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whine for the new Petersburg boat that won’t go through the lock at Lake Olmstead. A 3mile tour of an 8-mile-long canal. Wow! Why don’t we read about all the good things that Charles Walker is doing like sponsoring the CSRA Classic. I hope we don’t allow the Classic to be destroyed for political purposes. This is a retraction of my whine from a couple of weeks ago. I have to say that the Augusta Comical has restored the phone line for the rants and raves line. Why are people abusing the parking spots marked “new and expectant moms only”? I am pregnant with my third child, and nearly every time I go to a local grocery store, people who are not pregnant take the spots. Today I ran into Publix carrying a baby, my purse and holding my son’s hand through the rain from about seven parking spaces behind the “new and expectant moms only” spot. As I ran past the sign, a middle-aged woman, who was obviously not pregnant, was casually walking her one bag of groceries to her excellent parking space. I know there is no law to defend our parking spots as pregnant women, but show a little more courtesy when it comes to new and expectant moms. Every time another brave U.S. soldier is killed, George W. Bush goes to the Rose Garden and says he will not pull out of Iraq. Well, if Bush is too stubborn to pull out of Iraq, we need to pull him out of the White House in 2004. Augusta government is in a downward spiral. The articles in last week’s paper painted a sad, ignorant picture of the people who are supposed to be leading

the city. The election offers little in the way of help in this matter. Why is it that every other tourism entity, as well as most businesses, in Augusta and the state is working hard to keep Georgia dollars in Georgia and marketing to bring new dollars into the city/state, but the local Convention and Visitors Bureau can turn around and hire a highpriced advertising agency from Fayetteville, N.C.? Let’s all sit back and watch our hotel/motel tax dollars go right out of the city and state. Why isn’t anyone saying anything? Why is our visitors bureau sending our tax dollars to Fayetteville, N.C.? Representative Norwood must be asleep at the switch again. Here we are with hundreds of wounded reserve and National Guard soldiers housed in less than adequate facilities at Ft. Stewart while awaiting treatment. Why didn’t Norwood arrange for them to be transferred to Ft. Gordon and Eisenhower Hospital where there are hundreds of beds in storage? Once again Charlie overlooks the needs of soldiers. But then, this is not an election year! Good old Larry Rogers. There he goes, telling it like it is again. Sure the Lynx may inflate their figures. I wouldn’t doubt it one bit, and I think it is good that Rogers is questioning The Chronicle stories that report the potentially bogus numbers. Rogers is a breath of fresh air at the Civic Center. The Greenbaums and the Cooks need to listen to former governor and U. S. Sen. Zell Miller as he speaks of the failed Democratic Party and the dwarflike candidates running against Pres. George W. Bush. In fact, Sen. Miller has stated he will support Bush in 2004. The Democrats are a failed party and they

Words “This is not a joke. This is serious. I would like to be a candidate for this job.” — Deion Sanders, former Dallas Cowboy and current sports commentator for CBS’ “The NFL Today” recently told ESPN that he wants to be the next head coach of the Atlanta Falcons and replace Coach Dan Reeves. Atlanta can only hope that the Georgia Dome is big enough to accommodate Sanders’ massive head.

lack intelligence for thinking a strategy that couples the war in Iraq with the economy could win the White House. Miller’s latest book is currently available and should be mandatory reading for all Democrats including the Greenbaums and Cooks, or maybe they are waiting for the books on tape version. Well, well … Zig Zag Zell finally made it official this week: He is a low-life Republican who does not have the brains to come out of the closet and just change parties. First the book and now the endorsement of Bush. Zell has his head stuck so far up Dubya’s, Ashcroft’s and Chaney’s behinds it’s sickening. The real question in this sorry tale is how he fooled the Democrats in Georgia for so long (black and white). I know Roy Barnes kicks himself every time he hears Zig Zag’s name. The investigation of the Tax Assessor’s Office gives the outside world the impression that the commissioners are performing a type of extortion from the taxpayers. It’s simple: If the tax assessors don’t bring in the slush money, the department managers continue to waste, the tax assessors are audited. Every sin-

gle Augustan should be picketing in front of the marble palace to let the departments know we will not stand for extortion of the tax assessor’s office to raise taxes. It sucks that Congress gave itself a pay raise when so many of their constituents are in the unemployment line. Same old story that happens time and time again. They aren’t worth what they get paid. No way. These people are the scourge of our country, along with the lobbyists who have bought and paid for the U. S. House of Representatives and the Senate. It’s tacky and sad. The Richmond County Board of Education made a wise decision when they purchased the vacant Davisons and H. L. Green buildings in downtown Augusta and renovated them into their new offices. Augusta Commissioners could learn a lesson from that move. My suggestion to them would be to find another empty multi-story building downtown and renovate it into the new judicial center. I suggest the empty hotel located on Broad Street at Gordon continued on page 8




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Thumbs Down During the month of October, the Augusta Commission held four budget meetings to decide whether or not the city will have to increase property taxes in order to meet the demands of the city’s 2004 budget. While attendance at the first budget meeting was fairly strong, during the last several meetings there have been more reporters and department heads sitting in the audience listening to the budget presentations than there have been commissioners present. Oftentimes, there weren’t even six mem-

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continued from page 6 Highway, the former Days Inn Hotel. This would bring more people downtown to work and shop and save taxpayers millions of dollars building from scratch. Isn’t it a shame that the soldiers that go and fight for our freedom are over at Fort Stewart with no air-conditioned buildings, toilets outside of the building, and we’re building a $2.4 million dollar animal shelter. Seems to me like Americans have got their priorities in the wrong place. We need to take care of our heroes before we take care of the animals. To the whiner complaining about Mayor Young’s suggestion for street vendors to get a peddler’s license as a circumvention of the 10 p.m. curfew in downtown: Last time I checked there was no such thing as a 10 p.m. curfew in downtown. Main Street Augusta, who sponsors First Friday, is simply not liable for anything occurring past 10 p.m. Young was right. Anyone with a peddler’s license can operate downtown past 10 p.m., as is done in most vibrant cities. I think it is a good thing to encourage more people to have a permanent economic presence in downtown. For once, Young actually was on the right side of downtown revitalization efforts. Hats off. This is in response to the weight loss article whines. First let me say it was a great article. Also, to the one who said they lost 50 pounds on their own, congratulations. I myself had to have this surgery, though, to lose 100 pounds. I was not a fat person due to eating, I was overweight because of health issues

related to infertility. Ever heard of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome? Well I had it and it caused insulin problems, which caused me to retain my weight. Since having surgery and losing the 100 pounds, I was able to achieve pregnancy naturally for the first time after trying for 10 long sad years. The surgery was the best thing I had ever done and I know it is not for everyone. Regarding the weight loss article and subsequent whines: The person who said they could not do it may be right. Some people can’t. It is not an easy way out as most people think. It is a life-changing thing and I don’t regret it one minute. I eat whatever I want and at holidays I am not so stuffed that I have to take a nap afterwards. I take one small spoon of everything I want to taste and a taste is all I need. I personally do drink while I eat and I don’t have problems. Hats off to everyone having or thinking about the surgery. Good luck. I see where General Motors is dropping its support for Pontiac in stock car racing. That’s great. You’ll really have just the “big three” represented: Chevy, Chrysler (Dodge) and Ford. Next year ought to be a great year for NASCAR racing! It’s sad to say, but I see the Augusta Mall going down the same path that brought the Regency Mall to its knees. — 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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Therefore, the term “redneck” is a badge of honor and should not have been represented in such a thinly veiled attempt to say that the unjust hangings of the past generated the term. One would think that being in college at ASU you would learn more about history before trying to interpret it into visual form. But here again I bring into question just whose history is being taught by our institutions of so-called higher education. Certainly not the history I was taught, where both sides were shown and you could learn the whole truth, not just the politically correct version. Walker B. McWee Augusta

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s a member of the SPLOST Citizens Committee, I’ve talked to a lot of taxpayers who have told me that they would not vote for the new sales tax extension. But in the past, SPLOST has funded many worthwhile projects all across Richmond County, and the one-cent sales tax is the fairest tax we have. People from all over help our area every time they buy anything in Richmond County, and the money is used to fund projects that would not get done without it. Just to give a little background, I am one of a 21-member committee appointed by the Augusta-Richmond County Commission to hear the proposals from government agencies and private entities for appropriations of the next round of sales tax dollars. It took us about five months to hear all the requests for sales tax dollars; then the county attorney informed us which requests were eligible for SPLOST dollars and which were not. We then formulated a budget. This was only intended to be a discussion budget

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to get the ball rolling; we were trying hard to come up with a list of projects that had something for everyone. Sure, there are projects on our list that I am personally opposed to, but overall the list has something for everyone. I am, for instance, opposed to the cost of the new judicial center. I feel that we could build a good, first-class courthouse for a lot less than $75 million. I have expressed my opinion on this matter many times, but the majority of our members disagree with me, so we moved on. I also fought hard to get all the dollars we needed to build a new main branch library, which I feel is needed very badly in Augusta. Our current main branch library is a disgrace for a city our size. I also would like to see our current Civic Center expanded and improved, which will cost a lot less than building a new one. A lot of folks have told me that they only wanted to fund sewer, water, drainage projects and road improvements with this round of sales tax. At our first meeting, I expressed these same views. George Kolb responded by saying that if we put all our

money into underground pipes and did nothing for quality of life issues, we would have the best underground pipe systems in the country and no one left above ground to enjoy them. He is right — we must have a balance of infrastructure projects and quality of life projects. We are now going out and listening to what the public feels should be included in the next round of sales tax dollars. Afterwards, we will discuss what came up in the public meetings and revise our list to reflect what the taxpayers want. The projects we are looking at are needed for Augusta to become the great city we all know it can and will be. The SPLOST Committee has worked hard to try and be fair and come up with a discussion budget. The members of the SPLOST Citizens Committee have given a lot of their time to try to come up with a list of projects that will help move Augusta into the 21st century and make us look like the second largest city in Georgia that we are. I only ask that the voters look at the big picture.

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istrict 2 Commissioner Marion Williams avoided a runoff with former Commissioner Freddie Handy and solidified the notion that many people in his district are happy with the job he is doing. On the other hand, more people voted for his opponents in the election than voted for him. It is highly possible that if candidate Charlie Hannah, who received the least votes and never really had a chance, had bowed out early and thrown his support to Handy, Williams would be out and Handy would be the new commissioner. Regardless, the controversial commissioner returns for four more years. Williams rose to power four years ago when white Marion Williams Republicans who were tired of Handy sought a challenger to replace him. They enlisted white and black leaders in District 2 to oust Handy and support their man. They had no idea that their choice, Williams, would become their worst nightmare. As The Insider has reported previously, Williams is considered a joke by many people outside his district, especially whites who just can’t comprehend that this man is a force to be reckoned with. The fact that Williams has support among many AfricanAmericans within his district reflects the significant disconnect between whites and blacks in the community. Many whites, and some blacks, view Williams as an arrogant buffoon while his supporters see a committed individual who is fighting the city power structure and championing the cause of the minority community. Get ready for four more years of Williams.

City Administrator George Kolb might want to dust off his résumé. Commissioner Andy Cheek has his “twin brother” back in place. City Attorney Jim Wall must be pleased that he resigned his position. The judicial center location may change a few more times. And newly elected commissioners Don Grantham and Jimmy Smith will get to know Williams up close and personal. All of Augusta will feel the impact of Williams’ next four years … for better or worse. The results in District 8 were as predicted … a Jimmy Smith victory. But candidate Robert Buchwitz put on quite a show in his quest to take the commission seat. Buchwitz fought hard and garnered more support than many thought possible at the beginning of the race. During the process, Smith’s squeaky clean image was tarnished a bit. South Augustans have always liked Smith and they appreciate his leadership, but the manner in which he became a candidate was criticized by many South Augustans who rallied around Buchwitz in this election. Initially, Smith said he Jimmy Smith wouldn’t run and would support Buchwitz. Then, he entered the race after strong encouragement from friends and politicians. When he changed his mind, many South Augustans cried foul and went to work for Buchwitz. In the end, only a few votes separated a Smith victory from a runoff with Buchwitz. Throughout the campaign, many who opposed Smith referred to him as a puppet of the downtown and West Augusta establishment, as well as the old political machine in

South Augusta. Specifically, they expressed concerns that Smith would do the bidding of Augusta Chronicle Publisher Billy Morris and former banker and political insider Monty O’Steen. That thought doesn’t sit well in South Augusta. At the same time, Southside politicos like former Richmond County Sheriff Charlie Webster and former Augusta Commissioner J.B. Powell were perceived as heavy-handed in their effort to encourage Smith into the race and Buchwitz out of it. Then, there were the hardcore Republicans who became disenchanted with Smith along the way. Party loyalists bristled at the involvement of long-time Democrats like Webster and Powell in Smith’s campaign. As the election progressed, some of these people switched their support to Buchwitz, who showed a strong work ethic and took on the role as underdog. All in all, more drama played out in District 8 than any of the other elections. Don Grantham rolled to victory in District 10. As designated heir to Commissioner Bill Kuhlke’s seat, Grantham was a shoe-in from the start. While it was always a foregone conclusion that he would win, Grantham can be credited for working very hard on this campaign. If Don Grantham the energy he put into the election translates to the kind of energy he will expend on the job, Grantham will become a workhorse on the commission. One of the oddest facets of the District 10 race is the candidacy of Sonny Pittman. The long-time political wannabe began plotting a

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campaign as early as 2002. He constantly talked about it, sent e-mails all over the county and sought support from Kuhlke and other political bigwigs for months. He received little encouragement but continued his quest. That is, until the actual election campaign. During the campaign, Pittman was very low-key and he received just over 500 of the 7,500 votes cast. Maybe this will end Pittman’s notion that he is a viable candidate. Let’s hope so. Speaking of Elections As The Insider reported last week, Columbia County Sheriff Clay Whittle is up for reelection next year and former Columbia County Commissioner Jim Whitehead is taking a lead role in the campaign. Political insiders say that Whittle will be challenged by at least one candidate in 2004. Businessman and former law enforcement officer Lewis Blanchard is mounting a campaign to challenge Whittle. Reliable sources report that Blanchard’s campaign charge is being led by Candi Sprague, a well known and energetic Republican (GOP) activist who has been a long-time presence in Augusta politics. Sprague has been involved in one way or another in several local campaigns. She is smart and works like the Energizer Bunny. Blanchard is wise to have her on his team. Sprague bucked Republicans in 1998 when she took the helm of Republicans for Roy Barnes, a group of Republicans so sick of perennial GOP candidate Guy Milner that they supported Barnes, a Democrat. Barnes rolled to victory and Sprague took a job with the gov’s wife, the First Lady of Georgia. It’s early yet but this race could be fun. We’ll follow it as it goes. — 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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Bill Kuhlke

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or the past eight years, Bill Kuhlke and Ulmer Bridges have withstood an immense amount of abuse. As members of the frequently ridiculed and often denounced Augusta Commission, they have become accustomed to public criticism. Whether it’s Augusta Mayor Bob Young painting the local government as a “cesspool” of corruption or a Richmond County special grand jury conducting a nearly three-year investigation of what it called the “sorry state of affairs in our government,” Kuhlke and Bridges have come to accept such condemnations as part of their job. And at times, it was difficult for these two long-time commissioners to disagree with some of the skeptics. In 2000, after the district seats of commissioners Freddie Handy and J.B. Powell were replaced by Marion Williams and Andy Cheek — the now much-talked-about “twin brothers” of the commission — Kuhlke and Bridges couldn’t help but notice a huge power shift occurring on the 10member commission. When Williams and Cheek were elected to the local government, “the gang of six,” as it was nicknamed by The Augusta Chronicle, was born. At that time, commissioners Lee Beard, Richard Colclough, Henry Brigham, Willie Mays, Cheek and Williams began voting regularly together as a group, leaving four men out of the loop: commissioners Jerry Brigham, Steve Shepard, Bridges and Kuhlke. This power shift began what Kuhlke and Bridges once described as the downward spiral of the government. “Chaos,” Kuhlke called the local government in Nov. 2000. “I think since the first of the year, we’ve reversed the positive trend that we’ve tried to develop over the first four years of consolidation. And I think we are headed south in the situation we are in right now.” Bridges echoed Kuhlke’s concerns, telling the Metro Spirit in 2000, “I would describe the actual management of the government as being in a crisis mode.” A lot has changed since those days. Commissioners Bobby Hankerson and Tommy Boyles have replaced both Henry and Jerry Brigham on the commission, thereby again altering its makeup. And soon another change will occur. On Dec. 31, Kuhlke and Bridges will step down from the district seats they have held since elected in 1995. These two commissioners have been a part of

local government since the birth of consolidation. They’ve given eight years of their lives to the citizens of Augusta-Richmond County. Eight years of their lives that were anything but easy. “The biggest comment as a commissioner I get is, ‘How do you stand it?’” Kuhlke said, sitting in the mayor pro tem’s office on the eighth floor of the city’s municipal building. “That’s it,” Bridges responded, nodding his head. “Bill, that’s exactly it.” “People think we’re crazy,” Kuhlke said, laughing. “You know, even before I was elected to my seat, people would say things like, ‘Why do you want to do that?’ They couldn’t understand why I wanted to run for office. And the people making these comments were friends of mine.” Kuhlke currently runs a highly successful, familyowned company called Kuhlke Construction & Associates. He is well respected by Augusta’s affluent community and has strong ties to the area. Many of his friends and colleagues simply couldn’t understand why Kuhlke would want to jeopardize his personal life and professional success to become an Augusta commissioner. “My response to that kind of comment was, ‘Look, I’ve got a vested interest in this community and I’m going to be here for a long time. I’ve got family here, I’ve got a business here and I want to do whatever I can do to make this a good place to live,’” Kuhlke said. “I also got involved because I was a proponent of consolidation and had worked on it to get it passed. “I honestly felt like once consolidation passed that I ought to try and see if I could make a difference in making it work. I personally thought, and still believe to this day, consolidation was the salvation of Augusta-Richmond County.” However, Kuhlke said he soon learned that changing the government is much different than operating a business. “My first reaction on the commission was, ‘I’ve been in business all my life. Maybe I can bring some business principles to this government,’” Kuhlke said. “Well, that didn’t really happen. I hope that I brought some new ideas to the government, but I don’t think government can work like a business. It’s different. The budgetary process is different. The hiring process is different. It’s just a whole different ballgame. “And ironically, what I didn’t know, and I’ve made this comment publicly a number of times, was that I was more influential with the county commission before I became a county commissioner.”

