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Join Our Digital Evolution Back when I was interminably flunking out of graduate school in New York City, I lived near both the Thalia and the New Yorker movie houses. Both ran classic old films, but I rarely went to see them. I couldnâ€™t make myself study enough, but I wouldnâ€™t allow myself to go to the movies. I didnâ€™t really understand what I was missing. I didnâ€™t know why those films were classic; I thought they were just old, in black and white, in foreign languages, curiosities but not compelling. What an education flashed by me unseen in those two cinemas while I remained in the dark! Thanks to CinĂŠ, I get the chance every now and then to see one of those classic films, but more importantly, I get to see the new classics as they are being made, and I get to understand why they matter, what film can do to inform as well as entertain. Iâ€™m beginning to see that good film is like good literature and good food: it takes more concentration and effort, but the payoff is tremendous in sustenance. Thatâ€™s fine, you might say, but if you want to watch a gloomy foreign film, why not just watch it at home on your own big screen? Why does it take a village? Thatâ€™s a good question. I guess the short answer is that films are made to be seen on a large screen, larger than anybody has at home except the President. So, it takes a theater, just like live music needs some kind of music hall, and movies, like music and religion, for that matter, are enhanced when experienced in the company of others. Okay, you might retort. Weâ€™ve got over 40 big screens in Athens where you can go see a movie, why do we need CinĂŠ, too? I assume youâ€™re asking that question just for the sake of argument. Most of the multiplex films are the formulaic, teendriven action plots that are about a comic book version of life. Most of the CinĂŠ films, no matter how funny or how serious, are about life as it is lived, life that we need help figuring out in order to be really alive: a matter of life and death. In addition, CinĂŠ is the site for any number of festivals showing filmsâ€”French, Jewish, local and others that weâ€™d never see anywhere else. So, hereâ€™s the pitch. Theaters like CinĂŠ have prided themselves on their ability to show all these movies on 35-millimeter film, with its capacity for rich colors along with its snap, crackle and popâ€”like vinyl. Almost overnight, the movie industry caught on that they could produce all their films digitally and save the tremendous cost of making, copying, shipping and storing celluloid. Consequently, all new films will be digital only, and the old classics will be increasingly difficult to obtain. Every movie house in the country has been faced with the necessity of buying modern digital projection equipment. CinĂŠ, always in a financial tight spot, quickly must come up with $160,000 to buy and install state-of-the-art digital projection equipment. Fortunately, last year CinĂŠ was reorganized as a nonprofit, which gives us all the opportunity to help our own art house cinema remain viable. CinĂŠâ€™s board of directors has launched a Kickstarter online fundraising campaign, â€œJoin Our Digital Evolution,â€? to raise $60,000 toward the cost of the digital equipment. You can go to that Kickstarter page to find out more and to contribute: http://www.kickstarter.com/ projects/223189106/cine-join-our-digital-evolution. But hurry: deadline is Aug. 18. If CinĂŠ canâ€™t make this switch to digital projection, it canâ€™t stay in business. If we lose CinĂŠ, we take a giant step back from the cosmopolitan environment that makes Athens special and attractive to people seeking a certain necessary level of culture. If thatâ€™s baloney to you, okay. But if you know what Iâ€™m saying, you know the importance of going to Kickstarter, where you can read more about all this and kick in to keep our art house cinema an integral part of our community. If you let Athens lose CinĂŠ, â€œâ€Śyouâ€™ll regret it. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of your life.â€? Pete McCommons email@example.com
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Anyone who was expecting former Georgia Secretary convention in enemy territory, like, say, Forsyth County. It’s of State Karen Handel to be a moderate alternative in the not known as the tourist destination Athens is, but then again, Republican U.S. Senate primary, think again. it’s not like the DPG really needs that big of a facility these Handel spoke to the Athens GOP Monday, July 8, and fed days. A banquet room in a Cracker Barrel off the freeway should the crowd of about 75 people plenty of red meat. She called for suffice. abolishing the IRS, criticized a version of the farm bill that includes funding for food stamps and said she is “a big proponent” of traditional marriage, wants to repeal Obamacare and that federal regulations are “literally choking (businesses) and preventing them from creating jobs.” Apparently, Handel learned from her 2010 runoff defeat at the hands of Gov. Nathan Deal, who, along with his allies in the anti-abortion movement, bashed her over the head for her views on abortion (exceptions for rape and incest), and marching in a gay pride parade and funding Planned Parenthood as Fulton County Commission chairman. After her loss, Handel took a job at the breast cancer foundation Susan G. Komen for the Cure and convinced them to disassociate themselves from Planned Parenthood. The move backfired. She resigned, wrote a book about the experience and now features it on her campaign literature, helping to bolster her standing with social conservatives. The Athens GOP had already hosted two Senate candidates, Reps. Paul Broun (R-Athens) and Jack Kingston (R-Savannah); another candidate, Rep. Phil Gingrey, is scheduled to speak Monday, Aug. 12, and David Perdue (Sonny’s cousin) has also been invited, according to chairman Matt Brewster. The meetings are at 6 p.m. the second Monday of the month at Country Inn & Suites. Handel’s two main advantages are that she is the only woman in the race and the only well-known candidate who is not a member of this oft-loathed Congress—something she plays up in her stump speech. “If you want new, dynamic leadership to shake things up and get things done, then I just might be the gal for you,” she said. Although Handel worked with a Democratic majority on Karen Handel reads aloud from And the Earth Did Not Devour Him. the Fulton County Commission, what she had to say last week sounded like just more of the same rigid conservative ideology that’s contributing to our national gridlock. But you Partner Benefits: Handel may have missed an opportunity can’t fault her. That’s what it takes to win. to differentiate herself from other Georgia Republicans, show her leadership skills and get on the right side of history by GOP Convention: At the same meeting, newly-elected state embracing equal rights for all, as Republicans in other parts of party chairman and longtime Athens activist John Padgett the country are increasingly doing. announced that the Georgia Republican convention will be So has new University of Georgia President Jere Morehead. returning to the Classic Center in 2015, so get ready for He told WGAU 1340 AM that the state will not allow UGA another invasion of 2,500 aging white people. to use state money or the state employees at the UGA Maybe the Democrats can follow suit and hold their Foundation, which raises private donations, to provide health
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coverage to employees’ domestic partners. “With the restrictions that the state has on its health insurance plans, I think we’ve gone as far as we can go on that issue here at the University of Georgia,” Morehead said. “I don’t see a path readily available for the institution to pursue that matter further.” However, one advocate for domestic partner benefits, UGA professor Janet Frick, said she continues to talk to administrators and remains optimistic that a solution will be found. LGBT advocate Ricky Roberts took a more aggressive tack, starting a Change.org petition and accusing Morehead of “discrimination.” Visit Flagpole.com for a link to the petition. Earmuffs: The precious cleanliness of our childrens’ ears will continue to be violated since Clarke County School Superintendent Philip Lanoue upheld his earlier decision not to remove And the Earth Did Not Devour Him from middle-school reading lists and media center shelves. Lanoue had already upheld Tomas Rivera’s oft-praised Chicano coming-of-age story after two local parents complained that a frustrated migrant worker’s handful of F-bombs in a couple of paragraphs are inappropriate for seventh graders. (Trust me, your kids have heard worse.) The school board ordered him to reconsider, and he upheld the book again. Now the couple, Chad and Beth Lowery, are appealing to the state Board of Education. Downtown Parking: No more fishing under your seat for change! The Athens Downtown Development Authority voted Tuesday, July 9 to replace more than 500 old coin-operated parking meters with new ones that accept credit cards and allow drivers to buy time using a smartphone app. Yes, there really is an app for that. The Athens-Clarke County Commission will have to approve the purchase, but it looks like a foregone conclusion, since $250,000 in SPLOST money has already been set aside. The new meters will also replace the wildly unpopular payand-display meters on Clayton Street that visitors tend to stare at like it’s the monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey. Those meters will be moved to Broad Street, adding to the pay-anddisplay meters already there, so now you’ll only have to walk a third of a block, max. But the ADDA decided not to move forward with sensors that would detect when your car leaves a space and remove any leftover time from the meter. Not surprisingly, ending the possibility of finding the manna from heaven that is an unexpired meter didn’t sit well with the public, ADDA Parking Director Chuck Horton said. If you don’t feed the meter and get a ticket, though, don’t worry too much about paying it for the time being. Horton is still barred from booting cars over unpaid tickets—sometimes thousands of dollars worth—while ACC Attorney Bill Berryman sorts out concerns about due process. But the issue should be resolved soon, Horton said, and he’ll be back to his usual boothappy self. Blake Aued firstname.lastname@example.org
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our local school systems and allow our highways to become more congested. According to federal data, Georgia has slumped from 25th place among the states in per capita income to 40th place, the same ranking it held in 1979. Louisiana, Tennessee and North Carolina have moved ahead of Georgia, while Alabama is close to catching up. All of that tax cutting did little to move Georgia up the ladder in terms of job creation. The stateâ€™s unemployment rate in May was 8.3 percent, which is well above the national jobless rate of 7.6 percent. Georgiaâ€™s unemployment rate has now been higher than the national rate for 70 consecutive monthsâ€”a period of nearly six years. â€œGeorgia citizensâ€™ incomes are ranked down where they were in 1979,â€? Pennington said. â€œGeorgia has trailed the nation in economic performance, with the national economy growing 71 percent faster than ours for much of the last decade.â€? Pennington is more conservative than Deal. During last summerâ€™s campaign for the T-SPLOST transportation sales tax, Deal urged voters to approve the tax proposal while Pennington opposed it. I presume that Pennington will criticize Deal for not cutting taxes enough or for not making the right kinds of tax cuts. If Deal secures the GOP nomination, the Democratic nominee would have the opportunity to joust with the governor over whether the stateâ€™s future is better served by spending more on things like education or by passing more tax breaks. These are the kinds of issues where the incumbent should be required to defend his record and make the case for continuing his policies. Thanks to Mayor Pennington, voters can be assured that we will at least get that debate started in the Republican primary.
If you believe that a vigorous discussion of the issues is important to our political system, then you have to give a big thanks to Dalton Mayor David Pennington. Pennington announced last week that he will get into the governorâ€™s race and run against Gov. Nathan Deal in the Republican primary. The mayorâ€™s decision is good for the political process and, in the long run, will be good for the average Georgian. No incumbent officeholders should be given a free ride to reelection without having to defend their records. Pennington will shine a spotlight on what he sees as the governorâ€™s shortcomings and require Deal to justify the actions he took in his first term. If the Democratic Party can field a credible candidate for governor, then the debate started by Pennington and Deal will be carried into the general election campaign as well. One thing the candidates should be debating is the most basic issue of all: what kind of future do we want for Georgia? For the past 10 years or so, the stateâ€™s political leadership has followed a strategy of approving numerous tax breaks and exemptions for businesses and special interest groups in the stated belief that this would create many new jobs and ensure the stateâ€™s economic prosperity. Those tax cuts, which drain hundreds of millions of dollars from the state treasury, had to be balanced by spending cuts. The governor and the legislature made the decision to cut the money Georgia spends in such areas as public education and transportation to pay for the tax breaks. Deal is a big believer in these tax incentives for businesses, and he contends that he has been successful as a job creator. â€œI think our job numbers are greatâ€”177,000 since I became governor,â€? he said in an interview shortly after Pennington got into the race. You could also make the argument that maybe it wasnâ€™t such a great idea to cripple
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eading through Athens-Clarke Countyâ€™s code of ordinances is an exercise in patience. Or bewilderment. Or interpretation. Itâ€™s not your typical light reading. But during an exchange between officials at the July 2 mayor and commission meeting, the interpretation of one particular item came upâ€”specifically, the extension of Hickory Street through the Selig Enterprises development between East Broad and Oconee Streets and why the county no longer considers it a public street. Eighteen months ago, when the first version of the development came to light, the issue of Hickory Street was second to the proposed big-box store on the site. Thatâ€™s because, according to the countyâ€™s Transportation Corridor Concept Map, the extension of Hickory Street was part of a larger transportation plan implemented more than a decade ago.
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When a residential subdivision is built, the developer typically deeds the roads over to the county. David Clark, director of the countyâ€™s Transportation and Public Works department, says he canâ€™t think of a time the county has paid a developer for a road. â€œThatâ€™s not to say it couldnâ€™t happen, but it would be unusual,â€? he says. â€œThe developer builds the streets to our standards and then turns them over.â€? Typically, he adds, a developer doesnâ€™t want to manage the streets in their development because of the cost. Thatâ€™s not the case with Selig, which agreed to maintain the road through the development in order to keep it private. (The company is granting a permanent easement to ACC to guarantee public access.) The extension of Hickory Street, according to the Planning Department, will include most everything a public road hasâ€”bike lanes, sidewalks and parking, for example. Seligâ€™s site plan includes brick pavers near the intersection with East Broad Street, something not allowed on ACC public roads. Selig also can control parking as they choose, rather than Athens Downtown Development Authority, which oversees metered spaces, decks and surface lots downtown.
