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ATHICA Explores Concepts of Community p. 11


Whatever It Takes Author Talks at the Chapel p. 8


Punk Progenitors Get Amped Once Again p. 19

Sexual Assault p. 5 · Hooker Vision p. 17 · Buzz Hungry p. 24 · Octopus Project p. 27



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The Georgia Writers Hall of Fame celebrates its move into the University of Georgia Richard B. Russell Special Collections Library Building with a public event Thursday, Sept. 27. The morning’s activities include a light breakfast, a short video presentation about the hall of fame, librarian-led tours of the Hall of Fame’s new exhibit, and the company of current members Coleman Barks, David Bottoms, Judith Ortiz Cofer, Terry Kay and Philip Lee Williams, who will participate in a writers’ literary “salon” at 10 a.m. in room 285. The informal breakfast will be served prior to the salon, and the opening of the exhibit will follow the salon. Also, The Georgia Review recently announced that its fall 2012 edition will focus exclusively on the Hall of Fame, featuring work and commentary on the 33 members.

An Atlanta Highway business owner worries GDOT will put her under, a new hotel is coming to downtown Athens, and frustration grows with state budget cuts.

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I took some shirts to Professional Cleaners on Baxter Street last week. I had them in a paper sack, and they had been in my car for a day or two. When I put them on the counter and said, “No starch,” I saw that the shirts were covered with ants. Quickly, the counter was covered, too, and I started banging on them with my hands while Steve Smith, who was behind the counter, took the shirts outside and shook them. It was embarrassing, to say the least. I amended my instructions to, “No starch, no ants,” and Steve at least smiled. When I picked up the shirts, I smiled, too. He had written on the ticket, “No charge on the ants.”

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city dope Athens News and Views Atlanta Highway Part Deux: Last week’s cover story on revitalizing Atlanta Highway generated quite a bit of reader feedback. Lynn Hardman, who moved his business, Southern Waterbeds & Futons, from downtown to Atlanta Highway in 1981, wrote in to express concerns about the state Department of Transportation widening the road to eight lanes near Georgia Square Mall. “The Mall entrances will be changed , with most of the other free-standing businesses being forced out, and the ones that aren’t will be smashed up against the Atlanta Highway,� he says. “The DOT told me last year they would be back early this year with their offer for taking about half of my parking lot. I will no longer have customer parking, and the Atlanta Highway will be as ugly as you can get.� Turns out, this plan is moving along pretty quickly by GDOT standards. They’re about to start negotiating with the owners of 56 parcels to buy right of way, according to spokeswoman Teri Pope. Construction is scheduled for 2016. The total project budget is $37.5 million, she says. On the other hand, University of Georgia economist Richard Martin says rumors of Atlanta Highway’s demise when a new mall off the Oconee Connector opens are greatly exaggerated. He notes that other big boxes like Kmart, Target and Hancock Fabrics were quickly filled without any government incentives when those retailers left. He thinks “the private market should be given a chance to work its magic.�

last week. The full scoop is at, but long story short, developer Robert Small and architect John Wyle used, for the first time, an alternative compliance procedure to deviate from downtown design guidelines by working closely with planners. The first, kinda Redneck Riviera-ish design had a lot of stucco. Planning commissioners asked for more brick, and they got it. Now the design looks great, and the whole thing took less than a month. As Wyle put it: “This process has been very constructive and will be helpful to any architect who comes along and tries to wade through all the regulations.� Who says Athens isn’t business-friendly? Lights, Camera, Athens!: Trouble With the Curve, filmed partially in Athens earlier this year, opened Friday. The movie stars Pete McCommons as an aging baseball scout who chooses an empty chair with the No. 1 pick in the draft. (Kidding. Actually, that’s Clint Eastwood. Pete’s an extra in a scene shot at the Globe.) Other scenes were shot at Oconee Hill Cemetery and the corner of College and Clayton streets. But don’t expect to see much of Athens in the final cut. “You’d be amazed how long shoots go on and how little makes it into the final cut,� says AthensClarke County public information officer Jeff Montgomery. The movie looks terrible, but it did provide some small boost to our local economy, employing extras, caterers, hotel employees and off-duty police. Local officials will continue trying to lure film shoots to Athens, according to Montgomery and Chuck Jones, executive director of the Athens Convention and Visitors Bureau. The CVB also plans to start pushing sports, Jones says, using University of Georgia football to lure conventions and tournaments.

Runnin’ For Office, Boss: Carter Kessler is the Republican candidate for an Athens state House district, running against Spencer Frye, the Democrat who knocked off Rep. Keith Heard, D-Athens, in the July primary. Kessler has two DUIs on his record. He got the most recent one last September while pushing a moped It’s All Mathematics: The downtown, for which a judge hugely unpopular news that sentenced him to 240 hours budget cuts would force of community service, among Secretary of State Brian Kemp other things. He could have to close the state archives done the work at any one of in Jonesboro to the public dozens of local nonprofits or is another reminder that, in government agencies, but he government as in everychose Athens Area Habitat for thing else, you get what Humanity—where Frye is the you pay for. Kemp says he executive director. Awkward! had no other choice when Kessler says he did a bunch of Gov. Nathan Deal ordered his hours at Habitat’s ReStore state agencies to cut their because he doesn’t have to budgets by 3 percent yet schedule shifts in advance, again. The alternatives for and it’s close to his house the hodgepodge of a departon Holman Avenue. Frye ment, he says, were to violate describes their relationship as federal law by defunding elec“respectful� but says the situ- Carter Kessler. Not pictured: Spencer Frye, wearing a pair of mirror aviations, take securities fraud tors and holding a German shepherd on a chain leash. ation was “very strange.� investigators off the beat or Kessler, of course, can’t the delay the licenses many drive because his license is suspended, but he says that hasn’t professionals need to go to work. And it’s not as if no one saw affected his campaign. “A lot of people have helped me, and this coming. “For the last two years, I’ve been telling the legAthens is such a walkable, bikeable place, I’ve been able to get islature this day would come,� he says. around,� he says. Kemp won’t go so far as to say the legislature should raise But can he eat 50 eggs? taxes—that would be political suicide—but he sounds fed up with the constant cutting in state government since the Great Fratpocalypse: Cobbham residents who oppose a proposed Recession started. “We’re chopping off arms and legs,� he fraternity house on North Milledge Avenue (and that would says. Do we really want to be the state that lets a copy of the be pretty much all of them) turned out in force for a Historic Declaration of Independence rot in some warehouse? I doubt Preservation Commission meeting last week, arguing that the it, but we’re also unwilling to pay to keep it safe and give HPC doesn’t have the authority to approve a design until the the public access to it and thousands of other irreplaceable Athens-Clarke Commission gives Sigma Chi permission to put a records. As President Clinton reminded us not long ago, that’s fraternity house there in the first place. The HPC tabled a decinot a sustainable course. sion until December, so stay tuned. This one is already ugly, Deal said last week he’d restore funding for the archives, and it could get worse. but at press time it remained unclear how he planned to do so. Keeping the archives open will cost $733,000. She’s a Brick Hotel: The Athens-Clarke Planning Commission approved a new Hyatt Place hotel next to the Classic Center Blake Aued

city pages People who feel very intoxicated after just one or two drinks should tell a friend and get somewhere safe immediately, Sanger says, because date-rape drugs are fast-acting. Victims can black out for hours, although An Athens social worker is warning downthey’re still conscious, she says. “It’s a differtown partiers to be extra-careful after a rash ent feeling than being drunk,â€? she says. of reported sexual assaults. Last month, 13 people reported sexual Devon Sanger, the adult advocate at The assaults to The Cottage, and four of them said Cottage Sexual Assault Center, says she’s they’d been drugged, according to Sanger. seen a rise in the number of people—mostly, That’s a much higher number than usual, she but not all, women—who’ve reported sexual says; it started rising last year and jumped assaults after drinking in downtown bars. when classes started at the University of Usually, it’s a fellow bar patron who Georgia last month. “It’s been happening spikes a drink and takes advantage of the since last fall, but it really spiked at the blacked-out person. But lately, Sanger says beginning of the semester,â€? she says. she’s noticing an even more disturbing trend. Police haven’t received any complaints Clients who come in for counseling tell her like Sanger described, says Capt. Clarence they think a bartender is Holeman, head of the the one who spiked their department’s Criminal “We’ve traditionally said, Investigations Division, drinks, and their stories are remarkably similar. but he promised to follow ‘Get your drinks from a “It seems like it’s coming up. Many of the victims from behind the bar, and bartender, not a stranger,’ Sanger sees elect not to someone else is doing the report assaults to the but that’s not a guarantee police, she says. It’s also assaulting,â€? she says. Some of the clients hard to verify when peoanymore.â€? have woken up in a bar, ple are drugged because but they’re not sure the chemicals work their where they were drugged because they were way through the body quickly, so blood tests bar-hopping, Sanger says. Others have woken won’t turn up anything after a few hours, she up in unfamiliar houses or dorm rooms, she says. says. The Cottage recently started a campaign If a bar employee is responsible for recent called “Consent Is Sexy‌ and Requiredâ€? druggings and sexual assaults, it’s much harder aimed at educating bar employees and patrons for people to protect themselves, Sanger says. on preventing sexual assault by asking for “We’ve traditionally said, ‘Get your drinks donations, sending advocates to talk to from a bartender, not a stranger,’ but that’s employees and providing freebies like koozies not a guarantee anymore,â€? she says. She now and posters. Results have been mixed, Sanger advises bargoers to buy drinks from bartenders says. “There’s some that are on board, but it they know, watch the bartender pour the drink would be nice if it were everyone,â€? she says. if possible and stay near friends, preferably at least one sober one. Blake Aued


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capitol impact LAWMAKERS know what’s important There are many things in Georgia that we don’t have enough money to pay for, according to our elected leadership. Public education? Over the past nine years, the state has cut formula funding to local school systems by a combined amount of roughly $5.7 billion. Health care? The governor’s office recently ordered Medicaid cuts for the current fiscal year and next year as well. Gov. Nathan Deal says Georgia will not expand its Medicaid coverage as part of Obamacare because, he contends, the state can’t afford it. Roads and highways? The state is so hard up for money that Deal and other top officials begged voters to approve a 1 percent sales tax this summer to raise funds for road construction and maintenance. What do we have money for? Well, we have $300 million in proceeds from a hotel/motel tax in Atlanta that the legislature approved two years ago. That tax money is going to be spent on a new stadium with a retractable roof for Arthur Blank and the NFL franchise he owns, the Atlanta Falcons. Representatives of the Georgia World Congress Center Authority, which runs the Georgia Dome, are negotiating with Falcons officials on the wording of an agreement to build the facility. The agreement could be finalized by the authority’s board of directors by as early as the end of October. The state’s commitment to use $300 million for a new football stadium was put in place in March and April 2010, when the legislature adopted a bill that imposed the 7 percent hotel/motel tax starting in 2020. That was also when Georgia was in the grip of a recession that squeezed $3 billion out of the state budget and forced many school systems to keep their doors open less than the mandated 180 days a year. Critics of the deal have questioned the wisdom of spending that kind of tax money to

build a stadium when so much has been cut from education and healthcare. One of those stadium critics is state Rep. Mike Dudgeon (R-Johns Creek). Dudgeon was not in the General Assembly when the House voted to pass the stadium tax in 2010. He was a member of the Forsyth County school board preparing to run for his first term as a lawmaker. In this year’s legislative session, Dudgeon introduced a resolution that said “taxpayers of this state are concerned about the best possible use of their hard earned tax dollars” and urged the GWCCA not to give the Falcons any property or stadium rights at a price that was “below fair market value.” Using tax money to build a new football stadium, he argues, is “the wrong message to send” when state troopers and other state government employees haven’t had a decent pay raise in several years. “We at the state are saying, ‘We’re broke, we can only pay for 170 days of school,’ and then we say, ‘Oh, by the way, we’ll build this new stadium,’” Dudgeon says. While he acknowledged that the $300 million already allocated for the stadium is a “done deal” that can’t be reversed, Dudgeon said he will introduce legislation next year to block any attempts to add more dollars to the World Congress Center Authority’s “blank check.” “They might need higher bonding authority for the World Congress Center or another source of funding,” Dudgeon said. “My intent would be not to add more taxpayer funds or bonding capacity… I think a majority of the public would be in agreement on that. I don’t think I’m on an island here.” Dudgeon is not on an island. I don’t think a majority of Georgia’s taxpayers would support spending $300 million on a vanity stadium for a billionaire, but their elected representatives have put them in that position. Tom Crawford

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Athens’ many historic neighborhoods tend to spread from campus and downtown towards the west: Reese Street, Cobbham, Boulevard and so on. Each one represents a specific age of development; together, they form an architectural timeline of Athens. The Boulevard historic district represents a period of development in the 1890s centered around the mills located off the nearby railroad. Residences are largely Queen Anne and Neoclassical, while the houses on the side streets are less ornate, since they were built for mill workers. Another distinctive neighborhood with its own identity, just northwest of Boulevard, is Buena Vista Heights. The campaign to create a Buena Vista Heights historic district has been in the works for nearly three years; neighborhood organiz-

the plan for the Boulevard district, bought the land and planned Buena Vista Heights in 1890. The neighborhood was laid out on a grid system and, like Boulevard, was connected to downtown by a streetcar. While the history and cohesiveness of a neighborhood are reason enough to want to consider it an historic district, another catalyst for the neighborhood has been the UGA Health Sciences Campus on the other side of Prince Avenue. With the new campus, some residents fear that developers could buy available property in the area and fill it with residences that do not fit with the rest of the neighborhood, which has happened in the past. According to neighborhood organizers, the biggest concern is scale; one of the main problems with current residential architecture

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A typical mill house in Buena Vista Heights. ers are miffed, claiming that one of those years was spent waiting for money from the Athens-Clarke Planning Department to cover costs like printing and postage. Brad Griffin, planning director for ACC, says he requested funds to cover those costs, but didn’t get them due to budget constraints. Next year, he says he plans to ask the commission to start charging neighborhoods when they file paperwork to create historic districts. Neighborhood organizers moved ahead with their plans without ACC funding. The Historic Preservation Commission will hold a called public meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26 at the Planning Department Auditorium to hear the residents’ proposal and consider design guidelines for future development. The HPC will recommend to the mayor and commission whether to approve the district. Buena Vista, like Boulevard, started as housing for the Southern Manufacturing Company’s cotton mill north of the railroad that borders the neighborhood. The largest section of the proposed Buena Vista district is from Satula Avenue to Pound Street and then Prince Avenue to Boulevard. Commercial property off Prince Avenue is not included, and there is a small portion that includes Easy Street and Park Avenue. Buena Vista is already considered an historic district on the National Register of Historic Places, and the locally proposed district is based on the national one. Buena Vista Heights was one of Athens’ first suburbs. The Athens Park and Improvement Co., the same group that laid

is the McMansion syndrome, where gigantic houses are built on a piece of property far too small for them. (McMansions have numerous other problems, but I digress… ) Buena Vista residents aren’t completely opposed to new residences or additions to existing houses; their concern is to preserve what remains of the neighborhood’s character. Being a designated historic district does not mean that one will never be able to build a new house or add on to their house or change the color of their house. Some residents are worried about having to get the planning department to approve all changes to their property, which is partly true. Many changes will have to be approved, however, paint color is not one of them. Historic district supporters urge skeptics to look at the issue of keeping the neighborhood intact and how a historic designation will benefit the whole neighborhood, not necessarily individual houses. Their point is, don’t miss the forest for the trees. Historic designation will also mean tax freezes, potential increases in property values for future sellers and, of course, one of those awesome green signs provided by the Athens Clarke Heritage Foundation. However, it will also mean additional steps for homeowners who want to make changes to their property. Like most decisions, there are pros and cons. We’ll be sure to keep you updated on the future of Buena Vista Heights. Stella Smith

er·satz (er-zahts, -sahts): Adjective. Serving as a substitute; synthetic; artificial. Election year always riles people up, and the American voter base is more amped than I’ve ever seen in my short life. At 31 years old, I haven’t voted in many presidential elections, but I seriously can’t remember any election year since 2000 where the dialogue was so rich, so plentiful—and so stupid. Of course, I’m not talking about the way it happened in the days of yore, when you sat down face-to-face with someone and talked about the things that mattered to you. I don’t hear many rich political conversations happening at bars or at shows around town, and very few people out there are trying to create hands-on political dialogues. It’s all moved to the realm of Facebook, where everyone’s a scholar, but no one reads books. A big problem is all the image macros. The upcoming election has made for an influx of macros—picture with big letters saying something dumb—and it’s surprising how most people take them as factual when anyone could slap letters on a photo and post it on Facebook. People see these obnoxious images and decide that they “get” it, and then they share it with no thought to accuracy or truthfulness. It’s great that people are feeling empowered to speak up and talk about the issues that are important to them, but just in the act of reading and sharing a macro, the uneducated person transforms into an ersatz scholar, an expert with no credentials who can’t be told any differently. The nature of interaction on the Internet often cheapens our online dialogues and reduces them to one-up contests that eventually devolve into name-calling and slur-throwing. It is directly related to the shocking lack of learnedness that people take into political conversations. People are feeling empowered to burst into discussion that they know nothing about, such as the time a man told me that white privilege did not exist just because he’d never heard of it before. Empowerment is a double-edged sword, because now everyone wants to speak up; everyone’s got an opinion, and guess what—it’s probably stupid. Look, I’m an educated woman. I don’t come from a privileged family with lots of college graduates, so my smarts are a point of pride for me, and I take that very seriously. I work hard on understanding the concepts that are important to me, and I try to stay literate about those issues so that I can communicate them accurately to others. This is something that plenty of people do as a rule, and I want to surround myself with the likeminded. The problem with Facebook is that, even though you can control your friends’ list and your news feed, you still end up interacting with all manner of mouthbreathers who magically turn

into Noam Chomsky: The Militia Edition, after they read a Gerald Massey macro. Political dialogue is important, and I love having it with people, but only other educated people. “Educated” doesn’t have to mean that people have an advanced degree or are able to namedrop this anarchist and that philosopher, but that they have a heartfelt desire to nourish their brain with truth. Truth is found both in print and in our conversations with people, and I like people who prioritize truth over emotion. I mention truth specifically because so often accuracy doesn’t matter to those who don’t prioritize self-education. Certain politicians are attempting to appeal to emotions and religious principles instead of discussing the facts of what needs to happen in the next four years. When educated people start mentioning truth, the pushback can be horribly cold and brutal. Uneducated people in a place of privilege aren’t known for their ability to listen well or synthesize information, and so often the response to a hard fact will be, “Well, when they don’t get what they want, they just blame people like me.”

