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city dope Next Mayor Has His/Her Work Cut Out Once upon a time, neighborhoods had â&#x20AC;˘ The University of Georgiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tax-free stapower. Neighborhood associations served tus, low wages and use of temporary workers as farm teams for the Athens-Clarke County to avoid paying full-time benefits. Commission, and neighborhood activists would â&#x20AC;˘ The Prince Avenue corridor study seems come out to meetings in droves to lobby to have vanished into the ether. on the issues that affected them, primarily â&#x20AC;˘ Crime and congestion in the gentrifying development and smart growth. They used Hancock Corridor area. to be â&#x20AC;&#x153;a political force,â&#x20AC;? said Commissioner â&#x20AC;˘ People who arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t affiliated with UGA are Doug Lowry, himself a former Federation of afraid to go on campus. Neighborhoods president. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I liked that. The â&#x20AC;˘ Confusing changes to political districts neighborhoods need a voice.â&#x20AC;? and election dates. Those days have been waning. FON meetâ&#x20AC;˘ Lack of affordable housingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;workingings now draw maybe a dozen people, mainly class people are being priced out of intown from still-active Cobbham and Boulevard. East neighborhoods. Athens, the Eastside and the subdivisions on â&#x20AC;˘ Slow progress on the greenway. the west side are missing in action. But the â&#x20AC;˘ No bike access from the outskirts of town FON is reorganizing and committing to become to downtown, and the need for bike safety a powerful voice in initiatives. local politics again. â&#x20AC;˘ The ACC Housing The FONâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Monday, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Athens deserves a bold vision and Community Jan. 13 meeting for progress that benefits the Development drew more than 100 Department isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t giventire community, not just the ing grants to agenpeople, a much larger and more diverse cies that are really well-connected and well-off.â&#x20AC;? making positive crowd than usual. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is usually an changes. all-Boulevard meeting, and it ainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tonight,â&#x20AC;? Mayor Nancy Denson, several commissionboard member Rick Kopp said. ers and all the candidates were there taking Wendy Moore, the new head of the fednotes. Maybe, someday, some of them will folerationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s government committee, opened up low through. the floor for griping about the local government. Much of it was things weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been talkPlatforms Announced: Mayoral candidate ing about as a community for years or even Tim Denson and Commission District 3 candecades, which just goes to show how difficult didate Melissa Link both released ambitious, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been for the mayor and commissioners to lengthy and decidedly liberal campaign platwrap their arms around our problems. Some of forms last week. Links (haha) are in the online the complaints: version of City Dope, but here are some of the â&#x20AC;˘ Codes arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t enforced against fraternities, highlights. students living in rental houses or the â&#x20AC;&#x153;slumDenson wants to set a goal of cutting lordsâ&#x20AC;? who own them. Clarke Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 35 percent poverty rate in half â&#x20AC;˘ Overdevelopment, especially downtown, by 2025. To that end, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposing a number and too much student housing. The governof policies, including universal pre-K educament is reacting to developments, not going tion, free and expanded public transit, easing out and attracting what we want. restrictions on home businesses, focusing ecoâ&#x20AC;˘ Not enough sidewalks or crosswalks, and nomic development on small, local businesses, students who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know how to use them. paying all ACC employees a living wage (thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;˘ Traffic on Hawthorne Avenue. already happening), encouraging affordable â&#x20AC;˘ Lack of child care for low-income parents. housing and increasing support for adult

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Wendy Moore orchestrates an airing of grievances at the Monday, Jan. 13 Federation of Neighborhoods meeting. Which candidate will win the feats of strength? education like GED classes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Athens deserves a bold vision for progress that benefits the entire community, not just the well-connected and well-off,â&#x20AC;? he said. Other initiatives include a public bike-share program, legalizing backyard chickens (PRO CHICKEN!), LEED certified municipal construction projects, using clean fuel in county vehicles (again, both happening already), ending racial profiling by police (not sure they are, but OK), decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana, forming a sexual assault task force, easing restrictions on food trucks and converting vacant land into community food gardens. Whew. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only a partial list. Linkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s platformâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;like Denson, she worked with Occupy Athens to oppose the Selig developmentâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;has a similar 99 percent-ish tone. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[I]tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not secret that I am very unhappy with the direction our government is heading as of late,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve sacrificed our progressive principles for a nod-and-smile, go-along-get-along form of government that favors outside interests and the whims of a wealthy few over the needs and wants of the diverse, everyday people who define our community.â&#x20AC;? Linkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s platform focuses on preserving affordability and historic resources in intown neighborhoods, helping local entrepreneurs

over big businesses and investing in the arts as economic development, better bike lanes and bus service, sustainable development and pushing through the green building ordinance Mayor Denson abandoned. Mosey on over to to click through the whole thing. Also, FYI, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s holding a fundraiser from 4â&#x20AC;&#x201C;7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26 at The World Famous. The Mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Moolah: Speaking of fundraising, last week, Tim Denson supporters flocked to the comments to lambast me for saying he couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t beat Mayor Nancy Denson. You can read them online, but to paraphrase briefly: We are changing politics, and money doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter. That would be nice, but in the system we have now, money does matters. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not talking Citizens United money hereâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Karl Rove isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going to swoop down and write Nancy a $10 million checkâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but the $50,000 it takes to run a credible mayoral campaign in a city of 120,000 people. (Tim had raised $504 as of Dec. 31.) Progressive former mayors Heidi Davison and Gwen Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Looney both raised that much without morphing into corporate stooges. Like it or not, candidates need money for ads and bumper stickers and such. Volunteers are essential, but as far as

grassroots goes, Nancy is out there shaking hands at community events every day, and no one works harder at retail politics than she does. If not, that’s OK—politics is a long con, and even if Tim doesn’t win, he can get his ideas out there, possibly push Nancy to the left and run again someday. Hey, in all likelihood, my previous column will boost donations to Tim, in which case, forget I said anything. If a bigger name doesn’t step up to run and progressives who are sitting on the sideline coalesce behind Tim, maybe he has a chance. Who knows? After all, reporters (including me) initially dismissed Paul Broun. My comment that “Tim ain’t going to beat Nancy” was a smart-alecky way of saying he’s a longshot. Media Matters: Athens Banner-Herald publisher Scot Morrissey buried the lede, as we say in the business. A column in Sunday’s ABH under Morrissey’s byline detailed plans for a listingfilled Monday edition (translation: We don’t have enough staff to produce enough content to fill up the paper anymore), a section dedicated to law enforcement and an online deals program (translation: We know people only read us for the police blotter and the coupons). It wasn’t until the ninth paragraph that he mentioned: “Among the changes is the end

p.m. Tuesday. Officials haven’t determined a cause of death. The body was sent to the state crime lab in Decatur for further investigation. It could be several weeks before a cause of death is determined, Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Sherry Lang said. “Right now, it’s too early for us to try to talk about any type of cause of death,” UGA Police Chief Jimmy Williamson said, but he added that there were “no obvious signs” of foul play. [David Schick and Erica Techo] Minority Teachers: The Athens chapter of the NAACP is threatening a lawsuit if the Clarke County School District doesn’t hire more minority teachers. Education committee chairwoman Tommie Farmer says that less than 25 percent of the district’s teachers are African American, while 52 percent of students are African American and 80 percent are non-white. Those students “should see more teachers representative of their culture and ethnicity,” Farmer says. CinÉ Director: The Athens Film Arts Institute (the nonprofit that runs Ciné) has hired Pamela Kohn as its new executive director, replacing Gabe Wardell, who left last month. Kohn was previously in charge of the Robert Osborne Classic Film Festival and worked as an independent film and television producer and and a fundraiser at UGA.

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A proposed new City Hall and village green in Watkinsville. of free and unfettered access to OnlineAthens. com and our apps.” In other words, a paywall. Daily newspapers made a huge mistake, in retrospect, by putting their stories on the web for free, never realizing 15–20 years ago that they’d be competing with their own print editions for eyeballs and with Facebook and Google for advertising revenue. But in recent years, many papers, from the New York Times to the Atlanta Journal Constitution to the ABH’s Morris-owned sister papers like the Augusta Chronicle, have begun charging for online access with varying degrees of success. The question is whether the greatly diminished ABH is worth paying for—my guess is many online readers will say no. Student Found Dead: A University of Georgia student was found dead in his East Campus Village dorm room Tuesday, Jan. 14 after his suitemates called housing officials to say they thought something was wrong. Police identified the student as David Peacock Braun, 21, of Marietta. Tevin Reeves, one of Braun’s suitemates at 523 Vandiver Hall, said he realized something seemed off. “I first though he might not be all right yesterday,” Reeves said the following day. “It was just like a flash, thinking something might not be right... At first we thought it was just a bad smell from something.” Police unlocked the door to Braun’s bedroom and found him dead inside at about 7:30

“Pam Kohn has an impressive background and set of skills that allow her build on Ciné’s successful history and its vital mission of bringing the best in world cinema to Athens,” AFAI board co-president Richard Neupert said in a news release. “She also plans to engage fully with various groups across the Athens community and sponsor an important array of special film premieres and mini-festivals.”

capitol impact School Funding Is on the Table Again State School Superintendant John Barge is on a political suicide mission. He decided last year not to try for another term as the elected head of Georgia’s Department of Education, choosing instead to run for governor in the Republican primary against incumbent Gov. Nathan Deal and Dalton Mayor David Pennington. I suspect Barge knows he is facing long odds when he opposes a sitting governor in his own party primary. The superintendent has also raised only a small amount of money for his campaign, less than Pennington and much less than Deal. But just by taking on this imposing task, Barge is helping focus attention on an issue that’s been dragging Georgia down for more than a decade: “austerity cuts” in state funding for local school systems that collectively total more than $7 billion. Barge issued one of the most hard-hitting campaign statements I’ve ever seen a couple of weeks ago when he sent a lengthy letter to Deal and state legislators that laid out the financial impact of these funding reductions on public schools. “The very fact that the state as a whole has shown any improvements in education under these conditions is miraculous,” Barge wrote. “This success has occurred in spite of the fact that teachers have been laid off, class sizes are larger, programs like art and music have been completely removed from many schools, teachers have been furloughed, and days of instruction have been cut from school calendars.” Barge notes the embarrassing fact that dozens of public school districts do not provide the 180 days of instruction once required by law: “Most of our school districts simply cannot afford to keep the doors open! “Some of the schools I visited turned the lights off in the halls to save money on the electric bills!” Barge wrote. “I saw carpet that was completely threadbare, holes in walls, and

water fountains that had obviously broken and were removed rather than being fixed because there was no money to fix them. “I am not talking about a third world country! I am talking about our schools, right here in Georgia!” In all fairness, Deal has tried to stop the bleeding since he became governor. His proposed state budget would add more than $500 million in funding for local school systems. “My proposal represents the largest single year increase in K-12 funding in seven years,” Deal said. “It will enable us, in partnership with local school districts to restore instructional days, eliminate teacher furloughs and increase teacher salaries. These funds will provide our local school systems with the resources and flexibility to address the most critical needs of their students and teachers.” Although the governor’s increase does not restore the $7 billion in state funding that’s been lost since 2003, it at least is a recognition that we must stop short-changing this important investment in our state’s future. Because of his presence in the GOP primary, Barge will help maintain the focus of public attention on the school funding issue, as will state Sen. Jason Carter, the expected Democratic nominee for governor. Whenever I write a column about the issue of school funding, I always receive emails from readers who contend that you can’t solve the problems of our education system by “throwing money at it.” They are correct that simply spending more money is no guarantee that things will get fixed. But the state hasn’t been throwing more money at our schools— it’s been spending billions of dollars less. When you cut back that much, any system is going to perform poorly. It’s time we had a discussion. and the governor’s race will be a good place to start it. Tom Crawford

Watkinsville Plan: Athens is closing in on a downtown master plan, and Watkinsville might have one, too. Robert Smith wants to bring New Urbanism to auto-centric Oconee County. Smith (an Atlanta architect, Watkinsville native and the son of former state Rep. Bob Smith, not the Cure singer) has a plan to redevelop downtown Watkinsville to include a civic green between the county courthouse and a new municipal building. The green, which would function as an elongated town square, will spur infill development on the surrounding streets, he says, and ensure Watkinsville remains a traditional small town, pedestrian friendly, with a mix of uses in a continuous stretch of small buildings close to the street—in contrast to the uninviting sprawl of Epps Bridge Parkway. Intrigued? Smith will give a presentation at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22 at the Watkinsville Community Center on VFW Drive. Or check out Blake Aued



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ublic education has been a carnage in Georgia since the recession began in 2008. Budgets have been cut by billions of dollars, school years were shortened, and 9,000 teachers lost their jobs as class sizes increased. Gov. Nathan Deal pronounced that era over last week when he announced that he would add $547 million to K-12 education in the budget he submitted to the state legislature. “Since spending on education has always been the largest part of our state budget, representing over half of all spending, it was to be expected that it would be reduced during these hard times,” Deal said during his State of the State address Wednesday, Jan. 15. “However, during my administration, funding for education has increased by over $930 million.” Sounds great, right? It doesn’t tell the whole story, though. Education spending in fiscal 2015 will still be lower than it was in fiscal 2008 (July 2007—June 2008), the last budget year before the economy cratered. At the same time, K-12 enrollment has risen by 74,000 students. Adjusted for inflation, if Deal’s budget is approved, the state will be spending almost $300 less per student than it did seven years ago— more than $1,000 less when adjusted for inflation. The budget Deal submitted last week reduces the recessiondriven “austerity cuts” by $314 million, but the cuts started out at $1.1 billion, so education is still underfunded by about $800 million compared to pre-recession budgets. And even before the austerity cuts, lawmakers never fully funded education, according to the Quality Basic Education formula they established in the 1980s. “It is a down payment on solving the problem,” said Alan Essig, director of the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, an Atlanta think tank. “It doesn’t solve the problem.” State Sen. Jason Carter (D-Decatur), the likely Democratic nominee for governor, accused Deal of boosting K-12 funding simply as a political ploy. He proposed separating education from the rest of the budget to protect it from meddling legislators. “Don’t let the governor’s pledge to improve public education and technical job training fool you,” Carter said. “The single biggest failure of our current leadership in Georgia is the dismantling of our education system.” Rather than giving teachers pay raises, as many observers expected, Deal instead opted to let local school districts decide how to spend the extra money—to add instruction days back to the school calendar, get rid of furlough days or give teachers raises. Essig said that flexibility was the right move. During budget hearings at the state capitol last week, though, that tactic seemed to catch School Superintendent John Barge, who is running against Deal in the GOP primary, off guard. “I’m not looking the gift horse in the mouth,” Barge

Gov. Nathan Deal (left) gives his State of the State address Wednesday, Jan. 15. said. “People asked me if I knew about this. I was surprised, but I was pleasantly surprised.” The flexibility is welcome to Clarke County School District administrators, who have laid off dozens of parapros, furloughed teachers and eliminated school days to close budget shortfalls during the recession. Chief Financial Officer Larry Hammel said he expects the district to receive an additional $2 million due to reduced austerity cuts next year, as well as an unknown but small amount tied to enrollment growth. (CCSD enrollment is holding steady around 12,000, according to spokeswoman Anisa Sullivan Jimenez.) The district’s deficit this year is $3 million. Hammel said he is not sure yet whether the district would use the money to increase school days from the current 176 to

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what used to be the state-mandated number, 180, or end furloughs. (The current year’s budget included five furlough days, but two were canceled due to higher-than-expected revenue.) “That would definitely be something for us to put on the planning board and look at,” he said. Rehiring parapros—who were controversially laid off in 2012—is unlikely, according to Hammel. Nor should teachers expect raises, Essig said, although they would see their paychecks return to normal without the unpaid days off. In his State of the State speech, Deal tied education to economic development, saying 217,000 jobs have been created during his term (although the state lost 300,000 jobs during the recession, and many of the new ones pay less than those they replaced, according to a GBPI study).


