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I am sick and tired of the people who never accept responsibility. You know the people who always do a sloppy, poor job and then when confronted about the poor work they usually try to push the blame upon another. Enough already with the Nexium ads! What, are you just gonna try and brainwash everyone who listens to the radio or watches TV, that they really need to ask their doctor about the stupid purple pill? Dang dope pushers. I don’t even know what it does, but I’ll bet it’s expensive! After an ad barrage like this one, it would have to be. So, North Korea will have six to eight nuclear bombs within a few weeks? Remember: These are the people that invented “human wave attacks” during the “Korean conflict”! That proves that they don’t fear death! So nuke ‘em first! Nuke ‘em into extinction! To the whiner that gave us a breakdown of an E4 over with over two years service and made the dubious statement that he made a bit more than $2.50 an hour. You’re right. He makes $3 an hour. First: Basic pay is the same whether you’re married or not. Second: The difference is BAQ married soldiers and sailors get $504 a month. Now out of that $504 you have to buy food and pay your rent, if you don’t live on the base. You try renting a good home for your children and buy food on $504 a month. Third: $165 hazardous duty pay is a bargain for someone’s life. Fourth: Medical care, I should hope so. Fifth: Clothing allowance is pennies compared to the price of the uniforms that you have to purchase, and the upkeep. Know the facts: Most of the military personnel that are fighting Iraq are E1s and E2s, so they are making considerably less than above.

With Masters Week out of the way, the Columbia County Commission can now get on with responding to “the will of the voters” as expressed last year in the Republican primary in 10 or so preferential questions. With Ron Cross at the helm, the rest of the followers sitting on their hands, and the Republican committee now in the hands of politico Muns of school board fame, my bet is that the will of the people has gone the same way as the possum crossing the road. The reader who correctly calculated the income of an Army corporal left out one other pertinent fact: Army pay earned in a combat zone is exempt from taxes which makes that corporal’s pay even better. North Korea with nuclear weapons capabilities is like a 5-year-old child with a loaded gun! It looks as though her neighbors South Korea, China, Japan, etc., are banding together to prevent this! I, for one, hope that they succeed. I’m tired of the U.S. having to police the world! I was once a great supporter of a retired dentist who ran for congress. Yes, his first years were marked by excellent service to the community, but now a beltway boy named Charlie Norwood has unfortunately replaced him. Try writing a letter or getting support from the office of Washington, Charlie. Hell, you get a wad of arrogant legislative psychobabble that would make Clinton wet his double polyester pants. Fellow conservatives, it is now more than apparent that Charlie went to Washington and forgot who he was. It is time to find a new voice for the district. One has only to check the recent bizarre votes on airport security, and other big government programs to see the influence of Washington on Charlie. Or is it Charles now? I have a solution for the flag controversy. We should have a white background with a peach, a chicken and a peanut on it. These

Words “Through it all he has remained unassuming, humble and hardworking. He is the kind of young man I would love to see my son grow up to be.” — Excerpt from a schmaltzy letter of gushing praise written by Augusta Chronicle Executive Editor Dennis Sodomka for the job Chronicle reporter Johnny Sodomk — er — Edwards did in Iraq covering the war for the newspaper. Don’t get us wrong: Johnny Edwards did do a fine job with his daily dispatches from the war front. Such a good job, in fact, that a dripping, selfcongratulatory note like Sodomka’s seems to detract from it.

“As an actor I know in my mind, watching him, what a low-quality mind he has. Because I’ve been doing this (acting) since I was 5 years old, I know when a person is saying words that aren’t their own — and it’s apparent as it could possibly be to me that he’s a mouthpiece, and not even a good mouthpiece. (Ronald) Reagan was a B-movie actor, but at least he had the ability to touch certain emotional notes. Bush is just utterly incapable of it.” — Actor Edward Norton, as quoted in the New York Post.

represent the major products and exports of the state: kaolin, peaches, chickens and peanuts. They can also have a second meaning. The peach would also represent the citizens of Georgia; the chicken would represent the moral courage of the legislature; and the peanut would represent the intellectual level of our politicians.

OK guys, stop shaving your heads and growing goatees! You are not Ming the Merciless from Flash Gordon! Evidently the Columbia County School Superintendent is moonlighting. It is uncertain whether he is the PR for, or an agent representing, Rhinehart’s at the BOE meeting, but he sure does push for the approval

of a waiver to allow alcohol consumption within a school zone. It was the second time I have attended a board meeting and the first one 11 years ago seemed on the up and up. But tonight the board members did not seem to be very well-versed on anything (with the exception of Muns who wanted to pass on the waiver and let the party begin). Just looking around the room at all the staff to support the superintendent, makes me see why education is slipping. Paper shufflers and statisticians erode money intended for education. We will never find the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Why? Simply because our government will never tell us what they find, because it would be unbelievably damaging to our relations with the nations that were supplying all the stuff. Isn’t it interesting that an Iraqi scientist has all the answers as to where the stuff went: moved it to Syria, destroyed just days before the war started. The CIA could not come up with a better story. It’s much easier to keep everything secret and say we didn’t find anything and passively listen to the international criticism, as opposed to following the evidence all the way to Paris, Berlin and Moscow. We have the goods on these countries and it gives us more leverage going into the future. Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you to the persons who fixed the train tracks at 6th and Broad. To the whiner who complained about service at the local restaurants: I agree completely. I’d suggest you go downtown to one of the great restaurants there. The people downtown are always friendly, and you hardly ever have to wait for a table. Once again America gets stabbed in the back after liberating an entire nation! Shades of Cuba around 1960! The freed Iraqis are now free to chant anti-American slogans! Perhaps ol’ Fidel Castro will supply Iraq with a replacement for Saddam Hussein! I will have to say, Austin Rhodes, you hit the nail on the head with your article of “Burn American Flags, not Crosses.” I think we need to have more people like you to speak their minds and open up, and not be afraid to say something. Things are really getting ridiculous.

It’s a shame that the only time I get a 15 percent tip is when the Masters visitors are in town. Even more a shame, the IRS is going to take more than I make whether I make it or not.


To the man who left the whine about Bill O’Reilly and the Fox News Network: You have to be a left-wing liberal Democrat. You wouldn’t know the truth if it bit you; you’re more like CNN, NBC or the like.




Marion Williams is so concerned about going down in Augusta history as the first black member of the Augusta Fire Department. What he really should be concerned about is going down in Augusta History as the most ignorant commissioner Augusta has ever had.

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I wouldn’t count Sonny Pittman down and out of the Super District 10 race before it starts. A lot of us have great respect for what he does in the community and we know how he feels about serving us in public office. If Mr. Pittman works hard enough this time, I think he’ll surprise a lot of people. To the person whining about the results of the Masters Massacre: Maybe Turtleneck won due to the fact that they were the only band that didn’t remotely sound like all the other bands that performed that weekend. Maybe they won because they were actually entertaining and made the crowd seem just as important as the band by playing “with” them and not “to” them. Maybe the fact that the majority of the people clapping and cheering for them were friends, followers, girlfriends and wives of 420 Outback and Jemani had something to do with it. But then again, here’s a thought; maybe they won just ‘cause they rocked! The Dixie Chicks should be deported! Let’s say to Iraq! Oh yeah! They should take that magazine cover with them! That’ll go over good. Real good! I was at a convenience store near Daniel Village and there was this woman putting fuel in her huge Explorer talking on her — yes you guessed it — cell phone. I told her that there are signs all over the pumps telling her not to smoke, get back in the vehicle or talk on a cell phone while fueling continued on page 8

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continued from page 7 and this woman completely ignored me! I am a woman too and she is the type of woman that gives women a bad name. Shame on you, and when you cause a fire and possibly kill someone, maybe someone you love, maybe then you won’t think your life is so important that a cell phone call couldn’t wait until after you are done pumping gas. Do you want to know what Hell is? Hell is working with your ex-girlfriend. Not just working with her for a few hours a week, but working with her every day and having to hear about her new rich boyfriend and all the wonderful things he does and places he takes her. But of course it’s not his money she’s interested in. Hell is seeing how happy she is without you but she still wants you to be her friend. I just read the article “Trouble at 744 Broad St.” I live at the Summit and to have the courtyard removed is, in my opinion, crazy. If they were to turn it back into a through street, they won’t stop the crime. They will make it easier for them. Then they will be able to drive right up to the front door to do their business. As for the residents not needing the courtyard — I don’t use it myself. I don’t like to be around the drinking and foul language. But for some, it’s where they go for the majority of the day. I suspect it keeps them from being so lonely. Most are not able to walk the block and a half to the Common. I say make Bob Young live here for a few weeks (alone) and then let him decide if the courtyard is needed.

Columbia County Board of Education Chairman Lee Muns has a history of publicly displaying his anger and arrogance. At board meetings, his running confrontation with the superintendent and other trustees is well documented. And his public outburst at the 2001 Republican convention was an embarrassment. How do the Republicans reward him? They elect him chairman at the 2003 party convention to be their team builder. Fat chance anyone will be jumping on the Muns team if they have half a brain. So, a nice teenager wants to go out into the world, and have his/her first job. They better not pick fast food. Instead of learning teamwork and job skills, they are indoctrinated into a world of thugs, of unwed mothers, and untreated bipolar depression on the parts of managers. Why are they always married to a truck driver that beats them? Why do they always have a giant hairdo that’s 20 years out of style? Quick, the lunch rush stopped for two minutes! Sweep and mop the kitchen really fast while (one employee) flashes gang signs out the drive-through window and (another) gets her third personal call since punching in half an hour before! You’re scheduled seven days a week and yet your paycheck is only $150, and that’s every two weeks. Truly sweatshop conditions. Even worse luck if you work in a place that has a military base in town. Those guys know they’ll be “recycled” because they’re drinking too much so they work even harder to be a drunken idiot and harass the townsfolk before they get their Article 13. I’m sorry that they perfected the sweatshop conditions of fast food back when my grandparents were young and spry.

If I were a time traveler I would encourage the late Mr. Ray Kroc to open a record store instead. Now we have a nation of waddling heart attacks in Lane Bryant gear, driving SUVs with half their house talking on a cell phone. My only hope is that extraterrestrials are real and can cure the planet of its madness. Political insiders may consider Sonny Pittman a “weak candidate they can’t support” in the District 10 Augusta Commission race. But, I suspect that they are more concerned about the fact that Mr. Pittman, a retired colonel, is a man who will listen to the “troops” he serves and not carry a water bucket for Augusta’s powerbrokers. They can put their hand-picked candidate in the race if they want to. But, if Mr. Pittman gets in the District 10 race, I know who I’ll support and vote for. Can anyone see past the fact that Senator Joey Brush represented motorcyclists and figure out the majority of his time was spent chairing the Senate Education Committee? This committee was highly successful in getting the governor’s education package out of the Senate. Do you really think that he sits in Atlanta and talks about helmet laws for four months? You need some basic education on how our Legislature works. — 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

Thumbs Up That Superior Court Judge Albert M. Pickett has finally brought a close to the special grand jury matter that has divided the city for more than three years. The

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judge issued a ruling on April 25 to disband the 23-member special grand jury, which was empaneled in 1999 to investigate impropriety in local government.

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Thumbs Down No doubt there’s a good reason. At least we hope so. Otherwise, Richmond County District Attorney Danny Craig and other judicial officials really fell down on the job with regard to the special grand jury. Time after time, over the span of the more than three years the investigative body was empaneled, Craig assured media and city officials they could expect something in the way of conclusions, if not indictments, from the special grand jury’s efforts. Then, media are notified in a press release that the special grand jury

is disbanded, and a joint investigative report — that is incomplete, no less — produced through the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and special grand jury presentments concerning former Augusta Fire Chief Ronnie Few, has been forwarded to the Georgia Attorney General’s Office for further review. Surely, it must be legal machinations far beyond the judicial layman’s grasp that are to blame for this foot-dragging shell game. Right?

Columbia County School Board Chairman Wayne Bridges should have known better. You don’t have to be a career politician to know you shouldn’t vote on approving a $900,000-plus construction contract for a company for which you work. But that’s exactly what Bridges did, according to a story in The Augusta Chronicle. Bridges, according to the article, downplayed his ties to Edgefield Construction,

Inc., saying that he had only done some accounting and tax work for the company. Most of the work he did for the company, Bridges told the paper, was during Edgefield Construction partner Bettis Rainsford’s buying of a chain of convenience stores in South Carolina. The school board contract with Edgefield Construction for electrical upgrades, having been the lowest bid, was approved.

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What the Iraqis Can Learn From American Freedom “Just so you know, we’re ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas.” — Natalie Maines, singer for the Dixie Chicks. “These leftist stooges for anti-American causes are always given a free pass. Isn’t it time to make them stand up and be counted for their views?” — Former Congressman Joe Scarborough. “To announce there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.” —Theodore Roosevelt “I mean, the Dixie Chicks are free to speak their mind. They can say what they want to say. ... They shouldn’t have their feelings hurt just because some people don’t want to buy their records when they speak out. You know, freedom is a two-way street.” — George W. Bush Now that Saddam Hussein is dead or in hiding somewhere in the wide deserts of the Middle East (although many suspect he’s sipping wine in a shady and cool villa in the south of France), millions of Iraqis face the prospect of democracy for the first time in their history. Some commentators have wondered whether the Iraqi people, who have never known free

speech, freedom of religion, or a ballot without a lone, self-imposed dictator, have the ability to live in a pluralistic, democratic society. It sounds condescending to question the aspirations of a nation of people that welcomed our tanks through the streets of Baghdad and cheered U.S. soldiers as they toppled a statue of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad’s Firdos Square. The question is not whether the Iraqis want freedom. It is whether they can exercise freedom, buying into the crucial values that make freedom possible: tolerance, empathy and respect for those with different and divergent beliefs. Several have questioned if American society is the model for Iraqis to follow, criticizing our society as repressive in its own way, and not amenable to free speech and dissent. For example, Bill Maher, the former host of “Politically Incorrect,” has stated that a new kind of political correctness, which he calls “patriotic correctness,” has made any kind of dissent or disagreement with government policy or the war untenable. Those who agree with Maher cite radio stations who have stopped playing Dixie Chicks records, the Baseball Hall of Fame un-inviting Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon from a celebration of the movie Bull Durham, the jingoistic slant of Fox News, and the sentiment that has caused some restaurants to start re-naming French fries on their menus. (Heck, even I have started to serve “Freedom Toast” to my breakfast guests.) Certainly, we have seen critics of the

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war publicly vilified. In probably the most famous example, filmmaker Michael Moore, accepting the Oscar for best documentary this year, was booed off the stage after he delivered an overthe-top rant denouncing President Bush and the war. But I think those who worry about American freedom just because the critics have been harshly criticized and castigated, miss the point of freedom of speech. As President Bush said, “freedom is a two-way street.” People have just as much a right to disagree with anti-war protesters or celebrities’ anti-Bush rhetoric as the protesters and the celebrities have the right to disagree with the government’s policies. And though it seems like not giving Tim Robbins a forum to criticize the war smacks of censorship, in fact, Cooperstown has just as much a right to exclude Robbins as Augusta National has to exclude women. You might disagree with some policy or idea, but as Martha Burke learned earlier this month, we’ll find room for you to show up and speak your mind. And anyone who has watched C-Span this month knows that Tim Robbins, though losing a platform to speak from at the Baseball Hall of Fame, gained countless more opportunities to speak out. Even the Dixie Chicks were given a chance to explain themselves, telling Dianne Sawyer last week that in their own way, they feel very patriotic. Those who claim that a conservative orthodoxy has straight-jacketed those who want to dissent have somehow failed to notice the

Josh Smith ubiquity of Janeane Garafulo, Martin Sheen, and the Dixie Chicks in the media. And that’s what makes our country great: We need our newscasts to run for 24 hours; otherwise, we wouldn’t have room for the multiplicity of viewpoints our people have the courage to speak out and defend. To honor the system of laws that keep our freedom intact, each year on May 1st we celebrate Law Day. On May 11, the Augusta Bar Association is hosting the annual Mulherin Plaid Golf Tournament, whose proceeds go to various local charities. — Josh Smith is an assistant solicitorgeneral in Richmond County.

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Opinion: Austin Rhodes

Criminal Indifference Is not so Funny Anymore


omewhere in the misty recesses of TV Land, four of pop culture’s most familiar faces sit in a jail cell, suspended forever in time. They are there because they saw a criminal act being committed, and they didn’t lift a finger to intervene. Jerry Seinfeld and his buddies forever etched the phrase “criminal indifference” in the minds of trivia buffs everywhere, and their “permanent” incarceration was a fitting tribute to four of the most selfish people ever immortalized in Hollywood. While the Seinfeld example was laughable, in the CSRA too often we see criminal indifference elevated with deadly consequence. Last week Augusta DA Danny Craig and his staff successfully prosecuted a young man whose defense was that he only knew about and assisted in the brutal murder of a teenage girl, that he didn’t actually do it himself. Thank God the jury didn’t buy the bull, and in less time than it takes to preheat an oven, they convicted Raymond Soto in the horrific slaying of Stephanie Burnett. Soto hoped all blame would go to partner Matthew Wiedeman, who had already admitted guilt in the case as the primary hatchet man. The jury wasn’t biting. Exactly who stabbed and beat the 16year-old victim to death is immaterial. Both Soto and Wiedeman were there, and either could have stopped the crime. In the eyes of the law, and anyone with an IQ north of 63, both deserve to spend the rest of their miserable existence behind bars. How nice it would be if all parties to serious crimes could be prosecuted. Unfortunately, it is not just lowlife murderers we see setting the “criminal indifference” standard. The recent death of UGA freshman Travis Starr III is a prime example. Starr was thrown from the back of a pickup truck during a night of partying with frat brothers in Athens. While it was clear he had been injured, the driver of the truck and his friends didn’t think it was best to get Starr immediate medical treatment. Instead, they put him to sleep on a couch. He never woke up. There is a very good chance their middle-of-the-night decision contributed to the fact that the Lakeside graduate died a few days later. There is more than just a bit of speculation that the driver of the truck was under the influence of something at the time of the accident. Because he didn’t notify authorities at the time of the mishap, we will never know.