Jo Ann Chitty, senior vice president at Selig Enterprises, tells Flagpole that Hickory Street was included in the development because it was part of the transportation map. Selig wanted to adhere to that requirement, she adds. So whatâ€™s with the debate? The TCC map includes a future Hickory Street through the Selig property and, while plans now include the road, one more issue stuck like a thorn in a few commissionersâ€™ sides: why this new extension of Hickory Street is not a public roadâ€”which is where the interpretation comes in. According to Section 9-29-2 of the county code, a â€œdedicationâ€? of a streetâ€”turning the property over from a private owner to the governmentâ€” happens when â€œa development requiring a planning action, partition or subdivision takes place on the ownerâ€™s property. â€œThe development will result in increases in the traffic generated (pedestrian, bicycle, auto) in the area, by some measure,â€? and thirdly, â€œthe property contains a future transportation corridor on the official map,â€? which is the Transportation Corridor Concept Map. When these three elements are met, according to the code, â€œland will be dedicated by a property owner.â€? Commissioner Doug Lowry questioned Planning Director Brad Griffin on that topic on July 2. In his responseâ€”and in a later interview with Flagpoleâ€” Selig Enterprises will extend Hickory Street from the Multimodal Center through its property. Griffin noted that because the code did not call for compensation for the landowner, the street dedication was off the Among its 459 pages, Seligâ€™s traffic study refers to the â€œsite drivetable, because officials never discussed the exact route or buying right- wayâ€? but does not address traffic flowing in and out of the roadway. of-way with the property owners. Instead, the report, prepared for Selig by the Marietta firm A&R â€œI donâ€™t think weâ€™re in the position to tell them, â€˜Itâ€™s gotta be here, Engineering, recommends funneling westbound traffic on Oconee Street and youâ€™ve got to dedicate it,â€™â€? Griffin told Lowry at the July 2 meeting. onto Foundry Street and a traffic signal at Foundry and East Broad In a later interview, Griffin said if the road were public, â€œthen weâ€™re streets to alleviate the increased traffic generated by the development. getting in the same issue where we need to acquire it from them.â€? Clark tells Flagpole that if a development adds traffic to warrant a new The TCC map exists so developers know about ACCâ€™s future infrastruc- traffic signalâ€”â€?whether or not itâ€™s adjacent to the development or ture plans. â€œThe roundabout at Tallassee and Whitehead: it shows up on down the streetâ€?â€”itâ€™s the responsibility of the developer to pay for it. that map as an intersection improvement,â€? Griffin says. â€œSo if someone As a state highway, Oconee Street is governed by the Georgia came in and didnâ€™t want that roundabout, they could pull a permit [to Department of Transportation. Teri Pope, spokeswoman for the DOT, build where it was proposed].â€? says that from the stateâ€™s perspective, all that matters is how the While the map doesnâ€™t give the Planning Department the right to development accesses the state route, no matter if itâ€™s a public or take that land away, the landowner would be notified of the plans private road. When â€œa commercial business wants access, they have to for the intersection when the permit is pulled. Often, he says, itâ€™s in meet our standards, and they pay for the upgrades needed,â€? she says. the best interest of the property owner to go along with the TCC map, That means that another stoplight proposed by the traffic study for Oconee Street, at the entrance to the Selig development, would have to because it will likely increase access to their development. Griffin refers to the TCC map simply as a planning tool. â€œThe map be paid for by Selig if it is approved by DOT. itself is anything from specific, detailed projects, it can be ones that Requirements for a new stoplight on a state highway follow the show up on the state level, to local projects that are in the works, to Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, a set of national guidelines. intersections, to concept lines,â€? he says. And the purpose of those â€œWe require a traffic study to go along with it, but that is par for lines is that â€œwe need to have a connection for long-range planning the course, and typically [the developer] waits to get local approval purposes.â€? because they know we require a lot of documentation to even look at An April 26 Planning Department memo notes that â€œdepending on it,â€? Pope says. â€œCommercial buildings used to do a lot of building on the nature of the development, the protection of these corridors may spec; now they wait until they are sitting on a permit to say go.â€? be served through proper design or possible purchase by Athens-Clarke County.â€? Kristen Morales
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agans do not worship Satan. They don’t sacrifice animals, they don’t wear hooded capes, and they don’t hang with Harry Potter. Stigma and misconceptions make many people reluctant to learn about some of the world’s oldest religions. “They’re seeing it as an evil, negative thing, not that this is something organic that so many things have derived from,” says Lonnie Stewart, who shares the earth-centric beliefs of Native Americans. Yet there are more Pagans around than you might expect. They’re not as visible as St. Joe’s schoolkids, but there are enough here in Athens for a club, a garden and an annual festival.
What’s a Pagan? Paganism is a big world. It encompasses several indigenous faiths, known as paths. Wicca, Druidism, Heathenry, Shamanism and Hellenism are all Pagan paths drawn from ancient religions around the world. Many are polytheistic or pantheistic, though some Pagans choose not to worship a godhead at all. The most commonly worshipped deity is the Goddess, popularly depicted as Mother Nature but also celebrated in other forms. Pagan beliefs about the afterlife vary, but the idea of sin and salvation is a non sequitur in a “live and let live” class of religions. People turn Pagan for different reasons. For Dianic witch Katy Sozaeva, it began as curiosity about herbalism and tarot. For Eclectic Lachele Foley, it was fascination with a New Orleans witch. Others, like Stewart, turn to alternative worship after feeling rejected or put off by mainstream religion. Paganism is pretty DIY. Followers of the various paths freely modify and combine various pieces of them to create their own religions, meaning nary a pair of Pagans believes the same thing. One thing everyone agrees on, though, is a belief in and respect for the divine in nature. “I always like the concept of Mother Nature as a manifestation of the Goddess,” says Kristina, a Wiccan with an interest in Shamanism who did not want to her last name printed. (Many Pagans fear retribution for their beliefs from bosses and landlords and do not want their full names or photos of their faces made public.) “Any time I go out in the middle of the woods, a good distance from any road, I can feel the energy coming from everything, almost as if the woods are buzzing,” she says. “Or the way you feel standing in the sunshine, and it just seems to engulf you. To me, it’s just a comforting feeling, like a hug from your mom.” Stereotypes about sacrificial pyres and magic wands may not be accurate, but the moon mania is for real. The High
Days, the eight major festivals commonly celebrated by Pagans, revolve around the lunar cycle. The Spring Equinox, Samhain and Yule are precursors to the Christian holidays Easter, Halloween and Christmas. Many Pagans practice witchcraft, but it’s not the kind J.K. Rowling writes about. Some view prayer as a form of magic, as they do herbal medicine. Many trust palm and tarot readers, and others, like Martha Dickinson, think it’s “a lot of hooey.” Like magic, worship has a variable meaning to Pagans. To Stewart, it means acknowledging her surroundings. “When you’re worshipping, it means that you’re saying, ‘This has value, and this is why I’m giving it my attention,’” she says. “In that sense, every breath, every sunrise, every raindrop is something of worth and something of value. So pretty much everything should be an act of worship.” Sozaeva doesn’t perform rituals but tries to live in harmony with nature and those around her. She lives by the Witches’ Rede—“An it harm none, do as thou wilt.” Another key tenet of Wicca is the Rule of Three, which states that whatever energy a person puts into the world, positive or negative, will return to him or her three times. Many Pagans outside Wicca are mindful of a similar concept of cosmic justice. “You have to take responsibility for your actions,” says Dickinson, who practices American folk magic. “You have to try to be a better person, because it will come back on you if you’re not. It makes you want to do better with people, and it makes you want to help stray animals. It makes you more positive in general, I think.” Dickinson is rare in the Pagan community—she’s politically conservative. She says her volunteer work with Republican and tea party groups has given her the opportunity to educate people who might otherwise know nothing about the hedge magic she practices.
How to Get Started Most Pagans start out with Wicca, Foley says. Many books and resources are available for fledgling Wiccans, but many find themselves drawn to other paths in time. Foley considers herself an Eclectic, meaning she draws from the various paths at whim and gets to create her rituals as she goes along. “It’s kind of like being an artist, but within a religious context,” she says. “So you have some way that you want to communicate with nature or a deity or deities or whatever, and you [ask], ‘What is it that I want to say? What do I want to bring about?’ And you sort of make up something that expresses that in the real world.” Foley, like many American Pagans and most in Athens, is a solitary, meaning she practices her faith outside of a coven
or other structured group. Whereas some Pagans worship in temples with high priests and priestesses, she performs her own rituals as her busy work schedule allows. Solitude is the only choice for many Pagans. Even if one manages to find others in his or her area, there is little likelihood their faiths will perfectly align. And even in areas with many Pagans, Sozaeva says, covens can fall victim to powermongering and legalism. Proselytizing is uncommon among Pagans, so they may have more trouble finding one another than locating a church with a marquee out front. Instead, several communities exist to bring Pagans together online, offering tips for performing rituals, casting spells and following ancient religion in the modern world. There is even an international organization that advocates for Pagans’ rights and religious freedom, the Lady Liberty League. Still, local Pagans find fellowship in Athens Area Pagans, an organization Foley started. The group meets weekly for dinner and tends the Lyndon House Arts Center herb garden. It also hosts several psychic fairs each year to raise money for Athens Pagan Pride Day, an annual event held to celebrate Paganism and educate the public about it. Stewart chose to raise her children in another faith community, the Universalist Unitarian Fellowship. She wants to expose them to as many belief systems as possible while teaching them tolerance. “It’s not my place to tell them what to believe,” she says. “It’s my job to impart to them the critical thinking skills needed to analyze all available data and make their own decision based on what they feel is right.” Paganism isn’t a back-pocket religion—it’s a lifestyle. Respect for nature and awareness of one’s actions carry over into practitioners’ professional and political concerns. Stewart is a vegetarian due to her concern for nature, and Sozaeva votes with Mother Nature in mind. “It’s no coincidence that natural disasters are increasing,” she says. “After all, how would you react if someone started cutting into you and stealing your blood and the minerals from your bones? It’ll just become worse until we realize that we don’t own the earth. We’re just borrowing it from future generations.” On the rare occasion that their religious choices come up in conversation, Athens Pagans say, they usually encounter more curiosity than hostility. Stewart, however, has experienced an unexpected type of prejudice. “When I wore my pentagram, a lot of people thought it was a Star of David,” she says. “It was funny that I’d get as much of a negative reaction from people thinking it was a Star of David as from people who knew what it was.” Sarah Anne Perry
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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. AFTER EARTH (PG-13) Did you watch Castaway and think the film would be better with Jaden Smith substituting for Tom Hanks and Jaden’s papa, Will, for Wilson? Then enjoy this bland hunk of science fiction. After their spaceship crash lands, a father and son (the Smiths) are stranded on Earth, abandoned by humanity years earlier. This flick should have been The Smith Family Robinson; instead, it’s another shovelful of dirt in M. Night Shyamalan’s cinematic grave. BEFORE MIDNIGHT (R) Jesse and Celine (Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy) have come a long ways from 1995’s Before Sunrise. Our third glimpse into Jesse and Celine’s lives paints a realistic landscape of adult relationships founded upon love. Many viewing pairs will see themselves, arguing and rearguing their own alternatingly petty and weighty complaints. THE CONJURING (R) Based on true events (what haunted house movie isn’t?), The Conjuring stars Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as paranormal investigators seeking answers for the Perron family. Director James Wan (Saw, Dead Silence and Insidious) is pretty good at this type of scary. THE CROODS (PG) A family of cavemen are forced on a cross-country road trip after their cave is destroyed by the impending “end of the world.” Fortunately, Eep (v. Emma Stone) meets Guy (v. Ryan Reynolds), whose developed brain filled with “ideas” might just help them all survive. DESPICABLE ME 2 (PG) Gru (v. Steve Carell) may no longer be a master criminal, utilizing his freeze rays and other diabolical inventions to raise his three adopted daughters. When a new super villain steals a dangerous, experimental serum, the Anti Villain League enlist Gru’s assistance. Despicable Me 2 has no shot at surpassing expectations like its underdog predecessor, and its appeal to anyone
