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Community excitement begins this Friday and carries us through the first week of October. In this issue, the Daily Planner is packed with events for you to explore in your commYOUnity. The Daily Planner is also available online anytime. It is the most comprehensive event calendar available to Augusta and completely interactive. The Arts community pulls out all the stops this month and kicks off the fall season with the Arts in the Heart Festival. We wrote about it in the last issue of verge – in this issue, you will find a performance schedule. Honestly, the best way to find out more about the event is to actually go see it yourself. This year, the festival moves to Broad Street, where its new boundaries will stretch from 10th Street to Seventh Street and encompass the Augusta Common. Moving to Broad Street is a move that we, again, applaud, as it will provide festival visitors an excellent opportunity to see the epicenter of our community – the restaurants, galleries and shopping opportunities offered outside the festival gates. This year’s host country is Greece. Opa! We love baklava, gyros, the dancing and the traditional dress. Speaking of Greece, prepare yourself for the 22nd annual Greek Festival beginning on Oct. 7, another annual favorite of our family which brings our community together to explore and enjoy our diverse cultural offering. During Arts in the Heart, we are sponsoring a great event: ArtZilla. It’s a rebirth of the old Art45, with a new name and new home. Ten artists will create art, displaying their medium and techniques for all to see, on the sidewalk in front of Wierhouse (1124 Broad St.) throughout the weekend. Several of those artists are featured on our cover and you can find out more about them on page 11. This is an exciting opportunity to watch art in progress, from beginning to end, as they transform blank canvases into masterpieces. Each year, the group brings in a young artist, one who has not sold or exhibited anywhere. This year’s “zilla-in-training” is Hannah Elliott. Veteran artist Aaron Crawford, whose signature monsters devour band t-shirts across the world, also joins the ArtZilla team. Even more exciting is the ArtZilla silent auction for the created work, which starts at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16 – yes, you can bid on your favorite artists’ work before their brush hits the paper! All bids start at $100 and go up in $25 increments. Bids can be placed onsite and through Facebook, telephone and email. When the weekend of painting is over, the works will move to Gaartdensity and be on display, while the silent bidding process continues, until 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 7. At that time, anyone who has placed a silent bid on a particular painting will have one final opportunity to outbid opponents in a live auction. A portion of the proceeds raised during the event will benefit the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art. Then, of course, there is the Westobou Festival. Created in 2005, thanks to a bequest from the estate of Shirley Fleming, the festival is a 10-day celebration of the fine and performing art. The event draws thousands of people to our area and, while they are enjoying this exceptionally diverse festival, they will also be enjoying our community. The following pages are packed with articles about the events that make up the festival – our “picks” of the festival, so to speak. Some are mainstream; others walk on the avant-garde side. But that is the beauty of this event: It brings to Augusta performances that we would normally not have the opportunity to see. To top off this infusion of arts, the Augusta Players are offering up their rendition of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat on Sept. 23, 24 and 25 at the Imperial Theatre. It promises to be an amazing production and worthy of your viewing. It absolutely amazes me the sheer amount of potential we all have this month to explore commYOUnity. You can truly “lose or find” yourself in art. I need a compass. See you out and about in this thing called community.

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11 The Artists of ArtZilla 17 From the Romantic Era to Film Scores 23 The Visualization of the Emotional State Ten artists take to Broad Street for an artistic street performance

Two concerts in seven days show the diversity of the symphony

The installation of Westobou Festival artist Sarah Hobbs

24 You Too Can Do the Westobou 29 Storyline Cinema Brings History to Film

We’ve picked one event per day - from jazz to ballet for under $100

The Koelkers’ latest project, Horse Creek Valley, airs on ETV

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The folk singer muses on teaching, music and his upcoming show

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Art: ARTie - A Community Sculpture Music & Art: Hums & Oms Jazz: Branford Marsalis + Ann deLorge Music: Langhorne Slim Film: Transfigured Time

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Benefit Raises Funds for Baby Milo Aiken Answers the Call of the Wild Team Visit Augsuta Competes in the Ironman New Director for Augusta Sports Council

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Read more about the artists that make up ArtZilla on page 11. In the photo (from left to right): Sean Carmell, Blaine Prescott, Leonard Zimmerman, Staci Swider, Jay Jacobs, Chris Murray, Carrie Brooks and Jason Craig.

ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER After a 10-year career as a print designer, Brent Cline established himself as a highly creative commercial and editorial photographer. Cline says he has excelled by never rigidly defining his style. He addresses each shoot as an opportunity to create something new. Cline works with clients throughout the United States—from New York to Miami. CLINE-DESIGN.COM

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“An intellectual is a man who says a simple thing in a difficult way; an artist is a man who says a difficult thing in a simple way.” — CHARLES BUKOWSKI

“And, thus, did an Assistant Pig-Keeper become High King of Prydain.” — LLOYD ALEXANDER, THE HIGH KING

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around town [ aiken’s wild about reading ]

Rich and Julie Menger’s baby boy, Milo, was born with a congenital heart defect called hypoplastic left heart syndrome. It means that the left side of his heart did not develop as it should have and he will need to have some serious surgery in order to treat his condition.

Aiken’s going wild – for reading, that is. In an interesting initiative to promote literacy, the Aiken’s Women Club is coordinating Aiken’s Wild Read, modeled on the National Endowment for the Arts’ Big Read program. The Opening Call will be sounded on Oct. 1 at the Aiken Public Library as Mayor Fred Cavanaugh announces the community-wide reading of Jack London’s The Call of the Wild.

Milo was born on Aug. 29 and had his first surgery nine days later. This high-risk surgery typically results in survival rates of 75 percent or better and, if Milo reaches the time for the second stage around four to six months, his survival rate will be better than 90 percent, though he will likely need some cardiac medication and regular checkups for the rest of his life. Updates will continue to be posted at the couple’s blog:

After the Open Call at 1 p.m., the next two hours will be devoted to the book’s main subject: dogs. The Pawsitively About Dogs Festival will feature local veterinarians answering questions about man’s best friends, storytellers weaving tales of canine courage and artists capturing them on canvas.

“He’s going to require three surgeries over the next few years to replumb his heart,” said Veronica Mulkey, who organized A Benefit for Milo held at Sky City on Sept. 8. “Rich and Julie are both very involved in the community and there are a lot of people who want to help out, so it seemed important that they not have to worry about money on top of all the emotional stress they must be going through right now.” Rich, a Richmond County firefighter and former manager of Squeaky’s Tip Top, has worked with many local musicians and is an artist, who is well connected to the artistic community in Augusta. His wife is a stay-at-home mom and a Soul City Siren. Both can be often seen riding their bikes with large groups around the community. The support for the family at the silent auction A Benefit for Milo was overwhelming. Augusta artists, including Jay Jacobs, Leonard “Porkchop” Zimmerman, Chris Murray, Jason Craig, Jeff Thomas, Gabi Hutchison, Elizabeth Reynolds, Staci Swider, Jennifer and Ron Vaz, Michael Morkve and Karen Banker, came out en masse to support the cause by donating original art work for the cause. Additional items were donated by Tire City Potters, Wierhouse, Oddfellows Art Gallery, Master Chevrolet Cadillac, Nature’s Way, DiChicko’s, Vintage Ooollee, Challenge Coins, Make It Yours Monograms, Austin Art Glass, USAF Team Aim High and Massage CSRA. “We had a really big turnout and I think everybody had a good time,” said Mulkey. “We raised close to $3,000 and sold most of the 70 items that were donated for us. There was also a girl selling tee-shirts she paid for herself which said ‘Mending Milo’s Heart’, and she raised about $600.” Firefighters at the Richmond County Fire Department joined the campaign to raise funds and placed donation canisters at their 125th anniversary celebration at the Augusta Common on Sept. 10. They are also considering a run or bicycle event which would connect every fire station in the county to raise further donations. Any individual interested in making a private donation may do so at

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To spur on more reading, age-appropriate books will be distributed to 115 daycares, schools, hospitals, doctor’s office and detention centers. These books are related to the overall theme, characters, or setting of The Call of the Wild. The Aiken County Library is located at 314 Chesterfield St. in Aiken. For more information, call 803.642.2020. | AIKENWOMANSCLUB.ORG

[ water trees and shrubs ]

Roy Simkins, the chairman of the Augusta-Richmond County Tree Commission has issued an urgent message concerning Augusta’s trees: “Because of our extended drought and the prolonged period of record-high temperatures, all citizens of the CSRA are urged to water their trees and shrubs. People should not rely on sprinkler systems to get the job done. Trees especially should be hand watered – provided at least two inches of water per week (eight-inch-deep soil saturation) until the drought cycle is ended by a period of substantial rainfall. Heavy infrequent (not light, frequent) watering is the proper approach,” he said. “Already we are seeing effects [of the drought], especially on trees along roadways and parking lots - some trees are already dead and numerous others are under severe stress. Immediate action needs to be taken if these trees are to be saved. Older, larger trees are no exception. A large tree can transpire well over 100 gallons of water per day.” For more information, contact a local Extension Service office: Barry Smith at Columbia County Community Services, 706.868.3484 or Sid Mullis, Augusta-Richmond County Extension Service, 706.821.2349.

[ health clinic opens ] [the inkling: call for entries ] In celebration of the written word, verge is accepting entries for the annual edition of The Inkling, a literary journal discovering the best in local prose, poetry and art. Named in honor of the informal Oxford literary club of the ‘30s and ‘40s, which included famed authors J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, The Inkling mirrors the desire to encourage pursuit of the written word, while providing mindstimulating stories, essays and poems for consumption. In 2010, more than 225 submissions were received and the final edition featured 21 writers and artists. For submission guidelines, write to Around Town is written by CHRISTOPHER SELMEK

Christ Community Health Services Augusta has opened its doors at the renovated Ann Boardman Widows Home in Augusta’s historic Olde Town. The renovated facility features 12 exam rooms and the clinic provides affordable, quality primary health care to the uninsured and medically underserved of the Augusta area. Patients with no health insurance are seen on a sliding fee scale starting at $25 for an office visit. The health clinic also announced the expansion of its staff with the additions of Drs. Jeremy and Karissa Wilson to its team of primary care medical providers. “The timing is perfect for the Wilsons to join us as we

expand our operations. It is a great encouragement to bring such enthusiastic young physicians to our community with a commitment to reach the underserved,” said Dr. Robert Campbell, the CCHSA medical director. The Olde Town Clinic is CCHSA’s second location in Augusta. The original clinic, located on D’Antignac Street in the Laney-Walker community, opened in November 2007.

[ local business expo ]

RelyLocal will sponsor a business expo at the Colombia County Amphitheatre on Sept. 17, featuring local businesses which have become members of the RelyLocal family. Among the 20 to 30 vendors at the event will be Coca Cola of Augusta, White Tiger Graphics, and Pizza Central, making a free event with shopping, eating and entertainment opportunities for anyone interested in learning how patronizing local business helps the community. “Keeping tax dollars here in our community is a macro-thought of buying American,” said Craig Gransbery, the owner of RelyLocal of MartinezEvans. “By shopping locally our community retains 68 percent of that money that keeps circulating throughout our community, while if you buy from a big box store only 23 percent stays in the community, and if you shop on-line all of that money is gone forever.” “It’s also a campaign to educate consumers about the importance of shopping locally and what that means to our roads, schools and how local business leaders give back in non-monetary ways as well by volunteering, coaching, sponsoring local teams and such,” said Leah Gransbery, the RelyLocal director of marketing sales. RelyLocal has been in Martinez and Evans for only four months, according to the Gransberys. The couple had originally planned to open a local business upon moving to Augusta from Savannah, but found that the economic recession hampered most of their ideas. Instead, they decided to do something that would help other businesses undergoing the same difficulty. “This is the first time we have put on a business expo, and it’s the only fundraiser for local businesses supporting local businesses, and the benefits will only grow as we grow in members,” said Leah. RELYLOCAL.COM/MARTINEZ-EVANS | community driven news | September 14, 2011 5

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[ ironman 70.3 returns and new team competes to promote visiting augusta ] The ESi Ironman 70.3 competition returns to Augusta on Sept. 25, attracting 3,200 registered athletes to what has become the largest Ironman 70.3 in the world. The 70.3 mile tri-athletic competition begins at the Fifth Street Marina with a 1.1-mile swim to the Augusta Boathouse, which will serve as the transition point for both the 56-mile bike ride and 13.2-mile run. The first athletes will enter the water at 7:30 a.m. and are expected to cross the finish line, located on the Common, at about 11 a.m. “The swim event is very unique because there are 3,200 athletes signed up to compete right now, and the elite men and women will be the first to get a diving start off the docks,” said Randy DuTeau, the Augusta Sports Council’s event manager. “There will be a wave of athletes entering the water every three minutes, and it’s going to take an hour and a half just to get everybody started. That’s when the fun really begins.” According to DuTeau, the Fifth Street Bridge will be closed to traffic, making an excellent spot for spectators to gather and watch the start of the race. “Our venue is very spectator friendly,” said DuTeau. “The bridge is a very good spot to watch from, and it is an easy walk to get to the transition point. Another thing that is unique about this race, aside from the fact that it is the largest 70.3 mile Ironman in the world, is that the economic impact last year was staggering. We expect about $5 million to be funneled into the local economy from visitors to Augusta for this event.” This is the third year Augusta has hosted the ESi Ironman 70.3. The World Triathlon Cooperation recently signed a contract with the Augusta Sports Council to host the event though 2014. “This event was really significant in establishing Augusta as a sports lifestyle destination,” said DuTeau. “These kinds of events have not only opened the door to additional events, it has also been great for the local economy and in attracting tourism dollars to our city.”

In addition to thousands of spectators and athletes coming from out of town, almost 100 local competitors have also registered. Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver will compete again, with his assistant Karyn Nixon, but perhaps the most impressive addition to this year’s race will be the Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau’s “Team Visit Augusta”. “I was inspired when I volunteered to give water to athletes along last year’s course and saw so many people from all walks of life, and of all shapes and TEAM VISIT AUGUSTA (L to R): IMAN HILL, PEGGY SEIGLER and KATRINA HOLLMAN sizes,” said Iman Hill, the ACVB’s servicing manager improvements in their performance since they started training. who will be swimming in this year’s event. “There were women competing who were twice as big as I was, and men who could “When we first had the idea to create a team we were all novices; be grandparents, but everyone was cheering for everyone else and none of us had ever done that kind of distance before but we were everyone who competed gained something for the effort.” inspired by last year’s event,” said Seigler. “It has definitely had a “We were talking about what a great event it had been at a staff meeting the Tuesday after last year’s event, and someone jokingly suggested we should make our own team,” said Peggy Seigler, the ACVB vice president of Sales and Marketing and Team Visit Augusta’s cyclist. “There were three of us who thought we could do it and we were determined to try. We may not be at the front of the pack, but we are going to finish.” Hill and Seigler, with Katrina Hollmann, ACVB’s director of marketing and communications, have completed four triathlons throughout the Southeast, and each has seen noticeable

positive impact on my lifestyle, since I’m exercising three or four times a week now where I used to do it hardly at all, and I find that if I eat better then it helps my performance. I made the entire bike loop already by myself and, even though I got a flat tire, I proved that I could do it.” Barry White, the president and CEO of the ACVB, is sponsoring the team by paying their registration fee and providing matching jerseys for the race day. For more information, visit IRONMANAUGUSTA.COM.

[ brinsley thigpen joins the augusta sports council as new director ] There was a beautiful symmetry to the Augusta Sports Council’s recent change of command. Brinsley Thigpen, who is transitioning into the role of the Sports Council CEO, officially took on the full duties of her position when predecessor Tammy Stout left Sept. 1. “Tammy is moving away to get married, and I am coming here because I got married,” said Thigpen. Although she has only been living in Augusta full-time for about six months, Thigpen has been commuting here to see husband Beau Thigpen, a local chiropractor, since January 2009. Before that, she worked as program director for Camp Sunshine, based in Atlanta, which provides year-round programming for children with cancer and their families. “I managed several events throughout the state for them, and through the year,” she said. “It was a lot like this role is going to be, because I have to work out the logistics of several events at the same time. I managed several events at the same time for the Atlanta Braves before that.” Thigpen, a devoted Braves fan, believes that her ability to juggle multiple events is one of the strengths she brings to the office, a skill which will come in handy over the next several months. “The Sports Council’s main objective is to bring sporting events to Augusta, but our participation in these events varies,” she said. “We could just distribute the media releases, or help book hotels for the athletes, or we may put on the entire event. When you run a business, you have to know all aspects of it.” These events include the U.S. Tennis Association’s mixed doubles tournament, which brought 950 players and 94 teams in August for Georgia’s state championships, and will continue to take place

in Augusta in 2012 and 2013. The Sports council is also hosting the Half-Ironman Triathlon on Sept. 25, which is the world’s longest half-ironman and will feature an Ironman expo at the Augusta Marriott Hotel on Sept. 23. “By bringing these events to Augusta, we are not only bringing in the athletes, but also spectators, family members, and tourist visits that drive our local economy,” said Thigpen. “It also helps people to become aware of the importance of sports in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and I have always been a promoter of that.” One particular project of interest for Thigpen, who has run five marathons and several half-marathons, is the rebranding of the Augusta Half-Marathon. Increasing local and outside participation in the event, which used to take place in the fall but is now scheduled for February 2012, is already a major focus for her office. “Putting on an event in Augusta is not a one-person or even a one-business show; it takes a lot of collaboration throughout the community to make an event successful,” she said. “I think the sports council is doing a very good job, and I credit that to Tammy and the staff. She has laid a good foundation and I am thrilled to work with all of them.” Thigpen said she looks forward to providing opportunities for all people to enjoy sporting events in Augusta, not just Augustans. Bringing people to Augusta and making them happy while they are here is just as important to her as supporting and enjoying all the city has to offer for its residents. “Just in the few weeks I have been here, the people I have met have been so supportive and shown great respect for this organization and for the city,” she said. “I look forward to getting involved in the community and getting to know the people of Augusta,”

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what’s moving and shaking in local business

SIGNS OF CSRA ECONOMIC RECOVERY NEW LOCATION FOR FIRST BANK The popular hometown bank is trying to play

catch up to its “big brother,” Georgia Bank and Trust, which had a several-year head start on its competitor. We recently spotted a sign in the parking lot of the Kroger Shopping Center on Washington Road in Evans. It indicates that First Bank will be building their newest location there, adjacent to Fairway Ford. This will be First Bank’s seventh location and the first in the heart of Evans – just down the road from GB&T, which is across from Wal-Mart. | FIRSTBANKOFGA.COM


Road is tentatively scheduled to open a Murray’s Cheese Shop inside the store on Oct. 10. The New York cheese store has forged a long-term partnership with Kroger and mini-Murray’s kiosks are currently open in Cincinnati, Atlanta and Houston grocery stores. The specialty storein-a-store offers up to 150 varieties of cheese and specialty foods. | MURRAYSCHEESE.COM

Rae’s Coastal Café extends hours Walter Clay is celebrating the

20th anniversary of his unique restaurant, Rae’s Coastal Café, tucked away in a West Augusta subdivision. He is extending hours of operation and will open for lunch at noon on Saturdays and Sundays (the restaurant opens for lunch at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday through Friday). The café is known for its almost-secret location and Caribbean influenced menu. Plug 3208 W. Wimbledon Drive into your GPS for directions. | 706.738.1313

The Carpet PlacE MOVES TO NEW LOCATION The flooring store will be moving at the end of September from its Wylds Road location and into the short-lived ToyTown Store at 3690 Washington Road. A construction crew is laying out the showroom with various examples of carpet, vinyl, hardwood, ceramic tile, laminate etc.

