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Signs of the Times Somebody is pulling up Obama signs in Five Points. Sue Wilde has been walking around the neighborhood, and she remarked to husband Ed Wilde that she thought it strange there were so few Obama signs. After talking with neighbors, the Wildes found out that it’s hard to keep an Obama sign up. Janice Flory, on Catawba, has lost two, as have her neighbors on Highland Terrace. A woman on Milledge Circle stopped putting hers out because thieves were trampling her flowers when they stole her signs. Dennis Waters, also on Milledge Circle has lost two and is considering video surveillance. Flory says she doesn’t think the sign thefts deserve much attention; she attributes them to kids playing pranks. She says she just got replacements and distributed them to the neighbors, and at the end of last week they were still up.

Darwin vs. McCommunist Congressman Paul Broun’s latest outburst trashing scientific thought focused national attention again on Georgia, since it made rich fodder for television and YouTube (where you can see it). Broun’s latest antics spawned a petition asking the Speaker to remove him from the House science committee, but more disturbingly, it brought forth a new protest write-in candidacy with the potential to dilute the growing strength of the anti-Broun write-in campaign for Pete McCommunist. The idea is to get as many votes as possible for a symbolic protest vote against Broun. That’s all we can do, because the Democrats declined to run a candidate against him. Some, like my friend Dennis Waters, who believe a protest vote is warranted, have started a campaign to write in Pete McCommunist. Now comes the counter campaign for Charles Darwin. I personally would hate to see the protest vote split among two or more candidates, and it is too late to hold a protest primary to decide who will go up against Broun. Now, I know Pete McCommunist, even though he does not actually exist, and I know he has only the best interests of Athens and the 10th District at heart. I have to acknowledge, though, that Charles Darwin might make a stronger candidate, especially where science is concerned. And, although McCommunist is probably better known in Athens, Darwin’s name no doubt more strongly resonates with voters throughout the district. So, please don’t think me biased when I bring up the fact that Charles Darwin is dead. While it is true that this was not an impediment to voting in Georgia prior to the requirement of a photo ID, it has rarely been an advantage for a candidacy. I would argue that in the scientific universe which Broun inhabits, an imaginary candidate beats a dead one. As a medical doctor, even one with Broun’s bizarre beliefs, he probably accepts the reality of death. But Broun lives by his imagination, and his fantasies have turned him into a powerful votegetter. That’s why I believe an imaginary candidate pulls more weight against him than one who is legendary but deceased. I defer to the will of the voters. If you think Darwin makes the stronger candidate, let me know, and I’ll switch faster than you can say Mitt Romney. Meanwhile, here in Athens, the seat of the University of Georgia, alma mater of Congressman Paul Broun, Jr., we must protest. He does not represent those of us who believe that science is the very essence embodied in the motto that has guided the university for over 200 years: “Et docere et rerum exquirere causas—Both to teach and to inquire into the causes of things.� (Yeah, I know; the university has corrupted its own motto, which is written in clear and straightforward Latin. The university pretends that it says something about “service.� Perhaps they consulted Congressman Broun for advice on how to ignore reality.) Pete McCommons

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Frouning at Broun: Rep. Paul Broun’s recent an email from co-founder and President John statements that the Big Bang and evolution Cochran tells a different story. are “lies straight from the pit of Hell,” the “Over the years, I have heard business ownEarth is 9,000 years old and it was literally ers complain about how hard it is to work created in six days have the rest of the counwith the ACC government,” Cochran wrote to try wondering, yet again, just what exactly is the mayor and commission Oct. 5, three days in the water in Georgia’s 10th Congressional after the vote to approve the zoning change. District. “I have to say, my opinion at this point is the Bill Nye the Science Guy pronounced Broun exact opposite. Admittedly, it was a learnunfit to serve on the House Committee on ing process for us to figure out the proper Science, Space, and Technology. A group of steps to take leading up to Terrapin’s rezone University of Georgia science professors wrote application. However, at each step of the way, an open letter explaining something that everyone at the planning department, as well ought to go without saying: Their teachings as the mayor’s office and the commission, has are based on evidence, not their own personal gone out of their way to help us whenever beliefs. Charles Pierce, proprietor of Esquire’s possible. “ terrific political blog, took local Democrats to task for not running anyone against Broun. Money Can’t Buy Me Love: Carter Kessler is “We do everything we can to encourgoing to find out if the Beatles were right. age people to engage politically and to run He has poured $90,000 of his own money as Democrats,” Clarke County Democratic into his longshot race for the state House of Committee Chairman Joe Wisenbaker told Representatives against Democrat Spencer Pierce. “Last time, we Frye, who has raised had a good candidate, less than half that a lawyer named Russell amount, according Edwards, and he went to campaign finance to work full-time records. The libertarian to run against Paul Republican has raised Broun, and he got a only about $1,000 third of the vote.” from other sources. He Since every time says he knew going Broun goes cuckoo in that mainstream for Cocoa Puffs, it Republicans wouldn’t sparks another round support him, but he’s of embarrassment, intent on upending the here’s why getting rid GOP establishment. of him is impossible. It’s hard to imagAthens Democrats, to ine thousands of their eternal chagrin, voters in the heavily are responsible for Democratic district putting him into office pulling the lever for in the first place. He President Obama, then Ever wonder why Albert Einstein had such crazy won 90 percent of the switching over to the hair? To hide his horns. vote in Clarke County Republican side downin a 2007 special elecballot; hardly anyone tion runoff against Augusta Republican Jim splits tickets anymore. But Kessler is making Whitehead—who had suggested that UGA a concerted effort to appeal to black voters, ought to be blown up, except for the football spending $3,000 to advertise on gospel stateam—providing Broun’s 494-vote margin of tion WXAG, as well as buying ads in Zebra victory. Incumbent congressmen are like bedmagazine. Frye, meanwhile, is ramping up his bugs: No matter what you do, they keep comcampaign with a fundraiser at 5:30 p.m. ing back again and again. Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the CCDC headquarIn 2008, another Augusta Republican, ters in the Chase Street warehouses. Barry Fleming, spent $1 million trying to off Broun, only to win a mere 29 percent. That A Public Service Announcement: The AthensNovember, Bobby Saxon, a Democratic Iraq Clarke Heritage Foundation has two upcoming war veteran from Nicholson, won 39 percent events that sound like fun. Preservation expert of the vote. As Wisenbaker noted, Edwards Jonathan Poston will speak at the UGA Chapel won 33 percent of the vote in 2010. And just Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 6 p.m., followed by this past July, another veteran, Republican a reception at the newly-renovated former Stephen Simpson of Milledgeville, garnered 31 Lamar Dodd School of Art building, now home percent of the vote against Broun. to the College of Environment and Design. What did these campaigns have in comACHF Executive Director Amy Kissane says UGA mon? They all attempted to paint Broun as an architects “did a really great job with it.” unhinged extremist. But the fact is, outside On Thursday, Oct. 25, is a pub crawl of the cozy blue confines of Athens, most of his five downtown watering holes in historic constituents agree with him. When Broun says buildings—The Branded Butcher, Volstead, the things that make Athens liberals slap their Mad Hatter, Walker’s and the Grotto—featuring foreheads, it only makes him more popular a different Terrapin beer at each stop. The in the rest of the district. deadline to register is Friday. See for more. Business Unfriendly?: Athens-Clarke commissioners are constantly pushing back But Wait! There’s More: News than we can against the notion in some circles that they fit into this column, that is. Bookmark are unfriendly to business. Commissioner Ed, like us on Robinson spoke at length earlier this month FlagpoleMagazine and follow me on Twitter @ about what an awful time Terrapin Beer Co. 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city pages 18–25. As for pedestrian crosswalks, “you’re playing dodging cars when you try to go across the street,” said Mayor Nancy Denson. Cars are supposed to stop when a pedestrian approaches a marked crosswalk, Jones said, Concerned about state laws that cripple but “people just disregard it.” speed-limit enforcement on local streets, Commissioners also will ask the legislaAthens-Clarke commissioners will ask state tors what’s next to fund transportation, since legislators next month to to revise the laws. area voters rejected a local sales-tax increase. Concerns about speed traps have led to “What’s Plan B?” asked commissioner Mike laws that bar local police from using radar in Hamby, perhaps a 0.25 percent Athens-only many places. For example, officers must be sales tax that could fund just the transportavisible from 500 feet away. Yet many subdivition projects that locals really want? “…Many sions have no sidewalks, Commissioner Andy of us had reservations about a lot of the bigHerod pointed out at last week’s work session, ticket projects,” Commissioner Kelly Girtz said. and speeding cars are a frequent complaint. And commissioners offered no objections “We need to ask our legislators to help us to allowing the planned Hyatt Place hotel to stop speeding in our subconnect internally with divisions,” Commissioner “You’re playing dodging the county-owned Classic Mike Hamby said. Center convention hall Municipal Court Judge cars when you try to go next door. “You get a lot Leslie S. Jones told more interest from the across the street.” commissioners that the meeting planners” who legislature will look at book conventions, said streamlining Georgia’s traffic laws during Rosser International architect John Wyle, if a its next session. Some traffic misdemeanors hotel entrance connects the center directly. might be reduced to less serious civil offenses And although he denied that conventioneers if ways can be found to enforce them. State fear walking Athens streets, Classic Center prosecutors oppose such changes, Jones said, Director Paul Cramer said bookings could while a defense attorney’s group favors them. “increase dramatically” if the adjacent hotel Even civil laws can be very effective in had an internal entrance to the Classic Center. reducing traffic violations, she said, citing The commission meets with area legislathe dramatic reduction in red-light running tors twice yearly. Next month, they will also where cameras have been installed in Athens. ask state lawmakers to give the county back Although legislators “have not been very much its former commission districts (which include in favor of red-light cameras,” challenges to two “superdistricts,” each covering half the their use have failed in the courts, Jones said. county) and to return commission elections to Commissioner Andy Herod asked about using their earlier November date. State Rep. Doug cameras to enforce speed limits, as well. They McKillip, who blocked the locally approved are widely used in Britain, he said. commission district map last spring, lost his Traffic offenses are a serious matter, Jones re-election bid in July. said. “People speed all the time,” and accidents are the biggest killer of people age John Huie

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Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a few tax dollars among friends? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s become the tax break for developers that no one in state government can figure out how to give away. On the last day of the 2011 session, the General Assembly passed legislation, House Bill 234, to give the developers of â&#x20AC;&#x153;tourist attractionsâ&#x20AC;? a tax credit equal to 25 percent of their construction costs. Developers of amusement parks, resorts and other tourism destinations would be able to recoup their expenses by holding on to 25 percent of the sales tax revenues generated by the tourist attraction. One of those who stood to benefit from the tax break was Rep. Earl Ehrhart (R-Powder Springs), who was part of a group proposing to build a baseball and entertainment complex in Bartow County costing an estimated $1 billion, which would have meant a $250 million tax payback. Ehrhart and his colleagues never did get that tax breakâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;nor has anyone else. Rep. Ron Stephens (R-Savannah), the billâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s primary sponsor, asked the governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office about the possibility of the a break being for the developer of a convention hotel near Savannah. Deal said he had some â&#x20AC;&#x153;concernsâ&#x20AC;? with the hotel proposal, and the tax break was not granted. More recently, the developers of a Westin hotel at Jekyll Island state park inquired about the tax break. Once again, it was no sale. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That investment needs to be made on a level playing field with other competing hospitality businesses on the island and in the area,â&#x20AC;? Deal spokesman Brian Robinson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The governor has said weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not going to use this sales tax rebate in instances where the new entity competes with existing Georgia job providers.â&#x20AC;? With this piece of legislation, the devil is in the details. Tax experts with two state agencies have tried to draft regulations for administering the tax rebate equitably but have been unable to come up with a workable solution.

Several provisions of HB 234 raised concerns. One is the low threshold of eligibility; you could qualify for the tax break if your project cost as little as $1 million. Another concern was that the final decision to award the tax break would be made by the governor. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unprecedented for a tax incentive. In all other cases, a business either qualifies for an exemption or it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t, and approval doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t depend on the governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s say-so. Critics of the bill pointed out the obvious: Giving any governor the final authority to grant a lucrative tax break could result in decisions benefitting political cronies. Another bill may be introduced next session to try to fix the problems with the tourist tax credit, but it could have just as tough a time getting through the General Assembly as the original bill did. Legislation similar to HB 234 was passed during the administration of Gov. Sonny Perdue, but Perdue vetoed the measure because he said it would set a bad precedent. HB 234 barely made it to final passage at the end of the 2011 session. It passed in the House by a 91-73 margin only after Speaker David Ralston cast a rare vote to give it a constitutional majority. The bill ran into opposition among some lawmakers during debate. Rep. Mark Hatfield (R-Waycross) described HB 234 as â&#x20AC;&#x153;legalized extortion,â&#x20AC;? while Rep. Jason Spencer (R-Woodbine), a tea party member from Camden County, said the tax break was a handout by state government to big businesses that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need subsidies from taxpayers. Their comments angered House leadership, but Hatfield and Spencer were correct. The governor and legislators usually hand out tax breaks and financial incentives to any lobbyist who comes along with a halfway plausible proposition. On this one, they canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t figure out how to give taxpayersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; money away.


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athens rising Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Up in New Development Walking through Athensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; historic downissue. So, what then? Do those with the larger town on an early October day, I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help but economic interests take precedence? Does imagine what this place means to everyone the steering committee have the final say? else as I encounter a diverse representation Does the majority win? If majority rules, what of inhabitants: street musicians, old men in about othersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; interests? Are they simply out of suits, a student hurrying to class, a panhanluck? How will the master plan dictate what dler, a mother running errands. happens to our city? How do we navigate our Since I arrived here, the downtown area community values and individual preferences? has been an integral part of my life. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a Furthermore, what are our community values? place to eat, stroll, people watch or enjoy cofA community should provide an environfee while writing. More than functional, down- ment in which its citizens can be happy. This town is beautiful! The essence of Athens, with is a constructive relationship: Our community its laid-back, quirky attitude, shines through is as much a product of our actions as it is a every storefront. Every block presents somefactor in steering us towards positive action. thing straight-up cool, whether it be a mural This definition can be used for any commuor a semi-demolished wall. With all it has to nity. But what is unique here? What is the offer, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no wonder that people turned out to essence of Athens? University of Georgia College of Environment Once this question is answered, let the and Design professor Jack Crowleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s presentaplanning begin. How do we preserve and tion regarding the downtown master plan at a enhance those aspects of the city we wish to Federation of Neighborhoods meeting. promote? What scene do we want to emphaOne lady in front of me posed a good size? More bars? More music venues? More art question: What exactly is a master plan? galleries? More affordable housing for musiIt is a tool that outlines the future of our cians and artists? More parks? More parking? city through 2030, and its process provides Better public transit options? citizens a forum to voice their input. Unfortunately, after that question, the remainder of the meeting dissolved into the entire room posing their concerns about their individual property. So goes a town hall meeting. While I was more interested in what Crowley had to say than why some woman couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get home insurance, I am pleased that the master plan is so focused on gathering citizen input. There will be several public meetings where one can voice opinions, and Crowley will be meeting with a variety of groups interested in downtown planning. Later, The Athens Farmers Market outside City Hall on Wednesdays shows how downthere will be meetings town serves as a gathering place. for citizens to vote on matters like whether a street should be one way or two ways and How we do this in terms of infrastructure whether College Avenue should be turned into and land use is the question at hand. What is a pedestrian mall. the right thing to do to better ourselves, not One factor the planners will consider is as individuals, but as a community, which is how to relate downtown to the North Oconee greater than just the sum of its inhabitants? River. No connection? A footpath? A new Only an omniscient view can tell what the riverside development? Reutilizing existing ideal design is. It is the role of the city plannearby structures? The latter is my preferred ner to get as close to the ideal as possible. option. Without further intrusion upon the After learning of all relevant interests, the river, Athenians could enjoy a coffee with a planner should be the one to decide. Economic great view. With its close proximity, how can interests, moral values and political leverage a downtown district ignore a potentially great will be ever-present factors. The planner must gathering place? balance these forces and do whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best for Parking certainly will be a hot topic. At the city as a whole. the meeting, ideas were already tossed around As Crowley said, we are â&#x20AC;&#x153;better off encouron how to encourage public transit, increase aging a good thing than preventing a bad parking, decrease parking, etc. Nearby resithing.â&#x20AC;? Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s figure out what is this good dents expressed concern about visitors parking thing we want to encourage, then work in neighborhoods if the downtown district towards achieving that. Within a year, we doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t properly accommodate them. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t should have an idea of what the future of the blame them; I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like my street packed townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s center should be. For the time being, with cars and bar-goers loudly stumbling back it is our duty to consider these questions and past my porch. participate in the process. With the diverse interests Athens has, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a slim chance everyone will agree on any Kellan Lyman

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harles L. Sargent, a retired Georgia businessman, has written a book that everyone should read and none should forget. It is (amazingly) the first book ever written about one of the most shocking perversions of criminal justice in the history of this state. Sins of Henry County (privately published, available from Amazon, 2012) tells the true but terrifying and tragic story of an innocent man who was railroaded by corrupt police and sent to Georgia’s death row, and of the brutal double murder for which he was framed: execution-style killings which remain unsolved after nearly 40 years. Marvin King, 38, band director at Jonesboro High School, and Melanie Ann Hartsfield, 19, who attended Clayton County Junior College and was one of King’s former students, were murdered together on a lonely dirt road in a rural part of Henry County around 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 7, 1974. Both victims where white. They were probably taken to the isolated site at gunpoint. While standing near King’s parked car with their backs to their killer, each victim was shot from behind with a shotgun. When they had fallen face-down on the ground, each was shotgunned a second time—this time in the back of the head, causing instant death. The headshots were classic coup de grace wounds designed to make certain the victims did not survive. The killer (perhaps with an accomplice) dragged the bodies to a thicket about 100 feet away and covered them with a blanket taken from King’s car. The car was then driven off and abandoned in a field three miles away. The only person ever charged with or convicted of the murders was innocent. He was Jerry Banks, a 23-year-old married black man with three children, whose home was less than a mile from the murder site. Jerry Banks was out hunting with a flimsy, break-top singleshot shotgun when he discovered the bodies about two hours after the slayings. He flagged down a passing motorist, asked him to call police, and patiently waited there for over an hour until police arrived. When they did arrive, Banks led them to the bodies and cooperated fully. Nevertheless, a month after the murders, Banks was arrested and charged with committing them. He was indicted by the grand jury one month later, and put on trial the following month. The trial, which lasted all of four days, resulted in guilty verdicts, and on Jan. 31, 1975, Banks received two death sentences. We now know that the criminal proceedings against Jerry Banks were trumped-up. The case against him was a frameup masterminded by police—the Henry County Sheriff’s Office—in charge of investigating the crime. (Because it would require too much space, this book review omits discussing the reasons Sins of Henry County gives as to why police framed Banks.) The evidence of guilt was entirely circumstantial and, except for the ballistics evidence, extremely weak. The ballistics evidence itself was fraudulent in that it was based upon empty shells police planted at the crime scene after firing Banks’ shotgun. Police who testified repeatedly committed perjury. Exculpatory evidence was suppressed by police. Furthermore, police at the crime scene failed to perform basic investigatory procedures. For example, instead of taking photographs or making casts of suspicious shoe prints they simply made drawings of them! They showed little interest in the old shotgun Banks was holding when they arrived. They didn’t check to see if it had been recently fired; they didn’t inquire what shotgun shells Banks had; they didn’t look to see if there was a spent round in the chamber. To compound the injustice, Banks’ incredibly inept defense attorney did not adequately investigate or prepare to try the case; and, to put in mildly, he was an unskillful practitioner in the courtroom, utterly failing to mount a meaningful challenge to the evidence against his client. He put only two witnesses on the stand. (The lawyer was later disbarred.) Although there is no solid proof that they knew police were framing Banks for a crime he did not commit, prosecutors— the Henry County District Attorney’s Office—must have realized that their theory of the murders was highly unlikely and extremely difficult to believe. A reasonable prosecutor would

have noticed that the police investigation was suspiciously irregular and that Banks probably was not guilty. As Sins of Henry County points out, the prosecution’s case requires us to believe that (1) for no apparent motive, Banks murdered, execution-style, two people he had never seen before in broad daylight using an old, single-shot weapon; (2) Banks dragged two bloodied corpses over 100 feet; (3) Banks walked back to Marvin King’s car, retrieved a blanket, returned to the bodies, and covered them; (4) Banks went back to the murder scene, entered that car and drove it a distance of three miles; (5) Banks left the car and returned on foot to the murder site where he waited for an hour or so for police to arrive; (6) Banks did all this without getting any blood on himself or leaving any fingerprints on the car; and (7) rather than trying to dispose of it, Banks decided to keep possession of the alleged murder weapon he still had in his hands at the murder scene when police arrived.

