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At ATHICA! By Local Artists! Get ‘Em & Play With a Full Deck! p. 14


Is the Deck Already Stacked Against A Master Plan For The People? p. 8

Scott Creney

Bassist, Barista, Artist, Poet, Prolific Novelist, Etc. p. 9

Cemetery Upgrade p. 6 · New Brew Laws p. 7 · Powerkompany p. 10 · Asian & Indian p. 15






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This week surely was a reminder that all politics is local— especially in Athens. The Republicans have come and gone, electing longtime local party activist John Padgett as their new state chair. Boss Padgett pledges to take a conservative message to the liberal media. It looked for a while as if this part of the liberal media would not be allowed in to cover the convention. The credentials people told us they weren’t giving media passes to weekly newspapers, so of course I emailed Doc Eldridge, my personal Republican, and he passed it on to Secretary of State Brian Kemp, another local Republican who is making it on the state level. In his email Doc reminded Brian that Flagpole is not their “friend” (his quotes), “but why kick this dog off the porch?” Doc meant of course that while we are friends, Flagpole is not a friend to their party. At the local Republican meeting on the Monday night prior to the state convention, Brian told me he was working on the credentials, which was reassuring, especially considering how much he already has on his plate. We never did hear anything about the press credentials, so Friday I walked over to the Classic Center and stood in line for registration. When my turn came, I told the woman I wanted press credentials for Flagpole, and she just reached into a big cardboard box and handed me one; didn’t even have to sign anything. So much for the secretive convention behind closed doors. Matthew Pulver’s take on the convention will appear in Flagpole next week, and Tom Crawford’s is on p. 6. Meanwhile, I’ve been trying to renew Flagpole’s corporate registration online at the Secretary of State’s office, an annual task that is usually accomplished easily. This year, though, the web site wouldn’t accept my user name or password no matter how much I racked my brain trying to figure it out. Worse, I couldn’t get through to them by telephone or email. The Secretary of State’s office, you will recall, has been brought to a standstill by the Georgia legislature’s new anti-immigrant laws that require anybody applying for any kind of license to prove citizenship. You may have already had to prove your citizenship four or five different ways in order to renew the drivers license you’ve held for 20 years. These requirements have created chaos among all the professions and occupations that are licensed by the state, and the burden has crashed down on the Secretary of State’s operations. Keep in mind that while Brian Kemp is a rising state Republican politician, he is also head of a large and complicated state government department. Ironically, his job as an administrator is made difficult by the politics of his party. In my desperation to get through to the Secretary of State’s office, I finally called their press division and did at least get an answering machine. I left a plea for help, saying this wasn’t a press matter but I am a member of the press. Very soon I got a call back—from the head of the press office himself: Chris Perlera, another Athenian gone to Atlanta. Chris, you may recall, ran recently for a State House of Representatives seat here, losing in the Republican primary but impressing everybody with his intelligence and self-assurance. Brian immediately snapped him up and made Chris one of his press officers. In the middle of his busy day, Chris walked me through the new online registration process and made me glad that we’ve got Athenians in Atlanta, regardless of their party affiliation. Of course, that’s the way it’s supposed to work, that our government is administered with competence, regardless of which party is in power. Unfortunately, when extremists take over, they make it difficult for the government to be run competently, and maybe that’s what they want. But it surely does make life difficult for all of us who are trying to go about our daily business, depending on our government to work smoothly. Alexander Pope put it this way 300 years ago: “For forms of government let fools contest; Whate’er is best administer’d is best.” Pete McCommons






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letters FROM OUR READERS WILKES’ GUN LIES!!! Hopefully the ignorance of the law exhibited by retired professor Donald E. Wilkes, Jr. in the May 8 issue is not typical of the University of Georgia law faculty! There is NO “gun show loophole� in the current laws!!!! Licensed dealers who set up at a gun show must do the same background check they would do in their store. Individuals may sell to another individual without a background check, whether at a gun show or to their neighbor or a relative. Professor Wilkes showed his bias against the Second Amendment, and it is shameful that he was allowed to mislead the public by publishing his lie in Flagpole. Vote for FREEDOM = Vote LIBERTARIAN Elizabeth Swanson Athens


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Affordable housing for Clarke County is supposed to be one of the goals of our local poverty initiative, and a resident-owned andmanaged mobile home park could certainly be part of the mix. What happened to our community attempt to alleviate poverty? Could the Athens Housing Authority play a role? How about Habitat for Humanity? Ten years down the road, many of the original low-income members of the project have hopefully found other solutions, but aren’t there still people out there who might join up? The article said the federal government wants its money back. The feds bailed out big banks; can some powerful person negotiate a reprieve for People of Hope? I was at the ground-breaking for Clarke County’s first Habitat house and remember Vernon Payne, builder and Clarke County School Board member, telling me he had suddenly realized helping folks to own a home is a powerful game changer. “This will be property that can be passed down through the family for generations,� he said. People of Hope is too good a dream to just let die. Could Ms. Floyd please ring some more phones and write some more stories? Conoly Hester Athens

Regarding the May 8 article, “The Conservative Court Has Spoken: The Reasonable Regulation Of Firearms Is Not Infringement,� by Donald E. Wilkes, Jr., I would like to point out several things that hopefully might be of service to you. First of all, the statement, “The most glaring of these loopholes is the one permitting firearms purchases without a background check if the purchase is made at a gun show,� Has this ever happened to you? You park downtown looking forward to a nice meal with is very misleading. What you and many others are referring to is called a “private sale,� and friends, a night out listening to music or shopping. You put money it is legal. Private sale is in the meter, and one legal at most gun or more coins drop BUMPERSTICKER OF THE WEEK: into the meter but shows; however, 99 percent of gun sales add no time, even though you have not at gun shows are perSend your sticker-sightings to formed through a FFL exceeded the maxidealer that is bound mum time allowed. Or by any rule they you park downtown, would be bound by in their store, which would walk to the pay-to-park station, insert your include a background check, filling out an ATF credit or debit card and wait, and wait, and 4473 form and also following all state laws. wait, and wait, then give up in disgust, get Secondly, and this is where I get a little back in your car and drive away? opinionated, the use of terms such as “ultraThis happened to me again recently. I deadly� immediately tells me that we have returned to my car a few minutes before the gone from “news mode� to “editorial paper meter would have run out, and I had a $10 ticket. I end up paying $11.75 or more to mode� (and the remainder of the article confirmed my suspicion). Dead is a fairly finite park instead of $1.75. Why bother feeding the meter when I can save almost 20 percent by state. Ty Anderson parking and ignoring the meter altogether? I know several people that are so disgusted Athens with parking meters and pay-to-park stations, they don’t bother to patronize downtown businesses. How does this support our downtown merchants? I know, I could waste another 20 minutes The excellent investigative piece by Allison Floyd about the People of Hope (“Residentgoing to an ATM, getting cash, asking a merowned Mobile Home Park Falls Apart,� Apr. 17) chant for change, walking back to my car, feed the meter (lose another coin or two), get back answers a lot of questions. My husband and I have supported this worthy project since the to my meal, my friends, the show or shopping. early 2000s, and we wondered what was going This is inconvenient and certainly not the way on. I want to spend my time in Athens. But there are still questions to be asked, If the county won’t maintain reliable, workand I hope Ms. Floyd will keep up the good ing parking meters or pay-to-park stations, work. Who owns the property? [Editor’s note: aren’t they stealing money? Do I deserve a It is owned by People of Hope, a nonprofit ticket when I return before the meter would organization.] At one time, the Athens Land have run out? Come on, ACC, fix the meters Trust was the fiscal agent receiving taxand pay-to-park stations or get rid of them. exempt contributions. What would it take Otherwise, you’re irritating the very folks that for them to get the project up and running? pay your bills. How much more money are we talking about, Jeff Pentz anyway? Comer


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city dope ADDA Director Finalists Named development most of us want downtown, and major projects seem to be popping up just fine all on their own. In any case, it’s too early to pass judgment. The general public will get a chance to meet the two candidates at social events sometime in the next month. Downtown TAD: Once again, the issue of a Tax Allocation District to pay for projects in the downtown master plan—such as a greenway to the Lyndon House and restoring the Murmur trestle along Firefly Trail—came up at an ADDA board meeting. “It looks like an excellent opportunity, but no one can explain to me yet what we’ll get for that increased tax,” board member Chris Blackmon said at the ADDA’s May 14 meeting. Repeat after me: TADs don’t raise taxes. Now write it on the blackboard 50 times. Not to pick on Blackmon, because, hey, this stuff’s complicated. But the ADDA has already been briefed on TADs. If we’re going to create one to implement the downtown master plan, it needs to be done before Jan. 1, when property values are reset. So let’s go over this one more time. TADs are merely a mechanism to direct property taxes from new development toward infrastructure (greenways, sewer lines, etc.) in that specific area. It’s not a tax increase. TADs have been used for decades, just not in Athens. Atlanta’s proposed BeltLine network of greenways and light rail is one example. Another is Atlantic Station, the mixed use development in Midtown Atlanta on the site of an old steel mill. There are reasons why this might not be a good idea—public schools can’t afford to have new revenue diverted away, for example. But other than waiting seven years for another SPLOST, a TAD is the best way I know of to fund a lot of the goodies in the downtown master plan. We should seriously consider it and know what we’re talking about when we do. The ADDA board asked University of Georgia grad student Justin Crichton, a member of professor Jack Crowley’s downtown

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After spending two months combing through more than 160 applications, the Athens Downtown Development Authority announced two finalists Friday for the executive director post Kathryn Lookofsky is leaving after seven years. Meet Shannon Bell-Logan and Pamela Thompson. Thompson, for six years until last June, was deputy manager for Prince George County, VA, near Richmond, where she oversaw the planning department and helped recruit a $500 million Rolls-Royce plant. Prior to that, she was a planning official in Lee County, Powder Springs and Roswell, GA, and graduated from Mercer University and Georgia Southern with degrees in communications, theatre and public administration. She now lives in Athens for reasons that are unclear. (Flagpole was unable to contact her before press time, but we plan to do so in the near future.) Bell-Logan has been the “service excellence coordinator” (an assistant city manager, it appears) in Murfreesboro, TN, since October 2011. She was the point person there for an Amazon warehouse, a hospital and a Nissan call center. The University of Kentucky and Tennessee State graduate (geography undergrad and masters of public administration, respectively) was also a planner for Brentwood, TN, and Murfreesboro, where she worked with the Historic Main Street program and the Downtown Merchants Association. ADDA Chairman Bill Overend said BellLogan and Thompson had the economic development and planning background the board was looking for. “These two really stood out,” Overend said. Yes, they’re both extremely well qualified, although lacking in the private sector experience ADDA board members also said they wanted. Bell-Logan should get bonus points for working on downtown issues in Murfreesboro. Thompson’s advantages, to me, are her arts background in college and Georgia roots. But it’s troubling that both candidates’ resumes include an emphasis on large-scale economic development projects. Call centers and car factories aren’t the kind of

This is what a TAD can do: Atlantic Steel Mill, before and after. master plan team who wrote his dissertation on TADs, for more information before its June 11 meeting. After clearing the ADDA, it still has to go to the Athens-Clarke Commission and Clarke County School Board, which will no doubt have similar questions. Time is of the essence. ACC Budget: Staff-guided tours at the Lyndon House Arts Center are safe for another year. ACC commissioners decided at a budget work session last week to restore $8,200 for the tours that Mayor Nancy Denson had cut from her $106 million budget for fiscal 2014. But the commission will consider using volunteer docents next year. They also tentatively approved an extra $32,500 for the Athens-Clarke County Library after Commissioner Jerry NeSmith said it might be forced to close early on Thursdays because they can’t pay utility bills for their new, larger space. And they opted to fund a $55,000 911 dispatcher at Police Chief Jack Lumpkin’s request and add $150,000 to the budget to boost pensions for ACC employees

with 32 years of service. The $250,000 in additional spending over Denson’s original proposal will come from the fund balance left over in this year’s budget. Left unresolved was $93,000 to staff the new tennis center at Southeast Clarke Park, which NeSmith vocally opposed. “When is the tennis center going to break even?” NeSmith said. “Are we going to have to do this every year?” “We’ve been telling you all along, we’re not going to operate the tennis center without expenses being incurred,” Manager Alan Reddish responded. Those expenses might one day be covered by private tournaments, but since it’s not open yet, Reddish said he can’t budget for tournaments without knowing how many are coming. Commissioners canceled a budget hearing Thursday, May 16 and will talk about it one last time at their May 23 agenda-setting meeting before voting Tuesday, June 4. Blake Aued

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capitol impact athens rising Republican Party delegates who gathered in Athens for their annual state convention heard a warning message from Gov. Nathan Deal about the demographic trends that are reshaping the electorate in this conservative state. “Demographics are shifting in Georgia,” Deal said, citing the fact that in the state’s public schools, 56 percent of the enrollment is now made up of non-white students. “This is a shocking statistic,” Deal said. “That is over half, folks.” “If you want to know what the future electorate of Georgia looks like, look at those who are in our schools right now,” the governor added. “We must reach out to those individuals.” Public Service Commissioner Chuck Eaton tried to get across a similar message, noting that in recent years the percentage of white registered voters in Georgia has decreased from more than 70 percent to about 58 percent, with a corresponding increase in the percentage of non-white voters. Deal and Eaton were making the same point that has been made on the national level by such party figures as Karl Rove: Republicans need to expand beyond their traditional base of white supporters and try to appeal to other demographic groups, such as the fast-growing Latino community. The governor’s speech did not generate much of a response by convention attendees and was contradicted by other party leaders. “We don’t change our principals or values,” said Rep. Jan Jones (R-Milton), speaker pro tem of the Georgia House. “We just communicate them a little better.” “There are some people who believe we must move away from our principles to win elections,” said BJ Van Gundy, a candidate for state party chairman. “But our principles win when they are communicated in a positive manner. We can take the solid foundation of this party and make it even stronger.”



Just two hours before Deal addressed the convention delegates, tea party leaders held a press conference involving the Republican candidates who will be competing for Saxby Chambliss’ Senate seat next year. The news conference was staged so that the candidates could comment on the immigration reform legislation now being crafted in Congress, a bill that appeals to the same demographic group—Latinos—that people like Deal are hoping can be persuaded to vote for Republicans. Each of the candidates declared they were absolutely opposed to passing any part of the immigration reform bill. “We don’t need any new laws,” said Rep. Paul Broun of Athens, in a typical comment. “We just need to secure the borders, north and south.” The candidates are reflecting the wishes of Republican supporters who don’t see any need to change their positions on social issues and aren’t worried about nonwhite voters. When you look at the election results of the past 10 years, you can understand why they would feel that way. During the same period when the percentage of Georgia’s white voters has been decreasing by about one point every year, Republican control of state government has grown stronger, not weaker. Republicans have won every statewide office from governor down to the five seats on the Public Service Commission. The GOP holds both U.S. Senate seats and has a 9–5 majority in the U.S. House delegation. As the white voter percentage shrinks, the remaining white voters evidently become even more determined to vote for Republican candidates. That is why the delegates at the GOP convention didn’t share Deal’s concerns about long-term demographic trends. Given the results in recent elections, why should they? Tom Crawford

Restoring Oconee Hill Cemetery Athens-Clarke County, in conjunction with Friends of Oconee Hill Cemetery, recently received an $11,000 grant from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to preserve and restore the Oconee Hill Cemetery, located near Sanford Stadium between Carr’s Hill and the University of Georgia campus. The Friends of Oconee Hill Cemetery have raised over $450,000 since the group’s inception in 1999. With these funds, they have restored the sexton’s cottage, which served as a residence for over 80 years and is now used as reception space for families and friends gathering before or after a funeral service. The group also restored the historic iron truss bridge—which has spanned the Oconee River

Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, both of which pre-date the cemetery. (Original burial plots date to 1856.) Their remains were moved to family plots from other cemeteries. The grant money will be used to create a master plan for the cemetery to help direct preservation and maintenance efforts. Another major aspect of this project includes assessing the trees in the cemetery. The forest located in the cemetery has “matured to a critical point where mortality exceeds recruitment,” and invasive species are choking out native flora. A tree management plan has been needed for many years now, but funds have not been available. Fifty-eight of Oconee Hill Cemetery’s Stella Smith

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Rest in peace, Ricky Wilson. An $11,000 grant will help preserve and restore Oconee Hills Cemetery, where the B-52s guitarist lies. to connect the two sections of the cemetery for over a century—and spent money on many other preservation and restoration efforts, such as railings for steps, rebuilding collapsed retaining walls, restoring decorative iron railings and numerous landscaping projects. And while the restoration of both the sexton’s cottage and the bridge won awards from the Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation, there are many more projects that need to be completed—less visible projects that exceed the budget raised by the Friends. Oconee Hill Cemetery is an “outstanding example of the fashionable natural landscape cemetery movement” that dates back to the early 19th century, according to the grant application prepared by the Athens-Clarke County Human and Economic Development Department. Natural landscape cemeteries generally include rolling terrain, flowing water, scenic vistas and woods; Oconee Hill Cemetery has all of these features and is one of the first such burial grounds in the South. It also has over two centuries’ worth of mortuary art and is the resting place for many people of local, state and national significance, including Dr. Edwin Newton, founder of the first ladies garden club in America; Dr. Crawford W. Long, a pioneer in anesthesia; Dr. Lorenzo Moss, who developed a method of classifying blood groups; and Ricky Wilson, an original member of The B-52s. Also interred in Oconee Hill Cemetery are soldiers from every war, even the

120 acres are wooded; numerous individual trees and tree clusters are also located throughout the cemetery.

