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part just in case they really did carve a colI was invited to speak on Tuesday, Feb. lege out of the wilderness. 17 to a luncheon meeting of the Osher Well, they did, and by the time I got Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), a UGA here, Athens could still be described as group for people who want to keep on finda quiet college town with pretty much a ing out about the world around them. My small, backwater state university, where topic was “The Making of Modern Athens,” the majority of the faculty were themselves and as I write this, I’m also still working UGA graduates. All of that was about to on the speech, which at this point is still in change, and the college changed before the future, though it will be in the past by the town did. First, it was integrated, in the time you read this, if the weather didn’t the sense that it was forced by the federal knock it out. Got it? Such are the vagaries judiciary to admit two African-American of the weekly newspaper schedule. undergraduates in spite of mobs and riots I have been thinking a lot recently and Confederate flags. What really changed about the making of modern Athens, the University of Georgia in my lifetime, for two reasons. The first is the fact that though it happened Kathy and Grady while I was gone, Thrasher, through was the acknowltheir Sunnybank edgement by the Films, with their governor and the cinematographer legislature that Matt DeGennaro pulling UGA out of and their staff, are the backwaters of making a movie here academia would take with the working money—for faculty, title Athens in our students, books Lifetimes. They are and buildings. The interviewing a lot of purse strings loospeople to elicit their ened, and the jobs impressions of just opened up, bringing what it is that makes in a flood of young Athens Athens. faculty from the The other reason graduate schools of I’ve been thinking a In any discussion of the North and the lot about Athens is, Midwest, young Athens, the University of course, the new assistant profesbook, The Tangible of Georgia is the 800-pound sors who were not Past in Athens, bulldog in the room. from around here, Georgia, which came who did not share out toward the end Georgia views on of 2014. Reading race or Vietnam or equal rights. They shook through The Tangible Past will give you a up the university and eventually the town. pretty good understanding of Athens in They attracted students who welcomed our lifetimes and in any other, because it ideas as well as touchdowns. starts out down at the North Oconee River And of course the flip side of the legislaat the founding of Athens and carries us tive largesse was the insistence that the forward from there in big chunks of conuniversity be run like a business, and the versation about our town by people who beginning of the corporatization of the love it enough ferret out the facts and the college—a top-down, hierarchical control photographs and tell us where the bodies system imposed upon professors accusare buried. tomed to collegiality, causing a great strugI guess I am an appropriate speaker gle for the heart and soul of the university for OLLI, because modern Athens seems that radicalized even English instructors. to have been made during the part of my While this war was still raging on campus, lifetime that I have spent here. By “modern the Vietnam War came to its ignominious Athens,” we probably mean the hip city of charming neighborhoods, music, craft beer, end, and a whole lot of students who were in college to avoid the draft didn’t have to sidewalk cafés and progressive politics that do either, anymore. That meant Athens had is always making somebody’s list of the 10 a lot of people who had come here for the or 20 best places to retire or visit or attend university and had grown fond enough of college or raise a family or raise hell: the our town that they chose to stay here after same city that has a 37-percent poverty it was no longer necessary. Thus began a rate. period when a lot of bright people began to In any discussion of Athens, the look around for something to do other than University of Georgia is the 800-pound go to school. Many of those who could come bulldog in the room. In any lifetime, the University of Georgia is what makes Athens up with the capital started businesses, and some of that capital came from endeavors special, and in fact it is what made Athens frowned on by the legislature. These young in the beginning. Athens was a sawmill on businesses made alternative newspapers the river until John Milledge ’n them ran possible and gave people like me something into Daniel Easley, who just happened to to do. have some fine land up there on the hill And, of course, there was the music. But above the river that he could let them have you already know about that. f for a mere $4,000, while he kept the other

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle supported the Gov. Nathan Deal unveiled his plan creation of entire “charter systems” as the last week to fix Georgia’s low-performing approach to Georgia’s school woes. The schools. The governor wants to create an state Board of Education subsequently “Opportunity School District” that would approved several of these charter systems. take over schools defined as “failing”— Did they fix all the problems with low-perthose that for three consecutive years forming schools? No. have scored less than 60 on the College During Deal’s first term as governor, his and Career Performance Index (CCRPI), a report card for public schools. The statewide silver bullet was a state commission that would OK the creation of charter schools district and its superintendent could seize that couldn’t get approved by local school control of a school, convert it to a charter boards. The voters approved that constituschool or even shut it down completely. tional amendment in 2012 and the state The implementation of this would be charter commission was duly created. Have lengthy. Part of the legislation involved is a you seen a reversal in constitutional amendment, school performance yet? I so two-thirds of the House The simplest haven’t either. and Senate members have This brings us to the to vote for it. That constisolution might be latest plan for a supertutional amendment would to stop cutting back so statewide school district have to be approved by a majority of voters in the much on state funding that will overrule local school boards, seize control 2016 general election. It of local schools and give would then take more than to local schools. our children the excellent a year to select the first education they deserve. Maybe. batch of failing schools and start working For more than 10 years, state budgets on their performance. have included huge “austerity cuts” in the Perhaps this proposal is the solution. formula funding Georgia is required to It sounds like the other quick fixes we’ve send to local school systems. In some years, heard in recent years as the magic formula these funding reductions for local schools to solve all the problems in our schools. have exceeded $1 billion. Sonny Perdue in 2006 had his “65 percent Since 2004, according to figures from the solution” that would require all school governor’s Office of Planning and Budget, systems to spend at least 65 percent of the combined austerity cuts have totaled their budget on activities directly related to nearly $8.3 billion. classroom instruction. The legislature dutiIt’s difficult to improve student perforfully passed Perdue’s law, but it turned out mance when you have fewer teachers and most school systems were already spendyou’ve closed the classroom doors. The siming classroom money at that level anyway. plest solution might be to stop cutting back There was no magical turnaround of school so much on state funding to local schools, performance and years later, state Sen. but that doesn’t seem to be a solution anyFran Millar (R-Dunwoody) admitted that one wants to discuss yet. f Perdue’s plan “hasn’t made any difference.”

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One hundred forty-seven schools are eligible for takeover. One of them is Gaines Elementary, which had CCRPI scores of 50.4, 52.7 and 50.1 in 2012–2014. Clarke County School District spokeswoman Anisa Sullivan Jimenez noted that the CCRPI formula keeps changing, that Gaines has never been flagged by the state and that CCSD is already engaged in reform by launching a charter district where individual schools will be handed more autonomy. (There’s a forum on the charter district at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19 at the Athens Community Career Academy on the H.T. Edwards campus at Broad Street and Hancock Avenue, if you want to know more.) “Superintendent [Philip] Lanoue feels strongly that local districts are in the best position to retain control and implement initiatives in their schools,” Jiminez said. “We know our needs more than anyone and have already begun exploring ideas such as early reading initiatives at Gaines.” She also pointed me to a column State School Superintendent Richard Woods wrote praising teachers and administrators after a recent visit to Gaines and to Cedar Shoals High School. “I can promise you that any individual who had spent some time in these schools would have walked away labeling these schools as model schools with CCRPI scores in the 80s or 90s and would be shocked to learn that they are in the 50s,” Woods wrote.

The Trashinator: I, for one, welcomed our new robot trashLast month, state senators introduced a bill backed by collection overlords—until a few weeks ago, when one Georgia’s growing craft brewing industry that would allow of the ACC Solid Waste Department’s newfangled trucks breweries to sell beer directly to the public. A committee became aware and decided that my receptacle was the hearing on the bill is expected this week, but one of the bill’s co-sponsors, Sen. Frank Ginn (R-Danielsville), says the enemy. As Flagpole reported last year, Solid Waste purchased keg of hope may have been over-pumped. eight new trucks, at a cost of $1.9 million, equipped with “They’re looking at that, and hopefully we’ll be able to move it forward,” said Ginn, vice chairman of the Regulated robotic arms that pick up receptacles and dump the contents into the back. They require only a driver, rather than Industries and Utilities Committee, which is handling SB a two- or three-man crew, saving the city $500,000 annu63. “I will say the bill has an uphill climb, because it’s not ally. (As you might imagine, turnover among garbagemen fully in synch with the three-tier system we have in state is high, and ACC slashed those jobs law.” attrition with no layoffs.) Under that post-Prohibition This bill, not only does through Well, a few weeks ago, the TrashBot system—set up back then in part to it help in economic 3000 terminated one of my cans. Solid make newly legalized alcohol easily promptly replaced it, and human taxable—breweries can only sell beer to development, but it also has Waste collaborator Suki Janssen gently chided wholesalers, who in turn sell it to bars, a big impact on tourism. ICYMI: We reported on this last April, when plans were filed, me that, as is so often the case, I was restaurants and retail stores, who sell but people have been asking me what’s going on at the doing it wrong. it to individuals. Among the obstacles Armstrong & Dobbs property, since the old graffiti-covered And so I pass this on to you, that you may not walk in facing SB 63 are Department of Revenue questions about ruins have been demolished. my footsteps: Place your rollcarts on the curb, two feet how taxes would be collected on breweries’ direct sales, After Selig Enterprises withdrew its much-maligned apart from each other, unblocked by parked vehicles, with Ginn said. (Although he said he hasn’t spoken to any interplans due to financing woes, Athens-based student housing the handles and wheels facing away from the curb. Good est groups about the bill, the alcohol distributors’ lobby is a developer Landmark Properties luck, and godspeed. powerful one.) stepped in to partner with Selig. The three-tier system has set up a charade by which Superintendent Philip Lanoue The resulting development, dubbed School Takeover: Through his breweries offer tours and 32 ounces of free samples, in The Mark—890 apartment bedfloor leaders, Gov. Nathan Deal has exchange for which consumers purchase a souvenir glass. feels strongly that local rooms, 60,000 square feet of proposed legislation allowing the Advocates for allowing breweries to sell directly to customdistricts are in the best position commercial space and 1,200 parkstate to take over what he’s termed ers say the added revenue from selling beer to tour-goers, ing spaces—is slightly smaller “failing” schools—including one in as well as cases of beer to take home—in spite of being a to retain control and implement than but very similar to the Selig Athens. drop in the pint glass in the grand scheme of beer sales— initiatives in their schools. proposal. Deal’s plan for a statewide would spur more craft breweries in a state that ranks near One important difference (and “Opportunity School District,” govthe bottom of the rapidly growing industry. SB 63, known a major flaw) is that an access road into the development erned by a superintendent reporting directly to him, could as the “Beer Jobs Bill,” would let breweries sell up to 72 sweep in up to 100 schools over a five-year period that have from Oconee Street will not run all the way through to East ounces for on-premises consumption, and 144 ounces (a Broad, so it will provide little connectivity between downscored less than 60 out of 100 on the College and Career 12-pack) to take home. town/East Athens and campus. Ready Performance Index, a state yardstick based on test “This bill, not only does it help in economic developUnlike Selig, Landmark is building the development by scores, graduation rates and achievement gap. ment, but it also has a big impact on tourism,” Ginn said. right in accordance with the ACC zoning code, with no com“If you are three years an ‘F’ school, and you have not That especially holds true in Athens, home to two craft mission vote required on any aspect. Not that it matters— shown any progress in that regard, then I think something breweries already, with a third on the way. But in North although the development will loom over a major gateway is wrong. I don’t think anybody would say that you would Carolina, where blue laws are much more progressive, the into the city and will continue the widely unpopular sacrifice the future of children at the stake of having local comparably sized city of Asheville has 21 craft brewerstudent-ication of downtown, it won’t include a Walmart, control,” Deal told conservative WSB radio host Erick ies. Guess which place a beer snob would rather spend a so who cares? f Erickson. weekend?

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The Cook and Brother armory as it appeared in the 19th Century.

Since the Civil War, East Athens Has Always Been a Battleground By Matthew Pulver


he summer of 1864 was exceptionally hot, and General William T. Sherman had driven into the heart of the South. The enemy was at the gates. Sherman’s right-hand cavalryman, Major General Stoneman, and his “Raiders” had been dispatched to attack Athens and destroy the Cook and Brother Armory, the premier manufacturer of the best rifles for the Confederacy. Every able-bodied man of Athens between the ages of 18 and 45—and many both younger and older—had left town to fight. All that remained for home defense was a ragtag group of older Athenians and the small handful of workers at the armory. The bloodiest war in American history was at Athens’ doorstep, and ground zero was East Athens and its armory on the Oconee River.

The First Occupy Athens The factories and mills that lined the North Oconee had made Athens one of Georgia’s most important cities, with Athens boasting nearly half the population of Atlanta at the beginning of the war. Athens was quickly becoming a manufacturing power and was on its way to challenging industrial centers up North. In 1864, the massive stone Cook factory (much of it still standing today as the University of Georgia’s Chicopee complex) was the crown jewel to be defended against Sherman’s marauders. Athens was empty and quiet. The university was closed down. Virtually all the men were gone. Somebody had to step up to at least try to fend off the Yankees bearing down on East Athens.



Even back then, Athens didn’t march in lockstep to the beat of the Southern drum, and the home guard ended up being a largely uncontrollable, rogue, almost laughably harmless brigade with a name that sounds like a bad band. The “aged and infirm” men left in Athens formed themselves into the “Thunderbolts,” an absurdist scene of men over 50 (just slightly below the life expectancy at the time) whose antics resembled a feckless Food Not Bombs collective as much as a fearsome Confederate fighting force.

The home guard ended up being a largely uncontrollable, rogue, almost laughably harmless brigade with a name that sounds like a bad band.

The Thunderbolts shared much with contemporary leftist political philosophy in terms of organizational ethics. They rejected hierarchy outright, whether within the group or in regard to the Confederate government, which was held in some contempt by the Thunderbolts. It’s hard to tell if their principles were remarkably philosophically prescient or if they were just cranky, ornery old men who weren’t thrilled about all this. The band of misfits “positively refused to follow orders from anybody,” writes Augustus Longstreet Hull, in his Annals of Athens. The men “recognized no superior officer” and named themselves the “Mitchell Thunderbolts” not after an officer but a colorful private, William Mitchell, affectionately known as “Slickhead.” Ol’ Slickhead was an ideas man. Ridiculous ideas, apparently. Hull’s account describes how “the originality of his suggestions made

pastime of the perils of war.” They named themselves after the class clown, in other words. A Frenchman who’d somehow ended up in Athens led drills that nearly every time would be halted for a “heated discussion,” as “each member retained in its entirety his individual liberty,” and could question and critique any proposed action or command. As a final drill, the Thunderbolts were to lie down, roll, then fire their weapons. After refusing, the company eventually reluctantly acceded. Hull describes the scene: “Some shot at each other, some at the ground, some at the trees and some at the sun. Such an indiscriminate mass of rolling humanity was never before seen.” Such was the last line of defense against Stoneman’s Raiders. It is appropriate that one Thunderbolt, amateur actor John Gilleland, invented the group’s spirit animal: the grandiosely useless double-barreled cannon, perhaps the only weapon in history structurally guaranteed to miss the enemy—twice!—with each firing. The motley group dug out a position atop the hill between what are now First and Second streets to defend against an attack on East Athens from the north. (The makeshift cannon emplacement still exists as a sunken depression on the hilltop.) A second position guarded against a southern advance a few miles down the river. In the end, no Thunderbolt rifle was fired, as a single cannon shot against Stoneman’s men at the southern defense convinced the Federal army of a lucky fiction that the artillery was “supported by a strong force.” Athens, unlike much of the wide swath between Atlanta and Savannah, was “secure from the torch of the invader,” recalled an Athenian years later.