On appeal the following September, the Georgia Supreme Court reversed the convictions and sentences because police had concealed evidence concerning the identity of the motorist that Banks had flagged down and asked to call police. Four days after Banks was sentenced to death, the motorist contacted the trial judge and told the judge that he had been flagged down by Banks and that he had accordingly then called police over the telephone, giving them his name in the process. Prior to the trial he had even talked with the sheriff, whom he knew, about whether and when he would be called to testify at Banks’ trial. The sheriff told him “that he didn’t think they would need my testimony.” Banks’ attorney had not put the motorist on the stand at the trial because his identity was unknown to the defense. At that trial police, including the sheriff, had adamantly denied knowing the identity of the motorist that Banks told them he flagged down. Following the reversal, prosecutors cynically offered to drop their request for the death penalty and to settle for a life imprisonment sentence if Banks would plead guilty. Banks refused the offer. Coercing defendants charged with a capital crime to plead guilty in exchange for taking the death penalty off the table is a common practice among American prosecutors. Capital punishment is thus transformed into a prosecutorial bludgeon. Is this a proper purpose of the death penalty—using it as a weapon to extract guilty pleas? A number of inmates, incidentally, have been put to death solely

because they would not plead guilty, tarnishing and discrediting both capital punishment itself and the plea bargaining system. Executions should be based on guilt and culpability, not on what plea the defendant entered. Executing someone as punishment for invoking the right to a trial is repugnant. Barely two months after the Georgia Supreme Court reversed his convictions and death sentences, Banks was retried. Once more he was convicted of both murders and sentenced to death. The retrial lasted only two days. “The second trial was a bigger joke than the first,” Sins of Henry County acidly observes. The case for the prosecution was identical to the case presented at the first trial. For a second time Banks’ incompetent defense attorney did a terrible job for his client. Once again he called only two witnesses to the stand (one of whom was the motorist Banks had flagged down). Nonetheless, on appeal in July 1976 the Georgia Supreme Court upheld the convictions and sentences. Two years later the same court, in a habeas corpus proceeding, curiously held that Banks had not been denied the effective assistance of counsel at the retrial. In the summer of 1978, Banks, now represented by new, pro bono attorneys, filed an extraordinary motion for a new trial. At a hearing on the motion the attorneys presented a mass of newly discovered evidence that Banks was innocent. Much of the new evidence had been known to police within days of the murders but hidden from Banks’ defense counsel. After the trial court denied the motion on the strange ground that the new evidence was merely cumulative, Banks appealed to the Georgia Supreme Court, which in June 1980 reversed the denial of the motion and awarded Banks a new trial. The Henry County district attorney promptly announced that he would try Banks for a third time, but changed his mind when Banks’ attorneys produced even more evidence that Banks was innocent and that his trial had been unfair. On Dec. 22, 1980 the charges were dismissed, and Banks was released. He had been imprisoned as an accused or convicted double murderer for over six years, with three of those years spent on death row in a state prison. Banks joyously returned to his home and was reunited with his wife and children. He soon discovered, however, that while he was imprisoned his wife had fallen in love with another man and wanted a divorce. After all that had happened to him, Banks couldn’t handle this jolting news. He was suffering from terrific headaches; he was mentally and emotionally crushed; and he was afraid of losing custody of his children. On Mar. 29, 1981, Banks shot his wife and then himself. He died; his wife survived in a coma for a month before also passing away. Banks’ last written words: “They had taken all that I had, all that I held dear to me.” None of the corrupt police who deliberately framed an innocent man and tried to railroad him into the electric chair were ever held civilly or criminally accountable for their enormous illegalities. Nor did any of them ever truthfully acknowledge their wrongdoing. Banks’ prosecutors never acknowledged his innocence, never admitted that he had received unfair trials, never confessed that they had made a catastrophic mistake. Sins of Henry County admirably recounts both a horrifying perversion of criminal justice and an immense human tragedy. A talented musician and a beautiful young woman were methodically and cruelly murdered. The members of their families were devastated beyond description. An innocent man was diabolically framed, twice sentenced to electrocution and imprisoned for years. That innocent man, driven by the horrors of his experience, ended up killing himself and his wife, leaving their three children orphans. Prosecutors, seemingly oblivious to police misconduct, relentlessly pursued a capital murder prosecution against a defendant any reasonable person would have realized was probably innocent. Conscienceless officers perverted our criminal justice system and then escaped all liability. And finally, to crown all, a cold-blooded murderer and his probable accomplices committed the most horrific crime in the history of Henry County and then got away with it. Sins of Henry County impresses upon us the profundity of something a Georgia judge said nearly a century ago: “One of the most dangerous manifestations of evil is the lawlessness of the ministers of the law.” For this reason, Sins of Henry County is an essential book. Buy it. Read it. And never forget it. Donald E. Wilkes, Jr.



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taught a “gifted” curriculum that’s meant to strengthen reading and math skills through lessons in subjects such as television production or gardening. As a charter school, it has the flexibility to change its curriculum in exchange for higher academic targets, according to CCSD. The career academy blends high school classes with other skills needed in the workforce. When a group approached the school district early last year about starting a third charter school in the district—nicknamed STEAM for its science, technology, engineering, arts and math curriculum—initial discussions didn’t show much of a difference between the STEAM curriculum and the one already offered throughout the district, where students have access to computer labs, art and music, and specialized math instruction, Clarke County School Superintendent Phil Lanoue says. Ultimately, the group proposing the STEAM curriculum, which also approached several other school districts across Georgia, never made a formal proposal to the school board, he says. “The bigger issue is the control of who makes the decisions of the schools

“If a charter school wants to apply for a statewide attendance zone, they do not have to go to the Clarke County school board for any sort of review process,” says Bryan Long of Better Georgia, an Athens-based progressive group. “If they apply as a statewide attendance zone, they go straight to the state bureaucracy of political appointees. That’s where the chaos comes in.” State Sen. Bill Cowsert, R-Athens, who supports the amendment, credits CCSD for creating two charter schools. “From what I’ve observed, local school boards have embraced the concept of charter schools,” Cowsert says. But not all school districts have been open to charter schools, even when the proposals set high standards and would benefit students, says Mark Peavy, the former head of the Charter Schools Commission who now heads up the pro-amendment Families for Better Public Schools. “It’s clearly not a willy-nilly approval process,” he says. “The ones we’ve approved have, in many cases, been rejected for very subjective reasons.” From its founding in 2008 to the Supreme Court’s ruling in 2011, the Charter Schools

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2007, parents in Greene County’s Reynolds Plantation—home to some of the richest and politically best connected people in the state— petitioned to open a charter school. The proposal split wealthy, white newcomers near Lake Oconee and mostly black, poorer longtime residents in the northern part of the county. Charter school supporters wanted to pull their children out of private schools and subpar public schools; opponents called it a private school at public expense and a throwback to Jim Crow. After pitched battles in Greensboro and Atlanta, the state Board of Education eventually approved Lake Oconee Academy. Proponents tweaked attendance lines to allow anyone in Greene County to apply, although students who live in the gated communities near the lake still get preference. Right around that time, state Rep. Keith Heard, D-Athens, says he started hearing talk at the Capitol of a new, easier way to approve charter schools. Then, in 2008, the legislature created the state Charter Schools Commission. But in 2011, the state Supreme Court struck down that law, ruling that the Georgia Constitution gives local school boards the sole authority to open charter schools. Republicans—backed up by right-wing advocacy groups and for-profit school management companies—leapt into action, voting last spring to put Amendment 1 on the Nov. 6 ballot, asking voters to reauthorize the Charter Schools Commission. If it passes, Heard says he expects more Lake Oconee Academies in the future. “I don’t want to see us go back to the way we were in this state,” he says. “Resegregation. Let’s call it what it is.”

Local Control Of course, charter school advocates say the charter school amendment is about improving education, not race. The status quo isn’t working, says Jim Geiser, who worked at an inner-city charter school in Baton Rouge, LA and now runs an internship program at the University of Georgia. “Kids who are dropping out, and kids who are refusing to go Karen Solheim and Bob Googe discuss charter schools at an Oct. 9 forum at Clarke Central High School. to public school in the first place, the kids who choose private school, home going into your area,” Lanoue says. “Can Commission approved 14 of about 80 applicaschool,” Geiser says. “They’re choosing those someone else make a decision?” tions, Peavy says, denying accusations that because they see the results of traditional Incoming state Rep. Regina Quick, the board will be a rubber stamp. About 100 public schools.” R-Athens, has raised similar concerns. She have been approved statewide. The fight is not over charter schools, hasn’t taken a position on the amendment, “If you’re not doing something new or betthough. It’s over who has the power to but says she has serious qualms about state ter than your local district, perhaps it’s not approve them. bureaucracy run amok. “From a government really justified why you need a charter school Clarke County school officials say that accountability standpoint, I’m having difhere,” he says. they—not an appointed state board—should ficulty taking local control away from local Geiser, the reform advocate originally from be the ones to decide whether charter schools districts,” Quick says. Louisiana, says he’s seen how a charter school are right for this community. And the county Under the current system, any group can can engage both parents and students. It’s Board of Education has already approved propose a charter school to their local school about a balance of choice, he says, and he two charter schools, Judia Jackson Harris board. If the proposal is denied, the group can feels Clarke County can do better. Elementary and the Athens Community Career appeal to the state Department of Education. “In a lot of these charter schools that are Academy, a vocational high school that’s a Amendment 1 would create a separate, sevenserving the inner city community, the school partnership with UGA, Athens Tech and the member board, appointed by the governor, goes out to them,” he says. “We would go anti-poverty group OneAthens. president of the state Senate and speaker of out to the public housing projects; we would These schools opened to address students’ the House, which allows groups to bypass take the kid to the parent and deal with the needs that weren’t being met elsewhere. local elected officials by creating a new, state- issue on their territory, and it’s that kind of Students at J.J. Harris, for example, are wide school district. mind-set that a charter school can bring in



addressing these issues. We’ve got to totally change how we think about public education; it’s a different way of doing business.” Geiser and Lanoue disagree on how well CCSD is educating students. They even disagree on how CCSD measures how many students are dropping out. They agree, though, on the benefits of charter schools, which can have a different calendar, for example, or flexible hours. But opponents of Amendment 1 fear the Charter Schools Commission would be more likely to approve startups run by outof-state, for-profit companies that otherwise wouldn’t get local approval. And it’s the local, grassroots efforts that Geiser says are key to charter school success. “I much prefer creating the schools from the community,” he says, noting that an out-of-state company can recruit local residents to serve on a charter school’s board, although Long argues that local board members wouldn’t be required for a charter school approved by the governor-appointed board. “Charter schools are not a magic solution to the issue of public education,” Geiser says. “They are a piece, and to me the piece is how we govern our schools.”

Big Money Amendment 1 is not just about education, or race, or local control. It’s also about money—both funding for traditional public schools and the profits private companies earn by contracting to charter schools. The sources of the cash that’s funding a $2.7 million campaign to convince voters to approve the amendment have critics wondering what’s their motivation. “This is about big money,” Heard says. “It’s not about educating our kids.” The Georgia Association of Educators has dubbed Amendment 1 “crony capitalism.” Almost all of the money behind the proamendment campaign comes from out-of-state, including contributions from Walmart heiress Alice Walton, tea party bankrollers the Koch Brothers, disgraced Christian conservative Ralph Reed’s Faith and Freedom Coalition and private companies that earn profits operating charter schools, according to campaign finance records. The bill putting the amendment on the ballot was based on one written by the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, a corporate-funded conservative group that writes model legislation for state lawmakers. “It really concerns me where all these groups are getting money from,” says Brett Johns, a Democratic blogger who spoke on an Amendment 1 panel last month. School management companies are getting involved because they believe in charter schools, not because they see dollar signs, Peavy says. “There’s not a whole lot of profit out there,” Peavy says. “The only way to do it is to do it way more efficiently.” How do they do it more efficiently? Charter schools are so called because they abide by a charter, not state and federal regulations. They don’t have to hire certified teachers, so they can pay lower wages. Nor do they have

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Fourth-grader Elvia Tisoco works on a project as part of a “cluster” group at J.J. Harris Elementary School, a locally approved charter school in Athens. to bus or feed students, or accept expensiveto-educate children with special needs, as long as special-needs services are provided elsewhere in the district. Low-income parents are finding innovative ways to transport their children, and charter schools do make arrangements for lunch, according to Peavy, but CCSD board members contend that many charter schools are only an option for middle- and upper-income families, not students whose parents can’t drive them to school or buy them lunch. “It’s going to create a caste system, and it’s going to create private schools at public school prices,” Denise Spangler says. Although state-chartered schools don’t receive local property taxes, they do get about $6,800 per pupil from the state—the average of the five lowest-funded counties in the state, according to Peavy. That’s about $2,000 more than the state pays to educate a student at a traditional public school, and it’s about $2,000 less per student than the average Georgia school when local property taxes are factored in. The money comes from a special fund—not the regular education budget—and amounts to $34 million this year. Educators fear that, if the state approves more charter schools, they could drain the already-shrinking pot of money for traditional public schools. State School Superintendent John Barge estimates that, if the Charter Schools Commission is revived, the schools it approves will cost the state $430 million over five years. Lawmakers have promised not to cut other schools’ funding to pay for charter schools, but they haven’t identified how they would cover the cost of new charter schools. The new expenses would come at a time when schools across the state are dealing with

state budget cuts totaling $4 billion since the 2007 recession began. The cuts blew a $15 million hole in this year’s CCSD budget, leading the school board to eliminate first-grade and media center parapros, among other controversial decisions. “It’s like I have eight children; I can’t feed them, but I [have] four more,” Clarke County school board member Vernon Payne says. Stakes are so high that Amendment 1 proponents are trying to muzzle critics. State Attorney General Sam Olens ordered Barge to take down anti-amendment materials from the Department of Education’s website, citing a law barring elected officials from using taxpayer resources to campaign. As Democrats have pointed out, however, Olens didn’t order Gov. Nathan Deal to remove pro-amendment speeches from his website. Conservative activists also filed a lawsuit in Fulton County seeking to stop school officials from speaking out against Amendment 1, but a judge declined to issue an injunction last week. All the “noise,” as people on both sides refer to it, isn’t helping voters make up their minds, and the amendment’s fate is unclear. Polls taken by pro-amendment forces in July and September found that 58 percent of voters support it. But one released Oct. 11 by the anti-amendment Georgians for Education Excellence shows 52 percent of voters opposing it. An Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll has voters roughly evenly split. “If Republicans aren’t strongly in favor of it, I don’t think it’s going to pass,” UGA political scientist Charles Bullock says. “It’s not going to get a whole lot of support from Democrats.”

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1. Local school boards can already approve charter schools. A constitutional amendment on the Nov. 6 ballot would let an appointed state Charter Schools Commission approve them as well if locals object. 2 . School choice advocates—including the Koch brothers and Walmart heiress Alice Walton—are spending big bucks to get the amendment passed. 3. Although nonprofits govern charter schools, they can hire for-profit companies, paid with tax dollars, to run them. 4 . Charter schools created under the amendment will cost the state an estimated $430 million at a time when funding for regular public schools is being cut. 5. Statewide teachers’ organizations, the Clarke County Board of Education, almost all Democrats and even some Republicans oppose the amendment. Blake Aued


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et ready, Athens! This Sunday morning, a record 2,900-plus participants of the AthHalf Half Marathon could be running (or walking) down your street, and they need encouragement. “People cheering along the race course definitely helped me enjoy the race more and distracted me from the pain,” says 2011 runner Laura Rhicard. My first morning as a resident of Athens, I set my alarm and walked out to the street to cheer on the AthHalf runners because a friend who was running in it told me to. I figured if she and a bunch of other people were running 13.1 miles in the cold for a good cause, the least I could do was walk 20 feet and clap my hands for a few minutes. What I walked into was a neighborhood party of upbeat music, hot drinks, warm muffins, festive signs, enthusiastic cheering and the appreciative smiles of exhausted runners as they trod by. I even got a highfive from a smiling Bertis Downs as he ran past me. What I didn’t know was just how much support these runners were giving the community in return. “Proceeds go to AthFest Educates!, which supports music education in the region,” says AthFest board member Julie Roth. “Last year our big project was to donate instruments to the UGA/Clarke County School District Strings Program, so we bought cellos and violins and donated them to Clarke County School District for use in their strings program so that children who couldn’t afford them could use the instruments without having to rent or buy them.” According to Roth, this past fall semester AthFest Educates! also provided teachers with between $10,000 to $12,000 in mini-grants for music and arts programs in schools for anything from classroom instruments to a play at the Morton Theatre. They also pay Athens musicians (another way of directly helping the Athens music scene) to go into the schools for a lunchroom or classroom performance, with discussion and possible student participation. “Before we hadn’t had a lot of money to give away,” says Roth, “but the half marathon [through runner registration and sponsorships] has helped us raise a lot more money, so we’re now able to have a bigger impact.” The half marathon has also had an impact on the neighborly festivities along the route as it winds its way through town. Two years ago, Anna Dondero’s husband and sister were running the AthHalf, so she’d planned to cheer from her porch on the course. “Then it occurred to me that many people had loved ones running, but in order to see them run by, family members and friends would have to go to some impersonal street corner, and stand in the chilly half-morning light,” she explains. “So, I invited friends and neighbors to join us on the porch and in the yard to cheer on the runners. And, in the morning, people want coffee. And coffee goes well with muffins and chocolate croissants. And thus, a party was born.” Runners Scott Simpson and Eric Vaughn took AthHalf motivation to the next level. “The first year the half marathon passed by our house, we got up in the dark and dragged out our stereo system on the front lawn, and put out some signs we had quickly made the night before the race,” says Vaughn. “The runners loved the blasting dance music and signs as they ran by, and all our neighbors came out to cheer on all the racers. So, last year we decided to do it again, except we mixed a super-pumped dance mix playlist and constructed huge banners lifted high from cut bamboo stakes from our back yard. We also rented a helium tank and blew up tons of red balloons to greet the half marathoners as they sprinted by. We haven’t decided what we are going to do this year, but we still have time to figure it out!” “I’ll always remember Cobbham with its live band and handpainted signs every few feet, and the guy dressed in a tux, sitting on a throne in the front yard of a house on Milledge, toasting us runners with a glass of red wine,” says Rhicard. “Even though I, unfortunately, am not running this year, I’ll be out there cheering at the end of my street, returning the favor.”



“It’s just so uplifting and entertaining to see all those signs,” says runner Julie Darnell. “It’s so much fun to see everyone out having a good time, cheering on the runners. Last year, as we approached Cobb Street on Milledge, you could hear a band playing, and they had a whole line of people giving high-fives as you rounded the bend going onto Cobb Street. It’s fun to see the turnouts in the various neighborhoods. And I always love the music along the course. The first year as we hit one of the last hills coming into downtown from

the river, there was this lone guy with a boom box playing ‘Sweet Home Alabama.’ Loved it!” This year, the half marathon committee arranged music throughout the route, ensuring the runners will keep the beat from DJ Ted Kuhn, Red Ravine, Old Smokey, Kate Wright, Death of the Peanut King and the Cedar Shoals Marching Band. After a final lap around the Sanford Stadium hedges, they’ll end up at the finish line in a party with celebrity starter and award presenter Olympic medalist Reese Hoffa and the funky, indie-soul band—appropriately named—The HEAP. “After running for so long and trotting along, I know how much that means to the runners, and how it makes people want to come back the next year and bring their friends,” says Roth. “So, having that support along the way really makes the race successful.” For the good of our schools’ music and arts programs, whether it’s a neighborhood party or a lone cheerer on an empty stretch of course where the runners need it the most, it appears Athenians are ready to meet these runners more than half way. Marilyn Estes

For more information, visit At 6:30 a.m. on Sunday, runners, volunteers and spectators are also invited to come to First Presbyterian Church downtown prior to the race for a brief service and a warm place to enjoy coffee and hospitality.

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NEWS FROM THE JUICE BOX SET One of my favorite things about Athens is the hoopla that surrounds Halloween. In the years after my husband and I moved to town, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d wander downtown, grown-up costumes and all, and check out the others who magically showed up for the unofficial gathering. The scene rivaled a similar happening in West Hollywood, CA, near where I used to live, that had the benefit of professional costumers and make-up artists working on the creations. When my daughter was a babyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;still at that age when you can dress them up in whatever you want, and they never know the differenceâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;we wandered the streets and kept her up past her bedtime on that one night a year, just so we could see the creativity that Athens has to offer. But somewhere between ages 1 and 3, I forgot that bedtime really means something, and toting a toddler to the Wild Rumpus parade, in all its crazy costumed glory, probably wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the smartest thing to do. At 10 p.m. on a Saturday night, with a frightened, tired toddler in tow, it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t my proudest parenting moment.

