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Size Matters: Events & Venues

wedding-reception-hardwick-weddingWhen it comes to event planning, size matters when it comes to the venue. Successful events are ones that are ‘full’ of people. Before booking a venue, you need to have a really good idea about the number of attendees.

If you are inviting 100 people, don’t book a venue that has a capacity for 500. Nobody wants to stay at that party … you know, the one that nobody came to.

Have that same party of 100 people at a smaller venue, where the space if full of people, and you’ve thrown the “it” party because it’s packed. It’s psychological I know, but trust me, it’s true. Going too BIG will make your guests want to go HOME.

maga2016_sochiFor instance, you go to a restaurant that has 50 tables and only 10 tables are occupied. You think that there has to be something wrong with the food or the service. A “Nobody Is Here” feeling influences the experience you have. If you poll diners at a taqueria with 10 tables, serves $2 tacos and has a line of people out the door waiting to get in, they will rate the food as “excellent.” In their mind, this is the best food in town because everyone wants to be here.

People want to be ‘where it’s at’ – Bigger isn’t always better when it comes to event venues. Intimate settings are like chicken soup for social gatherings.


terrell-sandefur-at-sochi-galleryAbout the Author

Terrell Sandefur is the owner/event planner at The SoChi Gallery in Macon, Georgia.

SoChi Gallery is an event venue that hosts weddings, receptions, holiday parties, corporate events, birthday parties, cocktail parties and pop-up shops.

2011 Macon Film Festival press release

January 25, 2011


Macon, GA – The 6th Annual Macon Film Festival will launch on February 17th at the Cox Capitol Theatre, The Douglass Theatre and the Marriott City Center in historic downtown Macon. With over 100 film submission screenings and 4 new categories of awards, organizers are gearing up for the biggest event to date. The film festival will continue daily through Sunday, February 20th.

The Macon Film Festival was created to celebrate the art and craft of the moving image, and to introduce independent films that rarely appear in Macon, Georgia. Macon Film Festival is dedicated to entertaining, educating, and inspiring audiences and filmmakers alike by offering innovative and imaginative films both mainstream and independent in nature. We also strive to introduce visiting filmmakers and guests to the Central Georgia community, and to promote film production in the area. The festival is open to filmmakers working in all media, genres, and themes.

2011 Macon Film Festival – Special Screenings
Thursday, February 17th @ 7:30pm “Freedom Riders”
Friday, February 18th @ 8:15pm “Black, White and Blues”
Saturday, February 19th @ 10am “Fat Boy Chronicles”
Saturday, February 19th @ 8:30pm “The Kid”
Sunday, February 20th @ 7:00pm “Get Low”
Q&A Session to follow each special screening with special guests.

Macon Film Festival will take place February 17th – 20th at the Cox Capitol Theatre, The Douglass Theatre & the Marriott City Center. 478-257-6391.
For more information or to view the full screening schedule, log on to or Facebook event page @6thAnnualMaconFilmFestival.
Tickets are now available online at
Admission for the Thursday day blocks is free thanks to a grant from the City of Macon administered by Macon Arts Alliance. Free admission to all day blocks for students with a valid college ID.

Terrell Sandefur, Media Contact
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L.A. re-Union

Have you heard the one about the guy who goes to Hollywood to pitch a movie idea and ends up being held hostage for 3 days ending in a warehouse covered in goose bumps? Well, that guy was me. And I live to tell the tale.

Excuse me while I suck down a Fabulous Bastard from my barstool at Lemongrass Thai Bistro and gather my focus.

OK. My buddy Joseph Guay & I packed our scripts and flew out to the left coast for a planned 4-day “Razzle/Dazzle” pitch to a handful of movie industry folks. Our objective: taking this great idea from the paper to the big screen. We had some productive meetings at some cool eateries across L.A. (for those of you who follow me on Facebook & Twitter, it was like you were along for the ride.) Movie people opt to meet at restaurants & bars over boardrooms and I totally dig that! Long story short, we found an executive director for our film. Now the real work begins.

