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Community Foundation of Central Georgia Awards Funding to 23 Downtown Projects The Community Foundation of Central Georgia today announced 23 new projects to be funded by the Downtown Challenge, now in its third round of awarding grants that put game-changing ideas into action for Downtown Macon. The three-year, $3 million grant initiative launched in January 2016 and has now awarded over $1.3 million in funding. Applications are reviewed and scored according to the funding priorities of the Macon Action Plan (MAP), a fiveyear strategic plan designed to improve Macon’s urban core and respond to four community needs and opportunities detailed in the plan: economic development, experience, living, and connectivity. “Once again, we are inspired by the continued, creative responses to the Downtown Challenge, and the authentic desire of the applicants to make our urban core the best it can be,” said Kathryn Dennis, president of the Community Foundation of Central Georgia. “The latest round of grants will fund innovative ideas that don’t just provide an experience but enhance and strengthen our community, in addition to making an economic impact.” The latest round of Downtown Challenge funding was announced and celebrated with a news conference and reception today at the Macon Beer Company, with many of the previous and new grant recipients on hand. Downtown Challenge projects supporting the “Economic Development” funding priority are: 1. Apprenticeships for Protégés, $5,000: The Mentors Project of Bibb County will pair their protégés with Downtown business owners to acquire job experience, while offering the business owner additional employees. The protégés will receive a stipend. 2. Development Dynamics in Downtown Macon, $60,000: Macon-Bibb County will engage CityVisions for a comprehensive evaluation of Downtown markets, projects and activities to help determine which public investments would be sequenced and coordinated to have the most positive impact on development opportunities. 3. Recruit Office Tenants to Downtown, $15,000: NewTown Macon will create a basic office recruitment program based on national best practices, including a print guide and online office finder. 4. Downtown Venture Fund, $10,000: This fund’s purpose is to provide working capital to entrepreneurial ventures that do not have the assets to secure a traditional business loan. NewTown Macon will administer the loan and include business coaching as part of the process. 5. Female Entrepreneurs Academy, $10,000: The Mercer Innovation Center will offer programming to empower women in their effort to become entrepreneurs in Ma-

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con-Bibb. The third round of projects supporting the “Experience” funding priority are: 6. Return of the Stag, $15,000: The Macon Arts Alliance will work with a private citizen to return a large stag statue to the empty concrete plinth on Mulberry Street, and improve landscaping and lighting of this area. 7. Alley Designbook, $3,500: NewTown Macon, Inc. will work with Wimberly Treadwell to create and promote a design book of low cost, basic specification alleyway improvements geared towards private investors. 8. Poplar Lights Infrastructure, $60,000: NewTown Macon partnering with a private citizen will oversee the installation of an extensive in-ground infrastructure that will host yearround tree and landscape lighting, as well as an immersive Christmas audio and light show. 9. Macon Sparks, $3,500: Sparks Yoga, LLC will increase downtown interest by hosting monthly yoga “pop up” events in underutilized and/or historic sites in Downtown Macon. The idea meets a need in 2.2 (a) of MAP to improve use of underutilized spaces including alleys, medians, and vacant storefronts. 10. The Wunderkammer: a Pop-up Museum of Curiosities, $18,000: The Museum of Arts and Sciences will transform a metal shipping container into a pop-up museum of curiosities through the installation of large windows, shelving units and solar powered lights. The idea meets a need in 2.2 (a) to improve the use of underutilized spaces including alleys, medians and vacant storefronts. 11. Downtown Alley Activation, $10,000: The Downtown Macon Community Association will activate different downtown alleys through featured events. Events may include a downtown market, scavenger hunt, dance party, foodie tour and more. 12.MORE Music in Public Places, $10,000: The Friends of Macon Music plans to continue their efforts by providing musicians with equipment and performance opportunities, with acoustic concerts throughout the urban core. 13. Third Place Play, $8,500: NewTown Macon will temporarily activate three public downtown spaces on three different days to host three different events: a Cherry Street Plaza Luau, Poplar Yards Field Day and Movie Night on the River. 14. Bernd Park Plein Air Art Park, Pt. 2, $69,000: AnT Sculpture and Design, LLC plans to transform Bernd Park into an inviting downtown destination through the integration of traditional park aspects of play and landscaping with public art. The idea meets a need in 2.2 (b) of MAP to improve and expand open spaces in the urban core to create a central gathering space.


Co-owner and founder of The 11th Hour and The Creek 100.9 I gotta say, The 11th Hour has been on point lately. I don’t think I’ve ever been more proud of the content we are producing in this here paper than I have been these last several months. This is thanks in great part to the writers we have surrounding us right now and I want to thank them all. In February, we formed an editorial board for the first time in several years. Almost all the ideas formed during that meeting have found footing in our paper now, and I think we are so much better because of it. Thanks to everyone who took part in that meeting and to all the great writers who have come on board and starting writing for us. We have some other big changes in store over the summer that I think you’ll be pretty blown away by. I Also want to thank 13WMAZ for partnering with The Creek 100.9 for our Top Five for the weekend. Make sure you check us out on “News at 5” on Thursdays, so you can find out about all the things you don’t want to miss for the weekend. We’ve been doing this a long time now. I’m hearing we’ll soon be the only game left in town as far as entertainment news, here at the most exciting time in Macon’s recent history. I think back to Cherry Street on the day I first printed The 11th Hour. Man what a different place it was. I can’t wait to see what’s ahead. I hope you’ll stay tuned.

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Macon’s free community concert on Coleman Hill from 6-8 p.m.

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MUSIC Benton Blount in Concert at The Crazy Bull

MUSIC: The Quaildogs at Second Sunday on Coleman Hill Free community event 6-8 p.m. Presented

CONCERT Otis Music Camp Finale Performance

COMMUNITY/FESTIVAL Low Country Boil and Brew Fest at Rigby’s Entertainment Complex

Country artist Benton Blount is a singer songwriter hailing from Greenville, South Carolina. Benton is currently working in Los Angeles with Grammy-nominated music producer Martin Guigui, recording his first single on Pacific Records; an early 2017 release is anticipated. Known for his strong vocal ability, Benton was a top 10 finalist on America’s Got Talent in the 2015 season. Since his success on the show, he has been touring the country, playing more than 150 shows per year. Benton has sold over 70,000 albums and performed shows with a long list of top artists including Zac Brown Band and Dolly Parton. Admission just $5.

by Bragg Jam, who will be announcing the final round of bands and featured headliners before the concert. Quaildogs breathe life into a distinctive brand of alt-country that recalls the genre’s heyday as a potent ‘90s niche, while at the same time reveling in classic, freewheeling rock & roll. Having managed to keep together a steady and unfaltering six-piece lineup since their 2011 inception, the band has developed a unique camaraderie and sound that has earned them opening slots for a diverse set of acts including The Handsome Family, Futurebirds, Moon Taxi, Roadkill Ghost Choir and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band—and all this before having released a proper debut full-length.

7-9 p.m. at Cox Capitol Theatre. Join the Otis Music Campers and Coaches in celebrating 10 years of music from the Otis Music Camp! The Finale Performance will showcase the musical talents and creations of the campers from the last two weeks. A $10 suggested donation can be made at the door. To honor Otis’ dream, The Big “O” Educational Dream Foundation provides opportunities for youth to improve their academic performances by helping them make choices in life that enrich rather than endanger. The Otis Redding Music Camp is being held June 5-16 at Mercer University. For more information visit

(Warner Robins) Join us for an evening filled with cajun style food and beer! The bar will open at noon and the fest menu will start at 4pm. Our official menu for the Boil & Brew Fest will be released through social media when it is available. Fest ends at 10pm. Music plays until 1am. Rigby’s Entertainment Complex is Middle Georgia’s favorite destination for all ages. Attractions include: Go-Karts, Mini Golf Roller Skating Rink, Laser Tag, Arcade Games and a Bowling Alley. Rigby’s is located at 2001 Karl Drive. For more information call Call (478) 287-6465. 05

al Festa 5-7pm at Villa Albicini at 150 Tucker Road, $75/ticket. Explore the Villa Albicini during the premier event of Design, Wine and Dine with honored guest and Bravo TV star, Patricia Altschul. The Villa Albicini is one of Macon’s most iconic works of architecture. Both Neel Reid and Philip Schutze worked on the home to create one of the most unusual and spectacular buildings in Macon’s architectural portfolio. During Villa al Festa, guests will be able to enter this home that is rarely open to the public. Tickets include entry to this exclusive property for a cocktail reception with gourmet refreshments and full bar.