over ten probably depends on one’s tolerance for the Minions, whose roles have been enlarged with their own spinoff in the works for 2014. Still, it’s a funny movie for kids and parents. THE EAST (PG-13) Private investigator Sarah Moss (Brit Marling) is assigned to infiltrate an eco-terrorist group who targets large organizations. After convincing them of her sincerity, she begins to find the group’s leader (Alexander Skarsgard) and message appealing. (Ciné) EPIC (PG) Epic is like Star Wars in a forest; wait, that would just be Return of the Jedi. Unbeknownst to humanity, the forests are protected by the Leafmen, who constantly do battle with the Boggans, led by Mandrake (v. Christoph Waltz). When M.K. (v. Amanda Seyfried) is magically transported to the world of the Leafmen, she must ensure the survival of the forest. The movie, based on William Joyce’s book, The Leafmen, does far too little to avoid Star Wars comparisons; it practically invites them. See bird racing (pod racing) and the two slugs who give off a distinct R2D2/C3PO sidekick vibe. FRANCES HA (R) Could this be Greta Gerwig’s big, Lena Dunham-ish break? She co-wrote this comedy with director Noah Baumbach (The Squid & the Whale), and judging from the trailer, it could be an indie smash. Think “Girls” on the big screen. Frances (Gerwig) works for a dance troupe, though she’s not a dancer, and goes all in for her dreams. GIRL MOST LIKELY (PG-13) Teaming up with American Splendor’s Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini seems like a smart move for Kristen Wiig. Former Next Big Thing Imogene Duncan (Wiig) sees her dreams of being a big-time New York playwright go down in flames. Now she’s back living with her mother (Annette Bening) and the younger man sharing her bed (Matt Dillon). THE GOLDEN VOYAGE OF SINBAD (G) 1973. Ciné continues its annual Summer Classic Movie Series with the second of Ray Harryhausen’s three Sinbad epics. In The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, the hero (John Phillip Law, Barbarella) must battle villainous Koura, played by future Dr. Who, Tom Baker. Future Bond girl Caroline Munro appears as the beautiful slave girl, Margiana. (Ciné)
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• GROWN UPS 2 (PG-13) With nary a grown-up in it, this sequel to Adam Sandler’s second biggest box office hit of all time is worse than its subpar predecessor. Former Hollywood bigshot Lenny Feder (Sandler) moves his family back to his tiny hometown, but rather than spend time with them, he mostly hangs out with his childhood besties—Eric (Kevin James), Kurt (Chris Rock) and Higgins (David Spade). Grown Ups 2’s biggest accomplishment is how worthless it is. “Jokes” fail to land. Likability and funny are not one and the same. Argue all you want about what a great guy Sandler is, because at this point in his career you’ll find it impossible to convince someone he’s still funny, or better yet, relevant. That being said, it’s already a box office smash, the monster from the depths that’s destroying the much more entertaining Pacific Rim. Good job, America. THE HANGOVER PART III (R) Gone are the weddings, the hangovers and
THE LONE RANGER (PG-13) This second failed attempt to bring the masked man back to the big screen (do you recall 1981’s Legend of the Lone Ranger?) reunites Johnny Depp with his Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski for another bloated blockbuster that misses the mark. Depp’s Indian savant Tonto is one of the oater’s strengths; the star swaggers and mugs like a silent film star. Otherwise, this over-plotted, overlong origin story establishes the wrong tone for its masked hero. With Tonto providing the comic relief, John Reid (Armie Hammer) should have been a onetrack-minded vigilante of justice—the Lone Ranger as a cowboy Batman. He’s not a natural Wild West lawman though; he leaves a lot of the heavy lifting to Tonto. MAN OF STEEL (PG-13) The extended time spent with Superman’s birth parents on dying Krypton is the film’s strongest, most original segment. The middle chunk, retelling Kal-El’s
How many degrees apart are we now? the amnesia. The Wolfpack—Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms) and Alan (Zach Galifianakis)—now find themselves thrust directly into a Charlie Huston crime novel. Give writer-director Todd Phillips and crew credit for the old college try, but recapturing the comic freshness of the first Hangover once, much less twice, has proven too Herculean a humorous task. THE HEAT (R) Uptight FBI agent Sarah Ashburn (Sandra Bullock) needs the help of foulmouthed, unpopular Boston cop Shannon Mullins (Melissa McCarthy) to take down a dangerous drug lord. Bullock and McCarthy don’t have Fey/Pohler chemistry. McCarthy flails too wildly early, while Bullock’s too tightly wound for comedy. Nevertheless, enough cannot be said about how refreshing it is to watch a buddy cop comedy starring two women. Writer Katie Dippold and Bridesmaids director Paul Feig never explain away Ashburn and Mullins’ tough, brash exteriors as shields needed to survive their male dominated profession. Ashburn’s just weird and Mullins grew up with four brothers. The Heat may not be smoking, but after a barren first act, it’s pretty darn funny. KEVIN HART: LET ME EXPLAIN (R) Kevin Hart is one of the more entertaining and, more importantly, least disappointing stand-up comics turned actor. If you missed his return to the stage for the 2012 “Let Me Explain” world tour, you can now catch his sold-out show at Madison Square Garden in this concert film which may or may not have been directed by Tim Story (Fantastic Four).
transformation from a hunky Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) into Superman, intriguingly tweaks a well-known origin with the benefit of fatherly wisdom from Kevin Costner’s Jonathan Kent. Despite some well-executed set pieces pitting Superman against fellow Kryptonian General Zod (Michael Shannon) and his alien army, the final act never fully takes flight. Instead, the blockbuster soars in fits and starts, seeming most confident in its final frames than the previous hour and a half of repetitive conflict. MONSTERS UNIVERSITY (G) So let’s call it a slump. Cars 2 was a clunker; Brave was good verging on really good but not close to great; and Monsters University lacks the Pixar pop of their undeniably great features (Up, Wall-E, Toy Story 3). In this prequel to Monsters, Inc., we learn how Mike (v. Billy Crystal) and Sully (v. John Goodman) met. Apparently, the two scarers didn’t start as best buds. First, they were scaring rivals at Monsters University. This Revenge of the Monster Nerds doesn’t creatively bend college life for monsters as one would expect from Pixar. Fortunately, the animation, especially the creature design, is as lush and lifelike as ever. • MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (PG-13) Joss Whedon’s pretty much a genius. Naturally, the guy can do Shakespeare too. Of course, it helps that he’s collected such a variety of acting talents in the Whedonverse. Alexis Denisof (Mr. Alyson Hannigan) and Amy “Fred/Illyria” Acker wittily bicker as Benedick and Beatrice, the
pair of lovers who cannot stand one another. Reconnecting when Don Pedro (Reed Diamond) visits Leonato (Clark Gregg), Benedick and Beatrice become the focus of everyone’s attention prior to the wedding of young Claudio (Fran Kranz) and Hero (Jillian Morgese). Decide for yourself which is more lush, the gorgeous black and white cinematography or the Elizabethan language. Fans of Whedon’s previous television works will find much to gush over. Whedon plus Shakespeare is a match made in heaven. Prithee, do thine own self a favor and get thy butt to Ciné before the party’s over. (Ciné) NOW YOU SEE ME (PG-13) Four street magicians are enlisted in a mysterious, magical plan to do something, but nobody is really sure what until the last reel. Hot on their heels is a dogged FBI Agent (Mark Ruffalo) and a debunker of magicians (Morgan Freeman). Now You See Me is as entertaining as it is eye-rollingly contrived. Clash of the Titans’ Louis Leterrier keeps the illusions moving along too fast for anyone to see through the script’s tricks until the woeful reveal. ONE MAN FORCE (R) 1989. Former NFL lineman turned actor John Matuszak plays renegade cop Jake Swan, who’s own renegadeness gets his partner killed by the cartel. Getting no help from the LAPD, Jake must break all the rules to get justice in the by-the-book 80s actioner. Part of Bad Movie Night. (Ciné) ONLY GOD FORGIVES (R) Following his second film with Blue Valentine’s Derek Cianfrance, Ryan Gosling’s back working with Drive’s Nicholas Winding Refn, who received a Palme d’Or nomination for this ultraviolent crime thriller. A cooler than cool drug dealer (does Gosling play a character any other way?) is bated into seeking vengeance on his brother’s killer by his domineering mother (Kristin Scott Thomas). I don’t think I have seen a trailer promising a film this badass since, well, Drive. (Ciné) • PACIFIC RIM (PG-13) Yes, Pacific Rim’s giant monsters versus giant robots concept is unbelievably dumb, but the level of unironic fun is bigger than Knifehead and Gipsy Danger combined! (Granted, that comparison won’t mean much to you until you see the movie, but trust me, it’s big.) A portal to another dimension opens in the Pacific, unleashing giant monsters called Kaiju on humanity, who builds giant robots called Jaegers to counter them. Controlled by two mind-linked pilots, Jaegers give us the edge over the Kaiju, until they don’t. Years into a losing war, the Jaeger program leader, Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba), takes one last chance, sending the last surviving robots and pilots (including Charlie Hunnam, “Sons of Anarchy”) to close the portal for good. I could gush about this film for pages. The most well-realized blockbuster of its kind, Pacific Rim delivers the childlike robot action missing from all three misguided Transformers flicks. Writerdirector Guillermo del Toro’s smartest move was leaving the snark and the cynicism to lesser movies (Sharknado, anyone?), and Pacific Rim delivers on the geek promise of his previous features. 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. The film is too long, sledgehammeringly artless and mindnumbingly dumb. RED 2 (PG-13) Retired CIA operative Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) gets the team back together (minus Morgan Freeman) to track down a missing nuclear bomb. Returning players John Malkovich, Helen Mirren and MaryLouise Parker are joined by franchise newbies Anthony Hopkins, Byung-hun Lee and Catherine Zeta-Jones. The trailer, if it’s to be believed, augurs an entertaining action comedy. l R.I.P.D. (PG-13) This flick looks like Men in Black with the undead. Based on the comic book by Peter M. Lenkov, R.I.P.D. partners Jeff Bridges, as a dead lawman named Roy Pulsipher, and Ryan Reynolds, as a recently deceased police detective named Nick Walker. Together, this dead duo tries to capture the evil spirits that mean humanity harm. The first time I saw the trailer I was intrigued; the gags have been quickly worn thin by subsequent viewings. THIS IS THE END (R) This pot-fueled “apoc-comedic” nightmare from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg is far funnier than most meta-comedies starring comic actors as themselves. On the night of James Franco’s housewarming party, the seeming Rapture occurs, leaving behind this band of famous faces (Danny McBride, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel). Turning to and on one another, Judgment Day brings out the best, worst and funniest in the cast. TURBO (PG) I sure hope you like Ryan Reynolds because the star of R.I.P.D. lends his voice to this latest animated feature from DreamWorks. Garden snail Turbo (v. Reynolds) dreams of winning the Indy 500. After a freak accident imbues him with crazy fast speed, that dream could become a reality. Featuring the voices of Paul Giamatti, Snoop Dogg, Maya Rudolph, Michelle Rodriguez and Samuel L. Jackson. THE VOICE OF THE MOON (R) 1990. Ciné continues its annual Summer Classic Movie Series with a rare 35mm screening of Federico Fellini’s final film. Based on the novel Il poema dei lunatici by Ermano Cavazzoni, The Voice of the Moon stars Roberto Benigni as the idiot savant hero Ivo Salvini, who wanders through a dystopian countryside with his pal, Gonnella (David Award winner Paolo Villaggio). (Ciné) WHITE HOUSE DOWN (PG-13) In White House, Channing Tatum stars as D.C. cop John Cale, who must protect the President (Jamie Foxx) and rescue his precocious daughter (Joey King) after terrorists take over the White House. Disaster master Roland Emmerich stages the destruction with his usual crowd-pleasing clarity, and the movie, written by The Amazing Spider-Man’s James Vanderbilt, has a sense of humor about it. WORLD WAR Z (PG-13) The biggest zombie movie ever made is better than expected. Former U.N. employee Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) is sent around the globe to discover the source of the zombie pandemic threatening to wipe out humanity. One-time Bond director Marc Forster and his stable of writers turn Max “Son of Mel” Brooks’ oral history of the zombie conflict into a more focused, traditional “one hero must race time to save the world,” and it works. Minor quibbles range from a lack of blood (blame the need for a PG-13 rating to recoup the massive budget) and way too fast, superstrong zombies; still, it’s way more exciting than the second season of “The Walking Dead.” Drew Wheeler
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thoughtful humanity. Del Toroâ€™s career, which has delivered the garish comic book delights of the Hellboy movies to the more complex hauntings of the brilliant The Devilâ€™s Backbone, offers up the visceral visual goods we crave in our genre movies, but he also knows how to pull back and allow poetry to subtly seep in. Pacific Rim is a thunderous experience and del Toroâ€™s most energetic spectacle yet. One of the most interesting aspects of his career is how he easily oscillates between brawny commercial features like Mimic and Blade II and more artistically substantial productions like The Devilâ€™s Backbone and Panâ€™s Labyrinth, the latter two infused with the influence of Cocteau and Bava yet still entirely fresh. Pacific Rim wears its Japanese monster movie influence openly, though it is not del Toro at his best. The plentiful action sequences are visually coherent for the most part and far from the slick emptiness of the Transformers flicks, but ultimately it is simply big robots beating the hell out of towering monsters. But the movie is also exuberantly playful and inventive in its world-building. As summer blockbusters go, itâ€™s the most fun youâ€™ll have in a multiplex all season.
