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War Damn Eagle!!

Saturday Jan.22, 2011 was one to be remembered. 78,000 fans gathered in Jordan-Hare Stadium to celebrate Auburn's 2010 national championship; their first since 1957. In last year's national championship celebration, rival Alabama, had 38,000 fans in attendance... Auburn has waited a lot longer for this one! This celebration said hello to the Championship and good bye to two of the most influential players in the history of Auburn football; Nick Fairley and Cam Newton. Both are expected to be first round picks in the NFL draft. This Auburn football season was one under intense struggle and controversy. Cam Newton addressed the questions of dealing with all of these accusations simply, "You never stopped believing in me! God, family, and you, my Auburn family... You never lost faith in me... You will be in my heart forever". The team united together this season under the motto "Au Family All In". Together they seemed to rise above every challeng they faced this season. During the celebration ceremony Gene Chizik Said, "I am so proud of this team, this group of men... I not only want you to be the best player, the best husband, but the best kind of man." If attitude really does reflect leadership we see where Auburn's leadership begins. Alumni such as Carlos Dansby, and 1957 National Champion QB Lloyd Nix attended and spoke. Many alumni from the 2004 undefeated team were also in attendance. You could feel the Auburn pride in the air! Many questions still remain as to next year's team, but Saturday was about this one! Closing the ceremony Gene Chizik looked out over the crowd and with a loud voice said, "War Damn Eagle"! Martin Ortiz

Moscow Festival Ballet At Rivercenter For The Performing Arts

RiverCenter for the Performing Arts and the Columbus Ballet proudly announce the performance of the Moscow Festival Ballet, February 19, 7:30PM. Moscow Festival Ballet will perform Chopiniana and Romeo and Juliet. Chopiniana grew out of Chopin's Seventh Waltz and was created by Mikhail Fokine. This work has become standard repertoire for many of the world's leading theatres. Chopiniana does not have a traditional plot. It is rather a timeless poetic example of stylization. Fokine incorporated the cultural experiences of the past and the blossoming ideas of the present, thus saturating the work with universal significance. It is not the characters in the ballet that develop, but rather the themes, moods, and feelings. The performance of Romeo and Juliet follows intermission. This full-length ballet after William Shakespeare's tragedy with music by Tchaikovsky is restaged by Yuri Vetrov. "An impressive performance of a classical ballet, energized with dramatic expression and sensational steps" ­ The Chronicle: Durham, North Carolina The Moscow Festival Ballet was founded in 1989 when legendary principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet Sergei Radchenko sought to realize his vision of a company which would bring together the highest classical elements of the great Bolshoi and Kirov Ballet companies in an independent new company within the framework of Russian classic ballet. Leading dancers from across the Russias have forged under Radchenko's direction an exciting new company staging new productions of timeless classics. The Moscow Festival Ballet is a joint presentation of RiverCenter and the Columbus Ballet.

Martin and Angie Ortiz with Auburn coach Gene Chizik

The location has changed from The Phenix City River Walk to Moon Lake at Idle Hour Park, off Summerville Rd. in Phenix City. This annual event includes activities for the whole family and music through out the day featuring soloists and a variety of Southern Gospel groups on the stage. The food court will be provided by local church groups for their fund raising programs. Free Admission. For more information, please contact Ronny Shirley at 706-3263437 or Sharon Spivey at 334-408-9410. PlayGrounds Magazine

The Chattahoochee Valley Southern Gospel Music Association will host the GOSPEL JUBILEE on APRIL 16, 2011 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. eastern time.

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Snakes In The Pit

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To The Magic Store 5 NSAI Columbus News 12 Welcome to my World 12 Where Did You Get That Guitar 13 Columbus Jazz Society 14 Music in the Valley 15 Places to go... 16 PG Picks 18 Life Is But a Dream: Tales from the Athens Rock Show 20 Overdrive 24 Go Ask Alice 26 Rock Calendar 27 ISIS 29 Directory 29

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Artist Bobby Jones 4 Carson McCullers Birthday Celebration and Conference 6 Artist Carole Hall Gum 8 Volunteer Spotlight 9 Blues For Momma, Dixie Swim Club 10 Eurydice, A Killer 80's Reunion 11 Frogtown Hollow 12 The Bibb City Ramblers 22

Vickie Carson, editor Karoleigh Allison Tonia Hill Alice Barkwell Andy Johnson Blair Burgess Curtis Lynch David Carson Dylan Nabors Douglas Cox Daniel Peiken Nicole de Vries Frank Saunders Will Dockery Doug Smart Brian Doohan Tripp Wrigley

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ARTIST PROFILE

Name: Bobby Jones Age: 52 Birthplace: Columbus Current Home: Fortson (Harris County) Training: Associates in Art in Visual Communications- Major Graphic Design Awards/Accolades: Golden Needle Award for cross-stitch design- J.P Coats; Inspired Leadership award for visual Information Ft Benning; Thank you letter General Freakly, Ft Benning; too many certificates and coins to list, Ft Benning: Merit Award- Arts on the River 2010. Favorite subjects to paint: No favoritesdreams, subjects and even the canvas tell me what they want to be. Favorite medium: I don't really have a favorite here either. I will mix mediums from acrylics, oils, and ink to computer and photography. I like to use a lot of texture and explore every medium. Inspirations: Great quotes inspire me. I used quotes for my book of rooster paintings Spread Your Wings and Shout. Other artists inspire me too, that's why I love the Joseph House. We feed off each other, which just makes us all better. Every time I leave the Joseph House I have so many ideas I have to write them down. Favorite artwork by someone else: Dorit Levi, an Israeli artist, is the favorite but many are in line... Alfred Gockel, Alfredo Sosabravo, Isadore Michas, Joel Nakamura, Keith Haring, Nicoletta Ceccoli, Tom Fedro. All have great color or texture. Hobbies: Ha! I never have time for these but I just got a bike and it looks like I'm going to have to ride it. My favorite thing to do is to talk art and techniques with other artists. How many pieces have you created? Hard to say, ceramics, pottery, crossstitch, graphic art/illustrations, posters, 3d art, drawing... I can tell you how many in the past month: 20, and the five that are in different stages. I started painting ceramics at 12 years old at the Calico Cat on Hamilton Road. Betz and Jack Gibney (WRBL news) taught me all about ceramics. Do you have a favorite piece? I do series of paintings. I have to paint the subject until I get it out of my system. Favorites are hard to pick because I can look at a piece I did 15 years ago and find I'm suddenly amazed again but I'm the same way with something I painted yesterday. I

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Help Historic Columbus find a home for some of the antiques currently housed at 700 Broadway. The house is now under contract and HCF can no longer house all of the items currently in the building. There will be an auction in New Orleans with Neal Auction House, also an auction locally at 700 Broadway on Friday, Feb. 11 from 10 - 5 for HCF members, and Saturday, Feb. 12 from 10 - 4 open to the public. Call 706-32207566 for more information.

wonder where it came from and how I did that. I believe artists slip into a semi-conscious state when we create. Somebody else takes over the driver's seat and we become the tool. When I'm in that state people can talk to me, I can carry on a conversation, but five minutes later I can't tell you what they were talking about. Maybe this is why artists get labels like scatterbrained or weird? Strange... artists are the brightest people I know. Where can your art be seen? The Joseph House Art Gallery, The Front Porch Gallery, and Straightlinez.com, Facebook Family Cutz on Whitesville Road Anything else you would like us to know? Every artist is unique and so is their work. Local artists are just as good or better than the world renowned they just haven't been "discovered" yet. Support your local artists and galleries - discover just how great they are.

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To The Magic Store

by Will Dockery

*Coffee, tea... and my Wayward Muse: Fountain City Coffee's Music Nights* Dr. Pogo's open mic every Thursday with splendid variety, and then weekend nights of similar ilking. Friday and Saturdays in February, FCC (Fountain City Coffee) has Frank Saunders, Kris Downs, Zac and Janna, Rob and Mike, B.J. Holland, The Sarah J. Show, The Shady Branches, and Uncle Rodney and the Butter Churners. Friday, March 18th at FCC I know will be the Will Dockery & Friends Show, which will be a preview of the Hogbottom set of the same folks, The Conley Brothers, Henry and Doug, Geno Woolfolk, and some specialists guesting, such as David Schwimmer, Rick Edwards. Springtime arrives and with it music festival season. My two favorites, Hogbottom and Doo-Nanny, have their musical snapoladules down and here they be: · DOO-NANNY (MARCH 25-27): Mad Tea Party, Screaming J's, Morgan O'Kane, Doc Dailey & Magnolia Devil, Jake Fussell, Resistance Ensemble, Storm Shelter, Red Hot Sugar Babies, Jenny Juice, Bibb City Ramblers with Shady Branches, Shadowville All-Stars and Boogie Butter. · HOGBOTTOM (APRIL 30TH): Blue Harvest, The Gravy Robbers, Wildwood Bluegrass, The Conley Brothers, Shades Of Grey, Jimmy Jam & The Big Fun, Sean Rox, Katt Redd, The Buddy Harden Band, Fiddlers Blues Band, Rick Edwards, Don Dixon, Will Dockery & Friends, Strokin' Dixie, The Shady Branches, Bibb City Ramblers. *Adventures in Shadow Land and LightfootGlowing Town* The usual suspects here, Tripp Wrigley's stupendous open mic at Soho on Tuesdays, Acoustica Night at the Vault on Wednesdays hosted by Zac Young, The Del Ranch-eros Henry Conley and Geno Woolfolk open mic talent show on Thursdays and Sundays, River City Grill early Wednesdays (February 16th featuring David Schwimmer and The Conley Brothers) and... the return of the classic Random Band night at Chops Roadhouse, February 16th. Random Band Jam is a full-band, electric, musician-oriented open mic format: You sign up your name and what instrument you play, and we make a brand new band out of names on the list and put you on stage. Lots more going on around, but these are what caught my eye this time around... and now, yet another poem to my Wayward Muse (she knows who she is, or rather they know who they are):

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Living on Borrowed Dues

She's got the travelling shoes nothing else to lose So much of nothing to choose living on borrowed dues. She's gonna run away find a carnival somehow someway. Or a cabin on a hill hellbent on chasing a brand new thrill. She's so disbelieving thank God she's leaving. Only the crows know where she flies building a nest of brand new lies. She's on a southbound train on a trip to find her brains. Under her hat she's been told again tears like rain chased by her pain. She's got the travelling shoes nothing else to lose So much of nothing to choose living on borrowed dues. Words: Will Dockery Music: Henry Conley & Tripp Wrigley http://www.artemisrecords.net/ dockeryconley.html

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February 2011

Carson McCullers'

Birthday Celebration

The Columbus Arts Alliance and Columbus State University hosts a three day interdisciplinary conference and 94th birthday celebration honoring local author Carson McCullers (1917-1967) from February 17th through 19th. Following Thursday night's opening reception... including testimonials by Cathy Fussell, Director of CSU's Carson McCullers Center, Paul Pierce, Artistic Director of the Springer Theatre, William Gantt, Director of the Southern Literary Trail and CSU President Tim Mescon, and a discourse on the Columbus of McCullers' era... Friday and Saturday will bring nine panel conferences, roundtables and discussions over the next two days, as well as a piano recital, a night of Depression-era music by the Jake Leg Stompers and a narrated tour of locations depicted in McCullers' works, such as "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter", "Reflections in a Golden Eye", "Ballad of the Sad Café" and "A Member of the Wedding". On Friday night, international recording and performance star Suzanne Vega previews her play, "Carson McCullers Talks About Love" at the Springer Theater's Foley Hall. Vega, known for her 80's hits "Luka" and "Tom's Diner" has, more recently, been composing music in collaboration for the stage and screen with the likes of Phillip Glass and David Lynch, and was the subject of a documentary film by director Christopher Seufert, screened at the Olomouc Festival in the Czech Republic. A longtime McCullers aficionado, Vega, according to Cathy Fussell, contacted the conference organizers about previewing the piece (co-authored by Tony Award winning composer Duncan Shiek and directed by Kay Matschullat) which has, heretofore, only

Carson McCullers and Suzanne Vega... been previewed in upstate New York. It is scheduled to open in Manhattan's Rattlestick Theater this April. "She was ahead of her time," Vega has said, of McCullers. "She embodied the idea of human rights in her work and also in her writing." During her lifetime, such concern for human rights made McCullers (born Lula Carson Smith) less than widely appreciated in her hometown. Like Jack Kerouac in Lowell, MA or Janis Joplin in Port Arthur, Texas, she moved on early after graduating from Columbus High in 1933. Whether residing in North Carolina, Ireland or... usually... New York, she would return for visits or short-term jobs (like that of reporter for the Columbus Ledger), for her marriage to James Reeves McCullers, Jr., an officer from Fort Benning, and during recuperation from the illnesses that dogged her short, turbulent life. McCullers was uncommonly disease and accident-

Photos by Nippertown. prone. She contracted rheumatic fever as a teenager, which contributed to the strokes that impaired her vision and paralyzed her left arm. She endured pneumonia, broke a hip and elbow, and a dentist fractured her jaw while removing a rotten molar. Her marriage was also less than ideal... Reeves, wounded in action during the Normandy invasion, suffered from mental illness and alcoholism. He suggested a suicide pact, and Carson did make an unsuccessful attempt in 1948. James killed himself five years later... Carson suffered her final cerebral hemorrhage in 1967 and died on September 29th, two days after the preview screening of "Reflections in a Golden Eye" (starring Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor). Clearly, the difficulties of her life are reflected in her works, particularly those characters panelist Jennifer Ross calls "unjoined persons" ­ those with physical and mental disabilities, sexual and racial outsiders and those who just don't fit, whether into pre-60's Columbus or the predatory world of the Broadway stage. But not all discussions will center upon the grotesque... there are critical comparisons of McCullers' works with Flannery O'Connor's and, even, Dostoevski's "The Idiot". And the final panel tackles the culinary aspects of her plays, stories and novels. Admission to all events is a flat fee of $100 (hey, only about half that for an hour or so in the presence of Lady Gaga up in Hot-lanta). The one event open to the public (and free!) is the guided tour, which begins on Saturday, the 19th, at 2PM, at the Wynnton School Auditorium. After the presentation of a documentary on McCullers, the buses roll out on a sort of magical mystery tour, ending at the Smith-McCullers House on nearby Stark Avenue. For further information on the public tour or conference, contact [email protected] or call 706-565-4021. Brian Doohan

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6th Annual Hog Bottom is set for April 30th this year with the music starting at noon and Bar-BQue service starting around 3pm. All proceeds will benefit the House of Heroes so, come on down

Seminar Offers Expert Tips For Bridge Players

Jerry Helms, a nationally known bridge teacher, author and analyst will share his prowess and passion for the game at an interactive seminar February 8 and 9. The seminar, held at The Country Club of Columbus from 9am to 4pm each day, includes hands-on instruction and bonus questionand-answer sessions with Helms. Guests will also have the opportunity to meet and interact with bridge players from across the region. "It makes good bridge players better," said Dixie Olson, recording secretary of the Columbus Botanical Garden and a longtime bridge player. "Jerry Helms demystifies the art of the game. His relaxed, easy to understand style combines humor with the play of more than 20 prepared lesson hands. You'll leave with the best techniques and latest concepts to give you an edge next time you play." The cost is $225, which includes a catered lunch both days and a take-home booklet covering the main lesson points. "And it's all for a good cause," Olson said. "Proceeds go directly to the Columbus Botanical Garden, a nonprofit facility that offers the community a unique educational and recreational venue." To reserve your spot at the Bridge Seminar, contact Olson at 706-322-5194 or [email protected] For more about Helms, visit www.jerryhelms.com.

