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ISSUE #223 OCT 20 - NOV 4, 2011 •


The next two weeks is nothing short of


Halls of Havoc Haunted School

The Amazing Kreskin at the Capitol

Corn Maize... Family Fun

6th annual Zombie Thriller Dance

Complete guide to Halloween Fun



KNOW MACON: OCT 21 - NOV 4, 2011


ast year, for the 11th Hour Thriller Parade over 2000 people converged on Cherry Street to watch. Over 100 people danced. Other than the 11th Hour, no media coverage was given to the event. No Ben Jones, dressed like a vampire on the eleven o’clock news, no photographers from the daily, nothing. I think I say that to say how proud we are of our readers. We’ve been doing this a long time now, and that you are paying attention means everything. For us to be able to put together such a large event, on our own, and to have so many people call everyday and come to practice and come to witness the thing, just goes to show what we can all do when we put our heads together. Honestly, it’s with dread each year that we begin this thing. It’s not an easy event to plan, and without sponsors like Newtown Macon and the Community Foundation and good folks like our dance instructor Pilar Wilder it would never happen. But on that first fall Thursday, when we’re blasting Micheal Jackson in

Tatnall Square Park for our first practice and I look across the dancers and see every age group, every race, just every kind of person there is, it makes me really proud what we’ve done here at our paper, despite the odds, here on issue #223. That’s right, we’ve printed over two hundred issues in the last nine years! I hope it’s because you can feel that we care about our community, about all of our readers and because of the great efforts we go to make our product worth it’s weight. I’ve seen a lot of copycat publications come and go, and they go because doing this isn’t easy. You can slap together some pages and take some photos, but being a publication like ours takes much, much more than that. A friend of mine from Fitzgerald sent me a text this week. It said “If mankind collapses, it will be for sins of omission. Every man is guilty of the good he did not do.” We hope we can keep that attitude in our hearts, for our readers for a long time to come. Here is to getting things done.



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Urban Hikes, Spirits in October, Zombie Thriller Parade and lots more Halloween fun! PAGE 4 Culture Calendar PAGE 5

Exclusive Bar & Music Schedule PAGE 12




CULTURAL MUSINGS Pink is not for Sissies PAGE 7

RADIO FREE MACON The Goings-On in our city PAGE 11

IN THE SPOTLIGHT - Anthony B. Harris

CITY SCENE A No-Brainer - Larry Schlesinger

THE SCENE -PAGE 28 - Dylan York’s Guide to Getting Down - Urban Explorer

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SEEING RED President Ahmadinejad... PAGE 10

FAMILY-FRIENDLY EVENTS: Time Outs: a column by local mom Sarah Gerwig-Moore Business Spotlight: PAGE 12

The 411 on Bibb County Crime PAGE 30 Puzzles & Astrology PAGE 30

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I’ve been listening to Steve Reich, an American Composer of minimal music. His innovations came with using tape loops and simple audible process like humming or clapping to explore musical concepts. It sounds weird, I know but it is oddly comforting. Check him out if you haven’t heard him. Also got a look at the two CD three DVD collections called The Bridge School Concerts. Neil Young and family have been lending their name to support The Bridge School, which helps kids with special needs, for 25 years. This retrospective of the talent that they have helped lure to the cause is pretty mind blowing, The Boss, Sonic Youth, The Who, Brian Wilson, REM, Tony Bennett and Metallica just to name a few. The Walking Dead slowly walked back onto

AMC this week. The hour and a half premiere was awesome. The zombie apocolypse is in full effect, and the group of half wits we follow around are fleeing from Atlanta and trying to get to Ft. Benning. If you read the book, there are still surprises left for you on the show. And Sunny In Philly’s episode about Shadynasty’s was one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen. I just bought The Destiny of the Republic; A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President, about the life of Civil War Hero and reluctant Pres to the US, James Garfield. Serving only 200 days in office, author Candice Millard contends

that it was botched attempts at Medicine that made Garfield someone we forget. I don’t know why I’ve been consuming so much history lately, but I’m actually looking forward to reading this. Dickey Betts cancelling on Macon’s Fly South Fest really sucks, but stay tuned because while the November show at Waterworks won’t be happening, they are planning on doing something at the Cox Capitol Theatre that night, and something at the park later in the year. We’ll pass the details on as soon as we get them. As for why Dickey cancelled... no ones talking.

Oct 20 - Nov 4


439,931 People Attended the Georgia National Fair this year!


their neighbors, a Silent Auction will go on all afternoon, with winning high bidders taking home all sorts of treasures. One lucky winner will be drawn from a pool of raffle ticket purchasers for the day’s grand prize. Commemorative T-shirts and posters designed by local artist Penny Kojak will be available for purchase as well. The Jazz Association of Macon is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Proceeds from the day support the organization’s annual “JAM Goes Back to School” project, which sends professional musicians into Middle Georgia schools to perform and educate, as well as the Jazz Association of Macon Young Jazz Musician scholarship, which is awarded at this event. Art vendor applications are being accepted now through Oct. 3. Applications can be downloaded from the Jazz Association of Macon’s website at Complete details about Jazz & Arts on Riverdale may also be obtained there, or requested via email at


t’s time for residents and visitors alike to welcome fall on shady Riverdale Drive in Macon, as the Jazz Association of Macon presents its eighth annual Jazz & Arts on Riverdale event Sat., Oct. 22, from Noon to 6pm. An afternoon of free live Jazz will feature the classic sounds of many of the area’s finest musicians including: the Gordon Vernick Quartet, James Brown Trio, Keith Fitzgerald Trio, and EKC Quartet + One. An art market, featuring local and regional fine artists, will offer works to ooh and aah over before selecting just the right pieces to take home. A kids’ corner with inflatables and an art area will entertain the little ones, and food and beverage vendors will be on site, adding to the park like atmosphere. Lawn chairs are encouraged, and the neighbors of Riverdale Drive welcome the opportunity to share their shade with visitors to the event, which they present in partnership with the Jazz Association. For art lovers who like to try their luck outwitting

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Thriller! Friday, Oct 28th Cherry Street Plaza, 8-10p


nce again, the 11th Hour is proud to announce the practice schedule and date for the 6th annual Downtown Zombie Parade. This is a free event where participants of all ages have the chance to learn Michael Jackson’s iconic Thriller Dance and parade down Cherry Street on Friday, October 28. This year, we are thrilled to be a part of downtown’s Friday Fest, where some Halloween fun will be taking place around town, from an open dance party at Cherry Street Plaza to special dinner and drink specials for zombies. Last year, the Downtown Zombie Parade saw over 80 dancers perform at Cherry Street Plaza, where thousands crowded the block to watch the streets come alive with ghouls and zombies for Macon’s coolest Halloween event. We replicate the complete 14 minute Thriller video with the help of our instructor Pilar Wilder of Hayiya Dance Theatre and neighboring zombies of all ages. A dance party is encouraged before and after the parade, where the intersection will be blocked off from 8-10p.m. Students of Hayiya Dance Theatre will entertain the crowd before Macon’s zombies take over the streets to “terrorize y’alls neighborhood” at 9p.m. sharp. To get an idea of what this event is all about, join the 50,000+ viewers of our videos posted on YouTube! (Macon Thriller) This event is presented by The 11th Hour and sponsored in part by the Community Foundation of Middle Georgia and NewTown Macon. For more information, please call Brad Evans at 478-508-7096 or Pilar Wilder at 960-4206.


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Thur Oct 20 This day in history: (1990) 2 Live Crew are acquitted of obscenity charges.


Third Thursday: Party in Mercer Village 5pm – 10pm (intersection of Montpelier


New Macon Co-Ed Book Club: Looking for a hobby? Love to read? Want to make new friends? The new macon co-ed book club is just what you are looking for. For more information please call 912-227-4212.

and Coleman Ave.s)Join the Mercer Village merchants for a party in Mercer Village every third Thursday of the month! Highlights for the event include: Food specials, drink deals, live music, and outdoor games. Street closed from 5-10pm and party from 6-9pm.

Middle Georgia Art Association: Free and open to the public. Gallery open Tuesday - Friday, Noon 5 p.m. Saturday, Noon - 3 p.m. 478.744.9557. 2330 Ingleside Ave.

Hay House presents Seasons of the Vineyard…and the Brewery Auction and Tasting. this event allows guest to sample a wide variety of wines and beers from some of the region’s best distributors and bid on a variety of unique gift baskets, paintings, celebrity chef dinners, and vacation getaways. Proceeds benefit the Hay House. The Seasons of the Vineyard…and the Brewery Auction and tasting is scheduled for October 20 from 7p.m.-9p.m. Tickets for this event are available for $40 per person. Please contact Hay House at 478-7428155 or on the web at for more information.

A Muskrat Lullaby Presented by Mercer University Opera and Stone Academy In partnership with Macon Arts Alliance and The Douglass Theatre, Thursday & Friday October 20 & 21 6 p.m. Fickling Hall. Free event! An opera for children with audience participation. Call 3015751 for more information.

Fri Oct 21 This day in history: (1967) In Washington,

D.C. nearly 100,000 people gather to protest the American war effort in Vietnam.

Grammys, Strings and More at the Douglass Theatre kick-offs with the incomparable jazz violinist Regina Carter, a multiGrammy winner, performs on Friday, Oct. 21 at 8 pm, where tickets are $25. This is another mustsee concert. (478) 742-2000

Spirits in October at Riverside Cemetary Actors in costume at graveside put a human face on history! The stories they share allow visitors to experience the rich, varied texture of life in Civil War Macon. Groups of 12-15 visitors tour the cemetery with a guide to meet spirits from the Civil War era, including a Confederate encampment atop the parapet, an earthen fortification built in 1864 as a point of lookout and defense. Visitors sign up at fifteen minute intervals from 6:00-9:00 P.M. Advance tickets needed, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, October 20, 21, 22 and 27, 28, 29. $20 adults; $15 seniors and military; $10 students.

