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Augusta’s Quiet Legislator Makes Some Noise By Brian Neill .........................22

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Opinion Whine Line ......................................................................6 Words ...............................................................................6 This Modern World .........................................................6 Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down ............................................9 Suburban Torture ............................................................9 Letter to the Editor .......................................................10 Austin Rhodes ...............................................................11 Insider ............................................................................12

Metro Beat The Tide Is Turning on Global Spectrum ....................14 Gold Dome: Complete Coverage of the Georgia 2003 Legislative Session ............................................16

Arts Summer Music Festivals Kick Off in May ..................26 A Plethora of Art Shows Descends on Augusta ........34 Celtic Shenanigans in the Month of May ...................36 Murder, Mayhem and Martyrdom ...............................37

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Talk about “diatribes, snipes and disconnects.” Looks like Duke Hipp, press secretary for Congressman Norwood, took the cake when he shot at Willis Clifton last week. Hipp went through a bunch of numbers and alphabet soup, which is meaningless to most of us. Instead of the “politician’s dodge” Hipp used, he would have done Norwood a better service by clearly listing Norwood’s accomplishments and his actions to be taken in 2003. Advice: Stick your head up and someone will give you a haircut. To the horrific creature that dumped that pretty puppy out last summer in July at Lake Olmstead: We’ve sent several notices to you in this and other columns. We just like to give you an update every now and then. She is a beautiful blond dog who, we’re happy to say, has turned into a model house pet! All this despite the fact that you dumped her! That poor puppy was sitting there panting her little lungs out! How dare you! I hope all your friends figure out it was you that committed this atrocious act of animal cruelty! Good article on downtown. These young people are making a difference. Let’s hope downtown continues to flourish and that more people like those featured in your article will stay in Augusta — or move here. This ongoing battle with Martha Burk and the Augusta National is ridiculous. There are a lot of women’s clubs out there that exclude men. Men are also excluded from being a member of the Augusta National because the only people that are members are rich! She needs to concentrate her efforts for women on bigger and better things right now. We are in a war and all she can think about is the Augusta National. Give me a break! I am a woman and I think this is absurd.

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Augusta Commissioners built the civic center too small; they built the law enforcement center too small. Now we need a new courthouse. Tell me it ain’t so. You’re planning to build a new courthouse that will be full and outdated when you move in. Haven’t you learned anything? I guess not! Apparently, good grades are not as important as being on a sports team. At least that is what Hephzibah High School is teaching our children. They have had two athletic banquets this year, but there won’t be any honors programs for the kids who work hard all year in class. What will they teach our children next? This sucks! Al Sharpton is coming to Augusta in his continuing effort to incite problems among the races and to bash everything that stands between him and his feeble attempt to become the democratic nominee for president. It is a shame that Sharpton has been given respectablility

to the point that he actually is considered a viable candidate for the highest office in the land. He’s a thug. Cuban “President” Fidel Castro. President! I think not! “Warden” is a more descriptive title for that dictator! When is this S.O.B. going to die? Cuba has gotten to be the world’s biggest prison! I guess he’s the Western Hemisphere’s Saddam Hussein! Here’s Senator Joey Brush’s report card for his legislative performance this year, particularly his helmet law efforts: persistence, A; intelligence, F; judgement, FF. What a waste of time and money to have this kind of trash introduced when the state is in deep financial trouble. We’d be better off if people like Brush just stayed home! Until the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People updates their organization’s name, how can we possibly take them seriously? The

NAACP should advance into this century with a new name and new management. Am I the only one who sees the irony here? For several years you have been running a great political cartoon, “This Modern World,” which was an excellent (and the only) counter to the right-wing, racist babblings of Austin Rhodes. I would like to know whose idea it was, to drop “This Modern World.” I realize the local fascists do not like that cartoon. After all, fascists cannot think for themselves: Rush Limbaugh has to tell them what to think. Since “This Modern World” is gone, your publication no longer represents both sides, and I’m afraid I will have to take back all the nice things I have had to say about your paper over the years. Did Billy Morris finally buy you out? Please bring back “This Modern World.” I don’t like your Whine Line. Do people not have anything better to do with their time than to call or write you and make total idiots of themselves? I guess now I’m included in this sorry group. Why does your paper continue to publish the inane ramblings of an egotistical jerk like Austin Rhodes? He is a failing grade on your otherwise very reputable newspaper. Dump him. You don’t need him. “Malibu’s Most Wanted” achieves an outcontinued on page 8

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Republicans”: That’s what we call freedom in this country, Sir. I know there are self-appointed people in this country that believe they can dictate to others how they should vote or believe, those who think they can badmouth others by telling them how to be black. I am extremely proud of Colin Powell, as I am of our veterans and our active-duty and reserve soldiers who serve bravely so that you and I have the right to have our own opinions and beliefs. My husband served 24 years in the U.S. Army and I’ve seen first hand what card-carrying Democrats will do to our armed forces. The Republicans now have control of the governor’s mansion and the state senate. Perhaps that is why this year’s legislative session has been such a non-productive one. Governor Sonny Perdue is just a miserable failure. Bring back Roy Barnes. The Republicans don’t have a clue. I want to praise the Richmond County Sheriff’s Department and all the law enforcement facilities for the expert way they handled the Martha Burk circus. I think they showed that woman that Augusta really did not want her in this town and I think the National handled it beautifully. I want to commend everyone who had something to do with this, except Martha Burk, for being professional and very adult. I hope Mrs. Burk will quit her crying and go home and get out of the limelight and get a life. I hope we never see her again and if Bryant Gumble loves her so much, I hope he moves in with her.

I’m responding to the recent bashing of 420 and Jemani. As a former club musician I have a lot of respect for our local bands. Most people don’t see the hard work that’s put into entertaining the Augusta crowd. For example, getting home at 4 or 5 in the morning after playing all night and tearing down drums, amps, lights, and then loading and unloading. Then there’s the practice time and time away from family. Some of us have jobs to go to the next day after playing late. It takes dedication and determination. So no matter how good or bad you may think our bands are, remember this: At least they have the courage to get up there and give it their best shot. Put your ego aside and give ‘em a little respect. Play on! To Martha Burk about advocating for all teenagers to be made to take birth control pills: How dare you stick your nose in something like that where it doesn’t belong! Have you ever thought that some of us know how to raise our kids to make decisions between ourselves and the kids? You are not interested in women getting in The Augusta National; you have too much time on your hands. You want to start sticking your nose in everybody else’s business, so you can get your mug on TV. That’s all it amounts to. I would love to meet you face-to-face and have one of these discussions where you think you can control everybody. - Call our Whine Line at 510-2051 and leave your comments. We won’t use your name. Fax your whines by dialing (706) 733-6663 or e-mail your whines to

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Thumbs Down "All Scott Peterson, All the Time." That should be the new slogan for all the major television networks that have, in typical fashion of late, over-reported this story to the extreme. Sure, the crime Peterson is alleged to have committed (if you don't know what he supposedly did, you just awoke from a coma) was horrendous. But what makes it any more horrendous than a number of other crimes occurring around the country every day? How about the current case in our own neck of the woods, involving 18 Atlanta men currently


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Ordinarily I would not waste my valuable time nor my outstanding writing talent on the likes of Austin Rhodes; however, his column in the April 17 issue of The Metro Spirit begs for a response. Austin whines that the U.S. Supreme Court outlawed “cross burning” while permitting “flag burning” because he thinks both are protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Well, as usual, Austin has completely missed the point. The Court realized that for many decades “cross burning” by hate groups such as the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacy groups went far beyond the exercise of free speech. History has shown that “cross burning” has nearly always been associated with beatings, lynchings, and torture of African-Americans. Anyone who has listened to Austin’s

radio show or read his column knows he is a racial bigot, but in an effort to convince people he is not prejudiced he gives a long list of people and groups who should be taken out and beaten. He included the far left and the far right. Well, when he included the far right he included himself because Austin Rhodes is so far to the right he is somewhere between Rush Limbaugh and Adolph Hitler. Austin is an embarrassment to all decent Augustans and Beasley Broadcasting should be ashamed for allowing him to continue his male chauvinist, racially bigoted diatribe on the radio. His profanity proves he has a limited vocabulary and he is too dumb to realize it, but his radio show is another form of “cross burning.” Sincerely, Paul L. Cook

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ust when you thought it was safe to read a golf article again, Martha Burk opens her mouth and gives us another textbook example of hypocrisy. It appears the head of the National Council of Women’s Organizations continues her quest to turn duplicity into an Olympic event. In a recent piece she penned for, she whined how the rhetoric and criticisms aimed at her had put her life in danger when she visited our fair city. Among other things she wrote, “I was truly concerned about my safety...I would be appearing at an outdoor rally just off a busy roadway in a hostile city in which gun sales are advertised on marquees...I also started calling my abortion-rights groups to inquire about borrowing a bulletproof vest.” Interesting comments considering the first thing Burk said when she took the microphone at her media rally Masters’ Saturday was: “The United States has 51 states. We have the lower 48: Hawaii, Alaska and the police state of Augusta...” Yo Martha...the cops you were complaining about were there to protect you. Seems that they did a pretty good job of it, too. You made it back to New York intact, alive and well enough to spew crap for many years to come. You didn’t need the bulletproof vest because you had 123 of the CSRA’s finest protecting your constitutional right to bitch about Augusta National members exercising their constitutional rights. Copasetic, wouldn’t you say? The Augusta Chronicle reported the cost of Martha’s freak show to be about 10 grand. Hey, I know men who have paid a lot more than that to get rid of a woman. Seems like a bargain to me. You can fool some of the media, some of the time In what has to be the funniest postscript to the anticlimactic Burk rally, an Atlanta radio jock pulled a fast one on the press folk who showed up to cover Witchfest 2003. The junior-high-quality prank was only worthy of notice because so many prim and proper journalists fell for it. Rich, a morning show sidekick at 99X, was seen holding a wonderful handmade poster as Burk stepped off her broom, uh...bus, telling her to “Make My Dinner!” On the other side of the sign, an equally inspired directive, “Iron My Shirt!” The sign got the attention of many reporters who descended on Rich for further comment. When asked for a name to go with said statements, he identified himself to the unsuspecting fifth estate only as “Haywood.” The everefficient media being what it is, most asked for a last name as well. He responded with a French-sounding name pronounced something like “zha-bloom.” Obviously, reporters needed help with the spelling, so in a completely nonchalant fashion, he acquiesced: J-A-B-L-O-M-E. Haywood Jablome’s quotes showed up all


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Candidates for Augusta Commission Begin To Stir


ive seats on the Augusta Commission are up for grabs this year. With only six months until the Nov. 4 election, it is time for interested parties to make their intentions known. Six months may seem like a long time but in the reality of running for local office it isn’t. Now is the time for candidates to obtain commitments and raise money. Here’s the current status: • District 2 Marion Williams, who currently holds the seat, is unquestionably the most disliked commissioner among white voters outside his district. He is, however, wellliked in District 2. Williams upset former commissioner Freddy Handy in 1999 by walloping him in a runoff. Oddly, several white political power brokers backed Williams because they were tired of Handy’s politics. They’ve Marion Williams regretted it ever since. Handy says he’s running against Williams this year. Handy has been virtually invisible since his defeat and it is anybody’s guess as to how his return will play within the district. Those white politicos who helped Williams against Handy last time may come to Handy’s aid. Not because they are pro-Handy, but because they are anti-Williams. Handy is part of the past and will likely stay that way. Williams is extremely vocal, though ineloquent, and often hostile. He can be found in the middle of many controversial issues facing commissioners. He promised his constituents that he would go downtown and make noise. He has lived up to his promise. Odds are, as of now, he will be re-elected. • District 4 Richard Colclough currently serves as mayor pro tem of the commission. In his early days he was very quiet but he has been much more vocal in the last two years, especially since he was elected mayor pro tem in January. Recently, he aggressively came out in defense of Purchasing Director Geri Sams after an external audit of her department negated charges leveled at her by

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the special grand jury which called for her termination due to sloppiness within the purchasing department. Colclough appears safe within his district and nobody has publicly announced any intention to run against him. • District 6 Andy Cheek was the handpicked successor to the retiring J.B. Powell in 1999. South Augusta loved the politically astute Powell and supported Cheek with enthusiasm because Powell wanted him for the job. Since his election Cheek has disappointed Powell and many other South Augustans by aligning himself with Marion Williams and other black commissioners. Voters in District 6 Andy Cheek are about 40 percent black and 60 percent white. White politicos in south Augusta are searching for an opponent to Cheek. Attempts to recruit former Augusta Mayor Larry Sconyers, a popular south Augusta businessman, to run against Cheek have failed. Sconyers could easily defeat Cheek but has no interest in the race. According to Cheek, Sconyers has told him that he will not run against him. No other names are rising to the surface but the effort to recruit someone to run against Cheek continues. • District 8 Ulmer Bridges is serving out his last year. Term limits built into the consolidation bill prevent him from running again. Bridges flirted with the idea of pushing the legislative delegation to change the law in order for him to run for another term. He likes being an elected official. After coming to the conclusion that support for a change was nonexistent and realizing that Commissioners Lee Ulmer Bridges Beard and Willie Mays soon face term limits of their own, Bridges dropped the idea. He’d rather step down than face the possibility that Beard and Mays could become perpetual commissioners. The only announced candidate for the District 8 seat is Robert Buchwitz, a 36-year-old resident of Hephzibah. Buchwitz has served on the Hephzibah City Commission

since 1995. He is married with four kids. His press information reveals that he was employed as a maintenance supervisor at Unimin Corporation in 1986, is a licensed real estate agent and a certified firefighter. He is a volunteer with the Hephzibah Volunteer Fire Department. • District 10 Bill Kuhlke is leaving the commission due to term limits. Kuhlke has tried to forge a more business-like approach to city governance but has found his years in local government frustrating, to say the least. Kuhlke comes from a background where he called the shots in his multimillion dollar companies. His power in business didn’t translate into power on the commission. Bill Kuhlke It’s as if several of the commissioners wanted to flex their muscles and show Kuhlke that his business background, wealth, and behind-the-scenes political power meant nothing on the commission. Most AfricanAmerican commissioners never trusted him and several southside commissioners and former commissioners don’t like his style. After years of participating in a dysfunctional commission, Kuhlke is gladly vacating his seat. Business and political leaders attempted to recruit southside businessman Jimmy Smith to run for the 10th District seat. He thought about it for a long time but ultimately decided not to run. His family is not in favor of it and he doesn’t want the aggravation. Former Augusta Commissioner Jerry Brigham briefly flirted with the idea of running but says he is not interested. There was not a groundswell of support for him anyway. West Augusta resident Sonny Pittman says he is running. He’s been planning his attempt for several months now. Pittman currently serves as president of Augusta-Richmond County Historic Preservation Commission. Pittman has run for office several times and has come up short—way short—every time. He is not a strong campaigner and has not been successful in raising money for his previous campaigns or the campaigns of others. According to political insiders interested in the 10th District race, Pittman is a weak candidate that they cannot support. The search is on for another candidate to replace Kuhlke. More later. — 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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The Tide Is Turning on Global Spectrum


f members of the AugustaRichmond County Coliseum Authority had a dollar for every time they changed their minds about who or what company should manage the city’s civic center, they probably could pay off the $6 million debt service still remaining on the facility. Last month, the coliseum authority voted 5-4 to hire the second-largest private management company in the world, Global Spectrum, to run the civic center. Now it appears several members are rethinking their decision ... again. In February, the authority called off its contract negotiations with John Mazzola, the former general manager of the Florence, S.C., civic center, after he and the board could not agree to the terms of his employment and salary. Prior to the board’s talks with Mazzola, the authority had hired former civic center general manager Reggie Williams last May to independently run the facility. That relationship came to an abrupt end a month later when Williams was fired by the board following several controversial problems the civic center had during the North Georgia Annual Conference of United Methodists last June. The board has also had equally bad luck with private management companies in recent years. First, there was Leisure Management International (LMI), whose contract the board voted to terminate in April 1999 — one month after Williams had been hired by LMI to run the Augusta facility. But, like so many of the civic center’s decisions, it did not stick and at the very next meeting, the coliseum authority voted 7-4 to rescind its decision not to renew LMI’s contract. One year later, LMI was purchased by another private management firm called SMG — making SMG the largest management company in the world. But SMG seemed to carry on the curse of LMI in Augusta. By March 2001, the authority voted to give SMG the boot. However, by May of 2001, the coliseum authority again decided to rescind its previous vote and keep SMG. SMG hung in for one more year, but by January 2002, this time it was SMG who had had enough of Augusta and wanted to terminate its contract with the civic center. “It’s apparent that our services are not wanted in Augusta,” Glenn Mon, SMG’s


“I don’t think the people in this room right now would vote to hire Global (Spectrum), so I think we are spinning our wheels.” – Authority member Bill Maddox

senior vice president of stadiums and arenas, told The Spirit last year. “Therefore, we are more than happy to cancel the management agreement and get on down the road.” SMG left. Williams was fired. And so began the authority’s nearly year-long search for either a management company or a general manager to run the civic center. It appeared that the board had finally made a decision to hire Global Spectrum last month, but it looks like it’s going to be deja vu all over again. During the authority’s April 22 meeting, board member Joe Scott gave the first indication that Global Spectrum might want to hold off on packing their bags for Augusta just yet. The board was discussing the fact that the civic center’s catering and concessions agreement expires in December 2003. The board’s attorney, Ziva Bruckner, suggested that the authority wait to make a decision on the concessions contract until Global Spectrum comes on board. “They (Global Spectrum) ought to be brought into this,” Bruckner said. “It’s only right to get them involved in the decision.” Scott quickly responded by saying, “We are not so sure, at this point, that Global (Spectrum) is on their way in or out. We don’t know that yet.” Authority member Bill Maddox, who

was not present for the vote to hire Global Spectrum at last month’s meeting, simply dropped his head, shaking it back and forth, and began chuckling. Several board members told Scott that the authority had officially voted to hire Global Spectrum last month. “We still haven’t signed the contract,” Scott said. “There are some things in the contract that we might not like.” Bruckner told the authority that she is currently working on the details of the contract with Global Spectrum. Last month, authority members were informed that the contract proposed by Global Spectrum included a two-year term, at a fee of $102,000 a year. Bruckner explained to the board that she was writing a draft of the contract, using what she called a “skeleton contract” provided by Global Spectrum. In this draft, Bruckner said she would add the authority’s stipulations to the agreement. She told the board that the draft would be ready for review by early next week. Authority member Ellis Albright said he didn’t even understand why the board was considering entering into a contract with a company that has not made a full presentation to the full board. “We asked Mr. Mazzola to come here and make a presentation and the board say, yea or nay,” Albright said. “We

haven’t had this company come before the full board and make a presentation and say, yes or no. Please explain what the difference is to me.” Authority Chairman Bernard Harper told Albright that Mazzola had, on his own, requested the right to come to Augusta and make a presentation to the board. “But when SMG came here and LMI came here, they gave us a horse-and-pony show of what they were going to do,” Scott said. “I would like to hear a presentation from Global Spectrum.” The board voted unanimously to invite Global Spectrum to speak to the whole board. After the vote, Maddox, who had remained quiet during the discussion, couldn’t help but predict doom for Global Spectrum. “I think if you take a vote today, Global would never come down here,” Maddox said. “I don’t think the people in this room right now would vote to hire Global, so I think we are spinning our wheels. “You ask for a vote today and see what happens.” Maddox suggested, instead of wasting Global Spectrum’s time, the board should just convince the interim general manager, Linda Roberts, to accept the permanent manager’s position. “Would you take it Mrs. Roberts?” Maddox said, smiling. Without pausing, Roberts flatly said, “No thank you.” “I don’t blame you,” Maddox said, laughing. After the meeting, Scott said he would not approve a contract with Global Spectrum until there are specific stipulations in the agreement that puts pressure on the company to produce. “There are no guarantees from them on what they will do for that $102,000,” Scott said. “Are they going to bring more shows in here? Are they going to reduce the deficit? I’m going to need some assurances.” Maddox said he has heard rumors of the additional “guarantees” in the contract proposed by board members. “They talk about, they’re going to put something in the contract that guarantees we are going to get one show a month and that show has got to draw 4,000 people,” Maddox said. “That’s impossible. Nobody can do that. So, it is my personal opinion that we are not going to wind up with Global. “The vote has changed completely and I just don’t think there is the votes here to hire them.”