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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Finally, when weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re tying it to economic development, everybodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s getting on the bandwagon,â&#x20AC;? said state Rep. Spencer Frye (D-Athens). â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m happy.â&#x20AC;?

Higher Education Falls Colleges and universities have suffered a similar fate to K-12 in recent years, with state funding falling from $2.1 billion in 2008 to a low of $1.7 billion in 2012. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s $1.9 billion in Dealâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposed 2015 budget. The difference is that, while local school boards can raise property taxes (at least the ones that arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t maxed out at 20 mills), the University of Georgia cannot. Instead, the shortfall landed on the backs of students in the form of higher tuition and fees and fewer HOPE Scholarship benefits. As state spending has dropped, enrollment is up 9.4 percent, University System Chancellor Hank Huckaby told the House and Senate appropriations committees last week. State support per student is now equal to 1996â&#x20AC;&#x201D;without adjusting for inflation, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The rising cost of a college education is a matter I take very seriously,â&#x20AC;? Huckaby said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;On every campus I visit, a student will share the challenges of staying in school with higher tuition and fees, which may be exacerbated by a job loss at home.â&#x20AC;? The system is dealing with the problem by trying to become more efficient, limiting tuition and fee hikes and exploring cheaper online options for textbooks, he said.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The single biggest failure of our current leadership in Georgia is the dismantling of our education system.â&#x20AC;? While students pay more, University of Georgia faculty and staff have gone without raises for six years. That will changeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;at least for a few. Dealâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget includes $10 million for merit-based raises and raises aimed at recruiting and retaining key employees in the university system, the equivalent of 1 percent raises for everyone. However, that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean everyone will get a 1 percent raise. It will be up to institutions and departments to decide who gets how much. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There will be winners and losers, and there will be a lot more losers than winners,â&#x20AC;? Essig said. Huckaby acknowledged criticisms that the university system spends too much on bricks and mortar and not enough on people. He requested funding for just two new buildings this year, one of them a new $50 million science learning center at UGA. For students at two-year schools like Athens Tech, Dealâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; after forcing thousands of students to drop out by raising the grade point average requirement for HOPE Grantsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;called for a new Zell Miller HOPE Grant that will pay 100 percent of tuition for students with a 3.5 GPA or better. He also proposed $10 million for low-interest loans for technical college students and additional funding in the fields of welding, health care technology, diesel mechanics and information technology.

Winners and Losers Deal also included funding for 130 residencies at Athens Regional Medical Center and St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital for graduates of the UGA-Georgia Regents University medical school partnership at the old Navy school. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our health care in Athens and the surrounding area is going to be even better than it already is,â&#x20AC;? Frye said. Another proposal that could benefit Athens is $35 million to deepen the Port of Savannah to allow larger barges. Caterpillar ships the products it produces in Bogart from the port. Most state agencies, though, wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get any more money after years of 20, 30, even 40 percent cuts. The state Environmental Protection Division, for example, will still lack funds to aggressively enforce environmental laws. Nurses, hairdressers and other professionals will still face long waits getting their licenses renewed by the Secretary of Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s because Deal had about $1 billion in addition revenue from the economic recovery to play with, and he put almost all of it into reducing K-12 austerity cuts, automatic increases to Medicaid, PeachCare and pensions, a mental health care court settlement and salary increases for a few state employees, Essig said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It all sounds like a lot of money, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all being spent on fourâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;five things that are the the cost of doing business,â&#x20AC;? he said. Blake Aued

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Widening the sidewalks will reduce the number of on-street spaces by 18, Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor says. The sidewalk construction also means the 43-year-old Darlington oak and ginko trees on Clayton Street will have to be cut down next year. Roger Cauthen, administrator of the ACC Landscape Management Division, says the construction will require all trees to be removed from the area eventually. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be removed and replaced incrementally along with the sidewalk reconstruction, about a half block at a time. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When that [construction] happens, there will be so much demolition that it will require a reconstruction of the curb, sidewalks, the streets, so trees will be returned to the streetscape scene,â&#x20AC;? Cauthen says. Arborists agree that it would be nearly impossible to preserve the oaks and gingkoes along Clayton. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Transplanting a tree that size is not practical and nearly impossible,â&#x20AC;? says John Ritzler of New Urban Forestry. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The size of the root ball that you would have to dig up to keep that tree alive while moving it would probably weigh about 10 tons. The amount of careful excavation and root pruning would be substantial. And still, the risk of killing the tree while moving it would be very high.â&#x20AC;? Planting younger trees would have a more â&#x20AC;&#x153;positive benefitâ&#x20AC;? than attempting to save the older trees, Ritzler says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The thing about trees like that [in an urban environment] is they do need to cycle in and out on a regular basis, in a functional way, to create that shade in a limited space in that downtown environment,â&#x20AC;? he says. The trees will be replaced as quickly as possible, Cauthen says, and will be as large as possible. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor says the new trees will have a 10-inch trunk diameter, though officials havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t decided what species to plant. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The trees that will be replanted will be as large as we can conceivably purchase them from tree nurseries,â&#x20AC;? Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A good comparison is the trees that are on Broad Street right now and the trees that are on the section of Clayton between Pulaski and Lumpkin Street. Those trees are in the 10â&#x20AC;&#x201C;12 year range.â&#x20AC;?

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of mourning. That experience is guaranteed to be less grueling than the time spent with Oklahoma’s Westons. Matriarch Violet (Academy Award nominee Meryl Streep, chewing up scenes and spitting them out in illustrious award bait fashion) has cancer and is cancerous. Her husband, Beverly (Sam Shepard), disappears, bringing her three unhappy daughters—Barb (Academy Award nominee Julia Roberts), Ivy (Julianne Nicholson, “Masters of Sex”) and Karen (Juliette Lewis)—back home. Secrets are outed. Some shock (I won’t spoil the big ones); most do not (Barb and her husband, played by Ewan McGregor, are separated). Playwright Tracy Letts (Bug, Killer Joe) adapts his play for the screen, but it’s still mostly a series of shouted monologues less than impressively handled by TV vet John Wells. The movie is so stagy, one expects an intermission. Streep’s diehard fanbase of middle aged to older women will devour this exhausting film. DEVIL’S DUE (R) The trailer promised a found footage update of the Rosemary’s Baby scenario—a woman is mysteriously impregnated with the antichrist—but unsurprisingly, that movie did not need to be made. A newly married couple, Zach (a way too sincere Zach Gilford, “Friday Night Lights”) and Samantha (Allison Miller), loses a night on their honeymoon in Santo Domingo. Suddenly, Sam is pregnant, and she has worse problems than morning sickness. This horrific pregnancy proceeds exactly as expected. Devil’s Due has several problems, and lack of terror tops the list. Filmmakers Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett (half of V/H/S’s Radio Silence) switch filming methods too many times to keep the found footage gimmick alive. First, Zach’s the guy who wants to film every moment for posterity; then the cult sets up home surveillance a la Paranormal Activity; then some teens in the woods just happen to be filming themselves doing nothing. Found footage has a hard enough purchasing audience buy-in; switching the device so much kills the connection. Points for finally using a hands-free camera; too bad it was just for the climax. Use that nauseating trick for a whole film, and you’ve brought something fresh to found footage. JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT (PG-13) Tom Clancy’s CIA analyst turned operative has been portrayed on screen by four different actors—Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck and now Chris Pine—but this latest film, based on an original script that isn’t one of Clancy’s technothrillers, gives the character a mostly successful makeover into America’s answer to James Bond. Scripters Adam Cozad and David Koepp (many a blockbuster including Mission: Impossible and Jurassic Park) start their retconning in 2001, with 9/11 pushing Ryan from doctoral student at the London School of Economics to marine injured in Afghanistan. His rehab introduces the heroic soldier to future wife, Cathy Muller (Keira Knightley, sporting an uncomfortable American non-accent), and CIA mentor, William Harper (Kevin Costner, as stalwart as ever). The action moves to Russia where director Kenneth Branagh gives a great audition for future Bond villainy as Victor Cherevin. This new(re)born franchise needs more giant action setpieces to compete with Bond, but the setup is strong. Branagh continues to strengthen the action blockbuster section of his resume. Maybe most importantly, he keeps the movie a svelte 105 minutes; some more experienced action helmers take note. NEBRASKA (R) Alexander Payne’s newest film, a sadly sweet comedy about aging and parenting one’s parent, lacks The Descendants’ cool (i.e. George Clooney), but its lack of cool is more than made up for by sparse stylishness and Bruce Dern and June Squib, who are both newly-minted Oscar nominees. Aged, confused Woodrow Grant (wily vet Dern, whose last Oscar nom came in 1978) is convinced he’s won a million dollars via sweepstakes. His suffering wife (the unforgettable Squibb) and eldest son (Bob Odenkirk) refuse to play along, but second son David (former “Saturday Night Live” player Will Forte, who has a lot more to offer than MacGruber), agrees to drive his dad from Billings, Montana to Lincoln, Nebraska. In Woody’s dying, small Nebraska hometown, the family encounters jealousy from extended family—Tim Driscoll and Devin Ratray deserve much love for their turns as David’s exceptionally awful cousins—and old friends like Stacy Keach’s Ed Pegram. Hollywood bigshots walk a fine line when poking fun at the heartland and small town folk. Superior smugness is an easy trap, which Payne and first-time feature writer Bob Nelson deftly avoid to teach us that you can go home again; maybe you just shouldn’t. RIDE ALONG (PG-13) Buddy cop action comedies can do worse than star Kevin Hart; alternately, they can do better than Ice Cube. In Ride Along, Ben Barber (Hart), a security guard with aspirations to be a cop, spends a day with his girlfriend’s super cop brother, James Payton (Cube), in hopes of impressing him and earning his blessing. First Payton punks Ben; then they run into the big gun of ATL crime, scary gang leader Omar (Laurence Fishburne). The basic blueprint of this movie was written by Shane Black in the late ‘80s, and Lethal Weapon will always be better than its jokier progeny. If you cannot see the plot “twist” coming, you have not watched enough buddy cop flicks. Ride Along’s closest kin is Kevin Smith’s mostly fruitless cop-medy, Cop Out, and Ride Along beats that movie thanks solely to Hart. He’s hard to keep from being funny, and it’s hard not to root for his wannabe policeman Ben. The movie needed better than Cube, whose grimacing delivery still resembles constipation more than toughness.

also playing AMERICAN HUSTLE (R) In this fictional account of the real life ABSCAM investigation that sent several members of federal, state and local government to prison, Conman Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) and his not exactly British girlfriend, Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams), are forced by an unstable FBI agent, Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper), into conning the mayor of Camden, New Jersey, Carmine Polito (Jeremy Renner), and some of the scariest mobsters still living. 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. ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES (PG-13) Much has changed since last we heard from San Diego’s top newsman, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell). Ron returns to the Big

save her sister, recently crowned Queen Elsa (v. Idina Menzel), who has lost control over her icy powers. The narrative, adapted from Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Snow Queen,” is as Disney formulaic as they come, and the animation shines without standing out. Nonetheless, little kids will love Frozen, and parents who grew up on Disney classics will not feel left out in the cold. HER (R) The first film written by Spike Jonze alone, Her stars a really nice, mildmannered Joaquin Phoenix as Theodore Twombly. Ted writes personal letters for strangers and is struggling through a divorce. Then he meets his new Operating System and falls in love…with the OS. Samantha is voiced by Scarlett Johannson, so the concept isn’t THAT outlandish. While Phoenix and ScarJo incredibly do their thing, Jonze and his behind the scenes folk drip visual magic into audience eyes with their retro-future design. You get



Who needs Obamacare? 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). The jokes might not fly as fast or as quotable as those of the original, but the narrative and characters are better. Happily, the legend of Ron Burgundy is not tarnished by his return. DALLAS BUYERS CLUB (R) Matthew McConaughey is more than all right, all right, all right in his Oscarnominated turn as Ron Woodroof, a walking, talking Texas cliché who suffers from AIDS. In the late ‘80s, the oversexed electrician-cum-bullrider gamed the system for years to lengthen his life and provide needed, unapproved medications to the subscribers of his Dallas Buyers Club. The McConaughey film that truly deserved a Best Picture nomination is Mud, but the star and Jared Leto, whose beautiful performance as transgendered AIDS patient Rayon will most likely earn the former Jordan Catalano an Oscar. Dallas Buyers Club has the right mix of pathos, humor and character growth to please a rather broad swath of filmgoers from the heartland to the coastline. But let’s face it; McConaughey’s renaissance is fueling DBC’s buzz. Has McConaughey overtaken Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt as the foremost pretty boy romantic lead remade as a serious leading man? Only time—and maybe Oscar—will tell. FROZEN (PG) Disney returns with a newfangled computer animated feature that feels very old school. A young princess, Anna (v. Kristen Bell), must

told so many times how awesome an award-worthy festival winner is before getting the opportunity to see it, that, frankly, many times the hype trumps the film. Her is the exception. It is unreservedly wonderful. 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 climactic, fiery escape from the Lonely Mountain leaves the audience 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.


I have not really enjoyed any of the Underworld movies (the last, Awakening, was probably the one I liked the most?), and I, Frankenstein, adapted from the vamp-meets-lycan franchise scribe Kevin Grevioux’s graphic novel and starring series fixture Bill Nighy, looks exactly like an additional trip to that blue-lit world. Aaron Eckhart stars as the titular monster, who is caught up in a centuries-long war between other immortal creatures. I think I’d like the idea more if it were actually introducing Frank to the VampLycan conflict. INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS (R) So the Coen Brothers deliver one of their most rewarding films yet, even if it does feature yet another self-destructive protagonist. Folk singer Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) is a charmer as he hops from couch to couch during the cold New York winter of 1961. It has a bit of a head scratching conclusion, but everything preceding it bittersweetly tickles the heart and the quirky bone. They forsake the showy genre gamesmanship of No Country and True Grit for something more real and more emotionally effective. 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. LONE SURVIVOR (R) The spoilerishly titled Lone Survivor does not hide from what it is, which amounts to injury porn in the second act (the characters’ two falls are brutal). While on Operation Red Wings, four Navy SEALs—team leader Mike Murphy (Taylor Kitsch), Axe (Ben Foster), Danny (Emile Hirsch) and Marcus Luttrell (Mark Wahlberg), upon whose book this film is based—battle an army of Taliban fighters. Peter Berg shoots action with a visceral viciousness, taking some visual cues from first person shooters like Call of Duty. Lone Survivor will please the action-heads out there, but it takes the home movies before the end credits to remind audiences these soldiers were actual husbands and fathers.

THE NUT JOB (PG) The latest animated feature pits a curmudgeonly squirrel named (a bit on the nose) Surly (v. Will Arnett) against the city. When he finds Maury’s Nut Store, he may just have found the way to alleviate his and the rest of his park community’s winter worries. Will this movie capture its family audience without a big name like Disney or DreamWorks behind it? PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE MARKED ONES (R) Don’t give up on the Paranormal Activity franchise just yet. 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). Christopher “Son of Michael” 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. 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. 12 YEARS A SLAVE (R) The very real, very powerful 12 Years a Slave recounts the devastatingly true account of Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free man kidnapped and sold into slavery. Solomon’s woeful tale occurred to many other free blacks; his is just one of the few that ended happily. Shame director Steve McQueen certainly earned his Academy Award nomination for gracefully bringing this true life horror story to cinematic life. Despite its massively discomfiting subject, 12 Years a Slave is never anything less than compellingly watchable. The Academy Award nominated turns from Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o certainly stand out, though the star is, ultimately, this supremely wellconstructed film, a work that stands above nearly all its competitors. Of last year’s films, probably only Gravity and Her impressed me more, though only microscopically. THE WISHING RING 1914. The rediscovered silent classic from director Maurice Tourneur (The Last of the Mohicans and The Poor Little Rich Girl) celebrates its 100th anniversary. In The Wishing Ring: An Idyll of Old England, a young man uses a “magic” gypsy ring to prove his worth to his father and the pretty young woman he meets while exiled. The silent feature will be accompanied by a live original piano piece by Mauro Ronca. Thomas Kenyon, a friend of star Vivian Martin, will participate in a post film Q&A. THE WOLF OF WALL STREET (R) See Movie Pick. Drew Wheeler

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Savages THE WOLF OF WALL STREET (R) Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be misled by their expensive clothes, their flashy cars, their material extravagance and their superficial charm. The Wall Street brokers at the center of director Martin Scorseseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest are just as venal, bloodthirsty and loathsome as the Italian-American mobsters from Goodfellas (1990), Scorseseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s masterful antiromantic gangster epic. Here, the criminality is cast in quasi-legality and honed to a seductive sheen. We want to believe that we can make millions of dollars with little risk and then indulge our wildest fantasies of excess. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the American Dream on steroids. But the dream is a myth. And ultimately the dream plummets many into nightmares. The Wolf of Wall Street immediately shoves us into the temptation and never lets up for Leonardo DiCaprio its three-hour running time. Despite the exuberance and vigor of his directing, Scorsese and screenwriter Terence Winter (based on the memoir by Jordan Belfort) have sharpened their talons to a severe degree. Their satire is blackened and venomous. This is Voltaireâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Candide mixed with Evelyn Waughâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The Loved One with a hefty dose of Jonathan Swift spiked into the vein. The approach is jaundiced, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also entrancing, invigorating and spectacular.