Coffee is a kind bean. I learned long ago that my creative juices flow from an espresso machine and come in the form of a Latte – the more venti the better. I FourSquared my way through the city, never gracing the door of the same Starbucks twice.

I ♥ L.A. !!! It’s my kind of city. “Liquid Gold” Lattes on every other corner.

Man can not survive on Lattes alone. The more memorable eats included a spicy dinner at the rock’n roll gritty TOI Thai with super hot Pleasant Gehman (Star of the Macon-filmed “Stuck!”) who regaled us with tales of being recently sawed in half on a Las Vegas stage and her latest film “The Casserole Club” about Swinging in the 60’s. (check out Maconite Maryann Bates’ exellent movie stills from the set.) We had some sumptuous sushi at a sidewalk table at Sushiya between the cold couple sitting next to us and the hot red Ferraris parked on Sunset Blvd. By far, the most unforgettable dish was “Mom’s French Toast” @ The Griddle Café on Sunset Blvd. Our server had the look of a serial killer with dead eyes and yet gave some “killer” food suggestions. “Tony” turned me on to the BEST French Toast I’ve ever had in my life! If you are in L.A., The Griddle Café is a MUST! Excellent food and fairly quick service…especially if you work the hair flip.

Footballer Steve Bartkowski’s wife, Sandee, invited us out to Malibu for dinner & drinks one night…all I can say is: WOW! “I … just adore a penthouse view…darling I love ya but give me my Malibu!” This was way better than my last trip to Malibu where I got in this weird other-wordly convo with a spaced-out Gary Busey.

Another friend invited us onto the set of NBC’s “Parks & Recreation” where we watched one scene being shot. Amy Poehler gets locked in a room at a cat-filled bed & breakfast.

Ok, back to the being held hostage part….we were invited out to Burbank for the final rehearsal of Elton John & Leon Russell’s tour of their new album “The Union.” The Friday rehearsal was rescheduled for Tuesday. We were scheduled to fly home on Sunday…they asked us to stay…so we did. Elton wanted Joseph to photograph the session. This was the opportunity of a lifetime! We get there…along with T.Bone Burnett, Bernie Taupin, Elton John, Leon Russell and Allman Brothers fan & Academy Award winning director Cameron Crowe. Now picture this…The full orchestra behind two pianos…in front of the pianos were two couches where I sat and enjoyed the most amazing private concert.

Elton started it off with “Levon” & “Tiny Dancer.” The audience: me, T Bone, Bernie, Cameron, the sound guys & Cameron’s film crew. Enter: The Goose Bumps! Joseph’s photos (including the following) have made world-wide media.

* Rolling Stone has given “The Union” 5 Stars. The CD will be in stores this week.

A shout out to my groovy brother-in-law, Tony Williams, for putting us up & putting up with us!


Thriller Dance Practice. Every Thursday in October @ 7pm. Tattnall Square Park – directly across from Mercer University.

Netherworld Haunted House – Atlanta, Georgia. “Netherworld is a pinnacle haunted house attraction that truly transforms actors into horrific monsters of fright. This haunt is the industry leader in developing new scare techniques utilizing the perfect balance of live actor/animatronic scare zones. Outside the entrance, a dedicated army of monsters scare patrons before ever even entering the doorway. “America’s scariest haunted house.” –USA TODAY

If you’d prefer to get your fright on a little closer to home..check out The F.E.A.R. Institute. Third Street, Downtown Macon. October 22, 23, 27-31. 8p – Midnight.

Spirits in October. Oct 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30. $20 Adults, $10 Students.

“The Little Foxes” @ Theatre Macon. October 22 – 30. Call for tix: 746-9485.

Drag Queen Bingo @ The Hummingbird. Thursday, Oct. 28th. 7p -9p.

Big Screen Movie Night: “The Birds” @ Riverside Cemetery. Thursday, Oct. 28th. 8pm. FREE.

The 4th Annual Thriller Dance will be on October 30th @ 7pm.