Back to the Drawing Board On a more controversial note, the only thing in Athens deader than a necropolis is Tom Ellis’s addition to his 1913 cottage at 321 Dubose Ave. in the Boulevard Historic District. The massive design approved by the ACC Historic Preservation Commission last year was built nearly three feet taller than approved, making it 14 feet taller than the original structure. Because it violated the approved plans, ACC issued Ellis two citations earlier this year, for which he is headed to court in July. Ellis and his team tried to convince the HPC to approve the addition retroactively at a meeting last week. They argued that the scale of the addition does not visually dwarf the original structure and, because the architecture of the addition is good, it should be allowed. Ellis proposed hacking off three feet of gable to level the top of the roof to the originally approved height, but the HPC denied that alteration. Unless he can find a way to bring the addition in line with what the HPC approved, or he wins in court, he’ll have to tear it down. Stella Smith

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Evan Smith stirs up a batch of homebrew. He and other homebrewers can now produce twice as much, thanks to a new state law.


here’s a keg party under the Gold Dome, and everyone’s invited. In addition to the much-publicized law Gov. Nathan Deal signed earlier this month allowing local governments to lift restrictions on retail beer and wine sales near college campuses—which could make it easier to lure a grocery store to downtown Athens—the Georgia legislature is cracking open a host of refreshing new laws deregulating the ale industry. Lawmakers doubled the amount of the beer homebrewers can produce and allowed them to transport their beer to festivals and contests. They’re also considering legislation to let beer lovers buy their favorite IPA or chocolate stout directly from microbreweries or buy a six-pack from a brewpub to go. The homebrewing law, House Bill 99, passed with an overwhelming bipartisan majority and was signed by Deal May 6. It allows homebrewers to produce up to 100 gallons of malt beverages per year, or 200 if more than one person of legal drinking age lives in the household. As Evan Smith, who owns the local homebrewing supplier Blockader, points out, that’s about a case of beer per week—maybe a lot to drink yourself, but not if you’re giving it away to family and friends. Is homebrewing getting more popular? “Not according to my bank account,” Smith jokes, but it surely seems that way. The American Homebrewers Association has more than 36,000 members, a number that’s quadrupled since 2005. Mississippi— the last state where homebrewing is banned—will legalize it effective July 1. Smith points to the growing popularity of craft beers as the root of the homebrewing movement. “More and more people are being turned on to craft beer—tasting it, understanding it and wanting more,” he says. “Some folks really like the creativity of coming up with new beers, beers that don’t exist.” Although craft beer makes up less than 7 percent of the U.S. beer market, sales from craft breweries, microbreweries and brewpubs grew 17 percent last year to about 400 million gallons, compared to a 1 percent growth for the total beer market, according to the Brewers Association, a craft beer industry group.

Other bills with a chance to pass next year would let tourgoers at breweries sample their products and buy up to 288 ounces (24 12-ounce beers) packaged to go. That’s currently illegal under the ironclad post-Prohibition three-tier system, where producers sell to wholesalers that distribute to stores, bars and restaurants. “You visit Terrapin, then you have to pull up Google Maps to find a store that sells the beer,” says state Rep. Spencer Frye (D-Athens). “It’s ridiculous.” Such legislation could help local breweries like Terrapin. “If they could sell a growler (a jug) of Hopsecutioner or a six-pack of Golden Ale at a slightly cheaper price than a grocery store, that’s big money right here,” Smith says. “This would greatly help a startup brewery, such as Creature Comforts, grow more rapidly, in turn generating more tax revenue and jobs, a win-win,” says David Stein, who is opening a microbrewery in the Snow Tire building downtown. “A good question to ask is, ‘What is the downside?’ Not much, in my opinion. Many, if not most, other states allow a production brewery to sell their beer from the brewery directly to the consumer, and everyone on each tier is doing just fine.” Senate Bill 174 and HB 314 also would allow brewpubs, in addition to breweries, to sell beer for off-premises consumption. Copper Creek manager Chelsie Anglin says she is not sure if that local brewpub would qualify. “If we’re able to, I think we definitely will, but I’d have to check on the details,” Anglin says. The legislature’s relatively newfound willingness to (metaphorically) touch alcohol shows the state has clearly changed since 2004, when lawmakers first allowed high gravity microbrews and imports to be sold here. Under former Gov. Sonny Perdue, churches successfully kept a law banning retail alcohol sales on Sundays on the books, but when Deal took office in 2011, he declared, “I don’t drink. I simply believe in democracy,” and communities like Athens across the state voted to legalize Sunday sales. “The door got kicked down on that one, and the floodgates opened, in a sense, which is good,” Smith says. “It’s commonsense legislation we sorely need.”

In other Southern states, religious objections complicated the issue. “We’re just completely opening up the whole state to alcohol—every family, every home, every block,” Republican Rep. Arthur Payne said recently while debating homebrewing in Alabama, according to an article in Statewire, a nonprofit government news agency. “I represent a district that has a strong family unit, and we don’t want to flood our neighborhoods with alcohol.” Christian groups didn’t object to the alcohol bills the Georgia legislature considered earlier this year, according to state Sen. Frank Ginn (R-Danielsville). “The Bible doesn’t speak about alcohol as a sin. It’s the excess,” he says. “Obviously, we want people to do things in moderation.” The main obstacle now is companies like Anheuser-Busch InBev, the Belgian giant that owns such popular brands as Budweiser, Corona, Beck’s and Michelob, says Frye, who is cosponsoring House Bill 314, the microbrewery/brewpub bill. The three-tier system “was put into place to protect consumers, but now it only protects big business interests,” Frye says. “It doesn’t protect the little guy.” Backers of alcohol-related bills, especially conservatives, have succeeded by arguing that loosening blue laws will create jobs and reduce the size of government. “This is probably the most pro-liberty, pro-freedom bill we have passed this session, and it will have a very positive economic impact on the state,” says Rep. Jason Spencer (R-Woodbine), the author of HB 99. Although supporters also call HB 314 an economic development measure that will create jobs, Frye is not optimistic that it will pass next year. “This type of change is going to take a long time,” he says. In the Senate, Regulated Industries Committee Chairman Jack Murphy (R-Cumming) has assigned a study committee to explore the issues raised by SB 174 and SB 169—the bill to allow establishments to serve samples—before the legislature reconvenes in January. “They’re still alive,” says Ginn, the vice chairman of Regulated Industries. “We’re trying to find out what the impact on the state will be.” Blake Aued




entertainment industry were excluded from an organized meeting leading up to the master planning process. Bailey— president of the Downtown Athens Business Association, one of the founders and executive director of AthFest, former small Business Coordinator for the ACC Economic Development Foundation, former co-owner of the 40 Watt Club, founder of Flagpole, an ACC commissioner and the logical go-to guy for all things downtown, music scene and small business—reports that he was never once invited to offer input on the master outcry against overdevelopment of our thriving cultural cenAthens is abuzz these days with planning the future of plan. Joey Tatum, owner of multiple downtown properties and its built environment. The recent Great Walmart Debacle lit a ter—something to keep us distracted while very real decisions long-standing businesses, including the Manhattan Cafe and fire under the masses who cried out for some policy action to are being made behind our backs. One must wonder if, despite Little Kings, reports the same. That also goes for Clayton Street insure the protection, preservation and smart growth of our urgings from both the public and Commissioner Jared Bailey, shop owners Airee Hong and Jane Scott, two of the more active the mayor refused to consider a master plan as a part of ACC’s treasured downtown. voices against the Walmart that Selig originally wanted to put While a downtown master plan is nearing completion, a fiscal 2012 budget and handed the project over to the ADDA to downtown that led up to the master planning effort. recent visit from the acclaimed author of Walkable City: How assure that the final plan is determined by a body with limited So who is calling the shots on the downtown master plan? Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time, Jeff Speck, public accountability. Our elected officials can thus wash their In addition to Denson (who won election in a campaign bankassured us that we’re “not that screwed up.” But we stand at a hands of real responsibility. rolled by development interests and Republicans) and Hamby, crossroads where we could very well take the road to screwed The mayor sits on the ADDA board, but her distaste for pub- the ADDA Board includes Selig’s public relations liason (who up soon enough. The public, as well as economic pragmatism, lic input and open information and her “bring on the bulldozis also a Republican Watkinsville City Councilman and sits on screams for walkability, yet those with big bucks and the ears ers; toss up the big boxes” approach to intown development the board thanks to his position as Athens Area Chamber of of the powers-that-be are chained to a failing auto-centric past leave little hope that she will heed the pleas of smart-growth Commerce chairman), a real estate agent and developer, two with a primary concern for maximum short-term personal profadvocates. Commissioner Mike Hamby also sits on the ADDA lawyers (one of whom is a Republican state representative, the itability. A year and a half after the infamous Walmart other a former local Democratic Party chairman) and a bomb drop, Selig Enterprises has finally submitted restaurateur who’s lived in Athens less than five years. plans for the Armstrong & Dobbs property to go before These seven individuals appointed an nine-member the planning commission Thursday, June 6. This is just steering committee that includes three developers. One one of a half-dozen recent large-scale downtown develspecializes in suburban strip mall and medical offices, opments underway, while a green building ordinance, another is currently engaged in a large downtown projdrafted under our previous mayor, Heidi Davison, sits ect on the SunTrust property and another also sits on forgotten at the bottom of the commission’s agenda. the ACC Historic Preservation Commission. Despite some improvements, Selig’s plan still lacks real Also included are one retail business owner who has pedestrian permeability from most of East Broad and written multiple letters to the Athens Banner-Herald Oconee streets, and its massive parking decks wrapped opposing bike lanes and championing cheap parking in kiddie condos will make the monstrosity on Carr’s and more decks; a bar/cafe owner who once supported Hill look like a Smurf village. Charlie Maddox for mayor (the same Charlie Maddox who was an outspoken supporter of the downtown Walmart); an accountant who once ran as a Republican candidate for ACC Commission; a trust manager who At least the downtown master plan will assure some also sits on the Athens Cultural Affairs Commission— smart growth guidance for our precious cultural center, the only committee member with any creative culture right? Not so fast! While the master planning team is credentials whatsoever—and a planner formerly with to be lauded for its efforts, outreach and concepts, ACC now with UGA. Only a few members have any real Refusing even to consider closing College Square to car traffic is just one example of how it is becoming evident that their recommendations, interest in or experience with preservation or smart local officials are thwarting the will of the people. which are based on public input, are being rehashed, growth initiatives. And none of them have any real ties watered down and abandoned behind closed doors and to the local music industry—the very scene that put away from the public eye by people with ulterior motives and a board, but his role in the resignation of Executive Director downtown Athens on the map in the first place. limited understanding of the needs and wants of the everyday Kathryn Lookofsky casts doubt that he would exercise some The Republican representation on the ADDA and the downpeople who live, work and play downtown on a daily basis. influence in assuring that the public is given full information town master plan steering committee is skewed, considering and allowed to participate as the process moves forward. Some of the work is being withheld from the public as the the solidly progressive Democratic leaning of intown Athens. Athens Downtown Development Authority-appointed steering It is utterly confounding that the ADDA would accept the The GOP has been trying its damnedest to hijack Athens poliresignation of its director—a tireless advocate for local busicommittee thwarts public comment by forbidding the team tics by making local elections nonpartisan, moving them to from presenting concepts for College Square and a downtown nesses and creative culture—smack dab in the middle of the the summer and redrawing commission district maps—all ploys river district. Those concepts have been fully developed, and planning process. It remains to be seen if a new director will that have failed to get Republicans elected in Athens. Their continue such advocacy or instead serve as a corporate tool for only hope to gain local power is to step up to serve on boards the public overwhelmingly supports them. big development geared toward franchise businesses and their The team was also directed to ignore Clayton Street, which such as the ADDA, where they work tirelessly behind the scenes minimum wage service jobs that provide college kids with beer has SPLOST funding for a total infrastructure and streetscape to guide ACC policy. money while the profits leave the community. redesign. Logically, this could be the first project from the The state Republican convention settled into the Classic downtown master plan to see fruition, but instead it remains Center last weekend, and downtown Athens was swarmed with fully in ACC’s hands and will be addressed through the usual rich old white dudes. Remember, Republicans weren’t just barely publicized, sparsely attended and minimally guided ACC invading downtown for the weekend. They are actively deterpublic input process. The final decisions on the downtown master plan are mining the course of its future. It is becoming evident that the downtown master plan being made by a very select few. In fact, many downtown might just be lip service intended to shut up recent public property and small business owners from the retail, bar and Melissa Link

Downtown Athens Stands at a Crossroads

Blake Aued

Master Plan to the Rescue?

Masters Behind the Scenes



Gordon Lamb


Scott Creney

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thens artist Scott Creney wears many hats: bassist in Tunabunny, barista at Hendershot’s Coffee Bar and prolific critic and editor for Australian music website Collapse Board. He’s also an accomplished author with two collections of poetry, a film script and five novels under his belt. His first novel, Dear Al-Qaeda, was published in 2006; his latest, The Insurrectionists, came out this past March. The new book is set in Athens and is about a group of “would-be revolutionaries, their idealistic rise and messy, violent collapse.” Flagpole spoke with Creney recently about his life in writing and self-publishing. Flagpole: Walk me through a brief background of your coming to write long-form—that is, book length—projects? Scott Creney: In the fall of ‘98 I headed off to [Boston’s] Emerson College. It turned out I had a knack for writing. I lived and breathed poetry while I was there, and had a book of my poetry published upon graduating. My fiction teachers encouraged me to write more of that stuff, so once I was out of school and had more time, I sat down to write my first [novel]. I’ve been hooked ever since. FP: When writing the poems that would be in that book [Nation Full Of Caesars], were you constantly conscious of the fact that it would be graded? SC: Sure, but in a good way. I was 26 when I went to college and the first person in my immediate family to do so, and with all kinds of personal obstacles/borderline tragedies in my past. After eight-plus years of working shit jobs, I felt really lucky and inspired to be in a big city like Boston and to have an opportunity like I did. In my four years there I wrote close to 250 poems and probably two dozen short stories. After a lifetime of underachieving, it felt empowering on all kinds of levels to finally be good at something. FP: Let’s talk a little about Dear Al-Qaeda. SC: I was very lucky to see that book published. I’d been out of school for less than three years. Both Black Ocean

[Press] and I were convinced that we were going to [either] be famous or locked away in Guantanamo for life. Sadly, they had problems with their distributor that forced the book into a weird limbo where it was only available online or direct from the publisher. By the time everything got sorted out, terrorism was old news, and Black Ocean had become pretty much exclusively poetry. FP: What was the inspiration for your latest book, The Insurrectionists? SC: I was shooting the shit [circa 2006] with my friend Phillip Brown, who used to drum with Summer Hymns, complaining about my job managing a local coffee shop. He suggested I talk to some of the local downtown bars about selling coffee out of there during the day when they were normally closed. I was too lazy to actually do it, but I did spend a week or so imagining what it would be like, how I would market it. FP: I’d assumed that the [largely defunct Athens social justice organization Washington Street Liberation Army] was sort of a jumping off point for it. SC: No, this was before WSLA. This book actually presaged WSLA, the London riots, the Occupy movement and last fall’s Walmart strikes. FP: You’re a damn clairvoyant. SC: Yeah, it was really weird. I wrote a book in 2003 about ticket scalpers in Boston that climaxed with the Red Sox winning the World Series. A year later, they did, for the first time in 86 years. It gets crazier. The book I’m working on now is an apocalyptic rapture novel set in the Florida Keys [titled Right In Front]. Three months ago, I made a joke about how the world ended before Taco Bell got a chance to roll out the Cool Ranch version of the Doritos Loco taco. [Those] showed up last month! My next book is going to be about a tall, charming writer in Athens, GA who makes a shitload of money, called The Scott Creney Story. [Let’s] put this clairvoyance thing to the test, you know?

