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o the yutz on Gordon Highway Thursday morning who likes to zip along in his green Ford Taurus, tailgating others. Let me tell you something, pal: If you are in so much of a hurry in the morning that you have to hang four feet or less off the tail of my vehicle when I am not able to go the speed limit because of another car in front of me, then you need to leave work a lot earlier! Just when I thought Augusta couldn’t get more pathetic, now they’re gonna control massage people. What a crock! I’ve been seeing a masseur for three years and, I’m not sure if he is licensed, but he’s strictly legal and does a great job. I won’t let Augusta ruin my only stress relief. I think there are more pressing problems in this town to worry about. I agree with the two people who wrote in last week about being sick of all the screaming kids and people talking on cell phones during the movies. I also wish they would be considerate enough to leave the theater while these things are going on, and not continue to distract others! It seems that Curtis Baptist Church wants to get in the middle of the entertainment district flap. Does separation of church and state ring a bell? I am tired of you no-tax-paying churches trying to ruin things for tax-paying businesses. Amen to the people complaining about other people who talk on cell phones and/or allow crying children in movie theaters. I know people with children need to get out of the house; I had young children once too. But if my children started making a fuss, I got up and went in the lobby and stayed there until they quit fussing or the movie was over. Mostly, I had a baby-sitter watch them. Does it surprise anyone that Charles Walker writes a long letter condemning Billy Morris for Riverwalk and the potential new civic center with one hand, while setting up a revenue bond with the Richmond County Development

Authority with the other? That’s right. He is still on its board and the money is for his other bought-and-paid-for organization, ANIC. Georgia’s new flag would look horrible on a belt buckle, a bandanna, and a beach towel. Therefore, we need a new one. Well, well, now the big hoopla is over the newest Lingerie Barbie. Many women are saying it is a great way to teach girls about “reality.” I guess you also should purchase the “perfect wife” dream house. It comes with an ankle bracelet and chain which allows Barbie to go from the bed to the kitchen stove. To the person in last week’s Spirit who wrote, “If she were upscale, wouldn’t that mean she’s smart?” You’re stupid. Close your trailer and go watch Jerry Springer. I could care less about Austin Rhodes, Ronnie Few or Mayor Bob Young; most of you are voyeurs just like me, so admit it. Only reason you send whines to The Spirit is so you can see yourself talk. I am not a waitress, but I am a customer. There are a lot of good waitresses out there who don’t deserve to be stiffed. They work long, hard hours, and if they weren’t there you would be eating at buffets. So please be kind to your waitresses. They deserve the 15 percent. And if you are going to be a cheapskate at this time of the year, I say bah humbug to you. Why does Austin Rhodes persist consistently using crude language and “dirty” words when broadcasting? It’s a real turn off! Congratulations to the general manager of Clear Channel in Augusta for changing the format of 96.3 radio station. Maybe they will change the radio format to play some oldschool music instead of playing songs over and over again. This is a Thumb’s Up to him. In the article about ambulance services, they stated a per-call charge of $200, then are paid millions of dollars per year by the county.

Thumbs Up Vast urban sprawl has resulted in the rubber-stamping of much of America’s landscape. But thanks to a generous gift by Tennessee senator and former presidential candidate Lamar Alexander, the WalMarts and Taco Bells will have to keep well away from the treasured Great Smoky Mountains.

The Associated Press reported that Alexander and some of his neighbors donated more than 700 acres of undeveloped land bordering the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The land, valued at millions of dollars, will now be preserved for generations to come.

Thumbs Down City Administrator George Kolb, based on a letter he sent to Columbia County officials, seems to have overstepped the bounds of common sense and municipal duty by trying to micromanage the city’s ambulance contract. In the letter, Kolb told Columbia County Administrator Steve Szablewski that he hoped Columbia County would express displeasure with ambulance company Gold Cross, for its “unprofessional behavior” and “influence them to change their policies.” Gold Cross provides primary ambulance service to Columbia County. In September, Gold Cross informed

Why was I charged $688 by Gold Cross? Also how can they make 24,000 calls per year, about 66 calls per day? I would appreciate an answer from someone. I was watching the news the other day; it was an interview with Martha Burk and the whole Augusta National thing. I was watching to get more facts, because I haven’t made up my mind as to whether I agree or disagree or what my opinion is on the subject. But something

Richmond County’s Rural/Metro ambulance company that it would no longer be able to provide mutual aid to Richmond County unless compensated for those emergency calls. This month, Gold Cross went before the Augusta Commission asking to be compensated $200 per call under a proposed, new mutual aid agreement. And Gold Cross has the right to make that request, just as the Augusta Commission has the right to vote it up or down. Kolb’s effort to put pressure on Gold Cross in its own back yard, however, is shady and amounts to meddling.

happened during the interview that really, really made me angry. They said the name of her Web site was called www.augustadiscriminates.org, implying the whole city discriminates, and not that Augusta National discriminates. People listening to this on the news over their cup of coffee in the morning aren’t going to go to the trouble to look it up and find out the facts. continued on page 6


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12/21/02 there was a program at the Bell Auditorium at 6 pm, and the gates were open for free parking, who authorized free parking at the Bell? Our elected officials are taking our freedom in the name of terrorism and our local and national news is keeping us blind as usual. Through the Homeland Security Bill and the “Patriot” Act we’ll be soon be seeing forced vaccinations, property and gun confiscations, and anyone who refuses will be arrested or sent to one of the many FEMA camps set up all over the country. This is freedom? Anyone who speaks out can be called a “domestic terrorist” and arrested, jailed, sent to trial and executed in secret. It’s time for America to wake up before we lose the freedom we have fought and died to preserve. It was nice to see all of the local musicians perform Christmas music on the television...and to get a break from Austin Rhodes! After reading your Thumbs Down, I realized something. You used the words “have a child executed.” It is so sickening to think or even try to comprehend the reason unborn human babies are so depersonalized to the point they meet a far more gruesome fate than a death row inmate’s prick of a needle. I enjoyed reading Charles Walker’s, “An Open Letter to Mr. Billy Morris”. I haven’t laughed so hard since the Walker families Campaign ads. Is this a case of “The Pot Calling the Kettle Black”, or “Twin Sons of Different Mothers”?

Just a reminder: It is illegal to pass on the right. In other words, if you are in the left hand lane, and people are passing you by the dozens, get over a lane, and let us all pass at (or above) the speed limit, gramps! Yes Curtis Baptist members, we would like bars and any other legal business to go in every place, anywhere, anytime, and any way in Augusta. Why they would have the same rights as churches except that they would pay tens of thousands of dollars in license fees, taxes, and bring spending patrons into our city. You however, accept city services and contribute nothing in return.

Business has changed with the advent of the mall and superstore. If Augusta is to survive, it must attract small niche businesses and draw customers night and day. Downtown Augusta cannot support large chain stores so it needs to support the small businessperson while providing police support necessary to

I’m a white conservative Republican, with a keen interest in historical preservation. I’ve seen some wonderful black and white photos of the old Lennox Theatre and was shocked and dismayed when I read the Don Cheeks article. He implies that there were some unexpected costs due to a corpse in the theatre. I’m sure relatively minimal compared to what

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— U.S. Rep. Cass Ballenger (R-North Carolina), as quoted by the Associated Press, in reference to his feelings about outgoing Georgia Democrat Cynthia McKinney. Ballenger’s words were even more offensive given the fact they were made in the aftermath of comments made by U.S. Sen. Trent Lott that glorified the early days of South Carolina Sen. Strom Thurmond, who ran on a segregationist platform. Lott recently stepped down from the position of senate majority leader after bowing to pressure he received for the remarks.

make people feel safe. Pastor Harris highlights the second biggest problem in Augusta; religious-ferver driving city policy. For the past 15 years, pastor Harris has had the business environment in Augusta that he feels is advantageous but the city has withered. Downtown Augusta has revived only recently with the opening of new businesses that include alcohol sales. If Augusta is not a small town, it should act like it.

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ith all the recent furor surrounding the Augusta National Golf Club vs. the National Council of Women’s Organization’s Martha Burk, it seems that many golf fans are ambivalent to the actual argument and its attendant media coverage, because they are happy to live in the real world, not the prehistoric world of Augusta National. And they’d be right to feel that way. Most golf clubs in the real world do have women members, and most members of golf clubs are free to enjoy both separatist and mixed events, clubhouse facilities and relaxation. The current situation involving the NCWO and Augusta only serves to put your average golf club member, both male and female, in the position of having to continually defend the game they love to those who don’t play, who don’t belong to a golf club and who think that golf hasn’t changed since before the Ice Age. Men have to apologize for the elitist sexism they uphold, and women have to apologize for shamefully condoning it. Martha Burk’s NCWO is an organization of 160 women’s groups and 7 million members. She wants Augusta National, an elitist country club made up of rich CEOs and some of the world’s most powerful male figures, to admit its first woman as a member. The Masters chairman, Hootie Johnson, maintains that Augusta National has the right as a private club to manage itself. Martha Burk’s remit is to put social and economic pressure on high-profile discriminators against women. The Augusta National Golf Club, with its unenviable track record on sexual and racial discrimination, is a legitimate target. First off, Burk wrote to the three sponsors of the Masters — Citigroup, IBM and Coca-Cola. How could they, she asked, sponsor an event whose club discriminates against 50 percent of the supposed target audience? It was a good question, and set the alarm bells ringing down in Georgia.

So much so that Hootie Johnson swiftly said goodbye to $10 million in advertising revenue by cancelling contracts with those aforementioned tournament sponsors. “I’m surprised at the amount of money they are willing to pay to continue to discriminate against women,” said Burk, obviously sensing some initial victory. Hootie Johnson, on behalf of the Augusta members, all 300 of them, and all male of course, was adamant that his club would not be forced into change “at the point of a bayonet.” Despite the First Amendment issue of the right to form any club, and the sexist and moral mores of the Augusta situation, this argument boils down to one extremely privileged rich woman wanting admittance to a club full of extremely privileged rich men. The question of why she would want to join this club is the one on most politically correct and inclusionist-thinking peoples’ lips. And if she was admitted, the scenario put forward at the beginning of this article would remain — we’d still all be apologizing for being members of golf clubs, and Augusta National would still be an elitist club. The basic problem here is two-fold: Clubs like Augusta National should clean up their political acts, whilst the general

non-golfing public at large needs to understand that golf is inclusionist, and being a member of a club doesn’t make you better than anyone else. Burk and the NCWO now decided to lobby the PGA Tour players. On the women’s player front, no LPGA players have made any comments about the situation, and from the male side of the coin, Tiger Woods has merely (and correctly) stated that he would not want to interfere with anyone’s First Amendment right to form and govern a club in any way they see fit. But Burk’s group will certainly be looking to put some pressure on the world’s highest profile player. The very quotable John Daly did have something to say about it, and my guess is that he speaks for many of the players. Daly has a public image that allows him to be cheeky, flippant and brutally honest in a sport where most players are very guarded about expressing their private opinion on anything other than which irons they feel comfortable hitting. “If Tiger was to say, ‘I’m not going to play Augusta if they don’t allow women,’ then I’d side with Tiger,” Daly said. “But it would have to be all the players. And that’s not going to happen.” Whatever does happen from here on in, and it’s a safe bet that eventually the

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Augusta National must relent or face a further fall in public support, no one would want to see the Masters Tournament suffer because of this, and no one would want professional golfers forced into political mouthpiece roles, whatever their views. The big question on this side of the Atlantic is what will the upshot of all this be for the broadcasters and sponsors of the Open Championship? The Open is played over courses whose host clubs, like Muirfield, Royal St Georges and Troon, are strictly male members. And golf’s ruling body, the R&A, is an allmale members club. Muirfield has already suffered some deserved adverse publicity after this year’s Open, and a result for the NCWO in the U.S. would serve only to increase pressure on these dinosaurian clubs to accept extinction and evolve into something better, smarter and a whole lot more fun to be around. The plot thickens. This article is reprinted with permission from StAndrews.com — The Home of Golf on the net. StAndrews.com is involved in the promotion of the town and its golf courses to tourists and golfers worldwide. The views expressed do not necessarily represent the views of the publisher.

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he Godfather of the Modern Conservative Movement, Rush Limbaugh, observed some time ago that those on the political left undergo very specific evolutionary changes when they lose political clout: They go crazy. Nowhere is that better seen than right here in good old Augusta. Take a good look (someone, please) at the last few issues of Charles Walker’s newspaper, the Augusta Focus. It is the best regular laugh I get every week. According to the latest Augusta Focus, Don Cheeks is the new Trent Lott, Pete Warren is the worst thing to happen to South Augusta blacks since Jim Crow, and Sue Burmeister is Austin Rhodes in drag (she should sue for that one). Columnist Robert Daniels suggests I have a mind “soaked in too much beer, moonshine, and catfish.” Wait a second, I thought I was the only guy in town who used humorous racial metaphor to make a point. I wonder what kind of reaction I would get if I suggested Daniels was engaged in some type of stereotypical behavior, using unflattering racial connotations? I had a great example but the publisher won’t let me use it, even if we could blame it on the moonshine. I was recently called by a local black political activist to have a “sit down.” He wanted to get on to me for what he described as my use, both in this column and on the radio show, of racial slurs. It was an enlightening conversation. I knew I was in for an interesting visit when I walked into the place he chose to meet (a local fried chicken joint, I kid you not), and there he was sitting with Champ Walker. When I asked the activist to define “racial slur,” he couldn’t really do it. Then he came at me about “tone.” A funny thing happened when we covered the instances, point by point, of my “harsh” assessments of local political personalities and situations. He agreed with me. The activist used language to describe the black welfare state that we cannot print here. His intensely crude remarks regarding the drug culture, rap music, broodmare welfare moms, and black political leaders would make Archie Bunker blush. And here he was accusing me of being “destructive.” Conservatives, especially white conservatives, are not allowed to engage in such inflammatory language, because it “hurts” too much. No matter how true such assessments may be. It is called a double standard, and those on the political left are its champions. Well, liberals, and my own lovely wife, who long ago said, “I know I have a double standard, and I am perfectly comfortable with that.” I haven’t been on the air since the

Friday before Christmas, eating up what was left of my annual vacation leave. With the time off, I have had the opportunity to reflect on what I do, and my role in this community. In the two weeks away, I have had a number of very odd encounters just like the one I described above. There was the 20-year-old man I met at a Christmas party who came up to me just to say he hated me. I asked him why, and he couldn’t tell me. We started comparing stands on the issues of the day, one at a time, and he realized he was on my side. At the end of the conversation he made me swear not to tell anyone he really agreed with me. I told him I wouldn’t name him, but the story was too good not to share. Then, the middle-aged lady who first tapped my shoulder in the grocery store to say she was a fan, and then a few minutes later, tracked me down to offer me a cash tip. In 20 years of media work, that was a first. I thanked her profusely, telling her to keep her money, and again noting that the story was far more valuable than the cash. Finally, there is a physician in town I have gotten to know, who has had very interesting insight to share on the abortion issue. She also approached me somewhat guardedly, expecting a nasty fight, only to be amazed when she realized we share most of the same views. I relate these accounts to illustrate that most intelligent people, when discussing social and political situations one-onone, will agree more often than not. Yes, there are nuts on both sides of the aisle who tend to get all the ink. Whether it be Jesse Helms or Jesse Jackson, both political pedigrees have their share of irresponsible flame throwers. The good news is, it looks as though most of those guys are dying out or moving on. But not me. I am here and I promise, as the left gets nuttier, I am going to enjoy chronicling the antics through all of 2003. To those who proclaim me the antiChrist, I can offer only this: Anytime you want to go toe-to-toe with me, my microphones are open to you. Come into the studio, plop your fanny down, and go for it. This invitation especially applies to any and all columnists from the Augusta Focus. I love what I do, and I am willing to share the fun with any and all qualified comers. I will even have some catfish (or fried chicken) brought in for you. Happy New Year! — The views expressed in this column are the views of the writer and do not necessarily represent the views of the publisher. The archived Austin Rhodes columns can now be seen at www.wgac.com.


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as anyone noticed all the Charles Walker bashing coming out of The Augusta Chronicle since the aforementioned state senator lost the election? Dredging up old news that has been reported statewide in newspapers like The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC), published locally in The Metropolitan Spirit, and discussed ad nauseam on “The Austin Rhodes Show,” Augusta’s daily newspaper has finally decided to jump on the bandwagon to inform local citizens about the ethical lapses and heavy-handed tactics of Walker. Better late than never? Not exactly. At one time The Chronicle blasted Walker at every opportunity. Aggressive news stories and caustic editorials filled the newspaper’s pages with information and unflattering opinions about “The Billy Morris Senator.” In turn, Walker’s newspaper, The Augusta Focus, lambasted and lampooned Chronicle publisher Billy Morris and his primary editorial writer at the time, Phil Kent, on a continuing basis. Then, Walker and Morris had a meeting after which they toned down their criticism of each other while going on their merry way of advancing their self-serving interests without fear of heavy-duty scrutiny or criticism from one another. Walker continued to bring home state money for Billy’s pet projects and The Chronicle watered down its criticism of Walker. Even when Walker was exposed for obvious ethics violations and fined $8,500 (the state record for ethics fines), the daily newspaper was exceptionally soft and tentative in its approach. No more. The deal is off. Walker lost. It is a time-honored tradition for The Chronicle to provide favorable coverage for those who support Morris’ plans (BillyWorld) while harshly criticizing those who don’t toe The Chronicle line. But that is a dangerous game for politicians. More than one former official has been built up by Chronicle editorials for years, then suddenly dumped when Morris no longer needed them or they fell from grace. Recent examples include former Mayor Charles DeVaney, former state Rep. Robin Williams, and, of course, Walker. So, in case you were questioning the daily’s recent spate of negative coverage about everything Walker has been associated with lately, now you have a little background. If you haven’t been paying attention to the machinations of the Morris crowd, perhaps you should.