Witnesses at the scene actually denied alcohol was involved, but the entire case has smacked of a college-sized helping of a “CYA” campaign from the get-go. I know one thing: If the truck’s driver, identified as Brett Steele, wasn’t intoxicated, he has to be the biggest moron ever admitted to the University of Georgia. And that, my friends, is saying something. The lesson to be learned is that we all must aggressively get involved as our brothers’ keepers. It is one thing to live life with your head in the sand, being consciously inattentive. It is quite another to be faced with a clear-cut opportunity to do the right thing and walk away from it. I have no doubt that the last thing Travis Starr’s friends wanted was to see him die after a night of fun. I also have no doubt that Travis Starr needed much smarter friends the night he was injured. Somebody give the man a phone book According to Sylvia Cooper’s scathing report on Augusta government cell phone usage, City Commissioner Marion Williams used directory assistance over 60 times on his cell phone, at a cost of over one dollar per call. The total cost won’t bankrupt the city to be sure, but over four dozen calls to directory assistance? The Augusta Chronicle report didn’t mention it specifically, but apparently it’s true Williams never asked for the local number to MENSA. Proof the Dems don’t have a lock on dum-dums Georgia State Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine continues in his role as the man who gives honest conservatives a reason to vote democrat every now and then. The GOP Commish, who at times makes Gomer Pyle seem qualified for Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, has just requested his third new car in four years. He ordered a top-of-the-line model with all the whiz-bang accessories as well. This is the same guy who ran his state car with blue lights and sirens (and had a wreck doing it) because he was late for dinner. What a year to ask for such a shiny prize. The whole state is in economic straits, and this guy wants a new ride. If they gave him what his intellect calls for, he would be driving a three-wheeler with a nice handlebar bell. Goofball. — The views expressed in this column are the views of the writer and do not necessarily represent the views of the publisher. The archived Austin Rhodes columns can now be seen at

Opinion: Insider

SPLOST Citizens Committee: A Tough Job Ahead


he citizens committee that will make recommendations to the Augusta Commission and the voters of Richmond County regarding projects earmarked for the next round of the Special Local Option Sales Tax has finally been appointed. Members attended their first meeting on April 23 and plan to meet weekly for as long as it takes to work their way through the maze of financial requests that city department heads and others in the community bring before them. It will be a difficult and, likely, thankless job. Local attorney Ed Tarver and businessman Monty Osteen were elected CoChairmen of the committee. As The Insider goes to press, committee members are preparing to hear from Augusta Sheriff Ronnie Strength and Recreation and Parks Ed Tarver Director Tom Beck at this week’s meeting. Representatives from Public Works, Utilities, Daniel Field, Augusta Fire Department, and the Public Library will appear before the committee over the Monty Osteen next two weeks. Later in May, committee members are scheduled to hear from advocates for a new Performing Arts Center, an Exhibit and Trade Center, and an Entertainment and Sports Complex. In early June Housing and Neighborhood Development will make its presentation. The list of those who want a piece of the sales tax pie is a long one. There are various projects on the current “wish list” being presented to the committee. It will be interesting to see how many projects survive the process. It will be equally intriguing to see whether the committee’s recommendations are taken seriously. In the past, many citizens have labored long and seriously on various committees only to have their recommendations ignored due to politics or pork barrel attitudes of the powers-that-be. Members appointed by Mayor Bob Young and the Augusta commissioners are as follows: • The Mayor’s appointee is Monty Osteen who is one of the power brokers who backed Young for mayor in his initial run for office. Osteen is a retired banker who made big bucks on the sale of Bankers First several years ago. He has been actively involved in the community and Republican politics for years. • District 1: Commissioner Lee Beard appointed Ellis Albright who currently serves on the Coliseum Authority and Marion Barnes who currently serves on the Richmond County

Board of Education. • District 2: Commissioner Marion Williams appointed Juanita Burney who works for the state of Georgia and Rev. Larry Hudson. • District 3: Commissioner Steve Shepard selected Clyde Lester, former Richmond County Extension Agent, and Ed Tarver, a local attorney and a past president of the Metro Augusta Chamber of Commerce. • District 4: Commissioner Richard Colclough appointed Nathaniel Charles, a neighborhood association activist in south Augusta, along with Michael Simmons who is involved with the Weed and Seed program in Barton Village. • District 5: Bobby Hankerson called on Dave Mack and Quincy Robertson as his appointees. • District 6: Commissioner Andy Cheek has not yet appointed anyone. • District 7: Commissioner Tommy Boyles appointed his former political opponent for the 7th District commission seat, Wayne Hawkins, to sit on the committee. Hawkins is a local businessman who is frequently involved in community and political issues. Boyles also named Sonny Pittman to the group. Pittman has already announced his intention to run for the 10th District commission seat in November. • District 8: Commissioner Ulmer Bridges called on former Augusta Commissioner from District 6, J.B. Powell, and community volunteer Irma Williams to serve on the committee. • District 9: Commissioner Willie Mays has chosen Madine Cummings as his only appointee to date. • District 10: Commissioner Bill Kuhlke selected the local president of Wachovia Bank, Paul Menk, along with southside businessman and Pride and Progress leader, Jimmy Smith, to sit on the committee. The group is varied, opinionated, and stacked with political friends (and some enemies) of the commissioners and the mayor. The citizens group could be pressured to reflect the views of their appointers, which will result in nothing more than an additional layer of people who bring few new ideas to the table, or, the group could actually provide valuable, independent input to the process. Time will tell. Regardless, it will ultimately be up to the voters of Richmond County to decide if they want to extend the Special Local Option Sales Tax for the specific purposes designated by local officials. A referendum is probably not feasible until the November election season, although some leaders want it sooner. The public’s mood concerning the effectiveness of Augusta government and the economic situation at the time of the referendum will have a lot to do with the success or failure of the vote. The mayor, commissioners, the citizens committee, and all those who want their favorite projects funded have a difficult sales job ahead of them. 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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here are usually a few warning signs given to city department heads to let them know that they may want to consider updating their resumes. First, you start hearing some grumbling from city officials in private about the department director’s performance. That’s not a major concern; it happens to most city employees at one time or another. Next, those concerns are brought out in a public meeting. This step is more embarrassing, but if the department head has a reasonable explanation as to why his or her department is having some difficulties, usually that employee will still have a job next week. It’s only when the department head is reprimanded again just a few months after his or her initial public flogging that the employee should start getting concerned. It might be time for Augusta Regional Airport Director Ken Kraemer to worry. On April 24, several members of the Augusta Aviation Commission told Kraemer he wasn’t performing up to par. “We are missing deadlines,” Aviation Commissioner Marcie Wilhelmi said, referring to a report that was due in April to the federal government for funding consideration that ended up arriving a day late. “I just find it incredible.” Wilhelmi said that the airport is experiencing what she considers a “complete meltdown” of guidance from the director. One of Kraemer’s biggest problems, she said, is, he is never around to make decisions or complete assignments. Wilhelmi even said that it was her understanding that Kraemer had traveled to Bangkok at least three or four times on vacation since becoming Augusta’s airport director in August 2001.


Kraemer’s only response to Wilhelmi was to acknowledge that he was leaving for Bangkok on April 28 and would return on May 12. Aviation Commission Chairman Cedric Johnson said that the board could not tell Kraemer where he is allowed to vacation or deny him vacation time that is specified in his contract. Wilhelmi said she understood that fact, but found it discouraging that there are other members of the airport staff killing themselves to meet deadlines, while their boss is off on vacation. And it makes it particularly difficult for the staff to reach Kraemer, Wilhelmi said, if he is out of the country several times during the year. “You’ve got to be here to do the job,” Wilhelmi said. Now, some Augustans, who support the daily newspaper’s editorial views of “Madcap Marcie,” could assume that her comments against Kraemer were just another example of Wilhelmi up to her old tricks again. After all, Wilhelmi didn’t rest until she got enough support on the commission a few years ago to rid Augusta of the former airport director, Al McDill. It may be easy to assume that Wilhelmi is now ready to toss Kraemer to the curb. But it should be pointed out that no one on the aviation commission spoke out against Wilhelmi’s comments. No one voiced his or her disagreement. No one tried to stand up for Kraemer. Kraemer was clearly on his own. This was a definite change in attitude on the commission from sentiments expressed in November when Wilhelmi tried to voice concerns about Kraemer. During her final presentation as chairman of the aviation commission, Wilhelmi told

the board that it was the staff’s responsibility to divvy up tasks at the airport in a timely fashion and promptly respond to requests from the aviation board so that the airport could get more things accomplished. She pointed out during the November meeting that Kraemer wasn’t completing tasks he was assigned to perform. Specifically, she stated, that he had not addressed an organizational review study that the airport conducted in 2001 that outlined what areas of the airport are overstaffed and how each area could be run more efficiently. “The very first task that we put on our director’s plate when he arrived on Aug. 1 was to bring this body monthly reports on how we are implementing this organizational review,” Wilhelmi said in November. “We haven’t had them yet.” A number of aviation commissioners criticized Wilhelmi for her comments. They felt they were unjust and inappropriate. But about five months later, during this April meeting, many of the aviation commissioners seemed to have changed their tune. One major criticism of Kraemer during the meeting was his handling of the reclassification of about 13 positions at the airport. The commission called for the reclassification in December because the board felt the job descriptions did not appropriately reflect the employees’ actual daily duties. The reclassification of positions would eventually lead to the re-examination of the employees’ current salaries and make adjustments if necessary. Many adjustments were expected to result in salary increases. Aviation Commissioner Sheila Paulk, who also served as the personnel committee chairman until this month when she was asked to step down from the position because of her marriage to the airport’s fire

Ken Kraemer chief in 2002, has been asking since the beginning of the year that Kraemer send his requests for reclassifications to the Augusta Commission’s administrative services committee for consideration. Paulk pointed out that at least seven administrative services committee meetings had come and gone and Kraemer had yet to send the requests to the Augusta Commission. “You sir, were supposed to get this on the agenda for administrative services,” Paulk

“We are missing deadlines. I just find it incredible.” – Augusta Aviation Commissioner Marcie Wilhelmi

said. “This commission voted to support the reclassification back in December. Now, we are going on May.” Paulk demanded that Kraemer explain what was causing the holdup because she thought, by delaying the reclassification, Kraemer was causing hardship on those 13 airport employees. Kraemer said that he thought Paulk wanted him to wait until all of the positions the airport submitted for reclassification were approved by the city’s human resources department. Originally, the airport had proposed 20 positions for reclassification, but the human resources department only approved 13. Paulk said she never said anything of the kind. “You and I know that is not true,” Paulk said, adding that she was happy she was no longer the chairman of the airport’s personnel committee. “I’m glad because my patience does not have the tolerance for this.” Kraemer told Paulk that he was sorry if he misunderstood her instructions or there was a miscommunication problem concerning the matter, but Paulk said he shouldn’t be apologizing to her, but to the employees at the airport. With that, Aviation Commissioner Ernie Smith also criticized Kraemer for providing The Augusta Chronicle with inaccurate information about a proposal to make the airport’s law enforcement officers, who are currently provided by Sizemore Security Services, city employees. In an April 21 article, Kraemer told the paper that the proposal had been recommended by the airport’s personnel committee and that he “wholeheartedly” supported the idea. “I asked you, ‘Are you sure about that?’ And you said, ‘Yes,” Smith said to Kraemer. Smith pointed out that he knew that the information was incorrect because he is a member of the personnel committee. “As opposed to it being miscommunication, that was a lie,” Smith said. And now there are Sizemore employees who think they are going to become city employees and receive health insurance, Aviation Commissioner Ed McIntyre said. McIntyre suggested that Kraemer clean up the mess, because he’s the one who made it. In the meantime, while Kraemer was in Bangkok this week, Chairman Cedric Johnson attended the commission’s administrative services committee to ask that the airport’s 13 positions be reclassified. However, the Augusta Commission’s finance committee just that morning received a report from the city’s finance director, David Persaud, that the city saved about $747,000 during the first quarter of 2003 by enforcing a hiring freeze for any vacant city positions not considered critical. This finding has given many Augusta commissioners more incentive to hold off on hiring new employees or even reclassifying positions within the government until at least the middle of the year. Even though the airport is an enterprise fund, meaning the airport’s proposed salary changes would have no effect on the city’s general budget, several commissioners felt that if the other city employees would have to wait for the positions to be reclassified, the airport employees should as well. It looks like the airport may have missed its window for reclassification consideration. The Augusta Commission will discuss the matter at the next regular meeting on May 6.

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The Sausage Is Made


he closing days of any legislative body present inky layabouts and shiftless second-guessers such as Gold Dome Review (GDR) an opportunity not only to paw through recent history for smart-alecky post-mortems, but also to dredge up time-worn political adages for one more painful limp around the track. For this session, we’ll go with that old saw concerning the manufacture of sausage equating such industry with the creation of law, and admonishes lovers of either legislation or spiced meat products to eschew close observation of their manufacture, lest one’s fondness for either be dramatically reduced. For the just-concluded session of the Georgia General Assembly, we’ll expand the analogy further: Of the groaning, creaking, steaming, clanking, shuddering, thunderous legislative machinery which has finally ground to an overdue climax, one should turn one’s gaze from the pitiable product, which looks (and smells) more like the painfully excreted spoor of a dyspeptic chihuahua than anything approaching the weighty chains of legislative links which — however questionable their flavor, texture or digestibility — have previously emerged from the Capitol charcuterie. Which is not to say that the entire session was an exercise in futility. There were some winners — both personalities and legislative efforts — sprinkled, albeit sparsely, through this exceptionally unexceptional endeavor, though woefully few. In brief summation: • Gov. Sonny Perdue, who apparently surprised no one more than himself in ascending to the state’s highest office, did manage to remain cordial and composed throughout an ordeal that must have left him yearning for the quietude of his Perry home. Immediately upon taking office, Republican Perdue first inserted himself into a losing battle to elect a friendly Democrat as speaker of the House. This not only unnecessarily angered the majority party in that body (many of whom reasonably felt that Perdue’s gilt-edged persuasion of enough jelly-spined Democratic senators to switch parties to the GOP should be enough pre-session arm-twisting for the new kid), but also helped neuter the effectiveness of “Perdue’s Boys” in the Democratic Party during later struggles. (Not to mention that the ultimately elected House Speaker Terry Coleman — a conservative, rural lawmaker whose own credentials and positions are roughly those of Perdue himself — seemed an unnecessary enemy to make so early in an administration. But it only got worse. Perdue’s own party steadfastly refused to “dance with who brung ‘em,” instead fighting their governor tooth-and-nail over his proposals to balance a hemorrhaging budget with tobacco and alcohol taxes, and ultimately helping hand him defeat (for which he should be quietly giving thanks) on the one issue he thought he could offer up to his red-meat supporters: giving voters a chance to reinstall the Rebel Cross on the state flag.

And that headache was only resolved by the acquiescence of enough rural Democrats to strip the Confederate battle emblem completely from a revamped measure that will allow voters to choose between the current (as we go to press) flag and one closely resembling the pre-1956 version – both issues resolved with the deciding vote cast by Speaker Coleman. But Perdue was also defeated on such issues as ethics reform — an unexpected impasse, given that both the Senate (which unanimously passed Perdue’s four ethics bills) and the House (under pressure by a genuine goodgovernment guy, Dublin Democratic House Speaker Pro Tem DuBose Porter) were unable to cobble together the opposing bodies’ versions. The governor wanted more financial disclosure by elected officials, the House wanted lower campaign contributions — two not-exclusionary positions that, right up ‘til session’s end, ethics reformers thought would certainly be reconciled. Didn’t happen, to the shame of all concerned, and the governor should kick some major butt about making it the top of his agenda next year.

Governor Sonny Perdue Which is why Speaker Coleman emerges as a decided winner this session — and why “Slippery Sonny” (as he has since been christened by the “flaggers,” who view his apparent decision to sign the compromise flag bill as a major betrayal) should even now be sending a great, big fruit basket and a 10-pound-box of “Thanks for Saving My Butt” chocolates to the speaker, Democratic leadership and Legislative Black Caucus, who kept this fledgling Republican governor from totally sinking into his own sewage. On the issues of tobacco taxes and the budget (the alcohol taxes were DOA from the git-go; no governor’s ever gotten anywhere tangling with the combined might of the beverage distributors and convenience store lobbies), it was House Democrats who kept alive — by the slimmest of margins — Perdue’s chance of actually seeing cigarette levies raised. And not by much: Even now, House Republican Majority Leader Len Westmoreland is composing his “I Fought the Tax Hike ‘Til the Bitter End” campaign speeches for his congressional bid, and it was only the last-call decision by a relative handful of GOP reps to go for the package of retirement-pay tax exemptions and sunset clauses penciled in by Senate negotiators that allowed a budget (still filled with wishful thinking and accounting gimmicks) to be passed at all.

• Speaker Terry Coleman emerged a winner this year, demonstrating a low-keyed, behind-the-scenes ability to forge consensus and move meaningful legislation — when he was allowed to do so. First, his public moves to forgive and forget the attempted GOP putsch avoided what many lawmakers and observers thought might be a major round of head-chopping. But his actions in casting the deciding vote both on the stripped-down tobacco tax that finally allowed a budget to pass, and his similar vote on deleting the Confederate battle emblem from consideration in any future referendum — both votes at considerable political peril, given his conservative constituency — reveal an encouraging willingness to Do the Right Thing come crunch time (even if — as in the case of the flag vote — that willingness is almost too late in coming). • Republican Senate President Pro Tem Eric Johnson and Majority Leader Tom Price managed to hold a fractious Senate roughly together on a number of issues, including passage of the governor’s ethics, education and (following some horse-trading) tax increases, and also helped toss the flag issue back to the House where it could be “dealt with” by the folks who will ultimately be labeled the villains come next election: black and urban Democrats (much to Johnson’s relief: While he never mentioned it, the underwriters of the new Daimler-Chrysler plant scheduled for his Savannah district are undoubtedly pleased that the prospect of boycotts, pickets and similar unnecessary unpleasantness have been finessed). Of course, the new Senate leadership also led the way for Senate budget-cutters to lay waste to some programs dear to many Georgians, including Medicaid, children’s health

insurance and a once-promising plan to preserve Georgia’s dwindling supply of unspoiled greenspace.

• Teachers upset over Roy Barnes’ educational reforms, angry despite annual raises, the promise of smaller classes and more spending on technology to help level teaching standards, did manage to get a return of “fair dismissal” hearings. But at what price? Ending the practice known as “teacher tenure” was one component of Barnes’ 2001 education reform package that (justifiably) angered educators. Instead of continuing to lobby the former governor and his staff to change the system, many teachers instead threw their support to Perdue. Result? Less pay, larger classes and reduced funding for effete foolishness like foreign-language instruction. But “tenure” has been restored — much to the outrage of Georgia’s conservative GOP establishment, who are now blasting Perdue & Co. for “caving to the teachers’ lobby.”

• Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor, who was stripped of many of his official duties by the new GOP Senate and whose budget was also attacked during the slash-and-burn spending negotiations, managed to get several pieces of his own legislative agenda passed. But his most-sought measure, creating the crime of Child Felony Endangerment, died in the House after concerted efforts by the anti-abortion/guns-for-everybody crowd to amend rendered the impassable. • Sen. Don Cheeks, one of four senators whose switch from Democrat to Republican threw control of the Senate to the GOP after Perdue’s election, may well be torn between “What was I thinking?” and “It could be worse.” Dapper Don won big in his stated desire to get funding for a cancer clinic in Augusta as payment for his switch, but he’s also still expressed bitterness that his key legislative issue of the session — a bill reigning in the excesses of “predatory lenders” — was gutted by House Democrats with the open, strong-armed support of Gov. Perdue, whose chief of staff just happens to be a banker. “[Perdue] promised me he wouldn’t interfere in that ...” said Cheeks recently. “But he was calling [lawmakers] down to his office and arm-twisting ‘til the end.” Even so, Cheeks did manage to get another pet bill — this one cracking down on “payday lenders” — through the Senate and into the House, where it will be debated next term. Cheeks’ “Women’s Right To Know Bill” mandating that women wait 24 hours before getting an abortion (based on the assumption that females aren’t really, you know, smart enough to make such a decision all at once in their tiny little heads, poor dears) died in the House Judiciary Committee. • Supporters of the Confederate battle flag now have a far-more-recent grievance than Lee’s surrender at Appomattox to rile ‘em up. After all their efforts — picketing ex-Gov. Roy Barnes at every turn, hiring banner-towing-airplanes, and generally launching an admirable grassroots activist effort can be on electoral politics even in these days of money-trumps-all politics — the “flaggers”

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• Reformers of Georgia’s indigent defense system emerge as the only clear winners this session. Kudos to the Georgia Supreme Court (which created the commission responsible for the underlying recommendations), Gov. Perdue (who early on threw his support behind the necessary legislation), the Senate (which passed the governor’s recommendations) and the House (which finally scrapped Speaker Coleman’s early counter-proposal to make public defenders stand for public election, an obviously boneheaded idea: “Vote for me — I Represent Accused Criminals Real Good”). No, it’s not perfect, but God knows it’s better than the judicial hammer-mill we currently use to grind poor defendants into blood-meal.

still end up looking at virtually the same damn state flag they’d have gotten under the compromise pushed by former Gov. Zell Miller. But even that compromise would have been unlikely were it not for the surprising turnabout by two flight commanders of the Wingnut Flying Circus, Reps. Bobby Franklin (RMarietta) and Warren Massey (R-Winder), whose very public acknowledgment that the old Rebel Cross had, indeed, been hijacked by Klansmen, white supremacists and other such riffraff helped turn the tide in favor of the soon-to-be new flag.

