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Desperate Times Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve probably heard about the new bill in the Georgia legislature to allow concealed firearms everywhere from day-care centers to courthouses to college campuses. Maybe, it will get shot down again, but the strength of the concealed-carry advocates within the Republican majority is instructive. They are pursuing a self-fulfilling prophecy. The world is a dangerous place because there are so many criminals and weirdos that everybody must be armed, that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a sanctity of life issue, affirmed by the head of the Southern Baptist Convention. The longer these ideologues rule our state, the further and faster we are pushed into becoming a society radically split between rich and poor, have and have-not. Slashing expenditures for public education while supporting private education with money siphoned from the state budget, refusing federal money to fund Medicare, fighting the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, criminalizing our Hispanic population, disenfranchising the poor, giving public money to corporations while cutting support for the unemployed. Thus is our state accelerated into being one where the majority grows more desperate while a minority grows richer and more fearful.

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Their solution is to oppose using the government to push us toward more equality, to lessen the divisions between rich and poor. Instead, they exacerbate the gap, thus necessitating measures whereby the rich can protect themselves against the poor. Hence, their monomania that every good citizen must be armed, since sooner or later, at home or in church or at school, a bad person is bound to appear and attack and only if the good citizens are armed will they be able to survive. They know that Georgia is a dangerous world, because they are doing everything in their power to make it so. This is not just a question of the right to carry concealed firearms, it also concerns the growing need for gated communities, exclusive clubs and schools and churches. It means a closer and closer approximation to countries like Brazil, where the disparities of income are much greater than we have yet, and where the murder and violence rate is so high that the well-to-do live and work behind walls with bodyguards and venture out only in armored automobiles. At least thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good news on that front. DuPont has recently developed a lightweight, less-expensive armor for automobiles, which it advertises thus: â&#x20AC;&#x153;In many parts of the world, violence remains a daily threat for average citizens. In Brazil, the murder rate can reach 40,000 a yearâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;enough to seriously concern middle-class families. Until recently, providing a family car with car armoring, including bullet-resistant panels and protective window layers, was a largely unrealized safety and protection dream. But not anymore.â&#x20AC;? There are no doubt many Georgians already riding in armored automobiles, perhaps even some legislators, and it can only be considered a growth industry here. It would be dĂŠclassĂŠ, though, for them to live in their cars, so they must be armed for all those moments of public exposureâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;walking their kids into kindergarten, meeting a friend for lunch, joining the congregation in prayer. If you think that sounds weird, you are behind the times. You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t realize the level of desperation that surrounds us. Our Republican legislators and our governor do very much realize how sick our society has become, and they are determined to guard against the symptoms, instead of treating the disease.

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$45,971. She had $35,055 cash on hand as of Jan. 31, according to a report filed Feb. 7 with the Athens-Clarke County Board of Elections. Denson’s donors included Watkinsville City Councilman and Athens Downtown Development Authority board member Brian Brodrick ($200), former ACC Commissioner Charles Carter ($250), University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby ($200), liquor distributor and Board of Regents member Don Leebern ($1,200), Clerk of Court Beverly Logan ($250), Commissioner George Maxwell ($150), Republican school board member Carl Parks ($250), Tax Commissioner Mitch Schrader ($250), former Gov. Roy Barnes’ law firm ($1,000) and Clarke County Democratic Committee Chairman Joe Wisenbaker ($250). Denson also brought in a substantial amount of money from development and real estate circles, including downtown merchant and landlord Irvin Alhadeff ($250), zoning lawyer and past Athens Area Chamber of Commerce chairman Michael Morris ($500), developer Carl Nichols ($1,000), developer Mike Power ($250), student apartment developer Wes Rogers ($1,000) and commercial real estate agents Don Sumner ($250) and Gerry Whitworth ($250) Nancy Denson’s only opponent, Tim Denson, reported raising $1,620 in January and has $1,975 on hand. He received $250 each from retired lawyer and author Grady Thrasher, artist Kathy Prescott and homebuilder Michael Songster and $150 from University of Georgia professor and immigration activist Pamela Voekel.

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Dozens of people crowded into the lab at Ciné to press Reddish did specifically deny that officials are considerAthens-Clarke County officials on the future of the Lyndon ing moving any government employees other than the Leisure House Arts Center at a Federation of Neighborhoods forum Services facilities supervisor into the Lyndon House. “Some Monday, Feb. 3. They left with scarcely more answers than they rumor that we’re bringing in someone from public works or brought. wherever is absolutely unfounded,” he said. Leisure Services Director Pam Reidy said she and her staff Reddish and Reidy ended the forum by chiding attendees are trying to answer four questions regarding the Lyndon House for focusing on the negative and believing rumors they hear and the entire department: What programs and services are rather than seeking answers directly from the source. “Build a we offering? What programs and services should we be offerrelationship with me,” Reidy said. “Pick up the phone. Call me. ing? What personnel are needed to provide those programs and Email me. Take me out for coffee. Take me out for lunch.” services? What financial resources are needed to provide those Dan Hope—a longtime parks and recreation official who is programs and services? critical of the department—said he’s been asking questions Lots of rumors have been going around about Reidy’s plans for years and gotten no answers. The local government’s attifor the Lyndon House, but she and ACC Manager Alan Reddish did little to dispel most of them. “We will be moving forward in answering those four questions,” Reidy said in response to one question from the audience. Will artists be involved in decisionmaking? “When we get to the point where we answer those four questions, their opinions will be asked” at public forums, on social media and through Downtown Internet: Speaking as mail and telephone surveys, she said. someone who’s worked downtown for Will art groups still be able to nine years, the Internet connection use the Lyndon House for free if it’s suuuucks. ACC Commissioner Kelly being rented out for weddings and Girtz is floating the idea of starting a meetings? “The fact of the matter is, city-run broadband service. I don’t have those answers for you Officials are concerned about because we haven’t answered those spotty broadband downtown and four questions for the Lyndon House,” believe it could be an impediment to she said. enticing tech companies. The Athens The department is dealing with Downtown Development Authority met budget cuts by trying to recoup more with local Internet service providers a of the costs of providing programming few months ago, but apparently none for adults while preserving programs of them are interested in upgrading, for children, Reddish said. $240,000 even though ACC is leaving space for in fees went uncollected last year new fiber optics underground as part because of the scholarship program for Children learn to paint animals at the Lyndon House Arts Center. Could such classes fall by the wayside? Officials aren’t saying. of the Clayton Street streetscape projlow-income families, he said. “I point ect and tried to get companies to lay that out, because many times that’s a clientele that doesn’t tude is: “Pretend you’re listening to citizens but ignore them, new lines while the street is torn up. have a very loud voice in this community, but it is a clientele because they’ll get tired and stop bothering us,” he said. “Private industry isn’t interested in that locally,” Girtz said. that needs to be served,” he said. Another community meeting on the Lyndon House is sched“Maybe it’s time for us to step forward.” Another questioner tried to pin Reidy down again on future uled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, also at Ciné. Girtz also said he’s interested in a municipal electric utility plans for the Lyndon House. “I know it must be frustrating to that would focus on sustainable energy sources like solar and hear four questions, four questions, four questions, but I think Mayor McMoneybags: Mayor Nancy Denson raised $28,356 clean-burning methane from the county landfill. Customerthat’s what makes the department good,” she said. last month for her re-election campaign, bringing her total to owned EMCs are nothing new; Jackson and Walton counties

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both have one, as do many other cities and counties throughout the state. Campus Carry: The guns-on-campus bill is back and loaded for bear. House Bill 875, which sailed through committee last week, wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let permit-holders holster their concealed handguns in study hallâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but it would reduce the penalty to a mere $100 ticket. Not only that, the bill would legalize guns in bars, churches and government buildings like libraries and city halls (though not the state capitol). Zoning spats might get a lot more interesting. Aussie Aussie Aussie! OI OI OI!: The Athens-Clarke County Commission approved an agreement Tuesday, Feb. 4 with the Australian city of Geelong that could bring down-under biotech companies to Athens. Geelong, located in southeastern Australia, is similar in size to Athens and also has a university, manufacturing plants and a growing life sciences industry. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are trying to reinvent themselves as a life sciences/biotech community,â&#x20AC;? Commissioner Andy Herod said. The memorandum of understanding will open the door for Australia-based biotech companies to expand to the U.S., Herod said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel like if we have a relationship with Geelong, they might choose Athens to get their feet wet,â&#x20AC;? he said. New Laws: The commission also gave final approval to a law allowing community gardens in residential neighborhoods, where they were previously banned because they were considered agriculture. Neighborhood residents can now cooperatively start gardens up to one acre in size on vacant land with the property ownerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s permission and a permit from the ACC Planning Department. Another law passed last week requires planners to hold a public hearing early on in the process of creating a new historic district, in response to all the misinformation floating around during the Buena Vista debate last year. And neighbors within 400 feet will be notified by letter whenever a historic building is about to be torn down. UGA Hazing: Eleven members of UGAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity were charged with hazing Thursday, Feb. 6 stemmed from a pledge event Jan. 27 and 28, according to University of Georgia police. According to their arrest warrants, members lined up pledges shoulder-to-shoulder against a wall and punched and slapped them in the stomach or allowed others to punch and slap the pledges. Kourtland Wills Jones, Rictavious Jerome Bowens, Robert Lee Ellis, Fakari Jalen Gresham, Julian Deandre Hoyle, Austin Johnson, Jason Rashaan Moffitt, Acarre Dejon Patton, Nicholas Brandon Pope, Raheen Thompson and John Allen Wood were each charged with one count of hazing, a misdemeanor. [David Schick] Say What?: Tenth District U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, from Athens, is only the 196th most conservative House member out of 435, according to the political magazine National Journal. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the lowest ranking of any Republican member of Georgiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s delegation. Ninth District Rep. Doug Collins, from Gainesville, is the most conservative, ranking 16th. First District Rep. Jack Kingston, Savannah, is 17th and Eleventh District Rep. Phil Gingrey, Marietta, is 23rd. Like Broun, Gingrey and Kingston are running for Senate. Something seems fishy about these rankings. One theory is that the magazine filed under â&#x20AC;&#x153;liberalâ&#x20AC;? all the things Broun voted against because he thought they werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t conservative enough. Oconee County Observations: With the OC woefully underserved by the news mediaâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the Enterprise barely has a website, the Banner-Herald rarely covers it anymore and Oconee Patch is now managed out of Atlantaâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time for Flagpole to start paying more attention to the OC. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re joined at the hip. Stories like the current debate over legalizing liquor by the drink and Atlanta Highway retailers moving to Epps Bridge Centre affect Athens residents, too. And so we are proud to welcome Lee Becker into the fold. The University of Georgia professor has four decades of experience as a journalist and academic and covers Oconee civic affairs in greater depth than anyone else. Starting this week, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be running excerpts from his blog, Oconee County Observations, in print and online. Check it out on p.â&#x20AC;&#x2030;9. Correction: The article about reconfiguring Prince Avenue on p.â&#x20AC;&#x2030;6 of the Feb. 5 Flagpole incorrectly described Ed Nichols. He is no longer working on redeveloping the 740 Prince medical complex. Blake Aued




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other things, the U.S. Mint simply does not make very many gold and silver coinsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the Mint has even suspended sales of precious medal coins when demand rises above very low levelsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;so it is unlikely that enough coins even exist to allow Georgia taxpayers to pay more than a fraction of their tax obligations if they are required to do so in U.S. minted gold or silver.â&#x20AC;? Fortunately for Georgiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economy, that bill never passed. The short session that lawmakers are working this year makes it less likely that such harebrained ideas will get a vote. There are always exceptions, of course. The House of Representatives is working on a bill that would expand the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gun carry laws to allow firearms on the premises of churches, bars, K-12 schools and many government buildings. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a provision that could potentially open the door to guns on college campuses. One section of the bill says that a governor cannot issue an executive order during a state of emergency to confiscate firearms and ammunition. When he was discussing that particular provision in committee, Rep. Rick Jasperse (R-Jasper) explained: â&#x20AC;&#x153;This part is dedicated to Bobby Franklin.â&#x20AC;? It may be time for Georgia citizens to start worrying. Gov. Nathan Deal was a little squeamish about the idea of putting guns on college campuses full of binge-drinking students, so he and the Senate leadership worked behind the scenes last year to kill a similar gun bill. Deal could be even more squeamish about the issue this year, because heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in the middle of a reelection campaign and polls show that a majority of Georgians oppose the idea of putting firearms on college campuses. If anything can knock legislators off course in their efforts to adjourn early, it would be because they got caught in a crossfire on the gun bill. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s see if they can hold their fire. Tom Crawford

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bomb-proof!â&#x20AC;? he assured me. He would have known; he once designed an explosives plant. I remember thinking, sure, just another one of his tall tales. The thing about Paul was that he was so full of experience that it was hard to believe he contained it all in what ended up being one all too short a life. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve scoffed with coworkers that if he had actually done what he said, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be 100 years old. As the years unfolded, it seemed like every story he ever told me was verified by a conversation with an old friend or a picture he had found and brought to the office or by his mother, over her evening beer. William Paul Cassilly, architect, passed away on the evening of Thursday, Jan. 16: for certain, a tremendous loss felt by all who knew him. Drained by a battle with other medical issues, he was fodder for pneumonia, which cut him down with astounding efficiency. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It seems impossible,â&#x20AC;? said one friend. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard for those who saw him almost daily to understand, because he worked so hard not to have his illness affect those around him. That alone must have been exhausting. I first thought it was because he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to seem weak. And, although that was probably a part of it, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve come to understand that he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want the people who cared about him to worry. Paul almost always believed that the solution was lighter than what was required: a minimalist of the first order. Less is more. His structural mind would push a two-by-four piece of lumber past what anyone thought it could do, just to do it. As an architect, he would show you the elegance in the balance required to make that piece of wood work by detailing it perfectly. He lived that way, too, committed to living and treading lightly upon the earth and providing that example by the way he lived and worked. It factored into every single decision he made. Less is more. He believed in people and was generous to a fault. He was a quick study of a personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s intellect and ability, two qualities he valued greatly. He used that skill to elevate those in which he found value and often took personal risk to his credibility and finances to give a second and even third chance to those he believed in. He did not tolerate fools, but he did try to better them. Failing that, he went through or around them and often just maneuvered them into doing what he thought was right by convincing them it was their idea.

Paul was fierce and fearless, the characteristics that stocked his lifetime of experience. He approached every task, no matter how unpleasant or menial, with great commitment and conviction and never with a negative attitude. His mother taught him the phrase â&#x20AC;&#x153;life is work.â&#x20AC;? Not that life is drudgery, but rather that the value in life lies in the effort to live it both full and well as opposed to the comfort of living it easy. He saw and felt the critical little things others do not, with a keen mind for detail and an inquisitive passion to discover why sometimes the details donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t add up, followed by an intense need to fix or improve it in some way. Nothing went unsolved in his mind. He loved with near abandon and burned brightly as a result. And the loss of that flame is the tragedy for the rest of us. This isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t an obituary or a eulogy. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a cautionary tale, one youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve heard before about loss and regret. The loss of my dear friend Paul ranks with the loss of family and my best black dogs. And every time it has happened Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve thought to myself, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I always thought there would be more time.â&#x20AC;? But there isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t; there never is. When I returned to the office following my own motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s passing 10 years ago, I wrote a similar sentimental note to the office, and I offered at the end that if your mother is still alive, â&#x20AC;&#x153;tell her you love herâ&#x20AC;Ś because there wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be enough time.â&#x20AC;? Paul met me in my office the next morning in tears; it had struck him hard. His mother, Mary, was aging, and in the closing years of his own life, through his own struggles, he was constantly on the road back home to Owensboro, KY to see her. Theirs was a beautiful and admirable relationship. No doubt her passing not quite six months ago left him without perhaps his most kindred spirit. Heartbreak canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be discounted. I always thought there would be more time, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll just have to miss Paul now. And, for all of the above reasons, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s left me in a place where I know I need to be more, need to be better. I need to be more adventurous, compassionate, loving, observant, thoughtful and kind. Paul always thought there would be more time, too; he had recently finished preparing his property for a retirement filled with his passionsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;reading, design and building. But that must lie unfulfilled. Life, after all, is fragile and fleeting and far from bombproof. Scott Messer