Serial Killers are the new Black!
The Kill Room Halloween Party @ The SoChi Gallery. Oct. 30th @ 10p. Signature Cocktail: The Killer Cosmo. Attire: Fashion Victim. if you can’t figure that out: think “Serial Killer” or “Victim” attire. Music by DJ Dirty.

Brett Butler LIVE!
@ Cox Capitol Theatre. Nov. 5th @ 8pm. Tix: $40 Floor/Reserved Seating, $25 Balcony/General Admission. 478-257-6391.

Fly South Fest. Nov. 6th. 2p ’til 10:30p. Amerson Water Works Park.

Made-in-Macon film “Stuck!” is now available for Pre-Order.

The Macon Film Festival is calling for sponsors for the 2011 film festival. Be Cool & Sponsor one of the hottest events in Macon! For more info, email me @

Calling all SoChilites! Show your SoChi pride by slapping a SoChi destination sticker on the back of your car. Buy yours @ The SoChi Gallery. 534 Second Street, Macon, GA 31201. 478-238-6630.

“I recognize your writing, Weezer. You have the penmanship of a serial killer…” – Claree, Steel Magnolias


October Fest

FIRST FRIDAY in Downtown Macon has gotten a makeover. Starting today it’s now known as FRIDAY FEST…meaning downtown will become the destination on Friday for fun & entertainment.

F.E.A.R. Institute Haunted House opens Tonight! 450 – 3rd Street. $13 / $11 with Student or Military I.D.

“Oil & Ink” Art Opening for comic artists Craig Hamilton, Steve Scott & Ray Snyder. And Ceramics by Michael Schmidt. 5-8p Macon Arts’ Gallery on First Street. FREE. Wine & Hors. The exhibit is up during the month of October.

Rick Hutto’s Book Launch “A Peculiar Tribe of People: Murder & Madness in the Heart of Georgia” @ Market City Café. 6p – 8p

Famed Fiddler Robert McDuffie @ the Grand Opera House. 7pm. SOLD OUT

Tony Joe White blues concert @ Cox Capitol Theatre.

Cult of Riggonia CD Release Party @ Grant’s Lounge. 8 pm.

Contemporary Arts Exchange on Mulberry St. Open House 6p – 8p.….stroll through the galleries and meet all the artists.

Caleb Grimes & the Scott Little Band @ The Hummingbird. 10p.

Greek Festival @ Holy Cross Greek Church. 859 First Street. Oct. 1st – 3rd

The Social Network” (Facebook movie) opens tonight … the creation of Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg & his 5,000,000 friends.


F.E.A.R. Institute Haunted House. Weekends through October.

Netherworld Haunted House opens tonight in Norcross, GA. Ranked the #1 Haunted House in America by USA TODAY. $22 or $27/person.

Cherry Blossom’s LEVEE FEST. Saturday, Oct. 2nd $10 / BBQ Cookoff, Kids world, live music beginning @ 11am. Corey Smith @ 8pm.

Heart of the Dragon Festival. Lake Tobesofkee. Racing Dragon Boats to benefit the Big Brothers & Big Sisters organization. Saturday, Oct. 2nd. 9a-1p.

Macon Book Fair @ the City Auditorium. Saturday, Oct. 2nd. 10a – Noon.

Macon Musicians Guild Concert EVERY TUESDAY @ 9pm @ The Golden Bough Bookstore on Cotton Ave. Local musicians & songwriters perform. FREE.

Every Thursday night in October, choreographer Pilar Wilder will teach you the Michael Jackson Thriller Dance moves. Classes every Thursday night in October @ 7pm. FREE.

Drag Queen Bingo @ The Hummingbird on Thursday, Oct. 14th & 28th.

“Death Trap” @ Macon Little Theatre. Oct. 15th – 24th.

Drink ‘N Draw @ Mellow Mushroom. Thursday, Oct. 21st

Night at the Museum BUG SLEEPOVER. For Children 8 to 12 yrs of age. Friday, Oct. 22nd. Museum of Arts & Sciences.

