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QUESTIONABLE KNOWLEDGE Is Macon’s voter turn-out getting better or worse? Both. If you look at the percentage between the 2007 primary and this last one, we had fewer voters in relation to those registered. But we had more people vote, numberswise, just not on pace with how many new voters registered. On top of that, we had convention-defying turn-out for the run-off election (and I may have just set a record for hyphenated words in one sentence), numbers that actually topped the primary by about 2,000 in the mayor’s race.

precincts this year, and Ellis took all the “black” voting precincts. Most of the races for city council involved a white candidate opposing a black candidate. Though race wasn’t explicitly discussed by candidates, the results often showed that skin color mattered to voters, or at least was integral in deciding who they would trust. Post-election, we can talk about healing all we want, but how the hell do we start? Is it too late? Or do we just have to wait until the younger generation comes up and replaces the (many) folks who want to keep those racial divisions alive?

What’s the deal with the map Does tax increase = another redistricting thing? defeated SPLOST? If you mean the state maps, instead of the local ones for city and county, the Republicans are taking advantage of their majority in the state legislature, as the Democrats had once upon a time done. There’s no real issue in the state house— Dems keep their edge in districts 142 (Nikki Randall) and 143 (James Beverly); Repubs keep 141 (Allen Peake)—but there’s some middle Georgia shenanigandery taking place in the state senate, which Robert Brown vacated to pursue a mayoral bid he lost with just 9-percent of the vote. While they un-gerrymandered the cow pasture that Republican Susan Holmes (Monticello) represented in Macon, a third senator has been drawn into Bibb County, and yep, it’s a Republican. Where the Dems look bad is not having a map to counter with, or more appropriately, not using the one they had until it was too late. Perhaps they’d rather take the fight to the Department of Justice instead of fighting the Republican majority in the legislature. Up next: redrawn congressional maps.

Who will win the division this year? This election, as predicted by everyone with a pulse and a column, highlighted our division along racial lines. Reichert, who won every voting precinct in 2007, took home all the “white” voting

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While everyone was out voting in the runoff, the Bibb County Commissioners raised property taxes 20-percent. Sure, I could explain that it amounts to about $66 additional a year on a home valued at $100,000—and I could even explain that it’s still lower than it used to be or that it’s putting 2 mills back where they’d been removed—but you know what? THE COUNTY RAISED TAXES 20-DAMNPERCENT!!! And if you start talking about the SPLOST, well, right now all you’ll hear is that the county just raised taxes so “Hell no, we don’t want no SPLOST!” Except, without a SPLOST either our property taxes likely go up again or our infrastructure just falls apart. How’s that? The SPLOST (aka – penny tax) pays for capital improvements and pays down debt with money collected from sales tax, up to 70-percent paid for by visitors to the county (one of the perks of our location). Though projects on the SPLOST list haven’t been great, the fact remains that we need one. Plus, when they collect more than they originally thought they would, they can rollback the property taxes. HOLY CRAP! Yeah, so the property tax increase will only kill the SPLOST if the folks selling it don’t know what they’re doing.



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If you were to listen to Larry “L.D.” Brown, an acoustic songwriter who performs as Grey Reverend, you would never guess he can’t use two of his fingers, because he can pick like Wes Montgomery. Playing 12-13 hours since he was 22 years old, the nuerological condition he suffers from hasn’t held him back, and he’s starting to gain notice in that folksy Brooklyn world, which I like so much more now that my friend, Siobhan Glennon, lives in it. She just played the Hummingbird with her band The Habit and I was out of town, but check them out if you get the chance. I’m also really excited about the new Lou Reed/ Metallica project due out soon. I got to see Metallica and Guns N Roses in the eighties together, and I’m a die hard Lou Reed reader. I just can’t imagine what

this is going to sound like but I can’t wait to hear it. I also just heard Tinariwen’s new joint Tassili the other day. I can’t put my finger on why I like camel riding music though. He almost played the Capitol Theatre this past year, another cause worth supporting. Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine is coming to Atlanta which is worth seeing if you like his Vegas blend of top 40 hits. And congrats to Macon’s own DJ

Shawty Slim, whose name is now known all over Europe! Football season is almost here, which is definitely something I look forward to, almost as much as the cool weather coming here right behind it. While I did attend the Buck-A-Rama 2011, without contracting big buck fever, I have a feeling that along with football and cool weather I’m going to be spending a lot of time in the woods with my bow soon too. Fall will also bring smoking meat to the backyard inside my 55 gallon smoker I had made by Grillmaster Grills in Jones County last year. A lot of good meat came off that smoker last fall and winter and this year will be no different. If you can’t tell I’m ready for summer to be over.

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hen Rhonda Taylor and Sara Roberts were looking for ways to promote their new T Shirt Website, they decided to have a little fun with it. Denziens of Happy Hours all over Macon, they decided there was no better way to get the word out than by having a friendly contest involving some of their favorite people, bartenders. The best bartender in Macon Trophy and bragging rights will be awarded September 12th, though the competition will be narrowed down to five contestants over the next several

weeks. Bartenders are asked to submit their specialty drink, unique to the Key Lime website. Then Rhonda and Sarah will schedule a time to come by and taste the creation. While they will be judging the contest, they will also be promoting, a new website in Macon geared toward T-Shirt Design. If you are a bartender that wants to test your wares be sure to call Rhonda and schedule a tasting time at 478-335-2535. BRAD EVANS



niversities are decommissioning their traditional darkrooms. Black and White film can’t be bought at the corner store. Polaroid stopped making their square format film. This is the world of the new photography: Digital is the new norm of most commercial and fine art photography. In this world of the ultra-convenient photography where everyone has a camera in their telephone and in their pocket, three artists based in South Georgia are exploring the roots of the medium. Bryan Ghiloni, Anthony Faris and Desmal Purcell will host an exhibition at The 567 Gallery in Downtown Macon for First Friday on September 2nd. The show is called “The New Folk Photography” and will feature new and recent works by the collaborative. “The New Folk Photography” explores analog photography through an exploration of a wide variety of media: Medium Format, Holga, Polaroid and the old standard of 35mm SLR. The artists have challenged themselves to shoot on film and develop all their images utilizing traditional enlargers in a darkroom. Ghiloni, Faris and Purcell all went to school to study

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photography during a time when the analog process was the norm. “This is sort of like a homecoming after shooting digital for the last decade,” says Faris, “It requires an attention to detail and process that is challenging but very rewarding.” The title of the show, “The New Folk Photography”, speaks to the change in the media as an outdated process that still remains relevant. The exhibit will feature new works of analog photography to reintroduce the medium to a new generation. Ghiloni, Faris and Purcell will be available to discuss the show during the artists reception on September 2nd from 6-9pm. All are invited to attend. The event is free and open to the public. OTHER ART RECEPTIONS INCLUDE: • Macon Arts Join us for the First Friday opening reception 5 to 8 p.m. where you may meet the artists and enjoy complimentary wine and light hors d'oeuvres. • Contemporary Arts Exchange houses over 30 local artists in a modern, loft style atmosphere, 6-10pm! The CAE is located at 590 Mulberry Street, upstairs. • La Galerie across from the Cox Capitol Theatre open each Friday from 6:30 pm until 10 pm or later.

