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Created at the beginning of 2003 “7 billion others” aims to create a sensitive and human portrait of the planet’s inhabitants. The objective of the project is to attempt to reveal each person’s universality and individuality.

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From plant names to pollination, the Hall County Master Gardeners want to make sure we all know what is in our backyards with a native plant class. PAGE 15

A new theater group in Buford is opening its first season with a comedy all about the pitfalls of traveling. PAGE 7 If you know any fans of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” you may want to tell them about Suwanee’s latest Broadway in the Park production. PAGE 14

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The Hamilton Garden shop is now open at the Georgia Mountain Fair grounds with some of the best rhododendrons around. PAGE 15


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Food preservation class, Gainesville. 10 a.m. to noon, July 28. Drying, canning and/or freezing the bounty from your garden or farmers’ markets. This is a hands-on class. $30. Cedar Hill Enrichment Center, 5735 Dawsonville Hwy, Gainesville. 770-887-0051, www. discovercedarhill.org. Gainesville Cruisers reunion, Gainesville. 7 p.m. July 28, Lakeshore Mall parking lot, 150 Pearl Nix Parkway. Will cruise the old strip to The Rock at Gainesville High School and eat at local “hangouts” from the past. 678-717-8847, nickjames19681968@ yahoo.com.

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WomenSource Summer Health Series, Gainesville. 5:30-7 p.m. Aug. 2, and Aug. 13. Walters Auditorium at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, 743 Spring St. NE, Gainesville. Sponsored by the Junior League of Gainesville-Hall County

and Northeast Georgia Medical Center. Attendees are invited to enjoy a light dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m. The programs will begin at 6 p.m. Free. Reservations are required. 770-503-9060, www. WomenSource.info. Creating Herb Planters for Healthier Meals, Gainesville. 10 a.m. to noon, Aug. 4. Bring favorite recipes to use as a guide for herb selection in creating a container garden. We’ll provide herbs; bring container. This workshop will offer a one-on-one opportunity to create more nutritious meals. $30 in advance; $35 after July 27. Cedar Hill Enrichment Center, 5735 Dawsonville Hwy, Gainesville. 770-887-0051, www. discovercedarhill.org. Preserving the heritage of seeds, Gainesville. 10 a.m. to noon, Aug. 11. Bring an heirloom (nonhybrid) veggie for seed sharing. Learn how to save your own for next year’s garden. $25 in advance; $30 after Aug. 4. Cedar Hill Enrichment Center, 5735 Dawsonville Hwy, Gainesville. 770-887-0051, www.discovercedarhill.org.

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Parent Appreciation Week, Gainesville. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 26-27. Let parents know how much they mean to you by making them a “thank you” craft. $1 with paid admission to museum, members free. Interactive Neighborhood for Kids, 999 Chestnut St., Gainesville. 770-536-1900, inkfun.org. Community Contra Dance, Sautee Nachoochee. Free lesson at 7:30 p.m., dance from 8-11 p.m. July 28. Sautee Nacoochee Center historic gym, Ga. 283 and Ga. 255 N, Sautee. No partner needed. No experience necessary. Live music, easy-to-follow calling and friendly atmosphere. All ages welcome. Adults $8, students $4, children younger than 8, free. 706-754-3254, www.SNCA.org. Reptile Day, Atlanta. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 28. Get up close and personal with a variety of live reptiles. Interact with and learn more about these unique and ecologically important creatures. Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 767 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta. $17.50 for adults, $16.50 for students/ seniors, $15.50 for children ages 3-12, free for children ages 2 and younger, free for museum members. 404-929-6300, fernbankmuseum.org. “Soul Surfer;” Movies Under the Stars, Buford. July 28.

East Georgia Genealogy Society, Winder. 7 p.m. Aug. 14. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 36 Sims Road, Winder. www. eastgageneology.com. History forum, Helen. 5:30 p.m. Aug. 14. Emory Jones, author of “Distant Voices,” will discuss the Nacoochee Indian Mound. Helen Arts and Heritage Center, 25 Chattahoochee St., Helen. 706-878-3933, www.helenarts.org. Solar Cooking, Gainesville. 10 a.m. to noon, Aug. 18. Learn how to harness the energy of the sun for cooking healthy meals. From a simple model built with cardboard boxes to an industrial solar cooker, explore recipes and methods for keeping the heat out of your home. This may be a two-part class. $30 in advance; $35 after Aug. 10. Cedar Hill Enrichment Center, 5735 Dawsonville Hwy, Gainesville. 770-887-0051, www.discovercedarhill.org. Lucky Dog Casino Night, Dawsonville. 6-10 p.m. Aug. 25. Georgia Racing Hall of Fame, 415 Ga. 53 E, Dawsonville. Blackjack, Craps, Poker, Roulette, Texas Hold ’em,

3-Card Poker and slots. Benefits Dawson County Humane Society. $50 per person. 706-265-6360, www.dawsoncounty humanesociety.org Writing seminar, Gainesville. 1-3 p.m. Sept. 5. Anne B. Jones, Ph.D, author of the fictional thriller “Tides of Fear,” NASCAR autobiography “Gold Thunder” and racing memoirs “All Around the Track” presents “The Path to Publishing for Serious Writers, Tracking the Serial Killer,” Peach State Bank, 325 Washington St., Gainesville. Hosted by the Northeast Georgia Writers. Members, $12.50; nonmembers, $25. Preregistration is required. 770-519-7279 or HolmesLynda@bellsouth. net. History forum, Helen. 5:30 p.m. Sept. 11. Authors David Greear and Chris Brooks will introduce “Images of America: Helen,” a new book that traces Helen’s history from earliest days to the present. Helen Arts and Heritage Center, 25 Chattahoochee St., Helen. 706-878-3933, www. helenarts.org.

Mall of Georgia. Film at dusk. Guests encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs. 404-233-3993 or jworrall@ bravepublicrelations.com. Wiggle Your Toes Craft Week, Gainesville. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 1-3. Make silly feet crafts by decorating your own foot out of paper, paint the toenails or even make flip flops. $1 with paid admission to museum, members free. Interactive Neighborhood for Kids, 999 Chestnut St., Gainesville. 770536-1900, inkfun.org

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Friendship Craft Week, Gainesville. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 6-10. Make friendship crafts for your best friends. $1 with paid admission to museum, members free. Interactive Neighborhood for Kids, 999 Chestnut St., Gainesville. 770536-1900, inkfun.org Summer Movies Under the Stars, Dahlonega. Dusk. Second Fridays through September, Hancock Park. Aug. 10 “The Lorax.” Presented by Chestatee Regional Hospital. Bring your own blanket or low-back lawn chair. Concessions available. Proceeds from concessions benefit the Lumpkin Youth Leadership Program. www.Dahlonega.org. Friday Night Flicks, Clarkesville. Film at dusk. Aug. 11. “The Lorax.” Ruby C. Albright Aquatic Center. Free. 706-754-

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2220. Family Day, Gainesville. 1-4 p.m. Aug. 19. Northeast Georgia History Center presents “Gold Rush: The North Georgia ‘29ers.” Hands-on activities and re-enactors. Northeast Georgia History Center, 322 Academy St. NE, Gainesville. Free. 770-297-5900, www.negahc.org. Movies on the Green, Gainesville. Gates open at 7:30 p.m., film at dusk. Aug. 24. “The Lorax.” $5 adults (non members), $3 members, students. $3 optional chair rental. Smithgall Arts Center lawn, 331 Spring St. SW, Gainesville. 770-5342787, www.theartscouncil.net.