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Vinegar, Grandma’s Cleaning Remedy, Makes an Environmentally Friendly Comeback

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, air quality inside many homes can be two to five times more polluted than the air outdoors. Many of the products we use in our homes, gardens and garages contain organic chemicals, which are a primary component of indoor air pollution. In fact, studies performed by the EPA show that people can expose themselves and others to very high pollutant levels when they use products containing organic chemicals and the elevated pollutant levels can persist for a long time. Fortunately, you can substitute vinegar for many household products. Vinegar is all-natural and has been around for thousands of years. It is made from the fermentation of alcohol and is environmentally friendly and biodegradeable. Vinegar kills 99 percent of bacteria, 82 percent of mold and 80 percent of viruses. Best of all, it is inexpensive and you can buy it at any grocery store. Here are some of the ways you can use vinegar around your home: Cleaning • Clean, disinfect and deodorize the kitchen and bathroom by spraying surfaces with undiluted vinegar and wiping with a damp cloth or sponge. Avoid using vinegar on marble; the acid can damage the surface. • Remove soap buildup and odors from the dishwasher by pouring a cup of vinegar inside the empty machine and running it through a whole cycle. • Clean mini blinds by wearing cotton gloves and dipping your fingers into a solution of equal parts vinegar and warm tap water. Then run your fingers across both sides of each blind. • Mop vinyl and tile floors with a solution of one cup vinegar for every gallon of water.

The buzz is that the owner of The Carpet Place is spending a little more money per month to expedite a lot of growth. He is leasing the 4,000-square-foot store and 13,000-square-feet of office and warehouse space to keep flooring in stock. | 706.737.0207


The owner of the Ming Yat restaurant building on Georgia Avenue in North Augusta has subdivided some office space to the right of the restaurant and opened My Garden and Beyond. The home décor store offers decorative StoneLite products, flower pots, planters and real stone columns. Relatives will continue to manage the restaurant and the home décor store. | 434 Georgia Ave., 803.279.6963

Men’s Refinery OPEN ON MONDAYS Just down the street from My Garden & Beyond is a growing salon in Jackson Square at 336 Georgia Ave. The Men’s Refinery is increasing its days of operation from five to six days a week. The upscale salon for men is now open Mondays through Saturdays. The salon works diligently to live up to its motto, “A place that the everyday hardworking man can come to treat himself,” by offering a full menu of services, including haircuts and styling, massages, manicures and pedicures, shoe shines and more. MENSREFINERYSPA.COM NEW TATTOO PARLOR IN EVANS Riding the popular wave of body art and piercing, Philip Jacobs has opened his own tattoo parlor – Allegiance Ink at the Goodwill Shopping Center, 4074 Washington Road. | 706.945.1810

Laundry • Remove soap residue and soften fabrics by adding .25 cup white vinegar to the final rinse. • Remove musty smells from cotton clothing by spraying them lightly with white vinegar and then ironing them. Garden • Control black spot and other fungal diseases that affect roses by spraying them with a mixture of 3 tablespoons vinegar to a gallon of water. • Give acid-loving plants such as azaleas, hydrangeas and gardenias a boost by watering them with a solution consisting of a cup of vinegar per gallon of water. • Kill weeds and grass growing in unwanted places by spraying undiluted vinegar on them. If you heat the vinegar up it will work better. Pests • Deter ants by spraying undiluted vinegar on thresholds, near sinks and along other areas where ants are known to gather. Also, you can eliminate anthills by pouring vinegar on them. • Get rid of fruit flies by setting out a small dish of undiluted white distilled vinegar. • Kill slugs and snails by spraying them with a mixture of 1 part water and 1 part vinegar. Be careful not to get the vinegar on plants, it could harm them. Garage • Get rid of rust on tools by soaking them overnight in undiluted vinegar. • Remove lime deposits from sprinkler and shower heads by soaking them overnight in undiluted vinegar. • Deodorize your car by putting a bowl of vinegar on the floor overnight. • Prevent frost on your car’s windows by spraying them with vinegar. For more tips on using vinegar around the house visit the Vinegar Institute website at

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Anne Lovell is an environmental consultant who lives in Aiken with her husband and three dogs. Her column, Living Green, focuses on practical ways to be more environmentally conscious. | community driven news | September 14, 2011 9

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tearing through art in 45 hours it’s


a new name brings new life to this arts in the heart weekend favorite artistic venture

What happens when you take 10 artists, put them on a sidewalk with blank canvases and give them 45 hours to create a masterpiece? ArtZilla. Wierhouse senior designer Jason Craig is spearheading this creative frenzy during the Arts in the Heart weekend. The artists will be stationed in front of Wierhouse, at 1124 Broad St., and the final creations will be auctioned through a silent and live bidding process. The crux of the event is its opportunity to witness the creation of art from beginning to end. “Passersby get a rare glimpse into the creative process. They don’t just watch an artist paint, they get to see the artist tune everything out and immerse themselves into their work as they fight the clock to finish,” Craig said. “The paintings tell a story that spectators want to watch develop.”

ArtZilla is the reincarnation of Art45. Craig, who ran Art45 for the last four years, and fellow Art45 veterans came up with a new name and location – but the original mission remains: to raise money for the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art. They also honed in on a mantra: head + heart + hand. “Head, heart and hand is what you get from each artist,” Craig said. “The thoughtful idea, the passion and determination, and the technical ability to let it materialize.” Sean Carmell of Mr. Tees will add street flair by screen printing ArtZilla tees at the event (for sale, of course). The auction starts as soon as the event begins – you can silently bid on your favorite artists’ work before their brush hits the paper – and ends in a live auction during October’s First Friday.

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We asked each ArtZilla artist a rapid-fire round of four questions. Their responses are as varied as their art and speak volumes for the flavor and creativity of Artzilla. The questions:

MY ART Just one contradiction after another MUSE People who can do things better than me STAY CREATIVE I take my shoes off and dance to the music. ISLAND NEED Paint by numbers

MY ART I am a surrealistic perfectionist. MUSE Natural beauty STAY CREATIVE Escape from reality ISLAND NEED My guitar would provide music, to inspire me to survive and create.




MY ART Just like your favorite Boyz II Men song MUSE Thomas Kinkade STAY CREATIVE My dog, Lamont, and I bounce ideas off each other all weekend long. ISLAND NEED A magic genie

MY ART Tongue in cheek MUSE Talking out ideas with people who think abstractly STAY CREATIVE Look left, look right. ISLAND NEED The most multifunctional thing in the universe: a Frisbee

MY ART A mess of fat rolls, unbrushed broken teeth and hair in weird places MUSE Coffee STAY CREATIVE I just always try and draw. It’s also my job. ISLAND NEED Scarlet Johansson. We could make a bunch of children so they can be miserable and drink coconut milk with us.

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MY ART I can sum that up in one word: Honest. MUSE Everything I see and live STAY CREATIVE My day job as a graphic designer keeps my mind hoppin’ for eight-plus hours a day. ISLAND NEED My sketchbook and pencils

MY ART I paint using only my hands and let the painting evolve organically. MUSE Native American animal spirits STAY CREATIVE Music with an “up” beat ISLAND NEED My iPod: Music takes me to a place outside of myself and helps me stay connected. the moment.

MY ART Memories: Places and spaces change quickly, I want to document it in the here and now. MUSE Life and traveling STAY CREATIVE Feeding off of the energy of the other artists ISLAND NEED Sketchbook: I would own that island after I recorded it in my sketchbook!



MY ART Describe your art in one sentence. MUSE What inspires you? STAY CREATIVE How do you keep yourself creative all weekend long? ISLAND NEED If you were trapped on an island with only one nonessential item, what would it be?







MY ART Artist, illustrator and designer with a colorful and technical style MUSE Food STAY CREATIVE Making personalized greeting cards for friends and family ISLAND NEED A camera to photograph the island’s flora and fauna

MY ART A bowl of surreal MUSE Muse is a band that rips off Radiohead. STAY CREATIVE Shuffling songs and sipping wine helps the juices flow just fine. ISLAND NEED A guitar so I could soothe the Kraken






WHEN Friday, Sept. 16, 6 to 9 p.m. | Saturday, Sept. 17 starting at 9 a.m. | Sunday, Sept. 18, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. WHERE In front of Wierhouse at 1124 Broad St. THE AUCTION PROCESS All bids start at $100 and go up in $25 increments. Silent bids can be placed onsite, through Facebook, telephone and email. Finished works will be on display at Gaartdensity (1155 Broad St.) until the final live auction at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 7. MORE Look for ArtZilla on Facebook | | community driven news | September 14, 2011 11

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hums & oms


get ready to


a ten day immersion in the arts

In its fourth year, the Westobou Festival once again offers a rich variety of music, dance, theatre, film and art. From Sept. 29 through Oct. 8, Augusta is transformed into a giant performing arts arena - from downtown Augusta to Augusta State University to Paine College to North Augusta. The Westobou staff - consisting mostly of curator and director Molly McDowll - and its marketing team at Wierhouse have reorganized and streamlined the feel and look of this year’s festival. The ticketing has been centralized to the Westobou office at 965 Broad St. The schedule has been carefully crafted to avoid too much overlap, making it easier to choose which events to attend.

Priscilla Hollingsworth (above) and Carl Purdy (left) create the clay pots that will be transformed into musical instruments for Hums & Oms: Performing Sculpture.

The caliber of performances has also risen, with the likes of Ira Glass, Momix, Roseanne Cash and Branford Marssalis. Particularly of note are the unique collaborations crossing the boundaries of artistic genres to create truly unique events, such as Hums & Oms, Transfigured Time and I Waltzed with God on the Morning of Genesis. Over the next several pages, you’ll find the Westobou events that caught our eye - from

Hollingsworth is putting the finishing touches on a ceramic djembe, while Purdy is stringing the creation with instrumental wire. The work has taken more than four months to create.

art to film to dance to music. There are events that fit into every budget - and for every cause. So get ready for this veritable cornucopia of choices. It’s going to be a soulsatisfying ten days. While planning which Westobou events you will attend, don’t forget about dinner! Downtown boasts a number of locally owned and operated restaurants for about every taste bud which make a great way to begin or end an evening outing. | WESTOBOUFESTIVAL.COM. — EDITOR

help create


artists row’s community art sculpture

Hums and Oms, a performing sculpture presentation, will take place as part of this year’s Westobou Festival at Augusta State University’s Maxwell Theatre on Oct. 5. The installation will feature 10 original musical compositions by ASU music professor Carl Purdy on original musical instruments sculpted by retired ASU art professor Priscilla Hollingsworth, inviting the audience to ponder the relationship between music and art. “We had heard Westobou folks were interested in focusing some of their grant money on interdisciplinary projects this year, so we applied together,” explained Purdy. “It’s very good for the humanities classes as well, because the entire focus of the humanities program is on interdisciplinary connections, and students in all four of my classes can write concert reports on the show since it’s taking place on campus.” Hollingsworth is sculpting a series of huge, clay pots which Purdy will connect with piano and harpsichord wire to create a web-like stringed instrument. Then, there will be a series of clay vessels Purdy is fitting with pipe organs, and several pieces of overhead hanging sculpture that function as wind chimes. The connection between music and the sculpture will be driven home by the projection of a Chladni plate on the back of the stage, which contains crystals of sand that arrange themselves into geometric patterns when subjected to different vibrations. Purdy said that the highest frequencies generate the most interesting designs. “Chladni Plates have been known for hundreds of years, and it allows one to visually see how sound vibrations manifest themselves,” said Purdy. “I use them a lot in Humanities courses

when we talk about Hindu and Greek cultures, because many ancient cultures believed that sound and music were themselves responsible for creating the universe. The Greeks would even put their sick around the amphitheater, believing that the sound of the music would be enough to heal them.” According to Purdy, the six people on stage will rotate between stations that include using the human voice, strings, pipe organs and the created sculpture as instruments. The trick will be to choreograph their movements to avoid running into each other. The musicians, including professors Rob Foster, Don Cleary and Travis Shaw, were all chosen for their musical talent and their experience with improvisation. “Augusta State always has a prominent role in the festival because there is so much musical talent here,” said Purdy. “I’ve performed chamber music for the festival three years in a row, and I’m also one of the string players in Transfigured Time at Sacred Heart. I think that one of the things the Westobou Festival does really well is to bring cutting edge productions to town for people to experience and enjoy.” by CHRISTOPHER SELMEK photos courtesy of PATRICIA HOLLINGSWORTH


WHAT Hums & Oms: Performing Sculpture WHERE Maxwell Theatre, 2500 Walton Way WHEN Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 8 p.m. | $15 MORE WESTOBOUFESTIVAL.COM

On Sept. 29, volunteers will gather in front of the Old Richmond Academy to begin building ARTie – The Garden City’s Green Dragon. The 72-foot temporary sculpture will be constructed from recycled materials and by community hands. The finished piece will be unveiled on Oct.6, with a live auction of a miniature ARTie. Proceeds support the Artists Row Annual Art Scholarship and Community Outreach Fund.

DONATE MATERIALS • Plastic soda and water bottles (various sizes, pre-rinsed) • Plastic grocery bags, any color • Leftover cans of spray paint, any color Donation Drop Spots Artistic Perceptions, Elduets Treasures of the World, Gallery on the Row, Oddfellows Gallery, The Book Tavern and Zimmerman Gallery

HELP BUILD ARTie Building Site Old Richmond Academy Dates Sept. 29 – Oct. 5 (except Oct. 2) VOLUNTEER Shifts 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2 to 5 p.m., 6 to 9 p.m. (each day) REGISTER As an individual or group by calling: 706.826.8991. WEAR A long sleeve shirt, work gloves and closed toe shoes.


WHAT ARTie ArtBar and Auction WHERE Old Richmond Academy, 504 Telfair St. WHEN Thursday, Oct. 6 at 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. MORE AUGUSTAARTISTSROW.COM | community driven news | September 14, 2011 13

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ann delorge captures the

thrill of jazz on canvas

she joins branford marsalis to raise funds for local art school

A benefit concert for the Jessye Norman School of the Arts at the Imperial Theatre on Oct. 3 will feature Grammy Award winning saxophonist and recent Tony Award nominee Branford Marsalis, his longtime collaborator and pianist Joey Calderazzo, Augusta’s own Grammy Award winning Jessye Norman and the exhibition of artwork by one of Augusta’s more recent arrivals. Ann deLorge’s abstract painting of saxophones and pianos, entitled Duo and used on the concert’s promotional material, was commissioned to raise money for the Jessye Norman School of the Arts. DeLorge, a native of New Orleans who fled to Augusta following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, appreciates the opportunity to bring the flavor of that city to Augusta through her artwork and her memories. “In Jackson Square, there were nearly 200 artists working outdoors every day on the square, and there was a big fence you could just hang your work on and let everybody see it,” deLorge said. “I worked there for about 20 years and it was a good way to make a living where everybody knew each other. I have met a few other artists here in Augusta, but there is really no artist’s community quite like the one that was in New Orleans.” Since moving to Augusta, deLorge has painted mostly commissioned work, about one painting every week or two. She first met concert coordinator Roger Duke a year ago at the Saturday Market on the River, where she regularly paints. “I was working at the market last year when he and his wife came by and seemed to recognize some of my paintings,” she said. “He loved New Orleans and could hardly believe that I was the same artist he had noticed while visiting the city. Then a couple months ago, I got a call asking me to do a poster for this event.” “My wife and I were looking at her portfolio and recognized some prints that are very famous around New Orleans,” said Duke. “I asked her what she was doing with it, and when she told me she painted them I didn’t believe it at first. She actually designed the poster for the French Quarter Festival, which is the second most popular festival in New Orleans.” DeLorge, originally from Savannah, Ga., first moved to New Orleans from Alabama in 1971. After Hurricane Katrina struck in August 2005, deLorge first stayed with a friend in Jackson, Miss., then with her sister in Tennessee, before settling in Augusta in March 2006. “I left the Saturday they were telling everyone to leave, and it hit Saturday night and I think it flooded Monday morning,” she said. “The city government was starting to make it real obvious they wanted us all to evacuate, and I had a lot of friends dropping by trying to decide if we should stay or go. Everyone took about three days of clothes and some of their important paperwork.” According to deLorge, for the next three months no one was allowed to return to the city, which was mostly without electricity. Getting cell phone signal was difficult in the wake of the hurricane, and talking to anyone with news of the devastation became a pressing concern for many refugees. “Nobody knew what to expect,” she said. “It was hard for everybody, really traumatic, but I was one of the few lucky people whose home wasn’t totally destroyed.”

