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WHINELINE Here We Go Again! The Mouse that Roared! North Korea is Threatening! Learn from the Mafia: If there’s a Threat, Whack ‘em! News Just In! There’s a Smoldering Mass where North Korea Once Was! Why does the US always let it’s Enemies Hit US

First!? The MetroSpirit, finest bird cage liner known to man. I came to Augusta by job transfer some 20 years ago. That job is gone, however I found the CSRA a nice place to stay. During that time I have found local reaction to the Augusta National to be

such a puzzle? Those of you (including Ausin Rhoades) who think you have some real connection to that club are kidding yourselves! I understand that you may have a little access this week Of “ Tuna Mint “ or an occasional visit in between , but that is a PRIVATE CLUB ! Your delusional tales that you spew worldwide of your

great connection to the club pales in comparison of the Real stories of those who have and had true access... Dream on Aston Rhodes !!! What. Fanny sniffer!! I love all you firefighters defending your wreckless driving. You are insane if you think driving like that is helping the community.

Love going down to the corner an picking up my weekly metro spirit a.k.a. The Friedmans catalogue. (continued on page 50)

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Sea Change Showing at Augusta National While the headline was much bigger this past off season when Augusta National Golf Club announced the invitation of its first female members, what we witnessed Monday signals what I believe to be an even bigger philosophical shift in the life of the organization. For the first time in over half a century, the club is going to host a major competitive event that has nothing to do with its own members or the signature tournament now known and revered as The Masters. The announcement that the finals of the Drive, Chip and Putt Championships for young golfers would be held at the course the Sunday before tournament week begins next year (April 4, 2014) marks a 180-degree turn on the long-held edict that the course would only be open to the (ticket-holding) general public for one event every year and no others. Tuesday morning there were few in the media who seemed to digest the gravity of this announcement, but I believe the addition of this event to the calendar at Augusta National is a far more significant harbinger of a new approach and young ideas than when Condoleeza Rice and Darla Moore were announced as new Green Coats last August. As a native Augustan, I know quite a few members of the club. Some, in fact, have been life-long friends. It is a relatively small percentage of the total group (which reportedly stands at 300, give or take), but you might be surprised at how normal the lives and philosophies of some these folks can be. Yes, there was a time when the vast majority of the membership held to the same social customs and cultural ideas as our grandfathers and great-grandfathers, and I mean that in ways that could be recognized as both positive and negative. But these days the founding fathers of the institution are to be found only in the pictures and paintings that adorn the walls of the legendary clubhouse. Clifford Roberts and his inner circle are long dead and buried, and just like with our own late family members we tend to gloss over their shortcomings while romanticizing their attributes. To put it bluntly, the men who built Augusta

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National and the most prestigious annual event in sports were no better and no worse than American society as a whole at that given moment in time. Warts and all, in the beginning Augusta’s leadership was a reflection of all that democratic civilization chose to embrace, and chose to reject. They were major innovators in tournament golf, and for the first five or six decades of their existence, that was all they aspired, as a club, to be. If Father Time and Mother Nature have a way of changing the face and mores of entire continents and countries, a small golf club in the heart of Dixie never stood a chance. In 2013 the membership is still a reflection of where American culture tends to be, albeit with a “superachiever” bent and some international spice thrown in for good measure, but it has shown itself to be in the moment as much as any such organization can be. As I watched Secretary Rice walk the course with Phil Mickelson last Sunday, I was far more in awe because she is a brilliant American conservative political icon than I was that she was one of the first female members at Augusta National. Much the same way I feel when I see Lynn Swann on the course wearing his Green Jacket. I am moved that he is an important conservative political figure, a Super Bowl MVP, an NFL Hall of Famer and one of the all-time great Pittsburgh Steelers. That he happens to be a black guy does not show up on my radar screen. I honestly believe the vast majority of the membership got over their “race and gender issues” decades ago, and have it on good authority that the gender barrier at Augusta would have been broken some years sooner had it not been for the shrill and terroristic demands of Martha Burk and her minions in 2002. Then club Chairman Hootie Johnson pushed back against the manufactured protest, and became a folk hero in the process. He is said to be “110 percent” on board with the addition of Rice and Moore as new members, because it was on the club’s own time frame, and not at the point of some

rhetorical sword. So Rice and Moore notwithstanding, the biggest news this week in the life of the club is the addition of an event. Aside from hosting the Senior PGA Championship in both 1937 and 1938, there has never been a competition of consequence allowed at Augusta National except, of course, The Masters. The offer to host an Olympic golf exhibition in 1996 at the National were withdrawn when a few mealy mouthed politicians and professional whiners promised to cause trouble because of the history of exclusivity at the club, which makes me wish Hootie had been in charge at the time. The singular disappointment left quite a sting, and further insulated the club from further considering new business for almost two decades. Thousands of requests for the club to host a Senior Masters or an LPGA event over the years have been dismissed, not because of politics, but largely for logistical and philosophical reasons. The schedule of the course (closed for play from late May through mid-October) and even the City of Augusta (area schools set spring break for tournament week) conspire to help keep such talk to a minimum, but it has long been the feeling that the membership simply wanted no part of the responsibility of hosting another event. So the announcement of the Drive, Chip and Putt finale at Augusta represents a massive sea change in that mindset, and perhaps is an indication that other, once off the table discussions can be re-opened. The possibilities are endless, and with a membership that reflects the best and the brightest in international business and government, and more importantly a newfound fondness for innovation outside the ropes, new traditions are sure to be born on the most hallowed grounds in American sport.

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The views expressed are the opinions of Austin Rhodes and do not necessarily represent the views of the publisher.

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Welcome to Augusta, Y’all Though we know you’re here for the tournament, we here at the Metro Spirit, Augusta’s independent voice since 1989, want you to know that there’s more to Augusta than the Augusta National. Some of it, like the liquor stores, you might be forced to seek out, while others, like the busloads of prostitutes that come to work the tournament, might just seek out you. We know how anxious you are to get inside the gates, but we’re here to tell you, it’s not easy. Despite all the Buy/Sell guys you see on the overpasses and along Washington Road, tickets are expensive and hard to come by, and that was before Tiger’s recent wins. How that is going to affect the cost of your stay remains to be seen. So with this issue of the Metro Spirit, we’ve thrown most of our typical features out the door so we can focus on you, our guests. On a purely practical level, it makes sense, since you out of towners aren’t going to be all that interested in our local issues or political squabbles (though if you should happen to park in the pretty parking deck across from the downtown Marriott, just realize that you’re pretty much at the epicenter of a lot of our local political bickering). Besides, many of our readers have either left town so they can rent their houses to you or they’re laying low and letting you have the run of the place. But on a larger level, giving up our paper to you makes sense, too, because in so many ways so many of you really do need the information in this guide. Face it, even among you privileged few, not everyone is being whisked here and there by van or private driver. Many of you will want to go out to eat or bring food back to your room. You’ll want to go for a run or a workout and, without our guide, you might not know where to go or how to get there. So go ahead and venture off Washington Road a little. We think you’ll be glad you did.

Augsburg Haus

Cadwallader’s Café

Open for lunch and dinner, but the lunch portions are still huge. And with entrées such as the Schweinebraten, slow-roasted pork with German potato salad, you won’t be able to stop yourself from cleaning your plate. So just make sure you have a comfy napping spot available.

One of Augusta’s best kept fine dining secrets, this lively restaurant is popular with the locals. Open for dinner, best-bet entrées include any of the trios, whether they be duck, tuna, lamb, scallop or bison.

4460 WASHINGTON RD., EVANS | 706-667-8181 | AUGSBURGHAUS.COM

106 DAVIS RD., MARTINEZ | 706-860-7444 | CADWALLADERSCAFE.COM

Bird Dog Grille

Laura’s Backyard Tavern

Tucked away in a shopping center off Fury’s Ferry Road, this locally owned restaurant has a strong local following, who love their hot dogs, paninis, salads and wings. The restaurant has a full bar and offers Wine & Dine Steak Night on Wednesdays and Martini Night on Saturdays.

For local flavor, there’s no better spot that Laura’s. It may take some work to find it, but, when you do, you’ll find a bar in what looks like a house… a house that serves up drinks, food, live music, games and more.

