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Heâ€™s Back! Athensâ€™ fallen hero Harold Williams is back at home, though confined to his wheelchair with very limited ability to do things for himself. That doesnâ€™t stop him from smiling and cracking jokes as usual but it means that wife Paula has a lot to do. Want to know how you can help out? One way is by taking them a meal every now and then. Thanks to Covenant Presbyterian Church where theyâ€™re members, you can easily pick a day to take your meal. Just go to takethemameal.com, put in the name â€œWilliams,â€? and the password is â€œHarold.â€? The address, map and phone number are right there on the site, and Covenant suggests that you call before signing up, to make sure nobody else is bringing a meal that day. Trivia: Harold is a huge fan of Mark Twain, and, come to find out, Samuel Clemens, in spite of his unorthodox religious views, was a Presbyterian, too. Somehow, that explains a lot about Harold: his wit, his grace under pressure, his good spirits in the face of adversity. A Mark Twain Presbyterian: what a combination!
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letters LEISURE SERVICES PROBLEMS On many occasions over the past several years I have written the mayor and commission and asked why no one seems interested in the slow, deliberate dismembering of the Department of Leisure Services. I have asked why the mayor and commissioners allowed the department to be reorganized, especially when it was done with a deliberate decision by the manager’s office to not tell you what was being done until after the fact. I have asked why the commission paid $150,000 for a master plan no one read and that was not used when reorganizing the department. I have asked why a finance administrator was hired to help justify the position and pay of another employee who was supposed to be handling finances for years. I also have asked about the propriety of the director of leisure services working with her husband, also an Athens-Clarke County employee, to make decisions about how Leisure Services is operated, and about pulling something over on mayor, commissioners and managers by having all the work Leisure Services didn’t want to do transferred to Central Services. I have also written to Manager Alan Reddish expressing my concern that Leisure Services Director Pam Reidy was thinking of moving her office into the Lyndon House, which violated all the reasons citizens of ACC worked so hard to fund the expansion of the facility and the service it provides to the community. The people of Clarke County worked hard to plan a new wing for the Lyndon House, to acquire SPLOST funding and to see that the Lyndon House became a comprehensive center for the arts. Tearing that apart under the misguided leadership now in charge would be a travesty. In my letter to Mr. Reddish, I asked why Reidy and Kent Kilpatrick have been allowed to remain in their positions and to steadily undermine the morale and ability of the employees for whom they are responsible. As seems to be normal procedure, Alan did not deem the inquiry of a mere citizen to be worthy of a reply.
CONTACT US AT P.O. BOX 1027, ATHENS, GA 30603 OR EMAIL US AT LETTERS@FLAGPOLE.COM I have not asked these questions lightly, Athens-Clarke County such a great place to and I have expected substantive answers from live. It is especially hard to watch employees elected officials. Unfortunately, none have who have worked hard to do their best to ever been offered. serve the public become demoralized because Meanwhile, I hear people who volunteer of the way they have been treated. I hope their time, their talent, and their money to each of you will begin to ask questions of make Athens-Clarke County one of the best the manager and of any and all employees of places to live in the U.S. saying our local the county. Yes, I have heard that employees government is not listening. I learn of people are not allowed to talk to elected officials or asking honest questions about why programs the public, but that seems a bit absurd. What are being cut, why educational classes are person doesn’t feel he or she has the right to considered not useful, why experienced proexpect certain things from the people they fessional staff are hire and the right not allowed input to talk with them? into the programs Maybe it is time BUMPERSTICKER OF THE WEEK: for which they to review how the are responsible, manager’s office and You may not have lost all why the Natural its employees are your marbles, but there’s Resources Division evaluated before all was eliminated and the good government definitely a hole in the bag why the Oconee River services and departThanks, Dera. Send your sticker sightings Greenway Commission ments that have been to email@example.com. has been quietly built over the years undermined. When are totally destroyed. they ask these quesPlease don’t allow tions, all they learn is that the employees a few poor managers to destroy a department in the Department of Leisure Services are that has been one of the most envied in the being accused of talking to the public they state for many years. are supposed to serve and encouraging the Daniel Hope III, Ed.D. public to find out why such poor manageAthens ment is allowed. Personally, I cannot blame them, because if there is this much trouble in Leisure Services, what must be happening in other departments? Here are some thoughts about usage of I spent my career in recreation and leiArmstrong & Dobbs tract. I support some calls sure services, part of it as superintendent of for an outdoor amphitheater, not only for the parks for the City of Athens, part as director musical tradition of the town, but also for the of leisure services for the City of Charleston, budding film industry of Athens. Who could SC, and part as head of the UGA Recreation resist sitting under the stars and moon and Technical Assistance Office helping agenwatching Casablanca or some new romantic cies throughout Georgia. I wrote the chapter comedy made in Athens? on recreation and parks in the Handbook My second dream is a little more futurisfor Georgia County Commissioners and in the tic. With a climate change, I am certain that Handbook for Georgia Mayors and Council Members. In over 30 years in the field of parks senior citizens will spend more and more time inside. Because of that, and a need to learn and recreation, I have never felt the need to more about interaction between people and question management knowledge, skills or plants, I would suggest that a small complex ability of my fellow professionals. I feel that be built to study the effects of a closed envineed now and have for several years, because ronment on humans and plants. For instance, a it is difficult to watch what is happening to glass pavilion with places for sport activities, one of the departments that always made
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Athens needs leadership Here’s my response to Pete McCommons’ dead-on Dec. 4 Pub Notes: I care. I care about building an Athens that is a bastion of equality, prosperity and sustainability. I care to see us foster a community that is safe and welcoming to all individuals, one that addresses the issues of poverty, sexual assault and discrimination. I care about developing an Athens economy that is focused on small businesses, entrepreneurship and our workers’ best interests. I’m running for mayor of Athens-Clarke County because I believe, I know, that Athens has the ability to be a city that all others aspire to. Our unified government has been led into a “business as usual” stupor by uninspired leadership and tired ideas, not unlike the stagnation in Washington. We need a government that is passionate about improving our county and takes on issues with ingenuity and efficiency. A community with as much promise as Athens deserves that. Sometimes taking action seems risky, and that it’s easier to play it safe, but it is time for Athens to have a mayor who will inspire, innovate and move Athens forward. I want to be that mayor for Athens; I care, and we deserve better than more of the same. Tim Denson Athens
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Students often walk back and forth between the H.T. Edwards campus off West Hancock Avenue, nearby Clarke Central High School and the West Broad Street School, where Classic City High School students work at an Athens Land Trust community garden, but most of the side streets in the neighborhood lack sidewalks. The Athens-Clarke County Commission, at press time, was scheduled to vote Tuesday, Jan. 7 on a $300,000 plan to build almost a mile of sidewalks along Hills Chapel Street, Waddell Street and West Hancock Avenue. Funding will come from SPLOST 2011, voterapproved local sales taxes earmarked for pedestrian safety.
Community Gardens: Cowick also said the ACC Planning Commission signed off Thursday, Jan. 2 on a proposed law allowing community gardens in residential neighborhoods. (Considered farms under the law, they’re mainly allowed in agricultural zones now.) Assuming the county commission approves it next month—and it’s already passed out of committee, so that’s a safe assumption— neighborhood residents will be allowed to come together to plant community gardens on up to one acre of vacant land and sell produce three times a year, as long as they pull a permit and keep the property tidy. Unfortunately for the pro-chicken crowd, only plants, not livestock, will be allowed.
Sidewalks are coming to the H.T. Edwards campus. The project “will make travel to and from our campus safer and more convenient for the many programs and groups that are housed here,” according to Commissioner Kelly Girtz, who’s also principal of Classic City High at H.T. Edwards. Barrow Elementary, where 150 students and parents walk every day, according to the school’s PTA, is also getting pedestrian upgrades. Plans call for stamped and colored crosswalks at the Five Points intersection and across Pinecrest Drive, radar speed signs on South Lumpkin Street, a flashing school-zone beacon on West Rutherford Street, new LED streetlights and stop-for-pedestrian signs at the Ruthford-Lumpkin Street intersection and flashing crosswalk beacons on Lumpkin Street at Pinecrest Drive. They’ll cost a mere $25,000. In Your Business: Alas, Flashback Games ran out of health points and closed its doors at 162 W. Clayton St Dec. 29. But it has more lives and moved on to another level in Loganville, of all places. But do not despair, ye gamers. You can still drink beer while beating M. Bison in “Street Fighter II”! Another arcade for semi-grownups, Wonder Bar, opened last month at 240 E. Washington St. As mentioned in Grub Notes (p. 9), franchise BBQ joint Saucehouse is taking over the old Peaches location at 840 W. Broad St. The building is being demolished and, because it’s more than 50 years old, Commissioner George Maxwell, had the option of delaying the demolition permit. But he approved it quickly last week, according to ACC senior planner Rick Cowick, paving the way for the restaurant to file plans for a new building soon.
Get Involved: The Federation of Planets Neighborhoods is boldly going where no neighborhood has gone before—to Ciné. Starting Jan. 13, the citywide neighborhood association’s 7:30 p.m. meetings on the second Monday of the month will be moving from the old Prince Avenue firehall to the indie moviehouse. Park for free at the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce next door. Federation meetings have always been a great way to keep up on the workings of local government, but they’re not as well attended as they once were. President Frances Berry says the organization will be announcing new plans for the new year at the next gathering. The goal, says Rick Kopp, who is handling the group’s communications, is to keep neighborhoods in all part of Athens abreast of local politics, not just the few (coughBoulevardcough) where people perpetually pay attention. “The more people we get involved, the better it will be for everybody,” Kopp says.
It is too early to predict who will replace U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, but it’s going to be the most entertaining race voters have seen in a long time. The Democratic nominee will most likely be Michelle Nunn. As the daughter of retired senator Sam Nunn, she should be able to raise more than enough money to win that primary. The Republican side is the one to watch, because you have five credible candidates who will be gouging and biting each other all the way to the May 20 primary. The candidate who stands out is Rep. Paul Broun, the ultraconservative congressman who insists that the earth is only 9,000 years old and that the classes he took in medical school were all “lies straight from the pits of hell.” The prospect of Broun actually winning the nomination is causing some sleepless nights for establishment Republicans. They are convinced nominating such an extremist will enable Democrats to win the seat. Broun doesn’t appear to be disturbed by those criticisms, however, and he is setting the standard that nearly everyone else is trying to achieve. Broun’s opponents have been trying to position themselves as being even more conservative than he is—a feat that just isn’t possible under the current laws of physics. This has resulted in such developments as Rep. Jack Kingston, a somewhat moderate politician, demanding that poor children be forced to sweep out the cafeteria before they are allowed to eat a federally subsidized school lunch. “Why don’t you have the kids pay a dime, pay a nickel to instill in them that there is, in fact, no such thing as a free lunch?” Kingston asked. “Or maybe sweep the floor of the cafeteria… think what we would gain as a society in getting people, getting the myth out of their head that there is such a thing as a free lunch.” Kingston’s controversial remark was too much for one of the other Republicans in this
primary: David Perdue, the retired business executive who is a cousin of former governor Sonny Perdue. “With all the nonsense worth criticizing in Washington right now, Congressman Kingston chose to ridicule children who, through no fault of their own, rely on free school lunches,” Perdue said. Perdue set himself up as a moderate candidate with that comment, but Georgia Republicans are a very conservative group—it could ultimately hurt him. Rep. Phil Gingrey has also been working hard to show voters how conservative he is. Gingrey may have gone a little too far, however, because he’s been scaring off his own people with some of his rhetoric. Four of Gingrey’s top staffers abruptly resigned from his campaign shortly after he complained that, as a member of Congress, “I’m stuck here making $172,000 a year.” The other major Republican candidate is former secretary of state Karen Handel. Handel’s weakness has always been her inability to solicit contributions from her supporters. She lags behind the other candidates in raising money, although her aides contend she can overcome that with the help of grassroots organizations she put together in earlier statewide campaigns. Broun doesn’t raise that much money either, but he has already proved he doesn’t need a lot of money to win an election. His supporters are so committed to Broun’s cause that they would seemingly crawl naked over two miles of broken glass to cast their ballots for him on election day. At this point, the Republican primary looks like a battle among the four other candidates to see which one can make it into a runoff with Broun. It will take a little more sorting out before we know who that other candidate will be, but it’s going to be fun to watch the process unfold. Tom Crawford firstname.lastname@example.org
Most Influential: Georgia Trend magazine released its rather predictable list of the 100 most influential Georgians earlier this month, and Athens was well represented. University System Chancellor Hank Huckaby, Secretary of State Brian Kemp, UGA President Jere Morehead, Community Newspapers Inc. President and University System Regent Dink NeSmith, DeKalb County School Superintendent Michael Thurmond, author Terry Kay and UGA Vice President for Public Service and Outreach Jennifer Frum are all influencing you as we speak. Blake Aued email@example.com
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Taxes-and-Axes State Lawmakers Consider Breaks for Music Biz
en years ago, Georgia’s film and television industry was virtually nonexistent. When they wanted to film on location, Hollywood producers generally went to places, like Louisiana, that offered them tax breaks instead of Georgia. The Georgia legislature passed its own tax incentives in 2005 and revised them in 2008. Last year, TV and film productions spent $3.1 billion in Georgia, according to the state Department of Economic Development. “Can we do for the music industry what we did for the film industry in Georgia?” asks state Rep. Margaret Kaiser (D-Atlanta). Kaiser serves on a state House of Representatives committee, chaired by Rep. Ben Harbin (R-Augusta), that’s considering incentives for Georgia’s music industry. The committee held a hearing in Athens in October—taking testimony from a number of heavy hitters in the local music biz—and visited several other cities around the state.
