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Karli Buchanan HOUSTON HEALTHCAREʼS FEATURED ATHLETE • According to Bibb County Athletic Director, if you were to look up both “outstanding” and “character” in the dictionary, you

could find Karli Buchanan’s name there. A Junior Softball player at Howard High School, Karli excels academically, maintaining a 4.0 GPA and is ranked #11 in her class standings.

• Karli occupies the position of catcher, and she is the lead off hitter for the Howard Softball team. • She is compassionate and driven, uplifting and inclusive. She is kind to everyone she meets and has a heart for students with special needs. She doesn’t make them feel different, but included, even providing rides to football games on Friday nights.

• “Karli does what she does with no fan fair. She does not seek recognition or call attention to herself. She has a huge impact on the lives of others that sometimes, she does not even know about.” - Howard Softball Head Coach Danny Slaughter 5

RUNNING COMMENTARY For those of you who don’t listen to 100.9 The Creek or have never spent 11 minutes with me in any capacity or maybe this is the first time you’ve picked up this excellent (not-so-humble opinion) publication, I’m a professional wrestling fan. Wrasslin’. I confess that I haven’t followed the current incarnation of WWE since 2016 when I canceled my network subscription, but neither my consumption nor my enthusiasm has been affected in the slightest. For one thing, I have an extensive collection of classic, independent and Japanese wrestling matches. I’m also following the development of AEW with great interest. Second, collectors are discovering “new” found footage and matches and uploading to the Internet all the time. If I have a few minutes to waste, I can open a beer, search YouTube, and find some All Japan classic with Stan Hansen or an NWA gym show from the early ‘90s. I also love (read obsess) over the games. The Smackdown series that morphed into SvR that eventually evolved into 2K has cost me hours upon hours into days and months of trying to recreate my favorites wrestlers down to the laces on their boots and the scars on their heads. After my daughter was born, I slowed down on the gaming-- but once she started sleeping regular and afforded me an hour here and there, I found the Xbox controller back in my hands and WWE 2K14 back on the screen. Sure, there’d been new installments designed for next-gen consoles-- but I couldn’t and can’t afford one of those. And I didn’t need to. 2K14 had a retro Ric Flair and Dusty Rhodes (polka-dotted, but whatever), Jake Roberts and Rick Rude, HBK and the Hitman, Stone Cold and The Rock, Randy Savage and Ricky Steamboat… But it didn’t have Terry Funk. Terry Funk is my wrasslin’ hero. Using the creation suite, I’ve made Terry Funk for every WWE game produced since Smackdown: Know Your Role in 2000-- even the games where he actually appeared because the designers never made his tights right! See? Obsessed. On March 30th of this year, Ted Dibiase announced that Terry’s wife, Vicki Funk, had passed away at the age of 75. I remember when Johnny Cash (another hero) lost June Carter. I think I was more devastated by that news than I was later when John R. died. It was a harbinger, and I knew that the Man In Black wouldn’t be content on Earth when he knew June was waiting on him. I feel that same pain and fear now. Yesterday, my 2K14 game save became corrupted-- a bug or glitch common to the series as well as the Xbox 360. I lost it all, all the wrestlers I’d created-- Arn & Tully, Sabu & The Sheik, the Freebirds & the Von Erichs, Magnum TA, Barry Windham, and dozens more… But most importantly, I lost Terry Funk. I should’ve been angry, and I guess I was-- but it didn’t feel… like it meant anything. I considered starting over-- I’ve had to do it before. Instead, I sat and waited for my daughter to wake up from her nap. Once she was awake, I fixed her milk and put a handful of Goldfish crackers in a cup. We sat on the floor in the living room, and I turned on some old Terry Funk matches-- the old WWF less bloody variety where Terry played the heel to perfection. We watched and every now and again, Carter asked me who certain wrestlers were, what were they doing… And she’d point at the man from the Double Cross Ranch and say, “That’s Terry Funk!” My heart’s with you, Terry.



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WHAT'S INSIDE April 11-25, 2019 // Volume 18, Issue #409

11 11 Events 15 Kirk West's 50,000 Shades of Gray 16 Warren Haynes, The Interview 19 Feels Like Local 22 11 Annual Magnolia Soap Box Derby 31 The Dish 33 Bo Talks 34 Respecting Our Differences: Autism th

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11TH ANNUAL MAGNOLIA SOAP BOX DERBY & GRAVITY RACE FREE! 10am-5pm Saturday, April 13 Magnolia Street, Macon One of Central Georgia’s biggest and best community events! The 11th Annual Magnolia Soap Box Derby is presented by Middle Georgia State University! This event is FREE and open to the community (as always!). Family Fun, Music & Food, and 45+ Race Teams!

AUTISM SPIRIT DAY 12pm-10pm Saturday, April 13 Macon Swirls 5451 Bowman Rd Ste 230, Macon On April 13, Macon Swirls on Bowman Road will host their 3rd annual Autism Spirit Day. All proceeds will go towards fencing in Jayden’s Dream Inclusive Playground in Gray, an important safety addition since more than half of children with an autism diagnosis are prone to elopement.




LINDSAY BEAVER LIVE! 10:30pm Saturday, April 13 The Creek Stage @ The Rookery 533 Cherry Street, Macon When blues-rocking, soul-singing drummer, songwriter, and bandleader Lindsay Beaver takes the stage, she makes an immediate and unforgettable impression. Standing front and center at her kit, singing every song from the depths of her soul, she delivers blues, R&B and old school rock ‘n’ roll with punk rock energy, and sings with a voice brimming with attitude and soulfulness. She comes at every song with urgent intensity, soul-baring emotion, a distinct swagger and a takeno-prisoners confidence. With influences ranging from Little Richard to The Ramones, from Billie Holiday to Queens of the Stone Age, Lindsay has crafted a timeless sound and personal style that simply cannot be denied.

MY COUNTRY 'TIS OF THEE: THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE ACADEMY BAND 3pm Sunday, April 14 Century of Flight Hanger Museum of Aviation 1942 Heritage Blvd, Robins AFB The United States Air Force Academy Band from Colorado Springs presents “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” at The Museum of Aviation’s Century of Flight Hanger in Warner Robins on Sunday, 14 April 2019 at 3:00 PM. This family-friendly event will feature the Concert Band in a program that highlights musical diversity and represents the excellence of our men and women in uniform. The concert is free and open to the public. No tickets are required for this event and seating is open for General Admission.

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HOLIDAY SUPER JAM FEAT. TANK & MARSHA AMBROSIUS 8pm Thursday, April 19 415 1st Street, Macon It’ll be a night filled with R&B favorites from superstar Tank! Also featuring the soulful sounds of Marsha Ambrosius! Tickets are $49-$99+ and can be purchased at

WILL HOGE LIVE! 9:30pm Thursday, April 19 The Creek Stage at The Rookery 533 Cherry Street, Macon Will Hoge has never been afraid to wade into political territory, like with 2004's The America EP ("Bible Vs. Gun," "Hey Mr. President (Anyone But You)") or 2012's Modern American Protest Music ("Ballad of Trayvon Martin," "Jesus Came to Tennessee�) and the point of this new material is to continue to push Hoge-- and his listeners-- even further outside of the comfort zone. Also featuring Canadian turned Texan singer-songwriter Brandy Zdan. Tickets are $20-$25 and can be purchased online at or in person at The Rookery.

SENSORY FRIENDLY MOVIE: WONDER PARK 11am Friday, April 20 Amstar Macon 5996 Zebulon Rd Amstar Macon will host a sensory-friendly viewing of Wonder Park on April 20 at 11 am-- for these viewings, lights are turned up, sound is turned down, and audience members are free to move around the theater however they need to.