Theatre Macon presents “Much Ado About Nothing” thru October 29. Much Ado About Nothing is a comedy written by William Shakespeare about two pairs of lovers, Benedick and Beatrice, and Claudio and Hero. Reservations call 478-746-9485. $20 for general admission, $18 for seniors, and $15 for students. Show times vary, call for details.

Sat Oct 22 This day in history: (1797) The first parachute jump is made from a hydrogen balloon 3,200 feet above Paris.

St. Francis and Deja Vu to play the Big House A taste of Athens music will call The Big House "home" Saturday, Oct. 22, when popular bands St. Francis and Deja Vu set up at the Allman Brothers Band Museum's popular outdoor pavilion. Gates open at 6pm with music starting at 7 pm. Tickets, $10 each, include the dual concert plus admission to the famous house of Southern Rock legends, The Allman Brothers Band. St. Francis is led by middle Georgia native Scott Baston, former front man of the band Moonshine Still. According to Athens' Flagpole Magazine, "Saint Francis blends seemingly divergent genres—country, folk, reggae, funk and more—to yield a tasteful, inviting sound." For additional information, please contact the Allman Brothers Band Museum at 478-741-5551 or visit

r The Cannonball House presents r Autumn Arts Festival in the back yard garden. The event will run from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00


Macon Arts Gallery The Gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is always free. For more info call 478.743.6940. 486 First St.



A must see live concert experience: Their name, Montana Skies, is a metaphor for musical freedom, and they continue to follow their creative instincts far beyond traditional boundaries. In concert, these award winning musicians delve into music from Pink Floyd and Rush to Vivaldi, and House of the Rising Sun, as well as their own originals that have been featured everywhere from NPR to the Travel Channel. Combining elements of classical technique, jazz improv and the power and energy of rock n' roll; Jonathan's guitar wizardry and Jenn's blazing electric cello combine to create a sound that is truly remarkable. While the music defies simple categorization, it is a fusion in the truest sense of the word. It's been called everything from chamber rock to psychedelic strings. Whatever you want to call it, rest assured, this ain't your grannies chamber music. (478) 742-2000 All Ages show, Price: $15/ $10 students

p.m. and host art for sale. There are available slots for more artisans! Come out and bring your family for a day of fun and see these artisans at work. Admission: $3 - $6. FREE for children 4 and under. For more information (478) 745-5982

Douglass Theatre Presents:

Jazz and Arts on Riverdale

Fri Oct 28 This day in history: (1919) Congress passes

It’s time for residents and visitors alike to welcome fall on shady Riverdale Drive in Macon, as the Jazz Association of Macon presents its eighth annual Jazz & Arts on Riverdale event from Noon to 6pm. An afternoon of free live Jazz, An art market, featuring local and regional fine artists, will offer works to ooh and aah over before selecting just the right pieces to take home. A kids’ corner with inflatables and an art area will entertain the little ones, and food and beverage vendors will be on site, adding to the park like atmosphere. New food vendors will be on site to provide lunch, snacks, beer and wine. Of course, you are always welcome to bring your own personal picnic. Lawn chairs are encouraged!

Acoustic Productions Presents: Montana Skies In Concert Cello.guitar.fusion \ See details above.

Sun Oct 23 Urban Hike, downtown Macon. Learn about the history of Macon's architectural gems on Sunday, October 23, during an urban hike starting at 2 p.m. Meet Historic Preservation Consultant Maryel Battin at the Washington Library parking lot for this free tour!

Thur Oct 27 This day in history: (2006) Chick-fil-A founder takes last Ford Taurus, in Hapeville, Ga.

Blackberry Smoke in Concert at the Cox Capitol Theatre Atlanta based Blackberry Smoke continues to grow into the premiere Southern Rock band of America. Over the last 12 months they have shared the stage with ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Shooter Jennings, Cross Canadian Ragweed and countless others. The band has recently finished recording their sophomore effort “Little Piece Of Dixie” with legendary producer Dann Huff (Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts) and engineer Justin Niebank, to be released summer of 2009.

Twenty-five Years of Spike Lee Joints "Get on the Bus" 7:30:00 PM $5 Snack Pass Includes Popcorn & Drink Call (478) 742-2000 for more information

the Volstead Act over President Woodrow Wilson's veto enforcing Prohibition.

The Amazing Kreskin at the Capitol Theatre Doors at 7 p.m. / Show at 8 p.m. Admission is $20 With a showman’s flair, a comedian’s wit, and the capacities of a bona fide Mentalist or thought reader, The Amazing Kreskin has, for some six decades, dramatized the unique facets of the human mind…his own. His very name has become an integral part of pop culture invoked in comedy clubs, comic strips, print stories, and sitcoms on through national magazines.

Sat Oct 29 This day in history: (1971) Duane Allman, is

killed when he loses control of his motorcycle in Macon, Georgia. He was 24 years old.

Douglass Theatre Presents: The Metropolitan Opera HD Live "Don Giovanni" 1:00 PM Tickets $24/$20 Seniors & Students Call (478) 742-2000 for more information V101.7 & Teeger Entertainment presents Jammin’ and Jokes - a great variety show with music and comedy from Macon’s own Flaco Torres also starring CMD STYLES, Comedian/ Ventriloquist Willie Brown & Friends, Josh Cullison and SMOKE – Tickets - $10 in advance - $15 day of show. Doors at 8:00 show at 9:00. Cox Capitol Theatre, 382 Second Street.

For a complete listing of events, including ongoing exhibits, musuem hours & more visit

Open gallery exhibits at Contemporary Arts Exchange. Resident and guest artist exhibits every First Friday, 7 - 10 p.m. 2nd Floor, 590 Mulberry St. - First Friday, Oct. 7: Art Exhibit by Heidi Clinite and Kenneth Shearer, Arts Exchange on Mulberry St Downtown Macon, 6-11pm. Wine will be served. Local Macon artists Kenneth Shearer and Heidi Clinite explored the United States and have brought their artwork home to share. Kenneth spent the summer hiking through Yellowstone National Park and captured many of its colorful landscapes in chalk pastel and watercolor. On a completely different adventure, Heidi lived in New York City for the past year attending the Art Students League of New York, battling the daily grind, tedious subway rides and crazy situations. Aside from the dirt and drama, she got to see and appreciate all NYC had to offer. Art on the Avenue Fine Art Gallery New monthly gallery shows. 2368 Ingleside Ave, 478-743-3720 She Got Game: The History of Women's Basketball in Georgia She Got Game explores Georgia's contribution to Women's basketball and features Georgia Sports Hall of Famers Teresa Edwards, Katrina McClain, and Anne Paradise. $3.50-$8

farmer’s markets

City Market on the Green, 9am - 1pm. Every Saturday morning in Poplar Street Park, middle Georgia merchants, craftsmen and artisans set up booths of locally grown produce, plants, delicious bakery items, art, crafts and more! Wesleyan Market every second Saturday 9am - 1pm. Held monthly, this fun community event features a variety of locally grown and produced items ranging from flowers and organic fruits and vegetables to baked goods. Music, fun & educational events also offered. Free and open to the public. (478) 757-5233. Mulberry Market every Wednesday. 4:30-7pm. The Mulberry Street Market is part of the Macon Main Street Program's efforts to bring life and business to Downtown Macon, and is directed by vendors dedicated to the people of Macon. Find a variety of all things fresh and local, from honey to breads, seasonal vegetables to grass-fed beef.

museum hours

Museum of Arts & Sciences. Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday, 1 – 5 p.m. $4 - $8. Free for students & Bibb Co. residents the last Friday of each month, 5 – 8 p.m. 477.3232. 4182 Forsyth Rd.

Georgia Children’s Museum: Tuesday – Saturday 10:30 -5:30, $4 per person, 2 and under free. Free admission on Tuesdays from 10:30 -1:30 for City of Macon residents and First Fridays from 5:30-8:30.

The Allman Brothers Band Museum at the Big House in Macon. This house-turned-museum was where members of the Allman Brothers Band, their roadies, friends and families lived between 1970 and 1973.Call for hours. 741.5551. 2321 Vineville Ave.

Georgia Sports Hall of Fame 9am-5pm Mon-Sat, 1pm-5pm Sun. Admission $8, children 4-16 $3.50.

The Hay House, 934 Georgia Ave. Open TuesdaysSaturdays 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sundays 1 p.m. - 4. Tours are on the hour with the last tour at 3 p.m. $8 adults, $4 students. Children under 6 free.

The Sidney Lanier Cottage House Museum, 935 High Street in Macon, is the birthplace of noted poet, musician & soldier, Sidney Lanier (1842-1881). Monday-Saturday, 10am-4pm and tours are $5.


The long held Halloween experience Underworld Macon is taking a hiatus this year and that curdles the blood of local Halloween thrill seekers. But don’t be dismayed, there are several options available to satisfy your thirst for October entertainment.

Nightmare on Holt

As you pass through the doors of the American Red Cross Building on Holt Avenue (Macon), October 22- what waits for you beyond? Is it a bloody nightmare or a bloody good time?!? Gray Station Better Hometown and FURever Friends Humane Society will be joining together for an adults-only Halloween party / fundraiser that will be full of tricks and lots of treats for all who attend! The evening, lasting from 7pm-11pm, will be replete with heavy hors d'oeuvres, cash bar, deadly dancing with a dj, on-site fortune teller reading tarot cards, costume contest, and a silent-as-the-grave auction with a little bit of everything for everybody! This is a 21 and Older Party! Tickets are only $25, and reservations can be made by calling 478.986.5199.