Educated people will take the time to examine their arguments and make sure that they’re presenting themselves well, and often the uneducated response is to lash out and fingerpoint, blame minorities or poor people— whomever their particular faction are hating on that day. I once witnessed the Facebook failings of a drug-abusing single mother of two who hustles the system like crazy. She said she wanted to see drug testing for welfare recipients, not even realizing that she’d lose her own golden parachute if she got her wish. I want to talk to you about politics. I really do. I wanna grab a bourbon and ginger and wax philosophical all night. I want to talk about race and gender—but only if you’re educated. You can’t be convinced that you’ve got it all figured out. You can’t be sure of your rightness if you’re going to talk to me. Most of us are wrong about something. You have to be able to own your wrongness, learn from it, retain that information and reproduce it for others one day. Healthy dialogue will help us all to educate each other more, but I never have and never will suffer fools. Rashaun Ellis



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neighborhood group, is in a city like Athens, where there are these other resources. I think having a university here, especially a big university like UGA, can be a tremendous resource and a community partner, particularly in terms of working directly with schools. I think some colleges can feel pretty sepMary McIlvaine

aul Tough’s first book, Whatever It Takes, about the Harlem Children’s Zone, inspired a movement to bring that comprehensive cradle-to-diploma education program for low-income students to Athens. In his latest book, How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, he delves into the brain, asking what it is about poverty that causes some children to fall behind and what can be done to reverse it. Tough will speak about the book at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 1 at the University of Georgia Chapel. He also recently spoke to Flagpole about his findings, which could help in Athens, a community with high poverty rates in public schools.

FP: What do you think is the biggest obstacle to that sort of change in the average school? PT: It’s hard to reorient any kind of big institution, whether it’s a school or a whole school system. I think that, so far, no one’s really putting those demands on them. When a child goes off to college, makes it through a year or two and then drops out, no one’s really accountable for that. It really is seen as just the student’s problem, but I think there’s lots of evidence that both the high school and the college can do things differently to help those kids persist. I think somehow, we’ve got to make them feel more responsible for that, or at least feel more empowered to try to fix that situation. Dropping out of college, as opposed to not going to college, can be an additional problem. We know that getting a [Bachelor of Arts degree], especially if you’re a kid from a lowincome family, can really change your trajectory of success in all kinds of ways, including salary. The problem is, you end up taking out a lot of loans if you get a BA, especially if you’re from a low-income family. But if you go to school for two or three years and then drop out, you actually don’t get much of a boost in salary from being a some-college person, and you end up with a ton of debt. For a kid without a lot of financial resources, going to college for a couple of years, racking up a ton of debt and then dropping out is the worst-case scenario.

Flagpole: Why is character so important for kids to achieve academically? Paul Tough: The reason I believe character is important is data. There’s a lot of data out there from economics and psychology and neuroscience pointing towards the effectiveness of non-cognitive skills in terms of how well kids do. Some of the programs that I’ve looked at [show] that for kids who are growing up with a whole matrix of obstacles, giving them a way to improve their non-cognitive skills lets them leverage their other skills really effectively. I think it’s also true that it’s easier to change your character strengths, your non-cognitive skills, than it is to change your IQ. So, for kids who get to high school without having had good educational opportunities, even if they have low test scores, it is possible through non-cognitive interventions to succeed at a really high rate. It’s really about non-cognitive skills being the most effective and efficient and cost-effective lever for change if you want to change a kid’s life quickly. FP: What can schools do to help students build character? PT: I don’t think we have a perfect curriculum out there that helps build character, and I think, in some ways, it depends on what kind of school we’re talking about. When I talk to private school parents, I feel like what their kids need the most in terms of character development is for them to back off a little bit and to let their kids experience a little more adversity and have more of those character-building opportunities. For kids who are growing up in low-income neighborhoods, they need more protection from adversity. Some of these interventions can directly affect how kids do on these measures of character just by talking about character, by giving kids the message that their character can change, and by sort of showing them what they can achieve if they are able to leverage those non-cognitive strengths more. FP: How do you think a college town like Athens with a high poverty rate can make better use of our educational resources? PT: I did a lot of reporting on the south side of Chicago, and part of the problem there is there’s lots of poverty, but it also just goes on for miles and miles, and there aren’t a lot of resources around. The places where I feel most optimistic about the possibility for change, especially through a proper



a much more complicated set of skills to succeed. You need a lot of perseverance, and you need to be able to bounce back from setbacks. You need to be able to find creative solutions to problems, work independently. I think it’s more about changing the whole mission of a school so that it’s not just information and confidence skills that schools are focused on, but also other sorts of skills that kids are going to need to not just to get to college, but to make it through college.

Paul Tough arate from the towns where they’re located, but my sense from talking to people from [the local education group] Whatever It Takes and at UGA is that there is a real inclination there to try to make those connections. FP: Do you feel like the traditional classroom still works, or do you think the whole education system needs to be rethought? PT: I do think there is an increasing disconnect between… high schools and the skills that kids need to succeed in college and beyond. High schools were actually not intended to prepare kids for college. They were really intended to prepare kids for the office and the workplace of the ‘50s, where mostly what you had to do was follow orders. In college, I think kids need

FP: How do instructors handle the race, class or gender gap between themselves and the parents whose kids they’re instructing? PT: I think it’s complicated. I think any time there’s crosscultural, cross-racial boundaries between parents and students, there’s an additional challenge to try to be culturally sensitive and make the right connections and communicate in a way that makes sense to everybody. I think good teachers are able to do that. I think if it’s done sensitively, the parents and kids are really eager to hear these kinds of messages, especially if it’s done in the language of success. I think that’s what parents want for their kids; that’s what kids want for themselves. I think a good teacher who can talk to kids in that way and really convey that they care about the kids they’re teaching and that they want them to do well, my sense is the parents and kids will respond well to that. Sydney Slotkin This interview has been condensed. For the unedited version, visit

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thens is a lot like New York’s Harlem. Granted, Harlem probably has a few more jazz clubs. But when it comes to demographics, both communities struggle with a high poverty rate. As a result, more kids drop out of school or face teen pregnancy than in other, more affluent communities. While Athens doesn’t have its own version of Geoffrey Canada, the educator profiled in Paul Tough’s first book, Whatever It Takes, it does have an arsenal of programs in place to fight poverty. Tough, who visits Athens on Monday with his newest book, How Children Succeed, advocates a multi-pronged attack against multigenerational poverty. Breaking the cycle starts before a child is even born and continues until the teen years. This approach, unheard of in Athens a few years ago, recently found a foothold in Clarke County. The Clarke County School District, for example, has specialists like ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) teachers who work one-on-one with children struggling in class because of a language barrier. Earlyintervention teachers help students in specific Kristen Morales

At the Boys & Girls Clubs, a partnership with the school district allowed the clubs access to a three-year federal grant for after-school programming. Several years ago program leaders noticed that despite lessons in character development and conflict resolution, something was still missing. Executive Director Mike Hackett says, “Our job is to help them grow into successful adults, and so, for many years, our focus has been character development and providing good role models, making good decisions about drugs, sex, alcohol, all that stuff,� he says. “But in the last decade or so, academics has become a bigger and bigger thing, because we see kids, who, even though they do all the right things, they can’t meet those [academic] benchmarks.� To help keep good kids from dropping out of school, clubs began offering tutoring, eventually overhauling the program to align with CCSD’s common core standards. The grant allowed the clubs to hire teachers and parapros to teach according to the latest standards. The three-year grant is federally funded and administered by the Georgia Department of Education. Hackett says he plans to reapply but hopes at least to stay aligned with the school district. Aligning with schools also is key in the plan for Whatever It Takes, Athens’ antipoverty initiative named after Tough’s book. The program, pioneered by Canada in Harlem, begins before a child is even born by educating parents on techniques and brain development for later in Anthony Hubbard, Oscar Catalan and Jada Norris get some homework help from life, Executive Director volunteer Cassie Leonard at the Boys & Girls Clubs on Fourth Street. Tim Johnson says. In addition to early intersubject areas. Family-engagement specialists vention programs such as Head Start, Early help connect parents to outside resources such Head Start and pre-K, the programs Parents as as counseling, discipline help or other social Teachers and Parent and Child Together, both services. Because the Clarke County School based on a national model, make sure moms District receives federal Title I money, each and dads know they are their child’s first and school can hire support staff. most important teacher, he says. “There are a number of community and Whatever It Takes focuses on training school supports in place for all students; these neighborhood leaders, Johnson says. At include family engagement specialists, graduone apartment complex, they organized an ation coaches and the work of a variety of after-school program to help kids with their nonprofits,� CCSD spokeswoman Anisa Sullivan homework, and University of Georgia students Jimenez says. “We lengthened extendedvolunteered to tutor. In another neighborlearning time to provide more enrichment and hood, where residents were generally wary remediation, and there are multiple tutoring of police, a leader took the Citizen Police programs in place.� Academy course. The experience completely CCSD has partnerships with several nonchanged her view of law enforcement, Johnson profits, including the Athens YMCA and the says. “By the time it was over, she was an Boys & Girls Clubs. These organizations offer advocate for the police,� he says. “She’s after-school and summertime opportunities for helped organize a neighborhood watch. That kids to learn from positive role models, play was something that couldn’t have happened sports and get extra homework help, rather from somebody outside the neighborhood.� than simply hanging out at home. The bottom line, Johnson says, is that “We teach our kids acceptance, the imporevery parent wants what’s best for their child. tance of diversity, knowing that everyone has It’s just that not every parent is equipped a story and about unconditional love,� says with the knowledge of best parenting pracShae Wilson, associate executive director at tices. “Our parents didn’t know things we the Athens YMCA, where the district buses 330 know now, and our children’s children will be students from 21 schools. “We have the richest better off because of things they will know of the rich and the poorest of the poor come then,� he says. in daily, and as we always say, we are just Y kids when we hit the black mat.� Kristen Morales

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Community Connection Come Together: Each artist in ATHICAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s truly is with artists, lace up your walking upcoming exhibit, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Centerâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;locals Pete shoes and stroll along with the second annual Dugas, Jennifer Hartley (see her art on the Pulaski Street Art Crawl on Saturday, Oct. cover), Justin Plakas, Kevin Sims, Vernon 6. Beginning at Pints and Paints at 5 p.m., Thornsberry and Todd Upchurch and national where youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be able to grab a route map, artists Keliy Anderson-Staley, Nestor and culminating at ARTiniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s with an after Armando Gil and Katie Hargraveâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;visually party and viewing of the Georgia Sculptorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; explores concepts of community and place Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s juried exhibition at 9 p.m., the identity. By grouping scenes of neighborcrawl winds its way through a dozen downhoods, landmarks and familiar faces with town displays, as well as to several personal heirloom items and traditions, the exhibit studios of local artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;including Mary Engel, encapsulates the complex relationship Marie Dondero, Chatham Murray, Margo between modernity and heritage and its influRosenbaum and Ouida Williamsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;that are ence on the development of communities. all within walking distance of each other. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Centerâ&#x20AC;? marks the first exhibition since Live music by Hawkproof Rooster, a theatrifounding Director Lizzie Zucker-Saltz handed cal performance by Circle Ensemble Theatre the reigns over to Hope Hilton after a full Company and complimentary snacks by The decade of leadership, and the exhibit couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t National, The Grit and Pulaski Heights BBQ come at a more appropriate time, as the curwill round the evening out. rent board re-evaluates ATHICAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s role in continuing to build the local arts community. After Hours Art Fix: Six of Athensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; most wellKatherine McQueen, ATHICAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s board presiestablished art venuesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the Georgia Museum dent, says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The board and Hope see ATHICA of Art, Lamar Dodd School of Art, Lyndon as an arts hub for the community. A place that House Arts Center, ATHICA, the Gallery@ is more than a gallery space, where Hotel Indigo and CinĂŠâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;have begun artists and those interested in a new collaborative effort called the arts can congregate, Third Thursday. Initiated by share ideas and engage in Michael Lachowski (of a community-wide diathe GMOAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s public relalogue. ATHICA already tions), the series, held presents all types of every third Thursday artâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;poetry, literaof the month from ture, music, film and, 6â&#x20AC;&#x201C;9 p.m., ultimately of course, visual seeks to promote artâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;which makes Athens as a strong it a center for art in center for visual Athens, and we will arts by increasing continue this, but participation in the we would also like arts among local to create a meeting community members, place where people just as well as by garnerstop by to talk and hang ing more attention and out even when there isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t an tourism from outside of event taking place.â&#x20AC;? town. For the galleries, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Keliy Anderson-Staleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s portrait is on To foster discussion a step towards supportively display at ATHICA through Nov. 16. about community and artâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s promoting each otherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s function within it, ATHICA exhibitions while making is presenting a series of affiliated events: visits more accessible to the public through â&#x20AC;&#x153;Talking Community: An Evening of Poetry, extended hours. This past weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first installStorytelling & Songâ&#x20AC;? on Wednesday, Oct. 10, ment of the series included opening receptions satellite screenings of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Creative Time for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dominosâ&#x20AC;? at CinĂŠ, which includes works Summit, NYCâ&#x20AC;? on Friday and Saturday, Oct. by Didi Dunphy, Carol John and Lou Kregel; 12 & 13 and a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Centerâ&#x20AC;? panel discussion on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Duologuesâ&#x20AC;? featuring Las Hermana Iglesias, Sunday, Nov. 4. Jihn Moon, Rachel Hayes and Satanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s There are also several chances to simply Camaro, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Colour as a Mediumâ&#x20AC;? graphic socialize in an engaging setting: a spirit and design by Raw Color at Lamar Dodd; an dessert tasting called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kindred Spiritsâ&#x20AC;? on experimental ambient music performance by JT Friday, Oct. 5; a community garage sale on Brimgardner at ATHICA and three film screenSaturday, Oct. 20; a collaborative kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; event ings at GMOA. Be sure to keep called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Come Together,â&#x20AC;? featuring teaching on your radar for a complete calendar of the artists from GMOA, Arrow and Treehouse Kid galleriesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; special events. and Craft on Sunday, Oct. 21; and a potluck dinner consisting of food from local resA Handmade Happening: After a successful taurants served on locally made pottery on five years under the mouthful-of-a-moniker Sunday, Nov. 11. 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three-quel lacks the Ledger zeitgeist and shockingly needs more Batman. Still, The Dark Knight Rises darkly comic-bookends the movie summer that blissfully began with Joss Whedon’s candy coated Avengers. I’m sad Nolan’s time in Gotham is over. • DREDD (R) A huge improvement over the 1995, Sylvester Stallonestarring version of Carlos Ezquerra and John Wagner’s judge, jury and executioner, this Dredd (showing in both two and three dimensions) stars The Lord of the Rings’ Karl Urban, who must have been exhausted from holding that perma-frown, as the futuristic lawman. Teamed with a rookie partner (the surprisingly capable Olivia Thirlby), Judge Dredd must escape from a high rise apartment building controlled by a gang led by the brutal Ma-Ma (Lena Headey). Dredd calls to mind the violent, satirical future of Robocop (minus the fun), the environment-driven narrative of The Raid: Redemption and the best of John Carpenter’s tightly controlled thrillers Assault on Precinct 13 and Escape from New York. • END OF WATCH (R) Writer-director David Ayer has had enough practice at the tough cop thriller; he wrote Training Day, Dark Blue and S.W.A.T. before directing Harsh Times (which he also wrote) and Street Kings. It was about time he got one perfect, and End of Watch may be as close as he ever gets. Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña vividly play Brian Taylor and Mike Zavala, two hotshot cops partnered on the violent streets of South Central Los Angeles. The partners’ genuine love for each other drives this film from opening to close and makes the otherwise rote gangs and gunplay narrative so much more affecting. Gyllenhaal’s talent never seems to plateau, and Pena’s bro-bocop was sublime; their chemistry genuine. I haven’t been this surprisingly moved since Warrior. FINDING NEMO (G) 2003. I came late to the Finding Nemo party and have not taken to it like other Pixar greats. Maybe the addition of a third dimension will help. HISTORIAS…QUE SO EXISTEM QUANDO LEMBRADAS (NR) 2011. Stories That Only Exist When Remembered or Found Memories is the debut feature from Brazilian filmmaker Julia Murat about life in the village of Jotuomba. This film is the first of the 2012 Latin American Film Festival, whose theme is Latin American Women Behind the Camera. Screenings take place every Thursday through Oct. 18. Each film will be introduced by a faculty member or graduate student, who will also lead a post-film discussion. (Georgia Museum of Art) HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA (PG) Count Dracula has a teenage daughter? Count Dracula runs a high-end resort? Count Dracula is voiced by Adam Sandler?! That’s the high, family horror concept in animator Genndy Tartakovsky’s feature debut. • HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET (PG-13) Another soporific, unscary PG-13 horror movie that will draw in the teens and tweenies, House at the End of the Street stars The Hunger Games’ Jennifer Lawrence as Elissa, who moves to a new town with her divorced mom (Elisabeth Shue).