THE MACON FILM GUILD PRESENTS: WHO WILL WRITE OUR HISTORY 7:30pm Tuesday, April 23 The Douglass Theatre 355 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Macon During World War II, a clandestine group of Jewish journalists, scholars, and community leaders in the Warsaw Ghetto vowed to defeat Nazi lies and propaganda not with weapons but with pen and paper. Led by historian Emanuel Ringelblum, they chronicled their daily lives as a testament of survival, then as an indictment of wartime atrocities. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the box office or online at

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EARTH DAY MACON-BIBB 2019 4pm-7pm Wednesday, April 24 Tattnall Square Park 1155 College Street, Macon This year's global Earth Day theme is "Protect Our Species." This year’s festival will feature live music, demonstrations, live animals, The Mulberry Market, and more!


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50,000 SHADES OF GRAY MICK & KEEF, THE ROLLING “F*$*KING” STONES Rosemont Horizon, outside Chicago 1981

Back when Mick was still fit as a fiddle & Keef was already nearly dead… Now that nearly 40 years is past, Mick the athlete has the health issues and Keef has a beer on the balcony. It seems that all that effort to eat well & exercise went to waste for Mick. And Keef had the right approach after all … 15


THE INTERVIEW Most musicians are lucky if they can be a part of one band that makes it big. Music legend Warren Haynes has been an integral part of three. From his time with the Allman Brothers, The Grateful Dead, and Gov’t Mule, Warren has seen the industry and the world go through some incredible changes. In advance of the Gov’t Mule concert coming to the Macon City Auditorium on April 26th, Warren took some time to talk to us about The Brotherhood, the term “Southern Rock” and mentoring the new generation of guitar legends. 16 APRIL 11-25, 2019

CD - You have been a member of three of the most iconic bands in music history-- so trying to figure out where I wanted to start this interview with you was a bit of a task. I guess I'll start here: Talk to me about your very first guitar. What kind was it and who gave it to you? WH - My first guitar was a Norma. It was $49 at the local hardware store. My dad got it for me when I was 12-years-old. Ok. Now to piggyback off of that, what is your favorite guitar to play right now that you own? A 1959 Les Paul that I'm proud to be the owner of. It's my favorite. I don't take it out on the road. It just has this unique, beautiful sound. I also have a 1961 Gibson ES 335 that I don't carry on the road as well, but they both sound great in the studio or if I'm playing close to home. That makes a lot of sense. The city of Macon and the rest of the world are celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Allman Brothers Band this year and the tremendous impact that it had upon the industry as we know it. In your opinion, being a member of this band for as many years as you have, what do the Brotherhood and Sisterhood mean to you? You know, growing up in the South-- I grew up in Asheville, North Carolina-- I heard that music when I was nine-years-old. My oldest brother had the first Allman Brothers record when it first came out, and I fell in love with that music right off the bat-- before I even started playing guitar. By the time I turned eleven, the Fillmore East album had come out and I was starting to mess around with my older brother's acoustic guitar. So over the next few years, everybody that I knew listened to that music so much and being someone going up in the South, it kind of represented us. Here was this integrated band coming out of originally Florida and officially Macon, Georgia and making history by combining these genres of music together that had never been mixed together in quite that way. It was very personal and upfront for all of us in the beginning. But then I know obviously the rest of the country caught on as well. We had longtime ABB manager Willie Perkins in the studio with us earlier this week, and during the interview, he hinted at the fact that he really

did not like the term "Southern Rock". And it kind of struck me because I've heard a lot of artists and musicians from that era say the same thing. Do you feel the same way about that phrase "Southern Rock"? And if so, why? Well, I know that most of the original members of the Allman Brothers didn't like that term. Gregg talked quite often about it and he even thought it was a bit redundant seeing as how rock music came from the South in the first place. I think the thing that most of us didn't like about that term was any of the negative connotations that would be associated with it. Whether it was a rebel flag or racism or some of the things that tended to get lumped in with the term "Southern Rock". And I feel like, since the Allman Brothers kind of started the whole thing in the first place, it was their prerogative to disown the title so to speak. But I think a lot of people identified with it in a positive way and just felt like there was a category that describes music that they loved. So in that way, I think it's okay. It's just the negative connotations that kind of rubbed everybody the wrong way. For instance, there's a magazine in Germany called Southern Rock Magazine and part of their logo has a rebel flag in the logo. So they were interviewing me over there one time and I told them that in America, that's an offensive symbol. And they didn't tend to look at it that way. They didn't realize the history. They didn't recognize it as being anything other than a positive thing. So, I had to explain that to them. But I think there was so much great music that came under the heading of Southern Rock that as long as people think of it in a positive manner, I'm okay with it. Back in 1994 when Gov't Mule first began, you all were staying in Macon. Since that time, the city has made some very dramatic changes. What was the downtown scene like when you were hanging out around here? During that time, I think they were starting to renovate the area. When we were hanging there, we were just soaking up the vibe and the history of the town. We were all living at The Big House house and it was a really positive experience for us. Each time I go back to Macon now, I see all the new restaurants and businesses and just the way it's kind of flourishing along with a lot of other southern towns, including the one where I'm from. There's a lot of positive change happening, and what I really like is the local aspect of it and how the people are really nurturing the community.

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I just feel like it's an amazing opportunity to do something that we’re all going to be doing every day anyway-which is playing music. And to be able to turn that into building houses for people that need homes? You know, sometimes when you get a taste of how easy it is to give back, it makes no sense not to.

One show that gets talked about often was the [Gov’t Mule debut] at Elizabeth Reed Music Hall. Talk about the atmosphere surrounding that show. Man, we were so new as a band at that point. We only had a handful of songs and the energy level was really high. We were young and hungry and had a point to prove and we were making new fans every day. It was just a very exciting time because we were breaking new ground all the time. We had a mission, you know? In the beginning, we only knew like 10 songs and then we knew 11 and then we knew 15-- then we knew 20 and then we were writing more. It was just changing all the time and it was positive energy. One of the events that seem to be near and dear to your heart is your annual Christmas Jam concert held in your hometown of Asheville. Talk about how that began. Christmas Jam started 31 years ago in a small club and it was all local musicians. We would just get together, play and raise a small amount of money for charity. It was more an excuse to get together and see each other and play some music at the only time of year that it seemed like everybody was around which Is Christmas time. Musicians tend to travel and so we're always missing each other, but at Christmas time we'd all get together and do that and it just kind of grew. The second year was a little bigger then the third year was a little bigger and then the next thing you know, we moved it into a theater. Then we were turning people away from the theater and then we had to move it to the arena where it's been for close to 25 years now. All the proceeds go to Habitat