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irst, the good news: This endless root-canal of a General Assembly may be close — close, mind you — to actually passing a 2004 budget. Nothing firm, of course. In a sign of continuing strife, the Senate on Tuesday unanimously rejected a new House proposal containing a strippeddown tobacco-tax increase — largely, according to Senate President Pro Tem Eric Johnson (R-Savannah) and Majority Leader Tom Price (RRoswell) because an included measure — more than doubling the amount of retirement income exempt from taxation for senior citizens — isn’t large enough. Even so, the healthy 116-47 margin by which the House measure passed, including supporting votes by some previously dug-in tax hike Republicans, may signal a willingness in both chambers to resolve the stalemate. Also on Tuesday, a pile of new stumbling blocks was erected by Senate Republicans, who gleefully tabled (i.e., temporarily removed from consideration) dozens of House bills, in an apparent effort to grab some bargaining chips in a continuing showdown over a GOP-friendly redistricting bill and others bottled up in the House. (Although nasty, this type of legislative brinksmanship is not atypical, particularly when opposing parties control separate chambers.) What this means is lots of last-minute compromises and late-night committee meetings on Thursday and Friday, when the session ends. That is, of course, if these solons are able to get past the (expletive deleted) flag mess. Yes, once again lawmakers were treated to some six hours-plus of heated debate on Tuesday, this time in the Senate, over a House bill that will immediately jettison the current flag (a.k.a. “The Barnes Flag“) in favor of a modified version of the pre-1956 model, based on the Confederate National Flag (a.k.a. “The Old-New Confederate Flag”), which will wave until next March, when voters will get to decide whether they want to keep it

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priately star-crossed Confederate battle emblem (a.k.a. “Sonny’s Flag”). The Senate finally passed the bill, but

not until amending it to correct a screwup by the bill’s House authors that would have made the planned banner one foot too long (one more pratfall in this unfunny comedy of errors). Which means it goes back to the House for more jawboning and heated efforts to kill it, more theatrics and more protestations from all sides: The battle flag supporters are mad ‘cause the new bill — as admitted by Gov. Sonny Perdue — is stacked against the return of their prized version. Black lawmakers, urban Democrats and legislators worried about the social and economic fallout from a year or more of wrangling are happy with the one we’ve got now, and don’t see why we need the angst and expense of constantly switching state flags like strippers changing G-strings. And that laughter you hear? Oh, that’s just the rest of the country enjoying the spectacle of alleged grownups trying to claw their way out of — or is it into? — the 19th Century. That’s one reason the long-overdue movement on a budget is so welcome. In an effort to gauge the attitudes of our local lawmakers (and if we‘ll ever, ever see the end of this nightmare session), GDR inquired among several local lawmakers as to what lessons — if anything — the budget wrangle has to offer. In the House, where a large majority of Republicans had stymied passage of any tax hikes — much to the annoyance of their own party’s governor, as well as Democratic leaders who had been asked to take the fall for any hikes that do pass — Tuesday’s vote was something of a surprise. The package passed contains some $153 million in tobacco tax increases, raises the retirement-income exemption from $15,000 to $35,000, accelerates collection of state withholding taxes and includes hefty tax breaks for a new Diamler-Chrysler plant in Savannah, a Rubbermaid headquarters near Atlanta, and an aquarium to be built not far from the Capitol. Not good enough, said Rep. Sue Burmeister (R-Augusta), who has

steadfastly opposed any tax hikes and voted against this measure. “I still believe there’s been no serious effort to make the cuts needed,” she said, moments after voting. “I’m hearing about these one-time cuts that may or may not meet our spending goals … Let’s make the serious cuts now, and if we’re bleeding next year, then we can consider some tax hikes.” Burmeister says threats by the governor and House leaders to cut education and Medicaid are “scare tactics.” “Look, I’d love to support my governor on this,” she says. “Unfortunately, he has not proven to me what needs to be done … if the tobacco tax is a health issue, why don’t we address it as such? Why just say, ‘tax it’?” Somewhat surprisingly, neighboring Rep. Ben Harbin (R-Martinez), who has been among the most vocal opponents of any tax hike, voted in favor of Tuesday’s measure, and said he was proud to so. “The vote we just had included a lot of what I’ve been holding out for,” says Harbin. “There’s a tax credit for seniors … and there’s room to review these taxes down the road. This is, in the end, a revenue-neutral measure that lets us get through this rough patch, and lets us give back something to the people.” Harbin says he and fellow converts are determined to see the money raised by any tobacco taxes earmarked for health purposes only. “And if this bill comes out of conference committee without the offsets and guarantees we’re looking for,” he promises, “I’ll be voting ‘no’ again.” The Augusta delegation’s senior House Democrat, Henry Howard, says the impasse — whether on the budget, flag, or myriad other issues — can be summed up in one word: imbalance. “The House and Senate are unbalanced … and it’s not just [by] party,” says Howard, who — like most of his colleagues in the Legislative Black Caucus — railed against his white party colleagues over the flag bill. On the budget, he says, “The House has been doing all it can … we’ve found some areas to cut, but we’re really getting hurt.” Cuts to “Medicaid, Medicare and all the other social programs that really allow people to survive mean that children will be untreated, seniors will disenfranchised.” The cuts are already too deep, says Howard, who welcomes a tobacco tax and would also support the governor’s

now-dead alcohol tax hike, too. “Would you rather see a tax increase,” he asks, “or see your mother or grandmother pushed out of the nursing home?” Howard also says the nasty flag debate has tarnished most other matters before the Legislature. “The flag has colored everything we’ve done throughout this session,“ he says forcefully. “It just upsets people, and when you have a problem like this, it impacts all the other issues we have.” Howard would like to see the weight of the issue where many think it belongs: on Perdue’s shoulders. “We should have just let the governor select the flag he wanted at the beginning of the session, and then voted on that, up or down,” he says. Across the hall, where Augusta’s senior Sen. Don Cheeks party switch threw control of the Senate to Republicans, the veteran lawmaker expresses some concern over the gridlock of this session, and admits to wondering whether he made the right choice. “I’d be dishonest to myself if I didn’t wonder whether I did the right thing sometimes,” he says. “For the people of Augusta, I think I did — I got the cancer center funding I wanted, and I think I’ve been able to do some good … but for me, politically? I’m not so sure.” But Cheeks is certain of one thing: He is a firm supporter of the governor’s proposed tax hikes, and he feels his party leaders in the Senate have cut far too much from vital programs in their own budget proposal. “I think our conference committee can build on what the House has done and get a budget that doesn’t cut and diminish some badly needed programs,” says Cheeks. And, he adds, “I think this tobacco tax increase is a proper tax, because of the damage smoking does to our communities … I feel the same way about the alcohol tax. These are taxes on activities people choose. That’s why I don’t like any increase in the sales tax. People say a sales tax is the fairest tax; I take exception to that. The man who makes less than $50,000 a year pays more of his income in sales tax than a wealthy man … and I don’t see that as fair.” Perhaps the only question upon which all the interviewees could agree was the last one put to each: What’s the best thing about this session? In slightly varying terms, their answers were all the same: That it’s almost over.


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744 Broad St. BY BRIAN NEILL Edie Downey’s job isn’t easy. For the past eight years, the native of Germany has served as property manager for Richmond Summit, a 135-unit apartment complex on Broad Street that houses elderly and mentally and emotionally handicapped residents placed there through the federal Housing and Urban Development agency. Residents are supposed to be selfsufficient. However, that term can often be relative, Downey explains, adding that things get mighty interesting when a resident, for example, forgets to take his anti-depressant or anti-psychotic medication.

But Downey’s job has become all the more difficult with recent attention focused on illegal activity at Richmond Summit, along with concern over how the apartment complex’s location in the middle of the downtown business district will impact new businesses seeking to locate there. That concern was spurred on in March after a resident of Richmond Summit, Ray Anthony Harden, allegedly robbed the Regions Bank less than a block away, then escaped with the cash back into the apartment complex before being arrested. Less than two weeks later, a man discharged a firearm inside Richmond Summit after an argument. No one was hurt in the incident. Then, five days later, according to published reports which Downey confirmed, a man was arrested at Richmond Summit for stabbing a woman because he was annoyed she wouldn’t stop knocking on his door. “I had a stabbing, yes I did,” Downey said. “That woman (the victim) was evicted; she didn’t live here no more, but she came back. Somebody let her in because they thought she still lived here, or whatever. He was off his medication, the man who stabbed her. That’s not an excuse; don’t get me wrong. But she kept knocking on his door, and kept knocking on his door and I guess he finally flipped and took a knife and stabbed her. “But when the police came up there, he admitted it; he showed them where the knives were — he had three knives. I was up there with him; I had to let them (deputies) in. I opened the door; they took him out and he’s still in jail. So is the bank-robber.” Those three incidents are just the tip of the iceberg, however, in terms of criminal activity reported at Richmond Summit. A crime analysis obtained by The Spirit from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Department for 744 Broad St., Richmond Summit’s location, showed that deputies responded there a total of 659 times over a two-year period ending April 1. Those calls ranged from reports of loud noise, public drunkenness and suspicious situations, to thefts, robberies, burglaries and assaults. There were also several weapons offenses as well as a sexual assault reported. Richmond Summit is located in the building that once housed the Richmond Hotel. Owners of the hotel sold the building and property for roughly $4 million in 1980 to Richmond Properties, Ltd. of Atlanta, property records show. At the time, Richmond Properties, Ltd. entered into a contractual agreement with HUD and what was then called the Augusta Housing Agency, now the Augusta Housing Authority, to provide Section 8 housing for the disadvantaged.

Augusta Mayor Bob Young said he recently met with members of Main Street Augusta and the Downtown Development Authority to discuss the problems at Richmond Summit. Young said some of those members suggested that part of the problem might be resolved if a street running perpendicular to Broad Street that had been converted to a pedestrian mall and courtyard for Richmond Summit residents was reopened to traffic. Observers have noted that the courtyard — the site of the former Albion Street, which is now closed off at either end with yellow, metal posts — becomes a congregating spot at night for those engaged in suspicious or illegal activity, Young said. Young said he had asked City Attorney Jim Wall to prepare an ordinance to reopen Albion Street. The ordinance will be presented to the Augusta Commission’s Engineering Services Committee at its April 28 meeting, Young said. “That’s (the courtyard) been pointed out as an area where there’s some congregation for questionable activity, and so they’ve (Main Street Augusta) asked me to consider reopening it, and I agree that we need to,” Young said. “It would also give us some more parking downtown, which we need. You’d have on-street parking. That would be a secondary thing. “That (street) originally was closed for the residents of the Summit to have a place to congregate. And since we’ve got Bicentennial Park across from them in the middle of Broad Street and we’ve got the Augusta Common open now, we really don’t need an artificial park in the middle of the street. So actually, reopening it would not take anything away from the people who live down there.” But Downey, who had not heard of the proposal in the works, said such a move would only serve to hurt her residents, many of whom take to the tree-shaded benches of the courtyard for fresh air. Many of those residents, Downey said, are in wheelchairs or otherwise hindered in their mobility and have no other place to go and relax. She added that most of the problems associated with Richmond Summit and the courtyard occur late at night, long after the complex’s doors are locked at 5 p.m. “Well, that (reopening Albion Street) takes everything away from the tenants here,” Downey said. “Let me tell you this: I live here too. I’ve been here eight years. In the daytime, like I just told you and I’ll repeat it, there is not prostitution; there is no drugs going on here. It’s just my tenants who sit out there. We have no balconies; we don’t have any other facilities for them to sit and relax, and a lot of people are too old, too sick, had a stroke or

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whatever, to walk miles to go to a park. So this is about the closest place where they can go out and relax.” “They would have to rip all this out here and get the trees away or whatever,” she added, pointing to the brick planters and benches that were installed in the courtyard. “To be really honest, this is ridiculous to open this up to the public. To take away from the elderly.” Downey doesn’t dismiss the illegal activity that’s gone on at Richmond Summit, but said the blame for it cannot be laid solely on her residents or the complex. Even after being told that sheriff’s deputies had responded to Richmond Summit over 650 times in two years, Downey said she still feels the sheriff’s department could do more to patrol the area. In fact, Downey said, she has requested increased patrols in the past. “Nothing (resulted from the requests), OK?” Downey said. “We have a (sheriff’s) substation in the back here on Ellis Street. You very seldom see a police officer in there.” Major Richard Weaver of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Department said that the substation, the space for which was donated by a property owner, is no longer used by deputies because it could not be properly heated and cooled. Downey said she had a security system installed on the doors of Richmond Summit, but “street-wise” individuals have found their way around it, even sometimes using sticks or branches to bypass security system sensors. “I am willing to do anything. I mean, they (critics) say people are going in and out; I have 136 apartments here,” Downey said, with exasperation. “People who live here have the right to go in and out. That doesn’t mean they’re prostitutes or drug-dealers and they’re (the criminal element) not going in the daytime. It happens here in the evening, at night.” Downey said that, under HUD guidelines, visitors have to leave by 10 p.m. Guests are allowed overnight stays with residents for up to a two-week period. Guests must apply for such stays in person at the office, accompanied by the resident, and be registered. “They’re (guests) supposed to leave at 10 o’clock every night,” Downey said. “I can’t just knock on every door and say, ‘Excuse me, he has to go,’ or ‘She has to go.’” Downey said crime incident reports have been forwarded to the owners of the property, and she also put in a request to hire private security for the building and grounds. However, none of her supervisors have responded, she said.

“We have security doors. I put in for a security guard, too,” Downey said. “I have had no response yet from my upper echelon. You know, maybe that would help, but I cannot make the decision to hire somebody. I can just suggest it.” Bill G. Sanders and Asbury D. Snow Jr., were listed on the Richmond Summit deed as general partners in the property’s ownership. Downey confirmed that she was answerable, albeit indirectly, to Snow. Although Richmond Properties, Ltd. was not listed among corporations registered with the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office, Snow’s name was listed there as the sole agent for an Atlanta-based company called the Sanbury Corporation. Snow, however, did not return two messages from The Spirit left on his voice mail at Sanbury Corporation seeking comment about the security and crime issues at Richmond Summit. A phone number or correct address could not be found for Sanders. An address listed for him on the Richmond Summit deed is now occupied by a bookstore. No one at the bookstore knew of him. Chris Naylor, executive of the Downtown Development Authority, said he recently met with Downey and feels she is truly trying to correct the problems at Richmond Summit. “I’ve gone down and talked with the manager down there, a very nice lady. And a lot of those problems are people coming in (from outside the complex),” Naylor said. “The manager down there is doing the best

“I am willing to do anything. I mean, they (critics) say people are going in and out; I have 136 apartments here. People who live here have the right to go in and out. That doesn’t mean they’re prostitutes or drug-dealers and they’re (the criminal element) not going in the daytime. It happens here in the evening, at night.” — Edie Downey, Richmond Summit property manager.

that she can in maintaining and living within the rules and guidelines established. If she finds a resident that is creating a problem, she immediately takes care of it, so she is working as hard as she can.” “Having some traffic through there (Albion Street) might help,” Naylor added. “Apparently the problems are really taking place late at night, from about midnight to 5 a.m. And the sheriff and his deputies do the best that they can. We’re going to talk with them to see if maybe we can beef up something down there for a while. But these folks (Richmond Summit residents) need a place to stay and that’s where they are.” Weaver, of the sheriff’s department, while acknowledging that more than 650 calls to a location in two years were a lot, said Richmond Summit wasn’t necessarily more of a problem for law enforcement than many other locations in the county. “You refer to the Section 8-type residents down there, and it’s not just Richmond Summit. You have the same problems all over,” Weaver said. “And those kind of things, they just exist when you have those kind of people in an area. You have the same kind of complaints and I think it would probably be typical and within the norm of complaints in areas with similar circumstances and similar residents. “And you have Section 8 people who live not only in projects, but in subdivisions, too, where you get complaints — noise complaints, complaints of drug activity. It’s just widespread.” When asked if he thought Richmond Summit was getting more attention because it was downtown, Weaver replied, “Yeah, I think that is one of the reasons. Because it is

downtown. A lot of folks are down there, is why it’s reported more.” “And you know we’ve had situations, too, where you mentioned that the (bank) robbery suspect went to that location, but we’ve had robbery suspects to be arrested other places, too,” Weaver added. “We get calls daily to other locations, and not just housing projects. We get them from, just like I say, other communities and neighborhoods where you have that same element. You may have it more in the (housing) project because you have more of a concentration of that kind of thing.” Still, Naylor said, something must be done to curb the crime at Richmond Summit, citing surrounding properties that are currently in various stages of refurbishment and development. “At one time that (the Richmond Summit property) was a fantastic hotel downtown. It’s not that anymore,” Naylor said. “However, we need to be aware and concerned about the illegal activity that’s taking place, because if we’re trying to revitalize downtown, that’s not going to help.” For now, Downey said, she will continue to do the best she can. “We’re here (in the office) from 8 till 5,” Downey said. “After I close and I go to my apartment, I am not patrolling my eight floors and walking around the building and going outside. They (the sheriff’s department) told me not to do it. They told me, ‘You don’t have to do that; that’s what we are here for.’ “It takes sometimes 30 or 45 minutes before they (deputies) get here, and then when they get here, the people we told them about, they are gone. It’s like a Catch-22. “You tell me what I should do and I will do it.”

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tate Rep. Henry Howard will be the first to tell you he’s the quiet type of politician, not one to seek attention from the media or engage in published back-and-forth squabbles with fellow legislators. “I’m my own man,” Howard said recently, inside an office at Howard’s Upholstery Company, a business which he established and his sons now run. “I don’t make a lot of noise and I’m not looking for the media; I’ll let you look for me. And if you find me, I’ll talk with you.” But lately, Howard has been attracting not only attention, but headlines, for his outspoken views on several issues. Those issues include the governor’s push to change the state’s flag, which Howard says will result in dividing the state both racially and politically. Another hot-button issue for Howard is his belief that special grand juries should have only a year in which to produce evidence to indict individuals, rather than be allowed to drag on for more than three years, as has been the case with Augusta’s current empaneled special grand jury. After a year’s time, Howard opined in a drafted bill he plans to introduce during the next legislative session, special grand juries should be disbanded unless jurors can produce compelling enough evidence to convince a judge to grant an extension. Howard, 72, has spent roughly 20 years in politics, beginning with an 8year stint on the Augusta Commission. Looking back, Howard says he believes his most significant accomplishment on the commission was selling constituents and fellow commissioners on the idea of floating a one-cent sales tax. “It was not an easy task, because everyone was convinced it would be a hardship,” Howard said. “And after they found out how good it was, they don’t want to turn it loose now.” Howard, a Democrat, was first elected to the State House in 1990 and has served there ever since. He is currently the House’s senior member. He also serves as vice-chair of the local legislative delegation and chairs the House Human Relations and Aging Committee.

In as much as Howard has operated behind the scenes in the past, there’s been plenty of political happenings of late to get him talking. To begin with, there was Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue’s election victory, making for the first time a Republican has held the post in more than 100 years. Then, former Senate Majority Leader Charles Walker, a Democrat considered one of the most powerful men in the state, as well as Augusta’s most prominent black leader, was defeated. Not long after the fallout from those two events, long-time Democrat, state Sen. Don Cheeks, announced after being re-elected to his Dist. 23 seat that he was switching to a Republican. That last one was a serious blow to Democrats and has significantly impacted the cohesiveness of the local legislative delegation, Howard said. “Quite honestly, it turned a different direction on us in the House; Cheeks’ changing parties was devastating to the Democratic party,” Howard said. “And of course, when you’ve got a person on the other end of the table that’s of another party that thinks the way that they (Republicans) do, you’re having to deal with a different animal and it doesn’t make it quite so easy.” Howard said the local legislative delegation has hardly met since the


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than a month that some of the special grand jury investigation will be brought to a conclusion any day. So far, the public is still waiting. Howard, himself, along with a son, were singled out in one of the special grand jury presentments for allegedly using political connections to receive two minority business loans totaling more than $67,000. Howard and his son have denied those allegations. But Howard thinks that he and others are deserving of closure. “It’s too long when you leave an indefinite grand jury in place. They could stay there for the lifetime of the people they are investigating,” Howard said, painting a Kafkaesque picture of the process. “And the old cliche is, the first impression is a lasting impression. Once the grand jury is appointed to investigate Henry Howard (for example) and I never know when they’re going to get off my back, watching me, following me and questioning me periodically, it’s a thing that is unfair to that particular person. It ought to end within a certain period of time. “I think one year should allow them enough time to find out anything and everything about a particular person.” Howard said Craig had given him his blessing on the measure. “I spoke to him about it before I dropped the bill and he was in total agreement with it,” Howard said. “And as a matter of fact, I won’t call the judges’ names, but I spoke to a couple of judges and they thought it was a good idea. But Danny thought it was a good idea and he was willing to come up and testify on my behalf on that bill when it comes up through the (legislative) committee system (next session).” Howard has also been keeping a close eye on state Rep. Sue Burmeister’s efforts to change the structure of local government. The Augusta Republican recently introduced a bill that would change the current six-vote minimum voting rule for the Augusta Commission to a simple majority vote. However, the commission earlier this month failed to pass a measure backing the move, a decision Burmeister acknowledged would not get her the support she needed from fellow House members. Howard, who had a hand in drafting Augusta’s city-county consolidation bill signed by the governor in 1995, balks at the notion that the local government structure should be changed, because it would effectively erase the strides black leaders have made in local law-making. “The reason we put it the way we did is because the way the government was ... we wanted it to be fair,” Howard said. “Because the perception that we and African-Americans felt, in nine times out of 10, the mayor would be Caucasian and he would seldom vote with blacks. Why? I can’t say. But that’s just the way it is and has been in Augusta. And that’s the reason. If you didn’t give him a vote, then he’d have to build a coalition. “And unfortunately, the present mayor hasn’t been able to do that.” Howard said he had recently seen signs that race relations were improving in Augusta and the state in general, but there’s still much work to be done on that front. “It was and it is (improving), but it’s beginning to get that little crack of division again, because of the flag, because of Burmeister trying to change the government,” Howard said. “And the people voted for the government being the way it is. Why should we go back and change it when the people said, ‘Yes, I like this kind of government’? So I can’t agree with her on that.”

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political shakeup, which also included former Democratic House member Ben Allen losing his seat after an unsuccessful bid for Congress and the retirement of Democrat and former local legislative delegation chair, Jack Connell. Cheeks now chairs the delegation. “We just don’t meet to talk as we did with Jack Connell as chairman of the local delegation,” Howard said. “We’ve had only one meeting, maybe two, delegation meetings. Many times when you talk about local legislation, the local delegation should get together and talk about it. That is to see if we can all be on the same page. But this has not happened under the (new) leadership.” Although Howard and his fellow lawmakers have had their attention focused on balancing the state’s $16 billion budget, the issue of changing the state flag has also drawn much ire and debate. Howard said he understands that Gov. Perdue is only following through on his promise to voters that they’d have the chance to revisit the issue after former Gov. Roy Barnes abruptly changed the banner. But Howard said he also believes a politician must weigh keeping a campaign promise against its potential impact on the state at large. “The flag was something he ran on and I feel he’s trying to be a good person to say, ‘I’m going to keep my word about what I promised,’” Howard said. “That, I can understand. But in politics, it’s my feeling that there are some things you should change your mind on, particularly if it’s going to divide the country, or divide the state or divide communities. “And it’s no joke. He knows. He may not admit it, but that flag issue is something that will divide this state. And that’s something that we’ve been trying to mend for years. That’s a division, a wound, that’s going to take some time to heal.” Continuing on the subject of the governor, Howard said Perdue’s assuming the post has been something akin to a new marriage for some legislators. “The husband and wife marry. The husband wants to control everything, and he does. And the wife struggles to survive,” Howard said, in his personal job review of the governor. “He won’t give her any money to buy clothes, because he’s saving money. He buys a little bit of food, because he don’t want to do it or can’t afford it. It’s a new marriage; it’s definitely like a new marriage. “I think his first year there has been almost devastating to all of us. Even some of the Republicans are disagreeing with his actions. As a matter of fact, the first tobacco tax bill (adding taxes to cigarettes to offset the state’s budget deficit) that came from the governor. We had Republicans and Democrats to vote against it.” Recently on the local front, Howard said he has approached Richmond County District Attorney Danny Craig and several judges, which he wouldn’t name, for their input and support for changing the way special grand juries operate in the region. The names and reputations of various current and former city officials were targeted for scrutiny in a series of presentments the special grand jury has issued since it was empaneled more than three years ago. Some Augusta commissioners recently demanded a public apology be given to Geri Sams, purchasing director for Richmond County, after an independent audit seemed to vindicate her, following a special grand jury report that hurled accusations at her and even suggested she be fired. Craig and officials with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation have been saying for more

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SUNDAY, APRIL 27 16th Annual Canal Cruise and Cookout It’s time to peddle, paddle and party at the 16th Annual Augusta Canal Cruise and Cookout! Paddle a canoe or pedal a bike along the towpath between the headgates and Enterprise Mill where you’ll party to the tunes of Air Apparent, enjoy Sconyers Barbeque and explore the new Augusta Canal Interpretive Center. Canoeing: $40 per person, Bicycling: $20 per person, Cookout only: $15.Call 706-823-0440 for more info or to sign up for the cruise. Registration deadline - Noon, Sat. April 26.

