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Last Chance This is the absolute last chance to grab barbecue tickets to help get a van for Harold Williams, our wonderful accountant/ musician/great guy friend who is confined to a wheelchair. His firm, Williams and Guined CPA, is selling $10-a-plate tickets to pick up barbecue at the east side Locos this Saturday Mar. 1. We have a few left at Flagpole, and Williams & Guined have some at 375 Gaines School Rd., 706-546-5856. Harold Williams, one of the most outgoing guys in the world, is stuck at home until he can get a special van that will accommodate a wheelchair. Get some good Locos ‘cue and help Harold get wheels. Pete McCommons


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If you’re hard of hearing like me, you wonder if you need hearing aids. (You do.) And you wonder where to go to find out. Here’s another shameless plug. I have been going to the UGA Speech and Hearing Clinic over in Aderhold Hall on the south campus for over a decade, and I am a fully satisfied customer. I have always received the highest quality professional care, and I have never felt that anybody was trying to sell me anything. As I have always told folks who have asked me, I recommend the Speech and Hearing Clinic unreservedly. Now’s your chance to see for yourself. The UGA Speech and Hearing Clinic is celebrating its 60th anniversary this Friday, Feb. 28 with an open house and a tour of the facilities on the fifth floor of Aderhold Hall. The clinic will offer free speech, language and hearing screenings from 8:30 a.m.–10:45 a.m. Make an appointment by calling 706-542-4598. The open house and tour follow the screenings, from 10:30–11:15 a.m., and then there’ll be some remarks and some refreshments and a video presentation with “special guests.” Here’s your chance to get a feel for the clinic, and it won’t cost you a thing. Parking is available at Performing Arts Center, East Campus, Carlton Street or South (Georgia Center) parking decks.

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Atlanta actor Brenda Bynum turned herself into famous Georgian Lillian Smith before an appreciative crowd in the theater at UGA’s fabulous Russell Special Collections Building Saturday night. Smith was a writer who spent much of her life on Screamer Mountain above Clayton, where she also ran a girls’ summer camp. Lillian Smith’s 1944 novel Strange Fruit, about the love of a bi-racial couple, shocked her native state and region but became a bestseller. A few years later, she published Killers of the Dream, an examination of the deleterious effects of racism on white people, further cementing her reputation as a pariah in the South. Yet, as Bynum showed us, Smith was a Southern lady herself and could hold her own no matter how refined the company. Lillian Smith was a pioneer in the matter of race relations, clearsightedly pointing out the naked truth about King Racism. Through her research into Smith’s letters and other papers held in Russell Special Collections and using her skill and experience as an actor, Brenda Bynum transformed herself into Lillian Smith and for an hour chatted with us in Smith’s words and voice and brought us into the presence of this almost forgotten Georgian. Since the leaders of our state are determined to take us back to 1944 in race and other social matters, we need as much as ever to know about Lillian Smith, who was one of us and showed us the way toward equality and justice. Bravo to Brenda Bynum and to Russell Special Collections and Piedmont College (Smith’s alma mater) for this performance! Here’s hoping there will be an encore in the Athens area soon. Meanwhile, you know Avid Bookshop can order these books, if they don’t already have them on the shelf. (Shameless plug.)

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DOES QUICK GET A PASS? Are you going to comment on Ms. Quick’s capitulation to the NRA? Just what we need— armed students, teachers, people in church, etc.? You may remember the lady in the school who talked the gunman out of doing what he intended to do. When that story was prominent in the news, I saw an NBC interview with a former FBI hostage negotiated commenting on that case. He was asked his opinion of having teachers armed. He was decidedly opposed for this reason: If a teacher or anyone else fired a single shot, that would definitely precipitate a fire fight, the one thing you want to prevent. What we need are adults in the schools like the lady who talked the shooter out of a mass killing, not a bunch of amateurs with guns who have the ability to set off a deadly rampage. So, what will Flagpole say about our favorite “liberal” Republican representative whom

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a DFCS woman who called me because I wrote a desperate letter explaining the fact that my benefits had been cut off. I submitted it as a document through their online COMPASS system and, thankfully, someone got the note and called me. The woman said they don’t have enough employees to handle all the calls and that their computers are often down. She was calling from a distant county and suggested I call the “news cameras” because no one in DFCS cares or can make a change. When I contacted the local and national Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program offices, they were receiving calls about the issues in Georgia and said that they would “look in to it.” There is a great violation of rights and benefits occurring right now in the state of Georgia, and no one cares or knows because it affects only the poor. Sarah Jane Baskin Athens


As you published Zvazdana UkropinaCrawford’s fantasies (Jan. 8, 2014) about what to do with the Armstrong & Dobbs tract, may We the people. It is we the people, the I express mine with only a little tongue-incitizens of the United States, who were given cheek? My fantasy is the power in this that Walmart—which country. This did not can at least pay include corporations. BUMPERSTICKER OF THE WEEK: the asking price for The founders never My Child Is An Honor Student At the tract—buy it, intended for corporabuild a SuperDuper tions to have constiThe State Correctional Facility Walmart, and pave tutional rights. the rest for parking. Corporate personThanks, Ben. Send your sticker sightings to It might even generhood was created ate enough taxes from whole cloth by to give the other the Supreme Court property owners in Athens-Clarke County a tax in a dubious 1886 opinion, and the court break, and it will raise the water level in the has been granting legal rights and privileges Oconee River with relatively clean water with to corporations ever since. With the Citizens rain runoff! United decision, corporations can now spend Roger K. Thomas unlimited money to buy our elections and Athens therefore our democracy. If this is not OK with you, the time grows short to do something about it. Move to Amend is a national grassroots organization whose purpose is to pass a constitutional amendment establishing that I live in Athens and was so happy when I corporations are not entitled to constitudid a search for news articles on the Division tional rights and that money does not equal of Family and Children Services and saw that you had recently run the article alluding speech (it is more likely to equal corruption). to issues at DFCS (Capitol Impact, Dec. 25, Because of the corrosive influence corporate 2013). personhood has already had on our political The new change—forcing everyone to call systems, this is the only way to regain control the 800 number no one has been answering of our democracy. This is not a partisan issue. for six months—is a disaster. I just spoke with Whether you are liberal or conservative, if you


value your constitutional freedom, it is time to get involved. Please join the movement to amend by signing the petition online at movetoamend. org. An Athens chapter has been established to convince our local elected officials to join hundreds of other cities and take a stand against corporate personhood. To get involved, please contact us at athensmoveto or visit us on Facebook. Brent Litch Athens

HELP ME GET A KIDNEY My name is Tamara Walker-McKoy, and I am a pre-kidney transplant patient. I am a mother of two teenage young men, and I reside in Athens. Currently, I am in need of a kidney transplant. Due to the extensive costs of the procedure, medications needed for life and copays, fundraising will be greatly needed. The fundraising will help support my efforts to receive a new kidney, so that I may have a normal and regular life. In doing so, I will be faced with enormous annual costs to pay for medications needed after transplant. For this reason, there will be a gospel-music benefit at 4 p.m. Saturday, Mar. 1 at Living Waters Christian Fellowship. I am asking for people to sponsor my fundraising events or make a monetary donation towards my fundraising account with the Georgia Transplant Foundation, a nonprofit organization that holds and matches my fundraising account. Take a look at my webpage at client. Click on “transplant fundraising,” then “individual fundraising pages” and type my name in the search box. Or, please mail a check or money order payable to the Georgia Transplant Foundation with my name in the memo line to: Georgia Transplant Foundation 500 Sugar Mill Road Building A, Suite 170 Atlanta, GA 30350. Please help me reach my goal to assist with the transplant costs and help me to continue to live a healthy life. Please note that a living kidney donor is also needed. Please contact me for more information. Tamara Walker-McKoy Athens

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Whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to put their money where their mouths are? Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find out next week. Qualifyingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the period when candidates officially sign up to get their names on the ballotâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;for local, state and federal races starts Monday, Mar. 3 and runs through Friday, Mar. 7. Because of Flagpoleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production schedule, you wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see who qualified in print until Wednesday, Mar. 12, but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have up-to-the minute (and free!) online coverage at The main attraction locally is the mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s race. Can anyone topple Mayor Nancy Denson? Will anyone even try? Denson announced her re-election bid months ago and has already raised nearly $50,000â&#x20AC;&#x201D;not including a wellattended fundraiser Tuesday, Feb. 18â&#x20AC;&#x201D;which, combined with her personal popularity and an improving economy, makes her a formidable candidate. So far, she faces a longshot bid by progressive activist Tim Denson, who is hoping for the upset with a grassroots campaign. For months, some progressives, unconvinced that Tim Denson has a prayer of beating Nancy, have been trying to recruit another, stronger candidate. Could a certain ex-mayor return to the throne? What about former Athens Downtown Development Authority executive director Kathryn Lookofsky, who was let go in part because, according to former ACC auditor John Wolfe, Nancy didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like the way she dressed? Or Commissioner Jared Bailey, who faces a tough re-election bid in District 5? Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not talking.

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Leisure Services Director Pam Reidy, who dodged questions about the future of the Lyndon House at another public forum earlier this month, told the group that the museum is the best sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ever seen in a city this size and one of the reasons she took the job in Athens. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an arts center,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It will forever be an arts center.â&#x20AC;? Clearly, though, there is a lack of trust and communication between the people who run the Lyndon House and those who use it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The community needs to be told what the problems are so we can help solve them,â&#x20AC;? weaver Bonnie Montgomery said to widespread applause. The problems come down to lack of money. About a year ago, Mayor Nancy Denson proposed cutting the Lyndon Houseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget. Commissioners restored the cut, but told Leisure Services that it needs to become more

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NAACP Education Committee mission and for getting more people in the Chairwoman Tommie Farmer said. door, including better promotion, more juried About 25 percent of CCSD teachers are exhibitions, more artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; markets, more afterminorities, Farmer said, but the committee school programs, expanding hours and bringwants the ratio to more closely reflect the stuing in artists-in-residence. dent body, which is about They said the staffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ideas percent minority, includâ&#x20AC;&#x153;The community needs 80 are stifled, and administraing 50 percent African tors need to involve volunAmerican. to be told what the teers and various boards. The committee also disCommissioner Doug likes CCSDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s use of online problems are so we Lowry told the audience lessons in lieu of traditional can help solve them.â&#x20AC;? that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re barking up the textbooks and met with wrong tree. Complaints Deputy Superintendent should be directed to elected officials, not Noris Price to discuss the issue. Students Reidy, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t bang your heads against are issued netbooks in the classroom, but of the bureaucratic door,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It will just course, not everyone can afford a computer or frustrate you.â&#x20AC;? Internet access at home. All due respect to Lowry, but heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wrong. CCSD spokeswoman Anisa Sullivan Jimenez The commission does not and should not said that the district has issued 1,500 used micromanage one facility in one department of laptops to parents, churches and community the government. centers, and that computers and free Internet are widely available, for example at librarWhereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the Auditor?: Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been eight ies. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our neighborhood leaders have given us months since Denson and the commission feedback that the access is there,â&#x20AC;? she said. essentially fired Wolfe for, depending on whom you ask, either taking too long to issue a Health Care Navigators: The Affordable report on the Athens Downtown Development Care Act is so toxic in Georgia that the mere Authority or not providing enough political act of telling people what the law does (hint: cover for the ADDA to fire Lookofsky. not death panels and not socialism) is enough Last summer, Denson and commissioners to get yourself in political hot water. said theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d hire a new auditor after a retreat The University of Georgia received a $1.7 where they would discuss the auditorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s job million federal grant last year to hire â&#x20AC;&#x153;navigadescription. That retreat came and went with torsâ&#x20AC;? to walk people through the process of no discussion of hiring an auditor (a position signing up for insurance through the federal thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s required by the unified governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health care marketplace. Tea party groups charter) and no one seemed to be in a parhave protested meetings of the navigators, ticular hurryâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;until now. and far-right Republican state lawmakers have During a discussion about the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s introduced a bill that would ban the state goals and objectives for fiscal 2015 (exciting!) from implementing or even giving information at the Thursday, Feb. 20 agenda-setting meetabout the law in any way, shape or form. ing, Commissioner Kelly Girtz called for hiring Luckily for consumers, UGA President Jere an auditor to examine Leisure Services. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d Morehead is not bowing to political presvery much like to see that happen,â&#x20AC;? he said. sure. 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capitol impact House Leaders Attack Their Own It was a spectacle you seldom see during a legislative session. One after the other, the top Republican leaders in the Georgia House of Representatives gave speeches last week denouncing a legislator from their own party: Rep. Sam Moore, a Republican from Cherokee County. Moore had introduced a bill that would have repealed the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s anti-loitering law. He said the bill would reinforce a personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fifth Amendment right to remain silent when questioned by police, but the media noted the bill would also allow sex offenders to hang out at public schools. Embarrassed by such a toxic piece of legislationâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;no one wants to be accused of aiding child molesters in an election yearâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a dozen Republican lawmakers declared they were outraged, repulsed or disgusted by Mooreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bill. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This legislation will never, ever see the light of day,â&#x20AC;? said Rep. Matt Hatchett (R-Dublin). â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s abominable to me to think this legislation would ever receive a single vote.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to understand why party leaders would move so quickly to criticize a bill that gives ammunition to the opposition party. The Georgia Democratic Party, in fact, issued a statement arguing that Mooreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bill â&#x20AC;&#x153;is not out of step with the Georgia Republican Partyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s extreme legislative agenda this year.â&#x20AC;? There are more aspects to this controversy, however, than political embarrassment. The harsh remarks about Moore also reflect the fact that Ralston and his cohorts didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want him serving in the House in the first place. Moore ran in a special election to replace the late Calvin Hill, who died of cancer last fall. After the first round of voting on Jan. 7, Moore and Meagan Biello advanced to a runoff election. The House leadership favored Biello over Moore, who was the more conservative of the two candidates. Biello received more than $16,000 in contributions from prominent

House Republicans. Moore, however, defeated Biello and was sworn in Feb. 11. Last week, the House was poised to pass a sweeping gun bill that would allow firearms in churches, bars, public buildings and K-12 schools. That bill was not acceptable to Rep. Charles Gregory (R-Kennesaw), who tried to offer an amendment that would have made it legal to carry guns on college campuses as well. When Ralston ruled there would not be a vote on the amendment, Gregory challenged the speakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ruling. This is usually a foolhardy move for any lawmaker, in either party. Ralston gets very angry when a House member disputes his interpretation of a rule and he lets that anger show. Gregory insisted on a vote, with his motion losing by the margin of 172-2. The only other House member voting with Gregory to challenge Ralstonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ruling was Moore. Moore had already thwarted Ralston by defeating the speakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favored candidate in a special election. Moore was now teaming up with other extremists to defy Ralston on floor votes. Given that combination of factors, it should not have been surprising to see Ralstonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team fire back at Moore when he made the mistake of introducing his sex offender bill. After Fridayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s House session adjourned, Ralston met with the press corps to chat about the dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s events. He said he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t care for Mooreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bill, either. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is not a Republican Party measure,â&#x20AC;? Ralston said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t approve of that.â&#x20AC;? As Ralston was speaking to capitol reporters, Biello was sending out an announcement that she will oppose Moore again in the upcoming May 20 Republican primary. Moore, who professed to be â&#x20AC;&#x153;honestly shockedâ&#x20AC;? by the attacks on him, still recognized the political considerations involved. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an election year, I get it,â&#x20AC;? Moore said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I get the politics of it.â&#x20AC;? Tom Crawford


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The tax allocation district would cover the eastern part of downtown to the river.

Athens-Clarke County officials approve a master plan for downtown Athens, the question becomes: How do we pay for it? The plan’s chief architect believes a tax allocation district (TAD) is the answer. When a TAD is created, a baseline property value is established, and additional property taxes collected from new development in the district go toward infrastructure in that district. Cities can either pay as they go or sell bonds and use TAD revenue to pay them back. Jack Crowley, a professor in the University of Georgia College of Environment and Design, has been working on a downtown master plan since 2012. The plan—set for Athens Downtown Development Authority approval in March—includes new parks and greenways, commuter rail, streetscape improvements and pedestrian paths, such as rebuilding the famous Murmur Trestle in Dudley Park as part of a rails-to-trails conversion from downtown running east. Such projects cost money, and a TAD could raise up to $20 million, according to Crowley. It could also encourage diverse infill development in the eastern part of downtown, which is dominated by student apartments but still contains considerable vacant land. Building those types of projects will stimulate the area and attract other private enterprises, Crowley says. Developers also would stand to benefit within a TAD because they would get public improvements more quickly. “You could negate your ability to do a TAD if the district is demonstrating that it’s already going to go by itself,” he says. Sales tax revenue from the next SPLOST (which wouldn’t start before 2020) is another option, but a TAD would raise money faster, even if Athens-Clarke County doesn’t raise money up front through bonds. “If you don’t sell a bond, and you say, ‘When I get $5 million, I’m going to build this trestle,’ maybe it takes me two years… which is faster than the SPLOST,” Crowley says. Tulsa—where Crowley also wrote the city’s downtown master plan—has five tax increment financing districts, or TIFs, which are identical to TADs. Atlanta has created 10 TADs, including one to redevelop an industrial brownfield into Atlantic Station and another to help fund the BeltLine, a 22-mile bike, pedestrian and light-rail corridor looping around the city. ACC could have raised even more money had it approved a TAD last year, but property values for all the buildings under construction on the east side of downtown were reset Jan. 1, bringing down the amount of tax revenue that could be earmarked for infrastructure in the district. Crowley started asking the ADDA to recommend a TAD last June. “Ultimately, it’s up to [the commission] to do any sort of tax district,” ADDA Chairman Bill Overend says. “All we can do is ask them nicely or give them lots of good information about why that would be a good idea. As a board, we don’t really have that information yet. We’re all really interested in it.” Initially, when the Selig Enterprises development between Oconee and East Broad streets was still on the table, Mayor Nancy Denson said she couldn’t support a TAD. She echoed Crowley’s point that it would’ve been “counter-productive” to a project already on the books and ready to go. But with the death of the Selig project and stores like Best Buy and Pier One moving from Atlanta Highway to Oconee County, Athens-Clarke County is facing an erosion of its



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existing tax base. “This tax allocation district may be needed to offset that [sales tax] loss,” Crowley says. Since other development projects like the Hyatt Place hotel next to the Classic Center and apartments like The Standard, are still in the midst of construction, Crowley thinks the best time to establish the TAD is before Jan. 1 next year to capture extra taxes generated by those developments. That would require putting the TAD on the agenda during an election year,

“The argument against the TAD is the school district cannot afford to give up the taxes.” which may turn off voters who shy away from anything with the word “tax” in it, even though a TAD doesn’t involve raising taxes. Because about 60 percent of local property taxes go to the Clarke County School District, the school board would have to approve a TAD along with the commission for the TAD to have its full impact. But that would mean potentially forgoing additional revenue from new development in the district for a period of years, although development generated by a TAD could boost school funding down the road.

