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fter reading many of Paul Cook’s letters over the years, I am firmly convinced that he is a fictitious person. It has got to be a recruiter for the Republican Party using a pen name. Let us thank Mayor Bob Young and his henchmen David Barbee and Wayne Hawkins for allowing Commissioner Marion Williams service to Augusta. Thanks a lot fellows! Could someone please get rid of those idiots on the morning show on Y105? Do they play any music anymore? Bring back Mackenzie! I am very glad The Spirit has dropped “This Modern World” comic. It is ultra-liberal, left-wing propaganda. And by the way, look at the proper definition of fascism—-meaning the restrictions of individual freedoms. All liberals would have you think their way, with no freedom or ideas except theirs. Sounds very communistic to me. It would be gratifying if Augusta citizens would realize that Martha Burk wrote about fertility police, chemical castration and permits to have offspring as a literary exaggeration, i.e., a humorous and logical but implausible solution to teen pregnancy. She did this as a modern-day parody of Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal,” a bitingly satirical solution to the Irish potato famine, in which Swift, with devastating logic, proposes the Irish eat their own children to solve the problems of famine and overpopulation. Talking heads Boortz, Limbaugh and Phil Kent stooped to despicable character assassination in misconstruing Burk’s intent. Concerning the Georgia state flag, let’s look at the majority of those that fly the Stars and Bars! These people seem to want to avoid “mainstreaming.” Rebels, you may say. I feel that the majority of Georgia state residents remain silent on this issue. I fear that, once again, the squeaky wheel will get the grease! Please don’t allow this to hap-

pen. Several weeks ago, you published a photo of a much older Georgia state flag with real class. This flag had a vertical blue bar that contained a nice crest in the center, and then it had two horizontal red bars, with a white horizontal Bar between them. I feel that this is the flag that should become the new Georgia state flag! Well, another legislative session goes by and no Augusta Tech campus in Columbia County. McDuffie County had the political strength to land a campus in the mid-90s and we don’t. It’s a shame, but this is just another example of political weakness by Sen. Joey Brush and Rep. Ben Harbin. I am one of those unfortunate people who work in an office space surrounded by electronics in the wall and building making radio reception almost impossible. I have listened to Austin Rhodes all week making the statement that he didn’t say if he would never go to France and if he did say, he certainly didn’t mean it if it were a chance to go for free. My dilemma is that I can’t change channels, so I am pretty much stuck and any distraction is better than none. Despite the static it is a welcome interruption to the rest of the mundane work. However, I digress. What Austin fails to realize is that no gives a rosy red rat’s patootie whether or not he goes; most of us would just prefer he not return! I couldn’t resist telling you. My neighbors are very neat people. Their grass is enviously green; they rake religiously each week; then they throw all the filth behind their fence into their neighbor’s yard. What heroes! You’d have to see this to believe. It is about three feet deep now and getting deeper every week. It’s been two years since they opened a brand-new call center in Augusta that brought 200 jobs to the area. The neighborhood it’s in is a lot better. Cars speeding out of the parking lot on the Center West Parkway. It’s wonderful. I enjoy teenagers

Words “There is one person who deserves to get laid off and it’s George Bush.” — Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, as quoted by Cox News Service during a Democratic presidential candidate debate in Columbia on May 3.

“My mind is blank.” — Phil Kent, former editorial page editor of The Augusta Chronicle and current president of the conservative Southeastern Legal Foundation, responding in a Chronicle story to the question of whether he had ideas for a followup book after penning the soon-to-be-released, “The Dark Side of Liberalism: Unchaining the Truth.” Perhaps Kent can find his muse in some lengthy, unattributed passages from fellow conservative Pat Buchanan, as was the case in one of his columns at the Chronicle? You might remember that after the purloined passages made it into print (some even subtly altered to fit the topic), Kent wrote a letter of correction and apology and blamed the incident on an editing oversight. Soon after the incident, however, Kent’s name mysteriously disappeared from the paper’s masthead as editorial page editor. With that in mind, why would anyone take this guy seriously? If anything, this “expose” should be a boost to liberals’ credibility.

so much. It fills my heart with joy to see a guy decked out in $200 clothes, driving a $50 car with a $1,000 stereo in it.

You don’t turn the ringer down and then you yell at it when you take a call. You look ridiculous.

Our tax money is going toward people talking on their cell phones and working at the same time on payroll. I think it’s time we take their cell phones away. If they want cell phones they should have to pay for it themselves. We shouldn’t have to pay for it. After all, if they need to keep in touch give them pagers. Make them put 50 cents in a pay phone or make them borrow a phone.

Do you know you can read The Chronicle a day before it comes out? It’s called The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

To all the incredibly important guys who have to take your cell phones in for lunch:

Why does Oldies 93.9 have such a limited play list? There are so many great artists and songs that are not played on this station. Harley, get a clue. Listen to Oldies WKSX 92.7 in Johnston, S.C. They have the best oldies station around and four times the play list of 93.9. By the way, Otis Redding and Percy Sledge recorded more

than just one song. But as the Four Tops used to sing, it’s the same old song. Boring, boring, and boring.

Whatever happened to the much-promoted channel 12, WRDW news helicopter? Did it crash?

Someone needs to put a stop to the North Augusta City Police Department giving tickets in the county. They don’t have permission to do this. They are giving thousands of tickets out of the city limits. Please someone call their hand on this.

To the whiner who tried to explain why we won’t find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq by saying they simply won’t tell us when they find them: I have two theories. One, they have found the WMD, but they have to take them out of the packing that says “Made in U.S.A.” Considering that we supplied Saddam weapons of mass destruction for years. Of course we don’t want to admit that we found them. My second theory, and it is based more on fact then my first theory: He had no weapons of mass destruction. This was a war for oil plain and simple.

People that are boycotting the Dixie Chicks are stupid. All the Dixie Chicks did was exercise their right to free speech. When we boycott and burn their CDs it’s like saying we agree to free speech as long as you say what we want you to say. We send people to these countries to fight for freedom. What’s the point if we can’t exercise free speech? The people that are boycotting are the real un-Americans. At one time or another we have all disagreed with the president. But nobody’s boycotting you. It’s stupid. Now that “Dubya” has declared war to officially end in Iraq, the rest of you Nazi right-wing Republicans can go over there and loot all the oil you want with Becthtel and George Shultz at the helm. To the person who said the Dixie Chicks should go to Iraq: better idea. Why don’t you fatuous right-wing Republicans go over there and form your own little dictatorship so you can tell other people how to act and talk?

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To the guy living in “hell” wherein he has to work every day with his ex-girlfriend and is listening to her bull about her new rich boyfriend: Dude get a clue. This female is using you to boost her ego and pride and is dumping on you big time. If your job and pay is worth the “hell” then tell her to shut up; you don’t want to hear any more; and you do not want to be ”friends.” Co-workers is as “close” as you need to be. Get over it. She isn’t worth the trouble. continued on page 8

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Some whiner thinks Senator Joey Brush spends the vast majority of his legislative time working on the Education Committee rather than playing around with motorcyclists and the helmet laws. If Brush, who is stupid but cute, serves on the Senate Education Committee, is there any wonder why Georgia is at the bottom of the educational achievement lists? Interesting article on Alltogether. So they detect a possible shift in the way their business is done now as opposed to 25 years ago, huh? Enlightening. Oh, I heard a rumor that your crack staff should follow up on. I heard the blacksmith on Broad Street was considering closing up shop. Just a rumor. Who watches these car dealership commercials after they have been produced and think to themselves, “Now I think this is a good idea”? Who produces this dreck and thinks this is good — I’m pretty good at what I do? And then there are the jingles. The mayor’s most brain-dead idea is the reopening of Albion Street downtown to traffic, including destroying Albion’s courtyard in the process. Nobody will use Albion except prostitutes, pushers and drunks. To walk in the footsteps of the unfortunate, the mayor and city commissioners should use

Thumbs Up It’s great to hear when locals do everything they can to show visitors to our fine city a good time. According to The Augusta Chronicle, a local man decided to give a friend from Hawaii a personal tour of the city’s crown jewel, the Augusta National Golf Club. With golf clubs in hand, the two jumped the fence and headed out for a

private game of golf at about 2:30 in the morning Sunday, May 4. Their game was cut short by a club security officer who discovered the lost and apparently intoxicated pair. Our advice to the misguided, but gutsy, duo: Next time take a map. Oh, and a club member.

Thumbs Down Salacious bikini contests and parking lot fights are common fare for many nightclubs where adults congregate. But, at hangouts for 13-year-olds? Apparently that’s the case with two local clubs — The Industry on Reynolds Street and Tinted Windows on North Leg Road, according to a recent story in The Augusta Chronicle. In the case of The Industry, 13-

wheelchairs and walkers to move from the Richmond Summit to Augusta Common before opening Albion. Not much fun, right? Augusta leaders are simply insensitive about ill and poor people. I find it amusing that North Korea is “bullying” the United States considering what we did in Iraq. They must not have paid their cable bill and didn’t see the shock and awe campaign we provided Iraqis.

to 19-year-olds have been able to congregate at the dance establishment till 2 a.m. The Industry owner, Andreax Jarre, told the paper he now has started closing at midnight to curb the fighting, but added, “There is no ordinance against dancing in a bikini.” It seems, however, that maybe there ought to be an ordinance mandating common sense.

These people with the giant SUVs, they are such slobs that they have so much stuff in them, that you can’t put a can of Foster’s inside it. Does anybody need a vehicle this big? I’ll answer that: Unless you are longhauling freight, no! I have taken a tour of CSRA’s bad jobs since the economic downturn; most of them are for completely uneducated thugs totally unable to fit into society. Fast food, telemarketing, temp jobs, and oh yes, stuffing

newspapers. Are things ever going to get better? Is somebody with anything other than a medical degree going to get anything decent anytime soon? We are in the last days of Rome, my friends. Drive down Five Notch Road in North Augusta and turn on Knox Ave., going toward the new Wal-Mart. Notice how many North Augusta police cars you see with lights flashing and ticket books in hand. Notice you don’t see one single speed-limit sign in that area. It’s 35 mph on a new five-lane road that’s almost straight with only a few streets intersecting on that stretch. You can almost ride a bike that fast. That’s ridiculous. Please change this to a 45-mph area like it ought to be. Or is it a great revenue-collection area? On a daily basis, there is slaughter and sexual abuse of women and children in this community. In nearly all cases, men are the perpetrators. My question is, how can men consider themselves superior to women, especially in the spiritual arena? I’m not sure if I agree that our own AM 580 is in fact a talk radio station at all. Every time you turn around, there is yet another long block of ads to endure. The same ones, over and over too. The management at this radio station needs to think long and hard about all the jabber they subject their listeners to — before it’s too late for them. The way it is now, I think WGAC means We’ve Got Another Commercial.

To the lady complaining about another woman pumping gas and talking on her cell phone: You made no sense whatsoever! Therefore, you must deduct 10 points from your whine score and refrain from posting another whine for at least three issues.

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To the person complaining about men with goatees and shaved heads: You obviously know squat about fashion. If you did you would know that these fads come and go, and that they are simply ways for people to express themselves. I’m a man and have neither a goatee nor a shaved head, but if I felt like sporting that look it would be my business only, not yours. In response to the person stating that Central Avenue was once again open for business: You’re an idiot. Only a four-star weasel would take pleasure in chastising those who had to travel that awful intersection. I did, and it took me nearly 15 minutes to get through. When did you go? 3 a.m.! The Columbia County School Board sunk to a new low last week. Bridges doesn’t understand a conflict of interest; Muns (the Republican Party chairman) offered a motion for alcohol too close to a school, and the rest of the board are out to lunch (at Rhinehart’s.) Sick! Sick! Sick! — Call our Whine Line at 510-2051 and leave your comments. We won’t use your name. Fax your whines by dialing (706) 733-6663 or e-mail your whines to


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s the father of two girls, ages 12 and 11, I have the front seat on what will no doubt be an interesting rollercoaster ride for the next 10 years. My own parents are no doubt chuckling over the prospects, and the only thing that keeps them from chanting “Payback is hell!” is the fact that they, too, have a vested interest in the aforementioned “ride.” I have done what I could reasonably do to keep my daughters safe, from the moment Christine was lovingly strapped into her car seat coming home as a newborn, to helping search the house for Savannah’s lost shinguard as she suited up for soccer last Saturday morning. The last thing I would ever do is intentionally put my own child in harm’s way. We have enjoyed many carnival rides over the years, and countless scary movies, but none of that carried a genuine risk. Apparently, that is not a primary concern of many parents in the CSRA, and Andreax Jarre has the green to prove it. As the owner of The Industry, a fabulously successful teen club operating in downtown Augusta, Jarre has been pushing a dangerous envelope, and he has been pushing it all the way to the bank. Advertising bikini contests for girls barely out of Scooby Doo swimwear, Jarre has been packing them in. Greg Rickabaugh’s piece on the club in Saturday morning’s Augusta Chronicle did a great job of setting the tone. Several callers to my radio show said the article’s subject matter inspired vigorous conversations, and a few ultimatums at their homes. How could it not, with nuggets like this: “‘I wasn’t at the first Bikini Bash, but I’m coming for the next one,’ 16-year-old Jennifer Tanner said as she smoked a cigarette at The Industry on April 26. Jennifer planned to wear a bikini Friday night. ‘I need the money,’ she said.” Her dad must be so proud. You think he clipped the article and put it on the refrigerator? Held up, perhaps, with a magnet that says, “If the trailer is arockin,’ don’t come a-knockin’!” Anyone who thinks a bikini contest for girls under 18 (and all the way down to 13) is a good idea, is in serious need of real help. Jarre has reportedly suspended the activity, but are you folks comfortable with a 30-something-year-old man who ever thought it was a good idea? And it goes beyond bikini contests. There are public safety concerns that are certainly well known to those who frequent The Industry, and its Wrightsboro Road counterpart, Tinted Windows. While Richmond County deputies are on hand to provide security, they are also there to intimidate the troublemakers who inhabit

the clubs in clusters. The officers do what they can to keep violence and contraband to a minimum, but anytime you have juniorhigh-aged kids partying in the same room with 18- to-19 year-olds, trouble is just a microsecond away. I interviewed Jarre earlier this week, and he came across with all the aplomb of E. Buzz Miller, the old Dan Ackroyd character from “Saturday Night Live.” You remember that guy: He sold bags of broken glass to 8 year olds, and a “Johnny Flamethrower” suit for kids that consisted of oily rags and a Zippo. If you have teenagers frequenting any of the teen clubs in the area, check them out, and check them out good. In the meantime, Jarre says the complaints and the media attention his club has received as a result has done wonders for his business and he welcomes more. I bet he does. Followup on a past bad boy guy story Last year you read in this column the true story behind the attack on Richmond County Deputy Paul Kervin, at the hands of a convicted attempted murderer, Laterio Collins. Collins and a carload of his buddies were pulled over for a traffic offense, and the convicted felon thought it was a good idea to pull a loaded gun on the deputy. A struggle ensued; Collins suffered a broken arm, and had the audacity to claim police brutality. Collins was the same guy who a few years earlier opened fire on a collection of acquaintances while they all ran for cover. He was a young man very familiar with guns, and obviously not afraid to use them. You would have thought the court system had learned this idiot was someone not to be trusted, but thanks to the efforts of his defense attorney he was granted a bond, and allowed to walk out of the courtroom. He never went back. Until this week, that is. After many months of illegal freedom, Collins showed back up. Not because he seeks justice, not because he had an aching conscious. He showed back up because Grandma made him. You see, Collins’ own grandmother stupidly offered her house as bond for Laterio, and local authorities were moving this week to claim it outright. That move brought the little cockroach back in. Or rather, that move inspired Grandma to get busy on Laterio. Whatever the case, the scumbag is back in custody. He may have to watch his back in the pokey, but at least Grandma ain’t hunting for him anymore. — 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


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eorgia Republican (GOP) Governor Sonny Perdue made a lot of mistakes during his first bout with the Georgia General Assembly. Many political observers call this legislative session one of the worst in memory. By the end of the lengthy lawmaking process Perdue had accomplished little and managed to anger much of his Republican base of support. Perdue mishandled a bundle of issues this year but the anger of those who elected him revolve around three points: His eagerness to raise taxes, his campaign prom- Sonny Perdue ise regarding the state flag, and his poor communication skills in dealing with Republican legislators. (1) Facing shrinking state revenues, Perdue’s idea for increased taxes without serious consideration of tough-minded budget cuts angered his Republican supporters and forced GOP legislators to choose between supporting their governor or angering the folks back home. Republican voters and GOP legislators throughout the state, including members of Augusta’s legislative delegation, felt betrayed by Perdue and were angered by his willingness to raise taxes instead of cutting fat from the budget. (2) Perdue’s campaign promise to give Georgians a vote on the state flag helped him win the election but it was bad for Georgia. Regardless of whether one agrees with the manner in which the flag was changed during the Roy Barnes administration, the issue was behind us. Perdue’s pledge opened old wounds and


created a firestorm during the 2003 legislative session. Flaggers, including those in the legislature, who thought they had a friend in Perdue, were quickly disappointed. The guv bailed out on them. Along the way, the debate catapulted Georgia back into the national and international headlines as a redneck, backward, racist state. Flaggers who supported Perdue feel betrayed. Those against a flag referendum hold Perdue responsible for creating the divisive debate. (3) After becoming the first Republican governor of Georgia in well over a century, Perdue had his work cut out for him. All department heads and political appointments were Democrats and Perdue had no infrastructure in place to run the governor’s office on a day-to-day basis. He faced hostile Democrats, expectant Republicans, and a budget shortfall. (Welcome to the governor’s mansion.) Perdue and his staff were inexperienced rookies. They often stumbled and failed to effectively communicate with Republicans in the House and Senate. Many legislators interpreted Perdue’s actions as arrogance and, for a time, felt that King Roy had been replaced by King Sonny. Many GOP legislators are still upset with the governor. Insiders in the Gold Dome report that Perdue has privately apologized for his goofs, admitted that he made a lot of mistakes, and realizes that he could have done many things differently. Perdue also knows that he should have done a better job of communicating with fellow Republicans. Perhaps Perdue can begin to win back the hearts and minds of the Republican faithful at a GOP convention scheduled for later this month. The buzz in Republican circles is that this meeting will be pivotal for Perdue and party healing. All Republican eyes are on Sonny.