Her house, located near the French Quarter at the highest point of land near the Mississippi River, suffered only roof damage but nothing inside was destroyed. Nevertheless, beyond the trip or two she makes every year, she has not considered moving back. “There are things I do miss about New Orleans, like the music, the atmosphere and the attitude, but I’ve already been there and done that,” she said. “I thought if I went somewhere new and experienced something new then it would be new for me. I love everything about Augusta I’ve experienced so far, but there really is no place else that’s quite like New Orleans.” One of deLorge’s favorite things about New Orleans, prior to the hurricane, was the local music. She said you could pass five or six bands on the way to the grocery store, all playing their own variety of jazz. But, while the French Quarter is pretty much the same now as it was then, deLorge says the jazz on Bourbon Street has gotten touristier in the past few years than she remembers. Now she believes the best way to see the New Orleans she remembers is through her artwork. “I pretty much incorporate a little of the flavor there in everything I paint,” she said. “Of course it has changed a lot and it changes more the longer I’m not there, but I think the flavor remains the same.” “We got this opportunity to have Branford Marsalis play here, whose background is very much New Orleans style jazz,” said Duke. “I thought we could make the entire festival a New Orleans theme by incorporating her painting.” Most of deLorge’s work is available at, and can also be found at Art on Broad. Two 24-by-36 canvas prints of Duo will be sold at the concert to benefit the school, one by raffle and one through a special auction. The painting is an expression of deLorge’s love for both the community she lost and the community she has gained by moving to Augusta.


WHAT Branford Marsalis and Joey Calderazzo Duo featuring Jessye Norman + art by Ann deLorge

“I’m 65 years old and, at this point, it would be too much trouble to pick up and move back,” said deLorge. “Now I have a house, I have a little gallery and I have some relatives living within a few hours’ drive. I’ve met some good people here, and I’ve found a little niche among the artists of Augusta.”

WHERE Imperial Theatre | 745 Broad St. WHEN Monday, Oct. 3 at 8 p.m. TICKETS $15 to $40 BUY 706.828.7768 or WESTOBOUFESTIVAL.COM



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classic hits from the

romantic era to modern day THE SYMPHONY’s new season begins with ravel and moves, seven days later, to the film scores of john williams

Maestro Shizuo Z. Kuwahara and Symphony Orchestra Augusta will open their 57th season on Oct. 1 with Innocence Cherished, a series of works by composers from the Romantic era. The performance features Symphony Youth Competition Winner Amir Naji, a senior at Davidson Fine Arts School who has won numerous awards statewide. The symphony will follow up on Oct. 8 with the John Williams Spectacular as part of the Westobou festival. Kuwahara spoke to verge about the upcoming events. VERGE: In a past interview with verge, you stated, “When I select an artist to feature, I try to figure out what that artist can teach us.” How does this tie in to Innocence Cherished and the John Williams Spectacular? KUWAHARA: In all cases, composers have some message they want to communicate through their writing. In case of the concert Innocence Cherished, Ravel’s Pavane for a Dead Princess, which is a beautiful French impressionistic work, shows how the memory of a little princess could sound. That’s also true in Romeo and Juliet Overture Fantasy by Tchaikovsky — you will hear passion and drama of fights during the piece, but after the death of Romeo and Juliet, you can hear beautiful melodies, which beautifies the death of the two. From these pieces, you can hear that the way composers express love and death is not so far apart. As orchestra musicians, we must make sure that, in the case of Ravel, Pavane for a Dead Princess does not become “Dead Pavane for a Princess.” If it’s played too slowly, the beautiful writing loses its momentum in expressing the colors of music; rather, it becomes quite boring. Also, controlling the thickness or the thinness of the sound can be challenging, especially in French impressionistic pieces.

“This is not the

funeral mourning

for a girl who has just died, but an evocation of a pavane that a little princess might have danced, in former times, at the Spanish court.” — JOSEPH-MAURICE RAVEL ON

In the case of Rachmaninoff ’s Symphony No. 2, PAVANE FOR A DEAD PRINCESS the composer does not give any specific story attached to the music, but it is intended to be played with rubato (stretch of music) and to be played in a Romantic style. This means we need to add many stylistic elements practiced in a Romantic style that is not written in the music, which will make this symphony a very special piece. For John Williams, I want you to imagine great films he has written for in the past: Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Catch Me If You Can, Harry Potter, etc. Now imagine these films played without the music. You can see how powerful music can be an effective part of the movie. John Williams comes up with melodies that are unforgettable, and the characters are attached to these melodies, which helps the audience with who is in action and what is going on in the film. VERGE: Innocence Cherished presents four individual works by different composers. Is this a set collection or a collection comprised of your personal selections? If the latter, what made you select these four works, how do they work together and were they sequenced specifically to convey a particular message or mood? KUWAHARA: I made these selections, and in fact, all the pieces in the Symphony Series are my selections. In Innocence Cherished, except for Grieg’s Piano Concerto, they are connected in a way that shows the most intimate part of human beings through sound. This season’s theme, Rise to the Edge, brings our season to experience what makes important things in our life valuable. In order to feel the importance, we also have to experience the opposite. So there are two extreme ends to the pieces in this program: love and death. VERGE: This performance also features the Symphony Youth Competition winner, Amier Naji. What was this competition, when was it held, and can you tell us more about selecting Amier to perform and how he will be featured during the concert? KUWAHARA: When we held the Symphony Youth Competition for middle and high school students in the spring, we were extremely impressed by Mr. Naji’s performance. Symphony Orchestra Augusta traditionally features the winner of the competition in our student concert series, called Discovery Concert, but after discussion with the staff and the judges, we decided this year’s winner [would] be featured in the Symphony Series, which is the first time in our history. He will play the first movement of Piano Concerto in A minor by Edward Grieg. You will be amazed to hear an incredible talent we have here in Augusta!

It is believed that Ravel’s inspiration for Pavane for a Dead Princess was thIS portrait of Princess Margarita Teresa of Spain (left) painted by Diego Velazquez (1599-1660).

VERGE: Previously, you also mentioned the need for local musicians to get together and find ways to present music. How does participating in a city event such as Westobou help to advance that? KUWAHARA: One of the big features of the John Williams concert this season is to have a very large chorus with a very large orchestra. This chorus is made up of volunteer singers from all over the community. In each event, we always want to find ways to connect with the community on a personal level. VERGE: What will be included in the John Williams Spectacular, and again, how and why were those particular selections made? KUWAHARA: The selections of the concert include music from many great films: Star Wars, Saving Private Ryan, Catch Me If You Can, Olympic Fanfare, Schindler’s List, etc. The music is very exciting, and I constructed the program in the way so that the two sides of John Williams’ music are presented in a balanced way: the powerful and spectacular side, and the soft and intimate side. He writes really incredible music, and I hope you are as excited about his music as I am! by ALISON RICHTER


WHAT Innocence Cherished with Amier Naji WHERE First Baptist Church | 3500 Walton Way WHEN Saturday, Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m. TICKETS $17.77 to $41.12 WHAT The Music of John Williams Spectacular WHERE Bell Auditorium | 712 Telfair St. WHEN Saturday, Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m. TICKETS $8.41 to $45.79 BUY 706.826.4705 or SOAUGUSTA.ORG | community driven news | September 14, 2011 17

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taking the stage with

relentless enthusiasm LAnghorne slim and the law bring high energy hillbilly flare to folk music

“I’d like to think that I’m part folk singer. I like to think I’m part

punk rock singer too, and part soul singer. There

are a lot of styles in what I do.” — langhorne slim

Langhorne Slim got his start as a solo performer on the Brooklyn club scene, where tags like “folk” were immediately pinned to his craft. His steady ascent to headlining artist includes major music festivals, tours of the U.S. and Europe, an appearance on Late Night with David Letterman and song placements on everything from American Idol to a Traveler’s Insurance commercial. A few hours into a 25-hour drive, the singer/songwriter/guitarist and his band — drummer Malachi DeLorenzo, bassist Jeff Ratner and keyboardist/banjo player David Moore — are back in the van for another stretch of dates behind their most recent release, 2009’s Be Set Free. “We have not graduated to the bus yet, but it’s the life we live,” he says, settling in for an interview rather than taking the wheel. “I love to drive, but my band doesn’t necessarily love when I drive.” Verge: Your Facebook page describes the genre as “folk.” Is that accurate? SLIM: I think they give you genres to pick from on Facebook, and someone picked that for me. If someone asked what kind of music I play, I wouldn’t say I’m a folk singer; however, if folk music means music for the people, and playing music to entertain them and share different messages, then sure, I’d like to think that I’m part folk singer. I like to think I’m part punk rock singer too, and part soul singer. There are a lot of styles in what I do. When I listen to most forms of music in their most raw and pure, it all has a punk edge to me, like Leadbelly, Jimmie Rodgers, Otis Redding or Nirvana. The music is so true, the passion is so true. I get a very similar feeling from all that kind of stuff. Verge: Is it tough to break out of those labels? SLIM: Sure, but what can you do? What I’ve always hoped isn’t the way that it goes. These preconceived notions, how one markets themselves, that goes very far away. My hope was always that if I put on a great show and put out a great record, that’s all you need to do. But you need to think about the taglines and things that go next to your name, and there’s only so much you can do to control that. I could change my page, but when somebody else writes about any of us, there’s only so much you can do about it. You try to do this truthfully and the best that you can and hope that the rest falls into place. Verge: How do you see that developing over the course of five albums? SLIM: We’re recording again in November, and I don’t know, stylistically; I just know I’ve never felt so excited to record. I’m very proud of my records, but my most natural creative tendencies have been in live performing. There’s a beautiful element to recording and making records, but I’ve always felt a little shy with it. This time around, I feel much more confident in experimenting with

different things and being open to enjoying the challenge. We’ll see where that takes us. I’ve got more songs going into this record than I’ve ever had and that can’t be a bad thing. Verge: According to your bio, “One of the most endearing and standout qualities of Slim’s live shows is the sureness that one is always entering a genuine gospel-like musical experience full of little miracles.” Which means? SLIM: Well, you know, my friend, that I didn’t write it, right? That’s a fanciful way of saying that we’re a good live band, and I like to stand by that. We give our all. We tour eight or nine months of the year and try to be the best band on the block, whatever night and whatever block it is. Verge: What are your goals for the next project? SLIM: I’m going to take a lot more time off with this record. Due to our tour schedule, the longest time we’ve taken on a record is maybe nine days, so I’d like to extend that and take at least a full month to work on this one. As far as the direction and studio, I’m still not sure whether it will be a label or self-release. Taking time, having it be very much the guys and myself, keeping it very much a family affair and not super-rushed, I think one is more likely to settle in and take some more interesting chances and make cooler things happen. Verge: It’s quite a jump from open mic scenes to usages on American Idol and insurance commercials. Is it surreal at times? SLIM: Things didn’t happen super fast. I got opportunities that happened quickly, but it was a slow progression of being on the road, writing songs and taking all the opportunities that came our way. So you don’t feel the huge growth over that course of time. When I look back to being a senior in high school or still in college, I can see that we have come along way. That being said, nowhere near where I hope we’re going. So it’s fun to think of that, but only for a few minutes. Then it’s time to get back to work. Verge: Did Travelers at least cut you a good deal? SLIM: It didn’t hurt! by ALISON RICHTER


WHAT Langhorne Slim and the Law WHERE Sky City | 1157 Broad St. WHEN Saturday, Oct. 1 at 10:30 p.m. TICKETS $12 to $15 BUY SKYCITYAUGUSTA.COM MORE LANGHORNESLIM.COM | community driven news | September 14, 2011 19

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crafting a soundtrack for


As part of the opening events for this year’s Westobou Festival, Semi-Precious Productions presents the world premiere of Transfigured Time: Music for the Films of Maya Deren, composed and performed by Mac McCaughan (Superchunk, Portishead, founder of Merge Records) and his ensemble. Following the success of last year’s 13 Most Beautiful … Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests, Semi-Precious partners Matthew Buzzell, Coco Rubio and Eric Kinlaw sought to again provide an all-encompassing evening of rare cinema and music.

Maya Deren’s films “are surrealistic, and the special effects are special because they’re made

by hand with simple tools: a camera.” — MATTHEW BUZZEll

FILMMAKER MAYA DEREN “We knew that Mac had scored some silent films and had done some standard film scores for contemporary cinema,” says Buzzell, “so when we started our conversations with him, we were exploring possibilities. He said, ‘What do you think of Maya Deren?’ I said, ‘I love her!’ Coco and Eric didn’t know her work, but I had seen it in film school many years ago. Mac was a longtime fan, so I said, ‘That’s perfect.’ As soon as it was mentioned, we knew exactly where we were headed and that this was the one.” Maya Deren’s story is as fascinating as her body of work. In 1946, she became the first filmmaker to receive a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, and later that year she was the recipient of the Cannes Film Festival Grand Prix Internationale. Her films earned her the title Mother of American Underground Cinema.

always mentioned in the same breath with other artists I’ve been interested in over the years, specifically Duchamp and John Cage. Even taken out of time — and for its time it’s obviously groundbreaking — the movies are beautiful, menacing, riveting films. When I got asked to do the live film score but the film hadn’t been chosen yet, I immediately knew I wanted to do music for a film that wasn’t a strict narrative. The last film I did this for was a Tod Browning film called The Unknown, with Lon Chaney, which is great, but you get locked into the music serving the narrative to a certain extent and I didn’t want to do that. I was interested in something more open-ended.

Four works — Meshes of the Afternoon, At Land, The Very Eye of Night and Ritual in Transfigured Time — each running approximately 14 minutes, will be presented at the Augusta event.

The combination of music, cinema and setting will create “a rarified opportunity to see extremely unique work and an original score by an indie rock luminary if not an indie rock icon,” says Buzzell. “Sacred Heart Cultural Center is a jewel of an architectural space, and this year, Sandra Fenstermacher, the driving force of Sacred Heart, partnered with us. This is a fantastic social event in a beautiful venue, with the chance to expose yourself to an artist that you may or may not know. Maya Deren is not taught in every art history or history of film course, but she should be.” Mac McCaughan also spoke to verge about Transfigured Time. Verge: When did you become familiar with Maya Deren’s films and what appeals to you about her work? McCaughan: The only specific film I had heard of until a year or so ago was Meshes of the Afternoon, but her name is

Verge: How are these scores incorporated into the works? For example, Meshes of the Afternoon relies on sound effects to create mood and tension. How do you work your score around that? McCaughan: Because some of these films were silent, but some had their own cool scores already, I decided to not incorporate any existing sounds on the films and start from scratch with each one. Verge: Superchunk, Portastatic, film scores – how are all these projects linked artistically? McCaughan: Good question. I guess in some ways, aesthetically anyway, that’s more easily answered by an unbiased listener! But for me it’s all about the sometimes slow, sometimes fast process of making music that’s melodically strong and unpredictable enough to keep you – and me – interested. I don’t really think about specific bands when I’m working on something like this. It’s more about what serves the film in question.

Buzzell calls her a trailblazer and describes her films as “transcendent, beautiful, moving and terrifying.”

“Her films are surrealistic, and the special effects are special because they’re made by hand with simple tools: a camera,” he says. “They’re well thought out, and the techniques are groundbreaking yet so simple.”

be fun to work with. Once you know what instruments you’re writing for, that also allows you to focus further.

Verge: What can the audience expect from Transfigured Time?

COMPOSER MAC MCCAUGHAN Verge: What went into the process of selecting and scoring the four movies that will be presented for Transfigured Time? McCaughan: Selection was based on watching all of her films that I could find and picking the ones that intrigued me the most, or that I felt like I could get my mind around doing the music for. I also started work on a fifth film, Meditation on Violence, but between that and The Very Eye of Night, Eye of Night won out. For the scoring itself, I began by watching each film and basically improvising on guitar or keyboard, recording those ideas, and then taking the themes I liked the best and working them into longer parts. Usually, when working on film music, if you can get some melodic themes going that are strong, they lead to others, and hopefully the pieces feed into themselves. Once I got some basic themes down, I tried to figure out the instruments that would be best to voice the parts. We’re lucky in Chapel Hill; there’s a great community of musicians and I had great people to call that I knew would be into doing something like this and

McCaughan: The films are incredible, and to see them on a big screen is a rare treat. Hopefully with the ensemble we’ve put together – including viola, violin, vibraphone, guitar, drums, bass, trombone and analog synths – the music will drive things along on a parallel track. I’ve found that what 90 or 100 years ago was standard entertainment – watching a silent film with live music being performed in the room – is now so unusual that it’s really an exciting thing to be a part of both for us and hopefully the audience as well. by ALISON RICHTER


WHAT Transfigured Time: Music for the films of Maya Deren composed and performed by Mac McCaughan WHERE Sacred Heart Cultural Center WHEN Thursday, Sept. 29 Garden social at 6 p.m.; film begins at sundown TICKETS $20 to $25 BUY WESTOBOUFESTIVAL.COM | community driven news | September 14, 2011 21

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sarah hobbs art is


Gracefully thick with black and shadow, the scene is haunted with weight: a silhouette of bars against a sky blue wall behind a bed and its motley bedding. One pillowcase is lime green and yellow, matching the multicolored sheets in tone, the other pillowcase is white, matching the shadow-covered blanket. The scene is quite (or ostensibly) simple: Someone who likes her bare blue walls and ‘70s-style bedding has recently rattled out of bed. Bright yellow squares are floating above the bed: Post-it-notes with thoughts scrawled over them hang on barely visible strings.