“The Little Foxes” @ Theatre Macon opens Oct. 22nd – Oct. 30th.

Brett Butler stand up comedy show at Cox Capitol Theatre. Wednesday, Oct. 27th.

Macon Film Festival & College Hill presents: “THE BIRDS” in Riverside Cemetery. FREE. 8pm. Thursday, Oct. 28th.

Abby Owens performing at Smith’s Old Bar in Atlanta. Oct. 28th

Savannah Film Festival. Oct. 30th-Nov 6th. Special Guests this year will be Isabella Rossellini, Ian McKellen & Liam Neeson.

The 11th Hour presents The Thriller Dance – downtown Macon. Oct. 30th. 7p

“The Kill Room” Halloween Party @ The SoChi Gallery. Serial Killers are the new Black! Sat, Oct. 30th @ 10pm.

BOOK YOU HOLIDAY EVENTS @ THE SoChi Gallery…now: 478-238-6630

The Killing Moon

“He has a bizarre sense of humor.” – a schoolmate of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer.

In the last several weeks I was recently robbed, my cousin was murdered in his own home during a break-in, several friends were recently victims of theft. And the “Dexter” season premiere is this Sunday. The Killing Moon is on the rise.

This past week I’ve had a peaked interest in weaponry. Pistol shopping was much more pleasurable that I ever imagined it could be. I hit the bull’s eye at Eagle Gun Range. Now that I’m packing heat I was eager to try out my new piece. Saturday’s “family day” was spent at the firing range putting The Judge on trial. It was a hung jury. My wife is scared to have a gun in the house and my daughter is scared her brother is going to shoot her with it. And me…I’m waiting to try it out on some thug who thinks my house is a Target.


DEXTER Season Premiere is Sunday. My partner in crime, Priscilla Esser, & I thought we’d celebrate the serial killer’s return to TV with a little plastic sheeting, our killing tools, a willing sacrifice (Ned Esser), lots of blood, some wine and a photographer to document the murder. Maryann Bates brought her killer lense & interrogation lights into the kill room and the cutting crew went to work.

Catch the DEXTER Season Premiere on Showtime. Sunday, September 26th @ 9pm.


Macon Film Festival & College Hill Alliance present: Big Screen Movie Night: “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” Sept. 24th @ 8pm. Tattnall Square Park. FREE.

Midtown Festival of the Arts. Atlanta. Sept. 25th & 26th.

Joseph Guay exhibit @ Jackson Fine Art in Atlanta

Coach Vince Dooley & artist Steve Penley’s Book Signing @ Georgia Music. 2107 Eisenhower Pkwy. September 30th. 3:30-6:30pm.

Rick Hutto’s Book Launch. “A Peculiar Tribe of People: Murder and Madness in the Heart of Georgia”. Friday, October 1st. 6-8pm @ Market City Café.

“OIL & INK” Macon Arts’ October Opening. Comic art by Craig Hamilton, Steve Scott & Ray Snyder. Ceramics by Michael Schmidt. Macon Arts Gallery. First Friday, Oct. 1st. 5p – 8p.

The Social Network movie in theatres Oct. 1st. “You don’t get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies.”

Underworld F.E.A.R. Haunted House opens Oct. 1st and goes through the month of October.

Levee Fest. Oct. 2nd. Central City Park.

Brett Butler @ CCT. Oct. 27th. 7:30pm. Tix: $40 Reserved Seating, $35 Gen Admission.

Some Killer Fun: On Target Paintball Try the Shooter’s Special.


Apple, Adam & Eve’L

Eve tempted Adam with an Apple. The Apple tempted me with an iPhone update. Just like Adam, I succumbed. Just like Eve, Apple turned “Adam” Evil.

I’m giving you fair warning….do NOT do the iPhone update! It knocked me out of commission for two weeks. Over 17 hours on the phone with the Apple help desk & in-store at Peach Mac did nothing to solve my rotten Apple problem. Forced to make the drive to their Atlanta office at Lenox Mall, I arrived as venomous as the serpent. The Apple Update is a Lemon….wait until they’ve worked out the kinks.