“The argument against the TAD is the school district cannot afford to give up the taxes,” Crowley says. “It needs those taxes to pay teachers and everything else. The bulk of the [property taxes] is the school district; the bulk of the retail sales tax is county.” School administrators have not taken a stand on a downtown TAD. “We would certainly have to review any proposals that would reduce revenues to schools, even temporarily. However, with that said, we have not been presented with any formal correspondence regarding a tax allocation district,” Superintendent Philip Lanoue says. “It would not be unreasonable to expect the school [district] to opt into it,” Mayor Nancy Denson says. Denson says she couldn’t support a “complete absolute TAD,” but portions of it. “It’s something we’ll have the work the details out on,” says Denson, adding that “this is like a 20 year plan, it’s not something we’ll adopt tomorrow.” Mayoral candidate Tim Denson says a TAD is a useful tool for both economic and community development. “It’s a complex issue… but it’s something I’m definitely open to. I’m confident we could probably find a way for it to work, because these long-term plans are the kinds of things we need to be looking into,” he says. “I really feel like, recently in the last few years, everything we’ve been doing has been very short-term.” David Schick



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tone sculptures stare at hand-built bridges and the basins government and other county partners mobilize to protect this of past ponds once fed by a nearby spring as the wind resource?â&#x20AC;? whispers through the trees that follow the slope of the hill The combination of a hand-hewn home that incorporates down to the river; 100-year-old gardens surround a house once nature in its design, as well as Asian-influenced garden eleused as a family getaway, built of the forestâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s timbers. ments and structures, makes this property a model of the No, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a spot on the Biltmore estate or tucked away in Arts & Crafts period. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The beauty of the landscape is what a New England town. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right here in Athens. And we all own first strikes you; you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help but fall in love with it,â&#x20AC;? said it. Duchscherer, a San Francisco-based historian and author of The questions facing local officials now are, how can this more than a dozen books on the Arts & Crafts movement. property be protected from further deterioration and what purDuchscherer was on his way from Atlanta to Asheville, NC, pose can the property serve in the future? where thousands of Arts & Crafts aficionados gather each year Known as Beech Haven, the property was the focus of two for a conference. He swung by Athens for a tour of the property public meetings last week. On Feb. 19, UGAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Willson Center and said he was blown away by what he saw. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The first step is for the Humanities and the Arts brought nationally recognized to stabilize the summer house,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel strongly that author and Arts & Crafts expert Paul Duchscherer to town to there has got to be a way to make this property a viable comdiscuss Beech Haven, and a second focus group event on Feb. munity asset. But how do we do that?â&#x20AC;? 20 delved into possible plans for the property. The universal theme that came from both events was clear: This property, which is hidden from the main road and without public access, is important on a national scale. And if some stabilization doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t happen soon, some of its best features could be lost. Located in a secluded wooded area along the Middle Oconee River just north of Atlanta Highway, Beech Haven was originally 250 acres owned by the Rowland family. Over time, parcels were peeled away and either sold off or given to other family members. Athens-Clarke County, seeing the potential for a future greenway connection along the river as well as the pressure from development, began buying up the wooded area in 2009 using a combination of federal grants and local sales tax dollars earmarked for greenspace conservation. The property is more than just native forests covering a high bluff rolling down to the riverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shoals. A portion of the 82 acres, purchased by the county in 2012, is home to the Rowland familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s summer home. Built by Charles and Effie Rowland in 1910, the two-story home includes fireplaces made of stones brought up from the river. There is even a porch fountain, also made of stone, that was fed by a nearby spring. Outside the home, the driveway passes several stone bridges, seats, ponds and decorative stone lanterns. The house was Effieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s project; the gardens were made by Charles, who was influenced by his many travels to Asia as a Presbyterian missionary. One bridge in particular, called a â&#x20AC;&#x153;camelbackâ&#x20AC;? bridge because of its humped shape, was taken The Rowland family home was built in 1910 from timbers cut on the property. directly from Asian designs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One entrance was a series of fish ponds and a lotus pond,â&#x20AC;? said Ron Thomas, chairman of the Oconee Rivers That was one of the questions taken up by those in attenGreenway Commission, which hosted the Feb. 20 event at the dance at the Lyndon House meeting, who spent time looking at Lyndon House Arts Center. About 50 community leaders and protection, access and relevance of the property. Thomas said activists attended the event. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are whimsical stone structhe ideas would then be used by the Greenway Commission to tures scattered around the property; there is a bench where get a sense from the community about the next steps. you can dangle your feet in the water.â&#x20AC;? They got a head start from earlier efforts by ACC commisThe water is no longer thereâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;development of the nearby sioners Jerry NeSmith and Kathy Hoard. NeSmith noted that Forest Heights neighborhood dried it upâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but the network of an estimate done by the family put the cost to secure and water features isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t lost, noted two ACC officials at the event, stabilize the house at $20,000â&#x20AC;&#x201C;$25,000. A draft lease agreeand water could be brought back to these areas. ment has been drawn up by the county and presented to the Water plays an even more important role in the property, Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation, with the idea that ACHF as it provides a link to why the country purchased it in the would lease the property for a minimal amount while overseefirst place. It sits at a key point along the Middle Oconee ing donations and reconstruction for the house and bridges. River, linking a planned greenway trail from Atlanta Highway That agreement has not yet been made official. to points north. ACC Environmental Coordinator Andrew Until then, the panelists said, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a matter of raising awareSaunders said at the Lyndon House meeting that the point of ness of the propertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s significance on a national level and getthe Greenway Commission is to protect sensitive lands and ting creative with the ways it can be used in the future. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The wildlife habitat and look at development patternsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and all family history, this moment in time, this connection to Asian of that pointed to purchasing this property. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What we know influence,â&#x20AC;? Duchscherer said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All of these have come together todayâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;we have this land; we know we will put in a greenway to make it a hotbed of interest to a lot of people.â&#x20AC;? connection,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve stumbled into acquiring this historic resource.â&#x20AC;? 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he Ware-Lyndon House will be getting house. The brick walk will immediately lead to a garden makeover later this year. At the formal hedged garden. The rectangular garits Feb. 4 meeting the Athens-Clarke den will be hedged along the perimeter with a County Commission approved the Ware-Lyndon symmetrical pattern of paisley-shaped flower House Historic Garden project, using $225,000 beds withinâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the paisley-shaped parterres in SPLOST 2011 funds. The purpose of the filled with ornamental flowering plants are proposed garden is to interpret the historic directly taken from the Stevens Thomas House period of the Ware-Lyndon House and to garden. The central focal point of the garden enrich the experience of visitors to the house. will be a cast-iron fountain or urn. Other castThe Ware-Lyndon House, built by the first iron urns and seats will line the sides of the mayor of Athens, Dr. Edward R. Ware, around garden. The walkways throughout the garden 1850, is one of the few surviving structures will be filled with a tan gravel or stone. from the once-fashionable 19th Century Visitors will walk through the garden on Lickskillet neighborhood off of College Avenue their way into the house, creating a seamjust north of downtown. In 1880, Dr. and Mrs. less tie-in between the house and garden. Edward Lyndon purchased the house, and it is Measuring 85 feet by 55 feet, the garden will now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. While we do not know if the Ware-Lyndon house once had formal gardens in the front, or if so, what they looked like, it is plausible to imagine that, historically, there may have been decorative flower beds in the front. Decorative front-yard gardens were popular in Athens and the region around the time the WareLyndon house was built. One such garden was located at the Stevens Thomas house, built in 1848 on Pulaski Street and now located at 347 W. Hancock Ave. English landscape gardener John Bishop, who was also in charge of the State Botanical Gardens, designed the Stevens Thomas garden. When the Stevens Thomas house was moved, the gardens were A sketch of the proposed historically-accurate garden at the Ware-Lyndon destroyed. Fortunately, House. there is enough documentation of the garden layout and plants to recreate the garden. work as an extension of the house and creThe proposed garden for the Ware-Lyndon ate an additional space to socialize in warm House will be modeled after the garden that weather (also known as 90 percent of the time once belonged to the Stevens Thomas house. in Athens). Like the Stevens Thomas House garden, the Educational displays in the house and Ware-Lyndon garden will be located between garden will inform visitors that the garden is the front of the house and the street so that not original to the house, but is a historically visitors experience the garden as they walk accurate interpretation of what a garden in to the house. It will also have in common an the 19th Century could have looked like, and axial symmetry and orientation to the house they will highlight the relationship between a and the street. The gardenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s location in relahouse and its landscape. tion to the front porch will extend the space In addition to interpreting history, the of the house by creating an outdoor extengarden will also be an example of sustainabilsion. The layout will feature a rectangular ity. A cistern will be used to harvest water for hedged perimeter and ornamental flower beds irrigating the garden and for the fountain. Out that were popular at the time. And the formal of sight but not out of mind, the cistern will garden will be situated in an informal landcollect water from the roof and the air conscape with scattered trees and shrubs. ditioning system of the Ware-Lyndon House At present, as visitors approach the Wareand the nearby Lyndon House Arts Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;in Lyndon House from its front entrance on Hoyt the summer, an estimated 250â&#x20AC;&#x201C;500 gallons of Street, they walk along a central walk through water per day. By collecting water in the cisa front lawn of scattered trees and shrubs, tern, the garden will not have to rely on city many of which are overgrown and dying. After water most of the time, and it can serve to the proposed improvements to the front lawn, educate the public on water conservation. visitors will approach on a brick walk and small stair leading from Hoyt Street up to the Stella Smith

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Oconee County Commissioner Margaret Hale asked her fellow commissioners Tuesday, Feb. 18 night to delay the vote on the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax referendum from May to November, but none of them expressed any support for â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think the board is her request. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think the board is rushing the projects rushing the projects to get to get them through.â&#x20AC;? them through,â&#x20AC;? Hale said during the Tuesday, Feb. 18 Board of Commissioners meeting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think we need to take more time and vet out these projects more.â&#x20AC;? Commission Chairman Melvin Davis asked for other comments and, hearing none, moved quickly to an announcement of his own, thanking county employees for their work during the recent ice and snow storm. Hale said after the meeting she intends to continue to try to alter the schedule for the tax vote. At the next BOC meeting on Tuesday, Mar. 4, the commissioners are scheduled to vote to put the issue on the ballot at the May 20 election, the date of the statewide primaries.

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The author and her daughter with two Monets. Guess who painted which? would be overwhelming or sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be upset if her final piece didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t look like the original. In the end, it was a lesson not only for herâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; she learned about the idea of layering colors and shapesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but for me. It would have been easy to paint her into a corner of construction paper and watercolors, not canvases and acrylics, but she handled it in stride. For the uninitiated, ARTiniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Art Lounge (296 W. Broad St., Suite 3) and Uptown Art (in the Target shopping center, 3061 Atlanta Highway) are two of the places in town where you can have an â&#x20AC;&#x153;adultâ&#x20AC;? evening of painting, sipping wine and listening to music as an instructor guides you through the process. But other than keeping them up past bedtime, the evening activity is great for kids, too, who come home with their own original artwork ready to hang on their walls. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking just to dabble in a paintyour-own experience, you can check out Clayfully Created (2440 W. Broad St.). Like Good Dirt (510 N. Thomas St.), itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is a pottery studio where you can add pigment to clay to create your own piece of 3D art. But while Good Dirt is great for older kids or families, Clayfully Created has pieces already made; all younger kids have to do is apply the glaze. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a little tricky, because what you see isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always what you get, in terms of the glaze colors, but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s part of the fun. Just remember that you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t walk home with a piece that day. It has to be fired first, so patience is a virtue. The studio also hosts birthday parties

great tool for showing kids how ink and paper become art, but the quick movements of vintage presses arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t easy for little hands. Double Dutchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s owners are happy to customize a printing project to suit age level, and from there itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s simply a matter of renting the studio. For a recent birthday party among 5-year-olds, for example, they told me the kids did some potato stamping onto bags and T-shirts before breaking for cake. After a second printing activity, the kids left with their own personalized goody bags. Whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s painting, printing or potglazing, call in advance to be sure that the lesson is appropriate and the business owners are aware that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re bringing a child. Another thing to note: Use these as tools to explore creativity, not force it. If children might be into painting, and you make them sit through a two-hour session painting something they may not even like, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll probably do more harm than good. Always get their feedback before signing them up. Most of these creative activities are best suited for kids at least in kindergarten, and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re articulate enough at that age to let you know how they feel. If childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first exposure to something is positive, they will hold onto that feeling. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something to encourage, whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a creative outlet, sports or something you thought only adults could enjoy. Kids can really surprise you. Kristen Morales





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it or instead see illusory reflections, and flying into windows is one of the major causes of bird mortality worldwide. Multiple window installations in the building’s stairwells, including a mural called “Pink Paradise” and a collection of images adhered directly to the windowpanes, were created to interrupt the windows’ transparency and reflectivity, thereby protecting birds from flying into them. Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds will be screened in conjunction with the exhibition on Monday, Mar. 3 at 6 p.m. in room S150. Creating Borders: “Within a Bounded Field,” which is on display in the Bridge Gallery through Friday, Mar. 14, was organized by LDSOA’s new painting professor, Benjamin Britton and features the works of undergraduate students. The pieces are intended to be

Best in Show: In “Some Points”—on display in Gallery 101 through Thursday, Mar. 6—LDSOA Post-MFA Faculty Fellow Rachel Cox presents a collection of photographs taken while traveling around the Southeast visiting state fairs and local competitions. Heather Foster The images highlight prized possesdeclarative about the relationship and posisions like competing avocados, a “7th best kitten” ribbon, a first-place-winning Christmas tion of a frame to the content of the artwork it outlines, while exploring the work’s overall tree and a Portuguese Tumbler pigeon with relationship to the outside world. its wing delicately displayed. Through her in-process body of work, Cox prompts viewers Sounds Also organized by Britton, to consider how value is attributed to objects “Pspspspspst-zzzzzt!”—on view in the Plaza and how photography assists people in derivGallery through Friday, Mar. 14—is a series ing meaning from what they see. of one- and two-person shows by painting k Flying High: Inspired by several dead birds students at UGA that will rotate out every found along the perimeter of the art school’s Sunday and Wednesday nights. Named for the building last fall, painting graduate student sound the lights make in the plaza as well Michael Ross organized “Big Bird, Little as the sound of rapid movement, the monthBird,” a multimedia display in the Suite long exhibit will feature six shows and 10 Gallery through Friday, Mar. 14. The exhibiartists. Sarah Cowan and Michelle Fontaine tion considers themes of habitat, architecture, have already exhibited, and remaining artists morality and conservation, reflecting on a sys- include Nancy Holmes and Carly Moser Feb. tematic disharmony in mankind’s relationship 23–26, Deniz Beyhan and Kayla Kaeding Feb. with the natural world. Jason Sokolic’s instal26–Mar. 2, Rachel Wiltshire and Tyler Gibson lation recreates a memory of when a small Mar. 2–5 and Andi Dangerfield and Maria bird flew into a waiting room and was knocked Nissan Mar. 5–14. unconscious when it crashed into a window. Ry McCullough’s video projection uses edited The Lamar Dodd School of Art galleries are footage of soaring birds. The show is rounded open Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. out by oil pantings of birds by Ross, talismans Parking is available in the Performing Arts PAC constructed from dumpster-rescued materials Deck and lot E20, and free parking is available by Elizabeth Kleene and spiritually-charged after 4 p.m. in lots E07 and E11. scenes by Heather Foster. Clear glass is invisible to birds, who either see straight through Jessica Smith


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than another comic, stylish 300 wannabe. Milo (Kit Harington, Jon Snow from HBO’s excellent “Game of Thrones”), the survivor of a Celtic tribe slain by Roman General Corvus (Kiefer Sutherland, enjoying some campy-villain screen time), has become a gladiator in Pompeii. Now a Senator, Corvus arrives in Pompeii to extend the reach of Emperor Titus and stalk pretty young Cassia (Emily Browning), daughter of the town chief (Jared Harris), who prefers the pretty, muscular slave. Then Mount Vesuvius erupts, and all cinematic hell breaks loose. The effects are estimable, though the picture gets a little obscure during the ashy, 3D finale. That tsunami’s pretty tough. The script is negligible but not detrimental. The acting serves its purpose. “Lost”’s Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje makes more of an impression as the local gladiatorial champion. A more dashing, old-fashioned sword and sandal pic than viewers are used to, Pompeii may please more if expectations are lowered; with a dearth of new entertainment options at the multiplex, this flick isn’t a complete disaster. 3 DAYS TO KILL (PG-13) Gallic super-producer Luc Besson again attempts to breathe life into an aging Hollywood actor; this time, the reclamation project is Kevin Costner. While 3 Days to Kill doesn’t try to be a new Taken, think of Costner’s weary spy as an extension of his weary athlete persona. Gruff but charming, Costner more than makes up for the nearly disastrous direction of McG (talk about a career that’s fallen off a cliff). Costner’s Ethan Renner is dying and wishes to spend his remaining time with his estranged wife (Connie Nielsen) and teenage daughter (True Grit Oscar nominee Hailee Steinfeld). But when mysterious beauty Vivi (Amber Heard), offers an experimental cure in exchange for one last job (is there any other kind?), Ethan must juggle parenting with his dangerous professional obligations. The movie is a lot more fun than its generic plot or trailer let on, thanks mainly to Costner, who shines with Besson and Adi Hasak’s script, which favors a comedic tone over a grim Taken one. Everyone would have been better off had Besson directed this rather than last year’s The Family and kept McG far, far away.

also playing ABOUT LAST NIGHT (R) This remake of the 1986 movie starring Demi Moore and Rob Lowe—itself based on David Mamet’s play, “Sexual Perversity in Chicago”—finally makes the best use of the ubiquitous funnyman, Kevin Hart. Hart’s horndog, Bernie, woos, dumps and rewoos the not quite innocent Joan (Regina Hall), while his best friend, Danny (Michael Ealy), romances Joan’s BFF and roomie, Debbie (Joy Bryant from NBC’s excellent, underwatched “Parenthood”). The dialogue, adapted by Bachelorette’s Leslye Headland, flies funny and fast, especially when Hart and Hall get going. Sadly, the dramromcom feels longer when the pretty, likable duo of Ealy and Bryant are onscreen without Hart and Hall. AMERICAN HUSTLE (R) Con man Irving Rosenfeld (a near unrecognizable Christian Bale) and his not exactly British girlfriend, Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams), are forced by an unstable FBI agent, Richie DiMaso (a sweetly permed Bradley Cooper), into conning the mayor of Camden, New Jersey, Carmine Polito (Jeremy Renner), and some of the scariest mobsters still living (enjoy the uncredited surprise guest!). Torn between his love and his beautiful, crazy, young wife (Jennifer Lawrence) and son, Irving has to come up with his master plan to escape jail and death. AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY (R) 2013. Matriarch Violet Weston (Academy Award nominee Meryl Streep, chewing up scenes and spitting them out in illustrious award bait fashion) has cancer and is cancerous. Her husband, Beverly (Sam Shepard), disappears, bringing her three unhappy


daughters—Barb (Academy Award nominee Julia Roberts), Ivy (Julianne Nicholson) and Karen (Juliette Lewis)—back home. Playwright Tracy Letts (Bug, Killer Joe) adapts his play for the screen, but it’s still mostly a series of shouted monologues so stagy, one expects an intermission. (CIné) THE BIRDS 1963. Just try to get out of your mind the image of Tippi Hedren being maliciously pecked. Hitch makes sure you cannot. I always find myself much more aware of the hatred in the beady eyes of our winged friends after viewing this movie. The Birds is screening in conjunction with the exhibition, “Big Bird, Little Bird.” (UGA Lamar Dodd School of Art) CHILDREN OF MEN (R) 2006. Prophetic filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón conjures the immensely sad weight of a hopeless world without children in his nightmarish yet agile Children of Men. In 2027, humanity is infertile and has been for 18 years before bureaucrat and former activist Theo Faron (Clive Owen, radiating world weary humor and reluctant heroism) is tasked with protecting the world’s one seed of hope, a pregnant, illegal teen, Kee (Clare-Hope Ashitey). Children’s artistic exterior should not eclipse its so, so vital story, sentiment, sadness, and ultimately, optimism. (UGA Tate Student Center Theater) ENDLESS LOVE (PG-13) While no one was looking, the 1981 wild teenage romance starring Brooke Shields that introduced audiences to Tom Cruise and the Diana Ross-Lionel Richie duet was remade into a rather bland new tale of teenage love. The summer after Jade Butterfield (Gabriella Wilde) graduates from high school, she meets and falls in love with David Elliot (Alex Pettyfer, whose offscreen ugliness fails to mar his onscreen charisma). Her doctor


father (Bruce Greenwood, in standout villainous daddy mode) foresees the derailment of Jade’s future over this boy, so he schemes to break them up. This Endless Love is way more neutered than either of its predecessors. FROZEN (PG) Disney returns with a newfangled computer animated feature that feels very old school. A young princess, Anna (v. Kristen Bell), must venture into the frozen wilds to save her sister, recently crowned Queen Elsa (v. Idina Menzel), who has lost control over her icy powers. Anna is assisted by ice salesman Kristoff (v. Jonathan Groff, “Glee”), his reindeer, Sven, and a goofy, talking snowman named Olaf (v. Josh Gad). The narrative, adapted from Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Snow Queen” by Wreck-It Ralph scripter Jennifer Lee (who co-directed), is as Disney formulaic as they come, and the animation shines without standing out. Disney classics will not feel left out in the cold.

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. 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, who more and more resembles a tiny version of Jack Black) and Marcus Luttrell (Mark Wahlberg), upon whose book this film is based—battle an army of Taliban fighters. The cinematic account of this true story is written and directed by Peter Berg, whose The Kingdom was severely underrated, like Friday Night Lights with soldiers.

