple played by Elizabeth Banks and Mr. Melissa McCarthy (Ben Falcone) compete with his race car legend father (Dennis Quaid) and his pregnant trophy wife (Brooklyn Decker)—and shed the extra plot poundage involving Jennifer Lopez adopting an Ethiopian baby, Anna Kendrick and Chace Crawford’s uh-oh moment and Cameron Diaz’s star
pregnancy (with that wet blanket from “Glee,” Matthew Morrison). The almost interstitial scenes with the daddy club of Chris Rock, Rob Heubel, Thomas Lennon and Amir Talai amuse, as does Rebel Wilson as Banks’s mostly clueless employee. Like unfortunate clockwork, every time the movie started to get things comically right, the scene would shift to JLo’s woes or the young couple’s romantic predicament. Still, I expected little, and the romantic dramedy delivered a bundle of tiny, intermittent joy that, like some babies, cried more than it laughed. So did I, unfortunately. WRATH OF THE TITANS (PG-13) Is the problem that they don’t make them like they used to or that they make them too much like they used to? Wrath of the Titans, the tedious sequel to the boring remake of Clash of the Titans,
is fully stocked on seen-that-before moments. Demigod Perseus (former next big thing Sam Worthington) is asked by his godly pops, Zeus (Liam Neeson), to help save humanity again. Apparently, Zeus’ bro, Hades (Ralph Fiennes), and Zeus’ other kid, Ares (Edgar Ramirez), are scheming with Zeus’ Titan dad, Cronos, to stage a monstrously large prison break, and the half-god is the only person who can stop it. Battle: Los Angeles director Jonathan Liebesman brings the exact same bag of shaky action tricks to ancient Greece, but believe it or not, Battle: LA is more exciting.They’re just lucky that the statute of liminations has run out on whatever copyright law protected the literary output of the Greek pantheon. Drew Wheeler
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… Like a Fish Needs a Bicycle HAYWIRE (R) Because of the holiday deadline, this week’s Movie Pick focuses on a DVD/ Blu-ray recommendation instead of a first-run release. Normal programming will resume next issue. Steven Soderbergh’s super-lean action movie Haywire was released earlier this year but left theaters quickly. It deserved better. Mallory (Gina Carano) works for a private security firm run by her ex-boyfriend Kenneth (Ewan McGregor). The government covertly uses the firm to do dirty jobs around the
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any decent action sequence, has been replaced with pixels and posing. The American action movie is dying, and I miss it so. With Haywire, Soderbergh and screenwriter Lem Dobbs (they previously collaborated on the rarely seen Kafka and the underrated revenge picture The Limey) valiantly resurrect the modern-day action movie in its gritty 1970s incarnation. It’s also spiced with a dash of Hong Kong 1980s-styled “heroic bloodshed” and given a strong blast of Bronson at his bone-crunching best. The big difference from
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Gina Carano does all her own heavy lifting in Soderbergh’s action picture Haywire. world. Mallory is sent to Barcelona, ostensibly to rescue a kidnapped Chinese journalist. She teams up with a new guy, Aaron (Channing Tatum), and they complete the job. But while working on another assignment in Dublin with a British agent (Michael Fassbender), things go awry. Bones break, heads roll and Mallory goes rogue. The American action movie has been on suicide watch for some time. Most studio product is top-heavy with backstory, overstuffed with visually incomprehensible action scenes relying on jump cuts rather than fluid fight choreography to jolt. The fun component has been taken out of the entertainment formula, replaced with narrative bombast and technological bullying. But the most egregious cinematic sin is that true physicality, the meat and blood and pulse that is the foundation of
other Hollywood action movies, however, is that like the legendary Jackie Chan or Tony Jaa, Carano, a mixed martial arts fighter, performs her own stunts. She has limited dramatic range, but she’s equipped with enough low-wattage charisma to keep things interesting between fights. Dobbs’ script prods with some feminist subtext—the movie’s tagline is “They Left Her No Choice!”—as Carano pummels her way through the men who’ve done her wrong. The best thing, though, is the action. The stationary camera captures every snap, crunch and gouge, treating Carano’s brutal grace with respect, much like Astaire’s fleet-footed genius was once filmed. Some of Soderbergh’s best work has been in the crime genre, and Haywire is no exception.
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threats & promises Music News And Gossip I Wish I Were a Baller: The All City Cannonballers debut album was released digitally last week. The band hadn’t played live in a very long time before the release show at the Caledonia Lounge, and the live lineup featured founder J.S. Dillard along with Jeff Rapier (American Cheeseburger, The Dumps) and Mikey Dwyer. The recording features Dillard with Jordan Olivera (Manray) and Charlie Estes (Dark Meat, Monahan). Matt Tamisin of Japanski Studios handled the recording and engineering. You can find the self-titled album over at Bandcamp.com. For more info on All City Cannonballers, please see www.reverbnation.com/ allcitycannonballers.
Maximum Wang-N-Roll: If you’re looking to lose your mind for three straight days this week, you could do a lot worse than the triple bill at Farm 255. Curated by Max Wang of The Rodney Kings (check www.therodneykings.bandcamp. com for a taste of their el primo garage blasts), the event is dubbed 364@255 and will run the nights of Thursday, May 31–Saturday, June 2. Featured bands are K I D S, Velocirapture, Blue Division (John Fernandes and Cam Evers of The Rodney Kings) and Muuy Biien on Thursday; The Rodney Kings, Towers, Bubbly Mommy Gun and Raleigh, NC’s Lonnie Walker on Friday; and Gun Party, Sleeping Friends, Barlettas and USA on Saturday. NICK HELDERMON
Read This Now: Pigpen Studios is in serious danger of being forcibly closed through no fault of owner Daniel Collins. This situation is this: The loan acquired by Collins several years ago, which he has kept current, was co-signed by a person Collins is no longer involved with, and his lending bank is requiring a new cosignatory or they will take the property back. I don’t profess to understand the inner workings of this type of finance, but one thing is clear: Collins has a chance to re-finance the property himself but would need $10,000 to begin this process. The most desirable route for him is the acquisition of a new business partner who would come on board, cosign the loan and acquire 50 percent of Pigpen—both the business and the property ownership. Collins has worked in the music business for over 20 years and began Pigpen nine years ago. The studio has nurtured hundreds of artists both with its recording facility and its easily affordable and accessible pracBear in Heaven tices spaces. He has been particularly supportive of the Athens Girls Rock Camp and donated space, equipment and knowledge. Collins’ friend, Athens real estate agent and musician Leah Salguero, has taken the reins in gathering the troops in Collins’ support. A benefit show is being held at The Georgia Theatre Thursday, May 31 and will feature performances by Nic Goodson and others on the rooftop and Theocracy, Dangfly, 90 Acre Farm, Efren, Lowdive and Showtime in the Theatre proper. Admission is $10 and doors open at 7 p.m. Every single dollar counts in this effort, so even if you can’t attend please consider helping out a man who has given lots of personal and professional support to our scene throughout the years. For further details and particulars, including investment opportunities and the like, please contact Salguero via email at email@example.com. Best of luck to all concerned for a happy outcome!
A Hand Up: New West Records has officially launched its new imprint, Normaltown Records. Named, of course, after the Athens neighborhood, the label’s first release is due May 29, and it’ll be the solo debut by Kalen Nash of Atlanta band Ponderosa. While the label has an Athens-inspired name, it is in no way specifically linked to the purpose of releasing records solely, or even primarily, from Athens artists. In a press release, spokesman George Fontaine, Jr. said, “Normaltown allows us to develop and grow young talent without immediate expectations or pressures typical of getting signed.” And they said artist development was dead! (Note: it mostly is, but good on these guys for providing some, anyway.) Outside of Nash, the label’s roster includes Daniel Romano, Lilly Hiatt, Ronnie Fauss and White Violet. Visit them on the world wide web via www.normaltownrecords.com.
Your Polyester Tux Out: After a few years off, Athens promotional company Team Clermont will once again host its annual summer event. Now titled Team Clermont Summer Showcase and Prom, the three-day party will happen July 26–28. Announced bands so far include Olivia Tremor Control, Bear in Heaven and Crooked Fingers, with more to be announced gradually as the event nears. The live music showcases will happen at The Georgia Theatre, and the prom (formerly known as the “Blue Ribbon Ball”) which “takes the attendees back to the times of cover bands, questionable outfits, photo booths and punch bowls, without all of the awkwardness of being a teenager” will happen at the Melting Point, where you can swing ‘n’ sway to the boat jams of Yacht Rock Revue. As of this writing, there are fewer than 100 three-day passes left, and they’re a mere $25 each. Head to www.georgiatheatre.com to purchase yours. If you’ve got a nifty idea for this year’s prom theme, the team is taking suggestions via Twitter at @ TeamClermont. Use the hashtag #TC15. If You Only Read One Thing, Read This: Do you have an old guitar (preferably one in fine working order) that you’re just not using anymore and would really like to see it put to good use? Please consider donating it to BurneyHarris-Lyons Middle School. The school will soon offer an International Baccalaureate diploma (more information at www.ibo.org) which requires that every student takes a fine arts class. Orchestra and chorus director Christina Esposito is hoping to offer more fine arts options, including a guitar program, but the cash-strapped school has no funds available to purchase guitars. If you don’t have a spare guitar but would be willing to donate some cash toward the project—any amount would be great—please do! Ms. Esposito can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org. I Spy a Boy; I Spy a Girl: Best wishes and congratulations go out, respectively, to Flagpole Music Editor Michelle Gilzenrat and her new husband Shane Davis (Spring Tigers). The couple tied the knot a little over a week ago, and I couldn’t be happier for them. I’ve normally been stand-offish when it comes to making mention of things like this in Threats & Promises (and, as a matter of unofficial policy, don’t ever really include news like this), but since I made a big hoo-ha several months ago about their dramatic and romantic engagement moment, I knew I wanted to bookend that news with this news. Gordon Lamb email@example.com
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Chew on This Gumball Machine Records Last month, Jack White released a new record via balloon. He tied 1,000 flexi discs to bright blue, helium-filled carriages which were let loose over Nashville, to be dispersed wherever the wind might carry them. Most, it seems, landed on eBay, and those not recovered by humans undoubtedly caused much bewilderment to nearby wildlife. While the ultimate goal of releasing recordings in such an extravagant and haphazard manner is known only to White (publicity stunt, most likely), that same month in Athens, two local artists also felt compelled to distribute music in an equally unconventional, albeit far more practical, way. This April, Dain Marx and Hana Hay debuted Gumball Machine Records at Hendershot’s Coffee Bar. The name says it all: for just 50 cents, you can purchase a download code from a local artist right out of a gumball machine. New releases appear each month, accompanied by collectible trinkets related to the featured song or artist. There are now music-filled gumball machines all around town, including Little Kings Shuffle Club, Flicker Theatre & Bar and Bizzaro Wuxtry, with more locations pending. Prior to his move to Athens, Marx helped found and manage Stankhouse Records, an underground record label based out of his former home in Portland, OR. Flagpole spoke with Marx and Hay in Athens shortly after their Little Kings release party. “I did Stankhouse for a while, and we released like 15 records,” says Marx. “Near the end of that, the trend started shifting to MP3 releases, so we started including MP3 download codes on pieces of paper with the records.” While there is still some demand for vinyl, cassettes and CDs, listeners are increasingly experiencing music digitally. This proves advantageous in some respects, because download codes are cheaper and easier to produce than physical recordings. However, distributing the codes in some meaningful, tangible form is a challenge. Pieces of paper with download information handed out at concerts were often discarded. “People didn’t know what they were,” says Hay. Adds Marx,