3851 EVANS TO LOCKS RD., FURY’S FERRY STATION, MARTINEZ | 706-814-5007 | BIRDDOGGRILLE.COM

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Laziza Mediterranean Grill

Neapolitan Cupcake and Gift Shoppe

Laziza means delicious, so it’s a fitting name for this fast casual restaurant, where patrons order dishes like chicken shawarma, hummus and other middle eastern delicacies at a counter, serve themselves drinks and eat at one of the many tables. If you like your food enough (and you will) Laziza has many of the ingredients they use for sale.

Distinctive cupcakes in flavors such as key lime pie, salted caramel (one of their best), chocolate lovers and peanut butter cup, Neapolitan piles the frosting high and takes orders for special occasions. Their unique selection of gifts will make wonderful souvenirs for the folks back home.

Mai Thai

Pho Bac

From mild to hot, this Columbia County spot serves up traditional Thai food and drinks in a charming atmosphere.

Authentic Vietnamese food in Columbia County, with dishes like papaya salad, spring rolls and, of course, pho. Deciding what to try might be difficult because of the large menu, but you’ll be rewarded with large portions and a small bill. And instead of Waffle House, fans say pho is the perfect hangover food, so that’s good to know.

Mellow Mushroom

Pizza Joint

The downtown location opened 10 years ago this Masters Week, and the Evans location followed in 2008. Both serve great pizzas, snacks, salads, sandwiches and more, with an impressive beer and wine list in a kitschy atmosphere. The hummus and the cinnamon pretzels are two menu favorites.

If you like the downtown spot, the Evans location is just as reliable. With a couple of exceptions, it has the same menu and you certainly can’t go wrong with the Sicilian Chef’s Salad, greens and veggies topped with ham, pepperoni, chicken, bacon and broccoli. Be sure to order it with parmesan peppercorn.

4272 WASHINGTON RD., EVANS | 706-504-4303 | LAZIZAGRILL.COM

4272 WASHINGTON RD., EVANS | 706-210-9008

4348 WASHINGTON RD., EVANS | 706-364-6756 | MELLOWMUSHROOM.COM

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106 PLEASANT HOME RD., AUGUSTA | 706-814-8959 | NEAPOLITANGIFTS.COM

4300 TOWNE CENTER, EVANS | 706-945-1981

4301 WASHINGTON RD., EVANS | 706-447-4992 | THEPIZZAJOINT.NET

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Rhinehart’s

TBonz

If you don’t know what Rhinehart’s is, this must be your first time visiting Augusta. A beach shack plopped down on Washington Road, the original location is by far the most popular, but the Columbia County location is just as good. Daily food and drink specials at both lunch and dinner endear the restaurants to locals, and their burger is one of the best in town.

An Augusta favorite since 1986, this steakhouse recently expanded to Evans. They still serve the same great steaks, wings, seafood, ribs and chicken, though, with beer, wine and drinks to go with them. Want a little bit of decadence? Try the Tommy Fries, smothered in ranch, two kinds of cheeses and bacon.

The Tavern at the Bean

Tako Sushi

This spot has a bit of a split personality: by day, it’s a coffee, dessert and sandwich shop. By night, however, it turns into a restaurant and bar that offers theme nights (Taco Night!) and specialty drinks like their Key Lime Martini. Look for live music offerings and other special events during the week.

Far East meets Southwest at this eclectic spot that is the restaurant’s second location in the area. Both location feature owner Kevin Goldsmith’s distinctive vision and serve inventive Japanese and Mexican fare. You really can’t go wrong with anything on the menu.

305 N. BELAIR RD., EVANS | 706-868-6850 | RHINEHARTS.COM

4414 EVANS TO LOCKS RD., EVANS | 706-447-2006 | BEANBASKETTECOFFEE.COM

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601 N. BELAIR RD., EVANS | 706-814-7083 | TBONZOFAUGUSTA.COM

1202 TOWN PARK LANE, EVANS | 706-863-0606 | TAKO-SUSHI.COM

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5 O’Clock Bistro

Club Argos

It’s 5 o’clock somewhere, and this bistro has an impressive wine list and a creative selection of original and classic libations to choose from during cocktail hour. The food menu will not disappoint, either, and changes regularly so everything stays fresh and exciting. Also open for lunch.

Known to area residents as a gay club, Argos strives to be a fun, safe place for those of all lifestyles. Two bars, one upstairs and one downstairs, ensure that there’s always something going on. Be sure to introduce yourself to Daddy Keith while you’re there. He’s sort of the Den Dad of the place.

Bistro 491

Crums on Central

Fancy food with a sense of humor in popular Surrey Center, Bistro 491’s menu is inventive and changes seasonally. Their vegetarian dishes (especially the ricotta gnocchi) are just as good as their steaks, and their drinks and desserts are decadent to say the least. Best of all? They don’t require fancy dress to go along with the fancy food.

Lunch during the week, brunch on the weekends and dinner Tuesday-Sunday, Crums is located in the former Le Cafe du Teau. They kept the relaxing front deck and changed the food from French-Creole to upscale Southern with a twist. It’s probably the only place in town that has deviled eggs and boiled peanuts on the menu, and where you can top your pizza with squash casserole.

Calvert’s Restaurant

French Market Grille

Calvert’s in Surrey Center has been around for 30 years, so they must be doing something right. Augusta’s go-to restaurant for special occasions, Calvert’s serves continental fare and reservations are highly suggested.

One of the most popular restaurants in Augusta, both during Masters Week and year-round, and owned by local fixtures Chuck and Gail Baldwin. You can’t go wrong with anything on this menu, but be warned: the barbequed shrimp is really spicy. Save room for one of their award-winning desserts and try a martini served in a Mason jar.

2111 KINGS WAY, AUGUSTA | 706-922-9560 | 5OCLOCKBISTRO.COM

491 HIGHLAND AVE., SURREY CENTER, AUGUSTA | 706-738-6491 | BISTRO491.COM

475 HIGHLAND AVE., SURREY CENTER, AUGUSTA | 706-738-4514 | CALVERTSRESTAURANT.COM

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1923 WALTON WAY, AUGUSTA | 706-481-8829

1855 CENTRAL AVE., AUGUSTA | 706-729-6969 | CRUMSONCENTRAL.COM

425 HIGHLAND AVE., SURREY CENTER, AUGUSTA | 706-737-4865 | FRENCHMARKETAUGUSTA.COM

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The Indian Queen

Sheehan’s Irish Pub

This bar, which focuses on specialty drinks made with infused simple syrups, as well as real fruit and other natural ingredients, has extended their patio area, will have additional drink stations and will have the Crums on Central food truck out front. They’ll offer beer, Azaleas and Transfusions, but our recommendation is their take on the Arnold Palmer; the JD is made from lemon simple syrup, sweet tea and vodka.

Definitely not a traditional Irish pub, but they do have fish and chips and Guinness on tap. Friendly service, great menu (the duck is the best in town), and a full bar in an atmosphere that can get loud and rowdy inside, but is quiet and relaxing out on the enclosed patio.

Oliviana’s

Surreal at Surrey

Love the Pizza Joint downtown? Then you’ll be happy to hear that the owners of that popular spot that originated downtown have opened a more upscale restaurant in Surrey Center. Sure, there are pizzas on the menu here, but why not try the pasta, antipasti, entrées or, our fave, the risottos? A comfortable bar has a happy hour that begins at 4 p.m. each day and specialties that include house-made sangria.

A high-energy nightclub and ultralounge which recently opened on the upper level of Surrey Center. Though it has DJs most nights, it also brings in live music on the weekends. Need a place that has bottle service and private VIP parties? Surreal is definitely your spot.

The P.I. Bar & Grill at the Partridge Inn

Surrey Tavern

This isn’t just any hotel bar… locals hang out here year-round just to grab a spot on the verandah and watch the world go by. Many dishes from the restaurant are available at the bar to snack on while enjoying wine, beer or cocktails, and there’s live music on the weekends. Don’t miss Wine Down Wednesday, which features half off select bottles of wine.

This is one of Augusta residents’ favorite hangouts, probably because it’s been around since 1973 and people who met at the bar and have gotten married now have kids who go there. Known for both for the live local music and the laid-back vibe, the bar as modeled after a traditional pub in Surrey, England. This Surrey Tavern, however, focuses on live R&B, karaoke backed by a live band on Thursdays and a great party atmosphere. Catch the Broadcast playing live on Thursday, April 11, and look for drink specials all week.