For Humanity, which is an organization that is dear to my heart. I just feel like it's an amazing opportunity to do something that we’re all going to be doing every day anyway-- which is playing music. And to be able to turn that into building houses for people that need homes? You know, sometimes when you get a taste of how easy it is to give back, it makes no sense not to. Throughout your storied career, you seem to consistently and constantly find new musical landscapes to explore. Is that one of the things that keep the fire going with you? I think so. I think if we felt like we were boxed into a corner and had to do anything in a particular way, it would take some of the inspiration away. I think the fact that we started out as a side project, as a band that didn't know we would even make a second record, that kind of forced us into a situation where every decision we made was based on what was going on at the moment and what felt good to us. We didn't have in mind that we were gonna stay together 25 years. It's hard to believe that we've been allowed to do that, but I think one of our favorite challenges is what influences to adopt and adapt for the future. We love so many different types of music. It wouldn't make sense to limit ourselves to just a small handful of influences. One of the things that I love about you is that you have played with everyone. You have had a chance to play with every one of my musical idols. You have also had a huge hand in mentoring two of the most innovative guitarists in the game right now. First with the incredible Derek Trucks and now with

the amazing Marcus King. I had a chance to interview Marcus a couple of years ago, and he spoke glowingly about the relationship that you two have. Talk to me about meeting Marcus and what that relationship means to you. Well, when I first heard Marcus, he was seventeen and already very talented-- and obviously had a bright future ahead of him. And it reminded me in some ways of meeting Derek for the first time, although Derek was eleven when I met him. It's very rare that you hear someone that has that kind of maturity, musically speaking, at a young age and you know that it's only going to get better. We used to always talk about what's going to happen to Derek once he gets his heart broken (laughing). When you're 11-years-old, you've only experienced a small part of life and when you see someone like that come along-- that you just know is going to continue to grow-you know, it's very inspiring. And finally, is the band working on any kind of new material, anything new coming out in the near future? We recorded and filmed two nights at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York, and the next release is going to be a double DVD/double CD combination from those shows. And in some ways, it will mark 25 years of our career. I'm very excited to get that out as soon as we can. We're going to be working on new material. We've started kind of working on some instrumental music that's more akin to some of the stuff we did in the early days, so I have no idea where all the new music's going to wind up. 19

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turns 50

BY SCOTT MITCHELL Scott Mitchell is the owner of Travis Jean Emporium and is the co-host of Deconstructing Divas on 100.9 The Creek. He enjoys spending time with his family and furbabies, volunteering, gardening, traveling, watching Broadway shows, and cheering on the Georgia Bulldogs.

In August of 2016, I met Ashley Doolin when she moved here with her husband to help begin Central Georgia’s coolest radio station, 100.9 The Creek. We quickly became best friends and discovered that we shared a love of female artists. Later that year, we pitched the idea of a onehour show dedicated to women in the music industry-- and Deconstructing Divas was born! The Creek took a chance on our idea and has given us space to create something truly unique and inspiring. Each episode, we look at a different female artist’s life, legacy, and influence on the next generation of great singers, songwriters, and musicians. We have been able to interview some of our biggest influences and have shared some amazing concert moments over the past couple of years including a shout out from Mavis Staples when she performed in Macon. Working on Divas has really opened my eyes to the injustices that many female artists face. The research that goes into each episode always opens my eyes to the unparalleled strength and determination these women possess. I asked Ashley to tell us more about why Divas is so important in a place like Macon. She explained, “The South, for so long, has been set in its ways by a maledominated society. These women clawed and fought for their place in music history. We use our show to tell their stories-- good, bad, and ugly-- to give young girls positive, strong role models. We want women and girls to know that there have been women before them that have gone through some of the same challenges and made it. Our central message is-- Never give up!” On April 14th we will celebrate our 50th episode with a listening party starting at noon at Travis Jean Emporium, our awesome sponsor! Ashley and I cannot wait to share fifty more episodes with you! 21



It’s one of the most anticipated days in Central Georgia-- the Magnolia Soap Box Derby! Whether you’re a new team out for your first run at glory, a returning crew ready for your next opportunity, or one of the thousands (and thousands) of spectators, this event is a community highlight every year. This will mark the 11th annual derby and promises to be the grandest yet. Come for the races that show off marvels of engineering, imagination, and of course, speed! We’ve put together 11 team profiles (11 teams from the 11th derby in the 11th Hour-- wanna guess how many minutes it took us to come up with that?) to celebrate and get you ready for this year’s biggest and best Magnolia Soap Box Derby ever!

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Graced Lightning Team Motto: Ezekiel 1:12-13 "Why this car is ecologic… it’s chronologic… it’s theologic. It’s Graced Lightning!" Our team name “Graced Lightning” draws its inspiration from the movie “Grease” and the first vision of the prophet Ezekiel. “And each one went straight forward; they went wherever the spirit wanted to go, and they did not turn when they went As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like burning coals of fire… The fire was bright, and out of the fire went lightning.” Ezekiel 1:12-13 Deacons, members, and friends of Highland Hills Baptist Church comprise this not-so-pious pit crew of all sinners and saints. The congregation of Highland Hills enthusiastically supports the space for community and competition kindled in Macon by the Magnolia Street Derby. We give thanks for open spaces where all people are welcome. This team of sinners and saints, winners in the 2018 Magnolia Soapbox Derby, will spend their days preparing for the race and praying that lightning strikes twice.


Hammer Down Team Motto: “Sheridan Construction doesn’t just build buildings, we build winning soapbox derby cars too!” Sheridan Construction is participating in the Magnolia Soapbox Derby this year for the first time. We are excited to have great participation from our employees. We have about 16 people committed at some level to our team. We recently acquired a car that is currently being retrofitted for our team. Our team name is Hammer Down (pun intended). Our song will be “U Can’t Touch This” by MC Hammer (pun intended again). Shea Smith, our Controller, has graciously volunteered to pilot this magnificent beast. The car in the photos is the original version that you will not recognize on race day. Race day design will be revealed on the big day. Our mission is to serve our clients, community, and employees with excellence, integrity, and quality in every aspect of the construction process. Come see us at our Sheridan Construction tent for the big reveal.


Float Daze Team Motto: “Cleaning up the competition!” Float Daze is a Macon Georgia community organization that spends our summers on the river. Originally starting as a small group floating the Ocmulgee River in 2015, we’re now over 3000 members strong. Float Daze is known for our massive group floats and hosting river and trail cleanups all year long at Amerson River Park. We’ve taken thousands of pounds of trash from the Ocmulgee River. Completely organized and funded by volunteers who just love being out on the water. We love playing a part in our community and joining in other Macon events. We started racing the soapbox derby last year and we had a blast, taking 1st in best in show and 2nd in professional. Nothing better then everyone coming out for some friendly competition in downtown Macon. We have our eyes set on the gold this year, racing in both the shadetree and the professional division. It’s such a great event for our city-- everyone coming together, hanging out in the park watching your buddies fly down the hill in a homemade racer. We can’t wait for this event every year and have plans to participate for years to come.

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Bennett Law & Mediation Services LLC The Magnolia Soapbox Derby has always been a special event that both Andrew and I look forward to each year as we have always valued the sense of pride and community it brings to Middle Georgia. We not only look forward to attending every year with friends and family but also strive to participate in the race every year as well-regardless of which team we are associated with. After participating with the Steak ‘N Shake team, the sense of pride and community I felt flooded into my next team when I organized the continued involvement of the Sell & Melton LLP car. Andrew organized and led the Mercer Law “Legal Eagle” team in 2017 and continued the tradition again the following year. Andrew led his team to victory placing in the top 10 in both 2017 and 2018. Although winning was a thrill, it was the sense of community connection and team building that prompted Andrew’s continued involvement. Our love for the Derby lives on with our own law firm, Bennett Law & Mediation Services LLC. I know that our continued involvement in the Derby will bring us closer together as a firm, a team, and as a community. I look forward to this being the best year yet!