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ne of the coolest things about downtown is that good ol’ neighborhood feel. You go down there for an afternoon or an evening out and you know that you’re a part of it all, and that’s because your neighbors and classmates are the ones behind the counter. The Pizza Joint is no exception. Started eight years ago by sole proprietor Michael Schepis, it has always been a cool, friendly place you could go to hang out with your friends, see familiar faces – and have some doggone good pizza, sandwiches, calzones ... whatever your cravings demand. And you don’t have to organize a small army to go enjoy it, either. Schepis has developed his restaurant to cater to your needs. “We do pizza by the slice. Some pizza places only serve by the slice at certain times, but you can come in to The Pizza Joint at any time and order a slice of pizza.” The Pizza Joint to the rescue! They have the latest hours on Broad Street, and you can order food up until closing time. “We’re open until midnight on weeknights, 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. And on Sunday we’re open noon to midnight.” Those are prime pizza-eating hours. Pizza is an anyplace food and The Pizza Joint takes care of you on that score, too. You can order takeout if you’d like to enjoy your Pizza Joint pizza at home with friends and a movie. But if a night out is what you’re after, come in and stay a while. “We’re a dine-in and take-out restaurant. We seat up to 140 people with a large outdoor patio. We’ll also deliver large orders if you’re dining with a group.” Oh, yes. The Pizza Joint has plenty of comfortable spots for you and your buddies. Hang out inside at a nice, intimate

booth, or sit at the bar. You can even watch your favorite game. The Pizza Joint is geared toward hanging out with your friends like no other place in town. They even provide music. When the weather is nice, you can sit on the deck or in the courtyard and listen to some of the best local talent around, surrounded by some of the best atmosphere around. I mean, come on – who else has a huge courtyard on the other side of a beautiful wrought-iron gate? The Pizza Joint likes to keep providing new things for their many loyal customers, as well. “We’ve added some things to the menu. A specialty pie and some new sandwiches.” They want you to know, though, that, in spite of the name, there’s much more to The Pizza Joint than just pizza. “We also have quite a few sandwiches, big salads, calzones and strombolis as well as appetizers. We’ll also basically make anything you want as far as pizza.” You can also enjoy some good wine with your meal, or order from an extensive list of beers, including domestics, microbrews, three beers that are large enough to swim in, three ciders, and no less than 15 imports. They have several beers on tap also. Ask your wait staff about beer and drink specials. The Pizza Joint staff is one of the friendliest and most helpful wait staff around. They’ll even custom make whatever you want. Bring your friends. Check out the new menu items. Relax. You deserve it. But your night doesn’t have to end even with a late meal at The Pizza Joint. Michael Schepis also owns the Modjeska Ultra Lounge on 8th and Broad Street so after dinner at The Pizza Joint come down and enjoy the best martinis, mixed drinks and dance music in town.


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ummer is fast approaching, and of course, that means outdoor festival time. May seems to be the kick-off month for music festivals, before it gets hot enough to drive everyone inside in search of a cool breath of air-conditioning. Here are four to check out. Augusta Country Two upcoming music festivals taking place right here in Augusta will give local audiences a taste of country music by some of the nation’s most popular artists. First up is A Day in the Country May 4. The music begins at noon at Augusta Riverfront Marina, but gates open at 11 a.m. so you can enjoy the festival’s accompanying car show and arts and crafts show. Musicians include the Rhes Reeves Band and Amber Carter, as well as Aaron Tippin and Craig Morgan. Tippin’s 12-year music career includes several gold and platinum records. Morgan is a soldier-turned-singer whose singles “Something To Write Home About” and “Paradise” spent some time on the charts. Tickets for A Day in the Country are $10 in advance and $20 the day of the show. Children 6 and under get in free when accompanied by a paid adult, so bring the whole family. Proceeds benefit the Augusta Sertoma Club and Sertoma charities. Tickets are available through Tix Online at or (803) 278-4TIX. Then, on May 17, you have Hot Southern Night to look forward to. Country music stars Blake Shelton, Mark Wills and Rebecca Lynn Howard perform at Lake Olmstead Stadium. Shelton is best known for his 2001 single “Austin,” which spent five weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s country singles chart, a record-breaking feat. He’s also received awards from Billboard, Country Weekly and Music Row magazines. Wills is the man behind Top 10 hits “I Do (Cherish You),” “Jacob’s Ladder” and “Back at One,” among others. Up-and-coming recording artist Howard got her start writing songs for singers John Michael Montgomery, Reba McEntire and Patty Loveless. Hot Southern Night tickets are available through Tix Online, or


(803) 278-4TIX. Admission is $18 if purchased in advance or $23 if purchased the day of the show. Jazz and More in Atlanta The 26-day-long Atlanta Jazz Festival gives you plenty of chances to schedule a trip to the big city. A variety of venues hosts all kinds of concerts and other jazz-related events May 126. But there are a few events you may want to keep in mind. A May 3 performance by the Pharoah Sanders Quartet takes place at 8 p.m. at Spivey Hall, located at Clayton College and State University. You can also treat your mom to a Jazz Mothers’ Day Brunch 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. May 11 at Dailey’s. And Fourplay comes to Chastain Park at 7:30 p.m. May 23. In addition, the Museum of Music hosts activities throughout Atlanta; Underground Atlanta hosts an Underground Jazzy Lunch Concert Series; the winners of the Jazz 91.9 FM Youth Jazz Band Competition will perform at the Free Weekend Concert Series May 24-26; and yes, there will even be jazz at Hartsfield International Airport, just in case you happen to be passing through. For a complete schedule, visit or call the festival hotline at (404) 817-6851. The ever-ambitious Music Midtown Festival in Midtown Atlanta crams 120 acts into three days and 11 stages May 2-4. A 42-acre complex holds enough room for all that talent, as well as an Artist Market, Film Tent, Kids Town and more. We don’t have room to list all of the great artists you can catch at Music Midtown, but here are just a few names to whet your appetite: Live, Trapt, Evanescence, Saliva, Godsmack, Ben Harper, Zwan, Sheryl Crow, Bob Dylan, G. Love & Special Sauce, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Everclear, Def Leppard, Shaggy, Nivea, Ashanti, India.Arie, The B-52s, Edgar Winter, Joe Cocker and Aimee Mann. A three-day weekend pass is just $45 and allows you to see everyone on that list and a whole lot more. For tickets, visit or charge by phone at 828-7700. More information on Music Midtown is available from or by calling the festival hotline at (770) MIDTOWN.

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Auditions AUGUSTA OPERA auditions for suppor ting roles and new chorus members May 16, 7-9 p.m. in the Choir Room at St. John United Methodist Church. All voice types needed. Be prepared to sing a selection of your choice; accompanist provided. Call 826-4710, ex t. 21 to set up an audition time. CUTNO DANCE CENTER SUMMER INTENSIVE PROGRAM is in search of 18 males between the ages of 7 and 20 to participate under full scholarship. Interested applicants may participate in an audition April 26, 3 p.m., at Cutno Dance Center for Dance Education. Dress for easy movement; the audition will be structured like a dance class. Call 828-3101 or e-mail to reserve an audition spot. COLOSSAL FILM CRAWL CALL FOR ENTRIES to par ticipate in Columbia’s annual multi-venue film and video festival. Shor t films from ar tists in the Southeast will be accepted through June 27. All genres and subject matter welcome. Films must be 30 minutes or less. For complete details on how to submit a film, contact Amanda Presley at (803) 765-0707, ex t. 122. AUGUSTA CHILDREN’S CHORALE AUDITIONS for training and performance choirs open to children in grades 3-8. Auditions held May 3. Call 826-4718 to schedule an audition appointment. 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 SPECIAL GUEST NIGHT AND SWEET ADELINES PEACH STATE CHORUS OPEN REHEARSAL: guest night May 8, 7 p.m. at Church of Christ, 600 Mar tintown Rd. in Nor th Augusta; open rehearsal for singers each Thursday at 7 p.m. at Church of Christ. They are on the lookout for voices in the lower ranges. Contact Mary Norman at (803) 279-6499.

Education “EXPERIMENTAL WATERMEDIA: COLLAGE BASICS” WORKSHOP May 3, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Ger trude Herber t Institute of Ar t. For registration information, call 722-5495. CUTNO DANCE CENTER FOR DANCE EDUCATION now accepting applications for new and returning students for the summer and fall sessions. Open to students ages 3 to adult. Registration held at Cutno Dance Center April 26, 1-4 p.m. Registration fee is $20 per student. 828-3101. SPRING ART CLASSES for children, teens and adults now at Aiken Center for the Ar ts. For more information, visit www.AikenCenterForTheAr or call (803) 641-9094. ART CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS are offered year-round at the Ger trude Herber t Institute of Ar t. Classes and workshops are open to toddlers through adults and feature instruction in drawing, painting, photography, pot tery, weaving and sculpture. For a newslet ter or detailed information on registering for classes at the Ger trude Herber t, call 722-5495. The Ger trude Herber t Institute of Ar t also offers Educational

Tours; for information, contact the Education Director at the above telephone number. ART CLASSES FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS at the Ar t Factory. The Ar t Factory also has a homeschool program and scholarships are available. Available programs include voice lesson and pantomime workshops, as well as classes in dance, theater, music, visual ar ts and writing. Call 7310008 for details.

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 “DIFFERENT STROKES” EXHIBITION features works by Kevin Cole and Marjorie Guyon and will be on display at the Mary Pauline Gallery April 25-June 21. Opening reception April 25, 5-8 p.m. Call 724-9542 for details. PAINTINGS BY LAUREN KERBELIS will be on display at the Gibbs Library throughout May. 863-1946. AUGUSTA STATE UNIVERSITY SENIOR EXHIBITS: Dorothy Blandenburg and Amber Waters exhibit at the ASU Fine Ar ts Center through May 2, 737-1453; Tara McRae and Mat t Herring exhibit at Dunlap Studio and Gallery through April 28, 722-7333. ART BY KRISTY POWELL will be on exhibit at the Euchee Creek Library during the month of May. 556-0594. EXHIBITION BY PAUL GOODNIGHT May 3-June 7 at the Lucy Craf t Laney Museum of Black History. Reception to be held May 4, 3-5 p.m. For more information, call 724-3576. “EYE OF THE STORM: THE CIVIL WAR DRAWINGS OF ROBERT SNEDEN” will be on display at the Augusta Museum of History May 3-July 13. For more information, call 722-8454. HASSIDIC ART EXHIBITION BY MICHAEL MUCHNIK April 27, 6-9 p.m. at the Chabad Center, 850 Broad St. The ar tist will make a 7:30 p.m. presentation on “Mysticism in Jewish Ar t.” Free admission. 722-7659. DAVIDSON FINE ARTS SCHOOL SENIOR EXIT SHOW through May 8 at the Ger trude Herber t Institute of Ar t. For more information, call 823-6924, ex t. 153. “TRADITIONAL IMAGERY FOR A POST-MODERN WORLD” senior exhibition by John Guanlao through April 29 at The Bee’s Knees. For information, call 828-3600. ART BY STUDENTS OF M. HAUSER, instructor at Aquinas High School, will be on display at the Friedman Branch Library throughout April and May. 736-6758. THE WORK OF TOM NAKASHIMA is on display at the Ger trude Herber t Institute of Ar t through June 6. Gallery talk

The New American Shakespeare Tavern in Atlanta offers up “Salomé,” a theatrical treat by Oscar Wilde. and ar tist reception April 25, 6-8 p.m., is open to the public and is free to Ger trude Herber t members, $5 for non-members. 722-5495. PHOTOGRAPHY BY JIM BLAYLOCK is up at the Euchee Creek Library during April. 556-0594. ASU SENIOR EXIT SHOW is on exhibit at the Ger trude Herber t Institute of Ar t through May 16. Tobya Negash, Nicole Nor th and Raymond Sturkey display works. Ar tists’ reception April 25, 6-8 p.m., in conjunction with the Tom Nakashima reception; free for GHIA members and $5 for non-members. 722-5495. OIL PAINTINGS BY CINDY EPPS on display at the Gibbs Library throughout April. Call 863-1946. “JAPONISME: THE INFLUENCE OF JAPANESE ART IN THE SOUTH” exhibit will be on display at the Morris Museum of Ar t through May 11. 724-7501. “HISTORY OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN MUSIC” EXHIBIT through April 30 at the Lucy Craf t Laney Museum of Black History. The ar twork of high school students will be on display. Call 724-3576 for information. “OPTICAL ILLUSIONS 2 — YOU STILL WON’T BELIEVE YOUR EYES” on display in the Knox Gallery at For t

Discovery through May 11. 821-0200. PAINTINGS BY JANE NODINE will be on display at USCAiken’s Lower Gallery through May 30. (803) 641-3305. USCA STUDENT ART SHOW in the Upper Gallery at USCAiken’s Etherredge Center through May 5. For information, call (803) 641-3305. “WALKING THE LOG: PAINTINGS BY BESSIE NICKENS” exhibit will be at the Morris Museum of Ar t through May 18. For more information, call 724-7501.

Dance “THE ROAR OF LOVE,” per formed by the Augusta Dance Theatre May 2-3, 8 p.m., at Bell Auditorium. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Call 860-1852. “PETER AND THE WOLF WITH REP” will be per formed by the Augusta Ballet April 25-26. Tickets are $12-$36 and kids 4-10 at tend par ty and children’s por tion of the per formance for free. Held at the Imperial Theatre. 261-0555. THE AUGUSTA INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCE CLUB meets Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. No par tners are needed and newcomers are welcome. Line and circle dances are taught. For location information, call 737-6299.

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AUGUSTA CANAL INTERPRETIVE CENTER NOW OPEN: Housed in Enterprise Mill, the center contains displays and models focusing on the Augusta Canal’s functions and importance to the tex tile industry. Hours are Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sun., 1-6 p.m. Admission is $5 adult, $4 seniors and military and $3 children ages 6-18. Children under 6 admit ted free. The center will waive admissions fees for April 26 community get-acquainted day. For information, visit or call 823-0440.

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A chamber jazz concert with the Augusta Jazz Project will be held May 3.

SECOND SATURDAY DANCE at the Ballroom Dance Center, 225 Grand Slam Drive in Evans, held the second Saturday of every month, 7:30-11 p.m. Dress is casual. Tickets are $10 per person. 854-8888. AUGUSTA CHAPTER OF THE UNITED STATES AMATEUR BALLROOM DANCERS ASSOCIATION holds a dance the first Saturday of each month, from 7:15 to 11 p.m. Cost is $7 for members and $10 for non-members. Held at the BPOE Facility on Elkdom Cour t. Contact Melvis Lovet t, 733-3890, or Jean Avery, 863-4186, for information. CSRA/AUGUSTA BOGEY-WOOGIE DANCE AND SOCIAL GROUP holds a monthly dance every third Saturday of the month, star ting at 7:30 p.m. There are also meetings every Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Salsa Ruedo Casino and every Wednesday at 7:45 p.m. Men are especially encouraged to at tend. For information, phone 650-2396 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.

Music MUSIC IN THE PARK at Creighton Living History Park in Nor th Augusta at 7 p.m. May 8 and 29, June 12 and 26 and July 10; Candlelight concer t 8 p.m. July 24. (803) 4427588. “40 YEARS OF HARMONY” concer t by the Garden City Chorus and Chordiac Arrest. Held May 3, 7:30 p.m., at the Ma xwell Per forming Ar ts Theatre. Tickets are $14 general admission, $12 student, senior and military personnel, with group discounts available. Call (803) 442-3844 or e-mail for tickets. AUGUSTA JAZZ PROJECT CHAMBER JAZZ CONCERT May 3, 8 p.m., at the Unitarian Church on Walton Way Ex t. For tickets, call 823-0620. 10TH ANNUAL BLIND WILLIE MCTELL BLUES FESTIVAL May 17 in Thomson, Ga., noon-9 p.m. Per formances by Magic Slim and the Teardrops, Sean Costello, Steve James, Del Rey, The Redstick Ramblers, Crosstie Walkers, Neil Pat tman and Mudcat. Tickets are $15 in advance and may be purchased online at or by phone at (803) 278-4TIX. AUGUSTA CHORALE SPRING CONCERT May 4, 4 p.m., in the Gilber t Lambuth Chapel of Paine College. Special guest per formance by Creative Impressions. Tickets are $15 adult, $5 child, and may be purchased at the door. For information, call 481-8102. A DAY IN THE COUNTRY FESTIVAL May 4, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at Augusta River front Marina. Live per formances by Aaron Tippin, Craig Morgan, Amber Car ter and The Rhes Reeves Band, plus car and craf t show. Tickets are $10 in advance or $20 the day of the show; children 6 and under free with paid adult. Visit or call (803) 278-4TIX. SOUTHERN GOSPEL NIGHT April 30, 7 p.m., at Elijah State Park. Admission is free; bring a lawn chair. For info, call the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce, 359-7970. POWERFEST April 26, noon-6 p.m. at Lock and Dam. Per formances by Bubba Spar x x x, Lil’ Mo, Floetry, Bone Crusher and more. Car and bike show, children’s play area and other activities will also be featured. Tickets are free and can be picked up at area Krystal’s locations. For info, call Power 107 at 396-6000. MUSIC AT THE MORRIS: A CONCERT BY THE AUGUSTA CHILDREN’S CHORALE April 27, 2 p.m., at the Morris Museum of Ar t. Free admission. 724-7501.

“A YOUNG VIRTUOSO” CONCERT featuring cellist Daniel Lee will be held April 25, 8 p.m., at USC-Aiken’s Etherredge Center and April 26, 8 p.m., at ASU’s Per forming Ar ts Theatre. The April 26 show also includes a 7 p.m. preview lecture. For information on the Aiken show, call (803) 6413305; for information on the Augusta show, call the Augusta Symphony at 826-4705. USA EXPRESS BAND, consisting of nine active duty soldiers who tour to per form for other troops, will be at For t Gordon’s Alexander Hall April 26, 6 and 8 p.m. Open to the public. For information, call 793-8552. THE APPLEBY GARDEN CONCERT SERIES star ts April 27, 3 p.m., in the garden behind the Appleby Branch Library. Tom Cuny presents Murphy’s Night Out, a program of Irish music and humor. Admission is free. Guests are encouraged to bring chairs or a blanket; a limited number of chairs will be available for rent. In case of inclement weather, concer ts will be held on the porch or inside the library. For info, call 736-6244. HOT SOUTHERN NIGHT with Mark Wills, Blake Shelton and Rebecca Lynn Howard May 17, 8 p.m., at Lake Olmstead Stadium. Tickets are $18 in advance or $23 the day of the show and are available through Tix Online, (803) 278-4TIX or 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 “BARRY MANILOW’S COPACABANA” May 6, 8 p.m., at the Bell Auditorium. Tickets are $16-$31, with group and military discounts available. Visit or call 828-7700. “MURDER AT RUTHERFORD HOUSE” dinner theatre performances by Stage III May 1-3, 7 p.m., with May 4 matinee. Tickets are $25 per person for dinner theatre and $15 per person for the matinee. Per formances at the Augusta Jewish Communit y Center in Evans. For reser vations, call 228-3636. “FOOTLOOSE” will be per formed by the Harlem High School Drama Depar tment May 8-10. Visit or call 556-5980. “ALICE IN WONDERLAND,” a Missoula Children’s Theatre production, will be at For t Gordon April 26, 4 and 7 p.m. For more information, call 791-4446. “A LITTLE BIT OF THIS AND A LITTLE BIT OF THAT” Augusta Mini Theatre annual spring show May 2-3, 8 p.m., at the Jack B. Patrick Technology Center at Augusta Technical College. Tickets are $8. Call 722-0598. “SALUTE TO BROADWAY” production by the Harlem High School Drama Depar tment April 24-25. For more information, visit or call 556-5980. “LOOT” will be presented by Augusta Theatre Company April 24-26 and May 1-3. Tickets are $10-$15 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. For more information, call 481-9040.

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 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. 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. New spring and summer hours begin March 21: open Tues.-Sat. 9 a.m.9 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 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 1-888-8744443. Also, visit their Web site at NATIONAL SCIENCE CENTER’S FORT DISCOVERY: Children and adults alike can immerse themselves in the wonders of science through live demonstrations, vir tual realities, Starlab, KidScape and more than 250 hands-on exhibits. General Admission: $8 for adults; $6 for children, seniors and active military. Group rates available. Operating hours: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Call 821-0200, 1-800325-5445 or visit their Web site at 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. 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.

Museums “ONE MAN, TWO SHIPS: LESSONS IN HISTORY AND COURAGE” is a new permanent exhibition at the Augusta Museum of History. Opening May 1, the exhibit showcases the USS Augusta and Lieutenant Colonel Jimmie Dyess. Call the museum at 722-8454 for more information. “TERRA COGNITA: CONTEMPORARY VISUAL EXPRESSIONS IN THE SOUTH — 40 YEARS WITH HERB JACKSON” slide presentation and meet-the-ar tist reception April 24, 6 p.m. at the Morris Museum of Ar t. Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for seniors, students and the military and free for museum members and ASU faculty and students. 724-7501. BROWN BAG HISTORY SERIES May 7, noon, at the Augusta Museum of History features lecture by Dorothy M. Jones on “Reflections of Wrightsboro.” Free for museum members and $2 for non-members; bring a lunch and the museum provides beverage and desser t. Reserve your place before May 6 by calling 722-8454.

“UNDER THE YUM YUM TREE” at the Abbeville Opera House April 25-26. Tickets are $15 for adults and $14 for seniors ages 65 and up. For reservations, call the Abbeville Opera House box office at (864) 459-2157.