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Fables of the Reconstruction Within a few years, East Athens came back to life, and the armory, shuttered since warâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s end, reopened as a weaving mill. The new owner built more homes around the mill, and erected St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church for the millâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s operatives. As many know, the church later became the location of R.E.M.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first show and the living space of Michael Stipe and Peter Buck. Only the steeple remains on Oconee Street, persisting with its dual sanctity and, in the shadow of proliferating apartment complexes, with what seems like a sense of embarrassment at sharing its proud spire with the profane. Post-war East Athens found itself at the strange juncture. The quiet idyll of farmland was met with the thrum and rumble of factories and railroads. Cotton farming had not made it as far north as Athens before the war, but now new agricultural techniques brought cotton northward, and made Athens one of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;chief inland cotton markets of the stateâ&#x20AC;? within a short time. Meanwhile, the area was pulsing with factories, and a trestle was bringing the railway across the river and into town. (For years, the rail line ended somewhere above Mamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Boy, and cargo was quaintly pulled by mule toward Savannah.) Cotton likely blanketed the big hill between modernday First and Odd streets and back toward Triangle Plaza, which was largely shorn of its trees at the time. Cotton appears to have grown right up to the door of the old armory. An 1845 painting of the area reveals that the many trees of East Athens were not even saplings before the war. Photos from the late 1800s and early 1900s show farm plots where scores of houses would be in coming decades. David Earnest / Hargrett Rare Books Library

The double-barreled cannon on the median that divided College Avenue.

Simultaneously, the area just east of the Oconee was becoming a sort of shantytown for newly freed slaves who had fled their rural plantations to find opportunity and safety in Georgiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cities. The population of Athens before the war was majority black by a slim margin, and it is likely that that margin ballooned with the influx. The newly freed Americans settling on the eastern banks of the Oconee, along whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s now Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, marks the beginning of the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more than century-long existence as a black neighborhood. The black Athenians gathered in hovels along the river found themselves freed of bondage, but at the dawn of a century of white terrorism. White Athenians feared black uprisings in the years before the war, but now the fear was palpable. Abolition â&#x20AC;&#x153;propaganda,â&#x20AC;? as whites called it, had reached Athens by 1850. The fear was so great that an article ran in Athensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Southern Banner before the election of Abraham Lincoln claiming that his running mate was a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Negro.â&#x20AC;? Union League meetings began in the days after the war, meeting on Hancock Avenue across the street from what is now Little Kings, where Dawg Gone Good BBQ sits. Many black Athenians, both old and new, met with their few white sympathizers in what was described by racist whites as gatherings â&#x20AC;&#x153;characterized by dire oaths and frightful

paraphernalia of skulls and cross-bones,â&#x20AC;? wrote Sylvanus Morris in his 1923 History of Athens and Clarke County. Hull wrote that â&#x20AC;&#x153;the Union League exercised baleful influence among the negroes, urging them to lawlessness and violence.â&#x20AC;? No evidence exists besides these recollections to suggest that the League pursued an insurgency or criminality of any kind. But newly freed black Athenians were eager to enjoy the full privileges of their new citizenship. The University of Georgia reopened after the war, and young black men ascended the hill to demand education. They â&#x20AC;&#x153;prepared to seize control of the recently reopened institution,â&#x20AC;? wrote Michael Thurmond, in his A Story Untold, and as historian Ellis Merton Coulter described it in The Reconstruction of Georgia, â&#x20AC;&#x153;the motley group of dusky educational warriorsâ&#x20AC;Ś began to jeer their more fortunate white brothers.â&#x20AC;? But the black men were pushed back when white students fired on them. Late in 1867, the group tried again, arming themselves with â&#x20AC;&#x153;sticks, clubs and every kind of weapon obtainable,â&#x20AC;? but were fired on again by students who still carried their guns from the war. It would be 94 years before black Americans would enroll in the university. Black Athenians were bringing sticks to a gunfight. In the first years after the war, white power was hardening into an armed structure of subjugation. Hull described the quick emergence of the Ku Klux Klan in Athens, which was able to keep the Union League â&#x20AC;&#x153;in wholesome restraint, and had the situation well in hand by 1870.â&#x20AC;? The Klan was very active in Athens. Athensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; black majority dominated in elections directly following the war, sending two black legislators to the statehouse. While one legislator was tolerated as a moderate, Alf Richardson, a firebrand, was described as â&#x20AC;&#x153;a turbulent and dangerous negro, advocating violent measures against the whites.â&#x20AC;? Multiple (white) historical accounts have Richardson dying in a fiery shootout with the Klan after the terrorists set fire to his house. An account written by a black historian, however, resolutely denies this narrative, asserting that Richardson went back to the statehouse until incipient Jim Crow laws made his electoral success impossible. Richardson exists as a flickering phantom in history, appearing and vanishing like a character in Back to the Future. Did he die with a gun in his hand, heroically silhouetted by an inferno, or did he continue to fill his seat in Atlanta and retire comfortably as a pillar of black Athens? Athens was split almost evenly along racial lines, and after the war everything was contested. Even the very memory of a man became contested terrain, a place for fictive victories. East Athens was a particularly contested space. Less than a century before, in 1786, a treaty with the Cherokee made the Oconee the border between white territory and that of the Creek nation. East Athens was white manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s land, and Native Americans controlled from downtown Athens to the Pacific Ocean. In the postwar decades, East Athens was a bucolic battleground: The modern snarl of the factory and the railroads encroached on idyllic farmland. Athens vanquished the river with bridges and train trestles, only to have the Oconee frequently overrun its banks and claim yards, fill crawl spaces and threaten peace of mind, a muddy menace lapping against the floorboards. Up the east bank, black neighborhoods and white neighborhoods existed in uneasy proximity, with lines of demarcation, too, ebbing and flowing for the next century and a half. f Editorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s note: This is Part 1 in a three-part series about the rich history of East Athens.

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Carol Baron, an assistant ACC attorney, told Municipal Court Judge Leslie Spornberger Jones that she wanted to drop the charge against McCombs because the chicken ban is unenforceable. “I’ve never fought so hard to lose,” Baron quipped, after an hour of sparring with Gabriel. Gabriel asked for a ruling, arguing that Jones should strike down the law, because “it is so excessively broad, it would probably [only] permit a rock garden,” he said. “Otherwise, it prohibits plants and animals, at least by one reading of it.”


trees and forest products; fruits of all kinds, including grapes, nuts, and berries; vegetables; nurseries; florals; ornamental and greenhouse products; or lands devoted to a soil conservation or forestry management program. Gabriel thinks the definition was originally written to protect farmers from complaints by residents of encroaching subdivisions. But it has the effect of outlawing just about anything a homeowner might grow, from flowers to grass. “When you read it, it’s on its face absurd,” Gabriel said in an interview. “It can’t possibly mean what it says, and if it it does mean what it says, they can’t do that. It’s a taking of property.” Jones sided with the prosecution, granting Baron’s motion to dismiss the citation, thus avoiding ruling on the central issue. “I don’t think anyone would think it’s appropriate for a prosecutor to move forward on a case it can’t do anything with,” she said. The ruling thrust the issue out of the courtroom and into the realm of politics.

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thens-Clarke County commissioners have been pecking at the issue for years, but they’ve been too chicken to follow through: whether to let city residents own hens. Obligatory puns aside, the question took wing once again recently, when an East Athens resident cried fowl over a local ordinance excluding cluckers from the city. Jonathan McCombs grew up in Dallas and attended college in Austin, TX, where chickens are legal. At St. Edwards University, he developed an interest in sustainable urban gardening. “This is something I think is important to do,” McCombs said. “It’s grown out of frustration with conventional agriculture. It freaks me out, what I’m putting in my body, but I’m also not fortunate enough to be able to afford organic food.” So, when he moved to Athens in 2013 to attend graduate school at the University of Georgia, it seemed natural to buy a few chickens to aerate the soil and provide fertilizer for the garden at his East Broad Street home (not to mention the fresh eggs). “What motivated me was wanting to Recognizing that the ordinance can’t be produce food on my lawn,” McCombs said. enforced, ACC Manager Alan Reddish directed “Otherwise, I don’t really want to have a the Planning Department to draft a revision. lawn.” An addition to the definition of agriculture Athens, however, is not among the dozpresented to the Planning Commission ens of Georgia cities—including Atlanta, earlier this month includes trees, fruits, Alpharetta, Savannah and Albany—where vegetables, flowers and other ornamental urban poultry is permitted. A Community plants, but it doesn’t mention chickens at all. Jonathan McCombs next to a chicken coop he built by hand. McCombs gave his chickens away after being Protection Division officer noticed McComb’s “That is the limit of what we were requested cited for illegally owning them, then challenged the law in court. chickens while citing him for leaving his trash to do, and what we are providing to you cans out too long in September and gave him a ticket. That’s an interpretation ACC Commissioner Kelly Girtz tonight,” Planning Director Brad Griffin told the Planning Michael and Mary Songster—Cobbham residents who agrees with. “It’s written so broadly right now, it could be Commission. fought City Hall over their chickens in 2008 and are respon- read as ‘I’m in violation because I have a peach tree in my About a dozen intown Athens residents lobbied the sible for all those “pro-chicken” bumper stickers—put him backyard,’” he said. Planning Commission to include chickens among the excepin touch with Russell Gabriel, a UGA law professor and The ACC code bans agriculture in most residential tions in the law. former public defender, who decided to ruffle some feathers areas—everywhere except those few places on the outskirts “We have chickens at middle schools,” Mary Songster and took on the case pro bono. of town zoned agricultural. Agriculture is defined as: The said, referencing the Clarke County School District’s farmproduction, raising, breeding or maintenance of plants and anito-cafeteria agriculture program. “We’re teaching kids mals including, but not limited to: forage and sod crops; grain about this, and they can’t come home and actually do it.” and seed crops; dairy animals and dairy products; poultry and Her daughter, Maggie, said she learned where her food poultry products; livestock, including beef cattle, sheep, swine, comes from when the family briefly owned chickens. horses, or goats, game animals, exotics, fish, and any muta“I saw a connection to food I never saw before—never An ensuing hearing in December was about as odd as tions or hybrids thereof, including the breeding and grazing of could see in the city,” she said. “We are so disconnected lips on a chicken. The prosecutor was trying to dismiss the any or all such species; bees and apiary products; fur animals; from our food.” case, but the defense wouldn’t let her.

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At least six ACC commissioners are on record as being in favor of backyard chickens, so it looks likely that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be legalized at some point. But the process could take a while. An ordinance would have to address how many chickens are allowed, whether people can keep noisier, more territorial roosters, how the chickens are treated, and what steps owners must take to keep chickens from bothering neighbors. The City of Atlanta, for example, allows up to 25 birds; they must be given at least two square feet of space, and coops must be at least 50 feet from structures on neighboring property. Commissioners will discuss how to proceed at their Tuesday, Feb. 17 agenda-setting meeting. (A vote is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, Mar. 3.) They could accept the definition of agriculture as written and keep chickens illegal; instruct the planning commission to write a separate ordinance dealing with chickens; write the ordinance themselves on the fly; or vote down the definition, which would de facto legalize chickens for the time being, because ACC has acknowledged it canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t enforce its ban as it is presently written. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Where we go from here is to share what Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve heard from the planning commission when it comes to us. I have to do my homework and listen to the conversation,â&#x20AC;? said Commissioner Allison Wright, an advocate for legalizing both chickens and beekeeping. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m more inclined to not vote for the ordinance so it comes backâ&#x20AC;? after the planning commission clears up the status of poultry and bees, she said. McCombs gave his own chickens away after being ticketed, but if chickens are legalized, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s planning to get some more birds. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know if I want to be doing this every six monthsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;somebody coming by and messing with me for having chickens,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[But] overall, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m very pleased with whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happened so far. The only reason I have mixed feelings is I wish there had been a clear decision.â&#x20AC;? f



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Nancy Hartness told the planning commission that chickens can recycle seven pounds of food scraps a month, and Flanders, Belgium even gave 3,000 residents three hens each to reduce waste that goes to landfills. Anticipating a common criticism of chicken ownership, Hartness also said the loudest chickens get is 63 decibelsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; about the same as a normal human conversation and certainly less than a barking dog or a party full of people next door. But chickens can generate complaints, although citations are rare. Since the Songsters in 2008, CPD has ticketed only two people for violating the agriculture ordinanceâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;McCombs and a Spring Valley man who kept a donkey as a mascot for a Democratic organizationâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; according to documents Flagpole obtained through an open records request. Some chicken owners, like McCombs, said neighbors didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mind at all, and many people are unaware that they have feathered neighbors. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People started out, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Oh, chickens are gross, chickens smell,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Pulaski Heights resident Gray Riley said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was remarkable how they turned around.â&#x20AC;? Normaltown resident Harry Banko, though, said a neighbor who liked to sleep in once called CPD on him because his chickens were clucking at dawn, forcing him to give them up. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was dumbfounded that this was even a problem,â&#x20AC;? he said. One reason planning commissioners didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take up the chicken issue was that they anticipate controversy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If the ordinance involved chickens, people would be here in opposition tonight,â&#x20AC;? said Alice Kinman, a former ACC commissioner who now serves on the appointed board that recommends zoning changes to the Mayor and Commission. The Planning Commission unanimously voted to send the definition of agriculture to the ACC commission as-is, sans chickens, while also signaling that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to consider chickens separately. The need to clear up the ordinance was too urgent to wait, they said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You can have a bull in your front yard, and the county canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do anything about it,â&#x20AC;? Planning Commissioner Jim Anderson said.