Soon Elissa is smitten with her cute new neighbor, Ryan (Max Theriot, a horror vet from My Soul to Take), the town bogeyman whose parents were murdered by his younger sister, Carrie Anne. Despite an overactive, handheld camera, director Mark Tonderai does little of note with the script from David Loucka, who wrote the even less frightening Dream House. ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT (PG) Manny (v. Ray Romano), Diego (v. Denis Leary) and Sid (v. John Leguizamo) return in a fourth adventure, which is good news for the millions not waiting for this fatigued franchise to go extinct. KILLER JOE (NC-17) Academy Award winner William Friedkin and Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy Letts must have enjoyed their collaboration on Bug because they’re back together for this black comic crime thriller. A young man decides to put a hit out on his evil mom so he can collect the money he needs to pay off a life-endangering debt. (Ciné)

Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a future mob hitman who realizes his latest target is a future version of himself. With Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, Jeff Daniels and the awesome Garrett Dillahunt (check him out on Fox’s “Raising Hope”). • THE MASTER (R) Auteur Paul Thomas Anderson’s tremendous, flawless cinematic masterpieces can be pompous, emotionally distant and inscrutable to a fault. The Master proves no less perfectly composed and no less difficult to process. Volatile, World War II vet Freddie Quill (Joaquin Phoenix) is struggling to adjust to post-war life when he meets author Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman), the founder of a spiritual movement called The Cause. Despite Anderson’s basing Dodd on Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, don’t expect an evisceration of the controversial religion; you’ll leave disappointed. Instead, revel in the never mundane, constantly homoerotic study of two vastly different, wonderfully

Hey, you zombies! Stay off my lawn! LAST OUNCE OF COURAGE (PG) A movie memorable for how terribly made and utterly out of touch with the reality of American governance it is, Last Ounce of Courage makes the faithful hits from Sherwood Baptist’s movie ministry look like Hollywood blockbusters. LAWLESS (R) Despite what works in John Hillcoat’s follow-up to The Road, the main characters of Lawless—a family of bootlegging brothers played by Tom Hardy, Shia LeBeouf and Jason Clarke—don’t quite welcome viewing visitors to Franklin County, VA, “the Wettest County in the World.” Facing off against a perfumed dandy of a sheriff, Charlie Rakes (Guy Pearce), the legendary Bondurant Brothers survive sure death time and again, but the story never makes their continued existence the viewer’s imperative outside of “If the bros die, the film ends.” LOST BOYS OF PARADISE (NR) Local filmmaker Phillip Blume’s first film shows Nathan Hardeman, a Guatemalan UGA alum and his real-life pursuit to help young boys avoid the cycle of gang violence in Guatemala’s slum, Paradise. Almost 95 percent of boys in Paradise die from gang violence or drug abuse before they are 23. Filmmakers will be present at the screening. (Ciné) m LOOPER (R) Rian Johnson’s first film, Brick, was so good that I’ll be forever interested in his latest feature, no matter what it is. (I liked his sophomore effort, The Brothers Bloom, but it’s not Brick.) This sci-fi actioner stars

deep characters. Phoenix powers Quill with explosive animalistic instinct (it’s the sort of performance audiences have come to expect from the seemingly crazed thespian), while Hoffman duels his fiery costar with Dodd’s cool, intellectual restraint. Like indispensable cogs, removing either men would stop Anderson’s precise cinematic engine. MOONRISE KINGDOM (PG-13) Wes Anderson provides 2012 with a twee coming of age tale about Sam and Suzy (wonderful newcomers Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward), two tweens that learn about love after running away from their tiny island home. Any moviegoers not already enchanted by Anderson’s previous whimsies will not be won over by his newest, extremely eccentric romance. (Ciné) THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN (PG) Before finally accepting their barren existence, Cindy and Jim Green (Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton) put all their wishes for a child in a box and bury them in their fertile garden. After a freak storm, the Greens have a new arrival, 10-year-old, leaf-legged Timothy (CJ Adams). THE OTHER DREAM TEAM (NR) And you thought Michael, Magic, Bird and company were the only Dream Team at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. The Lithuanian Olympic basketball team was formed amidst the country’s independence movement and somehow Jerry Garcia got involved. Director Marius A. Markevicius makes his feature directing debut, though he was an associate producer for Like

Crazy and the well-received Peter Weir film, The Way Back. Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. PARANORMAN (PG) This marvelous, family horror flick is the writingdirecting debut of Corpse Bride/ Coraline storyboard artist Chris Butler, whose time apprenticing under Tim Burton and Henry Selick was wellspent. For my genre-tainted money, it bests Pixar’s Brave as the year’s best animated feature. PITCH PERFECT (PG-13) At its best, Pitch Perfect could be Bring It On for the college singing group set; at its worst, I’m assuming a “Glee”-less knockoff. Anna Kendrick is a college freshman who invigorates the campus girls’ singing group, The Bellas, and takes them up against the big boys. I’m hoping for the former with Avenue Q director Jason Moore and “30 Rock” writer Kay Cannon. THE POSSESSION (PG-13) After an opening attack that is neither intriguing or chilling, The Possession settles into a suitable, if soporific groove. This Exorcist-wannabe, naturally based on a true story, benefits from Jeffrey Dean Morgan (looking particularly Javier Bardem-ish) as the basketball coach father of a young girl (Natalie Calis) that starts exhibiting strange behavior after picking up an antique box at a yard sale. PRINCESS MONONOKE (PG-13) 1997. From Sept. 27 through Oct. 21, Ciné presents the Studio Ghibli Film Series, a retrospective that includes four of Japanese animation legend Hayao Miyazaki’s masterpieces. The first up is Princess Mononoke. Hayao Miyazaki’s best known film prior to 2001’s Spirited Away, this magnificent animated adventure involves a cursed young prince in the midst of a war between beast and man. (Ciné) RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION (R) Well, the lesser breed of Resident Evil—movie rather than video game— returns with a fifth entry that is the (relative) best yet. Writer-director Paul W.S. Anderson finally (sort of) embraces the series’ video game origins, even favoring franchise favorite characters over actors in the opening credits. ROBOT & FRANK (PG-13) I’m sold by the title and the logline. Aging jewel thief Frank (Frank Langella) and the robot butler (voiced by Peter Sarsgaard) given to him by his son plot a heist. This sci-fi dramedy won director Jake Schreier Sundance’s Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Award for his feature debut. SLEEPWALK WITH ME (NR) Standup comic Mike Birbiglia cowrote, codirected and starred in this comedy about life as a sleepwalking standup comic whose career and relationship are stuck in neutral. The trailer is one of the best I’ve recently seen at Ciné. (Ciné) SOLOMON KANE (R) Another creation of Robert E. Howard, the literary father of Conan the Barbarian and Kull, Solomon Kane is a Puritan slayer of all things evil. James Purefoy stars as the titular spiritual killer, who is battling the Overlord, whose army of Raiders are rampaging across England. STEP UP REVOLUTION (PG-13) Let’s go ahead and get the criticisms out of the way. The acting and story are crap. Emily (Kathryn McCormick

from “So You Think You Can Dance”), a professional dancer comes to Miami and falls for Sean (Ryan Guzman, the series’ latest C-Tates knockoff), who leads a local dance crew. Who cares, you say? Tell you about the dancing? The dancing is fantastic. TED (R) I’m not sure what it says about Ted, the funny feature debut of “Family Guy” creator Seth McFarlane, that I, an admitted “Family Guy” detractor, laughed more than anyone else in the theater. Despite the overflowing gay jokes and some poor setups, the fairy tale of 35-year-old John (Mark Wahlberg) and Ted (v. McFarlane), the teddy bear he was given on Christmas Day 1985 that came to life via wish, hits the mark more than it misses so long as the talking teddy is involved. TOTAL RECALL (PG-13) The new Total Recall won’t satisfy anyone. Fans of the original will wonder why anyone would choose to watch an ugly, uninspired action/sci-fi flick that’s one Dylan McDermott away from a Syfy special event; those unfortunates who have never seen the original will wonder why anyone would bother remaking it. • TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE (PG-13) You’ll have no Trouble with the Curve so long as old man jokes, spryly delivered by a grouchier than usual Clint Eastwood, can keep you entertained for two hours. As aging baseball scout Gus Lobel, Eastwood seems to be workshopping a new stand-up routine (after his speech at the Republican National Convention, who knows?). He constantly mutters one-liners to himself, be he alone or sharing a scene with one of the movie’s terrific supporting actors, including Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake, John Goodman, or the gaggle of familiar old faces that play Gus’ scouting rivals. Adams and Timberlake bring some refreshing youth to this rather aged dramedy. Director Robert Lorenz hasn’t learned as much from his longtime collaborator as you’d like; writer Randy Brown’s Mitch Albom-y script doesn’t help. Fortunately, the capable bunch of on-camera talent, led by Hollywood’s elder statesman, should please the hometown crowds wishing to play a game of “Spot the Shots of Athens.” THE WAITING ROOM (NR) Audiences have seen the inner workings of tons of fictional hospitals. How about seeing a real one for a change? The Waiting Room in an Oakland, CA public hospital serves a large population of uninsured patients, and Emmy Award winning director Peter Nicks’ documentary explores a shift at this typical, overburdened hospital. WON’T BACK DOWN (PG) This inspirational drama features recent Oscar nominee Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhaal, who star as two moms working to improve their children’s failing inner city school. How will director Daniel Barnz, whose previous films are Beastly and Phoebe in Wonderland, handle such treacly sounding material? I have my doubts, but this movie could hit home with same audience that made Davis’ The Help a hit. THE WORDS (PG-13) The kindest words I can offer The Words are that I expected much worse. Author Clayton Hammond (Dennis Quaid) reads his latest work, the story of young author Rory Jansen (Bradley Cooper), who becomes an overnight literary sensation by stealing the lost novel of an old man (Jeremy Irons). ZOOLANDER (PG-13) 2001. After having his place as model of the year usurped by newcomer Hansel (Owen Wilson), the clueless Derek Zoolander (Stiller) is brainwashed to kill the Prime Minister of Malaysia by evil fashion designer Mugato (the scene-stealing Will Ferrell). (UGA Tate Theater) Drew Wheeler

movie pick Beware the Beast Man THE MASTER (R) If There Will Be Blood was snap and unravel at any moment. But for all of director/writer Paul Thomas Anderson’s grand Dodd’s intelligence and his ability to expound satanic creation myth examining the tyranny on man’s cosmic condition, he impulsively of savage American capitalism and evantakes the troubled Quell under his wing, even gelical Christianity, then The Master is about when his protective wife Peggy (Amy Adams) the power dynamics between two men in a staunchly questions Quell’s commitment. As fiercely volatile mentor/protégé relationship. Dodd’s lifework, a Scientology-like movement Nevertheless, it shares with There Will Be called The Cause, grows in popularity, Quell Blood the fascination with how religion can be earnestly tries to adapt to his higher calling. used as a controlling force on an impressionWho’s the real master? That’s left in doubt. able mind. Although the In the earlier movie thematically movie, the attempt feels like a direct to bring oil baron follow-up to There Daniel Plainview to Will Be Blood, the Jesus was ultimately epic approach to futile. The messenger The Master is an illuwas a false prophet, sion. It’s really a and Plainview’s diaromance. Underneath bolical animalism its stately ambition was impenetrable to and hypnotic editing divine pretension. and score, The Master In The Master, the Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman is a meticulously conflict between focused tale of two the spirit and the flesh is the focus of this men, two opposites, colliding and feeling the strangely magnetic character study. Religion rush of deep attraction. A new creative spark aggressively comes into play here, but it is unleashed in Dodd, and the latter is offered only serves as a framework for Anderson to the possibility of new change. Those going delve deeper into the relationship between into this expecting a brutal dissection of an alcoholic World War II vet, Freddie Quell Scientology will walk away disappointed. Make (Joaquin Phoenix), and a charismatic mysno mistake, Dodd is seen as a charlatan, but tic/huckster named Lancaster Dodd (Philip Hoffman’s performance is thoroughly sympaSeymour Hoffman). Quell is all twitchy, overthetic. This is masterful filmmaking. sexed, manic recklessness. He’s wound up so tight you expect Phoenix’s knotty muscles to Derek Hill


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In 2009, a pair of French medical researchstultifyingly proper, enthused only by his sciers published the first findings ever on the ence and his evenings at his club, debating physiological processes of clitoral stimulation the merits of alternating and direct current. and orgasm, based on 3-D sonogram scans of Catherine, unable to lactate adequately, has women undergoing said states. How the subhad to give her child over to a wet nurse, jects managed to maintain those states under Elizabeth (Jasmine Thomas), who has just such non-arousing conditions is a mystery, but lost a baby to cholera. Growing ever more the result is a clear picture of a much more lonely and desperate, Catherine finds herself intricate and dynamic physical event than pre- drawn to Givingsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; other new patient, a boheviously thought. Not that that would be difmian painter named Leo Irving (Malcolm ficult, seeing as it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t until 2005 that the Campbell-Taylor) whom Givings treats size, shape and anatomy of the clitoris had with a more phallic variation on his device. even been mapped. Flamboyant and spontaneous and wild with Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shocking to realize that an organ as enthusiasm, Leo is everything Givings is not. important (and celebrated) as the clitoris Just as Givingsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; marvelous contraption could be so overlooked by the medical field, shocks his patients into new sensations, the until we remember that it was not so terribly play is one of awakenings, each of its characlong ago that female orgasm was regarded ters startled into new feelings and attractions as a myth, like the Loch Ness Monster. For a he or she has never experienced before and woman to have a climax would mean that she enjoyed sex, which proper ladies did not do, as evidenced by etiquette and hygiene manuals for women and girls published as late as the 1950s. Sex was something to be endured for the sake of procreation and the satisfying of those animal urges that husbands simply could not Natalia Hernandez (L) and Paige Pulaski (R) star in the UGA Theatreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production of help but have. Sadly, even decades In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play through Sept. 30. and a few waves of feminism and post-feminism (whatever that forced to take a hard look at what they have is) later, science is only now getting around and what each suddenly wants. Every characto investigating what makes women tick, hum, ter, even Elizabeth the wet nurse and Annie rumble and purr. the doctorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s aide, finds himself or herself galThe gap between masculine science and vanized into hard choices rife with danger and feminine nature is the basis for Sarah Ruhlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the prospect of heartbreak. The play may be In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play, subtitled The Vibrator Play but its soul is in its which also made its first appearance in 2009. main title, about the courage it takes to open The title is a grabber to be sure, but like the the door into the next room where anything female sex drive, the play is far more complex could happen. than it would appear to be on the surface, and Director Kristin Kundert Gibbs has done the UGA Theatreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s current production does it an amazing job at the helm of this production. justice and then some. Her cast is superb, navigating between the The play opens with a young Edwardian-era funny, the sexy and the deadly serious with a mother, Catherine Givings (Paige Pulaski), facility not often seen in student actors. The entertaining her new baby with the wonder costumes are gorgeous and authentic down of an electric lamp. Their household has to the corsets and bustles, and the set, combeen blessed by the advent of electricity prised of the Givingsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; drawing room, the docin more ways than one. Her husband (Mark torâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office and a third surprise, is warm and Fowler) is a doctor who has developed a beautiful. singular practice built around the treatment Needless to say, this is a play for adults. of women suffering from â&#x20AC;&#x153;hysteria,â&#x20AC;? using an Not only is the subject matter not for kids, but electric-powered wandâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;basically a steampunk there is some brief but unmistakable nudity, Hitachiâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;to stimulate the nether regions and very tastefully done and utterly appropriate thus relieve â&#x20AC;&#x153;congestion of the womb.â&#x20AC;? but definitely not something youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll want to We see Dr. Givings administer this treatspend time explaining on the car ride home. ment, ably assisted by his nurse Annie For those 18 and up, however, In the Next (Sellers Webb), to his new patient, Sabrina Room will be a real pleasure and every bit as Daldry (Natalia Hernandez), who suffers from stimulating as its subject. delusions, anxieties and a decided lack of enthusiasm for her marital duty to her pompJohn G. 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Leave a Light On: Stunningly great local folk duo The Skipperdees are finally playing Athens again. The show is Monday, Oct. 1 at Go Bar, and the band, sisters Emily and Catherine Backus, will share the bill with Portland, OR folk quintet Alameda. In other news, The Skipperdees are working with musician and producer Jim White for a new album scheduled for release early next year. The working title is Much Obliged, and, like most things Skipperdees, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll bet dollars to donuts thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a whole lot to unpack under that seemingly simple name. Get all the facts, FAQs and streaming music over at


Heritage and History: This Friday, Sept. 28, the second annual Tin Roof Music Festival will take place at Little Kings Shuffle Club. The event, a benefit for the Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation, is billed as â&#x20AC;&#x153;a celebration of the connection between musicians and the historic homes and neighborhoods where they so often live and create.â&#x20AC;? The fun begins at 9 p.m., with performances from some of Athensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; most notable up-and-coming acts, including Sam Sniper, Androcles and the Lion, Brothers, Furies and The Breaks. Tickets are $5, and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be doing your part to help the ACHF, which aims â&#x20AC;&#x153;to be a proactive force in developing community-wide understanding of the value of historic buildings, neighborhoods and heritage.â&#x20AC;? [Gabe Vodicka] Gordon Lamb



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Wednesday, Sept. 12: I work early most Wednesdays. After a few hits of the snooze button and some positive affirmation, I roll out of bed and head into The Grit. My first hour there is an un-caffeinated blur of breakfast preparation, but soon I get to enjoy one of the cornerstones of the food service industry: the shift meal. My standard breakfast is two cups of black coffee, two scrambled eggs and two biscuits covered in white gravy. I had never even heard of white gravy before I moved to the South, but now I’m hooked on that funky slop. It makes me feel downright folksy.

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oie gras. Lamb burgers. Roasted marrow. Food is all the rage these days, and anyone who’s read, for example, New York Magazine’s New York Diet feature has no doubt encountered mentions of items like these. Those articles, filled with lurid descriptions of high-end grub—all very expensive if, no doubt, quite exquisite—are proudly voyeuristic: pure, unadulterated foodie porn. Sure, reading how celebrities and other such movers and shakers grub day to day is kinda fun, in a falsely satisfying sorta way, but the truth is that most of us poor schmucks could never afford to eat those things. Yet the creative working class, too, needs sustenance to survive. And so Flagpole has set out to discover what sort of food fuels the Athens music community—one overworked, underpaid service industry sap at a time. You may know Mat Lewis as the keyboardist and singer for local indie-pop outfit Grape Soda, or you may know him from his various other endeavors (stand-up comedy and restaurant working among them). When we approached this downright approachable dude, he eagerly agreed to document a week of his dietary happenings for the benefit of our readers. [Gabe Vodicka] Tuesday, Sept. 11: I have the day off today. The night before, I went to the grocery store. I found a jar of red pepper Alfredo sauce that was only 89 cents (because it’s been discontinued) and threw it in my cart with the rest of my staples: an onion, a green pepper, scallions, frozen soy buffalo “chicken” wings and a few Totino’s Party Pizzas. I don’t know why they’re called party pizzas when they’re clearly meant to be eaten by one sad, probably shirtless individual, but they’re cheap, and if you take one out of the oven before it gets crispy, you can fold it in half like some sort of fusion-style taco. Luckily, it doesn’t come to that, as I catch my roommate in the kitchen making black bean tacos on his lunch break. He shares his tacos with me, and I do some dishes, because that’s part of the Roommate’s Code. I make miso soup with mushrooms and tofu for an early dinner. Cooking tip: If you garnish something with enough chopped scallions, no one will notice that all you did was boil water, then throw stuff in it. Seriously. I didn’t even cook the tofu. Later that night, my roommate shares more food with me. This time it’s a stir-fry with homemade seitan over brown rice. I don’t know why he’s being so nice to me. I decide that gradually poisoning me is impractical and not my roommate’s style anyway, and I eventually let it go.