“The Brave and the Proud, A Salute to the Troops” will rock Macon’s historic Vineville Avenue Sat., August 27, as The Allman Brothers Band at The Big House presents a free community concert on the lawn of the band’s legendary 1970s home. Music starts at 5pm with teen guitar sensations Cook N’ Gorman (Dustin McCook and Adam Gorman), followed by Space A, a breakout group of the Air Force Air National Guard Band of the South from Dobbins Air Reserve Base. The finale act is Colonel Bruce Hampton & The Pharaoh Gummit, led by Georgia music icon Col. Bruce Hampton, backed by Dothan's number one bass player, Kevin Scott; Duane Trucks (Derek’s brother) from Jacksonville, FL, on drums, and William Barnes from Montgomery on guitar. “We just wanted to say thank you for all that the military does to allow us the freedom to do what we do everyday,” says ABB Museum at the Big House Director Peggy Winters-Thompson. The free concert is sponsored by Cox Communications. All Central Georgians are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets to spread out, and Knights of Columbus 925 from St. Joseph Catholic Church will cook and sell hot dogs and hamburgers, with proceeds benefiting the museum. Beverages will also be available, so no coolers are allowed. In addition to the concert, the museum's first floor will be open for free tours, and a silent auction of Allman Brothers Band memorabilia will offer guests an opportunity to take home a piece of music history while supporting the museum Foundation’s ongoing mission of preservation and guaranteeing that the dreams, music and legacy created by the band will live on. For additional information, contact the Allman Brothers Band Museum at The Big House at 478741-5551 or The Big House, 2321 Vineville Ave.


Fri August 26 This day in history: (1909) the first race is


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Downtown Friday Fest

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.

Downtown Macon celebrates Fridays each week with Friday Fest. The streets of downtown Macon are alive with music, art, and great food every Friday of the year. Free concert in Third Street Park featuring Mark & Mama T: 6-9 pm.

"Figures" Exhibit at Middle Georgia Art Association. Thru June 10. Free and open to the public. Exhibit continues Tuesday - Friday, Noon 5 p.m. Saturday, Noon - 3 p.m. 478.744.9557. 2330 Ingleside Ave.

Sat August 27 This day in history: (2007) Michael Vick, a star quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons pleads guilty to dogfighting.

Free Concert at the Big House Museum featuring Col. Bruce Hampton A free community concert on the lawn. Music starts at 5pm. All central Georgians are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets, food and beverages will be available fo rpurchase. For more details, see page 4.

Thur Sept 1 This day in history: (1985) Seventy-three

years after it sunk to the North Atlantic ocean floor, the Titanic was found.

Labor Day Festival for Strings: Opening Distinguished Artists Concert at Fickling Hall 1pm – 3pm Coleman Ave. at Adams St., Macon, Distinguished Artists Concert* $10 General Admission/Free with Mercer ID Call 478301-5470 for tickets.

Fri Sept 2 This day in history: (1959) Ford introduces

the compact, fuel-efficient Falcon,a 90 horsepower, 30 miles per gallon. (Foreign-car sales in the United States had jumped 1,060 percent since 1954 on account of the European small-car market.)

Downtown Friday Fest Downtown Macon celebrates Fridays each week with Friday Fest. The streets of downtown Macon are alive with music, art, and great food every Friday of the year. Free concert in Third Street Park featuring Scott Little Band: 6-9 pm. This storytelling four piece band has more than succeeded in their goal of making real music. Pulling from influences such as Haggard and Parsons, they make music the old-fashioned way, they live it…then they play it. Children’s Play Area: water slide, face painting, sand castle building, giveaways and more from 5 until 7 pm on the fountain side of Third Street Park. Free event.

Sun Sept 4 This day in history: (2002) Kelly Clarkson wins first American Idol.

Wine and Music Festival at The Big House, 4-10pm Compiments of the Vineville Neighborhood Association, enjoy an evening of live music with Allman Brothers tribute band, Soulshine, the Abby Owens Band and Griffin-McClelland. Admission is $10 adults, $7 youth/students, kids under six are free. No coolers, food and beverages will be available for purchase. For more information, visit




n August 27th, Loco’s on Riverside Drive will host their first ever cornhole tournament. It’s free to play, there will be great prizes and live music, and did we mention their signature drink special? One dollar beer, all day (it’s actually every day, but hey, this day is extra special!) Register in person or call 478-745-8980.


London taxi driver becomes the first person ever arrested for drunk driving after slamming his cab into a building.

Otis Redding 70th Birthday Celebration Weekend: An “Evening of RESPECT” tribute concert to Macon’s most favored Son benefiting the Big “O” Youth Educational Dream Foundation. Starring Dexter Redding and Otis Redding III with special performances by Musiq Soulchild, Jimmy Hall, Timothy Bloom & V. Bozeman, violinist Ken Ford, international recording artist Brenda Vaughn and more. Macon City Auditorium, 8pm-11pm Tickets information at OR, call (478-301-5470). Tickets: $50 floor seats, $25 balcony.

Open gallery exhibits at Contemporary Arts Exchange. Resident and guest artist exhibits every First Friday, 7 - 10 p.m. 2nd Floor, 590 Mulberry St.

Art on the Avenue Fine Art Gallery New monthly gallery shows. 2368 Ingleside Ave, 478-743-3720

Douglass Theatre Presents: In Honor of 70 Years of the Legendary Otis Redding, a Screening of “The Stax Records

Sat Sept 10 This day in history: (1897) 25-year-old

Thru October 31 – 55th Anniversary of Museum of Arts & Sciences: Selections from the Permanent Collection. Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m.. Admission $4 - $8. 478.477.3232. 4182 Forsyth Rd.

La Galerie is an art gallery across from the Cox Capitol Theatre open each Friday from 6:30-10 pm or later. 391 Second St, Downtown Macon.

and the County of Bibb officially declare September 9th “Otis Redding Day” with Music, Ice-Cream and giveaways will highlight the FREE event. Third Street Park from Noon to 10pm, part of downtown’s Friday Fest.

Story, Respect Yourself” 6 pm Admission is free to the public, and an after party you don’t want to miss in the annex with Bo Bratcher AKA DJ Adikt from Gainesville, FL on the wheels of steal for fans to dance the night away from 10pm-midnight.

Macon Arts Gallery Thru July: Tangible and Intangible"Laura Dewberry Surace, paintings and Sheryl Holstein, ceramics. 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.