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Political Notes • The Augusta Chronicle recently reported the results of a poll conducted by InsiderAdvantage and Marketing Workshop that showed Georgia voters would not elect Sonny Perdue as governor if the vote was held today. According to The Chronicle the poll was conducted for Morris News Service and Charles Walker other media. While it is obvious that voters are disgusted by many of the actions of the governor and it is highly possible that voters would not reelect Perdue today, there is a little history to remember here. A similar poll conducted for Morris around the November 2002 election showed Governor Roy Barnes winning by a landslide (he lost), state Sen. Charles Walker beating now state Sen. Randy Hall (he didn’t), and U.S. Senator Max Cleland creaming now Senator Saxby Chambliss (that didn’t happen either). Oops. Those pesky voters must not always say what’s on their minds. Or could it be those pricey pollsters who don’t always get it right? • Speaking of Charles Walker, there were several Democrats who attended the annual Democratic Party Good Friday breakfast this year that came away with a sense that Walker may run for his old seat. Claiming that the 22nd District was not well represented this year by Republican state Sen. Randy Hall, Walker left his options open. While many people doubt Walker wants to return as a back-bencher in a Republicancontrolled Senate dealing with a Republican governor, he teased the

crowd with his comment that “you haven’t heard the last of me.” • The political rumor mill is already in motion regarding the 12th U.S. Congressional District election next year. Republican Congressman Max Burns now holds the seat after defeating Charles Walker Jr., son of former state Sen. Charles Walker, in the 2002 election for the newly created district. Many Democrats think the demographics of the district are ripe for a victory in 2004. Locally, former Augusta Mayor Charles DeVaney’s name is circulating as someone who is assessing the situation. Rumors have flourished this week about his possible candidacy. People close to DeVaney report that he has received some encouragement but not enough Charles DeVaney for him to seriously consider the race at this time. Those who know DeVaney question whether he has the “fire in the belly” to get back into elective politics. Sure, DeVaney would like to go to Washington as a congressman but he would not enjoy the long, money-driven, nasty political campaign it will take to get there. State Democratic leaders plan a meeting in June to seek out candidates for various offices. Party loyalists hope Democrats can rally around a strong candidate to run against Burns rather than conducting a free-for-all primary election with a host of unqualified people seeking Burns’ seat. Remember 2002? —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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Commission Says: No Personnel Changes


here is a tremendous list of reasons why Augusta’s city government will never be able to operate as a corporation or business, but on May 6, the Augusta Commission proved that semantics tops that list. Last week, the Augusta Commission’s finance committee received a report from the city’s finance director, David Persaud, stating that the city saved about $747,000 during the first quarter of 2003 by holding off on filling any vacant city positions not deemed critical. Augusta commissioners were ecstatic over the news because the $747,000 savings was 18 percent above this year’s projected firstquarter savings of $632,000. But the commissioners’ enthusiasm over their accomplishment now appears to be clouding their judgment. On May 6, the commission was asked to consider more than two dozen requests from city department heads asking that positions within their departments be reclassified. Those departments seeking changes included Augusta Regional Airport, the sheriff’s department, the tax commissioner’s office, the tax assessor’s office and the civil and magistrate courts. Several directors expressed concern that their employees’ job descriptions did not appropriately reflect their daily duties and therefore, they were looking to either upgrade or downgrade the classification of the positions. Because the commission had just recently received such good financial news about the 2003 budget, many commissioners did not want to risk rocking the boat. Augusta Commissioner Steve Shepard recommended to his colleagues that they wait to reclassify any positions until the commission

receives the second-quarter budget report from the finance director due by midyear. This would mean, even those departments requesting job reclassifications that would not affect the city’s general fund or those directors looking to downgrade certain positions within their department and save the city money would be prohibited from making their requested personnel changes. Augusta’s Chief Tax Appraiser Sonny Reece, who is known for repeatedly going to bat for his employees, attempted to try his hand at changing the commissioners’ minds. After all, how tough would it be convincing the commission to grant him permission to reclassify a vacant administrative position in his office to an entry level property appraiser at a savings of approximately $13,750 a year? “I ask you to approve making a change in the reclassification so I can hire the appraiser,” Reece told the commission. “What I’m trying to do is get a worker instead of a manager. And my request is a reduction in the budget.” Reece added he had already gone through the interview process and was prepared to bring the new employee on board. All he needed was the commission’s approval to reclassify the position. “This is important because I’m trying to work the 2003 (tax) digest in a timely manner,” Reece said. “It’s also important because once I get the digest done I can get back on the 2002 (property tax) appeals.” Reclassifying the position would equal a $13,750 savings for the city and help the tax appraiser’s office speed up its review of last year’s property tax appeals. Therefore, the city could look forward to a quicker return of property taxes owed the city since 2002. But government bureaucracy instead of


financial reasoning reared its ugly head, and several commissioners insisted that no reclassification occur until all requests for reclassifications are considered after the secondquarter budget review. “I’m not going to vote to reclassify any other employees until we do them all,” Augusta Commissioner Marion Williams said. “I think it’s unfair. ... Sonny, we asked that crucial positions be brought back to us. If the digest is so important, and I know it is, you should have brought this to us a long time ago.” Reece explained to Williams that he was simply following the instructions he had received from the commission and city administrator, George Kolb. “At the direction of the commission coming through the administrator, we were told all positions reporting to us would go through a 90-day hold before we tried to fill them,” Reece said. Williams argued that there had never been a hiring freeze placed on the government. Instead, he said, the commission simply decided to leave about 30 positions vacant within the government for budgetary savings until a department head deemed the positions absolutely vital for the city’s operations. However, Augusta Commissioner Willie Mays didn’t quite understand why the commission was being so rigid in considering the reclassifications, particularly those that would not affect the city’s budget. “I think some flexibility is needed,” Mays said. “Sonny’s got to be able to run that office. If there is a problem within the department, it doesn’t always get to us as commissioners because we don’t have to deal with running those offices, but other folks do. And efficiency is the name of that game.”

Augusta Commissioner Andy Cheek agreed, stating that he believed the commission was taking the finance director’s report too literally. To make his point, he asked Persaud to explain to the commission his view on reclassification positions that have a neutral impact on the general fund budget. “I think, in Sonny’s case, what he is basically doing is redistributing money within his department through his reclassification,” Persaud said. “That’s not new money. That’s money within his current resources. The policy recommendation that we discussed was the use of new money for reclassification.” Therefore, Persaud said, he had no problem with Reece’s request. “This is a situation where we’ve asked the department heads to come to us with critical needs and I would hate for us to send a message today, saying, ‘Don’t come to us until midyear and you can save us money,’” Cheek said. “And that’s kind of what we are doing.” But there was no changing some commissioners’ positions on the matter. Mays’ motion to consider those reclassifications that were budgetary-neutral, but wait until midyear on any reclassification that would negatively impact the budget, failed with a vote of 5-2. Commissioners Bobby Hankerson and Williams voted against the motion. Commissioners Lee Beard, Ulmer Bridges and Tommy Boyles were absent from the meeting. The commission then voted unanimously to wait until after the results of the second-quarter budget report before it considers any changes in reclassification. “I think your employees are going to have to suffer with everybody else,” Williams told Reece.

“This is a situation where we’ve asked the department heads to come to us with critical needs and I would hate for us to send a message today, saying, ‘Don’t come to us until midyear and you can save us money.’” – Augusta Commissioner Andy Cheek

Augusta Commission Brings Down the House


t’s a sad little shotgun house, with wood clapboards and a tin roof, located along Wrightsboro Road in the Bethlehem neighborhood. The windows and doors are boarded up. Heavy vegetation is growing along the porch. Several of the boards are coming loose from the structure and the roof is suffering from wind damage. To Apostle C.M. Bailey and Elder Brian Tucker of the United House of Prayer, this house is standing in the way of their church’s vision for the future. For the members of the Augusta Historic Preservation Commission, the house is part of Bethlehem’s history. On May 6, it was up to the Augusta Commission to decide who was right, and it didn’t take long before the discussion turned ugly. The United House of Prayer, a large innercity church on Wrightsboro Road that provides housing and revitalization for the Bethlehem community, had purchased and planned to demolish two structures located at 1210 Wrightsboro Road. The smaller structure on the property is the shotgun house. A larger structure located next door to the shotgun house is a Georgian cottage-style home that has fallen into terrible disrepair. The Georgian cottage suffers from severely warped boards that have pulled away from the framework, graffiti on the walls and a rotting porch. On Feb. 17, the city’s license and inspection department cited this house for code violations, stating that the church was required to ensure that the property was in safe and sanitary condition. In late March, Bailey said, the church went before the historic preservation commission seeking to have both structures razed in order to build a new housing unit. “There is an ongoing discussion within the church administration as to the development of this property,” Bailey told the commission on May 6. “We have not concluded yet, as to whether we are going to put condominiums there or whether we are going to put a senior citizens’ home there.” But regardless of its specific plans, Bailey explained, the church wanted to make sure that

it was allowed by the historic preservation commission to clear off the deteriorated homes. The historic preservation commission ruled that the United House of Prayer could tear down the Georgian cottage, but that the shotgun house could be rehabilitated, and therefore, should remain intact. “There is a lot of money that would have to be put in place to get this structure back up to par and right now we are saying that we don’t want to put that kind of money into a bad structure,” said Tucker, the church’s assistant regional manager of maintenance. Local attorney George Bush of the historic preservation commission, explained to the Augusta Commission that the shotgun house did not meet the requirements for demolition. In fact, Bush pointed out that the city’s license and inspection department did not cite the shotgun house for code violations when it reviewed the conditions of the Georgian cottage. As the commission passed around pictures of the tattered little shotgun house, the mayor couldn’t help but ask, “What makes this historic?” “The architectural features of the building; when it was built; the time period,” Bush said. “Our job is to look at a structure and decide whether it is structurally intact and whether it is capable of restoration and salvaging, which this building clearly is. “There are no foundation problems that we are aware of. The roof appears to be intact. The building is not a hazard in the present condition.” Mayor Pro Tem Richard Colclough simply laughed at Bush’s assessment of the shotgun house. “You are saying that this building is not a hazard?” Colclough asked, holding up a picture. “Now, either my eyes are fooling me, or this building is about to fall down on its own. “I don’t know where you get that the roof is good, but the boards are falling off of this building. There is nothing good about this house. And I don’t see anything historic about this property. I think it is an eyesore in the community.” George Patty, executive director of the planning and zoning commission, explained that there are historic guidelines established in Bethlehem under the city’s ordinance. “In 1996, when the commission made, in






“If they are so historic, why don’t we load them on a truck and move them somewhere on Broad Street, or Walton Way, or any other segment of town?” – Augusta Commissioner Marion Williams

my opinion, the questionable decision to designate this area as a historic preservation district, a survey was done and all the homes with that historic style and criteria and that were built before a certain time were designated historic structures,” Patty said. Currently, Patty said, the historic preservation commission along with several city departments are working together to come up with a master plan that would provide more lenient guidelines protecting historic structures in the area. “This is craziness in my mind to keep these structures that we are calling historic,” Augusta Commissioner Marion Williams said. “If they are so historic, why don’t we load them on a truck and move them somewhere on Broad Street, or Walton Way, or any other segment of town? “If it is history, move it. Move it close to somebody who can appreciate the history and somebody who’s got some money to do something with it because I’m tired of looking at them. And I’ve got hundreds of these houses in my district.” Williams, who is often critical of the historic preservation commission, said he appreciates what the group does, but believes that the members don’t understand the needs of the inner city. “I wouldn’t even think to suggest to the people of District 2, not black or white, just people in District 2, that they ought to try to live next door to a house like that,” Williams said to Bush. “I know that you can make it look good. But if you put a million dollars in this structure, you tell me, who is going to live in it?”

Williams said that the development by the United House of Prayer has been a blessing to the area and he couldn’t understand why the historic preservation commission was trying to stand in its way. “If y’all need something to work on,” Williams said to Bush, “trust me, there are hundreds (of shotgun houses) left.” Bush immediately asked to respond to Williams’ comments. “I’m going to ask for an opportunity to be heard after the tongue-lashing that I just got from Commissioner Williams,” Bush said, clearly annoyed. “All I want to say is, I don’t enjoy coming down here and having an antagonistic, confrontational situation with any of you gentlemen. “Right now, there is an ordinance on the books and it’s our task to uphold it. ... So, when the application does not meet the criteria and the building is historically contributing, until we get a new plan, I’m going to keep coming down here and getting a lashing because that’s my job.” Williams apologized to Bush, saying it wasn’t his intention to give him a tongue-lashing. “When I find people like Apostle Bailey and the folks at the House of Prayer who want to do something positive, yes sir, I’m going to give a tongue lashing. I’m going to give anything I have to, to get that junk out of here,” Williams said. “We can be poor, but we don’t got to be nasty.” The Augusta Commission unanimously approved the United House of Prayer’s request to demolish the shotgun house.

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The Patriot Act

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n a way, selling Congress on the U.S.A. Patriot Act was like selling flood insurance during, well, a flood. After all, it wasn’t hard for U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft and the Bush Administration to convince the nation’s lawmakers that added security safeguards were needed in the wake of an act of war on our own soil not witnessed since Pearl Harbor. But even as the endlessly looped footage of the two jetliners crashing into the World Trade Center towers played again and again on our TV sets, and in our psyches, people were quietly beginning to question what the new, national anti-terrorism policy would do to personal freedoms and rights to privacy. Those questions are being heard louder of late, as the USA Patriot Act — whose full

name, “Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism,” seems deserving of runner-up status with the recent MOAB weapon for acronym-adaptability — prepares to get a baby brother. Privacy and liberty activists were up in arms after a draft copy of the Domestic Security Enhancement Act of 2003, nicknamed “Patriot Act II,” was leaked to the media in January. The new bill, which Department of Justice officials initially denied existed until they were shown copies by inquiring media representatives, would expand on the current Patriot Act’s provisions. It would allow, among other things, federal agents to wiretap individuals’ phones and collect their DNA, without needing court orders to do so.

The bill would also allow feds to detain terrorism suspects for indefinite periods, without having to notify anyone outside of the federal government. Though the new security legislation hasn’t yet made it to the floor of Congress (some pundits suggest the recent media spotlight on it will delay that process), a virtual revolt against its already enacted sibling, the USA Patriot Act, signed into law in October 2001, is now taking place. Some signs of the backlash include: • At least 89 American cities have passed resolutions that condemn the powers granted by the Patriot Act, and a dozen or more such resolutions are in the process of being drafted throughout the country, The Washington Post recently reported. In Arcata, Calif., where an

ordinance just passed with the public’s blessing that requires Patriot Act requests to be referred to the city council, some residents approvingly referred to the measure as a form of “nonviolent disobedience,” The Post reported. • An organization called the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, along with the American Civil Liberties Union, filed suit in October seeking the release of information pertaining to the number of times the FBI has requested reading and Internet-viewing information on citizens since the passage of the Patriot Act. The lawsuit was brought after a Freedom of Information Act request the ABFFE made to the U.S. Department of Justice in August seeking the same information was denied.

Swint said he was unsure what the investigation involved. “They just wanted general access to our records; there were not specifics,” Swint recalled. “They did give a particular individual’s name, but they just wanted to see everything we had on them.” If the same scenario played out today, however, no one other than Swint and the federal agent would know about the encounter. That’s because a gag provision in the Patriot Act prohibits librarians or • An attorney who represents librarians throughout the state of Georgia has advised booksellers from even acknowledging to a member of the public that they were them to destroy computer-use sign-up lists at the end of each day and set computers to approached by law enforcement for information. erase Internet site histories after each That was the reason the ABFFE filed the individual user signs off. Freedom of Information Act request and subsequent lawsuit, said the organization’s “And that way, if there’s no record, you don’t have to produce it,” said Cathy Harris president, Chris Finan. Finan said it seemed Helms, the extreme on the part of Homersville, Ga.-based the Justice Department attorney representing to not even provide the the librarians. "I think organization with the “I think everybody everybody wants number of times the wants to be patriotic new Patriot Act powers and prevent something to be patriotic had been exercised to like 9-11,” Helms request information at added. “At the same and prevent bookstores and libraries. time, there is a tremensomething like “So there’s concern, dous desire in local even in the absence of communities to protect 9-11. At the any direct evidence of people’s confidentiality same time, there the FBI using this and privacy, and that’s power,” Finan said. really, I think, where is a tremendous “We’re concerned about you’re seeing the customers who are uprising.” desire in local aware of the Patriot Act Helms said librarians, communities to and aware of this in particular, are very provision, beginning to conscientious of the protect people's factor it into their privacy rights of purchases. And we’re individuals. However, confidentiality afraid of a potential the Patriot Act has put and privacy, and chilling effect on people them in an awkward in libraries and position, she says. that's really, I bookstores who may no “Libraries are sort of longer feel free to caught between a rock think, where borrow or buy the books and a hard place, you're seeing the they want, because because every state, they’re afraid this inforincluding Georgia, has uprising." mation may eventually a confidentiality statute get to the FBI. which specifically “I mean, the potential makes patron circula— Cathy Harris Helms, (for abuse) is there. The tion records the Homersville, Ga.Patriot Act gives the confidential,” Helms based attorney FBI the power to do said. “And so, the representing librarians in these things with very Patriot Act directly the wake of far-reaching little showing of need, contradicts that.” investigatory powers much less than under Gary Swint, given the FBI through the the criminal standards Richmond County’s U.S.A Patriot Act. in a non-national library director, has security case. So the experienced firsthand potential for the FBI to what it’s like when the go on fishing expediFBI comes calling for tions of the records of people and what information. they buy, and read and listen to is vast Just prior to and immediately after Sept. under the Patriot Act.” 11, Swint said, he was approached by an Although booksellers and librarians are FBI agent seeking circulation records for a forbidden to disclose whether they’ve been particular individual. approached by the FBI, they are still In both instances, Swint refused, stating entitled to legal advice, Finan said. that a court order was required to release For that reason, the ABFFE has offered to such information. Just to be on the safe be a point of contact for them to be put in side, Swint called the county attorney’s touch with attorneys in a way that doesn’t office, where a staffer confirmed for Swint violate the gag provision, Finan said. that the law was on his side. “So, hopefully we’ve pacified any Needless to say, the FBI agent wasn’t concerns that a bookseller who receives happy. this (Patriot Act request) might have,” “In fact,” Swint recalled, “their exact Finan said. “But we just don’t know, and words were, they were going to take me in that’s one of the reasons why we filed the handcuffs to Savannah.” FOIA request, because there’s no other way “He gave me his card,” Swint added. “I for us really to determine whether these still have it, but I’m not going to give you his name. I’m not that stupid.” continued on page 16 • Congressman Bernard Sanders, an Independent from Vermont, recently introduced legislation to counteract provisions in the Patriot Act that expanded the FBI’s ability to search records of libraries and bookstores. The legislation, titled, “The Freedom to Read Protection Act,” was cosponsored by 24 members of Congress, including Texas Republican Ron Paul, and John Conyers, a ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee.