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Travis Tritt Brings it Home Shares Stage with Local Stars

The amazing Travis Tritt joined several of our up and rising stars Friday, January 28th for a special acoustic concert in a `living room' atmosphere, and the fans enjoyed a very memorable performance of all of Travis' hits. Just a man and his guitar, all alone on the big stage; lights dimmed as if we were in our own cozy easy chairs, and no backup band distractions to interfere with the words of country soul from a songwriters imagination! The quality of vocals and the ringing out of strings filled the theater as the evening unfolded, beginning with a special opening act from our own area fan favorites, Nashville recording artist and "Auburn's own sweet sixteen", Annelise Walley, and Columbus' own "all around town Zach Brown", Andy Luker, winners of a regional talent competition, in which over sixty contestants vied for the coveted opportunity to perform in front of Travis. Annelise started the evening with a cool bluesy rendition of the Bonnie Raitt hit, Something to Talk About, then brought down the house as she performed one of her newest self penned originals, stepping into the moment with the crowd going crazy. Annelise closed her set with a new beat style of a Michael Jackson hit, I want You Back, with a stepped up tempo and a flavor all its own. Next came Andy Luker, belting out

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his Garth vocals and pulling at the country hearts of the filled theater. He grabbed at the Panama City dreams of everyone when he performed his original favorite song of the locals, reminding all of us that warmer weather is soon to arrive and it's time to get that reservation and dig a little sand between your toes. Andy mesmerized the crowd with his final song, Walking in Memphis, which captured the essence of why Andy made the cut to perform the show. Ahhh, Annelise and Andy...sounds like an encore performance is in the works, stay tuned! Now, back to Travis... Finding a way to keep an audience involved with the perspective of why you wrote a song and telling stories of memories and dreams is what he does best. Travis performs only about thirty of these acoustic shows while on tour each year, then he fills the larger arenas with full band at his side. We are happy to have seen him give us that special moment of quiet listening room music, and would not hesitate to enjoy his return to our area with or without his full crew! Thanks to Bear O'Brian and Brian Thomas of PMB Broadcasting for helping to make this, an evening of musical magic, one which will stay in the hearts of all who left the concert with a renewed spirit of songwriter's perspective in creativity. Douglas Cox

February 2011

PASSING IT ON Artist and Teacher Carole Hall Gum

by Karoleigh K. Allison In spite of the occasional hint in her youth, Carole Gum never dreamed she'd become, not only an awardwinning artist, but teacher as well. She grew up in Mt. Holly, North Carolina where "there certainly was no art or music class in grade school." She doodled like the other kids, and even won an "artist's set" of supplies in a movie house drawing when she was nine or ten. When she was a teenager, the local newspaper ran a story about GIs in Korea, urging citizens to befriend them via letters. The photo accompanying the article pictured a dashing sailor. Carole got out her pencil and paper and rendered a perfect likeness. She "penpal" wrote to one of the GIs, but "when he said he was coming home and wanted to see me, I quit writing. I was only fifteen!" She married, moved to Albany, Georgia and spent twenty years raising four kids. Carole really didn't become interested in learning to paint until health issues forced her into early retirement in 1987. She began watching art classes on PBS and soon became a student of such notable water color artists as Lian Zhen, Tom Lynch, Tony Couch, Don Andrews and Tom Jones. She joined the Georgia Artists' Guild of Albany and started to coordinate their week long painting workshops. Carole loves painting in oils and watercolor, and has won awards with the Georgia National Fair, Valdosta's Spring into Art, the Albany Arts Festival, among many others. Her "My South' was one of thirteen paintings, chosen out of more than 400 entries, for the 2007 Colson calendar. She says her passion for art "keeps me broke, but keeps me sane." She enjoys meeting fascinating artists from all over the country who travel to Albany to either teach or attend art classes. For the past eighteen years, she has been the volunteer art instructor for the Sowega Council on Aging's "Shades of Gold" art classes for those 60 and over. "I enjoy sharing what I have learned. The excitement and sense of accomplishment my students feel when they have completed a piece successfully is, well---that's why I love to teach!" Recently, Carole's dream studio was completed by husband Ken. A 16' x 36' studio with covered porch is tucked neatly into a corner of their property on Devon Drive. Three walls of paneling bear frames and paintings. Equipped with ten work tables, double sinks, bright lighting, fans and a bath---it is a perfect haven in which to teach her eager students. Carol belongs to the Georgia Artists' Guild of Albany, Southern Artists' League, Tallahassee Watercolor Society and the Georgia Watercolor Society. You can reach her at [email protected]

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Volunteer Spotlight

Hi Columbus, I'm Nicole de Vries, a long time Columbus resident with passion for altruism. Have a weekend with nothing to do? Want to see behind the scene of big events? This city has tons of opportunities to make life better for yourself and those around you. Talk about win-win! A few months back there was Steeple Chase, and last month, Academic Decathlon, and Governors Day of Service. Steeple Chase uses hundreds of volunteers to put on and raises money for the arts. My fellow Jaycees and I rallied a group of volunteers who helped in many areas from valet parking and basic setup, to pouring wine in the arts tent. At Academic Decathlon, volunteers judged local students, mingled with many interesting people from businesses all over the city AND got free coffee and donuts. In collaboration with House of Heroes, volunteers painted a war veteran's wife's house for Day of Service. At all these events I love the people I meet and connections made, the skills I learn and share, and often the free shirts and lunch­ Gotta love intrinsic and extrinsic reward. So what's going on now? Last year my grandpa died of heart disease. A few months later I helped out at the American Heart Associations Annual Heart Walk and it was very therapeutic and fun. On February 12th they have their Annual Greater Columbus Heart Ball at the Green Island Country Club. Help set up the night before, assist the night of the event with guest check-in/out, or attend for $150 and help them reach their goal of raising $100K this year. Contact [email protected], 478-320-1296 for more info. This year's Regional Science Olympiad is also February 12th. Each year students from schools all over the valley come together at Columbus State University and compete in Science Olympiad. One year I helped judge an event where students built flying machines, powered only by rubber bands, to see whose could fly longest in time and distance. It was a kick to see all the different designs and ingenuPlayGrounds Magazine

ity and the happy mechanical accidents that can happen at any performance. Get your school involved for next year, come watch open events, or volunteer by contacting [email protected] Visit http://scienceolympiad.colstate.edu for more event info. If that isn't enough academics for you, check out MATHCOUNTS Saturday, February 26th at Columbus Technical College. MATHCOUNTS is a national math competition for middle schoolers who compete at individual and team levels in several different rounds­ more info at http:// mathcounts.org/. Come help with setup or scoring, or stop by to watch the super intense speed "Countdown Round" at 2pm. The local competition is sponsored by the Corps. of Engineers, and Columbus Mensa has provided volunteers for the last several years as a service project. Contact Kat Cannella, [email protected] gmail.com, to help. Like to get your hands dirty? On March 5th, come help the Jaycees maintain a property out in Pine Mountain's Roosevelt Institute. The Jaycees have specially outfitted three cabins, a lake complete with boats and fishing, a pool, miles of paved woodland trails, and more for children with all types of disabilities to have the traditional summer camp experience. Jaycees go a couple times a year to maintain the property so that they are ready to roll for the three sessions of campers in the summer. The Jaycees raise all the money each year, $500 per child and about 40 kids a session, for every camper to come for free. Come help with Camp Clean-Up on March 5th, donate to this great cause, or if you have a disabled child or know one, have them fill out an app to attend camp. There are also lots of ways individuals or groups can come out during the summer sessions and help too. To help with clean-up, contact [email protected] net. See pictures of camp and get more info at http://www.campdreamga.org/. Have an organization or are you or your family interested in doing repeat work? Sign up to cook one meal a month, every month for families at the Ronald McDonald House

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(RMDH). Local Hospitals help sick children from all over the region and it is amazing that the RMD House can give a place for families to stay near their children during treatment. A home cooked meal can really help make the RMD house a home. They are also in need of morning volunteers to help at the house M-F with a 10am to 1pm or 1pm to 4pm shift. This is a great way to be as committed as you want to be. Come by and take a tour of the house and see if it is for you! Contact Beth Mancini, (706) 3210033 ex. 101 to volunteer or visit www. rmhcwga.org for more info.

All this is just the tip of the iceberg. RMDH, Mensa, Young Professionals, Columbus Jaycees, Junior League, Lions Club, Rotary Club, The Shrine, and the list goes on and on for the groups that organize fun events and ways to help the community. Visit websites like United Way's Hands on the Valley to see what else is out there- Check their massive listing of events from a myriad of local orgs: http://www.handsonthevalley.org/ . The more you have on your plate, the more you can eat, so load up and join up, and take a bite of these opportunities... :) Nicole de Vries

February 2011

World Premiere of "Blues For Mama" by Columbus Playwright, Jonathan S. E. Perkins

Yellow Mojo Productions is staging the world premiere of Blues for Mama by Columbus Playwright Jonathan S.E. Perkins. The stage play will run from January 28 to February 13, 2011, at the Liberty Theatre Cultural Center, Inc. Tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for military, students, seniors (60 +), MCSD, Aflac and TSYS employees. Tickets are available for purchase at www.yellowmojoproductions.com. Purchases can also be made at the box office one hour prior to the scheduled performance. Blues for Mama tells the story of the Hope clan ­ a family that has been dealt a number of hardships. Poor health has forced Mavis Hope, the matriarch, into an early retirement from her job. What is typically a time of relaxation for most has proven to be the exact opposite. With mounting bills, she's forced to take on a part-time job to make ends meet. In her free time, she referees the many arguments between her two adult children, a born-again Christian and an ex-convict. At any given moment, her outspoken granddaughter bursts into dramatics inspired by the injustices of the world. Their chaotic home life is brought to a halt with a visit from a mysterious stranger. This encounter will leave them all singing a different tune. This change doesn't come easy for the Hope family, as it's met with plenty of drama and humor along the way. Friday, February 4 &11, 8pm Saturday, February 5 & 12, 3pm and 8pm Sunday, February 6 &13, 3pm For additional information, contact Yellow Mojo Productions at 706-392-0777, via email at [email protected], or visit www.yellowmojoproductions.com . Yellow Mojo Productions founder, Columbus Playwright Jonathan S.E. Perkins, is the director and creator of original productions Stimulus, Words, and The Lab. Yellow Mojo aims to preserve and produce unique plays that reflect the cultural heritage of America. Perkins previously performed in Blues for an Alabama Sky, The Foreigner, The Importance of Being Ernest, Dreamgirls and Ceremonies in Dark Old Men. Also, he directed The Vagina Monologues, For Colored Girls, NEAT, Direct from Death Row: The Scottsboro Boys.

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Quanesha Wilson recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina's Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other's lives. "The Dixie Swim Club" focuses on four of those weekends and spans a period of thirty-three years. Sheree (Susan Dolan), the spunky team captain, desperately tries to maintain her organized and `perfect' life, and continues to be the group's leader. Dinah (Carlyn Smith), the wise-cracking overachiever, is a career dynamo. But her victories in the courtroom are in stark contrast to the frustrations of her personal life. Lexie (Sandy Dawson), pampered and outspoken, is determined to hold on to her looks and youth as long as possible. She enjoys being married ­ over and over and over again. The self-deprecating and acerbic Vernadette (Jean Morris), acutely aware of the dark cloud that hovers over her life, has decided to just give in and embrace the chaos. And sweet, eager-to-please Jeri Neal (Bonnie Haggerty) experiences a late entry into motherhood that takes them all by surprise. As their lives unfold and the years pass, these women increasingly rely on one an10

Jerry Klein, Sherry Green Williams other, through advice and raucous repartee, to get through the challenges (men, sex, marriage, parenting, divorce, aging) that life flings at them. And when fate throws a wrench into one of their lives in the second act, these friends, proving the enduring power of `teamwork', rally `round their own with the strength and love that takes this comedy in a poignant and surprising direction. "The Dixie Swim Club" is the story of these five unforgettable women - a hilarious and touching comedy about friendships that last forever... Directed by Lou Smith, Costumes by Creatively Yours. General admission tickets are $15. Group rates are available. Checks and cash only please. Complimentary snacks and beverages offered during intermission. Tickets or group tickets can be reserved by calling 706-322-3091 / 706-610-2896. Provide your name (spell your last name), telephone number, choice of show dates, and how many in your group. Your tickets will be held until 30 minutes before Showtime at Will Call before being sold.

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Next door to the Springer Theater Friday and Saturday, February 4-12, 7:30pm Sunday, February 6 & 13, 2:30pm

Five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to

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February 2011

CSU Theatre to Stage Comedic Tale of Love and Grief

Talking stones, the "Lord of the Underworld" and the rediscovery of a fatherdaughter relationship are part of the comedic story of love and loss in Eurydice, a Columbus State University Theatre production Thursday-Sunday, Feb. 3-6 in the CSU Theatre on the Park Studio. Written by Sarah Ruhl, Eurydice is a retelling of the classic Greek myth of Orpheus from the perspective of the heroine, Eurydice. The plot and setting are, for the most part, the same, except Ruhl's play fol-

lows and emphasizes Eurydice's time in the underworld, especially her reuniting with her father. The story focuses on Eurydice (played by Abby Blankenship) and her choice to either return to earth with Orpheus (played by Nikolaus Carleo) or stay in Hades with her father (played by Solomon Gatlin, a character created by Ruhl). Eurydice's struggle between losing her father again and fearing to reunite with her husband drive this emotionally charged tale to its familiar end. "The play, I feel, is about dealing with loss and grief. It sounds very serious and dark, but it is very whimsical," said director Becky Becker. "Eurydice is very much a comedy." Becker, an associate professor of theatre, said the play also is more than just a tragedy. "It's a hopeful play of healing, especially for people who have lost loved ones," she said. "The play has a unique way of extending the theme of healing to the audience, as we see through Eurydice's renewed relationship with her father." As Ruhl retells the Greek myth from a new perspective, a comedic trip into love, loss and grief is what the play serves up. "Audiences should be surprised and delighted by some of the things in the show," Becker said. Curtain times are 7:30pm Thursday - Saturday; 2pm Sunday. Admission for adults is $17; $15 for seniors, children, active military and CSU alumni; free for CSU faculty and staff (limit two) and students (limit one). Contact the box office at 706-507-8444.

It's a Totally Tubular `80's High School Reunion!

Sherlock's opens its fourth year of murder mystery dinner theatre with a fantastic new show, A Killer 80's Reunion! We all loved the 80's with it's bad fashion and loud hair bands. Sherlock's new interactive murder mystery will take you on a trip down memory lane, reliving everything from Back to the Future and Family Ties to Madonna and Twisted Sister! It's the 26th reunion of Franklin Pierce High School's class of 1985. Assistant Principal Hugh McFly is vying for the job of Head Principal until he finds out that his old enemy, state championship quarterback Biff Chattahoochee, has been given the job instead! Biff has a lot of enemies...does he make it past the salad course or does someone decide to give him the big chill? Come join us for a fun-filled evening of comedy where anyone could be the murderer... even you! This show features the return of Sherlock's veteran actor Adam Archer who was last seen in An Inheritance of Murder, Mafia Murders, and Therapy Can Be Murder and introduces actor Cameron Bean to Sherlock's audiences. A Killer 80's Reunion runs Friday and Saturday evenings thru March 12 at Columbus' Uptown Historic Marriott Hotel (across from the trade center). Show time is 7pm. Reservations are $46 plus tax and include the show and a full 3-course dinner catered by the award winning Marriott Hotel. Visit www.SherlocksColumbus.com to purchase your reservations online or call 706-604-5634.

New CSU Awards Banquet to Feature Bernice King

The youngest child of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. will help Columbus State University's Office of Diversity Programs and Services start a new tradition of celebrating achievement in the context of CSU's cultural diversity. Bernice King will give the keynote address for CSU's inaugural Legacy Celebration Banquet, 7 p.m. Friday, February 18 in the new Student Recreation Center. The event also will involve recognitions of achievement by Hispanic, African-American and international students and related to servant leadership and women's and GLBTQ (Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning) causes. Awards recognizing humanitarian and faith-based achievement also will be presented. The event is about "celebrating the legacies of our students and the precedence that they are setting for others to follow, said Dynasty Battest, who is organizing the program as CSU's coordinator of diversity programs and services. King's speech "will highlight the importance of cultural diversity in today's society

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and provide insight to our future leaders to raise their standards," Battest said. An active minister with a master's degree in divinity, King also is a member of the State Bar of Georgia with a juris doctorate from Emory University. She is respected worldwide for her motivational speeches and recently served as the first woman elected president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs Darryl Holloman said the banquet's format is "aligned with today's student attitudes, as well as the mission of its sponsoring office." That mission is to "foster student development, increase cultural awareness and provide globally-focused learning outcomes through activities and programs that enhance the academic and social needs of a diverse and everchanging university population." Admission is $20 per person or $125 per eight-seat table. For CSU students, the cost is $10 per seat or $60 per table. Tickets can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore or online at http://minority.colstate.edu/legacycelebration.asp.