Boo-Hoo! Fort Hawkins

Fort Hawkins is a wonderful place and if you haven’t been (or haven’t in a while), you need to get over there. If you’re looking for an engraved invitation (minus the engraving), here you go: On October 31, from 5pm to 8pm, they’re opening up for FREE so you can enjoy their Halloween Hauntings evening. Featured in “The Ghosts of Macon,” Fort Hawkins has “long been considered one of middle Georgia’s haunted places.” See for yourself and enjoy some old fashioned fun with jack-o-lantern carving, candlelight tours of the blockhouse replica and a bonfire, among other things (like meeting the Middle Georgia Ghostbusters).

Halls of Havoc - Lizellaa

Halls of Havoc is located at 7536 Knoxville Rd, Lizella. All tickets are cash at the door. Regular Ticket $14. Children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult. The comments have been rolling in on this haunted school, and they all sound something like this one, “This haunted school was AWESOME!!!! Every year we search for a scary haunt to go to & so far this place is by far the best one we have been to yet. We have driven as far as Atlanta & paid expensive prices to be scared. Anyone who enjoys these type of events should definately go to the "Halls of Havoc". Take I-75 to Hartley Bridge Rd (Exit 155). Turn Left onto Hartley Bridge Rd and get in the right lane. Stay straight on Mt. Pleasant Church Rd for 5.8 miles. Go to the 3rd four way stop and we are on the left. Entrance is JUST before the 3rd four way.

Spirits come alive at Riverside Cemetary roups of 12-15 visitors tour the historic cemetery with a guide to meet spirits from the Civil War era, including a Confederate encampment atop the parapet, an earthen fortification built in 1864 as a point of lookout and defense. Bring your curiosity, printed tickets, a flashlight and wear comfortable shoes. Visitors sign up to arrive at 15 minute intervals from 6:00 - 9:00 P.M. for a one hour guided walking tour. (Last tour ends at 10:00 P.M.) Actors in costume at graveside put a human face on history! The stories they enact allow visitors to experience the rich, varied texture of life in Civil War Macon. Whose spirits will materialize? Maybe William and Ellen Craft, who escaped from slavery through a bold and ingenious disguise. Though celebrated in


Europe they longed to return home to the American South. Maybe Lucia Griswold Conn Hardeman, who marched on Sherman in defense of her captured bridegroom. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, October 20 - 22 and October 27 - 29. $20 adults; $15 seniors and military; $10 students. $25 purchases a ticket and a oneyear membership to Historic Riverside Cemetery Conservancy. Advance tickets are required and can be purchased online at Location : Riverside Cemetery near the Gate House For information contact conservancy@riversidecemetery.comTh is e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 742-5328. Reservations will be available online in October.

Hell Gate - Rain Church

Oct. 21 – 23; 28 – 30, 8 – 10:30 p.m. Don’t let the fact that a church is presenting this experience lull you into a false sense of security; this production offers a spine chilling reality rivaling anything you will find at any local haunt. The difference? While the scenes depicted at a Halloween haunt might shake you up for a minute, the scenes you find at Hell Gate might just haunt you enough to change your life. “Drama is not new as far as evangelism goes,” said Pastor Paula Johns. “When Amiee Semple McPherson drew hundreds of people into the Angelus Temple in Los Angeles with drama, Sister Aimee said she ‘would not hesitate to use the devil's tools to tear down the devil's house.’ She was referring to Hollywood values. Since then, drama has been a successful medium in worship and evangelism for the church in general.” Johns’ church, established in 1943, has utilized drama in effective ministry for years. This year, the church started in July making plans for Hell Gate 2011. “It has a life and spirit of its’ own, grabbing into its’ clutches, actors, leaders, and a pull on the community to come see what Hell Gate is about,” Johns said. “It is a reality walk through that is shaking to say the least. The age old story of good and evil dressed in dynamic costuming and professional make up.” Friday – Sunday, October 21-23 and Friday- Sunday, October 2830 from 8-10:30 pm at The Rain, 257 Gunn Road. The tours are about 20-30 minutes. The cost is $8 per ticket. Call Melanie Doster at The Rain at 478953-7246 Monday- Friday from 9-1pm for information.

Perry Haunted Barn

Oct. 21, 22; 27-31, 8 to midnight Just 30 miles south of Macon, the Third Annual Perry Haunted Barn benefits the local community theatre, Perry Players and welcomes thousands of visitors. In addition to helping the Perry Players, this year the haunt will also help the Red Cross by holding a B.Y.O.B. Party (bring your own blood) on October 29, giving all willing participants free admission to the haunt. Perry Haunted Barn is located at 2235 Hwy. 41 North (2 miles north of Perry) Tickets are $13 Adults; $11 Military Discount. For information or to volunteer for Perry Haunted Barn, visit

Lake Joy Trails of Terror

Oct. 14, 15, 21,22, 28, 29 7:30 – 11:30 p.m. This walk in the woods is no walk in the park. Enjoy the Halloween fun and terror at 428 Lake Joy Rd. (south of Hwy. 96) Admission $10. For more information call 478-338-4062

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Who’s Bad? The Ultimate Michael Jackson tribute band, Sunday 10/30 n ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute band needs glitzy jackets, glittery gloves and 80’s regalia. It must pay studious attention to the intricate details of every original groove and gravity-defying dance step. It must demonstrate a commitment to the unforgettable musical legacy the King of Pop left us. Beyond replaying MJ’s countless hits, an ultimate Michael Jackson tribute band must possess the ability to connect millions of people around the globe with each resurrection of our favorite Michael Jackson songs.


From ABC to You Rock My World, no song is forgotten in this electrifying revival of Pop Music’s Royal Highness. Whether you idolized the Jackson 5, fell in love to Human Nature or memorized all of Thriller’s creepy choreography, Who’s Bad is authentic, music-driven, must-see entertainment. This is a full band with horns and back-up singers. Come see Thriller live on Halloween weekend. – Costume contest for the best Michael and the best ghoul Tickets $15 in advance - $20 in Advance Doors at 7 – show at 8.

All tickets are cash at the door. * Regular Ticket $14.00 * Military (with I.D.) $12.00 * Speed pass $20.00 * Anyone under 13 must be accompanied by an adult


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news & views


A No-Brainer LARRY SCHLESINGER Macon City Council Ward 3, Post 1


ne look around Macon and Bibb County ought to convince all of us that the SPLOST (Special Local Option Sales Tax) needs to be passed. Given our present economic circumstances (with apparently no strong recovery in sight), many of our critical communal needs just exceed our local governments’ ability to fund them. I am proud to have played a role in the formulation of the list of the numerous projects that have been proposed, and in order to bring them to a countywide vote, this list had to be approved first by both local governing bodies. As you would expect, each elected representative had his/her own ideas and project priorities, and while the ongoing debate continues regarding the necessity and propriety of some on the list, there is much at stake for us all. My own major SPLOST priority has long been, and continues to be, the replacement of our public safety communications system. Our present system is unreliable, at best; it is subject to failure at critical times, preventing our police, fire department, Sheriff’s deputies and the like from not only talking amongst themselves, but to each

Cast your vote for the big picture, vote yes to the SPLOST

other, as well. Their inability to reliably and effectively communicate puts all of them at risk, and ergo all of us, too, and the $8 million necessary to rectify this problem alone justifies your vote for the SPLOST. The $14 million earmarked for storm drainage improvement is also an absolute necessity for the welfare and safety of us all. Much of our underground system is old and is literally falling apart. Not long ago, Macon’s Public Works Department dug up and repaired a section of First Street in front of the Medical Center that was dangerously weak and unstable. This is not an isolated incident, and passage of the SPLOST will provide the funding necessary to the address this situation that likewise affects us all. The acquisition of encroachment properties in South Bibb County around Robins Air Force Base is of similar importance to us all. Robins has long been a close friend and an extremely powerful economic engine for our entire Middle Georgia region that we, as a community, just cannot afford to lose to base realignment and closing (BRAC). Right now, the United States Department of Defense is requiring the purchase of all base encroachment properties, and together, we must see that these acquisitions are completed prior to the next BRAC process that is anticipated in 2015. The $6 million in SPLOST funding that will purchase these


Mr. Ahmadinejad: Or How I STILL AM Learning To Stop Worrying and Love The Bomb BILL KNOWLES Active member of the Bibb Republican Party

little over a year ago, I wrote the article below telling everyone of the evils of Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the threat he poses to not only the Western World but especially to Israel. Nothing has changed except now the madman of Tehran is thought to be behind the thwarted terrorist attack planned on the Saudi Ambassador in the United States as well as the Israeli embassy located in Argentina. Add to that the fact that Iran has attempted to launch a Kavoshgar-5 missile carrying a monkey, which did fail by the way, and that an Iranian naval officer has been quoted as having said that Iran plans on putting naval vessels near the United States sea borders and you have a recipe for a disastrous outcome. But it can be avoided. The United States, and in particular the Obama Administration, has rattled its' sabres at Iran in the past. But what good has it done? In December, 2009 Iran successfully tested a Sejil-2 missile that has the range of knocking out Israeli bases as well as U.S. bases located in the Gulf. To that, then Obama Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, who slightly resembles Alfred E.


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Newman, but more so like Beaker on the Muppets, thundered that Iran was running out of time to comply with international demands that Iran halt her nuclear program. In stuttering Beaker fashion, Gibbs stammered on "if they don't (stop), time will run out" and Western powers will move to the "next step". After the Iranian connection was proved in the recent plots to assassinate the Saudi Ambassador on American soil, President Obama has promised to hold Iran “accountable” for its’ actions. Apparently, the "next step" is pulling a Neville Chamberlain and continue drawing lines in the sand until they reach all the way to Tel Aviv. All the while, Iran keeps producing uranium in the name of "energy" for her citizens. Ahmadinejad has been less transparent. He's been quoted as saying, "Israel must be wiped off the map" and has said that the Holocaust is a myth. Further, he has thumbed his nose at the United States by calling us "war criminals" for our actions to end World War II by using nuclear weapons on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Yeah, this is someone we should trust. And I forgot to mention that Russia has been helping this nut case bring nuclear capabilities to Iran by supplying the uranium fuel. Does that make you feel any better?