2502 WRIGHTSBORO RD., AUGUSTA | 706-303-8723 | THEINDIANQUEEN.COM

399 HIGHLAND AVE., SURREY CENTER, AUGUSTA | 706-723-1242 | FACEBOOK.COM/OLIVIANASBARITALIANOPIZZERIA

2110 WALTON WAY, AUGUSTA | 706-737-8888 | PARTRIDGEINN.COM

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2571 CENTRAL AVE., AUGUSTA | 706-364-1234 | SHEEHANSIRISHPUB.COM

469 HIGHLAND AVE., SURREY CENTER, AUGUSTA | 706-496-2036 | FACEBOOK.COM/SURREAL.SURREY

471 HIGHLAND AVE., SURREY CENTER, AUGUSTA | 706-736-1221 | AUGUSTASURREYTAVERN.COM

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Tako Sushi

Yo! Pizza

Inventive takes on Japanese and Mexican food. The restaurant is small, loud and totally worth however long the wait is. And the great thing about the wait at this restaurant? Order a drink at the sushi bar and take it out to the sidewalk, where there’s sure to be some fantastic people watching to be had.

The pizza varieties may sound weird at first, but once you try the Cajun or Brunch Pizza you’ll know why Yo is such as enduring favorite. Ask about their homemade cheesecakes, too; they’re some of the best around.

Village Deli

Coyotes

437 HIGHLAND AVE., SURREY CENTER, AUGUSTA | 706-736-9191 | TAKO-SUSHI.COM

2803 WRIGHTSBORO RD., AUGUSTA | 706-736-3691 | VILLAGEDELI.US

Located in Daniel Village, Village Deli is one of Augusta’s favorite family restaurants that also has a cozy bar in the back for the big kids. The pimiento cheese burger with bacon is a classic, and every single variation of their fries is homemade. The hot chips are especially good, as are the sweet potato fries. Watch out if you decide to introduce yourself to owner Lorna Barrett, though; she’ll probably talk you into adopting a pet from a local animal shelter.

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2803 WRIGHTSBORO RD., AUGUSTA | 706-737-9696 | YOPIZZAAUGUSTA.COM

2512 PEACH ORCHARD RD., AUGUSTA | 706-560-9215 | COYOTESAUGUSTA.COM

Augusta’s answer to the huge honky tonks in larger cities. Big acts, lots of bars and always packed during the tournament. This week, it’s drink and drown for $15 on Wednesday, April 10; beer pong tournaments starting at 10 p.m. on Friday, April 12; and live music from Dave Firmin and Rhes Reeves & the Coyote Band Friday and Saturday night, with $2 happy hour from 8-9 p.m. and shot specials all night.

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Road Runner Café

2508 PEACH ORCHARD RD., AUGUSTA | 706-790-8177 | ROADRUNNERCAFE.COM

A great place to hit up before going to Coyotes (the road runner is in front of the coyote… get it ?) to grab some food (try one of their burgers). Also open for lunch, but Tuesday and Friday nights are the times to go because that’s when you can catch local favorite Steve Chappell.

Villa Europa

3044 DEANS BRIDGE RD., AUGUSTA | 706-798-6211 | VILLAEUROPA.COM

An Augusta institution since 1974, visit Pat for lunch or dinner for some of the best German and Italian food in the city. They also have a great bar area, with parties going on almost every night during Masters Week.

Bar West

3631 WALTON WAY EXT., AUGUSTA | 706-736-0021

An upscale martini bar and lounge with a great covered patio. That patio is a great place to spend happy hour, which is daily from 4:30-8:30 p.m. and includes specials such as two for one house wines and sangria.

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Rae’s Coastal Cafe

3208 WEST WIMBLEDON DR., AUGUSTA | 706-738-1313

Hard to find for the newcomer, this neighborhood restaurant (literally) has a menu chocked full of Caribbean and Key West themed seafood items. There’s a putting green in the back while you wait for your coconut shrimp or jerk chicken.

Robbie’s Sports Bar

2834 WASHINGTON RD., AUGUSTA | 706-738-0866

A true old school pool hall popular with the locals. Good bar food, a dance floor and band during Masters, plus a sea of dimly lit pool tables.

Rhinehart’s

Roadrunner Cafe

Think you’ve had good fried shrimp baskets at the beach? No comparison to local institution Rhinehart’s. This flagship location actually started out as a small house and has grown to one of the most popular restaurant/bars in the area. Decidedly decrepit (more like purposely) this is one fun place to hang. Picnic tables both inside and out, and all forms of delicious seafood and drinks.

Locals who love the Peach Orchard Road original are thrilled that a second location has opened on Washington Road. You will too when you see that their happy hour, from 3-6 p.m., features 50 cent wings and shrimp and $1 domestic draft beer.

3051 WASHINGTON RD., AUGUSTA | 706-860-2337 | RHINEHARTS.COM

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Shannon’s

TGI Friday’s

Tucked just off Washington Road, this neighborhood bar has been around for longer than most can remember. Intimate, with a fun, cozy feel — It will make you think you’ve stepped into your local pub. Surprisingly great food to go along with the drinks.

Open every day at 11 a.m., Friday’s never fails to satisfy, especially when diners order something from their Jack Daniel’s Grill menu. Going on now: Order one starter, one entrée and one dessert and pay $12.99. In addition, members of the military get 25 percent off on Saturdays.

Somewhere in Augusta

Wild Wing Café

A bizarre name for a sports bar to be sure. This booming spot started out as a small pub in a crack across from the National. It moved a few years ago and grew up. Big time. Walls of TVs, a great menu and sweet location make this a favorite stop for Masters guests.

Just on the other side of I-20 on Washington Road, this mega mega bar restaurant is built for crowds. The parking lot alone is big enough to park all the patrons from Rhode Island. Big is the key word here, with live music seven days a week on two stages. Masters Week isn’t for amateurs here.

The Snug

1102

A pretty little restaurant that serves dinner six nights a week. Sure, they serve chicken and seafood, but beef is the real star here and the Black N’ Blue, topped with blue cheese and a blueberry-port sauce, is the steak to order. Don’t forget to order the crab dip, though, and their martinis might be good, but we love their margaritas. Which kind? Doesn’t matter.

Like the best mullets, this place is business in the front (the restaurant) and a party in the back (the bar). Great place to hang out, drink and people watch, and if they open the garage doors on the side of the building, that means the party has really started.

300 SHARTOM DR., AUGUSTA | 706-814-7760

2820 WASHINGTON RD., AUGUSTA | 706-739-0002 | SOMEWHEREINAUGUSTA.COM

240 DAVIS RD., AUGUSTA | 706-863-1118 | THESNUG.NET

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2800 WASHINGTON RD., AUGUSTA | 706-736-8888 | TGIFRIDAYSAUGUSTA.COM

3035 WASHINGTON RD., AUGUSTA | 706-364-9453 | WILDWINGCAFE.COM

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Augustino’s Italian Eatery & Prime Steaks

The Bee’s Knees

Located inside the Marriott, the pasta bar is a lunch favorite of downtown office workers, but the soothing atmosphere and clubby bar area makes this the perfect spot for happy hour. Stay long enough and the wonderful aromas coming from the kitchen will get to you, making dinner here hard to resist.

Nightly drink specials, eclectic tapas menu, an ever-changing beer and wine list and a menu of unique cocktails in an artsy, cosmopolitan atmosphere. The buffalo tempeh will make you want to become a vegetarian… almost, and Sunday brunch is a must. Even better: All their weekly drink specials are in effect on Sundays.

Bar on Broad

Blue Sky Kitchen

Dance club with a nice lounge area full of comfortable seating. Word has it that one of the bartenders is from Miami and can put on a Tom Cruise in “Cocktail” type show for you… if you ask nicely.

Southern fusion cuisine with great dishes like curry fried chicken, redneck stir-fry and coconut curry chicken soup. Full bar, friendly wait staff, excellent location. Live music on the weekends, nightly specials and check the board for dessert options.

Beamie’s at the River

The Boar’s Head Public House

It may be on the Savannah River, but the great seafood and laid-back atmosphere are more like visiting a beloved beach shack. A local favorite. They have beer, oysters and good service, so it’s no wonder.