February 2011

NSAI Columbus News- It All Begins With A Song Welcome to my World by Tripp Wrigley

Ever Wondered what "It" is? What if, "A Song Always Begins With It" was the slogan? I think the answer would be the culmination of why we show up on Tuesday night at The RiverCenter as writers and musicians. We want our thoughts heard. Our thoughts have turned into lyrics, and music and ultimately into songs. Yeah. I know I took the original slogan and presented it with a twist, but, isn't that what we're all looking for in our songs, a twist? Okay, enough of that. Now about our last NSAI meeting.... We had a good turnout and some new faces. As usual, protocol consisted of greetings, then event schedules and updates, and then our lesson in bettering our songwriting capabilities. Our lesson in particular was "commercial viability of a song". These lessons hone our skills, not just from our perspective, but also from the perspective of the listener. Finally, we presented our own original songs and lyrics. We do live, acoustically, or recorded on CD, each song is critiqued by the group. This is part of our growing process as writers of songs. It is a win-win situation. So, come on out and visit us. We welcome all genres of music. Our format is simply just bringing yourself, your songs, your lyrics and your thoughts to the NSAI table. Let's share and grow together. Because, as we all know, if we want to be successful; in the business of music, "It All Begins With A Song". John David Ridgen Back in winter of 91 was bartending in Birmingham, Alabama and met and fell hard for a Mountain Brook lawyer. I spent most of that winter hanging in the high society, going to one function or the other with her and her friends. It was fun in a different kind of way. It was a far cry from the campfire at the river outpost on the Ocoee, that's for sure! As spring grew near I knew I had to head back to Tennessee and start training a new batch of river guides, and was a bit worried about the lawyer meeting all my river hippie friends. River guides are a strange and dying breed. To say the least, they can be vulgar and wild! When I finally brought her to the outpost I knew she would be in for a culture shock and I was sure my friends would test her to see if they could gross her out or offend her in any way possible, just to see what she was made of. Our first day on the river was great but I knew we were in for it around the campfire that night where guides will tell their war stories of the day, who had the fattest crew, the hottest chick, or which guide fell out of his or her raft that day and bye SWIMBEER as we called the penalty for acidentilly fallin out of your raft. So after we showered and ate dinner I could not hold it off any longer; I knew I had to take her to the campfire and let her take her medicine. To my surprise, my boys went easy on her. Of course there were a hundred lawyer jokes, but for the most part, a tame night, considering. All my friends were fading off to bed and yours truly, the lawyer, and another friend found we were the last ones up. We were just kind of chillin' by the fire when a thirteen passenger van from a rival river company pulled up. Then about, oh, 15 or 16 naked people hopped out, ran around our cozy camp fire three times, jumped back in the van and drove off just a hollerin! We sat there: me laying against a log, her leaning on me, just staring at the fire for a few minutes, nobody saying anything, until she finally looked up at me and asked,"did that really just happen?" I said, "What?" The next morning I had almost convinced her it was a dream! As a river runs freely so does the soul of a river guide.......Holler.

Nashville Songwriters Associa on Interna onal

Columbus Regional Workshop

"It All Begins With A Song"

Next Mee ng: Tuesday, February 15, 7pm Sponsored in part by Every genre of music is welcome A lesson will be provided by NSAI on

how to further the knowledge and Patron's Lounge ­ 2nd Floor cra of songwri ng. Bring along a CD (Entrance: Broadway between 9th or your guitar and fi een copies of and 10th Streets) your lyric sheet for a song evalua on.

The 4th Annual Frogtown Hollow Jam at Woodruff Park on the River

By Johnny Paul Jason Thanks to the Columbus, Georgia and Chattahoochee Valley business sponsors, Columbus is fortunate to have a spring music festival hosted on the banks of the majestic Chattahoochee River this April 8th and 9th. The Frogtown Hollow Jam is the 4th annual spring music festival featuring music from national, local, and regional talent on the Riverwalk where festivals such as the Riverfest, aka Pig Jig, used to take place. This location is now known as Woodruff Park. In addition to fabulous musical entertainment on a huge stage with monstrous sound production provided by Absolute Audio, there will be BBQ, turkey legs, funnel cakes, snow cones, cotton candy, hot air balloon rides, and an amusement park. There will be over fifty vendors at this festival and they are still taking applications for vending. Jon Saunders with his company, Skybar Entertainment LLC, wants to promote the talent of Columbus, Georgia and the surrounding area. To quote Jon directly: "Columbus has an amazing music scene that has grown tremendously in the past ten years and is still growing exponentially thanks to all the hard working musicians that have honed there chops in this city for years. Thanks!!!!!!!! I want to feature some of the amazing talent that lies in the Columbus Georgia area. I am very proud of the music scene in my home town." If you want to see all the amazing talent that Columbus Georgia has to fea12 February 2011

Songwriters Night Every Wednesday 7-9pm RIVERCITY GRILL OPEN MIC: Tuesday 9pm SoHo · Wednesday 8pm The Lo Live · Thursday 8pm Fountain City Coffee Thursday & Sunday 8:30pm Del Ranch

Please call or email with ques ons or for direc ons. Kim Sammons, Nona Chris e, & Doug Cox coordinators NSAI Columbus Chapter, 706-565-7362. [email protected] myspace.com/nsaicolumbusga h p://www.nashvillesongwriters.com h p://www.nsaicolumbusga.org

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Where Did You Get That Guitar? by Kip Reitz

My guitar is a 1978 Ibanez CN200AV. It is part of Ibanez' "Concert Series" guitars produced in Japan for only two years from 1978-1979. The AV designation describes the finish I came to ownership of this guitar in 1983 while living in Colorado Springs, Colorado. My great friend Steve and I played double lead in a series of metal and hard rock bands frequenting weekend parties, some of which hadn't started the evening knowing they were to have live music. As a metal guitar player, I really didn't like the wood grain, color or shape of the guitar, not to mention a small `cloud tailpiece' plate behind the actual tailpiece. Metal players were all playing newly-fashionable `pointy' guitars. So as somewhat of a compensation, I removed the cloud tailpiece and stored it in my case, but not before writing my initials on the back of it in permanent marker. The guitar followed me to college at Memphis State University from 1987 to 1989. In 1989, I pawned Kip playing the Ibanez at a it for money to get whatever and didn't expect to ever see it weekend house party in Colorado Springs, Colorado circa 1983. again. Fast forward to 2005. I now lived in Columbus, Georgia and was awaiting retirement from the US Army. Perusing e-bay one day, I saw an auction for a 1978 Ibanez CN200 that looked a lot like the one I had in high school, and thought it would be very cool to have the same model again. So I bid on it and won the auction. Once it arrived and I held it, an uncanny feeling of familiarity washed over me. On a whim, I removed the reinstalled cloud tailpiece and saw the initials I'd written there so many years ago! I literally couldn't speak or move for minutes on trying to digest It is not the best guitar in my collection, but it plays like a dream and sounds like all those classic rock albums I know and love, and after being separated from me so long and findKip playing the Ibanez at a recent ing its way back, it is definitely my most coveted instrument.

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ture be at Woodruff Park on the Chattahoochee River at 10th Street on April 8th and 9th, 2011 to see blues artists like Neal Lucas, Marshall Ruffin, the fabulous Peggy Jenkins and the Bizness, and country artists like Whisky Bent. Rock artists MindBlender will headline Friday night. National bluegrass bands like Packway Handle, Barbwire Bluegrass Band, and many more talented acts from the Chattahoochee Valley area will be sure to provide fun for all. This festival is a family friendly but rocking event so come downtown to Woodruff Park, bring your lawn chair or grab a bail of hay to enjoy a down home quality vacation right in your backyard. Y'all come see us.

March 2011. Sundays starting at 7pm. We'll produce segments and post to http://www. ChrisChaosProductions.com website. "Twisted Systems" is building the state of the art studio: Multi platform interactive social radio. Eventually, we'll stream live and record for free downloading and re-plays. Bands email best two (2) songs, (5mb or less each) to: [email protected] We'll produce from my new home studios.

Marshall Ruffin

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Listeners, friends, fans can go to the CHAOS website for the HG show and other projects and antics I'm up too for updates and to get any of their questions answered. http://www. ChrisChaosProductions.com

February 2011

Concert & Jam Session

The Columbus Symphony Orchestra presents

The Loufeaturing Vallee Four Suzanne Swann

Sunday, February 13, 6-9pm Liberty Theatre and Cultural Arts Center

813 8th Ave, Columbus, GA 31901, 706-660-9205

featuring

Extasis Tango Quartet

Valentine's Day

Monday, February 14 7:30PM

Bill Heard Theatre

RiverCenter for the Performing Arts

Tickets are $28 to $36 for Adults; $26 to $31 for Seniors (over 60); $22 and $25 for Students and Enlisted Military; $5 for Children (under 12) and a $10 Student Rush ticket (1 hour prior to show - must show school i.d.). Tickets may be purchased at the RiverCenter Box Office, 900 Broadway, Monday through Friday, 10A to 5:30P or Tickets. com, 888.332.5200. For more information call the CSO office at 706.323.5059 or visit us online at www. csoga.org.

Suzanne's jazz vocals--accompanied by pianist Lou Vallee, saxophonist Fred Ezekiel, and drummer Ike Alexander--will make this a special evening. Originally from the beautiful isle of Bermuda, Suzanne is at home with a variety of musical styles: jazz, R&B, blues, pop, reggae, soca, standards, and top 40. Drawing on a wealth of experience as a recording artist, songwriter, actress, and a TV talk show host, she uses her 4 ½ octave range to consistently deliver energetic, passionate performances. Suzanne's impeccable vocal ability along with her Bermudian charm connects with audiences during each show. Pianist Lou Vallee has played professionally for more than fifty years. As a bandleader, Lou has opened for a range of acts such as: Dion and the Belmonts, Franki Valley and the Four Seasons. He has performed with the Hagars, the U.S. Army Band, the Eddy Gray Band, the Cavaliers Orchestra, and many more. Saxophonist Fred Ezekiel is a forty-five-year veteran performer. Fred has performed with a range of musical groups including The Impressions, Jerry Butler, The U. S. Army Band and many more. Fred attended Kentucky State University and the U.S. Navy School of Music. Drummer Ike Alexander is also a veteran performer of forty-seven years. He is an alumnus of the U. S. Air Force Drum & Bugle Corps. His R&B band Declamation opened for such acts as Earth Wind & Fire, the Commodores, and the O'Jays. Ike is author of the drum instruction method SIKE. Concert begins at 6:00, jam session begins at 8:00. Tickets are $10, there is no cover charge for musicians who sit in. Upcoming Columbus Jazz Society Concerts: March 13- Mara Rosenbloom, piano; April 10- CSU Jazz Ensemble; May 8- Bill Perry, piano; June 12- SOLAR Quintet; July 10- Elevate the Quest; Aug 14- Tyrone Jackson, piano; Sept 11- Dallas Smith, woodwinds; Oct 9- Rusty Taylor, jazz vocalist; Nov 13: Annie Sellick, jazz vocalist; Dec 11- Milkshake Mayfield, trumpet and vocals. http://www.columbusjazzsociety.com

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EXTASIS BIO Born in Chicago, Claude Sim has been playing the violin and piano since the age of three carrying on a tradition of music that spans four generations of family. He began violin studies with renowned pedagogue Betty Haag at the Suzuki Academy and performed for audiences around the world and such notables as Pope John Paul II, President Lee Teng-Hui of Taiwan and former First Lady Barbara Bush. In high school, he took an interest in the double bass and joined the school jazz band. After experiencing the thrill of improvisation, Claude was hooked. His work on upright bass earned him an `Outstanding Soloist' award at the 1994 Rolling Meadows Jazz Festival. Deciding to pursue classical music in college, Claude entered the Oberlin College Conservatory as a Violin Performance major and studied with much heralded teaching duo Roland and Almita Vamos and later with Professor Gregory Fulkerson. Claude served as the Concertmaster of the Oberlin Orchestra for three years working with world renowned conductors and in his senior year appeared as violin soloist performing the Nielson Violin Concerto. Christopher Zemliauskas is currently the Assistant Musical Director of the Opera Program at CU Boulder. Mr. Zemliauskas has also been the associate conductor and chorus master for Central City Opera. He is an active chamber musician in the Boulder area, plays with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, and has been Symphony Conductor for the Boulder Youth Symphony. He comes to Colorado from Minneapolis, MN, after having worked as Resident Artist Conductor for the Minnesota Opera. Christopher holds degrees in Piano Performance and Accompanying and Coaching, and has studied with such esteemed collaborators as Margo Garrett, Warren Jones, Karl Paulnack, and Martin Katz. A native of Colorado, Evan Orman received his musical training as a cellist at the North Carolina School of the Arts, the Banff Centre In Canada, and the New England Conservatory of Music. Evan has performed in master classes with Yo Yo Ma, Janos Starker and the Guarneri Quartet and has collaborated with violinist Louis Krasner and composer Iannis Xenakis. Prompted by his passion for the music of Argentine bandoneonista and composer, Astor Piazzolla, Evan acquired his first bandoneon (an accordion like instrument which is a member of the concertina family) in 1996. The following year, Evan founded the tango group Extasis with former Colorado Symphony Assistant Principal

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Bassist the late Kenneth Harper and violinist Erin Furbee. In 1999, with the assistance of a grant from Tango Colorado, Evan travelled to Buenos Aires to study the bandoneon and the traditions of tango music with Camillo Ferrero of Orquesta El Arrangue fame. Upon his return, Evan continued to hone his bandoneon talent under the tutelage of Raul Jaurena a member of the New York Tango Trio. Evan now owns and performs on three bandoneons made by Alfred Arnold of Germany circa 1925, 1926 and 1936. Colorado Symphony Orchestra bassist and University of Denver faculty member Susan Cahill graduated from Indiana University. Before joining the Colorado Symphony, Susan was principal bass of the Louisiana Philharmonic in New Orleans. She is also a member of the faculty of the Colorado College Summer Music Festival. As a solo performer Susan has performed with a number of ensembles. In 2010, she performed

as a soloist with the Colorado College Summer Music Festival Orchestra under the direction of Scott Yoo. The Colorado Springs Gazette praise her Bottesini Concerto No.2 as "a showcase for the amazing Susan Cahill, (she) made the double bass sing with a marvelously disembodied, woody timbre." The Colorado Springs Gazette also called her 2008 performance of Jacob Druckman's Valentine "Breathless." With Extasis she has performed as soloist at the BASS2010 double bass convention in Berlin, Germany. In addition to performing with Extasis she enjoys performing and touring with her sister, Beth Cahill, who is a singer-songwriter. With the wildly popular band, Boulder Acoustic Society, Susan made her recording debut as a cellist on their release entitled 8th Color. Susan performs on an instrument made by Guiseppe Santori of Turin dated 1823, and a fabulous copy of a Sartory bow made by Extasis' own Evan Orman. photos by

MUSIC in the Valley

Tonia Hill

Swamp Donkey at The Roadhouse

Fast Times at Dailey's

Jaded Soul at Chop's Roadhouse

Columbus Community Orchestra

Concert Date Change

The Encore Concert at Temple Israel has been rescheduled from February 7th to Monday, February 21st. We would like to invite new musicians to come join us at rehearsals whicpmPM at Hardaway High School. For more information, call Dr William Fry at 706322-3714.

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Crossing Evil at Chop's Roadhouse

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Ophir Drive's Sarah J at Dailey's

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programs will comprise a series of reenactors portraying different perspectives from the lives of soldiers, slaves and women representing both Northern and Southern viewpoints. The reenactments will be performed in first-person narrative with a question and answer session at the end. Columbus Museum, 1-3pm. Free. THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24 Lunch & Lecture SeriesWhat's Wrong with this Picture?: The Perpetuation of Native American Stereotypes with Columbus State University history professor Dr. Virginia Causey. Columbus Museum, noon. Feel free to bring your own lunch. Water, tea and coffee will be served. Box lunches are available by advanced request the Monday prior to the lecture; contact Melinda Durham at 706.748.2562, ext. 651 or via email to place your order. in a program of violin masterworks by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Strauss. Schwartz holds The William B. and Sue Marie Turner Distinguished Faculty Chair in Music in the Schwob School of Music. RiverCenter's Legacy Hall, 7:30pm. Free. 706-649-7225, [email protected], http://music.colstate.edu SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 13 CSU Voice Studio Performance: The CSU Voice Studio, comprised of students of professor Earl Coleman, present an afternoon of opera, arts songs and musical theatre selections. The program will include Six Elizabethan Songs by American composer Dominick Argent. Students of Coleman, the Schwob School of Music's William and Isabelle Curry Eminent Scholar Chair in Voice, have won national, state, and local voice competitions. RiverCenter's Legacy Hall, 4pm. Free. 706-649-7225, [email protected], http://music.colstate.edu MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14 Columbus Symphony Orchestra presents ValenTango featuring Extasis Tango Quartet: RiverCenter's Bill Heard Theatre, 7:30pm. $28-$36. THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 17 CSU Wind Orchestra: Under the direction of Jamie L. Nix. The program features Gustav Holst's 2nd Suite in F in celebration of its 100th anniversary. Sean Powell, head of instrumental music education for the Schwob school, will conduct the orchestra through Warren Benson's The Leaves are Falling, faculty trombonist Bradley Palmer joins the orchestra for Sammy Nestico's Reflective Mood. The concert closes with Frank Ticheli's Blue Shades. Presented by Schwob School of Music. RiverCenter's Legacy Hall, 7:30pm. Free. 706-6497225, [email protected], http://music.colstate.edu. FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18 John Boy & Billy's No Collar Comedy Tour: Featuring stand-up comedy performances by funnymen Tim Wilson, Killer 16