The Wolf of Wall Street focuses on the overthe-top exploits of a relatively insignificant broker, Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio), who rises fast in the business by convincing people to dump their money into stock schemes that fill Belfortâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coffers plentifully. Belfort makes a killing, and his firm grows, but soon an FBI agent (Kyle Chandler) starts snooping around and discovers that Belfort is mired in wrongdoing. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a theory that most movie directorsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;at least the great onesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;lose immediacy and importance as time goes on. They start out making vibrant, propulsive and possibly groundbreaking work but eventually settle into more contemplative, cautious and lesser productions as their careers wind down. Scorsese has several masterworks under his beltâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and Goodfellasâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and this one shows no slacking off. This is cinema at its finestâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;brash, inventive, troubling and complex. Wolf is also a movie with a sharpened, acidic moral lens. It thrusts us into the world of its unexamined, unreliable narrator with great vigor, but that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean it endorses the vile behavior on display.


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thens-via-Waycross trio The Woodgrains—winners of the 2013 Flagpole Athens Music Award for Best Rock Band— have been making noise in town since 2009, combining recognizable classic-rock guitar tropes with CSNY-style vocal harmonies. But the band’s history goes much further back. Friends from a young age, these three “skateboard rats” played together in the middle-school band and discovered new music—perhaps most formatively, the sweetly complex country sounds of another Waycross native, Gram Parsons. Though it clearly owes to 1960s and ‘70s rock and pop, The Woodgrains’ self-titled new sophomore record, which the band describes as “a lot riffier” than its predecessor, is an impressively original outing. It also sounds downright fantastic; thanks to the help of Full Moon Studio’s Jay Rodgers, The Woodgrains is potent and pure with newfound confidence. Flagpole sat down with drummer Evan Amburn and bassist Nick Carroll (guitarist Dylan Crosby resides in Waycross) for a listening session. Visit to hear the album.

1. Alright Flagpole: It’s such a great moment when the drums come in on this track. Tell me about recording the album at Full Moon. Evan Amburn: I had never really known [Jay Rodgers] until we played with Kite to the Moon. He was just like, “When are you gonna come record with me? I could do you guys some justice.” Slowly, we became friends and got into his other things, like Dangfly. So, we decided to record there. We had done the last one in Waycross, at a hole-in-the-wall studio. Jay would always tell me that he could get really good drum sounds. Nick Carroll: It was just a step in the right direction— everything we had at our fingertips, all the equipment.

2. Angry With Love FP: I love that this song has the fake-out intro. A lot of tracks on the record have moments that are unexpected or playful. What’s the songwriting process like? EA: It’s very much a [collaborative] thing. I don’t even remember what this song was [like] when we started. [Dylan] is the brains behind a lot of the harmony. He’s got a crazy ear. FP: There’s also a nice balance between the pretty vocal harmonies and the edgier rock stuff. Is that something you set out to achieve? EA: A lot of these songs, we were like, “OK, we’ve all got a handful of songs, and we’re gonna go hash it out for a month or two, practicing every day.” So, [some] of these songs got riffy and heavier. It kind of happened quickly. This song could have been scaled back if we wanted to. But Dylan used to always say that he wanted us to be more like, kick-your-ass rock and roll. So, that’s a lot of his influence. NC: If there’s a vocal line, we want harmonies to be there. But we won’t force it.



3. Nobody Won FP: So, what about the “Nobody” suite? EA: I had dropped out of school for a couple years, and I was working this typing job. I didn’t have a car—I was riding the bus. Kind of floating. Trying to find a sense of purpose. And actually, the songs were written backwards. I wrote this one months after the other. This was supposed to be “Nobody Too,” but the sequencing sounded better [this way]. [The songs are] just about being an Athens kid, you know? Broke and trying to look cool, trying to write cool stuff, trying to be relevant, to fit in. There are a lot of really artsy-fartsy people around here, and we’ve been kind of disregarded by that crowd.

4. Nobody Too FP: Who’s that laughing at the beginning? EA: We recorded all the vocals late at night—it was like 4 a.m. and we had been tracking guitars all day. So me and Nick were sitting around, like, “OK, let’s do vocals.” We were all in different rooms, and so we were talking to each other. Just goofing off. And that was me, [laughs manically]. At the time, it was really funny, so everyone else [started] laughing.

5. Moonview FP: This song seems very much indebted to ‘60s pop. Besides the Beatles, what are your influences from that era? EA: I’m on a huge Beach Boys kick right now. NC: Crosby, Stills and Nash, and The Band, of course… I had been working on [this song] for a while. I had the first part, and Dylan helped me figure out the second part, when it picks up… It started out as a love song, but each verse is different. This [verse] is about floating around like a ghost.

6. Richard FP: Who is Richard? EA: Richard Manuel, from The Band. It was a working title. [Dylan] came to us with this song, and we were like, “It sounds like a Richard Manuel song.” And it stuck. We were in limbo with what to call half these songs, and that was one we decided to let stick. [Dylan] had a big, long girlfriend thing, one of those on-and-off things. It’s kind of funny: It’s this love song, but it’s called “Richard.” This song is probably the best example of how we got to take advantage of the tools at hand.

It’s very short and spotty. And it kind of goes along with the “Nobody” thing.

8. Thought of the Day FP: Even though you’re each writing lyrics, there are themes that run throughout the album. Did you work together on lyrics? NC: It was usually pretty separate. But there are universal themes. EA: Love, and being young and misunderstood. It’s also partially because we’re really such good friends. [Nick and I have] lived together for five years. We’ve been buddies since eighth grade. We’re not one of those bands that like, meets up and practices ‘cause it’s 5:30 on Wednesday. This whole thing is completely by accident, just because we were good buddies and we’ve stayed good buddies. It’s not at all forced.

9. Devils Disheveled FP: That camaraderie definitely comes across. Why did you choose this song to close out the record? NC: To finish strong. FP: It has a pretty great guitar solo at the two-minute mark. EA: That’s Dylan’s finest moment [plays air guitar]… He’s got the gift of taste, man. FP: What do you hope folks take away from this record, and what to you want to achieve as a band in the next few months? NC: Hopefully people dig it. Hopefully they take away something. I think everybody can relate to parts of [it]. EA: I hope it’s a thing that people are actually listening to. It’s a fairly short record, so hopefully it will be done and people will play it again. We like it a lot. And that’s the main thing: that you like your own product, that everybody in the band is happy with it. As far as the future… NC: Keep playing as much as possible. EA: Just keep chasing it. Our first album, we didn’t push it as much. Hopefully this is the one that will get people’s attention. FP: What does it mean to be a successful musician? NC: Just to get by—to get to the next show and have a little in between. Gabe Vodicka

7. Untitled FP: While we’re talking about song titles… EA: Me and Nick were talking about, “What are we gonna call these songs?” This could have actually been “Thought of the Day,” which is the next song. But this one is kind of vague in the lyrical scheme of things. So that’s why I left it untitled.

WHO: The Woodgrains, Buffalo Hawk WHERE: Green Room WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 25, 9 p.m. HOW MUCH: $5

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Mandela’s “Ambassadors” Come to Athens

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a way, the removal of technological barriers—wires, tubes, other primitive signal paths—works to create a greater closeness among people. Stripping away even the ancient tools of instrumentation, creating a situation where emotional information travels via soundwaves transmitted directly from voice to ear—that’s real intimacy. That’s the kind of gift that Ladysmith Black Mambazo offers its audience. With its approach, the venerable South African vocal group offers a combination of warmth and gravitas that cannot be found elsewhere. This complex and original sound was born of a dream. The dreamer was founding (and current) member Joseph Shabalala, a factory worker hailing from a town four hours east of Johannesburg called Ladysmith. In the early 1960s, Shabalala dreamt of a singing group that combined the traditional sounds of isicathamiya—a Zulu vocal music often sung by those working the local mines—and Christian choral music. He set about implementing his vision, and Ladysmith Black Mambazo was the result; the group’s success was almost immediate and subsequently exponential. First, LBM established itself as a formidable presence in local isicathamiya competitions. After sweeping the contests several years running (the Zulu word “mambazo” translates to “chopping axe”), the group was banned from competing to allow others to have a chance at winning. “In Durban, where we live, or Johannesburg, the competitions will go on once or twice a month,” says Albert Mazibuko, who, like Shabalala, has been singing with LBM from the beginning. “When these competitions were done in the 1960s and 1970s, it was the biggest event of the week. It was a way for people to gather and enjoy themselves. People couldn’t go out during the week, so Saturday at the competitions was the night everyone looked forward to. “It was so much fun,” Mazibuko continues. “I can’t truly explain it… People say, ‘You had to be there.’ The halls were filled with singing groups dressed in beautiful outfits. The audience was filled with friends and families supporting the various groups. You just cannot imagine the shouting, the applauding and the singing. Such incredible nights.” An opportunity to record for a regional radio station in South Africa began a professional career that would grow to include over 30 albums. The group’s first release, 1973’s

Amabutho, would the first album by black musicians to achieve Gold status in South Africa, but LBM’s fame exploded to a global scale 13 years later, when Paul Simon enlisted the group to perform on his landmark album Graceland. While this collaboration would become what LBM is best known for stateside, it remains just one career highlight among many for a collective that existed in harmony for decades prior and since, due in no small part to a close-knit dynamic and a not inconsiderable work ethic. “By the time Paul Simon asked us to sing with him, we had a very stable membership,” says Mazibuko. “Some of those members retired in the early 1990s, and Joseph brought in four of his sons. We try to keep to family, because we have found that with all of the traveling we do, family members support and help each other. This is important for us. Of course, you must also have a wonderful singing voice. Most importantly is to have a dedication to the group. Rehearsing and traveling must come first.” Nelson Mandela, the man who called Ladysmith Black Mambazo “South Africa’s cultural ambassadors to the world,” passed away at the end of 2013. “President Mandela was a special friend to Ladysmith Black Mambazo,” says Mazibuko. “When he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, he asked us to join him on his trip to Norway to receive the award. We sang at the ceremonies to represent the people of South Africa. He asked us many times to join him on trips overseas. Once, we sang for the Queen of England and her family at the Royal Albert Hall in London. It is an honor we hold dear to our hearts.” Mazibuko describes the feeling of South Africans regarding the loss of their former leader as “one of pride and celebration. Pride in having had this great person as part of our struggle and becoming our President, as well as the symbol of hope that he became. Celebration of his life—not mourning of his death.” Jeff Tobias

WHO: Ladysmith Black Mambazo WHERE: Georgia Theatre WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 25, 7:30 p.m. HOW MUCH: $27.50

kind of like a big, excessive blowout,” explains Drew Kirby, who started the emergent organization Freeklife (a play on “Greek life”) as a series of house shows that eventually got out of hand. “We really tore up that house,” Kirby laughs. “[The parties] were huge. There was one that was way too big. We got things stolen. It was terrible. A man went head-first through my glass door.” The original purpose of Freeklife was a common one: to bring likeminded, collegeaged friends together for some serious revelry, says Kirby, a third-year student at UGA who says he has been involved in the business of music, both playing and promoting, since the tender age of 13. “I wanted it to be an inclusive thing. I wanted there to be a network for friends to celebrate. I like the idea of having big events, to add some structure to things we’re already doing.” When the chance to take the party out of the D.I.Y. arena and into downtown club New Earth Athens came about last September, Kirby and his co-conspirator Sasha Schilbrack-Cole, a recent UGA grad, acquiesced. “The most obvious advantage [to the move] is that we really don’t have money,” says Kirby. “When you ask five bands to play at your house, you’ve gotta make sure they can all play, and their stuff won’t get beer spilled on it.” The resulting event, dubbed Freekfest (with the tagline “Freeklife Sells Out”) and occurring on Friday the 13th, was thrown together in under a month and featured a wide-ranging cast of Athens and Atlanta bands, including Monsoon, Nurture, Dana Swimmer and Heyrocco. The event drew nearly 400 people— for organizers, not to mention the venue, it was a pleasant surprise, given the lack of a big-name headliner. “It was very successful for what it was,” says Kirby. “It was just kind of us and our friends and some bands that we liked. So, this next one is the next step up.” “This next one” is the plainly dubbed Freekfest II, which happens Friday, again at New Earth. The “step up” Kirby refers to is the leap from 10 scheduled performers to 15 and the addition of a big-time buzz band in Nashville guitar-rock outfit Diarrhea Planet, which is riding a wave of critical support of its debut LP, I’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams. In addition to the headliner, the second iteration of Freekfest will again feature a stylistically diverse roster of local and regional talent, including Athens standout Brothers, North Carolina scuzz-pop group Junior Astronomers and Atlanta space-rock clan Big Jesus. The event kicks off at 6 p.m. with the debut performance from the anticipated Athens supercrew Uncle Pizza.