UNTITLED (INSOMNIA) by sarah hobbs

The title of this piece by photographer Sarah Hobbs is “Insomnia,” hence the bed and the notes – or thoughts – above it, but that picture, Hobbs admits, could convey any number of human emotional or psychic experiences. It is part of a series called Small Problems in Living, in which each photograph consists of an artificial scene designed by Hobbs representing in some way the experience of a particular psychological trait, state, habit, compulsion, anxiety, phobia or peculiarity. “They are really more metaphors for the neurosis, at a more everyday level, [rather than] what someone would actually do,” says Hobbs. Seven of her works in the series are untitled, with suggested titles in parentheses, to let onlookers interpret for themselves what particular human foible is being represented. A picture can signify a particular problem, as indicated by a title, and invite the observer to reflect on the nature of that particular problem or it can inspire the observer to let the picture evoke her own experience and maybe come represent something else – a quirk or anxiety or problem of the observer’s, says Hobbs. “The reasoning behind that is that the word in parentheses is more of a jumping off point. That might have been the concept in mind while I did the piece, but there is so much going on that it doesn’t have to be that.” Hobbs says, “I have always been interested in psychology, and my work has always sort of dealt with human motivation, and what really lies behind our decisions, and I have always been interested in the viewer sort of finishing the work and coming to their own conclusions, making their own decisions.” Hobbs has been taking pictures since she

was 7, and has spent countless hours in the darkroom, earning an MFA in Photography from the University of Georgia in 2000. Since 1999, she has taken a more artistic approach to photography, setting up scenes that explore a theme and suggest a feeling or experience. “I have always been interested in interior spaces and the fact that interior spaces alone, being empty, can carry a kind of psychological weight,” says Hobbs. “And so I thought that I could take that and create things in the space to get give specific psychological information.” Alongside researching psychology and neuroses, Hobbs’ creative process primarily draws from mundane experience, and a sense of genuine human solidarity. “I am dealing with these neuroses on an everyday level, because if I were dealing with them on a clinical level, that would be more callous, and I try to interject a little bit of humor in this work. Because this is an everyday level to these issues that we all deal with, I look for inspiration in everyday things. I could be watching something on television, or reading a novel, or listen to a song, and something will just hit me,” she says. Hobbs will present an installation series for the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art for the Westobou Festival. Though she will take photographs of the artificial environments, the focus will not be on any showcased pictures but on the installation scenes themselves. The exhibit, Flight in Place, will be comprised, according to Hobbs, of a scene constructed and installed in an actual bedroom, so that a viewer can walk in and around the room, rather than just seeing one angle of it in a photograph. The tableau will depict the fictitious experience

UNTITLED (obsessiveness) by sarah hobbs

of a “young adult who inhabits this room, and [who wants] nothing more than to leave, and who has this ideal leaving, being somewhere else that seems so glamorous to them. And so the room is going to be filled with maps and all kinds of things to let the viewer know that this person wants nothing more than to be a traveler, than to leave town; but also little indications in the room here and there that lets the viewer know that this person is never going to leave, that as much as they want to, there is something holding them back. But it will be like the photographs in that each room will be consumed by this idea [of] this person being fixated on leaving,” Hobbs says. Hobbs says her art is a means of compassion and inspiration. Call them quirks or flaws, neuroses or obsessions, eccentricities or pathologies, she says she wants to examine, express and even celebrate them. “We are all so beautifully flawed,” says Hobbs. “And as much as we all hope to be normal, and

put forth this idea of a normal person, there really is no such thing as that, and I love that. I think what makes people so interesting is their quirks, and the things that make them different from someone else. Whether they’re fastidious and need everything neat and clean, or whether they’re a slob, it is very human and very endearing, and at times hilarious. “But it really is, what I think, connects us all; finding people who either have the same problems in common, or love the problems you have and can tease you about them and understand them, and enjoy your flaws. It is infinitely fascinating how we try to operate our lives and how we fall short, and if you can connect to people through that it’s a lovely thing, to able to show your humanity to other people. I think our flaws are so interesting: it goes beyond politics, or age, or anything, but just cuts to our general humanity, that no one is perfect. And I love that. I love that about people.” by SKYLER ANDREWS

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WHAT Flight in Place: an installation by Sarah Hobbs WHERE Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art WHEN Opens Wednesday, Sept. 21 and ends Saturday, Oct. 8 WHAT The Photography of Sarah Hobbs WHERE ASU Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art WHEN ends Saturday, Oct. 8 TICKETS Free MORE WESTOBOUFESTIVAL.COM | community driven news | September 14, 2011 23

9.29 tango on thursday Welcome Practicalonga 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. | free | Casa Blanca Café

Welcome the festival with Welcome Practicalonga, and get out and dance! The Augusta Tango Club is holding their fourth annual Tango Mini Festival from Sept. 28 to Oct. 2. As part of this festival, and as a complement to its Thursday Tango nights, the club is presenting Welcome Practicalonga at Casa Blanca Café. Audiences are invited to celebrate practicalonga, the Argentinean tango, while they wine and dine in a relaxed café setting. Presented by the Augusta Tango Club

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10.1 words on saturday

9.30 classical on friday Incarnatio Mysteria

3:45 and 7:30 p.m. | $4 to $10 | Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School, Beverly Barnhart Theatre Be transported to New York’s Lincoln Center with Dr. Timothy Powell and The Davidson Chorale as they perform Powell’s Incarnatio Mysteria at Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School. The group recently debuted the piece at Lincoln Center and will be joined by soprano soloist Dr. Tina Stallard, who also performed at the premiere. The concert features the choirs of Augusta State University, USC-Aiken and the Columbia County Choral Society, and the Davidson Chamber Orchestra, for a moving evening of music and song. Presented by Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School

10.2 art on sunday

I Waltzed with God...

Reinventing Radio: An Evening with Ira Glass 7 p.m. | $25 | ASU Maxwell Theatre

Learn what makes a compelling radio story as Ira Glass, the creator of the popular National Public Radio program, This American Life, comes to Augusta State University as part of its lyceum series. Kelly Thomas, the director of ASU’s Maxwell Theatre, says that the lyceum series aims to present “thought-provoking lectures, culturally enriching music, theatre, dance, and special programming designed to inform, educate, and entertain,” and that the Glass event fits perfectly into this year’s Westobou celebration. “This year the Westobou Festival is emphasizing the variety of programming available. They have broken down their listings by genre: music, dance, spoken word, theatre, film,” Thomas says. “Ira Glass is an example of a speaker that crosses genres. While he is properly listed in the Spoken Word category, his stories at times have more in common with theatre, and although this event does not include video, we will see the inner workings of how he puts together his radio show.” Presented by Augusta State University Lyceum Series and Georgia Public Broadcasting

Opening Reception | 5 to 7 p.m. | free Paine College, Collins-Calloway Library

Augusta artist Nancy Wellington Bookhart has described her art as “the scratched illiteracy of my father, the incessant prayers of my mother, the hollowed out confusion, bordering insanity of my sisters and brothers who stood in dark places that had no promise of light.” A selection of her works is being presented as part of the I Waltzed with God the Morning of Genesis event at Paine College. Waltzed is a metaphoric performance featuring aspects of music, dance, spoken word, visual art and fashion. Wellington’s exhibit rounds out the visual art portion and is free to visit. Presented by Paine College

10.3 winds on monday Prism Concert

7:30 p.m. | free | First Baptist Church, North Augusta In its third Westobou appearance, the award-winning Savannah River Winds presents a full spectrum of sound. According to Conductor Richard D. Brasco, the ensemble will be divided into nine chamber groups: flute choir, clarinet choir, double reed quartet, saxophone quartet, trumpet choir, horn choir, brass quintet, woodwind quintet, and percussion ensemble. “When the concert begins, we move from one chamber group to the other. When one finishes the other begins in a ‘theater in the round’ atmosphere,” Brasco says. “This performance gives the audience the opportunity to hear the different ‘colors’ (prism) of the wind ensemble.” Presented by the North Augusta Cultural Arts Council

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10.7 dance on friday

Momix: Botanica

7 p.m. | $10 to $50 | Imperial Theatre Jennifer Franks of Augusta Ballet says that Momix dance theater represents the creative, diverse face of 21st-Century dance. Known internationally for presenting work of exceptional

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10.4 live art on tuesday

Social Canvas with Art Bar 6 to 10 p.m. | free | The Parade Grounds at the Old Academy of Richmond County

Grab a seat at the Art Bar and listen to the sounds of creation as the popular Social Canvas concerts join with Westobou to showcase the unique study of automatic inspiration. Tuesday night features local artists Porkchop and Jason Craig creating new work to a soundtrack provided by live bands Hope for a Golden Summer, The Favors and Eat Lightning. Zimmerman says the experience of painting on stage, and with a fixed amount of time to finish the piece, is an exhilarating challenge: “There is a different vibe: energy being generated right next to you. I feed off of that and it kind of wires me up.”

10.5 books on wednesday

The Life and Works of Horton Foote

2 p.m. | free, limited seating | Headquarters Library This year marks 51 years since the Augusta Library opened and Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird was first published. To celebrate, the library is presenting a series of events centered on the beloved novel. Horton Foote, the Oscar-winning screenwriter who adapted the book for film, will be the topic of a symposium presented by Gerald Wood. Wood, the director of the Horton Foote Society at Carson-Newman College, has written four books and several articles about Foote, and will bring with him an exhibition of manuscripts, letters and other objects of interest from the screenwriter’s life. Presented by Gerald Wood

10.6 chamber on thursday Across the Atlantic

Noon Chamber, 12:30 p.m. Organ | free St. John’s United Methodist Church Westobou has always aimed to present significant music in intimate spaces. This year’s organ and chamber series does just that by offering a variety small ensembles and solo artists presenting spectacular music. Thursday’s chamber concert is entitled Across the Atlantic: Art Song from England and America and features mezzo-soprano Diane Haslam, pianist Carol Cook and cellist Christine Crookall. Haslam is originally from England, but now resides in Aiken where she teaches voice lessons. Cook has served as a staff accompanist for various operas and choirs. Crookall performs with Symphony Orchestra Augusta. Sarah Hawbecker will present the organ portion of the concert.

10.8 jazz on saturday The Gospel of Jazz inventiveness and physical beauty, MOMIX is a company of dancer-illusionists under the direction of Moses Pendleton. The show, entitled Botanica, aims to reveal nature’s changing imagery through costumes, projections, props and puppetry. “Emblematic of Augusta’s significant roots in art and medicine, Botanica fantastically portrays a marriage of art and life sciences capturing the Garden City’s spirit: earthly and otherworldly, at once a magnificent vision of the everyday miracles around us,” Franks says. “Outstanding dance, costumes and music will set an exciting and ethereal scene to remember.” Presented by the Augusta Ballet

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8 p.m. | $20 to $35 | Imperial Theatre Vocalist and Georgia native Lizz Wright’s Fellowship was recently named Downbeat magazine’s Beyond Album of the Year. She will bring her genre-defying sound to Augusta as she delivers a sultry R&B performance layered in gospel and jazz. Wright has said that the songs on Fellowship emphasize hymnody, but also borrow from the sounds of Jimi Hendrix and Gladys Knight, in addition to Joan Wasser, of the indie-rock band Joan as Police Woman. “I wanted to do some songs from home and some straight-up gospel,” Wright has said. “But I also had some other things I want to share that I see as sacred.” Presented by Garden City Jazz | community driven news | September 14, 2011 25

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fresh food bites an average joe’s guide to eating healthier

nuts about breakfast

drinkable fruit from

chow bella simple tips and recipes on cooking with natural goodness

It is almost a 100 percent certainty that come Sunday morning I will be sitting somewhere in the area enjoying a nice breakfast with members of my wife’s family. It has become a regular tradition and a nice one, where the goodness of the company far outweighs the goodness of the food. After all, breakfast is pretty much just breakfast. If it doesn’t involve an omelet of some sort, breakfast typically means an oval platter filled with a couple of eggs, grits or hash browns, toast or biscuit, meat of some sort and maybe a pancake. It’s simple and that’s how we Americans like breakfast: easy, calm and comforting. That might explain why most Americans also enjoy breakfast foods for lunch and dinner. Even the addition of pancakes or waffles speaks simplicity. It’s breakfast and it’s comfortable. But sometimes, we wake up and smell the coffee and the thought of the same old breakfast just makes us sigh in complete boredom. We long for something different to the point that we would almost be willing to pour our java over some corn flakes for a change of pace. Well, just like any other meal, there are options. Yeah, it might mean making breakfast at home, from scratch, but never fear – you can do it. This recipe is inspired by an item I found on a breakfast buffet recently – banana bread French toast. I suggest making the banana bread, but you can substitute store bought bread.

Completely Banana Nuts About French Toast STEP ONE: The Banana Bread 2 large bananas 1 tsp. baking soda 1 cup sugar 2 eggs 1 tsp. vanilla

2 cups flour 1 tsp. baking powder 1/2 cup oil 1 oz. milk 1 cup nuts (pecans, walnuts, etc)


I used to think there was nothing better than fresh organic fruit, until I recently discovered two things that make organic fruit even better: smoothie making and juicing. Using the freshest fruit and vegetables, and not much else, I am in Fruitopia. Not to mention both are wonderful ways to use in-season fruits and enjoy the changing flavors throughout the year. Making smoothies and juice at home is rewarding and most are far healthier than the ones you can purchase in a store. A smoothie is simple by definition: It is just an iced or chilled beverage made from fresh fruit. Add some vegetables or a tablespoon of flax seed to pack in extra vitamins. Depending on the ingredients you choose, you might not have to add anything else for sweetness. Think about adding a bit of spinach to a fruit smoothie and much more if it is a green smoothie, as it is vitamin rich and delicious. If you have a blender at home, you can make a delicious smoothie in minutes, though you will want to chop up large pieces of fruit to make it easier for the blades to chop. Depending on your blender, the motor might not be able to handle too tough of a job. I have been going crazy with smoothies in our house lately and my daughter, Emma, loves to help make them. We have one of those Ninja blenders, which I wasn’t sure if I was going to like

1. Mix all dry ingredients in one bowl except sugar and mash up bananas in another bowl. 2. Mix sugar, oil and eggs in with banana, then mix in vanilla and milk. 3. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, stir until just mixed. Add nuts. 4. Pour batter into greased and floured pan and bake at 350 degrees for about 45 to 50 minutes or until you can stick a fork or toothpick in and it comes out clean.

The best part about smoothies is the experimentation. Go crazy with fun combinations and enjoy the pure goodness of fresh fruit – in a drink! article and photos by ELLIE BENSON

INGREDIENTS: 1 lb. washed and sliced strawberries 3 to 5 sliced bananas 1 cup of ice 3/4 cup of milk or yogurt (this is optional. For a non dairy option, add a little more ice or replace with water) A spoonful of Agave Nectar (entirely optional, but a natural sweetener that goes a long way)

1. Mix ingredients well with a wire whisk. 2. Slice banana nut bread into half-inch thick pieces. 3. Dip individual slices into batter and place carefully onto a hot buttered (I prefer light olive oil spray) griddle or pan and cook until golden brown then flip over and repeat. 4. Sprinkle with confectioner’s (or Splenda confectioner’s) sugar. 5. Add fresh fruit or whipped cream.

by JOHN “STONEY” CANNON John believes that anyone can learn to eat healthier - in small steps - taking one bite at a time.

I made a strawberry banana smoothie and juice to illustrate the process (and took a few photographs of each step). Basically, I made the smoothie and then strained the pulp through the nut milk bag.

Try any variety of fresh fruit, it’s the proportions that are important to remember.

1 cup half-and-half 1 tsp. vanilla

Sit down and go bananas and nutty for breakfast! WOO HOO!

Now, I do not have a juicer – we really haven’t been able to justify spending $300 on a machine that only does one task. I somewhat loathe unitaskers in the kitchen (they seem so lazy), so I went on a quest to find a way to juice without having to take out a loan. What did people do before juicers? I stumbled across the nut milk bag. It is typically used for making milks from nuts, such as almond milk, but you can also use it to remove pulp from fruit and it really works! You can find nut milk bags online for less than $10.

from chow bella’s kitchen: strawberry banana smoothie

STEP TWO: THE FRENCH TOAST 6 eggs 1/4 tsp. cinnamon a pinch of salt

because there is really only one setting. But it has become a favorite because it is so easy for Emma to help, as there is only one large button that you hold down while blending. Whenever she sees me pull the blender out, she runs into the kitchen begging to help, so it has become a family affair.

HIGH IN ANTI-OXIDANTS Add one of these fruits and vegetables to your smoothie for anti-oxidant power: blueberries, spinich, half of a lemon, kiwi and red or green grapes.

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storyline media tells the

stories of our past husband and wife filmmaking team delves into the rich, untold

history of the area

Storyline Media blends the talents of Aiken-based Jamie and Christi Koelker into a formidable movie-making team. Crafting movies that tell powerful stories, both in sound and images, is their passion. The Koelkers like to say that the foundation of their company comes from a G. K. Chesterson quote: “History is a hill from which men see the town in which they live.” They believe producing movies that transform dry historical facts into living, breathing characters is their pivotal role as filmmakers. During the past three years, they have been sought to produce in-depth historical documentaries in and around their area. The latest is Horse Creek Valley: A Tale Worth the Telling, and it will air at 9 p.m., Sept. 22 on S.C. ETV’s acclaimed Southern Lens series. Horse Creek emerges from an area of land near the boundary between Edgefield and Aiken counties. It meanders for almost 24 miles over rocks, around islands of sand, past millponds and through the valley it has been carving for millennia, falling 480 feet to join the wide Savannah River. The documentary weaves together an intricate story about the ever-evolving spirit of this place shaped by its people, its wars, its agriculture and its industry. It makes stops in time to introduce some of the individuals and some of the events that influenced this remarkable area.

“It’s a strange phenomenon, which always happens in our work. The story emerges when it is given the right conditions.”

ABOVE: CHRISTI and jamie koelker. BELOW: From horse creek valley, a page from Frederick Von Reck’s sketchbook of a euchee indian village in 1736 when he came through Horse Creek Valley and into present day Augusta.