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If you bring two canned food items, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll receive $1 off admission. For middle schoolers, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Scary Oozy, Slimy Day (4â&#x20AC;&#x201C;7 p.m., Oct. 20 at Sandy Creek Nature Center; $3 per person). Or, for kids who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to get their costumes dirty, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the Willy Wonka Haunted House, an annual tradition organized by local teens (6â&#x20AC;&#x201C;9 p.m., Oct. 26, Oconee County Library). That same Friday is the start of fall break for local schools, and Good Dirt has a special â&#x20AC;&#x153;scaryâ&#x20AC;? pottery class for kids (9 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;3 p.m., $55; The next day, Saturday, Oct. 27, (noonâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;2 p.m.) Treehouse Kid and Craft will host a Halloween Party with a craft and costume contest, plus a photobooth. And for the high schoolers who arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quite ready to hop off that candy gravy train, perhaps you can divert their attention toward some of the local ghost tours going on this time of year. Just thinking back (way back!) to my own glorious teen years, it seems like something my mom probably could have talked me into. In Watkinsville, North Georgia Tours will take you past the haunted Eagle Tavern at 8 p.m. every Friday and Saturday in October for the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Haunted History Toursâ&#x20AC;? ($12, www., and the Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Athensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Darkest History Tourâ&#x20AC;? takes you past spooky spots around downtown and on the UGA campus (8 p.m., Oct. 26 & 28; $15, There is one event, though, where Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll part ways with some of you: trunk or treats. I have to admit, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a Halloween purist, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m also hardcore about the holiday. I feel that if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a kid searching for One of the great joys about Halloween in Athens is trick-or-treating around candy, you need to go find our neighborhoods. But please, parents, get out of your cars and join your it. The candy should not kids in walking from house to house. Collecting candy with your kids while come to you. So, the idea costumed? five miniature Snickers bars out of five. of a bunch of people pulling into a parking lot and But even if Wild Rumpus (starting at simply handing candy to any kid who walks by Clayton and Pulaski streets at 8 p.m., Oct. seems like it misses the point of ringing the 27) is too late or scary for your little ones, doorbell and wondering what the mysterious they can have tons of Halloween fun anyway. neighbors will give you. Christmas is probably at the top of most kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; And while Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m on my soapbox, I have one lists of favorite holidays, but thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no way other rant for all you parents out there. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s you can go wrong with dressing up as your cool if, say, you live out in the country, or favorite character, knocking on doors and getyou live in a bad neighborhood, and you want ting a bagful of candy. to bring your children to another place to Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always been a sucker for a carnival, go trick-or-treating. I totally get that. But and another reason to love Halloween is the please, for the love of all good Halloween bevy of cotton candy and silly games that go ghosts, park your car and walk with your child. along with its parties. Athens-Clarke County There is nothing that irritates me more than a Leisure Services does a great job of organizing parent slowly driving up and down the streets several carnival-like parties this time of year, of a subdivision while their child gathers free including my personal favorite, the annual candy. At least try to burn off some of the Halloween Carnival at Memorial Park (5â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8 calories you know youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be consuming later p.m., Oct. 20; $4 per child). Bring some extra that night. (Oh wait, scratch thatâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;parents cash for the snacks and silly games, and kids never steal their childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s candy.) can also go trick-or-treating through Bear Like I said, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m hardcore. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve also denied Hollow Zoo. If you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make it, there are candy to kids knocking on my door at 9 p.m., competing carnivals, 6â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8 p.m. on Oct. 30, claiming their oversized T-shirts are costumes. for even more Halloween excitement: The This is Halloween, people, one of the most Halloween Spooktacular at Lay Park ($3 per creative holidays of the year. You have to put person, ages 5â&#x20AC;&#x201C;12) and the Halloween Havoc some effort into it. Fall Festival hosted by UGA at the Livestock Arena (2550 S. Milledge Ave.; $4 per child). Kristen Morales











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totally worth not getting kissed over. Yummy Pho is open for lunch and dinner every day and takes credit cards. Food of the Gods: When Tlaloc El Mexicano opened on Chase Street about three years ago, I assumed it was the kind of delicious but flaky operation that wouldn’t stick around very long, with its (then) cash-only policy and somewhat intimidating atmosphere to nonSpanish speakers. Thankfully, that wasn’t the case. The restaurant’s low prices, endearingly party-like attitude and tasty food found it an audience, including chef Hugh Acheson, who promoted it to GQ. Back in June, it expanded to a second location, this one in Watkinsville (2061 Hog Mountain Rd.), in the Bell’s shopping center in the old Cactus Cafe space. If you prefer a lack of carpeting and a less sedate environment, you should stick to the original, but if you don’t mind a little in the way of creature comforts, it is totally worth the drive to Watkinsville. The food is as good as ever, served in the kind of massive portions that make customers beg for less.


Yummy Pho I’d have to compare the pho side by side with its competition to determine a winner, but that’s a plus. It’s rich, flavorful and eminently drinkable, which may seem uncouth but is a far better method for draining the bowl. The meatballs, in particular, are worth your time, and although I didn’t try it, I hear the vegetarian pho is tasty. I guess. The banh mi have changed not at all, meaning the bread is maybe a little too prone to crumble everywhere, but the taste is good and the price right. The cóm (rice dishes) don’t work as well as the bún (vermicelli dishes), mostly because the rice isn’t cooked particularly well, with hard bits and little taste. The proteins, however, are good, cooked on a grill behind the big counter that can make the space a little humid but also supplies great fragrance. Shrimp rolls are fine and arrive speedily if you’re starving but aren’t really worth $2, paired with a sort of boring peanut-y sauce. If there’s one item on the menu you should make more of an effort to consume, it’s the garlic chicken wings, fried crisp and bedazzled with chunks of garlic. Salty, faintly sweet, meaty and with wonderful texture, they are



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wth? athens Invisible Economies â&#x20AC;&#x153;Leeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wigs,â&#x20AC;? suggests a Flagpole staffer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;How does that place stay open?â&#x20AC;? Janet G., the lone Yelp reviewer of the store, has the same question. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The downtown Athens mystery,â&#x20AC;? she writes, â&#x20AC;&#x153;How does a perpetually empty wig shop on Claytonâ&#x20AC;Ś remain open year after year?â&#x20AC;? I visit the empty store, and hundreds of heads stare down at me from the shelves. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hello!â&#x20AC;? says a male one sporting a very realistic-looking short wig. Then the head moves, and I see itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attached to the body of Mr. Kevin Lee. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s peering at me over the stairway railing, where heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s working to unload stock. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unsure why anyone would want to write a story about wigs and asks me to come back later to speak to Jasmine Lee, his wife. ROBIN WHETSTONE

Jasmine Lee, proprietor of Leeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wigs A few days later, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m back, and again, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m the only customer. Mrs. Lee is beautiful, and elegant, and gamely tries to answer my repetitive questions. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m too polite to say â&#x20AC;&#x153;You have no customers, how do you stay open?â&#x20AC;? so I ask instead about her patrons. If she can answer these questions, I figure there must be some. She canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say how many customers she averages during the week, but says that most of her clientele are African-American. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Well, where are they?â&#x20AC;? I blurt. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I mean, do you do a lot of in-store business, or is it mainly online?â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oh no, they come in the store.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;They do? When? When do they come in the store?â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;When they want to buy a wig,â&#x20AC;? says Mrs. Lee, enunciating carefully. â&#x20AC;&#x153;No, I mean, do you have a busy season?â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Well, tax time is good for us. Lots of ladies use their returns to purchase wigs.â&#x20AC;? I ask Mrs. Lee if she has anything else she wants to add. She considers and then says something that sounds almost like a warning. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need a wig, you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think about wigs. But when you do need a wig, you really need a wig.â&#x20AC;? I come back a few days later to stake out the front of the store. After awhile, a pale redhead enters the shop while her male

companion waits outside. The woman, Meghan Jackson, comes back out after a few seconds, and I accost them. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why did you go in that wig store?â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because I like wigs,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Plus, I need a job. I wanted to see if theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re hiring.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Well, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m convinced this store is not really a wig store, but a front for something, like a dog-fighting ring.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We should have brought our pit bull,â&#x20AC;? says Meghanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s companion, pragmatically. They walk on, and a man who has been standing on the corner for some time approaches. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You need to come back around noon,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are tons of customers.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tons?â&#x20AC;? I say, skeptically. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What are they doing there?â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Getting their eyes plucked,â&#x20AC;? he responds, disappearing into the fog. I turn back to the store and see a woman in a business suit exiting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why were you in that store?â&#x20AC;? I yell, whipping out my notebook. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was getting my eyebrows plucked. I come here all the time. So do all my friends. Ten dollars. Mrs. Lee is a genius.â&#x20AC;? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never really had my eyebrows plucked before, but this will allow me to hang out in the store and maybe ask more questions. The Lees are delighted to see me, and Mrs. Lee gets right to work. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s careful, a perfectionist. While sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s working, two ladies come in. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m gonna buy me a wig!â&#x20AC;? declares one of them, clapping her hands. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll pay $100 to find the one I want!â&#x20AC;? I plead with Mrs. Lee to stop fussing with me and go help some actual paying customers, but she is adamant. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every customer is important. I will spend time with them the same way Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m spending time with you.â&#x20AC;? When I go to the front to pay, I look in the mirror and am amazed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I look soâ&#x20AC;Ś awake!â&#x20AC;? I tell her husband, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and so much less like Brezhnev.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yes,â&#x20AC;? he agrees. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mrs. Lee is the best in town. But you must come in early. Everyone wants Mrs. Lee.â&#x20AC;? On my way out the door I pass an elderly lady coming in. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Are you going to buy a wig?â&#x20AC;? I ask her. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I bought the one Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m wearing here. Maybe Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get another one.â&#x20AC;? So, the real question, here, is not â&#x20AC;&#x153;How does this place with no customers stay open?â&#x20AC;? The real question is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the matter with us that we think this place has no customers?â&#x20AC;? Leeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wigs has lots of customers. But maybe the fact that this clientele is different from the typical downtown shopper makes them somehow harder to notice. What else are we missing simply because the reality doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mesh with what we expect to see? I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know, but I do know that I am hightailing it back to Leeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wigs the minute I need another eye-plucking. Mrs. Lee and her husband do what they do very well. Just ask any of their customers. Robin Whetstone

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education. James’ Scott Voss is a high school biology teacher who turns to MMA to fund the extracurriculars at his struggling school. An appealing supporting cast includes Salma Hayek, Henry Winkler, Greg Germann and real life MMA fighter Bas Rutten (after an appearance in Paul Blart: Mall Cop and voice work in Zookeeper, he’s becoming a James regular) to assist the extremely likable James in an odd, family-friendly mash-up of educational messages and inspirational sports, where the sports are extremely vicious. It doesn’t NOT work, but more refined audiences will cringe at the movie’s genial attitude toward violence. HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA (PG) Unlike the superior ParaNorman, which was a genuinely, safely frightening family horror flick, Hotel Transylvania is an amusing, run-of-the-mill animated family movie where the main characters are harmless monsters. (The lesson that monsters aren’t dangerous is a terrible, hazardous message to teach children.) To protect monsters and his daughter, Mavis, from their dreaded enemies, humans, Dracula (genially voiced by Adam Sandler) sets up a hotel in the safe confines of Transylvania. On the eve of Mavis’

and Doris Dana. As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, screenings take place every Thursday through Oct. 18. Each film will be introduced by a faculty member or graduate student; Luís Correa Díaz, Romance Languages, is this week’s host. The film will be followed by a Skype Q&A with the director. (Georgia Museum of Art) LOOPER (R) Whoa! Ever since Brick, I have waited for Rian Johnson to make good on that coolly stylish teen-noir’s immense promise. Johnson might still have better films to come, but this tricksy, time travel, sci-fi noir ensures Brick’s promise has been fulfilled. In a future where time travel is an illegal reality, hitmen called loopers wait in the past for gangsters to send them their targets. Armed with a blunderbuss, Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) awaits his marks, knowing one day he will have to “close the loop,” meaning kill his older self. When Old Joe (Bruce Willis) finally shows, the showdown doesn’t go as smoothly as planned. Had The Terminator mated with a film noir, Looper would be the exciting result. THE MASTER (R) Auteur Paul Thomas Anderson’s tremendous, flawless cinematic masterpieces can be pompous, emotionally distant and

Can I have a drink of water? Oh yeah…BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! 118th birthday, a human named Jonathan (v. Andy Samberg) discovers Drac’s hideaway. Thank goodness director Genndy Tartakovsky (“Dexter’s Laboratory,” “The Powerpuff Girls” and “Samurai Jack”) brings his visual creativity to this rather rote tale of prejudice and cross-cultural romance. 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). The only intriguing gambit is how the movie’s twist is perpetuated, not spoiled, by the trailer. However, that twist isn’t worth a theatrical viewing of this pedestrianly average horror flick. 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. LOCAS MUJERES (NR) The 2012 Latin American Film Festival, Latin American Women Behind the Camera, concludes with Locas Mujeres, directed by María Elena Wood. The film recounts the love story of 1945 Nobel Prize Winner Gabriela Mistral

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. (Ciné) THE ORPHANAGE (R) 2007. The Orphanage is a respectful ghost story on par with The Haunting or The Others. A family’s decision to turn the orphanage where the wife and mother, Laura (Belén Rueda), used to live into a home for sick and disabled children turns horrifically nightmarish when seven-year-old son, Simón (Roger Príncep), goes missing. (Seriously, when will people learn that living in giant, scary, old houses is a bad idea?) (UGA Tate Theater) m PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 4 (R) Catfish filmmakers Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman return to helm the latest entry in horror’s lone surviving franchise heavyweight. Five years after killing her fiancé, sister and brotherin-law, Katie (Katie Featherston) and her nephew, Hunter (now known as Robbie), move to the neighborhood. New neighbors, Alice (Kathryn Newton) and her mom, soon start experiencing strange occurrences that one must assume are connected to the series’

only recurring character. (UGA Tate Theater) THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER PG-13. Stephen Chbosky directs the adaptation of his 1999 book of the same name about a high school freshman dealing with isolation, new friends and a disturbed past. The book is one of the best realistic stories about less than golden high school experiences. (Ciné) PITCH PERFECT (PG-13) Infectious is the best word to describe the a cappella college comedy Pitch Perfect. The movie lacks any message stronger than a cappella is a lot of fun, and the comic ensemble, including John Michael Higgins and Elizabeth Banks, lend a spiteful, humorous edge to what could have just been a bland radio friendly hit. PONYO (G) 2008. From Sept. 27 through Oct. 21, Ciné presents the Studio Ghibli Film Series, a retrospective that includes four of animation legend Hayao Miyazaki’s masterpieces. Beloved animator and Academy Award winner Miyazaki’s Ponyo will delight anyone willing to venture beyond Pixar, Ice Age, and Shrek. A young goldfish princess named Ponyo must save the world with the help of a young boy. Featuring an all-star voice cast including Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Liam Neeson, Tina Fey, Lily Tomlin, Cloris Leachman and Betty White. (Ciné) PREMIUM RUSH (PG-13) A Manhattan bike messenger (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) picks up an envelope that puts him in the sights of a dirty cop (Michael Shannon). A citywide chase ensues. This team up of GordonLevitt and Shannon excites me more than the last De Niro-Pacino summit (Righteous Kill). Writer-director David Koepp has had loads more success on paper (he’s written some mega-hits like Jurassic Park and Spider-Man) than behind the camera (he’s directed The Trigger Effect, Stir of Echoes, Secret Window and Ghost Town). THE ROOM (R) 2003. Tommy Wiseau returns in this unintentionally hilarious and sympathy-enducing cult classic. Part of Ciné’s Bad Movie Night. (Ciné) RUBY SPARKS (R) The directors of Little Miss Sunshine, Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, return with a fantastical romantic comedy about an author, Calvin (Paul Dano), who conjures the titular woman (screenwriter Zoe Kazan) out of thin air. Ruby ends up being Calvin’s one true love. But is it love if you can control the person’s every move, thought and emotion? With the underrated Chris Messina, Annette Bening, Antonio Banderas, Steve Coogan, Elliot Gould and “Arrested Development”’s Alia Shawkat. (Ciné) THE SESSIONS (R) In this Special Jury Prize and Audience Award winner at Sundance, where it was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize, Mark, living in an iron lung, desires to lose his virginity so he hires a sex surrogate (Helen Hunt). William H. Macy plays Mark’s priest. Sixty-something writer-director Ben Lewin (“Ally McBeal”’s highest rated episode, “Let’s Dance”) based the film on the story of Berkeley-based poet-journalist Mark O’Brien. • SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS (R) Martin McDonagh set the bar really high with his feature writing-directing debut, In Bruges. His sophomore effort, Seven Psychopaths, isn’t better than its excellent predecessor, but it does

clear the bar. The exceedingly meta film begs to be described as Tarantinoesque. An Irish screenwriter named Marty (Colin Farrell) is working on a script called “Seven Psychopaths.” His psycho pal, Billy (Sam Rockwell), wants to give Marty all the inspirational help he can, so Billy and his oddball partner, Hans (Christopher Walken), kidnap the beloved Shih Tzu of another psychopath, gangster Charlie (Woody Harrelson). Somehow, they all wind up in the desert for the climactic shootout of which Billy’s always dreamed. This movie is extremely violent, extremely bloody and extremely funny. SHAUN OF THE DEAD (R) 2004. This Britromzomcom (British romantic zombie comedy) treads well-worn territory, though in shoes that fit the film quite snugly. Creators Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright, who love their zombies and know them well, have created a well-balanced diet of guffaws, gore, and pop culture references that succeeds on every level to which it strives. (UGA Tate Theater) • SINISTER (R) Sinister, the new film from Scott Derrickson, is my favorite theatrical horror experience since The Strangers. Ethan Hawke intensely stars as true crime novelist Ellison Oswalt, who has moved his family—pretty wife, tween son, young daughter—into the murder house for the latest crime he is investigating. What he discovers is much deadlier and more demony than he could have imagined. Sinister utilizes found footage—Ellison finds a box of home movies in the attic of his new home—more uniquely than any of the glut of the latest (fading?) horror fad. These little short snuff films and Ellison’s drunk, terrified reactions supply some of the movie’s scariest moments, and Derrickson shows a lot of ingenuity in how he subtly shows the grisly kills. 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. “This American Life” fans take note that the popular radio show and this film share producers. (Ciné) TAKEN 2 (PG-13) As a consequence of the violent methods he employed to retrieve his kidnapped daughter, Kim (Maggie Grace), in the first movie, retired CIA operative Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson), must face off against the Albanian dad (played by go-to Eastern European baddie Rade Serbedzija) of one of the sex traffickers he killed during his rescue mission. 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. 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. UNFINISHED SPACES (NR) The UGA College of Environment and Design presents the story of three architects who return to Cuba 40 years later to finish the ambitious National Arts Schools project. The screening, held in conjunction with the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH) conference, is free for participants with registered conference badges. (Ciné) V/H/S (R) The well-conceived horror anthology from a cadre of directors including rising star Ti West bests 90 percent of the genre crap to which fans are regularly subjected. (Ciné) Drew Wheeler

movie pick That’s Just… Great SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS (R) If you’re looking distinctive voice at that same time with the for a viable candidate for best movie cast this plays The Beauty Queen of Leenane, A Skull year, look no further than Martin McDonagh’s in Connemara and The Lonesome West. The latest, Seven Psychopaths. Colin Farrell plays plays are indebted to Tarantino, particularly in an Irish expat living in Hollywood named the way McDonagh’s characters talk and how Marty who’s working on a screenplay called humor and cruelty are entwined, but there’s a Seven Psychopaths. There’s a big problem psychological weight on offer in McDonagh’s however: Marty can’t get past the logline. work that Tarantino doesn’t seem interested How Marty gets out of his creative funk by in pursuing. He also shares with Tarantino a hanging out with his goofy love of meta-fictional stodog-napping best friend rytelling, undermining the Billy (Sam Rockwell) and clichés of a genre with selfobserving a motley crew of aware winks to the audimisfits, depressed losers ence while embracing the and dangerous killers who impulsive need for seeing crowd into his world, makes men go furiously kill-crazy. for the comedic meat of In 2008, McDonagh the movie. Shots are fired, made the leap to makheads explode, and dogs ing feature films with In get snatched. Bruges, starring Farrell and McDonagh, partly chanBrendan Gleeson as hitneling numerous gods of men suffering existential cinematic violence and meltdowns in the European mayhem such as Scorsese Christopher Walken and Bonny city while on an assignand Tarantino (the two ment. Seven Psychopaths obvious nods), is clearly having a blast is a worthy follow-up, although the narrative working with so many expert scene-stealers rabbit hole McDonagh gleefully plunges us (Christopher Walken, Harry Dean Stanton and down is more conceptually daring. There’s a Tom Waits) giving it their all. It’s reckless real gonzo energy in the self-reflexive detours to think that McDonagh is just an imitative Seven Psychopaths takes. McDonagh may only hack. Although Seven Psychopaths seems like be jazzing about, but there’s no shame in a throwback to the sort of post-Tarantino that when your sly observations about life are comedy crime picture that inundated movie sharper than any steely stiletto to the ribs. screens and video store shelves in the midto-late 1990s, McDonagh honed his own Derek Hill


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Remember When: Although it really seems like no one has seen hide nor hair of them in a billion years, The Figgs used to play around Athens a lot more frequently back in, you know, “the day.” As it stands now, the last remaining band on the planet to have a legitimate claim to inventing the college-rock sound hasn’t played here in a decade. That changes on Friday, Oct. 26, when The Figgs, now in their 25th year, play the Caledonia Lounge with Casper & the Cookies and The Arcs. So, why am I breaking my own rule and talking about an out-of-town band in my staunchly local column? Hell, I dunno. Nostalgia? Good enough for me. Learn something over at Do You Think They’ll Drop the Bomb?: The fairly recent phenomenon—as in, it’s reached a fever pitch over the last five years or so—of Athens bands playing locally several times a month comes with its own set of problems.