Sun Sept 11 This day in history: (1864) Union General

WilliamTecumseh Sherman takes Atlanta.

Second Sunday at Sunset featuring Gringo Grande followed by JuBee and the Morning After 7pm – 9pmat Washington Park (intersection of College and Magnolia Sts.) Join College Hill for an afternoon of FREE music in the park. Bring your family, chairs and pack a picnic! Food and drinks will also be available on site. This event is free and open to the entire community. Enjoy live music by Gringo Grande followed by JuBee and the Morning After! The Macon Film Guild at the Douglass Theatre Presents: "The Double Hour" Screenings at 2:00 PM, 4:30 PM , 7:30 PM. Tickets $5. The Film Guild, now it’s tenth year is dedicated to bringing foreign and award winning independent films to Macon. For more information call 742-2000 or visit the Guild’s website at

Thur Sept 8 This day in history: (1986) The Oprah Winfrey Show is broadcast nationally for the first time.

The Edge 14 presents screenings of the legendary “King of Soul” Admission is FREE to the public. Part of the Otis Redding 70th Birthday Celebration Weekend: 4pm: “Dreams To Remember: The Legacy of Otis Redding” 6:30pm: Shake! Otis Live At Monterey” 7pm: “Dreams to Remember: The Legacy of Otis Redding” Location: 245 Tom Hill Sr. Boulevard, Macon - (478) 477-8077

Fri Sept 9 This day in history: (1942) Japanese bomb U.S. mainland, on an Oregan forest.

Otis Redding 70th Birthday Celebration Weekend: The City of Macon

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, located at 935 High Street in Macon, is the birthplace of noted poet, musician & soldier, Sidney Lanier (18421881). Monday-Saturday, 10am-4pm and tours are $5. 478.743.3851

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he Friends of Mike Weaver Foundation board of trustees recently finalized plans for Weaver’s Weekend 2011, which is set for Friday and Saturday, August 26-27, 2011. Founded in Memory of Maconite Mike Weaver who was tragically shot and killed after an Atlanta conert in 2003 , the proceeds of this event will benefit The Friends of Mike Weaver Foundation. The foundation is a tax-exempt charity focusing on promoting youth sports in the Middle Georgia area. Weaver’s Weekend is the main fund-raising event to raise money for these organizations.

Friday, Aug. 26,Golf tournament 8:30 a.m. A 4-man golf scramble tournament is set for Healy Point Golf Club northeast of Macon. Presented by the Bons Hommes organization of Macon, the tournament offers 1st through 3rd team prizes based on gross score. A sizable prize also is being offered for a hole-in-one. An 8:30 a.m. shotgun start is planned, with lunch included after the round. The entry fee is only $80 per player, which includes member for a day pass, green fees and cart, range balls, prizes, lunch, fun and fellowship for a good cause. It’s important for the tournament committee to know how many players to expect, so if you want to play and/or have a team, please contact Will Argo at 478-731-2149. Also, sponsorships for the tournament ARE available. If you are interested in having your business be a sponsor, please contact Casey Bullington at 478-808-3433.

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Friday, Aug. 26, Pre-Party at the Shamrock 10 p.m. Join the friends and family for a pre-party event, beginning at 10 p.m. at the Shamrock restaurant in Payne City. Enjoy the music of Gringo Grande!

Saturday, Aug. 27, Work Day at Vine Ingle Little League 11 a.m. to Noon. Work Day at Vine Ingle Little League. It’s become a tradition that we provide a little sweat equity at the field where Mike Weaver played. Join us from 11 a.m. to noon for a project that will help beautify or improve the ball fields. Lunch will follow!

Saturday, Aug. 27, The Main Event Concert at Cox Capitol Theatre The Futurebirds, Tron Jackson and a late night DJ, Doors open at 8 p.m. Some folks think good music comes from making a whole bunch of sounds no one’s ever heard before. Some folks think that you can sit back and take her easy for a little while without trying too hard. The Futurebirds think you can have a little of both. If you push yourself every once in awhile, you might wind up in the right place around the right friends and come up with something worth playing on the porch-swing over an ice- cold beer. Hailing from Athens, Ga., a sleepy-living music community — more earnest than you’ll find elsewhere — the Futurebirds work to set things right where they belong. They

provide people with an infectious melody and a refreshing song about things they understand and they’ll sing with you. After a release of their EP, the group signed with Autumn Tone Records and produced Hampton’s Lullaby. The band produces sounds similar to the Flying Burrito Brothers and The Band, with ragged Stanley Brothers harmonies, moonshining guitar work, and pedal steel playing to the likes of Ralph Mooney. The Futurebirds performed at the Bonnaroo Music Festival, has been an opening act for major acts such as Widespread Panic, and most recently appeared in Macon at the Hummingbird during Bragg Jam. Opening for the Futurebirds is Tron Jackson, a rock-n-roll cover band comprised of a bunch of hooligans who like to forget their roles as attorneys (and one member slogging through the world of finance) by playing loud music at venues around Atlanta and Macon. The group Consists of guitarists George Greer & Zach McElveen, percussionist Alex “Ticco Torres” Sanders, bassist Baxter James, and frontman Brian Smith. Joined on good nights by “The Macho Man” Randy Sanders on harmonica. The group covers songs ranging from U2 to AC/DC to the Killers. After the Futurebirds have finished playing for the night, we’ll have a late night DJ to continue the dance music into the night and early morning! It will be a fantastic night for music and dance lovers! Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

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y boys start back to school this week, and have been, er, less than excited about this. Dean’s standard answer to the oft-posed conversationstarter, “Are you looking forward to going back to school?” is “No. I want to be home schooled.” Gulp. Well, who can blame them, really? In the summertime, the boys can sleep late, watch television, and play with their friends on the block until they fall— exhausted—into bed well past the usual bedtime. They see more of the swimming pool than they do of the bathtub. They’ve had some pretty fantastic vacation adventures. In all honesty, I’m pretty partial to summertime myself. Still, aside from several outstanding camps, a few teachable vocabulary moments, and some (very messy) home science experiments, their learning has plateaued a bit. Whether it sounds attractive or not, they need the structure of school, and it’s time for all of us to get back on a schedule. So here are some things we’ve done to try to build up excitement about the new school year. Certainly there are many other and perhaps even better back to school traditions, but these have been a good start:

Buy some new shoes and a new backpack: the universal symbols of a fresh start. (In adult women, substitute “purse” for “backpack.”) Ours were ratty anyways, and Dean’s shoes were too small, but even if they hadn’t been, a few nice new things are enough to boost anyone’s excitement. We found super cool (and reasonably-priced) backpacks at Mercer Village’s RODEO BEACH. Start back in a routine of reading and writing (if you ever strayed). Use the computer as a fancy lure to get kids interested in reading or learning. Back in MY day, we didn’t read books on Kindles, Nooks, or iPads…. we read them on PAPER, as God intended! Well, that’s a great line to draw in the sand for folks who already love to read, but turning a paper page is not the endgame—reading is. If expanding curiosity, imagination, vocabulary, and general understanding in our kids is what we really think is valuable, maybe it’s less important what the format is? Still, we do love our trips to The Golden Bough downtown—and the fact that we can usually find 3-4 books for under $10