A new animal shelter for Bibb County is one of the projects that would be paid for with a special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST), along with lands around RAFB and the Second Street Corridor that will link Mercer University Drive to downtown. VOTE NOVEMBER 8.

encroachments will be money very well spent and a very small price for all of us to pay in order to do what we can, while we can, to see that Robins AFB is remains absolutely essential to our nation’s military. Years ago, Macon’s greater Bellevue community was promised a recreation center at the site of Durr’s Lake. An extensive master plan was devised and divided into development phases with projected costs. As Chairman of the city’s Community Resources and Development Committee, I made the creation of this park a top priority, but lo and behold, the economy tanked and the funding necessary to make this neglected and depressed neighborhood’s dream come true failed to materialize. The $1.5 million that the SPLOST will provide for phase one of the plan will transform today’s sea of dirt there into a needed neighborhood resource and a source of community pride. Our present Animal Control facility is a downright embarrassment. It is located at the mouth of the city’s landfill, and just finding it is akin to navigating through a maze. The building, it seems, is infested with roaches that literally cover the defenseless animals at night, inhabit the open wounds of many. The building is not ‘sealed,’ so whenever the facility is bombed with insecticide, the roaches just crawl back into the hollow areas of the woodwork until the bombing has ceased. There is no question that Macon and Bibb County are in need of a whole new people- and adoption-friendly facility that is readily accessible, and the $3 million sum that the SPLOST will generate holds the promise of completely transforming the way

Now comes a report by London’s Sunday Times that Iran is paying members of the Taliban to kill U. S. troops in Afghanistan. Apparently, at least five Iranian companies that have offices in Afghanistan are financing Taliban battlefield expenses and are even giving cash bonuses of $1000 per head for killing OUR troops as well as $6000 for destroying a military vehicle. Further, it appears that these companies have been set up for the sole purpose of channeling money to our enemy. Now wouldn’t it stand to reason that a country in which the state owns a great deal of its’ own industry would be the backers of these “companies”, especially since the president of that country has openly criticized everything about the United States even to the point of blaming us for the turmoil in the Middle East because of our presence there? In other times this in itself would be an act of war worthy of a nice round of Maverick missiles leveling Tehran. I have a great bridge I’d like to sell to anyone who thinks Ahmadinejad is not behind this is. Please let me know if I have any takers. Eventually someone is going to have to do something about the little weasel known as the President of Iran, whether it is Israel or the United States, before it's too late. There is a precedent for a preliminary strike in dealing with the nuclear reactor situation unto itself. In 1980, IRAN bombed a nuclear reactor in Iraq, as the late President of Iraq, Saddam Hussein, showed the same arrogance of power that Ahmadinejad has showed. Then in 1981, Israel got tired of

Animal Control conducts business. Furthermore, another $8 million of the SPLOST is earmarked for the Second Street corridor project that proposes to link Mercer University Drive/Little Richard Penniman Boulevard with downtown Macon, finally linking east with west. The mayor and council have already establish enterprise and opportunity zones along this corridor that offer significant tax advantages to businesses and entrepreneurs that choose to locate there and participate in the economic redevelopment of downtown, and from which additional development will surely emanate. Finally, the SPLOST as crafted will help to retire a significant amount of the debt of both the city and the county, saving the city $4 million a year in general fund obligation, and the county $3.2 million. These are very sizable sums can, in turn, be put to much better usage, enhancing the welfare and security of us all. To me, a vote for the SPLOST is simply a no-brainer, but before you head to the polls to cast your vote, take a few moments to carefully consider for yourself the entire list of projects that the SPLOST, if passed, will fund. Each project on that list is of significant importance to some segment of our entire community, and there are a number of things that you, too, will find of absolutely critical importance. I, then, urge you cast your vote with ‘the big picture’ in mind, since a vote cast against the few specific items that that you personally can live without adversely hinders, and even endangers, us all.


Hussein as well, and bombed another Iraqi reactor. I bet the Iranians won't sing the same tune if Israel nails one of their own reactors. The Iraq War was certainly an unpopular war but it served its’ purpose: the overthrow of a dictator who was a threat to world security while promoting a democratic replacement. We should do the same thing in Iran for the safety of not only Israel but ourselves and the rest of the world. We’ve all heard that the Weapons of Mass Destruction were never found when we invaded Iraq. I beg to differ. We eliminated the biggest WMD when our military found Saddam Hussein and an Iraqi court convicted and executed him. Is this no less true for Ahmadinejad, who flaunts nuclear weapons by stating that Iran would not retreat “one iota” in its right to have a nuclear program? (By the way, it is 993 miles from Tehran to Tel-Aviv and keep in mind that it’s only a little over 6000 miles from Tehran to New York.) The United States should not put up with this thug. I can promise you that Israel won’t for much longer . But will we with the current administration in the White House? I sincerely doubt it.


Q: Does Keep Macon-Bibb County Beautiful do anything? A: Good question, one the city had this year when the budget came around and they clipped KMBBC’s annual budget, leaving only Bibb County to fund it. The fact is that the organization, which was the first Keep America Beautiful affiliate in the nation, has become better known for recycling Christmas trees than anything else. But that’s going to change with the work Karen Lambert has done, including the hiring of Laura Jackson as program director. She’s a thoughtful, organized bulldog with experience in the city’s Public Works Department. Judging from her enthusiasm, she’s ready to restore their reputation for… well, keeping Macon and Bibb County clean. This past Saturday, they partnered with Shermonte Thomas and MCEO to get busy in East Macon.

WHAT I LEARNED… Picking up trash in Fort Hill In a nutshell: I was on the TrinityMagnolia crew under Y-O Latimore’s leadership on the edge of Fort Hill, sandwiched between Sulphur Springs and the Ocmulgee River. Laura Jackson met us

with garbage grabbers, trash bags, gloves and a sign-in sheet. We patrolled the rightof-way, occasionally wandering into the yards of boarded-up houses which were plentiful. We ended with more than a dozen volunteers, spending two hours walking the two streets. Putting my truck to good use, I rode around with Laura afterwards picking up the trash bags from our crew and the Rosa Jackson crew. LESSON #1: There’s more trash than you think. A gum wrapper here, a cigarette butt there, empty bag of potato chips and a bottle… it adds up quickly. I filled three 30-gallon bags and if you missed it earlier, there were a dozen of us. Between the two crews, there were more than 30 bags in the back of my truck, a mound obscuring my rear view mirror. We only scratched the surface. LESSON #2: We’ve criminalized community clean-up. People are so accustomed to seeing prisoners in orange vests completing their community service on the side of the road picking up litter that they can’t conceive of anyone else doing it. Numerous times,

both crews heard the young and old ask, “What are you in for?” While using prison labor helps get the job done, it takes the responsibility off the rest of us, and I think, makes us messier because someone else will pick it up… paying back their debt to society. LESSON #3: Pride starts at home. I’ll spare you another rumination on Malcolm Gladwell’s Broken Window stuff, but I will say that pride matters for a community. Though it may not be the silver bullet for all of Macon’s problems, you can definitely see where more community pride would help resolve a lot of our problems. KMBBC and the Cherry Blossom Festival were actually started as ways to celebrate community pride. At the very least, getting down in the trenches shows that people here really do care. LESSON #4: The type of trash changes depending on your proximity to a major road. The closer we were to Jeffersonville Road, the more frequently we picked up the empty plastic bottles that once held sports drinks and soda—kid’s stuff. The deeper into the neighborhood, the more those bottles were glass and once full of cheap booze—adult vice. Near the elbow at Magnolia, on the turn to Trinity, Y-O found a crack pipe.

LESSON #5: I’m more than a little OCD. If you’ve ever lived or worked with me, you know how messy I am so it might be a surprise to hear that I’m a meticulous cleaner… when I get into it. The whole crew would be up the road 50 yards and I’m still combing through uncut grass to find that halfburied ice-pop wrapper or hidden beer bottle. LESSON #6: Floco Torres looks good in an orange reflective safety vest. On his birthday, after precelebrating his birthday the night before, Floco and his lovely lady Charlene joined us for the community clean-up. Initially, he refused the safety vest, but the curse of a thousand jokes made at the expense of crossing guards came back to haunt him. To my surprise, he wasn’t wearing it later that night at Floctoberfest. GET INVOLVED: MCEO and KMBBC need folks to make their missions work. Giving a couple hours of your time every few months can make a huge difference. You can find MCEO on Facebook with a simple search. They’ve got a winter coat drive underway right now. To get with KMBBC, give Laura Jackson a holler at (478) 751-7412 or shoot her an email at

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before Halloween, we fetch our pumpkin, carve out the seeds (saving them to roast),and do our best to sketch out a Superhero, wizard, or Star Wars character. We make apple cider or hot cocoa, build a fire in the fire pit, and thrill at the (slight) chill in the air. It’s mysterious. Exciting. Toasty. Sweet. The best sorts of childhood memories—especially if friends and neighbors can join in. For Halloween, we always go trick or treating in our little neighborhood, Huguenin Heights, on the actual evening. The kids within a 3 (or so) block radius all cluster together—the Huguenin Hooligans—and rush from house to house as Transformers, Boba Fetts, Vaders, baseball players, and princesses, and it is a beautiful sight. We don’t get in the car, and we probably don’t visit more than thirty houses (believe me, that generates candy). Parents try for a nice balance between hovering to protect the little ones from car traffic and letting the kids revel in the excitement. Walking with them, I can’t really imagine a different tradition. Though I know other families may venture into madness of throngs of children and participating houses, a smaller-scale suits us just fine. This is why strong neighborhoods are so lovely—and so important: so we can take our kids around in festive dress without being mugged or getting into a vehicle. This is why sidewalks are important—and another reason why it’s so especially nice to know the folks around the corner. I may still have to siphon off the candy supply for weeks, but Halloween in our neighborhood, filled as it is with children, pets, costumes, giggling, excitement, and friendship, is sweet indeed. Sarah Gerwig-Moore is a law professor at Mercer Law School, the Co-Chair of the College Hill Corridor Commission, and— most importantly—Dean and Eliot’s Mama.