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purchases and orders. At times, law enforcement makes requests for information regarding customer purchases and orders for the purposes of a criminal investigation. Borders Group takes these requests very seriously and carefully reviews each specific situation. We believe the courts will ultimately balance the needs of law enforcement with the privacy rights of our customers. Our internal policies have not changed as a result of the U.S. Patriot Act or the Homeland Security Act.” Although the Patriot Act greatly broadened the information-gathering powers of federal investigators, libraries and bookstores have not been immune to probing law enforcement agents in the past. One of the most publicized cases occurred in 2000 when police approached the Tattered Cover bookstore in Denver, Colo., seeking the name of the individual who purchased two how-to books on manufacturing illegal drugs. Police had found the books inside a methamphetamine lab and an empty mailing envelope from the bookstore was found laying outside. The Colorado Supreme Court in 2002, however, ruled unanimously that the bookstore (coincidentally owned by one of the ABFFE’s founding members) had the right to withhold the information. In its ruling, the court wrote: “Search warrants directed to bookstores, demanding information about the reading history of customers, intrude upon the First Amendment rights of customers and bookstores because compelled disclosure of book-buying records threatens to destroy the anonymity upon which many customers depend.”

"The Patriot Act gives the FBI the power to do these things with very little showing of need, much less than under the criminal standards in a non-national security case. So the potential for the FBI to go on fishing expeditions of the records of people and what they buy, and read and listen to is vast under the Patriot Act." — Chris Finan, president of the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression

Even locally, Swint, of the Richmond County library system, can recall a time in the mid-1970s when the former library director was called to testify in a case involving a person accused of a series of break-ins who had apparently checked out a few books on the subject of gaining access to structures. Although Swint said he was aggravated more than anything else by the way the FBI agent who came to the library in 2001 conducted himself, he doesn’t necessarily think the Patriot Act is bad legislation. “I hate to say I don’t think it’s any big deal, but I don’t think life is going to significantly change because of the Patriot Act,” Swint said. “And when the FBI are looking for someone, why would they think our records are more accurate than theirs?

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If they are, then the FBI really has a problem. “You know, if they’re seeking to find an international terrorist because of the library records that we have, the names and addresses they gave us to access the computers, you know, if I were a terrorist I’d have enough sense to get a fake ID, I think.” However, Helms, the attorney representing librarians throughout Georgia, doesn’t so easily dismiss what she feels are the inherent dangers of the Patriot Act. “I think it has had, and will continue to have, a huge impact,” Helms said. “And I think as time goes by, federal officials are going to revisit the Patriot Act, and I think eventually it’s going to get challenged and thrown out, or changed. “I think it’s bad law.”

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By Brian Neill


n less than a month, Augusta could be teeming with skilled laborers eager to rid the city’s empty lots of debris, keep parks and sidewalks spruced up, and maybe even build a community center gymnasium or two. And get this: They don’t expect to get paid for it. Sound too good to be true? Well it’s not. The only drawback would be if you happen to mind that this army of industrious souls will all be wearing white uniforms with the words “State Prisoner” emblazoned on their backs. Inmate work crews already are visible throughout the county, whether it be maintaining trees and shrubs along the Riverwalk or performing actual construction and painting work for the city’s parks and recreation department. But Richmond County residents may be seeing a lot more of inmate work crews if a new initiative, the details of which should be finalized by the end of this month, is approved by the Augusta commission. Members of the Inmate Labor Crew Subcommittee have been meeting to map out a plan to use state prisoners to shore up understaffed public works department maintenance crews. “It’s been such a backlog with our public works department that I saw a need that we would revise inmate labor crews, to have supervised inmate crews to do this across the city,” said Augusta Commissioner Bobby Hankerson, who chairs the subcommittee. Hankerson said initial plans are for dividing Augusta-Richmond County’s eight commission districts between three areas that, in turn, would each receive assigned inmate work crews supplied by the Richmond County Correctional Institution. Inmates housed at the medium-security RCCI on Tobacco Road are all non-violent offenders with less than 10 years left on their sentences, said RCCI Warden Robert Leverett. Most of them have committed offenses like forgery, burglary or writing bad checks and are considered a low enough security risk that corrections officers supervising them out in the community do not have to carry guns, Leverett said. Leverett said the last time one of the inmates walked off a work detail was in September of 2001. The inmate was captured the next day, without incident, Leverett said. While the inmate work crews may not pose a great security risk to the public, their use in Augusta has not been without controversy in the past. Several years ago, the Richmond County Board of Education moved to stop using inmate work crews around schools, in part, because of parent and board members’ concerns that the crews were being used in too close proximity to children. The crews of white-uniformed inmates also pose a stark contrast to casual strollers along the Riverwalk on days when they are assigned to work there. “Is it ideal? Probably not,” said Barry White, executive director of the Augusta Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau, when asked Photo: Brian Neill

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about using inmate work crews at locations like Riverwalk. “But just like with any work crews, we’d like them to schedule work and cleanup when it’s not during the peak use time. You know, if it’s done on a Tuesday, say, when it’s a little bit slower, as opposed to a Friday or Saturday, or during some event. That would be preferable.” If anything, Hankerson said, the increased presence of inmate workers will show taxpayers that their dollars are being used wisely. “I think that if we had visitors that are visiting those areas and see that they are being cleaned by inmates, I think that that is not a negative image,” Hankerson said. “Also, as far as a taxpayer, they should be appreciative that we have inmates outside working. “The white uniform and the blue stripes do not change his profession. He still holds that knowledge and those skills. So, you utilize them.” Leverett said he rarely gets complaints from residents in areas where inmate workers are utilized. “They (negative phone calls) are very seldom,” Leverett said. “Perception is very good.” Leverett said that when inmate crews are working in public gathering spots like parks, the correctional officers, as a precaution, will typically ask citizens to move to a different section of the park until the work is completed. “We prefer not to have civilians there, because you never know,” Leverett said. “We supervise them, but you never know when, possibly, someone could walk by and it’s possible an inmate could say something to one that’s not pleasant.” Robert Howard, assistant county parks and recreation director, said his department relies greatly on inmate labor. “We work our inmates five days a week. We have a total of 36 inmates assigned to us on a daily basis,” Howard said. “Out of that 36, we have a crew and half that’s assigned to us to do construction work. And we do new additions, remodeling and repairs on existing parks and we add on to new parks and build new parks.” Howard said many of the inmates carry the same skills as laborers found in the private sector. “They do quality work. The individuals that you have in here doing time as inmates are skilled individuals who would normally hold that particular job out here in the workforce,” Howard said. “We have the best brick-masons in inmates that you can find anywhere in this country. We have the best painters anywhere that you can find in this country ... landscaping individuals ... and second to none when it comes down to carpentry work.” Howard and Leverett agreed that the inmate

RCCI Warden Robert Leverett

workers represent a huge savings to the parks and recreation department. Unlike some states, which pay inmates a salary for their work, but deduct a portion of that salary to go toward housing them and any victim reparations they may owe, Georgia’s inmates are not compensated, Leverett said. “Take the recreation department — seven crews. What it has cost the recreation department for those 36 inmates are the salaries of seven employees,” Leverett said, referring to the seven correctional officers over the crews. “They’re paying the salaries of seven employees, and they’re getting 36 laborers.” Leverett said work detail correctional officers make an average salary of $26,500. The county also contributes to house the inmates, he added. Leverett said it costs roughly $35 per day to house an inmate at RCCI. The state contributes $20 per day, per inmate, making the actual housing cost to Richmond County $15 per prisoner, Leverett said. The current RCCI population, not including bed space for Richmond County Jail overflow, is 215 inmates, Leverett said. “Is it (inmate labor) totally free? No, because there is a cost to Richmond County to be housed here at the facility,” Leverett said. “However, the cost of them being housed here at the facility is cheaper and less than what we would pay for a laborer.” Each weekday morning at 7:30, inmates line up in human parking spaces in front of signs mounted on the facility’s brick exterior walls designating each work detail. After roll call, the inmates file into vans that take them to their assignments. Every inmate has an assignment, Leverett said, whether it be working for parks and recreation, at the Animal Control facility on

Mack Lane, or cleaning up and cutting grass along thoroughfares. Some inmates also are used by the Georgia Department of Transportation. Leverett said the tasks inmate work crews now perform are a far cry from those assigned to them at the time when he first began his career at RCCI as a corrections officer, just over 31 years ago. “When I first came, the only thing that we would do would be cut and clean right-ofways on the road, or (clean) the ditches,” Leverett said. “But since that time, we’ve broadened the program and we provide skilled labor to the various departments.” During a recent tour, Leverett walked proudly through a full-sized gymnasium, typical of one you would find on a high school campus. Contractors installed the concrete floor and steel framing and supports. The rest, including the attached classrooms used for GED-preparation and substance abuse awareness classes, was constructed entirely by inmates, Leverett said. Leverett pointed to the gymnasium as just one example of what he believes inmates from RCCI can accomplish in the community. The warden added that he had already hired an additional seven correctional officers to oversee additional inmate work crews once the new initiative is approved. He’s simply waiting to begin. “I envision the citizens seeing a lot more production and work from the inmate work crews,” Leverett said. “I see the city being cleaner. I see us cleaning up the city and providing the services to the community that the citizens expect us to provide.”

“The white uniform and the blue stripes do not change his (an inmate’s) profession. He still holds that knowledge and those skills. So, you utilize them.” — Augusta Commissioner Bobby Hankerson


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The Big Easy CafĂŠ Moves to old King George Pub Location

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he first thing you’ll notice when you walk into The Big Easy, which has been in downtown Augusta now for three months, is the atmosphere. Heavy wood beams display the names of famous New Orleans streets in the softly lit building while black tablecloths over white and a courteous and professional wait staff let you know that you’ve entered an establishment that will treat you with class. And when you step up to the bar, you will see what is lending such a wonderful old-world feel to the place – the 100-year-old bar itself, which displays European coinage and paper bills – and which was imported from England about a decade and a half ago. Music enhances that atmosphere. Thursday and Saturday nights bring Buzz Clifford and George Sykes, and Friday night brings Air Apparent, a band that was voted No. 1 jazz band in Augusta in 2002. And on nights when the weather is nice, you can sit out back on the patio among the trees and pansy garden. Owner Cassie Patel gave a statement about the beginnings of The Big Easy CafĂŠ, which she ran for nine years in Aiken, S.C. “About 10 years ago, we discovered New Orleans,â€? she wrote about herself and her husband, Bobby Patel. “It was there that we found a place that combined all of my husband’s passions: good food with a kick (he is a true chilehead), good music (the kind that begs you to stay), and good friends (the kind who always have smiles on their faces). “New Orleans was a good time and we never wanted it to end. After several years of vacationing there, he suggested trying to duplicate the atmosphere, so The Big Easy CafĂŠ was born. Although it is not New Orleans, it is a great place to let the good times roll! Our food is prepared fresh when you order in a Cajun or Creole style.â€? So what is the difference between the

Cajun and Creole styles, you ask? She explained: “The Creoles aspire to fine city cuisine with many flavor combinations and subtle sauces,â€? she wrote. “The Cajuns tend to serve real country food such as delicious, peppery onepot dishes.â€? At The Big Easy, you don’t have to worry about those in your party who are skittish about spicy foods, and there are two reasons for that. For one thing, not all New Orleansstyle cuisine is spicy. For another, there’s a great selection of bona fide American food as well, such as ribeye steaks, filets, shellfish and other seafood, and pork chops. About a quarter of the menu is Cajun; a quarter is Creole; and the other half is American. Add to that the fact that you can taste dishes before you order them, and The Big Easy becomes a safe haven for all tastes. The Big Easy is a wonderful place to stop in and spend the evening, but if your schedule doesn’t allow such luxury on a particular day, there is a hearty selection of entrĂŠe salads, sandwiches and wraps on the dinner menu. Not to mention that you can order wines by the glass, so if you want to have a different wine with each course of the meal, you can. There are dozens of imports and microbrews and plenty of great tap selections, which are also all imports. In a couple of weeks, there will be twice as many beers on tap. And that’s not all. They have a list of rotating desserts made right there on-site. But they plan by fall to turn the old King George backroom brewery into a separate pastry kitchen for desserts so that all their sweet offerings will be available all the time, and you can be as deliciously decadent as you like. The Big Easy is open seven days a week: Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday 11 a.m. to 2:30, Tuesday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.



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s you may have noticed, The Metropolitan Spirit doesn’t do a whole lot of sports stories, but this week we just couldn’t resist. Not only are a bunch of local media celebs going to face off on the softball field, but the local rugby club is celebrating its 30th anniversary, and the women’s 4-year-old division is recruiting. Playing for Pets On Sunday, May 18, the Fourth Annual Celebrity Softball Challenge will give you the opportunity to watch television go up against radio and print media go up against the cable team. And then of course the winners of the two games will face each other to find out who the real champions are. The television team will be coached by Chris Kane of WAGT TV 26; the radio team will be coached by Rob Hamilton of 95 Rock. “The thing that I like is, it actually brings the media together in a different way,” said Angela Hillesland, event chair for the Celebrity Softball Game. “Kicks 99 would never have a chance to meet people from the ClearChannel family,” she said. “And here they are playing for charity.” She thinks it’s neat that media reps who normally spend their time competing with each other will be earning points together on the same team. Now, the cool thing about this game, besides a fun time for you, is that the CSRA Humane Society is going to be the recipient of the proceeds. “It’s for their ongoing needs at the shelter,” she said, adding quite a few corporations have signed on as sponsors. “We do not anticipate having any expenses from this event,” she said of the shelter. It’s all going to happen at Lake Olmstead Stadium, where the GreenJackets run and play and kick up their heels, and which is across the street from the Humane Society. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the CSRA Humane Society at 425 Wood Street, behind the stadium; Saturn of Augusta, located at 1770 Gordon Highway; and The Sports Authority, located on the Robert C. Daniels Jr. Parkway.

Proceeds from the Celebrity Softball Challenge benefit the CSRA Humane Society. There will also be a moonwalk for the kiddies, and souvenirs and concessions available to all. And, they will raffle off a prize. Raffle tix are $1, and you will be given an extra for a small bag of Purina Puppy Chow or Kitten Chow. The bags are about 3.5-5 pounds. Of course, the shelter is always accepting donations, so call Raynette Mayer of the CSRA Humane Society with any questions about donations or the softball game. You may also call Angela Hillesland at 731-9000 with questions about the game. Rugby, Anyone? And that means women too. The women’s rugby team, the Furies, which has been in existence for four years, needs four more players to reach the required 15. So if you’re interested, go to for contact information. They are in “full recruiting” mode, said player Shannon Broxton. Explaining the difference between rugby and football, she said, “Rugby is quite different from football because you can’t pass forward,” she said. “You pass backward.” The field is a little larger – 100 meters to football’s 100 yards. And when you score it’s called making or scoring a try, which is worth only 5 points, where a

touchdown in football is worth 6. You still kick a field goal for an extra point, Broxton said. “It’s kind of a mixture of soccer and football, with lots of running,” she said. It’s like soccer, she said, in that the officials never stop the play, whereas in football, the play is stopped after every tackle. Rugby players tackle as well, she said. Only they don’t wear pads. But, Broxton maintains, she hasn’t seen any major injuries, and the injuries that have occurred happened during practice, because those sessions tend to be pretty strenuous. “But during the games, luckily, we haven’t had many injuries,” she said. And, she added, the only difference between the women’s team and the men’s team is the gender of the players. And, she said, the women’s team contains players from age 19 all the way into their late 40s. We asked if she and her teammates ever get any flak for being rugby players. “Honestly, people tend to be in somewhat disbelief that women would play such a rough sport. Because it is rough.” But plenty of people find it fascinating, she said, that women play just as roughly as their male counterparts. She added that you would think the men’s

team would give them a hard time. “But you get a lot of respect from the males,” she said. In the beginning, she said, when she first discovered there was a women’s team here, she was intimidated by the roughness, and the fact the players didn’t suit up in pads. But she was hooked after one game. “The first time I’d ever played I’d never even seen a rugby game,” she said. “I was a little bit afraid.” The team was short a few players that night, she said, and needed some fill-ins. So she jumped into the fray and found she enjoyed it. It was such a fast-paced game, she added, that she didn’t even have time to think of being nervous. “It was pure adrenaline,” she said. The Augusta Rugby Football Club is celebrating its 30th anniversary with the annual old boy versus present team match. The events start on May 17 at 1 p.m. at the Academy of Richmond County, and run until 4:30. Several rugby matches will take place, possibly even a women’s match, with the Furies pitted against USC. This is a free event. For more info, visit, call (706) 951-5970, or e-mail



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Delivering Patient-friendly Emergency Care to Even the Tiniest Patients Medically speaking, children are not "little adults." They have very special needs physically and emotionally. With that in mind several years ago, University began planning the ideal setting for calming the fears while treating the ailments of its emergency patients from birth to 17 years. University's newly renovated Pediatric Emergency Department, which started as sketches on napkins and in notebooks, was formally dedicated April 30, honoring the volunteers and staff members who brought the project to fruition. Patients and their parents are greeted by "Jack," a toy Jack Russell Terrier, that serves as the department's mascot. You'll see Jack peeping through fences or diving into ponds in the beautifully painted full-wall murals in each treatment room. Patients are taken to these rooms, which represent every season of the year, from the pediatric waiting room in the likeness of a tree house. If you get disoriented, just follow the paw prints. Patients are greeted with their very own little stuffed terriers to take home, each one lovingly stitched by hand by members of the Volunteer Board of University Health. The volunteers, who donated $100,000 to the project, developed the Jack Russell theme. More than 16,000 children are treated in University's Emergency Department each year, which is 20 percent of the total number of University Emergency Department patients receiving care annually. All patients in University's Pediatric

Healthy Adults High Blood Pressure and Your Heart Stephen R. Broadwater, M.D. Tuesday, May 13 Registration and dinner: 5:30 p.m. Speaker: 6-7 p.m. $8 Seniors Club members, $9 advanced registration, $10 at the door University Hospital Dining Rooms 1-3 For reservations and more information, call 706/736-0847. Seating is limited to 75. Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Avis B. Yount, M.D. Thursday, May 15 Registration and dinner: 5:30 p.m. Speaker: 6-7 p.m. $8 Seniors Club members, $9 advanced registration, $10 at the door University Hospital Dining Rooms 1-3 For reservations and more information, call 706/736-0847. Seating is limited to 75. Surgically Assisted Weight Management Program Thursday, May 29 5-6 p.m. University Hospital Weight Management and Nutrition Center FREE Registration is required. Call 706/774-8917.


