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The October issue of Ampersand Magazine, created by The Red & Black at the University of Georgia

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  • &&A PUBLICATION OF THE RED & BLACK

    OCTOBER 2011

    REPTARObservations and oddities with

    Bottles down, Athens. Theres other stuff to do around here.

    Its a yellow brick home in an All-American neighborhood and it sits empty.

    [ a m p e r s a n d ]

    If walls could talk.

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  • index

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    14EDITORS NOTE...............................................4

    STaff aND cONTRIbuTORS..................4

    ON ThE cOvER

    Reptar.shares.the.ins.and.outs.of.their.band.while.on.tour...............................8

    Students.share.what.to.do.when.drinking.isnt.in.the.cards................................16

    An.Oglethorpe.Avenue.home.remains.silent.for.over.two.decades.................28

    SpIRITS

    Tunes.for.the.walk.downtown...............5

    Guide.to.Homebrew.............................5

    Drink.and.join.the.(political).party.......6

    This.falls.drink.recipes........................6

    Walk.among.the.graves.........................7

    EvERy mONTh

    musicExplore.listening.to.musicians.past.and.flashy.outfits.of.Athens.bands............10

    get lostWhen.midterms.are.too.much.hideaway.at.these.local.spots.............................12

    cookingBecome.your.own.chocolatier.with.recipes.by.Amanda.Crouse.................14

    artistTattoo.artist.Mark.Bray.shares.about.his.art.and.favorites................................21

    fashionIts.fall.and.were.ready.to.celebrate....22

    ON ThE cOvER

    Graham Ulicny, of Reptar, provided some early morning entertainment during this months cover shoot in the streets of downtown Athens. Cover photos by Kristy Densmore

    16

    OCTOBER 2011 3

  • he fall air is slowly setting in, making us thankful for cooler temperatures and reminding us that yet another year is flying by. And as we get into the swing of the school

    year, freshmen are finding their routines while seniors are faced with the reality of graduation.

    This is my favorite time of year, not just because of the fashion or football, but because fall seems to bring everyone a little closer. The spirit of fall is unlike any other season, especially in Athens.

    Driving down Milledge Avenue on a Friday evening and seeing everyone enjoying the sunset and cool breeze. Clutching a warm cup of coffee on the way to an early morning class. Shooting the breeze in good company with a cold beer in hand. Doesnt get any better.

    Theres nothing I love more than seeing a blue sky, then stepping outside wearing a cardigan to keep warm. Fall provides a sense of nostalgia while still bringing about the feeling of urgency to plan out your next life move.

    So while we revel in the goodness of this wonderful time of year, look forward to the good times together.

    See you next month.

    Cheers,

    our staff

    Q: Whats the best Halloween costume youve ever dressed up in?This months theme puts spirits on our brains. So we thought we would ask the staff a question. Heres the answer.

    RACHEL G. BOWERSEDITOR IN CHIEF

    Answer: I was Ron Burgundy? It was so hot. It was a bad choice.

    Rachel is a senior newspapers major

    MEGAN SWANSONMANAGING EDITOR

    Answer: This one time, I was a bag of Red Hots. It was weird.

    Megan is a senior magazines major

    MAURA FRIEDMANCONTRIBUTING WRITER

    Answer: In kindergarten, I was a unicorn. My paper mache head weighed 7 pounds.

    Maura is a junior magazines and political science major

    AMANDA JONESDESIGN EDITOR

    Answer: When I was 1-year-old, I was a sack of potatoes.

    Amanda is a senior art education major

    JESSICA ROBERTSCOOKING EDITOR

    Answer: I was an alien a couple years ago. That was fun, I guess.

    Jessica is a senior mass media arts and Spanish major

    KRISTY DENSMOREPHOTO EDITOR

    Answer: Im always a vampire.

    Kristy is a senior magazines and English major

    EDITORIAL

    PUBLISHER | HARRY MONTEVIDEOEDITOR IN CHIEF | RACHEL G. BOWERS MANAGING EDITOR | MEGAN SWANSON

    DESIGN EDITOR | AMANDA JONES PHOTO EDITOR | KRISTY DENSMORE

    FASHION EDITOR | TAYLOR HANDBERRYASST. FASHION EDITOR | MORGAN JOHNSON

    COOKING EDITOR | JESSICA ROBERTSDESIGNERS | JAN-MICHAEL CART, LOGAN PORTER CONTRIBUTING WRITERS | JASON AXELROD, LYDIA FLETCHER, MAURA FRIEDMAN, SARAH GIARRATANA,

    RAISA HABERSHAM, CHARLES HICKS, MEGAN INGALLS, SATYAM KASWALA, PATRICK MCGINN,

    CRISSINDA PONDER,TIFFANY STEVENS, ZACK TAYLOR

    PHOTOGRAPHERS | MICHAEL BARONE, ALLISON LOVE, AJ REYNOLDS

    FASHION PHOTOGRAPHER | MICHELLE NORRIS EDITORIAL ADVISER | ED MORALES

    BUSINESS

    OFFICE MANAGER | ERIN BEASLEY ASSISTANT OFFICE MANAGER | ALLY GERONIMO

    CLEANING PERSON | MARY JONES

    ADVERTISING

    ADVERTISING DIRECTOR | NATALIE MCCLURE STUDENT AD MANAGER | SARAH OVERSTREETACCOUNT ExECUTIVES | CLAIRE BARRON,

    DANA COX, CLAIRE DRISCOLL, COREY JONES, PATRICK KLIBANOFF, KEVIN MAXWELL, IVY

    ROBINSON, ERIC SILVER, STEPHANIE WRIGHT PR LIAISON & DISTRIBUTIONCOORDINATOR | EMILY GOBER

    AD ASSISTANTS | LAUREL HOLLAND, SARAH OLDAKER, JENNA VINES, HALEY WINTHER

    PRODUCTION

    ASSISTANT PRODUCTION MANAGER | JOSHUA TREY BARNETT

    PRODUCTION STAFF | JENNIE CHIU CREATIVE ASSISTANT | PERRY BERNCREATIVE ASSISTANT | BORA SHEHU

    Copyright 2011: No portioN of this magaziNe may be reproduCed without the writteN CoNseNt of the publisher. the red & blaCk reserves the right to refuse advertisiNg for aNy reasoN. the opiNioNs expressed by writers do Not NeCessarily refleCt the opiNioN of the red & blaCk or the uNiversity of georgia.

