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We’re Growing – in Print and Online Breathe: inhale, exhale, inhale, and exhale. With so much excitement in our community over the past few weeks, it is good to catch a breather. Now that I have caught my breath – have we got some exciting news for everyone! In conjunction with our current growth, we are re-introducing distribution of verge to all Bi-Lo and Kroger grocery stores in the CSRA with this issue making it easier and easier to find us. There are 18 locations in the entire market from Aiken to Evans to Martinez to South Augusta. Add that to Publix and Earth Fare grocery stores, plus the 100 or so other locations we distribute to and it is going to be easy to pick up your free copy of verge. Now for the bigger news – the Daily Planner is preparing to launch a fully interactive and customized online calendar. The best part is that it is free for you to use. Looking for a place to hang out? Want to check out a band? See a live performance? Want to volunteer somewhere? See a play or just find out what is going on? We will have it online for you and offer you a full set of two-way communication tools including email alerts, text messaging, RSS feeds, event submission forms and more. The Daily Planner online will be fun and easy to navigate and you will be able to: text yourself about an upcoming show, Facebook an event directly from the calendar, sync with any number of calendars in multiple platforms and send invitation reminders to yourself or your friends. You can even send yourself text and email reminders of events and request to be informed of any event changes. As we grow the Planner, you will also be able to purchase tickets and get directions from Google Maps. You will also be able to send those to your email, cell phone or friends. It is such a cool and functional calendar of events – I am beside myself with excitement. As with all new technological advances, the online Daily Planner will take some time to grow. It is, after all, only as good as the information fed to it. “Feed me, Seymour!” This is where you, the community, enter in. Send us your club, band, upcoming business or community events and we will take it from there. You can submit information to: (it can even be a last minute event or activity – we can send it out immediately!). How cool is that? So – as we venture down the road together, let us keep building a community in which everyone can be an active part, be connected and engaged. That is the spirit of community – engagement with one another. We also have a Facebook page – Verge Live – where you can follow our progress. There, we can interact on a day-to-day basis and you can win cool stuff. We post items from our blog to remind you of great upcoming events. If you would like to receive emails with additional great offers and freebies, go and sign up. We would love to share with you. Thank you for following and supporting verge. We truly appreciate the support! Just wait until next month… boy-oh-boy, have we got something special in store! Think sustainability and “going greener!” In keeping with that theme of “going green,” Earth Day approaches and the Georgia Health Sciences University is hosting a community celebration on April 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. With the mantra “Think green. Live Green. Work Green,” GHSU hopes to instill in their students, faculty and staff - and the entire community - the benefits of being more environmentally conscious. According to Christine O’Meara, the program development coordinator for the Center for Patient and Family-Centered Care, the Earth Day initiative will feature “educational exhibits and demonstrations on energy conservation, recycling at work and at home, greener and cleaner transportation, community gardening, beekeeping and more. Food vendors at the event have been encouraged to serve fresh fruits and vegetables with no plastic or Styrofoam – opting instead for eco-friendly food service practices.” We had the pleasure of meeting Ms. O’Meara recently and her passion for eco-living is contagious. She says that even our small actions can have a positive impact on the environment. “It could be as simple as incorporating recycling at all campus events or

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9 Christ Community Health Services 11 Ride Pete’s Mental Rollercoaster 13 Cycling Group Move in Right Direction Augusta’s first hospital gets makeover as new health center

Artist and musician Pete Boyzuick explains what drives him

Randy DuTeau spearheads new bicycling advocacy group

15 Sarah Cunningham Swings for Success 17 Real, Rugged and Refined Irish amateur golfer perfects game and mentors at First Tee

Meet the three women behind the new Sashay magazine

20 Spring Fling 24 Hold Your Own CD Release

Whimsy meets reality in these fashions designed for spring

Young pop-punk band hold nothing back in pursuing the dream

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Festival: Sacred Heart Garden Festival Fashion: Behind the Scenes Music: Emphatic Music: Saliva Film: The Film Reel Music: Allstar Weekend Art: Paint the Town Music: Woody Pines Theatre: Hairspray Music: Gil Sullivan Music: The Allegreen Festival Music: Colour Revolt The Profiler: Eskimojitos Parting Shot: The Davidson Chorale

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bringing a reusable water bottle to work instead of buying the plastic ones,” O’Meara stated in a recent press release. “It is an educational process. It is about


teachable moments.” To learn more, visit GEORGIAHEALTH.EDU/GREEN.

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See the results of our Spring Fling fashion shoot on pages 20 and 21. Learn more about The DornBrothers and the team that made magic happen on page 19.

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Sports have long played an important role in Augusta’s history. The Augusta Sports Council (ASC) celebrates its participation in the last 20 years of that tradition with a yearlong celebration of the their 20th anniversary which began in late March. The Augusta Sports Council is a non-profit organization dedicated to marketing the Augusta area as a destination for amateur sporting events. Over the past 20 years, the Council has created and recruited over 500 events including the 1996 Olympic Box-Offs, the 2002 Georgia Games Championships and the ESi Ironman 70.3 Augusta. To celebrate, the Council is offering a special 20th anniversary membership for $20, which comes with a limited edition t-shirt.

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“It has been very rewarding to have city leaders, volunteers and private companies come aboard so eagerly year-after-year to grow this community through sports travel,” said Tammy Stout, ASC executive director. “We look forward to sharing our 20th anniversary celebration with the community that benefits from our success.”

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The American Kidney Fund (AKF) and Mt. Calvary Baptist Church are joining forces to present the first-ever Kidney Action Day in Augusta. AKF will provide free kidney health screenings—along with health education, cooking demonstrations and fun family activities—during the event.

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Kidney disease is considered a health crisis in Augusta, where the rates of kidney failure are four times the national average. Diabetes and hypertension are the leading causes of kidney disease. Prevention and education are crucial to preventing the complications of kidney disease—such as heart attacks, stroke, kidney failure and death.


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“Kidney disease is a silent killer and most people who have it are not aware,” said LaVarne A. Burton, president and CEO of the American Kidney Fund and an Augusta native. “Simple tests such as those we’ll provide at Augusta Kidney Action Day can let people know if their kidneys are working properly or if they may be at risk for kidney disease.” An estimated 31 million Americans are living with chronic kidney disease. Many will not discover the disease until their kidneys fail and they need life-saving dialysis. “We are privileged to have the American Kidney Fund here to provide these valuable free screenings and kidney health awareness to Augusta residents,” said the Reverend Clyde Hill, Sr., pastor of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church. “So many in our community are medically underserved and this type of outreach can save lives.” At similar screenings around the country, about 25 percent of AKF’s screening participants show risks for kidney disease. Kidney disease is a silent, progressive condition. If it is caught early enough, it can be managed and treated and many people can avoid kidney failure. A person with kidney failure can survive only by having regular dialysis treatments or by having a kidney transplant.

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Kidney Action Day is April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, 1260 Wrightsboro Road. The free medical screening will be available to over the age of 18. An eight-hour fast is recommended before testing to ensure the most accurate results. | KIDNEYFUND.ORG

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League recently announced that Matt Auffrey of the Augusta RiverHawks has been selected as the SBK Most Valuable Player in a vote of league coaches and media representatives. In one of the closest votes in league history, Auffrey edged out Fayetteville’s Chris Leveille and Pensacola’s Chris Wilson, who tied for second in the balloting. Auffrey led the RiverHawks to a secondplace finish in the regular season. He landed second in the SPHL in plus-minus (+19) and assists (49), while finishing third in points (70) and shorthanded goals (2 - tied). Auffrey also finished in the top 15 in goals, penalty minutes and power play assists.

We Goofed in Eats & TreatS In the March 30 issue of verge (page 26), we accidentally included the wrong hours for Rooster’s Beak. Located at 215 10th St., Rooster’s Beak is open for lunch on Thursday and Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and for dinner Tuesday through Saturday from 5 p.m. until people stop coming. | 706.364.2260 or FEEDYOURBEAK.COM. | community driven news | April 13, 2011 5

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Changing the Game, Openings and Closings

HOSPITALS COMPETE OVER WHO GETS TO PLAY BALL AT LAKE OLMSTEAD STADIUM For many years, Doctors Hospital has been the official health care provider of the Augusta GreenJackets –taking care of the athletes, helping out with kids clinics and partnering on community health-care events. For this season, and apparently many more, Ripken Baseball welcomed MCGHealth Sports Medicine Center into the game. “A nationally recognized academic health center partner is such an important part of any sports operation and we are thrilled that the GreenJackets players will be in such good hands,” said Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, chairman and CEO of Ripken Baseball, Inc. “We always want to create multi-faceted, multi-year, mutually beneficial relationships and we are confident that this will be the case with MCGHealth.” Each hospital has its own strengths, but you cannot argue with the near 20-year pedigree that MCGHealth Sports Medicine Center has specifically in sports medicine and rehabilitation. The center has a long history of working with local high school and college athletic programs. Drs. Monte Hunter and Steven Greer will lead a team of nationally certified athletic trainers in providing care for the Augusta GreenJackets. Together, the physicians have more than 30 years of experience and have served as team physicians for Wake Forest University, UCLA and Elon University in North Carolina. As the official health care provider, MCGHealth Sports Medicine will sponsor several healthrelated events during the 2011 season including “Pink in the Park” on Saturday May 7, a game dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness. Ripken Baseball owns three minor league teams – the Aberdeen Ironbirds in Aberdeen, Maryland, the Charlotte StoneCrabs in Port Charlotte, Florida and the Augusta GreenJackets.

TOYTOWN OPENS WITH THE POWER OF THREE COMPANIES BEHIND IT Vance and Pat Shimley are using their marketing dollars and savvy to help fund and manage three area businesses in Augusta, including a toy store with an official grand opening on Saturday, April 16. Nu-Roofs, the Shimleys’ residential roofing replacement company moved its offices into the back of the Toytown store on 3690 Washington Road (just up the road from Jim Hudson Lexus). Their restaurant, A Place on Broad is run under a management agreement with a restaurant professional. They have combined their dollars to take advantage of media buying specials by sharing packages with all three companies. Toytown features more than 3,000 square feet of Playmobil, Brio, Melissa & Doug and other name brand toys. It is entirely interactive and kids of all ages will enjoy a chance to play with the toys and games before Mommy puts out the plastic at the register. Toytown also showcases educational, wooden and scientific toys and games with an eye on pulling children away from video games. TOYTOWNGA.COM.


The buzz is, after nearly 20 years of fighting the tide, American Wilderness Outfitters Limited has gone AWOL. “For Lease” signs adorn their Washington Road store near the Augusta National. A.W.O.L.’s owners were uniquely set up to drop kayaks into the Augusta Canal and help others with trips along the Savannah River. It was started by Jim and Russell Stringer in May 1992. Both Jim and his son, Russell, felt that the great outdoors should be enjoyed by people either by hiking, camping, paddling or climbing. According to their website, their goal was to have the most sought after lines of clothes, shoes and gear for both outdoor use and fashion. The buzz is both health and economic reasons caused this sudden decision to close A.W.O.L.


Where in the Garden is the Garden City? Dear Editor: While visiting Augusta recently, I picked up a copy of the March 30 issue of verge – very well done. Before visiting, I read with interest that Augusta is called the “Garden City.” I thought that was wonderful because I have a keen interest in gardens and have visited gardens all over the world. However, when I tried to locate a public garden in Augusta, I came up empty-handed. The March 30 article regarding The Augusta Botanical Gardens helped me understand. It was with some dismay that I learned that Augusta has let a botanical garden go to rack and ruin. I come from Green Bay, Wisconsin, with a metropolitan area population about 56% that of Augusta. Around 25 years ago, we had no botanical garden. We did have small group with the vision, the passion and the audacity to believe that Green Bay needed a botanical garden and that one could be developed and supported without taxpayer funding. 15 years ago, the Green Bay Botanical Garden was opened to the public. It has been entirely financed with donations, fund raising events and admissions. I don’t want to mislead you; it does occupy land by agreement with the Northeastern Wisconsin Technical College at a nominal cost. Recently a $3,500,000 expansion campaign to further develop the garden was successfully completed. The Botanical Garden serves the community and the region as an educational, recreational, environmental and cultural resource. More information may be obtained at I have been involved with the GBBG (Green Bay Botanical Garden) for most of the 25 years in numerous volunteer capacities including chairing the board of directors for 4 years. If there is any interest, I would be glad to share my experience and knowledge. In addition, I could put anyone interested in touch with those that I think were instrumental in visioning, planning and developing the GBBG. I believe a botanical garden would be a wonderful asset to Augusta and the CSRA. As Gretchen Harshbarger said, ‘There is no greater expression of art than creating a beautiful garden or more rewarding joy than sharing its delights with others.” Dave Schonke, Green Bay, WI

Raise Your Voice for Peace Without Speaking On April 25, thousands of people from around the world will silence their voices for 25 hours to speak out against the 25-year-long-war raging through Central Africa during Invisible Children’s “25.” A few months ago, verge reported on Maleeha Ahmad’s efforts to bring local attention to this global issue. Maleeha writes, urging action, participation and funding. Dear Editor: I am writing this letter on behalf of Invisible Children Inc., a non-profit organization that advocates against child warfare and works to rehabilitate communities affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in Central Africa. This war continues with child soldiers led by Joseph Kony and the LRA, raging through central Africa leaving behind devastation and ruin. The war started in 1986 in northern Uganda and since then there have been over 30,000 children abducted, over 100,000 civilians killed and another 1.8 million citizens have been displaced. Since 2006, the LRA has advanced towards the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic and Sudan. Invisible Children uses film, narration and social activism to raise awareness, end the war and restore the communities in Central Africa to peace and prosperity. The non-profit organization has started several

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programs that work to restore the communities and rehabilitate the individuals affected by the war. Through these programs and other activities, Invisible Children has helped over 9,000 students’ education, given scholarships to over 1,000 students, over 1,000 displaced Ugandan families have been resettled and they have screened their documentaries and held events in over 10,550 venues. This year Invisible Children has created an event, “25”, which will fund the Invisible Children Protection Plan. The aim of the Protection Plan is to implement a strategy in the LRA affected areas that will protect the civilians from the brutal LRA violence, provide rehabilitation for children rescued, facilitate progress for the communities and aid in the apprehension of the top LRA commanders. The direct outcomes of this plan include: building a communication network and facilitating a 24-hour early warning system, funding search and rescue teams, providing humanitarians with up-to-date information, encouraging the continued defection of the LRA, and making the rehabilitation accessible and feasible. Each donation will change the life of a child for the better. To make a donation, visit: WWW.STAYCLASSY.ORG/MEMBER/ IC-FUNDRAISING?FCID=4990. Maleeha Ahmad, Augusta, GA

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The Site of Augusta’s First Hospital to Open Soon as Health Center Christ Community Health Services of Augusta, which first began seeing patients at 1226 D’Antignac Street in November of 2007, will soon have a new base of operations. The Historic Widow’s Home located at 124 Greene St. in the Olde Town subdivision is expected to start receiving patients this June after the renovation of the first floor is completed. “What is neat about this place is that it has an incredible legacy,” said Ronald Skenes, CCHSA director of communications and development. “This was the site of the first hospital in Augusta, which evolved into what is now Georgia Health Sciences University and the first local school of medicine. It was originally built for the widows of Confederate soldiers in 1877, which is why it is still called the Widow’s Home and it has been a shelter for women ever since up until 2003 when it had to be closed down and remained empty for a number of years.” In 2003, the property was purchased by Clay Boardman, who then generously donated it to Christ Community Health Services in 2007. Following the completion of the first floor, twelve new exam rooms will be available to support the uninsured and underinsured of Augusta. The project is being renovated by RW Allen and funded by CCHSA, who make it their mission to provide affordable health care to those with no insurance. “When we got 1.9 million dollars on hand, we had enough for them to do the entire first floor and rough in the second floor, which is the first phase of our construction project,” said Skenes. “After the first phase, we can start seeing patients while we work.”

the widow’s home on Greene St. has undergone extensive renovations.