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Arts: Performance

Russell Joel Brown Celebrates Life of Moses Hogan (1957-2003) BY RHONDA JONES


n May 17, 2002, musical composer Moses Hogan visited Augusta and made a deep and lasting impression on a great many people. In February 2003, he died. “Everyone in the music community is very upset,” said Augusta performer Russell Joel Brown. “It was devastating, really, to think there won’t be any new Moses Hogan arrangements. What we have is what we have.” But Brown chose not to keep his grief for his fellow performer private. He decided to do what he does best and mount a production. It is called “Spirituals in Concert: A Moses Hogan Celebration.” “I thought, wouldn’t it be great to bring together various artists in the county to celebrate his music?” He wanted to expose new listeners to spirituals, but he had a more personal reason for doing it as well. “But also for us to be able to grieve collectively for him.” He said that there were many other performers who wanted to take part in the production as well. “So we’re going to do it.” Hogan took existing African-American spirituals and created his own arrangements for them, infusing the old with something new. For the past 40 years, he said, we have been listening to arrangements by composers like William Dawson. These are beautiful, Brown said, and part of the canon of music, but Hogan showed the world that these old songs could be done in a new way. And that is why, Brown said, Hogan was sought the world over as a clinician. Born in March of 1957, Hogan graduated from the New Orleans Center of Creative Arts and Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio, according to online sources. He also studied at the Julliard School of Music in New York and at Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge. He was a conductor, an arranger and a pianist, known the world over for his work. PBS commissioned him for work on the music for “The American Promise,” a documentary released in 1995. That soundtrack was actually released separately as “Voices.” He has also recorded and conducted many of his arrangements with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. He creates original compositions. He has received favorable criticism from the New York Times and Gramophone magazine. “It was a huge coup to have him here in Augusta for an all-county choral festival,” Brown said. Hogan was guest conductor for the highschool portion of the 2002 Richmond County All-County Choral Festival. As a concert pianist, he has won 1st Place in the 28th annual Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Competition, which took place in New York. He has been artist-in-residence

“I am concerned about losing the AfricanAmerican spiritual as an art form.” - Russell Joel Brown at Loyola University in New Orleans, and won international acclaim with his Moses Hogan Chorale. Then there are the Moses Hogan Singers who boasted that the soprano Barbara Hendricks was one of their own. He has also recorded many arrangements of spirituals for Hendricks. He was editor of the new “Oxford Book of Spirituals” by Oxford University Press. He was exclusive arranger and composer for Hal Leonard Music Corporation. Brown’s own appreciation for the spirituals which Moses Hogan arranged was sown during his time in school. “I really became a lover and (student) of spirituals when I was in college,” Brown said. “When I met Moses Hogan last year I was so blown away by his music.” He was well aware of who Hogan was when he came here last year, Brown said. “I had already fallen in love with his music – “But in meeting the man, I was struck by how humble he was and unassuming. For someone that accomplished, you don’t expect that humility.” The End of the Music Hogan was struck with an aneurism in November of 2002 and died in a nursing home three months later. It was a shock to those who knew him. “You just don’t expect someone at 45 years old to die,” Brown said, “especially someone as prolific as Moses Hogan.” But he wants to help the world remember him, for a little while longer at least. Here is what he has planned for the concert on May 17, which he estimates to be just

under an hour and a half. His cast is going to perform Hogan’s entire solo collection, called “The Deep River,” which was arranged for a solo voice with piano. Then there are the three choral pieces “Oh Mary Don’t You Weep,” “We Shall Walk Through the Valley in Peace,” and “Ride on, King Jesus.” Brown has eight soloists, a choir for “Ride on, King Jesus,” and an entire ensemble for the other two choral pieces, which will feed into the larger choir for “Ride…” Cutno Dance will be on hand for “Elijah Rock.” Brown described the “pulsing” beat of Hogan’s arrangement of that particular piece, and even demonstrated it by singing a few bars, placing extra emphasis softly on certain syllables to create a heartbeat throughout the song. “And now we’ve got this ‘Elijah Rock’ that will blow you out of the water.” Brown admired Hogan for this ability to see far beyond what was in front of him, for having “the courage to take something that has stood for 30 years and say, let me see what I can do with this. And what he came up with was a masterpiece and another masterpiece and another masterpiece.” Brown’s reasons for creating the program reach far beyond his own grief for the composer and personal love for the music, he said. “I am concerned about losing the African-American spiritual as an art form.” There are too many young people out there, he said, who have trouble remembering the words to as few as two spirituals, when once upon a time it was common for most people to know many. “I think rap and hip-hop and R&B … I think they’re great,” he said. But those forms have

been around only a scant few decades where spirituals can be traced back for centuries. Spirituals are an amazingly haunting form of singing, which can be done a cappella style, or without accompaniment, and was one of the few ways African-American slaves could work out their pain. They often sang them in secret. As a result, they became an intensely personal art form for these people. Heaven wasn’t just a place that existed in their philosophy – the thought of going there was often the only thing that made their lives bearable. “We’re talking about the cultural history of a people,” Brown said. In fact his feelings for the importance of that history are so strong that he is keeping the ticket prices low – from $3 to $5. “I really wanted to make it so that young people could get there and not be barred by the price.” In an effort to learn more about AfricanAmerican spirituals, I found myself at, where I was surprised and pleased to find a letter from Moses Hogan himself, expressing thanks for the effort by The Friends of Negro Spirituals to preserve the musical form. “To know that my music inspired the formation of your organization is an honor above all honors, and I vow never to disappoint you,” Hogan wrote. Here is a list of titles you might check out, if you’re interested in pursuing the subject of African-American spirituals: “Hold Your Light,” “Bound To Go,” “Room in There,” “Hail Mary,” “My Army Cross Over,” “Ride in, Kind Saviour,” “This World Almost Done,” “I Want To Go Home,” “The Coming Day,” “One More River” and “O the Dying Lamb!” Here’s a bit of “I Want To Go Home.” (The text of spirituals tends to be written out in dialect, so bear with me.) “Dere’s no rain to wet you/ O, yes, I want to go home/ Dere’s no sun to burn you,/ O, yes, I want to go home; / O, push along, believers/ O, yes, I want to go home/ Dere’s no hard trials/ O, yes, I want to go home/ Dere’s no whips a-crackin’,/ O, yes, I want to go home…” And so on. Lots of repetition, and steady rhythm is the order of the day. And extremely heartfelt emotion. Here is what you will be in for if you decide you want to see what Brown has been cooking up. In addition to Cutno Dance, with Ferneasa Cutno’s choreographic interpretation of “Elijah Rock,” Augusta Chorale Director Ellis Johnson will be on board as special guest conductor and music director. Tickets are available at the door and are $5 for adults, $3 for children and any student with a current student ID. For information contact (706) 394-4744.


Arts: Events



Art Factory To Hold Its Big Annual Fundraising Event


By Rhonda Jones



ith the subtle scents of spring in the air, the organizers of Augusta are in the mood to throw fundraisers. This often takes the form of parties for patrons and potential patrons alike, and it’s a time to spend an afternoon sipping drinks and nibbling delicacies. If you are in the mood for such a pleasant few hours, and would like to appreciate – perhaps even buy – some art on the side, then Celebrating the Garden 2003, The Art Factory’s annual fundraiser, may be just what you need to unwind. Art Factory Director David Tucker says that the big, fat deal of the whole evening, besides the dining and socializing, will be a silent auction of artwork which will be donated by many of the area’s most talented individuals. OK, I know what you’re thinking. That’s been done a million times before. How many times are organizations going to ask artists to to donate something to go on the auctioneer’s block? Well, according to Tucker, this silent art auction is going to be just a tad different. About six weeks ago, he said, The Art Factory embarked on a plan to lure … er, attract a bunch of artists to their lair for the purpose of recruiting them for this project. They invited them to a party. And then the fun began. Trusting to the alchemic abilities of the creative soul, the Art Factory presented the chosen ones with a herd of frogs to be turned into princes, a bale of straw to be turned into hay, a barrel of water to be turned into something much tastier. “They chose from a huge collection of … I guess you could say junk,” Tucker

said. “Found objects.” Those raggle-taggle objects from the land of misfit things, i.e., from the yards and attics and other object graveyards of Art Factory board members, were destined to become … art. They’re going to become something whimsical that could be used in your garden or on your deck, specifically, Tucker said. Of course, he added, some of the artists are simply donating the type of work they’re most known for. As for the event itself – heavy hors d’oeuvres, music by the Rob Foster Jazz Duo and beverages will be provided. “The board of directors of The Art Factory are really hosting the event,” Tucker said. “It’s the one major fundraising event for The Art Factory each year.” The funds go toward scholarships that The Art Factory provides for the classes they offer. Tucker explained their mission. “The Art Factory is a nonprofit community school of the arts. We teach classes in visual arts, dance, theatre, writing and music. We have classes for children as young as 18 months and we have classes for senior citizens. During the day we teach art for homeschooled students but our primary mission is to make these kinds of activities available to everyone in the community.” There will also be some student artwork for sale that night. Reservations are $35 per person. Call 731-0008 for your invitation. The event takes place on the riverfront, but specific directions will be given to you when you place your call.

“The Art Factory is a nonprofit community school of the arts. We teach classes in visual arts, dance, theatre, writing and music. We have classes for children as young as 18 months and we have classes for senior citizens. During the day we teach art for homeschooled students but our primary mission is to make these kinds of activities available to everyone in the community.” - Art Factory Director David Tucker


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Arts: Book

“Here To Get My Baby Out of Jail” – Again


ne balmy spring evening in 1987, the warm air popped with excitement and the tiny explosions of champagne bubbles. Broad Street was closed to traffic, while excited celebrants milled about in tuxedos and evening gowns. It was the preview party for “Summer Heat,” a movie based on the novel “Here To Get My Baby Out of Jail,” by local author Louise Shivers. It had been published four years before and was now attracting national attention. Now, 16 years later, “Here To Get My Baby Out of Jail” is 20 years old and being re-released. It is about a restless young housewife, Roxy Walston, and the deadly love triangle that restlessness gets her into. It is set in the South, on a tobacco farm in the late 1930s. It is stark and disturbing – and familiar. Familiar because we know people just like Aaron Walston, Roxy’s husband, and her lover, Jake. And of course Roxy, who suspects that there is something better out there, something just out of her reach. Shivers found inspiration in a newspaper clipping about a love triangle that ended in murder, and set it in motion on her aunt’s tobacco farm and her father’s funeral home. “Her sensibility is mine,” Shivers said of

Roxy. “That’s the way I think. That’s my poetry, because I never knew the real girl (from the news article) and had no desire to. That character of Roxy comes out of my sensibilities.” We asked her what is different. “Well I think mostly just the fact that I was lucky enough not to get caught up in a love triangle and murder,” she said. But the fact that Roxy, Aaron and Jack occupy the places of her childhood has given the writer some pause. “Well I was still at that place where you are as a beginning writer where you’re very selfconscious about revealing personal thoughts and hurting family members and all those things that you have to get past if you’re going to be a writer. I was self-conscious about it, but I got past it because you have to.” I asked her if she does what I do when it’s time to make a piece of fiction – wonder how the heck I ever got myself into this mess. “Every time I ever sit down to write I think that. I thought it then and I think it now. I don’t think it ever changes in a writer. If it did I don’t think the work would be any good.” So why in the world do we do it if it’s such a gut-wrenching chore? Simple. We have to.

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“If you really have that calling, you have to do it. If you can’t live without writing you just find a way. It’s just like the breath you breathe.” She said that a writer’s work is how she makes sense out of life. “It really is a way, I think, to try and figure out the puzzle of everything that’s going on around you all the time,” she said. And it’s a tricky thing sometimes to keep writing in the midst of all those whirlwinds, to be both a writer and a real person. To achieve balance. “It’s very hard,” Shivers agreed. “I still struggle with it. I think most writers still struggle with it.” She never writes on weekends, she said, reserving that time for friends and family. “But I always feel that pull. My characters are always pulling me. They want me to hurry up and come back.” But being a writer is about more than just hanging out with fictional people. You actually have to make contact with readers and potential readers, and she will be doing just that next week at Reese Library. “It’s just supposed to be a book signing,” she said, but of course, she always likes to talk to the people who come. “I’m sure I’ll

talk about what we’re talking about – the process of writing.” The main piece of advice she has for aspiring writers, and for writers who aspire to be better or to be published or to find enlightenment or reach whatever Holy Grail they’re after, is simply this: “Mostly you need to keep writing.” You can pick up a copy of “Here To Get My Baby Out of Jail” and say hello to Ms. Shivers at noon on May 15 at Reese Library on the campus of Augusta State University, where she works as writer-in-residence. For information, call Mellie Kerins at Reese Library, (706) 667-4912.

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“THEY’RE PLAYING OUR SONG” AUDITIONS at For t Gordon Dinner Theatre May 19-20, 7:30 p.m. Cast includes four men and four women ages 18-45. All par ts require singing and dancing; bring a prepared musical piece in ‘70s pop style or a piece from the show. For more information, call Steve Walper t, 791-4389. 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 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. ART CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS are offered year-round at the Ger trude Herber t Institute of Ar t. Classes and workshops are open to toddlers through adults and feature instruction in drawing, painting, photography, pot tery, weaving and sculpture. For a newslet ter or detailed information on registering for classes at the Ger trude Herber t, call 722-5495. The Ger trude Herber t Institute of Ar t also offers Educational Tours; for information, contact the Education Director at the above telephone number. ART CLASSES FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS at the Ar t Factory. The Ar t Factory also has a homeschool program and scholarships are available. Available programs include voice lesson and pantomime workshops, as well as classes in dance, theater, music, visual ar ts and writing. Call 7310008 for details. CERAMICS CLASSES at the Weeks Center Ceramics House in Aiken. Fees include one class per week and students can choose any class time: Mondays, 9 a.m. to noon or 6-9 p.m.; Tuesdays, 6-9 p.m.; or Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to noon. $30 per month. Call (803) 642-7631 for info.


RABOLD GALLERY GRAND OPENING May 10, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., with ar tists’ reception from 7-9 p.m. The gallery is located at 146A Laurens Street SW in Aiken. (803) 641-4405. “NEW EXPRESSIONS,” an exhibit featuring works by members of Women on Paper, will be up at Ar t on Broad Gallery through May 27. 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. “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. ART BY KRISTY POWELL will be on exhibit at the Euchee Creek Library during the month of May. 556-0594. EXHIBITION BY PAUL GOODNIGHT through June 7 at the Lucy Craf t Laney Museum of Black History. For more information, call 724-3576.

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. 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.

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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.

“EYE OF THE STORM: THE CIVIL WAR DRAWINGS OF ROBERT SNEDEN” will be on display at the Augusta Museum of History through July 13. For more information, call 722-8454.


Celebrate Mother’s Day at Augusta Golf and Gardens with special activities May 1011. Call 724-4443 for details. “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.


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.

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.

THE DANCES OF UNIVERSAL PEACE held the first Saturday of every month, 7-9 p.m., at the Unitarian Church of Augusta, honor the religious traditions of the world through song and movement. Call (803) 643-0460 for more information.

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.

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.

“THE GREATEST CHORUSES IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD, PART 1” will be performed at 8 p.m. May 17 by the Augusta Choral Society. For ticket information, call 826-4713.

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


“SPIRITUALS IN CONCERT: A MOSES HOGAN CELEBRATION” May 17 at 6 p.m. at St. John United Methodist Church, 736 Greene St. Tickets are available at the door and are $5 for adults, $3 students and children. For more information, e-mail or phone 394-4744.


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.