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Dream Boat Claire Campbell (Hope for Agoldensummer), Kris Deason (Dark Meat), Andrew Rieger (Elf Power) and more. Easy terms like “ambient,” “ethereal” and “melancholic” apply, but I’m eagerly awaiting the rest of the record, as I’m sure it’s going to reveal much more. The Name Game: Jace Bartet (Reptar, ‘Powers) has a new band named National Anthem that includes himself, Brent Blalock (Marriage), Allen Owens (Pride Parade), Nick Splendorr and Tim Payne. So far, the band seems to have this kinda pop-metal feel to it and is clearly a product of Bartet’s expansive musical tastes. All of which would be totally fine except that Athens has already had a great band called National Anthem. OK, so that was years ago, but I know that if I remember the combo formed by Keith Kortemeier (The Martians), Hugh Connelly (The Martians), Frank MacDonnell (Magneto), Keith Reardigan and Paul Trudeau (Harvey Milk), then chances are good a lot of other people will, too. Hell, the old band still has its MySpace page up ( So, that’s that. You can keep up with Bartet’s new group via nationalanthemathens and sample it at



It’s easy to overlook these bands. Why bother today when you can catch them tomorrow? Or never? It’s easy to not notice how they develop. Everything is everything, and it’s all right out there, all the time. And you get sick of seeing the same damn names on every flier, too! All that said, maybe this growing-up-inpublic thing works for some people, because Bubbly Mommy Gun’s new record, Sand Roses, is pretty darn neat-o. It’s a multi-layered, truly psychedelic affair, totally on par with the earliest psych experiments by of Montreal and would pair nicely with any old Frank Zappa record. It was released last week via Party Party Partners and can be heard over at Keep up with the haps proper via Calling All Art: New Earth Music Hall has put the call out to artists who would like to display their work in the venues gallery space. If you’re interested, I’d say jump on this pretty quickly. Wall space is in impossibly heavy demand around town, and tends to fill up very quickly. Plus, art always seems like it stays put for a very long time. Hop to it by dropping a line to Gordon Lamb

hen I first started writing about Ott a couple of years ago, I often referred to him as “the best electronic producer you’ve never heard of.” These days, I’m glad to say, I can no longer make that assumption. Ott is on the rise. Hot on the heels of his brilliantly crafted third record, Mir (this critic’s number-one album of 2011), and touring with a live band for the first time, this dub/ambient/world/ house music chameleon seems to always find new ways to attack his compositions, explore his intricate sound and deliver his unique vision to a rapidly expanding audience. Speaking in a charming British accent, and with a keen British wit to match, Ott, who hasn’t played Athens since 2009, spoke to Flagpole about his new band, his new album and all else that’s new since his last visit. “I’ve known ‘em for years,” Ott says of the members of his recently formed group, The All Seeing I. “Chris [Barker] and I were in a band together in the late ‘80s, and then we sorta lost contact around 1990 or so—until last year. I’d been thinking about putting a band together for my stuff for a while, and I started working out how I was gonna do it. Y’know, do I have auditions? Do I find people in the States? Do I find people in Britain? “So, I was thinking it over, and then we all went out for dinner one night, in the town we used to live in. And as we were sitting there chatting, it occurred to me, ‘How stupid would it be to not use these guys?’ So, I suggested it, and we got together the next Friday night, and it worked.” With the band, Ott’s live sound has shifted. “It’s completely different,” he says. “Completely different arrangements of all the songs, and because I’m not having to do everything—I’m not having to think about drums, I’m not having to think about bass, I’m not having to think about vocals—I’m freed up to just do my thing… I can enjoy it a lot more, ‘cause I’m not trying spin all the plates, if you know what I mean.” Having listened to Mir upwards of 30 times over the last year, I’ve come to appreciate its

tonal shifts and almost elliptical structure, and have often wondered if it might suggest some kind of narrative, but Ott is quick to shoot down the notion. He lets out a long, vaguely sympathetic “Mmmmm,” before saying, “Really, no. I never really try to tell a story. I just try to make people’s neurons go ‘boom.’ It’s an endorphinrelease agent. That’s all it’s supposed to do. There’s no kind of literary narrative. But, I mean, feel free to read a narrative into it. You can project whatever you like onto it. That’s kind of the point of it. If I ever start trying to tell stories,” he adds, “then have me shot [laughs].” So, what does Ott listen to when he’s not crafting his own tunes? In typically dry fashion, he explains. “Silence, mainly. If I’m in the middle of a tour, or if I’m recording, then I tend to listen to silence when I can. I’ve been listening to the sound of a generator, and the road noise, and the bus. And flatulence. Not really looking for music. I’m not really keen on music to be honest. Other people’s music is generally shit.” As Ott looks forward to “a bit of a sit down and a cup of tea,” between the end of the current tour and getting The All Seeing I into the studio for a proper album, his next chapter seems to only be beginning. With his forwardthinking, genre-splicing, big-tent approach— not to mention his compulsively danceable rhythms—Ott may very well inspire a new wave of producers who marry the best of all worlds and, in the process, usher another generation of fans into the electronic music fold. David Fitzgerald

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TONY B Rap/Hip-Hop/R&B Lineup: Antonio Bradford. Influences: UGK, Ghetto Boyz, Jay-Z, OutKast, Rick Ross, Jadakiss, T.I., Young Jeezy. Antonio Bradfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s initial foray into the local hip-hop scene was as a promoter, but he soon found a reason to start performing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I started rapping when I had a beef with another promoter,â&#x20AC;? Bradford explains. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He would slander my name via the Internetâ&#x20AC;Ś I made a diss song and it caught on, and people would sing along with [it]. In my mind I was like, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I may have something here.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Per his wobbly, trap-stained tunes, Tony B is a product of the Gucci Mane Tony B school of lyricism, where outrageous couplets like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Me donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t speak no English/ All I know is booty chatterâ&#x20AC;? are the norm, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;flowâ&#x20AC;? is a relative concept. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s loose, unpredictable and super fun. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s] hit and miss,â&#x20AC;? Bradford says of the local rap scene. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[Not everyone] supports each other, and some bars turn down hip-hop ideas.â&#x20AC;? Still, his goal is to make Athens a visible and viable destination. By hosting club events nearly weekly and working to get his own Athensrepping jams out there, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s off to a good start. Follow Infamous_TonyB. Next Show: TBA THE POWDER ROOM Ramp Rock Lineup: Charlton (Gene) E. Woolfolk III, Bubba McDonald, Aaron Sims. Featuring Members Of: Manray, Pride Parade, Life Coach. Influences: Josh Price, money, the elderly. Not much is known about this mysterious new trio, which has yet to even grace a stage. Still, its membersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; collective pedigree is such that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not hard to guess what the music will be like. (Hint: loud.) The group, which â&#x20AC;&#x153;plan[s] on recording some tunes this winter,â&#x20AC;? is about as new as new gets. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a testament to the bandmembersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; musical history, then, that The Powder Roomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first gig is one any local group would feel lucky to have scored: at the 40 Watt, Hand Sand Hands on a Saturday, opening for Maserati. Yeah. Suffice it to say the pressure is on for these dudes. But if their pasts are any indication, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no need to worry: theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll bring it, hard. Visit Next Show: Saturday, Oct. 27 @ 40 Watt Club HAND SAND HANDS Electronic/Psychedelic/Rhythmic Lineup: Jonathan MacDonald Miller. Influences: CS Luxem, John Lennon, Brian Eno. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hand Sand Hands formed when, as Hands, I received a cease and desist letter from another litigious band named Hands,â&#x20AC;? says Jonathan MacDonald Miller, who recently relocated to Athens from the chilly climes of Minneapolis. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[I] moved to Athens in January to escape the cold,â&#x20AC;? he says. Millerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Reded EP, released this past July, was a two-song mini-masterpiece, a welcome sign of honest-to-Allah talent. Blending claustrophobic, looped samples with high-soaring vocals, the music was suggestive of early Animal Collective before that band went off the Day-Glo deep end.

Still, while the EP made no secret of its influences, it was a showcase of a singular vision; above all, it held oodles of promise for Hand Sand Handsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; local future. A full-length is in the works. Click over to Next Show: Friday, Oct. 19 @ Go Bar NAKUSA Post-Hardcore/Punk/Screamo Lineup: Joseph Turner, Derek Wells, Brian McGhee, Nathaniel Malcolm, Richard Hunsinger. Featuring Members Of: Some Mistakes, Antpile. Influences: Funeral Diner, Portrait, Julia, Raein, Envy, Unwound, At the Drive-In. Upon witnessing Nakusa perform, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be forgiven for wondering if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d just been sucked into a time warp to the early aughts, so convincing is the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s now unimaginably earnest post-hardcore (or, yes, â&#x20AC;&#x153;screamoâ&#x20AC;?) steez. Nakusa actually began in 2011, but quickly went on hiatus due to â&#x20AC;&#x153;drummer issuesâ&#x20AC;? until recently. An EP, Buried Beneath Those Years, recently surfaced, and an upcoming digital split is planned. Anyone who was around for the Chi-House-party days of Athens circa 2004 will be familiar with the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sound, which blends honest, emotional songwriting with angular, aggressive musicality. Vocalist Joseph Turner is as scream-y as the genre has ever seen, which is to say he does the whole vocal cord-shredding thing quite well. Not just a throwback act, Nakusa is one of several post-post-hardcore groups popping up around town; the resurgence may have been unexpected, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s certainly not unwelcome. See Next Show: Monday, Oct. 22 @ Caledonia Lounge CANDID COAL PEOPLE Folk/Pop/Rock Lineup: Braden Neugebauer, Tiffany Rogers, Derick Thompson. Influences: The Beatles, Mumford and Sons, Dave Matthews Band, Modest Mouse, The Tallest Man on Earth. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I saw Tiffany playing violin mid-day in front of Walkerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, then later that night, [I] very drunkenly asked her to sit in on some sessions. Braden and I have been friends for some time now, so he agreed to play along,â&#x20AC;? says Candid Coal People vocalist Derick Thompson on the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s formation. Originally 40th Street Candid Coal People (a name that sprang, Thompson says, from a â&#x20AC;&#x153;very strange dreamâ&#x20AC;?), the group, which recently (and wisely) dropped the first two words, features a sound not unlike many groups currently blowing up the Billboard charts. Thompsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s singing voice, in turn, bears an uncanny similarity to one Dave Matthews. With Mumford and Sons recently setting a sales record even in this industry-troubled era, it seems like a perfect time for a group like CCP to do its hard-working, folk-rocking thing. Check out Next Show: Thursday, Nov. 8 @ Terrapin Beer Co. Gabe Vodicka


ach year for the past three years, Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cancer Council has held a road race called the Shitbox Rally. Contestants buy cars priced less than 1,000 AUD (hence the name â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shitboxâ&#x20AC;?) and race them over 3,500 kilometers from Melbourne to Cairns. A short video on the Australian website Think Loco titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Best of the Shitbox Rally 2012â&#x20AC;? shows drivers in matching outfits steering creatively decaled clunkers through the outback. Among the videoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s many oddities is its soundtrack: a cover of TV on the Radioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wolf Like Meâ&#x20AC;? as recorded by Lera Lynn. OK, fine. A singer from Athens covers a song by a Brooklyn band that ends up on an Australian blogâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;stranger things have happened online. Still, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s instructive. Lynnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website features a link to the video tucked among various press excerpts from niche outlets like Twang Nation and American Songwriter magazine. The Shitbox connection may be a random one, but it demonstrates Lynnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s idiosyncratic appealâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;just as her choice of cover song shows her broadmindedness as an artist. Lynnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 debut, Have You Met Lera Lynn?, is filled with strong songwriting, and Lynn, who formed Athens band Birds & Wire before striking out on her own, sounds confident and experienced. The album remains cohesive even as it incorporates a range of styles. Songs like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Happy Ever Afterâ&#x20AC;? recall the broad appeal of artists like Neko Case, with whom Lynn shares a similar vocal command. Even in her originals Lynn displays an awareness of tradition, a truth most apparent on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whiskeyâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Good Hearted Man,â&#x20AC;? which summon old country music tropes. Still, it must be mentioned that Lynn has a knack for choosing interesting covers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think there are unlimited possibilities, as long as youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re true to your own voice, and as long as you do it well, you can do anything,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think genre matters. I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about sincerity and authenticity in your own voice.â&#x20AC;? When Lynn last played locally, this past March, it was to promote the release of a 7-inch that featured a cover of Johnny Cashâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ring of Fire.â&#x20AC;? Lynn reinvents the song as a minor-key dirge, adding a dark, brooding twist all her ownâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a sly take on a canonical tune. Lynnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reasoning is straightforward. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I cover songs that I like and that suit my voice and the bandâ&#x20AC;Ś all that unfolds as a result is an afterthought.â&#x20AC;? Still, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no denying that covers are effective ways of reaching out to an audience.

Her rendition of Neutral Milk Hotelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the Aeroplane Over the Seaâ&#x20AC;? at AthFest 2011 was a prime example of this. In the right context, the cover song acts as a point of intersection between artist and listener; both feel like theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in familiar territory. Having a shorthand that allows for easy connection with an audience is especially handy when dealing with promotion online, something Lynn expresses mixed feelings about. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Internet is a huge tool for all DIY musicians. But there is also so much information passing through every second that you really have to generate a ton of content to stay relevant.â&#x20AC;? Her penchant for covers offers one way around this problem by establishing a link between herself and more well known artists, even if she insists this is not her motive. (Think of it as a more organic version of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;relatedâ&#x20AC;? section on a site like Allmusic). Lynn imbues othersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; songs with enough of her own personality to encourage a casual listener to check out what sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s doing on her own. Lynn recently relocated to Nashville; it seems a good fit for a musician so adept at repurposing othersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; music while simultaneously fine-tuning her own. Lynn is excited about the move, citing â&#x20AC;&#x153;a resurgence in the musical energyâ&#x20AC;? of the town, which she says owes itself to a â&#x20AC;&#x153;more diverse group of artists [who] are setting up camp there.â&#x20AC;? But she still calls Athens home, and the show at the Georgia Theatre this Saturday is a triumphant return for her and bandmembers C.K. Koch, Ben Lewis and Ben Wills. The band has been touring since Marchâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a stretch that included an appearance on â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Prairie Home Companion,â&#x20AC;? as well as a trip to the U.K. this past summer. After a break over the holidays to work on a new record, the tour will continue through the beginning of next year. Through her hard work and dedicationâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and her willingness to expand and exploreâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Lynnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reach continues to grow.



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Tuesday 16 CLASSES: Master Class with Noelle Marsh (Dancefx) Contemporary dance moves instructed by Noelle Marsh from “So, You Think You Can Dance?” and All the Right Moves. Some dance experience required. 5:30–7 p.m. $30. CLASSES: Jewelry Making Class (Campus View Church of Christ ) Learn how to use wire in the jewelry making process and leave wearing your own creation. 5:45–7:45 p.m. $45. 706-207-9184 CLASSES: Winter Gardening Workshop (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Learn what to grow during the winter. 4 p.m. $50. www. CLASSES: Perennial Symposium (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) “Plants from Around the World in our Everyday Lives,” presented by


State Botanical Garden Director Wilf Nichols, Donglin Zhang of the UGA horticulture department and others. Lunch included. An elective for the Certificate in Native Plants. 8:45 a.m.–3 p.m. $55–60. COMEDY: OpenTOAD Comedy Open Mic (Flicker Theatre & Bar) Voted by Flagpole’s readers as Athens’ “favorite comedy night” in 2011 and 2012, this comedy show allows locals to watch quality comedy or perform themselves. Email to perform. First and third Tuesday of every month! 9 p.m. FREE! (performers), $5., EVENTS: Debate Watch 2012 (UGA Special Collections Library Building) (Room 271) Watch the presidential candidates go toe-totoe during Debate Watch 2012. Introductions to the townhall style debate provided by Dr. Jamie Carson of the UGA political science depart-


ment. Light refreshments will be served. 8–10:30 p.m. FREE! EVENTS: Presidential Debate (Go Bar) Watch it on the big screen! 9 p.m. 706-546-5609 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. FILM: The Entertainers (MadisonMorgan Cultural Center) A heartwarming comedy about six piano players competing in the World Championship of Old-Time Piano. Director and producer Michael Zimmer will be present. Part of the SouthArts Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers. 7 p.m. $5-7.

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FILM: Bully (Ciné) Prevent Child Abuse Athens presents a special screening of the award-winning documentary about the issue of bullying in American schools. Followed by a panel discussion. Check website for showtime. $7.50. www. 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 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 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 KIDSTUFF: Toddler Storytime (ACC Library) For children ages 18 months to 5 years. 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 PERFORMANCE: DMA Recital (UGA Edge Recital Hall) Simon Wildman presents a tuba recital. 6:30 p.m. FREE! PERFORMANCE: The Chipper Experience (UGA Ramsey Concert Hall) Chipper Lowell, who has twice been named Comedy Magician of the Year by the International Magicians Society, presents bizarre feats of magic, razor-sharp adlibs and original stand-up. 8 p.m. $39.

Wednesday 17 ART: Artful Conversation (Georgia Museum of Art) Join Carissa DiCindio, curator of education, in the galleries for an in-depth discussion of George Beattie’s agriculture murals. 2 p.m. FREE! CLASSES: Tree Identification Workshop (UGA Intramural Fields) Learn to identify common trees of the Georgia Piedmont by their leaves, bark and shape. Wednesdays through November. 5–7 p.m. CLASSES: Contemporary Ballet Movement (Dancefx) Formerly of Houston Ballet II, master teacher Oliva Anderson leads a class with a contemporary based barre warm up and floor combination. 8:30–10 p.m. FREE! 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 EVENTS: Fundraiser (Clarke County Democratic Committee Headquarters) Spencer Frye ramps up his campaign with a fundraising event. 5:30 p.m. EVENTS: Gov’t Mule’s Rooftop VIP and Album Release Preparty (Georgia Theatre) Entrance fee includes a copy of Gov’t Mule’s new “Georgia Bootleg Box” release, a Warren Haynes and Matt Abts acoustic warmup, album signing and a meet and greet. 5 p.m. $35. 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: 10th Annual Dawgtoberfest: Student and Faculty Health Fair (UGA College of Pharmacy) The College of Pharmacy and The Academy of Student Pharmacists hosts a health fair with free health screenings such as blood glucose tests, blood pressure measurements and cholesterol panels. 12–3 p.m. FREE! $15–20 (flu shot). 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: Night Out for Life (Athens, Ga) A percentage night benefiting AIDS Athens. Participating restaurants include Last Resort, The Globe, The National, Taqueria del Sol, Big City Bread, The Royal Peasant, Heirloom Cafe, Hilltop grille and more. Check website for full list. All day. GAMES: Trivia (Mellow Mushroom) Every Wednesday. 8 p.m. FREE! 706-613-0892 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 GAMES: Trivia (Blind Pig Tavern) Think you know it all? Test your knowledge every Wednesday night. 8 p.m. (Baldwin St. & Broad St. locations). 706-548-3442 GAMES: Trivia (Copper Creek Brewing Company) Test your trivia chops for prizes! Every Wednesday. 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-1102 GAMES: Trivia (Willy’s Mexicana Grill) Trivia with a DJ! Every Wednesday. 8–10 p.m. FREE! 706548-1920 GAMES: Sports Trivia (Beef ‘O’ Brady’s) Test your sports knowledge every Wednesday night. 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-850-1916 KIDSTUFF: Toddler Storytime (ACC Library) For children ages 18 months to 5 years. 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 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 LECTURES AND LIT: VOX Poetry Reading (Ciné) An evening of poetry with Paige Ackerson-Kiely and Lily Brown. 7:30 p.m. FREE! LECTURES AND LIT: Athens History Lecture (UGA Chapel) Jonathan Poston delivers a lecture, “Thoughts on Livable Cities I Have Known,” on creative living in historic cities, followed by tours and a reception at the Old Lamar Dodd School of Art building. Part of the Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation’s Preservation Matters Education Series. 6 p.m. FREE! MEETINGS: PFLAG Athens Meeting (545 Research Dr., Suite A) PFLAG Athens is a support, education and advocacy group for families, friends and supporters of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. All are welcome. 6:30–7:30 p.m. FREE! 706-7565428, PERFORMANCE: The Chipper Experience (UGA Ramsey Concert Hall) Chipper Lowell, who has twice been named Comedy Magician of the Year by the International

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THE CALENDAR! Magicians Society, presents bizarre feats of magic, razor-sharp adlibs and original stand-up. 8 p.m. $39. PERFORMANCE: Ririe Woodbury Dance Company (UGA New Dance Theatre) Repertory concert featuring choreography by internationally recognized artists Karole Armitage, Ann Carlson, Larry Keigwin and Charlotte Boye-Christensen. Q&A to follow. 8 p.m. $10–15. www.tate. PERFORMANCE: Student Recital (UGA Edge Recital Hall) Ryan Cañezo on guitar and Gloria Kim on piano. 5 p.m. FREE!