FP: You use a lot of real locations and brand names. I can see the functionality of using known quantities, but I also know your interest in late capitalism, and so when reading I feel an undertone that may or may not be there. SC: Well, it’s both. It’s what your average motivational business seminar leader would call a win-win situation. It gets to work on a symbolic level, a convenience level, and an evocative level… If there was anything I thought might be slanderous or offensive, I changed it. So, the coffee shop that goes on strike is called Java Rocket and not, say, Jittery Joe’s… [But] it’s very much set in Athens, so why pretend otherwise? There are elements of satire, but for the most part, it’s meant to be affectionate. FP: You recently opened your vault and self-published many of your books in e-form, which are available on your website, Did you revisit/re-edit any of the material? SC: I decided going in that I would only edit punctuation/ grammar stuff and not even allow myself the temptation to just re-write everything from scratch. But revisiting them was the best part of the whole experience… Here I was reading stuff that I had no memory of writing, just cracking up at the funny parts and wondering how the hell I had written something so powerful and beautiful. It was great. FP: It’s interesting to me how you’re able to speak about your work with humor and objectivity but also a bit of salesman panache. SC: Working on press releases for Tunabunny has been good practice. I’m less implicated in that [than] the way I am in my books. I’m just trying to enjoy myself. It’s liberating to just say “the hell with it” and put everything up there. I’ve grown past wanting to be acknowledged as the greatest writer of my generation. Now I’m just content to know that [my books are] out there in the world. If people need them, they’ll find them, eventually. Gordon Lamb



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onâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be fooled by the motorcycle helmet in Marie Davonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hand. She and her husband, Andrew Heaton, have been zipping around town together on a moped. (As if sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worried about people underestimating her toughness, Davon blurts that she â&#x20AC;&#x153;used to have a motorcycle.â&#x20AC;?) Heaton and Davonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s band, Powerkompany, released its debut LP this week via Mazarine Records. I Am More Than This is an intrepid record that highlights the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;sâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and its membersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;adaptive qualities. Davon, in particular, is a model of evolving identity. A biochemical researcher by day, Karolyn Troupe assumes her stage name when performing in, writing for and even thinking about Powerkompany. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was this secret identity thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not so secret anymore,â&#x20AC;? she says, explaining that the pseudonym sprang from a desire to separate her artistic and professional lives. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have a very serious controlled side, but I also have this hypersexual, silly, very diva side, too. And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s totally Marie Davon. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want them to be separate. But I feel like when I start writing, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s who is thinking. It cannot possibly be Karolyn, because sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very mathematical.â&#x20AC;? The band name itself is an extension of Davonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s personality; her online handle for years, it presented itself as an apt descriptor of the music the couple began making together, starting with Comfort, a 2011 EP that Heaton describes as â&#x20AC;&#x153;a demo that got out of hand.â&#x20AC;? It was both a logical continuation of each memberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s musical historyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Davon, then Troupe, was an integral member of beloved local indie-pop institution Venice is Sinking; Heaton continues to play fiddle and sing in Packway Handle Bandâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and a vast departure. Acoustic guitars and dramatic viola coexisted with burbling electronics, thanks to Heatonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latent production talent, while Troupeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strong, seductive voice, limited in Venice is Sinking to a utilitarian role, soared above it all. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was totally an experiment,â&#x20AC;? says Davon of Comfort. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In fact, we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even intend it to be an album.â&#x20AC;? But the recording took root. In March 2012, Pulse, a collection of remixes by local producers, appeared. The addition of beats to the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dreamy, drumless sound was a revelation, even to Heaton and Davon, who then approached I Am More Than This with a newfound focus on rhythm and textureâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and time. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We wanted to spend a little bit more time on the next group of songs,â&#x20AC;? says Heaton. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When you make that decision, you inevitably start adding more and more. Maybe more than you need to, in many cases.â&#x20AC;?

The new album occasionally suffers from an abundance of ambition. On the title track, the band tries to cram too much energy into three headachy minutes: thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the hammy chorus, the aggressively orchestral backing track, the Dylan-circa-Desire violin solo. But I Am More Than This also houses the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most nuanced tunes to date. The sad, gorgeous lullaby â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lostâ&#x20AC;? and the striking acoustic narrative â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blameâ&#x20AC;? are obvious highlights. The subtle electronic alteration that dots closer â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mermaid Sunlightâ&#x20AC;? is an especially nice touch. These standout moments owe to a shifting dynamic, the band explains. Specifically, Heaton has taken a more hands-on role. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve gotten a lot better at accepting his advice,â&#x20AC;? Davon says with a laugh. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Before, I would get kind of offended.â&#x20AC;? In addition, both members contributed lyrics to the new record; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s often obvious who wrote what. Heaton describes himself as â&#x20AC;&#x153;much more of a conversational lyric writer,â&#x20AC;? while Davon is more abstract. (â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think a lot of that comes from hiding behind a veil,â&#x20AC;? she says.) In the albumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best moments, the two styles converge, as on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Another One Born in New York,â&#x20AC;? which channels the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hero, Leonard Cohen, in sound, title and attitude. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not the albumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s boldest track, but it is probably its best. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no coincidence that it also sounds like its truest collaboration. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The good thing about me and Andrew is that we have an underlying current that is very, very similar,â&#x20AC;? Davon says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think if our rivers arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the same, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re at least parallel.â&#x20AC;? But Davon is still the star of the band, and more than anything I Am More Than This reflects her growing confidence as a frontwoman. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I need to be fearless,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because, otherwise, I do terrible things. I release myself in other ways, and if I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do it onstage, or in my art, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to be selfdestructive.â&#x20AC;? Sometimes it works. Sometimes it almost works. But even when the band overreaches, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all kind of captivating, these two seasoned musicians rediscovering their potential and, in the process, redefining who they are. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I guess I already knew [this], but I keep finding it out more and more,â&#x20AC;? says Heaton. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You really do have to go for it. When everybodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s standing around saying, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Should we do that?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; The answer is usually, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Yes, you should.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Gabe Vodicka

WHO: Powerkompany WHERE: The World Famous WHEN: Thursday, May 23 HOW MUCH: $8 (adv.), $10 (door)

Grace Long

In Search of Self

threats & promises Music News And Gossip Every now and then I think Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll just dispense with these little introductions entirely. And I do, for a while. Sometimes weeks at a time. But then I realize that I kind of like waving and saying â&#x20AC;&#x153;heyâ&#x20AC;? before we just jump right into things. Seems more polite that way. But now that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve gotten the niceties outta the way, letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s go back to where we were. Find this weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s scoop belowâ&#x20AC;Ś Hat Tip: Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a new collection of Don Chambers tracks available at donchambers. The album, titled A Sudden Loss of Elevation, is initially seeing the light of day as a digital download only. Chambers describes the set as â&#x20AC;&#x153;solo, acoustic, diminutive, romantic, natural recordingsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;nothing too trickyâ&#x20AC;? and adds that a few songs include

Don Chambers guest appearances by Thayer Sarrano and Sanni Baumgaertner. Chambers celebrated the release of the album last week. Luck Of The Pluck: Things keep happening down on the Gypsy Farm, and the latest news concerns bluegrass duo Shoal Creek Stranglers. The band, composed of Zeke Sayer (The Humms) and Zeb Garrison, plays true-grit, old-time folk and bluegrass in a way that can only come from a true affection and kinship with the music. The next Athens gig is Thursday, May 23 at the Flicker Theatre & Bar. Immediately afterward, the band will hit Asheville and Augusta in a nice little arc of traveling. For more information, see facebook. com/theshoalcreekstranglers and For all other Gypsy Farm Studio/Gypsy Farm Records information, continue to check out Correction: In my column published May 8, local musician Rebekah Rogers Coulterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name was misspelled. This was entirely my fault, and no blame should be placed anywhere else for this. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work to get past this and let the healing process begin. Beelze-Bones Brigade: The third annual Skatinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; vs. Satan show will happen at the Caledonia Lounge on Friday, May 24. The self-referential event, which casts participating punks and metalheads into appropriately graspable categories, will feature falsetto rockers Manger, the mayhem of Grim Pickins

& the Bastard Congregation, perennial favorites Karbomb and Atlantaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s utterly tuneful Campaign. Significant this year is the fact that the event is a benefit for the Nichole Mikko-Causby Fund, which is raising funds to help its namesake continue battling an inoperable brain tumor. The show is all ages and will run you $5 if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re over 21 and $7 if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re under. For more information on the Nichole Mikko-Causby Fund and to donate money on your own, see Cast Away: I promised Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d mention this again, so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time for me to keep bugging you about getting your votes in for the Flagpole Athens Music Awards. The deadline is May 31, and you can find your digital ballot at Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a pretty streamlined process, and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re free to choose from among our well-considered nominees in each category or write in your own. The 2013 Flagpole Athens Music Awards show takes place Thursday, June 20 at the Morton Theatre, and while I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t encourage you to hold your breath until then, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll probably feel much better if you just go ahead and vote and know youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done your part.

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movie dope Some releases may not be showing locally this week. • indicates new review 42 (PG-13) Something about the challenges faced by Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) as he broke the color barrier in professional baseball feels so much more singular than your average true tale of successfully bucking the odds. Boseman’s performance is not a skilled mimicry like so many other portrayals of famous persons; he imbues Robinson with such strength of character and composure. THE ART OF THE STEAL 2009. As part of the Art and Intrigue Film Series, the Georgia Museum of Art presents a screening of The Art of the Steal, an official selection of no fewer than the Toronto, New York and AFI Film Festivals. Filmmaker Don Argott (Rock School) documents the struggle over Dr. Albert C. Barnes’ $25 million collection of modern and post-impressionist art, including 181 Renoirs, 69 Cezannes, 59 Matisses, 46 Picassos, 16 Modiglianis and seven van Goghs. (Georgia Museum of Art) BEFORE MIDNIGHT (R) In 1995, we met Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) on a train to Vienna in Before Sunrise; in 2004, Jesse and Celine reunite for an afternoon in Paris in Before Sunset. Now the unlikely trilogy continues nine years later, as Jesse and Celine spend time in Greece. Again, director Richard Linklater and stars Hawke and Delpy share screenplay credits. A series like this could go on forever. It’s about time to catch up with this indie romance. THE BIG WEDDING (R) The Big Wedding should be celebrated as a strong candidate for worst film of the year. The opening gag combines an exwife stumbling upon her former spouse and his girlfriend in the midst of sex. Oh the guffaws! They can only be matched by a grown daughter throwing up on her dad. Hilarious! Seriously, The Big Wedding is populated by offensive, meanly unfunny characters differentiated by their virginity or lack thereof. The sinking ship of a movie has nary one likable, nuanced character to grab onto like a life raft. Avoid these nuptials at all costs. THE CALL (R) Until a final act that is so predictably out of character for Halle Berry’s heroine, The Call knows exactly what it is: a pulpy genre thriller. After feeling responsible for the death of a teenage girl, veteran 911 operator Jordan Turner (Berry) is reluctant to take another emergency call. But when another teenager, Casey Welson

(Abigail Breslin), is kidnapped by the same nondescript white guy, Jordan makes it her mission to save this victim. Couple those two talented actresses with the claustrophobia and helplessness of the central locations, and the audience is treated to a pretty gripping first two acts. Answer this Call. THE COMPANY YOU KEEP (R) A lawyer (Robert Redford) goes on the run after a young reporter (Shia LaBeouf) outs him as a member of the domestic terrorist organization, the Weather Underground. Naturally, the newspaperman discovers more to the story than first thought. The mystery isn’t terribly hard to solve, but the decrease in tension is made up for by onscreen talent. The Company You Keep isn’t hip, but is a natural, narrative extension of Redford’s career. (Ciné) THE CROODS (PG) Despite its underwhelming trailers, The Croods stands out as one of the best non-Pixar animated family films released in the last few years. A family of cavemen— dad Grug (v. Nicolas Cage), mom Ugga (v. Catherine Keener), teen daughter Eep (v. Emma Stone), dumb son Thunk (v. Clarke Duke), feral baby Sandy and grandma (v. Cloris Leachman)—are forced on a cross-country road trip after their cave is destroyed by the impending “end of the world.” EPIC (PG) A teenage girl (v. Amanda Seyfried) is transported to a shrunken down world where she assists a ragtag band of warriors known as the Leafmen against the Boggans and their evil leader Mandrake (v. Christoph Waltz). Longtime Ice Age co-director Chris Wedge adapts William Joyce’s The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs. Featuring an all-star voice cast including Colin Farrell, Beyonce Knowles, Aziz Ansari, Pitbull (?!) and Steven Tyler, this animated flick had best do better than last winter’s Joyce adaptation, Rise of the Guardians. k FAST & FURIOUS 6 (PG-13) Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) and Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) reassemble the team to help federal agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) take down a former Special Ops tough guy (Luke Evans), whose second-incommand is the love of Dom’s life, Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), believed to be dead since Fast 4. Justin Lin returns to direct his fourth F&F entry. GINGER & ROSA (PG-13) Two teenage girls grow up in 1960s London as

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inseparable friends, but as the Cuban Missile Crisis and nuclear annihilation loom, Ginger (Elle Fanning) and Rosa (Alice Englert, Beautiful Creatures) clash over love. Writer-director Sally Potter has not done much high profile work since 1992’s Orlando with Tilda Swinton. The film has picked up a few awards including a couple for Fanning’s work, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Virtuoso Award and the Valladolid International Film Festival’s Best Actress prize. (Ciné) THE GREAT GATSBY (PG-13) Like all Baz Luhrmann’s films save Moulin Rouge!, The Great Gatsby left me highly conflicted. A creative, stylistic tour de force, the film starts off kinetic to the point of claustrophobia. The constant moving and zooming camera and non-stop edits choke the air out of the first act; the film just needs to stop and catch its breath for a moment. The film doesn’t stop its constant Charlestoning until Nick Carroway (Tobey Maguire) meets reclusive millionaire Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) at one of the latter’s renowned parties. Finally, the film takes a hiccupping breath. Luhrmann’s

Alien have conquered Earth. When the invaders implant an extraterrestrial soul named Wanderer into the body of Melanie Styder (Saoirse Ronan), Melanie fights back, eventually leading Wanderer to Melanie’s human family and friends, a group of desert-living rebels. Once there, Wanda, as the humans call her, falls for one boy, while Melanie continues to love Jared (Max Irons). You knew Meyer would work her love triangle (or in this case, love rectangle?) into the plot somewhere. IDENTITY THIEF (R) With two kids and another on the way, Sandy Patterson (Jason Bateman) is struggling to make ends meet. Having his identity stolen by friendless Diana (Melissa McCarthy) only further aggravates his financial distress. Strangely, the gags work best when Bateman’s straight man and McCarthy’s manic criminal bond rather than fight. Too bad the mean-spirited comic scenarios cooked up by screenwriter Craig Mazin (Scary Movies 3 and 4 and The Hangover: Parts II and III) lack originality. Director Seth Gordon and his hilarious stars have done and will do comedy better.

Motorist arrested for ghost-riding in downtown Athens. always favored style over substance, and the Roaring ‘20s are a great place to indulge his whims. However, his hyperactive visualization fill his adaptation of Fitzgerald’s classic novel with the air of parody. The film often feels like a musical with the song-and-dance numbers cut out. THE HANGOVER PART III (R) The Wolfpack trilogy concludes with a return to Las Vegas and trips to Los Angeles and Tijuana. All the key players return—director Todd Phillips, stars Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zack Galifianakis—and additional support from John Goodman and Melissa McCarthy might make up for the return of Chang, I mean Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong). I didn’t dislike The Hangover Part II, but III needs to change up the pace a bit. HONOR & GLORY (R) 1993. Bad Movie Night celebrates three awesome years of terrible cinema with Honor & Glory. I guess America’s martial arts sweetheart Cynthia Rothrock was the big draw here. Rothrock stars as FBI agent Tracey Pride, who is going after evil businessman Jason Slade (John Miller) with the help of her newswoman sister (Donna Jason), Hong Kong partner (Robin Shou, Mortal Kombat’s Liu Kang), and one of Slade’s former bodyguards (Chuck Jeffreys). (Ciné) THE HOST (PG-13) What Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight novels did to horror, she does to science fiction in The Host.

IRON MAN 3 (PG-13) Happily, Shane Black has taken over the Iron Man franchise from Jon Favreau, and it’s mostly a blast right out of 1987. Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) may be the rare superhero alter ego that is more interesting out of costume, but watching him investigate a mystery in Small Town, Tennessee (child sidekick in tow) felt more like episodic television than the initial, post-Avengers solo adventure. The Iron Man franchise goes 0 for 3 on villains; none are in Iron Man’s league. The potential of The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) is wasted with a twist that, while amusingly executed, leaves the film villainously bereft. Such minor quibbles don’t devalue Iron Man 3’s entertainment worth; it’s one high quality blockbuster. JACK THE GIANT SLAYER (PG-13) While far from a bad fantasy film, this retooled telling of the classic children’s stories, Jack the Giant Killer and Jack and the Beanstalk, does little to fire the imagination once the credits roll. We all know the story; young Jack (Marcus Hoult, whose romzom Warm Bodies showed loads more creativity) gets some magic beans, from which a giant beanstalk grows. At the top of the leafy, green ladder is a land full of giants who have a taste for human flesh. Of course, this new telling has to involve a love interest, headstrong Princess Isabelle (Eleanor Tomlinson), who Jack sets out to rescue.