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M E Church. Free and open to the public. For more information, T contact the Aiken Chamber of Commerce, (803) 641-1111. R O GREATER AUGUSTA YOUTH ORCHESTRA CONCERT May S P I R I T

HISTORIC COTTON EXCHANGE WELCOME CENTER: Open Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. 1-5 p.m. Riverwalk. Free. 724-4067.

12, 7 p.m., at ASU’s Ma xwell Per forming Ar ts Theatre. Free. 737-1444 or 737-1878.

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.

“BROADWAY LEGENDS” CONCERT with the McCormick County Community Chorus May 17, 8 p.m., at the Abbeville Opera House in Abbeville, S.C. Tickets are $10 and are available by calling (864) 459-2157.



Ar t. Kambankafo West African Dance and Drum Ensemble per forms. Free. 724-7501.

“CONVERSATIONS: LOOKING AT AFRICAN-AMERICAN ART” May 22 at the Morris Museum of Ar t, 7-9 p.m. Conversation about the Walter O. Evans Collection of AfricanAmerican Ar t and reception. Free for members or $3 for non-member adults and $2 for non-member seniors, students or military. Reservations required; 724-7501.

2 0 “2003 COMMUNITY APPRECIATION CONCERT” with the 0 Augusta Children’s Chorale May 20, 7 p.m., at the First 3 Baptist Church of Augusta. Free. 826-4718.

ASHANTI AND MR. CHEEKS per form at For t Gordon’s Bar ton Field June 27. Advance tickets on sale May 20; call 793-8552 or visit www.for “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. CONSERVATORY CONCERT PROGRAM 2:30 p.m. May 18 at the Ma xwell Per forming Ar ts Theatre. Free admission. Contact Tunisia Williams, 737-1444, or Kathy Schofe, 7371878 for information. HOPELANDS SUMMER CONCERT SERIES continues May 12 with a per formance by Savannah River Winds. 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. 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. 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. THE APPLEBY GARDEN CONCERT SERIES continues May 11, 3 p.m., in the garden behind the Appleby Branch Library. Kari Gaffney and Jeff Williams 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.

“Waking Life” is the next film in the free film series at the Main Branch Library, 902 Greene St. May 13. 821-2600. 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.


“INTO THE WOODS” May 23-24, 30-31, June 1 and 6-7 at the Washington Center for the Per forming Ar ts in Aiken. Friday and Saturday per formances are at 8 p.m.; Sunday matinees are at 3 p.m. For information and reservations, contact the Aiken Community Playhouse at (803) 648-1438. “THE DAY BILLY LIVED” will be per formed by the Aiken Community Playhouse Youth Wingers May 9-10 at the Washington Center for the Per forming Ar ts in Aiken. Free. Per formances are 7:30 p.m. May 9 and 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. May 10. Make reservations by calling (803) 648-1438. “THE HOUSEKEEPER” will be at For t 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. 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. “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.

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



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ing 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 Presby terian manse occupied by the family of President Woodrow Wilson as a child during the Civil War and Reconstruction. Original and period antiques, restored house, kitchen and carriage house. 419 Seventh Street. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tues.-Sat. Tours available; groups of 10 or more by appointment only. Admission is $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 students under 18 and free for ages five and under. 722-9828. AUGUSTA GOLF & GARDENS OF THE GEORGIA GOLF HALL OF FAME features beautiful display gardens, as well as bronze sculptures of some of golf’s greatest masters. Available for rent for a variety of functions. Group discount rates available. Closed Mondays; open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; open from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. New spring and summer hours begin March 21: open Tues.-Sat. 9 a.m.9 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Admission is $5.50 for adults; $4.50 for students, seniors and military; $3.50 for children (4 to 12); free for children 3 and under. Sundays are two for one with a Super Sunday coupon. Annual garden memberships are available. Call 724-4443 or 1-888-8744443. Also, visit their Web site at NATIONAL SCIENCE CENTER’S FORT DISCOVERY: Children and adults alike can immerse themselves in the wonders of science through live demonstrations, vir tual realities, Starlab, KidScape and more than 250 hands-on exhibits. General Admission: $8 for adults; $6 for children, seniors and active military. Group rates available. Operating hours: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Call 821-0200, 1-800325-5445 or visit their Web site at REDCLIFFE STATE HISTORIC SITE: 1859 mansion of S.C. Governor James Henry Hammond, held by the family for three generations until 1975. Hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Thursday-Monday on the grounds. House tours are noon-3 p.m. by appointment. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Admission to the grounds is free. Fee for house tours is $3 for adults and children ages 6 to 17. For more information, call (803) 827-1473. 181 Redcliffe Road, Beech Island.

DAY TRIP TO ATLANTA’S HIGH MUSEUM with the Morris Museum of Ar t May 13. Cost is $80 for members or $100 for non-members, and reservations are required. 724-7501. LOCAL AUTHORS RESPOND TO SOUTHERN ART May 11, 2 p.m., at the Morris Museum of Ar t. Augusta Authors Club writers read prose and poetry responding to works in the museum’s collection. Reception to follow. 724-7501. INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM DAY on May 18 will be celebrated at the Augusta Museum of History and For t Discovery. For more information on International Museum Day activities, call the Museum of History at 722-8454 or For t Discovery at 821-0200. “ONE MAN, TWO SHIPS: LESSONS IN HISTORY AND COUR AGE” is a new permanent exhibition at the Augusta Museum of History. Now open, the exhibit showcases the USS Augusta and Lieutenant Colonel Jimmie Dyess. “Twice a Hero: The Jimmie Dyess Story” plays continuously through May 31 in the museum’s History Theatre and is free with admission. Call the museum at 722-8454 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.

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LUNCH AT NOON LECTURE SERIES held the second Wednesday of every month at the Lucy Craf t Laney Museum of Black History, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Call the museum at 724-3576 for more information.

Special Events GROVETOWN HERITAGE FESTIVAL May 10, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at City Hall vicinity at the intersection of Robinson Avenue and Old Wrightsboro Road. Fun run, live enter tainment, car show, historical demonstrations and children’s activities. For more information, contact Rosa Lee Owens, 863-1867. MAYFEST May 17, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at May Park. Live performances and more will be featured. Free. 279-2330. “BE A TOURIST IN YOUR OWN HOMETOWN” WEEK May 12-18 at par ticipating at tractions in Augusta. Pick up a “Be a Tourist” badge at the Cot ton Exchange Welcome Center and receive $1 off general admission to par ticipating venues. Call 823-6600 for more information. CSR A AREA AGENCY ON AGING ANNUAL AWARDS CEREMONY AND VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION LUNCHEON May 30, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Warren A. Candler Building at Paine College. RSVP by May 16 to Jeanet te Cummings, 210-2013. 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 and features per formance of “Dido and Aeneas”; 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. 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, 1-2 p.m., is $5. For more information, call 651-FAIR. 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. AUGUSTA COIN CLUB SPRING COIN SHOW May 17-18 at the Guest House Inn. Open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission and parking free. Open to the public. For more information, contact David Chism, 5414143 or 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. MAY FILM SERIES Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. at Headquar ters Library: May 13 showing of “Waking Life,” May 20 showing of “Day for Night,” May 27 showing of “Local Hero.” Free admission. 821-2600. 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. 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 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.

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“BAT BOY: THE MUSICAL” at the Woodruff Ar ts Center in Atlanta May 22-June 1. Tickets are $20-$27 for adults and $10 for those 25 years of age and younger. (404) 733-5000. HOWARD FINSTER FEST May 17-18 at Paradise Gardens in Summerville, Ga. Folk ar t show and sale, live music, interactive creativity demonstrations and more. Cost is $3 per person; proceeds benefit the Paradise Gardens Park Fund. For information, call (270) 424-9987 or visit MOUNTAIN LAUREL FESTIVAL May 16-17 in Clarkesville, Ga. Parade, ar ts and craf ts, family activities, live music, hot air balloon rides and more. (706) 754-5000. ARTS ON THE RIVER FESTIVAL May 10-11 at River Street and Morrell Park in Savannah, Ga. Family activities, live enter tainment and visual ar t exhibits. Free. (912) 651-6417. 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. 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. “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. GEORGIA MOUNTAIN FAIR BLUEGRASS AND RHODODENDRON FESTIVAL May 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.

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

“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. “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.

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.

AT THE GEORGIA MUSEUM OF ART in Athens, Ga.: “Alfred H. Maurer: American Modern” through June 15; “The Weaving Room: The History of Weaving at Berry College” May 17-July 6. For more information, visit or call (706) 542-4662.

RICHMOND COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL AND AUGUSTA ANIMAL RESCUE FRIENDS holds pet adoptions at Superpetz of f 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.

“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


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

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.



WILDFLOWER FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS May 17-18 at Historic Square in Dahlonega, Ga. Free admission and parking. For more information, call (706) 864-3711 or 1-800-231-5543. AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION “TOUR DE CURE” annual cycling event to raise money for diabetes research May 18 at For t Yargo State Park in Winder, Ga. To register, or for more information, call 1-888-DIABETES or visit



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.

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

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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.

Benefits ROCK, ROLL, REMEMBER: BENEFIT CONCERT TO SUPPORT THE JENNY CLARK SCHOLARSHIP FUND May 22, 6 p.m., at the Imperial Theatre. The Aphrodisiacs, Daze of Haze, Blender, The Big Mighty and Redbelly will per form. All-ages show. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the Imperial Theatre Box Office star ting at 5 p.m. May 22, or in advance at Last Call. Post-concer t gathering at Last Call features special appearances by other local musicians. For more information, contact Tom Clark, 860-9457. CELEBRITY SOFTBALL CHALLENGE to benefit the CSRA Humane Society May 18 features members of local television, radio, print and cable media. Games star t at 1 p.m. and tickets are $5. Held at Lake Olmstead Stadium. For more information, call Raynet te Mayer at 261-PETS or Angela Hillesland at 731-9000. AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY RICHMOND-COLUMBIA RELAY FOR LIFE May 16-17 at the Family Y on Wheeler Road. For more information, contact the American Cancer Society at 731-9900.

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ANNUAL AUCTION TO BENEFIT THE HEPHZIBAH LIONS CLUB May 17, 10 a.m. For more information, call 592-2982. JAWBONES VS. SAWBONES BASKETBALL GAME to benefit Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Services. Held May 9, 7 p.m., in the Greenbrier High School Gymnasium. Tickets are $5 at the door and children under 10 are admit ted free. For more information, call 231-4640 or 774-2740.

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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 Librar y. Space is limited, so call 863-1946 to register. USC-AIKEN CONTINUING EDUCATION offers the following courses: Golfing for Fun, Creative Writing and more. USCAiken 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, Microsof t Word, Microsof t Office, Massage, Health Care Career Courses, Spanish, Rape Aggression Defense, Defensive Driving 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 CANDLELIGHT MEMORIAL May 18, 7 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Augusta. For information or to volunteer, contact David Keesee at 414-6515. “A CALL TO ACTION” TEEN PREGNANCY PREVENTION FORUM 6:30-8:30 p.m. May 12 at Augusta State University’s Butler Lecture Hall, Room 7. For information, contact Chris Mor faw, 729-2052. THE COALITION FOR MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCACY LEGISLATIVE DINNER May 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Augusta Country Club. Tickets are $30 per person and the dinner is open to all concerned citizens in the CSRA. For reservations, call Phyllis Holiday at 736-6857.

AUGUSTA-RICHMOND COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL is in need of dog and cat food, cat lit ter and other pet items, as well as monetary donations to help pay for vaccinations. Donations accepted during regular business hours, Tues.Sun., 1-5 p.m. at the shelter, 4164 Mack Lane. Call 7906836 for information.

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.

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.

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.

AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVES at the Aiken Red Cross Blood Center on Millbrook Drive and the Augusta Red Cross Blood Center on Pleasant Home Road. The bloodmobile will also stop at various area locations this week. For a complete list, call the Aiken Blood Center at (803) 642-5180 or the Augusta Blood Center at 868-8800.

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

Learning “USING THE 1930 CENSUS” introduction to looking up family names and information for genealogy research May 20, 6:307:30 p.m. at the Gibbs Library. Call 863-1946 to register.

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FITNESS INSTRUCTOR WORKSHOPS May 17-18, 8 a.m. at the Health & Wellness Center at For t Gordon. Open to potential and current fitness instructors. Call 1-800-AEROBIC to register.

“CELEBR ATING THE GARDEN” annual fundraising event for the Ar t Factory May 16. Music, dining and cock tails will be featured, as well as a silent auction of garden ar tworks created by local ar tists. For information, call the Ar t Factory at 731-0008.

BASIC MICROSOFT WORD classes May 20-June 17, Tuesdays, or May 22-June 19, Thursdays. Held at the Wallace Branch Library; call 722-6275 to register.

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May 8; Quickbooks: An Introduction May 20; SelfEmployment and Franchising: The Best of Both Worlds May 27. All workshops are $35 and are held from 6:308:30 p.m. 737-1790.

SMALL BUSINESS WORKSHOPS at the University of Georgia Business Outreach Services Small Business Development Network in Augusta: Writing a Business Plan

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

UNIVERSITY HEALTH CARE SYSTEM COMMUNITY EDUCATION holds workshops, seminars and classes on a variety of topics: weight and nutrition, women’s health, cancer, diabetes, seniors’ health and more. Suppor t groups and health screenings are also offered. Call 736-0847 for details. PEACHCARE FOR KIDS AND RIGHT FROM THE START MEDICADE offers free or low-cost health coverage to qualifying families. Coverage includes prenatal care, hospitalization, vaccines, dental and vision care and is available to pregnant women of all ages and to children through age 19. Contact the RSM Project at 729-2086 or 721-5611 for information. YOGA CLASSES at Walton Rehabilitation Hospital are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-8 a.m. for $45/month or

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The Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art hosts the work of Tom Nakashima through June 6. 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.

Kids SUMMER VACATION READING PROGRAM begins May 16 at all East Central Georgia Regional Libraries. Children who complete 20 books or read for 10 hours over the summer receive a pack of summer time treats. Obtain a reading folder at any of the libraries or call Headquar ters Library at 8212600 for details.

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TUMBLING TOTS CLASS for kids aged 2-4 with an adult Fridays, May 9-June 20, 9-9:45 a.m. Cost is $33 per child. Held at the H.O. Weeks Center in Aiken. (803) 642-7631.

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SUMMER DANCE WORKSHOP for kids ages 4 and up at the Ron Jones Dance Academy May 17-July 25. 869-0089.

Sunday School 10am

“EVERY CHILD AN ARTIST” SUMMER ART CAMP, presented by the Ger trude Herber t Institute of Ar t, is now accepting registration. Weeklong sessions run throughout June and July at locations downtown and in Columbia County. Open to children ages 5-14. Per-session cost is $50 for GHIA members and $65 for non-members; tuition assistance is also available. For information, call 722-5495.

Morning Worship 11am Evening Worship 6:30pm

FAMILY FUN DAY May 18 at the Augusta Museum of History features Civil War re-enactors from 2-4 p.m. Admission is free. Call 722-8454 for details. 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.

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SPECIAL STORYTIME with Tawanna Kelly, ventriloquist, May 14, 10:30 a.m. at the Appleby Branch Library. Call 736-6244.

SPECIAL STORYTIME WITH LOCAL AUTHOR DAWN HAWKINS May 21, 10 a.m., at the Ma xwell Branch Library. 793-2020.

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 through TicketMaster, or 828-7700.

CHILDREN’S STORYTIME at Borders Books and Music May 12, 11 a.m. “Meet Strawberry Shor tcake” will be the featured tale. For more information, call 737-6962.

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.

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THOMAS BASEBALL CAMP for kids 5-14 years old 44 KENNY runs in two sessions at USC-Aiken: June 16-20 and July 21-

greeting visitors and providing information about museum exhibits. Call Lisa Hall, (803) 642-7650 for information.

25, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Early drop-off and late pick-up also avail-

M E able. Cost is $160 per session; register by May 15 to receive T $15 off. Call (803) 642-7761 for details. R O “WIND IN THE WILLOWS” will be presented by Augusta S P I R I T

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.

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.

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.

MOVIES FOR ALL AGES 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays throughout May at the Euchee Creek Library. 556-0594.

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.

M A GIBBS LIBRARY SUMMER STORYTIME REGISTRATION Y now open. Call 863-1946 for more information or to register 8 your child. 2 0 0 3

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.

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.

THE ABBEVILLE OPERA HOUSE PLAYERS ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING is scheduled for May 12, 6 p.m., at the opera house in Abbeville, S.C. For info, call (864) 459-2157. GEORGIA ASSOCIATION OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS CSRA CHAPTER meets May 15, 8:15 a.m. at Athens Restaurant. Larry Heath with the IRS will speak on Federal Timber Taxes. For information, contact Jerry Brigham, 650-1700.

“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.

THE AUGUSTA CHAPTER OF THE AMERICAN SINGLES GOLF ASSOCIATION meets the second Thursday of every month at different restaurants in the Augusta area. Open to those single, 21 and over. For information and location, call (803) 441-6741.

STORYTIME IN THE GARDENS every Tuesday, 4 p.m., through May. Senior citizens will read favorite children’s stories to kids 8 and under at Hopeland Gardens in Aiken. Bring a blanket or chair and snacks. Free. Rain location is the H.O. Weeks Center. (803) 642-7631. HOMEWORK STUDY SKILLS FOR STUDENTS Saturdays from 9 a.m.-noon at Shiloh Comprehensive Community Center. Computers are available. Call 738-0089 for info. AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM at the Smith-Hazel Recreation Center in Aiken through May, 2-6 p.m. Open to kids ages 513. Call (803) 642-7635. CHILDREN’S LEARNING CENTER at the Lucy Craf t Laney Museum of Black History open Monday-Friday, 4:30-6:30 p.m., through June. For information, call 724-3576. ACADEMIC HELP AND TUTORING available Saturdays, 2:304:30 p.m. at the Wallace Branch Library. Call 722-6275 to make arrangements. GIRLS INCORPORATED AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM runs through the end of the 2002-2003 school year. A variety of programs will be offered. Services include van pick-up at select schools, evening drop-off, homework room and hot evening meal. Open to girls in kindergar ten through high school. Af ter-school program offered 2:30-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri. For more information, call 733-2512. YOUTH LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT SKILLS PROGRAM for teens ages 12-19 held the third Saturday of the month at the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History. Call 724-3576. WEEKLY STORY SESSIONS at all branch libraries. Visit for more information. FIRST SATURDAY STORYTELLING at the Lucy Craf t Laney Museum. In addition, there is a tour of the museum. Held 10 a.m. to noon the first Saturday of the month. Call 724-3576.