SPRING STORYTELLING EXTRAVAGANZA at the Morris Museum of Ar t May 3. The Tellers of Two Cities present a Saturday morning spring storytelling series at 10:30 a.m. Don Mitcham is the May 3 storyteller. Free for members, $3 for adults and $2 for seniors, students and the military; children under 6 free with adult. Call 724-7501 for more information.

“A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE” will be per formed at the Washington Center for the Per forming Ar ts in Aiken April 2526; per formances are at 8 p.m. Call the Aiken Community

THE GERTRUDE HERBERT INSTITUTE OF ART in Ware’s Folly exhibits works by local and regional ar tists. Ar t class-

es, 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 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 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 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 HISTORIC AUGUSTA COTTON BALL membership drive May 1, 6:30-9:30 p.m. at 1215 Johns Rd. Live enter tainment, raffle and more will be featured. Membership in Historic Augusta is admission; membership categories star t at $35 for individuals or $45 for couples and families, with higher categories also available. For more information, contact Kim Overstreet, 724-0436. MAY FILM SERIES Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. at Headquar ters Library: May 6 showing of “Best in Show,” May 13 showing of “Waking Life,” May 20 showing of “Day for Night,” May 27 showing of “Local Hero.” Free admission. 821-2600. AUGUSTA SPRING ROSE SHOW April 26-27 at Augusta Mall. Free and open to the public. Entries will be accepted at the mall’s center cour t 6-9:30 a.m. April 26. Rose exper ts will be on hand to answer questions. Call (803) 279-5502. BLOOMING COLORS OF FASHION TALENT AND FASHION SHOW April 26, 5 p.m., at Paine College’s Gilber t Lambuth Chapel. $10 donation is admission. 821-8288. BOOK SIGNINGS AT BORDERS BOOKS AND MUSIC: Randall Floyd signs copies of his books 6-9 p.m. April 26; Jeanne O’Neal McGhee performs excerpts from “Par ting the Mist” April 27, 5-6 p.m. 737-6962. SOUTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY BULLDOG BASH April 26, 6-8 p.m., at Savannah Rapids Pavilion. Meet athletic coaches, admission recruiters and other faculty. Admission is $5 for students and $10 for adults in advance or $12 for adults at the door. For information, contact Gregory Hill, 724-5565 or Ella Jones, 798-7384. AIKEN HIGHLAND GAMES AND CELTIC FESTIVAL May 3, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at Aiken Horse Park/Conger Field. Bagpipe bands, heavy athletics, children’s activities and more. Advance tickets are $8 adult and $3 youth; at the gate, tickets are $10 adult and $5 youth; children under 6 are free. For information, contact David Nichols, (803) 649-7374. “MOTORCYCLE AWARENESS AND YOU” MONTH PROGRAM April 26. Motorcyclists will gather in the parking lot of the Municipal Building on Telfair Street at 10 a.m. as the mayor proclaims May “Motorcycle Awareness and You” Month, followed by an observation ride throughout Augusta. For information, call Nancy James, 592-1015 or Larry Dodson, (803) 442-3877. FORT GORDON DAYS OF REMEMBRANCE PROGRAM May 5, 1:30 p.m., in Alexander Hall. Free and open to the public. Call 791-6455 for information. ABBEVILLE SPRING FESTIVAL ON THE SQUARE 3 p.m. May 2-3 with live enter tainment, crafts, car show, children’s activities, tour of homes and more. Contact Ruth Freeman at (864) 459-1433. LEADERSHIP AUGUSTA MEDIA DAY LUNCHEON with panel

discussion featuring local media figures April 25 at the MCG Children’s Medical Center. Tickets are $7. For more information, contact Angela Hillesland, 731-9000.

Programs held at 11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. in Butler Lecture Hall. For more information, visit or call 737-1444.

AUGUSTA STATE UNIVERSITY HISTORY WALK DEDICATION April 24, 2 p.m. at the Guardhouse Museum. Rain location is Galloway Hall. For more information, contact Steve Brady, 667-4821, or Kathy Schofe, 737-1878.

MCDUFFIE FRIENDS OF ANIMALS holds pet adoptions each Saturday, 1-3 p.m. at Superpetz on Bobby Jones Expressway. Call 556-9090 or visit

CHILDREN FROM CHINA MEET AND GREET RECEPTION for local families who have adopted from China, including those in the process of or considering adoption from China. Reception is May 4, 2 p.m., at the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, 548 Walker St. RSVP preferred, but not required. For information, visit or call 7382832. VETERANS JOB FAIR May 6, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at the U.S. Army Reserve Center, 719 15th Street at For t Gordon. Open to the public. Applicants should wear business attire and bring several updated copies of their resume. For info, contact George Champlin, 721-3131.

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.

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CLASSIC MOVIE NIGHT at For t Gordon Dinner Theatre May 2 features “Some Like It Hot.” Movie star ts at 7 p.m. and $3 admission covers movie, pizza, subs and beverages. Open to the public ages 16 and up. 791-4389.

ATLANTA JAZZ FESTIVAL May 1-26 in Atlanta. For per formance schedules or more information on concer ts and events, visit or call (404) 817-6851.

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16TH ANNUAL AUGUSTA CANAL CRUISE AND COOKOUT: Canoe or cycle along the Augusta Canal and then enjoy a barbecue picnic and a visit to the Augusta Canal Interpretive Center April 27. Check-in time is 1 p.m. Advance registration required; cost is $40 to canoe, $20 to cycle and $15 for barbecue only. For more information, call 823-0440.

MUSIC MIDTOWN FESTIVAL in Atlanta features 120 musical acts per forming in midtown Atlanta May 2-4, as well as an ar tist market and kids’ activities. A weekend pass is $45. Call (770) MIDTOWN or visit

FORT GORDON SPRING FLEA MARKET May 3, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Engineer Field. For more information, call 481-8065.

SCRABBLE NIGHT FOR ADULTS April 28, 6-8 p.m., at the Gibbs Library. Bring a board and a friend. Registration required. Call 863-1946. “A BLAST FROM THE PAST,” April 25 at the Richmond Hotel, is par t of the Augusta Symphony’s Por tfolio of Par ties. Call 826-4705 for a packet. AT PHINIZY SWAMP NATURE PARK: April 25 Teacher Orientation Drop-In, 4-5:30 p.m.; April 26 Songbird Walk, 811 a.m. Call 828-2109 for information. AUGUSTA NEIGHBORHOOD IMPROVEMENT CORPORATION HOMEOWNERS APPRECIATION AND OPEN HOUSE April 26, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at 922 Barnes St. 724-5565. MATH AWARENESS MONTH ACTIVITIES at For t Discovery through the end of April include puzzles, the high-wire bike, math trail exhibits, hands-on math activities and more. For more information, contact Cheryl Zimmerman, 821-0224, or Rhonda Carroll, 821-0213. A TASTE OF DOWNTOWN AIKEN April 24, 4:30-8 p.m. Tickets for the self-guided walking tour are $15 in advance or $20 the day of the event. Proceeds benefit the Aiken Downtown Development Association; call (803) 649-2221. SPACE WEEK April 28-May 3 at For t Discovery. Activities include designing and testing rockets, pop can hero, rocket car t, 3-2-1 pop, paper rockets, Newton car, balloon staging and more. Space-related demonstrations in the PowerStation April 29 at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Contact Waymon Stewar t, 821-0219. “AROUND THE DAY IN 80 WORLDS” FOREIGN FILM FESTIVAL at USC-Aiken. “No Man’s Land” will be shown at 6 p.m. April 25. Tickets are $2 for the public and free to students, faculty and staff. Call (803) 641-3448 for info. WILD TURKEY SUPER FUND MEMBERSHIP BANQUET April 24 at Julian Smith Casino. Hosted by the Augusta chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation. Doors open at 6 p.m. with dinner service at 7:30 p.m. Tickets available at the door. Live and silent auctions, raffles and more will also be featured. For information, e-mail PEACE VIGIL every Saturday until U.S. troops come home, noon-2 p.m. at the corner of Wrightsboro and Walton Way Ex t., near the Army Reserve Office. For more information, contact Denice Traina, 736-4738.


TASTE OF COLUMBIA at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden in Columbia, S.C., May 4. Free with regular zoo admission. Call (803) 779-8717 for more information.

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“THE LARAMIE PROJECT” will be staged at the Woodruff Ar ts Center in Atlanta May 8-18. For tickets, call (404) 7335000 or visit GEORGIA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL weekends, April 26June 8, 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. in Fairburn, Ga. At tractions include games, rides, live enter tainment, joust, birds of prey exhibit and more. Tickets available online at or by phone at (770) 964-8575. “THE PRISONER OF SECOND AVENUE” will be at the Class Act Theatre in Mariet ta, Ga., April 25-May 25. Showtimes are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 adult, $13 seniors and $12 children. For reservations, call (770) 579-3156. “MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL” through May 11 at the New American Shakespeare Tavern in Atlanta. Tickets are $19.50-$24.50, with group and student discounts available. British pub-style menu available one hour and 15 minutes before the show. For reservations, call (404) 874-5299. AT THE GEORGIA MUSEUM OF ART in Athens, Ga.: Master of Fine Ar ts Degree Candidates Exhibition through May 4; “Alfred H. Maurer: American Modern” through June 15. For more information, visit or call (706) 542-4662. “THE CRUCIBLE” will be per formed by the University of South Carolina Theatre Depar tment through April 27 at Drayton Hall in Columbia, S.C. Tickets are $12 general admission, $10 for USC faculty, staff, senior citizens and the military, $9 for students and $7 each for groups of 10 or more. Purchase tickets by phone at (803) 777-2551. “SALOMÉ,” by Oscar Wilde, will be at The New American Shakespeare Tavern in Atlanta through May 10. Late-night per formances are at 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The show is intended for adult audiences only. Tickets are $15. For reservations or information, call (404) 874-5299 or visit HARDEEVILLE (S.C.) MOTOR SPEEDWAY 2003 RACING SCHEDULE is April 26, May 3 and 24, June 7 and 21, July 12 and 26 and Aug. 9, 16 and 30. For information, call (843) 784-RACE.

APRIL FILM SERIES Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. at Headquar ters Library. April 29 showing of “Straw Dogs.” Free admission. 821-2600.

“CLEMENT GREENBERG: A CRITIC’S COLLECTION” is on display at the Columbia Museum of Ar t in Columbia, S.C., through June 17. (803) 799-2810.

2003 CULLUM LECTURE SERIES at Augusta State University: The title of this year’s series is “Frontiers in Motion: U.S.-Latin American and Caribbean Borderlands.” Series wrap-up and discussion takes place April 29.

“WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE: MAURICE SENDAK IN HIS OWN WORDS AND PICTURES” exhibit at the Richland County Public Library in Columbia, S.C., through May 18. (803) 799-9084.


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GEORGIA MOUNTAIN FAIR BLUEGRASS AND RHODODENDRON FESTIVAL May 2-4 and 9-11 in Hiawassee, Ga. Ar ts and craf ts, gardening presentations and car show, as well as live music with The Del McCoury Band, Lonesome River Band, Ricky Skaggs, Blake Shelton, Sawyer Brown and more. For information, visit or call (706) 896-4191.

PENDLETON KING PARK PLANT SWAP AND SALE May 3, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Pendleton King Park Pavilion. Free to the public. For more information, call Kay Mills, 738-4321.




CSRA HUMANE SOCIETY’S APRIL PET WALK April 27 at the Pet Center, 425 Wood St. Registration is 1 p.m. with the walk beginning at 2 p.m. Microchipping available for a $15 donation, and orders for custom-made remembrance paws will be taken. Admission is $5 per pet; all pets should be current on all vaccinations, dogs must be on leashes and cats or other pets should be in carriers. Call 261-PETS.



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ASU FIREFIGHTERS SCHOLARSHIP FUND BENEFITS: Concer t with the Livingroom Legends, Shaun Piazza, Snapdragon and Buckner April 24, 9 p.m. at the Soul Bar; organ concer t 4 p.m. May 4 at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church. Tickets for Soul Bar show $2 in advance and $3 at the door; organ concer t tickets $10 at the door. Call Debra Van Tuyll, 667-4165. HEPHZIBAH LIONS CLUB ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT May 2, 1 p.m. shotgun star t. Held at Point South Golf Club. For information, call 592-2982 or 592-5618. “CELEBRATING THE GARDEN” annual fundraising event for the Art Factory May 16. Music, dining and cocktails will be featured, as well as a silent auction of garden artworks created by local artists. For information, call the Art Factory at 7310008. “BLOW THE WHISTLE ON ASTHMA” American Lung Association of Georgia’s annual walk to take place May 3, 9 a.m.-noon at Savannah Rapids Pavilion. To be a team leader, walker or volunteer, contact Carol Hickok, 738-6435. AUGUSTA WOMEN’S CLUB BENEFIT SPAGHETTI DINNER April 24, 4-7 p.m. at The Clubhouse, 1005 Milledge Rd. Cost is $7. For information, contact Ramona Mills, 868-5313. DERBY DAY KENTUCKY DERBY PARTY May 3, 3-7 p.m., to raise money for the Augusta Training Shop for the Handicapped. The Kentucky Derby will be televised on big screens, and live enter tainment, raffles, a fashionable hat contest and more will be featured. Tickets are $30 per person. For more information, visit or call 738-1358. AUGUSTA-RICHMOND COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL is in need of dog and cat food, cat lit ter and other pet items, as well as monetary donations to help pay for vaccinations. Donations accepted during regular business hours, Tues.Sun., 1-5 p.m. at the shelter, 4164 Mack Lane. Call 7906836 for information.

Aiken. Free. Registration required by e-mailing or calling (803) 641-3646. CSRA BDPA SOUTHEASTERN IT CONFERENCE with computer scientist Philip Emeagwali April 25-27 at For t Discovery. Activities include professional workshop, youth conference, banquet and leadership breakfast. Cost is $150 for adults and $15 for youth. For information or to register, call 796-0699 or visit “USING THE COMPUTER AND UNDERSTANDING THE IMPORTANCE OF TECHNOLOGY” workshop April 26, 1:304:30 p.m. at the Wallace Branch Library. 722-6275. “CARING FOR YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS AND BOOKS: A BASIC PRESERVATION WORKSHOP” at the Ma xwell Branch Library April 26, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Registration required. Call 793-2020. USC-AIKEN CONTINUING EDUCATION offers the following courses: Drama and more. USC-Aiken also offers Education to Go classes online. Call the Office of Continuing Education at (803) 641-3288. AUGUSTA STATE UNIVERSITY CONTINUING EDUCATION is now offering the following classes: Garden Design, Intermediate Photography, Acting Workshop, Beginning Shag, Intro to Mountain Biking and Trails, Intermediate Line Dance, Drivers Education and more. Also, ASU offers online courses. For more information, call 737-1636 or visit AIKEN TECH CONTINUING EDUCATION offers the following courses: PCs 101, Microsof t Word, Microsof t Office, Infant Massage, Health Care Career Courses, Beginning Cake Decorating, Defensive Driving, Private Pilot Ground Course, Leadership and Employee Development and more. Aiken Tech also offers Education to Go classes online. For more information or to register, call (803) 593-9231, ex t. 1230.

Health ATTENTION DEFICIT HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER IN ADULTS free health education course May 8 at the Life Learning Center’s Downtown Division, 2:30 p.m. To enroll, call 733-0188, ex t. 7989. DOCTOR’S HOSPITAL ICU OPEN HOUSE for National Critical Care Awareness and Recognition Month May 5, 4-6 p.m., on the third floor of Doctor’s Hospital. Activities, prizes and refreshments will be available. Call 651-2420 for information. HEALTH AND WELLNESS FAIR 7-8:30 p.m. April 24 at St. Joseph Health Care Center in Daniel Village. Learn about health techniques and therapies such as massage therapy, magnetic technology, acupuncture and more. Call 667-8734. “CHANGE! WHO’S IN CONTROL?” FREE HEALTH EDUCATION COURSE at the Life Learning Center April 24, 2:30 p.m. Class addresses changes in feelings, thoughts, emotions, behavior and personality. To register, call 731-7275, ext. 7989.

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 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.

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS: If you want to stop using any drugs, there is a way out. Help is available at no cost. Call the Narcotics Anonymous help line for information and meeting schedules at 855-2419.

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.

PROJECT LINK COMMUNITY LECTURE SERIES is held the first Tuesday of every month and is sponsored by the MCG Children’s Medical Center. Project Link provides educational resources and guidance for families who have children with developmental delays, disabilities and other specialized health concerns. May 6 program is on Assistive Technology. Free and open to the public; takes place from 6:30-8 p.m. in the main conference room at the Children’s Medical Center. Call 721-6838 for information.

Learning BASIC MICROSOFT WORD course at the Wallace Branch Library. Held Thursdays, May 1-June 5, 6-7:30 p.m. 722-6275. INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTERS FOR ADULTS 9:30-11 a.m. Mondays, May 5-26, at the Ma xwell Branch Library. Registration required; call 793-2020. INTRODUCTION TO MICROSOFT WORD class May 7, 9-10 a.m., at the Gibbs Library. Call 863-1946 to register. CSRA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION GRANTSEEKER SESSION May 7-8, 10-11 a.m. at the offices of Serrota, Maddox, Evans & Co., 701 Greene St., Suite 200. Free information session for 501(c)(3) organizations that wish to apply for funding during 2003 Unrestricted Grants Campaign. Make reservations by calling 724-1314. BUSINESS PLANNING WORKSHOP May 1, 8:45 a.m.-1 p.m. in Room 140 of the Business and Education Building at USC-

DIET COUNSELING CLASSES for diabetics and those with high cholesterol at CSRA Par tners in Health, 1220 Augusta West Parkway. Free. Call 860-3001 for class schedule.

UNIVERSITY HEALTH CARE SYSTEM COMMUNITY EDUCATION holds workshops, seminars and classes on a variety of topics: weight and nutrition, women’s health, cancer, diabetes, seniors’ health and more. Suppor t groups and health screenings are also offered. Call 736-0847 for details. 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

The 16th annual Augusta Canal Cruise and Cookout takes place April 27. A visit to the new Augusta Canal Interpretive Center is also included. 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. A FREE WOMEN’S HEALTH CLINIC is held from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Salvation Army and Welfare Center, 1383 Greene St. Services include Pap smear, breast exam and the diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmit ted diseases. For more info or an appointment, call the St. Vincent dePaul Health Center at 828-3444. W.G. WATSON, M.D., WOMEN’S CENTER CONDUCTS EDUCATION CLASSES at University Hospital. Course topics include Lamaze, breast feeding, parenting and grandparenting. Par tners will learn positive suppor t techniques. There are also programs designed to help older siblings adjust to new family members. Some classes are free, while others require a fee. Registration is required by calling 774-2825.

Seniors THE CARE MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT COMPANY, a nonprofit organization, provides transpor tation for seniors who live in the 30906 and 30815 zip code area. For a minimal fee, door-to-door shut tles provide safe, clean and dependable transpor tation 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Appointments must be made 24 hours in advance; call Linda Washington, 7338771, or leave a message for more information. SENIOR SPECTACULAR May 2, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the H.O. Weeks Center in Aiken features guest speakers, give aways, health screenings and information on local services available to senior adults. Call (803) 642-7631 for more information. “THEN AND NOW” SHOW AND TELL: Seniors write an autobiography and collect photographs of themselves from past time periods. Show and tell session takes place 10-11 a.m. April 28-29 at the Senior Citizens Council of Greater Augusta and the CSRA. 826-4480. COMPUTER CLASSES FOR SENIOR CITIZENS Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Shiloh Comprehensive Community Center. For more information, call 738-0089. AIKEN PARKS AND RECREATION offers a multitude of programs for senior adults, including bridge clubs, fitness classes, canasta clubs, line dancing, racquetball, ar ts and craf ts, tennis and excursions. For more information, call (803) 642-7631.

bics, 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.

Kids TIME TO CARE FAMILY FAIR April 26, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Augusta Common. Live music, games, face painting and more. For info, call (803) 278-1212. MOVIES FOR ALL AGES 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays throughout May at the Euchee Creek Library. 556-0594. GIBBS LIBRARY SUMMER STORYTIME REGISTRATION begins May 1. Call 863-1946 for more information or to register your child. AUGUSTA MUSEUM OF HISTORY FAMILY FUN DAY with American Revolutionary War re-enactors April 27, 2-4 p.m. Visit or call 722-8454 for info. CHILDREN’S STORYTIME at Borders Books and Music 11 a.m. April 28. Listen to “Where the Wild Things Are” and celebrate character Ma x’s 40th bir thday. 737-6962. KIDS’ EARTH DAY 2003 April 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Lions Memorial Field in Nor th Augusta. Free admission. In case of rain, event will be held at the Riverview Park Activities Center. Call 441-4224, 641-7670 or 557-8124 for details. APRIL FAMILY FUN DAY April 27 at the Augusta Museum of History features American Revolutionary War re-enactors from 2-4 p.m. Call 722-8454 for more information. ART FOR TOTS WORKSHOP April 26, 10-11:30 a.m. at the Ger trude Herber t Institute of Ar t. Registration required; call 722-5495. PLAYGROUND PLAYHOUSE PRESENTS “RAPUNZEL: THE MUSICAL” April 29, 7 p.m., at USC-Aiken’s Etherredge Center. Tickets are $5 adults and $3 children. For more information, or to reserve tickets, call (803) 641-3305.

JUD C. HICKEY CENTER FOR ALZHEIMER’S CARE provides families and caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia a break during the day. Activities and care available at the adult day center, and homecare is available as well. For information, call 738-5039.

APPLICATIONS FOR FORT DISCOVERY SUMMER CAMPS now available. A variety of camps are available for young scientists of all ages. Download an application at or contact Lisa Golden at 821-0646.

THE ACADEMY FOR LIFELONG LEARNING offers lectures, courses, field trips, discussion groups and community information seminars on a variety of topics to mature adults. For more information, contact the USC-Aiken Office of Continuing Education at (803) 641-3288.

OPEN DOOR CARNIVAL April 27, 12:30-4 p.m. at the Open Door Preschool, 3005 Walton Way. Pony rides, a pet ting zoo, blow-up slide, games, craf ts and more will be available. Tickets are 50 cents. For information, contact Michelle Johnson, 651-8824.

PEOPLE WITH ARTHRITIS CAN EXERCISE (PACE) meets at Walton Rehabilitation Hospital Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. Call 823-5294.