• Environmentalists managed to beat back a bill that would have allowed farmers to sell or trade water-withdrawal permits, which was contested by a broad, bipartisan coalition of lawmakers concerned with the “privatization” of a public resource. Instead, a stripped-down measure simply providing for the metering of agricultural water passed — but not without veiled threats from some of the permittrading gang that farmers might simply destroy the meters once they’re in place. So there ya have it — the longest session in over 100 years, and this is what they cooked up. Sausage, anyone?


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Calls It Quits After 27 Years


he cards, mailed earlier this month, told loyal customers of Alltogether unwelcome news the rest of Augusta had yet to hear: The Surrey Center ladies’ boutique would be closing its doors after 27 years in business. Now, the “Going Out of Business” sign hangs over the entrance, the stock of exquisite clothing and accessories dwindles, and owner Linda Walker often speaks of the store in the past tense. It is not, as one distraught (male) customer had hoped, an April Fool’s joke, and it looks as if — despite the pleas, flowers and calls that continue to pour in — there is no turning back. “The response has been phenomenal. Everybody says, ‘What are we going

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to do? Where are we going to go?’” Linda said. “It’s been wonderful, but it’s been real emotional. I think that’s what I’m going to miss the most – these wonderful customers who’ve been coming in for so long.” So long, in fact, that Alltogether has become a prized family heirloom of sorts, reverently handed down from generation to generation. “We’ve had the mothers and went through their daughters getting married and now we have the granddaughters that are coming to shop, so it’s kind of like an extended family,” Linda explained. “These people have come to be your friends after this long.” And, despite what some may think, it’s not just the clothes that inspire such devotion – it’s the quality of service.

Linda and her staff, some of whom have worked for her for over 10 years, think nothing of the most extraordinary acts on behalf of their customers. In-house alterations on a moment’s notice and free gift-wrapping are just the tip of an iceberg that includes keeping information about regular customers on file, making calls to those who might like a certain outfit in a new shipment, and offering advice on accessorizing an ensemble that may include walking over to the shoe store to find that perfect pair. Even more amazing is the fact that Linda continues to offer merchandise “on approval,” something the rest of the retail industry gave up years ago. Customers who live in the small towns surrounding Augusta regularly receive packages filled with goodies from

Alltogether. They simply keep what they want, and send the rest back. She even extends the service to those who come in to shop. “I think one of the things that keeps people coming back is that they don’t have to pay for something until they’re sure they want it. They can just take it home, see if they like it, see if their husband likes it,” Linda explained. “And you can do that in a small town. You couldn’t do that in a big city where you didn’t know your customers.” Alltogether’s fortunate shoppers will soon lose the intimacy of buying their wardrobes from trusted friends and advisors, but “when” is the big question. “People keep asking me how long it’ll be before we close, and I say, ‘I don’t know. I’ve never done this before,’”

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you’re all together, but who are you?’” — Linda Walker, owner of Alltogether

Linda said. Most likely, she continued, it will be sometime in July or August. Closing in August will make it almost 27 years to the day that Alltogether opened. It started as a venture between three friends – Linda, Jackie Blanchard and Hatsy Penix — and Gail Mercer, a former department store buyer with whom they had developed a relationship, whose idea was to outfit themselves and their friends in clothing they liked but could rarely find without having to drive to Atlanta. They knew they had a great business idea but, in 1976, few shared their enthusiasm. “Of course women didn’t open businesses back then and everybody was most skeptical,” Linda explained. “Most thought, ‘Well that’ll never work.’” Their determination unshaken, each pooled their money, wrangled more from dubious bankers and jetted off to New York on their first buying trip. “When we went to buy the first time, all four of us went,” Linda remembered. “Can you imagine four Southern ladies in New York saying, ‘Hi, we’re from Alltogether.’ One person looked at us and said, ‘I can see you’re all together, but who are you?’” Once back, the four set up shop in a little white cottage on Walton Way Extension across from First Baptist Church, a location chosen for its proximity to the friends they nervously hoped would be their first customers. As it turns out, there was no need to worry — on opening day, customers nearly cleaned out the small store and the four owners scrambled to get back to New York and buy more merchandise. Five years later, they outgrew the small space and, in looking for room to expand, found a spot tucked away on Highland and Wheeler. There wasn’t much there at the time – two restaurants, a liquor store and a drug store – but the four sensed the potential. “It was kind of the beginning of Surrey Center. After we moved in, a lot of stores moved up here,” Linda said. “It’s been a great place to be. In fact, I call it a mini Phipps Plaza.” Alltogether continued to thrive, but, one by one, the partners began to move on. First to leave was Jackie, followed by Hatsy (now deceased) and then Gail. Jackie and Gail continue to visit, and their enduring friendship is a credit to the forethought the partners had when it came to getting legal advice and drawing up a buy-sell agreement. “There was never any ill will – when somebody wanted to get out, it was what it was. The agreement was drawn up so that it was fair to everybody,” Linda explained. “I think a lot of small businesses make that mistake and get into a situation where

nobody’s speaking to each other. It really was a great partnership. Everybody pulled their share and contributed.” Still, she continued, it has been five years since Gail left — a long time to run Alltogether by herself, even with the employees she credits with much of the store’s success. Add to the list a 9-month-old grandson that she would like to see more often, travel plans to far-flung and exotic locales, an economy that has yet to turn around and the fact that her lease is up at the end of August, and the reasons to close the store began to pile up. Linda has also seen the writing on the wall when it comes to the direction the retail industry is taking. “Everybody talks about the WalMart-ization of the world, but it’s true,” she said. “It’s just getting harder and harder to compete, so you have to do a whole lot more work and make less money. It’s a tough environment for any small retailer.” That, coupled with the fashion industry’s recent penchant for too tight, too sexy clothes, leads Linda to believe that boutiques like hers may become a thing of the past. “I think you’ll probably see less and less stores like this,” she said. “It’s just the way people live now. It’s a changing world out there.” Even the Masters, an event that used to bring so much business into her store, has changed. Arnold Palmer, Linda says, still comes in every year, as do the wives of many other PGA players and Augusta National members. And while they had a few more customers this year because of the rain, business has been steadily declining. “It hasn’t been as good for anybody since it’s become so corporate. It’s just like everything else that has changed so much in the last 20 or 25 years,” she said. “It’s not near the social occasion for Augustans that it was because Augustans don’t have the tickets. In fact, there’ll probably be very few tickets around for Augustans once my generation is gone.” One thing that hasn’t changed, though, is the loyalty of Linda’s customers, many of whom are completely devastated at the news of the store’s closing. It’s not just the ladies either. “I’ve talked to a couple of husbands who’ve said, ‘What am I going to do,’” she laughed. “Every birthday, every Christmas they would come and get things for their wives, and the wives loved it. We worked really hard because we know them, know what they like, and, usually, everything worked.” Linda admits to a twinge of guilt every time she receives a note or a phone call or realizes that, at the end of the summer, she won’t see her co-workers and friends every day, but the time is right. “I’m ready to do other things,” she said. “What, I don’t know.”


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Murder in Milledgeville

By Stacey Eidson

“No one can deny that Marion W. Stembridge was a man of violence and a seriously unstable person given to murderous rage.” — The Macon News, May 4, 1953


he name Marion Stembridge is rarely spoken in the small town of Milledgeville, Ga. No one in town cares to remember the former banker and grocer, who was a member of a prestigious Southern family with a long legacy in the area. It doesn’t matter that the bizarre life story of Marion Stembridge was the basis for Paris Trout, the national bestseller and awardwinning book by Pete Dexter, which was later turned into a movie starring Dennis Hopper. People in this small community just want to forget about what happened on that dark day 50 years ago when something in Stembridge snapped. But former Milledgeville Police Chief Eugene Ellis, now 89, will never be able to erase Stembridge from his memory. “Marion Stembridge was a sly old joker,” Ellis said. “He was a dangerous man if I ever worked against one. He was pure evil.” And that evil was unleashed on May 2, 1953, changing Milledgeville forever. It was a bright Saturday morning, but not your typical day in Milledgeville. Women could be seen strolling along the downtown streets dressed in floor-length hoopskirts with frilly bonnets upon their

heads and bright pastel parasols shading their eyes from the sun. The Milledgeville men, so as not to be outdone by the local ladies, tried desperately for weeks to grow long, flowing beards to match their gentlemanly attire of Confederate uniforms or bowler hats with string ties. Milledgeville was celebrating its sesquicentennial anniversary. It had been 150 years since the city was named Georgia’s fourth capital from 1803 to 1868. This small historic town scheduled a weeklong celebration of the anniversary, in which its citizens were asked to dress in period costumes and the men were required to grow some resemblance of a beard or risk facing punishment by the town’s Kangaroo Court. The scheduled events throughout the week included street parades, the crowning of the sesquicentennial queen and the performance of the town’s historical pageant called “Hills of Home,” which featured more than 500 local actors. The downtown streets were draped in red, white and blue banners and the local newspaper, The Union-Recorder, published a special 100-page edition of the paper on the history of Milledgeville and its citizens. The 150th anniversary was to kick off that

Saturday night with an opening grand ball, welcoming everyone to the town’s celebration. It was supposed to be a proud day in Milledgeville — a day that its citizens could cherish forever. But Stembridge had other plans.

The Madness of Marion Stembridge

At approximately 10:20 a.m. that day, Stembridge briskly walked along the busy downtown streets, passing the town’s festivities, and headed straight for the law offices situated above a local cinema in Milledgeville called the Campus Theatre. In his hand, Stembridge carried a secret. It was a large briefcase containing two guns: a .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol and .38caliber handgun. Former Baldwin County Coroner Cliff Collins told The Macon Telegraph and News in 1953 that Stembridge walked into the office of a prominent local attorney and former state legislator named Oscar “Marion” Ennis. Without a single word, Stembridge fired three shots into Ennis’ back and shoulder using the .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol. Eva Sloan, then a young lawyer and assistant to Ennis, had reportedly just walked down the

hall to an adjacent attorney’s offices. Ennis, who served as the Baldwin County attorney and clerk, was running late for a county commission meeting scheduled before the day’s festivities and Sloan was trying to help him get ready. Sloan told The Union-Recorder in May 1993, for the paper’s 40th anniversary story of the tragic event, that she remembered hearing loud pops upstairs in the direction of her office but assumed it was Ennis setting off firecrackers in the musket he had been carrying as part of the sesquicentennial celebration. Minutes later, Sloan told the paper, she walked back to her office to find Ennis lying on the floor in front of the doorway. Assuming that he was playing a practical joke on her, as he was often known to do, she reportedly walked over to him, preparing herself for a good scare. Sloan received the shock of a lifetime. Suddenly, Ennis latched onto her arm and attempted to turn to face her. “When he raised his head, he tried to say something but blood just gushed,” Sloan told the newspaper. Former Police Chief Ellis, who jokes that he’s just about the only city official still living continued on page 22





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who was working on that tragic day, said he remembers several people were on edge about Stembridge’s state of mind that Saturday. Just the prior week, Stembridge had been convicted by a Macon federal court of offering $10,000 bribes to two federal income tax agents investigating his financial affairs. Stembridge was scheduled to be sentenced on his bribery charges on May 4. Baldwin County Superior Court Judge George Carpenter, who had presided over a 1949 manslaughter case against Stembridge, was a little unnerved when he saw Stembridge briefly in his office that morning. “Judge George Carpenter had been threatened by Stembridge a few times,” Ellis said. “If he ever got in a situation where someone was threatening him, he would call me and I would go up to his office in the courthouse and sit with him a while. “Well, Judge Carpenter said he was a little bit concerned because Stembridge had been in his office that day, turned around and walked back out.” Ellis told Carpenter that he would head over to the courthouse to sit with him, but on the way, he remembers, Sheriff Dennis Cox stopped him on the street. “Ellis, we’ve got to go!” Ellis said Cox yelled. “That crazy ... well, so and so ... just shot Marion Ennis and he’s up in the Sanford Building now!” After Stembridge murdered Ennis, The Macon Telegraph and News reported, he walked two doors down from the theater to another set of law offices in the Sanford Building, formerly located in the middle of the city’s business district. Ironically, Ellis said a child on his way to the Campus Theatre saw Stembridge on the street and immediately noticed something was wrong. “There was a lady that later told me that her young boy saw Stembridge coming out of the Campus Theatre and said, ‘Mommy, that man has a gun in his hand,’” Ellis said. “And she laughed, thinking it was part of the celebration, and assured the boy, ‘It’s a toy gun. He’s playing like everyone else.’” But this was no game. Without hesitation, Stembridge entered the law office of Stephen Thomas “Pete” Bivins, a 27-year-old attorney who had recently returned to his hometown of Milledgeville after graduating from law school at Duke University. Bivins reportedly was in the middle of giving dictation to his secretary, Jean Stockum, and looked up from his work when Stembridge walked into the room. “Good morning Mr. Stembridge,” the handsome attorney reportedly said to his visitor. “What can I do for you?” Five shots were Stembridge’s reply. Four bullets struck Bivins in the chest. And yet, somehow, Bivins still managed to lunge at Stembridge and wrestle the .45-caliber gun and clip from his attacker.

Eugene Ellis After seizing the gun, Bivins attempted to follow Stembridge into the hall outside of his office, but stumbled and finally slumped to the floor. Bivins still had Stembridge’s gun clutched in his hand. The young attorney was dead. “I started after Stembridge,” Stockum, the secretary, told The Augusta Chronicle in a May 3, 1953 front-page story. “He turned around and was facing me in the hall ... I screamed at Stembridge then, ‘Get a doctor.’” But Stembridge wasn’t listening. He reportedly walked approximately 30 feet down the hall from Bivins’ office and turned down a side entrance to the Sanford Building. “Stembridge took a .38 caliber weapon from his pocket and put it in his mouth and fired,” The Macon Telegraph and News reported. “The concussion was so terrific that it left parts of the skull hanging from the ceiling.” Ellis and Sheriff Cox were headed up the back stairway of the Sanford Building when they heard a shot fired. “I thought at first he was shooting at us,” Ellis said. “I had my gun in my hand. And as I got up to the top of the stairs, Stembridge was laying face down and had the pistol in his hand. “I thought he was playing possum with me and he was trying to get me up there and then shoot the devil out of me.” Then Ellis noticed a large pool of blood encircling his head. “I realized he was dead,” Ellis said. “And just at that moment, the solicitor general tapped me on the shoulder and said, ‘Look at him boys, that’s a beautiful sight.’ “And I said, ‘It sure is.’”

Sorrow During the Celebration

Milledgeville was devastated. The opening grand ball was canceled and the town went into mourning. It had just lost two of the city’s most promising young leaders. Ennis, 45, was originally from a small farming community in Washington County, Ga., but at an early age moved to Milledgeville with his parents. He was said to have loved everything about the small-town living in Milledgeville, so after receiving his law degree from Mercer University, he returned home to practice law for more than 22 years. Not long after establishing his firm, he decided to enter the political arena and ended up serving four terms as a state representative and one term as a senator for the area. The Union Recorder once heralded Ennis as the area’s most promising candidate for governor or successor to the popular U.S. Congressman Carl Vinson. Ennis was survived by his father, Oscar Marcellus Ennis, a long-time chairman of the Board of Commissioners of Baldwin County; a wife; and two young children, Marianne and Buddy. At 27 years old, one would think that Bivins had just started living, but even as a young boy, he never seemed to waste any time. Bivins, born in Milledgeville, was the son of Peter Bivins, the county school superintendent. Because the younger Bivins was never far from his father’s side, he was given the nickname “Pete” even though his full name was Stephen Thomas Bivins. Throughout his short life, Bivins made his father very proud. He was Baldwin County’s first Eagle Scout and at the early age of 16, he

graduated from Georgia Military College and enrolled in Cornell University. By 17, Bivins became the youngest person ever elected president of Cornell’s student government. Bivins’ studies were interrupted when he joined the Army and served in World War II as a first lieutenant in field artillery. After the war, he returned to Cornell and received a degree in zoology. There, Bivins gained a national reputation as an authority on birds in the South and reportedly contributed a great deal of material and photographs on bird life to National Geographic. Bivins met his wife, Helen, at Cornell, and later enrolled in law school at Duke University where he graduated with honors. This young man was the kind of local legend that earned a front-page story in the local paper when he announced that he was returning to Milledgeville to practice law in 1950. On May 7, 1953 The Union-Recorder ran a different front-page story. Both Ennis and Bivins’ obituaries were featured prominently at the top of the then-weekly newspaper. Jere Moore, who was the editor at the time, did not hide his disgust with Stembridge’s actions and his sorrow for the death of two men he called friends. “Marion Stembridge leaves no act to be remembered by except the crime he so cunningly committed after premeditated planning in detail,” Moore wrote on May 7, 1953 in his weekly column called, “On The Side.” “Certainly his estate can be required to compensate this act that he, like the coward he was, ended in suicide, and therefore, was not required to account for on this earth.” Stembridge was a member of a wealthy family in Milledgeville and he was reputed to

I thought he (Stembridge) was playing possum with me and he was trying to get me up there and then shoot the devil out of me. – former Milledgeville Police Chief Eugene Ellis

save every penny his businesses ever earned. Money, Moore rationalized, was the only thing of value Stembridge could offer the victims’ families. “Marion Ennis never knew who shot him, for he was assassinated – shot in the back – as he walked into his office,” Moore added. “The entire episode so consumes my thinking, since I rushed to the office of Marion Ennis, it has been difficult to realign and make time normal.” The death of Bivins was also clearly heartbreaking for Moore. “I saw Thomas Bivins grow up,” Moore wrote. “His father was one of my friends, and I often saw this red-haired boy come by the county school superintendent’s office. “Pete Bivins was too young to die as he did. I wish this past weekend could be erased, but that is not the way.”

Stembridge’s Motives

Fifty years ago, the big question on everyone’s mind in Milledgeville was simply, why? Why did Stembridge target the two lawyers? Why did he hate them enough to murder them without a word? Prior to Stembridge committing suicide at age 61, The Macon News, Macon’s evening paper, was conducting an investigation into the criminal life of Stembridge. The paper’s investigation began after Stembridge was convicted by a Macon federal court of bribery charges, and what the Macon paper discovered caused an uproar in Milledgeville. On May 3, 1953, The Macon News published a story entitled, “Why did he never go to prison? Stembridge Case remains a Mystery.” The investigation found that Stembridge had been convicted of involuntary manslaughter for the shooting of a young black girl named Emma Johnekin outside of Milledgeville in March 1949. During this trial, Stembridge was represented by Frank Evans, as chief council, along with Jimmy Watts and ... Marion Ennis. Stembridge was ordered to serve a 1-to-3year sentence issued to him in July 1949 by Judge Carpenter, but his case was appealed to the Georgia Supreme Court and to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Baldwin County Superior Court’s decision was upheld in 1952, and The Macon News reported Stembridge was assigned to the Johnston County prison camp at Wrightsville – a facility the newspaper called, “a small, rough-board building, surrounded by a high barbed-wire fence.” “There is nothing but hard labor for the convicts and few comforts, making it appear unlikely that a man of Stembridge’s age and background would choose it as a place in which to serve any time,” the paper wrote. But Stembridge never served a day of his prison term. The Wrightsville warden told the newspaper that, when he went to the office of Johnson County Sheriff Dewey Hall to pick up Stembridge, the sheriff presented him a habeas corpus petition signed by Superior Court Judge J. Roy Rowland of Wrightsville. Rowland reportedly called for an immediate hearing as to whether Stembridge was convicted by perjured testimony. On Sept. 6, 1952, Rowland signed an order freeing Stembridge of his prison sentence, The Macon News reported. Georgia Attorney General Eugene Cook told the newspaper he was “profoundly surprised” by Rowland’s actions. The newspaper suggested Stembridge possibly shot Ennis because he thought the

attorney was using his influence to persuade officials to reopen the involuntary manslaughter case. Other sources told The Macon News that they believed Stembridge went after Bivins because he aided Stembridge’s wife in the divorce proceedings against him. Also, during his federal trial for bribery in Macon, Stembridge reportedly told his attorneys that the “courthouse gang” in Milledgeville had caused him legal trouble for almost four years and that they were his “enemies.” Regardless of Stembridge’s reasons for killing the two lawyers, the Macon paper pointed out that, had his prison sentence for manslaughter been properly upheld, the murders might not have ever happened. “Marion W. Stembridge might have been in a state prison today if the sentence of Baldwin County Superior Court on an involuntary manslaughter conviction had been carried out after the Supreme Court denied his appeal last summer,” the Macon evening paper wrote on the day Stembridge murdered Ennis and Bivins. The citizens of Milledgeville were outraged. Following the Macon paper’s investigation, The Union-Recorder wrote an editorial demanding an investigation into the Stembridge case. “Certainly the legal profession must take stock, look into the processes of law and justice which would allow a man like Marion Stembridge to commit the crimes he did because he had been protected and defended and relieved of previous crimes by lawyers, a court and a judge of our state,” the May 7, 1953 editorial stated. “The first crime was a little thing, it was said, he killed a Negro woman. He was convicted by a jury and yet he never served a day for this dastardly crime, and he lived to enact the major assassination that took from life two fine young men.” The Macon News editorial staff joined Milledgeville in its call for answers. “Marion Stembridge is dead now,” The Macon News wrote on May 4, 1953. “There is no charge pending against him which could be prejudiced by a full airing of the facts. All parties concerned should step forward and state clearly and completely all they know about the case.” That’s the least those involved with the case could do for the families of Ennis and Bivins, the paper wrote. “Marion Ennis and Stephen Bivins are dead too,” The Macon News editorial stated. “Perhaps only the twisted mind of the man who killed them knows why they were chosen as victims. But the shot fired into the body of Emma Johnekin on a blustery March day in 1949 not only took her life – it posed a threat to us all.”