“People acted like we were handing them trash. I even had one guy try to tell me he only listened to music that he downloaded. After I told him that the paper I gave him was for a free download, he seemed into the idea.” Marx and Hay stewed on the idea for several months, considering various methods of distributing digital music in a more interesting physical form. They considered stickers, pins and even etching codes onto small sculptures. Eventually, they were inspired by a gumball machine full of novelty toys that formerly occupied a local house venue. With a little help from eBay, the pair soon had four gumball machines to fill with an eclectic mix of local music and other surprises. A complete list of participating artists, as well as contact information for bands wishing to take part, is available at www.gumballmachinerecords.com. “We like that this brings lots of different cliques of music together in a box filled with swag and random fun stuff,” says Marx. “And our release shows have brought together groups of people who wouldn’t normally be at the same place.” Presently, Marx and Hay are considering a variety of options for future releases. They are sifting through submissions for the coming month and are planning to re-release the previous two months’ worth of material to coincide with AthFest. A somewhat more traditional “best of Gumball Machine Records” compilation on CD or vinyl is also being considered for release in the near future. With these tentative plans and 19 local bands already onboard (including Casper and the Cookies, Helen Scott and a Humms side project called The Ice Creams), Gumball Records is off to a promising start. The goal right now is to make Gumball Machine Records more self-sufficient and focus on getting more machines and more releases out to the public. In the meantime, the current fleet should give local music fans plenty of tasty audio morsels to chew on. Brian Veysey
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Spanning the country on their most recent tour, it took exactly one word to turn the laidback, joke-jabbing boys of The Cave Singers from silly to stoic: “domino.” “Domino,” says lead singer Pete Quirk. “We just get along really well on the road just because we’re so comfortable with each other—but sometimes we exhibit our love for each other in the way of just making fun of each other brutally. So, we had to come up with a safety word if someone was making fun of you too much and you couldn’t handle it. It was a great idea for us.” A great idea, indeed, considering the time spent in that van as the Seattle-based folkrockers trekked across the country in support of 2011’s No Witch. The band opened for big names like Fleet Foxes along the way, tightening up their stage show and soaking up every new experience. “We’ve had a crazy year, but a great year. We probably toured the most that we’ve ever toured consistently behind [No Witch],” says Quirk. “The shows are getting bigger and livelier. It’s been a great progression.” The progression began with 2007’s Invitation Songs and 2009’s Welcome Joy, showcasing subtle and logical steps within the deeply rooted, familial qualities of folk-pop bred from the genre hotbed that is the Pacific Northwest. “When I look back over [our discography], so many things have happened in just living life over the period of those three records that it’s really crazy to see where we’ve been,” says Quirk. “I can look back over [the albums] as a reflection of where I’ve been, or where I lived or all these things that have happened. I’m glad that those things exist for me because it documents a certain time and feelings in my life.” How The Cave Singers came upon their current sound is surprising, considering the musical backgrounds of the band’s founders. Quirk hails from indie rockers Hint Hint, and bandmate Derek Fudesco came from the rock/ post-punk outfit Pretty Girls Make Graves. The early days of The Cave Singers came simply from laid-back, intentionally directionless jams between the two where a new sound was born. “There was no ‘We gotta get into this folkpop thing right now; this shit is blowing up,’”
laughs Quirk. “From the beginning, there has been no pretense for any sort of direction or anything other than just creating. I was just happy at the time making music in my room on my four-track and working at my job. That was completely satisfying.” The free flow of musical ideas was undoubtedly key in those early jams. It allowed the group to experiment and find its own sound. “There were no rules. There was no leader of the band. You could do whatever you wanted, and it didn’t matter what kind of song we wrote,” says Quirk. “It was super fun and we didn’t take ourselves too seriously. We had already been in bands that took themselves too seriously or were frustrating at times. But this was just really easy, and it continued to be so and continued to evolve into something that felt worthwhile, productive and satisfying for us as musicians.” The same vibe sticks with the band, even as they’ve become a seasoned group riding a respectable wave of buzz from the first three outputs. “It’s still always loose, and things materialize when we really get into writing it,” says Quirk. “At that point, you have to focus and make the idea as clear as you want. We’re getting better at that, as well as at arranging things so that our ideas, whatever they are, are the best we can make them.” The idea of being a full-time musician is one at which Quirk still marvels. He’s admittedly unsure of how he, or The Cave Singers as a whole, got to this point. Something— something genuine yet largely inexplicable— has clicked for this group in a way it simply didn’t in past musical incarnations. “It really is like a family with us, and it’s amazing how it’s become part of my existence to write music with these guys,” he says. “It’s part of what I do now—this permanent, creative thing. That’s an amazing feeling.” Alec Wooden
WHO: Cave Singers, Shane Tutmarc WHERE: Caledonia Lounge WHEN: Monday, June 4, 9:30 p.m. HOW MUCH: $10
Yo Momma’s Big Fat Booty Band On a Mission to Let Loose, Have Fun and Bring the Funk
For 10 years, Yo Momma’s Big Fat Booty Band has been on a quest to spread funky fun wherever possible. This epic undertaking has resulted in an especially demanding tour schedule, and according to saxophonist Greg Hollowell, bringing the funk can be quite exhausting. “Touring is a love/hate thing,” says Hollowell. “Sure, you’ve got your nights that make you feel like everything is worthwhile and you’re on the right track; then you’ve got nights that are real ball-busters, and then there’s everywhere in between those… It’s a good job. It’s a fun job. But it’s a hard one.” Earlier this year, one of the Booty Band’s tour stories made it into Another Nightmare Gig from Hell, a book featuring a compilation of “interesting, weird stories from the road.” Hollowell recounts to Flagpole the band’s briefly utilized, sometimes on fire (literally) 1966 GM bus getting stuck atop a Colorado mountain pass during wintertime, flying to Alaska to play a series of shows that felt “like a vacation in the middle of a big tour” and working/playing with artists the band deeply admires, namely George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic. “That whole school is a huge influence on my life and music,” says Hollowell, “and I think a lot of the other guys in the band feel the same way… [Clinton] set the tone for a lot of it, I feel—carrying it further from that tight band, James Brown-style, adding a lot of psychedelia and taking it to those next few levels.” This tour’s principle focus is the new album, Doin’ It Hard, the Booty Band’s first studio release since its 2007 debut, Now You Know. Although Hollowell admits that the band waited “way too long” between releases, he’s happy with the aspects that distinguish the two albums—mainly, “the personnel and the feel.” Guitarist/vocalist JP Miller, bassist/vocalist Al Ingram, trombonist Derrick Johnson and Hollowell have been together since the beginning, but vocalist/keyboardist Mary Frances and drummer Lee “Insta Funk” Allen joined in 2009. “[Frances and Allen] have been a touring electronic duo for about seven or eight years called Eymarel, so they brought years of playing together to the table… and kind of a harder edge, which is nice and refreshing.”
The band made a daring move by using a “pay what you want” model with Doin’ It Hard, and according to Hollowell, the results have been artistically and financially satisfying. “I’ll always feel that I’d rather somebody have it than not,” he says. “If somebody downloads it and doesn’t pay anything, we get their email and hopefully gain somebody who’s giving us some attention and digs it. So, I think it’s a winwin… We’re independent all the way, so we paid for it all [via Kickstarter campaign].” It’s not surprising that Hollowell gravitated towards funk from an early age; to him, being a musician is all about bringing joy and good times to others. “To me, that’s the mission,” he says. “There’s a lot of things everyone has to deal with every day. It’s important, number one, to have a sense of humor, and number two, to be able to forget your troubles, let loose, enjoy sounds, enjoy life and celebrate—even when there’s nothing in particular to celebrate but life itself.” According to Hollowell, the Booty Band is essentially “six people putting their 100 percent—everything they’ve got— into trying to play the best music they can so you can have the best time possible.” Their music serves as a vehicle for funk’s heavier and more soulful sides and, most importantly, brings unadulterated enjoyment. Thus, as for a “message to the world,” the artist keeps things simple: “Our bass player cracked me up the other night. We’d had a really good show in Rock Hill, SC, and he just said, ‘Be excellent to each other,’ a quote from Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. That was a great final statement for the crowd there… I think Bill and Ted said it all.” Kevin Craig
WHO: Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, Domino Effect WHERE: Georgia Theatre WHEN: Friday, June 1, 10 p.m. HOW MUCH: $5
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Tuesday 29 EVENTS: Film Athens: Get Exposed! (Highwire Lounge) A quarterly networking event for local film industry professionals and supporters of local film, media and commercial production to meet and discuss current projects and opportunities and catch up on local film happenings. Snacks provided. 6–8:30 p.m. FREE! www.filmathens. net GAMES: Flicker Poker Night (Flicker Theatre & Bar) Fourth Tuesday of each month. 8:30 p.m. www.flickertheatreandbar.com 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: 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: 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 (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 KIDSTUFF: Little STEM Scientists (Madison County Library) Conduct fun experiments and learn how real-world scientists, engineers and farmers use technology and math. All ages; under 6 accompanied by an adult. 6:30 p.m. FREE! 706-7955597 LECTURES AND LIT: Lunchtime Learning: Healthy Lifestyle and the Paths to Fitness (ACC Library) Fitness expert Claire Lamkin of St. Mary’s Wellness Center discusses how fitness affects our health. Feel free to bring a lunch to this 45-minute program. 12:15 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 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 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: Joke-a-Go-Go (Go Bar) Come see local yuksters sharpening their skills, blundering first-timers and traveling pros at this comedy open mic hosted by Nate
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Mitchell. Last Tuesday of the month. 9 p.m. FREE! (performers), $5. 706546-5609 SPORTS: Street Hockey (YMCA) Street Hockey (on foot, no blades) for all skill levels. Every Tuesday and Thursday. 6:30 p.m. FREE! email@example.com
Wednesday 30 ART: Closing Reception (Heirloom Cafe and Fresh Market) For paintings by Erin McIntosh. The bar will be open and hors d’oeuvres will be served. 5–6 p.m. FREE! www.heirloomathens.com 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 CLASSES: Wireless for Beginners (Oconee County Library) Learn about wireless terminology and what is needed to set up Wi-Fi at home. Topics include wireless printing, hotspots and security. Registration required. 5–6 p.m. FREE! 706-7693950 EVENTS: Cheese & Beer Tasting (Heirloom Cafe and Fresh Market) Greendale Farm Artisanal presents samples of four cheeses and four beers. Reservations required. 6–7 p.m. $15. 706-354-7901 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
The Skipperdees play the Melting Point on Tuesday, June 5. 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: Sports Trivia (Beef ‘O’ Brady’s) Test your sports knowledge every Wednesday night. 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-850-1916 GAMES: Trivia (Willy’s Mexicana Grill) Trivia with a DJ! Every Wednesday. 8–10 p.m. FREE! 706548-1920 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) Think you know it all? Test your knowledge every Wednesday night. 8 p.m. (Baldwin St. & Broad St.