FAMILY GAME NIGHT April 24, 6-8 p.m. at the Gibbs Library. Bring the whole family and play games like Junior Pictionary, Junior Scrabble, Uno and more. You may also bring your own board game or card game. Space is limited, so register by calling the library at 863-1946.

THE SENIOR CITIZENS COUNCIL OF GREATER AUGUSTA AND THE CSRA offers a variety of classes, including aero-

STORYLAND THEATRE is now taking reservations for the 2003-2004 season: “Sleeping Beauty” Oct. 28-Nov. 1, “The Cour tship of Senorita Florabella” Feb. 24-29 and “Hansel and Gretel” April 13-17. Season tickets for weekday school performances are $9 per student; season tickets for weekend family matinees are $10.50 per person. For reservations, call Storyland Theatre at 736-3455 or fax a request to 736-3349. PHINIZY SWAMP NATURE PARK FAMILY DISCOVERY SERIES presentation on snakes April 24, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Pharmacia Pavilion. Bring the family and a picnic dinner. Call 828-2109 for more information. “TECHNOLOGY AND TENNIS FOR LIFE” camp is now accepting registration for summer sessions June 9-27 and July 7-25. Program activities include computer literacy, leadership skills development, tennis instruction and more. To register, call 796-5046. STORYTIME IN THE GARDENS every Tuesday, 4 p.m., through May. Senior citizens will read favorite children’s stories to kids 8 and under at Hopeland Gardens in Aiken. Bring a blanket or chair and snacks. Free. Rain location is the H.O. Weeks Center. (803) 642-7631. HOMEWORK STUDY SKILLS FOR STUDENTS Saturdays from 9 a.m.-noon at Shiloh Comprehensive Community Center. Computers are available. Call 738-0089 for info. AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM at the Smith-Hazel Recreation Center in Aiken through May, 2-6 p.m. Open to kids ages 513. Call (803) 642-7635. 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 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.

THE KITTY ORTIZ DE LEON FOUNDATION needs volunteers to help promote organ donor awareness. For more information, please contact Cassandra Reed at 481-0105 or 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 year-round. If you are able to lift 25 pounds and would like to help fight hunger in the Augusta area, contact Laurie Roper at 7361199, ex t. 208. 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. 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. AUGUSTA-RICHMOND COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL: New volunteer orientation is scheduled the first Saturday of each month at 1 p.m. at the shelter, 4164 Mack Lane. Schedule subject to change; call 790-6836 to verify dates and times. THE CSRA HUMANE SOCIETY is looking for animal lovers willing to donate a lit tle of their time. Volunteers are needed every Saturday at the Pet Center located behind GreenJackets 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 AUGUSTA AREA SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE meets April 27, 3 p.m., at Advent Lutheran Church, 3232 Washington Rd. For more information, call 863-6785. PRIDE AND PROGRESS OF AUGUSTA-RICHMOND COUNTY meets April 29, 7 p.m., at University Medical Center South. For more information, call 798-3890. CANOE AND KAYAK CLUB OF AUGUSTA holds its annual Riverside Paddle and New Member Reception Cookout April 26; registration is required for the event. For info, call 8605432 or e-mail AUGUSTA AREA CHAPTER OF THE SOCIETY OF HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT meets for a seminar and luncheon April 30, 11:45-1:30 p.m., at the Radisson Suites on Washington Road. Cost for non-members is $15; RSVP to Karen Whitman at 220-2915 by April 25.



CHRIST-BASED RECOVERY MEETING every Tuesday, 6:30 p.m., at the Love & Light Healing Center. Please use the back entrance. For information, contact Kenny Stacy, 373-5585.

AIKEN/AUGUSTA MASTERS ROWING REGATTA May 3. For details, contact the Augusta Rowing Club, 821-2875.

FREE ‘N’ ONE SUPPORT GROUP for those bat tling addiction to drugs and alcohol. Approach is a spiritual one. Held ever y Thursday night. For information, contact Sarah Barnes, 772-7325.

AUGUSTA ROWING CLUB LEARN-TO-ROW CLASS April 24May 24. Cost is $80 for 10 classes. Par ticpants must be able to swim. Held at The Boathouse on the Savannah River. To register, contact Tim Jannik at (803) 278-0003.

TOUGH LOVE SUPPORT GROUP Monday nights, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the South Augusta Resource Center. Learn how to understand addiction and how to exercise tough love with those you care about. Call Sarah Barnes, 772-7325, for info.

AUGUSTA GREENJACKETS HOME GAMES April 24-28, May 6-11, 21-24 and 27-31. Tickets are $6-$8 for adults; $5 for senior citizens, military personnel and children 4-12; and $1 for children 3 and under. For tickets, visit or call 736-7889.

GEORGIA-CAROLINA TOASTMASTERS meets Wednesdays at noon at the Clubhouse, 2567 Washington Rd. $8 for lunch; visitors welcome. 860-9854.

INTRODUCTORY AND DROP-IN CLIMBING Fridays, 5:306:30 p.m., at the Virginia Acres Park Climbing Wall in Aiken. Cost is $5 per session. Call (803) 642-7631 for information. THE AUGUSTA RUGBY CLUB is always looking for new members. Teams available for women and men; no experience necessary. Practice is Tuesday and Thursday nights, 79 p.m. at Richmond Academy. For more information, call Don Zuehlke, 495-2043, or e-mail augustar You may also visit

Volunteer SAVANNAH RIVERKEEPER CLEAN-UP AND COOKOUT April 26. Help clean up the river and receive a hamburger or hot dog meal. Trash bags can be picked up at the Riverfront Marina Warehouse between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Call 722-0772 for info. FORT DISCOVERY STUDENT VOLUNTEER PROGRAM is looking for volunteers, ages 15 and up, to commit 30 hours over the summer. For more information on this oppor tunity, contact Millie Schumacher, 821-0609.

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 339-1204 and leave first name and phone number; a confidential reply is assured.

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BUSINESS NETWORK INTERNATIONAL Augusta Chapter meets every Thursday morning from 7 to 8:30 a.m. at the Cour tyards by Mariott. The group is a business networking group designed to give and receive referrals. All professionals welcome. For more information or to join, call Barbara Crenshaw, 868-3772. RIVERWALK TOASTMASTERS meets Mondays, 7 p.m. in Classroom 3 at University Hospital. Call Gale Kan, 855-7071.

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Arts: Visual

A Plethora of Art Shows Descends on Augusta

By Rhonda Jones

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Left to Right: “Waiting for Shinshin II,” oil and golding on canvas, detail by Tom Nakashima. “La Tierra Roja,” mixed media/panel by Marjorie Guyon. “Mosaic Menorah,” by Michael Muchnik.


f you think art shows are the way to go when you have a little time to yourself, there is a lot for you to do starting now. Between the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, Mary Pauline Gallery downtown, and even Chabad Lubavitch of Augusta, you will have plenty of pretty pictures to look at. Let’s start with the gallery artists, shall we? Art Show on Artists’ Row The Mary Pauline Gallery on Broad Street in downtown Augusta has been bringing interesting artists to Augusta from all over for several years now. A typical show, like this one, involves two artists, often of vastly different styles. The work of Kevin E. Cole of Atlanta and Marjorie Guyon of Lexington, Ky., provides just that kind of mix. Both artists’ work is ultra colorful, but Cole uses festive, happy colors, while Guyon uses comforting, yet vibrant, earthtones. If you approach Cole’s work with no prior knowledge of him or his philosophy, you will be in for a surprise later. The mounted knots seem happy and whimsical. You will probably make out the necktie shapes and perhaps think that he is simply trying to be different. You’d never guess they are about lynchings. The following is from the artist’s statement that appears on Cole’s Web site at “When I turned eighteen years old, my grandfather stressed the importance of voting by taking me to a tree where he was told that African-Americans were lynched by their neckties on their way to vote. The experience left a profound impression in my mind.” No kidding. A separate statement goes on to explain that, for him, the necktie is a symbol of power. “People who wear ties are typically the decision-makers in our society and, more often than not, more value is

placed on their ideas and contributions.” Yet he paints in ways that resemble patterns on African Kente and Adinkra cloths. He said they are about human relationships and problems. “Well I mean, they represent a lot of different things,” he said. For example, he continued, the Kente cloth represents wisdom, knowledge, hope and prosperity, among other things. He agrees that there is a juxtaposition of the positive and the negative in his symbols. “Yeah, I think that when we look at a situation ... You have to go through the negative to get to the positive. It’s like rain. If you can’t appreciate the rain, you can’t appreciate the sunshine. The rods in his work represent strength. “My grandfather, he carried around a rod like a tree limb. That was something that he kneeled down and drew in the sand with. That was the rod that he leaned on that propped him up.” Marjorie Guyon, on the other hand, just likes old things. Her paintings are layered with some of the brightest earthtones you will ever see. That’s because she makes her own. “I went on a hunt,” she said. “ I love those reds and terra cottas and ochres.” She was not happy with the reds she’d found in synthetic paints, she said. “I couldn’t get the resonance.” That’s when she began to research what it would take for her to make her own paints. “What I found was, pigment is the most expensive part of paint.” She also found a German paint company that employed people to go out and ... Well, dig up dirt. That is where much paint pigment comes from. She eventually found a place to buy the right colors of finely ground dirt. “Real paint from a long time ago was ground shell and ground earth,” she said. So, she brought her dirt back to her studio and began the process of turning it into paint. “And I found the red I needed,” she said.

Listening to the way she describes herself may lead one to surmise that those who know Guyon well were probably not surprised that she went on a dirt-hunt and makes her own paint. “See, I’m one of those people ... I don’t have a dishwasher. I don’t have a microwave. Essentially, I’m all hand. I like to wash dishes. It’s like somehow I’m probably in the wrong century, you know?” Asked if her work is abstract, she agrees somewhat, but insists there is a narrative element as well, which fits well with her methods of achieving her results. This, she said, is because her work is about what people have always done. “Like, people have planted forever; people have loved forever. The things that people have done forever are the things that are deeply rooted within us.” She works with layers of paint to give her images a weathered look. “So you get the idea sort of, of looking through time.” She and Cole will exhibit at the Mary Pauline Gallery at 982 Broad Street in downtown Augusta from April 25 until June 21. On April 25, there will be an opening reception from 5-8 p.m. Jewish Mysticism and Art Like that of Kevin Cole, the work of Michoel (pronounced Meh-HOL) Muchnik is also deceptively whimsical. You would never guess, judging from the fancifully shaped huts and villages, that the inspiration for these images is Jewish mysticism, or that the artist is Hasidic. He explained a little of what it means to be a Hasidic Jew. “It’s living the esoteric part of the Torah wisdom,” he said. “I study Hasidic teachings, based on cabalistic or mystical ideas of Torah wisdom, the deeper meanings of the Torah.” The subject matter, he said, has to do largely with parables. For instance, he said, in one piece, there is a fish coming up to the surface where a drop of water

has fallen. He said we should be like the fish. “You know, just like they’re surrounded by water, and that’s their element ... We should be submerged in the Torah wisdom because it affects everything in our life. We should run to hear a new explanation that’s coming from the Torah like the fish that’s running to that new drop.” On April 27, from 6-9 p.m., the Chabad Lubavitch of Augusta at 850 Broad Street will host Muchnik and his art from 6-9 p.m. At 7:30, Muchnik will give a presentation titled “Mysticism in Jewish Art.” Light refreshments will be served. This is a free event. For info, call (706) 722-7659. Tom Nakashima Shows at the Gertrude Herbert The William Morris Eminent Scholar in Art, Tom Nakashima, will be showing his work in the main galleries of the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art until June 6. The reception will take place April 25 from 6-8 p.m. According to Brian Rust, professor of art at Augusta State University where Nakashima is serving, the exhibit will display paintings, prints and objects representing the artist’s work from 1979 through 2002. “This is his first major exhibition in Augusta,” Rust wrote to The Metropolitan Spirit. Nakashima has exhibited in recent months at the university’s gallery in the fine arts department. Nakashima comes to Augusta from Washington, D.C., where he served as a full professor, and then as art department chair, at The Catholic Conservatory of America. At the same time, the senior exhibitions of three graduating ASU art students – Tobya Negash, Raymond Sturkey and Nicole North – will be on display in the upper galleries. The reception is free for members, $5 for non members.

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Arts: Events

Celtic Shenanigans in the Month of May

By Rhonda Jones

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Left to Right: Scott Brantley throws the stone at the Aiken Highland Games; a jouster greets the crowd at the Georgia Renaissance festival; Tom Cuny has a night out as Tommy Murphy.


f you are of Scottish, Irish or Welsh heritage, as many in this area tend to be, you may at times experience some pretty strange, inexplicable urges. Like the urge to toss large poles into the air or dance a funny little hopping jig when no one’s looking, or make a loud whooping noise for no apparent reason. Maybe you just enjoy a good glass of dark ale or are a closet banjo fan. Maybe the sound of the bagpipes makes your heart race. Well, in that case, you can pick any of a number of events that are coming up – starting this weekend – to help you get your Celtic groove on. Aiken Highland Games and Celtic Festival Let’s start with the new kid on the block – the Aiken Highland Games and Celtic Festival. David Nichols, Aiken Highland Games chairman, says this is the first year the festival will have been held in full force. He says it’s very similar to the Highland Games held in Atlanta each fall. In other words, very strong Scotsmen will be tossing very large poles called cabers into the air, among other sporty-type things. And there will be music, food, vendors and children’s activities. “We have several pipe bands that will be playing throughout the day,” Nichols said. And, not only will the menfolk be tossing around trees (well, they may as well be trees), but the women will be tossing also. Hence, Martha will not be protesting this event. “We do have some women coming in for women’s athletics — smaller weights and a smaller caber,” Nichols said. There will be costumed entertainers. Eric Duncan, who is originally from Aberdeen, Scotland, will be there with his special brand of musical merrymaking, as will Augusta Irish band Sibin. (That’s

pronounced sh’bean for all you nonGaelic speakers out there.) “It’s very, very family-oriented,” said Nichols – who is himself a Scots-descended bagpiper. “We have 19 clans that are going to be there with their genealogy, what clan you might belong to.” And if you are a regular at Highland Games events, you may see someone you know. According to Nichols, you may see a lot of someones you know. “A lot of these people who go to these things see these same people every year,” he said. The festival is going to be at the Aiken Horse Park/Conger Field, where the Steeplechase is held each year. It’s at Powderhouse and Audubon roads. For directions call (803) 649-7374. The fun takes place Saturday, May 3, beginning at 9 a.m. (although the park opens at 8:30). The day doesn’t end until 5 p.m. Advance tix can be found at The Curiosity Shop on Laurens Street in downtown Aiken, The Farnell Clinic on York Street, and Aiken Office Supply on Whiskey Road. Advance tix are $8 for grown-ups and $3 for kids age 12 and under. Tickets at the door will be $10 for adults and $5 for kids age 12 and under. Kids under the age of 6 get in free. Two Atlanta Festivals Atlanta plays host to many events like this one. Today, boys and girls, we will talk about the Georgia Renaissance Festival and the Atlanta Celtic Festival. The Ren faire starts this weekend, April 26, and runs weekends until June 8. You will travel back in time to a medieval world where you will behold 12 stages of entertainment and endless booths of arts and crafts ... But these aren’t your everyday arts and crafts. You can find swords, jewelry, gargoyles for your garden and other whimsical creatures. You will see birds of prey flying overhead. There are

musicians galore, in full period dress. You must come and check out The Lost Boys. Request their original song – well sort of original. It’s the story of Othello, titled “Desdemona” and set to the tune of “My Sharona.” With a song like that, you can pick out anyone who has spent much time at all in college English classes – those are the ones who will be rolling with laugher on the floor, clutching their stomachs so as to not laugh the stuffings clean out of themselves. You can chat with the medieval locals – knights, damsels, maybe even the king and queen themselves. There will most likely be a parade. There is a jousting tournament, presided over by the king, and involving the audience. Satyrs will be roaming free. And there may even be a very photogenic troll. Feeding the mythical beasts is not recommended. It’s a huge time. At the end of the day I like to repair to ye olde pub, which is an open-air structure with a stage, where you can sit and have a pint while the bands play and the pub wenches belt out a few tunes. Audience participation is enforced ... er, encouraged. In other words, you’ll be having such a good time, you won’t be able to keep yourself from singing along. Don’t know the words? You will before the afternoon is over. Fun starts 10:30 a.m., April 26 and every weekend morning after, Saturdays and Sundays, through June 8. Park closes at 6 p.m. They will even be open Memorial Day. The site is 8 miles south of Hartsfield Airport on I-85 at Exit 61. See for info, or phone (770) 964-8575. The Atlanta Celtic Festival, on the other hand, takes place one weekend, May 1718, at Oglethorpe University, which can be found at 4484 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta. There will be local, national and international performers. There will even

be Celtic music workshops. For info call Atlanta Celtic Festival, Inc., at (404) 5728045, visit the Web site at or e-mail “Murphy’s Night Out” With Tom Cuny But on April 27, the fun is coming to you in the form of Tom Cuny, who will perform at the Appleby Garden at the Appleby Branch Library at 2260 Walton Way at Johns Road. Cuny, a New York Irishman who lives in Barnwell, S.C., will transform himself into Tommy Murphy for a performance he calls “Murphy’s Night Out.” “Basically, it’s a character and his name is Tommy Murphy and he’s from Ireland,” Cuny said. “It’s sort of an evening with Tom Murphy, with his wife finally letting him have a night off. He’s finally at a pub and the audience is part of the pub and he’s telling all these stories about the Cousin Murphy who did this and the Cousin Murphy who did that.” Interspersed among Murphy’s stories, Cuny said, will be songs – most traditional pieces from the old country, and two that sprang from Cuny’s own head. Those two are called “The Fields of Gleann An Mojin” and “Once I Was a Noble Lord.” If he has time, Cuny said, he may even play the pipes for you. When asked if there was anything that he wanted his prospective audience to know, Cuny said this: “You can come if you want. I’m going to have a good time.” He will be having a good time at Appleby Garden at 3 p.m. on April 27. The program will last about an hour, he said. Unfortunately, there won’t be any CDs to buy, so you’ll have to pay close attention to him so you can play it all back later in your head. There is no admission fee, but donations will be gladly accepted. For information, call 736-6244.

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here’s going to be a murder and no one’s doing anything to stop it. In fact, you’re invited to come watch. On May 1, Stage III opens its production of “Murder at Rutherford House” at the Augusta Jewish Community Center. Director Fred Elser says it’s billed as a “hilarious audience participation murder mystery.” “The participants will be interspersed within the audience,” said Elser. “They’ll be eating throughout the course of the evening.” It’s a dinner theatre, so you’re going to be eating and watching and interacting with the characters the whole evening through. The Augusta Jewish Community Center will be converted into Rutherford House, whose owner died five years ago. Before his death, he decreed that the guests would convene at his place once a year for five years on the anniversary of his death. On the fifth anniversary, the night of the performance, the terms of the will would have to be satisfied for those named in the will to get anything. Creepy, huh? When one of these eccentric characters kicks the bucket, you will have to figure out whodunnit. “Everyone will have a written resolution as to who they think was involved and there will be some awards given out.” Elser anticipates about two and a half hours for the experience. If you have questions, or wish to make reservations, call the Augusta Jewish Community Center at 228-3636. Performances run May 1-4. Thursday through Saturday, the show starts at 7 p.m., with a Sunday matinee at 3 p.m. The dinner shows are $25 per person; the matinee is $15 per person. A Little Bit of This and a Little Bit of That No. Really. That’s the title of the last production of the season for Augusta Mini Theatre. Director Tyrone Butler spoke about the project that his wife and co-director Judith Butler quilted together from past productions, and from poetry. The poetry, he said, is from people like Langston Hughes and Maya Angelou. Butler said there will be about 60 to 70 students performing in the production. The “bits” that are going into his wife’s dramatic quilt, Butler said, are instructional. “It’s

going to come out as life lessons for young people to live by. Staying in school, being respectful, courteous, making something of yourself. Loving yourself. Once you love yourself, you’re going to be able to make something of yourself, and eventually you’re going to help someone else.” And, he said, there’s also a special salute to the troops. “It’s going to last about an hour. It’s really a family production,” he said, adding that he would encourage teenagers to come. “A Little Bit of This and a Little Bit of That” will show at the John B. Patrick Technology Center on the campus of Augusta Technical College, May 2 and 3 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased at 430 8th Street. For info call (706) 722-0598. And for the Kiddies Augusta Dance Theatre and the Missoula Children’s Theatre will show productions of “Roar of Love” and “Alice in Wonderland,” respectively. “Roar of Love,” an adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” will take place at the Bell Auditorium May 2 at 8 p.m. and May 3 at 3 p.m. Kathleen Jones of Augusta Dance Theatre explained the significance of the piece. “It’s a story of redemption,” she said. It’s the story of four kids who find themselves in a magical land called Narnia, which is under the influence of an evil witch. The lion, Aslan, is a Christ figure, who gives his life for that of one of the children – a Judas figure who has betrayed him. General admission is $15. Seniors and children pay $10. For tickets and info call 860-1852. Meanwhile, Fort Gordon has teamed up with the traveling Missoula Children’s Theatre, which will be presenting “Alice in Wonderland” on April 26 at 4 p.m. and at 7 p.m. The Missoula Children’s Theatre takes an interesting approach to their art. They breeze into town, recruit kids ages 8-18 and spend about a week rehearsing them before the performance. Auditions for this piece, for example, weren’t held until April 21. Rehearsals were April 22-25. For info and ticket prices, call Fort Gordon at 791-4389.