THE NEXT TWO WEEKS Friday 09 ART/CLASS Corks & Canvas Presented by The 567 Center for Renewal. Bring a bottle of your favorite wine or other beverage to sip on, bring a friend, and learn to create an 11 x 14 painting. No painting experience required. An artist will guide you through the steps. $28 includes all materials for the class (except the wine), and the class lasts 2 and 1/2 hours. Space is limited. To register, call (478) 238-6051. COMMUNITY/FAMILY Chick‑Fil‑A Family Camp Out Experience (Carnival Midway at GA National Fairgrounds) Friday 6:00 p.m. until Saturday 9:00 a.m. Registration Fee Required; Admission $10 Overnight camp out for families in the Middle Georgia area. You provide camping gear; we’ll supply the food and fun. For additional information contact

Saturday 10 COMMUNITY Drumming Circle at The Tubman 10-11 a.m. Every Second Saturday in 2017, the Tubman Museum will host African Community Drumming, which is a occasion when Museum guests can learn the different techniques, styles and rhythms of the art of African Drumming. These free sessions are open to all ages. Registration for each session is not required, but it iencouraged. 743-8544. 301 Cherry COMMUNITY/HEALTH Yoga at Tattnall Square Park 10-11 a.m. A free, weekly yoga class in the park taught by a rotating group of instructors. Bring your own mat and water. Donations are appreciated.

Come visit Hay House for FREE on Hay Day June 11

Tavern Free 6-8 p.m. Hosted by Highland Hills Baptist Church, we will fill the evening with songs that stir our souls. Hymns and popular tunes. Our events will be casual and filled with good food and delicious beverages. All are welcome. COMMUNITY/CONCERT: Second Sunday featuring The Quaildogs Free 6-8 p.m. (Coleman Hill) Presented by Bragg Jam. Quaildogs breathe life into a distinctive brand of alt-country that recalls the genre’s heyday as a potent ‘90s niche, while at the same time reveling in classic, freewheeling rock & roll. Bring chairs, picnic, beverages available for purchase. COMMUNITY Hay Day at The Houase Come visit Hay House for FREE on Hay Day June 11, 2017 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Hay Day is a biannual event that is FREE and open to the public. Come see an array of exhibits, ongoing restoration and make a craft. This event is family friendly and is appropriate for people of all ages.

COMMUNITY Macon Derby Demuns (Gray-8 Skate) It’s another roller derby smackdown in Middle Georgia! Your Derby Demons are 1-2 this season, and we’re fighting for another win as we take on the Fort Stewart Rollergirls from Hinesville, GA. We’re also fighting for domestic violence victims in central Georgia—and you can too! A portion of all ticket sales will be donated to our season partner charity, Crisis Line & Safe House of Central Georgia, Inc. Tickets on sale now online or at the door with cash/credit. Doors open at 6:00pm so you have plenty of time to park and find your seat before the first whistle at 7:00pm sharp! $10 for adults, $5 for kids under 13, and free for kids under 5. 4151 Gray Hwy.

MOVIES: Screening of “Graduation” presented by the Macon Film Guild (Douglass Theatre) Screens at 2PM, 5PM, & 7:30PM. Graduation (Romania, drama, 128 minutes. In Romanian with subtitles. Unrated). Adrian Titieni plays a small town doctor whose central source of pride is the teenage daughter Eliza, who has been offered a scholarship to Cambridge. But to accept that scholarship, Eliza has to pass one final exam. Graduation is an intricate, deeply intelligent film, and a bleak picture of a state of national depression in Romania, where the 90s generation hoped they would have a chance to start again. $5.00 General Admission

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COMMUNITY/HEALTH: Sunset Yoga on the Lawn 7-8 p.m. In collaboration with Hometown Yoga, Coliseum Health System invites you to enjoy sunset

COMMUNITY/CONCERT: Beer & Hymns at Bearfoot

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COMMUNITY/CLASS: Homemade Pasta & Sauces with Chef Teddi Wohlford (Travis Jean) $45/person Menu and recipes include: Traditional Basil pesto, Marinara sauce, Fettuccini Alfredo, Caesar salad. Register online

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yoga on the lawn at Coliseum Northside Hospital (400 Charter Blvd, Macon, GA). Bring a mat and water. No registration is required; call (478) 746-4646 for more information.

Tuesday 13 COMMUNITY/CLASS: Preserving Pickles and Jams with Chef Teddi Wohlford (Travis Jean) Preserving Pickles & Jams with Chef Teddi Wohlford. Caponata, Pickled Dilly green beans, Fire & Ice refrigerator pickles, Jezebel jam, Strawberry – balsamic jam, Blueberry-Lemon Jam, Cream crackers, and Old South Biscuits. $45 per person. Register online travisjean. com

Thursday 15 COMMUNITY: Design, Wine & Dine presents De‑ signer Showhouse, Tastings, Seminars & More June 15-25, Historic Macon Foundation’s annual seven-day sensory celebration which features experts from all over and all backgrounds in the areas of design, crafted beverages, and food.

Friday 16 COMMUNITY: Design, Wine & Dine presents “The Art of Southern Charm” with Bravo TV star Patricia Altschul 3-4pm t The Porter House at 231 Tucker Road $25/ticket. Meet author and Bravo TV’s Southern Charm cast member Patricia Altschul during a book signing at the historic Porter House. Mrs. Altschul recently published The Art of Southern Charm, an essential lifestyle guide. Tickets include a copy of Mrs. Altscul’s The Art of Southern Charm. COMMUNITY: Design, Wine & Dine presents Villa

THEATRE: Theatre Macon presents “Driving Miss Daisy” (Tattnall Center for the Arts at Mercer University) June 16,17,22,23, and 24 at 8:00 pm and June 18 and 25 at 2:30 pm. ALL tickets $20.00 at www. or at the door at the Tattnall Center 1 hour before show time. For info theatremacon438@ CONCERT: A Tribute to Motown At the historic Douglass Theatre. Lots of singing, dazzling choreography and glitter costumes! Hits but the Temptations, The Supremes, James Brown, Michael Jackson, Donna Summer, Gladys Knight and More! Pre-Sale $20 | General Admission $25 | VIP Ticket is $40 which includes ticket with reserved seating, drink, and meet & greet.

Saturday 17 COMMUNITY/HEALTH Yoga at Tattnall Square Park 10-11 a.m. A free, weekly yoga class in the park taught by a rotating group of instructors. Bring your own mat and water. Donations are appreciated. CONCERT: Marcus King Band at The Big House 8-11 p.m. Outdoor concert on the lawn of the Allman Brothers Band Museum. Admission $20. Operating within the fiery brand of American roots music that Marcus King calls “soul-influenced psychedelic southern rock,” the album highlights King’s gorgeous, rough-hewn vocals, soaring guitar work and heartfelt songwriting all amidst a group of masterful musicians who, together, are quickly becoming one of the country’s most sought after live acts. COMMUNITY: Design, Wine & Dine Presents Wine Tasting with Alan Bass 3-4pm at The Porter House, $30/ticket. Join wine connoisseur Allan Bass for a wine tasting on the lawn of the Porter House. Allan will share his passion for wine and inspire a new appreciation for the beverage among wine novices and self-proclaimed experts alike.

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Monday 19 COMMUNITY: Bourbon Tasting with Richie Jones 7-9pm at The Porter House at 231 Tucker Road $40/ticket. Richie Jones of Downtown Grill shares his expert knowledge of the bourbon’s many complexities on the lawn of the Porter House. Guests will taste a diversity of flavor notes in a variety of whiskies.

Thursday 22 COMMUNITY: Pop-Up Speak Easy presented by Historic Macon Foundation 7-9 p.m. 690 First Street. Can a building disappear from the written record? Can a clandestine bar sit conspicuously next to the city police department without being raided? Indeed, it can. The Newman Building at 690 First Street has a storied past. Built around 1875, it served as the Progress Club, a private social club open only to gentlemen, prior to Prohibition. It also operated as a pharmacy and bakery before disappearing from City Directories in the years of Prohibition (1920-1933). Of course, there is no record to confirm this building once housed a speakeasy but the absence of any written material is a good indication less than legal activities occurred there. Explore this fascinating architectural gem and experience its history in downtown Macon during The Progress Club: a preservation pop-up speakeasy hosted by Historic Macon Foundation and MMI Capital. Tickets are $15 and include 4 hand-crafted cocktails carefully curated by mixologist masterminds Chelsea Hughes and Dylan Lowman and lite bites provided by Moonhanger Group. Historic Macon’s series of preservation pop-up speakeasies are made possible by the #DowntownChallenge Fund of the Community Foundation of Central Georgia.