A traditional English pub run by confirmed Anglophile Chris Anderson and his mother Musa, who serve great dishes like fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, steak and Guinness pie and more. And pints are the traditional British 20 ounces instead of the American 16. And they may not be traditional British, but the fried mushrooms are fantastic.

2 10TH ST., AUGUSTA | 706-823-6521 | MARRIOTT.COM

917 BROAD ST., AUGUSTA | 706-955-7954

865 REYNOLDS ST., AUGUSTA | 706-724-6593

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211 10TH ST., AUGUSTA | 706-828-3600 | BEESKNEESTAPAS.COM

990 BROAD ST., AUGUSTA | 706-821-3988

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The Boll Weevil

10 NINTH ST., AUGUSTA | 706-722-7772 | THEBOLLWEEVIL.COM

Voted Best Dessert in Augusta several years running, largely on the strength of their 7th Heaven Cake. The rest of the menu is not bad either, not to mention the charming décor, but definitely save room for cake or pie. A lot of room because the slices are massive.

Club Rehab

913 BROAD ST., AUGUSTA | 706-826-4431

Walk down the long hallway that looks like it could be in a David Lynch movie and you’ll find yourself in Club Rehab, a great place to dance with friends. If you’re with enough of your friends, ask for the special VIP lounge, decked out in sweet red velvet.

The Cotton Patch

816 COTTON LANE, AUGUSTA | 706-724-4511 | EATDRINKBEHAPPY.COM

Nice patio reminiscent of New Orleans, friendly service and good drink specials. If you’re lucky, or not so lucky, while sitting outside you can be entertained (for better or worse) by the karaoke from Mi Rancho.

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Eagle’s Nest

Fat Man’s Mill Cafe

A forgotten gem sitting atop The Ramada, the Eagle’s Nest is a bit of a throwback to another era when it comes to decor. There is, however, a great jukebox full of R&B classics, and what a view! Definitely a place to experience while in Augusta.

Open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Fat Man’s still employs Miss Pearl, who has been cooking great Southern food for the Usry family owners since the late 1940s. They still have Pearl’s famous meat and three plates on the menu but have added much more. The “speshul” wraps of the day and the salads are fan faves.

Eros Bistro

Firehouse

Traditional Greek and Italian food in a prime location downtown, this new spot has been a hit since it opened. And it’s no wonder: from appetizers and spaghetti to sandwiches and desserts, we haven’t heard one bad review. Try the Moussaka.

Good beer and one of the best jukeboxes in town attracts a very diverse, no-frills crowd. You never know what you might see at the Firehouse.

Farmhaus

The First Round

The most whimsical restaurant concept to open in Augusta in a long time (or ever), Farmhaus serves burgers, hot dogs and sides with a side of fun in the form of boozy milkshakes and a full bar. Everything is good here, but check the specials board for the burger and shake of the month and, for cocktails, the Texas Mule can’t be beat.

Located behind Metro Coffee House and across the street from 1102, which makes bar-hopping pretty easy. Nightly specials, decent location and a diverse lineup of local live music.

640 BROAD ST., AUGUSTA | 706-722-5541 | RAMADA.COM

1002 BROAD ST., AUGUSTA | 706-303-8641 | EROSBISTRO.COM

1204 BROAD ST., AUGUSTA | 706-496-8771 | FARMHAUSBURGER.COM

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1450 GREENE ST., AUGUSTA | 706-733-1740

1145 BROAD ST., AUGUSTA | 706-826-9955

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The Fox’s Lair

349 TELFAIR ST., AUGUSTA | 706-828-5600 | THEFOXSLAIR.COM

Augusta’s best-kept secret, this cozy bar is tucked away in the basement of The Olde Town Inn on Telfair Street but is definitely worth finding. Laid back, comfortable and often has live music on Thursday nights.

Frog Hollow Tavern

1282 BROAD ST., AUGUSTA | 706-364-6906 | FROGHOLLOWTAVERN.COM

The wine list at Frog Hollow, open for dinner Wednesday-Saturday, is massive. Not only that, but the bar features a diverse selection of scotches, cognacs, bourbons and vodkas… classic and seasonal cocktails, all made with fresh squeezed juices and homemade mixes. Oh yeah… they also serve good food, made using mostly local and regionally sourced ingredients.

The Highlander

133 GEORGIA AVE., NORTH AUGUSTA | 803-278-2796 | ABRITISHPUB.COM

The Highlander (downstairs from Wine World if you’re into multitasking) has a food menu that features a Scotch Egg Plate, Shepherd’s Pie and other traditional pub foods — all that and a full bar to boot. Just watch the steps on your way out. They can be tricky to navigate after a few pints.

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Joe’s Underground

144 8TH ST., AUGUSTA | 706-724-9457

After a day of eating pimento cheese sandwiches at the Masters, come down to Joe’s and round out your culinary experiences with a fried baloney sandwich. Good food, especially the homemade soups at lunch, and good drinks, with live music many nights.

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Kitchen 1454

1454 WALTON WAY, AUGUSTA | 706-945-1828

Open for breakfast and lunch, this may look like your average diner, but it’s definitely not. Using as many locally sourced ingredients as possible, the management turns meat and three on its head with main dishes like Coca-Cola Braised Pulled pork, braised greens and roasted beets. Be sure to check the board above the counter for daily specials.

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Kroc Center Cafe

1833 BROAD ST., AUGUSTA | 706-364-KROC | KROCAUGUSTA.ORG

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Luigi’s

Manuel’s Bread Café

In business since 1949, what can be said about Luigi’s that you don’t already know? This place stays packed during Masters Week so be prepared to wait, or call ahead for reservations. And while the Italian and Greek offerings are favorites, you really should try the chopped steak provolone.

Open for lunch during the week and all three meals on weekends, this French bistro has an extensive beer and wine menu and uses organically grown ingredients from down the street’s Blue Clay Farms in their ever-changing food menu. Reservations recommended, especially during Masters Week.

La Maison on Telfair

Mellow Mushroom

Fine dining in Olde Town courtesy of Chef Heinz Sowinski, who will make you feel comfortable whether you choose to visit the dining room or Veritas Wine and Tapas Bar. Either way, order the crab tower or anything made with wild game. Wine Spectator Award Winning Wine List — nine years running!

A wide selection of beer on tap with nightly specials offered. Nice patio at the downtown location makes for great people watching while you wait for your pie. The food is great and don’t forget to pick up the coolest Masters T-shirt in town, available at both locations.

590 BROAD ST., AUGUSTA | 706-722-4056 | LUIGISINC.COM

404 TELFAIR ST., AUGUSTA | 706-722-4805 | LAMAISONTELFAIR.COM

505 RAILROAD AVE., NORTH AUGUSTA | 803-380-1323 | MANUELSBREADCAFE.COM

1167 BROAD ST., AUGUSTA | 706-828-5578 | MELLOWMUSHROOM.COM

The Loft

Metro Pub & Coffeehouse

Good selection of beers, decent dance floor, pool tables and good people watching. Good service and reasonable prices, too.

Definitely not your traditional coffee house. More of a bar, really, but a great place to hang out and have a few drinks while playing pool or working on your laptop.

927 BROAD ST., AUGUSTA | 706-828-6600

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Nacho Mama’s

976 BROAD ST., AUGUSTA | 706-724-0501 | NACHOMAMASAUGUSTA.COM

Great food, excellent prices and good margaritas. Anything you order will be delicious, especially if it includes their mango habanero salsa. The outside tables, if you’re lucky enough to get one, are a great place to sit and people watch. Visit Tuesday night at 5:30 and take a run with the group that meets there weekly before indulging afterwards.

Pauley’s Steakhouse

1022 BROAD ST., AUGUSTA | 706-364-3512 | PAULEYSSTEAKHOUSE.COM

A very small spot serving very good food. The menu is old-school continental and features lobster bisque, shrimp cocktail, steaks, fish and lamb. The wine bar offers all the pairings you’ll need.

The Playground

978 BROAD ST., AUGUSTA | 706-724-2232

Live music venue showcasing mostly punk and rock bands. They also have drink specials and trivia/open mic/karaoke through the week.

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Pizza Joint

1245 BROAD ST., AUGUSTA | 706-774-0037 | THEPIZZAJOINT.NET

With additional locations in Evans, Aiken and Columbia, S.C., the Pizza Joint has become well-loved for their slices, an impressive beer menu and nightly specials. The sandwiches, however, are worth straying from the norm for — especially the DeVito and the Big Mike.