locations). 706-548-3442 GAMES: Trivia (Copper Creek Brewing Company) Test your trivia chops for prizes! Every Wednesday. 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-1102 GAMES: Trivia (Mellow Mushroom) Every Wednesday. 8 p.m. FREE! 706-613-0892 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: Coffeehouse and Talent Show (Oconee County Library) Teens can come drink coffee, read books and spend time with friends. There will be a talent show with prizes. Snacks and coffee provided. Ages 11-18. 6-8 p.m. FREE! 706-769-3950 KIDSTUFF: Big Bad, Little Red Pig Puppet Show (Oconee County Library) The Big Bad Wolf is working double-time in this twisted tangle of tales. Two childhood favorites have
been cleverly mixed together with just one Big Bad Wolf to share. 3 p.m. FREE! 706-769-3950 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: Knee-High Naturalists (Sandy Creek Nature Center) A program of age-appropriate nature exploration, animal encounters, hikes and crafts. For parents and children. Every other Wednesday. 3:30–4:30 p.m. $24. 706-613-3515, www.athensclarkecounty.com/sandycreeknaturecenter KIDSTUFF: Hector Snector, Dream Inspector (Madison County Library) Professional storyteller, educator, actor and writer Barry Stewart Mann from Atlanta performs. 2 p.m. FREE! 706-7955597
KIDSTUFF: Nocturnal Storytime (Madison County Library) Find out who stays up late! 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-795-5597 LECTURES AND LIT: Oconee Democrats Book Group (Piccolo’s Italian Steak House) A discussion on The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. 7 p.m. FREE! patricia.priest@yahoo. com
Thursday 31 ART: Closing Reception (Walker’s Coffee & Pub) For artwork by Lauren Williamson. 7–9 p.m. FREE! 706543-1433 ART: Artists’ Reception (Lyndon House Arts Center) For “Float,” an exhibit of honeypots and photography by Creighton Cutts and artwork of various media by members of the Visual Arts Guild. Featuring live jazz from Chip McDaniel. 6–8 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3623 ART: Sam Show (Jittery Joe’s Coffee Downtown) Reception for an art show with pieces made to honor/ annoy Samantha Paulsen. Art by Joe Havasy, Keith Rein, Noah McCarthy, Lea Purvis, and Luke Fields. 7–9:30 p.m. FREE! EVENTS: Reiki Circle (Healing Arts Centre) A Japanese massage technique for stress reduction, relaxation and healing. Every Thursday. 7–8 p.m. Donations accepted. 706-3386843 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: Trivia (The Volstead) Every Thursday! 7:30-9:30 p.m. FREE! 706-354-5300 GAMES: Special Olympics Bowling (Showtime Bowl) For indi-
viduals 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: Library Crew Orientation (Oconee County Library) Volunteer opportunity for ages 9–12 to get acquainted with and help out at the library. Must attend one of the orientation sessions to participate. Library Crew meets Thursdays in July from 10:30–11:45 am. 11 a.m. FREE! 706-769-3950 KIDSTUFF: Summer Reading Performance Series: Music and Puppets (Clarke Central High School) Entertainment from local puppeteer and ventriloquist David Osborne. 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706613-3650 SPORTS: Street Hockey (YMCA) Street Hockey (on foot, no blades) for all skill levels. Every Tuesday and Thursday. 6:30 p.m. FREE! firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday 1 ART: Opening Reception (Jittery Joe’s Coffee) (Five Points) For Elephant Ocean’s new art show “Reflection,” featuring original, sustainable art by Justin and Jul Sexton showing the connection between people and the natural world. Live music from Anni Paisely and a spoken word set by Showyn “Buddah” Walton. 7–10 p.m. FREE! www.facebook.com/elephantocean ART: Opening Reception (OCAF) For the Annual Members’ Exhibition. 6–8 p.m. FREE! www.ocaf.com EVENTS: Zumba After Dark (40 Watt Club) Tania Mendoza hosts a white party! 6:30 p.m. $10. www.40watt.com EVENTS: BikeAthens Group Ride (Athens City Hall) Meet at City Hall
for BikeAthens’ monthly, casually paced bike ride around town. The ride ends at Little Kings for a social. Be sure to wear your helmet and bring plenty of water. 6 p.m. FREE! www.bikeathens.com KIDSTUFF: Books & Bites (ACC Library) Teens can read for a long time without being interrupted. Bring four books or come in early to look through library books. Quiet place and snacks provided. Bring a pillow or two! Ages 11-18. 5:30–10 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 OUTDOORS: Friday Night Paddles (Sandy Creek Park) Experience nighttime on Lake Chapman. Every other Friday night through summer. Participants may bring or 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: Classic City Band (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) A patriotic concert from the oldest continuously functioning community band in Georgia, featuring popular and classical music. 3–4 p.m. FREE! www.botgarden. uga.edu
Saturday 2 ART: Pottery Art Show and Sale (1790 Salem Rd.) Works by J.B. (Jeff Bishoff) and friends. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. 678-863-1847 ART: Summer Pottery Sale (572 Nantahala Ave.) Open house for Carter Gillies. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. 706546-7235 ART: Wolf Creek Pottery Sale (1500 Tappan Spur Rd.) Pottery by Jorie Berman, Isabell Daniel, Michael DeBerry, Juana Gnecco, Jen Graff, Nancy Green, Kate Tremel and Minsoo Yuh. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. 706410-5200
Thursday, May 31
Black Cobra, Gaza, Lord Dying, Utah Caledonia Lounge
Formed in Salt Lake City, UT in 2004, Gaza’s music could not be farther in spirit from its hometown’s Mormon heritage. For the past eight years, the bandGaza members’ mutated form of hardcore and grind—full of dissonant chords and pummeling drums and a monstrous frontman growling and screaming into the mic with nary a conventional blast or breakdown in sight—has spewed bile laced with black humor at the ugliness they find around them. Gaza’s anger, often directed at social and civic injustice, is politics made personal. One of the band’s most consistent targets has been institutionalized religion, the perpetuation of which guitarist Mike Mason casts as a sort of cultural atavism. “Religion was our first attempt as a species to explain everything from cosmology to morality,” Mason says. “It also happens to be our worst attempt at doing all of these things.” Gaza is touring in advance of its third full-length album, No Absolutes in Human Suffering, due out July 31. It was recorded with Kurt Ballou of Converge, a band whose influence is easily recognizable in Gaza’s frantic, discordant guitar riffs and unpredictable song structures. But that unpredictability also lends itself to a broader range of inspiration. In addition to the likes of Converge and fellow luminaries Coalesce and Botch, Mike Mason cites smoky chanteuse Jesse Sykes and slowcore pioneer Mark Kozelek (of Red House Painters and Sun Kil Moon). The latter influences come through in fascinating ways, from the particularly Kozelek-like extended outro of “Hospital Fat Bags” from 2006’s I Don’t Care Where I Go When I Die to the quartet of atmospheric interludes that offer necessary respite from the chaos of 2009’s He Is Never Coming Back. Mason assures that this unholy union lives on in Gaza’s new material: “It’s heavier, faster, darker and more depressing, but it also runs through the moments where the clouds part and you look up and realize nothing and no one is behind them, and that you’re more than fine with the freedom that brings.” [Derek Wells]
ART: Spring Open House Pottery Sale (1171 Freeman Creek Rd.) Geoff and Lisa Pickett host their annual sale of dinnerware, garden planters, herbal skincare products and more. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. 706-7698100 CLASSES: Creative Writing Workshop (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Carolyn C. Maddox leads a workshop in creating sensory journals focused on experiences with nature using writing and drawing. Pre-registration required. 9 a.m.–12 p.m. $40. www.botgarden. uga,edu CLASSES: Plant Families of Georgia (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Course in flower structure and plant identification. 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. $45–50. www. botgarden.uga.edu EVENTS: Pet Care Clinic (Pet Supplies Plus) The Athens Area Humane Society hosts a monthly pet care clinic where pets can receive low-cost services such as a rabies vaccination, flea treatment, microchip identification and more. 1–4 p.m. www.athenshumanesociety.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: Opening Reception (Madison-Morgan Cultural Center) For “New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music,” a collection of interactive panels, listening kiosks and tailored displays. Lecture by Dr. Glenn T. Eskew. 4–6 p.m. FREE! www.mmcc-arts.org EVENTS: Roller Derby Bout (Athens Arena) The Classic City Rollergirls take on Chattanooga. 6 p.m. $10. www.classiccityrollergirls. com EVENTS: 2012 Modern Atlanta and Athens Home Tour (150 Pulaski Heights) Visit two Athens homes exemplifying mid-century modern and contemporary designs. The Atlanta portion of the tour meets June 9–10. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. $25–35. modern-atlanta.org 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 Farm to School presents a scavenger hunt with prizes and recipe handouts. Cooking demonstration by Lisa Slater. 8 a.m.–12 p.m. FREE! www.athensfarmersmarket.net KIDSTUFF: Meet the Author (ACC Library) Local children’s author Linda Loper Morris reads her new book, No Yellow Horses if You Please, and shares a sneak peek at a few other books she’s working on. 3 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650
Sunday 3 ART: Spring Open House Pottery Sale (1171 Freeman Creek Rd.) Geoff and Lisa Pickett host their annual sale of dinnerware, garden planters, herbal skincare products and more. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. 706-7698100 ART: Pottery Art Show and Sale (1790 Salem Rd.) Works by J.B. (Jeff Bishoff) and friends. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. 678-863-1847 ART: Summer Pottery Sale (572 Nantahala Ave.) Open house for Carter Gillies. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. 706546-7235 ART: Wolf Creek Pottery Sale (1500 Tappan Spur Rd.) Pottery by Jorie Berman, Isabell Daniel, Michael DeBerry, Juana Gnecco, Jen Graff, Nancy Green, Kate Tremel and
Minsoo Yuh. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. 706410-5200 EVENTS: Tibbett Fundraiser Festival (The Melting Point) An afternoon of kids’ activities, raffles and live music by Romper Stompers, Debris, The Heap, Taste Like Good, and Dr. Arvin Scott. Dr. Scott and Domingo “Sunny” Ortiz (Widespread Panic) will start the day off with an all-ages drum clinic. Proceeds benefit Jan Tibbett, a local public school teacher with acute myeloid leukemia. 3–6 p.m. $5–15. www.meltingpointathens.com 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 GAMES: Trivia (Buffalo’s Southwest Café) “Brewer’s Inquisition,” trivia hosted by Chris Brewer every Sunday. 7 p.m. FREE! 706-3546655, www.buffaloscafe.com/athens LECTURES AND LIT: Book Reading (Avid Bookshop) Gary Doster will read from his newest book in the Post Card History Series: Athens. 4–5 p.m. FREE! www.avidbookshop.com
Monday 4 EVENTS: ACHF Preservation Awards (The Morton Theatre) The Athens Clarke Heritage Foundation presents the 43rd annual Preservation Awards for the best projects, renovations and volunteers of the year. 6 p.m. FREE! www.achfonline.org FILM: Movie on the Lawn: Inception (Oconee County Library) Celebrate the beginning of summer with popcorn, soda and a huge viewing on the lawn of Inception, rated PG-13. Bring a blanket to sit on or borrow one from the library. Ages 11–18. 8-10 p.m. FREE! 706769-3950 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: Infant Storytime (ACC Library) Designed to nurture language skills. 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 KIDSTUFF: Drop-in Craft (Oconee County Library) Stop by for a hands-on project for kids and their caregivers. All ages. 4–6 p.m. FREE! 706-769-3950 KIDSTUFF: Lost in Space (Oconee County Library) Join astronomy professor Dr. Loris Magnani for a look at our solar system. Ages 7-11. 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-769-3950 KIDSTUFF: Bedtime Stories (ACC Library) Snuggle in your jammies and listen to bedtime stories. Every Monday. 7 p.m. FREE! 706-6133650 LECTURES AND LIT: Dr. Durham’s Receipts (Oconee County Library) Local author Debbie Cosgrove presents a collection of Dr. Lindsey Durham’s remedies which she has collected into a book, Dr. Durham’s Receipts: A 19th Century Physician’s Use of Medicinal Herbs. 6 p.m. FREE! 706-769-3950