Friday 23 CONCERT: The Listening Room Concert Series Pres‑ ents The Randall Bramblett Band The Library Ballroom is excited to welcome back Randall Bramblett! Join us for their CD Release of “Juke Joint at the Edge of the World”! Live Music - Early Showtimes - Non-Smoking Tickets Available Now! $15 - Advance, $20 - Day Of. Music at 8 p.m. 478-9577728

CONCERT: Beau + Luci Corner Concerts and Friends of Macon Music present: Beau + Luci Outside at Museum of Arts and Sciences. Music will take place 6:30-8 p.m. and is a free event! Come hear some live music as the sun goes down and then head into the museum for Sky Over Macon the the planitarium. Hailing from the swamplands of Southern Georgia, raised on a heady blend of rock-and-roll and blues and classic country, Beau + Luci mine their rich musical heritage to dream up an extraordinarily timeless sound. On their upcoming debut EP, the two sisters infuse their earthy yet lushly textured folk-rock with naturally immaculate harmonies that never fail to captivate. And in their songwriting, 18-year-old Beau and 21-year-old Luci reveal both a sublime sense of wonder and a graceful sophistication well beyond their years. Self-described “flower children with rock-and-roll souls,” Beau + Luci have recently expanded their musical repertoire by learning to play guitar, keys, and percussion. Please contact the Museum of Arts and Science for more information- 478.477.3232. 4182 Forsyth Road. MOVIE: Summer Sundown Movie Series Presents “Secret Life of Pets” Join Macon-Bibb Parks and Recreation on June 23rd at Tattnall Square Park

as we watch the “The Secreat Life of Pets” from 8:30p-10:30p. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, coolers...Free Popcorn and Snow Cones while they last! Free event.

Sunday 25 CONCERT: Jazz in the Couryard (Douglass Theatre) This popular , free outdoor series continues as the front plaza comes alive with cool jazz for warm evenings. The Ken Trimmins Quartet performing 7 p.m. . Back again is Francar’s Food Truck. THEATRE: National Theatre Live “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf” Presented by Douglass Theatre, 3 p.m. In the early hours of the morning on the campus of an American college, Martha, much to her husband George’s displeasure, has invited the new professor and his wife to their home for some after-party drinks. Admission Info: $20| $15 Sr. & Student

Tuesday 27 COMMUNITY/CLASS: Brunch It Up with Chef Teddi Wohlford (Travis Jean) Menu and recipes include:

Frosted cafe au lait, Cinnamon swirl coffee cake, Whipping Cream biscuits with homemade jam, Fresh fruit salad with mojito drizzle, and Low country shrimp & grits. $45 per person. Register online

Tours TOURS Rock Candy Tours Rock Candy Tours offers Macon music history walking tours every Friday and Saturday plus a variety of private tour opportunities. Please make reservations 24 hours in advance, call 478.955.5997. City of Macon Van Tours Offered every weekend in March and April. From architectural masterpieces to the places that inspired musical legends, this 2-hour journey through the heart of Georgia is a can’t-miss. Contact the Downtown Macon Visitor Center to schedule your tour of Macon today. It’s more than a place on a map. It’s a vibe all its own. $25 for adults, $22 for children (12 and under), $22 for Military personnel and seniors (55+), and $22 for Macon residents. 07

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Thursday, June 15 Top Hat Party 7-10pm • The Porter House • $75/ticket See the Design House before it opens to the public during one of Macon’s favorite parties. Tickets include a full bar, gourmet refreshments, and of course, the chance to see the Design House first with Macon’s finest.

Friday, June 16 Design House Open 11am -7pm • The Porter House at 231 Tucker Road $20/ticket. Also open June 17, June 22-23 11-7, June 18, 1-4 p.m. and weekdays from 11-2 p.m. ​Historic Macon is pleased to announce that this year’s Design House will be the Porter House on Wesleyan College’s campus. Historic Macon worked with Wesleyan College to move the Porter House from its original location in South Macon when it was donated to the college in 2013. The house has elements of the Tudor Revival and Chateauesque styles. Wesleyan has retained many of the house’s features, including the original ceramic tile roof, wooden floors, built-in cabinets, casement windows, and intricate wormy chestnut woodwork. The Porter House was built in 1928 for James Hyde Porter and his family as a summer retreat. The house was designed by architects W. Elliot Dunwody and William F. Oliphant. Historic Macon will partner with Wesleyan College once again and hold its annual Design House at the Porter House. Designers will transform each room of the historic home with furnishings and decorative details. The Art of Southern Charm with Bravo TV Star Patricia Altschul 3-4pm • The Porter House at 231 Tucker Road $25/ticket • Limited to 75 Meet author and Bravo TV’s Southern Charm cast member Patricia Altschul during a book signing at the historic Porter House. Mrs. Altschul recently published The Art of Southern Charm, an essential lifestyle guide. Tickets include a copy of Mrs. Altscul’s new release. The Art of Southern Charm is filled with etiquette rules, dating advice, and style tips, and plenty of stories about her fascinating life.

​ illa al Festa V 5-7pm • Villa Albicini at 150 Tucker Road • $75/ticket • Limited to 75 Explore the Villa Albicini during the premier event of Design, Wine and Dine with honored guest and Bravo TV star, Patricia Altschul. The Villa Albicini is one of Macon’s most iconic works of architecture. Both Neel Reid and Philip Schutze worked on the home to create one of the most unusual and spectacular buildings in Macon’s architectural portfolio. During Villa al Festa, guests will be able to enter this home that is rarely open to the public. Tickets include entry to this exclusive property for a cocktail reception with gourmet refreshments and full bar. ​Saturday, June 17

​ ary Kay Andrews Beach Brunch M 11am-1pm • Christ Church at 582 Walnut Street $25/ticket • Limited to 100 Author Mary Kay Andrews will come to Macon to share her favorite recipes and the stories that inspired her latest book, The Beach House Cookbook. Andrews has won the hearts of millions with her sense of humor and distinctly Southern storytelling in works like Deep Dish, Hissy Fit, Savannah Blues, and Fixer Upper. Tickets include an intimate hour with Mary Kay. A book signing will follow the talk and books will be available for purchase during the event. ​ Wine Tasting with Allan Bass 3-4pm • The Porter House • $30/ticket • Limited to 40 Join wine connoisseur Allan Bass for a wine tasting on the lawn of the Porter House. Allan will share his passion for wine and inspire a new appreciation for the beverage among wine novices and self-proclaimed experts alike. ​

Sunday, June 18

Company’s Coming Floral Arranging Class with Canaan Marshall 3-5pm• The Home of Dr. and Mrs. Harper • $35/ticket Floral arranging extraordinaire and interior designer Canaan Marshall will delight audiences with his wit and skills during a hands-on flower arranging class. Canaan will teach attendees how to pull together an over-the-top, fabulous arrangement when company is on its way. This class takes place at the beautiful home of Dr. and Mrs. Harper in the historic Shirley Hills neighborhood. Complimentary wine will be served.

​Monday, June 19 Bourbon Tasting with Richie Jones 7-9pm • The Porter House at 231 Tucker Road • $40/ticket Richie Jones of Downtown Grill shares his expert knowledge of the bourbon’s many complexities on the lawn of the Porter House. Guests will taste a diversity of flavor notes in a variety of whiskies. ​

Tuesday, June 20

Faux to Go with Sabrinna Cox 7-9pm • $35/ticket • Limited to 30 Faux painting is the art of replicating materials such as wood or marble. This two-hour class gives participants the opportunity to practice techniques used by painters to create faux marble. The class will focus on how to properly prepare a surface, choose and mix the paint, produce veining using both a brush and feather, and add depth through the use of glazes. Learning these basic techniques enables you to take your faux to go. All skill levels are welcome. Please wear clothes or apron appropriate for painting. ​

Wednesday, June 21

​ Flow and Froth with Sparks Yoga 6:30-8pm • The Porter House at 231 Tucker Road $25/ticket • Limited to 50 Megan Carson, owner and instructor of Sparks Yoga, downtown’s newest yoga studio, will lead yoga on the lawn of the Porter House. Megan’s husband, Josh, will provide tunes to keep the flow in rhythm. Following the stretch, join fellow yogis for beer from Piedmont Brewery and Kitchen and coffee from Jobelle. Attendees need to bring their own mat and towel, water will be provided. All skill levels welcome! ​

Saturday, June 24

​ Pool Party 10pm-12am • The home of Trish Welch • $15/ticket • Limited to 100 Party by the pool in Shirley Hills to close out 2017’s Design, Wine and Dine! Tickets include drinks and light bites. 11



Shhhhh.... It’s a Wig

Where 2449 Vineville Avenue, Open until 5 p.m. By Stacey Norwood

Beauty queens, actors, cosplayers, role-players, funeral homes, drag performers, anime convention-goers, and everyday wig enthusiasts are among those who seek out the specialized services available at Shh It’s a Wig.