Rooster’s Beak

215 10TH ST., AUGUSTA | 706-364-2260 | FEEDYOURBEAK.COM

A beer drinker’s paradise, Rooster’s Beak features some of the best rotating taps in Augusta and great food as well. An unusual taqueria, be sure to check out their special tacos and ice cream made in house. Also be on the lookout (check their Facebook page) for the location of their food truck.

Sky City

1157 BROAD ST., AUGUSTA | 706-945-1270 | SKYCITYAUGUSTA.COM

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Soul Bar

Stillwater Taproom

A downtown institution offering good music, an interesting crowd and a great bar. Dance the night away or just hang out and drink. Either way, be sure to pick up a T-shirt.

A great place to drink. Happy hour specials every day from 4-6 p.m., drink specials every night, laid back atmosphere, live music on the weekends and rocking chairs out front. And they’ll call in an order for you from Nacho Mama’s. What more can you ask for?

Soy Noodle House

Sweet Lou’s Crab Shack

Serving a blend of Korean, Vietnamese, Chinese, Thai and Japanese cuisine (the Boh Boon Vietnamese noodle salad is great), Soy Noodle House also has a wide variety of beer, wine, liquor and sake. They now serve sushi at night as well.

A beach shack that’s not much on looks (although the brightly painted signs and artwork are kind of cool) but makes up for it with good, cheap food and good, cheap beer. Try the shrimp and grits.

The Sports Center

Taste

If you can’t get a table at Luigi’s, Sports Center has some of the best burgers in town. Beer, burgers and pool tables. Who says entertainment has to be expensive and high-brow?

Recently opened in Hammond’s Ferry across from Manuel’s is this intimate spot for tapas and drinks. The menu is seasonal and changes often, so check their Facebook page to see what’s cookin’. Whatever it is, you can be sure it’ll be good. It’s tiny, but getting a table for lunch shouldn’t be a problem. Reservations for dinner, however, are a good idea.

984 BROAD ST., AUGUSTA | SOULBAR.COM

1032 BROAD ST., AUGUSTA | 706-364-3116 | SOYNOODLEHOUSE.COM

594 BROAD ST., AUGUSTA | 706-724-9307

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974 BROAD ST., AUGUSTA | 706-826-9857

1293 BROAD ST., AUGUSTA | 706-922-1699

465 RAILROAD AVE., NORTH AUGUSTA | 803-215-6235

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Tipsy McStumbles

Wheels

Open for lunch on the weekdays and the party doesn’t stop until late in the evening. Check out the waitresses on the bar’s Facebook page, and suddenly it makes sense why none of the guys want to leave. For the girls, this is a surprisingly well-ventilated bar, which means you won’t smell like an ashtray when you leave.

Its façade is almost all black, so most are surprised at how bright, clean and upbeat the interior of this corner bar is. This place specializes in music by local DJs and videos on a big screen, as well as great drink specials almost every night of the week.

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Whiskey Bar (Kitchen)

1048 BROAD ST., AUGUSTA | 706-814-6159 | WHISKEYBARKITCHEN.COM

A bar that prides itself on its selection of whiskey, this spot also happens to serve a mean burger. The Elway, Cali and Breakfast burgers are all great, but you gotta try the TCB: beef burger topped with peanut butter, bananas, honey and bacon. If it’s good enough for the King, it’s good enough for you!

Pump It Up For The Masters

Shape up and look great while attending the Masters at some of our local gyms, all of which offer guest passes Gold’s Gym Step on in and sweat it out at two locations in Augusta (facilities also available in North Augusta and Aiken). Use the exercise facility and take classes such as Zumba, Body Pump, Body Combat and more. One-week passes are available and also passes for partnering hotels. Bonus? It’s where the pros go to work out. No seriously: you may see Bubba Watson or Phil Mickelson at the Walton Way Extension location. 596 Bobby Jones Expressway, Suite 130: 706-3964653 3637 Walton Way Extension: 706-481-0502 133 Edgewood Dr., North Augusta: 803-279-8900 101 Corporate Pkwy., Aiken: 803-648-4653 goldsgym.com Evans Fitness Club The area’s newest fitness center offers everything you could ask for and more. Racquetball, weights, cardio cinema, yoga, Pilates, bootcamp classes and spinning are just a few of the choices they offer in this state of the art facility. 3002 Allen Dr., Evans 706-288-2700 evansfitnessclub.com Quantum Fitness Get fit and take classes offered such as spin, boot camp, weight training and more. Also offered are individual training and nutrition. 4408 Evans to Locks Road 706-210-1140 quantumfitnessofaugusta.com Anytime Fitness Burn the midnight calories at this 24-hour gym and fitness center. Use cardio machines such as stair climbers, elliptical, treadmills and more. Classes are

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available and personal training. 341 Fury’s Ferry Road, Suite 2 706-364-2447 anytimefitness.com Live Fit Augusta Utilize this facility filled with extensive cardio machines by Matrix Fitness and free weights. Also, you are welcome to cool down at the smoothie bar to jump start your day. 3830 Washington Road, Suite 15 706-993-3567 livefitaugusta.com Wilson Family Y Make it a family day and workout while your children enjoy their fun in the clubhouse. Take time out to relax and enjoy the indoor pool, sauna and whirlpool. Use the free weights, indoor and outdoor track and shoot some hoops. There are smaller branches throughout town (locations available on their website), but this one has the most to offer, by far. Check out their outdoor running and walking track as well. 3570 Wheeler Road 706-922-9622 thefamilyy.org Kroc Center Enjoy your leisure time and kick it into high gear, exercising in the heart of downtown Augusta. Take time to burn and learn in the fitness classes and using the cardio machines. Stick around for lunch or dinner at the Kroc Center cafe, open to the community with no pass required. 1833 Broad Street 706-364-5762 krocaugusta.org

CrossFit Augusta Get total body fitness and workouts specifically designed for your exercise needs. Work hard and train right with free weights, kettlebells, gymnastic rings, calisthenics exercises and more. 803-292-5108 3475 Old Petersburg Road focabjj.com Greubel’s MMA Take classes like kickboxing, Brazilian jiu jitsu, judo, boxing, cardio kickboxing boot camp, muy thai, mixed martial arts, circuit training boot camp and open bag/ open mat in this one facility. While enjoying the Masters, you can train with Augusta’s finest instructors. 2917 Riverwest Drive 706-737-0911 greubelsmma.com Champion Fitness Look and feel like a champ during the Masters Week. Work on your abs, get help with speed and agility training, personal training and strength and resistance training to reduce body fat. 3836 Washington Road 706-726-1382 championfitaugusta.com The Ultimate Ride & Fitness The Ultimate Ride offers more than just spinning classes; functional fitness, indo-row, yoga, Zumba and more can be had at this small, comfortable spot that allows you to pay per class. 3830 Washington Road, Suite 16 706-910-8136 ultimaterideandfitness.com

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seniors, $12; students, $7. Call 803-641-3305 or visit web.usca.edu/etherredge-center. Quickies Short Play Festival takes place at Le Chat Noir, Friday and Saturday, April 12-13, and Thursday through Saturday, April 18-20. $20. Call 706-7223322 or visit lcnaugusta.com.

Flix

“The Hobbit� will be shown at Aiken Library, 2-5 p.m., Saturday, April 13. Call 803-642-7575 or visit abbe-lib.org. “For Ellen� (Not rated, 2012) will be shown at Headquarters Library, Tuesday, April 16. Call 706-8212600 or visit ecgrl.org. “Shaun of the Dead� (Rated R) will be shown at the Maxwell Library, 4-6 p.m., Tuesday, April 16. Call 706793-2020 or visit ecgrl.org. “Strong!� will be shown at the Morris Museum as part of the Southern Circuit Film Series, 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 16. After viewing, there will be a Q&A session with director and producer Julie Wyman. Free. Visit themorris.org. “Voices of the Past: A Petersburg Boat Pilot� will be shown at the Augusta Museum of History Theater, 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m., Saturday, April 16. Free with museum admission. Call 706-722-8454 or visit augustamuseum.org.