MUD (PG-13) A coming of age tale set in the disappearing wilds of the small town south, Mud aims high, as filmmaker Jeff Nichols attempts to channel Mark Twain, and hits the target square in the bull’s eye. Two teens—Ellis (Tye Sheridan, Tree of Life) and Neckbone (newcomer Jacob Lofland)—discover a boat in a tree. They also discover Matthew McConaughey’s Mud, a fugitive living in the boat in the tree, while he waits to escape with the love of his life, Juniper (Witherspoon). Mud watches like a work of modern literature, capturing the last gasps of a dying culture as one boy becomes a man. As one of 2013’s more challenging films, Mud dethrones its closest competitor, The Place Beyond the Pines, as it reminds me of early David Gordon Green, before all his releases blended into the same, artless marijuana-addled haze. OBLIVION (PG-13) The new Tom Cruise action, sci-fi spectacle is stylishly crafted and a visual/aural knockout. After fighting off an alien invasion via nuclear destruction, humanity has moved off-planet to Titan, a moon of Saturn. Two people, Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) and Victoria (Andrea Riseborough), have been left behind, tasked to protect the giant hydroreactors that power Titan. But Jack’s world is turned upside down by the arrival of a NASA scientist (Olga Kurylenko) of whom Jack has been dreaming, and by the discovery of human survivors, led by Malcolm Beech (Morgan Freeman). Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski co-scripted Oblivion from his own graphic novel, and despite its derivative pieces, the whole narrative coheres rather well. PAIN & GAIN (R) With the subtlety of an 18 wheeler, Pain & Gain chronicles the true story of three bodybuilders— Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg), Paul Doyle (Dwayne Johnson) and Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie)—who turn to crime in order to achieve the American Dream. If you were hoping director Michael Bay had a quirky indie crime caper in him, he doesn’t. The film is too long, sledgehammeringly artless and mindnumbingly dumb. It’s a film created in the image of its characters and equally as appealing as those amateur criminals. Would I have preferred a shorter, pulpier, Elmore Leonard/Carl Hiaasen version of this tale (or better yet, an award winning documentary)? Yes. Will I accept this musclebound, meathead movie? Certainly, but only once. PEEPLES (PG-13) A guy, Wade Walker (Craig Robinson), in love with a girl, Grace Peeples (Kerry Washington, Django Unchained), who is way out of his league, seeks to please her domineering father, federal judge Virgil Peeples (David Alan Grier). The “chocolate Kennedys,” as Wade calls the Peeples, have their own problems, which lead to sub-sitcom problems and hijinks. Wade’s brother, a doll doctor (Malcolm Barrett), refers to a “black ‘Three’s Company,’” a fairly fitting description of the entire movie. I wouldn’t be shocked to see producer Tyler Perry turning this flick into his latest TBS sitcom. Imagine the hilarity of the Browns-Peeples crossover. No seriously, you’ll have to imagine the laughs because they won’t exist. I wonder how well this comedy will do minus Perry’s moralistic sermonizing.

SAFE HAVEN (PG-13) One thing I enjoy about reviewing movies is having a readymade excuse for watching sappy romances like Safe Haven. Unfortunately, the latest Nicholas Sparks adaptation, set in another North Carolina paradise, is one solved mystery away from just being one couple’s two hour how we met story. Pretty, young Katie is on the run from a constantly drunk, really sweaty cop (“Revolution” star David Lyons). Lucky for her, a hot widower, Alex (Josh Duhamel), with two cute kids is ready to love again. Wondering how this romance is ultimately different from Sleeping with the Enemy? Then prepare for the laughable, Shyamalan-esque, climactic twist. THE SAPPHIRES (PG-13) In the late ‘60s, an Australian Aboriginal girl group entertains the boys in Vietnam. Naturally, the sweet, inspirational movie—director Wayne Blair’s feature debut—is based on a true story (and garners a few comparisons to Muriel’s Wedding). The only familiar face is Chris O’Dowd, so likable on “The I.T. Crowd” and Bridesmaids, and one of the more likable characters from season two of “Girls.” I really feel like I’ve seen his movie before, yet part of me is still a little jazzed for it. (Ciné) SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (R) 2012. After being released from a state mental hospital, Pat (Bradley Cooper) meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), who lost it after the death of her husband. Instead of exacerbating each other’s unhealthy flaws, the relationship between these two cracked souls heals both, much to the surprise of everyone. Silver Linings Playbook has an awkward edge that makes even the smallest successes so much sweeter. David O. Russell’s fiery demeanor and beautiful writing certainly ignites his actors. Silver Linings Playbook should not be missed. SNITCH (PG-13) Construction bigwig John Matthews (The Rock, né Dwayne Johnson) will do anything to lessen his son Jason’s jail time after a drug arrest. Matthews convinces one of his ex-con employees, Daniel (Jon Bernthal, late of “The Walking Dead”), to introduce him to a drug dealer, Malik (Michael K. Williams), in order to cut a deal with federal prosecutor Joanne Keeghan (Susan Sarandon), who could use a big bust to boost her congressional campaign. Refreshingly, Johnson spends most of the movie in desperate dad mode as opposed to real life action figure. Appearances be damned, Snitch is no ‘80s action rehash; the movie’s got too much gravitas for Ah-nuld, even in his prime. • STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS (PG-13) Star Trek Into Darkness, the second film in J.J. Abrams’ revamped Trek-verse, is the best Star Wars movie since 1983. The second new Star Trek is the giant, sci-fi, matinee serial that the Star Wars prequels never were. My only concern with J.J. Abrams’ revitalization of George Lucas’ neck of the galaxy is the negative effects it will have on the burgeoning new Star Trek. The new Trek improves upon its already superb predecessor in every way. Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) leads the crew of the Starship Enterprise— Spock (Zachary Quinto), Bones (Karl Urban), Uhura (Zoe Saldana), Sulu (John Cho), Chekhov (Anton Yelchin) and Scotty (Simon Pegg)—after a rogue Federation operative (Benedict Cumberbatch) turns terrorist. Trek has never looked better, been more thrilling or more humanly humorous, and those praises come from a lifelong Trek fan (I eschew the Trekkie/Trekker nomenclature). Star Trek 2 seems like the luckiest of numbers; this sequel achieves Khan-like greatness. Knowledgeable fans will enjoy the abundant surprises. Drew Wheeler

movie pick Shouting Out Love THE SAPPHIRES (PG-13) Isolated on a reservation in Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s outback in the late 1960s, three Aboriginal sistersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Gail (Deborah Mailman), Cynthia (Miranda Tapsell) and Julie (Jessica Mauboy)â&#x20AC;&#x201D;dream of making it big with their singing act. The women have heart and talent, but they are far from being polished performers. They enter a talent competition, and though the group is awkward on stage, they win over a tough all-white crowd by singing Merle Haggardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s country classic, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Today I Started Loving You Again.â&#x20AC;? However, the bigoted judges are not impressed and refuse to give the women their well-deserved prize. The showâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shady yet still charming (and drunk) Irish emcee, Dave (Chris Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Dowd), is interested in working with them. He lands the ladies a big gig and a chance to escape their racist backwater by traveling to Vietnam and entertaining U.S. troops. Dave convinces them to scrap the country tunes for Motown soul instead, and the group takes on another memberâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;their cousin Kay (Shari Sebbens)â&#x20AC;&#x201D;while in transit to the war zone. The troops love them, but the group faces several challenges abroad that even the magic of song may not cure.

Based on Tony Briggsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; play of the same name (which was loosely derived from his motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and auntâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own experiences), The Sapphires wants to win your heart over like an overly enthusiastic slobbering puppy. It is difficult to resist. Movies like this frequently get slammed for being light or inconsequential in an age of muscle-headed, angst-fueled comic book action, as if the latterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s melodrama is somehow more relevant and worthy of serious consideration. Both are cheesy, and there is nothing wrong with a big helping of it from time to time. The Sapphires, directed by first-timer Wayne Blair, is mostly freewheeling (it does get more serious once in Vietnam) yet filled with several moments of narrative strain (the Melbourne sequence and the in-fighting between the women). But Blair does make several insightful comments about racial identity, and the performances are mostly very good. Chris Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Dowd (the bloke who played the charming cop in Bridesmaids) is an engaging scene-stealer, although even he cannot upstage these women when they belt out their tunes. As it should be.

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art notes Cards, Face Jugs and Cityscapes Decking our Cover: In many communities, original artwork exists only as a luxury tucked away in exclusive galleries or the homes of private collectors. An ongoing conversation for any community-driven gallery, especially a nonprofit such as the Athens Institute for Contemporary Art, should therefore explore how to make artwork accessible, affordable and alluring to the public at large. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were brainstorming ways to get contemporary art out into the public, and one of our board members, Tatiana Veneruso, owned a set of playing cards that she loved from Black Rock Collective,â&#x20AC;? says Gallery Manager Hope Hilton. With a strong model in place, ATHICAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s board members solicited their favorite local artists to design the faces of specific playing cards, and compiled all 54 images into a full deck called â&#x20AC;&#x153;ATHICARDS.â&#x20AC;? Both emerging and established artists are representedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;including the likes of David Barnes, Dana Jo Cooley, Jim Barsness, Kim Deakins, Margot Ecke, Jason Thrasher and David Haleâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;making this collaborative project an incredible showcase of local talent and a time capsule of the current arts scene. An opening reception catered by Heirloom CafĂŠ, White Tiger, Martiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at Midday, Trumpâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Catering and On the Border will be held Saturday, May 25, from 7â&#x20AC;&#x201C;9 p.m., and a special preview for gallery members will begin earlier at 6 p.m. Each card will adorn the galleryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s walls in its original format (paintings, drawings, photographs, digital art, collages and mixed media) and will be available for purchase. Full decks cost $20â&#x20AC;&#x201D;a mere 37 cents per cardâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;likely making this the most inexpensive collection of art prints in town. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We believe that just the act of getting art in peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hands and off the wall is a radical and fun approach,â&#x20AC;? says Hilton. â&#x20AC;&#x153;By making something that is clearly very functional, we are able to not only spread art around our community and beyond, but encourage card playing with an inspired deck of cards. I made it a goal when beginning at ATHICA to extend our reach beyond the gallery.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;ATHICARDSâ&#x20AC;? will be on display during gallery hoursâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Thursdays, 1â&#x20AC;&#x201C;9 p.m. and Fridays through Sundays, 1­â&#x20AC;&#x201C;6 p.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;until Sunday, June 9, and a sanctioned game night is slated for Saturday, June 1, 7â&#x20AC;&#x201C;11 p.m. Clay Creatures: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Face Jugs: Art and Ritual in 19th-Century South Carolinaâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;on display at the Georgia Museum of Art through July 7â&#x20AC;&#x201D;displays mystical, misunderstood works created by the enslaved African American community of the Edgefield District, an area that was rich in natural resources and dependent on slaves to operate large-scale productions of pottery. Each face carries its own distinct expressionâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;some animated or angry, others unsettlingly vacantâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;with features ranging from bulging-to-squinting eyes, raised-to-furrowed brows and grinning-to grimacing-teeth. Historians initially assumed that the vessels were purely utilitarian in nature and used for storing water, but later theories speculated that the jugs might have also served ritualistic purposes such as stashing magical or metaphorical materials and protecting the deceased as grave markers. Many of the African Americans laboring in the Edgefield District were brought from the Congo, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not unreasonable to infer that they may have carried along the concept of â&#x20AC;&#x153;minkisi,â&#x20AC;? human-shaped containers capable of channeling or capturing spiritual entities by luring them inside with aromatic mixtures of herbs, minerals and other precious items. Because ritualistic practices were conducted in privacy, however, little documentation exists to support these claimsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;aside from the slavesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; standardized use of kaolin, a white clay considered as sacred in West Africa. Face jugs have long been appropriated by contemporary white artists, such as popular (and widely respected) north Georgia potter Lanier Meaders, whose jugs can easily sell for over $1,000 each. The new wave of face jugs are typically created and viewed as nothing more than simple, whimsical artifacts of regional folk art, however, which often

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Mary Porter undermines the historical significance and symbolic power of the original works. Skylines and Exit Ramps: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cityscapes by Ben Aronsonâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;on display at GMOA through June 30â&#x20AC;&#x201D;is a collection of oil paintings depicting hazy scenes of major cities such as Los Angeles, Santa Monica and Paris. Straddling the line between Joe Havasy realism and abstraction, the paintings appear unfocused and impressionistic up close, but take a near-photorealistic shape at a distance. Naturally, several paintings reflect influences of their pictured locationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s corresponding art movement such as the Boston Expressionist School, the New York School of Abstract Expressionism and the Bay Area Figurative Movement. While based off of real locations and occasionally including a recognizable landmark, the paintings exclude specific details, instead relying on a developed

Hope Hilton sensitivity towards light and shadow to create each mood. This ambiguity allows viewers to recollect and project their own memories. Aronsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s blurry style creates images that appear to be in motionâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;as if they were snapshots captured by pedestrians or car passengers traveling through the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;reflecting the energy and pace of the urban environment. Up Ahead: The Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation (OCAF) in Watkinsville will host its â&#x20AC;&#x153;Annual Members Exhibit,â&#x20AC;? featuring over 125 works by gallery members, from Friday, May 24â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Friday, June 21. A special display of plein air paintings by Robert Clements, titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oconee Landscapes,â&#x20AC;? will fill the adjacent side gallery. Opening receptions for both exhibits will be held on Friday, May 31, 6â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8 p.m. Jessica Smith

grub notes Asia in Athens CARBO-LOAD: For me, the first culinary association called up by the name Tin Drum (19 Alps Rd., in the Beechwood Shopping Center, 706-543-8979) isn’t pan-Asian food aimed at college students, but a scene from the 1979 film adaptation of Günter Grass’s novel of the same name, in which a woman is forced by her husband to choke down a number of eels. You probably wouldn’t get very far in Athens, or anywhere, alluding to that kind of thing, and the restaurant is blessedly free of such. Started in Atlanta and expanding to other university communities, the franchise offers food that is a step up from drive-through and will make you feel a little more virtuous for consuming it. Despite the fact that the word “authentic” is plastered all over its website, it’s the Asian quick-service version of Chipotle. You can eat Gabe Vodicka

Tin Drum things that are not totally bad for you and that taste decent. The meat is “all natural” and the tofu organic. The meals are customizable according to your protein desires and consist of noodle bowls, rice bowls, soup, salads, Asian tacos and some appetizer thingies. You order at the counter, using a touch-screen device and swiping your own credit card, should you not be in the mood to interact with a human being, then get your own drink, find a seat and wait for your food to arrive at your table. The kitchen is mostly hidden, but you can hear an expediter at work, and the process runs pretty smoothly. Fusion can be a dangerous game, and the tacos here are no exception. You can either skip them altogether or just eat the top half of one, as the bottom contains a large scoop of white rice that adds nothing good in the way of flavor, texture or even nutrition. The cucumber wasabi sauce on the panko shrimp taco is pretty zippy, the shrimp is well cooked and the cabbage slaw works well with the rest, but that big bite of white is pointless and distracting. The crab and cheese spring roll is no one’s idea of authenticity, but it is a tasty fried bite of goo. On the whole, Tin Drum does a better job with its proteins and veggies than with the

starch at the heart of each dish. The beef in a bowl of Cantonese noodles (with scallions, a minimal amount of spinach and bean sprouts) is tasty, and the wheat noodles aren’t bad, but they’re missing some spring. Ditto for the rice noodles in the Sing Chow Mein, a yellow currybased dish from Singapore with mushrooms, egg and chicken. The Pad Thai is all sticky orange sweetness. You could say the same of the mango stir-fry, with crisp-fried chicken chunks, mango, basil, jalapenos, onions and bell peppers over rice, but it succeeds far better in the latter dish than in the former. The tom yum soup is most likely premixed, but it passes muster. The space is full of daylight, with lots of families eating with their children as well as groups of college students looking for the comfort of carbs in a bowl. What’s really unusual is that it doesn’t have more competition in what it does. Tin Drum is open every day for lunch and dinner, takes credit cards and does to-go orders, but offers beverage vices only in the form of caffeine, not alcohol. ADVENTURES: Flagpole has written about the First Class Laser Car Wash (2024 South Milledge Ave., 706-5494416) and its little grocery store before, but the friendly guys that run the place have added hot food at least one day a week. On Fridays, around the time services from Al Huda Islamic Center let out (about 1 p.m.), they are ready with several warmers full of Indian/Pakistani/ South Asian cuisine, available for a song. The day I made it in, they had wonderful, buttery chicken biryani, with whole pieces of chicken cooked to extreme tenderness buried in fragrant, flowery rice. Large samosas, not yet soggy from sitting around, gave way to a wellspiced interior paste of meat and veg. They were also a mere $5 for four, which could easily feed two. The store itself is not a source for serious, investigative cookery of the region, but it has some staples, spices and halal meats. The real attraction and unavailable on my visit, is borek (a.k.a. burek), one of the world’s great pocket foods. A kind of Turkish/Yugoslavian meat and/or cheese hand pie, it comes in many varieties, and I look forward eagerly to seeing which one the car wash serves up. There is no space to eat-in, but you can nosh in your car if needed and wash it down with a cold soda. They even take credit cards. WHAT UP?: Also serving and preparing halal meats is Bulldawg Wings & Tropical Grocery on Baxter, which seems to be making hamburgers and selling some Jamaican specialties. Word is that the building on Broad that used to house Peaches has a restaurant interested in it that may serve either burritos or BBQ. Plans have been submitted for Insomnia Cookies in the former Athena Jewelers on Clayton downtown. Hillary Brown