Milledgeville’s Madman

The day Johnekin was murdered, Ellis remembers, was the day he realized Stembridge was a true threat to the community. “I got a call that there had been a shooting of two black women and when I arrived on the scene, there was Stembridge standing there with a man named Sam Terry, who worked for him,” said Ellis. “There were two bodies on the ground, and Sam Terry was standing there with a pistol in his hand looking frightened.” As soon as Ellis drove up to the scene, he remembered warning Terry about working for Stembridge. “I told Sam to get away from that crazy joker but Sam said he was paying him good,” Ellis said. “Well, he wasn’t paying him enough that day because Sam was standing there with the

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continued from page 23 pistol in his hand and the women laying on the ground. All I could say to Sam was, ‘That don’t look too good.’” Terry pleaded with Ellis, stating that Stembridge had shot the women and handed him the gun. “Sam said, ‘Well what would you have done if he handed you the gun?’” Ellis said. “And I said, ‘I sure wouldn’t have taken it if he just shot a woman.’” After investigating the scene and interviewing witnesses, Ellis said he learned that the shooting had occurred over an argument relating to a debt a man living at the house, Johnny Cooper, allegedly owed Stembridge. Cooper reportedly told police that Stembridge beat up the two women, Emma Johnekin, 18, and Mary Jane Harrison, 41, with brass knuckles. And when the women tried to keep Stembridge from entering the house, he shot both women three times each, killing Johnekin. “That man (Cooper) had bought a car from Stembridge and he had a small accident with it and he thought Stembridge had the insurance on it to fix it,” Ellis said. “But Stembridge said, ‘You owe me the bill on that car.’ So, Stembridge went down there looking for the man, but saw the two women and decided he was going to make them pay. He was going to take all their household furniture for the debt. “He was pretty shrewd about all his dealings.” There was not a lot written about the Johnekin murder back in 1949, but Pete Dexter, the author of Paris Trout — which is loosely based on the events in Milledgeville — seemed to try and honor Johnekin’s memory as a character named Rosie Sayers in his book. The scene in the book where Dexter’s main character, Paris Trout, who is fashioned after Stembridge, kills Rosie Sayers made many in Milledgeville realize that the murder of Johnekin was just as horrific as the death of the two lawyers. “For a moment it was still and then Mr. Trout appeared in the doorway, holding his gun,” Dexter writes. “He took a step in, raising his arm, and Rosie raised her eyes to meet it. The first shot hit her in the arm, a little above the elbow. The second shot took her breath.” But Ellis said you don’t need fiction to paint a terrifying view of Stembridge. He said Stembridge’s actions and habits were much stranger than fiction. “When the black woman did die, I went to Marion Stembridge’s office to arrest him,” Ellis said. “He was sitting behind a desk like a king and I was standing on the other side.” Ellis said he presented Stembridge with a warrant for his arrest for the murder of Johnekin. “He said, ‘May I see the warrant,’ and I said, ‘You certainly can,’” Ellis said. “And as Stembridge took the warrant to read it, he came out with a pistol on me. I didn’t have

much chance, so I overpowered him and I handcuffed his hands behind him and took him to the county jail. “The solicitor general later told me the only stupid thing I’ve ever done was not killing him right then and there.” After all, Ellis said, he could have saved the city a lot of pain and hardship if he had shot Stembridge before he had an opportunity to kill Ennis and Bivins. Following the two murders and Stembridge’s suicide, Ellis was determined to find out the motives for the murder, so he said he got a key to Stembridge’s room on the top floor of the Baldwin Hotel where he had been staying. “He had some padlocks on his door,” Ellis said. “Stembridge wouldn’t even let the maids come in and clean it up unless he was there. And when I opened the door I knew why.” As soon as Ellis entered the hotel room, he thought he had walked into a military compound. “In each corner of that room was a firearm and a box of ammunition at the side of that firearm,” Ellis said. “He would have given us a hard time trying to get him out of there, if he had managed to get back to his room.” Ironically, in the middle of this arsenal, were two books laying on the nightstand, Ellis said. One was the Bible and the other was Dale Carnegie’s book, “How To Win Friends and Influence People.” There was also a large refrigerator in the room with a padlock. When the police finally opened the refrigerator they found nothing but hundreds of canned goods. Slowly Ellis began to realize that Stembridge was not only odd, but truly insane. “The man running a little grocery store back then said Stembridge would come in and get a basket and get nothing but canned goods,” Ellis said. “But Stembridge wouldn’t take them off the front row. He would dig behind them and take them out of the back and then lock them up in his refrigerator because he thought someone was trying to poison him.” Ellis said Stembridge’s ex-wife told him that Stembridge would also insist on trading plates with her at the dinner table because he thought she was trying to poison him. Also, a doctor from the state crime lab said Stembridge would always send him cans of food to test for poison. “One time, Stembridge sent him one whole case of peas and he wanted him to test every one of the peas,” Ellis said. “Dr. Herman Jones used to call me and say, ‘I got another cargo from Stembridge.’” But it wasn’t just poison in his food that he was worried about: Stembridge was also obsessed with the dangers of X-rays. “He had an apartment house up at the end of the block,” Ellis said. “And in his room, he had a mattress with a metal plate under it because he thought somebody was trying to kill him by X-raying him to death.” Ellis said that maybe because Stembridge

came from a well-established family in town, more people didn’t question his bizarre behavior. “He was from a prominent family in Milledgeville, but they didn’t want to claim him too much,” Ellis said. “The only one in the family he had dealings with was his mother.” In fact, on that Saturday morning before the murders, Stembridge went to visit his mother one last time. According to records kept by Katherine Kirkwood Scott, a local historian in Milledgeville who passed away in 1988, Marion Stembridge contacted the only two people he cared about in the world before he committed suicide: his mother and his sister, Mildred, in North Carolina. “Marion was mentally sick, but so shrewd that he managed to keep out of a mental institution,” Scott wrote. “On Saturday morning Marion went up to see his mother ... Marion stayed with his mother about an hour, she says, and left her with the cryptic remark that he must be about his father’s business.” Minutes later, Ennis, Bivins and Stembridge were all dead and the Stembridge family was filled with shame and disbelief. The truth was so horrible, Scott said, Stembridge’s mother couldn’t face the reality of the situation. “Mrs. Stembridge, of course, mother like, could not believe a wrong of her son, and though she was told the truth, she soon rationalized into believing that Marion Ennis killed her own boy,” Scott wrote. Scott stated that Stembridge’s family didn’t want any of Marion Stembridge’s money after he committed such a heinous act. But according to Ellis, despite all the rumors about Stembridge’s fortune, there wasn’t much to be found in the end. “Stembridge ran the Stembridge Bank and Co., where in his office he had this big old safe,” Ellis said. “We had to get somebody from Macon to come and open the vault. And when he did, all we found was a gallon jar labeled, 'This is a specimen of urine from the body of Marion W. Stembridge. If anything happens to me, make sure that the crime lab gets this specimen.’” Ellis admits there were signs all over Milledgeville that Stembridge was dangerous, but no one knew when he would act on his impulses or who would face his wrath. Unfortunately, Bivins and Ennis ended up being Stembridge’s final targets. “I can still remember watching Stembridge if he got anywhere near me,” Ellis said. “I knew he had a briefcase and he always had two pistols in it. And he would take his pistols and paint the front and rear sights with white paint, so he could make a quick sight. He was crazy. “And, honestly, I’m happy he killed himself. In fact, I went to the funeral home to see him. I didn’t sign the book or anything. I just went over to make sure he was dead.”

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ou may remember her from the 1978 song that Barry Manilow, along with Bruce Sussman and Jack Feldman, penned for Manilow’s “Even Now” album. She was an aging nightclub dancer who had become a shade of her former self, wearing “faded flowers in her hair” and stuck in the past, obsessed with her dead lover Tony, who was killed in a crime of passion. “Don’t fall in love,” warns the ominous refrain. Those of us who remember the song remember it as a corny, over-sentimental, yet annoyingly catchy song to be enjoyed only in seclusion. Many of us also learned all the words. It’s not surprising, given the song’s ability to snag you like so much sugar-coated barbed wire, that it would have spawned something like the musical that is headed to a Bell Auditorium near you. Its arrival is imminent. But let’s look at the histories, both of the song and of the musical, before we get into the current production. According to online sources, “Copacabana” the song caused such a stir that the record company was forced, against their wishes, to release it as a single, because listeners insisted that disc jockeys play it straight from the album. After that, at the behest of Dick Clark, a musical film was produced for television, which actually starred Barry Manilow. It later became a 75-minute mini-production for an Atlantic City hot spot, and then a fulllength musical. It is about a showgirl named Lola who is in love with Tony the bartender, and the object

of desire for a dangerous Cuban club owner named Rico. To make a long story short, Rico kidnaps her and bad things happen between him and Tony. Yet, unlike the song, the story happens inside the head of an aspiring songwriter named Stephen, who is carried away by his characters to another era. An Actor Speaks One morning last week, the production’s Tony – played by Zach Hanna – took the time to speak with The Metropolitan Spirit about his brand-new career as a professional actor and “Copacabana” itself. “We’ve been doing it for three and a half months now,” Hanna said. “We opened Jan. 18, and that was in Maryland. We’re finishing up on May 18.” That means his time with the people with whom he’s been living and working around the clock with for the past quarter of a year, is almost up. We asked if he were going to miss this job when it’s over. As it turns out, he has not relinquished his taste for adventure. “I’m excited to see what’s going to happen next,” he said. “But I’m having a great time.” “It’s interesting because this is my first tour,” he added. “I’ve never been out on the road before. But it’s been great so far. The cast is having a great time together.” Of course, since Hanna clued us in that this is his very first professional acting job since he graduated from The Boston Conservatory last May, The Spirit asked how well he remembered the song that started the whole thing. And we found that he’s a bit closer to it

than one might imagine. “Actually, I’ve seen Barry Manilow in concert. My parents had taken me and my sister when I was pretty young. And I heard it on the radio.” Hanna’s leap into the world of professional performance has been quite a whirlwind ride so far. After his May graduation he spent the summer months back home in Ohio before moving to New York in September. Two months later, he was part of the “Copacabana” cast. We asked the 23-year-old performer if he was surprised that he got the role of the leading man fresh out of college. “No, I never ... I never would have imagined that I would be doing a Barry Manilow musical.” “I went in around 11:30 one day for audition,” he added. “I had been auditioning for a long time. I was there all afternoon. They called me the next morning and told me I had gotten it.” Asked what life on the road was like, he says that there isn’t a lot of rehearsal at this point, but that the cast does still have to go over a few things every now and then. “We have rehearsal here and there, just to clean up some of the dance numbers. Just to kind of freshen things up.” He says, however, that even though he’s been playing Tony for three months now, the excitement hasn’t worn off. “I still have a great time doing the show,” he said. “We’re doing it for a different audience every night. It’s always exciting being somewhere different all the time.” He calls the costumes “amazing,” with tons of changes. And they feature plenty of the

characters’ dance numbers. “They’ve got a bunch of numbers,” Hanna said. He described one tap number, called “I Gotta Be Bad,” featuring the girls in red devil costumes. Here is a list of the other numbers. In Act I, you will hear “Copacabana” (of course), “Just Arrived,” “Dancin’ Fool,” “Sweet Heaven” and “How Can I Ever Thank You?” in addition to “The Jingle,” “The Audition,” “Changin’ My Tune,” “When You’re A Copa Girl,” “Man Wanted” and “Lola”/“Who Needs To Dream?” before the act ends with “I Gotta Be Bad” and “Bolero De Amor.” Act II features “Welcome to Havana” / “Ay Caramba!” and then “Havana?” before going into “Who Am I Kidding?” and then “This Can’t Be Real,” “El Bravo,” “Sweet Heaven” (Reprise) and, again, “Copacabana.” “It’s just a really fun show to come and watch,” Hanna said. Asked if the musical follows the storyline of the song exactly, he says not quite. There is a surprise at the end. But you’ll have to go see that for yourself. Barry Manilow’s “Copacabana” will open for one performance only at the William B. Bell Auditorium in downtown Augusta on May 6. Tickets may be purchased at the Civic Center Box Office, all TicketMaster outlets including Publix, at, or may be charged at (706) 828-7700 locally or (404) 249-6400 outside Augusta. Prices are $30, $25 and $15, plus a $1 ticket facility fee. Discounts available to military personnel carrying their military ID. Groups of 20 or more may save $5 per ticket by calling (706) 724-2400.

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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. 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 mat ter welcome. Films must be 30 minutes or less. For complete details on how to submit a film, contact Amanda Presley at (803) 7650707, ex t. 122. AUGUSTA CHILDREN’S CHORALE AUDITIONS for training and per formance 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 “IRIS IN WATERCOLOR” WORKSHOP May 17, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Ger trude Herber t Institute of Ar t. Registration required; call 722-5495. “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. 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 7225495. 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 “NEW EXPRESSIONS,” an exhibit featuring works by members of Women on Paper, will be up at Ar t on Broad Gallery May 1-27. Reception to be held May 1, 5-8 p.m. For information, call 722-1028. THE WALTER O. EVANS COLLECTION OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN ART on view at the Morris Museum of Ar t May 9-Aug. 10. Opening events include May 8 lecture, preview and reception at 6 p.m.; non-members’ fee is $3 for adults and $2 for seniors, students and the military. On May 9, Ar t at Lunch features walking tour and boxed lunch with ar t collector Evans. Star ts at noon. Call 724-7501 for details. “IT’S WAR” DISPLAY at Augusta State University May 1, 13 p.m. in Washington Hall Towers features items showcasing the United States’ military history. Provided by ASU’s American Military History students. For information, contact Huber t Van Tuyll, 737-1709. “DIFFERENT STROKES” EXHIBITION features works by Kevin Cole and Marjorie Guyon and will be on display at the Mary Pauline Gallery through June 21. Call 724-9542 for details. PAINTINGS BY LAUREN KERBELIS will be on display at the Gibbs Library throughout May. 863-1946.

The Derby Day Kentucky Derby Party on May 3 benefits the Augusta Training Shop for the Handicapped.

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. 722-5495. “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. “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.


AUGUSTA STATE UNIVERSITY SENIOR EXHIBITS: Dorothy Blandenburg and Amber Waters exhibit at the ASU Fine Ar ts Center through May 2. 737-1453.

“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.

ART BY KRISTY POWELL will be on exhibit at the Euchee Creek Library during the month of May. 556-0594.

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.

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. 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. ART BY STUDENTS OF M. HAUSER, instructor at Aquinas High School, will be on display at the Friedman Branch Library throughout May. 736-6758. THE WORK OF TOM NAKASHIMA is on display at the Ger trude Herber t Institute of Ar t through June 6. 722-5495.

THE DANCES OF UNIVERSAL PEACE, held the first Saturday of every month, 7-9 p.m., at the Unitarian Church of Augusta, honors the religious traditions of the world through song and movement. Call (803) 643-0460 for more information. 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 “MYSTICALS, A MASS AND MADRIGALS” spring concer t by the Augusta Collegium Musicum May 13, 8 p.m., at Sacred Hear t Cultural Center. Tickets are $10 general admission, $5 senior citizens and free to students with valid IDs and are available at the door. For more information, call 733-5619. DAVIDSON FINE ARTS PIANO RECITALS May 13 and 15, 7 p.m., in the Beverly J. Barnhar t Theatre. Tickets are $3 adult, $2 senior citizens and children under 5 and $1 Davidson students. For information, call 823-6924, ex t. 113. HOPELANDS SUMMER CONCERT SERIES begins May 5 with a per formance by the Aiken Community Band. All concer ts begin at 7 p.m. on the Windham Per forming Ar ts Stage at Hopeland Gardens in Aiken. In the event of rain, concer ts will be held in Gym 2 at the H.O. Weeks Center. Free admission. Call (803) 642-7631 for information. THE U.S. ARMY SIGNAL CORPS BAND per forms at The Watson-Brown Foundation Headquar ters in Thomson May 6, 7 p.m. Free and open to the public. Call 791-2423. 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) 442-7588. “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.

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Live Jazz Combo

Featuring George Sykes, Buzz Clifford, and Rob Foster

BREAKFAST FOODS Hash Brown Potatoes Creamed SOS and Country Biscuits Pancakes and Belgian Waffles French Toast Bacon, Sausage, and Ham Southern Style Grits with bacon bits and cheese



18th Annual

A DAY IN THE COUNTRY Cars, Crafts & Music Festival

THE TRADITIONAL FEAST Roast Tom Turkey with Giblet Gravy Roast Pork Loin with Port Demi Glace Southern Fried Chicken Buttered Smashed Potatoes Old Fashioned Cinnamon Pecan Sweet Yams Traditional Macaroni & Cheese Homemade Southern Cornbread Dressing Sweet White and Yellow Corn Southern Style Green Beans Broccoli and Cheese Casserole Vegetable Medley FRESH GREENS AND FRUIT Seafood and Platters Crab Salad Peel-n-Eat Shrimp Tossed Greens Oysters on the Half Shell Fruit Salad Smoked Salmon Chicken Salad Baked Atlantic Salmon Antipasto Salad Garlic Mussels Cranberries Fried Catfish Fresh Melons and Berries Cream of Potato Soup Lobster Bisque

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SPECIAL DRINK STATION Bloody Marys, Bloody Bulls, and Screwdrivers Complimentary Mimosas and Champagne (after 12:30 PM) CARVED AND MADE TO ORDER Eggs and Omelets Steamship Round of Beef Honey Glazed Ham Banana’s Foster and Ice Cream BREADS Fresh Biscuits and Sweet Rolls Fresh Cornbread and Muffins SWEETS AND DESSERT BAR Chocolate Mousse Sweet Potato Pie Raspberry Crème de Brulee Peach Cobbler and Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce And many other wonderful cakes, pies, and parfaits

THIS SUNDAY GATES OPEN AT 11AM Augusta Riverfront Marina Also appearing Rhes Reeves Band, Amber Carter, Rhythm & Class Cloggers, Louie & Bandits, Augusta Clogging Co., Arts & Crafts, Car Show, Fire Truck, Fire Safety House, Kiddie Rides, Ben & Keeters Puppet Show, & more…

Advance Tickets $10.00 Day of Show $20.00 • Children 6 & under Free w/ paid Adult No Cooler, Pets or Glass Containers Allowed Ticket Outlets inside Harmon Optical Southgate Plaza Gordon Hwy, Giffin’s Flowers & Gifts, Augusta GreenJackets Office, Greg’s Gas Plus Aiken-Augusta Hwy & Georgia Ave and Aiken Drug

Charge by phone: 803.278.4TIX (4849) or

(Floral Arrangements by Janie of Fox Glove Florist)

Special Thanks to City of Augusta-Richmond County, C&B Foster’s Towing, Harmon Optical, Wife Saver, Augusta Presstech, E-Z-GO, Family Eyecare Center, Taco Bell, Neff Rental, Smoaks Bakery, Irish American Heritage Society and All the Volunteers!