Through FEBRUARY 26 CSU Department of Art's Recent and Current Artists in ResidenceExhibition: The concurrent shows are Mark Clare's Remote Control, a mixed-media social commentary inspired by the military, and In-Out, works in various mediums by current resident artists Frank Poor and Kristy Deetz, and Deborah Aschheim, whose architectural drawings depicting historic downtown Columbus sites were created during her fall 2010 residency. The London-born Clare, who lives in Ireland, produced his work during his February 2010 CSU residency. Illges Gallery hours are noon-4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; noon-8 p.m. Thursday; and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. For more information, go to http://art.colstate.edu/ or call 706-507-8300. THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 10 Lunch & Lecture Series- Silver in the South: Presentation with silver expert and independent curator Ashley Callahan. Columbus Museum, noon. Feel free to bring your own lunch. Water, tea and coffee will be served. Box lunches are available by advanced request the Monday prior to the lecture; contact Melinda Durham at 706.748.2562, ext. 651 or via email to place your order. THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 17 Lunch & Lecture SeriesCrossroads of Conflict: A Guide to Civil War Sites in Georgia: with authors Barry L. Brown and Gordon R. Elwell. Columbus Museum, noon. Feel free to bring your own lunch. Water, tea and coffee will be served. Box lunches are available by advanced request the Monday prior to the lecture; contact Melinda Durham at 706.748.2562, ext. 651 or via email to place your order. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 19 Civil War Reenactment Series- Slave Perspective: Held in conjunction with our current exhibition 150 Years Later: Our Civil War and Its Legacy, these PlayGrounds Magazine

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 5 CSU Philharmonic in Concert: Professor Paul Hostetter conducts a program to include Bartok's suite from the Miraculous Mandarin. Presented by Schwob School of Music. RiverCenter's Legacy Hall, 7:30pm. Free. 706-649-7225, http://music.colstate.edu. SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 6 CSU Faculty Performance- Organist Joseph Golden: Golden will perform on the Jordan Organ solo and accompanied by the CSU brass and percussion ensembles, harp, two violas and English horn. Presented by CSU's Schwob School of Music. RiverCenter's Legacy Hall, 4pm. Free. 706-649-7225, http://music.colstate.edu. MONDAY, FEBRUARY 7 CSU Faculty Violin Recital by Sergiu Schwartz: Faculty Artist Sergiu Schwartz has been acclaimed as "one of the best violinists of his generation" (Le Soleil, Quebec). He will be joined by faculty colleague and the L. Rexford Whiddon Distinguished Chair in Piano Alexander Kobrin

Beaz and Greg Warren, as well special appearances by Vic Henley, who has appeared on the popular nationally syndicated radio program. RiverCenter's Bill Heard Theatre, 7:30pm SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 20 CSU Faculty Chamber Concert- Brahms and Schubert Masterworks: Performers will be Schwob School professors Alexander Kobrin, piano; Sergiu Schwartz, violin; Zoran Jakovcic, viola; Wendy Warner, cello; Alexander Pershounin, bass; and soprano Michelle DeBruyn. 4pm. Free. 706-6497225, [email protected] edu, http://music.colstate.edu MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21 The Columbus Community Orchestra Encore Concert: Under the direction of Dr. William E. Fry. Selections will include music by Jewish composers and/or Jewish themes. Temple Israel, 1617 Wildwood Avenue, 7:30pm. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 706-3223714. WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23 Jeff Dunham: Identity Crisis Tour: Jeff Dunham, ventriloquist and stand-up comedian, will be joined by Walter, Peanut, Jose, and Bubba J. Columbus Civic Center, 7:30pm. All tickets are $44. For more information, visit JeffDunham.com. FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 25 Brad Paisley's H2O Frozen Over Tour: With special guests Darius Rucker & Jerrod Niemann. Columbus Civic Center, 7:30pm. Tickets $59.75 and $29.75. For more information, visit BradPaisley.MusicCityNetworks.com. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26 Guitar Symposium Concert: Columbus State's Schwob School of Music presents a classical guitar performance by Duo Spiritoso (Jeffrey McFadden and CSU professor Andrew Zohn) and Jan Bartlema from the Netherlands. The concert is part of CSU's 12th annual Guitar Symposium, two days of performances, master classes, lectures and competition among guitarists from around the world. RiverCenter's Legacy Hall, 8pm. Admission to the evening con-

cert is $20. music.colstate.edu/ events/guitar, 706-649-7225. David and Tamela Mann: AKA Mr. Brown, Cora Simmons and Friends: Husband and wife comedy duo David Mann and Tamela Mann of the top-rated sitcom Tyler Perry's "Meet The Browns". David Mann has written, directed, and produced numerous plays including the stage play hit "I Can Do Bad All By Myself" where he remarkably immortalized the intrusively nosey, wisecracking, ashy-kneed, and outrageously funny neighbor "Mr. Brown." Tamela Mann makes millions laugh every week while she enjoys a unique personal double blessing. Playing the role of a sassy, high spirited multi-talented singer and actress--a woman that, like her, is absolutely in love with Jesus--and going to work on set every day with David Mann, her husband of 24 years who plays Leroy. RiverCenter's Bill Heard Theatre, 7:30pm. $27-$45. SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 27 Guitar Symposium Concert: The Schwob School of Music will close its annual CSU Guitar Symposium with performances by Xuefei Yang (China) and the Newman-Oltman Duo (New York). RiverCenter's Legacy Hall, 8pm. General admission is $20. music.colstate.edu/events/ guitar, or call 706-649-7225. MONDAY, FEBRUARY 28 Guest Clarinet Duo: Columbus State's Schwob School of Music presents a concert by the visiting clarinetists Robert Spring and Jana Starling. The duo, from Arizona State University, has performed for around the country and before international audiences. RiverCenter's Legacy Hall, 7:30pm. Free. 706-6497225, [email protected] edu, http://music.colstate.edu. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2 Brooklyn Rider String Quartet: he multi-faceted, genre defying Brooklyn Rider String Quartet joins the Schwob School of Music for an exciting evening performance. Known for their creative programming that illuminates music in fresh ways and invites audiences into a shared experience, the BrookFebruary 2011

lyn Riders explore Haydn and Debussy as well as many of the great composers of our time. RiverCenter's Legacy Hall, 7:30 pm. Tickets $20 THURSDAY, MARCH 3 Winter Jam 2011 Tour Spectacular: Christian music's largest annual tour, Winter Jam 2011 Tour Spectacular is hosted by GRAMMY®-nominated NewSong and features Newsboys; David Crowder Band; Kutless; Francesca Battistelli; RED; KJ52, and guest speaker Tony Nolan. In addition, the show includes a Pre-Jam Party with Sidewalk Prophets, Chris August and Chris Sligh. Columbus Civic Center, 7pm. $10 at the door! No tickets required! For more information, visit JamTour. com.

bus Public Library auditorium, 6-8pm. Free. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, email CVUL president Theresa Spenney at [email protected] The Screening Room The Screening Room film series at The Ritz 13 (formerly Hollywood Connection), presented by the Film Society of the Columbus Museum and Carmike Cinemas, features a different critically acclaimed film each week. Check the box office for show times. Tickets are $6 ($5 matinee)

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EVERY MONDAY Texas Hold'em: The Sports Page, 9pm Texas Hold'em: The Red Barn, 8pm EVERY TUESDAY Dart Tournament: Del Ranch Bar and Grill, 8pm Trivia: Fountain City Coffee, 7pm Trivia Night: Mellow Mushroom Texas Hold'em: The Red Barn, 8pm Texas Hold'em: The Sports Page, 9pm EVERY WEDNESDAY Texas Hold'em: The Shanty Shack Texas Hold'em: SoHo, 8:30 EVERY THURSDAY Texas Hold'em: Lil Kim's Cove, 7:30 & 10pm EVERY FRIDAY Texas Hold'em: Club After 5, 7pm EVERY SATURDAY Texas Hold'em: SoHo, 5pm Texas Hold'em: Club After 5, 6:30pm EVERY SUNDAY Texas Hold'em: The Sports Page

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 19 Moscow Festival Ballet, Romeo & Juliet: Founded the year the Berlin Wall fell (1989) by a veteran principal dancer of Moscow's Bolshoi Ballet, Moscow Festival Ballet has blossomed under post-Soviet freedoms to become one of the best known of Russia's touring companies. A joint presentation of RiverCenter and the Columbus Ballet. RiverCenter's Bill Heard Theatre, 7:30pm. Tickets $10$39. www.rivercenter.org

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21 International Film ScreeningHeavy Metal in Baghdad: The film is a documentary that follows an Iraqi heavy metal band that chases success in its wartorn country from 2003 through the film's production in 2007. Columbus State's Center for International Education. International House at University Avenue and Clearview Circle, 7pm. Free. 706-565-4036. MONDAY, FEBRUARY 28 Blood Money: This new documentary film, narrated by Dr. Alveda King, takes a deeper look at the abortion industry. The film examines the history of abortion in America, Planned Parenthood, Roe vs. Wade, and more. Hosted by Chattahoochee Valley United for Life. ColumPlayGrounds Magazine

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Faculty Research Forum: CSU Libraries hosts presentations about researching library databases and the transforming of artwork to consumerism in a Faculty Research Forum. Assistant Professor of Library Science Jackie Radebaugh will present "Searching Library Databases: A Social Approach to Information Retrieval." Separately, Associate Professor of Fine Art Orion Wertz will present "Floating World, Floating Captions," about his reaction to his drawings converted to "labels" in "a landscape of consumerism." CSU's Schwob Library, 12:30pm. The forum is free and includes refreshments served at noon. For more information, call 706-568-2042 or go to http:// library.colstate.edu/forums/index.asp. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 5 SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 6 Muscogee County Friends of Libraries Semi Annual Used Book Sale: 4,000-5,000 books will be on sale, most for $1 or less. All types and genres of books will be available, including some rare and collectible items.Proceeds go directly to benefit Library programs and services. Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, 2pm-4pm THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 17 African-American Read-In: CSU Libraries celebrates Black History Month. Columbus State faculty, staff and students will read from their favorite works by African-American authors. Schwob Library, 2pm. The program is free and open to the public. 706-568-2042. FEBRUARY 17-19 Carson McCullers Conference, Birthday Celebration: Columbus State's McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians will celebrate the work and life of a Columbus native and iconic author, by staging the Carson McCullers Interdisciplinary Conference and 94th Birthday Celebration in different venues in downtown Columbus. Programs will include lectures and panel discussions by scholars from around the world, a one-woman play by singersongwriter Suzanne Vega (8 p.m. Friday in The Spring Opera 17

House, Foley Hall) and a closing ceremony featuring food plus music by the Jake Leg Stompers (7 p.m. Saturday, Foley Hall). Earlier on Saturday, a "McCullers at Midtown" bus tour will depart the Marriott Hotel parking lot and include film screenings at Wynnton School. The tour is free. The remainder of the conference costs $100 per person. For more information, go to http://www.mccullerscenter.org or call 706-565-4021. THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24 Visiting Scholar Lecture: Columbus State's Center for International Education presents The Unfinished Revolution: Women's Writing in Northern Ireland, a lecture by Rebecca Pelan. Pelan, a visiting scholar from Belfast, is serving as CSU's Fort Visiting Scholar in European Studies. International House at University Avenue and Clearview Circle, 12:30pm. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 706-565-4036.

za EVERY FRIDAY & SATURDAY David McBride & Raisin' Kane: Del Ranch Bar and Grill Live Music: Fountain City Coffee Lee Holmes: Picasso Pizza, 6-10pm Live Music: Red Maple Sports Bar Live DJs: Sky Nightclub EVERY SATURDAY Blazin' Hot Bikini Contest: Oxygen Brent Lindley: Picasso Pizza THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 3 Garrett Miles: AJ's Neal Lucas: Houlihan's Uncrowned: SoHo FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 4 Peggy Jenkins & The Bizness: The Loft Brad Smith: Luke's Pub Jon Saunders: Maple Sports Bar Stereomonster: SoHo SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 5 Evan Barber & The Dead Gamblers: The Loft Jon Saunders: Luke's Pub Sweet Lisa: SoHo SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 6 Whisky Bent: The Loft/Superbowl Party TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 8 Jon Saunders: AJ's Dixie Mafiaa: Shanty Shack, 7pm Open Mic + : SoHo WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 9 Jon Saunders/Kurt RichardNeal Lucas: Maple Sports Bar son: Buffalo Wild Wings THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 10 Neal Lucas: AJ's Jon Saunders: Houlihan's Whisky Bent: Scruffy Murphy's My Summer: SoHo FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 11 Peggy Jenkins & The Bizness: The Loft Whisky Bent: Scruffy Murphy's Tony Thomas: Luke's Pub Two Finger Jester: SoHo SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 12 Freak Owls: The Loft Whisky Bent: Scruffy Murphy's M & M Band: SoHo TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15 Jon Saunders: AJ's Dixie Mafiaa: Shanty Shack Open Mic + : SoHo THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 17

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EVERY MONDAY Ryan Rulon: eighty-five Jim Patrick: Picasso Pizza EVERY TUESDAY Audio Fine Dining: eighty-five Urban Cafe with Poetry and Live Music: Hookahmeup Ryan Hamner: Picasso Pizza Open Mic hosted by Tripp Wrigley: SoHo EVERY WEDNESDAY Zach Young: eighty-five The Bros Johnston: Flip Flops Open Mic: The Loft Gary Parmer: Picasso Pizza Ryan Rulon: Suite 23 Live DJs: Sky Nightclub EVER Y THURSDAY Open Mic: Fountain City Coffee, 8-10pm, all ages Comedy: The Loft, 8pm &10pm New Music Showcase with Nick Johnston: eighty-five Ryan Rulon: Oxygen Lee Holmes: Picasso Pizza, 6-10pm Service Industry Night, Live Bands: Sky Nightclub EVERY FRIDAY Drag Shows: Fat Cat Coyote Ugly Style Dance Contest: Oxygen Jeremiah Hobbs: Picasso Piz-

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lie lends his omnipresent voice to a reprise of El Camino. Lyrically, Lee may not turn a phrase as well as he bends a note, but the production and performances disguise that. Mission Bell is a very good record, one that shows Amos Lee has the potential to make a great one. Curtis Lynch

a rowdy crowd of bikers. Well done, Grandma Wanda! I sure hope she will tour around the South! Alice Barkwell

band's Southern influence. Like the Kings of Leon, Cage the Elephant gains benefits from being rooted in a region where plain old rock still has wide appeal. There's no pretentiousness to this band, and no tricks in the clean production by versatile Nashville vet Jay Joyce. And though Shultz's lyrics betray much self-doubt, his wildfire yelp overcomes it. When he sings about a girl who holds "her dirty hands over the flame," yeah, he's singing about a lost love, but he's also singing to himself. The flame is rock and roll You will love this band! Hope they come our way soon! Alice Barkwell

AMOS LEE Mission Bell

Blue Note Records http://amoslee.com/ My first brush with Amos Lee was with El Camino, the opening track here on Mission Bell. Although it's not the paean to the late 60s-early 70s musclecar/truck hybrid I was expecting, it's still a road song, one that's full of longing and wishing that is set along El Camino Real, a historic California highway connecting several Spanish missions, and one that sets the stage for the rest of the record. The thirteen tracks that comprise the Philadelphia native's fourth release are produced by Calexico's Joey Burns and feature Lucinda Williams and Willie Nelson on vocals, along with members of Calexico and Sam Beam (Iron and Wine). Although at times the tunes here sound a little too slick, as some of David Gray's work does, mostly Lee maintains a soulful folkie tone that propels the songs along, from Jesus (written after the death of his grandfather), which carries an ethereal, Jim White vibe to Hello Again, a Stevie Wonder-infused, horn-tinged ballad. Lee's vocals are the strength and backbone of this record. The tragically overused word soulful is most often applied to Lee, but in this case it's wholly appropriate: by raising his voice, he can raise our spirits, as he does on Flower and Windows Are Rolled Down, as well as on the two tracks where he shares lead vocals with his guests. Lucinda sings achingly on Clear Blue Eyes, while WilPlayGrounds Magazine

CAGE THE ELEPHANT Thank You, Happy Birthday! WANDA JACKSON The Party Aint Over

The Oklahoma firebrand who was once called "the female Elvis" for raucous rockabilly records such as Let's Have a Party shows that a 73-year-old grandmother is still fully capable of ripping things up -- especially when you throw in with someone as party-ready as producer Jack White! I promise you'll love this record! Like his Van Lear Rose collaboration with Loretta Lynn, White surrounds one of his heroines with the kind of sizzling and muscular instrumental backing you'd expect from a brash rock upstart, replete with reverb-soaked vocals over blazing, electric guitars, bass, drums and horns. Several of the song choices -- Harlan Howard's down-and-out Busted, Little Richard's hit Rip It Up, Johnny Kidd's Shakin' All Over, Eddie Cochran's Nervous Breakdown -- are era-appropriate for Jackson, but the real treat is in the way she and White tackle more contemporary songs like Bob Dylan's Thunder on the Mountain (in place of the composer's reference to lusting after Alicia Keys, Jackson sings of wondering "where Jerry Lee could be") and Amy Winehouse's spooky You Know I'm No Good which is absolutely my favorite! Her thin, raspy voice retains plenty of sass six decades on, and White's livesounding band conjures the ambience of a gritty gig in some back alley bar for