It’s obvious that music is big business in Athens—just look around downtown on a Friday night. One problem in coming up with incentives for music, though, is that no one knows just how big. “I don’t know of any studies that have been done locally,” says Ryan Moore, director of the Athens-Clarke County Economic Development Department. “To be honest, that’s a good question. We tout the music industry and its impact, but there’s really no way to quantify it.” A study commissioned by the industry group Georgia Music Partners in 2011 put the statewide figure at $3.8 billion. The music industry employed 8,842 people in Georgia, including artists, producers, publishers, teachers, manufacturers, promoters and record-store clerks, according to state Department of Labor statistics. The music industry in Georgia had an average salary, believe it or not, of $54,924. Tourism is a $250 million annual business in Athens, and football is responsible for less than 10 percent, says Chuck Jones, director of the Athens Convention and Visitors Bureau, but music-related figures aren’t broken out.
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From left, House intern Alison Haire, singer/guitarist John Bell, former state Rep. Doug McKillip (R-Athens) and drummers Sunny Ortiz and Todd Nance after the state legislature honored Widespread Panic in 2011. Still, Jones believes it must be substantial. “When I travel to places like the Ukraine, South Korea, they don’t know us necessarily for the University of Georgia, they know us for the music scene. It’s amazing,” he says. Barrie Buck has seen the growth in outof-town visitors firsthand. The 40 Watt Club, which she owns, used to have a “clubhouse feel,” she says. Now, when people buy tickets with credit cards, she knows where they’re from, and she is amazed at the number of people she doesn’t know who come to shows. In addition to putting money in the pockets of retail, bar and restaurant workers and artists (well, sometimes), music also creates a quality of life that benefits other industries, says Brian Brodrick, who runs the public
Georgia Music Industry Salaries Promoters without facilities. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $205,144 Promoters with facilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $163,379 Music publishers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $134,374 Integrated record production/distribution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $90,114 AV equipment, CD, tape and record manufacturing . . . . . . . . $74,172 Agents. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $56,822 Music groups and artists. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $49,320 Record production. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $45,117 Instrument manufacturing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $35,971 Independent artists, writers and promoters. . . . . . . . . . . . . $32,079 Instrument and supplies stores. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $26,597 Tape, CD and record stores . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $20,616 Fine arts schools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $13,345 Sound recording studios . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $4,740 Source: Georgia Department of Labor
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relations firm Jackson-Spalding’s Athens office. “Three of the most talented people in my office since we opened eight years ago have a music background,” Brodrick says. “In fact, they’re probably in our office because of the music scene.”
How Would It Work? While the committee hasn’t issued its recommendations (the legislature convenes Monday, Jan. 13), the model is the 20–30 percent tax credit for film and TV productions that have made Georgia the 5th-largest location in North America, behind California, New York, British Columbia and Louisiana, according to Film Works L.A. The tax credit applies to music videos, as well as recordings and compositions that are part of a qualified film, TV or video game production, according to Lisa Love, director of music marketing and development for the Georgia Department of Economic Development. Love says she doesn’t know how many tax credits have been granted to music-related projects, but she expects artists and producers to benefit from growth in the film and TV industries. Like tax breaks for big corporations such as Caterpilllar, though, the film credits don’t always benefit the little guy. Tax credits are only available to half-million dollar productions or larger, and very few artists spend that much to record an album, says David Barbe, owner of Chase Park Transduction studio and head of the University of Georgia Music Business Program, which trains hundreds of students to enter the field each year. The “sweet spot”—what most artists will spend— is $10,000–$50,000, Barbe says.
Moreso than the film industry, though, music has been wracked by changes. A generation has grown up without ever paying for music, instead listening and watching for free on the Internet. “The music business has shifted,” Barbe says. “It’s not going away.” Shil Patel, a promoter with Athens-based Team Clermont, has watched colleges pull funding for radio stations and sell their broadcasting licenses. “It’s really disheartening,” Patel says. “Instead of the challenge of how do we get DJs to play our music, it’s the challenge of how do we keep our stations, how do we make it relevant?” R.E.M.’s former equipment manager, DeWitt Burton, points to successful festivals like Bonnaroo and EDM and hip hop concerts in Atlanta that flew under the media’s radar but drew tens of thousands of people. Popular bands like Mumford & Sons make money by selling tickets and merchandise, not CDs, Burton says. “Live music, in my opinion, is the future of the music business, and festivals,” he says. Troy Aubrey, the booker at The Melting Point, pitches funding to market Georgia music to tourists. “It’s nationwide. It’s international,” he says. “They spend money in our clubs and stay in our hotels. We need to spend money to market to them and get them to come to our festivals.” Another avenue, according to Barbe, is music publishing, a lucrative business that’s primarily based in New York, L.A. and Nashville. Songwriters who graduate from UGA often move to Nashville, making Georgia a music exporter. “The music publishing business is incredibly lucrative,” he says. “It absolutely could be done from Athens.” There’s also a concrete component to music (yes, still), says Tommy Robinson of New West,
the Austin, TX-based record label with an office in Athens. Vinyl now makes up 30 percent of physical music sales, and cassettes are making a comeback, too. “We need, not the glitz, but the nuts and bolts,” Robinson says. “We would love to have it in Georgia. It would be an amazing thing. It would be a lot of new business, hundreds of jobs.” Investing in music education could be another, albeit longer-term, way to expand the industry in Georgia. Locally, the Clarke County School District has avoided cutting the arts in the face of state cuts to education, deputy superintendent Noris Price says. The district has free after-school music programs and concerts—some of it funded by the nonprofit AthFest Educates. “I’m shocked at how robust music and arts programs are, as much as we slashed,” Kaiser says.
What Else? Of course, the music industry will be far from the only thing on legislators’ radar when they convene next week. The upcoming session, which lasts 40 working days, is expected to be an exceptionally short one, ending in mid-March. State elected officials— including Gov. Nathan Deal and his likely Democratic opponent, state Sen. Jason Carter (D-Decatur)—are prohibited from raising money while the legislature is in session. With the primaries likely to be moved up to May 20 due to a court order, fundraising becomes even important. Because it’s an election year, lawmakers will be loathe to pass any sweeping or controversial laws. There will, however, be lots of grandstanding as legislators with opposition seek to score political points. “We don’t have, from all indications, a very aggressive agenda this session,” says Sen. Bill Cowsert (R-Athens). The Budget: Passing it is the one thing the General Assembly has to do before skipping town, and it’s usually the hardest. Gov. Deal will release his proposed budget for the 2015 fiscal year later this month. It’s not expected to be as painful as recent years, when lawmakers slashed school days and other services to balance the budget during the recession. Tax collections are up $378 million, or 5.4 percent, over last year, Deal’s office says. Georgia’s unemployment rate was 7.7 percent in November, down a full percentage point from a year prior but still higher than the national rate. The improving economy hasn’t helped the worst-off. More than 19 percent of Georgians, including 27 percent of children, lived in poverty in 2012—160,000 more than in 2010, according to the Georgia Budget & Policy Institute. It attributes the rise in poverty to lagging educational opportunities and lowerpaying jobs created during the recovery. University of Georgia President Jere Morehead has said he’ll push for raises for faculty and staff, the first in five years. “Public school teachers haven’t had raises in forever,” says state Rep. Spencer Frye (D-Athens). “University folks haven’t had raises in forever. Hopefully, we’ll see we need to invest in that instead of big corporate tax breaks because we have extra money.” Science Building: Under Chancellor Hank Huckaby, a new era of austerity is coming for Georgia colleges and universities. With declining state support, Huckaby has warned that the higher education system will have to do more with less, and the days of big building projects are all but over. But one of UGA’s top priorities for the coming session is a bond issue for a new Science Learning Center on South Campus.
The $44.7 million, 122,000 square-foot building is needed to expand and modernize 1960s chemistry and biology classroom and research space, administrators say. UGA also is requesting $4.9 million to expand and renovate Baldwin Hall, home of the School of Public and International Affairs. Guns: A bill that could allow people with concealed-carry permits to take their guns into churches and bars and on college campuses is still alive. The original purpose of Senate Bill 201, sponsored by Sen. Frank Ginn (R-Danielsville) was to let out-of-state permit holders carry in Georgia. After it passed the Senate, though, House members inserted language from House Bill 512 allowing guns on campuses and letting churches choose whether parishioners can be packing. Supported by gun-rights groups and opposed by law enforcement and the university officials, a disagreement between Senate Republicans who wanted to require a safety class and House Republicans who didn’t scuttled the bill on the last day of the 2013 session. If they clear up that issue, it could be resurrected this year. “Hopefully, I can work through the hangups we had and get a good bill passed,” Ginn says. Health Care: A group of conservative back-benchers, led by Rep. Jason Spencer (R-Woodbine), pre-filed bills last month that would prohibit state employees from implementing the Affordable Care Act. It’s based on the libertarian Tenth Amendment Center’s plan to nullify Obamacare at the state level, and similar bills have been introduced in South Carolina and Missouri. Georgia officials have already declined to set up a health care exchange, opting to let the feds do it instead, but the bill could threaten the jobs of insurance “navigators” employed by UGA with a federal grant and even prevent state officials from talking about the ACA at all. Fulfilling another step in the Tenth Amendment Center’s plan, Deal is still refusing to accept federal funding to expand Medicaid, which could cover 400,000 low-income uninsured Georgians. House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams (D-Atlanta) says Democrats will continue to push Deal to accept Medicaid money. A block grant like the deal Arkansas cut with the White House could be a compromise. Rep. Spencer, incidentally, recently referred to hospitals that support Medicaid expansion as “like addicts on crack.” Transportation: Local officials in AthensClarke County and other cities want to hold referenda on sales tax hikes to fund transportation, similar to the failed T-SPLOST referendum in 2012 but on a county rather than regional level. In ACC, the money would go toward improving Athens Transit bus service and road projects. But after watching their brainchild go down in flames a year-and-a-half ago, Republicans aren’t inclined to even give voters the option of taxing themselves. “No new taxes,” Cowsert says. Mmm… Beer: The Senate Regulated Industries Committee, which Ginn serves on, has been holding hearings on easing restrictions on brewpubs, breweries and distilleries, which aren’t allowed to sell alcohol for offpremises consumption. Such a law could help local craft brewers like Terrapin and Creature Comforts. “I think we’ll see some legislation drafted,” Ginn says. “I don’t know whether it’ll pass this session.” Blake Aued firstname.lastname@example.org
comment Applying for SNAP Is No Snap Greater obstacles have recently been put new system for filling their bellies. I don’t in the way of applying for, obtaining and think anyone walked out thinking “Perfect! renewing food stamps. Previously, everything I know exactly what to do now. I’ll just go could be taken care of in one centralized home, hop on the computer, scan my doculocation, the nearest Division of Family and ments and send them to the very office I just Children Services (DFCS) office. By visiting left in hopes that they get back to me before I this location, filling out the designated stack starve waiting for online confirmation.” of personal information, providing proper Approaching the desk with a sense of dread identification and spending a few hours trickafter witnessing the food stamps episode of ling through the bureaucratic rigamarole, you Kafka’s The Trial, I thought surely I wouldn’t could hand in hard copies to a living, breathhave the same issues. I was lucky enough to ing case worker. People who needed assistance have the computer access it takes to finish knew where to go via car, bus, bike or foot, the application. I finished the interview. I and could spend a designated time frame sort- was told I only had to present my IDs and pay ing through the specific details of their situastubs before I could complete the entire protion in person. cess. I walked to what I was so sure would be That is no longer the case. Now, the prothe finish line, only to hear: “You have to do cedure has been primarily relocated to the that online. Are you familiar with COMPASS?” Internet. In order to apply or reapply for food “Well, yes,” I responded. “I actually have stamps, it is required that the applicant create an account and completed the application and their own account via the COMPASS (Common phone interview. I didn’t have a scanner, so I Point of Access to Social Services) system. thought it would be easiest to simply walk in While this development appears to be progres- and show someone my documents.” sive from a convenience standpoint—it is “You have to send the documents online sometimes difficult for those in need to travel as well.” to a designated office—it presents challenges “I don’t understand. I have everything unprecedented by the established face-to-face required right here” procedure. Those include computer literacy, “Yes, but you have to send it along with Internet access and unfamiliarity with the your online application.” change in general. “I can’t just show this to someone here? All of these issues can best be explained Like a real person who can clear me?” with a visit I made to the DFCS office on “You can scan them over there if you like. I North Avenue a few weeks back. More than can send you to someone, but they’ll tell you willing to fill out the the same thing.” proper paperwork by I looked over at I watched every single would-be the single computer hand, I found the online application to applicant in front of me try to and scanner with a be more easily navimounting line behind register what exactly they were it. I had to be at gable upon looking up the process on the in an hour, so supposed to do concerning this work website. I completed I gave up and biked each page to the home. Fuming, I conentirely new system for filling best of my ability, sidered the absurdity their bellies. patiently waited for of what had just hapa phone interview, pened. I wasn’t that sat on hold for 45 minutes to speak to the upset about my own situation; I can continue interviewer and was told that I simply had to eating at work, buying $1 tacos and tamales present proper identification and pay stubs to and blowing the tip money I really need to obtain an Electronic Benefits Transfer card. use to catch up on rent. I can read, I can Since I didn’t have a scanner and didn’t write, I can use a computer, I have three serwant to wait, I decided to bike across town to vice jobs to get by. It’s not always fun, but it the DFCS office. I thought that I could show could be much, much worse. up, wait my turn, talk to someone and be What about the majority of people applyon my way to grocery access on a consistent ing for SNAP? Those most in need often do basis. What I witnessed, on the other hand, not have the resources necessary for a strong inspired my response to Tom Crawford’s Dec. reading background. Wading through the 25 Capitol Impact column in Flagpole, on the instructions on the website becomes an issue difficulty of obtaining Supplement Nutrition compounded by basic computer literacy and Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. skills in website navigation. Computer skills, One woman sat behind a desk, in front of of course, generally come along with computer which a long line began to build soon after I ownership and access. Those fortunate enough walked into the office. Uninterested in eavesto have regular computer access, whether from dropping but unable to ignore the conversaa public source or in their own home, often tions right in front of me, I noticed a pattern. also have the good fortune of being able to Every person in front of me talked briefly to afford and more easily obtain food. the frazzled desk worker about renewing or While I can see how the idea of a common reapplying for food stamps. Each person was point of access is a beneficial one, my obsertold “We only do that online, now.” vations for a mere 20 minutes at the DFCS People responded with a range of emotions office suggest otherwise. I believe that movincluding confusion, frustration and desperaing from an in-person to an online application tion. The woman would then ask them, “Do system will eliminate a number of people who you know COMPASS?” are eligible for and desperately need help. No. Not one person was familiar with Fewer state employees to pay, less paperwork, COMPASS. fewer mouths to feed. Happy holidays indeed She would then go on to explain what it is, to those who enjoy the multi-million-dollar how it works, how it is the only method now, stadiums and toss their catered food in the etc. I watched every single would-be applicant trash can. in front of me try to register what exactly they were supposed to do concerning this entirely Maizy Stell
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Electroshock Injustice Fatal and Non-Fatal Taserings By Police
least 618 people have died after being tasered by American police from 2001 through Oct. 13, 2013. After years of research we have established a website which catalogues these fatalities. We have examined virtually every news report we can find about taser incidents, most of which are not fatal, but many of which, perhaps even a majority, are frightening abuses of authority and exercises of violent power.
