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city dope Broun Votes Against Cancer Research The money is much-needed, he said. Only 4 percent of the National Cancer Instituteâ€™s research budget goes toward pediatric cancer, and thatâ€™s spread among just 12 families. â€œThe advancements are coming at an incredibly slow pace, due to the extreme lack of funding,â€? Russell said. Jake is being treated with five drugs that are all at least 30 years old, and theyâ€™re the best ones available, he said. Fortunately, Jakeâ€™s prognosis is â€œfavorable,â€? Russell said. He responded well to chemotherapy and is learning to walk again after most of his tibia (in the lower leg) was removed in February and replaced with a cadaver bone. Others, though, are not so lucky. Cancer kills 1,545 children a year in the U.S. â€œIt is just unfortunate that our children have such a small voice in Washington,â€? Russell said. â€œI guess the reality is that Jake and others like him donâ€™t vote.â€? Pete McCommons
The Gabrella Miller Kids First Research Act, named for a nine-year-old with an inoperable brain tumor, would provide $126 million in funding for pediatric research over 10 years. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS) and highlighted by House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) as an example of good bipartisan legislation, passed the House 295-102 on Dec. 11. Rep. Paul Broun (R-Athens) was the lone Republican to oppose it. His vote angered one of his constituents, Randy Russell, a University of Georgia employee who lives in Walton County, and rightfully so. His four-year-old son, Jake, has Ewingâ€™s sarcoma, a rare bone cancer. Russell said he wrote to Broun asking him to support the bill and received a form letter in response. Broun then called to apologize and say heâ€™d do what he could. They even prayed together on the phone, Russell said. Compounding the insult, from Russellâ€™s point of view, is that Broun is a member of the congressional Childhood Cancer Caucus, whose mission is to â€œadvocate in support of measures to prevent the pain, suffering and long-term effects of childhood cancers, and work toward the goal of eliminating cancer as a threat to all children,â€? according to its website. Russell has a different definition: â€œa feel-good panel that gives lip service to parents and activists.â€? One of Brounâ€™s staffers explained to Russell that â€œwhile Dr. Broun supported the cause of the bill, he did not believe this was the right way to accomplish this mission,â€? press secretary Christine Hardman told Flagpole. Broun took issue with the funding mechanismâ€” redirecting revenue from a check-off box on tax returns that now finances presidential campaignsâ€”because thereâ€™s no guarantee the funding wouldnâ€™t one day be earmarked for some other â€œcause of the day,â€? which Hardman called â€œessentially fraud.â€? Russell, for his part, said he canâ€™t see any kind of back door that would allow the funds to go anywhere else.
Recreation Program Division Administrator Myla Neal reprimanded her for being â€œargumentativeâ€? and â€œcombative.â€? Flint said she was given a â€œtask listâ€? to complete and began working on that as she was helping to open the new tennis center. â€œWe were told on [Nov. 15] we were to open the tennis center,â€? she said. â€œWe kind of wanted two more weeks. We got the [certificate of occupancy] on the 15th, which meant I could move our stuff in. They said, â€˜OK, weâ€™re opening on Monday.â€™ Well, that happened
Kilpatrick said. â€œWe want childrenâ€™s programming, we want adult programming, we want [the Clarke-Oconee Tennis Association] to set up their leagues,â€? he said. â€œThat plan has not changed.â€? While he couldnâ€™t comment directly on Flintâ€™s firing, â€œthereâ€™s always a lot of issues that lead into a larger issue,â€? he said. Pat Sebring, athletic supervisor in charge of youth sports and facility supervisor for Southeast Clarke Park, said she hopes to fill the position by early February. â€œI feel bad,â€? Flint said. â€œI was really comfortable, and I loved that little place and I watched it grow. It was just so exciting watching that new place come together, but things happen. Iâ€™m moving on.â€? [Kristen Morales]
New Yearâ€™s Resolutions: Since this issue went to press before Jesus turned 2,014, I donâ€™t know what St. Nick brought our mayor and commission. But I did ask them what their New Yearâ€™s resolutions are, and the answers are below. Nancy Denson: Get elected mayor. Doug Lowry: DEATH TO SOLID WASTE! Harry Sims: Donâ€™t get talked into running for commission again. George Maxwell: Convince these fools in Boulevard to call me instead of trying to email or Twitbookgram or whatever. Donâ€™t Tennis Instructor Fired: they know Iâ€™m 75? Now that Athens-Clarke Countyâ€™s Allison Wright: DEATH TO THE shiny new tennis center is finally CLASSIC CENTER SKATING RINK! open, itâ€™s also looking for a new Jared Bailey: Get elected tennis coordinator to run it. mayor? Again. Jerry NeSmith: DEATH TO THE Less than a year after TENNIS CENTER! being hired as ACCâ€™s new tenKathy Hoard: Maybe save a Since his sled canâ€™t land on the dome, Santa devised this method to get to the City nis instructorâ€”replacing the historic building or two for a Hall chimney. privately-run Tennis for Life change before Iâ€™m outta here. programâ€”the Leisure Services Andy Herod: #$&!# Department dismissed Ann Flint on Dec. 6. about three weeks ago. The next thing I know, Kelly Girtz: Free bus rides and/or bring While her bosses wonâ€™t go into detail, Flint on the sixth of December, Myla comes in and Uber to Athens. said she felt set up to fail from the start. says Iâ€™m terminated.â€? Mike Hamby: Since downtown is the new Hired to run tennis programs at the The change doesnâ€™t affect the larger goal mall, turn Atlanta Highway into the new new Southeast Clarke Park facilityâ€”which of the tennis center, which is to provide prodowntown. opened eight months behind scheduleâ€”Flint gramming to a range of ages and abilities, said trouble began brewing this fall, when Internal Services Division Administrator Kent Blake Aued firstname.lastname@example.org
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capitol impact The Face of Food Stamps I try to remain cheerful during the holiday season, but it isnâ€™t easy when youâ€™re reminded how tough things are for so many people. I heard from a newspaper colleague in South Georgia last week whoâ€™s trying to raise five kids as a single mother and decided to request assistance through the food stamp program. â€œThree weeks ago, I swallowed my pride and applied for food stamps,â€? she recounted. â€œThis was VERY hard for me to do, especially because of my position in the community.â€? The food stamp program is administered by the stateâ€™s Division of Family and Children Services (DFACS). My colleague attempted to sign up for the program online, but ran into frustrating glitches with the computer system and was unable to get through on the agencyâ€™s telephone line. â€œFinally, about a week later, I went to the local office [which is only open three days a week due to budget cuts] and explained the problem,â€? she said. â€œThe receptionist had me write the correct information down and assured she would send it on.â€? But she was still unable to contact anyone by telephone to set up an interview, so she made yet another visit to the local DFACS office and was finally told by an employee, â€œIâ€™m sorry, maâ€™am, there is nothing we can do.â€? She was luckier than many people. Being in the newspaper business, she at least knew the name of her local legislator, so heâ€™s trying to help her get the situation straightened out. Even if she is able to sign up for food stamps, the assistance may not last very long. On Oct. 31, food stamp benefits were cut by 5 percent, reducing the average benefit from $1.50 per person per meal to $1.40. Those benefits could be cut even more by Congress. For families that rely on food stamps, it wonâ€™t be a very merry season. The same goes for nearly 43,000 laid-off workers who are receiving emergency federal