Back at home, I whip up a quick bowl of fried eggs and leftover brown rice from the fridge. It’s about as unsatisfying as it sounds, so I microwave some of those fake buffalo wings, dice them and put them on a party pizza for a sort of bizarro version of Transmet’s BBQ chicken pizza. Paired with a warm Hoegaarden I found in my room, it tastes only good enough to serve as a mournful reminder of better days. It is delicious. Thursday, Sept. 13: Work begins with another pile of carbs and white gravy, washed down with coffee. After I clock out, I take a stroll down washout lane to McDonald’s and get myself a Quarter Pounder with Cheese. I’m not a vegetarian; I just eat like one most of the time. I treat my meals like carbon offsets: a few days of cruelty-free eating and I can support a terrible fast-food chain with only a moderate level of guilt. For dinner, I decide to make some pasta and try out that cheap Alfredo sauce. Without any added spices, it tastes like skim milk with bits of red plastic floating in it. Figuring this to


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Friday, Sept. 14: The pasta sauce was terrible, the McDonald’s makes me a bad person, and the buffalo chicken party pizza was just depressing, but after a good night’s sleep and a long day of work, I’m ready for another go. I dump a can of black beans and a can of diced tomatoes into a pot, and once it’s simmering, I throw in a handful of textured vegetable protein (TVP). TVP looks sort of like crushed corn flakes, but it’s a dried soy product that soaks up liquid and becomes soft and delicious. With the addition of some of my roommate’s homemade chili powder and sautéed onion and green pepper, I’ve got enough filling to last me at least half a dozen burritos. I have two on the spot, another later that night, and share some with my roommates. Saturday, Sept. 15: Downtown Athens during a home game is an eerie place. The streets are empty, but every parking spot is full. At 9 p.m., my girlfriend and I race against the impending post-game chaos to get to Dawg Gone Good BBQ. I put my hazards on, she jumps out, and before you can say “hunker down,” we’re heading back home with a rib plate. I feel like an animal tearing hunks of flesh straight off the bone—though I concede that animals don’t compulsively wipe their hands clean between every bite.

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Sunday, Sept. 16: I finish off the rest of the Alfredo sauce for lunch. Salt, pepper and a mountain of Parmesan helps. I work a dinner shift. Whatever the opposite of a cornerstone is, that’s what forgetting to put in a shift meal order before the kitchen closes is. I arrive home a little after 11 p.m., sweaty, hungry and sober, to find my roommates participating in the Sunday night tradition of hunting down and drinking every beer in the house. Sure, Sunday sales has made the tradition obsolete, but I join in anyway. My girlfriend makes us tacos with smoked pork she got from Costa de Jalisco, the carniceria a few blocks away. Monday, Sept. 17: It’s payday! To celebrate, I go to Grilled Teriyaki for their early bird special, which has the cheapest sushi I’ve been able to find in town. I gorge myself on raw fish until I can’t think, because I’m an American, and that’s how we eat. I sit back, my stomach a zombie aquarium, and reflect on the past week. I could really go for a party pizza. Grape Soda next plays Thursday, Oct. 4 at Nuçi’s Space.

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the label deals in limited-run cassette and vinyl formats, with split releases, foreignbased sounds and experimental pet projects the name of the game. The duo makes no bones about Hooker Visionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s status as a niche project. (â&#x20AC;&#x153;It keeps itself alive, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about it,â&#x20AC;? says Grant of the labelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s financial status.) Still, due to recent attention from influential outlets like Pitchfork, Hooker Vision has seen a rise in statureâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;at least on the underground tapetrading scene. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a collectorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s community,â&#x20AC;? says Grant. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everybodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ready to get the next ultra-limited special-edition box set.â&#x20AC;? In a stiflingly insular world where art itself is often undervalued, Hooker Visionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal is to put the focus back on quality of content. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not such fetishists that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re gonna put out this American Tapes-style package thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just the most incredible thing youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever seen, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kinda forgettable if you listen to it a couple times,â&#x20AC;? Grant says, referring to the defunct noise-cassette label. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think there needs to be substance.â&#x20AC;? Indeed, the Evansesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ridiculously expansive personal catalog (a fresh batch of justrecorded material seems to appear nearly each month) has no shortage of substance. Take this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s output alone: From Quiet Eveningsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; serene, hourlong Patience Folding Waters to MSoTTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s phenomenal, self-titled double-LP to Grantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gorgeous, unsettling Lines That Unfold, their music contains endless mystery. The constant throughout is the unending inspiration the music takes from Earth itself. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always felt that synthesizer and electronic sounds are just another version of the way nature sounds,â&#x20AC;? Rachel says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel like theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re very connectedâ&#x20AC;Ś They both can sound very natural and organic.â&#x20AC;? OK: Call â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;em hippies if you like (they have been known to rock a tie-dyed tee or two), but the Evanses may well be onto something with this nature business. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The last place we lived was on a lake, and very wooded,â&#x20AC;? says Rachel, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and now weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got more fields around us. I think our sound is gonna shift a little bit because of that. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more openness.â&#x20AC;? Theirs is a sound that is always shifting, even within the confines of one album. In this way, the music reflects the physical space around itâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a living, breathing reflection of the place we all call home. Gabe Vodicka

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OFF! is a project that begs numerous comparisons to Black Flag, one of America’s first hardcore bands. Right off the bat, the band’s name is, like Black Flag, swiped from a brand of pesticide. The group’s stark, attractive album artwork is provided by Raymond Pettibon, the comic-noir ink illustrator who also created the visual element for innumerable Black Flag releases and flyers (as well as the extremely recognizable cover of Sonic Youth’s Goo). The music itself, too, harks back to the so-called “first four years” of Black Flag—the riotous period where Morris was the band’s microphone controller. While guitarist Greg Ginn and company later moved into increasingly grim and intense territories with other vocalists (most notably Henry Rollins), Morrisera Black Flag was frustrated, kick-ass and fun. With OFF!, Morris again leads a band that traffics in blasts of pure energy, with few songs reaching the two-minute mark. But there are, indeed, a few elements that pull the band out of the nostalgic morass. For starters, Morris’ assembled band is the cream of modern Los Angeles: guitarist Coats is a wild but controlled axeman, bassist McDonald is unerringly aggressive, and one would be hard pressed to find a more with-it drummer on the West Coast than Rubalcaba, who has bashed it out with Hot Snakes, Rocket from the Crypt, Earthless and others. While some reports indicate that OFF! was born after a failed Circle Jerks writing session, Morris maintains that his other band is not over yet. Still, for the moment, he’s focused on OFF!. “My mentality is, just go with it. See what happens. Let this go wherever it’s gonna go. We’re a new band, [and] people have certain expectations. That’s all fine and wonderful. But we’re having fun, and we just do what we do and enjoy what we’re doing. I’ve never been this excited to be in a band, and— maybe this is a little egotistical—but I’ve been in a couple of really cool bands.”

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enres are rarely granted their monikers by the original practitioners. Like most good artists, the most innovative of any given lot usually steal from their favorite forebears and, by virtue of being just fucked up enough to do it terrifically wrong, create something unique and previously un-thought of. Then, it’s the job of the eggheads— the ones with the OCD compulsion towards taxonomy—to issue the labels, usually to the embarrassment of those involved. To name one particularly egregious example, this process is how we got the term “grunge.” Keith Morris is one such innovator who rejects the imposition. “We didn’t come up in a punk rock scenario. We were just the disgruntled youth of America, and we were tired of a lot of the situations that were happening around us,” Morris says, speaking to Flagpole from his home in Los Angeles. With bandmates Steven McDonald, Dimitri Coats and Mario Rubalcaba, Morris formed OFF! in 2009. Many years prior, Morris and McDonald had been confederates in the notorious and epoch-defining Southern California hardcore punk scene of the late 1970s and early 1980s—as members of Black Flag and Redd Kross, respectively. Morris left Black Flag soon after helping to kick the door down for hardcore music in America. He soon formed the Circle Jerks, a similarly influential band. When asked what it was like to come up in the punk rock scene through the decades, Morris bristles. “We’re not necessarily punk rock. I know Steven certainly isn’t… I’ve been accused of being punk rock and hardcore and have had that label placed on me. But when [Black Flag] first started playing, we didn’t know where we were going. We didn’t know what was happening. Our thing was just, there was no map. There were no directions to get from point A to point B. There was no punk rock rulebook that stated, ‘You’ve got to look like this. You’ve got to act like this. This is the music you’ve got to listen to. You can’t be a part of this; you can’t be a part of that.’ “And I want to dispel that,” he continues, “because I’m in a new band. And I want to be treated like I’m in a new band. And I want to be able to go out and play with other bands. And I want to go out and experience new experiences.” While Morris is more than entitled to be freed from the yoke of confining genre tags,

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Wednesday 26 ART: Tour at Two (Georgia Museum of Art) Meet docents in the lobby for a tour of highlights from the museum’s collection. 2 p.m. FREE! ART: Community Snapshot: Bird Dawgs (Lyndon House Arts Center) Bird Dawgs: Where and when to see birds in the Athens area. Learn how to identify Athens’ most common species by eye and ear. 12:30 p.m. FREE! CLASSES: Intro to Internet Searching (Madison County Library) Learn about searching the web using keywords and how to navigate the search results. Sep. 25, 2:30–3:30 p.m. or 6:30–7:30 p.m. & Sep. 26, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. FREE! 706-795-5597 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. EVENTS: Farmers Market (790 Gaines School Rd.) Fresh produce, eggs, grass-fed beef, honey, homemade cakes and breads, cut flowers, herbs, jams and relishes. Every Wednesday and Friday. 4–7 p.m. 706-254-2248 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. EVENTS: Fan Up Zumbathon (Athens Regional Medical Center) Dress in your favorite football team’s colors and dance it up with lead

instructor Ingrid Avila. All proceeds benefit the In Their Shoes Cancer Walk. No experience necessary. 6 p.m. $5 (ages 10–18), $10. www. EVENTS: Athens Cabaret Showgirls (Go Bar) A unique drag show featuring performances by local drag artists. 10 p.m. 706546-5609 EVENTS: Open Mic Night (Ten Pins Tavern) Hip-hop, spoken word, rock, singer-songwriters, DJs, jugglers, bellydancers, comedy, poetry, ballet—if you can do it, we want to see it! Hosted by Amy Neese. 8 p.m. FREE! 706-546-8090 GAMES: Trivia (Mellow Mushroom) Every Wednesday. 8 p.m. FREE! 706-613-0892 GAMES: Trivia (Copper Creek Brewing Company) Test your trivia chops for prizes! Every Wednesday. 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-1102 GAMES: Sports Trivia (Beef ‘O’ Brady’s) Test your sports knowledge every Wednesday night. 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-850-1916 GAMES: Trivia (Your Pie) (Five Points location) Open your piehole for a chance to win! Every Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. FREE! 706850-7424 GAMES: Trivia (Blind Pig Tavern) Think you know it all? Test your knowledge every Wednesday night. 8 p.m. (Baldwin St. & Broad St. locations). 706-548-3442 GAMES: Trivia (Willy’s Mexicana Grill) Trivia with a DJ! Every Wednesday. 8–10 p.m. FREE! 706548-1920 GAMES: Trivia (Choo Choo Japanese Korean Grill Express) Jump on the trivia train! Every Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. KIDSTUFF: Barnes & Noble Storytime (Barnes & Noble) Storytime for all ages. Children receive a free treat from the cafe. 11 a.m. FREE! 706-354-1195 KIDSTUFF: Toddler Storytime (ACC Library) For children ages 18 months to 5 years. 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 KIDSTUFF: Fall Storytime (Madison County Library) Pumpkins, pies and pretty leaves are on the way! 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706795-5597 KIDSTUFF: Crayon Art (Oconee County Library) Make one-of-a-kind art with melted crayons. Design crazy rainbow waterfalls, a spectacular fireworks piece or anything else you can think of. Snacks provided. Ages 11-18. 6–8 p.m. FREE! 706769-3950 LECTURES AND LIT: The Real State of the University: Migrant Voices on (In)Access to Higher Education in Georgia (Miller Learning Center) (Room 350) Speakers from Freedom University discuss the current state of migrant rights to education and the obstacles currently in place in the state of

Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers play the Melting Point on Tuesday, Oct. 2. Georgia, Q&A afterward. Hosted by UGA Amnesty International and Students for Latino Empowerment. 5:30 p.m. FREE! LECTURES AND LIT: Oconee Democrats Book Group (Piccolo’s Italian Steak House) The community book group sponsored by the Oconee Democrats will discuss Charles Seife’s book Proofiness: The Dark Arts of Mathetmatical Deception. 7 p.m. FREE! PERFORMANCE: Athens Showgirl Cabaret (Go Bar) A unique drag show featuring local drag artists. 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 THEATRE: In the Next Room (UGA Fine Arts Building) (Cellar Theatre) A compassionate comedy by TonyAward winning playwright Sarah Ruhl wherein a 19th-century doctor creates a peculiar new electrical contraption to treat patients with “hysteria.” As his patients begin to thrive under his care, his wife begins to wonder what’s going on in the next room. Sept. 25–28, 8 p.m. & Sept. 30, 2:30 p.m. $16.

Thursday 27 ART: Artist Talk (Georgia Museum of Art) Cheryl K. Snay, curator of European art at the Snite Museum of Art (University of Notre Dame) will present “Drawing Fire: Academic Practice in France” in conjunction with the exhibition “The Epic and the Intimate: French Drawings from the John D. Reilly Collection at the Snite Museum of Art.” Focusing on the drawings in the exhibition, Snay will trace some of the controversies that illuminate the Royal Academy of France’s storied past. 5:30–6:30 p.m. FREE! 706-542-4662 ART: Opening Reception (Hotel Indigo) For “PLACE: photography,” works by Michael Lachowski, Carl Martin and Stephen Scheer. 6:308:30 p.m. FREE! CLASSES: Windows 7 for Beginners (Oconee County Library) Participants will learn how to navigate Windows 7 and its features. 2-4 p.m. FREE! 706-769-3950

EVENTS: Reiki Circle (Healing Arts Centre) A Japanese hands-on technique for stress reduction, relaxation and healing. Every Thursday. 7–8 p.m. Donations accepted. 706-3386843 EVENTS: Boybutante Bingo (The Melting Point) An evening of drag queens and big prizes. 6 p.m. www. FILM: Latin American Film Series (Georgia Museum of Art) This year’s theme is “Latin American Women Behind the Camera.” In Found Memories, a young photographer named Rita shakes up a sleepy Brazilian town. 7 p.m. FREE! www. GAMES: Trivia (El Azteca) Every Thursday. Check the restaurant’s Facebook page for weekly updated categories. 7:30 p.m. FREE! www. 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 KIDSTUFF: Story Time (Avid Bookshop) Come listen to children’s stories read aloud. Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. & Saturdays, 1 p.m. FREE! 706352-2060 KIDSTUFF: Pajama Storytime (Madison County Library) Bring your pajama-clad kids in for a set of stories and a bedtime snack. 7–8 p.m. FREE! 706-795-5597 LECTURES AND LIT: Georgia Writers Hall of Fame (UGA Russell Library) A celebration of the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame in its new home. A Writers’ Salon and Literary Discussion (Room 285) will be followed by an exhibit opening and tour (11:15 a.m.) in the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library Galleries. 10 a.m. FREE! 706-5423879 LECTURES AND LIT: New Town Revue (Avid Bookshop) Stephen Brooks will read Voice(s)(outhern), in his distinctive Alabama accent and perform songs accompanied by a pedal steel player. Kristen Iskandrian will read from her short story, which

recently appeared in Tin House. 6:30 p.m. FREE! 706-352-2060 MEETINGS: Clarke County Democratic Committee Meeting (CCDC Headquarters) Tracey Nelson, Georgia Association of Educators Government Relation Directors, will be discussing Constitutional Amendment 1. 6 p.m. FREE! 706-546-7075, SPORTS: Street Hockey (YMCA) Street Hockey (on foot, no blades) for all skill levels. Every Tuesday and Thursday. 6:30 p.m. FREE! THEATRE: In the Next Room (UGA Fine Arts Building) (Cellar Theatre) A compassionate comedy by TonyAward winning playwright Sarah Ruhl wherein a 19th-century doctor creates a peculiar new electrical contraption to treat patients with “hysteria.” As his patients begin to thrive under his care, his wife begins to wonder what’s going on in the next room. Sept. 25–28, 8 p.m. & Sept. 30, 2:30 p.m. $16.

Friday 28 EVENTS: Athens Cabaret Showgirls (Go Bar) A unique drag show featuring performances by local drag artists. 10 p.m. 706546-5609 EVENTS: Farmers Market (790 Gaines School Rd.) Fresh produce, eggs, grass-fed beef, honey, homemade cakes and breads, cut flowers, herbs, jams and relishes. Every Wednesday and Friday. 4–7 p.m. 706-254-2248 EVENTS: Black Belt Spectacular (Athens Church) Martial arts demos, special guests Dr. Brian Campbell and Tim Smith and belt promotions. 5:30 p.m. 706-549-1671 KIDSTUFF: Fantastic Fridays (Bishop Park) Obstacle courses and other activities in an unstructured environment. For ages 10 months to 4 years and their guardians. 9–10:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m. $5–15. 706-613-3589 KIDSTUFF: Japanese Storytime (ACC Library) (Storyroom) Learn about Japanese culture through k continued on next page



THE CALENDAR! literacy-based fun. Led by volunteers from UGA’s Japan Outreach Program. 5 p.m. FREE! 706-6133650 LECTURES AND LIT: Cinema Roundtable (Miller Learning Center) (Room 148) Mike Hussey, UGA associate professor in theatre and film studies, and a panel of former UGA students who now work professionally in the fields of animation and/or digital effects discuss the challenges and rewards of creative careers in animation and cable TV. 3:30 p.m. FREE! www.willson.uga. edu PERFORMANCE: Recital (UGA Edge Recital Hall) UGA undergraduate Megan Gillis performs a voice recital. 5 p.m. FREE! PERFORMANCE: DMA Recital (UGA Ramsey Concert Hall) Chery Brendel, a coloratura soprano. 6 p.m. FREE! PERFORMANCE: UGA Wind Ensemble Concert (UGA North Campus) A lawn performance of “Summon the Heroes,” written by film composer John Williams for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, a singalong of “America the Beautiful” and Gioachino Rossini’s “William Tell Overture,” famous for its use on “The Lone Ranger” radio and television programs. 12:30 p.m. FREE! THEATRE: In the Next Room (UGA Fine Arts Building) (Cellar Theatre) A compassionate comedy by TonyAward winning playwright Sarah Ruhl wherein a 19th-century doctor creates a peculiar new electrical contraption to treat patients with “hysteria.” As his patients begin to thrive under his care, his wife begins to wonder what’s going on in the next room. Sept. 25–28, 8 p.m. & Sept. 30, 2:30 p.m. $16.