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Jive Records "Sell yourself, don't be a fool!" gurgles Matt Shultz, the wiggly frontman for Cage the Elephant, midway through the young Kentucky-bred band's second album. He's yelling at the hipsters and fakes whose convolutions confuse and upset him, but he's surely also offering himself a warning. Having gained notoriety a couple of years back for intense live shows and memorable singles like 2008's slouchy, sexy Ain't No Rest for the Wicked, Shultz and his pals, including brother Brad on guitar and secret weapon Daniel Tichenor on bass, stand at a crucial juncture. Can Cage the Elephant survive the scrutiny of jaded aficionados who call its drum kit-toppling yet sweet-toothed approach to guitar bashing just a replay of grunge rock? This set of ripping raveups and effortlessly tasty singalongs answers YES! The band's influences are obvious. Songs like Aberdeen, a nod to Kurt Cobain's hometown, and the shameless Pixies rewrite Around My Head, trash and lovingly refashion those sources the way kids take apart their toys during the winter holidays. It helps that these pilferers have great taste. They run like rabbits from the stultifying bottom end of grunge, honoring instead what was hot and sweet about `90s rock: the raucousness of its hooks and the accessibility of its noise. The twang in Shultz's voice and in Lincoln Parish's lead guitar betrays the

DAN BERN Live in Los Angeles

Humor and country music have had a long and fertile, but twisted relationship, stretching back to before the heydays of Homer and Jethro, Minnie Pearl and Jimmie Rodgers. There's been plenty of outright comedy ­ from the frenetic anthems of Jumpin' Gene Simmons (him of the "Haunted House", not Kiss) and Nervous Norvus to the dry, sly witticisms of George Jones, Roger Miller and even, during his "talkin' blues" phase, Bob Dylan. But few, these days (with the occasional exception of Dwight Yoakum), come twisted enough to make a body laugh, think and dance the way Dan Bern does. Bern's hardly a newcomer, he's worked damn hard at remaining obscure and proud of it. Author of six hundred songs or so, he has released thirteen albums in as many years and much of his best stuff still exists only on bootlegs, shakily recorded tapes from distant live performances or as covered by others... most notably actor John C. Reilly as

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"Dewey Cox" in the movie "Walk Hard" which, in the hero's passage from teenage rockabilly rebel to earnest folkie to psychedelic pundit to Nashville/Vegas superstar features five Bern compositions ­ including Mr. President, Royal Jelly and, ultimately, Dewey Cox Died. He also scored the recent "Get Him to the Greek", has recorded an album of children's songs and written a couple of books. Bern's most recent album, Live in Los Angeles, contains eighteen versions of old and new compositions ­ half acoustic and the rest recorded with the band Common Rotation (successor to his notorious "International Jewish Banking Conspiracy" ­ Bern... or Bernstein... descending from Latvian Jews who emigrated to Iowa as a consequence of certain troubles that arose in the last century). Not surprisingly, war, fascism and politics have inspired many of his songs, as has a sexuality which earns this album the warning: "Explicit!" from some online vendors. Odd couplings are a particular obsession of Bern's... the album features

a live version of Marilyn, contemplating what might have happened had the 50's sex goddess married Henry instead of Arthur Miller. Unfortunately, it does not include the infamous Johnny Cash and Anais Nin who "...did it in the opera and the opry too... And she spat tobacco juice on his Italian shoes." Other selections ponder the efficacy of Viagra, express a desire to be Tiger Woods and ask God to send him back in time to Seattle to take away Kurt Cobain's guns. Dan Bern, in all probability, will never play Columbus but, if you move fast, he'll be appearing at Eddie's Attic in Decatur on Friday night. As another song from LILA, I'm Not From Around Here, goes "What do chickens dream about when they lay their eggs at night? Why do tears and laughter sound so much alike? Tell me why a birthday comes only once a year... I'm not from around here." Brian Doohan Friday, February 4, 8pm, Eddie's Attic, 515 N McDonough St, Decatur 404-377-4976 www.eddiesattic.com

Gregg Allman Returns with Low Country Blues, Rounder Records

Since the early days of the Allman Brothers Band, Gregg Allman's voice has been considered one of the defining sounds of American music. Now, with the release of his first solo album in fourteen years, Allman clarifies his position on top of the hill with an earthy collection of tunes that all Americans can enjoy. Low Country Blues, named for the coastal Georgia ecosystem that Allman calls home, shows the bluesman borrowing from blues artists that had a profound effect upon his own style, from Muddy Waters and BB King to Buddy Guy and Magic Sam, reaching a high water mark of his storied career. The album debuted at #5 on the Billboard Top 200, the highest chart position of his solo career, and sold just under 36,000 copies in its first week. Low Country Blues was produced by T Bone Burnett, who selected a list of old country blues tunes and sent them to Allman, who chose his favorites to go along with one original. The work was recorded in a fever of soulful southern psychedelia at the Village Recorder by Mike Piersante, where fifteen master tracks were knocked out in eleven days. Allman sings and plays acoustic guitar and B-3 on the album, and is surrounded by a core cast of Jay Bellerose on drums, Dennis Crouch on acoustic bass, Doyle Bramhall Jr. on guitar and Mac Rebennack (better known as Dr. John) on piano. From the opening notes, this instantly feels like a Burnett-produced album. Bellerose offers brilliantly creative percussion to underline Bramhall's retro guitar sounds and Crouch's punchy acoustic bass. Dr. John's piano playing continued on page 23

Life Is But A Dream: Tales From the Athens Rock Show bystory & photos Daniel Peiken

Thousandss of good folks braved the ice and snow to make the dangerous drive to Athens, Georgia to see their favorite band last month. The week before the Drive-By Truckers' Annual 40 Watt Club Homecoming / Nuci's Space Benefit Concert, the weather in northeast Georgia was pretty much the worst anyone alive has ever seen. We received about 6 to 9 inches of beautiful fluffy snow on Sunday. Oh it was pretty, so pretty. So pretty that we all just sat back and enjoyed it, when we should have been outside shoveling it away. Later that same day we had freezing rain that caused all the pretty fluffy snow to turn hard and dangerous and icy. It made most lawns look like they were covered with Marshmallow Fluff, beautiful, delicious and dangerous. It was even dangerous for dogs to walk on the cracked ice for fear they would cut their paws. The streets were covered in inches of ice for many, many days, deep ruts and dangerous divots all over. Folks couldn't get out of their driveways to make it to the grocery stores, to pick up food that the stores had run out of the weekend before the snow anyway. I went to one of the major food chains on Tuesday to try to find some fruit for my wife and all they had were three ugly apples and some raisins. UGA and all the schools announced they were closing down two days ahead of time...and the weather was getting worse. By Thursday night everything was still pretty bad, not much had changed... Snow in the South is celebrated and loved for a day and then the power goes out and we're all scared shitless and cold. Luckily this year we didn't lose power but five days with the town running at 20% was way too much. By then the snow along the road turned brown, black, grey and gross. Somehow nearly two weeks later there are still a few clumps of the mysterious black snow still hanging around. Brandi was joining me for the first night and I couldn't ask her to make that walk to the 40 Watt since the streets were so dangerous. So we made the slow 1 mile drive safely, we walked 1 shaky block to the club, gloved hand in hand. My Drive-By Trucker weekend 2011 had begun. Three rowdy nights of Rock'N'Roll, two nights of sold out crowds, hundreds of airplane rides, bus trips and taxi cabs. Cold, rain, snow, and ice, one crowded fantastic music venue and I didn't see any fights or altercations at the club or at home. The 40 Watt Club was filled from from rim to rim, from tiki bar to cooler wall, and it was a drama free weekend. The first night is usually the early night but the Drive-By Truckers were still rockin' at 2:30am this year. They mopped the floor with rock and came back the next two nights to do it again and again. The majority of the band call Athens home but Cooley still lives in Alabama. They didn't have to travel too far for this show and most of them slept in their own beds with their spouses, boyfriends and kids nearby. It's not just a homecoming for the band but for

so many more people too. It's a family affair, a DBT family reunion, all the hotels and motels fill up around downtown Athens and everything seems a bit more friendly. They have a bunch of very devoted fans who come to Athens for this string of shows every year. DBT has many websites and internet groups hosted by fans and folks, dedicated to them. These folks get to know each other from their posts on these sites then they meet at the shows and a real relationship is born. Then the next year these folks are all old chums. Now multiply that by 7 years....... The 2nd Sons (http://thesecondsons.bandcamp. com/) opened the show. These guys are very young and they have a bright future ahead of them, they are part of Nuci's Space Camp Amped. Henry Barbe, David Barbe's son, sang a song or two for us. His father took the stage later in the evening and both of their bands played on the third night, as well. Then the Truckers took the stage and started ROCKING. This was the official Go-Go Boots World Premier, they played the entire album first to last. Patterson Hood even guided us thru flipping the vinyl over to side two in the middle of the first set. I took Brandi up close to the front and before the first song was over they were already in full force rock. Up to 11. Like a rocket that goes straight up with a trail of smoke. There was no warm up period. Patterson was sweatin' by the second song so I gave Brandi a nudge, a look and a smile. It's been a while since I was at a real rock show and now I was in famil-

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Drive-By Truckers' Annual 40 Watt Club Homecoming / Nuci's Space Benefit Concert iar territory. I knew I had a huge weekend ahead of me time. I spent some valuable time hanging out with my so I laid low with the camera and enjoyed my wife's in-law-family with our backs on the cooler wall. That favorite band with her. She left after the first set, Ten- puts us almost directly across from the left side of the nessee farm girl with four wheel drive - no worries. A stage and next to the end of the bar. I was never without couple of songs...or... 2 hours later I look at my phone a High Life and I didn't pay for a thing, funny how and it was late!! I wanted to stay until the end but it that works out sometimes. I learned that it's very hard was 2:30am. I wanted to be responsible, so I headed for to take pictures with two cold beers in your hands. We the door, after all I was going to work the next day and stayed till midnight and hopped into a cab for home. I had a one mile icy walk ahead of me. Luckily, I ran The driver recognized me from Real Estate ads and TV into some good friends who wouldn't let me leave and and even knew where I lived. That sure made me feel promised me a ride home after the show. Lovely. cool in front of our guests. When 2008's Brighter Than Creations Dark came We got home, woke the wife, watched and talked as out I had been listening to my personal copy of it for a she prepared us some food. She may not stay out with month, Patterson was kind enough to burn me a copy. me at a show late but she sure can kick it into high party I still don't own Go-Go Boots yet, but we've heard gear if her sisters are involved. When she's off with her all the songs sung live in order: I Do Believe, Go-Go sisters or friends she's never too tired to rock, but someBoots, Dancin' Ricky, Cartoon Gold, Ray's Automatic times for me she'd rather stay at home and look at my Weapon, Where's Eddie, Everybody Needs Love, Ass- pictures the next day. I'm cool with going to the rock holes, The Weakest Man, Used to Be a Cop, Fireplace shows by myself and she's cool with that. Poker, I Hear You Hummin', The Thanksgiving Filter, We all woke up late morning and hit the Grit for Pulaski and Mercy Buckets. Then they went on to sing lunch. It was unanimously voted a `perfect choice' for a bunch of my old favorites. I was about four minutes food, oh the yeast gravy.... It became obvious to me that into a beautiful video of Mercy Buckets taken with my no one was going to join me for the third night show arm on the stage but the memory chip in my camera so I went for the sure thing and took them all to Nuci's filled up. I have since purchased a 16G chip that could Space (www.Nuci's.org) for a Saturday afternoon rock hold two hours of video or about 4000 photos. show. There was a silent auction benefitting Nuci's The next day two sister-in-laws, a husband and a new Space with signed photos and tons of other DBT treaboyfriend (not mine) show up from Nashville, North sures and other local goodies. Scott Baxendale (www. Carolina and Dacula. Most have seen the Truckers with My-Space.com/badbax123) was performing solo and I me before but this time some were admittedly addicted really wanted to hear him. He makes beautiful guitars to DBT. We welcomed them into our home with their for DBT and other bands and musicians including Carl four dogs, bringing the total in my house to five dogs Perkins, Jorma Kaukonen, Willie Nelson, Joe Walsh and two rabbits. We showed them a good ol' time and and Donovan. Cooley's video for his song Perfect Timdidn't rush or push them. So we all went to dinner and ing shows Scott making Cooley's Death Bird Guitar, then Brandi dropped us off at the show. We got to the 40 inspired by Wes Freeds artwork. He sang Cooley's song Watt and Don Chambers & GOAT (www.DonCham- called Bob with Cooley standing not 20 feet in front of bersMusic.com) were already on stage in full force. him and about 15 feet from me. Don sings songs from the swamp and the heart, gnarly I made it to the 40 Watt for night three in time to see voiced and well dressed, he's spooky cool too. It was David Barbe and the Quickhooks (www.DavidBarbe. great to see him and the guys in GOAT on the DBT band-camp.com). He's one of Athens top producers and stage. They've been there before, but I haven't seen his band is made up of Athens best musicians. You can them in full duck-taped boot stompin' thunder in a long get into a zone when four guitars are blaring at you in

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unison. I have written in detail about his band as well as Don Chambers' GOAT (from night two). There was also a dancing chicken on stage one of the nights. Looking back at the weekend, what I remember most is that the members of the Drive-By Truckers give 100% each and every night that I have seen them play. They plow thru illness and hangovers, at least this is true for the Athens shows. They become themselves on stage, they're always connected to the crowd, intimately at times. They are heroes to some. There are thousands of small children who love DBT because their young parents are on to the greatest rock'n'roll band in the world, that I know. Rock `N' Roll doesn't have to hurt but I can't live without it. All my photos are at www.AthensRockShow.com. All my videos are at www.youtube.com/ athensdaniel. Check out www.AthensHome.com for all of your Real Estate needs. I'd love to hear your comments about my photos and ramblings, email me at [email protected] See you at the Rock Show!!

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Check one two, one two this is Tripp Wrigley sitting down with Brian Fowler and Dirty Dan Davidson of the Bibb City Ramblers talking a little smack on this snowy day. Tripp: What is going on with BCR? You are headin up to North Carolina tomorrow? Dan: Yea, we`re playing a hotel up there, that super market we`ve been playin for, Earth Fair? This one is a corperate gig Tripp: Is that some kind of hippie grocery store? Dan: Basically they sell alot of organic foods. It is a hippie slash yuppie kind of store. Tripp: When is your next gig in Columbus? Brian and Dan: Doonanny! Tripp: I swear Dan has got more instruments in this house than I have got fingers and toes! There are insterments hangin from the ceiling, all over the walls. (All of us picking on some kind of instrument.) I think its cool that I'm the one interveiwing you guys,because we all have a history together. Me and Dan met years ago at the Loft. I was at The Loft back when they had open mic on Sunday nights. Dan was playing with Brent Lindley. In those days Brent must have thought John Denver was God because that was all he ever played! Dan wouldn't play anything but the Dead and sometimes some Dylan. I was wearing an old Jerry Garcia t-shirt. It had a sketch of Jerry's head with wild hair on the back, and on the front breast had a

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sketch of Jerry's picking hand with one finger missing. Brian: Really? He was missing a finger on his picking hand? Tripp: Yea, he was a fine banjo picker to say the least! So Dan walked up to me, the first time I ever met him in my life, he puts his hand out to shake my hand and says, "Dude, I appreciate your shirt." Now flash forward ten to twelve years later, Dan comes to pick me up at my mom's house in Atlanta for a gig. We were both living in Atlanta for one reason or another. It was a rainy night. Dan was driving an old clunker and the defrost wasn't working so we were looking for somthing to wipe the winshield off. I reach in the back seat to grab what I thought was an old rag. It turned out it was the Jerry Garcia shirt that I was wearing the night we met! Dan had snagged it from me at some point! See Dan had moved in next door to me in Bibb City on River Avenue with Danny Chase, and Jonathan Payne. Dan: They had that band In Need Of Eve. Tripp: Those were good times! Living in that old duplex, we would sit out on that porch overlooking the then brand new River Walk and have some great pickin' parties, and out of that came our band The Porchdogs, which was me Dan and Danny for the most part. It was fun for couple of years, we had a pretty good following. Brian: I've got a picture of me and you from way back in the day where were we at Woodys? [Woodystock] Dan: That was 2001, 2002.