They have a new civic arena they want to sell you. Speaking of Walker … The diatribe published in The Metropolitan Spirit (December 19-25) was classic Charles Walker. Lashing out in his article, “An Open Letter to Mr. Billy Morris,” Walker’s fire-breathing rhetoric reflects the anger of a bitter, wounded man whose only recourse is to blame others for his election defeat. The bellicose language in the article Sen. Charles Walker is indicative of the direction Walker is taking in his attempt to reassert himself in the political process. He has thrown down the gauntlet in this renewed battle against his perceived enemies. Since his surprising defeat in November, Walker’s newspaper, The Augusta Focus, has ratcheted up the war of words. It is obvious that Walker is more involved than ever to make sure his weekly publication attempts to punish his detractors with stinging editorials and slanted news pieces. Expect more. One interesting aspect of Walker’s article in The Spirit is that it could have been written about him. Listed below are a few excerpts from Walker’s column about Billy Morris that could have applied to Walker himself. What do you think? • “You have ruled through fear and intimidation.” • “You have bullied our elected and appointed officials.” • “You have become the worst imaginable personification of the schoolyard bully.” • “Our business leaders have been made to kowtow to your abusive authority for fear of retribution.” • “You push our civic leaders around.” • “You divide our community along racial and economic lines.” • “You have beaten your opponents down and broken their spirit.” • “You are no role model.” • “You are no hero.” • “You have demonstrated that you will do anything to anyone when it suits your purpose.” • “You have kept your fingers in our eyes, your hands in our pockets and your foot on our necks.” Perhaps Walker should look in the mirror. Until next time, The Insider. — The views expressed in this column are the views of The Insider and do not necessarily represent the views of the publisher.

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“I understand that there were (racial) problems in the past, obviously. I don’t make decisions based on that. I don’t allow my organization to let that become an issue.” — Augusta Fire Chief Al Gillespie

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o say that the city’s fire department was in utter turmoil at the time Al Gillespie first interviewed a year ago with Augusta commissioners for the job of fire chief would be a vast understatement. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation had seized files from the fire department offices after embattled former Fire Chief Ronnie Few left to take a job in Washington, D.C. Augusta’s name was dragged through the mud in newspapers like The Washington Post after Augusta commissioners went to D.C. and not only stuck up for Few, who’d become the target of a special grand jury investigation, but also labeled the city racist. Adding insult to injury, commissioners bickered openly in front of Gillespie and his wife on not one, but two occasions at meetings during which he received a noconfidence vote for the job. And yet, when Augusta Commissioner Bobby Hankerson busted up the gridlock and came across with the sixth vote to hire Gillespie in April, the question on some people’s minds was, why would he want to still come here after all of that? At first, Gillespie said, he didn’t. “When we sat through the meeting in December of last year and got voted down the second time, I had a good job where I came from, enjoyed what I was doing, so I wasn’t necessarily running away from anything; I just wanted a new opportunity,”

Gillespie recalled. “And so I said, ‘Thanks, but no thanks.’ In fact, I think my quote (in the media) was, ‘I’m done.’” But when Gillespie and his wife, Sundii, got back to their hotel, he came to realize the gravity of the situation. “When we went back to the hotel, she was really upset,” Gillespie said. “She really liked the community here and I understood that.” Gillespie, 50, said he and his wife fell in love with Augusta when they first visited. The couple also formed a close friendship with City Administrator George Kolb and his wife. “George Kolb and his wife, Sandy, had been really nice to us here and we developed a good rapport while we were here, went to dinner a couple of times and kept up communication with them,” Gillespie said. “He recognized we really enjoyed the area and wished it (the initial votes) had turned out differently.” Gillespie and his wife went back to Washington, but still kept up with goingson in Augusta and maintained a dialogue with Kolb. Gillespie also stayed in contact with some of the commissioners, in particular, Hankerson. “Obviously, we needed the sixth vote to make it happen. We were struggling to get another commissioner to buy in,” Gillespie said. “He was one of the ones that started calling me, actually. And a couple of them called me. But he was the one who was able to break through and make it happen.” Even though Gillespie was relieved to have gotten the job, however, he knew he was


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The soft-spoken native Westerner seems to be doing his part to help heal those wounds. Gillespie acknowledges it’s not always easy to become familiarized with and meet faceto-face on a regular basis with all of the firefighters in the county’s 19 station houses. That’s why he’s taken an organized approach to achieving that end. “I still try to do my Friday visits and I’ll continue to do that as long as I’m fire chief,” Gillespie said. “I keep an Excel spreadsheet. It says, ‘This Friday, here I was when this shift was on duty last time,’ so I try to rotate it around. I think I’ve met all of them. There may be a couple out there that I haven’t met yet, but most of them I have.” Still, Gillespie said, he knows it’s a challenge to restore morale and foster trust in the shaken department. “Obviously that is a difficult thing,” Gillespie said. “Morale can get knocked down pretty easy when they feel like they’re being treated unfairly, when they feel like there’s low trust in the organization.” Gillespie’s own morale was shaken a bit recently when certain members of the Augusta Commission — most notably, Marion Williams — grilled him on the subject of Few being left out of a newly crafted, short history of the fire department. At the commission meeting, Williams demanded to know why Few had not merited a mention in the history as the city’s first continued on page 14

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black fire chief. He also asked why no mention was given to the city’s first black firefighter, an honor to which Williams, himself, laid claim. The situation quickly escalated and Williams even insinuated that Gillespie should perhaps be fired. Although Gillespie had delegated to a staff member the task of writing the history, which was to appear in conjunction with a published strategic plan for the department, he said he accepts full responsibility for the oversight. However, Gillespie said he was “flabbergasted” that the situation erupted in the manner it did. “Yeah, I was,” Gillespie said. “I was thinking, somebody definitely doesn’t understand me if they think I’m racist. Obviously, I couldn’t believe they were that upset and it was not the time or the place for me to discuss that with my boss (Marion Williams) in my mind, so I just let him talk about it and let it, as far as I was concerned, drop.” Gillespie said he and Williams haven’t discussed the matter since the meeting. But it wasn’t the first time race was a topic between the two. “We have discussed that issue, not the history issue, but the race issue in the past,” Gillespie said. “And obviously I didn’t get my point through on how I felt about the issue.” Although Gillespie said he was drawn to the area because of the South’s unique and oft-touted hospitality, he wasn’t prepared for the racial climate of Augusta.

“It’s odd for me that it’s an issue. I come from integrated communities, communities that are very diverse, and I’ve never seen it be as prominent as it is here,” Gillespie said. “It’s still out there. Now, there’s no way I can know what minorities have gone through in the past here. I can read about it; I can have somebody tell me about it, but I’ve never had to live it. So, it’s hard for me to equate what they have to go through.” Still, Gillespie said, he takes a colorblind approach to running his department and will not tolerate any form of discrimination. “I understand that there were (racial) problems in the past, obviously. I don’t make decisions based on that,” Gillespie said. “I don’t allow my organization to let that become an issue.” Gillespie thinks the morale of the department is gradually improving. But, there is still much work to be done on the department from a sheer nuts-and-bolts standpoint, the chief said. For instance, the department’s 19 stations, combined, respond to roughly 15,000 calls each year. That amounts to the same number of reports that have to be filed — by hand. “All of our stations do them by hand, bring the reports upstairs here, and one person has been trying to enter all of those things in,” Gillespie said. “So we have a backlog of information of calls in order to collect data for run times and types of calls and outcomes. We’re trying to catch up on them, but it’s hard to make any headway when you’re going backwards all the time.” Gillespie said that situation would be remedied if all of the stations were tied

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they understood exactly what their monies were going for, and that’s our job, to help educate them.” With the recent flap involving a contract for continued ambulance service through Rural/Metro in Richmond County, Gillespie said he wouldn’t mind trying his hand at overseeing local EMS service. Few was also an advocate for locally run 911 emergency service. “This is the first community I have ever worked in where the government subsidizes the private ambulance company to provide 911 ambulance transport service,” Gillespie said. “In Clark County (Yakima, Wash.), District 6, where I came from before, the ambulance company paid to provide service. If they wanted to provide service to your area, part of their contract was, they paid a fee to do that. So when I lose three quarters of a million dollars of the fire department’s budget to subsidize the private ambulance company, that hurts. I think we could better use the money someplace else.” However, Gillespie said, he knows that decision is up to the voters. He said he also didn’t want to take away from the hard work performed by those who work for Rural/Metro. “The private ambulance companies do a very good job; the people out in the streets work very, very hard,” Gillespie said. “But the bottom line is the bottom line. And that means, private ambulance companies have to make a profit or they don’t exist and their final analysis, their bottom decision, is always going to be based on profit or the money.” Despite the recent confrontation over the fire department history and budget contraints, Gillespie said he and his wife are happy in Augusta. “I enjoy the heck out of it,” Gillespie said. “I’ll stay here as long as they like me and as long as we like it here.” In their spare time, Gillespie and his wife like to travel. Both are also avid scuba divers. It might also surprise some of Gillespie’s colleagues to know that he once sang in a musical and has also appeared on the silver screen. Gillespie played the part of the governor of Texas in a college-sponsored production of “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” in Washington. He also had a walk-on part in the 1994 romance, “The Favor,” starring Elizabeth McGovern, Brad Pitt and Ken Wahl. “I spent a couple of days (on the set), but if you looked at it you’d probably see me for about five seconds in one scene on the dock,” Gillespie said. “(Wahl) is on the dock with a bunch of guys doing a fishing contest and I’m one of the guys on there. But I do get a full-face, right-in-the-center shot. But if you watch the movie, watch carefully.” Although Gillespie and his wife like to attend local productions at places like the Imperial Theatre and Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre, at least for now, Gillespie says, his acting days are over. “Oh man, I just don’t have time for that anymore,” Gillespie said. “Once you become the chief ... I usually hit the office here in the morning by six or seven and I usually finish up by that time (in the evening). But I enjoy it.”


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s the rest of the world eagerly anticipated the midnight hour this New Year’s Eve, residents of one small South Carolina town had no doubt that the bell in their faithful old town clock would boldly ring in 2003. For more than 160 years, Winnsboro’s town clock is said to have never missed a tick or a tock. Legend has it that Winnsboro, located about 25 miles north of Columbia and settled in 1775, is home to the oldest continuously running town clock in the United States. “The Winnsboro Clock Tower was constructed in 1833, on land that was formerly used as a duck pond,” said Frances Lee O’Neal, an ambassador to the Fairfield

County Chamber of Commerce and a local storyteller. “Originally, the clock, with its heavy iron weights, was wound by a windlass with large wire cables. It’s electric now, but that clock is the longest continuously running town clock in America.” In 1875, the clock had to undergo some construction and repairs to its tower, but despite that work, the town clock’s minute hand is believed to have never stopped moving, O’Neal said. “Everyone here loves that clock,” said O’Neal, sitting in the chamber of commerce office now located inside the town clock building. “It’s a beautiful part of our history.” Constructed right smack in the middle of Washington Street – one of downtown Winnsboro’s busiest streets – the town clock is truly located in the heart of the community.

Directly across the street from the town clock is the Fairfield County Courthouse – a Greek Revival structure built in 1823. And just behind the town clock on Zion Street is one of Winnsboro’s most prestigious areas where large historic mansions, some dating back to the mid-1700s, line the street. Winnsboro’s entire downtown core has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Along Zion Street, visitors will find such historic homes as the Cornwallis House. Now privately owned, O’Neal said this house was once the residence and headquarters of Lord Charles Cornwallis during the British occupation of Winnsboro. It is believed that Cornwallis stayed in this home during the months of October 1780 through continued on page 16

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January 1781, otherwise known as the “winter of his discontent.” “Cornwallis was actually the one who gave Fairfield County its name,” O’Neal said. “It’s believed that, when the British rode through this area, he said, ‘What fair fields.’” In 1822, O’Neal said, the town council requested permission from the South Carolina General Assembly to build a new marketplace to replace a smaller wooden building that served as the town’s market since 1785. The state Legislature granted Winnsboro permission to proceed with the new construction, providing the market would be no more than 30 feet wide. The clock tower was originally intended to house a public market, a town hall and a “guard house” where citizens disturbing the peace were to be temporarily held, O’Neal said. Today, besides housing the chamber of commerce, the town clock is also home to an art studio and Winnsboro’s weekly market. “Every Saturday we open up a market and people bring in all different kinds of things to sell,” O’Neal said. “Like a local organic farmer brings huge eggs from his hens and we have a lot of people who sell baked goods and all different kinds of artwork. The clock tower really is the town’s hub. It’s our town square.” But building the 160-year-old clock tower didn’t come easily. O’Neal said slave labor was used to construct the clock tower, which consists of brick walls that are 18 to 24 inches thick. “Unfortunately, because no records were kept on slaves back then, we don’t know the names of those who built the tower,” O’Neal said. “But the brick for the clock tower came from Charleston and legend has it that 50 wagons were needed to haul the bricks on the three-week trip to Charleston and back.” The clock’s inner workings and its bell were shipped to Winnsboro from Alsace, France. The bell, according to O’Neal, was said to have a “silvery tone” that locals were immediately drawn to and loved. Back in those days, according to information from the Fairfield County chamber, the bell was used to send messages to its citizens, such as alerting them to fires or other important announcements. “In 1895, the bell was damaged when they rang it so hard during a fire that it

“That clock is the longest continuously running town clock in America. ... Everyone here loves that clock. It’s a beautiful part of our history.” – Frances Lee O’Neal, an ambassador to the Fairfield County Chamber of Commerce

cracked,” O’Neal said. “It had to be sent off to Philadelphia for repairs, but when it came back, many people weren’t real sure if they got the right bell back because it didn’t sound the same. “When it came back, they said, ‘It has lost it’s silvery tone. We don’t think that’s our bell. It doesn’t sound exactly right.’” Despite the controversy over the possibility of the original bell being lost, O’Neal said these days when the clock chimes, it’s music to most citizens’ ears. “The clock chimes every hour on the hour, and it has such a nice sound to it,” O’Neal said. “The people here in Winnsboro are very proud of that bell. You can hear it all up and down the street when it chimes.” O’Neal said the historic clock and its glorious chimes just add to the cozy feel of Winnsboro’s small-town atmosphere. “I’ve lived in Winnsboro for the last 12 years and I love it because it’s a low-key hometown,” she said. “Everybody knows everybody here.” She said Winnsboro, with a population of 5,000 people, is the kind of town that worries when corporate businesses, like Wal-Mart, want to locate to the area. “When Wal-Mart was proposed to come here, people got really worried,” O’Neal said. “I don’t think we ever had so many town meetings.”

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Because Winnsboro has a lot to celebrate, the town hosts the “Rock Around the Clock” festival one weekend a year in September, O’Neal said. The city will block off Congress Street right in front of the town clock and have a festival full of great food, local vendors, a downtown race, children’s rides and a car show. Last year, the town even had a huge shag dance hosted by hometown legend, DJ Gary Bass. “It’s a lot of fun and it’s a great opportunity to bring people downtown,” O’Neal said. While some people may find it hard to believe that a town has made so much fuss over one clock, O’Neal said the town clock is more than a building that just keeps the time. “That clock is the symbol of this town,” O’Neal said. “You can’t separate the two.” And for those skeptics who think there’s no way that Winnsboro’s town clock has never stopped in more than 160 years, O’Neal has one simple answer. She says she may be a storyteller by trade, but she assures visitors that there’s truth in the history of the Winnsboro Town Clock. “My name is Frances Lee O’Neal and I’m a teller of old tales, tall tales and lies,” said O’Neal. “But that clock is the longest continuously running town clock in America.”

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Citizens wanted to know how this corporate giant was going to affect the city’s quaint downtown. From those discussions, O’Neal said, interest was sparked in the Winnsboro Downtown Development Association. Since then, the citizens of Winnsboro have put a lot of time and effort into planning for the future of downtown. And much of the focus of those plans, O’Neal said, involves ways the development association can enhance the area surrounding the clock. Currently, the city is working on opening an antique mall next to the clock that O’Neal said could help promote the town’s Saturday market. O’Neal also said the town is looking into other ways it can market Winnsboro’s assets. For example, she said the town is extremely proud of Winnsboro blue granite, known as “the hardest granite in the world” and the official stone of South Carolina. “Our granite was used to build the Flatiron Building in New York City. In fact, that building is on the front of a book that was just released this year called, ‘10 Buildings People Love To Hate,’” O’Neal said, laughing. “But Winnsboro blue granite went all over the world.” The steps and landing of the town clock are made from granite quarried in Fairfield County.

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iolinist Annalee Patipatanakoon says, for a chamber group, 10 years ain’t bad. But, she added, traditional piano trios like Canada’s The Gryphon Trio tend to be a bit more stable than, say, a string quartet anyway. Asked why chamber ensembles break up so often, she said it’s the usual musician dilemmas – lack of money and conflict with family. “You’re seeing a lot more women in groups and they’re having children,” she said, which brought to mind a concert by The Eroica Trio at Augusta State University about two years ago in which two of the three women were very obviously expecting. (It was, however, a beautiful, and amazingly physical, performance.) “They’ve had to slow down a bit,” Patipatanakoon said of Eroica. “It’s a little bit more difficult for a woman, depending on what stage of their career they’re in,” she said. The difficulty level of sustaining a chamber concert career depends, also, on the age of the group, she said. “If everyone’s young ... it’s not that commitment changes. You either enjoy what you’re doing or you find that something is missing. “But in our case, I guess we’ve been fortunate. Where we’ve been based, there’s always been enough for us to sustain ourselves and sustain a chamber career in order to do what we really love to do.” Their pianist, Jamie Parker, teaches at a university about an hour outside of Toronto, she said. In addition, she said, there’s always freelance work in town. She and cellist Roman Borys, however, are concentrating on the trio, at the exclusion, even, of less musical plans. Cellist Roman Borys and Patipatanakoon have been together as a couple longer than The Gryphon Trio has been in existence, she said. And they’ve decided not to have children. “It’s different,” she said. “I mean, I think it’s great that we can balance the personal and the work relationship. We are together almost all the time. When we are home, I don’t think we actively search for things that don’t involve the two of us. I think it’s wonderful for people to play with other people and bring those encounters back to the group.” While Patipatanakoon and Borys see plenty of each other as they work, Parker’s situation gives the two a glimpse at the other side of the coin. His new wife is not part of the group and as a result he can’t see her while they tour. “He’s been married now for about a year and a half. I see the other end of it. As much as we’re on the road ... it’s difficult. He luckily has an understanding wife who knew what she was getting into. “I’m sure that, since this is the beginning, they will be thinking about a family, so we’ll see what that means. But he is the male so he will be a little more free to travel.” She and Borys, however, have made up their minds on that score already. “We have two dogs,” she said. “I don’t anticipate that we are going to have children. We’ve sort of made our

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choices. We love what we do. I just can’t see, realistically, as much as we travel ... I don’t think it would be fair to bring up children in a concert environment.” She is an aunt, though, and that allows her to live vicariously, she said, and still have children in her life. “I do see when the home life is stable how wonderfully they flourish. Life on the road is always unpredictable.” Another possible explanation for the longevity of the trio is the length of time the three have known, and played with, each other. By the time Parker had joined them in 1993, Patipatanakoon and Borys had been playing together for seven years with another pianist. “The problem with that group is that the pianist was 10 years older than we were, and in a different stage of life.” She and Borys were 19, she said. When they broke up with their pianist, they decided to call Parker, whom they had met at music camp when they were very young. We asked her if that long history between the three helped them out on stage. “Well, you’d have to talk to an audience member,” she said. “We get interesting comments all the time.” She said people tell her they can see the communication going on between the musicians when they look at each other. “Which is wonderful,” she said, “because that’s a hard thing to convey sometimes.” She describes their shows as traditional, though they do like to mix the old with the new. “We’ve always been very interested in commissioning new works. We learn the old and we learn the new.”