“Keeping [people] healthy all the way through their life, rather than just when things get bad, is bound to be less expensive in the long run and leads to an overall better quality of life.” — Jeff Drake, CCHSA executive director

The 2.5 million dollar project, which began last October, will add a parking lot and patient entry to the rear of the historic Widow’s Home, preserving its authenticity. At the same time, CCHSA plans to continue operating out of the D’Antignac Street facility and expanding their operation at both. “This year has been great for us; we have seen a lot of growth both patient and staff-wise,” said CCHSA Executive Director Jeff Drake. “We have our minds on this project right now, but we also have two new physicians coming in August so we will be able to crank up the volume and make our presence known in Olde Town.” CCHSA already has a total of ten exam rooms in two buildings owned by University Hospital and allocated for their use. They have 25 staff members, including three full time physicians and two nurse practitioners. “We are off to a solid start this year, having seen 900 patients just in the month of February,” said Skenes. “Those numbers have been increasing every year we have been open and we hope to keep up that growth.” Doctors Robert Campbell and Grant Scarborough, both specialists in internal medicine, have been with the project since the beginning. In August 2010, Dr. Russ Ayers joined the practice and specializes in family medicine. “[Drs. Campbell and Scrabourough] are both internal medicine and they went that route so they could see anyone who comes in the door, from infants to senior citizens,” said Skenes. “[Dr. Ayers] did family medicine for very much the same reason, so he could see people of all different ages, but it is not a specialty so much as a broad, general category that allows him to treat a wide range of individuals.” In addition, a major goal of CCHSA is to help train Georgia medical professionals, which is why there are four internal medicine residents in their second year of a three year rotation who see patients twice a week. “We are equipped to do any kind of primary health care and aim to give it to as many people as possible” said Skenes. “Things like diabetes or high blood pressure cannot be treated effectively in an emergency room, which is where many of these

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uninsured are forced to go because they cannot afford regular doctors visits. We can take care of these basics needs like annual physicals and checkups. That is what we do all day long.” According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Communities Survey in 2009, there are 70,000 people in Aiken, Richmond and Colombia counties with no health insurance. This number does not include people from the counties of Lincoln, Thompson, Millen and Edgefield who are also seeking treatment. “Our services start at $25, depending on the amount of their insurance and the number of people in their household, but the most we ever charge is half the cost of the medical expenses,” said Skenes. “The rest is funded by money that comes from people in the community who have made donations, churches, companies and foundations. People like what we are doing and

like the mission and want to support what we are doing.” “If you do not have insurance a lot of doctors will not even let you in the door and you have very limited access to primary health care when you need it,” said Drake. “We want to help the uninsured community, including the working poor who is employers do not have health insurance, and homeless patients who have been referred to us by one of the service organizations we work with. Keeping them healthy all the way through their life, rather than just when things get bad is bound to be less expensive in the long run and it leads to an overall better quality of life for the people we help.” In order to make a donation or to schedule an appointment, call 706.922.0600. article and photos by CHRISTOPHER SELMEK | community driven news | April 13, 2011 9

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Enjoy the Ride on Pete’s Mental and Artistic Rollercoaster

A tender, yet confident, melody whimsically wafts its way amid the space between black metal tables, meandering through people walking in front of the Metro Coffeehouse. The tune seems to dance lightly, rather than slither, under the tables and between empty glasses and into one’s ears. It is a simple, folksy piece drifting its way out of local musician Pete Boyzuick via a 35th Anniversary Taylor Parlor guitar made of Madagascar rosewood, a man who has never met a guitar he did not like. Boyzuick is the opposite of ostentatious, recognizable locally as the fellow with the black fedora, black t-shirt and jeans, accompanied by a gleaming, slightly gnarled cherry wood cane, wrought by Boyzuick himself. There is simplicity—or, is that humility—and there is complexity that one does not expect to see in this 57-year-old native of Oswego, New York. He wound up down South due to his construction work, particularly ventilation, with Vogel in 1984 and later went on to work for the Savannah River Site. He has called the CSRA home ever since. “I really was not sure how I was going to take the South… but I like the South. I never really considered myself anywhere, really, a place where I am going to stay. But I have been here for a really long time now... I do not see myself moving anytime real soon,” said Boyzuick. “Right now, I guess Augusta is home, has been home, whether I want to admit or not,” he laughs. Regardless of where he is, Boyzuick is an artist. When he simply states “I really like art,” the words barely cover it and, yet, say it all. Aside from the cane he uses (one of nine he has handcrafted himself – he has since given away the other eight) and his portfolio of drawings, Boyzuick also designed his own guitar, presently being crafted at Berkshire Guitars on 13th Street. His fascination for life fuels him daily. He recalls Vincent Van Gogh’s painting The Olive Orchard and interpreting it as a symbol for a violent conflict in the soul: “It just blew me a way. I could see the struggle of this man trying to hammer this out. There is something disturbing about Van Gogh’s work, [it] transcends art, because it is the struggle of a man, a man trying to be an artist and that is why there can be only one of him.” In art, Boyzuick sees the potential to uniquely capture reality in ways that hardly seem human. “If you can achieve that in anything that is where there is something that draws a string and ties a knot to the infinity. You listen to Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, the fourth movement, and it blows you away and you are like, ‘How did somebody even think of this?’” Boyzuick is convinced that the mysteries of thought, art and inspiration are ultimately spiritual and point to something divine. “Your brain is too powerful and can do too many things – it can

contrive, control and manipulate – for that to be an accident; something had to be of genius to create man’s mind.” To illustrate his point, Boyzuick uses a memory of his early teens – a memory that ripened into a song and a drawing, both entitled Purple Heather. “I walked out into this field and there was a bench out there. I am looking at Lake Ontario; it was in the middle of the summer and there was all this purple heather,” Boyzuick recalls. “These people [at the lodge] had a dog, a little beagle, and he followed me out there. I sat down on the bench, I had my guitar and the dog just sat next to me.” Then he begins a rough analysis: “Sometimes there are certain moments in your life and maybe you do not even know what they mean but, they are symbolic of who you are; it is like you are all alone in the world. This was a moment that I did not forget my whole life.” He shows me the Purple Heather drawing: “Anyway, I started doodling and that picture came to my mind. The picture is about solitude.” The relationship between Boyzuick’s visual art and his music is not difficult to see when one listens to him. “I think sketches are better than final pieces,” he says, consistent with his reverence for wandering. “The music is behind the visual arts. Sound is not as fast as light is, [so] music is on a different plane [from] man. The music comes after your images; it is kind of slower than your images. Music is more understandable than the images of art, because it has patterns and is mathematical to some extent.” Shortly after that his mind backs up, as it were, to elaborate on how this is reflected in his own preferences: “My music is more of a pastime. When I play music, I am relaxing. When I do this [gesturing to his drawing] I am frantic; this is work, but it is something that has to come out.” Boyzuick seems to encapsulate this relationship between sight and sound. The passion that drives him and his mind is evident in the seemingly chaotic flow


of curiosity and candor in his words, his eyes and in the callused tips of his shifting and gesticulating hands. The flow of the conversation is more seamless than it, indeed, seems. Boyzuick offers a reflective lament about today’s pop music, saturated with technology, lurid with sensationalism, shallow in subject matter. A connection is spurred about the human condition, as humanity is trying to save itself with technology. “Maybe mankind is just searching for meaning, maybe his whole life and everything in it: drawing, painting, sculpture, driving a racecar, playing basketball, sitting in a studio creating the next rap song. Maybe all human endeavors are just searching for meaning and it just slips from us.” Boyzuick embodies the word “loopy.” Not in the sense of mindcrazed, aimless or addled; but in the sense of a mind that travels in what loosely can be called patterns, unpredictable, yet somehow consistent and coherent. The “loops” are a rollercoaster and one can scarcely do anything in engaging Boyzuick except enjoy the ride. A freeform conversation with him might jump from music and visual arts to pop culture to religion and philosophy and fleeting prods at the meaning of life; complete with references to Bob Dylan and, of course, Jimi Hendrix, to Picasso and Modigliani, to Heidegger and Sartre. Yet, somehow it all comes together like an organic whole. Boyzuick can be heard playing music (and no doubt contemplating the mysteries of life) throughout Augusta, at places like Metro Coffee House and Tipsey McStumbles, if one just keeps an eye – and an ear – out. by SKYLER ANDREWS portrait of Pete ELIZABETH BENSON | community driven news | April 13, 2011 11

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Randy DuTeau Spearheads Movement for Cycling Education

“During those early dark days – when Matt was hit – I kept trying to think of something positive to do. As the story began to hit the newspaper, I realized that now was the time to restart the group with a cut and dried mission.” — RANDY DUTEAU

Death can affect people in many ways. Randy DuTeau is channeling the grief of losing one of his best friends into a positive movement. DuTeau, sports development manager with the Augusta Sports Council, is at the head of a bicycle advocacy group called Wheel Movement. The group represents local cyclists of all kinds: mountain bikers, bicycle commuters and professional bicycle racers. DuTeau believes that Augusta is a premier venue for this type of initiative. “We really have the potential to do anything we want here,” DuTeau said. “We just want to continue that.” It started early in 2010, when City Administrator Fred Russell had the idea to bring all the various bicycling groups together to talk about cycling issues and find solutions. The concept developed on the heels of the International Mountain Bicycling Association 2010 World Summit, which was held last May in Augusta. However, the initiative began to fade away after just a few months due to a lack of purpose. Then tragedy struck when Dr. Matthew Burke, one of DuTeau’s best friends and also involved with Wheel Impact, was hit by a car along with several other people on a group bicycle ride in October of last year. Burke spent the next four months in the hospital before he died on February 6 from injuries sustained in the collision. In the aftermath of the accident, DuTeau decided to take his grief and channel it into reviving the bicycling group. One of the first steps taken was to give it a new name. “Impact, to me, at the time, represented what happened to Matt,” DuTeau said. “So I thought that there must be a better name.”

The name Wheel Movement was chosen because DuTeau believes it effectively represents what the group wants to accomplish. With the new name came a renewed sense of purpose. The group, which currently consists of a small committee, met to more clearly define their goals and objectives both for the immediate future and the long run. The overall aim of Wheel Movement is to promote and support the local community of bicyclists, according to the group’s mission statement. DuTeau plans to carry out these objectives through rider education classes, proactively communicating with the community at large and working through safe roads initiatives to promote bicycle safety. He believes that these efforts are becoming even more important because of an increased local interest in bicycling. “On any given day there is a group bike ride,” said DuTeau. “All the bike shops have rides literally everyday. Then, within just the entire community, there are groups of folks that may not do an organized ride, but they are riding.” Earlier this year Wheel Movement was one of five cycling organizations in Georgia to receive a $1,500 grant from Georgia Bikes! through the Share the Road grant program, which is funded by sales of special license tags. The money will be used to fund riders’ safety and etiquette classes for adults and children, seminars for law enforcement education and the safe roads campaign, which are projected to begin in late April or May. In addition to the classes and seminars, the group will be hosting an Augusta Bike Summit in May, which will give people who want to get involved a venue to learn more about the group and how they can be a part of Wheel Movement. Find out more and get involved with Wheel Movement by following the group on Facebook. by LUKE WILBY photo HOLLY BIRDSONG | community driven news | April 13, 2011 13

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Irish Amateur Golfer Enjoys Golf Scene and Volunteering in the CSRA Trading the mild winter of South Carolina for the cold rain of Ireland, a young golf prodigy spent the past few months honing her game, helping her aunt and volunteering to teach her love of the game to children enrolled in The First Tee of Aiken. Sarah Cunningham, 21, is already a four-year veteran of international competition representing Ireland. She attended the National University of Ireland Maynooth on a Padraig Harrington Scholarship and graduated in December with a Business and Management degree. Cunningham is a multiple winner of important amateur tournaments in her home country. She has visions of greater things to come with her game and trading climates earned her many more practice days this year. “I love Aiken and there are so many fine golf courses in the area,” said Cunningham recently. Headquartered at Houndslake, she has been a guest at most of the clubs in Aiken County where members and pros alike are eager for the privilege of watching her stripe her drives down the center, nail iron shots to the center of greens and sink yet another putt with her remarkably rhythmic and effect touch on the greens. While not being the guest at area courses – she has played Aiken Golf Club, Cedar Creek, Woodside Plantation, The Reserve, Midland Valley and Palmetto G.C. – the County Clare native has been a volunteer coach with The First Tee of Aiken. She has also run the night desk at the Guest House at Houndslake since early January. Her uncle Brendan (Freddie) Gilligan, also of County Clare, is a renowned horseman in Aiken and her aunt, Peggy Penland Gilligan, owns the Gusts House and Houndslake Realty. “She has been a tremendous asset,” for the First Tee, said Kenny Evenson, director of programming. “She has been a coach and she is helping with classes and the National School Program at elementary schools around the county.” Cunningham has enjoyed her first efforts at teaching her sport to young people. She said that, with children this young, her approach is to teach them the basics: grip, rhythm, developing a routine that leads up to the swing or putt, but most of all, golf etiquette. “I like it,” said Cunningham with her broad easy smile and liltingly soft Irish accent. “I learn from the kids too because they are so open to ideas. That has been quite enjoyable. They have such enthusiasm and are eager to learn.” Cunningham brings something else, especially to the First Tee kids who are old enough to realize they are learning from an expert. “When they realize they are learning from a player of Sarah’s caliber, it is an inspiration to the kids, especially the girls,” said Evenson. “Beyond merely learning to play the game, parents love our program because it teaches their children the values of etiquette, the factors that make golf a game for gentlemen and ladies.” “She is a total lady,” Evenson explained about the remarkable character of someone as young as Cunningham. “She is a perfect example. She plays the game at such a high, high level, yet remains completely humble and so happy to be helpful. The [children] really respond to her.” Her competitive credentials are equally impressive. In 2009, Cunningham won the Hermitage Ladies Scratch Cup by three strokes after a 2-under final round in a howling wind. The same year she won the Lahinch Scratch Cup on one of the world’s top courses and the Individual Varsity Championship, akin to winning the NCAA in America.