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Now that the wave of student exit shows has ebbed, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time for instructors to take the spotlight. â&#x20AC;&#x153;PRAXIS,â&#x20AC;? on display through July 15, showcases works by over 20 local artists who teach as parttime or adjunct professors at UGAâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Art Rosenbaum, Stanley Bermudez, Eric Marty, Jeremy Hughes and Erin McIntosh among them. The exhibit will be the final curatorial project of Jeffrey Whittle as LDSOAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gallery Director, who plans to continue teaching courses in painting and drawing at UGA and concentrate on his own studio practice. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Praxis implies a commitment to something visceral, meditative and possibly transcendent,â&#x20AC;? Whittle says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They represent some of the best of humanity in my view: complete dedication to their artistic practice and to their calling as educators.â&#x20AC;? [Jessica Smith]

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Kicking off â&#x20AC;&#x153;Art and Intrigueâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;a film series focused on mystery, conspiracy and theft in the art worldâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;The Art of the Steal documents the controversy surrounding the relocation of the Barnes Foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a massive collection of Modernist and post-Impressionist artworks valued at over $25 billionâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;to Philadelphia, despite the wishes outlined in founder Albert Barnesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; will. Stolen, screening on Thursday, May 30, details the infamous heist of 1990, in which two thieves disguised as security officers broke into the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum of Boston and snatched 13 works valued at $300 million. Although the FBI announced the discovery of the culpritsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; identities back in March, the case remains unsolved. The series concludes on Thursday, June 6 with Exit Through the Gift Shop, street artist Banksyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s documentary that follows Thierry Guetta a.k.a. Mr. Brainwashâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a novice and avid fan of guerrilla public artâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;as he films the nocturnal adventures and creative vandalism of street artists. [Jessica Smith] MUSIC | Thursday, May 23

Cop City/ Chill Pillars, Mans Trash, The Dream Scene Farm 255 ¡ 11 p.m. ¡ FREE! South Florida has been oozing some of the most interesting garage-punk in recent years, but Palm Beach Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cop City/ Chill Pillars may be the strangest band to emerge with any prominence. For CC/ CP, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not enough to simply buck typical punk orthodoxy. The groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stuff is so out there that it might as well resign itself to permanent outsider statusâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;table for one,

please. Since making some hot rumblings in Floridaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s underbelly several years ago, the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dark, left-field sound has only plunged deeper into the rabbit hole. Its vaguely surf-y psychedelic punk rock has become incantatory and ritualistic, an altered state unto itself. Surprisingly, that individuality has attracted some national underground attention. Up close and in person is the best way to see what all the warped buzz is about. [Bao Le-Huu] MUSIC | Friday, May 24

James Husband, Peter Alvanos, Steven Trimmer Flicker Theatre & Bar ¡ 9 p.m. ¡ $3 The alias of James Huggins III, a man known for many hours clocked with of Montreal, Elf Power and various other Elephant 6 projects (not to mention his recent work with the weirdly brilliant Athens Cowboy Choir), James Husbandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s solo output has been limited since 2009â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s A Parallax I. Word is heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s working on a new full-length, though, and Fridayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s show seems as perfect a chance as any to catch up. Rounding out the excellent triple bill are Peter Alvanosâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;also of Elf Power, in addition to his Fabulous Bird projectâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and

James Husband the younger but equally talented Steven Trimmer, whose own output sports a heavy E6 influence. With his Glasscrafts project, Trimmerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s songs balance fuzzy psychedelia with crisp, jangly pop. Sound familiar? [Gabe Vodicka] MUSIC | Friday, May 24

Anders & Kendall The World Famous ¡ 9 p.m. ¡ $10 (adv.),

$15 (door) Wild Chorus, the new collaborative album from songwriters Anders Parker and Kendall Meade, has the easy, comfortable feel of longtime friendship. Parker, who played in bands like Varnaline before embarking on a highlight-studded but largely overlooked solo career, has the warm, slightly gruff presence of a cool college professor. Meade, the frontwoman for indie-pop group Mascott and a onetime member of Sparklehorse, exudes the sort of natural sweetness that reminds you how rare that sort of thing actually is. (Zooey Deschanel, step off.) Together, they are a sort of She & Him for the rest of us: tunes like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sleepwalkingâ&#x20AC;? are wistful and romantic but far from naive. Instead, they ache with hard-won truth. [Gabe Vodicka]


Memorial Day Deadline: The deadline for getting listed in The Calendar will be Thursday, May 23 at 5 p.m. for the issue of May 29. Online listings are updated daily. Email

Tuesday 21 COMEDY: OpenTOAD Comedy Open Mic (Flicker Theatre & Bar) Locals can watch quality comedy or perform themselves. Email to perform. First and third Tuesday of every month! 9 p.m. FREE! (performers), $5., EVENTS: Oconee Farmers Market (First Christian Church, Watkinsville) Locally grown produce, meats, grains, flowers, soaps, birdhouses, gourds and more. 4–7 p.m. EVENTS: Leap Flying Trapeze Show (Leap Trapeze ) Workshop flyers demonstrate their latest tricks in a Matrix-themed show. Bring a blanket or chair to sit on. 7:30 p.m. FREE! EVENTS: Tuesday Farmers Market (West Broad Market Garden) Fresh produce, cooking demonstrations and childrens activities. Offers double dollars for EBT shoppers. Held every Tuesday. 4–7 p.m. 706613-0122, GAMES: Trivia (Fuzzy’s Taco Shop) Compete for prizes and giveaways. 9–11 p.m. 706-353-0305 GAMES: Trivia with a Twist (Johnny’s New York Style Pizza) Throw a lime in your Coors Light and compete! Tuesdays & Thursdays, 7:30-9:30 p.m. 706354-1515 GAMES: Twisted Trivia (The Office Lounge) Twist your brain! 7:30 p.m. 706-546-0840 GAMES: Movie Quotes Trivia (Max) With host Cora Jane. Everyone’s a winner. 9:30 p.m. FREE! 706-254-3392 GAMES: Locos Trivia (Locos Grill & Pub) Every Tuesday. 8 p.m. FREE! MEETINGS: CCSD Budget Hearing (CCSD Adminstration Offices) A public hearing will cover the 2014 CCSD budget before final adoption on June 6. 6 p.m. FREE! www.clarke. MEETINGS: Athens Rock and Gem Club (Friendship Christian Church) After a short business meeting, Anita Westlake will present a program on “Geo Hazards.” 7:30 p.m. FREE! 706-549-8082 PERFORMANCE: Time for Three (Madison Morgan Cultural Center, Madison) A classically trained garage band with a repertoire of originals and covers spanning from Bach to bluegrass. A buffet at Town 220 will precede the show. 6 p.m. SOLD OUT!

Wednesday 22 ART: Tour at Two: “Small European Bronzes” (Georgia Museum of Art) Lynn Boland, Pierre Daura Curator of European Art, leads

a tour of small bronzes by Rodin, Renoir, Matisse, Moore and Maillol. 2 p.m. FREE! www.georgiamuseum. org CLASSES: SALSAthens (Little Kings Shuffle Club) Cuban-style salsa dance classes with SALSAthens. Every Wednesday. 6:30-7:30 p.m. (intermediate), 7:30-8:30 p.m. (beginners). $8 (incl. drink). 706338-6613 EVENTS: Athens Farmers Market (Athens City Hall) Local and sustainable produce, meats, eggs, dairy, baked goods, prepared foods, crafts and more. Live music at every market. 4–7 p.m. EVENTS: Canine Cocktail Hour (Madison Bar & Bistro) Drink and food specials for you and your (well-behaved, non-aggressive, vaccinated) dog! Every Wednesday. 5–7 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Sports Trivia (Beef ‘O’ Brady’s) Test your sports knowledge. 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-850-1916 GAMES: Trivia (Your Pie, Five Points location) Open your pie-hole for a chance to win! 7:30 p.m. FREE! 706850-7424 GAMES: Trivia (Willy’s Mexicana Grill) Trivia with a DJ! 8–10 p.m. FREE! 706-548-1920 GAMES: Trivia (Choo Choo Japanese Korean Grill Express) Jump on the trivia train! 7:30 p.m. GAMES: Crows Nest Trivia (Dirty Birds) Every Wednesday in the Crows Nest. 8 p.m. FREE! 706546-7050 GAMES: Full Contact Trivia (Blind Pig Tavern) Think you know it all? Test your knowledge every Wednesday night. 8 p.m. Both locations. 706-548-3442 GAMES: Trivia (Copper Creek Brewing Company) Test your trivia chops for prizes! 9 p.m. FREE! 706546-1102 KIDSTUFF: Lego Club (ACC Library) Play a fast and furious game of Crash Legos. No need to bring Legos from home. Ages 11–18. 4–5 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 KIDSTUFF: Home School Science (Sandy Creek Nature Center) Learn about birds and their migratory patterns. For ages 5–9 and their parents. Call to pre-register. 10 a.m.–12 p.m. $4–6. 706-613-3615 KIDSTUFF: Hot Diggity Doug (Oconee County Library) Barry Stewart Mann is Hot Diggity Doug who, with his dog Digger, digs deep into classic and popular books. 3 p.m. FREE! 706-769-3950 KIDSTUFF: Storytime (Barnes & Noble) For all ages. Children receive a free treat from the cafe. 11 a.m. FREE! 706-354-1195 LECTURES & LIT: Buddha Book Study (Body, Mind & Spirit) A discussion group that supports applying Buddha’s teachings to end suffering in all areas of life.

Every Wednesday. 6 p.m. Donations accepted. 706-351-6024 SPORTS: Rollergirl Bootcamp (Fun Galaxy) Learn what it takes to be a Classic City Rollergirl. May 20, 5:30 p.m.–9 p.m. & May 22, 6:30–9 p.m.

Thursday 23 ART: Opening Reception (UGA Lamar Dodd School of Art Galleries) For “PRAXIS,” curated by Jeffrey Whittle and featuring works by Paul Murphy, Mary Ruth Moore, Peter James McCarron, Eric Marty, Leslie Snipes, Meredith Lachin and more. See Calendar Pick on p. 16. 5–7 p.m. FREE! CLASSES: Into to Tai Chi & Gigong (Banyan Tree Center) Presented by the Institute of Integral Gigong and Tai Chi. 5:30 p.m. FREE! 770-596-8170, CLASSES: Genealogy 102: Census Records Online (Oconee County Library) Navigate the genealogy databases Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest Online. 12:30–2 p.m. FREE! 706-769-3950 EVENTS: Jeff Morris’ Birthday Magic Show (Little Kings Shuffle Club) Featuring Stephen Haussmann, DJ Fur Goblin and Jeff Morris himself. 9 p.m. FILM: Art and Intrigue Film Series: The Art of the Steal (Georgia Museum of Art) Don Argott’s documentary chronicles the long and dramatic struggle for control of the Barnes Foundation, a private collection of art valued at more than $25 billion. See Calendar Pick on p. 16. 7 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: Thursday Storytime (Avid Bookshop) Join Avid for books and games. 10:30 a.m. FREE! www. KIDSTUFF: Library Crew (Oconee County Library) The library is seeking volunteers ages 9-12 to assist with craft projects, help take care of the library and have a good time! Call to register. 11 a.m. FREE! 706769-3950 KIDSTUFF: Dig into a Little Magic! (ACC Library) Magician and ventriloquist Keith Karnok performs with his sidekick Vern, the singing and talking bird. 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 KIDSTUFF: Journey Through the Stars (Sandy Creek Nature Center) Explore constellations and celestial

The Cedric Burnside Project plays Melting Point on Thursday, May 23. bodies in the planetarium. Call to register. 2–3 p.m. $7/family. 706613-3615 KIDSTUFF: Gallery Games (Georgia Museum of Art) Learn about works in the museum’s permanent collection through fun activities. For ages 7–11. 4:15–5 p.m. FREE! LECTURES & LIT: Meet the Authors (Avid Bookshop) Nathaniel Rich, author of Odds Against Tomorrow, and short story and screenplay writer Bradley Bazzle talk about their works. 6 p.m. FREE! MEETINGS: CCDC Meeting (Multiple Choices for Independent Living) The Clarke County Democratic Committee hosts “Building the Dream: the CCDC and Election Year 2014.” 6 p.m. FREE!

Friday 24 ART: Casa de la Cultura (Lyndon House Arts Center) Casa de Amistad offers pottery workshops for Latino women. 10:30 a.m. FREE! jgnecco@, EVENTS: Eric Hernandez Benefit (Little Kings Shuffle Club) Comedy by Mat Lewis and Luke Fields, slap stick burlesque by Effie’s Club Follies and live music by Cars Can be Blue, Incendiaries and Los Meesfits. Proceeds help local musician and Los Meesfits member Hernandez with medical expenses. 10 p.m. $5. lkshuffleclub EVENTS: Line Dancing (Bootleggers Country & Western Bar) Countrywestern-style line dance lessons. Come ride Pandemonium, the mechanical bull! 8–10 p.m. 706254-7338 KIDSTUFF: DIY Carnival (Oconee County Library) Prizes, snacks, games and a preview of the summer reading program. 3–5 p.m. FREE! 706-769-3950

Saturday 25 ART: Opening Reception (Athens Institute for Contemporary Art (ATHICA)) For “ATHICARDS: A

Deck of Athens Art,” a special deck of cards in which each card was designed by a different local artist. Each card’s original artwork will be exhibited, and full decks cost $20. 7–9 p.m. EVENTS: March Against Monsanto (UGA Arch) March begins at the Arch and ends with a rally at New Earth Music Hall. Marsha Thadison of Tipping Point Network will speak and Hart Sawyer & the Love Project will perform songs. 2–5:30 p.m. FREE! EVENTS: Athens Farmers Market (Bishop Park) Local and sustainable produce, meats, eggs, dairy, baked goods, prepared foods and crafts. This week features a chef demo and kids activity involving seed packets. Live music by Tre Powell and the Burning Angels. 8 a.m.–12 p.m. EVENTS: Oconee Farmers Market (Oconee County Courthouse, Watkinsville) Locally grown produce, meats, grains, flowers, soaps, birdhouses, gourds and more. 8 a.m.–1 p.m. GAMES: Magic: the Gathering (Tyche’s Games) Standard format tournament. Free promotional cards. 12 p.m. $1. GAMES: Cornhole Tournament (Little Kings Shuffle Club) Gather a team and compete for prizes. 5 p.m. $10/team. lkshuffleclub KIDSTUFF: Saturday Storytime (Avid Bookshop) Join Avid for books and games. 1 p.m. FREE! KIDSTUFF: Storytime (Barnes & Noble) For all ages. Children receive a free treat from the cafe. 11 a.m. FREE! 706-354-1195 KIDSTUFF: Journey Through the Stars (Sandy Creek Nature Center) See Thursday listing for full description 2–3 p.m. $7/family. 706613-3615 KIDSTUFF: Cloth Diaper Workshop (Bloom) Children welcome. Refreshments provided. 2–3 p.m. FREE! 404-805-0113 KIDSTUFF: Archaeological Dig (Madison County Library, Madison) Bury some treasures to excavate later this summer. Bring something to bury. 2 p.m. FREE! 706-795-5597

LECTURES & LIT: Book Signing (Avid Bookshop) William G. Borchert signs copies of his book When Two Loves Collide: The Inspiring Story of Dr. John and Dot Mooney. 4–5 p.m. FREE! OUTDOORS: Full Moon Hike Series (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Learn about the moon, constellations and nocturnal creatures. 7–8:30 p.m. $5. 706-542-6156

Sunday 26 ART: Spotlight Tour (Georgia Museum of Art) Meet docents in the lobby for a tour of highlights from the permanent collection. 3 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Trivia (Buffalo’s Café) “Brewer’s Inquisition” hosted by Chris Brewer. 7 p.m. FREE! www. GAMES: Trivia (Blind Pig Tavern, Broad Street location) What do you really know? 6 p.m. 706-548-3442 GAMES: Trivia (The Capital Room) First place wins $50 and second place wins $25. 8 p.m. FREE! www. GAMES: Trivia (Amici) Test your skills. 9 p.m. 706-353-0000 PERFORMANCE: Classic City Band (Cedar Shoals High School) The oldest community band in Georgia presents a concert honoring veterans of all wars, featuring special guests Mayor Nancy Denson, Catherine Clayton, Douglas Ivey and Navy veteran Sean Polite. 3 p.m.