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Brian: That was when you had really long hair and you were skinny. I was wearing a vest and playing an old Martin guitar. Tripp: I met you [Brian] also at The Loft you were playing with Bob Harvey. Brian: God that was a long time ago. That was 2000. Tripp: That was when I was working at theUuptown Tap, and I came up to The Loft for open mic night and you and Bob were playing. Y'all played before I did and I just walked up and introduced myself and said y'all were great that was awesome. You asked me if I was going to play and I said yes and you asked me if I wanted sombody to sit in and I said hell yeah, and we jumped up and rocked. Brian: I started playing with you as the Porch Dogs Tripp: Yeah, do you remember that day we did like five gigs downtown? We were running back and forth down the street playing happy hour to opening for somebody at The Loft. Brian: We opened up for Jennifer Nettles (from Sugarland) that night. She had really short hair and played with some guy that looked like a kid and they were called Soul Miners Daughter Dan: That was a long time ago! Tripp: Then I took off back up to Tenn to river guide and the next thing I hear you guys were playing together and I moved back to Atlanta and hooked up with a guy named Adam Patterson who now has a band called Stokeswood. We played together for a year or two. During that time Dan moved back to Columbus from Atlanta. He said he was playing with some dude but he never mentioned your name and when he finally did I said Brian Fowler! I've played with that guy. Brian: Do you know how I got with Dan? I had recorded an album by myself. I had switched over from spacy trying to get back to my roots. I went outside and on my door was a hand drawn picture from Will Dockery and it said "Gub the governor Dan Davidson is back in town." I remember meeting Dan and hanging out with him and we started playing together after that. Tripp: When is your new album coming out? Brian: Our new album is coming out this year and it has Ronnie Hall playing fiddle, Robert Earl playing bass and ban-

jo, Dan and myself. It is all original music exept for one traditional and you can get it at CD Baby.com or Amazon.com Tripp: What is so cool is when you gave me a copy of Andersonville, I had just went out and visited Andersonville. I have been all around the country and seen a lot of things but I have never seen anything that affected me like that place. Andersonville is by far my favorite CD I have heard from you guys. Brian: I agree. Dan: I like the newest one because it was produced proffesionally by Jeson Hill and Crowford Land with pro equipment and we got Ron Hall and Robert Earl playing a few different instruments. It really worked out and it has got the best sonic quality and the best sound. Everything is mixed right, nothing is too hot. It has the energy of live music because most of the songs we did with a four piece live, take after take until we got it right. Brian: We started the Bibb City Ramblers in July 2007. We dreamed it up and actually practiced five months and wrote 20 songs before we ever hit the stage. Now Dan and I have written 4050 songs. I have a better rapport with what we've done with the Bibb City Ramblers than with anyone I have ever played with. Now we have developed a name that people recognize and people expect a certain sound with that name. It ain't going to be the perfect show, but it's going to be ?? runcass raw??. Dan: In your last article you described us as hippie grass. This new lineup is actually new grass. It's me and Brian of course and John White playing banjo and dobro. Tripp: John White came with me, you, Gini, and Buck to play that wedding up in Tennessee last summer. He is incredible. Dan: He adds a new grass twist. Gini Wolfolk is playing acoustic bass and she is solid and always on time and gives us all room to do whatever new grassy new lick we wanna trie out. To me the timing and the beat is more solid. Brian: It makes sense becasue Dan and Gini are engaged. They have a groove going. It makes really good sense that she is playing bass because she adds songwriting. Tripp: She has some really good songs.

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I caught Dan and Gini opening for somebody at The Loft last week and shot a video of her song Waters Edge. You could hear me singing along with it. I forgot I was shooting video got and caught up in the song. I had that song stuck in my head for several days afterwards. I love Gini, love her songs, and I'm happy that Dan finally found somebody like her. Brian: She holds a great rhythm. Shady Branch, The Porch Dogs and The Ramblers all have almost the same feel. Dan: Harmonies are new in the band. She's singing harmonies and that's one of the things we haven't had in the past Tripp: When we played at the wedding up in Tennessee she played such solid bass to songs I play with very little prac-

tice. She just jumped right in there like she's been a porch dog all this time. Brian: That's one thing about all of our bands: if you show up with an instrument your probably going to play. Dan: Here's the line up: Ron Hall, Robert Earl Lowery, Wildman Steve, John White, John Phillips, Stan Edwards, Marsha Short, and family Brian: This band is a family of friends. Tripp: I really like what you guys have going on. Do y'all wanna pick one? To hear our jam session go to the Bibb City Ramblers website and look up snow day Porch Dogs. Thanks to Dan Davidson, Brian Fowler and Linnet Reyes for helping me with this interview.

Gregg Allman continued from page 19 is very complimentary to Allman's organ. Allman's vocal remains out front, however, and sound as strong as or stronger than ever. The result of these ingredients is an album with a very comforting, laid-back feel that is also full of passion and desire. Allman showcases that vocal strength on the opener, Sleepy John Estes' Floating Bridge. Dr. John's piano dances around the vocal melody on this classic electric blues track, on which Burnett and Hadley Hawkensmith throw down some guitar tracks dowsed with reverb and distortion. The band pulls back to its five-piece core on Junior Wells' Little by Little, and the outstanding dynamic of the group is brought to the forefront: this calm shuffle features distinct fuzzy organ amongst sparkling piano, the warm hum of acoustic bass and Bramhall's heavily distorted, edgy guitar. Skip James' Devil Got My Woman provides an early contrast, staying true to the original fingerpicked, Skip-style acoustic blues through a couple verses, and then bursting into a heavy full-band voodoo swing. Bramhall's screaming distorted guitar provides brilliant contrast to the acoustic nature of this song. Some may be opposed to bringing in such un-natural, opposing forces, but the combination broadens the spectrum and adds flavor to the overall sound. The core five dives deeper into disparate waters with Muddy Waters' I Can't be Satisfied, via a swinging groove with grit that Muddy would have loved. This slick version with rolling piano, slapping, plucking, reverberating bass and beautifully distorted slide presents a land filled with complimentary strangers. Burnett adds a filthy baritone guitar solo. A five piece horn section, under the direction of arranger Darrell Leonard, is added for Bobby "Blue" Bland's hit Blind Man. Leonard made a name for himself recording and touring with Delaney and Bonnie and Friends (which also featured Eric Clapton, Duane and Gregg Allman, and George Harrison) from 1970-72, won a Grammy for his work with Taj Mahal, and has also worked with artists such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy, The Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt, and others. The menacing horns are pushed by anxious piano and screaming blues guitar. This burning plea of a song is overflowing with dramatic passion and pain, and is easily the most dynamic and explosive song on the album. Allman offers an inspired, powerful vocal on this song by his self-proclaimed favorite vocalist. You can really tell he is a fan. Allman's only original on the album, a co-write with Warren Haynes, is the centerpiece for Low Country Blues, and fits snugly within the album's theme. Just Another Rider is an easy-going shuffle that employs another horn arrangement by Leonard. The song is artfully constructed with a series of bridges and buildups and is very complimentary to Allman's velvety vocals. continued on page25

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NASCAR announced it has added a wild card element to setting the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup field and it has simplified its points system for 2011, making it easier for fans, competitors and the industry to understand. While the 12-driver Chase field remains intact, the final two spots will be determined by the number of wins during the first 26 races. The top 10 in points following race number 26 - the "cutoff" race - continue to earn Chase berths. Positions 11 and 12 are "wild card" qualifiers and will go to non-top10-ranked drivers with the most wins, as long as they're ranked in the top 20 in points. The top-10 Chase drivers will continue to be seeded based on wins during the first 26 races, with each win worth three bonus points. The wild card drivers will not receive bonus points for wins and will be seeded 11th and 12th, respectively. It's a move aimed towards rewarding winning and consistency during the regular season. The top twelve drivers will be reset to 2000 points; drivers 1-10 will get threebonus points per win. Brian France, NASCAR Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, made the announcements at the NASCAR Hall of Fame during NASCAR's annual media event as part of the NASCAR Sprint Media Tour. "The fans tell us that winning matters the most with them, so we're combining the tradition of consistency in our sport with the excitement that comes along with winning," said France. "This makes every race count leading into the 26th race of the season at Richmond, when we set the field for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup." The new points system - which applies to all NASCAR national series -- will award points in one-point increments. As an example, in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, race winners will earn 43 points, plus three bonus points for the win. Winners also can earn an extra point for leading a lap and leading the most laps, bringing their total to a possible maximum of 48 points. All other drivers in a finishing order will be sepaPlayGrounds Magazine

rated by one-point increments. A second-place finisher will earn 42 points, a third-place driver 41 points, and so on. A last-place finisher, 43rd place, earns one point. In the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, the last-place finisher receives eight points, to account for that series' 36-driver race field. "Many of our most loyal fans don't fully understand the points system we have used to date," said France, referencing the system that has been in use since 1975. "So, we are simplifying the points system to one that is much easier to understand. Conceptually, it is comparable to our previous system, but it is easier to follow." France reflected on the outstanding competition the sport enjoyed in 2010 and expected to see that high-caliber of racing to continue once the green flag drops for the 53rd running of the Daytona 500 Feb. 20. "NASCAR enters 2011 with positive momentum and a great sense of excitement and optimism," said France. "We're extremely excited for the launch of the season. Leading the season off with Daytona, Phoenix and Las Vegas, we believe our fans are in store for some of the best racing the sport has to offer."

continue to help appeal to fans and aid manufacturer identity. The last two spots of the Chase will go to the drivers with the most wins who aren't in the top 10 in the standings, but still ranked in the top 20. If there's a tie, the playoff spot goes to the driver with the most points. · If no drivers have wins after the 10th position, the last two positions in the Chase will go to the 11th and 12th place drivers. · The wild card drivers will receive no bonus points and will start with a base of 2,000 points. The previous Chase featured a 5,000-point base and 10 points per win to start the Chase. Source: Jayski.com

Public Ice Skating at the Columbus Civic Center

All skating session times are between 2:00 - 3:30 PM and between 4:30 - 6:00 PM for the following skating dates, unless stated otherwise. Saturday, February 5 Sunday, February 6 Sunday, February 13 Monday, February 21 Admission $7 Skate Rental $3

Pick a Series- Drivers in all three national series

now must select the series where they'll compete for a driver championship. Drivers still may compete in multiple series and help their teams win owner titles in series where they're not competing for a driver title. The move helps spotlight young talent in the NASCAR Nationwide and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. New Qualifying Procedure- The qualifying order will be set based upon slowest to fastest practice speeds. Inclement Weather Qualifying- If bad weather cancels qualifying; the final starting lineup will be determined by practice speeds. The same rule book procedures will be used to determine eligibility to start a race. If weather cancels practice sessions, then the starting lineup will be set by points, per the rule book. Closed Loop Fueling System- Introduced in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, this goes into effect for all three national series in 2011. It combines a more efficient fueling system with the elimination of the catch-can man, considered the most "vulnerable" pit-crew member. Teams now will use six, rather than seven, over-the-wall pit-crew members.

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Gregg Allman continued from page 23 Dr. John is brought to the front on Amos Milburn's mournfully relaxed but persistently optimistic Tears, Tears, Tears. Rebennack takes a couple lling, exploring, western barroom piano solos on this swaggering, swinging blues. The energy and anxiety is instantly recaptured with Magic Sam's My Love is Your Love. Horns are replaced by background vocals arranged and conducted by Bill Maxwell, and this quartet of women give the song an extra emotional urge. This haunting, pulsing, eager blues contains a strong vocal performance that is urgently bursting with love. The Traditional Rolling Stone closes the album with minimal, almost tribal percussion. Colin Linden's acoustic dobro and a little electric piano provide beautiful counterpoint around the vocal melody. The song has a droning, voodoo conjuring feel. Allman repeats every line, working the listener into a trance and driving home the feel of the song. Low Country Blues was originally slated for release last summer, but plans change. Allman has battled chronic Hepatitis C, and was given the opportunity for a liver transplant just before the planned release. He underwent the surgery in June and after months of recovery is thriving with a fresh outlook and fresh energy to get back on the road and keep the music flowing. He toured through January to push the new record, but will spend February preparing for the Allman Brothers Band's return to New York's Beacon Theatre with 13 shows in March. by andy johnson

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Heath Williamson: AJ's Jon Saunders: Houlihan's Whisky Bent: Scruffy Murphy's FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18 Peggy Jenkins & The Bizness: The Loft Face Down + SidAerial: SoHo SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 19 Lingo: The Loft Buddy Harden Band: SoHo TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22 Jon Saunders: AJ's Dixie Mafiaa: Shanty Shack WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23 Garrett Miles: Buffalo Wild Wings THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24 Neal Lucas: Houlihan's SeanRox Trio & Barbecue: SoHo FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 25 Peggy Jenkins & The Bizness: The Loft Tony Thomas: Luke's Pub Jack of Hearts: SoHo SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26 Jon Saunders: Luke's Pub Days Distance + The Killing Ground: SoHo FRIDAY, MARCH 4 Sol: SoHo SATURDAY, MARCH 5 Tommy Gallagher Band: SoHo WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9 Neal Lucas: The Loft

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 5 Astronomy Night at Roosevelt State Park: Columbus State's Coca-Cola Space Science Center staff members will guide guests in stargazing and planet viewing. Roosevelt State Park near Pine Mountain, 6:30pm. The program is free. http://www/ccssc.org or call 706-649-1477. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 12 Nature Walk: The walk will highlight plants, birds and other wildlife along Oxbow's wetland trails. Field glasses and field guides are available or participants are welcome to bring their own. Columbus State's Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center, 3535 South Lumpkin Road, 8am. Free. For more information, call 706-6874090. Pine Mountain Trail Association Hike: Led by Jerry Hall. Meet at Mollyhugger Hill parking lot at 10am. Hike Sawtooth Trail to Fox Den Cove. 3.2 moderate miles. Hikes are free and hikers of all

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THE DAY I MET MY ANGEL A fisherman was I and a fine one at that. For I was sitting on the creek bank waiting on a bite. When out of the blue I caught more than expected For God put a hook in my jaw; it was He I had neglected. "It's time to come home," He spoke in my heart. I have to admit, it gave me a start. For I was the prodigal who had strayed from the Father But today He reminded me that I belonged to Him and no other. Rebellious and stubborn, I wandered far and alone. A second time He called, "It's time to come home." But, still I argued, "What are you asking of me, Lord?" "I've been ripped, hurt and torn by ministers time and time again." "And I honestly don't want to return to the lion's den." "You know that I've not been accepted by man." "So sorry, Lord. But, I'm sitting right here on this bucket today with my pole in hand." A third time He persistently called , "It's time to come home," Frustrated I said, "Lord, you said not to tempt You, but try You to see If You will do what You said You would do for me." "So, prove to me Lord by sending me an angel." No sooner had the words departed my lips Then a man walked behind me and asked about the fish. "Doing alright," I said, but in my spirit I knew my line was atangle For this was the day that I met my angel. I knew before he spoke he was sent as a sign From the Father above to my backslidden heart and mind. He said, "I don't know you, but I have a message for you." "And you're the first person I've been sent to." Before he spoke I said, "I know it's the truth you have to say." "For God sent you and you're my angel today." He continued as he said, "You've hit rock bottom my friend and you can't get any lower." "God said there's no coming back once He shuts the door." "He sent me to tell you to repent before it's too late." Right then and there I knew there was no such thing as fate. "Oh!" He said, "God wants you to know that He didn't save you to be a minister." "He saved you because you care for the souls of the people." It was all I could do to hold back my tears, for God had honored my request. It was now up to me to live out my years. Working for Him and He'd do the rest. As I turned to the man, he was no longer there. So I sank to my knees on the creek bank in prayer. As I promised to serve God to my last dying days. I wept all the way home and with my lips I did praise. One last request, Lord to prove the enemy's a liar. Give me assurance I still have your Holy Ghost and power. Warmth filled me from my head to my toe, And God's heavenly language began to flow. This prodigal son has finally come home. What about you? It's time to come home. Ricky L. Coleson

February 2011

Go Ask Alice

story and photos by Alice Barkwell

What a winter so far! I haven't been to many shows this month but the ones I have seen were pretty fantastic! I can't wait to share-February looks interesting show-wise here in Columbus. We get the comedy of Jeff Dunham at the Columbus Civic Center and then Brad Paisley with Darius Rucker. Atlanta shows start with Robert Plant's solo show at the fabulous Fox for two nights, Flogging Molly at the Tabernacle, the return of Glassjaw, one of my favorite bands. Crossfade is back too, playing Masquerade with Rocket to Ruin. John Prine is also at the Fox. Popular bands like Guster, Dr Dog, and Plain White Ts are all in Atlanta and look out for the Jagermeister Tour at The Tabernacle with Buckcherry and Hellyeah! Tommy Lee will be at Masquerade the 26th. My first show of January was quirky, alternative, funk rockers Cake, who have one of the biggest hits of their career right now Sick of You. They packed the first of three sold out shows Monday night at Center Stage in Midtown. Touring in support of their first new album in seven years, Showroom of Compassion. The Sacramento quintet delighted their fans by playing two sets with an intermission in between. Cake was founded in 1995 and comprised of vocalist/songwriter John McCrea, trumpeter Vince DiFiore, guitarist Greg Brown, bassist Shon Meckfessel and drummer Frank French. Only McCrea and DiFiore remain as the two original members. The place was packed with rabid fans who were so glad to see the band back after such a long

time! It was a fun family atmosphere-very cool and everyone was singing (or often shouting) every word of the band's many hits like Frank Sinatra, The Distance, Satan is my Motor and my favorite Sheep Go to Heaven and their remakes of Guitar Man and I Will Survive. Such a fun evening! Two of my shows this month were musicals at The River Center. The first was The Color Purple, a soulstirring musical based on the classic Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Alice Walker and the moving film by Steven Spielberg. It is the unforgettable and inspiring story of a woman named Celie, who finds her unique voice in the world. Nominated for eleven Tony Awards, The Color Purple was a landmark theatrical event, a celebration of love, and a Broadway phenomenon with a joyous Grammy-nominated score featuring jazz, gospel, and blues. The crowd was enthusiastic and the lovely River Center was the ideal venue for this wonderful show. The music was stirring, the story both shocking and redemptive, and in the end it united the audiences in a community of joy! People were heard recalling the film and asking each other which one Oprah played and which one Whoopi played, but the performances were enough to make you forget any previous incarnation of the show and become a fan of this amazing musical!My favorite characters were Sofia and Shug Avery­ the feistiest ladies. Powerful vocals rung throughout RiverCenter, reminding us all how lucky we are to have such a venue right here in Columbus!