Gloria Marable is quietly holding court in the Pink Room. A row of bewigged Styrofoam heads stare mutely back at her as she speculatively eyes the options she has chosen for the client sitting in the salon chair before her. Styling comb poised, the owner of Shh It’s a Wig deftly stretches the next hairpiece in line over the woman’s head. Speaking softly as she continues primping and fussing and tucking in stray strands, Gloria’s whole demeanor conveys kindness and confidence in equal measure. Clearly, this is not her first time at the wig rodeo. The same, however, cannot be said for her new client - a rather grandmotherly looking woman. The inevitable passage of time and pull of gravity seems to have softened the angles of the woman’s face a bit, but the bloom hasn’t completely faded from this elegant rose. Though not, perhaps, from lack of trying. Whether it’s simply age or another environmental villain, some nameless thing seems to be leaching the lady’s creamy complexion of its glow even as she sits, and brittling her gingery red hair to a brutal crisp. She seems bone-weary tired, and oddly, never speaks above a whisper the entire time she is ensconced in the Pink Room with Gloria as her husband hovers quietly nearby. At first, I assume that requiring a wig to cover her thinning hair must embarrass the woman – especially with her fella peeking uncomfortably over her shoulder in this frilly pink room as she tries on one wig after another. After all, a woman’s heart may be an ocean of secrets, but an abundance of hair is her shining glory, or so it says in Corinthians. It’s only later that I learn throat cancer has robbed the woman of her voice while chemotherapy, not age, has ravaged everything else. Asia, “Miss Glo’s” assistant, begins a client file for the woman before she leaves, making note of her preferences and the discounted price she was quoted by Gloria. Never batting so much as an eyelash at Asia’s flawlessly penciled-in eyebrows, bright fuchsia lipstick, long wavy hair, or the 3 o’clock shadow visible beneath the thick pancake makeup covering 12 JUNE 9 - 23, 2017

his face, the woman answers each question in a hoarse whisper. She leaves without buying a wig this particular day, but apparently has her heart set on “Faye” for a future purchase. Such clients are typical of the kinds of women Gloria has catered to across Middle Georgia since 1995, first in a Mercer Drive location, and here, on Vineville Avenue, since 2011. And they’re not all women, by the way. Some are still in kindergarten. “I try to get them to come before they lose all their hair so we can match the color and the style if they want that,” Gloria says. “It’s a very emotional time for them. They’re ill and losing their hair. They say they just want to look normal and feel normal. They want to look like themselves again.” Though she is a teacher by profession, Gloria says, she fell into the wig business because of her own love for faux hair. Miss Glo has been wearing “falls” and full wigs since junior high school, but it was an attention-getting wig she wore during a trip to Las Vegas that convinced her she was onto something. The corn-rowed hairpiece engendered an unusual number of stares and compliments from people there, and when she told them it was a wig, their response was invariably, “Shhhh…don’t tell nobody.” But there’s no shame in Miss Glo’s wig game. “It’s ok, I told ‘em. I’ll have on a different one tomorrow.” That trip convinced Gloria to share her gift – not just for wearing wigs, but for customizing them. “The promise is when you get a wig from us, we make it to fit you.” Along with multiple showrooms filled with full-scale, old-school wigs, Shh It’s a Wig also offers such “hair alternatives” as partial wigs, sewn-in pieces made from human hair, wildly colored faux locks in every shape and style imaginable, clip-in chignons and swirly, twirly weaves. Additionally, the shop houses a private fitting and consultation room, two salon rooms where the wigs are customized, and a shampoo room so clients can drop off their wigs like dry cleaning, then return for them once they have been spiffed-up and styled. In certain circumstances, Shh It’s a Wig staff will

also offer home visits as a service to medical-needs clients. Along with Asia, Gloria is joined by her daughter Claudia, a certified tricologist who specializes in hair and scalp disorders. More often than not, Claudia finds she is not only serving clients by treating their hair-related ills, but also helping to transform their spirits – from the inside out. One repeat customer, for instance, recently decided sitting in the chair that she was going to walk out of an abusive marriage. “It gave her a huge boost of confidence. After she started coming in, she started getting her nails done, getting her makeup done – feeling good about herself. And she started to see how trapped she was,” Claudia says. “The last time she came in, she sat down in the chair and decided right there to leave her husband.” Though Miss Glo and company are fully aware of how the business name is frequently pronounced (if you don’t get the drift, use your words and sound it out /shhh-its-a-wig/), she says the name has always fed the shop’s mystique. “People just love that name – we get calls about it,” she says. “One man walked in here one day and said he just had to come in and see the place because he couldn’t get over the name.” The iconic name aside, Shh It’s a Wig is also well known in these parts for Miss Penelope, the one-armed mannequin who sits outside the storefront, usually in a full-length ballgown and heels. The pink wig Miss Penelope wears most often is not a cry from the cotton-candy hued stunner Honey Boo-Boo chose when she, Mama June, Sugar Bear et al all came traipsing into the shop in search of a pageant-winning hairpiece in 2012 and filmed an episode there. And though the former TLC reality star is likely Shh It’s a Wig’s most publicly recognized tiara-seeking client, she is far from the only one. “We have seen it all. It’s like we’re doctors – and what gets said in here or what we see in here stays in here,” Gloria says. “Some of the women who come in here are completely bald, and they won’t even let their husbands see them like that. We’re the only people who ever really gets to see their real self.”

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Meet Tim Lee aka Winsphere Jones Native Macon, GA Occupation Playwright, actor, director

James Baldwin wrote that “[. . .] the only real concern of the artist is to recreate out of the disorder that is life that order which is art.” Ten years ago, a young man named Tim Lee sat in a London airport, people-watching; he’d been on vacation in Greece, hoping for inspiration and purpose in his life as a writer, and now he scanned the diverse, busy crowd, bleakly thinking: none of these people know who I am, none of these people have read my work, and none of them ever will. And then, amidst his mopey discouragement and the chaotic disarray of travel, he felt something shift – it was almost as if a helpful spirit had reached out to him in his time of need and offered up a guiding beam of inspiration. Now he could see what it was he’d been meant to do all along. *** Tim Lee was born and raised in Macon; he attended Southwest High School back when, as he says, “the city didn’t seem so split. People from different sides of the tracks communicated more.” Lee has been passionately creative his whole life; as a younger kid, his aspirations were more visually focused - he wrote and drew his own original comics, and dreamed of a career as a comic book artist. In 1990 he performed in a production of Once on This Island at what was then known as Macon State College, where the iconic, beloved theatre director Sydney Chalfa helped kindle his passion for both acting and writing. He knew right away that he’d found his true love. During his time at Valdosta State University, Tim continued to nurture his newfound aspiration; he produced

material like the play Excuse Me I’m Trying to Study, a story about a disinterested, distracted kid who was – you guessed it – trying to study. Cringeworthy? Maybe a little – but real artists don’t waste time being embarrassed by their early work; it’s proof of early dedication to the craft and it’s also a way to measure creative progress. Turbulent personal times near the end of Tim’s college career found him seeking comfort – “and what I found comforting was writing,” he says, “so I wrote and wrote without stopping.” Even though he wasn’t directly involved with the theater department at VSU, he was still known around campus as “the guy who did the plays” – by the time he graduated in 2000, he’d written and produced around 25 plays and skits. After college, Tim moved to Brunswick, Georgia, where he taught high school and performed with a small theater troupe. “I worked with young, underprivileged kids,” he says, “and I began to realize that there’s strength and power in creativity, and that everyone can feel it if it’s righteous and pure.” He’d been throwing himself full-force into the life of an artist, doing the necessary hard work, putting in the time, but he hadn’t yet discerned his exact purpose - how to, as James Baldwin advised, turn the disorder around and within him into artistically resonant order. He thought traveling might give him the nudge he needed, so he planned a trip to Greece – and that’s how he landed in that London airport, lost in the shuffle until that clarifying vision hit. “It really was almost as if a spirit reached out to me,” he says. “The spirit of an old black man who had seen the world, and who wanted me to work to change the way people see us.” First came a new pseudonym – Winsphere Jones – for

his writer persona (as an actor and director, he still goes by Tim Lee), then came the ambitious aesthetic choice to set all his new writing in the fictional city of New Amsterdam, in an alternate-timeline America where slavery ended long before its many repercussions weaved themselves into the fabric of our country. This perspective shift allows both author and actor to tell stories and inhabit characters without the yoke of man-made racial constructs – and it’s never dismissive; alternate history, when done well, can create dialogue about the way that darker moments in our actual history continue to manifest in society, in both subtle and not-so-subtle ways. And for an author to be able to write non-stereotyped African-American characters who contain a framework of unchallenged equality was endlessly liberating, and brought with it the ability to tackle larger human struggles and issues on the stage. As a lifelong Shakespeare fan who credits the bard’s massive, impressive body of work for keeping him interested in the arts, he naturally gravitates towards a more classical style. Briefly, Tim owned Real Drama Theater in the Macon Mall, which he opened in hopes of creating an incubator for local talent and offering a low-cost performance space, but he had to close up shop when the building was sold. Good things were on his horizon – in 2010, the historic Douglass Theater invited him to be their Artist in Residence, so for the next two years he wrote, directed, and acted in five original plays on their stage. In 2013, he entered the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival, where his play Thy Kingdom Come won Overall Festival Favorite; he returned to that festival in 2013 with his play The Red Spider, for which he took home the honor of Best Director. Craving the support and encouragement of an artistic community, he fit right in at the newly-opened Ampersand Guild art space in downtown Macon. “I hit the ground running,” he says; he joined the guild, and within a year he’d written, directed, and performed in two new plays at Ampersand’s black box theater – Kill Tom Phoolery, the story of a successful playwright who, having built his career on perpetuating negative stereotypes in his work, finds himself wrestling with the hurtful reality of what he’s done, and A Flutter in the Basement, a psychological drama centered on a woman trying to piece together a fractured past. He’s currently finishing up work on a book of monologues called Tongues That Move to Ears That Eat, and will be hosting a night of monologue performances near the end of July as a fundraiser for Ampersand. “I struggled for a long time,” Tim says, “but I finally found the voice I want to speak through. I don’t write in race – I write in humanity. I’d like for people to view my shows as a lesson in the human condition.” In divisive, difficult times, the arts are especially important – they help us make sense of our world and of ourselves. Tim’s rigor, soul-searching, and patience while his career was taking shape, along with his intense commitment to creativity, is inspirational all on its own; that he was able to find and inhabit the persona of Winsphere Jones and, via that persona, gain enough confidence to rewrite history to create a level playing field for his characters is doubly amazing. It’s the embodiment of James Baldwin’s quote – order from disorder, thoughtful art from messy life. Luckily, Tim’s not afraid to be ambitious – so what’s next for him? What dreams does he want to pursue now? “Well, I do have the small dream of doing a performance at the Grand [Opera House],” he says. “If we could do a show there, maybe more people would back us up as legitimate. Having your hometown on your side when you go out to set fire to the world feels so much better.” You can keep up with Winsphere Jones on Facebook, on the web at, and on Twitter and Instagram at @winspherejones. 19