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is a great incentive. How else could we have amassed our impressive Dr. Seuss collection? Ease back in. Speaking from my own experience, it does NO good to decide the day before school starts that everything needs to go from fun to responsible in 3, 2, 1. We’ve slowly made bedtimes earlier and earlier for the past week or so. Also, as we’ve ramped up with reading and some math flash cards, we’ve also had some special lastminute summer fun together. That has really helped us savor the time together and the flexibility of summer schedules while keeping in mind that something a little new is right around the corner. Bribe them. Of course not with money, but maybe with a playdate with a friend they haven’t seen in a while, tasty lunchbox menus (that they help choose), and a promised celebratory dinner at “the Rook” after the first day. I think a lot of back-to-school worries may be connected to kids feeling that they are out of control again. Including Dean and Eliot in some area where they can help with a decision has helped them feel more confident about heading back. And on the “fake it till you make it theory,” celebrating a little bit has helped Dean and Eliot find their peace with the coming school year. Clearly, I’m no expert, but I’m doing my best to help Dean and Eliot stay curious, independently-minded, ambitious, and reasonably well-behaved. The best “trick” I’ve learned so far has been to listen—Eliot, when pressed, admitted to being sad that he won’t be with his brother all day every day anymore and Dean is nervous about sitting still (I am nervous about him sitting still too). And when we took the time to talk it all through, the boys both admitted that they were looking forward to “P.E. and chasing friends on the playground.” Dean is also eager to see “Jake the Albino Cornsnake” in science lab. See, we never know what’s on their minds until we ask.

UPCOMING EVENTS - JUST FOR KIDS FIRST FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 5:30pm-8:00pm. The doors are open and the admission is FREE during Georgia Children Museum’s First Fridays. Don’t be a stranger and come downtown for all that Macon has to offer! GCM will be hosting arts and crafts, kid friendly exhibits and much more. FRIDAYS AT 8PM - MUSEUM OF ARTS AND SCIENCES PLANETARIUM, FREE EVENT Sky Over Macon - This live star talk explores the constellations and planets visible from Middle Georgia. Updated each week, this program provides the latest information about current and upcoming celestial events for those who want to learn how to find constellations or planets in the sky, or increase their knowledge of astronomy. Program lasts approx. 45 minutes, it is an outdoor activity. OCMULGEE INDIAN CELEBRATION SEPTEMBER 17-18 Ocmulgee National Monument will be having its 20th Indian Celebration, the largest gathering of Native Americans in the Southeast, with over 200 Southeast Native Americans attending. There will be dancing, storytelling, music, crafts, living history demonstrations, and food. The event is from 10:00am-6:00pm Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $5.00 for 13 & up; $2.00 6-12; Free for 5 & under.

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.


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Bottle Up & Explode w/Eva Collider 567 Gallery Stage, all ages Free Lance Ruckus Billy’s Clubhouse

Futurebirds & Tron Jackson Cox Capitol Theatre Dirty Sound Professors The Hummingbird Matt Moncrief The Rookery Planet Retro The Shamrock

Radio Cult Wild Wing Cafe

SUN 8/28

Big Mike & Booty Papas APs Hidden Hideaway, 3pm

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Jazz Brunch with Walton/Andrews Project The Rookery Scott Sanders Wild Wing Cafe

MON 8/29

Nathan Garrett 20’s Pub, Riverside Drive

TUES 8/30 Darin Curtis Johnny’s Pizzeria

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

WED 8/31

Man in the Box Backporch Lounge

Megan Jean & KFB with Frontier Ruckus 567 Gallery Stage Matt Pippen Wild Wing Cafe, 8:30pm

THUR 9/1

Johnny Summers Billy’s Clubhouse

Jubee & Morning After CD Release Party Cox Capitol Theatre Battle of the Bands Wild Wing Cafe

FRI 9/2

Alter Ego 20’s Pub, Riverside Drive Yesterdaze Rock APs Hidden Hideaway Keith & JP Billy’s Clubhouse

Derrick Dove The Hummingbird

Scott Little Band Friday Fest,Third St. Park Zach & Phillip The Shamrock Matt Pippen Wild Wing Cafe

SAT 9/3

Alter Ego APs Hidden Hideaway Back City Woods The Hummingbird Keith Williams The Shamrock

Money for Nothing Wild Wing Cafe

SUN 9/4

Big Mike & Booty Papas & Papa Bear 8-Cl APs Hidden Hideaway Open Mic Locos Grill & Pub

Brunch with Walton/ Andrews Project The Rookery

MON 9/5

Paul Knight 20’s Pub, Riverside Drive

TUES 9/6

B Keith Williams The Shamrock

John Stanley Band Backporch Lounge, no cover Jurassic Heat & DJ Shawty Slim Cox Capitol Theatre Darin Curtis Johnny’s Pizzeria

WED 9/7

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

THUR 9/8

Scott Sanders Billy’s Clubhouse


BJ Billiards, $3 wells and $2 domestics, shots

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

Ladies Night: 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 2-4-1 wells and $2 Domestics until 8pm CJ’s Sports Bar $1 Wells all night, The Bird Happy Hour open to close Rivalry’s Sports Bar

1/2 off salads! $2 house vodka Wild Wing Cafe

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


Gals, $2 drinks all night Rivalry’s

Taco Rita Nite- $2 tacos, $3 margaritas, $6 Megaritas, $4 Irish Bombs Wild Wing $4 Jager Bombs! Locos


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

The Rookery 11-1am: $2 BL bottles, $4.50 well doubles, $3 Sex on the Beach and 2 for 1 Jager. Everyday, Miller Lite buckets just $12! Wild Wing

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

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

$1 PBR, Natty lite and High Life, Locos

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

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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

$1 PBR, Natty lite and High Life Locos

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

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FRI 9/9

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Big C & the Ringers The Hummingbird

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

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$4 Firefly cocktails, $3 20oz. domestics Wild Wing Cafe


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Saturday,August 27

Futurebirds @ Cox Capitol Theatre


Thursday, Sept. 1

Jubee & the Morning After @ the Capitol

Covered in kudzu and swathed in a blanket of humidity, spanish moss, feedback and reverb exists Futurebirds; six Georgia natives who currently call Athens "home." In 2009, these folks self-produced and released the six song Futurebirds EP one of undeniable character. Less than a year later, there was a full-length in the can. That album, Hampton's Lullaby, garnered praise for its Appalachian harmonies and ethereal melodies. The band toured, and continues to tour in 2011, in support of that collection of songs, as well as in anticipation of two upcoming releases.