Monday 27 EVENTS: Running with the Dawgs Annual 5K Road Race (The Classic Center) The Athens-Oconee Junior Women’s Club celebrates its 10th anniversary with a run through downtown Athens that passes the fiberglass bulldog statues. 8 a.m. $15–25. 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! k continued on next page



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Tuesday 28 EVENTS: Oconee Farmers Market (First Christian Church, Watkinsville) Locally grown produce, meats, grains, flowers, soaps, birdhouses, gourds and more. 4–7 p.m. EVENTS: Tuesday Farmers Market (West Broad Market Garden) Fresh produce, cooking demonstrations and childrens activities. Offers double dollars for EBT shoppers. Every Tuesday. 4–7 p.m. 706-613-0122, FILM: Bad Movie Night (Ciné Barcafé) It’s a night of high stakes action as two tough sisters attempt to stop evil business tycoon Jason Slade from getting his hands on a nuclear device in Godfrey Ho’s Honor & Glory. 8 p.m. FREE! www. GAMES: Trivia with a Twist (Johnny’s New York Style Pizza) Throw a lime in your Coors Light and compete! Tuesdays & Thursdays, 7:30-9:30 p.m. 706354-1515 GAMES: Movie Quotes Trivia (Max) With host Cora Jane every Tuesday. Everyone’s a winner. 9:30 p.m. FREE! 706-254-3392 GAMES: Locos Trivia (Locos Grill & Pub) Westside and Eastside locations of Locos Grill and Pub feature trivia night every Tuesday. 8 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Trivia (Fuzzy’s Taco Shop) Compete for prizes and giveaways. 9–11 p.m. 706-353-0305 LECTURES & LIT: Nature Writing Workshop (Athens Land Trust) This month’s meeting covers inspiration from nature as well as writing about the natural world. Newcomers welcome. 4:30–5:30 p.m. $5 suggested donation. LECTURES & LIT: Garden Travels (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Discussion of the plant life of the New Zealand South Island Alps. Dinner at 6 p.m. 7 p.m. FREE! www. LECTURES & LIT: Poetry Reading (Avid Bookshop) Poets Thibault Raoult (Communist Couplets and I’ll Say I’m Only Visiting) and Heidi Lynn Staples (Guess Can Gallop and Dog Girl) read from their works. 6:30 p.m. FREE!

Wednesday 29 ART: Spotlight Tour (Georgia Museum of Art) Join docents for a tour of highlights from the permanent collection. 2 p.m. FREE! www. CLASSES: SALSAthens (Little Kings Shuffle Club) Cuban-style salsa dance classes with SALSAthens. Every Wednesday. 6:30-7:30 p.m. (intermediate), 7:30-8:30 p.m. (beginners). $8 (incl. drink). 706338-6613 EVENTS: Canine Cocktail Hour (Madison Bar & Bistro) Drink and food specials for you and your (well-behaved, non-aggressive, vaccinated) dog! Every Wednesday. 5–7 p.m. FREE! EVENTS: Athens Farmers Market (Athens City Hall) Local and sustainable produce, meats, eggs, dairy, baked goods, prepared foods and

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crafts. Live music at every market. 4–7 p.m. www.athensfarmersmarket. net EVENTS: Stavinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” Centennial (The Globe) Commemorate 100 years since the notorious premiere of Igor Stavinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” by watching an old performance accompanied by a simple drinking game with only one rule. 9 p.m. FREE! 706-353-4721 GAMES: Sports Trivia (Beef ‘O’ Brady’s) Test your sports knowledge every Wednesday night. 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-850-1916

Test your knowledge. 8 p.m. Both locations. 706-548-3442 KIDSTUFF: Storytime (Barnes & Noble) For all ages. Children receive a free treat from the cafe. 11 a.m. FREE! 706-354-1195 KIDSTUFF: Puppet Show (Oconee County Library) Puppeteer Lee Bryan presents The Giant, the Beanstalk and Jack, a mini-musical based on the classic story, featuring original songs and different kinds of puppets. 3 p.m. FREE! 706-769-3950 KIDSTUFF: Cooking Class: Health Nut (Oconee County Library) Learn how to make vegan and gluten free dips, smoothies and more. Call to register. 6–8 p.m. FREE! 706-7693950

P. White presents a program on how an author and illustrator work together to bring stories to life. 2 p.m. FREE! 706-795-5597

LIVE MUSIC Tuesday 21 Farm 255 11 p.m. FREE! NATURAL CHILD Grimy, Nashvillebased proto-garage band. TIMMY & THE TUMBLERS Tim Schreiber howls and spasms and literally tumbles over garage-y rock

“Bulbous Figure” by Jorie Berman is on display in Lamar Dodd’s “PRAXIS” exhibition. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, May 23, 5–7 p.m. GAMES: Trivia (Copper Creek Brewing Company) Test your trivia chops for prizes! 9 p.m. FREE! 706546-1102 GAMES: Crows Nest Trivia (Dirty Birds) Every Wednesday in the Crows Nest. 8 p.m. FREE! 706546-7050 GAMES: Trivia (Your Pie, Five Points location) Open your pie-hole for a chance to win! Every Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. FREE! 706-850-7424 GAMES: Trivia (Choo Choo Japanese Korean Grill Express) Jump on the trivia train! 7:30 p.m. GAMES: Trivia (Willy’s Mexicana Grill) Trivia with a DJ! 8–10 p.m. FREE! 706-548-1920 GAMES: Full Contact Trivia (Blind Pig Tavern) Think you know it all?

KIDSTUFF: Craft Lab (ACC Library) Decorate a reclaimed globe and make map masterpieces. Ages 11–18. 4:30–5:30 p.m. FREE! 706613-3650 LECTURES & LIT: Buddha Book Study (Body, Mind & Spirit) A discussion group that supports applying Buddha’s teachings to all areas of life. Every Wednesday. 6 p.m. Donations accepted. 706-351-6024 LECTURES & LIT: Oconee County Democrats Book Club (Watkinsville) A discussion on Rachel Maddow’s book Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power. 6:30 p.m. FREE! patricia. LECTURES & LIT: “The Start of Something Big” (Madison County Library, Madison) Illustrator Michael

anthems and retro-inspired pop songs. KOKO BEWARE Local garage rock band playing upbeat, summery indie-surf rock. DEE JAY BIRD Local dude spins a set of tunes. Georgia Theatre On the Rooftop. 11 p.m. FREE! www. UNIVERSAL SIGH Athens-based jazz-fusion/funk-oriented rock band that strives to create a unique musical experience with each and every performance. Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 TWIN POWERS DJ Dan Geller (The Gold Party, The Agenda) and friends

spin late-night glam rock, new wave, Top 40, punk and Britpop. Green Room 9 p.m. FREE! www.greenroomathens. com CHI MCLEAN “Acoustic rock songs marked by a haunting Southern style.” Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. RYNE MEADOW Local singersongwriter. NATIONAL AQUARIUM No info available. The Melting Point Terrapin Tuesday. 7:30 p.m. $5. www. ANNA EGGE Award-winning, Brooklyn-based folk singersongwriter. Mirko Pasta 6 p.m. FREE! 706-850-5641 (Gaines School Road location) LEAVING COUNTRIES Local singersongwriter Louis Phillip Pelot performs folk and country, solo or with the help of some friends. Nowhere Bar 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742 TUESDAY NIGHT CONFESSIONAL Fester Hagood presents a showcase of singer-songwriter talent. Sundown Saloon 8 p.m. FREE! 706-850-1180 AVERY DYLAN’S OPEN MIC NIGHT All musicians, singers, songwriters and/or bands welcome! The Volstead 9 p.m.–1:30 a.m. 706-354-5300 KARAOKE Every Tuesday!

Wednesday 22 Boar’s Head Lounge 11 p.m. FREE! 706-369-3040 OPEN MIC NIGHT Showcase your talent. Every Wednesday! Farm 255 8–10 p.m. FREE! DIAL INDICATORS Local jazz act featuring Jeremy Roberts on guitar and George Davidson on tenor saxophone. Flicker Theatre & Bar The Birdhouse Collection Presents. 9 p.m. $3. www.flickertheatreandbar. com DIP Electronically composed, overthe-top pop songs that humorously mention “dip” in every song. AMANDA X All-female Philadelphiabased band playing gritty pop-punk with shades of twee and surf-rock. RITVALS Junk-rock band featuring members of Muuy Biien. GENTLE BEGGARS Local band featuring members of Reptar. George’s Lowcountry Table 6 p.m. FREE! 706-548-3359 LEAVING COUNTRIES Louis Phillip Pelot performs folk and country, solo or with the help of some friends. EMILY JACKSON Self-taught folk singer-songwriter on the rise. Georgia Theatre On the Rooftop. 9 p.m. FREE! www. CHI MCLEAN “Acoustic rock songs marked by a haunting Southern style.” Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 BABYSITTER Psychedelic garage rock band from Victoria, BC.

THE DEMENTIANS Toronto’s David Jaques plays one-man folk-pop. STUPID IDIOTS Alias of local experimental artist Ash Rickli. Green Room 9:30 p.m. FREE! JGBCB Members of Sweet Knievel and friends pay tribute to The Jerry Garcia Band. Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. THE HOBOHEMIANS This six-piece acoustic band performs popular American and European roots music of the 1910s, ‘20s and ‘30s. The Melting Point On the Patio. 7 p.m. FREE! RACHEL O’NEAL Local acoustic act. Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742 MONKEYGRASS JUG BAND Local roots music crew. The Office Lounge 9 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 Join drummer Nicholas Wiles, bassist Drew Hart and pianist Steve Key for an evening of original music, improv and standards. Tapped 9 p.m. FREE! 706-850-6277 KARAOKE Every Wednesday! Terrapin Beer Co. 5:30 p.m. FREE! BETWEEN NAYBORS Trio playing a variety of folk-based music ranging from ‘60s coffeehouse to rhythmic, Tom Waits-y rants.

Thursday 23 40 Watt Club 9 p.m. $5. KILL GEDDY LEE Local rock band. MONSOON Female-fronted local post-punk band. PROGRAMS No info available. THOSE CROSSTOWN RIVALS Countrified garage rock band from Kentucky. Amici 9 p.m. FREE! amiciopenmic@gmail. com OPEN MIC NIGHT Showcase your talent! Email to get a spot. Caledonia Lounge 10 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18-20). www. BURNS LIKE FIRE Local, melodic punk band comprised of ex-members of Guff, KarbomB, and Celerity. THE ATOM AGE Punk leaning garage rock from East Bay, CA, characterized by the horn-led melodies. ABOVE RESPUTE Hardcore Atlanta punk band. FISTY Local thrash punk band with the the motto “drunk before sunset.” DePalma’s Italian Cafe 6 p.m. FREE! 706-552-1237 (Timothy Road Location) REID STRIPLING Singer-songwriter blending alt-country, folk, pop and rock, along the lines of Ryan Adams. Farm 255 11 p.m. FREE! COP CITY/ CHILL PILLARS Esoteric garage-punk band from south Florida. See Calendar Pick on p. 16.




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GENTLE BEGGARS New project from Reptarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s William Kennedy amd Ryan Engelberger. MANS TRASH Experimental pop project from Mercer West. THE DREAM SCENE Javier Moralesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lo-fi avant-garde pop project. Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m. $3. www.flickertheatreandbar. com THE SHOAL CREEK STRANGLERS Local roots folk duo featuring members of The Humms. T.S. WOODWARD Psychedelic, piano-centric pop from this local singer-songwriter. DE-EVOLUTIONARIES South Carolina based roots-folk band. Georgia Theatre On the Rooftop. 9 p.m. FREE! www. CICADA RHYTHM Atlanta-based acoustic guitar and upright bass duo playing bluegrass-tinged indie folk. Go Bar 11 p.m. 706-546-5609 KARAOKE Hosted by John â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dr. Fredâ&#x20AC;? Bowers and featuring a large assortment of pop, rock, indie and more. Green Room 9 p.m. FREE! www.greenroomathens. com OLD YOU Jazz-funk/rock band from Charleston, SC. Hendershotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. IKE STUBBLEFIELD & FRIENDS Soulful R&B artist Ike Stubblefield is a Hammond B3 virtuoso who cut his teeth backing Motown legends like The Temptations and Stevie Wonder.

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Walkerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Coffee & Pub 9 p.m. FREE! 706-543-1433 KARAOKE Every Thursday! The World Famous 9 p.m. $8 (adv)., $10 (door). www. POWERKOMPANY Local duo featuring Marie Davon (Venice is Sinking) and Andrew Heaton (Packway Handle Band). CD release show! See story on p. 10.

Friday 24 40 Watt Club 8 p.m. $5. FAR FROM CALIFORNIA Nu-grunge band from Winder, GA. YOU LIKE IT, I LOVE IT Straightforward rock and roll with bluesy and soulful undertones. DAYBREAKER No info available.

PETER ALVANOS Fabulous Bird songwriter performs a solo set. STEVEN TRIMMER Guitarist for Grass Giraffes and Glasscrafts, Trimmerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s songwriting is indebted to Athensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; psych-pop history. Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 MOTHS Jacob Morris and his all-star backing band play an acoustic sort of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;70s folk-rock with a pop sensibility and an inevitable psychedelic tinge. FUTURE APE TAPES Local group creating psychedelic, experimental music driven by loops, beats, guitars and synths. SEA OF DOGS This local group, fronted by songwriter Emily Armond, plays sweet, intuitive folk tunes. DJ MAHOGANY Popular local DJ spins freaky funk, sultry soul, righteous R&B and a whole lotta unexpected faves.

Barcode 6 p.m. FREE! 706-613-5557 FORT KNOX Local songwriters Josh Daniels and Louis Phillip P Lo play a collaborative set.

Green Room 9 p.m. FREE! www.greenroomathens. com GREAT PEACOCK Nashville musicians Andrew Nelson and Blount Floyd play Southern-tinged indie folk. THE WOODGRAINS Local band that plays a blend of funk, rock and soul featuring three vocalists and charismatic harmonies.

Buffaloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CafĂŠ 8 p.m. $10 (door), $8 (w/ college ID). THE SPLITZ BAND This bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wide range encompasses classic Motown, funk, disco and R&B.

Hendershotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. MIKEY DWYER & THE STARTER KITS Old school-inspired rock out of Athens.

Amici 11 p.m. FREE! 706-353-0000 PRISMA Athens-based jam band.

Max 10 p.m. FREE! 706-254-3392 DJ KEIS & DJ SEOUL0 Local DJ duo spins a high-energy set. The Melting Point 9 p.m. $8 (adv.), $10 (door). www. HOLMAN AUTRY BAND Fans of the Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go wrong here. Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742 THE SWANK Local â&#x20AC;&#x153;urban rockâ&#x20AC;? band that combines the intensity and grit of punk with the delivery and attitude of hip-hop. The Office Lounge 9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-0840 THE HANDS OF TIME Soul, funk, pop, R&B, Motown and classic oldschool hits from the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;60s and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;70s. Terrapin Beer Co. 5:30 p.m. FREE! RACHEL Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;NEAL Local acoustic act. The World Famous 9 p.m. $10 (adv)., $15 (door). www. ANDERS AND KENDALL A collaboration between lauded songwriters Anders Parker and Kendall Meade. See Calendar Pick on p. 16.

Saturday 25 40 Watt Club 1 p.m. $5. LIKE TOTALLY! Local â&#x20AC;&#x153;kindie rockâ&#x20AC;? band plays family-friendly songs Mike White ¡


Max 11 p.m. $1. 706-254-3392 SALTS Punk band from Atlanta featuring former members of Resons. VELOCIRAPTURE Scrappy local group that embraces Stooges-style rock and warbling, lo-fi folk. DAFFODIL This local trio plays hardhitting, noisy rock. NATE AND THE NIGHTMARES Trashy, bitter garage rock on a bummer trip featuring Nate Mitchell (CCBB) on guitar/vox, plus members of Free Associates. The Melting Point 8 p.m. $10, $5 (w/ UGA ID). www. JESSE DEE Modern-day soul singer and guitarist from Boston. CEDRIC BURNSIDE PROJECT The grandson of blues man R.L. Burnside incorporates blues, funk and R&B in his bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sound. Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742 TISHAMINGO Rootsy Southern rock. The Omega Bar 7 p.m. FREE! ($5 after 9 p.m.). www. THE SEGAR JAZZ AFFAIR Local smooth jazz group led by DJ and musician Dwain Segar. The Pub at Gameday 10 p.m. 706-353-2831 LEAVING COUNTRIES AND FRIENDS Local singer-songwriter Louis Phillip Pelot performs folk and country, solo or with the help of some friends. Terrapin Beer Co. 5:30 p.m. FREE! ERIK NEIL BAND Local trio playing blues/rock covers and originals.