Thursday 18 ART: Third Thursday Art Series (Athens, Ga) Six galleries stay open late the third Thursday of every month. Participating galleries include the Georgia Museum of Art, Lamar Dodd School of Art, ATHICA, Lyndon House Arts Center, Cine and the GlassCube & Gallery @ Hotel Indigo. 6-9 p.m. FREE! www.3thurs. org CLASSES: Intro to Microsoft Word 2010 (Oconee County Library) Learn the basics of word processing, the parts of a Word Window, files, toolbars, icons and more. Call to register. Oct. 18, 1–2:30 p.m. or Oct. 24, 4–5:30 p.m. FREE! 706769-3950 CLASSES: Intro to PowerPoint (Oconee County Library) Topics include parts of a PowerPoint window, creating a presentation, inserting pictures and spreadsheets and more. Registration is required. Oct. 18, 3–4:30 p.m. or Oct. 25, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. FREE! Call 706769-3950 EVENTS: Crawl for Paws (Athens, Ga) Select bars around Athens will provide drink specials for anyone who buys a ticket or an Athens Area Humane Society t-shirt. A portion of the bars’ proceeds will benefit the AAHS. Call for pre-sale tickets. Tickets are available the day of the crawl on the corner of College and Clayton. 8 p.m. $4-10. 404-2192824, www.athenshumanesociety. org EVENTS: Oktoberfest in Athens (Moose Yard at Locos) (Harris St.) The Athens WCR present an array of seasonal beers and a meal. 6 p.m. $15. 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: Save Water, Drink Beer (Georgia Theatre Restaurant) Save Water, Drink Beer brings together Georgia Conservancy trustees, members, friends and conservationminded business leaders in the community to socialize with friends and colleagues while raising awareness statewide water issues. Everyone is welcome. 5:30–7:30 p.m. $10-15. EVENTS: Latin Wine Tasting (Taylor-Grady house) Sample and learn about eight different wines from Spain, Argentina and Portugal and snack on light hors d’oeuvres. Proceeds benefit Casa de Amistad. Part of a month-long celebration of Latino culture and community in Athens. 7–10 p.m. $10. FILM: Latin American Film Series (Georgia Museum of Art) Locas Mujeres centers on the quiet rela-


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tionship between the Chilean Nobel Prize winner Gabriela Mistral and the American Doris Dana. Introduced by Dr. Luís Correa Díaz from the romance languages department. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with the director via Skype. Part of Hispanic Heritage Month. 7 p.m. FREE! www.georgiamuseum. org GAMES: Trivia (El Azteca) Every Thursday. Check the restaurant’s Facebook page for weekly updated categories. 7:30 p.m. FREE! www. GAMES: Trivia (The Volstead) Every Thursday! 7:30-9:30 p.m. FREE! 706-354-5300 GAMES: Trivia with a Twist (Johnny’s New York Style Pizza) Throw a lime in your Coors Light and compete! Tuesdays & Thursdays, 7:30-9:30 p.m. 706354-1515 KIDSTUFF: Toddlerobics (Oconee County Library) Participate in an active storytime full of music, dancing, jumping and stretching. For children ages 12–36 months. 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-769-3950 KIDSTUFF: Gallery Games (Georgia Museum of Art) Special interactive gallery tour. Learn about works in the museum’s permanent collection through activities designed just for kids ages 7–11. 4:15–5 p.m. FREE! 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: Baby Music Jam (ACC Library) Children ages 1-3 and their caregivers play instruments, sing and dance together! 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 KIDSTUFF: Family Dinner Night (Earth Fare ) Kids eat free every Thursday with one $5 adult purchase of prepared foods. Good for up to six kids, ages 12 & under. Games, storytelling and other entertainment each week. 4–8 p.m. $5. 706-2271717 LECTURES AND LIT: Pam Durban Reading (Ciné) A reading by Pam Durban, author of The Tree of Forgetfulness, a book about a largely untold story of a brutal Jim Crow-era triple lynching in Aiken County, S.C. She is the Doris Betts Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at UNC Chapel Hill. 7–8 p.m. FREE! www. LECTURES AND LIT: The Psychology of Social Change: How to Open Hearts and Minds (Miller Learning Center) (Room 171) Nick Cooney will speak about his book, Change of Heart: What Psychology Can Teach Us About Spreading Social Change, and provide advice on how advocates of any cause can effectively persuade the public to change attitudes and behaviors. 4 p.m. FREE! www.sos. LECTURES AND LIT: Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians Annual Meeting (The Classic Center) SESAH hosts their 30th annual meeting featuring a conference in which approximately 55 papers will be presented in the 15 paper sessions offered. Professor Mark Reinberger of UGA’s College of Environment & Design serves as conference chair. Oct. 18, 4–7 p.m. Oct. 19, 4:30–6 p.m. & Oct. 20, 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. LECTURES AND LIT: Speak Out for Species Lecture (Miller Learning Center) (Room 101) “The


Hidden Face of Food: Inside Modern Animal Agriculture” provides an inside look at animal agriculture and educates consumers about how to make ethical and sustainable food choices. Presented by Nick Cooney of Farm Sanctuary. 7 p.m. FREE! LECTURES AND LIT: SESAH Keynote Lecture (UGA Special Collections Library Building) Richard Guy Wilson of the University of Virginia presents “Edith Wharton’s Architectural and Literary Revolution.” Live music by Ruby Kendrick in the Founders Memorial Garden will follow the lecture. 4 p.m. Email:, www. MEETINGS: UGA Humanist Discussion Group (UGA Tate Center) (Room 352) The Point is a group of students and young adults who engage in conversations about humanist topics from many different viewpoints. Every first and third Thursday of the month. 7–9 p.m. FREE! ThePointUGA MEETINGS: Athens PRIDE Meeting (Hotel Indigo) Plan events and discuss by-laws. 6 p.m. FREE!, www. PERFORMANCE: Guest Recital (UGA Ramsey Concert Hall) Chiara Sedini, oboe professor from Italy’s Conservatorio Vivaldi Alessandria, presents a recital. 6 p.m. FREE! PERFORMANCE: Modern Pin-Ups Debut Revue (40 Watt Club) A Modern Pin-Ups dance performance with special guests Contact Dance Company and Dancefx Concert Dance Company. 8 p.m. $5. PERFORMANCE: “The Red, White & Green” (Hugh Hodgson Hall) The UGA Wind Ensemble performs works by Rossini, Lauridsen, Coplan and Ives, as well as a new work by composer Federico Ermiro. 8 p.m. $5 (w/ student ID), $10. www.pac.

Friday 19 EVENTS: Zombie Farms Halloween Trail (4965 Lexinton Rd.) The zombie apocolypse is upon us! Witness the dawn of a new era in which humans can be at ease among domesticated zombies by walking the haunted Zombie Trail. 8–12 p.m. $15. EVENTS: UGA Observatory Open House (UGA Observatory) The 24-inch telescope is open for public viewing and discussion on the roof of the UGA physics building. The double cluster of Perseus, which is comprised of two nearby groups of thousands of stars, and the pale blue planet Uranus will be visible if the skies are clear. Late in the evening, Jupiter rises in the east, accompanied by its four largest moons known as the Galilean satellites in honor of their discovery by Galileo Galilei in 1610. 9–10:30 p.m. FREE! 706-542-2485 EVENTS: Haunted History Tour (Eagle Tavern, Watkinsville) Join Melissa for an evening stroll through the shadows of Watkinsville as she tells tales of hauntings, local legends and history. Email for reservations. 8 p.m. $7–12., www.northgeorgiatours. net/ghost-walks 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

Friday, October 19 & Saturday, October 20

Gonzoriffic Film Festival Ciné Autumn has finally descended, and for moviegoers who like a nip of the dark stuff, that means one thing: horror movies. You’ll find plenty of classic Cary Grant Takes LSD and Sees a Ghost with No Pants creature features on TCM all month or yet another Saw marathon playing elsewhere, but if you want to see something truly unique, you’ll have to venture to the movie theater to get your fix. Since 2004, independent filmmaker, cult movie expert and entertainment journalist Andrew Shearer has been hosting the Gonzoriffic film festival in various spots in town (though this will be the fifth year at Ciné), showcasing enthusiastically lowbrow shorts in the tradition of past exploitation filmmakers such as Ed Wood, H.G. Lewis, Doris Wishman and Ray Dennis Steckler. In other words, it’s good, trashy fun. The horror genre has long had a disturbing strain of misogyny running through it, but Gonzoriffic has turned that on its rear and many contributors to the Gonzoriffic collective are women, working behind and in front of the lens. Sex tends to be shunned in most horror movies, too, or at least if it’s shown there’s a strong interjection of Old Testament morality to dampen the buzz. Not with Gonzoriffic, however, which regularly mixes a little bump and grind naughtiness with the bloodletting. Some of the titles on tap for this year’s festival include the premiere of the burlesque barn-burner Pajama Nightmare, the psycho psyche-out of Travel Size, plenty of promised space boobs in Space Boobs and lesbian robots in Completely Defective. Local sonic miscreants Los Meesfits and the lovely cabaret showgirls from Effie’s Club Follies also helped with the production of Pajama Nightmare. The festival kicks off Oct. 19 with a midnight show (appropriately enough) and continues with another show the next night at the same time. Admission is $5. [Derek Hill]

EVENTS: PBR & Playboy magazine Tour (Max) Get an autographed photo with Playboy playmates and meet the Playboy cyber girls. DJ Z-Dogg, Twin Powers and Immuzikation will spin songs. 11 p.m. FREE! 706-254-3392 EVENTS: 2nd Annual Charity Golf Classic (UGA Golf Course) All proceeds benefit terminally ill patients and their families in the Athens area. Registration includes a round of golf, cart, breakfast, lunch, gift bag and a tax deductible donation. 7:30 a.m. (registration), 8:30 a.m. (shotgun). $90/player, $360/team. 706-354-1707, FILM: Gonzoriffic Film Festival (Ciné) Independent horror shorts including Pajama Nightmare, Travel Size, Space Boobs and Completely Defective. See Calendar Pick on p. 22. 12 a.m. $5. FILM: Unfinished Spaces (Ciné) A documentary about the National Art Schools of Cuba. Part of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians 30th annual meeting. 4:30 p.m. $10. KIDSTUFF: Thriller Tap Bash (Dancefx) Britton Campion leads a just-for-fun tap extravaganza for beginning tappers. Learn a quick routine to “Thriller” just in time for Halloween. No tap shoes required. For ages 7 & up. 4:30 p.m. FREE! 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: Hip-Hop Halloween (Dancefx) Calling all hip-hoppers and at-home-in-front-of-the-tv dancers! Learn some new poppin’ and lockin’ moves to a Halloweenthemed tune. For ages 6–11. 5:30 p.m. FREE!

LECTURES AND LIT: Second Annual Georgia Law and Politics Symposium (UGA Russell Library) The UGA School of Law hosts a symposium featuring panel sessions on criminal justice reform, ethics in government and the future of transportation initiatives in Georgia. Email to RSVP to this event. 11:30 a.m.–5 p.m. FREE!, news/14674 LECTURES AND LIT: Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians Annual Meeting (The Classic Center) SESAH hosts their 30th annual meeting featuring a conference in which approximately 55 papers will be presented in the 15 paper sessions offered. Professor Mark Reinberger of UGA’s College of Environment & Design serves as conference chair. Oct. 18, 4–7 p.m. Oct. 19, 4:30–6 p.m. & Oct. 20, 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. OUTDOORS: Friday Night Paddles (Sandy Creek Park) Experience nighttime on Lake Chapman and paddle around the moonlit waters. Participants may bring or rent a canoe or kayak. For ages 12 & up. Call to pre-register. 9–11 p.m. $5–12/family. 706-613-3631, www. PERFORMANCE: Athens Showgirl Cabaret (Little Kings Shuffle Club) A unique drag show featuring performances by local drag artists. 10:30 p.m. $5. 706-369-3144 PERFORMANCE: Collegium Musicum (UGA Ramsey Concert Hall) A performance of Bach’s “Magnificat.” 8 p.m. FREE! www. PERFORMANCE: Student Recital (Hugh Hodgson Hall) Grayson Holland gives a tuba recital. 6:30 p.m. FREE! PERFORMANCE: Pamoja Dance Company (Oconee County Civic Center) A performance of “Dancing

through Life.” 7 p.m. $5–7. jgracet@ PERFORMANCE: Over the Rainbow (Canopy Studio) Canopy’s Repertory Company flies over the rainbow to Oz. Oct. 19, 8 p.m. Oct. 20, 4 & 8 p.m. Oct. 21, 2 & 6 p.m. $7–16. THEATRE: Disney’s 101 Dalmatians (Athens Little Playhouse) Join all the dogs of London as they daringly rescue the dalmatian puppies from Cruella and her bumbling henchmen. Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20, 10 a.m. Oct. 20 & 21, 3 p.m. $5–10.

Saturday 20 ART: Jill Carnes “One Day Only” Art Sale (Little Kings Shuffle Club) Local artist Jill Carnes will show and sell her most recent works: white line drawings on black paper. One day only! 4–8 p.m. FREE! 706369-3144 CLASSES: Master Class with Sean Bankhead (Dancefx) A workshop with Bloch South and hip-hop legend Sean Bankhead. 11:30 a.m. $30. EVENTS: Slow Water Music Festival (3832 Hwy. 29, Royston) An all-day lineup of local talent benefiting Nuçi’s Space. Featuring Bloodkin, Ike Stubblefield & Friends, Dangfly, Mama’s Love, The Woodgrains, Michael Guthrie and Phil Duncan, as well as performances from the Camp Amped Band and School of Rock Band. 2–11 p.m. $15–20. EVENTS: Zombie Farms Halloween Trail (4965 Lexinton Rd.) The zombie apocolypse is upon us! Witness the dawn of a new era in which humans can be at ease among domesticated zombies by walking the haunted Zombie Trail. 8–12 p.m. $15.

EVENTS: AthHalf Health and Fitness Expo (The Classic Center) Bargains on running and fitness merchandise, free samples of nutritional products and demonstrations of fitness tools. Participating AthHalf runners pick up their race numbers and t-shirts. Open to the public. 12–6 p.m. FREE! EVENTS: LatinoFest (Casa de Amistad) A cross-cultural celebration to raise awareness of multicultural exchange in Athens. Learn and engage in the diversity and heritage of many countries with dancing, singing, visual arts, music, food and more. 12–5 p.m. athensamistad@ EVENTS: Home Movie Day (UGA Russell Library) A worldwide celebration of amateur films and filmmaking. Screenings of home movies from the media archives’ holdings, including from the earliest home movies made in Georgia (in 1917), as well as other home movies from Athens, around Georgia and the Southeast. Attendees are encouraged to bring films, videotapes, and DVDs for inspection and screening. Archivists will be in attendance to answer questions. 2–4 p.m. FREE! 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: Contra Dance (Memorial Park) Presented by the Athens Folk Music & Dance Society. Live music by Cattywampas. Susan Davis is calling. Free 30-minute lesson beginning at 7 p.m. No experience or partner needed. 7–11:30 p.m. FREE! (under 18), $7 (adults). www. EVENTS: Avid Bookshop Turns One (Avid Bookshop) A one-year anniversary celebration featuring refreshments and a book raffle. 7–9 p.m. FREE! EVENTS: Noche Latina: Noche de Encanto (UGA Tate Center) The UGA Hispanic Student Association holds an annual celebration as a mark to the end of Hispanic Heritage Month. This year’s festivities include a variety of Latino-influenced performances and a buffet of traditional foods. 6:30 p.m. $5–8. EVENTS: Natural History Museum Gala (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Annual fundraising gala for the special collections, programs and activities at the Georgia Museum of Natural History. Live music by The Kenney-Blackmon String Band and a live auction with Sam Williamson. 6–10 p.m. EVENTS: Dog Day for United Way (Terrapin Beer Co.) Featuring a hot dog bar for dinner, demonstrations by Dynamo Dogs, brewery tours, beer samplings and live music by Rhythm and Rouge. Adoptable dogs from Pawtropolis, Athens Canine Rescue and Athens Area Humane Society will be on site looking for new homes. Free dog treats for furry friends in attendance. A portion of proceeds benefit the United Way of Northeast Georgia. 5:30–7:30 p.m. $10–12. EVENTS: Third Annual Car Show (Athens Technical College) Featuring classic cars, family activities, car seat safety checks and food. Call to register your car in the show. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. FREE!, $20 (car registration). 706-425-3046 EVENTS: Haunted History Tour (Eagle Tavern, Watkinsville) Join Melissa for an evening stroll through the shadows of Watkinsville as she

tells tales of hauntings, local legends and history. Email for reservations. 8 p.m. $7–12., www.northgeorgiatours. net/ghost-walks 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 chef of Five & Ten and Empire State South, Hugh Acheson. 8 a.m.–12 p.m. FREE! EVENTS: 12th Annual Trick-orTrot 5K Run/Walk (Stegeman Coliseum) All proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity. Awards presented to overall first place for male and female, first place masters, and top three male and female finishers from all age groups. 9 a.m. $15–20., www. EVENTS: SESAH Tours (Athens, Ga) UGA architect Danny Sniff leads a tour through notable modern buildings on the UGA campus. Afterwards, Monica Callahan and Ken Kocher lead a tour of selected ante- and post-bellum buildings in Madison. Part of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians annual meeting. 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. $40. EVENTS: Festiboo (Farmington Depot Gallery) Annual artists’ market with new works in the gallery, food, fun and scary things. Haunted hayrides after sunset. “Bucolanalia: Paintings and Drawings by Matt Alston” will be on display in the lower gallery. 10 a.m.–8 p.m. EVENTS: Black Pot Cooking (Shields Ethridge Farm) See cooking the way it used to be: outdoors over a fire. The menu includes chicken and dumplings, beans, turnip greens, sweet potatoes, cornbread and a variety of fruit cobblers. Fried pies will be for sale as well as products made on the farm like cornmeal, grits and honey. Farm buildings, including the working gristmill and cotton gin will be open with live gospel and bluegrass music. 11 a.m.–2 p.m. $10–15. 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. FILM: Gonzoriffic Film Festival (Ciné) Independent horror shorts including Pajama Nightmare, Travel Size, Space Boobs, Completely Defective and more. See Calendar Pick on p. 22. 12 a.m. $5. www. KIDSTUFF: Scary, Oozy, Slimy Day (Sandy Creek Nature Center) Learn about the slippery, slimy and misunderstood creatures of the world through games and crafts. Costumes encouraged. 4–7 p.m. $3–5. www.sandycreeknaturecenter. com KIDSTUFF: Saturday at the Rock (Rock Eagle 4H Center) Spend an evening exploring two historical cemeteries and telling stories by a campfire. 6–8:30 p.m. $5. 706-4842862, 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


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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: Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians Annual Meeting (The Classic Center) SESAH hosts their 30th annual meeting featuring a conference in which approximately 55 papers will be presented in the 15 paper sessions offered. Professor Mark Reinberger of UGA’s College of Environment & Design serves as conference chair. Oct. 18, 4–7 p.m. Oct. 19, 4:30–6 p.m. & Oct. 20, 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. PERFORMANCE: A First Concert (DePass Studio of Dance, Watkinsville) Encore Dance Theatre and Southern Winds Woodwind Quintet join together for a casual and family-friendly evening of live music and dance. 6 p.m. & 8 p.m. $7. 404-290-3835, october20tickets@ PERFORMANCE: Over the Rainbow (Canopy Studio) Canopy’s Repertory Company flies over the rainbow to Oz. Oct. 19, 8 p.m. Oct. 20, 4 & 8 p.m. Oct. 21, 2 & 6 p.m. $7–16. PERFORMANCE: Pinocchio (Seney-Stovall Chapel) Puppeteer Lee Bryan retells the Collodi classic text with puppets constructed from found objects, authentic Italian music, Commedia-style mask work and plenty of audience participation. 11 a.m. FREE! 706-543-5280 PERFORMANCE: DanceAthens 2012 (The Morton Theatre) The culmination of a week of events celebrating dance in Athens, featuring the Dancefx performance companies: Red Hotz, Studio Dance Academy, Georgia Dance Team, UGA Ballroom Performance Group and more. 4 & 7:30 p.m. $11–15. THEATRE: Disney’s 101 Dalmatians (Athens Little Playhouse) Join all the dogs of London as they daringly rescue the dalmatian puppies from Cruella and her bumbling henchmen. Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20, 10 a.m. Oct. 20 & 21, 3 p.m. $5–10. THEATRE: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Ashford Manor) One-night only performance of Rose of Athens’ touring show of this Shakespeare classic. Audience may bring picnics, blankets and chairs. 5 p.m. www.