Saturday 29 CLASSES: Bookmaking Workshop (OCAF) Learn the procedures for creating several types of handmade journals. 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. $35–45. CLASSES: West African Drum Workshop (Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens) Led by Aly Camara. 2:30–4 p.m. $20. EVENTS: Oconee Farmers Market (Oconee County Courthouse) Fresh produce, meats and other farm products. Every Saturday. 8 a.m.–1 p.m. www.oconeecountyobservations. EVENTS: Folk Fun Day (Good Dirt) Families can try the potter’s wheel and handbuilding with clay, as well as play acoustic musical instruments as part of the North Georgia Folk Festival. 1–4 p.m. FREE! www. EVENTS: Snakes Alive with FFS Pets (Madison County Library) A variety of non-venomous snakes visit the library where participants can hear stories and hold the different kinds of snakes. 4 p.m. FREE! 706-795-5597 EVENTS: West Broad Market Garden Produce Stand (West Broad Market Garden, 1573 W. Broad St.) Seasonal and naturally grown produce. Cash paying neighbors of the West Broad Garden get a 30% discount on produce. EBT payments will be accepted in the future. Tuesdays, 5–8 p.m. & Saturdays, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. EVENTS: Roller Derby Bout (Athens Arena) The Classic City Rollergirls take on Chattanooga. 6


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p.m. $10. www.classiccityrollergirls. com EVENTS: Athens Farmers Market (Bishop Park) Local and sustainable produce, meats, eggs, dairy, baked goods, prepared foods and crafts. Live music at every market. Every Saturday through mid-December. This week features a cooking demonstration with Denise Everson. 8 a.m.–12 p.m. FREE! KIDSTUFF: Barnes & Noble Storytime (Barnes & Noble) Storytime for all ages. Children receive a free treat from the cafe. 11 a.m. FREE! 706-354-1195 KIDSTUFF: Story Time (Avid Bookshop) Come listen to children’s stories read aloud. Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. & Saturdays, 1 p.m. FREE! 706352-2060 LECTURES AND LIT: Poetry at Flicker (Flicker Theatre & Bar) Join Boston poet and publisher Janaka Stucky and local poets Heidi Lynn Staples and Lily Brown for an evening of poetry readings. 7 p.m. FREE! MEETINGS: Spiritual Experience Workshop (Oconee County Library) For people of all faiths to discuss spiritual experiences and learn new ways to explore inner worlds, dreams and soul travel. 1:30–3:30 p.m. FREE! 706-310-9499, www. SPORTS: UGA Football Game (UGA Sanford Stadium) The Dawgs take on the Tennessee Vols. 3:30 p.m.

Sunday 30 CLASSES: Ballroom Dance Club (UGA Memorial Hall) Ballroom Dance lessons every Sunday! Nonstudents welcome. 6–7 p.m., FREE! (beginner). 7–8 p.m., $3 (advanced). EVENTS: The Eclectic Bazaar (Vic’s Vintage lot) Outdoor market featuring vintage, antiques, art, fashion, handmade items, jewelry, musical instruments and equipment, books, records and more. Every Sunday. 10 a.m.–4 p.m., www. EVENTS: 4th Annual Run Your Tail Off 5K/10K (Pittard Park, Winterville) Support the Athens Canine Rescue. Awards will be presented to overall male/ female, masters male/female and the top three male/female in each age group. 1 p.m. $15–40. athenscaninerescue. com/run-your-tail-off EVENTS: Athens Heritage Walk (Athens, Ga) Smith and Dianne Wilson lead a historical walking tour of the Southern Piedmont Farming Tour. Make reservations online. 2 p.m. $12–15. EVENTS: Put a Ring on It Bridal Show (Hotel Indigo) Vendors and wedding professionals will be available for consultation and service deposits. 12–4 p.m. $8. 865-3853924 EVENTS: Homegrown for the Cure (Native Sun Farm) (1041 Kenway Dr., Bogart) Fundraiser for the Atlanta 3-Day Walk supporting breast cancer research. Featuring live music by Fester Hagood, local food provided by BPH Farm and Native Sun Farm and prepared by Chef Josh Aaron of The Savory Spoon, home brewing demonstration by Blockader Home Brew Supply and samples provided by local brewers, a silent auction featuring items from local artists, craftspeople and


businesses, farm tours and kids’ activities. 1–3:30 p.m. $15. www. homegrownforthecure.eventbrite. com GAMES: Trivia (Buffalo’s Southwest Café) “Brewer’s Inquisition,” trivia hosted by Chris Brewer every Sunday. 7 p.m. FREE! 706-3546655, GAMES: Trivia Sundays (Blind Pig Tavern) At the West Broad location. 6 p.m. 706-208-7979 GAMES: Trivia (The Capital Room) Every Sunday! Hosted by Evan Delany. First place wins $50 and second place wins $25. 8 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Full Contact Trivia (Amici) Every Sunday. First place receives $50 and second place receives $25. 9 p.m. MEETINGS: Occupy Athens General Assembly (City Hall/ College Avenue) Occupy Athens meets weekly under the Spirit of Athens statue outside City Hall. All are invited to discuss politics and what you can do to make a difference locally. 8–9:30 p.m. FREE! www. THEATRE: In the Next Room (UGA Fine Arts Building) (Cellar Theatre) A compassionate comedy by TonyAward winning playwright Sarah Ruhl wherein a 19th-century doctor creates a peculiar new electrical contraption to treat patients with “hysteria.” As his patients begin to thrive under his care, his wife begins to wonder what’s going on in the next room. Sept. 25–28, 8 p.m. & Sept. 30, 2:30 p.m. $16.

Monday 1 COMEDY: Jim Florentine (Georgia Theatre) Stand-up comedian, actor, writer, voice artist and performer. 8 p.m. $15. GAMES: Team Trivia (Beef ‘O’ Brady’s) Win house cash and prizes! Every Monday night. 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-850-1916 GAMES: Rock and Roll Trivia (Little Kings Shuffle Club) Get a team together and show off your extensive music knowledge every Monday! Hosted by Jonathan Thompson. 9 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Trivia (Highwire Lounge) Athens’ toughest trivia. $100 grand prize every week! All ages. 8 p.m. FREE! 706-543-8997 KIDSTUFF: Teen Advisory Board Meeting (Oconee County Library) Teen Advisory Board (TAB) is a group of teens who gather at the beginning of every month to discuss and plan upcoming events. If you want to be heard and want to make the library a better place for teens, this is your chance to be involved. Creativity and leadership traits are necessary. Ages 11–18. Registration required. 7-8 p.m. FREE! 706-7693950 KIDSTUFF: Bedtime Stories (ACC Library) Snuggle in your jammies and listen to bedtime stories. Every Monday. 7 p.m. FREE! 706-6133650 KIDSTUFF: Book Babies (Oconee County Library) Stories for readersto-be from 0-24 months. Meet other parents while babies enjoy stories, songs, nursery rhymes and play time. 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-7693950 LECTURES AND LIT: Lecture: “How Children Succeed” (UGA Chapel) Paul Tough, author of new book How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, has written extensively about education, child development, poverty and politics. He has worked as an editor at the New York Times

Magazine and Harper’s Magazine and as a reporter and producer for the public radio program “This American Life.” 7 p.m. FREE! www. MEETINGS: Federation of Neighborhoods Meeting (Athens Clarke Heritage Foundation) This meeting will focus on the downtown master plan with feature UGA professor Jack Crowley. 7:30 p.m. FREE! PERFORMANCE: DMA Recital (UGA Edge Recital Hall) UGA DMA student Justin Dougherty presents a cello performance. 8 p.m. FREE! PERFORMANCE: Bulldog Brass Quintet (UGA Ramsey Concert Hall) Five of UGA’s most talented brass musicians present a recital. 8 p.m. FREE!

Tuesday 2 EVENTS: West Broad Market Garden Produce Stand (West Broad Market Garden, 1573 W. Broad St.) Seasonal and naturally grown produce. Cash paying neighbors of the West Broad Garden get a 30% discount on produce. Tuesdays, 5–8 p.m. & Saturdays, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. 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! GAMES: Trivia (Fuzzy’s Taco Shop) Compete for prizes and giveaways. Every Tuesday. 9–11 p.m. 706353-0305 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. 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 MEETINGS: Peace Corps Information Session (Miller Learning Center) (Room 147) Meet with the UGA campus recruiter, April Conway, who served in Niger, to learn about her volunteer experience, have your questions answered and gain tips to guide you through the application process. PERFORMANCE: UGA Faculty Recital (UGA Ramsey Concert Hall) Viola professor Maggie Snyder presents a recital. 8 p.m. FREE! www.

Wednesday 3 ART: Art Lecture (Georgia Museum of Art) Drawing upon his personal experience as an Irish-American from New England who came to Georgia 30 years ago to found the theater program at Emory University, James Flannery, a scholar, stage director and singer, will explore the complex varieties of Irishness in the South. Held in conjunction with the

exhibition “Belleek Porcelain from the Collection of Linda N. Beard.” A reception will follow. 5:30–6:30 p.m. FREE! ART: Tour at Two (Georgia Museum of Art) Meet docents in the lobby for a tour of highlights from the museum’s collection. 2 p.m. FREE! ART: Juried Exhibition Opening (Heirloom Cafe and Fresh Market) Reception for the finalists of Heirloom’s first juried exhibition. The finalists and first place winner will be chosen by Jeffery Whittle, gallery director at LDSOA. 5 p.m. FREE! 706-354-7901 CLASSES: Life Drawing Open Studio (Lamar Dodd School of Art) (Room S370) Practice drawing or painting the human figure from life. No instruction provided. Ages 18 & up. 5:45–8:45 p.m. $7. EVENTS: Community HU Song (Jittery Joe’s Coffee ) (Meeting Room) People of all faiths are invited to sing together with the Eckankar community. 7–7:30 p.m. FREE! 706310-9499, EVENTS: Open Mic Night (Ten Pins Tavern) Hip-hop, spoken word, rock, singer-songwriters, DJs, jugglers—if you can do it, we want to see it! Hosted by Amy Neese. 8 p.m. FREE! 706-546-8090 EVENTS: Word of Mouth Open Poetry Reading (The Globe) Sign up, mouth off, pay attention. 8 p.m. FREE! 706-353-4721, EVENTS: Farmers Market (790 Gaines School Rd.) Fresh produce, eggs, grass-fed beef, honey, home-

Thursday, September 27

Brent Cobb Georgia Theatre Rooftop As the seat of southwest Georgia’s Schley County, Ellaville has maintained a population of under 2,000 throughout its 155-year history. Songwriter Brent Cobb seems destined for “home of” signs on U.S. Highway 19 at the city limits. (Cobb’s celebrity would seem to usurp that of other notable residents: a senator who represented Florida in the 1930s; the man who painted an official U.S. Postal Service stamp celebrating Kwanzaa in 2004.) Even if you haven’t heard of Cobb yet, the songs he’s written—and the artists recording them—should be familiar: Luke Bryan (“Tailgate Blues”), The Oak Ridge Boys (“Hold Me Closely”) and Eli Young Band (“Go Outside and Dance”). The now Nashville-based Cobb maintains an emotional connection to his songs even while knowing many will end up being reinterpreted by other performers. “I write for myself,” he says. “I know there’s a formula to a lot of the co-writing. That’s what you do in Nashville… I think some of those people have a formula [for]… what they believe [people] wanna hear, and they’ll sit down and write to that. I’m not saying they don’t mean it, but for me, I have a really hard time going, ‘Well, what would this person like to hear?’ It really has to mean something to me.” One wonders if an artist like Cobb can maintain an authentic country perspective in the cutthroat corporate world of Nashville, if it’s harder there to write with an honest Southern voice. “I don’t think it has anything to do with being in Nashville so much as just kinda experiencing different things… and a lot of times, that’s the writer I am,” Cobb says. “I’m just sorta writing [about] my surroundings and my environment at the time. Right now I’m not [in Ellaville], but my heart is always there, so I guess it’s easy to channel that.” [David Eduardo]

made cakes and breads, cut flowers, herbs, jams and relishes. Every Wednesday and Friday. 4â&#x20AC;&#x201C;7 p.m. 706-254-2248 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. 4â&#x20AC;&#x201C;7 p.m. FREE! www. GAMES: Trivia (Copper Creek Brewing Company) Test your trivia chops for prizes! Every Wednesday. 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-1102 GAMES: Trivia (Blind Pig Tavern) Think you know it all? Test your knowledge every Wednesday night. 8 p.m. (Baldwin St. & Broad St. locations). 706-548-3442 GAMES: Trivia (Mellow Mushroom) Every Wednesday. 8 p.m. FREE! 706-613-0892 GAMES: Sports Trivia (Beef â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Bradyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s) Test your sports knowledge every Wednesday night. 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-850-1916 GAMES: Trivia (Willyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mexicana Grill) Trivia with a DJ! Every Wednesday. 8â&#x20AC;&#x201C;10 p.m. FREE! 706548-1920 GAMES: Trivia (Choo Choo Japanese Korean Grill Express) Jump on the trivia train! Every Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. GAMES: Trivia (Your Pie) (Five Points location) Open your piehole for a chance to win! Every Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. FREE! 706850-7424 KIDSTUFF: Barnes & Noble Storytime (Barnes & Noble) Storytime for all ages. Children receive a free treat from the cafe. 11 a.m. FREE! 706-354-1195 KIDSTUFF: Toddler Storytime (ACC Library) For children ages 18 months to 5 years. 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 PERFORMANCE: Athens Vertical Pole Dance Performance (The Melting Point) Celebrate womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health, power and creativity. Proceeds benefit BreastFest. Women only. 6:30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;9 p.m. PERFORMANCE: Georgia Woodwind Quintet (UGA Ramsey Concert Hall) Founded in 1967, the ensemble is comprised of UGA faculty and performs chamber music for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn. 6 p.m. FREE! PERFORMANCE: UGA Wind Symphony (Hugh Hodgson Hall) A concert from one the Hugh Hodgson School of Musicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s large performing ensembles. 8 p.m. FREE! www.

Down the Line EVENTS: Reiki Circle 10/4 (Healing Arts Centre) A Japanese hands-on technique for stress reduction, relaxation and healing. Every Thursday. 7â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8 p.m. Donations accepted. 706338-6843 EVENTS: Pumpkinfest 2012 10/4 (Aromas) A fall beer celebration featuring Southern Tier Pumking, Dogfish Head Punkin, South Hampton Pumpkin, Jolly Pumpkin La Parcela and more. 6 p.m. 706208-0059 FILM: Latin American Film Series 10/4 (Georgia Museum of Art) This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s theme is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Latin American Women Behind the Camera.â&#x20AC;? Postales de Leningrado shows a motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fight to survive during Venezuelaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s armed revolutionary struggle of the 1960s from the perspective of her young daughter. 7 p.m. FREE! www.georgiamuseum. org

FILM: 9th Annual Dixie Film Festival 10/4 (The Morton Theatre) International film festival showcasing films from all over the world, including Mason-Dixon screenings featuring Georgia filmmakers and local talent. Oct. 4, 12 p.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;12 a.m, & Oct. 5, 1 p.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;12 a.m. $10â&#x20AC;&#x201C;35. LECTURES AND LIT: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Peering into the Musical Brainâ&#x20AC;? 10/4 (UGA Edge Recital Hall) Donald Hodges is the Covington Distinguished Professor of Music Education and Director of the Music Research Institute (MRI) at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He oversees research projects including BioMusic, neuroimaging of musicians, music education, musiciansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; hearing health, music performance and ethnomusicology ecocriticism. This presentation will include numerous colored brain images of PET and fMRI scans, as well as musical examples. 4 p.m. FREE! LECTURES AND LIT: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wild Things vs. Sleep Nazis: How Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bedtime Became a Problemâ&#x20AC;? 10/4 (Miller Learning Center) Benjamin Reiss, professor of English at Emory University, specializes in 19th-century American literature and culture, with strong interests in the history of medicine, race, disability and popular culture. 4 p.m. FREE! LECTURES AND LIT: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Peering Into the Musical Brainâ&#x20AC;? 10/4 (UGA Edge Recital Hall) Dr. Donald Hodges, who has authored over 140 book chapters, papers and multimedia programs in music education and music psychology, presents numerous colored brain images of PET and fMRI scans, as well as musical examples. 7:30 p.m. FREE! LECTURES AND LIT: Community Snapshot: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Abandoned Rural Georgiaâ&#x20AC;? 10/4 (Lyndon House Arts Center) Painter Pete Muzyka will talk about the unexpected beauty found in the buildings and landscapes of rural Georgia. 7 p.m. FREE! www. LECTURES AND LIT: Kongjian Yu Lecture & Reception 10/4 (UGA Special Collections Library Building) (Room 271) World-renown landscape architect Yu holds a Doctor of Design degree from Harvardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Graduate School of Design, is founder and dean of the College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at Peking University and is the founder and president of Turenscape, one of the first and largest private architecture and landscape architecture firms in China. Sponsored by the UGA College of Environment and Design. 6 p.m. FREE! 706-542-1816 LECTURES AND LIT: Poetry Book Signing 10/4 (Avid Bookshop) Dan Rosenberg and A. E. Watkins sign copies of their new poetry books. 6:30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;7:30 p.m. FREE! LECTURES AND LIT: Community Snapshot: â&#x20AC;&#x153;bandoned Rural Georgiaâ&#x20AC;? 10/4 (Lyndon House Arts Center) Artist Pete Muzyka will talk about the unexpected beauty found in the countryside in a presentation called, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Community Snapshot: Abandoned Rural Georgia.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. FREE! ART: Space Camp Art Exhibition 10/5 (Lamar Dodd School of Art) An exhibition of installation artworks and sculptures that move fluidly between disciplines, are interactive with the viewer and explore notions of context and architectural intervention. Works by 15 artists. 7 p.m. FREE! k continued on next page



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ART: Opening Reception 10/5 (Farmington Depot Gallery) For â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bucolanalia,â&#x20AC;? paintings and drawings by Matt Alston. 5â&#x20AC;&#x201C;9 p.m. FREE! ART: Opening Reception 10/5 (OCAF) For Kathy Prescottâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Transfer Collages.â&#x20AC;? 6â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8 p.m. FREE! EVENTS: Pre-Festival Contra Dance 10/5 (Lay Park) The North Georgia Folk Festival hosts a contra dance the night before the festival featuring live folk music. No experience or partner necessary. 7:30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;10:30 p.m. FREE! (ages 18 & under), $7. EVENTS: Zombie Farms 10/5 (4965 Lexington Rd.) The zombie apocolypse is upon us! Witness the dawn of a new era in which humans can be at ease among domesticated zombies. 7 p.m. $15. EVENTS: Kindred Spirits 10/5 (Athens Institute for Contemporary Art (ATHICA)) Citizen Advocacy Athens-Clarke presents an evening of desserts, wine, music and celebration. Bourbon bar, art for auction and a raffle. 7â&#x20AC;&#x201C;10 p.m. $10 (requested donation). caathens@

LIVE MUSIC Tuesday 25 40 Watt Club 8 p.m. $5. JASON GRIDLEY Singer-songwriter with a pop feel reminiscent of Jason Mraz or Jack Johnson. STREET, RHYTHM & RHYME Local group jams on funk, reggae, jazz and blues. HOOCH No information available. Georgia Theatre 8 p.m. $10. AER David von Mering and Carter Schultz of Wayland, MA create music that finds its roots in reggae, acoustic pop and indie rock, with smooth guitar riffs and a strong rap component. DAVID DALLAS Rapper from New Zealand. YONAS This NYC-based rapper is â&#x20AC;&#x153;poised to bring content back to popular music.â&#x20AC;? VONNEGUT This Atlanta group offers a mix of alternative, electronica and hip-hop. Get Up Get Down. On the roof! 11 p.m. $2. VELVETEEN PINK This quartet of funksters (including DJ Alfredo of Immuzikation) plays electrobased, groove-laden, upbeat stuff in the Prince, Stevie Wonder and Jamiroquai style. IMMUZIKATION Celebrated local DJ Alfredo Lapuz, Jr. hosts a dance party featuring high-energy electro and rock. The Globe 8 p.m. FREE! 706-353-4721 OPEN MIC NIGHT Open mic for acoustic musicians. Sign-up starts at 8 p.m. Limited spots are available. Please direct questions to Every Tuesday! Go Bar 9 p.m. 706-546-5609 RITUALS New band featuring members of Muuy Biien. BAD GIRL New local punk rock duo. SHITHEAD Local punk supergroup. Pronounced â&#x20AC;&#x153;shy-thead.â&#x20AC;?