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economics programs in Athens-Clarke County, a change in programming he hopes to see catch on nationwide. This nonprofit will be the theme of Acheson’s speech Friday evening. “We’re sort of redoing the whole curriculum to give kids the life skills so that in their 20s, they actually know how to poach an egg, or make some jam, or make a chutney, or make some pickles, just bare-bones cooking necessities that people seem to have forgotten how to do,” Acheson says. For all of the aforementioned reasons, Athens seems like a good launching pad for this idea of more meaningful home economics lessons. We’ve seen agriculture grow into the curriculum of many subjects taught in this county, and it follows that students should also learn how to cook and eat what they’ve planted. “I think the edible gardens have seen a maturation in idea to where it used to be kind of about kindergarteners planting a seed, and watching it grow, and ooh la la, and you’re done, and then the stuff just never really gets harvested and never gets used,” he said. “And now it’s being used.” Acheson noticed the need for a reassessment and redesign of what’s going on in home ec classrooms when his daughter came home from school after learning to cook red velvet cupcakes from a box and croissants wrapped in bacon from a tube. Although he’s not particularly worried for his own children, Acheson cites low college graduation rates among students coming from Acheson in the kitchen at his Atlanta restaurant, Empire State South. low-income households in part to the lack of practical life skills being scene is at the epicenter of farming in our taught in schools. region, with enough committed chefs and “It’s like, well, what if we taught them conscientious eaters to provide a steady how to be that much healthier and that demand for small-scale, organic growers. In particular, Clarke Middle School and Classic much smarter about how they spend their money, and taught them the value of a No. City High School (which is a partner with 1 combo at a fast food joint? That money the Athens Land Trust on a community that you think is a really good deal can garden) have been recognized on the state feed three people if you really think about and federal levels as some of the best farmit properly and have some basic cooking to-school efforts around. The University of skills,” he says. “It’s like getting badges in Georgia also boasts one of the best colleges Boy Scouts—somewhere along the line, you of agriculture and environmental sciences need to know how to make a fire, and somein the country, and functions as one of where along the line, you should know how the most pertinent resources for farmers to scramble eggs without screwing it up.” throughout the state. Although we may have lost a generaThe conference’s keynote speaker will tion or more of cooking skills to things like be one of the men most responsible for minute rice and instant mashed potatoes, Athens’ burst of foodie culture in the last Acheson is hopeful for the outlook of his decade or so. You’re probably aware of who program and the country’s attitude toward the Five & Ten founder is, but you may not food in general. know what he’s been up to lately (outside “There’s an empowerment happening in of opening new restaurants, writing cookfood policy that we haven’t seen in quite books and starring as a TV cooking judge). some time, so it’s the right time to make a Hugh Acheson has begun work on a difference,” he says. f charity to reorient the curriculum of home

THIRD THURSDAY: Athens is lucky to have Third Thursday, the monthly event in which the seven largest art venues in town— ATHICA, Ciné, The Classic Center, Georgia Museum of Art, Hotel Indigo, Lamar Dodd School of Art and Lyndon House Arts Center—stay open late from 6–9 p.m. for free visitations. Conveniently, the new Third Thursday shuttle, sponsored by the Classic Center Cultural Foundation, completes a route among the venues every 30 minutes. To take advantage of this free service, just get yourself to one of the venues and look for the “3Thurs” sign out front for pickup. If you’re driving, free parking is available at ATHICA, Lyndon House and the Performing and Visual Arts Complex on the UGA campus. Visit for a complete list of exhibits viewable on Thursday, Dec. 19.

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focuses on works the Catalan-American painter created in response to personal relationships. “Small Truths: Pierre Daura’s Life and Vision” presents paintings, prints, drawings and sculptures donated by the artist’s daughter, Martha Randoph Daura. “Chaos and Metamorphosis: The Art of Piero Lerda,” another new show which opened this past Saturday, is a collection of mixed-media abstractions by the experimental Italian artist. Additional exhibitions include “Not Ready to Make Nice: Guerrilla Girls in the Artworld and Beyond,” A Year on the Hill: Work by Jim Fiscus and Chris Bilheimer” and “The Life and Work of Alice Fischer, Cultural Pioneer.” 90 Carlton is free for Friends of GMOA or $5 otherwise. n ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE: Launched in May of last year, Friends of WUGA’s creative fundraiser, Artists in Residence, highlights one highly distinctive, professional local artist each month month through a home tour. These events give a rare opportunity

GUERRILLA GIRLS: Arrive early at 5:30 p.m. on Third Thursday to the Georgia Museum of Art for a rare visit by two members of the Guerrilla Girls, whose provocative multimedia campaigns are highlighted in the exhibition “Not Ready to Make Nice: Guerrilla Girls in the Artworld and Beyond.” Formed 30 years ago in New York City, the collective feminist activists maintain anonymity by adopting the names of deceased woman artists and disguising themselves by wearing gorilla The home of Lori Bork Newcomer. masks. The group’s projects initially centered around confrontto meet and learn more about them while ing sexism and racism in the visual art viewing the artists’ works-in-progress and world and have since expanded to tackling personal collections of art. discrimination and underrepresentation On Saturday, Feb. 21 from 3–5 p.m., in film, popular culture and the political Athenians can visit the home of Lori Bork sphere. Newcomer, located at 150 Pulaski Heights. Founder and current Guerrilla Girl Frida Newcomer, an award-winning architect Kahlo and former Guerrilla Girl Romaine known for her contemporary homes, such Brooks will participate in a free panel as those that have spring up along Pulaski discussion led by Neysa Page-Lieberman, Street, specializes in energy-efficient who served as curator of the exhibit and houses that incorporate sustainable mateis director of the department of exhibirials when possible. Newcomer will be tions, performance and student spaces at interviewed on WUGA 91.7 and 97.9 FM Columbia College, Chicago. The discussion, on Thursday, Feb. 19 at 3 p.m., and Pratt which is sponsored by the Willson Center Cassity from the College of Environment for Humanities and Arts, will be followed by and Design at UGA will speak about the a reception sponsored by the Institute for architect’s work around 4 p.m. during the Women’s Studies. open house. The Saturday afternoon series kicked off 90 CARLTON: The Friends of the Georgia the new year at the home of painter Terry Museum of Art will host the museum’s Rowlett, and will continue at the homes of quarterly reception, 90 Carlton, the followdesigner and curator Didi Dunphy on Mar. ing day on Friday, Feb. 20 from 5:30–8:30 21, photographer Jeremy Ayers on Apr. p.m., offering yet another reason to make 18, folk painter Peter Loose on Aug. 15, a visit. In addition to gallery activities, musician and artist Michael Lachowski on door prizes and refreshments from Epting Sept. 12 and potter Ron Meyers on Oct. 10. Events, the reception is the first opportuAdmission is $10 for Friends of WUGA or nity to view two new shows that will offi$15 otherwise, with proceeds benefiting the cially open the following day. “Pierre Daura station. Reservations can be made at 706(1896–1976): Picturing Attachments” 542-9842 or f

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This weekend, Athens will buzz with more than 1,000 farmers, chefs, gardeners, teachers, academics, health advocates and homesteaders in town for the 18th Annual Georgia Organics Conference at The Classic Center. The theme of this year’s conference is “Recipe for change: better farms, better flavors.” It will spotlight the influence of how food is grown on how it tastes, and thus how people who grow, cook and eat food all contribute to making sustainable practices viable. The conference’s return to Athens is something of a no-brainer. The Athens food



The Ties That Bond Kinky Sex, Kinks in the Mind and Jamesian Satire By Drew Wheeler

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STILL ALICE (PG-13) Julianne Mooreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s front(Dornan, the serial killer from â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Fall,â&#x20AC;? FIFTY SHADES OF GREY (R) Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cut to runner status at the Academy Awards will who was neither the filmmakersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; nor the the chase. Fifty Shades of Grey is not the surprise no one who has seen Still Alice, fansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; first choice). abysmal train wreck assumed by the prea rather surprisingly effective film that is Not much else happens, though it is a movie buzz regarding the leadsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; dislike for more than a simple sum of its acting parts. trilogy, so one must assume the narrative one another. Merle Oberon and Laurence Newly turned 50, Alice Howland Olivier hated each other (legend has (Moore) is starting to lose her it Oberon ate garlic prior to filming Fifty Shades of Grey memory. First it is little things like the climactic kiss on the moors), words, but to a distinguished proand Wuthering Heights worked fessor of linguistics, words are life. out all right. I am not comparing Then it is more, like her daughterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan name. to Oberon and Olivier or E.L. Still Alice, based on Lisa Genovaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jamesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; BDSM bestseller to Emily novel and brought to the screen by Bronteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s classic of English-Gothic the writing-directing duo of Richard romanticism. Despite their share Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland of cringeworthy moments, director (QuinceaĂąera), could have had the Sam Taylor-Johnson (Nowhere Boy) emotional heft of a Lifetime Movie. and writer Kelly Marcel (Saving Mrs. Instead, Mooreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s expectedly sincere, Banks) largely craft an entertaining award-bait performance, plus a seriadaptation out of this easy-to-disous turn from Alec Baldwin and a dain, worldwide phenomenon. I only see about three shades. reminder Kristen Stewart is much For those living under a rock, more than Bella Swan, elevate this film to a eventually takes a dramatic twist or two. Fifty Shades began as Twilight fan fictionâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; The movie boasts a lot of foreplay and never level of emotion not typically seen on basic easily realized by its Edward and Bella cable. really lets its kinky side out; one assumes proxies, Christian Grey and Anastasia Tears are likely, as is empathy, a much the filmmakersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; safe word was â&#x20AC;&#x153;R-rating.â&#x20AC;? Steele (what a terrible porn name)â&#x20AC;&#x201D;before harder emotion to evoke cinematically than Tonally, Fifty Shades pulls off a rather becoming one of the book worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s biggest sympathy. Trying not to imagine oneself nice balancing act. Several early scenes wonders since Harry Potter. The paper-thin in this devastatingly realistic situation is plot involves virginal Ana (Johnson, daugh- between Ana and Christian have a playfulnear impossible. Movies about diseases ness belying the ultimate nature of his ter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith) are a dime a dozen, but unlike, say, 50/50, sexual proclivities, which Taylor-Johnson falling for a billionaire sadomasochist the diagnosis in Still Alice does not provide the remote chance of a happy ending or a hope of remission. One knows the outcome going in, and such foreknowledge makes Alice an even more meaningful, tougher film to watch. KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE (R) Director Matthew Vaughn returns to the Mark Millar comic-book well once more, adapting The Secret Service into a ridiculously energetic (bordering on frenetic), mod, ultraviolent, Bond satire. The Kingsmen are a handpicked group of spies beholden to no country or government. With their Arthurian codenames and gadgets, they hunt down baddies outside of bureaucratic red tape and corruption. After one of their own dies, each member must select a candidate for their grueling training program. Galahad (Colin Firth) picks Eggsy (Taron Egerton), the son of a colleague who was killed in action. One megalomaniacal billionaire later, lisping Richmond Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson, having himself a good old time), and training becomes a first mission. Vaughn makes a strong case for why he should direct a Bond film if the producers ever choose to return to the scope and scale of the Roger Moore efforts of the 1970s, back when Bond was fun. (Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t misunderstand. The current bleak Bond films are great, but sometimes itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fun to time-travel back to the days of Bond in space.) Kingsman succeeds on its energy, which pretty much sustains its teetering toward an overlong runtime. Old-school Bond fans may cringe at the loads of mostly cartoonish violence (lots of exploding heads), but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really only all in good fun this time in Kingsman. f

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other Nature ain’t the only one rejuvenated when March rolls around; our music venues get a needed influx of touring-band action after being sidelined all winter with the slow-season funk. With the bulk of the big-league action from now until May already announced, we’ve pulled together 10 of our must-see shows to help guide you out of the winter doldrums and towards the sweet sounds of spring. Check back for in-depth features on many of these acts in the weeks ahead, and bookmark the Flagpole Calendar at to stay abreast of all local live-music happenings.

after more than 10 years. The Pacific Northwest indie rock icons are touring behind the long-anticipated Strangers to Ourselves, out Mar. 17. Expect also to hear an earful of material from the band’s early-aughts apex, The Moon & Antarctica, as well as crossover hits like “Dashboard” and “Float On.”

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Big K.R.I.T. Wednesday, Mar. 4, Georgia Theatre

Sharp-tongued Mississippi MC Justin Scott burst onto the scene with a trio of excellent country-rap mixtapes (K.R.I.T. Wuz Here, Return of 4Eva and 4eva N a Day) before going big-time in 2012 with Live From the Underground, his Def Jam debut. On that record, Scott seemed distracted by lofty expectations, but last year’s Cadillactica found him ready for primetime. The hard-hitting, Afrofuturist LP channeled OutKast, Funkadelic and UGK in equal measure, looking to the outer limits while maintaining a gritty, deep-South vibe.

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Kevin Barnes has found a new groove. Having all but abandoned the thematic, musical and lifestyle excesses of mid-aughts of Montreal, the group’s last couple records—2013’s Lousy with Sylvianbriar and the upcoming Aureate Gloom—have been stark, uncompromising affairs. Gloom, out Mar. 3 via Polyvinyl, features the same skeletal lineup that lent Sylvianbriar its gutty garage-rock edge, though the new album incorporates a tad more of the project’s onetime porno-disco luster.

Modest Mouse Monday, Mar. 9, Georgia Theatre

The crown jewel of the spring concert calendar was just announced last week and will have surely sold out by the time you read this, but we’ve gotta give it a couple inches, because we’re more than a little pumped to have Isaac Brock and company back in Athens



Hiss Golden Messenger Tuesday, Mar. 10, Caledonia Lounge

M.C. Taylor slogged through personal and career setbacks only to finally find a home in North Carolina’s Research Triangle and at Durham’s Merge Records. That bastion of independent music proved a perfect landing spot for Taylor’s Hiss Golden Messenger project, which reached peak folk-rock form on last year’s sleeper standout Lateness of Dancers; the album should appeal to fans of Wilco and the Dead alike. On the record—guitar virtuoso William Tyler and members of Megafaun guest—quiet despair is replaced by sunlit promise.

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Saturday, Mar. 21, The Foundry

The pride and joy of Lafayette, LA, Stanley Dural, Jr., aka Buckwheat Zydeco, graces The Foundry’s stage in March for a set of Cajun-flavored, accordion-driven barnburners. A friend to and favorite collaborator of folks like Ry Cooder, Eric Clapton and Dwight Yoakam, Dural’s music is inextricably linked to his home state—both its myriad riches and painful memories; Buckwheat Zydeco’s version of “Cryin’ in the Streets” remains one of the definitive post-Katrina musical reflections.

Slingshot Festival Mar. 26–28, various locations

Athens’ newest multi-day multimedia extravaganza returns for a third consecutive year in late March, and all signs point towards the 2015 edition of Slingshot being its biggest and baddest yet. Anchored by names like James Murphy, Jamie xx and Nosaj Thing, and featuring highly inventive undercards including Reptar (who will be celebrating the release of a sophomore LP), Juana Molina, Omar Souleyman and Holly Herndon, the fest’s electroheavy music portion promises to be an affair to remember.