For four years now, Lane Southern Orchards has treated the community to an A-MAIZE-INGLY good time. In July, the corn is planted and, in September, when the corn is just 2 feet high, a professional team comes to perform their magic—carving out a labyrinth of turns and twists sure to bewilder the most avid puzzle solver. The Corn Maze is open all season with a special Fall Festival on October 22. The fundraiser benefits the Children’s Hospital in Macon and offers additional activities: pedal tractor races, kiddie corral with a moonwalk and slides, live music, pumpkin carving and more. Last year, this event raised $5,000 for the hospital. Lane Southern Orchards is located on Hwy 96 in Ft. Valley. 1-800-27-PEACH.

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20’s Pub Boasting freshly prepared sandwiches, salads and dinner specials in a well-lit tavern-like setting. LD • BAR • $ 3076 Riverside Dr.

5 Guys Burgers & Fries The best burgers in Macon is what our readers say, serving dogs and peanuts too. LD • $ 120 Tom Hill Sr., 474.0445

Billy’s Clubhouse Come try Billy's new menu with our angus burgers, colossal sandwiches, great salads, appetizers and more. Lunch and dinner specials available as well as our late nite menu. "We upped our standards, Now up yours!" LD • $ • BAR 1580 Forest Hill Road, Macon. Mon-Sat 11a-2p, Sun 12:30p - 12a. BJs Billiards BJs is now serving up your favorite late night snacks. Nachos, hot dogs, pizza, sandwiches and breakfast all day, every day. Smoking, open 2pm-2am. Now open Sundays til midnight! LD • BAR • $

Buffalos Cafe on Zebulon You know this place has great wings, but they also feature a large selection of salads and sandwiches, large screen tvs to watch all your favorite games and a popular trivia night for the whole family. LD • BAR • $ 5990 Zebulon Rd. CJ’s Bar & Grill You can’t really call this bar food. Is it fried, yes, but it’s fresh and so, so good! Sloppy nachos, great burgers and chicken wraps. LD • BAR • $ 2910 Riverside Drive, 757-3262

Friends Bar & Grill Serving up your favorite homestyle dishes, along with famous burgers, chicken tenders and other bar food staples. 7405 Industrial Highway, 784-9191

Kem’s Bar & Grill inside the North Macon Holiday Inn features daily specials, burgers, pizzas, wings and our specialty, our ribeye dinner. LD • BAR • $ 3953 Riverplace Drive.

Locos Grill & Pub Casual, kid-friendly, family dining.We’re talking great food, sports on the big screens and a full bar. Fantastic weekly specials and live music on the weekends. Delivery and catering also available. LD BAR • $ 2440 Riverside Drive.

Montana’s Steakhouse, Byron Specializing in some of this areas finest steaks, ribs, chicken & seafood. Located in the Peach Outlet Mall and open Monday - Sunday 11 am - 10 pm! 311 Ga Highway 49 N Byron, (478) 956-0441.

Nu-Way Weiners Open since 1916, this original store with its neon sign is one of America's oldest hot dog stands and they serve secret recipe chili sauce, famous hot dogs, hamburgers, and other sandwiches. BLD • $ 430 Cotton Avenue, 743.1368

Rivalry’s – The only place in town where you can order Atomic Buffalo Turds and wash them down with a giantsized bottle of Monty Python’s Holy Ale. 3986 Northside Dr., Macon 474-0606 LD BAR $

The Rookery There isn’t a place downtown that has been serving us longer.The Rookery offers some of the best comfort food in Macon. Burgers, Nachos, Sandwiches and daily lunch specials that can’t be beat. LD BAR $ 543 Cherry Street, 746-8658

Wild Wing Cafe Newly opened franchise at the Shoppes at River Crossing, fantastic wings in over 30 flavors, over 20 brews on tap, great salads and one of the few dining options in North Macon that offers live music on the weekends. LD • BAR $-$$, 477.WILD


Warner Robins - Rusty's Grill & Bar What she recommends? Lasagna because it comes with Jimmy's Famous Salad and Garlic Rolls! Favorite restaurant other than where you work? Olive Garden - Chicken Fettucini Alfredo (But ours is better because it is saucier)


Caliente’s Burrito Shop We’ve all had this style of big burrito by now, but Caliente’s does them the best. If you can handle it, get the MOAB… if not, there’s always the Thrilla From Tha Grilla, which is just right. LD • $ 6255 Zebulon Road El Sombrero Witha brand new outside dining patio, this is the place to get some fresh, authentic mexican cuisine in downtown Macon. LD • BAR • $ Located off Spring Street in the Baconsfield Shopping Center.


Jim Shaw’s Casual dining with Macon’s best seafood, tuna tidbits, scallops, wild Georgia shrimp. Seperate bar area with smoking. D • BAR $-$$ 3040 Vineville


Luigi’s Bistro Casual Italian cuisine in a hip, swanky atmosphere. LD • BAR • $-$$ 401 Cherry Street, 743.4645 Ingleside Village Pizza IVP has the best pizza in town and the best beer selection. Keep it classy with the white pizza and a Stella Artois or, keep it real with a slice of the ultimate and a 24-oz. High Life. LD • BAR $ 2396 Ingleside Avenue, & downtown across from Mercer Univ.

Johnny’s Pizzeria A New York style pizzeria featuring fresh baked pizza, authentic pasta dishes, calzones, subs and salads. Monday nights, kids dine for 99¢ (one-topping slice and a drink.) This north Macon pizzeria offers an amazing and affordable menu also featuring weekly drink specials and some nightly entertainment. Student Special Monday - Friday 2-5pm, enjoy 2 cheese slices and a coke for just $4.99. LD • BAR • $-$$ 6255 Zebulon Rd. Open Mon-Thu,Sun 11am-9:30pm; FriSat 11am-10:30pm.

Mellow Mushroom In 1974, three college students in Atlanta opened the first of what has now grown to 100 restaurants. Each one locallyowned and operated, with their own distinct, funkified flavor. Gourmet pizza, original sandwiches and a large drink menu. Family friendly! LD • BAR • $$$ Located just off Bass Road at 5425 Bowman Road, Macon. Guiseppi’s Pizza With fresh baked pizza and exclusive wedgies, pasta dishes and salads, this pizza place has a little something for everyone. Happy hour Mon-Fri 4-7pm. LD • BAR • $-$$ Tom Hill Sr. Blvd.


Adriana’s Quick & delicious cafeteriastyle lunch, serving the most authentic Italian in town, including sandwiches, soup, salads, pasta, pizza. Mon-Thur 11-5, Fri-Sat 11-6pm. L • $ 359 Third Street Market City Café – Superb sandwiches, homemade soups, loaded salads, pizza and pastas. Unique breakfast menu including gourmet coffees and teas. Dinner now being served Fridays and Saturdays featuring seafood and steak specials. Full bar, excellent wine cellar. Full catering services on or off site. Open Tues-Thur, 7am-6pm; Friday and Saturday 7am-9pm. 502 Cherry St., Macon 257-6612 BLD • BAR • $-$$


Greek Corner Deli Serving delicious lamb gyros, monster greek salads, subs and specialty sandwiches 7 days a week. One of the few restaurants downtown open on Sundays and the only late night eatery on Saturdays 12:30am til 3am! LD • $ 587 Cherry Street, 254.3059.


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The Downtown Grill Slightly upscale dining serving fresh fish, prime cut Black Angus and features it’s own humidor. D • BAR • $$-$$$ 562 Mulberry Street, 742.5999 The Shamrock Dargan and his crew cook up some of the best homemade meals in Macon, including his legendary Shepard’s Pie. Plus, he’ll surprise you from time to time with some interesting seafood selections. D • BAR $-$$ 342 Rose Avenue, Payne City 750.1555

Metropolis Cafe Offering Greek, Mediterranean and Indian Cuisine.Two locations:Warner Robins - 866 Hwy 96 (478) 988-8129 **Indian Cuisine served in W.R. on Wed. & Sat. only; Macon - 2460 Riverside Dr. (478) 464-0247; Hours of operation: Mon. – Sun., 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. $-$$

Ninja Japanese Steakhouse Newly opened in downtown Macon, enjoy their unique and delicious sushi options prepared by owner and 20-year chef, along side freshly prepared Japanese offerings. Open for lunch and dinner. Full bar available. Located in Mulberry Street Lane, across from Tokyo Alley. LD • BAR • $-$$

The Tic Toc Room Contemporary setting with a sophisticated menu, great wine selection. D • BAR • $$-$$$ 401Cherry Street, 743.4645




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John Stanley Band Backporch Lounge, no cover B Keith Williams The Shamrock

WED 10/26 Man in the Box Backporch Lounge

Matt Pippen Wild Wing Cafe, 8:30pm

22 OCT 21 - NOV 4, 2011

Blackberry SMoke Cox Capitol Theatre B Keith Williams 20’s Pub, Riverside Drive Fresh Heat APs Hidden Hideaway

Thriller/Zombie Parade Street party, Cherry Street Plaza Free event, 8-10pm Echospeed The Hummingbird