Please make your reservations early.



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.

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The Aiken Highland Games and Celtic Festival will be held May 3 at Aiken Horse Park/Conger Field.

AUGUSTA JAZZ PROJECT CHAMBER JAZZ CONCERT featuring Jazz-A-Ma-Tazz May 3, 8 p.m., at the Unitarian Church on Walton Way Ex t. Admission is $15 adult, $5 student and $10 each for groups of 10 or more. 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 adults, $5 children, 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. THE APPLEBY GARDEN CONCERT SERIES continues May 4, 3 p.m., in the garden behind the Appleby Branch Library. Crescent Brass Quintet will per form. 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.


“THE HOUSEKEEPER” will be at Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre May 9-10, 16-17 and 22-24. Dinner is at 7 p.m., with show at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 civilians; $28 seniors, retirees, DA civilians and active duty E8 and above; $17 active duty E7 and below; and $10 show only. For reservations, call 793-8552. “GUYS AND DOLLS” will be presented by the Augusta Players May 9-10 at 8 p.m. and May 11 at 3 p.m. at the Imperial Theatre. For tickets, call 826-4707 or visit ANNUAL OHP AWARDS NIGHT at the Abbeville Opera House in Abbeville, S.C. Awards will be presented to the finest actors of Abbeville’s 2002-2003 Winter Season May 10, 8 p.m. Admission is free. Call (864) 459-2157 for more information. “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 Community Center in Evans. For reservations, call 228-3636. “FOOTLOOSE” will be per formed by the Harlem High School Drama Depar tment May 8-9 at 7:30 p.m. and May 10 at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $6 in advance and $7 at the door, and a por tion of the proceeds benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Visit or call 556-5980. “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. “LOOT” will be presented by Augusta Theatre Company May 1-3. Tickets are $10-$15 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. For more information, call 481-9040.

Attractions AUGUSTA CANAL INTERPRETIVE CENTER: Housed in Enterprise Mill, the center contains displays and models focusing on the Augusta Canal’s functions and importance to the textile 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 admitted free. For information, visit or call 823-0440. 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 1-888874-4443. 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 8210200, 1-800-325-5445 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

“ONE MAN, TWO SHIPS: LESSONS IN HISTORY AND COUR AGE” is a new pemanent exhibition at the Augusta Museum of History. Opening May 1, the exhibit showcases the USS Augusta and Lieutenant Colonel Jimmie Dyess. “Twice a Hero: The Jimmie Dyess Story” plays continuously May 1-31 in the museum’s History Theatre and is free with admission. Call the museum at 722-8454 for more information. 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. SPRING STORYTELLING EXTRAVAGANZA at the Morris Museum of Ar t. 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. THE GERTRUDE HERBERT INSTITUTE OF ART in Ware’s Folly exhibits works by local and regional ar tists. Ar t classes, workshops and other educational programming for children, youth and adults are held in the Walker-Mackenzie Studio. Ware’s Folly galleries open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; and Saturday by appointment only. The Walker-Mackenzie Studio gallery is open Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free, but a donation of $2 for adults and $1 for children and seniors is encouraged. Call 722-5495 for more info. THE AUGUSTA MUSEUM OF HISTORY hosts permanent exhibition “Augusta’s Story,” an award-winning exhibit encompassing 12,000 years of local history. For the younger crowd, there’s the Susan L. Still Children’s Discovery Gallery, where kids can learn about history in a hands-on environment. The museum also shows films in the History Theatre and hosts a variety of programs. Located at 560 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.

MOTHERS’ DAY CELEBRATION AT AUGUSTA GOLF AND GARDENS May 10-11. On May 10, from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-5 p.m., moms can enjoy being pampered at comfor t stations throughout the park. On May 11, buy one get one free admission gets you and mom in and a free special gif t for mothers. For information, call 724-4443. ASIAN PACIFIC HERITAGE MONTH PROGRAM May 15, 1:30 p.m. in Alexander Hall at For t Gordon. Theme for the program is “Salute to Liber ty” and Evelyn Dacalos Gay will speak. Call 791-6001 for more information. JOB FAIR May 6, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at For t Gordon’s Reserve Center. Local, national and international companies will be represented. Open to the public; please dress appropriately for a job interview and bring copies of your resume. For information, call 791-2009. PAINE COLLEGE COMMENCEMENT with speaker Bill Cosby May 4 at 9 a.m. at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center. For information, call 821-8200. BIRD FAIR May 10 at Julian Smith Casino from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Birds, seeds and supplies will be on display. Admission is $2 adult; children under 12 get in free. Call 736-0105. 16TH ANNUAL LEWIS FAMILY BLUEGR ASS FESTIVAL May 1-3 at Elijah Clarke State Park in Lincolnton. Festivities include Lewis Family Pavilion dedication May 3, 10 a.m. at Lincoln County Historical Park and Market Day, May 3, 8 a.m.-noon at Cullars Inn parking lot. For information, contact the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce, 359-7970. 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. 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. WALK FOR LIFE with Augusta Care Pregnancy Center 8 a.m.1 p.m. May 3 at Riverwalk’s Eighth Street Plaza. For more information, contact Susan Swanson or Jim Wertz, 724-5531. 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, craf ts, car show, children’s activities, tour of homes and more. Contact Ruth Freeman at (864) 459-1433. 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 738-2832. 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. FORT GORDON SPRING FLEA MARKET May 3, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Engineer Field. For more information, call 481-8065. 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.

Special Events

SPACE WEEK through 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. Contact Waymon Stewar t, 821-0219.

FINE ARTS FESTIVAL AND GALA at Davidson Fine Ar ts School. May 9 gala is 7 p.m. in the Beverly J. Barnhar t Theatre; tickets are $5 adult, $4 seniors and children under 5 and $4 for Davidson students. May 10 festival is 11 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Barnhar t Theatre, Commons, Amphitheatre, Recital Hall and Dance Room 124; free admission. For information, call 823-6924, ex t. 124.

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.

CARE FAIR FOR WOMEN May 10, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 3500 Walton Way. Fashion show, cooking demonstrations, craf t ideas, health screenings and tips and more will be available. Admission is free, but lecture by radio personality Delilah is $5. For more information, call 651-FAIR.

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.

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


“THE PRISONER OF SECOND AVENUE” will be at the Class Act Theatre in Mariet ta, Ga., May 9-June 1. 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.

THE CSRA HUMANE SOCIETY holds pet adoptions every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and every Wednesday evening from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Pet Center located behind the GreenJackets Stadium on Milledge Rd. 261-PETS.

“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.

DINING OUT 2003 benefit for the March of Dimes May 9, 7 p.m. at selected restaurants and the Four Seasons Hotel in Atlanta. Cost is $50-$125 per person. To purchase tickets, call (404) 350-9800. ADOPTION INFORMATION SESSION May 3, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Independent Adoption Center in Tucker, Ga. For more information or reservations, call 1-800-385-4016. “PACIFIC OVERTURES” will be at the Woodruff Ar ts Center in Atlanta through June 1. Tickets are $17-$46; a limited number of $10 tickets are available to those under 25 years of age. Call the Alliance Theatre Company for tickets at (404) 733-4690. “HIGH HEELS & RED NOSES” with the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus May 2, 11 p.m. at Chamber, in Atlanta, (404) 2481612; and May 3, 10 p.m. at Velvet Lounge, Savannah, (912) 236-0665. 2003 PEACE OFFICER MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY honoring the lives of Georgia peace officers killed in the line of duty May 7, 11 a.m., at the Public Safety Memorial Wall on the grounds of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth, Ga. The public is invited to at tend. (770) 732-5802. 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. ATLANTA JAZZ FESTIVAL May 1-26 in Atlanta. For performance schedules or more information on concer ts and events, visit or call (404) 817-6851.


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. “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 May 3 and 24, June 7 and 21, July 12 and 26 and Aug. 9, 16 and 30. For information, call (843) 784-RACE. “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.

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Benefits JAWBONES VS. SAWBONES BASKETBALL GAME to benefit Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Services. Held May 9, 7 p.m., in the Greenbrier High School Gymnsasium. Tickets are $5 at the door and children under 10 are admit ted free. For more information, call 231-4640 or 774-2740.

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.

FASHION SHOW at Modjeska, 8 p.m. May 2. $5 entrance fee benefits Augusta State University’s Phoenix Magazine. For more information, call 737-1614.

“THE LARAMIE PROJECT” will be staged at the Woodruff Ar ts Center in Atlanta May 8-18. For tickets, call (404) 7335000 or visit

ORGAN CONCERT to benefit Augusta State University Firefighters Scholarship Fund May 4, 4 p.m., at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church. Admission is $10 at the door or free with a valid ASU student ID. Visa and Mastercard will be accepted for payment. For more information, contact 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.

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Estate Jewelry of Augusta

Reproduction, Antique, & New Traditional Jewelry 1040 Broad St. ! (706) 722-7384 ! Est. 1941

Discover The BEST Summer Fun at Fort Discovery’s Summer Camps! Space & Rocketry Blast-Off - 4th - 6th Grades Young space adventurers will enjoy an exciting, funfilled week planning and designing a colony on Mars. CAMPS: June 23-27 / July 7-11 / July 28 - August 1 Discover Whodunit! - 4th & 5th Grades This camp was a real hit last summer. Designed for the young detective, the Discover Whodunit camp explores the fascinating area of forensic science. CAMP: May 26-30

For more information or to register contact Lisa Golden at (706) 821-0646 CAMPS: Members $125 / Non-members $150

Science on the Green - 6th - 8th Grades Bring your golf clubs for a swinging good time. Did you ever wonder what makes a golf ball bounce or why it has dimples? Tee-off time is this summer for golf enthusiasts! CAMP: July 21-25 Mission To Mars - 2nd - 3rd Grades Using geometry, physics, chemistry and measurement skills, campers prepare for an actual mission to Mars. CAMPS: May 26-30 / June 16-20 / July 7-11 ALSO, Check out these Great Camps: • Math and Science: • RoboTech Totally Cool Combo • Discovery Island • Science Potpourri • Draw on Nature I • Exploring Polar Connections • Draw on Nature II

The Housekeeper Presented by The Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre An offbeat, zany comedy by James Prideaux

May 9, 10, 16, 17, 22, 23 & 24, 2003 Dinner, 7 p.m. Show, 8 p.m.

Civilians...$30 Seniors (65 & over), Retirees, DA Civilians & Active Duty E8 & Above...$28 Active Duty E7 & Below...$17 Show Only...$10

Chordiac Arrest performs at the “40 Years of Harmony” concert with the Garden City Chorus May 3.

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THE HIGH MUSEUM OF ART’S FOLK ART AND PHOTOGRAPH GALLERIES host two exhibitions through Aug. 9: “Land of Myth and Memory: Clarence John Laughlin and Photographers of the South” and “Faces and Places: Picturing the Self in Self-Taught Ar t.” Call (404) 577-6940. “FOR THIS WORLD AND BEYOND: AFRICAN ART FROM THE FRED AND RITA RICHMAN COLLECTION” through May 25 at the High Museum of Ar t in Atlanta. Call (404) 733HIGH or visit for info.


Mother’s Day Sale

“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.

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

GEORGIA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL weekends through June 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.

Voted Best Steak In Augusta For 15 Years


Out of Town ART IN THE PARK May 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at the American Legion Grounds in Blowing Rock, N.C. For more information, contact the Chamber of Commerce at (828) 295-7851.



Superpetz off Bobby Jones Expressway every Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Call AARF at 364-4747 or visit www.aar Adoptions also held at the Richmond County Animal Control Shelter, Tues. through Sun., 1-5 p.m. Call the shelter at 790-6836.

Call 793-8552 for reservations or visit Produced in cooperation with the Dramatists Play Service and the Army Entertainment Program.

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“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. 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.

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Donations accepted during regular business hours, Tues.Sun., 1-5 p.m. at the shelter, 4164 Mack Lane. Call 7906836 for information.

SHEPEARD COMMUNITY BLOOD CENTER BLOOD DRIVES in various locations around the CSRA this month. The blood center is urging people of all blood types to donate in order to combat a blood supply shor tage. For detailed information on locations and times to donate, visit You may also call Susan Edwards at (803) 6437996 for information on Aiken locations and Nancy Szocinski at 737-4551 for information on all other locations. AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVES at the Aiken Red Cross Blood Center on Millbrook Drive and the Augusta Red Cross Blood Center on Pleasant Home Road. The bloodmobile will also stop at various area locations this week. For a complete list, call the Aiken Blood Center at (803) 642-5180 or the Augusta Blood Center at 868-8800.

Learning CIVIL WAR SYMPOSIUM May 9-10 features motorcoach tour of Richmond County Civil War sites, lectures and more. Sponsored by the Augusta Museum of History, AugustaRichmond County Historical Society, ASU Continuing Education Division and the Center for the Study of Georgia History. Registration is required; call 737-1636. EMPLOYMENT LAW UPDATE SEMINAR May 9, 8 a.m.-noon at the Marion Hatcher Center. For information, or to register, contact Julie Goley of the ASU Career Center at 731-7099 or INTRODUCTION TO THE INTERNET May 14, 9-10 a.m. at the Gibbs Library. Space is limited, so call 863-1946 to register. BOATING SAFETY AND SEAMANSHIP COURSE May 1, 6, 13, 15, 20, 22 and 27, 7 p.m. in the Por t Authority Building, River front Marina. Information on state boating laws will be included. Contact Wade Hammer, 738-6446 for information. 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-Aiken. Free. Registration required by e-mailing or calling (803) 641-3646. 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

First Friday Events “WORLD SEEN AND UNSEEN” exhibit featuring works by Rhian Swain-Giboney will be on display at The Pinnacle Club May 2, 5:308:30 p.m. Reservations are required, so contact Laura at 722-5792 to reserve a place. FIRST FRIDAY AT THE MORRIS MUSEUM OF ART features Cinco de Mayo celebration with salsa lessons and performance, 6:30 p.m. gallery spotlight tour and 5:30-7:30 p.m. Art Rush art-making workshop. The museum is open 5-8 p.m. May 2, and admission is free. Call 724-7501 for details.

FIRST FRIDAY AT THE BEE’S KNEES features art by John Guanlao and jazz sessions with Moniker. Call 828-3600. “EL FUEGO DEL SOUL BAR VOL. 1: IMAGES MARCH 5-APRIL 9 2003” photography exhibit by various artists goes up at the Soul Bar First Friday, May 2. Superdisco ‘80s mix starts at 10 p.m. For more info, visit THE JOSHUA TAPESTRY plays on the street during May’s First Friday celebration. For more information, visit

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. 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 per formances are $9 per student; season tickets for weekend family matinees are $10.50 per person. For reservations, call Storyland Theatre at 736-3455 or fa x a request to 736-3349. “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.

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 AIDS AWARENESS FAIR May 10, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Augusta. Information and activities will be available; “chair-ity” auction and exhibit of individually designed chairs by local ar tists and area youth will also be featured. For more information or to volunteer, call David Keesee, 414-6515. 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, 46 p.m., on the third floor of Doctor’s Hospital. Activities, prizes and refreshments will be available. Call 651-2420 for information. 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. 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. 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 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.


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, 2:30-4:30 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.

FAMILY STRIP QUILTS WORKSHOP May 10 at the Ger trude Herber t Institute of Ar t. From 10 a.m.-noon, kids ages 5-11 will work on a strip quilt representative of their family’s history. Bring old photos, cloth, but tons small mementos and memorabilia to glue to the quilt. Call 722-5495 to register.

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.

MOTHER’S DAY CRAFT WORKSHOP May 10, 2-4 p.m., at the Wallace Branch Library. 722-6275.


SPECIAL STORYTIME with Tawanna Kelly, ventriloquist, May 14, 10:30 a.m. at the Appleby Branch Library. Call 736-6244. SESAME STREET LIVE’S “LET’S BE FRIENDS” comes to the Bell Auditorium May 13, 7 p.m., and May 14, 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $12-$18 for adults and $10.50-$18 for children 1-12 years old. Group and school and daycare discounts available. For more information or tickets, call 722-3521 or order throught TicketMaster, or 828-7700. SPECIAL STORYTIME focuses on Summer Vacation Safety with the Marshal’s Office May 14, 10 a.m. at the Ma xwell Branch Library. Open to children ages 3-5. 793-2020. KENNY THOMAS BASEBALL CAMP for kids 5-14 years old runs in two sessions at USC-Aiken: June 16-20 and July 2125, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Early drop-off and late pick-up also available. Cost is $160 per session; register by May 15 to receive $15 off. Call (803) 642-7761 for details. “TELL ME A STORY” will be presented by Augusta State University’s Born To Read Literacy Center and the Patchwork Players May 15 at ASU’s Ma xwell Per forming Ar ts Theatre. Shows at 9, 10 and 11 a.m., and tickets are $3 per person. Make reservations by calling 733-7043. CHILDREN’S STORYTIME May 5, 11 a.m. at Borders Books and Music: In celebration of Mother’s Day, “Clifford’s Happy Mother’s Day” will be read. 737-6962. 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.

SENIOR DAY at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park May 9, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Classes in birdwatching, journal-writing, wetlands and more available. $10 for non-members, $8 for members and $3 for those who join the Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy while registering. 828-2109. 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. BASIC COMPUTER TRAINING FOR SENIORS Mondays, star ting May 12, 1-2:30 p.m. at the Wallace Branch Library. Call 722-6275 to register. 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. 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. 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.

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

Sports SOUTH CAROLINA HERITAGE CYCLING SERIES comes to Aiken May 2. For more information, or to register, contact Rich Hincapie, (864) 298-0392. AIKEN/AUGUSTA MASTERS ROWING REGATTA May 3. For details, contact the Augusta Rowing Club, 821-2875. AUGUSTA GREENJACKETS HOME GAMES 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. 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 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. 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.




ASSOCIATION OF FUNDRAISING PROFESSIONALS SPRING SEMINAR on “The Truth About Philanthropy” May 9, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Augusta Country Club. Cost is $35 for the seminar and luncheon or $20 for the lunch presentation only. Make reservations by noon May 6 by calling Brenda Durant at 8264702. THE AUGUSTA SKI AND OUTING CLUB is open to those who enjoy outdoor recreation and meets the first Tuesday of every month. The nex t meeting is May 6, 6:30 p.m., in the Alamo Room of Lone Star on Washington Road. Club interests may call (803) 279-6186.

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NORTH AUGUSTA ARTIST GUILD meets the first Tuesday of each month, 7 p.m., in the Ar ts and Crafts Room of the Riverview Park Activities Center. For information, contact Yvonne Kinney, (803) 819-9787.

THE AUGUSTA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY May meeting is titled “Just Who Was the Elusive and Mysterious Emanuel Wambersie?” Held May 1, 7-8 p.m., at the Augusta Museum of History. Free and open to AGS members, guests and the general public. For information, contact Carol Allen Storm, 592-2711.