Seniors 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. COMPUTER CLASSES FOR SENIOR CITIZENS Tuesdays and

CSRA WRITERS will meet May 13 at 6:30 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Booksellers. Writers in need of a suppor t group are encouraged to attend; please bring seven copies of a manuscript to be critiqued. Contact Lela Turnbull, 738-4114, for more information. (c) 2003 Sesame Workshop. “Sesame Street” and its logo are trademarks of Sesame Workshops. All rights reserved.

Family fun comes to the Bell Auditorium May 13-14 with Sesame Street Live’s “Let’s Be Friends.” For tickets, call TicketMaster at 828-7700. 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, pilates and pinochle. For dates and times, phone 826-4480.

AUGUSTA RUGBY CLUB 30TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION with match against the Augusta Rugby Old Boys and possibly a women’s match 1-4:30 p.m. May 17 at Richmond Academy. Free. Call 951-5970 or visit ASU GOLF AWARDS CEREMONY May 13, noon, at Forest Hills Clubhouse. For more information, call 731-7925. AUGUSTA GREENJACKETS HOME GAMES May 8-11, 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


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.

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.

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.

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

Sports FAMILY Y SUMMER RECREATIONAL GYMNASTICS SESSION May 19-Aug. 1 features classes for toddlers through teens. To register, call 738-6678.

GOLDEN HARVEST FOOD BANK needs volunteers during the day, Monday-Friday, to help sor t donated products and assist in their agency shopping area. Help is needed yearround. If you are able to lif t 25 pounds and would like to help fight hunger in the Augusta area, contact Laurie Roper at 736-1199, ex t. 208. THOROUGHBRED RACING HALL OF FAME DOCENTS NEEDED: Duties include opening and closing the Hall of Fame,

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 meets Tuesdays, 6-7:30 p.m. Call 785-0006 for location and information. 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 Mariott. The group is a business networking group designed to give and receive referrals. All professionals welcome. For more information or to join, call Barbara Crenshaw, 868-3772. RIVERWALK TOASTMASTERS meets Mondays, 7 p.m. in Classroom 3 at University Hospital. Call Gale Kan, 855-7071. GUIDELINES: Public Service announcements are listed in this section without charge at the discretion of the editor. Announcements must be received by Monday at noon and will be included as space permits. Send to Events, The Metropolitan Spirit, P.O. Box 3809, Augusta, GA 30914 or fax (706) 733-6663. You may also e-mail listings to or Listings cannot be taken over the phone.



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Adaptation (R) — "Adaptation" is an occasionally inspired film about a writer stymied by his screenplay. Nicolas Cage plays both Charlie Kaufman and his brother Donald (who isn't real), a sor t of creative antibody. Cage's Charlie is a sweat bag of fear about every idea, frantic about losing his hair and not appealing to women he can barely approach; Don is an upbeat, pushy doof prone to bad jokes and happily stupid at titude. Beyond the doubled Cage compulsion (good acting, even bet ter tech work), the film has rich filler. Cast: Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper, Cara Seymour, Tilda Swinton. Running time: 1 hr., 54 mins. (Elliot t) ★★★1/2 Agent Cody Banks (PG) — is about teens recruited by the CIA — Osama, are you watching? Compact hero Cody, 15, gets to derail the scary plan for global domination of another crazy villain (Ian McShane). It blithely exploits such talents as Cynthia Stevenson, Mar tin Donovan and Keith David (tops as the CIA chief). This hyper baby-Bond has gizmos, chases, modestly lavish sets, cheap explosions, a sleek va-voom played by Angie Harmon and a girlish wow played by Hilary Duf f, who's like a Culkin version of Bardot. Running time: 1 hr., 50 mins. (Elliot t) ★★ Anger Management (PG-13) — Af ter "assaulting" a stewardess on a flight, doofy Dave (Adam Sandler) is ordered by a cour t into anger therapy. That means bonding with Buddy (Jack Nicholson), anger management guru, and time with Buddy's pet circle of hair-trigger loons, including Luis Guzman as a gay par ty beast and John Tur turro as a rage-aholic called Chuck. Buddy and Dave get in each other's hair, play mean pranks on each other, trade frat-level penis jokes, run up to Boston and return to New York, where both seem to

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have something going with Dave's girlfriend (Marisa Tomei). "Anger Management" is not bad enough to make you angry, because inevitably the cast cooks some silly fun. Cast: Jack Nicholson, Adam Sandler, John Tur turro, Marisa Tomei, Luis Guzman, Woody Harrelson. Running time: 1 hr., 35 mins. (Elliot t) ★★ Bringing Down the House (PG-13) — Queen Latifah smoothly pockets "Bringing Down the House" as Charlene, a good-hear ted fugitive from the law, turning to a starchy, divorced ta x at torney for refuge and suppor t. Steve Mar tin is the lawyer, Peter. The core idea of this very simple comedy is pure buzz of contrast: Latifah is abundantly, explosively black, while Mar tin may be the whitest man ever to star in movies. Latifah rides out the nonsense in her queenly, Pearl Bailey style. It's a 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. Daddy Day Care (PG) — Two fathers, played by Eddie Murphy and Jef f Garlin, lose their jobs and are

forced to take their sons out of an expensive private day care program. In their spare time, and with the idea of making a few bucks, the two open their own day care facility — and employ some very unor thodox methods of child care. Cast: Eddie Murphy, Steve Zahn, Anjelica Huston, Regina King, Jef f Garlin. 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. 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


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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 presidential nominee unexpectedly dies, Rock appeals to the country’s par ty vein to try and win the election. Bernie Mac stars as his brother and running mate. Cast: Chris Rock, Bernie Mac, Dylan Baker, Tamala Jones, Robin Givens. Holes (PG) — Adapted by Louis Sachar from his highly successful novel, "Holes" has a thick shellac of literary fidelity – Sachar trying to tuck his book elements into one of the quirkiest movies Disney has ever released. "Holes" is mostly set in a juvenile detention camp in the deser t. Teen boys are made to dig big holes to find a legendary Old West crime treasure coveted by the whip-voiced warden (Sigourney Weaver), her yokel henchman called Mr. Sir (Jon Voight) and their prissy assistant (Tim Blake Nelson). The new boy on the digging detail is Stanley Yelnats. Director Andrew Davis, so sure with the tensions of "Under Siege" and "The Fugitive," is amiably sweating this assignment. His tone veers of f on fishing expeditions, sly humor and pathos casting their baited lines nex t to teen terror and prat falling hokum. My kids liked it somewhat more than I did, which probably sums up the movie about as well as any thing should. Cast: Jon Voight, Sigourney Weaver, Shia LaBeouf, Khleo Thomas, Tim Blake Nelson, Henry Winkler, Ear tha Kit t. Running time: 1 hr., 51 mins. ★★1/2 House of 1000 Corpses (R) — Rocker Rob Zombie takes the classic horror route in his film directorial debut. Car trouble forces a group of traveling teens to stop at a gas station/Museum of Monsters and Madmen in the middle of nowhere. But why is a man called Dr. Satan the local hero? Who is stupid enough to ride the museum’s “Murder Ride”? And just what’s in the secret-recipe fried chicken anyway? Cast: Bill Moseley, Karen Black, Chris Hardwick. The Hunted (R) — From "The Hunted," you might learn how to escape from a police dragnet in Por tland, Ore., swim down a river, dry out, eat nothing, forge a deadly knife from scrap steel using a brush fire you've improvised, and then quickly enter the forest for a showdown with Tommy Lee Jones. But it helps greatly if you are Aaron Hallam (Benicio Del Toro), former military killer. He was trained in all the deadly ar ts by L.T. Bonham (Jones). "The Hunted" is "First Blood" shoved into grateful memories of "The Fugitive," with Del Toro less a Rambo than a psycho, and Jones pursuing a guilty rather than innocent man. "The Hunted" star ts to seem like something eaten by angry bears. Cast: Tommy Lee Jones, Benicio Del Toro, Connie Nielsen, Jenna Boyd. Running time: 1 hr., 34 mins. (Elliot t) ★★ 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 The In-Laws (PG-13) — When the daughter of low-key podiatrist Jerry Peyser and the son of CIA

operative Steve Tobias decide to get married, the fathers and their opposite personalities clash with each other right from the get-go. Meticulous Jerry has visions of unpredictable Steve ruining the kids’ perfectly-planned wedding. Meanwhile, Steve is on the go, embarking on dramatic missions and taking of f without warning. When their children find themselves in a dangerous position, the two men star t on a journey that takes them halfway around the globe to rescue the couple. Cast: Michael Douglas, Alber t Brooks, Ryan Reynolds. 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 be in "public service," strays a bit, and feels unappreciated. His nest-hen wife (Bernadet te Peters) is a likable k vetcher, while son Asher (Cameron Douglas) fumbles in college and peddles pot, and kid brother Eli (Rory Culkin) is sweet, smar t and geeky. The story is ripe for a TV show. Sor t of "My Big Bickering Jewish Family." Cast: Kirk Douglas, Michael Douglas, Cameron Douglas, Bernadet te Peters, Rory Culkin. Running time: 1 hr., 42 mins. (Elliot t) ★★1/2 The Jungle Book 2 (G) — Mowgli and friends return in this animated sequel to the Disney classic. Mowgli has adjusted to life in the village with all the other humans, but he still misses his animal friends, especially Baloo. When Mowgli sneaks away to the jungle to visit his old pals, it’s a race to see who can find him first: the friends he’s looking to visit or maneating tiger Shere Khan. Cast: John Goodman, Haley Joel Osment, Tony Jay. Kangaroo Jack (PG) — Two childhood friends, Charlie (Jerry O'Connell) and Louis (Anthony Anderson), from Brooklyn are forced to deliver a mysterious envelope to Australia af ter one of them accidentally causes the police to raid a mob warehouse. En route to the land down under, Louis peeks in the package and discovers that it contains $50,000. Af ter the guys arrive in the Outback, they accidentally run over a kangaroo. Louis decides to take pictures of the animal and even puts shades and his lucky jacket on the 'roo, which is only stunned and hops away with the jacket containing the money. Now the guys are forced to chase the animal through the Outback, or they'll have to repay the mob with their lives. The real star of "Kangaroo Jack" is the beautiful Outback. That alone may be wor th the price of admission. Or not. Cast: Jerry O'Connell, Anthony Anderson, Estella Warren, Christopher Walken, Dyan Cannon, Mar ton Csokas. Running time: 1 hr., 30 mins. (McCormick) ★ The Lizzie McGuire Movie (PG) — is something between taf fy, tapioca and a gold brick smoothly entering the Disney vault. It stars Hilary Duf f, 15, the lit tle Houston gal made a household name by the Disney Channel's "Lizzie McGuire" show. The movie takes Lizzie to Rome, where she soon splits of f from her school tour to be shown the city by dreamboat Paolo (Yani Gellman). He's half of a bubble-gum Europop duo, the female half being gone for reasons that are stupid. Lizzie is her look-alike, and gamely subs for her at appearances, even a concer t at the antique Colosseum. The city looks grand as ever, Lizzie smiles splendidly, Paolo gets a bum exit. His dreamboat sinks, but Rome, being old and wise, does not weep. Cast: Hilary Duf f, Adam Lamberg, Alex Borstein, Yani Gellman. Running time: 1 hr., 30 mins.

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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 lit tle schizo in a wispy loincloth, expressively per formed and voiced, but the almost Stone Age my thology rolls over us like layers of geology. 3 hrs. (Elliot t) ★★ Malibu’s Most Wanted (PG-13) — Brad “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, 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 The Matrix: Reloaded (R) — Neo, Morpheus and Trinity return in the sequel to “The Matrix.” The last pocket of humans on Ear th is depending on Neo to fulfill an ancient prophecy and show himself as the one chosen to end the war between humankind and machines. Struggling with his new responsibility, Neo chooses to return to The Matrix in hopes that the experience will give him insight and direction as to how he must proceed with his task. Cast: Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Laurence Fishburne, Hugo Weaving, Monica Bellucci, Nona Gaye. A Mighty Wind (PG-13) — Christopher Guest's folk-music comedy "A Mighty Wind" is more of "A Gentle Breeze." Building his signature, post-Mad version of England's famously wit ty Ealing Studio team, Guest gets tuneful and amusingly of f-tune hoots from himself, Eugene Levy (co-writer here), Catherine O'Hara, Bob Balaban, Larry Miller, Harry Shearer, Fred Willard, Jim Piddock (the clipped Brit), Paul Dooley, J.M. Higgins, Ed Begley Jr., under-used Parker Posey, storky Jane Lynch, infallible Michael McKean and amazing Jennifer Coolidge, who does something with her voice and lips that might lead to a pioneering career at the Kabuki Lounge in Las Vegas. There are many cute touches (and nobody does idiotic bad taste bet ter than Willard), but this gentle comedy is too busy ramblin' and strummin' and whit tlin' its cozy groove to quite take of f as takeof f. Cast: Christopher

Guest, Eugene Levy, Parker Posey, Catherine O'Hara, Fred Willard, Bob Balaban, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, Jennifer Coolidge. Running time: 1 hr., 27 mins. ★★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 patrol, 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. Shanghai Knights (PG-13) — This is a sequel to 2000's silly hit "Shanghai Noon." The sequel feels longer and has some sag. Jackie Chan is a former imperial guardsman from 19th-century Peking, but gone to the Old (then young) West as Chon Wang, a.k.a. John Wayne. He's now a sherif f, and Owen Wilson as scampy ladies' man Roy O'Bannon has decamped to Victorian London, where he is a stubblecheeked waiter, but still has a harem of loyal females. The Chinese imperial seal with a huge diamond is falling into the sneaky hands of an imperial wannabe in exile, who is allied with a wannabe future king of England. The film ends with the usual Chan bonus, a spree of blooper shots. Cast: Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson, Fann Wong, Aaron Johnson, Gemma Jones. Running time: 1 hr., 42 mins. (Elliot t) ★★1/2 What a Girl Wants (PG) — Amanda Bynes hugs and smooches the camera as Daphne Reynolds. Daughter of New York sof t-rock singer Libby (Kelly Preston), she is also the daughter of the very rich and now political Lord Henry Dashwood (Colin Fir th), a British cutie and "future prime minister!" Henry is a bit guilty about split ting with Libby long before. His Moroccan Bedouin wedding with Libby evidently doesn't impede his coming marriage to the militantly upscaling Glynnis (Anna Chancellor). Her snob daughter (Christina Cole) is eager to hate Daphne with blistering superiority. Never intimidated, Daphne dashes to the Dashwood estate in London, where her spunky American adorableness can wreck wedding plans and a lof ty chandelier, yet also make a par ty "rock." Cast: Amanda Bynes, Colin Fir th, Kelly Preston, Jonathan Pryce, Eileen Atkins. Running time: 1 hr., 40 mins. (Elliot t) ★★ X2 (PG-13) — At the hub is the dutiful sequel section, laboring to ex tend the fantasy of a human world infiltrated by power ful, feared mutants, which the 2000 film transplanted from its comic-book roots. Then there is the ef fects section, each mutant get ting a chance to show his/her powers. There is the senior section of power ful old men, the creepy wizard Magneto (Ian McKellen) maintaining a duel of Elite British Accents with the paranormal seer Xavier (Patrick Stewar t). And the "check 'em out" section for new or aspiring stars (Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Kelly Hu, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Aaron Stanford). "X2" seems to have been made by and for people who constantly switch between "Star Trek" episodes and James Bond reruns, while hoping for some Hannibal Lecter. Cast: Patrick Stewar t, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Brian Cox, Alan Cumming, Famke Janssen, Anna Paquin. Running time: 2 hrs., 5 mins. (Elliot t) ★1/2 —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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s a consumable — which is the entire point of it — Disney’s “The Lizzie McGuire Movie” is something between taffy, tapioca and a gold brick smoothly entering the Disney vault. It stars Hilary Duff, 15, the little Houston gal made a household name by the Disney Channel’s “Lizzie McGuire” show, which has pumped the synergy sugar of promo for the movie. Even when klutzy, Lizzie keeps smiling. Duff smiles so often that when she briefly has to be tearful, it has the pathos of a grin being strangled. Duff is likable, a peach. And when she isn’t funny, a little cartoon version of Lizzie pops up like Tinkerbell, giving us her cute thoughts. Walt Disney would have wanted better drawing. As every fan knows already, the movie takes Lizzie to Rome, where she soon splits off from her school tour to be shown the city by dreamboat Paolo (Yani Gellman). He’s half of a bubble-gum Euro-pop duo, the female half being gone for reasons that, later explained, are stupid. Lizzie is her look-alike, and gamely subs for her at appearances, even a concert at the antique Colosseum. It never seems to matter

that she speaks no Italian but chirps away in pure American. The star bumbles through a fashion show in rigs so awful they could have made even Fellini scream. And the plot core is “Roman Holiday” ransacked for the teen market — instead of Audrey Hepburn getting a bit sick, then slipping away covertly to see Rome via Vespa with reporter Gregory Peck, Lizzie feigns being sick so she can tour Vespishly with Paolo. As a Roman movie, this cannot rival “Roman Holiday,” “Open City” or “La Dolce Vita,” and even falls short of “Rome Adventure” and “Three Coins in the Fountain.” Though thrilled by Rome, it suggests that Bernini designed the Trevi Fountain (he didn’t) and that Caravaggio was burned at the stake (he wasn’t). Still, the city looks grand as ever, Lizzie smiles splendidly, a hotel man tries to be an Italian Rowan Atkinson, and a school chaperone is somewhere between Janeane Garofalo and Queen Latifah in “Chicago.” We get Dean Martin singing, fireworks and spaghetti. Paolo gets a bum exit. His dreamboat sinks, but Rome, being old and wise, does not weep.