— christi koelker

The Koelkers were recruited to the project by its eventual executive producer, Elliott Levy, the director of the Aiken County Historical Museum. Levy says he became fascinated by the complex history of Horse Creek Valley when he moved to Aiken six years ago. “So many unusual events occurred in the Valley and so many people passed through there that it became somewhat of an obsession with me,” Levy said. “From the longest railroad in the world and the first compulsory school system to every influential industrialist in the 19th and 20th centuries, Horse Creek Valley saw it all.” Levy decided that the best way to tell the comprehensive story of Horse Creek Valley was through a documentary film. He was already working with Christi on a project capturing the recollections of a number of Aiken County residents through video histories, and recruited her to give shape to his vision. Together they met with researcher and grant writer Coleen Reed, who obtained the funding from the Humanities Council of South Carolina, the Aiken County Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, The Friends of the Aiken County Historical Museum, the Aiken County Historical Commission and the Irene Trowell Memorial Education Fund. Two other major contributors to the film were graphic designer Shelly Marshall Schmidt and narrator Robert Franklin. The next project for the Koelkers is Pottersville, a documentary that followed an architectural dig this past summer in the hot, dry backcountry of Edgefield County. There, a team from the University of Illinois unearthed a pottery factory that operated from about 1810 until the beginning of the Civil War, one of several pottery making operations in the vicinity. This find was the home base of many artisans, most famous of whom was Dave the Slave, considered one of the truly great folk artists in America. Pottersville will likely become an hour-long documentary and will be made into shorter segments for classroom instruction. Their docudrama Edgewood: Stage of Southern History won the Grand Award in the film and video category of the Council for Advancement and Support to Education for 2010-2011 and is currently being well received at international film festivals across the country. Both projects found enthusiastic support from the Humanities Council of South Carolina and private donors, anxious to subsidize movies that preserve history, educate and entertain Christi Koelker – The Story Architect Christi considers herself not solely a writer, but a “story architect.” “It’s not as if I’m writing something that originates in my imagination. I use what I find to build an intricate story from historical facts as they reveal themselves through in-depth investigation and exploration,” she says. Of her theory of the story architect, Christi explains, “Facts are just random anecdotes until they are gathered together, dusted off and paired up with the people who lived

them within their historical context. There is always a deeper, more complex story that lies beneath the surface. As photographs, letters and other artifacts are excavated over the course of months, connections emerge that were never before apparent. It’s a strange phenomenon, which always happens in our work. The story emerges when it is given the right conditions.” Jamie Koelker – The Art and the Process Of her cinematographer husband, Christi says, “Jamie is a master of light, of visual timing and of seeing the elements of the story in the precise setting.” Jamie says that going about producing a documentary sounds straightforward, with three broad stages – pre-production, production and post-production – and simple – if you have many years of experience and still have a passion for the process. “In pre-production, we research the subject, identify the experts on the story’s content, all-the-while learning from them, and then identify the assets we will need to create the piece,” explains Jamie. “In production, we shoot the story and digitize archival materials for inclusion, he says.

“Documentaries give me the opportunity to shoot in vastly different settings – from large-crew dramatic segments to solo documentary footage – both of which I truly love.” “In post-production I also work with the archival assets – photos, art, maps and film – direct the music and do the editing,” he says noting that when all those elements are wrapped together, they produce a movie. To produce documentaries - long and short Storyline Media works with businesses, nonprofits and individuals to help them discover the richest assets of their history and then tells a compelling visual story. The result is impeccably researched, powerfully written and skillfully constructed movies. by STEPHEN DELANEY HALE photo of the Koelkers by ALISON RYAN

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BOOKS CHANGE LIVES Over the past year, several rambling and fascinating books have been written about how reading has changed the authors’ lives. If you have not enjoyed a good book recently, then be inspired by one of these books to rediscover the benefits of reading. Everyone knows that reading delivers knowledge, but these books highlight the rejuvenating power of reading for pleasure.

Tolstoy and the Purple Chair by Nina Sankovitch In spite of a lightweight title, this optimistic memoir is primarily about grief. Tolstoy and the Purple Chair is an account of author Nina Sankovitch’s goal to read an entire book every day for one year. Each chapter has a title with an interestingly unique ring to it such as “Fireflies Dancing Across the Lawn.” But, with the exception of one chapter, “Sex by the Book,” which is mostly about Sankovitch’s husband, all of the chapters are related to her beloved older sister Anne-Marie. The author uses voluminous reading as a means of dealing with the death of Anne-Marie. Her own simple life is not overshadowed, but rather enriched by timeless themes of classic and contemporary fiction in a compelling way. Sankovitch’s reading allows her to both grieve her sister and integrate the harsh immigrant experience of her parents into her own life.

My Reading Life by Pat Conroy In My Reading Life, the great Southern novelist Pat Conroy makes it clear that reading has also been therapeutic for him: “Writers of the world, if you’ve got a story, I want to hear it. I promise I will follow it with my last breath. My soul will dance with pleasure, and it’ll change the quality of my waking hours.” Suffering physical abuse from his father as a child, Conroy found solace in sharing books with his mother. The first chapter is about the strong effect of his mother’s reading aloud of Gone With the Wind had on him when he was 5 years old and how he still considers it to be the most influential book in his own career. My Reading Life is as much a tribute to the personal mentors, teachers and co-workers who led Conroy to influential authors, as it is to the authors themselves. Conroy further realized the power of the written word when a Citadel English professor broke down crying while reading Whitman’s “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d,” an elegy to President Lincoln.

Seeds: One Man’s Serendipitous Journey to Find the Trees that Inspired Famous American Writers by Richard Horan Richard Horan’s book, Seeds: One Man’s Serendipitous Journey to Find the Trees that Inspired Famous American Writers, is also a tribute to people who have positively affected his own life. Horan aims to pay homagen not only by writing about these people, but by gathering seeds from trees growing near their homes. He then plans to plant all the seeds in the same plot, apparently to create a literary forest. With jaunts to the haunts of about 20 literary giants, such as Robert Frost and Harper Lee, Seeds also includes an eclectic mix of pilgrimages to others of nonliterary fame, from Krishnamurti to Muhammad Ali. Not discouraged when the gates are locked or when the famous tree has died, Horan always gets his seed. This wonderfully whimsical book is funny at times and is an unusual meditation on the nature of inspiration.

The Reading Promise: My Father and The Books We Shared by Alice Ozma The Reading Promise is a glowing account of how reading can positively transform a young life. Sharing a love of reading with her father, 10-year-old Alice challenges him to read aloud to her for 100 nights in a row. They enjoy it so much that they continue to read together every night until Alice goes to college. How they manage to keep their reading streak alive makes for a story just as charming as the classic kid’s books that it praises. There is a useful list of the books that they read at the end. For a broader assortment of reading inspiration for adults, check out these books about the favorite books of famous people: You’ve Got to Read This Book!: 55 People Tell the Story of the Book that Changed Their Life, edited by Gay Hendricks and Jack Canfield; The Book That Changed My Life: 71 Remarkable Writers Celebrate the Books that Matter Most to Them, edited by Roxanne Coady; and Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Children’s Book: Life Lessons from Notable People, edited by Anita Silvey. For more books with lists of great kids books to read, check out What to Read When: The Books and Stories to Read With Your Child and All the Best Times to Read Them by Pam Allyn and The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child by Donalyn Miller. by MICHAEL SWAN, DIRECTOR OF THE AIKEN LIBRARY

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a lifetime of embracing the music

livingston taylor an intimate evening at the

jabez on sept. 30

Livingston Taylor grew up in Chapel Hill, N.C., and began playing guitar at 13. After high school, he became a favorite on the Boston coffeehouse circuit, and at 19, he cut his first album. It was the beginning of a successful recording and touring career, opening for such artists as Linda Ronstadt, Jimmy Buffett, Fleetwood Mac, Jethro Tull and Emerson, Lake and Palmer. Since 1989, Taylor has taught a stage performance course at Berklee College of Music in Boston. He also published a book, Stage Performance, based on lessons he has learned and taught. He maintains his touring schedule, performing an average of 80 shows per year, including originals, standards and a mix of his favorites from a variety of genres. Livingston Taylor spoke to verge about teaching in the classroom and onstage, and his predictions for the music industry. Verge: What makes teaching enjoyable year after year, and what makes you a good teacher? TAYLOR: What makes it enjoyable is to be in

the presence of people who are going to be reinventing the planet constantly. It’s wonderful to be around their energy. I think I am a good teacher, and what makes me a good teacher is that I’m so deeply enthusiastic about the journey that my students are on. Verge: Have you caught anyone texting in


TAYLOR: I don’t allow people to use computers

or texting or whatever if that isn’t directly related to my class, in my class. If they’re doing it, I say there is nothing more important than being in communication with their friends, and certainly nothing that I’m going to teach or say that’s more important than that, so they are to leave class immediately and continue that communication. Essentially, I kick them out. I do believe that there’s nothing more important than what they’re doing with their friends, but not while you need to be in my class.

Verge: You recorded your first album when

you were 19. Today, 19 is the average age for a record deal, if not younger.

TAYLOR: You hear that, but that’s because the

only market left is accessing pubescent teens. The distribution networks that afforded the record industry, which made it financially possible, have all disappeared, so it’s what’s left. Lots of people are making adult music, but it’s the last thing that can be exploited. The real challenge is how to find income flows so you can finance the improvement of your music. We will figure out income flows through the transfer of digitized creativity through the Internet. Those income streams will make possible new gatekeepers that will winnow out some of the noise and the chafe and basically reinvent the music industry. Right now it’s just an endless copy of what was.

Verge: Who is your audience? TAYLOR: My audience is my students and my

contemporaries. I’m 60, so my audience tends to be people in my age group, 45 – 70, and a wonderful group to be around. There are young people, and they’re enthusiastic about what I do because they’re enjoying my discipline and my precision, and these are things that you develop as you get older.

Verge: What has enabled you to survive and


TAYLOR: I think what allows me to continue

to have such a vibrant career and life is the absolute ferocity of my curiosity. I wake up each

and every day absolutely on fire for what’s going to happen. I love being in the company of my brain. Verge: Is technology taking the place of said curiosity and brain usage? TAYLOR: I don’t think so. All of this stuff

“I wake up each and every day

absolutely on fire

or what’s going to happen. I love being in the company of my brain.” — livingston taylor

opens up and frees up the next group who are reinventing the world with the reality they have at hand. It’s not frightening or dangerous. What young people want people over the age of 50 to do is not tell them how to live their lives: “When I was your age.” They’re interested in your watching them and advocating for the life they have to lead. When you don’t understand part of the journey they’re on, you ask them to explain it to you and be clear about the explanation. It doesn’t give them a path, but it tells you that you should be patient about the journey they’re on and figure out why they’re doing it. I believe that they’re going to do great. I expect them to do great. Verge: You’re working on a new album. What

can you tell us about that?

TAYLOR: I plan on doing some recording this

fall and hope to get a project out in 2012. I’m very enthusiastic about doing a project with a wonderful keyboard player named Shelton Berg. He is a great piano player and educator from the University of Miami.

Verge: You also updated your book. TAYLOR: The update involves the entire collapse

of the traditional record industry and radioplay ballet. The record companies would release 200 records, the radio stations would play four of them and that was the ballet: trying to find the record that the radio stations would play, and the radio stations, in playing that record, generating enough money for the record companies that they could release additional creativity. That ballet has been totally disrupted by the Internet.

Verge: Unlike many artists, you remain optimistic. TAYLOR: Oh, oh, please! Like I said, you get

over 50, you want to advocate for the future, and if you expect to be included in the future, you better be enthusiastic about it, because guess what: Nobody needs your negativity. They’re all set with that. Nobody needs your fear for their journey. They’ve got enough fear of their own.

Verge: You have a wide range of influences and styles. Are young musicians prone to locking into one style? TAYLOR: There’s a little bit of that, a lack of

introduction to it, but the real problem is that the gatekeepers — those people we love to hate; the overweight, squishy, predominantly male,

cigar-smoking people that say, “This sucks. Do it again.” — those gatekeepers are absolutely essential for the advancing of art. They tend to be old and they tend to be obnoxious, and the problem is that they also tend to be right. What you have now is anybody can release anything at any time, but just because you can do it doesn’t mean you should do it. It’s in music, publishing, photography, books, newspapers, radio — everything has been affected by the capacity of infinite digital transfer for free. That’s because there is no pay to be made. It’s not because somebody is taking it. As these developments increase, not only is there discouragement but also there’s a manifestation of fear that there won’t be enough. Listen, I got it; I’ve got the same fear, but the fact is that there is no turning back. You can only walk forward, and as I’m very fond of saying, we may die walking forward; we will certainly die standing here. Move it. by ALISON RICHTER

See the Show

WHO An Evening with Livingston Taylor

WHERE The Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd., Evans WHEN Thursday, Sept. 29 | 7:30 p.m. TICKETS $32.50 to $37.50 BUY augustaamusements.tix.COM MORE | | community driven news | September 14, 2011 31



A Disney animated classic from 1994 gets a 3D update when THE LION KING returns to theaters for a limited engagement, beginning Sept. 16. This story of a lion cub destined for greatness features Oscar-winning songs by Elton John. The animated tale remains one of Disney’s top all-time earners worldwide and this re-release should add to those profits nicely. The big-screen event precedes the film’s release on Blu-ray, scheduled for Oct. 4. Sept. 16 also brings a Ryan Gosling action vehicle, DRIVE. Gosling (The Notebook, Blue Valentine) plays Driver, a Hollywood stunt driver by day who moonlights as a getaway driver for seedy L.A. heists at night. When this loner falls for his neighbor Irene (Carey Mulligan), he learns her ex-con husband is in trouble with the mob, putting Irene and her young son in danger. Driver gets in too deep and finds he has been double-crossed in a dangerous heist, forcing him to go on the offensive to protect the woman he loves. Albert Brooks, Ron Perlman, Bryan Cranston and Christina Hendricks also star RYAN GOSLING IS DRIVER in this action adventure from Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn. The impressive cast and the director’s artistic reputation elevate this fastpaced drama beyond the genre’s usual pitfalls (i.e. a Nicolas Cage vehicle).

JAMES MARSDEN IN STRAW DOGS More action and bloody violence comes courtesy of a remake of Sam Peckinpah’s 1971 thriller STRAW DOGS. James Marsden (Enchanted) takes on the role originated by Dustin Hoffman in this adaptation of Gordon Williams’ novel The Siege of Trencher’s Farm. While the original was set in England, the update takes place in the American South and finds preppy Marsden and his pretty wife (Kate Bosworth) returning to the no-frills place where she grew up. Her high school flame – a hotshot quarterback in their glory days – now leads a group of contractors working on the couple’s home. Jealousy erupts between the two men over their common love interest and their not-soneighborly views of each other, leading to violent acts by the contractor’s crew. The film’s climax finds the couple trapped in their house under vicious attack by the contractors. Once realization sets in that their attackers are out to kill, the couple struggles with crossing ethical boundaries to defend what is theirs. James Woods and Alexander Skarsgard also star. The film’s title refers to objects used in an ancient Chinese ritual and draws symbolic comparison between those easily tossed-aside items and the film’s formerly revered high school athletes who hit hard times upon finding society has no further use for them. The week’s final release finds Sex and the City alum Sarah Jessica Parker playing a successful working mom. Balancing a career, marriage, parenting two small children and trying to fit in socially while feeling judged by other moms, Parker represents a good portion of the female population in I DON’T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT. Greg Kinnear and Pierce Brosnan (as the alluring “other man”) co-star in this big-screen adaption of columnist Allison Pearson’s memoir. A Brad Pitt sports drama, MONEYBALL, opens Sept. 23 from director Bennett Miller (Capote). Pitt plays Oakland A’s manager Billy Beane, whose innovative means of keeping payroll down while managing a successful roster of ballplayers set the economic example detailed in Michael Lewis’ 2003 book Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game. The week’s other openers include familyfriendly DOLPHIN TALE; a Taylor Lautner (Twilight) action thriller, ABDUCTION; and two especially testosterone-driven movies. Gerard Butler stars in MACHINE GUN PREACHER (based on a true story) from Finding Neverland and Monster’s Ball director Marc Forster while fellow action star Jason Statham fronts KILLER ELITE, a film which also features Robert DeNiro and Clive Owen. by MARIAH GARDNER, MOVIE GURU


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the guy who put the “k” In lokal gets vocal about augusta’s music scene

Folks, there is nothing more daunting than a quickly approaching deadline when trying to recover from a weekend road trip full of wrestlers, musicians, superheroes, video game characters, monsters and thousands of costumed geeks and freaks bouncing around five big hotels in downtown Atlanta. I barely survived the few days I spent at Dragoncon 2011, but I am here to report that, while I am barely standing, it is back to tock ‘n’ roll business as usual.

HELLBLINKI More and more members of our Augusta music family are making their voices heard across the Southeast and it is always really cool to run into friends when out of town. So, imagine my excitement when I saw HELLBLINKI SEXTET on the performers list for Dragoncon. I immediately wondered how Andrew Benjamin and his cast of musically artistic crazies would fit into the mixedup world of Spiderman, Sonic the Hedgehog and Harry Potter, but after three hotels of madness and an amazing jaunt through the Steampunk exhibition room, I sort of get it now. Even in a world of fantasy, there exist characters that live outside of the box: Andrew Benjamin is one of those characters. If you missed Hellblinki Sextet’s recent performance at Sky City or even at Dragoncon, the group returns to Atlanta on Sept. 29 at the Masquerade and then heads to Yong’s Country Club in Savannah, Ga., on Sept. 30. Step outside your own box and find out more at HELLBLINKI.COM. Every year new, talented musical artists appear on the scene and many get their start at open mic nights around town. Hands down, the top OPEN MIC NIGHT in Augusta can be found Thursday nights at The Playground Bar. Hosted by talented singer-songwriter BRANDY DOUGLAS, open mic night has become an outlet for new artists to tweak their craft and, while most are acoustic-based singer-songwriters, it is not unusual to catch some hip-hop or spoken word and, on occasion, attempts at stand-up comedy. Already a popular night at the Playground, the venue plans on stepping things up with a SIX-WEEK OPEN MIC CONTEST starting Nov. 6. Each week a winner will be chosen from a rotating cast of judges with the finals to be held Nov. 17. It costs $5 to enter and there will be a weekly cash prize and the grand prize for the overall winner is a recording session with Morgan Parham at Parham Studios. Parham’s credits include songs/albums by Jim Perkins, Panic Manor, The Radar Cinema and She N She. For more info, hit up Scott Levine at 706.951.6924 or Brandy Douglas at 706.284.2515. Sometimes irony can be a beautiful thing and, in the case of the new courthouse being on JAMES BROWN BOULEVARD, a “beautification thang.” Despite the attention and love that the Godfather of Soul gave to his beloved Augusta there continue to be those who only wish to dwell on Brown’s brushes with the law. There are actually some who forget how James Brown changed the face of music, helped to calm racial unrest, and, through giving, never forgot from where he came. Yes, it

might seem ironic that in Augusta, the place of Brown’s most storied brush with the law, the city’s new courthouse is on James Brown Boulevard. But now it appears that the shiny new courthouse has spurred officials to make improvements to the street including more than $1 million of work between Laney Walker Boulevard and Reynolds Street. The announcement prompted the Downtown Development Authority’s Margaret Woodard to refer to James Brown Boulevard as “a gateway” into the city. That is proper respect. Now, I wonder when the city’s going to make renovations to Amy Grant Lane … hmmm. Speaking of Brown, when is Augusta going to get it together and finally organize a proper annual festival of music to honor our greatest musical treasure? There was that first attempt at a festival (which was pretty lame), then the Payback Festival, which was much better but, since then, nothing. This month, we have already had the huge Border Bash event, which will be followed by the long-running premiere festival Arts in the Heart of Augusta, and then 10 more days of the Arts with the Westobou Festival. All in one month! Are you telling me that Augusta cannot find a way to have an annual day-long festival of music featuring mainly CSRA artists paying homage to James Brown? What about in May, to celebrate the Godfather’s birthday? Augusta is known mainly for two things around the world: a golf tournament and a music innovator. That tournament is one week a year. James Brown was Augusta – 365 days a year! The least we can do is give him one day a year in return. Wouldn’t it be great to see visitors come to Augusta through the “Gateway” in order to rock out at our very own ANNUAL JAMES BROWN CELEBRATION? Augusta, you know I’m right. Besides, I am far from being the first person to make the push for such an event. Get it done, Augusta! Well, fellow music nuts, looks like it is time to pop in my Hellblinki CD and fall asleep so I can have crazy sound-tracked nightmares of superheroes and video game villains. Is it too early to start planning my costume for next year’s Dragoncon? First, there’s Halloween to think about so until next time, make sure you check out the Daily Planner in print and online at VERGELIVE.COM for great live shows. To get an earful of what is happening in Augusta music, listen CONfederation of LOUDness, which can be found, ironically enough, at CONFEDERATIONOFLOUDNESS.COM and, of course, as always … Make it LOKAL, Keep it Loud.