PACIFIC RIM (PG-13) Deep beneath the waves of the Pacific Ocean, an inter-dimensional fissure has erupted, and itâ€™s spewing mammoth gigantic beasts from its darkness. The monsters, called kaiju, are laying waste to us puny humans and ravaging the earth. Humankind, however, is not taking this in stride. Faced with extinction, ingenious men and women have figured out a way to stave off total annihilation: construct giant robots commandeered by tag-team pilot warriors who will engage the kaiju with brute force. Colossal monsters and robots face off, and we all get to watch the damage with kidfrenzy delight. Summer movies over the last decadeâ€”at least of the big, brawny Hollywood blockbuster sortâ€”have tended to be mired in angst or warped from the strain of stupidity running riot through them. Mexican director Guillermo del Toro (Panâ€™s Labyrinth, Hellboy II: The Golden Army) is arguably the finest fantasy filmmaker working today, a practitioner of dazzling imagery and aggressively creative action set pieces that cater unapologetically to geeks raised on comic books, anime, horror and science fiction. What makes del Toro stand apart from other directors of his kind, however, is his ability to root his fantastical stories firmly in character and a sometimes startling,
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lthough it doesn’t take place in the area, Athens is playing a big role in turning the award-winning screenplay for Ethan and Eli into an actual film. The screenplay addresses “the boredom, confusion and absurdity of small town adolescence.” The story focuses on two friends breaking their small town’s curfew to spend time together the night before one of them leaves for Afghanistan. Two recent UGA graduates, Andrew Blevins (2013) and Nathan Albright (2012), will be playing Ethan and Eli, respectively. People might recognize Albright from his extensive involvement in WUOG, where he booked the bands and worked his way up to the position of general manager. When he was in Athens, he also worked with Nourish International to put on Sidewalk Symphonies. Albright had a pretty good connection to help him land one of the lead roles. His sister, Katrina Albright, is the film’s writer and director. When I called her up in New York City, we started off talking about Spike Lee movies; how the heat in Brooklyn makes people do crazy things; and somehow it all seemed to remind her of Georgia. As we talked more, connecting everything back to Georgia stopped seeming that surprising. The South looms large in Katrina Albright’s imagination. She’s working on two projects about the region right now. Signs Following is a documentary about a snake-handling preacher in Tennessee, and it’s in the final stages of post-production. Ethan and Eli focuses on the more placid and suburban side of the South—namely her hometown of Peachtree City. Katrina wrote the screenplay for Ethan and Eli several years ago, but the New York University film school graduate says it has taken some time to get the momentum going. “I wrote my first draft of Ethan and Eli in late 2008, early 2009,” she says. “I was pretty content with the draft, but I had no outlet for it at the time. You know, narrative filmmaking is very expensive… I kind of on a whim submitted it to Slamdance [Screenplay Competition].” The screenplay won second place in the short form category. “It was really unexpected, and really exciting. It was the first screenwriting competition I ever entered, actually.” Encouraged by the validation, she decided to cast her brother and his friend from college in the title roles, because she believed that
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the authenticity of their relationship will come across on the screen. Neither of them has done much acting, but their lack of experience is what attracted Katrina to them. “I’m not looking to have an acting career,” Nathan says. “[Andrew] also hasn’t done a whole lot of acting or anything, but I think that’s what my sister was looking for… people who were actually friends, not necessarily people who are acting or anything.” A third of the money they’ve brought in through the fundraising website Kickstarter has come from Athens. They have raised just over half of the $9,000 they need. (The campaign runs through Thursday, July 25.) The financial support from Athens doesn’t surprise Blevins. “Athens is just a really good community for art of any kind,” he says. “It’s pretty incredible how people in the community will just jump on a project before they even know that much about it.” Blevins also believes that his co-star has a lot to do with it. “People in Athens really like Nathan,” he told me. “He’s sort of a hero of our class and some of the classes around us. He was the general manager of WUOG. He’s just really well-loved.” Nathan’s good will helped to lock in a collaborator that music fans might recognize. Trappers Cabin, a regular on the Athens scene whom NPR listed as “One of the Top 10 Great Unknown Artists of 2007,” will be contributing to the film. Local artist Joel Rosenburg has created hand-drawn artwork that’s being distributed as one of the Kickstarter gifts. All this Athens love for the project, and the film is not even set here. But Athens has served as the location for other films, from indie to Hollywood. For example, The Spectacular Now, directed by Athens native James Ponsoldt and filmed here, will be widely released Aug. 2. The local group Film Athens is helping independent filmmakers and also working to bring in big studios, says director Danielle Robarge Rusk. She has met with executives who’ve worked on projects that are shot in Georgia, like “The Walking Dead” and The Blind Side. “We’re very optimistic that we’ll be getting some more of the big movie productions,” Rusk says. “We want that to happen. We want to help the local indie scene grow. We want it all, really.” Matt Shedd
right track. The lengua is chopped in chunks rather than shredded, and the three sauces are nothing to write home about. I should have followed the crowd to Altamar, directly across from Pura Enchilada, which seems to focus on goat and had major lines. Panda Place/Asian Panda does not have a promising name and indeed offers the kind of mall Chinese food that shames a proud culinary tradition, but it also makes really tasty and fresh pho ($6.41 including tax) and an array of bubble teas. Pupuseria El Salvador, right next door, should not be overlooked. Its pupusas may be priced at $2 (a touch above average), but the griddled corn cakes stuffed with beans, cheese, pork, loroco and more are awesome, with bits of the filling leaking out at the edges and caramelized by high heat. Warning: both the green sauce and the cortido (pickled cabbage) are extremely spicy. Outside, down 5th Avenue East, you’ll find more produce; Ramiro’s Coconut Stand, with fresh coconuts and macaroons; and a fellow with a grill making elote, the Mexican street snack that consists of grilled corn on a stick, rolled in mayonnaise and cheese then dosed heavily with chili powder. It’s hotter temperature-wise than in terms of spice, and I prefer it when the corn is a bit charred, but it’s a tasty option. Don’t miss the coffee shop/ Hillary Brown
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ROAD TRIP: If you take I-85 out of Athens to Atlanta on a semi-regular basis, you’ve probably thought to yourself a bunch of times, “I really should stop and check out the Pendergrass Flea Market” (5641 U.S. Highway 129 N), as you see the billboards featuring a large black-and-white cow. I know I have. But I’ve always been in a hurry to get somewhere else, and despite my love of digging through trash to find treasure (my family brakes for anything that might even appear to be a yard sale), I never bothered to turn off the main drag and investigate. Until, that is, I got two emails in the space of a few weeks touting the food options there. One was from Jay Braver, the market’s Internet presence manager, but the other was just a happy and enthusiastic tip. They were both right. The Pend Flea is well worth the amount of gas to get there, a great place to take your kids, a fun excursion and a source for some quality grub. It’s the rare flea market that doesn’t tout itself as the state’s biggest in some aspect or another, but this one is indeed impressively large, not to mention both indoors and airconditioned, which gives it a big boost. Aisles are labeled with street names (4th Avenue, Main Street, etc.), lest you lose your way, and areas outside the big building retail produce
Pendergrass Flea Market food court for ridiculously low prices ($6 for a large box of bananas, $1 for 10 limes). The comprehensive website (www.pendflea.com) lists amenities, including many of the food vendors, so you can try to plan out your trip in advance. The largest concentration of food options is on the food court, a cavernous space with a large mural on one wall and a small arcade at the other end that includes a slide (free entertainment!). Head down Main Street until you see the signs directing you to the right. Jugos del Rio does fresh juices as well as grilled Mexican food, and although I didn’t try the latter, a jugo rojo made with fresh beets and carrots was refreshing, if maybe a little expensive at $4. Braver’s email had particularly piqued my interest with his focus on a taco de cabeza, made with head and cheek meat, offered at the Pura Enchilada Taqueria. The idea was exciting, and the meat was appropriately gelatinous and interesting, but the tacos themselves were a little blah. When the highlight is the onions and cilantro you offer at your fixin’s station, you’re not entirely on the
bakery about halfway down Main Street that doesn’t appear to have a name. A sandwich cookie with two chocolate chip rounds contained fresh whipped cream in the middle, and the cookies themselves were crisp and buttery. Other things you can get at the Pend Flea include: roasted nuts (both sugared and spicy), a Confederate flag bikini, designer jeans, Mexican pastries, large appliances, framed artwork, multipacks of underwear featuring Dora the Explorer, both Mexican (tamarind, spicy) and American candy, haircuts, waxing of various kinds and lots of plastic junk. In addition to the arcade, there are carnival games, a bounce house where you get 10 minutes for $1, a cow-milking game, large inflatable balls that float on water and can contain a small human, live music, paintball and, although I didn’t find it, a petting zoo. The Pendergrass Flea Market is open Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Parking is copious, and most vendors take cash only, although a few accept credit cards. Hillary Brown firstname.lastname@example.org
strange songs The Murky World of Merchandise
ampa, FL band Merchandise has been around since 2008, but no one could blame you if you hadn’t heard of it until now. Up until about a year ago, band members’ punk ethos dictated that they do things like record on broken equipment and turn down offers for long features from tastemakers like Pitchfork. But, just as the band’s music has evolved from its punk and hardcore beginnings, its philosophy has, too. After years of sharing their music for free, culling fans from around the globe and hitting many of the stops on the punk life map laid out in that excellent history of the genre, Our Band Could Be Your Life—working crummy minimumwage jobs, favoring non-traditional venues on tour, etc.—the members of Merchandise have had to face the fact that a lot of people think they’re great. And in order to reach all those people, they’ve made certain compromises with regard to their claims about not wanting to be part of the big music industry machine. This year, they played the decidedly un-small Primavera Sound festival in Barcelona, and they’re slated for this weekend’s Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago. All this, combined with Merchandise’s tendency to blend the palatable pop sensibilities of ‘80s new wave and a melancholy that calls to mind early Morrissey with shrill noise and frenetic saxophone makes the group a little bit puzzling. I say as much to guitarist Dave Vassalotti, who’s known for his decidedly straightforward attacks on his instrument onstage. “I think ambiguity is a beautiful thing,” he says, “and I think I’ll leave it at that.” Thankfully, on other topics, he is more forthcoming. “It was something different than we’re used to. We’re used to playing basements and garages and stuff like that,” he says of Merchandise’s recent spate of big gigs. “I feel like if you go out there with confidence, you can make the best out of it. We’re going to be playing some huge stages.” The confidence the band needs to take on this next step is something its members—singer Carson Cox, guitarist
Vassalotti, drummer Elsner Nino and saxophonist Chris Horn— began developing in their punk and hardcore days on the tight-knit Tampa scene. “We’ve grown up playing punk, and it’s how we all met each other and how we learned to play our instruments and all that,” Vassalotti, who attribute’s his band’s fierce individualism to Tampa’s “constructive insanity,” says. “It seems weird now watching punk and hardcore bands getting popular in the indie-rock world, but I think it can say a lot, coming from that place, because you have to do everything for yourself and come up from nothing.” That sense of self-sufficiency permeates both Merchandise’s lyrics (from “Winter’s Dream”: “I’d rather kill myself/ Than to be somebody else”) and its public persona. Take this quote from Cox, from a 2012 interview with Pitchfork: “With punk, you count on no one but yourself. That is, to me, the most important experience.” The band’s decision not to step out into the limelight until fairly recently has served it well in a way members didn’t anticipate—it gave them time to develop their sound, from the downer-pop of their first proper LP, 2010’s (Strange Songs) In the Dark, to something rich, emotional and increasingly hard to peg. With this focus on a honed sonic identity, Merchandise is racking up fans, especially abroad. The group recently made its first trip to Europe, and is planning to return after a brief run in the U.S. this summer. The Caledonia show this week kicks off the first of only seven shows in the band’s home country before it crosses the pond for an extensive European jaunt. Merchandise’s most recent LP, Totale Nite, has been quite well received there. “A lot of the reviews in the UK and France have been pretty stellar, but people in the States have not taken on to it,” says Vassalotti. “You can definitely see a divide there. I’ve noticed a lot more enthusiasm from the European press. I think they are a lot more open to new things.”