“I do not want to look back later in life and say, ‘I wish I would have tried.’” — SARAH CUNNINGHAM SARAH AT THE MIDLAND CHAMPIONSHIP 2010

In 2010, a year in which she dedicated more to academics and finishing her double-major degree a semester ahead of schedule, Cunningham won the Mid-Leinster Championship on the final green, defeating medalist Sinead Sexton. As a member of the Irish National Team, Cunningham also represented her country in the Home Internationals against England, Wales and Scotland. In 2009 and 2010, she represented Ireland in matches throughout the United Kingdom, France, Austria, Portugal, Spain and in the European Championships in Slovenia. When she returns to Ireland in mid-April, Cunningham will represent Munster in the annual Interprovincials against Irelands’s three other provinces: Leinster, Ulster and Connacht. She expects to be on the team again in the Home Internationals and will play in two more recognized tournaments, the Helen Holm and the Irish Close Championship in May. Success in that string will determine her place on several teams, including the Vagliano Trophy Team that will play against all the nations of Europe. The team will also go toward nomination for next year’s ultimate amateur experience, a slot on the Great Britain and Ireland Team that will play the United States Team in the Curtis Cup at Nairn Golf Club in Scotland in July 2012. “The opportunity to attend The Masters last week was thrilling,” said Cunningham. Staking out a spot near the range during the practice rounds, Cunningham was able to meet several players, including Alvaro Quiros, Justin Rose and Ernie Els, but not her favorite, Martin Kaymer. “The course really surprised me,” said Cunningham after her first visit to Augusta National. “You really do not see on television how difficult, how hilly and undulating it is. It is definitely the best event I have ever seen.” Does she dream of a career as a professional golfer? The oh-so-humble Cunningham did not want to answer the question. In her own way of answering in the affirmative, she simply said, “I do not want to look back later in life and say, ‘I wish I would have tried.’” by Stephen Delaney Hale photos courtesy of SARAH CUNNINGHAM

FIRST TEE PROGRAM The First Tee of Aiken is a non-profit organization and a chapter of the national The First Tee® Organization. The First Tee’s sole purpose is to impact the lives of young people of all backgrounds by providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character development and life enhancing values through the game of golf. To contact The First Tee of Aiken, call Elizabeth Smith at 803.226.0053. To contact The First Tee of Augusta, call Jill Brown at 706.364.4653. MORE | | community driven news | April 13, 2011 15

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The Real, Rugged and Refined Trio Behind New Magazine for Women When I arrived at Starbucks to talk to the founders of Sashay magazine, Grace Belangia was already there. The stranger in the seat next to Sashay’s managing editor offered to leave to make room for our interview. “No, no!” Grace remonstrated and, within minutes, Grace had made both a new friend and a professional connection. As the conversation moved from mutual colleagues to marketing strategies to sabbaticals to history and the War on Terror, I thought, “this is what Sashay must be all about” – intelligent, poised and engaged women opening their minds, having a discussion and making a community.


Two years ago, graphic designer Shirley Bass and writer Monica Dutcher worked together at Augusta Magazine. For different reasons, both left the magazine to work on their own projects. They came together again and started a monthly online magazine for the 21st century woman, a woman they call the “sashayer.” Their poster child and the social force for the magazine became Grace Belangia, who brings Sashay to its readers and advertisers.

“I can bring home the bacon, fry it up in a pan, and never, never let you forget you’re a man – ‘cuz I’m a woman..” Do you remember the 1980 Enjoli ad with the sultry blonde, the frying pan and the catchy tune you (now) cannot get out of your head? The fact that we still remember it today speaks volumes about the ad’s success. The message it conveyed became a rally cry for the women’s lib movement. Flash forward to today, some 30-plus years later and Mademoiselle Enjoli has met her match. Meet Sashay, the new magazine for the 21st century woman—a woman Sashay describes as real, rugged and refined. While that rolls right off the tongue and sounds good, what do these words actually mean – and what does it mean for readers?

Shirley, Sashay’s CEO and chief creative officer, had an epiphany when her mother died just before she retired in 2009. Shirley’s mother worked a nineto-five job her entire life, always looking forward to retirement. Shirley realized then that she had to start pursuing her dream. “I have dumped my whole life into this magazine, because I believe in it,” she says firmly. “It is a reawakening from a media platform and we are riding that wave,” agrees Grace. “We have a product that can hit people locally, but who also want to read about people who are not necessarily their neighbors but who can inspire them.” The founders say the magazine fills a niche as it reaches out to intelligent and creative women in an intimate way that encompasses health, art, fashion, personalities, home and pet-ownership, gadgets, media and other things that strong women find interesting. Pick up a copy of Sashay and you immediately feel that it is substantial. The heavy paper contrasts with a design vision that values white space. The print and online versions are not identical, but complementary. The printed version comes out quarterly; the upcoming issue features Sue Monk Kidd on the cover. Online, the magazine is monthly and topical. March, for instance, featured stories about pets and pet-lovers. Sashay is an LLC in South Carolina and, so far, funded largely by the founders’ capital investments. With continued marketing and outreach, the expectation is that subscriptions, advertising and sponsorships for their events will turn a profit. Sashay has about 200 subscribers and there have been 30,000 visitors to the website. “But hey! You have to start somewhere, right?” Grace shrugs. “It seems to me that for a lot of successful people, it is not about the money. They have a passion for something and we are put on this earth to share our gifts. Sashay is a vehicle to extend my gifts of connecting women, putting a positive spin on life and creating a legacy for girls like my daughter.” So what exactly is a sashayer? “In high school,” says Monica, chief executive editor, “I was always a little different – tomboyish, but still interested in some of the things girls love. I find that most women’s magazines are for the popular girls. I am looking to relate to the scrawny girl in high school who has turned into the multi-dimensional woman, not the woman who is driven by money and power and looks. We are a beacon of light in the middle of that fierce competition.” Grace explains that the Sashay experience is three-fold. First, there is an interactive aspect to the magazine online, a whole world of virtual options. Second, the print magazine is available to pour over, to curl up with, to take on an airplane. Finally, the virtual and more individual


experiences of the online and print versions will one day culminate in what Grace describes as “the magazine laughing:” retreats or workshops where readers and investors can meet each other and the women and advertisers featured in Sashay. The magazine is beginning this journey by sponsoring the inaugural season of the Augusta Amateur Women’s Soccer League, which starts April 17 at Patriots Park. These three components point to the caliber of publication that Sashay is. It is not just a magazine containing interesting articles and good art. Every writer, interviewee, investor, designer and advertiser is part of a Sashay-created community of women who, according to the website, “utilize technology and the spirit of independence to successfully manage work, travel, pursuit of dreams, personal time and family.” The vision for the Sashay community is rooted in the relationships between the three founders who make the magazine flourish. “We are like three streams coming into one river,” says Monica. They are very different women, with different personalities, backgrounds and interests. What brings them together even when they have disagreements is their unified purpose of connecting and encouraging like-minded women. Monica generally creates and manages the writing, Shirley makes the writing enticing with layout and graphics and Grace brings the full package to the readers, investors and advertisers. “Women have real struggles,” Monica says. “They overcome those struggles and it is a beautiful thing to read about. I want to be a platform for that kind of story.” Grace has the same idea. She says she does not fit into the superwoman mentality of most women’s magazines. “I cannot do all things all the time; it is about finding balance.” The dictionary definition of “sashay” ripples with action: to “walk in an ostentatious yet casual manner, typically with exaggerated movements of the hips and shoulders.” It is also a square-dancing term which describes the figure in which partners circle each other. Sashay encompasses both definitions. Shirley, Monica and Grace want their magazine to exude the same—the confidence and zaniness of real women in strong relationships with other women. by CHARLOTTE OKIE photo HOLLY BIRDSONG

Even more so than the Enjoli woman, today’s female does do it all. Of course, it is usually we women who are the ones demanding that we do it all – and the “all” is usually for everyone but ourselves. Today’s woman is an alarm clock, short order cook, chauffeur, doctor, homework helper, scheduler keeper, party planner and #1 sports fan for our kids. We pack lunches, fix dinners and draw baths. We cut toenails, pluck eyebrows, pull teeth and take pictures at prom. We wipe noses, clean wax out of ears and offer a shoulder to cry on. In between these chores, we go to work as doctors, lawyers and sales executives, after which we come home to be a lovely wife. Basically, we provide a lifelong umbilical cord to those whose lives we touch and it just doesn’t get any more “real” than that!


Sashay’s strong suit lies in its masterful maneuvering of the delicate balance of being rugged yet refined. The magazine’s artful approach identifies and celebrates our multi-faceted talents and passions in a way that no other magazine has done. Sashay is flexible, unique and creative, just like its readers. The magazine also emphasizes individual and collective responsibility, stressing that being “rugged yet refined” requires that we take care, not only of ourselves, but of our environment and those in it – bearing witness to our beliefs that real beauty comes from within. What is the Sashay Way? Chase after, dance with and live your dreams, nurturing your own soul and its many dimensions (real, rugged and refined), as you lovingly care for others. review by KRIS COOK | community driven news | April 13, 2011 17

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Ima Gardner Welcomes All


The Dorns’ Vision for Spring Fling

Sacred Heart Cultural Center will hold its annual Garden Festival April 29 to May 1, featuring numerous vendors, exhibitions and garden tours to raise money for the historical cathedral. The Festival will encompass the great hall of the cathedral, the surrounding gardens and several private gardens in the outlying suburbs. For convenience, a shuttle bus will leave from Wild Birds Unlimited at the West Town Shopping Center on Washington Road and visit each spot on the tour. “It is a lot of fun and the gardens are all really beautiful,” said Tricia Hughes, Festival marketing volunteer. “The homeowners are usually there, as well as Master gardeners and Sacred Heart Guild members to answer questions and give advice to beginning gardeners. All the gardeners and volunteers go through so much to put this all together, I think there is enough to interest anyone within a hundred miles of here who has any interest in gardening.” This year’s special guest, Ima Gardener, the new scarecrow mascot of the garden festival, has plans to promote the festival by sending pickup trucks planted with miniature gardens out to various locations and taking her picture with groups involved in planning the festivities (friend Ima on Facebook to find out what she is doing next). This festival will also feature the Nola Falcone Speaker Series, wherein three wellknown gardening specialists will give two separate speeches about their experiences designing gardens. Mary Palmer and Hugh

Dargan, named two of the South’s leading landscape architects by Southern Accents magazine, will present in the garden of Dr. and Mrs. Charles A. Falcone on April 26. Ryan Gainey, whose work has been featured in Veranda and House Beautiful, will speak at the Augusta Country Club on April 27. Both events cost $45 and are not included in the price of admission to the festival. In addition, more than two dozen vendors and a similar number of landscape and floral exhibitors will be available for help starting or maintaining a garden. Chinaberry Foods will also serve lunch in the church garden when spectators can enjoy the springtime scenery. All money raised by this festival goes toward the maintenance and upkeep of Sacred Heart – a 110-year-old establishment. “We have been doing [the Garden Festival] for 20 years and the best thing about the festival is that it brings so many people into the church who had never seen it before,” said Sandra Fenstermacher, Sacred Heart executive director. “An old building like this needs continuous restoring and upkeep. We hope to bring in a lot more money from the festival than we would get simply from the gift shop.” article and photo by CHRISTOPHER SELMEK

Go to the Festival WHAT Sacred Heart Garden Festival WHERE Sacred Heart | 1301 Greene St. FESTIVAL HOURS Friday, Apr. 29 and Saturday April 30 from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 1 from noon to 5 p.m. GARDEN TOURS Daily, noon to 5 p.m. TICKETS $25 for Festival and Garden Tour


THE SPRING FLING CREW: Lynnsey Edmonson, lauren edmonson, erin marty, morgan brecht and EMILY Clark (Top, L to R). Tommy Ginn, Shelley Morris and Lance Gollihugh (mIDDLE, L to r). TRAVIS DORN and NATE DORN (BOTTOM, L to R) ON LOCATION.

“Women are not meant to have a beard,” exclaimed Morgan Brecht, as she styled hair for the latest creative venture by Nate and Travis, the team that makes up DornBrothers Photography. This fashion shoot is a far cry from their exhibit The Chronicles of Follicles and Other Less Hairy Work at Tire City Potters in January which featured bearded men and women. This time around, the brothers are showcasing women in a feminine and flirty style, from their hair to their clothes. The DornBrothers – actual brothers, Nate and Travis Dorn – were looking for concepts to broaden their horizons. “Beyond the fact that it is just nice to be around pretty faces, we are also in the process of rebranding ourselves as people shooters – trying to step away from catalog photography,” said Travis. The brothers were inspired by spring, creating a “whimsical, quirky and ultimately a fun day in a field.” The hair, makeup and clothes helped to achieve this whimsical flair. The clothing can be found at Village in Surrey Center. “The splashes of color go well with the bright green landscape and the retro feel of the clothes,” said Travis Dorn. The clothing is boho-chic with clean lines and great attention to detail, evoking a feel of the 1960’s and 1970’s. Village carries several unique brands, including Tibi New York, Tulle, Johnny Was and the infamous 7 for Mankind denim. These looks are perfect for frolicking in the countryside or dancing the night away downtown. Stella Salon is responsible for creating the stunning hair and makeup worn by the models in the DornBrothers shoot. Recently, Stella Salon received the honor of being chosen for In Style’s Big Black Book of Beauty, available in October. “I honestly believe that [being in the Big Black Book] is more than an honor. I have no words that can describe the feeling other than gratitude,” said Stella owner Erin Marty. She was inspired to open a salon at a young age after watching the film Steel Magnolias. “There was something evoked inside of me as I watched the friendly banter of the familial love of one another in a sweet atmosphere,” she said. After years of working in faster-paced salons where competition and unhappy stylists were part of everyday life, Marty achieved her vision here in Augusta – with a more hip and stylish flair. DornBrothers Photography is based in Atlanta and can be found at DORNBROTHERS.COM. by SAMANTHA SPRAGUE photos DORNBROTHERS PHOTOGRAPHY

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fling Take a field trip to the country and rediscover whimsy, while reveling in the south’s glorious spring days.

photography and vision by DORNBROTHERS PHOTOGRAPHY clothing by VILLAGE make-up and hair by STELLA SALON copy by SAMANTHA SPRAGUE

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left: Emily flies away in a strapless dress by Susana Monaco ($260). | above, necklace ($158); (3) Emily relaxes in an embroidered blouse from 3J Worksh peasant Johnny Was top ($168) with trouser jeans by Citizens of Humanity ($

, clockwise: (1) Lynnsey aims to win in this belted printed dress by Velvet ($152); (2) Lauren is the apple of our eye in a strapless paisley printed dress by C. Luce ($54) with a Sobohobeads cross hop ($198) with AG denim shorts ($108); (4) Lynnsey is along for the ride in a floral printed Johnny Was top ($158) with AG white denim shorts ($108) while Lauren pulls to victory wearing a white $184); (5) Mr. Horse sports a colorful bridle and Lynnsey sports an equally delightful romper by Alice & Trixie ($212). | community driven news | April 13, 2011 21

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fresh food bites The Eggs-stacy of It All

With Easter on the horizon, thoughts of warm weather, bright colors, laughter and … eggs comes to mind. Yes, eggs. There is a reason why the Easter Bunny delivers Easter eggs (hint: it is not to make more bunnies). Like blossoming spring flowers, bunnies and eggs are associated with rebirth, rejuvenation and immortality – making them perfect for the Easter celebration. So as eggs come to mind, with thoughts of children decorating them, parents hiding them to be found later and the multitude of bright colors applied to their shells. One question remains, that pop ups every year – “What in the world are we going do with all these eggs?!?!” Certainly, you could bow down to the same old standbys of some sort of egg salad or deviled eggs (kind of seems wrong to devil eggs with it being Easter and all). But there are other options – here is a simple (trust me, it does not get any simpler) appetizer that goes well for any occasion (for a hip, trendy gathering, you can simply refer to them as tapas or as my nephew Mitchy called it: a de-constructed deviled egg).