CD Release Party JuBee and the Morning After features the magnetic vocal delivery of JuBee, a rapper that provides "deep, emotion-filled lyrical creations" (Savannah Urban Arts Festival), and a slew of musicians with accolades of their own right. The rhythm section is comprised of Danny Davis (bass, backing vocals) and Alex Scarborough (drums) whom hail from Athens, Ga based R&B conglomerate Dope John Paul. Alec Stanley (guitar, backing vocals) and Chelsea Hughes (keys) are both singer/songwriters from Macon, Ga. Influenced by the transparent honesty of Hip-Hop fundamentals and the energetic groove of 1970’s funk and R&B, JuBee and the Morning After is an eclectic blend of Indie Rock, Hip-Hop, throwback Funk, and look forward soulful southern Rap. Its so good that the hipsters might shed the hoodies and wish they could dance.

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

Every Friday & Saturday, Friends Bar & Grill, Macon Sundays 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!




Kicking off the first of the Thursday night College nights at the Cox Capitol Theatre is Bassface with Heroes x Villians, Bassface, Natasha Fox and Pharmer.

man from around town. You know Tony Tyler's dad. You know that guy that played with The Brooks Brothers, Moondawg, Midnight Bluez, Cosmic Groove, Soulshine, and The Tony Tyler Trance. Everybody has witnessed his feats of singing, playing the drums, entertaining the audience, and reading the set list all at the same time. Everybody knows this guy can jam. Well, get ready for his next project The John Stanley Band. If you are looking for a cool blend of blues, classic rock, southern rock, and originals, the John Stanley Band will treat you to a multitude of styles from several decades

Bassface & College Night at the Cox Capitol Theatre

Scott Sanders @ Billy’s Clubhouse

Nominated back in the Day for best singer songwriter in Macon Scott plays some old school hits that you’ll love and writes some Americana/ Country songs that you will fall in Love. A great player and a great dude. Go see him.


Megan Jean & KFB @ The Rookery

Nightly Poker 7:30p, Friends Bar

Hard-touring, foot-stompin', guitar beatin, upright lickin, washboard scratchin,' banjo pickin' madness. Charleston, SC-based duo Megan Jean & the KFB arrange a demented blend of gypsy, circus, americana, and the avantgarde that has been captivating audiences all over America. The pair met in New York City in 2004 and quickly decided to sell all their possessions, quit their day jobs, and hit the road full-time, focusing on the Southeast.

Sat 2p,Wed 7p, Billy’s Clubhouse


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 8p, BJ Billiards

Tues,Wed and Thur:Texas Hold ‘Em 7pm at AP’s Hidden Hideaway


A2Z Band @ APs

One Of Macon’s favorite Cover bands playing hits from the 60’s 70’s and 80’s all night long. A2Z knows how to throw a party. Bring your dancing shoes.

Weaver’s Weekend Benefit @ Capitol Theatre with Futurebirds and Tron Jackson See editor’s picks above. Benefit for

John Stanley Band @ Backporch Lounge Everybody knows Stan the drummer


Jubee & the Morning After CD Release Party @ Capitol Theatre

With dozens of mixtapes under his belt, a fresh new EP and LP in 2011, JuBee and his team have the experience and the drive to bring a party so hard that fans will never forget.



Back City Woods @ The Bird

Back City Woods was formed in 2009 by Daniel NeSmith and Michael Collins as a Macon-based studio project. In 2011, the band released their debut EP, Dirt from Which We Came, recorded in Macon at Star Motel Records (Hank Vegas, Saint Francis, Abby Owens) with recording engineer Rob Evans and mastered at Chase Park Transduction (Drive-By Truckers, Widespread Panic, Cracker) in Athens with Drew Vandenberg, supporting it with shows with Corey Smith, Packway Handle Band, and headlining shows at the 40 Watt in Athens and the Charleston Arts Festival.


Jurassic Heat & DJ Shawty Slim @ Capitol Theatre, College Night!

Jurassic Heat (Columbia, SC) first crawled out of the primordial blues soup in the fall of 2010. Amy Quint's smoky vocals soar over Zach Toman's screaming, louder-than-hell riffs, nailed to the floor by Steven Van Haren's neanderthalic, jungle pounding. Will Royster's four strings keep your hips moving whether you like it or not.

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Forty years after his passing, the legacy of Otis Redding remains stronger than ever. As the decades have gone by since December 10, 1967 when the world tragically lost one of its greatest soul singers, the power and impact of this Georgia-born R&B pioneer’s music and career shows no signs of diminishing. Through a recorded legacy that spans a mere six years but is filled with classic after classic, the man whose distinctive music influenced British rock stars and his American soul music peers alike continues to be accorded and afforded the global recognition he so richly deserves, The King of Soul...Otis Redding.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 The Edge 14 presents screenings of the legendary “King of Soul” Admission is FREE to the public. 4pm: “Dreams To Remember: The Legacy of Otis Redding” 6:30pm: “Shake! Otis Live At Monterey” 7pm: “Dreams to Remember: The Legacy of Otis Redding” Location: 245 Tom Hill Sr. Boulevard, Macon - (478) 477-8077

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 The City of Macon and the County of Bibb officially declare September 9th “Otis Redding Day,” Music, Ice-Cream and giveaways will highlight the FREE event for the citizens and fans of Otis Redding. Third Street Park from Noon to 10pm, in conjunction with Friday Fest. The Douglas Theater presents screening of “The Stax Records Story, Respect Yourself” 6 pm – Admission is free to the public, and an after party you don’t want to miss in the annex with DJ Adikt from Gainesville, FL on the wheels of steel for fans to dance the night away from 10pm-midnight.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 An “Evening of RESPECT” tribute concert to Macon’s most favored Son benefiting the Big “O” Youth Educational Dream Foundation. Starring Dexter Redding and Otis Redding III with special performances by Musiq Soulchild, Jimmy Hall, Timothy Bloom & V. Bozeman, violinist Ken Ford, international recording artist Brenda Vaughn and more. Macon City Auditorium Time: 8pm-11pm Tickets information at call (478-3015470). Floor seats $50, balcony seats $25.


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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

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RASHIN RECOMMENDS Where he works? Fatz Cafe Hometown: Warner Robins What he recommends The ribs are excellent!

Favorite restaurant other than where you work? I like Cracker Barrel, my usualy order would be either the Ribeye or Meatloaf.