Sunday 21 ART: Artists Reception (Athens Academy) A show of sculptures, paintings and drawings by seven local portrait artists: William “Rocky” Sapp, John Ahee, Noah Saunders, Leah B. Mantini, Jean Westmacott, Meredith Lachin and Katherine E. Schuber. 2–4 p.m. FREE! CLASSES: Contemporary Hip-Hop Class (Dancefx) Director of Dancefx Charleston and Charleston Dance Project Jenny Broe Price leads a workshop. 8–9:30 p.m. $15. www. 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: Pre-AthHalf Church Service (First Presbyterian Church) Runners, volunteers and specta-


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tors are invited to come to First Presbyterian Church downtown before the third annual Athens Half Marathon for a 20-minute service of worship and hospitality. Participants are welcome to use the church restrooms, enjoy free Jittery Joe’s coffee and stay warm before starting the race. 6:30–7 a.m. FREE! EVENTS: 13th Annual Fall Wine Fest (Ashford Manor) A showcase of dozens of restaurants, brewers, wineries and wine retailers. A silent auction will include art, pottery and travel opportunities. 3–6 p.m. $25–40. EVENTS: Fall Landfill “Scavenger” Hunt (ACC Landfill) Join the ACC Recycling Division and the Oconee River Audubon Society to learn more about nature’s best recyclers: vultures. Dress appropriately for a landfill trail hike. 8–10 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3512 EVENTS: 3rd Annual AthHalf (Athens, Ga) Cheer on this year’s runners as they race to the finish line. DJ Ted Kuhn, Red Ravine, Old Smokey, Kate Wright, Death of the Peanut King, Cedar Shoals Marching Band and The HEAP will perform along the path. Proceeds benefit AthFest Educates! See story on p. 10. 7:30 a.m. 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. GAMES: Full Contact Trivia (Amici) Every Sunday. First place receives $50 and second place receives $25. 9 p.m. 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: Trivia (Buffalo’s Southwest Café) “Brewer’s Inquisition,” trivia hosted by Chris Brewer every Sunday. 7 p.m. FREE! 706-3546655, MEETINGS: ICAN Meeting (By Your Leave Family Resource Center) ICAN of Athens supports women and their families who are exploring their birth options, whether it be planning a VBAC or planning a cesarean. ICAN meets monthly and is open to the public. Call or email to RSVP. 3–5 p.m. FREE! 706-296-4857, PERFORMANCE: Over the Rainbow (Canopy Studio) Canopy Studio’s Repertory Company flies over the rainbow to Oz. Oct. 19, 8 p.m. Oct. 20, 4 & 8 p.m. Oct. 21, 2 & 6 p.m. $7–16. www.canopystudio. com PERFORMANCE: Georgia Brass Band (Hugh Hodgson Hall) The state’s premier British-style brass band. 3 p.m. FREE! (tickets required). PERFORMANCE: Athens Flute Choir Concert (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) (Atrium) Presenting its fall concert “Food for the Body, Food for the Soul.” 2 p.m. FREE! 706-206-7886, PERFORMANCE: Classic City Band Presents “British Music” (Cedar Shoals High School) Classic City Band performs their Fall Concert with British music


composed at the turn of the century. Features Euphonium Soloist David Knox Stone. 7:30 p.m. FREE! 706546-5375 THEATRE: Our Hope: A Church Play (Episcopal Student Center) Written and performed by church members, the play is about the need for inclusion in the church of the LGBTQ community. 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. FREE! THEATRE: Disney’s 101 Dalmatians (Athens Little Playhouse) Join all the dogs of London as they daringly rescue the dalmatian puppies from Cruella and her bumbling henchmen. Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20, 10 a.m. Oct. 20 & 21, 3 p.m. $5–10.

Monday 22 COMEDY: Schtick or Treat (New Earth Music Hall) Local comedians “cover” their heroes. Featuring host Gabe Synan as Joan Rivers, Nate Mitchell as Neil Hamburger, Andrea Boyd as George Carlin, Luke Fields as Kyle Kinane, Craig Hoelzer as Dave Attell, Paige Bowman as John Mulaney, Chris Patton as Mitch Hedberg, Matt Gilbert as Bob Ducca and Liz Larson as Chelsea Handler. See Calendar Pick on p. 26. 8 p.m. $5. GAMES: Trivia (Highwire Lounge) Athens’ toughest trivia. $100 grand prize every week! All ages. 8 p.m. FREE! 706-543-8997 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! KIDSTUFF: Bedtime Stories (ACC Library) Snuggle in your jammies and listen to stories. Every Monday. 7 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 KIDSTUFF: Infant Storytime (ACC Library) Nurture language skills. 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 PERFORMANCE: International Students Recital (UGA Edge Recital Hall) Double bass professor Milton Masciadri hosts a recital featuring students from abroad. 6:30 p.m. FREE! PERFORMANCE: Faculty Recital (UGA Ramsey Concert Hall) Hugh Hodgson School of Music faculty member Joshua Bynum presents a trombone recital. 8 p.m. FREE! www.

Tuesday 23 CLASSES: Preserving Fall for Home Décor (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Create a wreath and a vase with fall leaves. Examples on display in the education wing. Call to pre-register. 6–8 p.m. $30–36. 706-542-6156, CLASSES: Microfilm Scanner Demonstrations (ACC Library) A representative from Palmetto Microfilm Systems, Inc., will demonstrate the latest updates in microfilm, including information on how to copy microfilm and digitize the images. Call or email to RSVP. 12:30, 3:30, 5:30 & 7:30 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650, ext. 356, lcarter@ EVENTS: West Broad Market Garden Produce Stand (1573 W. Broad St.) Seasonal and naturally grown produce. Cash paying neigh-

Wednesday, October 17

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Gov’t Mule, Col. Bruce Hampton Georgia Theatre Gov’t Mule’s Georgia roots run deep. Lead singer and guitarist Warren Haynes, drummer Matt Abts and the band’s late bassist, Allen Woody, jammed, recorded and performed all over the state during their formative years in the mid-’90s, from old Macon haunts to the nightclubs of Athens and Atlanta. Haynes and his Mule Gov’t Mule cohorts take a look back at their early days with the six-disc Georgia Bootleg Box, the first installment in a series of live recordings. Among other concerts, the collection documents a three-night stint at the Georgia Theatre in April 1996. “The band has definitely evolved since that time,” Haynes says. “When Woody passed away in 2000, we were forced into a change of direction, because it didn’t make sense to chase a chemistry that was gone.” Haynes has pursued additional projects in recent years, including playing lead guitar with The Allman Brothers. He also toured the country last spring in support of a soulful solo album, Man in Motion. “I’m very fortunate to have that opportunity to collaborate,” Haynes says. “A lot of musicians [complain] that they don’t get to express themselves in a lot of different ways. When you play in a different situation, you’re responding to the sound of the musicians you’re playing with.” Along with Haynes and Abts, keyboardist Danny Louis and bassist Jorgen Carlsson will be onstage in Athens. The lineup is different, but the spirit is the same. “Anyone who’s ever lost a bandmember [will] agree that you don’t try and search for that ever again,” Haynes says. “You want to turn the page and open a new chapter. You want to take the same… spirit and find a new chemistry that rivals the old chemistry.” In addition to the evening show, things kick off with a “VIP pre-party” on the Georgia Theatre rooftop Wednesday afternoon, where fans can meet Haynes and Abts and also hear an acoustic set. [T. Ballard Lesemann]

bors 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: Relay for Life Halloween Party (40 Watt Club) Throw on your best costume and party for a good cause. 9 p.m. $3. FILM: Love Free or Die (St. Mary’s Chapel, UGA Episcopal Center) A documentary about Gene Robinson, the openly gay bishop who set a precedent in New Hampshire state politics and promoted the battle for LGBT people to receive full acceptance in the faith. 7–9 p.m. FREE! 706-353-2330 GAMES: Trivia (Chango’s Asian Kitchen) Learn facts, eat noodles. Every Tuesday. 7:30 p.m. FREE! 706546-0015 GAMES: Trivia (Fuzzy’s Taco Shop) Compete for prizes and giveaways. Every Tuesday. 9–11 p.m. 706353-0305 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 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 KIDSTUFF: Toddler Storytime (ACC Library) For children ages 18 months to 5 years. 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 PERFORMANCE: International Students Recital (UGA Edge Recital Hall) Double bass professor Milton Masciadri hosts a recital

featuring students from abroad. 6:30 p.m. FREE! PERFORMANCE: UGA Choral Schowcase (Hugh Hodgson Hall) The Hodgson Singers, University Chorus, and Men & Women’s Glee Clubs perform. 8 p.m. $5 (w/ student ID), $10. 706-542-4400, www.

Wednesday 24 ART: Opening Reception (Lamar Dodd School of Art) For a juried art show of all media, judged by guest juror Lloyd Benjamin, the owner and director of Get This! Gallery in Atlanta. 6–8 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: Interview in the Galleries (Georgia Museum of Art) Special guests Julie Martin and Robert Whitman, key figures behind Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.) lead a discussion of E.A.T.’s “The New York Collection for Stockholm.” Moderated by Lynn Boland, Pierre Daura Curator of European Art. 7–8 p.m. FREE! www. 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. CLASSES: Intro to Microsoft Word 2010 (Oconee County Library) Learn the basics of word processing, the parts of a Word Window,

files, toolbars, icons and more. Call to register. Oct. 18, 1–2:30 p.m. or Oct. 24, 4–5:30 p.m. FREE! 706769-3950 COMEDY: HACKS Comedy (Caledonia Lounge) Comedian Kyle Kinane returns to Athens with James Fritz, Shalewa Sharpe, John-Michael Bond, Ian Douglas Terry, Craig Hoelzer and Luke Fields. 9 p.m. $10–12. EVENTS: Featured Farm Dinner (Heirloom Cafe and Fresh Market) Four-course meal featuring food from Darby Farms and Foster Brady Farms. Reservations required. 6 p.m. $40. EVENTS: Open Mic Night (Ten Pins Tavern) Hip-hop, spoken word, rock, singer-songwriters, DJs, jugglers, bellydancers, comedy, poetry, ballet... Hosted by Amy Neese. 8 p.m. FREE! 706-546-8090 EVENTS: Museum Mix (Georgia Museum of Art) A late-night art party with a live DJ, refreshments and access to all of the galleries. 8 p.m. FREE! EVENTS: Athens Farmers Market (City Hall/ College Avenue) An afternoon market featuring local and sustainable produce, meats, eggs, baked goods and crafts. Live music at every market. Wednesdays through October. 4–7 p.m. FREE! 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 GAMES: Trivia (Choo Choo Japanese Korean Grill Express) Jump on the trivia train! Every Wednesday. 7:30 p.m.

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 (Your Pie) (Five Points location) Open your piehole for a chance to win! Every Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. FREE! 706850-7424 GAMES: Trivia (Mellow Mushroom) Every Wednesday. 8 p.m. FREE! 706-613-0892 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: Movie Trivia (Little Kings Shuffle Club) Special horror movie edition! Hosted by Jeremy Dyson. 9 p.m. GAMES: Trivia (Copper Creek Brewing Company) Test your trivia chops for prizes! Every Wednesday. 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-1102 KIDSTUFF: Toddler Storytime (ACC Library) For children ages 18 months to 5 years. 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 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: Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Halloween Carnival (East Athens Community Center) Games, activities, face painting, scary story readings and a haunted house! Call to register. Ages 5â&#x20AC;&#x201C;10. 5â&#x20AC;&#x201C;6:30 p.m. $3â&#x20AC;&#x201C;5. 706613-3593 LECTURES AND LIT: Oconee Democrats Book Group (Piccoloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Italian Steak House) The community book group sponsored by the Oconee Democrats will discuss Robert Gravesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; book Good-Bye to All That. 7 p.m. FREE! patricia. PERFORMANCE: Student Recital (UGA Edge Recital Hall) William Keene, French horn. 5 p.m. FREE! PERFORMANCE: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble (Hugh Hodgson Hall) Performing works by Borodin, Brahms and Mendelssohn. 8 p.m. $39. PERFORMANCE: DMA Recital (UGA Ramsey Concert Hall) DMA candidate John Lopez presents a conducting recital. 6 p.m. FREE! PERFORMANCE: Masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Recital (UGA Edge Recital Hall) Masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s student Rober Hjelmstad performs a recital of piano music. 8 p.m. FREE!

Down the Line ART: Artist Reception 10/25 (Frontier) For local outsider artist Jimmy â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cap Manâ&#x20AC;? Straehla. Known for his bottlecap-covered cars, Straehla will feature art created from found materials in this display. 6â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8 p.m. FREE! KIDSTUFF: GMOA Teen Studio 10/25 (Georgia Museum of Art) Teens are invited to participate in a workshop led by Athens artist Mary Engel. Join a discussion on the museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s folk art collection, then work with Engel to create your own multimedia masterpiece. Pizza will be served. Call to register. 5:30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-542-4662 KIDSTUFF: Family Dinner Night 10/25 (Earth Fare ) Kids eat free every Thursday with one $5 adult purchase of prepared foods. Good

for up to six kids, ages 12 & under. Games, storytelling and other entertainment each week. 4â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8 p.m. $5. 706-227-1717 KIDSTUFF: Story Time 10/25 (Avid Bookshop) Come listen to childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stories read aloud. Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. & Saturdays, 1 p.m. FREE! 706352-2060 MEETINGS: Circle: Coming Out Stories 10/25 (Aloha Counseling Center) A supportive social circle for lesbian and bisexual women. In celebration of National Coming Out Day, this monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting is dedicated to sharing coming out stories. Please bring a dish or a non-alcoholic beverage to share with the group. 6 p.m. FREE! www.

LIVE MUSIC Tuesday 16 Georgia Theatre Get Up Get Down. On the Rooftop! 10 p.m. $2. WASHED OUT The unwitting poster boy of chillwave, Georgiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ernest Greene produces airy, elegant tunes that have an â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;80s synth-pop feel. DJ set! LE BLORR Duo from Florida that features a mix of psychedelic rock and roll and electronic dance music. 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 RENE LECONTE Featuring Joe Kubler (Sleeping Friends, Bubbly Mommy Gun). I LOVE YOU No information available. DAYS OF BEYOND THUNDER Mercer West and friends play lyrical pop songs â&#x20AC;&#x153;for the over-50 set.â&#x20AC;? Hendershotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Coffee Bar 8:30 p.m. $5. www.hendershotscoffee. com IKE STUBBLEFIELD & 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! The Melting Point Terrapin Tuesday Series. 7 p.m. $5. YARN Brooklyn-based alt-country band. BEN MILLER BAND Joplin, MO trio that combines bluegrass, delta blues and Appalachian mountain music. Mirko Pasta 6 p.m. FREE! 706-850-5641 (Gaines School Rd. location) LOUIS PHILLIP PELOT Local singer-songwriter performs solo folk and country. 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. BETSY FRANCK This local songwriter offers soulful, brassy Southern rock and country rooted in tradition but with a modern sensibility. FESTER HAGOOD This local songwriter sings in a soft drawl that accents his simple, plucked country songs. DJ TRIZ Celebrated local electro turntablist.

R&B and current and classic dance hits.

The Volstead 9 p.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;1:30 a.m. 706-354-5300 KARAOKE Every Tuesday!

Hendershotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. FREE! www.hendershotscoffee. com OLD SKOOL TRIO Funk, blues, and jazz featuring Carl Lindberg on bass, Seth Hendershot on drums and Jason Fuller on keys. Playing original compositions and the music of The Funky Meters, Dr. John, War, Sly and the Family Stone, Billy Preston, Stevie Wonder, Funkadelic, and more.

WUOG Live in the Lobby! 8 p.m. FREE! www. ABSENCE OF OCEAN Dream-pop trio from Atlanta.

Jerzees 10 p.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;1 a.m. $3 (21+), $5. 706850-7320 SPICY SALSA DANCING Salsa and Latin dancing. Every Wednesday.

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The Melting Point 9 p.m. $5 (adv. or w/ UGA ID), $7 (door). CROWFIELD Charleston-based band blends infectious, charismatic rock with elements of Americana, altcountry, and pop. LULLWATER Gritty yet melodic local rock band that pairs Southern rock with â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;90s alternative.

Athens City Hall Athens Farmers Market. 5 p.m. FREE! DON SCHNITZEL AND THE HOFBRAU BOYS Local polka band! 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. THE NEW TRUST Melodic indie rock band from California. TATERZANDRA Local band playing angular, often dissonant but catchy grunge that maintains a distinct sense of melody. MOUSER Exuberant garage-pop that experiments with noise jams. DUDE MAGNETS Noisy chaos. College Square Blue Sky Concert Series. 12 p.m. FREE! KILLICK Blue Sky Concerts begin at noon and end at 1 p.m. Every Wednesday in October! This week features local experimentalist Killick, who will be playing his â&#x20AC;&#x153;harp guitar,â&#x20AC;? Big Red. Farm 255 8â&#x20AC;&#x201C;10 p.m. FREE! DIAL INDICATORS Local act featuring Jeremiah Roberts on guitar and George Davidson on tenor saxophone playing cool jazz. Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m. MATHIEN Funk-rock band from Illinois. ROOT SPIRITS Local two-piece blues-rock outfit draws from American roots music and psychedelia to create an absorbing experience. CRANE A high energy band that falls into genres ranging from Southern rock to hip-hop to funk. Georgia Theatre 7 p.m. $25. GOVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;T MULE Allman Brothers guitarist Warren Haynes leads this long-running Southern rock band that combines rock and roll with jam influences. Celebrating the release of the new â&#x20AC;&#x153;Georgia Bootleg Box.â&#x20AC;? See Calendar Pick on p. 24. COL. BRUCE HAMPTON Known for his raucous live performances, The Colonel plays a smooth blend of jazz and blues. Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 DJ FOG JUICE Spinning Euro/Italo/ space-disco, new wave, old-school

New Earth Music Hall Delta Sigma Pi Relay For Life Benefit! 8 p.m. $10. www.newearthmusichall. com STREET, RHYTHM & RHYME Local group jams on funk, reggae, jazz and blues. SURREAL An uplifting, progressive pop-rock band whose music explores some of lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most breathtaking moments. CONCORD AMERICA Bluesinfluenced alt-rock band from Chamblee. The Office Lounge 9:30 p.m. FREE! 706-549-0840 KARAOKE With your host Lynn, the Queen of Karaoke! Porterhouse Grill 7 p.m. FREE! 706-369-0990 JAZZ NIGHT An Athens tradition for over 10 years! 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! RED OAK SOUTHERN STRING BAND This Watkinsville-based band plays rootsy Americana.

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The Winery 7â&#x20AC;&#x201C;11 p.m. FREE! 706-613-0095 LOUIS PHILLIP PELOT Local singer-songwriter performs solo folk and country.

Thursday 18 Barbeque Shack 7 p.m. FREE! 706-613-6752 OPEN BLUEGRASS JAM All pickers welcome! Every Thursday! Boarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Head Lounge 10 p.m. FREE! PLAY AND DESTROY DJ COMPETITION DJs battle to win categories including â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best Club Bangers,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best Seducersâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m Embarrassed to Have This on My iPod.â&#x20AC;? Audience chooses the winners. Hosted by DJ Decepticron. k continued on next page



Caledonia Lounge 8:30 p.m. $5 (student adv.), $7 (student door), $6 (adv.), $8 (21+), $10 (18+). JK & THE LOST BOYS Atlanta band with a style strongly reflective of acoustic-tinged folk and blues rock bands such as Dave Matthews Band and Counting Crows. BENJAMIN TOWERS Lead singer of Groove Tangent branching out to make his own “upbeat, discoinfluenced synthpop.” MAMA GYPSY Atlanta-based indierock group. Farm 255 11 p.m. FREE! SANS ABRI Local band featuring members of Packway Handle Band. SEVEN HANDLE CIRCUS A rowdy and fun modern interpretation of traditional bluegrass and folk. Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m. THE LAW Former members of Trapper’s Cabin. FRANKENSTRANGLER Formerly Frank & the Stranglers, this side project puts its own spin on interestingly chosen cover tunes. Georgia Theatre 7 p.m. $20. PUNCH BROTHERS Four-piece band that plays hard-charging string-band punk rock. TOM BROSSEAU Indie-folk rock act from North Dakota. 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. La Fiesta #2 7 p.m. FREE! ABDUR AND MOSES Members of local band John Parker Wayne play a set. Manor 9 p.m. $7 (Early Bird), $10 (First Batch Discount), $15 (door). DUB FX This guy’s trademark is “creating rich live music using only his voice aided by live looping and effect pedals.” FLOWER FAIRY Melbourne-based dubstep crew. SNAREOPHOBE Duo from UK that mixes up heavyweight bass lines, samples, loops, FX and mashes up their own tracks over 4 channels, remixing on the fly. STARFIGHTERZ Electronic duo from Melbourne. Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. $3. 706-546-4742 BEAR LEFT This local high-energy jam band combines rock and funk influences. 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 and guests are welcome! Sr. Sol 6 p.m. FREE! 706-850-7112 (W. Broad St. location) MARIACHI NIGHT Live Mariachi band, every other Thursday! Terrapin Beer Co. 5:30 p.m. FREE! ZUHG Fun-loving funk-jam-reggae band from Sacramento, CA.