Just What Does Natural Mean Anyway?

The flurry of terms that describe natural foods is extensive and, often, misleading. I have found wading through the wordy muck to figure out the truth behind a product’s label can cause a lot of confusion. To shine some light on these words, I thought I would share some things I have learned along the way to eating healthier and choosing truly natural foods. I will start with the most basic of terms: natural. You see this word on a variety of different products, from cleaning supplies to potato chips. Although the term “natural” can mean a product has simpler processing and more natural ingredients, it can also mean absolutely nothing. Did you know “natural” can be slapped on just about anything. I could manufacture high fructose corn syrup and slap “natural” in the title and be perfectly within food guidelines. You have to bypass the label and look at the list of ingredients to see just how natural a product is. A lot of artificial dyes, sweeteners and preservatives usually indicate the opposite. Certified USDA Organic is altogether a different story and follows strict guidelines that were set in the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990. I read the entire document and, simply put, to be labeled “organic,” the food must have been produced without the help of synthetic fertilizers, antibiotics or growth hormones. Here is what the National Organic Program states as organic: Organic food is produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations. Organic meat, poultry, egg and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones. Organic food is produced without using most conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge; bioengineering; or ionizing radiation. Before a product can be labeled “organic,” a Government-approved certifier inspects the farm where the food is grown to make sure the farmer is following all the rules necessary to meet USDA organic standards. Companies that handle or process organic food before it gets to your local supermarket or restaurant must be certified, too. If there is not a label of USDA Organic on the product, it is simply not. Something else that might concern seeking an organic and natural diet is whether a product is grown or made locally. People have variety of reasons for buying from local growers, such as

Boiled Eggs with Olive Oil & Paprika

One dozen hard-boiled eggs, sliced 3 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 ½ Teaspoons paprika 1 ½ Teaspoons Kosher Salt

Serve as a shared platter or as individual one-egg appetizers. Just dip egg slices in olive oil and sprinkle with kosher salt and paprika for a very hands-on type of snack. Best part is – they are not so tough on the gut! This recipe serves 12 with each delicious serving containing only 88 calories, 6 grams of fat, a gram of carbs and 6 grams of protein. For another healthy deviled-egg option, check out Dr. Karp’s recommendations in this issue’s Ask Dr. Karp on page 36. by JOHN “STONEY” CANNON John believes that anyone can learn to eat healthier - in small steps - taking one bite at a time.

supporting a sustainable local economy or having confidence in knowing where the food is produced or grown. My family purchases local when we can and organic where it is most important to us (mainly dairy, meat and produce). With everything else, we diligently read labels and ingredient lists to make sure our diet is as natural as we can afford. We have found great resources in Augusta’s Locally Grown, Fresh Market, Earth Fare and various farmer’s markets. The Augusta Market’s season opens Saturday, April 16, and I look forward to peruse the stalls full of locally grown produce, locally made baked goods and more. A small downtown grocery store, Sundrees Urban Market, recently opened and they offer organic milk, produce and Lily’s Bakery organic whole wheat loaves (my favorite wheat bread). I am eager for Sundrees to offer more local organic foods as they grow. Now on to the fun part. To accompany my slightly boring discussion on terms. I recently made organic Rice Crispies Treats which taste just as good, perhaps even better, than the regular version. Eating “natural” does not mean you cannot have fun.

article and photos by ELIZABETH BENSON

from chow bella’s kitchen: ORGANIC RICE CRISPIES TREATS

I have made the un-organic version so many times that I assumed it would work exactly the same with organic products – and it did. While the organic version is still sweet, it is not as super-sweet as the original, which is a good thing in my book..

INGREDIENTS: Six cups of organic rice crispies (I used Erewhon Crispy Brown Rice Cereal) 1 bag of organic marshmallows (Organic marshmallows are hard to find. I found Dandies Vegan Marshmallows at Earthfare. Making marshmallows from scratch is another option, which I may cover at a later date.) 3 Tbsp. of butter (I used Southern Swiss Dairy Butter.) DIRECTIONS: Melt butter in skillet, add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Mix with rice cereal and spoon into pan. Use a spatula to press down the mixture until even and flat. Use a casserole dish or shallow baking pan, or for thicker treats, use two bread dishes. Let cool and enjoy the natural goodness. | community driven news | April 13, 2011 23

CD RELEASE: HOLD YOUR OWN Vacant Eyes in Troubled Times

April and May are busy months for pop-punk band Hold Your Own. Their debut CD, Vacant Eyes in Troubled Times, releases on April 16 with a headline concert at Sector 7G. On April 21, the band — vocalist Holden Taylor, guitarist/vocalist Steven Bryant, bassist/vocalist Liz Bramlett and drummer Ron Taghon — perform an acoustic show at Hot Topic in the Augusta Mall. Next month they tour Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee, with more dates pending. Liz Bramlett and Steve Bryant spoke to verge about the band’s history, where they are headed and their new album. VERGE: Are all of the members from Augusta? If so, how challenging was it to find musicians with similar ideas? STEVE: Holden, Liz and I are from Augusta. Ron is from Aiken. We had several member changes through the first few months of the band, but I feel that we have found a pretty solid setup with the current lineup. All four of us have played in previous bands/projects of several genres, ranging from punk and hardcore to country. So putting us together in a room and writing a song, is quite an experience. Sometimes our ideas coincide; other times we are on opposite sides of the spectrum. However, there is a particular spark there that I do not think any of us have experienced in another band. LIZ: It has been challenging to find members who are 100 percent committed and have the same vision — taking it all the way, touring, making a commitment to the band. With this lineup, we are all on the same page and we divide the band’s tasks evenly.

productive! Consumers and fans can see and appreciate your hard work, if they see you physically putting in the effort. I am proud to say that the band had a huge part engineering and producing our album, which I feel shows our effort and dedication. VERGE: What would you like readers to know about Hold Your Own? LIZ: A big focus and theme of our band has been in our name: Hold Your Own. We all come from life experiences that could have held us back, people telling us that pursuing music is not a smart idea and so on. We have overcome what life has thrown at us and we are out to pursue the dream and live to tell everyone about it. by ALISON RICHTER photo FILE

See The Show

VERGE: Where did you record Vacant Eyes in Troubled Times and who produced? STEVE: We recorded rough demos of most of the songs as we wrote them, for the sake of listening and making changes. This is our first official release, so we are really excited to start off with an 11-track record, as opposed to a shorter demo CD. The record was done with our good friend Morgan Parham in Evans. He and I co-produced the album and we are extremely happy with the way it turned out. VERGE: The Internet has leveled the playing field for unsigned bands. What does it take to stand apart? STEVE: Anyone can make a Facebook, Myspace or website page. Anyone with $50 can upload their songs on music distribution sites. Do not rely solely on the Internet. Pass out fliers. Print hard copies of your record. Play out more often than other bands. Stay

WHO Hold Your Own + Simple as Surgery + Miracle Year + The Marie + Joystick Revolution WHERE Sector 7G | 631 Ellis St. WHEN Saturday, Apr. 16 | 7 p.m. TICKETS $8

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Wisdom and Youth Merge for a Night of Rock and Roll Mayhem EMPHATIC “Everyone thought I was absolutely insane for

having the dream of wanting to make it big,” says Emphatic’s lead guitarist/songwriter Justin McCain, recalling his upstart years as a musician in Omaha, Nebraska. A self-described workaholic, McCain refused to give up and, when he heard vocalist Patrick Wilson, he knew he had found the frontman who could translate his songs onstage.

That was seven years ago. Today, Emphatic — which also includes guitarist Lance Dowdle, bassist Alan Larson, keyboardist Jeff Fenn and drummer Dylan Wood — are on the Hard Drive Live tour, introducing audiences to their fierce live show and debut CD, Damage, which was produced by Howard Benson and releases July 13. Justin McCain spoke to verge just days before the tour began. VERGE: How did you meet Patrick? JUSTIN: My band was auditioning singers and it was down to him and another guy. I said, “I have no doubt that he is the one and either we take him or I will leave and start another project with him. We hired Patrick and it ended up being just us in the end anyway. He had no musical experience. He had been in a band for a month or two before, but he had a naturally raw and raspy voice and, the second I heard him, I knew he was the voice I was looking for. We honed our skills together. VERGE: You have major management, a label deal and you recorded with a top producer. How did you get from Point A to Point B? JUSTIN: It is like a staircase. I developed as a writer, the songs got better and we got more attention. You take one step at a time. Getting the right songs to radio was a big factor in the development and progress of the band. There is a good rock scene in Omaha and some great clubs. What took Emphatic over the top was the instant support we received from rock radio here. We played shows locally and regionally and became a band that people knew would stick around for more than a minute. VERGE: Having done everything yourselves for so long, were you hesitant about signing with Atlantic? Many bands opt to remain independent. JUSTIN: From a business perspective, there is only so far you can take something without the massive machine behind you. It is hard to get


airplay on commercial radio because you are competing with national acts. We needed a deal to take this worldwide. We needed the extra push. It was always my goal, but you cannot sit around and wait for it to come. It does not. It is nearly impossible to get signed these days, so this is a blessing. When you think about how many bands have the same goal, it is like trying to win the lottery. The odds are astronomical. VERGE: Why Emphatic? JUSTIN: You have got to do it for the right reasons. We had to stay on the path that led us to the end result: write and play music that could be directed at radio but is still what we legitimately love to write and play. It was inevitable that we would need a deal, but no band can expect one or think

SALIVA From grueling nights in local

bands to becoming part of a headline group, drummer Paul Crosby’s road to success was one of hard work and dedication. It still is. As Saliva — now a fourpiece with Crosby, bassist Dave Novotny, guitarist Wayne Swinny and vocalist Josey Scott — takes to the road in support of their new album, Under Your Skin, it is on the heels of a few firsts and changes, with the same fire that brought the band members together 15 years ago. Crosby spoke to verge about Saliva 2011. VERGE: Saliva is now a four-piece. You recorded with a new producer, Howard Benson and you took some time off the road. PAUL: We used to tour, go into the studio and go back on tour. This time, we took six months off to prepare. It is a double-edged sword: you love being on tour and playing music, but after eight to twelve months of it, you burn out and want to be home and sleeping in the same bed every night. You spend time there and you are ready to go back on the road. I have enjoyed a lot of time with my family and I have done a lot of fishing — things I never get to do on tour! VERGE: Did you have much recording and performing experience prior to Saliva? PAUL: My stepfather was in the military and we moved to Bermuda when I was 15 or 16 until I was 20. I was in a little band and played my first couple of shows, but there is no scene in Bermuda. We moved back to the U.S. and I played with local bands. I ended up in Memphis and played with bands on the same bill as Josey’s bands in local clubs. He and Chris [D’Abaldo] started Saliva with a different drummer and he quit. This was before texting and cell phones, so Josey had to track my number down through mutual friends. He said, “You are the best drummer in town. There is no need to audition. You’ve got the gig.”

they deserve it. VERGE: This tour is baptism by fire. While Emphatic has a large fan base, some audiences will see and hear of you for the first time when you play in their town. JUSTIN: We are very new to these markets because the band was sculpted on a local and regional scale, but we are coming out of the gate with a great team. We are selling the full-length disc at our shows, minus the artwork, so that we can get the music out there. We have new merch, our single, “Bounce,” is out and on iTunes. Every day is new. We worked hard toward our goal of getting this. We are still doing the legwork every day to earn more fans and earn their respect. by ALISON RICHTER photo FILE

VERGE: Did you have to think it over before you accepted? PAUL: I did for one reason: My band had broken up, my [first] wife was pregnant with our first child and she wanted me to get a job. We did not have a lot of money coming in. They were always in the band I wanted to be in and I knew Josey would go somewhere with his talent. I told him, “I want to take it, but I told my wife I would take time off from music. Give me a couple of days to ease it in.” He said, ‘Sure. We are taking some time off. Take all the time you need.” My wife knew how talented Josey was and she said, “If it was anyone else, I would say no, but he is going places and you would be stupid not to take this gig.” VERGE: What has changed and what has stayed the same? PAUL: Man, that is a good question. What has stayed the same is our desire to create new music, go on the road and do our rock and roll thing. What has changed is we have gotten older, everybody is married and has kids and you grow up and become more mature. But you still want to go out there and rock.. VERGE: There are so many new bands, yet many from the 1980’s and 1990’s, such as Saliva, are still going strong. Any theories? PAUL: There will always be young bands, but there are definitely more 30-and-above than since the 1970s. As long as you put out good music, you will stick around because people appreciate it. And good music is coming from older bands. Everybody makes records in their bedrooms now. When we learned, we had to do it the right way, the hard way. By the time we went in the studio, we were already real good because it took us a long time to save up enough money! by ALISON RICHTER photo FILE

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WHO Saliva + Rev Theory + Emphatic + Seven Day Sonnet + Dev Electric WHERE The Vue | 469 Highland Ave. WHEN Monday, April 18 7:30 p.m. | $20



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Scream for Sequels

Producer-director Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street) and writer Kevin Williamson (I Know What You Did Last Summer) brought moviegoers the highest-grossing horror opener of all time with Scream. On April 15, Craven and Williamson will revive their popular slasher series in a collaborative effort that could recapture some of that monetary mojo: SCREAM 4. We have not seen Sidney Prescott (played by Neve Campbell) on the big screen in over ten years. The latest Scream film finds Sidney, now a successful author, returning to Woodsboro on the 15th anniversary of the initial round of killings by maniacs in ghostface garb. As with the previous three Scream movies, the murderer(s) taunts victims over the phone with horror flick references before appearing and stabbing them to death. Estranged real life spouses Courteney Cox and David Arquette also reprise their roles from the original trilogy. New cast members include Emma Roberts and Hayden Panettiere. Roberts plays Sidney’s cousin, who is part of a younger generation being plagued by yet another incarnation of the ghostface killer. Craven is already attached to fifth and sixth installments of the horror series in the event that Scream 4 makes a respectable box office showing. Ice Age director Carlos Saldanha delivers a new animated feature inspired by his hometown of Rio de Janeiro. In RIO, the Minnesota-based owner of a domesticated exotic bird named Blu (voiced by The Social Network star Jesse Eisenberg) takes him to Brazil to mate with the only other blue Macaw known in existence (voiced by THE BIRDS OF RIO Anne Hathaway). The plan goes awry when the two birds are stolen by smugglers. The film chronicles their escape attempt – which is hindered by Blu’s inability to fly – and budding romance. Celebrity voices in this 3D offering also include George Lopez, Jamie Foxx and from The Black Eyed Peas.