I’ll be working off the Apple Anger by sinking my fangs into some good fried chicken. If you’re in need of a little Apple Therapy, join me tomorrow for the SoChi Chicken Run to Big Bubba’s Chicken in Cochran, GA. The SoChi entourage will arrive there around 12:30pm. FEED THAT ANGER!

I’ll be in a better mood if you join me tomorrow night at the Macon Film Festival / College Hill Alliance Free Screening of “Homeward Bound” in Tattnall Park. Bring a chair or blanket and your dog. Movie begins @ 8pm.


Comedian Hal Sparks @ the Laughing Skull Lounge. VH1, Talk Soup & star of Showtime’s QUEER AS FOLK. July 15th – 18th. Thursday 8 & 10:30p; Friday 8p & 10:30p; Saturday 7p & 9:30p. for tix: call 877-LAFF-AT.U

1776 @ Theatre Macon. July 15th & 22nd @ 7:30pm. July 16th, 17th, 23rd & 24th @ 8pm. For tix: 478-746-9485.

Bolingbroke Southern Jam. Saturday, July 17th @ 6pm.

Drag Queen Bingo. The Hummingbird. Thursday, July 22nd. 7-9p

Bragg Jam. Saturday, July 31st. Bragg Jam’s Arts in the Park: 10a-8p in Third Street Park. Concert Crawl 5pm – 2am. $20.

The White Trash Party @The SoChi Gallery. Friday, August 13th. 9pm.


COWBOY JUNKIES @ Variety Playhouse. Saturday, July 24th. 8pm.

KISS @ Lakewood Amphitheatre. Tuesday, August 31st. 6:30pm.

ENGLISH BEAT @ Variety Playhouse, Atlanta. Wed, August 25th.

The Electric Social @ The SoChi Gallery. Friday, September 3rd. 10pm. Dark Shadow, Element & Old Flame will perform the best in electronic music.

GHOSTLAND OBSERVATORY @ The Masquerade. Saturday, September 18th. 8pm.


Bachelor of the Month

Once again, I am a bachelor for the summer. My wife & kids are enjoying the island life and I’m trying to fend for myself. The Ghetto Kroger is an ever-challenging experience especially because I don’t cook. However I did make a great find: Publix brand Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream! It’s awesome! Tastes just like the Baskin Robbins version. Ok, here is the plea: Someone please invite me over for dinner! I’ll bring dessert.

Or I’ll just meet you for drinks @ Lemongrass Thai Bistro. You must check out their new Karma Cocktail List. Nine signature cocktails have been added to the menu. Each drink was created by and named after a local SoChilite. $2 from each drink purchase goes to a local organization. Cocktails for a Cause, if you will. The list of Liquid Assets are:

“Jaime Love” created by tennis superstar Jaime Kaplan to benefit Jay’s HOPE, 4 kids with cancer. “Gentleman Jim” created by Theatre Macon’s Jim Crisp to benefit Theatre Macon’s Youth Actors Company. “The Fabulous Bastard” created by me, Terrell Sandefur, to benefit the Macon Film Festival. “The Satin Doll” created by The Fabulous SoChi Life blogger Priscilla Esser to benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure. “The Archimedes” created by Macon Man Comics illustrator Craig Hamilton to benefit the Macon Arts Alliance. “The Boston Martini” created by legal eagle Russell Boston to benefit LH Williams Elementary School. “Mark’s Green Tini” created by The Artist, Mark Ballard to benefit the Humane Services of Middle Georgia. “Make Good Decisions” created by Roly Bots musician Jared Wright to benefit the Songs for Kids Foundation. And “Pilar’s Pomegranate Passion” created by choreographer extraordinaire Pilar Wilder to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network.

My current bachelor status affords me the extra time to take in the sights & sounds.