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WUOG Live in the Lobby! 8 p.m. FREE! www. BOYCYLCE Local band featuring Andre Ducote, Ashley Floyd, Austin Williams and Bryson Blumenstock playing dreamy, inventive tunes driven by various percussive instruments and synth.

Friday 19 40 Watt Club Orange Twin/Gypsy Farm Showcase! 8:30 p.m. $5. THE HUMMS Local three-piece plays a raunchy, grooving blend of psychedelic garage rock. E.X.P. Pure rock by Scott E. Spillane and friends. AL SCORCH Dynamic and lush acoustic-based folk/bluegrass tunes from this Chicago group. THE SHOAL CREEK STRANGLERS Playing a natural blend of folk, traditional and string music. ANDREW, SCOTT AND LAURA Playing stripped down versions of songs by Gerbils, Elf Power and other favorites. Buffalo’s Southwest Café 7:30 p.m. $8. athens THE SPLITZ BAND This band’s impressively wide range encompasses classic Motown, funk, disco and both old-school and contemporary R&B. Caledonia Lounge 10 p.m. $3 (21+), $5 (18+). MANGER Speed thrash metal “with a dash of Satan.” The band harks back to the days of NWOBHM: ripping solos and screeching vocals. FISTY Punk band from New York. IN THE LURCH Local three-piece that cranks out crunchy guitar riffs and sinister basslines, citing Primus and Tool as influences. The Classic Center 8 p.m. $48.50-$58.50. JOHN PRINE Since the 1970s, this legendary American country and folk songwriter has penned countless beloved tunes for himself and others. Farm 255 11 p.m. FREE! QUIET HOOVES Formerly local band features high-energy, idiosyncratic pop that’s loose and full of fun. JACK TOFT Performing a mix of rap, punk, and folk, he provides the best of all three worlds. Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m. BAXTER AND THE BASICS New, local folk-inspired indie rock band. UNIVERSAL SIGH Progressive rock band that plays original music inspired by artists like Phish, Umphrey’s McGee, Pink Floyd and Radiohead. ABOVE THE ATLANTIC Indie-pop trio. Influences include Death Cab for Cutie, Kings of Leon, The Whigs and Radiohead. Georgia Theatre 8 p.m. $12. PAPADOSIO A combination of eclectic musical traditions with modern electronica. OTT AND THE ALL SEEING I Celebrated producer Ott leads this electro group known for its spontaneity and intricacy.


NADIS WARRIORS Known for their spectacular EDM shows, they provide a mix of “spirituality and sonic psychedelia.” Go Bar 9 p.m. 706-546-5609 FALL EXPERIMENTALER An experimental music showcase along with an art installation created by various bandmembers. Featuring Quiet Evenings, Hand Sand Hands, Future Ape Tapes and Cult of Riggonia. Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. ISAAC BRAMBLETT Combining country with folk rock to make a unique show. Highwire Lounge “Friday Night Jazz.” 8–11 p.m. FREE! RAND LINES Original compositions of pianist Rand Lines with bassist Carl Lindberg. Little Kings Shuffle Club 10 p.m. FREE! lkshuffleclub ‘90s DANCE PARTY Featuring DJs McCord and The King. Max PBR and Playboy Patio Party. 11 p.m. FREE! 706-254-3392 DJ Z-DOGG Loveable local DJ spins top 40 hits, old-school hip-hop, high-energy rock and other danceable favorites. IMMUZIKATION Celebrated local DJ Alfredo Lapuz, Jr. hosts a dance party featuring high-energy electro and rock. TWIN POWERS DJ Dan Geller (The Gold Party, The Agenda) and friends spin late-night glam rock, new wave, Top 40, punk and Britpop. The Melting Point 8 p.m. $12 (adv.), $15 (door), $10 (w/ UGA ID). www.meltingpointathens. com IKE STUBBLEFIELD & FRIENDS Soulful R&B artist Ike Stubblefield is a Hammond B3 virtuoso who cut his teeth backing Motown legends. Tonight’s show features special guests Benji Shanks, Grant Green Jr., Benjamin Schultz, Caroline Aiken Trio and John McKnight. New Earth Music Hall 7 p.m. $10. www.newearthmusichall. com RON POPE Singer-songwriter playing music rich with Americana and country influences. JESSE REUBEN Singer-songwriter from Philadelphia who creates a lush, soulful pop-rock sound. Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742 FORMER CHAMPIONS Live electronic rock often accompanied by an impressive light show. Nuçi’s Space MBUS Nuci’s Space Benefit! 8 p.m. $3. FREE TOMORROW High energy, intellectual hip-hop verses with a unique dance blend of vocals, violin, synthesizers, samples, keys, bass and drums. UNIVERSAL SIGH Progressive rock band that plays original tunes influenced by bands like Phish. The Office Lounge 9:30 p.m. 706-546-0840 ERIK NEIL’S SOUR DIESEL FOUNDATION Local blues-rock featuring Ian Werden (The HEAP) on drums, Clay Hinson (Matt Joiner

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Cover bands pop up like groundhogs each October. For two or three solid weekends, you can count on hearing strains of some familiar tune, courtesy of various local acts who seize the opportunity afforded by Halloween to dress, play and sing like their musical idols. Local comedians haven’t always had the same opportunity. For one, there haven’t always been very many local comedians. But the community has exploded of late. (It’s no coincidence that comedy’s crown prince, Louis C.K., chose Athens over Atlanta on his current tour.) Open mics abound, and it’s now common to see funnymakers headlining our town’s most premier venues. It stands to reason these miscreants would want to get in on the cover act, too. For the second year in a row, Schtick or Treat provides an arena for local comics to perform as the icons who inspired them. Originally organized by comedian Chris Hoelzer, this year Chris Patton joined the fold “to try take the show to another level,” he explains. The 2012 show features nine locals, each of whom will don the garb and channel the energy of a chosen comedy hero. The pairings are mostly obvious: think Nate Mitchell as Neil Hamburger. (“Nate loves Neil and is every bit as awkward,” Patton says. “They even kinda look the same.”) But some are more off-the-wall. Host Caleb Synan, for instance, will transform into Joan Rivers. Andrea Boyd will become George Carlin. What’s the thread that binds all the cover-ees? “Drugs! Alcohol!” Patton says. “None of these comics being covered are [or] were exactly clean.” But that’s only the half of it. “I think everyone represented is known for their unique style… There are a ton of great comics, but the thing that sets the [true] greats apart is their ability to be unique.” In music, as in comedy, it’s a requirement for greatness. Someday, who knows? Maybe these locals will be the ones being imitated. [Gabe Vodicka]

Band) on bass and Erik Neil on guitar and vocals. Omega Bar 8 p.m. $5 (women), $10 (men). 706340-6808 THE SEGAR JAZZ AFFAIR Every Friday. Dancing all night on two dance floors with live entertainment including “The Newlywed Game.” Terrapin Beer Co. 5:30 p.m. FREE! AMY GERHARTZ Atlanta based singer-songwriter playing acoustic folk-rock.

Saturday 20 40 Watt Club 9 p.m. $12. TURQUOISE JEEP Rap collective fronted by Flynt Flossy, known for its members’ viral-video sense of humor and seriously ridic tunes like “Lemme Smang It.” MAD AXES “Pro-Life Suicide Rap.” Influences include: MIA, KMD, BDP, WTC, NWA, CCR, EPMD, RunDMC and, yes, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.

Caledonia Lounge 10 p.m. FREE! (21+), $2 (18+). www. BIT BRIGADE These guys play the soundtrack to your favorite Nintendo games live while a master player beats the game! LAZER/WULF This avant-metal instrumental trio mixes in prog, thrash as well as more eclectic influences for a highly entertaining live show. NATIONAL ANTHEM High-energy rock band featuring members of Reptar, Marriage and Big C & the Velvet Delta. Casa de Amistad 12–5 p.m. LATINOFEST Featuring performances by Coconut Moon, Laura Camacho and Friends, Incatepec, Tonalli and Estrellitas. Dickey’s Barbecue Pit 7 p.m. FREE! 706-850-7561 KARAOKE With “The Queen of Karaoke,” Lynn Carson.

Amici 11 p.m. FREE! 706-353-0000 NEW SNEAKERS Eclectic, funkinfluenced rock band from here in Athens.

The Elbert Theatre 6:45 p.m. $10–15. www.elberttheatre. org CLAY PAGE Country music singer Clay Page and his band play country and Southern rock favorites as well as originals. Proceeds benefit the Elbert Theatre Foundation.

Bishop Park Athens Farmers Market. 8 a.m. FREE! CHRISTIAN LOPEZ A solo set from the Curley Maple guitarist/mandolin player. (8 a.m.) KLEZMER LOCAL 42 A local sevenpiece Klezmer band specializing in Jewish and gypsy music and featuring Dan Horowitz of Five Eight. (10 a.m.)

Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m. FREE! www.flickertheatreandbar. com COPPERMOUTH New Americana band featuring Christopher Henderson, Ron Winders (Dusty Lightswitch), Mike Gavrieldes and Ethan Davis. BRAYSON WERTZ Local singersongwriter backed by cello and mandolin.

HAWN Band from New Orleans described as having “a proclivity for the subdued and the strange.” DAVE HOWARD Singer-songwriter plays his own material as well as Americana covers. Front Porch Book Store 6 p.m. FREE! 706-372-1236 SCOTT LOW Frontman for local folk/ Southern rock band Efren. Georgia Theatre 8 p.m. $8. LERA LYNN This highly acclaimed local songwriter has a haunting, smoky voice that glides over tender Americana tunes. JONNY FRITZ Formerly known as Corndawg, he plays off-kilter, country-flavored, tongue-in-cheek ballads. CICADA RHYTHM Local acoustic guitar and upright bass duo playing bluegrass-tinged indie folk. Go Bar 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-5609 BLUE DIVISION Punk meets violin care of John Fernandes (Olivia Tremor Control). VELVET MOON Local band Black Moon performing Velvet Underground covers. JIM MCKERRIN No information available. DJ MAHOGANY Freaky funk, sultry soul, righteous R&B and a whole lotta unexpected faves. Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. FREE! www.hendershotscoffee. com SAINT FRANCIS Scott Baston reunites former Moonshine Still members in a fiery, spirit-filled musical hootenanny like a downhome gospel church on revival Sunday.

Kumquat Mae Bakery CafĂŠ Oconee Fall Festival! 1 p.m. FREE! 706-769-1105 TRE POWELL Bluesy acoustic tunes with soulful vocals. Max 9 p.m. FREE! 706-254-3392 MUUY BIIEN Local band plays â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;80sstyle punk rock with ambient interludes thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s equal parts Minor Threat and The Fall. RITUALS Garage-punk band featuring members of Muuy Biien. New Earth Music Hall 8 p.m. $8. www.newearthmusichall. com DOPAPOD Over the past few years, this band has grown from an organ and drum duo to a four-piece funkjam sensation. AGOBI PROJECT EDM music that features influences ranging from jazz to hip-hop. The Office Lounge 9:30 p.m. FREE! 706-549-0840 KARAOKE With your host Lynn, the Queen of Karaoke! Slow Water 2-11 p.m. $15 ($20 w/ camping). 3832 Hwy. 29, Royston. SLOW WATER MUSIC FESTIVAL An all-day lineup of local talent benefiting Nuçiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Space. Featuring Bloodkin, Ike Stubblefield & Friends, Dangfly, Mamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Love, The Woodgrains, Michael Guthrie, Phil Duncan, Lava Gypsies and Biased Basement as well as performances from the Camp Amped Band and School of Rock Band.

Sunday 21 Athens, Ga Along the Race Route! LOCAL MUSICIANS ROCK FOR ATHHALF Local acts stationed throughout the race will provide music and inspiration for the runners of AthHalf. Featuring DJ Ted Kuhn, Red Ravine, Old Smokey, Kate Wright, Death of the Peanut King, Cedar Shoals Marching Band and The HEAP. 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.! The Melting Point 7:30 p.m. $20 (adv.), $25 (door), $15 (w/ UGA ID). TIM Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;BRIEN Lauded country and bluegrass songwriter and multiinstrumentalist. The Rialto Room Jazz Night! 6:30 p.m. $10. www. ATHENS A-TRAIN BAND Instrumental group performing traditional jazz standards, swing, latin, ballads, blues and boogie. Featuring vocalist Christina LaFontaine. 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! FREDDIE & THE 509 Traditional jazz combo led by local musician Chandler Coats.

Monday 22 Buffaloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Southwest CafĂŠ 7â&#x20AC;&#x201C;10 p.m. $5. 706-354-6655, www. LINE DANCING Learn to line dance in the Big Back Room! Every 2nd and 4th Monday. Caledonia Lounge 9:30 p.m. $3 (21+), $5 (18+). www. WE WERE SKELETONS Three-piece band from Pennsylvania that thrives on technical arrangements to create a post-rock sound. THE JOINT CHIEFS OF MATH Hard-hitting, Philly-based experimental rock band. WHENSKIESAREGRAY Baltimore group plays post-hardcore that cernters around despair and heartbreak. NAKUSA New Athens screamo band influenced by bands like Portrait and Funeral Diner. NURTURE Local post-hardcore trio. The Grotto 8 p.m. FREE! 140 E. Clayton St. THE SEGAR JAZZ AFFAIR Every Monday. Smooth jazz played by DJ Segar from WXAG 1470, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Light.â&#x20AC;? 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! The Melting Point 7 p.m. SOLD OUT! PATTY GRIFFIN World-renowned singer plays an intimate acoustic set. MAX GOMEZ Hailing from New Mexico and playing a blend of blues and country. Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-4742 THE LUCKY JONES No information available.

Tuesday 23 Caledonia Lounge 9 p.m. $8 (21+), $10 (18+). OFF WITH THEIR HEADS Punk rock band from Minnesota. BURNS LIKE FIRE Iron-livered pretty boys who play stewed â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; screwed punk rock. KARBOMB High-speed local punk band. KATER MASS Local melodic punk band influenced by acts like Propagandhi and Fugazi. Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m. WHISKEY SHIVERS Five-piece band that takes bluegrass to an entirely different level. Georgia Theatre 11 p.m. $2. BRONCHO Oklahoma band taking the punk-rock sounds of the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;70s and making it all its own. FLORIDA KILOS Sunshine Stateinspired dancy surf-rock. IMMUZIKATION Celebrated local DJ Alfredo Lapuz, Jr. hosts a dance party featuring high-energy electro and rock. Playing sets throughout the evening, before, after and between bands. 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 FLEET MACHINE Understated synth beats leave room for quiet vocals and careful sampling. So local they have a song called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Go Bar Guy.â&#x20AC;? Little Kings Shuffle Club 10 p.m. HELEN SCOTT Lindsey Haddad, Emileigh Ireland, Hannah Weyandt and Dena Zilber play folky pop with a hint of psychedelic rock. DAFFODIL This reunited local trio plays hard-hitting, noisy rock. NATO COLES AND THE BLUE DIAMOND BAND A rock and roll band from Minneapolis. DJ LOZO Spinning punk rock!

TALLHART Combining indie rock, post-rock and folk into a â&#x20AC;&#x153;unique and thoughtful offering.â&#x20AC;? Boarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Head Lounge 11 p.m. FREE! 706-369-3040 OPEN MIC NIGHT Showcase your talent. Every Wednesday! Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m. FRANCO FUNICELLO Local guitardriven indie rock band. Georgia Theatre On the Rooftop! 9 p.m. FREE! www. EYES LIPS EYES Disco-punk quartet from Utah.

Manor 9 p.m. FREE! LIVE BAND KARAOKE Live karaoke band covers all your favorite hits, while you sing along. Every Tuesday night!

Go Bar 9 p.m. 706-546-5609 THICK PAINT Graham Ulicny (Reptar) experiments with loops, lights and his voice in this dancey, ambientpsych solo project. FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY Experiment music featuring haunting synth and dark bass lines. DJ FOG JUICE Spinning Euro/Italo/ space-disco, new-wave, old school R&B and classic dance hits.

The Melting Point 8 p.m. $15 (adv), $20 (door). www. KATHLEEN EDWARDS Alt-country songwriter leads her acoustic trio, featuring Jim Bryson and Gord Tough, through a set of original tunes. MANDOLIN ORANGE Contemporary folk duo ornaments lyric and harmony-focused tunes with acoustic and electric guitars, fiddle and mandolin.

Hendershotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. KENOSHA KID Centered around the instru-improv jazz compositions of guitarist Dan Nettles, Kenosha Kid also features bassist Neal Fountain and drummer Marlon Patton. The group is packed with music, mischief and mayhem, and offers a sound that serves noise-rock fans and jam band listeners equally.

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!

Jerzees 10 p.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;1 a.m. $3 (21+), $5. 706850-7320 SPICY SALSA DANCING Salsa and Latin dancing. Every Wednesday.

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. JOSH PERKINS Acoustic folk with heartfelt lyrics. BRAD DOWNS Mississippi-born, Athens-based singer-songwriter. KELLY HOYLE FULLER Acoustic Americana rocker often seen playing locally with Mark Cunningham & The Nationals and The Burning Angels. 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. POWERKOMPANY Local husband and wife duo playing sincere, bittersweet lullabies with gorgeous vocal harmonies over guitar and viola.

Wednesday 24 40 Watt Club 7:30 p.m. $16.50-$20. www.40watt. com SAY ANYTHING Indie rock group that stepped into the limelight by playing their catchy guitar driven melodies. MUDER BY DEATHTranscending musical borders with their strong percussion and multi-instrument sound, this indie rock group rose of Indiana. THE SIDEKICKS Punk band from Ohio.

New Earth Music Hall 7 p.m. $5. www.newearthmusichall. com KEN WILL MORTON AND THE CONTENDERS With his gritty, soulful rasp, Morton trudges through Americanaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s roots with rock and roll swagger and a folksingerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heart. His new band features Doug Blakeman on bass and Louis Phillip Pelot on drums. WILLIAM TONKS Local guitarist known for his work with Barbara Cue, Workhorses of the Entertainment/Recreational Industry and Six String Drag. 9 p.m. $6. www.newearthmusichall. com THE PIMPS OF JOYTIME Brooklynbased band with a diverse sound and spirited attitude influenced by the DJ culture from which they emerged. The Office Lounge 9:30 p.m. FREE! 706-549-0840 KARAOKE With your host Lynn, the Queen of Karaoke! Porterhouse Grill 7 p.m. FREE! 706-369-0990 JAZZ NIGHT An Athens tradition for over 10 years! Pianist Steve Key is joined by other talented local musicians for an evening of standards. 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! DAVE HOWARD Singer-wongwriter plays his own material as well as Americana covers.

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ART 2012 Student Art Contest (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) This competition selects original artwork to adorn items for sale in SBG’s gift shop. All submissions must be from students ninth grade and above, including college students, who attend school full or part-time in Georgia. Winners receive up to $1,000. Artwork due Nov. 30. 706542-6014, Call for Artists (Ben’s Bikes) The Indie South Fair, formerly the Athens Indie Craftstravaganzaa, is seeking artists, demonstrators and workshop leaders for its annual holiday market Dec. 3. Apply online. Call for Artists (Farmington Depot Gallery) Now accepting applications for its holiday artist market, “Holidaze,” to be held on Dec. 1 & 2. Email for application and details. Call for Artists (Little Kings Shuffle Club) 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., market 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. Email low-resolution images, artist statement and resume to Deadline Oct. 30 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 Vendors (Athens Montessori School) Arts and crafts vendors wanted for the annual Athens Montessori Fall Festival. Apply by Oct. 27. Visit website for details and application. Nov. 3, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. 706-338-8822,, www.athens Seeking Collectors and Artists (Vic’s Vintage lot) The Eclectic Bazaar is looking for collectors who want to sell quality items such as vinyl records, cool books, vintage clothing, retro furniture, musical instruments and equipment, jewelry, tools. Artists welcome, too. Email photos with descriptions of items to athenseclecticbazaar@

AUDITIONS Prop Tarts WantedBurlesque Beta (Go Bar) Become a Burlesque Beta Prop Tart! Prop tarts are fully immersed in each show. They set-up and break down the stage between each act, interact with the audience and flirt with the emcee. Email goburlesque@gmail. com

CLASSES Back Care for Beginners (Healing Arts Centre) Taught by Radka Nations. Tuesdays, 5:15–6:45 p.m. 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.

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Inside Pet Supplies Plus at Alps Shopping Ctr. • 706.353.2287

First we have some honorary black cats. This family of kittens was rescued from some folks who were mistreating them. They can be a bit shy at first until they know you are not THAT kind of person. Then they are sweet little things who want to be close to you. 2 boys, 1 girl.