Twilight heartthrob Robert Pattinson targets a more mature audience alongside Oscar winners Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line) and Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds) on April 22. In WATER FOR ELEPHANTS, RPattz (as the internet knows him) plays a veterinary student in the Depression era who drops out of school when his parents die in a car accident. He winds up working with animals at a second-rate circus where he deals with an abusive show runner (Waltz) and romantic feelings for the man’s wife (Witherspoon) in this adaptation of Sara Gruen’s best-selling novel.

Filmmaking powerhouse Tyler Perry is bringing another one of his plays to the big screen, serving once again as writer, director, producer and actor (in drag as Madea) in MADEA’S BIG HAPPY FAMILY. Perry’s crude, no-nonsense grandma, Madea, has become a fixture in his movies as African American audiences have made her a bona fide box office success. This episode of the brassy matriarch’s life has her helping her niece (Loretta Devine) round up her unruly adult children to deliver serious news about her health. Madea offers her usual brand of tough love. The film’s buzzworthy marketing campaign featured Madea in spoofs of well-known movie posters including The Godfather and Black Swan. Disneynature is continuing what has become its Earth Day tradition of presenting a nature-focused documentary. This year’s subject is AFRICAN CATS. A portion of opening week ticket sales will benefit the African Wildlife Foundation. The April 29 box office brings a fifth installment of The Fast and the Furious. FAST FIVE reunites Vin Diesel and Paul Walker for road racing mayhem in Rio de Janeiro. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson joins the cast as their law-abiding rival. Other openers include Disney’s tweenfriendly high school flick PROM and the kiddie-centric 3D animated adventure sequel featuring a sassy crime-fighting Red Riding Hood, HOODWINKED TOO! HOOD VS. EVIL. THE KING OF THE BEASTS IN AFRICAN CATS


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“We like to have fun. At all times. That’s our mission statement,” says Cameron Quiseng, the bassist for Allstar Weekend. That also appears to be the unofficial declaration of intent for the hordes of fans who turn every Allstar Weekend show into a de facto dance – and scream – fest and whose requests have driven the barelytwentysomething rock & roll band to the No. 1 spot on Radio Disney. When the fans get their hands on Suddenly Yours – the band’s first full-length album – they may catch their breath just long enough to say: Mission accomplished. The boy-band sensation plans to rock Fort Gordon in a free concert celebrating The Month of the Military Child. WHERE Fort Gordon, Alexander Hall WHEN Friday, April 15 at 7 p.m. TICKETS Free MORE 706.791.4389 | FORTGORDON.COM The Daily Planner is our selective guide to what is going on in the city during the next two weeks. IF YOU WANT TO BE LISTED: Submit information by email ( or by mail (verge, P.O. Box 38, Augusta, GA 30903). Details of the event - date, time, venue address, telephone number and admission price - should be included. Listings included are accurate at press time, check with specific venues for further details.



HISTORY Brown Bag Series: Freedom Round the Bend Step back in time as Mr. Jones, a retired Deputy Police Chief from Charlotte, North Carolina, speaks about what freedom means to him, a person born into slavery. Augusta Museum of History, 12:30 p.m., $3, 560 Reynolds St., 706.722.8454

FILM Prodigal Sons

Morris Museum of Art, 6 p.m., $3, One 10th St., 706.724.7501 THEMORRIS.ORG

JAZZ Joel Cruz Reception Jazz musician

Joel Cruz’ artwork will be on display at Casa Blanca during the month of April. His art includes paintings of local jazz players of Augusta and surrounding areas. Casa Blanca Café‚ 7:30 p.m., free, 936 Broad St. 706.504.3431



FOR KIDS Toddler Time: Prints for Everyone! Learn how to make a simple print inspired by the work of artist and printmaker Boyd Saunders. Morris Museum of Art, 10 a.m. or 11:15 a.m., $4, One 10th St., 706.724.7501 THEMORRIS.ORG

MUSIC Midday Music

Rebecca Shalk Nagel (Oboe) First Presbyterian, Aiken, Noon, free, 224 Barnwell Ave. NW, Aiken, 803.648.2662

ART Rocío Maldonado: Resonance Opening Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, 6 p.m., $5, 506 Telfair St., 706.722.5495 GHIA.ORG

ART Dorothy Fletcher Eckmann Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, 6 p.m., $5, 506 Telfair St., 706.722.5495

ART constructing SPACE Closing reception

for ASU senior Rachel Lappe’s exhibit. Arts & Heritage Center, 6:30 p.m., free, 100 Georgia Ave., North Augusta, 803.441.4380

FOR KIDS Pajama Party

Come in your PJs and bring a favorite stuffed animal and blanket. Stories, crafts and refreshments. Nancy Carson Library, 7 p.m., free, 135 Edgefield Rd., North Augusta, 803.279.5767

DANCE Paul Taylor Dance Company

Imperial Theatre, 7 p.m., $10 to $75, 749 Broad St., 706.722.8341 AUGUSTABALLET.ORG

THEATRE You’re A Good Man, Charlie BrowN Etherredge Center, USCA, 7:30 p.m., $7 to $15, 471 University Pkwy., Aiken, 803.648.6851

MUSIC ASU Jazz Ensemble Maxwell

Performing Arts Theatre, ASU, 7:30 p.m., $5, 2500 Walton Way, 706.667.4100 AUG.EDU/MUSIC



ART Art at Lunch: Sweet Tea, White Gloves and Alligators

Starkey Flythe, Michael Lythgoe and members of the Augusta Authors Club read their poetry. Morris Museum of Art, Noon, $10 to $14, One 10th St., 706.724.7501 THEMORRIS.ORG

FOR KIDS Go, Go Power Rangers! Bring your Power

Ranger figurines to play a game where the hero could be you. Headquarters Library, 3:30 p.m., free, 823 Telfair St., 706.821.2600

OUTDOORS Busy Bees Bzzzz! Learn why bees are so

important to our ecosystems and why it’s important to help save them from decline. For ages 5 and up. Reed Creek Nature Park, 4:30 p.m., $2, 3820 Park Lane, Martinez, 706.210.4027

THEATRE Disney Live! Mickey’s Magic Show

A host of Disney friends come together with world-class magicians to perform magic from legendary Disney films. USC Aiken Convocation Center, 3:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m., $15 to $42, 375 Robert Bell Parkway, 803.643.6091

FESTIVAL Tax Day Tea Party Last year, 4,000 people

joined on the Augusta Common for this family friendly event. Tea Party organizers say, “It’s time to return to the values of our Founding Fathers and the Constitution that they swore to uphold and defend.” Jessye Norman Amphitheater, 5 p.m., free, One 9th St., 706.799.8669 POWERTOTHEPEOPLE.US

FESTIVAL Olde Towne Artisans’ Fair Meet the

artists during a preview gala with music, wine and hors d’oeuvres. Living History Park, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., free, 299 West Spring Grove, North Augusta, 803.279.7560 COLONIALTIMES.US

OUTDOORS Moonlight Music Cruise: Roger Enevoldsen Augusta Canal, 6:30 p.m., $25, 1450 Greene St., 706.823.0440

GOOD CAUSE Undercover Artist Show Walton Rehabilitation

Health Systems, 7 p.m., $50, 1355 Independence Dr., 706.823.8584

GOOD CAUSE Hope Uncorked! A Night to Remember An annual

benefit for the Alzheimer’s Association with elegant food, wine, chocolates, music, art, a live auction and ambiance. Saint Paul’s River Room, 7 p.m., $50 per person, $90 per couple, 605 Reynolds St., 706.731.9060

THEATRE You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown Etherredge Center, USCA, 7:30 p.m., $7 to $15, 471 University Pkwy., Aiken, 803.648.6851

MUSIC Harlem String Quartet Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, ASU, 7:30 p.m., $7 to $25, 2500 Walton Way, 706.790.9274 HJCMS.ORG

THEATRE Glengarry Glen Ross Real estate

salesmen desperately vie for position in anticipation of the release of hot sales leads. Le Chat Noir takes on this celebrated play. Directed by Krys Bailey. Le Chat Noir, 8 p.m., $25, 304 8th St., 706.722.3322 LCNAUGUSTA.COM


young woman. When she is not pining after a handsome author, she is visiting her grandmother in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. This delightfully nosey old lady and her friend the matchmaker have found a “”catch”” for Isabel – Sam, the handsome pickle vendor. With humor, resilience, and a touch of misunderstanding, Isabel learns to adjust her narrow view. URS Center for the Performing Arts, 8 p.m., $17, 126 Newberry St., Aiken, 803.648.1438

[ PAINT THE TOWN ] Artists’ Row comes to life as galleries and shops host live art demonstrations in an afternoon event, literally Painting the Town. Watch as artists create in a variety of mediums and demonstrate their techniques at Art on Broad, Zimmerman Gallery, Gallery on the Row, Artistic Perceptions, Oddfellows Art Gallery and Tire City Potters. Don’t miss the Whiskey Painting demonstration by Lou Ann Zimmerman from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. as she creates a miniature watercolor.

WHERE Downtown Augusta WHEN Saturday, April 16 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Free MORE | 706.774.1006 AUGUSTAARTISTSROW.ORG

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OUTDOORS Swamp Stomp 5K Race Cross-

country course runs through scenic Nature Park woods and wetlands and has mild changes in elevation. Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, 8 a.m., $17 to $25, 1858 Lock and Dam Rd., 706.828.2109 ACTIVE.COM

GOOD CAUSE Take Back The Day Rally Join Augusta State and Paine College in this second annual walk across Augusta to prevent sexual violence and benefit Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Services. Amphitheatre, ASU, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., $5 to $15, 2500 Walton Way, 706.731.7093 AUG.EDU

OUTDOORS MedWAR Southeast 2011 Medical

Wilderness Adventure Race combines wilderness medicine with Adventure racing to create unique events designed to teach Down and test wilderness survival and medical skills; fee for team Golden Triangle country of four. Fort Gordon, 8 a.m. "___ She Lovely?" to 7 p.m., $260, 770.289.5500 Disabling spray MEDWAR.ORG

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FESTIVAL WRDW Time to Care Family Fair Kids’

LITERARY Book Signing: Beverly Bentley Local

ART Paint the Town Find out more on page 27. Downtown Augusta, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., free, 706.774.1006


crafts and activities from nonprofit outreach organizations in the CSRA. Augusta Common, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., free, 836 Reynolds St., 803.278.1212 WRDW.COM

THEATRE You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown Etherredge Center, USCA, 1:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m., $7 to $15, 471 University Pkwy., Aiken, 803.648.6851 USCA.EDU

OUTDOORS A Spring Evening at Redcliffe

Redcliffe Plantation, 5:30 p.m., $7.50 to $10, 181 Redcliffe Rd., Beech Island, 803.827.1473

GOSPEL Taking Back the CSRA Gospel Concert Area gospel singers join together to bring the youth of the CSRA back to the church and gospel music. USC Aiken Convocation Center, 7 p.m., $22, 375 Robert Bell Pkwy., Aiken, 803.643.6091

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COMEDY James Gregory

13. Family headScramble Easter Egg hunt

with crafts, food, inflatable and 18. Deep blue fun (Ages 1 to 4 hunt at 10 a.m. 19. Old weaponand ages 5 and over hunt at 11 a.m.) Blanchard Woods Park, 10 a.m., $1, 4600 Blanchard Woods Dr., Evans, 706.312.7192


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Beethoven’s rousing Egmont Overture, Bach’s Chaconne from Partita No. 2 and Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra. First Baptist Church of Augusta, 7:30 p.m., $15 to $45, 3500 Walton Way, 706.826.4705 AUGUSTASYMPHONY.ORG

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100 Days, 100 Nights by Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

Infectious and I love that woman’s voice. — Amy Swann

THE WORLD YOU LOVE by Jimmy Eats World

From Futures, it sums up the season with the line, “Don’t it feel like sunshine after all?” — Davis Branch

Gabriel’s Oboe by Ennio Morricone From The Mission Soundtrack,

this is the processional piece for my upcoming wedding. — Charlotte Okie

HOME by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros From Up From Below, it is a sweet and catchy tune. — Samantha Sprague

BLACK FRIDAY RULE by Flogging Molly To me, this represents the

deep, intense awkwardness, confusion, and frustration, one might experience in undergoing a radical transition in life (from Swagger) — Skyler Andrews

A down-home, hilarious comedy experience. Imperial Theatre, 7:30 p.m., $25 to $30 749 Broad St., 706.722.8341 IMPERIALTHEATRE.COM

Appleby Library, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Free, 2260 Walton Way, 706.736.6244 ECGRL.ORG

THEATRE GREASE Direct from Broadway and now starring Laverne & Shirley’s Eddie Mekka as DJ Vince Fontaine. Bell Auditorium, 8 p.m., $43 to $53, 712 Telfair St., 877.4AUGTIX GEORGIALINATIX.COM

FESTIVAL Earth Fest 2011 Raptor Flight Show (12:30

THEATRE Glengarry Glen Ross See April 15 for

LITERARY Friends of the Library Book Sale

p.m.) and a butterfly release (1:30 p.m.) plus earth friendly vendors and children’s crafts. (No pets) Columbia County Amphitheater, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Free, 630 Ronald Reagan Dr., 706.312.7195

FESTIVAL Fine Arts Festival A variety of

performances in theatre, music, art and more. Davidson Fine Arts, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Free, 615 12th St., 706.823.6924 DAVIDSONFINEARTS.ORG

FESTIVAL Olde Towne Artisans’ Fair Craftsmen

demonstrate their skills and artisans display their wares. Living History Park, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., free, 299 West Spring Grove, North Augusta, 803.279.7560

more. Le Chat Noir, 8 p.m., $25, 304 8th St., 706.722.3322


for more. URS Center for the Performing Arts, 8 p.m., $17, 126 Newberry St., Aiken, 803.648.1438