And even at home, the band is enjoying a modicum of success. The members of Merchandise have finally been able to quit the minimum-wage jobs that supported them through the first five years of their career. (“I was the last to quit, and I did so pretty recently,” Vassalotti says.) Still, some of the band’s DIY tendencies remain. For instance, the band still collects donations through its website. “Kickstarter [has] always left a pretty bad taste in our mouth,” Vassalotti confides. “I’ve just seen so many poorly done ones, where people should just do the work themselves.” If this sounds a bit hypocritical, consider that all of Merchandise’s music has always been and continues to be downloadable, for free, with the band’s blessing. “That’s how we got into the music that we like—the first file-sharing generation and all that,” Vassalotti explains. Merchandise continues to garner increasing name recognition, but who its members are, what they stand for, remains murky. They espouse punk virtues without making punk music. They refuse to neatly tie up their identity in punchy marketing material. They’ve railed against the music industry in interviews, and yet they have increasingly become a willing participant in it. They also make quite lovely, often challenging music that defies categorization. And in the end, that might be what really matters. The ambiguity that surrounds it? It’s a beautiful thing. Rachel Bailey
WHO: Merchandise, Shaved Christ, RITVALS WHERE: Caledonia Lounge WHEN: Wednesday, July 17, 9:30 p.m. HOW MUCH: $6 (21+), $8 (18-20)
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record reviews T. Hardy Morris: Audition Tapes
Dangerbird HHHHH A couple months back, Dead Confederate frontman T. Hardy Morris casually told Flagpole that his first solo outing was comprised of a bunch of songs he had written that simply didnâ€™t work in the context of his primary band. But from the time Morris began playing those songs around town, many suspected Audition Tapes would be a more considered affair. â€œYou remind me/ That weâ€™re not getting any younger,â€? Morris sings on opener â€œLucky,â€? a tune that chronicles the alcohol-driven downfall of its protagonist. Substance abuse and redemption are recurring themes on the record; â€œHardstuffâ€? urgently addresses them both (â€œLeave yourself alone/ And Iâ€™ll leave well enough aloneâ€?). Thereâ€™s a palpable mixture of faith and desperation throughout: the purging of darkness, the letting in of light. Audition Tapes was recorded â€œonto tape and late at night,â€? Morris said back in May, and its tales of hope and regret are intensified by Adam Landryâ€™s intimate, bassy production. Meanwhile, Matt Stoesselâ€™s pedal steel is the albumâ€™s emotional core, and though her vocals are often faint, Thayer Sarrano adds a certain subtle depth. (â€œBeauty Restâ€? is Sarranoâ€™s shining momentâ€”her spectral singing enlightens the otherwise reticent tune.) There are rare missteps. â€œShare the Needleâ€? is more rocking than the rest of the album (only here does Stoesselâ€™s steel feel incongruous); it might have worked better backed by Dead Confederateâ€™s trademark nu-grunge roar. Overall, though, Audition Tapes is a gem. Confronting demons, in life or on record, is a messy thing. That Morris handles it with such creative composure is nothing short of remarkable. [Gabe Vodicka]
murk daddy flex: MDF
Independent Release HHHHH At face value, murk daddy flex is just another bedroom hip hop producer with a penchant for freewheeling beats and skimming vibes. Dig a little deeper, and youâ€™ll find that Terence Chiyezhan is creating genuine old-school hip hop instrumentals with a modernistâ€™s ear and a Southern accent. Although there have certainly been forward-thinking producers tapped by
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labels like Stones Throw and Warp harvested from below the Mason-Dixon (hereâ€™s looking at you, Scott Herren), MDF maintains Chiyezhanâ€™s crooked color and unique voice, which will likely never lose its backwater character. Opening with a spaghetti western-sourced sample of slide whistle and cheap, dusty guitars, â€œMangosteenâ€? begins the set and sounds similar to Washington, D.C. producer Edanâ€™s psychedelic beats. The woozy bounce of the stringed sample is reminiscent of Broadcastâ€™s postmodern pastiche, with the dance-floor enthusiasm and swagger of the Avalanchesâ€™ edit-happy compositions. â€œCorianderâ€? and â€œTurmeric,â€? two early tracks that present the albumâ€™s pantry-herb-and-spice theme, feature a wobbled, glitchy take on Southern hip hop with a demented section of stringed accompaniment. Similar to Clams Casinoâ€™s 2011 breakout Instrumentals mixtape, MDF blends melancholic progression and nostalgic melodies with clean yet bombastic beats that seem custom-tailored for a backpack lyricist to sprawl all over. The album also throws in bizarre interludes and transitions to create a hazy, dreamlike mood throughout. The gauzy glue seals one of the best mixtapes to come out of Athens in recent memory. [Bobby Power]
Scab Queen: Brags/Bodies
Independent Release HHHHH /HHHHH Existing in a grey area of drone, post-industrial and electroacoustic murk, local outsider Michael Lauden records darkly compelling sounds as Scab Queen. Since the projectâ€™s inception in May 2012, Lauden has quietly released a string of bleak drones and processed tones, culminating in Brags and Bodies, two curt digital releases recently made available via Bandcamp. Brags, comprised of a single 24-minute track, is a black-metal symphony of industrial clatter and doom-affected pacing. Featuring guest vocals by Leo Ashline, the piece shifts in and out of genre, direction and delirium at any given moment until roughly the midpoint, when everything dissolves into a blur of sustained aural abuse. Bodies, released two weeks ago, streamlines the long-form hysteria of Brags and distills the hauntological visions down to five brief yet brutally vaporous transmissions. The title track sets the mood with an ethereal mix of sound collage, meandering guitar improvisation and hallucinatory effects, sounding like if DJ Screw and Philip Jeck collaborated on a remix of Candleboxâ€™s â€œFar Behind.â€? The tune resembles a hallucination or a misremembering of an experience rather than a concrete scene. â€œBird (A)â€? and â€œBird (B)â€? pick up the cleansed palette as a starting point for even deeper drifts; the echoing, folding drones resemble the work of Jacob Kirkegaard and the Touch Records canon of dark, droning ephemera. The suite ends with â€œWind Torn (A)â€? and â€œWind Torn (B),â€? two extended moments of brightness and looped beauty. Laudenâ€™s vocals make a sudden cameo as well, burrowing out a peaceful space rather than distracting from the bigger picture. [Bobby Power]
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In Memoriam: The public memorial service for local musician Herb Guthrie has been scheduled for Saturday, July 20 at 2 p.m. at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in downtown Athens. Guthrie passed away last month after a car accident in Uganda, where he had been on a trip with the missionary organization Church Planting International. Read more details about Guthrie’s work in Africa, as well as the circumstances surrounding his death, on Flagpole.com. [Gabe Vodicka] Duty Now For The Future: Tickets are on sale now for Drive-By Truckers’ back-to-back shows at the Georgia Theatre Aug. 23 and 24. Tickets are $25. Find ‘em at drivebytruckers. com. And if you happen to find yourself in Los Angeles on July 19 or 20, you can catch Patterson Hood playing a double bill of solo shows, with T. Hardy Morris opening. Their respective tours collide at this point, and what a nice bit of serendipity. In related news, Morris’ solo debut LP, Audition Tapes, keeps getting lots of well deserved attention (see review on p. 12). For more information, you can head to t.hardymorris.com. Right Round: What do you get the of Montreal fan who has everything? Well, how about a picture disc of the band’s 2004 LP, The Sunlandic Twins? The band’s label, Polyvinyl, is releasing the album in a limited edition of 535, and is taking preorders at polyvinylrecords.com/sunlandic. If you really just want to
of Montreal wait until there’s some new music to inhale, stick around until the fall, when the 11th of Montreal album, Lousy with Sylvianbriar, is slated for release. Of course, if you’re not even a fan but would like to bone up on your vocabulary, just find the band’s discography and start reading song titles. Oh, my, my, my. For all other info, see ofmontreal.net. This Room Is Occupied: The annual Camp Amped program at Nuçi’s Space is underway, and this means that the practice rooms are closed to the public Monday–Friday until 6 p.m. until Monday, July 22. Please note that all other services provided by Nuçi’s Space will run as normal. The Camp Amped Grand Finale show will happen Saturday, July 20 at 7 p.m., and it’s free and open to the public. Give the kids a hand and encourage the next generation of Athens rockers. For more information, see nuci.org. Correction: I’d like to take this moment to publicly apologize to Derek Almstead and his project Faster Circuits, which made its live debut July 3. Due to an error on my part, I reported prematurely that the show had
already happened. In the interest of y’all— and me—being able to keep better pace with the band, let me shout out again that you can find their sweet psychedelia streaming at soundcloud.com/fastercircuits, network with them via facebook.com/FasterCircuits and find their debut album, Tunes of Glory, on iTunes and other major digital retailers. Pro Tip: By the time you read this, Karbomb will have returned from a quick jaunt up the East Coast, taking their boys’ noise to any place that would have them. Although known colloquially as pop-hardcore, I’ve noticed a distinctly rougher edge around the band lately, as well as around compatriots Burns Like Fire, who have reworked some of their arrangements away from speedy pop-punk and into 1990s emo territory. For the uninitiated, it wouldn’t hurt you at all to check either or both out via facebook.com/karbombmusic and facebook.com/burnslikefiremusic. Summer Sweat: Hardcore metal lords Grim Pickins & The Bastard Congregation have undergone some changes recently, and are now to be known simply as Bastard Congregation. The current lineup features the all-powerful Zack Hembree, as well as D. Wayne Slocum, John Macbeth, Parker Bradshaw and Christopher Parry. In other news, Hembree’s other band, For The Vulture, made everyone smile wide and shake a fist or two with its Motörhead-inspired rock blasts a couple of weeks ago. If this is your bag, head to facebook.com/ ForTheVulture and be a pal. Both Ears Open: All-star shapeshifting musical project Emergent Heart released its full-length album via Mazarine Records back in May, but you can now stream it. All the tracks have been uploaded to youtube.com/ EmergentHeart and sound cloud.com/emergentheart. The contributing members number up to 24, and the whole thing is the brainchild of Luke Johnson (The Premonitions). The goal of the project is to promote suicide awareness and prevention. Musically, it’s all pretty dreamy, droney and blissful, so throw on your headphones and enjoy. For more information, head to emergent heart.com and facebook.com/emergentheart. The Last Word: Word came down this week that Athens hardcore powerhouse Gripe is officially closing up shop. Since forming almost three years ago, the band has not only become a staple in the Athens grindcore/ powerviolence community (and quite often its only member), but has attained acclaim across the globe via the underground community. This past spring, the band put the finishing touches on what will be its final release, In His Image. No news yet as to when that will see the light of day. Gripe plays its final show this Friday, July 19 at Max. Also on the bill are Macon’s Grinchfinger, Milwaukee, WI’s Falter and Harsh Words (featuring members of Shaved Christ and Gripe). Relive the memories via gripe.bandcamp.com and facebook.com/ gripecore.
MUSIC | Wednesday, July 17
What Cheer? Brigade, Timmy and the Tumblers, Mouser Farm 255 · 11 p.m. · FREE! What Cheer? Brigade is a big band—not necessarily in the Top 40/multi-platinum lunchbox sense, but in that the group boasts 19 people, all playing large brass instruments. A marching band of sorts from Providence, RI, the Brigade trashes the clichéd Lady Gaga medleys plaguing high school and college football fields and brings to life the audible worlds of New Orleans and Bollywood with masses of
in Madison. Founded in 1985, the guild has grown from a handful of individuals to more than 150, and while they’ve always maintained a presence in the community through their exhibitions at the Cottage Gallery, the new MAGallery is a significant step for the artists. It provides both room to display a wider range of artwork— everything from paintings and photography to pottery and leatherwork by 22 initial artists—and space for public art classes. The opening will be a chance to warm up the space and browse works from the inclusive and diverse team. Flagpole theme song winner Johnny Roquemore provides musical entertainment. [Brittany Joyce] MUSIC | Saturday, July 20
Carrie Nations, Future Virgins, Wade Boggs, Queer Wulf, Dark Rides 40 Watt Club · 9 p.m · $5
Carrie brass badness. Having released only one LP since its 2005 inception, the band focuses on live performances—sonic parties that could never be wholly captured on record, anyway. The novemdectet often infiltrates the audience, leading conga lines under bass drums and going absolutely nuts. Considering Farm’s imminent demise, what better way to bid farewell than with horns a-blaring? [Adam Barnett] MUSIC | Thursday, July 18
Andrew Cedermark, Tia Madre Normaltown Hall · 8:30 p.m. · $5
Let’s get this out of the way: Andrew Cedermark used to play guitar in Titus Andronicus. But don’t worry, Athens: there will be no racially charged controversy emanating from the songwriter’s show at 399 Meigs this Thursday. (At least, I don’t think there will.) Cedermark’s surprisingly great new album, Home Life, is a tipsysounding recording full of ecstasy and warmth. Its eruptive guitars and ambling pace, paired with Cedermark’s mumbly lyricism, create a perfect bummer-summer soundtrack. And, in case you forgot, Dead Confederate guitarist Walker Howle is still quietly plugging away at his Tia Madre project, whose output, like Cedermark’s, is unhurried and evocative. Lushes take note: like all shows at Normaltown Hall, this one is BYOB. [Gabe Vodicka] ART | Friday, July 19
MAGallery Grand Opening MAGallery · 6–9 p.m. · FREE! Growth is the key word for the Madison Artists Guild, which will soon open its new gallery space at 217 W. Jefferson St.