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Trouble in Mind Ryan Bingham Finds Closure Through Song By Dave Gil de Rubio


a dozen richly descriptive songs perfectly here aren’t many artists who can served by his well-worn vocal style. boast of having won both an Oscar Raw and emotional moments emerge and a Grammy. Singer-songwriter in lines like “It’s the power of a choice/ To Ryan Bingham won both in 2010 for a never hear a mother’s tears but to hear her single song: “The Weary Kind,” which he voice” on Fear and Saturday Night’s closing co-wrote with T Bone Burnett and recorded dirge, “Gun Fightin’ Man.” Then there’s the with his band the Dead Horses for the Jeff equally moving allusion to his late father, Bridges film Crazy Heart. “Well it didn’t take long for the pills and the The awards came at a time when bottom of the bottle/ To dig a deep grave Bingham was one of Lost Highway Records’ with a shovel,” on the surprisingly bouncy stable of artists, which also included Ryan opener “Nobody Knows My Trouble.” Adams, Hayes Carll and Mary Gauthier. While dark times provided inspiration Fast forward five years, and the Dead for much of the album, Bingham keeps the Horses are no more, Lost Highway was absorbed into the Universal Music Group monolith, It was something that and Bingham is ridI was proud of, but at ing high on Fear and Saturday Night, the end of the day, it was his second album time to get back to writing for Axster Bingham songs. Records, the imprint he founded with his wife and manager Anna Axster. “It was a very surreal moment, and it all happened really fast,” Bingham says of the early acclaim. “It was something that came out of left field… it felt like it kind of changed a lot of people around me more than it changed me. It was something that I was proud of and I was happy to be mood light with the infectious Tex-Mex a part of, but at the end of the day… it was workout “Adventures of You and Me,” with time to get back to writing songs, making its liberal use of squeezebox and dirty slide records and hitting the road.” guitar. Equally rocking is “Radio”; packed While 2012’s Tomorrowland was with rollicking piano and hefty twang, Bingham’s first independently released the song briefly morphs into a Faces-like effort following his departure from Lost stomper. Highway, he says Fear and Saturday Night “I put a lot of that stuff behind me,” is more fully realized. Around the time of Tomorrowland, Bingham’s band was implod- Bingham says of his personal struggles. “My mother passed away right after my first ing, his father committed suicide, and he was attempting to forge ahead with his own record [2007’s Mescalito]. And my father passed away after the Oscars. So, I’ve kind label. of spent my whole career dealing with all “I was burned out and was ready for that shit… My father passed away and I a change,” Bingham says. “I’m proud of took some time off and really dealt with it Tomorrowland and feel like it was a record and got some closure, so I could really move that I needed to make, but at the same time, I really wasn’t that prepared, and kind on. With that stuff always lingering in the of whipped it out because I had to make one background, it was not the most fun part of my life. contractually. I wish I would have had an “But this recent couple of years has been opportunity to take some more time with really great,” he continues. “I’ve got a great it.” relationship with my wife, and we’re startWith more down time, Bingham went ing a family, and we’ve got our own place off the grid and retired to an old Airstream out in California. It kind of feels like things trailer located north of where he and his are beginning for me, in ways.” f wife live in Topanga, CA, near the Santa Monica Mountains. Located up a dirt road on a remote 20-to-30-acre spread accessible only by four-wheel drive, Bingham found a WHO: Ryan Bingham, Lucero, Twin Forks creative ground zero. WHERE: Georgia Theatre Drawing from personal experiences WHEN: Tuesday, Feb. 24, 7 p.m. ranging from his father’s suicide and his HOW MUCH: $25 mother’s death from alcoholism to his new life with his wife, Bingham came away with

Run the Jewels Saturday, Apr. 4, Georgia Theatre

The hottest duo in hip hop features two dudes who have been around the block and back. Atlanta’s Killer Mike was an early Dungeon Family favorite; recently, he has assumed the role of an increasingly apolitical rap scene’s outspoken conscience. New York native El-P’s early work with Company Flow and career as owner and star of indie label Def Jux established him as a standout in a crowded Brooklyn scene. As Run the Jewels, the two men attack cultural ills with passion and fury, creating blown-out, blasphemous tracks that show no mercy or remorse.

Future Islands Wednesday, Apr. 15, Georgia Theatre

Future Islands’ rise to the top of the indiesphere has been fun to watch. Scene heads who recall the Baltimore-based band wowing tiny crowds at local DIY spots a decade ago might have been shocked to flip on the tube last March to see the group making a new, high-profile fan in “Late Show” host David Letterman. But Future Islands’ ascent wasn’t terribly hard to predict; frontman Samuel Herring’s maniacal yet tender stage presence is the cherry on top of the band’s irresistable synth-pop sundae.

Foxygen Friday, Apr. 17, 40 Watt Club

Specializing in throwback psych-pop jams of the skewed Summer of Love variety, California’s Foxygen does successfully what many similar-minded acts (MGMT, anyone?) have not seemed to manage, blending equal parts irony and appropriation with a heavy dose of serious songcraft. The band’s latest album, the crazily sprawling …And Star Power, cast the group as would-be saviors of modern psychedelic rock, tuned in and turned up.

Peter Hook & the Light Tuesday, Apr. 21, Georgia Theatre

This one’s for the old folks and the youngsters who wish they’d been there: Joy Division/ New Order bassist Peter Hook hits town this April for a performance of the former group’s two classic LPs, Unknown Pleasures and Closer. It won’t be quite the same as witnessing Ian Curtis’ scowl (or his wonderful dance moves) up close and personal, but Hook, a legend in his own right, will surely bring the goth-punk groove. f



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New Tunes From Harsh Words Plus, More Music News and Gossip By Gordon Lamb SING OUT: Athens hardcore veterans Harsh Words camped out for three days in January with engineer Mike Albanese (Cinemechanica), and the resulting album, Plague Days, is now available for public consumption. As expected, song lengths range from 36 seconds to a relatively epic one minute, 40 seconds. Albanese did a great job of bringing out the subtlety and nuance of the band, which is often lost in a live setting. Take a few minutes and clean your ears over at TWO FROM TUESDAY: Although only two tracks are streamable, the new album by El HollĂ­n came out a couple of weeks ago, and I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait to hear the whole thing. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s titled Una Tuesday, and if the band was only gonna make a couple of tracks available, it did a great job by letting â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Last Unicorn (America)â&#x20AC;? be one of them. The album was recorded by Bob Hay (Squalls, Jolly Beggars) and mixed and mastered by Nesey Gallons. This is the first release by El HollĂ­n since Holey Smokes (2013), itself an incredible statement of artistic dedication, and all signs show it to be another great outing from one of the most perfectly realized musical projects from Athens in the last decade. Listen in at

ANOTHER WEEK, ANOTHER SLING: The Slingshot Festivalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s education initiative, Gizmo, is off to a roaring start and has already wrapped a couple of different projects. Its next event happens at Nuçiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Space Feb. 21 and 28, with each session running from 11 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;3 p.m. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a music production workshop taught by engineer Suny Lyons, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s open to Harsh Words students in grades 9â&#x20AC;&#x201C;12. The course is described as â&#x20AC;&#x153;a thorough induction into the world of live electronic music production and recording in a professional setting.â&#x20AC;? Registration is free, but accepted strictly on a firstcome, first-served basis. Check out the full description and registration form at GET â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;EM NOW: Tickets are on sale now for of Montrealâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s show at the 40 Watt Club Mar. 5â&#x20AC;&#x201D;thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only a few weeks away, and it will assuredly sell out. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a totally reasonable $13 and can be purchased from The bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newest album, Aureate Gloom, will be released the same week. In other news, for which I welcome accusations of burying the lede, opening act Yonatan Gat is a must-

record review The Goons: No Art (Independent Release) No clowning around here: On No Art, The Goons surge through decades of power-pop and proto-punk in under 15 minutes. The EP scrubs away the grimy residue of the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;90s, leaving the straightforward, bowl-cut, bobbing-bass rock and roll that The Beatles patented and The Who ramped up to 11. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Morning Gloryâ&#x20AC;? has a pinch of Verve-like Britpop hop, but donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let that turn you off; here, ego takes a back seat, while snappy drums and glory-riff guitars drive. The garage-y stomp of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Future Perfectâ&#x20AC;? sounds glossy and slick, like a British band tackling American grit (hello, Love and Rockets), but that pedicured snarl suits The Goons far better than greasy, lusty posing. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bellaâ&#x20AC;? where the band really finds its calling, with a noodly, Television-esque bass line, golden harmonies and bell-chime guitar riffage. EP closer â&#x20AC;&#x153;Come Aroundâ&#x20AC;? does veer into ponderous, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s So Heavyâ&#x20AC;? territory, complete with a dreadfully preachy coupletâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oh my god, what have we done/ Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re slowly killing everyone.â&#x20AC;? Overall, though, No Art is a solid collection of songs that will rattle around in your head for at least a week. [Lee Adcock]





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see. The former Monotonix guitarist crafts tunes that are both complete head trips and fully executed rockers. Freed from the expected outlandishness of his former bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s live performance, he nevertheless remains an entirely physical showman who will no doubt blow some minds here. Ruby the Rabbitfoot opens, and her star has risen so much over he past year itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s probably only a matter of time before her own shows are as anticipated. So, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be a goof. Show up on time. POTASSIUM CLASS: The loosely assembled recording collective Marching Banana Records just released its third compilation, appropriately titled Best of Banana, Vol. 3. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great little album composed of some of the coolest and most creative music happening in town right now, including tracks from Meth Wax, New Wives, Fake Flowers, Padre, Futo and more. Grab it at FREEDOM OF CHOICE: Did you miss your chance to catch Mind Brains last month at its record release show? Are your teeth all a-gnash because you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wanna fly to Miami and buy a scalped Neutral Milk Hotel ticket just to catch them? Well, ease up on yourself. The Orange Twin/Elephant 6 supergroupâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;used here in its proper context, and not just meaning â&#x20AC;&#x153;a buncha people loosely associatedâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;will play the Caledonia Lounge Friday, Feb. 20. Although described as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Devo on acid,â&#x20AC;? that nails them too closely to the more mainstream efforts of our friends from Akron, OH and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s better to listen to Mind Brains with open ears. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re playing first, so donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t slack. Headlining this night are Motherfucker, and in the middle is Double Ferrari, who are fresh off tour themselves and should be tight as a clam. f

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the calendar! calendar picks Theater | Feb. 19–21 & Feb. 24–Mar. 1

MUSIC | Wednesday, Feb. 18

Robert Ellis

Normaltown Hall · 8 p.m. · $10 Houston-born Robert Ellis’ sound is a throwback to when country music still had cultural purchase independent of pickup trucks and liquor distilleries. Ellis’ latest offering, Lights from the Chemical Plant, is a solid set of country tunes shot through a filter of ‘70s pop production. While his last appearance at Normaltown Hall featured a killer full band, Ellis is just as effective in a sit-down solo setting; he’ll be accompanied only by his guitar this time around and joined by Dead Confederate’s T. Hardy Morris, who will also perform by his lonesome. An intimate show of this high quality doesn’t come around all that often, so get it while the getting is good. [Dan Mistich]

Tuesday 17 CLASSES: The Law of Attraction and Manifestation (Body, Mind & Spirit) This ongoing class teaches many techniques for utilizing the power of your mind to create wonders in all areas of your life. 6 p.m. $5. 706-351-6024 CLASSES: Zinio Workshop (ACC Library) The library offers free online magazine checkouts through Zinio. Learn how to work the website and app. 10 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 CLASSES: GALILEO Genealogy Resources (ACC Library) Learn

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UGA Cellar Theatre · Wednesday– Saturday, 8 p.m. & Sunday 2:30 p.m. · $16, $12 (students) This dark, irreverent farce is directed by Del Hamilton (cofounder of 7 Stages Theatre in Atlanta). German playwright George Tabori also wrote novels and screenplays and was the son of a holocaust survivor. He’s the focus of UGA’s International Symposium on George Tabori and the Theatre of the Holocaust, taking place Feb. 26–28. His play about Adolf Hitler brings the humor, but it’s no knee-slapper. Hamilton believes that theater should not be simple or comfortable and asks, “Is theater supposed to mirror society, or should it cause a response related to change?” [Dina Canup]

about resources available to Georgia genealogists via GALILEO, an online library portal to subscription-only information. Participants are encouraged to have taken another introductory geneology class. Registration required. 6 p.m. FREE! CLASSES: Intro to Integral Hatha Yoga (Healing Arts Centre) Meghan Madhavi Burke leads this introduction to Hatha Yoga. This class is ideal preparation for a six-week course that begins Feb. 24. 7 p.m. FREE! EVENTS: Mardi Gras Swing Night (Dancefx) Swing dance to music by

MUSIC | Saturday, Feb. 21

Naughty Professor

Live Wire Athens · 8 p.m. · $10 New Orleans collective Naughty Professor leaves the Big Easy just as Mardi Gras comes to a close. The band takes the stage at the newly christened Live Wire on Saturday as part of its five-day tour of the South. The instrumental, acid-jazz sixpiece boasts an impressive brass section and an ever-fluctuating time signature; heavy funk and light improvisation are standard fare for the group, as evidenced on 2013’s Until the Next Time. In the same vein, Chicago outfit The Heard plays a horn-heavy and funk-driven set of instrumental music. This lineup of sultry bayou jazz would have sounded at home in a 1920s speakeasy, but we’re glad it’s happening in Athens in 2015. ​ [Ryan Kor]

the Dixieland Five. 9–11 p.m. $5. EVENTS: Tuesday Tour (Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries) Take a guided tour of the exhibit galleries of the Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection, the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library and the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies. Meet in the rotunda on the second floor. 2 p.m. FREE! EVENTS: Athens Rock and Gem Club (Friendship Christian Church) Albert McNair will present a program on Sharps Emerald Project located

MUSIC | Sunday, Feb. 22

James Husband

FOOD | Sunday, Feb. 22

The World Famous · 1 p.m. · FREE! We’re not totally sure, but Sunday brunch concerts in Athens might be becoming A Thing. The perennially goodspirited DJ Mahogany regularly revives the hungover townie crowd with his mid-morning Brunch with Mahogany shows at Hi-Lo in Normaltown, and downtown, The World Famous has brought back its popular Beers, Bands and Brunch series. This Sunday, you can catch songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and of Montreal associate James Husband performing while you nosh on a chicken and waffle club or down several Bloody Marys in an attempt to erase last night’s lingering shame. Good luck with that, by the way. At least the tunes will be sweet. [Gabe Vodicka]

in North Carolina. 7:30 p.m. FREE! EVENTS: Cowl Knit-A-Long (Revival Yarns) Find a cowl pattern and knit or crochet-a-long. 10:30 a.m. FREE! (yarn purchase encouraged). EVENTS: Black History Month Dinner (Georgia Museum of Art) This annual event includes an awards ceremony honoring artist Amalia Amaki and U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey. This year’s theme is “Unmasked: Black Women in Art,” and the evening includes dinner, a gallery tour, artwork by Amaki and music by Faith

Taste of Athens

The Classic Center · 5–8 p.m. · $50 For more than 20 years, Taste of Athens has been both the primary fundraiser for local nonprofit Community Connection and Athenians’ best chance to try all those restaurants they’ve always wanted to try without dropping like a thousand bucks. This year, organizers have scaled back from 2,000 attendees, so chefs can put their best feet forward. Twenty-two restaurants are participating—pace yourself—with wine pairings by professional sommeliers. A new cocktail competition, Toast of Athens, is sold out, as are Toast/ Taste bundles, but main event tickets were still available at press time at Oh, and DJ Mahogany, too, in case you didn’t get your fill of oldies at brunch. [Blake Aued]

Carmichael. 6 p.m. $15–45. www. FILM: Peabody Decades: “Watching the Detectives” (Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries) This documentary program tracks the evolution of crime, cops and mystery on TV. See clips from “Law & Order,” “Twin Peaks,” “The Sopranos,” “The Wire,” “Dexter,” “Breaking Bad” and more. 3:30 p.m. FREE! www. FILM: Black in America (UGA Tate Student Center, Grand Hall) This event will feature a screening of “Black and Blue,” the latest

segment of the CNN documentary series “Black in America.” Journalist Soledad O’Brien will host a panel discussion on the relationship between law enforcement and minority communities. 7 p.m. FREE! (w/ UGA ID), $5. FILM: Bad Movie Night: Little Kickboxer (Ciné Barcafé) A feeble boy enters the world of bloodsport, facing the grown man who killed his father in a fight to the death. 8:30 p.m. FREE! badmovienight GAMES: Trivia at the Rail (The Rail Athens) Trivia hosted by Todd Kelly k continued on next page



THE CALENDAR! every Tuesday. 10:30 p.m. FREE! 706-354-7289 GAMES: Trivia (Hi-Lo Lounge) Trivia with host Caitlin Wilson. 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-850-8561 GAMES: Locos Trivia (Locos Grill & Pub) Westside and Eastside locations of Locos Grill and Pub feature trivia night every Tuesday. 8 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Full Contact Trivia (The Savory Spoon) Compete to win prizes. 7 p.m. FREE! 706-367-5721 GAMES: Dirty South Entertainment Trivia (Choo Choo Japanese Korean Grill Express) Jump on the trivia train! Compete for house prizes and free beer. Every Tuesday. 8 p.m. FREE! KIDSTUFF: Mardi Gras (Lay Park) Participants will make arts and crafts inspired by Mardi Gras. Registration required. Ages 8–12. 4:30 p.m. $3–5. KIDSTUFF: Kid’s Night (Buffalo’s Café) Kid’s night features a balloon artist, pictures with Buffy the Buffalo, age-appropriate TV programs and a coloring contest. 5:30–7:30 p.m. KIDSTUFF: Toddler Storytime (ACC Library) An interactive program for ages 2–5. 9:30–10:30 a.m. FREE! MEETINGS: Community Office Hours (The Globe) Pop in for a quick session of free business advice with Four Athens experts knowledgable about marketing, sales, legal issues, technical support and more. Every third Tuesday of the month. 1–3 p.m. FREE! PERFORMANCE: Hugh Hodgson School of Music University Chorus (Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall) The ensemble, led by director of choral activities Daniel Bara, is UGA’s largest mixed choral ensemble. 8 p.m. FREE!