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Their Web site at http://www.gryphontrio.com lists several contemporary composers, such as Andrew MacDonald, KellyMarie Murphy, Pater Tiefenbach and Chan Ka Nin from whom they have commissioned works. Their latest is by Christos Hatzis, and is called “Constantinople.” The Web site describes it as “a multi-sensory, immersive experience combining the musical talents of some of Canada’s finest performers with computer-generated electroacoustic sound and compelling visuals.” Patipatanakoon said they want to make sure that the audience members who are new to chamber music get to sample different aspects of it. “Usually they come away feeling quite surprised that they like it,” she said. When asked if she considers educating the audience a part of the chamber musician’s job, she said, “Well, absolutely. It’s not ... Dying is such a terrible word. But audiences are dwindling.” She said that, since their audiences tend to be middle-agers and seniors, musicians feel the need to lure in the young. “Everyone’s trying to bring younger people into classical music. We do have education initiatives here. We find that the young people are really interested in the new works. They like the fact that the composers are still living,” she said. “But we also find, too, that around the age of 30, a lot of young people have done the rock and the pop and whatever is popular at the time, and they find something’s still missing. These are the people we’re trying to target now.” She said that, since schools aren’t teaching students to appreciate chamber music, many people have not had the opportunity to explore the genre. “But then there are those who took those few music lessons and then went off to go do something else and are rediscovering it.” We asked about her favorite pieces. “That’s always a hard one to answer,” she said. “It kind of depends on what we’re working on. Beethoven for us is a real love.” She also mentioned Brahms. And Mendelssohn, which The Gryphon Trio is going to be playing in Augusta. “So the program that we’re presenting in Augusta is about as traditional as we get,” she said. “It’s the highlights. The favorites.” The Gryphon Trio are currently ensemble-in-residence at the Music Toronto series in Toronto, Canada. They, of course, have a collection of flattering quotes from the press, penned for such publications as The Los Angeles Times, The Toronto Star and Classical Music Magazine. The most fun quote, however, came from Canadian publication The Globe and Mail: “It was a pulse-pounding barrage on the senses that left the audience physically drained.” The Gryphon Trio will perform under the auspices of the Harry Jacobs Chamber Music Society, at the Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre on the campus of Augusta State University. Performance is at 8 p.m. Jan. 10. Tickets are available at the door, and are $15 general admission, $5 for students. Call 736-9098 or visit www.hjcms.org for info.

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Auditions AUDITIONS FOR “ANNIE” Jan. 4, 1 p.m., and Jan. 7, 7 p.m., for girls ages 6-18; Jan. 9-10, 7 p.m., for adults. Bring a prepared solo from the show; accompanist provided. Held at St. John United Methodist Church. Call Augusta Players at 826-4707 for information. AUDITIONS FOR “WHEN THE REAPER CALLS” Jan. 6-7, 7:30 p.m., at For t Gordon Dinner Theatre. Par ts are available for two men and three women ages 25-45 and per formance dates are Feb. 14-15, 21-22, 27-28 and March 1. Open to the public; all civilian par ticipants must have a photo ID to enter For t Gordon. Call 791-4389 or visit www.for tgordon.com/theatre.htm#reaper for details. AUGUSTA CONCERT BAND rehearses Monday evenings and is looking to fill vacancies on most band instruments. Interested par ties should contact Ben Easter, (803) 2020091 or e-mail bandforaugusta@aol.com. SWEET ADELINES PEACH STATE CHORUS OPEN REHEARSAL for singers each Thursday at 7 p.m. Held at 600 Mar tintown Road in Nor th Augusta. Contact Mildred Blain at 736-7740 or Mary Norman at (803) 279-6499.

Education THE AUGUSTA STATE UNIVERSITY CONSERVATORY PROGRAM announces four music classes to star t in January: voice class meets Jan. 16, 7 p.m.; guitar class for beginners meets Jan. 13, 7 p.m.; piano class for beginners meets Jan. 11, 10 a.m., music fundamentals and music reading skills meets Jan. 28, 7 p.m. Call 731-7971 for more information. ART CLASSES FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS at the Ar t Factory. Classes in visual ar ts, dance and drama are offered. The Ar t Factory also has a homeschool program and scholarships are available. Classes begin Jan. 6. 731-0008. CERAMICS CLASSES at the Weeks Center Ceramics House in Aiken. Fees include one class per week and students can choose any class time: Mondays, 9 a.m. to noon or 6-9 p.m.; Tuesdays, 6-9 p.m.; or Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to noon. $30 per month. Call (803) 642-7631 for info. USC-AIKEN MUSIC CONSERVATORY PROGRAM now open. Students of all ages and experience levels welcome. Private lessons available for musical instruments and voice; instructors are USC-Aiken faculty and have at least a master’s degree in their per formance area. (803) 641-3288.

Exhibitions MARTHA SIMKINS SPECIAL EXHIBITION at the Morris Museum of Ar t Jan. 16-April 20. “Mar tha Simkins Rediscovered” lecture and members’ reception Jan. 16 at 6 p.m. Cost for lecture is $3 for adults and $2 for seniors/students/military; cost for reception is $10 nonmembers; both events are free for members. Ar t at Lunch features “Marks of the Impressionists” discussion, a walking tour and boxed lunch at noon on Jan. 17. Reservations are required. “Mar tha Simkins Rediscovered” exhibit tour Jan. 19 at 2 p.m. is free.

Call the museum at 724-7501 for more information. AT THE MARY PAULINE GALLERY: Philip Morsberger and Dederick Ward exhibit Jan. 10-Feb. 22. The opening reception will be held at the gallery Jan. 10, 5-8 p.m. Call the Mary Pauline Gallery for details at 724-9542. “BRIDGING THE GAP OF GENDER, AGE AND RACE: THE PERSON’S ART OF EXPRESSION” features recent collage works of two local ar tists, Melinda Moore Lampkin and Lucy Weigle. The exhibit will be on display at the Ger trude Herber t Institute of Ar t Jan. 17-March 14, with a gallery talk and reception Jan. 17, 6-8 p.m. Gallery talk and reception is free for Ger trude Herber t members and $5 for non-members. Call 722-5495 for more information. BRUCE NELLSMITH exhibits his paintings at the Etherredge Center Lower Gallery Jan. 6-Feb. 1. Call (803) 641-3305. CIVIL WAR ARTIFACTS of the First Independent Brigade will be on display at the Euchee Creek Branch Library in January. Call 556-0594. MASK AND FABRIC EXHIBITION Jan. 3-20 at the Lucy Craf t Laney Museum of Black History. African masks and mud cloth fabrics from the collection of Roger Kablan will be on display. Opening reception is Jan. 5, 3-5 p.m. Call 724-3576 for more information. THE ARTWORK OF NANCY BANNISTER is on display at the Raging Bull, 828 Broad St., through the end of February. Bannister specializes in landscape and abstract ar t, as well as interior/ex terior murals. Call 722-0444 for more information. PHOTOGRAPHY BY GINNY SOUTHWORTH will be on display through Jan. 13 at the Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum. For information, call (803) 642-7650. DANIEL HAYES will exhibit his ar twork at the Gibbs Library in January. For information, call 863-1946. AT THE MORRIS MUSEUM OF ART: “Charleston in My Time: The Paintings of West Fraser” are on display through Jan. 5; “Rituals: Works on Paper by Romare Bearden” will be on display through Jan. 5 in the museum’s Coggins Gallery. For information, call 724-7501. AT THE GERTRUDE HERBERT INSTITUTE OF ART: “Ware’s Folly: An Architectural Perspective” is in the First-Floor Gallery at Ware’s Folly through Feb. 21. Call 722-5495 for more information.

Dance BALLROOM DANCE CLASSES Jan. 14-Feb. 17 or March 11April 22 at the H.O. Weeks Center in Aiken. Cost is $40 per couple and registration is accepted in pairs only. Call (803) 642-7631 for registration information. SQUARE DANCE CLASSES AND OPEN HOUSE: Beginning classes run Jan. 27-March 31 and intermediate classes run April 14-June 16, but the H.O. Weeks Center in Aiken holds an open house Jan. 13, 7:30 p.m., for all interested par ticipants. Call (803) 642-7631 for more information. CSRA/AUGUSTA BOOGIE-WOOGIE DANCE AND SOCIAL GROUP holds a monthly dance every third Saturday of the

“South Pacific” comes to the Bell Auditorium Jan. 2. month, star ting at 7:30 p.m. For information, phone 6502396 or 736-3878. SINGLES DANCE each Saturday night from 8-11 p.m. sponsored by the Christian Social Organization for Single Adults. Held at Westside High School. Tickets $5 for members, $7 for non-members, and are available at the door. For more information, contact Doris Heath, 736-3376.

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“MENDELSSOHN AND BEETHOVEN” MASTERWORKS CONCERT to be per formed by violinist Sandra Wolf-Meei Cameron Jan. 18, 8 p.m. at ASU’s Per forming Ar ts Theatre. Concer t preview at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35, $28 and $15; student rates are $14 and $7.50. Cameron also per forms at the “Two Vir tuosos” Family Concer t Jan. 19, 3 p.m. at ASU’s Per forming Ar ts Theatre. Tickets are $6; free for Paine College and ASU students. Call the Augusta Symphony at 826-4705 for tickets. “SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM” will be per formed by the Augusta Opera Jan. 23 and 25 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee per formance Jan. 26 at 3 p.m. Held at the Imperial Theatre. Tickets are $12-$40, with group, student and senior discounts available. Call the Augusta Opera at 8264710 for information. THE GRYPHON TRIO per forms 8 p.m. Jan. 10 at the Ma xwell Per forming Ar ts Theatre as par t of the Harry Jacobs Chamber Music Society 2002-2003 season and as par t of the ASU Lyceum Series. 860-5885. TUESDAY’S MUSIC LIVE CONCERT SERIES: All per formances in the concer t series held at noon at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Concer ts are free; optional catered lunch is $7 per person. 2002-2003 season schedule is as follows: Jan. 7, Jazzamatazz; Jan. 21, Joseph Gramley; Feb. 4, Lindsey McKee and Keith Shafer; Feb. 18, Cowboy Envy; March 4, The Augusta Children’s Chorale; March 18, Kari Gaffney and Jeff Williams. 722-3463. COMMUNITY HEALING MEDITATION DRUMMING CIRCLE hosted every third Monday of the month by IDRUM2U, the Not Gaddy Drumming Studio. Held 7-9 p.m. at the G.L.

Jackson Conference Center, 1714 Nor th Leg Cour t. Fee is $5 or a donation of canned goods for the Golden Harvest Food Bank. All are welcome and drums will be available to rent. For info, phone the Not Gaddy Drumming Studio, 228-3200.

Theater “LAST CHANCE” will be per formed by the Augusta Mini Theatre Jan. 17, 10 and 11:30 a.m., for area schools and Jan. 18-19, 3 and 8 p.m., for the public at the Jack B. Patrick Technology Center on the campus of Augusta Technical College. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for youth groups of 10 or more. Call 722-0598 to purchase tickets. “LION IN WINTER” Jan. 17-18, 24-26, 31 and Feb. 1 at the Aiken Community Playhouse’s new theatre in the Washington Center for the Per forming Ar ts. Call (803) 6481438 for information and reservations. NEIL SIMON’S “THE DINNER PARTY” will be performed by Stage III Jan. 16-19. Thursday through Saturday performances start at 7 p.m., are $25 per person and include dinner, while Sunday matinee begins at 3 p.m. and the cost is $15 per person. Call 228-3636 for more details or to make reservations. NEWBERRY OPER A HOUSE TRIP to see “Wunner ful Women” Jan. 23. Bus leaves from the H.O. Weeks Center in Aiken at 1 p.m. Register by Jan. 6. Call (803) 642-7631 for information. NOW ON SALE: Tickets for “Les Miserables” Feb. 11-16 at the Bell Auditorium; tickets for “South Pacific,” Jan. 2 at the Bell Auditorium. Call TicketMaster at 828-7700 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.

Attractions THE BOYHOOD HOME OF WOODROW WILSON: Circa 1859 Presbyterian manse occupied by the family of President Woodrow Wilson as a child during the Civil War and


TER in Perry, Ga.: Georgia Horse Fair Jan. 11-12, 1-888-637- 19 4255; Cut ting Horse Show Jan. 16-19, (770) 943-4929; Southeastern Exotic Bird Show Jan. 18-19, (770) 593-3692; M HQHA Quar ter Horse Show Jan. 24-26, (770) 227-2159. E

Reconstruction. Original and period antiques, restored house, kitchen and carriage house. 419 Seventh Street. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tues.-Sat. Tours available; groups of 10 or more by appointment only. Admission is $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 students under 18 and free for ages five and under. 722-9828.

HANNAH’S BUDDIES GOLF TOURNAMENT AND CONCERT BENEFIT to fight spinal muscular atrophy Jan. 18 at Disney World’s Lake Buena Vista Golf Club and House of Blues in Orlando, Fla. Widespread Panic singer and guitarist John Bell will perform at the concer t and host the tournament. For more information, or to inquire about par ticipating, contact Duncan Elliott at (813) 334-5877 or at fightsma@tampabay.rr.com.

AUGUSTA GOLF & GARDENS OF THE GEORGIA GOLF HALL OF FAME features beautiful display gardens, as well as bronze sculptures of some of golf’s greatest masters. Available for rent for a variety of functions. Group discount rates available. Closed Mondays; open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; open from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $5.50 for adults; $4.50 for students, seniors and military; $3.50 for children (4 to 12); free for children 3 and under. Sundays are two for one with a Super Sunday coupon. Annual garden memberships are available. Call 724-4443 or 1-888-874-4443. Also, visit their Web site at www.gghf.org.

SACRED HEART CULTURAL CENTER is offering tours of its 100-year-old building. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $1 per person, children free. 826-4700. HISTORIC COTTON EXCHANGE WELCOME CENTER: Open Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. 1-5 p.m. Riverwalk. Free. 724-4067. THE EZEKIEL HARRIS HOUSE: Deemed “the finest 18th century house surviving in Georgia” by the “Smithsonian Guide to Historic America.” Open Saturday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. General admission is $2; senior admission is $1 and children get in for 50 cents. For more information, call 724-0436.

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“GLIMPSES OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT: 19571970” PANEL DISCUSSION AND SCHOOL TOURS at the Lucy Craf t Laney Museum of Black History. Panel discussion to be held 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 8 features Charles Walker, Ed McIntyre, Solomon Walker and Margaret Armstrong. In preparation, suggested readings include “Mar tin Luther King’s Last Visit to Augusta” and “Autobiography of Mar tin Luther King.” Luncheon is $6 per person; contact Mr. Jackson at 724-3576 by Jan. 6 to reserve a place. School tours in conjunction with the Civil Rights Movement program will be offered Jan. 9-10; to schedule a visit, contact Christine Miller-Bet ts at 724-3576. FRENCH IMPRESSIONISM SLIDE LECTURE Jan. 7, 6 p.m., at the Morris Museum of Ar t. Free for members and those registered for Jan. 23 bus trip to the High Museum; $3 for adult non-members and $2 for seniors, students and military. Call 724-7501 for info. AT THE AUGUSTA MUSEUM OF HISTORY: “Augusta, Ga.: Surviving Disaster” special exhibit on display through Jan. 12. January’s film is “The Founding of Georgia.” Register by Jan. 4 for “An Introduction to Georgia History” continuing education class, held Jan. 7, 14 and 28. Brown Bag History Series on Jan. 8 at noon presents “The Colonial Town Plan of Augusta”; bring lunch and the museum provides a desser t and beverage. Reservations are required and the cost is free for museum members and $2 for non-members. For more information, call 722-8454. FIRST FRIDAY AT THE MORRIS MUSEUM OF ART Jan. 3 features First Friday Karaokatures. Xavier Jones sketches caricatures and karaoke will be available. 5:30 p.m. Gallery Spotlight Tour and 5:30-7:30 p.m. Ar t Rush Adult Ar t Making Workshop. Call 724-7501 for details. THE GERTRUDE HERBERT INSTITUTE OF ART in Ware’s Folly exhibits works by local and regional ar tists. Ar t classes, workshops and other educational programming for children, youth and adults are held in the Walker-Mackenzie Studio. Ware’s Folly galleries open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; and Saturday by appointment only. The Walker-Mackenzie Studio gallery is open Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free, but a donation of $2 for adults and $1 for children and seniors is encouraged. Call 722-5495 for more info. THE AUGUSTA MUSEUM OF HISTORY hosts permanent exhibition “Augusta’s Story,” an award-winning exhibit encompassing 12,000 years of local history. For the younger crowd, there’s the Susan L. Still Children’s Discovery Gallery, where kids can learn about history in a hands-on environment. The museum also shows films in the History Theatre and hosts a variety of programs. Located at 560

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U.S. HOT ROD SUPERBOWL OF MOTORSPORTS Jan. 11 at J the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Tickets are $10-$25 and can be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone A N at 828-7700. “LILLY’S PURPLE PLASTIC PURSE” will be presented Jan. 11-26 by Alliance Children’s Theatre. Tickets are $12.50 for children and $15 for adults. Special Families Centerstage performance Jan. 18, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. is $25 and includes performance, lunch and additional activities. Held at the Woodruff Ar ts Center in Atlanta. Call (404) 733-5000 for tickets.

FORT DISCOVERY/NATIONAL SCIENCE CENTER: Children and adults alike can immerse themselves in the wonders of science through live demonstrations, vir tual realities, Starlab, KidScape and more than 270 hands-on exhibits. General Admission: $8 for adults; $6 for children, seniors and active military. Group rates available. Half-price admission daily af ter 3 p.m. Operating hours: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Call 821-0200, 1-800-325-5445 or visit their Web site at www.NationalScienceCenter.org. REDCLIFFE STATE HISTORIC SITE: 1859 mansion of S.C. Governor James Henry Hammond, held by the family for three generations until 1975. Hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Thursday-Monday on the grounds. House tours are noon-3 p.m. by appointment. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Admission to the grounds is free. Fee for house tours is $3 for adults and children ages 6 to 17. For more information, call (803) 827-1473. 181 Redcliffe Road, Beech Island.