Tuesday 5 ART: Walk ‘n’ Talk (Athens Institute for Contemporary Art (ATHICA)) Curators and artists lead an informal tour of the “Upcycle” exhibit that features art made from unrecyclable materials. 7–8 p.m. FREE! www. athica.org
CLASSES: Introduction to Microsoft Word 2007 (ACC Library) An online computer class teaching the basics of word processing, the parts of a Word window, files, toolbars, icons and more. 10–11:30 a.m. FREE! www.clarke. public.lib.ga.us CLASSES: Keyboard and Mouse Basics (Oconee County Library) This tutorial is designed to help people who have never used a computer before. Hands-on class concentrating on using the mouse, the keyboard and a few other basic skills. 3–4 p.m. FREE! 706-769-3950 GAMES: Trivia (Fuzzy’s Taco Shop) Compete for prizes and giveaways. Every Tuesday. 9–11 p.m. 706353-0305 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 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: Little STEM Scientists (Madison County Library) Conduct fun experiments and learn how real-world scientists, engineers and farmers use technology and math. All ages; under 6 accompanied by an adult. 6:30 p.m. FREE! 706-7955597 KIDSTUFF: Gamer Haven (Madison County Library) Learn some tips and tricks from a game programmer. 11 a.m. FREE! 706-795-5597 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 PERFORMANCE: OpenTOAD Comedy Open Mic (Flicker Theatre & Bar) Voted by Flagpole’s readers as Athens’ “favorite comedy night” in 2011 and 2012, this comedy show allows locals to watch quality comedy or perform themselves. Email to perform. First and third Tuesday of every month! 9 p.m. FREE! (performers), $5. email@example.com, www.flickertheatreandbar.com SPORTS: Street Hockey (YMCA) Street Hockey (on foot, no blades) for all skill levels. Every Tuesday and Thursday. 6:30 p.m. FREE! firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday 6 ART: Opening Reception (Heirloom Cafe and Fresh Market) For mixed media works by Lea Purvis. 5–6 p.m. FREE! ART: Artful Conversation (Georgia Museum of Art) Join Carissa DiCindio, curator of education, in the galleries for an in-depth discussion of Art Rosenbaum’s “Hurricane Season.” 2 p.m. FREE! www.georgiamuseum.com k continued on next page
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THE CALENDAR! 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 (Mellow Mushroom) Every Wednesday. 8 p.m. FREE! 706-613-0892 KIDSTUFF: Storytelling Concert (Oconee County Library) Local storyteller and librarian Jackie Elsner provides stories, music and lots of fun. All ages. 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706769-3950 KIDSTUFF: Toddler Storytime (ACC Library) For children ages 18 months to 5 years. Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 KIDSTUFF: Storytelling Concert (Madison County Library) Local storyteller and librarian Jackie Elsner shares stories, songs and fun times. 2 p.m. FREE! 706-795-5597 KIDSTUFF: Button, Hex Nut and Washer Jewelry (ACC Library) Jewelry-making using bits and pieces from the hardware store in unexpected ways. Jewelry for both boys and girls. Ages 11-18. 2–4 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650
Down the Line CLASSES: Intro to Microsoft Word 2007 6/7 (Oconee County Library) Learn the basics of word processing, the parts of a Word Window, files, toolbars, icons and more. 3–4:30 p.m. FREE! 706-769-3950 EVENTS: Reiki Circle 6/7 (Healing Arts Centre) A Japanese massage technique for stress reduction, relaxation and healing. Every Thursday. 7–8 p.m. Donations accepted. 706338-6843 EVENTS: Zumba After Dark 6/7 (40 Watt Club) With Tania Mendoza. 7 p.m. $10. www.40watt.com EVENTS: Biscuit-Making Contest 6/7 (Georgia Museum of Art) Local restaurants compete to make the best biscuit. Audience members may taste the biscuits, which will be judged by Charles Doyle, associate UGA English professor and foodways and folklore scholar. In conjunction with the film The Rise of the Southern Biscuit, part of the Georgia Museum of Art’s summer film series. 6 p.m. FREE! www.georgiamuseum.com FILM: The Rise of the Southern Biscuit 6/7 (Georgia Museum of Art) A documentary that shows the history of the biscuit as a major part of Southern culture. Famous biscuit makers will share their culinary secrets and biscuit eaters demonstrate their love for the iconic Southern treat. This documentary is part of the Georgia Museum of Art summer film series in conjunction with the “John Baeder” exhibit. 7 p.m. FREE! www.georgiamuseum. com GAMES: Trivia with a Twist 6/7 (Johnny’s New York Style Pizza)
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Throw a lime in your Coors Light and compete! Tuesdays & Thursdays, 7:30-9:30 p.m. 706354-1515 GAMES: Trivia 6/7 (The Volstead) Every Thursday! 7:30-9:30 p.m. FREE! 706-354-5300 KIDSTUFF: Enter Portentia 6/7 (Madison County Library) Learn how to interpret dreams, read palms, tell fortunes and become open to the secret messages around and within us. Ages 12–18. 6:30 p.m. FREE! 706-795-5597 KIDSTUFF: Storytelling Concert 6/7 (Clarke Central High School) (Auditorium) Local storyteller and librarian Jackie Elsner shares stories, music and fun. 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 SPORTS: Street Hockey 6/7 (YMCA) Street Hockey (on foot, no blades) for all skill levels. Every Tuesday and Thursday. 6:30 p.m. FREE! athensfloorhockey@gmail. com THEATRE: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels 6/7 (Town and Gown Players) Catch a sneak peak of Town & Gown Players’ latest musical. Proceeds benefit the ACC Library. 8 p.m. $15–20. 706-425-4385 CLASSES: Genealogy 101: The Basics 6/8 (Oconee County Library) Learn how to begin your family history research! Registration required. 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. FREE! 706769-3950 EVENTS: Bike Safety Rodeo 6/8 (Oconee County Library) Join the Oconee County Cycling Organization for bike safety tips, helmet-fitting and a rodeo to show off new tricks. All ages. 12 p.m. FREE! 706-7693950 KIDSTUFF: Own Your Media 6/8 (Madison County Library) Film and edit a movie with Windows Movie Maker. Create, print and mail a zine. Learn basic video filming, editing, sound technology, typesetting, layout and more. Ages 12–18. 4 p.m. FREE! 706-795-5597 THEATRE: Dirty, Rotten Scoundrels 6/8 (Town and Gown Players) This musical comedy follows two con men as they compete to see who can best con a young heiress. June 8, 9, & 14-16, 8 p.m. & June 10 & 17, 2 p.m. $10–18. www.townandgownplayers.org EVENTS: 5th Annual 10 Year Anniversary Party 6/9 (Blind Pig Tavern) Blind Pig Tavern celebrates a milestone with a pig roast and live music. Featuring The Dictatortots, Carla LeFever and the Rays and more. 4 p.m. FREE! www.blindpigtavern.com EVENTS: Athens Canine Rescue Adopt-A-Pet Day 6/9 (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: The Fan-trash-tic Transformations Festival 6/9 (Athens Institute for Contemporary Art (ATHICA)) Activities include La Great Junk-Off, Fan-trash-y fun shops, Swap-o-rama-rama, Bugs who Recycle, Junk South’s Swap & Free Market and Recylcomania. Visit website for details. 1–6 p.m. $6-9. www.athica.org EVENTS: 5K Run for a Better Athens 6/9 (The Tasting Room at Jittery Joe’s Roasting Company) The course winds through the North Oconee Greenway and Heritage Trail. Food from Last Resort Grill, Mama’s Boy and Square One Fish Co. and music by Kiss Your Darlin’.Proceeds benefit the Beau Harvey Memorial House. 7:45 a.m.
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(sign-in), 8:30 a.m. $20. www. peopleforabetterathens.org/actionitems/5k EVENTS: Athens Farmers Market 6/9 (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 Blueberry Daze: blueberry ice cream, blueberry cooking demos and blueberry drinks. Cooking demonstration by Craig Page. 8 a.m.–12 p.m. FREE! www.athensfarmersmarket.net EVENTS: Oconee Farmers Market 6/9 (Oconee County Courthouse) Fresh produce, meats and other farm products. Every Saturday. 8 a.m.–1 p.m. www.oconeecountyobservations.blogspot.com EVENTS: Grand Opening Party 6/9 (Model Citizen Salon) Opening party for Model Citizen Salon, featuring giveaways, catering by East West Bistro, live music and dancing. 7 p.m. FREE! 706-543-3656 EVENTS: eReader or Notebook Holder Craft 6/9 (Oconee County Library) Use an old book to create a vintage cover for an eReader or notebook. All supplies provided, but participants can bring decorative items or a particular book. Registration required. 1–2 p.m. FREE! 706-769-3950 KIDSTUFF: Second Saturday Storytime 6/9 (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 Day: GMOA Road Trip 6/9 (Georgia Museum of Art) Take a look at John Baeder’s photographs of roadside attractions, then head to the studio classroom to make roadside signs using collage materials. 10 a.m.–12 p.m. FREE! www.georgiamuseum.com KIDSTUFF: Daddy-Baby Yoga 6/9 (Full Bloom Center) Soothing massage techniques and gentle yoga for babies and daddies of all fitness levels. 10–11:15 a.m. $20. www. fullboomparent.com
LIVE MUSIC Tuesday 29 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 11 p.m. $2. www.georgiatheatre.com TOY BOMBS Indie-rock from L.A. Dance party on the rooftop! IMMUZIKATION Celebrated local DJ Alfredo Lapuz, Jr. hosts a dance party featuring high-energy electro and rock. 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! Little Kings Shuffle Club 10 p.m. www.facebook.com/lkshuffleclub DJ LOZO Spinning punk rock! SERVICE INDUSTRY Punk rock. FISTY Thrash punk band from Athens
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Wowser Bowser, Qurious Georgia Theatre Rooftop The debut full-length from Atlanta’s Wowser Bowser is like something you’d expect from right here in Athens: popfocused, slightly psychedelic and boasting a near-childlike sincerity. The band—George Pettis, Jake Thomason, Joe Crabb, Ryan James and a variety of backing friends—is pretty well known around ATL for employing showy performance accoutrements like balloons and costumes to augment the electronic-pop arrangements, and that playfulness translates to the nine-track Wowser Bowser. Atlanta label Adair Park Recordings, home to albums from The Orphins and This Wowser Bowser Piano Plays Itself, released the album this past January. The previously released single “Water Story” picked up steam online over the past year and has been oft-pushed by WUOG 90.5 FM. Deservedly so, as it’s a standout track, with choral vocals layered over chimes and galloping drums. “To the Pleasant Life!” and “Morning” in particular exhibit the band’s melodic skills. In Wowser Bowser’s textured pop, the influence of regional scene peers like Deerhunter and of Montreal is as clear as that of larger acts like Pink Floyd and other boundary-testing ‘70s rockers. Pick up the album, though, and you’ll find the San Francisco indie-electro duo Countless Others remixing “E Dialeda Halo” to close things out in a manner just as wobbly, weird and warm as Wowser Bowser is. Tuesday’s show at the Theatre is part of its “Get Up Get Down” summer late-night dance party series. It’s up on the rooftop and doesn’t get shaking until around 11:30 p.m., when atmospheric electro duo Qurious opens the show. And if it rains? Party moves inside, kids. [Chris Hassiotis]
with the the motto “drunk before sunset.” THE PLAGUE Dark and visceral rock and roll. The Melting Point Terrapin Tuesday. 7 p.m. $5. www. meltingpointathens.com FRONTIER RUCKUS A thoughtful blend of folk and bluegrass underscored by lyrics filled with vivid Americana imagery. MADISON VIOLET Canadian singersongwriter duo with a distinct take on iconic Americana-inspired melodies. The Volstead 9 p.m.–1:30 a.m. 706-354-5300 KARAOKE Every Tuesday!
Wednesday 30 Athens City Hall Athens Farmers Market. 5 p.m. FREE! www.athensfarmersmarket.net TOMMY JORDAN Multiinstrumentalist from the band String Theory plays a lively mix of Americana. Farm 255 8–10 p.m. FREE! www.farm255.com DIAL INDICATORS Local act featuring Jeremiah Roberts on guitar and George Davidson on tenor saxophone playing cool jazz. Georgia Theatre “Get Up Get Down” Rooftop Dance Party! 9 p.m. FREE! www.georgiatheatre.com BOBBY’S SHORTS Grateful Dead covers by members of the local band Futurebirds. OH WHITNEY Upbeat rock nicely influenced by blues, folk and classic country. Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 THE WOODWORKS Local band fronted by Jenny Woodward offers sweet, ethereal folk songs. TIN MAN Finely crafted dreamy folkpop ballads from Mark Bailey.