I have spcl skillz. Will find u kill u LOL. GRAVITY (PG-13) 2013. An astronaut (George Clooney) and a doctor (Academy Award nominee Sandra Bullock) must work together to survive an accident in the cold, silent confines of space. Gravity is an acting tour de force by Bullock (this movie is essentially her Cast Away) and the most incredible special-effects-driven film I have ever seen. You feel like you are in space, which is simultaneously aweinspiringly beautiful and coldly dangerous. (UGA Tate Center Theater) JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT (PG-13) With 9/11 pushing Ryan from doctoral student at the London School of Economics to marine injured in Afghanistan. His rehab introduces the 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. THE LEGO MOVIE (PG) The LEGO Movie is most certainly the young year’s best new, wide release. The intricate, interconnected universes built by writing-directing duo Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and 21 Jump Street) has an age-defying Muppetslike 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

MONUMENTS MEN (PG-13) See Movie Pick. m NON-STOP (PG-13) Liam Neeson stars as an air marshal trying to protect passengers like Julianne Moore and stewardesses like Michelle “Lady Mary Crawley” Dockery on a transatlantic flight threatened by a text-happy villain demanding $150 million. Academy Award nominee Lupita Nyong’o appears in her first post-12 Years a Slave role. THE NUT JOB (PG) The latest animated feature (it seems as if there are so many nowadays) 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? THE OSCAR NOMINATED SHORT FILMS 2014 (NR) The Oscar nominated Live Action and Animated Shorts Programs return to Cine. This year’s animated nominees are Feral, Get a Horse!, Mr. Hublot, Possessions and Room on the Broom. The Live-Action Short Film nominees are That Wasn’t Me, Just Before Losing Everything, Helium, Do I Have to Take Care of Everything and The Voorman Problem. The Documentary Short Film nominees are Cavedigger, Facing Fear, The Lady in Number 6, Karama Has No Walls and Prison Terminal. Finding out the

winner on Oscar night is a whole lot more fun when you’ve seen the nominees. (Ciné) THE PAST (PG-13) 2013. Asghar Farhadi, the Academy Award nominated Iranian filmmaker of The Separation, returns with another tough familial tale. A husband returns to his native Iran. The wife (Berenice Bejo) and two children left behind attempt to move on with their lives. Complications ensue when the deserted wife seeks a divorce so she can marry her current lover. The trailers promise another difficult, rewarding cinematic experience. (Ciné) PHILOMENA (PG-13) Coogan and Frears Stephens team up for what sounds pretty un-intriguing from its based-on-a-true-story logline. A shamed journalist, Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan), helps an old Irish woman, Philomena Lee (Judi Dench), find the child she lost to adoption 50 years earlier. Coogan, who co-wrote the script with Jeff Pope, hones his sharp wit and creates some moments of genuine emotion as his cynical journo interacts with sweet old Philomena, who is unsurprisingly embodied perfectly by Dench. The writers also sharpen their knives to carve up the Catholic Church, here represented by a few evil nuns. RIDE ALONG (PG-13) Judging from the trailers, Kevin Hart and Ice Cube’s team up for an action comedy set in Atlanta could be worse. Hart stars as a security guard who goes on patrol with his girlfriend’s tough cop brother, played by Cube, in order to earn his blessing. Tika Sumpter (Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas) stars as the girlfriend/sister. It’s co-written by the super-funny Jason Mantzoukas (The League’s Rafi); granted, he’s one of four credited scripters. Tim Story (Barbershop, Fantastic Four) directs. ROBOCOP (PG-13) So the new Robocop kind of misses the maliciously satirical point of the original. No one will be clamoring for a remake of this technically shiny action flick in 27 years. Outside of the interstitial moments with Samuel L. Jackson’s Bill O’Reilly-ish Pat Novak, the new movie, from Elite Squad director Jose Padilha and first-time feature writer Joshua Zetumer, misses out on some prime opportunities to deride modern America. Robocop, formerly Detective Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman), does not do much Robocopping. He does solve his own murder, which is a little self-involved.

THE ROOM (R) 2003. The Room, from baffling “auteur” Tommy Wiseau, might be the Mona Lisa of bad movies; its greatness lies in its mysterious smile, which a laughing Wiseau trots out at the oddest moments. The Room will leave you with so many questions that don’t need answering. (Ciné) SON OF GOD (PG-13) “Survivor” producer Mark Burnett opted to cut down his Emmy nominated miniseries, “The Bible,” into a two hour movie focused on Jesus Christ. Witness the life of Jesus (Diogo Morgado) from his humble birth in a manger to his crucifixion and resurrection. So if 10 hours of biblically-based television was too much to suffer through, maybe two hours will be more Pilate-able. THAT AWKWARD MOMENT (R) 2014’s first truly terrible movie goes to That Awkward Moment. Congratulations for barely edging out I, Frankenstein! That is quite an accomplishment for first-time writerdirector Tom Gormican, and is almost as impressive as sucking the majority of the charisma out of Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan. Fortunately, Teller overcomes the script’s woeful inadequacies and outright thefts from (not even that much) better romcoms. Out of friendship, three male besties— Jason (a drowsy Zac Efron), Mikey (Jordan) and Daniel (Teller)—swear off relationships before meeting the women of their dreams. UFO IN HER EYES (NR) Thanks to the UGA Willson Center, the Global Georgia Initiative brings world class thinkers like author and filmmaker Xiaolu Guo and her film, UFO in Her Eyes, to Georgia. Guo’s political satire follows a Chinese peasant woman who claims to have seen an unidentified flying object. A reception and discussion with Antje Ascheid (an Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre and Film Studies) and Andrew Zawacki (Associate Professor of English and Director of the Creative Writing Program) will follow. (Ciné) WINTER’S TALE (PG-13) Apparently, Mark Helprin’s 1983 novel, Winter’s Tale, is considered a pretty big work of recent American fiction. You don’t come away from Academy Awardwinning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman’s directorial debut with that impression. Too much must not translate from the page to the screen in this saccharine two-hour distillation of that nearly 700 page novel; it’s as if Goldsman adapted the Reader’s Digest Condensed Book version. This fantastical romance is about an immortal burglar, Peter Lake (Colin Farrell) and his magical white horse, Athansor, battling demons led by Russell Crowe. In her first major post-“Downton” role, Jessica Brown Findlay is lovely as Beverly Penn, the love of Peter’s life who dies too young because someone so special cannot survive. Drew Wheeler

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he race to the checkered flag for Flagpole’s reader favorites is not a sprint that can be won with a burst of speed. The winners chosen here are at it all year, as are the runners-up, the also-rans and the up-and-coming places that didn’t make the winner’s circle but are making a name for themselves. Flagpole thanks our readers for sharing your favorites, and we congratulate those you have chosen and also those who have tried all year long to be favorites. Next year may well see them finishing first. Thanks also to Alicia Nickles, who organized our favorites issue and its activities; to Kelly Hart, who provided the art direction and cover; to Larry Tenner, who crafted the design and layout; to Zoomworks and Porter McLeod for photography; and to Dede Giddens for piloting the pace car. Special thanks to Niko Cope for the use of his race car.

DePalma’s Italian Cafe

401 E. Broad St. · 706-354-6966 1965 Barnett Shoals Rd. · 706-369-0085 2080 Timothy Rd. · 706-552-1237 All three locations are specialists in every form of Italian food from Pasta DePalma to pizza del giorno—the basics and the frills—with a great bar and desserts. Runner Up La Dolce Vita 323 E. Broad St. · 706-353-3911

American Winner


259 W. Washington St. · 706-548-9175 Fourteen varieties of burgers! Is that American? How about fries, tots, shakes? Are you getting the picture? Sandwiches, salads. As American as… Clocked. Runner Up Dirty Birds 312 E. Washington St. · 706-546-7050

Asian Winner

Thai Spoon

149 N. Lumpkin St. · 706-548-9222 It’s kind of like your local diner for good taste and reliability, except that it serves an exquisite cuisine with many specialties right in the middle of downtown. Runner Up Siri Thai 367 Prince Ave. · 706-548-7667 1040 Gaines School Rd. · 706-850-3500

Sushi Winner


251 W. Clayton St. · 706-353-7933 Over 100 choices of sushi or sashimi, plentiful choices of rolls, a dozen different sakés, and state-of-the-art karaoke rooms all add up to this year’s favorite (and last year’s). Runner Up Utage Athens Sushi Bar 440 E Clayton St. · 706-227-9339

Mexican/Latin American Winner

Sr. Sol

175 Tallassee Rd. · 706-546-1570 2455 W. Broad St. · 706-850-7112 The perennial winner that excels at the popular favorites and the exotic specialties in both locations is hard to beat.

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The Grill

BBQ Winner

Pulaski Heights BBQ

675 Pulaski St. Suite 100 · 706-583-9600 The Q brings them in, the friendly neighborhood vibe keeps them coming back and the comfortable ambiance makes it hard to leave. Runner Up Harry’s Barbecue 2425 Jefferson Rd. · 706-353-7895

Ike and Jane

1307 Prince Ave. · 706-850-1580 You’ll find yourself hurrying through your sandwich, soup and salad to get your shot at the bakery case filled with donuts, muffins, pastries, breads and cupcakes. Runner Up Independent Baking Co. 1625 South Lumpkin St. · 706-850-3550


Weaver D’s Fine Food


Jittery Joe’s Coffee

Barberitos Southwestern Grille and Cantina

259 E. Clayton St. · 706-549-9008 1860 Barnett Shoals Rd. · 706-549-9954 1880 Epps Bridge Rd. · 706-354-0300 1739 S. Lumpkin St. · 706-548-1866 Wherever you are, you aren’t far away from fresh, healthy ingredients that you can have assembled into exactly the meal you want. If you can’t please yourself, you have only yourself to blame. Runner Up Taco Stand 2230 Barnett Shoals Rd. · 706-549-5481 247 E. Broad St. · 706-549-1446 670 N. Milledge Ave. · 706-549-2894


Local Coffee House

Runner Up Trappeze Pub 269 W. Washington St. · 706-543-8997 Winner


Runner Up Mama’s Boy 197 Oak St. · 706-548-6249

171 College Ave. · 706-543-4770 Any place that can master fries, when they’re on every menu in town, has got to be doing something right. Yes, you want fries with it.



1016 E. Broad St. · 706-353-7797 An Athens institution, an endangered species, an automatic guarantee of Southern soul cooking done right by experienced experts.


Steak Winner

Porterhouse Grill

459 E. Broad St. · 706-369-0990 If a place is bold enough to proclaim steak in its very name, you know they know what they’re doing, and obviously, the word has gotten around. Runner Up The Branded Butcher 225 N. Lumpkin St. · 706-850-5152

Seafood Winner

Square One Fish Co.

414 Thomas St. · 706-353-8862 Seafood done fancy, seafood done plain, but always seafood done fresh with all the trimmings—an unbeatable game plan. Runner Up Marker 7 Coastal Grill 1195 S. Milledge Ave. · 706-3451

Wings Winner


233 E Clayton St. · 706-353-0000 Wings in a downtown pizzeria? Favorite wings? They’ve got to be good. And they always are. In a town with wings on every corner, Amici is the place to beat.

The National

Winner: Favorite Date Night Winner: Favorite Chef, Peter Dale Runner Up: Favorite Vegetarian Options Runner Up: Favorite Special Occasion Runner Up: Favorite Restaurant for Adventurous Eaters Runner Up: Favorite Wine Selection

1860 Barnett Shoals Rd. · 706-354-8000 1480 Baxter St. · 706-548-1099 1230 S. Milledge Ave. · 706-208-1979 297 E. Broad St. · 706-613-7449 425 Barber St. · 706-227-2161 Location, location, each one somebody’s favorite for the great, locally roasted coffee in all its guises with baked goods and sandwiches and room to work or hang out. Runner Up Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 237 Prince Ave. · 706-353-3050

Local Pizza Winner

Ted’s Most Best

Runner Up Transmetropolitan 145 E. Clayton St. · 706-613-8773

Local Burger Winner


259 W. Washington St. · 706-548-9175 “Local burger” says it all, and Clocked knows that’s where it all begins, and everybody knows you can taste the difference. Local, organic and natural ingredients cooked fresh to order, plus it’s a cool place in the downtown scene. Runner Up Grindhouse Killer Burgers 1553 S. Lumpkin St. · 706-612-9327



Porter McLeod

254 W. Washington St. · 706-543-1523 Brick oven, thin-crust individual pizzas, hot, soups and salads, indoors and out, downtown in the mix, children’s delight, retrofitted tire place—an instant Athens institution.

Taco Winner

Taqueria del Sol

334 Prince Ave. · 706-353-3890 Here in a sleekly converted gas station, the fresh ingredients on the seemingly simple menu raise Mexican food to a new level. Tacos are their focus. Six eclectic varieties plus a special taco of the week keep the crowds coming back for more. Runner Up Taco Stand 2230 Barnett Shoals Rd. · 706-549-5481 247 E. Broad St. · 706-549-1446 670 N. Milledge Ave. · 706-549-2894

Runner Up Dirty Birds 312 E. Washington St. · 706-546-7050

Vegetarian Options Winner

The Grit

199 Prince Ave. · 706-543-6592 “Eat your vegetables” was never a more welcome command. This hometown institution is the neighborhood restaurant of the whole town. Runner Up The National 232 W. Hancock Ave. · 706-549-3450

Big City Bread Cafe


Winner: Favorite Sandwich


Big City Bread Cafe

Meal for a Deal Winner

Taco Stand


2230 Barnett Shoals Rd. · 706-549-5481 247 E. Broad St. · 706-549-1446 670 N. Milledge Ave. · 706-549-2894 Generations of Athenians know where to go for quick, tasty, affordable fare that is always one of the top reasons people miss Athens when they’re exiled.


The Last Resort

184 W. Clayton St. · 706-549-0810 The huge dessert case will stop you in your tracks when you first come in, and by the time you’re settled comfortably into the warm surroundings, you know dessert is going to be special.

Runner Up Taqueria Del Sol 334 Prince Ave. · 706-353-3890

Runner Up The Grit 199 Prince Ave. · 706-543-6592

Special Occasion Winner

Five & Ten

Ice Cream/ Frozen Yogurt Winner


1073 S. Milledge Ave. · 706-546-7300 Actually, any time you go to Five & Ten it’s a special occasion, so you’re already ahead of the game as soon as you announce the place you’ve chosen.

196 Alps Rd · 706-208-7223 1860 Barnett Shoals Rd. · 706-850-8336 Over a dozen flavors, all the toppings from fruits to nuts to candies, self-serve—frozen yogurt that keeps you coming back to enjoy the bright and friendly environment.

Runner Up The National 232 W. Hancock Ave. · 706-549-3450

Kid-Friendly Local Restaurant

Runner Up Yoforia 1210 S. Milledge Ave. · 706-548-4020 142 W. Clayton St. · 706-548-4388


Ted’s Most Best

Buffet Porter McLeod

254 W. Washington St. · 706-543-1523 It’s a good thing grown-ups enjoy Ted’s so much, because their kids are going to want to go there for the pizza and the big sandbox formerly known as a bocce court.

131 E. Broad St. · 706-559-0000 The perfect buffet: a garden of earthly delights spread out before you so that you can concentrate on favorites and sample the less familiar—plus quick and delicious and right downtown.

Runner Up Cali ‘n’ Titos 427 S. Lumpkin St. · 706-227-9979

Runner Up China Star Super Buffet 3567 Atlanta Hwy. · 706-316-3382

Breakfast Winner

Mama’s Boy

197 Oak St. · 706-548-6249 It’s the biscuits; no, the cheese grits; no, the sausage; no, the stir-fry tofu; no, the breakfast tacos; no, the omelets; no, the salmon patties; no, the fruit cup. Hell, it’s all of it. Runner Up The Grit 199 Prince Ave. · 706-543-6592

Lunch Winner

The Last Resort Grill

184 W. Clayton St. · 706-549-0810 There’s just something about lunch at the Last Resort: it’s a combination of inviting ambiance, imaginative dishes and the energy of people enjoying themselves. Runner Up Marti’s at Midday 1280 Prince Ave. · 706-543-3541

The National

Runner Up The Last Resort Grill 184 W. Clayton St. · 706-549-0810

Runner Up A-OK Cafe 154 College Ave. · 706-355-3002

Taste of India


232 W. Hancock Ave. · 706-549-3450 Nothing says you’re special like an evening at The National. You know it’s serious when she takes you there.

393 N. Finley St. · 706-353-0029 Big City starts with an advantage and builds French-influenced sandwiches that are delicacies in themselves, accompanied by soups and salads, too, of course.


Date Night

Outdoor Dining Winner

Brunch Winner

Mama’s Boy

197 Oak St. · 706-548-6249 Hungover or not, for brunch you head to Mama’s Boy for your weekly fix of carbs and protein and caffeine that gets you ready to get back into the game. Runner Up Heirloom Cafe and Fresh Market 815 N. Chase St. · 706-354-7901

Late Night Winner

The Grill

171 College Ave. · 706-543-4770 If you haven’t been to The Grill for a late-night, after-theevent feast, you’re missing half of what makes Athens Athens. Runner Up The World Famous 351 N. Hull St. · 706-543-4002

Ted’s Most Best

254 W. Washington St. · 706-543-1523 One of the few places downtown where eating outside is an integral part of the layout, away from the sidewalk. Sunlight just makes food taste better. Runner Up Cali ‘n’ Titos 427 S. Lumpkin St. · 706-227-9979

Take Out Winner

Choo Choo Japanese Korean Grill Express

1055 Gaines School Rd. · 706-543-8888 What you get is a delicious, affordable feast, ready in a jiffy to turn any mealtime into a special occasion. Runner Up Siri Thai Cuisine 367 Prince Ave. · 706-548-7667 1040 Gaines School Rd. · 706-850-3500 k continued on next page




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Catering Winner

Home.made Catering

1072 Baxter St. · 706-206-9216 You’re at an opening or a reception and, amidst the wine and the chatter, you realize that hors d’oeuvre you just bit into is fabulous. Chances are it’s Home.made. Runner Up Marti’s at Midday 1280 Prince Ave. · 706-543-3541

Chef Winner

Peter Dale at The National

232 W. Hancock Ave. · 706-549-3450 He shuns the spotlight, but he’s always in control, finetuning the restaurant experience from day to day, so that everybody thinks it just happens. Runner Up Hugh Acheson at Five & Ten 1073 S. Milledge Ave. · 706-546-7300

Restaurant for Adventurous Eaters Winner

The Branded Butcher

225 N. Lumpkin St. · 706-850-5152 Local, homemade, creative, downtown—this is food lovingly coaxed into revealing all that skill and taste can contribute to the dining experience. Word!

Pulaski Heights BBQ


Winner: Favorite BBQ

Bartender Winner

Bain Mattox at Normal Bar

1365 Prince Ave. · 706-548-6186 He’s everything you want in a bartender: knowledgeable, friendly, an insider who knows his way around and can advise you. Plus, he makes great drinks. Runner Up John Mark Harris at Dirty Birds 312 E. Washington St. · 706-546-7050

Specialty Drinks Winner

Highwire Lounge 269 N. Hull St. · 706-543-8997 The Flagpole Guide to Athens says it all: “High-end cocktails carefully crafted with small batch liquors and fresh ingredients… “ And elegant surroundings. Runner Up World Famous 351 N. Hull St. · 706-543-4002

Runner Up The National 232 W. Hancock Ave. · 706-549-3450 Porter McLeod

Restaurant That’s Worth a Short Drive (20 miles or less) Winner

Chops and Hops


2 South Main St., Watkinsville · 706-310-1101 Aptly named, Chops and Hops is a destination for the best cuts and brews, but it’s got whatever else you want, too, in that friendly small-town atmosphere.


Agua Linda Mexican Restaurant & Cantina

Runner Up The Savory Spoon 705 Sycamore St., Jefferson · 706-367-5721

1376 Prince Ave. · 706-543-1500 2080 Timothy Rd. · 706-543-0154 Any place that gets the margarita down right, you know they know what they’re doing, and that has always been true of Agua Linda.

Uniquely Athens Restaurant Winner

The Grit

Runner Up Taqueria Del Sol 334 Prince Ave. · 706-353-3890

199 Prince Ave. · 706-543-6592 Run into somebody in Brooklyn and ask them what they miss most about Athens, and you will no doubt hear “The Grit,” and probably see tears in her eyes.

Bloody Mary Winner

Allgood Lounge

256 E. Clayton St. · 706-549-0166 You can build your own Bloody Mary out of an abundance of fresh ingredients, so if it’s not the best in town, it’s your own fault. Runner Up The Globe 199 N. Lumpkin St. · 706-353-4721

Beer Selection Winner

Trappeze Pub

269 W. Washington St. · 706-543-8997 Yes, if you want to see what is out there in the beer world, just ask for the book at Trappeze, where you could spend the rest of your life sampling the treasure.


Runner Up Last Resort Grill 184 W. Clayton St. · 706-549-0810

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Runner Up Dirty Birds 312 E. Washington St. · 706-546-7050

Wine Selection Winner


1235 S. Milledge Ave. · 706-208-0059 A cool, comfortable spot in Five Points where you know you’re in good hands when you want to be reminded of what wine is all about. Runner Up The National 232 W. Hancock Ave. · 706-549-3450

Place to Dance Winner

Little Kings Shuffle Club

223 W. Hancock Ave. · 706-369-3144 There’s something about Little Kings that makes you want to dance and gives you the room and the reason to do it. The rest is up to you. Runner Up 8e’s 120 E. Washington St. · 706-613-1764

Place to Play Games Winner


243 W. Washington St. · 706-254-3392 It’s just a great, comfortable place to hang out, so of course it’s also a great place to play games. Runner Up Little Kings Shuffle Club 223 W. Hancock Ave. · 706-369-3144

Place to be for Last Call

Karaoke Winner


251 W. Clayton St. · 706-353-7933 Shokitini takes karaoke seriously and sets it up in rooms specifically designed to enhance the experience so that you can’t help but enjoy. Runner Up Go Bar 195 Prince Ave · 706-546-5609

College Bar Winner

Allgood Lounge

256 E. Clayton St. · 706-549-0166 It’s a tribute to Allgood that it’s a great college bar for all the obvious reasons, while it’s still a fun place even if your diploma is beginning to curl at the edges. Runner Up Boar’s Head Lounge 260 E. Washington St. · 706-369-3040

Place to Meet Someone You Would Not Bring Home to Mom Winner


243 W. Washington St. · 706-254-3392 Well, what Mom doesn’t know won’t hurt her, and it’s places like Max that give you those memories that sustain you during life’s more routine stretches. Runner Up Georgia Bar 159 W. Clayton St. · 706-546-9884

Runner Up Georgia Theatre 215 N. Lumpkin St. · 706-850-7670

Uniquely Athens Bar Winner

The Manhattan Café

337 N. Hull St. · 706-369-9767 Joey Tatum left the Manhattan just the way it had been when it was a café on Hot Corner, and it has remained quintessentially Athens ever since—and you can feel it. Runner Up The World Famous 351 N. Hull St. · 706-543-4002

Retail Naughty Business Winner

Sexy Suz

4124 Atlanta Hwy. · 678-661-0700 Spice is nice, even when it’s naughty, or especially when it’s naughty. Sexy Suz is the place to go when you’re looking to ratchet things up a notch or two when you and your partner are going for the finish line. Runner Up Junkman’s Daughter’s Brother 458 E. Clayton St. · 706-543-4454

Store to Buy a Gift for Her Winner

Native America Gallery 195 E. Clayton St. · 706-543-8425



Jittery Joe’s Coffee

Winner: Favorite Local Coffee House

243 W. Washington St. · 706-254-3392 Some places sort of go to sleep by last call; others are wide awake. There’s something about Max that just makes you want to keep going. Runner Up Little Kings Shuffle Club 223 W. Hancock Ave. · 706-369-3144

Porter McLeod

Happy Hour Winner

Normal Bar

1365 Prince Ave. · 706-548-6186 Nobody has the formula; it just sort of happens when the ingredients come together: The people, the feel of the place, the drinks: You feel happy. Runner Up Dirty Birds 312 E. Washington St. · 706-546-7050

Trivia Winner

Blind Pig Tavern

485 Baldwin St. · 706-548-3442 2440 W. Broad St. · 706-208-7979 Good burgers and beer to fortify you, welcoming surroundings to make you relax, challenging questions, good friends to bounce answers off—Blind Pig. Runner Up Highwire Lounge 269 N. Hull St. · 706-543-8997

Place to Meet Your Future Spouse Winner

Normal Bar

1365 Prince Ave. · 706-548-6186 If he/she’s the kind of girl/guy you’re likely to run into at Normal Bar, then he/she is pre-certified to be the kind of person you’re going to want to spend a lot of time with. Runner Up The Globe 199 N. Lumpkin St. · 706-353-4721

Place to Watch the Dawgs Play Winner

Dirty Birds

312 E. Washington St. · 706-546-7050 With 20-plus TVs and over two dozen beers on draft, you’re in good hands when the woofing starts.