jobless benefits. On Dec. 28, three days after Christmas, these federal benefits will terminate because the two parties in Congress havenâ€™t been able to agree on extending them. Georgia once paid up to 26 weeks of benefits to jobless workers, but legislators cut that back to a maximum of 20 weeks and the payments could be as short as 14 weeks. We are one of the stingiest states when it comes to helping the unemployed. There are still many people, especially older workers, who are struggling to find employment as the state progresses through the worst economic downturn since the great depression. The federal jobless benefits helped some people keep body and soul together, but those payments will soon cease. I called the Georgia Labor Department and asked if there was any assistance the state might be able to provide to these unemployed workers when the federal benefits run out. â€œThere is no program in the state Department of Labor to help them,â€? an agency spokesman said. Itâ€™s a bleak picture and itâ€™s getting bleaker. The Georgia Budget & Policy Institute released this assessment of the economic situation in our state: â€œPoverty in Georgia worsened since the beginning of the recovery. Georgia is now the sixth poorest state in the nation, with its current poverty rate the highest it has been since 1982. More than 19 percent of Georgians, or 1.8 million adults and children, lived in poverty in 2012, compared to about 18 percent in 2010. Nearly 160,000 more people lived in poverty in Georgia in 2012 than in 2010.â€? As weâ€™ve noted in this space before, our governments are happy to spend tax dollars to build stadiums for the billionaires who own professional sports franchises. But to help our poorest citizens? Sorry, youâ€™re on your own. Tom Crawford email@example.com
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Nebraska, as usual, is a running team, racking up 2,660 yards on the ground this season, including 1,568 by junior Ameer Abdullah alone. Georgia’s run defense, meanwhile, is actually pretty good, giving up 148 yards per game, 42nd out of 123 Division 1 teams. (They were torched for 323 rushing yards by Auburn and 263 by Georgia Tech, but in both cases actually held those teams below their season averages.) Meanwhile, there are rumors that Bo Pelini is fighting for his job. The underachieving Husker coach spent the 2013 season engaging in a bunch of weirdly aggressive post-game pressers and defending himself against a leaked audio tape in which he railed against Nebraska fans, calling them “fucking fair-weather.” The program is, frankly, kind of a mess right now.
fter the emotional roller coaster that was the Dawgs’ 2013 season, fans might be forgiven if they’ve checked out. But Georgia has one game left, and pride, if not the national championship we all hoped for, is on the line. Besides, what else are you going to do with a champagne hangover on New Year’s Day, other than camp out on the couch and watch football while quietly cursing yourself? Champagne hangovers are literally THE WORST. Anyway, without further ado, here’s Flagpole’s Bulldog bowl preview, featuring, once again, your fake made-up questions. Sean Taylor / UGA Athletic Association
What a crappy season.
Wait, that’s not even a question, but yeah. Not to relive every agonizing moment here, but the Dawgs, who started the year as national title contenders—remember that?—lost to Clemson in the season opener, needed Yeah, definitely. Wait, what was overtime to beat pitiful Tennessee and that horrible popping sound? Oh, no. lost back-to-back games to eventual Do we even have a third-string quarSEC East champ Missouri (excusable) terback? (A quick look at the roster and lowly Vanderbilt (not). And don’t reveals that we do, in fact, have a even get us started on that ridiculous few more QBs to turn to in such a Auburn game. Has anyone seen safety situation, God forbid. One of them Josh Harvey-Clemons lately? He might is named Faton Bauta, which, come be in witness protection, or living in on, that is barely even a name. Does Africa with Jim Morrison, 2Pac and Hines Ward have any eligibility left?) Collin Barber. DAMN IT COLLIN. In short, NFL-bound senior quarterback Aaron Murray’s magnificence Not that we condone gambling couldn’t overcome a rash of injuries, (OK, we totally condone gambling), a mediocre defense and utter incombut Vegas favors the Bulldogs by 9.5 petence on special teams. It wasn’t points, and the over/under is 55. all bad, though. The Dawgs beat Steve While we think Georgia will win, if, Spurrier’s South Carolina squad. ESPN’s Hutson Mason’s New Year’s resolutions: win a bowl game and get Flagpole to spell his name right. HYPOTHETICALLY, we were to bet on “College GameDay” came to Athens the game, we’d take the over and Nebraska to cover the spread. More interesting: How many for a huge win over LSU. And Georgia beat forever-rivals Florida and Georgia Tech—the latter in times will the cameras catch Pelini saying “fuck” in his inevitable series of sideline meltdowns? double overtime—and for a few moments, all was right with the world. Flagpole Vegas puts the O/U at 12.
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What’s the line?
So, what bowl is Georgia going to?
Let’s talk offseason. Any pro prospects?
The uber-aggressively named TAXSLAYER.com Gator Bowl in beautiful Jacksonville, FL, at noon o’clock Wednesday, Jan. 1. They play Nebraska.
Wait, really? Again?
What channel is it on?
ESPN2 (“The Dos”). That’s 33 (or 721 for sweet, sweet HD) if you’ve got Charter.
Who’s this Mason Hudson guy under center?
Uh, you mean Hutson Mason, but fair mistake. He’s Murray’s career-long backup and the likely starter next season (shades of Joe Tereshinski). The junior from Marietta filled in admirably after Murray tore his ACL versus Kentucky, completing 46 of 71 passes for 648 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions.
Well, that’s good news, I guess. Doesn’t it seem like everybody’s hurt?
Everybody hurts, sometimes. In addition to Murray, tailback Keith Marshall and receivers Malcolm Mitchell and Justin Scott-Wesley (what’s with all the multiple-first-named players these days?) are out for the year, all with knee injuries. Are all knees secretly Florida fans or something? At times this season, it felt like the Bulldogs ought to play at Athens Regional.
Back to Nebraska. Are they any good?
Eh. Not really. They went 8-4 this season, but they play in the B1G, or Big Ten (which actually has 12 teams), a conference whose champion, Michigan State, would probably be the fourth- or fifth-best team in the SEC. (Yeah, we said it.) The Cornhuskers only played two ranked opponents—UCLA and the aforementioned Spartans—and lost to both. Georgia is ranked No. 22.
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Yep. Good memory. Georgia slayed the Cornhuskers 45-31 in the Capital One Bowl last January.
Well, Murray, obvs. But because of his injury, he won’t be able to try out for scouts at the NFL combine in February, another bit of terrible luck for the nicest QB in the biz. Still, expect him to be a steal for some lucky squad as a middle-to-late-round pick. Senior tight end Arthur Lynch is another draft prospect, as is defensive end Garrison Smith. Other than that, the Dawgs are short on proready talent. Mitchell, who missed most of the season, was widely expected to bolt, but the lack of playing time means he will apply for a medical redshirt instead and return for 2014. That’s good news for Dawgs fans. More good news: Sophomore running backs Todd Gurley and Marshall and receivers Chris Conley and Michael Bennett will also be back, meaning Hatson Muttson won’t have to shoulder all of the offensive load in his first (and only) starting year.
How are we looking next year?