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Because I wanted to make sure it was taken care of,” silt, red clay and other debris into their yard. what I went to take a look at… A lot of the water that was he says. “[The duplexes have] always been a good neighbor to “The dirt they put in the ditch was just loose red clay, basicoming off that airport site was clean water, so that’s where the airport, because they live right off the end of the runway cally,” Neely says. “So when the rain happened, all the water my authority would end as far as that construction site.” here, literally right off the end of the runway. But they’ve been came down from the airport and hit that ditch. There was like Lewis says the airport construction likely did not lead to an very good neighbors to us, so I wanted to reciprocate that to a rapid of brown, Georgia clay water coming down the driveincreased amount of water in Neely and Carmody’s yard. The him too.” way, down by my car.” flooding likely occurred from a blockage in the water’s usual Jerry Oberholtzer, engineering administrator for the Athens-Clarke County Public Utilities was completing work path to the creek. Transportation and Public Works Department, says after a comon water lines near the O’Kelly Road residence, and Neely says “I do believe one of the issues that was dealing with this plaint about silt buildup came in, stormwater inspectors and he believes the work site was not prepared for any sort of individual and the reason they got flooded out was because of land development executors were sent to the worksite. rainfall. “The ditches from where the water was coming down— the drainage from the roadway was not allowed to go histori“It’s a dirt road, and we do maintain that, and what hapthey’re not even real ditches,” Neely says. “They come down cally to the area next to their home,” Lewis said. “It would pened was the ditch got silted up,” Oberholtzer says. “We’re in this road, and when they get to the end, which the process of going out there and cleaning up is where my driveway is, it just comes up to the the ditch and providing positive drainage back ground level. They weren’t dug out.” to the creek. We’re working with that with our After the rainstorm, which brought around street crews.” three inches of rain in a 24-hour period, water The contractor of the utility work would runoff from the airport runway combined with typically be in charge of sodding the area once water and silt on the ground, leading to a flood construction is complete, but Oberholtzer says in Neely’s front yard. public works became involved in this situation Tim Beggerly, director of the airport, says because the silt caused a maintenance issue. he thinks the high quantity of rain led to the “We went out there, and we’ve been workissue. “There were flood warnings that weekend, ing with public utilities to get that stabilized,” and there was three inches of rain in a 24-hour Oberholtzer says. “And we’re going to go back period,” Beggerly says. “Normally that wouldn’t and do some rehabilitation of the ditch up happen, and I think more than placing blame there.” on a department for a project that wasn’t done Rehabilitation of the ditch includes sodding properly, I think everything appeared to be done or placing grass in the ditch to reduce future properly. It was just the fact that there was so problems with silt. Oberholtzer says silt removal much rain in such a short period of time.” will be completed “as quickly as the weather Neely, however, says the issue was caused allows.” Cold weather and snow make it more by a combination of the utility work and the difficult to establish grass or sod in an area. airport’s runoff. The issue has been resolved from Neely’s “The airport guys kept reinforcing that the point of view, he says, but it took almost two sediment didn’t come from their property, and weeks to fix. And as precipitation levels have A blocked creek, possibly related to airport construction, flooded the yard of a duplex near Athens-Ben Epps I know it’s like, ‘I really don’t care if the mud been more moderate, there remains a question if Airport last month. came from your property’,” Neely says. “The the correction will hold against another bout of water came, and that was what mixed with all heavy rain. the mud from the drainage ditch. It was definitely a combinanormally go into the creek. And that’s the reason why these “All the stuff they’ve done, it’s not like they have an engition of the two, but even if there hadn’t been mud coming homes were flooded—because the pathway for that water, neer down here trying to figure it out,” Neely says. “The city down, the water would have done about the same thing.” for whatever reason, closed up and sediment basically settled people came out; they put some rocks in the ditch. They tried Jamie Lewis, an environmental project manager for Georgia out and caused the water to go to the left and go to their to dig out the ditch a little further. It’s standard stuff, I guess, Department of Agriculture, was called to O’Kelly Road to make property.” you would do, but none of it seems really thought out.” sure no muddy water was running off from construction of a Even though the problem was not caused by the airport, runway expansion. Beggerly says he remained involved in getting the issue Erica Techo


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Watkinsville Plan Gets Thumbs Up Architect Robert Smith got a warm reception Sunday, Feb. 2 from the 35 people who turned out for his second presentation of his plan for a revitalized downtown Watkinsville centered around the existing courthouse and a new, nearby government building. The crowd twice applauded enthusiastically and thanked Smith for coming forward with his vision for the county seat. The most important endorsement came at the very end of the presentation, however, when Chief Superior Court Judge David Sweat stood to speak. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m thrilled to see the kind of interest you have shown in this,â&#x20AC;? Sweat told Smith. Sweat labeled what Smith had put forward â&#x20AC;&#x153;a creative proposalâ&#x20AC;? and congratulated Smith for his work. Sweat said that he has taken the lead in the discussion about a new courthouse for Oconee County because of the needs of the judiciary, particularly for increased security. As a result of those needs, Sweat said, he has put forward a request that the Board of Commissioners include $25 million for a new judicial facility in the 2015 SPLOST referendum now under consideration.

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Monday afternoons, hundreds of Georgians have stood on the capitol steps to advocate for the expansion of the federal Medicaid health care program in Georgia. Many came clad in clergy attire, and the protests have been covered by national media. Reminiscent of the first Moral Monday movement in North Carolina, the group aims to address the moral issues involved in current state policies. In North Carolina, the Rev. William Barber II of the NAACP and others were arrested on numerous occasions while protesting at the capitol. The movement quickly grew and diversified to include teachers, preachers and scientists of many racial and income groups. Thousands attended and hundreds were arrested. In Georgia, advocacy groups customarily stand outside the capitol, visit the audience sections of both chambers and chat with leg-

Expansion would cover 600,000 working Georgians who make up to $15,856 per year. Deal has refused to accept federal money to expand Medicaid while criticizing the Affordable Care Act. Citing estimates that expansion would cost the state $4.5 billion over the next 10 years, he said the state could not afford to expand the program. Tim Sweeney, a health care expert with the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, disagrees with that figure. He calculates the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s portion to be around $2.1 billion, or 1 percent of the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget, over the next 10 years. Medicaid expansion and indigent care funds for hospitals were included in the ACA to help keep struggling hospitals afloat in light of the financial drain uninsured patients have on hospitals. Given the U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing states to opt out of expanding Medicaid expansion, many hospitals are predicted to close. The Georgia Hospital

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shouldn’t be surprising, but it is. The young woman sitting with members of Athens Polyamory—a newly formed social group for people in non-monogamous relationships—leans over to kiss her partner on the cheek when he had clearly arrived at the crowded coffee shop with someone else. The woman he’d come with doesn’t seem to really notice. Athens Polyamory started meeting last month and is open to couples and single people of all genders and orientations who are either currently non-monogamous or would like to learn more about ethical non-monogamy, say co-founders Matt Parsons and Eli Gaultney. “[Meetings will] focus on social interactions, connecting to people with similar views,” Parsons says. There’ll be speakers, discussion and workshops at future meetings on the first Saturday of each month. Right now, they’re working out the organizational kinks before the meetings start, “getting the boring stuff out of the way so that we can get to the fun stuff—which is very similar to other aspects of poly.” Polyamory, often shortened to just “poly,” is a relationship model whose main principles are ethical and consensual nonmonogamy. Participants in these relationships will typically have some sort of agreement that governs the conditions of their relationship, and this requires a “very radical degree of honesty,” as Gaultney puts it, to make sure that everyone’s wishes and feelings are respected. Poly is different from “swinging,” which is more casual and physical in nature. Swinging can be fairly couple-centric and less about heart than loins, while love and sex tend to overlap in poly relationships. This means that there’s often a lot of talking in poly relationships before anyone ever hops in the sack. “Polamory is based on finding people you love,” Gaultney explains. “That’s not to say that swingers aren’t welcome at Athens Poly meetings—quite the contrary. Come one, come all.” Popular notions of non-monogamous relationships often come from popular television stories of religious polygamy like “Big Love” and “Sister Wives.” Poly relationships are different in that all participants are able to choose non-monogamy. “It’s important to have the agency to choose,” says Sarah McManus, one of the founding members of Athens Poly. Group members can’t stress enough that their organization only supports ethical and consensual non-monogamy, with all participants being on board with all the goings-on. That’s why swingers are welcome, but people looking to cheat on their partners are not. “A lot of people are familiar with nonmonogamy in this town,” says Parsons, referring to the vibrant singles scene in Athens, but Athens Poly intends to both teach and encourage “openness, honesty and really clear channels of communication” within relationships. They’ve determined ethical and behavioral guidelines for the group and intend to have workshops about consent—a central theme of poly—and there will also be training in nonviolent communication with local facilitators. Members’ privacy is of utmost importance, and no one’s identity is made public

unless they choose, in part because of the stigma attached to this type of relationship model. “It’s hard to find people who are open about having [been polyamorous] for a long time,” Parsons says. “It’s something hard to do without community support.” Which might be why it’s still shocking when a young attendee is affectionate towards her partner while he sits with an arm linked into the arm of his other partner. We aren’t at anyone’s private home, but instead in one of the most popular local coffee shops in town. Clearly, at some point, the three of them had a long and probably geeky conversation about their relationship dynamics—and probably a “really nerdy safer sex agreement,” as McManus says. While other people might become despondent with jealousy at a sight like that, these three are just fine. Openness and communication are the only ways that nonmonogamous relationships work in today’s world, what with humanity’s tendencies towards jealousy, distrust and possessiveness in relationships. While some people might think that these are just innate qualities in people, Parsons begs to differ. “Jealousy isn’t natural, but a reaction that’s been instilled in us from our culture,” he says. “It’s a secondary emotion, a primary emotion that comes out as jealousy. If [someone] feels threatened, then it comes out as jealousy.”

“People see jealousy and possessiveness as signs of love.” Gaultney and other members find that attitude problematic. “People see jealousy and possessiveness as signs of love,” he says. “Love is a positive emotion and should not manifest itself in any negative way, if you’re doing it right.” McManus agrees. “Polyamory is valuing a person over a relationship,” she says. “I’d rather see one of my partners happy than only with me.” Not everyone can conquer jealousy. It doesn’t always go away, and some people who practice ethical non-monogamy can still feel it here and there, but they say that once one can deal with it, the possibilities are endless. Poly people have the privilege of being able to date in a style of their choosing, not just how it’s been dictated through social norms and expectations. Many members of the group talk about how ethical nonmonogamy relieves the pressure of having to be everything to a single person and the freedom of being able to tailor their relationships with each partner. “It’s not just the default template of dating,” McManus says. “You can choose what you want to share with each partner.” Poly people can have kids and share a home with one partner while having another partner for dancing and wild nights out, and then another for summer festival season, and then another for cuddling and making out, if they so choose. The key appears to be freedom, the agency to choose and respecting partners enough to give them a choice as well. “You don’t

have to fulfill all of a person’s needs,” McManus continues. “[Poly people] want to choose to share time and space, instead of feeling stuck with someone.” Speaking of time, scheduling is one of the trickiest aspects of having many lovers. This is where radical honesty comes in again, and having multiple partners requires as much time and energy as one might assume. But like most things, “you get back what you put into it,” Gaultney says. Members of the group are all young and energetic types, glad to create a space where like-minded people will be able to come together and be supported in their choice of relationship model. Everyone involved so far has been practicing polyamory for at least two years, except Rebecca Seidl, another Athens resident who has only been practicing poly actively for a few months now. Far from being nervous or dealing with horrible bouts of jealousy, she says that, so far, it hasn’t been too difficult. Seidl already dated non-traditionally but not exactly polyamorously in the past, she says, so her natural tendency towards questioning the norm is one of the things that attracts her to non-monogamy. “It’s something that I’ve thought about a lot for years,” she says. “I hate that everything has a default position in society that should not be there anyway. That’s kind of how I feel about monogamy.” There are other differences between monogamy and poly that tend to attract people to the latter. McManus describes her relationship with her lovers in a way that made it sound more like having several best friends. “It’s easier to take rejection, because you have someone to talk to about it,” she says, talking about how she often discusses failed attempts at dating and romance with her current partners. “It relieves the pressures of dating, makes it easier to flirt with folks.” Athens Poly is a small group right now but intends to grow, and they’ve used another club, Atlanta Polyamory Inc., as a model to loosely follow. They intend to plan pub crawls and speed-dating events, as well as family-friendly meet-ups and parties—situations that encourage all kinds of relationships to form. Dating isn’t the intended end result for attendees of Athens Poly, but if dating happens, then that’s OK, Gaultney says. The word “polyamory” itself means “many loves,” and the focus of the group—and by extension, it’s members—is to facilitate loving, healthy relationships borne out of mutual consent and respect, whether those relationships become sexual, romantic or platonic. Rashaun Ellis

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built by writing-directing duo Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and 21 Jump Street) has an age-defying Muppets-like appeal. When generic construction mini-figure Emmet (v. Chris Pratt, who is so devilishly appealing) gets up in the morning, he follows the day’s instructions as handed down by president/overlord Business (v. Will Ferrell). Soon, Emmet gets involved with a Matrix-ian rebel group led by Vitruvius (v. Morgan Freeman), a pretty mini-fig who goes by Wildstyle (v. Elizabeth Banks) and her BF, Batman (v. Will Arnett). The LEGO Movie uses its licenses (D.C., Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings) smartly as it argues for the salvation of creativity. A movie made from the toy that frees the childhood (and adult) imagination has to stay on its toes in order to not diminish the property. This film, which should battle for the year’s best animated film come the next awards cycle, reconstructs the greatest childhood movie memories from the building blocks that best defined the young and not-yet-so-old generation. THE MONUMENTS MEN (PG-13) The Monuments Men is a rousing World War II yarn about an unlikely platoon assigned the mission of protecting humanity’s art from history’s greatest douchebags, the Nazis. Seriously, already history’s top seed in any Tournament of Big Bads, the Nazis were also giant d-bags who burned great works of art because they couldn’t have it. Fortunately, George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban and Hugh Bonneville scoured the war-torn continent and nabbed the best stuff from those firebug Nazis and artthieving Soviets. The true story recounted by writer-director George Clooney is a fascinating historical footnote that makes for great cinema. It’s just that this level of filmmaker and cast promises grander, award-winning cinema. The Monuments Men is seeking that level of acclaim, and the entertaining war drama delivers a mature, art-filled reboot of “Hogan’s Heroes.” The Monuments Men has too many appealing personalities to adequately spend enough time with them, but the time we get is well-spent. VAMPIRE ACADEMY (PG-13) Oh no, Mark Waters. Mean Girls did not buy you the sort of credibility needed to pull off Vampire Academy, which is at best a CW show that mercifully only lasts one season. Rose Hathaway (Zoey Deutch, whose one standout feature in this movie is her cleavage) is a Dhampir, a half-vampire, half-mortal that has to protect the good blood suckers—European snobs called the Moroi—from the bad bloodsuckers—more traditional vampires called the Strigoi. This flick plays like a low-rent “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” knockoff greenlit over a decade too late. It also lacks the onscreen talent to pull off the silly Harry Potter boarding school shenanigans or the diet “Slayer” horror action. The narrative is intermittently incomprehensible, the transitions amateurish and the acting on par with an ‘80s slasher flick (not the subgenre’s calling card). Vampire Academy’s sole redeeming quality is a badness that borders on a campiness, which almost tempts one to keep watching in order to see just how bad it can get. Don’t take that as a weak recommendation…or a challenge.

cliché who suffers from AIDS. In the late ‘80s, the oversexed electriciancum-bullrider gamed the system for years to lengthen his life and provide needed, unapproved medications to the subscribers of his Dallas Buyers Club. 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? 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 (Zach Gilford) and Samantha (Allison Miller), loses a night on their honeymoon in

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, director Spike Jonze and his behind the scenes folk drip visual magic into audience eyes with their retro-future design. You get told so many times how awesome an awardworthy 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 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

also playing ABOUT LAST NIGHT (R) For Valentine’s Day, director Steve Pink and Bachelorette writer Leslye Headland adapted the 1986 romantic dramedy starring Rob Lowe and Demi Moore into a contemporary romcom starring Kevin Hart. Hart is one half of two new couples attempting to survive in the wild, real world. Hart is joined by Michael Ealy, Regina Hall and Joy Bryant. Pink’s previous features, Accepted and Hot Tub Time Machine, weren’t awful. Interestingly, the original play, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, was written by David Mamet. AMERICAN HUSTLE (R) Since 2004’s disappointing I Heart Huckabees, from which his on-set meltdown went viral, David O. Russell has been on fire. 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. Russell has proven an uncanny ability to take a great cast and make them greater. AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY (R) What a miserable two hours! Find the most dysfunctional family you know, and visit them during a time of mourning. That experience is guaranteed to be less grueling than the time spent with Oklahoma’s Westons. Matriarch Violet (Meryl Streep) has cancer and is cancerous. Her husband, Beverly (Sam Shepard), disappears, bringing her three unhappy daughters—Barb (Julia Roberts), Ivy (Julianne Nicholson) and Karen (Juliette Lewis)—back home. Secrets are outed. Some shock; most do not. 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. DALLAS BUYERS CLUB (R) Matthew McConaughey is more than all right, all right, all right in his Oscar-nominated turn as Ron Woodroof, a walking, talking Texas


I have to go to the bathroom, can someone help me with my suit? Anyone? 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. ENDLESS LOVE (PG-13) A young woman (Gabriella Wild) falls for a bad boy (Alex Pettyfer); her parents (Bruce Greenwood and Joely Richardson) try to keep them apart. This dramatic romance has displayed a bit of an identity crisis, judging from its confused trailers. One implies a darker, scarier romance than the others. Guess we’ll have to wait until Valentine’s Day to find out which is the real Endless Love. Director Shana Feste last helmed the dramatically confused Country Strong. FROZEN (PG) A young princess, Anna (v. Kristen Bell), must venture into the frozen wilds to save her sister, recently crowned Queen Elsa (v. Idina Menzel), who has lost control over her icy powers. 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) Theodore Twombly (a mildmannered Joaquin Phoenix) writes personal letters for strangers and is struggling through a divorce. Then he meets his new Operating System and