Last night I flew past ‘The Police’ on I-75 to make it to Chastain Park to see STING in concert. Amazing in that it was the first time I’ve ever seen the Englishman perform. What made it even more spectacular is that he was backed up by the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Tonight, go Crazy with me @ the Cox Capitol Theatre @ the screening of THE CRAZIES. Doors open @ 6p. Film starts @ 7p. This event is brought to you by Fountain Car Wash (where a scene from the movie was shot), College Hill Corridor Commission and the Macon Film Festival. The event is FREE. There will be a special Behind The Scenes screening prior to the movie with a Q&A with some of the film’s extras. Warning: Don’t Drink the Water!

Another plea, if you see me wandering aimlessly around the grocery store, please point me in the direction of the Raisins. I still can’t find those damn things. See….this is why I shouldn’t be left alone!


Tybee Throws a Fit. Friday, 8a-10a @ the Tybee Island Pier.

First Friday in Downtown Macon begins @ 5pm. Check out The Art of Jazz @ Macon Arts.

Comic illustrator Craig Hamilton will be signing Macon Man Comics & T-Shirts @ Comics Plus on Forsyth Road this Saturday. 1p-3p.

The World of Giant Insects exhibit through October 10th @ the Museum of Arts & Sciences.

Drag Queen Bingo. Thursday, July 9th @ The Hummingbird.

Summer Redneck Games. July 10th. Dublin. $5.


Cowboy Junkies @ Variety Playhouse. Saturday, July 24th. 8pm. “Marie was born in Macon Georgia. She met a west coast lawyer. He plucked that sweet magnolia
and carried her to the hills of West LA.” – Southern Rain

English Beat @ Variety Playhouse, Atlanta. Wednesday, August 25th.


Holding Out for a Hero

“I need a Hero. I’m Holding Out for a Hero ’til the morning light. He’s gotta be sure and he’s gotta be soon and he’s gotta be larger than life!” — Bonnie Tyler

If ever a town needed a hero, it’s Macon, Georgia. Well now, we have one. Macon Man Comics launched this past week in The 11th Hour. The comic will appear in every issue so make sure you follow it. The story will chronicle Macon’s goings-on in real-time as well as the city’s rich history. This will be a story that will appeal to kids, teens & adults. Macon Man Comics‘ illustrator Craig Hamilton & The SoChi Companies will celebrate the comic with a premiere party at Asylum on Friday night from 6-9pm. Kids are welcome to attend and there is no admission for people 12 and under.

My son & I spent a hero’s weekend in Charleston, SC aboard the USS Yorktown, a World War II aircraft carrier on a Boy Scout expedition. We were there on the June 6th anniversary of D-Day. The USS Yorktown was one of the three US aircraft carriers during the Battle of Midway – considered the most important naval battle of Word War II. If you’ve never been … it’s pretty cool. I’d suggest it for a summer excursion.

George Foster had a hero’s voice. My friend and fellow Macon Film Festival board member passed away last week at the age of 80. George was hired by Andy Rooney and became the first black hire for CBS News in New York and went on to produce the first black news correspondent, Ed Bradley. George also produced “Sesame Street” for The Children’s Television Workshop and was one of the creators of “The Electric Company” for PBS. George, I will miss you … and that amazing voice of yours!

Crazy Acres: A Shirley Hill’s estate in Macon is on the market. This place would make the PERFECT celebrity rehab or insane asylum … if any of you Rehabers are looking for crazy locale, this is it! At almost 16,000 square feet, the superhero house is nestled on 16 acres along with monstrous Italian fountains, pools, temples, Chinese and Japanese gardens and a pet chapel. Look no further, this is crazy town! The former $3.9 million estate can be yours for the insane price of $399,000. For more deets contact realtor James Webb with Sheridan Solomon & Associates. 478-746-2000 ext. 322 or email him @

The Macon Film Festival is now accepting entries for the 2011 film festival! Visit for more details.

Save some Buck while shopping @ various SoChi shops & restaurants with the Grab’N Go Card. The Cards are $10.


Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival June 10-13th, Manchester, Tennessee. Rock Heroes like Dave Matthews, Kings of Leon, Tori Amos, Zac Brown, Stevie Wonder, etc…including Conan O’Brien.

Second Sunday Brunch @ Washington Park. Sunday, June 13th @ 6pm. FREE. This month’s featured performers are Jared Wright of The Red Swill and the Carrie Rodriguez Trio.

HBO’s True Blood season premiere Sunday, June 13th @ 9pm. Catch the 15-minute countdown show prior to the season starter beginning @ 8:45pm.

A Cocktail Party with a Purpose. Monday, June 14th join local movers & shakers @ Lemongrass Thai Bistro for the unveiling of the new Karma Cocktail Menu. Portions of the proceeds from drink sales for the next year will go to the charities selected by the “celebs” they were named after. Event & Food are FREE & open to the public. Cash Bar.

The Macon Film Festival & College Hill Corridor Commission are bringing “The Crazies” to a park near you! The Free outdoor screening will be Tuesday, June 29th @ 8pm. Tattnall Square Park.

Get your Season Tickets to Macon’s Pinetoppers Baseball.

See You @ Drag Queen Bingo … Tonight @ The Hummingbird Stage & Taproom.


“This Ain’t No Party!”

Has the “No Texting” while driving law gone into effect yet? I was knee-driving down Vineville Avenue this week while texting with my left hand & with my right: making notes on the laptop that was sitting in passengers seat. Life is just too TOO right now. Too many balls in the air, too many hours working my fingers to the bone, too few coins in the bank, too many unpaid bills, too many demands by too many people, too many thoughts to sleep at night…it’s just too hellish. There’s a war going on … and I’m way too old to be drafted. Too many replays of “Life During Wartime” by the Talking Heads running through my head.

“The sound of gunfire, off in the distance
I’m getting used to it now
Lived in a brownstone, lived in the ghetto
I’ve lived all over this town.”
This aint’ no Party! This ain’t no Disco! This ain’t no Fooling Around! This ain’t no Mudd Club, or CBGB. I ain’t got time for that now.” – The Talking Heads

“THE HASTY HEART” @ Theatre Macon is a must-see. I went to the final dress rehearsal last night and just have to say, GO SEE IT! “Cute Boys in Pajamas” was a quip I heard from a spectator that I couldn’t resist quoting. Set in a ‘40s British military hospital during World War II, the play is humorous yet poignant. A heart-rendering scene between “Yank” Anthony Ennis & “Lachie” Phillip Herbert may bring a tear so bring a small tissue. $18. For Tickets: 478-746-9485.

The Grand Opera House hit two home runs this past week. The Bryan Adams Bare Bones concert was simple & intimate. And quite frankly, PERFECT. Bryan Adams, his guitar & a piano player were amazing. The simplicity was followed up by Broadway hit “Avenue Q” – the risqué muppet puppets confronted racism & sexuality head-on. Bravo to The Grand for bringing these both to Macon.

My Bite of the week: Lemongrass Thai Bistro’s Crab Cakes. These crabby patties are YUMalicious and perched atop a spiced veggie slaw. The Fabulous Bastard cocktail was a nice pairing!

A SCAD professor friend of mine, John Bennett, turned me on to this new “wave” of music style called Chillwave. The indie rock movement is apparently all the rage with “the kids.” And to be perfectly honest … I need a wave of chill. Yoga Moga take me away!


Iconic Atlanta stripper “Blondie” is crawling down from atop the bar @ The Clermont Lounge and walking into the world of documentary films. “AKA BLONDIE” film benefit concert. Friday, May 21st. Eyedrum.

“The Mystery of Edwin Drood” @ Macon Little Theatre. Directed by Sylvia Haynie & Laura Voss. Through May 23rd. For Tickets call 478-477-3342.

The comedy/drama “The Hasty Heart” comes to Theatre Macon. May 21st – 29th. For Tickets call: 478-746-9485.

Molly Stevens’ Farewell to Macon concert @ The SoChi Gallery. Saturday, May 22nd. 8pm. $10.