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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 AP’s Hidden Hideaway Making homecooked meals like your mamma used tomake.Menu also features burgers, sandwiches, wings and more. LD • BAR $ 4274 Broadway. Open Tues-Fri 3pm - 2am. Sat and Sunday at noon. Outdoor seating available. 781-5656 Bearfoot Tavern The new Bearfoot Tavern is a gastropub featuring an English pub-style atmosphere, 50 beers on tap and bar food at its finest with all soups and breads made in-house. Large beer garden with outdoor stage! LD • BAR • $ 468 Second Street. Open 7 days a week at 11 a.m. Special brunch menu Saturday & Sunday. 478-305-7703 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. NuWay Weiners An iconic Macon restaurant featuring the famous red hot dog. In 1916, Greek American James Mallis opened a hot dog stand in Macon named “Nu-Way Weiners.”Established the same year as Nathan’s Famous hot dog stand in New York City, Nu-Way is one of the oldest hot dog restaurants in the United States. The New York Times declared Nu-Way to be the “king” of the slaw dog “hill”. Nu-Way also serves other breakfast and lunch items, including pancakes, grits, sandwiches, and hamburgers. BLD $ Over ten locations throughout Central Georgia The Rookery There isn’t a place downtown that has been serving us longer. Two time winner of Best Burger in Macon in the Readers Choice Awards. Sandwiches, fresh salads and house specialties. LD BAR $-$$ 543 Cherry Street, 746-8658

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BREW PUBS Ocmulgee Brewpub They curate the best brews, gourmet burgers, super food salads and hand cut fries in town, served by friendly & knowledgeable staff. Ocmulgee Brewpub selects only the finest grains, hops, yeast, and Macon water (best tasting in the country) to form their brews inspired by the river at the heart of Macon. LD $ 484 2nd Street


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BBQ Fincher’s - You haven’t had delicious southern barbecue until you’ve had us. For over 75 years, we’ve been teasing taste buds with our pit-cooked pork, sandwiches, and more. Voted “Best BBQ” by readers of the 11th Hour for six years in a row, their BBQ even made a trip to the moon on the 1969 space mission. Four locations in Macon and Warner Robins. Family owned and operated!

PIZZA Ingleside Village Pizza IVP is probably the one place in Macon you HAVE to go if you are new here. According to the readers of the 11th Hour, and the Macon Telegraph, it’s the best Pizza in Macon. Homemade dough, loaded with toppings, it just doesn’t get any better. And the atmosphere is as cool as they come. Friendly, and lively, and filled with all kinds of great people, IVP is a one of a kind Macon experience. LD • BAR $ 2396 Ingleside. Sauced at Mercer Village Serving pizza, calzones, sammies and fresh salads, Sauced makes all their dough, specialty sauce and breads in-house. Delivery available within the College Hill Corridor. (478) 743-4113. Just Tap’d - Yes, they specialize in over 75 craft beers on tap, but the downtown venue has also added some tasty artisan, pub-style food. Featuring Neapolitan pizza, authentic bavarian brats, fresh made pretzels and more! Indoor and outddoor seating. 488 First Street. MonThur 2-10, Friday & Sat 12-11:30, Sunday 1-8.

LUNCH SPOTS Harp & Bowl Le Bistro From quinoa bowls to acai bowls, hormone free sandwiches and fresh seasonal salads. Featuring a massive fresh juice bar; Kefirs, young green coconuts, salads, soups, smoothies, teas, desserts, fresh fruit, homemade pies, American pound cake, creams, and homemade sauces. We also offer nutrient-dense vitamins, mineral supplements from Body Ecology. BL Open Mon-Fri 8am2:30pm. 520 Mulberry St Grow is Macon’s only farm to table lunch restaurant, specializing in local meats and produce. Healthy food with Southern flair. Open Mon-Sat 11-3pm. Check out the facebook page for this week’s menu. Reservations accepted. 743-4663 Kudzu Seafood Co. Newly opened on Third Street by veteran caterer Lee Clack, Kudzu features seafood and breads flown in direct from the Big Easy. With New Orleans flair, their menu features po’boys, jambalaya, cajun fish tacos, fresh salads and their own blue cheese slaw. LD Monday - Saturday 11am - 3 pm, Dinner Friday & Saturday • $ • 470 Third Street.

SPECIALTY The El Camino A small taqueria and tequila bar located next to the Cox Capitol Theatre. Featuring gourmet tacos, fresh salads and specialty tortas. Full bar. LD $-$$. Open until 10 p.m. 382 Second Street. The Backburner Under new ownership with a new chef, this longtime Macon favorite has a refreshed menu featuring gourmet entrees including duck, sea bass, New York strip, lamb, oysters and more. Elegant dining experience on Ingeside. LD • $$-$$$ (478) 746-3336 The Downtown Grill Slightly upscale dining serving specialties like Andouille- crusted rainbow trout, cranberry and goat cheese stuffed filets and desserts to die for. Also features an extensive wine list and it’s own humidor. Free valet parking. D • BAR • $$-$$$ 562 Mulberry Street, 742.5999 Dovetail Featuring farm to table cuisine and a fully stocked bar of premier bourbons measured by “the finger.” Southern crafted small plates and inspired entrees in a cozy, lodge-like atmosphere. Located above the Rookery, they do accept reservations. LD • BAR • $$-$$$ 543 Cherry Street, 238.4693. Tuesdays-Thursdays; 5:30-11 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays Edgar’s Bistro City-chic and a foodie’s dream! Edgar’s Bistro presents a dining experience that nourishes the body and soul. Open for lunch Monday thru Friday, Edgar’s serves as a handson training facility for the culinary students at Helms College’s Polly Long Denton School of Hospitality. To view the quarterly menu visit

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Kool-Aid & Canvas (567 Center for Renewal) At Kool-Aid & Canvas, an artist takes children step-by-step through the process of creating a fun painting with acrylic paints on a real canvas. The students learn a variety of painting techniques to inspire them in their own creative endeavors. The workshop starts at 10 am and lasts an hour and a half. $20 includes all materials for the class and a snack. To reserve your child’s spot, call (478) 238-6051. Or, you can register online at

Kroger Chef Junior (Warner Robins) Jun 17, Jul 15. Cost is $7.Sign-up times between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. A Kroger Chef will guide your child as they learn to create a tasty food item on their own. Each workshop lasts for approximately 20 minutes and includes activities such as decorating a cupcake or creating your own fruit pizza. As part of every experience, your child will receive an Apron Chef’s Hat Recipe Card & Box Cooking Utensil. Kroger Chef Junior workshops are recommended for children ages 4-10 years old, but all are welcome! Please note, registration via Eventbrite is required. Here's a look at future Kroger Chef Junior Events at your local store! REFUND POLICYWe understand that plans change and want you to have the flexibility to cancel should something come up. We are happy to refund the full ticket price 24-hours in advance of the event. Please visit the Customer Service counter to pick up your workshop items. 3094 Watson Boulevard

Summer Sundown Movie Series Presents “Secret Life of Pets” Tattnall Square Park 8:30p-10:30p. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, coolers...Free Popcorn and Snow Cones while they last! Free event.

Drumming Circle at The Tubman 10-11 a.m. Every Second Saturday in 2017, the Tubman Museum will host African Community Drumming, which is a occasion when Museum guests can learn the different techniques, styles and rhythms of the art of African Drumming. These free sessions are open to all ages. Registration for each session is not required, but it is encouraged. 478-743-8544.