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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 and 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) ★ Anger Management (PG-13) — Af ter "assaulting" a stewardess on a flight, doofy Dave (Adam Sandler) is ordered by a cour t into anger therapy. That means bonding with Buddy (Jack Nicholson), anger management guru, and time with Buddy's pet circle of hair-trigger loons, including Luis Guzman as a gay par ty beast and John Tur turro as a rage-aholic called Chuck. Buddy and Dave get in each other's hair, play mean pranks on each other, trade frat-level penis jokes, run up to Boston and return to New York, where both seem to have something going with Dave's girlfriend (Marisa Tomei). "Anger Management" is not bad enough to make you angry, because inevitably the cast cooks some silly fun. Cast: Jack Nicholson, Adam Sandler, John Tur turro, Marisa Tomei, Luis Guzman, Woody Harrelson. Running time: 1 hr., 35 mins. (Elliot t) ★★ Basic (R) — John Travolta swaggers through this macho military thriller as Tom Hardy, an ex-Army wise guy hanging around Panama City. He is called in for some cover t investigating by the squishy base commander at the Canal Zone in Panama. A cruel and hated drill sergeant, West (Samuel L. Jackson), was killed on an insane jungle training exercise during a hurricane. There are more dead and wounded, and survivors reek of guilt. The plot pretzels like a Mobius strip on moonshine, repeating scenes from dif ferent "angles," each one a Cubist jag of revelation. If this humid hullabaloo made sense, it still wouldn't mat ter. The finish is like the giddy reunion of a buddy club, as if the sequel might be a frat-boy comedy. Cast: John Travolta, Connie Nielsen,

Samuel L. Jackson, Giovanni Ribisi, Taye Diggs, Roselyn Sanchez, Harry Connick Jr., Brian Van Holt. Running time: 1 hr., 38 mins. (Elliot t) ★1/2 Bringing Down the House (PG-13) — Queen Latifah smoothly pockets "Bringing Down the House" as Charlene, a good-hear ted fugitive from the law, turning to a starchy, divorced ta x at torney for refuge and suppor t. Steve Mar tin is the lawyer, Peter. The core idea of this very simple comedy is pure buzz of contrast: Latifah is abundantly, explosively black, while Mar tin may be the whitest man ever to star in movies. Latifah rides out the nonsense in her queenly, Pearl Bailey style. It's a cookiecut comedy. The movie delivers its very manufactured goods, but it lacks the guts to be a meaningful comedy. Cast: Steve Mar tin, Queen Latifah, Eugene Levy, Joan Plowright, Jean Smar t, Bet ty White. Running time: 1 hr., 45 mins. (Elliot t) ★★ Bulletproof Monk (PG-13) — Pity poor Chow Yun-Fat. Af ter making a string of forget table movies such as "The Replacement Killers" and "Anna and the King," it appeared he had finally hit his stride with 2000's "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon." His newest flick, "Bulletproof Monk," unfor tunately, is a major step backward. Chow stars as the "Monk With No Name" and is charged with protecting a scroll of unbelievable power. If the scroll falls into the wrong hands, it could mean the end of the world as we know it. And of course, the scroll is being pursued by Stern — a Nazi who wants to shape the world in his image. All of this, of course, leads to a final showdown between the Monk and the Nazi. If you have to ask who'll win, then you haven't seen too many of these so-called action films. Cast: Chow Yun-Fat, Seann William Scot t, Jaime King, Karel Roden, Victoria Smur fit. Running time: 1 hr., 44 mins. ★★. Chicago (PG-13) —- It's been 23 years since Richard Gere stripped on Broadway for "Bent." Now he gets to pull of f his clothes as slick shyster Billy Flynn. Mostly in wonder ful suits, his hair shining like creased silver, Gere is having the best time of his movie life,

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singing and tapdancing and lording over women with rakish snaz. He's a lioness-tamer; the main cats are Velma Kelly (Catherine Zeta-Jones), a cabaret sex bazooka and killer on Death Row and newcomer Roxie Har t (Renee Zellweger), a Bet ty Boop who killed her lover. For cash and headlines, Flynn will help guilty women beat the law. "Chicago" is zip for depth, but it has all the sexy sur face it needs to be ex travagantly alive. It tops of f at the Chicago Theater, and the old show palace looks delighted. Cast: Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere, John C. Reilly, Queen Latifah, Christine Baranski, Taye Diggs. Running time: 1 hr., 53 mins. (Elliot t) ★★★★ Confidence (R) — Con ar tist Jake Vig has just pulled of f one of the biggest heists of his career, thousands of dollars from a man named Lionel Dolby. Soon, Dolby and one of his crew turn up dead, and Vig suspects crime boss The King of masterminding the plot. In order to show his gratitude, Vig convinces The King to accept repayment in the form of another heist — the victim this time is wealthy banker Morgan Price. But double-crossing henchmen and cops hot on Vig’s trail make the task much more dif ficult than Vig ever suspected. Cast: Edward Burns, Andy Garcia, Dustin Hof fman, Paul Giamat ti, Rachel Weisz, Donal Logue, Morris Chestnut. Cradle 2 the Grave (R) — DMX stars as thief Tony Fait, who pulls of f a heist involving rare black diamonds. On Fait’s trail is Su (Jet Li), a Taiwanese government agent who has been tracking the path of the diamonds throughout the world. Su’s former par tner Ling, lured by the diamonds and looking to procure them for himself, kidnaps Fait’s young daughter in an at tempt to exchange her for the diamonds. Fait realizes his only chance to get his daughter back is to team up with Su. Cast: Jet Li, DMX, Anthony Anderson, Gabrielle Union, Mark Dacascos. Darkness Falls (PG-13) — A young man in a small town, isolated because the locals think he’s crazy, is the only one who can help a young boy, the brother of his childhood girlfriend. The boy is threatened by a centuries-old evil, a force that served as the inspiration for the seemingly innocuous tale of the tooth fairy. Cast: Chaney Kley, Emma Caulfield, Joshua Anderson, Andrew Bayly, Emily Browning. Deliver Us From Eva (R) — Eva, described as the “sister-in-law from hell” by the men in her life, is one big nagging pain in the — well, you get the idea. The guys, desperate to stop her nagging and shut her up for good, hope that the right man will do the trick. They pay a smooth studmuffin, played by LL Cool J, to seduce Eva. The results of the experiment come as a surprise to everyone. Cast: Gabrielle Union, LL Cool J, Essence Atkins, Dar tanyan Edmonds, Meagan Good. 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. Final Destination 2 (R) — As in the first movie, a group of teen-agers manages to cheat death. But death, unsatisfied with the teens’ getaway, pursues in a myriad of disturbing ways. Kimberly, driving a group of friends to Florida, has a premonition that helps them

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avoid being caught in a fatal freeway pileup. Death has other plans. Cast: Ali Lar ter, A.J. Cook, Michael Landes, T.C. Carson, Jonathan Cherry, James Kirk, Tony Todd. Head of State (PG-13) — “Head of State” marks the directorial debut of comic Chris Rock, who also cowrote the screenplay. He stars as an unlikely presidential candidate, a down-on-his-luck government employee about to lose his job. Thrust into presidential candidacy by his par ty when the par ty’s original presidential nominee unexpectedly dies, Rock appeals to the country’s par ty vein to try and win the election. Bernie Mac stars as his brother and running mate. Cast: Chris Rock, Bernie Mac, Dylan Baker, Tamala Jones, Robin Givens. Holes (PG) — Adapted by Louis Sachar from his highly successful novel, "Holes" has a thick shellac of literary fidelity - Sachar trying to tuck his book elements into one of the quirkiest movies Disney has ever released. "Holes" is mostly set in a juvenile detention camp in the deser t. Teen boys are made to dig big holes to find a legendary Old West crime treasure, coveted by the whip-voiced warden (Sigourney Weaver), her yokel henchman called Mr. Sir (Jon Voight) and their prissy assistant (Tim Blake Nelson). The new boy on the digging detail is Stanley Yelnats. Director Andrew Davis, so sure with the tensions of "Under Siege" and "The Fugitive," is amiably sweating this assignment. His tone veers of f on fishing expeditions, sly humor and pathos casting their baited lines nex t to teen terror and prat falling hokum. My kids liked it somewhat more than I did, which probably sums up the movie about as well as any thing should. Cast: Jon Voight, Sigourney Weaver, Shia LaBeouf, Khleo Thomas, Tim Blake Nelson, Henry Winkler, Ear tha Kit t. Running time: 1 hr., 51 mins. ★★1/2 House of 1000 Corpses (R) — Rocker Rob Zombie takes the classic horror route in his film directorial debut. Car trouble forces a group of traveling teens to stop at a gas station/Museum of Monsters and Madmen in the middle of nowhere. But why is a man called Dr. Satan the local hero? Who is stupid enough to ride the museum’s “Murder Ride”? And just what’s in the secret-recipe fried chicken anyway? Cast: Bill Moseley, Karen Black, Chris Hardwick. Identity (R) — On a rare stormy night in the middle of the deser t, a violent rainstorm washes out roads and phone lines to a motel in an isolated spot. A group of 10 strangers, meeting for the first time and seeking shelter at the motel, are murdered one by one, and each is trying to figure out who the killer is: the former cop-turnedlimo-driver, the hooker trying to escape her past, the actress, the cop transpor ting a convict — or is someone from the outside finding his way in? Cast: John Cusack, Ray Liot ta, Amanda Peet, John Hawkes, Rebecca DeMornay, John C. McGinley, William Lee Scot t, Jake Busey. It Runs in the Family (PG-13) — Alex Gromberg, caught in the middle of his family’s neverending drama, is busy trying to avoid making the same mistakes his father made in raising his own sons. But he’s also trying to deal with the af termath of his upbringing, while making note of the damage he may be inflicting on his children. Af ter Gromberg’s father has a stroke, the family learns how to overcome their dif ferences in this sentimental drama. Cast: Michael Douglas, Kirk Douglas, Rory Culkin, Diana Douglas, Bernadet te Peters, Cameron Douglas. The Jungle Book 2 (G) — Mowgli and friends

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continued from page 38 return in this animated sequel to the Disney classic. Mowgli has adjusted to life in the village with all the other humans, but he still misses his animal friends, especially Baloo. When Mowgli sneaks away to the jungle to visit his old pals, it’s a race to see who can find him first: the friends he’s looking to visit or man-eating tiger Shere Khan. Cast: John Goodman, Haley Joel Osment, Tony Jay. Kangaroo Jack (PG) — Two childhood friends, Charlie (Jerry O'Connell) and Louis (Anthony Anderson), from Brooklyn are forced to deliver a mysterious envelope to Australia af ter one of them accidentally causes the police to raid a mob warehouse. En route to the land down under, Louis peeks in the package and discovers that it contains $50,000. Af ter the guys arrive in the Outback, they accidentally run over a kangaroo. Louis decides to take pictures of the animal and even puts shades and his lucky jacket on the 'roo, which is only stunned and hops away with the jacket containing the money. Now the guys are forced to chase the animal through the Outback, or they'll have to repay the mob with their lives. The real star of "Kangaroo Jack" is the beautiful Outback. That alone may be wor th the price of admission. Or not. Cast: Jerry O'Connell, Anthony Anderson, Estella Warren, Christopher Walken, Dyan Cannon, Mar ton Csokas. Running time: 1 hr., 30 mins. (McCormick) ★

Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (PG13) — Long, violent, death-fixated, dark in tone,

heavy in heroic mood, this is a film for addicts of the series. Lit tle Frodo is marginalized as Viggo Mor tensen leads the defense of a castle from hordes of vicious scumballs, and the two grand beards (Ian McKellan, Christopher Lee) contend for Middle Ear th. There's a little schizo in a wispy loincloth, expressively per formed and voiced, but the almost Stone Age my thology rolls over us like layers of geology. 3 hrs. (Elliot t) ★★ Malibu’s Most Wanted (PG-13) — Brad “B-rad” Gluckman ain’t no Eminem. He’s Malibu’s worst rapper, a rich white boy who thinks he has the nuances of the hip-hop lifestyle down pat. Nothing could be fur ther from the truth, and when B-rad’s embarrassing antics creep into his father’s campaign for governor of California, the family decides that some tough love might be in order. Cast: Jamie Kennedy, Blair Underwood, Ryan O’Neal, Taye Diggs. A Man Apart (R) — Vin Diesel is emotionally strung-out af ter an arrogant car tel bust in Mexico leads to the murder of his wife. He sulks, he stews, he is a man of constant sorrows. He is beaten, shot, almost drowns, nearly has his eyes poked out. But mostly he avenges. Backed up by DEA buddies who are all men apar t, being former gang "homies," he enters into foul nests of narco-scum and turns a money transfer into a rampage of bloody bodies and burning cars. Behind all the meanness is El Diablo, new king of the Mex-to-Cal drug trade, or maybe it's his imprisoned predecessor, Meno (Geno Silva). Diesel is top dog now on the scummy streets and sewers of the 21st-century world nightmare. In cruel times, seamy diversion fits in seamlessly. Cast: Vin Diesel, Larenz Tate, Steve Eastin, Timothy Olyphant. Running time: 1 hr., 39 mins. (Elliot t) ★★1/2 National Security (PG-13) — Mar tin Lawrence and Steve Zahn play L.A.P.D. rejects on both ends of the spectrum who get paired up as security guards. While on par tol, they uncover a smuggling operation, in between bits of slapstick that are obligatory for films of this genre. Cast: Mar tin Lawrence, Steve Zahn, Eric Rober ts. Phone Booth (R) — Stu Shepard (Colin Farrell) fancies that he is a new-glam guy, but he is just another wannabe Sidney Falco, a publicist who dresses in yupstyle display threads (markdown Italian suits and deep-

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color shir ts) while he pitches, schmoozes and snidely snipes at people, of ten on a cell phone. Suddenly, he has to endure a real sniper, a mysterious psycho who calls him in the phone booth, tells him to stay there "or I will kill you," and then torments Stu with truths about his glib, weaseling life. Director Joel Schumacher pumps the nonsense avidly, using touches — smeary jumps, zooms, speed-ups, split-screen multiples — that were get ting old when MTV was only a noisy rug rat. Cast: Colin Farrell, Forest Whitaker, Katie Holmes, Radha Mitchell, Kiefer Sutherland. Running time: 1 hr., 21 mins. (Elliot t) ★★ The Real Cancun (R) — The creators of MTV’s “The Real World” and “Road Rules” team up for the bigscreen debut of reality programming. Gathering their cast from colleges all over the United States, the producers of “The Real Cancun” promise to take them on the ultimate spring break vacation in Cancun, Mexico, in exchange for observing just what kind of trouble the kids get themselves into. The Recruit (PG-13) — Al Pacino, as CIA recruiter Walter Burke, takes young MIT grad James Clay ton (Colin Farrell) "through the looking glass," for spy training and tough tests at The Farm, the CIA school outside Washington. His insider hook on Clay ton is that he might have the secret the younger man needs to know, about the dead father whom he suspects died on a CIA mission in 1990. The story tangles boyish Clay ton with the recruit Layla (Bridget Moynahan), another gofor-it brain with a similar taste for danger. The story twists and snaps through the set tings with tricky confidence, and the modern device of using computers fits this plot snugly. "The Recruit" manages the commercially savvy trick of being both insolent and patriotic about the CIA. It will probably recruit some fans of this movie. Cast: Al Pacino, Colin Farrell, Gabriel Macht, Bridget Moynahan. Running time: 1 hr., 45 mins. (Elliot t) ★★★ Shanghai Knights (PG-13) — This is a sequel to 2000's silly hit "Shanghai Noon." The sequel feels longer and has some sag. Jackie Chan is a former imperial guardsman from 19th-century Peking, but gone to the Old (then young) West as Chon Wang, a.k.a. John Wayne. He's now a sherif f, and Owen Wilson as scampy ladies' man Roy O'Bannon has decamped to Victorian London, where he is a stubblecheeked waiter, but still has a harem of loyal females. The Chinese imperial seal with a huge diamond is falling into the sneaky hands of an imperial wannabe in exile, who is allied with a wannabe future king of England. The film ends with the usual Chan bonus, a spree of blooper shots. Cast: Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson, Fann Wong, Aaron Johnson, Gemma Jones. Running time: 1 hr., 42 mins. (Elliot t) ★★1/2 What a Girl Wants (PG) — Amanda Bynes hugs and smooches the camera as Daphne Reynolds. Daughter of New York sof t-rock singer Libby (Kelly Preston), she is also the daughter of the very rich and now political Lord Henry Dashwood (Colin Fir th), a British cutie and "future prime minister!" Henry is a bit guilty about split ting with Libby long before. His Moroccan Bedouin wedding with Libby evidently doesn't impede his coming marriage to the militantly upscaling Glynnis (Anna Chancellor). Her snob daughter (Christina Cole) is eager to hate Daphne with blistering superiority. Never intimidated, Daphne dashes to the Dashwood estate in London, where her spunky American adorableness can wreck wedding plans and a lof ty chandelier, yet also make a par ty "rock." Cast: Amanda Bynes, Colin Fir th, Kelly Preston, Jonathan Pryce, Eileen Atkins. Running time: 1 hr., 40 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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rainy night, a chintzy, desolate roadside motel and a string of guests who check in but never check out. Sound familiar? It should since “Identity,” an intelligent and atmospheric new horror flick from the director of “Cop Land” and “Heavy,” draws openly and skillfully from the cinematic masterpiece that set the bar for Bgrade horror films. Filmed on a set that looks as if it has been lovingly and skillfully resurrected from the Bates Motel lot, “Identity” deftly weaves a familiar yarn around an homage to a screen classic. When a group of strangers is waylaid at an outof-the-way Nevada motel, the guest list begins to dwindle as each character is systematically knocked off – presumably by a killer within their midst. Borrowing its storyline from Agatha Christie’s “10 Little Indians” and its visual oeuvre from Hitchcock’s “Psycho,” “Identity” is a smart little rip-off of a film that manages to chart its own course through its expertly crafted storyline and a surprisingly smart trick ending. Beginning with a story that back-pedals to reveal the short chronology of events that brings each stranger to the hotel, the film quickly establishes the background and whereabouts of the majority of its cast. George York (John C. McGinley), a painfully introverted and uptight husband, is the first to arrive with his ill wife and young son. While fixing a flat on the empty highway, his wife was accidentally hit by another driver. The other driver is a dejected but well-meaning limo operator named Ed (John Cusack) on his way to deliver a waning actress (Rebecca DeMornay) to Los Angeles.

Immediately offering his help to the family he’s just torn asunder, Ed takes the bunch to the only nearby spot to be found – the Bates-looking motel. Stranded without phone service, Ed makes one futile attempt to get to the hospital on flooding roads and, failing, he winds up running into three more strangers he brings back to the hotel: Paris (Amanda Peet), a former hooker on her way to Florida and newlyweds Ginny (Clea Duvall) and Lou (William Lee Scott). Quickly settling into their skimpy surroundings, everybody is sent off to their room by the dorky hotel manager, Larry (John Hawkes). The last pair to arrive, and the one to cause the most anxiety, is a cop (Ray Liotta) who’s transporting a convicted murderer (Jake Busey). A horror movie for people who like horror movies, “Identity” is a fairly obvious film about film. While it doesn’t employ the postmodern jabber of “Scream” and the endless spin-offs it’s inspired, it does thrust familiar imagery at its audience over and over again. The dank rooms, the hidden alleyways, the empty pool, the boarded-up cafeteria – it’s all so familiar and pregnant with the possibility of movie-style horror. And, as each cast member is knocked off, the film shifts from its Hitchcockian beginnings as a salacious slasher film into the Agatha Christie whodunit. Luckily, Mangold plays with his wonderful set throughout, not so much scaring us but, rather, reminding us that we should be scared. In this way “Identity” isn’t as scary as it is reminiscent of scarier movies ... a distinction which makes it more memorable than most horror films which try to toy with your pulse instead of your mind.

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Caveman, the other boys having nicknames like Squid, Armpit, Magnet and, Caveman’s new pal, Zero. The smallest, yet with big ears, Zero is played by the pocket scene-grabber Khleo Thomas. A tip of the tarot card to Eartha Kitt as Madame Zeroni, a sort of conjure queen. That’s just the kind of career capper you’d expect for Kitt, whose home planet has never been entirely our own. Her feline weirdness still suggests creme de menthe, incense and beaded curtains. Voight seems to be deep into his third or fourth career. This former star, ‘70s chalice of peachy decency and earnest liberalism, has turned to character acting with predatory zeal. He was a vicious psycho battling a giant snake in “Anaconda,” sprang out of a wheelchair as F.D.R. in “Pearl Harbor,” was amusingly buried inside Howard Cosell in “Ali” and now plays Weaver’s stooge as a sort of demented Gabby Hayes who ate an Elvis impersonator. Director Andrew Davis, so sure with the tensions of “Under Siege” and “The Fugitive,” is amiably sweating this assignment. His tone veers off on fishing expeditions, sly humor and pathos casting their baited lines next to teen terror and pratfalling hokum. The target audience may be satisfied that the book is being respected, and the adventures of Caveman and Zero have a rootable, Hardy Boys interest. My kids (11 and 13) liked it somewhat more than I did, which probably sums up the movie about as well as anything should.