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“Kids Bowl Free” summer program, Gainesville. Through Aug. 31. National program gives two free games of bowling every day of the summer, seven days a week during selected time to kids younger than 15. Gainesville Bowling Center, 2317 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville. 770-5365563, www.kidsbowlfree.com. “Waters of Time: The Chicopee Woods Story,” Gainesville. Learn about previous eras and inhabitants of Chicopee Woods. Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville. $5 adults, $3 children age 2-12; age 1 and younger and members free. 770-535-1976.


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with Josh Erwin of Packway Handle BY BRANDEE A. THOMAS

bthomas@gainesvilletimes.com Since hitting the road full time in 2006, the Packway Handle Band isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. At 7:30 p.m. Sunday, they’ll hit the stage at Crimson Moon, 24 North Park St. in Dahlonega. Tickets for the performance are $18 or $16 in advance. They can purchased online at www.thecrimsonmoon. com or by calling 706-864-3982. The band members include: Tom Baker, Josh Erwin, Andrew Heaton, Zach McCoy Question: You guys have basically been touring nonstop nationwide and even internationally, for the last five years. How do you line up tour dates? A: We started out booking shows on our own, but then in 2007 we signed with an agency. That relationship lasted for about a year and a half, but then we figured we could do nearly everything they could on our own. After that ended, I’d say that I booked about 90 percent of our gigs. I booked them, but we would get together and make decisions about

Q: What has your touring schedule been like this year? A: This year has been a lighter traveling year than others because we’re being more selective about where we’re going and which offers we’re taking. Over the years, we’ve played every state except for Iowa

concert calendar This week

The Vespers, Dahlonega. 8 p.m. July 26. $10/$12. The Crimson Moon Cafe, 24 N Park St., Dahlonega. 706-8643982, www.thecrimsonmoon.com. Brandi Carlile with Josh Ritter. July 27. www. deltaclassicchastain.com. EG Kight & Diane Durrett, Dahlonega. 8 p.m. July 27. $16/$20. The Crimson Moon Cafe, 24 N Park St., Dahlonega. 706-864-3982, www.thecrimsonmoon.com. Summer Concert Series, Cornelia. 7 p.m. July 27. The John King Band. The Depot. Free. 706-778-8585, bht@ corneliageorgia.org. Seal with Macy Gray. July 28. www.deltaclassicchastain. com. Roxie Watson, Dahlonega. 8 p.m. July 28. $17/$20. The Crimson Moon Cafe, 24 N Park St., Dahlonega. 706-864-

and Hawaii. We decided to (focus on) the areas where we have done well. That, of course, includes the Southeast and even a few New England areas. We’ve also always had a good relationship with (venues) in Colorado because of all the competitions we do there. Q: Your last album, “What Are We Gonna Do Now,” was released in 2010. Are there any new projects in the works? A: There are two albums that we are on the verge of getting completed. We’re about halfway done on

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both. Hopefully, we’ll be able to get something out in the spring. Q: Can you tell us more about those two projects? A: One is a live album and we have collection of recordings that we are more or less pleased with. The other is an acoustic tribute to the new wave band, Devo, (who recorded the song, “Whip It.”) Over the years, we’ve grown to really like those guys. We can relate to them a lot as a group.

3982, www.thecrimsonmoon.com. Packway Handle Band, Dahlonega. 8 p.m. July 29. $16/$18. The Crimson Moon Cafe, 24 N Park St., Dahlonega. 706-864-3982, www.thecrimsonmoon.com. YES with guest Procol Harum. July 31. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. www.vzwamp.com

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and Michael Paynter. Between the five of them, Packway Handle is a force to be reckoned with on the banjo, guitar, fiddle, bass and mandolin. In addition to their musical showmanship, the band’s four-part harmonies and two-steps have been keeping audiences quite entertained over the last few years. The Athens-based bluegrass band typically plays around 200 shows every year. Erwin recently took a break from rehearsals and recording to speak with The Times about the band’s latest happenings:

what’s best for the group. In January, we signed with a new booking agency, Blue Mountain Artists, based out of Charlotte. They have a pretty good blues and acoustic roster, so we’re looking forward to building our relationship.

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The Swingin’ Medallions, Gainesville. 8 p.m. Aug. 3. The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center lawn. The Arts Council Summer MusicFest. 770-534-2787, www.theartscouncil. net. Cumberland River, Dahlonega. 8 p.m. Aug. 3. $12/$15. The Crimson Moon Cafe, 24 N Park St., Dahlonega. 706864-3982, www.thecrimsonmoon.com. The Music of Abba featuring Arrival From Sweden with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Aug. 4. www. deltaclassicchastain.com.

Q: You guys have played everywhere from wide-open festival arenas to more intimate venues. Where does this weekend’s show in Dahlonega fall? A: Crimson Moon is more or less a listening room, which we like. Unlike in a club, the focus is on listening to the band, not dancing. We’re not adverse to playing in a club or playing music people can dance to, but it’s a very different atmosphere. It’s a different kind of energy and there are different kinds of

Packway Handle Band When: 7:30 p.m. July 29 Where: The Crimson Moon, 24 North Park St., Dahlonega How much: $18 More info: 706864-3982, www. thecrimsonmoon.com

interactions that take place. In a listening room, you’re able to establish more of a conversation with your audience.

Kelly Clarkson and The Fray with guest Carolina Liar. Aug. 8. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. www.vzwamp.com


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Whistle while you learn

Helen Arts Center offers music lessons From staff reports

Ever wanted to recreate the “Titanic” theme for yourself? Or how about teaching the kids a musical instrument without the major investment of guitars and drums? The penny whistle is the perfect choice. Musician and teacher Gwen Aumann will help students find a tone, play some notes and learn easy beginning songs on the penny whistle in a three-part lesson starting July 30. Aumann plays a number of instruments from the piano, flute and auto harp to the psaltery and mountain dulcimer. She has performed with dulcimer groups and uses her penny whistle to delight audiences throughout the area. She is also a member of “SNOrchestra” (Sautee Nacoochee Orchestra) and performed for the recent musical production “Headwaters.” Aumann has taught students of all ages, from 6 to 85, and in the elementary school system for more than 20 years. An ancient woodwind instrument with a distinctive sound, the penny whistle can play a sprightly dance tune or a haunting melody. Its beginnings trace back to prehistoric times, and it is found in practically every culture worldwide, most notable in the Celtic tradition. Classes will be held at the Helen Arts &

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Heritage Center and are limited to eight students. Cost is $30 for all three sessions on consecutive Monday evenings, July 30, Aug. 6 and Aug. 13, from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m. Supplies are an additional $25 and include a penny whistle and handouts. To register contact the Helen Arts & Heritage Center at 706-8778-3933 or visit www. helenarts.org.