FESTIVAL Olde Towne Artisans’ Fair See April 16

for more. Living History Park, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., free, 299 West Spring Grove, North Augusta, 803.279.7560

author will read from her book of inspirational poetry, Portraits from the Heart. Headquarters Library, 2 p.m., free, 823 Telfair St., 706.821.2600 ECGRL.ORG

for more. URS Center for the Performing Arts, 3 p.m., $17, 126 Newberry St., Aiken, 803.648.1438

OUTDOORS Discovery Walk: If These Rocks Could Talk See April 16 for more. Augusta Canal, 3 p.m., $1 to $8, Augusta Waterworks Raw Water Pumping Station, 706.823.0440

OPERA Ladies’ Choice

ASU Opera Ensemble showcases outstanding female vocalists in this program featuring a variety of lighter fare from comic opera, operetta and the Broadway stage. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, 3 p.m., $5, 2500 Walton Way, 706.667.4872

MUSIC The Guitar Orchestra of Barcelona 25 of Spain’s

most gifted guitarists perform the music of their rich tradition. These virtuosi play with a mastery and humor that’s a delight to see. Etherredge Center, 3 p.m., $45, 471 University Parkway, Aiken, 803.648.6851

SPORTS Soul City Sirens vs. the Chattanooga

Rollergirls Red Wing Rollerway, 6 p.m., $10 to $15, 3065 Washington Rd., 706.860.1548 SOULCITYSIRENS.COM



LITERARY Monday Night Discussion The Girl Who

Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Steig Larsson Evans Library, 6:30 p.m., free, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd., 706.863.1946 ECGRL.ORG



OUTDOORS Creek Exploration Put on your

rubber boots or old sneakers to get in Reed Creek to see what we can find. We’ll be taking measurements of Reed Creek and dip netting for animals as we wade in the creek upstream. No open-toed or open-heeled shoes allowed (crocs are not allowed). For ages 5 and up. Pre-registration required. Reed Creek Nature Park, 4:30 p.m., $2, 3820 Park Lane, Martinez, 706.210.4027 | community driven news | April 13, 2011 29

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Friday 4/15: THE MASON JARS Tues April 19: Acoustic-Draught w/ THE HENRYS Friday April 22: JOE STEVENSON BAND Sat. April 23: THE JOHN KOLBECK BAND Tues April 26: Acoustic-Draught w/ JOSH PIERCE Sat April 30: Jazz night w/ ANDERSON-SHAW-CRUZ 1st Fri May 6: FAMOUS LAST WORDS Sat May 7: LAKES OF TITAN w/Allison Foster 1054 Broad Street Downtown Augusta 30 April 13, 2011 | community driven news|


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EQUINE Equine Performing Arts Series: Grace Over Fences An exhibition of

jumpers and hunters featuring the nationally acclaimed riders, Liza Towell-Boyd and Harold Chopping. Includes dinner and entertainment. Highfields Event Center, 6 p.m., $60, 198 Gaston Rd., Aiken, 803.641.1111

FILM Precious Discussion after. University Hall, Room 170, 7 p.m., free, 2500 Walton Way, 706.737.1444 AUG.EDU



OUTDOORS Wilderness Survival Skills For kids

6 to 11. Learn skills for survival in the wilderness. In partnership with the Reed Creek Wetlands Park. Call to register. Evans Library, 4 p.m., free, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd., 706.447.7657

THEATRE Glengarry Glen Ross See April 15 for

more. Le Chat Noir, 8 p.m., $25, 304 8th St., 706.722.3322



OUTDOORS Moonlight Music Cruise: Lillie Morris & Solstice Be

surrounded by Celtic tunes while trolling the Augusta Canal. Bring your own snacks and beverages. Augusta Canal, 6:30 p.m., $25, 1450 Greene St., 706.823.0440 AUGUSTACANAL.COM

SPOKEN WORD Words, Wine & Poetry Celebrate

National Poetry Month with readings from local poets. Headquarters Library, 6:30 p.m., free, 823 Telfair St., 706.821.2600

DANCE Up On The Roof Shaggin’ Dance Party Hammond’s Ferry, 7 p.m., $10, 465 Railroad Ave., North Augusta, 803.613.1641 HAMMONDSFERRY.COM

OUTDOORS All About Frogs Learn about local frogs and how Reed Creek is studying them through a calling survey. Pre-registration required. Reed Creek Nature Park, 8 p.m., free, 3820 Park Lane, Martinez, 706.210.4027


more. This performance is interpreted for the deaf and hard of hearing. URS Center for the Performing Arts, 8 p.m., $17, 126 Newberry St., Aiken. 803.648.1438

THEATRE Glengarry Glen Ross See April 15 for

more. Le Chat Noir, 8 p.m., $25, 304 8th St., 706.722.3322

FILM Movies on the Lawn: How to Train a Dragon Bring a blanket and

a picnic for a film under the stars. Boeckh Park, Dark, free, 501 Front St., Hammond’s Ferry, 803.613.1641



OUTDOORS Spring Migration Walk Look and

listen for neo-tropical migrants and arriving summer birds, including vireos, buntings, warblers and tanagers. Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, 8 a.m., $6 to $8, 1858 Lock and Dam Road, 706.828.2109

FESTIVAL Aiken Family Summer Expo Highlights summer camps in Aiken, plus lots of fun activities for kids. Aiken Fairgrounds, 10 a.m., free, 1566 Columbia Hwy. N, Aiken AIKENSUMMEREXPO.COM FOR KIDS Community

Easter Egg Hunt Search for over 10,000 eggs. For children

[ WOODY PINES ] “Woody Pines plays hollow notes that sound like they are reverberating in the basement of some neighbor’s house. Imagine if you took The Beta Band’s single vocal, stripped them of all sound and then replaced the feel of The Old Crowe Medicine show, adding drops of Bob Dylan and John Prine — that is Woody Pines.” – NYC Bluegrass

WHERE Stillwater Taproom 974 Broad St. WHEN Friday, April 29 at 10 p.m. | $4 MORE 706.826.9857 WOODYPINES.COM ages 12 and under. May Park, 11 a.m., free, 622 4th St., 803.279.2330 AUGUSTAGA.GOV

LITERARY Book Signing: Tiece Mickens Tiece

Mickens will be signing her newest book Check Mate 2. Maxwell Library, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., free, 1927 Lumpkin Rd., 706.793.2020 ECGRL.ORG


more. URS Center for the Performing Arts, 8 p.m., $17, 126 Newberry St., Aiken. 803.648.1438

THEATRE Glengarry Glen Ross See April 15 for

more. Le Chat Noir, 8 p.m., $25, 304 8th St., 706.722.3322

GOOD CAUSE River Rendezvous Fish Fry

Celebrate 10 years of Savannah River Keeper. Tickets include admission, food and one year membership to SRK. Boardman River Pavilion, 6:30 p.m., $35, 1197 Old Plantation Rd., North Augusta, 706.826.8991 SAVANNAHRIVERKEEPER.ORG

GOOD CAUSE Take Back the Night Rally Annual

rally celebrates the triumphs of survivors and raises the community’s awareness of sexual victimization of women, children and men. Take a stand against sexual violence and make the night safe for everyone. The candlelight campus march begins at 7:30 p.m. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., free, 2500 Walton Way, 706.737.1471 AUG.EDU

CLASSICAL ASU Orchestra Concerto

Competition Winners’ Concert Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, 7:30 p.m., $5, 2500 Walton Way, 706.667.4100

[ EARTH DAY AT GHSU ] Celebrate Earth Day and learn how to help make a greener, cleaner and healthier community. Discover community opportunities and resources, trade in your empty ink cartridges and old cell phones for free raffle tickets to win prizes, buy lunch from local eco-friendly food vendors, watch demonstrations on green living and listen to live music throughout the day.. Earth Day at GHSU is a sustainability education and awareness initiative sponsored by the Georgia Health Sciences University (GHSU) Green Team.

WHERE GHSU | Courtyard between Pavilion 3 (CJ) and Student Center (DA) located on Laney-Walker Boulevard, near 15th St. WHEN Friday, April 22 | 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. | free MORE | GEORGIAHEALTH.EDU/GREEN



FILM Black Swan

Headquarters Library, 6:30 p.m., free, 823 Telfair St., 706.821.2600

MUSIC Aiken Youth Orchestra’s Spring Concert 2011 Aiken

Center for the Arts, 7 p.m., free, 122 Laurens St. SW, Aiken, 803.641.9094

FOR KIDS Jazz for Kids

Learn more about the art of jazz. For kids ages 5 to 10. Nancy Carson Library, 7 p.m., free, 135 Edgefield Rd., North Augusta, 803.279.5767

ROCK Dead Confederate + Colour Revolt + Twin Tigers See article on page 34. Sky City, 10 p.m., $10, 1157 Broad St., 706.945.1270 SKYCITYAUGUSTA.COM



HISTORY Our Military Heritage Opening reception


WORSHIP Easter Sunrise Service

Celebrate Easter Sunday at this annual community-wide ecumenical service. Jessye Norman Amphitheatre, 7 a.m., free, One 9th St., 706.724.8792


4.25 LITERARY Book Discussion Legends of

Chelsea Hotel by Ed Hamilton Evans Library, 6:30 p.m., free, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd., 706.863.1946 ECGRL.ORG


for this exhibit highlighting North Augusta’s involvement in military conflicts beginning with the American Revolution. Arts & Heritage Center, 6 p.m., free, 100 Georgia Ave., North Augusta, 803.441.4380

SPOKEN WORD Open Mic for Poetry Night

Celebrate with the winners of the 8th Annual Teen Poetry Contest. The mic will be open to anyone who would like to share a poem. Refreshments will be served. Nancy Carson Library, 7 p.m., free, 135 Edgefield Rd., North Augusta, 803.279.5767

FESTIVAL Sacred Heart Garden Preview Party See the full article

on page 19. Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 7 p.m., $65, 1301 Greene St., 706.828.4700 SACREDHEARTAUGUSTA.ORG

CLASSICAL Ah! Spring feat. Frederica von Stade Etherredge Center,

8 p.m., $50, 471 University Parkway, Aiken, 803.643.4774



FESTIVAL Sacred Heart Garden Festival See the full article on page 19. Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., $25, 1301 Greene St., 706.828.4700

FOR KIDS Royal Wedding Tea Party A tea party for

Will and Kate’s wedding day. Make Prince William and Princess Kate paper dolls. Nancy Carson Library. 4 p.m., free, 135 Edgefield Rd., North Augusta, 803.279.5767

OUTDOORS Snakes, Frogs, Turtles, Oh My! Learn how live native

reptiles and amphibians to help us learn about their natural history. Reed Creek Nature Park, 4:30 p.m., free, 3820 Park Lane, Martinez, 706.210.4027 REEDCREEKPARK.COM

SPOKEN WORD Teen Poetry Slam Headquarters

Library, 5:30 p.m., free, 823 Telfair St., 706.821.2615

OUTDOORS Moonlight Music Cruise: The Henrys Enjoy Americana

guitar and strings by this fatherson duo while trolling the scenic Augusta Canal. Bring your own snacks and beverages. Augusta Canal, 6:30 p.m., $25, 1450 Greene St., 706.823.0440 AUGUSTACANAL.COM

THEATRE Hairspray

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Hairspray Promises a Fun Romp

“Hairspray is a joyous tribute to an era past and an intelligent, warm and joyous musical comedy of the type Broadway should never be without.” —TALKIN’ BROADWAY

John Waters’ 1988 film Hairspray, the whimsical tale of the indefatigable Tracy Turnblad, is nothing short of a camp classic. The Augusta Players have eagerly awaited the opportunity to stage the musical since the Broadway musical version opened in 2002. “In the spring of last season, we got the email that [Hairspray] was being released to community theatre companies,” recalls Debi Ballas, director of the Players, “and we jumped on it. Within thirty seconds we had the rights.” The rights procured and the wait over – the Players bring Hairspray to the Imperial Theatre stage April 29 to May 1 with Peter Powlus as choreographer and Jeannie Butler as musical director. Hairspray is set in early 1960’s Baltimore and follows the pleasantly-plump teenager Tracy (Claudia Ballas Latch) whose lifelong dream is to be on be on the Corny Collins Show. She ventures happily and unabashedly, despite her disparaged weight and the harsh disapproval from Velma Von Tussle (Carrie Anderson) and her spoiled princess daughter Amber Von Tussle (Miranda Pokrzywinksi), to dance and sing her way on Baltimore’s favorite dance show. “What I love about Tracy,” says Ballas, “is her optimism, her cheerfulness and her wonderful disposition.” Over the course of her winsome misadventures (winsome mostly because of Tracy’s joyful vivaciousness), she starts a friendship with black dancer Seaweed J. Stubbs (Tian Richards), develops a crush on Corny Collins Show heartthrob Link Larkin (Paul Jones) and publicly defies the prejudice society of segregation-era Baltimore. “What I love about this show,” continues Ballas, “is that it deals with very sensitive issues of bigotry and prejudice, but it does it in a light and very humorous way. There are moments that are so very funny…poignant yet comical.” The cast consists of over 30 actors ranging from the tender age of 15 to the wiser midforties. As is becoming of such an upbeat

show, the production promises to be rife with vitality from the youth of the cast and the intensity of the musical numbers. “The music is infectious and energetic and nostalgic, because the time period of the show is the 1960’s and so the music is so nostalgic and has a wonderful sixties feel,” notes Ballas. “This show is high energy. We have done a lot of shows where there is a lot of dancing, [such as] West Side Story and Grease. This show really tops them all, because every musical number is a big production and there is dancing and lots of choreography in every one, where they have to dance and sing at the same time, and it requires a lot of energy and a lot of stamina from the performers.” by SKYLER ANDREWS photo FILE

See The Show

WHAT Hairspray WHERE The Imperial Theatre WHEN April 29 & 30 at 8 p.m. and May 1 at 1 p.m. TICKETS $15 to $41 BOX OFFICE 706.826.4707 MORE | AUGUSTAPLAYERS.ORG

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FESTIVAL Sacred Heart Garden Festival See the full article on page 19. Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., $25, 1301 Greene St., 706.828.4700

HEALTH Kidney Action Day Find out more on page

5. Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., free, 1260 Wrightsboro Rd., 404.658.1422 KIDNEYFUND.ORG

OutDOORS Spring Fling: A Day at Mistletoe

Great music festivals seem to pop up every sprint and summer – but, for Augustans, the biggest problem is travel. These festivals are just too darn far away for some of us to make the trip. The solution? The area’s newest festival, The AlleGreen Festival located in Union Point, Georgia near Athens, kicks of its inaugural year this April with all cylinders firing, showcasing over 50 bands in three days – and all within driving distance. “I wanted a festival in the spring,” Matt Shelnut, organizer of the AlleGreen Festival said. The ball began rolling in the right direction with “contacts and a little bit of luck,” he added, “I hope it snowballs in the future.” The festival name means lively tempo and green living – a perfect blend of music and venue. From April 22 to April 24, the AlleGreen Festival will rock Durhamtown Plantation, a huge outdoor area that includes campsites. The Durhamtown has a made a name for itself as the region’s famous motocross hotspot, but for this weekend there will be a wide variety of bands and musicians, covering all genres, pulling in musical acts from Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, Tennessee and Alabama. Durhamtown has 6,000 acres of land with over 200 miles of trails and, during AlleGreen, fans can camp out and enjoy all of the activities Durhamtown offers. There will be three stages accommodating the multitude of bands with the land able to hold at least 10,000 people for the event. Now, that is a party. Bands range the gamut from bluegrass to ska and metal, including the Supervillians, Jackyl, American Lesion, Uprise Dub, Honey Henny Lime, Gabriel Newell & Muddy Soul, Big, Brock Butler of Perpetual Groove and DJ Hipnotikk. When the live music winds down each night, the midnight after-party begins in the 8,000 square foot “barn” that acts as a giant bar/club with DJs and dancing. Allegreen is more than just music – it is a movement to promote a green lifestyle. The AlleGreen House will help show people how to do the little things at home to make life more “green.” Environmentally friendly companies will display products, services and knowledge on ways to be “greener.” Patrons can also avail themselves of the other activities Durhamtown offers, including bike/atv tracks, shooting ranges and fishing holes. Tickets are $50 for a three-day pass, $35 for a one-day pass and $99 for the VIP package which includes a premium camp site, access to special merchandise and usage of the Monster VIP area, sponsored by the energy drink Monster.