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Our family chose to enter the Magnolia Soapbox Derby for many reasons. We enjoy spending quality time together and trying new adventures. We try to have the children remain tied to nature and outdoor activities as much as possible to avoid constant connection to the gaming and internet world. We felt this would be a great way for them to gain insight and valuable life lessons about the different trades and teamwork that are involved in a worthwhile endeavor. The whole family has enjoyed working on the derby car from its concept to the finished product. Our children may be young, but they are learning lifelong skills and values about how to discuss ideas and bring them to fruition. They are working on the mechanics of putting together the car and the effort that is required to make a winning team. (We hope it will be a winner!!) This is a fun, new experience for the whole family, and we eagerly look forward to “race day”. We know it will be a winning day for us even if we do not come home with the top trophy as we will have spent time together surrounded by others sharing a fun exciting day of adventure.


TidyBum Racing Team Motto: "Travel Tidy, Fast, and Safe!" The TidyBum Racing team consists of myself (Wendel), my wife Carol Nelson, and two guys that have worked with me at Mercedes Benz / Volvo of Macon for the last 11 years. Last year we all worked together to build a safe, fast Derby racer, and we succeeded. So we decided to do as Mercedes Benz and Volvo do with Racing or Performance models: Take your history and build the next one more beautiful, faster, and safer. TidyBum Racing uses recycled parts-- as TidyBum does-- so we leave as little a mark on our Earth as possible. We are ready to go Safely, go Faster, and brake Better.


Bloomfield Community Center Last year, like so many others, we were happy to be able to participate in the Magnolia Soapbox derby race. To start S.T.E.M. in Parks and Recreation is a task but a noble one. Each step of the way we learned something. In particular, what teamwork means. When it all was said and done, we had our soapbox, but something was missing. We needed a driver. Her name was Bre’shanna (pronounced Bray) Daniels. She went to Southwest, but she now goes to Windsor Academy. She is a top academic student as well as a top basketball player who likes to try different things. She is on the shooting team as well. Her mother drives trucks and has always encouraged her to do whatever she wants. We came in third place our first year in the shade tree category. It was interesting watching all the joyous faces and wonderful smiles taking place and knowing you were part of it. This has meant so much to us. Here we are trying to find a way to spark our S.T.E.M. program and it ended up sparking us. When you see the smile on Bre’shanna’s face along with her mother’s, you know why this race exists. You know that it touches the lives of us all in Middle Georgia. And, by the way, she will be with us again this year. We can’t wait!!!


The Mentors Project The Mentors Project provides one on one as well as group mentoring to Bibb County middle and high school students. The program also provides wraparound services which include but are not limited to food, clothing, school supplies, transportation, and housing on an as need basis. Monthly events focus on financial literacy, teen pregnancy prevention, interviewing and communication skills as well as an academic summer program which includes Leadership Academy, STEM, and a Book Club.

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Cherry Street Ink Supporting the Magnolia Street Soap Box Derby has always been one of the highlights of the year for us. When we were approached with the opportunity to actually participate from beyond the sidelines we didn’t hesitate. Even though none of us have a clue what we are doing we are looking forward to race day!


Freeman Cabinets Freeman Cabinets is very happy to be racing and sponsoring the Magnolia Soap Box Derby for the 4th year! We truly believe this is one of Macon's best days of the year and are happy that our community can come together and support Middle Georgia STEM programs as well as have a ton of fun with all our wacky friends and neighbors!


The Creek Team Motto: “We’re not in it to win it, we’re in it for style!” This year marks the third derby for the Creek crew, and just like in years past, we’re comin’ to be seen! Win or lose, we’ll be lookin’ good-- but in all honesty, it’s a bigger thrill just to be involved with the Magnolia Soap Box Derby. It’s not the spirit of competition that brings everyone together, it’s the sense of true community. Good luck to you all!

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BEET & BURRATA SALAD AND POACHED COVINA EDGAR’S BISTRO 5171 EISENHOWER PARKWAY SUITE E, MACON Vibrant and expertly prepared food in a relaxing environment-- that’s fine dining in any arena. Tucked away in Helms College and part of Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA, Edgar’s Bistro could be the best-kept secret in Central Georgia-- and if it’s not on your radar it should be. “We like to say you come hungry and leave fulfilled,” smiles Angie Harben, Senior Director of Communications. The staff at Edgar’s is comprised of Helms College students who get to learn the ins and outs of hospitality and restaurant service. “It’s a combination of education and real-world experience,” says Angie. “We’re bridging the gap and creating pathways for people. And the food is amazing!” Take the unique Beet & Burrata Salad-- earthy beets paired with ricotta stuffed mozzarella, roasted turnips, heirloom baby carrots, and toasted pecans over frisee and arugula. Combined with a zingy lemon ginger vinaigrette with a beautiful bite, “It’s festive, a lot a flavor,” says Executive Chef Gerard McGale. “The colors make it sizzle!” And for the main event, try the Poached Covina! “I love the poached fish, nice and clean,” admires Chef McGale. Like the salad, the entree is full of fresh colors and flavors from honey lemon sweet potatoes, broccoli, and a trio of mussels, clams, and oysters prepared on the half-shell. Edgar’s Bistro offers brunch every first Sunday of the month-- but make your reservations now for special Easter and Mother’s Day brunches-- and provides live music on the last Thursday of the month. From the food to the service and the atmosphere, Chef McGale grins and affirms that Edgar’s, “is a dining, culinary experience!"

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Carter and I work 100 hour weeks. I don't say that because I am looking for a pat on the back, I say that to show you just how much Z Beans means to us. When something means the world to you, when you give your all to something, it's hard to accept criticism. We are all fallacy ridden-- none of us are perfect. We know that. But for someone to criticize your work? For someone to denounce what you have worked so hard to build? It cuts deep. As I sat in church today, I listened to the pastor discuss the concept of whether or not a leader decides to be right or be light. Immediately, these thoughts jumped into my mind. I started thinking about the 1-star reviews on Google, the negative comments that have made their way back to me, and the individuals who have decided to denounce the very thing that means the most to me. I began reflecting on the times in which I first encountered the negative comments. I felt the anger once again, the confusion, the misunderstanding-- and the hatred. As I continued to listen, I reflected on one particular message-- the importance of living at peace with everyone. What does that mean? At peace? Is my inability to live at peace the very factor that drives me? If I live at peace, what must I sacrifice? I continued to ponder this statement as I walked out of church. An hour into my thoughts, my father, who has always sent me inspirational quotes, sends me an unrelated text message: "Face your problems - don't hide from them." Immediately, it hit me. Z Beans' biggest critics are the ones who actually help me the most. I don't have to go out and find my problems-- they tell me! By understanding this simple message, the entire puzzle comes together. By understanding that the critics are here to actually help me grow, I'm able to live at peace. I'm at peace with them, and most importantly, I'm at peace with myself. I channel my energy into solving the problems laid before me. In doing so, I'm able to push Z Beans in the right direction. To be at peace with everyone is to face your problems and not hide from them. To face your problems and not hide from them is to be a leader. And to be a leader is to be a light-- not the one who is always right.