“It’s Taser Time”
Tasers are electroshock weapons which disable persons by a combination of extreme pain and muscular disruption. “Taser” itself is a brand word, like Kleenex or Band-Aid. Tasers are referred to with a multitude of Orwellian euphemisms both in the press and by law enforcement organizations: “stun weapons,” “stun guns,” “electronic control devices,” “conductedenergy devices,” and “conducted-energy weapons,” that “[administer] an electrical shock” and that utilize an “electromuscular-disruption technology.” In this article we will use a few names interchangeably, including “electroshock weapon,” and most often simply “taser.” The word “taser” is nowadays also used as a verb. Sixteen thousand United States law enforcement agencies—89 percent of all American local, state, and federal police forces—issue tasers to their officers. Originally conceived and accepted on the premise of its being a rarely-used weapon for extreme circumstances, the Thomas A. Swift Electric Rifle—whose acronym is “taser”—is now used by police in a wide range of situations: on Alzheimer’s patients who wander out of nursing homes; on college students asking questions of political leaders; on cyclists who refuse ridiculous orders not to ride their bikes; on pregnant women who refuse to sign traffic tickets; on pregnant women trying to regain custody of their young children; on 72-year-old women who refuse to sign speeding tickets; and on fathers holding their newborn children when the family tries to leave the hospital. Police have used tasers on pregnant women multiple times (to some media attention and public disgust), over parking tickets and speeding tickets, and when they respond to the scene of fender-bender accidents. Police officers have become so desensitized to administering taser electroshocks that they have been heard to say such things as “it’s taser time!” shortly before they taser a citizen. Unbelievably, some police departments now make people they shock with a taser pay the costs of the tasering! It is now apparent that police regularly apply tasers to any situation where they perceive themselves not to have absolute control over the other people present. These cases often occur where women (especially women or girls of color) are not immediately passive in the face of police officers—perhaps they curse, or refuse to sign a ticket, or get angry and shout, or none of those things—but the police response is increasingly to inflict electroshock violence on people who don’t submit to their authority as soon as the police demand they do so. While it was impossible to find concrete data on the frequency with which police taser men of color, our extensive observations lead us to conclude that African-American men and Latino men are tasered (both fatally and nonfatally) at a disproportionate rate. This conclusion is also commensurate with the well documented rates at which American police apply other forms of violence against people of color.
stop when he tried to comfort his child in the back seat. Last June 19, Nebraska police held tasers against the hearts and necks of Oglala Lakota activists. Last June 18, police in New Hampshire tasered an unarmed heckler at a political rally. Last June 10, police in Illinois fatally tasered naked Mark Koves in a park. Police in Florida tasered naked Thomas Edwards for alleged spitting at an officer. In Colorado they repeatedly tasered a man lying naked on the ground at a music festival, shocking him at least three times, even after paramedics arrived, in front of a crowd angrily denouncing their conduct. An Orlando, FL police officer tasered a young black man for the offense of holding out his arms after the officer shoved him twice on camera. In 2008 an NYPD lieutenant caused a man to fall 10 stories to his death after tasering him for threatening suicide on a building ledge. In September 2011, Arizona police tasered a mentally-ill man with his hands already up. An “off-duty” Syracuse, NY police officer moonlighting as a security guard tasered a disabled man for holding onto a standing safety pole on a transit bus; he dragged the man off the bus, breaking his hip, and then tasered him again. Rehoboth Beach, DE police officers tasered a man with his hands in the air for refusing to talk to them and then tasered him at least four more times while he lay handcuffed on the ground.
catheter forcibly inserted into his penis. Two police officers tasered the naked Samuel DeBoise seven times in 97 seconds on his own front lawn, then knelt on his chest until he was dead; two police officers electroshocked Emily Delafield, who was wheelchair-bound and having a schizophrenic episode, 10 times for a total of 165 consecutive seconds, killing her; and police tasered Maurice Cunningham five times for six to nine seconds each time while he was having a psychotic episode, then followed with a single continuous shock lasting two minutes and 49 seconds that killed him. (Here in Georgia police across the state are armed with tasers and possess a willingness to use them on virtually anyone, of any age, that police deem to be uncooperative or unsavory. George Harvey died in front of his children on June 29, 2013 when shocked by three sheriff’s deputies in Augusta, all of whom were cleared of wrongdoing by the GBI only 10 days later; last June 21, Alpharetta police tasered a teenager fleeing arrest for “shouting obscenities” and “exposing himself” to officers; Georgia police have tasered school children for being disobedient: in 2010, Savannah police tasered and kicked in the teeth of an autistic teen who “seemed drunk.” Also in 2010, Richland police tasered a schoolteacher multiple times after she called the police because someone broke into her home; in 2011, College Park police sent a mentally disabled man with the mind of a small child to the hospital for two weeks after tasering him while he was standing peacefully in his own front yard with his hands in his pockets. Our research has documented 17 fatal police taserings in Georgia since 2003, nine of which occurred in the last six years.)
A Solution? Our research leads us to the conclusion that the current system of police use of tasers is intolerable and in need of immediate reform. We conclude that the only realistic, adequate way to bring an end to the evils of the current system is to take one or the other of two alternative reform steps. The first possible reform would be simply to forbid—effective immediately—any further use of tasers by police, on the grounds that experience has demonstrated that police simply cannot be trusted not to abuse their powers in the way they deploy the electroshock weapon. Use of tasers by police would be permanently prohibited. The other possible reform would be to immediately declare a nationwide moratorium on police use of tasers and to permit police to again use tasers only after the following: (1) the carrying out of extensive and impartial scientific and medical studies on the dangers and consequences for human beings of using tasers to administer painful, paralyzing electrical shocks; (2) the passage of nationwide legislation restricting, regulating and establishing strict standards governing police use of tasers (which would necessarily include a flat prohibition on use of tasers for pain-compliance purposes) and (3) the implementation of nationwide programs for training and educating police in regard to both the proper and the forbidden uses of tasers. Having done research which has revealed the appallingly frequent cruelties committed by American police in their taserings of citizens and having catalogued hundreds of unnecessary and tragic deaths resulting from police taserings, we favor the first of these two possible reforms.
They cause people to lose control of their muscles and to convulse and collapse.
Cruel and Unusual All over the country tasers are now the go-to weapon police use in any situation where they decide that someone is acting disrespectfully or inappropriately or out-of-line. On Aug. 3, 2013 in Wrightsville, PA police tasered a man during a traffic
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Police now regularly use tasers on children, like the 10-year-old boy who refused to clean an officer’s car at his school’s career day; on middle-school girls who get into fights and on “non-compliant” 10-year-olds having tantrums; police have become so inured to using the weapon on minors that they will “demonstrate” them on teenagers at birthday parties. When police use tasers on people there are often consequences beyond the fact of administering a painful, debilitating electrical shock. They cause people to lose control of their muscles and to convulse and collapse; they probably caused Alejandro Sanchez-Escoto to fall to his death off a highway overpass. Police and guards regularly use tasers on “unruly” prisoners and inmates, like 20-year-old Danielle Maudsley, who tried to flee from a police station while already handcuffed and now lies brain-dead in a persistent coma caused by striking her head on the ground after the electroshock. Law enforcement officers also see no problem in tasering people who are already physically restrained, as when two Idaho police officers threatened to taser a handcuffed man in the anus and genitals after already having tasered him; or when jailers tasered a prisoner who was already tied into a “restraint chair” (another frightful coercive device widely used against prisoners in jails). The combination of tasers and extreme restraints happens frequently, and this has been going on across the country for many years. Police cornered non-violent Robert Guerrero in a closet and tasered him five times in under a minute, killing him; police tasered handcuffed James Borden six times, killing him; police tasered 18-year-old Antonio Wheeler twice while kneeling on his chest as he was strapped to a hospital bed and having a
Donald E. Wilkes, Jr. and Lauren “Elle” Farmer Donald E. Wilkes, Jr. is a Professor of Law Emeritus at the University of Georgia School of Law. Lauren “Elle” Farmer is an attorney and activist in Athens, GA. This article is excerpted from a longer piece which can be read in its entirety at flagpole.com.
grub notes 2013 Wrap-Up When Athens keeps receiving accolades for the quality of its organic foods, the vigor of its cultural offerings and the gloriously local nature of its food scene, it’s hard to complain. Still, this town remains both an overachiever and an underachiever when it comes to food. We’re growing and improving every year, but never quite as fast as one would want. That said, there were a few innovations in 2013 that moved us further in the right direction, as well as some eats that weren’t necessarily new but made up for their lack of sparkle with wonderful competence. The opening of Independent Baking Co. was undeniably fantastic, giving our small city a bakery that can stand with almost any in the country. The breads made with wild yeast are subtle and powerful at the same time, the pastries distractingly good, the atmosphere minimalist without being austere, and the entire staff clearly in love with what they do.
Downtown may have experienced a little less turnover than in an average year, although the closings of Five Star Day Cafe, Farm 255 and then, at the end of the year, Echo all created some turmoil. The Rooftop at the Georgia Theatre continued to put out awesome grub in a killer and unique environment, Five Bar pulled in crowds with sushi and whatnot, and OK Cafe pressed panini and made fresh waffles in front of Wuxtry. On the other side of College Avenue, Herschel’s Famous 34 started serving various combinations of Doritos and chicken to football fans, Little Bull Bar and Grill cooked Puerto Rican food on Broad, Cozy Yum Yum moved next door to the former Bluebird on Clayton (where Athens Wok, has a sign up promising “Chinese Sushi and Thai”), and Insomnia Cookies opened on Clayton.
The World Famous caught the attention of the New York Times by being an embodiment of what we all love about Athens: small, quirky, comfortable and eager to experiment. Jarad Blanton’s bearded face is visible through the small window into the kitchen as he assembles creative, robustly flavored dishes that pair nicely with chill cocktails and housemade sodas.
Finally, Los Reyes Mexican Restaurant is too far out (past the Georgia State Patrol office on Highway 29 north) to attract a lot of attention, but it is otherwise basically perfect: huge menu, real Mexican food plus choices for the unadventurous, super-low prices, pleasant atmosphere, nice staff, alcoholic beverages, free delivery, spotless cleanliness and reliably delicious food.
Mimi Maumus decided to add in-store dining to home.made catering on Baxter Street, and despite a few hiccups as neighbors complained about parking, the charming space is making a go of it, preparing Southern-accented lunches with undeniable care and sweetness. The chocolate-cherry-bourbon pecan pie has a crust good enough to ignore its almost equally tasty filling, and the atmosphere is a real achievement in its strip-mall surroundings.
Matt Downes of Luna Bakery finally opened Ideal Bagel, next to Treehouse on Broad, and it was worth the wait, especially the sandwich that consists of ketchup and scrambled eggs on thin white bread and the house-smoked fish you can get atop a bagel with cream cheese, red onion, tomato and capers. The ethos that drives the juice trend nationally (raw-foodism, radical diet in the guise of mere healthy eating) may be aggravating, but the product at Journey Juice in Normaltown is damn tasty. New Year’s resolutions will no doubt be kind to the smart young people who opened it. Ditto for Juice Up and its blended healthy stuff in the former 283 Bar/Downtowner spot downtown on E. Broad St.