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Kuhlke couldn’t help but chuckle at himself. It’s not a defeated laugh, but a hearty laugh earned only after spending many a frustrated night debating endless commission issues during weekly meetings that often lasted five hours or more. “When I became a commissioner, I quickly learned I’m one of 10 votes to make things happen,” Kuhlke said. “And that’s the environment that you live in.” And it’s not always a welcoming environment, Bridges said. “I had no idea what I was getting into when I ran,” Bridges said. “I thought I did because I had been involved in other people’s political campaigns, but I soon learned I really didn’t. “I didn’t realize the amount of time it would take dealing with different issues, and not just the time spent here in this (municipal) building, but all the time after hours and evenings on the phone. It takes a lot of dedication.” Such hard work is not often recognized by the public, or the local media, Kuhlke said. “Serving on the commission, the way I look at it is, I look at myself almost like a fish in a bowl,” Kuhlke said. “And for every commissioner that is up there, because the media is always looking into things — which is good, don’t get me wrong — but you better know to keep a straight line.” But even when he tried to act responsibly and walk “a straight line,” Bridges said he often found himself being blamed for the rest of the commission’s actions. “We are seen as one body and I think the public perception of the commission is very negative,” Bridges said. “Of course a lot of that comes from the media. I don’t know what it is, but when you see something in print, you believe it.” So when the editorial page of The Augusta Chronicle writes statements such as, “Augusta is a place where racial politics, cronyism and incompetence have become institutionalized since the promising start of city-county governmental consolidation,” Bridges said most people see it as fact. “But I have to admit I’m guilty of it myself when I read about other boards and government bodies,” Bridges said. “I’ve seen things in print that I immediately took as, ‘Well, that’s the way it is.’ But then I’ve stopped myself and thought, ‘Wait a minute now. Remember how the paper talks about us (the commission). This may not be how it really is.’” The Augusta media definitely thrives on reporting the most controversial issues facing the local government, which of course impacts the public’s view of the commission, Kuhlke said. “I think the public’s perception of the commission is very distorted,” Kuhlke said. “Actually, the worst part of the government is portrayed, basically, in the media because that’s what people like to read about. “But when you look at all of the accomplishments that have been made over the last eight years, you won’t find those

reported in the newspaper.” In fact, despite all of the negative news resulting from the special grand jury investigations and personality clashes between commissioners, Kuhlke said Augustans should be proud of their local government.

pretty strong statement.” Bridges also pointed out that Augusta no longer suffers from a neglected water and sewer system. “I think we have a better handle on infrastructure, in particular with water and sewer,” Bridges said. “And I guess that’s

“For whatever reason, politics attracts some people who really shouldn’t be in leadership roles. Let’s put it that way.” – Augusta Commissioner Ulmer Bridges (pictured left)

“The biggest comment as a commissioner I get is, ‘How do you stand it?’” – Augusta Commissioner Bill Kuhlke (pictured right)

“We are now fiscally responsible,” Kuhlke said. “Right at this minute, we have a balanced budget, we have no general obligation bond indebtedness and we’ve got $30 million in reserves. So, when you think about it, I mean really think about it, we have $8 million more in reserves than the state of Georgia. That’s a

the single most thing that I’m proud of — the extension and the building of the second water treatment plant, the repair of the water system downtown and the extension of that water system out into deep south Richmond County.” “So, I definitely think AugustaRichmond County is on a much better

path today as a result of consolidation,” Bridges added. “It was basically bankrupt and was bouncing checks a few months before consolidation. We are obviously in much better financial shape than the two governments combined were eight years ago.” But all of those accomplishments were forgotten when the public read that the special grand jury was calling for a “citizens alert” due to the corruption in local government. And while Kuhlke and Bridges said they both supported the special grand jury’s investigation, Kuhlke thought that it may have done more harm than good. “I really didn’t anticipate it dragging out for more than two years,” Kuhlke said. “I was supportive of the report, but I was disappointed in the results. If they had found something that was criminal, obviously then, somebody should have been indicted, but they didn’t.” The investigation left the public angry, the commissioners at odds and no possible closure to the grand jury’s allegations, Kuhlke said. “And the negative reports made some of the commissioners distrustful,” Kuhlke said. “It also made some of them mad. And when you get that kind of environment in any organization, it slows down any progress.” The end result was a public relations nightmare, Kuhlke said, because when leaders of the community — people who would make excellent future political candidates — saw the turmoil experienced by those serving on the commission, many ran as far away from the political arena as possible. “Probably the most frustrating thing about being in government and seeing what happens is the reluctance on the part of good people in our community wanting to give their time and service to this city,” Kuhlke said. “If somebody doesn’t want to jump into the race and they allow somebody else to get elected that they don’t like, then it’s their fault.” In the case of both Kuhlke’s District 10 seat and Bridges’ District 8 seat, several individuals in the community had to recruit, and practically beg, qualified candidates Don Grantham and Jimmy Smith to run for the seats. “For whatever reason, politics attracts some people who really shouldn’t be in leadership roles. Let’s put it that way,” Bridges said. “And so, when those community leaders and businessmen don’t offer themselves as candidates, you are going to be stuck with somebody who you’re probably not going to be pleased with and it is frustrating to see the lack of interest in good, viable candidates.” When asked if either commissioner would like to hold political office again in the future, Kuhlke joked that he felt he was getting too old. “Well, I still have an interest in this community and I certainly intend to remain involved when I am through with this job,” Kuhlke said. “I can say this: I don’t know that I’ve never said never to anything.” Bridges, on the other hand, said he definitely wanted to get back into

public office. “I’d really like a state position, but I don’t know whether that will ever transpire with having to work a 40-hour week and just earn a living. Unless, of course, I become independently wealthy or something,” Bridges said, chuckling. “But I want to serve again; I’m just not sure in what capacity yet.” But until Bridges decides what lies ahead in his political future, he said it will be tough monitoring the government’s progress from the outside looking in. “I’m going to miss it,” Bridges said. “I’m going to miss knowing what’s really going on.” Kuhlke also said it will be interesting to see how the government will change following this year’s election and the replacement of City Attorney Jim Wall. “It could be an interesting next year,” Kuhlke said. For example, the commission currently still has a strong coalition of six members who really don’t need the support of the District 8 or 10 commissioners in order to get motions approved, Kuhlke said. “The race that will have the biggest impact on the commission will be the District 2 race,” Kuhlke said, referring to the seat currently held by Commissioner Marion Williams. “If there is no change in District 2, the basic makeup of the commission will remain the same. If someone new is elected, things could completely change.” On Nov. 4, voters in District 2 re-elected Williams to serves as their commissioner. Kuhlke said he has warned the newly elected commissioners, Jimmy Smith for District 8 and Don Grantham for District 10, that when they take office in January, like Bridges and Kuhlke, they may find themselves in the position of being the odd men out. “The best advice I can give somebody taking my seat is, if you can build a coalition without giving up your soul, that’s fine,” Kuhlke said. “But there are a lot of issues that come up and you’ve got to make some tough decisions and people elect you to make those decisions. “During the past eight years, sometimes I would bring some items to the table and the rest of the commission would go along with it. But, I’ll be honest with you, I wasn’t very good at building coalitions because there were issues that came up that, yeah, I could have voted and maybe worked something out with the other commissioners, but it was so far from what I thought was right that I wasn’t going to do it. I couldn’t do it and feel good about it.” Bridges said he has a simple description of his and Kuhlke’s role on the commission since 2000. “The first four years we tried to make things happen,” Bridges said smiling. “The last four years we tried the best we could to keep some things from happening.” The two men laughed together in unison. This time it was a laugh that clearly showed signs of relief, as well as a bit of sadness, that their terms are almost over. “It’s been a roller coaster eight years,” Kuhlke said. “That’s for sure.”




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Photos by Brian Neill


Bungalow Road Alternative School students Daminyona McMath (from left), BonJoshua Albright, Ron Hopkins and Brittney Holmes.

ess than 45 minutes before the end of classes for the day at Bungalow Road Alternative School, Principal Wayne Frazier walks into the now empty and peaceful cafeteria. “This is 2:30 now,” he says, looking at the clock. “I might have time for lunch.” Then he pauses, meditatively eyeing the cavernous lunchroom, as if waiting for an answer. It comes all too quickly. “No I don’t,” he says. “I have to write up that referral.” Frazier calls this a slow day at what has become known as the school where the county’s bad kids go. For many children, Bungalow Road is the final stop before they are expelled from the county school system or, in some cases, even sent to jail. Before the first lunch bell rings, Frazier already has dealt with a rash of problems and parent conferences. A mother enters the office of the South

Augusta school a little after 8 a.m. to talk to Frazier about the behavior of her daughter, whom she says may be facing committal to an institution. Shortly after, a 12-year-old who’s been accused of instigating a fight is brought to Frazier’s office. “You kind of like boosted up a little bit?” Frazier asks him, referring to slang for talking up a fight between others. “Yes sir,” says the student, who’s only been at the alternative school for three days and already has gotten into trouble. However, because he’s honest and didn’t actually engage in fighting, Frazier cuts the student a break, giving him only one day of suspension. “Call your parents,” Frazier tells the child. But there’s a problem: The child’s mother is in jail and his father is a carpenter who is difficult to reach by phone during the day. The student, whose family situation is not all that unique from many of the

other roughly 170 students at the school, is told to sit in the office and wait until his father can be reached. What follows is a succession of students and parents filing in and out of Frazier’s office, including two more teenagers accused of “jiving,” or trashtalking and preparing to fight. Both of them are on probation — the legal, not the academic, kind. “What you all did, that was a school disruption. Both of you all can go home for three days for that,” Frazier tells the students. “(But) you fight, that’s it for you. I hope you understand that. That’s all.” Some of the students at Bungalow Road are there because they simply said the wrong thing at the wrong time. Some are even honor students who maybe sneaked a drink during a high school football game or forgot they still had that pocketknife in their coat pocket from the weekend fishing trip. Others, however, pose a far more serious problem for the education

system, bringing with them histories of fighting, drug possession or even prior jail time for criminal offenses. Some students, several teachers at the school said, will also sometimes brag about having been at “401,” a reference to the Richmond County jail’s address at 401 Walton Way. Though it may sound strange, in most cases Frazier doesn’t want to know what students did before they arrived at Bungalow Road. “I personally don’t really want to know,” Frazier says. “I don’t want to look at a student and say, this is one of the students that was caught having sex in a bathroom at a school, or statutoryraped a girl at school or whatever. I find it’s better that I don’t know, because now I can start with this student without any inhibition about what they did. “Sometimes when we know something about a person, it gets in the way of what we should be doing.” The only exception to Frazier’s rule is

“OK, now. Are we straight?” Frazier asks. “Yeah,” one of the students says. “We’re straight.”

Tuck In That Shirt. Pull Up Those Pants.

Bungalow Road Principal Wayne Frazier (right) talks to a student whom Coach Larry Durr has brought to the office for instigating a fight. those students caught up in that activity meet face-to-face to amicably settle their differences. The same goes for students threatening to fight. This scenario plays out between two ninth-graders — one of whom has already been accused of instigating a fight earlier in the day — after they are brought into Frazier’s office. “I need to see a demonstration in the next 30 seconds,” Frazier tells the students. “I don’t want to have a promise,

I want to have a demonstration.” The students, with that resolute stubbornness common in troubled teens, only barely glance at each other before looking back at Frazier. “I’m serious now,” Frazier tells them. Finally, one of the students looks at the other and says, “Straight, dawg.” “Straight dawg?” Frazier asks. “Oh, I see. Straight dawg. Is that it?” A few more moments pass before the boys get up, walk to the middle of the room and shake hands.


for students who arrive at the school with rivalries or who have previously fought with each other. Frazier says he can think of only one fight at the school this year that he’d consider serious. Some students currently at Bungalow Road were involved in recent gang activity in Richmond County, Frazier said. Though Frazier challenges the relativity of the word “gang” as it pertains to local youth, he makes sure

At 6-feet, 5-inches tall and with 23 years of service in the U.S. Army under his belt, Frazier cuts an imposing figure. However, the 50-year-old says some are surprised to learn that brawn and bravado don’t go far in the alternative school environment of today. “I would say that’s probably the least experience I use dealing with these students. If you come at them with that military technique of doing things, you’re going to lose,” Frazier said. “Because most of that is, ‘Do it because I say to do it,’ or ‘Don’t question my authority.’ If you come at these children that way, that’s not going to work. “I would say the thing that I fall back on the most when I’m dealing with these children is my own personal background of where I came from.” That background was a poverty-stricken home in Shreveport, La. “I grew up in a house of 11 children, with alcoholic parents,” Frazier said. “My brother shot my dad. You know, violence in the house; drugs in the house.” Frazier says he knows that many of the students who walk through the doors of continued on page 20

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the school each day have similar situations in their home lives. For that reason, the principal maintains a rack of donated clothes inside a janitor’s closet for needy students. It seems at first that Frazier is kidding when, just before lunch, he walks into the cafeteria and talks about how the staff there may be just as important as the teachers. But it’s no joke. “This is the center of our operations. I’m serious,” Frazier said. “Some of these children, the only meal they get is when they come here.” Needless to say, empathy and compassion are in plentiful supply at Bungalow Road. Earlier, during the staff meeting at the beginning of the school day, Frazier emphasized to teachers the importance of not only telling parents when their children are bad, but also when they are good. That often has a positive effect on the child as well, he said. “Even though parents know their children are bad, they love to hear when they’re good,” Frazier told the teachers, relating the story of a female student whose mother he phoned to report improvement in her behavior. “Once this young lady heard me tell her mother that in her presence, it was hard for her to be bad that day.” But just because Frazier espouses compassion doesn’t mean there aren’t rules and consequences for breaking them. Although the revolving door of disputes and scuffles that ensues throughout the day in Frazier’s office paints a picture of chaos, all one needs to do is take a walk in the halls to see that this school differs from the typical middle- or high-school campus. The biggest difference is, it’s quiet. Most of the teachers keep their doors closed to limit interruptions and distractions. Students are required to walk to the lunchroom or to and from their transportation on the right side of the hall in single file, accompanied by a teacher. Teachers also meet students as they are dropped off at the front of the school and stay with them until the last student is picked up at the end of the day. An armed public safety officer constantly patrols the halls. Students go to the bathroom only at appointed times with the rest of their class. Frazier said that’s so they can’t have surreptitious meetings in the halls. Students are required to wear black jeans or slacks with white, tucked-in shirts. The drooping drawers so fashionable among the teen-angst set are not allowed here. “Tuck in that shirt. Pull up those pants,” Frazier continually barks as he walks the halls with a two-way radio in hand. Students must arrive at school “with a paper and pencil, at least, in your hand,” Frazier said. “That’s your key to get inside this door,” Frazier added. “If you have any

Crossroads Academy Principal Bob Starcher acknowledges many new students and parents first think the school looks like a detention center, but they quickly find out the campus is about education. one of those things out of place, I let you get back in the car with your parents and go back home. Tomorrow you can come back and try it over.” Many of these disciplinary strategies were implemented by Frazier during this, his first, year at Bungalow Road, having come from his previous post as assistant principal for discipline at Glenn Hills High School. Frazier’s philosophy, simply put, is this: “If we can’t pull our pants up and can’t put a belt on, how can we be expected to be disciplined enough to sit with other people and learn? So my focus is on the so-called small things.” The stringent dress code and procedures also have a secondary effect: The students seldom enjoy being here and hopefully won’t want to return. “It’s like a prison,” said BonJoshua Albright, a 14-year-old ninth-grader who says he was suspended last year from Spirit Creek Middle School for fighting. “They’re more concerned about how we look than what we learn.” Albright said he was assigned to Bungalow Road for a semester by the school board’s disciplinary tribunal. He hopes he doesn’t have to spend any longer here. “Hopefully (not),” he said. “I don’t plan on coming back.” Frazier acknowledged recidivism at the school, but said he hasn’t been there long enough to provide an accurate count of repeat students. Daminyona McMath, an 18-year-old senior, said he wound up at Bungalow Road by being in the wrong place at the wrong time. “I thought my homeboy had (borrowed) a car,” McMath said. “He said his friend had loaned him the car.” The car turned out to be stolen. As a result, McMath said, he was charged with theft by taking and booked into the Richmond County jail. But don’t label McMath a criminal. His teachers speak highly of him and say

he successfully completed his Georgia High School Graduation Test, passing two of the five sections “with distinction.” McMath said he plans to return to Glenn Hills High School to graduate. From there, he plans to attend college. “It’s straight,” he said. “I’m doing my work and staying out of trouble. “I don’t want (to settle for) no GED.” Other students aren’t so optimistic. Axel Cole, a 14-year-old ninth-grader, moved to Augusta less than a month ago from Arizona, where he said he’d been arrested for possession of marijuana. Because of his record, Cole said, he was automatically assigned to the alternative school when he transferred to Richmond County. “It’s like jail,” Cole said, while researching Ireland on the Internet for a class project. “I’m just here serving time like you would in jail.” Cole said some of his classmates engage in the same activities that got them sent to the alternative school in the first place. “Every class I go to, there’s at least three kids who deal drugs,” Cole said. “That’s why we have a cop in here. We get patted down, we go through metaldetectors and kids still get stuff in here.” Asked if he felt like giving up, Cole said, “I want to. Who doesn’t at this age?”

Tough-Love Teaching One might imagine that a school for problem students would be the last place a teacher would want to be. But Frazier said teachers actually gravitate to his school for the challenge. “Most of your real, die-hard teachers, this is heaven for them,” Frazier said. “Now, they want to be safe, but they love dealing with challenged students ... Here, every technique, every skill that you can muster as a teacher has to be used.” Talking with some of the teachers at Bungalow Road supports his claim.

Marcy Bradley comes from a family of educators and opted to come to the alternative school after teaching at Laney High School for seven years. She said she enjoys the challenges of teaching at Bungalow Road, not to mention the smaller and more manageable classrooms, which average 18 students in size. Linda Jackson, a vocational education teacher, was busily working on a computerized nutrition project with her students, who also had recently completed PowerPoint presentations and created brochures related to their desired career paths. Jackson, who formerly taught in rural Washington County, has been at the alternative school — which was located on Turpin Street until this year — for the past 15 years. “I love it,” she said. “That simply wraps it up for me.” Jackson acknowledged the stigma placed on alternative schools, but said she focuses on education and considers her students to be no different than those at traditional schools. Like Frazier, Jackson’s not interested in her students’ prior offenses. “You know, let’s bypass all this other stuff and get to business,” Jackson said of her approach. “It usually works for me.” Aside from some name-calling, Jackson said she’s never encountered a situation at the alternative school she felt she couldn’t handle. “I’ve been called a couple of names,” Jackson said. “But it just goes right on over my head. “We teach here,” she added. “We really do.” Alesia Johnson, a high school social studies teacher at Bungalow Road, said she relies on her parenting skills to reach her students. “I try to provide that motherly care,” Johnson said. “Sometimes it’s nervewracking, but I try to hold on to them.” Educators at Crossroads Academy,

Columbia County’s alternative school, also speak satisfyingly of their experiences, though you might have a hard time buying their stories upon a first glance at the school. For all the plainness of Bungalow Road’s one-story, brick building, Crossroads Academy is downright institutional in its appearance. The campus off Columbia Road is encircled by a tall, chain-link fence and consists of 10 portable classrooms facing into a sand-lot common area. Principal Bob Starcher said some students and parents are intimidated by the school’s outward appearance when they first drive up. “They drive up here and they see that chain-link fence and these gray portables and it’s not a very pretty sight and they do feel like they are going to be in some sort of a detention center,” Starcher said. “But once they begin classes, within a few days they realize we’re pretty student-friendly. “It’s up to us to convince them and show them that we’re a little bit different and we are about education,” Starcher added. “And they find that out real quick.” Katherine Myers spent two years teaching at Evans High School and 13 years as an instructor at Lakeside High School before coming to Crossroads Academy roughly three years ago. “And this job opened up and I came here, by the grace of God,” said Myers, who teaches business electives and an online course at the alternative school. “I love it. I like the small environment and I feel like I’ve got more one-on-one and I get more done. I see more accomplishments and I feel like I’m doing more for the kids, whereas, when I had a class of 30, you were just so pulled apart.” Starcher, who’s coming up on his fifth year as principal at Crossroads Academy and also served as a guidance counselor at the school before that, said the competition is fierce to teach there. “I’ve got probably the best staff in the county,” Starcher said. “Of the five high school teachers, two of them are nationally certified.” Starcher knows many people would expect the opposite to be true, since these are supposedly the worst-behaved and poorest-performing students in the county.

“So when people think about an alternative setting, they think, ‘Let’s get somebody to control these kids,’” Starcher said. “And you look at my teachers, you know ... Academically, it’s a challenge in the classroom. You raise the bar in the classroom, guess what? Discipline (improves).” Currently, there are about 60 students in grades six through 12 enrolled at Crossroads Academy, but that number fluctuates throughout the year and has

reached as many as 142 students, Starcher said. The school averages about a 15-percent recidivism rate, he said. Starcher estimates that roughly 45 percent of his students’ offenses relate to drugs and/or alcohol. But like the staff at Bungalow Road, Starcher says he doesn’t dwell on what students did to get there. “So, when we look at why kids are here, I can walk around campus and you

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could point and say, ‘Why is he here?’ and I’d have to look,” Starcher said. “I really don’t care. Because this to me is unquestionably the safest school in the county. We’ve had maybe four fights since January of 1995. And I don’t even consider those fights. Two of them involved middle school students, girl-boy fights.” “I never have any fear for myself at all,” said Pat Wiggins, a guidance counselor at Crossroads Academy. “We also do a metal-detection every morning and we can search bookbags and pocketbooks and things like that. But all in all, these kids aren’t bad kids, they just made a mistake or two.” Frazier also sees the good in his students. And all that stuff about empathy and compassion? Well, he believes in that, too. But Frazier also realizes what’s at stake. And though he wants his teachers to enjoy what they do, he is also aware of what happens when they take their eyes off the students, even for a second. “Whose class are you coming from?” he hollers down the hall to a group of students lining up along the wall, unaccompanied by a teacher, at the end of the school day. Before getting an answer, he tells them to move to the other side of the hall, away from another group of students, and waits for the teacher to emerge from the classroom. It turns out to be a substitute. If it were one of the regular teaching staff, she might have gotten more than just a brief lecture on staying with her students. “If you thought you needed to go to A.R. Johnson (Middle School), or Tutt (Middle School), or down to the maintenance department, I will help you go there, if you say this is not what you want to do, or you don’t agree with what we’re trying to do here,” Frazier told his staff earlier that day at the morning meeting. “I would not hold that against you. I would help you find a spot. The thing I have a problem with is if you stay here and don’t fall in line. “We all have got to get on the right bus, going in the right direction, to bring us to the right place. “We need to be on the right bus. All of us.”

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Unlikely Spots To Find Burger Nirvana

By Amy Fennell Christian

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urgers are a staple of most Americans’ diets, but it seems that somewhere along the way we’ve forgotten what the real deal tastes like and have become more than comfortable with the mass-produced, cookie-cutter output of national chains. But you have to admit — they look the same, cost the same and, whether you’re in Augusta or Tokyo, they taste the same. While fast food burgers are great in a pinch, don’t you ever long for a burger that hasn’t been sanitized of all the good stuff for the sake of convenience (and safe driving)? Don’t you crave a monstrosity that takes two hands to hold and still requires at least one tree’s worth of napkins to clean up after? How about fries that are bigger than the size of matchsticks or maybe, just maybe, a cherry Coke will real cherry syrup or a milkshake made with real ice cream? Back in the day, such criteria could be met by most any burger stand on any corner. Now, however, it takes a little work to find such a spot. Never fear — they’re still around and we at the Metro Spirit have found four worthy contenders. All are good in their own way, but meet the basic criteria: they’re cheap, they make their burgers to order and they include all the good stuff. Broad Street Burgers Location: Broad Street near Hot Foods by Calvin Prize for… asking how I wanted my burger cooked

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This burger stand near the water pumping station entrance to the Augusta Canal is one I was never sure was actually open. It is, but don’t plan on eating your burger there — this place is take-out only. There are no picnic tables and really no place to wait for your order. That’s OK, though, since I received my order and was on my way in about five minutes. That was one plus. Another was that this was the only one of the four spots where the worker asked how I wanted my hamburger cooked, and then cooked it that way. That counts for a lot. Served on a toasted bun, this baby comes loaded and all toppings are generously given. The small sack containing my order was filled almost to the brim with skinless French fries cooked to a dark golden color. Broad Street Burgers also serve a mean milkshake — smooth, frothy and sweet. This place may not look like much from the outside, but, as the old saying goes, never judge a book by its cover.