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FOR MORE Z BEANS STORIES YOU CAN FIND US HERE: Facebook: @ZBeansCoffee Instagram: @ZBeansCoffee Storefront: 1635 Montpelier Avenue | Macon, GA 31201

DINING-OUT IN CENTRAL GEORGIA A.P.’S HIDDEN HIDEAWAY 4274 Broadway Macon | 478-781-5656 Classic rock n’ roll bar with burgers, salads, sandwiches, wings and more! Homestyle Southern Cookin’ Sundays! Outdoor seating available. L/D/Bar $ BARBERITOS 4123 Forsyth Rd Suite G Macon | 478-621-4883 4921 Riverside Dr Macon | 478-254-5802 3123 Watson Blvd Suite 100 Warner Robins | 478-971-1138 Burritos, tacos, salads, quesadillas, nachos, and more using locally sourced, farm-fresh ingredients. L/D$–$$

FINCHER’S BAR-B-Q 3947 Houston Ave Macon | 478-787-4648 5627 Houston Rd Macon | 478-7876947 891 Gray Hwy East Macon | 478-787-4649 519 N. Davis Dr Warner Robins | 478-787-4651 So fine, it went to the moon in ‘69! Delicious Southern barbecue at four locations in Macon and Warner Robins featuring pulled pork, chicken, ribs, burgers, and more. Family owned & operated since 1935! L/D $

BEARFOOT TAVERN 468 2nd St, Macon | 478-305-7703 Contemporary gastropub featuring a menu of New American fare & a beer garden with live music. L/D/Bar $–$$

H&H 807 Forsyth St Macon | 478-621-7044 “The H” is an institution woven into the fabric of Macon’s history. Since 1959, H&H has kept Macon’s most diverse clientele well-fed with delicious, stick-to-ya-ribs soul food—and is most famous for the unique friendship between founder Mama Louise Hudson and the Allman Brothers Band. B/L $

DOVETAIL 543 Cherry St Macon (above the Rookery) | 478-238-4693 Farm-to-table casual fine dining. Southern crafted small plates and a cultivated bourbon selection. Reservations encouraged. Complimentary valet located on Mulberry St Lane for dinner only. Saturday & Sunday Brunch. D/Bar $$–$$$

INGLESIDE VILLAGE PIZZA 2396 Ingleside Ave Macon | 478-750-8488 It doesn’t get any better than IVP! Hand-tossed, homemade dough and fresh toppings, salads, sandwiches, and the sloppiest breadsticks! Voted the best pizza in Central Georgia by readers of the 11th Hour and the Macon Telegraph! 80+ cold, craft beers! L/D/Bar $

DOWNTOWN GRILL 562 Mulberry St. Lane Macon | 478-742-5999 English-style steak and chop house with nightly features, extensive wine list, and amazing bourbon and whiskey selection. Cigar bar and private humidor. Complimentary Valet. Reservations encouraged. D/Bar $$–$$$

JUST TAP’D 488 1st St Macon | 478-599-9951 3123 Watson Blvd | 478-599-9950 Gastropub serving tap brews over the counter & bottles from the shelves, plus hearty bar grub. L/D/Bar $

EDGAR’S BISTRO 5171 Eisenhower Pkwy Macon | 478-471-4250 City Chic and a foodie’s dream! Edgar’s Bistro presents a dining experience that nourishes the body and soul. Open for lunch & dinner Monday-Friday, Edgar’s serves as a hands-on training facility for the Culinary students at Helms College’s Polly Long Denton School of Hospitality. Reservations encouraged. L/D $$–$$$ FATTY’S PIZZA 344 2nd St Macon | 478-744-9880 Pizza, calzone, wings, & salads. Gluten Free options and delivery to Downtown Macon. L/D $

NU-WAY WEINERS 5572 Bloomfield Rd Macon | 478-781-1305 1602 Montpelier Ave Suite 105 Macon | 478-812-8200 921 Hillcrest Blvd Macon | 478-743-1047 148 Emery Highway Macon | 478-743-7976 3990 Northside Dr Macon | 478-477-0533 6016 Zebulon Rd Macon | 478-474-5933 1762 Watson Blvd Warner Robins | 478-929-4941 215 Russell Parkway Warner Robins | 478-923-5335 An iconic Macon Restaurant featuring the famous red hotdog! Established in 1916 by Greek American James Mallis, Nu-Way is one of the oldest hot dog restaurants in the United States. The New York Times declared Nu-Way the “king of the slaw dog “hill”. B/L/D $

OCMULGEE BREWPUB 484 2nd St Macon | 478-254-2848 Ocmulgee Brewpub offers the best curated brews using the finest grains, hops, and yeast. Delicious gourmet burgers, super food salads, and hand-cut fries. L/D/Bar $ PAPOULI’S MEDITERRANEAN CAFE & MARKET 121 Tom Hill Sr Blvd, Macon | 478-474-0204 Mediterranean restaurant with a casual atmosphere. Gyros, Pita Wraps, Greek Plates & More! Papouli’s Mediterranean Cafe & Market also offers a large selection of imported grocery & deli items. L/D $–$$ PARISH ON CHERRY 580 Cherry St Macon | 478-257-7255 Cozy Cajun eatery in a rustic-chic setting dishing up classic Creole fare, such as ‘po boys & gumbo. Outdoor seating available. L/D/Bar $–$$ PIEDMONT BREWERY & KITCHEN 450 3rd St Macon | 478-254-2337 Eclectic atmosphere with a menu featuring handcrafted beer and honest food. Family-friendly arcade and outdoor seating available. L/D $–$$ SHANE’S 1592 Forest Hill Road Macon | 478-474-6481 Breakfast served daily, delicious pulled pork bbq and wings smoked on premises, fried chicken, sandwiches, salads, pizza, and more! All served to go. B/L/D $ THE ROOKERY 543 Cherry St Macon | 478-746-8658 Legendary downtown eatery offering Southern rock & soul inspired burgers, sandwiches, fresh salads, shakes, daily features, and so much more! Soul Jazz Brunch on Saturdays! Outdoor seating available. L/D $–$$

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BIRTHDAY CRISIS Earlier this month, I experienced the timehonored tradition of celebrating another year tied to this mortal husk. I’m not one to make a big stink about it as I know far too many grown-ups who do, and I am not crazy about that look. I’m not able to muster any sympathy for the person who has to *gasp* actually work on their birthday! Nor am I excited to hear it’s your birthday week or month (unless your mother had a 30-day labor, in which case I’m more willing to throw a party for her maternal accomplishments than I am your birthday). At 38, I expected my day to look a lot like any other day-- and it mostly did. There was work, a nice meal, and some quality time with family. That seemed to be the long and short of it. But there was more. Through the exasperated suggestions of my loving wife, I came to realize that this birthday might possibly signal the onset of a mid-life crisis. Could it truly be? I can admit I’ve been going through some life changes, and I have been rediscovering myself

stylistically-- but isn’t that part of the normal ebb and flow of growth over time? How does one know they are in the throes of such a predicament? Well, much to my chagrin, there isn’t any sort of litmus test or brochure. So after an extremely short period of self-reflection, I figured why not do us all a public service and share some of my symptoms in the hopes that we might all collectively better understand this rite of passage. The first thing that tipped us off was sudden and drastic changes to my appearance. Bleached blonde mohawks are badass. No one should be able to deny that much, but some people do. In fact, many people do. Walk down Cherry Street like you belong in Essex, England 1985 and not everyone is going to find your choice of hairstyle as sensible as you do. Which plays into the second thing I had to recognize: my fascination with the '80s is less nostalgic and more a crippling yearning for the youthful exuberance and freedom of my childhood. It was a tough

pill to swallow, but one that I managed to get down thanks to my Burger King Return of the Jedi commemorative drinking glasses. A lot of people standing knee-deep in the midlife crisis hoopla also find themselves making a flashy purchase-- like a little red convertible or an expensive new gadget. In my case, I combined the two and went all in on a new electric skateboard. Indeed, it was my preorder of the newly unveiled Onewheel Pint that really caught our attention and prompted that dreaded question, “What the hell am I doing?” Well, I don’t presume to know what I’m doing or where I’m going. All I know is I’ve got my Siouxsie and the Banshees t-shirt on, and I’m gonna carve up these streets on my futuristic skateboard like an absolute boss. Bo Walker is a local writer and comedian who is living his best life, mid-life crisis be damned! 33


All parenting can be difficult-- that’s just part of the job-- but parenting a child with a disability can be especially hard because we don’t live in a world that’s set up to accommodate differences.