Special Events

The Columbia County Championship Festival is Thursday and Friday, April 11-12, at Evans Towne Center Park. Thursday features a concert in the park with Chris Young and Brent Cobb. Friday’s Concert in the Park features Drake White at 7 p.m. and Lynyrd Skynyrd at 8:30 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit columbiacountychampionshipfeatival.com. Horses and Courses will be held on Laurens Street in downtown Aiken, 5:30-9 p.m., Thursday, April 11. Features live music from the Abbey Holley Band, visual arts in The Alley and a golf cart-and-horse parade. Visit aikenis.com. Research Day will be held at USCA, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday, April 12 to showcase undergraduate student research and performances. Oral presentations will take place noon-3:30 pm. Award ceremony will be held 4-5 p.m. Email chadl@usca.edu or call 803-641-3291. Mother-Daughter Tea will be held by Real Girls Rock Unity at 402 Shartom Drive, 10 a.m.-noon and 1:30-3:30 p.m., Saturday, April 13. $15 per pair. Call 706-284-7247 or visit realgirlsrockunityinc.com.

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AJF Soup Kitchen will be held at the Augusta Jewish Community Center, 8 a.m., Sunday, April 14. Visit augustajcc.org. Holocaust Memorial Day will be honored at the Augusta Jewish Community Center with a Yom Hashoah program, 6:45 p.m., Thursday, April 18. Attendees are asked to wear white shirts or blouses. Visit augustajcc.org. Undercover Artists Show will be held at Julian Smith Casino, 7 p.m., Thursday, April 18. Benefits Camp To Be Independent, Walton Foundation’s annual camp for children and young adults ages 8-21 with an acquired brain injury. $50. Call 706-826-5809 or email alsalley@wrh.org.

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Luncheon and Workshop with Stefan Mumaw will be presented by the American Advertising Association at Center – A Conference Venue at Edgar’s, 11 a.m., Thursday, April 18. Luncheon $25; workshop $15. Call 706-854-4728. Evans Towne Farmers Market is held on the grounds of the Columbia County Public Library each Thursday through June from 4:30-7 p.m. All meats, eggs, dairy and produce will be from local and sustainable farms. There will also be cooking demos and education, local 11APRIL2013

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a portable crib, fitted sheet, sleep sac and a pacifier. $10. Registration required. Call 706-721-7606 or visit grhealth.org/safekids.

Saturday Market at the River is each Saturday through Nov. 23 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at the 8th Street Bulkhead downtown and features vendors, food, drinks, entertainment and a group run that begins at 8 a.m. Visit theaugustamarket.com.

Breastfeeding class will be offered at Doctors Hospital, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Thursday, April 18. Registration required. Call 706-651-2229 or visit doctors-hospital.net.

Health

Mobile Mammography Screenings will be held 8 a.m.-3 p.m. the following dates and locations: Walmart, Aiken Thursday, April 11; Walgreen’s, Thomson, Monday, April 15; UPS, Aiken, Tuesday, April 16; University Hospital Medical Center, Flowing Wells Rd., Wednesday, April 17. Free through Medicare. Appointment required. Call 706-774-4149 or visit universityhealth.org. Hug Your Baby will be offered at Trinity Hospital for young families preparing for the birth of an infant, 4-5 p.m., Monday, April 15. Call 706481-7727 or visit trinityofaugusta.com. Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Class will be held in the University Hospital Heart & Vascular Institute, 6 p.m., Monday, April 15. Free. Registration required. Call 706-774-5548 or visit universityhealth.org. Living With Breast Cancer, a class for newly diagnosed breast cancer patients currently going through chemo, and family members, will meet at the University Hospital Breast Health Center 6-7:30 p.m., Monday, Apr. 16. Call 706-774-4141 or visit universityhealth.org. Total Joint Replacement Class will be held at the University Hospital, 1-3 p.m., Tuesday, April 16. Call 706-774-2760 or visit universityhealth.org. Pickles and Ice Cream class will be offered at Doctors Hospital, 7-9:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 16. Nutrition, exercise, fetal development and body changes are discussed. Registration required. Call 706-651-2229 or visit doctors-hospital.net.

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class will be offered at the Safe Kids East Central Office, 9:45 a.m.-noon Wednesday, April 17. Teaches caregivers how to provide a safe sleep environment by showing what dangers to watch out for. Families who demonstrate a financial need (Medicare, Peachcare or WICC) will receive

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Breastfeeding Class for expectant mothers will be held at Babies R Us in Evans 7-9 p.m., Thursday, April 18. Free. Registration required. Call 706774-2825 or visit universityhealth.org. Free Oral Cancer Screenings at Georgia Regents University Cancer Center, 8 a.m.-noon, Thursday, April 18. Oral, head and neck cancers are more prevalent in the South than in other areas of the country because of higher rates of tobacco and alcohol use. Free. Reservations required. Call 706-721-6744 or gru.edu.

Living With Breast Cancer class will be offered at University Hospital, 6-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 16. For patients newly diagnosed. Light refreshments. Registration required. Call 706-774-4141 or visit universityhealth.org. Us-Too Prostate Cancer Support Group, for patients, spouses, friends and family, meets at Augusta Technical College, Building 600, 7-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 16. Free. Reservations required. Call 706-868-8758 or visit universityhealth.org. Alzheimer’s Support Group meets 2 p.m. at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church and 7 p.m. at Brandon Wilde, Tuesday, April 16. Call 706-731-9060 or visit trinityofaugusta.com. Celiac Support Group meets at Trinity Hospital of Augusta 7-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 16. Call 706-481-7000 or visit trinityofaugusta.com.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers class will be offered at Doctors Hospital, 2-3:30 p.m., Thursdays, April 18-May 23. Provides tools for caregivers to assist and support an elderly or chronically ill loved one. For more information, call 706-651-2490 or visit doctors-hospital.net.

Blood Cancer/BMT Support Group will meet at GRU Cancer Center, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Wednesday, April 17. Provides educational and emotional support to patients, families, friends and caregivers. Call 706721-9134 or 721-1634, or visit grhealth.org/classes.

Yoga Class is offered by the Kroc Center every Saturday at The Augusta Market downtown, 10-11 a.m. Free. Bring your own mat. Call 706-3645762 or visit krocaugusta.org.

Trauma Support Group will meet at the GRU Medical Center, noon-1 p.m., Wednesday, April 17. Call 706-721-4633 or 721-3264, or visit grhealth. org/classes.

Support

Blood Cancer/BMT Support Group will meet at Georgia Regents University Cancer Center, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Wednesday, April 17. Call 706-7219134 or 721-1634, or visit grhealth.org/classes.

PFLAG of Augusta, a support group for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, will meet at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Augusta 7 p.m., Thursday, April 11. Visit facebook.com/pflagcsra. Cancer survivor support group will meet at Doctors Hospital, 6-7 p.m., Thursday, April 11. Call 706-651-4567 or visit doctors-hospital.net. Mended Hearts, a volunteer organization for people affected by heart disease, will meet at the USC Aiken Business Conference Center, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Friday, April 12. Call 803- 648-2381. The Chatterbox Club of Augusta, for individuals who have undergone a laryngectomy and their families, will meet at Trinity Hospital, 3 p.m., Sunday, April 14. Call 706-481-7359 or visit trinityofaugusta.com.

Spine Education and Support Group will be held at the University Hospital Levi Hill III Auditorium 1-2:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 17. Free. Call 706774-2760 or visit universityhealth.org. Trauma Support Group meets at the Georgia Regents Medical Center, noon-1 p.m., Wednesday, April 17. Former patients as well as family, friends and others affected by a trauma are invited to attend. Call 706-721-4633 or 721-3264, or visit grhealth.org/classes.

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What’s Tonight?