Variety of sound has been a hallmark of Freeklife since its humble beginnings, says Schilbrack-Cole, who first met Kirby when Schilbrack-Cole’s loud, aggressive screamo band Nurture (which will also play Friday’s fest) jumped last-minute (and only semi-invited) on a Kirby-curated house-show bill that consisted mostly of low-key acoustic bands. The mash-up was so weird that it worked. “There are a lot of cliques around Athens that kind of do their own thing” and also have their own sound, explains Schilbrack-Cole. “It’s cool that, starting out from these house shows, people can come and not really know what to expect.” One thing folks can expect (in addition to a food truck and, reportedly, even a bouncy castle) is affordability: Like the first one, this installment of Freekfest will only set attendees back five bucks. “It’s important to us that we keep it cheap,” says Schilbrack-Cole. “I hate thinking of it as anti-Greek life, because it’s not really that, to me,” adds Kirby. “But at the same time, we wanted it to be something that literally anyone could [attend].” Though they express gratitude toward New Earth for taking a chance on Freeklife and hosting the first two “official” happenings, both Kirby and Schilbrack-Cole hope to build their agency into a more formidable force on the local scene by spreading its ongoing happenings over multiple venues throughout the year—events big and small, and in various formats. The enterprising Freeklife founders also say they want to work to spread the gospel of Athens music beyond our borders, even as they draw outsiders in. “Athens can be very insular,” Schilbrack-Cole says. “Athens bands often don’t travel, and bands who come from out of town don’t necessarily have strong ties with people here like they might in other towns.” Of course, there have been, and are, plenty of other people and groups in town working nobly towards the same goal for years. Those efforts often prize ambition over energy. This is where Freekfest is different. Wild, cheap and inordinately fun, it’s a reminder that the party is as good an ambassador as any. Gabe Vodicka

WHAT: Freekfest II WHERE: New Earth Athens WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 25, 6 p.m. HOW MUCH: $5



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This Film is On: Although it’s been in a state of rough production for at least the past couple of years, a new documentary focusing on the Athens music scene post-1990s is currently seeking live footage of local bands shot between 2000 and now. Coordinated by the team of Ella Grace Downs, Thomas Bauer, Jason Flynn, Newt Barnes and Evan Cerwonka, the completed film will feature semi-vintage footage and contemporary interviews, which, paired together, will likely amount to some serious soul-mining of our beloved scene. If you’ve got footage that you’d like to be considered for inclusion, please contact Downs via ellagraced@ with a description of what you have. Time to Care: There’s a benefit show for Alzheimer’s Disease research and awareness of those caring for loved ones with the illness at home happening at the Melting Point on Sunday, Jan. 26 from noon–8 p.m. Spearheaded by Atlanta musician Vince Zangaro, the Alzheimer’s Music Festival will donate all funds raised to a local family with needs in this area. Featured acts are Zangaro, Dangfly!, Five Eight, Fester Hagood and Lowdive. There will be a raffle and silent auction, too. This is a personal, as well as a musical, venture for Zangaro, who knows firsthand the Lowdive physical struggle of this type of work (to say nothing of the emotional toll it takes, too): He is the caregiver for his father, who suffers from Alzheimer’s. So, if you’ve got some time and some money, you’d do a lot worse than dropping a measly 10 bucks on a Sunday to support this worthy cause. For more information, see facebook. com/alzheimersmusicfestival.

rest of the noise. I’m gonna end this all right here before I start sounding really pretentious and tell you to point your browser to future and dive right in. Way to Get Born: Erstwhile Athenian and label owner Len Neighbors will celebrate his 40th birthday at Flicker Theatre & Bar on Saturday, Feb. 1. As would only be fitting for the man who runs This Will Be Our Summer Records, one of his premier artists, Athens’ own Madeline, will perform for the bash. In other news, the show will be recorded by Jason



Some Apes Are More Equal than Others: Among long-running Athens music projects, I’d be hard pressed to find one more fulfilling with regard to pure, artistic vision than Future Ape Tapes. Since sneaking onto the scene in 2006 with the deftly imagined hip hop wobble dream Fuck the Future, the ongoing concern has released a stunning 11 additional titles. The latest, Lives, came out last month and has enjoyed a couple mentions on Flagpole’s Homedrone blog. It’s a crisp, ambient excursion featuring a core group membership of Donald Whitehead, B. Wood, Thom Strickland and Thomas Valadez. It’s far from an easy listening experience, though, and certain tracks (“A Dream Away,” for example) crawl under the skin with persistent beats that seem to exist utterly independently from the

NeSmith (Casper & the Cookies) for a release slated for later this year that will accompany Madeline’s new studio album. All in all, not a bad way to keep workin’ on your day off, Len! Clear Yr Calendar: The mad minds behind project coordinators Freeklife will host Freekfest II at New Earth Athens on Saturday, Jan. 25. Seeing the 15-act lineup will cost you only five bucks, and don’t try to do that thing where you show up and say you don’t have five bucks, because everyone knows you’re lying. Anyway, if your skirt isn’t blown up by the bouncy house and photo booth, then you’re likely to get plenty jazzed about the music. Freekfest II will feature the debut of Uncle Pizza (a collaboration between murk daddy flex, Tony Rigatoni and JuBee), as well as Uncle Dad, Programs, Places to Hide, Futo, Juna, New Wives, Brothers, Nurture, Dana Swimmer, Concord America, Baby Baby, Big Jesus, Junior Astronomers and Diarrhea Planet. Doors open at 6 p.m. See story on p. 13, and keep up with all things Freeklife by following along at Gordon Lamb

art notes Weapons of Modern Art Demonstrating the value of freedom and diversity, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Art Interrupted: Advancing Art and the Politics of Cultural Diplomacyâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;on display at the Georgia Museum of Art Jan. 25â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Apr. 20â&#x20AC;&#x201D;examines the domestic censorship of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Advancing American Art,â&#x20AC;? a program curated by the U.S. government to combat communism during the Cold War era. Hopeful that culture could help heal some of the international divisions created by World War II, art became an instrument of foreign policy and cultural diplomacy. Widespread debate on the merits of the modern art selected to represent the nation led to public criticism of the governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s role in art patronage as a whole, ultimately resulting in the projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s demise. In 1946, the U.S. State Department, under the leadership of visual arts specialist J. LeRoy Davidson, assembled a collection of modernist paintings by contemporary American artists. The result was â&#x20AC;&#x153;Advancing American Art,â&#x20AC;? an exhibition attempting to show off Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s artistic coming of age to the rest of the world while simultaneously illustrating the power of democracy to nourish freedom of expression. In order to foster goodwill abroad, the exhibit was set to tour through areas of Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America that were viewed as the political and ideological battlegrounds between democracy and communism. After premiering at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the exhibit was split into two touring groups, the first moving from France to Czechoslovakia and the second from Cuba to Haiti.Â

Despite initially being met with positive press and considerable success abroad, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Advancing American Artâ&#x20AC;? soon faced controversy at home. Many people viewed modern artâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;with its often distorted forms and avantgarde approachesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;as an inappropriate choice for attempting to represent the country in a positive light; instead they preferred more conservative, classically rendered pieces. Though many of the artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;such as Georgia Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Keeffe, O. Louis Guglielmi, Anton Refregier, Mitchell Siporin, Karl Zerbe, Walt Kuhn and Charles Howardâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;were essential and later celebrated figures in the development of American modernism, the underlying cultural turmoil following World War II is reflected throughout many of the works. Ironically, while the exhibit was intended to promote O. Louis Guglielmiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oil painting â&#x20AC;&#x153;Subway Exitâ&#x20AC;? freedom of expression and diversity, members of the U.S. Congress immediately began looking into the ers scattered across the nation. Though the political backgrounds of the artists involved, exhibit was suspended, similar projects were finding many to be immigrants or leftists, with later launched by the government to promote




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art as proof of the intellectual freedom, creativity and cultural power of America. Using a checklist of 117 oils and watercolors sold as war surplus, the newly reassembled show at GMOA, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Art Interrupted,â&#x20AC;? reunites all but 10 of the paintings purchased by Davidson for the original exhibition. Organized by the Georgia Museum of Art, the Julie Collins Smith Museum at Auburn University and the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma, the exhibition draws from the collections of 10 museums, private individuals and other public institutions. A preview of the exhibit will be offered during â&#x20AC;&#x153;90 Carlton: Winter,â&#x20AC;? the museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quarterly open house, Friday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. Special correlated events include a panel discussion on the issues of censorship Sunday, Jan. 26 at 2 p.m., a lecture by New Yorker writer and Harvard English professor Louis Menand Thursday, Feb. 6 at 6 p.m., a film series including Ninotchka and Notorious beginning Thursday, Mar. 20 and an emerging scholars symposium called â&#x20AC;&#x153;While Silent, They Speak: Art and Diplomacyâ&#x20AC;? Friday, Mar. 28 and Saturday, Mar. 29. Programs for children include â&#x20AC;&#x153;Family Day: Modern Masterpiecesâ&#x20AC;? Saturday, Feb. 8 at 10 a.m. and a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Teen Studioâ&#x20AC;? Thursday, Mar. 6 at 5:30 p.m. Jessica Smith

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grub notes New Digs SLOW AND STEADY: I’m not sure I would have thought when Donderos’ Kitchen (now at 590 N. Milledge Ave.) opened about nine years ago that it would still be around, let alone as successful as it has become. Rather than expanding too quickly and trying to be everything to everyone, they added new features slowly and focused on what did well: a small market, a selection of gift items, prepared foods, a hot soup daily. A couple of years ago, they took over the concession stand at the botanical garden, retailing nice sandwiches, baked goods and a few other options. For what seemed like a long time, Donderos’ worked on renovating the pink house on Milledge next door to their initial location, finally opening in September. The wait was well worth it. Turn into the parking lot off Cobb Street (there’s no entrance on Milledge), and you’ll find several light-filled rooms with high ceilings. The whole place is very family-friendly, with regular story hour provided by Avid Bookshop, a children’s room with toys and a changing table in one restroom.

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Hot sandwiches, which are described as flatbreads, are more like quesadillas, and the one that features fried green tomatoes and copious amounts of goat cheese, with a thick roasted red pepper sauce on the side, is a keeper. Hot soups are available until close (7 p.m. weekdays, 3 p.m. Saturday) and vary from bland (chickpeas that need a bunch more salt) to tasty (tomato bisque). Donderos’ is open every day but Sunday, serves no booze, does a lot of coffee and tea, takes credit cards and gives discounts to those who use alternative transportation. NEW SPACES: When Opa Robby’s Market opened in a former auto service shop in front of Target at 3129 Atlanta Hwy., it was like a lightbulb clicking on. There is no reason Athens can’t Buford Highway it up, turning the abandoned big boxes and strip malls into creative small businesses. Opa Robby’s is colorful and sweet, but it’s more than just cute. Here are some of the things you can purchase: organic and regular veggies and fruits (beets, rainbow carrots, buttercream potatoes,

Disclosure, Vic Mensa, Samo Sound Boy

Georgia Theatre · 9 p.m. · $25 The particular brand of gold that British electronic act Disclosure has struck is glittery as hell. The youthful duo of brothers Howard and Guy Lawrence has emerged as a huge success in realms both critical and commercial. The group’s music first appeared in 2010, when both members were still in their teens. Its debut album, Settle, was lavished with ecstatic praise, much of it deserved: The album is a collection of neatly arranged and meticulously produced dance-pop, soulful and satisfyingly driving. The album’s star-making contributions from vocalists Sam Smith (“Latch”) and Jessie Ware (“Confess to Me”) raise a question for this newly rising pair: With so much of their material complimented by a rotating cast of singers, how will their own personality manifest itself in the coming years? [Jeff Tobias]

Johnny Hickman will lead the cheekily dubbed Georgia Cracker, a group that features locals Thayer Sarrano, Matt Stoessel, Bryan Howard and Jeremy Wheatley. (That lineup is also reportedly working on a new Cracker album called Berkeley to Bakersfield.) Camper Van Beethoven and the “other” Cracker lineup—Lowery and Hickman plus Frank Funaro and Sal Maida—will co-headline Friday, when locals Shonna Tucker & Eye Candy will open, and Saturday, when Michigan rockers The Hounds Below will warm the stage. Saturday will also feature an art show courtesy of Savannah painter Panhandle Slim. [Gabe Vodicka] LECTURES & LIT | Friday, Jan. 24

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Avid Bookshop · 6:30 p.m. · FREE Lucid and unpretentious, Melissa Crowe’s poems collected in her new book Girl, Giant startle, sparkle, amuse, bite, remind, observe, worry, invite, promise, struggle, PERFORMANCE | Thursday, lament, love, linger. Crowe introduces us to Jan. 23 & Friday, Jan. 24 joyfully outrageous uncles, describes the delicate balance held between “this bad Eleanor” and “this good Eleanor,” invites UGA Fine Arts Theatre · 8 p.m. · $50–60 her love to “be clowns to one another,” With as much energy as its namecatalogues bad dreams in “Love Song with sake—a phototropic fungus known for proGeneralized Anxiety Disorder,” and writes pelling its spores with extraordinary speed with tender, aching and strength—the awareness of the passmodern dance company ing of time. A native Pilobolus performs Melissa Crowe of Maine with a MFA imaginative and highly in Poetry from Sarah athletic choreographic Lawrence College and works. Utilizing the a Ph.D. in English from human body as a UGA, Crowe now lives medium for expression, in Asheville, NC. She many of the pieces edits at Beloit Poetry defy anatomical logic Journal. Local poet through contortions Becca Myers will also and astonishing poses. read from her recent Founded by a group work in this installof Dartmouth College ment of the Avid Poetry students in 1971, the Series. [Gay Griggs Emmy Award-winning McCommons] and Grammy Awardnominated company MUSIC | Friday, Jan. 24 has toured through over 60 countries and made appearances on shows such as “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “Oprah” and “Sesame Street.” The Athens program will include two pieces envisioned by the comCaledonia Lounge · 10 p.m. · $7 (21+), pany’s associate artistic director and UGA $9 (18–20) alumnus Matt Kent, one of which was creThe last vestige of Athens’ early-aughts ated in collaboration with illusionists Penn and Teller. There’s a free lecture 45 minutes Chi-House/math-rock scene, local outfit Cinemechanica lay dormant for two years prior to each performance. [Jessica Smith] until an opening slot for Thurston Moore’s Chelsea Light Moving brought the group MUSIC | Thursday, Jan. back to the stage in October. The head23–Saturday, Jan. 25 spinning, rapid-fire set revealed that the dudes had been busy all along. Armed with a new guitarist and vocalist in Manray’s 40 Watt Club · 8 p.m. · $10–$20 ($50 for 3-day Jordan Olivera (who replaced departing pass) member Andy Pruett), Cinemechanica is An intimate counterpart to the Cracker/ reportedly set to begin working on the Camper Van Beethoven Campout, which long-awaited followup to its 2006 LP The has taken place each year since 2005 in Martial Arts. (Technically, the group’s most Pioneertown, CA, the Camp-In offers three recent release was the 10-inch Rivals sinnights of music from David Lowery’s two gle, which emerged in 2010.) The Powder acclaimed, long-running bands and a host Room, which continues to impress with its of special guests and surprises. The Darnell low-end-heavy sludge-rock assault, opens Boys open Thursday’s show, after which Friday’s show. [Gabe Vodicka] Lowery and founding Cracker guitarist


Donderos’ Kitchen The stuff that’s available pre-made for pickup hasn’t changed a ton. You can get a container of mildly sweet sesame noodles, a giant club sandwich, a dense chicken salad croissant, some fairly discrete pimento cheese. Snackies beckon from containers all over the place. The roasted garlic-chili peanuts, made in-house and packed in plastic baggies, are not only tasty on their own but an excellent addition to a simple stir-fry, where they add protein and zip. Baked goods in the case are reliably tasty: The chocolate chip cookies are enormous and very serious about the amount of chocolate they contain, and a slice of lemon pie turns out to be more like a lemon bar (i.e., a vehicle for hoovering lemon curd). All of this is nice and good for assembling a meal when the fridge and pantry at home are empty, but the real news is the menu of madeto-order foods that has been added, Monday through Saturday, from morning until 2 p.m., which includes breakfast the entire time. Donderos’ makes an excellent and hefty breakfast burrito, wrapped tightly and served with a little container of excellent salsa. The basic version enfolds potatoes, eggs and cheese, which can be jazzed up with high-quality bacon, grilled veggies or fried green tomatoes for $1.50 more or reformatted into a skillet.



greens, apples), some of which have been readied for cooking; nuts; local honey; meats from Atlanta Sausage Company (not only a wide variety of sausages, including a really flavorful Tuscan variety, but also whole smoked turkey legs); crockpot-ready meals frozen in big bags; pickles (okra, beets, peaches); waxy, red-rind hoop cheese; delicious zucchini bread spiked with dried cranberries and chocolate chips; blue glass bottles; peach cider; gourds and pumpkins; casseroles in the freezer; handmade wooden benches; old-fashioned candy by the piece; and the occasional weird piece like an M&M-themed glass-top table. The interior is busy and cheerful, potentially bearing the scent of onions and garlic cooking in the first step of a butternut squash soup. The owners know just how to leave you alone, and they package your goods carefully, wrapping the jars in newspaper. The prices are generally very good—as low as $1 a pound for beets, which can make it worth the drive and easily beat out what you would pay at Target. The store is open 10 a.m.–6 p.m. every day except Sunday, when it opens at noon. You can pay with a credit card (unless you prefer AmEx) and EBT is on its way. Hillary Brown

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Tuesday 21 ART: Visiting Artist/Scholar Series Lecture (Lamar Dodd School of Art) Kota Ezawa is the Lamar Dodd School of Art’s Spring 2014 Dodd Chair. Ezawa’s work takes the form of animated videos, light boxes, slide projections and prints. 5:30 p.m. FREE! 706-542-1511 CLASSES: A Course in Miracles (Body, Mind & Spirit) Learn the inner workings of a miracle. 6 p.m. $5 suggested donation. 706-3516024 COMEDY: OpenTOAD Comedy Open Mic (Flicker Theatre & Bar) This comedy show allows locals to watch quality comedy or perform themselves. Email to perform. First and third Tuesday of every month! 9 p.m. $5., EVENTS: Four Athens 2nd Annual Open House (Four Athens) Four Athens will celebrate local entrepreneurs through demos and networking opportunities with some of the best and brightest in Athens. Prizes will be awarded for the Best Startup of 2013 and the Best Founder of 2013. 5:30–7:30 p.m. FREE! www. GAMES: Trivia (Fuzzy’s Taco Shop) Compete for prizes and giveaways. Every Tuesday. 8–10 p.m. 706353-0305 GAMES: Trivia with a Twist (Johnny’s New York Style Pizza) Throw a lime in your Coors Light and compete! Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m. & Thursdays, 8 p.m. 706-354-1515 GAMES: Locos Trivia (Locos Grill & Pub) Westside and Eastside locations of Locos Grill and Pub feature trivia night every Tuesday. 8 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Movie Quotes Trivia (Max) With host Cora Jane every Tuesday. Everyone’s a winner. 9:30 p.m. FREE! 706-254-3392 LECTURES & LIT: “Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys” (Oconee County Library) In this reading and book discussion series, Dr. Douglas Ealey, a sociology professor at the University of North Georgia, will lead a talk on The Children of Abraham: Judaism, Christianity, Islam by F.E. Peters. 6:30 p.m. FREE! PERFORMANCE: David Geringas Cello Performance (UGA Ramsey Concert Hall) This Lithuanian cellist belongs to today’s musical elite. He is joined by pianist Ian Fountain. 8 p.m. $30.