Not too shabby. Coach Mark Richt has commitments from about a dozen highly-rated recruits in 2014, including South Carolina’s Mr. Football Jacob Park, who will compete with redshirt freshman Brice Ramsey to be the quarterback of the future. But the star of the class is likely Sony Michel, ranked by Rivals.com as Like any true Jedi, Chris Conley made his own the third-best high school running back in the lightsaber. country. Assuming defensive coordinator Todd Grantham gets his act together (if not, we hear Will Muschamp is available) and Richt FINALLY hires a special-teams coach, the program looks like it’s in good hands for several years to come. Oh yeah, and we have Chris Conley’s epic Star Wars lightsaber duel to look forward to! Help us, Conley-Wan. You’re our only hope. Blake Aued and Gabe Vodicka
Athens’ Favorite Musical Moments of 2013 T his is the second installment in Flagpole’s series of yearend music coverage. (We will conclude in the Jan. 8 issue with our Top 10 albums list). For this feature, we asked a selection of local musicians and scene supporters to recount their favorite moments in Athens music this year. Some responses have been edited for space.
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Great music docs at Ciné: Searching for Sugar Man, Muscle Shoals and James Booker [Bayou Maharajah]. Jim Willingham (Old Smokey) Even tectonic plates need a nudge now and then, and this year I felt a shift at the Go Bar, hearing Grant Evans conjure 20 minutes of pure sound-avalanche, narrative without glossia, a murmur, a shudder, a ghost. Don Chambers When Burns Like Fire played the rooftop of the Georgia Theatre with Less Than Jake and Anti-Flag; the three-day festival at Max featuring all of Jay Rodgers’ bands for his birthday; this year’s Athens Intensified, featuring the bassist from The Smiths; Monsoon; Television; and Jimmy Eat World. Josh Smith (Burns Like Fire) murk daddy flex opening up for DJ Shadow at the Georgia Theatre. 2013 was a breakout year for mdf, and it was awesome seeing one of WUOG’s own get an opportunity like that, backed by some solid MCs in Athens newcomer JuBee and HHHS’s resident MC, Mic-Audio, and members of the WU on the front line supporting him. Definitely a family affair. Akeeme Martin (WUOG)
Murk Daddy Flex at the Georgia Theatre Dancing to The Smiths with DJ Andy Rourke at Athens Intensified. Dan Geller (Twin Powers)
The emergence of Monsoon. They have more fun and enthusiasm about being in a band than I have had in a long, long time, and it made me want to have it again. Joel Hatstat
I missed a lot of events, living far beyond the city limits, but did manage to attend the Cloud Recordings Festival. Big Bad John Fernandes lovingly stitched together the local acts in a tapestry that was fun for all and all for fun. Here’s to hoping next year is extra cloudy. Zeke Sayer (The HUMMS)
It’s not a moment, but a movement, changing the face of the music community. Like always, there were many great moments in the Athens music community, but none were closer to my heart than hip hop gaining momentum and getting more (although still not enough) respect. For the first time in many years, hip hop in Athens is booming. From the pop mainstream to
The Our New Silence performance at the world-class Hugh Hodgson Hall in March brought together musicians of all types, from classical to indie rock. We all had the opportunity to compose original pieces using Kai Reidl’s and Suny Lyons’ Javasounds as inspiration, both musically and spiritually. Powerkompany
Josh Evans at the Flagpole Athens Music Awards Show
Mercer [West] booked an Athens-invades-Atlanta show at Star Bar in February with seven Athens bands. It really was an Athens party all night long… in Atlanta! [It was] memorable for us, because they stuck The Rodney Kings/Sad Dads downstairs while everybody else played on the stage upstairs. We felt like we finally made it in the big city in that little basement. Max Wang (The Rodney Kings)
into the mix. Life just keeps getting peachier. It’s strange how one simple act can start a snowball of events rolling, and for that aspect of the Athens music scene I am most grateful. Nate Mitchell
Three shows in the span of three weeks: Neutral Milk Hotel, Television, Peter Buck. This being my first full year as a parent, I’d really lost touch with many friends. Happily, I saw just about every one of them at (at least) one of those magical shows. Bill Benson (Team Clermont)
Sad Dads at AthFest was honestly one of the funnest, liveliest shows I’ve ever been to. Was it the sweat fumes radiating off of Athens’ better half that made me feel like I was experiencing something personal between dad and audience? Possibly. Or maybe the fact everyone (band, beer, buds) were all in unison singing the band’s happy anthem, “SAD DADS!” Sienna Chandler (Monsoon)
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Muuy Biien’s Josh Evans’ multiple disruptions at the Flagpole Athens Music Awards. Mike Turner (HHBTM)
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I was on duty at Wuxtry Records in late spring when this unkempt gangly dude thrust a CD-R into my hands but then immediately split, leaving me pondering his offering. After popping the disc in the store player, I was blown away by five balls-out, primitive garage-punk tunes. I noticed a phone number (not a website address or Bandcamp or Soundcloud, but a phone number) on the disc and decided to call it. The voice on the other end was Scott, who had dropped off the demo. Shortly thereafter I met the other Free Associates, Tim and Larry. I had several years’ worth of demo songs I’d recorded, so Scott, Tim and Larry quickly became my backing band, and we started playing out as Nate and the Nightmares. The same group of guys also played ‘50s and ‘60s cover songs under the name Swag Dick Cats. I started learning those songs as well, and the next thing I knew we incorporated Jeff Walls
original sounds coming from the underground, I enjoyed more hip hop shows this year than I have in a very long time. Thank you, Classic City, and stay tuned—we haven’t really even gotten started yet. Montu Miller
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always, there are a host of options for music in Athens on New Yearâ€™s Eve. Below are Flagpoleâ€™s picks for the best bottle-poppinâ€™ options on Tuesday, Dec. 31. Whether that bottle is Dom Perignon or Miller High Lifeâ€”well, fella, thatâ€™s up to you.
Gro/Conscious, JuBee and the Morning After, Squisch, Andy Bruh, Robbie Dude
New Earth Athens Âˇ 8 p.m. Âˇ $10 The most eclectic of all the New Yearâ€™s Eve shows takes place on Hull Street, where Latinjazz supergroup Grogus will team up with dub-reggae collective DubConscious for a set of worldly grooves. Funk-forward Athens transplants JuBee and the Morning After will offer up a set of their energetic, intelligent tunes, and experimental-minded rockers Squisch will jam the night away. In between and after the bands, a couple of #CrushTeamâ€™s finest DJs, Andy Bruh and Robbie Dude, will fill the dance floor with the high-octane beats theyâ€™re known and loved for. This one is a no-brainer. Go on and lose your brain.
DJ Mahogany, DJ Easy Rider
Little Kings Shuffle Club Âˇ 10 p.m. Âˇ FREE! Ainâ€™t no party like a Mahogany party, â€˜cause a Mahogany partyâ€”well, itâ€™s a Mahogany party. No other DJ in town is as adept on the ones and twos in terms of providing something for everyone. But that doesnâ€™t mean youâ€™ll get middle-of-the-road. Mahogany, who will be joined by partner-in-rhyme Easy Rider, crosses cultures and blurs lines with reckless abandon, segueing old-school funk into midschool electro-pop into bassed-out nu-skool hip hop jams into, I dunno, Lorde or something. Point is, youâ€™re gonna hear something you like and canâ€™t even slightly resist singing along to. And isnâ€™t that really what youâ€™re looking for on New Yearâ€™s Eve?