MONAHAN Ryan Monahan backed by Josh McMichael on bass and Lemuel Hayes on drums. Ryan has a gorgeous, expressive Jeff Buckleyesque voice that soars and sighs with equal grace. KADE KAHL Local singer-songwriter. Locos Grill & Pub 6–9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-7700 (Timothy Rd. location) KIP JONES Playing a diverse set of rock and Americana covers over acoustic guitar. The Melting Point 8 p.m. $5 (adv.), $7 (door) www.meltingpointathens.com LEFTY HATHAWAY Lefty Hathaway plays rock and roll soul with turbulent blues piano jams. Celebrating the release of his new album, Shacks. MAMA’S LOVE Local American rock band brimming with harmonic hooks and strong lyrics in a special acoustic set. The Office Lounge 9:30 p.m. FREE! 706-549-0840 KARAOKE With your host Lynn, the Queen of Karaoke! Porterhouse Grill 7 p.m. FREE! 706-369-0990 JAZZ NIGHT An Athens tradition for 10 years! This Wednesday, jazz pianist Steve Key leads an incredibly talented trio including Jason Peckhem on drums and Carl Lindberg on the bass. Joined by songbird Christina LaFontaine. Terrapin Beer Co. 4 p.m. $10 (souvenir glass). www.terrapinbeer.com DAVE FORKER The former Sleepy Horses drummer plays acoustic guitar. The Winery 7–11 p.m. FREE! 706-613-0095 LOUIS PHILLIP PELOT Local singer-songwriter engagingly performs acoustic folk and country music for your pleasure. Every Wednesday.
Thursday 31 Caledonia Lounge 8:30 p.m. $10 (adv.), $12 (21+), $14 (18+). www.caledonialounge.com BLACK COBRA Rafa Martinez (ex-16, ex-Acid King) and guitarist/vocalist Jason Landrian (ex-Cavity) offer a unique style of punk/hardcore-fueled sludge metal. GAZA Politically charged, dissonant hardcore. See Calendar Pick on p. 17. LORD DYING Thrashy sludge doom from Portland, OR. UTAH Explosively loud metal and hardcore duo. Georgia Theatre Benefit for Pigpen Studios. 7:30 p.m. $10. www.georgiatheatre.com THEOCRACY Local progressive power metal band. 90 ACRE FARM This local sevenpiece emphasizes vocal harmonies and lyrical imagery with its soulful, rootsy Americana. SHOWTIME Elite tha Showstoppa’s band plays eclectic hip-hop mixed with good old down-home rockin’ funky soul. DANGFLY Local rock band featuring an all-star lineup including Americana notables Adam Payne, Shawn Johnson, Jay Rodgers, Scotty Nicholson, Adam Poulin and more. EFREN Local indie-folk band with dark, brooding melodies and the husky, warm vocals of Scott Low. The new album, Write a New Song, showcases a rowdier Southern rock. LOWDIVE Local ska/reggae band. 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. Highwire Lounge 8:30 p.m. FREE! www.highwirelounge. com BORDERHOP FIVE Lively local bluegrass band with a modern twist.
Little Kings Shuffle Club 10 p.m. www.facebook.com/lkshuffleclub ANDROCLES AND THE LION This local band plays airy indie-rock with lots of warm acoustic guitar, melodic harmonies and folk undertones. ENGLAND IN 1819 An unusual combination of Southern edge and English introspection, with haunting lyrics and massive chamber rock unfurling in a sweeping, evocative surge of sound. YOUNG BENJAMIN Solo project of guitarist/banjoist Matt Whitaker (The Premonitions, Emergent Heart). Featuring swirling, looping guitars and lush layers of moody melodies. The Melting Point 8:30 p.m. $10 (adv.), $12 (door) www. meltingpointathens.com GEOFF ACHISON & THE SOUL DIGGERS Gritty, explosive improvised tunes in blues and soul genres. Tonight’s set features special guests Yonrico Scott and Ted Pecchio. No Where Bar 11 p.m. $3. 706-546-4742 DIRTY NAMES Feel-good rock and roll tunes with a light-hearted, easygoing attitude. 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 at The Office Lounge. Terrapin Beer Co. 4 p.m. $10 (souvenir glass). www.terrapinbeer.com HARRY DAY & BROCK SHANKS Breezy acoustic pop rock tunes. Your Pie 8–Midnight. FREE! www.yourpie.com (Downtown location) LOUIS PHILLIP PELOT Local singer-songwriter performs solo folk and country. Every Thursday!
Friday 1 Buffalo’s Southwest Café 8 p.m. $5. buffaloscafe.com/athens DAVID PRINCE This Athens staple and one-time member of The Jesters plays your favorite soul, rock and R&B oldies.
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Caledonia Lounge 10 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). www.caledonialounge.com SHITTY CANDY & THE CIRCUS PEANUTS Local femme punk crew Shitty Candy “throws some
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bitch punk in your face.” The Circus Peanuts are the crew of backup dancers costumed in quirky burlesque-like attire. LOS MEESFITS Misfits covers done Cuban salsa style! WASTED WINE An exotic combination of Eastern European-inspired melodies and classic rock guitar with lyrical nods to both ancient literature and hip-hop. Georgia Theatre 10 p.m. $5. www.georgiatheatre.com YO MAMA’S BIG FAT BOOTY BAND Get ready for a dancefloorshaking funk show mixed with highenergy ska, reggae, hip-hop and Latin soul. See story on p. 15. DOMINO EFFECT Smooth reggae from Savannah infused with cool funk and soul. Highwire Lounge “Friday Night Jazz.” 8–11 p.m. FREE! www.highwirelounge.com RAND LINES Original compositions of pianist Rand Lines with drummer Ben Williams and bassist Carl Lindberg. Little Kings Shuffle Club 10:30 p.m. FREE! www.facebook.com/ lkshuffleclub EasyRider Spinning all your favorite jams from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. The Melting Point 8:30 p.m. $7 (adv.), $10 (door). www. meltingpointathens.com MATT JOINER BAND Local guitarist draws inspiration from blues and classic rock. SHAUN HOPPER Acoustic guitar wizard with an inventive, percussive picking style. The Office Lounge 9:30 p.m. FREE! 706-549-0840 KARAOKE With your host Lynn, the Queen of Karaoke! Omega Bar 8 p.m. $5 (ladies), $10 (men). 706340-6808 THE SEGAR JAZZ AFFAIR Every Friday. Dancing all night on two dance floors with live entertainment including “The Newlywed Game.” Terrapin Beer Co. 5:30 p.m. $10 (glass). www.terrapinbeer.com ROBIN RUTENBERG & Friends A DIY modern folk-inspired group with an acoustic core of cello, guitar and mandolin with a rhythmic backing of drums and bass.
Saturday 2 40 Watt Club 8:30 p.m. $10 (adv.) www.40watt.com
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JERRY JOSEPH AND THE JACKMORMONS Trio from Oregon celebrating the recent release of their newest album, Happy Book. HOWLE AND MOSLEY Americana duo from Charleston, SC.
Little Kings Shuffle Club “The Iran Hostage Crisis.”10 p.m. www.facebook.com/lkshuffleclub DJ AYATOLLAH & DJ AFRODITE Spinning New Wave music from the ‘70s and ‘80s.
OPEN MIC Local songstress Kyshona Armstrong hosts this open mic night every Monday!
THE SKIPPERDEES Charming local acoustic duo with rich, folky vocal harmonies and a sense of humor.
Bishop Park Athens Farmers Market. 8 a.m. FREE! athensfarmersmarket.net SOME SWEET DAY Local chamber folk duo with a strong emphasis on narrative lyrics. (8 a.m.) THE HOBOHEMIANS This sixpiece plays popular American and European roots music of the 1910s, ‘20s, and ‘30s: a potent mix of protojazz, blues and folk. (10 a.m.)
Suburban Lounge 8 p.m. $5. www.celestngeve.com OPEN MIC NIGHT For poets, singers and spoken-word artists.
Caledonia Lounge 9 p.m. $TBA. www.caledonialounge. com LAST YEARS MEN Rock and roll band from Chapel Hill that combines the buoyant melodies of ‘50s and ‘60s pop with a youthful pop-punk sneer.
No Where Bar 10 p.m. $2. 706-546-4742 SETH WINTERS Local songwriter offers “mainstream songwriting with a guitar-driven sound.” His debut album, As Daylight Shines, features guest appearances by Jerry Depizzo of OAR and Bobby Lee Rodgers.
Caledonia Lounge 10 p.m. $6 (21+), $8 (18+). www.caledonialounge.com MANRAY One of Athens’ most exciting live acts waves a big middle finger to traditional song structure while playing what Flagpole’s Gordon Lamb has coined “complicated-core.” LIFE IN VACUUM Progressive, quirky prog punk rock from Canada. NATIONS Aggressive, experimental indie rock based in Georgia and Florida. On tour with Manray! HOT BREATH Intense thrash trio featuring members of Savagist and Rectanglers. Front Porch Book Store 6 p.m. FREE! 706-372-1236 NORTH GEORGIA BLUEGRASS BAND An eclectic blend of traditional and contemporary acoustic music. The Globe 9 p.m. 706-353-4721 TIMMY TUMBLE & THE TUMBLERS Tim Schreiber (Dark Meat, The Lickity-Splits) howls and spasms and literally tumbles over garage-y rock-anthems and retroinspired pop songs. THE REMEDIALS A special set with a few Athens music vets in celebration of Amp Master Steve’s birthday.
Sunday 3 The Melting Point Tibbett Fundraiser Festival. 3 p.m. $15 (adv.), $20 (door). www.meltingpointathens.com ROMPER STOMPERS Southernrock written from children’s perspectives. Members of Bloodkin, Barbara Cue and Widespread Panic. THE HEAP Funky indie-soul band based here in Athens with a killer horn section and fronted by Bryan Howard’s low, bass growl. TASTE LIKE GOOD Local trio blending sweeping soundscapes with a melting pot of rock. ARVIN SCOTT & SUNNY ORTIZ Widespread Panic percussionists beat the drums together. DEBRIS Featuring seasoned local players Isaac Bramblett, Damian Kapcala, Domingo S. Ortiz, Kyle Pilgrim, John Steffl, Nic Walton and Britt West playing a selection of originals and choice cover tunes.
Monday 4 Buffalo’s Southwest Café 6–10 p.m. $5. 706-613-5386, www. buffaloscafe.com/athens SHAG NIGHT Bring your dancing shoes for shag dancing in the BBR. Every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month. Caledonia Lounge 9:30 p.m. $10 (21+), $12 (18+). www. caledonialounge.com CAVE SINGERS Indie folk band featuring former members of Pretty Girls Make Graves, Pete Quirk of Hint Hint and Marty Lund of Cobra High. See story on p. 14. SHANE TUTMARC This troubadour offers a fresh take on Memphis soul.
Georgia Theatre “Get Up Get Down” Rooftop Dance Party. 11 p.m. $2. www.georgiatheatre.com WOWSER BOWSER Blissed-out, bittersweet synth-pop from Atlanta. QURIOUS: Atlanta group performing spacey soundscapes and featuring dreamy female vocals, samples, synthesizers and freaky masks. Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 DJ WILL STEPHENSON WUOG DJ hosts tonight’s dance party. 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! Highwire Lounge 8:30 p.m. FREE! www.highwirelounge. com PATRICK MORALES AND FRIENDS Every Tuesday in June! Morales will curate an improvised set of experimental instrumental numbers with a different guest each week, including Matt Whittaker (Young Benjamin), Ryan Moore (Borthers), McKendrick Bearden (Androcles and the Lion) and Jason Payne.
Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 GLUPIST New band featuring Danny Gorbachev, formerly of Nuclear Little Kings Shuffle Club Spring, playing folky rock numbers 10 p.m. www.facebook.com/lkshufflewith a sense of humor. club ANDROCLES & THE LION This local RUBRICS DIY punk with socially conband plays airy indie-rock with lots The Grotto scious and politically charged lyrics. of warm acoustic guitar, melodic 6 p.m. FREE! 140 E. Clayton St. BURNING BRIDGES Socially conharmonies and folk undertones. THE SEGAR JAZZ AFFAIR Every scious pop/punk from Keene, NH. THE VIKING PROGRESS Patrick Monday. Smooth jazz played by DJ NURTURE Punk rock. Morales has a lovely, tender voice Segar from WXAG 1470, the light DJ LOZO Can’t get enough of punk? that sings gentle, indie/folk ballads radio station. Lozo has got your covered on the about love, death and isolation ones and twos. inspired by his time at sea. Hendershot’s Coffee TWIN POWERS DJ Dan Geller (The Bar The Melting Point Gold Party, The Agenda) and friends 8 p.m. FREE! www.hendershotscoffee. Terrapin Tuesday. 7–10 p.m. $5. www. spin late-night glam rock, new wave, PeachMac_CongratsGrads_FP_Layout com 1 5/14/12 10:38 AM Page 1 meltingpointathens.com Top 40, punk and Britpop.
The Volstead 9 p.m.–1:30 a.m. 706-354-5300 KARAOKE Every Tuesday!
Wednesday 6 Athens City Hall Athens Farmers Market. 5 p.m. FREE! www.athensfarmersmarket.net TODD LISTER Local farmer and singer-songwriter. Caledonia Lounge 9:30 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). www. caledonialounge.com HOLY LIARS Gritty, whiskey poundin’, law breakin’, Southern rock band. FORBIDDEN WAVES Local garagey surf rock band. Farm 255 8 p.m. FREE! www.farm255.com CALEB DARNELL Member of The Darnell Boys and Bellyache sings the blues. Locos Grill & Pub 6–9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-7700 (Timothy Rd. location) THE VIBRATONES Local scene vets perform an original take on swing and jump-style blues. The Melting Point 6:30 p.m. FREE! www.meltingpointathens.com 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. The Office Lounge 9:30 p.m. FREE! 706-549-0840 KARAOKE With your host Lynn, the Queen of Karaoke!
Down the Line 6/7 DEATH ON TWO WHEELS / SHALLOW PALACE / GRINNIN BEAR (Caledonia Lounge) 6/7 KARAOKE (Go Bar) 6/7 JONATHAN BYRD (Hendershot’s Coffee Bar) 6/7 THE SHADOW EXECUTIVES (The Office Lounge) 6/8 KENNEY-BLACKMON STRING BAND (Hendershot’s Coffee Bar)
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ART Altamaha River Photo Contest (Athens, Ga) Submit up to five nature photos to www. altamahariverkeeper.org for a chance to win a trip to the largest cypress in the tri-state area or an eco tour by boat on the Lower Altamaha. Winner is determined by online votes. Call for Artists (Athens, Ga) Project ASAP (As Sustainable as Possible) is looking for music, arts and fashion that bring awareness to sustainable living. Email for more information. rosemarykimble@ gmail.com
CLASSES Acro-Yoga (Healing Arts Centre) Day-long session including massage and poses. Register by June 6. June 10, 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. $30–50. 706-613-1143 Beekeeping for Beginners (Booger Hill Bee Farm) Units one and two. Take capped honey frames from a “super,” remove the cappings and extract the honey. June 9 & 10, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. www.botgarden. uga.edu Bellydance & Bollywood Classes (Floorspace) Basic and advanced bellydance for women of all ages. Thursdays, 5:45 p.m. & 7 p.m. Bollywood class. Sundays, 3 p.m. $12 (drop-in), $60 (6 classes). www.floorspaceathens.com Clay Classes (Good Dirt) Weekly “Try Clay” classes ($20/person) introduce participants to the potter’s wheel every Friday from 7-9 p.m. “Family Try Clay” classes show
children and adults hand-building methods every Sunday from 2-4 p.m. $20. 706-355-3161, www. gooddirt.net Clicker Training: Science, Practice and Spirit (Red Lotus Institute) A series of three presentations for pet and horse owners interested in human-animal relationships. Thursdays, June 14–28. 7–8:30 p.m. $10–30. 706-369-8855 Computer Classes (Oconee County Library) Advanced to beginner computer classes offered by appointment. Call to register. 706-769-3950, email@example.com 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, Western dancing, strip aerobics, pilates and more. 706-3553078, www.dancefx.org High-flying Trapeze Class (Leap High-Flying Trapeze School) All levels welcome. www.leaptrapeze. com 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) 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
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months. Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. $14 (one class), $60 (six classes). 706-353-3373, www.fullbloomparent.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 Summer Classes (Good Dirt) Now registering for clay classes for all levels of wheel and hand-building. Check website for schedule. Classes begin June 10. 706-3553161, www.gooddirt.net Yoga Classes (Athens, Ga) Satchidananda Mission therapeutic and integral yoga in a natural setting. Email for location and information. firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Zumba at the Garden (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves comprise this dynamic fitness program. Wednesdays, 5:30–6:30 p.m. $10/class, $80/session. www.uga. edu/botgarden
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Chakaia Booker’s sculpture “Phobic Digression” is on display at the GMOA through Apr. 28, 2013. offers the opportunity to foster a dog, taking it from a euthanization center before placing it in a permanent home. All supplies for the dogs are provided. Email or visit website for more information. dogs@ athenshumanesociety.org, www. athenshumanesociety.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.womentotheworld.org Veteran Assistance (Athens, Ga) Dispatch and drive Veterans Administration vehicles to take veterans to medical appointments. 706-202-0587
KIDSTUFF 39 Clues in 48 Hours (Oconee County Library) Family scavenger hunt. Pick up a clue sheet from 3–6 p.m. on Friday, June 22 and return Sunday, June 24 at 3 p.m. to see which family is the champion. FREE! 706-769-3950 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.overthemooncreativepossibilities.blogspot.com Artini’s Summer Camps (ARTini’s Open Art Studio, Gallery & Lounge) Now registering for weeklong art camps. Kids ages 6–14 can learn about famous paintings and painters. $175/week. 706-353-8530,
www.artinisartlounge.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 Creative Art Summer Camp (Chase Street Warehouses) Sign up for week-long sessions. Ages 6–12. June 4–July 16, 12–3 p.m. $100. 828-577-4125, lostdogbob@ gmail.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’s calendar for prices. 706-850-8226, www.treehousekidandcraft.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. Activities include hiking, swimming, boating and more. Fee includes all activities and travel expenses. For ages 6–12. Weeks of June 18 & 25 and July 16 & 23. $150/wk. 706-310-0013 Peace Camp (Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens) Children can
engage in peacemaking skills, cooperative games and projects, outdoor exploration, labyrinths, 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 Pop-In Playtimes and Summer Camps (Pump It Up) Kids can drop in and bounce on big inflatables. Ages 11 & under. Check website for times and costs. 706613-5675, www.pumpitupparty.com Report Card Rewards Program (Bishop Park) Any student K–12 in Athens may bring his or her final report card with all As and Bs to the ACC Leisure Services Aquatics Office for a free summer pool pass or 10 free swims. 706613-3801, www.athensclarkecounty. com/aquatics Summer Academy at UGA (The Georgia Center) Educational day camps for ages 11–17. Visit website for dates and details. Summer Camps (Treehouse Kid and Craft) Now registering for camps offered in natural crafting, DIY, 2D art, 3D art, weaving, stop-motion animation, creative play, knitting and more. Check website for dates, age requirements and costs. $125 (ages 3–5), $165 (ages 6–12). www.treehousekidandcraft.tumblr.com 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 used in programs, such as amphibians, reptiles, fish and more. Saturdays, 1–4 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3616, ext. 22.
ON THE STREET Call for Feathers (Athens, Ga) The Feather Drop seeks donations of cruelty-free feathers for a contest to promote the cruelty-free feather movement. Email thefeatherdrop@ gmail.com. Family Fishing (Sandy Creek Nature Center) Bait, poles and tips provided for fishing on Claypit Pond. All ages. Pre-registration required one day in advance. May 24, Jun. 7, Jun. 21 & Jul. 12,
6–7:30 p.m. $7–10. 706-613-3615, www.athensclarkecounty.com/sandycreeknaturecenter Open Table Tennis (Oconee Veterans Park) Equipment provided. Wednesdays, 6–9 p.m. FREE! (Oconee Co. residents), $5. 706769-3965
SUPPORT Alcoholics Anonymous (Athens, Ga) If you want to drink, that’s your business. If you want to stop, we can help. 706-389-4164, www.athensaa.com Athens Mothers’ Center Support Group (St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church) Mothers’ support group. Children welcome. Dads welcome on Fridays. Tuesdays and Fridays, 9:30–11:30 a.m. FREE! athensga.motherscenter.org Emotional Abuse Support Group (Athens, Ga) Demeaning
ART AROUND TOWN AMICI ITALIAN CAFÉ (233 E. Clayton St.) New illustrations by Matt Bahr. Through June. ANTIQUES & JEWELS ART GALLERY (290 N. Milledge Ave.) Paintings by Mary Porter, Christine Shockley, Dorthea Jacksen, Lana Mitchell, John Gholson, Greg Benson and Ainhoa Bilbao Canup. 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. ARTLAND LOFT GALLERY (2 S. Main St., Watkinsville) Large salt paintings by Dana Jo Cooley, artist of the Love Shack Bus Stop. Through May. • “Through the Red Door,” colorful narrative selfportraits by Lisa Freeman. Opening reception June 12. Through July. 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. THE BRANDED BUTCHER (225 N. Lumpkin St.) Paintings and drawings by Sanithna Phansavanh. CINÉ BARCAFÉ (234 W. Hancock Ave.) “Terra Infirma,” new paintings by Terry Rowlett. Through June 20. EARTH FARE (1689 S. Lumpkin St.) Digital artwork by Greg Harmon. Through May. ETIENNE BRASSERIE (311 E. Broad St.) Paintings by Andy Cherewick. 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 PM Goulding, Anna Marino, Tom Phillips, Larry Hamilton 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.
behavior and hateful words can be just as harmful as punches and kicks. Childcare provided. Call for location. Every Wednesday. 6:30–8 p.m. FREE! 706-543-3331, 706613-3357, ext. 771. PTSD Support Group (Oconee Veterans Park) PTSD support group for families of veterans. Visit website for details. Third Wednesday of each month, 6 p.m. www.georgiapeacegivers.org Sapph.fire (Athens, Ga) A support, social and volunteer group for lesbian, bisexual and transexual women. Email for meeting information and details. sapph.fire@yahoo. com, www.facebook.com/sapphfire. athens Survive and Revive (Athens, Ga) Support and healing for survivors of domestic violence. Second and fourth Tuesdays in Clarke County. First and Third Mondays in Madison County. 6:30–8 p.m. Childcare provided. 706-543-3331 (hotline),
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 from Ainhoa Bilbao Canup. Through June 2. • Recent paintings by Anna Jensen. Through June 23. HEIRLOOM CAFE AND FRESH MARKET (815 N. Chase St.) New paintings from Erin McIntosh. Closing reception May 30. • Mixed media works by Lea Purvis. Opening reception June 6. Through June. 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. JITTERY JOE’S COFFEE FIVE POINTS (1230 S. Milledge Ave.) “Reflection” features sustainable art by Justin and Jul Sexton. Opening reception June 1. Through June. JUST PHO…AND MORE (1063 Baxter St.) Photography by Robert Lowery. KUMQUAT MAE CAFE (18 S. Barnett Shoals Rd.) Small-scale watercolor landscapes by Pam Cosgrove. Through June. 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 artists include Juan Alonso, Virginia Carver, Christopher Domis and more. Reception May 31. 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. MAMA’S BOY (197 Oak St.) Convergence Artist Productions presents “AthFest Artist Market Preview,” including work from Jamie Calkin, Beth Thompson and more. Through June 18. OCAF (34 School St., Watkinsville) “The Playful Eye” features collages by Susan Pelham and inspired by the writings of Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Franz Kafka. Through June 22. 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. STATE BOTANICAL GARDEN OF GEORGIA (2450 S. Milledge Ave.) Nature-inspired prints by UGA graduate student Hannah Skoonberg. 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 GOURMET (217 Hiawassee Ave.) Paintings by Jess Snyder. Through May.