WHERE Durhamtown Plantation is at 2350 Randolph Church Road. Coming from Augusta? Take Exit 138 off I-20. WHEN Friday, April 22 to Sunday, April 24 TICKETS $35 to $99 MORE | ALLEGREEN.COM or DURHAMTOWN.ORG by DINO LULL

Participate in an introduction to geocaching, learn the do’s and don’ts of animal rehabilitation, and participate in camp cooking. Hayrides, crafts, lawn games and face painting. Mistletoe State Park, 1 to 6 p.m., $5 activity fee + $ 5 parking fee, 3725 Mistletoe Rd., Appling, 706.541.0321 GASTATEPARKS.ORG

OUTDOORS Discovery Walk: Unlocking the Waters Ever wondered

what those stone structures at the top of the canal were built to do? Find out as Peter Hughes, Ph.D., examines the waterway engineering of the Canal Headgates and Locks. Augusta Canal, 10 a.m., $1 to $8, Canal Headgates / Savannah Rapids Pavilion, 706.823.0440 AUGUSTACANAL.COM

OUTDOORS Wilderness Survival: Over 18 Learn compass and map work, how to make a fire without matches and a shelter without a tent. Pre-registration required. Reed Creek Nature Park, 10 a.m., free, 3820 Park Lane, Martinez, 706.210.4027 REEDCREEKPARK.COM

LITERARY Local Author Event Talk with local authors

about their personal writing and publishing experiences. Evans Library, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., free, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd., 706.863.1946 ECGRL.ORG

MUSIC Gullah Folk Music Sharon Cooper-Murray

performs traditional Gullah folk songs and discusses their origins in West Africa. Aiken County Library. 2 p.m., free, 314 Chesterfield St. SW, Aiken, 803.642.2020 ABBE-LIB.ORG

CHORAL The Best of the Garden City Chorus

Joined by A Mighty Wind and Lighthouse, the Garden City Chorus performs songs selected from their 48 years of repertoire. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, 7:30 p.m., $15, 2500 Walton Way, 706.667.4100

OUTDOORS Geocaching Twilight Adventure

Bring your flashlights and GPS and venture into the woods with nocturnal animals in search of a special hidden cache. Mistletoe State Park, 8 p.m., $5 parking fee, 3725 Mistletoe Rd., Appling, 706.541.0321

THEATRE Hairspray

See the full article on page 32. Imperial Theatre, 8 p.m., $15 to $41, 749 Broad St., 706.826.4707 AUGUSTAPLAYERS.ORG



COUNTRY A Day in the Country with Montgomery Gentry

Grab your sunscreen, chairs and blankets for a day of food, fun and great country music on the banks of the Savannah River. Music line-up also includes Justin Moore, Corey Smith, SFC Jamie Buckley and Georgia’s own Rachel Farley. The Riverfront Marina, 11 a.m., $30 to $65, 298 Prep Phillips Dr., 803.278.4849 KICKS99.COM

FESTIVAL Sacred Heart Garden Festival See the full article on page 19. Sacred Heart Cultural Center, noon to 5 p.m., $25, 1301 Greene St., 706.828.4700

ART Social Canvas 2011

An afternoon of art and music for all ages. Enjoy performances by the Mixed Motions breakdancing crew, live music by the Favors and Jerusalem Brass Sounds. Mixes by DJ Joycette & K Flossy. Watch Augusta artists create artwork inspired by the sounds. Join in the art-making at creativity stations. Riverwalk at the Morris Museum, 1 to 4 p.m., free, One 10th St., 706.724.7501 THEMORRIS.ORG

FOOD Wild Gourmet Dinner A fun potluck dinner.

For even more fun, go online, search for wild edible recipes, and bring something to share. All are welcome, with or without a dish. Meet at the Beach house. Mistletoe State Park, 2 p.m., $5 parking fee, 3725 Mistletoe Rd., Appling, 706.541.0321 GASTATEPARKS.ORG

EDUCATION Great Decisions Discussions: Horn of Africa The Foreign Policy Association’s public education initiative to create more informed and engaged citizens by bringing people together to discuss U.S. foreign policy and global affairs issues. Aiken County Library, 2:30 p.m., free, 314 Chesterfield St. SW, Aiken, 803.642.2020 ABBE-LIB.ORG

OutDOORS Discovery Walk: Unlocking the Waters See Saturday, April

30 for full description. Augusta Canal, 3 p.m., $1 to $8, Canal Headgates / Savannah Rapids Pavilion, 706.823.0440


daily planner

THEATRE Hairspray


CHORAL Concert with a Cause: Mack Wilberg

LITERARY Let’s Talk About It: Lemon Swamp

See the full article on page 32. Imperial Theatre, 3 p.m., $15 to $41, 749 Broad St., 706.826.4707 AUGUSTAPLAYERS.ORG

The conductor of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir conducts a concert of his compositions. Donations encouraged for the Interfaith Hospitality Network. St. John United Methodist Church, 3 p.m. & 6 p.m., free, 736 Greene St., 706.724.9641 STJOHNAUGUSTA.ORG

CHORAL Augusta Chorale Spring Concert Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel, 4 p.m., $5 to $15, Paine College, Mulherin St., 706.830.0991 AUGUSTACHORALE.ORG

BLUEGRASS Sand Hills String Band Under the

direction of Carl Purdy, this ensemble features guitar, mandolin and fiddle. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, 7 p.m., $1, 2500 Walton Way, 706.667.4100

JAZZ Candlelight Jazz ASU Conservatory

Jazz Band. Bring your own seating and picnic. Riverwalk Augusta, 8 p.m., $6, Eighth St. Bulkhead, 706.495.6238 GARDENCITYJAZZ.COM



MUSICAL The Man, The Message, The Music A

birthday tribute to the Godfather of Soul with special guest actress and dancer Deanna Brown-Thomas (the daughter of James Brown). Presented by the Augusta Mini Theatre Community Arts & Life Skills School. Judith Simon Drama Studio, 3 p.m., $10 to $12, 2548 Deans Bridge Rd., 706.722.0428

CONCERT Aiken Concert Band at Hopeland Gardens Bring a blanket and a picnic. Hopeland Gardens, 7 p.m., free, 1799 Whiskey Rd., Aiken, 803.642.7630 CITYOFAIKENSC.GOV


USC Aiken professor Suzanne Ozment leads a book discussion of Lemon Swamp: A Carolina Memoir by Mamie Garvin Fields. The memoir describes the life of an educated African American woman living near Charleston, SC, from 1888 to 1948. Aiken County Library, 7 p.m., free, 314 Chesterfield St. SW, Aiken, 803.642.2020 ABBE-LIB.ORG

MUSICAL The Man, The Message, The Music

See Monday, May 2 for full description. Judith Simon Drama Studio, 7:30 p.m., $28.50, 2548 Deans Bridge Rd., 706.722.0428



White oak baskets: the tradition continues

McDuffie Museum, ends April 17, free, 706.595.9923

THE painting of susan watson Etherredge Center,

ends April 29, free, 803.641.3305

Bea Kuhkle Sacred Heart, ends May 2, 706.826.4700

I Will Tell You a Place: Paintings by Brian Rutenberg Morris Museum

of Art, ends May 15, $3 to $5, 706.724.7501

ROCIO MALDONADO: Resonance Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, ends May 27, free, 706.722.5495

JAREK KUBICKI Oddfellows Art Gallery, ends May 31, free, 706.513.0916


Museum of Art, opens April 23, $3 to $5, 706.724.7501

HISTORY Our Military Heritage Arts & Hertitage

Center of North Augusta, opens April 28, 706.821.2600

[ GIL SULLIVAN, PIANO ] Be a part of one of Aiken’s most magical moments when Gil Sullivan, Australia’s finest concert pianist, returns to Aiken to play a benefit concert for Aiken Center for the Arts. Sullivan’s performances are conspicuous for their freshness and spontaneity, taking both music and audiences to the edge with his rich palette of colors, immense tonal range and innovative interpretations. Critics are unanimous in their praise: in Germany, the Südhessen Woche described him as “The finest interpreter of Mozart in the world,” while the Weinheimer Nachrichten said, “There were so many magical moments … even Brahms himself would have been impressed [of the 2nd Brahms Sonata].”

WHERE Aiken Center for the Arts | 122 Laurens St. SW, Aiken WHEN Saturday, April 30 | 8 p.m. | $25 MORE | 803.641.9094 or AIKENCENTERFORTHEARTS.ORG | community driven news | April 13, 2011 33

MUSIC: COLOUR REVOLT Duo Opens for Dead Confederate Two years after the release of their self-titled debut album, Colour Revolt released their sophomore disc, The Cradle, a personal recording that looks into their life experiences on and off the road. Core members Jesse Coppenbarger (vocals/guitar) and Sean Kirkpatrick (guitar/vocals) recorded The Cradle at Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville, N.C., and were joined by drummer Daniel Davison, bassist/producer Hank Sullivant and keyboardist Brooks Tipton. Sean Kirkpatrick spoke to verge about the new album and his working relationship with childhood friend Coppenbarger. VERGE: This is your second full-length album. Was the process different? SEAN: Touring helps refine your craft and musicianship to a certain degree, and touring the songs for so long helps you develop them and gain an understanding of what you do and do not like. This album was a lot different because it was mostly Jesse and myself writing and developing them. Our previous album was a very diplomatic effort — we were all writing together. At times it was successful and other times it causes a certain level of disagreement when you consider you are in a room with five people with five opinions. For this record it was just the two of us, so it was “yes” and “no” and it was a little easier in that sense. We demoed the songs, got new members, the songs were presented to them and they added their own personalities. VERGE: How were the arrangements worked out? SEAN: They were easier because Jesse and I have a knack for it from working together for an extended period of time. We wrote on acoustic guitars and, when we introduced the new musicians, they brought their own aspects of writing. It was better because it was a staged process instead of all the parts being written at the same time. It feels more natural to start with a core song, add parts and go from there. On acoustic it always sounds like a folk song and then it becomes a rock song. It is very interesting to watch that happen and there is always a reference if you need to play a stripped-down version. So it works very well. I am really into how we did this. VERGE: You have been together a long time. Are you like an old married couple? Are there days of “I never liked the way you chew your food?” SEAN: You just described it. I do feel like we are an old married couple. We have had our blowouts, but we know each other, and it is weird because in a way we are numb to it. I am not as affected by what Jess does as I was two years ago. I realize how much energy I use if I get frustrated. I have noticed that if I do not make a big deal about it and I am nonchalant, it works itself out. Conflict never resolves anything. Sure, he still figuratively chews his food in a weird way that I do not like, but that is him and he thinks the same about me. The bottom line is that we have been friends forever. It is almost comforting to know a person that way, notice the changes over time and give them space to do their thing. You reach a greater understanding of each other. We get frustrated, but we do not fuel the fire or let things bother us as much. We been together since fourth grade and that is quite a while. We went to different high schools but we were still friends, we went to college together and we have been in a band together for seven years, so it is a long time. I have known him longer than most of my friends. I understand him, so the older I get, the more I am not up for surprises. I know how Jess works and I know I can deal with him. by ALISON RICHTER photo FILE

See The Show WHO Dead Confederate + Colour Revolt + Twin Tigers

WHERE Sky City | 1157 Broad St. WHEN Saturday, Apr. 23 | 10 p.m. TICKETS $10 MORE | SKYCITYAUGUSTA.COM

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WEDNESDAY, APR. 13 Comedy with Shane McConnaghy & Averall Carter @ Somewhere in Augusta | 9 p.m., $8 Cielo and Dust @ Soul Bar | 9 p.m. Sibling String @ Joe’s Underground | 9:30 p.m., free

The Howlies + Romance Languages + Mann Ray @ Sky City | 10 p.m., $5 THE DUBSTEP @ The Playground | 10 p.m., free




John Kolbeck @ Joe’s Underground | 9:30 p.m., free

Romance on a Rocketship + Stay + For the Foxes @ Sector 7G | 6 p.m., $8

SIBLING STRING @ Blue Horse Bistro | 9 p.m., free

FRIDAY APR. 15 Rave Night with The Fencesitters @ Sector 7G 6 p.m., $5 PopLife @ Soul Bar | 9 p.m. Fatback & the Groove @ The Loft | 9 p.m., free Randy Carver @ Joe’s Underground | 9:30 p.m., $3 Mason Jars @ Metro Coffee House & Pub | 10 p.m. Christabel and The Jons @ Stillwater Tap Room 10 p.m., $4 Joan Red + Eye of Abram CD Release @ The Playground | 10 p.m., $5 DJ Cool V @ Tribeca 10 p.m., $2 Jeremy Graham Band @ Coyote’s | 9:30 p.m., $7 Tyler Hammond Band @ The Country Club 10 p.m., $3 to $5 The mason jars @ Metro Coffee House & Pub | 10 p.m., free Venice Is Sinking + Modern Skirts @ Sky City | 10 p.m., $5

SATURDAY, APR. 16 Hold Your Own + Simple as Surgery + Miracle Year + The Marie + Joystick Revolution @ Sector 7G 6:30 p.m. | $8 Thomas Tilman @ Coyotes 8 p.m., $5 AcroJam @ Soul Bar | 9 p.m. Mason Jars @ Joe’s Underground | 9:30 p.m., $3 Homan Autry BAND @ The Country Club | 9:30 p.m., $3 to $5

WEDNESDAY, APR. 27 Comedy with Tim Kidd & Russel Ehrett @ Somewhere in Augusta 9 p.m., $8 Sibling String @ Joe’s Underground | 9:30 p.m., free

FRIDAY, APR. 29 Strengthen What Remains + Ironwill + Decollater @ Sector 7G 5 p.m., $5 DISCO HELL @ Soul Bar | 9 p.m.