Willie Nelson to start tour in Duluth NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Country legend Willie Nelson is on board for this year’s Railroad Revival Tour. He’ll be joined by Jamey Johnson, Band of Horses and actorNelson musician John Reilly and Friends. The train tour kicks off Oct. 20 in Duluth, and runs through Oct. 28 in Oakland,

Calif. The artists will ride in vintage, 1940s railcars. They’ll perform in open air, pop-up concert venues in parks, fields and lots around the railroad tracks where they stop. Other stops include Memphis, Tenn.; Oklahoma City, Old Town Spring, Texas; Tempe, Ariz.; and San Pedro, Calif. Tickets go on sale Friday at 11 a.m. A documentary called “Big Easy Express,” featuring last year’s trip with Mumford & Sons and

Old Crow Medicine Show, is out on iTunes and DVD. Associated Press

Summer series continues with The John King Band From staff reports The Cornelia Summer Concert Series continues Friday, July 27, at the Depot with a regional band that has local ties. The John King Band, formed in Athens in late 2010 by singer and songwriter John King, is a stylistic blending of Southern Rock and Country. The John King Band has taken the South by storm in recent years, performing with country

acts like Diamond Rio, Jerrod Niemann and Brantley Gilbert. The group also includes some of the most talented musicians in the Southeast including King’s younger brother and drummer, Andrew King and guitarists Parker Smith and Joe Higgins. The band’s double lead harmony is reminiscent of greats like Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Allman Brothers. The concert starts at 7 p.m. at the Depot. Tables and chairs are available on

a first-come basis or you can bring your own. Tents are allowed, but only in designated areas that will allow everyone to enjoy the show. A beverage tent will be on site with beer, wine and soft drinks, and an ice cream booth will be selling cold treats to help beat the heat. On Aug. 24, performer Kip Moore will wrap up the concert series with opening act Striking Matches. Gates will open at 5 p.m. at the Depot for the free event. For more concert information, contact Heather Sinyard at bht@ corneliageorgia.org.


goo the arts Buford group starts off season with a laugh Live Arts Theatre to present ‘Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know’ From staff reports As part of its inaugural season, the Buford-based Live Arts Theatre will present the hilarious off-Broadway hit “Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know.” Anyone who has traveled in any capacity knows the pitfalls involved and this musical revue will treat audience members to a funny night at the theater. Originally slated to open in June, the show had to be postponed. But the group proves you can’t keep a good show down. “Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know” will play Aug. 2-5 at Fifth Row Center located at 5509 Main St., in Flowery Branch. The show is directed by Live Arts vice president Michael Parker, with music directed by Barbara Macko, and features many prominent local veterans of the stage, as well as a few new faces. Based on the Fodors travel guide of the same name, “Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know” presents the funny side of many common travel mishaps and scenarios most everyone has experienced when leaving home. The show, originally produced in New York by Scott Perrin, features songs and sketches by Douglas Bernstein, Francesca Blumenthal, Michael Brown, Barry Creyton, Lesley Davison, Addy Fieger, Stan Freeman, Dave Frishberg, Murray Grand, Glen Kelly, Jay Leonhart, Denis Markell and Nick Santa Maria. The performance is an ensemble-style musical revue, which will feature each actor playing many different characters as they experience the ups and downs of travel, through song and dance.

‘Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know’ When: Aug. 2-4 8 p.m., 2 p.m. Aug. 5 What: Fifth Row Center, 5509 Main St., Flowery Branch Tickets: $15 More info: 603-867-2200, liveartstheatre.org

“My father was a travel agent, so I could really relate to all the crazy stories,” said Parker. Macko said the show is entertaining and clever. “There are so many little musical jokes and funny moments that everyone can really relate to.” Parker said audiences can look forward to tight musical harmonies and a fast-paced, fun revue. “The audience will find themselves humming songs as they walk out of the theater,” said Macko. The show features local actors Becca Parker, Tami Collup Scheinman, Steven Miller, Joshua Garcia, Bryan Montemayor and Bob Seelig. The show starts at 8 p.m. Aug. 2-4 and at 2 p.m. Aug. 5. All general admission tickets are $15 and may be purchased by calling the box office at 603-867-2200, emailing boxoffice@liveartstheatre.org, or online at liveartstheatre.org. “Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know” is recommended for ages 8 and older. Live Arts Theatre is a community theater based in Buford. The mission of the group is to produce a variety of plays and musicals that engage, educate and entertain the community.

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Lingo Lounge, Dahlonega. 8 p.m. July 26. Comic MC Ben Sierchik hosts with DJ Tommy Pirone afterparty dance. All genres welcome. Wine, beer, soda for purchase. Free admission. Holly Theater, 69 W. Main St., Dahlonega. 706-8643759, www.hollytheater. com. “Sylvia,” Dahlonega. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays, July 27-29. Holly Theater, 69 W. Main St., Dahlonega. www. hollytheater.com. The Dinosaur Show, Atlanta. 10 a.m. and noon Tuesdays through Fridays; 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturdays; 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sundays. July 17-29 Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St. NW Atlanta. 404-873-3391, www.puppet.org/perform/ dinosaurshow.shtml. On the Light Side fundraiser, Sandy Springs. 8 p.m. July 29. Church of the Atonement, 4945 High Point Road, Sandy Springs. Capitol City Opera Company will present highlights from “Brigadoon,” “Gigi,” “Camelot,” “Paint Your Wagon” and “My Fair Lady.” $35 per person. www.ccityopera.org.

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“A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline,” Clarkesville. 7:30 p.m.; matinee 2 p.m. July 26-29 and Aug. 2-5. Presented by Habersham Community Theatre and Dean Reagan. Habersham Theater, just off the square in Clarkesville. $16 adults, $11 for full-time students. 706-839-1315, www.habershamtheater.org.

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“Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know,” Flowery Branch. 8 p.m. Aug. 2-4 and 2 p.m. Aug. 5. Fifth Row Center, 5509 Main St., Flowery Branch. $15. 603-867-2200, www. liveartstheatre.org. “Sweet Charity,” Lawrenceville. Aug. 2–Sept. 2. 8 p.m. Wednesdays–Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets $25–$35. Aurora Theatre, 128 East Pike St., Lawrenceville. 678-2266222, www.auroratheatre. com

Ongoing

“Much Ado About Nothing,” Atlanta. Through Aug. 4. Georgia

Shakespeare, Conant Performing Arts Center at Oglethorpe University. $13-$45. 404-504-1473, www.gashakespeare.org.