Practically everything in the store makes a gift that you’re not going to find in the big boxes—something personal, organic, indigenous. Runner Up Avid Bookshop 493 Prince Ave. · 706-352-2060

Store to Buy a Gift for Him Winner

Masada Leather and Outdoor 238 E. Clayton St. · 706-546-5014 Downtown headquarters for quality, thoughtful, never runof-the-mill clothing and accessories. Runner Up Avid Bookshop 493 Prince Ave. · 706-352-2060 k continued on next page




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Local Clothing Boutique Winner


119 N. Jackson St. · 706-316-2067 These are local clothes made by local people, making Community the very epicenter for the Athens look that everybody soon will be seeing. Runner Up Heery’s Clothes Closet 195 College Ave. · 706-543-0702

Place to Buy Local Art Winner


193 E. Clayton St. · 706-369-8079 Frontier always has the local touch, so it’s no surprise that approach encompasses art as well. Runner Up Aurum Studios 125 E. Clayton St. · 706-546-8826

Place to See Local Art Winner


160 Tracy St. · 706-208-1613 The Athens Institute for Contemporary Art has lived up to its name and shown us what’s right under our noses.

Runner Up Junkman’s Brother’s Daughter 458 E. Clayton St. · 706-543-4454

Music Recording Studio Winner

Chase Park Transduction

160 Winston Dr. · 706-227-0680 The gold standard of recording studios makes everybody sound better, from the biggest name bands to the newest singer-songwriter one step up from busking. Runner Up The Glow Recording Studio · 706-347-3323

Live Music Venue (Less than 200 Capacity) Winner

Caledonia Lounge

256 W. Clayton St. · 706-549-5577 If Plato had devised an archetype for the Athens music scene (ours), it would look and sound a lot like the Caledonia Lounge—filled with music scholars every night.

Live Music Venue (200+ Capacity) Winner

Georgia Theatre

215 N. Lumpkin St. · 706-850-7670 Wherever you are, if you say “Georgia Theatre,” heads nod around the world in recognition that this old movie house sits at the very center of Athens music. Runner Up 40 Watt Club 285 W. Washington St. · 706-549-7871

Pets & Kids Vet Clinic Winner

Boulevard Animal Hospital

298 Prince Ave. · 706-425-5099 Your neighborhood vets prove daily that attention and concern make pets and owners feel comfortable and cared-for. Runner Up Firehall 4 Animal Hospital 815 Hawthorne Ave. · 706-583-9191

Runner Up The World Famous 351 N. Hull St. · 706-543-4002

Runner Up Lyndon House Arts Center 293 Hoyt St. · 706-613-3623

Thrift/Vintage Store Winner

Agora Co-Op

260 W. Clayton St. · 706-316-0130 Agora has nothing new in it, yet it is new every day and always intriguing, now at two locations, one more upscale, both a magnet for shoppers and browsers. Runner Up Dynamite Clothing 143 N. Jackson St. · 706-543-1243

Place to Buy Wine Winner

Five Points Bottle Shop

1655 S. Lumpkin St. · 706-543-6989 3685 Atlanta Hwy. · 706-316-2337 If you need advice, they’ll help; if you know what you want, you’ll find it in their extensive and diverse stock. Runner Up J’s Bottle Shop 1452 Prince Ave. · 706-353-8881

Place to Buy Beer Winner

Five Points Bottle Shop

1655 S. Lumpkin St. · 706-543-6989 3685 Atlanta Hwy. · 706-316-2337 They kind of introduced us all to craft beer in the bottle, while remaining headquarters for the American brands that fuel college life—for those with valid IDs. Runner Up J’s Bottle Shop 1452 Prince Ave. · 706-353-8881

Uniquely Athens Store

Agora Co-Op

260 W. Clayton St. · 706-316-0130 Half the people in Athens augment their look with finds from Agora. You know it’s real when you first walk in and everything in it says “Athens.”




Boulevard Animal Hospital


Winner: Favorite Vet Clinic


Lyric Bellotte at Republic Salon

312 E. Broad St. · 706-208-5222 What is it she does that she’s always the favorite? Experience, skill, insight, that something extra that only she can see, until everybody sees it on you? Runner Up Matt Wheeler at Emporium Hair and Color Salon 187 Lumpkin St. · 706-546-7598

Massage Therapist Winner

Amy Bramblett at Advanced Massage Therapies

1363 S Milledge Ave. · 706-369-7595 Amy does it all, and you feel the results immediately and for a long time afterward, because she knows how to get to the right spots with the best techniques.

Porter McLeod

Runner Up Kimberly Anderson 270 Hawthorne Ave. Suite C · 706-612-4121

Tattoo Studio Winner

Pet Groomer Winner

The Dawg House Grooming and Gifts

2095 Milledge Ave. · 706-355-9911 When your pet feels like $1 million and looks like it, too, how does that make you feel? The Dawg House is good for the whole family. Runner Up Pet Supplies Plus 191 Alps Rd. · 706-353-0650

Place to take Kids on a Rainy Day Winner

Sandy Creek Nature Center

205 Old Commerce Rd. · 706-613-3615 This is a treasure house of fun and education, worth coming back repeatedly for all it has to offer inquiring eyes. Parents will enjoy watching their kids learn while learning a lot themselves. Runner Up Athens-Clarke County Library 2025 Baxter St. · 706-613-3650

Kids’ Classes: Movement Winner

Canopy Studio

160 Tracy St. · 706-549-8501 Strength, poise, confidence, fun: Canopy takes movement to a higher level for kids of all ages and physical conditioning. Runner Up Dance FX 396 Foundry St. · 706-355-3078

Kids’ Classes: Creative Winner

Treehouse Kid and Craft

815 W. Broad St. · 706-850-8226 The moment you walk in the door, you know this place is designed with children in mind, and its classes are kid-centric, absorbing their time and attention. Runner Up Good Dirt 510 N. Thomas St. · 706-355-3161

S e r v i ce s Hotel Winner

Hotel Indigo

500 College Ave. · 706-546-0430 A cool, comfortable, pet-friendly place to stay a block away from everything that’s happening in downtown Athens makes for a great stay in our town. Runner Up Foundry Park Inn and Spa 295 E. Dougherty St. · 706-623-0296

Photography Studio Winner


585 White Circle · 706-227-3777 There is just no substitute for the trained eye and the creative vision coupled with technical expertise and top-of-theline equipment. Throw away your camera phone! Runner Up Grant Beecher Photo · 706-714-8639

Florist Winner

Always Always Flowers

1091 Baxter St. · 706-227-0805 Sure, you can get flowers at the supermarket, but oh, that special touch when you want something personal. Runner Up Flowerland 823 Prince Ave. · 706-549-1884

Hair Salon Winner

Republic Salon

312 E. Broad St. · 706-208-5222 If you’ve got it, flaunt it: exposed brick, big windows, upstairs, downtown, adjacent to campus, a relaxing libation, expert attention. The results will go to your head. Runner Up Model Citizen 497 Prince Ave. · 706-543-3656

Pain and Wonder Tattoo Studio

285 W. Washington St. · 706-208-9588 Their best advertisement is the crowds of satisfied customers walking around town showing off their handiwork—the warmer the weather the better. Runner Up Walk the Line Tattoo Co. 364 E. Broad St. · 706-369-9424

Spa Winner

Urban Sanctuary Spa

810 N. Chase St. · 706-613-3947 A revitalizing refuge, where you can stop the world long enough to recharge and gain energy for the things you need to do. Runner Up Foundry Park Inn and Spa 295 E. Dougherty St. · 706-623-0296

Fitness Instructor Winner

Connie Popwell at Pure Barre Athens

191 Alps Rd. · 706-850-4000 Her own active life led Connie to Pure Barre, where she witnessed firsthand its dramatic physical impact and now introduces it to others. Runner Up Amanda Martin at Balance Pilates 160 Tracy St. · 706-546-1061

Place to Get Fit Winner

Pure Barre Athens

191 Alps Rd. · 706-850-4000 Pure Barre concentrates on the body areas women struggle with and shows them how to lift, tone and burn. They must be doing something right. Runner Up The Omni Club 2361 W Broad St. · 706-369-3111 k continued on next page




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Adult Classes: Movement Winner

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Double Dutch Press

Eric Krasle

425 N. Lumpkin St. · 706-353-0032 Your legal matters don’t get lost in the hallways of a giant firm. When Eric Krasle is on the job, your case is his concern, and he knows his way around Athens.


Carson Plumbing

259 Wynburn Ave. · 706-548-3397 Everywhere you go, you see their trucks. They’re the go-to guys when your pipes won’t hold water, or worse.

Porter McLeod

Adult Classes: Creative



191 Alps Rd. · 706-850-4000 You get a full body workout followed by stretches, and there are mental benefits, too. Runner Up Canopy Studio 160-6 Tracy St. · 706-549-8501

Lawyer to Get You Out of a Jam

Runner Up Athens Ford 4260 Atlanta Hwy. · 706-354-1130

Daniel Peiken

Winner: Favorite Realtor


Athens First Bank and Trust Runner Up First American 300 College Ave. · 706-354-5000

Runner Up Good Dirt 510 N. Thomas St. · 706-355-3161

Realtor Winner

Daniel Peiken

Car Repair Shop Winner

Five Star Automotive · 706-433-2116 Daniel Peiken is deeply embedded in the Athens music scene, which gives him a unique perspective among Realtors and an eye and ear for what makes Athens tick.

605 Macon Hwy. · 706-549-1315 Locally owned by two brothers who treat your car like their own—just what we all need when our car won’t crank because its thingamajig won’t geehaw.

Runner Up Reign Streiter · 706-372-4166

Runner Up Auto Tech of Athens 170 Coile Dr. · 706-549-3316

Local Business Winner

Avid Bookshop

Car Dealership

493 Prince Ave. · 706-352-2060 There’s just something about a locally owned bookshop that gives a place a touch of class. It connects you to the town and to the world.


Phil Hughes Honda

3200 Atlanta Hwy. · 706-549-3530 With an array of popular models, new and used, and a highly trained and personable staff, Phil Hughes Honda is an Athens institution.

Runner Up: tie Hip Pops · 650-521-4022 Ruby Sue Graphics 532 Newton Bridge Rd. · 706-613-0028

Runner Up Big Brown Plumbing · 706-714-2381

Electrician Winner

Atomic Electric · 706-202-2296 Personal service is just what you want when you’ve got an electrical problem, and that’s what makes Atomic Electric light up. Runner Up Light Lab · 706-340-1721

HVAC Winner

Alpaugh Sub Zero Air

195 Lenox Rd. · 706-338-5050 To get it right with the best equipment and prompt service when you need it is the hallmark of a winning team, summer or winter. Runner Up Stanfield Air Systems 1130 Mitchell Bridge Rd. · 706-549-4767



150 W. Hancock Ave. · 706-357-7000 Athens First branches and ATMs are literally all over the Athens area, and they’re known for personal service and community service.

1377 Prince Ave. · 706-546-0994 This is a practical kind of creativity and involves using your mind, your eyes and your hands for a thoroughly satisfying and productive class.


Runner Up Barry Irwin 125 S. Milledge Ave. Ste. D · 706-613-7000

S t u f f A ro u n d To w n Non-Profit/Charity Winner

Nuçi’s Space

396 Oconee St. · 706-227-1515 Nuçi’s Space is an integral part of the Athens music community, helping musicians in the most basic ways with their health and the demands of their craft. Runner Up Project Safe · 706-549-0922

Festival/Event Winner

AthFest: Music, Arts, Film and Kids Festival AthFest grew out of a need for something going on downtown in the summer and has grown and expanded to encourage and represent Athens creativity in all areas. Runner Up Twilight Criterium

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hortly after pulling up to the farmhouse just outside of Athens that serves as New Madrid’s living and rehearsal space, I am greeted by guitarist Graham Powers, Fender Jazzmaster tucked under his arm. When I comment on how the place would be difficult to find without precise directions, Powers smiles widely and says, “We haven’t had any noise complaints out here.” The vast, wide-open space that comprises the local group’s living quarters is analogous to its sound. Powers, along with bandmates Phil McGill, Ben Hackett and Alex Woolley, moved into the house between the 2012 release of New Madrid’s reverb-soaked debut LP, Yardboat, and the construction of its strong upcoming second album, Sunswimmer. With all members now residing in Athens (Powers, Hackett and Woolley moved here from Tennessee) and a critical buzz slowly building, New Madrid seems poised for big things. Indeed, although it certainly isn’t uncommon for bandmates to live together, the group’s members see their cohabitation as an added opportunity: to get used to the close quarters they will experience sweating in a tour van for months on end. “Living together, we’ve figured out each other’s quirks and personalities, which has helped us out on the road,” says Powers. For McGill, the 11 songs that became Yardboat, an album that was recorded in only three days, represented “just a little taste” of what New Madrid had to offer. Working on Sunswimmer, “we listened to Yardboat, and naturally we had things we wanted to change, to grow outward,” adds McGill. “At the same time, it does work congruently [with Yardboat], because we’re still playing those songs live and the new songs make it into the sets naturally.” The new album’s matured sound owes a lot to band members’ decision to approach the record more deliberately than their debut. According to Woolley, for the first LP, they “weren’t really going into the studio to make Yardboat. We just had three days with [producer] David [Barbe], and that’s what came out of it.” Although New Madrid recorded much of Sunswimmer back at Chase Park Transduction with Barbe again at the helm, the

album is noticeably tighter, emphasizing hard-edged rock as much as washed-out folk-pop. Powers credits the alteration in aesthetic to the fact that the music was whittled down during the recording sessions. The band started with over a dozen songs, but only seven made the cut. Still, this intensified focus doesn’t mean that the group’s live performances will be exact replications of what’s on the record. “We can embellish—not jam—but add character to the songs,” says Powers. The album doesn’t just differ from its predecessor in terms of sonics. New Madrid’s new release is its first co-venture with Normaltown Records, the startup label based out of Athens with ties to influential indie New West Records.

“It is shocking, when you get away from Athens, to think about how special it is.” After initial talks revolved around releasing a single on Normaltown, the band soon realized the label wanted much more. “Originally, we weren’t even thinking about a big thing. [We wanted to do] a seven-inch or something,” says Hackett. “[But Normaltown] said, ‘Rather than doing something small, let’s do this, and put out a whole album’.” New West’s George Fontaine, Jr. says the relationship “just made sense,” since it formed organically. Fontaine says he became aware of New Madrid by seeing the band performing around Athens before asking it to play a few New Westsponsored showcases at South by Southwest in 2013. The group’s members don’t take the affiliation lightly, but also don’t think getting signed has changed their work ethic all that much. “They’ve given us total creative control. They’re excited about the new album as much as we are,” says Powers. For Woolley, letting the label take care of the business end of things freed up the band to focus on what it does best. “This time, all we had to worry about was when we had to record,”

he says. In addition to the newfound label support, New Madrid has also enjoyed a burst of buzz after a recent positive review of Sunswimmer’s lead single, “Manners,” appeared on the influential music website Pitchfork. The band chalks the attention up to Normaltown’s promotional efforts. The label has a “great new PR team… They’ve been able to do some surprising things,” says Powers. (The group will help its new label promote Sunswimmer by embarking on an extensive U.S. tour this spring.) The record release show this weekend will represent another first for New Madrid. When the band’s members reflect on the Athens venues it has played over the past couple years, it occurs that they’ve played almost all of them—except New Earth, where they will perform Saturday. But wherever the group plays in town, the large and excited crowds that show up still manage to humble and surprise. “It is shocking, when you get away from Athens, to think about how special it is,” says Powers, when asked how hometown crowds compare to those outside the Loop. Woolley concurs. “Athens is always on your mind.” Hackett cites the number of out-of-towners who continue to ask New Madrid about its hometown as proof that he is involved in a very special scene. “We will go places, and venues will advertise that we’re from [Athens]. People will ask us, ‘Is it still great?’” As if on cue, the rest of the band answers Hackett’s rhetorical question in unison: “Oh, yeah. Definitely.” Dan Mistich

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just waiting for one of my buddies to get off work so I can go over to his house and use his Internet,â&#x20AC;? Ben Asbury says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ours has been out for a little over a day now. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s terrible.â&#x20AC;? Unlike the typical 23-year-old, Asbury isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t worried about keeping up with his Facebook feed. Instead, the mastermind behind psychpop project Axxa/Abraxas is itching to add three freshly dubbed tapes to his RTA Art Collectiveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s web store. Asbury is musically involved with all the recordings. One features some of his early experimentations, another is a spooky, lo-fi electronic collaboration and the third, he says, is an â&#x20AC;&#x153;improv-punk-noise thing that I have with some friends of mine who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really play music.â&#x20AC;? Prolificacy has never been a problem for Asbury, who began RTA as a way to document his and friendsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; creative endeavors while in high school in suburban Atlanta and started recording as Axxa/Abraxas in Athens in 2010, while working on a psychology degree at UGA. Even so, â&#x20AC;&#x153;the first three years I was [in Athens], I was still coming into focus, musically and artistically,â&#x20AC;? he recalls. It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t until his final year in school that he felt his work was fully formed enough to release to the public. After carting a stack of copies of Axxa/Abraxasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; debut cassette, Time Inside, to Wuxtry Records, Asbury says he was heartened by the response he got from the storeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clerks (â&#x20AC;&#x153;of course they all knew me, because I spent way too much money on records,â&#x20AC;? he notes). Wuxtry employee and local musician John Fernandes, a personal hero of Asburyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s for his role in the Olivia Tremor Control, was particularly stoked on Axxa/Abraxasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; washed-out yet weirdly dulcet sounds. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That was probably the biggest thing for me,â&#x20AC;? says Asbury. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Of course, it was at the very end of my time [in Athens]. But the support from all those dudes was a big confidence boost.â&#x20AC;? It was that support, he says, that inspired him to start mailing out CD-Rs to some of his favorite labels, including taste-making Brooklyn outlet Captured Tracks, an imprint known for releasing lo-fi pop and garage-rock gems from critically acclaimed artists like Thee Oh Sees, Mac DeMarco, Beach Fossils and others. The unsolicited demo was a hit at the labelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s headquarters. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They found the demo about five months after I sent it, and got in touch with me via text message,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a really weird way to start off the relationship.â&#x20AC;? That relationship has proven fruitful. On Tuesday, Mar. 4, Captured Tracks will release Axxa/Abraxasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; self-titled LP. The album, recorded at the labelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s behest by in-demand NYC engineer Jarvis Taveniere (of psych-folk outfit Woods), is already gathering considerable attention from the blogosphere.