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wrote the tunes with Reiner. The three even took Spinal Tap on the road two years ago. The Folksmen, who opened for Spinal Tap on that tour, have been a satellite of the “Tap” universe for years, but the acting trio was leery of turning the group loose on a movie. “We didn’t want to do another documentary that was like ‘Spinal Tap,’ where it was about the Folksmen now on tour. It was like, been there, done that, bought the T-shirt,” McKean says. The project only jelled when Guest and Levy dreamed up the idea of a reunion show for ‘60s folk favorites. “And then coincidentally, public broadcasting started doing real reunion shows of real folk artists,” Shearer notes. “So that sort of set up the gag for us.” In “A Mighty Wind” — whose title is positively redolent of the classic Tap album “Break Like the Wind” — the passing of a beloved folk manager inspires his son (Bob Balaban) to stage a memorial concert. The show, naturally, is televised by public TV. The Folksmen haven’t played together since their glory days, when they made such classics as “Blood on the Coal” — perhaps the ultimate folk song, about a train wreck in a coal mine. While the film has plenty of fun with the earnestness and well-meaning banality of traditional folk, Levy insists it’s not meant as satire. “Satire is cutting and sharp,” he says. “It holds something up in a way that is immediately laughable. This is not that. “I think this really is a character comedy that is set against the world of folk music, like all our films are set against whatever their world is — whether it’s small-town Blaine, Mo., in ‘Guffman,’ or a dog show (in ‘Best in Show’). “We’re not lampooning the people involved. I think we have too much affection for the subject matter to be true satirists.”

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ouisiana six-pack the Red Stick Ramblers are the Blind Willie act described by festival promoters as “difficult to pigeonhole.” Bringing an eclectic mix of Cajun, jazz and swing to the table, the Ramblers seem to agree that it’s an accurate description. “Basically, we’re just interested in string band music and older string band music,” says Josh Caffery, who plays mandolin and guitar for the group. “The more and more we play, we become interested in different things. I think there’s commonalities in all the stuff we play. I think one thing that’s common in all the stuff we do is sort of a driving rhythm and strong melodies.” Essential in meshing everything together, says fiddler and vocalist Linzay Young, is the strength of the band’s drummer. “We have a really good drummer and rhythm section. I think that has a lot to do with it, too. Makes it cohesive,” he says. “The fiddles, you can play so many different kinds of music. When you have a bass player and drummer holding it together, it kind of gives it a cohesive feel.” The group, borne of the members’ desire to seek out others sharing an interest in the same traditional American music, formed a little over three years ago in Baton Rouge, La. They soon found themselves developing quite a following among the Louisiana State University crowd, a success that came as a surprise to some in the community. Caffery wasn’t one of them. “It was sort of new for around here,” he says. “I think that, at least in Baton Rouge, there had never been a band that had been playing traditional Cajun music or traditional strings music that had had a good college following. A lot of it is because we’re in our 20s and we do have sort of a younger following around here, young people that like the music and like to dance. I think in general, there’s a renewed interest in roots music. I guess to some degree, we’ve benefited from that.” Young attributes the Red Stick Ramblers’ success among various crowds to Cajun’s roots as good-time music. “The Cajun music is always wellreceived,” he says. “I don’t know if (audiences) have never heard Cajun


“We’re playing it, we’re young, we’re having fun with it. Maybe it will bring people more into realizing that there’s this deep tradition around here that’s really cool.” - Josh Caffery music before and it’s just a natural reaction. It’s a real loose, relaxed feeling.” At a Red Stick Ramblers show, it’s not unusual to see crowds on their feet and moving to the music. At the very least, a few brave souls, as Young puts it, will be up and dancing. “There’s something about string bands that sort of gets people going,” says Caffery. “I think the sound of a lot of strings playing together and rhythm just sort of gets people moving.” “When you know people are just there to have a good time and dance – and listen to the music – it just gives it a more relaxed atmosphere. It’s a bit easier to play,” says Young. During the spring and summer months, the Ramblers spend most of their time on the festival circuit, which is set to bring them through Thomson May 17 for the Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival. When The Spirit asked Caffery what he liked about playing festivals, he replied, “Festivals are more of a family environ-

ment, and I think our music appeals to a broad range of age groups. We like to think that our music is fun to listen to for everyone from 7, 8 years old to 80 or 90.” He says that, even if you haven’t been exposed to traditional American music, the tunes of the Red Stick Ramblers serve as a great introduction to those genres, particularly the music of Louisiana. “Louisiana is sort of a melting pot for music,” Caffery explains. “I think we reflect the different facets of music that’s come through here.” And native Louisianians aren’t immune to the Ramblers’ toe-tapping rhythms. “Around here, I think people are proud that the music we play, a lot of it is from right around here. So it’s like music that’s really tied to this area. It’s not something that’s manufactured. … I think people are proud of that and respond to it. I also think they have it in their blood.” “It’s good because a lot of what you hear on the radio and stuff around here

isn’t the good traditional Cajun music; it’s sort of the rocked-out stuff. I think a lot of people are maybe drawn more into the real traditional stuff,” says Caffery. “We’re playing it, we’re young, we’re having fun with it. Maybe it will bring people more into realizing that there’s this deep tradition around here that’s really cool.” The Red Stick Ramblers are just one band scheduled to entertain you at the 10th annual Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival. Magic Slim and the Teardrops, Sean Costello, Steve James, Del Rey, Neal Pattman, Mudcat and the Crosstie Walkers will also play. Gates open at noon, May 17. The festival site is located two miles north of I-20, off exit 172 in Thomson. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the gate; get them from Tix Online at or (803) 2784TIX, or from Thomson-McDuffie County Tourism, (706) 597-1000. For even more festival info, log on to



ast weekend’s 10th annual Music Midtown in Atlanta was another great success for musicians and fans alike. The extremely well-run festival, featuring three days of music performed on five different stages, represented most every genre and style of music imaginable. Although rain and lightning marred Friday evening’s festivities, Saturday was the real deal with great shows all over the festival grounds. It was terrific to witness JOE COCKER’S act, as the “rotating rocker” looked and sounded better than he has in years. The singer is well-known these days for his clean, straight-edge lifestyle, which translated into a powerful hour-long show that included “The Letter,” and “You Can Leave Your Hat On.” DAVE MASON, another survivor from the ‘60s, has obviously cleaned up his act as well and went over well with strong renditions of “Only You Know and I Know,” “We Just Disagree,” and the TRAFFIC favorites “40,000 Headmen” and “Dear Mr. Fantasy.” Others that impressed were COLLECTIVE SOUL, BEN HARPER, THE GIPSY KINGS, EDGAR WINTER and CROSBY, STILLS AND NASH. The demographics for CSN were all over the place as thousands of young and old hippies alike partied side by side, letting their freak flags fly. Highlights of their set included “Our House,” “Almost Cut My Hair” and their infectious opener, “Carry On.” Go Insane Part 2 Dept. “Say You Will,” the new album from FLEETWOOD MAC, is not the safe, corporate-friendly outing one might expect from the veteran rockers. With CHRISTINE MCVIE’S departure from the band, the songwriting and singing is shared by LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM and STEVIE NICKS. Buckingham’s songs would not be out of place on his uneven but adventurous solo projects and even remind one of his work on 1979’s double-trouble Mac album “Tusk.” Ms. Nicks’ numbers benefit greatly from Buckingham’s arranging and production skills as her songs here are much stronger than her recent solo efforts. Containing 18 songs, the album is a bit on the long side but is still another winner for the Mac.


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The Augusta Greenjackets and the South Atlantic Baseball League are celebrating the League’s 100th year with their “Country Grand Slam” concert July 4. JOHN MICHAEL MONTGOMERY will headline the family-friendly event. Her Favorite Position Dept. MADONNA always likes being on top — of the charts, that is. The entertainer got her wish last week as “American Life” claimed the No. 1 spot on the album charts. The disc sold over 240,000 copies, nabbing top honors, but her total first week sales are almost half of her last outing, 2000’s “Music.” Has the diva lost popularity or is rampant file sharing to blame? Turner’s Quick Notes: DAVE MATTHEWS BAND violinist BOYD TINSLEY’S first solo disc, “True Reflections,” is due June 17 ... GEORGE WYLIE, co-writer of the “Gilligan’s Island” theme, died last week at 87 ... CHEAP TRICK’S “Special One” is completed and is set for release in July ... Ex-PIXIE FRANK BLACK has “Show Me Some Tears” in September ... Holding a grudge? KENNY G has a “Best-of” of 19 (whew) songs planned for next month. Wake me up when it’s over. Turner’s Rock and Roll Jeopardy A. His real name is Steveland Morris.


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ow hard, you ask, can three exhomecoming kings and a pal rock? The answer, if the foursome is alternative rock group Socialburn, is pretty darn hard. The homecoming king information (or fodder for blackmail, if that’s your thing) is a tidbit mentioned on the band’s official press bio – and it’s come back to haunt them in just about every article since. (This one, of course, is no exception.) It’s as much a part of the Socialburn experience as is their talk about the small town they all grew up in, Blountstown, Fla. Blountstown – the boys will tell you that it’s tucked away somewhere between Tallahassee and Panama City – is the source of some serious hometown pride for Socialburn. The group, together for only a few years, released their debut album, Elektra Records’ “Where You Are,” just three months ago, but already the boys from Blountstown are living the big-city dream. They’ve opened up for popular act Seether, received airplay for first single “Down” on

the music television and radio circuits, and even worked with famed producer John Kurzweg to put together the album. Kurzweg is also known for his production work with Creed and Puddle of Mudd. That partnership has led to some critics’ comparisons of Socialburn to the groups Kurzweg has worked with in the past. Other comparisons run the gamut from Nirvana to Collective Soul, Silverchair to Fuel, Bush to The Calling. The similarities have also led some critics to question Socialburn’s ability to stand out in the already-crowded arena of modern rock. But one thing that hasn’t been questioned is the fledgling band’s work ethic. The album’s companion tracks to “Down” are strong in their own right. Given time and the chance to develop, these right-out-of-school youngsters should be able to produce a sound all their own. Effort, however, is nothing new to the Socialburn crew. The boys – vocalist and guitarist Neil Alday, guitarist and vocalist Chris Cobb, bass player and vocalist Dusty Price

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and drummer Brandon Bittner – have been working hard since they formed the band (by accident, they say, when they started jamming for fun on a fishing trip) as teens. One of the boys’ bedrooms doubled as a practice space. And Alday’s very cool mom burned Socialburn CDs for distribution to points around Blountstown and beyond. Blanketing the rural Florida landscape – in an area decidedly more in favor of country stars than metal-tinged guitars – with their do-it-your-

self singles, Socialburn developed quite a hometown following. It’s ultimately what led to a record deal. Live, Socialburn is reputed to put on a great show, backing up their catchy tunes with stage presence that belies their youth. On May 15, you’ll have the chance to decide for yourself. Socialburn is scheduled to play a Wednesday night show at Crossroads Bar. For more information about the show, call Crossroads at 724-1111.


Paramount May Sue J. Lo The video is “I’m Glad,” and is meant as an homage to the 1983-produced movie “Flashdance.” In fact, Paramount may want Lopez for a remake. But they say that the moves are just too close to the dance moves in the film and may have to be compensated. “You’re a $%#@!” On CBS’ “60 Minutes,” Bob Dole, the former Republican presidential candidate who tends to refer to himself in third person, used Jack Osbourne’s recent rehab facility vacation as proof positive that reality television is bad, bad, bad and that the Osbournes are “dysfunctional people.” Kelly Osbourne said it was ridiculous that Dole turned her brother’s predicament into a national issue, and then she called him a word that we can’t print. (It begins with a “t,” ends with a “t” and has a “w” and an “a” in the middle.) The Vampire Lestat Goes to Broadway Those 18th-century vampires put their fingers into everything, don’t they? Elton John and Bernie Taupin are going to collaborate again to put together songs for the Broadway musical “Lestat,” based on Anne Rice’s “Interview

With the Vampire,” “The Vampire Lestat” and “Queen of the Damned.” The show should be ready by 2005, and Taupin says that it is not a rock opera and is devoid of Gothic cliché. Hold onto your hats, though. “Batman” is considering a move to Broadway himself. 50 Cent’s $32,000 Doctor Bill Those gunshot wounds may look cool, but they come at a price. According to Dr. Nader Paksima, the treatment for multiple gunshot wounds suffered by rapper 50 Cent almost three years ago came with a $32,511.87 price tag – and 50 hasn’t paid. That’s why Paksima is taking the singer to court. Paksima’s attorney, Christopher Galiardo, says he’s confident the matter will be settled before going to trial. Tatu Run Off by London Police Russian lesbian pop duo Tatu and a crowd of schoolgirl fans were told to move on by London police Wednesday after the popsters attempted to film a video for their new single, “Show Me Love,” opposite the Houses of Parliament. British law prohibits the gathering of crowds near the House of Lords or House of Commons when parliament is sitting.

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Turtleneck plays Friday and Saturday nights this weekend: Catch them at the Hangnail Gallery May 9 and at Crossroads May 10.

Thursday, 8th The Bee’s Knees - 12 Tone Lounge The Big Easy - Buzz Clif ford, George Sykes Blind Pig - The Miracle Whips featuring Randy Carver Cafe Du Teau - Bernard Chambers 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 - Ruskin Michael’s - Marilyn Adcock Modjeska - DJ Richie Rich Orange Moon - Open Mic Playground - Open Mic Night Red Lion - Origin Shannon’s - Bar t Bell

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Friday, 9th Back Roads - DJ The Bee’s Knees - Jazz Sessions with Moniker The Big Easy - Air Apparent Blind Pig - Shameless Dave and the Miracle Whips featuring Pops Borders - Will McCranie Cafe Du Teau - Bernard Chambers Club Argos - Argos Angels Stephanie Ross, Leslie Lerue, Barbara and Brazia Coliseum - Julianna McDeigh Continuum - Hypnotik Enter tainment All-Star Showcase Cotton Patch - E&L Productions Coyote’s - The Rhes Reeves Band Crossroads - Special Edition of Club Sin with


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Saturday, 10th Back Roads - DJ The Bee’s Knees - Kari Gaf fney The Big Easy - Buzz Clif ford, George Sykes Blind Pig - Shameless Dave and the Miracle Whips Borders - Rod Macker t Cafe Du Teau - Bernard Chambers Club Argos - Argos Angels Cabaret with Petite DeJonville, Claire Storm, Ms. Sasha Coliseum - International Male Revue Continuum - Drum ‘n’ Bass with DJ Nick Snow Cotton Patch - John Kolbeck, Saturday Night Live on Riverwalk with Free Beer Band Coyote’s - The Rhes Reeves Band Crossroads - Tur tleneck, Shaun Piazza, Shaman Mar y D. Timm’s - Joe Patchen and the Blue Diamond Express Durango’s - Magic Hat Fox’s Lair - Tara Scheyer Greene Streets - Karaoke Hangnail Gallery - Absint, Shiver, Astridhaven, Mur Joe’s Underground - Happy Bones Last Call - Tony Howard, DJ Richie Rich


The Lighthouse - Loose Change Metro Coffeehouse - Live Af ternoon Bluegrass Michael’s - Marilyn Adcock Modjeska - Secret Society The Pourhouse - Tony Howard and Band Red Lion - Sabo and the Scorchers Soul Bar - Soul*Bar*Sound*Lab Surrey Tavern - Soul Dimension

Sunday, 11th Cafe Du Teau - The Last Bohemian Quar tet Cotton Patch - Wayne Capps Orange Moon - Live Reggae Pizza Joint - The Big Mighty The Shack - Karaoke, Sasha’s Talent Show Somewhere in Augusta - Pat Blanchard

Monday, 12th Coliseum - Q.A.F. Continuum - Monday Madness Crossroads - Club Sin with DJ Chris Greene Streets - Karaoke Joe’s Underground - Mike Baideme Surrey Tavern - The John Kolbeck Experience

Tuesday, 13th Adams Nightclub - Karaoke with Bill Tolber t The Bee’s Knees - 12 Tone Lounge Coliseum - Tournament Tuesday D. Timm’s - Joe Patchen and the Blue Diamond Express Greene Streets - Karaoke Joe’s Underground - Keith “Fossill” Gregory 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

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Kari Gaffney performs at The Bee’s Knees Saturday, May 10. continued from page 55 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 - Keith “Fossill” Gregory Michael’s - Marilyn Adcock Modjeska - Theology On Tap Playground - Karaoke with Mike and Scot t The Shack - Karaoke Shannon’s - Bar t Bell, Steve Chappell Somewhere in Augusta - Brandon Bower