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Parent Appreciation Week, Gainesville. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 26-27. Let parents know how much they mean to you by making them a “thank you” craft. $1 with paid admission to museum, members free. Interactive Neighborhood for Kids, 999 Chestnut St., Gainesville. 770-5361900, inkfun.org.

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The John King Band, formed in Athens in late 2010 by singer and songwriter John King, will perform during the Cornelia Summer Concert Series continues 7 p.m. Friday, July 27 at the Depot.

Cornelia Summer Concert Series.

The Packway Handle Band, Dahlonega. 8 p.m. July 29. $16/$18. The Crimson Moon Cafe, 24 N Park St., Dahlonega. 706-8643982, www.thecrimsonmoon.com.

“The Watch” was filmed largely in Atlanta, particularly at EUE/Screen Gems studio. That is, unfortunately, the only reason to see it. Throw together Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill, and this is a very familiar SNL cast and crew. The story is weak, even as absurd comedies go. Evan’s (Stiller) life is shaken when his night watchman Antonio (Joe Nunez) is brutally killed in the Costco he manages. Evan forms a neighborhood watch and quickly recruits Bob (Vaughn), Franklin (Hill) and Jamarcus (Ayoade), all of whom are more concerned with boozing it up and hanging out than making the

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Community Contra Dance, Sautee Nachoochee. Free lesson at 7:30 p.m., dance from 8-11 p.m. July 28. Sautee Nacoochee Center historic gym, Ga. 283 and Ga. 255 N, Sautee. No partner needed. No experience necessary. Live music, easy-to-follow calling and friendly atmosphere. All ages welcome. Adults $8, students $4, children younger than 8, free. 706754-3254, www.SNCA.org.

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Musician and teacher Gwen Aumann will help students find a tone, play some notes and learn easy beginning songs on the penny whistle in a three-part lesson starting July 30. Classes will be held at the Helen Arts & Heritage Center and are limited to eight students. Cost is $30 for all three sessions on consecutive Monday evenings from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m. July 30, Aug. 6 and Aug. 13.

Penny whistle classes.

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The performance of “The Little Mermaid Jr.” is part of the Suwanee Performing Arts’ annual fundraiser and will be staged at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 27 and 28.

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Bark in the Park, Helen. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 15. Paint the nature, the dogs, the people, your experiences to your heart’s content. $30 vendor fee payable to Friends of Unicoi State Park. Funds go toward bear-proof containers and trash cans for the campground and to help raise awareness of rescued animals that can be adopted by area shelters. 706-219-4344, gwen. aumann@yahoo.com.

“Sweet Charity,” Lawrenceville. Aug. 2–Sept. 2. 8 p.m. Wednesdays–Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets $25–$35. Aurora Theatre, 128 E. Pike St., Lawrenceville. 678-226-6222, www.auroratheatre.com

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Wiggle Your Toes Craft Week, Gainesville. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 1-3. Make silly feet crafts by decorating your own foot out of paper, paint the toenails or even make flipflops. $1 with paid admission to museum, members free. Interactive Neighborhood for Kids, 999 Chestnut St., Gainesville. 770536-1900, inkfun.org

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“A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline,” Clarkesville. 7:30 p.m.; matinee 2 p.m. July 26-29 and Aug. 2-5. Presented by Habersham Community Theatre and Dean Reagan. Featuring more than 20 hits including “Crazy,” “Walkin’ After Midnight,” “Sweet Dreams“ and “She’s Got You.” Habersham Theater, just off the square in Clarkesville. $16 adults, $11 for full-time students. 706-839-1315, www.habershamtheater.org.

Lingo Lounge, Dahlonega. 8 p.m. July 26. Comic MC Ben Sierchik leads the show and DJ Tommy Pirone conducts the afterparty with dancing. All genres welcome. Free admission. The Holly Theater, 69 West Main St., Dahlonega. 706-864-3759, www. hollytheater.com.

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The Hamilton Rhododendron Garden is open to visitors at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds in Hiawassee. The Hamilton Garden is recognized as one of only six public rhododendron gardens in the United States and received the honor of a small grant from the American Rhododendron Society. Guided group and cart tours are available. The Garden Shop is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays through Oct. 21.

Hamilton Rhododendron Garden.

“Soul Surfer;” Movies Under the Stars, Buford. July 28. Mall of Georgia. Film at dusk. Guests encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs. 404-233-3993 or jworrall@ bravepublicrelations.com.

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Below-the-belt comedy hard to ‘Watch’ JEFF MARKER jmarker@gsc.edu

Film Review “The Watch” was filmed largely in Atlanta, particularly at EUE/Screen Gems studio. That is, unfortunately, the only reason to see it. The movie is basically a teaming of some “Saturday Night Live” talent and Judd Apatow alums. Director Akiva Shaffer is currently a writer and director for SNL, Will Forte has a prominent supporting role and Andy Samberg makes a cameo. The movie was co-written by relative newcomer Jared Stern and Apatow mainstays Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. Throw in Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill, and this 20th Century Fox is a very familiar cast and crew. The only new face in this crowd From left, Ben Stiller, Johnny Pemberton and Jonah Hill in a scene from “The Watch.” is Richard Ayoade, an extremely talented Brit who co-starred in the TV hit “The IT Crowd” and Franklin (Hill) and Jamarcus Shaffer and his editor blew it a crucial plot point near the end wrote and directed the witty and (Ayoade), all of whom are more on that last part. of the film hinges on the male charming indie coming of age concerned with boozing it up Guided improv can create crotch. It becomes excruciatingly tale, “Submarine.” and hanging out than making the memorable, spontaneous tedious. “The Watch” is among the neighborhood safer or finding moments, like Steve Carell “The Watch” also worst work of all of those men, Antonio’s killer. getting his chest waxed in “The uncomfortably tone deaf to 2012 which should give you a good Things take a science fiction 40-Year Old Virgin.” But it can America. The title was originally idea of what to expect. turn when the guys discover not also become tedious and drag “Neighborhood Watch,” but The story is weak, even as only that Antonio’s killer is an the comedy into the gutter if the Twentieth Century-Fox changed absurd comedies go. alien, but also that a full-on alien comedians and director allow it. the name after the Trayvon Martin Evan (Stiller) loves his life as invasion — of Crestview, Ohio That is exactly what happened shooting. a Costco manager in Crestview, — appears imminent. here. For many, it will still be difficult Ohio. The only blemish in his The movie is “Grown-Ups” The cast is talented enough to find the humor in a group of life is that he and his lovely wife meets “The Burbs” meets “Super that they do occasionally hit on overzealous, untrained vigilantes Abby (Rosemarie DeWitt) cannot 8.” funny lines, but the overwhelming wielding weapons around conceive. Many scenes were shot using majority of jokes have something suburban streets. Hill’s character, Evan’s life is shaken, though, guided improvisation, where the to do with the penis. They seem a failed wannabe police officer when his night watchman actors improvise the dialogue in so obsessed with everything to who constantly flicks and twirls Antonio (Joe Nunez) is brutally a number of takes, which allows do with that organ that it begins his butterfly knife, is especially killed in the Costco. Evan forms the director or editor to choose to seem like we’re watching a awkward. a neighborhood watch and the funniest moments and trim bunch of pubescent boys rather The guys also discover an quickly recruits Bob (Vaughn), away those that go on too long. than professional actors. Even alien, laser-like weapon at one