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SEPT. 14 to OCT. 8

[ THE ENERGY OF FLAMENCO ] Jose Porcel brings his critically-acclaimed troupe of dancers from Madrid, Spain, to Aiken’s Etherredge Center, paying tribute to the purest and oldest form of flamenco, first created in the region of Andalusia. Woven like an intricate fabric from the threads of its dancers, musicians and vocalists, the company transforms the traditional art form into vibrant, theatrical life. The company’s lavish costumes, evocative dance moves and spectacular soloists leave audiences breathless. WHAT Compania Flamenca Jose Porcel WHERE The Etherredge Center at the University of South Carolina Aiken | 471 University Parkway, Aiken, SC WHEN Friday, Sept. 23 at 8 p.m.| $40 adults; $20 students MORE 803.641.3305 | USCA.EDU 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.




by Sept. 10. Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History; noon; $10; 1116 Phillips St.; 706.724.3576

films and their makers to communities throughout the South. Morris Museum of Art; 6 p.m.; free members, $3 nonmembers; 1 10th St.; 706.828.3815 THEMORRIS.ORG




Dancer by Li Cunxin. Columbia County Library; 11:30 a.m.; free; 7022 Evans Towne Center Blvd., Evans; 706.863.1946


Session teaches youth age 12 to 18 the basics of making a stop-motion video. Bring video camera and flash drive, if available, but no materials required to attend. Columbia County Library; 4 p.m.; free; 7022 Evans Towne Center Blvd., Evans; 706.447.7674 ECGRL.ORG

LITERARY HARLEM BOOK CLUB Discussion of Dewey by Vicki Myron. Harlem Branch Library; 4 p.m.; free; 375 North Louisville St., Harlem; 706.556.9795 ECGRL.ORG


Branch Library; 3 p.m.; free; 1447 Jackson Road; 706.736.6758 ECGRL.ORG


Program brings independent

event is a member trade show followed by Business After Hours and the announcement of the Small Business Person of the Year. North Augusta Community Center; 4 to 7 p.m.; free; 495 Brookside Ave., North Augusta; 803.279.2323




CONCERT MOONLIGHT MUSIC CRUISE: Paul Roberts Fresh Music All Stars Group performs

Broadway show tunes and standards from the American songbook aboard the Petersburg Boat. Bring aboard snacks and beverages and enjoy live music on a 1.5 hour tour of the canal. Reservations required. Augusta Canal; 6:30 p.m.; $25; 1450 Greene St.; 706.823.0440 AUGUSTACANAL.COM


festival showcasing visual and performance artists and celebrating ethnic groups

Harry Jacobs Chamber Music Society. Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre; 7:30 p.m.; $7 to $25; 2500 Walton Way; 706.790.9274 HJCMS.ORG

that blend to create the heart of Augusta. See complete event list on page 37. Augusta Common; 5 to 9 p.m.; weekend badges are $5 in advance and $7 at the gate, children 10 and under are free; 800 block of Broad Street; 706.826.4702 ARTSINTHEHEART.COM


Small-cast, high-energy, tonguein-cheek adaptation of Alfred Hitchock’s classic spy thriller. Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre; 7 p.m.; $25 to $40; 32100 Third Ave., Fort Gordon; 706.793.8552 FORTGORDON.COM


CONCERT Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives Part of the Southern Soul and Song Series presented by the Morris Museum of Art. Imperial Theatre; 7:30 p.m.; $13 to $37; 745 Broad St. IMPERIALTHEATRE.COM

of six Tony Awards and an Academy Award. In Roaring ‘20s Chicago, Roxie Hart murders a lover and convinces her husband to take the rap, until he finds out he’s been duped and turns on Roxie. Aiken Community Playhouse; 8 p.m.; $12; 126 Newberry St. SW, Aiken; 803.648.1438 ACP1011.COM

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[ FUN WITH FUNGI ] Become a mycologist for a day and discover the world of mushrooms, those humble fungi that provide food, medicine, dyes and a natural method of purifying water. Dr. Judy Gordon leads this exploration of mycelium found along the paths of the Augusta Canal on Sept. 24 and 25 during the Canal Discovery Walk: Fun with Fungi. The walk lasts 1.5 hours.

WHAT Discovery Walk: Fun with Fungi WHERE Lockkeepers Cottage at Headsgate Park Savannah Rapids, Evans to Lock Road, Evans WHEN Saturday, Sept. 24 at 10 a.m. and Sunday, Sept. 25 at 3 p.m. | $2 adults; $1 children MORE 706.823.0440 or AUGUSTACANAL.COM | community driven news | September 14, 2011 35

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[ ARTS IN THE HEART FESTIVAL ] WHAT The 31st Annual Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival

WHEN Friday, Sept. 16; 5 to 9 p.m. | Saturday, Sept. 17; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. | Sunday, Sept. 18; noon to 7 p.m. COST An Arts in the Heart badge is good for all three days: $5 in advance, $7 at the door. Children under 10 are free. BUY BADGES Any SRP Federal Credit Union location SCHEDULE Selected performances below. See the entire schedule at ARTSINTHEHEART.COM SATURDAY | FAMILY STAGE CULTURE HAYIYA DANCE THEATRE Group from Macon, Ga., performs traditional West African dance with acrobatics and lifts. 2 p.m. CLASSICAL SUZUKI STRINGS Augusta junior and senior ensemble performs classical, bluegrass, Celtic and chamber music. 3:30 p.m. SOUL JAMP MASTERS James Brown Academy of Music pupils perform classics of the Godfather of Soul. 6 p.m. CULTURE DA ISLANDERS High energy Hawaiian performance 8 p.m.

OPENING CEREMONIES PARADE OF NATIONS The festival’s opening tradition includes the posting of colors, a mayoral proclamation, a welcome by the featured culture and the parade of nations. 6 p.m.



FESTIVAL ARTS IN THE HEART See listing on Sept. 16



OPEN MIC MULTICULTURAL MICROPHONE Open-mic variety show features spoken word, dance, singing and instruments. noon

and event schedule on this page. Broad Street; Noon to 7 p.m.


Julliard trained international phenomenon performs a traditional program on the Dobson organ then a secondhalf on his “incredible music machine,” the Roland Atelier. Proceeds benefit Coordinated Health Services. St. John United Methodist Church; 3 p.m.; free, donations accepted; 736 Greene St.; 706.724.9641 STJOHNAUGUSTA.ORG


Gerald Stephens of Nurseries Caroliniana in North Augusta will share fall gardening tips. Blue Clay Farm at Hammond’s Ferry; 10:30 a.m.; free; 450 Railroad Ave., North Augusta; 803.613.1641 HAMMONDSFERRY.COM

FESTIVAL ARTS IN THE HEART See listing on Sept. 16

and event schedule on this page. Broad Street; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.







DANCE EASTERN STAR DANCE 7:30 p.m. CONCERT SUZUKI STRINGS Augusta junior and senior ensemble performs classical, bluegrass, Celtic and chamber music. 3:30 p.m.





THEATRE MUSICAL THEATRE WORKSHOP 2 p.m. SPOKEN WORD JEZIBELL ANAT Voices of the Goddess, a spoken-word narrative. 3:30 p.m. SPOKEN WORD YOSSEF THE STORY TELLER Performer tells A Vagabond’s Tales, a collection of cross-cultural stories for all ages. 4 p.m. RAP YOUNG KAZZ 6 p.m. CONCERT THE CONSOULTANT Independent recording artists performs pop, jazz, reggae, balladeer and drumline. 7 p.m.



CONCERT CLOSING CEREMONIES Music and dance by Greek performers closes Arts in the Heart Festival. 6 p.m.


THEATRE THE COMPANY OF JOB Pieces from Job: A Postmodern Opera of Biblical Proportions. noon CONCERT SAVANNAH RIVER STRING BAND 2 p.m. FOLK KAYLA MARIE 3 p.m. DANCE INDIA Group presents folk dances, a fashion show and traditional music. 3:45 p.m.

CHORALE AUGUSTA CHORALE Fifty-voice community choir performs a medley of classical, popular, Broadway, gospel and spirituals. 4 p.m.

AwARDS FESTIVAL AWARD CEREMONY SRP Federal Credit Union presents awards for arts and crafts and global food. 4:30 p.m.


ALT ROCK SNAPDRAGON REUNION featuring Tara Scheyer, Travis Petrea and Erin Jacobs. 8 p.m.

CONCERT IPPIE MUSIC Soloist with intuitive ear for “slightly different” music performs. 6 p.m.


DANCE CUTNO DANCE CENTER African, modern, ballet and tap dances. 2:15 p.m.


CULTURE GREEK DANCERS Featured culture performs farewell dance. 5:30 p.m.


CULTURE ISLAND RHYTHM Traditional and modern Hawaiian hula and Tahitian dances. 6 p.m.


Meek, of Neapolitan Cupcake and Gift Shoppe, judges cupcake entries submitted by Augusta residents. Winning entrant receives a dozen cupcakes from Neapolitan. Gallery on the Row; 1 p.m.; free; 1016 Broad St.; 706.724.4989



CONCERT COMMUNITY TALENT SHOW Extravaganza including military and civilian performers, presented by Fort Gordon. 4 p.m.

CONCERT SINGER-SONGWRITER COMPETITION Local bands and soloists compete to win, presented by The Augusta Chronicle. 5 p.m.

GOOD CAUSE Hector Olivera Argentina-born


listing on Sept. 16. Aiken Community Playhouse; 3 p.m.


Fayetteville, N.C. Red Wing Rollerway; 6:30 p.m.; $15; 3065 Washington Road SOULCITYSIRENS.COM





page 5. Columbia County Amphitheater; 10 a.m.; free; 7022 Evans Towne Center Blvd., Evans; 706.622.5626 RELYLOCAL.COM Friends of the Augusta Library sell gently used books. Appleby Branch Library; 10 a.m.; free; 2260 Walton Way; 706.736.6244

DANCE KANE AND CO Jazz, tap, lyrical, clog and hip-hop. 11 a.m.




WHERE Downtown Augusta at the Augusta Common and along Broad Street

CULTURE GREECE The festival’s featured country presents music and dance. 5 p.m.

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Café; 2 p.m.; free, seating limited to those planning to dine; 936 Broad St.; 706.504.3431 CASABLANCATIME.COM


and beverages are available for donations that will go toward use of the facility. Glenn Hills Baptist Church; 6 p.m.; free; 2877 Lumpkin Road; 706.373.7855


Columbia County Amphitheatre; 7 p.m.; $1 adults, free; children; 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd., Evans; 706.447.7674


See listing on Sept. 16. Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre; 7 p.m.




preschoolers through second graders. Wear your favorite PJ’s, bring a blanket and listen to stories and enjoy other activities. Registration required. Friedman Branch Library; 6 p.m.; free; 1447 Jackson Road; 706.736.6758


of Shanghia Girls by Lisa See. Columbia County Library; 6:30 p.m.; free; 7022 Evans Towne Center Blvd., Evans; 706.863.1946 ECGRL.ORG

FILM TABLOID See the article on page 41. Augusta State University, University Hall room 170; 7 p.m.; free; 2500 Walton Way; 706.737.1405 AUG.EDU




give special presentations in honor of 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Aiken County Historical Museum; 10 a.m.; $5; 422 Newberry St., SW, Aiken; 803.642.2015

Church to raise awareness and funds to stop child trafficking. Jessye Norman Amphitheater; 8 a.m.; 15 Eighth St.; 212.333.7286 EVENTS.SCTNOW.ORG


listing on Sept. 16. Aiken Community Playhouse; 8 p.m.

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daily planner ART THE FIVE ARTISTS Reception Exhibition runs

through Oct. 2. The Firehouse; 6 p.m.; free; 89 Crystal Lake Drive, North Augusta; 803.613.1641 HAMMONDSFERRY.COM

[ THE BIBLE AND BROADWAY ] The Augusta Players opens its 67th season with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – that favorite Andrew Lloyd Webber version of the Biblical saga of Joseph, known for its wide range of musical styles. The musical is almost entirely sung with very little dialogue. It’s a show the whole family will enjoy, with a lot of tongue-in-cheek charm, a nice “don’t give up your dreams” theme and fun, catchy music.




Library; 6:30 p.m.; free; 823 Telfair St.; 706.721.2600


See listing on Sept. 16. Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre; 7 p.m.



FILM The Conspirator

Rated PG13. Was Mary Surratt, who owned the boarding house where John Wilkes Booth stayed, part of the conspiracy to assassinate Abraham Lincoln? Aiken County Library; 7 p.m.; free; 314 Chesterfield St., Aiken; 803.642.2020 ABBE-LIB.ORG


9.21 FESTIVAL TOAST THE TOWN An unforgettable wine

tasting experience. The Willcox; 6 p.m.; $20; 100 Colleton Ave. SW, Aiken; 803.648.1898 THEWILLCOX.COM

LITERARY PHILOSOPHY CLUB Kroc Center; 7 p.m.; day pass or membership; 1833 Broad St.; 706.364.5762 KROCAUGUSTA.ORG

CONCERT FACULTY ARTISTS RECITAL Featuring Anna Hamilton on piano. USC Aiken Etherredge Center; 7:30 p.m.; free; 471 University Parkway, Aiken; 803.641.3305 USCA.EDU




auction includes antiques, wines and entertainment packages. St. Paul’s River Room; 6:30 p.m.; $100, $50 for those age 35 and younger; 605 Reynolds St.; 706.724.0436 HISTORICAUGUSTA.ORG






article on page 7. Downtown Augusta; 7:30 a.m.; free to watch IRONMANAUGUSTA.COM

with Fungi. Read the article on page 35. Savannah Rapids Pavilion; 10 a.m.; $1 to $2; 3300 Evans to Locks Road, Martinez; 706.823.0440


Ron Carter. Prefilm lecture begins at 6 p.m., movie starts at 7 p.m. Two lifelong friends Leo (John Gilbert) and Ulrich (Lars Hanson) have their friendship tested by the irresistible Felicitas (Greta Garbo) in this 1926 silent film. Sacred Heart Cultural Center; 6 p.m.; free; 1301 Greene St.; 706.826.4700 SACREDHEARTAUGUSTA.ORG

Sampler Guild exhibit and boutique. North Augusta Living History Park; 10:30 a.m.; free; 299 West Spring Grove Ave., North Augusta; 803.279.7560 COLONIALTIMES.US

CONCERT MOONLIGHT MUSIC CRUISE: Joyce Lynn Musician performs


country classics and originals aboard the Augusta Canal’s Petersburg Boat. Augusta Canal; 6:30 p.m.; $25; 1450 Greene St.; 706.823.0440


Fly Away Home. Boyd Pond Park; 6:30 p.m.; free; 373 Boyd Pond Road, Aiken; 803.642.7559


See listing on Sept. 16. Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre; 7 p.m.


Read the article on page 35. USC Aiken Etherredge Center; 8 p.m.; $40 adults, $20 students; 471 University Parkway, Aiken; 803.641.3305 USCA.EDU


listing on Sept. 16. Aiken Community Playhouse; 8 p.m.


article above. Imperial Theatre; 8 p.m.; $15 to $41; 749 Broad St.; 706.826.4707 AUGUSTAPLAYERS.ORG

begins its 24th season with a free concert by this New York City trombone quartet. Stay for lunch by advance reservations. Saint Paul’s Church; noon; concert is free, $10 for lunch; 605 Reynolds St.; 706.722.3463 TUESDAYSMUSICLIVE.COM

WHAT The Augusta Players presents Jospeh and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat WHERE The Imperial Theatre | 745 Broad St. WHEN Sept. 23 and Sept. 24, 8 p.m.; Sept. 25, 3 p.m. TICKETS $15 to $1 MORE 706.826.4707 or AUGUSTAPLAYERS.ORG


FILM SILENT MOVIE NIGHT: Flesh and the Devil with theater organist




FILM Manhattan Short Film Festival Read the

article on page 41. Augusta State University, University Hall room 170; 7 p.m.; free; 2500 Walton Way; 706.737.1405 AUG.EDU



FOR KIDS HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH Celebrate at the library. Headquarters Library; 10 a.m.; free; 823 Telfair St.; 706.721.2600 ECGRL.ORG


compass and map work, what to bring when camping and tips for making fires and shelters in the wilderness (without matches and a tent). Ages 8 to 18. Preregistration required. Reed Creek Nature Park; 4:30 p.m.; $2; 3820 Park Lane, Martinez; 706.210.4027 REEDCREEKPARK.COM



ART LECTURE: SARAH HOBBS Read the article on

page 23. Augusta State University, Room 170 University Hall; 3:30 p.m.; free; 2500 Walton Way; 706.737.1405

CONCERT TRANSFIGURED TIME: MUSIC FOR MAYA DEREN FILMS Read the article on page 21. Sacred Heart Cultural Center; 6 p.m.; free; 1301 Greene St.; 706.826.4700 WESTOBOUFESTIVAL.COM


the article on page 24. Casa Blanca Café; 6:30 p.m.; free; 936 Broad St.; 706.504.3431 WESTOBOUFESTIVAL.COM


with special guests Chris Young and Thompson Square. James Brown Arena; 7:30 p.m.; $51.75; 601 Seventh St.; 706.722.3521 GEORGIALINATIX.COM


Read the article on page 31. Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center; 7:30 p.m.; $32.50 to $37.50; 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd., Evans; 706.726.0366 AUGUSTAAMUSEMENTS.COM

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LaDonna Davis signs copies of her book Purpose Conceived. Headquarters Library; 1:30 p.m.; free; 823 Telfair St.; 706.721.2600 listing on Sept. 16. Aiken Community Playhouse; 3 p.m.