Chevy’s Nite Club - Karaoke, wine tasting Cocktails Lounge - Karaoke Fishbowl Lounge - Karaoke Fox’s Lair - Trivia, Soup and Suds Helga’s Pub & Grille - Trivia The Highlander - Butt Naked Trivia Joe’s Underground - Trivia w/ Jacob & Wendell The Loft - Karaoke Malibu Jack’s - Karaoke Mi Rancho (Downtown) - Karaoke Mi Rancho (Evans) - Karaoke The Playground - Open Mic with Brandy Shannon’s - Karaoke Soul Bar - DJ Rana Surreal at Surrey - College and F&B Night Villa Europa - Karaoke Wooden Barrel - ’80s Night Karaoke

April 12 12Friday, Live Music

5 O’Clock Bistro - The Henrys Augusta Canal Moonlight Music Cruise - Erica Sunshine Lee Carolina Ale House - Jim Perkins Country Club - Tyler Hammond Band Coyote’s - Dave Firmin, Rhes Reeves & the Coyote Band Doubletree - Classic Jazz Evans Towne Center Park - Lynyrd Skynyrd, Drake White First Round - Tattermask French Market Grille West - Doc Easton Joe’s Underground - Country Line Laura’s Backyard Tavern - Granny’s Gin MAD Studios - Carl Dylan, Kyle Smith Malibu Jacks - Tony Williams Blues Express PI Bar & Grill - Music for Lovers w/ Matthew Whittington Polo Tavern - JAR, Josh Hilley (Tiki Bar) Sky City - Brothers, Eat Lightning, Dirty Realists, Powercompany Somewhere In Augusta - The Unmentionables Surrey Tavern - Playback The Band w/ Tutu Dy’Vine Tavern at the Bean - Masters Party w/ Panic Manor, Will McCranie and Chris Hardy

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The Columbia County Championship Festival may have started yesterday, but the big event is still to come when Lynyrd Skynyrd graces the stage at Evans Towne Center Park on Friday, April 12. Opener Drake White takes the stage at 7 p.m., and the headliner comes on at 8:30. Tickets are $40 ($34 with military discount), but, for $100, you can get a VIP pass which includes access to the official Hooters tent with full bar and appetizers. Children 12 and under get in free. Visit columbiacountychampionshipfestival.com.

Wild Wing - Michael Patterson Band (outside 7:30p.m.), The Goodtimes Band (Inside 10:30 p.m.)

What’s Tonight?

Armando’s - Karaoke w/ Rockin Rob Club Argos - Friday Night House Party Cocktails Lounge - Grown-Up Fridays with DJ Cork and Bull Pub - Karaoke Eagle’s Nest - Free Salsa Lessons; Latin Dance Party Fishbowl Lounge - Karaoke Iron Horse Bar & Grill - Karaoke Mi Rancho (Downtown) - Karaoke with Ryan Moseley Mi Rancho (Washington Road) - Karaoke with Jeff Barnes Mi Rancho (Clearwater) - Three J’s Karaoke Ms. Carolyn’s - Karaoke Palmetto Tavern - DJ Tim The Playground - DJ Rebeck’s Hideaway - Open Mic Roadrunner Cafe - Karaoke with Steve Chappel Soul Bar - 80’s Night Wooden Barrel - Karaoke Contest

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Saturday, April 13 Live Music

5 O’Clock Bistro - Mike & Dave The Acoustic Coffeehouse - Open Acoustic Jam Session with Eryn Eubanks and the Family Fold Chevy’s Nite Club - Live Music The Cotton Patch - The Smokin’ Guns Country Club - Gary Ray Coyote’s - Dave Firmin, Rhes Reeves & the Coyote Band Joe’s Underground - Shinebox Malibu Jacks - Tony Williams Blues Express P.I. Bar and Grill - Not Gaddy Jazz with Pam Bowman Polo Tavern - Jim Fisher Band (Polo Tavern), Kenny George (Tiki Bar) Shannon’s - Perfect Picture Sky City - 80’s Night w/ Same as it Ever Was & Die Young Stay Pretty Somewhere In Augusta - The Unmentionables Surreal at Surrey - DJ Kidd Star w/ Mixed Motions Surrey Tavern - Playback The Band w/ Tutu Dy’Vine Wild Wing - Big B & The Stingers (outside 7:30p.m.), Tokeyo Joe (Inside 10:30 p.m.)

What’s Tonight?

Club Argos - Saturday Night Dance Party and Show Cocktails Lounge - Latin Night Fishbowl Lounge - Karaoke Helga’s Pub & Grille - Trivia The Loft - DJ Richie Rich Mi Rancho (Downtown) - Karaoke Mi Rancho (Clearwater) - Karaoke with Danny Haywood Mi Rancho (Washington Road) - Karaoke Ms. Carolyn’s - Karaoke The Playground - DJ Rana Robbie’s - Saturday Night Dance Party Soul Bar - DJ JB Fresh Tavern at the Bean - Karaoke Wooden Barrel - Kamikaze Karaoke

April 14 14Sunday, Live Music

5 O’Clock Bistro - Funk You Cotton Patch - Keith Gregory (brunch) Malibu Jack’s - Playback The Band w/ Tutu Dy’Vine Patridge Inn - Sunday Evening Jazz w/ the Not Gaddy Jazz Trio Somewhere In Augusta - The Unmentionables Wild Wing - Dave & Michael The Willcox - Jon Vaughn, brunch; Preston & Weston, night

What’s Tonight?

Mi Rancho (Downtown) - Karaoke Mi Rancho (Washington Road) - Karaoke, Salsa Dancing Shannon’s - Karaoke with Peggy Gardner

April 15 15Monday, Live Music Shannon’s - Open Mic Night

What’s Tonight?

Applebee’s (Evans) - Trivia Club Argos - Karaoke Malibu Jack’s - Karaoke Mi Rancho (Downtown) - Trivia The Playground - DJ Rana Robolli’s - Trivia with Mike Thomas Somewhere in Augusta - Poker Wild Wing - Trivia

April 16 16Tuesday, Live Music

The Highlander - Open Mic Night Shannon’s - Karaoke Contest Somewhere In Augusta - Jacob Beltz The Willcox - Piano jazz

What’s Tonight?

Chevy’s Nite Club - Shag Night Club Argos - Karaoke Fishbowl Lounge - Dart League Joe’s Underground - Poker Night Laura’s Backyard Tavern - Karaoke w/ David Doane Limelight Cafe - Bottom’s Up Karaoke Malibu Jack’s - Poker Mellow Mushroom (Downtown and Evans) - Trivia The Playground - Truly Twisted Trivia with Big Troy Polo Tavern - Karaoke Shannon’s - Karaoke with Mike Johnson Somewhere In Augusta - Big Prize Trivia Surrey Tavern - Tubeday Tuesday Movie Night

April 17 17Wednesday, Live Music

Joe’s Underground - AcostA Malibu Jack’s - Marilyn Adcock

What’s Tonight?

Armando’s - Karaoke w/ Rockin Rob Cocktails Lounge - Augusta’s Got Talent Cotton Patch - Trivia and Tunes Hotel Aiken - Karaoke w/ Tom Mitchell Laura’s Backyard Tavern - Karaoke w/ David Doane The Loft - Karaoke Midtown Lounge - Karaoke w/ Charles O’Byrne Mi Rancho (Downtown) - Karaoke Mi Rancho (Washington Road) - Karaoke The Playground - Krazy Karaoke with Big Troy Polo Tavern - Karaoke w/ Tom Mitchell Somewhere in Augusta - The Comedy Zone w/ Tim Tripplet Surrey Tavern - Trivia with Christian and Mickey

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The Broadcast comes back to Augusta for Masters Week

