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See and Be Seen on Prince Saturday, May 17 proved to be a nice, cool day for See and Be Seen on Prince, with a variety of events and a nice group of strolling folks, many of them with children. We threw together some last-minute activities for kids and enjoyed visiting with them and their parents and other friends, strangers, politicians and interested folks who dropped by. We proudly gave impromptu tours of our new office for those who wanted to see it. The day was just another reminder of the vitality of life along Prince Avenue and the dangers. A car hit a bike earlier in the day, and people as usual had to exercise extreme caution getting across the fast thoroughfare, where not even a baby carriage is enough to grab the attention of some drivers. Reports filtered down from up the street that people were enjoying the photo booth, the book readings, the bike-repair and the general strolling and visiting. Tony Eubanks put it all together, and a lot of people jumped in to help.
Politics Withdrawal Even with no idea who wins in any of the races, one can only point out again how the Republicans took Jared Bailey’s voter strength out of his District 5 and threw it into District 3, pitting Cobbham and Boulevard against the black voters left over in District 3. The Republican gerrymandering that has so violently skewed voting all over the country, herding blacks and liberals into ghetto-districts, finally happened here: Blacks and white liberals crammed into District 3. District 5 neutered. District 4 (not up for election this time) spread all over. District 7 no longer the Five Points district and not even contested this time. Unless there are some happy surprises, we can look forward to four more years of unimaginative resistance to any attempts to tackle any of our problems. It could be the end of Athens as we know it, and a lot of folks think that’s just fine. Pete McCommons firstname.lastname@example.org
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method would take and the safety of transporting heavy kegs that way. (My advice? Hire Matthew Stafford.) Downtown Trash: Another perennial issue is downtown’s funk, and I ain’t talking about The HEAP. Officials think they have an answer for that, too. ACC Solid Waste currently picks up downtown trash three times a day—once in the afternoon, once after restaurants close and again after bars close. While customers aren’t supposed to put trash bags out more than an hour before pickup, they often do, so those bags sit out in the sun leaking an unholy mixture of beer backwash and Lord knows what else onto the sidewalk. As with deliveries, Athens’ lack of alleys comes into play here, too—there is nowhere to put rollcarts. Solid Waste proposed “trash corrals” on downtown street corners last year, but commissioners quickly rejected the idea. Department director Jim Corley is now recommending continuous pickup downtown. He wants to buy two minigarbage trucks that could easily navigate downtown streets and run them throughout the area constantly. The trucks and two compactors would cost $315,000, which Corley asked commissioners last week to include in ACC’s fiscal 2015 budget. (That budget, incidentally, will be discussed at the commission’s Thursday, May 22 agenda-setting meeting.) Of course, bags would still be lying out for some period of time, leading Commissioner Andy Herod to ask whether we should use stronger bags. The ones we use now are very high quality, Corley responded—not that it makes a difference. “When you have a busted
Downtown Deliveries: Athens Downtown Development Authority officials think they’ve found a solution to the delivery trucks that clog up Clayton and Washington streets because downtown Athens lacks alleys. After hearing from business owners, beer distributors and county officials Tuesday, May 13, they’re leaning toward restricting deliveries to 3 a.m.–11 a.m. and setting up loading zones on less-busy Jackson Street and College Avenue for when deliveries have to be made at other times. The idea of requiring deliveries to be made in the morning has been floated before, but bar owners opposed it because they or their managers would have to wake up just a few hours after closing to accept the deliveries. However, local beer distributors have said they’re willing to deliver right after the bars close, according to ADDA Executive Director Pamela Thompson. No bar owners came to the work session, although Thompson said they were notified. She and parking director Chuck Horton will issue a report in June that Mayor Nancy Denson will then pass along to the Athens-Clarke County Commission. So, bar owners, you might want to take note and go to the next ADDA meeting. Downtown master plan czar Jack Crowley has suggested a staging area near the Classic Center where trucks could unload onto golf carts to make deliveries, but distributors raised concerns about the time that delivery
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There can be only one Mayor Denson. beer bottle in the bag, it doesn’t matter how strong it is, it’ll tear,” he said. Downtown Master Plan: Jack Crowley’s master plan calls for infill development on surface parking lots and vacant property. (See p. 9 for an example of what he wants someone to do with the lot next to City Hall.) The ADDA is taking the first step toward developing underutilized land by asking developers to submit plans for county-owned land downtown. Crowley has suggested offering developers long-term leases, rather than selling public property outright, which would allow us to be very picky about finding just the right project while also providing a steady revenue stream. Affordable Housing: The ACC Commission is set to award the Athens Land Trust $274,650 in federal HOME grants to renovate six houses on Waddell Street to rent out to low-income tenants and build another house that will be sold to a first-time homebuyer. Commissioners George Maxwell and Kathy Hoard, who represent that area, praised the land trust for revitalizing a neighborhood scarred by burnedout buildings, vacant lots and vagrants. “The Athens Land Trust is changing the face of that neighborhood for the better,” Hoard said. Interim director Rob Trevena seems to be righting the ship at the ACC Housing and Community Development Department. The East Athens Development Corporation, which
has had other issues in the past and recently defaulted on a grant, leading to a slap on the wrist from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, is no longer an approved recipient for HOME grants. And HCD is finally spending $187,000 in grants that it had been sitting on for years and would lose if they’re not committed by July. Smile!: Another issue the commission will be considering at its Thursday, May 22 agendasetting meeting is adding more video cameras downtown. Currently, downtown has 16 surveillance cameras that are monitored from 11 p.m.–4 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. The cameras record images 24/7 (the tapes are purged after five days). Since downtown has grown with all the new student housing developments, police want to spend $150,000 on more cameras, which Chief Jack Lumpkin describes as a “force multiplier” that helps identify witnesses and suspects without hiring additional officers. Surveillance cameras are ubiquitous in pretty much every city these days, but it wouldn’t surprise me if someone raised privacy issues. ACCTV: Charter cable is switching to an alldigital format, so effective June 10, the government-access station will be moving from channel 7 to 180. Blake Aued firstname.lastname@example.org
I was taught early that you shouldnâ€™t cut off your nose to spite your face. In other words, donâ€™t engage in destructive action just because youâ€™re angry at someone, because you usually end up hurting yourself more than the other person. I wish our elected leadership had remembered that during their consideration of whether the state should accept billions of dollars from the federal government to expand Medicaid coverage for low-income families. This expansion of Medicaid is a key provision of the Affordable Care Act, known more familiarly as Obamacare. The law provides that for three years, beginning in 2014, the federal government must pay 100 percent of a stateâ€™s costs of expanding Medicaid so that more people who canâ€™t afford health insurance will have access to medical care. After that three-year period, the federal government is required to continue paying 90 percent of the costs associated with expanded Medicaid, while the state picks up the other 10 percent. States can choose whether to accept that federal money. If Gov. Nathan Deal said yes to the offer, it would result in more than $3 billion in federal funds flowing into Georgia this year. Deal has refused to accept the money to expand coverage, even though such health care groups as the Medical Association of Georgia and the Georgia Hospital Association support expansion. A new law transfers the authority for that decision from his office to the General Assembly, which means the state likely will never take the money. Other governors have accepted the federal funds, including such Republican chief executives as Rick Snyder of Michigan, Jan Brewer of Arizona, Chris Christie of New Jersey and Terry Branstad of Iowa. Brewer, who probably dislikes President Obama as much as any Republican governor does, had to browbeat a GOP-controlled legislature to get approval for
the federal funds, but after she succeeded she remarked, â€œIt was a win, win, win all the way around.â€? When Christie made the decision to accept federal money for New Jersey, he said, â€œWe are putting people first. Which is why, after considerable discussion and research, I have decided to participate in the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act.â€? Deal and the legislative leadership in Georgia have taken the opposite course, and I think a large factor in their decision is political spite towards a Democratic president. What better way to express that spite than to slap the hand offering you billions of dollars? The widespread media coverage of the Obamacare implementation has prompted thousands of people to step forward to sign up for Medicaid coverage. In many cases, these are people who were already eligible for Medicaid coverage but were not aware of itâ€”so they will get health care coverage even if their state does not participate in the Obamacare-funded expansion. Health care experts call this the â€œwoodwork effect,â€? because these people have figuratively come out of the woodwork to sign up for Medicaid. A recent study indicates that nearly 100,000 people in Georgia who had been eligible for Medicaid coverage all along signed up for the program as Obamacare was being rolled out in recent months. They will require the state to pay an estimated $90 million a year more for Medicaid expenses. That is where our elected leadership has put us. The state refuses to take more than $3 billion in federal funds for Medicaid expansion, but it is on the hook to pay another $90 million in Medicaid costs anyway. That doesnâ€™t sound like a smart deal to me, but thatâ€™s what happens when your decisions are influenced by personal spite instead of logic and reasoning.