On Broad Street, heading out from the middle of downtown, Quickly closed; Saucehouse, a franchise BBQ concept, will take over the former Peaches, which will soon reopen in the Homewood Hills space that’s now The Camp; Steak ’n Shake opened to long lines; Botanas opened and then closed in record time in the former Mexicali Grill; Taj Mahal moved to a new location near the Alps/Hawthorne/Broad intersection; and Opa Robby’s Market started selling country-store-type items in front of Target. On Baxter Street, Silver Lining Cupcake Co. closed, a sad loss, as was that of the Harris Street Locos, soon to be replaced by Troubadour Pub and Grill. Fat & Happy BBQ operated briefly before also closing, and YoDawgs closed as well. Groucho’s Deli opened near the dorms, as did Pizza Hut, which serves pizza by the slice in its late-night hours and has a small music venue (!). Always Baked Cookies, which has been downtown in Athens Bagel Co., planned a new venture aiming for the last weekend in January in the old Yo Dawgs location, with paninis and other offerings in addition to cookies. In the Beechwood area, Tin Drum (casual pan-Asian franchise) and Zoe’s Kitchen (casual Mediterranean franchise) both opened. Elsewhere in Athens (and a bit farther), Richard Miley opened Catch-22 Gastropub on Epps Bridge Parkway, adding a non-franchise option to the area; nearby, both Cook-Out (fast food from North Carolina) and Popcorn Haven opened; Wingspan started cooking hot wings and burgers in a trailer on Chase Street; Normaltown Cafe returned, this time to Danielsville; Junkyard Dawgs opened on Commerce Road; Rooter’s Grocery and Barbecue took over the tiny grocery on Whitehall Road once home to Jot ‘Em Down; One Cafe briefly occupied the former Hendershot’s on Tallassee Road; Golden Chick opened in Watkinsville; and La Cabaña de Don Juan opened two locations (one on Hawthorne Avenue in Athens and one in Watkinsville, where Tlaloc #2 had been). Los Coyotes, on Mitchell Bridge Road, shuttered, and Donderos’ Kitchen, on Milledge Avenue, moved next door to a bigger, better space.
Little City Diner, opened in Winterville by the Big City Bread folks, added some serious eats to Athens’ tiny neighbortown, with a brunch/breakfast worth the minor cost in gas. It, too, makes an excellent pie, less fancy-looking than home.made’s but obviously created by hand rather than machine. Five & Ten moved into dramatic new surroundings without missing a beat, Five Star Day Cafe and although it’s undergone quite a bit of turnover in the past two years, with Chuck Ramsey (Pulaski Heights BBQ) and Dean Neff moving on, and Kyle Jacovino about to join them as he transfers his talents to Hugh Acheson’s Savannah Italian project. Jason Zygmont has been handed the reins in the kitchen, and judging by a recent dinner there, the restaurant’s reputation for smoothness and continuity remains justified. A roasted beet soup was a particular highlight, poured from a silver teapot at the table, with a tiny smoked-trout pierogi, dill, crème fraîche and grains of puffed farro providing tiny presents enjoyed while working one’s way through the dish. The casual lunch is a great addition to the town, and the coffee bar is a lovely and focused environment with plenty of natural light.
Viva Argentine moved into what had been a Quizno’s in late November, and Seabear Oyster Bar is penciled in for the spring. Farther down the road, Rustica closed and Hi-Lo Lounge moved into its nice, big space. Next door, The Old Pal took over Jewels, doing a nice build-out and serving craft cocktails. Across the street, Ike & Jane added dinner three nights a week, more than compensating for Normal Bar’s loss of Farm Cart on Thursdays, and, even more excitingly, the Pizza Hut on the corner relocated, making way for Matt Palmerlee and Eddie Russell’s Taco Lupo, coming sometime in 2014, provided they can create seven off-street parking spaces.
Franchises bit the dust, too, with Al’s #1 Italian Beef and Mama Goldberg’s both closing. Down the hill, toward the river, there were more changes afoot than all the Selig drama, with Mama Bird’s Granola and Kitchen opening in the 909 Broad Building (organic produce available downtown!), Jittery Joe’s relocating from its rustic spot to Barber Street, and Dexter Weaver continuing to yank everyone’s chain with his promises to close Weaver D’s (thankfully untrue so far). Creature Comforts, the small craft brewery going into the former Snow Tire on Hancock Avenue, looks to be serving in March. Five Points saw the opening of Grindhouse Killer Burgers on Lumpkin Street, which added another full bar to the neighborhood as well as superlatively cooked small burgers and wellspiced fries; Marker 7 Coastal Grill, a kind of fancy seafood shack with a great patio; and, soon, both an outpost of the Atlanta breakfast franchise J. Christopher’s and, perhaps as early as this month, Cinco y Diez, Hugh Acheson’s Mexican project in the old Five & Ten space with Farm 255’s Whitney Otawka running the kitchen. Boulevard and Normaltown experienced a particularly high rate of growth this year, with new ownership of the Bottleworks welcoming new tenants to the former Coca-Cola bottling plant. A Tavola closed there, but Hendershot’s happily took its space and added a full kitchen to create more food options.
Yet to come in 2014 are La Puerta del Sol (we’ll see about that), Bruno Rubio’s restaurant on the Eastside that has been in the works for getting on to a decade now; Rashe’s Cuisine, Jamaican on Tallassee at Mitchell Bridge; a location of franchise Chicken Salad Chick, Taqueria Tsunami and Gigi’s Cupcakes’ second location in Epps Bridge Centre. New Year’s Wishes: After a year marked by cocktails, juice and the triumphant return of carbs, with not one but two gourmet Mexican concepts opening in the somewhat near future, I still wish for Korean (more than one option), for more tiny and focused concepts that make use of small spaces, for someone to take over the restaurant space at 255 W. Washington who will treat it right and make it work (bars are great, but it would be a shame to waste that kitchen), and for Athens to move in the direction of democracy rather than the clubby, pop-up restaurant scene that has become the norm in other cities. Everyone should be able to get something wonderful to eat and reliably so, not just those who pay hyper-attention to the comings and goings of the connected. Part of what makes our town a special place to live is the warmth of the community here, the lack of being required to wear a tie to eat well and the ability to experience something great without knowing exactly the right person. Let’s keep it up, y’all. Hillary Brown email@example.com
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movie dope Some releases may not be showing locally this week. • indicates new review AMERICAN HUSTLE (R) 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. Director David O. Russell has proven an uncanny ability to take a great cast and make them greater. 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. 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. Like Borat, Knoxville and company (including director-cowriter Jeff Tremaine and cowriter Spike Jonze) capture people’s real reactions to the interactions of a naughty, oversexed grandfather and his eight-year-old grandson, Billy (Jackson Nicoll). Sure, it’s raunchy, but Knoxville never breaks character, even when Zisman’s all alone. As a result, he gives a transformative, Sellers-like performance. Jackass has also been shockingly effective comedy, and if one can laugh at (or simply ignore) their new flick’s sophomoric hijinks, one will find the crew’s grown up…a little. THE BOOK THIEF (PG-13) I always intended to read Marcus Zusak’s novel before I saw the filmed adaptation. That does not look like it’s going to happen now. 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. “Downton Abbey” director Brian Percival’s previous feature film was A Boy Called Dad. 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 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 ‘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. With Jennifer Garner, David O’Hare (“American Horror Story”) and Steve Zahn. (Ciné)
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DESPICABLE ME 2 (PG) When a new super villain steals a dangerous, experimental serum, the Anti Villain League—represented by sweet potential love interest Lucy (v. Kristen Wiig)—enlist Gru’s (v. Steve Carell) assistance. Watching this enjoyable 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. ENDER’S GAME (PG-13) The filmed adaptation of Ender’s Game, written and directed by X-Men Origins: Wolverine’s Gavin Hood, is not an adequate replacement for reading Orson Scott Card’s modern science fiction classic. (I would feel remiss if I completely ignored Card’s intolerance. While I don’t condone it and wholly disagree with it, I enjoyed his work of fiction and highly recommend it.) Young Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield, Hugo) is handpicked by Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford) to be the potential savior of humanity, which is being threatened
George Takei, Keith David and Dan Fogler are all more entertaining. The strange Free Birds will not become a new holiday viewing tradition, but it’s pleasant enough to be watched once, if one has no other choice. FROZEN (PG) Disney returns with a newfangled computer animated feature that feels very old school. 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. Little kids will love Frozen, and parents who grew up on Disney classics will not feel left out in the cold.
It says Flagpole has moved. by an alien race, and must complete against a school of young starship troopers (including True Grit’s Hailee Steinfeld) on a simulated battlefield in order to fulfill Graff’s prophetic belief. The look of Ender’s Game is strong, as are the bulk of the performances. Hood struggles to adapt Card’s more complex ideas and fails to adequately portray Ender’s grueling exhaustion in the Command School finale, which seems much more like a middle school graduation play than a warm-up for the potential end of humanity. Maybe that’s the movie’s biggest problem; it fails to realize that it’s more than a game. 47 RONIN (R) It’s hard to imagine this long-delayed action flick (an original release was scheduled for late 2012) 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. FREE BIRDS (PG) More an oddity than a cute family movie, Free Birds features the voices of Woody Harrelson and Owen Wilson as two turkeys, Jake and Reggie, that travel back in time to stop turkey from making the Thanksgiving Day menu. Harrelson’s militaristic idiot is much more entertaining than Wilson’s too talky turkey. Wilson is not only outdone by this colead, supporting voices Amy Poehler,
THE GREAT BEAUTY 2013. Journalist Jep Gambardella (Toni Servillo, Gomorrah and Il Divo) celebrates his 65th birthday and finally looks beyond the parties and nightclubs of Rome thanks to a surprise from his past. This Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Language Film was also nominated for the Palme d’Or at Cannes and won the European Film Award for Best Film. You may have seen writer-director Paolo Sorrentino’s previous films, This Must Be the Place and Il Divo. (Ciné) • GRUDGE MATCH (PG-13) Pairing the Raging Bull with Rocky seems like a cinematic bout made in heaven, but in the hands of director Peter Segal (his best picture is…ummm…Get Smart?) and a gaggle of unimpressive writers (but let’s chiefly blame “Entourage” creator Doug Ellin), the only knockout is of the viewer. Boxers Henry “Razor” Sharp (Sylvester Stallone) and Billy “The Kid” McDonnan (Robert De Niro) finally get their third rematch—they split the first two—thirty years later (too late?). Stallone is given the better (i.e. more sympathetic) role, as De Niro is mostly an aging ass, and Stallone benefits from the lower expectations. Kevin Hart and Alan Arkin provide comic relief to appeal to two disparate demographics, but even these two are done no service by a script that’s dominated by weak one-liners. If you think the lines in the trailer are stinkers, don’t expect much more from the ones kept for the movie. The golden oldies from Last Vegas had more strength left in
their punches than these two paunchdrunk prizefighters. 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) resides, the epic fantasy film reaches toward those heights of its predecessor. The return of Legolas (Orlando Bloom) does not hurt nor does the first appearance of the lovely elven warrior, Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly). The river barrel ride that acts as the film’s highlight action set piece is spectacular, except for moments of poor FX so uncharacteristic of Jackson or the Weta digital effects house. Smaug, though, is a wonderful, 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. INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS (R) The Coen Bros return with their depiction of Greenwich Village circa 1961. Spend a week with young folk singer Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) as he navigates the music biz and New York City in the wintertime. Naturally, this film is poised for multiple Oscar nominations, and its cast (Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund and Justin Timberlake) is as strong as one would expect from the Coens. Come on. You know you’re more than a little bit excited. (Ciné) JUSTIN BEIBER’S BELIEVE (PG) Director of Beiber: Never Say Never Jon M. Chu brings you a second Beiber documentary featuring an on-stage and off-stage look at the young pop star and his fandom. 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. LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER (PG-13) This crowd-pleasing slice of historical nostalgia chronicles the major events of the second half of the 20th century through the eyes of White House butler Cecil Gaines (Forrest Whitaker). With its exceptional cast— Robin Williams, James Marsden, Liev Schreiber, John Cusack and Alan Rickman appear as Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and Reagan—The Butler overcomes the natural tendency of such films to drift into sentimental nostalgia. Daniels never sugarcoats the Civil Rights Movement. THE LEGEND OF HERCULES (PG-13) The style of Zack Snyder’s 300 has lived on in Tarsem’s Immortals and The Clash of the Titans remake. Now comes a new Hercules flick starring Kellan Lutz, better known as Twilight’s Emmett Cullen. (Incidentally, it’s the first of two Herc-flicks being released in 2014; the second one stars the Rock under the direction of Brett Ratner.) Renny Harlin, former ‘80s action darling and former Mr. Geena Davis, can still earn a gig. LIFE THE GRIOT The USA imprisons more citizens than any other nation in the world, and many of them are young African American males incarcerated for non-violent crimes. Life the Griot, nee Lemuel LaRoche, is trying to flip the script. I’ve seen Life speak at a local high school, and he speaks with a rare energy and power. Thanks to Watkinsville’s Sunnybank Films, more people will meet Life. Five dollars will get you a ticket, popcorn and soda. All proceeds will benefit Chess & Community Conference. (CIné) MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM (PG-13) The Other Boleyn Girl director Justin Chadwick gives you a history of the life of Nelson Mandela, the first democratically elected president of South Africa. Idris Elba (Luther and The Wire) plays Mandela and has already been nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture. MISTAKEN FOR STRANGERS The acclaimed band, The National, get their own rockumentary courtesy of lead singer Matt Berninger’s brother, Tom, and Ciné has an advance screening of the doc just for you, Athens. This screening is sponsored by Amanda Martin of Balance Pilates and Underground Dance Society. It will be followed by a reception catered by the restaurant that shares its name with the band (hint, it’s next door to Ciné) and a live performance by Easter Island. (Ciné) l ONE CHANCE (PG-13) So, apparently, this movie is based on a true story. Paul Potts (James Corden, who was on “Doctor Who” once or twice) is bullied by day and sings opera at night. Eventually, he is selected for and wins “Britain’s Got Talent.” Once upon a time, director David Frankel helmed the above average The Devil Wears Prada. Taylor Swift was nominated for a Golden Globe for her original song, “Sweeter than Fiction.” With Julie Walters and Colm Meaney. • PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE MARKED ONES (R) Don’t give up on the Paranormal Activity franchise just yet. This series of haunted found footage recovers nicely from its fourth and worst entry. Deviating from the central gimmick of stationary cameras as part of a home surveillance setup, PA: TMO has recent high school graduate, Jesse (Andrew Jacobs), and his pals, Hector (Jorge Diaz) and Marisol (Gabriel Walsh). After Jesse’s neighbor, thought to be a witch by everyone, is murdered by one of Jesse’s classmates, the activity gets a bit paranormal. It never gets as scary as any of the first three movies, but a few jumpy jolts exist. Dropping the stationary cameras