Wednesday 22 ART: Tour at Two (Georgia Museum of Art) Meet docents in the lobby for a tour of highlights from the museum’s collection. 2 p.m. FREE!

CLASSES: Internet Skills: Computer Optimization and Security (Oconee County Library) Learn tips on optimization, security and receiving web updates. 3 p.m. FREE! 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. CLASSES: Adult Tumbling (Bishop Park, Athens Clarke Gymnastics Academy) Adult tumbling is for anyone 15 years or older. Every Wednesday through Apr. 23. 7–8:25 p.m. $10. 706-613-3589 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: Native Plant Symposium (The Garden Club of Georgia) This day-long program considers gardening with native flowers and trees along with related conservation issues. Learn how to incorporate your appreciation of these plants into your home landscape. Admission includes lunch. Pre-registration required. 8:45 a.m.–3:30 p.m. $60. GAMES: Dirty Nerds Trivia (Crow’s Nest) Trivia every Wednesday with host Todd Kelly. 10 p.m. FREE! www. 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. GAMES: Trivia with a DJ (Your Pie, Eastside location) Open your pie hole for a chance to win cash prizes. 7 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Sports Trivia (Beef ‘O’ Brady’s) Test your sports knowledge every Wednesday night. 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-850-1916 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: 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! 706-613-3650 KIDSTUFF: Letter H Storytime (Madison County Library, Danielsville) For toddlers and preschoolers and their caregivers. 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-795-5597

KIDSTUFF: Just Dance (Oconee County Library) Play the Wii game and dance your cares way. Drinks and snacks provided. For ages 11–18. 6–8 p.m. FREE! MEETINGS: Plan of Watkinsville Presentation (Watkinsville Community Center, Watkinsville) Learn about the Plan of Watkinsville, a proposal aiming to promote more traditional growth downtown through the formation of a new civic green. 6 p.m. FREE! www.watkinsvilleplan. wix.home

Thursday 23 CLASSES: Intro to PowerPoint (Oconee County Library) Learn the basics of PowerPoint files and more. 1–2:30 p.m. FREE! 706-769-3950 CLASSES: Scottish Country Dance Classes (Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens) Easy-to-learn Scottish country dancing. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes (flats, no heels). Every Thursday. 7–9 p.m. $36/semester, $3/class. CLASSES: Gentle Chair Yoga (Healing Arts Centre) This chair based class provides access to the postures in a way that lets the body to relax into them, allowing muscles to soften and elongate. Every Wednesday, 2–3 p.m. 706613-1143, www.healingartscentre. net 2–3 p.m. 706-613-1143, www. CLASSES: Light Up the Night (Madison County Library, Danielsville) Bring a jar with a lid and learn how to make an oil lamp. 6:30 p.m. FREE! 706-795-7795 EVENTS: Steel Magnolias (The Melting Point) The stars of Boybutante AIDS Foundation present a staged reading of Steel Magnolias. 7:30 p.m. $15. FILM: The Wishing Ring: An Idyll of Old England (Ciné Barcafé) This screening is a special 100th anniversary presentation of a rediscovered silent classic in which a young Englishman must prove his worth to his father and a comely lass with the help of a “magic” ring supplied by gypsies. The film will be accompanied by an original live piano composition by Mauro Ronca and followed by a Q&A session with Thomas Kenyon, a personal friend of actress Vivian Martin. 5:45 p.m. (reception), 6:45 p.m. (film). $25. FILM: Blue Velvet (UGA Tate Student Center) David Lynch’s mystery thriller is about strange happenings lurking beneath the picture-postcard veneer of a small North Carolina town. 8 p.m. $1–2. GAMES: Sex, Drugs & Rock and Roll Trivia (The Volstead) Every Thursday! 10 p.m.–12 a.m. FREE! 706-354-5300

Crocheted body parts from Ann Rowles’ “Porosity Series” are included in “The Third Act: Contemplating Aging,” currently on display at ATHICA through Sunday, Mar. 2. 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! 706-549-2639 KIDSTUFF: Toddlerobics (Oconee County Library) Active storytime full of dancing, stretching, jumping and stories for little ones to enjoy books on the move. 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706769-3950 KIDSTUFF: Romper Readers (Lay Park) Pre-school aged children meet special guests and do activities based on books by Eric Carle. 10 a.m.–12 p.m. $3–5. 706-613-3596, KIDSTUFF: Lego Club (ACC Library) Join us for Lego art and Lego-based games and activities. No need to bring your own Legos. For ages 8–18. 4:30–5:30 p.m. FREE! PERFORMANCE: Pilobolus (UGA Fine Arts Building) Pilobolus is one of the world’s most famous and creative dance companies, proving over and over that the human body can achieve amazing feats and is

the most expressive, universal and magical medium. See Calendar Pick on p. 16. Jan. 23–24, 8 p.m. $50–60. PERFORMANCE: Ballroom Magic (UGA New Dance Theatre) This annual show features the UGA Ballroom Performance Group with guest performances by dance groups from around the Athens community. Jan. 23–24, 8 p.m. Jan. 25, 2 p.m. $10-16.

Friday 24 ART: 90 Carlton: Winter (Georgia Museum of Art) Preview the museum’s new exhibits, “Art Interrupted: Advancing American Art and the Politics of Cultural Diplomacy,” “The Silent Cities of Peru: Archaeological Photographs by Fernando La Rosa” and “John Greenman Photographs,” with refreshments, gallery talks and live music. 7–9:30 p.m. FREE! (members), $5. COMEDY: The Capitol Steps (Madison Morgan Cultural Center, Madison) The Capitol Steps is a troupe of Congressional staffers

turned comedians who travel the country satirizing the very people and places that once employed them. 7:30–10 p.m. $25-55. www. EVENTS: Healing Circle and Meditation (Body, Mind & Spirit) Held every Friday. 6 p.m. $5 suggested donation. 706-351-6024 EVENTS: Big Designer Sample Sale (Formerly Echo) Find items from designers such as 7 for all Mankind, Ella Moss, Splendid and Susana Monaco. Jan. 24–26. Begins at 10:30 a.m. wilmasremedies@ FILM: Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (UGA Tate Student Center) In this hidden camera comedy film, Irving Zisman goes on a journey across America with his eight-yearold grandson, Billy. Jan. 24–26, 3 p.m., 6 p.m. & 9 p.m. $1–2. www. 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 k continued on next page





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KIDSTUFF: After-Hours Gamersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Showdown (ACC Library) Team up with your friends to compete in a variety of board game speed rounds, Minute to Win It and other game show challenges, trivia and more. Snacks provided. Pre-register. 6 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 LECTURES & LIT: Avid Poetry Series (Avid Bookshop) Melissa Crowe, author of Girl, Giant, and Alicia Rebecca Myers, author of Greener, read selections. See Calendar Pick on p. 16. 6:30 p.m. FREE! PERFORMANCE: Ballroom Magic (UGA New Dance Theatre) See Thursday listing for full description Jan. 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;24, 8 p.m. Jan. 25, 2 p.m. $10-16. PERFORMANCE: Pilobolus (UGA Fine Arts Building) See Thursday listing for full description Jan. 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;24, 8 p.m. $50â&#x20AC;&#x201C;60.

Jan. 24â&#x20AC;&#x201C;26, 3 p.m., 6 p.m. & 9 p.m. $1â&#x20AC;&#x201C;2. KIDSTUFF: Open House (Athens Montessori School) Families interested in enrollment for ages three through middle school are invited to explore the campus. 2â&#x20AC;&#x201C;4 p.m. FREE! LECTURES & LIT: Book Launch Party (Avid Bookshop) Avid Bookshop presents a book launch for Athens author Bowen Craigâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new book Hitchhiking With Salmon. Enjoy readings by Bo Craig, Mamie Simonds, Eddie Whitlock, Joelle RĂŠ Arp-Dunham, Sean Polite and others, along with a wine and cheese reception. 6:30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;7:30 p.m. FREE! PERFORMANCE: Ballroom Magic (UGA New Dance Theatre) See Thursday listing for full description Jan. 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;24, 8 p.m. Jan. 25, 2 p.m. $10-16.

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ART: Artist Reception (Oconee County Library) For â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dreams of a Sleepwalker,â&#x20AC;? mixed media paintings by Robin Fay. 3 p.m. FREE! www. ART: Cameron Hampton Workshop Series (OCAF, Watkinsville) A workshop in drawing for beginner and intermediate students. Learn to use graphite, charcoal ink and other drawing materials. 10 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;2 p.m. $85. CLASSES: Orchard Fruit Production (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Learn the best ways to expand fruit production on your own orchard. Topics include proper pruning techniques, seasonal maintenance, spraying techniques and pest and disease care. Followed by a tour of the Heritage Garden to learn about the historical Berkmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Orhard. 1â&#x20AC;&#x201C;5 p.m. $25. EVENTS: Southern Fried Championship Wrestling (Old Monroe Primary School, 109 Blaine St., Monroe) Monster Maul and Vicious Vic Roze face off in a heavyweight championship match. Tim Rice and Chris Nelms compete in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mad Town Street Fightâ&#x20AC;? where anything goes. 6 p.m. $5 (ages 6â&#x20AC;&#x201C;12), $10â&#x20AC;&#x201C;12. 770-601-3676 EVENTS: Writing Into the Light: A Healing Workshop (Thrive) Therapeutic writing can promote wellness and reduce stress. This hands-on workshop is for beginning or intermediate writers and focuses on strategies and techniques that promote writing as a powerful healing tool. Participants will work on healing narratives that focus on change and transformation as part of their healing journey. 9:30 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;12 p.m. $40â&#x20AC;&#x201C;45. 706-850-2000. www. EVENTS: Open Log House (Sandy Creek Nature Center) Visit the circa 1800s log house, warm up by a fire, sample food cooked in a dutch oven, hear live music and participate in activities from long ago. 1â&#x20AC;&#x201C;4 p.m. $3â&#x20AC;&#x201C;7. 706-613-3615 EVENTS: Meet and Greet (Hendershotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Coffee Bar) Meet members of Cracker and Camper van Beethoven. Live band Redwax will perform. 2â&#x20AC;&#x201C;5 p.m. FREE! www. EVENTS: Big Designer Sample Sale (Formerly Echo) See Friday listing for full description Jan. 24â&#x20AC;&#x201C;26. Begins at 10:30 a.m. FILM: Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (UGA Tate Student Center) See Friday listing for full description

ART: Art Censored Panel Discussion (Georgia Museum of Art) A discussion on the issues of censorship in conjunction with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Art Interrupted: Advancing American Art and the Politics of Cultural Diplomacy.â&#x20AC;? Panelists include Dennis Harper, Richard Neupert and Mark White. Moderated by GMOAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s former chief curator, Paul Manoguerra. 2 p.m. FREE! www. 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. Upcoming sessions will explore approaches to portraits and landscapes. Materials included. Held every Sunday, subject to change. 1â&#x20AC;&#x201C;4 p.m. $50â&#x20AC;&#x201C;100, 706-540-4022, CLASSES: Flute Playshop (Unity Athens) Musicians Armand and Angelina teach participants how to play Native American flute. Flutes available for play or purchase. 1:30 p.m. EVENTS: Athens Wedding Professionals Ultimate Bridal Show (Georgia Center Hotel) More than 40 local and Northeast Georgia wedding professionals will be participating in this one-stop shopping event for all the services brides need to make their dream weddings come true. 12:30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;4:30 p.m. $10. 706357-4444 EVENTS: UGA Founders Garden 75th Anniversary Celebration (ACC Library) Historic Preservation Graduate Program professor John Waters will discuss the garden clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s varied and extensive activities to commemorate the gardenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Diamond Jubilee. This event is co-sponsored by the Athens Historical Society and the Athens-Clarke County Library Heritage Room. 3 p.m. FREE! 706613-3650 EVENTS: Meditative Soundscapes (Thrive) Todd Mueller and Brian Smith present an afternoon of meditative sound and music featuring various world percussion instruments alongside the guitar. These unique soundscapes are intended to bring listeners on a meditative journey inward. Held the last Sunday of each month. 2â&#x20AC;&#x201C;3 p.m. Donations accepted. EVENTS: Melissa Link Fundraiser Kickoff (The World Famous) A fundraiser kickoff event for Melissa Link and her run for District 3 commissioner. Entertainment will be provided by Old Smokey and special

guests. This is a family-friendly event and activities will be provided to keep young children occupied. 4â&#x20AC;&#x201C;7 p.m. FREE! melissajlink2000@ EVENTS: 3rd Annual Krispy Kreme Doughnut Dare (Stegeman Coliseum) UGA Miracle presents a race to benefit Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Healthcare of AMerica. Run half of a 5K, stop to eat 10 doughnuts and then race to the finish line. 8 a.m. $20. EVENTS: Big Designer Sample Sale (Formerly Echo) See Friday listing for full description Jan. 24â&#x20AC;&#x201C;26. Begins at 10:30 a.m. FILM: Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (UGA Tate Student Center) See Friday listing for full description Jan. 24â&#x20AC;&#x201C;26, 3 p.m., 6 p.m. & 9 p.m. $1â&#x20AC;&#x201C;2. GAMES: Trivia (Buffaloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CafĂŠ) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Brewerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Inquisition,â&#x20AC;? trivia hosted

GAMES: Team Trivia (Beef â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Bradyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s) Win house cash and prizes! Every Monday night. 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-850-1916 GAMES: Trivia (Highwire Lounge) Athensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; toughest trivia. $100 grand prize every week! All ages. 8 p.m. FREE! 706-543-8997 KIDSTUFF: Infant Storytime (ACC Library) Designed to nurture language skills through literature-based materials and activities. Parents assist their children in movements and actions while playing. 2:30 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 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 10â&#x20AC;&#x201C;18. Registration required. 4â&#x20AC;&#x201C;5:30 p.m. FREE! 706613-3650, ext. 329

GAMES: Trivia (Fuzzyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Taco Shop) Compete for prizes and giveaways. Every Tuesday. 8â&#x20AC;&#x201C;10 p.m. 706353-0305 GAMES: Movie Quotes Trivia (Max) With host Cora Jane every Tuesday. Everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a winner. 9:30 p.m. FREE! 706-254-3392 GAMES: Locos Trivia (Locos Grill & Pub) Westside and Eastside locations of Locos Grill and Pub feature trivia night every Tuesday. 8 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Trivia with a Twist (Johnnyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s New York Style Pizza) See Tuesday listing for full description Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m. & Thursdays, 8 p.m. 706-354-1515 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.