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his planting season has seen at least two local commuNot every renter who reserved a box was present that A church lawn vegetable garden is maybe like a collard nity gardens sprout skyward—one in Winterville and the Saturday. “Some people couldn’t come out today, of course,” patch beside the governor’s mansion: disarming and refreshother off Prince Avenue. Scott said. “All they have to do is call us, and we’ll get them set ing at the same time. The garden at Chase and Prince includes Tomato plants, okra seeds and various other veggies found up with planting and water and irrigation.” Planters saturated collards for one-third of a row. “We want everybody to feel a new place in the sun Saturday, Apr. 26, as participants at box contents, using a long garden hose and watering wand, comfortable here,” Floyd said. “We don’t want people who are Pittard Park delved into dirt work that initiated the Winterville before dipping divots in the surface to accept small plants. agnostic or go to church somewhere else to think that they are community garden’s first growing season. The project serves That first planting day, volunteers installed irrigation drip not welcome here or can’t be a part of this community.” two purposes: It provides a place for neighbors to combine lines as plants met dirt. Activity drew in the curious—passThe garden’s first year saw a half dozen participants. The labor, as in an old-time barn-raising, with the goal of producersby wanting to know the purpose of the project and the way second year, a church women’s group upped money to add ing fresh, unprocessed vegetables for the town’s needy. The to become involved. “We have 80 boxes, and we’re looking to more garden boxes. This year brought something of an epiphproject also provides garden spaces for rent, where renters can rent about 70,” Scott said. any: Young Harris Pastor David Wofford entered talks with Erin plant and tend within a chemical-free growing environment to Barger, director of Action Ministries, the group that operates supply their own tables. the Athens soup kitchen Our Daily Bread at First Baptist Church “We have people who are patrons of Landscape architect Josh Koons, who is working with the downtown. “David and Erin started talking about how we could City of Winterville to design Pittard Park improvements, laid Our Daily Bread who eat lunch at the soup work together to use that garden to provide fresh fruits and out the garden as one parkland enhancement. Koons’ design vegetables for Our Daily Bread,” Floyd said. kitchen and come out and work with us.” includes drip irrigation for each garden box and timer-conNext, Wofford applied for a Methodist grant called Peace trolled watering in the morning and evening. The Winterville with Justice. “We got $1,000,” Floyd said. “We were able to till City Council has backed the project with SPLOST funding for Box rent is $15 per season. Participation is not restricted to and buy seed. We installed a drip irrigation system. And a sign, materials and design. Winterville residents. “Everybody’s welcome,” Scott said. “The ‘One Community Garden.’” As soon as most of the irrigation system became operational more, the merrier.” Application forms and garden rules can be The sign emphasizes inclusiveness, Floyd said. “Churched last month, word went out for a first planting the next day. downloaded from cityofwinterville.com by following the comand un-churched; rich and poor—we wanted a name that said “I sent emails and phone calls yesterday,” Barry Scott said munity garden link in the left margin of the webpage. that. We wanted people in Cobbham to feel comfortable here on the Saturday morning that planting began. Scott and Traci Into its third planting in as many springs, the community and people from Our Daily Bread. We have people who are O’Brien co-chair the steering committee that organized the garden at Young Harris Memorial United Methodist Church in patrons of Our Daily Bread who eat lunch at the soup kitchen garden project. Scott’s Friday communication brought out Athens occupies the same site as the earliest garden club in and come out and work with us.” several place renters, most with tomato plants raring for pay the United States. A state historical marker at the corner of Under the newly established cooperative, Floyd represents dirt. “Our first planter today was Jack Hanes,” Scott said. “I Chase Street and Prince Avenue (one corner of the expansive the church, and Drew Hooks represents the soup kitchen. Hooks think he was here about 9:30 works for Action Ministries. He [a.m.] And he was ready to knows about growing vegetables plant.” Hanes placed his Better and about what is needed at the Boy-variety tomatoes where they kitchen, Floyd said. “It wouldn’t could stretch out and grow. make sense for us to grow a Patsy Hinson planted beans, whole lot of something that they zucchini, tomatoes, lettuce, couldn’t use then,” she pointed spinach and an Irish potato out. brought from her cupboard. Her The expanded effort has also goal, she said, is a naturallymoved the project outside the grown table supply, free of the box. The bulk of planting this chemicals commercial growers season is in freshly tilled ground apply. Linda Russell concentrated laid off in crop rows, not in on tomatoes in her space, half raised garden beds. “We rented of a growing bed shared with a a tiller at Lowes,” Floyd said. “It friend. Athens resident Donald took us two or three times to Fowler had tomatoes, okra, find the one that would dig deep onions, squash and cucumbers enough.” in mind for his patch. “And one Hooks manned the plow marigold,” he added. More than handles with help from garden pretty, a marigold planted near volunteer Mike McLaughlin. a tomato helps discourage a bug They tilled to a depth of nearly from biting into your harvest one-and-a-half feet, McLaughlin before you can. Planter Brenda said. Compost and manure from King put in beets, arugula, basil, a church member’s horse farm onions and some sweet banana added soil nutrients. Hay atop peppers—all of that in addition mounded rows protects some to two kinds of heirloom tomato: vegetable sprouts just emerging. Homestead and Mr. Stripey. King The first harvest for use at also planted a plastic pinwheel, Our Daily Bread was radishes something to identify her plantpicked Saturday morning, May 3, ing box amid the sea of similar by volunteer Julia Jones. Those boxes. will store in a church refrigerator Volunteer Julia Jones shows off a radish, rooted up in the first harvest of fresh vegetables bound from One Community Garden to Our Daily Bread. until Hooks transports them to This garden in boxes— about 80 altogether—covers the soup kitchen, Floyd said. most of an acre beside Winterville’s downtown firehouse and church campus) places that earlier meeting of soil-amending The garden invites participants to donate labor in the rows recycling center. Soon, gravel topped with mulch will cover minds around 1891. “A few of us kept looking at that sign that feed the soup kitchen in exchange for a spot in a garden paths between boxes. A three-rail wood fence ultimately will and thinking, ‘Well, there’s nothing that grows there now but box, where they can grow their own vegetables. To participate enclose the garden space, backed with fence wire to discourage grass’,” recounted Allison Floyd, on staff at the church. or for more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. ground-level varmints. Floyd spearheaded the church’s community garden in 2012 As Floyd weeded a box with volunteer Nancee Tomlinson, Volunteers christened the feed-the-hungry boxes with with UGA agriculture student Daniel Tinsley. A group of church she schemed toward a shared harvest of arugula and cucumnumerous plantings on the same day as the rented boxes. men built wooden boxes that year to house a raised garden. bers. Was there ever such faith in a benevolent future as where Volunteer JoAnn Snow furnished several tomato plants started “We built the little garden and invited people from the neighfingers poke seeds into freshly turned earth? “The way I feel from seed. Snow also provided pepper plants—some hot, some borhood to come garden,” Floyd recalled. The idea, she said, about it is the plants are beautiful,” Floyd said, “But the mild. Don’t plant the two varieties close, came the instruction, was to make productive some otherwise fallow land. The garden experiences, the company, gardening together is what it’s all or the mild ones go hot as well. That is by cross-pollination, would also serve as an access point, she explained, a way to about.” not peer pressure, it was explained. The things you can learn in dispel any members-only aura from the church campus, a seta garden. ting of wide lawns and massive buildings. Jeff Warren
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she said. â€œInstead, they read in the paper that Bethel is the problem, but there are issues throughout downtown.â€? ACCPD officers at the meeting noted that, through regular meetings with ACC Manager Alan Reddish, the city is recognizing the decrease in crime. And members of the residentsâ€™ association have formed committees not only to organize events and an official â€œget out the voteâ€? effort, but also to help publicize the positive things coming out of Bethel. The residents association has been working with UGAâ€™s Fanning Institute to develop leadership skills, recruit more members and create more committees. Russell, at the stakeholders meeting, said money was available to support the residents in their efforts. Kristen Morales
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Children play on the playground at Bethel Midtown Village, where one year ago a residents association formed to work with management to make the property safe and clean. anyway. H.J. Russell has owned the apartment complex since the 1960s, specifically serving low-income tenants as required by HUD, which funded its construction during the Urban Renewal era. â€œNot anything immediate,â€? Russell said. â€œWe always are looking at assets, but right now we just did a refinancing, so that locked us in for the next three-to-five years.â€? The recently completed Downtown Master Plan, recognizing that Bethel is privately owned, does not recommend redeveloping the complex, although it does propose infill development and redevelopment at Athens Housing Authority properties near downtown. Russellâ€™s appearance at the monthly meeting was unusual, yet welcome, as recent management changes at the apartments have not only helped residents feel more empowered to make changes at the property but also have helped stem crime. Athens-Clarke County police officers attending the March and April meetings also noted a decrease in crime in and around the complex. Delene Porter, president of the Athens Area Community Foundation, noted that itâ€™s one thing for arrests to be downâ€”there were five at Bethel last month, according to ACCPD officers at the meeting, with the majority of arrests stemming from warrants or trespassing charges for non-residentsâ€”but the next step is getting word to to the community. â€œHow can we engage everyone that Bethel is safe?â€?