turns this Paranormal Activity into a more conventional found footage flick. On the other hand, having an ethnic cast is a refreshing change for such a whitewashed franchise. Christopher â€œSon of Michaelâ€? Landon has written Paranormal Activity 2, 3 and 4; he peppers his first stab at directing a PA with lots of little Easter eggs referencing its predecessors. Landon also divisively deepens the mythology, which leads to a slightly confusing conclusion. PA: TMO isnâ€™t the best PA flick, but it gets the franchise back on track before this fallâ€™s sixth film. 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, The Grifters, High Fidelity, Dirty Pretty Things and The Queen) finds itself well-received by critics. The vastly talented Coogan can be an acquired taste. Nominated for three Golden Globesâ€”Best Motion Picture, Best Actress and Best Screenplay. (CinĂŠ) 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. Director John Lee Hancock last helmed The Blind Side. It looks like heâ€™s got another crowd pleasing hit on his hands. With Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, B.J. Novak and Bradley Whitford. â€˘ THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY (PG) Director-star Ben Stillerâ€™s adaptation of James Thurberâ€™s classic short story is an odd duck. Take Thurberâ€™s simple literary seed and
fertilize it with writer Steve Conradâ€™s brand of The Weather Man/The Pursuit of Happyness pablum. The resulting film pleases on its own and disappoints as a version of Thurber. Daydreamer Walter Mitty (Stiller) works at â€œLifeâ€? Magazine, which is about to go completely digital, and he has lost the negative of the final cover photo, provided by a legendary photog (Sean Penn). Having never done anything, Walter goes on an impromptu adventure to Greenland, Iceland and Afghanistan, mostly to get the attention of a comely coworker (a cute, pleasantly normal Kristen Wiig). Stillerâ€™s humor never quite gels with Conradâ€™s insipid sincerity. Stillerâ€™s direction shines, though he seems to be channeling a sterile, mass market Wes Anderson. Still, itâ€™s laudable and creative; everything that the script is not. Unnecessarily overplotted and overly coincidental, it glosses over the complexities of Walterâ€™s adventure. It should never have been called The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, but I still felt overtly amiable towards the film when it was over. Though whatâ€™s the deal with Adam Scottâ€™s beard? TYLER PERRYâ€™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. Perryâ€™s merrily mischievous matron travels to Alabama with the worst character Perry has yet created, Eileen (Anna Maria Horsford). Eileenâ€™s daughter, Lacey (Tika Sumpter), is hiding her new marriage to Conner (Eric Lively), who is white, and her motherâ€™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 (PG) Seventy million years ago during the Cretaceous period, three Pachyrhinosaurus palsâ€”Patchi (v. Justin Long), Scowler (v. Skyler Stone) and Juniper (v. Tiya Sircar)â€”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. Named for the 1999 BBC TV documentary series. â€˘ THE WOLF OF WALL STREET (R) Director Martin Scorsese is 71 and has more cinematic vim and vigor than any younger filmmaker to whom you wish to compare him. Just see The Wolf of Wall Street for proof. Leonardo DiCaprio stars as Jordan Belfort, who ruled the Bulls and the Bears before the age of 30. Hopped up on Quaaludes and cocaine, Belfort and his crew at Stratton Oakmont (best represented on screen by Jonah Hill) peddled penny stocks and defrauded investors so badly, he ended up in prison for 22 months. Scorsese captures every debauched momentâ€”hookers, drugs and dwarf tossingâ€”of Belfortâ€™s life. DiCaprio will be an Oscar frontrunner if voters can get beyond the vileness of Belfort enough to celebrate the actorâ€™s most physical performance. At three hours, The Wolf of Wall Street is far from too long, though some individual scenes linger too long. Hill proves his Moneyball turn was no fluke with another career-redefining turn. How awesome is it to see Scorsese churning out still relevant work with a new muse while his old muse, Robert De Niro, is mired in crummy comedies like Grudge Match. This Wolf is one to watch.
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flagpole’s Top 10 Albums
ecause it was a calendar year that existed in time, the list of incredible albums released by Athens-based musicians in 2013 extends far beyond this selection of 10. Even so, we think it’s worth highlighting some of the various releases that made our ears perk up. Below, Flagpole’s favorite local albums of 2013, as voted on by our music writers. This is the final installment in Flagpole’s year-end music coverage. For our Defining Athens Music and Favorite Musical Moments of 2013 features, visit flagpole.com.
poetry and wounded vocals served as a beautiful jumping-off point, creating plenty of those group-listening moments where you just had to smile and look around to see if anyone else had that same grin on their face. [Will Guerin]
4. Faster Circuits: Tunes of Glory
Derek Almstead, the man at the helm of Faster Circuits, won the blue ribbon in 2013 for his quiet woodshedding. Word about this psychedelic gem was kept mostly hush-hush, simply because its construction proceeded in such a matterof-fact way. Rather than play the promo game, continually announcing the album as forthcoming, Almstead and his talented crew chose to concentrate on sketching out and filling in a deft collection of Kraut-influenced, multi-layered mind matter. When it was done, they simply said, “Oh, yeah. Here’s a record we made.” Brilliant. [Gordon Lamb]
5. El Hollín: Holey Smokes
El Hollín’s third full-length release in three years found the band having punched through the growing pains of learning effective track-sequencing, song-transitioning and fullfigured arrangement. Whereas previously the group could occasionally become bogged down in its own chaotic, multi-instrumentalist stew, Holey Smokes was a wonderfully realized album of pure, harmonic indiepop utterly free of the forced childishness for which the genre is known. It was an edifying listen all-around. [GL]
1. T. Hardy Morris: Audition Tapes
For his debut solo release, Dead Confederate frontman T. Hardy Morris turned down and tuned up, dishing out a toothsome and well-balanced collection of poignant, muscular folk-rock. Like so many contemporary LPs, Audition Tapes was a foray into nostalgia, sort of. But unlike most, it gladly took the bad with the good: Centered largely on themes of addiction and regret, the album pumped harrowing honesty from its analog heart. With assists from longtime compatriots Matt Stoessel and Thayer Sarrano, Morris’ 2013 outing was a pleasant and sure-footed surprise. Less surprising? It was the only album to receive a vote from every Flagpole writer who participated in putting together this list. [Gabe Vodicka]
6. The Darnell Boys: The Darnell Boys
Great folk songs seem to have an anachronistic quality, resonating in the moment at hand but also sounding like they came from another decade. It’s no easy task, but The Darnell Boys managed to strike that balance on their debut album. Recorded at the state-of-the-art The Glow Recording Studio with engineer Jesse Mangum, the three Darnell brothers (Austin, Gus and Caleb), along with Elijah Neesmith and Patrick Weise, released a dozen tracks that could have emanated from the 1950s—but sounded just as slick in 2013. [Dan Mistich]
2. murk daddy flex: 7. Nurture: MDF When three mysterious mixtapes of experiIn the mental, sample-driven hip hop appeared on Bandcamp last year with the “Athens” tag, Middle of one question buzzed through town: Who was murk daddy flex? Turns out it was the alter Everything ego of Terence Chiyezhan, a guitarist known for his scorching work with post-hardcore standout Nurture (more on that band later). Chiyezhan solidified his status as one of the most exciting local artists last June with the Audacity-constructed MDF LP, where his encyclopedic sampling and truly expert sense of balance met with a refreshingly playful attitude. It was all amplified by a subversive live show, where Chiyezhan boldly spun cardboard “turntables,” challenging the status quo (or at least enraging humorless DJ purists) in the process. [GV]
3. Brothers: Street Names EP
Street Names represented yet another step forward for songwriter Ryan Gray Moore, a collection of studio recordings that emphasized the role live performance plays in Moore’s creative process. On the EP, Moore and his band of Brothers treated each instrument as a parallel platform of transport, independently building and ultimately striking in unison. Moore’s intricate
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At the start of In the Middle of Everything, a blindside thrashing erupted from the spring-loaded guitar riff, tangled and discordant. A knockout blow hit unexpectedly, evoking the violence of bodies rushing into the pit, slamming you from behind and putting you on the ground. And that was just the first 15 seconds. From there, Nurture continued to challenge itself with this poverty of time, distilling the ornate complexity of post-hardcore into as dense and efficient an emotional outpouring as possible. The album emphasized what the band does best: taking the mathematics of technical song layouts and drowning out the cold logic with brash, unfiltered emo sensibilities. [WG]
8. Elf Power: Sunlight on the Moon
Elf Power’s 12th album was arguably its most invigorating. Songs like the jaunty title track and the fuzzed-out anthem “Lift the Shell” boasted the sort of loosey-goosey psych-rock playfulness the band has flirted with since the beginning, while gorgeous, minor-key tunes like “Darkest Wave” showcased frontman Andrew Rieger’s seasoned songwriting in all its understated glory. As the first Elephant 6-related project released since the 2012 passing of Bill Doss, Sunlight on the Moon also stood as a sort of unofficial tribute, ebullient and bright but also softly elegiac. [GV]
9. Shonna Tucker & Eye Candy: A Tell All
With a lineup that included Athens stalwarts Clay Leverett, John Neff, Bo Bedingfield and Neil Golden, former Drive-By Truckers bassist Shonna Tucker found herself in good company for her first release as bandleader. A Tell All was an expected but invigorating mix of rock and country, served up with Tucker’s signature Southern drawl. Although hardly as confessional as its title might suggest, the collection was nevertheless an agreeable addition to the rich alt-country tradition that continues to build roots in Athens. With a band that talented and songs that solid, A Tell All was exceptional ear candy. [DM]
10. Gyps: Mine
2013 was somewhat of a banner year for ambient music in the Classic City. On the outskirts of town, Rachel and Grant Evans continued pumping out visionary work via their Hooker Vision and VAALD labels, while new transplants like Terminals crafted pensive synth symphonies that took the town by storm. Most surprisingly, two members of local hardcore-punk outfit Muuy Biien went soft: Frontman Josh Evans released two terrific recordings of inward-facing doom, and guitarist Xander Witt gave us Mine, a lengthy but rewarding set of cool, cloud-covered drones. In a just world, it would be on a slew of experimental year-end lists. For now, Athens is happy to claim it as ours alone. [GV] To hear selections from these recordings and see a list of our writers’ honorable mentions, visit flagpole.com.
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Harsh Words Athens Punk Grows Up
ason Griffin is not worried about maintaining his singing voice. “I hate my voice,” he says. “The only thing I do is soak [my vocal chords] in beer.” Approaching the 20-year mark of playing music in Athens and a veteran of punk bands such as No!, American Cheeseburger and Shaved Christ (with whom he still plays), Griffin recently founded Harsh Words with Gripe vets guitarist Tom Needham and bassist Brandon Goss. In the group, he plays drums and returns to singing for the first time since fronting Tres Kids, a band Griffin started when he moved to Athens in 1995. Shouting over the familiar rapid assault of hardcore punk—raw, high-speed and at times dissonant, Harsh Words’ music might also be classified as power violence or grindcore— Griffin’s hollering lands somewhere between a growl and a bratty shriek. It’s enough to make any voice teacher cringe, but it’s a welcome sound to local punks, who have slim pickings to choose from in the local scene, especially as they get on in years. Like any other genre, punk music has its tropes, among them angry young men who spend their days frustrated by service industry jobs, fueling their music with the agony of being broke and catering to the ungrateful moneyed. But the members of Harsh Words aged out of that demographic some time ago. Needham teaches math at UGA, and Goss is a student. Griffin maintains his ties to the service industry world by cooking at The Grit, where he’s been a staple for many years (no pun intended). But if he’s frustrated, it doesn’t show. Tall and rocking an enormous pile of fluffy blond hair, he’s a warm dude with a gentle speaking voice. (It just so happens that he also likes to use that voice to kick off songs by screaming, “What the fuuuck!”) Griffin is also known around town as a onetime regular of the house-show scene, particularly as a host during American Cheeseburger’s heyday in the mid-to-late aughts. “I did house and warehouse shows, starting with Tres Kids, for 15 to 16 years,” he says. “I had a good run, but I got tired of destroying houses I lived in, and I haven’t done them in my own house for the last four years now. We still love to play houses, and I still love booking shows. I just don’t have a space anymore.”