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Hendershotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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. Manor 9 p.m. FREE! LIVE BAND KARAOKE Live karaoke band covers all your favorite hits, while you sing along. Every Tuesday! The Melting Point 7 p.m. $5. www.meltingpointathens. com DIRTY BOURBON RIVER SHOW Eclectic New Orleans group draws from that cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rich musical heritage and a wide range of influences to create an energetic live experience. HOLY GHOST TENT REVIVAL From Greensboro, NC, this band has built a reputation for â&#x20AC;&#x153;energetic, tightly crafted music with meaningful lyrics presented in signature memorable, passionate performances.â&#x20AC;? Mirko Pasta 6 p.m. FREE! 706-850-5641 (Gaines School Rd. location) LOUIS PHILLIP PELOT Local singer-songwriter performs solo folk and country. Currently working on his debut album! Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742 MONKEYGRASS JUG BAND â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cosmic American String Musicâ&#x20AC;? from Don Auber, Brandon Nelson

McCoy, Adam Poulin and Patrick Morales. State Botanical Garden of Georgia Sunflower Music Series. 7 p.m. $15, $10 (Friends of the Garden Members), $5 (ages 6-12). 706542-1244 ARVIN SCOTT QUARTET The Arvin Scott Jazz Quartet, featuring worldrenowned percussionist Arvin Scott, will deliver an uplifting World Beat/ Jazz performance. MARTHA Local singer Marty Winkler teams up with a rotating cast of Athens musicians for a set of sultry, melodic tunes. The Volstead 9 p.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;1:30 a.m. 706-354-5300 KARAOKE Every Tuesday! WUOG Live in the Lobby! 8 p.m. FREE! www. NEW MADRID Promising local Americana act featuring soaring vocals and swift guitar plucks.

Wednesday 26 40 Watt Club Georgia Songwriter Showcase! 8 p.m. $5. DODD FERRELLE Former Tinfoil Stars frontman and longtime Athenian Ferrelle pours heart and soul into his sweeping ballads. THAYER SARRANO Local singersongwriter and multi-instrumentalist with lovely, airy vocals with dark, gentle melodies. DAVE MARR The former Star Room Boys singer with a deep and resonant country twang plays a set.

DANIEL HUTCHENS Bloodkin frontman performs a solo set. RUBY THE RABBITFOOT Formerly Ruby Kendrick, this local singersongwriter has a sweet voice and prodding, poignant lyrics. Blue Sky 10 p.m. FREE! 706-543-1433 DOXIES Local five-piece outfit plays garage surf with psychedelic influences. Boarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Head Lounge 11 p.m. FREE! 706-369-3040 OPEN MIC NIGHT Showcase your talent. Every Wednesday! Caledonia Lounge 8:30 p.m. $10 (adv.), $12 (21+), $14 (18+). THE ATARIS Fronted by songwriter Kris Roe, The Ataris have existed in many incarnations since their formation in 1995. The latest marks a return to the energetic pop-punk of the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s early days. FLATFOOT 56 Celtic-punk band from Chicago. RED CITY RADIO Muscularly voiced punk band from Oklahoma. For fans of Hot Water Music and Against Me!. KARBOMB High-speed local punk band. Farm 255 8 p.m. FREE! CALEB DARNELL Member of The Darnell Boys and Bellyache sings the blues. 11 p.m. FREE! ZOO Two-piece, multi-instrumental folk/punk/experimental/rock band featuring former members of Little Teeth. EL HOLLIN This Athens band plays haunting pop music with minimal

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Buzz Hungry, Grass Giraffes, New Madrid, Velocirapture Caledonia Lounge â&#x20AC;&#x153;Little League baseball is the punk rock of sports,â&#x20AC;? says David Barbe, before launching into a screed about the politics of Athens youth ball. He David Barbe should know; heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spent many summers as a coach. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s amazing he found the time. Aside from running his studio, Chase Park Transduction, Barbe is in charge of UGAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Music Business Program (MBUS). Oh yeah, and he rocks, too. From his days with Mercyland to his time with Bob Mouldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sugar and his current group, The Quick Hooks, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one busy dude. This Saturday, Barbe and the other members of Buzz Hungryâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Marc Tissenbaum, Eric Sales and Brooks Carterâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;will reunite for the first time in over 15 years. The bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two LPs, Fried Like a Man and At the Hands of Our Intercessors, are full of high-octane fuzzrock. In its heyday, Buzz Hungry existed in the spaces between Barbeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s other ventures. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s back because MBUS student Wyatt Pless wanted more. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He had heard the records, and asked me if Buzz Hungry would ever consider playing a show,â&#x20AC;? Barbe says. Bandmembers commissioned youngsters Grass Giraffes, New Madrid and Velocirapture (which features Barbeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s son, Winston) to join the bill. Speaking of his sonsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Winston also plays in Neck (formerly k i d s); Henry, in Dozen Eggsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Barbe is effusive. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not something I ever pushed on them. But I love that they do this. I love that I like their bands, genuinelyâ&#x20AC;Ś I enjoy sneaking out and standing in the back of the club, watching them play.â&#x20AC;? On Saturday, it will be the other way around. For this veteran, there are still nerves. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We might just get totally shown up, and faceplant,â&#x20AC;? he says with a grin. Buzz Hungry will have a new batch of recordings available at the show. Well, new old recordings: The group will release the completed portion of its unfinished third album in EP form. Whether it will continue after this one-off remains to be seenâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;though Barbe is not one to stay still. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Not having enough to do seems kinda depressing to me. I like having a lot to do.â&#x20AC;? [Gabe Vodicka]

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instrumentation and ethereal female vocals. BLACK MOON Psychedelic experimentations. George’s Lowcountry Table On the patio! 6 p.m. FREE! 706-5483359 KEN WILL MORTON With his gritty, soulful rasp, Morton trudges through Americana’s roots with rock and roll swagger and a folksinger’s heart. Georgia Theatre Counterpoint Preparty! 8 p.m. $15. BEATS ANTIQUE Acclaimed experimental world fusion and electronic music trio. LYNX Innovative singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, beat-boxer from the Bay Area via Colorado. TIGER GIRLZ High-flying aerial performance! Highwire Lounge 9 p.m. FREE! KENOSHA KID Centered around the instru-improv jazz compositions of guitarist Dan Nettles, Kenosha Kid also features Robby Handley on bass. Featuring legendary Aquarium Rescue Unit drummer Jeff Sipe (AKA Apartment Q258). Jerzees 10 p.m.–1 a.m. $3 (21+), $5. 706850-7320 SPICY SALSA DANCING Salsa and Latin dancing. Every Wednesday. The Melting Point 7 p.m. FREE! www.meltingpointathens. com THE ICE CREAM MEN Van Halen tribute featuring members of The Dictatortots, Kinky Waikiki and Save Grand Canyon. SAVE GRAND CANYON Emotional and dynamic, this tenderfoot local band plays what it calls “organic alt-rock.” THE HEAP Funky indie-soul band with a killer horn section and fronted by Bryan Howard’s low, bass growl. DAN WENTWORTH Described as “acoustic alternative rock, with pants.” 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 Pianist Steve Key is joined by other talented local musicians for an evening of standards and improvisations. Ten Pins Tavern 8 p.m. FREE! 706-546-8090 OPEN MIC NIGHT Hip-hop, spoken word, rock, singer-songwriters, DJs and more! Hosted by Amy Neese. Terrapin Beer Co. 5:30 p.m. FREE! CAROLINABOUND Solo project of Asheville-based singer-songwriter Chris Smith. The Winery 7–11 p.m. FREE! 706-613-0095 LOUIS PHILLIP PELOT Local singer-songwriter performs solo folk and country.

Thursday 27 40 Watt Club 9 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). www.40watt. com ADAM KLEIN & THE WILD FIRES Local band playing a rustic blend of country, folk and Americana.

THE DARNELL BOYS The three Darnell brothers play and sing country blues originals backed by upright bass, singing saw and junkyard percussion. WALLER Hailing from Atlanta, Waller performs country-tinged folk ballads. Amici 9 p.m. FREE! 706-353-0000 OPEN MIC NIGHT Bi-weekly open mic night. Email amiciopenmic@ to sign up.



Barbeque Shack 7 p.m. FREE! 706-613-6752 OPEN BLUEGRASS JAM All pickers welcome! Every Thursday! Caledonia Lounge 9:30 p.m. $3 (21+), $5 (18+). www. CLOAK & DAGGER DATING SERVICE Local six-piece ensemble plays loud and loose straightahead rock with dueling male/female vocals. TIR ASLEEN Experimental posthardcore from Calhoun, GA. PANIC MANOR Rock group from Augusta. DREAMEATER Augusta-based heavy rock band.

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Georgia Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-9884 REID STRIPLING Local guitarist plays acoustic covers and originals with a powerful voice. Georgia Theatre 8 p.m. $12. CHRIS KNIGHT Southern-rock and Americana, influenced by Lynyrd Skynyrd. Celebrating the new album Heart of Stone. On the Rooftop! 11:30 p.m. FREE! BRENT COBB Nashville-based folkcountry singer-songwriter from Ellaville, GA. See Calendar Pick on p. 22. Go Bar 11 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. Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. THE ODD TRIO One of Athens’ finest original jazz ensembles, this innovative group often incorporates looped audio into is compositions. Highwire Lounge Bluegrass Thursday! 9 p.m. FREE! MONKEYGRASS JUG BAND “Cosmic American String Music” from Don Auber, Brandon Nelson McCoy, Adam Poulin and Patrick Morales. Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742 SAMMY THE CAB DRIVER Featuring members of Rollin’ Home and Connected House. DRINKY POO Athens locals play originals and primitive blues ranging from Albert King to Tom Waits. The Office Lounge Blues Night. 9 p.m. 706-546-0840 THE SHADOW EXECUTIVES Get your fill of straight-up, authentic blues covers from this skilled Athens five-piece. This is an open jam! Terrapin Beer Co. 5:30 p.m. FREE! JIM PERKINS Acoustic singer/songwriter combines folk, jazz and blues.




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WUOG Live in the Lobby! 8 p.m. FREE! www. VELOCIRAPTURE Loud and brash local rock duo that names Velvet Underground and Stooges among its influences.

Friday 28 40 Watt Club 9 p.m. $13 (adv), $16 (door). PIGS ON THE WING A Pink Floyd tribute featuring David Murphy of STS9, Mike Albanese (Cinemechanica, Maserati), Matt Weiss (Collective Efforts) and Count Kellam, plus members of Velveteen Pink and other special guests! Amici 11 p.m. FREE! 706-353-0000 LAZY LOCOMOTIVE New local group featuring members of Fuzzbucket, Juice Box and High Strung String Band.








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Farm 255 11 p.m. FREE! THE CORDUROY ROAD Local 5-piece Americana band drawing from old-time roots music and known for its notoriously lively shows. CALEB CAUDLE Based in WinstonSalem, NC, Caudle plays an indietinged brand of alt-country. Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m. FREE! www.flickertheatreandbar. com WILLIAMS Asheville-based drone duo composed of of Ross Gentry (a.k.a. Villages) and Will Isenogle (a.k.a. Merryl). MOTHERâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S ARMS The members of I Come to Shanghai play an improv set with modulars and other electronics. MOTION SICKNESS OF TIME TRAVEL Rachel Evans plays minimalist, ambient, bliss-inducing drone. GRANT EVANS Formerly known as Nova Scotian Arms, Grant Evans uses tape loops and electronics to create whirling soundscapes. Georgia Theatre 8 p.m. $10. THE DIRTY GUVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;NAHS Knoxville natives play roots-rock with a wailing Hammond organ and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;60s-style soul vocals. THOMAS WYNN AND THE BELIEVERS This six-piece group from Orlando plays Americana rock infused with Southern soul. ROADKILL GHOST CHOIR Folkinfluenced rock six-piece from Deland, FL. Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 DJ MAHOGANY Popular local DJ spins freaky funk, sultry soul, righteous R&B and a whole lotta unexpected faves. Highwire Lounge â&#x20AC;&#x153;Friday Night Jazz.â&#x20AC;? 8-11 p.m. FREE! GREG HANKINS Playing classical and jazz piano. Little Kings Shuffle Club Tin Roof Music Fest! 9 p.m. $5. www. SAM SNIPER Post-alternative, country-fried twang with big anthemic choruses, joyful harmonies and a strong melodic sensibility. This show is a benefit for the Athens Heritage Foundation.


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ANDROCLES AND THE LION Local folk-rock trio plays lush, minor-key slowcore with a focus on melody and space. BROTHERS Local trio plays swirling folky tunes that are rich with strings, twisted overdubs and haunting vocals. THE BREAKS Feel-good local rock band with alt and jam influences. FURIES Formerly known as Grinnin Bear, the band describes itself as â&#x20AC;&#x153;bipolar post-grunge rock with anxiety issues, a drinking problem and a love for the unexpected.â&#x20AC;? Locos Grill & Pub 6 p.m. FREE! 706-548-7803 (Harris St. location) SCOTT WARREN AND THE BOOZE MOUNTAINEERS Former Captain Soularcat bassist Scott Warren fronts this group that offers folk-rock originals and choice covers. The Melting Point 8:30 p.m. $10 (adv.), $13 (door). www. BACK IN TIME Nine-piece North Georgia rock band plays renditions of timeless classics by Otis Redding, Ray Charles, Chicago, Jackie Wilson, James Brown and many more. New Earth Music Hall 9 p.m. EDDIE & THE PUBLIC SPEAKERS Local power trio delivers an energetic show with a hard-hitting rhythm section, funky riffs and soaring guitar solos filled with catchy hooks and harmonies. JAZZCHRONIC Local five-piece explores freaky, funky, psychedelic fusion jazz while incorporating rock, R&B, heavy beats and more. Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742 THE BROADCAST Hailing from Asheville, NC, this six-piece soulful rock band draws influences from the funky Motown sound. The Office Lounge 9:30 p.m. FREE! 706-546-0840 SALLY & THE SIX GRAND Rock and roll covers. Omega Bar 8 p.m. $5 (ladies), $10 (men). 706340-6808 THE SEGAR JAZZ AFFAIR Dancing all night on two dance floors with live entertainment including â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Newlywed Game.â&#x20AC;? Terrapin Beer Co. AHRF Fundraiser! 5:30 p.m. FREE! COSMIC CHARLIE Grateful Dead covers like youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never heard before. Fundraiser for the Athens Human Rights Festival.

Saturday 29 40 Watt Club 8 p.m. $16 (adv.). OFF! Punk supergroup featuring members of Black Flag, Redd Kross, and more. See story on p. 19. NEGATIVE APPROACH Legendary, reunited hardcore punk band from Detroit. DOUBLE NEGATIVE Scene-vet-heavy hardcore band from Raleigh, NC. Bishop Park Athens Farmers Market. 8 a.m. FREE! PAUL LOMBARD Lombard performs a blend of folk, bluegrass, country and blues. (8 a.m.)

FOLK SOCIETY BAND Group featuring various Athens folk scene luminaries. (10 a.m.)

KELSIE CHANDLER & THE LAST CHANCE Texas native performs original country music.

Caledonia Lounge 9:30 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). www. BUZZ HUNGRY Longtime rock project of Athens producer/musician/ UGA Music Business dude extraordinaire David Barbe. Reunion show! See Calendar Pick on p. 24. GRASS GIRAFFES Buzzworthy local band puts together a psychedelic and anthemic guitar-rock dance party. VELOCIRAPTURE Loud and brash local rock duo that names Velvet Underground and Stooges among its influences. NEW MADRID Promising local Americana act featuring soaring vocals and swift, proficient guitar plucks.

New Earth Music Hall 9 p.m. $10. www.newearthmusichall. com ZACH DEPUTY Soulful rhythm and blues. COPIOUS JONES Atlanta-based band described as â&#x20AC;&#x153;the wedding of vision and emotion.â&#x20AC;?

Dickeyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Barbecue Pit 7 p.m. FREE! 706-850-7561 KARAOKE With â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Queen of Karaoke,â&#x20AC;? Lynn Carson. Farm 255 11 p.m. FREE! TALKING HEADS Talking Heads covers. Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m. MONKEYGRASS JUG BAND â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cosmic American String Musicâ&#x20AC;? from Don Auber, Brandon Nelson McCoy, Adam Poulin and Patrick Morales. MICHAEL BOWMAN Bowman performs an energetic solo set with alt-country sounds and bluesy finger-style guitar. RAMSAY MIDWOOD Bluesy, Austinbased folksinger. Georgia Theatre 8 p.m. $12. YACHT ROCK REVUE Atlanta-based smooth-jam cover band society. Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 KATĂ&#x2039;R MASS Local pop punk band influenced by acts like Propagandhi and Fugazi. NO BABIES Punk act out of Oakland, CA with interesting experimental and noise rock tendencies. DJ FOG JUICE Spinning Euro/Italo/ space-disco, new wave, old-school R&B and current and classic dance hits. Hendershotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Coffee Bar 7:30 p.m. $10. KATE MORRISSEY Best known for her dark velvet voice, Morrisseyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s songwriting is literate and sincere. MARTY WINKLER Sultry local singer-songwriter. Winkler and Morrissey will back each other for respective solo sets. Little Kings Shuffle Club 10 p.m. FREE! lkshuffleclub DJ MAHOGANY Freaky funk, sultry soul, righteous R&B and a whole lotta unexpected faves. Max PBRâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Official Tailgate Party! 12 p.m. 706-254-3392 DJ KEIS Athens-area DJ mixing your favorite hip-hop, electronica, top 40 and old-school jams. The Melting Point 7:45 p.m. FREE! ANDY VELO & THE SOUTH BANDITS Rising country singersongwriter from Suwanee.