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Free Children's Summer Workshop at the Ocmulgee National Monument - Children between the ages of 6-12 can attend a workshop to learn about the hisory, culture, and nature of Ocmulgee National Monument. (478) 752-8257. 9:30am-1:30

Summer Movies Amstar Kids Movie Days Amstar Cinemas on Zebulon Road has released their Summer Movie Schedule. Movies every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10:00 – except the week of July 4th. The cost is $4.00, and it includes a drink and popcorn.

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Same City, Different Day I want to apologize, first and foremost, for any unwelcome images of neon fanny-packs and island-print shirts that the word “tourist” might have spurred. That is not the type of tourism I wish to endorse. I would, however, like to take a moment and celebrate the infamous tourist. Tourists are individuals with an insatiable thirst. They are relentless seekers of amusements and attractions of every sort. Thrilled by even the smallest vacation perks, true tourists are committed to continental breakfast no matter how early or how sparse. They are drunk with curiosity and refuse to stop drinking until they have swallowed a city up. They are camera-totin’, sunscreen-sportin’, itinerary-abidin’ citizens of whatever city they currently call home. Dear tourists, you have got it going on— minus the weird tan lines and the socks with sandals combinations, of course. Yet despite their gun-ho attitude and goout-and-grab-the-world-by-the-binoculars spirit, every tourist must eventually say goodbye to their home away from home. The excursions expire, the animal-shaped towels become extinct. Island time inevitably runs out and there is nothing left for a tourist to do but wheel their upright suitcase down to the lobby for check-out before flying, driving, or floating back home. Citizens of Macon, Georgia, it is with great pleasure that I offer you an extended staycation here in your very own home. Think of it as a one-mile-away-getaway or a middle-of-the-week-retreat. What I am proposing to you is a chance to become a tourist in your own town. So get off the couch and into an Uber, because yours is the city to see. Don’t get me wrong, having a consistent routine can be an incredible thing. It is warm and comforting like a big bowl of pimento macaroni and cheese. Of course, you might not ever experience the savory splendor of Piedmont Brewery & Kitchen’s Pimento Mac & Cheese (served with your choice of a delicious smoked meat) if you never break routine. In attempt to set a good example for any fellow aspiring local tourists out there, I sought out the all-seeing, all-knowing entity that is the ‘Events’ section of Facebook. I wanted to begin my exploratory journey with something simple but significant. Enter Amber Pierce. You may know Amber for her whiskey-slingin’ at BJ’s or her country-singin’ in The Vineyard Band. What you might not know about Amber is that she is a yoga instructor here in town. Every Tuesday and Thursday at noon she teaches a 45-Minute Lunch Break Yoga class at Fit Moguls on Second Street downtown. As a longtime yoga beginner, I was 26 JUNE 9 - 23, 2017

Choose to wake up and see Macon for the weird, wonderful, worthwhile place that it is.

immediately drawn to the description which promised “total relaxation” and “slow flow”—Sold! The class was quick, but not hurried; Amber was soft-spoken, but sure. The overall playful atmosphere was a welcome change from my normal lunch break routine, usually frantic with errands and poor food choices.

as business casual wear. For the full local tourist experience, I recommend taking a long lunch and heading over to El Camino afterwards for Tater Tachos and Watermelon Jalapeno Margaritas. The class is only $10, so just skip Starbucks twice this week and support a local yoga class instead. It is guaranteed to make you feel way better than a Caramel Frappuccino ever could.

I cannot think of a better way to introduce the concept of local tourist than with a call for presence, because there is nothing better than opening your eyes to the opportunities in your own city, especially when your city is Macon. Now I am far from a yoga expert, as I hinted at above, but there was one moment during class when half of my body was stretching up and out in what I hope was the right direction, the other half supporting it with a quivering certainty at best, and Valerie June’s “Astral Plane” began to play, making everything instantly feel good. The class theme was “I Am Present,” and suddenly I was. That is the beauty of lunch break yoga; that is the brilliance of breaking routine. I cannot think of a better way to introduce the concept of local tourist than with a call for presence, because there is nothing better than opening your eyes to the opportunities in your own city, especially when your city is Macon. Besides, taking a yoga class on your lunch break is an excellent excuse to disguise comfy yoga clothes

Follow Star Stuff Yoga & More on Facebook for more information about the unique yoga classes Amber is offering. That being said, if you feel even a tiny bit inspired to explore Macon a little more in the weeks ahead, here are a few more items to add to your Two-Week To-Do list: - Second Sunday featuring Quaildogs – Sunday, June 11th at 6 PM on Coleman Hill - Corks & Canvas – Thursday, June 15th at 7 PM at The 567 Center for Renewal - Thursday Night at the Movies – Thursday, June 22nd at 7 PM at The Douglas Theatre “Same City, Different Day” does not have to be a sad, sluggish complaint against the monotony of the everyday. It can also be an enthusiastic exclamation about the opportunity to discover new and exciting things in your city each day.





ONE HORSE PARADE One Horse Parade is a band with a knack for layering a profusion of sounds from shoegaze to catchy, sometimes 80s like, electronic beats chill and upbeat enough to channel the soundtrack of Drive. It’s a soiree of sound good enough for dancing or spacing out over a Kubrick film. Mark Griffith (bass/synth) and Jay Proctor (guitar/ synth) may have originated One Horse Parade in 2011, but both admit that Matt Daniels’s (guitar) and Wes Cook’s (drums) talents have brought an undeniable even flow to the sound of the band. One Horse Parade explained their progression towards more instrumental music, their upcoming show at Bearfoot, and what gets their songwriting gears in motion. Did you have a specific vision as far as sound when you first started? Mark: I guess we talked about it a little bit, but most of it happened organically. The instrumental thing wasn’t something we ever really planned, it just kind of happened that way . . . we just couldn’t find the right person to sing. None of us are really singers. And we’re just kind of like, well I’m not going to not make music or release something live or not play live because we don’t have a singer. There are bands that we like like Mogwai and Explosions in the Sky that don’t really rely on vocals much. Everybody in the band is a writing member. It’s not like one person writes and everybody else just falls in line. How has your sound changed? Jay: I think it’s matured. When we first started we were writing songs with the thought of having vocals on them. A lot of the chord progressions and changes were based on that idea. Now we’re more comfortable with the instrumental and we approach the parts we play with just letting them stand on their own and not having vocals over them or on top of them. Mark: It’s interesting because no matter what we end up doing and no matter who starts, it ends sounding like us. It’s definitely evolved. There was a time where I think we just finally embraced the fact that we’re instrumental, to where things got even more experimental and out there. But now it’s kind of come back to things are even hookier again. It’s like a mixture of everything. It’s hard to verbalize but it’s definitely evolved and matured and taken a life of its own.

You recently released a live video recording of six songs called Inside the Circle. What prompted you to make the video? Jay: I had the grand notion that I was going to get a camera and start filming stuff [laughter]. So we did a couple of little things that you can check out on YouTube. But this was a pretty massive project for all of us with that many cameras and getting the music right. But just trying to get ourselves out there. When I was doing the editing on the video my thought process was more of what I wanted these guys to see when they’re 80 sitting on their rocking chair. What head space do you guys have to be in when you write music? Jay: For me it used to be, and it still probably is, the stuff ’s better when I’m down or sad or in my head more I suppose. It’s gotten to where if I’m sitting at home having a beer, or whatever, not in a bad mood I can still come up with something, but emotionally it’s more interesting when I’m not feeling so hot. Mark: I’ve got three kids and married. Wes has got three kids. Jay works a lot. Matt works a lot. At a certain time of your life you’ve got more time to spend on it. Oddly enough, I think we’re probably more focused now and I spend more time now than I did when I was younger. To some degree as far as our schedule goes, it’s very regimented. You almost have to be able to flip a switch sometimes and go, hey, I’ve got two hours, let me go be creative. Wes: We’ve all got the same music program as well. We can start with guitar, drums, bass, keyboard and then just hand them a stick and they can go work on it. A lot of it is done in our free time when we’re not as a band.