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

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


J. Christopher’s Open 7am-2pm daily, and their signature breakfast dishes all day long. Strawberry waffles to eggs benedict, fresh salads to innovative sandwiches. BL • $ 220 Starcadia Circle, Macon, 476-0220




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A-CHANGIN’ TIMES LARRY SCHLESINGER Macon City Council Ward 3, Post 1


remember being completely blown away by the first cut on Peter, Paul and Mary’s In Concert album. It was 1964; I was 13 years old, and these then-dominant icons of the folk music world launched off their show with Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are AChangin’”. It was the first time that I had ever heard the song, and to me - and ultimately to a whole generation - the words were as prophetic and revelatory as anything that I had ever read in Scripture. The results of the recent elections clearly indicate that, even some fifty years later, every one of Dylan’s words still rings true. The times they have a-changed here in Macon and Middle Georgia and right before our very eyes, and the political landscape we now survey is no longer the same. The mayoral race or “The Brawl in the Hall” as the 11th Hour so aptly labeled it in its last issue certainly was not determined by

any single knockout punch; instead, the race went ‘the distance’, resulting in what might be equally aptly described as a ‘split decision’. Our former mayor, C. Jack Ellis is simply amazing; he was everywhere, and once again, he proved himself to be an extremely charismatic master at campaigning and getting his people to the polls. But Robert Reichert won the day, and since we live in a land where the majority rules, it is he who will be afforded the opportunity to continue his efforts in the coming term to move this city ahead. I regard the elections of James Beverly to the Georgia state House 139 seat and Miriam Paris to the Georgia state Senate District 26 seat as even larger harbingers of achangin’ times. Dr. Beverly quite quickly and capably generated the support that he needed to win from a broad cross section of voters throughout his district that just propelled him into office. My close friend, Miriam Paris, did very much the same, and even though her race evolved into a runoff, she managed to rather easily secure her seat despite her very experi-



eptember 3rd will mark a monumental day in American political history. There are widespread reports that former Alaska Governor and Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin will be announcing that she will be running for President at a Tea Party rally in Indianola, Iowa. (The original venue in Waukee had to be moved as it was thought to be too small to hold the crowd expected for the announcement.) Why is this so monumental? Because this will mark the first time in the history of the United States that two women, Palin and Michelle Bachmann, will be contenders at the same time for a major party’s nomination. The question will be this, however: Will Palin's candidacy be one to be taken as a serious threat or will it become a circus sideshow? Unfortunately, Sarah Palin's quest for the Vice-Presidency started off like a meteor only to come crashing down to earth after the Katie Couric interview. From that time on, Governor Palin was trounced upon by not only the media, but members of the Democrat Party as well as members of her own party. In my opinion, Palin has handled things well.


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Extremely well as a matter of fact. She's had to take the abuse from the media regarding her daughter's out of wedlock child. (Though for some reason, people of the media seem to forget that Jesse Jackson fathered a child out of wedlock. Jesse never took near the beating that Palin did.) Classless comedians have joked about her baby with Down's Syndrome, showing absolutely no shame whatsoever. Again to her credit, she's handled these attacks with dignity. This has also given Palin's skin the toughness of an elephant. Palin, more than any other candidate the GOP has, has been vetted and taken apart by the other party and by the media. I feel her biggest mistake, which most certainly can be overcome, was when she resigned as Governor of Alaska. It's my opinion that it would have served her better to complete her term, but this wasn't my decision. I do feel that her reason for resigning was valid, however. At the time, Palin was involved in defending a bogus ethics charges against her that not only cost her $500,000 of personal funds, but enveloped her whole days making it impossible to run Alaska. (The state has since adopted laws making it permissible for the state to incur some fees when a public official who is cleared of ethics violations.) She has to keep this in front of the public's eye as this will be the first and most often asked questions by the press.

enced and seasoned rival. Elected candidates like me are cautioned about endorsing other candidates and taking on their races as our own. But this election had long been shaping up as a critical one for the future direction of this city. Besides, the refrain of Pete Seeger’s song entitled “Which Side Are You On” just kept careening through my mind. So I decided that I would not take the safe path of least resistance by just sitting on my hands and just letting the chips fall where they may. Instead, I purposely chose to very publicly support and endorse all three of these candidates because they all understand that our future lies squarely in our willingness and ability to come and work together as a community and as a region. I must confess that I and others close to my Macon City Council reelection campaign were informed in no uncertain terms that I received opposition in my race simply because I had the audacity (or the chutzpah) to stand next to Miriam Paris in front of City Hall as she initially announced her candidacy and intention to run for the open state Senate District 26 seat. In hindsight, if I had to do it all over again, I wouldn’t change a single thing. We both won our races handily, and that’s what friends are for. So personally, I am very pleased and

gratified with the results of the elections, and I am looking forward to the term that now lies ahead and the course that, together, we who represent you will set. Despite all of the economic challenges of our times, the City of Macon, Bibb County and all of Middle Georgia still stand poised to be centers for, and generators of, significant economic development and prosperity. Our role as elected officials in this process during these difficult and uncertain times is to prepare the way and lay the necessary groundwork that will attract, stimulate and enable that growth. To do all that, we have no alternative but to come together as a community and a region, and work together as a team. So the new political landscape that I now behold holds great promise for us all. For as Bob Dylan some fifty years ago wrote: Come gather ’round people Wherever you roam And admit that the waters Around you have grown And accept it that soon You’ll be drenched to the bone If your time to you is worth savin’ Then you better start swimmin’ Or you’ll sink like a stone For the times they are a-changin’

Middle Georgia, Palin's biggest she stopped signasset is Sarah Palin. ing autographs, I can tell you from shook my hand first hand experiand gave me a sinence that Sarah is cere and genuine the rock star of the thank you. (She Republican Party, signed my as I attended one of Newsweek too...) the first rallies she The sincerity she went to after she showed can't be and John McCain faked. I've seen a lost in 2008. lot of that, trust me. Senator Saxby Jimmy Carter Chambliss was comes to mind... involved in a runoff All in all I would with Jim Martin say that Sarah Palin here in Georgia. It will be a media was critical that I would say that Sarah Palin will be a sideshow for exactSaxby be reelected media sideshow for exactly 30 minutes: ly 30 minutes: the as the Super the 30 minutes leading up to her 30 minutes leading Majority of the U.S. announcement. After that, she will move up to her Senate was at stake into the top tier of candidates... announcement. and Palin was asked After that, she will to come to Georgia and help. Well let me tell you, that day at the move into the top tier of candidates, probably Perry Fairgrounds rivaled any Beatles concert knocking out at least two lower tiered candiever held. It was pandemonium to say the dates right off the bat, and become a very serileast, and I can tell you that the excitement sure ous threat for the nomination of the GOP. The wasn't for Saxby, although he certainly was her only other candidate who can create the kind beneficiary. People like that she can relate to of excitement that will be surrounding Sarah them in a "downhome" way. I've met a lot of Palin would be Governor Chris Christie of politicians, former Presidents and sports New Jersey who still insists he is not running, heroes and I can tell you that meeting Sarah although I have not heard a categorical Palin was one of the most impressive. Shermanesque statement from him yet. I don't Although I didn't get a one-on-one discussion think that the mainstream media should with her (I was part of the rope line on the way underestimate the lady from Wasilla. But off of the stage.), when I told her that I had Sarah, keep the "You Betcha's" to a minimum if been her's and McCain's campaign manager in you want to stay at the top.