The two singles that have been prereleased point to a marked increase in fidelity from Asburyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s early recordings. The first, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Almost Fell,â&#x20AC;? oozes sonic bliss, replete with jangly, swirling guitars and a coy but confident â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;60s-psych vocal turn from Asbury. Axxa/ Abraxas has never sounded cleaner or more direct; thanks to the studio-assembled backing band, which includes Taveniere, Asburyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lo-fi meanderings have been transformed into concise nuggets of pleasure-pop gold. The second track, â&#x20AC;&#x153;On the Run,â&#x20AC;? finds Asbury taking further advantage of the full-band setup, carving out four delightful minutes of noisy but closely controlled rock and roll mayhem. As a garage-punk anthem, it bests anything onetime genre saviors Black Lips have done of late. More than that, buoyed by Asburyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s calmly psychotropic vocals, it seems a deliberate update on the acidskewed pleasure-zone melodicism purveyed by the songwriterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Elephant 6 heroes. Asbury is now based in Asheville, NC, where he finds himself among longtime friends and at the center of the profuse tape-trading community that has arisen in that city over the past half-decade or so, one amidst a flood of young creatives who have journeyed to the sleepy mountain burg to be free and fertile and make weird music together. He will make his way back to the town that set him on his current path this weekend for an album release show at Normaltown hotspot Hi-Lo. Sundayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Athens date will be the first club performance for the new full-band Axxa/ Abraxas lineup. Even as the upcoming record deviates from his projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lo-fi beginnings, Asbury says the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s current live sound represents yet another shift. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go into the show expecting it to sound like the album. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot more thicksounding and a little more aggressiveâ&#x20AC;Ś I feel like thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good for this kind of music, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;cause it gets people moving and dancing. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot more intensity there, where there wouldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been subtlety on the record.â&#x20AC;? Always adapting, Asbury looks to take advantage of his rising star with an upcoming East Coast tour. But while his confidence is clear, he betrays a hint of surprise while discussing his newfound hot streak. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kinda weird,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m still taking it in.â&#x20AC;? Gabe Vodicka

WHO: Axxa/Abraxas, visuals by Eye Gate, The New Sound of Numbers, Mallprowler WHERE: Hi-Lo Lounge WHEN: Sunday, Mar. 2, 8 p.m. HOW MUCH: $5

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ccording to frontman Jay Rodgers, Lowdiveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s debut album, Rude Girl, is a document not just of songs and the studio, but of the formation and lifespan of his band. Initial recording sessions began back in 2010, when Rodgers just wanted some help recording some of his own tunes that didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fit in with his other musical projects at the time. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had some friends help me out with the recordings,â&#x20AC;? he says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and as I got more and more interested in the recording process and happy with the way the songs were turning out, I got more and more interested in playing live.â&#x20AC;? The tunes Lowdiveâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Rodgers, Tonka Green, Dede Giddens, Josh Perkins, Scotty Nicholson and Colin Hatmakerâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;plays point directly to its mid-1990s forebears, bands like Sublime, Mustard Plug, MU330, Reel Big Fish and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones. Lowdive seems eager to keep that good-times vibe going, playing not ska so much as â&#x20AC;&#x153;skaâ&#x20AC;?: essentially, rock music with a frenetic chick-chick guitar on the upbeat, influenced as much by the musicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jamaican origins (a precursor to the more mellow reggae) as its two-toned, skinnytied British permutations from the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;80s, and especially to sunny, frosted-tips-and-sneakers â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;90s California pop-punk. Rodgers says he isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t worried about arriving at the party a decade-and-a-half too late; for him, the party never stopped. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been too terribly concerned about how ska has trended over the years,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The U.S. has always seemed to find it a bit kitschy, although, to be honest, the genre hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t taken itself super seriously, either. Other places, like Europe, have taken it more seriously, where it hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been so much a fad thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s either in or outâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just a present thing.â&#x20AC;? Rude Girl (ska fans over the years have referred to themselves as rude girls and boys, though Lowdiveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a gents-only band) knows its audience and sports a design heavy with West Coast ska-punk signifiers: vaguely retro leanings, sexualized artwork influenced by vintage tattoos. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want it to come off as clichĂŠ or anything. I think weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a pretty creative band,â&#x20AC;? says Rodgers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But I guess Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always thought tattooed chicks were cute. I was

really into punk rock and stuff when I was in high school and later, and I think stylistically, it just kind of rubbed off on me. And I do try to write songs that have a balance of kitschy and fun and serious.â&#x20AC;? One of the more surprising things about Lowdive billing itself as a ska band is the lack of any brass instrumentation. Drawing influence from American soul, R&B and Caribbean mento, ska from its early Jamaican days has usually boasted a good trumpet or trombone line. But many of the British and American ska-influenced bands didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t use â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;em, and neither does Lowdive. Instead, it relies on three guitars to pick up the melodic line slack, along with Scotty Nicholsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s organ-playing (one of Rude Girlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s standout features and the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s secret weapon). â&#x20AC;&#x153;I knew I wanted a guitar section instead of horns,â&#x20AC;? says Rodgers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had been in a conversation-slash-argument with a guy at Little Kings one nightâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;we got in a fight about No Doubt. He said No Doubt wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a ska band because it didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have horns. You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to have horns! To an extent, I wanted to prove him wrongâ&#x20AC;Ś I wanted to show that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not about the trappings and the instruments and all that; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about the songwriting and structure.â&#x20AC;? Like a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;70s-style funk band playing in the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;90s, Lowdive has adopted a form thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fairly calcified and easy to lock intoâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the innovators already defined the borders, and all a young band has to do is color within the lines. The showâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the thing, though, and Lowdiveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s live act is a high-energy, crowd-pleaser. The band celebrates the release of Rude Girl this weekend with a show at Green Room. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We just want to have a good time and get the album out. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not trying to do anything crazyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;just celebrate,â&#x20AC;? says Rodgers. And of course, everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s invited. Chris Hassiotis

WHO: Lowdive, Shehehe, Buffalo Rodeo WHERE: Green Room WHEN: Friday, Feb. 28, 9 p.m. HOW MUCH: $5

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threats & promises Music News And Gossip Look Through Any Window: Three brand new videos from the new EP by collective project Emergent Heart will make their debut this week. They come courtesy of artists Mika Fengler, Christopher Flippo and David Glenn. The name of the new recording is The Sheffield EP, and like all things Emergent Heart, proceeds go toward supporting Nuçi’s Space and suicide prevention. The video premieres happen at Ciné Thursday, Mar. 6, 8–9:30 p.m. There is no charge, but a hat, or some other suitable container, will be passed to collect funds for the cause. For more information see, and for a whole lot of music visit user/EmergentHeart.

with local beat-based producer Reggie Perry Jr. a.k.a. Nobody Famous on a series of new music videos named The Athens Sessions. The first one came out last week and features a track named “Rabbit Hole” by Crown, which is a duo featuring Perry and singer Josh Jordan. While the song itself is a rather unremarkable soft-focus Ableton Live composition, the video is a really pretty thing shot at Stan Mullins’ art studio. Check it out over at, and learn more about Dirtty Toe and what they’ve got going on at

Back to the Future: Two new tunes from ambient-ish mystery date Egg Sap are out now. Their release dates on “Bandcamp” put them as “coming out” Apr. 9 and 10, respectively, but they’re already up there streaming, so click away. The songs, “Now We’re in a Cave” and “It’s OK if You Forgot,” are kinda drippyhippie, medium-weight type things that work best with the headphones on. Dig ‘em at

Now Hear This: A brand new heavy band of local scene veterans makes its live debut this week. They’re named Without Form and Void, and the group is composed of Forest Hetland (Music Hates You, ex-Grim Pickins and the Bastard Congregation), Vaughn Moody (In the Lurch, Volt) and John MacBeth (Fallow, Bastard Congregation). Since it’s the group’s debut and it has no music recorded just yet, I’ll let you know that the band members describe themselves as “loud and heavy, using the power of metal, the waltz, swing and more metal.” They also report that comparisons to Killing Joke,

Lens Cleaner: In addition to partnering with Flagpole for the bi-weekly blog series Behind the Scene (check out a new installment this week on Homedrone), the video producers at Dirtty Toe Productions have teamed up

Harvey Milk, Nick Cave and King’s X wouldn’t be out of line. The show happens Tuesday, Mar. 4 at the Caledonia Lounge, where WFAV will share the bill with Darsombra and In the Lurch. Keep up over at withoutformandvoidathens. Look Homeward: The new album by Lera Lynn gets its official release Tuesday, Mar. 11. Titled Lying In the Sun, the album comes amidst a lot of touring and work for Lynn, who really doesn’t seem to have slowed a whole lot in

the past two years or so. Lynn doesn’t have any Athens dates on the books right now, and maybe that’s because she’s officially basing herself out of Nashville these days. If that’s gonna be the case always and forever then que

sera, sera. For now, it seems she’s off to more crowded climes. Keep checking these pages for more news, or be proactive and do it yourself at The Business We Call Show: The UGA Sports and Entertainment Law Society will host the May Day Festival and Music Business Expo Sunday, Apr. 27 at the Melting Point. This event is spearheaded by former Flagpole music editor Michelle Davis, who serves as the vice president of the SELS, and this is the same organization which hosts the Protect Athens Music Conference (happening Wednesday, Mar. 5; see next week’s paper for our feature story) and all those awesome free legal clinics that happen all year long. The idea behind the expo is to showcase all the music business services available in Athens and the surrounding area, everyone from luthiers to lawyers to publishers to graphic designers. Basically, if you have a service valuable to musicians or the music industry, you’re invited to take part. Yes, it’s a ways off, but booth reservations are due by Apr. 1, so drop a line to mgdavis@uga. edu for more information. As for the long-winded title: SELS joined up with the kids from the UGA Music Business Program who generally throw their end-of-year “May Day” show the same week, so they just shoved the names together and are gonna have a big ol’ time. I’ll remind y’all of this again before everything is due, but put on your thinking caps and start, uh, thinking about it. Gordon Lamb

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Tracks like opener â&#x20AC;&#x153;TV Songâ&#x20AC;? are quirky, poignant show-stoppers in the story-pop tradition established by Paul Simon and Randy Newman, two greats Ellis has cited as having influenced his musical development from a very young age. (To really hammer home the connection, the album even includes a faithful cover of Simonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Still Crazy After All These Years.â&#x20AC;?) But Ellisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; reedy vocal delivery still sits solidly in the country-western wheelhouse, and as tunes like the Opry-indebted â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sing Alongâ&#x20AC;? display, he ainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t abandoning his first love just yet. [Gabe Vodicka]

UGA Baptist Collegiate Ministries Based on Edgar Rice Burroughâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s novel Tarzan of the Apes and Disneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s popular animated film, Baptist College Ministriesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Tarzan uses Phil Collinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; score to narrate the story of an infant boy who is orphaned 2014 on the shores of West Africa and taken in for voting us A little bit of the Gulf Coast comes to Athens 10 by a tribe of gorillas. When a human expe"( one of Athensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; TTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTdition enters the jungle, Tarzan encounters people who look like himself for the first time since infancy, and falls in love with MUSIC | Friday, Feb. 28 naturalist Jane Porter against the wishes of his father and tribe leader, Kerchak. Tarzan marks BCMâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 36th annual dinner TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25TH theater production, and as a completely FREE SHOW student-run theater program, the cast is Not A Planet Georgia Theatre ¡ 7 p.m. ¡ $15 made up of young actors representing a Lupelin Ladies A tireless scene veteran who cut his range of majors and campus ministries. teeth with San Francisco rabble-rousers Proceeds will go towards helping colWEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26TH The Nuns, Mexicanlegians participate in FREE Nick Johnson Trio SHOW American songwriter summer mission trips. and guitarist Alejandro Dinner shows will be THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27TH FREE Escovedo has enjoyed held on Feb. 28 and Kenosha Kid SHOW a prolific and critically Mar. 1 at 6 p.m. for adored solo career. $25, and dessert matiFRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28TH Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also been cited nees will be on Mar. Hobohemians as a key influence by a 1 at 1 p.m. and Mar. SATURDAY, MARCH 1ST laundry list of younger 2 at 2 p.m. for $15. performers over the Additional student-only Everly Brothers Tribute years, though heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shows are scheduled SUNDAY, MARCH 2ND never quite received for Feb. 27 and Mar. his just due from the 3 at 7 p.m. for $5. Lowdive Alejandro Escovedo music establishment. [Jessica Smith] CD Listening Party Escovedoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2012 LP, MONDAY, MARCH 3RD Big Station, a solid and fun collection of MUSIC | Thursday, Feb. 27 shit-kicking rockers, found him in prime Open Mic Night form. Escovedo is touring this spring with TUESDAY, MARCH 4TH R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck, a longtime friend, in tow. Buck has been no stranger Service Industry Night to Athens of late, having performed a Melting Point ¡ 8 p.m. ¡ $22.50 (adv.), $27 (door) solo gig at the 40 Watt Club late last year In 2010, the traditional AfricanATHENSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; INTIMATE LIVE MUSIC VENUE Heated Porch ¡ Plenty of Parking and having joined the Drive-By Truckers American string band Carolina Chocolate onstage at that bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recent hometown Drops released a breakout album in See website for show times & details At the corner of Lumpkin & Milledge stand. [Gabe Vodicka] Genuine Negro Jig, which earned the group MARKER7COASTALGRILL.COM a Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album. 237 prince ave. â&#x20AC;˘ 706.353.3050 706.850.3451 THEATER | Friday, Feb. 28â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Four years and one LP later, the Chocolate Sunday, Mar. 2 Drops are back on the road sporting a new lineup while maintaining the instrumental eclecticism that defines the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s roots Athens Community Theatre ¡ 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), music revival. Utilizing everything from 2 p.m. (Sun.) ¡ $5 guitars, fiddles and banjos to bones and in Athens, A great deal is owed to Karel Capekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kazoos, the Chocolate Drops craft â&#x20AC;&#x153;yeeOconee, Jackson & Surrounding Areas dystopian 1920 science fiction stage play hawâ&#x20AC;?-worthy arrangements of original NO AFTER R.U.R., which first introduced the word compositions, traditional folk tunes and HOURS FEE! â&#x20AC;&#x153;robotâ&#x20AC;? to the English lexicon. On a faraway, even modern hits, like Blu Cantrellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hit H^cXZ&.-. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Em Up Style.â&#x20AC;? With support from Tennessee futuristic island, a team of scientists have created a perfect world made possible folk-pop duo Grace & Tony, the Chocolate 2VBMJUZ)FBUJOHt"JS$POEJUJPOJOHt4BMFTt4FSWJDFt*OTUBMMBUJPO by robots who, more closely resembling Dropsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; show at the Melting Point will be an 8 * /2014/ & 3 androids by todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s standards, appear and all-acoustic evening for the ages. [Adam think as humans do. The robots are happy Barnett] to serve mankind at first, but when eco10 nomic corruption and human vice threaten MUSIC | Thursday, Feb. 27 "( to destroy the utopian vision, the robots retaliate by menacing mankindâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s survival. 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Tuesday 25 FILM: The Peabody Decades: An Early Frost (Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries) The first major film to confront issues dealing with HIV/ AIDS, An Early Frost stars Aidan Quinn as an attorney who must tell his parents that he is gay and has AIDS. This 1985 Peabody Awardwinning drama tenderly portrays the fear and prejudice surrounding the virus. 7 p.m. FREE! mlmiller@ FILM: LIFE the Griot WUGA-TV will televise the original documentary on local poet and mentor Lemuel LaRoche. 8 p.m. FREE! 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 (Choo Choo Japanese Korean Grill Express) Jump on the trivia train! Win house cash prizes with host Todd Kelly. 7:30 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Locos Trivia (Locos Grill & Pub) Westside and Eastside locations of Locos Grill and Pub feature trivia night every Tuesday. 8 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Trivia with a Twist (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: Movie Quotes Trivia (Max) Every Tuesday. 9:30 p.m. FREE! 706-254-3392 GAMES: Entertainment Trivia (Fuzzy’s Taco Shop) Compete for prizes and giveaways. Presented by Dirty South Trivia. Every Tuesday. 8 p.m. FREE! 706-353-0305 LECTURES & LIT: History of the Morton Theatre and Hot Corner (ACC Library) Managing director of the Morton Theatre Lynn Battle Green discusses the history and legacy of the theater and Hot Corner. 5 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650, www. LECTURES & LIT: Science Cafe: The Science of Love (Ciné Barcafé) Dr. Keith Campbell, department head and professor of psychology at UGA, will discuss the science of love. 7 p.m. FREE! www.

Wednesday 26 ART: Artist Happy Hour (Hotel Indigo) Hotel Indigo unveils a new patio mural by Molly Rose Freeman. See the hotel’s current exhibitions, “Wonderland” and “Hello Polly!” 5:30 p.m. FREE! www.indigoathens. com ART: Tour at Two (Georgia Museum of Art) Laura Valerie, associate curator of European art, leads a tour

of “It’s Not Polite to Stare.” 2 p.m. FREE! CLASSES: Salsa Dance Classes (Little Kings Shuffle Club) Cuban-style salsa dance classes with SALSAthens. No partner necessary. Beginners welcome. Every Wednesday. 6:30-7:30 p.m. (intermediate), 7:30-8:30 p.m. (beginners). $10 (incl. drink). www. CLASSES: Adult Tumbling (Bishop Park, Athens Clarke Gymnastics Academy) Adult tumbling is for anyone 15 years or older. Every Wednesday through Apr. 23. 7–8:25 p.m. $10. 706-613-3589 CLASSES: Arthritis Water Exercise (Athens YWCO) This warm-water exercise reduces joint pain, improves overall heath and is suitable for every level of fitness. 2–3 p.m. $10. 706-354-7880, www. CLASSES: Chinese Dumplings Class & Dinner (Mama Bird’s Granola) Learn to make your own. 6:30 p.m. $20 (adv.), $25. www. GAMES: Sex, Drugs & Rock and Roll Trivia (Jerzee’s Sports Bar) Hosted by Dirty South Trivia. House cash prizes. 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: Trivia (Copper Creek Brewing Company) Test your trivia chops for prizes! Every Wednesday. 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-1102 GAMES: Full Contact Trivia (Blind Pig Tavern) Test your knowledge every Wednesday night. 8 p.m. Both locations. 706-548-3442 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: Entertainment Trivia (Mellow Mushroom) Dirty South Trivia offers house cash prizes. Every Wednesday. 8 p.m. FREE! 706-6130892 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: Owl Be Your Homework Helper (ACC Library) Fourth through sixth graders can be tutored by seventh graders in math, science, social studies and language arts. Wednesdays through November. 4–5 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 KIDSTUFF: Drivers 101 (Oconee County Library) Instructors from Open Road Driving School present an informational session regarding rules of the road and tips on creating

a safe teen driver. This event is open to teens and parents only. 6–8 p.m. FREE! 706-769-3950 LECTURES & LIT: Laverne Cox: Ain’t I a Woman (UGA Tate Student Center) Actress, producer and transgender advocate Laverne Cox will present a lecture in observance of Black History Month. Cox is known for her role on the television series “Orange is the New Black.” 7 p.m. FREE! (w/ student ID), $5. LECTURES & LIT: Oconee Democrats Book Group (Chops and Hops) This month’s book is Power Lines: Two Years on South Africa’s Borders by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter. In his book, Carter writes about his two years in the Peace Corps working to improve public schools and heal racial divisions in South Africa. 7 p.m. FREE! patricia. LECTURES & LIT: Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys Book Discussion (ACC Library) Dr. P. Daniel Silk leads a discussion on House of Stone by Anthony Shadid. 7 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 PERFORMANCE: Lollapalooza! (Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall) Conductor John Lynch and the UGA Wind Ensemble present Lollapalooza! as part of the Next Festival of Contemporary Music. Performance guests include the UGA Ballet Ensemble and conductor Jaclyn Hartenberger. A panel discussion will be held 45 minutes prior to the performance. 8 p.m. $5 (w/ student ID), $10. 706-542-4400,

Thursday 27 ART: Gallery Talk (Georgia Museum of Art) Dr. Chad Howe, UGA associate professor of Hispanic linguistics, presents “Life and Languages in the Andes” in conjunction with the exhibition “The Silent Cities of Peru: Archaeological Photographs by Fernando La Rosa.” 5:30 p.m. FREE! ART: Terrapin Mosaic Finalist Exhibition (The Old Pal) 15 artists have created pieces inspired by Terrapin’s Mosaic Red Rye IPA. Vote for your favorite. All proceeds from voting benefit ATHICA. The winning submission will be purchased by Terrapin for the brewery’s tasting room. 6 p.m. FREE! ART: Drawing in the Galleries (Georgia Museum of Art) Open hours for visitors to sketch in the galleries using graphite or colored pencils. 5–8 p.m. FREE! CLASSES: Affordable Health Care Act Seminar (ACC Library) Cassandra Hunter, a UGA health navigator, will discuss how to apply for health care coverage through