‘The Watch’ Starring: Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, Richard Ayoade, Rosemarie DeWitt Rated: R, for some strong sexual content including references, pervasive language and violent images Runtime: 1 hour, 42 minutes Bottom line: Lazy, predictable and only occasionally funny

point and go crazy testing it out. They destroy a cow, a barn, a tractor and at least one hay bale. I couldn’t help thinking that these trigger happy morons were ruining someone’s livelihood. Gee, how funny in the midst of a recession and drought. “The Watch” is the latest American comedy to aim for the easiest below-the-belt jokes and to waste the talents of its cast, most of whom really need to move past the man-child stage of their careers. Jeff Marker teaches film and literature at Gainesville State College. His reviews appear weekly in Get Out and on gainesvilletimes.com/getout.


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Hollywood Stadium Cinemas 770-539-9200 120 Green Hill Circle, Gainesville

The Amazing Spider-Man (PG-13) Thu. 12:30-1:30-3:45-4:45-7:00-8:00-9:30 Fri.Sun. 12:30-3:45-6:45-9:45 Big (PG) Thu. 10:00 Brave (PG) Thu. 12:00-2:30-5:00-7:1510:00 Fri.-Sun. 12:00-2:30-5:00-7:15-9:30 The Dark Knight Rises (PG-13) Thu.-Sat. 11:15-12:00-12:45-1:30-2:45-3:30-4:155:00-6:15-7:00-7:45-8:30-9:45-10:30 Sun. 11:15-12:00-12:45-1:30-2:45-3:30-4:155:00-6:15-7:00-7:45-8:30-9:45 Ice Age: Continental Drift (PG) Thu.-Sun. 12:00-2:15-4:30-7:00-9:15 Ice Age: Continental Drift 3D (PG) Thu.-Sun. 1:00-3:15-5:30-8:00 Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (PG) Thu. 12:15-2:30-4:45-7:15-9:30 Fri.-Sun. 12:15-2:30-4:45 Magic Mike (R) Thu.-Sun. 1:45-4:30-7:009:45 Men in Black 3 (PG-13) Thu. 12:00-2:305:00-7:30-10:00 Puss in Boots (PG) Thu. 10:00 Savages (R) Thu. 12:45-4:15-7:00-9:45 Fri.-Sun. 7:00-9:45 Step Up Revolution (PG-13) Fri.-Sun. 12:152:30-4:45 Step Up Revolution 3D (PG-13) Fri.-Sun. 7:00-9:30 Ted (R) Thu.-Sun. 1:45-4:30-7:00-9:45 Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection (PG13) Thu.-Sun. 1:00-4:00-7:30-10:00 The Watch (R) Fri.-Sat. 12:15-1:15-2:304:00-4:45-7:15-8:00-10:00-10:30 Sun. 12:15-1:15-2:30-4:00-4:45-7:15-8:0010:00

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The Amazing Spider-Man (PG-13) Thu. 10:15-1:15-4:20-7:40-10:40 Fri.-Sun. 10:20-1:30-4:30-7:30-10:35 The Amazing Spider-Man 3D (PG-13) Thu. 12:50-4:05-7:20-10:25 Fri.-Sat. 9:1012:10-3:15-6:30-9:30-12:30 Sun. 9:1012:10-3:15-6:30-9:30 Brave (PG) Thu. 2:40-7:35 Fri.-Sat. 9:302:30-7:30-12:25 Sun. 9:30-2:30-7:30 Brave 3D (PG) Thu. 12:15-5:05-10:05 Fri.Sun. 12:00-5:05-10:00 The Dark Knight Rises (PG-13) Thu. 10:4511:10-12:10-12:40-12:55-2:25-2:503:50-4:20-4:40-6:05-6:30-7:30-8:008:20-9:45-10:10-11:10-11:40 Fri.-Sat. 9:40-10:20-11:00-11:40-12:40-1:20-2:05-

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‘Dark Knight’ earns $160.9M in wake of Colo. tragedy LOS ANGELES — “The Dark Knight Rises” earned a sizeable $160.9 million over the weekend, making it the biggest 2-D opening ever, but falling slightly below expectations following the mass shooting at a Colorado screening of the Batman film. The top 15 movies Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by Hollywood.com are: 1. “The Dark Knight Rises,” Warner Bros., $160,887,295, $160,887,295, one week. 2. “Ice Age: Continental Drift,” Fox, $20,416,978, $88,840,284, two weeks. 3. “The Amazing Spider-Man,” Sony, $10,887,111, $228,611,425, three weeks. 4. “Ted,” Universal, $10,011,310, $180,431,425, four weeks. 5. “Brave,” Disney, $6,024,987, $208,774,173, five weeks. 6. “Magic Mike,” Warner Bros., $4,291,432, $101,966,459, four weeks. 2:40-3:20-4:20-5:00-5:40-6:20-7:25-8:008:40-9:20-10:00-11:05-11:40-12:20-1:00 Sun. 9:40-10:20-11:00-11:40-12:40-1:202:05-2:40-3:20-4:20-5:00-5:40-6:20-7:258:00-8:40-9:20-10:00 The Dark Knight Rises: The IMAX Experience (PG-13) Thu. 11:40-3:20-7:00-10:40 Fri.Sat. 9:00-12:20-3:40-7:00-10:20-1:40 Sun. 9:00-12:20-3:40-7:00-10:20 Ice Age: Continental Drift (PG) Thu. 10:2011:00-12:35-1:15-2:50-3:30-5:055:45-7:20-8:00-9:35-10:15 Fri.-Sat. 9:30-11:05-11:50-1:25-2:10-3:45-4:306:50-9:10-11:30 Sun. 9:30-11:05-11:501:25-2:10-3:45-4:30-6:50-9:10 Ice Age: Continental Drift 3D (PG) Thu. 10:00-10:40-12:15-12:55-2:30-3:10-4:455:25-7:00-7:40-9:15-9:55-12:10 Fri.-Sat. 10:05-12:45-3:05-5:20-7:45-10:05-12:20 Sun. 10:05-12:45-3:05-5:20-7:45-10:05 Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D (PG) Thu. 5:307:50-10:10 Fri.-Sat. 5:10-7:40-10:05-12:35 Sun. 5:10-7:40-10:05 Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (PG) Thu.-Sun. 10:15-12:30-2:45 Magic Mike (R) Thu. 11:45-2:15-4:45-7:159:45-12:15 Fri.-Sat. 11:15-2:00-4:45-7:209:50-12:30 Sun. 11:15-2:00-4:45-7:209:50 Marvel’s the Avengers (PG-13) Thu. 12:353:50-7:10-10:20 Moonrise Kingdom (PG-13) Thu. 10:1012:40-2:55-5:15-7:30-9:40-11:55 Fri.-Sat. 10:10-12:25-2:40-4:55-7:15-9:30-11:45 Sun. 10:10-12:25-2:40-4:55-7:15-9:30 Savages (R) Thu. 10:45-1:35-4:25-7:15-