Spirit Hair plays Hendershotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Coffee Bar on Friday, May 24. Caledonia Lounge Skatinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; vs. Satan Benefit. 10 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18-20). KARBOMB High-speed local punk. CAMPAIGN Pop-tinged punk band out of Atlanta. GRIM PICKINS & THE BASTARD CONGREGATION Thrash/punk meets angry, dark Southern blues. MANGER Speed thrash metal â&#x20AC;&#x153;with a dash of Satan.â&#x20AC;? The band harks back to the days of NWOBHM: ripping solos and screeching vocals. Farm 255 11 p.m. FREE! LAZY LOCOMOTIVE Featuring members of Fuzzbucket, Juice Box and High Strung String Band. Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m. $3. www.flickertheatreandbar. com JAMES HUSBAND Elephant 6-er James Huggins III plays a set of tunes. See Calendar Pick on p. 16.

SPIRIT HAIR Elements of psych rock, power-pop, blues and Americana. GOLDEN BROWN Side project of Spirit Hairâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Neil Golden. Highwire Lounge 8â&#x20AC;&#x201C;11 p.m. FREE! www.highwirelounge. com FRIDAY NIGHT JAZZ Led by pianist Rand Lines and featuring various guests. Every Friday! Little Kings Shuffle Club Eric Hernandez Benefit. 10 p.m. $5. CARS CAN BE BLUE Sweetly sarcastic lo-fi pop trio of Becky Brooks, Nate Mitchell and bassist Jeremy Dyson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our songs are catchier than genital warts,â&#x20AC;? says the band. LOS MEESFITS Misfits covers done Cuban salsa style! INCENDIARIES Ladies of pedigree enforcing angular sensibilities. Featuring Mandy Branch, Mary Joyce, Erika Rickson and Erica Strout.

featuring costumed characters and interactive skits. Bishop Park Athens Farmers Market. 8 a.m. FREE! TRE POWELL Bluesy acoustic tunes with soulful vocals. (8 a.m.) THE BURNING ANGELS Local country-rock band led by songwriter Mark Cunningham. (10 a.m.) Caledonia Lounge 10 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18-20). www. GRAPE SODA This local duo plays spastic, psychedelic synthpop driven by organ and drums. CASOLETTE Jangly, fuzzy, twee indiepop band from Florida FOUR EYES Ukulele strummer Erin Lovett plays sweet poppy folk. Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m. AJ GRIFFIN Member of Slaw & Order and Vespolina plays a solo set.

Georgia Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-9884 THE RAYS FEATURING CARLA LEFEVER This band, led by longtime Athenian LeFever, is back with a new lineup and a new, more rocking sound. Go Bar 11 p.m. 706-546-5609 KARAOKE Hosted by karaoke fanatic John â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dr. Fredâ&#x20AC;? Bowers and featuring a large assortment of pop, rock, indie and more. Green Room 9 p.m. FREE! www.greenroomathens. com AMERIGO GAZAWAY Nashvillebased MC, turntablist and producer known for his mash-up skills.

New Earth Music Hall 9 p.m. $5. www.newearthmusichall. com SHEHEHE Scorching the new American jet rock stratosphere with songs influenced by classic punk. SOME KIND OF NIGHTMARE Punk band from San Diego. THE JOY KILLS Stooges-influenced rock band from Atlanta. KILL KILL BUFFALO Grungy, hardrock duo based in Athens featuring Kara Kildareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s powerful, seductive vocals.

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Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742 ROOT SPIRITS Local two-piece blues-rock outfit draws from American roots music and psychedelia to create an absorbing experience, featuring Eddie Speaker.

Nowhere Bar Moody Mama Mondays! 8 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742 HOLLY BELLE Local singer-songwriter sings smoky, acoustic ballads. Memorial Day party and cookout!

The Office Lounge 9 p.m. 706-546-0840 THE SHORTBUS ALLSTARS Longrunning local rock band.

Stone, Billy Preston, Stevie Wonder, Funkadelic and more.

Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 DJ BLOWPOP Joe Kubler (Bubbly Mommy Gun) spins a set of tunes.

Hendershotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. STEPHANIE RAE No info available.

Hendershotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. FREE! www.hendershotscoffee. com OPEN MIC Local songstress Kyshona Armstrong hosts this open mic.

The Melting Point Terrapin Tuesday. 7:30 p.m. $5. www. PLAYING ON THE PLANET Contemporary bluegrass band out of Tennessee playing self-described â&#x20AC;&#x153;cosmic boogie grass.â&#x20AC;?

The World Famous 8 p.m. FREE! KENOSHA KID Centered around the instru-improv jazz compositions of

Mirko Pasta 6 p.m. FREE! 706-850-5641 (Gaines School Road location) LEAVING COUNTRIES Local singersongwriter Louis Phillip Pelot performs folk and country, solo or with the help of some friends. Nowhere Bar 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742 TUESDAY NIGHT CONFESSIONAL Local musician Fester Hagood presents this weekly showcase of singer-songwriter talent.

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Wednesday 29 Boarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Head Lounge 11 p.m. FREE! 706-369-3040 OPEN MIC NIGHT Showcase your talent. Every Wednesday! Farm 255 8 p.m. FREE! CALEB DARNELL Member of The Darnell Boys and Bellyache sings the blues. Georgia Theatre On the Rooftop. 10 p.m. FREE! www. GIALANELLA, WILES AND HART Local trio featuring Andrew Gialanella, Nic Wiles and Drew Hart. DJ MAHOGANY Popular local DJ spins freaky funk, sultry soul and righteous R&B.

Cassolette plays the Caledonia Lounge on Saturday, May 25. Hendershotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. QUIABO DE CHAPEAU Brazilian funk ensemble bringing Carnaval to you. Kumquat Mae Bakery CafĂŠ 6 p.m. FREE! www.kumquatmaebakery. com TODD WHITE AND CHRIS MOORE Local musicians perform a set of bluesy rock and roll. Little Kings Shuffle Club 10 p.m. DJS KEN SWEAT AND ELI TOVER Spinning funk and soul from the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;60s, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;70s and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;80s. The Melting Point 8 p.m. $12 (adv.), $15 (door). www. NORMALTOWN FLYERS This long-running local band celebrates â&#x20AC;&#x153;anniversary 33 1/3â&#x20AC;? with three sets featuring guys who have made it happen through the years. Players include Brian Burke, Tom Ryan, Deane Quinter, Davis Causey, Andy Carlson, Greg Veale, Mike Cronic, Cal Hale, John Keane, David Blackmon and Carl Vipperman.

Terrapin Beer Co. 5:30 p.m. FREE! REASPEC This band plays a unique blend of music with influences from jazz, R&B, fusion, rock, hip-hop, neo soul and alternative rock.

Sunday 26 Hendershotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Coffee Bar Bluau! 8 p.m. www.hendershotscoffee. com KLEZMER LOCAL 42 A local sevenpiece Klezmer band specializing in Jewish and gypsy music and featuring upright bassist Dan Horowitz of Five Eight. KINKY WAIKIKI Relaxing, steel guitar-driven band following the traditions of Hawaiian music. BIG C AND THE VELVET DELTA Nobody in Athens sings the blues quite like Big C. Expect lots of soulful riffs, covers and originals. Ten Pins Tavern 7:30 p.m. FREE! 706-546-8090 BACK ALLEY BLUES BAND Featuring locals Paul Scales, Randy Durham, John Straw, Dave Herndon and Scott Sanders playing blues jams.

guitarist Dan Nettles, Kenosha Kid also features bassist Robby Handley and drummer Marlon Patton. The group offers a sound far from the middle of the road, serving noiserock fans and jam band listeners equally.

Tuesday 28 Flicker Theatre & Bar Birdhouse Collection Presents. 9 p.m. $3. k i d s Songwriter K. Jared Collins fronts this ever-evolving, reverbsoaked local pop project. JIMS BROWN â&#x20AC;&#x153;An old Athens native crafting songs of his generation.â&#x20AC;? JOSHUA EVANS Muuy Biien frontman plays a solo set. BLOOD CONSTELLATIONS Two female vocalists singing over homegrown psych loops. Georgia Theatre On the Rooftop. 6 p.m. FREE! www. OLD SKOOL TRIO Funk, blues, and jazz featuring Carl Lindberg, Seth Hendershot and Jason Fuller. Playing original compositions and the music of The Funky Meters, Dr. John, War, Sly and the Family

The Melting Point 7 p.m. $5 (adv.), $8 (door). GEORGIA WOMEN OF SONG An in-the-round set of tunes from Caroline Aiken, Kyshona Armstrong and Marty Winkler. Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742 JERRY ON THE MOON â&#x20AC;&#x153;Architects of Southern fire, funk and soulâ&#x20AC;? from Rome, GA. The Office Lounge 9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-0840 KARAOKE With your host Lynn, the Queen of Karaoke! Tapped 9 p.m. FREE! 706-850-6277 KARAOKE Every Wednesday!

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ART Photography Contest (Rocksprings Community Center) Digital photography contest focused on health, people, nature and parks. Prizes will be awarded to the top three contributors. For ages 50 & up. Email photos by May 24. 706-613-3603, marci.summer@ Seeking Vendors (Max) Indie South Fair seeks dealers of art, vintage and handmade wares for “Back to Cool,” a market featuring clothing, books, records, kitsch, jewelry, crafts and more. Register online by July 15. Market is on Aug. 17. $40 (booth space).

CLASSES Capoeira Classes (UGA Dance Theatre, Room 274) An AfroBrazilian art form combining martial arts, music and dance. Mondays & Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. $5/class. Clay Classes (Good Dirt) Weekly “Try Clay” classes ($20/person) introduce participants to the potter’s wheel every Friday from 7–9 p.m. “Family Try Clay” classes show children and adults hand-building methods every Sunday from 2–4 p.m. $20. 706-355-3161, www. Computer Classes (ACC Library) Topics include Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, eBooks and more. Call for times and to register. 706-613-3650 Dance Classes (Floorspace) Sulukule Bellydance presents classes in bellydancing, Bollywood dance, fire dancing, yoga, burlesque, sewing and Middle Eastern drum-

ming. Visit website for schedule. Fepic Yoga (New Earth Music Hall) Ashtanga style yoga led by Vibrant Life. Outdoors on the patio, weather permitting. Monday–Friday, 11 a.m.–12 p.m. & 2–3 p.m. Donations accepted. 706-543-8283, www. Healing Fridays (Body, Mind & Spirit) A combination of reiki, chant and other forms of holistic and spiritual healing modalities. Fridays, 6 p.m. $10 donation. 706-351-6024 Mac Workshops (PeachMac) Frequent introductionary courses to Mac, iPad, iPhoto and iCloud. Check website for dates and times. FREE! 706-208-9990, www.peach Mobile Computer Classes (Madison County Library) Computer basics, Internet and email, e-readers, Microsoft Office programs and social networking. Classes held Wednesdays, 10 a.m. in The Comer Learning Center and 1:30 p.m. in the Sanford Community Center. FREE! 706-795-5597 Multicolor Screenprint (Double Dutch Press) Two-part workshop covering the basics of multi-color design and printing registration. May 25, 2–3:30 p.m. & June 1, 2–5 p.m. $75. Trapeze Classes & Workshops (Leap Trapeze) On-going group classes in basic flying trapeze as well as special workshops to refine skills. Check website for dates. Twinges in Rusty Hinges (Memorial Park) Aquatic aerobics for seniors. Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays, 6–7 p.m. Saturdays, 10–11 a.m. $5/class. 706-6133580, aquatics


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Women’s Self Defense Classes (American Blackbelt Academy) Month-long courses in Sexual Assault Fundamental Escapes (SAFE). Call to register. 706-549-1671, Yoga (Chase Street Yoga) Taught by professional instructors. See website. Yoga Classes and Teacher Training (Yogaful Day) Various yoga classes and year-round RYT200 teacher training. yogaful, www.yogafulday. com Yoga Gives (Athens Five Points Yoga Studio) All levels of flow yoga taught by Claire Coenen. Donations benefit Nancy Travis, a non-profit that provides daycare to local children. Every Wednesday through summer. 8–9 p.m. $10 (suggested donation).,

HELP OUT Back to School Giveback Program (Petzone Dog Rescue) Collecting new and gently used uniforms and bookbags for local students. Tax deductible. 706-5468006, Donate Blood Give the gift of blood! Check website for donor locations. 1-800-RED CROSS, Free IT (Free IT Athens) Volunteers wanted for help with computer instruction and repair. Free IT Athens provides technology resources to Athens residents and organizations. Volunteers Needed (Homestead Hospice) Help patients living with terminal illness. 706-548-8444, volunteers.html

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KIDSTUFF ACC Summer Camps (Athens, GA) Now enrolling. Camps include zoo camps, sports camps, theater camps, art camps and more. Visit website for complete schedule. 706613-3616, www.athensclarkecounty. com/camps Athens Creative Theatre Camp (Memorial Park, Quinn Hall) Campers learn the basics of theatrical performance through plays, games, puppetry and workshops. For ages 8–12. June 10–14 or June 17–21, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. $83–125. 706-613-3628 Babies and Beasties (Sandy Creek Nature Center) Toddlers ages 18 months–2 years and their parents are invited to discover nature with hands-on activities, hikes and crafts. Thursdays or Saturdays through August. 10–10:45 a.m. $12–18. 706-613-3615, www.athensclarke Creative Kids Summer Camps (Creative Kids Preschool) Arts and crafts, field trips and more. All day or half day. For preschool age. Also offering “Saturday Mothers’ Morning Out.” 706-850-6709, www. Fantastic Fridays (Bishop Park, Gym) Various obstacle courses and activities for ages 10 months–4 years and their parents. 10–11:30 a.m. $5. 706-613-3589 Jackson Eco Farms Summer Camps (Jackson Eco Farm) Work in the gardens and explore nature. Four sessions available. For ages 6–12. 706-202-5901, rachelparr@, www.jackson 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, 4 p.m.) and ages 3–5 (Thursdays, 4 p.m.) and Family Crafterdays (Saturdays, 11 a.m.). $10/class, $30/4 classes. 706-8508226, www.treehousekidandcraft. com Miss Future Star 2013 (Nuçi’s Space) Aspiring young female musicians or models are invited to sub-

mit a photo or attend the audition for the 2013 Miss Future Star audition. Ages 4–17. Register by May 31. Audition: Jun. 1, 3–5 p.m. at Nuçi’s Space. $25. 678-835-8497, www. star Mommy and Me: Wild World of Animals (Various Locations) Kids ages 2–5 and a parent attend a program featuring crafts, games, stories and music one morning per week. Locations change daily. Call to register. Jun. 10–Jul. 18, 9:30– 11:30 a.m. $40–60. 706-613-3580, Naturalist Assistant Program Training (Sandy Creek Nature Center) Accepting volunteers to teach visitors about animals and nature. Ages 13–18. Call to register by May 25. Training is May 31, 1–5 p.m. FREE! 706613-3615, ext. 231 New Moon Summer Adventure Camp (Athens, GA) Now registering for a summer camp that travels to different locations daily. Activities include hiking, swimming, boating, ropes course and more. Fee includes all activities and travel expenses. For ages 6–12. Weeks of June 10 & 17 and July 8 & 15. $150/wk. 706-310-0013 Play Groups and Yoga for Mamas and Babies (Arrow) “New Mamas and Babies Group.” Mondays, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. $5. “New Mamas and Toddlers Group.” Thursdays, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. $5. “Open Play.” Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2–4 p.m. $10. “Mama/Baby Yoga.” Tuesdays, 10:30–11:30 a.m. $14. “Pre-Natal Yoga.” Wednesdays, 5:45. $14. Print Camp (Double Dutch Press) This introduction to three types of printmaking (monotype, relief and screenprinting) culminates in a handbound book of prints. For ages 8–19. Check online for dates. $150. Report Card Rewards Program (Bishop Park) Students can receive a free summer pool pass or tickets for free swims by demonstrating exceptional grades. Bring your report card to the ACC Aquatics Office. 706-613-3801, www.athens

Summer Theater Camps (Athens Little Playhouse) Camps focusing on improvisation, games and problem solving. Multiple week-long sessions available. www. Summer Theatre Academy (Rose of Athens) “Teaching Life Skills Through Stage Skills.” For grades 2nd–12th. Multiple sessions available. June 2–21. $85–$385. Treehouse Summer Camps (Treehouse Kid and Craft) Collage & creative writing, natural crafting, woodland fairy themed, sewing, folk art, superhero-themed, photography, puppetry, fiber & textiles and DIY crafts. Check website for dates, costs and age requirements. www.