What are you working on right now? Mark: We’re rehearsing for this show and rehearsing for Bragg Jam and playing a couple of out town shows with Choir of Babble. Other than that we’re always recording. I love the grand idea of putting out an album, but it’s so hard to do with the time constraints. And then we’ve put out two songs over the past six months. “Sun Shades” and “Her Ability.” We’ve got 30 different projects open. We’ve got about the next four or five songs that we want to release in our heads laid out into different stages of being recorded. 27

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I know you have had a ridiculous year with the traveling, the touring and the new music. How is everything going for you right now? It’s great. My life seems to be turning into periods of high intensity and then periods of nothing to do so I kind of like it that way. Your songs bear the echo of life that is lived in the shadow of a pulpit and from the perspective of somebody that has been in the pews before. So from Palisade to your recent work that you produced, those early days with your child‑ hood friend Michael Rose to the very last day, each of these albums are shaded by an experience of Southern religion, a certain kind of spirituality. Could you describe what that old time religion look like in Oklahoma that has shaped your religious imagination? I can only speak from a personal experience. Growing up in church and being exposed to big ideas of good and evil that are made very real on a tri-weekly basis. Always hearing about how The Devil is real and God is real and you hear things that have to do with that, it kinda makes me aware of that when I’m out in the world. Even if I don’t always subscribe to everything, I think you can’t get rid of that sense of good and evil and the blurry lines.

came out and started hearing different reactions from people and even people within the same church had different reactions to it. I just wanted to explore that. Like what do you do when feel like everyone around you tells you just being yourself or expressing yourself is wrong and how do you place that in the context of the spirituality that you have in your life. Earlier this year you were doing a concert with Sarah Jaroz and there was a picture of you, Sarah and Elton John and he had some very nice things to say about the both of you. Then the Luck Mansion Series comes out. Those sessions were recorded during Americana Fest last year in Nashville. Was “Your Water” a song that you two wrote together? How did that come about? The Third Man Records folks reached out to us about and said we wanted to do collaborations, so if you have someone with you are comfortable with playing and writing with that they wanted to do it. So since Sarah and I had written together a little bit and toured together a little bit, it just kind of made sense. So the song Your Water was specifically for that project. They said they would

love to have some original material so I was like I guess we have to write a song. So Sarah and I rehearsed it a few times the day before and then we just went in and did it. The other tune “The Glory of Love,” a song that actually I had never heard until I went on tour with Patty Griffin a few years ago and her and her band would end the show with that song every night and I fell in love with it. It’s simple and perfect. I love how we sing harmony on it so we did that one. People have written about your gothic influences and you are kinda reminiscent of a Tom Waits kind of sound. The thing about your songs is the particularity that exists in the way that you narrate. So each of these characters are real‑ ly caricatures that you bring to bear. Do you draw from any themes of Southern gothic literature or poetry or music? What has influenced you in this way when are looking for inspiration to write? When I first started writing songs, i was kind of influenced by whatever books I happened to be reading and that kind of remains true. But early on I read a whole lot of Steinbeck and a whole lot of Vonnegut and those two things, while very different, there was something similar about it. One is very understated but in a way that makes everything seem huge because it feels real. Steinbeck is very literal and some people think he’s dry but I think it’s just so real because it is kind of extremely cut. And Vonnegut on the other hand is outlandish and strange and profane and I think that I was trying to push those together and understanding that it takes a larger than life character to really make us reflect on ourselves if that makes sense. Absolutely. It’s one of the things that has drawn us around the table about the show that we do, Gospel Gothic. We have been inspired by Flannery O’Connor and others, especially with one quote. She says that “In the south you’ll find that culture is hardly Christ-centered, but it is most certainly Christ-haunted”. Does spirituality haunt or hallow your songwriting? You know I think both. It depends. I think there is a spirituality to the musical side of things, not including lyrics. Just playing with people in my band, growing up in a congregational musical environment. Making music with other people is really important and I have to have it. Lyrically, I think it’s more haunted because you are trying to figure it out. I Love that word “holy caricature”. Church followers during the first four centuries would describe the presence of Christ as a human being wholly alive. And if that isn’t grace writ large, I don’t know what is. Thank you for telling the truth to us through the grotesque and the grace filled images you have given us. Don’t miss Parker Milsap in concert Friday, June 30 at the Cox Capitol Theatre.

What did that every day evil look like then and what does it look like for you today? I mean at first it’s really abstract when you’re a kid, you think it’s like hitting your friend or the more abstract would be that The Devil is influencing these bad people and you’re told who’s bad and you grow up and realize that it’s not so obvious and there’s a lot of gray area in there. One of my favorite songs that you do is Heaven Sent. What was the thought process around writing that because that song resonates with a lot of people, especially around here. That song has hit a chord with a lot of people. What is it that made you write that song? I grew up in a small town where being gay or even different made it pretty easy to pick you out if you were different. It was pretty easy to ridicule you or make fun. I had a friend who was gay and most people didn’t come out until long after high school where I’m from for obvious reasons. It’s the South. In the South and the Midwest, we definitely understand. It’s not a “normal” thing to do. Exactly. I had a close friend who went to church with me who

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Millsap co-produced The Very Last Day with Grammy Award-winning engineer Gary Paczosa (John Prine/Alison Krauss/Dolly Parton) and recorded it at Dockside Studio in Maurice, Louisiana. Along with band-mates fiddle player Daniel Foulks, bassist Michael Rose and drummer Paddy Ryan, the album features a bigger and lusher sound than his debut, incorporating percussion, piano and Millsap on electric guitar. Guest vocalists Sarah Jarosz, Sara Watkins and Aoife O’Donovan shine on an album highlight, “Heaven Sent”. 29

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Former Macon mayor Ronnie Thompson’s legacy is one camouflaged by some of the more sensational and colorful moments of his political career. He is a man who guided this city through a turbulent time in American history—1967 to 1975—but is best remembered for his nickname, “Machine Gun Ronnie”. Still a polarizing figure, admirers characterize him as a no-nonsense man tough on crime. By detractors, he appears as ruthless and racist as George Wallace. One writer for this paper once wrote, “…Thompson emerged as the physical incarnation of the fear, uncertainty, and intolerance rampant in Southern white communities in that era. A white political leader brandishing an assault rifle on the precipice of martial law…” For a much longer version of this interview, go to What provoked your transition into politics? Gospel music was never my occupation…I was brought up in the jewelry business. I wound up with three jewelry stores of my own… In ’63, I ran for city council and I served there for four years. Then in ’67, I ran for mayor as a Republican and won, which was the first time a Republican had been mayor. In 1967, you faced B.F. Merritt who was the in‑ cumbent then. How did you defeat someone so established? Well, me and B.F. were on television, debating …B.F. said, “Ladies and gentlemen, while I’m out working, getting things done for this city, Mr. Thompson is gallivanting all over the countryside having his picture made with all these dignitaries. I served on General Eisenhower’s staff in North Africa, and General Eisenhower doesn’t even know Ronnie Thompson.” …When he got through, I said, “Ladies and gentlemen, the mayor has spoken the truth. President Eisenhower watched my television programs when he wasn’t playing golf and he let me know he liked them. He doesn’t know me as well as he knows Mayor Merritt, and that’s the reason he’s endorsing me: he knows Mayor Merritt.” B.F.’s people came up to him and said, “B.F., you just lost the election.” How exactly did you get the nickname “Machine Gun Ronnie”? (Two policemen) radioed out about being fired on. I happened to be in a police car with one of the assistant chiefs. Well, we get out of the car and I walked in front of the headlights, in a business

suit, and a bullet came (close). The whistling sound made it seem like it was right at my head. But I saw the gunfire out of the window. One of the policemen had a carbine and I picked up the carbine and shot two or three times—no more than that—into that window. By that time, some of the other policemen started pouring fire into that same window. The next day the Telegraph ran a story that I had opened up fire on a sniper with a Thompson submachine gun. Ron Carter was the reporter. …I said, “Well, do you know what kind of weapon I used?” And he says, “Yeah, you used a carbine.” So I said, “Well why in the dickens did you put that I fired back at him with a Thompson submachine gun?” He says, “I thought it would be more colorful.” But that didn’t stop anything. It was getting time to make a decision about (running) for re-election. If I wasn’t going to be able to dispel it by telling facts about it, I was going to use it to my advantage. So I designed the machine gun pin. What’s the story behind you buying a “tank” for Macon? A group called “The Weathermen” …attacked New Orleans …they had rifles up in the hotel and they set the place on fire. When the police and firemen responded, they shot them down. …I sent all of our public safety people there to study what happened. What they came back with is that we needed some kind of rescue vehicle. I decided I’d get a little help from Washington. They just happened to have an armored personnel carrier down in the depot in Thomasville…I got it for $250. What was the city like in the wake of Dr. King’s assassination? We had nine fires going and 55 windows knocked out. You could hear the gunfire from the mayor’s office. Here I was, I’d been in office for four months. …I said I was going to call a curfew to get these innocent people off the street. (Lawton Miller) asked, “What about these people who won’t get off the street?” I said, “I’m going to have them arrested.” It wasn’t racial…Some of the most dangerous people I’ve ever known were white people. I had people call me up and say, “If they start burning, we’re gonna really show them some burning.” …It was tough. Judge Billy Randall was a teenager at the time, and he had this organization that he called the “White Hats”. In those times, he’d go down and encourage folks to do the right thing. He was a big help to me...

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Ben Sparaco is a young guitarist, singer, and songwriter living in Nashville, TN with a sound that combines energetic and soulful guitar playing with a unique blend of rock, soul, blues, jazz, and folk music.