Dirty Bourbon River Show The Rookery Mystery Road The Shamrock

Travis from Gunshy Wild Wing Cafe

Zombie Party with DJ Rix Element

SAT 10/29

Midnight in MaconHalloween Bash APs Hidden Hideaway

Halloween Party with Back City Woods The Hummingbird

Roaring ‘20s Party with Sugar Creek 20’s Pub

HalloWing w/Radio Cult Wild Wing Cafe Halloween Havoc Costume Ball Element, 3 Djs

SUN 10/30

Big Mike & Booty Papas APs Hidden Hideaway, 3pm Halloween Bash with Back City Woods The Rookery Halloween Party! The Shamrock Who’s Bad Cox Capitol Theatre

MON 10/31

Rockin’ Haunted Halloween Party with Daniel Stokes Band Locos Grill & Pub

TUES 11/1

B Keith Williams The Shamrock

John Stanley Band Backporch Lounge, no cover Darin Curtis Johnny’s Pizzeria

WED 11/2

Man in the Box Karaoke Backporch Lounge Matt Pippen Wild Wing Cafe, 8:30pm

FRI 11/4

Sirius Glory & the Soul Shakers 20’s Pub, Riverside Drive Papa Bear AP’s Hideaway

Matt Pippen Wild Wing Cafe

Packway Handle Band The Hummingbird Whale Bone Locos Grill & Pub

SAT 11/5

Shane Bridges Band Wild Wing Cafe

Big Mike & Booty Papas (Cuz memorial benefit) The Hummingbird

WED 11/9

Warren Haynes Band Cox Capitol Theatre

FRI 11/11

Drivin ‘N Cryin’ The Hummingbird

Drive-by Truckers Cox Capitol Theatre


Happy hour til 9pm, jam & rehearse 7-10pm, 20’s Pub

$1 PBR, Natty, High Life, $5 Domestic Pitchers, Locos

Daily Happy Hour; 4-7pm. 241 drafts, house wine and well drinks Guiseppi’s Pizza $1 Wells all night, The Bird

$3.25 22oz Bud & Bud Lt Drafts • $13 Bud & Bud Lt Buckets • $2 House Vodkas Wild Wing Cafe 1/2 off salads! $2 house vodka Wild Wing Cafe

25% off all appetizers, Happy Hour 3-6 and 9-Cl Macon Mellow

domestics, shots

Ladies night Tara’s Tavern Ladies Night: 20’s Pub

Gals, $2 drinks all night Rivalry’s Taco Rita Nite- $2 tacos, $3 margaritas, $6 Megaritas, $4 Irish Bombs, 2-4-1 Jager Bombs Wild Wing $4 Jager Bombs! Locos


Happy Hour prices for poker players, BJ’s Billiards Karaoke Tara’s Tavern

Buy 1/Get 1 wells 8-until, Giveaways! AP’s Hideaway


The Rookery 11-1am: $2 BL bottles, $4.50 well doubles, $3 Sex on the Beach and 2 for 1 Jager.

$1 PBR, Natty lite and High Life, Locos


Trivia 8:30p Trivia Special - $1.50 PBR Pints | $4.50 PBR Pitchers 8Close Macon Mellow $8 bottomless mugs HL, PBR, $5 carbombs, $3 Guinness The Hummingbird

2 for Tues- buy 8 wings and get 8 free! $2 domestic drafts Wild Wing

2-4-1 drafts Johnny’s Pizzeria


Country Fried Weds- $1.50 natty lites, $2 bud & bud LT drafts, $4 rodeo bombs and country fried chicken wings Wild Wing Cafe Ladies Night All Day: $1.50 House Wine, $4.50 Jager Bombs Macon Mellow

Everyday, Miller Lite buckets just $12! Wild Wing

$1 PBR, Natty lite and High Life, Locos $10 Beer Buckets, 20’s Pub

Happy Hour Special 3pm-6pm & 9pm-Close Mellow Macon

Game Day Specials: 2 for 1 bombs and $1 domesic drafts Billy’s Clubhouse

Game Day Specials: $3.25 Miller Lt & Coors Lt Stadium Cups • $13 Miller Lt & Coors Lt Buckets Wild Wing Cafe


$10 beer buckets, 20’s Pub

$1 PBR, Natty lite and High Life Locos

$7.99 Beer buckets Giuseppi’s

Ladies night, free wells for the gals The Hummingbird $5.99 Pitchers - Trivia Johnny’s Pizzeria

Live acoustic on patio, 6:309:30pm. $3.25 22oz Bud & Bud Lt Drafts, $13 Bud & Bud Lt Buckets $3 Bloody Marys Wild Wing Cafe

The Rookery 11-1am: $2 Bud Lt bottles, $4.50 well doubles, and 2 for 1 Jager.

$3 Bloody Marys Locos

8-9pm: Free cocktails and Miller High Life Draft, Kaos Macon


$1.99 drafts, Johnny’s Pizzeria BJ Billiards, $3 wells and $2

$3 Margaritas, Bloody Mary's, Long Island's, Sangria's (Red or White) Happy Hour Special 9pm-Close Macon Mellow

Lady’s Hour 7:30-8:30pm. Gals enjoy $1 Wells/Domestics BJ’s Billiards

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Macon’s newest dance club, Element open Wed-Sat! DJ Tremendous, Macon’s best dance party at Club Kaos Fri & Sat.


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New Orleans’ newest supergroup, The New Orleans Suspects, featuring members of legendary veteran touring acts The Radiators, The Neville Bros., and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, will make their Macon debut. The band, formed in the wake of the June breakup of The Radiators after 34 years, is comprised of some of the best, most higly respected players in New Orleans, including: Reggie Scanlan on bass (Radiators, Professor Longhair Band); Mean Willie Green on drums (Neville Bros. current drummer since 1981); Kevin Harris on saxophone (founder of The Dirty Dozen Brass Band); Jake Eckert on guitar/vocals (current member of The Dirty Dozen Brass Band); and C. R. Gruver on keyboards. The band combines original songs in the New Orleans style with hits and obscurities from the Allen Toussaint and Dr. John songbooks. Performance 9 p.m. no opening act, 2 sets. All ages. Tickets $12/$15 dos.

With new local favorites Megan Jean and the KFB. In August of 2008 frontman and multi-instrumentalist Noah Adams drifted into New Orleans and quickly found himself enchanted with its wild and authentic, booming musical styles. After recruiting New Orleans native drummer Dane “Bootsy” Schindler, ringleader/vocalist Charles “Big Charlie” Skinner and multi-instrumentalist Wayne Mitchell, the Dirty Bourbon River Show began to grow into an interactive multi-genre variety hour-style band. Drawing from a rich diversity of musical backgrounds, they began in American roots music and branched out into folk, rock, blues, jazz, latin, and gypsy. What the press says, “A circus-like barrage of sound serving as entrance music for a magical mystery tour of whiskey-soaked French Quarter back alleys,” – Rory Callais, Offbeat

New Orleans Suspects @ the Capitol

Dirty Bourbon River Show @ Rookery

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Wednesday & Sunday 8pm-until at AP’s Hidden Hideaway Wednesday and Fridays at Tara’s Tavern

Every Friday & Saturday, Friends Bar & Grill, Macon Sundays & Wed. with Brad, 9pm The Backporch Lounge


Every Tuesday night, come play with friends, great prizes! 7-9pm 20’s Pub


NOW TUESDAYS: Hardest Trivia in Macon 7-9pm at BJs Billiards Wednesdays, Johnny’s Pizzeria

Tuesday nights at Giuseppis, hosted by Outspoken Ent. Tuesday Night Trivia (8pm) with Outspoken Entertainment., Wild Wing Cafe

Tuesday night trivia with our own Jammin’ Rivalrys Wednesday nights, 7:30pm at Billy’s Clubhouse

Trivia with Jacob at Loco’s every Wednesday, Big payouts!

Every Wednesday at The Rookery, compete for $5,000 grand prize! 8pm

Every Wednesday at The Bird, 7pm.

Thursday nights 9p, The Shamrock


Nightly Poker 7:30p, Friends Bar Nightly Poker 8p, BJ Billiards

Sat 2p,Wed 7p, Billy’s Clubhouse Tues,Wed and Thur:Texas Hold ‘Em 7pm at AP’s Hidden Hideaway



Saint Francis @ the Big House After a decade in the bus, and a handful of successful albums to his credit, Macon GA's Scott Baston, former frontman of nationally touring rock band Moonshine Still, decided the rigors of the road and the state of the touring scene had taken it's toll on everything important to him. Now, retooled and reinvigorated, Baston is on a mission, to create quality rock/americana music with an emphasis on songwriting. Thanks to Jeremy Johnson and the rest of the band, that’s just what they do.

Papa Bear @ APs Hidden Hideaway Southern Fried Rock and Roll at

BACK CITY WOODS @ THE BIRD alike, "a spectacular display of lo-fi pop with a real raw power to entertain" as cheerfully proclaimed.

Chuck Courtenay @ Wild Wing Chuck Courtenay was born in Savannah, Georgia. Most recently, with the help of his band mate and co-producer, Tommy Butler, Courtenay began work on his debut album and signed with Platinum Road Records out of Nashville, Tennessee. This album exhibits his unique, soulful, true southern country vocals. With tracks like, “Sunday That Didn’t Have A Prayer” and “Laughing All The Way To The Bank”, Courtenay is sure to be scaling up the country music charts in no time.


it’s finest.. They cover everything from AC/DC to Sugarland with a lot of Skynyrd, Marshall Tucker, Tom Petty, Free, Bad Company, Mother's Finest and many others thrown in the mix. They have played Milledgeville Thunder Rally (2 times), Angel City Rally (re-booked for the Spring Rally), Rumble On Noble, Destination Helen, Thunder Roads Magazine of Georgia 4th Anniversery Party, and countless Bike Nights, Charity Rides.

music southern rock and you wouldn’t be wrong. Or you could call it country and you wouldn’t be wrong, either. But you would be selling both the band and its legion of fans short. With influences that run the gamut from country to bluegrass to gospel and yes, southern rock, Blackberry Smoke is more than the sum of its diverse parts.