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The Dark Knight Rises (PG-13) Thu.-Sun. (11:15-12:00-1:00-1:45-3:00-3:45-4:455:25) 6:45-7:30-8:30-9:30-10:30 Ice Age: Continental Drift (PG) Thu.-Sun. (12:00-2:20-4:40) 7:00-9:20 Ice Age: Continental Drift 3D (PG) Thu.-Sun. (11:30-1:50-4:10) 6:30-8:50 Magic Mike (R) Thu.-Sun. (1:30-4:15) 7:2010:05 Savages (R) Thu. (12:45-3:50) 6:55-10:00 Step Up Revolution (PG-13) Fri.-Sun. (4:00) Step Up Revolution 3D (PG-13) Fri.-Sun. (1:10) 7:00-9:40 Ted (R) Thu.-Sun. (1:15-4:00) 7:30-10:10 The Watch (R) Fri.-Sun. (1:30-4:10) 7:2510:00

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7. “Savages,” Universal, $3,398,880, $40,055,075, three weeks. 8. “Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection,” Lionsgate, $2,253,074, $60,289,622, four weeks. 9. “Moonrise Kingdom,” Focus Features, $1,831,471, $36,087,959, nine weeks. 10. “To Rome With Love,” Sony, $1,420,891, $11,107,993, five weeks. 11. “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted,” Paramount, $1,350,946, $207,626,201, seven weeks. 12. “Katy Perry: Part of Me,” Paramount, $1,148,494, $22,612,706, three weeks. 13. “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” Fox Searchlight, $763,443, $2,855,142, four weeks. 14. “The Avengers,” Disney, $620,411, $615,058,425, 12 weeks. 15. “Snow White & the Huntsman,” Universal, $427,405, $152,589,315, eight weeks. Associated Press

10:05 Fri.-Sat. 10:05-1:10-4:25-7:3510:30-1:25 Sun. 10:05-1:10-4:25-7:3510:30 Step Up 3 (PG-13) Thu. 12:10 Step Up Revolution (PG-13) Fri.-Sat. 12:505:30-7:00-9:25-10:10-11:55 Sun. 12:505:30-7:00-9:25-10:10 Step Up Revolution 3D (PG-13) Thu. 12:01 Fri.-Sat. 10:30-3:10-7:50-12:40 Sun. 10:30-3:10-7:50 Ted (R) Thu. 10:20-11:45-1:10-2:15-3:454:50-6:30-7:20-9:05-9:50-11:40-12:15 Fri.-Sat. 11:15-2:00-4:50-7:15-9:45-12:20 Sun. 11:15-2:00-4:50-7:15-9:45 Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection (PG-13) Thu. 12:05-2:30-5:15-7:55-10:35 Fri.-Sat. 11:30-2:15-5:15-7:55-10:35-1:20 Sun. 11:30-2:15-5:15-7:55-10:35 The Watch (R) Thu. 12:01 Fri.-Sat. 9:2010:45-11:45-1:05-2:15-3:25-4:40-5:457:10-8:05-9:35-10:25-12:01-12:50 Sun. 9:20-10:45-11:45-1:05-2:15-3:25-4:405:45-7:10-8:05-9:35-10:25

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The Amazing Spider-Man (PG-13) Thu.-Sun. (12:00-3:15) 6:40-9:55 The Amazing Spider-Man 3D (PG-13) Thu. (1:30-4:40) 8:30 Bee Movie (PG) Thu. (10:00) Brave (PG) Thu.-Sun. (12:05-2:30-4:55) 7:20

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The Amazing Spider-Man (PG-13) Thu. 2:005:25-8:30 Brave (PG) Thu. 1:30-4:00-6:30 The Dark Knight Rises (PG-13) Thu. 1:002:30-4:30-7:00-8:00 Fri.-Sun. 1:30-3:155:30-7:00 Ice Age: Continental Drift (PG) Thu. 12:352:50-5:05-7:30 Fri.-Sun. 2:10-4:30-7:20 Step Up Revolution (PG-13) Fri.-Sun. 2:405:00-7:45 Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection (PG13) Thu. 12:35-3:15-5:55-8:40 Fri.-Sun. 1:15-4:00-6:30 The Watch (R) Fri.-Sun. 1:15-3:40-6:008:15

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The Amazing Spider-Man (PG-13) Thu.-Sun. 12:30-3:45-7:00-9:30 Brave (PG) Thu.-Sun. 12:00-2:20-4:407:00-10:00 The Dark Knight Rises (PG-13) Thu.-Sat. 11:15-12:00-12:45-2:45-3:30-4:15-6:157:00-7:45-9:05-9:45-10:30 Sun. 11:1512:00-12:45-2:45-3:30-4:15-6:15-7:007:45-9:05-9:45 Ice Age: Continental Drift (PG) Thu.-Sun. 12:00-2:15-4:30-6:50-9:30 Ice Age: Continental Drift 3D (PG) Thu. 12:352:50-5:05-7:20-9:35 Magic Mike (R) Thu. 1:05-4:05-7:05-9:35 Fri.-Sun. 1:05-6:50 Step Up Revolution (PG-13) Fri.-Sun. 12:154:55-9:35 Step Up Revolution 3D (PG-13) Fri.-Sun. 2:35-7:15 Ted (R) Thu.-Sun. 12:05-2:30-4:55-7:209:45 Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection (PG13) Thu. 1:10-4:10-6:50 Fri.-Sun. 4:10 The Watch (R) Fri.-Sun. 12:20-2:40-5:007:20-9:40


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NOW SHOWING Movie reviews from Associated Press and McClatchy Newspapers. Stars out of four.

openING ‘The Watch’ ■ Review, 10

continuING ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

HHHH (PG-13, vulgar language, violence, sexual situations, adult themes.) With “The Dark Knight Rises,” Christopher Nolan swings for the moon. He gives you something even grander and more fantastic than you expected. Opening eight years after the events of “The Dark Knight,” Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) has become a recluse, his body battered and creaky, his alter-ego of Batman no longer needed in Gotham City, where Commissioner Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) has exploited a lie to wage a successful war on organized crime. Then Bane (Tom Hardy), a terrorist thug with the build of a wrestler and a life-sustaining mask clamped to his face, emerges from the city’s sewers with an army of followers and a sinister intent. Bane is a warrior for the disenfranchised, the forgotten and the ignored. His methods are brutal and murderous, and his solution to social and economic disparity is of the scorched-earth variety. Wayne is a billionaire, which makes him a target for Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway), a seductive cat burglar whose proclivity for crime is fueled by a sense of entitlement. Except the hero’s finances are waning: Even he is not immune from an economic downturn. Wayne’s

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Anne Hathaway as Catwoman in a scene from the action thriller “The Dark Knight Rises.”