Artwork by Claire Clements is featured in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Athens Plein Air Artworksâ&#x20AC;? group show at the State Botanical Garden through Sunday, Mar. 2. by Chris Brewer every Sunday. 7 p.m. FREE! 706-354-6655, www. GAMES: Trivia (The Capital Room) Every Sunday! Hosted by Evan Delany. First place wins $50 and second place wins $25. 8 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Trivia (Amici) Test your skills. 9 p.m. 706-353-0000 KIDSTUFF: Read to Rover (ACC Library) Beginning readers can practice by reading aloud to a furry friend. All dogs are insured and in the company of their trainers. First come, first served. 3â&#x20AC;&#x201C;4 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650

Monday 27 COMEDY: Second City Company: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Happily Ever Laughterâ&#x20AC;? (UGA Ramsey Concert Hall) The sketch comedy and improv theatre troupe returns for a night of social and political satire. Jan. 27â&#x20AC;&#x201C;29, 8 p.m. $40. COMEDY: Casual Comedy (Hendershotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Coffee Bar) With host Dave Weiglein and headliner Rob Haze. Time TBA. FREE! EVENTS: Bulldog Basketball and Burgers (Grindhouse Killer Burgers) Hear a live broadcast of UGA basketball coach Mark Foxâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s call-in radio show. 7 p.m. www. FILM: Paradise Now (UGA LeConte Hall, Room 221) Paradise Now, directed by Hany Abu-Assad, follows two Palestinian men preparing for a suicide attack in Israel. 6 p.m. FREE!

LECTURES & LIT: Last Monday Book Group (ACC Library) This monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s title is Moby Dick by Herman Melville. Newcomers welcome. 7 p.m. FREE! www.acclibrary. org

Tuesday 28 CLASSES: A Course in Miracles (Body, Mind & Spirit) Learn the inner workings of a miracle. 6 p.m. $5 suggested donation. 706-3516024 CLASSES: Getting Started with Genealogy (ACC Library) This class will help you get started with your family research. This is a pre-beginning genealogy class. Preregistration required. 10 a.m. FREE! CLASSES: Digital Camera Basics (ACC Library) Learn the basics of getting started with a digital camera. 10 a.m. FREE! COMEDY: Second City Company: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Happily Ever Laughterâ&#x20AC;? (UGA Ramsey Concert Hall) See Monday listing for full description Jan. 27â&#x20AC;&#x201C;29, 8 p.m. $40. www.pac.uga. edu FILM: The Peabody Decades: Green Eyes (Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries) Lloyd Dubeck returns from Vietnam with great hopes for the future, but he encounters bitter frustration, and his hopes never materialize. Disillusioned and suffering from feelings of guilt, he returns to Saigon, where he searches among thousands of war orphans for the child he fathered but left behind. 7 p.m. FREE!

3:15â&#x20AC;&#x201C;4:15 p.m. FREE! 706-7693950 LECTURES & LIT: Nature-Writing Group (Athens Land Trust) The nature writing group will discuss Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman, which is about the power of community gardens to build communities and nurture despairing people. The group is led by local writer and producer Pat Priest. Newcomers welcome. 5:30 p.m. $5 suggested donation. PERFORMANCE: UGA Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition Concert (Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall) This performance features some of the most talented students from Hugh Hodgson School of Music. 8 p.m. $5 (w/ student ID), $10. 706-542-4400.

Wednesday 29 CLASSES: Adult Tumbling (Bishop Park, Athens Clarke Gymnastics Academy) Adult tumbling is for anyone 15 years or older. Every Wednesday through Apr. 23. 7â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8:25 p.m. $10. 706-613-3589 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. COMEDY: The Hen Party Comedy Show (The Melting Point) This female comedy revue features Leanne Morgan, Karen Mills and

Mia Jackson. 6 p.m. (doors), 8 p.m. (show). $12 (adv.), $15. COMEDY: Second City Company: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Happily Ever Laughterâ&#x20AC;? (UGA Ramsey Concert Hall) See Monday listing for full description Jan. 27â&#x20AC;&#x201C;29, 8 p.m. $40. www.pac.uga. edu GAMES: Dirty Nerds Trivia (Crowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nest) Trivia every Wednesday with host Todd Kelly. 10 p.m. FREE! www. GAMES: Full Contact Trivia (Blind Pig Tavern) Think you know it all? Test your knowledge every Wednesday night. 8 p.m. Both locations. 706-548-3442 GAMES: Trivia (Copper Creek Brewing Company) Test your trivia chops for prizes! Every Wednesday. 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-1102 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. GAMES: Trivia with a DJ (Your Pie, Eastside location) Open your pie hole for a chance to win cash prizes. 7 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Sports Trivia (Beef â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Bradyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s) Test your sports knowledge every Wednesday night. 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-850-1916 KIDSTUFF: Snow Story Time (Madison County Library, Danielsville) Chilly tales and fun crafts for toddlers and preschoolers. Caregivers are requested to attend. 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-795-5597 KIDSTUFF: Books & Brushes (Oconee County Library) Create a literary-themed masterpiece with studio artist Christian Brandon. Sign up at the front desk by Jan. 27. For ages 11â&#x20AC;&#x201C;18. 6â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8 p.m. FREE! www. LECTURES & LIT: Book Discussion (Chops and Hops) Join the Oconee Democrats for a discussion on the award-winning biography The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal and the Real Count of Monte Cristo. Newcomers of any political affiliation welcome. 6:30 p.m. FREE! patricia.priest@ LECTURES & LIT: Panel Discussion (Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nuclear Anxiety and Civil Defense in Popular Cultureâ&#x20AC;? focuses on the cultural impact of the atomic bomb addressing how films, fashion and comics of the time period were inspired and shaped by both the technology and anxiety of the nuclear age. 5:30 p.m. FREE!

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THE CALENDAR! THE SHONDES Brooklyn-based rock and roll band with personal-aspolitical lyrical themes. THE SIDEKICKS Punk rock band from Ohio. Georgia Theatre 9 p.m. $12. SMOG CITY TOUR Some of electronic music’s finest team up for a collaborative tour, featuring 12th Planet, Protohype, Flinch, Son of Kick and Steady. Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 DJ HOT WAX Max Wang spins ‘60s pop/soul and punk rock. The Melting Point Terrapin Tuesday. 7:30 p.m. $5. www. SHAWN SPENCER & GARRET WREN Members of Seven Handle Circus and Whiskey Gentry team up for a guitar-and-mandolin set. New Earth Athens Project Safe Benefit. 8 p.m. CARL LINDBERG Local Latin jazz bassist performs a set of solo tunes. Every Tuesday! Nowhere Bar 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742 TUESDAY NIGHT CONFESSIONAL Host Fester Hagood presents this week’s showcase of singersongwriter talent, featuring Waller, Stephanie Schecter and Julie Gribble.

Wednesday 22 Boar’s Head Lounge 10 p.m. FREE! 706-369-3040 OPEN MIC NIGHT Rock out every Wednesday. Contact for booking. Caledonia Lounge 9:30 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18-20). www. PADRE Local indie band featuring members of Dana Swimmer. ANTHONY APARO Singer-songwriter from the band Mr. Mustache plays a solo set. FUTO Acoustic-minded indie-pop project fronted by songwriter Patrick Brick. MAN UP, YANCEY Indie rock group from Decatur. 40 Watt Club 8 p.m. $10. JUDAH & THE LION Nashville-based Americana/folk band featuring fresh musicianship and powerful harmonies. THE SHADOWBOXERS Atlantabased band playing soul-infused alternative rock with three-part harmonies and sophisticated songcraft. Georgia Theatre 8 p.m. $15. MARY GAUTHIER Louisiana nativeturned-Nashville resident that plays emotive Americana. KATE MORRISSEY Best known for her dark velvet voice, Morrissey’s songwriting is literate and sincere, and her conversational live shows come punctuated with an offbeat sense of humor. Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 SEA OF DOGS This local group, fronted by songwriter Emily Armond, plays sweet, intuitive folk tunes. DONE GONE Local psych/folk/drone outfit.


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LITTLE BROTHERS Solo folk sounds from Ryan Gray Moore (Brothers). BONG MARLEY SONG SYSTEM “VHS-funk” from a member of Basshunter64. HUMAN PIPPI ARMSTRONG Charlotte-based performer playing weird tunes with eclectic instrumentation. Green Room 9 p.m. MAMA’S LOVE Local progressive rock band with a classic sound that hinges on improvisation. BOOTY BUSINESS New local funk band featuring members of Jubee and the Morning After, Lazy Locomotive, Prisma and more. Hi-Lo Lounge 10 p.m. FREE! 706-850-8561 KARAOKE WITH THE KING Sing your guts out every Wednesday!

Cracker team up with local musicians Thayer Sarrano, Bryan Howard, Jeremy Wheatley and Matt Stoessel. 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. $25. DISCLOSURE Buzzed-about electronic dance duo of brothers from England. See Calendar Pick on p. 16. VIC MENSA Young hotshot electro DJ from Chicago. SAMO SOUND BOY Los Angelesbased producer and DJ. Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 KARAOKE Hosted by karaoke fanatic John “Dr. Fred” Bowers and featur-

The Office Lounge 8 p.m. 706-546-0840 THOMAS GALLOWAY The frontman of local rock band Mama’s Love plays a solo set. 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-0840 CARLA LEFEVER’S LOUNGE LIZARD JAM PARTY Local singer hosts an open full-rock jam. P.A., drums, bass rig, keyboards and guitar amps set up and ready to go. Please bring your guitars and sticks. Every Thursday!

Friday 24 Caledonia Lounge 10 p.m. $7 (21+), $9 (18–20). www. CINEMECHANICA The beloved local four-piece math-rock band has risen after a two-year hiatus. See Calendar Pick on p. 16. THE POWDER ROOM Local heavyweight trio of Gene Woolfolk, Aaron

Georgia Theatre 8 p.m. $20. THE RINGERS Jimmy Herring, Wayne Krantz, Michael Landau, Keith Carlock and Etienne Mbappe collectively work to unite their respective genres of rock, funk, jazz, blues and African music into a unified sound. OLI BROWN Acclaimed blues guitarist from England. Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 HUMAN PIPPI ARMSTRONG Charlotte-based performer playing weird tunes with eclectic instrumentation. BUBBLY MOMMY GUN Local experimental pop band that plays idiosyncratic, psychedelic tunes. TALKING HEADS Talking Heads cover band. SLEEPING FRIENDS Garage-pop featuring Joe Kubler (Bubbly Mommy Gun) and friends.

Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742 THE JASON CONNELLY BAND Soul trio that’s known for its genuine, emotional hooks.

Pizza Hut 8 p.m. FREE! 706-353-0888 (Baxter Street location) KEN WILL MORTON With his gritty, soulful rasp, Morton trudges through Americana’s roots with rock and roll swagger and a folksinger’s heart.

Tapped 9 p.m. FREE! 706-850-6277 KARAOKE Sing your heart out every Wednesday.

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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. FREE! www.flickertheatreandbar. com JOE CAT Local troubadour whose influences range from Steve Earle and Townes Van Zant to Johnny Cash. CD release show! 40 Watt Club 2nd Annual Camp-In. 8 p.m. $10. THE GEORGIA CRACKER David Lowery and Johnny Hickman of


New Earth Athens 8 p.m. $5. www.newearthmusichall. com WISE UP RISE UP New reggae, rock, funk, blues, and psychedelic band from Athens. DOUG FUNNY AND THE FRESHTONES Local jam-influenced band. DJ ARMEND HAMMER Atlanta’s Armend Kaleshi spins minimalist, bass-heavy jams.

The Office Lounge 9:30 p.m. FREE! 706-546-0840 THE ORIGINAL SCREWTOPS Crankin’ the blues since 1962.

Porterhouse Grill 7 p.m. FREE! 706-369-0990 JAZZ NIGHT The longest standing weekly music gig in Athens! Join Nicholas Wiles, Drew Hart and Steve Key for an evening of original music, improv and standards.

Caledonia Lounge 9:30 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18-20). www. THE ENDS Funky rock band from Burlington, NC. REVEREND DEBRUHL Steeped in the heritage of strong guitar leads, powerful vocals and a pocket rhythm section, this local rock quartet plays a bluesy Southern style with jazz and jam-inspired sounds. JIVE MOTHER MARY Rollicking Southern rock band from Burlington, NC.

The Melting Point 8 p.m. $20 (adv.), $25 (door). www. MOTHER’S FINEST A mix of rock, gospel, R&B, metal and jazz seen through the lenses of an “Afro-Euro mosaic” sound. ISAAC BRAMBLETT Southern soul singer with a roots-rock band who has performed with Ike Stubblefield and Sunny Ortiz, to name a few.

Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742 SOULHOUND Atlanta-based band that describes itself as “inspired disciples of the groove-oriented R&B, soul and greasy funk of the late ‘60s and ‘70s.”

The Office Lounge 9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-0840 KARAOKE With your host Lynn, the Queen of Karaoke!

Boar’s Head Lounge 10 p.m. 706-369-3040 LEAVING COUNTRIES Local singersongwriter Louis Phillip Pelot performs folk and country with the help of some friends. HUMBLE CRUMB New local power trio plays eclectic yet groovy partyfriendly rock and roll covers ranging from the ‘60s to present-day.

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.

Sundown Saloon 8 p.m. FREE! 706-248-0894 DJ Lynn Carson Every Friday!

Saturday 25 Old Smokey plays Green Room on Thursday, Jan. 23. ing a large assortment of pop, rock, indie and more. Green Room 9 p.m. TIA MADRE Band fronted by Walker Howle of Dead Confederate fame, featuring Matt Stoessel, Ivey Hughes, Paul McHugh and Bryan Howard. 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 percussion. PILGRIM Local rock band featuring Paul McHugh on vocals, guitar and keyboards along with Matt Stoessel on guitar, TJ Machado on bass, Thayer Sarrano on keyboards and Brad Morgan on drums. Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. TAYLOR KENNEDY Jazz saxaphonist leads a jam session. Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742 STEREO REFORM Trio that combines genres to create a “dance-afunk-a-rock-a-tronic” sound.

Sims and Bubba McDonald playing noisy “ramp-rock.” The Coffee Shop of Athens 8 p.m. $3. 706-542-8990 DMBB The Desperate Measures Bluegrass Band plays traditional gospel and bluegrass songs. Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m. BOB HAY & THE JOLLY BEGGARS Long-running local string band that plays the songs of Scottish poet Robert Burns. 40 Watt Club 2nd Annual Camp-In. 8 p.m. $20. CRACKER Acclaimed ‘90s alternative rock group fronted by David Lowery. The band has stylistically explored many genres and sounds over its nearly two-decade career. See Calendar Pick on p. 16. CAMPER VAN BEETHOVEN Fronted by local fixture David Lowery, this highly influential indie rock band plays a career-spanning set of rockers. SHONNA TUCKER & EYE CANDY The former Drive-By Truckers bassist plays inspired folk-rock tunes with her new band.

BACHARACH TO THE FUTURE Burt Bacharach cover band featuring members of The Dream Scene and Bubbly Mommy Gun. DJ MAHOGANY Popular local DJ spins freaky funk, sultry soul, righteous R&B and a whole lotta faves. Green Room 9 p.m. THE DICTATORTOTS These longtime Athenian chaos-cultivators stomp about and trash the night with postgrunge grooves. MISSISSIPPI SHAKEDOWN Rockabilly-influenced garage duo. Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. THE SALT FLATS Melodic and lively local guitar-rock band. THE BURNING ANGELS Local country-rock band led by songwriter Mark Cunningham. Little Kings Shuffle Club 10 p.m. FREE! 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

Caledonia Lounge 9:30 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18-20). www. BLUE BLOOD New, melodic psychpop project from Hunter Morris, formerly of Gift Horse. BANDITOS Eclectic, psych-tinged rock and roll band from Nashville. RUBY THE RABBITFOOT Led by songwriter Ruby Kendrick, this local group plays intricate, slightly experimental pop-folk. ROLLING NOWHERE “Psychedelic junkyard folk” band from Hickory Flat, GA. Flicker Theatre & Bar 10 p.m. FEATHER TRADE This local band plays lush, moody post-pop. POWERKOMPANY Local pop duo featuring the crisp, soaring vocals of Marie Davon, playing folk songs enhanced with slickly produced electronic instrumentation courtesy of Andrew Heaton. 40 Watt Club 2nd Annual Camp-In. 8 p.m. $20. CRACKER Acclaimed ‘90s alternative rock group fronted by David Lowery. The band has stylistically explored many genres and sounds over its nearly two-decade career. See Calendar Pick on p. 16. CAMPER VAN BEETHOVEN Fronted by local fixture David Lowery, this highly influential indie rock band plays a career-spanning set.