Multimedia woven designs by Suzanne Gernandt are on display in “Widening the Horizon” at Aurum Studios through February. the Affordable Health Care Act and 6 p.m. FREE! 706613-3650, CLASSES: Intermediate Excel 2010 (Oconee County Library) Learn advanced techniques for using Excel. Registration required. 1–2:30 p.m. FREE! 706-769-3950 CLASSES: Lunchtime Learning (ACC Library) Bowen Craig introduces us to “The Institute,” a new opportunity to expand your knowledge base and learn something new. Feel free to bring a bagged lunch; beverages will be provided. 12:15 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650, www. 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. EVENTS: An Evening Celebrating Georgia at its Best (The Classic Center) Meet and greet Gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter, Lieutenant Governor candidate Connie Stokes, ninth Congressional district candidate David Vogel and 10th Congressional district candidate Ken Dious. U.S. Senate candidates will also be in attendance for this dinner and reception. 6 p.m. $75. www. EVENTS: Aqua Fashion Show (Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries) Part of UGA Fashion Week. 8 p.m. $7–10. www. FILM: Global Georgia Initiative: UFO in her Eyes (Ciné Barcafé) The UGA Willson Center presents author and filmmaker Xiaolu Guo and her film, UFO in her Eyes, a metaphoric political satire on postMao era China that follows a mysterious Chinese peasant woman who one day claims she has seen a UFO. Followed by a reception and postscreening discussion with Antie Ascheid and Andrew Zawacki. 7 p.m. FREE! FILM: Children of Men (UGA Tate Student Center, Theater) A futuristic society faces extinction when the human race loses the ability to reproduce. England has descended into chaos and depends on an ironhanded warden to institute marital

law. His ability to keep order is threatened when a woman finds that she is pregnant with what would be the first child born in 27 years. 8 p.m. $1–2. FILM: Bidder 70 (Madison Morgan Cultural Center, Madison) Bidder 70 is an environmental documentary based on the actions of Tim DeChristopher. Admission includes a screening, post-screening discussion with the filmmaker and a reception. Part of the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers. 7–9 p.m. $5-7. FILM: Miss Representation (Miller Learning Center, Room 348) This film explores how mainstream media contributes to the under-representation of women in influential positions in America. 5:30 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Entertainment Trivia (Dirty Birds) Hosted by Dirty South Trivia. House cash prizes. 8 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Trivia (Amici) Every Thursday. 9 p.m. FREE! 706-3530000 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: Sex, Drugs & Rock and Roll Trivia (The Volstead) Hosted by Dirty South Trivia. House cash prizes. 8 p.m. FREE! 706-354-5300 KIDSTUFF: Toddlerobics (Oconee County Library) Active storytime full of dancing, stretching, jumping and stories for little ones to enjoy books on the move. 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706769-3950 LECTURES & LIT: University Lecture: Paul Begala (UGA Chapel) Begala, a political commentator for CNN, former advisor to Bill Clinton and professor at Georgetown, presents “Politics: Too Important to be Left to the Politicians.” 2 p.m. FREE! LECTURES & LIT: Patricia Shehan Campbell lecture (Hugh Hodgson School of Music) University of Washington professor Patricia

Shehan Campbell presents a lecture on the ways in which music fulfills the role of a commodity with economic valuation, a repository of traditional indigenous knowledge and a manifestation of ideology. 7:30 p.m. FREE! LECTURES & LIT: “Seeing Through Cinema” (Lamar Dodd School of Art, Room S150) Dr. Jennifer Wild lectures on “Seeing Through Cinema: Projection in the Age of Cubism.” Wild is an assistant professor in the Department of Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago. 5:30 p.m. FREE! LECTURES & LIT: Lunchtime Learning: InstitutePartners (ACC Library) InstitutePartners is a new organization devoted to educational opportunities for all ages. Feel free to bring a lunch. 12:15 p.m. FREE! LECTURES & LIT: David Daley (UGA Grady College, Room 412) Daley, editor-in-chief of, presents “Journalism’s New Golden Age: Politics, Objectivity, Facebook and the Future of Media.” 2 p.m. FREE! PERFORMANCE: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra (Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall) The program includes Bach’s “Brandenburg Concerto No. 3” and Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings and Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. 8 p.m. $25–45. THEATRE: Tarzan Dinner Theater (UGA Baptist Collegiate Ministries) Dinner Theater is a full musical production that raises money for students to go on summer missions. In Tarzan, an infant boy is abandoned on the shores of West Africa, then taken in and raised by a tribe of gorillas. See Calendar Pick on p. 38. Feb. 27, 7 p.m. (students only). $5. Feb. 28 & Mar. 1, 6 p.m. (dinner shows). $25. Mar. 1, 1 p.m. Mar. 2, 2 p.m. (dessert shows). $15. Mar. 3, 7 p.m. (students only). $5. www.

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sustained strength of the spine and torso. 9:30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;10:30 a.m. $10. www. EVENTS: Soup & Music from Athensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Soul (Mama Birdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Granola) With mayoral candidate Tim Denson and friends. 6:30 p.m. $5â&#x20AC;&#x201C;10. EVENTS: 22nd Annual Hellebore Days (Piccadilly Farm) See a spectacular display of thousands of hellebores (Lenten Roses) in full bloom. Piccadilly Farm offers over fifteen types of hellebores including mixed colors, doubles and special colors. Feb. 28 & Mar. 1, 10 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;4 p.m. FREE! site/piccadillyfarm EVENTS: Student Gallery & Fashion Show (Hardeman Sams House, 255 S. Milledge Ave.) This â&#x20AC;&#x153;Never Afterâ&#x20AC;? themed show is part of UGA Fashion Week. 6:30 p.m. $7â&#x20AC;&#x201C;10. EVENTS: Southeastern Interschool Composition Symposium (Hugh Hodgson School of Music) This event brings together student composers and professors from UGA, Georgia State University and the University of Florida for a weekend of new music. Feb. 28, 5 p.m. & Mar. 1, 10 a.m. FREE! EVENTS: 60th Anniversary Celebration (UGA Aderhold Hall) The UGA Speech and Hearing Clinic will offer free speech, language and hearing screenings; call to schedule an appointment. During an open house, tour the clinical laboratories. The celebration continues with a video presentation of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Past, the Present and the Future of the UGA Speech and Hearing Clinic.â&#x20AC;? Afterwards, a professional development session will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Communications Sciences and Disorders Research at UGA: New Findings and Implications for Professional Practice.â&#x20AC;? 8:30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;10:45 a.m. (screenings), 10:30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;11:15 a.m. (open house), 11:15â&#x20AC;&#x201C;11:45 a.m. (presentation), 1â&#x20AC;&#x201C;3 p.m. (session). 706-542-4598, EVENTS: UGA Africa Night (Morton Theatre) This special event includes fashion, food, dancing, music and a theatrical play. 7 p.m. FILM: Gravity (UGA Tate Student Center, Theater) A medical engineer and astronaut are on a routine spacewalk when disaster strikes and destroys their shuttle, leaving them completely alone and drifting out into the terrifying expanse of space. Feb. 28â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Mar. 2, 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: Romper Readers (Lay Park) Pre-school aged children meet special guests and do activities based on books by Eric Carle. 10 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;12 p.m. $3â&#x20AC;&#x201C;5. 706-613-3596, KIDSTUFF: Black History in Film (Rocksprings Community Center) Children ages 6â&#x20AC;&#x201C;13 are invited to watch an afternoon movie highlighting the importance of AfricanAmericans in history. Followed by a group discussion. Popcorn included. 7 p.m. FREE! KIDSTUFF: Teen Iron Chef Competition (ACC Library) Do you have what it takes to battle it out for the ultimate culinary title? Participants team up to use secret

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ingredients in creating a culinary masterpiece within the given time limit. Judges will determine the winning dish. Pre-registration is required. For ages 11â&#x20AC;&#x201C;18. 6â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650. KIDSTUFF: Pajama Story Time (Madison County Library, Danielsville) Come in your pajamas and bring a stuffed animal for stories, songs and snacks. 7 p.m. FREE! 706-795-5597 LECTURES & LIT: Global Georgia Initiative: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beyond Chinamericaâ&#x20AC;? (Miller Learning Center, Room 148) Author and filmmaker Xiaolu Guo gives a lecture. Guo is the filmmaker of UFO in her Eyes, She, A Chinese and Once Upon a Time Proletarian. 4 p.m. FREE! LECTURES & LIT: Red Clay Conference (UGA Dean Rusk Hall, Larry Walker Room) Explore the intersection of health and environ-

should the robots serve humanity? See Calendar Pick on p. 38. Feb. 28 & Mar. 1, 8 p.m. Mar. 2, 2 p.m. $5. 706-548-3854,

Saturday 1 ART: Springtime Artist Market (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) This market brings together local artists with the purpose of raising money for the construction of the new childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s garden. 9 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;3 p.m. FREE! CLASSES: Bikram Yoga Workshop (Bikram Yoga Athens) 2013 USA Yoga gold medalist Gianna Purcell leads a workshop complete with an extended beginnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s class, yoga demonstration and Q&A. 10 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;3 p.m. $50 (adv.), $75. EVENTS: 22nd Annual Hellebore Days (Piccadilly Farm) See Friday listing for full description Feb. 28 & Mar. 1, 10 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;4 p.m. FREE! www.

Animal portraits by Amanda Stevens are currently on display at Viva! Argentine Cuisine. mental law, urban agriculture, urban design, water quality and litigation through educational presentations and open forum discussions. 9 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;3:30 p.m. FREE! (w/ UGA ID), $10. THEATRE: Charlotteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Web (Seney-Stovall Chapel) The Rose of Athens Theatre presents E.B. Whiteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Charlotteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Web, an enchanting story that follows the journey of a little pig named Wilbur and his quest for friendship and survival. Feb. 28, Mar. 1 & Mar. 7â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8, 7 p.m. $8â&#x20AC;&#x201C;16. THEATRE: Tarzan Dinner Theater (UGA Baptist Collegiate Ministries) See Thursday listing for full description Feb. 27, 7 p.m. (students only). $5. Feb. 28 & Mar. 1, 6 p.m. (dinner shows). $25. Mar. 1, 1 p.m. Mar. 2, 2 p.m. (dessert shows). $15. Mar. 3, 7 p.m. (students only). $5. www. THEATRE: R.U.R.: Rossumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Universal Robots (Athens Community Theater) On a far off island, an idealistic cabal of scientists envision a perfect world made possible by robots. When global calamity and bloody warfare threaten to destroy the dream of utopia, however, the question rises: why

EVENTS: Bodybuilding & Natural Physique Competition (Oconee County Civic Center, Watkinsville) Men and women compete in categories like heavyweight body building, lightweight body building, natural physique and figure. 12 p.m. www. EVENTS: Contra Dance (Lay Park) No partner or experience necessary. Wear soft sole shoes. Home-baked goods at the break. Live music by String Theory and calling by Beverly Smith. 7:15 p.m. (lesson), 7:30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;10:30 p.m. (dance). $4-8. EVENTS: Exotic Birds and Reptiles Presentation (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Roy Hodge teaches about cockatoos, owls, lizards and snakes and more with a hands-on presentation and crafts. 10 a.m. $5/person, $20/family. EVENTS: Southeastern Interschool Composition Symposium (Hugh Hodgson School of Music) See Friday listing for full description Feb. 28, 5 p.m. & Mar. 1, 10 a.m. FREE! EVENTS: 28th Annual Run 4 Red K (Sandy Creek Park) Proceeds from the race benefit the continued work

of the American Red Cross East Georgia Chapter. 10 a.m. (registration), 11 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;2 p.m. $15â&#x20AC;&#x201C;20. www. EVENTS: 4th Annual Ready, Set, Speak 5K Run/Walk (Stegeman Coliseum) The UGA Speech & Hearing Clinic celebrates its 60th anniversary with a race coordinated by members of the UGA chapter of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association. Prizes awarded to top runners in each category. 8:30 a.m. dd00913@ EVENTS: 2nd Annual Athens NEDA Walk (UGA Health Center) The National Eating Disorders Association hosts a walk to help spread awareness of the seriousness of eating disorders. 9:30 a.m. (check in), 10 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;12 p.m. www. EVENTS: UGA Law School Equal Justice Foundation Auction (The Melting Point) EJF is a student-run organization devoted to the promotion of public interest law and raises stipends for summer law clerks who have chosen to work in unpaid, public interest positions. 6 p.m. FREE! EVENTS: The Noodle Bowl (CinĂŠ BarcafĂŠ) Local chefs face off to see who can cook the best ramen. Competitors include Jarad Blanton of The World Famous, Chuck Ramsey of Pulaski Heights BBQ, Patrick Stubbers of The National, Richard Miley of Catch 22, Jason Zygmont of 5&10 and BJ Bracewell of The Branded Butcher. Admission includes six samples. Proceeds benefit the United Way. 12â&#x20AC;&#x201C;3 p.m. $35. EVENTS: Filipino Culture Night (UGA Tate Student Center) The Filipino Student Assocation hosts an evening of performances, games, traditional food and a screening of From the Philippines with Love. 7-10 p.m. FILM: Gravity (UGA Tate Student Center) See Friday listing for full description Feb. 28â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Mar. 2, 3 p.m., 6 p.m. & 9 p.m. $1â&#x20AC;&#x201C;2. www.union. KIDSTUFF: Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! (ACC Library) This special storytelling program is preparation for National Education Associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Read Across America, an annual reading motivation and awareness program. 2:30 p.m. FREE! 706-6133650, KIDSTUFF: Birthday Party for Bear Hollow Zooâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bears (Memorial Park) Celebrate the birthdays of DJ, Athena and Yonah by watching them unwrap their presents and dive into an enrichment cake. 2â&#x20AC;&#x201C;5 p.m. FREE! LECTURES & LIT: Meet Author Jenny Offill (Avid Bookshop) Offill is the author of The Dept. of Speculation, 17 Things I am Not Allowed to Do Anymore, 11 Experiments that Failed and Last Things. 2 p.m. FREE! LECTURES & LIT: 9th Annual WIPI Conference (UGA School of Law, UGA Hirsch Hall) The Working in the Public Interest Conference explores issues like the Voting Rights Act, poverty in suburbia, the costs and consequences of prison privatization, effective means for delivering public assistance and more. 9 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;5 p.m. FREE! (w/ UGA ID), $10. THEATRE: R.U.R.: Rossumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Universal Robots (Athens Community Theater) See Friday listing for full description Feb. 28 & Mar. 1, 8 p.m. Mar. 2, 2 p.m. $5. 706-548-3854,

THEATRE: Tarzan Dinner Theater (UGA Baptist Collegiate Ministries) See Thursday listing for full description Feb. 27, 7 p.m. (students only). $5. Feb. 28 & Mar. 1, 6 p.m. (dinner shows). $25. Mar. 1, 1 p.m. Mar. 2, 2 p.m. (dessert shows). $15. Mar. 3, 7 p.m. (students only). $5. www.

Sunday 2 ART: Eye Gate (Hi-Lo Lounge) This liquid light show complete with vintage film footage provides a psychedelic visual backdrop to live music by Axxa/Abraxas, The New Sound of Numbers and Mallprowler. 8 p.m. 706-850-8561 ART: Artists’ Panel and Discussion (ATHICA) Meet and talk with the artists of the exhibit “The Third Act: Contemplating Aging.” The event begins with a presentation by author Deanna Sirlin on her book She’s Got What it Takes: American Women Artists in Dialogue. 4:30 p.m. $5 suggested donation. www. CLASSES: Bread Baking (Mama Bird’s Granola) Learn to make your own bread. 2–4 p.m. $19. www. CLASSES: Making Herbal Extracts (Mama Bird’s Granola) Learn to make your own. 11 a.m.–1 p.m. $25. EVENTS: CD Listening Party (Hendershot’s Coffee Bar) Hear the new album by local ska/reggae band Lowdive. See story on p. 36. 8 p.m. FILM: Gravity (UGA Tate Student Center) See Friday listing for full description Feb. 28–Mar. 2, 3 p.m., 6 p.m. & 9 p.m. $1–2. www.union.

GAMES: Trivia (Buffalo’s Café) Trivia hosted by Chris Brewer every Sunday. 7 p.m. FREE! 706-3546655, GAMES: Trivia (Amici) Test your skills. 9 p.m. 706-353-0000 GAMES: Athens Game Jam (The Bottleworks, Suite 2) Teams of programmers and designers have spent the last 48 hours creating their own video games from scratch. Hear the teams explain their games, then try your hand at playing them and vote for your favorite. The weekend ends with an awards presentation. 3 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Entertainment Trivia (Troubadour Bar & Grill) Trivia provided by Dirty South Trivia. Play for house cash prizes. 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! PERFORMANCE: Arch Chamber Music Festival (Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall) The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center performs music by Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Rachmaninov and Dohnányi. 3 p.m. $40. www.pac. THEATRE: Tarzan Dinner Theater (UGA Baptist Collegiate Ministries) See Thursday listing for full description Feb. 27, 7 p.m. (students only). $5. Feb. 28 & Mar. 1, 6 p.m. (dinner shows). $25. Mar. 1, 1 p.m. Mar. 2, 2 p.m. (dessert shows). $15. Mar. 3, 7 p.m. (students only). $5. www. THEATRE: R.U.R.: Rossum’s Universal Robots (Athens Community Theater) See Friday listing for full description Feb. 28

& Mar. 1, 8 p.m. Mar. 2, 2 p.m. $5. 706-548-3854, THEATRE: Q&A with the Writer (Athens Community Theater) Following the matinee performance of Karel Capek’s Rossum’s Universal Robots, Lee Eric Shackleford will discuss his adaptation of RUR from the original 1920’s text. See Calendar Pick on p. 38. 4 p.m. FREE!

Monday 3 CLASSES: Drawing (MAGallery) Joanie Bruce helps participants learn to draw using shading, value, contrast, positive and negative spaces and lost and found edges. For ages 10 & up. 2–3 p.m. $35. 706-342-9360 EVENTS: Bulldog Basketball and Burgers (Grindhouse Killer Burgers) Hear a live broadcast of UGA basketball coach Mark Fox’s call-in radio show. 7 p.m. www. 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. 1–4:30 p.m. FREE! 706-769-3950 FILM: Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds (Lamar Dodd School of Art, Room S150) A wealthy San Francisco socialite pursues a potential boyfriend to a small town where birds of all kinds suddenly begin attacking people in increasing numbers and with increasing viciousness. 6 p.m. FREE! FILM: Trailblazers in Habits (Miller Learning Center, Room 214) This film provides an intimate

portrait of a group of American nuns, the Maryknoll Sisters, who have accompanied the disenfranchised in their struggle for social justice. 6:30 p.m. FREE! 706-542-0066 GAMES: Trivia (Highwire Lounge) Athens’ toughest trivia. $100 grand prize every week! All ages. 8 p.m. FREE! 706-543-8997 GAMES: Team Trivia (Beef ‘O’ Brady’s) Win house cash and prizes! Every Monday night. 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-850-1916 GAMES: Rock and Roll Trivia (Little Kings Shuffle Club) Get a team and show off your extensive music knowledge! Hosted by Jonathan Thompson. 9 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Dirty South Trivia: Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll (Grindhouse Killer Burgers) Team trivia contests with house cash prizes every Monday night. 8 p.m. FREE! KIDSTUFF: Open Chess Play for Teens (ACC Library) Teen chess players of all skill levels can play matches and learn from members of the local Chess and Community Players, who will be on hand to assist players and help build skill levels. For ages 10–18. Registration required. 4–5:30 p.m. FREE! 706613-3650, ext. 329 MEETINGS: “Complete Streets: Prince Avenue” (Ciné Barcafé) This community discussion is the first of two programs devoted to improving safety and quality of life along Athens’ thoroughfares and gateways. Visit the website for info on proposed changes to Prince Avenue. 7:30 p.m. FREE! PERFORMANCE: UGA Concert Band & University Band Performance (Hugh Hodgson

Concert Hall) Both ensembles provide an enjoyable musical outlet for students throughout campus. 8 p.m. FREE! THEATRE: Tarzan Dinner Theater (UGA Baptist Collegiate Ministries) See Thursday listing for full description Feb. 27, 7 p.m. (students only). $5. Feb. 28 & Mar. 1, 6 p.m. (dinner shows). $25. Mar. 1, 1 p.m. Mar. 2, 2 p.m. (dessert shows). $15. Mar. 3, 7 p.m. (students only). $5. www.

Tuesday 4 ART: Artist-Run Spaces Lecture (Lamar Dodd School of Art, Room S150) Gallery director Katie Geha will discuss the role of artist-run spaces in contemporary art. Hosted in conjunction with the exhibition “Regina Rex: New Threads.” See Art Notes on p. 18. 5:30 p.m. FREE! CLASSES: Learn to Create Pearl Jewelry (DOC Building, Suite D) Learn how to knot pearls with local business The Pearl Girls. Registration required. 6:30–8:30 p.m. $29. 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: OpenTOAD Comedy Open Mic (Flicker Theatre & Bar) This comedy show allows locals to watch quality comedy or perform themselves. Email to perform. First and third Tuesday of every month! 9 p.m. $5., EVENTS: Wine and Cheese Benefit (Ciné Barcafé) The

GRU/UGA Medical Partnership hosts a selection of wines from The Cellar paired with gourmet cheeses from The Fresh Market. Proceeds benefit Mercy Health Center. 6 p.m. $15 (students), $30. www.2014wineandcheese.eventbrite. com EVENTS: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (Action Ministries, 465 N. Lumpkin St.) Bring a valid picture ID, copy of your 2012 tax return, Social Security card, W-2 forms from 2013, 1099 forms and a blank check for direct deposit of your refund. Offered ervery Tuesday through Apr. 8. 5–9 p.m. FREE! 706353-6647 FILM: Peabody Decades (Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries) See clips from “Ellen,” “Roseanne,” “Oprah,” “Sex and the City,” “Murphy Brown” and more. 7 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Locos Trivia (Locos Grill & Pub) Westside and Eastside locations of Locos Grill and Pub feature trivia night every Tuesday. 8 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Entertainment Trivia (Fuzzy’s Taco Shop) Compete for prizes and giveaways. Presented by Dirty South Trivia. Every Tuesday. 8 p.m. FREE! 706-353-0305 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 at the Rail (The Rail Athens) Trivia hosted by Todd Kelly every Tuesday. 10:30 p.m. FREE!706-354-7289 GAMES: Movie Quotes Trivia (Max) Every Tuesday. 9:30 p.m. FREE! 706-254-3392 k continued on next page

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GAMES: Trivia (Choo Choo Japanese Korean Grill Express) Win house cash prizes with host Todd Kelly. 7:30 p.m. FREE! 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 LECTURES & LIT: Paul Morris Lecture (UGA Jackson St. Building, Auditorium 123) UGAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s College of Environment and Design will host a lecture by Paul Morris, president and CEO of Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. The Atlanta BeltLine is an ongoing sustainable redevelopment project that will provide a network of public parks, multi-use trails and renovated parks along a historic 22-mile railroad corridor circling downtown Atlanta. 5 p.m. FREE! www.ced. PERFORMANCE: UGA Wind Symphony (Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall) The group includes undergraduate music majors, music minors and gifted non-majors who are preparing for careers in performance, music education or a lifelong involvement with music. 8 p.m. FREE! PERFORMANCE: Viola Recital (UGA Ramsey Concert Hall) Hugh Hodgson School of Music viola professor Maggie Snyder has performed at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall and other venues all over the world. 6 p.m. FREE!