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USS STAR LEAGUE, a Star Trek fan club, meets May 3, 23:30 p.m. at the Friedman Library. Call 736-6758 for info. GIBBS LIBRARY BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP meets May 19, 7 p.m. at the library to discuss “The Sunday Wife” by Cassandra King. 863-1946.

Weekly OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS is a 12-step recovery program for those who want to stop using food as a drug and recover from compulsive eating. No dues or fees. Call (803) 2785156 for meeting times and 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. 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. 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. 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. GEORGIA-CAROLINA TOASTMASTERS meets Wednesdays at noon at the Clubhouse, 2567 Washington Rd. $8 for lunch; visitors welcome. 860-9854. SEXAHOLICS ANONYMOUS, a 12-step program of recovery from addiction to obsessive/compulsive sexual thoughts and behaviors, meets Wednesdays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 7 p.m. at Augusta Counselling Services. Call 339-1204 and leave first name and phone number; a confidential reply is assured. AUGUSTA TOASTMASTERS CLUB #326 meets Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. at Advent Lutheran Church. Call 868-8431. BUSINESS NETWORK INTERNATIONAL Augusta Chapter meets every Thursday morning from 7 to 8:30 a.m. at the Cour tyards by Mariot t. 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.

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rtists are coming out of the woodwork this week. One exhibit involves a private collection representing the works of more than one artist. Another exhibit involves the work of one man and is steeped in historical significance. Still another is a one-woman, one-day-only show of some whimsical and poignant work by a really cool local artist. At the Morris Museum of Art Mary Edmonia Lewis. Jacob Lawrence. Robert Scott Duncanson. Aaron Douglas. James Van Derzee. Elizabeth Catlett. Richard Hunt. Romare Bearden. Those are a few of the artists represented in an exhibition at the Morris Museum of Art, due to open May 9. These artists’ works are part of what has often been lauded as one of the most important – if not the most important — collection of African-American art in existence today. One reason the Walter O. Evans collection is so important, is that it is fairly extensive, containing from 80-90 pieces. Another reason is that it spans a century and a half of African-American culture. It is, in short, a very liquid sort of American history. There will be a few other activities surrounding the exhibition during the three months that the collection will be available for viewing by the Augusta public. For info about this and activities surrounding the exhibit, call the Morris Museum at (706) 724-7501. Civil War POW Artwork at History Museum From May 3-31, you can check out a good chunk of the art of a mapmaker who lived and worked during the Civil War, and who spent some time in Confederate POW camps, sketching and writing in his journal on the sly. What we have as a result is a collection of sketches that may as well have been photographs. The exhibit is called “Eye of the Storm: The Civil War Drawings of Robert Sneden,” titled after a book of his work. Augusta Museum of History Curator Gordon Blaker spoke to The Spirit about the exhibit, and the man who made the drawings, who was captured in 1863, Blaker said. “He began kind of an epic tour of the Southern prisoner of war camps. He passed through Augusta.” He also stayed in Millen and Savannah for a while. “And he was drawing pictures the


whole time,” Blaker said. Between those drawings and his extensive and detailed journal entries, Sneden wound up with a “complete illustrated story of his Civil War journey,” Blaker said. He added that Sneden has sometimes been referred to as the “Forrest Gump of the Civil War,” because he seemed to always be near important events or people. “After the war, he took the sketches he had made during the war and finished them up and colored them. And they’re just real nice.” He estimates the journal to be several thousand pages long. Sneden had some of his drawings published after the war, but people weren’t really interested back then. It wasn’t until the 1990s, when the Virginia Historical Society ran across a set of them. The guy who brought them in wanted a lot of money, so a member of the Historical Society spoke to a monied acquaintance and Civil War enthusiast about looking at them, hoping he would provide the funding. While looking through the photos of Sneden’s work, he spotted a drawing of one of his own ancestral homes, and was so inspired by that, he gave the Virginia Historical Society the money to buy the entire collection. When another collection of Sneden’s work came their way, he purchased that for them as well. Since then, the Virginia Historical Society has published two books on Sneden’s work: “Eye of the Storm,” published in 2000, and “Images of the Storm,” published in 2001. “It’s, like, the most significant Civil War documentation collection that’s come to light in a long time,” Blaker said. Latest Exhibit by Rhian Swain-Gibboney For one night and one night only, check out the work of art goddess Rhian Swain-Gibboney, in the form of an exhibit titled “World Seen and Unseen,” which is all about “inner vision versus physical reality and how perceptions of both are interdependent.” “Hanging at the Metro” (pictured) ... Well, the artist can say it best herself, so here is her statement on the piece. “‘Hanging at the Metro’ is about friendship and how women (more than men, in my opinion) reveal intimate aspects of ourselves to close friends that we don’t share with most others. Those confidences shape us not only in their eyes but more clearly define us to ourselves. This painting is a humorous capturing of many delightful hours spent in ‘girlfriend time’ at the Metro Coffee House, which

“Hanging at the Metro” by Rhian Swain-Gibboney is a favorite hangout of many creative types. The title is a play on both the ‘hanging out’ at the Metro and the artwork that is ‘hung’ there, which creates a creative environment conducive to sharing ideas and inspirations.” Other paintings, both handmade and digital, will explore subjects such as that special type of aloneness that comes with being a teenager, dreams and her own ethnic heritage. This is one artist who

doesn’t stick too closely to one vision or subject matter. Anything is fair game. You may catch “World Seen and Unseen,” and maybe even glimpse the artist herself, on First Friday, May 2 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The Pinnacle Club in the 16th floor and 17th floor lounges. There will be a complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. RSVPs are required and space is limited. Call Laura at (706) 722-5792. Hurry!




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y royal decree, each and every theatre production opening on May 9 must contain at least one married couple. It’s odd the way things happen sometimes. In the Augusta Players’ production of Frank Loesser’s “Guys and Dolls,” it’s Justin and Carrie Anderson. But Steve and Betty Walpert of Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre are getting into the act as well with their production of “The Housekeeper” by James Prideaux. Fort Gordon: “The Housekeeper” “The Housekeeper” begins with a bizarre idea: Mama’s boy bachelor, upon the death of his mother, seeks housekeeper and then proceeds to fall in love. Thing is, the housekeeper he hires is a half-insane bag lady, and so comedy ensues. One has to wonder what rehearsals are like for this little cast of two, especially given the volatile nature of the relationship between the characters, Manley Carstairs and Annie Dankworth. At first the two approach each other with reserve – and then “active hatred” sets in. She abuses him in every imaginable way, from insulting his writing to accusing him of lusting after her. Eventually, pushed to the limit, he goes to strangle her but trips and falls into her arms, thereby sealing their fate. The play is a wonderful exercise for the Walperts, who enjoy producing this particular piece. “You know, we’ve done this show before,” Walpert said of himself and his wife, Betty. “We did this show about 10 years ago. It was very popular with the audience.” So popular in fact, that Walpert said there were many requests for them to revisit the play. Plus, he said, they try to perform together every couple of years. “It’s always a pleasure being onstage with Betty,” he said. “She’s definitely my favorite leading lady – onstage and off.” “The Housekeeper” runs May 9-10, 16-17 and 22-24. Dinner is at 7 p.m., with the show at 8 p.m. Ticket prices are as follows: civilians $30; seniors 65 and over, retirees, DA civilians, active duty E8 and above $28; active duty E7 and below, $17. If you wish to only see the show, the cost is $10. Telephone the Box Office at 793-8552, or visit Augusta Players: “Guys and Dolls” Justin and Carrie Anderson, however, are having a slightly different experience in the Augusta Players’ production of “Guys and Dolls.” Though they are technically acting together in the play, they each have different leading partners. But first, let’s get into how they both wound up in the play. It wasn’t by design, though they had acted together in plenty of Storyland Theatre performances. When it was time to audition for “Guys and Dolls,” Carrie was recuperating from the broken leg that had caused her to relinquish a role she had won in the Players’ production of “Annie.” When Justin drove her to audition for

Justin and Carrie Anderson the part of Adelaide in “Guys and Dolls,” the Players directors would not let him leave without singing for them. One thing led to another and he wound up with the role of Sky. But Sky is not Adelaide’s man. He is Sarah’s man, and Sarah is being played by another actress. For a while, each fictional couple rehearsed independently of the other, so that either Justin or Carrie could be home with their children. And then came the moment when the four of them rehearsed together. “Emily was just looking at me,” Carrie said of the other actress. But Carrie broke the ice by lending a hand directing her husband and his leading lady so that they could appear more natural. Justin said his own awkwardness sprang from acting with a partner he was not used to. “When I’m working with Carrie in a show, the chemistry’s already there,” he said, adding that his style of acting tends to be simply exaggerating parts of himself. When he’s acting with his wife, he said, he does things that he really would do were they to encounter a similar situation. Carrie’s approach to acting is quite different. She wants to be someone she would not be in real life. So, Justin said, she frequently appears onstage in underwear and not much else. And then he paused. “There’s part of me that struggles to understand that mentality,” he said with a chuckle. Carrie says it’s just fun to be larger than life. The show, which features gangsters who make a little wager concerning the women in their lives, is “a guy show too,” she says, pointing out that men don’t typically go for musicals. But this musical is different. “The men are manly men,” she said. “And the women are womanly women,” Justin chimed in. “Guys and Dolls” goes on at 8 p.m. May 9-10 and 3 p.m. May 11 at the Imperial Theatre. Tickets range from $12-$35 and may be purchased online at or by calling 826-4707.

Cinema Movie Listings 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 up 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) ★★ Bend It Like Beckham (PG-13) — English teen Jess Bahmra adores football star David Beckham. She’d also love to be able to play the spor t, but her strictly traditional parents forbid her from doing so in the hopes that she will instead marry in an Indian wedding ceremony. Af ter Jess meets new pal Jules, who plays on an all-female football team, she joins the squad while keeping her new ex tracurricular activity a secret from her parents. Fur ther complicating mat ters, both girls find themselves falling for handsome coach Joe. Cast: Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anupam Kher, Archie Panjabi, Shaznay Lewis. Running time: 1 hr., 52 mins. 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:


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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 cookie-cut 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. ★★ Confidence (R) — Jake Vig (Ed Burns) heads a crack team of scamsters who are also his buddies. One is killed when a scam goes wrong, money having been taken from someone they did not know was an underling of a deadly, hyper sociopath called the King (Dustin Hof fman). Mostly we get cocky, trim-cut Burns and grif ter chums Brian Van Holt and Paul Giamat ti and corrupt L.A. cops (Luis Guzman, Donal Logue), all pulling a bank scam to pay back the King.

This ship leaks, and it sinks if you have experienced Mamet's "House of Games," Claude Chabrol's "The Swindle," Fabian Bielinsky's "Nine Queens" or Stephen Frears' "The Grif ters." Those scam par ties could have conned "Confidence" into a whimpering corner. Cast: Ed Burns, Dustin Hof fman, Rachel Weisz, Paul Giamat ti, Andy Garcia, Luis Guzman, Brian Van Holt. Running time: 1 hr., 38 mins. (Elliot t) ★★ 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 studmuf fin, 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. Dreamcatcher (R) — Henry (Thomas Jane), Beaver (Jason Lee), Jonesy (Damian Lewis) and Pete (Timothy Olyphant) were boyhood pals in a small town in Maine. Every year, they convene in a backwoods cabin to hunt, drink beer and talk about Duddits (Donnie Wahlberg), their mentally challenged, supernaturally connected friend for whom they once performed an act of great kindness and bravery, and who in return rewarded them with a shared six th sense. A man staggers up to the cabin, half-frozen and infected with something from out of this world. He's incubating a spectacularly awful creature. The stolid subplot – about a military unit that deals with aliens and is run by a quasi-fascist lunatic (Morgan Freeman) – slows things down, giving viewers time to think, rarely a good idea in this genre. "Dreamcatcher's" biggest shock is that it flat runs out of ideas. In the end, it's just another monster flick. Cast: Thomas Jane, Jason Lee, Damian Lewis, Timothy Olyphant. Running time: 2 hrs., 25 mins. (Salm) ★★ 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 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 co-wrote 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 pres-


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continued from page 37 idential 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 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 The Hours (PG-13) — The story begins with Virginia Woolf (Nicole Kidman) taking her famous last walk into a river, af ter put ting a big stone in her coat pocket. The movie keeps piling stones. Woolf's creation of "Mrs. Dalloway" and her much later final weeks with devotedly desperate husband Leonard (Stephen Dillane) are intercut with suf fering Woolfian women in two stories: the depressed housewife Laura (Julianne Moore), in 1950s Los Angeles, and the modern New Yorker, Clarissa (Meryl Streep), frantic about preparing a par ty for her AIDS-dying former lover, the writer Richard (Ed Harris). The stories link. The conception is all of a piece, organically imagined. It sends out tendrils of dark feeling about life and dying, ar t and love and transience. Cast: Meryl Streep, Ed Harris, Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, Stephen Dillane, Miranda Richardson, Jef f Daniels, Claire Danes. Running time: 1 hr., 54 mins. (Elliot t) ★★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) — Plot disposables converge at a Nevada motel in this " thriller," victims of bad luck, ripe for grotesque ends: Rebecca DeMornay as a snippy actress, John C. Ginley as a nerd husband, John Hawkes as a motel geek, Amanda Peet as a prostitute, Clea DuVall as a bride who keeps screaming, Jake Busey as a killer psycho, Ray Liot ta as a cop who may be a psycho, John Cusack as ex-cop and possible psycho, Bret t Loehr as a witnessing child who should, by the end, be psychotic. This soggy pulp has rain on the brain even worse than "Basic." Running time: 1 hr., 27 mins. (Elliot t) 0 It Runs in the Family (PG-13) — Mitchell Gromberg (Kirk Douglas) is a feisty old crust, growling opinions to mask his guilt from past failings. His wife (Diana Douglas) is a suppor tive saint. Son Alex (Michael Douglas) is still at the law firm, but yearns to

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The Lizzie McGuire Movie (PG) —

Teenybopper Disney television star Hilary Duf f gets the chance to play cute and crazy Lizzie McGuire on the big screen. Lizzie, just graduated from middle-school, embarks on a class trip to Rome, where she meets teen pop idol Paolo as she herself is mistaken for Paolo’s par tner, Isabella. Faced with having to cancel a big concer t due to a spat between Paolo and Isabella, Paolo convinces Lizzie to play Isabella, fooling Italian audiences and thrusting Lizzie into a life of glamour and fame. Cast: Hilary Duf f, Adam Lamberg, Hallie Todd, Rober t Carradine, Jake Thomas, Ashlie Brillault. Running time: 1 hr., 30 mins.

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 mythology rolls over us like layers of geology. 3 hrs. (Elliot t) ★★ Malibu’s Most Wanted (PG-13) — Brad “Brad” 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 and 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. The Real Cancun (R) — The creators of MTV’s “The Real World” and “Road Rules” team up for the big-screen 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 go-for-it brain with a similar taste for danger. The story twists and snaps through the settings 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 soft-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 lofty 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) ★★ X2 (PG-13) — The X-Men return in this sequel to 2000’s summer hit. More ambitious than the original and loaded with special ef fects, “X2” pushes its cast of characters into dif ferent directions to bat tle new enemies and forge shaky alliances with old ones. Par ticularly enter taining are the sequences featuring Wolverine as a sor t of babysit ter for the teens at Xavier’s School for Gif ted Children. Cast: Patrick Stewar t, Hugh Jackman, Famke Janssen, Halle Berry, James Marsden, Ian McKellen, Anna Paquin, Alan Cumming. Running time: 1 hr., 45 mins. —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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o matter what you call it – and with alternate titles including “X-Men 2” and the shortened “X-2” there are options – the sequel to last summer’s popcorn comic book hit is irresistibly fun. Helmed again by wunderkind Bryan Singer (who was launched into the upper tier of the directorial Hollywood A-list with his sophomore effort, “The Usual Suspects”), this follow-up is a glib, enjoyable expansion on the beloved Marvel world. Like so many comic book series that work well on screen, the first attribute of the “X-Men” storyline is that it’s smart and feels as grounded in science as science fiction. For those who don’t remember the first film (or, possibly, didn’t see it) and are unfamiliar with the comic book, the basic gist behind the series is that in a not-so-distant future the Earth sees the birth of a new species. More specifically, evolution yields a superhuman life form and human beings begin spawning another race, the members of which are dubbed mutants. Blessed (and to a certain extent cursed) with unique super-powers, the mutant race is constantly at odds with the humans - with some “evil” factions in both groups looking to wipe out their evolutionary other. The obvious social implications inspired by “X-Men” are wisely underscored by Singer here, as in his first film. Where the original set mutant against mutant as the peace-loving (and humanloving) X-Men attempted to stop the faction within their group looking to wipe out the race of man, the sequel unites the super-powered heroes and villains as the humans attempt to carry out the extinction. The distinction, while a slight one, allows the sequel to be even more fun and inventive.

Riffing on the comedic scenarios that can arise from Mutant status, “X-2” is more playful than the original, and funnier. Whether watching new teenage XMan Bobby (nicknamed Iceman for his skills) try to get to second base with a girlfriend who happens to suck the life out of anyone she touches, or seeing shape-shifting Mystique nuzzle up to Wolverine as she conveniently changes into a series of his possibly desired partners, “X-2” is as much about the ironies of having super-powers as it is the way in which they can be used to save mankind. More than anything, “X2” delights in the bizarre and unexpected, chronicling the ways each of its gifted characters can employ their particular skills. And, whether it means Iceman is chilling a warm soda or building a thick wall of frozen water to stop a brigade of soldiers, the fun is always finding out how and when these powers come in handy. With an array of dazzling special effects to match its smart storytelling, it’s hard to think of a moviegoer who won’t be pleased with what “X-2” has to offer. The stellar cast from the first film, which included wonderful turns from Hugh Jackman as the brooding Wolverine and Ian McKellen as the scheming and debonair super-villain Magneto, is only improved upon with juicy new roles for Brian Cox (playing a maniacal army general) and Alan Cumming (as a sweetly religious Austrian X-Man named Kurt Wagner with movement and teleportation powers). An infectiously good time, “X2” will no doubt make you forget about the doldrums of human existence and leave you wondering what kind of Mutant you’d most like to be.

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hen you’ve seen Ben Affleck trying to be a movie star, it isn’t a big advance watching Ed Burns trying to be Ben Affleck. That seems to be his role, under the name Jake Vig, in “Confidence.” It is also likely that debut feature writer Doug Jung aspires to be Quentin Tarantino. But the movie, directed by veteran James Foley, is the latest proof that you shouldn’t do Tarantino minus Tarantino. Jake Vig heads a crack team of scamsters who are also his buddies. One is killed when a scam goes wrong, money having been taken from someone they did not know was an underling of a deadly, hyper sociopath called the King. That would be Dustin Hoffman, fortunately not doing Elvis, though that concept sparkles more than most of those in play here. Burns can act, even when Affleckted, but is not (nor ever shall be) a rival to Hoffman. It feels merciless to put him in the same arena with the little master. Vig becomes a big twig when Hoffman’s King stares up at him like a twitchy terrier, gunning him with dialogue like, “I got myself a white suit. It was white. White, white, white, white!” Hoffman is an Actors Studio kiosk on fire, or Ratso Rizzo doing Mamet in the valley of Tarantino. But he has about 15 minutes. Mostly we get cocky, trim-cut Burns and grifter chums Brian Van Holt and Paul Giamatti (nervously screaming, “Don’t start freakin’ out!”), and

corrupt L.A. cops (Luis Guzman, Donal Logue), all pulling a bank scam to pay back the King. Since the con primarily involves a money transfer via computer, tension must be heated by other means. Which means flashbacks, double-backs, voiceovers by cool Burns, the whole shazam (shot by master of color imagery Juan Ruiz-Anchia) building to a fight, betrayals and the f-word flying about seven times in as many seconds. It may “hold together,” even cleverly, but is also a jived blur of smug, flippant clichés. Characters talk hard and fast, often with faces 4 inches apart. Rachel Weisz as a bad girl going worse is in, then out, then back in. Passing through the plot turnstile are Robert Forster, Andy Garcia, Morris Chestnut and Frankie G. James Foley’s career has such achievements as “After Dark, My Sweet,” “At Close Range” and “Glengarry Glen Ross.” He also directed a Madonna video and some junk. With “Confidence” he seems to be hustling hard in the backwash of hipsters like Tarantino, not ineptly, yet to no very special result. This ship leaks, and it sinks if you have experienced Mamet’s “House of Games,” Claude Chabrol’s “The Swindle,” Fabian Bielinsky’s “Nine Queens” or Stephen Frears’ “The Grifters.” Those scam parties could have conned “Confidence” into a whimpering corner.