THE HOUNDS BELOW Post-punkinfluenced trio from Michigan. Georgia Theatre 7:30 p.m. $27.50. www.georgiatheatre. com LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO Long-running South African vocal group known for backing Paul Simon on his landmark album, Graceland. See story on p. 13. Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 BOOMFOX Local rock band formerly known as The Sunlight Alchemists that describes itself as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Adele meets Stone Temple Pilots.â&#x20AC;? SABABA Local alt-rock band stemming from UGAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hillel program. SALEM LAKE Alt-rock band from North Carolina. FLIGHT OF IDEAS Local experimental hip hop duo. DJ BLOWPOP Joe Kubler (Bubbly Mommy Gun) spins a set of tunes. Green Room 9 p.m. $5. THE WOODGRAINS Local band that plays a blend of funk, rock and soul featuring three vocalists and char-

installment of this downtown party, featuring music from Diarrhea Planet, Dana Swimmer, Junior Astronomers, Big Jesus, Baby Baby, Concord America, Nurture, New Wives, Places to Hide, Futo, Brothers, Juna, Programs, Uncle Dad and Uncle Pizza. See story on p. 13. Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742 SNAP! Organ-heavy funk/jazz tunes delivered by locals Jason Fuller, Benji Shanks, David Yoke, Carlton Owens and Stephen Spivey. The Office Lounge 9:30 p.m. 706-546-0840. THE FLAMETHROWERS Louisianabased party band playing a variety of covers from the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;50s up to today. Sundown Saloon 9 p.m. FREE! 706-850-1177 KARAOKE With your host Lynn, the Queen of Karaoke! Ten Pins Tavern 8 p.m. FREE! ROGER JAEGER Pop-influenced singer-songwriter from Nashville.

Pizza Hut 8â&#x20AC;&#x201C;10 p.m. FREE! (Baxter Street location) KARAOKE Choose from over 13,000 songs with host Kevin Cody. Every Sunday. The World Famous 9 p.m. $5. www.theworldfamousathens. com VIO/MIRE Led by Providence, RI musician Brendan Glasson, this ensemble plays hypnotic and meditative music with solemn lyrics. JEREMY WHEATLEY FEAT. THAYER SARRANO Two local singer-songwriters team up for a collaborative set.

Monday 27 Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m. FREE! www.flickertheatreandbar. com MARBIN Israeli-American improv/ jazz-fusion band from Chicago. TALKINGTO Local â&#x20AC;&#x153;sexy Motown funk-popâ&#x20AC;? band. MAMA-FIKI Local jam-influenced fusion band. LAST OF US Local post-metal band.

The Melting Point Terrapin Tuesday. 7:30 p.m. $5. www. CICADA RHYTHM Atlanta-based acoustic guitar and upright bass duo playing bluegrass-tinged indie folk, filled with paired vocal harmonies. New Earth Athens Project Safe Benefit. 8 p.m. CARL LINDBERG See Tuesday listing for full description Nowhere Bar 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742 TUESDAY NIGHT CONFESSIONAL Host Fester Hagood presents this weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s showcase of singersongwriter talent, featuring Marlin Brackett, Bloodkin and Daniel Hutchens and Eric Carter. The Volstead 9 p.m. 706-354-5300 KARAOKE Every Tuesday!

Wednesday 29 Boarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Head Lounge 10 p.m. FREE! 706-369-3040 OPEN MIC NIGHT Rock out every Wednesday. Contact for booking. Georgia Theatre 8 p.m. $10. ZOSO Formed in 1995, this ultimate Led Zeppelin tribute band has played over 2,400 live performances. GIMME HENDRIX Local Jimi Hendrix cover band. Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 SECRET LOVER Psych-pop band from Worcester, MA. WHITE GOLD Atlanta-based band. GINKO Edgar Lopezâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fuzzy hip hop project. BONG MARLEY SONG SYSTEM â&#x20AC;&#x153;VHS-funkâ&#x20AC;? from a member of Basshunter64. RENE LECONTE Lo-fi pop project featuring Joe Kubler (Sleeping Friends, Bubbly Mommy Gun).

Cicada Rhythm plays the Melting Point on Tuesday, Jan. 28. ismatic harmonies. Album release show! See story on p. 12. BUFFALO HAWK Heavy, Crazy Horse-inspired band led by Matt Stoessel and featuring Paul McHugh, Brantley Senn and Jim Wilson. Hendershotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. WOMEN OF ROCK IN THE ROUND Enjoy music from a handful of Athens and Atlanta-based singersongwriters, including Caroline Aiken, Diane Durrett, Donna Hopkins, Betsy Franck, Kyshona Armstrong and Ansley Stewart. Little Kings Shuffle Club 10 p.m. $5. lkshuffleclub ADAM KLEIN & THE WILD FIRES Local songwriter playing a rustic blend of country, folk and Americana. CALEB CAUDLE New Orleans-based songwriter playing soulful altcountry and roots-pop. CHRIS PORTER Known for his work with alt-country outfit Some Dark Holler, Porter plays evocative roots music. New Earth Athens 6 p.m. $5. www.newearthmusichall. com FREEKFEST Food, keg beer and camraderie highlight the second

LARA LANDON Christian pop-folk singer-songwriter from Nashville via California. Unity Athens 7 p.m. ARMAND & ANGELINA Two international performing artists present â&#x20AC;&#x153;a fusion of classical, pop and world music.â&#x20AC;? The World Famous 9 p.m. $10. LITTLE COUNTRY GIANTS Oldtime folk, country and blues from Rome, GA.

Sunday 26 The Melting Point 12 p.m. $10. www.meltingpointathens. com ALZHEIMERâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S MUSIC FEST An all-day lineup of live music to benefit Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s care and research. Featuring the bands dangfly, Five Eight, Fester Hagood, Jeb Stuart Band, Mike Watson Band, Laurie Rider, Lefty Williams Band, Lianne Hutcheson, Little Boxes, Lowdive, Peyton Parker & Jon Latham, Poverty Level Band, Scott Low, The Daniels Brothers, Tom Lennon, Zangaro and Heather Wilkerson and Camille Hayes.

Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 DJ BLOWPOP Joe Kubler (Bubbly Mommy Gun) spins a set of tunes. The Melting Point 7 p.m. FREE! www.meltingpointathens. com JAZZ JAM Nic Wilesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; jazz jam session providing an open, relaxed environment for musicians to cut their teeth on traditional jazz standards and hard bop, with the main focus on musician fellowship and learning.

Hi-Lo Lounge 10 p.m. FREE! 706-850-8561 KARAOKE WITH THE KING Sing your guts out every Wednesday! Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742 JIVE MOTHER MARY Rollicking Southern rock band from Burlington, NC. The Office Lounge 9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-0840 KARAOKE With your host Lynn, the Queen of Karaoke!

Nowhere Bar Moody Mama Mondays! 8 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742 HOLLY BELLE This local singersongwriter sings smoky, acoustic ballads.

Porterhouse Grill 7 p.m. FREE! 706-369-0990 JAZZ NIGHT The longest standing weekly music gig in Athens! Join Nicholas Wiles, Drew Hart and Steve Key for an evening of original music, improv and standards.

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Caledonia Lounge 9:30 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18-20). www. GUNTHER DOUG Three-piece garage-punk band from Nashville. BAXTER AND THE BASICS Local folk-inspired indie rock band that borrows from the fuzz of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;90s alternative. SALEM LAKE Alt-rock band from North Carolina. BIG MORGAN Local band consisting of former members of Atlanta band Lotus Slide.

1/30 LEAVING COUNTRIES / HUMBLE CRUMB (Boarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Head Lounge) 1/30 PONTIAK / A / THE HONEY SLIDERS (Caledonia Lounge) 1/30 GAELIC STORM (Georgia Theatre) 1/30 WORD / PO.10.CEE / JIMI BEATNIK (Green Room) 1/30 KENOSHA KID (Hendershotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Coffee Bar) 1/30 ROBYN HITCHCOCK / THAYER SARRANO (The Melting Point)

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39th Juried Exhibition (Lyndon House Arts Center) This competition is open to Athens area artists 18 years & up working in visual media. Drop off entry forms and up to three works on Jan. 30, 12:30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8:30 p.m. or Jan. 31, 10 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;4 p.m. Opening reception on Mar. 9. $25 submission fee. 706-613-3623, www.athens Artist Models (Lyndon House Arts Center) Seeking models for fully clothed and paid art classes. Must be able to hold poses for 15â&#x20AC;&#x201C;30 minutes at a time. Classes meet Thursdays through Feb. 13, 6:30â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 8:30 p.m. 706-613-3623, ext. 225 Call for Artists (OCAF, Watkinsville) Seeking submissions for the 19th annual Southworks Juried Art Exhibition, held Apr. 11â&#x20AC;&#x201C;May 16. Visit website for application and to submit images. Cash prizes will be awarded to top pieces. Deadline Feb. 14. $25-35. Call for Artists (Terrapin Beer Co.) Terrapin is seeking artwork inspired by the label of their upcoming Mosaic Single-Hopped Red Ale for a gallery event benefiting ATHICA. Any hangable medium; 20â&#x20AC;? max dimension. Winning artwork will receive $200 and be displayed in Terrapinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s upcoming tasting room. Email submission photos by Feb. 1. Event on Feb. 27. Artwork will be displayed at Old Pal for voting Feb. 25â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Mar. 28. SEEKING ARTIST VENDORS (Athens Heritage Foundation) Indie South Fair is seeking artists and crafters for a Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Handmade Market on Feb. 14. Apply online. Deadline Feb. 5.

2014 Athens Small Business Summit (The Classic Center) The summit includes educational breakout sessions, resources, experienced speakers and networking opportunities. Register by Apr. 15. Discounts will be given for early registration. Summit on Apr. 24. $79â&#x20AC;&#x201C;129. Baby Boot Camp (Georgia Square Mall) Stroller fitness classes combine strength training exercises with cardiovascular drills in 60-minute sessions. Free kickoff session on Jan. 22, 9:15 a.m. Call or email to register for future classes. 706-6141814, com, Beginning Bridge Classes (Athens Bridge Center) Playing bridge is the ultimate brain workout. Mondays through Feb. 24, 6:30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8:30 p.m. $25 (students), $50. 706-318-9681 Clay Your Way (OCAF, Watkinsville) Get tips on wheel throwing, hand-building techniques, surface decoration and sculptural techniques for creating figural and abstract forms. Choose six out of the 11 class dates to attend. Saturdays, Feb. 1â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Apr. 19, 2â&#x20AC;&#x201C;5 p.m. $215â&#x20AC;&#x201C;225 (includes materials). Courage to Quit (Athens Regional Medical Center) A foursession program designed to help you quit using tobacco products. Each class covers a new topic. Participants create a plan to quit and learn tools for getting through withdrawal, avoiding triggers and handling stress. Tuesdays, 6â&#x20AC;&#x201C;7 p.m. Jan. 28, Feb. 4, 11 & 28. A $30 deposit due upon registration is refunded if all four classes are attended.

Dance Classes (Floorspace) Sulukule Bellydance presents classes in bellydancing, Bollywood dance, theatrical â&#x20AC;&#x153;bellyesque,â&#x20AC;? burlesque and Middle Eastern drumming. Mac Workshops (PeachMac) Frequent introductionary courses. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Intro to iPad.â&#x20AC;? Jan. 25, 10 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Intro to Mac.â&#x20AC;? Jan. 27, 6 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Intro to iPhoto.â&#x20AC;? Jan. 30, 6 p.m. FREE! 706-208-9990, www.peachmac. com/training/workshops.php One-on-One Computer Classes (Oconee County Library) Schedule a private help session with the libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s computer specialist. Get help with Word, Excel, job searching, Internet and computer skills and more. 706-769-3950 Printmaking Workshops (Double Dutch Press) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Valentines! One Color Screenprinting.â&#x20AC;? Jan. 25, 2â&#x20AC;&#x201C;5 p.m. $40. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Valentines! Stampmaking.â&#x20AC;? Feb. 1, 2â&#x20AC;&#x201C;5 p.m. $35. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Monotype (Paper Relief.â&#x20AC;? Feb 6 & 13, 6â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8 p.m. $75. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tea Towels: One Color Screenprinting.â&#x20AC;? Feb. 8, 2â&#x20AC;&#x201C;6 p.m. $50. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Custom Stationery: Multicolor Screenprinting.â&#x20AC;? Feb. 19 & 26, 6â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8 p.m. $60. www.double Unlearn Your Pain (Mind Body Medicine Network) This behavioral pain management class focuses on relief from chronic pain, fatigue, illness, distress and trauma. Sundays, Jan. 26â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Feb. 16, 4â&#x20AC;&#x201C;6 p.m. $25. 706-202-3590, www.mindbody Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Self Defense Classes (American Blackbelt Academy) Ongoing workshops in Sexual Assault Fundamental Escapes (SAFE). Call to register. 706-549-1671, Yoga & Meditation (Rubber Soul Yoga) Ongoing classes in Kundalini, Hatha and restorative yoga as well as


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Photography by Forrest Aguar is currently on display at Last Resort Grill through Sunday, Feb. 2. guided meditation. Donation based., Yoga Classes at New Earth (New Earth Athens) Daily yoga for all levels. Qigong classes for all ages are held every Tuesday, 8â&#x20AC;&#x201C;10 p.m. $5â&#x20AC;&#x201C;15 requested donation. Check website for daily schedule. www. calendar.html, newearthyoga

HELP OUT American Veterans (Athens, GA) Drive VA furnished vehicles to transport vets living with disabilities to local clinics and Augusta hospitals. Weekdays, 8 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;5 p.m., once or twice a month. Call Roger, 706-202-0587 Donate Blood Give the gift of blood! Check website for donor locations. 1-800-RED CROSS, Free IT (Free IT Athens) Volunteers wanted to refurbish and recycle computers. Free IT Athens provides technology resources to Athens residents and organizations. HandsOn Northeast Georgia (Athens, GA) HandsOn NEGA is a project of Community Connection of Northeast Georgia that assists volunteers in finding flexible service opportunities at various organizations. Over 130 local agencies seek help with ongoing projects and special short-term events. Visit the website for a calendar and to register. Seeking Volunteers (Athens, GA) Indie South Fair is seeking help with upcoming artist markets,

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KIDSTUFF Craft Classes (Treehouse Kid and Craft) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Baby Sensory Classâ&#x20AC;? for ages 6â&#x20AC;&#x201C;24 months (Wednesdays, 10 a.m. & Saturdays, 11 a.m.), â&#x20AC;&#x153;We Craftâ&#x20AC;? for ages 2â&#x20AC;&#x201C;3 (Thursdays & Saturdays, 10 a.m.), â&#x20AC;&#x153;Craft Clubâ&#x20AC;? for ages 3â&#x20AC;&#x201C;5 (Thursdays, 4 p.m.), â&#x20AC;&#x153;Craft Clubâ&#x20AC;? for ages 6â&#x20AC;&#x201C;10 (Wednesdays, 4 p.m.), â&#x20AC;&#x153;Family Crafterdaysâ&#x20AC;? for ages 4â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8 (Saturdays, 12 p.m.). â&#x20AC;&#x153;Craft Inc.â&#x20AC;? for ages 9â&#x20AC;&#x201C;14 (Fridays, 4:30 p.m.). $10/ class. www.treehousekidandcraft. com Day Off School Program: Fit & Fun (East Athens Community Center) Learn ways to be healthy and fit. For ages 6â&#x20AC;&#x201C;12. Bring a sack lunch. Register by Feb. 10. Feb. 17, 9 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;4 p.m. $15. 706-613-3593 Knitting Classes (Treehouse Kid and Craft) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Do It Together Knittingâ&#x20AC;? for children ages 8â&#x20AC;&#x201C;12 and a parent. Feb. 2 & 9, 1â&#x20AC;&#x201C;3 p.m. $65. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Do It Together Knittingâ&#x20AC;? for children ages 5â&#x20AC;&#x201C;7 and a parent. Feb. 15 & 22, 1:30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;3 p.m. $50. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Do It Together Sewingâ&#x20AC;? for ages 8â&#x20AC;&#x201C;12. Sundays, Feb. 15â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Mar. 9, 1â&#x20AC;&#x201C;3 p.m. $90.