SUPPORT Alcoholics Anonymous (Athens, GA) If you want to drink, that’s your business. If you want to stop, we can help. 706-389-4164, Athens Mothers’ Group (Athens Mothers Center) A support and social group for mothers to find out about upcoming events, community resources and more. Children welcome. Meets every Tuesday & Friday, 9:30–11:30 a.m. www.athens Domestic Violence Support Group (Athens, GA) Support, healing and dinner. Tuesdays, 6–8 p.m., in Clarke County. First and Third Mondays, 6:30–8 p.m., in Madison County. Childcare provided. 706-543-3331 (hotline), 706-613-3357, ext. 771 Emotional Abuse Support Group (Athens, GA) 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 Emotions Anonymous (Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens) A 12-step program for anyone with a desire to become well emotionally. Sundays, 4–5 p.m. 706-202-7463, www.emotions

ON THE STREET AthHalf Registration Open Registration is now open and continues until Oct. 18, with discounts for early registration. Race, Oct. 20, 7:30 a.m., www. Call for Submissions Wrong Way Press, an independent publisher focused on literary fiction, seeks submissions for one-offs and anthologies. Illustrations optional. Call for Submissions (Athens, GA) The Stray Dog Almanac, an Athens-based literary magazine,

seeks unpublished prose, poetry and artwork. Deadline Aug. 1. FREE! Monthly Fishing Contest (Sandy Creek Park) Mayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s contest at Lake Chapman is â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Largest Catfish.â&#x20AC;? Open to all ages. $2 (park admission fee). www.athensclarke Nutrition Research Study UGA seeks non-pregnant women ages 18â&#x20AC;&#x201C;40 weighing between 115â&#x20AC;&#x201C;160 lbs. or 200â&#x20AC;&#x201C;300 lbs. for a four-session study.. Includes blood collection, body composition and bone density measurements. Compensation of $20-150. 706542-7689,

ART AROUND TOWN A LA FERA (2440 W. Broad St.) Artwork by Cap Man. Through May. AMICI (233 E. Clayton St.) Outsider art by Travis Craig. Through May. ANTIQUES & JEWELS ART GALLERY (290 N. Milledge Ave.) Paintings by Mary Porter, Christine Shockley, Dortha Jacobson and others. Art quilts 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. ARTINIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S ART LOUNGE (296 W. Broad St.) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Virtual Landscapes,â&#x20AC;? by Brian Macbeth, are iridescent paintings influenced by cosplay, street art and graphics imaging. ATHENS INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART (ATHICA) (160 Tracy St.) â&#x20AC;&#x153;ATHICARDSâ&#x20AC;? is a project in which 54 local artists created the face of one card each to compile a full deck of playing cards. The exhibit includes each card in its original format. Opening reception May 25. Through June 9. ATHENA JEWELERS (228 E. Clayton St.) Prints by Annette Paskiewicz. Through June. ATHENS ACADEMY (1281 Spartan Lane) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Artscapesâ&#x20AC;? presents student works in the Bertelsmann Gallery. â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;XOXOâ&#x20AC;? presents works by senior portfolio students in the Myers Gallery. ATHENS FORD (4260 Atlanta Hwy., Bogart) Works by Larry Forte, Holly Brown, Dana Johns and Claire Clements. THE BRANDED BUTCHER (225 N. Lumpkin St.) Paintings and drawings by Sanithna Phansavanh. BROAD STREET COFFEE (1660 W. Broad St.) Photography by Jeremy Ayers. CINĂ&#x2030; BARCAFĂ&#x2030; (234 W. Hancock Ave.) Works by Julia Allen. Through June 25. THE CLASSIC CENTER (300 N. Thomas St.) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Here & Thereâ&#x20AC;? includes photography by Thom Houser, Michael Marshall, Jim Fiscus and Chris Bilheimer, Rinne Allen, Michael Lachowski and Michael Oliveri. â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Inhabitâ&#x20AC;? features paintings by Jennifer Hartley, Hooper Turner, Claire Dunphy and Art Rosenbaum. EARTH FARE (1689 S. Lumpkin St.) Watercolor and oil paintings by Susie Burch. Through May. FARMINGTON DEPOT GALLERY (1011 Salem Rd., Farmington) Owned and staffed by 14 artists, the gallery exhibits paintings, sculpture, folk art, ceramics and fine furniture. Permanent collection artists include Anna Marino, Tom Phillips, Larry Hamilton and more. â&#x20AC;˘ In the lower gallery, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heads Up,â&#x20AC;? ceramic works by Cheri Wranosky. Through June 18. FIVE STAR DAY CAFE (229 E. Broad St.) Black and white photos by Theodore Lawrence. Through May. FLASHBACK GAMES (162 W. Clayton St.) An exhibit of over 40 video game inspired works by local artists. FLICKER THEATRE & BAR (263 W. Washington St.) Colorful paintings by Hannah Jones. Through May. GALLERY@HOTEL INDIGO (500 College Ave.) â&#x20AC;&#x153;The World All Aroundâ&#x20AC;? includes works by Michael Marshall, Jim Fiscus and Chris Bilheimer, Meg Aubrey, Alex Murawski, Robert Walden, Dayna Thacker, Adriane Colburn, Justin Plaskas and Michael Oliveri. Through June 9. â&#x20AC;˘ In the GlassCube, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Landscape for the Night,â&#x20AC;? an installation by Martijn van Wagtendonk. GEORGIA MUSEUM OF ART (90 Carlton St.) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cityscapes by Ben Aronson.â&#x20AC;? Through June 30. â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Face Jugs: Art and Ritual in 19th-Century South Carolina.â&#x20AC;? Through July 7. THE GLOBE (199 N. Lumpkin St.) Light box installations and other collaborative works by Matty Goldstein and Graham Bradford.

Small Business Summit (The Classic Center) Now registering local small businesses interested in presenting exhibition booths. The summit includes breakout sessions, panel discussions and information booths. Register by May 24. Summit: May 31, 9 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;6 p.m. $350â&#x20AC;&#x201C;660 (booth), $55 (to attend). Summer Reading Program (ACC Library, Oconee Co. Library & Madison Co. Library) This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s theme is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dig into Reading,â&#x20AC;? and includes activities and prizes for children, teens and adults. Visit website to register. www.athens f

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THE GRIT (199 Prince Ave.) Employees of The Grit share their own works. Through May. HEIRLOOM CAFE AND FRESH MARKET (815 N. Chase St.) Photographs by six-year-old Carmen Tong. Through May. HENDERSHOTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S COFFEE BAR (1560 Oglethorpe Ave.) Acrylic paintings by Ruth Allen. Through May. JITTERY JOEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S ALPS (1480 Baxter St.) Oils on paper and mono prints by Stuart McCall Libby. Through May. JITTERY JOEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S DOWNTOWN (297 E. Broad St.) Light box installations and other collaborative works by Matty Goldstein and Graham Bradford. Through June. JITTERY JOEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S FIVE POINTS (1230 S. Milledge Ave.) Drawings, paintings and watercolors by Caitlin Galvin, Mary Parish and Adrienne Kitchens. Through May. KRIMSON KAFE (40 Greensboro Hwy., Watkinsville) Drawings and paintings by Bram Johnson and Audrey Hinkle. LAMAR DODD SCHOOL OF ART (270 River Rd.) â&#x20AC;&#x153;PRAXIS,â&#x20AC;? curated by Jeffrey Whittle, features works by Art Rosenbaum, Erin McIntosh, Jeremy Hughes, Stanley Bermudez, Jorie Berman, Kate Windley and other art professors at UGA. Opening reception May 23. Through July 15. LOFT GALLERY AT CHOPS & HOPS (2 S. Main St., Watkinsville) Paintings by Brian Normal. Through May. LYNDON HOUSE ARTS CENTER (293 Hoyt St.) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Period Decorative Arts Collection (1840â&#x20AC;&#x201C;1890)â&#x20AC;? includes artifacts related to the historic house. â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ossabaw Island: Holy Groundâ&#x20AC;? features works by the Ossabaw Artists Collective. Through July 27. MADISON COUNTY LIBRARY (1315 Hwy. 98 W., Danielsville) Corn husk dolls by Beth Kelly Zorbanos. Through May. MADISON MORGAN CULTURAL CENTER (434 S. Main St., Madison) Thomas Gonzalezâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s illustrations from â&#x20AC;&#x153;14 Cows for America,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The House on Dirty Thirdâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ghandi: March to the Sea.â&#x20AC;? Through July 28. NORMAL TOWN SALONS (1379 Prince Ave.) Works by Dana Harrel Photography. Through June 21. OCONEE COUNTY LIBRARY (1080 Experiment Station Rd.) Drawings and paintings by Megan Reeves and Susan Ye. Through May. OCONEE CULTURAL ARTS FOUNDATION (OCAF) (34 School St., Watkinsville) In the Main Gallery, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Annual Members Exhibit,â&#x20AC;? featuring over 125 works by members of OCAF. In the Memberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gallery, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oconee Landscapes,â&#x20AC;? paintings by Robert Clements. Opening receptions May 31. On display May 24â&#x20AC;&#x201C;June 21. PERK AVENUE (111 W. Jefferson St., Madison) â&#x20AC;&#x153;France: City and Country,â&#x20AC;? photography by Livy Scholly. Through July. SEWCIAL STUDIO (160 Tracy St.) Hand-dyed art quilts by Anita Heady and rust and over-dyed fabric on canvas by Bill Heady. SURGERY CENTER OF ATHENS (2142 W. Broad St.) Paintings and drawings by Nancy Carter. Through May 24. â&#x20AC;˘ Works by Elizabeth Barton. Through June. TECH STOP COMPUTERS (390 Atlanta Hwy.) Abstract expressionist acrylic paintings by Frances Jemini. Through June. TOWN 220 (220 W. Washington St., Madison) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Womanâ&#x20AC;? includes works by Katie Brick, Jill Brody, Kristin Casaletto, Abner Cope, Patrick McGannon, Richard Olsen, Betti Pettinati-Longinotti and Jean Westmacott. UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP OF ATHENS (780 Timothy Rd.) Oil paintings by Dortha Jacobson. Through May. WHITE TIGER (217 Hiawassee Ave.) Paintings by Mary Porter. Through May.


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Attention: We have EARLY DEADLINES this week due to Memorial Day. The Classifieds deadline is Friday, May 24 at 11am. 3BR/1BA $950/mo. HWflrs., CHAC, W/D hookups, ceiling fans. Front porch & backyard. Walk Dwntn., campus, Greenway. Recent renovations. Cool old house, great neighbors. Pets OK. (706) 254-8103. 4BR/3BA Dwntn. off Oconee St. Newly renovated throughout. 2 LRs, huge yd., W/D/ incl., pets welcome. Avail. Aug. 1. Only $1600/mo. Aaron @ Arch Properties, (706) 207-2957. 4BR/4BA newer houses, Dwntn. Walk ever ywhere! Walk-in closets, stainless, private BA, porches, deck. W/D incl., pre-leasing for fall. $1700/mo. Aaron, (706) 2072957. 4BR/4BA brand new house Dwntn. 3 stories, triple porches, off-street parking, HWFlrs., stainless, upgrades galore. W/D incl. Pets welcome. $1800/mo. Aaron (706) 207-2957. 5 Points house! 3BR/2.5BA, all electric, CHAC, DW, W/D, HWflrs., recently remodeled. 143 Greenwood, $1600/mo. Call Paul. (706) 714-9607. Avail. fall. Neat 2BR house blocks from Dwntn. & UGA. Pet friendly w/ fenced yd. $700/mo. 163 Inglewood Ave. Owner/broker Herbert Bond Realty, (706) 224-8002. www. Best selection avail. in Athens! 100s of homes in convenient locations at affordable prices. Move-in today or pre-lease for Fall. Call (706) 389-1700 or visit B e a u t i f u l ! Je nnings Mill Village. 3BR/2.5BA. Upscale amentities. Granite & stainless. Loads of storage, 2 car garage, vaulted ceilings. All appls. incl. W/D, surround sound, plasma TV. Avail. immediately! No pets. N/S. $1200/mo. (706) 6765115. Cedar Creek: 4BR/2BA, partially fenced yd., $950/ mo. UGA Med School area: 2BR/1BA, single carpor t, fenced yard, $825/mo. Call McWaters Realty, (706) 3532700, (706) 540-1529. Great 4BR/4BA house. 1/2 mi. from campus. Front porch, back deck, nice yd., DW, W/D, CHAC. Pets OK. Avail. 8/1. Special! $1300/ mo. Call (706) 338-9173 until 11 p.m. Near ARMC! 175 Sylvan Dr. 3BR/1BA home. Avail. May 16. Please call (706) 540-1810, (706) 433-2072 or contact 1 owner is a licensed realtor in the state of GA.

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Matters Of The Heart And Loins I left home and married my slightly older boyfriend when I was 16. I was abused in almost every way by almost everyone in my family, so even though I was young it seemed like the best chance of survival I had. Luckily, not only did I survive all that familial abuse, but it turned out I married my soulmate. My husband and I were together for 11 years, until last year, when he was killed by a drunk driver. Obviously, I was devastated, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve started to put my life back together. I have the support of our friends and his amazing family, which has become my family. A few months ago, a woman came to me with her son claiming to be the ex-girlfriend of my husband and saying that the little boy was his. The boy is adorable and could possibly resemble my husband, but he had very soft features, so if thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a resemblance it could be easily misinterpreted. The boy is also 14, meaning that if he was sired by my husband then it was a year before he and I even met. He wouldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been 16 at the time, and I could not fault him at all. I contacted my in-laws, asking if they knew about him, since this woman wanted me to give her money from my husbandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life insurance policy. They said that they did know about the child, but that my husband didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t, and that they had been supporting the child and mother since his birth. Apparently, they agreed to pay for the childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s expenses in exchange for the childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mother not mentioning the child to my husband. My husband is listed on the boyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s birth certificate, and I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think my husband knew of this child, because he always wanted children (we couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t conceive due to complications from the sexual abuse I suffered as a child, but were looking into adopting next year), and I feel like he wouldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve definitely brought this child into our lives if he had known about him. On one hand, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m angry with my in-laws for keeping this boy a secret from my husband, as he couldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve brought us all happiness. On the other hand, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m angry at the childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mother for coming to me for money (my in-laws have stopped giving her the amount of money that they used to and sent her my way) but I feel for her and her son. The truth is, there isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t much money left, as Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve just started schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;one of my dreamsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and between the tuition and books and the loss of my husbandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s income, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m living, but not lavishly. Do I owe the child and his mother the rest of the life insurance? Should I cut off contact with my in-laws? Should I reach out to the mother and child in a non-financial way? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m lost. I just started living again, and I still miss my soulmate and just want to do what he would think is best so that I can honor his memory. Wondering Widow I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t speak to whether or not you owe them money. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have to talk to a lawyer about that. But you should definitely reach out to the mother and son. You are the only link this kid has to his biological father, and since you had nothing to do with the breakup

of your late husband and the mother of his child, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see why she would harbor any bad feelings about you. As for your in-laws, well, I think you should have a talk with them. You describe his family as â&#x20AC;&#x153;amazingâ&#x20AC;? and say that they have become your family. That means you should have no trouble having an honest conversation about all of this. Keep in mind that they probably thought that by â&#x20AC;&#x153;protectingâ&#x20AC;? their son from knowledge of this boy, they probably thought they were protecting you and your marriage as well. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t judge them too harshly until you have heard them out. You have all suffered a huge loss, and it would be nice if you could continue to take comfort in one another rather than starting a family feud. My husband and I left Athens last year so he could go to grad school. We are living in a nice town that is sooooo far away. We didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know anyone when we got here, and for the first six months I had two jobs and worked 60 hours a week so we could afford everything we needed while he went to school full time. Needless to say, I did not have a lot of time to socialize. Now I am down to one job, and there are only a few (okay, two) people out of more than 100 that I work with that I really feel any connection with. One of them is a married guy around my age who is also a transplant. We hang out on lunches and occasionally see each other after work for a beer. I have met his wife, and he has met my husband, but whenever they invite us to stuffâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;kidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s birthday, out for pizza, whateverâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;my husband canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go. He is now working as well as going to school, and we are literally on opposite schedules for the time being. So hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the thing: my friendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wife is cool. We actually have a lot in common and get along well. I think if we lived in the same town we would probably hang out, but she has two kids and lives 45 minutes away. Her female friends, on the other hand, all seem to hate me. They all practically ignore me when weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re together, and I sense some thinly veiled hostility. I feel like they think I am hitting on my friend, or in some way a threat to his marriage. Let me be clear: both of our marriages are very happy. There is not an ounce of sexual tension between us. Everything seems totally cool with his wife, and my husband has absolutely no problem with this situation. I think he is relieved that I actually have a friend. So should I just blow this off and ignore it? Or should I say something to my friend? His wife? The mean girls in question? I feel a little silly even asking, but it is bothering me a lot. There isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really anything you can do about the women in question. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure that they feel justified in protecting their friend from some outsider woman who is suddenly in her husbandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life. As long as all of the people who are directly involved (meaning you and your husband and your friend and his wife) are okay, I think your best bet is just to ignore it and try to be as nice to them as possible. I know it sucks, but the direct approach in this case might just make them defensive and make the whole thing worse. Jyl Inov



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