Delta Sandwich Shoppe Location: 1208 Wilson Street, right off Central Avenue Prize for… including grilled onions at no extra charge Sharing the back corner of a building that also houses an antique store, this hidden but well-loved local landmark serves a monstrosity called the Delta

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Burger. If you go with onions, the folks there will grill them for you at no extra charge. It’s a nice touch, which offsets the fact that the bun isn’t steamed or toasted. Though they didn’t ask how I wanted my burger cooked, it was still juicy and I went through several napkins during the course of the meal. The fries are standard Ore-Ida crinkles; nothing fancy but crunchy and satisfying nonetheless.

Sno-Cap Drive In Location: 618 West Avenue, North Augusta Prize for… preparing cherry Cokes and milkshakes the old-fashioned way Sidle up to the counter at the Sno-Cap and you’ll experience one of the best burgers in the area. (The drive in ordering stations aren’t working, but pull your car up to the double doors on the side of the building and the Sno-Cap folks will be happy to come out and take your order.) The delicious cheeseburger was loaded and served on a lightly toasted bun. Ketchup is self-serve from a squeeze bottle. Order the basket, and you’ll also get excellent skin-on fries and a cup of cole slaw that is sweet and crunchy. And don’t dare forget to order a cherry Coke or a milkshake. The Coke, served over crushed ice in a frosty mug, had swirls of cherry syrup floating on top. The yummy

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vanilla milkshake had that slightly lumpy consistency of one made from real ice cream. This joint has it all — tasty side items, a retro-cool atmosphere that looks like it hasn’t changed in about 40 years and, most of all, a great burger.

Sports Center Billiards Location: Broad and 6th Streets Prize for… preparing the most homestyle burger This unassuming pool parlor next to Luigi’s makes a burger that looks and tastes like something that might have come off a home grill — thick and smoky-tasting despite being grilled on a flat, indoor grill. While the other three burgers were a quarter to a half an inch thick, this one was closer to an inch and was served on a steamed bun. It was loaded and, unless you instruct them otherwise, they’ll assume you want everything on it. The skinless fries were thick and crunchy and closely resembled the ones served at Broad Street Burgers. Since it’s a bar, shakes and other burger joint treats are not an option. But hey, you can always have a beer and play a game of pool while you’re waiting for this worthy entry.

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Starters Buffalo Wings Tossed in tangy sauce - mild or hot - 1 dozen with celery and bleu cheese. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~$5.95 Catfish Fingers Tender fried fillets with waffle fries and tarter sauce. ~~~~~~~~~~$5.95 Chili Cheese fries Waffle fries smothered with hearty chili and shredded cheese. ~~~~$4.95 Chicken Tenders Tasty tenderloins with fries and honey mustard for dipping. ~~~~~$5.95 Nachos Supreme Enough to share, crunchy tortilla chips covered with chili, shredded cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, jalapenos, and sour cream. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~$5.95 Rancho Potatoes Gooey with cheese, ranch dressing, crumbled bacon, scallions, and sour cream. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~$5.25 Fried Mozzarella With marinara sauce for dipping. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~$5.25

Soups & Salads Soup of the day Different, fresh, delicious every day. (Cup) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~$2.25 (Bowl) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~$3.25 Chili Meaty with cheese and onions. (Cup) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~$2.25 (Bowl) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~$3.25 House Salad Crisp mixed greens with tomato, cucumber, shredded cheese, and crumbled bacon. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~$3.50 Chef Salad Smoked turkey, ham, crumbled bacon, egg, tomatoes, cucumbers and shredded cheese. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~$5.95 Fried Chicken Salad Crisp mixed greens topped with fried tenderloins, shredded cheese, crumbled bacon, etc... ~~~~~~~~~$5.95 Grilled Chicken Salad Tender boneless sliced breast on crisp mixed greens with shredded cheese, crumbled bacon, etc... ~~~~~~~~~~~$5.95 Cheese Steak Salad Tender shredded steak with loads of cheese on a crisp house salad. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~$5.95 Chunky Chicken Salad Plate Fresh every day, chunky chicken breast salad on crisp mixed

greens with carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, and cucumbers. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~$5.95 Tuna Salad Plate Homemade chunk light tuna on crisp mixed greens with carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, and cucumbers. ~~~~~$5.95 Soup & Salad Today’s soup or chili and a fresh house salad. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~$5.95 Veggies & Salad Fresh steamed broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and a crisp house salad. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~$5.95 Soup or Salad / Half Sandwich A cup of today’s hot soup or a crisp house salad with a tasty half sandwich. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~$5.95

Big Burgers Big Basic~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~$4.95 Big Cheese With melted American cheese.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~$5.50 Big Bacon Cheese Juicy bacon with melted Monterey Jack. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~$5.95 Big Chili Cheese Smothered with tangy chili and grated cheddar.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~$5.95

Sandwiches/Wraps Big B.L.T. Six juicy strips of bacon, crisp lettuce and a thick tomato slice. White or wheat toast with mayonnaise. ~~~~~~~~~$4.95 B.B.Q. Chicken Melt Barbeque breast, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise, Monterey Jack on a multi-grain bun. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~$5.75 Cheese Steak Sub Thin roast beef, green peppers, onions, and melted Monterey Jack. Lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise on a soft sub roll. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~$5.95 Chunky Chicken Salad Fresh everyday, chunky chicken breast salad, lettuce, tomato, on white or wheat. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~$5.25 Chicken Tender Sub Tasty tenderloins with lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise on a soft sub roll. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~$5.75 The Club Smoked turkey breast, ham, bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomato on white or wheat. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~$5.95 Cotton Patch Melt Grilled breast of chicken with bacon and Monterey Jack,

lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise on a multi-grain bun. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~$5.95 Ribeye Sandwich Sandwich cut ribeye steak, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise on a multi-grain bun. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~$5.95 Slicks Super Dawg Quarter pound all beef dawg loaded with chili, onions, cole slaw, and cheese. Served with extra napkins. ~~~$4.95 Tuna Salad Homemade chunk light tuna, lettuce, tomato, on white or wheat. ~~~~~~$5.25

Entrees Chicken and Friends Grilled chicken breast basted with barbeque sauce and topped with tender ham and melted Monterey Jack. Add a crisp house salad and veggies or fries. ~~~~~~$10.95 Catfish Platter Tender fried fillets, cole slaw, waffle fries and tarter sauce for dipping. ~~~$9.95 816 Sirloin Sirloin rubbed with olive oil, dusted with onion and pepper, seared to your specifications. Add a crisp house salad and veggies or fries. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~$12.95 Chop Chop Two boneless loin chops rubbed with olive oil, dusted with onion and pepper. Served with a crisp house salad, fries, and honey mustard. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~$12.95 Smothered Chicken Grilled breast topped with sautéed onions, peppers, and Monterey Jack. Served with a crisp house salad and fresh steamed veggies. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~$10.95 Chicken Tenders Platter A hearty serving of fried tenderloins with cole slaw, fries, and honey mustard for dipping.~~~~~~~~~~~~$9.95 Bull Feathers 816 Sirloin and Chicken and Friends team up with a crisp house salad, fries or veggies. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~$13.95 Hamburger Steak Lean ground chuck with grilled onions and mushrooms. Add fries and a crisp house salad. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~$9.95

Side Kicks Onion Rings ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~$1.95 Steamed Veggies ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~$2.95 French Fries ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~$1.50 Cole Slaw ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~$1.50

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“The Matrix Revolutions” Is an Unimpressive Third Installment in the Reality-Bending Series By Rachel Deahl


onvoluted and overambitious as it was, the sequel to “The Matrix” still felt fresh and, on some level, even a little important. Of course, hanging in the cinematic air of “The Matrix Reloaded” was the whiff of repetition — it was veering into chartered waters. In the disappointing and unimpressive third installment in the trilogy, “The Matrix Revolutions,” that whiff has grown into a stench. Without anywhere else to take their fascinating, mind-bending reality trip, directors Larry and Andy Wachowski push their philosophical and financial limits only to find they’ve been here before, and did it better the first time around. Beginning like a soap opera recovering from its previous day’s cliffhanger, “Matrix Revolutions” opens in the dank confines of one of the rebel ships, as Trinity hangs over Neo’s comatose body. Lost somewhere between the Matrix and the Machine World, Neo is off the map, so to speak, and in a state of limbo. When he comes to, he slips off to see the Oracle (now played by Mary Alice after the untimely death of Gloria Foster who played the character in the first two films). With word from the Oracle about the imminent and fast-approaching end of the revolution, Neo announces he must make a treacherous and supposedly suicidal trip to the surface, Machine City, for reasons even he himself does not fully understand. As Neo and Trinity set off on one ship, the rest of the crew, including Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) and Naiobe (Jada Pinkett Smith), head for Zion on another ship. The remaining inhabitants of Zion, which is under siege, are attempting to hold off an indomitable barrage of predatory machines. Meanwhile, Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving) is still attempting to take control of the Matrix and the world at large. For all of the fascinating questions the Wachowski Brothers posed over the course of their two previous “Matrix” films — questions about the precariousness of being in a world layered with hyper-realities — “The Matrix Revolutions” is devoid of that provocative wonder. Where “The Matrix Reloaded” was weighed down by its repetitive philosophizing, “The Matrix Revolutions” is too devoid of it. In an effort to culminate a series based on open-ended and unanswerable questions, the Wachowskis wrap up their trilogy with a disappointingly simple answer. Finally, “The Matrix Revolutions” taps the same vein as George Lucas’ obligatory “Star Wars” prequels. The story has been diluted to one about good vs. evil and the ride is all about the battle. Like Lucas, the Wachowskis have some good toys to show off — and a spine-tinglingly cool-looking final showdown — but it’s sad to see the last chapter in their mindblowing series diluted to such trivial achievements.

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AUDITIONS FOR ASU THEATRE PRODUCTIONS of “Guernica” and “Harvey” Nov. 11-12, 7 p.m., at the Theatre Center on the ASU campus. Callbacks are Nov. 13, 7 p.m. For “Guernica,” four women, four men and one boy are needed; for “Harvey,” six women and six men are needed. Scripts will be provided. “Guernica” will be staged Feb. 5-8 and “Harvey” will be staged March 21-24. For information, call Paige Willson or Mat t Schlief at 737-1500. WET PAINT PARTY AND EXHIBIT CALL FOR ARTISTS to show and sell a recent work at the Greater Augusta Ar ts Council’s Wet Paint Par t y and Exhibit Nov. 13 at the Marbur y Center. Only one piece of ar t work may be submit ted per ar tist; asking price must be set at no more than $350. All ar tists are required to join the Greater Augusta Ar ts Council at the ar tist/teacher rate of $25, which also includes admission for t wo to the event. For more information, call the Greater Augusta Ar ts Council at 826-4702. ENOPION THEATRE COMPANY is looking for volunteers to act, sing, sew, build and more for their new musical, “Creation.” Applications are available at www.imar or by calling (803) 442-9039. SWEET ADELINES HARMONY RIVER CHORUS OPEN REHEARSAL for singers each Thursday at 7 p.m. at Church of Christ, 600 Mar tintown Rd. in Nor th Augusta. They are on the lookout for voices in the lower ranges. Contact Mar y Norman at (803) 279-6499.


“LANDSCAPE IN WATERCOLOR” ADULT ART WORKSHOP Nov. 15, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Ger trude Herber t Institute of Ar t. 722-5495. ASU OPERA WORKSHOP “SCENES” PROGRAM Nov. 17, 8 p.m. at the Maxwell Performing Ar ts Theatre. Call 737-1453. MAKE YOUR HOLIDAY WREATH Nov. 14, 10 a.m.-noon at the Ma x well Branch Librar y. Registration is required. $2 fee. Call 793-2020. ISR AELI DANCE WORKSHOP at the Augusta Jewish Community Center Sunday af ternoons, 4-5 p.m. Open to teens and adults; no experience or par tners are necessary. Cost is $2 per session, with the first session free. For information or to schedule a pre-class beginner/refresher session, contact Jackie Cohen, 738-9016. ART CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS are of fered 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 ter y, 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 of fers 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. Programs include voice les-


“EDWARD RICE: RECENT MONOTYPES” exhibit opens at the Morris Museum of Ar t 6 p.m. Nov. 13 with a slide presentation by the ar tist and a reception. Exhibit runs through Jan. 4. Call 724-7501. “DEANNE DUNBAR: OBJECTS OF DESIRE” will be on display at the Rabold Galler y in Aiken Nov. 20Feb. 14. For more information, call (803) 641-4405 or e-mail raboldgaller

AVIS LYLE AND MARY ALICE LOCKHART exhibit in the ar t hall at Sacred Hear t Cultural Center throughout November and December. Ar tists’ reception Nov. 7, 5-7 p.m. Call 826-4700. WET PAINT PARTY AND EXHIBIT with works by local ar tists Nov. 13 at Marbur y Center from 6:30-10 p.m. For more information, contact the Greater Augusta Ar ts Council at 826-4702. 23RD ANNUAL QUILT SHOW through Nov. 30 at the Aiken County Historical Museum. Call (803) 642-2015. “EDWARD RICE: RECENT MONOTYPES” exhibit opens at the Morris Museum of Ar t 6 p.m. Nov. 13 with a slide presentation by the ar tist and a reception. Call 724-7501. CER AMICS BY ERIC CARLIN will be on display at the Gibbs Librar y throughout November. 863-1946. MAGGIE DAVID AND MELISSA MESSINA exhibit at the Augusta State University Fine Ar ts Center through Dec. 3. Opening reception Nov. 6, 5-7 p.m. Call 737-1444. “OF ART AND ARTISTS: RECENT WORKS FROM THE FINE ART FACULTY OF ASU” will be at the Ger trude Herber t Institute of Ar t through Nov. 25. Opening reception Nov. 7, 6-8 p.m. at Ware’s Folly. Call 722-5495 for information. PAINTINGS BY LINDA BAACK will be at the Euchee Creek Library during November. Call 556-0594. AT THE ETHERREDGE CENTER through Dec. 19: Billy S. exhibits in the Upper Gallery, Ar thur Lien exhibits in the Lower Gallery. (803) 641-3305. JANICE WILIAMS WHITING AND BARRY MERRITT exhibit at the Mary Pauline Gallery through Nov. 26. 724-9542. WORKS BY PRISCILLA HOLLINGSWORTH will be on exhibit at MCG’s Rober t B. Greenblat t Library through Dec. 2. For more information, e-mail Lisa Westrick at

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NATURE-BASED SCULPTUR AL INSTALLATIONS by Augusta State Universit y students will be on display Nov. 7, 3-4 p.m. at the former Veterans Administration Hospital proper t y at Magnolia Drive and Comfor t Road. For more information, call 724-7501.


The Prism Saxophone Quartet performs Nov. 8 and 9 at the Maxwell Performing Arts Center. For ticket information, visit or call 826-4705. TWO SHOWS BY JIM BODEN, “1+1<>2” and “The Sublimity of Flesh” will be up at the Rabold Gallery in Aiken through Nov. 15. The gallery also hosts ongoing exhibits by 20 dif ferent ar tists. For information, call (803) 641-4405 or e-mail

KODALY STRING QUARTET AND PIANIST MICHIKO OTAKI will per form at the Nov. 14 concer t sponsored by the Harry Jacobs Chamber Music Society. Per formance takes place at 8 p.m. at the Ma xwell Per forming Ar ts Theatre on the campus of Augusta State University. For ticket information, call 736-9098.

“A CENTURY OF PROGRESS: 20TH CENTURY PAINTING IN TENNESSEE” will be at the Morris Museum of Ar t through Nov. 9. For more information, call 724-7501.

ASU WIND ENSEMBLE CONCERT 8 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Ma x well Per forming Ar ts Theatre. Free. Call 737-1444.


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. AUGUSTA CHAPTER OF THE UNITED STATES AMATEUR BALLROOM DANCERS ASSOCIATION holds a dance the first Saturday of each month, from 7:15-11 p.m. Cost is $7 for members and $10 for non-members. Held at the BPOE facility on Elkdom Cour t. Contact Melvis Lovet t, 733-3890, or Jean Avery, 863-4186, for information. CSRA/AUGUSTA BOGEY-WOOGIE DANCE AND SOCIAL GROUP meets every Wednesday at 6:45 p.m. at A World of Dance Studio. Couples, singles and newcomers are welcome. For information, phone 650-2396.


SAVANNAH MOON per forms at the Nov. 18 installment of Tuesday’s Music Live. All concer ts are at noon at Saint Paul’s Church. For tickets, call the box of fice at 722-3463. THE AUGUSTA JAZZ PROJECT will be at the Imperial Theatre Nov. 15, 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 general admission and $5 student admission, with group rates also available. For more information, call 823-0620 or visit CHAMBER MUSIC RECITAL Nov. 16, 3 p.m., at the Ma xwell Per forming Ar ts Theatre. Call 737-1453 for information.

ASU JAZZ ENSEMBLE CONCERT 8 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Ma x well Per forming Ar ts Theatre. Free. Call 737-1444. “STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF MOTOWN” will be at the Bell Auditorium Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $34 for floor seats and seating in par ts of the balcony and $28 in the rest of the balcony. Call 722-3521. SEVEN MARY THREE AND INGR AM HILL per form an all-ages show at the Imperial Theatre Nov. 12. Doors open at 8 p.m. Admission is $10. 722-8341. SYMPHONY YOUTH COMPETITION 1:30-5 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Ma xwell Per forming Ar ts Theatre on the campus of Augusta State University. Call 826-4706. U.S. ARMY SIGNAL CORPS BAND per forms Nov. 6, 24 p.m. at the gazebo in Freedom Park. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 791-3113. PHILHARMONIA OF THE NATIONS WITH VIOLINIST ROBERT MCDUFFIE per forms at USC-Aiken’s Etherredge Center Nov. 7 as par t of the university’s Cultural Series. Concer t begins at 8 p.m.; pre-concer t lecture begins at 7:10 p.m. Visit or call the Etherredge Center box of fice at (803) 641-3305. KICKS 99 GUITAR PULL Nov. 11, 7:30 p.m. at Bell Auditorium. Tickets are $22.50. For information, call Kicks 99 at 442-9999. PRISM SAXOPHONE QUARTET will per form Nov. 8 as par t of the Augusta Symphony Masterworks Series. Concer t begins at 8 p.m. at the Maxwell Per forming Ar ts Center with a 7 p.m. preview lecture by Rob Foster. Visit or call 826-4705 for ticket information.




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DOWNTOWN LUNCH DATE continues with featured restaurants and musicians noon-2:30 p.m. Nov. 6 and 13 at Augusta Common. Bring your own lunch or have lunch by the featured restaurant while listening to the sounds of local musicians. Call Riverwalk Special Events, 821-1754, for info. ASU WIND ENSEMBLE CONCERT 8 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Ma xwell Per forming Ar ts Theatre. Free. Call 7371444. FACULTY ARTIST RECITAL 7 p.m. Nov. 6 at USCAiken’s Etherredge Center. Tickets are $8 for the public and $5 for students. For more information, call (803) 641-3305. AUGUSTA CHILDREN’S CHOR ALE DESSERT CONCERT Nov. 6, 7 p.m., at Sacred Hear t Cultural Center. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the door. Contact Ann Rober ts at 826-4718 for more information. SOUTHERN SOUL AND SONG CONCERT SERIES TICKETS NOW ON SALE for The Nashville Bluegrass Band, Nov. 8. Show is at 7:30 p.m. at the Imperial Theatre. Tickets are $15. Proceeds benefit Morris Museum of Ar t public programming and the Imperial Theatre’s capital improvements fund. Call 722-8341 to reserve tickets. TICKETS FOR “A MOZART TO MOTOWN CHRISTMAS” now on sale. Show will be staged Nov. 29 at the Imperial Theatre. Tickets are $30 general admission or $45 VIP admission. To order tickets, call the Imperial Theatre box of fice at 722-8341.


THE BOYHOOD HOME OF WOODROW WILSON: Circa 1859 Presbyterian manse occupied by the family of President Woodrow Wilson as a child during the Civil War and Reconstruction. Original and period antiques, restored house, kitchen and carriage house. 419 Seventh Street. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tues.-Sat. Tours available; groups of 10 or more by appointment only. Admission is $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 students under 18 and free for ages 5 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.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; open from 1-5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $5.50 for adults; $4.50 for students, seniors and military; $3.50 for children (4-12); free for children 3 and under. Sundays are two for one with a Super Sunday coupon. Annual garden memberships are available. Call 724-4443 or 1-888-874-4443. Also, visit their Web site at 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, 1-800-325-5445 or visit their Web site at REDCLIFFE STATE HISTORIC SITE: 1859 mansion of S.C. Governor James Henry Hammond, held by the family for three generations until 1975. Grounds and slave quar ters are open Thursday-Monday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. House tours will be offered at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Admission to the grounds is free. Fee for house tours is $3 for adults and children ages 6-17. For more information, call (803) 827-1473. 181 Redcliffe Road, Beech Island.

“THE SOUND OF MUSIC” will be presented by Aiken Kidney Benefit Nov. 14-16 at the Etherredge Center on the campus of USC-Aiken. For more information, call (803) 644-4068.

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.

“WIND OF A THOUSAND TALES” with audio-visual production selections and ar t gallery Nov. 20-21 in the Beverly J. Barnhar t Theater at Davidson Fine Ar ts School. Admission is $6 adult, $5 senior citizens and children under 5 and $4 Davidson students. Call 823-6924, ex t. 137 for information.