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. Largely dismissed as repetitive upon the novel’s release, the underrated Catching Fire successfully adds more wrinkles to the Suzanne Collins’ formula than its more straightforward predecessor. I, FRANKENSTEIN (PG-13) If a movie was ever tailor-made for Nicolas Cage’s brand of ham, I, Frank is it. Frankenstein’s Monster, hereafter named Adam (Aaron Eckhart), thanks to an angelic gargoyle played by Miranda Otto, finds himself embroiled in the heretofore unknown, centuries-ancient struggle between Demon and Gargoyle. Pirates of the Caribbean writer Stuart Beattie makes an entertaining hash of Underworld scribe Kevin Grevioux’s graphic novel that turns Mary Shelley’s rumination about man playing god into a “kickass” version of the videogame, Devil May Cry. Cast Cage, and this thankfully swiftly paced horror-actioner might have ventured into neo-camp classic territory. Bill Nighy practically models self-control as a Demon Prince just screaming for amped up camp. 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. Yet folk singer Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) is a charmer as he hops from couch to couch during the cold New York winter of 1961. What a witty way the Coens use space in these tiny New York hallways, and music, obviously, plays the biggest role in a Coen

film since O Brother, Where Art Thou?, with whom this film shares music guru T-Bone Burnett. It has a bit of a head scratching conclusion, but everything preceding it bittersweetly tickles the heart and the quirky bone, much like we’ve come to expect from the Brothers Coen. (Ciné) 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 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. LABOR DAY (PG-13) A divorced mother, Adele (Kate Winslet), and her teenage son, Henry (Gattlin Griffith), meet escaped convict Frank (Josh Brolin). Of course, Frank is one of those good, misunderstood murderers, a fact we know from the trailer which spoils the entire first act. Reitman attempts to establish danger and mystery, but the only mystery is how long it’ll take Frank and Adele to hook up. Labor Day is single mom porn. A burly, handsome man wanders into a lonely woman’s life, bakes some tasty pie and fixes the car/house/etc. I haven’t read Joyce Maynard’s novel, but I have to imagine it contained more literary depth to have captured Reitman’s attention. Otherwise, why not just pick a Sparks bestseller to adapt if you want to make a romantic drama? 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. Writer-director 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. 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 dual Oscar nominess, Bruce Dern and June Squib. 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 son David (former “Saturday Night Live” player Will Forte, who has a lot more to offer than MacGruber), agrees to drive his dad from Montana to Nebraska by way of his dying hometown. Superior smugness is an easy trap for Hollywood bigshots poking fun at the heartland, but Payne and first-time feature writer Bob Nelson deftly avoid it to teach us that you can go home again; maybe you just shouldn’t. (Ciné) 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. Brendan Fraser, Liam Neeson and Katherine Heigl are the next three biggest names in the voice cast. Will this movie capture its family audience without a big name like Disney or DreamWorks behind it? PAROLE VIOLATORS 1994. Bad Movie Night returns with Parole Violators starring the not quite renowned Sean Donahue, the stuntman turned actor who just happens to be the son of this terrible flick’s writer-director, Patrick G. Donahue. The younger Donahue plays Miles Long, the host of TV’s “Parole Violators,” who must rescue his girlfriend’s daughter from Chico, the recently paroled, multiple child murderer he put behind bars. Enjoy some free action shenanigans selected just for you at Ciné’s Bad Movie Night! (Ciné) THE PRINCESS BRIDE (PG) 1987. The Princess Bride benefits most from an acidic yet heartwarming script by Hollywood legend William Goldman, who adapted his own novel. Westley (Cary Elwes) risks life and limb to rescue his love Buttercup (Robin Wright) from the evil Prince Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon). Assisted by humongous Fezzik (Andre the Giant) and vengeful Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patinkin), Westley must outwit

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hen most people think of professional wrestling, what comes to mind is the candy-coated, slickly produced sports entertainment you can find on television every week. But there’s another, more traditional style, the kind many people grew up watching on WTBS and in flea markets and armories all over Georgia. In fact, there’s probably no better place to live than our state if you want to see independent professional wrestling with any frequency. Georgia has an undeniably important position in the history of the sport. You may not be able to see Dutch Mantell and Steve Keirn at the J&J Center anymore, but you can still find the the same spirit at Southern Fried Championship Wrestling, 30 minutes west of Athens in Monroe. Charles Anschutz, the company’s owner and promoter, has been attending shows in the area since the early 1970s. Not content merely to sit in the crowd, Anschutz says, “I told a friend that I would one day have my own show, even if it was just one time.” That “one time,” in April 2013 at the Monroe American Legion, kicked off SFCW’s now twice-monthly schedule. The crowds at these evens, often numbering more than 300 fans, eventually proved too large for SFCW’s second venue, the Old Monroe Primary School gym. Beginning with this Saturday’s show, the wrestling action will take place at Monroe’s National Guard Armory, at 436 E. Washington St. The reason for the interest is obvious: To date, SFCW has hosted legends like former NWA World Heavyweight Champion “Wildfire” Tommy Rich, six-time WCW World Tag-Team Champion Marcus Alexander “Buff” Bagwell and 2014 WWE Hall of Fame inductee Jake “The Snake” Roberts. The series has also featured in-ring action from some of the best wrestlers currently working in the state, such as Uhaa Nation and the phenomenal Kyle Matthews. “Old-school” wrestling is a term often used when referring to SFCW’s particular brand. Crotchety old fans like me often default to just calling it “real” wrestling—though I’m fully aware that this makes me seem like kind of a jerk. In a sport where authenticity is a line drawn in shifting sands, what defines the “realness” of a professional wrestling, anyway? The answer lies partially in the fans. Maybe it’s the close physical proximity of spectator and performer, but there’s a level of interaction between them at shows like SFCW that you’re never going to see on television. In fact, over the past few weeks, there have emerged two different storylines that involve fans making the transition into the ring to settle a score with a wrestler who has wronged them. (Note: Please don’t think you can get actually away with this. It’s all fun and games until you cross the line and put your hands on a performer without permission and wake up confused in the Clearview Regional Medical Center.) At the Jan. 25 event, Tim Rice, a fan who had been having an escalating beef with wrestler Chris Nelms, put an end to the disagreement once and for all, defeating Nelms in a bloody “street fight” that, per a stipulation of the match, ended with a blood-soaked Nelms having to wear a dress. As it turns out, though, this may not be the end of the story. Due to

interference in the match, Rice, alongside Bodacious Blade and a mystery partner, will take on The Company (the team of Chris Nelms, Jerry Nelms and Jamie Holmes) Saturday in a six-man tag-team match. Nelms says, “Tim Rice is not a wrestler. He’s just a fan who got lucky. I’ve been busting my backside for nearly a decade in this business, and when he, Bodacious Blade and their mystery partner step in the ring with The Company on February 15th, I guarantee that the outcome will be different.” It should settle the score once and for all. Maybe. That match is a part of a show called “Valentine’s Vendetta,” where fans will also see Monster Maul’s first title defense since defeating Vicious Vic Roze for the SFCW Heavyweight Championship Jan. 11. He’ll be facing Cody Hall, but he’ll have to watch his back with regards to Roze, as Maul’s victory in the title match was anything but clean. Other contests will include Justin Legend and Shane Bell, of The Elite Revolution, taking on “Cowboy” Roscoe Ray and Kody Jack for the SFCW Tag Team Championship. Kody and Roscoe will also have to be on the lookout for the third Elite Revolution member, “As Seen on TV” Nigel Sherrod, who was suspended by Commissioner Anschutz after the Jan. 25 event. Sherrod says he is using the 30-day vacation from in-ring action to “hit the gym, train and get faster and stronger.” Of course, there’s always the possibility that he’ll be seen in the Armory on Saturday. “Charles knows as well as I do that he had no right to suspend me,” says Sherrod. “Everybody in the building that night knows that I didn’t do anything wrong. He may be able to keep me out of the ring, but he can’t stop me from buying a ticket. Not that The Elite Revolution needs my help to beat Roscoe and Kody, but—well, you never know what’s gonna happen.” Whether he chooses to adhere to Anschutz’s ruling or not, Sherrod is right on one point. Saturday’s event at the Armory promises to be anything but predictable. Others scheduled to appear include “The Lethal Dose” Stryknyn, the 500-plus-pound Geter (making his SFCW debut), an inter-gender tag-team match, in which the team of Pandora and Tommy 2 Much will face off against AJ Steele and Aja Perrera and, as always, much more. Intrigued? See for a photo gallery of SFCW action. Robert Newsome Robert Newsome is the editor and publisher of The Atomic Elbow, a quarterly professional wrestling fanzine based in Athens. More information can be found at

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not especially common for a band to find its center 18 years into its existence, but the Drive-By Truckers have never been a picture of efficiency. After hitting the scene in the late ’90s with the largely acoustic, country-flavored double whammy of Gangstabilly and Pizza Deliverance, lead songwriters Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley laid out their mission statement in 2001 with the sprawling double-disc stadium-rock masterpiece Southern Rock Opera. Over the years, the Athens-based band has experienced some seismic shifts, including the well-publicized (and variously contentious) departures of longtime members Jason Isbell and Shonna Tucker (Isbell in 2007, Tucker in 2011). The group is now comprised of Hood, Cooley and longtime drummer Brad Morgan, as well as multi-instrumentalist Jay Gonzalez and bassist Matt Patton, who cut his teeth in Alabama powerhouse The Dexateens. English Oceans, the Truckers’ 12th LP—it follows the 2010 and 2011 releases of The Big To-Do and Go-Go Boots, albums conceived of and recorded simultaneously—is out Mar. 4 via ATO. Despite its hour-long running time, English Oceans is a lean, powerful, propulsive, Cooley-heavy record, a reflection of both the current members’ chemistry and the confidence that comes with age. If the freewheeling allure of the Isbell days has been diminished, it’s been replaced by a comfortable groove that reveals moments of unexpected clarity. (This newfound sound actually harkens back, in some ways, to the group’s earliest material; see the recent reissue of the band’s 2000 live album Alabama Ass Whuppin’ for proof.) In advance of the Truckers’ annual 40 Watt homecoming shows—a portion of proceeds from which go to benefit Nuçi’s Space— Flagpole sat down with frontman Patterson



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Hood, back in Athens from a three-week stay in uncommonly dry Portland, OR (“I love that town. It’s beautiful”), for a conversation about his band’s hard-fought newfound solidity, the void left by the passing of comrade Craig Lieske, Cooley’s phoenixlike second act and what it’s like to hit your stride 12 albums in. Flagpole: English Oceans is the first time a Truckers album has opened with a Cooley song since The Dirty South. Patterson Hood: He had a really long writer’s slump, a pretty brutal dry spell. Even the songs on the last two Truckers records, most of them were older songs he was forced to dig up and rework. Really, the only genuinely new song in a long time had been “Birthday Boy” [from The Big To-Do]. Which is a really good one, in my opinion. But I think he really beat himself up about it, which made it worse.

PH: I think there’s a little bit of synchronicity. The reason we did the reissue is, we found the tapes. The tapes had been missing for years and were presumed gone. I’d never been really happy with the way it sounded, anyway. But when we found the tapes and listened to them, it was a revelation—it actually sounded good. It was an era of the band that was loud and out-of-tune and over-the-top, but [there were] actually cool bass parts, it wasn’t just a bunch of low-end mud. It had just been mastered kind of badly. But we had already said, the next record, we want to make it quick. Last time… it was a two-year process, and we cut nearly 40 songs, put out two records and toured behind ‘em. The whole thing just took forever. So, we wanted to do something that was fresh and immediate. But definitely, listening to that era of the band re-calibrated something. It

“I think we ’ve kind of just gone ditch to ditch to ditch a lot of the time.” He came out of it in a big way. He came [into the studio] with all these songs. I kind of felt, deep down, like maybe we’d done him a disservice doing two records instead of one, at a time where he wasn’t having a lot to bring in. I think that compounded his negative feelings about the situation. So, I vowed this time that we weren’t gonna make a record until Cooley called me up and said, “Hey man, let’s make a record.” He not only did that, he called [producer David] Barbe up and booked the studio time. He was very hands on from the first step. Maybe that’s how it needs to be from now on. FP: A lot of the album is more propulsive, straight-up rock and roll. Did revisiting Alabama Ass Whuppin’ have an effect on the new record?

reconnected us with something we had left behind somewhere long ago. I think it was a good thing. FP: How much does that attitude reflect the current lineup? PH: That was a lot of it. The lineup is killer right now. It’s so fun and immediate. We felt like, if the songs are there, the quicker we can cut it with this lineup, to capture the sound of this band playing basically live in the room is the way to go. It’s a little more strippeddown than it’s been, and I think that’s served us well. It lets each person shine. It’s a little more primal, and that’s kinda where my head’s at now, where all our heads are at. It’s good when everybody’s head’s in the same place. It’s a rare phenomenon in the life of a band.

The last era of the band that had the same camaraderie that we have now is probably the band that made Alabama Ass Whuppin’, when we were out there touring in the Econoline, doing 250 shows a year. FP: One thing you can always count on from a Drive-By Truckers record is that it will be an album, this hourlong experience, not just a collection of songs. PH: Probably to a fault, sometimes. I tend to write more when I’m writing for a specific record. I haven’t written a song since I wrote “Pauline Hawkins,” which was the last thing I wrote for [English Oceans]. Especially now, with kids and everything—when I was younger, I wrote every day, whether something good came out of it or not. Now, I don’t really have time to write unless there’s something to write [for]. That said, when it was time to gear up to start writing this record, I wrote a lot. I had an album written, and then last year I ended up rewriting it, writing another record, which is mostly what we ended up doing. There’s a whole other record floating around out there. I don’t know if I’ll do anything with those songs or not. Some of them I really like, but they weren’t this record. We were trying to be more conscientious about not putting too much shit on there, and just focusing on what’s essential. Anything that didn’t seem essential we let go of, and if it’s meant to be, it’ll surface at some other time. I think I’m just now getting to a point where I can do that. It’s probably been one of my failings in the past, not being able to let go of stuff easy enough. It’s taken 12 albums to get to that point [laughs]. I’m such a stubborn, slow learner. If I had the others do do over, I’d probably be more brutal with the scissors, or the razor blade, whatever it takes to cut shit out.

FP: But thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something a lot of people like about the Truckers, too, that thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s this expanse of material. PH: It starts adding up. After 12 records, you start thinking, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Man, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know if thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really what I want to be known for.â&#x20AC;? So much of it is, you go into it looking at things one way, and you get to a certain point and look back and think, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wow, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really another way of looking at this that mightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been better. But I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t there at that time to do it that way.â&#x20AC;? This bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always morphed and changed, which has been a blessing and a curse, as they say. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s enabled us to reinvent ourselves a number of times, and that partâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been good. But then you look at the trail you leave behind and sometimes you go, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Golly.â&#x20AC;? Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all these crazy times when we veered off [course]. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like looking back at someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s drunk-driving log. Which, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s probably more than a little truth in that, too. FP: Well, at least you didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t end up in the ditch. PH: I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know [laughs]. Neil Young said Harvest put him right in the middle of the road, so he headed for the nearest ditch. I think weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve kind of just gone ditch to ditch to ditch a lot of the time. FP: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pauline Hawkinsâ&#x20AC;? is based on a character from a Willy Vlautin novel. What draws you to a story? PH: I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t put my finger on it. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever planned. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pauline Hawkinsâ&#x20AC;? is kind of an extreme case, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;cause we had already finished the record, and I got sent that book. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a big fan of Willyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;I was in the middle of another book, and I put it down and read [his] book in three days. The next day, I wrote the song, and called the band, like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hey, I wrote another song, can we get together?â&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;Ś It was a last-minute addition that I think made the record a whole level better than it wouldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been without it. It was a gift having that in the nick of time. I feel like it must have been meant to be. It was nerve-wracking sending it to Willy. Like, â&#x20AC;&#x153;What if he really hates this?â&#x20AC;? I could change the name of the song and pretend itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about something else [laughs]. But I sent it to Willy, and he was real enthusiastic about it. I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tell you what it was about that character that moved me so, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;cause sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not like me at allâ&#x20AC;Ś Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lived a hard, fucked-up life and seen a lot of bad shit. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a nurse, and sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dealing with people in the worst times of their lives, day after day. Her response to that is just to close everything and everybody off, and not let anybody get close. We could go through the 120 or however many songs we have in our catalog, and I could probably tell you what almost every one of themâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about. But on this record, probably half of them, I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. I really donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what â&#x20AC;&#x153;When Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Goneâ&#x20AC;? is quite about. Maybe Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll know in a few years. That seems to be where Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m at as a writer, wanting to explore those ideas that arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t so thought out and just let it happen, let it go. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of letting go on this record. FP: Speaking of letting go, the albumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s being released a little over a year since Craig passed. What role did his spirit play in the construction of English Oceans? PH: [After Craigâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death] I wrote [album closer] â&#x20AC;&#x153;Grand Canyon.â&#x20AC;? And I knew that was the center of gravity for what was gonna be our next record. That became the point as to whether a song was gonna be considered or not, whether it fit with that. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of why I discarded an albumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worth of material and wrote new songs. It reset somethingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;we looked at everything from a different point of view.