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MOVIE CLOCK REGAL AUGUSTA EXCHANGE 20 Movies Good 5/2 - 5/8 Bend It Like Beckham (PG-13) Fri-Sat: 10:05, 1:10, 3:55, 6:55, 9:40, 12:20; Sun-Thur: 10:05, 1:10, 3:55, 6:55, 9:40 X2 (PG-13) Fri-Sat: 10:00, 10:15, 10:30, 12:45, 1:00, 1:15, 1:30, 3:45, 4:00, 4:15, 4:30, 6:45, 7:00, 7:15, 7:30, 8:00, 10:00, 10:15, 10:30, 10:50, 11:45, 12:45, 1:00; Sun-Thur: 10:00, 10:15, 10:30, 12:45, 1:00, 1:15, 1:30, 3:45, 4:00, 4:15, 4:30, 6:45, 7:00, 7:15, 7:30, 8:00, 10:00, 10:15, 10:30, 10:50 The Lizzie McGuire Movie (PG) Fri-Sat: 10:10, 12:00, 12:35, 2:25, 2:55, 4:45, 5:15, 7:05, 7:35, 9:25, 9:55, 11:45, 12:15; Sun-Thur: 10:10, 12:00, 12:35, 2:25, 2:55, 4:45, 5:15, 7:05, 7:35, 9:25, 9:55 Confidence (R) Fri-Sat: 2:45, 7:50, 12:25; SunThur: 2:45, 7:50 Identity (R) Fri-Sat: 10:40, 12:25, 1:05, 2:40, 3:20, 4:55, 7:45, 8:15, 10:10, 10:20, 12:40; Sun-Thur: 10:40, 12:25, 1:05, 2:40, 3:20, 4:55, 7:45, 8:15, 10:10, 10:20 The Real Cancun (R) 12:20, 5:10, 10:10 It Runs in the Family (PG-13) Fri-Sat: 11:20, 2:10, 4:40, 7:20, 10:40, 12:15; Sun-Thur: 11:20, 2:10, 4:40, 7:20, 10:40 Bulletproof Monk (PG-13) Fri-Sat: 11:15, 1:50, 4:20, 6:50, 9:30, 12:05; Sun-Thur: 11:15, 1:50, 4:20, 6:50, 9:30 Malibu’s Most Wanted (PG-13) 12:25, 2:35, 4:40, 7:55, 10:35 Holes (PG) Fri-Sat: 10:20, 1:05, 4:10, 7:10, 9:50, 12:30; Sun-Thur: 10:20, 1:05, 4:10, 7:10, 9:50 Anger Management (PG-13) Fri-Sat: 11:50, 2:15, 4:45, 5:45, 7:25, 10:05, 12:30; Sun-Thur: 11:50, 2:15, 4:45, 5:45, 7:25, 10:05 House of 1000 Corpses (R) Fri-Sat: 10:35, 12:50, 3:10, 5:45, 8:05, 10:25, 12:35; SunThur: 10:35, 12:50, 3:10, 5:45, 8:05, 10:25 A Man Apart (R) 10:00, 12:30, 3:00, 5:30, 8:00, 10:50 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 Head of State (PG-13) Fri-Sat: 10:25, 12:45, 3:05, 5:25, 7:40, 10:20, 12:50; Sun-Thur: 10:25, 12:45, 3:05, 5:25, 7:40, 10:20 Bringing Down the House (PG-13) 12:35, 2:55, 5:40, 8:10, 10:45 EVANS 12 CINEMAS Movies Good 5/2 - 5/8 The Lizzie McGuire Movie (PG) 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 X2 (PG-13) Fri: 2:00, 4:00, 5:00, 7:00, 8:00, 9:50, 10:40; Sat-Sun: 1:00, 2:00, 4:00, 5:00, 7:00, 8:00, 9:50, 10:40; Mon-Thur: 4:00, 5:00, 7:00, 8:00, 9:50 The Real Cancun (R) Fri: 3:20, 5:30, 7:40, 9:55; Sat-Sun: 1:20, 3:20, 5:30, 7:40, 9:55; MonThur: 5:30, 7:40, 9:55

Confidence (R) Fri-Sun: 2:30, 4:50, 7:30, 9:50; Mon-Thur: 4:50, 7:30, 9:50 Identity (R) Fri: 3:35, 5:35, 7:35, 9:35; Sat-Sun: 1:35, 3:35, 5:35, 7:35, 9:35; Mon-Thur: 5:35, 7:35, 9:35 Bulletproof Monk (PG-13) Fri: 4:15, 7:15, 9:30; Sat-Sun: 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 9:30; Mon-Thur: 4:15, 7:15, 9:30 Malibu’s Most Wanted (PG-13) Fri: 3:45, 5:45, 7:50, 10:00; Sat-Sun: 1:45, 3:45, 5:45, 7:50, 10:00; Mon-Thur: 5:45, 7:50, 10:00 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-Sun: 2:10, 4:30, 7:00, 9:20; Mon-Thur: 4:30, 7:00, 9:20 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 5/2 - 5/8 The Lizzie McGuire Movie (PG) Fri: 5:30, 7:35, 9:35; Sat-Sun: 1:15, 3:20, 5:30, 7:35, 9:35; Mon-Thur: 5:30, 7:35, 9:35 X2 (PG-13) Fri: 4:00, 7:00, 9:55; Sat-Sun: 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 9:55; Mon-Thur: 4:00, 7:00, 9:55 The Real Cancun (R) Fri: 5:10; Sat-Sun: 1:35, 3:15, 5:10; Mon-Thur: 5:10 Identity (R) Fri: 5:35, 7:40, 9:40; Sat-Sun: 1:30, 3:30, 5:35, 7:40, 9:40; Mon-Thur: 5:35, 7:40, 9:40 Malibu’s Most Wanted (PG-13) Fri: 5:15, 7:20, 9:20; Sat-Sun: 1:20, 3:25, 5:15, 7:20, 9:20; Mon-Thur: 5:15, 7:20, 9:20 Bulletproof Monk (PG-13) Fri: 5:05, 7:35, 9:50; Sat-Sun: 2:00, 5:05, 7:35, 9:50; Mon-Thur: 5:05, 7:35, 9:50 Anger Management (PG-13) Fri: 5:00, 7:30, 9:45; Sat-Sun: 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 9:45; MonThur: 5:00, 7:30, 9:45 A Man Apart (R) 7:05, 9:30 REGAL 12 CINEMAS Movies Good 5/2 - 5/8 The Hours (PG-13) 2:05, 4:40, 7:20, 10:00 Dreamcatcher (R) 2:00, 4:55, 7:50 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 National Security (PG-13) 2:25, 4:30, 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, 7:45, 9:55 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, 7:15, 10:15

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Sean Costello Brings Youth and Experience to the Blind Willie Blues Festival BY LISA JORDAN


t 24, it seems that being on the road is all Sean Costello has ever known. Already a veteran of the blues circuit, Costello’s been taking his guitar around the country for nearly a decade now. He says of touring, “You just have to live your life in a certain way. It’s harder in a lot of ways. I’m lucky to be able to do it for a living – it’s all I’ve ever done, since I was in high school. It definitely is draining. It’s tough, but that’s just what you have to do to make a living, and it’s a blessing to get paid to do what you love to do.” And Costello’s doing it in a big way. From placing first in the 1994 Memphis Beale Street Blues Society’s talent contest to sharing time onstage with B.B. King, Buddy Guy and Susan Tedesch, among others, he’s already taken advantage of opportunities other people never even see in a lifetime. “I’ve been very lucky I’ve been able to play with a lot of the old guys who are my heroes,” he says. “That was several years ago now that I played with B.B. It was definitely one of the highlights of my life.” He pauses, then adds with a laugh, “At the time, I was kind of too nervous to enjoy it.” Getting a head start on guitar at the age of 9, Costello found himself hooked on the blues not long after. “As soon as I heard it when I was a kid, I just always was attracted to it,” says Costello. “It always was a sound that excited me. Before I was exposed to a lot of blues, I liked a lot of blusier rock stuff. I guess it’s just the emotional intensity that continues to intrigue me.” Costello has three studio albums under his belt, with 2001’s “Moanin’ for Molasses” earning critical acclaim. It’s been hailed as his best effort yet, and is a clear indication that Costello, crafting his songs from the same fibers as the greats, is well-versed in the language of the blues. “It’s a really direct form of expressing human emotion. It’s more powerful to me than most other music. I think there’s definitely an energy there and there’s a spirit to it. With a lot of other music, the art isn’t necessarily as involved,” says Costello. With the blues, he says, a performer is putting all of himself into the performance. “It’s considered to be a simple kind of music. The most important

part is the performer, and if the performer isn’t really great, it doesn’t work. Not just anybody can make a blues song work – it takes a lot of energy to pull it off.” Costello, now based out of Atlanta, will be sticking close to home May 17. He’s scheduled to play the 10th annual Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival in Thomson. It won’t be Costello’s first time at the festival – he played it two years ago. “Blind Willie McTell is probably the most important blues artist, acoustic blues artist, from Georgia,” says Costello. “I’ve always loved his music. Several of his albums are among my favorites.” Costello himself is a festival favorite, though he maintains that playing a festival is a bit more challenging than playing in a club.

“The one major difference is you’re playing outside,” he says. “I think it’s actually harder – you really have to put it across. You almost have to exaggerate things. If you’re indoors, you can be a little more subtle. … It’s not as easy to do as in an indoor situation. But it’s enjoyable. It’s different. I get to see other bands; there’s kids at festivals; it’s more well-rounded.” We asked Costello if, with youth and his retro good looks behind him, his brand of the blues is more accessible to younger generations who might not be exposed to blues. “I would think it would be easier for young people to relate to me doing it rather than an older person. It might give them something to latch onto initially,” he says, adding that hopefully, that would

give youngsters a foundation from which to explore other blues acts, including the classic performers. “I think it’s easier to relate to someone your own age.” Costello takes the stage at the Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival May 17 at the festival site in Thomson. It’s two miles north of Interstate 20 off exit 172. Other performers slated to appear include Magic Slim and The Teardrops, The Red Stick Ramblers, Steve James, Del Rey, Neal Pattman and Mudcat and the Crosstie Walkers. Gates open at noon for a day of fun, so be sure to snap up your tickets early. Admission is $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. Visit or contact the Blind Willie McTell Blues and Heritage Foundation at 597-1000 for details.

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f you thought electronic music was dead, think again. Two new releases on Metropolis Records, Front 242’s “Pulse” and Wolfsheim’s “Casting Shadows,” prove that pulsating Eurobeats are still alive and well – and that synthesizer-based tunes have come a long way since the days when mullets were totally rad. “Pulse” – Front 242 Following a decade of inactivity, Belgian electropop pioneers Front 242 are back with “Pulse,” set for release in the U.S. on May 6. Most of the songs on “Pulse” are actually made up of two or more tracks blended into one seamless creation. “SEQ666,” composed of tracks “P,” “U,” “L,” “S,” and “E,” is an appropriate open-

242 is very much thinking man’s – or thinking woman’s – music. It’s made for those times when you just want to sit back, exist inside your mind and open up that intellectual Pandora’s box you’ve kept the lid on all day.

er to the album. All instrumental, the cycling, hypnotic tracks of “SEQ666” build in a slow and steady crescendo. Fittingly, it’s suggestive of a heartbeat and the homeostatic rhythms that sustain us. The song “Together” continues to build on that theme, introducing sounds reminiscent of neurons firing electrical impulses over a synapse. Other tracks, like “Beyond the Scale of Comprehension” and “Triple X Girlfriend,” forgo the complexities of the earlier work on the album in favor of minimalism. While technically proficient, Front 242’s work on “Pulse” lacks emotion. That, however, seems to be what they’re going for; in numerous interviews, the members of Front 242 are self-proclaimed observers of the world around them, delivering images and impressions to the listener without infusing each song with a definitive message. It’s their job to remain emotionally detached. Perhaps that’s why the music of Front

“Casting Shadows” – Wolfsheim The music of German duo Wolfsheim picks up where the 1980s left off. Though they’ve been steadily releasing albums in Europe since the latter part of that decade, it’s only in recent years that Wolfsheim’s repertoire has been exported to the United States. Their latest release, “Casting Shadows,” blends Wolfsheim’s rich melodies with even richer vocals. Singer Peter Heppner blends dark, sleepy vocals with the


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pounding beats of programmer Marcus Reinhardt in a perfect give-and-take marriage of lyricism and melody. The work on “Casting Shadows” teeters on the edge of danceable, without falling into the cheesy disco void. A few songs, like “Underneath the Veil,” come close after a slow start, but even fewer truly break out into dance mode. It seems the members of Wolfsheim know they’re walking a fine line and err on the side of restraint. But that’s not surprising, since dance beats aren’t what Wolfsheim is all about – Wolfsheim is about infusing with emotion a genre that sometimes seems impersonal. Songs like “Care for You,” “And I…” and “Find You’re Gone” deal with the aftermath (and sometimes relief) of love lost. “Casting Shadows” serves as a great introduction to electronic music for listeners who are curious about the genre. Wolfsheim’s work on the album makes synth-based music accessible to an audience that might not otherwise consider giving it a listen.

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This “Soprano” Is no Soprano Dominic Chianese – that’s Uncle Junior to you – is quite a crooner. If you like Italian love songs, that is. No pop influence, just a voice and an instrument. He has released an album titled “Ungrateful Heart.” To hear tracks, go to Jim Morrison’s Parents Take Doors to Court They call it The Doors 21st Century, and George and Clara Morrison are filing suit against it. They say that their son’s old bandmates have – to quote sources – “maliciously misappropriated” intellectual property from Jim. Intellectual property like lyrics. Which became part of Doors songs. Wouldn’t that make them the property of The Doors at that point and not merely of Morrison? (That’s a real question, by the way. If there are any copyright lawyers out there in Readerland, feel free to get in touch.) Sounds a little fishy on George and Clara’s part if you ask me. The RIAA All Up in Your Face ... Again If you’re a user of the file-sharing

applications Kazaa and Grokster, you’ve probably already received one of those creepy instant messages — and no, we’re not talking about ones that start with “What are you wearing?” The Recording Industry Association of America, escalating its longstanding battle against sharing copyrighted music on the Web, is now sending messages to individual users of the Kazaa and Grokster services. The messages warn users that sharing copyrighted materials is illegal and that songswappers can easily be identified. The RIAA is sending out an estimated 1 million messages per week. What’s That Song? Doesn’t it drive you nuts when you’re listening to the radio (assuming you’re listening to the drivel that passes for radio these days) and the DJ fails to announce the name of the song you’re wanting to know more about? Innovative Web site comes to the rescue. With over 1000 radio stations on board, including six in Augusta, YES lists station playlists in real time, as well as lists for the previous 24 hours.

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Thursday, 1st Back Roads - Karaoke with Linda Eubanks The Bee’s Knees - 12 Tone Lounge The Big Easy - Buzz Clifford, George Sykes Blind Pig - The Miracle Whips featuring Randy Carver Cafe Du Teau - James McIntyre Club Argos - Karaoke Dance Par ty, DJ Joe Coliseum - Karaoke, High-Energy Dance Continuum - Playa*Listic Thursday with DJ Divine Coyote’s - The Rhes Reeves Band D. Timm’s - Joe Patchen and the Blue Diamond Express Fox’s Lair - Karaoke Greene Streets - Men’s Pop, Rock, Blues and Soul National Karaoke Contest Joe’s Underground - John Michael’s - Marilyn Adcock Modjeska - DJ Richie Rich Orange Moon - Open Mic Playground - Open Mic Night Red Lion - Livingroom Legends Stool Pigeons - Jayson and Michael Surrey Tavern - The Big Mighty Time Piecez - DJ Dance Par ty

Friday, 2nd Back Roads - DJ The Bee’s Knees - Jazz Sessions with Moniker, First Friday Ar t by John Guanlao The Big Easy - Air Apparent, Ed Fuqua Blind Pig - Shameless Dave and the Miracle Whips featuring Pops Borders - Jimmy Archer, Randy Carver Cafe Du Teau - James McIntyre Club Argos - Garage Par ty with Argos Angels Carmen, Diane, Taylor, DJ Schlepp Rock Coconuts - DJ Stump Coliseum - Julianna McDeigh Continuum - First Friday Par ty with Big Chris and Guest Cotton Patch - Free Beer Band

Coyote’s - The Rhes Reeves Band Crossroads - Jemani, 420 Outback D. Timm’s - Joe Patchen and the Blue Diamond Express Durango’s - Magic Hat Fox’s Lair - Roger Enevoldsen Greene Streets - Karaoke Highlander - Heavy Dose Joe’s Underground - Keith “Fossill” Gregory The Lighthouse - Voltage Brothers Michael’s - Marilyn Adcock Modjeska - 2deep, Village Fashion Show Orange Moon - 360 Playground - John Kolbeck The Pourhouse - Preston and Weston Red Lion - The Big Mighty Rio Bomba - Cana Brava, Karaoke Shannon’s - Steve Chappell, Bar t Bell Soul Bar - Superdisco ‘80s Mix, First Friday Photo Exhibit Surrey Tavern - Recap Review with Sassy Brass

Saturday, 3rd Aiken Brewing Co. - Juice, Livingroom Legends Back Roads - DJ The Bee’s Knees - The Hellblinki Sex tet The Big Easy - Buzz Clifford, George Sykes Blind Pig - Shameless Dave and the Miracle Whips, James Brown Bir thday Celebration Borders - Paul Gordon Cafe Du Teau - James McIntyre Club Argos - Argos Angels Cabaret with Petite DeJonville, Claire Storm, Ms. Sasha, DJ Schlepp Rock Coconuts - DJ Stump Coliseum - Ravionne’s Farewell Par ty Cotton Patch - Free Beer Band Coyote’s - The Rhes Reeves Band Crossroads - Machine 7, Fif th Year Crush, Keep D. Timm’s - Joe Patchen and the Blue Diamond Express Durango’s - Magic Hat Fox’s Lair - Roger Enevoldsen

Greene Streets - Karaoke Joe’s Underground - Pat Blanchard Last Call - New Day The Lighthouse - Fantastic Shakers Metro Coffeehouse - Live Af ternoon Bluegrass Michael’s - Marilyn Adcock Modjeska - DJ Kenny Ray The Pourhouse - Preston and Weston Red Lion - Shinebox Rio Bomba - Orchestra Caliente Shannon’s - Alan Black Surrey Tavern - Recap Review with Sassy Brass

Sunday, 4th Cafe Du Teau - The Last Bohemian Quar tet Cotton Patch - John Kolbeck Orange Moon - Live Reggae Pizza Joint - Patrick Blanchard Rio Bomba - Mariachi The Shack - Karaoke, Sasha’s Talent Show Shannon’s - Tony Howard Somewhere in Augusta - Brandon Bower

Monday, 5th Coliseum - Cinco De Mayo Celebration, Q.A.F. Continuum - Monday Madness Crossroads - Club Sin Dance Par ty Greene Streets - Karaoke Joe’s Underground - John Rio Bomba - Wayne Capps Surrey Tavern - Pat Blanchard

