2009-05-31

Athens Jazz: Artist Profile

Check out my athensjazz411 blog for a profile of Dave D'Angelo, who played with the Buddy Rich Band and now plays for us as an artist-in-residence at UGA.

2009-05-30

Dispatch from the Brewery Beat

Reblog from my athensjazz411.com: All I really wanted to do was check out the sounds of JazzChronic, a local fusion group I’d heard only on their site. The gig was tour day at local micro-brewer Terrapin Beer Co. So I asked the van’s navigator, Gertrude, to set a course for 265 Newton Bridge Road, and Pat and I were off to industrial Athens. Terrapin, it turns out, is housed in a big beige building on the left soon after you turn left onto Newton Bridge from Chase Street. The first surprise — should it have been a surprise? — was that they needed someone out front to direct the cars to parking spots, like Six Flags or something. Did anyone say beer? We stood in line with a score or so of twenty-somethings ready to party. We could hear JazzChronic through the wooden fence separating the parking lot from the good-time crowd. For some reason, the ID checker — who “checks everybody” — didn’t check us. Huh. Anyway, we paid the eight bucks apiece for some fancy souvenir glasses and some beer tickets, then headed into the big room — high ceiling, no frills, beer bar at the far end, and really big shiny tanks huddled over to the right. We took the tour. (You should take it, too. The story of the company is well worth a listen.) It turns out that one of my former students is training to be a summer tour guide! And Doug from basketball was there. And one of Pat’s co-workers from Food Services was there. Anyway, we ordered the Golden Ale, which is very nice. And award-winning. Then we headed outside to a large expanse of lawn full of youngsters having fun in the sun. Some guys were serving up delicious barbecue sandwiches at a long fold-up table, and JazzChronic was serving up some high-energy amplified funk-rock-jazz (in that order) from an outdoor stage on the right. We had a blast! JazzChronic will never be featured on XM’s “real” jazz channel. Jazz is only a piece of what they do. They’re all about the beat. So the Terrapin gig seems just right for their sound. The beer tours, by the way, continue today from 5:30 to 7:30.

farmers' market

It's not too late to head out to the Saturday morning farmers' market at Bishop Park. We'd go, but we have guests coming, and we need to clean the house :)

2009-05-27

TWO FREE TICKETS



Here is a great deal. The Arcs are produced by Analogue records now has a vinyl out. It's good old fashion kick ass rock and roll. They sent me this email:

Hello Johnny Midnight,

The Arcs are offering quite a deal right now. There are still a few available. If you purchase our single from Wuxtry or Schoolkids before the show you will receive TWO FREE TICKETS to the show. Only a few were available and we're not sure how many are left.

Get it!

-The Arcs

Come out and support local music!

Start Time:
Friday, May 29, 2009 at 9:00pm
End Time:
Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 2:00am
Location:
The Georgia Theatre
Street:
215 N Lumpkin St
City/Town:
Athens, GA

2009-05-26

Watkinsville trash clean up Saturday 9-10 am

Dear Oconee Democrats:

Several of you have emailed that you will not be able to make the Watkinsville Litter Pick-Up (Details below) because of travel or prior commitments. Of course I am completely sympathetic. But I want to remind Oconee Democrats and people in Oconee County who are sympathetic with democratic causes that this is an opportunity for the local news media and the unaffiliated groups who will be participating to make a direct comparison between the Republicans and us. This is why I would like to encourage anyone and everyone who does not have a prior commitment to spend an hour on Saturday morning picking up trash along Simonton Bridge/White Hall Road. You do not have to be a resident of Watkinsville. Heck, you do not even have to be a resident of Oconee County. You simply have to be somebody who cares about making a show of Democratic strength in a Republican-dominated county, and who cares about the environment.

I am not normally so gung-ho in my solicitations, but I see this as a real opportunity, and my competitive juices are flowing. The question is, "Are yours?"

Call me or email me off the list-serve with questions.

Thanks!

Jonathan Veit
Chair

What: Watkinsville Litter Pick-up.
When: Saturday, May 30th, from 9 - 10 am (Coffee at Jittery Joe's to follow.)
Where: Gather at the entrance to Calls Creek Estates, which is on Simonton Bridge Road. Park at the Watkinsville First Baptist Church, 1610 Simonton Bridge Road. Calls Creek Estates is directly across the street from the church.

Watkinsville trash clean up Saturday 9-10 am

Dear Oconee Democrats:

Several of you have emailed that you will not be able to make the Watkinsville Litter Pick-Up (Details below) because of travel or prior commitments. Of course I am completely sympathetic. But I want to remind Oconee Democrats and people in Oconee County who are sympathetic with democratic causes that this is an opportunity for the local news media and the unaffiliated groups who will be participating to make a direct comparison between the Republicans and us. This is why I would like to encourage anyone and everyone who does not have a prior commitment to spend an hour on Saturday morning picking up trash along Simonton Bridge/White Hall Road. You do not have to be a resident of Watkinsville. Heck, you do not even have to be a resident of Oconee County. You simply have to be somebody who cares about making a show of Democratic strength in a Republican-dominated county, and who cares about the environment.