You know, it was our annual homecoming, our 40 Watt shows, when it happened. I look forward to these shows all year. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something I enjoy on a different level. I get to play, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m at home, and my friends are there, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got the Nuçiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Space stuff going on. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s become a really special thing for all of us. So, to have something so horrific happen in the middle of that, and at the beginning of the yearâ&#x20AC;Ś We had gone through a pretty rough year the year before, and the year before that, so we just kinda thought, â&#x20AC;&#x153;OK, 2013, finally, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gonna be a better year.â&#x20AC;? And then that happened three weeks in. We played Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the 40 Watt, and then we left for tour. And getting on that bus with the empty bunk was one of the most terrible things weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever had to do. At the same time, we had to do it. Craig wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the kind of person where that would have been acceptable. There was no other option but to go do [our] job. That was how he was. I used to work for him at the 40 Watt, so I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wanna piss him off [laughs]. He could be tough. I wrote [â&#x20AC;&#x153;Grand Canyonâ&#x20AC;?] on that tour. I knew when I wrote it that it was something special. It damn well had better be, being for him. FP: You guys still tour quite a bit, even if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re no longer playing 250 shows a year. Do you see a point where the Truckers will slow down even further? PH: I feel like we almost inevitably have to at some point. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re gonna hit it really heavy this year, harder than weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve hit it in a long time, because weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in a good place. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all really getting alongâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;everybodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in a good place in their personal lives and with each other. Nobodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got any kind of big issues going on. Everybodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s drinking is under control. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not any bullshit going on, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all in a place where weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re really enjoying each otherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s company, and the shows are really fun and the energy levelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great. And weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got this new record that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re extra-excited about. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve played with Cooley for 29 years, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never seen him as inspired and focused as he is right now. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of a marvel. So, I wanna go out there and play. None of us are getting any younger. Bands our age are supposed to be oldies acts by this point. Of course, we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have any hits, so thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not really that option [laughs]. But it feels like a new band in a lot of ways. We all kinda wanna see how far we can take it this year. But who knows after that. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see us not continuing on as a band, but there will inevitably come a point where itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not our full-time job. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m turning 50 in a month. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ever wanna do it when we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do the fuck out of it. If itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ever kinda just sad to see the Truckers, I hope we just go away. But right now, I feel pretty confident that we can play as good a show as ever. Better, in some ways. Gabe Vodicka

WHO: Drive-By Truckers, New Madrid WHERE: 40 Watt Club WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 13, 8 p.m. HOW MUCH: $31 WHO: Drive-By Truckers, T. Hardy Morris, Camp Amped Band WHERE: 40 Watt Club WHEN: Friday, Feb. 14, 8 p.m. HOW MUCH: SOLD OUT WHO: Drive-By Truckers, St. Paul and the Broken Bones WHERE: 40 Watt Club WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 15, 8 p.m. HOW MUCH: SOLD OUT


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New reviews of local albums are posted regularly at Here are three releases to check out this month.

Motherfucker: Tae Kwon Do EP

Independent Release HHHHH I’m not typically prone to making prophetic statements, but I’m inclined to say that Motherfucker’s debut EP, Tae Kwon Do, will stand among the best Athens-related releases of 2014 at year’s end. I can think of no other band in town that delivers stonerrock riffs with this much force and intensity. The recording is appropriately titled; the lion’s share of it is a sonic kick-and-punchcombo right to the listener’s viscera. “Dot. Dot. Dot.” is far and away the most reverent invocation of Kyuss/Queens of the Stone Age-inspired rock to emanate from the South in quite a while. There isn’t much in the way of soloing (or singing—the track is instrumental) to note, but Mandy Branch’s clockwork bassline and Erica Strout’s sharp guitar work are outstanding. Drummer Erika Rickson pounds it out to round it out, making the track worth pausing your reading of this review to give it a listen. The title track, the EP’s finale, is something of a post-punk version of “Rock Lobster”; the lyrics swirl around a driving riff that absolutely mesmerizes. That analogy doesn’t do the song justice, but if you are at all taken by repetitive rhythms that captivate, it will be an object of infatuation for quite some time. The only hang-up I have with Motherfucker’s EP is that there isn’t nearly enough of it. Perhaps that’s deliberate; I can’t emphasize enough that there is not a bad track to be found here. If these ladies continue to release material, my recommendation is to be prepared. If you haven’t heard them yet, you’re about to have your ass kicked. [Dan Mistich] Motherfucker plays the Caledonia Lounge on Friday, Feb. 28.

New Madrid: Sunswimmer

New West HHHHH “In and out of focus/ It all looks the same,” goes the first lyrical couplet of “All Around the Locust,” the opening track on New Madrid’s sophomore LP and first for the increasingly Athensactive New West Records. The line could be (but likely is not) a reference to Yardboat, New Madrid’s debut LP, which emerged in summer 2012. Though the obviously talented young band showed signs of promise, the album was a largely by-the-numbers take on what’s so vaguely dubbed “Americana.” Enter the muggy, revealing Sunswimmer. The bits of character that speckled Yardboat have been fully fleshed out; with the help of producer and mentor David Barbe, New Madrid has come

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New Madrid plays the 40 Watt Club on Thursday, Feb. 13.

Who Don’t?: Who Don’t?

Independent Release HHHHH The declining price of recording equipment over the past few decades has inspired Frank Zappa-inspired weirdos to come out in droves. In other words, if you’re apt to over-think the latest release from Who Don’t?, the new project from local musician Brent Blalock (formerly of sludge-rock goofballs Marriage), try to keep this in mind. The self-titled record, which shamelessly invokes surfy, spooky sounds throughout, winds up sounding like a collection of “Monster Mash” B-sides. If that’s your thing, you’re likely going to find the slightly irreverent Who Don’t? worth your time. Eighties aficionados will get their jollies from “Bubblegum,” a track that repeatedly samples lines (well, a line, really) from “Rowdy” Roddie Piper’s character in John Carpenter’s 1988 black comedy/horror film They Live. The tune sounds like a theme song from a game show from hell. If you’re a Carpenter fanatic, this is your track. Things get a little bit more accessible when Blalock enlists the help of a female vocalist in Tunabunny’s Brigette Heron. On “Ready to Play,” arguably the record’s cleanest track, synth and bass mix to make some simultaneously scary and dancy sounds. “Walkin’,” which features vocals courtesy of mysterious newcomer Sanchez Elder, is largely incomprehensible. The lyrics border on gibberish, and the synth/harmonica combo found here is light years away from Huey Lewis and the News. [Dan Mistich]





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into its own. From the raucous guitar fuckery of single “Manners” to the catchy, chunky harmonies of standout “Forest Gum,” the record should solidify New Madrid as a true creative force, not only on the local scene but beyond. Sunswimmer is far from perfect. There’s a hint of sameness, and the decision to close a record of fourand five-minute pop tunes with back-to-back 10-minute-plus songs (“Homesick,” “And She Smiles”) is ill-advised. Still, it’s the most noteworthy local album in quite a while, thanks to its ecstatic departure from what came before it. R.E.M., the Truckers and Elephant 6 were—and are—indelible Athens institutions. But if New Madrid is, as has been predicted, the “next big thing” to come out of the Classic City, we can rest easy knowing it will represent our modern self quite well. [Gabe Vodicka]

The Three ‘Migos

threats & promises Music News And Gossip Snore Day: Immediately following the snow-blamed cancellation of its Jan. 28 record release show, local band Baxter & the Basics went on the offensive. First, it rescheduled the show for the very next week, as if to say, “Take that, snow!” The group has four more gigs upcoming in as many weeks, in what can only be a test to see how many ways the Athens populace can split the entertainment dollar. The first is Valentine’s Day at the Caledonia Lounge, and the rest you can read about over at BaxterAndTheBasics. The group’s new album is titled And So Are You, and dammit if I didn’t try to get through the lethargic mishmash of styles and try to find something positive to say about it. But by the time I was aching through the miserable “Girl From the Lingerie Store” and heard the lines “She only needs me to seem legit/ In front of all her faggot hipster friends,” I knew this record was, in a word, bullshit. There’s another track wherein the singer really gets into talking about himself masturbating in a weird, sophomoric way, but don’t worry. Baxter & the Basics If you bother with this at all, you’ll never make it that far. Press play over at



you fixate on something long enough, the effect is the same as hypnosis. Linguists call it epizeuxis. It’s when you repeat a word so many times that any original meaning is obscured under the weight of its own monotonous pull. Repeat after me: “Versace, Versace, Versace, Versace, Versace, Versace, Versace, Versace, Versace, Versace.” The guys behind upstart hip hop trio Migos are masters of epizeuxis. Over the past year, the Athens-born, Atlanta-based group has penned a string of hits built around some of the most repetitively earworm-ish choruses put to wax in a minute, whether they’re dedicated to people (“Hannah Montana, Hannah Montana, Hannah Montana”), places (“Chinatown, Chinatown, Chinatown”), or things (yep, “Versace, Versace, Versace”). With a star-making mixtape called YRN (Young Rich Niggas) released this past summer—an international banger—and a little help from Drake (“He said if I do something, it’s gotta be “Versace” or “Pronto,” so we sent him “Versace” and he went crazy on it,” group member Quavo told Vice), Migos is poised to become Georgia’s next big thing. Like many of the classic pop groups of radio past, Migos is a family affair. The group consists of Quavo, the oldest, at 22; his 19-year-old nephew TakeOff; and Offset, Quavo’s 22-year-old cousin, who recently finished a six-month stint in prison for a weapons charge. Each of the members was born and reared in Athens, but now mostly rep north Atlanta, where you’re likely to find them promoting their music in the club or holed up in their studio, writing nearly 10 songs a day. Migos’ big break came when it linked up with Coach K, a manager who once oversaw the careers of Gucci Mane and Young Jeezy. The second watershed moment came when the group met Atlanta rap super-producer Zaytoven, who paired Migos’ buoyantly staccato flows with his own concoction of epic synths and breakneck snares. Before “Versace,” there was “Bando,” a regional anthem about selling drugs out of an abandoned, boarded-up home that became Migos’ first smash. For listeners from Marietta to Milan (“Versace” was played by Donatella Versace

herself during her spring/summer runway show this past October), it’s impossible to listen to Migos without smiling. Indeed, more than anything, Migos is a group that is dedicated to its own rhetorical whimsy. “You gotta have fun with a song, make somebody laugh. You gotta have character. A hard punchline can make you laugh, but you gotta know how to say it,” Takeoff told The FADER back in July. Migos’ meme-bait lyrics have made catchphrases out of goofy lyrical throwaways like “Call FEMA” and “hurricane wrist,” while the collective’s absurdist ad-libs can turn even the most sinister trap jam into a tongue-in-cheek banger. The group also has that awesomely Southern tendency to squeeze every possible syllable from a word—just listen to these dudes turn up and scream “Charles Bark-a-lee” over a chorus about the cantankerous former NBA baller, and you’ll see why the Classic City natives have everyone furiously awaiting their next move. Migos is prepping its next mixtape, the appropriately titled YRN2, and recently put out Solid Foundation, a guest-feature-laden compilation highlighting the roster on the group’s label, Quality Control Records. Beyond music, Migos has been modeling for the streetwear line Rocksmith, and is reportedly making plans for other product extensions. Migos’ show at Georgia Theatre is the trio’s first in Athens since playing in June at the recently departed club Aftermath, which also happened to be the same day that Drake dropped his iconic “Versace” remix. And while you may not have caught the group back before it blew up, we recommend seeing these hometown heroes on Monday in their element. At least then you can say you saw them before they went interstellar. Christopher Joshua Benton

WHO: Migos, Taste Tester, Hydrabadd, Helix, DJ Golden WHERE: Georgia Theatre WHEN: Monday, Feb. 17, 9 p.m. HOW MUCH: $21

First of the Last Calls: It’s that time of year when I start telling you to submit a song for this year’s AthFest compilation. As of right now, you’ve got a little bit of time, as the deadline is Mar. 16. But if you’re serious about trying to get in on this, don’t slack. Just pick that one person in your band who always knows when soundcheck is and have them take care of it. Only digital submissions are accepted, and you do it all online over at Please note that the coordinators recommend 44.1 kHz 16-bit WAV files; however, you may submit any type of audio file for consideration. But if your material is chosen for inclusion, you’re gonna have to make with a high-quality version, anyway, so why not do that first? If you’ve got any questions, direct them to info@ghostmeat. com. Credit is Due Dept.: Mega congratulations go out to Alec Livaditis, who just became the new local music director at WUOG 90.5 FM. Anyone who knows him can attest to his ardent fanship and discerning musical taste buds, and he has dived right into his new role. Most impressively, he’s launched a new digital spot for recordings of the ever-popular “Live in the Lobby” series, which you can find at So far, you can stream recent performances from Pale Prophet, Half Acid, Freehand and Atlanta’s Hymnal Moths. As a special treat, there’s also a set from New York’s shreddingly good Perfect Pussy, who recently played a warehouse show here in town, and Livaditis reports that sets from Faster Circuits and Cheap Art will be up soon enough that you could probably hold your

breath waiting for them. “Live in the Lobby” happens every Tuesday and Thursday at 8 p.m. as part of WUOG’s long-running local music show “Sound of the City.” Any questions? Drop the man a line via Untz Untz Untz: OK, so five years ago, Athens DJ Adam Burgins, known as DJ Incubus, and Jake Dubber (Shock to the System) started the BeatmatchedHearts collective in Sarasota, FL. Dubber, still based in Florida, has now hooked up with Nanolog and is touring under the name Nanoshock, while the BeatmatchedHearts collective has added another face to Burgins’ in the form of Chris Garchow (DJ Lexus Luthor). The local pair performs and promotes DJ-based shows that feature a variety of dance and elec-

tronic styles. BeatmatchedHearts will bring Nanoshock to New Earth Athens Tuesday, Feb. 18. Doors are at 9 p.m., and it’s a mere $3 to get in. In addition to the assuredly swellsville mindcrush of the aforementioned acts, attendees will be treated to visuals, including custom videos made by Burgins himself. Closing out the night is DJ Vulpes (Joshua Wehunt) whose expertise, according to Burgins, is “remixes of metal music in the dubstep style… Think Lamb of God [and] Korn.” In the immortal words from a horrified Mia Farrow in Rosemary’s Baby: “This is no dream. This is really happening.” See things at facebook. com/thebeatmatchedheartscolllective. Vote With Your Dollars: The polls are now open for the Nuçi’s Space Athens Business Rocks competition. This is the jam where local businesses form temporary cover bands for fun, and the proceeds benefit the local musicians’ resource center. This time around, you’ve got bands from Epting Events, Ted’s Most Best, Jimmy John’s, the 40 Watt Club, Last Resort Grill, Oglethorpe County School System, The Grit, TSAV, St. Mary’s ED/ACES, Partner Software, Athens West Cleaners and Flagpole. You can cast as many votes as you want for whatever band you like, but votes (which equal one point) cost $1 each. This is, obviously, the fundraising portion of the thing. Overall winners are chosen via a combination of funds raised and judges’ critiques. The performance dates for this year’s shindig are Thursday, Feb. 27–Saturday, Mar. 1 at the 40 Watt. As of right now, there is still time to register your business’s band. The registration fee is $75. Learn about that and cast your votes over at Gordon Lamb



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The Vagina Monologues

UGA Chapel · 8 p.m. · $15 Project Safe’s 15th annual production of Eve Ensler’s award-winning play presents 29 women performing monologues that all relate to different aspects of the feminine experience. While several are cheeky and humorous, like rolling through the various nicknames for a vagina, others are altogether devastating—hitting on serious issues like sexual slavery, rape and genital mutilation. Recognizing the potential of The Vagina Monologues to help heal survivors and spread awareness of these issues, Ensler launched V-Day on Valentine’s Day of 1998, a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. Every February through April participants around the globe stage performances of the Monologues and other plays to benefit their local anti-violence organizations. V-Day has already raised over $90 million worldwide, and all proceeds of Athens’ shows will assist Project Safe in their mission to end domestic violence through crisis intervention, prevention and education programs and ongoing supportive services like “Breaking Silence,” a new line through which teens can text in and ask for advice on abusive relationships. [Jessica Otis Smith] MUSIC | Thursday, Feb. 13

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Manhattan Cafe · 9 p.m. · FREE! It’s a Very Townie Early Valentine’s Day affair at Hull Street hotspot Manhattan Thursday evening, when the vaunted Night of 100 Records event returns for a (semi) annual vinyl throwdown. A cast of beloved local DJs, including Kurt Wood, Mahogany, Jack Jiggles, Crash Landers and Orange Julius, will trade 30-minute sets of loosely V-Day-themed jams, spun exclusively on wax (“No laptops allowed”) well into the night. Musician and collector Wood, the event’s unofficial ringleader, promises a highly considered selection of tunes from his vast stack of traditional ‘50s and ‘60s rock and soul 45s. Expect drinkin’, dancin’ and a whole lotta love. [Gabe Vodicka] PERFORMANCE | Friday, Feb. 14–Sunday, Feb. 16

The Elixir of Love

UGA Fine Arts Theatre · Feb. 14–15, 8 p.m. & Feb. 16, 3 p.m. · $5 (w/ UGA student ID), $18 Making for a great Valentine’s Day outing, the UGA Opera Theatre and Opera Orchestra present Gaetano Donizetti’s 1832 comic opera L’elisir d’amore, or The Elixir of Love, which follows the effects of a “magic” potion on the love triangle between beautiful landowner Adina (played by Elisabeth Slaten), starry-eyed farm worker Nemorino (Joseph Michael Brent) and army officer