HISTORIC COTTON EXCHANGE WELCOME CENTER: Open Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. 1-5 p.m. Riverwalk. Free. The center also offers guided driving tours of downtown Augusta and Summerville every Saturday through Aug. 4 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. and at other times upon request. Cost for tours is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 12 and under. Reservations are suggested. Call 724-4067.

ARTS NIGHT Nov. 9, 6 p.m., at A&E Dance Studio features per formances by the Augusta Ballet, Augusta Opera, Augusta Symphony and Augusta Players. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 the day of the show. Call 738-6330 to reserve tickets.

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.

“WIZARD OF OZ ON ICE” will be at the Augusta Ice Spor ts Center Nov. 16 at 2 and 5:30 p.m. Admission is $5. For more information, call 863-0061, ex t. 5. “ANTIGONE” will be presented by the Paine College Drama Depar tment 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19-20 in the Gilber t-Lambuth Memorial Chapel, 1235 Fif teenth St. Per formances are free to the public. For more information, contact Don Cleary, 495-4361. “LITTLE WOMEN” will be at the Abbeville Opera House Nov. 7-8, 14-15 and 21-22. Matinee per formances 3 p.m. Nov. 8 and 15. For reservations, call (864) 459-2157. COMEDIENNE ETTA MAY will be at the Imperial Theatre Nov. 7. For info, call 722-8341. “NOISES OFF” will be per formed by the Aiken Community Playhouse Nov. 7-8, 14-16 and 21-22. For more information or tickets, call (803) 648-1438 or visit “THE MOUSETR AP” will be presented by For t Gordon Dinner Theatre Nov. 7-8, 14-15 and 20-22. Dinner begins at 7 p.m., with the show star ting at 8 p.m. For more information or ticket reservations, call the box of fice at 793-8552 or visit www.for

Attractions AUGUSTA CANAL INTERPRETIVE CENTER: Housed in Enterprise Mill, the center contains displays and models focusing on the Augusta Canal’s functions and importance to the textile industry. Hours are Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sun., 1-6 p.m. Admission is $5 adult, $4 seniors and military and $3 children ages 6-18. Children under 6 admitted free. Guided boat tours of the Augusta Canal depart from the docks at Enterprise Mill at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Tour tickets are $6 adults, $5 seniors and $4 students and children. For tour information, call 823-7089. For other info, visit or call 823-0440.

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Weekend Programs Nov. 7-9 FRIDAY EVENING: Power of Sound & Chanting Workshop, 7-9pm, $25 SATURDAY WORKSHOP: 9:30am-4:30pm, $85 WHERE: Integrative Bodyworks, 501 West Ave, North Augusta INFO: Call 803-279-8262 SUNDAY SERVICE: “Festival of Light” & Burning Bowl Ceremony

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FIRST FRIDAY AT THE MORRIS MUSEUM OF ART Nov. 7, 5-8 p.m., features live musical enter tainment, as well as other activities. For more information, call 724-7501. MASTERWORKS OF SOUTHERN ART TOUR 2 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Morris Museum of Ar t. Call 724-7501. “CELEBR ATION OF FLIGHT” exhibit at For t Discovery’s Knox Gallery runs through Jan. 31. Admission to the exhibit is free with paid general admission to For t Discovery. For more information, visit or call 821-0200.

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“ELVIS DAY” Nov. 9 at the Morris Museum of Ar t features a per formance by an Elvis impersonator, as well as a lecture and book-signing by “Queen of the King” Joni Mabe. The fun star ts at 2 p.m. Call 724-7501 for information.


“IF WALLS COULD TALK” tour program at Ware’s Folly through Nov. 21. For information, call 722-5495. 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 WalkerMackenzie Studio. Open Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday by appointment only. Admission is free, but a donation of $2 for adults and $1 for children and seniors is encouraged. Call 722-5495 or visit 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 7228454 or visit for more information.

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ASU JAZZ ENSEMBLE CONCERT 8 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Ma xwell Per forming Ar ts Theatre. Free. Call 737-1444.

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“CHRISTMAS MADE IN THE SOUTH” annual ar ts and craf ts show Nov. 21-23 at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center. Hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5; children 12 and under admit ted free. Call 722-3521 or (704) 847-9480 for information.


VETER ANS DAY ACTIVITIES Nov. 11. Parade on Broad Street begins at 10 a.m. Military vehicle and equipment displays will be at Augusta Common 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 821-1831 for details.


AIKEN FESTIVAL OF TREES Nov. 13 at Aiken Mall. Call (803) 649-0075 for information.


LOW-COST R ABIES CLINIC of fers $5 rabies vaccinations for pets Nov. 8, 1-2:30 p.m. at Blanchard Park of f Belair Road. No appointment is needed, and all vaccinations will be given by licensed veterinarians. For more information, call the Columbia County Humane Society at 860-5020.

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NATIVE AMERICAN INDIAN HERITAGE MONTH COMMAND PROGR AM Nov. 7, 1:30 p.m., at For t Gordon’s Alexander Hall. Free and open to the public. 791-2014. YARD AND CR AFT SALE at the Aiken County Recreation Center in Graniteville Nov. 8. Call (803) 663-6142. NOVEMBER FREE FILM SERIES at Headquar ters Library Tuesdays throughout November. All films star t at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 11 showing of “Ice Storm,” Nov. 18 showing of “Alice’s Restaurant,” Nov. 25 showing of “Finding Nemo.” 821-2600. DOWNTOWN LUNCH DATE continues with featured restaurants and musicians noon-2:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at Augusta Common. Bring your own lunch or have lunch by the featured restaurant while listening to the sounds of local musicians. Call River walk Special Events, 821-1754, for info.

Comedienne Etta May will be at the Imperial Theatre Nov. 7.

THE MORRIS MUSEUM OF ART hosts exhibitions and special events year-round. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays, noon-5 p.m. Closed on Mondays and major holidays. 1 Tenth Street, Augusta. Call 724-7501 or visit for details. THE MUSEUM OF LAUREL AND HARDY OF HARLEM, GEORGIA features displays of various Laurel and Hardy memorabilia; films also shown. Located at 250 N. Louisville Street in downtown Harlem. Open 1-4 p.m. Thursday-Monday. For more information, call 556-3448. LUNCH AT NOON LECTURE SERIES held the second Wednesday of every month at the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Call the museum at 724-3576 for more information.

Special Events VETERANS DAY CEREMONY 11 a.m. Nov. 11 in the campus quadrangle at Augusta State University. For more information, call 737-1444. MEET THE AUTHOR EVENT at Augusta State University’s Reese Library Nov. 19. Bob Grant will discuss his new book, “American Ethics and the Vir tuous Citizen: The Right to Life,” at noon. Free. 737-1444. VETERANS DAY SERVICE will be held at Heroes’ Overlook and Memory Walkway, Tenth Street and Riverwalk, Nov. 11, 1 p.m. Memorial bricks placed at Heroes’ Overlook since Veterans Day 2001 will be dedicated, and the For t Gordon Signal Corps Band will perform. 737-1532. BOOK SIGNINGS: E. Randall Floyd will be speaking about his book “Deep in the Hear t” and signing copies Nov. 14, 3-5 p.m. at Borders Books and Music and Nov. 15, 1 p.m. at Waldenbooks in Augusta Mall. Mayor Young will appear at the Nov. 14 book signing. Call 821-2604 for information. GEORGIA WAR VETERANS HOME VETERANS DAY CEREMONY Nov. 11, 9 a.m. in the home’s cour tyard. For t Gordon’s Army Signal Corps Band will par ticipate. The public is invited to at tend. Call 721-2531 for information.

SACRED HEART CULTUR AL CENTER OPEN HOUSE with book signings and holiday hints Nov. 14, 10 a.m.6 p.m. Holiday hints include 10 a.m. bow-tying workshop and 11 a.m. holiday enter taining presentation. Marjorie Fay Underhill and illustrator Caroline Garret t sign “Jeremiah,” Karin Calloway signs “Quick Cooking II: A Second Serving” and Edward J. Cashin signs “From Balloons to Blue Angels: Celebrating 100 Years of Flight” from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 826-4700 for information. AUGUSTA/CSR A 2003 VETER ANS DAY PAR ADE will be on Broad Street 10-11 a.m. Nov. 11. For more information, call 589-0387, 541-7857 or 863-5259. PHINIZY SWAMP NATURE PARK DAWN WALK Nov. 15, 5-7:30 a.m. Contribution is $3 for members and $5 for non-members. Registration deadline is Nov. 13; call 828-2109 to register. MASSING OF THE COLORS CEREMONY will be held Nov. 14, 4 p.m., in Alexander Hall at For t Gordon. All military and national patriotic organizations in the Augusta area bring their colors together in a demonstration of patriotism. Free and open to the public. Call 792-6001. BOOK LAUNCH of Marsha Maurer’s “A Fragrant Fullness: The Spiritual Essence of Everyday Life” Nov. 8, 3 p.m. at Quiet Pond, 1423 Monte Sano Ave. For more information, call 1-800-209-8570 or visit PHINIZY SWAMP NATURE PARK MOONLIGHT SERENADE Nov. 7, 7-9 p.m. Wine and cheese reception on the deck of the education building followed by a shor t hike. Registration deadline is Nov. 5. 828-2109. FIRST FRIDAY GREAT DANE PAR ADE Nov. 7, 7 p.m. All big dogs and big dogs at hear t welcome. Meet in front of Metro Cof feehouse. For more information, contact Tonia Thomas at 294-3724 or

COLUMBIA COUNTY FAIR will be at the county fairgrounds through Nov. 7. For more information, visit or call 737-0650. MCDUFFIE FRIENDS OF ANIMALS holds pet adoptions each Saturday, 1-3 p.m. at Superpetz on Bobby Jones Expressway. Call 556-9090 or visit COLUMBIA COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY holds pet adoptions every Saturday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and every Sunday from 1-4 p.m. at PetsMar t. For more info, call 860-5020. RICHMOND COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL AND AUGUSTA ANIMAL RESCUE FRIENDS hold pet adoptions at Superpetz off Bobby Jones Expressway every Sunday from 1-4 p.m. Call AARF at 364-4747 or visit www.aar Adoptions also held at the Richmond County Animal Control Shelter, Tues.-Sun., 1-5 p.m. Call the shelter at 790-6836. THE CSRA HUMANE SOCIETY holds pet adoptions every Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and every Wednesday evening from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Pet Center located behind the GreenJackets Stadium on Milledge Rd. 261-PETS.

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“THE SUBJECT TONIGHT IS LOVE” will be per formed by the Alliance Theatre Company on the Her tz Stage in Atlanta Nov. 14-Dec. 21. For ticket information, visit or call (404) 733-4600. AT THE GEORGIA MUSEUM OF ART in Athens, Ga.: “Enchanting Modern: Ilonka Karasz, 1896-1981” Nov. 15-Feb. 8. Visit for info. “HENRY IV, PART I” will be at The New American Shakespeare Tavern in Atlanta Nov. 13-16 and Dec. 5. Ticket prices range from $19.50-$24.50, and optional food and beverage service is available before the show. For additional information, or to purchase tickets, visit or call (404) 874-5299. SOUTHEASTERN EXOTIC BIRD SHOW Nov. 8-9 at Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter in Perry, Ga. Call (770) 953-3692. UGA COTTON BOWL JAMBOREE at Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter in Perry, Ga., Nov. 12. Call (706) 542-8924 for information.

ATLANTA FILM FESTIVAL AT AUGUSTA STATE UNIVERSITY Nov. 7, 7 p.m., in room W1002 of the Science Building at ASU. Ten films will be shown. Admission is free and the festival is open to the public. For more information, call 737-1500.

“THE HOLLY AND THE IVY” holiday celebration at Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C., Nov. 7-Jan. 4. For information, call 1-800-922-0046 or (828) 225-1333 or visit

“DARK SHADOWS” show at the Dupont Planetarium Nov. 7-8 and 21-22. Show times are 7 and 8 p.m. Admission is $4.50 for adults, $3.50 for senior citizens, $2.50 for K-12 students and $1 for USC-Aiken

“HENRY IV, PART I” will be at The New American Shakespeare Tavern in Atlanta Nov. 13-16 and Dec. 5. Ticket prices range from $19.50-$24.50, and optional food and beverage service is available before the

show. For additional information, or to purchase tickets, visit or call (404) 874-5299. “MERLIN” will be presented through Nov. 23 at the 14th Street Playhouse in Atlanta as par t of the Alliance Theatre Company’s Family Series. For ticket information, visit or call (404) 7334600. FOUNDER’S DAY with free admission and special events Nov. 6 at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga. Call 1-800-CALLAWAY. “RICHARD II” will be at The New American Shakespeare Tavern in Atlanta Nov. 6-9 and Dec. 4. Ticket prices range from $19.50-$24.50, and optional food and beverage service is available before the show. For additional information, or to purchase tickets, visit or call (404) 874-5299. LIVE AT FIVE HAPPY HOUR CONCERT SERIES at the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in Macon Tuesdays through Nov. 25. Shows begin at 5 p.m. and end at 7 p.m. $5 admission; free for members. 1-888-GAROCKS. “EDWARD HOPPER AND URBAN REALISM” will be on display at the Columbia Museum of Ar t in Columbia, S.C., through Jan. 18. (803) 799-2810. “CROWNS” will be per formed by the Alliance Theatre Company on the Alliance Stage in Atlanta through Nov. 9. For ticket information, visit or call (404) 733-4600. MAIZE QUEST CORNFIELD MAZE through Nov. 9, 9 a.m.-10 p.m., at Washington Farms in Watkinsville, Ga. Tickets are $7 adult and $5 children 4-12 years old, with group discounts available for groups of 20 or more. For information, visit or, or call (706) 769-0627. “A SALUTE TO 25 YEARS OF THE GEORGIA MUSIC HALL OF FAME AWARDS” runs through Jan. 18, 2004, at the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in Macon, Ga. Exhibits, programs and events honoring the 25th anniversary of the Georgia Music Hall of Fame awards. Call 1-888-GA-ROCKS for info. AT THE GEORGIA MUSEUM OF ART in Athens, Ga.: “Masters of Their Craf t: Highlights From the Smithsonian American Ar t Museum,” through Nov. 13; “Conversion to Modernism: The Early Works of Man Ray,” through Nov. 30; “Creativity: The Flowering Tornado” by Ginny Ruf fner through Nov. 23. Call (706) 542-4662. AT THE HIGH MUSEUM OF ART in Atlanta: “The Undiscovered Richard Meier: The Architect as Designer and Ar tist” will be on exhibit through April 4, with a lecture on Nov. 18. Call (404) 733-HIGH or visit for information.

Benefits AIKEN SPCA WESTMUTTSTER DOG SHOW Nov. 15 at Aiken Horse Park. Registration is 9-10:45 a.m., with showtime at 11 a.m. Cost to register is $10 per class. Classes are open to purebred dogs and mutts. General admission is $3 per car. All proceeds benefit the Aiken SPCA. For more information, call (803) 648-6863. “CHEFS OF AUGUSTA” benefit for the Augusta Mini Theatre’s capital campaign for a new arts school Nov. 9, 2-4 p.m. at Julian Smith Casino. Tickets are $15. Call 722-0598. SALVATION ARMY AUTO AUCTION Nov. 8, 10 a.m., at the Salvation Army Administrative Office, 1384 Greene St. $5 registration fee required to bid. Proceeds from the auction fund Salvation Army services. For more information, including info on how to donate a vehicle, contact Stacey Johnson, 826-7933. “ALOHA AUGUSTA” CELEBRITY WAITER DINNER Nov. 7, 6:30 p.m. at the Old Richmond Hotel, 725 Greene St. Tickets are $300 per couple and $600 per table; all proceeds benefit community projects of the Junior League of Augusta. 736-0033. “HOPE FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE” fundraiser for Hope House Nov. 13, 6:30-10:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Hotel. Silent auction, live entertainment and food will be featured. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at Broad Strokes Art Gallery, La Dolce Vita Spa and Salon and Antique Market, or by calling Hope House at 737-9879. 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 790-6836 for information.

SHEPEARD COMMUNITY BLOOD CENTER BLOOD DRIVES in various locations around the CSRA this month. For detailed information on locations and times to donate, visit You may also call Susan Edwards at (803) 643-7996 for information on Aiken locations and Nancy Szocinski at 737-4551 for information on all other locations. AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVES at the Aiken Red Cross Blood Center on Millbrook Drive and the Augusta Red Cross Blood Center on Pleasant Home Road. The bloodmobile will also stop at various area locations this week. For a complete list, call the Aiken Blood Center at (803) 642-5180 or the Augusta Blood Center at 868-8800.

Learning ACTIVITIES FOR HOLIDAY STORIES WORKSHOP presented by the Augusta State Universit y Born To Read Literacy Center Nov. 19, 6-9 p.m. at the literacy center. Cost is $12 and par ticipants receive 3 DHR approved hours. Call 733-7043 to RSVP. BASIC MICROSOFT WORD CLASSES at the Wallace Branch Library Tuesdays, Nov. 18-Dec. 16 or Thursdays, Nov. 20Dec. 18. Classes held 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 722-6275. GRANT WRITING CLASSES Nov. 14, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Augusta Technical College. Fee is $100. Registration is required. Call 210-2547. “DOLLY AND BEYOND: WHAT WE CAN DO AND SHOULD WE DO IT?” presentation on cloning by Keith Campbell 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Ma xwell Per forming Ar ts Theatre. For more information, call 737-1609. “USING THE PINES CATALOG” workshop at the Appleby Branch Library 10-11 a.m. Nov. 18 and 20 and at the Friedman Branch Library 9:30-10:30 a.m. Nov. 13 and 20. Learn how to find books, renew books, place holds and check the status of your account. Registration is required. Call the Appleby Branch at 736-6244 or the Friedman Branch at 736-6758. USC-AIKEN SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER BUSINESS PLANNING WORKSHOP Nov. 12, 9-11 a.m. in Room 140 of the Business and Education Building. To register, call (803) 641-3646 or e-mail “BETTER LIVING IN AUGUSTA” BILINGUAL PARENTING AND LIFE-SKILLS CLASSES will be conducted the second Tuesday (English version) and second Thursday (Spanish version) every month. Nov. 11 and 13 topic is time and stress management. Free and open to the public. To register, call 721-KIDS. SEARCHING THE AUGUSTA CHRONICLE ARCHIVES WORKSHOP Nov. 12, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Gibbs Library. Registration is required; call 863-1946. POWER POINT WORKSHOP Nov. 8 at the Wallace Branch Library. Sessions held from 1-3 p.m. 722-6275.

GRIEF MINISTRY GROUP meets Sundays, through Nov. 23, 4-5:30 p.m., in Room 100 of the Adult Building at First Baptist Church. RSVP at 736-6708. AUGUSTA BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT GROUP meets the second Thursday of every month, 6 p.m., at Walton West TLC. Brain injury survivors and their family members and caregivers are invited to at tend. 737-9300. FORE THE HEALTH OF IT ADAPTIVE GOLF CLINICS held the first Tuesday of every month at First Tee of Augusta. Physical and occupational therapists from Walton Rehabilitation Hospital will guide the course. Call 823-8691. CHRONIC PAIN SUPPORT GROUP meets the first Thursday of every month, 10-11:30 a.m. at Walton Rehabilitation Hospital. 823-5294. STROKE SUPPORT GROUP meets the last Wednesday of the month, 1-2 p.m., in the outpatient classroom at Walton Rehabilitation Hospital. 823-5213. WALTON REHABILITATION HOSPITAL AMPUTEE CLINIC for new and experienced prosthetic users meets the third Thursday of each month, 1-3 p.m. 722-1244. WALTON REHABILITATION HOSPITAL offers a number of health programs, including Fibromyalgia Aquatics, Water Aerobics, Wheelchair and Equipment Clinics, Therapeutic Massage, Yoga, Focus on Healing exercise class for breast cancer survivors and more. Call 823-5294 for information.

DIET COUNSELING CLASSES for diabetics and those with high cholesterol at CSRA Par tners in Health, 1220 Augusta West Parkway. Free. Call 860-3001 for class schedule. PROJECT LINK COMMUNITY LECTURE SERIES is held the first Tuesday of ever y 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. 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. YOGA CLASSES at Walton Rehabilitation Hospital are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-8 a.m. for $45/month or 10:30 a.m.-noon for $55/month. Call 823-6294.

AUGUSTA STATE UNIVERSITY CONTINUING EDUCATION is now offering the following classes: QuarkXPress, A Prosperous Retirement, Intermediate Investing, All Things Dutch, Origami and more. Also, ASU offers online courses. For more information, call 737-1636 or visit

FREE CAR SEAT EDUCATION CLASS by SAFE KIDS of East Central Georgia Nov. 17, 9-11 a.m. at the MCG Children’s Medical Center. Those who are Medicaid or Peachcare eligible may indicate their status during registration and bring their card or proof of income to class in order to receive a free car seat. Register by calling 721-KIDS.

BREAST SELF-EX AM CLASS Nov. 10, 5 p.m., at the Universit y Breast Health Center. Reser vations are required. Call 774-4141. THE PINK MAGNOLIAS BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUP meets Nov. 10, 7 p.m., and is open to all women who have undergone breast cancer surger y or are going through treatment for breast cancer. The Men’s Breast Cancer Suppor t Group for husbands, significant others and male family members of breast cancer patients meets at the same time as the Pink Magnolias group. Meetings held in the Universit y Breast Health Center. 774-4141.