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That shift reflects an overall turnover in the punk community, with younger groups like Muuy Biien, which retains a patience for trashed residences and a general lack of peace, taking up the D.I.Y. mantle. Griffin and his cohorts, meanwhile, have found new homes downtown, often organizing shows around touring acts, as they’ve done with Thursday’s show at Flicker for Finland’s Sokea Piste. “If we played a house show, we’d be playing to different people than we’ll be playing to at Flicker,” says Michael Clancy, who plays alongside Griffin in Shaved Christ. But centering shows on touring acts comes with its own set of problems: namely, raising enough money to make the out-of-towners’ trip worthwhile. Athens’ wealth of artistfriendly venues is a boon in that regard. “Several venues, like Flicker, Go Bar and Caledonia, charge smaller production fees for bands, which is helpful when we need to get money for bands on tour,” Griffin says. But regardless of the venue, the ethos remains the same. “The songs are short, not sweet, and to the point. No filler,” Griffin says of his work with Harsh Words. The band’s debut album, Reptile Brain, supports that statement. The longest of its nine songs clocks in at 1:17, with most tracks coming in under a minute. So, yeah: short. And with titles like “Tears” and “Icy Resolve,” they’re certainly not sweet either. What they are is fast, frenetic fun from three of Athens’ punk doyens. And once you’re in their thrall, it ceases to matter whether you’re thrashing around on the floor of the bandleader’s house or in a local bar. Griffin, Goss and Needham are mainstays of Athens punk, and they don’t concern themselves too much with the question of where it happens. To them, it’s pretty simple: “Hardcore is fast and fun to play.” Enough said. Rachel Bailey
WHO: Harsh Words, Shaved Christ, Sokea Piste WHERE: Flicker Theatre & Bar WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 9, 9 p.m. HOW MUCH: $5
Welcome to 2014. No doubt about it, folks: We’re in the future now. Between milea-minute news feeds, big-screen TVs in every possible place of public accommodation and the blind sprint toward packing the classrooms of the attention-deficient national student body with more and more technology, it seems we’re just out of time. And inclination. Toward what, you ask? Keeping up with everything as it happens, of course. So, in the spirit of not only riding the cutting edge but actually cutting the edge, here’s the annual Threats & Promises that brings you tomorrow’s news, today. If you want to know what happened in Athens music in 2014, this is the place to be.
spokesman Ryan Lewis said, “Rock and roll may not last forever, but with Kindercore, it can sure feel that way.”
January: Everyone’s long winter’s nap seemed to get longer this month, as Athens’ many musicians continued to forget when their soundchecks were. A goodly handful of them forgot when their shows were, as well, forcing local clubs to enlist the services of glittery handmaiden to the unreadable-flyer fairy, Mercer West, and his cast of thousands once again. Crowds were alternately thrilled and confounded, but hell, all the shows were free.
September: The influx of college freshman saw the Athens population rise by several thousand. Concerned citizens and beleaguered audiences petitioned the Athens-Clarke County Mayor and Commission to impose a mandatory three-day waiting period on the purchase of all guitars so as to tamp down those really awful ideas found brewing in the quad.
February: Valentine’s Day continued to baffle the Athens music scene, as no one could figure out if they should mask themselves in faux-romance or faux-resentment. So, everyone got together for the first Athens Pity Party, at which perma-bachelors tsk-tsk’ed at the betrothed-’n’-yoked while those who had a ring on it wore fake noses to be able to look that much farther down. March: Kai Riedl’s entertainment/technology thing Athens Slingshot finally made its mark on the nation by getting real with its name, single-handedly reviving the careers of The Verve Pipe, Yellowcard, Deadeye Dick and former Athens road warriors Dayroom. When asked about this Kai Riedl change of focus, Riedl remarked, “The original idea was to ‘slingshot’ bands coming back east from Texas after SXSW, but after some reflection, that seemed like a situation where ‘boomerang’ would be more appropriately used. So, I just looked for bands—or pieces of bands, lying around, taking up space—that should be shot from a sling, and it all started coming together.”
April: Building off its success with its Green Room offshoot, the Georgia Theatre announced its “Rock in All Colors” initiative, opening the Pink Palace, the Blue Cupboard and the Beige Bungalow. After failing to find enough mid-level indie acts to fill the clubs, management invested heavily in karaoke machines, which packed the joints daily, proving yet again that the most desirable sound on earth is that of one’s own voice. May: Kindercore Records reimagined and relaunched itself for the 22nd time. Having already represented twee indie-pop and braggadocio-laden rock and roll, the 18-year-old concept was again reconfigured as a mutualfund investment scheme and retirementplanning consultation service. Co-founder and
June: AthFest came and went without founder Jared Bailey in the driving seat. It was OK. July: Athens musicians figured out how to raid every single apartment complex pool at the same time July 4, likening their exploits to some sort of vague heroism that only that one history major dude really understood. August: Too hot to move. Everything was cancelled forever.
October: Flagpole Music Editor Gabe Vodicka and City Editor Blake Aued were plowing through their second year of townie football coverage, in response to which Taco-Standmunchers asked why this space wasn’t being parceled out to “realer” Athens things like craft fairs and start-up amateur carnivals. Several readers had something to say, but those thoughts slipped their minds as it was announced that their lunch order was ready. November: Musicians’ resource center Nuçi’s Space made a hostile takeover bid for online streaming service Bandcamp. This unusually aggressive move was justified by the necessity of a repository for all the new recordings—both well- and ill-advised—produced by its Camp Amped program. An anonymous source said, “Look at all the crap that’s been flooding Bandcamp. I bet you half those ‘artists’ never even went to camp! We’re gonna bring honesty back to the music world. Also, we need the server space.” December: Still reeling from the decision to spend precious rehearsal time two months prior learning a bunch of cover tunes in order to celebrate All Hallows’ Eve with their bros, Athens bands jumped whole-hog on the Mike Turner-promulgated Krampus Fest. All the groups began furiously writing tunes for the event, which mostly took place via Internet insult-trading but came to glorious fruition at the Parade of Lights when everyone played as loudly as possible inside Bryant Williamson’s Sprinter van, driving up College Avenue surrounded by renegade skateboarders. Turner had a headache that night and couldn’t make it out, but was eventually soothed by some tea and a nap. When asked about Krampus Fest, he chuckled slightly and said, “Y’all took that seriously?” Thanks for another great year, Athens! Gordon Lamb firstname.lastname@example.org
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In what might otherwise be a gray winter, â€œWonderlandâ€? offers an oasis of vibrant, dreamlike landscapes to escape into. â€œUsually for the January show I like to open with works that are bright and exciting, as January can be dark and quiet,â€? says Dunphy. â€œThis is my third season curating at Indigo, and, over the years, in a way it has been a bit like Alice in Wonderland, as artwork appears to me in thrilling and surprising ways.â€? Moonâ€™s layered mixed media collages blend heritage and the present day by juxtaposing traditional Korean imagery like cranes, teapots and ribbons with pop culture references, whereas McVeyâ€™s photo collages of trailer interiors reveal otherworldly landscapes through the windows. The stream-of-consciousness drawings of Abrahams resemble intensified Dr. Seuss landscapes with wildly colorful and erratically reoccurring images not unlike those of LSD-induced experiences. Mankerâ€™s femme fatale portraits from her â€œUnder the Rainbowâ€? series are similarly psychedelic, with their gentle washes of rainbow hues. The exhibit is rounded out with storybook narrative paintings by cartoonist and illustrator Davis, surreal gouaches of cities by Chidester and whimsical, highly textured collages by Barnes.
All Eyes: â€œItâ€™s Not Polite to Stare,â€? the Georgia Museum of Artâ€™s first of many new exhibitions arriving this season, includes three short pieces of video art exploring the themes of privacy in public spaces and societal â€œrules of looking.â€? In her iconic performance piece Touch Cinema, Austrian artist Valie Export stood on a sidewalk while wearing a Styrofoam case around her bare chestâ€”like a miniature movie theaterâ€” inviting passerby to reach in and touch her beyond the curtain. In contrast to the maledominated film industry and typical cinematic experiences, which are inherently voyeuristic, Export traded a visual experience for a tactile one in which she was in full control. In Mrs. Peanut Visits New York, filmmaker Charles Atlas follows performance artist Leigh Bowery as he sashays through the city streets, turning heads with his ensemble inspired by the Planterâ€™s Peanut mascot, complete with a full bodysuit, asymmetrical floral dress, top hat and clear heels. April 2nd investigates boundaries in public places as artist Shelly Silver quietly follows a series of men around the streets of Paris with her camera. The exhibition is on display through Thursday, Mar. 20, and will be highlighted during 90 Carlton: Winter, GMOAâ€™s quarterly open house, on Friday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m.
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Pining for the Fjords: On view in the GlassCube@Hotel Indigo is â€œHello Polly! This is Your Nine Oâ€™Clock Wake Up Call,â€? a new sculptural installation by Swedish-born, Madison-based artist Liselott Johnsson, who is a trained architect from Columbia University with an MFA from the Art Institute in Boston. In the center of the cube hangs a large chandelier-like structure ornamented with two tiers of small color-field paintings circling a blue parrot perched on a frame centerpiece. Strips of boldly colored, transparent vinyl line the windows in precise columns, creating an environment of hard-edge geometry and multihued lenses for viewers to gaze through. Although â€œHello Polly!â€? is more modern and less fantastical than the works in â€œWonderland,â€? the two exhibits complement each other through a shared palette of bright colors and whimsy. â€œHello Polly!â€? draws inspiration from the 1969 â€œDead Parrot Sketch,â€? one of the most popular routines from Monty Pythonâ€™s Flying Circus, in which a disgruntled customer and a shopkeeper argue over whether a newly purchased Norwegian Blue parrot is truly alive or dead. â€œLiselottâ€™s intention in her work is to reconfigure the nature of modernist painting, in a way, by claiming it is not dead,â€? says Dunphy. An opening reception for â€œWonderlandâ€? and â€œHello Polly!â€? will be held Thursday, Jan. 9, 6:30â€“8:30 p.m. The exhibits will be on view through Sunday, Mar. 23.
Winter Wonderland: The Gallery@Hotel Indigoâ€™s newest exhibit, â€œWonderland,â€? features the works of Athens-based artists Nina Barnes, Michele Chidester, Eleanor Davis and Cobra McVey and Atlanta-based artists Sean Abrahams, Ann Marie Manker and Jiha Moon. Using a variety of media like painting, drawing, photography and collage-relief, each artist explores personal and fictional narratives with a colorful pop or a psychedelic sensibility. â€œAll the works have stories or places that are fanciful or surreal,â€? says gallery curator Didi Dunphy.
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â€œWord of Mouth: A Community of Poetsâ€? Photo Show
CinĂŠ Âˇ 6:30â€“8:30 p.m. Âˇ FREE! Over the past year, photographer David Noah has been capturing portraits of poets from Word of Mouth, a series of open readings held the first Wednesday of every month at The Globe. After a few preliminary runs of taking shots while the poets were onstage, Noah began doing extended portrait sessions at their homes, exploring the environments where they live and write. Each portrait in the exhibit is accompanied by one of their poems. â€œAt some point I realized that WoM is a community as much as a venue, and documenting that community became interesting to me,â€? Noah says. â€œThe founder and guiding spirit of WoM, Aralee Strange, passed away last spring. This was a deep loss for everyone involved, and I came to see my photo series as a portrait of a family in transition.â€? Sixteen local poets featured in the portrait seriesâ€”including Bob Ambrose, Michelle Castleberry, Charley Seagraves, Lemuel LaRoche and Grady Thrasherâ€”will share their poems throughout the opening reception. [Jessica Smith] MUSIC | Friday, Jan. 10
Lera Lynn, John French & the Bastilles, Josh Perkins
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The Infamous Stringdusters, Packway Handle Band, The Darnell Boys
Georgia Theatre Âˇ 9 p.m. Âˇ $15 ($20 for two-day pass) Playing a pair of weekend shows in a music town is a big deal, so when the Charlottesville, VA-based Infamous Stringdusters roll into Athens for a couple
of gigs at the Georgia Theatre, expect North Lumpkin Street to be the center of attention. Known for their long, intricate jams on instruments typically associated with bluegrass, the Stringdusters are well accustomed to showing off their virtuoso status. But the bandâ€™s live show isnâ€™t the only notable thing about it; the group has garnered a Best Country Instrumental Grammy nomination for its studio recording of â€œMagic No. 9.â€? Local progressivebluegrass torchbearers Packway Handle Band open up the Friday show, while the bluesy five-piece The Darnell Boys warm up the crowd Saturday. [Dan Mistich] FILM | Sunday, Jan. 12
Documentary Premiere: Life the Griot
CinĂŠ Âˇ 2 p.m. Âˇ $5 suggested donation Life the Griotâ€”directed by Matt DeGennaro and produced by Grady Thrasher and Kathy Prescottâ€”documents the story of local social worker, mentor, poet, author and activist Lemuel LaRoche. LaRoche, known to the community as Life the Griot, takes his nickname from a term that doubles as an ambassador to the community and as a class of traveling poets, musicians and storytellers who maintain a tradition of oral history in parts of West Africa. Weaving poetry, storytelling and heart-toheart talks over games of chess, LaRoche is committed to empowering youth, promoting community development and raising awareness of social injustices. Admission to the screening includes soda and Lera Lynn popcorn, and all proceeds will benefit Chess & Community Conference, a nonprofit organization founded by LaRoche that uses chess to encourage youth to â€œthink before you moveâ€? and apply forward-thinking strategies to their lives. [Jessica Smith] MUSIC | Monday, Jan. 13