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projects using the Fair Isle method. RSVP. 6 p.m. $15. 706-850-1354, COMEDY: Caleb Synan & Rob Haze (The Foundry) Caleb Synan from FOX’s “Laughs” and Rob Haze from NBC’s “Stand Up for Diversity” headline. The show also features Jake Brannon, Ben Davis and Molly Pease. 7 p.m. $5–8. EVENTS: Experience Dyslexia (UGA Special Collections Library) There will be an interactive dyslexia simulation as well as discussion of the causes of dyslexia. Reservations required. 7 p.m. FREE! 706-5491313, EVENTS: Empty Bowls Luncheon (The Classic Center) Eat a simple lunch of soup and a sandwich to raise money for the Food Bank of

GAMES: Dirty Bingo (Grindhouse Killer Burgers) Hosted by Garrett Lennox every Wednesday. Prizes and house cash. 8 p.m. FREE! www. GAMES: Bingo Bango (Highwire Lounge) Weekly themed games. House cash and drink prizes. 8 p.m. FREE! KIDSTUFF: Toddler Storytime (ACC Library) See Tuesday listing for full description 9:30–10:30 a.m. FREE! KIDSTUFF: Teen Council Meeting (ACC Library) Teens can come together to discuss plans for the ACC Library’s teen department’s collections and programs. Pick up application forms at the front desk. Ages 11-18. 4:30–5:30 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 KIDSTUFF: Cupcake Wars (Oconee County Library) Teens will learn how to decorate cupcakes like a pro. All materials provided. Registration

will lead a discussion with Frida Kahlo, founding and current member of the Guerrilla Girls, and Romaine Brooks, former Guerrilla Girl. See Art Notes on p. 10. 5:30 p.m. FREE! ART: Drawing in the Galleries (Georgia Museum of Art) Open hours for visitors to sketch in the galleries using graphite or colored pencils. 5–8 p.m. FREE! ART: Third Thursday Art Series (Athens, GA) Seven galleries stay open late the third Thursday of every month. Participating galleries include the Georgia Museum of Art, Lamar Dodd School of Art, ATHICA, Lyndon House Arts Center, Ciné, the GlassCube & Gallery @ Hotel Indigo and The Classic Center. A free shuttle runs the full circuit every 30 minutes in a counter-clockwise route; look for the “3Thurs” yard signs near each venue’s drop-off

encouraged to bring their own nature writings or favorite poems and essays to share with the group. 8:30 a.m. FREE! EVENTS: Volunteer Recognition Ceremony (Athens Technical College, Kenneth C. Easom Building) The Athens-Clarke Literacy Council presents “Honoring the Foot Soldiers on the Front Lines for Literacy” with keynote speaker Horace Holmes Jr., a photographer who will share his triumph over dyslexia. 2 p.m. FREE! EVENTS: Madison Antiques Show (Madison Morgan Cultural Center) The show features the best in American antiques and accessories, including furniture, pottery, art, silver, textiles and more. Roddy Moore will present a lecture called “Chasing the Facts, Chasing the Objects” on Saturday at 9 a.m. and Mary Green Burdell will present

Wednesday 18 ART: Tour at Two (Georgia Museum of Art) Sarah Kate Gillespie, curator of American art, leads a tour of “Not Ready to Make Nice: Guerrilla Girls in the Artworld and Beyond.” 2 p.m. FREE! ART: Lunch and Learn: CrowdFunding for Creative Projects (Lyndon House Arts Center) Executive Director of Nuçi’s Space, Bob Sleppy, discusses strategies for utilizing crowd-funding for artists and artist projects. Presented by the Athens Area Arts Council. 12 p.m. FREE! (AAAC members), $15 (nonmembers). ART: Lunchtime Gallery Talk (Lamar Dodd School of Art) Curator Didi Dunphy discusses “To-Do List,” an exhibition that explores what 28 artists were thinking, accomplishing, avoiding and postponing during a six-week period. Each artist used a provided print as their to-do list, doodle page or planner. 12 p.m. FREE! CLASSES: Buddhist Teachings (Body, Mind & Spirit) Learn how to apply the teaching of Buddha to end suffering and bring peace to your life. Every Wednesday. 6 p.m. $5 suggested donation. 706-351-6024 CLASSES: Veggie Seed Starting Workshop (ACC Library) Learn how to start your veggie seeds indoors. Call to register. 6 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3640, CLASSES: Fair Isle Colorwork Class (Revival Yarns) This class will guide you on how to incorporate multiple colors in your knitting


Watercolor paintings, cut paper silhouettes and cut paper collages by Missy Kulik are currently on display at The Grit through Sunday, Mar. 8. Northeast Georgia. Handcrafted pottery bowls decorated by volunteers are available to eat from and take home. 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m. $20–30. FILM: The Nature of Change: Black History Month Screening Part II (Miller Learning Center, Room 348) Showcasing the strategic diligence of leaders in the Civil Rights Movement, this second installment of a three-part series follows Dr. Martin Luther King and the SCLC as they planned the Poor People’s Campaign. 4:30 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Trivia (Blind Pig Tavern, Both Locations) Every Wednesday. 8 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Trivia (Copper Creek Brewing Company) Test your trivia chops for prizes! Every Wednesday. 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-1102 GAMES: Sports Trivia (Beef ‘O’ Brady’s) Test your sports knowledge every Wednesday night. 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-850-1916 GAMES: Movie Trivia (Little Kings Shuffle Club) Hosted by Jeremy Dyson. 9:30 p.m. www.facebook. com/lkshuffleclub GAMES: Entertainment Trivia (Mellow Mushroom) Dirty South Trivia offers house cash prizes. 8 p.m. FREE! 706-613-0892


required. 6 p.m. FREE! LECTURES & LIT: Talking About Books (ACC Library) This month’s title is Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence by Joseph Ellis. Newcomers welcome. 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650, MEETINGS: Tech Happy Hour (The World Famous) Meet local entrepreneurs, tech talent and other fellow Athenians who are making cool stuff at this weekly Four Athens networking happy hour. 6 p.m. FREE! www. MEETINGS: Lunch and Learn (Four Athens) This month’s topic is “Aligning Interests: Understanding Compensation Structures for Your Business.” Founders Legal will discuss typical compensation arrangements for founders and early stage employees of different entity types. Lunch is provided. RSVP. 12 p.m. FREE!

Thursday 19 ART: Panel Discussion: Guerrilla Girls (Georgia Museum of Art) Neysa Page-Lieberman, curator of “Not Ready to Make Nice: Guerrilla Girls in the Artworld and Beyond,”

point. See website for a list of current exhibitions. See Art Notes on p. 10. 6-9 p.m. FREE! ART: Artist Reception (The World Famous) For nude photography by Grant Beecher. 10 p.m. FREE! www. ART: Artist Reception (KA Artist Shop) For “Love, In All Its Many Forms,” a group show of works in a variety of media. 7–10 p.m. FREE! CLASSES: One-on-One Digital Media Center Tutorial (ACC Library) The new Digital Media Center is now open! Get individual instruction for graphics, audio or video editing projects or learn to convert albums and cassettes to DVDs and CDs. 6, 7 & 8 p.m. FREE! COMEDY: Wallflowers Comedy Show (Live Wire) Sahima Godkhindi hosts a comedy show featuring Jake Brannon, Shaunak Godkhindi, Lawson Chambers, Max Fine, Phoebe Clare Perry, Rob Lear, Ian Aber, Brandon Varn and others. 8 p.m. $5. EVENTS: Nature Ramblers (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Learn more about the flora and fauna of the garden while enjoying fresh air and inspirational readings. Ramblers are

“Sharing Henry Green” on Sunday at 9 a.m. Preview Party. Feb. 19, 6–9 p.m. $50. Show & Sale. Feb. 20–21, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $7. 706-342-4743 EVENTS: Hatch Happy Hour Show and Tell (Allgood Lounge) Show off your newest art or tech creation, be inspired by something someone else has made or find someone to work with in a new idea. Hosted by The Hatch, a new local makerspace. 6–8 p.m. FREE! EVENTS: Athens Science Café (Little Kings Shuffle Club) Mark Farmer of Biological Sciences at UGA speaks on “I Naturally Select You: The Origin of Humanity.” 7 p.m. FREE! athenssciencecafe.wordpress. com FILM: Cafeteria Man (Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries) This documentary film chronicles the ambitious effort to “green” the public school diet, beginning with 83,000 students in Baltimore and expanding to over 200,000 students in Memphis. Part of the library’s exhibition, “Food, Power, Politics: The Story of the School Lunch.” 6:30 p.m. FREE! FILM: Movie Night: MetaRomance Edition (ACC Library) Watch Woody Allen’s charming antiromance, The Purple Rose of Cairo.

6 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary. org/athens FILM: Pan’s Labyrinth (UGA Tate Student Center, Theatre) Young Ofelia lives with her ailing mother and step-father, a sadistic army officer. While exploring an ancient maze, she meets Pan, a faun who tells her that she must complete three tasks in order to become immortal. 8 p.m. $1–2. GAMES: Entertainment Trivia (Butt Hutt Bar-B-Q) Hosted by Dirty South Trivia. Every Thursday. 8 p.m. FREE! 706-850-8511 GAMES: Trivia (El Azteca) Win prizes with host Garrett Lennox. Every Thursday. 7:30 p.m. FREE! 706549-2639 KIDSTUFF: Book Jammers (ACC Library) Children and their families are invited for stories, trivia, crafts and more. This event promotes literacy through the art of listening and helps to strengthen attention spans. For children ages 6–10. 4:30 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650, www. KIDSTUFF: Baby Music Jam (ACC Library) Children ages 1-3 and their caregivers can play instruments, sing and dance together. 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 LECTURES & LIT: UGA’s Desegregation: A Student Perspective (Miller Learning Center, Reading Room) This studentled lecture discusses the university’s desegregation in 1961. 4 p.m. FREE! LECTURES & LIT: Global Georgia initiative: Randy Borman (UGA Chapel) Randy Borman is a conservationist and Chief of the Ecuadorian Cofan tribe. He will deliver his talk, “An Amazon Contribution to Global Survival.” 4 p.m. FREE! willson. LECTURES & LIT: Local History Book Club (ACC Library) Meet to discuss Winterville, Georgia: A Classic Railroad Town by Emma Foley and Mary Quinn. 6 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 MEETINGS: Athens Human Rights Festival Meeting (Nuçi’s Space) The AHRF hosts an organizational meeting. Please park in the lot across the street from Nuçi’s Space. 6 p.m. FREE! 706-202-9169 PERFORMANCE: Second Thursday Concert: Evgeny Rivkin (Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall) Faculty member and International Tchaikovsky Competition winner Evgeny Rivkin brings his sensitive touch to the Hodgson School of Music’s brand new Steinway piano. 8 p.m. $18, $5 (w/ student ID). PERFORMANCE: U.S. Navy Concert Band (The Classic Center) The premier wind ensemble of the U.S. Navy presents a wide array of marches, patriotic selections, orchestral transcriptions and modern wind ensemble repertoire. 7:30 p.m. FREE! THEATER: Mein Kampf (UGA Fine Arts Building, Cellar Theatre) University Theatre’s production of George Tabori’s play portrays Adolf Hitler as a young, struggling artist whose life is changed by a chance encounter with a Jewish Bible seller. See Calendar Pick on p. 15. Feb. 19–20 & Feb. 24–28, 8 p.m. Mar. 1, 2 p.m. $12–16.

Friday 20 ART: Meet the Artist (BMA At Home) Meet Leslie Snipes, a local artist influenced by modern graphic design, product design, modern architecture and nature. Feb. 20, 5–8 p.m. & Feb. 21, 1-4 p.m. FREE!

ART: 90 Carlton: Winter (Georgia Museum of Art) View the museum’s current exhibitions, enjoy light refreshments by Epting Events, participate in gallery activities and win door prizes. See Art Notes on p. 10. 5:30–8:30 p.m. FREE! (members), $5. CLASSES: Knit 2 (Revival Yarns) Review casting on, the knit stitch, the purl stitch, stockinette and garter stitch patterns. RSVP. 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. $30. EVENTS: Healing & Meditation Circle (Body, Mind & Spirit) Learn various modalities of energy and spiritual healing as well as meditation practices. Held every Friday. 6 p.m. $5 suggested donation. 706351-6024 EVENTS: Madison Antiques Show (Madison Morgan Cultural Center) See Thursday listing for full description Preview Party. Feb. 19, 6–9 p.m. $50. Show & Sale. Feb. 20–21, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $7. 706-342-4743 EVENTS: Opening Reception (Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries) This reception celebrates The Pennington Radio Collection, which includes tube radios, external speakers and other artifacts dating 1913–1933. Dr. Jay Hamilton will discuss radio as a disruptive technology in the early 20th century. 3:30 p.m. FREE! 706542-4789 EVENTS: African Night (Morton Theatre) UGA’s African Student Union celebrates African culture with a night of food, music, acting, dancing and fashion. 6 p.m. yibor@uga. edu, FILM: Terra Firma (Ciné Barcafé) The documentary follows three female veterans with combat related PTSD who find ways to heal through farming. Filmmakers Christine Athony and Owen Masterson will be in attendance. 9 p.m. FREE! www. FILM: Interstellar (UGA Tate Student Center, Theatre) NASA pilot Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) and a team of researchers are sent through a wormhole and across the galaxy to find an inhabitable planet for Earthlings, who are currently experiencing a second Dust Bowl. Feb. 20–22, 3 p.m., 6 p.m. & 9 p.m. $1–2. GAMES: Friday Night Magic (Tyche’s Games) Win prizes. 5:30 p.m. KIDSTUFF: Writer’s Guild (ACC Library) Teen writers can discuss what they are writing about and listen to other writers’ work. 4:30 p.m. FREE! KIDSTUFF: Fantastic Fridays (Bishop Park, Gym) Various obstacle courses and activities for ages 10 months–4 years and their parents. Call to register. 10–11:30 a.m. $5. 706-613-3589 KIDSTUFF: Black History Bingo (Rocksprings Community Center) Ages 6–12 can compete in testing their knowledge. 3 p.m. FREE! www. KIDSTUFF: Native Languages and More (ACC Library) Explore South and Central America’s native languages through music, stories and crafts. Recommended for third grade and up. 4:30 p.m. FREE! www. KIDSTUFF: Owl Prowl (Sandy Creek Nature Center) Participants will search for owls who inhabit the woods during an evening hike. Register by Feb. 19. 6:30–8 p.m. $7-10. 706-613-3615, www. LECTURES & LIT: Chris Brearton (UGA Chapel) L.A. lawyer Chris Brearton will speak about his experi-

ences in sports and media practice. 10:10 a.m. FREE! LECTURES & LIT: Avid Poetry Series (Avid Bookshop) Hear poetry by Thibault Raoult and Jacqueline Kari. 6:30 p.m. FREE! OUTDOORS: Arbor Day Celebration (State Botanical Garden of Georgia, Shade Garden Arbor) Take a ramble through the trails and learn facts on Arbor Day’s history. 2–3 p.m. FREE! PERFORMANCE: “L’amico Fritz” (UGA Fine Arts Building) Pietro Mascagni’s opera, L’amico Fritz, tells the tale of a wealthy landowner who bets that he will never marry, wagering his entire vineyard to his best friend. When Suzel, the daughter of Fritz’s tenant, arrives on the scene, things become much more complicated. Feb. 20–21, 8 p.m. & Feb. 22, 3 p.m. $18. THEATER: Mein Kampf (UGA Fine Arts Building) See Thursday listing for full description Feb. 19–20 & Feb. 24–28, 8 p.m. Mar. 1, 2 p.m. $12–16.