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“BOLD AND BR ASSY” Nov. 9 per formance by the Prism Sa xophone Quar tet is par t of the Augusta Symphony’s Publix Family Series. Call 826-4705 for more information. SPECIAL HOLIDAY STORYTIME at the Gibbs Librar y Nov. 18, 4:30 p.m. Holiday stories and a behind-thescenes look at dance with members of the Augusta Ballet. Children will also create a holiday craf t to take home. Registration is required and children must be ages 6 and up to at tend. Call 863-1946. TALKING TURKEY with Thanksgiving themed stories and a turkey craf t activity Nov. 15, 11 a.m., at the Friedman Branch Library. Children ages 4-10 are invited to at tend and registration is required. 736-6758. YOUTH COMPUTER TR AINING with the Black Data Processing Association Nov. 15, 1-4 p.m., at the Wallace Branch Librar y. Call 722-6275. THE AUGUSTA BALLET will present a program on “The Nutcracker” Nov. 12 at the Appleby Branch Library. Craft project included. Program for toddlers is 10:05-10:20 a.m., and program for ages 3 and up is 10:30-11:15 a.m. Registration required; call 736-6244.

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Thursday, November 13th from 6:30-10 pm. at the Marbury Center (Old Firehouse) at 1257 Broad St. Enjoy an evening of music by Brandon Bower, food from The Boll Weevil, Partridge Inn, Bee’s Knees, Mellow Mushroom, D.Timms and The Soul Bar, as well as a special auction of recent works by many local artists - priced to sell! Arts Council members receive free admission to the reception and others can join the Arts Council at the door. Family membership of $50 admits 2.




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Kids “SCARECROW OF OZ” will be presented by the Augusta State University Born To Read Literacy Center and Patchwork Players Nov. 14. Shows will be held at ASU’s Ma xwell Per forming Ar ts Theatre at 9, 10 and 11 a.m. Tickets are $3 per person. Call 733-7043 or visit for more information.






THE MCG BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUP meets the first Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. and provides education and suppor t for those with breast cancer. For information, call 721-1467.

USC-AIKEN CONTINUING EDUCATION offers Italian, Ar t for Beginners, Debt-Free Living, Financial Strategies, Taming the Wild Child, Paralegal Cer tificate Course and more. Travelearn learning vacations for adults and Education to Go online courses also available. For info, phone (803) 641-3563.

AIKEN TECH CONTINUING EDUCATION of fers the following courses: PCs 101, Microsof t Cer tified System Administrator courses, health care courses, Rape Aggression Defense, Driver Education and Road Experience and more. Aiken Tech also of fers Education to Go classes online. For more information or to register, call (803) 5939231, ex t. 1230.



EARTH AND SKY NIGHT Nov. 8 at the Dupont 32 FAMILY Planetarium. Astronomy presentations, telescopes,

tion, please contact Cassandra Reed or Espy De Leon at 394-0838 or

Ear th Day activities and “Dark Shadows” planetarium

M program. Call (803) 641-3654 for information. E T R FAMILY Y SCHOOL’S OUT PRIME TIME PROGR AM for O children 5-12 years old with limited space available for S P I R I T

GOLDEN HARVEST FOOD BANK needs volunteers during the day, from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, to help sor t donated products and assist in their agency shopping area. Help is needed year-round. If you are able to lif t 25 pounds, can commit to at least 3-4 hours per month and would like to help fight hunger in the Augusta area, contact Laurie Roper at 736-1199, ex t. 208.

4-year-olds Nov. 11, 26 and 28. Activities held 9 a.m.4 p.m. at the Family Y’s Wheeler Branch location with early drop-of f and late pick-up times available. Daily fees are $14 per child pre-registered or $20 per child registering the day of the program. 738-7006.

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.

NOVEMBER FAMILY FUN DAY at the Augusta Museum N of History Nov. 9, 1-5 p.m. Event highlights the museO um’s permanent exhibit, “Augusta’s Story,” and Native V American ar tifacts. Free admission. 722-8454. 6 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.

FAMILY BIKE TOUR OF PHINIZY SWAMP NATURE PARK Nov. 16, 2-4 p.m. An adult should accompany children under 12. Helmets are required. Contribution is $3 for members and $5 for non-members. Register by Nov. 14 at 828-2109.


FAMILY Y YOUTH BASKETBALL REGISTR ATION for the Family Y’s youth basketball and Iddy Biddy Basketball programs through Nov. 15 at Wheeler Branch. Fees are $26-$55. For more information, call 738-6678 or visit YOUTH BASKETBALL REGISTR ATION through Nov. 10. Open to children ages 6-18 as of March 1, 2004. Fees are $35-$40 for Nor th Augusta residents, $55-$60 for non-residents and $110 for out-of-state players. Registration will be held at Riverview Park Activities Center. (803) 441-4311. AIKEN COUNTY PONY CLUB meets weekly. Open to children of all ages who par ticipate or are interested in equestrian spor ts. For more information, contact Lisa Smith at (803) 649-3399. FREE CAR SEAT EDUCATION CLASSES for parents and other caregivers the third Monday of every month from 9-11 a.m. at MCG Children’s Medical Center. Registration is required; those who are Medicaid or Peachcare eligible should indicate status during registration and bring a card or proof of income to class in order to receive a free car seat. 721-KIDS. “TECHNOLOGY AND TENNIS FOR LIFE” FALL SESSION through MACH Academy will be held through Dec. 18 at May Park Community Center or Fleming Tennis Center. Program includes homework assistance, computer instruction, tennis and fitness instruction, field trips and more. Fee is $50 per month. For information, call 796-5046. GIRLS INCORPORATED OF THE CSRA AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM runs through May 21. Open to girls currently enrolled in kindergar ten through high school. In addition to offering specialized programs, Girls Incorporated offers van pick-up at select schools, neighborhood drop-off, homework room and a hot evening meal. For information, call 733-2512. WEEKLY STORY SESSIONS at all branch libraries. Visit for more information.

The Nashville Bluegrass Band wraps up the Southern Soul and Song Concert Series at the Imperial Theatre Nov. 8. AIKEN PARKS AND RECREATION offers a multitude of programs for senior adults, including bridge clubs, fitness classes, canasta clubs, line dancing, racquetball, arts and crafts, tennis and excursions. For more information, call (803) 642-7631. 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. THE SENIOR CITIZENS COUNCIL OF GREATER AUGUSTA AND THE CSRA offers a variety of classes, including ballroom dance, aerobics, quilting, tai chi, Spanish, line dancing, bowling, bridge, computers, drama club/readers theatre and pinochle. For dates and times, phone 826-4480. SENIORNET provides adults age 50 and over education for and access to computer technology. Many different courses are offered. Contact the USC-Aiken Continuing Education Office at (803) 641-3563.

Sports THE AUGUSTA VOLLEYBALL ASSOCIATION is looking for new members. For more information, visit

FIRST SATURDAY STORYTELLING at the Lucy Craft Laney Museum. In addition, there is a tour of the museum. Held 10 a.m.-noon the first Saturday of the month. Call 724-3576.

FALL/WINTER FLAG FOOTBALL LEAGUE REGISTRATION Nov. 17, 6:30 p.m., at Harrison-Caver Park in Clearwater. Season runs from December to February. Fee is $275. For more information, call (803) 593-4698.


THREE-POINT SHOOT OUT Nov. 8, 10:30 a.m. at the Wilson Family Y. Entry fee is $5. Registration deadline is Nov. 6, and shoot out is open to those ages 13 and older. Call 733-1030 or visit

SPARKLING SINGLES FOR THE 50-PLUS GENER ATION meets Nov. 13, 1:30-2:30 p.m. at the Senior Citizens Council of Greater Augusta and the CSRA. Call Regina Orlosk y or Bobbie Olivero at 826-4480 for information. FREE BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING Nov. 17, 10-11 a.m. at the Senior Citizens Council of Greater Augusta and the CSRA. 826-4480. KIDNEY DISEASE AND MEDICATION MANAGEMENT free seminar Nov. 18, 10-11 a.m. at the Senior Citizens Council of Greater Augusta and the CSRA. Blood pressure checks and health screenings for diabetes will also be of fered. Call 826-4480 for additional information. SENIOR ADULT THANKSGIVING CELEBR ATION 11 a.m. Nov. 13 at Julian Smith Casino. For details, call 796-5025. WALTON REHABILITATION HOSPITAL of fers Ar thritis Aquatics and People With Ar thritis Can Exercise. Call 823-5294 for information. SENIOR VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THE NEW VISITOR CENTER AT PHINIZY SWAMP NATURE PARK to greet visitors, hand out literature and sell merchandise. Volunteers are asked to commit one Saturday or Sunday per month, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. or 1-5 p.m. Call 828-2109 for information.

ROTARY BOWL END-OF-SEASON FOOTBALL BOWL Nov. 8 at Lions Memorial Field in Nor th Augusta. Call (803) 441-4300 for more information. AUGUSTA LYNX HOME GAMES Nov. 13, 15-16, 2930. For tickets, call 724-4423 or visit 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, 7-9 p.m. at Richmond Academy. For more information, call Don Zuehlke, 495-2043, or e-mail You may also visit

Volunteer THE EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT COALITION is looking for volunteers with basic computer skills to prepare ta x returns for individuals with low and limited income, individuals with disabilities, non-English speaking persons and elderly ta xpayers. Volunteers receive free training and instruction materials from the IRS and will serve at VITA sites throughout the community. For more information, contact Sheryl Silva, 826-4480, ex t. 341.

AUGUSTA/CSR A HABITAT FOR HUMANITY needs volunteers at ReStore, Walton Way and Tenth Street, to assist with receiving donations of new and used building and home improvement materials and warehousing them for sale to the public. The store is open Thursday-Saturday year round. If you can commit eight or more hours per month, contact Steve Buck, 364-7637. MENTORS AND VOLUNTEERS needed to provide suppor t for MACH Academy at the May Park Communtiy Center and the Fleming Tennis Center. Education, tutoring and technology sessions held Monday-Thursday, 3-6 p.m. at each location. Tennis instruction and fitness activities held Monday-Thursday, 6-7 p.m. at May Park and Monday-Tuesday, 6-8 p.m., Friday, 6-8 p.m. and Saturday, 2-5 p.m. at the Fleming Center. 796-5046. FOSTER PARENTS NEEDED for children and teenagers in Richmond County. For information, contact Luera Lewis, 721-3718. PHINIZY SWAMP NATURE PARK VISITOR CENTER is in need of volunteers to greet visitors, hand out literature and sell merchandise. Volunteers must commit to one Saturday or Sunday each month, from either 9 a.m.-1 p.m. or 1-5 p.m. 828-2109. UNITED HOSPICE OF AUGUSTA is in need of volunteers to suppor t terminally ill patients. Scheduling and training times are flexible. Call Donna Harrell at 6501522 for information. THE ARTISTS’ CONSERVATORY THEATRE OF THE CSR A is looking for volunteer board members, actors and production crew. Call 556-9134 or e-mail SERVICE CORPS OF RETIRED EXECUTIVES (SCORE) provides counseling and mentoring to businesspeople star ting up a new business or expanding an ongoing business. Services are provided free of charge. For more information, call the Augusta of fice at 793-9998. SOUTHERNCARE HOSPICE SERVICE is currently seeking volunteers to per form a variety of tasks, including relieving caregivers, reading to patients and running errands. Training is included. For additional information, contact Lisa Simpson, (803) 463-9888 or 869-0205. COURT APPOINTED SPECIAL ADVOCATE PROGR AM VOLUNTEER TR AINING: The CASA program is looking for volunteers 21 years of age and older to advocate for abused and neglected children in the juvenile cour t system. Volunteers need no experience and will be provided with specialized training. Call 737-4631. CSRA HUMANE SOCIETY NEW VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION PROGRAM the third Saturday of every month at the Pet Center, 425 Wood St. Orientation starts at 11 a.m. Volunteers under 18 years of age must have a parent or guardian present during orientation and while volunteering. Call 261-PETS for information. THE KITTY ORTIZ DE LEON FOUNDATION needs volunteers to help promote organ donor awareness. For more informa-

CSR A WRITERS meets Nov. 11, 6:30 p.m., at Barnes and Noble Booksellers. Writers in need of a suppor t group are invited to at tend; please bring eight copies of a manuscript to be critiqued. Contact Lela Turnbull, 738-4114, for information. CSR A ALLIANCE FOR FORT GORDON meets Nov. 19, 9 a.m. Call 722-0037 for information. CSR A VOLKSWAGEN CLUB meets ever y First Friday at Six th and Reynolds Streets, behind the train depot. For more information, visit GIBBS LIBR ARY BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP will be reading “How Green Was My Valley” by Richard Llwellyn and will meet Nov. 17, 7 p.m., for discussion. 863-1946. THE AUGUSTA CHAPTER OF THE AMERICAN SINGLES GOLF ASSOCIATION meets the second Thursday of ever y month at dif ferent restaurants in the Augusta area. There is no charge for meetings. Open to those single, 21 and over, who enjoy the game of golf. For information and meeting location, call (803) 441-6741. “READ IT: ONE COMMUNITY, ONE BOOK” DISCUSSION GROUPS meet Nov. 10 at Headquar ters Librar y, Nov. 13 at the Ma x well Branch Librar y and Nov. 20 at the Gibbs Librar y. November’s book is “Deep in the Hear t” by E. Randall Floyd. For information, call 821-2604.


OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS meets ever y Sunday night, 7:30 p.m., at Holy Trinit y Lutheran Church in Nor th Augusta. For more information, call 278-5156. NAR-ANON FAMILY GROUP for relatives and friends of drug abusers. No dues or fees. The group meets Mondays at 7 p.m. in Room 430 of the Summer ville Building beside St. Joseph’s Hospital. For information, contact Kathy, 650-0947, or Josie, 414-5576. GAMBLERS ANONYMOUS meets Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m., in Room 420 of the Summer ville Professional Building and Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., in the basement of Fair view Presby terian Church. 1-800-313-0170. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS: For more information and a meeting schedule, call 860-8331. 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. SEX AHOLICS ANONYMOUS, a 12-step program of recover y from addiction to obsessive/compulsive sexual thoughts and behaviors, meets Wednesdays at 8 p.m. at Christ Church Unit y, 2301 Central Ave. Call 339-1204 and leave first name and phone number; a confidential reply is assured. GUIDELINES: Public ser vice 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, Metro Spirit, P.O. Box 3809, Augusta, GA 30914 or fa x (706) 733-6663. You may also e-mail listings to or Listings cannot be taken over the phone.


Arts: Theatre

Mystery, Mayhem and Warm Fuzzies


By Rhonda Jones


f you’re addicted to theatre, and opening nights at that, you’re going to have a bit of a dilemma on Nov. 7. Three — count them, three — plays are opening locally on that night: The Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre begins its run of “The Mousetrap,” by none other than Agatha Christie; Abbeville Theatre begins “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott; and Aiken Community Theatre begins “Noises Off,” which is a popular play by Michael Frayn. Let’s start with Ms. Christie, shall we? Anyone for a Mystery? The idea of a theatre company producing a mystery, especially one by such a popular writer, has lately become an intriguing prospect for this particular writer. It is either not as daunting a prospect as it seems to play the mystery game with an audience, as well as with a reader, or it is such a seductive challenge that no one can resist. So, I decided to ask Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre Director Steve Walpert just how mysteries work onstage. For one thing, how does one present clues? I asked, specifically, if he strove to present them in such a way that the audience is sure to notice them, or if he, rather, tries to be nonchalant about it? He said the process is a “tricky” one. “You can’t hide the clues from the audience. That’s the easy way out. The ‘secrets’ must be presented on several levels. Some are intended as ‘red herrings’ … a sleight-ofhand that may cause an audience member to go off on a false lead. You can’t overutilize these or it will make the audience mad. To a certain extent, that’s ‘cheating.’ Other clues are right there in plain sight. The audience just does not see them, or may have misinterpreted that ‘questionable glance.’ When looking back at the final curtain, they may say, ‘Of course, it was obvious.’ But at that point the secret is out for everyone to see. Ultimately, presenting a ‘whodunnit’ requires a fine balance. The audience loses out on the fun if a cast makes it too easy to figure out, or obscures the clues and hides the truth.” Wow. Sounds like some delicate work. I asked, then, if he worried about working with such a well-known work, and whether he tried more to live up to their expectations or whether he was more interested in offering them something new. “Presenting a classic is always a unique challenge. There is always a risk that your production will be compared to the original. The key is to make the most of a talented cast and staff. Our performers will each layer their own individual twist onto their characters. When that happens, the play takes on a life of its own and becomes a fresh, original work. We have a great group of performers


“All of the shops will be open up until curtain time and many of them after the show,” he said. The Opera House is in Abbeville’s town square, a charming little nook that can make you feel as though you’ve traveled back in time. The city is taking full advantage of that atmosphere to create a living postcard experience for all who wish it. Some of the shop owners even wear period costumes, Genevie said. “Carriages will take you around. It becomes kind of an event here in November, here in Abbeville,” he said. “The theatre experience won’t begin when you go in, but it’s going to begin when they pull up in the square here in Abbeville.” Performances will be at 8 p.m. Nov. 7-8, 1415 and 21-22. Saturday matinees will take place at 3 p.m. on Nov. 8 and 15. Tickets are $17 for adults and $16 for seniors over 65 and for children under 12. Reservations may be made over the phone with a Visa, MasterCard or American Express by dialing the Opera House Box Office Monday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at (864) 366-2157.

Halloween has come and gone, but if you need more tricks and treats, check out Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap” at the Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre. and artistic staff who will make this production into something the Augusta audience will want to see.” Then there are the issues present in the work, such as the search for truth and justice, appearance vs. reality. The best way to approach those facets of a play, he said, is indirectly. “The key in that area is to make the characters into real people. When that happens, and the correct theatrical style is applied, these things happen naturally — after many long hours of rehearsal.” And, yes, he said, he is a big fan of the author. “The Mousetrap” will open Nov. 7 and runs Nov. 8, 14-15 and 20-22. Dinner begins at 7 p.m.; the show begins at 8 p.m. Civilian tickets are $32. For seniors 65 and older, retirees, DA civilians and active duty E8 and above, tickets are $30. Active duty E7 and below pay $20. If you want to skip dinner and just see the show, tickets are $15. For info call (706) 791-4389. Yet Another Classic Abbeville Opera House, on the other hand, is producing “Little Women.” Director Michael Genevie said that finding the script he wanted to use was somewhat difficult because he had so many to choose from. “You know what? There are several versions and that was one of my biggest challenges,” he said. “I’ve read them all.”

He said “Little Women” even had a pretty long run on Broadway at the turn of the century, and that that particular script has been one of the most popular. Genevie, however, chose a version written in the 1930s. “They’re all very closely based on the Louisa May Alcott story,” he said. “Basically, all of the characters are the same. You know, there are probably five or six movie adaptations of this.” It is amazing, on one level, that so many scripts have been created based on the same story. But on the other hand, given the story’s immense popularity, it seems only natural. “For some reason,” Genevie said, “it seems young women are just incredibly attracted to this story. I had so many show up for auditions. It’s a wonderful story. And then I got my hands on all the movie versions and just started to watch those as well. “ One version stars Katherine Hepburn, he said, and another stars Elizabeth Taylor, with Peter Lawford as the boy next door. The story itself begins in 1865. A mother is raising four daughters on her own because her husband has gone off to war. The story allows viewers to track the lives of the characters as it unfolds over several years. “It’s a perfect story, I think, for the Abbeville Opera House, of course, with all the Civil War history that we have here,” he said. In addition to that, he will be producing “Little Women” in conjunction with Abbeville’s annual Holiday Open House.