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The newest CDC numbers state that children are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, a developmental neurological condition that affects language and communication, sensory processing, motor skills, and social interaction. These numbers create false panic in some, but they’re largely the result of better and more comprehensive diagnostic testing and increased access to healthcare for previously underserved populations. Disability is and has always been a natural part of the human experience, but sadly many of us are still made deeply uncomfortable when faced with these differences. I know this because my daughter Ramona, now 10, was diagnosed with autism at age two.

We sought therapy for her early because she was a late crawler and had shown no interest in walking by her first birthday. Her physical therapist, a patient and lovely woman, helped gently nudge me to see that Ramona-- who didn’t reliably respond to her name, had yet to start talking, was hesitant with eye contact, and rarely played with toys in ‘traditional’ ways, preferring to throw them from the toybox one after another blindly over her shoulder like a little chaos agent-- might have more than just a physical delay. The therapist connected us with Babies Can’t Wait, Georgia’s free early intervention program for children up to age 3, and after working with the specialists there and meeting with a developmental pediatrician, Ramona received her diagnosis. Was I overwhelmed? Absolutely. As a research-driven person, I read everything autism-related I could get my hands on, and so much of it was bleak: autistics rejected physical affection; they weren’t empathetic; they were ‘trapped in their own little world.’ Some literature went so far as to blame the condition on vaccines, or on some other toxicity I’d failed to protect my baby from. Some literature made it seem possible to ‘rescue’ children from autism, if you just fed them the right diet, the right supplements,

if you could afford to send them to the right therapists for twenty-plus hours a week. None of this felt reassuring or manageable. I’m lucky that I soon stumbled upon what I now consider the greatest resource available on the topic: actual autistic adults writing with candor and intelligence about their experiences. Thanks to the work of groundbreakers like Julia Bascom, Lydia X. Z. Brown, Ido Kedar, and Nick Walker, I gained a profoundly paradigm-shifting view of autism. The concept of neurodiversity-- the fact that variations in human neurology are normal and should be respected-- resonated greatly with me. I stopped silently biting my tongue when people responded to Ramona’s diagnosis with a concerned face and an, “Aww, I’m sorry/ poor thing/that must be so hard,” and started fiercely advocating for my child’s right to exist in the world exactly as she is. I counteracted misguided sympathy with stories of how Ramona’s the funniest, silliest, most exuberant kid I’ve ever known-- she doesn’t need pity, and neither do I. Pity is dehumanizing, belittling-she deserves respect, and it’s my job to be sure she gets it. I learned to appreciate the beauty of Ramona’s unique mindset, and started working to figure out how best to meet her sometimescomplex needs and help her have a happy, safe, and fulfilling life.

I’m still working on this, daily-- Ramona is nonverbal, and we’ve yet to discover a reliable communication method for her, but I have hope that something is out there, or will be in the future. In the meantime, I’ve learned to see her behavior as communication, read her signals, connect with her on levels way deeper than spoken language. We strive constantly to meet her sensory needs. Intense activity and movement is calming and centering for her, so we got a mini trampoline, installed a swing in her bedroom, another in a living room door frame, and one more outside; it’s amazing to think this tall, gangly, constantlyin-motion child used to be a chubby baby who couldn’t be bothered to walk until just shy of her second birthday, but low muscle tone is common in autistics, one of a cluster of medical comorbidities (digestive issues and sleep disturbances among them) that often exist alongside the diagnosis in ways that haven’t yet been fully understood. All parenting can be difficult-- that’s just part of the job-- but parenting a child with a disability can be especially hard because we don’t live in a world that’s set up to accommodate differences. It’s useful, then, that we have April as Autism Awareness Month– or Autism continued on page 37

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Acceptance Month, depending on where you get your information from. I tend to prefer acceptance, because awareness without action doesn’t get anything done, and we all need to be putting in the work together to create a better, more inclusive world. So what’s helpful for people on the spectrum? How can you be an ally during April and beyond? First, know that autism manifests differently in everyone, and often there are no outward signs that a person is on the spectrum. Some people are jarred by loud noises or bright lights and need to wear noisecanceling headphones or sunglasses in public. Some autistic kids-- mine, for example-- don’t have a sense of danger and want to bolt away when in an unfamiliar situation. This is why we have an adaptive stroller-- it’s like a regular stroller, but super-sized, built to accommodate older children. Believe me, when using it in public, I’ve noticed stares and not-so-hushed whispers about babying and ridiculousness and ‘why is that child in a stroller when she’s obviously big enough to walk?’ Here is where awareness and acceptance come into play-- if you’re in public and you see a child behaving in a way you’re not used to, or using adaptive equipment you haven’t seen before, don’t be a jerk. Find your empathy muscle and flex it. And don’t gawk, either. Though she’s nonverbal, Ramona is far from silent-- sometimes when grocery shopping, she’s inspired to loudly vocalize in ways that probably sound strange to others (I tend to repeat whatever noise she’s making back at her cheerfully, which could add to the spectacle), and I promise, we notice when you ogle. I understand a quick glance, but we’re actual human beings, we’re not on a tv show, we see you staring-- or at least I do, Ramona could care less what anyone thinks of her, one of her beautiful autistic superpowers. I do get great pleasure out of embarrassing staring passersby by asking, “Can we help you with anything?” in a cheery voice, or sometimes by talking animatedly to Ramona about them until they slink away in shame: “Ramona, look-- look at that woman in the red shirt. She sure is looking at you! She just can’t seem to stop looking at you! She must have forgotten her manners today because staring is rude-- or maybe it’s because you’re so cute and funny! I bet that’s it!” Sometimes the public face of autism is a worst case scenario: the meltdown, which can look to the uninitiated like a kid having a temper tantrum,

but it’s much more serious and intense than that. Autistic people are more prone to sudden meltdowns because of sensory issues-- too-bright light, loud crowds, strange smells can translate into acute physical discomfort, and a meltdown can take hold before a parent has had a chance to do damage control. Again, I beg you-- don’t stare, don’t judge, don’t stage-whisper to your friends about how dare people bring their loud brats with no manners in public. Here’s a novel idea: HELP. Don’t be pushy, but if you see someone having a hard time with a child, calmly approach and ask if there’s anything you can do. I promise, this could make someone’s whole entire day, week, month, possibly even year. I can remember the interactions Ramona and I have had in public with helpful strangers during rough parenting moments in vivid detail because there have been only a couple of them. People are afraid of what they don’t understand, and fear builds barriers when what we really need is outreach. Something as simple as holding a door open for a mama wrangling an upset kid can be life-affirming in that chaotic moment because it’s such a rare gesture. These are just a few of the myriad issues autistic people and their loved ones face. There are many more – the bleak prospects for employment for adults on the spectrum, the lack of good, trustworthy facilities for the more severely affected once they age out of public school- but my sincere hope is that as we engage in more discussion of these issues each year, a larger portion of the population will respond to the need that must be filled. It can’t solely be up to autistics and their caregivers to do this work– we’re exhausted enough as it is from trying to navigate a world not built with us in mind. We need you. Autistic activist Jim Sinclair, in his essay “Don’t Mourn for Us,” says, “We need your help and your understanding. Your world is not very open to us, and we won’t make it without your strong support. Yes, there is tragedy that comes with autism: not because of what we are, but because of the things that happen to us. Be sad about that, if you want to be sad about something. Better than being sad about it, though, get mad about it – and then do something about it. The tragedy is not that we are here, but that your world has no place for us to be.”

little corner of the world you’re in charge of more accessible to everyone, and then implement those changes. Practice empathy, kindness, inclusion. Attend one of the local events below, or connect with one of the charities to see how you can volunteer at future events, even if you don’t have skin in the game – people with autism are fun to hang out with, and it’s good to get out of your comfort zone and gain some perspective. If you’re a parent and you think your child might be on the spectrum, don’t be scared – reach out to one of the local agencies below, find a support group on Facebook and ask questions, search for blogs and books written by autistic authors, and try not to fear the stigma of a diagnosis – it’s scary and alienating, yes, but it’s also an incredibly fascinating journey, and there are so many good people who will help you figure out where you need to go and how to get there.