I am not normally so gung-ho in my solicitations, but I see this as a real opportunity, and my competitive juices are flowing. The question is, "Are yours?"

Call me or email me off the list-serve with questions.

Thanks!

Jonathan Veit
Chair

What: Watkinsville Litter Pick-up.
When: Saturday, May 30th, from 9 - 10 am (Coffee at Jittery Joe's to follow.)
Where: Gather at the entrance to Calls Creek Estates, which is on Simonton Bridge Road. Park at the Watkinsville First Baptist Church, 1610 Simonton Bridge Road. Calls Creek Estates is directly across the street from the church.

2009-05-25

MetroPCS

How well is it working in the Athens area? Is its coverage as reliable as other mobile phone networks?
See that tattoo on the young skater's arm? It's a temporary tattoo he acquired at his elementary school field day. The youngster is Kaden Campbell, a skating phenom from Oconee County who is winning skateboard competitions throughout the Southeast. Getting to know Kaden and his family is one of the real pleasures Ian and I have had as we've pursued Ian's interest in skateboarding and my interest in photographing skateboarding. I'm putting together a new site, athensskatepix.com, to showcase some of my images. Please drop by for a visit.

2009-05-23

Farmers' Market Photos

I've posted my images from our morning visit to the farmers' market on my SmugMug site.

We went!


Pat and I risked the rain and had a delightful morning at the farmers' market at Bishop Park. Saw many friends. Bought many veggies. Had some delicious Ethiopian coffee from 1000 faces coffee. Soaked up the sounds of Sean Arington (pictured) and Mike Eudy. More photos on the way.

To go or not to go ...

It's 7:30 a.m. It's Saturday. Across town at Bishop Park, the weekly farmers' market will be opening in a half hour. But it's overcast. It might rain. And I'm darn cozy sitting in the study sipping coffee. But those veggies last time were out of this world. And the music! And the photo ops! But it's overcast. It might rain. And ...

MGMT + Daft Punk = One More Time to Pretend (Immuzikation Blend)

Maybe I'm Lazy

2009-05-21

Paving in Waverly Woods

Pepper's been barking almost non-stop this morning. The paving trucks are hard at work on Tamarack Drive in Waverly Woods. Expect delays :)

2009-05-20

Zinkhan's body to be cremated - News

Zinkhan's body to be cremated - News

Sally Came Back

Some of you "old school" Athens jazz fans might remember a young singer named Sally who sang briefly at the Lighthouse 25 years ago with an ensemble that included Jim McKillip and Tony McCutchen. Tonight, Sally was back. Over at my new jazz website, you'll find the rest of the story ...

2009-05-19

Magic Hands

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Do you recognize these hands? Hint: I made the image just before Valentine's Day of 2008 in the Edge Recital Hall of the Hodgson School of Music. Give up? Check out the "Featured Image" section of my homepage at athensjazz411.com.

Kuroma "In New York, Everything Is Tropical"

The Whigs on David Letterman

Ciné Jam Photographs

Ciné drew a nice crowd yesterday evening for the weekly jam with house band Sonny Got Blue. I snapped some shots, and I've posted a few (with a Holga effect) on my new site for local jazz, athensjazz411.com. Drop by and browse when you have a chance.

Searches conducted at convenience stores

From the Athens-Clarke County Police Department:

On Tuesday, May 19, 2009, at approximately 9:30 a.m., Athens-Clarke County Police Department along with the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office, The University of Georgia Police Department, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the Gwinnett County Police Department, the Internal Revenue Service, and the District Attorney's Office of the Western Judicial Circuit, executed search and arrest warrants in response to an on-going investigation into fencing of stolen property and / or commercial gambling at four convenience store locations in Clarke and Oconee Counties. This investigation was facilitated by the cooperation of the Barrow County Sheriff's Office, the Walton County Sheriff's Office, the U. S. Attorney's Office of the Middle District, and the Georgia Attorney General's Office.
Search warrants were executed at the following commercial sites:

  1. BP Station at 1925 W. Broad Street in Athens.
  2. Oconee Food Mart at 8851 Macon Highway in Oconee County
  3. Stop and Shop at 645 Danielsville Road in Athens
  4. Magnolia Convenience Store and First Chance Package at 4450 Atlanta Highway in Bogart

In total, 14 search warrants were served in three counties. Seven search warrants were served in Athens-Clarke County, five in Oconee County, and two in Gwinnett County.