The Modern Skirts @ The Bird


After years of touring and recording, still falling short of finding a truly unique and singular voice, the boys in Modern Skirts discovered something startlingly fresh in singer Jay Gulley’s bedroom recordings and immediately began work on their self-approached and selfproduced third record, using these demos as a template. In the spirit of building excitement for the upcoming release, the band mastered and released a collection of the original bedroom recordings as the "Happy 81" EP on July 6th. Despite a significant shift in focus, the record was warmly received by fans and critics

Blackberry Smoke @ Capitol Theatre You can call Blackberry Smoke’s

Mystery Road @ The Shamrock Mystery Road plays evocative cover versions of such influential artists as the Allman Brothers Band, Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughn, and is currently rehearsing and experimenting live with original songs that will become their first album.


Halloween Party with Back City Woods @ The Hummingbird Back City Woods was formed in 2009 by Daniel NeSmith and Michael Collins as a

SAINT FRANCIS @ THE BIG HOUSE Macon-based studio project. BCW became a high-energy live act in April of 2010 and has since been actively playing the Southeast circuit. In 2011, the band released their debut EP, Dirt from Which We Came,and have been supporting it with shows with Corey Smith, Packway Handle Band, and headlining shows at the 40 Watt in Athens ever since.

HalloWing w/Radio Cult @ Wild Wing From concert halls and other music venues from their hometown of Atlanta, GA all the way to Los Angeles, CA and London, UK. The members of Radio Cult LOVE to play in a band and it shows. When the band has fun, the crowd has fun and with Radio Cult the crowd really has a blast! So what are you waiting for?

Halloween Havoc Costume Ball @ Element, 3 Djs Element hosts their first annual Costume Ball with Three DJ’s in three settings. The hottest dance club on Cherry is going to be a sight to behold!

Midnight in Macon @ 20s Pub And ‘20s Halloween Costume Party Flapper dresses and gangsters is the attire of the night! Enjoy live music with Midnight in Macon, a costume contest, drink specials and great prizes. It’s the 1920s at 20s!


Who’s Bad @ Cox Capitol Theatre An ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute band needs glitzy jackets, glittery gloves and 80’s regalia. Beyond replaying MJ’s countless hits, an ultimate Michael Jackson tribute band must possess the ability to connect millions of people around the globe with each resurrection of our favorite Michael Jackson songs. The perfect compliment to a thrilling Halloween weekend!




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THE SHORT OF IT... Anthony B. Harris-- downtown denizen, writer, director, actor A

nthony B. Harris has been involved in local theatre, working behind the scenes as well as acting on stage, since 1983 and has been interested in film ever since he was a young boy. His growing love for movies prompted him to make his first, very low budget, movie in the late 90's. He also acts on film and can be seen in The Fighting Temptations, Road Trip 2: Beer Pong, The Blind Side, and The Crazies. Most recently he worked on two of the three finalists in The Macon Shorts contest. Those two being Final Acts and The Razzle. He just sent the 11th Hour two companion pieces he’s directed, and we were impressed. Cuffed is a story about a man is handcuffed to a car while driving and being chased by two other cars. Is he the good guy or the bad guy? It asks the question 'Are we all cuffed to our past?' The other, Vicious Cycle is the story of a young man, his bicycle, and the violence that surrounds him. We asked him a few questions about the film and about his life Downtown. You know you've wondered who he is. We got more than we deserved. Learn a little more about Anthony’s short films and downtown views below.

Tell me about the experience that led to the idea for Cuffed and Vicious Cycles? Cuffed stemmed from an amalgamation of ideas. I wanted to address a chapter of my life which had been weighing on my mind for awhile. I had been in a relationship with a girl that had been raped prior to me knowing her and it was obvious that she, naturally, had a hard time dealing with it. After 8 years together, we broke up but remained friends. About a year after that, she was raped again. When I found out , it angered and upset me. Regardless of who it happens to it has got to be a horrendous chapter in someone's life. And because it happened again, she was absolutely shattered. It made me feel helpless in that I was not around to " right this wrong ". I was not in her life the first time it happened and shortly after we went our seperate ways it happens to her again. It also has to do with one being " cuffed " to their past. Again, this is autobiographical and although I took it to extremes I wanted to make the point that, as a whole, society holds grudges and is not very forgiving. We are judged by our beliefs, by what we say, and, in some cases, how we behaved in our past. Qualified people don't get jobs because of things they have said or done. Good people get shunned by society strictly on the basis of their religious, personal, or political beliefs. Especially in this day and age of technology and politcal correctness. There is alot of fast communication and opinions are a dime a dozen. Should we be punished because we are anti-social, at one time shoplifted a candy bar, or have radical opinions? Should that be a reason to hold one back from their true potential? Cuffed and Vicious Cycle are companion pieces and the character of Gregory is the only one that appears in both Obviously, race plays a big part. Do you feel like there is a difference in race relations in a city like Macon versus a small country town like the ones depicted in your films? When I originally wrote Vicious Cycle, Uriah ( our hero ) was a white boy. He was a mute that could not hear or speak. I changed him to a black boy for a few reasons and I kept him speechless but gave him the power of hearing. I wanted him to be able to hear the excruciating sounds of the rape as well as the sound of voices. Since I had set the story in the rural South, I wanted the villains to be a vile bunch of rednecks. It is not my intent to be cliche ( keep in mind, Uriah was originally white ) and remember Uriah is the product of a rape - his natural father was black. Do I think racism exists? Of course I do. Do I think it is more prevalent in rural areas compared to the city? No. I think it is more in the open in some rural areas and in disguise in the bigger cities. City racists keep it to themselves and within their circle of friends. Have race relations improved? Yes, I believe so. That is obvious in politics, music, movies, television, books, sports, and on the streets.

Harris recently worked on two of the three finalists in the Macon Shorts contest that filmed here in Macon, and just finished two Shorts of his own.

You told me the rednecks were real. Tell me about where you found them? Yes, the " rednecks " were good. They stole the show. I held auditions at Killian's Coffeeshop during the 2010 MaGa Film Festival weekend and had a great turnout. Chris Payne ( who I have known for about 14 years - he is the one on top of the girl in the rape scene ) and Jerry Ketch are locals from south Macon that heard I was holding auditions for 6 ( 3 shorts, 3 feature length ) different movies. They showed up interested in CANIS LUPUS REDNEXUS which is a politically incorrect comedy ( it makes fun of all types and alot of nationalities ) about a southern town inhabited by werewolves. Immediately, I read them for Vicious Cycle and they were it ( rednecks not racists ). McLean Smith is an actor from Savannah (SCAD graduate ) that also showed up at Killian's and had a great audition. He spouted off a Shakespeare monologue, as well as another memorized piece, and was full of improv energy. I was very happy with all three of them. Better than I expected Who does the camera work for you? William Grammer ( he appeared on The 11th Hour cover along with 25 or so other people at Tattnall Square Park announcing The Movers and Shakers of the Next Five Years) did about 90% of the camera work. Mitchell Brinkley did the rest. William Grammer also did some of the camera work on Vicious Cycle. As did Mitchell Brinkley, Catt Gunter ( a small bit ), and myself ( I did the majority of it ). We met a long time ago when you were doing Scene Stealers (which was awesome). Is film a medium you've always been interested in? Ever since I was a small boy, I loved movies. I can thank my Dad for that. The first movie that I ever saw at a movie theatre was BATTLE FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES ( the 5th installment in the original series ). My Dad was a Cinephile and would take us , or allow us to go, to movies all the time. I remember seeing rated R movies ( alot with my sister who was - at a whopping 18 years - old enough to be my consenting guardian ) such as SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER, THE SENTINEL, and CARRIE at the Mohawk Theatre on the Army base in Bamberg, Germany in the mid-late 1970's. Being a small boy, movies allowed me to enter wonderful worlds beyond ours as well as show me what to expect when I reached adult hood ( or so I thought at the time ). They kept me up at night and fueled my dreams of being a superhero, a

warrior, and an alien creature. I wanted to be up there on that silver screen. As I got older, the desire to play dress up and make believe was and is still there. Of late, I realized that I want to tell stories that entertain, induce good and bad reactions, as well as touch on personal experience and emotions. In order for that to happen I had to start writing, directing, and producing my own films. What's next for you? As I hinted at earlier, I have four more completed scripts that I want to eventually film as well as a couple of other ones that are works in progress. I plan to film another short film in a couple of months called POSE ( which is also autobiographical ) and after that is completed move into pre-production on CANIS LUPUS REDNEXUS and GOOD GOLLY, MISS MULLY! which is a mockumentary about the elusive Ocmulgee River creature named ' Mully '. I take liberties with Macon’s history ( with a mixture of historic fact ). All for the sake of comedy. I expect it to be the talk of the town once filming begins. After all, it has a cast of characters that we are all familiar with. You've become a downtown fixture over the last couple of years, and are probably one of the few families raising kids right on Cherry Street. Tell us the good and the bad about that. We have enjoyed living in downtown Macon immensely. I always thought that it was the best part of Macon and still do. That is why I am so critical of it. Alot of what people consider negative , I love. The sounds of the streets and the noise coming from the venues remind me that there is a vibrant life in this pocket of the city. Being a heavy sleeper allows me to sleep right through if need be. The homeless and the street people, with very few exceptions, have been nothing but kind to us. Most of them are cordial and love the children, and I think that it is great that it gives our kids another form of education that only life can give. It teaches them that there are all types and that those with less and the less fortunate are not necessarily lesser human beings. Is there room for improvement? Sure. Alot of downtown businesses and denizens have to be willing to take criticism and to hear differing opinions. It is healthy and it encourages one to improve. Holiday decorations that are missing light bulbs and falling apart cheapen Downtown. Parking tickets are ridiculous. I think that Downtown business owners and residents should be allowed to park without being penalized. As a family who supports and lives Downtown, there are ways that we can be more proactive.