Local Autism Resources: Babies Can’t Wait 201 Second Street, Suite 1100 Macon GA 31201 (478) 745-9200 Lisa Wiles Autism and Developmental Center, Navicent Health 777 Hemlock Street Macon GA 31201 (478) 633-1000 Central Georgia Autism

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The Pretty Reckless burst onto the rock scene in 2010 with the release of Light Me Up and the world was surprisingly blessed with a strong and gifted frontwoman in the form of Taylor Momsen. Initially, the music world doubted Momsen and her band. Remember cute little Cindy Lou Who from Jim Carey’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas? That was Momsen. She was also on Gossip Girl, which didn’t exactly help her rock n’ roll cred. What’s more, she hadn’t even turned 18 when Light Me Up was released. “Make Me Wanna Die” was the first track I heard. It shuffled into one of my Pandora stations, and the driving beat, edgy guitars and Momsen’s vocal stylings-- soft and sweet coos to deep and cutting wails-- captured me. Sure, the lyrics were a bit emo, but the sound was as addictive as Momsen’s now signature cigarette. Thanks to modern age technology, it didn’t take long to find and download the full album. Irreverent on the surface, Momsen interprets her world and the angst of growing up through song, and that’s where it finds its genuineness. Whether she intends to or not, Momsen captures the sound of other strong female singers throughout-- the album’s title track, “Light Me Up,” is reminiscent of Alanis while the closing track, “Factory Girl,” reminds me of a Madonna. Despite walking in the door with a Hollywood starlet reputation, Momsen has the confident attitude and gritty edge of a natural rock lead. The band delivers hard-hitting riffs and a thumping beat throughout, giving the album a double dose of attitude. The Pretty Reckless have gone on to release two more studio albums (side note-- the band teamed up with Warren Haynes for 2016’s “Back to the River”), but Light Me Up is the album that continues to deliver. -Megan Allen, One Non Blonde on 100.5 The X

If you liked Get Out, Us is even better. Way better. Plot means a lot to me in film, and when a plot gets out of hand or riddled with holes, I lose interest. I may still be terrified, but I don’t enjoy the story. Hereditary in 2018 drove me crazy because it made NO sense-- but Charlie still haunted me for weeks! Us has a strong plot that slowly spirals in on itself then flips. It wasn’t quite as scary as other recent thriller films, but I think Jordan Peele threw out the traditional horror tricks in exchange for a strong and artistic story. And the “scary” parts were worthwhile and strategic rather than quick, meaningless jump scares. The movie is fast-paced and has a good amount of comic relief. During one of the scariest scenes (scariest in my opinion), the characters remain honest and funny-- creating underlying tension instead of a cheap audience reaction. Often, characters lose their veracity or personality during the suspense, but the characters of Us remain open and relatable. This is probably my favorite horror movie and soundtrack of the last few years. -Madelyn Rueter




As a generally pessimistic person, self-help books are not my cup of tea. A cup of tea, rather, might help me feel better because it does not involve another person telling me what to do. My fatal flaw may be stubborn hubris, but Mark Manson works with that by saying “f--ck” in a way that feels like both a slap and a hug. Should I be angry at Mark Manson or myself? Neither, it turns out. I’m actually doing a great job and so are you. Manson uses the story of Buddha as a springboard to discuss how to accept the inevitability of problems and pain and the role we play in our own happiness. Here’s the book in a nutshell: care less about things that don’t matter and care more about what matters to you. You are your own worst enemy at the worst times, but you can also be your own best superhero if you stop worrying about things that don’t matter. It’s not a quick fix, but over time, you’ll be more grounded and overall happier. And if a pessimistic person like me can say that positivity is, well, positive and beneficial, you should probably try it. -Madelyn Rueter


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Spring has sprung and in Central Georgia that means you-pick-em-strawberries! Take advantage of all the amazing local farms we have. Bring the kids along and pick until you're picked out! Then head home, wash those ruby gems up, and whip up an amazing skillet cobbler! 4 oz room temp cream cheese 3/4 C plus 2 tblsp sugar 1 vanilla bean, split and scraped 1/2 C (1 stick) unsalted butter 4 C fresh strawberries, hulled and halved 1 C all-purpose flour 2 tsp baking powder Pinch of sea salt 1 C Whole Milk Whipped Cream, ice cream or even clotted cream (optional) Heat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, combine cream cheese, 2 tblsp sugar, and vanilla bean seeds. Stir until completely smooth. Place butter in a large cast-iron skillet, melt butter until it is lightly brown, approx 8-10 min in the oven. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir in milk and the remaining sugar. Remove skillet and pour the browned butter into the batter, stir.


Pour the batter into the skillet and scatter the strawberries over the batter. Quickly dot the top of the cobbler with the cream cheese mix. Place in oven and bake until golden brown or about an hour. Serve hot, warm or at room temp with whipped cream, ice cream or clotted cream. -Ashley Doolin

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AMERICANA NEWS, NOTIONS, AND NONSENSE She’s performed and toured through seven decades, now Wanda Jackson is retiring from the road. Don’t expect the Queen of Rockabilly to call it quits completely though-- she’s working on a book and a new album produced by Joan Jett that features cowrites with songwriters like Angaleena Presley and Elle King…

The HighWomen are official-- the supergroup featuring Brandi Carlile, Amanda Shires, Maren Morris, and Natalie Hemby made their stage debut at Loretta Lynn’s 87th birthday concert. They’ve also been in the studio with Dave Cobb and expect to maintain a “loose collective” of songwriters like Sheryl Crow, Lori McKenna, Janelle Monae, and Miranda Lambert…

Emily Scott Robinson’s album, Traveling Mercies, came out in February. Excellent songwriting and real blood & bone stories with just enough polish. Worth your time...

Been Too Long, the aptly named EP from Macon singer-songwriter Justin Cutway is now available for streaming at justincutway. com or your favorite digital platform. Consider it the herald for Cutway’s full-length vinyl release coming soon…

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Devon Gilfillian has a new single out-- “Get Out And Get It” is a Curtis Mayfield-esque mover laden with Afrobeat and funky, ‘70s Nigerian psychedelia...

Colter Wall will be in Athens at the Georgia Theatre on 4/18. Put the paper down and see if there any tickets left…

On 5/14, look for Begin the Begin: R.E.M.'s Early Years. Author Robert Dean Lurie explores the band’s early days and Southern influences...

New West Records will release the new Buddy & Julie Miller album, Breakdown on 20th Ave. South on 6/21…

What’s better than a zombie movie starring Bill Murray? Two zombie movies starring Bill Murray. Zombieland: Double Tap did some filming here in Macon and is set for a 10/11 release-- but first catch Murray in The Dead Don’t Die on 6/14. Jim Jarmusch’s zombie flick also astoundingly features Iggy Pop, Adam Driver, Selena Gomez, Chloë Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, RZA, Tilda Swinton, Tom Waits, Danny Glover, Rosie Perez, and Carol Kane...