Russell also asked about early childhood education programs, noting itâ€™s something the company supports from a charitable aspect. As residents head into another summer looking for positive programs for the kids who live there, the next task residents and the management team face is putting together either a summer camp or a structured reading program. Members of the stakeholders group also have been working with the UGA Athletic Department to organize a visit from athletes and mascot Hairy Dawg in conjunction with a summer reading program. The trouble area, several at the meeting noted, was with middle and high school students, who can benefit the most from simply finding a summer job to keep them occupied and out of trouble. Police, schools and the residents association offered a more personal view of whatâ€™s been going on at Bethel. While the exterior of the buildings may not change, whatâ€™s been going on inside has seen a turnaround, and itâ€™s filtering down to the residents as a better quality of life. â€œItâ€™s very pleasing for me to see, as the owner of this property, everyone working together and the incidents [of crime] going down,â€? Russell said. â€œI can tellâ€Ś there is a sense of stability. We recently did a refinancing of our debt; when there is volatility in the financing, thereâ€™s volatility in the property.â€? Kristen Morales
The Downtown Master Plan Pt. 9: THE COOKBOOK
This is the ninth installment in a series of articles by University of Georgia College of Environment and Design professor Jack Crowley. In this series, Crowley explains the downtown Athens master plan that his team has generated to guide development downtown.
thens’ already vibrant downtown is complex. Thousands gave us input on their visions to make it even better, and the plan has a large number of suggested ideas and projects. Hopefully these visions for improvement will get adopted, but complex plans for a complex downtown can find themselves stored on dusty shelves. The goal is to keep these ideas in front of the many who are in positions to implement them on behalf of the public or private sectors, or both in partnership. All of the aspirations of the 2030 master plan won’t get done. Some will change, but each one that is completed will bring us an increment of added downtown quality. One of the implementation methods I developed for the Downtown Tulsa Master Plan (completed in 2009) was dubbed the “cookbook.” Hundreds of million dollars in projects have been completed there. A master plan, even one covering only 10 to 20 years, is necessarily general. A cookbook takes a vision or project that is timely and critical and develops a more specific plan on how it might look and how it might get built.
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the surrounding buildings, perhaps reserved during the day for government workers. The park and festival space on top is shown with an outside roof covering the space. With electrical outlets on outside building walls and all-weather roof protection, this is a particularly suitable space for farmers markets and festivals. It can provide self-contained space for small festivals and extension space for larger events, such as AthFest and the Twilight Criterium. The land rent paid to the government is usually calculated as a small percentage of the rent charged by the building owner, who is solely responsible for the costs to build the facility. The term of the land lease is long enough to make economic sense for the owner. A project like this would tend to need a lease term of between 45–60 years. The income derived by the public could be earmarked in part for the maintenance, enhancement and management of the park and festival space. This is just one example of how parts of the downtown plan can be implemented using, in this case, both the vehicles of a public/private partnership and land leasing. This doesn’t preclude the government from being the building’s office tenant.
Do Athens voters support the Clarke County school board replacing paper textbooks with electronic notebooks next year for grades 3–10? Do Athens voters support the continued Ombudsman program for students who grossly disrupt the regular school setting? Do voters support the continued emphasis of the Career Academy over the offering of career, technical and agricultural education classes at the high schools? Do voters support establishing a charter school that will function in the early evenings for older teens who are on the verge of dropping out of school? Do voters support the distribution of surplus school district computers to county residents for a nominal charge? The silence is deafening. As a voter, I support some of these actions and have questions as to the details of others. As the newly-elected school board member for District 1, the lack of interest on the part of county residents is disheartening. Though the education of our children rates very high-interest in national opinion polls, this interest does not translate to the local level. This lack of community interest in local schools hit home when I tried to get myself invited to the candidates forum sponsored by the Athens-Clarke County Federation of Neighborhoods. In an emailed response, I was told, “We have produced this event with just enough time for the candidates running for mayor and county commission to address the audience. We do not have anyone running for the Board of Education in the program, but I would encourage you to attend and network at the event.” On May 20, county voters went to the polls to elect the mayor, five county commissioners and five school board members. One commissioner, one commission candidate, four incumbent school board members and I, the lone candidate in school board District 1, ran unopposed. All five people running for school board had no opposition. In a recent interview sponsored by The Light 1470 AM, a high school student asked me why there is so little interest in the school board. I coughed and stammered through that one. When I started my teaching career in 1989 at Burke County High School, I was already a parent. As an assembly line worker on overtime at Ford Motor Company, I had no time to follow actions of the local school board. I was working hard enough just trying to keep my teenage stepson in school. But when I became a high school teacher, I saw involvement slightly differently. I gained administration support for holding swap days where the parent could replace the student at school. I also gained support for organizing many parent and administrator breakfasts and parenting classes. Involving parents on a school level continued when I became a middle school counselor in Augusta. It was when I was hired in 2008 as Clarke County School District Family Engagement and Equality Specialist that I began to see parent involvement in a still larger context. Bringing school staff into neighborhoods and parents into the schools for decision-making purposes became an important part of my job description. Now that I am elected to the school board, I will be an advocate for community involvement. What that means is that as a candidate, I want to be queried as to who I am, what my beliefs about education are, and what my positions are on current issues facing the board. I want to be held accountable. I also want to hold the school board accountable for going into the community and explaining the decisions it is making. There are many good decisions being made by school district administrators. There are also decisions being made that need more input and further thought. I am realistic in the knowledge that most parents in District 1 will not hold me accountable for my votes on the school board, because their limited time will be spent focused on motivating their children to do right. I am realistic in knowing that most of those who are too young or too old to have children in public school have other community concerns that they see as more pressing. What I do expect is for the printed and electronic media to hold me accountable. What I do expect is for community-based organizations to hold me accountable. What I do hope for is a small group of citizenry who will serve as watchdogs of the school board. May it be so.