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Go Bar Âˇ 10 p.m. Âˇ FREE! If youâ€™re a fan of The Artist, there is no place to be on the 31st except Go Bar. The dudes that make up local Prince tribute act Dirty Mindâ€”members of Bubbly Mommy Gun, The Dream Scene and Half Acidâ€”sure love His Royal Badness, and they will let their fandom flags fly high with a set of slightly askew covers spanning The Purple Oneâ€™s legendary career. If youâ€™re a fan of Burt Bacharachâ€”and, letâ€™s be honest, who isnâ€™t?â€”you can rest easy knowing his catalog will also be celebrated, by oddball outfit Bacharach to the Future. Twin Powers and Z-Dog will fill your heart with joy with a set of pop-centric party tunes.
The Whigs, New Madrid, Velveteen Pink
Georgia Theatre Âˇ 8 p.m. Âˇ $17.50 Thereâ€™s no better option for rock and roll fun this Dec. 31, as the boys are back in
town and playing the Georgia Theatre. Now based in Nashville, onetime local upstarts The Whigs are still riding a wave of success spawned by last yearâ€™s LP Enjoy the Company. Interestingly, though, itâ€™s opener New Madrid that is poised to draw the most fervent crowd; the 2013 Flagpole Athens Music Awards Artist of the Yearâ€™s upcoming record, Sunswimmer, is already gaining momentum, garnering early buzz from Pitchfork and other such tastemaking outlets. Meanwhile, Velveteen Pinkâ€™s cheeky blend of electro-tech-rock is never not a blast.
Radiolucent, The Higher Choir
40 Watt Club Âˇ 9 p.m. Âˇ $11 Southern rock reigns and rings in 2014 at the 40 Watt, and itâ€™s sure to be a celebration: the Athens-area boys in Radiolucent serve up the sort of full-on, uncomplicated rock and roll blast that makes for a perfect drinkinâ€™ soundtrack. Last yearâ€™s Turn Me On and Turn Me Loose proved that the â€˜Lucent crew could hang with any current radio-rockers out there. If thereâ€™s any semblance of justice in the world, the bandâ€™s music will reach hundreds of thousands of ears before too long. Get in on the ground floor by being one of a few hundred to have heard it first.
The Dirty Disney New Yearâ€™s Eve Ball
Caledonia Lounge Âˇ 9:30 p.m. Âˇ $5 (21+), $7 (18â€“20) Local promotions agency Handpicked Artists Presents wins the prize for the secondmost wide-ranging lineup of NYE. Whether itâ€™s the full-band hip hop of longtime Athens favorite Showtime, the ska-inflected roots rhythms of Lowdive, the operatic alt-rootsrock of Dangfly! or the acoustic soul of Scott Low and the Southern Bouillon, youâ€™re bound to find something (or many things) you like at the cozy Caledonia. Whether the curious title of the event represents an encouraged dress code or is nothing more than playful inanity is anybodyâ€™s guess.
The Swinginâ€™ Medallions, The Mob Correllis Trio
Melting Point Âˇ 7 p.m. Âˇ $50 (show), $100 (show & dinner) A New Yearâ€™s Eve event for the more, erm, mature partiers among us, long-running regional pop outfit The Swinginâ€™ Medallions (once dubbed by Lewis Grizzard as â€œThe Party Band of the Southâ€?) will settle in for an evening of standards, including the groupâ€™s beloved 1966 hit â€œDouble Shot of My Babyâ€™s Love.â€? The funky, jazz-inspired Mob Correllis Trio will open the show, and several VIP ticket packages, which include dinner and a room at the adjoining Foundry Park Inn, are available for purchase if youâ€™re feeling frisky (or just wanna be safe). Gabe Vodicka
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movie dope Some releases may not be showing locally this week. • indicates new review • AMERICAN HUSTLE (R) Since 2004’s disappointing I Heart Huckabees, from which his on-set meltdown went viral, David O. Russell has been on fire. Could his latest film be his greatest yet? Yes; it’s certainly possible. A fictional account of the real life ABSCAM investigation that sent several members of federal, state and local government to prison, American Hustle, already nominated for seven Golden Globes, is set to rake in more nominations. Conman Irving Rosenfeld (a near unrecognizable Christian Bale) and his not exactly British girlfriend, Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams), are forced by an unstable FBI agent, Richie DiMaso (a sweetly permed Bradley Cooper), into conning the mayor of Camden, New Jersey, Carmine Polito (Jeremy Renner), and some of the scariest mobsters still living (enjoy the uncredited surprise guest!). Torn between his love and his beautiful, crazy, young wife (Jennifer Lawrence) and son, Irving has to come up with his master plan to escape jail and death. Russell has proven an uncanny ability to take a great cast and make them greater. American Hustle is a film made for ensemble cast awards; picking one standout nears impossible, though the film takes a hit during most of Bale’s absences. Go. See it. • ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES (PG-13) Much has changed since last we heard from San Diego’s top newsman, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell). He married co-anchor, Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate), and moved to New York City. But professional disappointment relegates Ron back to San Diego until he is offered the chance to front a 24-hour news network, the first of its kind. Ron returns to the Big Apple with his old news team behind him: features-stud Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), sports-guy Champ Kind (David Koechner) and weatherman Brick Tamland (Steve Carell). But they face new challenges from rival anchor Jack Lime (James Marsden) and Veronica’s new lover Gary (Greg Kinnear). The jokes might not fly as fast or as quotable as those of the original, but the narrative and characters are better. Carell’s newfound stardom after the first movie means more Brick, and surprisingly, that’s a good thing. A late detour into staged melodrama falls a
bit flat, adding unnecessary length, and the expected climactic battle gets too cameo-heavy with little comic payoff. Happily, the legend of Ron Burgundy is not tarnished by his return; only time will tell whether the sequel retains (or surpasses?) its predecessor’s rewatchability. AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY (R) Another adaptation of a Tracey Letts’ play (see Bug and Killer Joe) brings an all-star cast headed by Meryl Streep to Oklahoma. A family crisis reunites several strong willed women (including Streep, Julia Roberts and Juliette Lewis) on the family farm. Drama ensues. A top candidate for the year’s best cast, August: Osage County adds Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, Margo Martindale, Sam Shepard, Dermot Mulroney, Abigail Breslin and Benedict Cumberbatch to its trio of female leads. BAD GRANDPA (R) Much funnier and more poignant than one would expect from a production company named Dickhouse, Bad Grandpa expounds upon the “Jackass” sketch featuring Johnny Knoxville’s elderly alter ego, Irving Zisman. Knoxville and company capture people’s real reactions to the interactions of a naughty, oversexed grandfather and his eight-year-old grandson, Billy (Jackson Nicoll). THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY (R) Taye Diggs, Morris Chestnut, Terrance Howard and Harold Perrineau return as the former college pals audiences first met in 1999’s The Best Man. Now most are married and facing numerous grown up problems ranging from money to kids to illness. A wellappointed holiday movie clad in melodrama and mostly on target humor, The Best Man Holiday is the sort of film Tyler Perry has never quite made. THE BOOK THIEF (PG-13) A tale set in Nazi Germany and narrated by Death, The Book Thief stars Monsieur Lazhar’s Sophie Nelisse as young Liesel Meminger, who steals books. Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson star as Liesel’s foster parents, Hans and Rosa Hubermann. CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2 (PG) The animated family comedy, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, wasn’t quite one for which a sequel seemed necessary. Inventor Flint Lockwood (v. Bill Hader) is working for The Live Corp Company when he must leave his job to investigate
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claims that his machine is creating food-animal hybrids. This flick sounds like it barely escaped a direct to DVD launch. DALLAS BUYERS CLUB (R) Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto have been hogging a lot of the recent buzz for their performances in The Young Victoria director JeanMarc Vallee’s mid-80s AIDS drama. After being diagnosed with the deadly disease, a hard living electrician Ron Woodruff (McConaughey) overcomes his homophobia and attempts to beat the system while getting necessary medications for himself and others struggling to survive the burgeoning epidemic. (Ciné) DESPICABLE ME 2 (PG) When a new super villain steals a dangerous, experimental serum, the Anti Villain League enlists Gru’s (v. Steve Carell) assistance. Watching this kiddie flick with a kid definitely increases the appeal of the little yellow Minions, whose roles have been enlarged with their own spinoff in the works for 2014.