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The Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History hosts a Mask and Fabric Exhibition, featuring pieces collected from Africa, Jan. 3-20. Opening reception to be held Jan. 5. Reynolds Street. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m. Admission is $4 adult, $3 seniors, $2 kids (6-18 years of age) and free for children under 6. Free admission on Sundays. Call 722-8454 or visit www.augustamuseum.org for more information. THE MORRIS MUSEUM OF ART hosts exhibitions and special events year-round. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays, noon-5 p.m. Closed on Mondays and major holidays. 1 Tenth Street, Augusta. Call 724-7501 or visit www.themorris.org for details. THE MUSEUM OF LAUREL AND HARDY OF HARLEM, GEORGIA features displays of various Laurel and Hardy memorabilia; films also shown. Located at 250 N. Louisville Street in downtown Harlem. Open 1-4 p.m. ThursdayMonday. For more information, call 556-3448. LUNCH AT NOON LECTURE SERIES held the second Wednesday of every month at the Lucy Craf t Laney Museum of Black History, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Call the museum at 724-3576 for more information.

Special Events MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. LUNCHEON Jan. 15 at For t Gordon’s Gordon Club, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Reverend Willie Bolden of Atlanta will be the guest speaker, and this year’s theme is “Remember, Celebrate, Act: A Day On, Not A Day Off.” Call 791-2675 or 791-6648 for information. BOOK SIGNINGS AT BORDERS BOOKS AND MUSIC Jan. 4: Gene Jennings signs “Timely Words” from 2-4 p.m.; Edward Mixon signs “Harvest” from 6-8 p.m. Call 7376962 for information. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. CELEBRATION Jan. 17, 6 p.m., at the Smith-Hazel Recreation Center in Aiken. Poetry readings, skits, musical per formances and more will be featured. Program is free, and people of all ages are invited to at tend. Call (803) 642-7635. MASTER HYPNOTIST GARY CONRAD works his magic at the For t Gordon Performing Ar ts Center Jan. 11, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Open to the public; all patrons are reminded to bring a photo I.D. for admission to For t Gordon. Tickets are $10. Call 791-4389 or visit www.for tgordon.com for information. DOG OBEDIENCE AND PUPPY SOCIALIZATION CLASS REGISTRATION Jan. 8 and 15, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Julian Smith Casino. Cost is $50 for the 12 week course and $40 for the 8 week course. Bring proof of vaccinations, but do not bring your dog to registration. Call the Augusta Humane Society at 736-0186 for information. 2003 CULLUM LECTURE SERIES at Augusta State University begins Jan. 16. The title of this year’s series is “Frontiers in Motion: U.S.-Latin American and Caribbean Borderlands.” Jan. 16 Keynote Speech features Dr. Rober t Pastor’s lecture on “A Nor th American Community: Vision or Illusion?” Morning presentation 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. in

Butler Lecture Hall; evening presentation 7-8:15 p.m. in W1002 Science Building. For more information, visit www.aug.edu/library/cullum2003.

“A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM” Jan. 3-Feb. 9 at the New American Shakespeare Tavern in Atlanta. Tuesday-Saturday per formances at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday per formances at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $19.50 Thursdays and Sundays, $22.50 Fridays and $24.50 on Saturdays, with $10 preview shows Jan. 3-7 and $10 Tuesday and Wednesday night per formances. Student and group discounts available. Optional British pub-style menu served one hour and fif teen minutes prior to show. Call (404) 874-5299 for reservations. ADOPTION INFORMATION SESSION at the Independent Adoption Center in Tucker, Ga., Jan. 11. Held from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Make reservations by calling 1-800-385-4016 or (404) 321-6900.

AUTHOR PROGRAM AT THE GIBBS LIBRARY: Naomi Williams talks about “Two Rivers” Jan. 16, 6-8 p.m. Call 863-1946 for more information.

“TWENTY YEARS AGO” will be presented by NarroWay Productions Winter Dinner Theatre in Myr tle Beach, S.C., on Fridays and Saturdays in January and Feb. 14-15. Tickets are $24.95 or $23.95 for groups and senior citizens. To make reservations, call (803) 802-2300 or 1-888-437-7473.

AUGUSTA BALLET LEXUS RAFFLE to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Augusta Ballet. A Lexus SC 430 coupe will be raffled off during the intermission of the Feb. 8 “Romeo and Juliet” performance at the Imperial Theatre. Tickets are $100 and may be purchased by calling 261-0555.

“FOR THIS WORLD AND BEYOND: AFRICAN ART FROM THE FRED AND RITA RICHMAN COLLECTION” through May 25 at the High Museum of Ar t in Atlanta. Call (404) 733HIGH or visit www.high.org for info.

ANTIQUE APPRAISAL FAIR Jan. 10, 7-10 p.m. at the Aiken Center for the Ar ts. Evaluations are limited to two items per person in at tendance, and tickets are $25. For information, call (803) 641-9094.

TICKETS FOR “VAREK AI,” a production by the Cirque du Soleil, now on sale. Shows are March 6-30 at Cumberland Galleria in Atlanta. Visit www.cirquedusoleil.com for more information.

JANUARY FILM SERIES at Headquar ters Library, Tuesdays at 6:30. Free admission. Jan. 7 showing of “O Brother Where Ar t Thou?”, Jan. 14 showing of “Love and Death,” Jan. 21 showing of “Straight Story,” Jan. 28 showing of “The 400 Blows.” Call 821-2600.

“DEFINING CRAFT I: COLLECTING FOR THE NEW MILLENNIUM” exhibit at the Columbia Museum of Ar t in Columbia, S.C., through Feb. 23. For more information, call the museum at (803) 799-2810 or visit www.columbiamuseum.org.

AT PHINIZY SWAMP NATURE PARK: Swamp Saturday Jan. 4, 9:30 a.m. Wear weather-appropriate outerwear and walking shoes and bring a water bottle and a camera or binoculars on this free tour of the park. For information, call 828-2109. GRAND OPENING OF FAMILY Y COLUMBIA COUNTY BRANCH Jan. 11, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The Marshall Family Y is located at 4534 Washington Rd. Free and open to the public. Call 363-FAMY for more information. COLUMBIA COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY holds pet adoptions every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and every Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. at PetsMar t. For more info, call 860-5020. RICHMOND COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL AND AUGUSTA ANIMAL RESCUE FRIENDS holds pet adoptions at Superpetz off Bobby Jones Expressway every Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Call AARF at 364-4747 or visit www.aar f.net. Adoptions also held at the Richmond County Animal Control Shelter, Tues. through Sun., 1-5 p.m. Call the shelter at 790-6836. LOW-COST RABIES VACCINATIONS: Augusta-Richmond County Animal Control holds low-cost rabies vaccination clinics the four th Sunday of every month for privately owned pets. $8 per animal. 1 p.m. at Superpetz. Dogs must be on a leash and cats in a carrier. Puppies and kit tens must be three months old and current for all vaccinations. Schedule subject to change, so please call 790-6836 to verify dates and times. THE CSRA HUMANE SOCIETY holds pet adoptions every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and every Wednesday evening from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Pet Center located behind the GreenJackets Stadium on Milledge Rd. 261-PETS.

Out of Town AT THE GEORGIA MUSEUM OF ART in Athens, Ga., Jan. 18March 23: “There Is No Eye: Photographs by John Cohen” and “Visualizing the Blues: Images of the American South, 1862-1999.” Call (706) 542-4662 for information. AT THE GEORGIA NATIONAL FAIRGROUNDS AND AGRICEN-

“PARIS IN THE AGE OF IMPRESSIONISM: MASTERWORKS FROM THE MUSEE D’ORSAY” will be at the High Museum of Ar t in Atlanta now through March 16. This exhibition marks the first time since the Orsay opened that pieces in its collection have traveled to the U.S. For more information, visit www.ParisinAtlanta.org, www.high.org, or call (404) 733-HIGH.

Benefits AUGUSTA ICE BOWL Jan. 25 to benefit the Golden Harvest Food Bank at the Lake Olmstead Disc Golf Course. A $20 donation is required. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the first round of play begins at 10 a.m. Call Sue Anne at 7376095 for more information. SHEPEARD COMMUNITY BLOOD CENTER BLOOD DRIVES in various locations around the CSRA this month. The blood center is urging people of all blood types to donate in order to combat a blood supply shor tage. For detailed information on locations and times to donate, visit www.shepeardblood.org. You may also call Susan Edwards at (803) 6437996 for information on Aiken locations and Nancy Szocinski at 737-4551 for information on all other locations. AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVES at the Aiken Red Cross Blood Center on Millbrook Drive and the Augusta Red Cross Blood Center on Pleasant Home Road. The bloodmobile will also stop at various area locations this week. For a complete list, call the Aiken Blood Center at (803) 642-5180 or the Augusta Blood Center at 868-8800.

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BRIDGE CLASSES at the H.O. Weeks Center in Aiken. Beginner class is held Jan. 14-March 4 and intermediate class is held March 25-May 20. Cost is $20 per person, plus a $14 materials fee that must be paid at the first class. Call (803) 642-7631 for information.

AT THE FAMILY Y: Spring soccer registration Jan. 6-18 for children 4-14 years old at the Wheeler Branch; gymnastics session Jan. 6-March 7 at Wheeler Gymnastics Center offered for toddlers through teens. Call 738-6678 for more info.

COMPUTER CLASSES AT THE WALLACE BRANCH LIBRARY: “Basic Computer Skills Training” Jan. 7, 14, 21 and 28, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or Jan. 9, 16, 23 and 30, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. “Intermediate Computer Class” Jan. 9, 67:30 p.m. To register for either class, call 722-6275. INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTERS FOR ADULTS Jan. 10, 17, 24 and 31 at the Ma xwell Branch Library. Call 7936758 to register.

AIKEN TECH CONTINUING EDUCATION will offer the following courses in January: Intro to Computers, Windows 2000 Basic Concepts, Health Care courses, Rape Aggression Defense, Beginning Cake Decorating, Progessional Cooking Real Estate courses and more. Aiken Tech also offers Education to Go classes online. For more information or to register, call (803) 593-9231, ex t. 1230.

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“RUMPLESTILTSKIN” will be presented by ASU’s Born to Read Literacy Center and Patchwork Players Jan. 13 at 9, 10 and 11 a.m. at the Maxwell Performing Ar ts Theatre. Tickets are $3 per person and seating is on a first come, first serve basis. Call 733-7043 for information and reservations.

AUGUSTA STATE UNIVERSITY CONTINUING EDUCATION is now offering the following classes: Adobe Illustrator 10, Intermediate Shag II, Intermediate Investing, Digital Photography for Beginners, Adobe Photoshop 7 and more. Also, ASU offers online courses. For more information, call 737-1636 or visit www.ced.aug.edu.

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Star ting Your Own Business, Jan. 14; Smar t Marketing, Jan. 16; Writing a Business Plan, Jan. 21; Small Business Bookkeeping, Jan. 28. All classes cost $35 and are held 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Business Outreach Services Augusta office. Call 737-1790 for information and registration.

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THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY “I CAN COPE” PROGRAM will be held four consecutive Tuesdays, beginning Jan. 7. Held at Warren Baptist Church, 6:30 p.m. The program is free, but registration is encouraged. Call 731-9900 or 1-800-ACS-2345. “WHAT CAN NEUROSURGERY DO FOR ME?” free health education class Jan. 9, 2:30 p.m. at the Life Learning Center’s Downtown Division. To enroll, call 733-0188, ex t. 7989.

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PEACHCARE FOR KIDS AND RIGHT FROM THE START MEDICADE offers free or low-cost health coverage to qualifying families. Coverage includes prenatal care, hospitalization, vaccines, dental and vision care and is available to pregnant women of all ages and to children through age 19. Contact the RSM Project at 729-2086 or 721-5611 for information. YOGA CLASSES at Walton Rehabilitation Hospital are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-8 a.m. for $45/month or 10:30 a.m. to noon for $55/month. Call 823-6294. FREE HIV/AIDS TESTING every Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Ministry, 922 Greene Street. Free anonymous testing, pre- and post-test counseling and education. HATHA YOGA CLASSES at the St. Joseph Home Health Care Center in Daniel Village Plaza. Held 10 a.m. to noon Monday, Wednesday and Friday and 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. $10 per class or $60 a month for unlimited classes. Mats are provided, but bring a towel and a water bot tle. Call Tess at 738-2782 for more information.

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ARTRAGEOUS SUNDAY! AT THE MORRIS MUSEUM OF ART Jan. 5 features That Puppet Guy presenting Aesop’s Fabulous Fables. Program begins at 2 p.m. and is free. Call 724-7501 for details. SPRING SOCCER REGISTRATION Jan. 15-21 at Citizens Park II in Aiken. Open to boys and girls ages 5 and older by Sept. 1, 2003; teams will be divided by age and players will compete in league play. First-time players must bring a bir th cer tificate to register. For information, call (803) 642-7761.

FAMILY FUN DAY POTTERY WORKSHOP at the Augusta Museum of History Jan. 12, 2-4 p.m. Learn how to throw a pot with Jeanet te James and other area pot ters. The program is free. Call 722-8454 for info. AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM at the Smith-Hazel Recreation Center in Aiken January through May, 2-6 p.m. Open to kids ages 5-13. Call (803) 642-7635. INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTERS FOR ALL AGES Jan. 6, 13 and 27, 6-8 p.m. at the Friedman Branch Library. Call 7366758 to register. CHILDREN’S LEARNING CENTER at the Lucy Craf t Laney Museum of Black History open Monday-Friday, 4:30-6:30 p.m., through June. For information, call 724-3576. ACADEMIC HELP AND TUTORING available Saturdays, 2:304:30 p.m. at the Wallace Branch Library. Call 722-6275 to make arrangements. GIRLS INCORPORATED AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM runs through the end of the 2002-2003 school year. A variety of programs will be offered. Services include van pick-up at select schools, evening drop-off, homework room and hot evening meal. Open to girls in kindergar ten through high school. Af ter-school program offered 2:30-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri. For more information, call 733-2512. YOUTH LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT SKILLS PROGRAM for teens ages 12-19 held the third Saturday of the month at the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History. Call 724-3576. WEEKLY STORY SESSIONS at all branch libraries. Visit www.ecgrl.public.lib.ga.us for more information. FIRST SATURDAY STORYTELLING at the Lucy Craf t Laney Museum. In addition, there is a tour of the museum. Held 10 a.m. to noon the first Saturday of the month. Call 724-3576.

Seniors PEOPLE WITH ARTHRITIS CAN EXERCISE (PACE) meets at Walton Rehabilitation Hospital Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. Call 823-5294. THE SENIOR CITIZENS COUNCIL OF GREATER AUGUSTA AND THE CSRA offers a variety of classes, including aerobics, quilting, tai chi, Spanish, painting, line dancing, bowling, bridge, computers, yoga and pinochle. For dates and times, phone 826-4480. ARTHRITIS AQUATICS offered Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Walton Rehabilitation Hospital. Classes meet 99:45 a.m., 10-10:45 a.m. or 12:15-1 p.m. $37.50/month. To register, call 733-5959. SENIORNET provides adults age 50 and over education for and access to computer technology. Many different courses are offered. Contact the USC-Aiken Continuing Education Office at (803) 641-3563.

Sports GEORGIA GOLF HALL OF FAME ANNUAL INDUCTION BANQUET Jan. 11, 7 p.m., at the Radisson River front Hotel. Tickets are $90 per person or $720 for a table of eight. For reservations, call Dianne King, 724-4443. TEN STAR ALL-STAR BASKETBALL CAMP is now accepting applications for its summer programs. Boys and girls ages 10-19 are eligible. Call (704) 373-0873 for information. 2003 EAST COAST SILVER GLOVES BOXING CHAMPIONSHIPS Jan. 10-11, 7 p.m., at May Park Gym. Boxers from eight states will compete for the right to at tend the National Silver Gloves Boxing Championship. Tickets are $4 adult and $2 child and are available through the Augusta Boxing Club. Call 733-7533 for more information. BEGINNING FOIL FENCING CLASSES now forming at the Augusta Fencers Club. Youth class, for those 11 to 14 years old, meets Fridays, 6-7 p.m. and adult class meets Thursdays, 6-7 p.m. All competitive equipment provided, classes last approximately three months and begin Jan. 34. Cost is $50 per month for either class. Call 722-8878 to register.


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Volunteer “A CALL TO SERVICE DAY” PROGRAM Jan. 14 in the Auditorium of the Information Technology Center at Augusta Technical College. Walton Options teams up with the Statewide Independent Living Council of Georgia in an outreach effor t to encourage people with disabilities to par ticipate in national service programs. Sessions are 10:30 a.m.noon and 1:30-3:30 p.m. and are free. Contact Jeannie Jackson, 724-6262 for more information. THE AUGUSTA MUSEUM OF HISTORY HOLDS DOCENT TRAINING class every Monday in January and February from 9:45 a.m. to noon. Classes begin on Jan. 6 and run through Feb. 24. The deadline for registration is noon Jan. 3. Call 722-8454 to register. THE EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT COALITION CAMPAIGN seeks volunteers to prepare basic ta x returns for low/limited income individuals, those with disabilities, non-English speakers and the elderly. Volunteers receive free training and instruction materials from the IRS. Call the Mayor’s Office for Workforce Development at 821-1834. GOLDEN HARVEST FOOD BANK needs volunteers during the day, Monday-Friday, to help sor t donated products and assist in their agency shopping area. Help is needed yearround. If you are able to lif t 25 pounds and would like to help fight hunger in the Augusta area, contact Laurie Roper at 736-1199, ex t. 208.

Stadium on Milledge Road. Call 261-PETS for more info. SHEPEARD COMMUNITY BLOOD CENTER is seeking donors to prevent a blood supply shor tage. To donate call 737-4551, 854-1880 or (803) 643-7996.

Meetings THE AUGUSTA SKI AND OUTING CLUB is a non-profit organization for those who enjoy snow skiing, boating, camping, whitewater raf ting, cycling and other outdoor recreation. The ASOC meets the first Tuesday of every month in the Alamo Room of Lone Star on Washington Rd. The nex t meeting is scheduled for Jan. 7, 6:45 p.m. Club interests may call (803) 279-6186.