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MOVIE CLOCK REGAL AUGUSTA EXCHANGE 20 Movies Good 4/25 - 5/1 Confidence (R) Fri-Sat: 12:15, 2:45, 5:20, 7:50, 10:15, 12:35; Sun-Thur: 12:15, 2:45, 5:20, 7:50, 10:15 Identity (R) Fri-Sat: 12:25, 1:05, 2:40, 3:20, 4:55, 5:35, 7:35, 8:05, 9:50, 10:20, 12:10; SunThur: 12:25, 1:05, 2:40, 3:20, 4:55, 5:35, 7:35, 8:05, 9:50, 10:20 The Real Cancun (R) 12:00, 2:30, 5:10, 7:40, 10:20 It Runs in the Family (PG-13) Fri-Sat: 2:10, 4:40, 7:15, 9:45, 12:15; Sun-Thur: 2:10, 4:40, 7:15, 9:45 Bulletproof Monk (PG-13) Fri-Sat: 12:00, 2:30, 5:00, 7:35, 10:05, 12:40; Sun-Thur: 12:00, 2:30, 5:00, 7:35, 10:05 Malibu’s Most Wanted (PG-13) Fri-Sat: 11:55, 12:25, 2:00, 2:35, 4:10, 4:40, 7:15, 7:45, 9:25, 9:55, 11:30, 12:05; Sun-Thur: 11:55, 12:25, 2:00, 2:35, 4:10, 4:40, 7:15, 7:45, 9:25, 9:55 Holes (PG) 1:15, 4:15, 7:00, 9:45, Anger Management (PG-13) Fri-Sat: 11:50, 12:20, 1:00, 2:15, 2:45, 3:30, 4:45, 5:10, 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, 9:30, 10:00, 10:25, 12:30; SunThur: 11:50, 12:20, 1:00, 2:15, 2:45, 3:30, 4:45, 5:10, 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, 9:30, 10:00, 10:25 House of 1000 Corpses (R) Fri-Sat: 12:50, 3:10, 5:45, 8:05, 10:15, 12:25; Sun-Thur: 12:50, 3:10, 5:45, 8:05, 10:15 Phone Booth (R) Fri-Sat: 12:40, 3:00, 5:15, 7:20, 9:40, 11:50; Sun-Thur: 12:40, 3:00, 5:15, 7:20, 9:40 A Man Apart (R) 12:10, 2:50, 5:20, 7:55, 10:30 What a Girl Wants (PG) Fri-Sat: 11:45, 2:05, 4:35, 7:05, 9:35, 12:00; Sun-Thur: 11:45, 2:05, 4:35, 7:05, 9:35 Basic (R) Fri-Sat: 11:55, 2:25, 4:50, 7:25, 9:50, 12:15; Sun-Thur: 11:55, 2:25, 4:50, 7:25, 9:50 Head of State (PG-13) 12:45, 3:05, 5:25, 7:40, 10:20 Bringing Down the House (PG-13) 12:35, 2:55, 5:30, 8:10, 10:45 Chicago (PG-13) Fri-Sat: 1:15, 4:05, 6:50, 9:20, 11:55; Sun-Thur: 1:15, 4:05, 6:50, 9:20 EVANS 12 CINEMAS Movies Good 4/25 - 5/1 The Real Cancun (R) Fri: 3:20, 5:30, 7:40, 9:50; Sat-Sun: 1:20, 3:20, 5:30, 7:40, 9:50; MonThur: 5:30, 7:40, 9:50 Confidence (R) Fri-Sun: 2:30, 4:50, 7:30, 9:50; Mon-Thur: 4:50, 7:30, 9:50 Identity (R) Fri: 3:15, 5:15, 7:15, 9:15; Sat-Sun: 1:15, 3:15, 5:15, 7:15, 9:15; Mon-Thur: 5:15, 7:15, 9:15 Bulletproof Monk (PG-13) Fri: 4:00, 7:00, 9:15; Sat-Sun: 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 9:15; Mon-Thur: 4:00, 7:00, 9:15 Malibu’s Most Wanted (PG-13) Fri: 3:45, 5:45, 7:50, 9:55; Sat-Sun: 1:45, 3:45, 5:45, 7:50,

9:55; Mon-Thur: 5:45, 7:50, 9:55 Holes (PG) Fri: 4:10, 7:10, 9:40; Sat-Sun: 1:10, 4:10, 7:10, 9:40; Mon-Thur: 4:10, 7:10, 9:40 Anger Management (PG-13) Fri: 2:00, 3:10, 4:30, 5:20, 7:00, 7:45, 9:20, 10:00; Sat-Sun: 12:55, 2:00, 3:10, 4:30, 5:20, 7:00, 7:45, 9:20, 10:00; Mon-Thur: 4:30, 5:20, 7:00, 7:45, 9:20, 10:00 Phone Booth (R) Fri: 3:35, 5:35, 7:35, 9:35; Sat-Sun: 1:35, 3:35, 5:35, 7:35, 9:35; MonThur: 5:35, 7:35, 9:35 Head of State (PG-13) Fri: 3:25, 5:25, 7:25, 9:25; Sat-Sun: 1:25, 3:25, 5:25, 7:25, 9:25; Mon-Thur: 5:25, 7:25, 9:25 What a Girl Wants (PG-13) Fri: 4:05, 7:05, 9:30; Sat-Sun: 1:05, 4:05, 7:05, 9:30; MonThur: 4:05, 7:05, 9:30 Bringing Down the House (PG-13) Fri-Sun: 2:20, 5:00, 7:20, 9:45; Mon-Thur: 5:00, 7:20, 9:45 MASTERS 7 CINEMAS Movies Good 4/25 - 5/1 The Real Cancun (R) Fri: 5:00, 7:30, 9:45; Sat: 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 9:45; Sun: 2:30, 5:00, 7:30; Mon-Thur: 5:00, 7:30 Identity (R) Fri: 5:25, 7:45, 10:00; Sat: 2:50, 5:25, 7:45, 10:00; Sun: 2:50, 5:25, 7:45; MonThur: 5:25, 7:45 Malibu’s Most Wanted (PG-13) Fri: 5:15, 8:00, 10:15; Sat: 3:15, 5:15, 8:00, 10:15; Sun: 3:15, 5:15, 8:00; Mon-Thur: 5:15, 8:00 Bulletproof Monk (PG-13) Fri: 5:20, 7:40, 9:55; Sat: 2:40, 5:20, 7:40, 9:55; Sun: 2:40, 5:20, 7:40; Mon-Thur: 5:20, 7:40 Anger Management (PG-13) Fri: 5:10, 7:50, 10:05; Sat: 2:45, 5:10, 7:50, 10:05; Sun: 2:45, 5:10, 7:50; Mon-Thur: 5:10, 7:50 Phone Booth (R) Fri: 5:30, 7:55, 10:10; Sat: 3:30, 5:30, 7:55, 10:10; Sun: 3:30, 5:30, 7:55; Mon-Thur: 5:30, 7:55 A Man Apart (R) Fri: 5:05, 7:35, 9:50; Sat: 2:35, 5:05, 7:35, 9:50; Sun: 2:35, 5:05, 7:35; Mon-Thur: 5:05, 7:35 REGAL 12 CINEMAS Movies Good 4/25 - 5/1 Cradle 2 the Grave (R) 2:35, 5:05, 7:40, 10:10 Shanghai Knights (PG-13) 2:20, 4:50, 7:05, 9:45 About Schmidt (R) 2:00, 4:30, 7:15, 9:55 National Security (PG-13) 2:25, 4:55, 7:25, 9:35 The Recruit (PG-13) 2:10, 4:45, 7:10, 9:30 Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (PG-13) 1:55, 5:25, 9:20 The Jungle Book 2 (G) 2:50, 5:20, 7:50, 10:05 Kangaroo Jack (PG) 2:45, 5:15, 7:30, 9:40 Deliver Us From Eva (R) 2:15, 4:35, 7:00, 9:25 Final Destination 2 (R) 2:30, 5:00, 7:35, 9:50 Darkness Falls (PG-13) 2:40, 5:10, 7:45, 10:15 Drumline (PG-13) 2:05, 4:40, 7:20, 10:00

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Former Blind Willie Artists Set To Celebrate Festival’s 10th Anniversary BY LISA JORDAN


e met years and years ago,” says self-proclaimed blues queen Del Rey of her sometime collaborator Steve James. “We’ve cris-crossed each other’s paths all over the world. It’s only in the past two years we’ve actually started doing these duet things.” The duet project Rey is referring to is the “Twins” album she and James recorded last year. They’ve also spent some time together on the road, in a travel duet of sorts. And, after a short break from each other, Rey and James’ paths are set to cross again, in Thomson on May 17. Both are back to play the 10th annual Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival. “Sometimes it’s more fun to have a partner with you in some of those weird places you end up,” Rey says, speaking by phone from her home in Seattle. “We just played some really interesting places and had a couple days off. Steve is fun to travel with because he’s kind of a living travelogue when you travel with him.” Indeed, speaking with James later from his home in Texas, his love of music comes through in the detail with which he recalls the life of influential bluesman Blind Willie McTell. “I’ll be bringing my 12-string guitar,” he says. “I don’t like to imitate other artists, but in this particular case, I’m sure I’ll want to play one of Willie McTell’s compositions. It’s the musical equivalent of a seven-gun salute.” James’ 12-string guitar is sitting out in front of him at the moment, he says. And it’s giving him a message. “It reminds me that I have to get a little more practice time in. If you want to play one of Willie McTell’s arrangements, you have to be in top form.” Both Rey and James have paid homage to McTell at the festival in previous years; they both played the first Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival 10 years ago. Having them back, Rey says, is part of the festival’s anniversary strategy to invite back performers from years past. “I’m glad to be coming back to this festival,” says James. “I have a little bit of history with Thomson and the Blind Willie Festival. I played the very first one, and during that festival was when the historical marker, the Georgia state

historical marker commemorating Willie McTell’s contributions, was dedicated. I attended the dedication and even spoke at it, as a matter of fact.” Being involved with the festival for such a long period of time has also allowed the musicians to observe the evolution of the event. “I’m very happy to see that the festival is continuing and growing,” says James. “Every great festival has an aesthetic, a sort of quality to it, and when I say that the Blind Willie Festival is growing, it’s that the aesthetic, the quality of the festival, seems to be progressing as far as the variety of music and the type of presentation. … A lot of festivals don’t have the kind of longevity that the Willie McTell Festival is developing.” Both musicians attribute that longevity, in part, to the great lineup that the Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival continues to draw. “There are going to be some wonder-

ful musicians on there this year, a great variety of people,” James says. “I’m looking forward to it. To anybody that plays guitar and has the stylistic influences that I do, Willie McTell is one of the most important musicians in the history of recorded music. So playing a festival that acknowledges his contribution simply by name is important to me. I think it’s a great idea, especially since he was such an important and creative person.” Rey and James will each have a chance to play solo, in addition to collaborating on a few songs. “We try to be spontaneous about how we’re going to present the show,” he says. And both guitarists are planning on bringing out something a little bit different. While James is getting in some practice time on the 12-string guitar, Rey just might bring out a secret weapon of her own – the ukelele. “I play that with Steve quite a bit,”

she says. “Our shows have been very well received, and we have a lot of great material to present,” promises James. Check out the two of them at Thomson’s Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival on May 17. The festival site is located one mile north of Interstate 20 from the Thomson exit, No. 172, and gates open at 11 a.m. It’s a day packed full of music and fun, so bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on and plenty of sunscreen (but leave your coolers and pets at home), and come celebrate the life of one of Thomson’s own. “For people that are performing American roots music, Willie McTell is a very important voice. I can’t overemphasize that,” James says. “I think the idea was, and what I learned when I was assimilating the country-blues sound, every musical performance should tell a story. Willie McTell, he was a great creator of a story.”

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EROSMITH is getting the blues, and no, the Bostonbased rockers aren’t talking about the Red Sox’s slimas-usual chances in the American League this season. Members of Aerosmith have promised a set of all-blues standards for years. The group, on the eve of a long U.S. tour with KISS, has entered the studio to begin recording tunes from the likes of LITTLE WALTER, WILLIE DIXON and even Thomson’s favorite bluesman, BLIND WILLIE MCTELL. Veteran producer JACK DOUGLAS, who worked with the band during their nonstop party years (“Get Your Wings,” “Toys in the Attic”), is back manning the boards. Aerosmith’s summer trek with Kiss visits Atlanta’s Hi-Fi Buys Amphitheatre Sept. 14 and Charlotte’s Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Sept. 19. The new album should be in stores in time for the tour. OK, It’s Live Dept. RADIOHEAD is celebrating the release of their sixth album, “Hail to the Chief,” with a planned MTV showing of an upcoming concert at New York’s Beacon Theatre. Many musicians, including DONALD FAGEN and the ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND, have recorded sets at the famed NYC venue, known for its superb acoustics. The special will air in the summer, just in time for the new disc’s release on June 9. The first single “There, There” is already receiving airplay. R-E-S-P-E-C-T. OTIS REDDING may have written the R&B standard, but ARETHA FRANKLIN made the song her very own. Following CHER’s lead (for the first and only time, I’m sure), the Queen of Soul is embarking on her “farewell tour” this summer. The “Aretha Sings her Musical

History” production may be your last chance to see and enjoy one of the finest singers of this or any other generation. Tickets for Franklin’s June 24 show at Atlanta’s Chastain Park are reportedly going fast, so you better hurry.

Turner’s Quick Notes: GODSMACK’s “Faceless” hit the No. 1 spot this week on the album charts … The debut album from LISA MARIE PRESLEY, “To Whom It May Concern,” sold 142,000 copies in its first week of release. Who knows – she just might be the next JULIAN LENNON … 17 million viewers watched Cher’s recent “Farewell Tour” special on NBC. Where’s REGIS when we actually need him? … Ex-LEMONHEADS singer EVAN DANDO releases “Baby, I’m Bored” this week … JIMMY BUFFETT covers BRIAN WILSON’s great “Sail On, Sailor” on his new “Meet Me in Margaritaville” hits set. Turner’s Rock and Roll Jeopardy: A. This late but great electric bassist recorded with WEATHER REPORT, JONI MITCHELL and PAT METHENY.



An R&B Legend Comes to The Lighthouse By Lisa Jordan

Rainy Day Men and Women 2003 Dept. BOB DYLAN and THE DEAD will hit the road this summer in a reprise of their 1987 trek around the U.S. Dylan, who performs with his band May 2 at Atlanta’s Music Midtown Festival, will most likely co-headline the tour, as each group will perform separate sets in addition to jamming together near the show’s conclusion. As reported earlier in these pages, WILLIE NELSON and STEVE WINWOOD will join the two at selected dates. Southern U.S. shows have yet to be finalized but will probably take place in late July.

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egendary R&B hitmaker Percy Sledge knows how to deliver a ballad. “When a Man Loves a Woman,” the soul standard he recorded in the mid-1960s, is one of the most recognizable hits of that era. It’s also come to be unfailingly intertwined with the man himself. And if you’ve always fostered a dream of a romantic slow dance to that song with your honey, you’ll have the chance to do it during a live performance by Sledge April 25. Sledge hasn’t stopped singing – or touring – since he first entered the music business nearly 40 years ago. He’s been keeping busy for the past decade or so playing over 100 shows a year, and an Augusta stop is planned this weekend at The Lighthouse, a brand-new restaurant and music venue on Washington Road. Sledge, a native of Leighton, Ala., started his singing career as a teen-ager, participating in a church choir as well as the Esquires Combo, a local group popular in the Alabama and Mississippi areas. After he completed high school, Sledge worked as an orderly in an Alabama hospital and continued to join the Esquires Combo on tours of the Southeast in his spare time. Sledge was encouraged to go solo by local disc jockey Quin Ivy. Ivy, who acted as producer for “When a Man Loves a Woman,” independently released the song in the summer of 1966. After Atlantic Records expressed interest in the single, Ivy licensed Sledge’s contract to

the label. “When a Man Loves a Woman” has the distinction of being the first gold record released by Atlantic. The song also topped both the R&B and pop charts. Two Top 10 singles followed the success of “When a Man Loves a Woman” – “It Tears Me Up” and “Warm and Tender Love.” In the 1970s, Sledge’s chart success failed to duplicate itself, and he spent most of that time touring clubs in England and the United States. A 1974 single, “I’ll Be Your Everything,” made it to the Top 20, but it took a re-release of “When a Man Loves a Woman” in the late 1980s to bring back Sledge’s former glory. Some sources credit the song’s inclusion in a British television commercial for Levi’s jeans, while others give a nod to the song’s place on the soundtrack to Oliver Stone’s “Platoon” – either way, the re-release shot back up the charts and landed in the No. 2 spot in the U.K. in 1987. Since then, Sledge has continued to tour, and in 1994 he released “Blue Night,” his first new original collection in over 10 years. The album garnered good reviews from music critics. To experience the legend for yourself, head down Washington Road to The Lighthouse. Located at 2911 Washington Rd., next to Jumbo Sports, it’s one of Augusta’s newest hot spots. For ticket information, call The Lighthouse at 736-9334.

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Macauley Culkin Corrupts Marilyn Manson This is something that is not supposed to happen in real life. It’s like a scene from a really bad script. Shock-rocker Marilyn Manson recently tried to buy a pack of cigarettes, but when the clerk asked for his ID, he didn’t have it on him. So Macauley Culkin, who was with him and who was also asked to provide proof of his identity, had to buy them for his scary buddy. The reason Manson, who did not previously smoke, wanted them was so he could practice for his role in the movie “Party Monster.” Obviously, these boys should never be left home alone. Napster Investors Hit Hard With Lawsuit Well, Hummer Winblad Venture Partners have been bad boys, in the eyes of a couple of big record companies, Universal Music Group and EMI. The two companies are taking the company and two of its general partners, Hank Barry and John Hummer, to court. Not only do UMG and EMI want punitive damages, but they also want $150,000 per violation. Ouch. Rocker Tommy Lee Not Held Responsible in Child’s Death On April 17, a California jury decided that Tommy Lee, of Motley Crue fame, was not

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ultimately responsible for the drowning of a 4-year-old boy in his pool. The child’s parents, German actress Ursula KarvenVeres and Hollywood producer James Veres, had asked for $10 million in a wrongful death suit. The child had gone there to attend a birthday party for Lee’s son. He could not swim. Fans Still Want Dixie Chicks Tix Dixie Chicks agent Rob Light says that they have suffered no ill effects due to their comments against the president. Out of nearly 60 shows slated for their upcoming tour, he said, only six venues have seats left. The Gift That Keeps On Giving J.Lo’s $1 billion booty now has a $105,000 throne to park itself on. Fiancé Ben Affleck designed J. Lo’s new john, which is encrusted with rubies, sapphires, pearls and a diamond. The seat has a healthy layer of plastic on top, just so Lopez’s derriere remains scratch-free (and her insurance company won’t have to shell out big bucks for the damaged goods). And all this after she talked Affleck into selling his bachelor pad, dubbed HootchieMomma West …

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(Left) Catch Sulcus Groove at Surrey Tavern April 24. (Right) Tara Scheyer represents 1/5 of Snapdragon, playing April 24 at the Soul Bar for the ASU Firefighters Scholarship Benefit. Buckner, the Livingroom Legends and Shaun Piazza are also scheduled to play.

Thursday, 24th

The Bee’s Knees - The Albacore Pageant Blind Pig - Shameless Dave and the Miracle Whips Cafe Du Teau - James McIntyre Casi’s Kitchen - Buzz Clif ford Club Argos - CAN Night with Karaoke, DJ Joe Continuum - Playa*Listic Thursday Coyote’s - The Rhes Reeves Band D. Timm’s - Joe Patchen and the Blue Diamond Express Fox’s Lair - John Kolbeck Greene Streets - Men’s Country and Western National Karaoke Contest Joe’s Underground - Keith “Fossill” Gregory Michael’s - Marilyn Adcock Modjeska - DJ Richie Rich Orange Moon - Live Poetry Playground - Open Mic Night with Doug James Shannon’s - Bamboo Soul Bar - ASU Firefighters Scholarship Benefit with Buckner, Livingroom Legends, Snapdragon, Shaun Piazza Stool Pigeons - Jayson and Michael Surrey Tavern - Sulcus Groove Time Piecez - DJ Dance Par ty Whiskey Junction - DJ Chaos

Friday, 25th

The Bee’s Knees - Jazz Sessions with Moniker The Big Easy - Air Apparent Blind Pig - Shameless Dave and the Miracle Whips, Pops Borders - Jim Perkins Cafe Du Teau - James McIntyre Casi’s Kitchen - Buzz Clif ford Club Argos - Spectral Erosa with DJ Triskyl, Claire Storm Coconuts - DJ Stump Cotton Patch - Red-Headed Stepchild Coyote’s - The Rhes Reeves Band Crossroads - Shinebox, Capital A

D. Timm’s - Joe Patchen and the Blue Diamond Express Durango’s - Magic Hat Fox’s Lair - Live Enter tainment Greene Streets - Karaoke Highlander - Captain Solar Cat Joe’s Underground - Sabo and the Scorchers Last Call - Tony Howard Band, DJ Richie Rich The Lighthouse - Percy Sledge Michael’s - Marilyn Adcock Modjeska - DJ Boriqua, Guest DJ Shannon’s - Steve Chappell, Bar t Bell Soul Bar - Disco Hell Surrey Tavern - Tony Williams Treybon - Karaoke with Hank and Dana Whiskey Junction - Tokyo Joe, DJ Paul

Saturday, 26th

The Bee’s Knees - DJ Perry Anderson The Big Easy - Saturday Night Live with RedHeaded Stepchild, Black-Eyed Susan Blind Pig - Shameless Dave and the Miracle Whips Borders - Ma xine Hopkins, Rod Macker t Cafe Du Teau - James McIntyre Casi’s Kitchen - Buzz Clif ford Club Argos - Argos Angels Cabaret with Petite DeJonville, Claire Storm, Ms. Sasha, DJ Schlepp Rock Coconuts - DJ Stump Cotton Patch - Saturday Night Live with RedHeaded Stepchild, Black-Eyed Susan Coyote’s - The Rhes Reeves Band Crossroads - Skerv, Cycle D. Timm’s - Joe Patchen and the Blue Diamond Express Durango’s - Magic Hat Fox’s Lair - Dennis Hall Greene Streets - Karaoke Joe’s Underground - Joe Stevenson and Friends Last Call - New Day, DJ Richie Rich The Lighthouse - The Breeze

Michael’s - Marilyn Adcock Modjeska - DJ Boriqua Rio Bomba - Saturday Night Live with RedHeaded Stepchild, Black-Eyed Susan Shannon’s - Alan Black Soul Bar - Soul*Bar*Sound*Lab Surrey Tavern - Tony Williams Treybon - Karaoke with Hank and Dana Whiskey Junction - Tokyo Joe

Sunday, 27th

Cafe Du Teau - The Last Bohemian Quar tet Casi’s Kitchen - Buzz Clif ford Orange Moon - Live Reggae Pizza Joint - Rachel and Will The Shack - Karaoke, Sasha’s Talent Show Shannon’s - Shelley Watkins Somewhere in Augusta - Jayson and Michael Whiskey Junction - Jason Swain

Wednesday, 30th

The Bee’s Knees - Mellow Sounds Supperclub Blind Pig - Elliot Holden Group Casi’s Kitchen - Buzz Clif ford Continuum - Open Mic Jam Sessions Coyote’s - The Rhes Reeves Band Crossroads - The Family Trucksters D. Timm’s - Joe Patchen and the Blue Diamond Express Greene Streets - Women’s Pop, Rock, Blues and Soul National Karaoke Contest Joe’s Underground - John Michael’s - Marilyn Adcock Playground - Karaoke with Mike and Scot t The Shack - Karaoke Shannon’s - Steve Chappell, Bar t Bell Somewhere in Augusta - Jayson and Michael Soul Bar - Live Jazz Surrey Tavern - John Kolbeck

Monday, 28th


Continuum - Monday Madness Crossroads - Club Sin Dance Par ty with DJ Chris Greene Streets - Karaoke Joe’s Underground - Keith “Fossill” Gregory Surrey Tavern - Pat Blanchard, John Kolbeck

A Day in the Country Festival - Augusta River front Marina - May 4 Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival - Thomson May 17 Hot Southern Night - Lake Olmstead Stadium May 17

Tuesday, 29th


Adams Nightclub - Karaoke with Bill Tolber t Casi’s Kitchen - Buzz Clif ford D. Timm’s - Joe Patchen and the Blue Diamond Express Greene Streets - Karaoke Joe’s Underground - Keith “Fossill” Gregory Michael’s - Marilyn Adcock Stool Pigeons - Karaoke with Linda Eubanks Surrey Tavern - Tuesday Night Jam Session with Pat Blanchard and Friends