Tracy Shedd, Wayward State, Mothers
Flicker Theatre & Bar Âˇ 9 p.m. Âˇ $TBA The music created by Florida native and North Carolina resident Tracy Shedd calls to mind the work of Laura Veirs, plaintive and pretty but also packing an emotional wallop. Sheddâ€™s latest, Arizona, released in fall 2013 via Sunshine State indie New Granada, found her stripping away the studio affectations in favor of a largely acoustic, wholly straightforward sort of slow burn. Featuring contributions from notables Ivan Howard (of The Rosebuds) and Giant Sandâ€™s Howe Gelb, the record highlighted Sheddâ€™s deceptively powerful vocals and knack for incisive phrase-turning like none of her albums had to that point. Shedd has lived quietly but persistently on the indie fringes for over a decade; expect the stunning Arizona to propel her to a more centric space. [Gabe Vodicka]
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Tuesday 7 CLASSES: A Course in Miracles (Body, Mind & Spirit) Learn the inner workings of a miracle. 6 p.m. $5 suggested donation. 706-3516024 EVENTS: PFLAG Meeting (The Coffee Shop of Athens) A support group for parents, family members and friends of the LGBTQ community. 6:30–8 p.m. FREE! pflagathga@ gmail.com GAMES: Trivia with a Twist (Johnny’s New York Style Pizza) Throw a lime in your Coors Light, grab a slice of pie and compete! Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m. & Thursdays, 8 p.m. 706-354-1515 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: 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 Bouché’s painting, “Italy.” 2 p.m. FREE! www.georgiamuseum.org 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. $5 suggested donation. 706-351-6024 EVENTS: Rabbit Box, Jr. (The Melting Point) This month’s theme is “The Year is Young,” 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
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 ‘O’ Brady’s) Test your sports knowledge every Wednesday night. 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-850-1916 GAMES: Dirty Nerds Trivia (Crow’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.–12 p.m. $3–5. 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. 4–5 p.m. FREE! 706613-3650 PERFORMANCE: Resident Accompanist Recital (UGA Ramsey Concert Hall) Hugh 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
Thursday 9 ART: Sunburst 10-Minute Block 2 (Sewcial Studio) Learn to make this quilt block and its variations, plus tricks to make the block in just 10 minutes. Registration required. 12:30–3:30 p.m. $28 plus supplies. 706-247-6143 ART: Word of Mouth: A Community of Poets Photo Show (Ciné Barcafé) Join David Noah for a reception featuring his portraits of members of the Word of Mouth poetry community. Many of the poets pictured will be on hand to read a poem. Snacks will be provided by The National. See Calendar Pick on p. 16. 6:30–8:30 p.m. FREE! www.davidnoahphotos.blogspot.com ART: Opening Receptions (Gallery @ Hotel Indigo–Athens) For “Wonderland,” featuring works by Sean Abrahams, Nina Barnes, Michele Chidster, Eleanor Davis, Ann Marie Manker, Jiha Moon and Cobra McVey. In the GlassCube is a new installation by Liselott Johnsson called “Hello Polly! This is Your Nine O’Clock Wake Up Call!” See Art Notes on p. 15. 6:30 p.m. FREE! www.indigoathens.com CLASSES: Email for Beginners (Oconee County Library) Learn the
basics of using email including how to access your email account, attaching items and tips to avoid unwanted or junk mail. 1–2:30 p.m. FREE! 706-769-3950 GAMES: Trivia with a Twist (Johnny’s New York Style Pizza) See Tuesday listing for full description Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m. & Thursdays, 8 p.m. 706-354-1515 GAMES: Trivia (El Azteca) Win prizes with host Todd Kelly. Every Thursday. 7:30–9 p.m. FREE! 706549-2639 GAMES: Trivia (The Volstead) Every Thursday! 7:30-9:30 p.m. FREE! 706-354-5300 KIDSTUFF: Book Babies (Oconee County Library) Nurture language skills with stories, songs and play time. 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-7693950 KIDSTUFF: Gallery Games (Georgia Museum of Art) Learn about works in the museum’s collection through a special interactive tour led by Callan Steinmann. For ages 7–11. 4:15–5 p.m. FREE! www. georgiamuseum.com PERFORMANCE: Piano Recital (Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall) UGA piano professor Evgeny Rivkin presents Bach’s “French Suite in G Major,” Beethoven’s “Sonata No. 32” and Robert Schumann’s “Arabeske” and “Kreisleriana.” 8 p.m. $5 (w/ student ID), $18. 706-542-4400, www.pac.uga.edu THEATRE: Memphis (The Classic Center) Based on the book by Joe DiPietro and featuring a Tony Awardwinning original score, Memphis is inspired by actual events in the 1950s. A backwoods radio DJ who wants to change the world falls for a club singer who is ready for her big break. 7:30 p.m. $20–70. 706357-4444
Friday 10 CLASSES: Comprehensive Sexuality Course for Teens Parent Information Session (Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens) Our Whole Lives (OWL) is a nationally-recognized course offered for youth in grades 7–9. This course begins with two required parent information sessions. OWL runs late January through May. Space is limited. Registration required. Jan. 10, 6:30–8:30 p.m., Jan. 12, 4–6 p.m. $100. 706-546-7914, www. uua.org/re/owl EVENTS: Healing Circle and Meditation (Body, Mind & Spirit) Held every Friday. 6 p.m. $5 suggested donation. 706-351-6024 EVENTS: Zumba After Dark (40 Watt Club) Zumba fever continues. 7 p.m. $10. www.40watt.com EVENTS: Ladies Night Dance Party (Sundown Saloon) Hosted by DJ Lynn Carson. 8 p.m. FREE! 706-248-0894
“Games We Play” and other paintings by Lisa Freeman are currently on display at the Alps Road Jittery Joe’s through January. EVENTS: House Plant Appreciation Day (Madison County Library, Danielsville) Meet green-thumber Alisa Claytor and make a potted plant to take home. 4:30 p.m. FREE! 706-795-5597 GAMES: Fantastic Fridays (Bishop Park) Fun obstacle courses in a nonstructured environment. For ages 10 months-4 years old and their guardians. Every Friday. 10–11:30 a.m. $5-7.50. www.athensclarkecounty. com/gymnastics MEETINGS: Forum for Healthcare (Watkinsville Community Center, Watkinsville) Georgia Democratic United States Senate candidates Steen Miles, Todd Robinson and Dr. Branko Radulovacki will speak and answer questions. 7 p.m. FREE! firstname.lastname@example.org PERFORMANCE: Burlesque Beta (Go Bar) Open-mic variety show featuring singers, dancers, musicians and comics in the vaudeville tradition. 10 p.m. $3. 706-546-5609
Saturday 11 ART: Spotlight Tour (Georgia Museum of Art) See highlights from the museum’s permanent collection on a tour led by docents. 3 p.m. FREE! www.georgiamuseum.org
CLASSES: Color is Key: Painting with Lamar (Brick House Studio) Join Lamar Wood to explore painting media and techniques with an emphasis on color and play. Materials included. Held every Saturday. 12:30–3:30 p.m. $65, 706-540-4022, www.lamarwood. com EVENTS: 2014 Day of Dance (UGA Memorial Hall, Ballroom) Workshops in Merengue and Bachata (1–2 p.m.) basic Salsa steps and Casino Rueda (2–3 p.m.), Casina Rueda: Style Tune-up (3–4 p.m.), Afro Cuban Dance (4–5 p.m.), and intermediate Rueda Casino (5–6 p.m.). Followed by a party with performances by DanceFX, SALSAthens, DJ EZE and DJ Mighty Mike at New Earth Music Hall. 1–6 p.m. $15/workshop or $50 for all. www.dayofdance.eventbrite.com EVENTS: Athens Showgirl Cabaret (Go Bar) A unique drag show featuring performances by local drag artists. 10 p.m. $5. 706546-5609 EVENTS: Athens Area Democrats Breakfast (Brett’s Casual American Restaurant) U.S. Senate candidates Steen Miles, Branko Radulovacki and Todd Robinson lead a discussion. 9 a.m. $11. 706-247-3558, email@example.com
FILM: Rock Doc: Mistaken for Strangers (Ciné Barcafé) A rockumentary on the band The National, filmed by lead singer Matt Berninger’s younger brother, Tom. Followed by a reception catered by The National (the restaurant) and a live music performance by Easter Island. 7:30 p.m. $15. www.athenscine.com KIDSTUFF: Second Saturday Storytime (Sandy Creek Nature Center) Hear a nature story and learn about the woods and animals. 2:30–3 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3615 KIDSTUFF: Cabin Fever Relief Family Workshop (Steffen Thomas Museum of Art, Buckhead) Break the monotony of winter time with this multi-media pop-up class. Make something seasonal using the museum’s craft supplies. Call for reservations. 10 a.m.–12 p.m. $8 (children), $10 (adults). 706-3427557 www.steffenthomas.org. KIDSTUFF: Family Day: Marvelous Medallions (Georgia Museum of Art) Visit the exhibition “The Material of Culture: Renaissance Medals and Textiles from the Ulrich A. Middeldorf Collection” for inspiration before making your own medal portrait. 10 a.m. FREE! www.georgiamuseum.org k continued on next page
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THE CALENDAR! PERFORMANCE: 2014 Day of Dance (New Earth Athens) Following an afternoon of workshops, see dance performances by DanceFX and SALSAthens and sets by DJ EZE and DJ Mighty Mike. 8 p.m. $10. www.dayofdance.eventbrite.com
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CLASSES: Comprehensive Sexuality Course for Teens Parent Information Session (Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens) See Friday listing for full description Jan. 10, 6:30–8:30 p.m., Jan. 12, 4–6 p.m. $100. 706-5467914, www.uua.org/re/owl FILM: Documentary Premiere: Life the Griot (Ciné Barcafé) A documentary on the social worker, mentor, poet, author and activist Lemuel LaRoche, known to the Athens community as “Life the
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Monday 13 GAMES: Trivia (Highwire Lounge) Athens’ toughest trivia. $100 grand prize every week! All ages. 8 p.m. FREE! 706-543-8997 GAMES: Team Trivia (Beef ‘O’ Brady’s) Win house cash and prizes! Every Monday night. 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-850-1916 GAMES: Rock and Roll Trivia (Little Kings Shuffle Club) Get a team together and show off your extensive music knowledge! Hosted by Jonathan Thompson. 9 p.m. FREE! www.facebook.com/lkshuffleclub 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 levels. For ages 10–18. Registration
Tuesday. Everyone’s a winner. 9:30 p.m. FREE! 706-254-3392 GAMES: Locos Trivia (Locos Grill & Pub) Westside and Eastside locations of Locos Grill and Pub feature trivia night every Tuesday. 8 p.m. FREE! www.locosgrill.com KIDSTUFF: Read to Rover (Oconee County Library) Reading aloud to a dog creates a relaxed, nonjudgmental environment that helps kids develop their reading skills and builds confidence. Register for a 15-minutes session. Grades K-5. 3:15–4:15 p.m. FREE! 706-7693950 LECTURES & LIT: The Peabody Decades: America in the 1970s (Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries) This month’s program includes screenings of excerpts from “All in the Family,” “The Flip Wilson Show,” “M*A*S*H,” “Roots,” the 1972 Olympics and other decade-defining news and entertainment programs. Followed by a discussion between a student curator and a 1970s graduate of the Grady College
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: Sports Trivia (Beef ‘O’ Brady’s) Test your sports knowledge every Wednesday night. 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-850-1916 GAMES: Trivia (Copper Creek Brewing Company) Test your trivia chops for prizes! Every Wednesday. 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-1102 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: 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 GAMES: Dirty Nerds Trivia (Crow’s Nest) Trivia every Wednesday with
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Mrs. Peanut Visits New York by Charles Atlas is featured in “It’s Not Polite to Stare,” a video exhibit at the Georgia Museum of Art through Mar. 20. Griot.” Proceeds benefit the Chess & Community Conference. See Calendar Pick on p. 16. 2 p.m. $5 suggested donation. www.athenscine.com 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) Have some pizza while you 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 LECTURES & LIT: “Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys” (ACC Library) Kemal Korucu discusses Muslim points of view. This program is part of a reading and discussion series supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. 3 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/muslimjourneys
required. 4–5:30 p.m. FREE! 706613-3650, ext. 329
Tuesday 14 CLASSES: A Course in Miracles (Body, Mind & Spirit) Learn the inner workings of a miracle. 6 p.m. $5 suggested donation. 706-3516024 FILM: Bad Movie Night (Ciné Barcafé) After aerobics instructor Sandy gets attacked by a gang, she asks help from handyman Sam, who happens to be an expert at karate. 8:30 p.m. FREE! www.athenscine. com GAMES: Trivia with a Twist (Johnny’s New York Style Pizza) See Tuesday listing for full description Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m. & Thursdays, 8 p.m. 706-354-1515 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
of Journalism. 6:30 p.m. FREE! email@example.com PERFORMANCE: Sleeping Beauty (UGA Fine Arts Building) Tchaikovksy’s Sleeping Beauty comes to life in this beautiful production by the State Ballet Theatre of Russia. Jan. 14–15, 8 p.m. $50–60. www.pac.uga.edu
Wednesday 15 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. $5 suggested donation. 706-351-6024 CLASSES: Basics of Digital Photo Editing (Oconee County Library) Learn how to access and upload digital photos, how to resize, crop, take out red-eye, combine photos and more. Explore options for saving or archiving your digital photos. Hands-on class. Registration required. 3–4:30 p.m. FREE! 706769-3950
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: Anime Club (Oconee County Library) Watch some anime and manga, listen to J-Pop music, eat Japanese snacks and share fan art. Ages 13–18. 6–8 p.m. FREE! 706-769-3950 LECTURES & LIT: “Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys” (ACC Library) Dr. P. Daniel Silk leads a discussion on Hisham Matar’s book, In the Country of Men. 7 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/ muslimjourneys LECTURES & LIT: “Have You Had a Spiritual Experience?” (UGA Tate Student Center, Room 143) A discussion on divine love, inner guidance and dreams. 6 p.m. FREE! 706-310-9499 PERFORMANCE: Sleeping Beauty (UGA Fine Arts Building) See Tuesday listing for full description
Jan. 14â€“15, 8 p.m. $50â€“60. www. pac.uga.edu
LIVE MUSIC Tuesday 7 Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 DJ HOT WAX Max Wang (The Rodney Kings) spins â€˜60s pop/soul and punk rock. The Melting Point Terrapin Tuesday. 7 p.m. $5. www. meltingpointathens.com DRIFTWOOD Local Americana collective plays darkly accented folk.
Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742 THE FRITZ Jammy rock band from Asheville, NC. The Office Lounge 9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-0840 KARAOKE With your host Lynn, the Queen of Karaoke! Porterhouse Grill 7 p.m. FREE! 706-369-0990 JAZZ NIGHT Join Nicholas Wiles, Drew Hart and Steve Key for an evening of original music, improv and standards. Tapped 9 p.m. FREE! 706-850-6277 KARAOKE Sing your heart out every Wednesday.