Weekly THE FIRST STEP DIVORCE RECOVERY WORKSHOP meets Sundays, Jan. 5-Feb. 9, 4-6 p.m. in Room 201 of the Walton Building at First Baptist Church of Augusta. The workshop is free to the public and pre-registration is not required; however, call to reserve childcare for kids age 5 and under. 731-5355. GEORGIA-CAROLINA TOASTMASTERS meets Wednesdays at noon at the Clubhouse, 2567 Washington Rd. $8 for lunch; visitors welcome. 860-9854. SEXAHOLICS ANONYMOUS, a 12-step program of recovery from addiction to obsessive/compulsive sexual thoughts and behaviors, meets Wednesdays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 7 p.m. at Augusta Counselling Services. Call 723-3688 and leave first name and phone number; a confidential reply is assured. AUGUSTA TOASTMASTERS CLUB #326 meets Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. at Advent Lutheran Church. Call 868-8431. BUSINESS NETWORKERS INTERNATIONAL Augusta Chapter meets every Thursday morning from 7 to 8:30 a.m. in the Par tridge Inn main dining room. All professionals welcome; breakfast provided for a fee. Call Stuar t Rayburn, 737-0050.

OLDER AMERICANS ACT SENIOR NUTRITION PROGRAM is looking for volunteers to serve meals to needy older residents. To volunteer, contact the Senior Citizens Council at 826-4480. For those in need of home-delivered meals, call 210-2018 or toll free at 1-888-922-4464.

RIVERWALK TOASTMASTERS meets Mondays, 7 p.m. in Classroom 3 at University Hospital. Call Gale Kan, 855-7071.

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THOROUGHBRED RACING HALL OF FAME DOCENTS NEEDED: Duties include opening and closing the Hall of Fame, greeting visitors and providing information about museum exhibits. Call Lisa Hall, (803) 642-7650 for information.

AUGUSTA-RICHMOND COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL: New volunteer orientation is scheduled the first Monday of each month at 6 p.m. at the shelter, 4164 Mack Lane. Schedule subject to change; call 790-6836 to verify dates and times.

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became a full-time artist in 1989,” Dederick “Dede” Ward said. I had just asked him to comment on the show at Mary Pauline Gallery on Broad Street. He is showing – not exactly with Augusta artist Philip Morsberger, but at the same time. He explained that the shows were being billed separately. Morsberger is the reason Ward is showing here. “He and I grew up together,” Ward said. “When he got to Augusta as artist in residence there at Augusta State University, we always sort of wanted to do a show together. He always liked my work and we always said, ‘Wouldn’t it be fun?’ “But nothing ever happened.” Well, for many years, anyway. Morsberger spent several years at ASU as the William S. Morris Eminent Scholar in Art. Part of his duties as eminent scholar was to bring to town artists from other areas. Though he recently stepped down from the position, he decided to go ahead and get the ball rolling for a joint exhibition, according to Ward. “We talked,” Ward said. He said, ‘We really should do this.’” Both men looked around in their respective cities of Seattle, Wash., and Augusta. But when Morsberger approached Molly McDowell, owner of the Mary Pauline Gallery, something happened. “Molly said, ‘Who is this guy?’” Ward said, and laughed. “I sent her reviews, announcements, a biography. And she liked my work and so she said, sure, I’ll give you a show. “That’s the connection,” he said of himself and Morsberger, “is that we’ve known each other all our lives and went separate ways, in a way.” Ward doesn’t live in Seattle, however. He lives in nearby Anacortes, Wash. The two went their separate ways in their approaches to art, as well. Morsberger studied art at Oxford University in the mid’50s, while Ward became a geologist, which is why he didn’t turn to his passion fulltime until 1989. He always practiced it, though, and said he always kept a studio in his house. He had taught himself to paint, before taking various art courses, such as lithography and print-making. “All sorts of life drawing,” he added. You would think, perhaps, that an artist may bemoan all that time as a geoscience professor, which could have been spent in the service of his art. Not so. Having other careers often allows artists to add dimensions to their art that would not have otherwise appeared, as one type of work seeps into the other. That is what happened with Ward’s work. “My background is geology specifically,” he said. “As you can imagine, that gets you outside looking at the landscape, but more than that, it gets you looking at how the landscape got like that. “You use elements of landscapes and geology as the starting point,” he said. “Then, as the painting progresses, you become the painter and no longer the geologist.

“African Sanctus” - Philip Morsberger - oil on canvas - 67 1/2 x 43 1/4 - 1999-2002 “And I think some of this is reflected in the pieces that are down there.” He said he sent 10 paintings to the Mary Pauline, but isn’t sure how many will actually appear in the show. “As I understand it, we each get half the gallery,” he said of himself and Morsberger. Asked if he ever got flak from formally educated artists about his self-taught status, he didn’t seem to think it was much of an issue for anyone. “Oh, I’m sure there may be some jealousies here and there, maybe with artists who have majored in or have degrees in fine arts. But see, I have degrees in other fields and advanced degrees in those fields, too. I think more people find it fascinating that I came over from those other fields, from what I’ve determined. But they may have been being nice to me. “That’s a good question for Phil,” he said. Whatever people’s opinions may be, however, he said, the fact stands that he would not be appearing at Mary Pauline if McDowell hadn’t liked his work. And he shows in other locations as well: Seattle, Anacortes, Edison, La Conner and Bellingham, Wash. And he has a gallery in Seattle, called the Friesen Gallery. “Sometimes those (paintings) that I show here are of landscapes. They tend to be smaller, less abstract, because I paint in the field with other artists.” But when he paints in the studio, he said, a whole ‘nother phenomenon takes place. “The studio work, which you’ll see, tends to be more abstract. I think the reason for that is that it involves subjects that are more

abstract, such as time.” In the field, he said, you paint what you see. In the studio, you paint what you think. “In a studio, you can work on the painting for weeks, and as you work on the painting, thoughts occur to you. What if I did this; what if I did that?” He says there’s more of a journey or an experience when he paints in the studio. “It tends, in my case I think, to bring out certain feelings or thoughts that a concrete image would not give you necessarily. You tend to go behind the subject.” He spent some time discussing the nature of abstract work. “I think that most of us (artists) feel that no painting is really abstract,” he said, defining the term as having “no subject.” “I don’t know if a human being can do that. You have some image or some form that you at least start with, and the reason for that is you have to communicate. And you do that through images. They can be implied in color and things like that.” He mentioned artist Joan Mitchell. “She just had a show at the Whitney in New York. She said, I just do abstract art, I just paint the way I want to paint. But in reality, her stuff is not that abstract at all. If you look at it, you see the water lilies of Monet. You see a lot of landscape, and yet she calls it abstract work.” In relation to his own work, he defines “abstract” as work about things that are “...less real.” He says those paintings are not representative of a particular object, but that something in them implies that thing,

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whatever he is trying to express. “There would be a feeling on the canvas, I hope, of mountainous country, even though if you look on the canvas you wouldn’t see a hump. “There are other senses. Maybe this is the way to say it – there are certain other senses. You can actually feel an emotion happen when you look at the work, and that would come through more in an abstract painting. Something deeper, that you can’t put your feeling on.” Of his painting “Pacific Light,” he says there’s a feeling of the Pacific Northwest. “It comes from living out here and seeing light looking that way.” He said that’s not something he did by design. “Finally the canvas started to tell me, hey, now you’re getting it.” He points out, also, that Morsberger paints in a similar, intuitive way. Morsberger’s work is on display at San Francisco’s Triangle Gallery and Chicago’s Gwenda Jay Gallery. He has also exhibited at the Sweetow Gallery in Napa, Calif., and San Francisco’s Rena Brasten Gallery. To name a few. And of course the Morris Museum of Art and Augusta State University have both hosted Morsberger’s works. In addition to his former position as the William S. Morris Eminent Scholar in Art at Augusta State University, Morsberger has served as the Ruskin Master of Drawing at Oxford from 1971-84. From 1987-96, he was President’s Fellow in Painting and Drawing at the California College of Arts and Crafts, and enjoyed other appointments as well, at schools such as Harvard, Dartmouth and Berkeley. Now, he travels to Oxford on occasion, while maintaining his primary studio and residence here in Augusta. If you would like to check him out at the ASU Web site, you can find him looking thoughtful at http://www.aug.edu/finearts/Art/Bios/Morsberge rBio.htm. There is a selection of three of his works at the Mary Pauline Gallery’s Web site at http://www.marypaulinegallery.com/philip_m orsberger.htm. “Spectral Fragments” and “A Rush of Orange” are both from 1999. “A Rush of Orange” evokes, in this viewer, the feel of fall leaves still on the tree. “Blith Spirits #3” came into being during the period from 1984-89, and is full of reds and yellows. If gazing at those color-splashed canvases cannot quench your thirst for Morsberger’s work, you can find more of his paintings scattered through the Web. Go to http://www.citybeat.com/1999-0218/art.shtml to see “A Long Day’s Journey.” Http://www.larryevans.com/Inventory/Inven tory3/Golden_Etude.html will take you to a painting titled “Golden Etude.” If that’s still not enough, the exhibit at Mary Pauline Gallery begins Jan. 10 with an opening reception from 5-8 p.m. The gallery is located at 982 Broad Street on Artists’ Row in downtown Augusta. For info, call the gallery at (706) 724-9542 or e-mail the proprietor at mmcdowel@mindspring.com.


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About Schmidt (R) — Sad, very sad. Not only because Jack Nicholson is playing a sour, dumpy bore, but because the movie is a bore. As Schmidt, he's the Lit tle American Loser who set tled for mediocre, false comfor t through conformity, but Alexander Payne directs as if this dull fact is a fresh revelation. The film is iner t, rarely funny, rarely dramatic, though Kathy Bates swings her jived bulk into a hot tub and briefly sparks Jack into an inkling of his stellar self; then he shrinks. Sad. 2 hrs. (Elliot t) ★ Analyze That (R) — This sequel to the 1999 hit "Analyze This," in which Rober t De Niro was top hood Paul Vit ti and Billy Crystal was his rabbit-nerved Jewish shrink, Dr. Sobol, is a string of mildly connective skit bits held together by capable casting and silly nonsense. Vit ti gets out of prison into the angst-rife care of Sobol, whose wife (Lisa Kudrow) is sarcastically aghast. Who would have thought De Niro, who carried the method to the edge of personality erasure, and was infamously a dull, stone-panic interview, would evolve into such comic confidence? When he sings "I Feel Pret ty" from "West Side Story," brilliantly badly, your jaw may drop like a punch line. Cast: Billy Crystal, Rober t De Niro, Lisa Kudrow, Joe Viterelli, Anthony LaPaglia, Cathy Moriar ty-Gentile. Running time: 1 hr., 34 mins. (Elliot t) ★★1/2 Barbershop (PG-13) — In this day in the wacky life of a Chicago salon, the rapper/actor Ice Cube drops his rough, gruf f image to play Calvin, the current owner of the barbershop. The shop was passed down to him from his dad and has been a mainstay of the community for years. Calvin couldn't care less, because he has a pregnant wife and wants to make money fast. In a moment of stupidity, he sells the place to the neighborhood loan shark. Af ter spending a day talking with customers and fellow barbers, he realizes the impor tance of the shop. He then has to buy back the shop at double the price. Meanwhile at the barbershop itself, tensions begin to rise. Cast: Ice

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Cube, Anthony Anderson, Sean Patrick Thomas, Eve, Troy Garity, Michael Ealy and Cedric the Enter tainer. Running time: 1 hr., 42 mins. (McCormick) ★★★ Brown Sugar (PG-13) — "Brown Sugar " is a romantic comedy focusing on two childhood friends who have both found success in the world of hip-hop: one is an A&R executive at a record label and the other is the editor of a glossy music mag. Even though they’re both involved with others, the two find that they may have already found love – years ago with each other. Cast: Sanaa Latham, Taye Diggs, Queen Latifah, Mos Def. Catch Me If You Can (PG-13) — Leonardo DiCaprio is Frank W. Abagnale, a teen-age criminal who, from 1964-1966, led a life of crime, stealing millions of dollars through forgery schemes and using various personas to evade the police. Af ter striking a deal with police, Abagnale reforms and becomes a consultant for the FBI, an agency that once worked against him. Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Jennifer Garner, Christopher Walken. Running time: 2 hrs., 20 mins. Die Another Day (PG-13) — Pierce Brosnan moves with energy and can fake conviction. His chest hair is superb, his voice remains Bondaceous. But he looks peaked, and we imagine he found time to remember when acting meant, well, acting. Not just pulverizing glass, plunging through ice, brandishing absurd weapons and making limp jokes. True to its Cold War roots, the series reaches for one more Rot ten Commie enemy. So bring on dear old Nor th Korea. A Pyongyang lunatic has found the resources, via diamonds, to create a satellite sun called Icarus, to burn or blind the dumb Yanks, the snot ty Brits and the greedy South Korean stooges. He captures Bond, tortures him, then zips of f to Cuba, where he is DNAmorphed into a sneery Brit named Graves (Toby Stephens). We recall Connery, and old plots that, however abundantly silly, were adventurous larks and not

just plastic shelves for hardware display. Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Halle Berry, Toby Stephens, Rosamund Pike, John Cleese, Judi Dench, Rick Yune. Running time: 2 hrs. (Elliot t) ★★ Drumline (PG-13) — A young street drummer from Harlem wins a scholarship to at tend a Southern university and decides to make the trek af ter being convinced by the university’s band director, even though he knows he’ll have a hard time fit ting in. Gradually, his drumming skills help the other students warm up to him. Cast: Nick Cannon, Orlando Jones, Zoe Saldana, Jason Weaver. 8 Mile (R) — As Jimmy "Rabbit" Smith, Eminem flunks his first hip-hop bat tle, a cut ting contest of insult rhymes at a black club, is pegged a choker and sulks back to his grueling job at a metal-stamping mill. The simple story is how Rabbit motorizes his mouth, confirming the "genius" proclaimed by pal and club emcee Future (Mekhi Phifer). As a buzzer, it has juice. Thanks to Eminem and the rising rap momentum, "8 Mile" is engrossing. In this urban, if not urbane, fantasy, the hero takes a bad beating, gets up and goes to work, interrupts work to wow everyone at the hip-hop club, then returns to work af ter a verbal outlay that would have put even Winston Churchill in bed for days. Cast: Eminem, Kim Basinger, Mekhi Phifer, Evan Jones, Brit tany Murphy, Anthony Mackie. Running time: 1 hr., 58 mins. (Elliot t) ★★★ The Emperor’s Club (PG-13) — Kevin Kline is Prof. Bill Hunder t. He wants to not just impar t learning but “mold character.” Into the blessed pasture of learning comes a black sheep, maybe a goat: Sedgwick Bell (Emile Hirsch). Son of a cold U.S. senator, Bell is insolent if not quite wit ty. But “character is destiny,” and af ter Bell opens a small but piercing flaw in Hunder t’s Brutus-like integrity, the prof sees his dream of improvement sorely tested at the school’s annual “Mr. Julius Caesar” contest. Jump ahead 25 years. Darn if there isn’t even a posh restaging of the quiz show. Bell

has aged from Hirsch’s surly hint of kid Brando into a rich rodent (Joel Gretsch) with a creepy intensity. About as dramatic as sucking marble dust through a straw, “The Emperor’s Club” is nostalgic for education as an old-school gentlemen’s club. Cast: Kevin Kline, Emile Hirsch, Embeth Davidtz, Harris Yulin, Ed Herrmann, Rishi Mehta. Running time: 1 hr., 49 mins. (Elliot t) ★1/2 Empire (R) — Victor Rosa is John Leguizamo's best movie work so far, a subtle and richly internalized per formance. Vic is a Bronx drug dealer who runs his four-man crew of buddies. Feeling successful but crowded, and now at tached to a woman he loves (Delilah Cot to), Vic meets the smoothie Jack Wimmer (Peter Sarsgaard). This yupster grif ter has an Ivy League purr of success and suits that seem tailored down to his chromosomes; he lures Vic into an airy investment scheme that seems more legal and less lethal than Vic's drug jungle. Grateful to be adopted into a dream world he has envied, feeling this is a classy "out," Vic is being suckered. The movie is good at building momentum but less so in delivering, and the feeling for noir doom is never as credible as the sense of upward hunger. Cast: John Leguizamo, Peter Sarsgaard, Denise Richards, Vincent Laresca, Sonia Braga, Isabella Rossellini. Running time: 1 hr., 30 mins. (Elliot t) ★★1/2 Extreme Ops (PG-13) — A film crew heads to the Alps to film a commercial in which three ex treme spor ts stars are chased down a mountain by an avalanche; when they capture a Serbian war criminal, hiding out in the mountains, on film, the crew and actors are forced to flee more than the elements. Cast: Devon Sawa, Rufus Sewell, Bridget te Wilson-Sampras. Friday After Next (R) — This is the third film in the "Friday" series and features the same people, places and pals highlighted in the first two. "Friday Af ter Nex t" takes place around Christmas, as Craig and Day-Day are working as security guards af ter a

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (PG) — Harry (Daniel Radclif fe) faces destiny with a

clear eye and spor ty will, not the least neurotic despite having been orphaned into a family of idiotic prigs who treat him abominably. He again escapes to Hogwar ts, to his pals (Ruper t Grint as wobble-faced Ron, Emma Watson as bookworm Hermione) and the snippish regard of Prof. Snape (Alan Rickman) and Prof. McGonegall (Maggie Smith), and the wonder ful giant Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane) and Headmaster Dumbledore (Richard Harris, now dead). Jason Isaacs should be given more time as Lucius, the evil, white-maned father of snob Draco Malfoy. There is a sense of a grand machine greased, sometimes grinding. The "chamber of secrets" is less an exciting mystery at the center than a device to car t the bulky saga forward. Cast: Daniel Radclif fe, Ruper t Grint, Emma Watson, Kenneth Branagh, Richard Harris, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, Robbie Coltrane. Running time: 2 hrs., 41 mins. (Elliot t) ★★★ The Hot Chick (PG-13) — If the name isn’t enough to scare you, perhaps the idea that a vapid teenage girl wakes up to find herself inhabiting Rob Schneider’s body is. In the course of trying to get back to her true self, the popular teen discovers just how shallow she is. Cast: Rob Schneider, Andrew Keegan, Mat thew Lawrence. I Spy (PG-13) — Eddie Murphy and Owen Wilson have a cute par tnership in "I Spy," but the movie around them is so of ten nearly nothing that their charm doesn't do a load of good. Murphy is Kelly, the world middleweight boxing champ and Wilson is Alex, junior agent and wannabe Bond. They are recruited by President Bush for a super mission to Budapest, involving a nuclear stealth plane and a crazed Asian leader being armed by a sociopath (Malcolm McDowell). The plot junk weighs rather heavily on this air-zoned comedy, given the current world situation. Probably the core template for the teaming is the old Hope-Crosby vehicles. Cast: Eddie Murphy, Owen Wilson, Famke Janssen, Malcolm McDowell, Gary Cole. Running time: 1 hr., 40 mins. (Elliot t) ★★ Jonah: A Veggie Tales Movie (G) — The animated group of vegetables that stars in the "Veggie Tales" car toons comes to the big screen in "Jonah." A van of singing veggies breaks down in front of a strange seafood joint inhabited by a lazy bunch of pirates who proceed to spin the tale of Jonah and the whale for the impressionable young vegetables. Cast: Phil Vischer, Kristin Blegen, Mike Nawrocki, Lisa Vischer. Running time: 1 hr., 23 mins.