This was a great chance to implement part of a plan before it was adopted. A detailed cookbook plan was quickly put together and advanced to the decision-makers, which allowed for improvements to be made on the block that would fit with what would later be called for in the plan. The open space/park portion of the block was presented in an earlier article. The western end of the same block was also covered in the cookbook and is shown here as an example. The site is the open southwest corner of the block, where there is a surface parking lot across from the Washington Street Parking Deck. The cookbook illustrated a scenario where this underutilized area is infilled by the private sector on land owned by the unified government. The government, using the cookbook plan as a general development guideline, puts out a request for proposals (RFP) to develop the site. The plan suggests a three- to four-level commercial building with a floor area of approximately 6,000 square feet be erected at the corner adjacent to a repositioned parking lot on Lumpkin Street. Although it’s up to the developer, the building likely would house office space on the upper levels and a restaurant on the street. A planned plaza that covers the parking lot creates a hardscape that is level with the adjacent City Hall Park and expands it. The cookbook diagrams included with this article show a covered parking level with direct access to all four of
First, there is a picture of what a project can look like, just as you might view an elegant cake in a cookbook. It expresses a clear end-product to get you excited about getting started. The cookbook includes ingredients like parking, streetscapes and a mix of developed uses. The “baking” instructions include the likely participants, such as a public/private partnership, development incentives and funding methods. Like preparing food, a project that would appear to be complex can be clearly explained and separated into easy-to-understand development pieces. The cookbook is developed over time, when particular projects have windows of implementation opportunity. Such was the instance involving the City Hall block, for which the first recipe in the cookbook was prepared. Many participants in the planning process advocated for a family-friendly park in the downtown. By taking the parking lot in the center of the City Hall block and replacing it with a park, this goal would be met both historically and in green space. Athens-Clarke County was about to spend SPLOST money on the very same block, but not with the solution that had evolved in the master plan in mind. To complicate matters further, the plan wasn’t finished and certainly not yet adopted.
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movie dope drew’s review GODZILLA (PG-13) The King of Monsters has recovered from his
1998 trip stateside with this extremely satisfying entry in Toho’s long-
running kaiju franchise. The filmmakers—Monsters director Gareth Edwards, screenwriter Max Borenstein and Dave Callaham —make several smart decisions with their Hollywood reboot of Godzilla. They go ahead and start with good-Zilla. The giant radioactive lizard is a much more intriguing character when it’s a force for neutral good. Big G must do battle with two MUTOs (massive unidentified terrestrial organisms), one of which bears more than a passing resemblance to series fave Mothra. The monster design and FX is superb, even if the two-hour film takes its sweet time putting it to full use. Edwards clings too long to his “less is more” Monsters aesthetic. The marginal cost of the teasing outweighs its marginal benefit in the third act. Even with a cast that includes Bryan Cranston, Juliette Binoche, Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen and David Strathairn, the humans do not matter. It’s Godzilla that audiences are paying to see. Fortunately, the film ends at its strongest, a knockdown dragout between the monsters that does not disappoint. MILLION DOLLAR ARM (PG) Kudos to director Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl) and excellent screenwriter Thomas McCarthy (The Station Agent, The Visitor and Win Win) for taking what could have been another sappy, inspirational Disney sports movie and turning out a mostly satisfying retelling of the true recruitment of Major League Baseball’s first Indian players. Struggling sports agent J.B. Bernstein (Jon Hamm) needs a big hit to stay in the game. His unconventional idea leads him to India looking for a baseball pitcher amongst cricket bowlers. But bringing young Rinku (Life of Pi’s Suraj Sharma) and Dinesh (Madhur Mittal, Slumdog Millionaire) back to the States is only the first half of the game. Now confirmed bachelor J.B. must father his alternative family to victory. Luckily, a pretty young doctor, Brenda (Lake Bell), lives out back to provide advice and romance. Despite its major flaw, predictability, Million Dollar Arm succeeds. Hamm could not be more roguishly charming, and Bell is an underrated comedienne and actress. Sharma, Mittal and Pitobash—who plays the most comic of the Indian characters—never resort to mere stereotype. The film does drag in its Murphy’s Law-sponsored middle innings, but credit the cast and crew with a win.
also playing THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 (PG-13) Despite abundant reasons for applause, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 sabotages itself with the most dreadfully deadening second act unleashed in a major superhero movie. Andrew Garfield returns as Peter Parker/SpiderMan and has much more control of the role in his second appearance. He channels the comic’s wisecracking webslinger, especially in the smart, campy opening fight with a very Russian criminal inexplicably played by Paul Giamatti. In his second attempt, director Marc Webb supplies the franchise’s best action setpieces; both of Spidey’s fights with Jamie Foxx’s blueheaded Electro are kinetically exciting, if a bit too computer animated. But the fightless sequence after Spider-Man first defeats Electro, during which Peter reunites with old pal Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) and searches for the answer to his OsCorp scientist father’s (Campbell Scott) disappearance, absolutely kills the movie’s silly momentum, despite Martin Csokas’ German mad Dr. Kafka. Bookending the boring are two great acts. The first could be the most charmingly innocent cinematic superhero action since Superman ’78, even if it is more Lester than Donner; the action-packed finale jams three supervillains into what can’t be more than 20 minutes. Make sure you wake up for it. BELLE (PG) In this historical drama, Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu MbathaRaw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy officer, is raised by her great-uncle, William Murray (Tom Wilkinson), the first Earl of Masfield and Lord Chief Justice.
Director Amma Asante, who previously helmed A Way of Life, won the SIGNIS Award from the Miami Film Festival and the Directors to Watch Award from the Palm Springs International Film Festival. With Miranda Richardson, Matthew Goode and Emily Watson. (Ciné) BLENDED (PG-13) Ten years after 50 First Dates, Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore reunite as single parents who, after meeting on a bad blind date, fall for each other on an African safari with their kids. Sandler invited his Wedding Singer, Waterboy, and Click pal and director Frank Coraci for the sure-to-be critically reviled, financially successful family flick. The supporting cast is fairly expected (Kevin Nealon, Allen Covert, Shaq, Dan Patrick, etc.), but Terry Crews, Wendi McClendonCovey and Joel McHale are reliably funny. BLUE RUIN (R) See Movie Pick. (Ciné) CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER (PG-13) Cap (Chris Evans) returns in his second solo outing, and it’s a slight improvement over the first, a definitively middle-of-the-pack Marvel movie. As an agent of SHIELD, Captain America, aka Steve Rogers, must adjust to his new reality and save the world, regularly. When seeds of distrust are sewn amongst members of SHIELD, Cap has to figure out if he can trust anyone, including Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) or new pal Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie). Cap’s transition to the modern world gets even more complicated once a new enemy, the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), turns out to be an old acquaintance. Captain America: The Winter Soldier redefines the Marvel Universe more
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than any of the previous features. Its effects will be felt from Avengers: Age of Ultron to ABC’s “Agents of Shield.” Credit new directors Anthony and Joe Russo (“Community”) with a lighter, more action-oriented Cap, but this series will always lack the vivacious spark Robert Downey Jr. brings to Iron Man. Kicking off the summer season earlier than ever, a big, more-fun-thannot comic book movie is what we’ve been waiting all winter for, right? COLD IN JULY If you have yet to hear of Jim Mickle, mark down this moment. After genre success with Stake Land and the excellent remake of We Are What We Are, Mickle is on the verge of mainstream recognition. His latest stars Michael C. Hall (recently released from “Dexter”) as one of two feuding fathers who must team up to solve a darker, complex crime. The film is based on a novel by Joe R. Lansdale (Bubba Ho-Tep). With Sam Shepard, Don Johnson and cowriter Nick Damici (Stake Land’s Mister). DRAFT DAY (PG-13) Are you missing football? Kevin Costner has just the movie for you. KCost stars as Sonny Weaver Jr., the general manager of
Sharon Stone and Sofia Vergara), but Allen’s pretty toxic right now. Winner of the Audience Award for Best Feature at the Miami Film Festival. GOD’S NOT DEAD (PG) In this Christian feature, a college student, Josh Wheaton (Shane Harper), has his faith challenged by a philosophy professor (Kevin Sorbo) who does not believe in the existence of God. Dean Cain costars, while Christian popsters Newsboys and two of “Duck Dynasty”’s Robertsons, Willie and Korie, provide cameos. Director Harold Cronk’s three previous features (Ever heard of The Adventures of Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Treasure? Me neither.) sound pretty small-screen. THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (R) Wes Anderson’s latest stars Ralph Fiennes as Gustave H., legendary concierge at the famous hotel, who memorably mentors lobby boy, Zero Moustafa (Tony Revolori, The Perfect Game). The cast is huge—F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalic, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton and Owen Wilson.