Carrie Nations was the undisputed face of Athens punk in the early aughts (what up, Tite Pockets?). Nations They named themselves after a radical prohibitionist, released music on Indiana indie Plan-It-X and burned out long before fading away was even an option. In its brief existence, the band’s hooky, lo-fi rock earned it more than a few devotees locally and beyond. Now, after an eight-year hiatus, like Jesus and Rip Van Winkle before it, the group has returned, rather unexpectedly. But we shouldn’t anticipate an extended stay—or should we? After first appearing adamant that this weekend’s 40 Watt show, which also features local punks Wade Boggs and a few of Chattanooga’s finest rock bands, would be a one-off, the Nations recently accepted a slot at San Diego’s Awesome Fest 7, happening later this summer. The band is coy: “As of now, we have nothing else planned,” says guitarist Andre Gallant. [Gabe Vodicka] FILM | Sunday, July 21
The Georgia Guidestones Movie Georgia Museum of Art · 2 p.m. · FREE! While Yoko Ono once described the Georgia Guidestones as “a stirring call to rational thinking,” many speculate that the monument points to a conspiracy reaching far beyond Northeast Georgia. In The Georgia Guidestones Movie, filmmaker Michael Reser explores every angle of Georgia’s own strange Stonehenge—a mysterious monument in nearby Elberton, the granite capitol of the world. Only 34 years old and commissioned under a pseudonym, the Guidestones consist of six granite slabs engraved with 10 guidelines in 10 different languages, all describing an “Age of Reason” for mankind. Narrated by Elbert County native Paul Floyd and scored by local musician Kyle Dawkins, the film comes through as a balanced look at the puzzling monument. [Brittany Joyce]
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COMEDY: OpenTOAD Comedy Open Mic (Flicker Theatre & Bar) Voted by Flagpole’s readers as Athens’ “favorite comedy night” in 2011 and 2012, this comedy show allows locals to watch quality comedy or perform themselves. Email to perform. First and third Tuesday of every month! 9 p.m. FREE! (performers), $5. email@example.com, www.flickertheatreandbar.com EVENTS: Tuesday Farmers Market (West Broad Market Garden) Fresh produce, cooking demonstrations and children’s activities. Offers double dollars for EBT shoppers. Held every Tuesday. 4–7 p.m. 706613-0122, www.athenslandtrust.org EVENTS: Oconee Farmers Market (First Christian Church, Watkinsville) Locally grown produce, meats, grains, flowers, soaps, birdhouses, gourds and more. 4–7 p.m. www.oconeefarmersmarket.org EVENTS: Personal Digital Archiving Day (ACC Library) Safeguard your personal memories. Bring storage media like a laptop and AC adapter, USB drive, cell phone and digital camera. Staff members will offer tips on how to properly preserve files. 3–5 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org GAMES: Trivia with a Twist (Johnny’s New York Style Pizza) Throw a lime in your Coors Light and compete! Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m. & Thursdays, 8 p.m. 706-354-1515 GAMES: Locos Trivia (Locos Grill & Pub) Westside and Eastside locations of Locos Grill and Pub feature trivia night every Tuesday. 8 p.m. FREE! www.locosgrill.com GAMES: Trivia (Fuzzy’s Taco Shop) Compete for prizes and giveaways. Every Tuesday. 8–10 p.m. 706353-0305 GAMES: Movie Quotes Trivia (Max) With host Cora Jane every Tuesday. Everyone’s a winner. 9:30 p.m. FREE! 706-254-3392 GAMES: Twisted Trivia (The Office Lounge) Twist your brain! Every Tuesday. 7:30 p.m. 706-546-0840 KIDSTUFF: Anime Club (ACC Library) Watch anime and plan out fun activities for the future. For ages 11–18. 6–8 p.m. FREE! 706-6133650 KIDSTUFF: Children’s Storytime (ACC Library) Listen to popular stories in the children’s book corner. For children ages 18 months–5 years old and their caregivers. Every Tuesday and Wednesday. 9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 SPORTS: Recreational Disc Golf Doubles Night (Sandy Creek Park) All skill levels of disc players are welcome, and discs are provided. Bring a partner or arrive solo to be paired up with someone else. 6–8 p.m. FREE! (w/ $3 park admission). www.athensdiscgolf.com
ART: Tour at Two (Georgia Museum of Art) Meet docents in the lobby for a tour of highlights from the museum’s collection. 2 p.m. FREE! www.georgiamuseum.org ART: Taxes 101 for Artists (Lyndon House Arts Center) The Athens Area Arts Council hosts a lunchtime session for artists. Learn about record keeping and deductions that may benefit freelance/creative careers. Bring a lunch or order in advance from Pulaski Heights BBQ. 12–1 p.m. $10. 706-206-3055, www. athensarts.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 and crafts. Live music at every market. 4–7 p.m. www.athensfarmersmarket. net EVENTS: Canine Cocktail Hour (Madison Bar & Bistro, Hotel Indigo) Drink and food specials for you and your (well-behaved, non-aggressive, vaccinated) dog! Every Wednesday. 5–7 p.m. FREE! www.indigoathens. com GAMES: Sports Trivia (Beef ‘O’ Brady’s) Test your sports knowledge every Wednesday night. 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-850-1916 GAMES: Movie Trivia (Little Kings Shuffle Club) Hosted by Jeremy Dyson. 9 p.m. www.facebook.com/ lkshuffleclub GAMES: Trivia (Choo Choo Japanese Korean Grill Express) Jump on the trivia train! Every Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. www.choochoorestaurants.com GAMES: Trivia (Willy’s Mexicana Grill) Trivia with a DJ! Every Wednesday. 8–10 p.m. FREE! 706548-1920 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! Every Wednesday. 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-1102 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 (Madison County Library, Danielsville) Different kinds of puppets help re-enact the fable The Ant and the Grasshopper. 2 p.m. FREE! 706795-5597 KIDSTUFF: Children’s Storytime (ACC Library) For children ages 18 months–5 years old and their
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caregivers. Every Tuesday and Wednesday. 9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 KIDSTUFF: Paint Party (Oconee County Library) Snacks provided. Ages 11–18. 6–8 p.m. FREE! 706769-3950 KIDSTUFF: Preschool & Toddler Storytime (Madison County Library) Includes stories, fingerpuppet plays, songs and crafts for literacy-based fun. For ages 2–5. Every Wednesday. 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-795-5597 KIDSTUFF: Puppet Show (Oconee County Library) Different kinds of puppets help re-enact the The Ant and the Grasshopper, Aesop’s fable about an ant who works very hard gathering food year-round to prepare for winter while a grasshopper sings and dances the days away. 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-769-3950 LECTURES & LIT: Talking About Books (ACC Library) This month’s title is The Yiddish Policeman’s Union by Michael Chabon. Newcomers welcome. 10:30 a.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org MEETINGS: Athens PFLAG Meeting (Aloha Center) Meeting of Athens Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. 6:30-8 p.m. FREE! 706-756-5428
Thursday 18 ART: Gallery Tour and Discussion (Lyndon House Arts Center) For the art exhibit “Ossabaw Island: Holy Ground.” 5:30–6:30 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3623 ART: State of the Art Discussion (Athens Institute for Contemporary Art: ATHICA) A discussion about local creativity and production. Participants include Spirit Cat (Ciara and JT Bringardner), Manda McKay and Tinker Lab Collective. Insect refreshments provided by World Entomophagy. Part of the Third Thursday art series. 6 p.m. FREE! www.athica.org, www.3thurs.org ART: Third Thursday Art Series (Athens, GA) Six galleries stay open late the third Thursday of every month for viewing exhibitions. Participating galleries include the Georgia Museum of Art, Lamar Dodd School of Art, ATHICA, Lyndon House Arts Center, Cine and the GlassCube & Gallery @ Hotel Indigo. 6-9 p.m. FREE! www.3thurs. org ART: Drawing in the Galleries (Georgia Museum of Art) Open hours for visitors to sketch in the galleries using graphite or colored pencils. 5–8 p.m. FREE! www.georgiamuseum.org CLASSES: Genealogy 101: The Basics (Oconee County Library) Discover family history with easy research tips and techniques to get you started. 12:30–2 p.m. FREE! 706-769-3950
Artwork by Sanithna Phansavanh is currently on display at The Branded Butcher. EVENTS: Line Dancing (Bootleggers Country & Western Bar) Countrywestern-style line dance lessons. Every Thursday and Friday. Come ride Pandemonium, the mechanical bull! 8–10 p.m. 706-254-7338 EVENTS: Reiki & Drumming Circle (Call for location) Reiki is an ancient energy system that promotes relaxation and encourages healing and balance. Contact for directions. 6:30 p.m. $5 (suggested donation). 706-490-3816, energypath@ hotmail.com GAMES: Trivia with a Twist (Johnny’s New York Style Pizza) Throw a lime in your Coors Light and compete! Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m. & Thursdays, 8 p.m. 706-354-1515 GAMES: Trivia (The Volstead) Every Thursday! 7:30-9:30 p.m. FREE! 706-354-5300 KIDSTUFF: Thursday Storytime (Avid Bookshop) Join Avid for books and games. 10:30 a.m. FREE! www. avidbookshop.com KIDSTUFF: Book Jammers (ACC Library) This month’s theme is Legos. Activities include stories, trivia and crafts. Ages 8-11. 4:30 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 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! www.georgiamuseum.com KIDSTUFF: Dig into Art and Music! (ACC Library) Join Jas Ingram, aka Captain Lovehandles, for art and music exploration. Learn how to draw cartoon characters and how to play music on almost anything. 10:30 a.m. FREE! www. athenslibrary.org KIDSTUFF: Teen Council Meeting (ACC Library) Teens can come together to discuss plans for the
ACC Library’s teen department’s collections and programs. Pick up application forms at the front desk. Ages 11-18. 4:30–5:30 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 LECTURES & LIT: Book Signing (ACC Library) Georgia native Karin Slaughter signs copies and reads from her new book, Unseen. 7–9 p.m. FREE! firstname.lastname@example.org THEATRE: The Sound of Music (Crawford School, Crawford) This retelling of a classic tale features a talented local cast including Margot Hitchcock as Maria. July 18–20, 7:30 p.m. July 21, 3 p.m. $12 (adv.), $15. www.artsoglethorpe.org
Friday 19 ART: Grand Opening (MAGallery, Madison) The new gallery space of the Madison Artists Guild includes works by 22 regional artists. Works include paintings, jewelry, stained glass, ceramics and more. Live music by Johnny Roquemore. See Calendar Pick on p. 13. 6–9 p.m. FREE! www.madisonartistsguild.org ART: Art Reception (Flicker Theatre & Bar) For a solo exhibition of colorful paintings by Jenny “Pepper” Bowen. Live music by Adam Payne. 6 p.m. FREE! www.flickerbarandtheatre.com EVENTS: Line Dancing (Bootleggers Country & Western Bar) Countrywestern-style line dance lessons. Every Thursday and Friday. Come ride Pandemonium, the mechanical bull! 8–10 p.m. 706-254-7338 EVENTS: Athens Showgirl Cabaret (Go Bar) A unique drag show featuring performances by local drag artists. 10 p.m. $5. 706546-5609
EVENTS: Lakeside Pool Bash and Volleyball Tournament (Lakeside Apartments) BBQ, games of volleyball and a pool party. 1–6 p.m. FREE! 706-369-1010, email@example.com KIDSTUFF: Lunch at the Library (Madison County Library, Danielsville) Free, healthy lunches, stories and crafts for kids ages 18 & under. Lunches for adults are $3. Pre-registration required. 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. FREE! (kids), $3 (adults). 706-795-5597 KIDSTUFF: Harry Potter Jeopardy & Film Screening (ACC Library) Play Harry Potter Jeopardy and watch a movie. Visit the Facebook page to vote for which movie to watch. Snacks provided. For ages 11–18. 4–6 p.m. FREE! 706-6133650, www.facebook.com/acclyoungadult KIDSTUFF: Friday Night Paddles (Sandy Creek Park) Experience the moon over Lake Chapman as you paddle around in a canoe or kayak. For ages 12 & older. Pre-registration required. 8:30–10:30 p.m. $8–12. 706-613-3631, www.athensclarkecounty.com/sandycreekpark PERFORMANCE: Athens Showgirl Cabaret (Little Kings Shuffle Club) A unique drag show featuring performances by local drag artists. 10 p.m. $5. 706-369-3144 PERFORMANCE: Burlesque Beta (Go Bar) What a tease! Open-mic variety show featuring singers, dancers, musicians and comics in the vaudeville tradition. 10 p.m. $3. 706-546-5609 THEATRE: The Sound of Music (Crawford School) See Thursday listing for full description July 18–20, 7:30 p.m. July 21, 3 p.m. $12 (adv.), $15. www.artsoglethorpe. org