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"ghet to Santa" who’s been stealing presents. Cast: Ice Cube, Mike Epps, Don "D.C." Curry. Gangs of New York (R) — Mar tin Scorsese's film is not a bore and is never less than a show, but it feels like having obscure history lessons hammered into your skull. Filmed with potboiler instincts, this pungent flux of pre-glam New York centers on the rather my thic precinct of crime called the Five Points. The plot, a slender bone in an obese production, involves the arrival of the Irish in New York City in 1846 and af ter. They face the prejudice of a nativist gang of thugs, allied with young Tammany Hall. Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis, Cameron Diaz, Jim Broadbent, Henry Thomas, Liam Neeson, Brendan Gleeson. 2 hrs., 40 mins. (Elliot t) ★★1/2 Ghost Ship (R) — A salvage crew on a mission discovers an abandoned passenger ship, missing since 1953, floating on a lone stretch of the Bering Sea. When the crew decides to tow the passenger ship back, strange things begin to happen. Cast: Gabriel Byrne, Juliana Margulies, Desmond Harrington.

may be used for evil. It’s the second film in the series and the second novel in Tolkien’s trilogy. Cast: Elijah Wood, Sir Ian McKellen, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchet t, Orlando Bloom, Liv Tyler. Maid in Manhattan (PG-13) — The airy fantasy puts Jennifer Lopez into a cute maid's uniform at a swank New York hotel. She's Marisa, and when she tries on the very expensive, if rather Bel Air trophy wife out fit of a snobbish guest, this at tracts the "playboy" eye of senatorial hopeful Chris Marshall (Ralph Fiennes). Chris' manager (Stanley Tucci) is in controlfreak agony that the Republican politician might fall in love with someone not toity and rich. The film is most marked by the flagrant waste of talent. As the sitcom yucks racked up their lit tle nif ties, perked along by music, I had a weird, tiny pinch of nostalgia for "Jackass: The Movie." Cast: Jennifer Lopez, Ralph Fiennes, Bob Hoskins, Natasha Richardson, Stanley Tucci, Tyler Garcia Posey. Running time: 1 hr., 35 mins. (Elliot t) ★1/2 Pinocchio (G) — "Pinocchio" is the latest Italian impor t from Rober to Benigni, who stars as the title character of the classic fairy tale. An Italian toymaker produces a wooden puppet who desperately wants to be a real boy. It’s in Italian, with English subtitles. Cast: Rober to Benigni, Nicolet te Braschi, Carlo Giuf fre. The Santa Clause 2 (G) — Tim Allen discovers af ter eight years of being Santa that there's another small detail in his contract: In order for him to continue being the Jolly Old Elf, he's got to take a wife. But first he has to deal with his son, Charlie (Eric Lloyd), who's landed himself on the naughty list. Charlie's principal (Elizabeth Mitchell) wants him gone pronto and is a bit blue because the holidays don't mean as much to her as they once did. With 28 days to go before the contract expires, Santa's got a lot of work to do. One of his trusty elves comes up with a machine that can duplicate Santa while he's out in the real world hunting for a wife. Allen is remarkable playing Santa as funny, wise and sympathetic, all at the same time. 1 hr., 42 mins. (McCormick) ★★★ Signs (PG-13) — Mel Gibson plays Father Graham Hess, an Episcopal priest who lost his faith and retired his collar af ter his wife was killed in an auto accident. He lives in an old farmhouse with two adorable kids, plus a younger brother (Joaquin Phoenix). Big, elegantly precise "crop signs" turn up in their cornfield. It's space aliens, and the movie teases us as the signs pile up. The aliens show up, shoving clawed hands under doors but scared by steak knives, full of evil strength, yet not able to knock down the pathetic blockade of a fruit cellar. "Signs," though handsomely

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Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams (PG) — A cheer ful theme park of a comedy about

junior spies, with a bigger budget and more inventive fun than the 2001 original (the plot is no advance). Rober t Rodriguez directed, wrote, helped with the digital ef fects and gizmo touches, including excellent creatures. The many Hispanic rif fs do not land with PC heaviness, and the lively cast includes Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara as the main kids, plus Antonio Banderas, Steve Buscemi, Carla Gugino, Alan Cumming, Bill Pa x ton, Tony Shalhoub, Danny Trejo, Cheech Marin and (still macho at 81) Ricardo Montalban. Running time: 1 hr., 27 mins. (Elliot t) ★★★ Star Trek: Nemesis (PG-13) — Politically, the story parallels "The Undiscovered Country," with peace over tures this time coming from the Romulans. Their new leader, Shinzon (Hardy), turns out to be not only human, but a young clone of Captain Picard (Patrick Stewar t). He'd been engineered for nefarious purposes, then abandoned and sent to die on Romulus' sister planet, Remus. Shinzon grows up to lead the Reman species in a successful revolt. Now, he wants only to make peace. Or does he? The film goes on at roughly the rate dilithium crystals melt at room temperature until the last half-hour, at which point the filmmakers remember that in "Star Trek" there are such things as phasers, photon torpedoes, cloaking devices, warp drives and starships. For our patience, we are rewarded with a prolonged O.K. Corral shootout. Cast: Patrick Stewar t, Jonathan Frakes, Tom Hardy, Marina Sir tis, Brent Spiner, LeVar Bur ton, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden. Running time: 1 hr., 48 mins. (Salm) ★★1/2 Sweet Home Alabama (PG-13) — Only a year and two weeks af ter New York became our most tormented but inspiring city, it is upstaged by a happy hicksville called Pigeon Creek. Why? Because cute "Mel" (Reese Witherspoon) fled poor-folks marriage to Pigeon Creek sweethear t Jake (Josh Lucas). She is now a light of Manhat tan as fashion designer Melanie Carmichael. And she has the love of politically upward dreamboat Andrew (Patrick Dempsey, son of The Apple's tough but dishy mayor, Candice Bergen). Andy doesn't know that his betrothed is still married to 'Bama boy Jake, who is hur t, haunted and planning his own rise from mediocrity. Mel returns home for a

divorce, puts on her corn-pone accent instantly, and rediscovers the joys of Pigeon Creek. Director Andy Tennant serves this corny material with the skill of a machine punching out Alabama license plates. Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Josh Lucas, Patrick Dempsey, Fred Ward, Mary Kay Place, Candice Bergen. Running time: 1 hr., 40 mins. (Elliot t) ★★ Treasure Planet (PG) — The movie transmutes Rober t Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island" into the heavily digitalized animation of a "Star Wars" of fshoot. Now Jim is a very American and stalwar t 'toon-teen voiced by Joseph Gordon-Levit t, and Silver (Brian Murray) is a huge cyborg with an old-salt pirate face and tech arms wor thy of the Terminator on a hardware rampage. A space movie that has interstellar craf t with lof ty, luminous sails and crusty barnacles on hulls is so absurd that it's charming. In visual fer tility, "Treasure Planet" rivals the top Japanese animations of recent vintage. For the sub-13 crowd (and many beyond it), this is satisfying holiday enter tainment. Voices: Joseph Gordon-Levit t, Emma Thompson, Michael Wincot t, Brian Murray, Mar tin Shor t, Laurie Metcalf, Roscoe Lee Browne, Patrick McGoohan. Running time: 1 hr., 35 mins. (Elliot t) ★★★ Tuck Everlasting (PG) — Winnie (Alexis Bledel) is a sheltered rich girl who longs for life away from her strict parents (Amy Irving and Victor Garber). The Fosters live in a two-story home surrounded by a wrought-iron gate to keep strangers out. There’s a family living not too far away — the Tucks, who also shun outsiders. The two worlds collide when Jesse and Winnie happen upon each other. The nex t thing you know, she’s breaking bread at the Tuck home. Winnie’s distraught family thinks she’s been kidnapped. A mysterious man (Ben Kingsley) arrives, tracking the Tuck family, and says he can help find Winnie for a price. At the Tuck home, Winnie is let in on the family’s secret: immor tality. Jesse wants Winnie to drink from the spring that made them immor tal. But will love prevail, or will Winnie walk away and lead a normal life? Cast: Alexis Bledel, William Hur t, Sissy Spacek, Jonathan Jackson, Amy Irving, Victor Garber, Ben Kingsley and Elisabeth Shue (narrator). Running time: 1 hr., 20 mins. (McCormick) ★★★ Two Weeks Notice (PG-13) — Lucy Kelson (Sandra Bullock) is a smar t but stressed at torney whose client, millionaire George Wade (Hugh Grant), is deeply dependent on her. George won’t let her quit until she finds her own replacement – a young lawyer who has her eye on George. George, however, is looking elsewhere: at what just lef t. Cast: Sandra Bullock, Hugh Grant, Alicia Wit t. The Wild Thornberrys (PG) — Big-screen version of the animated Nickeloden series about a family who travels around the world to make nature documentaries. While in Africa, 12-year-old Eliza learns that she can speak with animals and, with their help, aims to stop a group of poachers. Cast: Lacey Chaber t, Tim Curry, Ruper t Everet t, Flea, Lynn Redgrave, Marisa Tomei. XXX (PG-13) — Vin Diesel is buf f, which is surely the main point of his playing "edge spor ts" thrill-seeker turned CIA agent Xander Cage, but he has glints of boyish vulnerability. As he grooves into playing the new agent recruited by the agency's top dude (Samuel L. Jackson), the movie finds a rhy thm that is like a more masculine, bulked-up "Barbarella." The plot is junk, about a gang of ex-Red Army crazies led by a satanic Slavic slime (Mar ton Csokas), nihilists eager to destroy the world with a superweapon. It's another movie where you must believe, or giggle. Cast: Vin Diesel, Samuel L. Jackson, Asia Argento, Mar ton Csokas, Danny Trejo. Running time: 1 hr., 44 mins. (Elliot t) ★★ —Capsules compiled from movie reviews written by David Elliott, film critic for The San Diego Union-Tribune and other staff writers.

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MOVIE CLOCK Fri: 2:00, 4:40, 5:40, 8:20, 9:20; Sat-Sun: 1:00, 2:00, 4:40, 5:40, 8:20, 9:20; Mon-Thur: 4:40, 5:40, 8:20, 9:20 Two Weeks Notice (PG-13) Fri: 4:10, 7:05, 9:05, 9:55; Sat-Sun: 1:10, 4:10, 7:05, 9:05, 9:55; Mon-Thur: 4:10, 7:05, 9:05, 9:55 Analyze That (R) 9:55 Maid in Manhattan (PG-13) Fri-Sun: 2:20, 4:30, 7:20, 9:40; Mon-Thur: 4:30, 7:20, 9:40 Treasure Planet (PG) Fri: 3:35, 5:35; SatSun: 1:35, 3:35, 5:35; Mon-Thur: 5:35 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (PG) Fri: 4:00, 7:00; Sat-Sun: 12:55, 4:00, 7:00; Mon-Thur: 4:00, 7:00 Santa Clause 2 (G) Fri: 3:00, 5:20; Sat-Sun: 12:50, 3:00, 5:20; Mon-Thur: 5:20

REGAL AUGUSTA EXCHANGE 20 Movies Good 1/3 - 1/9 Catch Me If You Can (PG-13) 1:10, 1:30, 4:10, 4:30, 7:10, 7:30, 10:10, 10:30 Pinocchio (G) 11:05, 1:35, 4:05, 6:40 About Schmidt (R) Fri-Sat: 1:25, 4:15, 7:05, 9:55, 12:30; Sun-Thur: 1:25, 4:15, 7:05, 9:55 Friday After Nex t (R) Fri-Sat: 11:40, 2:20, 4:40, 8:05, 10:10, 12:25; Sun-Thur: 11:40, 2:20, 4:40, 8:05, 10:10 Gangs of New York (R) 12:15, 3:45, 7:40, 9:10 The Wild Thornberrys (PG) 10:45, 12:45, 2:45, 4:45, 7:00 Two Weeks Notice (PG-13) Fri-Sat: 11:15, 11:45, 1:50, 2:15, 4:20, 4:50, 7:20, 7:50, 9:50, 10:25, 12:15; Sun-Thur: 11:15, 11:45, 1:50, 2:15, 4:20, 4:50, 7:20, 7:50, 9:50, 10:25 Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (PG-13) Fri-Sat: 11:00, 12:00, 2:00, 3:00, 4:00, 6:30, 7:00, 8:00, 10:15, 11:00, 11:45; Sun-Thur: 11:00, 12:00, 2:00, 3:00, 4:00, 6:30, 7:00, 8:00, 10:15 The Hot Chick (PG-13) Fri-Sat: 4:45, 7:15, 9:45, 12:10; Sun-Thur: 4:45, 7:15, 9:45 Maid in Manhattan (PG-13) Fri-Sat: 11:10, 1:40, 4:15, 7:10, 7:40, 9:35, 10:05, 12:05, 12:35; Sun-Thur: 11:10, 1:40, 4:15, 7:10, 7:40, 9:35, 10:05 Drumline (PG-13) Fri-Sat: 11:20, 11:50, 2:05, 2:35, 4:55, 5:25, 7:45, 8:15, 10:35, 11:05; Sun-Thur: 11:20, 11:50, 2:05, 2:35, 4:55, 5:25, 7:45, 8:15, 10:35 Star Trek: Nemesis (PG-13) 12:10, 2:40, 5:10, 7:35, 10:20 Empire (R) Fri-Sat: 9:15 Treasure Planet (PG) 11:55, 2:25 Die Another Day (PG-13) 10:55, 1:55, 4:55, 7:55, 10:55 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (PG) 11:30, 3:20 8 Mile (R) 8:10, 10:45 The Santa Clause 2 (G) 10:50, 1:15, 3:40

MASTERS 7 CINEMAS Movies Good 1/2 - 1/9 Catch Me If You Can (PG-13) Thur-Fri: 4:10, 7:00, 9:45; Sat-Sun: 1:10, 4:10, 7:00, 9:45; Mon-Thur: 4:10, 7:00, 9:45 Treasure Planet (PG) Thur-Fri: 5:30; SatSun: 1:30, 3:30, 5:30; Mon-Thur: 5:30 Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (PG-13) Thur-Fri: 4:40, 8:20; Sat-Sun: 1:00, 4:40, 8:20; Mon-Thur: 4:40, 8:20 The Wild Thornberrys (PG) Thur-Fri: 5:15, 7:15; Sat-Sun: 1:15, 3:15, 5:15, 7:15; MonThur: 5:15, 7:15 Two Weeks Notice (PG-13) Thur-Fri: 4:25, 7:25, 9:50; Sat-Sun: 1:25, 4:25, 7:25, 9:50; Mon-Thur: 4:25, 7:25, 9:50 The Hot Chick (PG-13) 7:30, 9:30 Maid in Manhattan (PG-13) Thur-Fri: 4:20, 7:20, 9:40; Sat-Sun: 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 9:40; Mon-Thur: 4:20, 7:20, 9:40 Drumline (PG-13) Thur-Fri: 4:00, 7:05, 9:25; Sat-Sun: 1:05, 4:00, 7:05, 9:25; Mon-Thur: 4:00, 7:05, 9:25 Friday After Nex t (R) 9:10

EVANS 12 CINEMAS Movies Good 1/3 - 1/9 Catch Me If You Can (PG-13) Fri: 2:30, 4:00, 5:30, 7:00, 8:30, 9:45; Sat-Sun: 1:05, 2:30, 4:00, 5:30, 7:00, 8:30, 9:45; Mon-Thur: 4:00, 5:30, 7:00, 8:30, 9:45 Gangs of New York (R) Fri: 4:20, 8:00; SatSun: 12:45, 4:20, 8:00; Mon-Thur: 4:20, 8:00 The Wild Thornberrys (PG) Fri: 3:15, 5:15, 7:15; Sat-Sun: 1:15, 3:15, 5:15, 7:15; MonThur: 5:15, 7:15 Drumline (PG-13) 7:30, 9:50 The Hot Chick (PG-13) 7:35, 9:55 Star Trek: Nemesis (PG-13) Fri: 4:50, 7:10, 9:45; Sat-Sun: 1:50, 4:50, 7:10, 9:45; MonThur: 4:50, 7:10, 9:45 Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (PG-13)

REGAL 12 CINEMAS Movies Good 1/3 - 1/9 I Spy (PG-13) 2:05, 4:30, 7:10, 9:35 Tuck Everlasting (PG) 2:30, 5:15, 7:45, 9:40 Ex treme Ops (PG-13) 2:45, 5:10, 7:40, 9:30 The Emperor’s Club (PG-13) 2:40, 5:00, 7:25, 9:40 Ghost Ship (R) 2:35, 4:50, 7:30, 10:05 Jonah: A Veggie Tales Movie (G) 2:15, 5:05, 7:00, 9:30 Sweet Home Alabama (PG-13) 2:10, 4:40, 7:15, 9:50 Brown Sugar (PG-13) 1:55, 4:25, 7:05, 9:45 Barbershop (PG-13) 2:20, 4:35, 7:50, 10:00 Spy Kids 2 (PG) 2:00, 4:25, 7:35, 9:55 Signs (PG-13) 2:00, 4:45, 7:00, 9:25 XXX (PG-13) 2:25, 4:55, 7:20, 9:50

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“Catch Me If You Can” Is Engaging, Despite Soft Spots By David Elliott

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atch Me If You Can,” a seductively crafted movie, is the most freespirited and pleasingly adult entertainment Steven Spielberg has made in decades. And it gives Leonardo DiCaprio his most engaging role since “Titanic” in ‘97. DiCaprio plays real scam artist Frank W. Abagnale Jr., who made his criminal mark fabricating and kiting checks. He made millions and, after some prison time, now makes even more as a legit expert on financial crime. Abagnale also spent his years as a mature-looking teen pretending to be a rakish Pan Am pilot, doctor and lawyer (fortunately, it seems he didn’t pilot a plane or perform surgery). Tom Hanks plays, like Jack Webb’s Joe Friday with a flat Bahston accent, the FBI white-collar crime agent Carl Hanratty, who chases Frank and is often outfoxed by him. For several years, the men played catand-mouse over long distances. The film’s best stuff shows Frank teaching himself grifter skills, such as washing a Pan Am logo off a toy plane to put on a check, then dry-pressing it in the pages of a hotel Bible. And while Frank is busy recruiting and bedding stewardesses during his and Pan Am’s high flying days, the stolid, fixated Carl is working drone hours and, at the Laundromat, finding his white FBI-guy shirts dyed pink. That pink dye is as close as the story gets to ‘60s politics, in a neatly laundered decade. Here, authority figures still dazzle. Women wait to be swept off their feet and often giggle. The music is not rock but bossa-nova, Nat Cole or,

inevitably, Sinatra belting “Come Fly With Me.” But as retro, the material often sparkles, and Spielberg zips it along with a capering ease, opening with fab ‘60s titles. More facile is the “dramatic” context. Christopher Walken as Abagnale’s dad, Frank Sr., is a swank dude with a fine business and home, hailed by the local Rotary Club; then suddenly he’s a tax cheat and fading flop. His French wife (Nathalie Baye) married him for love, but she is gone soon after Frank Sr. loses his money, and she marries a more stable Rotarian (James Brolin). We’re supposed to feel the family breakup twisted Frank Jr., made him ripe for his crime spree, already juiced by his father’s taste for sly bull and cutting corners. To balance this, Carl, who is divorced, misses his family, and this is the emotional cartilage as the men bond through their co-dependency as hunter and hunted. The story is long on charm, but (true to subject) isn’t quite what it pretends. It never delves very far into the obsessive liar and the obsessive straight arrow. Spielberg, who favors certain shortcuts as a director, milkshakes the mood with his signature white light, sprinkles on whimsies, has frequent Christmas scenes, including one with an adorable little girl, where we feel Disney, Hallmark, Rockwell and Spielberg converging. Even with its soft spots, it is easy to get caught up in “Catch Me.” DiCaprio can seem very young yet prematurely suave (in a few years, he’d make a great Jay Gatsby) and gets a brisk, amusing byplay going with Hanks.