Belcore (Evan Tyor). Reset to a Georgia peach farm in the late 1930s, the production also includes Avery Draught as Adina’s friend, Giannette, and Christopher Voss as Dr. Dulcamara, the washed-up bootlegger who purveys the potion. Under the direction of Frederick Burchinal, the production will feature special guest conductor Maestro Imre Palló, who served as one of the principal conductors of the New York City Opera at Lincoln Center for over two decades. Jennifer Bakst, who has presented numerous productions throughout Germany and the U.K., will be the guest stage director. [Jessica Smith] EVENT | Saturday, Feb. 15

Athens Hip Hop Awards

Morton Theatre · 6 p.m. · $15 (adv.), $20 (door) For the second year in a row, upstart local cultural organization United Group of Artists (UGA) Live celebrates the wealth of talent and energy that exists in our city’s burgeoning hip hop scene with a star-studded night of music and awards. This year, the event has been moved downtown to the historic Morton Theatre, where you can expect a packed house and live performances from steadfast Classic City acts like Jet Squad, Big Body, Breezy Goins, Versatyle tha Wildchild and many others, including Atlanta rap Redding III standout Grand Prize Winners From Last Year. Plus, find out who will be crowned the best of 2014 in categories as diverse as Poet, Barber and Soul Food Restaurant. Red carpet festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. and doors are at 6. [Gabe Vodicka] MUSIC | Tuesday, Feb. 18

A Tribute to the Beatles

Hendershot’s Coffee Bar · 7:30 p.m. · $5 Beatles tunes aren’t nearly as coverable as, say, those by the Stones—they’re inextricable from John, Paul, Ringo and George’s respective personalities—but there’s some serious talent assembling at Hendershot’s on Tuesday, Feb. 18. Athens, Atlanta and Macon musicians gather from 7:30–10 p.m. to play Beatles songs, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Liverpool lads’ first U.S. performances and the curious UK-Georgia connections that have persisted to this day. Michelle Malone, Don Chambers, David Barbe, Powerkompany, Dave Marr and Otis Redding III, son of the legendary Georgia soul man, are among the night’s performers (see full lineup in the Calendar). The show costs $5, with proceeds benefiting the UGA String Project. Want to preview the songs and understand the context? On Monday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. at UGA’s Russell Special Collections Library auditorium, check out a free screening of the documentary The Beatles Revolution. Half a century seems a long time, but there’s a reason the tunes have persevered. [Chris Hassiotis]


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Tuesday 11 CLASSES: Knitting Classes (Community) Beginners will learn the basics of casting on, the knit stitch and binding it off. The second installment of this course will be held Feb. 18. 6:30 p.m. $40. CLASSES: Starting a Small Farm Business (Oconee County Extension Office, Watkinsville) This program provides farmers with info on business aspects of operating a farm like defining a target market, record-keeping, understanding cash flow and the importance of a business plan. Register by Feb. 7. 6–9 p.m. $30. 706-542-7436, www. CLASSES: A Course in Miracles (Body, Mind & Spirit) Learn the inner workings of a miracle. 6 p.m. $5 suggested donation. 706-3516024 CLASSES: Introduction to Mouse and Keyboard Skills (ACC Library) Call or visit the Reference desk to register. 10–11:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650. COMEDY: Drafts and Laughs Local stand-up comedy. 9:30 p.m. FREE! 706-353-2831 GAMES: Trivia with a Twist (Johnny’s New York Style Pizza) Throw a lime in your Coors Light and compete! Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m. & Thursdays, 8 p.m. 706-354-1515 GAMES: Trivia at the Rail (The Rail Athens) Trivia hosted by Todd Kelly every Tuesday. 10:30 p.m. FREE!706-354-7289 GAMES: Trivia (Fuzzy’s Taco Shop) Compete for prizes and giveaways. Every Tuesday. 8–10 p.m. 706353-0305 GAMES: Movie Quotes Trivia (Max) Every Tuesday you can test your movie memories. 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! KIDSTUFF: Story Time (Oconee County Library) Stories, songs, movement and crafts for ages 2–5. Every Tuesday and Wednesday. 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. FREE! 706-7693950 KIDSTUFF: Toddler Storytime (ACC Library) Children ages 2–5 are invited to join in an interactive storytime. Every Tuesday and Wednesday. 9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706613-3650 LECTURES & LIT: Buying and Selling on eBay (Rocksprings Community Center) Learn about listing your items, marketing strategies, payment options, responding to interested buyers and setting safety precautions. 10 a.m. $5.

LECTURES & LIT: “Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys” (Oconee County Library) For this reading and book discussion series, Dr. Douglas Ealey, a sociology professor at the University of North Georgia, will explore Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction by Jonathan A.C. Brown. Registration required. 6:30 p.m. FREE! 706-769-3950 LECTURES & LIT: Peabody Decades: America in the 1980s (Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries) See clips from “Cheers,” “Hill Street Blues,” “Motown Returns to the Apollo” and more. 7 p.m. FREE! LECTURES & LIT: African American Authors Book Club (ACC Library) This month’s title is Don’t Play in the Sun: One Woman’s Journey Through the Color Complex by Marita Golden. Newcomers welcome. 5 p.m. FREE! PERFORMANCE: Joshua Bell Violin Performance (Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall) Bell continues to enchant audiences with a breathtaking virtuosity, tone of sheer beauty and a charismatic stage presence. His Athens recital will include Bach’s “Chaconne” from Partita No. 2, Stravinsky’s “Divertimento” and other works accompanied by British pianist Sam Haywood. 8 p.m. $49-69.

Wednesday 12 ART: Artful Conversation (Georgia Museum of Art) Carissa DiCindio, curator of education, leads an indepth discussion of F. Luis Mora’s painting, “Tale of Cinderella.” 2 p.m. FREE! ART: Gallery Tour (Athens Institute for Contemporary Art: ATHICA) As lifespans lengthen the aging process becomes a more important focus in our society. Lizzie Zucker Saltz, ATHICA Director Emeritus and curator will lead a tour of the gallery’s current exhibition, “The Third Act: Contemplating Aging.” 2 p.m. FREE! CLASSES: Digital Public Library of America Class (ACC Library) Greer Martin, metadata librarian and DPLA archivist, presents “A New Tool in Your Toolbox: Using the Digital Public Library of America to Discover Local and Family History.” The DLPA offers millions of items like photos, manuscripts, books, sounds, moving images and more. 6 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary. org/athens 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 EVENTS: Rabbit Box: “Duets” (The Melting Point) Athenians share true stories from their lives. This month’s lineup includes pairs of storytellers: Virginia and Wes Baumgartner, Micah and Tanya Hudson, Douglas Job and Angela Pfile, Jill Swenson and Bill Brown, Pat and Neal Priest, and AlzenaBrooks Johnson and Larry Johnson. 7 p.m. $5. FILM: Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries, Room 271) An insane general starts a process leading to certain nuclear holocaust that a war room of politicians and generals frantically try to stop. Part of the “Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow: Living with the Atomic Bomb” series. 7 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Trivia (Copper Creek Brewing Company) Test your trivia chops for prizes! Every Wednesday. 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-1102 GAMES: Sports Trivia (Beef ‘O’ Brady’s) Test your sports knowledge every Wednesday night. 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-850-1916 GAMES: Trivia (Willy’s Mexicana Grill) Trivia with a DJ! Every Wednesday. 8–10 p.m. FREE! 706548-1920 GAMES: Dirty Nerds Trivia (Crow’s Nest) Trivia every Wednesday with host Todd Kelly. 10 p.m. FREE! www. 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: Full Contact Trivia (Blind Pig Tavern) Think you know it all? Test your knowledge every Wednesday night. 8 p.m. Both locations. 706-548-3442 GAMES: Trivia (Choo Choo Japanese Korean Grill Express) Jump on the trivia train! Win house cash prizes with host Todd Kelly. Every Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. KIDSTUFF: Valentine’s Story Time (Madison County Library, Danielsville) Toddlers and preschoolers are invited to hear friendly tales and enjoy an age-appropriate craft. 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-7955597 KIDSTUFF: Toddler Storytime (ACC Library) Children ages 2–5 are invited to join in an interactive storytime. Every Tuesday and Wednesday. 9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706613-3650 KIDSTUFF: Owl Be Your Homework Helper (ACC Library)

“The Space Between Us,” currently on display at Hendershot’s Coffee Bar through February, features portraits by Melody Croft. Fourth through sixth graders can be tutored by seventh graders in math, science, social studies and language arts. Wednesdays through November. 4–5 p.m. FREE! 706613-3650 KIDSTUFF: Story Time (Oconee County Library) Stories, songs, movement and crafts for ages 2–5. Every Tuesday and Wednesday. 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. FREE! 706-7693950 KIDSTUFF: Anime Club (Oconee County Library) Watch some anime and manga, listen to J-Pop music, eat Japanese snacks and share fan art. Ages 13–18. 6–8 p.m. FREE! 706-769-3950 LECTURES & LIT: Panel Discussion: “Nuclear Threats Then & Now” (Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries, Room 271) This panel discussion will focus on American attitudes toward nuclear culture in the wake of the 1945 atomic bomb blasts and draw comparisons and contrasts to the current state of nuclear threats worldwide. Part of the “Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow: Living with the Atomic Bomb” series. 5:30 p.m. FREE! www.rbrl. LECTURES & LIT: Affordable Health Care Act Seminar (ACC Library) Cassandra Hunter, a UGA health navigator, will discuss how to apply for health care coverage through the Affordable Health Care Act and 10 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 THEATRE: The Vagina Monologues (UGA Chapel) This play includes monologues from many different women. Proceeds benefit Project Safe. See Calendar Pick on p. 22. Feb. 12–15, 8 p.m. $15.

Thursday 13 ART: Opening Reception (Madison Morgan Cultural Center) “AFLAT: A Funky Little Art Thing” includes artwork by students in grades K–12 in the Morgan County school system. Includes live music. 3:30–6:30 p.m. FREE! ART: Student Night (Georgia Museum of Art) Join the Student Association of the Georgia Museum of Art for a night of food, fun and DIY projects. 8–10:30 p.m. FREE! CLASSES: Intermediate MS Word (Oconee County Library) This short course will teach you some timesaving techniques to help you work faster on MS Word. 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. COMEDY: James Gregory (The Melting Point) Veteran comedian James Gregory has been performing for over two decades. 7:30 p.m. $22.50 (adv.), $27. FILM: When Harry Met Sally (UGA Tate Student Center, Theater) Harry and Sally have known each other for years and are very good friends, but fear that sex may ruin their friendship. 8 p.m. $1–2. www.union. FILM: Prince Among Slaves (ACC Library) This 2008 documentary recounts the true story of Abdul Rahman, an African Muslim prince who was captured and sold into

slavery in the American South. After 40 years of enslavement, he regained his freedom and became a national celebrity. Part of the “Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys” series. 6:30 p.m. FREE! FILM: Who Cares About Kelsey? (Ciné Barcafé) This documentary film follows the life of Kelsey Carroll, a high school student diagnosed with ADHD who also carries the emotional scars of homelessness and abuse, as well as the innovative education that changed her life. Followed by a Q&A with representatives from the UGA School of Counseling Program, UGA College of Education, Rutland Academy, The Cottage Sexual Assault Center and Children’s Advocacy Center and other programs. 7 p.m. FREE! www. GAMES: Trivia (El Azteca) Win prizes with host Todd Kelly. Every Thursday. 7:30–9 p.m. FREE! 706549-2639 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 (Amici) Every Thursday. 9 p.m. FREE! 706-3530000 GAMES: Sex, Drugs & Rock and Roll Trivia (The Volstead) Every Thursday! 10 p.m.–12 a.m. FREE! 706-354-5300 KIDSTUFF: Movies 4 Teens (ACC Library) Celebrating Clarke Central and Cedar Shoals High School drama groups performing Les Miserables, the library will show the 2012 film staring Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway. Singing along is encouraged. For ages 11–18. 4–7 k continued on next page




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Art. Includes live music. 7â&#x20AC;&#x201C;10 p.m. FREE! CLASSES: Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Partner Yoga (Chase Street Yoga) Bring a partner and experience a playful side of yoga. 5:30 p.m. $10/person. www. EVENTS: Healing Circle and Meditation (Body, Mind & Spirit) Held every Friday. 6 p.m. $5 suggested donation. 706-351-6024 EVENTS: Handmade Lovers Artist Market (Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation, Firehall #2) This Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day mini-market features 20 vendors selling everything from body products, jewelry, candies, clothing, terrariums, goods for the home and more. Model Citizen will offer hair chalking and braiding,

tional law making process. Bennett Freeman of Calvert Investments will deliver a keynote address 1 p.m. 9 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;3:30 p.m. PERFORMANCE: The Elixir of Love (UGA Fine Arts Building) Gaetano Donizettiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Italian opera explores the effect of a magic love potion upon the love triangle of an endearing rube, a rakish sargeant and a wealthy beauty. The opera features moving arias and a comedic plot line sure to kindle the Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day spirit. See Calendar Pick on p. 22. Feb. 14â&#x20AC;&#x201C;15, 8 p.m. & Feb. 16, 3 p.m. $5 (w/ student ID), $18. 706-542-4400, www.pac. THEATRE: Les Miserables See Thursday listing for full description Feb. 13â&#x20AC;&#x201C;14, 7:30 p.m. at Clarke Central. Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m. & Feb. 16, 2:30 p.m. at Cedar Shoals. $5â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8. 706-546-5375

of Athens Weekend, this run through downtown Athens is a Peachtree Qualifier. Proceeds benefit Community Connection of Northeast Georgia. Meets at City Hall. 6â&#x20AC;&#x201C;7 p.m. (registration), 7:30 a.m. (race). $30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;35. EVENTS: India Night (The Classic Center) The Indian Cultural Exchange presents an evening of dance, comedic skits and performances. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s theme is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sansakr,â&#x20AC;? which means tradition. 6-9 p.m. $15. 678-860-3221 EVENTS: Love Your Mother Earth (New Earth Athens) This multi-faceted event includes eco-conscious and trashion shows, body painting, aerialists, bellydancers, hula hoopers and live music by The Law Band and Kick the Robot. Proceeds benefit the Northeast Georgia Earthship, a project in living sustainability through progressive home building.

Artwork by David Barnes is currently on display at The Grit through Saturday, Feb. 15. and Avid Bookshop will have a Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day card-making station. See Art Notes on p. 17. 2â&#x20AC;&#x201C;7 p.m. EVENTS: 7th Annual Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dinner (The Melting Point) Led by executive chef Steve Vining, the Melting Pointâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s culinary team presents a four-course meal for hopeless romantics. Live music by Francine Reed & Java Monkey, who perform jazz standards such as Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald and Billy Holiday. 6:30 p.m. $175. FILM: The Princess Bride (UGA Tate Student Center, Theater) Robin Wright and Cary Elwes star in this fairytale adventure about a beautiful princess and the gallant hero who rescues her from an evil villain. Feb. 14â&#x20AC;&#x201C;16, 3 p.m., 6 p.m. & 9 p.m. $1â&#x20AC;&#x201C;2. GAMES: Fantastic Fridays (Bishop Park) Fun obstacle courses in a nonstructured environment. For ages 10 months-4 years old and their guardians. Every Friday. 10â&#x20AC;&#x201C;11:30 a.m. $5-7.50. www.athensclarkecounty. com/gymnastics KIDSTUFF: Death by Chocolate Party & Winter Candy Olympics (ACC Library) Compete with friends in a round of ultimate candy challenges. 4â&#x20AC;&#x201C;5:30 p.m. FREE! 706-6133650. LECTURES & LIT: The New Roles of Corporations in Global Governance Conference (UGA School of Law) This conference explores the differing roles corporations now play in global governance and their influence on the interna-

THEATRE: The Importance of Being Earnest (Town and Gown Players) See Thursday listing for full description Feb. 13â&#x20AC;&#x201C;15, 8 p.m. & Feb. 16, 2 p.m. $8-15. 706-2088696, THEATRE: The Vagina Monologues (UGA Chapel) See Wednesday listing for full description Feb. 12â&#x20AC;&#x201C;15, 8 p.m. $15. www.