2009-05-15

Singer-songwriter Matthew Barber to play Farm 255 tonight (Friday May 15)

If you like folky pop/rock, then you may want to check out Canadian artist Matthew Barber tonight at Farm 255. You can listen to his music at his homepage and his MySpace page. According to the Farm 255 website, the show starts at 11 tonight (Friday May 15).

2009-05-12

Mystery Solved

We were rolling through Barrow County near midnight last Saturday on our way back to Athens from an evening of skateboarding at Duncan Creek Park when a motorcade of police vehicles -- cars, vans, a bus, more cars, more vans -- swished by us with blue lights blazing and sirens wailing. We've wondered since then what was up. Now we know. The county's inmates were getting a ride to their new jail.

2009-05-09

Zinkhan's body found not far from abandoned Jeep - News

Zinkhan's body found not far from abandoned Jeep - News

Body found in western Clarke County

From the Athens-Clarke County Police:

The Athens-Clarke County Police Department along with Federal and State Agencies have continued to search an area off of Cleveland Rd near the Jackson County line with cadaver dogs in regards to George Zinkhan. The searched area had been expanded from where Zinkhan's vehicle was recovered on May 1, 2009. This morning an emergency K9 response team found a concealed body during their extensive evidentiary search of that area. The concealed body was found approximately 1.3 miles from where Zinkhan's vehicle had been recovered.

The recovered body will be transported to the GBI State Crime Laboratory for positive identification. Until Zinkhan is located by law enforcement, as stated previously, please continue to use caution. Do not call 911 unless there is an emergency or you have sighted Zinkhan.

At 1500 hours today law enforcement agencies will hold a media conference at the Athens-Clarke County's West Precinct, 3700 [Atlanta Highway,] Athens, Georgia 30606. Further information will be sent out and posted to ACCPD.org as it becomes available.

Back from the Farmers Market



Made my way across town to Bishop Park this morning to inhale the laid-back happiness of the farmers market. Picked up some snap peas and squash and asparagus. Bought some bread but then mislaid it somewhere taking a picture. Should have grabbed some baby carrots. Was totally blown away by a blues performed by Carl on the electric bass and Evan on the stand-up bass. They definitely had the basses covered :) But that was it for instrumentation, except for a tambourine that Carl tapped with his foot as a stand-in for a ride cymbal. Carl and Evan turned the whole thing into some morning jazz magic, trading scat fours and chatting with the audience and keeping the wee ones swingin' to the beat. Anyway, I made some images. Click here.

2009-05-08

If You Go To a Movie, Avoid Carmike at all Costs

We all know that movie theaters need to make money. That is why concession prices are so high. That is why we see ads before show time. We also know that if a show is advertised to start at 9:50 pm, it usually will not start until about 10:00 pm because of previews. Who doesn't like previews?

But Carmike Cinemas. who own and run the Carmike 12 on the east side, has taken it to a new level. I went to see the 9:50 PM show of Star Trek last night (yes one of my guilty pleasures). The show did not start until 10:15 PM.

Why? Because they ran ads until after 10:00 pm before they even started the previews. When the first preview came up, it was not a preview, it was an...wait for it...ad!

I do not spend good money to sit through almost 15 minutes of ads before the movie even starts. I attempted to contact somebody at Carmike corporate headquarters, but have not had a response. I called the Georgia Theater Company to discuss what they do, and they declined to comment because "we are friendly competitors.".

I did reach the manager of the Beechwood Stadium Cinemas, owned by the Georgia Theater Company, and he said the movies start 8-10 minutes after the scheduled show time because previews, not ads, start at the appointed time?

We should not be held hostage by the owners of any company, but the only way to let them know is to vote with your feet. So I strongly encourage you to give your movie dollars to Beechwood and not the Carmike 12. I know I will not be retuning there anytime soon.

2009-05-06

Sketches of shooting suspect

The Athens-Clarke County Police Department has released these two sketches of shooting suspect George Zinkhan. These sketches depict what he may look like if he has shaven his beard or head and were prepared with the assistance of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.




2009-05-01

Zinkhan's car found in Athens - News

Near the Clarke-Oconee border in what is really Bogart.
Zinkhan's car found in Athens - News

Swinging Late on Gray Water

During the height of the drought, Pat and (I assume) many other area gardeners asked ACC officials about the use to gray water to save the most at-risk plants. I don't think it is too much to say that the response was dismissive. "It's illegal" is about all we heard. There was no interest shown in the use of gray water, much less enthusiasm for clearing the way legally for this creative solution. Now that the drought threat has diminished, our state and local governments apparently have decided that the use of gray water is not such a bad idea after all. (But won't its use cut into the consumption of ACC water and therefore further threaten water revenues already down because we've all become "too" conservation-conscious?)