Hayiya Dance Theatre presents “DISCOVERY” @ The Douglass Theatre. Saturday, May 22nd @ 7pm. $10. For Tickets call: 478-960-4206.

Ty Herndon in concert. Accompanied by Maconite Deborah Hightower. Saturday, May 22nd. 7p @ the Cox Capitol Theatre. Tickets: $15 in advance, $18 @ the door.

DubConscious @ Cox Capitol Theatre. Saturday, May 29th. 8pm.

Remember the ‘80s & ‘90s hair band Skid Row? Well, they are coming to Macon’s Asylum. Friday, June 4th. $20. “I Remember You”

Batter Up! Get your Season Tickets to Macon’s Pinetoppers Baseball.

Become a Part of Macon Man Comic


“Comicize Me!”

I have gone off the deep end! I’ve taken a nosedive right into the funny papers. “Go Speed Racer, Go!” driving down an avenue of art & commerce and picking up a few hitchhiking superheroes along the way.

Famed comic illustrator Craig Hamilton & I have created Macon Man Comics, a syndicated comic strip set in the real city of Macon, Georgia.

Craig is a veteran of the comic world with a flair for the superhero. I’m, well, “The Fabulous Bastard” who’s banking on the fact that I still have a little Pied Piper left in me. What we both share is a love of Macon, Georgia and and a cocktail named after us @ Lemongrass Thai Bistro! Together we want to promote Macon in a comically-delicious way “to Macon & Beyond!” Details on the comic are forthcoming …

To build a little hype we started “comicizing” people … it’s taken off and folks have begun clamoring to be “Comicized!” Requests have come from as far away as Atlanta, New York, Los Angeles and Paris, France. The comicization movement can be witnessed by going to the Macon Man Comics page.

Thank you to Congressman Jim Marshall for inviting me to be a judge for the Congressional Art Competition @ Warner Robins Air Force Base last Saturday. Congrats to the top 3 winning artists: Aaron Cole, Kyle Hensel & Sarah Hollifield.

Betty White became a Legend on Saturday Night Live! The Census and the NPR skits will make her & her muffin unforgettable! Thanks to the Facebook movement to have her host. Now, can Facebook start a movement to have her become a permanent cast member?

Getting screwed over by “SOMEBODY” you thought you knew really “CUTS LIKE A KNIFE.” I will get over it “THIS TIME.” Join me Friday night at The Grand Opera House as singer Bryan Adams takes the stage. $35, $50 & $75.


Maconite Nancy Grace will begin shooting her new TV show in Midtown Atlanta. “Swift Justice with Nancy Grace” is looking for audience members. For Free Tickets go to:

Queue for the “Q.” The Muppets meet Southpark Broadway smash AVENUE Q @ The Grand Opera House. Sunday, May 16th & 17th. $43-$47. For Tickets, call 478-301-5470.

If you are at home on Sunday night, tune in to Extreme Makeover Home Edition on ABC. Former Maconite Dwayne Bass designed & created the furniture & artwork for the made-over home. Sunday, May 16th @ 8pm.

Celebrate the 1st Anniversary of Lemongrass Thai Bistro. Monday, May 17th. Chef Tom will be preparing a special menu for the celebration. Thai Curry Puffs & Cocktails @ 6:30 pm. Dinner begins @ 7pm. $47/person. “Fabulous Bastard” not included. For reservations call: 478-257-6464

Ty Herndon in Concert. Accompanied by Maconite Deborah Hightower. Saturday, May 22nd. 7p @ the Cox Capitol Theatre. Tickets: $15 in advance, $18 @ the door.

Burning the Candle at both ends? Stressful times call for innerpeaceful measures. Work on your bliss @ Yoga Moga. Downtown’s newest yoga studio is located at 505 Second Street.

Batter Up! Get your Season Tickets to Macon’s Pinetoppers Baseball.

Macon-filmed “STUCK!”will have it’s New York premiere on Friday, June 26th @ VisionFest Tickets go on sale May 17th.


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