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Stephen Malkmus - Echo Lounge, Atlanta - May 8 Avril Lavigne - The Arena at Gwinnet t Center, Duluth, Ga. - May 8 Saw yer Brown, Blake Shelton - Georgia Mountain Fair, Hiawassee, Ga. - May 10 Ministry - Ear thlink Live, Atlanta - May 11 Angie Aparo - The Jazz Corner, Hilton Head Island, S.C. - May 11 Johnny Marr and the Healers - 40 Wat t Club, Athens, Ga. - May 12; Masquerade, Atlanta May 13 Steve Earle and the Dukes - The Handlebar, Greenville, S.C. - May 12 Bozo Porno Circus - Riviera Club, Atlanta - May 13 Etta James and The Roots Band - Symphony Hall, Atlanta - May 14 2 Skinnee J’s - Masquerade, Atlanta - May 15 Willie Nelson - Chastain Park Amphitheatre, Atlanta - May 16 Dezeray’s Hammer - The Handlebar, Greenville, S.C. - May 16 Pete Yorn - Tabernacle, Atlanta - May 16 Vic Chesnutt - 40 Watt Club, Athens, Ga. - May 17 Nada Surf, Sondre Lerche - Echo Lounge, Atlanta - May 17 Rick Springfield - Chastain Park Amphitheatre, Atlanta - May 17 Eddie From Ohio - The Handlebar, Greenville, S.C. - May 17 Dave Chappelle - The Tabernacle, Atlanta - May 18 The Eagles - Philips Arena, Atlanta - May 19-20 Camarosmith - Echo Lounge, Atlanta - May 22 Supersuckers - Echo Lounge, Atlanta - May 24 Mel Tillis, Pam Tillis - Georgia Mountain Fair, Hiawassee, Ga. - May 24 Kenny Loggins - Chastain Park Amphitheatre, Atlanta - May 25 Earth, Wind & Fire - Chastain Park Amphitheatre, Atlanta - May 25 Tomahawk, Melvins - Masquerade, Atlanta - May 28 Pretty Girls Make Graves - Masquerade,

Atlanta - May 29 Arrested Development - Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta - May 30 James Taylor - Chastain Park Amphitheatre, Atlanta - June 2-3 Fleetwood Mac - Philips Arena, Atlanta - June 3 Ash - Echo Lounge, Atlanta - June 3 David Lee Roth - Chastain Park Amphitheatre, Atlanta - June 6 Film, Jet - Echo Lounge, Atlanta - June 6 Charlie Daniels, Chris Cagle - Georgia Mountain Fair, Hiawassee, Ga. - June 7 Dan Fogelberg - Chastain Park Amphitheatre, Atlanta - June 8 Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Lucinda Williams - Chastain Park Amphitheatre, Atlanta - June 11 Olivia New ton-John - Chastain Park Amphitheatre, Atlanta - June 15 !!!, Outhud - Echo Lounge, Atlanta - June 15 Peter Gabriel - Chastain Park Amphitheatre, Atlanta - June 16 Heart - Chastain Park Amphitheatre, Atlanta June 22 Aretha Franklin - Chastain Park Amphitheatre, Atlanta - June 24 Boston - Chastain Park Amphitheatre, Atlanta June 29 Brenda Lee, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - Georgia Mountain Fair, Hiawassee, Ga. - July 5 The Fall - Echo Lounge, Atlanta - July 12 Many tickets are available through TicketMaster outlets, by calling 828-7700, or online at w w Tickets may also be available through Tix Online by calling 278-4TIX or online at w w Night Life listings are subject to change without notice. Deadline for inclusion in Night Life calendar is Tuesday at 4 p.m. Contact Rhonda Jones or Lisa Jordan by calling 738-1142, fa xing 736-0443 or e-mailing to or

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n April Wall Street Journal report highlighted several states’ elementary school “anti-bully” policies that have banned roughhousing, name-calling and even “mean looks” and pointed gossip, and encouraged teaching the little kids a language of sensitivity and tolerance. However, one problem some kids fear from such training and language is that, as they move up to middle schools and run into other kids who will be baffled by such sensitivity, the tolerancetrained kids are even more likely to get beaten up. • In mid-March, as war started in Iraq, a resolution was introduced in the Seattle City Council offering support for U.S. troops. However, some council members wanted to use the resolution to express opposition to the war, while others wanted to go beyond troop support to commend the war itself. When the Council finally agreed on a politically bland-enough resolution on April 14, it meant that the members had been fighting over the wording of the resolution for a longer time than it took U.S. troops to enter Iraq and capture Baghdad. Readers’ Choice • A 17-year-old boy lost sight in both eyes in a “potato gun” accident in Denton, Texas, in April. The “gun” (a length of pipe in which a household explosive is ignited, propelling a potato out the other end, although in this case, it was not a potato but a frog) was being experimented with by several teenagers but failed to fire, and the victim, who had been a mere bystander, stepped up to have a look down the pipe to see what might have gone wrong, just as the gun finally fired. The Continuing Crisis • According to an Associated Press report, six candidates for city offices in Charleston, W.Va., misspelled their party affiliations in their official filing forms in January. Among the variations were “Democart,” “Democrate,” “Repbulican” and “Repucican.” In fact, one of the city council incumbents had, four years earlier, also declared himself to be a “Democart.” • In Center Township, Pa., in January, Mark Ferrara called for paramedics when his daughter, 7, couldn’t resist trying to lick a frozen metal pole at her school bus stop, and got stuck. And according to a BBC News report about a colder-than-normal January in Russia, a young man in the southern city of Stavropol, answering a call of nature behind a bus stop shelter, turned abruptly so that his exposed organ inadvertently stuck to the metal siding; a bystander hustled up a kettle of warm water to unstick him. • The Rent Stabilization Board of Berkeley, Calif., which regulates residential rates and fights landlord abuses but which is increasingly frustrated by the sky-high




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

Advising an Aries to have more patience is like commanding a bonfire to burn in slow motion. Nevertheless, I am at least going to make the effort. Therefore, please be aware that if you would like to place yourself in maximum alignment with cosmic trends, you should find a way to be perfectly content as you watch and wait; you should figure out how to enjoy dwelling calmly in a state of trusting faith; and you should fantasize freely about the delights that will come to you if you cultivate quiet, relaxed confidence.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

Before the 1820s, the mosquito was unknown in Hawaii. But when whaling ships from distant lands began visiting, they brought hordes of the annoying creatures as stowaways in their water casks. I suggest you keep this scenario in mind in the coming week, Taurus; let it serve as a warning beacon. According to my astrological assessment, the new world you have recently begun to inhabit resembles a paradise without mosquitoes. You may have to take special measures to keep it that way, like prohibiting whaling ships from dropping anchor in your harbor — or the metaphorical equivalent.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

I hope you have a spiritual path. It doesn’t matter what kind, as long as you have some relationship with a benevolent source of life and love beyond your little ego. Having said that, I also want to advocate the importance of not taking your spiritual path too damn seriously. Grave fanaticism in any form, even if devoted to a noble cause, is dangerous not only to your mental health, but also to that of the people around you. This week it will be especially important for you to be playfully mocking towards that which you hold most sacred. Examples? Put underwear on a Buddha statue, insert a dirty limerick into your prayers to the goddess, enjoy some heavy petting in a synagogue, visualize yourself tickling Jesus.

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SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Scorpio actress Rachel Ticotin has appeared in many movies, including “Con Air,” “Natural Born Killers” and “Full Disclosure,” but my favorite is “Total Recall.” Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, it’s a science fiction thriller that largely takes place in a human colony on Mars. Ticotin plays a sleazy but demure hooker who is secretly a rebel freedom fighter plotting to overthrow the corrupt, oppressive government. Can you imagine any better role for a Scorpio? It’s a perfect example of how your tribe’s dark side can be expressed constructively. I suggest you find or create your own equivalent in the coming weeks.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

I’d like to give fair warning to your inner critic, your pessimistic tendencies, and the part of your psyche that harbors lowered expectations. In the coming months, the astrological omens will be compelling me to forecast a high level of health, happiness and hallelujah-shouting. So if you would prefer to remain stuck in outmoded fantasies about your unworthiness, I suggest you avoid my horoscopes for the foreseeable future. If, on the other hand, you’re ready to boost your faith in your ability to get what you want, please stay tuned.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

I’m smarter in some parts of the earth than in others. In Florence, Amsterdam and Milwaukee, my IQ is off the charts. In Munich, Madrid and Washington, D.C., I’m rather dull-witted. Even in Northern California, where I usually live, some places are more conducive to my higher brain functioning. I’m an idiot on Market Street in San Francisco, for example, whereas I’m awash in wise insights whenever I set foot on Mt. Tamalpais. What’s this about? The specialized branch of astrology called astrocartography would say that the full potentials of my horoscope are more likely to emerge in certain power spots. In the coming weeks, Virgo, I urge you to investigate the possibility that this phenomenon holds true for you, too. Wander around and test to see where you feel most in tune with your deep, brilliant self.


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LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

At a recent concert, devotional singer Krishna Das recounted a story of escorting his revered teachers, a frail old Indian couple, to an acupuncturist in New York. They had to walk through a neighborhood dominated by strip clubs, prostitutes and drug dealers. Every few feet, a new salesperson approached with an offer of crack, weed, crank or sexual adventures. Krishna Das worried about subjecting his beloved guides to such a degrading experience, but they were unfazed. “This is heaven,” said the woman. When a surprised Krishna Das asked what she meant, she replied, “Heaven is any place where one’s needs can be met.” My wish for you this week, Libra, is that you be as open-minded as she was about where heaven might reside for you.

I’m on my periodic oracular scavenger hunt, wandering the globe trolling for fresh metaphors to inspire my prophecies. While visiting the Hawaiian island of Molokai, I’ve found one that is a good fit for your current astrological aspects. Though many roads crisscross Molokai’s 260-square-mile expanse, there is not a single traffic signal anywhere. By my reckoning, this closely resembles the terrain you will be traveling over in the next two weeks: not a red light in sight.

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SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

A British veterinarian nurse saved the life of a fivefoot king snake a few weeks ago. While giving birth, Nipper stopped breathing, whereupon Claire Farina administered mouth-to-mouth resuscitation until the creature’s respiration resumed. I’m not predicting that you will literally give the kiss of life to a serpent in the coming week, Sagittarius, but I imagine you’ll pull off the metaphorical equivalent. How, exactly, I can’t say. Will you rescue a hissing slitherer? Will you expand your capacity to to express wild kindness?







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PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

Western science and religion have differing views on how the universe was created, but they agree that it happened a long time ago. Tantra and other less publicized spiritual traditions, on the other hand, assert that the universe is recreated anew in every moment through the divinely erotic play of god and goddess. They say that if we humans treat love-making as an experimental sacrament, we can attune ourselves to the union of the two primal deities and, in a sense, participate in the ongoing creation of the world. So are you up for some cosmos-generating sex this week, Pisces? The astrological omens say you are. — © Rob Brezsny You Can Call Rob Brezsny, day or night, for your Expanded Weekly Horoscope

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AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

“I am superior to you only in one point,” Narcissus tells Goldmund in Herman Hesse’s novel “Narcissus and Goldmund.” “I’m awake, whereas you are only half awake, or completely asleep sometimes. I call a man awake who knows in his conscious reason his innermost unreasonable force, drives, and weaknesses, and knows how to deal with them.” I am borrowing this pithy little speech for your horoscope, Aquarius. You, too, are only half-awake. But you’re now in prime time to find out much more about your innermost unreasonable force, drives and weaknesses — and become more skilled in dealing with them

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sit composing your horoscope on my lanai at the Napili Sunset, I can indeed see aquamarine waves breaking majestically in the distance. In the foreground, my eyes are thrilled by the sight of lush orange hibiscus flowers and red torch ginger. The only element not mentioned in the guidebook is a parking lot where there’s a large dumpster crammed so full of garbage bags that the lid can’t close. Will I let this intrusion spoil my idyllic enjoyment? Hell no. Likewise, Capricorn, I hope you won’t let a single glitch darken your otherwise fantastic run of good fortune in the coming week.












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hat’s happened to love in our society? I resent that women won’t even look at a man without money. I’m a guy, 28, who’s flat broke. I’m not some lifelong bum. Of course, even when I had money, it was hard to find women who weren’t married, screwed up, or too lacking in feminine features. Now, just because I’ve fallen on hard times, even women who aren’t that attractive won’t go for me. I’ve always said a couple should live as if they are homeless: Even if you have no roof, no food, no money and no prospects, you still have one thing left. Yes, love. Shouldn’t love prevail, even in hard times? —It Isn’t the Principle

Yes, yes, love should prevail! Not only should love prevail, Rene Russo and Ashley Judd should schedule a creamed-corn wrestling match to fight it out for yours. Of course, if one or both aren’t girly enough for you, you should be able to mosey down to the nearest bar, toss a pick-up line to the most beautiful woman there, and have her follow you home like a dog on a trail of cubed steak. Choose your pick-up line carefully. Something like, “Buenos knockers,” might win you points for foreign language skills, but with, “Hey, baby, spare a quar ter?” you’ll fill your bed while filling your pockets with much-needed change. My, what a huge ... sense of entitlement you have. It’s one thing to hope that a woman who loves you will stand by you when you’re down. It’s another thing entirely to expect all womankind to line up in lawn chairs at 6 a.m., rock concer t-style, for a total stranger who’s down. No, women don’t want to hear there’s a wait where you’re taking them for dinner — especially if it’s because you’ll be standing in line at a soup kitchen. (Luckily, you’re likely to have good seats for the movie — that is, unless anybody’s standing in front of the appliance store window when you arrive.) Why are women so shallow? Pret ty much for the same reason you aren’t hit ting on chicks who are ringers for teamsters (down to the crew cut and the paunch). Contrary to the notion held by irate “flabulous” women who steer me to “fat acceptance” Web sites like “Fat!So?” (, what men find at tractive is not a result of messages Vogue edit-atrix Anna Wintour secretly beamed into their brains. Actually, as anthropologist Donald Symons wrote, “Beauty is in the adaptations of the

beholder” — meaning that the adaptations men evolved to find beautiful are those which pointed to a woman surviving not only childbir th, but years of “Cave Mommy & Me” playgroups. Women, on the other hand, evolved to want big men on campus. Not because they’ve looked forward, for generations, to making you miserable — but because men of status and power could best suppor t their furry lit tle children. Man-hunting women should go to the gym, then slap on some Revlon — not waste their time e-whining complaints like, “What we need to hear is a collective ‘what-EVER!’ for the men who think that a few ex tra pounds make us instantly undesirable.” Woman-hunting men need to set about get ting unbroke. (A shame you can’t earn a few bucks renting out space on that gigantic chip on your shoulder.) It might be hard to find a job, but it beats trying to find a single, gorgeous, well-adjusted babe to climb into the back seat and make out with you — especially when there’s a wino on either side of you and the back seat’s bolted into some form of public transpor tation.

My husband and I are best friends with a fantastic sex life. We often role-play. One weekend, I was dressed in a Catholic schoolgirl skirt, and my husband was dressed as the teacher. My parents have a key, and we didn’t hear them come in. Since this incident they’ve been trying to get us to seek psychological help. Is what we’re doing in any way unhealthy? —Costume Crisis You’ll never get in to see a therapist. They’re far too busy saving the marriages of miserable people who never have sex to save those of wacky, happy people with “fantastic” sex lives. If you’d like to do something meaningful for your marriage, iron the pleats in your skir t. Your parents are the ones who really need help — for being so lacking in imagination that it didn’t occur to them to knock. The fact that they’re so shocked is a sign — it’s probably high time somebody in their house star ted dressing up like a mean nun. Should you and “Teach” ever feel something’s missing from your marriage, you might explore how a lot of the “healthy” couples do it: Just dress up in crisp Gap casuals and sit side-by-side in a therapist’s of fice, silently resenting each other. (Now, that’s kinky.) — © 2003, Amy Alkon

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Brought to you by The Metropolitan Spirit Cars 1975 MG MIDGET, red, needs work, $500 OBO, 706-7746702 (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 CAMERO, red, great body, t-tops, needs paint and motor, $350, call Candice 706-627-6475 (1060/0508) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1988 HONDA PRELUDE, 5spd, CD, good condition, $950 OBO, 706-738-3167 leave message (1076/0515) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1989 CADILLAC SEVILLE, blue, 4dr, leather, nice car, 706556-6124 (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 706-771-

2215 (1098/0605) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1996 CHEVROLET CAMERO, 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, 803-279-8326 (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, 706-863-9152 (1061/0508) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 2000 HONDA ACCORD LX, loaded, 72K, dependable, $9600, 706-793-1563 (1071/0515) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 2000 HONDA CIVIC EX, loaded, 49.5K, $10,900, 706556-0892 (1073/0515) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 2001 BMW 330i, white, new tires, 4dr, 41K, sunroof, loaded, 706-737-3534 or 706-3944681 (1082/0529)

sails, mast & boom, $475 complete, 706-481-0500 x-118 (1086/0529) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– WINDSURFING Trailer, lockable, carries 4 boards plus lots of equipment $350, 706-4810500 x-118 (1087/0529) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1995 SEARAY 200, Signature Bow Rider, 250 running hours on a 5.7ltr V8, was $26,000 new, asking $14,000 firm, has all the bells and whistles including tandem trailer, 706-8298002 (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)

Other WINDSURFING Mistral Competition with straps, 2

1995 NISSAN PATHFINDER XE, 4WD, 5spd, sunroof, am, fm, CD, alloy wheels, new tires, hoses, belts & wipers, excellent condition, $6995, 706-8298002 (1065/0508) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1997 FORD EXPEDITION, 1/2 ton, V8, 4WD, rear air, leather, extended warranty, tow package, 3rd seat, alloy wheels, CD, 706-829-8002 (1066/0508) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1997 NISSAN PATHFINDER, Luxury Edition, auto, 4X4, leather, CD, power everything, 78K, $11,500, 706-868-6344 (1074/0515) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1999 FORD EXPEDITION, green, tan interior, 2WD, leather, 6 CD changer, 3rd seat, rear air, excellent condition, $16,300, 706-284-4592 or 706-854-9194 (1077/0515)

Trucks 1984 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, 706-738-0911 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, 706-5132585 (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, 706-595-0635 (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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Metro Spirit 05.08.2003  

The Metro Spirit is a free weekly newspaper that serves readers in the Augusta and North Augusta area. Editorial coverage includes Richmond...

Metro Spirit 05.08.2003  

The Metro Spirit is a free weekly newspaper that serves readers in the Augusta and North Augusta area. Editorial coverage includes Richmond...