Spectacular tiaras and beautiful ball gowns... and that's just on the little girls in the audience of the award-winning smash hit musical Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Originally a popular animated feature film by Walt Disney Pictures, the show was adapted for the stage in 1994 and enjoyed a thirteen year Broadway run, logging over 15,000 performances. A traditional French fairy tale from the 18th century, it is about a spoiled prince who insults an enchantress who casts a spell on him, transforming him into a hideous beast, and his servants into household appliances. To break the curse the selfish, grouchy beast must learn to love and be loved in return. Belle struggles in a nearby village with the burden of being beautiful and smart in a very provincial town, where the town's dumbest hunk targets her to be his bride. The show was a blast for the whole family and a great way to build theater appreciation in youngsters. The story is familiar and it had moments of live visible spectacle . Be Our Guest (my favorite part) pulls out everything but the kitchen sink as forks and plates dance and kick up a frenzy. Corks pop, streamers explode. (Many children went home with lots of gleaming streamer souvenirs!) There were can-can dancers and dazzling costumes, lighting and effects. There are songs not in the movie, and stunning vocals from Justin Glaser as the Beast, who has a powerful singing voice and a prowling animalistic presence that is perfect for the role. Liz Shivener as Belle is adorable and though tiny, stands up to the Beast and the entire

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village. She is spunky and has a great singing voice to match the Beast. Also hilarious was Nathaniel Hermann as Gaston, who is over the top with a physical performance of unbeleivable egotism and oafishness. The witty dalog seems familiar enough to be your favorite bedtime story. When Cogsworth says, "if it's baroque don't fix it," adults chuckle, kids giggle­ clearly the appeal is ageless and universal! This production had such lovely sets and costumes and impressive special effects it was like Broadway in Columbus! We are so lucky to have shows like this here! The souvenir stand included tee shirts and tiaras, jewelry and roses, and dolls of Beauty and the Beast too. Not many a kid left empty-handed. Beast dolls it seemed, were the number one souvenir of choice. Philips Arena seemed a bit ambitious for Linkin Park to fill but it looked pretty full and Linkin Park gave a performance with such unending energy that you did not want it to stop. The eighteen-song concert more than made up for the headache of getting to the arena. Their new tour is called A Thousand Suns: World Tour 2011. Get ready for a mind-blowing experience. Linkin Park's ability to mix rap and rock is what helped distance the group from the rest of the mainstream, giving the group their own unique sound. Chester Bennington (singer) and Mike Shinoda (rapper-bassist), vocalists of Linkin Park, work in such a cohesive manner that millions have been falling in love with their music from all over. Bennington, Shinoda, Brad Delson (guitarist), Rob Bourdon (drums) and Joe Hahn (turntables/electronics) all worked together to complement their music. The songs played consisted of music from their entire catalog, through their albums A Thousand Suns, Minutes to Midnight, Meteora and Hybrid Theory and also their popular single New Divide from the Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen soundtrack, followed by an arena singing along with every word. Other favorites included Given Up, Faint, When They Come For Me, No

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3 3 4 4 4 5 5-6 7 10 12 12 14 15 16 17 18 18 20 23 24 24 25 25 25 25 25 26 Uncrowned SoHo Josh Radin The Loft Atlanta Guster Tabernacle Darkstar Orchestra Variety Playhouse Dr Dog Masquerade Robin Trower Masquerade Robert Plant Fox ll Nino Masquerade Brad Paisley, Darieus Rucker, Jarrod Nieman Gwinnett Arena Crossfade, Rockets to Ruin Masquerade Yonder Mountain String Band Tabernacle Flogging Molly Tabernacle Miranda Cosgrove Center Stage Plain White Ts, Parachute The Loft Atlanta Glassjaw Center Stage SidAerial SoHo Blue Collar Comedy Tour w/ Tim Wilson River Center Haste the Day Masquerade Jeff Dunham Col Civic Ctr Buckcherry, Hellyeah, more Tabernacle Trombone Shorty Variety Playhouse Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, Jerrod Nieman Col Civic Ctr John Prine, Old Crow Medicine Show Fox Old 97's Buckhead Theater Grace Potter & the Noctunals Variety Playhouse Underoath,Thursday Masquerade Tommy Lee Masquerade

Does It Offen You, Yeah? More Sorrow, Waiting For The End, Iridescent, Numb, Breaking the Habit, Shadow Of The Day, Crawling, One Step Closer, In The End, What I've Done, Bleed It Out. The night was full of fist pumping, head banging, and screaming sing-along from the crowd, mirroring the levels of energy of the band. The stage was unusual, a triangular thing coming to a point in the middle with bright lights and a big video screen on each side. Opening for Linkin Park were Does It Offend You, Yeah? and Pendulum. Does It Offend You, Yeah?, a British group, combined hypnotic beats with crazy lights which gave you the feeling of being in the middle of a rave while sitting in your seat. This band had the crowd linking them with groups such as Prodigy and Glitch Mob. The thumping chaotic beat and randomness of the rhythm was reall catchy­ and one guy was always out front jumping and literally daring the crowd to get into the music. There was almost no light so it was hard to even see them at all. The slim, dark female bassist was very wild and fascinating. Australia's Pendulum had the crowd going wild with their electro sound, including their song Propane Nightmares from their album In Silico. The group's memorable beats and catchy lyrics had the crowd getting into the music more and more with each passing minute on stage. Their new album Immersion has just been relased. That's about it for January. I apologize for not covering the Columbus Travis Tritt and Bill Medley shows. The promoter would not allow me to take photos. I was saddened this month by the death of one of my favorite older performers, Charlie Louvin. I saw him last summer at the Earl and I am glad I did. He was always so much fun and such a great performer. I will miss you Charlie! Just heard today about the lineup for The Hangout Festival at Gulf Shores May 20-22 and it is very impressive! Includes Paul Simon, The Foo Fighters, My Morning Jacket, Matisyahu, CeeLo Green and many many more. Check it out at their website. I didn't make it last year but will try harder this year! Don't forget to watch the Grammy Awards on Sunday Feb 13th!

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Adults $5; $3 for ages 12 and younger; free for students, facages are welcome. You do not FEBRUARY 4-6 have be a PMTA member to NCAA Baseball Home-Open- ulty and staff with CSU ID. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18 participate. Just show up a few ing Series- CSU vs University minutes before the stated start of West Alabama: Ragsdale NCAA Women's Tennis- CSU time. Be sure to bring water and Field. Friday 4pm; Saturday vs West Georgia: Blackmon a snack. Call Jim Hall 706-569- 2pm; Sunday 1pm. Admission Tennis Center on main campus, 2pm. Admission is free. 0497 for more information. each day is $5 per person; $3 FEBRUARY 19-20 SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 13 for ages 12 and younger; free for Great Backyard Bird Count: students, faculty and staff with NCAA Baseball- CSU vs BarColumbus State's Oxbow Mead- CSU ID. 706-568-2204, http:// ton: Ragsdale Field. 1pm and 4pm Sat; noon Sun. Admission ows Environmental Learning www.csucougars.com. is $5; $3 for ages 12 and youngCenter presents a birding demSATURDAY, FEBRUARY 5 onstration to prepare "citizen sci- NCAA Men's and Women's er; free for students, faculty and entists" for the 14th annual Great Basketball- CSU vs North staff with CSU ID. SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 20 Backyard Bird Count across Georgia: The Lumpkin Center, North America. Following the 1:30 p.m. (women), 3:30 p.m. NCAA Women's Softball CSU demonstration, local birding ex- (men). Adults $5; $3 for ages 12 vs Francis Marion: Lady Couperts will lead a hike through the and younger; free for students, gar Field, 12pm and 2pm. Adults wetland trails at Oxbow Mead- faculty and staff with CSU ID. $5; $3 for ages 12 and younger; ows. 2pm. Admission is $3 and 706-568-2204, http://www.csu- free for students, faculty and staff with CSU ID. free for kids age 3 and under. cougars.com. SPHL Hockey- Cottonmouths 706-687-4090, http://oxbow.colFRIDAY, FEBRUARY 11 vs Knoxville Ice Bears: Columstate.edu. SPHL Hockey- Cottonmouths bus Civic Center, 4pm. $12-$22. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 19 vs Knoxville Ice Bears: ColumAstronomy Night: Columbus bus Civic Center, 7:30pm. $12SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25 State's Coca-Cola Space Sci- $22. NCAA Men's and Women's ence Center will hold a program FEBRUARY 11-13 Tennis- CSU vs St. Leo: Blackof stargazing and planet view- NCAA Women's Softball ing 19 at the center, 701 Front Houghston Sports Clinic Clas- mon Tennis Center on main Ave. The program opens with a sic: Participants- CSU, Miles campus, 2pm. Admission is free. 7pm planetarium presentation, College, Lynn and West Ala- For more information, call 706folloed by telescope viewing bama. Lady Cougar Field. Adults 568-2204 or go to http://www. at 8pm. 706-649-1477 or go to $5; $3 for ages 12 and younger; csucougars.com. FEBRUARY 25-26 http://www.ccssc.org. free for students, faculty and NCAA Women's Softball CSU SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26 staff with CSU ID. 706-568-2204; Tournament II: Participants: Pine Mountain Trail Workday: http://www.csucougars.com. CSU, Young Harris, Lincoln MeMeet at Fox Den Cove parking SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 12 lot at 10am. Workdays are free NCAA Men's Tennis- CSU vs morial. Lady Cougar Field, 1pm and volunteers of all ages are Morehouse: Blackmon Tennis and 3pm. Adults $5; $3 for ages welcome. Tools are provided, Center on main campus, 1pm. 12 and younger; free for stubring gloves, lunch and water. Admission is free. For more in- dents, faculty, staff with CSU ID. FEBRUARY 25-27 You do not have be a PMTA formation, call 706-568-2204 or member to participate and you go to http://www.csucougars. 2011 SEC Hockey Conference Tournament: The teams in the do not sign up in advance or call com. ahead. Just show up a few min- SPHL Hockey- Cottonmouths SECHC are broken down into utes before the stated start time. vs Pensacola Ice Flyers: Co- East and West divisions. At the Call Carl Carlson at 706-628- lumbus Civic Center, 7:30pm. end of the regular season, the top four teams in each division 5336 for more information. $12-$22. will be eligible for the SECHC TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15 Tournament. Columbus Civic NCAA Women's Softball CSU Center. For more information, THURSDAY, JANUARY 6 vs Carson Newman: Lady CouPoetry Open Mic: Read your gar Field, 1pm and 3pm. Adults visit SECHCHockey.com. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26 own poems or those by a favor- $5; $3 for ages 12 and younger; ite poet. This event occurs ev- free for students, faculty and NCAA Men's and Women's Basketball- CSU vs Monteery 1st Thursday of the month. staff with CSU ID. Columbus State University: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 16 vallo: The Lumpkin Center, 1:30 Schwob School of Music, Choral NCAA Men's Tennis- CSU vs p.m. (women), 3:30 p.m. (men). Practice Room, 900 Broadway Georgia Southwestern: Black- Adults $5; $3 for ages 12 and Columbus, Georgia 31901, 7pm. mon Tennis Center on main younger; free for students, faculty and staff with CSU ID. Free. Sponsored by: Brick Road campus, 2pm. Free. FEBRUARY 26-27 Poets & Georgia Poetry Society. NCAA Men's and Women's NCAA Baseball- CSU vs Delta For more information contact Basketball- CSU vs Clayton Keith Badowski (334) 614-0577. State: The Lumpkin Center, 5:30 State: Ragsdale Field. 1pm and 4pm Sat; 1pm Sun. Admission is www.brickroadpoetrypress.com p.m. (women), 7:30 p.m. (men). PlayGrounds Magazine 28

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$5; $3 for ages 12 and younger; free for students, faculty and staff with CSU ID. SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 27 NCAA Women's Softball CSU vs Benedict: Lady Cougar Field, 3pm and 5pm. Adults $5; $3 for ages 12 and younger; free for students, faculty and staff with CSU ID. FEBRUARY 28-MARCH 1 NCAA Women's Golf: The CSU women's golf squad hosts the Lady Cougars Collegiate Classic at the Country Club of Columbus. Times and more information to be announced. THURSDAY, MARCH 10 Harlem Globetrotters: The Harlem Globetrotters have contributed more innovations to the game of basketball than any other team in history, Columbus Civic Center, 7pm. Tickets $22.50$64.50. For more information, visit HarlemGlobetrotters.com.

sion is $17 per adult; $15 for seniors, children, active military and CSU alumni. Tickets are free for one show for CSU faculty and staff (limit two) and students (limit one). Contact the box office at 706-507-8444 or go to http:// theatre.colstate.edu. SATURDAY, MARCH 5 Thank You for Asking An Evening with Lucille Ball: A celebration of the "First Lady of Television," this touching, funny and uplifting one-woman play is directed by Lucille Ball's daughter, Lucie Arnaz, and performed by Suzanne LaRusch. An incredibly real Lucy shares memories of her timeless I Love Lucy sketches and memories of her 30-year television career and tempestuous marriage to Desi Arnaz. RiverCenter's Bill Heard Theatre, 7:30pm. Tickets $10$47 www.rivercenter.org

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EVERY FRIDAY No Shame Theatre: No censors, no discrimination, no shame! See improv, music, comedy, poetry, dance and other fresh new works of all kinds. Springer Opera House, Foley Hall, 10:30pm. $5. Thru FEBRUARY 5 Dracula: By Bram Stoker. Twilight reveals that the lovely young Lucy Seward has been struck by a mysterious illness and her father suspects something supernatural. He calls in a specialist ­ Dr. Van Helsing, who reveals that the girl is the victim of a vampire. The culprit is discovered to be a handsome neighbor named Dracula and Van Helsing sets out to destroy him. But the charming Dracula has other plans ­ plans he's been hatching for 600 years. Bloody fun. Rated: PG. Springer Opera House. $15-$35 FEBRUARY 3-6 Eurydice: Columbus State University Theatre presents this comedic story of love and loss. Written by Sarah Ruhl, Eurydice retells the classic Greek myth of Orpheus from the perspective of the heroine, Eurydice. CSU Theatre on the Park Studio. Curtain times are 7:30pm ThursdaySaturday, 2pm Sunday. Admis-

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 5 One year anniversary party! & 3rd annual Chili Cook-off: Multiple people will cook to compete for bragging rights as this year's winner. Also- 4th annual High Ollie Contest (like reverse limbo-skaters jump over a bar that is raised as they successfully jump over it), a mini ramp contest, and a game of S.K.A.T.E. (like H.O.R.S.E.). The Skate Shed,1540 B Veteran's Parkway, Columbus, GA 31901, 706322-4121. 2pm - until midnight. Chili will be sold for only $1 a cup. Entry for the skateboarding events is only $10. Spectators can come and enjoy the event for free. www.TheSkateShed. com WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 9 Regional Science and Engineering Fair at CSU: The public is invited to view science projects by area middle and high school students. The display will include results from the previous day's judging. CSU's Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center, 8am4pm. Free. 706-507-8460. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 12 Science Olympiad: Columbus State University will host a Science Olympiad regional tournament for area middle school