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Tom Hardy as Bane in a scene from the action thriller “The Dark Knight Rises.”

wealth has always been his only real superpower, the thing that facilitates all his wonderful toys. But when Bane starts wreaking havoc in Gotham, Batman must rise to the challenge. For all its pomp and grandeur, though, “The Dark Knight Rises” is practically stolen outright by Joseph GordonLevitt as John Blake, a conscientious police officer who, like Wayne, grew up an orphan. The actor is in many ways the audience surrogate into this strange, complicated story: He’s not a hero, he’s not yet corrupted or world-weary, and he still believes, perhaps naively, in the infallibility of good.

‘Ice Age: Continental Drift’

HH½ (PG for mild rude humor and action/peril.) There’s considerably less drift in “Ice Age: Continental Drift,” the latest in a long line of lucrative cartoons from Blue Sky Studios and their friends at Fox. It’s all sight gags and action beats. And at a brisk 94 minutes, it’s less reliant on charmstarved chatter among its increasingly over-stuffed voice cast. Yes, there are even MORE big names doing the talking for the various Ice Age critters — pop stars Nicki Minaj and Jennifer Lopez join up, with Peter Dinklage, Wanda Sykes, Joy Behar, Nick Frost and Simon Pegg.

The “Ice Age” movies are known for their sloppy science, and this one has the growing extended family of mammoths (Ray Romano, Queen Latifah and now “daughter” Keke Palmer) split up by the splitting of continents. Yeah, Scrat, that nut-obsessed saber-toothed squirrel, had something to do with it. Manny the mammoth (Romano), Diego the saber-toothed tiger (Denis Leary), Sid, the innocent but accident-prone sloth (John Leguizamo) and Sid’s Granny (Sykes) are adrift on an iceberg, wondering how to get back to the others. That’s when they meet the pirates. Captain Gutt is the primate who has figured out how to turn icebergs into buccaneer boats, and his scurvy crew of rabbits, sea lions and blood-thirsty gulls has designs on Manny & Co.

‘The Amazing Spider-Man’

HHH (PG-13 for sequences of action and violence.) It is pretty much different in every way from

the staggeringly successful Marvel Comics-inspired trilogy that preceded it. But in terms of tone, characters, performances and even visual effects, “The Amazing SpiderMan” feels like its own separate entity. Andrew Garfield plays Peter Parker as more of a misunderstood outsider, a rebel with a chip on his shoulder. And that slightly arrogant attitude gives the whole movie a restless, reckless energy and a welcome sense of danger. At the helm, Marc Webb is a very different sort of director. He may

not have sounded like the most obvious choice for a hugely anticipated blockbuster based on his only previous feature. His big set pieces may lack some of the imagination that director Sam Raimi brought, but they’ll do. More importantly, though, he conveys an emotional truth, a pervasive sense of humanity, which may be an even tougher feat in this kind of fantastical scenario. Emma Stone is bright as ever as Peter’s love interest, Gwen Stacy, with Rhys Ifans nicely underplaying his role as Spider-Man’s nemesis.


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‘Katy Perry: Party of Me’

HH½ (PG for some suggestive content, language, thematic elements and brief smoking.) This Katy Perry documentary and its forerunner, “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never,” are mesmerizing pieces of pop propaganda. Both 3-D concert films give a reality TV-style portrait of a young star, scrubbed clean, at the pinnacle of pop: touring sold-out arenas while making Herculean sacrifices, always finding time for their fans and goofing around with their entourages of stylists and assistants. They’re unabashedly commercial movies made about unabashedly commercial enterprises. And yet they’re kind of fascinating. That’s because “Part of Me” is as good a document you’re likely to find of modern pop stardom: how it’s packaged, how it’s sold and what kind of power it holds over screaming tween girls. The film, directed by reality show veterans

The blue-haired, dinner-plate eyed 27-year-old makes for a compelling character, but the film doesn’t succeed as a full portrait. A less PG-friendly, more complicated version of the star surely exists off-screen. It must.

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strain of pot. The two live in a spectacular Laguna Beach home with endless views of the Pacific Ocean. They also happily share the affections of their mutual girlfriend, the gorgeous, blonde (Blake Lively), a nouveau riche Orange County princess who benefits from this arrangement in every possible way. Everyone’s happy until the leader of a Mexican cartel, the regal but ruthless Elena (a fantastic, scenerychewing Salma Hayek) tries to expand her territory by taking over their business. First, she sends her trusted righthand man (an elegant Demian Bechir) to approach them with a gentlemanly (if well-armed) proposition. When they politely decline, with phrasing that will come back to haunt them, she sends one of her heavies (Benicio Del Toro, amusingly cartoony) to make her point a little more clear.

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‘Savages’

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Singer Katy Perry appears at the European Premiere of her film “Part of Me” in London.

Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz (the pair produced “Never Say

Never,”) follows Perry’s 2011 California Dreams world tour.

HHH (R for strong brutal and grisly violence, some graphic sexuality, nudity, drug use and language throughout.) “Savages” is darkly funny and stylishly violent but never reaches the overwhelming level of audiovisual assault of, say, “Natural Born Killers,” for example. Oliver Stone draws us into this glamorous yet seedy world and draws strong performances from his eclectic ensemble cast. Taylor Kitsch and Aaron Johnson co-star as best friends and business partners Chon and Ben, young surfer dudes who got rich quick growing a particularly strong


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Students showcase photos From staff reports North Georgia Technical College’s Photography Program will showcase graduating students’ work at 5 p.m. Tuesday July 31. The reception is being held on the Clarkesville campus in the Visual Technology building. All 20 members of the 2012 class will display photographs including portraiture, landscape, product, fashion, children and wedding photography as well as graphic design and multimedia. Each student has spent the last two years perfecting his or her craft and learning various techniques from instructors Jeff Gulle, Jim Loring and Ginger Moseley. With field trips to Stone Mountain, the Georgia Aquarium and

local waterfalls, and even an opportunity to participate in a fashion shoot with a supermodel, students were given the chance to stretch their talents and techniques. “The students always impress me with the quality and impact of their images and the depth of their creativity,” said Gulle. Hundreds of pieces of fascinating photographic art will fill the NGTC Visual Tech lobby, hallways and studios. Each student will have framed art as well as printed portfolios. For more information on the Commercial Photography program of study, contact Jeff Gulle, jgulle@northgat​ ech.edu or Jim Loring, jloring@northga​ tech.edu.

arts events This Week

Glass Fusing Workshop, Helen. 2–4 p.m. July 28 and noon–2 p.m. July 29. $40, includes materials. Instructed by Janine Shelby. Class limited to 15. Helen Arts & Heritage Center 706-878-3933, 25 Chattahoochee Strasse. NGTC Photography Class of 2012 graduate exhibition, Clarkesville. 5-7 p.m. July 31. North Georgia Technical College, 1500 Ga. 197 N, Clarkesville. 706-754-7700, northga​ tech.edu.