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UGA School of Lawâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sports and Entertainment Law Society. 3 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Trivia with a DJ (Your Pie, Eastside location) Open your pie hole for a chance to win cash prizes. 7 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Sports Trivia (Beef â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Bradyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s) Test your sports knowledge every Wednesday night. 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-850-1916 GAMES: Trivia (Copper Creek Brewing Company) Test your trivia chops for prizes! Every Wednesday. 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-1102 GAMES: Trivia (Willyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mexicana Grill) Trivia with a DJ! Every Wednesday. 8â&#x20AC;&#x201C;10 p.m. FREE! 706548-1920 GAMES: Movie Trivia (Little Kings Shuffle Club) Hosted by Jeremy Dyson. 9:30 p.m. www.facebook. com/lkshuffleclub GAMES: Entertainment Trivia (Mellow Mushroom) Dirty South Trivia offers house cash prizes. Every Wednesday. 8 p.m. FREE! 706-6130892 GAMES: Full Contact Trivia (Blind Pig Tavern) Think you know it all? Test your knowledge every

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LIVE MUSIC Tuesday 25 Caledonia Lounge 9:30 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18-20). www. CANDID COAL PEOPLE Local footstomping dance-folk group. THE DAMN CHOIR Orchestral indierock band from Chicago. WAYFARER STATE Trey Yip travels the world playing narrative-driven folk and blues tunes. Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 RABIES SCYTHE FIGHT Experimental/electronic local band. DEAD NEIGHBORS Formerly known as A Lot More Less, this local band plays grunge- and shoegazeinspired rock tunes. BIG MIKE MYSTERY No info available.

Wednesday 26 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. EVAN & AVERY Folksy local duo. DREW KOHL Original singer-songwriter who plays bluegrass-inspired folk music. FRAZIERBAND Rocking bluegrass outfit from Nashville, TN. Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m. PARTIAL CINEMA This local group takes influences from funk, indie, dance and classical music to inspire fits of dancing, vibing and grooving. MAMA-FIKI Local jam-influenced fusion band. Georgia Theatre 8 p.m. $15. RANDY ROGERS BAND Country group from Texas.

Wednesday 5 ART: Critical Practice (Lamar Dodd School of Art, Gallery 301) This group cross-disciplinary public critique connects the work of three diverse artists with a panel of divergent writers, critics, historians and other artists. 5â&#x20AC;&#x201C;7 p.m. FREE! www. ART: Tour at Two (Georgia Museum of Art) Docents lead a tour of highlights from the permanent collection. 2 p.m. FREE! www.georgiamuseum. org 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 EVENTS: Storytellers & Scholars: Life in the Atomic Age (Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries) Storytellers include Shane Hamilton, Janice Simon, Mark Reinberger and Callie Holmes. Part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow: Living with the Atomic Bombâ&#x20AC;? exhibit. 7 p.m. FREE! EVENTS: Guided Trail Hike (Sandy Creek Nature Center) Take a guided walk on the trails of the nature center. 9 a.m. FREE! EVENTS: Empty Bowls Luncheon (The Classic Center) Eat a simple lunch of soup and a sandwich to raise money for the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia.. Handcrafted pottery bowls made by Mudpatch Creations and decorated by volunteers are available to eat from and take home. 11:30 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;1:30 p.m. $25. EVENTS: 4th Annual Protect Athens Music Conference (The Melting Point) This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s panel sessions are â&#x20AC;&#x153;Demystifying Digital Revenue Streams,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Healthcare for Artistsâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Athens Music Scene Town Hall.â&#x20AC;? Hosted by the

Joycut plays the Caledonia Lounge on Monday, Mar. 3. Wednesday night. 8 p.m. Both locations. 706-548-3442 GAMES: Sex, Drugs & Rock and Roll Trivia (Jerzeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sports Bar) Hosted by Dirty South Trivia. House cash prizes. 10 p.m. FREE! www. KIDSTUFF: Winter Candy Olympics (ACC Library) Compete with friends in a round of ultimate candy challenges. Open to teens ages 11â&#x20AC;&#x201C;18. No registration required. 4â&#x20AC;&#x201C;5 p.m. FREE! 706-6133650. LECTURES & LIT: Book Sale (ACC Library) Shop from thousands of books, including fiction, non-fiction, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s books, hardbacks, paperbacks, audio books, CDs and more. Proceeds benefit the ACC Library. Mar. 5, 6â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8 p.m. Mar. 6, 10 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8 p.m. Mar. 7, 10 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;5 p.m. Mar. 8, 10 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;1 p.m. www.athenslibrary. org/athens MEETINGS: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Have You Had a Spiritual Experience?â&#x20AC;? (The Coffee Shop of Athens) An open discussion for all faiths to share profound experiences. 7â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8 p.m. FREE! PERFORMANCE: STOMP (The Classic Center) STOMP uses everything but conventional percussion instruments to put on a compelling and unique performance. Household and industrial objects like Zippo lighters, hub caps and paint cans

Hendershotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. FREE! www.hendershotscoffee. com NOT A PLANET Indie rock and roll band from Kansas. LUPELIN LADIES No info available.

JOSH ABBOTT BAND Passionate, tension-filled country music from these Texas natives. WADE BOWEN Country singersongwriter from Waco, TX. STONEY LARUE Red Dirt country artist from Stillwater, OK.

The Melting Point Terrapin Tuesday. 7 p.m. $5. www. MANMADE MOUNTAINS Folky local quintet that describes its sound as â&#x20AC;&#x153;banjos, but from outer space.â&#x20AC;? TRAVELING BROKE AND OUT OF GAS Folky, bluesy outfit led by the sultry vocals of Rachael Yanni and cerebral songwriting of Cody Hall.

Go Bar 10 p.m. FREE! 706-546-5609 MANNY AND THE DEEPTHROATS Local experimental sound/video artist Manny Lage explores concepts in performative culture. HALF ACID Greg Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell experiments with synths and talk boxes. CRETIN GIRLS Post-punk group from Gainesville, FL. GURGLE TWINS Macon-based experimental group featuring members of Cult of Riggonia. D. BOYS Local band featuring members of Scab Queen.

New Earth Athens Project Safe Benefit. 8 p.m. CARL LINDBERG Local Latin jazz bassist performs a 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 The Salt Flats and Monkeygrass Jug Band.

Hendershotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. FREE! www.hendershotscoffee. com NICK JOHNSON TRIO Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen Nick Johnson play with Col. Bruce Hampton and Atlanta Funk Society and Lingo. Hi-Lo Lounge 10 p.m. FREE! 706-850-8561 KARAOKE WITH THE KING Sing your guts out every Wednesday!

Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742 JIVE MOTHER MARY Rollicking Southern rock band from Burlington, NC. The Office Lounge 9 p.m. FREE! 706-549-0840 KARAOKE With your host Lynn, the Queen of Karaoke! Porterhouse Grill 7 p.m. FREE! 706-369-0990 JAZZ NIGHT The longest standing weekly music gig in Athens! Join Nicholas Wiles, Drew Hart and Steve Key for an evening of original music, improv and standards. Terrapin Beer Co. 5:30 p.m. FREE! LEAVING COUNTRIES Local group led by guitarist Louis Phillip Pelot.

Thursday 27 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;? SPACE MAMA No info available. Caledonia Lounge 9:30 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18-20). www. CO CO RI CO Energetic local art-rock band. TWIN STUDIES Atlanta-based shoegaze/dream-pop band. BROTHERS Local band plays swirling, folky tunes that are rich with strings, twisted overdubs and haunting vocals. DIRTY REALISTS Indie rock band from Augusta, GA. Dirty Birds 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-7050 BLESS THE MIC Open mic and karaoke night. Every Thursday! Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m. $5. www.flickertheatreandbar. com DEEP STATE Members of Little Gold and Brothers play driving, melodic guitar-rock. SLEEPY COMPANY Philadelphia based acoustic-psych act. CABBAGE LOOPER â&#x20AC;&#x153;Old school funk, soul and jazz meet todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fun hip-hop.â&#x20AC;? 40 Watt Club 8 p.m. $5. ATHENS BUSINESS ROCKS Annual Nuçiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Space benefit/battle of the bands featuring groups made up of employees of local businesses. Georgia Theatre 8 p.m. $12. ZOOGMA This Oxford, MS-based group combines DJ beats with guitar-based music to create a fusion that lies somewhere between electronica and rock.

Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 KARAOKE Hosted by John â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dr. Fredâ&#x20AC;? Bowers and featuring a large assortment of pop, rock, indie and more. Green Room 10 p.m. $3 GIALANELLA, WILES AND HART Local trio featuring Andrew Gialanella, Nic Wiles and Drew Hart. CBDB Alabama band playing a blend of progressive rock, funk, folk and jam fusion. Hendershotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. FREE! www.hendershotscoffee. com KENOSHA KID Centered around the instru-improv jazz compositions of guitarist Dan Nettles, Kenosha Kid also features bassist Robby Handley and drummer Marlon Patton. Max 9 p.m. FREE! (21+), $5 (under 21). 706-254-3392 IMPETUS A weekly metal mashup/ electro/trash/EBM/â&#x20AC;&#x2122;80s/industrial dance and video party put on by local DJ collective BeatmatchedHearts. Hear metal remixed future-style, along with hits from the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;80s and a blend of current underground dance tunes geared towards the rowdy and darker side of club life. The Melting Point 8 p.m. $22.50 (adv.), $27 (door). www. CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS Critically acclaimed traditional African American string band from Durham, NC. See Calendar Pick on p. 38. GRACE & TONY â&#x20AC;&#x153;Punkgrassâ&#x20AC;? duo of Grace Schultz and Tony White. New Earth Athens 9 p.m. ADAM KLEIN & THE WILD FIRES Local songwriter playing a rustic blend of country, folk and Americana. ROLLING NOWHERE â&#x20AC;&#x153;Psychedelic junkyard folkâ&#x20AC;? band from Hickory Flat, GA. ROLLINâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; HOME Local Southern rock band. Normaltown Hall 8 p.m. $8. NormaltownHall ROBERT ELLIS This up-and-coming and critically acclaimed country and Western-influenced singersongwriter plays indie-folk tunes with tenderness and mastery. See Calendar Pick on p. 38. T. HARDY MORRIS Dead Confederate frontman performs a solo set of his folky, lived-in tunes. BLOOD LIGHT Members of local psych-pop band Blue Blood perform a stripped-down set. Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742 LEFTYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S HIP HOP THROWDOWN Local musician Lefty Hathaway hosts a hip hop showcase. Troubadour Bar & Grill 8 p.m. FREE! 706-850-8188 KARAOKE Sing your heart out, every Thursday! Walkerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Coffee & Pub 9 p.m. FREE! 706-543-1433 KARAOKE Every Thursday! k continued on next page





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Friday 28 Caledonia Lounge 10 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18-20). www. BIT BRIGADE Local supergroup plays the soundtrack to various vintage video games while Noah McCarthy plays—and beats—the game onstage. They will be performing Zelda tonight! MOTHERFUCKER Hard-hitting local band featuring former members of Incendiaries. THE CRYPTIDES Local surf-rock band featuring members of The HUMMS and Timmy and the Tumblers. Cutters Pub 10 p.m. 706-353-9800 FISTFUL OF STEEL Rage Against the Machine tribute act. STRATUM Local prog rock band. Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m. $5. www.flickertheatreandbar. com RANCH Local, darkly tinged cowboycountry band. RAGDOLL No info available. TIMI CONLEY The frontman for Kite to the Moon performs a solo set. 40 Watt Club 8 p.m. $5. ATHENS BUSINESS ROCKS / See Thursday’s listing for full description Georgia Theatre 7 p.m. $15. ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO Legendary and influential alternative country statesman. See Calendar Pick on p. 38. PETER BUCK Guitarist and songwriter best known for being the co-founder and guitarist of R.E.M. Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 KARAOKE Hosted by John “Dr. Fred” Bowers and featuring a large assortment of pop, rock, indie and more. Green Room 9 p.m. $3. LOWDIVE Local ska/reggae band. Album release show! See story on p. 36. SHEHEHE Local punk rock band “scorching the new American jet rock stratosphere.” BUFFALO RODEO Progressive indie rock band from Bowling Green, KY. Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. THE HOBOHEMIANS This six-piece, acoustic band utilizes banjo, ukulele, flute, accordion, saxophone, piano, various percussion, drums and bass to perform popular American and European roots music of the 1910s, ‘20s and ‘30s: a potent mix of protojazz, blues and folk.

SEX BBQ East Atlanta “surf-rock space wizards” playing psychedelic yet melodic math-rock inspired tunes. MONSOON Female-fronted local post-punk band that dabbles in rockabilly and new wave. PUSSY PUSSY Grunge-rock band from Atlanta. Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m. $3. www.flickertheatreandbar. com FREE ASSOCIATES Local garagerock band that experiments with noise and attitude. FREAK IN THE FIRE Hard-hitting local alt-rock duo.

Green Room 10 p.m. LES RACQUET Prog/power-pop trio with three-part vocal harmonies, catchy melodies and interesting instrumentals, all backed up with jazz musicianship. Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. EVERLY BROTHERS TRIBUTE Local musicians pay homage to the legendary country-rock group.

to perform popular American and European roots music of the 1910s, ‘20s and ‘30s: a potent mix of protojazz, blues and folk. New Earth Athens 9 p.m. $8. www.newearthmusichall. com NEW MADRID This buzzworthy local rock band is preparing to release its anticipated label debut. See story on p. 33. SPACEFACE Psychedelic rock band from Memphis, TN. THE WOODGRAINS Local band that plays a blend of funk, rock and soul featuring three vocalists and charismatic harmonies.

Max 9 p.m. $5. 706-254-3392 ROTTEN STITCHES Street-punk band from Gwinnett County. CAPITAL WILL New local quintet founded in hardcore punk but with strong metal influences. DYING WHALE Hardcore group from Valdosta.

New Earth Athens 9 p.m. $7. www.newearthmusichall. com STOP LIGHT OBSERVATIONS South Carolina-based garage rock band. DANA SWIMMER Local band playing a garage rock montage with sweet, soulful undertone AMERICAN MANNEQUINS Thoughtful, melodic, and danceable rock anc roll for the upcoming new wave apocalypse. Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742 MONKIER Live hip hop/jazz group from Atlanta. The Office Lounge 9:30 p.m. 706-546-0840 WILHELM BROTHERS Folk-rock duo. Troubadour Bar & Grill 8 p.m. $3. WILEY EYES Local rock band.

Saturday 1 Caledonia Lounge 9:30 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18-20). www. THE RODNEY KINGS Scuzzed-out local garage-punk trio.

Troubadour Bar & Grill 8 p.m. $3. TARNATION Local band with a chunky rock sound and catchy, emotive vocals.

Sunday 2 Hi-Lo Lounge 8 p.m. $5. 706-850-8561 AXXA/ABRAXAS Lo-fi psych-pop project of former Athenian Ben Asbury. See story on p. 34. THE NEW SOUND OF NUMBERS Experimental pop and post-punk project led by Hannah Jones, visual artist and percussionist for Supercluster. MALLPROWLER Analog synth-based soundscapes concocted by recent Boone, NC transplant Scott Appleby. EYE GATE This liquid light show complete with vintage film footage provides a psychedelic visual backdrop to the performing bands. Pizza Hut 8–10 p.m. FREE! (Baxter Street location) KARAOKE Choose from over 13,000 songs with host Kevin Cody. Every Sunday.

The Melting Point Mardi Gras Athens Benefit. 7:30 p.m. $15 (adv.), $20 (door). IKE STUBBLEFIELD MARDI GRAS BAND Soulful R&B artist Ike Stubblefield is a Hammond B3 virtuoso who cut his teeth backing Motown legends like the Four Tops, The Temptations and Marvin Gaye. ISAAC BRAMBLETT BAND Southern soul singer with a rootsrock band who has performed with Ike Stubblefield and Sunny Ortiz, to name a few.

The World Famous Beers! Bands! Brunch! 12:30 p.m. FREE! www.theworldfamousathens. com MADELINE Bell-voiced songwriter Madeline Adams plays endearing songs of smalltown loves, hopes and other assorted torments and joys.

Monday 3 NRBQ plays the Melting Point on Tuesday, Mar. 4. SNEAKY HAND Atlanta-based experimental rock and roll band. 72ND AND CENTRAL Rock band from Atlanta. 40 Watt Club 8 p.m. $5. ATHENS BUSINESS ROCKS / See Thursday’s listing for full description Georgia Theatre 7:30 p.m. $20. www.georgiatheatre. com SWITCHFOOT Long-running alternative rock band from San Diego. KOPECKY FAMILY BAND Indie rock collective from Nashville, TN. Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 EACH OTHER Montreal, Canadabased experimental art-rock/postpunk band. CULT OF RIGGONIA Experimental soundscapes with tribal, world music beats and ornate instrumentation. HALF ACID Greg O’Connell (Bubbly Mommy Gun) experiments with synths and talk boxes. LAVENDER HOLYFIELD New solo project from local musician Charlie Key.

Little Bull Bar & Grill 9 p.m. FREE! SPICY SALSA Dance to Salsa, Merengue and Bachata. Free lesson at 9:15 p.m. No partner or experience required. 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 faves. Living Waters Christian Fellowship 4 p.m. FREE! 706-613-5900 GOSPEL EXTRAVAGANZA A benefit concert for the Georgia Transplant Foundation’s Kidney Transplant Fund for Tamara Walker-McKoy. Featuring The Walker Brothers, The Gospelettes of Elberton, Reginald Willis, Minister Jeremy Horne, Elder Keith Tooley and more. NONA 2:30 p.m. 706-353-7065 THE HOBOHEMIANS This six-piece, acoustic band utilizes banjo, ukulele, flute, accordion, saxophone, piano, various percussion, drums and bass

Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742 SHOWTIME Elite tha Showstoppa’s band plays eclectic hip hop mixed with rockin’ funky soul. THE HEAP Funky indie-soul band based here in Athens with a killer horn section and fronted by Bryan Howard’s low, bass growl. The Office Lounge Human Rights Festival Fundraiser. 8 p.m. 706-546-0840 HOLLY BELLE AND FRIENDS This local singer-songwriter sings smoky, acoustic ballads. THE PO’ BOYS “An all star jamtasm comprising of musicians from Lazy Locomotive, Fuzzbucket and Dr. Willis.” The World Famous 9 p.m. www.theworldfamousathens. com JE SUIS FRANCE The longtime goofball rockers return to the stage on the strength of a solid new album. SUMMER HYMNS Athens songwriter Zachary Gresham plays intricate and powerful indie-folk. GRAPE SODA This local duo plays spastic, psychedelic synthpop driven by organ and drums.

Caledonia Lounge 9:30 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18-20). www. JOYCUT Electro/darkwave band from Italy. BAXTER AND THE BASICS Local folk-inspired indie rock band that borrows from the fuzz of ‘90s alternative. HELEN SCOTT This local band plays folky, psychedelic, slightly off-kilter pop. Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m. FREE! www.flickertheatreandbar. com CANDID COAL PEOPLE Local footstomping dance-folk group. DONE GONE Local psych/folk outfit. DANIEL AMEDEE New Orleans-based experimental folk songwriter. Green Room 8 p.m. $3. SCOTT LOW Efren frontman plays a solo set of material from his new album, The Stories I Shouldn’t Tell. BETSY FRANCK Soulful, brassy Southern rock and country songs rooted in tradition. CALEB CAUDLE New Orleans-based songwriter playing soulful altcountry and roots-pop. JOSH PERKINS Long-running local folk-rocker.

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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 BLUES NIGHT WITH BIG C Nobody in Athens sings the blues quite like Big C (frontman for Big C and the Ringers). Expect lots of soulful riffs, covers and originals.