GRUDGE MATCH (PG-13) This Raging Bull meets Rocky is competing for Christmas Day’s biggest snoozefest. Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone star as two aging boxers looking to recreate the magic of their epic final tilt some 30 years after the event. Kevin Hart and Alan Arkin show up for ethnic and (more) aged comic relief. Not terribly funny, should-be-crowdpleasers are director Peter Segal’s “specialty,” if one wishes to be that kind. With Athens’ own Kim Basinger. THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG (PG-13) Peter Jackson’s first return to Middle-earth, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, did not disappoint, even if it failed to excite like The Lord of the Rings trilogy. The second Hobbit feature still feels hobbled by a feeling of déjà vu. Armies of orcs marching to war or battles against giant killer spiders are nothing new. But when Jackson takes us to new locales like Lake Town at the foot of the Lonely Mountain, where mammoth dragon Smaug (v. Benedict Cumberbatch)
Oh, it’s gonna be fun crossing Prince Avenue to get to The Grit. 47 RONIN (R) It’s hard to imagine this long-delayed action flick will make much of a dent at the box office. Keanu Reeves stars as a samurai (WTF?!) looking, along with a few other roaming warriors, to avenge the death of their master. Confidence is not boosted with the knowledge that this movie is Carl Rinsch’s directorial debut. Oddly, the script was written by Oscar nominee Hossein Amini and Fast and Furious’ Chris Morgan. FROZEN (PG) A young princess, Anna (v. Kristen Bell), must venture into the frozen wilds to save her sister, recently crowned Queen Elsa (v. Idina Menzel), who has lost control over her icy powers. Anna is assisted in her search by ice salesman Kristoff (v. Jonathan Groff), his reindeer, Sven, and a goofy, talking snowman named Olaf (v. Josh Gad). The narrative, adapted from Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Snow Queen” by Jennifer Lee, is as Disney formulaic as they come, and the animation shines without standing out. Nonetheless, the characters are winning and the songs are catchy. GRAVITY (PG-13) An astronaut (George Clooney) and a doctor (Sandra Bullock) must work together to survive in the cold, silent confines of space. Gravity is the most incredible special effects driven film I have ever seen. You feel like you are in space, which is simultaneously awe-inspiringly beautiful and coldly dangerous. Taking two stars and placing them in a disaster movie heavily reliant on special effects takes so much vision and control.
resides, the epic fantasy film reaches toward those heights of its predecessor. Smaug is a wonder, a massive work of CGI art. The climactic, fiery escape from the Lonely Mountain leaves the audience breathless, eager for the final installment, There and Back Again, due next December. THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE (PG-13) The Hunger Games returns, and its sequel, while more a formality setting up the series’ final, revolutionary entry, improves upon an original that was more of a visual book report than an exciting cinematic adaptation. After surviving the 74th Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) are the Capitol’s newest celebrities. But all is not well in the Districts, and creepy President Snow (Donald Sutherland) lets Katniss know it by putting her back in the next year’s Games. New director Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend) paces the film better once we escape District 12, and the Quarter Quell is excitingly envisioned. Largely dismissed as repetitive upon the novel’s release, the underrated Catching Fire successfully adds more wrinkles to the Suzanne Collins’ formula than its more straightforward predecessor. LAST VEGAS (PG-13) The comedy is funnier than expected, and the drama is worse than one can imagine. Four old friends—Paddy (Robert De Niro), Billy (Michael Douglas), Archie (Morgan Freeman) and Sam (Kevin Kline)— head to Vegas for Billy’s bachelor party.
Director Jon Turteltaub smartly lets his four strong leads do their thing, and they are an appealing quartet. They work well together, no matter how unimaginative the script. LONE SURVIVOR (R) The new film from underrated action filmmaker Peter Berg stars Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch and Ben Foster as Navy SEALs taking part in the failed 2005 mission, “Operation Red Wings.” While seeking to capture or kill a Taliban leader, four SEALs must tackle 200 plus enemy soldiers. MONSTERS UNIVERSITY (G) 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. OLDBOY (R) Oh boy, does Spike Lee’s Oldboy have some big shoes to fill! The second installment of Park ChanWook’s Vengeance Trilogy is ten years old and still sears the imagination of those who have seen it. Violently vengeful Joe Doucett (Josh Brolin) seeks answers for his seemingly random 20-year captivity. OUT OF THE FURNACE (R) After a tragic accident, steel mill worker Russell Baze (Christian Bale) faces more bad news as his soldier brother, Rodney (Casey Affleck), runs afoul of a meth-ed up MF-er named Harlan DeGroat (Woody Harrelson). Despite warnings from the local policeman (Forest Whitaker), who just so happens to be dating Russell’s ex-girlfriend (Zoe Saldana), Russell tackles Harlan head-on. Clumsy plot devices recur, but the tension of Russell’s sad world will suck you in. PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE MARKED ONES (R) Paranormal Activity 2, 3 and 4 writer Christopher “Son of Michael” Landon makes his directorial debut with this fifth installment, which cannot be much worse than the last. (PA4 was so bad.) A set of Hispanic victims must face an inescapable force, much like Katie and Kristi did. The trailer promises the sort of scares that made the PA series horror’s most successful franchise since Saw. A winter release could shake the series up a bit and provide audiences with a chilly fright. PARKLAND (PG-13) This rather unheralded feature recounts the chaotic day at Dallas’ Parkland Hospital on November 22, 1963, the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Zac Efron, Tom “Clark Kent” Welling, Billy Bob Thornton and Marcia Gay Harden star, while Paul Giamatti plays Abraham Zapruder, whose namesake film would captivate the world forever. Parkland is the feature debut of writer-director Peter Landesman. Athens native Mallory Moye, who appears in the film, will be featured in a post-screening Q&A. (Ciné) PHILOMENA (PG-13) Journalist Martin Sixsmith (co-writer Steve Coogan) picks up the story of the title character (Dame Judi Dench) who gave up her son years ago after she was forced to live in a convent. Often, the work of two-time Oscar nominated director Stephen Frears (Dangerous