Denson lost! the NFL’s downtrodden Cleveland Browns. On the morning of draft day, he receives the chance to select first, an opportunity that brings with it a season’s worth of controversy and drama. Should he draft the surefire quarterback (Josh Pence) from Wisconsin, the swell linebacker (Chadwick Boseman) from Ohio State or the Florida State running back (Houston Texans player Arian Foster) who recently had a run-in with the law? Everyone from his head coach (Denis Leary) to his team owner (Frank Langella) to his mom (Ellen Burstyn) knows what Sonny should do. To top it all off, the pretty young coworker (Jennifer Garner) he’s dating is pregnant. In a movie where most of the interactions take place via phone, Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman is forced to get creative and winds up with his most enjoyable movie since, very arguably, 2001’s Evolution. The actors interact more like they’re on stage than on screen, and the football acumen of a few is questionable. Nevertheless, it’s hard to lose with Costner on your sports movie team. FADING GIGOLO (R) John Turturro wrote, directed and stars in this comedy about a guy, Fiorovante, who decides to become a professional Don Juan (is that the same thing as a professional Casanova?). Fiorovante hopes to help out his buddy, Murray (Woody Allen), who is in need of some cash. The cast is good (Liev Schreiber,
HEAVEN IS FOR REAL (PG) Good for you, Hollywood. You’re as capable of pandering to faith-based audiences as to any other. Money’s money, am I right? Based on the bestselling account written by Reverend Todd Burpo about his four-year-old son’s trip to heaven, the movie feels as real as any paranormal movie purported to be based on a true story. Todd (Greg Kinnear) works several jobs to keep his family afloat but almost loses everything, including his faith, after news of his son’s experience gets out. Sweet little Colton (cute Connor Corum) tells his dad about singing angels, Jesus and his Technicolor horse and the sister that was never born. The movie gets by as far and as long as it can on its talented cast, including Kinnear, Kelly Reilly (Flight), Thomas Haden Church and Margo Martindale. Writer-director Randall Wallace (an Oscar nominee for Braveheart) can’t help the treacly material, almost entirely dependent upon a very young child actor, with which he’s saddled. It’s hard to imagine Heaven will resonate with crossover audiences, even with its actual Hollywood stars. LEGENDS OF OZ: DOROTHY’S RETURN (PG) An unimpressively animated sequel to The Wizard of Oz, based on a children’s book written by L. Frank Baum’s grandson, Legends of Oz is so outdated it features Dan Aykroyd, Kelsey Grammer and Jim Belushi as the voices of the Scarecrow,
Tin Man and Cowardly Lion, with Martin Short pulling double duty as the villain in Oz and back in Kansas. “Glee”’s Lea Michele provides Dorothy with her Frozen pipes. With that voice cast, one knows they’re not in Pixar or DreamWorks anymore. The imagery is oddly inconsistent. Candy County’s denizens are cutely childish, while the population of Dainty China Country borders on Return to Oz freakishness. If in need of an Oz-quel, stick with Walter Murch’s darkly fascinating 1985 update. MOMS’ NIGHT OUT (PG) Allyson (Sarah Drew, “Grey’s Anatomy”) and her girlfriends want a night out without the kids. Can their husbands (including Sean Astin) handle the kids for one measly evening? According to the trailer for this family friendly, kind of faith-based movie, the men cannot. Country star Trace Adkins shows up as a bike-riding tattoo artist. Birmingham, AL, natives Jon and Andrew Erwin direct their highest profile picture yet. NEIGHBORS (R) The smartest move made by the year’s funniest comedy (to date) was to spread the guilt and the sympathy between the family (Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne) and the frat bros (led by Zac Efron and Dave Franco). When a fraternity moves in next door to new parents, Mac and Kelly Radner, a war breaks out after Mac calls the cops on one of the frat’s first parties. Though both sides trade early victories, no one really wins when these neighbors attempt a game of real estate chicken. Who will move first? My fear going into the movie was that Efron’s frat president, Teddy, would be so brah-ish he’d lack any sympathy, but the High School Musical alumnus imbues the pretty boy with unexpected likability. He’s simply a nice guy, as is his VP, Pete (Franco, proving he’s more than James’ little bro). The movie spends equal time with both families, dividing the laughs and the commiseration. Director Nicholas Stoller finally figures out the whole comedy runtime, delivering good, hard R gags. THE OTHER WOMAN (PG-13) It takes way too long for Kate Upton to pop up in this intermittently funny and shrill female buddy comedy. Powerful professional woman, Carly Whitten (Cameron Diaz), finds out her wonderful new boyfriend, Mark (Nicolaj Coster-Waldau, “Game of Thrones”), is married. Carly and the wronged wife, Kate (Leslie Mann), team up for revenge with Mark’s other
other woman, Amber (Upton). Diaz and Mann are showcased, and the results are mixed. As many laughs as Mann generates, she spends equally as much time crying and whining. Diaz continues to age gracefully, though one of the movie’s best gags might be the comedienne’s reaction to being upstaged by Upton, whose initial bikini-clad appearance doesn’t occur until an hour into the movie. The Other Woman is neither a total disaster nor a riotous female comedy. We’re not achieving Bridesmaids heights here. THE RAILWAY MAN (R) Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman and Stellan Skarsgard star in a true story of World War II from The Weinstein Company, and it didn’t receive an awards-eligible release. That’s worrying. During WWII, Eric Lomax (Jeremy Irvine) was a tortured Japanese POW on the “Death Railway.” Years later, Lomax (now played by Firth) attempts to exorcise his demons by confronting a Japanese officer (Hiroyuki Sanada). Director Jonathan Teplitzky’s film is based on the autobiography written by Lomax. RIO 2 (G) Blu (v. Jesse Eisenberg), Jewel (v. Anne Hathaway) and the three kids leave the wilds of Rio de Janeiro for the real wilds of the Amazon, where Blu must battle his father-in-law (v. Andy Garcia). I don’t recall caring that much for the first trip to Rio, though it could have been worse. The voices of Will.i.am, Jamie Foxx, George Lopez, Tracy Morgan, Jemaine Clement, Leslie Mann, Rodrigo Santoro and Jake T. Austin return, while Garcia and Bruno Mars headline the newcomers. WORDS AND PICTURES (PG-13) Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche starr as teachers (one teaches art, the other writing) who are in love and in competition over whether words or images matter more That idea sounds sublime. Director Fred Schepesi is best known for The Devil’s Playground, Roxanne and The Russia House; writer Gerald Di Pego is best known for Phenomenon (and its television sequel), Message in a Bottle and Instinct. Owen and Binoche are joined by Bruce Davison and Amy Brenneman. l X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST (PG-13) X-Men 5 borrows the title of one of several memorable events from the Chris Claremont/John Byrne run on Uncanny X-Men. In the filmed version (credited to a story at least cowritten by X-Men: First Class’ Matthew Vaughn), Wolverine (again played by Hugh Jackman) must travel to the past and convince a feuding Professor X (young: James McAvoy; old: Patrick Stewart) and Magneto (young: Michael Fassbender; old: Ian McKellan) to work together, lest the mutant population be destroyed by Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage) and his Sentinels. The return of director Bryan Singer has definitely been dampened by recent legal allegations. Drew Wheeler
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WHAT BULLETS DO action movie based on the theme of righteous bloodshed. Blue Ruin is remarkable, because it takes place in our world, not the faux-realism of Hollywood with its can-do, chiseled muscle men who can always rise to every action occasion. With his shaggy, unkempt appearance and hangdog eyes, Dwight is out of his league when he decides to embrace revenge. When heâ€™s wily enough to break into a truck to obtain a firearm, what happens next to him is one of the movieâ€™s great absurdist moments. His inexperience in meting out violent justice plays out in a variety of shocking and funny ways and makes for much of Blue Ruinâ€™s unbearably suspenseful sequences. Although filmed on a low budget and starring a cast of mostly unknownsâ€”Eve â€œJan Bradyâ€? Plum does figure in a small yet pivotal roleâ€”Blue Ruin shames the majority of big Hollywood thrillers. This is a finely crafted achievement and one that should be seen on the big screen for maximum impact. Fans of the Coen brothersâ€™ crime work and movies like Reservoir Dogs, One False Move and Shotgun Stories will find much to love here. Itâ€™s damn near perfect. Derek Hill