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f anyone ever launches a support group for conspicuous workaholics, alternative-rock icon Beck — who rose to fame with 1994’s folk-meets-hiphop slacker anthem “Loser” — seems a likely candidate to join. “I prefer to work a lot, and I enjoy working and staying busy. I push myself pretty hard because I love it,” said the maverick singer-songwriter and bandleader. “Right now, I’m doing seven shows in a row. I know some bands who won’t play two shows in a row.” A road dog and proud of it, Beck, 32, is now embarked on a joint tour with veteran indie art-rock favorites Flaming Lips. Their recent concert at San Diego’s Copley Symphony Hall came just three months after Beck’s sold-out, nearly-solo show at the University of California, San Diego. The gig was part of a national tour to promote his latest and most emotionally revealing album, “Sea Change,” which came out in late September. He recorded the album (his eighth since 1993) early in 2002. Sessions for “Sea Change” began shortly after the Grammy Award-winning Beck became actively involved in the Recording Artists Coalition, a nonprofit organization that wants performers — not record companies — to have the upper hand in the music business. Recently, he was scheduled to co-headline the storm-battered ACA World Sound Festival in Acapulco, Mexico. And

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he already has at least “six or seven” possible concepts to choose from for his next album, along with a large stockpile of unrecorded songs, as befits an artist whose creative muse often seems to be in overdrive. “Deadlines, they’re not necessary for me,” said Beck, who doesn’t use his last name (Hansen) professionally. “I think of what I do as being fairly dependent on what mood I’m in, or whom I’m working with. I tend to ride the whole creative process and go with it, and see where it feels good and where it wants to go. “Sometimes, if you’re forced into a (tight) schedule situation, you could be forced to come up with something and might make something you’re not proud of. If a song is not working for me, I’ll put it away and maybe it takes three months for me to figure the whole thing out and complete it. ... I think you just work on it until it feels like something you wouldn’t be embarrassed to play to anybody you know. If something’s good, it’s usually good from the start; the things you need to tweak usually don’t work as well.”

TOUGH LOVE

Hailed as a “new Dylan” for his surreal, irony-laden lyrics and postmodern, lo-fi amalgam of folk, blues, country, funk, punk, psychedelia, pop and hip-hop, Beck developed his work ethic early on. After struggling as a nearly itinerant singer-songwriter, he struck gold with “Loser” and its soon-to-befamous refrain: “I’m a loser, baby, so why don’t you kill me?” Reflecting on his heady rise to prominence, the Los Angeles native sounded both giddy and world-weary. “It was incredible, and it was a hell of a lot of work,” Beck said by phone from a Phoenix concert stop. “I don’t know that a lot of my friends would’ve put up with being away from home for two years at a time, going month to month without a good night’s sleep. But I loved the whole thing and learned a lot about what it takes to perform and how to sing, and what kind of songs create certain reactions. And I saw so many places in the world.” The yellow brick road to success was also rife with pitfalls, as Beck quickly discovered. “I think it’s one of those jobs where the good and the bad are commensurate,” he said. “And just when you’re about to throw it in and say, ‘This is ridiculous, I can’t do this,’ something great will happen and you’ll have an incredible experience. “I’m still learning how to sing right and write a good song and make this whole thing work. Just when you think you figure it out, things change. It’s been the kind of experience that you can only really embark on if you love the random factor and constant change.” Does that mean Beck ascribes to the “happy surprise” approach, which some artists believe is essential to creating vital music in the here and now? “Oh, yeah,” he said. “You’re definitely

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digging for that happy surprise. You’re digging for that song or idea or lyric, or combination of all of the above that just elevates things. We’re all digging for something that makes us excited.”

BECK THE MUSICHEAD

What makes Beck excited varies from month to month, show to show and project to project. His passions range from country-music pioneer Hank Williams and rural bluesman Mississippi John Hurt to Brazilian Tropicalismo pioneer Caetano Veloso and French pop auteur Serge Gainsbourg. And don’t overlook Beck’s fondness for disposable junk culture, which inspired such wry songs as “MTV Makes Me Wanna Smoke Crack,” his first indie single. One result of his eclectic taste is that Beck serves as an informal musical conduit for his fans, who can discover the styles and performers that inspired him through his genre-leaping songs. “Well, I’m a music fan, first and foremost,” he said. “I don’t have self-imposed parameters of what I’m allowed to do or not. And many musicians do. I’ve played with other musicians who say: ‘No, I don’t play that,’ or ‘I don’t like that,’ or ‘I don’t play things that sound too folkie, or too Latino.’ ... “I embrace a lot of things. I always say that, ultimately, I’m just trying to write good songs. If people get turned onto things through my music, that’s healthy. Pop music in general could use a wider palette of sounds, a wider range of ideas. It’s just so narrow.” His current album, the moving “Sea Change,” features such wrenching songs as “Lonesome Tears” and “Already Dead,” which chronicle the demise and aftermath of his nine-year relationship with his girlfriend, Leigh Limon. Beck has steadfastly refused to discuss their breakup in interviews, or its impact on the album’s songs. That may explain why he bristled when asked if he believes pain is necessary to create great art. “I think it’s a lie,” Beck snapped. Why? “Because it doesn’t have anything to do with the artistic process,” he said. “I think the whole notion that to be a great artist you have to suffer, I think it’s ridiculous. I think you make a great work by working hard. You’ve gotta work a hell of a lot, sometimes. You have to write a hell of a lot of songs before you write good ones.” What’s essential, Beck stressed, is to connect with his listeners — to reach them through his songs and provide a genuine emotional experience. “We just try to make something happen, some sort of event, some sort of connection, some sort of communication,” he said. “I want to play the songs as well as I can play them, and I want the audience to receive them in some way so that they’re actually feeling something. “It’s not a passive experience for me, where I’m playing the same songs (every night that) I played for the last five to 10 years. I’m trying to make the whole thing new every time.”

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2002 is, thankfully, toast. Many contemporary musicians were singing the blues during the yearlong economic downturn as high ticket prices kept fans from attending as many shows as they have in the past. However, there were a few surprises as the top-line acts still cleaned up big time. PAUL MCCARTNEY’S “Back in the USA” traveling extravaganza brought in a whopping $126 million, taking top honors for the highest grossing tour of the year. The critically acclaimed shows were easily Sir Paul’s best performances since the “Wings Over America” days of the mid-‘70s. THE ROLLING STONES, who wowed a packed Turner Field in Atlanta in late October, raked in an impressive $90 million in 2002. The band was promoting a mass reissuing campaign of their 1960s-era material, as well as the career-spanning retrospective “Forty Licks.” Curiously, 2002 was extremely successful for CHER’S “Farewell Tour,” which grossed a surprising $67.6 million. Just as some companies “going out of business sales” seem to go on forever, Cher’s lengthy swan song on the road was so unexpectedly popular that she will continue the trek throughout 2003. How can we miss her if she won’t go away?

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KID AMNESIAC DEPT. Last week RADIOHEAD debuted songs from their upcoming sixth LP on their official Web site, Radiohead.com. The disc, which is yet untitled, will probably be in stores this spring. Will it showcase continued musical experimentation from THOM YORKE and band? Check out the site, as it includes streams of two new tunes: “Good Morning, Mr. Magpie” and “I Froze Up.” Get-well wishes are in order for Augusta radio legend TONY POWERS. Tony’s career in local broadcasting began in the early ‘70s and has included successful stints at WAUG, WJFX, and the much-missed Channel Z. A programming innovator as well, Powers helped build one of the first “modern rock” stations in the U.S. in the late ‘80s in Minneapolis and remains a familiar voice on many local spots. He’s a real class act in every sense of the word.

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The Bee’s Knees - 12 Tone Lounge Cafe Du Teau - Buzz Clif ford Club Argos - Karaoke Night Continuum - Playa*Listic Thursday Coyote’s - The Rhes Reeves Band D. Timm’s - Joe Patchen and the Blue Diamond Express Garden City Bar and Grill - Karaoke with Mad Dog Mike Greene Streets - Karaoke Joe’s Underground - Keith “Fossill” Gregory Michael’s - Marilyn Adcock Modjeska - Kosmic Karma with Three Six ty Playground - Open Mic Night The Shack - DJ Billy Time Piecez - DJ Dance Par ty

Friday, 3rd The Bee’s Knees - First Friday Jazz Sessions Borders - Miles Anderson Cafe Du Teau - Buzz Clif ford Capri Cinema - Girlish Figure, Flickerflame, Siclid Coconuts - DJs Doug and Eric Cotton Patch - Keith “Fossill” Gregory Coyote’s - The Rhes Reeves Band Crossroads - 420 Outback, Spinkill D. Timm’s - Joe Patchen and the Blue Diamond Express Durango’s - Heavy Dose Eagle’s Nest - DJ MJ Five Pines Saloon - Jimmy Smithy and Sudden Thunder Garden City Bar and Grill - Karaoke Greene Streets - Karaoke Hangnail Gallery - Incidental Orchestra, Avant Per formance-Poetry Open Mic, Ar twork by Andrew Benjamin Highlander - Elliot Holden Group Honk y Tonk - Danny Rhea and the Empty Pockets Last Call - Tony Howard, DJ Richie Rich Luck y Lady’s - The Duke Boys Michael’s - Marilyn Adcock Modjeska - The Flavour Shoppe with The Ear thling The Shack - DJ Buckwheat

Saliva will be at Tremont Music Hall in Charlotte, N.C., Jan. 18 Last Call - Tony Howard, DJ Richie Rich Luck y Lady’s - The Duke Boys Michael’s - Marilyn Adcock Modjeska - Terany, DJ Boriqua The Shack - DJ Buckwheat

Sunday, 5th Cafe Du Teau - Buzz Clif ford and The Last Bohemian Quar tet Pizza Joint - Michael and Jason The Shack - Karaoke with Buckwheat and Doober

Saturday, 4th

Monday, 6th

The Bee’s Knees - Indie Rock Anthems with DJ Borders - David Owen Cafe Du Teau - Buzz Clif ford Coconuts - DJs Doug and Eric Cotton Patch - Keith “Fossill” Gregory Coyote’s - The Rhes Reeves Band Crossroads - Focus Groove D. Timm’s - Joe Patchen and the Blue Diamond Express Durango’s - Heavy Dose Five Pines Saloon - Jimmy Smithy and Sudden Thunder Garden City Bar and Grill - Karaoke with Mad Dog Mike Greene Streets - Karaoke Honk y Tonk - Danny Rhea and the Empty Pockets

Continuum - Monday Madness with Perry Anderson Crossroads - Dance Par ty with DJ Chris Greene Streets - Karaoke The Shack - DJ Billy

Tuesday, 7th Adams Nightclub - Karaoke with Bill Tolber t The Bee’s Knees - Bluegrass and Classic Country D. Timm’s - Joe Patchen and the Blue Diamond Express Greene Streets - Karaoke Metro Coffeehouse - Irish Music Michael’s - Marilyn Adcock The Shack - DJ Billy

Wednesday, 8th The Bee’s Knees - Musique Non-Stop Continuum - Open Mic Night Coyote’s - The Rhes Reeves Band Crossroads - The Family Trucksters D. Timm’s - Joe Patchen and the Blue Diamond Express Greene Streets - Karaoke Honk y Tonk - Elvis Bir thday Tribute with Jason Sikes, Bobby Wylds Michael’s - Marilyn Adcock Modjeska - Theology On Tap Playground - Karaoke with Dave Long The Shack - DJ Billy Soul Bar - Live Jazz

Upcoming Jucifer - Continuum - Jan. 10 Shirley Q. Liquor - Club Argos - Jan. 25 Jerry Halliday - Club Argos - Feb. 15

Elsewhere Snake Oil Medicine Show - The Handlebar, Greenville, S.C. - Jan. 2 3 Doors Down - Variety Playhouse, Atlanta Jan. 8 The Gaither Homecoming Concert - Columbus Civic Center, Columbus, Ga. - Jan. 9 Joe Nichols - Cowboys Atlanta, Kennesaw, Ga. Jan. 10

George Strait - Bi-Lo Center, Greenville, S.C. Jan. 16 Plain White T’s - Cot ton Club, Atlanta - Jan. 16 2003 Holy Hip Hop Showcase - Ear thlink Live, Atlanta - Jan. 17 DJ Spook y - Echo Lounge, Atlanta - Jan. 17 Phil Vassar - Cowboys Atlanta, Kennesaw, Ga. Jan. 17 Da Vinci’s Notebook - Red Light Cafe, Atlanta Jan. 17 Saliva - Tremont Music Hall, Charlot te, N.C. Jan. 18 Dave Alvin & the Guilty Men - The Handlebar, Greenville, S.C. - Jan. 18 Hair Care Atlanta - Nine Lives, Atlanta - Jan. 18 Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular - The Tabernacle, Atlanta - Jan. 18 Countdown Quartet - Echo Lounge, Atlanta Jan. 18 Leftover Salmon - Variety Playhouse, Atlanta Jan. 18 Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra - Cot ton Club, Atlanta - Jan. 19 Trapt - Cot ton Club, Atlanta - Jan. 23 Coldplay - BJCC Concer t Hall, Birmingham, Ala. - Jan 24; Grady Cole Center, Charlot te, N.C. Jan. 25 moe. - The Tabernacle, Atlanta - Jan. 24-25 Honda Battle of the Bands - Georgia Dome, Atlanta - Jan. 25 Ferron - Red Light Cafe, Atlanta - Jan. 25

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Siclid (pictured) shares the stage with Girlish Figure and Flickerflame Jan. 3 at the Capri Cinema.

continued from page 29 Richard Bickness and the Shameless Lovers Variety Playhouse, Atlanta - Jan. 25 The Pretenders - The Tabernacle, Atlanta - Jan. 27 Finch - Cot ton Club, Atlanta - Jan. 28 Todd Rundgren - Roxy Theatre, Atlanta - Jan. 31 Mac McAnally - Variety Playhouse, Atlanta Jan. 31 Avail - Cot ton Club, Atlanta - Jan. 31 Jorma Kaukonen - Variety Playhouse - Feb. 1 Jimmy Buffett - Philips Arena, Atlanta - Feb. 1; The Carolina Center, Columbia, S.C. - Feb. 5 Lyricist Lounge - Cot ton Club, Atlanta - Feb. 2 David Gray - Fox Theatre, Atlanta - Feb. 4 Big Head Todd and the Monsters - Roxy

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Theatre, Atlanta - Feb. 5 Swinging Medallions - Cowboys Atlanta, Kennesaw, Ga. - Feb. 7 Dave Matthews Cover Band - Variety Playhouse, Atlanta - Feb. 8 Papa Roach - Eleven50 Club, Atlanta - Feb. 12 Bon Jovi, The Goo Goo Dolls - Philips Arena, Atlanta - Feb. 13 Henry Rollins Spoken Word - Variety Playhouse, Atlanta - Feb. 13 Marvin Sease - Macon City Auditorium, Macon, Ga. - Feb. 14 Juliana Theory - Roxy Theatre, Atlanta - Feb. 18 Mission of Burma - Echo Lounge, Atlanta - Feb. 20 Dir t y Dozen Brass Band - Cot ton Club,

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Atlanta - Feb. 21 Gary Allan - Cowboys Atlanta, Kennesaw, Ga. Feb. 21 Susan Tedeschi - Roxy Theatre, Atlanta - Feb. 22 Steve Earle - Variety Playhouse, Atlanta - Feb. 22 Engelbert Humperdinck - Gaillard Auditorium, Charleston, S.C. - Feb. 26 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band - The Arena at Gwinnet t Center, Duluth, Ga. - Feb. 28 Bill Gaither and Friends - Charlot te Coliseum, Charlot te, N.C. - March 7 The Smiling Assassins - Variety Playhouse, Atlanta - March 8 Les Nubians - Cot ton Club, Atlanta - March 8

Grenadier Guards - Fox Theatre, Atlanta March 9 Yanni - Philips Arena, Atlanta - March 11 Many tickets are available through TicketMaster outlets, by calling 828-7700, or online at w w w.ticketmaster.com. Tickets may also be available through Tix Online by calling 278-4TIX or online at w w w.tixonline.com. Night Life listings are subject to change without notice. Deadline for inclusion in Night Life calendar is Tuesday at 4 p.m. Contact Rhonda Jones or Lisa Jordan by calling 738-1142, fa xing 736-0443 or e-mailing to rhonda_jones@metspirit.com or lisa_jordan@metspirit.com.