Woody pines @ Stillwater Tap Room 10 p.m., $4

Comedy with Jerry Farber & Greg Hall @ Somewhere in Augusta 9 p.m., $8

JOE STEVENSON @ The Country Club 9:30 p.m., $3 to $5

Sibling String @ Joe’s Underground | 9:30 p.m., free

THURSDAY, APR. 21 Slippery When Wet (Bon Jovi Tribute) @ The Country Club 9:30 p.m., $3 to $5 Downtown Brown + Sick Sick Sick + Zebo @ Sky City | 10 p.m., $3

FRIDAY, APR. 22 The Air I Breathe + Ten After Two + Scarlett O’Hara + The Plot in You + Lions! Tigers! Bears! @ Sector 7G | 5 p.m., $5 90’s NIGHT @ Soul Bar | 9 p.m. Jared Ashley Band @ The Country Club 9:30 p.m., $3 to $5

SATURDAY, APR. 23 My Aim Is True @ Sector 7G | 5 p.m., TBA Brandi Thornton @ The Country Club 9:30 p.m., $3 to $5 DOC CROSSHAIR @ The Playground | 10 p.m., free Dead Confederate + Colour Revolt + Twin Tigers @ Sky City 10 p.m., $10

MONDAY, APR. 25 DELTA SWAGGER @ Stillwater Taprooom 10 p.m., $4

TUESDAY, APR. 26 Carridale + Latin is Truth @ Sector 7G 6 p.m., $8



SATURDAY, APR. 30 ROSS COPPLEY BAND @ The Country Club 9:30 p.m., $3 to $5 FALSE FLAG + RUMOR HAS WINGS @ The Playground | 10 p.m., free

WEEKLY KARAOKE @ Green Streets Bar | every day, 8 p.m., free BEER PONG TOURNAMENT @ The Playground | Mondays, 10 p.m., free LIVE JAZZ: HAL SHRECK @ The Willcox | Thursdays, 6 p.m., free KRAZY KARAOKE @ The Playground | Wednesdays, 10 p.m., free OPEN MIKE NIGHT @ The Playground | Thursdays 10 p.m., free

THE PROFILER: Eskimojitos MEMBERS Jack Craig on bass and vocals + John Krueger on lead vocals and guitar + Rino Mendoza on lead guitar and vocals + Zach Swenson on drums and guitar

GENRE Alternative-Pop-Rock INFLUENCE “We have a ton of songs and we pull from that,” Zach says. The Eskimojitos have become huge fans of Tom Petty, since seeing the classic rock singer and his band at Bonnaroo. “What’s wrong with Tom Petty?” Zach asks rhetorically. Their music is a mix of country-folk, pop-punk, and feel-good-rock.

HISTORY Zach and Rino were in a previous band together, John and Zach have been playing together for about ten years. Some of the members were in the John Krueger Trio. They have combined their skills and diverse musical backgrounds into the feel good style that is the Eskimojitos.

AUDIENCE “We are not putting on a Jack Johnson show,” Zach explains. “We really like music, it’s just fun,” John says.

QUIRKS Zach and Rino are in the Tom Petty tribute band Pretty Petty. “Rino is the prettiest little Asian girl I’ve seen,” Zach says. “I have actually seen women cry over his guitar playing.”

HORIZON The Records Records Show at Sky City on May 14. “We are a community of friends,” the band explains and it is those friends who will be attending, performing and perhaps even driving the band to the show at Sky City.

SMOKEY JAMES DJ COLLECTIVE @ Soul Bar Thursdays, 9 p.m., free

WHY AUGUSTA “People have fun,” Zach says. “We feed off the crowd.”

4 CATS IN THE DOGHOUSE @ The Willcox | Thursdays, 6 p.m., free

NEXT SHOW April 17 | Red Wing Roller Way during Roller Derby and May 14 | Sky City

all out acoustic fridays @ 100 on Laurens Fridays, 9:30 p.m., free Now Dance, Baby! with DJ Kenny Ray, greatwhitefunk and Smurf @ 100 on Laurens Saturdays, 9:30 p.m., $5

FIND THE VENUE 100 on laurens

AWARDS Lokal Loudness 2011 Favorite Male Artist, Favorite Guitar Player, Favorite New Band D.I.Y. THE COUNTRY CLUB



SKY CITY @ 1157 Broad St., 706.945.1270

@ 2834-F Washington Rd., 706.364.1862 @ 402 11th St.

JOE’S UNDERGROUND @ 144 8th St., 706.724.9457

THE LOFT @ 917 Broad St., 706.955.7954 Metro Coffee House Pub @ 1054 Broad St.,

@ 235 Richland Ave., Aiken, 803.648.4265


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ASK DR. KARP The Cholesterol or the Egg? Gabriella in Harlem asks…

“Are Easter Eggs Healthy to Eat?” Gabriella, this is a great question, especially since Easter is about a week away. What to do with all those Easter eggs and what is the latest information about eating eggs? Eggs have been healthy in the past, they are healthy today and they will be healthy in the future. If you believed all the hype about eggs in the popular press, you would think eggs were healthy THIS month, but LAST month they were not and “who knows” next month! Let us set the record straight, once and for all. Eggs are a great source of protein and can (and should) replace some of the other types of proteins in your diet, especially high-saturated fat meats. The protein from eggs comes from the white part or what we call egg albumin. This egg protein is so nutritious, that it is used as a standard to compare all other proteins against. The biological value (the nutrition) of egg protein is 100%. WOW! Now, what is the downside of eating eggs? If you have elevated blood cholesterol (either total cholesterol or LDL cholesterol), then you need to moderate your use of egg YOLK. Since all of the cholesterol in eggs is in the yolk, eating the very nutritious egg white is not a problem, even for people with high blood cholesterol. Moderating your intake of egg cholesterol is very easy to do. When you make eggs for breakfast, lunch or dinner, make egg white omelets, instead of using the whole egg. When you cook, add two egg whites, instead of a whole egg in recipes. Throw out the yolks, do not save them and re-use them in casseroles or other foods. If you want and can afford it, you can buy egg substitutes in cartoons at the store, but this is really not necessary to do.

By the way, if you insist that your omelets look yellow, you can add a little bit of egg yolk for color. For example, if you are using six eggs to make a breakfast omelet for your family, use the whites from 5 or 6 eggs and then add a whole egg. This will give it the yellow color that your family is used to, but you have cut the cholesterol in this dish by over 80%. Add mushrooms, green and red peppers, green onions, a little salt and pepper and you have a great looking, nutritious and delicious omelet for breakfast. Use margarine or “spray butter” to cook the eggs. Remember that the SATURATED FAT in the butter will raise your blood cholesterol more than the cholesterol in the egg yolk. Back to your original question about all those hard-boiled eggs that the Easter Bunny left you and your family for Easter. What should you do with them, especially if high cholesterol runs in your family? Here is a simple recipe for no-cholesterol deviled eggs. First, store hard-boiled eggs in the refrigerator until you are ready to use them. Remove the shell and slice the eggs in half. Scoop out the egg yolks and throw them away. Next, take some egg substitute and cook it in a non-stick frying pan with some olive oil or butter spray. When the egg mixture is fully cooked, put it in a mixing bowl, add some finely chopped onions, parsley, celery, some low fat mayonnaise, some salt and pepper and mix well. Take this mixture, fill the sliced boiled egg whites, sprinkle on some paprika (beautiful) and enjoy. There you are – simple, delicious and easy no-cholesterol deviled eggs. Do not be fooled into paying more money for all those “fancy-schmancy” eggs. Adding omega-3 fat to the eggs or raising chickens free range, instead of caged or adding extra vitamins to the eggs – all of these things are marketing gimmicks and add to the cost of the egg without significantly increasing the nutrition of the egg. How do we know this? Remember, the main nutrient in eggs is the egg white and has nothing to do with all the extra stuff being added to justify a higher price. Both the Easter Bunny and Passover Pete visit out house (in case you are curious, Passover Pete brings us chocolate-covered matzos). Happy Easter, Happy Passover, Happy Holidays and Happy Spring. by DR. WARREN KARP Ask Dr. Karp focuses on food, diet and nutrition. Dr. Warren Karp is Professor Emeritus at The Medical College of Georgia. If you have a question you would like answered in this column, email him at or visit either his Facebook page: website at

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Lokal Music Musings By the time this prints, I will probably be staring at the walls debating with myself whether I have fully recovered from the madness of spring break in Augusta. Luckily, I have some choice new musical acquisitions to crank through my old school huge earmuff headphones and bash away the last few fuzzies. By the time I come out of the other end of my self-imposed rock & roll intervention, I will be geared and primed for the next AUG rock & roll show … but while I am waiting… When I find myself with downtime, I wade through my collection of musical videos which includes concerts to documentaries to spoofs to biopics. This often causes me to wonder, since there have been biopics about legendary artists such as Jerry Lee Lewis (Great Balls of Fire), Johnny Cash (Walk the Line), Ritchie Valens (La Bamba) and others, why no one has made a film on the life and times of James Brown. Just seeing what liberties a movie producer would take with the police chase over state lines would be interesting but let’s get real here folks – not only would this movie rock, it would have a kick-ass soundtrack! It appears I will wonder no more. News just came out that a film about the Godfather IS in the works. Possibilities to play the lead role? Names mentioned so far include Chris Brown (yeah the guy who pushed around his then-girlfriend Rihanna), Eddie Murphy (who can ever forget his “James Brown Hot Tub” skit on SNL back in the day) and Usher. I am not sure if I really see any of them pulling off Mr. Brown but, then again, I laughed at the idea of Jamie Foxx playing Ray Charles and we all know how cool that turned out to be. Congratulations to Augusta hardcore band Ironwill on their signing to Richmond, Virginia label Blood and Ink Records. The band will hit Sector 7G IRONWILL on April 29th before invading various southeast states in support of their new eightsong release Unturned. For band info, tour dates, merchandise and a glimpse of the band’s new video for the track “Visionaries,” go to BLOODANDINKRECORDS.COM. With most of the legendary Augusta-related music legends gone (James Brown), relocated (Brenda Lee), touring (Jessye Norman and Steve Morse) or rarely making appearances (Terri Gibbs), fans of Augusta music’s storied past are left pining for even the smallest old school music morsel. Well, pine no more! George Croft, frontman of late-sixties soul band The Pallbearers, has been burning up stages the past few years backed by vet band The Vellotones. Anyone who has seen this combo knows how hot these shows can get. Croft still has golden pipes and can still entertain like the best of them. Catch George Croft and the Vellotones April 30 at Laura’s Backyard Tavern in Evans and at Sky City on June 4 for the Shine for Scott Benefit Concert. Looks like, once again, it is time to crank up the radio and cruise on out of here. Until next time, check out the Daily Planner for great live shows. To get an earful of what’s happening in Augusta music, listen to me rant with my good buddy Brian “Stak” Allen each week on CONfederation of LOUDness which can be found, ironically enough, at and, as always, Make it LOKAL, Keep it Loud! by JOHN “STONEY” CANNON

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Will You Be My (Facebook) Friend? You may have heard the saying, “there is a thin line between love and hate.” Apparently, there is also a thin line between “sad” versus “glad.” A new depression diagnosis was just announced and it might be afflicting a teenager near you. Researchers warn that “Facebook Depression” is now one of the potential harms linked with social media and it may affect troubled teenagers who obsess over the site, according to the Associated Press on March 28. At the same time, doctors disagree as to whether it is simply an extension of depression some teens feel in other circumstances or a distinct condition linked with using Facebook. Teen specialist Dr. Megan Moreno explains that, while Facebook may enhance feelings of social connectivity among teenagers who are well-adjusted and content, the site may create the opposite effect on adolescents who are otherwise prone to depression. In spite of these concerns, however, Dr. Moreno concludes that parents do not need to worry that Facebook will somehow “infect their kids with depression.” I will admit that the term “Facebook Depression” sounded super silly to me at first. Now, I better understand how a portal such as Facebook might arouse feelings of insecurity among susceptible individuals in vulnerable circumstances. Petty as it may be, human beings – both young and old – make a sport of comparing our lives to others in an effort to gage how we stack up. The phrase “the grass is always greener on the other side” and the annual agony of class reunions have become rather commonplace in our culture. Given the nondiscriminatory nature of the (comparison) beast, I question why researchers are only applying the term to teens? I suspect that adults also get a bit envious when faced with Facebook photos of friends frolicking about in the Bahamas, sipping margaritas and getting massages while we fold laundry and pay the electric bill. While I am certainly not immune to the whole comparison trap, I have never been a fan of Facebook. Sure, I am “on” it, but I do not enjoy spending time there. It all seems so superficial, staged and like one big self-advertisement. (Call me crazy, but I do not happen to think others really care if I continually post

updates on when I have gone to the bathroom, what I had for lunch or the rotten bananas at IGA). In light of that opinion, I found another lesson I stumbled upon this week particularly fitting for this discussion. San Diego State researchers recently published findings that distinguish between the feelings of pleasure versus true happiness. They argue that we devote way too much time and energy trying to make ourselves happy, and in trying so hard, we actually become less happy. The problem, the team explains, is that there is an inherent difference between the two: pleasure is momentary and fleeting, happening in an instant and then escaping; happiness, on the other hand, incorporates challenges and difficulties, decisions and a sense of purpose. In short, happiness is longer term and requires both choice and commitment for sustenance. In the end, perhaps we would be wise to apply the “pleasure vs. happiness” distinction to Facebook: anyone can “smile happy” for the camera, but the “happy” that creates that smile must come from within. Kris Cook is a freelance writer who speaks from the heart and shoots from the hip. Clearly, she spends way too much time pondering the peculiarities of everyday life.

 Parting Shot

Dream A Little Dream For Me “Augusta is known for the Masters in golf, and after my experience with the Davidson Chorale, I can add Masters in Choral Music.” - Tim Sharp, American Choral Directors Association

The Davidson Chorale, under the exacting direction of Dr. Timothy Powell, release their first full-length recording this week. Perchance to Dream: The Davidson Chorale is an 11-track CD featuring the music of American composer Eric Whitacre and other contemporary choral composers. The CD is organized around the themes of light, darkness, water and dreaming. All but one of the tracks is unaccompanied and represents the purity of choral music. Perchance to Dream will be released April 16 in conjunction with the Davidson Fine Arts Festival. The Chorale recently performed with two-time Grammy winner Joseph Jennings. On June 19, the Chorale will perform the world premiere of Dr. Powell’s newest work, Incarnatio Mysteria, at Lincoln Center.

WHAT Davidson Fine Arts Festival & Davidson Chorale CD Release WHERE Davidson Fine Arts |615 12th St.. WHEN Saturday, April 16 | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. LISTEN | thedaVIDSONCHORALE.ORG

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