Saturday 15 ART: Opening Reception (Mini Gallery) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Flowers of Romanceâ&#x20AC;? features works by Manda McKay, Tatiana Veneruso and Kim Kirby. 6â&#x20AC;&#x201C;9 p.m. FREE! minigallery 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: Introduction to PowerPoint (ACC Library) Learn the basics of PowerPoint. Registration required. 2â&#x20AC;&#x201C;4 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3615, EVENTS: Contra Dance (Memorial Park) Presented by Athens Folk Music & Dance Society. Live music by String Theory and calling by Robbin Marcus. 7:30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8 p.m. (lesson), 8â&#x20AC;&#x201C;11 p.m. (dance). FREE! (under 18), $8. EVENTS: 4th Annual Taste 10K (Athens, GA) Kicking off the Taste

See Art Notes on p. 17. 7 p.m. $10. EVENTS: Walking Oconee Hill Cemetery (Oconee Hill Cemetery) Join local historian Charlotte Thomas Marshall and other ClarkeOconee Genealogical Society members for a walk through the historic Oconee Hill Cemetery. The tour includes explanations of the meanings of various carvings, symbols, icons and other funerary art. 2â&#x20AC;&#x201C;4 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650, www. EVENTS: Southern Fried Championship Wrestling â&#x20AC;&#x153;Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Vendettaâ&#x20AC;? (Monroe National Guard Armory) Old-school wresting. Monster Maul takes on Cody Hall to defend his heavyweight championship title. Justin Legend and Shane Bell versus â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cowboyâ&#x20AC;? Roscoe Ray and Kody Jack. See story on p. 16. 7 p.m. $5â&#x20AC;&#x201C;10. www. EVENTS: Carnivale of Black Hearts Valentine Bazaar and Extravaganza (267 Atlanta Ave.) Live performances, a cook-off with local chefs, a yard sale, games, vendors, prizes, food, drinks, fire and bellydancers and a dome dance party. Donations benefit the carnivale troupeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s upcoming events. 12 p.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;12 a.m. $10 suggested donation. EVENTS: Athens Hip Hop Awards (Morton Theatre) Second annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;tribute to Urban culture, musical talent and business owners in Athens, GA.â&#x20AC;? Featuring live

performances by local artists. See Calendar Pick on p. 22. 6 p.m. $15 (adv.), $20 (door). FILM: The Princess Bride (UGA Tate Student Center) See Friday listing for full description Feb. 14–16, 3 p.m., 6 p.m. & 9 p.m. $1–2. www. FILM: Monster Movie Matinee: The Day the Earth Stood Still (Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries) An alien lands and tells the people of Earth that they must live peacefully or be destroyed as a danger to other planets. Part of the “Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow” series. 2 p.m. FREE! www.rbrl. KIDSTUFF: Stuffed Animal Sleepover (Oconee County Library) All stuffed animals, dolls and action figures are invited to spend the night at the library. Bring one along to a pajama party for kids, caregivers and stuffed animals on Saturday, then leave them overnight. Pick them up the next day and see photos of all the fun they had at the sleepover. Feb. 15, 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-769-3950 KIDSTUFF: Athens Kids Expo (The Classic Center) Activities include miniature golf, petting zoo, inflatables, character appearances, interactive booths and performances. All proceeds benefit the Wee Read Program for Oconee and AthensClarke Counties, which mails local children ages 5 & under one free, age-appropriate hardback book each month. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. $5. www. OUTDOORS: Sunrise Hike (Sandy Creek Nature Center) Take a walk through the winter morning woods. Bring your own breakfast, and end the hike with coffee and hot chocolate overlooking Claypit Pond. 7–8:30 a.m. $7–10. www. OUTDOORS: Saturday at the Rock: The Great Backyard Bird Count (Rock Eagle 4H Center) Become a citizen scientist as Rock Eagle takes an inventory of its wild bird population. Take a walk around the property to look for waterfowl, songbirds, woodpeckers, raptors and more. Binoculars and field guides encouraged. 9:30–11:30 a.m. $5. PERFORMANCE: Burlesque Beta (Go Bar) What a tease! Open-mic variety show featuring singers, dancers, musicians and comics in the vaudeville tradition. 10 p.m. $3. 706-546-5609 PERFORMANCE: The Elixir of Love (UGA Fine Arts Building) See Friday listing for full description Feb. 14–15, 8 p.m. & Feb. 16, 3 p.m. $5 (w/ student ID), $18. 706542-4400, THEATRE: Les Miserables See Thursday listing for full description Feb. 13–14, 7:30 p.m. at Clarke Central. Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m. & Feb. 16, 2:30 p.m. at Cedar Shoals. $5–8. 706-546-5375 THEATRE: The Importance of Being Earnest (Town and Gown Players) See Thursday listing for full description Feb. 13–15, 8 p.m. & Feb. 16, 2 p.m. $8-15. 706-2088696, THEATRE: The Vagina Monologues (UGA Chapel) See Wednesday listing for full description Feb. 12–15, 8 p.m. $15. www.

Sunday 16 COMEDY: Comedy Night (Walker’s Coffee & Pub) Featuring Atlanta comedian Justin Clements. 9 p.m.

FREE! EVENTS: 21st Annual A Taste of Athens (The Classic Center) Sample food and drinks from over 50 local restaurant and beverage vendors. A silent auction will feature local art, sports and music memorabilia, professional services and travel packages. 4:30 p.m. (VIP) 5–8 p.m. $50–90. www.tasteofathens. com EVENTS: Frog Hop 5K (Sandy Creek Nature Center) Run or walk the 5K to raise money for Sandy Creek. A onemile Tadpole Fun Run will precede the 5K. 2 p.m. $17–25. 706-6133615, FILM: Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers: David (Winder Cultural Arts Center) As the son of the Imam of the local Brooklyn mosque, 11-year-old Daud has to juggle the high expectations of his father and his feelings of isolation and difference. After befriending a group of Jewish boys, he is drawn into a complicated dilemma. Followed by a discussion with director Joel Fendelman. 6 p.m. FREE! FILM: The Princess Bride (UGA Tate Student Center) See Friday listing for full description Feb. 14–16, 3 p.m., 6 p.m. & 9 p.m. $1–2. www. FILM: LIFE the Griot WUGA-TV will televise the original documentary on local poet and mentor Lemuel LaRoche. Feb. 16, 10 p.m. Feb. 18, 8 p.m. FREE! 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 while eating pizza. 9 p.m. 706353-0000 GAMES: Trivia (Buffalo’s Café) “Brewer’s Inquisition,” trivia hosted by Chris Brewer every Sunday. 7 p.m. FREE! 706-354-6655, www. MEETINGS: Northeast Georgia Orchid Society Meeting (UGA Botany Greenhouses) A plant biologist will present the University’s collection of orchids, cactus, carnivorous plants and other exotics. 2 p.m. FREE! PERFORMANCE: Guitar Passions (Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall) Three-time Grammy Award winner Sharon Isbin teams up with jazz master Stanley Jordan and Romero Lubambo, Brazil’s leading guitarist. 3 p.m. $35-40. PERFORMANCE: The Elixir of Love (UGA Fine Arts Building) See Friday listing for full description Feb. 14–15, 8 p.m. & Feb. 16, 3 p.m. $5 (w/ student ID), $18. 706542-4400, THEATRE: The Importance of Being Earnest (Town and Gown Players) See Thursday listing for full description Feb. 13–15, 8 p.m. & Feb. 16, 2 p.m. $8-15. 706-2088696, THEATRE: Les Miserables See Thursday listing for full description Feb. 13–14, 7:30 p.m. at Clarke Central. Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m. & Feb. 16, 2:30 p.m. at Cedar Shoals. $5–8. 706-546-5375

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THE CALENDAR! EVENTS: AARP Tax Assistance (Oconee County Library) AARP volunteers will assist individuals of all ages with their tax preparation. This free service is provided on a firstcome, first-served basis. 1â&#x20AC;&#x201C;4:30 p.m. FREE! 706-769-3950 FILM: Speciesism (Miller Learning Center, Room 101) This film sets out to investigate the hidden secrets of factory farming and ends up exploring an even bigger question: why do humans consider themselves to be the most important species on the planet? Part of the Animal Voices Film Festival sponsored by Speak Out for Species. 7:30 p.m. FREE! FILM: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Beatles Revolutionâ&#x20AC;? (Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries, Auditorium) This 90-minute TV special takes stock of the Beatlesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; music and the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s larger cultural impact, including performance clips and an array of expert commentators. 7 p.m. FREE! FILM: Attenborough in Paradise (Lamar Dodd School of Art, Room S150) A bird demonstration with graduate Beth Kleene and her parakeet will precede the screening. Held in conjunction with the exhibition â&#x20AC;&#x153;Big Bird, Little Bird.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Rock and Roll Trivia (Little Kings Shuffle Club) Get a team together and show off your extensive music knowledge! Hosted by Jonathan Thompson. 9 p.m. FREE! 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: Dart Night (The Pub at Gameday) Round Robin tournament. 8 p.m. GAMES: Dirty South Trivia: Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll (Grindhouse Killer Burgers) Team trivia contests every Monday night. 8 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Trivia (Highwire Lounge) Athensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; toughest trivia. $100 grand prize every week! All ages. 8 p.m. FREE! 706-543-8997 KIDSTUFF: Out of School Workshop: Happy Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Clay (Good Dirt) Spend the day making projects in clay and other media. For ages 6 & up. Bring a packed lunch, snack and water bottle, and dress for messy fun. 9 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;3 p.m. $55/day. 706-3553161, KIDSTUFF: Field Trip: Dare to Jump! (Memorial Park) This program takes place on a day when Clarke County School District schools are not in session. Children enrolled in third through fifth grade will stop by the trampoline fitness center Aerofit then head to the theater to see Lego. Bring a sack lunch. 9 a.m. $20. 706-613-3580, www. KIDSTUFF: Bedtime Stories (ACC Library) Children of all ages are invited for bedtime stories every Monday. 7 p.m. FREE! 706-6133650 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 KIDSTUFF: Open Playtime (ACC Library) Children ages 1â&#x20AC;&#x201C;3 and their

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caregivers can come play with toys and meet friends. 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 LECTURES & LIT: Vox Reading Series (CinĂŠ BarcafĂŠ) The UGA Creative Writing Programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Vox Reading Series presents a literary horror master, Brian Evenson. Evenson is the author of The Open Curtain, Last Days and Immobility. He also writes under the name B.K. Evenson, recently releasing The Lords of Salem, a collaboration with Rob Zombie. 7:30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8:30 p.m. FREE!

Tuesday 18 CLASSES: A Course in Miracles (Body, Mind & Spirit) Learn the inner workings of a miracle. 6 p.m. $5 suggested donation. 706-3516024

KIDSTUFF: Sharpie Mugs (Oconee County Library) Decorate your own one-of-a-kind mug to take home. All materials provided. For children in grades 3â&#x20AC;&#x201C;5. Registration required. 3:30 p.m. FREE! 706-769-3950 KIDSTUFF: Toddler Storytime (ACC Library) Children ages 2â&#x20AC;&#x201C;5 are invited to join in an interactive storytime. Every Tuesday and Wednesday. 9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706613-3650 KIDSTUFF: Story Time (Oconee County Library) Stories, songs, movement and crafts for ages 2â&#x20AC;&#x201C;5. Every Tuesday and Wednesday. 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. FREE! 706-7693950 MEETINGS: Meet & Greet (The Classic Center) Meet Mayor Nancy Denson and receive more information on her campaign for re-election. 5:30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;7 p.m. FREE! PERFORMANCE: Gryphon Trio (Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall) One of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s preeminent piano trios

for AIDS Athens. Food and great company provided, plus wine for sale. 6â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8 p.m. Donations suggested. EVENTS: Open House & Career Fair (Athens Technical College, Building H) Lean more about the collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Engineering Technology program, get a tour of the classrooms and see some state of the art equipment. Part of National Engineers Week. 10 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;2 p.m. FREE! 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 (Willyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mexicana Grill) Trivia with a DJ! Every Wednesday. 8â&#x20AC;&#x201C;10 p.m. FREE! 706548-1920 GAMES: Trivia (Copper Creek Brewing Company) Test your trivia chops for prizes! Every Wednesday. 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-1102

Travis Tritt plays the Classic Center on Friday, Feb. 14. COMEDY: OpenTOAD Comedy Open Mic (Flicker Theatre & Bar) This comedy show allows locals to watch quality comedy or perform themselves. Email to perform. 9 p.m. $5. EVENTS: Relay for Life Date Auction (40 Watt Club) Are you lovesick? Cures go to the highest bidders. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. 7 p.m. $5. FILM: LIFE the Griot See Sunday listing for full description Feb. 16, 10 p.m. Feb. 18, 8 p.m. FREE! www. FILM: Bad Movie Night (CinĂŠ BarcafĂŠ) A vigilante â&#x20AC;&#x153;video copâ&#x20AC;? stalks parolees to catch their return to crime, but the camcorder is replaced with a 9mm when things get too personal in Parole Violators. 8:30 p.m. FREE! www.athenscine. com GAMES: Trivia (Fuzzyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Taco Shop) Compete for prizes and giveaways. 8â&#x20AC;&#x201C;10 p.m. 706-353-0305 GAMES: Trivia with a Twist (Johnnyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s New York Style Pizza) Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m. & Thursdays, 8 p.m. 706-354-1515 GAMES: Trivia at the Rail (The Rail Athens) Hosted by Todd Kelly. 10:30 p.m. FREE!706-354-7289 GAMES: Movie Quotes Trivia (Max) Every Tuesday. 9:30 p.m. FREE! 706-254-3392 GAMES: Locos Trivia (Locos Grill & Pub) Westside and Eastside locations feature trivia every Tuesday. 8 p.m. FREE!

joins with the Metropolitain Opera bass Robert Pomakov in a performance featuring work by Russian composers Modest Mussorgsky and Dmitri Shostakovich and Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov. 8 p.m. $35.

Wednesday 19 ART: Tour at Two (Georgia Museum of Art) Co-curator James Verbrugge leads a tour of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rugs of the Caucasus.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. FREE! CLASSES: Windows 8 for Beginners (Oconee County Library) Learn how to navigate Windows 8. Participants must bring their own Windows 8 laptop. 3â&#x20AC;&#x201C;4:30 p.m. FREE! 706-769-3950 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. EVENTS: Athens Pride Festival for Life Dinners (ARTiniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Open Art Studio, Gallery & Lounge) LGBT groups and allies are raising funds

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 GAMES: Trivia with a DJ (Your Pie, Eastside location) Win cash prizes. 7 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Movie Trivia (Little Kings Shuffle Club) Hosted by Jeremy Dyson. 9:30 p.m. www.facebook. com/lkshuffleclub 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 KIDSTUFF: Story Time (Oconee County Library) Stories, songs, movement and crafts for ages 2â&#x20AC;&#x201C;5. Every Tuesday and Wednesday. 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. FREE! 706-7693950 KIDSTUFF: Presidential Story Time (Madison County Library, Danielsville) Toddlers and preschoolers can enjoy a presidential tale and an age-appropriate craft. 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-795-5597 KIDSTUFF: Game Night (Oconee County Library) Take a your mind off studying for a bit and play some favorite board games like Apples to Apples, Life, Scrabble, Taboo, Sorry and lots more. Ages 11â&#x20AC;&#x201C;18. 6â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8 p.m. FREE! 706-769-3950 KIDSTUFF: Toddler Storytime (ACC Library) Children ages 2â&#x20AC;&#x201C;5 are

invited to join in an interactive storytime. Every Tuesday and Wednesday. 9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706613-3650 LECTURES & LIT: Talking About Books (ACC Library) This monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s title is The Calligrapherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Daughter by Eugenia Kim. Newcomers are welcome. 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706613-3650,

LIVE MUSIC Tuesday 11 Georgia Theatre 9 p.m. $10. CAVEMAN â&#x20AC;&#x153;Five-man vibe collectiveâ&#x20AC;? from New York City. ROADKILL GHOST CHOIR Folkinfluenced rock six-piece from Deland, FL gaining national attention. HEAVEN Shoegaze-inspired band featuring members of The Comas, Dean & Britta and Swervedriver. Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 STEVEN TRIMMER The guitarist and driving force behind Glasscrafts, Trimmerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s songwriting falls in line with Athensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; psych-pop history. STEPHEN STEINBRINK Songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and visual artist born in Arizona and currently residing in Olympia, WA. MAGD Shapeshifting and dynamic local experimental outfit. JO RB JONES Acoustic pop outfit. FOUR EYES Ukelele strummer Erin Lovett plays sweet, poppy folk. TOM EISENBRAUN This local artist and poet deals in both heartfelt balladry and expansive instrumental guitarscapes. Green Room 9 p.m. THE HONEY SLIDERS Original rock and roll from Catopolis inspired by Rocket Gizmos, Love Cubs and Gomez The Multi-Colored Snake. JEFF CHASTEEN Longtime local guitarist plays a solo set. The Melting Point 7 p.m. $5. www.meltingpointathens. com DREW KOHL Original singer-songwriter who plays bluegrass-inspired folk music. HANNAH ZALE Vocalist for Boomfox performs a solo set. New Earth Athens Project Safe Benefit. 8 p.m. CARL LINDBERG & KYSHONA ARMSTRONG Local Latin jazz bassist and soulful singer-songwriter perform a collaborative set. Every Tuesday! GRO/CONSCIOUS Members of Latinjazz group Grogus and dub-reggae ensemble DubConscious team up. 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 Rollinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Home, Dan Tedesco and The Waymores.

Wednesday 12 Boarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Head Lounge 10 p.m. FREE! 706-369-3040 LEAVING COUNTRIES SINGERSONGWRITER SHOWCASE Rock out every Wednesday at this open mic. Contact louisphillippelot@ for booking.

Caledonia Lounge 9 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18-20). www. BREAKING POINT Hard rock band from the South. THE BREAD BROTHERS Garage-y local â&#x20AC;&#x153;funkabillyâ&#x20AC;? band. RED SKY DAYS Local hard rock band.

Georgia Theatre 8 p.m. $15. COLE SWINDELL Groove-laden country singer-singwriter from Bronwood, GA.

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Green Room 9 p.m. $10 (adv.), $12 (door). www. MARCO BENEVENTO Textured sonic explosion from the pianist and songwriter. OLD SKOOL TRIO Funk, blues, and jazz featuring Carl Lindberg on bass, Seth Hendershot on drums and Jason Fuller on keys. Playing original compositions and the music of The Funky Meters, Dr. John, War, Stevie Wonder and more. 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.