Lamb of God - Masquerade, Atlanta - April 24 King Hippo - The Handlebar, Greenville, S.C. April 24 Bright Eyes, Arab Strap - 40 Wat t Club, Athens, Ga. - April 25 Cher - Philips Arena, Atlanta - April 25 Superfly Jazz Fest - Various Venues, New Orleans, La. - April 25-May 4 Mose Allison, Ben Tucker - The Jazz Corner, Hilton Head Island, S.C. - April 27 Widespread Panic - Savannah Civic Center,

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Can’t Possibly Be True • A house cat named Princess survived after being stabbed in the head with a knife whose blade penetrated the skull down to the frontal sinus (Green Township, Ohio, February). And another cat, Fila, taken out of a family home in Yuba City, Calif., in December by a daughter who wanted Fila to live with her in Sacramento, escaped and made the 60mile trip back to Yuba City five days later, winding up on the parents’ doorstep. It was not known if Fila took one of the three roads from Sacramento to Yuba City (state roads 99/70 or 65, or Rio Linda Boulevard) or just walked across farms. • BBC News reported that officials at a prison in Sombor, Serbia, shot to death two guard dogs, execution style, in February after concluding that they had been lax recently in failing to bark when five inmates were escaping. People Different From Us • Michael J. Corbett and his wife, Sharon, were arrested in Beckley, W.Va., in March and charged with peddling copies of 53 different obscene videos on the Internet. The Corbetts’ specialty: nude women answering nature’s call. According to Justice Department and Postal Service investigators, customers bought 100 or more tapes a week (such as “Outdoor Pooping Paradise” or tapes using the Corbetts’ inventive “bowl cam”) at around $50 each. People Who Shouldn’t Have Matches • Luis Chavez, 33, was arrested in Cypress, Calif., in February after he allegedly set off aerial fireworks in his condominium bedroom (motive unknown), leading to a $135,000 fire. And Patricia Martin burned down her Kings Mountain, N.C., house in February after she lit a piece of paper, then extinguished the flame, to create smoke to get rid of a nest of spiders in the house but failed to completely extinguish it. And a Massapequa, N.Y., high school student inadvertently set a fire that gutted the second story of the family home in January after he, in frustration, tried to burn some school papers on which he had done badly (and tossed them out a window, but an ember blew back in). — Chuck Shepherd © United Press Syndicate

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You’re at the peak of your ability to explore the mysteries of shapeshifting. If you’re of a mystical or shamanic bent, I encourage you to try out a variety of animal identities in your meditations and lucid dreams. If you’d prefer an earthier approach, you could incorporate the wild intelligence of a favorite creature into your daily behavior. How about a fox? Its influence could assist you in cultivating sly ambition, a worthy project for you in the coming days.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

Esquire magazine quoted a renowned astronomer’s surprising idea about the origin of the cosmos. “The big bang is so preposterous,” said Allan Sandage, “and the chain of events it set off so unlikely, that it makes most sense when thought of as a ‘miracle.’” For the sake of argument, Taurus, let’s assume Sandage is right. If the beginning of the universe itself was a miracle, then everything in it is impregnated with the possibility of smaller but equally marvelous miracles. All of which is apropos for your life in the coming week. I believe you’re now primed to birth an amazing feat that your rational mind might find hard to believe.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

The task you have ahead of you, Gemini, has a resemblance to — well, wait a minute; before I go on, I should warn you that the following reference is rather graphic. Proceed only if you’re not easily offended and have a supple sense of humor. Anyway, as I was saying, the task ahead of you has a resemblance to carrying out the artificial insemination of a rhinoceros. “But it’s impossible to artificially inseminate a rhino!” you may be saying. Well, no, it’s not. In fact, with the help of a tool invented by scientists, zookeepers all over the world are regularly doing it nowadays. Likewise, you have a new metaphorical tool that will make it feasible — not easy, but feasible — to do the metaphorical equivalent.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

In the weeks leading up to the Academy Awards ceremony, Oscar nominees are called on to talk about themselves endlessly. Because of the nonstop parties they attend, they must cultivate a tolerance to extreme levels of interesting fun. Maybe most challenging of all, they’ve got to flaunt their stylish charisma with almost superhuman intensity. In the three weeks before the big night this year, for instance, actress Renée Zellweger wore 40 different dresses. And what does this have to do with you? Although you normally have little in common with film stars, that should change in the coming days. You have astrological license to talk about yourself far more than usual, experience a high degree of fascinating fun, and array yourself in a variety of vivacious clothes.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

Many scholars believe the original Garden of Eden was where Iraq stands today. Though remnants of that ancient paradise survived into modern times, many were obliterated recently. One of my spies who lives near the confluence of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers has kept me posted on the fate of the most famous remnant: the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Until a few weeks ago, it was a gnarled stump near Nasiriyah; but today a crater is all that remains. This can serve as an evocative symbol for you as you tackle your big assignment for the rest of 2003, Leo: Completely demolish your old ideas about paradise so that you can conjure a fresh new vision of it.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

One of my early astrology teachers, Isabel Hickey, had a favorite saying: “Before you can give yourself away, you have to have a self to give.” This should be your seed meditation for the foreseeable future, Virgo. I am not implying that you don’t have a self. But you do have a lot of work to do to define and strengthen your sense of who you are.

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Are other people luckier than you? If so, you can do something about it, according to psychologist Richard Wiseman. His book, “The Luck Factor,” presents research that proves you can learn to be lucky. It’s not a mystical force you’re born with, in other words, but a habit you can develop. How? For starters, be open to new experiences, trust your gut wisdom, expect good fortune, see the bright side of challenging events and master the art of maximizing serendipitous opportunities. I mention this, Capricorn, because you’re now in a phase when you can make tremendous progress in enhancing your capacity to attract luck.

Do you believe there is such a thing as the human soul? If not, you should stop reading right now; I’ll talk with you again next week. But if you do believe, how would you define it? More importantly, what does your own soul feel like? I suggest that in the coming week you make frequent attempts to tune in to that elusive essence. Use all your ingenuity and persistence as you try to create a stronger bridge between your everyday awareness and your heart source, your seed code, your eternal song.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

In my astrological opinion, it’s a perfect time to introduce more experimentation into your most promising relationship. To stimulate your imagination, here are a few ideas you and your companion might want to try together. 1. Go outside just after midnight, wail five loud cock-a-doodle-doos, then run back inside before you’re caught. 2. Describe to your friend or partner a detailed vision of his or her best possible future. Ask for the same treatment in return. 3. Borrow the approach of the religions that have rituals of eating their gods. Buy a pastry that makes your mouths water, perform a ceremony in which you invite a divine spirit to enter into it, then slowly devour it while gazing into each other’s eyes.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

A month ago my Sagittarian friend adorned her car with her first-ever bumper sticker, “Give Yourself to Love.” While proud of announcing her compassionate philosophy to the world, she was also nervous. Hadn’t she raised the pressure on herself to live up to her noble ideals? A week later, she snapped. A guy gabbing on a cell phone in an SUV cut her off in traffic, and road rage moved her to give him a middle-finger salute. The next day she added a new bumper sticker to the left of the first: “Get In, Sit Down, Shut Up, Hold On.” When I asked her about the contradiction, she confessed, “I’ve just accepted that I’ve got a split personality.” Today brought a further development. She pasted the word “and” to the space between the two stickers to create a new thought: “Get In, Sit Down, Shut Up, Hold On and Give

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

This may sound strange and improbable, but my inside sources swear it’s true: If you’d like to stay out of hot water, metaphorically speaking, you should literally immerse yourself in hot water more than usual in the coming week. In other words, you can stir up a protective, benevolent magic by taking a lot of long baths, soaking in hot tubs and playing around in warm swimming pools. And if there’s any way you can get away to a hot spring for a day or two, you’ll virtually ensure that trouble won’t be able to find you.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

On certain occasions, I encourage you to sacrifice your own needs for the sake of others’, or try to heal their wounds before you attend to your own. But this is not one of those times. It wouldn’t be in alignment with the cosmic mojo. What, then, would be the most righteous course of action? Here’s what I think: Rouse your most imaginative brilliance as you dream up ways to be really good to yourself. Shower yourself with gifts, treats and blessings. Take all that tender loving care you’re so skilled at administering to others and bestow it on yourself. — © Rob Brezsny You Can Call Rob Brezsny, day or night, for your Expanded Weekly Horoscope


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have been seeing a guy for about six weeks. Things started out strangely because we met on a night when my then-boyfriend stood me up. We got along wonderfully, and I dumped the stand-me-upper. Things progressed rapidly. Right away, he wanted to be exclusive. Then, he wanted me to move to another city with him. Finally, he said he loved me and wanted to marry me. Well, he and I spent part of this past weekend at a friend’s wedding, where he proceeded to tell me that he couldn’t see himself getting married for a while, that he wasn’t mature enough to be married, etc. I got the hint. The thing is, I haven’t heard from him since the wedding. This is strange, because we had been talking or seeing each other every day. A mutual friend told me that he said we were spending too much time together, and he wasn’t really ready for a girlfriend anyway. How does someone go from “I love you” on Saturday to not wanting you by Wednesday? —Loved and Left Him: “Hi, I know you’re a complete stranger, but I think we should spend the rest of our lives together.” You to your friends: “I think what’s-his-name’s ‘The One!’” This was the relationship version of anonymous sex. You probably prefer the term “love at first sight.” Unfor tunately, there’s no such thing, since you have to know somebody to love them. This doesn’t stop smug couples at dinner par ties from staring into each other’s eyes and announcing, “We just knew.” (Cue stampede to the vomitorium.) They knew nothing. Their collective hormones star ted doing the Mexican Hat Dance, and they got dragged along. They just happened to get lucky in get ting lucky: falling madly in bed with somebody they could fall madly in love with, who also happened to be ready for a relationship. You really can’t blame them for calling this “love at first sight,” which makes them sound adventuresome, as opposed to “two people who know nothing about each other rushing into a relationship,” which makes them sound like idiots. If only couples would brag, “Af ter we each wandered the deser t for 40 years, hacking away at our massive character flaws, we felt ready for a lit tle company. Upon careful consideration, we thought we could probably spend a few years together without ruining each other’s lives.” That approach does require a lot of work. It’s

much easier to go with the notion that love is “the answer.” To everything. From hairy backs and high interest rates to ear mites, visible panty lines and a spastic colon. Supposedly, no mat ter what’s wrong in your life, love (not back wa x, credit counseling or proctology) “is all you need.” Great in concept. In practice, it’s kind of like trying to close up an open-hear t surgery incision with a single Bugs Bunny Band-Aid. For best results, husband-hunting should not be conducted according to the rules of pin-the-tailon-the-donkey. It is tempting, when somebody tells you you’re “all that,” to take them at their word, not ask them, “All that what, exactly?” It’s especially tempting if you’re somebody (like you or this guy, perhaps?) who’s looking for somebody else’s love to “complete” them. You know what? If you’re incomplete, do yourself and the rest of us a favor: Stay home and hunt for the missing pieces instead of trying to foist those you’ve got onto somebody else.

What’s with women who passionately fling themselves into relationships and after a breakup roll up into a cocoon? This woman I broke up with refuses to be friends with me. While we were still speaking, she indicated that she mentally barricades herself from friendly overtures after a relationship. Is there any way to turn her into a friend? —Banished Again


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LOOKING FOR LOVE SBF, 32, 140lbs, 5’8”, down-to-earth, likes clubs, movies, and quiet times. Looking for a female, 30-35, with the same interests. If you’re the one, call me. Aiken, South Carolina. ☎113533 LIKE MALLS & MOVIES? Feminine BiBF, 25, 5’4”, 145lbs, short hair, Sagittarius, smoker, loves movies and tv. Seeking another feminine woman, 18-30, with whom to hang out and chat. ☎958642 OUTGOING FUN WF, 28... 5’3”, medium build, loves movies, putt-putt golf, and bowling. Seeking WF, 25-40, medium build, for fun and friendship. Hope to hear from you soon. ☎958847 MAN FOR ALL SEASONS GBF, 31, 5’6”, brown/brown, Cancer, smoker, enjoys kids, bowling. Seeking open-minded, passionate, understanding GBF, 23-45, for LTR. ☎941850 NO INTRO NEEDED SWF, 39, 5’7”, 145lbs, homeowner, easygoing, selfless, Taurus, smoker, loves movies and bowling. Seeking WF, 35-49, with comparable interests. ☎935299 I WON’T LET YOU DOWN Single GBF, 32, mother, non-smoker, looking to become acquainted with a laid-back, sensual GBF, who enjoys quiet times, movies. Interested? ☎910581 FRIENDSHIP SBF, 38, 5’7”, slim, fit, seeks SF, for friendship and fun. Must be outgoing, love to wine and dine, travel, movies and theater. ☎878217 CHURCH-GOER SBF, 38, Virgo, N/S, heavy-duty equipment operator, seeks BF, 30-45. Enjoys motorcycle riding, playing bass guitar. ☎799776 A GOOD HEART SF, 39, goes to church, works for a living, likes having fun, going on trips. Seeking a similar female, 37-49. ☎780112 SPECIAL FRIENDSHIP Attractive, feminine SWF, 41, 5’4”, seeks a very open-minded WF, 35-48, for fun and exciting times. ☎775074 JOIN ME GBF, 32, nurse, part-time student, Capricorn, N/S, enjoys bowling, movies, shopping, traveling. Seeking casual relationship with woman, 25-45. ☎711628 GIVE ME A RING Cute SBF, 30-something, seeks attractive SF, 25-45, for friendship, maybe more. No games. ☎965825



HOPE 2 HEAR FROM YOU SF, 28, N/S, down-to-earth, humorous, caring and understanding, passion for dancing, sports, movies. Seeking loving, active CALL FOR LTR late 20s, 5’6”, 140lbs, employed, sports enthusiast looks gentleman, to share the good times in life. ☎347162 SWJF, for a smart SM for LOVING LIFE friendship and more.

SAF, 20, self-employed, home owner, enjoys boating, fishing, parting. Seeking SM, 18-22, N/S, for LTR.

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Brought to you by The Metropolitan Spirit Cars 1973 FORD MUSTANG, yellow gold, 302, brown interior, 168K, sensibly driven, garaged last 7 yrs, nice ride, $3950, 706-738-6421 (1041/0424) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1975 MG MIDGET, red, needs work, $500 OBO, 706774-6702 (1090/0529) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1978 CHEVY MONTE Carlo, one owner, 305 engine, runs good, body good, 89K actual miles, $2000 OBO, 706-7368266 (1072/0515) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1982 CADILLAC EL DORADO, green, very clean, one owner, 2dr, auto, many new parts, including transmission & alternator, $1500 OBO, 706860-6409 (1042/0424) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1986 OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS Supreme, metallic gray, 2dr, excellent condition, $3500 OBO, 803-593-9874 leave message (1056/0508) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1987 BMW 525i, gray, automatic, power everything, CD, 195K, nice, just needs driveshaft work, $1200, 706-8551639 (1080/0515) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1988 CHEVY CAMERO, red, great body, t-tops, needs paint and motor, $350, call Candice 706-627-6475 (1060/0508) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1988 HONDA PRELUDE, 5spd, CD, good condition, $950 OBO, 706-738-3167 leave message (1076/0515) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1989 CADILLAC SEVILLE, blue, 4dr, leather, nice car, 706-556-6124 (1068/0515) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1989 TOYOTA COROLLA Station wagon, red, good con-

dition, 5spd, 170K, AC needs work, $1500, 706-228-2854, leave message (1064/0508) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1990 CHEVROLET CELEBRITY Wagon, 48K original miles, cold AC, new tires exhaust, $2950, 706731-0450 (1092/0529) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1990 CHEVROLET CORSICA LT, blue, runs great, cold AC, fair condition, 130K $1300 OBO, 706-823-4205 (1078/0515) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1991 MITSUBISHI MIRAGE, auto, 30 mpg, air, stereo, $1100, 803-279-8356 (1079/0515) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1991 PONTIAC SUNBIRD, red, convertible, good on gas, 4 cyl, 64K original miles, $2950, 706-832-6397 (1088/0529) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1992 BMW 525i, 160.5K, runs great, all power, new tires & more only $5900, 706-4959900 (1081/0529) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1995 DODGE NEON, white/primer grey, 4dr, runs, am/fm, cassette, AC, tilt, $1800, call 706-399-6737, leave message or (1044/0424) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1995 MERCURY GRAND Marquis LS, 92K, leather, clean, all power, cruise, wire wheels, $5000, 706-730-2697 (1058/0508) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1995 TOYOTA COROLLA DX, auto, 4dr, 140K (mostly highway), good condition, AC, power locks & windows, am, fm, CD, perfect car for new drivers. 706-869-9328 (1063/0508) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1996 CHEVROLET CAMERO, 41K, factory purple, 5spd, 6 cyl, AC, FM, cas-

sette, immaculate, one owner, $6200 OBO, 706-868-0090 (1057/0508) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 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 706-721-3365 days or 706547-7878 eve. (1039/0424) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1996 TOYOTA COROLLA DX, gold, 79K, AC, am/fm, cassette, $3500, call 706231-5430 or 706-267-6350 (932/0424) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1997 ACURA 3.2TL, Premium, loaded, great ride, new tires, remote keyless entry, power locks & windows, AC, climate control system, Bose radio/cassette/CD, remote sunroof, $10,900, 803-279-8326 (993/0515) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1997 CHEVY CAVALIER RS, loaded, touring wheels, CD player, ideal graduation gift, $5000, 706-860-7336 (1062/0508) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1997 CHEVY MONTE Carlo, red, excellent condition, $4999, 706-738-2530 or 706294-7922 (1083/0529) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1997 FORD MUSTANG, auto, 6cyl, spoiler, sports package, premium sound system, PW, PL, electric seats, CD, 83K, $7500 OBO, 706-737-9732 (1048/0501) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1997 TOYOTA COROLLA, 86K, 5spd, AC, am/fm, CD, great student car, $4000 OBO, 706-790-4396 or 706373-6073 (1093/0529) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1999 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL, opal, 60K, warranty, like new, garaged, new tires, leather, moon roof, phone, 6 CD changer, blue book $14K, asking $13,000, 706-863-

9152 (1061/0508) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 2000 HONDA ACCORD LX, loaded, 72K, dependable, $9600, 706-793-1563 (1071/0515) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 2000 HONDA CIVIC EX, loaded, 49.5K, $10,900, 706556-0892 (1073/0515) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 2000 HONDA S-2000, silver/red, convertible, 39K, every available option, garage kept, fast, great brakes, precision shifting, $21,000, 803643-0846 (1046/0424) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 2001 BMW 330i, white, new tires, 4dr, 41K, sunroof, loaded, 706-737-3534 or 706-394-4681 (1082/0529)

Motorcycles 1994 HONDA GOLDWING Aspencade 1500, burgundy, 63K, reverse cruise, compressor, garaged, excellent condition, 706-791-1627, eve/wknd 706-951-8013 or 706-6505917 (1091/0529) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 2000 KAWASAKI KLR 250 dual sport, great bike in great condition, 2400 miles, must sell, $2600, see at or 706-481-0500 x-118 (1085/0529) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 2001 SUZUKI BANDIT 1200, latest model, like new, 3,400 miles, just serviced, very powerful, radar detector, must sell, $5200, see at or 706-481-0500 x118 (1084/0529)

Other WINDSURFING Mistral Competition with straps, 2

sails, mast & boom, $475 complete, 706-481-0500 x118 (1086/0529) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– WINDSURFING Trailer, lockable, carries 4 boards plus lots of equipment $350, 706-4810500 x-118 (1087/0529) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1995 SEARAY 200, Signature Bow Rider, 250 running hours on a 5.7ltr V8, was $26,000 new, asking $14,000 firm, has all the bells and whistles including tandem trailer, 706829-8002 (1067/0508)

SUVs 1993 CHEVY BLAZER, S-10 Tahoe, 2dr, 5spd, 130K, good condition inside and out, runs good, new brakes, $2500, 706-364-9193 (1047/0424) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1995 NISSAN PATHFINDER XE, 4WD, 5spd, sunroof, am, fm, CD, alloy wheels, new tires, hoses, belts & wipers, excellent condition, $6995, 706-829-8002 (1065/0508) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1997 FORD EXPEDITION, 1/2 ton, V8, 4WD, rear air, leather, extended warranty, tow package, 3rd seat, alloy wheels, CD, 706-829-8002 (1066/0508) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1997 NISSAN PATHFINDER, Luxury Edition, auto, 4X4, leather, CD, power everything, 78K, $11,500, 706-868-6344 (1074/0515) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1999 FORD EXPEDITION, green, tan interior, 2WD, leather, 6 CD changer, 3rd seat, rear air, excellent condition, $16,300, 706-284-4592 or 706-854-9194 (1077/0515)

Trucks 1984 CHEVY WRECKER,


$8500, financing available, Jimmy Davison, 706-7380911 or 706-597-0096 (1069/0515) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1987 FORD F150, 1 year old rebuilt motor, 2 new tires, $2500 OBO, call 912-8294556 after 5pm (1089/0529) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1994 NISSAN U.D. Rollback, $18,500, financing available, Jimmy Davison, 706-7380911 or 706-597-0096 (1070/0515) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1996 TOYOTA TACOMA LX, SR5, x-cab, 4X4, V6, 5spd, AC, towing, liner, alloy wheels, Pioneer stereo, 10 disc changer, amp, upg, speakers, 7K, $10,500 OBO, call 706364-1769 or 706-951-6294 (1059/0508) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1998 TOYOTA TACOMA, standard cab, 4WD, 115K, 5spd, very good condition, 803-637-3510 (1045/0424) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1999 TOYOTA TACOMA, auto, AC, FM, Cassette, 50K, great truck, $8000 OBO, 706513-2585 (1055/0508) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 2001 DODGE RAM Pickup 1500, Magnum, V8, 5.9litr, auto, AC, 17K, $13,500, 706541-0656 (1075/0515)

Vans 1994 DODGE GRAND Caravan SE, dark green, power everything, rear & front AC, Quad seating, 175K, $3000, 706-869-1920 (1004/0501) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1999 CHRYSLER TOWN, & Country LX, minivan, premium sound, runs well, have maintenance records, 115K, below bluebook at $5000, 706-6519993 (1049/0501)

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