Saturday 21 ART: Meet the Artist (BMA At Home) See Friday listing for full description Feb. 20, 5–8 p.m. & Feb. 21, 1-4 p.m. FREE! www. ART: WUGA’s Artists in Residence Series (150 Pulaski Heights) View the home of architect Lori Bork Newcomer. She specializes in unique, energy-efficient homes that cleverly fit the footprint of the land. RSVP. See Art Notes on p. 10. 3–5 p.m. $10–15. 706-542-9842,, CLASSES: Karma Class (Bikram Yoga Athens) Get sweaty doing hot yoga for a good cause. Donations benefit Vets for Pets and People, an animal foster network and support group through UGA’s College of Veterinary Medicine. The volunteer group takes care of pets owned by victims of domestic abuse until they are able to get into a more stable situation. 12 p.m. $8 suggested donation. CLASSES: Crochet 1 Class (Revival Yarns) Get acquainted with the tools and craft of crochet. The class is free with the purchase of materials. RSVP. 11:30 a.m. FREE! 706-8501354, CLASSES: Socks That Fit Class (Session 1) (Revival Yarns) Take an advanced class and learn how to knit socks that will actually fit! Session 1 will cover measuring and gauge setup. Session 2 will cover the heel and cuff. Students will need to swatch for gauge prior to class. RSVP. 3 p.m. $30. 706-850-1354, CLASSES: Cowl Knit-A-Long (Revival Yarns) Find a cowl pattern and knit or crochet-a-long. 2 p.m. FREE! (yarn purchase encouraged). CLASSES: Native Plant Propagation (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) A Certificate in Native Plants elective course, students learn to propagate native wildflowers and shrubs by seeds, cuttings and division. Models for inexpensive grow-light systems and a propagation timeline will be provided to ensure that seedlings are ready to be transplanted outdoors in early spring. 9 am.–1 p.m. $50. EVENTS: Casktopia Final (Terrapin Beer Co.) Taste unique brews and vote on your favorite in a Battle of the Casks while supporting local k continued on next page

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non-profits like The Cottage, Athens Area Homeless Shelter and AIDS Athens. 4:30–7:30 p.m. EVENTS: Madison Antiques Show (Madison Morgan Cultural Center) See Thursday listing for full description Preview Party. Feb. 19, 6–9 p.m. $50. Show & Sale. Feb. 20–21, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $7. 706-342-4743 EVENTS: Contra Dance (Memorial Park) Presented by Athens Folk Music & Dance Society. 7:45–8 p.m. (lesson), 8–11 p.m. (dance). FREE! (under 11), $4 (ages 11–17), $8. EVENTS: Dance the Night Away (Athens YWCO) Swing dance with the Classic City Swing Band. The evening includes a dance lesson, a silent auction, food and drinks. All proceeds benefit the YWCO Summer Girls Club. 7–10 p.m. $30–55. 706354-7880 FILM: Interstellar (UGA Tate Student Center) See Friday listing for full description Feb. 20–22, 3 p.m., 6 p.m. & 9 p.m. $1–2. www.union. GAMES: Pathfinder Society Event (Tyche’s Games) Fantasy RPG. Bring your imagination. 12 p.m. FREE! 706-345-4500 KIDSTUFF: Story Time (Avid Bookshop) Miss Rachel reads to kids of all ages. 10:30 a.m. FREE! KIDSTUFF: Suzuki School Violin Concert (ACC Library) Students ages 5–12 from the UGA Community Music School’s Suzuki violin program will perform. 11 a.m. FREE! KIDSTUFF: Saturday Movies (ACC Library) Family fun movies are shown in the story room. Call for movie title. 10:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. FREE! KIDSTUFF: Slingshot Music Production Workshop (Nuçi’s Space) Slingshot Festival hosts a music production workshop as part of its education initiative, Gizmo, with two days of instruction by engineer Suny Lyons. For students in grades 9–12. See Threats & Promises on p. 14. Feb. 21 & 28, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. FREE! KIDSTUFF: Track and Field Orientation (Lumpin St. & Pinecrest Ave.) Sirius Athletics offers a hands-on introduction to the wonderful world of track and field. 10 a.m. FREE! LECTURES & LIT: New Town Revue (Avid Bookshop) This installment of literature and music will be translation-themed. The night includes fiction from Bart Lemaheiu, poetry from Mounawar Abbouchi, fiction from Genevieve Esquivie and music from Darrin Cook Plus. 6:30 p.m. FREE! LECTURES & LIT: The State of the Black Church (Georgia Center for Continuing Education) Faith leaders from the Athens area will discuss strategies for uplifting the community. 4 p.m. FREE! www. MEETINGS: Clarke-Oconee Genealogical Society Meeting (ACC Library) Come hear and share stories of genealogical experiences with COGS members. Sam Thomas will lead a presentation on Tom Cobb’s Georgia Brigade. 2 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650, OUTDOORS: Winter Family Hike (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Learn about bird migration, tricks for identifying trees without their leaves and more. 10 a.m.–12 p.m. $5, $15/ family.


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OUTDOORS: Saturday at the Rock: Fundamentals of Backpacking (Rock Eagle 4H Center) Pick up the basics for short and long-term backpacking like proper equipment choices, wilderness ethics and backcountry cooking. 9:30 a.m. $5. 706-484-2881, PERFORMANCE: “L’amico Fritz” (UGA Fine Arts Building) See Friday listing for full description Feb. 20–21, 8 p.m. & Feb. 22, 3 p.m. $18. THEATER: Mein Kampf (UGA Fine Arts Building) See Thursday listing for full description Feb. 19–20 & Feb. 24–28, 8 p.m. Mar. 1, 2 p.m. $12–16.

Sunday 22 ART: Spotlight Tour (Georgia Museum of Art) See highlights from the museum’s permanent collection on a tour led by docents. 3 p.m. FREE! CLASSES: Past Life Workshop (Body, Mind & Spirit) Explore different beliefs about past lives. Guided meditation to follow workshop. 12:30 p.m. $10–15. 706-351-6024 CLASSES: Knitting in the Round (Revival Yarns) In two sessions, participants will create a hat, knitting in the round on a 16” circular needle. RSVP. 3:30 p.m. $30. www. COMEDY: Empty Cap Open Mic (Walker’s Coffee & Pub) Hosted by Lawson Chambers. This week’s headliner is Samm Severin. Held the second and fourth Sunday of the month. Email to sign up. 9 p.m. FREE! EVENTS: Shape Note Singing (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Experience the early American a cappella singing tradition using The Social Harp, compiled in 1855 by John Gordon McCurry, Jr., and The Sacred Harp, first published in 1844 by B.F. White. Potluck lunch. 10:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. FREE! www. EVENTS: Hollywood’s Big Night Party (Hi-Lo Lounge) Fill out a ballot during red carpet arrivals and watch the show with trivia hosts Caitlin Wilson and Jeremy Dyson. Win a grand prize for most accurate ballot. 7 p.m. FREE! www.hiloathens. com EVENTS: Bridal Show and Tasting (The Foundry) Over 20 of northeast Georgia’s wedding vendors will be available to help plan weddings with services including food to sample, photography, florists, formal wear, wedding planners, pastry chefs, entertainment, transportation and more. 2–5 p.m. $10–12. EVENTS: 22nd Annual A Taste of Athens (The Classic Center) Sample food and drinks from over 20 local restaurants. Wine pairings are selected by sommeliers Steven James and James Beard Award nominee Steven Grubbs of Five & Ten. See Calendar Pick on p. 15. 5–8 p.m. $50. www.tasteofathens. com FILM: Interstellar (UGA Tate Student Center) See Friday listing for full description Feb. 20–22, 3 p.m., 6 p.m. & 9 p.m. $1–2. www.union. GAMES: Trivia (Brixx Wood Fired Pizza) Test your expert trivia skills. Every Sunday. 9 p.m. FREE! 706395-1660 GAMES: Entertainment Trivia (Blind Pig Tavern, 485 Baldwin St.) Hosted by Dirty South. Every


Sunday. 6 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Brewer’s Inquisition (Buffalo’s Café) Trivia hosted by Chris Brewer. Every Sunday. 6:30 p.m. (sign-in), 7 p.m. FREE! www. LECTURES & LIT: Unitarian Universalist Forum (Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens) Lauren Barineau leads a discussion on “The Impact of Teen Pregnancy.” 10:15 a.m. FREE! www.uuathensga. org PERFORMANCE: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall) Violinist Midori joins the orchestra for Schumann’s Violin Concerto under the direction of Robert Spano. The program also includes selections from A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Parsifal and Die Meistersinger. 3 p.m. $25–67. PERFORMANCE: “L’amico Fritz” (UGA Fine Arts Building) See Friday listing for full description Feb. 20–21, 8 p.m. & Feb. 22, 3 p.m. $18.

Monday 23 EVENTS: UGA Fashion Week Kick-Off Party (Magnolias) The Agency throws a party. 9 p.m. FREE! EVENTS: Variety Night (Go Bar) Thomas Bauer hosts a weekly variety show with comedy or poetry, live music and “Close Enough” trivia.

trivia contests with house cash prizes every Monday night. 8 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Team Trivia (Beef ‘O’ Brady’s) Win house cash and prizes! Every Monday night. 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-850-1916 GAMES: Rock and Roll Trivia (Little Kings Shuffle Club) Get a team together and show off your extensive music knowledge! Hosted by Jonathan Thompson, if you’re lucky. 9 p.m. FREE! www.facebook. com/lkshuffleclub KIDSTUFF: Infant Storytime (ACC Library) Designed to nurture language skills through literature-based materials and activities. Parents assist their children in movements and actions while playing. 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650, www. KIDSTUFF: Bedtime Stories (ACC Library) Children of all ages are invited for bedtime stories every Monday. 7 p.m. FREE! 706-6133650 KIDSTUFF: Open Chess Play for Kids and Teens (ACC Library) Teen chess players of all skill levels can play matches and learn from members of the local Chess and Community Players, who will be on hand to assist the chess players and help to build skill levels. For ages 7–18. Registration is required. 4–5:30 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650, ext. 329 LECTURES & LIT: Nature Writing Group (Athens Land Trust) Local artist Jeremy Ayers will read poems

Tuesday 24 CLASSES: Computer Class: iPad Basics (ACC Library) Register by phone or in person at the reference desk. 10 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 CLASSES: Video Editing for Beginners (ACC Library) Registration required. 7 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650, www.athenslibrary. org/athens CLASSES: The Law of Attraction and Manifestation (Body, Mind & Spirit) This ongoing class teaches many techniques for utilizing the power of your mind to create wonders in all areas of your life. 6 p.m. $5. 706-351-6024 COMEDY: Casual Comedy (Hendershot’s Coffee Bar) Dave Weiglein hosts this month’s installment of Casual Comedy. 9 p.m. FREE! EVENTS: Glory Bound: A Voyage through the Underground Railroad (UGA Reed Hall) A guided, interactive tour of a re-enactment of the Underground Railroad. Attendees will experience the events as if they were slaves in search of freedom. 6-8 p.m. FREE! 706-542-8325 EVENTS: Tuesday Tour (Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries) Take a guided tour of the exhibit galleries of the Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection, the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library and the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies. Meet

GAMES: Trivia (Hi-Lo Lounge) See Tuesday listing for full description 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-850-8561 GAMES: Full Contact Trivia (The Savory Spoon) See Tuesday listing for full description 7 p.m. FREE! 706-367-5721 GAMES: Locos Trivia (Locos Grill & Pub) See Tuesday listing for full description 8 p.m. FREE! www. GAMES: Dirty South Entertainment Trivia (Choo Choo Japanese Korean Grill Express) Jump on the trivia train! Compete for house prizes and free beer. Every Tuesday. 8 p.m. FREE! KIDSTUFF: Toddler Storytime (ACC Library) See Tuesday listing for full description 9:30–10:30 a.m. FREE! KIDSTUFF: Kid’s Night (Buffalo’s Café) Kid’s night features a balloon artist, pictures with Buffy the Buffalo, age-appropriate TV programs and a coloring contest. 5:30–7:30 p.m. KIDSTUFF: Manners, Manners Everywhere (Lay Park) Practice how to meet each other in social situations, give and receive gifts, neatly eat birthday cake and prepare “thank you” notes. For ages 8–12. 4 p.m. $3–5. www.athensclarkecounty. com/lay LECTURES & LIT: “Rest of the Story” (Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries) This new monthly book club focuses on works connected to exhibits at the

in the rotunda on the second floor. 2 p.m. FREE! EVENTS: Garden Travels (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Award-winning photographers Carol and Hugh Nourse lead a discussion on widflowers in the Mojave Desert (Joshua Tree National Park), the Sonora Desert (Anza-Borego California State Park), Saguaro National Part and the Chihuahuan Desert. 6:30 p.m. FREE! EVENTS: UGA Fashion Week Speech (UGA Dawson Hall, Room 110) With keynote speaker Jada Loveless. 6:20 p.m. www.calendar. GAMES: Trivia at the Rail (The Rail Athens) Trivia hosted by Todd Kelly every Tuesday. 10:30 p.m. FREE! 706-354-7289

Special Collections Libraries. This month’s book is The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement by Taylor Branch. 5:30 p.m. FREE! MEETINGS: Chugalug: Classic Hackers UGA Linux Users Group (Four Athens) The topic this month on Lightweight Directory Access Protocol. Using LDAP, you can centralize user accounts and host information in a single database between multiple computers. 7 p.m. FREE! PERFORMANCE: Mnozil Brass (Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall) The Austrian band combines musical virtuosity with theatrical wit. 8 p.m. $25–35. THEATER: Mein Kampf (UGA Fine Arts Building) See Thursday listing for full description Feb. 19–20 &

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Justin Townes Earle plays the Georgia Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 21. Open Garage Sale comedy is held the first and third Mondays of each month, and Goetry poetry nights are held the second and fourth Mondays. 9 p.m. 10:30 p.m. (trivia registration). FILM: Live and Let Eat (Miller Learning Center, Room 101) This documentary examines our relationship with animals, our connection to food and the reasons that motivate people to go vegan. Part of Speak Out for Species’ Animal Voices Film Festival. 7:30 p.m. FREE! sos. GAMES: Team Trivia (Highwire Lounge) House cash prizes and mini games. Every Monday. 8 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Dirty South Trivia: Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll (Grindhouse Killer Burgers) Team

from The Wishing Bone Cycle: Narrative Poems from the Swampy Cree Indians, a collection of poems gathered by writer Howard Norman. 5:30 p.m. $5 suggested donation. LECTURES & LIT: Last Monday Book Group (ACC Library) This month’s discussion is on The March by E.L. Doctorow. 7 p.m. FREE! PERFORMANCE: ARCO Chamber Orchestra (Hugh Hodgson School of Music) Artistic director Levon Ambartsumian will conduct a program that includes Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 and Concert for Three Pianos and Chamber Orchestra and Brahm’s Sonata for Clarinet and Piano. 8 p.m. FREE! (w/ UGA ID), $20. www.