As of this writing, Dan Baird & Homemade Sin have four American dates through ‘19 and two of ‘em are at Eddie’s Attic 7/18 & 7/18. Missed the band last December in Macon? Might be worth the trip to Decatur (psst- hey, Wes, book DB&HS at the Cap again)... Joshua Ray Walker is currently out with American Aquarium. That particular show ain’t comin’ anywhere near here, but you should definitely check out AA’s tour schedule...



HONKY TONK HELL Honky Tonk Hell is home to the pioneers and architects of Americana. Here, you’ll find atomic hillbillies, buckets of blues, and the restless rebels of early rock n’ roll. Explore lost highways and hop the mystery train as it rolls out of the Golden Age of old time radio and into a revival for the Modern Era. Trace the roots of Americana to Honky Tonk Hell. Aaron Irons was born in the green mountains of West Virginia but calls Macon, Georgia his home. He was a founding member of the influential rock n’ roll band, The Liabilities. He enjoys the Westerns of John Wayne, the “Dead” films of Romero, and the history of professional wrestling in the United States and Japan. Join Aaron Irons and take a ride through Honky Honk Hell every Tuesday at 7 p.m. on 100.9 The Creek.


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Playlist For The Week Of April 2, 2019

JOSH RITTER / Old Black Magic / Pytheas Records/Thirty Tigers RYAN BINGHAM / Jingle And Go / Axster Bingham/Thirty Tigers SON VOLT / Devil May Care / Transmit Sound Records / Thirty Tigers TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND / Hard Case / Fantasy Records/Concord JADE BIRD / I Get No Joy / Glassnote Records PATTY GRIFFIN / Where I Come From / PGM/Thirty Tigers MANDOLIN ORANGE / The Wolves / Yep Roc Records SHOVELS & ROPE / The Wire / Dualtone Records ANDREW BIRD / Sisyphus / Loma Vista Recordings/Concord TODD SNIDER / Like A Force Of Nature / Aimless / Thirty Tigers NICK WATERHOUSE / Song For Winners / Innovative Leisure THE INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS / Rise Sun / Tape Time Records OUR NATIVE DAUGHTERS (FEATURING RHIANNON GHIDDENS, ET AL.) / Black Myself / Smithsonian Folkways Recordings KACEY MUSGRAVES / Rainbow / MCA Records (UMGN) LULA WILES / Love Gone Wrong / Smithsonian Folkways Recordings HAYES CARLL / None'ya / Dualtone Records HAYES CARLL / Times Like These / Dualtone Records CALEXICO AND IRON & WINE / Father Mountain / Sub Pop Records BAILEN / I Was Wrong / Fantasy Records / Concord Music MAVIS STAPLES / Change / AntiBEN DICKEY / I Think It's All Different / Dualtone Records MOLLY TUTTLE / Messed With My Mind / Compass Records DYLAN LEBLANC / Renegade / ATO Records I'M WITH HER / Call My Name / Rounder Records / Concord Music THE STEEL WOODS / All Of These Years / Woods Music/Thirty Tigers GREGORY ALAN ISAKOV / Dark, Dark, Dark / Dualtone Records SHOOK TWINS / What Have We Done / Dutch Records LULA WILES / Nashville, Man / Smithsonian Folkways Recordings THE RANDY ROGERS BAND / Crazy People / Tommy Jackson/Thirty Tigers SETH WALKER / All I Need To Know / Royal Potato Family JOY WILLIAMS / Front Porch / Sensibility Recordings/Thirty Tigers SEAN MCCONNELL / I Could Have Been An Angel / Big Picnic Records YOLA / Love All Night (Work All Day) / Easy Eye Sound/Nonesuch 41 41 ROBERT ELLIS / When You're Away / New West Records GREENSKY BLUEGRASS / Do It Alone / Big Blue Zoo/Thirty Tigers

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THURSDAY 3/28 JUST TAP'D Brain Blast Trivia 8pm

THE CREEK STAGE @ THE ROOKERY Lindsay Beaver 10:30pm FREE!

ROCO’S BAR (BONAIRE) Live Music Happy Hour w/ The Captain 6pm

TUESDAY 4/16 FRIENDS ON THE HILL (WARNER ROBINS) Trivia 8:30pm Karaoke w/ DJ B3 10pm JUST TAP'D MACON Brain Blast Trivia 8pm


ROCO’S BAR (BONAIRE) Service Industry Night

A.P.'S HIDDEN HIDEAWAY Karaoke w/ Jesse Jane 8pm-midnight


THE CREEK STAGE @ THE ROOKERY Teddy and The Rough Riders FREE!


ROCO’S BAR (BONAIRE) Jim Jam Karaoke & Dance Party

THURSDAY 4/18 THE CREEK STAGE @ THE ROOKERY Will Hoge 9:30pm $20-$25 w/ Brandy Zdan

FRIENDS ON THE HILL (WARNER ROBINS) Beer Pong Tournament 10:30pm ROCO’S BAR (BONAIRE) Tres Hombres 9pm

SATURDAY 4/13 A.P.'S HIDDEN HIDEAWAY Kool Change 8pm Never A Cover


REBOOT RETROCADE & BAR Big Kids Brunch 1pm ROCO’S BAR (BONAIRE) Karaoke w/ The Captain 9pm


JUST TAP'D Brain Blast Trivia 8pm

A.P.'S HIDDEN HIDEAWAY Big Mike (Blues) 3pm Karaoke 7:30pm

ROCO’S BAR (BONAIRE) Live Music Happy Hour w/ The Captain 6pm



TRAVIS JEAN EMPORIUM Chance Moorman 12:30pm

A.P.'S HIDDEN HIDEAWAY Karaoke w/ Jesse Jane 8pm-midnight


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THE HARGRAY CAPITOL THEATRE The Head & The Heart 8pm $35-$50 w/ Carl Broemel


MONDAY 4/22 FRIENDS ON THE HILL (WARNER ROBINS) Dart Tournament 9pm Double Down Service Industry Night REBOOT RETROCADE & BAR Karaoke w/ DJ B3 7pm

TUESDAY 4/23 FRIENDS ON THE HILL (WARNER ROBINS) Trivia 8:30pm Karaoke w/ DJ B3 10pm JUST TAP'D Brain Blast Trivia 8pm

WEDNESDAY 4/24 ROCO’S BAR (BONAIRE) Werewolves On Wheels 9pm




A.P.'S HIDDEN HIDEAWAY The Skeeterz 8pm Never A Cover

ROCO’S BAR (BONAIRE) Jim Jam Karaoke & Dance Party

THURSDAY 4/25 JUST TAP'D Brain Blast Trivia 8pm ROCO’S BAR (BONAIRE) Live Music Happy Hour w/ The Captain 6pm

FRIENDS ON THE HILL (WARNER ROBINS Dart Tournament 4pm REBOOT RETROCADE & BAR Big Kids Brunch 1pm Rick & Morty Trivia 8pm ROCO’S BAR (BONAIRE) Karaoke w/ The Captain 9pm

SUNDAY 4/21 A.P.'S HIDDEN HIDEAWAY Big Mike 3pm Karaoke 7:30pm

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FRIDAY 4/26 THE CREEK STAGE @ THE ROOKERY Zoso - The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience 8:00pm

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ROCO’S BAR (BONAIRE) Jim Jam Karaoke & Dance Party 9pm


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