ART: Live Glassblowing (Bendzunas Glass, Comer) The family-run gallery demonstrates live glassblowing. 9 a.m.â€“1 p.m. FREE! firstname.lastname@example.org, www. bendzunasglass.com EVENTS: Oconee Farmers Market (Oconee County Courthouse, Watkinsville) Locally grown produce, meats, grains, flowers, soaps, birdhouses, gourds and more. 8 a.m.â€“1 p.m. www.oconeefarmersmarket.org EVENTS: Wheelchair Tune-up and Wash (Multiple Choices for Independent Living) Bring a wheelchair for cleaning and tuning. 10 a.m.â€“2 p.m. FREE! 706-549-1020 EVENTS: Ice Cream Appreciation Day (Madison County Library, Danielsville) The Farm Bureau visits with ice cream and fun for everyone. 11 a.m. FREE! 706-795-5597 EVENTS: Memorial Service for Herb Guthrie (Redeemer Presbyterian Church) The late local musician and missionary Herb Guthrie is remembered by his friends and family. All are welcome. 2 p.m. 706-227-3344 EVENTS: Contra Dance (Memorial Park) Presented by the Athens Folk Music & Dance Society. Live music by Guiness Extra Stout and calling by Charlotte Crittenden. Free 30-minute lesson beginning at 7:30 p.m. No experience or partner needed. 8â€“11 p.m. FREE! (under 18), $7 (adults). www.athensfolk.org EVENTS: ASL Sign Language Festival (Georgia Center for Continuing Education) Activities, exhibits and presentations. 1â€“5 p.m. $5. www.georgiacenter.uga.edu EVENTS: Comer Farmers Market (Comer Farmers Market, Comer) Locally grown produce, honey, flowers, soap, crafts and more. Every Saturday. 9 a.m.â€“1 p.m. email@example.com, www.facebook. com/comerfm KIDSTUFF: Saturday at the Rock: Inside the Hive! (Rock Eagle 4H Center, Eatonton) Explore the bee hives at Rock Eagle and learn how bees produce honey. 9:30â€“11:30 a.m. $5. 706-484-2862 KIDSTUFF: Saturday Storytime (Avid Bookshop) Join Avid for books and games. 1 p.m. FREE! www.avidbookshop.com KIDSTUFF: Storytime (Barnes & Noble) For all ages. Children receive a free treat from the cafe. 11 a.m. FREE! 706-354-1195 KIDSTUFF: Splashdown 2013 (Bishop Park) Celebrate the 43rd anniversary of the moon landing with an evening swim under the moon, crafts, songs about space, astronomy activities, Moonpies and Tang. 7â€“8:30 p.m. FREE! 706613-3625 KIDSTUFF: Nature Trading Post (Sandy Creek Nature Center) Trade one or two objects found in nature for points or other nature objects in the centerâ€™s collection. 11 a.m.â€“12 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3615 MEETINGS: Clarke-Oconee Genealogical Society Meeting (ACC Library) Monthly meeting of the COGS. Newcomers welcome. 2 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 OUTDOORS: Naturalist Walk (Sandy Creek Nature Center) Join the SCNC staff for a walk around the property. Bring a camera or binoculars to keep an eye out for wild animals. All ages. Call to register. 10â€“11 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3615 THEATRE: The Sound of Music (Crawford School) See Thursday listing for full description July 18â€“20, 7:30 p.m. July 21, 3 p.m. $12 (adv.), $15. www.artsoglethorpe. org
FILM: The Georgia Guidestones Movie (Georgia Museum of Art) A documentary about the making of the mysterious granite monument in Elberton, GA. See Calendar Pick on p. 13. 2 p.m. FREE! www.georgiamuseum.com GAMES: Trivia (The Capital Room) Every Sunday! Hosted by Evan Delany. First place wins $50 and second place wins $25. 8 p.m. FREE! www.thecapitalroom.com GAMES: Trivia (Buffaloâ€™s CafĂŠ) â€œBrewerâ€™s Inquisition,â€? trivia hosted by Chris Brewer every Sunday. 7 p.m. FREE! 706-354-6655, www. buffaloscafe.com/athens GAMES: Trivia (Amici) Test your skills. 9 p.m. 706-353-0000 LECTURES & LIT: â€œStories From Childhood: From a Tiny Acornâ€? (Piedmont College, Meeting Hall) Writer Earnest Thompson interviews Rev. A.R. Killian for the second installment of the storytelling series. Killian, one of the first black policemen in Athens and a Korean War veteran, will discuss his childhood. Proceeds benefit Children First, Inc. 3 p.m. $10 (suggested donation). firstname.lastname@example.org THEATRE: The Sound of Music (Crawford School) See Thursday listing for full description July 18â€“20, 7:30 p.m. July 21, 3 p.m. $12 (adv.), $15. www.artsoglethorpe. org
Monday 22 CLASSES: Food Dehydration & Preservation (Oconee County Library) Denise Everson demonstrates how to dehydrate fruits and vegetables. Registration required. 6 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/ oconee GAMES: Trivia (Highwire Lounge) Athensâ€™ toughest trivia. $100 grand prize every week! All ages. 8 p.m. FREE! 706-543-8997 GAMES: Team Trivia (Beef â€˜Oâ€™ Bradyâ€™s) Win house cash and prizes! Every Monday night. 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-850-1916 KIDSTUFF: Infant Storytime (ACC Library) Designed to nurture language skills through literature-based materials and activities. Parents assist their children in movements and actions while playing. 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 KIDSTUFF: Drop-in Play (Oconee County Library) Play with age-appropriate toys and meet new friends. Ages 1â€“3. 10 a.m.â€“12 p.m. FREE! 706-769-3950 KIDSTUFF: Movie Monday: Juno (Oconee County Library) Snacks provided for this PGâ€“13 movie. Ages 11â€“18. 3â€“5 p.m. FREE! www. athenslibrary.org/oconee
Tuesday 23 ART: Athens Metal Arts Guild Meeting (Lyndon House Arts Center) Feel free to bring an original piece of work to share with the group. Meets the third Thursday of every other month. 4 p.m. FREE! email@example.com EVENTS: Tuesday Farmers Market (West Broad Market Garden) Produce, cooking demos and kidsâ€™ activities. Double dollars for EBT shoppers. Every Tuesday. 4â€“7 p.m. www.athenslandtrust.org EVENTS: Oconee Farmers Market (First Christian Church, Watkinsville) Locally grown produce, meats, grains, flowers, soaps, birdhouses, gourds and more. 4â€“7 p.m. www.oconeefarmersmarket.org
FILM: Bad Movie Night (CinĂŠ BarcafĂŠ) Former NFL lineman turned actor John Matuszak plays renegade cop Jake Swan, whose own renegadeness gets his partner killed by the cartel. Getting no help from the LAPD, Jake must break all the rules to get justice in the by-thebook 80s actioner, One Man Force. 8 p.m. FREE! www.facebook.com/ badmovienight FILM: Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World (ACC Library) A documentary about global culture and the progression of the Islamic world. Discussion to follow. 6:30 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 GAMES: Twisted Trivia (The Office Lounge) Twist your brain! 7:30 p.m. 706-546-0840 GAMES: Trivia (Fuzzyâ€™s Taco Shop) Compete for prizes and giveaways. Every Tuesday. 8â€“10 p.m. 706353-0305 GAMES: Trivia with a Twist (Johnnyâ€™s New York Style Pizza) Throw a lime in your Coors Light and compete! Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m. & Thursdays, 8 p.m. 706-354-1515 GAMES: Movie Quotes Trivia (Max) With host Cora Jane every Tuesday. Everyoneâ€™s a winner. 9:30 p.m. FREE! 706-254-3392 GAMES: Bingo (Rocksprings Community Center) For ages 50 & above. Third Tuesday of every month. 10 a.m.â€“12:30 p.m. $4. 706613-3602 GAMES: Locos Trivia (Locos Grill & Pub) Westside and Eastside locations of Locos Grill and Pub feature trivia night every Tuesday. 8 p.m. FREE! www.locosgrill.com KIDSTUFF: Summer STEM Series (Madison County Library, Danielsville) Excavate the chocolate chips from a chocolate chip cookie using archaeology tools. Children under 6 years old will need help from an adult. Pre-registration required. 6:30 p.m. FREE! 706795-5597 KIDSTUFF: Childrenâ€™s Storytime (ACC Library) For children ages 18 monthsâ€“5 years old and their caregivers. Every Tuesday and Wednesday. 9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650
Wednesday 24 ART: Artful Conversation (Georgia Museum of Art) A discussion on George Cookâ€™s â€œPortrait of Mary Hattaway Curry and Her Son, John.â€? 2 p.m. FREE! www.georgiamuseum. com 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, Hotel Indigo) Drink and food specials for you and your (well-behaved, non-aggressive, vaccinated) dog! Salty Dogs and Greyhounds for you; water for your dog. Every Wednesday. 5â€“7 p.m. FREE! www.indigoathens.com EVENTS: Athens Farmers Market (Athens City Hall) Local and sustainable produce, meats, eggs, dairy, baked goods, prepared foods and crafts. Live music at every market. 4â€“7 p.m. www.athensfarmersmarket. net GAMES: Trivia (Copper Creek Brewing Company) Test your trivia chops for prizes! Every Wednesday. 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-1102 GAMES: 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 (Choo Choo Japanese Korean Grill Express) Jump on the trivia train! Every Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. www.choochoorestaurants.com GAMES: Trivia (Willyâ€™s Mexicana Grill) Trivia with a DJ! Every Wednesday. 8â€“10 p.m. FREE! 706548-1920 GAMES: Sports Trivia (Beef â€˜Oâ€™ Bradyâ€™s) Test your sports knowledge every Wednesday night. 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-850-1916 KIDSTUFF: Storytime (Barnes & Noble) For all ages. Children receive a free treat from the cafe. 11 a.m. FREE! 706-354-1195 KIDSTUFF: Lego Club (ACC Library) Create some Lego art and play Lego-based games. No need to bring Legos from home. Ages 11â€“18. 4â€“5 p.m. FREE! 706-6133650 KIDSTUFF: Feathers, Fur and Scales Pets (Madison County Library, Danielsville) Claude and Janet from FFS Pets bring lizards, frogs and snakes to meet. 2 p.m. FREE! 706-795-5597 KIDSTUFF: Preschool & Toddler Storytime (Madison County Library) Includes stories, fingerpuppet plays, songs and crafts for literacy-based fun. For ages 2â€“5. Every Wednesday. 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-795-5597 KIDSTUFF: Improv & Charades (Oconee County Library) Showcase what makes you unique in a one-ofa-kind talent show. Includes awards and snacks. 6â€“8 p.m. FREE! www. athenslibrary.com/oconee KIDSTUFF: Childrenâ€™s Storytime (ACC Library) For children ages 18 monthsâ€“5 years old and their caregivers. Every Tuesday and Wednesday. 9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 LECTURES & LIT: Getting Started with Genealogy (ACC Library) A brief introduction to genealogy. Registration required. 6â€“8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650
Down the Line EVENTS: Fred Birchmore Glow and Go Aquathalon 7/27 (Bishop Park) 6â€“10 p.m. $30-50. 706-4333290, www.glowgoathens.com KIDSTUFF: Family Day: Fashion Forward 7/27 (Georgia Museum of Art) Tour the current exhibit and make crafts. 10 a.m.â€“12 p.m. FREE! www.georgiamuseum.org CLASSES: Learn to Compost 7/29 (Oconee County Library) 6 p.m. FREE! 706-769-3950 EVENTS: End of Summer Party: Southeastern Reptile Rescue 7/31 (Oconee County Library) 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-769-3950 EVENTS: Drinking Liberally 8/1 (The Globe) Happy hour for liberal thinkers to discuss current events. 7 p.m. FREE! www.facebook.com/ groups/athensdl
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THE CALENDAR! DADA TRASH COLLAGE Electronic music from Brooklyn, NY. HAND SAND HANDS Looping, experimental, psychedelic ramblings from Jonathan Miller, with drone and ambient leanings. Georgia Theatre On the Rooftop. 10 p.m. FREE! www. georgiatheatre.com ANDY D Eclectic, Indiana-based party jams. COUSIN DAN Atlanta-based electronic artist playing synth-based, “electro-hillbilly” R&B. LIL IFFY Hip hop group from Knoxville, TN. Go Bar 10 p.m. FREE! 706-546-5609 CULT OF RIGGONIA Experimental soundscapes with tribal, world music beats and ornate instrumentation. CULT & LEPER Creamy, dreamy prom-rock straight out of Boston. ADELYN ROSE Indie rock from Eau Claire, WI. MANS TRASH Solo project from Mercer West (Bubbly Mommy Gun). Little Kings Shuffle Club 10 p.m. www.facebook.com/lkshuffleclub TOBIAH BLACK Muuy Biien guitarist performs a solo set. GYPS Xander Witt (Muuy Biien) plays a set of ambient drone. DUDE MAGNETS Noisy chaos. HECTORINA Space-rock band from Charlotte, NC. DJ LOZO Spinning punk rock! The Melting Point Terrapin Tuesday. 7 p.m. $5. www. meltingpointathens.com APPALACHIAN RHYTHM A blend of instrumental and vocal tunes in the Appalachian folk and bluegrass traditions. Nowhere Bar 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742 TUESDAY NIGHT CONFESSIONAL Host Fester Hagood presents this week’s showcase of singersongwriter talent, featuring Michael Guthrie, Kristin Tinsley and The Daniels Brothers. 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 17 Boar’s Head Lounge 11 p.m. FREE! 706-369-3040 OPEN MIC NIGHT Showcase your talent. Every Wednesday! Caledonia Lounge 9:30 p.m. $6 (21+), $8 (18-20). www. caledonialounge.com MERCHANDISE Much hyped, this new wave-inspired experimental punk band hails from Tampa, FL. See story on p. 11. SHAVED CHRIST Punk band with members of American Cheeseburger, Witches and Dark Meat. RITVALS Junk-rock band featuring members of Muuy Biien. Farm 255 11 p.m. FREE! www.farm255.com WHAT CHEER? BRIGADE Massive and ecstatic New Orleans-style big band. See Calendar Pick on p. 13.