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We have become a nation for the rich, by the rich TINA WHITTLE Statesboro resident, and published author


ne of the very first columns I wrote for this paper pondered the definitions of liberal and conservative (politically speaking anyway). I have always identified as liberal, but some very smart people I know choose to call themselves conservative. Whose approach was the most valid? I wondered. Who was right? So I explored some of the identifying markers, debunked some stereotypes, and came to my final conclusion — in the end, neither liberals nor conservatives have the monopoly on common sense. However, after witnessing the recent debacle over the debt ceiling, I’ve decided that I agree with economist Paul Krugman when he says that we have to abandon our ideas about political politeness and speak plainly. He says that this time there really is one group at fault — the G.O.P. As Krugman says in his New York Times column, “The problem with American politics right now is Republican extremism, and if you’re not willing to say that, you’re helping make that problem worse.” I’m not one for political name-calling. It wastes time and annoys the pig, so to speak. But the blatant snow job being performed on Americans right now by the G.O.P is so infuriating, so cruel, so undemocratic, so self-serving, that I feel compelled to say it as strongly as possible — the Republican Party is leading us to our own destruction, and somebody had better find the brakes, and fast, because we can’t count on the Democrats to do it. We can’t count on the twoparty system at all. This debt ceiling deal is a prime example. It was extortion and blackmail. It appealed to our baser human urges. And it is absolutely not going to solve our HUGE problem, will only exacerbate the problem, and this will all happen right under our noses. This is not some personal screed. I’m no economist. I can barely keep track of the in-go and outcome of my own banking account. Which is why I rely on smarter people than me to explain money matters on such a grand scale. People like Warren Buffet. Buffett did the math and decided that people in his tax bracket — the five percent of Americans making over

Warren Buffet did the math and decided that people in his tax bracket -should be paying more taxes. $250,000 — should be paying more taxes. And then he explained why, very simply, this was the fair and right thing to do. The outraged backlash and vitriolic spewing were stunning. Fox News commentator Eric Bolling even called him a socialist. Think about that. Warren Buffet, one of the most successful capitalists of all time, dares to suggest that maybe he and his megawealthy counterparts ought to pay their fair share of taxes, and suddenly, he’s a socialist. We have become a nation of the rich, for the rich, and by the rich. And every time one of the not-rich tries to pull back the curtain, they get accused of fomenting “class warfare.” Oh, there’s a war going on, all right, but it’s being waged against the poor and against the working class, and fear and self-righteousness are the ammunition. Fox News’ recent Class Warfare extravaganza was the absolute worst. Fox went on to list all the extravagances that “so-called poverty-level households” enjoy, things like . . . refrigerators. Like we’re not supposed to get offended at that. Like these people don’t really know poor until they’ve had to drink spoiled milk. No wait, if they can afford milk, surely they’re not poor, right? Ah, those tricky households of four making less than $22,350 a year — we see your cold milk! And your refrigerator that most likely belongs to your landlord! I’ll leave Paul Krugman with the last word. In his opinion piece, “The President Surrenders,” he writes, “What Republicans have just gotten away with calls our whole system of government into question. After all, how can American democracy work if whichever party is most prepared to be ruthless, to threaten the nation’s economic security, gets to dictate policy? And the answer is, maybe it can’t.”


The Georgia State Fair, age 160, passed away Thursday, August 18, 2011 at home with its loving spouse, the Exchange Club of Macon, by its side. The cause of death is listed as complications caused by chronic declining attendance and negative public perception. It was buried by a vote of 72 members. The fair is survived by several generations of Maconites, numerous charities supported over the decades by the nonprofit venture, the Kazoo, several generations of carnies and an evil twin in Perry subsided by taxpayer money. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to any worthwhile cause in middle Georgia because they all just got a lot poorer.

The Flip-Flop of Fortune

A few years ago, to hear supporters of the county tell it, the city of Macon was a flaming pile of dog poo that everyone should abandon, preferably for a new home in the unincorporated county. Now? Well, the city has stabilized its finances during the roughest economic times we’ve known in generations, and the county… the county just raised taxes 20-percent. Commissioner Lonzy Edwards said the tax increase might have been avoidable if commissioners had implemented zero-based budgeting, pension and employee health insurance reform, which is basically what Mayor Reichert has done to get the city’s spending under control. Which is ironic because Edwards was all in Reichert’s face last year about the SPLOST.

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The Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, which no longer receives a dime from the state, found out that they have to pay the state $130,000 a year in rent—a bargain, down from the $400,000 the state wanted for the building funded with public bonds and constructed on land donated by the people of Macon. Stay classy, Georgia.


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The Gateway Initiative is a multifaceted, plan of work that builds on the existing efforts among the community's diverse organizations to encourage investment and promote Macon's sites, events, cultural scene,and livability. What started out as a simple conversation among Beth Dunwody and other Macon leaders has evolved into a creative, unique collective. that we will continue grassroots efforts to work What made you come up with the Gateway more closely together. We do not have the Initiative? I know there were other time, energy or resources to expend bickfolks involved, but this was your ering and vying for power and control. idea right? We have been blessed with outstandIt actually all started as just a ing colleges, an extensive inventory simple conversation with Juanita of historic properties, an exceptional Jordan, Kirby Godsey, Mike arts and cultural community, affordFord in the beginning and then ODY W N U able properties, and an abundance D Ed Sell III joined in. The converBETH e h t f o r of landmarks, venues, festivals and sation centered around the o - Direct e iv t ia it events for all ages and tastes. I question, "What does Macon y In Gatewa believe that we will begin to see some have to market and how do we of Altanta's growth begin to overflow market it?” That was 18 months southward into areas such as Macon. ago and the process evolved from Issues such as infrastructure and resources there. There were lots of one on one consuch as water will begin to play a much larger role versations with folks from different professions, in the decision of where businesses and residents interests and areas of the community. From the beginning it was clear that the objective was action locate. Many of the things we take for granted will increasingly become the magnet that attracts peooriented not just another study, although lots of ple here. past studies were revisited and mined for useful information. At each juncture more and more peoWhat will make the difference? With the state of ple have been brought in to the loop. There isn't just one model for collaborative effort, and this one the economy nationally and globally, with need to has been unique, not perfect, but unique. It is grat- prepare for an entirely new approach to virtually everything. We must begin to find community ifying to know that that Gateway Macon has probased solutions to the challenges that we face. It vided an economic stimulus for a large number of Macon businesses and has brought together, albeit will not be easy, but it is essential. And who knows, we may find we get to know and appreciloosely, 37 participating organizations. Also that ate our neighbors in the process. As valuable as the funds are being leveraged to cross promote long range planning and visioning is, I think we Macon's assets to attract investors, residents, would do well right now to simply 'Do the next tourists and businesses. right thing.' Where do you see Macon in five years? The Shorts finalists are filming here in Macon. Could you stand by for a few while I see if I can Any details on that? recall where I packed away my crystal All three of the filmmakers have been to town to ball?.......Hmm no luck. All kidding aside it is a scout locations and scope out local talent, all part daunting question to which I could rattle off any of the preproduction process. James Kicklighter number of possible scenarios from apocalyptic to and crew have been on a marathon schedule this a remake of Pollyanna. The most truthful answer I past weekend and will finish up shooting tomorcan give is, 'I don't know'. My fondest hope is