Liaisons, High Fidelity) is well-received by critics. The vastly talented Coogan can be an acquired taste. (Ciné) SAVING MR. BANKS (PG-13) P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) meets with Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) himself during the negotiations for and the filming of her classic Mary Poppins. Apparently, the whole story was about her difficult Australian childhood and her own dad, who served as the inspiration for Mr. Banks. It looks like director John Lee Hancock has got another crowd pleasing hit on his hands. l THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY (PG) Ben Stiller takes on James Thurber’s classic short story about a regular Joe who daydreams of a more exciting life. (Danny Kaye played Walter Mitty in the 1947 version.) Stiller directs and stars as the titular dreamer, who discovers a real life adventure after his job is threatened. Kristen Wiig costars as Walter’s love interest, and Adam Scott is his workplace antagonist. Stiller’s presence in front of and behind the camera is intriguing, but something about the film seems too manufactured, at least according to the trailer. THOR: THE DARK WORLD (PG-13) The movie’s generic plot—an evil villain seeks to destroy the universe— and its science fiction aesthetic resemble an even-numbered Star Trek movie more than a Marvel superhero feature. With frequent “Game of Thrones” director Alan Taylor at the helm, the movie’s Asgard could have benefitted from a grittier, Westeros look. Oddly enough, what seemed like a weakness of the first film—Thor’s unpowered banishment to Earth—is exactly what’s missing from its sequel. Thor: The Dark World simply becomes more entertaining when the action leaves Asgard. TYLER PERRY’S A MADEA CHRISTMAS (PG-13) The biggest Madea misfire since Meet the Browns, A Madea Christmas gives off the whiff of expired made-for-TV eggnog. Perry’s merrily mischievous matron travels to Alabama with the worst character Perry has yet created, Eileen (Anna Maria Horsford). Eileen’s daughter, Lacey (Tika Sumpter), is hiding her new marriage to Conner (Eric Lively), who is white, and her mother’s interactions with his likable redneck parents, Buddy and Kim (Larry the Cable Guy and Kathy Najimy), are offensively rude. A Madea Christmas is simply an ugly movie that would look weak even against The Hallmark Channel original holiday fare. Unprofessional acting (check out the horrendous accents) and weak writing marked by outdated jokes about the small town South offend and disappoint. WALKING WITH DINOSAURS 3D (PG) Seventy million years ago during the Cretaceous period, three Pachyrhinosaurus pals—Patchi (v. Justin Long), Scowler (v. Skyler Stone) and Juniper (v. Tiya Sircar)—grow up together and struggle to survive. The film resembles a live action, computer generated hybrid version of the classic kiddie cartoon, The Land Before Time. John Leguizamo lends his voice to narrator Alex, an Alexornis bird symbiotically bonded with the dino protagonists. THE WOLF OF WALL STREET (R) Martin Scorsese’s longest film yet stars his latest muse, Leonardo DiCaprio, as Jordan Belfort, who rose from wealthy stockbroker, greedily feeding off the 1980s teat, to federal prisoner, convicted as part of a 1990s securities racket. Matthew McConaughey practically steals the preview, and the rest of the cast includes Jonah Hill, Kyle Chandler, Rob Reiner and many more. A Scorsese-DiCaprio team-up finally got the legend his Oscar; is it Leo’s turn? Drew Wheeler
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Caledonia Lounge · 9:30 p.m. · $5 (21+), $7 (18–20) A sleeper standout of 2013, local songwriter Kristine Leschper crafts breathtakingly fragile folk songs as Mothers. Leschper’s expressive, amorphous vocal delivery lends her music an indeterminate feel, though the simplicity of her setup—voice, guitar—and lack of effects creates an immediacy not found in the work of acts like Grouper. The other bands on the bill are also worth checking out. The new brainchild of George Huntington, and featuring members of New Wives and Dana Swimmer, Padre plays a playful and purposeful brand of college-rock. Local El Hollín continues to ply its indie-folk trade with increasingly impressive results. Places to Hide is a name to know: the highly lyrical, noise-inflected guitar-pop showcased on the Atlanta-based group’s debut LP hints at big things to come. [Gabe Vodicka] MUSIC | Saturday, Dec. 28
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Daniel Lee Band, Erica Sunshine Lee, Otherside of Homer, Ashley Rivera
Georgia Theatre · 8 p.m. · $8 Talented Elberton native Erica Sunshine Lee continues to inspire ambivalence. She rather awkwardly straddles the line between astute commentary and radio-pandering fluff; her most recent album, I’m Still Me, featured a few legitimately incisive tunes but was also bogged down by formulaic schlock (“Put Some South in Your Mouth”). Lee will celebrate the release of her new LP, the thornily titled The South Will Rise Again, Saturday, Dec. 28 at the Georgia Theatre. For her sake and ours, let’s hope it’s just a clever name. [Gabe Vodicka] ART | Tuesday, Dec. 31
Stan Mullins’ “Archives” Opening Reception
Flicker Theatre and Bar · 6–9 p.m. · FREE! For the first time in a long while, Stan Mullins will display works outside of his home studio in “Archives,” an appropriately titled exhibit of paintings created over the past decade, displayed alongside information regarding a few of his larger forthcoming projects. While inspired by travels to Italy, Japan and Africa, Mullins’ major influence comes from Renaissance masters. He says, “For me, they sum up the role of the artist as an innovative thinker, creator and philosopher. They also lived a life of passion for their creativity and joy of living.” Epitomizing versatility, Mullins’ works range from marble, bronze and metal
sculptures, oil and watercolor paintings, graphic illustration and set designs. “Art is a song or dance of sorts,” he says, “it can be done in solitude, but it’s best when shared.” [Jessica Smith] MUSIC | Saturday, Jan. 4
Garbage Island, Terrarium, The 19th Brood, Small Group Improvs
40 Watt Club · 9 p.m. · $5 One year and a day to the date local experimental guitarist Craig Lieske passed away, his band Garbage Island will convene for a commemorative set of ecstatic free-noise. Founding member and former resident Mark Kaczmarek will fly in from France for the occasion, and the supporting acts will offer something special, too. Circulatory System, undercover as Terrarium, will perform a set of improvisational madness. The 19th Brood, a collaboration between Don Chambers and Lukas Cane, will experiment with guitars and tapes. And a revolving selection of local musicians will collaborate on a series of short improvisations. Those who knew
Erica Sunshine Lee Lieske will agree this show would have been exactly his style. [Gabe Vodicka] MUSIC | Saturday, Jan. 4 & Tuesday, Jan 7
Hendershot’s Coffee Bar · 8 p.m. · TBA Nowhere Bar · 9 p.m. · FREE! At the behest of local promoter (and The Hut talent buyer) Mo Lutz, the Humboldt County, CA-based blues guitarist and singer-songwriter Anna Hamilton is in Athens for a monthlong residency that will find her at two local venues during the first week of January. On Saturday, Jan. 4., you can catch the captivating Hamilton, who has been performing in some capacity since her teenage years, having shared the stage with a bevy of blues legends, at Hendershot’s. The following Tuesday at Nowhere Bar, she’ll perform as part of Fester Hagood’s ongoing Tuesday Night Confessional series. Political types should be sure to chat Hamilton up: she is a longtime radio talk show host and a wellknown marijuana activist. [Gabe Vodicka]