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Wednesday 25 ART: Artful Conversation (Georgia Museum of Art) Carissa DiCindio leads an in-depth discussion of selected works in the exhibition “Pierre Daura (1896–1976): Picturing Attachments.” 2 p.m. FREE! CLASSES: Flower Arranging Unit 3 (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) This class focuses on designing arrangements for dining tables. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. $45. www. COMEDY: Comic Strip (The Foundry) Featuring headliner Jody Bufkin. Hosted by Alia Ghosheh. 8 p.m. $5–7. www.foundryparkinn. com EVENTS: UGA Fashion Week (UGA Dawson Hall, Room 306) The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists present the Umano brothers. 12:30 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Sports Trivia (Beef ‘O’ Brady’s) See Wednesday listing for full description 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-850-1916 GAMES: Trivia (Blind Pig Tavern, Both Locations) Every Wednesday. 8 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Trivia (Copper Creek Brewing Company) See Wednesday listing for full description 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-1102 GAMES: Entertainment Trivia (Mellow Mushroom) See Wednesday listing for full description 8 p.m. FREE! 706-613-0892 GAMES: Bingo Bango (Highwire Lounge) See Wednesday listing for full description 8 p.m. FREE! www. GAMES: Dirty Bingo (Grindhouse Killer Burgers) Hosted by Garrett Lennox every Wednesday. Prizes and house cash. 8 p.m. FREE! www. KIDSTUFF: Toddler Storytime (ACC Library) See Tuesday listing for full description 9:30–10:30 a.m. FREE! LECTURES & LIT: Oconee Democrats Book Group (Chops and Hops) This month’s book is Cotton: The Biography of a Revolutionary Fiber by Stephen Yafa. 6:30 p.m. FREE! patricia.priest@ MEETINGS: Tech Happy Hour (The World Famous) See Wednesday listing for full description 6 p.m. FREE! PERFORMANCE: Dance and Multimedia Concert (UGA New Dance Theatre) Atlanta-based dance companies Staibdance and Zoetic Dance Ensemble will join the UGA CORE Concert Contemporary and Aerial Dance Company on stage in a concert on “The Human Soul Connection.” The performance features dance, aerial dance and multimedia. Feb. 25–28, 8 p.m. $10–16. THEATER: Mein Kampf (UGA Fine Arts Building) See Thursday listing for full description Feb. 19–20 & Feb. 24–28, 8 p.m. Mar. 1, 2 p.m. $12–16.

LIVE MUSIC Tuesday 17 Caledonia Lounge 9 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18-20). www. AMFMS Five-piece, Maryland-based psychedelic rock band.

THE GOOD LOOKS No information available. Dancefx Mardi Gras Swing Night. 9 p.m. www. THE DIXIELAND 5 Local trad-jazz/ Dixieland band that features a front line of trumpet, clarinet and trombone and a rhythm section of piano and tenor banjo. The Foundry Mardi Gras Party and Fundraiser. 7 p.m. $8 (adv.), $10 (door). www. OLD SKOOL TRIO Funk, blues, and jazz featuring Carl Lindberg on bass, Seth Hendershot on drums and Jason Fuller on keys. Playing original compositions and the music of The Funky Meters, Dr. John, War, Funkadelic and more. PAPA LEGBA New project that plays neo-New Orleans blues, voodoo folk and zydeco, capturing the spirit of the bayou with inspired originals as well old favorites flavored with a Louisiana twist. Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 HOLY KOMODO Olympia, WA-based band playing “space-age dance grooves and reptilian funk.” STATE WILDERNESS HOSPITAL Haunting alternative folk act from Asheville, NC. ROBBIE FINK No info available. EMILEIGH IRELAND Member of local indie-pop group Helen Scott plays a solo set. TOM VISIONS Post-mystical, electronic, psychedelic folk music from the artist formerly known as Tom(b) Television. LOGAN SHIRAH Local ambient artist. Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. FREE! www.hendershotscoffee. com NEWREALM Local Christian worship group with an honest, clean sound and cohesive instrumentals. JACOB DAVIS MARTIN Christian singer-songwriter. The Manhattan Café Loungy Tuesday. 9 p.m. FREE! 706369-9767 DJ NATE FROM WUXTRY Playing an all-vinyl set of slow and melancholy songs for sad sacks and lonely lovers. NONA Fat Tuesday Party! 8 p.m. 706-3537065 THE HOBOHEMIANS This six-piece, acoustic band utilizes banjo, ukulele, flute, accordion, saxophone, piano, various percussion, drums and bass to perform popular American and European roots music of the 1910s, ‘20s and ‘30s. Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-4742 CLINT SWORDS AND FRIENDS Local musicians collaborate for a night of sweet sounds.

Wednesday 18 Blue Sky 5 p.m. FREE! 706-850-3153 VINYL WEDNESDAYS Bring your own records and spin them at the bar! Boar’s Head Lounge 10 p.m. FREE! 706-369-3040 SINGER-SONGWRITER SHOWCASE Rock out every Wednesday at this open mic. Contact for booking.

Flicker Theatre & Bar Athens Amped. 9 p.m. CHIEF SCOUT Bracing local psychrock band led by songwriter Trey Rosenkampff. Georgia Theatre 8 p.m. COSMIC CHARLIE Grateful Dead cover band that adds their own flair to the classics. Performing the Dead’s classic live album Europe ‘72 in its entirety.


Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 TOM VISIONS INTERACTIVE RECORDING PARTY Every Wednesday in February, Tom Visions hosts an interactive writing and recording session featuring a rotating cast of collaborators and audience participation. Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. WORD MUSIC WITH DAVID OATES David Oates, host of WUGA’s Wordland, emcees for a collection of invited performers at this night of poetry, stories, sketches and music. Hi-Lo Lounge 10 p.m. FREE! 706-850-8561 KARAOKE WITH THE KING Sing your guts out every Wednesday! Live Wire 7 p.m. FREE! www.newearthmusichall. com CAROLINE AIKEN’S OPEN JAM Local songwriter and guitarist Caroline Aiken hosts this open mic. This week’s featured guest is Wilma. 9 p.m. $7. 706-543-8283 BIG MEAN SOUND MACHINE Arty, funky dance band from Ithaca, NY. Normaltown Hall 8 p.m. $10. NormaltownHall ROBERT ELLIS This up-and-coming and critically acclaimed country and Western-influenced singersongwriter plays indie-folk tunes with tenderness and mastery. See Calendar Pick on p. 15. T. HARDY MORRIS Dead Confederate frontman performs a solo set of his folky, lived-in tunes. Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-4742 DIABLO SANDWICH & DR. PEPPER New local acoustic band featuring Bo Hembree, Adam Poulin and Scotty Nichols. The Office Lounge 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-0840 KARAOKE With your host Lynn, the Queen of Karaoke! Porterhouse Grill 7 p.m. FREE! 706-369-0990 JAZZ NIGHT The longest standing weekly music gig in Athens! Join drummer Nicholas Wiles with bassist Drew Hart and pianist Steve Key for an evening of original music, improv and standards. Terrapin Beer Co. 5:30 p.m. FREE! JIM COOK Wailing slide guitar, gritty vocals and swamp stomp with this local bluesman.

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The Grotto 10 p.m. 706-549-9933 LEAVING COUNTRIES Local singersongwriter Louis Phillip Pelot and company play a â&#x20AC;&#x153;mind-boggling wall of organic sound with upbeat, traveldriven lyrics.â&#x20AC;? Hendershotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. FREE! www.hendershotscoffee. com KENOSHA KID Centered around the instru-improv jazz compositions of Dan Nettles, Kenosha Kid features Robby Handley and Marlon Patton. Kumquat Mae Bakery CafĂŠ 7:30 p.m. 706-850-1442 REPENT AT LEISURE Fun-loving, rowdy, Irish pub band playing traditional as well as modern Irish music. Live Wire 11:30 p.m. FREE! www.livewireathens. com TECROPOLIS Athensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; longestrunning electronic dance music

Caledonia Lounge 9 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18-20). www. MOTHERFUCKER Hard-hitting local band featuring former members of Incendiaries. DOUBLE FERRARI This new local band plays virtuosic, high-speed, instrumental jock-rock. MIND BRAINS New local supergroup playing experimental pop music. Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m. $5. www.flickertheatreandbar. com SLOWRITER Atlanta-based experimental rock group led by songwriter Bryan Taylor. MUST BE THE HOLY GHOST Loopbased electro-rock project fronted by musician Jared Draughon. JACOBâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S DILDOS Experimental group from North Carolina by way of Atlanta. REX HUSSMAN Rootsy, eclectic singer-songwriter from Atlanta. SUBSCRIBER No info available. 40 Watt Club 9 p.m. $12. THE CADILLAC THREE This Nashville trio playing Southern

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Gentlemen Rogues play the Caledonia Lounge on Monday, Feb. 23. JUNA Sweeping local post-rock band featuring epic instrumentation. THE HOWLING TONGUES Atlantabased rock and roll band. WAITRESS New noise rock project featuring members of Antpile and Family & Friends. The Foundry 8 p.m. $8 (adv.), $10 (door). www. JOHN KING BAND This local band blends the stylistic qualities of Southern rock and country. CLAY PAGE BAND Country music singer Page and his band play country and Southern rock favorites as well as originals. Georgia Theatre 8 p.m. $30. JAMEY JOHNSONAlabama-based country singer-songwriter. Go Bar 8â&#x20AC;&#x201C;10 p.m. FREE! KARAOKE The Athens Area Arts Council hosts karaoke from 8â&#x20AC;&#x201C;10, after which Dr. Fred takes over for his popular weekly series.

monthly, with special guests Angry Digweed and Variant. Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-4742 NEW NATURE New local jam-rock band. The Office Lounge 8 p.m. 706-546-0840 REV. CONNER MACK TRIBBLE Newly relocated back to his old stomping grounds of Athens, Tribble hosts an â&#x20AC;&#x153;all-star jamâ&#x20AC;? every Thursday. Walkerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Coffee & Pub 9 p.m. FREE! 706-543-1433 KARAOKE Every Thursday!

jam-rock has had music featured on TV shows including â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nashvilleâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;CSI Miami.â&#x20AC;? The Foundry 8 p.m. $12 (adv.), $15 (door). www. THE HIGHBALLS Put on your bangle bracelets, tuck in those shoulder pads and grab your parachute pants! Athens music vets The Highballs will perform a totally awesome set of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;80s dance hits. DJ MARK BELL â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;80s dance party courtesty of Mark Bell will commence immediately following The Highballs.

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Buffaloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CafĂŠ 7 p.m. $10. THE SPLITZ BAND This bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s impressively wide range encompasses classic Motown, funk, disco and both old-school and contemporary R&B.

Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 L00K Experimental-minded local analog-electronic group featuring members of Reptar. YUNG YANG Local DJ does creative live mixing of vogue house, dance-

Live Wire 9 p.m. $5. 706-543-8283 LES RACQUET Prog/power-pop trio with three-part vocal harmonies, catchy melodies and interesting instrumentals, all backed up with jazz musicianship. Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-4742 PIANO A group of all-star musicians pay tribute to The Black Keys and The White Stripes. The Office Lounge 9 p.m. 706-546-0840 THE BACUPS Fun-loving local cover band. The Office Lounge 6 p.m. 706-546-0840 REV. CONNER MACK TRIBBLE Newly relocated back to his old stomping grounds of Athens, Tribble is a Georgia rock and roll fixture. VFW 6 p.m. $8. TANGENTS This country-fried rock group from Watkinsville carries

Lynyrd Skynyrd licks and John Mellencamp melodies.

Saturday 21 Caledonia Lounge 9:30 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18-20). www. TEDO STONE Rootsy, Atlanta-based Americana band with a touch of psychedelic fuzziness. HARTLE ROAD Straightforward rock and roll band from Water Valley, MS. UNCLE DAD Local four-piece indie band with a reverb-heavy rock and roll sound. Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m. HAYRIDE Long-running three-piece local rock band. KRILLADON Heavy-hitting local power trio in the vein of Foo Fighters and ZZ Top. The Foundry 7 p.m. $15 (adv.), $18 (door). www. JIM LAUDERDALE Multiple Grammy-winning Americana/bluegrass artist. ADAM KLEIN Local songwriter playing a rustic blend of country, folk and Americana. Georgia Theatre 7:30 p.m. $15. www.georgiatheatre. com JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE The talented and astute son of leftist-country king Steve Earle, the younger Earle has earned a spot in the folk pantheon with his earnest, incisive songwriting. GILL LANDRY Lousiana native singer-songwriter playing a twangy folk set. Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 MOTHER THE CAR Founded by a brother duo, this hard rock act combines various types of music resulting in what they call “hard blues.” EMILEIGH IRELAND Member of local indie-pop group Helen Scott plays a solo set. HOST Textural, experimental solo rock project of Alex Maddalena. DJ BLOWPOP Joe Kubler (Bubbly Mommy Gun) spins a set of tunes. Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. $7. NORMA RAE This local four-piece plays soulful, distinctively Southern Americana. THE HEAP Funky indie-soul band based here in Athens with a killer horn section and fronted by Bryan Howard’s low, bass growl. Highwire Lounge 8 p.m. FREE! LIVE JAZZ Jeremy Raj is bringing together the best that Athens jazz has to offer. A trio of incredibly talented musicians play to a great crowd every weekend. Kumquat Mae Bakery Café 6 p.m. FREE! 706-850-1442 KARAOKE Sing your favorites. Little Kings Shuffle Club 10 p.m. FREE! lkshuffleclub BOOTY BOYZ DJs Immuzikation, Twin Powers and Z-Dog spin dance hits into the night.

Live Wire 9 p.m. $10 (adv.), $12 (door). www. THE NAUGHTY PROFESSOR Louisiana-based acid jazz outfit. See Calendar Pick on p. 15. THE HEARD Chicago-based funk and groove band. Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-4742 SATURN VALLEY Local progressive jam fusion band. The Office Lounge 9 p.m. 706-546-0840 QUIG AND THE BOYS Local rock band playing old, new, blues and rock with a twist.

Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 7 p.m. LOVE NOTES FOR LUKAS An open mic for performers between kindergarten and 12th grade. The event benefits Lukas’ Fund, an organization dedicated “to help meet the physical needs of infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and the emotional and educational needs of their parents.”