CICADA RHYTHM Atlanta-based acoustic guitar and upright bass duo playing bluegrass-tinged indie folk, filled with beautiful, paired vocal harmonies. 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. Green Room 9 p.m. $5. www.greenroomathens.com LINGO Jam band featuring heavy guitar melodies, African and Latin grooves, old-school funk and fusion jazz. BUBONIK FUNK Funky, soulful rock band from Charlotte, NC.
The Office Lounge 8 p.m. 706-546-0840 NEAL CANUP Dusty vocals and wellcrafted songs from this local artist. 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!
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RED OAK SOUTHERN STRING BAND This Watkinsville-based band plays rootsy Americana tunes. Nowhere Bar 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742 TUESDAY NIGHT CONFESSIONAL Host Fester Hagood presents this weekâ€™s showcase of singersongwriter talent, featuring Anna Hamilton and the Rick Fowler Band. The Volstead 9 p.m. 706-354-5300 KARAOKE Every Tuesday!
Wednesday 8 Boarâ€™s Head Lounge 10 p.m. FREE! 706-369-3040 OPEN MIC NIGHT Rock out every Wednesday. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for booking. Georgia Theatre 9 p.m. FREE! www.georgiatheatre.com BACKROAD ANTHEM Country-rock band from Fayetteville, AR. Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 BAXTER AND THE BASICS Local folk-inspired indie rock band that borrows from the fuzz of â€˜90s alternative. WIEUCA A fuzz-heavy, slightly countrified alt-rock version of wistful slacker-rock. STEPHANIE SCHECTER Local singer-songwriter with a personal acoustic style. SCOTT New garage-rock band from local musician Louis Arnold. Hi-Lo Lounge 9 p.m. FREE! 706-850-8561 KARAOKE WITH THE KING Sing your guts out every Wednesday!
The Volstead 6 p.m. FREE! 706-354-5300 TRE POWELL Bluesy acoustic tunes with soulful vocals.
Thursday 9 Caledonia Lounge 9 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18-20). www. caledonialounge.com JUNA Sweeping local post-rock band featuring epic, end-of-the-world instrumentation. KELSI GRAMMAR Screamo group from Kennesaw, GA. RAINTREE Emo-influenced post-rock band from Charlottesville, VA. CLAIM CULTURE Indie rock band from Richmond, VA. NEW WIVES Charming Athens indie rockers inspired by groups like Modest Mouse and Cursive. Dirty Birds 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-7050 BLESS THE MIC Open mic and karaoke night. Every Thursday! Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m. $5. www.flickertheatreandbar. com HARSH WORDS Local hardcore band featuring members of Gripe and Shaved Christ. See story on p. 14. SOKEA PISTE Finland-based punk rock band. SHAVED CHRIST Local punk band featuring members of American Cheeseburger, Witches, Dark Meat and Hot New Mexicans. Georgia Theatre 9 p.m. $8. www.georgiatheatre.com FAMILY AND FRIENDS Buzzworthy local folk-rock act featuring double percussion and anthemic vocals. EP release show! SAINTSENECA Columbus, OH-based indie-folk outfit.
Hendershotâ€™s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. www.hendershotscoffee.com JAZZ JAM Some of Athensâ€™ most talented jazz musicians will get together to make Americaâ€™s music at this cool happening. So bring your saxophone and join in with the band, or grab a brew and a table and give an ear.
Caledonia Lounge 10 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18-20). www. caledonialounge.com DON CHAMBERS This local favoriteâ€™s whiskey-soaked bootstomps capture a certain dusty closing-time chic, though he has recently opted for a more minimal, pastoral sound. THAYER SARRANO Local songwriter playing hazy, desolate, Southerninspired rock tunes. This show will also feature magician Jeff Morris.
Little Kings Shuffle Club 10 p.m. www.facebook.com/lkshuffleclub k i d s This local band, led by songwriter Jared Collins, plays reverbwashed melodic pop. DEEP STATE Members of Little Gold and Brothers play driving, melodic guitar-rock. GROWL Austin, TX-based indie rock band. MOTHERS Local songwriter Kristine Leschper performs gorgeous, haunting folk tunes. The Melting Point 7 p.m. $13 (adv.), $18 (door). www. meltingpointathens.com KEVN KINNEY The Drivinâ€™ Nâ€™ Cryinâ€™ frontman performs a set of his solo material. CHUCK MEAD The creative force behind the critically acclaimed alt-country outfit BR549 performs a solo set. ANGIE APARO Accomplished singer and performer who has appeared onstage and on record with many big names, including Tim McGraw and Matchbox 20. FESTER HAGOOD This local songwriter sings in a soft drawl that accents his simple, plucked country songs. Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742 STRAIGHT NO CHASER Local groove-oriented group.
Green Room 9 p.m. $5. www.greenroomathens.com LAZY LOCOMOTIVE Local group featuring members of Fuzzbucket, Juice Box and High Strung String Band. THE KINKY APHRODISIACS Southern progressive rock trio. Hendershotâ€™s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. www.hendershotscoffee.com THE HOBOHEMIANS This six-piece, acoustic band utilizes banjo, ukulele, flute, accordion, saxophone, piano, various percussion, drums and bass to perform popular American and European roots music of the 1910s, â€˜20s and â€˜30s: a potent mix of protojazz, blues and folk. The Melting Point 7:30 p.m. $10. www.meltingpointathens.com LERA LYNN & HER BAND Former Athenian turned Nashville resident playing country-influenced music with distinctive, sultry vocals. See Calendar Pick on p. 16. JOHN FRENCH & THE BASTILLES Songwriter John Frenchâ€™s sincere acoustic compositions are backed by a group of musicians with country and rock influences. JOSH PERKINS Long-running local folk-rocker.
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The Coffee Shop of Athens 8 p.m. FREE! 706-542-8990 RICK BEDELL Local flautist playing Native American-inspired music.
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THE CALENDAR! ROBOTIC PIRATE MONKEY Electronic bass crew from Boulder, CO. ANDY BRUH & ROBBIE DUDE Two local EDM hotshots spin sets to open the show. Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742 DOMINO EFFECT Multifaceted reggae, dub, funk and fusion quartet from Savannah. The Office Lounge 9:30 p.m. 706-546-0840 COMMON PEOPLE BAND Athens party band playing ‘70s funk and disco classics. Pizza Hut 8 p.m. FREE! 706-353-0888 (Baxter Street location) THE WELFARE LINERS This popular local five-piece bluegrass unit blends classic tunes with originals while focusing on brother harmonies for that authentic high lonesome sound.
Saturday 11 Caledonia Lounge 9:30 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18-20). www. caledonialounge.com TATERZANDRA Local band playing angular, often dissonant but catchy rock that maintains a distinct sense of melody. SEX BBQ East Atlanta ‘surf-rock space wizards’ playing psychedelic yet melodic math-rock inspired tunes. MONSOON Female-fronted local post-punk band that dabbles in rockabilly and new wave.
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FREE ASSOCIATES Local garagerock band that experiments with noise and attitude. Cutters Pub 10 p.m. FREE! 706-353-9800 ROB’S B-DAY BASH Featuring a huge jam session with lots of local musicians, followed by a dance party with DJ Mob Knarly. Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m. www.flickertheatreandbar.com OLD SMOKEY Local folk-rock band fronted by songwriter Jim Willingham that explores songs and instrumentals with an interweaving sonic palette that includes banjo, cello, violin, lap steel and drums. T.S. WOODWARD Psychedelic, piano-centric pop also featuring Matt Garrison on upright bass and James Owen on drums. DOOM RIBBONS Experimental guitar/percussion duo from Asheville, NC. 40 Watt Club 8 p.m. $5. www.40watt.com BIG MORGAN Local band consisting of former members of Atlanta band Lotus Slide. WIEUCA A fuzz-heavy, slightly countrified alt-rock version of the sort of wistful slacker-rock pioneered by Pavement and Dinosaur Jr. PADRE Local indie band featuring members of Dana Swimmer. EVAN TYOR Local singer-songwriter.
country and bluegrass underpinnings. See Calendar Pick on p. 16. THE DARNELL BOYS The three Darnell brothers play and sing country blues originals backed by upright bass, singing saw and junkyard percussion.
Georgia Theatre 9 p.m. $15 (door), $20 (two-day pass). www.georgiatheatre.com THE INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS Improvised string band music with
Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 DJ BLOWPOP Joe Kubler (Bubbly Mommy Gun) spins a set of cool tunes.
Quincy Mumford and the Reason Why plays Green Room on Saturday, Jan. 11.
Green Room 9 p.m. www.greenroomathens.com QUINCY MUMFORD AND THE REASON WHY New Jersey-based ‘70s-style funk-rock band. Little Kings Shuffle Club 10 p.m. FREE! www.facebook.com/ lkshuffleclub IMMUZIKATION Celebrated local DJ Alfredo Lapuz, Jr. hosts a dance party featuring high-energy electro and rock.
TWIN POWERS DJ Dan Geller (The Gold Party, The Agenda) and friends spin late-night glam rock, new wave, Top 40, punk and Britpop. DJ Z-DOG Loveable local DJ spins top 40 hits, old-school hip-hop, and high-energy rock. The Melting Point 8:30 p.m. $10 (adv.) $13 (door). www. meltingpointathens.com DEJA VU Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young tribute group formed by vet-
eran record producer John Keane in the spring of 2010, featuring a supergroup of talented Athens musicians including Dodd Ferrelle, Rachel O’Neal, Tom Ryan, Deane Quinter, Tim White and Scott Sanders. New Earth Athens 8 p.m. $10. www.newearthmusichall. com DAY OF DANCE Featuring performances from DJ EZE and Mighty Mike.
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Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742 BIG DADDY LOVE This band â€œbrings a natural blend of grass, roots and rock to the emerging North Carolina music scene.â€? The Office Lounge 9:30 p.m. 706-546-0840 76 LCD â€œBalls-to-the-wall hard rock bandâ€? from Atlanta. Sundown Saloon 9 p.m. FREE! 706-850-1177 KARAOKE With your host Lynn, the Queen of Karaoke!
Sunday 12 Hendershotâ€™s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. www.hendershotscoffee.com WAYFARER STATE Trey Yip travels the world playing narrative-driven folk and blues tunes. ALEX VUCELICH Singer-songwriter from Nashville, TN. ZACH SCHMIDT Americana songwriter from Nashville via Pittsburgh, PA.
Monday 13 Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m. www.flickertheatreandbar.com TRACY SHEDD Florida-born, North Carolina-based singer-songwriter who plays intimate, powerful folk. See Calendar Pick on p. 16. WAYFARER STATE Trey Yip travels the world playing narrative-driven folk and blues tunes. MOTHERS Local songwriter Kristine Leschper performs gorgeous, haunting folk tunes. Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 PALE PROPHET Local black metalinfluenced hardcore band. HARSH WORDS Fast hardcore group featuring members of Shaved Christ and Gripe. FALTER Heavy local band. 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. The Melting Point On the Pavilion. 8 p.m. FREE! www. meltingpointathens.com THE HOOT Monthly showcase put on by the Athens Folk Music & Dance Society. This month, the event will feature Appalachian Rhythm doing fiddle songs and ballads; harmony singing, banjos and percussion from Manmade Mountains; and old-time jazz from The Dixieland 5. Susan Staley opens and hosts. Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742 ADAM POULIN & FRIENDS The local fiddler leads a groove session with the help of various talented guests.
Tuesday 14 Georgia Theatre 7 p.m. $10. www.georgiatheatre.com THE CLASSIC CITY COLLECTIVE The Classic City Community Church band is â€œredefining congregational worship music in a church, ministering to one of the most innovative music cities in the country.â€? JOSH BAYNE The music director at Athens Church, Bayne regularly
leads the Sunday singing for that congregation. REUBEN BIDEZ Atlanta-based Christian singer-songwriter.
The Melting Point Terrapin Tuesday. 7 p.m. $5. www. meltingpointathens.com NORTH GEORGIA BLUEGRASS BAND See band name. Nowhere Bar Tuesday Night Confessional. 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742 TUESDAY NIGHT CONFESSIONAL Fester Hagood hosts this weekly series showcasing a series of acoustic solo sets from some of the most talented singer-songwriters in town and across the country. The Volstead 9 p.m. 706-354-5300 KARAOKE Every Tuesday!
Wednesday 15 Boarâ€™s Head Lounge 10 p.m. FREE! 706-369-3040 OPEN MIC NIGHT Rock out every Wednesday. Contact email@example.com for booking. Caledonia Lounge 9:30 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18-20). www. caledonialounge.com LIFE IN VACUUM Canadian mathrock/punk band. Georgia Theatre 9 p.m. $10. www.georgiatheatre.com REBIRTH BRASS BAND New Orleans-based brass institution founded in 1983. MARCHFOURTH MARCHING BAND A kaleidoscope of musical and visual energy that inspires much dancing in an atmosphere of celebration. Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 MR. CLIT AND THE PINK CIGARETTES Punk rock trio from Indianapolis, IN. SIDE LEG â€œNew weird-core band.â€? DJ HOT WAX Max Wang of The Rodney Kings plays all the hits: â€˜80s/â€™90s hip hop, â€˜60s pop hits and more! Hi-Lo Lounge 9 p.m. FREE! 706-850-8561 KARAOKE WITH THE KING Sing your guts out every Wednesday! The Melting Point 7 p.m. $5 (adv.), $8 (door). www.meltingpointathens.com GEORGIA WOMEN OF SONG An in-the-round set of tunes from three of Athensâ€™ most talented local songwriters: Marty Winkler, Kate Morrissey and Mary Sigalas.
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