    ampersaNd is the & is all thiNgs red & blaCk

    OCTOBER 20114

    Send us feedback! We want your input on our publication. Send an email to magazine@randb.com with thoughts, questions, comments or criticism.

    LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

  • TOCTOBER 2011 5

    october

    SPIRIT

    hemostprevalentargumentIhearisthatgoodbeerisjusttooexpensive.TothisIsay,Makeityourself.

    Peoplesavemoneyonallsortsofthingsbydoingitthemselveslearninghowtofixtheirowncars,plumbing,computers,growtheirownfood,evenrolltheirowncigarettes.

    Whynotmaketheirownadultbeverages?Ihavebeenbrewingmyownbeerforalittlemorethanthree

    yearsnow.Whatstartedasanexperimentwithalittlethree-gallonhobbykithasturnedintoafive-fermenteroperation.

    Duetothis,alotofmytimestartedbeingspentatoneofAthenslocalhomebrewshops,BlockaderHomeBrewSupply.Theshop,ownedbyEvanSmith,specializesinthesaleofallthingsfermentable,andallthetoolsyouwillneed.

    Owningahomebrewstore,Smithhasbeenprivytotheinsandoutsofhomebrewcommunity.

    Youhavepeoplefromallsectorsoflife,Smithsaid.Youhaveyoungpeople,oldpeople,alllevelsofincome.

    Smith,however,hasnoticedthatmosthomebrewerssharesomekeycharacteristics.

    Everyhomebrewerhasapassionfordrinkingbeerandacreativeedgetoexperiment,hesaid.

    TobrewerssuchasSmith,brewingisequallyaboutthedestinationandthejourney.

    Itsascienceexperimentyoucandrink,Smithsaid.Morethanastory,however,itsaplaceoflearningand

    meetingpeopleofsimilarinterest.DuringmygrowingassociationwiththeshopIhavenoticeditissomewhatofadojoofzymurgy(thepracticeorstudyoffermentation).

    TheAthensLeagueofExtraordinaryZymurgists(A.L.E.Z.)isthelocalhomebrewclub.Throughthisclub,Ihavemetsomeamazingbrewerswhohavehelpedmepushmyselftobeabetterbrewer,notonlythroughsharingtricksofthetradebutalsojustthedesiretoalwaysshowoffyourbestwork.

    Tome,beerissomuchmorethanjustapartyfavoritsanartisanship.WhenIgohomeattheendofthedayandpourbeerfrommyhomemadekegerator,Iknowthesuccess(orfailure)ofthatbeersflavorhasnearly100percenttodowithmeandmyabilities(orshortcomings)asahomebrewer.

    CanyousaythesamethingaboutthatNattylightinyourfridge?

    THERE IS NEVER AN EXCUSE TO DRINK BAD BEER

    Drinking alcohol is definitely a common subject in songs that transcends genres. And its rock stars who have perhaps the greatest reputation for drinking heavily (in addition to partying and doing lots of drugs). Heres a playlist that appeals to the highs and lows of drinking all the tracks are performed by classic rock bands/singers. In true party spirit, hard, bluesy riffs and driving rhythms are standard for all the songs on this list. The lyrics take you through the night and all the way home, whether it is with or without a mate. Cheers!

    Jason Axelrod

    1.KISS-COLD GINGEORGE THOROGOOD &

    THE DESTROYERS-I DRINK ALONE

    DEF LEPPARD-HIGH N DRY (SATURDAY NIGHT)

    2.

    3.

    AC/DC-HAVE A DRINK ON ME4.GUNS N ROSES-NIGHTRAIN

    PAT TRAVERS-SNORTIN WHISKEY

    VAN HALEN-TAKE YOUR WHISKEY HOME

    5.6.

    7.

    SOUNDTRACKof the night

    EVAN SMITH, local brewer

    Home beer brewing (in a nutshell)

    1. GRAIN IS CRUSHED UP

    TO GRIST

    2. HOT WATER IS MIXED

    WITH GRIST AND LET SIT

    FOR 60 MINUTES

    3. THE RUN OFF IS PUT

    INTO A BOIL KETTLE AND

    BOILED FOR 60-90 MIN.

    4. HOPS ARE ADDED TO

    DIFFERENT STAGES OF

    BOIL

    5. THE SUBSTANCE

    (CALLED WORT AT THIS

    POINT) IS COOLED

    DOWN TO UNDER

    APPROXIMATELY 70

    DEGREES

    6. WORT IS PUT IN A

    FOOD GRADE PRESSURE

    SEALED DEVICE

    AND MIXED WITH

    FERMENTATION

    Its a science experiment you can drink.

    By Zack Taylor

  • Although Georgia has an open primary system (cheat sheet: that means you can vote in the pri-mary of either party no matter your registered political affiliation), not every one of you on cam-pus will participate in electing a Republican can-didate for president. This is a national trend far fewer voters participate in primaries than gen-eral elections so dont take it personally, but its no reason to disengage with the poli