CONCERT HEPHZIBAH OPRY Concert held on the

last Saturday of each month. Hephzibah Opry; 6:30 p.m.; free, love offering taken to cover expenses; 4406 Brothersville Road, Hephzibah; 706.306.7537


See listing on Sept. 16. Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre; 7 p.m.


Sept. 23. Imperial Theatre; 8 p.m.




with Fungi. See listing on Sept. 24. Savannah Rapids Pavilion; 3 p.m.

THEATRE JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT See listing on Sept. 23. Imperial Theatre; 3 p.m.

[ FOUR ACTORS AND 39 STEPS ] Alfred Hitchcock’s spy thriller The 39 Steps boasted 150 characters. The play – based on the 1935 film with the same plot – contains most of the same characters, except with a cast of four. That’s right. Four actors transform Hitchock’s spy thriller into a slapstick comedy with a Monty Python silliness that takes precise comedic timing and split-second costume changes. Even better, dinner is served with Fort Gordon’s rendition and, perhaps, an after dinner mint will also be provided.

WHAT Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre presents The 39 Steps September 16, 17, 22, 23 and 24 | Dinner at 7 p.m.; Show at 8 p.m. WHERE Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre | 32100 Third Ave., Fort Gordon WHEN September 16, 17, 22, 23 and 24 | Dinner at 7 p.m.; Show at 8 p.m. TICKETS $25 to $40 MORE 706.793.8552 or FORTGORDON.COM | community driven news | September 14, 2011 39


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ART ART AT LUNCH: Art Rosenbaum Athens, Ga.,

-based artist is the signature artist for the 2011 Westobou Festival. His distinctive style combines elements of classical figurative drawing, Expressionism and folk art. Morris Museum of Art; noon; 1 10th St.; 706.724.7501 WESTOBOUFESTIVAL.COM


Features Mindless Behavior, Diggy, The New Boys, Jacob Latimore, Hamilton Park and The OMG Girlz. Bell Auditorium; 7 p.m.; $39.50; 712 Telfair St.; 706.724.2400 GALINATIX.COM



on page 24. John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School; 3:45 and 7:30 p.m.; $6 to $10; 615 12th St.; 706.823.6924 WESTOBOUFESTIVAL.COM

DANCE UP ON THE ROOF: Shag Dance Party DJ Joe Tutt spins shag music on the rooftop. Coolers and lawn chairs welcome. Hammond’s Ferry; 7 to 11:30 p.m.; $10, includes shag lessons from 7:15 to 8 p.m.; 465 Railroad Ave., North Augusta; 706.836.7606 HAMMONDSFERRY.COM


Aiken Etherredge Center; 8 p.m.; $40; 471 University Parkway, Aiken; 803.641.3305 USCA.EDU


tradition, the annual exhibition celebrates a specific style of miniature painting and runs through Nov. 1. Zimmerman Gallery; 5 p.m.; free; 1006 Broad St.; 706.774.1006 WESTOBOUFESTIVAL.COM


page 43. Augusta Canal; 6:30 p.m.; $25; 1450 Greene St.; 706.823.0440

Richmond County parade grounds; 1 p.m.; 910 Russell St. WESTOBOUFESTIVAL.COM

GOOD CAUSE CASINO NIGHT Wear cocktail attire and

LITERARY PAWSITIVELY ABOUT DOGS Festivities begin with an Opening Call to Aiken’s Wild Read by Aiken Mayor Fred Cavanaugh and include storytelling, crafts, music, art and more about dogs. Aiken County Library; 1 p.m.; free; 314 Chesterfield St. SW, Aiken; 803.642.7588 ABBE-LIB.ORG


ceremony and reception. Morris Museum of Art; 5 p.m.; free; 1 10th St.; 706.724.7501



The eldest child of country music legend Johnny Cash plays music influenced by rock, folk and country music. Old Academy of Richmond County parade grounds; 7 p.m.; $30 to $40; 910 Russell St. WESTOBOUFESTIVAL.COM




Vocal Masterpieces with Tonya Currier, soprano; Martin David Jones, piano; Robert Foster, flute; Ruth Berry, cello. St. Paul’s Church; noon; free; 605 Reynolds St. WESTOBOUFESTIVAL.COM

Instrument Petting Zoo exposes would-be musicians to orchestral instruments and engages them with hands-on demonstrations and musical craft projects. Morris Museum of Art; 1 p.m.; free; 1 10th St.; 706.724.7501


by Clay Artists of the Southeast, Carolina’s Got Art and the North Augusta Artists’ Guild. Local bluegrass band Doug and the Henrys will perform. Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta; 2 p.m.; $4 to $7; 100 Georgia Ave., North Augusta WESTOBOUFESTIVAL.COM


composition of two guitars, flute and percussion has the freedom to develop a repertoire of chamber pieces, traditional sambas and choros, ragtime and Argentine tangos. Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre; 3 p.m.; $25; 2500 Walton Way; 706.790.9274

is hosted by Mr. Brown of Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns and features Lee Williams & The Spiritual QCs, The Canton Spirituals, Luther Barnes, Darrell McFadden, & Tears of Joy and The Sensational Nightingales. Bell Auditorium; 4:30 p.m.; $28 in advance, $33 day of the show; 712 Telfair St.; 706.722.3521 GEORGIALINATIX.COM

Augusta BOO-lesque presents a night of titillating horror. Le Chat Noir; 7 p.m.; $20; 304 Eighth St.; 706.722.3322

Translating as “still I am learning,” Augusta State University faculty present their Westobou exhibition to reflect the path of every artist driven to make something beautiful. Old Academy of Richmond County; 6 p.m.; free; 910 Russell St. WESTOBOUFESTIVAL.COM


Calderazzo Duo with Augusta’s own Jessye Norman. Read the article on page 15. Imperial Theatre; 8 p.m.; $15 to $40; 749 Broad St.; 706.722.8293 WESTOBOUFESTIVAL.COM

FILM HEY BOO: Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird Read the article below. Headquarters Library; 11 a.m.; free, seating is limited; 823 Telfair St.; 706.821.2600

CONCERT French Modernism in Music and

Art with Martin David Jones and Clara Park, pianists. St. John’s United Methodist Church; noon; free; 736 Greene St. WESTOBOUFESTIVAL.COM



Nonjuried art exhibit displays pictures of people and their dogs and is in partnership with the Aiken’s Wild Read program. Aiken Center for the Arts; free; 122 Laurens St. SW, Aiken; 803.641.9094



Presented as part of the Westobou Festival and a favorite among Augusta music fans, the concerts feature local visual artists creating new work to a live soundtrack provided by Hope of Agoldensummer, The Favors and Eat Lightning. Old Academy of Richmond County parade grounds; 6 p.m.; free; 910 Russell St. WESTOBOUFESTIVAL.COM





Mockingbird film screening. Presented as part of the Westobou Festival and widely regarded as one of Hollywood’s finest film adaptations, this landmark movie stars Gregory Peck as progressive Southern lawyer Atticus Finch, a man forced to address issues of family and societal morays during a controversial trial. Headquarters Library; 8 p.m.; free, limited seating; 823 Telfair St. WESTOBOUFESTIVAL.COM

Church of the Most Holy Trinity; 2 p.m.; free; 720 Telfair St. WESTOBOUFESTIVAL.COM


Foote. Read article on page 25. Headquarters Library; 2 p.m.; free, seating is limited; 823 Telfair St.; 706.821.2600 WESTOBOUFESTIVAL.COM


Second night of this Westobou event features live soundtrack provided by Night People, The Cubists and the Shaun Piazza Band. Unveiling of the community sculpture, ARTie - The Garden City’s Green Dragaon. Old Academy of Richmond County parade grounds; 6 p.m.; free; 910 Russell St. WESTOBOUFESTIVAL.COM


Society reads poems as part of the Westobou Festival. Headquarters Library; 6 p.m.; free; 823 Telfair St.; 706.821.2600 WESTOBOUFESTIVAL.COM

ART HUMS AND OMS: PERFORMING SCULPTURE Read the article on page 13. Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre; 8 p.m.; $10; 2500 Walton Way; 706.667.4100 WESTOBOUFESTIVAL.COM

ART RECEPTION I Waltzed with God the Morning of Genesis. Read the article on page 24. Paine College, CollinsCalloway Library; 5 p.m.; free; 1235 15th St.; 706.821.8200 WESTOBOUFESTIVAL.COM CONCERT NEW ENGLAND SPIRITUAL ENSEMBLE One of the world’s leading interpreters of traditional spirituals. St. Paul’s Church; 7 p.m.; $25; 605 Reynolds St. WESTOBOUFESTIVAL.COM

article on page 24. Grover C. Maxwell Theatre; 7 p.m.; $25, free with valid JagCard; 2500 Walton Way; 706.667.4100 WESTOBOUFESTIVAL.COM



FILM The Art of Film Editing: An Evening with

Katie McQuerrey. Read the article on page 41. Augusta State University, University Hall room 170; 7 p.m.; free; 2500 Walton Way; 706.737.1405



play casino games as BARRAJ performs to raise donations for SafeHomes Augusta. Pay an additional $100 to be treated like a “High Roller” with seating at a VIP poker table and complimentary food and beverage service. Savannah Rapids Pavilion; 6:30 p.m.; $50 per person, $85 per couple; 3300 Evans to Locks Road; 706.736.2499






Symphony Orchestra Augusta. Read the article on page 17. First Baptist Church of Augusta; 7:30 p.m.; $10 to $45; 3500 Walton Way; 706.826.4705 SOAUGUSTA.ORG

page 24. Paine College, Gilbert Lambuth Chapel; 7 p.m.; $7 to $10; 1235 15th St.; 706.821.8200 WESTOBOUFESTIVAL.COM


with Dave Ramsey learning about his premier leadership training program that teaches individuals, teams and businesses how to grow. Ticket price includes lunch and a copy of one of Ramsey’s books. The Palmetto Terrace; 8:45 a.m.; $69; 100 Georgia Ave., North Augusta; 803.279.2323



Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center; 7:30 p.m.; $27.50; 7022 Evans Towne Center Blvd., Evans; 706.863.1946 AUGUSTAAMUSEMENTS.COM

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[ Hey, Boo ] Reading To Kill a Mockingbird is something millions of people have in common. Filmmaker Mary McDonagh Murphy explores the novel’s enduring power and popularity in the documentary Hey Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird through interviews with Tom Brokaw, Wally Lamb, James Pattterson, Anna Quindlen, Oprah Winfrey and others. With rare cooperation from Harper Lee’s family and friends, Murphy tells the story behind the novel that became an American classic and explains Lee’s reluctance to write again and her famous disdain for publicity.

WHAT Hey Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird WHERE Headquarters Library | 823 Telfair St. WHEN Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 11 a.m. | free, seating is limited MORE 706.821.2600 or WESTOBOUFESTIVAL.COM



CONCERT Across the Atlantic: Art Song

from England and America with Diane Haslam, mezzo soprano; Carol Cook, piano; Christine Crookall, cello. St. John’s United Methodist Church; noon; free; 736 Greene St. WESTOBOUFESTIVAL.COM


Explore the beautiful and historic homes of Augusta’s Summerville Neighborhood during the Sesquicentennial Celebration and the 2011 Tour of Homes. Summerville; 7 p.m.; $35; Summerville SUMMERVILLEAUGUSTA.ORG

THEATRE MOMIX: BOTANICA See listing on Oct. 6. Imperial Theatre; 7:30 p.m.


Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy as they magically bring to life the fairy tale adventures of Snow White, Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast. Bell Auditorium; 3:30 p.m.; $16 to $41; 712 Telfair St.; 706.724.2400 GEORGIALINATIX.COM


for Aquinas High School. Summerville; 5 p.m.; free; Kings Way; 706.755.2665


on page 24. Imperial Theatre; 7:30 p.m.; $10 to $75; 745 Broad St.; 706.722.8341 WESTOBOUFESTIVAL.COM

High-energy performance is anchored in the traditional customs and ancient musical history of Ireland and features live music, dance and song. URS Center for Performing Arts; 8 p.m.; $40; 126 Newberry St. SW, Aiken; 803.643.4774




as part of the Westobou Festival, group renowned for their incredible live show presents music with sounds of gospel, soul and funk. Old Academy of Richmond County; 8 p.m.; $15, $500 for table of eight; 540 Telfair St. WESTOBOUFESTIVAL.COM


listing on Oct. 6. URS Center for Performing Arts; 8 p.m.



Unlocking the Waters. Learn how the headgates and locks on the upper canal work with Peter Hughes, PhD. Savannah Rapids Pavilion; 10 a.m.; $1 to $2; 3300 Evans to Locks Road, Martinez; 706.823.0440

FESTIVAL GREEK FESTIVAL See listing on Oct. 7. Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church


to promote Hispanic culture. Augusta Common; 11 a.m.; $3; Broad and Reynolds streets ELCERVANTINO.ORG

FESTIVAL SUMMERVILLE TOUR OF HOMES See listing on Oct. 7. Summerville; noon


FESTIVAL GREEK FESTIVAL Experience the music, food, art, traditional dances and culture of Greece. Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church; 10 a.m.; free; 953 Telfair St.; 706.724.1087 HOLYTRINITAUGUSTA.ORG


Institute of Art; 5 p.m.; free; 506 Telfair St.; 706.722.5495 WESTOBOUFESTIVAL.COM


performs blues, jazz and Americana aboard the Augusta Canal’s Petersburg Boat. Augusta Canal; 6 p.m.; $25; 1450 Greene St.; 706.823.0440


sings country and rock ‘n’ roll from today and the ‘80s. Hammonds Ferry; 7 p.m.; free; 506 Front St., North Augusta

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CONCERT JOHN WILLIAMS SPECTACULAR Symphony Orchestra Augusta will perform movie music by John Williams, the composer responsible for some of the most iconic film scores of the past 50 years. Bell Auditorium; 7:30 p.m.; $3.74 student, $8.41 to $49.74 general admission; 712 Telfair St. WESTOBOUFESTIVAL.COM





guided tour through historic Summerville Cemetery and learn about some of Augusta’s most prominent citizens. Tours begin every 20 minutes and are led by a spirit in period costume. Not recommended for children younger than 5. Reservations advised and refreshments provided. Summerville Cemetery; 3 p.m.; $15 adults, $10 children; 2301 Cumming Road; 706.724.0436 HISTORICAUGUSTA.ORG

CONCERT COMFORT + JOY: Masterpieces of Early

Music. Presented as part of the Westobou Festival, the Cecilia Ensemble specializes in European Renaissance repertoire. Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church; 4 p.m.; free; 720 Telfair St. WESTOBOUFESTIVAL.COM

the article on page 25. Imperial Theatre; 7:30 p.m.; $20 to $35; 745 Broad St.; 706.722.8341 WESTOBOUFESTIVAL.COM




A temporary sculpture constructed by community members and artists. Ends Oct. 6. Old Richmond Academy; 540 Telfair St.


carefully staged photographs explore phobias and obsessive compulsive behaviors. Ends Oct. 8. Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art; free; 2500 Walton Way

FLIGHT IN PLACE: SARAH HOBBS A special installation

for Westobou. Ends Oct. 14. Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art; free; 506 Telfair St.; 706.722.5495

ANCORA IMPARO Augusta State University faculty reflect on the path of every artist driven to make something beautiful. Ends Oct. 8. Old Academy of Richmond County; free; 910 Russell St.


[ INDIE FILM LOVERS REJOICE ] Dr. Gayle Ortiz has crafted another season of thought-provoking independent film for the Augusta State University Fall Film Series. Screenings begin on Sept. 19 and run each Monday through Nov. 14. This season’s mix also contains a first: an intimate conversation with Coen Brothers film editor Katie McQuerrey.