Tuesday, 6th Adams Nightclub - Karaoke with Bill Tolber t The Bee’s Knees - Comin’ ‘Round the Bend Classic Country and Bluegrass Blind Pig - Acoustic Set with Mike and Jayson Coliseum - Tournament Tuesday D. Timm’s - Joe Patchen and the Blue Diamond Express

Greene Streets - Karaoke Highlander - Open Mic Night Joe’s Underground - John Metro Coffeehouse - Irish Night with Sibin Michael’s - Marilyn Adcock Stool Pigeons - Karaoke with Linda Eubanks Surrey Tavern - Tuesday Night Jam Session with Pat Blanchard and Friends

Wednesday, 7th The Bee’s Knees - Mellow Sounds Supperclub Blind Pig - Robbie Ducey Coliseum - Wet ‘n’ Wild Talent Search Continuum - Open Mic Jam Sessions Coyote’s - The Rhes Reeves Band Crossroads - El Dorado Deluxe 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 - Mike Baideme Michael’s - Marilyn Adcock Modjeska - Theology On Tap Playground - Karaoke with Mike and Scot t The Shack - Karaoke Shannon’s - Keith “Fossill” Gregory Soul Bar - Live Jazz Surrey Tavern - John Kolbeck

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he Palo Alto, Calif., City Council scheduled for a final vote in May a proposed code of conduct that includes (in order to coax civility among members) an official admonition to avoid even nonverbal forms of disagreement with each other, such as rolling one’s eyes or shaking one’s head or frowning. One former resident told the San Jose Mercury News that the proposal is a prime example of the “Palo Alto mind-set.” • At the height of the war in Iraq, Army chaplain Lt. Josh Llano, 32, a Southern Baptist, commandeered 500 gallons of water to fill his baptismal pool at Camp Bushmaster near Najaf and offered exhausted, grimy soldiers a chance for a refreshing dip, provided they agreed to formal baptisms following a 90-minute sermon. Llano told a Miami Herald reporter: “It’s simple. They want water. I have it, as long as they agree to get baptized.” (The Army’s chief of chaplains said he would investigate.) Recent Alarming Headlines • (1) “Indian Testicle Attack ‘Is Murder’” (a January BBC News report of the Supreme Court of India ruling that a fatal kick to the testicles in an assault should not be regarded as mere manslaughter). (2) “Doctor’s 32 Percent Error Rate ‘Not Unusual,’ Says Inquiry” (a February London Independent story interviewing medical experts who defended an accused physician by pointing out that epilepsy diagnoses are easy to get wrong). (3) “Mayor Denies Claims She Masturbated Businessmen” (a February Brisbane, Australia, Courier-Mail story on the mayor of Maroochy, Queensland, who was a masseuse before being elected to office and who some people suspect had “known” some of the town’s influential businessmen). Hyperactive Seniors With Guns • Wilma Bennett, 79, carrying a .22-caliber revolver and increasingly agitated at having to wait in line at a grocery store, was arrested after brawling with a 31year-old security guard who tried to calm her down (Akron, Ohio, January). Gertrude Raines, 84, was charged with shooting her son-in-law dead at 200 yards in the midst of a longstanding family feud (Murfreesboro, Ark., January). Deer hunter Clinton Hurlbut, 89, pleaded guilty to reckless use of a gun after accidentally shooting the horse that a 12-year-old girl was riding (Browns Valley, Minn., November). On the bright side, J.C. Adams, 74, owner of a Pac A Sac convenience store that was being robbed, propped himself up on his walker and fired his shotgun at the three perps, killing one, wounding another and causing the third to flee (Decatur, Ga., January).

The Litigious Society • Widow Maggie Smith and her two adult children won $1.2 million late in 2002 (reduced from an August jury award of $3.5 million) in their wrongful death lawsuit against Dr. Franklin Price, having convinced a jury that Price did not do enough to help the late Lawrence Smith avoid his fatal heart attack. Mr. Smith, of University Heights, Ohio, was 54, overweight, a long-time smoker who ate a poor diet, got little exercise, had diabetes and high cholesterol, and admitted to being stressed at work; Dr. Price said he gave Smith repeated admonitions about his bad habits, but apparently not enough of them. • In Riverhead, N.Y., in December, Oscar Novick, 69, filed a $5.5 million lawsuit against the New York Dinner Theater of Manhasset for injuries he suffered when a dancer from the show (being performed on location at an Office Depot employee holiday party) slipped and fell on top of him during an audience-participation number. The bigger-than-he-is dancer had convinced Novick to step out onto the floor, where she twirled him around to a fast number, “bounced (my head) back and forth into her breasts,” and “lowered me down into a dip,” but then lost control, with both falling to the floor (Novick with a fractured ankle). • Expensive Boo-Boos: Ann Laerzio filed a lawsuit against Octavia Hair Design in Clinton Township, Mich., in February, claiming a shop technician nicked her finger with cuticle scissors (allegedly causing the loss of a nail) and asking for $500,000. And in March, Ms. Robin Laybutt won her lawsuit against her former employer, the Australian doughnut maker Balfours, because of a cut on her finger (which she now says makes her unable to use her arm for any gainful employment) caused by the alleged malfunction of a doughnut machine; she was awarded about U.S. $240,000. Courtroom Antics • In a January ruling on the federal Tariff Code, the U.S. Court of International Trade declared the Marvel Comics X-Men characters to be “nonhuman creatures,” thus enraging the characters’ fans, who know perfectly well that the X-Men are humans. However, it was a Marvel Comics affiliate that called them nonhuman to begin with; the company was importing X-Men figurines, and at the time that the dispute with U.S. Customs arose, imports of “human” recreations (called “dolls”) were taxed at 12 percent while imports of nonhuman recreations (called “toys”) were taxed at 6.8 percent. • In March, a jury failed to convict Dr. Raul Ixtlahuac, 41, of sexually assaulting patients at his practice in Gilroy, Calif. (acquittal on one count, a hung jury on the other five). Ixtlahuac’s lawyer believes the key evidence for his client was testimony by another doctor, who had measured Ixtlahuac’s erect penis at 5 1/2 inches, which the lawyer argued made it impossible, due to the doctor’s height and that of the examining table, for him to have committed the assaults in the manner that the victims described (unless, said the lawyer, he was an “acrobat”). — Chuck Shepherd © United Press Syndicate

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Brezsny's Free Will Astrology ARIES (March 21-April 19)

Are you the kind of Aries who pushes on doors that have “pull” signs? Do you think it’s a thrill to open cartons from the end that reads “open other end”? Do you love to drive in the carpool lane when you’re alone in your car? If so, I hope I can convince you to use your rebellious energy more constructively. You’re now in possession of the finest insurrectionary energy I’ve seen in many moons. Your brilliant disobedience could overthrow a status quo that’s sorely in need of being replaced.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

A fresh fad has broken out among university students in China: drinking milk from baby bottles. Psychologists decry this as regressive behavior, claiming it represents a subliminal yearning to return to childhood and avoid adult responsibilities. I suppose that may be true if it becomes habitual. But I’m going to recommend that you take up the practice for just one week, Taurus. Make it a ritual that helps you reclaim your innocence and see the world with the eyes of an unspoiled kid.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

“I’m too frustrated to do what it would take to get myself unfrustrated.” Has a thought like that crossed your mind recently? I bet it has. Or how about this: “I’m too confused to figure out what questions I’d need to ask to clarify the issues.” Again, I’d be surprised if you haven’t felt that way in the last few days. What to do about it? Here’s my solution: Stop the world. Drop out of your trance. Run away to a sanctuary where you can make time stand still for a few days. Empty your mind, relax your ambitions, and steep yourself in primal silence.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

From a psychological and spiritual perspective, Cancerian, it’s harvest time. The moment has come to reap the fruits you’ve sown since last July. Judging from my astrological analysis, I believe

your yield will include an abundance of ripe beauties and just a few ripe uglies. And even those uglies could serve you well if used as fertilizer for your next round of planting, which is scheduled for the weeks after your birthday. (P.S. Here’s my guarantee: If you don’t rake in emotional riches very soon, I’ll eat your shoe. In the unlikely event your harvest is paltry, send your shoe to me at P.O. Box 150628, San Rafael, CA 94915.)

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“Sometimes the mountain is hidden from me in veils of cloud,” Denise Levertov wrote in her poem called “Witness.” “Sometimes I am hidden from the mountain in veils of inattention, apathy, fatigue, when I forget or refuse to go down to the shore or a few yards up the road, on a clear day, to reconfirm that witnessing presence.” This week, Leo, you’re more likely to be hidden from the mountain than vice versa. If it happens, though, it won’t be due to inattention, apathy, or fatigue, but because of your intense attunement to your own magnificence. This is not a bad thing in itself, of course, but it will be if it keeps you from communing with the mountain. Therefore, see if you can do both: Be an alert witness full of self-love. In New York last January, a talking carp began shouting religious advice in Hebrew to a Hispanic food preparer who was about to turn it into a meal. The restaurant owner came in to investigate the commotion and became a second witness to the event. The New York Times reported the story, and soon a local Hasidic sect was proclaiming the fish’s message to be a direct communication from God. Though many people laugh with derision when they hear this tale, I retain an open mind. The Divine Trickster has appeared to me in equally unusual forms. No doubt you will share my perspective by the end of this week, Virgo. You’re about to have a visitation that’s maybe a little less mysterious than a talking fish, but not by much.

Like most county fairs held every summer in American communities, my hometown’s three-day extravaganza hosts competitions in many categories, from quilt art to pickled vegetables to decorated bird houses. This July’s fair will add an unusual new class: Prizes will be awarded to whomever grows the tallest weed. I predict the winner will be a Sagittarius who begins the project this week. The rest of you Centaurs are also primed to capitalize by exploiting things that are normally thought to lack value, and you won’t have to wait till July to cash in. To get in the proper mood (which should include compassionate, humorous self-mockery), give yourself a blue ribbon for having the biggest pimple or worst bad hair day or crabbiest mood.

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LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

I never dreamed that one day I’d have a pet wasp. But here she is, buzzing tenderly around my head as I compose this horoscope. I call her Scheherazade. She has been here three weeks. I lost all fear she would sting me after the first day, when she landed on me several times without incident. She seems content with the food and drink I leave out for her, and I swear that now and then she performs aerial tricks for my entertainment. I love having this whirring ally around. Her presence leads me to imagine that I really have learned to get along with wild forces of nature without having to control or hurt them. I encourage you, Libra, to seek your own version of a wasp companion. Some people refer to me as an astrologer, novelist or musician. Others call me a shaman, magician or teacher. I don’t mind their attempts to sum me up, but I never refer to myself by those terms. My business card says I’m an “Aspiring Master of Curiosity, Apprentice to Crazy Wisdom and Macho Feminist.” Why? First, I don’t want to get trapped in the elitist egotism that can arise from identifying with a label like “shaman.” Second, careerism is anathema to me. I want the freedom to keep mutating and not be enslaved to my past accomplishments. Third, I never want my life to be defined by my job. Fourth, I claim the exclusive right to name and title myself. No one else can have that power. I recommend that you Scorpios experiment with a similar approach in the coming weeks.


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CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

“If the wrong man uses the right means, the right means work in the wrong way,” says the ancient Chinese book, “The Secret of the Golden Flower.” Conversely, “When the right man uses the wrong means, the wrong means work in the right way.” These thoughts, Capricorn, are all you need to succeed this week. You’re free to come up with your own interpretation of their implications, but here’s mine: High integrity and a noble purpose sometimes count for more than cleverness or skill.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Literary critic Harold Bloom believes “Finnegans Wake” was James Joyce’s masterpiece — the closest thing our age has come to the genius of Shakespeare and Dante. Novelist Anthony Burgess called it “a great comic vision that makes us laugh aloud on nearly every page.” Yet when Joyce was writing the book, his wife Nora hated it, calling it “chop suey.” She asked him why he didn’t make “sensible books that people can understand.” Joyce’s patron, Harriet Weaver, also derided “Finnegans Wake,” saying it was a waste of his genius. Luckily, like many Aquarians, Joyce was mainly loyal to the little voices in his head, not the little voices outside of his head. Draw inspiration from his example in the coming week.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

To compensate for the fact that the amount of available time is steadily shrinking, I’ve intensified my multitasking. I now meditate while washing dishes. I pay bills and write poems and practice singing while stuck in traffic jams. I read the newspaper, surf the Web, make business calls, eat lunch, and organize my schedule while peddling my exercise bike. As a happy and unexpected result, my brain is definitely working better; I’ve gotten smarter. This regimen isn’t for everyone, of course. But if you do have an interest in increasing your intelligence, Pisces, now is a perfect astrological moment to make it happen. — © Rob Brezsny You Can Call Rob Brezsny, day or night, for your Expanded Weekly Horoscope


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y boyfriend and I have been living together for a year. He’s great. His mother is the problem. She’s retired and a widow, with one other son who lives many hours away. She lets herself into our house when we aren’t home. When we are home and in bed, she uses her key and comes in without even knocking. She parks in the middle of the driveway or on the grass. She wipes my counters and lectures my daughter on how to sweep. She’s even tried to get him back together with his ex-girlfriend. About three weeks ago, I bought new sheets. I washed them and threw them in the dryer before leaving for my grandmother’s funeral. When I returned, his mom was in our bedroom helping my boyfriend put on our sheets. I was furious. I have repeatedly tried to talk to him about his mother’s behavior. He realizes it’s a problem, but he feels sorry for her because she doesn’t have anyone else. —Infested I’m not sure when, exactly, you’re supposed to cut the umbilical cord, but I suspect it’s long before the child becomes eligible for the senior citizen discount at Denny’s. Your boyfriend’s mother sees it dif ferently: “Why cut the cord when you can reinforce it with triple-gauge steel?” She should be grateful to you for giving her life new meaning (from the moment she knew you wanted her son, she’s been meaning to make you run away screaming). Unfor tunately, she isn’t just some giant Metamucil-sucking tick in suppor t hose — she’s also his mother. This means that classic tick removal techniques — like sticking a burning object to the end that’s sticking out of your life — are out of the question (at least, while your boyfriend’s watching). Too bad your boyfriend seems to have inherited only the passive por tion of his mom’s passive-aggressiveness. It’s time to educate him in what he’s been missing — and what he’s likely to be missing soon (you, from his life, duh!) if he isn’t a fast learner. Inform him that, as sorry as you might feel for his mother, it doesn’t seem to quell your need for privacy, dignity, and all those other emotional luxuries. He can either be mommy’s lit tle boy or your boyfriend — not both. This doesn’t mean he

has to ditch his mom — nor should he. But, if he wants to keep you, he can’t keep let ting her play the lit tle old lady card: “In my blinding loneliness, your front lawn looked just like a parking space!” Since there was a right time for your boyfriend to make a break from mommy, and it came and went 20 or 30 years ago, you shouldn’t get your hopes up now. For best results (if any), he should read from a prepared statement — in a soundproofed room. He needs to tell her how much he loves her, and take it downhill from there, explaining that she’s an honored guest in your home and she needs to refrain from unguestly acts like barging in uninvited and engaging in home-invasion sheet changing. From then on, whenever she crosses the line from “honored guest” to “unwanted pest,” it’s his job to provide immediate refresher courses. In lieu of his intervention, smile sweetly and give her a lit tle verbal shove: “Thanks, but I’d rather wipe the counter myself, even if I do it tragically wrong!” Go out of your way to include her as a guest, and she might find it easier to get into the spirit. Do your best to find reasons to be optimistic, and repeat them to yourself while you’re rekeying the locks and laying spike strips on the front lawn.

There’s this phenomenon I call “The Breakup Haircut.” I’ve lost count of the times I’ve seen women go through a breakup, then chop off all their hair or drastically change the color. Why do they do this? —Scratching My Head Some women cut their hair to avoid being recognized — not just by their ex, should he want them back — but by themselves, as the woman who was dumb enough to get involved with him. (Perhaps this is what the term “a smar t haircut” means.) For a weak woman, a scary new ‘do can be a form of recidivism insurance: “Liked me with long blonde hair? You won’t come near me with this avocadogreen mullet!” Really big hair says, “I could be hiding deadly weapons.” (Or is it, “Bad taste can kill”?) It’s sometimes hard to be sure exactly what message a woman is sending. Of course, some breakup ‘dos — like when a woman shaves her head except for a patch on the back shaped into the words, “Keep Away, Dave!” — leave lit tle room to split hairs. — © 2003, Amy Alkon

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Brought to you by The Metropolitan Spirit Cars 1975 MG MIDGET, red, needs work, $500 OBO, 706774-6702 (1090/0529) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1978 CHEVROLET MONTE Carlo, one owner, 305 engine, runs good, body good, 89K actual miles, $2000 OBO, 706736-8266 (1072/0515) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1983 MERCURY GRAND Marquis, 2dr, auto, PS, PB, good condition, $750, 706739-0814 (1097/0605) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 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 CHEVROLET CAMARO, 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 condition, 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, 706-731-0450 (1092/0529) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1990 CHEVROLET CORSICA LT, blue, runs great, cold AC, fair condition, 130K $1300 OBO, 706-823-4205 (1078/0515) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 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) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1994 LEXUS SC 400, the finest of luxury sports coupes. 77K, loaded and perfect condition, $14,800, 706-364-7899 (1094/0605) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 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) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1995 VW JETTA III GLS, gold/beige, auto, 4dr, 106K, alloy wheels, sunroof, heated seats, dual airbags, $4500, 706-863-9324 or 706-7712215 (1098/0605) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1996 CHEVROLET CAMARO, 41K, factory purple, 5spd, 6

cyl, AC, FM, cassette, immaculate, one owner, $6200 OBO, 706-868-0090 (1057/0508) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 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, 803279-8326 (993/0515) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1997 ACURA TL Premium, metallic brown, 135K highway miles, luxury sedan with no problems, all options, $7700, 706-364-7899 (1095/0605) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1997 CHEVROLET CAVALIER RS, loaded, touring wheels, CD player, ideal graduation gift, $5000, 706-860-7336 (1062/0508) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1997 CHEVROLET 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 706-3736073 (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, 706-8639152 (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) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 2001 BMW 330i, white, new tires, 4dr, 41K, sunroof, loaded, 706-737-3534 or 706394-4681 (1082/0529)

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)



1994 HONDA GOLDWING Aspencade 1500, burgundy, 63K, reverse cruise, compressor, garaged, excellent condition, 706-791-1627, evening/weekend 706-9518013 or 706-650-5917 (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)

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)



WINDSURFING Mistral Competition with straps, 2 sails, mast & boom, $475 complete, 706-481-0500 x118 (1086/0529) ––––––––––––––––––––––––––

1984 CHEVROLET WRECKER, $8500, financing available, Jimmy Davison, 706-738-0911 or 706-597-0096 (1069/0515) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1987 FORD F150, 1 year old


rebuilt motor, new tires, $2500 OBO, call 912-829-4556 (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 706-3641769 or 706-951-6294 (1059/0508) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 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 1977 VW VAN, 35K original miles, new am/fm/cd, great condition, could be your groovy ride, $3500, 706-5950635 (1096/0605) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 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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10th Annual Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival Sat. May 17, 2003

Magic Slim & the Teardrops nominated for 5 Handys (blues grammys) by the way Sean Costello The Red Stick Ramblers new guys from Louisiana...quite hot!

Steve James Del Rey Steve and Del will be playing a set together as well Neal Pattman with Mudcat Crosstie Walkers

The Blind Willie McTell Blues and Heritage Foundation, Inc., was founded to promote the appreciation of indigenous American Folk music, particularly the Blues; to assist Blues artists in gaining exposure and recognition of their work; to promote the musical arts to the citizenry at large; to celebrate and strengthen the cultural heritage of Blues music.


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