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February 2011

Reality Part 2

ASK ISIS

About a week after my last column was written, reality in the form of a new script decided that my new part was as a sick person. Now have you ever noticed when you are ill that every single thing you know about healing just goes right out the window? One thing that should be on your checklist for healing is meditating. Meditation lowers blood pressure and helps the body heal itself. But when you get sick and your head is full of cotton you are lucky to keep two thoughts together, let alone, let your mind drift into meditation. In my case I was too busy coughing to spare time for anything else; a bad example of a person who believes in Metaphysics and that "as a man thinks so is he". The mind is a wondrous thing and can both heal us and kill us. It is in our mind, which way we go. How many of us have seen injuries or illnesses that we knew were life threatening and were cured? Miraculous? No. Our mind has the ability to cure us. So why was my illness so long lasting? It wasn't life threatening just aggravating. Why is it that a person can `know' something and try to live within this knowledge and life still has the ability to knock one for a loop? Wouldn't you think that since knowledge is power a person with the knowledge should have an easy life? Unfortunately life doesn't work that way. There are people who believe that every life is a new soul, one that has never been born before and with death they go to ultimate rewards or punishment. There are people who believe that people are like leaves on a tree. Birth, then death and

nothing before or after. And there are some like me who believe souls are born again and again. I look at life and cannot see that this is all that there is. It is like telling a six year old that after they finish first grade you expect them to fix the car or build a house. If we don't expect first graders to be miracle workers why should we expect one life to be all we need? Since I have seen ghosts that looked real enough to touch and have had my late husband come back to visit me and many others I know that this life is not all there is, so what happened before we were born this time? When it is time to be born we decide what it is we want to learn in this life. Think of it as being in school where you can choose your subjects. Do you choose a hard science subject or do you choose a subject that lets you have fun while getting your degree? I had a friend who told me he chose this lifetime to enjoy and play. He was born rich and never did a day's work in his life. Yet he knew that in his next life he'd have to buckle down with tougher choices. He made his reality just as everyone does. Before we are born we sit down and write out our own script then we're born and living causes us to forget everything we wrote. We are born with free will and we have free will to mess up this life we've chosen. As I've said before it isn't really real, it is more of being on a holographic deck where we chose the picture we want to star in. The holographic deck is so real that we become immersed in it, as this is the script that we wrote. Sometimes we want excitement in our life and so we write in excitement just as we go to movies or watch TV. Sometimes we want boring because the last life we led was exciting enough. But no mat-

ter whether we want exciting or boring or something in between we are here to learn something or to help someone else learn something. Stop and think about what you are learning in this life that can help you in your next. For make no doubt about it you will have a next. Now just a word to those who believe that they are going to Heaven or Hell when they die: Yes, you will go there. You believe it and you will go to the place where you believe that you will go. How long will you stay? You will stay there as long as you wish. There is no cut off date. To others who have other places in mind you will go there also. There are also those who for one reason or another choose to stay here on earth for a time. Why do they stay here? There are many reasons: A loved one may stay behind waiting for his/her loved ones to finish out their lives. The person who stays on earth becomes a ghost and a ghost they stay until they feel the pull toward home. This Heaven, Hell or whereever becomes a vacation just as children have summer vacation and when vacation is over it is time to begin life anew. This is when we sit down and decide what it is we need to learn in our next life. And for those that wonder about the `simple minded' and the damaged children born amongst us, have you ever thought that they chose that life to help us become better persons? We aren't in this life alone. So many times we are born again and again with those who meant something to us in a past life. The reality of it is that when we wrote our script we wrote in parts for our friends and yes, our enemies. Have a good life with the script you have written. Thoughts? Contact <http://[email protected] org>

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0001 Willow Creek Apartments 3700 Buena Vista Rd 687-5672 Windsor Village 3700 Bridgewater Rd 561-5935 Woodlands 6000 River Rd, Green Island ART Bri David Studios 2700 W Bri David Rd 571-5877 M-F10-4:30, Tu & Th 7p-9p Rankin Arts Center 1004 Broadway 6414000 BEAUTY SALONS Hairmasters 5555 Whi lesey Blvd 3245744 Styles By Cooper 6298 Hamilton Rd 322 7621 M 9:50-5, Tu & Th 9-7, W & F 9-6, Sa 9-3 BOOKS Barnes & Noble Booksellers 5555 Whit29

tlesey Blvd. 706-653-7880 M-Th 9a-10p, F-Sa 9a-11p, Su 9-9 Columbus Book Exchange 6440 W Hamilton Rd 324-2559 Judybug's Books 1033 Broadway 3235588 BUTCHER SHOPPES Burt's Butcher Shoppe & Eatery 2932 Warm Springs Rd 653-0677 Tu-Sa 9a-7p (butcher shop hours) CAMPING Lake Pines Campground 6404 Garre Road, Midland 31820, 706-561-9675, [email protected] Office Hours Mon-Sat 9am-7pm, Sunday 1-6pm COFFEE SHOPPES Columbus Coffee Co. 1660 Whi lesey Rd, Suite 100 321-1675 M-Th 6:30a-9p, Fr 6:30a-11p, Sa 7:30a-11p, Su 10a-5p

F 5a-9p, Sa 7-7, Su 11-7 GROCERY/ RETAIL CVS all Columbus and Phenix City locaons K Mart all Columbus and Phenix City loca ons Winn Dixie all Columbus and Phenix City loca ons HAMS Honeybaked Hams 1701 Rollins Way 653-1703 10-6 HOTELS Baymont Inn & Suites 2919 Warm Springs Rd 323-4344 Colony Inn 4300 Victory Drive 706-6891590 Comfort Inn 3460 Macon Rd 256-3093 Country Inns & Suites 1720 Fountain Ct 660-1880 Days Inn 3452 Macon Rd 561-4400 Days Inn S 3170 Victory Dr 689-6181 Econo Lodge 4483 Victory Dr 682-3803 Extended Stay America 1721 Rollins Way 653-9938 Hampton Inn North 7390 Bear Ln 256PlayGrounds Magazine

2222 Holiday Inn Airport-North 2800 Manchester Expressway 324-0231 Holiday Inn Express at Northlake 7336 Bear Lane 706-507-7222 Howard Johnson 1011 Veterans Pkwy 322-6641 LaQuinta Inn 3201 Macon Rd 568-1740 Microtel 1728 Fountain Ct 31904, 706653-7004 The Residence Inn 2670 Adams Farm Dr 706-494-0050 Rivertown Inn 1325 Veterans Pkwy 3222522 Sheraton Inn 5351 Sidney Simons Blvd 327-6868 Springhill Suites by Marrio 5415 Whittlesey Boulevard 706-576-3773 Marrio .com/CSGSH Staybridge Suites 1694 Whi lesy Rd 31904. 706-507-7777 Super 8 2935 Wm Springs Rd 322-6580 Wingate Inn 1711 Rollins Way 225-1100 Wyndham Garden Hotel 4027 Veterans Court, 31909, (706)507-1111 Wyndham Hotel 800 Front Ave 3241800 MOTORCYCLES 30

Cha ahoochee Harley Davidson 7373 Fortson Rd 324-4294 MUSIC- INSTRUMENTS AJ Music 1313 13th St 571-0402 M-F 106, Sa 12-5 Baker Music 2 Midtown Loop 563-7924 M-F 10-6, Sa 10-5 Everything Musical 2400 W Bri David Rd 323-1809 M-F 10-7, Sa 10-6 Gorilla Guitars 1038 Broadway 706-5070462 M-Sa 10-6 NIGHTCLUBS & PUBS Belloo's Mar ni and Cigar Bar 900 Front Ave 706-494-1584, M-Sa 5p-3a Flip Flops Broadway Hookahmeup Bar 1234 Broadway 706649-2902 The Lo 1032 Broadway 596-8141 W-Sa 7p-2a Oxygen 1040 Broadway 706-596-8397 W-Sa 9p-3a Shanty Shack 4475 Warm Springs Rd, 31909 706-507-3418 M-Sa 3pm to 2:30 am www.myspace.com/shanty_shack SoHo Bar & Grill 5751 Milgen Rd 5683316 M-F 3p-3a, Sa noon-3a www.sohobarandgrill.com, www.myspace.com/

sohobarandgrill PARTY SUPPPLIES Cagney's Party Shop 5751 Milgen Rd 568-1889 M-Sa 10a-11:45p Lee's Package Store 1435 Double Churches Rd 324-6311 M-Th 10-10, F-Sa 10-12 Peachtree Package Store 2928 Warm Springs Rd 327-0311 M-Sa 8a-11:45p RESTAURANT EQUIPMENT Strategic/Medley 615 Manchester Expwy 706-322-1819 RESTAURANTS 13th Street Bar-B-Q 5506 Veterans Pkwy 596-1833 M-W 10a-3p, Th-Sa 10a-7p Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar 3229 Gen an Blvd 706-563-6116 Buffalo Wild Wings Grill and Bar 5555 Whi lesey Blvd 706-507-2110 Burt's Butcher Shoppe & Eatery 2932 Warm Springs Rd 653-0677 Tu-Sa 7a-4p (restaurant hours) Bu erfingers Crazy Chicken 4641 Warm Springs Rd 706-568-1132, fax 706-5681163 Caffe Amici 2301 Airport Thwy 653-6361 February 2011

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students. 9am-2pm. Awards ceremony in the Davidson Student Center auditorium follows the competition. 706-565-7874, [email protected] TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15 The Midtown Show: Presented by UNITY with Pam TV Show, in partnership with Goodwill Industries Of The Southern Rivers. The event will showcase some of the businesses in Midtown Columbus. Feature guest speaker will be Steve Longmire, the CEO of Sunbright Web Designs and More in Atlanta, GA. Please donate one or more of the following items to Goodwill: pots, pans, jackets, coats, electronics, shoes, business clothes and Easter Sunday clothes. Goodwill Industries Of The Southern Rivers, 2607 Cross Country Dr, 11am-1pm. Lunch $15. Please RSVP by February 7th, we need a head count for the food. 706-325-6282 or email at [email protected]

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18 Legacy Celebration Banquet: Columbus State University is starting a new tradition of celebrating achievement that promotes CSU's cultural diversity through its inaugural Legacy Celebration Banquet. The program will feature keynote speaker Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., and recognitions of achievement by Hispanic, African-American and international students, and accomplishments related to servant leadership, women's and GLBTQ causes. Awards recognizing humanitarian and faithbased achievement also will be presented. Student Recreation Center, 7pm. Admission costs $20 per person or $125 per eight-seat table. For CSU students, the cost is $10 per seat or $60 per table. Tickets can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore or online at http://minority. colstate.edu/legacycelebration. asp. For more information call 706-568-2273.

FEBRUARY 21-26 CSU Homecoming: 2011 Homecoming celebration with various programs, culminating with homecoming court introductions during a Saturday (Feb. 26) NCAA basketball doubleheader. CSU will tip off against Montevallo at 1:30 p.m. (women) and 3:30 p.m. (men), with tailgating beforehand on the green space at the new Student Recreation Center. For more information, go to http:// studentlife.colstate.edu/homecoming, e-mail [email protected] or call 706507-8013. SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 27 Columbus Comic Book Show: Hosted by Columbus State's Coca-Cola Space Science Center. Comics and related collectibles, movies and more. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Space-Science Center, 701 Front Avenue. Admission is $4 per person.

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Gardening With the Masters Series: Learn about pollinators, pesticides, perennials and more with the help of Valley Master Gardeners. Columbus Botanical Garden; 10-11 a.m. Thursdays, March 3-April 28. Cost: $12 per session ($2 discount for Garden members or Master Gardeners); $80 for all nine sessions. Contact: 706-327-8400 or www.columbusbotanicalgarden.org or www.facebook.com/ColumbusBotanicalGarden Beginner's T'ai Chi for Health, Stress, Balance, and Back Pain; Cane Defense for Dummies: New eight-week T'ai Chi classes for beginners will be available starting January 18, 2011. A fun and easy approach to cane defense will be introduced. Select from three convenient time slots: Tuesdays at 5pm, Thursdays at 3:30 and 5:30pm. Price is $80 for eight weeks. Bring a roll of 2" wide masking tape and a cane with a curved crook to each class. For information and to register for

these and other classes, call Dr. Chan any day after 10am, 706563-3539. T'ai Chi for Health, Stress, and Balance: Cane Defense for Dummies: Learn the Yang Style Long Form with all its health benefits. Martial applications and an elegantly simple approach to cane defense are explored. Every Tuesday, 7:309pm. $10 per class. Bring a cane with a round crook, a light heart, and an open mind. For information and to register for this and other classes, call Dr. Chan any day after 10am, 706-5633539. Strong for Life: A program of moderate stength training for adults meets on Tuesday and Friday mornings at 9:30 at the Old Mountain Hill Schoolhouse, 47 Mountain Hill Rd (near the corner of River Rd and Hwy 219), Fortson. The program is made available through participant donations. Call 706-5960155 for more information.

M-Sa 11:30a-2p & 4:30p-10p Cannon Brew Pub 1041 Broadway 706653-BEER The Can na 1030 Broadway 706-3204520 Country's Barbecue 3137 Mercury Dr 563-7604 Su-Th 11a-10p, F-Sa 11a-11p Country's Barbecue North 6298 Veterans Pkwy 650-1415 Country's Downtown 1329 Broadway 596-8910 11a-11p daily Deorio's Cross Country Plaza 563-5887 M-F 11:30-3 & 4:30-9:30, Sa noon-10:30 El Carrizo Mexican Restaurant 3747 Macon Rd 706-561-6000 El Carrizo Mexican Restaurant 6575 Whi lesey Blvd 706-561-5714 El Vaquero 2976 North Lake Parkway 317-5900 317-0047 Firehouse Subs 2501 Whi lesey Rd 706507-0225 Gus's Drive-in 3498 Victory Dr 687-5770 11a-2a daily Hooters 2650 Adams Farm Dr 596-4668 Longhorn Steak House 3201 Macon Rd 563-2221 Macon Road Barbecue 2703 Avalon Rd 653-0542 M-Sa 10a-8p Mellow Mushroom 6100 Veterans Pkwy 322-4602 Newman's Grill 1011 Veterans Pkwy (in Howard Johnson's) 322-6641 11a-2p & 5p-10p daily

Ok Sun Oriental Restaurant 2929 Victory Circle Tu-Sa 11a-6p Peluso's Italian Restaurant 5600 Milgen Rd 563-9934 M-Th 11a-10p, F-Sa 11a10:30p Peluso's Italian Restaurant St Francis Shopping Center 324-5888 M-Th 11:30a10p, F-Sa 11:30a-11p Picasso's Pizza 1020 Broadway, In front of The Tap, 706-576-6991 M-Sat 11a-3a, Su 1p-12a, www.picassopizzauptowncolumbus.com Scruffy Murphy's 1037 Broadway 3223460 10:30a-2a daily The Speakeasy 3123 Mercury Dr 5610411 M-Th 11a-10:30p, F-Sa 11a-11p The Sports Page 5736 Veterans Pkwy 641-9966 11a-12a daily Steak Out 3709 Gen an Blvd 706-5681007 Twel h Street Deli 117 12th St 5766939 M-F 7a-3p Willy T's Chicken Fingers 7325 Fortson Rd 507-2210 M-Th 10:30-9 F & Sa 10:3010 Su 11-8 Willy's Wings 4405 Armour Rd 322-4020 Tu-Th 11a-12a, F-Sa 11a-2a SHOPS Daniel's Wood Den 396 Highway 27 cataula 31804 706-660-9613 Hot Topic Peachtree Mall 706-320-3910 Northside Pawn Shop 1648 Manchester

Expwy 322-0561 Woody's World 2723 Manchester Expwy Suite 13 596-1868 SHUTTLE to ATL Groome Transporta on 2800 Harley Ct 706-324-3939 www.groometransportaon.com TANNING Bermuda Tan 3507 Macon Rd 563-4044 M-Sa 10a-10p, Su noon-5 New Life Tanning Center 3709 Gen an Blvd #8 561-1153 M-F 9-8, Sa 9-2 New Life Tanning Center 1701 Rollins Way #400 596-1153 M-F 9-8, Sa 9-2 New Look Tanning Center 5120 Warm Springs Rd Suite 1 569-7075 M-F 8:30a11p, Sa 10-7, Su 1-6 TATTOOS & BODY PIERCING Dedicated Studios 3818 2nd Ave, 31904 706-221-8282, M-Sa noon ll 10 pm, tattoosbyinkmark.com THEATRE The Springer Opera House ETCETERA Columbus Civic Center Columbus State University Col Conven on & Visitors Bureau Columbus Technical Ins tute

CVS Pharmacy Columbus and Phenix City Georgia Welcome Center RiverCenter for the Performing Arts ROCK 103 Winn Dixie Supermarkets Columbus and Phenix City

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Colonial Inn Phenix City Bypass 2989361 Del Ranch Bar and Grill 4920 Lee Road 334-297-9177 Smoking allowed. M-Sa 3pm l ? Holiday Inn of Phenix City 1700 Hwy 280 Bypass S 298-9321 The Red Barn 1223 280 Bypass 298-9246 M-Sa 10am-2am, Su 1pm-10pm 13th Street Bar-B-Q 1310 7th Ave 2911833 M T Th F 9:30a-6p, W Sa 9:30a-3p

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