Caitlin Krisko is one of the founding members of The Broadcast and even after almost three years, she still has trouble defining the band’s sound. “That was probably the biggest critique we got the first couple of years of the band was that we had a lot of this great music but, in terms of genre and style, we were sort of all over the place,” she said. “I think that with the solidified lineup of the band over the last couple of years we’ve been able to find a sound that’s unique to The Broadcast, which is great for us because it really doesn’t sound like anybody else but it’s also a little bit difficult in terms of explaining and describing what it’s like.” Still, Krisko goes ahead and gives it a shot. “We have a lot of classic rock elements and people say that it reminds them of sort of a Led Zeppelin vibe,” she said. “But at the same time it’s female-fronted, so there’s that soul, Grace Potter element to it. But we’re really eclectic in our songwriting style, so there’s also a Fleetwood Mac quality where, you know, it’s not necessarily just a rock album or a soul album or a pop album. It’s got a lot of genres infused into the music.” The Broadcast’s original six members first got together in New York in 2010 but quickly relocated to Asheville, North Carolina, where they are currently based. “We wanted to stay on the east coast because we had a really good fan following up in the northeast, but we wanted to be someplace more central where we could get to different markets and we heard a lot of great things about Asheville and that there were a lot of touring bands living here,” Krisko explained. “So we took a leap of faith and moved down here without having visited and luckily it worked out.” Shortly after the move, they replaced their guitarist and bassist and have been a cohesive unit ever since. That might surprise some, given how much touring the band does. “You definitely start to realize that a lot of bands’ success is based in their ability to get along interpersonally,” she said. “That’s probably one of the biggest challenges on the road is getting along and it’s been great. I mean, we’ve definitely been through challenges and trials, but I think we’re definitely through the storm and we all get along really well and have an understanding for our quirks and how we function on the road and giving people space when they need it. I definitely think we’ve gotten to a really good space with that stuff.” The Broadcast is scheduled to release an album, “Dodge the Arrow,” this September. They have their fans, who helped fund the release through Kickstarter, to thank for that and they hope to make some new fans when they come to Surrey Tavern tonight, their second Masters Week appearance in Augusta in as many years. “We actually played Augusta a lot last year,” Krisko said. “I hate to admit this but we haven’t been back in almost a year. We’ve been so busy on the road and, unfortunately, our routing hasn’t brought us back through Georgia, but we love Surrey Tavern, we love our fanbase in Augusta and we’re really ready to get back in there and start playing more regularly in 2013.” They even love the rush of Masters Week. “Last year was our first Masters Week,” she laughed. “I’ve never seen so many men in pastel-colored clothes. It’s crazy.” The Broadcast Surrey Tavern Thursday, April 11 | 10 p.m. 706-736-1221 | augustasurreytavern.com. 48 METROSPIRITAUGUSTA’S INDEPENDENT VOICE SINCE 1989

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Chevy’s may love Masters Week, but everyone gets great service here

Like most clubs, Chevy’s on Washington Road benefits greatly from Masters Week. The party started last Monday and will continue through the weekend with special guest DJs Dougie and Rusty coming in from Houston, Texas, to join in the fun. “We know a lot of the hospitality guys so we get out and give them passes and just do whatever we have to do to get the out-of-town people in,” says consultant Jody Dickson, who helps manage Chevy’s for owner Eric Yu. “We’ll get started good on Monday and then that will carry us through the week.” Dickson has been in the Augusta bar business since he worked at the Electric Cowboy while going to Augusta College, now Georgia Regents University, in 1980. He’s been affiliated with the Washington Road club throughout its various incarnations. Chevy’s, Coconuts, Cadillac’s, Midtown Lounge and now Chevy’s again, he’s seen it all, especially during Masters Week. “At the other Chevy’s we had tons of celebrities come in: Bill Murray, Mel Gibson, Kevin Costner. Chris Miller the quarterback,” he said. “There were a lot of celebrities.” One in particular, Dickson said, came in every night one Masters Week. “Kelsey Grammer came in and his manager said, ‘Kelsey wants that table all week.’ And I said, ‘Tell him he can have that table all week for a thousand dollars’ and he said okay,” Dickson remember. “He was nice.” Celebrity sightings these days are rare, something Dickson attributes to camera phones and social media. “I see some of them on the course so I know they’re in town, but I guess with all the social media and people taking pictures they have to be careful because they used to cut up,” he said. “I mean, Mel Gibson? He was funny. Bill Murray was hilarious and he came every place I had for a while. Fuzzy [Zoeller], he still comes and he’s just a very nice guy, but I guess they’re just scared people are going to take pictures of them doing stuff they’re not supposed to be doing.” You don’t have to be a celebrity, however, to enjoy Chevy’s now or any other week of the year. The club hosts trivia on Mondays, Shag Night on Tuesdays with free lessons, karaoke on Wednesday and live music on Fridays. They have the city’s longest happy hour, which features drink specials and food and runs from Monday at 4 p.m. to Friday at 8 p.m. Not only that, they specialize in something people these days aren’t used to: great service. “It’s clean, they’ll get good service, good, fair drink prices and a lot more one on one contact,” Dickson said. “People who work here are going to know them. I think people still want to be waited on like they were in 1990.” That service is more and more important today, because of the way Dickson has seen the business evolve. There may be more and more bars and restaurants around, but nightclubs like Chevy’s are rare. “It’s just divided the pie up and you have to give customers more of a reason to come,” he said. They do that by making Chevy’s a place that welcomes people no matter their age. They’re also a safe and comfortable place for women and making sure that, no matter how full or empty the room, every one has a good time. “The bar business is easy when you’re busy,” he said. “When it’s slow, when you don’t have as many people, that’s when you have to work harder. If you only have 50 people, you have to make sure those 50 people have a good time because they’re going to go out and say, ‘I went there on Tuesday night and there weren’t a lot of people in there, but we had a great time. The DJ was good, I could breathe, the staff was waiting on us and talking to us and the owner came by and bought us a drink.’” The staff at Chevy’s probably won’t have to worry about being slow this week, but, for locals, that attitude makes it a great place to visit the other 51 weeks of the year. Chevy’s Nite Club | 706-250-3261 Le Pavilion Shopping Center | Open Monday-Friday, 4 p.m.; Saturday, 7 p.m. 04APRIL2013

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Augusta may be a wonderful place to come watch golf but it is a lousy place to attend a convention. And it’s no bargain either. $199 a night for a small hotel room in the desolate downtown. Outrageous prices for mediocre food and drink. Then the parking was highway robbery and we were charged every time we went out, which we had to do often because the downtown was dead. I just wanted to point out to someone that in no way shape or form has the Columbia County Government been involved with the formation, running, or coordination of the Evans Towne Farmers Market. YET... Ron Cross appears to be insinuating that HE is somehow responsible for the weekly event held behind the Columbia County Library. In the last water bill news letter, he referred to it as another successful event and grouped it in with several county created events. It also followed the shameless request for more SPLOST money. I’m quite sure he has not even visited the Market that is on its fifth Thursday. The Evans Towne Farmers Market is being put on by individuals of whom are not getting paid a dime for their efforts. The Evans Towne Farmers Market is a complete public service created by citizens to build community pride. The building of more parks that no one can use or afford to use is not a resource for building community pride. They need to assist programs that build this community in ways other than construction. It amazes me that they

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seem to run in after the successful events and claim credit when in reality they do nothing to assist the success of these community inspired events. Doesn’t Channel Six have any other advertisers other than the Lynard Skynard concert? Makes me miss all the political advertisers. Even they weren’t as on that often. Too bad they haven’t given more time to Rock Fore Dough...at least there is a charitable aspect to that one. I hope last weeks Hulk-a-maniac public relations director knows that it was Hulk Hogan himself (a.k.a. Terry Bollea) that “rat-finked” like a second-grader to W.W.F. CEO Vince McMahon (circa 1987) about Jesse Ventura attempting to organize, even perhaps, unionize professional wrestlers so they could get the same benefits most employees get (health insurance, dental care, eye care, a pension, etc.). I mean, it’s all there for you to read on pages 104 - 111 of Jesse Ventura’s I Ain’t Got Time To Bleed book. What cha’ gonna’ do when I attempt to unionize you, brother? If you’re ever given the opportunity to rent from [name redacted], don’t. Their level of professionalism is pathetic and the effort put into robbing from their renters is impressive. This sorority of morons not only refuses to accept responsibility for its mistakes but will also blame its lessees to avoid admission. Honestly, I’m torn between thinking they’re that stupid or simply trying to screw me over. Don’t get swindled. To the Hulk Hogan wannabeee last week.....Woooooo, I got my Lear jet ready at Bush Field, my stretch limo is out front right now ready to go down Bobby Jones WOOOOO. You are looking at the champ baby,

WOOOOO, the 60 minute man, WOOOOOO...all the ladies love Slick Ric. Because I got the biggest mansion on the biggest hill WOOOOOO, I am a limousine ridin’, jet plane flyin’, kiss stealin’, wheelin’ dealin’, son of a gun...WOOOOOOO. And whether you like or don’t like it WOOOOO, look at baby, cuz it’s the best thing going today. Because if you wanna be the man, WOOOOOOOO, you gotta beat the man. And right now, I got the 10 lbs of gold around my waist and I am gonna go find me some honey’s to take the ride on Space Mountain, because it may be one of the oldest rides in the park, but it still has the longest line...WOOOOOO Word on the street is that a local “gadfly” is planning on running for mayor of Augusta next year. This should be more fun to watch than Dancing with the Washed Up Stars. I wonder if he will get the endorsement of David Duke?

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