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The Annual Flagpole Athens Music Awards Show is designed to honor and celebrate those who make Athens, GA a center of musical creativity, enjoyment & accomplishment. The show kicks off AthFest, Athens’ annual music and arts festival, and will be held on Thursday, June 21. You, the local music fan, will choose the local performers you wish to recognize by filling out this ballot. All awards are decided by a majority people’s choice vote, so YOUR VOTE IS VERY IMPORTANT. A panel of local music judges has selected this year’s finalists; just check the box next to your choice or write-in your own candidate in the space provided. You do not need to vote in every category. Please mail form to Flagpole Magazine, PO Box 1027, Athens, GA 30603; drop it off at our office at 112 S. Foundry St., or submit an online ballot at musicawards.flagpole.com.
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I am a young, intelligent, outdoorsy guy living in a rural place in a rural state. As I’m sure you hear a lot, it’s not easy to meet people here, but it’s only harder because I’m gay. It’s not like the local bars even have a singles night, so you can bet there’s no watering holes for those of us of the fabulous persuasion. Because of that, I have turned to technology, and here’s where I need your help. My most recent foray into the digital ether involved Grindr, a dating site that puts a preference on geography. Sure, the most basic function of Grindr tends to be of a physical nature— and I’m not opposed to such encounters. But given the sheer lack of numbers playing for my team in these parts, most guys are playing it too cool for school. It takes a lot for me to start a conversation with someone, but recently I did. I finally met a guy of a reasonable distance, and with whom I had some kind of banter. Conversation went as usual. Hey, what’s up? Crazy weather, aye? What you looking for? Real stimulating conversation. Anyway, he requested I send additional pictures, and I sought to oblige by browsing through my camera roll. Two clicks later, and my phone is seized in a cycle of data being sent. Try as I might, I couldn’t stop the entirety of my camera roll being sent to that evening’s gentleman caller. These pictures consisted mainly of pictures of foods on which I had put poached eggs (I love breakfast; get over it). There may also have been a close-up of a toenail used as a diagnostic tool by my out-of-state doctor. Immediately, I’m aware that my battleship is sunk. Yet, he responds with “hot.” And then nothing. Radio silence. I am mortified. Now where do I go? I’ve made a complete ass of myself, and still his aims are guided by his heat-seeking missile. I’m lost. I’m not sure what my question is, but I need some kind of guidance here.
I recently got contacted via Facebook by a guy that I haven’t seen since high school. He dated my sister for a short time before she went to college, and then he and I had an incident a few months later. I was 16-years old, had had way too much to drink, and was trying to get him to give me a ride home because he was leaving a party and I couldn’t find my friends. My recollection of the situation is that he was being a big jerk and he was trying to tell me that he wouldn’t give me a ride unless I had “something for him” in return. I was angry and disgusted and I ended up walking home. I never spoke to him again. He lived a few towns over, and we did not travel in the same circles normally, so I never saw him and had totally forgotten about it. This was 25 years ago. So you can imagine my surprise when he contacted me with a very effusive note about how he remembers me and that he dated my sister (she is not on Facebook and has long since left our small town) and how am I? I wrote back that I did remember him and that I was surprised that he would contact me considering what had happened the last time we saw each other. He didn’t remember, but I told him what I remembered. He gave me his recollection (which was fuzzy and did not involve him being crappy to me) and seemed shocked and upset about my memory of it. He didn’t say I was wrong, mind you, but he did say that he didn’t remember it that way. He was 18 at the time, and now that I am a divorced woman in my 40s with a teenaged son, I obviously am thinking about it in a more forgiving light. We have exchanged some e-mails. He still has letters that my sister sent him. The whole thing is kinda weird, but I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a little bit intrigued. He looks great; he seems like a nice guy with his shit together, and I haven’t met a whole lot of those in the past 10 years since my divorce. My sister has nothing but nice things to say about him, but she is married and lives in another state, so it isn’t like she is a possibility for him. So now he wants to go out with me. What do you think, Jyl? Should I give him a chance, or is his behavior then a warning to me about who he is?
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Well, the fact that he responded at all is interesting. And the fact that his response was kind of hilarious is a good sign. On the other hand, the fact that you haven’t heard anything since then is not great. But you made the mistake, so in my opinion the ball is in your court. You have to decide to either completely walk away from this, or you have to follow up. You could say something like “Well, now that you know my entire life story in 27 breakfasts, do you want to meet in person?” Or how about “I may not have mentioned on my profile that I am a technological genius, but now that I have accidentally sent you my entire camera roll, I guess you’ve probably sussed that out.” Make a joke out of it. That’s all you can do. Express your mortification, but
Give him a shot. You were 16 and drunk the last time you encountered him, so it is possible that your recollections are a bit… cloudy. Your sister, who actually dated the guy, has nothing but nice things to say, and since she isn’t interested in him now, she has no reason to lie about it or paint a rosy glow on it for no reason. What I would be most wary of is the fact that he may still be very attached to your sister, since he still has letters from her lying around after all these years. Proceed with caution, but do proceed. Jyl Inov Got a question for Jyl? Submit your anonymous inquiry via Reality Check at flagpole.com.
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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. $475-700/mo. On-site mgr., 8-12 M-F or by appt. (706) 354-4261. Royal Oaks Townhomes. 2BR/2.5BA, $685/mo., W/D. Joiner Management: (706) 3536868, www.joinermanagement. com. Avail. now. Pre-leasing for Aug. 2012. Studio apt. w/ 2 loft BR/1BA avail. in Aug. at the Lay-ZShopper building. Located in the heart of Dwntn. $625/mo. + utils. Call (678) 313-6606.
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Aug. 1st. $725/mo. 1st mo. free! Dep. 200 Sycamore Dr. 1400 sf. 3BR/2BA. New carpet, newly painted, new HVAC, new appls. Pets OK w/ pet dep. (706) 614-4827. Pre-leasing for Fall. Reduced rent! $600/mo. 1BR/1BA, LR, study, modern kitchen, pool, g y m , g a t e d , g ro u n d f l o o r corner unit. Stadium Village close to UGA. Ideal for single/ couple. Rob, (706) 338-4984, email@example.com. Quiet 2BR/2.5BA condo. Milledge, next to family housing bus, 1300 sf., W/D, FP, free wireless, cable, pool, yard, pets OK. Avail. Aug. $850/mo. (706) 461-4351. Studios & 2BRs across from campus for Fall semester. Also, 4BR at Urban Lofts. Call (404) 557-5203.
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$850/mo. House on Eastside. Less than 10 min. to UGA, 4BR/1-1/2BA, workshop in bsmt., 1 car garage, lg. kitchen, fenced yd., safe & quiet n’hood, W/D hookups, Avail. 7/1/12, 117 Crossbow Cir., Winterville. Agent/Owner, call Robin, (770) 265-6509. $575/mo. Historic farm cottage. 2BR/1BA, nice sized rms., closets, HWflrs., W/D hookup, CHAC, large yard, lawncare incl. 5 mi. to UGA, near Athens Tech, loop. Avail. now! (706) 424-1571. 1 or 2BR, recently renovated, private, quiet location near Publix. All elec., CHAC, n e w a p p l s . , W / D , D W, H W f l r s . Wa t e r & g a r b a g e paid. $650-680/mo. www. boulevardproperty management.com, (706) 548-9797. 145 Woodcrest Dr. 3BR/2BA. Avail. now! CHAC, fenced yd., pets OK, no pet fees! Nice, quiet area. $795/mo. (706) 372-6813. 2/3BR house avail. now! Also pre-leasing for Fall. 1, 2 & 3BR houses. Close to campus & Dwntn. Call (706) 255-0066. 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. 235 Hill Street, super huge 1 or 2 BR/2BA apt. in turn of the century house, high ceilings, pine flrs., lg. windows, W/D, DW, CHAC, Perfect for professional couple. Avail. now or Aug. $1100. boulevardproperty management.com. Please call (706) 548-9797. 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. + dep. dmarklevitt@ hotmail.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. Normaltown/ ARMC area. Convenient to everything! Front porch. Storage building. Pets welcome. Avail. Aug. 1. Water, trash & lawn care incl. $1000/mo. Aaron, (706) 207-2957.
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. Aug.! Call (706) 372-7300. 3BR/2BA. UGA Med School/ Normaltown area. $1000/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. 3BR/2BA. UGA Med School/ Normaltown 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. 3BR/2BA. All appls. Next to Alps Rd. & school, Beechwood Shopping Center. 106 Alpine Way. $999/mo. (706) 206-3350. 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/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. 130 Inglewood Ave. (706) 7141100. 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/4BA new house, Oconee S t . Wa l k D w n t n . H W f l r s . , stainless, double porches, back deck, whole house audio. W/D & lawncare incl. $1700/mo. Avail. Fall. Aaron, (706) 207-2957. 4BR/2BA, 1 BR ideal for studio/ office/den. LR, DR, laundry rm., 2 small bonus rms. Screened back porch overlooking beautifully landscaped lot w/ creek running through it. Old garden shed w/ covered parking. 1500 sf. 3 mi. from UGA near Athens Tech. Newly renovated, new appls., lawn care incl. $850/mo. Avail. July 1. (706) 424-1571. 4BR/4BA, $1600/mo. CHAC, all appls. incl., community pool, convenient to Dwntn. Near busline & next to UGA golf course. 2020 Lakeside Dr. Avail. 8/1/12. (706) 207-9295. 4 B R / 3 B A Vi c t o r i a n h o m e , renovated. 1/2 mi. from campus. Pre-leasing. New kitchen, W/D, DW, fenced yd., HW. $1600/mo. Huge rms.! Lots of character. Avail. 8/1. Pets OK. (706) 3692908. Avail. Fall! 668 P u l a s k i : 3BR, great front porch, Dwntn. 136 Grove St.: 3/4BR, close to campus. 135 Garden Ct.:3BR/1BA. 235 Hill St.: now & Aug., beautiful apt. in amazing Victorian house. ( 7 0 6 ) 5 4 8 - 9 7 9 7 , w w w. boulevardproperty management.com. Big old house on busline, in-town, lots of off street parking. Very lg. rooms, 2 kitchens, 2BA. Commercial or residential. David, (706) 247-1398. Turn to FLAGPOLE CLASSIFIEDS to find roommates, apartments, houses, etc. To place an ad call 706549-0301.
Cedar Creek: 4BR/2BA, lg. fenced yd., $950/mo. 5 Pts.: Off Baxter St., 4BR/2BA, $1200/ mo. Hospital area, 2BR/1BA, carport, fenced-in yd., $775/mo. Call McWaters Realty, (706) 3532700, (706) 540-1529. East Athens, 3BR/2.5BA. Lg. family rm.,1740 sf, fenced yd., Small pets OK. $925/mo. Avail. June 10. Call (706) 207-3677. 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) 613-8525. Half house to share. $400/ mo., 1 mo. dep., 1/2 utils. Fully furnished, W/D, carport, deck, private BA, no pets, smoker OK. Near Ga. Square Mall. (706) 870-9281. Spacious 4BR/2BA brick home on Milledge Ave. Close to everything. HW & tile flrs., CHAC, W/D, lg. LR, den, screened porch, fenced yd., lots of storage. $1000/mo. (404) 808-2351. Wonder ful 3BR/2BA. Wood floors, FP, laundry room, fenced backyd., work shed. $850/mo. (706) 340-2450.
Houses for Sale Open houses, Woodhaven: Sunday, 1–4 p.m. 2BR/2BA, + bonus, or tri-level. $229,900 each. Swim/tennis. Off Mitchell Bridge. Call Carolyn, Keller Williams Greater Athens, (706) 850-6148.