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Dylan York explores the nightlife, character & grit of downtown "Hate or you participate" - Gucci Mane. hese past few weeks have been pretty cool. One of the biggest highlights was the screening of Black Dynamite at the Cox Capitol Theater. This event, of course, was sponsored by Jubee & the Morning After, as well as Anaconda Malt Liquor. This movie incorporates several aspects of Americana that I enjoy: Retromodernism, Grindhouse Cinema, 16mm film, kitschy 70s blaxploitation jazz-funk, the phrase "jive turkey" and c-list pornstar Charlotte Stokely. Within these are several other elements that make the film worthwhile, like Kung-Fu and racial slurs towards white people. The film tells the story of Black Dynamite, a smooth pimp who's just found out his brother has been killed. This leads Dynamite to strike a fist of vengeance down on everyone involved with his brother's death; a trail that leads him to the highest powers that be. Kitschy retro-modern exploitation cinema is a favorite genre of mine. When I first moved here "Pulp Fiction" was being played at the Capitol and I was like, "Hell yeah." Then I found out it doesn't happen all that often and I was like, "Dammit." I wish that the Capitol would play a cult film at least once a week. I've been saying this for like six months now to no avail. I'll even do the PR if it means I get to see Bladerunner on a big screen. There's so much good cinema out there and enough pseudo-intellectuals at Mercer to fill up the Capitol if we had a steady Goddard-Hitchcock-Tarantino-Lynch rotation going. Karmically I feel a duty to say this, even movies that are being hyped by blogs aren't living up to their animated-gifmeme standards anymore. I was pretty disappointed by Drive. All the right elements are in play; that guy from the movie Stay, good soundtrack, Christina Hendricks, heists, stereotypical Italians. The movie hit me strongly at first, it started off with the unnamed driver escaping LAPD to a banger from French House DJ Kavinsky. That had me hooked. Sadly, much like my love life, it was all downhill after the first five minutes. Hype, when it's in the wrong place, can be doubly disappointing. Take off the underground electro and selvedge skinny jeans veneer of Drive and you're left with a skinny hipster playing the role that Vin Diesel would have six years ago. Repackaging something for the Y-Generation has made finding something genuinely good a bit tricky. Does that girl sitting outside of the cafe in a romper and wayfarers listen to Wolf Parade or does she just shop at Target? Remember ten years ago when MTV was cramming boy bands down your throughout and telling you it was punk rock? I'm not going to break this down to an existentialist discourse on commercialism, mostly because Brad only lets me have 700 to 800 words each week. But, take it from someone who wears a "hipster uniform" and has Coltrane's entire Village Vanguard series on his iPod; emptiness in the form of depth is everywhere these days. One movie I saw this week that is one of my new favorites is Midnight in Paris. The portrayal of Hemingway was deep and on point, and Adrien Brody as Salvador Dali made me smile from ear to ear. There's my


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film reviews for the month. Maybe this thing can Gremlins its way into its own column, "Dyl on Films." Probably not, I can already hear people saying to themselves, "No one cares what you thought of Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2, Dylan." Also this week there was a really cool show at The Rookery. Actually it's a pretty safe bet that every week there is a pretty cool show at The Rookery. I write about this a lot. I don't feel like it's getting repetitive, though. People still leave directly after dinner on

nights when the bands are sound checking. This particular night the band was hot and in spite of my never having heard them I was immediately entranced. The band was Dirty Bourbon River Show. Their praises had been sung to me by Megan Jean on more than one occasion, so I wandered over to The Rook to talk to them during their load in. No fauxhemian airs here, kids, these guys are the real deal. Hailing from New Orleans and sporting a tuba/bass player with dreadlocks, Dirty Bourbon River Show are a sight to behold.

Their whisky-fueled (actually their pianist was drinking Harp Lager) NOLA Bounce will have anyone jiving along. Audience participation is brought on the good old fashioned way of yelling partially indiscernible scats into the air immediately sparking a SouthernBaptist-turned-jezebel-esque callback. If this review doesn't confuse you and makes you sad inside for missing the show, they'll be back the 28th with Megan Jean and the Klay Family Band. Bring your dancing shoes and a crucifix, it's going to get hot!

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BLACKBERRY SMOKE Atlanta based Blackberry Smoke continues to grow into the premiere Southern Rock band of America. Over the last 12 months they have shared the stage with ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Shooter Jennings, and countless others.

Doors 8pm / Show at 9pm Tickets $13 in advance, $17 at the door

382 Second St, Macon





With a showman’s flair, a comedian’s wit, and the capacities of a bona fide Mentalist or thought reader, His very name has become an integral part of pop culture throughout the world, invoked in comedy clubs, and sitcoms (Lettermand and Leno!).

An ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute band needs glitzy jackets, glittery gloves and 80’s regalia. It must pay studious attention to the intricate details of every original groove and gravity-defying dance step.

Doors at 7 p.m. / Show at 8 p.m. Admission is $20 Advance/$25 Day of Show

Doors at 7 p.m. / Show at 8 p.m. Admission is $15 Advance/$20 Day of Show

Fri 10/21: N’Awlins Suspects -


Players from Neville Bros, Radiators and Dirty Dozen Brass Band


Sat 10/29: Jammin & Jokes Variety show! $10 at 9pm

Fri 11/11: Drive-By Truckers As seen on Letterman and Leno!

Sat 11/19: Marty Stuart

& the Fabulous Superlatives - Live!


Haynes is best known for his work as a guitarist for David Allan Coe and The Dickey Betts Band early in his career, and later as a founding member of the jam band Gov’t Mule, and as a longtime member of Allman Brothers! Doors at 7 / Show at 8pm $50 reserved seating, $40 standing room, $30 balcony

Voted “Best Place to Hear Live Music!” - 11TH HOUR READERS’CHOICE AWARDS


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What you should be getting into this week... BY SEAN PRITCHARD


was in Pensacola covering Deluna Festival this past weekend for and it was one of the best work-vacations I've ever had. I watched Cake, Ghostland Observatory, Ra Ra Riot and tons of other bands playing literally a few feet from the beach. Job well done Pensacola. However, I was a bit surprised when I got back to Macon to find half of my family that lives here had been completely swept up in the "Occupy" movement. If you don't know what I'm talking about, educate yourself right now. What started as a small crowd protesting on Wall Street has grown to a worldwide organized movement to draw awareness to the issues with America's spending habits and corporate influence in politics. My surprise wasn't from their interest in the movement, but at the fact that my dear sixty-one year old mother took the streets of Downtown with a sign in hand, along with about twenty-five other people. Whether you're a Republican, Democrat, Whig or Pastafarian (look it up), you should be aware of what's going on with your country's money. Occupy Macon is meeting at 3rd Street Park on Saturday the 19th to spread the good news starting around 12:00pm. If you don't feel like doing that, try to make it to the Rotary Park on Riverside to meet up with Macon Water Authority and help them clean up our wonderful city. There's honestly too much going on on Saturday to make it to everything but I do know that the annual benefit for The Grand Opera House featuring the stars of "Jersey Boys" is sure to be a great time, and Modern Skirts are making their way back to the Hummingbird. All good things. I'm going to be spending my Saturday in Milledgeville though for the 8th annual Deep Roots Festival. Deep Roots has seen the likes of Grace Potter, Delta Spirit, Trampled by Turtles and this year will feature Georgia's own Reptar and The Whigs. Every year I've been has been an amazing time so I'd suggest checking it out. Oh and of course the ever-popular Arts on Riverdale is going on. You're going to be worn out on Sunday. I figure that the best way to wind down a raucous weekend has to be listening to some classical music and it's just my luck that the Macon/Mercer Youth Symphony String Orchestra has a free performance on Monday the 24th at Fickling Hall. I know they've been hard at work this year and there's no reason why you shouldn't check out their talents. The following night, the Cox Capitol Theatre is screening the insanely hilarious comedy Black Dynamite, which will be followed by the live broadcast of Jubee & the Morning After's performance for Jimmy Kimmel. Again, a free event for your entertainment. There's plenty of live music to round out the next two weeks if you've got the energy. Sterling Waite and The Cotton Avenue Hustlers bring their oldtime string sound to the Hummingbird for a free show on October 27th. Last time I saw these guys (I didn't actually make it inside)they had the Rookery full to the brim. Megan Jean & The KFB and The Dirty Bourbon River Show return to The Rookery on October 28th and I'm especially excited about The Rocketboys coming back to Macon on November 2nd. They'll be playing a free show at The Hummingbird to follow up their second consecutive Bragg Jam performance, along with their tourmates The Winter Sounds. Who says you need money to have fun, huh? That's five free events going on in the next two weeks I've told you about and I'm sure there are many more. If you ride your bike, you could practically spend nothing at all!

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I'm sure a good bit of you have grown out of the social life scene and there's nothing wrong with that, but there are still plenty of things for you to do around Macon. I've been spending a good bit of time on the Georgia State Parks website planning weekend trips for the next month. I had no idea there are so many place to camp around the state and at least ten of them are within an hours drive. I might have stressed this in every single column I've written for The 11th Hour, but the best way to meet people, discover new places and make your time in Macon more enjoyable is to simply get out and go! Don't be shy about visiting local businesses or driving around town. There are plenty of wonderful things just waiting for you, you're just going to have to find them. I'll help where I can.

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