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BLUE RUIN (R) The plot is straightforward and economical: A convicted murderer is released from prison, and the son of the two victims, Dwight (Macon Blair), exacts revenge. Movies about vengeance are efficient, classic and lazy, but filmmakers keep returning to the theme because itâ€™s inherently dramatic and gripping. Directors such as Sergio Leone, John Woo and Quentin Tarantino (as well as countless exploitation filmmakers) based much of their careers on storylines about revenge, and stars like Clint Eastwood and Charles Bronson forged their fame in the blood of Old Testament-style narrative comeuppance. An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth make for box office bonanzas. Director/writer/ cinematographer Jeremy Saulnier, Macon Blair however, tries for something different in his take on the theme and succeeds brilliantly. Blue Ruin is a stunner from the first frame and never lets up until the credits roll. Even after that point, youâ€™ll still be shaken by the fierceness of what transpires in the movieâ€™s tightly-wound 90-minute running time. Blue Ruin is assured from its opening moments and steadily rewards the viewer with scenes that never play out the way you think they will, even though the incidents are familiar to anyone whoâ€™s ever watched an
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music Conscious Craftsmen Blackalicious is Back with a Vengeance
he smartest craftsmen don’t just use their tools—they learn from them. Veteran hip hop duo Blackalicious exemplifies this lifelong act of self-education. Chief Xcel isn’t just a beatmaker; he’s a vinyl obsessive whose diabolical crate-digging has allowed him to amass several storage spaces of wax in the group’s Bay Area headquarters. And rapper Gift of Gab has developed a vocabulary that,
according to a recent infographic that hit the Internet only a few weeks ago, surpasses even that of William Shakespeare’s. “Yeah, I got that email last week,” says Gab from his home on the West Coast. “If you’re an emcee, you’re a wordsmith. So I think it’s very important to have a wide vocabulary for your arsenal. “I started rhyming when I was 12,” he continues. “As soon as I heard ‘Rapper’s Delight’
Five Great Gift of Gab Verses “Artificial amateurs aren’t at all amazing/ Analytically, I assault, animate things/ Broken barriers bounded by the bomb beat/ Buildings are broken, basically I’m bombarding/ Casually create catastrophes, casualties/ Canceling cats, got their canopies collapsing/ Detonate a dime of dank daily doin’ dough/ Demonstrations, Don Dada on the down low” — “Alphabet Aerobics” (A2G, 1999) “Schizophrenic, you’re panicked, running from my epilogue/ Rap is like an insect crushed that I be steppin’ on/ Lethal weapon armed, deafen all y’all heads/ Up to the point of where you’re nervous, smoking Pall Mall reds/ I’m coming at ya, busting at ya like a sawed off bit/ You feel the horror of the slaughter/ Then you’re hauled off wrecked” — “Trouble (Eve of Destruction)” (Nia, 2000) “Free: like a bird out in the wind in the night/ Like a 747 to L.A. that’s in flight/ Free: like a garden flourishing in the wind/ Like a student bout to do it when he’s graduatin’/ Free: from any of the energy perception/ Can never be defined create the definition within/ Free: just lovin’ life itself and never pretend to be/ Anything other than the man I was meant to be/ Travel through time and get a glimpse of the centuries” — “First in Flight” (Blazing Arrow, 2002) “Leave your city burnin’ like Gamera/ Stamina, blaze up your space, plus I got it on camera/ And I’m a animal, animator landin’ a blow/ Cleaning clocks, nothing left for the janitor/ Punching through your granite, a goodwill ambassador/ From another planet, I could kill and smash ya up/ And it won’t stop, and I can’t stop/ Can erupt and it does/ Had enough, amateur?” — “Paragraph President” (Blazing Arrow, 2002) “Vision but no division is vivid we livin’ inside/ Vicious vindictive and mental prisons from within the mind/ I sit and find stillness from minutes is written the rhyme/ Getting’ you smitten with it, particularly if you’re a prime/ Listener, listen up, twist it up like the lyrics was lime/ Vintage is instant, so give it up when you hear it recited/ Recite it at attention, relivin’ tension and bendin’ your spine/ Sendin’ you signals to get your internal system aligned” — “My Pen and Pad” (The Craft, 2005) Hear these songs at flagpole.com.
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and Kurtis Blow’s ‘The Breaks,’ I was pretty much hooked.” Gab met Xcel not too long after he’d penned his first verses—the two shared an economics class in high school. “It was a rival thing at first. He was from Northern California; I was from Southern California,” says Gab. “So, we used to argue over who was better—Ice-T or Too $hort.” An alliance was reached after the two were able to agree on their mutual appreciation of Audio Two’s “Top Billin.’” In 1994, Blackalicious released the first in a series of EPs, the recently re-released Melodica. The group’s aesthetic was established early on: a potent juxtaposition of Gab’s commanding, loquacious lyricism with Xcel’s soul-flecked, Golden Age beats. The duo stood as a traditionalist bulwark in the Bay Area rap scene, which has produced strong but highly idiosyncratic artists ranging from Del the Funky Homosapien to Keak da Sneak. The group had hit a certain stride by the time it issued its now-classic second LP, 2002’s Blazing Arrow. It was on Blazing Arrow that the members of Blackalicious reached an uncanny ability to match one another in terms of thematic content. On “First in Flight,” a defiantly uplifting beat is bolstered further by Gab’s seemingly unending verbal excursion through the idea of freedom. He doesn’t explore the meaning of the word “free”—he gets inside it. Elsewhere on that same album, the group gives a real gift in “Make You Feel That Way,” which would be a perfect song in any genre. Writing about one’s troubles is easy; writing about the joy of life without slipping into goopy sentimentality is much harder. These songs simultaneously sum up the duo’s commitment to the work and its refusal to be quicksanded in negativity. Today, Blackalicious is synonymous with the uplifting movement of so-called “conscious” rap. Which isn’t to say that Gab hasn’t consistently prioritized keeping his lyrical sword sharp. “More than anything, it was a competitive thing,” says Gab, speaking of his salad days in hip hop. “I started out as a battle emcee. Not in the sense of today—back then, whoever had the freshest rhyme won. It wasn’t about
insulting your competitor and all of that. It was just about who had the freshest rhyme.” Gab is blessed with a distinctive voice, capable of warm empathy and ferocious dexterity, but he’s also a student of style. “I’ve always been into groups like De La [Soul], Freestyle Fellowship, KRS-One, Kool Keith—emcees that have different cadences, that approach the beat in different ways,” he says. “When I first heard 3 Feet High and Rising, I was completely blown away. Because in terms of style, that album is still ahead of its time. I’ve always been interested in how you approach the beat, and how you find the pocket, rhythmically. I’ve always been into doing that in a unique way, different from everybody else.” Blackalicious followed up Blazing Arrow in 2005 with the aptly named The Craft. Following that, Gab and Xcel took some time to focus on solo material and to work with other members of their expansive Quannum crew, which includes Lateef the Truthspeaker and DJ Shadow. Now, nine years later, the group is poised to finally release what Gab calls “some of my favorite work that we’ve ever done”—a new album, Emoni, a Swahili word meaning “faith.” The time spent apart allowed the pair to return with the renewed vigor it needed. “It’s definitely one of the most focused records that we’ve ever done,” says Gab, his voice displaying palpable enthusiasm. “A lot of times, we’ll make a record and it’ll take a minute before everything can come together. But this time we just went in, and it was really focused. You’ve just gotta hear it, man. I’m really proud of it.” Jeff Tobias
WHO: Blackalicious, Blacknerdninja, Versatyle tha Wildchyld WHERE: Melting Point WHEN: Wednesday, May 21, 8 p.m. HOW MUCH: $12 (adv.), $15 (door), $10 (w/ college ID)