Putting the Fun in Dysfunctional Aiken Community Playhouse is gearing up to show Michael Frayn’s popular play, “Noises Off,” a farce about the personal dilemmas that can arise when a group of actors come together to make a play — and the hilarity that can result. In Act I, we meet the inept cast as they try to pull off a performance of a farce-withinthe-farce called “Nothing On.” Between flubbing their lines, missing their entrances and brewing more drama backstage than exists onstage, it’s not looking terribly hopeful. In Act II, the set is turned with its back to the audience. We can hear the “performance,” which is “onstage,” but we see what happens backstage between the exits and entrances. The actors are a month into their tour and have descended into all manner of trauma: a bad love affair between two cast members, a pregnancy, alcoholism and more. Of course, their behind-the-scenes anxiety bleeds into the play and causes a comic downslide onstage. Act III takes place a month later and is near the end of the tour. The set is turned so that the audience sees what’s going on onstage. The performance has gone completely kaput, with exploding props — and actors. “Noises Off” runs Nov. 7-8, 14-15 and 21-22 at 8 p.m. with a Nov. 16 matinee at 3 p.m. at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts at 124 Newberry Street in Aiken, S.C. Tickets are $15 general admission, $13 for seniors 60 and over, $10 for students and $6 for kids 12 and under. For info, call (803) 648-1438 or write

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he Kodály String Quartet, who are coming to Augusta as part of the Harry Jacobs Chamber Music Society series, are named after a composer named Zoltan. Zoltan Kodály that is. He was a major Hungarian composer whose widow supported the quartet in the use of his name. In fact, “Stereo Review” selected as a Recording of Special Merit the quartet’s “Hungaroton” recording of Kodály’s works for string quartet. (There were two.) Kodály was born one hundred years before the quartet made its U.S. debut in 1982. He grew up in Hungarian villages and, as a result, developed a love for its folk culture, which he later expressed in his compositions. Like the members of the quartet that bears his name, Kodály studied at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music, which is reportedly Hungary’s most prestigious school for musicians. The quartet also regularly performs works by other Hungarian composers as well, including Bartók and Dohnányi. But they have also recorded plenty of music that you will recognize even if you’re not heavily into classical music: the complete sets of the Haydn, Beethoven and Schubert string quartets, and the Debussy and Ravel quartets. “Gramophone” magazine named Volume IV of their Schubert recordings their Editor’s Choice. So they’re pedigreed as a group — but who are the individuals that make up the quartet? For one thing, they formed when they were students at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. That was back in 1966. Since then, they’ve toured all over, including Australia, Japan and even the former Soviet Union, which is a hotbed of amazing culture despite the cold weather. In the U.S., the Kodály Quartet have

played the Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, the 92nd Street Y and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, among others. And here are the players. Attila Falvay, violinist, joined the quartet in 1980, the year after winning Second Prize at the Szigeti International Violin Competition. Tamás Szabó, also a violinist, joined the quartet in 1969, right after graduating from Liszt, but he had already played for several years with the Hungarian State Orchestra. János Fejérvá, violist, is a founding member of the Budapest Strings Chamber Orchestra, and has played first viola there for years. György Éder, cellist, studied at Yale University, the University of Wisconsin and at the Banff Center School of Fine Arts after completing his degree at the Liszt Academy. Something that shows up over and over again in reviews found online and quotes provided by the quartet’s management company is the idea that this group of four men perform as one. “Precious few string quartets on the boards today can boast such discipline, unfailing intonation and unanimity,” wrote Robert Croan of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.” Bernard Holland of The New York Times wrote, “All seemed to have been born with their instruments in their hands.” The Kodály String Quartet will play at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 14 in the Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Center on the campus of Augusta State University. There will be a 7:15 pre-concert featuring the Richmond County Chamber Orchestra. Admission is by season membership, but individual tickets may be purchased at the door. For more information, call (706) 736-9098 or visit the Web site at

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ov. 13 marks the date of the Greater Augusta Arts Council’s (GAAC) Annual Wet Paint Party and Exhibit. The GAAC recently invited artists to submit a piece of work to show and sell at a silent auction. According to a statement issued by GAAC, that ensures that the artist will receive their asking price, while anything above that goes to the GAAC Arts Council programming, such as Artscape Camp. Here is a list of the responding artists: Kim Smock, Sharon Padgett, Rhian Swain-Giboney, Sandi Carter, Troy Campbell, Lisa Baggs, Billy S., Laurie Adams, Evonne D. Prather, Bea Kuhlke, Jay Jacobs, Raoul Pacheco, Shishir Chokshi, Jeff Thomas, Courtney Cooper, Paul Pearman, Brian Neill, Wendy Perry, Andrew Benjamin, Robert Bazemore, Heather McGee, Barbara Yon, Donna Whaley, Audrey Crosby, Lee Quillin Blackledge and Rebecca Rogers. Event consultant Coco Rubio, owner of the Soul Bar, had a few things to say about the event. “I’d like to see more artists join the Greater Augusta Arts Council and show the CSRA what a diverse group of artists we have in our community,” he said. “Events like the Wet Paint Party are a great way to bring the artists and their supporters together in a unique way, and as a show of support for the Arts Council.” He had this to say about the entertainment. “Brandon Bower is the charismatic frontman for The Big Mighty. He has one of the most soulful voices of any young singer I’ve seen recently. He can

front a full band, or he can play a solo acoustic set. He has lots of originals and a nice set of covers he can play. He’ll be playing some of both for the Wet Paint Party.” Responding artist Swain-Giboney is planning to submit a piece with the working title “Wild Green Faerie Guy,” typical of her whimsical, symbol-laden expressionistic portraits. “I’ve begun researching for my next two exhibits and it’s taking me back into exploring myths, faerie tales and the diversity of my painting techniques. This painting is just a fun watercolor that started dancing around in my head a couple of weeks ago. ‘Wild Green Faerie Guy’ is sort of the kick-off of these two projects.” Benjamin, owner of the Hangnail Gallery downtown on Eighth Street, leader of the Hellblinki Sextet and another included artist, is also concerned with putting enough stuff into his brain to generate interesting material when he sits down to create. His work is open for interpretation. “The piece exists in many states throughout its production and after it’s done, when someone asks me what one of my pictures means, it’s usually the same answer for each of them: It means everything I thought while making it and everything that may cross your mind while looking at it.” For the Wet Paint Party, he is submitting a piece that will begin a new series. He already has a drawing, which he intends to transfer to a “larger medium.” The Wet Paint Party is Thursday, Nov. 13 from 6:30-10 p.m. at the Marbury Center, 1257 Broad Street, downtown Augusta. RSVP by Nov. 10. For information, call (706) 826-4702.

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Bad Boys II (R) — Vulgar, brazen, crass, violent, stupid, juvenile, loud, long and pointless — "Bad Boys II" is all that, plus a thin slice of enter taining. The scene is Miami. Marcus (Mar tin Lawrence) and par tner Mike (Will Smith) are back as narcs pledged to double duty: to collar nasty crooks, and to tickle the audience with cute bonding humor. They kick of f this par ty by blowing a major drug bust while messing up a Ku Klux Klan rally at the drop site for smuggled dope. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer gives us not story, but the idea of story as gooey plot pizza; not violence, but the idea of violence as car toonish pulp; not style, but the idea of style as shiny pictures for gaping apes; not comedy, but the idea of comedy as compulsive imbecility; not fun, but the idea of fun as a migraine of lavishly cheap jolts. Cast: Will Smith, Mar tin Lawrence, Gabrielle Union, Joe Pantoliano, Jordi Molla. Running time: 2 hrs., 30 mins. (Elliot t) ★ Brother Bear (G) — Latest Disney animated of fering about a young man, Kenai, who is transformed by The Great Spirits into a bear. On a quest to gain back his human form, Kenai befriends a bear cub, Koda, and evades his human brother, who, not realizing Kenai has been turned into a bear, is on Kenai’s trail on a revenge mission.Cast: Jeremy Suarez, Joaquin Phoenix, Rick Moranis, Dave Thomas. Bruce Almighty (PG-13) — Jim Carrey is Bruce, the goofy features repor ter on a TV station in Buf falo. He aspires to become a "serious" anchor, but af ter blowing his cool on the air, loses his job and has a rif t with his sweet, please-marry-me girlfriend (Jennifer Aniston). There cometh unto Buf falo the Almighty (Morgan Freeman). The Lord loans his powers to Bruce. Time for some payback, some wild stunts, some sexual dazzling of Aniston, some nudges of satire. Like Mel Brooks as Moses in "History of the World, Par t I," Carrey has climbed the comical Mount Sinai and, like Brooks, he has dropped a tablet on the way down. One of the pieces is "Bruce Almighty." Cast: Jim Carrey, Morgan Freeman, Jennifer Aniston,

Philip Baker Hall, Catherine Bell. Running time: 1 hr., 45 mins. (Elliot t) ★★ Cabin Fever (R) — Paul (Rider Strong) hopes that while on a weeklong getaway in the woods, he and Karen (Jordan Ladd) will grow closer. Going along for the ride is self-centered Jef f (Joey Kern), par ty girl Marcy (Cerina Vincent) and boozer-jock Ber t (James DeBello). The five arrive at a time a mysterious plague is sweeping the forest. When a hermit (Arie Verveen) stumbles to their cabin looking for help, the five kill him by accident. He lands face-first into the town reservoir, contaminating the water supply. Af ter Karen is struck with the flesh-eating virus, friends become enemies as the group struggles to survive. Cast: Rider Strong, Jordan Ladd, Joey Kern, Cerina Vincent and James DeBello. Running time: 1 hr., 34 mins. (McCormick) ★ Cold Creek Manor (R) — The Tilson family decides to relocate from the bustle of the city to the peace and quiet of upstate New York. They plan on spending their free time renovating the run-down, though once stately, house they’ve purchased. A series of frightening incidents, many of them involving snakes, lead the family to investigate the home’s dark past. Cast: Dennis Quaid, Sharon Stone, Stephen Dor f f, Juliet te Lewis, Kristen Stewar t, Christopher Plummer.

Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (PG-13) — David Spade stars as Dickie Rober ts, adored as a child sitcom star in the 1970s, but now slumming it as a 35-year-old parking valet. Desperate to get his showbiz career back, Rober ts is convinced that if he can get an audition with director Rob Reiner, every thing will fall into place. When he does get an audition, Reiner shocks Rober ts by telling him that because of his unusual childhood, Rober ts is not normal enough for the par t. So, what does Rober ts do? He hires a family to give him the childhood he missed out on the first time around. Cast: David Spade, Mary McCormack, Jon Lovitz, Craig Bierke, Alyssa Milano.

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Elf (PG) — Years ago, a human boy was adopted by one of Santa’s elves af ter sneaking a ride back to the Nor th Pole in Santa’s bag of presents. Now, he’s fully grown, his height and clumsy nature impeding his duties in the workshop. He decides it’s time to travel to the human world and search for his family. Taking a job as a depar tment store elf, he inspires humans to believe in Santa Claus. Cast: Will Ferrell, James Caan, Zooey Deschanel, Bob Newhar t, Mary Steenburgen. Finding Nemo (G) — A father clown fish (Alber t Brooks) tracks young son Nemo through the Pacific to Sydney, Australia, af ter the small fry is caught and sold for a fish tank. Ellen DeGeneres voices adorable Dory, who is very pret ty and helpful as Marlin's search mate. The humans are alien invaders, big and nearly thoughtless. If "Finding Nemo" is just another of our plex distractions, then it's a giddy bummer, but as a whimsical warning with bite it arrives just in time. Helping to make the seas a lasting realm for real Nemos could be the good, giving backwash of "Finding Nemo." Cast: Alber t Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould, Willem Dafoe, Austin Pendleton, Vicki Lewis, Geof frey Rush, Barry Humphries. Running time: 1 hr., 41 mins. (Elliot t) ★★★★ Freddy vs. Jason (R) — The two masters of horror find themselves locked in a gory bat tle. An unfortunate group of teens finds that they’re trapped in the middle of the slasher showdown. Cast: Rober t Englund, Ken Kirzinger, Kelly Rowland, Jason Bateman, Jason Rit ter. Good Boy! (PG) — Owen Baker, an only child and the brainy son of ninnies, wants a dog — the one he gets is a mut t who proves to be space traveler Canine 2942 from the "dog star " Sirius. Soon the pooch, renamed Hubble, is talking to Owen and the dogs he walks. They talk back (moving lips, and sitcom zings in the voices of Mat t Broderick, Cheech Marin, Brit tany Murphy, Delta Burke, etc.). Owen learns that dogs rule, above all the Sirian leader, the Greater Dane. This is no "Babe," or "Best in Show" for the sub-12 set, but Liam Aiken is an appealingly talented kid actor, the photography is glossy, the body function jokes are tame, and messages about love, home and species bonding peg in neatly. Go fetch. Running time: 1 hr., 28 mins. (Elliot t) ★★1/2 In the Cut (R) — Meg Ryan is Frannie Avery, a teacher of writing who lives in a risky New York of

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bars and psychics and whores — while cops track a killer who butchers women. The film is about a hur t romantic so doused in passion and hope for it that her city is a sticky private maze, rather hellish but seductive. Frannie is excited but scared by a young detective (Mark Ruf falo) full of cop talk, a gamey sexual player, passionate and feeling, maybe not to be trusted. The film could be "Klute" pushed through the lessons of "Last Tango in Paris." Frannie is an experienced Manhat tan survivor and her vulnerability shouldn't be this disabling. Does she imagine that if life is about sex and danger, it's poetry? For her the tonic and toxic run together, juices exchanging heat, and their mix gives "In the Cut" a remarkable taste. Cast: Meg Ryan, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Mark Ruf falo, Kevin Bacon, Nick Damici. Running time: 2 hrs. (Elliot t) ★★★1/2 Jeepers Creepers 2 (R) — In the sequel to 2001’s “Jeepers Creepers,” a busload of high school basketball players, cheerleaders and coaches headed home from the state championships run into a terrifying, flesh-eating creature on a desolate back road. Cast: Jonathan Breck, Ray Wise, Nicki Lynn Aycox, Billy Aaron Brown, Lena Caldwell. Kill Bill Vol. 1 (R) — Uma Thurman plays the Bride who seeks revenge upon her former par tners, the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad masterminded by her past lover, Bill (David Carradine). The Bride is the former Black Mamba, whack specialist. The squad broke into her wedding near El Paso, leaving nine corpses and her for dead. She wakes from a coma. Black Mamba goes to Japan by way of Okinawa. Waiting in Tokyo is yakuza queen O-Ren Ishii (Lucy Liu), a squad member. This is entirely about having fun, and only a gut response will do. Disposing of human beings as stylized sushi, Quentin Tarantino is a master of revels, a pulp fiction Prospero. At this level, he doesn't need depth to be terrific. Cast: Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Darryl Hannah, Vivica A. Fox, Sonny Chiba, Michael Parks, Julie Drey fus. Running time: 1 hr., 39 mins. (Elliot t) ★★★★ Matchstick Men (PG-13) — As Roy, an L.A. con man, Nicolas Cage dominates easily. Sam Rockwell is fun as Frank, his young par tner. Roy is a por t folio of facial tics and neurotic habits, who stays functional through medication. His new shrink (Bruce

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continued from page 36 Altman) gets Roy a new type of pill. This calms him for a big job with Frank, but what really changes Roy is meeting his teen daughter, Angela (Alison Lohman), from his previous marriage. She wants to join him in the scams. What most hur ts the movie is its topper, its big plot twist. If you see the cynical twist coming, you probably haven't relished the humane moments of Cage and Lohman, and if you have liked them, the final, feel-good sop is a poor reward. Cast: Nicolas Cage, Sam Rockwell, Alison Lohman, Bruce McGill, Bruce Altman. Running time: 1 hr., 56 mins. (Elliot t) ★★ The Matrix: Revolutions (R) — The final film in the series takes place on Ear th as machines begin to invade Zion. Expect lots of action, vir tual worlds, black trenchcoats and special ef fects — we can’t tell you any more, because the studio’s keeping the plot details under wraps. You’ll just have to wait and see for yourself. Cast: Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Laurence Fishburne, Hugo Weaving, Jada Pinket tSmith, Monica Bellucci. Mystic River (R) — Clint Eastwood (directing) and writer Brian Helgeland heap loads of emotional freight on a slow, solemn barge of plot. Its core is a police case (Kevin Bacon, Laurence Fishburne fine as the detectives) about a murder haunted by a past crime. Sean Penn does furious brooding and manly weeping as a dead girl's father, Tim Robbins is a haunted wreck as an abuse victim, Laura Linney and Marcia Gay Harden are sidelined. From its por tentous title to its Boston Irish pride parade, the film aches for greatness and achieves high TV drama; the case wrap-up is rushed and fishy. Running time: 2 hrs., 20 mins. (Elliot t) ★★ Out of Time (PG-13) — John Billingsley stars as Chae, a drunken wiseguy and pathologist who trades corkers with Police Chief Mat t Whitlock (Denzel Washington), who sloshes through his latest case. The chief is suddenly the big suspect in a double murder caused by arson, af ter his incriminating, illicit af fair

with past girlfriend Anne (Sanaa Lathan). Whitlock hustles through a hot day covering up the clues that point to him, while the main detective sleuthing his trail is his vampy, almost ex-wife, Alex (Eva Mendes). Dynamic, but obsessively remote from reality, "Out of Time" is like a drive-in movie for a car junkyard. Cast: Denzel Washington, Sanaa Lathan, Dean Cain, Eva Mendes. Running time: 1 hr., 54 mins. (Elliot t) ★1/2

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (PG-13) — The movie will be a shocker for anyone expecting watery gruel ex tracted from a Disneyland-ride base. This "Pirates of the Caribbean" is an original, with clever plot ting, some rapierlike dialogue and a scurvy crew of first-rate second bananas. When the Black Pearl, the invincible pirate ship commanded by the dread Capt. Barbossa (Geof frey Rush) storms Por t Royal and kidnaps Elizabeth (Keira Knightly), the governor's beautiful daughter, what can her secret admirer, the lowly blacksmith Will Turner (Orlando Bloom), do but go af ter her? He's forced to team up with the immensely unreliable Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp). The movie lies becalmed when Depp/Sparrow is absent; when he's on screen, it's a rousing good time. Since he's on screen a good par t of the time, that makes "Pirates of the Caribbean" a rousing good movie. Arrrrr! Cast: Johnny Depp, Geof frey Rush, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightly, Jonathan Pryce. Running time: 2 hrs., 14 mins. (Salm) ★★★ Radio (PG) — Ed Harris is Harold Jones, the coach of the high school football team in a small South Carolina town. Coach Jones takes pity on James (Cuba Gooding Jr.), a mentally handicapped young man who mutely pushes his shopping car t past the practice field every day, and makes him a kind of team, then school mascot. Nicknamed Radio, he melts the hear t of almost everyone he encounters. A few antagonists enter and exit periodically. The schmaltzintolerant would be wise simply to Fed-Ex seven bucks and a vial of tears directly to Columbia Pictures. Cast:

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Cuba Gooding Jr. Ed Harris, Brent Sex ton, Riley Smith. Running time: 1 hr., 46 mins. (Salm) ★1/2 Runaway Jury (PG-13) — Based on a John Grisham novel about at tempts to tamper with a jury in a big New Orleans case, brought by the widow of a broker slain in a mass of fice killing. She sues the maker of the weapon, and the firm's primitively gunhappy boss hires ruthless jury appraiser Rankin Finch (Gene Hackman). The widow's lawyer, Wendell Rohr, is played by Dustin Hof fman. The jury's cool mind is Nick Easter (John Cusack), sly fella with a secret agenda. His lover Marlee (Rachel Weisz) does the outside work, making Rohr and Finch rival bidders for her jury fixing scheme (for $10 million). The film wallows in cynicism for nearly two hours. This is a streetcar named default and a bad ride. Cast: John Cusack, Dustin Hof fman, Gene Hackman, Rachel Weisz, Bruce Davison, Bruce McGill. Running time: 2 hrs., 7 mins. (Elliot t) ★ Scary Movie 3 (PG-13) — The third film in the “Scary Movie” series once again spoofs a series of recent horror hits, fantasy epic films and other pop culture sensations, including “8 Mile,” “The Matrix,” “The Ring,” “The Others” and “Signs.” Cast: David Zucker, Anna Faris, Charlie Sheen, Regina Hall, Denise Richards. The School of Rock (PG-13) — Jack Black, having learned a few things about rocking from singing and playing guitar in his band, Tenacious D, is a wannabe rock star named Dewey Finn who stumbles into a substitute teaching job. In between his outbursts of hair-metal singing and energetic dancing, he teaches his class of private school fif th graders the importance of self-confidence and "sticking it to the man," while he, in turn, learns what it means to be a team player. At times, the film comes close to comedic mediocrity but, like its characters, is saved by rock 'n' roll. Cast: Jack Black, Joan Cusack, Mike White, Sarah Silverman. Running time: 1 hr., 48 mins. (Fu) ★★★ S.W.A.T. (PG-13) — Samuel L. Jackson is Lt. Dan

Harrelson, called Hondo, who is can-do to a fanatical degree. He's the only actor of sizable presence. Time for plot! Bring on one-dude fashion layout Olivier Mar tinez as Alex, a French psycho who has killed 24 and bags No. 25 by slit ting the throat of his uncle with a knife "given me by my father." He is called "The Frog." Arrested, the swinish Alex of fers $100 million to anyone who can free him. Within hours, L.A. is crawling with crazies armed with bazookas and other bigtime weapons, ready to blow Alex free, demolish subways, escor t him through sewers (yes, one has computerized bats) and land a jet plane on a street bridge. Of course, only Hondo's squad can block this evil and perhaps Francophile scheme. Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Colin Farrell, Michelle Rodriguez, LL Cool J, Olivier Mar tinez, Josh Charles, Larry Poindex ter. Running time: 1 hr., 57 mins. (Elliot t) ★ The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (R) — It’s a remake of the original film and based loosely on true events that inspired that film and “The Silence of the Lambs.” A group of friends becomes isolated in the midst of a clan of cannibals. Cast: Jessica Biel, Jonathan Tucker, Eric Balfour, Erica Leerhsen.

Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (PG-13) — Angelina Jolie recycles as Lara Crof t, tracking down a golden ball that leads to a magical chest that is Pandora's my thic box. Chief villain Ciaran Hinds is a bulging suit who wants to release hellish plagues on the world. The high point goes nowhere but down, a long, gliding jump of f a Hong Kong skyscraper. Many exotic places are visited, each one posing like a theme park. But then the wowzer payof f: a hokey cave with acid pools, and ugly tree monsters fiercely auditioning for "Lord of the Rings: The Final Nonsense." Cast: Angelina Jolie, Gerard Butler, Ciaran Hinds, Djimon Hounsou. Running time: 1 hr., 56 mins. (Elliot t) ★ —Capsules compiled from movie reviews written by David Elliott, film critic for The San Diego Union-Tribune and other staff writers.