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Pre-Leasing 1 B R / 1 B A , Ly n n R o c k A p t s . $490/mo. w/ DW, water incl. Blocks from campus off B a x t e r S t . P re - l e a s i n g f o r Aug. Joiner Management, ( 7 0 6 ) 3 5 3 - 6 8 6 8 . w w w. joinermanagement.com. 1BR/1BA Hillside Apt. $475/ mo. $550/mo. w/ W/D. Water incl. Blocks from campus. Pre-leasing for Aug. Joiner Management: (706) 353-6868. www.joinermanagement.com. 2 & 3BR, in-town & 5Pts. Super location. (706) 207-0539 or email@example.com for pics & info. 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. Dwntn., 1BR/1BA flat, $465/mo. Pre-leasing for Aug. 2012. Water, gas, trash pick-up incl. Free on-site laundr y. Joiner Management, (706) 353-6868. P re - l e a s i n g f o r F a l l . 5 , 4 , 3 & 2 B R h o u s e s . Vi s u a l tours online. Nancyflowers. com. Call/text Nancy, (706) 540-1608. flowersnancy@ bellsouth.net.
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Huge rm. for rent w/ private entry. $380/mo. Pay wkly. or monthly. No lease req’d. W/D, utils. incl. Bigger than master BR. (678) 698-4260.
Athens School of Music. Instruction in guitar, bass, drums, piano, voice, brass, woodwinds, strings, banjo, mandolin, fiddle & more. From beginner to expert. Instrument repairs avail. Visit http://www. AthensSchoolofMusic.com, (706) 543-5800.
Roommate needed for 1 yr. lease in Woodlands gated community. $545/mo., cable & utils. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org, (404) 309-9594. Roommate needed ASAP for house off Pulaski St. Screened porch, W/D. Only a 10 min. walk from Dwntn. Only $250/mo. (706) 548-9744.
Rooms for Rent Dashiell Cottages. Move–in, $75/wk.! (706) 850-0491. 1BR, private entrance, all amenities, WiFi, long distance. Enjoy our river community, 5 blocks to UGA. Enjoy wildlife observation. Room for rent in nice home 7 mi from East Athens. Utils. incl. $400/mo. Call (706) 742-2405.
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Answers and Questions The Unsolved Murder of JFK’s Mistress
Perhaps the most notorious unsolved murder of a woman in America in the 20th century was the slaying in our nation’s capital of Mary Pinchot Meyer on Oct. 12, 1964. While taking her daily walk on a towpath in a public park in Washington, D.C. in broad daylight, Meyer was suddenly and violently seized from behind by a powerful attacker who, after a short struggle, shot her twice with a handgun, execution-style, at very close range. The first shot sent a bullet into the left side of her head about two inches in front of the ear. It inflicted a lethal wound which would have soon killed her had it not been for the fatal second shot, fired from above her right shoulder a few seconds later, which sent a bullet through her chest cavity into her aorta and killed her instantly. The shooter was an expert marksman and unusually fired the first shot with one hand and the second shot with the other hand. An ambidextrous murderer so accomplished that the first of the shots was a headshot and both shots were mortal. Despite thorough, extensive searches by large numbers of police officers, the.38 cal. murder weapon was never found. A diminutive black high school dropout and day laborer of limited intelligence, 26-year old Ray Crump, a married man with five children, who was arrested in the park minutes after the murder, was tried for the crime but acquitted by a jury after a 10-day trial in July 1965. If convicted, he almost certainly would have been sentenced to death. Viewing the trial in its totality, the verdict of not guilty was amply justified. The prosecution’s claim that Crump was the killer rested entirely on weak circumstantial evidence and was full of holes. There was no murder weapon. There was no ballistics, blood, hair, semen, fiber or other scientific evidence linking Crump to the crime. Nearly every important prosecution witness was discredited, sometimes even demolished, on cross-examination. Some of the police witnesses suspiciously tailored their testimony to assist the prosecution. Prosecutors proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Mary Meyer had been murdered, but failed to prove that Ray Crump was the murderer. While Crump’s innocence cannot be proven conclusively, on the whole it does appear that it is practically certain. Ray Crump was not physically strong enough to overpower Meyer, who was his size and weight. He did not use or possess firearms. He lacked firearms proficiency. If Crump had fired two shots into the victim from near point-blank range and had grappled with the profusely bleeding victim, then why was it that the FBI crime lab “had failed to find any forensic
evidence that linked Ray Crump to either the murder scene or the body and clothing of Mary Meyer”? And why were there “no traces of Mary Meyer’s blood, hair, fibers or saliva found on Ray Crump”? And how do we account for the missing murder weapon? Isn’t the most plausible explanation that someone other than Crump killed Meyer and then escaped carrying the weapon?
Two books offer answers to the question of who killed Mary Meyer. The first, a biography, is Nina Burleigh’s A Very Private Woman: The Life and Unsolved Murder of Presidential Mistress Mary Meyer, published in 1998. Burleigh thinks, notwithstanding his acquittal, that Ray Crump did it. The second book is Peter Janney’s Mary’s Mosaic: The CIA Conspiracy to Murder John F. Kennedy, Mary Pinchot Meyer, and Their Vision for World Peace, published this year. Janney thinks that Meyer was not slain by Ray Crump; she was the victim of a CIA contract killing.
a high-ranking CIA official who managed the agency’s clandestine services division. (Contemporary newspaper accounts of the murder usually described Mary Meyer’s ex-husband as a “government employee” or an “author.”) • The night of the murder James Jesus Angleton, the legendary spook in charge of the CIA’s counterintelligence division, entered Mary Meyer’s home and took away various documents never seen again, including Meyer’s diary. He made a second surreptitious entry into the house the next morning. • In the weeks preceding her murder Meyer told friends that unknown persons had been stealthily entering, or attempting to enter, her home. • A covert intelligence agent pretending to be just an ordinary citizen gave damaging testimony against Ray Crump at Crump’s trial by claiming that while jogging on the towpath shortly before the murder he had passed both Crump and Meyer and that Crump apparently had been following Meyer from a distance.
In assessing whether Burleigh or Janney is closer to the truth, we are fortunate in that currently we know— due in large part to facts uncovered by Burleigh, Janney and other investigators—far more about the Mary Meyer murder case than was known at the time of Ray Crump’s murder trial. We now know, for example, that: • Meyer was a close friend, a trusted advisor and also the mistress of President John F. Kennedy during the last two years of his life. • Meyer kept a personal diary, now missing, which is believed to have contained private information about her relationship with Kennedy and (perhaps) damaging information about the CIA. • At the time of her death Meyer had, after a 14-year marriage, been divorced for six years from Cord Meyer,
Why, you may inquire, would the CIA have been mixed up in Mary Meyer’s death? There are many theories. One of the most plausible is that Meyer knew that the CIA had something to do with JFK’s assassination, that she saw the CIA involvement was being covered up, that she was appalled at the sorry investigation by the Warren Commission, that she was shocked by the superficiality of the Warren Report (Meyer was murdered two weeks after the Report was released), and that she planned to go public with what she knew. Nearly 50 years after it occurred, Mary Meyer’s murder is unsolved. However, a few of the basic questions about the murder have now been satisfactorily answered. First, Ray Crump was not the murderer. Second, the murder itself was not a robbery or rape attempt gone bad, but a well-executed, professional hit—a rubout by a trained assassin. Mary Meyer, like her lover John F. Kennedy, was assassinated. On the other hand, most of the fundamental questions about Meyer’s murder remain. What was the reason for the murder? Why would a secret agent for an intelligence agency, disguising who he really was, go to the trouble of giving false testimony designed to put Ray Crump in the electric chair? Also, since police searching the park shortly after the murder spotted an unidentified black man hiding in the woods who then eluded capture and was never seen again, it must be asked: Who was this mysterious man? Finally, and obviously, and most importantly of all, if this mysterious man was not the murderer of Mary Meyer, then who was? Donald E. Wilkes, Jr. Editor’s Note: The author, a law professor at the UGA School of Law for the past 40 years, will soon retire from teaching (but not from research and writing). This is Prof. Wilkes’ 251st scholarly publication, and it is his 74th article for Flagpole. A longer version of this article is online at www.flagpole.com.
everyday people Michael Pipkin, Unemployed Laborer Driving down Lexington Road one morning, I saw a man and a woman changing the letters on a church sign. I talked to Michael Pipkin, who was spelling out a website address on the marquee. Michael was volunteering that morning, but what he does most mornings is scour the city for a job doing manual labor.
Flagpole: Do you go to church here? Michael Pipkin: Yeah. Not every Sunday, but pretty consistently.
FP: What have you been trying to do to find work? MP: Calling people and talking to people at gas stations. If I see any work trucks I ask them. That’s pretty much it. Just calling around in the phone book. Anyone that I think looks like someone who could have a job for me, I ask them about it, but I haven’t found any luck yet. They tell me there’s not enough work. FP: And you’ve been at it for the whole time you’ve been here? MP: Yeah. I found some little part-time jobs here and there, temporary work, but nothing permanent. And not having a car hurts me, too. I have had some temporary jobs where people told me that if I had a car, they would put me on full-time… I worked a couple days with a tree service from Watkinsville, but he couldn’t hire me because he can’t drive from Oconee County to Lexington Road to pick me up. FP: What else do you do besides the job search or volunteering here? MP: Work out, play guitar, spend time with my wife, go on walks.
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FP: You play guitar? Electric or acoustic? MP: Electric. I like to play heavy metal.
FP: What brings you here? MP: Because it’s a positive environment. And learning, I like learning different cultures and different religions and stuff like that. And the people are nice; they’re not all snobby and stuck up and stuff like that… We come up every so often and help with the church work or whatever, and [my wife] works in the nursery. FP: Where do you work? MP: I’m unemployed right now. I’m looking for some hard labor, but no one’s hiring. Every time I call somebody they tell me they have a full crew or they can’t afford to hire a new person, so I’m just keepin’ on lookin’. FP: What have you done before? MP: I did tree work for about five years. I would just cut rounds and feed the wood chipper… I did roofing: nailing shingles and scraping roofs. FP: And how long have you lived in Athens? MP: Three years. FP: Where did you live before? MP: I’m from all over. My dad was in the military. I moved here from St. Matthews, South Carolina, about 30 minutes from Colombia. FP: How many different places did you live? MP: Texas, Arizona, New Jersey, South Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina and here. FP: So, you went to a bunch of different schools growing up? MP: Yeah. I didn’t like it because I never got a chance to know anybody. I don’t know what it’s like to grow up with the same people my whole life. FP: Other than that, did you like being able to see so much of the country? What was your favorite spot? MP: Probably Arizona. Where we lived was, like, a city, and surrounding the city was a bunch of mountains, so I thought that was pretty cool. FP: So, what made you decide to move to Athens? MP: I thought I could find work. I lived in Watkinsville when I went to middle school and I already have some contacts here, so I thought it would be easier for me to find work. It’s not.
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FP: Have you ever performed anywhere? MP: Yeah. When I lived in South Carolina, I worked at a club called Ground Zero in Spartanburg, and I was in a band called Screaming to Exist. And we played pretty constantly, around the state. FP: Around the state? So, you traveled? MP: We traveled a little bit, not a whole lot, but we had our fair share of traveling, yeah. FP: Have you ever thought about trying to do anything here in Athens? MP: I’d love to, but I can’t meet anybody because it’s hard to get around. And I can’t go anywhere at night because the buses stop running at, like, 7:45. So, unless I met somebody and started a band with them, I couldn’t get home… The car thing is really holding me down right now. FP: You said you like walking. Where do you go for walks? MP: Around my complex or up and down the road. Lately, I’ve been getting in some jogging; I’m trying to get more into that. FP: Do you go for walks mostly for the exercise, or is there any… MP: To clear my mind. To clear my mind, because I’m trying to quit smoking cigarettes, and exercise has helped me a lot with that. [His wife chimes in: “To get more in shape for his martial arts.”]
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