Tuesday 4 Caledonia Lounge 9:30 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18-20). www. IN THE LURCH Local three-piece that cranks out crunchy guitar riffs and sinister basslines, citing Primus and Tool as influences. DARSOMBRA Heavy drone-rock band from Batimore. WITHOUT FORM & VOID New local heavy rock band featuring members of Music Hates You and the Bastard Congregation. Cutters Pub 10 p.m. 706-353-9800 DJ MOB KNARLY Local DJ spins a set of party tunes. Georgia Theatre 8 p.m. $15. SNARKY PUPPY Technically proficient, Brooklyn-based jazz/funk outfit. MAZ Jazz-funk Snarky Puppy side project. Georgia Theatre On the Rooftop. 11 p.m. FREE! www. KENOSHA KID Centered around the instru-improv jazz compositions of guitarist Dan Nettles, Kenosha Kid performs as a duo tonight with drummer-extraordinaire Marlon Patton playing Moog synth bass with his left foot. This duo setting is wild and stretchy and will ably serve noise-rock fans and jam band listeners equally. The Melting Point Fat Tuesday Party! 6 p.m. $12 (adv.), $15 (door). NRBQ Legendary Florida-based rock band known for blending genres like jazz, pop and blues. THE DIXIELAND 5 Local trad-jazz/ Dixieland band that features a front line of trumpet, clarinet and trombone and a rhythm section of piano and tenor banjo. NONA 8 p.m. 706-353-7065 THE HOBOHEMIANS This six-piece, acoustic band utilizes banjo, ukulele, flute, accordion, saxophone, piano, various percussion, drums and bass to perform popular American and European roots music of the 1910s, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;20s and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;30s: a potent mix of protojazz, blues and folk. New Earth Athens Project Safe Benefit. 8 p.m. CARL LINDBERG / GRO/ CONSCIOUS See Tuesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s listing for full description Nowhere Bar 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742 TUESDAY NIGHT CONFESSIONAL Host Fester Hagood presents this weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s showcase of singersongwriter talent, featuring Eric & Daniel of Bloodkin, Marlin Brackett and Todd McBride.

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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. JINX REMOVER Formerly known as Close Talker, this local band plays driving, melodic indie rock. RACHEL KATE Fiesty power-folk from Charleston, SC. ANDREW KLEIN AND CHRIS BARNETT Members of local country-rock outfit Sam Sniper perform. Georgia Theatre 8 p.m. $10. ZOSO Formed in 1995, they are the ultimate Led Zeppelin tribute band. GIMME HENDRIX Local Jimi Hendrix cover band. Go Bar 9 p.m. $3 (21+), $5 (18â&#x20AC;&#x201C;20). 706546-5609 PALEHOUND Up-and-coming Yonkers, NY-based alt-rock group led by the talents of Ellen Kempner. ERIN LOVETT Ukelele strummer Lovett plays sweet, poppy folk. JO RB JONES Local experimental acoustic pop songwriter debuts with her new live band. BOO REEFA Indie folk-pop outfit. Go Bar 11 p.m. $3 (21+), $5 (18â&#x20AC;&#x201C;20). 706546-5609 MANATEES Punked-up garage band on Goner Records from Memphis, TN. FREE ASSOCIATES Local garagerock band that experiments with noise and attitude. SALTS Punk band from Atlanta featuring former members of Resons. DEAD NEIGHBORS This local band plays grunge- and shoegazeinspired rock tunes. Hi-Lo Lounge 10 p.m. FREE! 706-850-8561 KARAOKE WITH THE KING Sing your guts out every Wednesday! New Earth Athens Doggy Happy Hour. 6 p.m. $5 ($10 per family). www.newearthmusichall. com LOUIS PHILLIP PELOT Leaving Countries singer plays a solo set. SAM BURCHFIELD The local singersongwriter (and recent â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Idolâ&#x20AC;? contestant) plays a set of his folk-pop tunes.

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New Earth Athens 9 p.m. FREE! www.newearthmusichall. com ELEMENTS A weekly dance night with drink specials and DJs. Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742 YADATU â&#x20AC;&#x153;A unique, dynamic and in-your-face (but respectful of your boundaries) rock quartet from Lenoir, NC.â&#x20AC;? 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 Nicholas Wiles, Drew Hart and Steve Key for an evening of original music, improv and standards.



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ART ACAC Seeks New Members (Athens, GA) The Athens Cultural Affairs Commission is seeking three qualified candidates to each fill a three-year volunteer position. The ACAC meets on the second Monday of each month. Must be an ACC resident and registered voter and have demonstrated interest in the arts. Deadline Feb. 28, 5 p.m. Term begins in May. www.athenscultural Call for Artists (Farmington Depot Gallery) Now accepting applications for artists interested in participating in the annual Festifool Festival on Mar. 29â&#x20AC;&#x201C;30, 10 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;6 p.m. Call for Artists (Artland Loft Gallery at Chops & Hops, Watkinsville) Seeking an artist to display works. Email Mychell at Call for Artists (Athens, GA) An upcoming festival is seeking outsider artists, junk collectors, street performers, avant-garde bands and musicians, 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

AUDITIONS Live Art (Athens Creative Theatre (ACT)) Live Art is a musical revue highlighting Tony Award-winning shows. Auditions consist of a short prepared vocal solo of the performerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s choice. Bring sheet music. For ages 8 & up. Call to schedule an appointment. Auditions on Mar. 10â&#x20AC;&#x201C;11, 6â&#x20AC;&#x201C;9 p.m. Performances on Apr. 24â&#x20AC;&#x201C;27. 706-613-3628, www.

Scooby Doo, Where Are You? (Athens Little Playhouse) The Saturday morning cartoon comes alive on stage. Actors should be prepared to do a cold reading, participate in creative movement and create improvisation. Auditions on Feb. 24â&#x20AC;&#x201C;25, 6â&#x20AC;&#x201C;7:30 p.m. Performances on Apr. 25â&#x20AC;&#x201C;27 and May 2â&#x20AC;&#x201C;4.

CLASSES 2014 Athens Small Business Summit (The Classic Center) The summit is an all-day event for businesses of all sizes and stages of development. It includes educational breakout sessions, resources, experienced speakers and networking opportunities. Register by Apr. 15. Summit on Apr. 24. $79â&#x20AC;&#x201C;129. Bikram Hot Yoga (Bikram Yoga Athens) Classes in hot yoga are offered seven days a week. Beginners welcome. 706-353-9642, Dance Classes (Floorspace) Sulukule Bellydance presents classes in bellydancing, Bollywood dance, theatrical â&#x20AC;&#x153;bellyesque,â&#x20AC;? and Middle Eastern drumming. www. Fitness Classes (M.R.S. Physical Therapy and Wellness Center, Winterville) Zumba, yoga and bone defense classes are held weekly. www.medicalrehabilitationsystems. com 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. 706-613-1143, www.healingarts



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FESTER Fester is a fun and happy young cat who was hosting a party in the interaction room when I visited the Zeus House. He is comfortable around a crowd and could learn to be pals with a dog or other cats. AAHS could use dog crates for their foster dog program. Donations accepted at the Adoption Center or Zeus House in Watkinsville.

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Photography by Karen Hymer is currently on display in â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Third Act: Contemplating Agingâ&#x20AC;? at ATHICA through Sunday, Mar. 2. KORU Mindfulness Class for Emerging Adults (Mind Body Medicine Network) Decrease stress, worry less, enjoy better sleep and build self-confidence by learning to use mindfulness strategies. For ages 18â&#x20AC;&#x201C;29. Sundays, Mar. 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Apr. 13, 7â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8:15 p.m. $15/session. www. 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. 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;Linkstitch Binding.â&#x20AC;? Mar. 15â&#x20AC;&#x201C;16, 10 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;4 p.m. $180. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coptic Binding.â&#x20AC;? Mar. 29â&#x20AC;&#x201C;30, 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. Mac Workshops (PeachMac) Frequent introductionary courses. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Intro to iPad.â&#x20AC;? Mar. 1, 15, 22 or 29, 10 a.m. & Mar. 3 or Mar. 17, 6 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Intro to Mac.â&#x20AC;? Mar. 5 or Mar. 19, 10 a.m. & Mar. 1, 10 or 24, 6 p.m. FREE! 706-208-9990, www.peach 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;Woodcut: One Color, Two Parts.â&#x20AC;? Mar. 5 & 12, 6â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8 p.m. $65. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stampmaking.â&#x20AC;? Mar. 8, 2â&#x20AC;&#x201C;5 p.m. $35. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tea Towels! One Color Screenprinting.â&#x20AC;? Mar. 15, 2â&#x20AC;&#x201C;6 p.m. $50. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Posters! Two Color Screenprinting.â&#x20AC;? Mar. 20, 6â&#x20AC;&#x201C;7 p.m. & Mar. 27, 6â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8:30 p.m. $75. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Family Fun: Monotypes.â&#x20AC;? Apr. 15, 2â&#x20AC;&#x201C;5 p.m. $40. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Linocut: One Color, Two Parts.â&#x20AC;? Apr. 16 & 23, 6â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8 p.m. $65. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Totes! One Color Screenprinting.â&#x20AC;? Apr. 19, 2â&#x20AC;&#x201C;6 p.m. $50. Check website for full descriptions and to register. Reiki (Call for Location) Now accepting students for Reiki I, II and III/ master classes. Certified classes include all attunements, appropriate manual and light touch. Email or call

for details and directions. 706-4903816, Yoga (Mama Birdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Granola) With instructor Moira. Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. $5â&#x20AC;&#x201C;7/class. www.mamabirds Yoga Classes (Healing Arts Centre) Several types of ongoing classes are offered for all levels, including Hatha, restorative, Vinyasa, Tai Chi and meditation. 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 Zumba (Mama Birdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Granola) With instructor Maricela. Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. $5â&#x20AC;&#x201C;7. www.mamabirdsgranola. com

dents and organizations. No experience necessary, but first-timers should come to an orientation. www. HandsOn Northeast Georgia (Athens, GA) HandsOn NEGA is a project of Community Connection of Northeast Georgia that assists volunteers in finding flexible service opportunities at various organizations. Over 130 local agencies seek help with ongoing projects and special short-term events. Visit the website for a calendar and to register. Williams Farm Work Days (Williams Farms, 481 Ruth St.) Help Williams Farm prepare for the spring season. Feb. 22, Mar. 1, Mar. 15, Mar. 27 and Mar. 28, 10 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;2 p.m. 706-613-0122, www.athensland


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 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 of courses. 706-6133623, lyndonhouse Spring Break Mini Camps (Multiple Locations) March Madness Mini Camp at Lay Park includes arts and crafts, baking, working in the computer lab and more. Spring Break â&#x20AC;&#x153;Space is the Placeâ&#x20AC;? Camp at Rocksprings Park exploring NASA history, making a spacecraft and star

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 Call for Volunteers (Madison County Library, Danielsville) Seeking a few volunteers to assist with day-to-day tasks. Ages 13 & up are eligible. madison 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 Film Athens (Athens, GA) Currently seeking motion graphic editing interns to help with the Sprockets Music Video Festival. Projects include creating promo videos and building an online archive of past video entries. Interns should be experienced in motion graphics and Final Cut Pro Adobe CS products and available on Tuesdays afternoons for three months. sprockets@ Free IT (Free IT Athens) Volunteers wanted to refurbish and recycle computers. Free IT Athens provides technology resources to Athens resi-


SUPPORT Alanon (540 Prince Ave.) Alanon: a 12 step recovery program for those affected by someone else’s drinking. Tuesdays, 7:30–8:30 p.m. FREE! 478-955-3422 Alcoholics Anonymous (Athens, GA) If you want to drink, that’s your business. If you want to stop, we can help. 706-389-4164, Bi Men’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, 6–8 p.m., in Clarke County. First and Third Mondays, 6:30–8 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, 6:30–8 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


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.–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. www. First Person Project (Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries) What makes you feel safe and secure? What stories from childhood or adulthood best describe your fears—how you’ve confronted them and how they’ve shaped you? How do these stories of security and fear intertwine? Six sets of partners will be accepted for an audio recording and photo session to be archived

by The Russell Library. Mar. 7, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. (1 hour sessions). $10 suggested donation. 706-542-5788, Sprang Co-ed Ultimate Frisbee League (Southeast Clarke Park) This league is casual enough for beginners, yet competitive enough for ultimate frisbee vets. Deadline to register is Mar. 7. Mondays, Mar. 10–May 26, 5–7:30 p.m. $30 (members), $42., www. sprang Sprockets International Music Video Festival (Athens, GA) Sprockets is now accepting submissions of music videos to be screened at the Georgia Music Video Show and Sprockets International Music Video Show in July. Early deadline Apr. 1. Late deadline Apr. 15. $25. sprocketsmusicvideo Thrift Sale Drop Off (OCAF, Watkinsville) Donations can be dropped off every Saturday, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., until Mar. 7. Accepted items include furniture, appliances, books, toys, clothing, etc. 706-7694565, f

paper and magazine letters. Through February. • Small paintings by Lou Kregel. Through March. 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 Michael 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 artistrun gallery space. Through Mar. 3. • In Gallery 101, “Rachel Cox: Some Points.” Through Mar. 6. • In the Bridge Gallery, “Within a Bounded Field” explores the relationship between frames and the content of a work. Opening reception Feb. 20. Through Mar. 14. • In the Plaza Gallery, “Pspspspspst-zzzzzt!” is a series of one or two-person shows by painting students that will rotate every Sunday and Wednesday. Through Mar. 14. • In the Suite Gallery, “Big Bird, Little Bird” displays vinyl prints of predatory birds in the school’s windowpanes and scare off and protect smaller birds. Opening reception Feb. 20. Through Mar. 14 MADISON COUNTY LIBRARY (1315 Hwy. 98 W., Danielsville) Mixed media constructions by Ron Moran. Through February. • Artwork by Jennifer Clegg. Through March. 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. 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, Jeramy Lammano and Jean Langkau. Through Mar. 23. OCONEE COUNTY LIBRARY (1080 Experiment Station Rd.) Photography by Barbara Holder. Through February. • Photography by Liz Lord. Through March. 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. • Artwork by Madeline Goodman. Through March. 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. Through July. 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 all-female artist show, ranges from pottery, fabric, paintings, photography, glasswork and more. Through March. VIVA! ARGENTINE CUISINE (247 Prince Ave.) Artwork by Rita Rogers Marks. • Artwork by Amanda Stevens.


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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. Through Mar. 12. COFFEE SHOP OF ATHENS (2950 Atlanta Hwy.) “Tainted Love” includes works by Lamar Dodd School of Art students. 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 Cheri Wranosky, Chris Hubbard, Rebecca Wood, Veronica Darby and more. FLICKER THEATRE & BAR (263 W. Washington St.) Artwork by Panhandle Slim. Through February. • Artwork by Emileigh Ireland. Through March. 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. HEIRLOOM CAFE AND FRESH MARKET (815 N. Chase St.) Paintings by Leslie Moody. Through February. • Works by local quilt maker Sarah Hubbard. March–April. HENDERSHOT’S COFFEE BAR (237 Prince Ave.) In “The Space Between Us,” Melody Croft paints oil portraits that incorporate poetry using news-



gazing. Super Spring Break Mini Camp at the East Athens Community Center includes crafts, costumes, fitness activities and more. For ages 6–12. All camps held Mar. 10–14, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. $40–60. www.athens Spring Explorers Treasure Hunt (Sandy Creek Nature Center) Each day kids will explore the nature center in search of hidden treasure. Hikes, crafts and snacks are also included. For ages 4–12. Mar. 12–Mar. 14, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. $20–30. 706-613-3615


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5BR/1BA house ($1000/mo.) CHAC, W/D. 12 ft. celings, HWflrs. Need handyman to work off rent. 353 Oak St. Walk to UGA. (706) 548-4819, (706) 319-1846.

Houses for Rent 2BR/1BA free-standing house off Oglethorpe. W/D, gas oven, low utils., tile bath. $650/mo. Avail. now. (706) 5 4 8 - 9 7 9 7 . w w w. b o u l e v a rd 2, 3 & 4 BR houses available Fall. 5 Pts. and Dwntwn. See at (706) 224-8002. Owner/Broker Herbert Bond Realty. 3BR/2BA house close to campus. Quiet street off College Station, lg. yd. w/ deck, garage. HWflrs., appls., W/D, CHAC. 1 mi. from campus. Avail. Aug 1. $890/mo. Call (706) 247-3708.




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Advice for Life’s Persistent Questions Non-Student, Non-Person? I’m a late-20-something with a fulltime job. I’m not in graduate school, don’t play in a band and try not to party like I did in undergrad during the week. Any advice on where to meet that someone special in a town that seems dominated by undergraduates? Grown Up

My mind feels like a knotted mess, and I’m wondering if I’ll ever find what it takes to make my dream (whatever it may be) come true. I don’t think I’m lazy, and I’m confident enough, I’m just having a hard time focusing on the opportunity. Thanks for your advice. Free-floating

Lee Gatlin

Yes, your mind certainly sounds like a knotted mess. I’m going to bullet-point this to help you focus, FF: • You have too many choices right now. There’s a cultural Given the number of 20- and 30-year-olds there are in myth that more choices are better, but research says that we Athens, it can be really difficult to find a social scene if you’re actually prefer a smaller, limited number of options. You need not part of the university. If you want to meet someone to to whittle down your options from infinitely many to a mandate, I suggest a two-pronged approach. First, you need to ageable number. build the life you want even though you haven’t yet found • You don’t know what your the person you’re hoping will dream is. A lot of people face be part of it. This means figurthat problem. There are two ing out what your interests are misconceptions surrounding outside of work and finding The Dream. First, it’s false that a group of people who share there is exactly one thing that them. Think political involveyou must do in order to be ment, rock climbing, reading, happy and fulfilled. You could cycling, juggling, running, film, find happiness, joy and creativpainting, etc. If you build a life ity in a lot of arenas and from around the things you’re intera lot of sources. The second ested in, you’ll meet and attract misconception claims that it is like-minded people. In short, possible to discern Your Dream you’re looking to become the through speculation and trying type of person you would like different things for six months to date. at a time. Your dream will take Second, you need to be shape only if you choose a outside of your house. This starting point in an area that can be hard to do sometimes, interests you, then carefully especially if you haven’t found and consistently reflect on what a comfortable place to go yet. does and doesn’t make you For this part of the plan, you happy in that situation. need to cast a really wide net. Thus far in your life, it Accept every social invitation sounds like you’ve only changed that doesn’t conflict with your direction by bumping into morals. Attend as many events things. It’s time to explore in as you can manage. Once you’re a focused and deliberate way. out there, approach people and or Here’s what I want you to do: make yourself approachable. • Do a personal annual Your goal is to meet people and review. It will take a few days, talk just a little bit. That way, but you need to start it today. the next time you see them, In this process, you reflect on what has and hasn’t gone well you’ll have someone you’re comfortable talking to. What you’re in the past year of your life. You look at specific facets of your doing here is recreating, on a smaller and more deliberate life—yours might include creativity, job search and finances. scale, the repeated, effortless run-ins you had with people in You think about what you want your life to look like one year college. from now, set specific goals and then list in detail the next So that’s what the plan looks like in the abstract. Now you steps toward accomplishing those goals. You can find more need to apply it to Athens. For exploring what you’re interdetails online. Give this exercise its due, but don’t agonize ested in and finding events to attend, here’s a starter list: over it. It is a starting point and does not have to be perfect. Take classes at Canopy, a gym or Good Dirt; join a book club; • Make a commitment to yourself to spend at least two run with Athens Road Runners; work on a political campaign; years doing whatever you decide to do. No jumping around attend Athens YPN; join or form a kickball team; sign up to every six months. If you’re unhappy with what you’re doing, volunteer at Twilight or AthFest; attend Dancing with the use that as an opportunity to identify what you don’t want. Athens Stars or Harvest for the Homeless… Negative information is helpful, too. One final note: If you are a man trying to meet a woman, • Do not take on any more debt. Do you hear me? No more yoga and fitness classes are an almost completely overlooked student debt, no credit card debt, no car payment, no borrowopportunity. Attend any yoga class. There will be at most three ing $10 from a friend for lunch. Debt will narrow your options men there, including you. You will be noticed. to a pinhole and destroy your freedom to explore. • There are two books I want you to look at. For the purposes of figuring out what you want from your job, a more I graduated this summer with a BFA in Art Education. experienced free spirit and ideal-life seeker than me recomHowever, I’m still trying to find my passion, and I’m lost. I’ll be mends What Color is Your Parachute? You referenced your stu26 this year, and I feel young and old at the same time. Life is dent debt, and you seem to recognize that money can limit so short; I want to take advantage of the time I have to start your choices or give you the freedom to explore what you want something extraordinarily fulfilling. to do. You want it to do the latter. Get The Money Book for the I changed my major a few times in college because I’m so Young, Fabulous, and Broke. Finish both books. indecisive. Instead of getting a job within my field, I’m teachHere’s your takeaway: Start something—anything—and ing English in another country. I could easily travel the world see it through. Be reflective and intentional about what you teaching English, but I still feel the need to do something more choose to do, but don’t become paralyzed. You are only making creative and sustainable, something that’s mine and meaninga two-year commitment at a time—unless you take on debt, ful. I love so many simple things in life, but living life won’t pay in which case you will find yourself locked in for much longer. the bills. Fashion makes my blood boil, but I don’t see how I And remember, finding your dream while building your life is a could fit in to the competitive, fast-paced lifestyle or afford to process, not a step. live somewhere like NYC on an unpaid internship. I have student loans to pay! Rhonda






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