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s the heart of “In the Cut,” Meg Ryan often looks caught between lust and nausea. That establishes the strange, queasy power of the movie as much as Jane Campion’s adroit stylization. Campion, a major, but not always a securely footed, talent, adapted Susanna Moore’s novel and cast Ryan as Frannie Avery. The teacher of writing lives in a risky New York of bars and psychics and whores — while cops track a killer who “disarticulates” (butchers) women, one victim picked up at a bar Frannie visited the same night. This teacher is always noting jargon, phrases and pieces of poetry. When the detective, Malloy (Mark Ruffalo), asks her, “Is that a job or a hobby?” she says, “A passion.” The film is about a hurt romantic so doused in passion and hope for it that her city is a sticky private maze, rather hellish but seductive. Frannie is excited but scared by the young detective so full of cop talk, a gamey sexual player, passionate and feeling, maybe not to be trusted. The frank nudity (both Ryan and Ruffalo) is given real body by emotional nakedness. Campion, an ace with actors, is a flirty sensualist and likes to keep an audience on edge. She did it more amusingly in “Holy Smoke!” with Kate Winslet and Harvey Keitel both in heat, and now she sluices the characters through city shadows and rain as carnal scenes tingle in anxious interlock with candid murders (we see the results). Cinematographer Dion Beebe’s imagery, as rich in colors as a good painting, gives moody beauty to the glimpses that Frannie takes in: a pensive bride on a subway platform, a dog tangled in a leash, a lighthouse that may be the most phallic ever filmed. Her eyes eat it all up.

Frannie’s abiding relationship is with halfsister Pauline, played pasty and sweetly halfdumb by Jennifer Jason Leigh, who has a hopeless crush on a married man. Their bond gives tender comfort, but offers no safety in a city where night defines how people live. The film could be “Klute” pushed through the lessons of “Last Tango in Paris,” and though Ryan does not rival Jane Fonda in “Klute” she maintains all the needed tensions. Frannie expects life to devastate her, and she often bewilders men; Ruffalo is great at gruff, halting confusion. But just how mentally focused is this bright woman? “In the Cut” makes a bid for greatness, yet its heroine often seems gapingly naive. Why doesn’t she tell Malloy about the freaky ex-boyfriend (Kevin Bacon) who has medical access to “disarticulation” tools and complains that his brain “practically explodes”? Why does she toy with the feelings of a huge, smitten student who writes an essay on a serial killer splashed in blood? Why doesn’t she shiver from recognizing that a revealing tattoo is on more than one man? And why panic so easily into a car, for an unsure destination? Atmosphere and acting can richly illuminate a thriller, but they can’t replace our need as viewers for connective wiring. Campion, though a true deepener of material, plays loose, as if thriller mechanics are beneath her creative mandate. Frannie is an experienced Manhattan survivor and her vulnerability shouldn’t be this disabling. Does she imagine that if life is about sex and danger, it’s poetry? For her the tonic and toxic run together, juices exchanging heat, and their mix gives “In the Cut” a remarkable taste.

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MOVIE CLOCK REGAL AUGUSTA EXCHANGE 20 Movies Good 11/7 - 11/13 Matrix Revolutions (R) Fri: 9:00, 9:25, 10:20, 10:40, 11:00, 11:30, 12:00, 12:30, 1:05, 1:25, 1:50, 2:20, 2:50, 3:30, 3:50, 4:10, 4:30, 5:00, 5:20, 5:45, 6:30, 6:50, 7:20, 7:40, 8:10, 8:30, 9:00, 9:45, 10:05, 10:30, 10:50, 11:15, 11:45, 12:15; Sat: 10:00, 10:20, 10:40, 11:00, 11:30, 12:00, 12:30, 1:05, 1:25, 1:50, 2:20, 2:50, 3:30, 3:50, 4:10, 4:30, 5:00, 5:20, 5:45, 6:30, 6:50, 7:20, 7:40, 8:10, 8:30, 9:00, 9:45, 10:05, 10:30, 10:50, 11:15, 11:45, 12:15; Sun-Thur: 10:00, 10:20, 10:40, 11:00, 11:30, 12:00, 12:30, 1:05, 1:25, 1:50, 2:20, 2:50, 3:30, 3:50, 4:10, 4:30, 5:00, 5:20, 5:45, 6:30, 6:50, 7:20, 7:40, 8:10, 8:30, 9:00, 9:45, 10:05, 10:30, 10:50 Elf (PG) Fri-Sat: 10:00, 11:15, 12:20, 1:45, 2:40, 4:00, 5:10, 7:10, 7:45, 9:30, 10:10, 12:05, 12:40, Sun-Thur: 10:00, 11:15, 12:20, 1:45, 2:40, 4:00, 5:10, 7:10, 7:45, 9:30, 10:10 In the Cut (R) 10:55, 1:45, 4:35, 7:15, 9:55 Brother Bear (G) Fri-Sat: 10:10, 11:50, 12:45, 2:20, 3:05, 4:40, 5:25, 7:00, 7:30, 9:10, 9:55, 11:30, 12:10; Sun-Thur: 10:10, 11:50, 12:45, 2:20, 3:05, 4:40, 5:25, 7:00, 7:30, 9:10, 9:55 Scary Movie 3 (PG-13) Fri-Sat: 10:40, 1:35, 4:05, 7:05, 9:20, 11:50; Sun-Thur: 10:40, 1:35, 4:05, 7:05, 9:20 Radio (PG) Fri-Sat: 10:30, 1:00, 3:40, 6:45, 9:25, 12:00; Sun-Thur: 10:30, 1:00, 3:40, 6:45, 9:25 Mystic River (R) 12:10, 3:15, 6:55, 10:25 Texas Chainsaw Massacre (R) 12:25, 3:05, 5:35, 8:15, 10:40 Runaway Jury (PG-13) 10:15, 1:20, 4:20, 7:35, 10:35 Kill Bill Vol. 1 (R) 12:05, 2:55, 5:30, 8:05, 10:45 Good Boy! (PG) 12:20, 3:00, 5:40 Out of Time (PG-13) 8:05, 10:40 The School of Rock (PG-13) Fri-Sat: 10:50, 1:30, 4:05, 6:40, 9:15, 11:55; Sun-Thur: 10:50, 1:30, 4:05, 6:40, 9:15 EVANS 14 CINEMAS Movies Good 11/7 - 11/13 Matrix Revolutions (R) Fri: 2:30, 3:15, 4:00, 4:45, 5:30, 6:15, 7:00, 7:45, 8:30, 9:15, 9:50; Sat-Sun: 1:00, 1:45, 2:30, 3:15, 4:00, 4:45, 5:30, 6:15, 7:00, 7:45, 8:30, 9:15, 9:50; MonThur: 4:00, 4:45, 5:30, 6:15, 7:00, 7:45, 8:30, 9:15, 9:50 Elf (PG) Fri: 2:15, 3:30, 4:30, 5:45, 6:45, 7:55, 9:00, 10:05; Sat-Sun: 1:15, 2:15, 3:30, 4:30, 5:45, 6:45, 7:55, 9:00, 10:05; Mon-Thur: 4:30, 5:45, 6:45, 7:55, 9:00, 10:05 Brother Bear (G) Fri: 2:00, 3:00, 4:15, 5:15, 6:30, 7:15, 8:45, 9:30; Sat-Sun: 12:45, 2:00,

3:00, 4:15, 5:15, 6:30, 7:15, 8:45, 9:30; MonThur: 4:15, 5:15, 6:30, 7:15, 8:45, 9:30 Radio (PG) Fri: 4:30, 7:30, 9:45; Sat-Sun: 1:10, 4:25, 7:30, 9:45; Mon-Thur: 4:30, 7:30, 9:45 Scary Movie 3 (PG-13) Fri: 3:35, 5:45, 8:00, 10:00; Sat-Sun: 1:30, 3:35, 5:45, 8:00, 10:00; Mon-Thur: 5:45, 8:00, 10:00 Texas Chainsaw Massacre (R) Fri: 5:10, 7:35, 9:55; Sat-Sun: 1:40, 5:10, 7:35, 9:55; MonThur: 5:10, 7:35, 9:55 Runaway Jury (PG-13) Fri: 4:25, 6:55, 9:40; Sat-Sun: 1:25, 4:25, 6:55, 9:40; Mon-Thur: 4:25, 6:55, 9:40 Mystic River (R) Fri: 3:55, 6:50, 9:35; Sat-Sun: 12:55, 3:55, 6:50, 9:35; Mon-Thur: 3:55, 6:50, 9:35 MASTERS 7 CINEMAS Movies Good 11/6 - 11/13 Matrix Revolutions (R) Thur: 4:35, 7:10; Fri: 4:35, 7:10, 9:45; Sat-Sun: 2:00, 4:35, 7:10, 9:45; Mon-Thur: 4:35, 7:10 Elf (PG) Fri: 5:15, 7:45, 10:00; Sat-Sun: 2:45, 5:15, 7:45, 10:00; Mon-Thur: 5:15, 7:45 Brother Bear (G) Thur: 5:00, 7:30; Fri: 5:00, 7:30, 9:30; Sat-Sun: 3:00, 5:00, 7:30, 9:30; Mon-Thur: 5:00, 7:30 Radio (PG) Thur: 5:10, 7:35; Fri: 5:10, 7:35, 9:50; Sat-Sun: 2:35, 5:10, 7:35, 9:50; MonThur: 5:10, 7:35 Scary Movie 3 (PG-13) Thur: 5:20, 7:55; Fri: 5:20, 7:55, 10:05; Sat-Sun: 3:15, 5:20, 7:55, 10:05; Mon-Thur: 5:20, 7:55 Runaway Jury (PG-13) Thur: 5:05, 7:25; Fri: 5:05, 7:25, 9:50; Sat-Sun: 2:30, 5:05, 7:25, 9:50; Mon-Thur: 5:05, 7:25 Texas Chainsaw Massacre (R) Thur: 5:30, 8:00; Fri: 5:30, 8:00, 9:55; Sat-Sun: 3:30, 5:30, 8:00, 9:55; Mon-Thur: 5:30, 8:00 School of Rock (PG-13) Thur: 5:25, 7:40 REGAL 12 CINEMAS Movies Good 11/7 - 11/13 Pirates of the Caribbean (PG-13) 2:10, 5:00, 7:45 Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (PG-13) 2:00, 5:05, 7:30, 10:00 Matchstick Men (PG-13) 2:05, 4:35, 7:00, 9:25 Cold Creek Manor (R) 2:15, 4:30, 7:10, 9:30 Cabin Fever (R) 2:40, 5:10, 7:35, 9:50 Jeepers Creepers 2 (R) 2:20, 4:30, 7:15, 9:35 S.W.A.T. (PG-13) 2:05, 4:30, 7:05, 9:55 Tomb Raider: Cradle of Life (PG-13) 1:55, 4:25, 7:00, 9:30 Freddy Vs. Jason (R) 2:35, 4:40, 7:40, 9:50 Finding Nemo (G) 2:25, 4:50, 7:20, 9:40 Bad Boys 2 (R) 1:55, 4:55, 7:50 Bruce Almighty (PG-13) 2:30, 4:45, 7:25, 9:45

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Ingram Hill Brings Memphis Rock to Augusta

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or Memphis rockers Ingram Hill, 2003 marks the latest in a threeyear stint of taking their catchy brand of music on the road. “We tour all over the United States now,” said Ingram Hill guitarist Phil Bogard. “We haven’t got the West Coast tour yet, but that’s about the only part of the country we haven’t hit. For the last six months, we’ve been hitting the East Coast, opened up for Lisa Marie Presley in Michigan and Michelle Branch.” The Metro Spirit wondered what it was like to open up for The King’s daughter. “It was a fair in Jackson,” Bogard recalled. “She was really, really nice. We soundchecked, she soundchecked and did her thing. She got on her bus and heard half a song and ran off her bus to listen to us practice, hung out and talked to us. She thought it was just cool as hell that we were from Memphis. We even closed the show with ‘Suspicious Minds.’ She was just the sweetest thing.” Memphis, a town known more for its blues musicians than its pop/rock acts, seems an unlikely spot for the birth of a thriving pop/rock band. “Memphis has a lot of things going on,” Bogard said. “It has little chunks going on here and there. On Beale Street, you can see a dozen blues bands playing every night. Those guys are earning upwards of 30, 50 grand a year. There’s not a whole lot of bands like us that are out there trying to conquer the world. We tried to build from around Memphis into Memphis.” Bogard also told a story about how thrilling it was for the band to show some out-of-town musicians around their hometown at the conclusion of a recent tour. “We just played a show here the other day,” he said. “It was so exciting. The whole tour ended with us in Memphis. I was so excited to get everybody out. It’s so cool. They block Beale Street off from Thursday afternoon until Sunday. It’s like

Bourbon Street, where you can drink on the street. It’s the coolest thing in the world to stand up on stage and say, ‘We’re Ingram Hill. We’re a band from Memphis, Tennessee.’ That just catches people’s ears.” While Ingram Hill is gaining radio airplay in the Memphis area — two of their songs have been on the Memphis radio Top 10 call out list for the past year and a half — they’re also finding new listeners all across the country. “It’s funny. There’s scattered areas of the country where people start calling in and wanting to hear it all the time,” said Bogard. “I definitely want us to be all

over the radio. I’d be happy to have us crammed down everybody’s throat.” For now, the band is enjoying the continuing success of their latest release, “June’s Picture Show,” following their 2002 debut, “Until Now.” Several of the songs on “June’s Picture Show” are reworked and revisited editions of crowd favorites from “Until Now.” “There’s definitely different arrangements and we had a lot of local success with certain songs, but the recording (on the first album) is just not of the highest quality,” Bogard said. “If we get the opportunity to take this record to the national market, we’ve already got

proven winners with these songs. Train, their first single, ‘Meet Virginia,’ was on three records that they did. John Mayer did the same thing. Just about every song off ‘Inside Wants Out’ was on ‘Room for Squares.’ It’s actually a pretty common thing for that to happen.” Bogard and bandmates Justin Moore, Shea Sowell and Matt Chambless perform in Augusta Nov. 12. Ingram Hill opens up for Seven Mary Three. The show starts at 8 p.m. at the Imperial Theatre and is open to all ages. Admission is $10. For more information, call 722-8341 or visit or

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MUSIC MINIS Diddy Runs the City Finishing up the New York Marathon Nov. 2 in four hours, 14 minutes and 54 seconds, artist Sean “P. Diddy” Combs raised $2 million for charity. Despite suffering fatigue and leg cramps, P. Diddy became the 11,359th participant to cross the Central Park finish line. The charity money will benefit New York public schools, children suffering from HIV and AIDS and Combs’ own charity. Hunger Strike for Tenacious D If you know anything at all about the boys in Tenacious D, you know by now that the above-mentioned hunger strike is strictly tongue in cheek. Members Jack Black and Kyle Gass announced Nov. 3 that they’d reside in a glass box 50 yards above Times Square – with nothing but water, a cell phone and one guitar. “If we need extra nourishment, we will live off each others’ rock,” said Black. To end the hunger strike, Tenacious D claims, one of three things must happen: peace in the Middle East; a solution to the world’s hunger problem; or Tenacious

D’s new DVD, “The Complete Masterworks,” goes platinum. Band Breakup Gets Ugly Billy Mohler and Nate Wood, formerly of The Calling, are suing frontman Alex Band and guitarist Aaron Kamin for fraud, mismanagement and breach of fiduciary duty. Mohler and Wood, featured on The Calling’s debut “Camino Palmero,” claim they didn’t get their fair share of the profits from album sales and proceeds from touring. Rock Mag Creem Is Back Publisher Robert Matheu has obtained the rights to defunct rock magazine Creem and is planning a relaunch sometime in the spring. Creem was born in Detroit in 1969 and went under in November of 1988, but interest in the publication was revived following the release of Cameron Crowe’s semi-autobiographical film “Almost Famous.” Crowe wrote for Creem as a teen-ager. For now, the new Creem is only on the Web.

COMPILED BY LISA JORDAN Information compiled from online and other music news sources.

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t’s November, so all of the big labels are releasing loads of “Greatest Hits” packages just in time for gift-giving for the holidays. ROBERT PLANT’s “Sixty-Six to Timbuktu” contains samples of his best solo work such as “Big Log,” “In the Mood,” “Heaven Knows” and “Rocking After Midnight.” Plant’s albums recorded without the help of old pal JIMMY PAGE tend to be a bit more laid back and not as serious. Plant also has a penchant for cutting cool covers of songs such as the Grammy-nominated “Darkness, Darkness” (originally recorded by the YOUNGBLOODS) and his heavily orchestrated treatment of PHIL PHILLIPS’ “Sea of Love.” It’s out and in stores now. THE COUNTING CROWS may have just four studio albums in their canon, but each one has some terrific moments. “Films About Ghosts,” new this week, has the best of the first four with a few rarities thrown in. Originals such as “Mr. Jones,” “Round Here” and “Anna Begins” are included along with covers of JONI MITCHELL’s “Big Yellow Taxi,” and THE GRATEFUL DEAD’s “Friend of the Devil.” Flying Again Dept. Doesn’t everybody own THE EAGLES’ “Greatest Hits” already? After all, the collection is the biggest-selling album of all time, having moved over 28 million copies to date. In all fairness, this digital “cash cow” was originally formatted for vinyl LP albums (remember those?) and did not include some of their better album cuts or tunes from “Hotel California” and “The Long Run.” The new “Very Best Of,” out now, boasts 33 tracks which makes for a far better representation of the group’s work. Classic rock radio in Augusta and all over the country has ruined many of these songs (why would anyone want to hear “Hotel California” ever again?) but this package


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ROD STEWART’s second collection of standards, “As Time Goes By Vol. 2,” sold a surprising 200,000-plus copies in its first week on the charts. A new duet with CHER, “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered,” is helping the set do big business. It really isn’t important if radio embraces Stewart’s new direction as a crooner — his fans do, and one has to applaud his reinvention as a singer and entertainer. I’m sure a duet with MARY J. BLIGE is forthcoming. Many music DVD titles are new this week. All boast 5.1 surround sound in addition to bonus goodies, interviews and the like. They include FOO FIGHTERS’ “Live,” GOOD CHARLOTTE’s “Good,” AVRIL LAVIGNE’s “My World,” QUEENSRYCHE’s “Tribe,” BLUES TRAVELER’s “On the Rocks,” REM’s “In View,” RICKY SKAGGS’ “Soldier of the Cross,” PETER GABRIEL’s “Growing Up: Live,” DURAN DURAN’s “Greatest,” PAT MATHENY’s “Speak of Now” and THE UNDERTONES’ “Teenage Kicks.” Turner’s Quick Notes A superb DVD from the late JIM CROCE, “Have You Heard,” is out and is terrific … IGGY POP’s “Skullring” debuts this week … Two RYAN ADAMS CDs appear this week: “Love Is Hell” and “Rock and Roll” … THE WHO’s groundbreaking rock opera “Tommy” is out now in stunning 5.1 SACD surround sound … Don’t forget “O Brother, Where Art Thou” stars THE NASHVILLE BLUEGRASS BAND at the fabulous Imperial Theatre Nov. 8. It’s gonna be great. Turner’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Jeopardy A. This 1990 hit sampled the bass line from the QUEEN/DAVID BOWIE hit “Under Pressure.”


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ne encounter with Athens band Hope for Agoldensummer and you’ll know you’re in for more than your typical indie band. Whether it’s the band’s instrumentation — utilizing everything from the accordion to Coke bottles — or the band’s politics, Hope for Agoldensummer is one act that won’t easily leave your consciousness once it creeps in. For that, perhaps we can thank the onewoman tornado swirling at the center of the phenomenon known as Hope for Agoldensummer, Claire Campbell, formerly of Claire and Bain’s Maple Yum-Yum fame. “Sometimes I think it’s true that even though we don’t play punk rock music, we live that kind of lifestyle,” says Campbell of herself and fellow bandmates, her sister Page Campbell, Will Taylor, Deb Davis and Jamie Shephard. “My politics and my sister’s politics fall in line with a lot of that anyway. We are trying to do as much as we can ourselves.” That includes recording and packaging Hope for Agoldensummer’s music, as well as booking and promoting shows. “It is getting to be hectic,” acknowledges Campbell. “It’s crazy — and trying to hold down jobs.” Hope for Agoldensummer’s do-it-yourself ethic is especially evident when you take a glance at the merchandise page of the band’s Web site, To help support the band, you can purchase handmade soap, teacups and guitar slides and Hope for Agoldensummer recordings packaged in hand-sewn fabric pouches. “One of our biggest issues — and we’re dealing with it right now — is the overabundance of plastic,” says Campbell. Though any recorded material inevitably uses plastics to some degree, Hope for Agoldensummer is aiming to minimize plastic packaging for their first, forthcoming full-length album. “What we’ve tried to do is use as little plastic as possible and use fabric and clay and glass and things like that. Now we’re actually going to put out a full-length album. You pretty much can’t do that (without some type

of plastic packaging). It’s proving interesting. It’s proving expensive. If you want to go against the grain, it’s kind of costly.” Going against the grain musically has proven to be a smart move for Hope for Agoldensummer. If you haven’t yet heard one of Hope for Agoldensummer’s compositions, prepare to be surprised at just how beautiful a xylophone can sound. “Malt Liquor” is a stunning tune, enhanced by Campbell’s rich, sultry voice. “We have a huge amount of respect for each other’s songwriting abilities. The whole band has a huge amount of respect for each other,” says Campbell. “The other three members of the band are really, really good musicians.” The band’s versatility also helps keep Hope for Agoldensummer live shows interesting. “I guess the main difference between being in a band like this and being in a band who does not switch instruments, there’s pauses between songs. I think for a lot of audience people, they don’t know what to do with themselves in between songs. I should prepare some sort of stage banter, I guess,” says Campbell with a laugh. “Maybe that’s a little bit uncomfortable sometimes, for all of us. Generally, I think people appreciate it. Even bands who I love, who I would pay a lot of money to see, I start to lose my interest after about the seventh or eighth song if they don’t switch instruments. If you don’t change the sounds of the instruments, it starts to blend.” On the horizon for Hope for Agoldensummer is the full-length album, due sometime in January. “We are trying to decide whether to do it independently or to go with a label,” says Campbell. “It’s scary to turn over your art to someone else and have them market it for you. Do you sell out in order to have this money to do what you really want to do? Buy land and build a commune where all my friends can live, that’s what I want to do. Maybe in France.” Hope for Agoldensummer performs at the Soul Bar Nov. 15. For more information, visit

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Adams Nightclub - DJ Andy’s - Open Jam with David Cantonwine The Bee’s Knees - Meditate on This! Blind Pig - Pat Blanchard Cafe Du Teau - James McIntyre Club Argos - Dance Par ty with DJ Daddy Bear Coliseum - Karaoke with Travis, Hi-Energy Dance Continuum - Playa*Listic Thursday Coyote’s - The Rhes Reeves Band D. Timm’s - The Section Finish Line Cafe - DJ Greene Streets - Karaoke Hangnail Gallery - Railer, Emulsion, High Blue Star Jeremy’s Nightclub - Karaoke Night with Tim Ba xlet Joe’s Underground - Michael Baideme Michael’s - Mike Swif t Modjeska - DJ Richie Rich Playground - Open Mic Night Red Lion - Edwin McCain, Patrick Davis Robbie’s Sports Bar - DJ Doug Romanella Top Lounge/Metal Shack - Heavy Metal Wheeler Tavern - DJ Dog

First Friday Art Opening featuring


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Friday, 7th Adams Nightclub - DJ Andy’s - David Cantonwine and Friends Back Roads - DJ The Bee’s Knees - Projections and Selections Blind Pig - Shameless Dave and the Miracle Whips Cafe Du Teau - James McIntyre Club Argos - Rocky Horror Picture Show Coliseum - Alexis Alexander Cotton Patch - Ruskin Coyote’s - The Rhes Reeves Band D. Timm’s - The Section Finish Line Cafe - DJ Greene Streets - Karaoke Hangnail Gallery - Siclid, Three The Hard Way, The Kilpatrick Project, Diary of December, Pyrotech, The Joshua Tapestry, The Inmates Highlander - Arlington Jeremy’s Nightclub - Spoken Word, Open Mic, Dance Par ty with DJ Dick Joe’s Underground - John Last Call - The Playback Band with Tutu D’Vyne, DJ Richie Rich, DJ Rana Marlboro Station - Lauren Alexander Michael’s - Mike Swif t Modjeska - DJ Ted For tenberry Ms. Carolyn’s - Live Band Partridge Inn - Kari Gaf fney, Jef f Williams Playground - Barroom Olympics The Pourhouse - The Recaps featuring Sassy Brass Red Lion - Pit Boss Robbie’s Sports Bar - DJ Eric The Shack - DJ Chip Soul Bar - Hi-Fi Variety Stereo Mix featuring DJ Zapatista Stillwater Tap Room - Rev. Jef f Mosier and the Ear-Reverents Wheeler Tavern - DJ Dog

Don’t forget Edwin McCain at the Red Lion Pub Nov. 6.