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be the little girl.” Unfortunately, Heathcote allegedly made that suggestion only two days after Schmid had learned that Heathcote had been accused of molesting Schmid’s own 6-year-old daughter. (She was convicted.) • In August (in Kenora, Ontario) and September (in Albuquerque), goodSamaritan motorists decided to pull over and offer help to police officers involved with traffic stops at the side of the road. The 27-year-old (unnamed) Ontario man was cited for DUI after he backed into the patrol car while parking, and the other Samaritan, Eddie Trujillo, 55, was cited for DUI after he badly slurred his earnest offer of assistance to the patrolman. Unclear on the Concept • John Perkyns, 48, who in September pleaded no contest to charges of destroying homosexual-themed books at two San Francisco libraries, also allegedly vandalized as part of the same rampages books by authors Gay Talese and Peter Gay and a book of poetry about the airplane that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima (the Enola Gay). • An 18-year-old, Winnipeg, Manitoba, high school student (not named in a Canadian Press report) was let off easy on drug charges by Judge Cathy Everett, in that she sentenced him merely to write a report on the evils of the drug Ecstasy. In December, he handed in a 24-page essay that began with the foreword, “All I ask is that (the judge) keep an open mind while reading this paper,” and continued with a trashing of the concept of teaching drug abstinence (because it’s only natural to be curious) and with detailed suggestions on how to take Ecstasy safely and in moderation. The ever-tolerant judge ordered a rewrite. Creme de la Weird • In a still-unfolding story from Kassel, Germany, a man identified only as Armin M., 41, gave police a videotape in December showing him killing a 42-yearold companion who had answered Armin’s Internet ad reading, “Gay male seeks hunks 18-30 to slaughter.” Armin allegedly admitted that he is a cannibal and that he froze parts of the victim’s body for later meals. According to police, the victim (an upscale professional) had methodically put his financial records in order before leaving his Berlin home to meet Armin, and according to one newspaper, the men are shown on tape eating the victim’s penis, after he consented to castration. Armin also reportedly told police that he would never eat a woman because “they are too important for the survival of mankind.” Stunned police investigators reportedly had to undergo psychiatric counseling after viewing the tape. Recurring Themes • Matt Boswell of Dallas apparently became the latest victim of thieves who make bad guesses about the value of packages they believe are worth swiping. In December, Boswell reported spotting a man rummaging through his truck, and when Boswell yelled, the man grabbed two containers and fled. As Boswell later explained to a Dallas Morning News reporter, the containers held pickups from customers of Pet Butler, Boswell’s pet waste-removal service (advertised by signs on both sides of his truck). — Chuck Shepherd © United Press Syndicate

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I predict that in 2003 you’ll be the zodiac’s most ingenious lover. Instead of relying on the same old shticks, you’ll be constantly coming up with fresh tricks. Not only will your passion intensify and become more creative; you’ll be able to experience pleasure in a wider variety of ways. Wait, there’s more! You’ll have a sixth sense about what your intimate companions want, and a seventh sense about how to give it to them in interesting ways.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

Trendwatching.com coined the term “snobmoddity” to describe the exaltation of ordinary consumer goods into chic luxury items. You know the phenomenon. Go into any supermarket in the Western world and you can buy scores of exotic varieties of bread, water, lettuce, or coffee. Salt is the next likely candidate to become a snobmoddity, say the experts at Trendwatching.com. They further predict that you “will one day insist on having Saharan desert sand in your children’s sand box, and Saharan desert sand only.” You’re way ahead of the curve on this, Taurus, and in a far more soulful way. Already the zodiac’s master of bringing high art to life’s most familiar things, you’ll raise this practice to new levels of beauty and grace in 2003.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

I predict that 2003 will be a year full of interjections and exclamations. You’ll unleash comments like “aha!” and “hey!” and “wow!” and “huh?!” with uncanny frequency. Of the many interruptions that will arrive to make your life interesting, some will be fun and others frustrating. The proportion of fun to frustrating will depend on your ability to be adaptable without being a pushover. To work yourself into prime condition for the quick-change artistry you’ll be invited to perfect, intone the following mantra a thousand times: “viva bravo whoopee ooooooh eureka hallelujah.”

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

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Ten “It” List for 2003. In the face of war and economic uncertainty, she says, we’ll all be more receptive to astrology’s intuitive, nonlinear modes of knowing. This worries me a little. While I love the ancient art, I grieve at the superficial version of it that dominates mainstream culture. Instead of awakening wise intuition, it too often tempts people to escape into superstitious irrationality, stimulating their fear and cramping their free will. If you do use astrology in 2003, Cancerian — or any of the intuitive ways of knowing the world, for that matter — please do so responsibly. Trust your hunches, interpret your dreams, and troll for gems in the depths of your subconscious mind during meditation. But keep your good old analytical reasoning faculty in top working condition, too.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

Before sleep last night, I asked my subconscious mind to give me a prophetic dream about the destiny of the Leo tribe in 2003. Near morning, I dreamed that Corinne and Geoff, two Leos I know, were sitting at a table beneath a sign that read “Assembling the I.” Corinne was successfully putting together a jigsaw puzzle that depicted her own face. Geoff had almost solved a Rubik’s Cube whose six sides each had an image of him. Here’s what I think this dream means: In the coming months, you’ll concentrate deeply on figuring out who you really are; you’ll make many breakthroughs as you create a more integrated identity.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

I’ve got two famous moments from fairy tales for you to use as symbols of power in 2003. The first is from “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” It’s the turning point when the young boy, trusting his own eyes, refuses to buy into the sham and states plainly that the emperor is naked. The second comes during a climactic scene in “The Wizard of Oz.” Dorothy and her entourage are at the palace of the Wizard, begging him for boons he’s not disposed to grant. Then the little dog Toto pulls back the drapery to reveal the ordinary man who is secretly manipulating machinery to sustain the illu-

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sion of wizardry. “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain,” the man barks through his loudspeakers. But it’s too late: His fraud has been exposed. I propose, Virgo, that you make Toto and the young boy your role models in the coming months.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Buddhists believe that intention is the root of all karma, both bad and good. If your actions are motivated by aversion, grasping, or confusion, you sow the seeds of suffering. When you’re moved by generosity, kindness and truthfulness, on the other hand, you lay the groundwork for happiness. In my astrological opinion, Libra, 2003 is the most favorable time in years for you to master this principle and apply it to create the life you want.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Some modern astrologers never even look at the sky. Their relationship with the planets is based entirely on mental constructs they’ve built by reading books, meditating, and studying with teachers. As an antidote to this blindness, Daniel Giamario has developed a more experiential astrology. In his workshops, he takes students to wilderness areas far from civilization’s light pollution, where they observe the actual movements of heavenly bodies all night long. He believes, as I do, that planetary energies can be felt in the body, not just theorized about by the mind. In 2003, I urge you Scorpios to bring this kind of approach to every mystery you’re attracted to. Gather more of your knowledge through direct perception and less from second-hand stories that have been predigested for you.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

You were born to be a hunter. Not the banal version of that archetype, of course: not the gunman who shoots helpless animals for sport. Rather I’m referring to your tireless search for meaningful expansions that nourish your soul; your courageous eagerness to go anywhere and try anything in order to discover delicious truths; your restless seeking of initiatory adventures that educate the wise animal in you. As the world around you sinks deeper into an obsession with comfort and consolation in 2003, Sagittarius, I suggest you raise your expression of the hunter’s arts to a higher octave.

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“Dear Rob: I dreamt I was gazing through a camera with a telephoto lens. I spied a distant tree with a bird’s nest that contained two big eggs. A cat had just arrived and was carefully settling down on them to keep them warm. What does it mean? -Piscean in Santa Cruz.” Dear Piscean: I believe you’ve had a prophetic dream for the entire Piscean tribe. Here’s my interpretation. In 2003, you Fishes will have an opportunity to nurture an influence that you’ve previously been inclined to mess with or destroy. Or else you will forge a close alliance with a budding thing whose nature is very different from yours. Or maybe both. In either case, you’ll be invited to overcome your natural tendencies in order to earn a double blessing. — © Rob Brezsny You Can Call Rob Brezsny, day or night, for your Expanded Weekly Horoscope

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AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

I recently asked my readers, “What influence do you NOT want to bring with you into 2003?” Bridjet wrote, “The influence I DON’T want to bring with me is the silly notion that when you fall in love with someone, and they fall in love back, that you should become a single, unified organism.” In psychological jargon, what Bridjet refers to is called enmeshment. It’s when two people become such a WE that neither person keeps working on being a ME. Though our culture idolizes this pathological state as the supreme model of romantic love, it’s often a dead end. Here’s a healthier model: two strong, well-defined individuals choosing to interweave their unique destinies. That’s the standard I urge you to aspire to.

I predict that in 2003 you will become more skilled at getting the most out of conflict. That’s not to say

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Cars 1981 CADILLAC EL DORADO, one owner, very clean car, V8, auto, most power options, many new parts, runs great, $1300 firm, 706-860-6409 (805/0109) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1982 HONDA ACCORD, silver, 4dr, 5spd, good clutch, new tires, not running, $300 OBO, 706-868-7599 (829/0130) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1984 OLDSMOBILE CUSTOM Cruiser SW, $700 OBO, 706437-1726 (696/0102) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1987 SUBARU GL, Station Wagon, power everything, rear wiper, lots of new stuff, runs and looks good, but has head gasket leak, $497 OBO, 803-441-8744 (673/0102) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1989 CADILLAC SEVILLE, 4dr, leather, blue, tip top condition, $4000, 706-556-6124 (553/0206) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1989 FORD TEMPO, 44K, new AC & ignition, less than 2K on tires, one owner, very good condition, $2150, 706-860-0120 (773/0102) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1989 TOYOTA CAMRY, nice running car, 133K, $1500, 706736-6545 after 4 pm (779/0102) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1990 CADILLAC SEVILLE, 4dr, runs good, $3000, 803-6403078 or 803-648-3443 after 6 pm. (806/0109) ––––––––––––––––––––––––––

1990 NISSAN 300ZX, 5spd, AC, loaded, red, grey cloth, ttops, CD, new tires, good condition, $6100, 706-833-0797 (671/0102) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1991 MAZDA MX5, convertible, hard top, white, mint condition, 85.5K, $7400 OBO, 706-7378047 (669/0102) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1991 VOLVO 240, maroon, good condition, AC, PS, PB, am/fm, cassette, PW, cruise, $3000, 912-829-4556 (817/0116) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1992 BMW 525, series sedan, auto, great engine, leather, power sunroof, 155K, only $5790, 706-495-9900 (831/0206) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1992 BMW 525, auto, air, CD, low miles, factory warranty, 37 mpg, must sell, $8500, 706863-7071 (832/0206) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1992 BMW 525i, gold, sedan, 154K, all power, leather interior, good condition, $5990, 706495-9900 (782/0102) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1992 BMW 735il, gray, CD, 14K, lovingly cared for, all extras, $13,000, 706-736-5333 (827/0130) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1992 CHEVY CAMERO RS, 25th Anniversary Edition, green, gray interior, 305, auto, t-tops, excellent condition, 120K, $6000 firm, 706-339-4531 (811/0116) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1992 HONDA CIVIC LX, white, 4dr, auto, 115K, local one owner,

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good condition, $2500, 706733-3683 (821/0123) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1992 INFINITI G20, runs great, 4dr, CD, leather interior, must sell, $1500 OBO, 706-823-6607 (815/0116) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1992 MAZDA PROTEGE, PS/PB, AC, power window locks, sunroof, cruise, CD, great gas mil3age, reliable transportation, $1500 OBO, 706-399-7145 (701/0102) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1993 FORD T-BIRD, excellent condition, 100K, AC, new tires, adult driven, non-smoker, garage kept, service record, hard to find, $2750 OBO, 706-836-3082

(823/0123) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1993 FORD TAURUS, very good condition, new tires and brakes, low mileage 66K, loaded, as is, reduced, for quick sale, $3000, 706-733-9434 or 706-721-8304 (808/0116) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1993 FORD TEMPO, white w/red interior, auto, 4dr, clean, runs, new am/fm, CD, AC, 4cyl, clear title, $1600, call after 5 pm 706-560-2025 (800/0109) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1993 HONDA ACCORD, white, manual, PL & W, AC tape, cruise, $2500, 706-854-8665 (833/0206) ––––––––––––––––––––––––––

1994 CADILLAC DEVILLE, hard to find any nicer, 94K, great in and out, $8000, 803-648-6731 or 803-645-2352 (828/0130) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1994 CHRYSLER LHS, 3.5, auto, 101K, burgundy, grey leather, AC, cruise, tilt, am/fm/CD, power everything, clean, $4500, 706-860-5001 (100/0116) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1994 LINCOLN TOWN Car, pearl white, white interior, leather, black tie package, excellent condition, $6800, 706-541-9190 (771/0102) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1995 BMW 325i, white, 5spd, 72K, excellent condition, premi-

um package, priced to sell (KBB: $12-$15,000) asking $11,800, 706-722-0665 (816/0116) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1995 VW JETTA, VR6, GLX, red, loaded, mint condition, $6500 OBO, 803-819-0132 (826/1023) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1996 CHEVROLET CAMERO, 41K, factory purple, 5spd, 6 cyl, AC, FM, cassette, immaculate, one owner, $7200 OBO, 706868-0090 (472/0102) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1996 GEO SPRINT, beige, 4dr, sedan, AC, cassette, new tires, great condition, $3500 OBO, 803-442-4592 (670/0102)

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Motorcycles 1985 HONDA SABRE, VF700, V-4 engine, adult-owned, excellent condition, 14K, $1300, 706373-9068 (830/0206) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 2000 HONDA XR650R, enduro, XC, many power enhancing

extras, priced to sell, 706-3099526 after 6 pm (458/0206) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 2001 HONDA NIGHTHAWK, 250cc, showroom condition, 400 miles, excellent first street bike, $2600 OBO, 803-278-3442 (677/0102) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 2002 HONDA SABRE, 1099cc, custom pearle silver paint job w/fadin candy blue flames. 1920 miles, excellent condition, $7600, matching helmet available, 803-279-3410 (818/0116)

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SUVs 1997 FORD EXPEDITON XLT, green/tan cloth, 5.4L, 3rd seat, rear air, power everything, hands-free phone, 132K highway miles, XC, $8500 OBO, 706364-5347(699/0102) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1997 FORD EXPLORER XLT, willow green, 4dr, V8, loaded, original owner, extra clean condition, $8850 OBO, 706-667-9488 leave message (810/0109) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1997 FORD EXPLORER XLT, 4WD, PW, PS, PL, PM, leather 85K, extended warranty, excellent condition, $9500, 706-7336582 (834/0206) ––––––––––––––––––––––––––

1997 FORD EXPLORER Sport, loaded, good condition, $7995, 706-860-0860 (775/0102) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1997 GMC YUKON SLT, white/burgundy leather, excellent condition, $14,000 OBO, 706833-0624 (819/0116) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1999 FORD EXPEDITION XLT, leather, fully loaded, 6 disc CD changer, excellent condition, 51K, $18,000, 706-854-9194 (778/0102) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 2000 KIA SPORTAGE, 4dr, auto, all power, AC, CD, one owner, runs great, XC, $11,500, 706-840-0957 (698/0102) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 2000 HONDA CRV EX, auto, low miles, $16,995, Gerald Jones Honda, 706-733-2210 (838)

Trucks 1963 FORD F-100, straight 6, step side, body in good condition, perfect for restoring, does not run, $500 OBO, 706-5410783 (662/0123) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1985 DODGE RAM Prospector, red, full-size, w/camper shell, 140K, good condition, perfect work truck. $2800, 706-7212317 (809/0109) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1988 DODGE RAM, Charger, w/rebuilt 318 motor, V8, good shape, runs good, needs light transmission work, lots of new part, $1500 OBO 706-737-2359 (799/0109) ––––––––––––––––––––––––––

1992 TOYOTA PICK UP, am/fm, cassette, PS, XC, trailer hitch, excellent tires, extended cab, $2750 cash, 706-739-1142 (807/0109) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1993 CHEVY SILVERADO, white w/red interior, 6 cyl, PS, PB, AC, auto, toolbox, great condition, $3500 OBO, 706399-1303 (801/0109) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 2000 FORD RANGER XLT, burgundy, 4cyl, auto, AC, disc player, tinted glass, 22K, short bed, factory warranty, no tax, $9150, 706-736-8032 (648/0102)

Vans 1995 CHEVROLET ASTRO Van, V6, 4.3L, 7 passenger, luggage rack, rear air, power seats and mirrors, $7000, 706-733-0526 (694/0102) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1997 FORD WINDSTAR GL, dark red, 7 passenger, 3.8 V6, AC, tilt, power windows, 146K, $4200 OBO, 706-860-5001 (774/0102) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1999 PLYMOUTH GRAND Voyager Expresso, white, 51K, 10 speaker infinity sound system, cassette, CD, rear air, captain’s chairs, new tires, great condition, reduced to $12,700, 706-868-1045 (770/0102) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 2000 NISSAN QUEST, one owner, 26K, loaded, excellent condition, $15,100, 706-8633895 (825/0123)

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–––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1996 HONDA ACCORD EX, V6, automatic, all power, leather, alloys, CD, cruise, sunroof, remote, garaged, excellent condition, 81K, $10,500, 706-7337297 (813/0116) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1996 NISSAN 200SX, green, 5spd, cruise, CD, well taken care of, $3400 OBO, 706-267-1295 (814/0116) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1996 NISSAN 200SX, red, good condition, CD, two door, AC, PW $6000 OBO, 706-860-3598 (776/0102) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1996 OLDSMOBILE 88 LSS, 4dr, 62K, new tires, leather interior, like new, $7500, 706-8550468 (820/0123) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1996 PONTIAC GRAND Prix GTP, white, rear spoiler, tint windows, 3.4L, V6 high output, 4spd auto w/OD, well cared for, 129K, $6500, Jim 706-7213365 days or 706-547-7878 eve. (822/0123) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1997 NISSAN ALTIMA GXE, black, cruise, alarm, keyless entry, 63K, current tune ups, XC, $9995 OBO, 706-823-2420 (697/0102) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1998 ACURA INTEGRA GSR, white, excellent condition, all power, many extras, 66K, warranty $15,500 OBO, 706-2849693 (812/0116) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1999 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL, white, 54K, warranty, 100K, new

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