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FILM: Parkland with Actor Mallory Moye (Ciné Barcafé) Parkland recounts the tragic day President John F. Kennedy was assinated by using the perspectives of those who witnessed the event first hand like the doctors at Parkland Hospital, the Dallas Secret Service, the cameraman who filmed the event, the brother of Lee Harvey Oswold and JFK’s security team. Followed by a Q&A with Athens native and actor featured in the film, Mallory Moye. 7:30 p.m. $12. www. athenscine.com
GAMES: Trivia (Highwire Lounge) Athens’ toughest trivia. $100 grand prize every week! All ages. 8 p.m. FREE! 706-543-8997 GAMES: Team Trivia (Beef ‘O’ Brady’s) Win house cash and prizes! Every Monday night. 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-850-1916 KIDSTUFF: Baking Soda Weirdness (Madison County Library, Danielsville) Tweens will discover the wonders of baking soda through several fun science experiments. 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706795-5597
CLASSES: Salsa Dance Classes (Little Kings Shuffle Club) Cuban-style salsa dance classes with SALSAthens. No partner necessary. Beginners welcome. Every Wednesday. 6:30-7:30 p.m. (intermediate), 7:30-8:30 p.m. (beginners). $10 (incl. drink). www. facebook.com/salsaathens GAMES: Trivia (Copper Creek Brewing Company) Grab a pint and test your trivia chops for prizes! Every Wednesday. 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-1102 GAMES: Sports Trivia (Beef ‘O’ Brady’s) Test your sports knowledge every Wednesday night. 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-850-1916
EVENTS: Ladies Night Dance Party (Sundown Saloon) Hosed by DJ Lynn Carson. 8 p.m. FREE! 706248-0894
ART: Opening Reception (Flicker Theatre & Bar) For new artwork by Stan Mullins. See Calendar Pick on p. 10. 6–9 p.m. FREE! www.flickertheatreandbar.com EVENTS: New Year’s at Noon (Sandy Creek Nature Center) Activities include crafts, games, outdoor activities and a celebration at noon. For ages 4–12. 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. $5–9. www. athensclarkecounty.com/sandycreeknaturecenter KIDSTUFF: Noon Year’s Eve Party (Madison County Library, Danielsville) This year’s theme is Japan and manga. Eat Japanese New Year’s snacks, watch an anime film and make crafts. 12 p.m. FREE! 706-795-5597
Sunday 29 GAMES: Trivia (Buffalo’s Café) “Brewer’s Inquisition,” 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 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
Thursday 2 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 MEETINGS: Oconee Rivers Audubon Society (Sandy Creek Nature Center) This meeting features a screening The Ordinary Extraordinary Junco, a documentary film that explores the important role of this common bird in research. 7 p.m. FREE! www.oconeeriversaudubon.org
Artwork by Brian MacBeth is currently on display at Walker’s Coffee and Pub through January.
Friday 3 KIDSTUFF: Cheering the New Year (Memorial Park) Each hour, children enrolled in Kindergarten through 5th grade will ring in the New Year by exploring a different culture that uniquely commemorates the new start. This entertaining program is held on a day when all
of the Clarke County School District schools are not in session. Please register by Dec. 30. 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. $15–23. www.athensclarkecounty.com/camps KIDSTUFF: Back to School Duct Tape Journals (Madison County Library, Danielsville) Tweens will learn how to create unique journals using duct tape. 3 p.m. $1. 706795-5597
Saturday 4 ART: Cameron Hampton Workshop Series (OCAF, Watkinsville) This workshop series in pastel portrait painting is for beginner through advanced level students. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. $75. www. ocaf.com
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CLASSES: Sweet Retreatâ€™s Little Sister Bag (Sewcial Studio) Learn to make this roomy weekend travel bag. Date of second class to be determined by teacher and students. 10 a.m.â€“4 p.m. $75. 706-247-6143 EVENTS: Naturalistâ€™s Walk (Sandy Creek Nature Center) Take a hike around the property in search of seasonal happenings. Participants are encouraged to bring a camera and binoculars. 10â€“11 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3615 EVENTS: Bring One for the Chipper (Multiple Locations) Bring an undecorated Christmas tree to be â€œtree-cycledâ€? and receive a free tree seedling. Drop-off locations include Coferâ€™s Home and Garden Showplace, Clarke Middle School, Sandy Creek Nature Center and Chase Street Elementary School. 9 a.m.â€“1 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3501
Sunday 5 ART: Run to the Sun 1983: Photography by Roy Shearer (CinĂŠ BarcafĂŠ) Local media journalist and filmmaker Andrew Shearer
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levels. For ages 10â€“18. Registration required. 4â€“5:30 p.m. FREE! 706613-3650, ext. 329
Tuesday 7 GAMES: Trivia with a Twist (Johnnyâ€™s New York Style Pizza) See Thursday listing for full description Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m. & Thursdays, 8 p.m. 706-354-1515 GAMES: Trivia (Fuzzyâ€™s Taco Shop) Compete for prizes and giveaways. Every Tuesday. 8â€“10 p.m. 706353-0305 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
Wednesday 8 ART: Artful Conversation (Georgia Museum of Art) Join Carissa DiCindio, curator of education, for an in-depth discussion of Louis BouchĂŠâ€™s painting, â€œItaly.â€? 2 p.m. FREE! www.georgiamuseum.org
GAMES: Trivia with a DJ (Your Pie) (Eastside location) Open your pie hole for a chance to win cash prizes. 7 p.m. FREE! www.yourpie.com GAMES: Sports Trivia (Beef â€˜Oâ€™ Bradyâ€™s) Test your sports knowledge every Wednesday night. 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-850-1916 GAMES: Dirty Nerds Trivia (Crowâ€™s Nest) Trivia every Wednesday with host Todd Kelly. 10 p.m. FREE! www. facebook.com/dirtybirdsath 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 KIDSTUFF: Outside the Box (Lay Park) Homeschooled children explore topics like first aid, babysitting basics and healthy living. 10 a.m.â€“12 p.m. $3â€“5. www.athensclarkecounty.com/lay KIDSTUFF: Owl Be Your Homework Helper (ACC Library) Fourth through sixth graders can be tutored by seventh graders in math, science, social studies and language arts. Wednesdays through November. 4â€“5 p.m. FREE! 706613-3650 PERFORMANCE: Resident Accompanist Recital (UGA Ramsey Concert Hall) Hugh
Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 YULETIDE KARAOKE Hosted by karaoke fanatic John â€œDr. Fredâ€? Bowers and featuring a large assortment of pop, rock, indie and more.
Hodgson School of Music resident accompanist Anatoly Sheludyakov will perform works by Carl Tausig, Johann Strauss, Jr., Alfred Grunfeld and Erno Dohnanyi. 8 p.m. $5 (w/ student ID), $10. 706-542-4400, www.pac.uga.edu
ZARA SKY Spanish-born, Atlantabased singer-songwriter. JONATHON ROBINS Poppy singersongwriter from Atlanta.
The Office Lounge 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-0840 CARLA LE FEVERâ€™S LOUNGE LIZARD JAM PARTY Local singer hosts an open full-rock jam. P.A., drums, bass rig, keyboards and guitar amps set up and ready to go. Please bring your guitars and sticks. Every Thursday!
Friday 27 Butt Hutt Bar-B-Q 8 p.m. FREE! www.butthuttbarbecue. com BRANDON WHITLEY Young singer-songwriter playing originals as well as classic rock, Southern rock, country, alternative and blues covers. Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m. www.flickertheatreandbar.com CAITLIN MARIE BELL Folky singersongwriter from New York City with a haunting, expressive voice.