Upcoming

Bark in the Park, Helen. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 15. Paint the nature, the dogs, the people, your experiences to your heart’s content. $30 vendor fee payable to Friends of Unicoi State Park. Funds go toward bear-proof containers and trash cans for the campground and to help raise awareness of rescued animals that can be adopted by area shelters. 706-219-4344,

For Get Out

Friday Sketch Club, Gainesville. 2:30 to 4 p.m. Fridays. Bring supplies. Quinlan Arts Center, 514 Green St. NE, Gainesville. $5 per session. 770-536-2575, www. quinlanartscenter.org. gwen.aumann@yahoo. com.

Ongoing

Oil Painting from Still Life with Mary Ellen Rand, Sautee Nachoochee. 1-4 p.m. Tuesdays. Comprehensive oil painting instruction working from a still life. Although it is helpful to have had prior oil painting experience, beginners are welcome. $35 per class. snca.org.

Broadway in the Park goes ‘Under the Sea’ From staff reports Got a Disney princess in your home? She may want to see this. Ariel, Prince Eric, Sebastian and evil Ursula will swim into Town Center Park for Suwanee Performing Arts’ 2012 Broadway in the Park production of “The Little Mermaid Jr.” The performance, part of the Suwanee Performing Arts’ annual fundraiser, will be staged Friday and Saturday, July 27-28. Adapted from Disney’s 2008 Broadway production, “The Little Mermaid Jr.” features the hit songs “Part of Your World,” “She’s in Love” and the Oscarwinning “Under the Sea.” Before the main show, an original one-act play, “Filligan’s Island” — a take on the popular 1960s television series “Gilligan’s Island” — will open the event each evening at 7 p.m. Broadway in the Park is free and open to the public, but as the performances serve as the annual fundraiser for Suwanee Performing Arts, donations

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‘Little Mermaid Jr.’ When: 7 p.m. July 27-28 What: Town Center Park, Suwanee Tickets: Free, donations welcome More info: www.suwaneeperformingarts.com.

are encouraged. “‘Mermaid’ is colorful, fun and so many people are familiar with the show that attendees will be able to sing along, making the experience even more memorable,” said Patty Etherton, SPA founder and creative director. An “Island Market,”

featuring vendors and activities similar to a cruise ship port, will be open from 4-7 p.m. at Town Center Park before each show. Parking will be available at Town Center Park and along Main Street. Bring blankets and chairs for seating, but no alcohol may be brought into the park.


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Know your plants!

Gardens open at Ga. Mountain Fair

Master Gardeners team up to teach Hall about what is in our backyards

If you want to add a little color to your summer, the Hamilton Rhododendron Garden is open to visitors at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds in Hiawassee. The fairgrounds has operated the garden since 1982. To raise revenue for improvements, the garden’s original greenhouses were restored and a Hamilton Garden Shop was added. It offers rows of rhododendron, locally grown annuals, perennials, hanging baskets and a variety of greenhousegrown flowers. All sale profits will go toward restoration and new garden projects. The Hamilton Garden is recognized

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If you don’t know your kudzu from coralbells, the “What’s In Your Backyard” lecture series may be for you. The series is organized by the Hall County Master Gardeners and held at the Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville. The goal of the series is to teach participants how to become more knowledgeable about landscaping. Each session costs $15 per person. Participants can pay at the door, or register in advance by calling 770-535-8293 or emailing wcannon@hallcounty.org. From 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, the lecture will focus on “The Importance of Natives in our Landscapes” and “Exotic Invasives: What They Are and How to ID.” On Aug. 4, the lecture will focus on “Pollinators and Their Habitats — The Importance of Bees” and “Native Wildflowers in our Backyards.” After each of the lectures, participants will be able to go on a walking tour of Elachee to observe native plants and wildflowers and a pollinator garden. The Hall County Master Gardeners are a group of specially trained volunteers, who help educate the public about gardening, horticulture and best practices tips collected through research by the

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Yanin Jaimes, 8, right, and Yanet Alberto, 9, prune away old growth on Lenten roses growing at the Gardens on Green to help spur new growth on the plants.

Hall County Master Gardeners lecture series ■ “The Importance of Natives in our Landscapes” and “Exotic Invasives: What are They and How to ID,” 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, July 28 ■ “Pollinators and Their Habitats — The Importance of Bees” and “Native Wildflowers in our Backyards,” 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 4 Where: Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville How much: $15 To register: Call 770-535-8293, email wcannon@ hallcounty.org, or sign up at the door

University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. In additional to holding a variety of educational workshops throughout the year, the Master Gardeners maintain a number of community spaces like the Gardens on Green. The group also hosts two gardening expos

each year, one each in the spring and fall. At those events, attendees can purchase a plethora of plants, landscape art and gardening accessories. The 2012 fall expo will be held in September at the Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center in Gainesville.

Bike ride, Batesville. 9 a.m. July 28. 55plus miles, with lunch at Lakeside Grill on Lake Burton. Leave from Providence Baptist Church on Ga. 197. No ride in precipitation, or if high predicted to be above 92 degrees. City Cyclists 770534-7075, or unnoldl@charter.net. Botanical Preparations I, Helen. 9 a.m. to noon July 28. Infuse, decoct, and tincture some of the bountiful plants of the season. Students will participate in making medicinal preparations including teas, oils, salves, liniments and tinctures.

as one of only six public rhododendron gardens in the United States and received the honor of a small grant from the American Rhododendron Society. The grant is based on a proposal to restore the original greenhouses and to start restoration on the garden. Garden Shop manager Catherine Hansen and garden curator Paul Hansen will offer visitors a historical walk-through of Fred Hamilton’s original grounds and share knowledge of its origins. Guided group and cart tours are available. The Garden Shop is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays through Oct. 21. For more information, call 706-896-4191 or visit www. georgiamountainfairgrounds.com.

Take home an oil and a liniment. $30. $5 parking. Smithgall Woods State Park. 706-878-3087. Full Moon Hike, Tallulah Falls. 9-11 p.m. Aug. 1, 9:15-11:15 p.m. Aug. 2, and 8:30-11:30 p.m. Aug. 3. Enjoy the gorge in the magical, shimmering light of the full moon. The hike will begin at the Interpretive Center, following the North Rim Trail, with a descent of the Hurricane Falls Trail staircase to the suspension bridge over Hurricane Falls. This is considered a strenuous hike, consisting of approximately 1.5 miles and 1,099 steps. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. Tallulah Gorge State Park. 706754-7981.


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