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Southern alternative americana rock with unique, powerful lead guitar, a solid rhythm section, and vocal harmonies that emphasize a singer/ songwriter style

Billy’s Clubhouse 10 p.m. No cover


Matt Pippin is an up and coming country artist who was formerly the lead guitarist for Jason Aldean and Rachel Farley. A regular on the Southeastern music scene, the dedicated artist is guaranteed to show you a rocking great time at one of North Macon’s best music venue.

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8 p.m. $5 at the door BENTON BLOUNT “Country as cornbread” Benton Blount is not your typical Country singer. Having appeared on America’s Got Talent, Blount is formerly the lead singer of the band 7-miles since 1997. Blount is from North Carolina and began singing at his church after much urging from his pastor.



Having played with the likes of members of The Allman Brothers Band, North Mississippi All Stars, The Heavy Pets, Susan Tedeschi Band and many more, Ben Sparaco has cemented his place among jam artists of today.

His debut solo album “Wooden” was released in January, and was produced by Ross Holmes who has worked with Warren Haynes and Mumford & Sons. Sparaco will be joined by Bonnie Blue, a Southern Rock, Country and Soul artist out of Florida.



This energetic trio original and cover band was assembled in Lawrenceville. Paying tribute to the guitar-heavy eras of the ‘70’s and ‘90’s, these loud rockers are made up of singer/guitarist Steven Bell, drummer Reid Gyeslinck and bassist Corban Neilson.

WILD WING CAFE 9:30 p.m. Never a cover WES HEATH Macon’s own Wes Heath describes his music as a combination of Willie Nelson, John Mayer, Van Morrison, Keith Richards and some Larry The Cable Guy for an fun and interesting show. Come on down for some appetizer and drink specials and have a great time at Macon’ best wing spot!

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Made up of Dawn Palmer, Jim Souleyrette, Richard Woods, Grant Kersey and Paul Campbell, Skeeterz is a local band that won the Georgia State Fair Battle of the Bands in 2011. The band has toured all over the state and have opened for Wet Willie and Molly Hatchet.

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Live music on Riverside Drive

Billy’s Clubhouse

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Big Daddy is a hot new Dynamic Variety Band, that plays a variety of different jams. They have a little something for all music likes, and tastes. All the members comprise a wealth of years of music and experience and knowledge on the local music scene. If you want to be entertained, you better get down to one of North Macon’s best music venues!


8 p.m. $5 at the door DANIEL LEE Out of Winder, Georgia, Daniel Lee refuses to characterize his band’s music as either Country, Rock, it’s Southern. The DLB plays what they know, and they play it very, very well.



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Made up of Chris Lewis (lead singer), Bo Norwood (lead rhythm guitar), Vince Tanner (drums, backing vocals), and Erik Powell (bass), Sunbelt Revolution was formed in 2008 in Harrison, Georgia. This Southern alternative rock group occasionally mixes in some Rock-a-billy into their stunning performances.

WILD WING CAFE 9:30 p.m. Never a cover NATHAN MORGAN Nathan Morgan has been playing music since he was 11 and fell into a haze of ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd and CCR. Eventually, Morgan switched to the Blues after discovering Stevie Ray Vaughn and has never looked back. From the small town of Rex, Georgia, Morgan is now a regular touring act throughout the state and southeast.


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2-6 p.m. Never a cover, on patio BIG MIKE Local blues legend Big Mike will be strumming every Sunday afternoon at Macon’s best kept secret, Aps.


9 p.m. No cover SUNDAY JAM SESSION Sweet Jam session, Happens every Sunday! Showcasing hidden gems of musical talent in Macon. You never know who’ll drop by!

THURSDAY 15 WILD WING CAFE 9:30 p.m. Never a cover TREY TEEM In 2016, Trey Teem was named by Cumulus Media as one of the Top 10 National Finalists for the NASH Next Challenge. This Macon born artist loves to play southern rock and puts on a hell of a show. Keep an eye out for his EP to be released later this year, and download his new single “Beach Town” on iTunes now!

FRIDAY 16 20’s Pub 8 p.m. Never a cover


This Blues and Classic Rock band describe themselves as “seven musical brothers separated at birth” and have become a regular touring act throughout the state of Ohio. They will be bringing their stylings to Middle Georgia for what is sure to be a great night for free live music.


10 p.m. $5 Made up of members from all around our home state of Georgia, Back City Woods features Daniel NeSmith (vocals, guitar, banjo), Macon’s own James Lengel (drums, washboard), Cal Mathis (guitar, banjo), Travis Bryant (guitar, back-up vocals), Danny Davis (bass, back-up vocals), and Sean Zaragoza (fiddle). Back City Woods enjoy playing the Indie, Roots and Rock sounds that have reverberated across the south for generations, so make sure you catch them at the Turtle!

WILD WING CAFE 9:30 p.m. Never a cover BIG DADDY & CO. Big Daddy is a hot new Dynamic Variety Band, that plays a variety of different jams. They have a little something for all music likes, and tastes. All the members comprise a wealth of years of music and experience and knowledge on the local music scene. If you want to be entertained, you better get down to one of North Macon’s best music venues!


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8 p.m. $5 at the door GANNON ADAMS Come out and dance to one of the south’s favorite touring Country artist’s in Gannon Adams. Based out of Mansfield, Georgia, Adams grew up on the influence of traditional Country artists and was even invited to open for Merle Haggard.

Macon’s own three piece Rock band Far From Over brings their awesome cover show to one of North Macon’s best music venues. Made up of David Young, Jamie Meeks, and Ken Dominy, the trio brings their eclectic music and personal interests to the stage for what is sure to be a fun night at Billy’s.

Out of Perry, Brian Whitehead grew up listening to Country legends Merle Haggard, Conway Twitty and George Jones. This seasoned veteran entertainer has toured international stages, performed on television and even had tracks reach the Billboard 100. Go check him out at one of Macon’s best kept secrets!

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Get ready to party and have a good time dancing and listening to some of your Motown favorites, Rock and Roll, Originals and Top 40 pop from the likes of Percy Sledge to Micheal Jackson , the Allman Bros Band and Ed Sheeran.The Longshot Bands versatility makes it one of the most unique bands to ever play in this area. They will also be filming a promotional video that night! We would love for you to be in the video!! Drink specials all

Matt Moncrief and Friends will be performing an evening of fantastic music at your favorite venue on the Northside of Macon. Make your plans now!


8 p.m. $5 at the door JB CROCKETT Born in Indiana and raised in Central Florida, University of Florida Alumnus and Alpha Gamma Rho Brother, JB Crockett is taking the country music scene by storm.



Based out of Nashville, Jacob Stiefel is fresh off his third release “The Memphis Sessions”. With influences from Elvis Presley, Bob Seger, and Lynyrd Skynyrd, this Southeast touring group loves the grind of the road and the crowds that make their shows as electric as possible.



Formed in 2014, S7 is a true power trio made up of Alex Stone, Jake Brown and Nate McKinney. With influences like Pink Floyd, The Beatles and The Band, the band out of Atlanta describes their sound as “Spacey Blues Rock” and will be rocking out at the Turtle, downtown’s newest smoke-free music venue.

WILD WING CAFE 9:30 p.m. Never a cover CAMPBELL AIRLINES This cover band from Warner Robins plays everything from Alannah Myles to ZZ Top. Made up of Mark Campbell, Mike Cantrell, Dana Jefferson, John Phillips and Trino Prados, Campbell Airlines is the perfect band to enjoy drink and food specials at the place for Macon’s Best Wings.

SUNDAY 18 AP’S HIDEAWAY 2-6 p.m. Never a cover, on patio BIG MIKE Local blues legend Big Mike will be strumming every Sunday afternoon at Macon’s best kept secret, Aps.

FRIDAY 23 COX CAPITOL THEATRE 2-6 p.m. Never a cover, on patio COSMIC CHARLIE Cosmic Charlie was born in the musical Mecca of Athens, Georgia. From its summer 1999 inception, the band swiftly cemented its reputation as a band that puts a unique and personal twist on the Grateful Dead catalogue, a Dead cover band for folks that are ambivalent about Dead cover bands. Rather than mimicking the Dead exactly, Cosmic Charlie chooses to tap into the Dead’s energy and style as a foundation on which to build. The result is healthy balance of creativity and tradition, and both the band and its audience are taken to that familiar edge with the sense that, music is actually being MADE here tonight.

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Spring Break is over & lunch is back in session!

Join us Weekdays 11-2 Samples from the new Spring Menu

Poached Pear Salad…7lg / 4sm | hydroponic lettuce and baby spinach topped with poached pears, candied walnuts, goat cheese crumbles and white wine vinaigrette Sambuca Shrimp Cocktail…8 | large shrimp simmered in lobster stock and served with a sambuca cocktail sauce and tomato confit

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Grilled Bistro Steak…10| grilled steak au poivre accompanied by goat cheese mashed potatoes and chef vegetable of the day Mushroom & Swiss Burger…10 | two patties smothered with sautéed mushrooms and onions, topped with swiss cheese

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The 11th Hour: June 9 - 23, 2017  

Macon's Guide to What's Happening