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THE SCENE it’s what you missed | and what you shouldn’t


Dylan York explores the nightlife, character & grit of downtown sually I have the immune system of a horse; aside from a few sinus infections during the roller coaster rides we call Fall and Spring, I am never sick. Oddly and sadly, however, I was sick Thursday evening through Monday night the weekend before last. For most people this isn't a big deal, but for me it means not getting to participate in the weekend happenings of Downtown Macon. Fear not, beloved readers, this did not stop me from knowing what went down. I keep the goons fed, I know what's poppin' in these streets, even if I'm not there…or you don't think I am. Sometimes I'm on Old School Ninja Status with my partying and I can make it to four events in one night, sadly these nights I was just really sick. As I lay dying, or at least feeling as though the fallen angel Azrael was kicking me in the chest; outside my window that Friday night an amazing show was going on. The Magnificent Bastards were asked to play Third Street Park that evening. If you're unaware, this particular slice of town is booked every Friday night, typically with cover bands and Jazz ensembles. Every once in a while, though, one of Downtown's shining stars will be booked to play and in this case it was Mag Tard. Being comprised solely of mischievous geniuses, The Bastards decided the best course of action was to break down the stage and pass out random instruments to the audience, inviting them to follow along whether trained musicians or not. On Sunday I was well enough to venture out to Second Sunday to see Back City Woods play in the park. The show was amazing, the turnout was great, and it was picturesque to see such a great band play as the sun was setting. I stayed as long as I could, but shortly after their set break I was suddenly sick again and had to miss the rest of the evening. This means I missed half of an epic line-up; after Back City Woods left the stage Shawty Slim and Roger Riddle took to the turntables at The Rookery for Roger's dance/after party "No Requests, and Your Ass Better Dance." If I had been there my ass surely would have been dancing, but instead I opted to go home and throw up violently. This week the header Brad puts before my column was not true: your week was probably better than mine. Tuesday I felt much better but I was scared out of my mind that evening. C. Jack Ellis was ahead of Reichert for half the night. Shawty Slim and I sat at The Bird, huddled around his iPhone keeping tabs on the election updates. Finally there was the moment of truth and Reichert came out on top. A weight lifted from my shoulders as I realized that future businesses and housing in Downtown Macon had narrowly escaped never coming into existence. I wasn't 100% with either candidate, and I never will be with anyone. However, I do acknowledge the backwards thinking exhibited by C. Jack and I have seen it personally. No one is going to invest in a town with a mayor who has stated in public that a good business plan in Macon is to allow "Indians to come back into our city and do what they do best; build a casino." Yes, he said that on stage at The Hummingbird, I was there. Who thinks like that? Who says stuff like that in front of

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request of DJ Wolf!Arms! whose birthday it was that evening Drive went into the filthiest Dubstep set I have heard in months. The night was beyond fun. The week ended with a show to end all shows; Brandi Jacobs, Clyde Soumas and Stacey Stone celebrated their birthdays at The Rookery and invited every awesome band, emcee and DJ to play. The evening started


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have to say I was fairly sure this Summer was going to fly by as the past few have but I was truly a bit surprised when I woke up this morning and looked at my phone and the date read "August 21st, 2011". It feels like less than a month ago I was unloading furniture into my new lodgings located comfortably in the heart of the College Hill Corridor and going to the last few big parties before people went home for the Summer. As there is nothing I can do to relive the wonderful memories I made the past few months, I can only work on planning out the ones to come. If you're an avid 11th Hour reader like myself, then you'll be reading this Thursday evening and probably wondering what trouble you can get into for the night. Look no further than BassFace at the Cox Capitol Theatre. DSEL Promotions has been all over the place promoting this event and if it's anything like their last shows, you'll be impressed. Friday marks the beginning of one of the most event-filled weekends since.. last week or the previous. Check out Weaver's Weekend 2011 events that will be going on all throughout Macon on Friday & Saturday. Gringo Grande will be kicking things off for WW at The Hummingbird on Friday Night. Bottle Up & Explode, Eva Collider, and Netherfriends (Chicago) will be playing at The 567 Gallery for an early all ages show and then head either to The Rookery for Macon's own Chad Evans who will be joining Trendlenberg (Justin Cutway) and Rayland Baxter (all the way from Nashville, Tennessee!). If you don't decide on that, WW presents Futurebirds and Tron Jackson at the Capitol Theatre. Despite the fact that Macon is a clear notch on the slowly tightening Bible Belt, you do not have to take the day off to rest if you don't feel like it. Come to Tatnall Square Park and play Ultimate Frisbee with the crowd that meets there. Or make your own crowd. From there, head up the street to the newly open Margarita's for one of their signature cocktails. After that, you can rest. Or go back Downtown. Live music is abundant in Macon, you just have to be willing to look for it. I've recently been to a few open mic nights that we're almost as fun as full shows I've seen. Let's just say that Jubee freestyling verse after verse while Daniel Walker is playing “Wonderwall” makes for a great

Thursday night. Most bars hold open mic at least once a week so I encourage you to get out and about. You can bring your guitar and play whatever you want too.. That's the idea. I'm very excited to see the return on one of the more talented bands that has been in Macon in the past year. On Wednesday (31st), Frontier Ruckus (Detroit) will swing through Macon and stop at The 567 for an all ages show with Megan Jean & The KFB and Atlanta's Molly Parden. Frontier Ruckus has played some of the larger American music festivals this year and are spending some time on the road before working on a new album. They had such a good time in Macon that they decided to come back. Thursday night brings the EP RELEASE PARTY for Macon favorites Jubee & The Morning After. The band will be joined by Baby Baby and KidSyc@Brandywine. This all goes down at the Capitol Theatre. I don't feel like there is much else I need to say about this. Maybe bring a change of clothes. On Friday, you should check out The 3 at Grant's Lounge. Third time's a charm! I plan to spend my Saturday night at The Hummingbird to catch my good friends Back City Woods play a special Double Bill w/ Sequoyah Prep School (Charleston). This should be a night to remember, or not. Rest easy on Sunday if you feel the need. The weather is slowly but surely getting nicer and with that comes more bike rides, earlier nights, and football. I am excited about all three. I hope you'll say hello and join me for some of my adventures. Until next time...

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