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Thursday 13 Boarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Head Lounge 10 p.m. 706-369-3040 LEAVING COUNTRIES Local singersongwriter Louis Phillip Pelot and company play a â&#x20AC;&#x153;mind-boggling wall of organic sound with upbeat, traveldriven lyrics.â&#x20AC;? WILEY EYES Local rock band. Caledonia Lounge 9:30 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18-20). www. AMERICAN MANNEQUINS Thoughtful, melodic, and danceable rock and roll for the upcoming new wave apocalypse. LEAVING COUNTRIES Local singersongwriter Louis Phillip Pelot and company play a â&#x20AC;&#x153;mind-boggling wall of organic sound with upbeat, traveldriven lyrics.â&#x20AC;? SOUTHERN BRED CO. Local funkinspired rock and roll band. Dirty Birds 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-7050 BLESS THE MIC Open mic and karaoke night. Every Thursday!





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THE CALENDAR! Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m. $5. www.flickertheatreandbar. com MOTHS Jacob Morris and his all-star backing band play an acoustic sort of ‘70s folk-rock with a pop sensibility and an inevitable psychedelia. TOM VISIONS Post-mystical, electronic, psychedelic folk music from the artist formerly known as Tom(b) Television. DANIEL BONESPUR Minneapolisbased chamber-folk ensemble. ANNIE ENNEKING Minnesota-based singer-songwriter, actor and artist. 40 Watt Club 8 p.m. $31. DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS The local Southern rock superstars return for a three-night stand. See story on p. 18. NEW MADRID This buzzworthy local rock band is preparing to release its anticipated label debut. See Record Review on p. 20. Georgia Theatre 8 p.m. $10. THE REVIVALISTS This New Orleans band plays a vibrant mix of funk, jazz and rock accented by warm pedal steel and sax. STOKESWOOD A mellow, modern alt-rock band from Atlanta that experiments a bit with atmospheric sounds. JUBEE & THE MORNING AFTER Smooth, soulful hip-hop featuring local MC JuBee and his band of electric rockers. Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 KARAOKE Hosted by karaoke fanatic John “Dr. Fred” Bowers and featuring pop, rock, indie and more. Green Room 10 p.m. ATLAS ROAD CREW Columbia, SC-based, classic rock-inspired band. LARRY MITCHELL BAND Groovy rock band. Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. JAZZ JAM Some of Athens’ most talented jazz musicians will get together to make America’s music at this happening. Bring your sax and join us, or grab a brew and a table and give an ear. The Manhattan Café 9 p.m. FREE! 706-369-9767 NIGHT OF 100 RECORDS Several local DJs, including Kurt Wood, DJ Mahogany, Jack Jiggles, Crash Landers and Orange Julius, spin vinyl-only sets of Valentine’s Day-related tunes. See Calendar Pick on p. 22. New Earth Athens Rainforest Benefit. 7 p.m. $8. www. EARTHCRY Roots-reggae outfit from Asheville, NC featuring members of Papadosio. BIJA Local ambient/electronic artist. KOLOURZ Atlanta-based electronica courtesy of Zachary King. STRATOSPHERE Band that “aims to raise the vibration of the listener through doorways and walls of sound.” A GHOST LIKE ME Live-electronica band from Asheville. Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742 JIMKATA A nationally touring electrorock band blending heavy beats,


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synthy hooks and big guitars to create music with both modern and timeless appeal. The Office Lounge 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! Walker’s Coffee & Pub 9 p.m. FREE! 706-543-1433 KARAOKE Every Thursday!

WAREHOUSES No information available. DJ MAHOGANY Popular local DJ spins freaky funk, sultry soul, righteous R&B and a whole lotta unexpected faves. Green Room 9 p.m. THE FAREWELL DRIFTERS Folkrock band from Nashville, TN. Hendershot’s Coffee Bar Project Safe Fundraiser. 8 p.m. www. REVIEN Contemporary chamber ensemble from Athens consisting of three members of the Georgia Guitar Quartet, with Phil Snyder on cello,

Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742 ISAAC BRAMBLETT BAND Southern soul singer with a rootsrock band who has performed with Ike Stubblefield and Sunny Ortiz, to name a few. The Office Lounge 8:30 p.m. 706-546-0840 THE GEORGIA HEALERS Athens’ premier blues band for 25 years! The World Famous 10 p.m. FREE! IMMUZIKATION Celebrated local DJ Alfredo Lapuz, Jr. hosts a dance party featuring high-energy electro and rock.

MICHAEL SHACKELFORD The former frontman of The Grenadines performs a solo set. 40 Watt Club 8 p.m. SOLD OUT! DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS The local Southern rock superstars return for a three-night stand. See story on p. 18. ST. PAUL AND THE BROKEN BONES A psychedelic mixture of soul, blues and R&B from Birmingham, AL. Georgia Theatre 8 p.m. $18. LETTUCE New York-based funk band. THE FLOOZIES Funky, live electronic duo from Lawrence, KS.

The Melting Point Jingle Bell Jazz! 7 p.m. $6 (adv.), $8 (door), $6 (w/UGA ID). ATHENS A-TRAIN BAND Instrumental group performing traditional jazz standards, swing, latin, ballads, blues and boogie. Morton Theatre 6 p.m. $15 (adv.), $20 (door). www. ATHENS HIP HOP AWARDS Second annual “tribute to Urban culture, musical talent and business owners in Athens, GA.” Featuring performances by C Mallo, Life the Griot, Crystal Fair, Larry Gresham Jr., Versatyle tha Wildchild, Breezy Goins,

Friday 14 Caledonia Lounge 10 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18-20). www. TASTE LIKE GOOD Alternative rock band from Athens. BAXTER AND THE BASICS Local folk-inspired indie rock band that borrows from the fuzz of ‘90s alternative. THE SALT FLATS Melodic and lively local guitar-rock band. The Classic Center 8 p.m. $30–$43. www.classiccenter. com TRAVIS TRITT Country music legend and Georgia native touring behind his new record, The Calm After… Cutters Pub 10 p.m. 706-353-9800 DJ LUKE HIGHWALKER “A Jedi Highlander DJ taking you to a galaxy far far far away born and raised in Atlanta currently residing in the EDM scene in Athens, GA.” Dirty Birds 9 p.m. $7. 706-546-7050 LATIN VALENTINE’S DAY Featuring music from DJ Cano and live congas by Aramis Ferrer. Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m. HONEYCHILD SJ Ursrey (Dream Boat) plays ukelele-based pop songs with beachy themes. 40 Watt Club 8 p.m. $31. DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS The local Southern rock superstars return for a three-night stand. See story on p. 18. T. HARDY MORRIS Dead Confederate frontman performs a solo set of his folky, lived-in tunes. CAMP AMPED BAND Tunes from Nuçi’s Space’s group of future rock stars. Georgia Theatre 8 p.m. $10. THE WERKS “Psychedelic-dancejam-funk-rock” band from Ohio. UNIVERSAL SIGH Athens-based jazz-fusion/funk-oriented rock band that strives to create a unique musical experience with each and every performance. 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. Go Bar WUOG Valentine’s Dance. 10 p.m. 706546-5609 TATERZANDRA Local band playing angular, often dissonant but catchy rock that maintains a distinct sense of melody.


David Olney plays Flicker Theatre & Bar on Saturday, Feb. 15. Kyle Dawkins (Maps and Transit) on guitars and electronics and Brian Smith (The Odd Trio) on guitars and electronics. Little Bull Bar & Grill 9 p.m. FREE! RED, WHITE AND PINK SPICY SALSA Dance to Salsa, Merengue and Bachata. Free chocolate and candy. Wear red if you’re single, white if you’re taken and pink if you don’t care! Little Kings Shuffle Club Zombie Prom! 10 p.m. $5. SWAG DICK CATS ‘50s covers from local band Free Associates. THE DE LUX INTERIORS Local Cramps cover band featuring members of Cars Can Be Blue and Los Meesfits. The Melting Point 6:30 p.m. $35–$175. FRANCINE REED Performs classic jazz standards by artists such as Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday. JAVA MONKEY Rock, soul, blues, jazz, R&B and funk band from Atlanta. New Earth Athens 9 p.m. FREE! www.newearthmusichall. com TECROPOLIS Athens’ longestrunning electronic dance music monthly, featuring D:RC, FlashBomb, Mob Knarly and Tigrlily.

TWIN POWERS DJ Dan Geller (The Gold Party, The Agenda) and friends spin late-night glam rock, new wave, Top 40, punk and Britpop. DJ Z-DOG Loveable local DJ spins top 40 hits, old-school hip-hop, high-energy rock and other danceable favorites.

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Green Room Saturday School Vol. 3. 9 p.m. $5. ULTRAVIOLET HIPPOPOTAMUS An explosive five-piece progressive improvisational band with a rapidly growing fan base across the U.S. and beyond. SQUISCH This new local three-piece band is a genre-shuffling enigma that will keep you grooving all night. ANDY BRUH & ROBBIE DUDE Two local EDM hotshots spin sets to open the show.

Caledonia Lounge 9:30 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18-20). www. SEMICIRCLE New project from Reptar drummer Andrew McFarland. BROTHERS Local band plays swirling, folky tunes that are rich with strings, twisted overdubs and haunting vocals. COWBOY CRISIS Experimental alternative-folk group from North Carolina. MOTHERS Local songwriter Kristine Leschper performs gorgeous, haunting folk tunes. Flicker Theatre & Bar 8 p.m. $7. www.flickertheatreandbar. com TOMMY WOMACK Nashville-based author and singer-songwriter who fronted the post-punk band Government Cheese. ADAM KLEIN Local songwriter playing a rustic blend of country, folk and Americana. DAVID OLNEY Lauded Nashvillebased songwriter whose compositions have been recorded by Emmylou Harris, Linda Rondstadt and Del McCoury.

Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 DJ HOT WAX Max Wang (The Rodney Kings) spins ‘60s pop/soul and punk rock.

Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. WHISPER KISS Acoustic project featuring multi-instrumentalist Michael Wegner (Abbey Road LIVE!, Fuzzy Sprouts) and Shelley Olin (DubConscious, Grogus) ALEX YOUNG Singer-songwriter from Washington, D.C. Little Kings Shuffle Club 10 p.m. FREE! lkshuffleclub DJ MAHOGANY Popular local DJ spins freaky funk, sultry soul, righteous R&B and a whole lotta unexpected faves for your booty shaking pleasure.

Kalizion, Septymber 15th, Buddy Rowe, Clint Dawg, Daddy Stank, Grand Prize Winners From Last Year, Latto Smookie, Nukie Da Fool, Semi Ice, Lucre, Pamoja Dance Company, Big Body, Jet Squad, Cartel Rich Gand and Jaclyn Brown. See Calendar Pick on p. 22. New Earth Athens Love Your Mother Earth. 8 p.m. $10. KICK THE ROBOT Power-pop trio from Atlanta with infectious energy. THE LAW BAND Hard rockin’ country act based in the southern music capital of Atlanta, Georgia, with influences of Americana, rockabilly, bluegrass and psychedelic. Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742 TWIDDLE Vermont-based reggaefunk band. The Office Lounge 10 p.m. 706-546-0840 WILD CARD Local country/Southern rock trio. Sundown Saloon 9 p.m. FREE! 706-850-1177 KARAOKE With your host Lynn, the Queen of Karaoke! The World Famous 9 p.m. www.theworldfamousathens. com OLD SMOKEY Local folk-rock band fronted by songwriter Jim Willingham that explores songs and instrumentals with an interweaving

sonic palette that includes banjo, cello, violin, lap steel and percussion. MATTHEW BUZZELL Former Athenian Buzzell, a singer-songwriter and documentary filmmaker, performs his first solo show in Athens in many years. VFW 7 p.m. $12.50. THE SENSATIONAL SOUNDS OF MOTOWN Six veteran musicians entertaining crowds in the Southeast for nearly 18 years promise an exciting, live-energy show. Featuring Mr. Motown!

Sunday 16 Hendershotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. GRANT EVANS Under monikers like Crippling, as well as his birth name, Evans uses tape loops and electronics to create expansive, rumbling soundscapes. RAINY TAXI Locals Cary Whitley and Leslie Grove play free improvisations for saxophones, percussion, hacked electronics and the occasional guitar. RYAN UNKS Experimental electronic artist. Hi-Lo Lounge Tim For Athens! 6 p.m. 706-850-8561 EUREKA CALIFORNIA Melodic, guitar-driven indie rock influenced by bands like Guided by Voices. SEA OF DOGS This local group, fronted by songwriter Emily Armond, plays tender, intuitive folk tunes. JACOB MORRIS Plays an acoustic sort of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;70s folk-rock with a pop sensibility and psychedelic tinge. THE RODNEY KINGS Scuzzed-out local garage-punk trio. 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 Beers! Bands! Brunch! 12:30 p.m. FREE! www.theworldfamousathens. com JOSH PERKINS Long-running local folk-rocker. The World Famous 10 p.m. FREE! DJ QUINCY Modern Skirts drummer John Swint spins a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;90s dance party.

Monday 17 Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m. THE SKY CAPTAINS OF INDUSTRY Futuristic indie rock from this New York-based band. KATE MORRISSEY Best known for her dark velvet voice, Morrisseyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s songwriting is literate and sincere, and her conversational live shows come punctuated with an offbeat sense of humor. Georgia Theatre 9 p.m. $21. MIGOS Athens-bred, Atlanta-based hip hop trio who made waves in the blogosphere with last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s single â&#x20AC;&#x153;Versace.â&#x20AC;? See story on p. 21. HYDRABADD Electronic duo from Atlanta. HELIX Atlanta-based DJ alias of Beau Thigpen, who spins bottom-heavy UK-inspired electro. DJ TASTE TESTER Atlanta DJ spins southern hip hop and dance music.

DJ GOLDEN Local DJ Adam Golden spins dubstep, hip hop and electro. Green Room 10 p.m. THE DISTRICTS Rock band on Fat Possum Records from Lilitz, PA. GOOD GRAEFF Florida-based folkpop duo, featuring ukelele, cello and guitar. PADRE Local indie band featuring members of Dana Swimmer. Hendershotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. FREE! www.hendershotscoffee. com OPEN MIC Local singer-songwriter Kyshona Armstrong hosts this open mic night every Monday. Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742 JAZZ FUNK JAM WITH DREW HART Local musician and Juice Box bassist leads a jam session.

Tuesday 18 Hendershotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES For the 50th anniversary of Beatlemania, Hendershotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s will be hosting a tribute to the Liverpool lads featuring Powerkompany, The Eggmen, The Lubbers, Michelle Malone, Otis Redding III, Don Chambers, Don Chambers, Dave Marr and more. See Calendar Pick on p. 22. The Melting Point Terrapin Tuesday. 7 p.m. $5. www. DRIFTWOOD Local Americana collective plays darkly accented folk. RED OAK SOUTHERN STRING BAND This Watkinsville-based band plays rootsy Americana tunes. New Earth Athens 9 p.m. $3. www.newearthmusichall. com BEATMATCHEDHEARTS Featuring local DJs Incubus and Lexus Luthor. NANOSHOCK DJs Shock to the System and Nanolog spin trap, moombahton and dubstep with live electronic drums and guitar. VULPES Local DJ who remixes metal music in the dubstep style. 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 Nathan Sheppard, Thomas Galloway and Obe Golding and Stephen Lee.

Wednesday 19 Boarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Head Lounge 10 p.m. FREE! 706-369-3040 LEAVING COUNTRIES SINGERSONGWRITER SHOWCASE Rock out every Wednesday at this open mic. Contact louisphillippelot@ for booking. Caledonia Lounge 9:30 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18-20). www. THE TUNE SQUAD No info available. BY SMALL RUIN Local alt-rock band. RUSTY BRIDGERS Singersongwriter from Empire, GA. Georgia Theatre 8 p.m. $25. BEN RECTOR Popular, pop-minded singer-songwriter from Nashville, TN.

SAM BURCHFIELD The local singersongwriter (and recent â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Idolâ&#x20AC;? contestant) plays a set of his folk-pop tunes. Green Room 9 p.m. SEX BBQ East Atlanta â&#x20AC;&#x153;surf-rock space wizardsâ&#x20AC;? playing psychedelic yet melodic math-rock inspired tunes. MOTHER THE CAR Local hard rock/ blues band playing fierce and heavy tunes. JONES MAINTENANCE REVUE No info available. DJ NATE OF WUXTRY Nate Mitchell spins before, between, and after the bands. Hi-Lo Lounge 10 p.m. FREE! 706-850-8561 KARAOKE WITH THE KING Sing your guts out every Wednesday! Normaltown Hall 8 p.m. $5. NormaltownHall WATER LIARS Rootsy, simplistic, gritty folk-rock duo out of Mississippi. OTHER COLORS Baltimore-based group playing self-described â&#x20AC;&#x153;future folk-rockâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;exploratory pop.â&#x20AC;? BUFFALO HAWK Heavy, Crazy Horse-inspired band led by Matt Stoessel and featuring Paul McHugh, Brantley Senn and Jim Wilson. Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742 SKYFOOT Hailing from Boston, MA, Skyfoot is a high-energy rock band combining elements of roots, funk, blues and country music. The Office Lounge 9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-0840 KARAOKE With your host Lynn, the Queen of Karaoke! Porterhouse Grill 7 p.m. FREE! 706-369-0990 JAZZ NIGHT The longest standing weekly music gig in Athens! Join drummer Nicholas Wiles with bassist Drew Hart and pianist Steve Key for an evening of original music, improv and standards.