Sept. 19 | TABLOID

Thirty years before the antics of Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears were regular gossip fodder, Miss Wyoming Joyce McKinney made her mark as a tabloid staple ne plus ultra. Director Errol Morris documents the salacious adventures of this beauty queen with an IQ of 168 whose single-minded devotion to the man of her dreams leads her across the globe, into jail and onto the front page. Joyce’s labyrinthine crusade for love takes her through a surreal world of kidnapping, manacled Mormons, risqué photography and magic underwear – until her dream is finally realized in a cloning laboratory in Seoul, South Korea. By turns funny, strange, and disturbing, Tabloid is a vivid portrayal of a phenomenally driven woman whose romantic obsessions and delusions catapult her over the edge into scandal sheet notoriety and an unimaginable life. (Directed by Errol Morris, 2010, Documentary, Rated R)



An extraordinary global event takes place the week of Sept. 25 to Oct. 2 when more than 100,000 people in more than 250 cities across six continents gather for one purpose: to view and vote on the finalists’ films in the annual Manhattan Short Film Festival. Audience members will receive a voting card and are asked to vote for the one film they think should win. The winning film will be announced on Oct. 2. |

Juried exhibition celebrates the work of artists from North and South Carolina. Ends Oct. 29. Arts & Heritage Center of North Augusta; 100 Georgia Ave., North Augusta; 803.441.4380


A Westobou tradition, the annual exhibition celebrates a specific style of miniature water color painting. Ends Nov. 1. Zimmerman Gallery; free; 1006 Broad St.; 706.774.1006

ART ROSENBAUM This year’s Westobou signature artist, Rosenbaum combines elements of classical figurative drawing, Expressionism and folk art. Ends Nov. 7. Morris Museum of Art; $5; 1 10th St.; 706.724.7501 PRESERVATION OF PLACE: EDWARD RICE The celebrated South Carolina artist is best known for combining sense of family with the otherworldly. Ends Nov. 20. Morris Museum of Art; 1 10th St.; 706.724.7501


Works by Augusta artist Nancy Wellington Bookhart. Ends Nov. 30. Paine College, CollinsCalloway Library; free; 1235 15th St.; 706.821.8308

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OCT. 3 | WESTOBOU FESTIVAL: The Art of Film Editing: An Evening with Katie McQuerrey

Katie McQuerrey is a feature film, television and documentary film editor based in New York but known for her work with some of Hollywood’s best. Since 2002, she has worked with Joel and Ethan Coen and has been a key member of their postproduction team. Films she has worked on include The Ladykillers, Intolerable Cruelty, No Country for Old Men, Burn After Reading, A Serious Man, and True Grit. McQuerrey will offer her unique insight on the art of editing and will share her work with the Westobou audience. This event will be held in the JSAC Ballroom and tickets are $10 each. | synopses courtesy of Dr. Gayle Ortiz


WHAT The ASU Fall Film Series WHERE Augusta State University Hall, Room 170 WHEN Mondays at 7 p.m. | Sept. 19 to Nov. 14 | $2 MORE AUG.EDU

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 14 COMEDY ZONE: Tim Statum + Big B @ Somewhere in Augusta 8 p.m.; $8


OPEN MIC NIGHT + P.E.A.C.E. ART SHOW hosted by Matthew Acosta @ Sky City | 8 p.m., free THE BASTARD SUNS @ The Loft | 9 p.m. SIBLING STRING @ Surrey Tavern | 9 p.m. CHRIS NDETI @ Metro Pub & Coffeehouse | 10 p.m.

BLUNT HEAD TRAUMA @ Metro Pub & Coffeehouse 10 p.m. GRAHAM’S NUMBER @ Wild Wing Café | 10 p.m.


COMEDY ZONE: Johnny Millwater + Patrick Melton @ Somewhere in Augusta 8 p.m.; $8

RILEY from Electric Voodoo @ Manuel’s Bread Café | 8 p.m.




THE ATOM BLONDE @ The Playground Bar | 9 p.m. TONY WILLIAMS and the Blues Express @ Surrey Tavern | 9 p.m. DADDY GRACE @ Somewhere in Augusta | 9:30 p.m.

VAN HUNT @ Sky City | 8 p.m.; $10


HYPNOTIST RIGH GUZZI @ Somewhere in Augusta 7 p.m. family-friendly show, 10:30 p.m. adults only


SIBLING STRING @ Surrey Tavern | 9 p.m.



REBEL LION: Adidas + Backpacks CD release party @ Sky City | 8 p.m.; $3

JASON STURGEON @ Coyote’s 9 p.m.

TUESDAY, SEPT. 27 ERIK SMALLWOOD @ Wild Wing Café | 10 p.m.

JASON ALDEAN AFTER PARTY @ Coyote’s | 10 p.m.

80s NIGHT @ Soul Bar | 8 p.m. DJ SPINDRUM @ 1102 Bar & Grill | 9 p.m.

CHRIS LANE BAND @ The Country Club | 7 p.m.; $3 ladies, $5 men after 8:30 p.m.

SUEX EFFECT @ Surrey Tavern 9 p.m.



FRESH SOUNDS featuring various DJs @ Sky City | 10 p.m. SIBLING STRING @ Metro Pub & Coffeehouse | 10 p.m.


JK + RINO (of The Eskimojitos) @ The Stables at Rose Hill Estate 7 p.m.

PERFECT PICTURE @ Surrey Tavern | 9 p.m.

and the sound that emerges is perfectly suited to the South – and to a leisurely boat ride along the Augusta Canal. The Wynns have appeared on too many albums to list.

THE LAROXES @ The Playground Bar | 9 p.m.

HISTORY Henry Jr. teamed up with his son when Henry III began getting requests to perform

90s NIGHT @ Soul Bar | 8 p.m.


MICKY AND THE MOTORCARS @ Coyote’s | 8 p.m.; $7 ARTEMIA + THE FAVORS @ The Playground Bar | 9 p.m. THE BROADCAST @ Surrey Tavern | 9 p.m. EFRON @ Still Water Taproom 10 p.m.; $5

MICHAEL STACEY BAND @ The Country Club | 7 p.m.; $3 ladies, $5 men after 8:30 p.m.

JAR @ Somewhere in Augusta 10 p.m.

GRANNY’S GIN @ Laura’s Backyard Tavern | 7:30 p.m.


KE-JU (Kevin and Julia Foster) @ Surrey Tavern | 8 p.m. SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE @ Sky City | 8 p.m.; $5 JOE STEVENSON @ The Country Club | $3 ladies, $5 men after 8:30 p.m. SALT WATER GRASS @ 1102 Bar & Grill | 9 p.m.

MEMBERS Henry Wynn Jr., Henry Wynn III and Cheryl Wynn

BLACKBERRY SMOKE @ Coyote’s | 8 p.m.; $12 advance, $15 day of

DISCO HELL @ Soul Bar | 8 p.m.

BLAIR CRIMMONS and the Hookers @ Still Water Taproom | 10 p.m.; $5



BRANCH & DEAN + KEVIN DENNEY + 3rd Wheel @ Country Club | 7 p.m.; $3 ladies, $5 men after 8:30 p.m.

DIEZEL + GRANNY’S GIN @ Sky City | 8 p.m.; $5

WHISKEY GENTRY @ Still Water Taproom | 10 p.m.; $5



GARY RAY @ The Country Club 7 p.m.; $3 ladies, $5 men after 8:30 p.m. CRAIG CAMPBELL @ Coyote’s 8 p.m.; $12 FUNK YOU + OLD YOU @ Sky City | 8 p.m.; $5 GIMME HENDRIX Jimi Hendrix Tribute Band @ Surrey Tavern 9 p.m.

JASON STURGEON @ Coyote’s 9 p.m.


THE RADAR CINEMA with guests Artemia + Mazes and Monsters + Space Ghost @ Sky City | 10 p.m.; $8, includes CD

SIBLING STRING @ Somewhere in Augusta | 10 p.m.

at weddings, and they soon realized they preferred playing together. Eventually, wife and mother Cheryl joined the group.

CROSSOVER Henry III also plays with Sibling String. Father and son play in play in Doug & the Henrys and the Henrys (just them without Doug). HEAR THE BAND Check them out at the Aiken Bluegrass Festival on Sept. 25, or with Doug on Sept. 28 at a benefit for Golden Harvest Foodbank. The Wynns can also be found playing private parties, the Fox’s Lair, Joe’s Underground and other places around town. CRUISE THE CANAL Don’t miss the Moonlight Music Cruise on the Augusta Canal on Sept. 30,

which will feature The Henrys at 6:30 p.m. The Wynns contributed to the 2008 Going with the Flow CD for the Augusta Canal, comprised of songs written for and about the canal. The CD is available at the Augusta Canal gift shop and online at AUGUSTACANAL.COM.

D.I.Y. the profiler is DINO LULL


LANGHORNE SLIM Langhorne Slim @ Sky City 8 p.m.; $12 advance, $15 day of show DERRICK DOVE @ Coyotes 9 p.m.; $5 SUNDANCE JENKINS @ Wild Wing Café | 9 p.m.



MUSIC Throw in Henry III’s wellknown violin work and the finger-picking bass lines of Henry Jr.


80s NIGHT featuring new art by Billy S. @ Sky City | 8 p.m.; $5

PERFECT PICTURE @ Surrey Tavern | 9 p.m.

GENRE Bluegrass/Folk/Americana/Fiddle

PIEDMONT BOYS @ Coyotes 9:30 p.m.; $5 after 9 p.m.

DEEPSTEP @ Coyotes 9 p.m.; $7 SECOND SATURDAY BEAT BATTLE @ Zoom Studio | 9 p.m.; free


1102 Downtown bar @ 1102 Broad St.; 706.364.4075 the country club @ 2834 Washington Road; 706.364.1862 Coyote’s @ 2512 Peach Orchard Road; 706.560.9245 LAURA’S BACKYARD TAVERN @ NEED THE ADDRESS AND PHONE #

THE LOFT @ 917 Broad St.; 706.955.7954 manuels bread cafe @ 505 Railroad Ave., North Augusta; 803.380.1323 Metro Pub & CoffeeHouse @ 1054 Broad St.; 706.722.6468 THE PLAYGROUND BAR @ 978 Broad St.; 706.724.2232 SECTOR 7G @ 631 Ellis St.; 706.496.5900 SKY CITY @ 1157 Broad St.; 706.945.1270 Soirée @ 231 The Alley, Aiken; 803.226.0097 SOUL BAR @ 984 Broad St.; 706.724.8880 Somewhere in augusta @ 2820 Washington Road; 706.739.0002

The Stables at Rose Hill Estate @ NEED THE ADDRESS AND PHONE # STILLWATER TAP ROOM @ 974 Broad St.; 706.826.9857 SURREY TAVERN @ 471 Highland Ave.; 706.736.1221 WILD WING CAFE @ 3035 Washington Road.; 706.364.9453 ZOOM STUDIO @ NEED THE ADDRESS AND PHONE # Submit event listings to for inclusion in Nightlife.

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Andrea C., a Facebook “friend,” asks…

If a person has obesity-related diabetes, is it better to focus on fat intake or sugar intake? Interesting question, Andrea, but why discuss obesity-related diabetes in this column? Is it a subject of general interest? Absolutely. Today, with the huge numbers of overweight and obese Americans, diabetes is so common that EVERYONE is affected by it. Chances are either you have diabetes or your aunt has it or a friend has it – or, maybe all three. Between 1998 and 2008, the number of people with diabetes increased 100 percent. Right now, 57 MILLION people have PRE-diabetes. And guess what region of the country has the highest number of overweight and obese people and, because of this, has the highest rate of diabetes and pre-diabetes? That’s right: the South. Unless people take steps to prevent being overweight or start losing weight, ONE-THIRD of all people living in the U.S. will have diabetes by 2050. Did you get the ONE-THIRD part? Wowee! Researchers have established that you will not have diabetes or the risk of diabetes simply because it “runs” in your family, and you cannot catch it from someone else – so, what can you do about it? I am talking about non-insulin dependent diabetes, the most common, most preventable and most treatable form of diabetes which accounts for 90 percent of all diabetes in this country. I am talking about a very serious and life-threatening disease, which is the MAJOR cause of heart attacks, strokes, poor circulation, blindness, kidney disease and amputations, all of which are preventable. So, prevent it! If you already have diabetes, don’t just worry about it, do something about it. Does sugar cause diabetes? NO. Being overweight and inactive cause diabetes. Does the diabetic diet focus only on the sugar in your diet? No. The modern diabetic diet focuses on the very same things that the heart-healthy diet focuses on, that the blood-pressure-lowering diet focuses on, that the diet to PREVENT disease focuses on: 1) Forget all those quack and fad diets; 2) Forget eating all these special foods and shakes; 3) Instead, lose weight and walk/exercise every day; 4) Eat high quality foods that are high in fiber (such as vegetables, whole grain and high fiber breads and cereals); 5) Eat high quality foods that are low in fat and cholesterol, especially saturated fat (eat more fish, chicken, more low fat dairy foods, less red meat, less whole milks, and cheeses, etc.) and 6) Drink WATER, not those soft drinks or sweet tea. Baffled by all this? Go to a diabetes teaching sessions, held by almost every hospital in town, and listen to what registered dietitians are saying. So, what is the advice to your friend who just found out her husband has diabetes? “What am I going to do?” she moans. “My husband and kids are meat-and-potato people.” The advice to this lady is simple: IF the meat is trimmed, low-fat meat, IF the potatoes are ovenroasted potatoes or sweet potatoes (not mashed potatoes with butter), IF the meal has LOTS of vegetables and includes whole grain bread and IF the family has a nightly routine of walking after dinner – THEN, there is no problem. This family can still be a “meat and potatoes” family on occasion. It is very important not to isolate the person in the family with diabetes from the rest of the family, there needs to be a family-centered approach to eating. Why? Because if Papa has diabetes, it probably means the kiddies are at risk, too, so THEY need to begin learning how to eat healthy foods, so THEY can PREVENT diabetes. What is the no-nonsense nutrition advice today? Forget all those sugar-free desserts for diabetes. Forget about only focusing on the sugar in your diet. Forget about buying these drinks or foods made “especially for diabetics.” INSTEAD, control your blood sugar, know how YOU react to certain foods, FOCUS on the calories and saturated fat in your diet and do something about increasing your exercise habits. Diabetes is a disease which is both preventable and treatable with nutrition. YOU have a choice. It is not brain cancer or an infection. If you want to find out more about diabetes and nutrition, visit my Facebook page. I have posted Web links to some scientific, free nutrition advice for people with diabetes or pre-diabetes, including some delicious recipes from The American Diabetes Association. You can ask me questions on Facebook, too.

Ask Dr. Karp focuses on food, diet and nutrition. Dr. Warren Karp is a professor emeritus at Georgia Health Sciences University. If you have a question you would like answered in this column, email him at DrKarp@, or visit his Facebook page, or website at

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of 6-Down domain 55 It once stretched from France to Russia: Abbr. 56 Shakespearean words following “Speak, hands, for me!” 57 “___ well” 59 ___ rage 61 “Not to my recollection” 64 Scholar 65 “The Morning Show Murders” novelist 66 Bleach component 67 “Happy” sorts 53 Lord’s

1 Deep

13 National

Book Award-winning novelist named after Emerson

14 “Hmmm


18 Never 24 Motor


26 Patron

saint of carvers

28 Biblical 30 Prefix 34 Bad


with -phile

way to go

36 Refuse

at a mill

38 Name

abandoned for Rochester

39 Skirt 40 Ruses 41 “Understood”




down 2 U.P.S. customer 3 Easter character 4 “___ delighted!” 5 Candy brand 6 One that swims with a current?   7 Cuddle, in a way   8 Broadway smash whose poster image consisted of just two eyes   9 Like some nursing 10 ___ Bo 11 Being tried 12 Registers surprise, say

44 Dine

at another’s house

45 Some 48 Took

I am not from the “don’t trust anyone over 30” days of the flower children. They have already been through this embarrassing situation of overgrowing one’s own reasonable life expectations as I near my own crucial juncture. They already had to confront the sagging pot, falling arches and incipient male-pattern baldness before I even thought about it. As I grew up, the markers changed. Sixty is the new 40, 40 the new 20, 20 the new 10.




Across   1 Wants, with “to”   8 It may be held in battle 15 1977 Jacqueline Bisset movie 16 Literary critic Broyard 17 Acted unfairly 19 Aluminum foil alternatives? 20 Quite 21 Liability-limiting words 22 Natl. Humor Month 23 One in Germany 25 Slough 27 One may be called in court 29 Holiday time 31 It might go for big bucks 32 Equestrian’s command 33 Bit of evidence in court 35 Concertedly 37 21st-century epidemic concern 40 Flibbertigibbety 42 Hymn words before “beyond all praising” 43 Get hush money from, for instance 46 It’s “not master in its own house,” said Freud 47 Family: Abbr. 49 Stop-press order?

last word

Oh, my sweet, sainted Aunt Harriet: I am about to turn 50. 21




An Average Joe Looks At 50















50 Maintain 52 TV

detective Peter and others

54 One

spared in a sacrifice

For me, the Peter Pan syndrome on top of these new benchmarks has been an unhappy combination. The natural indentations in life when you change the way you dress, act and think seem to have all disappeared. So, I muddle on, just behaving the way I feel and not giving a rat’s patootie for the old norms. So far, so good – but what happens when I start to actually FEEL it? I have been lucky thus far – no aches, pains, arthritis or serious medical problems, except for my teeth, which have gone where the woodbine twineth. That brings up another point, how do you feel 50-years-old with a fearsome set of fake chompers in the old cake-hole? It could be the beginning of the end or what feels like the end of the beginning. The brief window of time when you have the luxury of only dealing with mature adults – not screaming children (unless by your own choice) or parents on the downhill slide to that second happy childhood – is over. That time only lasts a few years. Buddy, enjoy those years while you can. You are going to be taking care of people for the rest of your life. It seems that there should be some kind of a norm – dealing only with people in good health, content and in their right minds. The sad fact is that we spend a great of our lives taking care of those who are not so fortunate, as they either grow up or grow old. We get our own childhood at one end, often followed by our children’s childhoods. (I’m not qualified to speak on that topic; I managed to dodge reproduction. If I do contribute DNA to the ongoing, heavily chlorinated, very shallow end of the gene pool, I’ll have to reproduce asexually, like a slime mold or something equally disgusting.)

A bad part of all this aging business is that we have to start taking a sober look at things we have always wanted to achieve and begin to let them slide. Stop worrying about that Nobel Peace Prize – not in this lifetime. Maybe the Buddhists are right and you can try again – unless you wind up actually being a slime mold in the next life – given the way I’ve been carrying on, it’s a distinct possibility. Other possibilities for me include, perhaps, a slug living near a salt mine, a Yellowstone hiker with an inexplicable urge to be one with the bears, or perhaps the rattier sort of sea bird after the Gulf Oil Spill. So, imitations of mortality and immorality, death and sex, seem to be halfway closing up shop. Peeking around the corner, winking, who’s that guy in the cool black threads? Death, like black, never seems to go out of style. In an uncertain world, where even taxes no longer seem inevitable if you’re rich enough, there’s at least one thing you can depend upon. And one thing is for sure - that the anticipation of the event has got to be the worst part. Yes, you better be ready, but there’s no use obsessing about it. It is, in this most uncertain of all uncertain worlds, the one thing you don’t have to worry about happening. by JOSEF PATCHEN

a parting shot


58 Superman’s


60 Blue-roofed


62 It’s

declared after the last hit, for short

63 Grp.

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