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Catching Up on Local Experimental Sounds E
ven within the realm of “experimental” music, the work of Pedestrian Deposit is hard to categorize. Over the course of its nearly 15-year existence, Jonathan Borges and Shannon Kennedy’s electro-acoustic project has spanned the entirety of the outer-music spectrum, from tape collage and harsh noise to modern classical and drone. The Los Angeles-based group, known for death-defying live shows that often incorporate saws and other manipulated metal objects, plays New Earth Friday, May 23. It will be supported by a cast of locals, including tape destroyer Grant Evans; guitarcentric experimenters the 19th Brood, which features erstwhile Athens folk fixture Don Chambers; Mother’s Arms, a new collaboration between Sam Frigard and Robert Ashley, known for their synth-pop project I Come to Shanghai; and Lock, a new duo featuring Leslie Grove of free-jazz group Rainy Taxi and Rachel Evans of Motion Sickness of Time Travel. The local acts on the bill represent a shift that has increased in speed and purpose over the course of the past year. A Flagpole cover story from last April examined Athens’ “new underground,” a loose collective of forwardthinking musicians who aimed to redefine the Classic City as something other than just an indie rock mecca. “I don’t know if there are even that many [musical] commonalities,” Martian, the leader of psych-worldbeat outfit Cult of Riggonia, was quoted as saying. “It’s more that we can relate about maybe thinking about music a little differently than a lot of other bands in town.” Since that time, Athens’ experimental scene has grown and flourished. An ongoing monthly series at Prince Avenue coffeehouse Hendershot’s has showcased established acts like Motion Sickness of Time Travel, Scab Queen and Angel Brown. At Hull Street bar and restaurant The World Famous, the “Experimental Mondays” series cast a wider net in April, incorporating local avant-pop groups like Wild of Night and touring artists like loop-heavy Asheville, NC duo Doom Ribbons. These events are united by their stated focus and departure from the sounds that typically characterize Athens’ bar scene, but the content is wildly divergent. Many local acts embrace cool, crystalline drone (see: Aprotag, Gyps, Terminals) while others skew toward glitchy, beat-damaged or otherwise purposefully fragmented sounds (Hand Sand Hands, Scab Queen). Still others, like longtime sound explorer Killick Hinds, who has thrilled and perplexed local audiences for years with his homemade instruments and painstakingly cerebral compositions, take a more organic, acoustic approach.
But when it comes to moving Athens beyond its college-rock fixation, not everyone is convinced this vastness and variety indicates true progress. Grant Evans, the co-founder of underground label Hooker Vision—a fixture in the international tape-trading community—says he feels “conflicted” about the development. (In addition to Hooker Vision, Evans runs VAALD, a tape imprint focused on the darker side of noise and drone that continues to churn out quality minimalist releases, including Terminals’ self-titled debut, a downcast selection of synth tones, and a “raw, hateful” upcoming demo from new local black metal project Negative Crown.) “On the one hand, it’s great that some of the younger generation is exploring this style of music, and it’s always nice to meet like-minded individuals,” says Evans. “But I also feel like there’s a big divide between two schools of thought. You have the kids who like to party, and this is just a new means to that end for them. On the other hand, you have people who aren’t interested in the social aspects at all, who would rather work on recordings at home. “It does seem like more people are being a bit more open-minded about this kind of shit, though,” Evans adds. “When [wife Rachel and I] played some of our first shows in town, I think a lot of people were confused or just turned off by seeing a guy surrounded by tape players making weird non-music… I’m curious to see how it develops further, and I hope that the people with a newfound interest in this kind of thing don’t stop searching for weirder, more confusing noise.” Other key figures in Athens’ experimental renaissance have a more rosy take on the resurgence. “Athens is a sum of its parts,” says Madeline Hassett, a UGA Music Business student and WUOG DJ and the curator of last month’s Experimental Mondays series. “There are a lot of really cool sounds being made, and it’s really wonderful to know that people are listening for growth,” she says. “These sounds and shapes and dreams from some of the more odd creators in town offer something rock or pop can’t touch.” Gabe Vodicka Hear a selection of local experimental sounds at flagpole.com.
WHO: Pedestrian Deposit, Grant Evans, The 19th Brood, Mother’s Arms, Lock WHERE: New Earth Athens WHEN: Friday, May 23, 8 p.m. HOW MUCH: $5
threats & promises Music News And Gossip Um, What?: The Georgia Music Awards, now in its third year, takes place at Atlanta’s Buckhead Theatre Saturday, June 16. Founded by North Carolina entrepreneur Omar McCallop, the GMAs follow in the footsteps of the Carolina Music Awards, and will be followed by the Florida Music Awards later this year and the Tennessee Music Awards in 2015 or ’16. Basically, it’s like a diploma mill for bands and artists no one has ever heard of. Nominees for the awards are submitted by fans (a.k.a. family and friends), and far be it from us at Flagpole to impugn a system where fans have an effect on the outcome of a music awards show. That said, the GMAs’ web presence is as unnavigable as its sense of purpose is blurry. I got a headache just checking it out. Try for yourself over at awardshownow. com/gamusicawards. While you’re there, con-
Scarlet Stitch sider throwing a vote to Athens hard-rockers Scarlet Stitch (scarlet-stitch.com), who are nominated in the “Best Rock Band” category, and/or The Athens Band, nominated in the “Youth Rock Band” category, even though half of the group’s members are of voting age. Both bands were nominated for the same awards last year, too. So, you know, fingers crossed and all that, right? Swap ‘til You Drop: This year, Athens joins the growing number of cities—including Portland, OR, Lafayette, LA and Charleston, SC—that participate in BandSwap, a program that pairs up-and-coming bands from each host city with a group from the organization’s home base of Fort Collins, CO for a blowout show in the band’s hometown. In our case, said show will happen at the 40 Watt Club in September. In addition, participating bands will travel expenses-paid to Colorado for the BandSwap Homecoming festival this fall. Throughout the process, BandSwap will provide networking and educational opportunities, as well as marketing materials for each event and a sizable stipend for each band member. Flagpole has been tasked with choosing this year’s Athens BandSwap band. To throw your group’s name into the ring, visit the Homedrone blog at flagpole.com, where you’ll find further details on how to apply. [Gabe Vodicka] Pool It: The Hut on Baxter Street, along with the Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services department, is hosting a special Memorial Day show at Memorial Park. (Where else, right?) Featured performers are the Kate Morrissey Band with guest Louis Phillip Pelot. They will play next to the swimming pool from noon–3 p.m. (the pool itself will open from 12:30–5:30 p.m.). It’s free to attend and $1 if