The Office Lounge 8 p.m. FREE! 706-546-0840 TASTES LIKE GOOD Local band mixes alt- and classic rock into a loud and rhythmic soundscape. 9:30 p.m. FREE! 706-546-0840 THIEVES MARKET Local alternative rock band. Terrapin Beer Co. 5:30 p.m. FREE! THE UPSIDE Local group playing original songs as well as popular covers.

Sunday 30 The Globe 4 p.m. FREE! 706-353-4721 ATHENS CEILI BAND A weekly traditional Irish music section. Every Sunday from 4-7 p.m.! Highwire Lounge 9 p.m. FREE! SHE WOLF Three distinct vocalists, male and female, combine popinfluenced harmonies with narrative folk songs. MATT HUDGINS Local songwriter plays â&#x20AC;&#x153;songs about drinking, jail, love and death, all done in the popular â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;country and westernâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; musical style.â&#x20AC;? The Melting Point 1:30 p.m. $12 (adv.), $15 (door). www. LAUGHING PIZZA A family band performing original pop songs for all ages. There will be a limited number of reserved tables available as wellâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;$40 for a table for two or $80 for a table for four. Ten Pins Tavern 7:30 p.m. FREE! 706-546-8090 SUNDAY NIGHT AT THE BOWLING ALLEY BLUES BAND Featuring locals Paul Scales, Randy Durham, John Straw, Dave Herndon and Scott Sanders playing blues jams. Walkerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Coffee & Pub 5 p.m. FREE! LEG Local experimental drum and bass duo blend post-rock and jazz.

Monday 1 Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 ALAMEDA Portland-based Alameda plays a lush brand of chamber-folk that benefits from the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s communal, collaborative approach. THE SKIPPERDEES Charming local acoustic duo with rich, folky vocal harmonies. EVAN & AVERY LEIGH Local folk duo plays covers and originals. The Grotto 6 p.m. FREE! 140 E. Clayton St. THE SEGAR JAZZ AFFAIR Every Monday. Smooth jazz played by DJ Segar. Hendershotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. FREE! www.hendershotscoffee. com OPEN MIC Local songstress Kyshona Armstrong hosts this open mic night every Monday!

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The Octopus Project, DJ Mr. Senor Love Daddy Melting Point The Octopus Project has been around the block a few times, having played together since 1999. Think about it: While the turn of the millennium seems like it happened only yesterday, in music years, the actual time span is long enough for the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;80s, in all its big-haired glory, to have begun and ended. Despite the membersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; commitments to other bands at the time of the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s formation, their close friendship made it a no-brainer when guitarist Josh Lambert says they â&#x20AC;&#x153;eventually just decided to break off and do our own thing.â&#x20AC;? The fact that The Octopus Project the bandmembers were all good friends from a young age further cemented that bond and allowed their music to stand the test of time. The Octopus Project may be just a â&#x20AC;&#x153;random assemblage of words,â&#x20AC;? but it accurately describes the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s style and talent. Each member should have eight hands, with the number of instrument changes that occur. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We all switch around instruments, because we all play pretty much everything,â&#x20AC;? Lambert says. The music could be classified as experimental pop, but forcing the band into one label completely minimizes its talent as a whole. Lambert doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hesitate in classifying his group as â&#x20AC;&#x153;crazy, fun, loud and happyâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;a much better description than any one genre can give. The Octopus Projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s music is a midnight drive along the ocean; an unexpected night out with friends. The electronics are subtle enough to not overpower the organic instruments, and several melodic tracks layer onto one another, creating a cascade of sound. The energy of Octopus Project, along with that of DJ Mr. Senor Love Daddy (AKA Reptarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s William Kennedy), is sure to be in overdrive at the Melting Point, with the former pulling out all the stops to showcase its wide range of talent. [Jennifer Barron]

The Melting Point 8:30 p.m. $7 (adv), $10 (door). www. THE OCTOPUS PROJECT Experimental pop band known for its energetic live shows. See Calendar Pick on this page. DJ MR. SENOR LOVE DADDY DJ side project of Reptarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s William Kennedy. Nowhere Bar 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742 BLUES JAM WITH BIG C Local musician Clarence â&#x20AC;&#x153;Big Câ&#x20AC;? Cameron plays straightahead blues inspired by artists like B.B. King, Muddy Waters and Buddy Guy.

Tuesday 2 Caledonia Lounge 9:30 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). www. INCENDIARIES Ladies of pedigree enforcing angular sensibilities. ACORN BCORN A rock and roll sister duo from Tucson. KILL KILL BUFFALO Grungy, hardrock duo based in Athens featuring Kara Kildareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s powerful, seductive vocals. Georgia Theatre 7 p.m. $22. LEON RUSSELL Legendary countryrock songwriter and session player. JAMIE MCLEAN BAND NYC-based rock outfit fronted by sought-after studio guitarist Jamie McLean. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Get Up Get Down.â&#x20AC;? On the rooftop! 11 p.m. $2. THICK PAINT Graham Ulicny (Reptar) experiments with loops, lights and his voice in this dancey, ambientpsych solo project.

CASUAL CURIOUS Jazz-inflected experimental dance-pop from Greensboro, NC. The Globe 8 p.m. FREE! 706-353-4721 OPEN MIC NIGHT Open mic for acoustic musicians. Sign-up starts at 8 p.m. Limited spots are available. Please direct questions to Every Tuesday! Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 MAIL THE HORSE Brooklyn-based rock and roll band with a soulful swagger. Hendershotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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! Manor 9 p.m. FREE! LIVE BAND KARAOKE Live karaoke band covers all your favorite hits, while you sing along. Every Tuesday night! The Melting Point Terrapin Tuesday Series. 7 p.m. $5. NICKI BLUHM & THE GRAMBLERS Soul-tinged country rocker whose band features members of ALO, The Mother Hips and Jackie Greene.

SEAN ROWE Alternative folk singersongwriter from New York state. Mirko Pasta 6 p.m. FREE! 706-850-5641 (Gaines School Rd. location) LOUIS PHILLIP PELOT Local singer-songwriter performs solo folk and country. Currently working on his debut album! New Earth Music Hall 8 p.m. $8. www.newearthmusichall. com THE POLISH AMBASSADOR Oakland-based electro-funk-glitch performer. D.V.S. Brooklynâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Derek VanScoten plays bass-heavy electro. ELFKOWITZ Ian Lefkowitz explores dance music in its myriad forms and sports a remix-heavy catalog. Nowhere Bar Tuesday Night Confessional. 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742 ADAM PAYNE Payne writes songs with a lot of heart, the kind that can either make you tear up or laugh out loud. WILLIAM TONKS Local bluegrass guitarist. SCOTT LOW Local indie-folkster/ Efren frontman plays a solo set. JORDAN ARMSTRONG Asher Armstrong frontman plays a solo set. The Volstead 9 p.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;1:30 a.m. 706-354-5300 KARAOKE Every Tuesday! WUOG Live in the Lobby! 8 p.m. FREE! www. DANA SWIMMER A montage of garage rock with sweet, soulful undertones.

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Boarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Head Lounge 11 p.m. FREE! 706-369-3040 OPEN MIC NIGHT Showcase your talent. Every Wednesday! Caledonia Lounge 9:30 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18+). www. CLEAN BREAK Lo-fi indie-rock trio based here in Athens. SUN BROTHER Post-rock band from South Carolina. STRANGE TORPEDO Bouncy, angular alternative meets post-punk driven by melodic bass lines. THE L5S Members of Boomfox and Clean Break playing radio-friendly alternative rock. College Square 12 p.m. FREE! BLUE SKY CONCERT SERIES Concerts begin at noon and end at 1 p.m. Musical performers are local and often include the youth of the Athens area. Every Wednesday in October! Georgia Theatre 8 p.m. $15. THE WAILERS One of multiple â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wailersâ&#x20AC;? incarnations currently claiming to be the most original, this one is fronted by Bob Marleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lieutenant Aston â&#x20AC;&#x153;Family Manâ&#x20AC;? Barrett. On the Rooftop! 11 p.m. FREE! www. LASSINE KOUYATE Local Americana singer/songwriter Adam Klein presents a new twist on the traditional West African music he recorded in Mali. DJ MILIKI BEAT Solo DJ act from a member of Reptar. Hendershotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. $5. CRAIG LIESKE AND SERSON BRANNEN Local improv wizard Lieske (Garbage Island) and Atlantabased Brannen (The Subliminator) embark on a new project, Free Improv for Guitar and Hang. Jerzees 10 p.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;1 a.m. $3 (21+), $5. 706850-7320 SPICY SALSA DANCING Salsa and Latin dancing. Every Wednesday. night New Earth Music Hall 8 p.m. $5. www.newearthmusichall. com THE ROCKETBOYS Texas-based indie group plays widescreen rock a la Band of Horses. BEARCAT Renee Yohe plays a sweeping brand of pop anchored by her lush, powerful voice.

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ART Call for Artists (Gainesville State College) The Roy C. Moore Art Gallery seeks artwork dealing with immigration, “La identidad Latina,” and/or “La Raza” for a 2013 exhibition. Works in all media will be considered. Artists with MFA or equivalent experience preferred. Please email low-resolution images, artist statement and resume to Deadline Oct. 30 Call for Artists (Little Kings) Moonlight Gypsy Market is seeking outsider, strange, erotic, macabre, dark or odd artists and crafters for this year’s event on Nov. 16. Deadline Oct. 31. moonlightgypsy, www.facebook. com/moonlightgypsymarket Call for Artists (Farmington Depot Gallery) Applications currently being accepted for the artist market at the gallery’s fall festival, Festiboo, to be held on Oct. 20. Email for application and information. Call for Artists (Over the Moon Creative Possibilities) Over the Moon Creative Possibilities is seeking artists for the fourth annual Penumbra Halloween Art Show. Art accepted until Oct. 12. Exhibit runs Oct. 20-31. 706-540-2712, jennifers, www. Call for Artists (Lyndon House Arts Center) Lickskillet Artists Market (Oct. 13, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.) seeks artists in all media. Deadline Sept. 29. $15–25. 706-613-3623, Call for Entries (OCAF) OCAF is seeking artwork for the Georgia Smallworks Exhibit. Works can be in any medium and must be no larger than 14” in any direction, including

the frame. Submissions due Sept. 28 & 29. Exhibit, Oct. 5–Nov. 9. 706769-4965,, Logo Contest (Athens, Ga) The Athens Historical Society is seeking entries for a new logo and offering $250 to the winner. Submissions due Oct. 1. Email for rules and to submit.

AUDITIONS Prop Tarts WantedBurlesque Beta (Go Bar) Become a Burlesque Beta Prop Tart! Prop tarts are fully immersed in each show. They set-up the stage between each act, interact with the audience and flirt with the emcee. Email To Kill a Mockingbird (Rose of Athens Theatre) Second round of auditions. Come prepared with one 45-second to one-minute monologue. Email to sign up for an audition time. Sept. 28, 6 p.m. FREE!,

CLASSES Adult Beginning Sewing (Treehouse Kid and Craft) Make your own Halloween costume! Bring your own machine for an introduction to sewing. Two day workshop, Sundays, Oct. 7 & 14, 12-4 p.m. $80. Beginner Quiltmaking (Sewcial Studio) Make an easy brick quilt with four, three-hour classes and some homework. Sewing machine and pre-registration required. Wednesdays, Oct. 17, 24, 31 & Nov. 7, 1–4 p.m. $40. 706-247-6143,

Buddhist Book Study (Body, Mind & Spirit) Every Wednesday. 6 p.m. Donations accepted. 706-351-6024 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, Computer Classes (Oconee County Library) Advanced to beginner computer classes offered by appointment. Call to register. 706769-3950, watkinsville@athens 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. Check website for schedule. 706-355-3078, Gentle Hatha Integral Yoga (St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church) All levels welcome. Tuesdays, 5:30-7 p.m. $9/class. 706-543-0162,, Hot Yoga (Bikram Yoga) Classes offered seven days a week. Beginners welcome. 706-353-9642, Karate (Athens Yoshukai Karate) Traditional Okinawan hard-style karate taught in a positive atmosphere. FREE! Lori’s Boot Camp (Fitness at Five) Get in shape! Thursdays, 6:30–7:30 p.m. & Saturdays, 11 a.m.–12:15 p.m. 706-353-6030,


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Yep, it’s a cute photo of some awfully sweet Lab mix pups, but this is only half of the litter 125 Buddy Christian Way • 706-613-3540 of TEN who all need homes. IF they all get Open every day except Wednesday 10am-4pm adopted, that would be wonderful, but it would probably also mean that ten other dogs did not, due to the very limited time and space available. An additional litter of EIGHT Pitbull puppies were left behind by owners for Animal Control to deal with as we were leaving. So this seems like a good time to once again ask you to tell your friends, your neighbors, your family, etc. to spay and neuter their pets. And if you can find a way, help someone else out by offering funds, a ride to the vet or information about how spaying and neutering also can extend the life of their pet.


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Nam June Paik’s untitled print is on display at the GMOA through Oct. 28. Middle Eastern Drum Circle (Floorspace) All skill levels and ages welcome. Saturdays, 12:30 p.m. $6–$12 donation. www.floorspace Pints and Paints (Pints and Paints ) A local artist will teach you step-by-step how to create your very own masterpiece. Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:30 p.m., $20–30. Prenatal Yoga (Five Points Yoga Studio) Designed for parents and babies. Tuesdays, 11 a.m–12 p.m., $14/class. www.athensfivepoints 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 Sangha Yoga Classes (Healing Arts Centre) Several types of ongoing yoga classes are offered for all levels. Visit website for details. Tribal Style Bellydance Basics (Floorspace) Bellydance basics every Thursday, 5:45–7 p.m. Tribal style bellydancing every Tuesday, 6–7 p.m. $10–$12. Women’s Self-Defense and Personal Safety Course (AKF Athens Martial Arts) This five-week workshop is instructed by Sarah Peck, a second-degree black belt in Kyuki-Do. A portion of proceeds will be donated to Project Safe. Wednesdays, 7–8:30 p.m., Sept. 26–Oct. 24. $30. akf.sarah@ Yoga Teacher Training (Athens, Ga) Yoga teacher and RYT200 certification course.

Saturdays, Aug. 11–Dec. 15, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. $1450. www.yogaful Zumba (Athens Latino Center for Education and Services (ALCES)) Instructed by Maricela Delgado. Every Wednesday, 6–7 p.m. & 7:15–8:15 p.m. $5 (1 class), $8 (both classes). 706-540-0591 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

HELP OUT 21st Annual Rivers Alive (Dudley Park) Help preserve local rivers and streams by cleaning up trash. Bring a reusable water bottle and gloves, and wear long pants and closed shoes. Lunch and entertainment provided. Oct. 6, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. 706-613-3615, ext. 227, Adopt-A-Stream Volunteer Training (Sandy Creek Nature Center) Participants will be trained to help monitor the health of a nearby stream. Sept. 22 or Sept. 29, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. 706-613-3615, ext. 231, sandycreeknaturecenter Back to School Shoe Drive (Athens Area Humane Society) Give your old paws (a.k.a. shoes) a new life. Donate athletic shoes, sandals, heels, dress shoes, work boots and flats to be recycled and raise money for the dogs, cats and small animals awaiting adoption. Both Athens and Watkinsville AAHS

locations. Through Sept. 30. www. Bear Hollow Volunteer Training (Memorial Park) Bear Hollow Zoo offers docent training for those interested in assisting with the experience of visiting the zoo. Ages 18 & up. Email to register. Saturdays through Oct. 6, 10 a.m. 706-613-3616, clinton.murphy@ BikeAthens Bike Recycling Program (Chase Street Warehouses) BikeAthens Bike Recycling Program (BRP) needs bicycle repair help of all degrees. Bicycles are donated to social service agencies for individuals in need of a safe ride to work and underserved by public transportation. Wednesdays, 6-8:30 p.m. (beginners), Mondays, 6-8:30 p.m. & Sundays, 2-4:30 p.m. bikeathens. com/brp Trail Guides Needed (Sandy Creek Nature Center) Assist elementary school field studies by leading small groups of students along the trails. No experience necessary. 706613-3615, www.athensclarkecounty. com/sandycreeknaturecenter

KIDSTUFF 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 Children’s Costume Swap (Oconee County Library) Bring clean, gently used costumes to the library and trade them for new-to-

you costumes and reduce the landfill waste from Halloween. Drop off costumes by Oct. 4 to get your swap ticket. Donations welcome. Swap is on Oct. 6, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. FREE! 706-769-3950 Kids’ Craft Classes (Treehouse Kid and Craft) Mama/Papa & Me craft class for ages 1–3 (Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. & Saturdays, 10 a.m.), Craft Club for ages 3–5 (Thursdays, 4 p.m.) Craft Club for ages 6–10 (Wednesdays, 4 p.m.) and Family Crafterdays (Saturdays, 11 a.m.). $10/class, $30/4 classes. 706-8508226, www.treehousekidandcraft. Knitwits (Treehouse Kid and Craft) Advanced knitting for ages 8–12. Learn new stitch patterns and incorporate some neat yarn side projects. Fridays, 4–5:40 p.m., Oct 12–Nov. 16 p.m. $95. www.treehousekidand Out of School Workshop: Halloween (Good Dirt) Kids can get ready for Halloween on their day off by making Jack o’ Lanterns and other fun fall clay projects. Call to

register. Oct. 8, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. $55. 706-355-3161 Pop-In Playtime (Pump It Up) Children ages 11 & under can bounce around and have a jumping good time. Wednesdays, 3:30-5:30 p.m. $3 (ages 2 & under), $6 (ages 2 & up). 706-613-5676 Seeking Teen Volunteers for Haunted House (Oconee County Library) Teens are invited to assist in the creation of the Willy Wonka Haunted House. Ages 11–17. Oct. 22–25, 5-9 p.m. 706-7693950, Sewing II (Treehouse Kid and Craft) Intermediate sewing for ages 8-14. Perfect for kids who took sewing camp, Sewing I or know some basic sewing techniques. Bring machine if possible. Sundays, 1–3 p.m., Oct. 21–Nov. 18. $100. Yoga Sprouts Family Yoga (Five Points Yoga) Stretch your imagination. For ages 2 & older with an adult. Sundays, 1–1:45 p.m. $14 (per child). www.athensfivepoints