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TIMMY & THE TUMBLERS Tim Schreiber (Dark Meat, The LickitySplits) howls and spasms and literally tumbles over garage-y rock anthems and retro-inspired pop songs. MOUSER Exuberant garage-pop with horns that experiments with noise jams. Led by vocalist Colby Carter. Farm 255 8–10 p.m. FREE! www.farm255.com DIAL INDICATORS Local jazz act featuring Jeremy Roberts on guitar and George Davidson on tenor saxophone. Green Room 10 p.m. FREE! www.greenroomathens. com O ATHENS WHERE ART THOU A weekly bluegrass revue led by guitarist Bo Hembree and featuring various guests. Nowhere Bar Vintage Groove Wednesday. 10 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742 DWAYNE HOLLOWAY & FRIENDS Local percussionist leads a jam sesh. The Office Lounge 9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-0840 KARAOKE With your host Lynn, the Queen of Karaoke!
of punk/math/noise from Oakland, CA. DePalma’s Italian Cafe 6 p.m. FREE! 706-552-1237 (Timothy Road Location) REID STRIPLING Georgia-based singer-songwriter blending altcountry, folk, pop and rock, along the lines of Ryan Adams. Farm 255 11 p.m. FREE! www.farm255.com CANNERY ROW Country-rock with pop and R&B influences. THE SHOAL CREEK STRANGLERS Local roots folk duo featuring members of The Humms. Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m. $5. www.flickertheatreandbar. com US CHRISTMAS Band from the Appalachian Mountains that plays a unique brand of psychedelic, highvolume blues-rock. GENERATION OF VIPERS Sludge band from Knoxville, TN. Georgia Theatre On the Rooftop. 11 p.m. FREE! www. georgiatheatre.com THE BARLETTAS Local group plays cheeky, ‘60s-influenced rock with harmonies and honky-tonk overtones. MAX EVE Experimental solo musician from Atlanta.
passes classic Motown, funk, disco and both old-school and contemporary R&B.
passes classic Motown, funk, disco and both old-school and contemporary R&B.
Normaltown Hall 9 p.m. $5. www.facebook.com/ NormaltownHall ANDREW CEDERMARK NYC-based guitarist and songwriter playing sprawling, evocative rock. Formerly of Titus Andronicus. See Calendar Pick on p. 13. TIA MADRE Band fronted by Walker Howle of Dead Confederate fame, featuring Matt Stoessel, Ivey Hughes, Paul McHugh and Bryan Howard.
Butt Hutt Bar-B-Q 8 p.m. FREE! www.butthuttbarbecue. com JAKE DAVIS & DAVID MARTIN Members of the band Southfire play a set.
Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742 CAPTAIN GREEN Funk-fusion band from Baton Rouge, LA.
Caledonia Lounge 9:30 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18-20). www. caledonialounge.com FREE MOUNTAIN Local hard-rock supergroup featuring members of Hayride and The HEAP THE HONEY SLIDERS Steve Hunter, Ivey Hughes and Larry Acquaviva play rock and roll influenced by The Stooges, Black Sabbath, Sonic Youth and The White Stripes.
The Office Lounge Blues Night. 9 p.m. FREE! 706-5460840 THE SHADOW EXECUTIVES Get your fill of straight-up, authentic blues covers from this skilled Athens five-piece. This is an open jam and guests are welcome!
The Coffee Shop of Athens 9 p.m. FREE! 706-542-8990 RYNE MEADOW Talented instrumentalist and singer-songwriter playing everything from the mandolin to the guitar. His sound is heartfelt and melancholic with a dash of folk.
The Omega Bar 7 p.m. FREE! ($5 after 9 p.m.). www. theomegabar.com THE SEGAR JAZZ AFFAIR Local smooth jazz group led by DJ and musician Dwain Segar.
Farm 255 11 p.m. FREE! www.farm255.com LAZY LOCOMOTIVE Local group featuring members of Fuzzbucket, Juice Box and High Strung String Band.
Porterhouse Grill 7 p.m. FREE! 706-369-0990 JAZZ NIGHT The longest standing weekly music gig in Athens! Join drummer Nicholas Wiles with bassist Drew Hart and pianist Steve Key for an evening of original music, improv and standards.
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The Melting Point Motown Downtown. 8 p.m. $3. www. meltingpointathens.com THE COMMON PEOPLE BAND Athens party band playing ‘70s funk and disco classics. Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742 PEOPLE’S BLUES OF RICHMOND Up-and-coming band from Richmond, VA.
The Volstead 6 p.m. FREE! 706-354-5300 TRE POWELL Bluesy acoustic tunes with soulful vocals.
Caledonia Lounge 9:30 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18-20). www. caledonialounge.com MUUY BIIEN Local band plays ‘80sstyle punk rock that’s equal parts Minor Threat and The Fall. GEORGES BATAILLE BATTLE CRY Atlanta-based noise-punk outfit. REVERENDS Atlanta band fronted by singer Dandy Lee Strickland. TONDA New local ambient/post-punk group. REPTILIAN SHAPE SHIFTERS Auditory hallucinations in the form
Max 10 p.m. 706-254-3392 GRIPE Say farewell to this Athens thrash, grind and powerviolence band, known for the intensity of its live show. GRINCHFINGER Grindcore band from Macon. FALTER Progressive rock from Madisonville, KY. HARSH WORDS Local band featuring members of Gripe and Shaved Christ.
Ted’s Most Best 7 p.m. FREE! www.tedsmostbest.com BORDERHOP FIVE Local bluegrass.
Terrapin Beer Co. 5:30 p.m. FREE! www.terrapinbeer.com ZAC MARTIN Folk artist from Mobile, AL.
Buffalo’s Café 7:30 p.m. www.buffaloscafe.com/ athens WILDCAT BRIDGE Country band from Madison, GA.
Mama’s 5 Sons Italian Grill 6:30 p.m. FREE! www.mamas5sons. com TONGUE N GROOVE Rock and roll cover band.
The Office Lounge 10 p.m. 706-546-0840 ‘80s REWIND Playing the hits of the ‘80s.
Tapped 9 p.m. FREE! 706-850-6277 KARAOKE Every Wednesday!
Boar’s Head Lounge 10 p.m. 706-369-3040 LEAVING COUNTRIES Local singersongwriter Louis Phillip Pelot performs folk and country with the help of some friends. VINCENT THE DOG Local bluesrock trio. VALLEY IN THE SUN New local band playing classic rock and jam band covers, featuring heavy improvisation and exploratory jamming.
Green Room 10 p.m. FREE! www.greenroomathens. com BLUEBILLY GRIT Local 2012 Telluride Bluegrass Band winners perform originals and some surprising covers.
Nate Currin plays The World Famous on Saturday, July 20. Go Bar 11 p.m. 706-546-5609 KARAOKE Hosted by karaoke fanatic John “Dr. Fred” Bowers and featuring a large assortment of pop, rock, indie and more.
Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. FREE! www.hendershotscoffee. com WHOLLY TRIO New group featuring Carl Lindberg, Jeremy Roberts and Nic Wiles.
40 Watt Club 8 p.m. $5. www.40watt.com EFREN The local roots-rock band returned recently with new tunes and new members. DANGFLY! Local rock band featuring an all-star lineup, including Adam Payne, Shawn Johnson, Jay Rodgers, Scotty Nicholson and Adam Poulin. SWEET KNIEVEL This four-piece jam band plays a variety of musical styles ranging from melodic and psychedelic rock to funk and beyond. BEAUTY AND THE BEARD No info available.
The Melting Point Motown Downtown. 8 p.m. $3. www. meltingpointathens.com THE SPLITZ BAND This band’s impressively wide range encom-
Buffalo’s Café 8 p.m. $10 (door), $8 (w/ college ID). www.buffaloscafe.com/athens THE SPLITZ BAND This band’s impressively wide range encom-
Green Room 10:30 p.m. FREE! www.greenroomathens.com FAMILY & FRIENDS Homegrown folk-rock act.
Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m. www.flickertheatreandbar.com LITTLE GOLD Local trio fronted by Christian DeRoeck, formerly of Woods, playing garage rock with pop sensibilities. FORCES No info available. OTTERCAKES No info available. JEFF ABELES Atlanta-based guitarist and composer. Georgia Theatre On the Rooftop. 11 p.m. FREE! www. georgiatheatre.com STOKESWOOD A mellow, modern alt-rock band that experiments a bit with atmospheric sounds. JUBEE & THE MORNING AFTER Smooth, soulful hip-hop featuring local MC JuBee and his band of electric rockers. Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 DJ BLOWPOP Joe Kubler (Bubbly Mommy Gun) spins a set of tunes.
40 Watt Club 9 p.m. $5. www.40watt.com CARRIE NATIONS The beloved local DIY punk band reunites after a lengthy hiatus. See Calendar Pick on p. 13. WADE BOGGS Local punk band featuring Ian McCord (Hot New Mexicans, Carrie Nations) and lots of catchy hooks. FUTURE VIRGINS Noisy Chattanooga punk rock outfit that draws from bands like The Buzzcocks. QUEER WULF Defunct Chattanoogabased punk band, reunited for one last show. DARK RIDES Tennessee-based punk band. Bishop Park Athens Farmers Market. 8 a.m. FREE! www.athensfarmersmarket.net SEAN ARINGTON Local indie band. (8 a.m.) MANMADE MOUNTAINS Banjos from outer space. (10 a.m.) Bootleggers Country & Western Bar 8 p.m. www.bootleggersathens.com BRANDON HOLDEN Country singer from North Georgia. Butt Hutt Bar-B-Q 8 p.m. FREE! www.butthuttbarbecue. com LAUGHLIN Local male-female country duo. Caledonia Lounge 9:30 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18-20). www. caledonialounge.com SEMICIRCLE New project from Reptar drummer Andrew McFarland.
LILY AND THE TIGERS Gothic Americana outfit from Atlanta. DON COYOTE Outlaw country from Nashville, TN. Farm 255 11 p.m. FREE! www.farm255.com TALKING HEADS Cover band. THE DREAM SCENE Javier Moralesâ€™ lo-fi avant-garde pop project. Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m. www.flickertheatreandbar.com MAT LEWIS The Grape Soda frontman plays a solo set. GHOST LIGHTS Psychedelic punk rock from Atlanta. SPACE PARADE No info available. Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 BURNS LIKE FIRE Local, melodic punk rock band with anthemic vocals comprised of ex-members of Guff, Karbomb, and Celerity. 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 THE HIGHER CHOIR Homegrown Southern roots-rock inspired by the likes of The Black Crowes and Drive-By Truckers.
The Melting Point Motown Downtown. 8 p.m. $3. www. meltingpointathens.com GRAINS OF SAND This local band with a killer four-piece horn section offers up your favorite â€˜60s and â€˜70s beach and Motown music. Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742 NOMADIC Electronic-tinged jam-rock band from Boone, NC. NuĂ§iâ€™s Space 7 p.m. FREE! (donations welcome). www.nuci.org CAMP AMPED FINALE SHOW Session 2 of Camp Amped concludes with eight bands of young musicians showcasing the originals and covers they learned during camp.
The World Famous 8 p.m. FREE! www.theworldfamousathens.com KENOSHA KID Centered around the instru-improv jazz compositions of guitarist Dan Nettles, Kenosha Kid also features bassist Robby Handley and drummer Marlon Patton. The group is packed with music, mischief, general mayhem, and offers a sound far from the middle of the road, serving noise-rock fans and jam band listeners equally.
The Office Lounge 9 p.m. 706-546-0840 MATT JOINER BAND Local guitarist draws inspiration from blues and classic rock.
The Melting Point Terrapin Tuesday. 7 p.m. $5. www. meltingpointathens.com GRASSLAND STRING BAND New local traditional and progressive bluegrass group. CLAY LEVERETT Some of Athensâ€™ finest country music with an all-star backing band. MANMADE MOUNTAINS Banjos from outer space.
The World Famous 8 p.m. $10 (adv.), $12 (door). www. theworldfamousathens.com NATE CURRIN Folk singer-songwriter from Atlanta. JOHN FRENCH & THE BASTILLES Songwriter John Frenchâ€™s sincere acoustic compositions are backed by
Nowhere Bar 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742 TUESDAY NIGHT CONFESSIONAL Host Fester Hagood presents this weekâ€™s showcase of singersongwriter talent, featuring local musicians Holly Belle, Adam Klein and Kira Annalise.
pianist Steve Key for an evening of original music, improv and standards.
Tapped 9 p.m. FREE! 706-850-6277 KARAOKE Every Wednesday!
Down the Line 7/25 BABY BABY / WEREWOLVES / MAD AXES / MONSOON (40 Watt Club) 7/25 ISLAND FAR AWAY / CONNOR PLEDGER / RYE (Caledonia Lounge) 7/25 FAMILY & FRIENDS (Green Room) 7/25 SLOP FEST (Little Kings Shuffle Club) 7/25 CLAIRE LYNCH BAND (The Melting Point) 7/25 THE SHADOW EXECUTIVES (The Office Lounge) 7/26 COME / SUBSONICS / A (40 Watt Club) 7/26 VELVET RUNWAY (Buffaloâ€™s CafĂŠ) 7/26 TODD COWART (Butt Hutt Bar-B-Q) 7/26 TEALVOX / TEDO STONE (Caledonia Lounge) 7/26 JORDAN SEAL (The Coffee Shop of Athens) 7/26 HONEYCHILD / SEA OF DOGS (Flicker Theatre & Bar)
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