you want to swim, and take some more cash, too, for concessions provided by The Hut. For more info, drop a line to coordinator Mo Lutz at email@example.com. Step Right Up: Athens band Gumshoe released its debut album earlier this month after spending two years recording and undertaking a successful fundraising campaign in April to manufacture it. It’s titled The Bad Route Down, and is reported to contain the work of “23 of Athens’ finest musicians.” It very well may, but since there’s no credits listed at gumshoetunes.bandcamp.com, I can’t tell you who they are. The core of the group, though, is Andy Dixon, Paul McHugh, Rob Kelleher, Aaron Phillips and Jamie Coulter. While the CD and digital download versions are available as we speak, the vinyl LP has reportedly been delayed until July. Musically, the record spreads itself thin over a schizophrenic landscape of troubadour-ish, country and western (with a particularly Southwestern flavor) and carnivalbarker rhythms. Basically, it’s so full of split personality that Tom Waits seems reasonable in comparison. There is, however, one song that is undeniably great. Head to the link above and listen to “I Have Been Drinking” before anything else. Southern Hostility: For the Vulture will play a special show in tribute to ANTiSEEN guitarist Joe Young at the Caledonia Lounge Saturday, May 24, when the band will only play songs by ANTiSEEN. Special for this show, For the Vulture is expanding its lineup to include Forest Hetland on bass. The rest of the band is composed of Zack Hembree, Chris Duran, Will Eskridge and Andy Hollingsworth. ANTiSEEN began in 1983 in Charlotte, NC and Young was a founding member. He passed on Apr. 30 at age 54. If there’s any band in town ready and capable to pay fitting tribute to Young’s relentless buzzsaw guitar sound and ANTiSEEN’s aggressive, no-holds-barred demeanor and presentation, it’s For the Vulture. Also on the bill this night are Utah— playing its final show—and Savagist. Song(s) For a Future Generation: The live rock shows coordinated as part of the Art Rocks Athens retrospective series of events happen this weekend (other events are covered in our cover story on p. 14), Friday, May 23 and Saturday, May 24. The first show is at the 40 Watt and features The B-53’s, Vanessa Hay (Pylon), Michael Guthrie, Kevin Dunn and a very special reunion by Is/Ought Gap. Saturday’s show happens at the Georgia Theatre and will feature Ola Moon (which features Cindy Wilson of The B-52’s and Dana Downs), Armistead Wellford & Friends, Oh-OK, The Squalls and David Barbe & Friends. Doors open at 8 p.m. each night. For more information, see artrocksathens.com. Gordon Lamb firstname.lastname@example.org
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Art RocKs A thens DocumeNts ClaSsic CIty CreativITy
nitially, Art Rocks Athens’ banner calling was to showcase art and music, in that order. But even as it is undeniable that visual art was key to the spirit that gave rise to the famed Athens music scene between 1975– 1985—or “as we think of it,” to steal a phrase from Ort—the consensus is that without the music itself, we might not be looking back at all. The local nonprofit was conceived two years ago, but its vision comes to fruition with a series of exhibits and events this month at the Lamar Dodd School of Art, the Georgia Museum of Art, the UGA Special Collections Library, the 40 Watt Club, the Georgia Theatre and more. Would there be this type of retrospective attention on the work coming out of Lamar Dodd at the time if the Athens music scene hadn’t risen from it? “No,” says former Pylon bassist and current Georgia Museum of Art Public Relations Specialist Michael Lachowski. “The whole impulse, you could say, is one of trying to correct the record—or at least trying to point a finger back toward another era of rampant creativity. Initially, they were just one and the same. Then, as the music scene took off, it did become its own thing, and the ‘origin story’ wasn’t known by everybody and wasn’t part of their… experience.” Through his role at the GMOA, and certainly given his position in the history of Athens art and music, Lachowski has been one of the most important consultants for the Art Rocks project. But the idea for the multi-faceted, many-venued retrospective first sprang from the minds of its executive committee: Maureen McLaughlin, Heli Montgomery, Blair Dorminey and Leslie Michel. What is it, exactly, about the period in the early-to-mid 1970s that fostered Athens’ sense of imagination, which eventually worked itself into a fever pitch of nonstop creativity? Project organizers give much of the credit to Lamar Dodd faculty. At the time, there were a handful of professors actively encouraging students to break the rules, so to speak, and butting heads with the administration in the process, including art department chairman Lamar Dodd himself.
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One of these professors, Robert Croker, is the curator for the Lamar Dodd exhibition “Between Rock and an Art Place.” A story that ran in The Red & Black Oct. 30, 1974 may have inadvertently reflected this attitude. When a massive fire began to
“She Caught My Eye” by Jake Pollard, 1973. Two-color screen print.
gut the building housing the Athens Fish & Oyster Company, the paper reported, art students hurried to the corner of Jackson and Broad streets to sketch the scene. In the article, Croker is reported as remarking, “I didn’t ‘let my class out’ to come here. We are having class. This is better than anything we could have done in the classroom.” Some instructors are comfortable having students sketch nature scenes and buildings in the sunny springtime. Croker, however, was enthused to have his students capture the immediacy of destruction as winter set in, to have them grab a moment by its throat because it wouldn’t ever happen exactly the same way again. Croker left the university in 1978, just on the cusp of the Athens music explosion. His perspective is therefore unique in that his experience of this time in Athens is unmixed with the more popular—or, at least, accessible—forms into which so much creativity wound up being funneled. “Along with Croker, there was Bob Nielsen, [Richard] “Ole” Olsen, Jerry Chappelle, Jim Herbert and Judith McWillie,” says organizer McLaughlin. “Croker was the main firing pin, although I must say that every professor had his or her own methods for firing up their classes and taking them in new directions… Judging from the amount of sketches from that day [of the fire] in the Art Rocks database, that was an important day for a lot of people. “Nielsen had people in his class turn off the lights and draw in the dark, which is where the name for the band Art in the Dark came from,” she continues. “Herbert’s critiques could leave people in ecstasy, or running from the building in tears. McWillie was the only woman professor in the art school, and the women students especially valued her guidance and encouragement. In Olsen’s drawing class, students were expected to make a drawing seven days a week, and turn them all in for evaluation. These professors set a very high bar for their students.” All of the above-named professors are involved in Art Rocks Athens in one way or another, and McLaughlin reports that many are represented in the Dodd exhibition.
“Oh-OK,” original gelatin silver print c. 1982 © Ann States
In addition to commemorating and celebrating the era in question, the organizers of Art Rocks Athens say they are thinking in terms of historic preservation, too. â€œIn 1975, there wasnâ€™t anything going on. The B-52â€™s started in 1977. By â€™85, [the music scene] was kind of a selfsustaining thing,â€? says Chris Rasmussen, curator of the Athens music exhibit at the Special Collections Library. â€œThe idea is not just to celebrate this period but [also] sort of document what [was] going on. As we see more and more people are passing or losing their memory, letâ€™s try to collect some of those.â€? The stories and remembrances of such a large groupâ€”at last count, there were over 50 people involved in Art Rocks Athens at various levelsâ€”nearly 40 years removed from the subject at hand and spread out over so many events, are impossible to distill into one neat summary. Indeed, it seems the only real way to truly feel whatâ€™s going on with Art Rocks Athens is to do what the scene has always required for those who seek the way-out way of living: get out there and engage it.
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All Art Rocks events, save the shows at 40 Watt Club and Georgia Theatre, are free and open to the public. Tickets for the concerts are available at each venue the nights of the performances. For the full schedule, see the Flagpole Calendar or visit artrocksathens.com.
Art RocKs HighLights
â€˘ â€œBetween Rock and an Art Placeâ€? opens Friday, May 23 at 7 p.m., and the celebration continues into the night at the 40 Watt Club. That nightâ€™s show will feature The B-53â€™s (a B-52â€™s tribute band), a special reunion by obscure rockers Is/Ought Gap, Vanessa Hay of Pylon, Michael Guthrie and Kevin Dunn. â€˘ The GMOA exhibit â€œShapes That Talk to Meâ€? will be open 10 a.m.â€“4 p.m. Saturday, May 24. That evening, the Clear the Floor dance retrospective will happen at the UGA New Dance Theatre, with a reception at 6:30 p.m. and a curtain time of 7 p.m. Live music continues Saturday at the Georgia Theatre with performances by Ola Moon (featuring Cindy Wilson and Dana Downs), Oh-OK, The Squalls, David Barbe and Armistead â€œArmyâ€? Wellford & Friends. â€˘ The Sean Bourne-curated graphic arts exhibition, the cleverly titled â€œPaper Covers Rock,â€? opens Sunday, May 25 at 3 p.m. at the Lyndon House Arts Center.
285 W. Washington St. Athens, GA â€˘ Call 706-549-7871 for Show Updates
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