Saturday, 8th Adams Nightclub - DJ Andy’s - Square 1 Back Roads - DJ The Bee’s Knees - Jazz Sessions with Moniker Blind Pig - King Johnson Cafe Du Teau - James McIntyre Club Argos - Argos Angels Coliseum - Circuit DJ Dave Hansen Cotton Patch - Pat Blanchard Coyote’s - The Rhes Reeves Band Crossroads - The Hellblinki Sex tet, Tur tleneck, NTX + Electric D. Timm’s - The Section Finish Line Cafe - DJ, Karaoke Greene Streets - Karaoke Jeremy’s Nightclub - Open Mic Joe’s Underground - Sabo and the Scorchers Last Call - DJ Richie Rich, DJ Rana Marlboro Station - Miss Peg Metro Coffeehouse - Live Af ternoon Bluegrass with Eryn Eubanks and the Family Fold Michael’s - Mike Swif t Modjeska - DJ Ted For tenberry Ms. Carolyn’s - Live Band Partridge Inn - Sandy B. and the All-Stars Playground - Barroom Olympics The Pourhouse - New Day Red Lion - Pit Boss Robbie’s Sports Bar - DJ Eric Rumors - DJ Doug Romanella The Shack - DJ Buckwheat

Soul Bar - Cadillac Jones Stillwater Tap Room - Kickin’ Grass Wheeler Tavern - DJ Dog

mon 10th Monday Night Football Party!!

Sunday, 9th Adams Nightclub - DJ Cafe Du Teau - The Last Bohemian Quar tet Cotton Patch - Jayson Sabo Marlboro Station - Claire Storm Orange Moon - Smooth Jazz Sunday with Emery Bennet t Pizza Joint - Brandon Bower Robbie’s Sports Bar - DJ Doug Romanella The Shack - Karaoke with DJ Joe Steel, Sasha Somewhere in Augusta - Patrick Blanchard Wheeler Tavern - Karaoke with DJ Dog

Monday, 10th Blind Pig - Live Music Coliseum - Q.A.F. Continuum - Monday Madness Greene Streets - Karaoke Joe’s Underground - John Michael’s - Mike Swif t

Tuesday, 11th Adams Nightclub - DJ The Bee’s Knees - 12*Tone Lounge Blind Pig - Mike and Jayson Coliseum - Tournament Tuesday

continued on page 48

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Turkey Bash with Stewart and Winfield - Last Call - Nov. 26 Hell’s Bells AC/DC Tribute - Red Lion - Dec. 6 The Nutcracker Comedy Show - Last Call - Dec. 10 Molly Hatchet - Red Lion - Dec. 12 Christmas with Elvis featuring Russell Shnieder - Last Call - Dec. 12


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Rev. Jeff Mosier and the Ear-Reverents come to Stillwater Tap Room Nov. 7. continued from page 47 D. Timm’s - The Section French Market Grille West - Wayne Capps Greene Streets - Karaoke Joe’s Underground - John Metro Coffeehouse - Irish Night with Sibin Michael’s - Mike Swif t

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s of mid-October (six months after the so-called fall of Baghdad), nearly one-fourth of U.S. troops in Iraq still had not been issued lifesaving Interceptor ceramic body armor and were using comparatively porous Vietnam-era flak jackets, according to an Associated Press report quoting congressional sources. And a few days later, responding to an alarming United Press International report, the government abruptly stepped up money for medical treatment of Army reservists and National Guardsmen who had been wounded in Iraq but were being warehoused at Fort Stewart, Ga., sometimes for months, because, allegedly, preference was being given to active-duty soldiers. People Different From Us Mr. Ashrita Furman, 48, claims the world record for breaking world records (81, 20 of which are still recognized by the Guinness Book), demonstrating extraordinary but fanciful skills, such as the fastest mile run while balancing a bottle of milk on his chin, unicycling backward for 53 miles, and pogostick jumping (3,647). According to a June New York Times profile, Furman is a celibate bachelor with few possessions and lives quietly in an Indian-American community in Jamaica, N.Y., whose residents are spiritually guided by guru Sri Chinmoy. He said he would go the distance in the Nov. 2 New York City Marathon not by running, but by skipping. Making American Law Look Good German law requires a divorcing couple to equalize pensions, and thus it is common for an ex-husband to pay part of his pension to the wife. However, not only do the payments continue if she remarries, but in September, administrative judge Bernhard Wanwitz ruled that if she dies, the ex-husband has to continue the pension payments to her widower (Mainz, Germany). And it was not until September that the German government ended a longtime loophole that allowed citizens to continue to collect welfare benefits while living abroad, as in the case of “Rolf J.,” 64, who lives in Miami Beach because he said living in Germany fueled his clinical depression. The Continuing Crisis • In September, Australia’s National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre identified a problem that was serious enough that it felt it had to issue a warning, mainly for partygoers in the “club” scene: There is no physiological benefit, the centre said (and maybe a great harm), in trying to revive drug-overdosers by administering ice-cube enemas. • In a recent government raid on a Colombian rebel compound, authorities recovered a videotape apparently made at a Christmas party of the violent National Liberation Army and released it to TV stations in September. Among the scenes on the tape was a mock beauty pageant featuring giddy male rebel soldiers, in bikini bottoms and with sashes across their chests, strutting

along a makeshift catwalk, with tongue-incheek narration by a ski-masked emcee who playfully chides the contestants. Interspersed, however, were non-humorous scenes of kidnapped Colombians being held for ransom. How To Drive a Conservative Nuts • In Sparks City, Nev., during the summer, City Attorney Chet Adams, perhaps influenced by the legal challenges to the Alabama courthouse monument displaying the Ten Commandments, ordered an employee to scissor out “God” from the town’s Sept. 11 “God Bless America” signs around City Hall. (Mayor Tony Armstrong, among the many baffled by the newly anonymous blessing, immediately bought more “God Bless America” signs and posted them himself.) • In September, the British teen communityservice organization Connexions distributed a primer on marijuana smoking printed on a poster resembling a package of rolling papers. And the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor this semester offered another edition of its sociology course, “How To Be Gay: Male Homosexuality and Initiation” (but its creator said “initiation” is a sociological term and does not refer to initiation of straight students). America’s Real Gun Problem (Continued) People Who Recently Failed To Get Out of the Line of Their Own Fire: (1) Jonathan Rodriguez, 17, Newark, Del. (a home-invasion suspect who batted on a door with the butt of his handgun, which fired into his groin; July). (2) Joshua Michael Short, 18, Houston (got up from a table at Memorial City Mall food court and bumped the gun that was in his waistband, firing a round into his buttocks; July). (3) Detroit police officer Michael Allen, 22 (tried to cram his gun under the front seat of his car at a Canadian border-crossing, but it discharged into his leg; July). Cry for Help Police in Barcelona, Spain, arrested a man in August whom they thought was the serial mugger (19 victims) whose modus operandi included, most of the time, telling the victims that he knew what he was doing was bad and that they should spit on him (and, according to an officer, several did). Undignified Deaths A San Francisco Giants fan was killed at Pacific Bell Park on Sept. 17 after his sunglasses fell to the ground during a game and he hit his head after falling from a light pole trying to retrieve them. And a 17-year-old girl accidentally fell to her death after sitting on a 15th-floor ledge, to which she had retreated to get away from cigarette smoke during a party (Strathclyde, England, May). And in October, the family of a 61-year-old man had their lawsuit reinstated for his May 2000 wrongful death, which occurred when he fell on a defective stairway into the basement of the Wells Funeral Home (Stanton, Ky.). Also, in the Last Month • The Colorado prisons’ inspector general’s office said that because of the state’s new nosmoking law, inmate profits of 450 times costs can be made on contraband tobacco, vs. typical profits of eight times costs on contraband cocaine. And the chief of a remote Fiji mountain village agreed to apologize for his ancestors, who killed and ate British missionary Thomas Baker in 1867 after Baker innocently pulled a comb out of the thenchief’s hair. And 750 students in two Paris high schools went on strike after their principals decided to strictly enforce French law banning smoking in the schools. — Chuck Shepherd © United Press Syndicate

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

Couvade occurs in a variety of indigenous cultures. It’s a phenomenon in which a man experiences morning sickness, unusual appetites and other symptoms similar to his pregnant mate. There’s no known physiological basis for it. He may even have labor pains as the child is born, diminishing the mother’s distress as if he has mysteriously been able to take some of it on. I suggest we make couvade your word of power for now, Aries. It’s likely that someone close to you will soon be giving birth, at least metaphorically. The more you help bear a share of the wonderful ordeal, the bigger your reward will be later.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

Change your relationship with mirrors, Taurus. If you tend to be obsessed with what they tell you, lose your addiction and escape their tyranny. If you usually avoid them out of fear, summon your courage and approach them with your warrior’s heart fully engaged. And in the event you’re typically rather apathetic towards them, develop a more intimate connection. It’s time to shift the dynamic between you and your reflection.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

The Cancerian mascot is the crab, which is typically a small, shy creature that moves sideways and backwards a lot. The giant land crab of Cuba is a species apart, however. It runs so fast it can outrace a horse. I nominate this super-crab to serve as your power animal during the coming weeks, when cosmic forces will be conspiring to make you exceptionally robust, forceful and direct. Charge!

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

To gather research for his book, “The Age of Missing Information,” Bill McKibben watched 1,700 hours of videotaped TV shows. In the midst of the babble he detected a single subliminal message flowing relentlessly: “You are the most important thing on Earth.” He was disturbed by his discovery, seeing it as a big reason our culture is infected with toxic levels of narcissism. Normally I share his aversion, but this week I’m making an exception. For a limited time only, Leo, you truly are the most important thing on Earth. Soak up the glory, the attention and the adoration — and be prepared to exercise far more responsibility than usual, too.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

Gemini Kathleen Raine won several literary awards for her mystical nature poetry and was a highly respected scholar who specialized in William Butler Yeats and William Blake. She died last August at age 95. An obituary in The Daily Telegraph noted that she was surprised to have survived so long. More than 35 years ago, a prophetic figure in one of her dreams proclaimed that she had only 100 months (less than nine years) left to live. It just goes to show you that even the smartest, most refined students of the great mysteries are susceptible to being deceived about important matters by the little voices in their heads. Be aware of that as you listen to the jabber that fills your inner landscape in the coming week. ACROSS

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SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Warning and congratulations! Wake-up calls are on tap. Here are examples of the kinds of benevolent shocks you may be treated to. 1. You reverently approach a cherished idol. As you bow down, you spy a dirty sock on the floor. 2. You dream of hiking through green hills in springtime. As you loop around a huge boulder, you come upon a mare giving birth to a colt. 3. You receive a Hallmark card in an envelope with no return address. The corny cartoon on the front turns you off. But when you open it up you find a slip of paper on which is handwritten a brilliant poem that fills you with catalytic emotions.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

“Dear Rob: Help! I’m stuck! I give till it hurts, then lash out at those I’ve lavished my generosity on. I hope too much, setting expectations too high almost on purpose so I have an excuse if things don’t pan out. I worry about everything that might go wrong, sometimes precipitating exactly what I worry about. Please advise! -Virgo in a Rut” Dear Virgo: The lucid honesty you just demonstrated is a first step in quitting your addiction to the unwanted behaviors you described. Now is a perfect time, astrologically speaking, to go further. The next step is to feel compassion and forgiveness for the part of you that acts so automatically.

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LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

“Your body contains enough iron to make a spike strong enough to hold your weight.” So proclaims the Web site. I would like you to visualize yourself holding such a spike right now, Libra. Think of it as your secret talisman for the coming weeks — an inspirational symbol that will motivate you to transform your flabby sense of purpose into an iron will. You now have the power to intensify your discipline and drive beyond what you ever imagined was possible.

Many mythic traditions describe an underworld where souls reside after death and where those who are still alive can visit to gain desperately needed insights. The latter category fits you right now, Sagittarius. You’re wandering in the shadowy nether regions, searching for clues that will be of use to you when you come back to deal with your problems here in the sunlit realm. I’m guessing that this exploration, as confounding as it may be, is actually pretty fun in an eerie sort of way. The really hard part will come once it’s time for your return. You may be tempted to hang around down there too long. Don’t. The treasure you find will be wasted unless you bring it back promptly.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

“Thinking is more interesting than knowing, but less interesting than looking.” That’s what the German writer Goethe said back in the 19th century, and it’s especially true for you now. Here’s a corollary that’s true only for you in the next two weeks: “Thinking is

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PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

In addition to meditations on the cosmic omens, my preparations for writing this horoscope were extensive. I read John Milton’s book, “Paradise Lost,” and the sequel, “Paradise Regained.” I ate both gourmet organic meals and greasy junk food. I rode the roller coaster with my scholarly friend, Arthur, with whom I discussed the Kabbalah, and watched horror films in the basement apartment of my smart but degenerate friend Rocky, who’s writing a novel about his past life as a queer pirate in a 17th-century anarchist community in Barbados. In other words, Pisces, to work myself into the right frame of mind to channel your oracle, I had to soar to the transcendent heights and plunge into the grungy depths — sort of like what you’ll be doing this week. — © Rob Brezsny





AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

You have the keys to doors that don’t exist yet; save those keys. You know the titles for stories that haven’t happened yet; write those titles down. You’ve caught glimpses of your future, but they’re confusing because you can’t imagine how you’ll get to that future; imprint those glimpses on your memory. In conclusion, Aquarius, shout “hallelujah” and pour yourself a glass of champagne. You have all you need to cultivate a potent kind of faith that’s based on hard data, not hopes and wishes.


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'm in the public eye, I've done well financially and I'm not bad looking. A female coworker tells me I'm the kind of guy single women refer to as "good on paper." Off paper, there's a catch: Although I have a female "friend with benefits" who comes over several times a week, I don't want a regular relationship, nor am I interested in dating a series of women. I still love intelligent, interesting women, and I enjoy talking to them at parties. Apparently, since I talk to them simply because I find them compelling, not as a lead-up to asking them out, I've gotten a bad reputation with some women I know. According to them, I owe a woman an explanation when she expects me to ask her for her number or invite her on a date, but I don't. Do I really need to spell it out? — Subtle Trouble It is customary to wait until you're in a relationship before you have "The Breakup Conversation." Customary, but not mandatory. In fact, there's nothing stopping you from introducing yourself with "Hi, it would never work, and my name's Bob" — thus breaking up with a woman before you even get into a conversation with her. You'll probably be rewarded for your aggressive honesty with a little aggressive honesty in return: "Hi, hope you get somebody to lance that swollen ego, my name's Sophie, I'm married to Oliver, I don't find you the least bit attractive, I just wanted to know if you'd seen the corkscrew." Repeated emotional thrashings like Sophie's are sure to lead to fascinating debates about the human psyche — yours, that is — by a variety of psychiatric professionals. Sadly, you'll find it next-to-impossible to supplement these chats with wine and brie, especially if the orderlies strap you to your bed. But maybe it needn't come to that. Maybe you simply need to review the difference between chatting with a woman and chatting a woman up. Let's take a peek at your party manners: Are you letting sexual innuendo fly like shrapnel? Are your hands homesteading in your belt loops, or are they making Lewis and Clark-like expeditions up and down a woman's arm? Are your eyeballs snug in your sockets, or did you lose them in some woman's cleavage — the place they usually fall after you stare laser-like into a woman's eyes for about three seconds too long? If you can honestly say you aren't flirting dirty, you shouldn't be held responsible for any

woman's expectations. To many single women, a party isn't just a party, but a one-night-only super-sale at the Mall of Men. The heat you're getting probably has more to do with what you are — high-end display-only merchandise — than what you're doing. After all, if you were some ratty homeless guy chatting women up, you can bet they wouldn't be dissing you to their girlfriends for failing to invite them out to some fine French restaurant's dumpster for a few slightly-used hors d'oeuvres. Even if you aren't blameworthy, as a single, yet unavailable man, you might take pity on women who are prone to mistake friendliness for boyfriendliness by making it clear that you're all talk and no trousers. There's no need to get graphic; just slip hints into conversation, like "too bad I'm off the dating market" to help them get the message that you're otherwise engaged. (Tragically, you feel compelled to honor your pledge to save yourself for all that commitment-free great sex you're getting at home.) After over two years together, my fiance and I decided to call it quits six months ago. Stupid squabbling about the wedding started it. It led to a huge fight, which led to us realizing we weren't perfect partners for each other, then we broke up. Well, we've both been missing each other, and we've decided to try again. We care deeply for each other. Still, I'm a little worried about our prospects. Does it ever work out "happily ever after" when couples get back together? — Second Thoughts About Second Thoughts To know somebody is to intensely dislike them. Not all somebodies, but more of them than you'd care to think. Before you know somebody, it's easy to convince yourself that you love them; especially during the Special Effort Phase of a relationship. That's when you're so busy pretending to love camping just as much as they do that you almost forget your idea of communing with nature involves crushing sidewalk grass under your shoe. The second time around, all the amnesia's gone. You both know exactly how irritating, cranky, smelly, ugly and unpleasant you both can be — and you'd still rather be together than not; well, providing you can agree to disagree as to whether the boundaries of the great outdoors extend beyond the edge of your terrace. — © 2003, Amy Alkon

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Female Drummer Wanted to play gigs downtown in female only band, other instruments a plus. Versatile style, preferred age 20’s Serious inquiries only call 495-3361 (11/13#8283)


Poor Water Drainage?

Premier Investigations •Domestic •Child Custody •Background Checks •Cover t Surveillance 869-1667 (11/06#8267)

Religion Metropolitan Community Church of Our Redeemer A Christian Church reaching to all: including Gay, Lesbian, and Transgendered Christians. Meeting at 557 Greene Street, 11 am and 6 pm each Sunday. 722-6454 (10/30#8128)

Travel Callaway Gardens Christmas December 5th & 6th •Transpor tation *Hotel Room •Meals •Tickets $175 pp Call for details at 706-414-9392 (11/20#8272)

• French Drains • Gutter Drains • Catch Basins • Erosion Control • Waterproofing • Crawl Space


Professional Massage By experienced male. Designed for healthy men 18 - 45. A great way to rela x House & Hotel Calls Only 706-589-9139 (11/13#8266) Full Body Massage! Therapeutic tension relief, intense or tender touch, rela xing music, aromatherapy, by appointment only - $49.00/hr. Call Joy - 706-771-9470 or John - 706-868-5598 (11/06#8277)

Massage Therapy


$5.00 OFF, call Pager 844-0039 770-490-3608 Miscellaneous Prescription Drug Savings for those individuals with annual income below $24,000. Qualified applicants can look to save 80%. For information call 706-627-3269 (11/06#8271)





We want your dead junk or scrap car bodies. We tow away and for some we pay.


Dead Bodies Wanted




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Metro Spirit 11.06.2003  
Metro Spirit 11.06.2003  

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