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-onone instruction. The library also offers online computer classes in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and eBooks. Call for times and to register. 706-613-3650 Gentle Hatha Integral Yoga (St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church) All levels welcome. Tuesdays, 5:30–7 p.m. $9/class. 706-543-0162,, Holiday Classes (Good Dirt) Now registering for week-long clay classes for all levels of wheel and hand-building. Check website for schedule. Classes begin Nov. 3. 706-355-3161, Hot Yoga (Bikram Yoga) Classes offered seven days a week. Beginners welcome. 706-353-9642, Kids’ and Adults’ Dance Classes (Studio Dance Academy) Classical dance classes offered including ballet, jazz, modern and

The “Black-Out” begins Friday, October 19 and that means reduced adoption fees on black cats!

Poor fluffy Stubbs had a tail injury and had to have half of it amputated. Now he has a cute, waggly bit left that will soon be as fluffy as the rest of him. Very fun kitten.

Minga is easygoing and confident, sleek and glossy. Good with kids and ok with nice dogs.

Charles de la Fosse’s drawing “The Sleeping Ronaldo” is on view at the GMOA through Nov. 3. tap. 706-354-6454, genielwiggins@ 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, Middle Eastern Drum Circle (Floorspace) All skill levels and ages welcome. Saturdays, 12:30 p.m. $6–$12 donation. 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 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. 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


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ATHENS AREA HUMANE SOCIETY 6 Animals Received, 17 Animals Placed, 0 Healthy Adoptable Animals Euthanized! more pets can be seen online at ACC ANIMAL CONTROL 48 Dogs Received, 49 Dogs Placed! 19 Cats Received, 8 Cats Placed


AthHalf Seeking Volunteers (Athens, Ga) AthHalf, the Athens half marathon, is seeking volunteers for course monitoring, set up, break down and hospitality. Proceeds from the race benefit Athens Educates. For information, email lbaggett22@ Bear Hollow Volunteer Training (Memorial Park) Bear Hollow Zoo offers docent training for those interested in assisting with the experience of visiting the zoo.

Docents do not need an extensive knowledge of animals, just the motivation to learn. Participants are trained in customer service, interpretive education techniques and handling of some of the program animals. Ages 18 & up. Email to register. Saturdays through Oct. 6, 10 a.m. 706-613-3616, clinton. National Feral Cat Day Promotion (The Athens Area Humane Society) National Feral Cat Day draws awareness to the importance of spaying and neutering cats to decrease the stress on the animals and the environment brought on by the multiple litters of feral cats. AAHS will offer its feral cat packages, which include the spay or neuter surgery, rabies vaccine and ear-tipping, for $20. All feral cats must be brought in humane traps with only one cat per trap. Oct. 15–18. www.athenshumanesociety. org Seeking Volunteers for Bedtime Stories (ACC Library) Seeking teen volunteers for the Oct. 29 Bedtime Stories. Children will come in costume and have their pictures taken in a photo with volunteers dressed as famous children’s book and movie characters. Volunteers can help set up a backdrop and bring in props for the photo booth. Call or email to sign up by Oct. 22. 706-613-3650,

KIDSTUFF Artist Trading Cards (ACC Library) Create a work of original art on a 3.5 by 2.5 inch card, then stop by the artist trading card exchange wall in the library and trade your card. Ages 11–18. 706-613-3650, ext. 329 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 Cookie Monster Day (Parkview Community Center) Celebrate Cookie Monster’s birthday with crafts, cookie decorating and Sesame Street games! Ages 6–12. Call to register by Oct. 30. Nov. 2, 4–5 p.m. $1. 706-613-3603 Day Off School: It’s a Jungle Out There (Memorial Park) Participants will explore the wilds of Memorial Park as they hone up on safari skills. Games, crafts, a zoo program and a snack are all included. Bring a sack lunch.

Elementary school students only. Register by Nov. 14. Nov. 19, 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. $15–23. 706-6133580 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 6–10 (Wednesdays & Thursdays, 4 p.m.) and Family Crafterdays (Saturdays, 11 a.m.). $10/class, $30/4 classes. 706-850-8226, www.treehousekid New Mamas & Babies Group (Arrow) Meet other new parents and their pre-crawling little ones. Caregivers Jean Anderson and Rebecca Espana host. Thursdays, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. $5, $30 (8 visits). Out of School Workshop: Autumn Leaves (Good Dirt) Kids can get ready for the holidays on their day off by making autumninspired clay projects. Call to register. Nov. 6, 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. Volunteers will watch scary movies while helping with projects. Ages 11–17. Oct. 22–25, 5-9 p.m. 706-769-3950, Spanish Lessons for Tots (Arrow) Spanish lessons with music, dancing and fun surprises led by Sarah Ehlers. For ages 2.5–4 years old. Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m.–12 p.m. $10. Theatre Classes (Athens Little Playhouse) Saturdays, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Email for more information., Trick ‘N Trade (Earth Fare) Bring in unhealthy and high-fructose corn syrup Halloween candy and trade it for healthy candy and snacks. Runs Nov. 1 until the store is out of treats! 706-227-1717 Yoga Sprouts Family Yoga (Five Points Yoga) Stretch your imagination while doing yoga. This month is harvest festival themed. For ages 2 & older with an adult. Sundays through Oct., 1–1:45 p.m. $60., Zoo Exhibit Hall (Memorial Park) The community can explore Bear Hollow’s exhibit hall and visit some

of the animals used in programs, such as amphibians, reptiles, fish and more. Saturdays, 1–4 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3616, ext. 22.

ON THE STREET Casting Call: Eligible Bachelors (Madison, GA) Endemol Production Company is looking for attractive, charming and successful bachelors from a small town who appear between the ages of 28-35. Email jessicdaltman@ with name, age, occupation, bio and recent photos. Resumé Call for Theater Technicians (Rose of Athens Theatre) Rose of Athens Theatre is looking for new set designers and builders, lighting designers, teachers and musicians for the 2012–

2013 season. Send information to Scary Story Contest (Athens, Ga) Write a 750-word scary story about the presidential election. All stories must be set in Athens, GA. Graphic stories should be 600 dpi in color or black and white. First place wins $75, second place wins $50 and third place wins $25, and the winners will be published in Flagpole’s Halloween issue. Deadline Oct. 23, 5 p.m. Email stories to Seeking Entries for the Downtown Athens Parade of Lights (Downtown Athens) This year’s theme is “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Prize categories include “Most Original,” “Best Use of Theme,” “Best Use of Lights,” and “Mayor’s Choice Award.” Apply by Nov. 15. 706-613-3620, robin.

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.) “Interiors,” a series of etchings with aquatint and digital backgrounds by Carissa Pfeiffer. Through October. 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.) “Through an Open Window 2012: Looking at Art Influenced by Domestic Violence” includes nearly 100 paintings. Through October. ATHENS ACADEMY (1281 Spartan Lane) In the Myers Gallery, “Athens Portrait Artists,” works by William “Rocky” Sapp, John Ahee, Noah Saunders, Leah B. Mantini, Jean Westmacott, Meredith Lachin and Katherine E. Schuber.. Opening reception Oct. 21. Through Dec. 14. • 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. Through Nov. 16. THE BRANDED BUTCHER (225 N. Lumpkin St.) Paintings and drawings by Sanithna Phansavanh. 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.) Colorful digital art photos by Greg Harmon. Through October. ETIENNE BRASSERIE (311 E. Broad St.) Paintings by Alan Campbell. Through October. FARMINGTON DEPOT GALLERY (1011 Salem Rd., Farmington) Owned and staffed by 16 artists, the gallery exhibits paintings, sculpture, folk art, ceramics and fine furniture. Permanent collection artists include Leigh Ellis, Tom Phillips, Larry Hamilton, Cheri Wranosky and more. • “Bucolanalia” includes paintings and drawings by featured artist Matt Alston. Through Nov. 15. FIVE STAR DAY CAFÉ (229 E. Broad St.) Painted portraits of musicians by Lauren Dellaria. Through October. FLICKER THEATRE & BAR (263 W. Washington St.) “52 Paintings in 52 Weeks” and a few calaveras by Dan Smith aka See Dan Paint! Through October. FRONTIER (193 E. Clayton St.) A display of works made from found materials by local outsider artist Jimmy “Cap Man” Straehla. Reception Oct. 25. Through Nov. 15. GAINESVILLE STATE COLLEGE OCONEE CAMPUS (1201 Bishop Farms Pkwy., Watkinsville) 3D puppet boxes with ethereal characters by Cindy Jerrell. Shadow boxes and ceramic dolls utilizing found objects by Rosemary Mendicino. Closing reception Oct. 31. 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. • “The Look of Love: Eye Miniatures from the Skier Collection.” Through Jan. 6. • 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 corn snakes, tarantulas and other animals., Sharpshooter’s Basketball Clinic (Lay Park) This clinic focuses on proper shooting techniques and other fundamental basketball skills. Thursdays, Oct. 11–Dec. 6., 5:30–6:30 p.m. $1–2. Spay and Neuter Fall Special (The Athens Area Humane Society) The Athens Area Humane Society is offering dog and cat spay or neuter surgeries for $10 off, as well as a free rabies vaccine at the time of surgery if not up to date. Now through Nov. 29. 706-769-9155, www.athens 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) Demeaning behavior and hateful words can be just as harmful as punches and kicks. Childcare provided. Call for location. Every Wednesday. 6:30–8 p.m. FREE! 706-543-3331 (hotline), 706-613-3357, ext. 771. Circle (Aloha Counseling Center) Safe circle for lesbian, bi and trans women. Please bring a dish or a non-alcoholic beverage to share. Every fourth Thursday of the month, 6–8 p.m. FREE! athens f

GLASSCUBE & GALLERY@HOTEL INDIGO (500 College Ave.) “PLACE: Photography” includes works by Michael Lachowski, Carl Martin and Stephen Scheer. Through Dec. 20. THE GRIT (199 Prince Ave.) Acrylic paintings by Bob Davis. HEIRLOOM CAFE AND FRESH MARKET (815 N. Chase St.) A juried exhibition overseen by Lamar Dodd School of Art gallery director Jeffery Whittle. Through October. JITTERY JOE’S COFFEE ALPS (1480 Baxter St.) Fantasy paintings by Mark A Helwig. Through October. 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. Through October. JITTERY JOE’S COFFEE EASTSIDE (1860 Barnett Shoals Rd.) The artwork of Thomas Fletcher explores other-worldly landscapes and the coalescence of nature with the phantasmagorical. Through October. JITTERY JOE’S COFFEE FIVE POINTS (1230 S. Milledge Ave.) Photography and integrated media by Jamie DeRevere. Through October. KRIMSON KAFE (40 Greensboro Hwy., Watkinsville) Works by June F. Johnston. Through October. KUMQUAT MAE BAKERY & CAFE (18 Barnett Shoals Rd., Watkinsville) Assorted fun size monsterish paintings by Dan Smith aka See Dan Paint! Through October. 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. • A juried show of student works. Opening reception Oct. 24. Through Nov. 5. LAST RESORT (174 W. Clayton St.) UGA paintings by Bryn Adamson. Through October. 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.” 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.) Acrylic paintings by Brooke Bryant. Through October. OCONEE CULTURAL ARTS FOUNDATION (OCAF) (34 School St., Watkinsville) 3rd annual “Georgia Small Works” juried exhibition. Through Nov. 9. • Selected works by Kathy Prescott. 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 October. 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.) Nature photos by Wendy Garfinkel-Gold. Through October. 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. WALKER’S COFFEE & PUB (128 College Ave.) “Slaughterhouse Starlets” is a collection of horror-themed portraits of actresses not typically associated with slasher films, like Emma Watson, Zooey Deschanel and Tina Fey, by Keith Rein. Through October. WHITE TIGER (217 Hiawassee Ave.) Skateboards built and painted by Will McFadden. Through October.

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One of the hazards of an election year is watching the Republicans climb up to the attic one more time to haul down the old battered box of patriotic tropes: the flag in which to wrap oneself, that old mixtape with Kate Smith and Lee Greenwood on it, the dusty but well preserved corpse of John Wayne. And Mayberry, always Mayberry, the fictional setting of The Andy Griffith Show (based on Mount Airy, NC) that is the go-to shorthand for the kind of bucolic, neighborly, Godfearing values of faith and family the candidates would have you believe are the exclusive franchise of the GOP. Watching this scenario play out again and again during the Republican National Convention, I got to thinking about it, and I found myself musing on Clark Kent. He grew up on a family farm in Kansas, after all, and was schooled in small-town values, and yet he grew up to become a member of the liberal media, with a side gig fighting a neverending battle for truth, justice and the American wayâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;which, among other things, means regularly saving the planet from its most successful businessman. I posted this notion on Facebook, as I often do with my notions, and my very conservative friend John called me on it, stating that claiming Superman to make a political point is like claiming sunshine and kittens. I agreeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;though sunshine is definitely Socialist, just spreading itself around to everybody, and kittens are totally Libertariansâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ridiculous to use fictional characters like superheroes or invisible presidents in empty chairs to sell a point of view. Superman was always a liberal, however. In fact he was conceived as the ultimate New Deal Democrat from his first appearance in 1939, a frenetic adventure that saw him take out gangsters, give a wife-beater a taste of his own medicine, halt the execution of an innocent man and stop a war cooked up by crooked arms dealers some 40 years before that became official American policy. Superman was a product of the Great Depression, a hero who could transcend bleak circumstances and hardship, give what-for to all the scurrilous businessmen and crooked politicians who had plunged the nation into darkness, and do it all in the name of the little guy, for no other reason than that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the right thing to do. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an idea as old as myth, dressed in blue long-johns and given life by a pair of impoverished Jewish kids from Cleveland, OH who had no idea that their creation would resonate so much with people around the world as to become a billion-dollar industry and the most famous character, except for Mickey Mouse, in American pop culture. Biographer Larry Tye takes a good, long look at the Man of Steel in his new book Superman: The High-Flying History of Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Most Enduring Hero (Random House, 2012), and I mean a long look. Tyeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s examination of Supermanâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;his origins, the comics industry he helped create, the vast sea of merchandise bearing his symbol and likeness, and every iteration of the character in comics, radio, Broadway, TV and moviesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;is not just comprehensive, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exhaustive. Students of Supermanology (a word I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make up) have their textbook.

Here is Superman in the funnybooks from that first iconic image, smashing the gangster car into the side of the mountain on the cover of Action Comics #1, through his retooling in the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;80s, his death in the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;90s and last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s total reboot. Every actor to portray the hero, from Bud Collyer on the radio to Tom Welling on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Smallville,â&#x20AC;? is given attention here, especially George Reeves and Christopher Reeve, each of whom is, depending on whom you ask, the definitive Superman. The frequent theological argumentsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;is Superman Moses, Christ or some guy in his underwear?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;get a chapter, as does the business of selling the big red S on everything from cereal to soap to shoes. Running through all of this is the ongoing saga of the four men responsible for the character. Supermanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s creators, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, reportedly sold the rights to the character to publishers Harry Donenfeld and Jack Liebowitz for $130 in what has been derided in the comics industry for decades as the biggest screw-job since Manhattan went

for some beads. Tye goes beyond the soundbite and painstakingly explores the fortunes of the artists and their nemeses throughout the various legal skirmishes and attempts at compensation. Siegel and Shuster never saw a piece of the kind of coin Superman brought home to his corporate masters, but the story is a great deal more complex than we have been led to believe. More than anything else, however, Tye explores what it is about Superman himself that has caused the character to endure for over 70 years. How does a character for children, based in the most simplistic values, manage to inspire generations of grownups living in this most cynical of times? Tye answers these questions with the fervor of a fan and the voice of a true believer. Personally, I believe Superman endures because of his homespun values, which are neither Republican nor Democratic. Ultimately, he lives on because his values are human ones at their superlative best. John G. Nettles

miscellany Get Your ATH Together Grains Not Brains: New to town this year, and likely the most entertaining Halloween event aside from downtown shenanigans, is the apocalyptic Zombie Farms, a family-run, half-mile trek through the eerie forest of Highwater Farms (located at 4965 Lexington Rd.). More than your average gore-centric thriller, this haunted trail comes with a pretty creative backstory. As the tale goes, an out-of-town businessman offered a new cost-effective labor force to local farmers interested in organic farming, promising that the workers would perform tirelessly around the clock without complaint, but failed to mention that the workers were actually zombies. After a slew of animal slayings and mysterious disappearances, the zombies sought refuge at Zombie Farms, a simulated environment for the â&#x20AC;&#x153;living-challengedâ&#x20AC;? to go about their ways and farm peacefully without being persecuted by â&#x20AC;&#x153;brain-bashing humans.â&#x20AC;? Zombie Farms is open 8 p.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;12 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays through October, and tickets are $16 each. For more details, visit Aw, Shucks: Located a mile away from Georgia Square Mall, the five-acre Athens Corn Maze at Miller Family Farms (1035 Cleveland Rd., Bogart) offers a good old-fashioned labyrinth to celebrate the fall harvest. Aside from the maze itself, the grounds also offer pony rides, a farm animal petting zoo and a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hey Hey Hayrideâ&#x20AC;? for children. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve Zombie Farms ever wondered what it would be like to roll around in a giant sandbox full of shelled corn, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got that, too. The maze is open Thursday through Sunday each week through Saturday, Nov. 3, and admission costs $10 per person. Visit for more information. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be easy for anyone directionally challenged to get turned around while navigating through the two miles of pathways in Washington Farmsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 8.5-acre corn maze, but clues along the way and two bridges overlooking the field should help. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s elaborate maze design was created to celebrate the farmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newest feature: swimming pig races. Other

where all the ghosts in Athens have gone. While not as prevalent as in Savannah, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still a few well known characters lurking around, apparently, and the Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Athensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Darkest History Tourâ&#x20AC;? will cover everything from legends of ill-fated Confederate soldiers, tragic lovers and murder victims to superstitions, mysteries and other folklore of the Classic City. The guided ghost walk, covering downtown and UGAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s North Campus, will be held Friday, Oct. 26 and Sunday, Oct. 28, at 8 p.m. Tickets to the two-hour tour are $15. Call 706-3531801 or visit The UGA Student Alumni Association will host a spooky tour of its own themed â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nightmare on Broad Street,â&#x20AC;? on Tuesday, Oct. 23 and Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 8â&#x20AC;&#x201C;10 p.m. Meeting at the UGA Arch and winding its way around North Campus, the ghost walk will stop along some of oldest buildings around while its storytellers divulge tales of campusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; most peculiar hauntings. The tour is free, but guests are encouraged to bring canned goods to help support the Northeast Georgia Food Pantry. For more information, email Over in Watkinsville, Melissa Piche of North Georgia Tours will lead â&#x20AC;&#x153;Haunted History Toursâ&#x20AC;? at 8 p.m. every Friday and Saturday in October as well as on Halloween day. Sharing both legends and historical accounts, Piche will begin the stroll at Eagle Tavern, a site considered to be one of the most haunted in the state, and visit other shadowy spots. While not appropriate for mortals under 12 years old, kid-friendly tours can be arranged upon request. Tickets are $12 each, and reservations can be made by calling 706-340-4357 or by emailing Witch Crafts: The Farmington Depot Gallery will host its annual family-friendly Festiboo festival on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 10 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8 p.m. An artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; market ranging from folk art to fine art will include pottery, textiles, jewelry, photography, glassworks and more, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bucolanalia,â&#x20AC;? an exhibit of paintings and drawings by Matt Alston, will be featured in the lower gallery. Plenty of kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; activities will be available throughout the day, including haunted hayrides (also on Saturday, Oct. 27) beginning at sunset. Visit for more information.

Streets of Mayhem: Hopefully, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re already preparing for the fourth annual Wild Rumpus Parade and Spectacle that will turn the streets of downtown into one of the yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most interesting displays of Athensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; creativity on Saturday, Oct. 27. The beauty of it all is that there A birdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eye view of Washington Farmsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 8.5-acre corn maze in Watkinsville are no entry fees, registration forms or other participation daytime activities include a petting zoo, hayrides, jumping requirements; simply show up at the corner of Clayton and pillow, pumpkin slingshot, corn hole and vortex tunnel. Entry Pulaski streets in your best costume at 7 p.m. and be ready to is $10â&#x20AC;&#x201C;$12, and as this year marks the launch of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Maze with march at 8 p.m. Participants are encouraged to form â&#x20AC;&#x153;brigadesâ&#x20AC;? a Purpose,â&#x20AC;? in which a percentage of ticket sales will go to of corresponding costumes (Monty Python monks, bellydancers, Kupendwa Ministries in Uganda, Africa. The corn maze is open zombie princesses, classic film monsters, etc.), and this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday nights. For more information parade is open to themed floats for the first time. The parade and hours, go to ends at an afterparty at Georgia Theatre with performances by Velveteen Pink, Kite to the Moon and of Montreal. For more Land of the Dead: If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever witnessed a row of ghost tour details, visit hearses lined up against a curb in downtown Savannah, one of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;most haunted cities in America,â&#x20AC;? you may have wondered Jessica Smith





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