ART AROUND TOWN A. LAFERA SALON (2440 W. Broad St.) Impressionistic oil paintings of the natural world by Perry McCrackin. AMICI ITALIAN CAFÉ (233 E. Clayton St.) Paintings by Isabel Schneider. ANTIQUES & JEWELS ART GALLERY (290 N. Milledge Ave.) Paintings by Mary Porter, Christine Shockley, Dorthea Jacobson, 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. ARTINI’S ART LOUNGE (296 W. Broad St.) Artwork by Teri Levine. ATHENS ACADEMY (1281 Spartan Lane) In the Bertelsmann Gallery, a ceramics and weaving show includes works by Erika Lewis, Bob and Yukiko Marable and a Michael Houser memorial display. Through Oct. 12. • In the Harrison Center, “Earth Show” includes works by O.C. Carlisle, Jane Crisan, Leigh Ellis, Caroline Montigue, Richard Patterson, Joe Ruiz, Patrick Snead, Lawrence Stueck and Charles Warnock. ATHENS INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART (ATHICA) (160 Tracy St.) “Center” includes works that explore the idea of community by Keliy Anderson-Staley, Pete Dugas, Nestor Armando Gil, Katie Hargrave, Jennifer Hartley, Justin Plakas, Kevin Sims, Vernon Thornsberry and Todd Upchurch. Opening reception Sept. 28. Through Nov. 16. THE BRANDED BUTCHER (225 N. Lumpkin St.) Paintings and drawings by Sanithna Phansavanh. CINÉ BARCAFE (234 W. Hancock Ave.) “Domino” includes works by Didi Dunphy, Carol John and Lou Kregel. Through Oct. 16. CIRCLE GALLERY AT UGA (285 S. Jackson St.) The UGA College of Environment and Design presents “Altamaha: The Environmental History of a Great American River,” photographs by James Holland. Through October. EARTH FARE (1689 S. Lumpkin St.) Artwork by Ainhoa Bilbao Canup. THE ENGINE ROOM (235 W. Washington St.) The fourth annual “Don’t Tell Mommy” group show displays erotic art by over a dozen artists including Keith P. Rein, Tatiana Veneruso, Cindy Pendley, Jeremy Hughes, Joe Havasy, Terp Vairin, Olga Cisternas, Graham Bradford, Kelli Guinn-Olsson and Dana Jo Cooley. Through September. ETIENNE BRASSERIE (311 E. Broad St.) Paintings by Alan Campbell. 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 Cindy Jerrell, John Cleaveland, Matt Alston, Peter Loose and more. • “13 Years of Heaven and Hell” features artwork by Chris “CHUB” Hubbard, creator of the “Heaven and Hell Car.” Through September. FIVE STAR DAY CAFÉ (229 E. Broad St.) Painted portraits of musicians by Lauren Dellaria. FLICKER THEATRE & BAR (263 W. Washington St.) Artwork by Melissa Humphries. Through September. GEORGIA MUSEUM OF ART (90 Carlton St.) “The South in Black and White: The Graphic Works of James E. Routh Jr.” Through Oct. 21. • “The New York Collection for Stockholm” features works by 30 artists including Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol. Through Oct. 28. • “The Epic and the Intimate: French Drawings from the John D. Reilly Collection at the Snite Museum of Art.” Through Nov. 3. • Francisco de Goya’s “Disasters of War.” Through Nov. 3. • Murals of agriculture scenes by George Beattie. Through Jan. 7. • “De Wain Valentine: Human Scale” features eight large-scale, minimalist and translucent sculptures. Through Jan. 27. • “Defiant Beauty: The Work of Chakaia Booker” consists of large-scale sculptures created from tires. Through Apr. 30. 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 snakes and spiders. GLASSCUBE & GALLERY@HOTEL INDIGO (500 College Ave.) “PLACE: Photography” includes works by Michael Lachowski, Carl Martin and Stephen Scheer. Opening reception Sept. 27. Through Dec. 20.

Zoo Exhibit Hall (Memorial Park) The community can explore Bear Hollow’s exhibit hall and visit some of the animals used in programs. 1–4 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3616, ext. 22.

ON THE STREET Avid Bookshop Book Clubs (Avid Bookshop) Meetings in include the New and Notable Book Club and the Paperback Fiction Book Club. Email for details. Resumé Call for Theater Technicians (Rose of Athens Theatre) Looking for new set designers and builders, lighting designers, teachers and musicians. Send information to Senior Adult Trip to the Georgia Mountain Fall Festival (Athens Community Council on Aging) Active adults are invited to travel to Hiawassee for the Georgia Mountain Fall Festival, featuring country, old-timey music, as

well as heritage displays and crafts. Ages 50 & over. Register by Oct. 10. Spotlight on the Arts: Special Tuesday Tour at 2 (UGA Russell Library) Tour the massive underground storage vault. Available for first 40 who RSVP to with subject line: “vault tour.” Wear closed-toe shoes. Nov. 6, 2 p.m.

SUPPORT Emotional Abuse Support Group (Athens, Ga) Childcare provided. Call for location. Wednesdays, 6:30–8 p.m. FREE! 706-543-3331 (hotline), 706-613-3357, ext. 771. Circle (Aloha Counseling Center) Safe circle for lesbian, bi and trans women to receive support and discuss issues in the community. Please bring a dish or a non-alcoholic beverage to share. Every fourth Thursday of the month, 6–8 p.m. FREE! www.face f

GOOD DIRT (510 N. Thomas St.) New pottery by studio owner Rob Sutherland. THE GRIT (199 Prince Ave.) Acrylic paintings by Bob Davis. Through Oct. 6. HEIRLOOM CAFE AND FRESH MARKET (815 N. Chase St.) Photographs by Page Hall. Through September. JITTERY JOE’S COFFEE ALPS (1480 Baxter St.) Artwork by Marisa Mustard. JITTERY JOE’S COFFEE DOWNTOWN (297 E. Broad St.) Bright acrylic paintings on wood by Joe Havasy. • Pottery by Nancy Green, Carter Gillies, Mark Johnson and Lea Purvis. JITTERY JOE’S COFFEE EASTSIDE (1860 Barnett Shoals Rd.) Convergence Artist Productions presents “Paintings by Frank,” artwork by Frank Registrato. JITTERY JOE’S COFFEE FIVE POINTS (1230 S. Milledge Ave.) Photography and integrated media by Jamie DeRevere and Jill Carnes. KRIMSON KAFE (40 Greensboro Hwy., Watkinsville) Watercolor paintings by June F. Johnston. Through September. KUMQUAT MAE BAKERY CAFE (18 Barnett Shoals Rd.) Artwork by Justin and Jul Sexton. Through September. LAMAR DODD SCHOOL OF ART (270 River Rd.) “Colour as a Medium” includes a variety of innovative projects by the Dutch design team Raw Color, led by Daniera ter Haar and Christoph Brach. Through Oct. 18. • “Duologues” presents the collaborative projects of three duos from Queens, New York: Jiha Moon and Rachel Hayes, Las Hermanas Iglesias and Satan’s Camaro. Through Oct. 18. • In the Plaza and Bridge Galleries, “NUE WRK,” works by first-year graduate students. • In the Suite Gallery, undergraduate student work by the Costa Rica Study Abroad Program. LAST RESORT (174 W. Clayton St.) Large, mixed-media portraits of political and historical figures by Preston D. Shurley. LYNDON HOUSE ARTS CENTER (293 Hoyt St.) “The Orphan Show” is an exhibition and silent auction of artworks abandoned by their artists at the center over the years. • “Discovering History: Decorative Arts and Genealogy from the Ware and Lyndon Family Eras.” Opens Sept. 29. Through Jan. 12. MADISON MORGAN CULTURAL CENTER (434 S. Main St., Madison) “Fibers” is a group exhibition including fiber art by 15 artists. Through Oct. 20. MAMA’S BOY (197 Oak St.) Artwork by Jacob Wenza. Through September. OCONEE COUNTY LIBRARY (1080 Experiment Station Rd.) Works made from reclaimed wood and other materials by Justin and Jul Sexton of Elephant Ocean. OCONEE CULTURAL ARTS FOUNDATION (OCAF) (34 School St., Watkinsville) Selected works by Kathy Prescott. Opens Sept. 28. Reception Oct. 5. Through Nov. 3. SEWCIAL STUDIO (160 Tracy St.) Hand-dyed art quilts by Anita Heady and rust and over-dyed fabric on canvas by Bill Heady. SIPS ESPRESSO CAFE (1390 Prince Ave.) Acrylic paintings by Johnny Gordon. • Rust art by Bill Heady. STATE BOTANICAL GARDENS (2450 S. Milledge Ave.) The floral radiographic photography of retired radiologist Dr. Merrill Raikes provides a unique look at the structure of flowers. Through Oct. 21. STRAND HAIR STUDIO (1625 S. Lumpkin St.) “Aveserico” features photography of birds on silk scarves by Dana Downs. Through September. TECH STOP COMPUTERS (3690 Atlanta Hwy.) Abstract expressionist acrylic paintings with bright colors and strong architectural themes by Frances Jemini. Through October. TOWN 220 (220 W. Washington St., Madison) The Madison Artists Guild presents its XLG show “Uncommon Threads: Four Fiber Artists,” featuring works by Jennifer Crenshaw, Margaret Agner, Tressa Linzy and Elizabeth Barton. Through Oct. 27. TRANSMETROPOLITAN (145 E. Clayton St.) Prints and collages by Katrina Schoewe and Eric Simmons. Through September. VISIONARY GROWTH GALLERY (2400 Booger Hill Rd., Danielsville) “Brained” features works by Grover Hogan, Tim Gartrell, Michael McAleer, Haru Park, John Crowe and special guest artist Bud Lee. Through December.

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reality check Matters Of The Heart And Loins I dated the same guy for most of the time I was in college. “Bill” and I were great together, and we were definitely in love. We got very close, and got close to each other’s families as well. Our university is in my hometown, so my mom grew very fond of him, and he was always very good to her. I think we both assumed that we would get married, but as we wound down toward graduation, we kind of just drifted apart. In retrospect, I guess the relationship had just run its course, because the only next step was marriage and we both knew we were not ready for that. The breakup was painful and difficult, but we remained friends. I ended up dating a co-worker, a guy whom Bill had met once. Bill moved back to the city he was from, and then I ended up there about six months later, with my new guy, “Ryan.” It is the nearest big city, and most of the people who leave my hometown go to this city, so it isn’t like I followed Bill or anything. So, Ryan is very jealous of Bill. I guess I understand, because we were very close and had a long relationship. But Bill and I BOTH broke it off. We just knew it wasn’t right anymore. And we didn’t really talk very often after, either. Maybe once in awhile, if we saw each other at a mutual friend’s house or out at a show some place. Ryan still gets so insanely jealous. I try to convince him that it is crazy, but it seriously has ruined our whole night when we have even seen Bill, or when an old friend says his name. He even made me leave a show once before we saw the band we came to see because he got so freaked out when he saw Bill. The problem is that Bill doesn’t know this, so Bill, of course, comes over to say hi if we see him, and Ryan acts like Bill is somehow being smug and rubbing something in his face. But Bill doesn’t know, so it would be totally weird if he saw us and pretended like we weren’t there. I cannot convince Ryan to let this go. SO, finally, like a week ago, I called Bill and told him. I told him that Ryan was crazy jealous, and that we couldn’t talk anymore, and that it would be easier for me if he just pretended he didn’t see me out anymore, ever. Bill seemed surprised, but he didn’t really argue with me. He just said he was sorry if he was causing problems and that he hoped I was OK. That was it. But now I am wondering if I am OK. I don’t know what to do, because I feel like what if Ryan and I break up? Bill is one of the few people here that I really know and I can count on. Also, I wonder what will happen if Ryan decides he is jealous of somebody else? Now I feel like I sold out a real friend for somebody who doesn’t trust me enough. Am I being crazy, or should I be mad? Cause I’m kind of mad now. At Ryan, for being so insecure and at myself for not standing up to him. The

problem is, whenever I get mad at him he gets all weird and weepy and says he is afraid I am going to leave. What have I done? What should I do next? Always Playing Defense You can’t apologize for dating somebody and being in love with them before you even met your current boyfriend, nor should you have to. You should be mad. I’m sure Ryan is a perfectly nice guy, when he isn’t being manipulative and emotionally abusive, but he is definitely not boyfriend material. Whether or not you should cease talking to Bill is beside the point (though I don’t see why you should). This is not a question of what if, but when. You need to get rid of Ryan post-haste. I have been dating this woman for two years. We are very compatible, but we both work a lot, and she travels because of her job, so we really only see each other on weekends, and that only happens if we’re both in town. We have yet to move in together, because we both see that as a definite “next step” that neither of us is ready for. We aren’t even calling our relationship exclusive, though I haven’t been with anyone else for over a year. Honestly, I don’t know why things haven’t really moved along faster, but I never questioned it before. But now there’s a new situation. She has a family emergency happening in another state. Because she travels so much for work, she is going to give up her apartment here so she can go home on weekends instead of coming back here. And she wants me to let her move some stuff into my place. I know this sounds petty, but I don’t feel like keeping her stuff when I am going to see her even less than I already do. It’s not even a lot of stuff, but I have a small apartment and, also, I just don’t know what is going to happen, so I don’t want her stuff here. If this thing is going to come to a natural end, I don’t want the literal baggage in place of the figurative kind. But I feel a little guilty saying no because of her situation. What should I do? Baggage Claim


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It helps hate what I did, but theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re like, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Oh, how terthem keep track of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;em.â&#x20AC;? rible,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; when they see the paper.â&#x20AC;? I ask him which county has the most Jenniferâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s advice to fellow criminals? â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Fess interesting criminals. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Well, Clarke Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s up immediately. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait until your boss or the biggest, so probably them,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But teacher sees you. Be honest, and go and tell Jackson Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s doing a good job. Barrow, them about it.â&#x20AC;? too.â&#x20AC;? Will Jennifer clean up her act and go on to As for why some people smile? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t run a Fortune 500 company, or devote herself know. Maybe theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trained to do it when instead to a lifetime of drinking two margarithey see a camera. 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to tolerate it to a certain degree because thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the clientele at late night. There are a few things that really get to irk you. Like some peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen this happen several times and it kinda peeves meâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll come in and sit down at a table. Then theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll all get up and use the restroom and then they just walk out. And I know thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a small thing, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something that management is really worried about, and so it reflects poorly on the servers when it happens. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve also noticed, as far as making money here in Athens, I really love the late-night crowd â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;cause a lot of them are really good tippers.

Flagpole: What did you do before moving here? Charles Daniel Thompson: I started in the food-service industry when I was 15 as a grill cook and a fry cook, working three deep fryers, a stove and a flat-top grill, making sandwiches and chicken wings at a place called Pinkyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wings and Things in Cartersville. And the man who owned that also had a catering company, and I did catering work for him for several

FP: Do you like working the late-night shift? CDT: Um, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s different. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of like getting to be a vampire without any of the cool powers, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;cause you rarely see daylight. I sleep normally from anywhere around like 9 a.m. or noon to like 8 p.m. or 10 p.m. So, I rarely go out during the day, and my social life has changed radically since I moved to Athens. So, I hang out with a really late-night crowd. I might get off with a cook at like 7 a.m., and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll go back to my place and have a couple beers. And, you know, I would never think Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be drinking at 7 a.m., but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s when Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m getting home. Like, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s my down time before bed. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a strange adjustment. I genuinely like it, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pretty cool, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s definitively very different.

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I went to to a restaurant for a very late-night snack, and Daniel was my server. He has only lived here about three months, but heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s had the opportunity to learn a lot about our city during his short time working at this Athens landmark. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worked in the food service industry since he was 15, but is still surprised about the outrageous things he sees and hears while working the late-night shift. But Daniel is more than just a guy who can crack jokes while delivering your fries and feta. Although heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s had to take a hiatus for financial reasons, he is a few credit hours away from graduating with degrees in political science and sociology from Kennesaw State University.

years. And then I continued in food service, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve worked for a five-star golf resort, Red Lobster, California Dreaming, The Grill at Lenox, and then Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve worked for, goodness gracious, another catering company, several more restaurants, I worked at Olive Garden briefly, Cracker Barrel briefly. I worked at a Blimpie one time. I hated making sandwiches, hated minimum wage. And I was very fortunate when I lost my last job [working for the Bartow County Tourism Bureau], my little sister told me a job had just opened upâ&#x20AC;Ś so I came and applied, came here and worked a shift, and then I moved to Athens. So, mostly food service. [Takes a drag of his cigarette.] A lot of bartending, lot of serving. FP: So, what have you noticed about people working in food service? I guess The Grill is a crazy example, right? CDT: OK. Yes. Totallyâ&#x20AC;Ś Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still a culture shock for me. Athens is kinda like a different country. Um, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m from a town that has two bars. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re about four miles apart, and only if you live around either one do you walk there. So, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rare that people get real messed up and then canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t driveâ&#x20AC;Ś And this is the first time Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had a job where it was like 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. And it is crazy, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just crazy. You have the most drunk, obstinate people come in, and they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand why you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t serve them because theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re too intoxicated. Or you have tables say the most ridiculous things, and you get to overhear a conversation about young ladies talking about their vibrators or something silly, like youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have someone point out that one of your coworkers has a hickey on their neck, and a table will be talking about that. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also amazing the way people behave. Like, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have people chant and shout and sing and be generally disruptive. And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something that certainly if someone acts far too out of bounds, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re gone, but we have


FP: Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a political science major; what are you thinking about this election season? CDT: Oh God, where to begin. Mitt Romneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s such a nitwit. The scary thing is Mitt Romney might win, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s for the reason Republicans have won in elections for the past 30 years, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s people in conservative communities will vote with their religion or what they construe as their morals and not their wallet. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Cause honestly, if you make less than $250,000 a year, there is no freaking reason to be voting Republican. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not going to help you. They donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t care about you. Their tax programs are going to screw you overâ&#x20AC;Ś And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s because heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a Christian of some kind, and we all know Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a Muslim. [Editorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s note: Sarcasm.] Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get votes for that reason alone. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be plenty of people in states like Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi for sure, who are going to vote for Mitt Romney because, in their eyes, he is the white Christian president we should have had four years ago. And they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t realize that he is going to ruin their grandmotherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Medicare, make children die of starvation in the street, and he is going to take money out of their pockets and put it in his! And God bless Fox News for helping them do it. FP: You obviously pay attention to the news. What are your favorite news sources? CDT: I really like BBC World News. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re pretty nonbiased, they do a really good job. I will watch CNN, especially during election time, because they are a little more to the left and a little bit fairer, and you never see Glenn Beck on there. I certainly love â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Daily Show with Jon Stewartâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Colbert Report.â&#x20AC;? I think those are the two most accurate, best news sources, and all voting citizens should watch them. FP: Except, I know a lot of people who are really conservative and they love â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Daily Show,â&#x20AC;? and they love Colbert, and I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand it. CDT: Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so great about Colbert is that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s satire, and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very much making fun of the right. And so many people on the right love him, and I really think only about half get that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a joke.







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