Down the Line 2/20 LEAVING COUNTRIES / WILEY EYES (Boarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Head Lounge) 2/20 CRANE / ROSHAMBEAUX / KICK THE ROBOT (Caledonia Lounge) 2/20 SOUTHERN BRED CO. / WIEUCA / SWAMP (40 Watt Club) 2/20 SONS OF FATHERS (Green Room) 2/20 MARY SIGALAS (Hendershotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Coffee Bar) 2/20 SETH WINTERS BAND (Nowhere Bar) 2/20 CARLA LEFEVERâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S LOUNGE LIZARD JAM PARTY (The Office Lounge) 2/21 CASPER AND THE COOKIES / TATERZANDRA / FRENCH EXIT (Caledonia Lounge) 2/21 MACHINES ARE PEOPLE TOO / VINYL THIEF (Green Room) 2/21 EFREN / THE HIGHER CHOIR / DANGFLY / THIS FRONTIER NEEDS HEROES (New Earth Athens) 2/21 SAINT FRANCIS (Nowhere Bar) 2/22 WEDGE / THE STYMMS (Caledonia Lounge) 2/22 BAXTER AND THE BASICS (Cutters Pub) 2/22 CICADA RHYTHM / MICHAEL BOWMAN / ELLIOT BRONSON (Green Room) 2/22 WAKA WINTER CLASSIC (New Earth Athens)

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ART 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. Cash prizes will be awarded to top pieces. Deadline Feb. 14. $25-35. Call for Artists (Farmington Depot Gallery) Now accepting applications for artists interested in participating in the galleryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual Festifool Festival on Mar. 29. peter Call for Artists (Athens, GA) An upcoming festival is seeking outsider artists, junk collectors, street performers, and any other sort of creative weirdos around town. Deadline Mar. 1. Email for details. Human Rights Festival Logo Contest (Athens, GA) The Athens Human Rights Festival is seeking logo submissions for use on T-shirts, the newspaper and the stage backdrop. Logos must say 36th Annual Human Rights Festival, May 3â&#x20AC;&#x201C;4 and Athens, GA. Email for details. Deadline Mar. 7. tshirtjeffh@ Indie South Call for Artists (660 N. Chase St.) Indie South Fair is seeking artists and makers of all kinds, fine, folk and craft, for its annual Springtacular artist market. Two booth sizes are now available. Apply online. Deadline Mar. 10. Market on May 3â&#x20AC;&#x201C;4. www. International Artist Workshops (Lyndon House Arts Center) In â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Drama of the Figure,â&#x20AC;? American Academy of Art graduate Kevin Beilfuss will explore color, lighting and symbolism in

drawing and painting. Mar. 3â&#x20AC;&#x201C;6, 9 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;4 p.m. $625. In â&#x20AC;&#x153;Water Color Workshop: Painting Flowers Loose, Fresh and Easy,â&#x20AC;? Pat Fiorello will share techniques on color, composition, brush strokes and the varied characteristics of watercolor. Mar. 20â&#x20AC;&#x201C;22, 9 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;4 p.m. $575. Workshops include breakfast, lunch and art excursions. Call to reserve a spot. 706-613-3623, ext. 225 Spring Art Classes (Lyndon House Arts Center) Now registering for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jewelry/Metalsmithing,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Introduction to Relief Printmaking,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Painting with Charles,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Introduction to Digital Photography for DSLR Cameras,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Introduction to Drawing,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Intermediate Drawing,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Introduction to Black & White Photography,â&#x20AC;? Visit the website for full descriptions of the courses. 706613-3623, www.athensclarkecounty. com/lyndonhouse

CLASSES 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. www. 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 Bikram Hot Yoga (Bikram Yoga Athens) Classes in hot yoga are offered seven days a week. Beginners welcome. Student discounts available. 706-353-9642,

Dance Classes (Floorspace) Sulukule Bellydance presents classes in bellydancing, Bollywood dance and Middle Eastern drumming. Fitness Classes (M.R.S. Physical Therapy and Wellness Center, Winterville) Zumba, yoga and bone defense classes are held weekly. Visit website for schedule., www.medical 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, 2â&#x20AC;&#x201C;3 p.m. Knitting Classes (Community) Learn how to purl and make pattern stitches in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beginnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Knitting 2.â&#x20AC;? Feb. 25 & Mar. 4, 6:30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8:30 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Knitting in the Roundâ&#x20AC;? is for students with basic skills. Mar. 18 & Mar. 25, 6:30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8:30 p.m. $40. 706316-2067, www.shopcommunity Letterpress & More (Smokey Road Press) â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Evening of Paper and Pork.â&#x20AC;? Feb. 18 or Feb. 21, 6â&#x20AC;&#x201C;9 p.m. $95. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Longstitch Binding.â&#x20AC;? Feb. 22â&#x20AC;&#x201C;23, 10 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;4 p.m. $180. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Introduction to Letterpress Printing.â&#x20AC;? Mar. 27â&#x20AC;&#x201C;May 15, 6â&#x20AC;&#x201C;9 p.m. $295. Marital Arts (Live Oak Martial Arts, Bogart) Traditional and modern-style Taekwondo, self-defense, grappling and weapons classes for adults, children and families. Taught by eight-time AAU National Champion, Master Jason Hughes. Printmaking Workshops (Double Dutch Press) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Custom Stationery: Multicolor Screenprinting.â&#x20AC;? Feb. 19 & 26, 6â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8 p.m. $60. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Family Fun: Monotypes!â&#x20AC;?

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Obsessions: Artwork by Alex Lutianâ&#x20AC;? is currently on display at ARTiniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Art Lounge. Feb. 22, 2â&#x20AC;&#x201C;5 p.m. $40. Check website for full descriptions and to register. Yoga Classes (Healing Arts Centre) Several types of ongoing classes are offered for all levels, including Hatha, restorative, Vinyasa, Tai Chi and meditation. Visit website for details. 706-6131143, 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 2nd Annual Celebrity Cake Bake (ACC Library) The Miss Marigold Scholarship Pageant is seeking celebrity cake bakers in several categories: politics, first responders, educators, etc. The cake that brings in the most money in each category will win a plaque. The cake you bake must be in a giveaway container. Cakes due by Feb. 22, 11:30 a.m. 706-372-1236 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. Red Cross also seeks volunteers for the Athens and Gainesville Donor Centers and at mobile blood drives in 29 counties. 1-800-RED CROSS, www.redcross Free IT (Free IT Athens) Volunteers wanted to refurbish computers. Free IT Athens provides technology resources to Athens residents and organizations. No experience necessary. HandsOn Northeast Georgia (Athens, GA) Over 130 local agencies seek help with ongoing projects and special short-term events. Visit the website for a calendar and to

register. www.handsonnortheast Soccer Coaching (Southeast Clarke Park) Volunteers are needed to coach ages 4â&#x20AC;&#x201C;12. Feb. 24â&#x20AC;&#x201C;May 3. 706-613-3589, ext. 222

KIDSTUFF Baton (Bishop Park) The Classic City Majorettes offer instruction in dance-twirling, strutting, marching technique and more. For ages 5 & up. Tuesdays, Mar. 4â&#x20AC;&#x201C;May 13, 5:45â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 7:45 p.m. $65â&#x20AC;&#x201C;80. 706-613-3589 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 Knitting Classes (Treehouse Kid and Craft) 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. Spring Art Classes (Lyndon House Arts Center) Now registering for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spring Break Art Breakâ&#x20AC;? for ages 6â&#x20AC;&#x201C;12 (Mar. 11 & Mar. 13), â&#x20AC;&#x153;Art Time for 4â&#x20AC;&#x201C;6 Year Olds,â&#x20AC;? (Thursdays, Mar. 20â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Apr. 24), â&#x20AC;&#x153;Leathercraft Funâ&#x20AC;? (Tuesdays, Mar. 18â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Apr. 22), â&#x20AC;&#x153;Natureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Journal: Drawingâ&#x20AC;? (Thursdays, Mar. 20â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Apr. 24) and more. Visit website for full descriptions. 706-613-3623, www.athens

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 issues that bisexual men may 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 Project Safe 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 Athens Game Jam (The Bottleworks) Form a team and make a game from scratch for the third annual 48-hour game development competition. Open to programmers, artists, designers, musicians and anyone else who wants to make a card, board or video game. Feb. 28, 7 p.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Mar. 2, 5 p.m. Followed by a party of demos to the public. FREE! CCCF Scholarships (The Classic Center) The Classic Center Cultural Foundation is offering performing arts scholarships for high school students. Deadline Mar. 7. Visit website for application, eligibility requirements and audition information.

First Person Project (Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries) What stories from childhood or adulthood best describe your fears—how you’ve confronted them and how they’ve shaped you? Six sets of partners will be accepted for an audio recording and photo session to be archived. Mar. 7, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. (1 hour sessions). $10 suggested donation. 706-542-5788,

Great Backyard Bird Count Weekend (Sandy Creek Nature Center) Count birds and create a real-time snapshot of where birds are across the continent. Feb. 14–18. FREE! www.athensclarke Sprockets International Music Video Festival (Athens, GA) Sprockets is now accepting submissions of music videos to be screened at the Georgia Music Video

ART AROUND TOWN AMICI (233 E. Clayton St.) Susan Pelham’s collages are inspired by the Magic Realism of Gabriel Garcia Marquez and based on ideas from children’s literature, camp songs and poetry. Through February. 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. ARTINI’S ART LOUNGE (296 W. Broad St.) “Obsessions: Artwork by Alex Lutian.” Through February. ATHENS ACADEMY (1281 Spartan Lane) “Watercolor in the Lives of 10 Women” includes works by Rosie Coleman, Jacqueline Dorsey, Judith DeJoy, Leigh Ellis, Kie Johnson, Cindy Malota, Zee Nagao, Rosemary Segreti, Karen Sturm and Viviane Van Giesen. Through Apr. 16. ATHENS INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART (ATHICA) (160 Tracy St.) “The Third Act: Contemplating Aging,” curated by ATHICA Director Emeritus Lizzie Zucker Saltz, focuses on aspects of contemporary aging through the works of nine artists. Closing reception Mar. 2. AURUM STUDIOS (125 E. Clayton St.) “Widening the Horizon” includes expressionistic multimedia woven designs by Suzanne Gernandt and colorful silk paintings inspired by France by René Shoemaker. Through February. THE BRANDED BUTCHER (225 N. Lumpkin St.) Paintings and drawings by Sanithna Phansavanh. • Paintings by Lela Burnett. CIRCLE GALLERY (285 S. Jackson St.) In “Wrack and Ruin and the Creative Response: A Cautionary Environmental Tale,” visual artist Betsy Cain explores both an artistic interpretation of and a pragmatic exercise in environmental conservation. COFFEE SHOP OF ATHENS (2950 Atlanta Hwy.) “Tainted Love” includes works by Lamar Dodd School of Art students. Opening reception Feb. 14. Through February. DONDERO’S KITCHEN (590 N. Milledge Ave.) Paintings by June Ball. EARTH FARE (1689 S. Lumpkin St.) Watercolors by Sue Grilli. Through Mar. 3. ELLISON, WALTON & BYRNE (2142 W. Broad St.) Paintings by Nancy Roberson. Through February. 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 PM Goulding, Dan Smith, Matt Gentry, Larry Hamilton and more. FLICKER THEATRE & BAR (263 W. Washington St.) Painted portraits of musicians with quotes by Panhandle Slim. Through February. GALLERY@HOTEL INDIGO (500 College Ave.) In the Gallery, “Wonderland” features works by Sean Abrahams, Nina Barnes, Michele Chidster, Eleanor Davis, Ann Marie Manker, Jiha Moon and Cobra McVey. Through Mar. 23. • In the GlassCube, a site specific installation by Liselott Johnsson called “Hello Polly! This is Your Nine O’Clock Wake Up Call!” Through Mar. 23. GEORGIA MUSEUM OF ART (90 Carlton St.) “It’s Not Polite to Stare,” three short pieces of video art themed on voyeurism. Through Mar. 20. • “John Greenman Photographs.” Through Mar. 30. • “The Silent Cities of Peru: Archaeological Photographs by Fernando La Rosa.” Through Mar. 30. • “Art Interrupted: Advancing American Art and the Politics of Cultural Diplomacy.” Through Apr. 20. • “Rugs of the Caucasus.” Through Apr. 27. • “Selections in the Decorative Arts.” Through June 29. THE GRIT (199 Prince Ave.) Painted figurines by David Barnes. Through Feb. 15.

Show and Sprockets International Music Video Show in July. Early deadline Apr. 1. Late deadline Apr. 15. Thrift Sale Drop Off (OCAF, Watkinsville) Donations for OCAF’s annual thrift sale can be dropped off every Saturday, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., until Mar. 7. Accepted items include furniture, electronics, appliances, books, toys, clothing, etc. 706-7694565, f

HEIRLOOM CAFE AND FRESH MARKET (815 N. Chase St.) Paintings by Leslie Moody. Through February. HENDERSHOT’S COFFEE BAR (237 Prince Ave.) In “The Space Between Us,” Melody Croft paints oil portraits that incorporate poetry using newspaper and magazine letters. Through February. JUST PHO (1063 Baxter St.) Hand-painted silk walk hangings by Margaret Agner. Through March. KRIMSON KAFE (40 Greensboro Hwy., Watkinsville) “Don’t Look at This Art” includes deeply layered and textured folk art by Mike Davis. Through February. LAMAR DODD SCHOOL OF ART (270 River Rd.) In Gallery 307, “Regina Rex: New Threads” includes works by 12 members of a Brooklyn artist-run gallery space. Through Mar. 3. • In Gallery 101, “Rachel Cox: Some Points” exhibits a body of work developed by post-MFA photography graduate and fellow Cox. Through Mar. 6. LOFT GALLERY AT CHOPS & HOPS (2 S. Main St., Watkinsville) Artwork by Alea Hurst. Through February. 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) “Georgia and Beyond: Southern Self-taught Art, Past and Present” highlights vernacular artists including Howard Finster, St. EOM and Thorton Dial. Through Apr. 13. • “AFLAT: A Funky Little Art Thing” is an annual show of works by students in grades K-12 in the Morgan County school system. Opening reception Feb. 13. Through Feb. 15. MAMA BIRD’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.) “Flowers of Romance” features works by Manda McKay, Tatiana Veneruso and Kim Kirby. Opens Feb. 15. Through Mar. 23. OCONEE COUNTY LIBRARY (1080 Experiment Station Rd.) Photography by Barbara Holder. Through February. OCONEE CULTURAL ARTS FOUNDATION (OCAF) (34 School St., Watkinsville) “It’s Who We Are: A Black History Month Exhibit.” 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) “Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow: Living with the Atomic Bomb” includes 75 original objects from the atomic era. Through 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. Through February. STATE BOTANICAL GARDEN OF GEORGIA (2450 Milledge Ave.) Artwork by the Athens Plein Air Artists. Through Mar. 2. THE SURGERY CENTER (2142 W. Broad St.) Paintings by Kie Johnson. Through Mar. 6. TECH STOP COMPUTERS (3690 Atlanta Hwy.) Abstract acrylic paintings and works made from reused and found materials by Frances Jemini. TOWN 220 (220 W. Washington St., Madison) The Madison Artists Guild presents “The Work of Our Hands,” featuring artwork by Elizabeth Collins and Margaret Warfield. Through Mar. 29. UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP OF ATHENS (780 Timothy Rd.) “Goddess Art,” an allfemale artist show, ranges from pottery, fabric, paintings, photography, glasswork and more. Through March. THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH GEORGIA OCONEE CAMPUS (1201 Bishop Farms Pkwy, Watkinsville) “Imago Mundi: Paintings by Jeffrey Whittle.” Through Feb. 12. VIVA! ARGENTINE CUISINE (247 Prince Ave.) Artwork by Rita Rogers Marks. • Artwork by Amanda Stevens.

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Jobs Full-time Arts! ACCUG has a Program Supervisor position available for the Lyndon House. For more details and to apply, please visit our website at www. Brixx Wood Fired Pizza 135 W. Washington St. A casual, yet high energy fullservice restaurant concept specializing in gourmet pizzas baked on house made dough in a wood burning oven, as well as salads, pastas, 24 craft beers on tap and 14 wines by the glass. Now excepting applications for Cooks, Dishwashers, Bartenders, Servers & Hosts! Experience with full-service restaurants is a plus. Career opportunities available. Come be a part of the Brixx family as we open our first location in Athens! For more information on Brixx, visit for an application or email Athens@ Training starts March 3rd.

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You need a good job foot out on your timetable or at your insistence. I’m sure he’s tomorrow, not 18 months or five years from now. First things great in many ways, but your relationship with him is a nonfirst: You need to staunch the outward flow of cash. If you starter. I advise getting out. don’t have one of those $8–$10 an hour jobs, try to get one. I know it’s disheartening and frustrating and boring, but the last thing your job search needs is an uptick in urgency brought on by a mound of credit card debt. Once you have that job, you’ll I need some “being a good friend” advice. My bff is dating continue searching for a better one. To answer your question, no, you don’t have to leave Athens this guy, and they are just not right together. Cases in point: He loves Jesus, sports, and hanging out with his friends; she doesn’t right now, but you do have to expand your search outside of Athens. Again, first things first. 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