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Paintings by Cody Murray are currently on display at Republic Salon. presents a slide show of photography by his late father, Roy Shearer. Kept in a trunk for over 30 years, this collection of images chronicles a wild weekend in 1983 full of bikers, babes and beer. 3 p.m. FREE! www. athenscine.com
Monday 6 EVENTS: PFLAG Meeting (The Coffee Shop of Athens) A support group for parents, family members and friends of the LGBTQ community. Meetings are held on the first Monday of each month. 6:30â€“8 p.m. FREE! firstname.lastname@example.org GAMES: Trivia (Highwire Lounge) Grab some friends and compete in 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: Open Chess Play for Teens (ACC Library) Teen chess players of all skill levels can play matches and learn from members of the local Chess and Community Players, who will be on hand to assist players and help build skill
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CLASSES: Salsa Dance Classes (Little Kings Shuffle Club) Cuban-style salsa dance classes with SALSAthens. No partner necessary. Beginners welcome. Every Wednesday. 6:30-7:30 p.m. (intermediate), 7:30-8:30 p.m. (beginners). $10 (incl. drink). www. facebook.com/salsaathens CLASSES: Buddhist Teachings (Body, Mind & Spirit) Learn how to apply the teaching of Buddha to end suffering and bring peace to your life. Every Wednesday. 6 p.m. Donations accepted. 706-351-6024 EVENTS: Rabbit Box, Jr. (The Melting Point) This monthâ€™s theme is â€œThe Year is Young,â€? and, for the first time, will showcase youth storytellers that are students at W.R. Coile Middle School, Cedar Shoals High School and Clarke Central High School. All ages. 6 p.m. $5. www. meltingpointathens.com GAMES: Trivia (Copper Creek Brewing Company) Test your trivia chops for prizes! Every Wednesday. 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-1102 GAMES: Trivia (Choo Choo Japanese Korean Grill Express) Jump on the trivia train! Win house cash prizes with host Todd Kelly. Every Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. www.choochoorestaurants.com
LIVE MUSIC Tuesday 24 Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 DJ MARK MOBLEY Spinning classic Christmas tunes, lounge and mambo! Sundown Saloon 9 p.m. FREE! 706-850-1180 OPEN MIC NIGHT Grab your guitar! Full PA, drums and amps provided. Every Tuesday.
Thursday 26 Dirty Birds 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-7050 BLESS THE MIC Open mic and karaoke night. Every Thursday!
Georgia Theatre 9 p.m. $10. www.georgiatheatre.com BLOODKIN The long-running Athens quartet plays a bluesy style of roots-rock music with big guitars and sharply written lyrics for darkly countrified bar-room rock. Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 MADELINE Bell-voiced songwriter Madeline Adams plays endearing songs of smalltown loves, hopes and other assorted torments and joys. THEO HILTON Nana Grizol frontman returns to town to play a solo set of tunes. DJ MAHOGANY Popular local DJ spins freaky funk, sultry soul, righteous R&B and a whole lotta unexpected faves for your booty shakinâ€™ pleasure. Hendershotâ€™s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. www.hendershotscoffee.com THE GREEN FLAG BAND Playing traditional Irish music.
Little Kings Shuffle Club 10 p.m. FREE! www.facebook.com/ lkshuffleclub THE FUZZLERS Ever-evolving local punk band. â€œFoam-core goof-punk with an interactive live show.â€? SCUMBAG DAD Tallahassee, FL-based slop-punk band. SIDE LEG â€œNew weird-core band.â€?
The Office Lounge 9 p.m. 706-546-0840 GLENN ATHEN Country singersongwriter from Comer, GA.
The Melting Point 8 p.m. $8 (adv.), $10 (door). 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 ANDREW SCOTCHIE AND THE RIVER RATS Hard-rocking bluesfunk band from Asheville, NC. The Office Lounge 9 p.m. 706-546-0840 THE BIG DON BAND Southern-fried local rock trio.
Saturday 28 Butt Hutt Bar-B-Q 8 p.m. FREE! www.butthuttbarbecue. com FLOW MOTION Local classic rock cover band.
Sundown Saloon 9 p.m. FREE! 706-850-1177 KARAOKE With your host Lynn, the Queen of Karaoke!
Go Bar 10 p.m. FREE! 706-546-5609 INDIE ROCK KARAOKE Sing your favorites with host Geoff Carr. Green Room 9 p.m. www.greenroomathens.com MAGIC MISSILE Science-obsessed folk-pop band from Athens led by songwriter Jake Mosely and featuring members of Harvey Milk and Lona. HAYRIDE Long-running three-piece local rock band.
Georgia Theatre 8 p.m. $8. www.georgiatheatre.com ERICA SUNSHINE LEE Fast-rising country singer-songwriter from Elberton. See Calendar Pick on p. 10. DANIEL LEE BAND Local Southern rock/country outfit. OTHERSIDE OF HOMER Duo straight out of Homer, GA that combines country, rock, and a little bit of everything else. O.S.H. is a little different than your everyday acoustic jam session. ASHLEY RIVERA Country singer/ songwriter out of Atlanta.
Athens Moose Club 7 p.m. 706-546-0543 THE SENSATIONAL SOUNDS OF MOTOWN Six veteran musicians entertaining crowds in the Southeast for nearly 18 years promise an exciting, live-energy show. Featuring Mr. Motown!
The Melting Point Annual Christmas Show. 8 p.m. $15 (adv.), $20 (door). www.meltingpointathens.com RANDALL BRAMBLETT BAND This established Georgia singersongwriterâ€™s Southern-tinged music pulls from a variety of influences. CAROLINE AIKEN BAND One of Athensâ€™ most talented and respected performing songwriters. Her bluesy voice and masterful technique guarantee a hypnotic performance. Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742 STEREOTYPE No info available.
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Caledonia Lounge HAP Presents the Dirty Disney Ball. 9 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18-20). www. caledonialounge.com SCOTT LOW AND THE SOUTHERN BOUILLON New project from the former Efren frontman, featuring Doyle Williams (Rehab), Clint Swords and Mike Strickland. See story on p. 8. LOWDIVE Local ska/reggae band. DANGFLY Local rock band featuring an all-star lineup, including Adam Payne, Shawn Johnson, Jay Rodgers, Scotty Nicholson and Adam Poulin SHOWTIME Elite tha Showstoppaâ€™s band plays eclectic hip-hop mixed with rockinâ€™ funky soul.
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Hendershotâ€™s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. FREE! www.hendershotscoffee. com OPEN MIC Local singer-songwriter Kyshona Armstrong hosts this open mic night every Monday.
Hendershotâ€™s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. www.hendershotscoffee.com PATTON/NELSON DUET Two local jazz musicians team up.
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Echo 12:30 p.m. FREE! 706-548-2266 RE-MOVEMENT JAZZ BRUNCH Enjoy jazz and world fusion music from Tim Adams and Greg Hankin while eating brunch.
Caledonia Lounge 9:30 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18-20). www. caledonialounge.com PADRE Local indie band featuring members of Dana Swimmer. See Calendar Pick on p. 10. PLACES TO HIDE Indie rock band from Atlanta. EL HOLLIN This Athens band plays haunting pop music with minimal instrumentation and ethereal female vocals. MOTHERS Local songwriter Kristine Leschper performs gorgeous, haunting folk tunes.
Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 DJ BLOWPOP Joe Kubler (Bubbly Mommy Gun) spins a set of tunes.
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