SUPPORT Alanon (540 Prince Ave.) Alanon: a 12 step recovery program for those affected by someone elseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s drinking. Tuesdays, 7:30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8:30 p.m. FREE! 478-955-3422

Alcoholics Anonymous (Athens, GA) If you want to drink, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your business. If you want to stop, we can help. 706-389-4164, Bi Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Support Group (Body, Mind & Spirit) This group helps address specific areas that bisexual men deal with in their lives. Mondays, 6 p.m. $10. 706351-6024 Domestic Violence Support Group (Athens, GA) Support, healing and dinner for survivors of domestic violence. Tuesdays, 6â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8 p.m., in Clarke County. First and Third Mondays, 6:30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8 p.m., in Madison County. Child care provided. 706-543-3331 (hotline), 706-613-3357, ext. 771 Emotional Abuse Support Group (Athens, GA) Demeaning behavior and hateful words can be just as harmful as punches and kicks. Child care provided. Call for location. Every Wednesday. 6:30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8 p.m. FREE! 706-543-3331 (hotline), 706-613-3357, ext. 771 Reiki (Athens Regional Medical Center, Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support) Experience the healing energy of Reiki, an ancient form of healing touch used for stress reduction and relaxation. For cancer patients, their families and caregivers. Call for an appointment. Individual sessions held every Wednesday, 6 p.m. & 7 p.m. FREE! 706-475-4900

ON THE STREET CCCF Scholarships (The Classic Center) The Classic Center Cultural Foundation is offering performing arts scholarships for high school

suggested donation. 706-542-5788, Oconee Rivers Greenway Commission (Sandy Creek Nature Center) The ACC Leisure Services Department is currently accepting applications to fill a fiveyear term. Monthly meetings are held to develop a plan for a river-oriented greenway system and to recommend measures for protecting the resources of the Oconee Rivers. Visit website for application. Deadline Jan. 31. 706-613-3801, www.athens Ripple Effect Film Project (Athens, GA) Filmmakers of all ages and levels of experience are

ART AROUND TOWN AMICI (233 E. Clayton St.) Whimsical and retroinspired collage prints by John Williams. Through January. ANTIQUES & JEWELS ART GALLERY (290 N. Milledge Ave.) Paintings by Mary Porter, Christine Shockley, Dortha Jacobson and others. Art quilts by Elizabeth Barton and handmade jewelry by various artists. ART ON THE SIDE GALLERY AND GIFTS (1011B Industrial Blvd., Watkinsville) A gallery featuring works by various artists in media including ceramics, paintings and fused glass. ARTINIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S ART LOUNGE (296 W. Broad St.) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Clouds of Facesâ&#x20AC;? is an exhibit and new book presenting 15 relief sculptures in clay by Vernon J. Thornsberry. Paintings by Andy Cherewick are also on display. Through January. ATHENS ACADEMY (1281 Spartan Lane) In the Myers Gallery, artwork by Bette Houser and Leslie Snipes and contemporary art quilts by Elizabeth Barton, Ruth Handy and Catherine Hart. Through Jan. 24. ATHENS INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART (ATHICA) (160 Tracy St.) â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Third Act: Contemplating Aging,â&#x20AC;? curated by ATHICA Director Emeritus Lizzie Zucker Saltz, focuses on aspects of contemporary aging through the works of nine artists. Through Mar. 2. AURUM STUDIOS (125 E. Clayton St.) RenĂŠ Shoemaker presents new works inspired by French architecture on silk and paper. Through February. THE BRANDED BUTCHER (225 N. Lumpkin St.) Paintings and drawings by Sanithna Phansavanh. â&#x20AC;˘ Paintings by Lela Burnett. CINĂ&#x2030; BARCAFĂ&#x2030; (234 W. Hancock Ave.) David Noah presents portraits of members of the Word of Mouth poetry community. Through Feb. 4. THE CLASSIC CENTER (300 N. Thomas St.) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Like a Rainbowâ&#x20AC;? presents large colorful paintings by Sarah Emerson, Tommy Taylor, Kathryn Refi, Chris Hocking, Hannah Jones, Elliot Walters and Liselott Johnsson. â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Assembleâ&#x20AC;? presents collage works by Jenn Manzella, Jon Swindler, Claire Clements, Justin Plakas, Leslie Snipes and Jaynie Gillman Crimmins. Through January. DONDEROSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; KITCHEN (590 N. Milledge Ave.) Paintings by June Ball. EARTH FARE (1689 S. Lumpkin St.) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Paintings of Meher, India (1894â&#x20AC;&#x201C;1969)â&#x20AC;? and pen and ink drawings by Charles Gardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ner. Through January. FARMINGTON DEPOT GALLERY (1011 Salem Rd., Farmington) Owned and staffed by 14 artists, the gallery exhibits paintings, sculpture, folk art, ceramics and fine furniture. Permanent collection artists include Chris Hubbard, Dave Kirwin, Veronica Darby, John Cleaveland and more. FLICKER THEATRE & BAR (263 W. Washington St.) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Archivesâ&#x20AC;? features paintings created by Stan Mullins over the last decade. Through January. GALLERY@HOTEL INDIGO (500 College Ave.) In the Gallery, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wonderlandâ&#x20AC;? features works by Sean Abrahams, Nina Barnes, Michele Chidster, Eleanor Davis, Ann Marie Manker, Jiha Moon and Cobra McVey. Through Mar. 23. â&#x20AC;˘ In the GlassCube, a site specific installation by Liselott Johnsson called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hello Polly! This is Your Nine Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Clock Wake Up Call!â&#x20AC;? Through Mar. 23. GEORGIA MUSEUM OF ART (90 Carlton St.) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Not Polite to Stare,â&#x20AC;? three short pieces of video art themed on voyeurism. Through Mar. 20. â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;John Greenman Photographs.â&#x20AC;? Jan. 25â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Mar. 30. â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Silent Cities of Peru: Archaeological Photographs by Fernando La Rosa.â&#x20AC;? Jan. 25â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Mar. 30. â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Art Interrupted: Advancing American Art and the Politics of Cultural Diplomacy.â&#x20AC;? Jan. 25â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Apr. 20.

invited to create original short films about water conservation and water stewardship. Finalistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; films will be screened during the 2014 EcoFocus Film Festival in March. Visit website for official rules and entry form. Deadline Jan. 31. Thrift Sale Drop Off (OCAF, Watkinsville) Donations for OCAFâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual thrift sale can be dropped off every Saturday, 10 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;2 p.m., until Mar. 7. Accepted items include furniA little bit of the Gulf Coast comes to Athens ture, antiques, vehicles, electronics, appliances, books, toys, clothing, TTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT etc. Donations from the sale benefit OCAF. Call to schedule pickup. 706769-4565, f

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THE GRIT (199 Prince Ave.) Artwork by Jimmy Hamilton. Through Jan. 25. HEIRLOOM CAFE AND FRESH MARKET (815 N. Chase St.) Paintings by Leslie Moody. Through January. HENDERSHOTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S COFFEE BAR (237 Prince Ave.) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hello, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m Cap Man and This is My Show.â&#x20AC;? Through January. HIGHWIRE LOUNGE (269 N. Hull St.) Lauren Pumphreyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s artwork aims to express appreciation for fertility and femininity through lush floral and anamorphic figures. Closing reception Feb. 5. LAMAR DODD SCHOOL OF ART (270 River Rd.) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Student Juried Show.â&#x20AC;? Jan. 24â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Feb. 10. LAST RESORT GRILL (174 Clayton St.) Photography by Forrest Aguar. Through Feb. 2. LOFT GALLERY AT CHOPS & HOPS (2 S. Main St., Watkinsville) Underwater photography by Page Perrault. LYNDON HOUSE ARTS CENTER (293 Hoyt St.) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Period Decorative Arts Collection (1840â&#x20AC;&#x201C;1890)â&#x20AC;? includes artifacts related to the historic house. â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Visions of MLK: Love Isâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;? includes literary works displayed in creative formats. Through Jan. 23. MADISON COUNTY LIBRARY (1315 Hwy. 98 W., Danielsville) Mixed media constructions by Ron Moran. Through February. MADISON MORGAN CULTURAL CENTER (434 S. Main St., Madison) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Georgia and Beyond: Southern Self-taught Art, Past and Presentâ&#x20AC;? highlights vernacular artists. Through Apr. 13. MAMA BIRDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S GRANOLA (909 E. Broad St.) Artwork by Cameron Bliss Ferrelle, Bob Brussack, Caoimhe Nace, James Fields, Barbara Bendzunas and Annette Paskiewicz. MINI GALLERY (261 W. Washington St.) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Woodland Getawayâ&#x20AC;? is a woodland-themed show featuring works by Hagar Ben Yishay, Dena Zilber, Missy Kulik, Emily Lyon, Sara Lee Parker, Simon Hunt, Chris Bradley and others. Through January. OCONEE COUNTY LIBRARY (1080 Experiment Station Rd.) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dreams of a Sleepwalkerâ&#x20AC;? features mixed media paintings by Robin Fay. Reception Jan. 25. Currently on display through January. OCONEE CULTURAL ARTS FOUNDATION (OCAF) (34 School St., Watkinsville) â&#x20AC;&#x153;The OCAF Story: The First 20 Years.â&#x20AC;? Through January. â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Who We Are: A Black History Month Exhibit.â&#x20AC;? Reception Jan. 24. Through Feb. 21. REPUBLIC SALON (312 E. Broad St.) The paintings of Cody Murray explore the duality of man. RICHARD B. RUSSELL LIBRARY FOR POLITICAL RESEARCH AND STUDIES (UGA Library) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow: Living with the Atomic Bombâ&#x20AC;? includes 75 original objects from the atomic era. Jan. 28â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Mar. 14. SEWCIAL STUDIO (160 Tracy St.) Hand-dyed art quilts by Anita Heady and rust and over-dyed fabric on canvas by Bill Heady. SIPS (1390 Prince Ave.) Paintings incorporating found objects by Annette Paskiewicz. STATE BOTANICAL GARDEN OF GEORGIA (2450 Milledge Ave.) Artwork by the Athens Plein Air Artists. Through Mar. 2. TOWN 220 (220 W. Washington St., Madison) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Vessels and Viewsâ&#x20AC;? is a group show featuring landscape paintings and three-dimensional works. Through Feb. 2. UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP OF ATHENS (780 Timothy Rd.) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Making the Invisible,â&#x20AC;? photographs by Jamie deRevere. Through January. VIVA! ARGENTINE CUISINE (247 Prince Ave.) Pen and ink portraits of musicians by Rita Rogers Marks. Through January. WALKERâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S COFFEE AND PUB (128 College Ave.) Oil and acrylic paintings by Brian MacBeth. Through January.


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470 Atlanta Ave, 3BR/3BA house, avail for short term lease s t a r t i n g n o w. $900/ mo. All appliances, huge LR & kitchen. Fenced yd, pet friendly, (706) 713-0626, www. newagepropertiesathens. com. The last 5BR/3BA Dwntwn., $390/mo. per bedroom. All HWflrs, tile, a l l a p p l i a n c e s . Av a i l . Aug. 1. Call Tom, (706) 540-2432. Westside, 3BR/1.5BA, H WF lr s. , C H A C . N e a r UGA Health Sciences campus, 3 mi. to Athens Loop. $800/mo., w/ $800 dep. No smoking. J Swanton Ivy Realty, (706) 207-5649.



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Rooms for Rent Dashiell Cottages. Aspiring National Park Service. Wildlife observation, near university. All amenities, all private entrances. Move in $85/wk. (706) 850-0491. Roommate wanted. 3BR/2BA house next to campus, at UGA baseball field. Walk to class. W/D, D W, C H A C , F P. 1 3 5 Northview Dr. $385/mo. Call Terr y, (706) 7141100. Sublease your house or apartment with Flagpole C l a s s i f i e d s ! Visit classifieds.flagpole. com or call (706) 5490301.

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I have a new girlfriend. Well, really, I don’t even know if she is my girlfriend yet. We have been hanging out a lot lately, and we have kissed a couple of times. I really like her, and I have for a long time. She told my best friend that she really likes me, too, which is why I finally got the balls to ask her out. Anyway, we mostly hang out in a big group of people because we have a lot of the same friends. Anyway, she has had a lot of family stuff going on lately. Like, serious stuff, where her brother is in a lot of trouble and her mom is really sick. She hasn’t been out, and I barely see her at school, and we aren’t talking a lot. We weren’t really talking or texting that much yet anyway, but now she is obviously busy with bigger problems than me. Her other friends haven’t really seen or heard much either. The thing is, I really want to talk to her more, and I want to go and see her, but I don’t want it to be weird. I don’t know her family at all and I don’t want to bother them at such a tough time, but I want her to know that I am here if she wants to talk to me. I don’t want to mess this up because I really like this girl. Can you tell me what to do next? New Guy The best thing for you to do is tell her that you are there for her if she needs you— needs anything, a shoulder, an ear, an ice cream sandwich—but that she shouldn’t feel obligated to keep in touch if things are messed up right now. You can either call her and tell her, or, if you feel like you don’t even want to do that, drop her a quick message. Let her know that you know she is going through a lot and that you wish you could help but that you are trying to stay out of the way and let her steer right now. She will appreciate your honesty and understanding, and that gives her a chance to reach out to you if she needs to without the possibility of overstepping your bounds. I have been dating this guy all summer. We are both in school, but had the summer off to work and play, and it has been so cool. We went camping, hiking and canoeing together. He came over to my sister’s apartment for a barbecue. We went to Six Flags. This is literally the best relationship I have ever had. We never fight or argue. He always says nice things, pulls my chair out, etc. It has been a whirlwind romance and I really thought we were falling in love. But now that school is back, he has no time for me. Ever. He has all this stuff to do with his house during rush and all, and I understand, but I still think he could at least come over some nights afterward. We went from spending every single night together for the last two months to me not even being introduced to his friends. I am trying to be patient, but I am kind of depressed and I’m getting angry. He says I am being irrational and that he has a “duty” to take care of his brothers first. These are not his blood brothers, mind you, and they do not need taking care of. All I’m asking for is some of his time. I thought things were so good! What did I do wrong? What am I not seeing here? Left Out Sounds to me like the perfect Summer Fling. Embrace it, revel in the memories of the fun and sun and sex and the good times. Don’t ask what happened, and certainly don’t blame yourself. Instead of making it more complicated and ugly, marvel at the simplicity of it. Think of it the way you think of the summer itself: “Well, that was fun. What’s next?” Go download “Melt Show” by the Old 97’s from iTunes, listen to it on repeat for a few days, and chalk the whole thing up to experience. At least you had the summer, right? Now, go find a guy that is more interested in being with you than he is in hanging out in a dank basement full of sweaty dudes, spanking complete strangers that pass for his fake family. I think we both know that you deserve better. As they say, you can take the boy out of the frat, but you can’t take the frat out of the boy. And unfortunately for you, frat season is in. Jyl Inov





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