Blue Sky 5 p.m. FREE! 706-850-3153 VINYL WEDNESDAYS Bring your own records and spin them!

The World Famous Beers! Bands! Brunch! 1 p.m. FREE! 706-543-4002 JAMES HUSBAND Elephant 6-er James Huggins III (of Montreal, Elf Power) plays a set of tunes. See Calendar Pick on p. 15.

Caledonia Lounge 9 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18-20). www. CARELESS PILOTS Garage-rock band from Atlanta. SWEET HEART BEETS Local psychedelic funk band with eclectic instrumentals. THE NICK AUSTIN TRIO Local rhythm rock three-piece.

Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. FREE! www.hendershotscoffee. com OPEN MIC Showcase your talent at this open mic night every Monday. Live Wire 7 p.m. $10. IKE STUBBLEFIELD Soulful R&B artist Ike Stubblefield is a Hammond B3 virtuoso who cut his teeth backing Motown legends like the Four Tops, The Temptations and Marvin Gaye. Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-4742 WORKINGMAN’S MONDAY Enjoy the music of the Grateful Dead. Hosted by Bo Hembree.

Tuesday 24 The Foundry Tailgate Tuesdays. 6 p.m. $5 (adv.), $7 (door). CHRIS BANDI St. Louis native and country/rock artist. CASEY EDGAR Motown-inspired country singer-songwriter. Georgia Theatre 7 p.m. $25. RYAN BINGHAM On-the-rise Americana singer-songwriter. See story on p. 13.

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Caledonia Lounge 8 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18-20). www. GENTLEMEN ROGUES Texas-based four-piece playing power-pop. TONGUES Dreamy local pop-rock band. SON & THIEF Local indie rock band.


The Manhattan Café Loungy Tuesday. 9 p.m. FREE! 706369-9767 DJ NATE FROM WUXTRY Playing an all-vinyl set of slow and melancholy songs for sad sacks and lonely lovers.

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LUCERO Acclaimed alt-country group from Memphis, TN. TWIN FORKS Florida-based folkrock band led by former Dashboard Confessional frontman Chris Carrabba.

Boar’s Head Lounge 10 p.m. FREE! 706-369-3040 SINGER-SONGWRITER SHOWCASE Rock out every Wednesday at this open mic. Contact for booking.

Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m. GHOST FOOT Three-piece grungerock group from Shreveport, LA. GULF SHORES Louisiana-based indie rock band.

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Art Art Classes (Lyndon House Arts Center) Now registering for spring classes including painting, jewelry making, life drawing, stained glass and watercolor. Check website for schedule. Classes begin in March. 706-613-3623, www.athensclarke Arts in Community Grants (Athens, GA) The Athens Cultural Affairs Commission will award two grants of $1,000 each to promote creative placemaking in the community. Grants will be awarded based on the level of community enrichment through the arts, contribution to the local identity and quality or artistic merit. Artists, local organizations and groups can apply. Deadline Feb. 27. Funds released Apr. 17. All awarded works must be completed by Dec. 30. athens, Call for Artists (Amici) Currently accepting artists for spring exhibitions. Email photographs of work to Ryan at Call for Artists (Farmington Depot Gallery) (Farmington) Now accepting applications for the Springfest 2015 artist market on May 9â&#x20AC;&#x201C;10, 10 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;6 p.m. Email for details. farmingtongallery@gmail. com, www.farmingtondepotgallery. com Human Rights Festival Logo Contest (Athens, GA) The Athens Human Rights Festival is seeking logo submissions for use on T-shirts, the newspaper and the stage backdrop. Logos must say 37th Annual Human Rights Festival, May 2â&#x20AC;&#x201C;3 and Athens, GA. Email for details. Deadline Feb. 26.

Indie South Fair Springtacular (Downtown Athens) Indie South Fair is moving downtown! Athensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; largest handmade and vintage market is currently seeking vendors for its annual spring market, the Springtacular, which will be held in conjunction with the Human Rights Fest on May 2â&#x20AC;&#x201C;3. Apply online. Deadline Mar. 2. Moonlight Gypsy Market Seeking outsider, strange, erotic, macabre, dark and odd crafters, artists and junk dealers for a springtime event. Deadline for submissions is Feb. 28. moonlightgypsymarket@ moonlightgypsymarket Twilight Trophy Competition (Athens, GA) ATHICA and Bike Athens have teamed up on a sculpture competition for the annual Twilight Criterium. Trophies will be made from bicycle parts. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top 6 finalists. Remaining entries will be auctioned off to benefit Habitat for Humanity on Apr. 23. Register online by Feb. 18. Deadline for completed trophies is on Apr. 9.

Classes 2015 Georgia Farm to School & Preschool Summit (The Classic Center) Learn about Georgiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s farm to school community through expert-led workshops. Feb. 19, 8 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;6:30 p.m. & Feb. 20, 8:30 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;12 p.m. $140. Above Barre (Above Barre, 2361 W. Broad St.) These 55-minute, total body workouts incorporate yoga, pilates and ballet. First class is free with code â&#x20AC;&#x153;FirstFree.â&#x20AC;? 706-5215188,

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Action and Sports Photography (Georgia Center for Continuing Education) Learn to create action photographs in a variety of settings. These eight sessions include field trips and critiques. Wednesdays, Feb. 25â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Apr. 22. $199. 706-542-3537, questions@georgia Beginning Portrait Sculpture (OCAF, Watkinsville) In this six-week class, students learn about forms, proportions and expressive possibilities in shaping the human head using clay. Instructor Jean Westmacott is the creator of the Athena statue in front of the Classic Center. Feb. 25â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Apr. 1, 5:30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8 p.m. $180â&#x20AC;&#x201C;190. Bikram Hot Yoga (Bikram Yoga Athens) Classes in hot yoga are offered seven days a week. Beginners welcome. Student discounts available. 706-353-9642, Clay Classes (Good Dirt) Good Dirt has moved to a new location at 485 Macon Hwy. Weekly â&#x20AC;&#x153;Try Clayâ&#x20AC;? classes ($20/person) introduce participants to the potterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wheel every Friday from 7â&#x20AC;&#x201C;9 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Family Try Clayâ&#x20AC;? classes show children and adults hand-building methods every Sunday from 2â&#x20AC;&#x201C;4 p.m. $20. 706355-3161, Computer Building Basics (Lay Park) Participants will learn how to build a budget-friendly, personal computer from scratch. The program will cover parts selection, operating system installation, troubleshooting, maintenance and more. Registration required. Ages 18 & up. Feb. 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;25, 9 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;2 p.m. $15-23. 706-613-3596 Dance Classes (Dancefx) Classes offered in creative movement, ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, breakdance, acrobatics, cheer dance and more.


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Curated by local artist Peter Loose, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Great Folk Parade: From Finster Forwardâ&#x20AC;? includes works by self-taught Southern artists like Howard Finster (shown above), R.A. Miller and Harold Rittenberry. The show is currently on view at the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation through Friday, Feb. 20. Register online. 706-355-3078, Dance Meditation (Aikido Center of Athens) Beginners are invited to try dancing, and formally trained dancers are invited to experiment with new moves. Fridays, 7:30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;9 p.m. Donations accepted. 706-3801112, www.aikidocenterofathens. com Georgia Organics Conference (The Classic Center) The expo will feature food and farm tours, workshops, educational sessions and more. Chef Hugh Acheson will deliver a keynote speech. Feb. 19, 9 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;7:30 p.m. & Feb. 20, 7 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;9 p.m. $100â&#x20AC;&#x201C;320. Handbuilding in Clay for Beginners (OCAF, Watkinsville) Instructor Jenna Gridley teaches techniques like slump molds, pinch pots, coiling, scoring, rolling slabs and extruding shapes. Tuesdays, Feb. 24â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Mar. 31, 6â&#x20AC;&#x201C;9 p.m. 706769-4565, Make Up Artist Workshop (Guise and Dolls Costumes) Classes cover fantasy, horror, animals, aging, contouring and other techniques. Cost includes a full make up kit. Tuesdays, Feb. 17â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Mar. 17, 5:30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;7:30 p.m. $200 up front or $60 per class. 706-363-1169 Martial Arts Classes (Live Oak Martial Arts, Bogart) Traditional and modern-style Taekwondo, selfdefense, grappling and weapons classes for all ages. Visit website for full class schedule. www.liveoak Mindfulness Meditation (Healing Arts Centre) This fiveweek course led by David Kurtz is for beginners or those wishing to refresh their practice. Tuesdays beginning Feb. 24, 5:15â&#x20AC;&#x201C;6:45 p.m.

$25 suggested donation. 706-6131142, Printmaking Workshops (Double Dutch Press) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stampmaking: Two Color Stamps.â&#x20AC;? Feb. 21, 2â&#x20AC;&#x201C;5 p.m. $40. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Custom Stationary: Multicolor Screeprinting, Two Parts.â&#x20AC;? Feb. 25, 6â&#x20AC;&#x201C;7:30 p.m. & Mar. 4, 6â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8 p.m. $60. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Totes! One Color Screenprinting.â&#x20AC;? Mar. 11, 5:30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8:30 p.m. $50. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Multicolor Reductive Woodcut: Three Parts.â&#x20AC;? Mar. 14, 21, 28, 2â&#x20AC;&#x201C;5 p.m. $85. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Monotypes! Plexi Prints.â&#x20AC;? Mar. 25, 5:30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8:30 p.m. $40. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Paper Relief Monotype.â&#x20AC;? Apr. 4, 2â&#x20AC;&#x201C;5 p.m. $45. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tea Towels! One Color Screenprinting: Two Pards.â&#x20AC;? Apr. 8 & 15, 6â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8 p.m. $65. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Linocut, One Color.â&#x20AC;? Apr. 18 & 25, 2â&#x20AC;&#x201C;5 p.m. $65. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stampmaking.â&#x20AC;? Apr. 29, 6â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8 p.m. $35. Pure Barre (Pure Barre Athens) Purre Barre is a 55-minute full-body workout that uses a ballet barre for isometric movements concentrating on hips, thighs, seat, addominals and arms. Classes offered daily. 706-850-4000, ga-athens Salsa Dance Classes (Little Kings Shuffle Club) Cubanstyle salsa dance classes with SALSAthens. No partner necessary. Beginners welcome. Every Wednesday, 6:30-7:30 p.m. (intermediate), 7:30-8:30 p.m. (beginners). $10 (incl. drink). Success Summit (The Classic Center) The summit is an all-day event for businesses of all sizes and stages of development. It includes educational breakout sessions, resources, experienced speakers and networking opportunities. Apr. 29, 8:30 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;6 p.m. $79â&#x20AC;&#x201C;129.

Tai Chi at UGA (UGA Health Sciences) (George Hall) Try 12 weeks of beginner level Tai Chi. No experience required. Wednesdays and Fridays through Apr. 24, 9â&#x20AC;&#x201C;10 a.m. Register online by Feb. 20. FREE! level1taichiugahsc Traditional Karate Training (Athens Yoshukai Karate) Learn traditional Yoshukai karate in a positive atmosphere. Accepting new students. See website for schedule. FREE! Watercolor Painting Inspired by Nature (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Students will create several compositions based on the elements and principles of design. Includes demos, independent work time and one-on-one instruction. Feb. 21, 9 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;4 p.m. & Feb. 22, 12â&#x20AC;&#x201C;4 p.m. $160. Yoga (5 Points Yoga) The studio offers alignment yoga (Iyengar), flow yoga, gentle flow, hot power flow, power flow and restorative yoga. Private and small group yoga classes are also available. Check website for weekly schedule of classes. www.athensfivepointsyoga. com Yoga (Rubber Soul Yoga) Ongoing classes in Kundalini, Hatha, gentle yoga, laughing yoga, acroyoga, karate and one-on-one yoga as well as guided meditation. Check website for weekly class schedule and special workshops. Donation based., Zumba in the Garden (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) A dynamic fitness program infused with Latin rhythms. Every Wednesday, 5:30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;6:30 p.m. $70/10 classes.

Help Out Call for Volunteers (Downtown Athens) The Athens Human Rights Festival is looking for volunteers to help with fundraising, publicity, organizing speakers and performers, the tabloid, social media, stage building and more. The 37th annual will be held downtown on May 2–3. Contact for meeting information. 706-202-9169, www. Dinner Hosts Needed (Athens, GA) AIDS Athens’ Festival for Life is looking for individuals or groups to host dinner parties. Hosts ask their guests to make a contribution to AIDS Athens. Most parties occur on Feb. 28 but can be anytime between now and the end of March. Hosts and party guests are then invited to a dessert reception on Feb. 28. Contact Olivia Long, 706-549-3730, Disabled American Veterans Network (Athens, GA) Seeking volunteers to drive VA furnished vehicles to transport vets living with disabilities to local clinics and Augusta hospitals. Weekdays, 8 a.m.–5 p.m., once or twice a month. Call Roger, 706-202-0587 Friends of the Library Book Sale (ACC Library) The AthensClarke County Library is now accepting donations of gently used books for the sale. No magazines please. 706-613-3650 HandsOn Northeast Georgia (Athens, GA) HandsOn NEGA is a project of Community Connection of Northeast Georgia that assists volunteers in finding flexible service opportunities at various organizations. Over 130 local agencies seek help with ongoing projects and special short-term events. Visit the website for a calendar and to register. Relay for Life of Clarke County (YMCA) Help fund a cure for cancer while planning a fun community event. Seeking new volunteers to help plan one of the largest local events of the year. 706543-2240,, Tutors Needed (440 Dearing Ext.) Athens Tutorial Program is seeking volunteer tutors for at-risk students in grades K–8. One-hour sessions are scheduled Monday–Thursday, 3–6 p.m. 706-354-1653, jgarris Walk a Shelter Dog (1171 Branch Rd., Bishop) Lend a helping paw by walking a shelter dog in Heritage Park. Walks are the first Thursday and first Saturday of the month. Sign in at 12 p.m. 706-7693956,

Kidstuff ACC Summer Camps (Multiple Locations) Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services offers camps in theater, gymnastics, tennis, cheerleading, skating, art and more. Visit website for dates and details. 706613-3589, www.athensclarkecounty. com/camps Art Classes (Lyndon House Arts Center) Now registering for spring classes like “Art Time I and II” for ages 4–6, “Springtime Plein Air and Enchanted Forest” for ages 7–12 and two Spring Break sessions. Classes begin in March. 706-6133623, lyndonhouse Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) The SBG and the Nongame Conservation Section of the Georgia Department

of Natural Resources present an art contest. Students in K-5th grade can submit artwork portraying Georgia nongame wildlife and plants. Entries due Apr. 3. Call for rules and guidelines. 706-542-6156 Hospitality Careers Academy (The Classic Center) High school students interested in the hospitality industry can apply for a week-long academy program that includes hearing guest speakers, shadowing job professionals, attending industry tours and participating in leadership activities. Deadline to apply Apr. 15. July 13–17. $450. 706-357-4521, Spring Break Mini Camps (Multiple Locations) Now registering. East Athens Community Center hosts “Olympic Week Mini Camp” for ages 6–13. Mar. 9–13, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. $40–60. Rocksprings Park hosts “Spring Break Detective Camp” for ages 6–12. Mar. 9–13, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. $40–60. Lyndon House Arts Center hosts “Spring Break Art Break” for ages 6–12. Mar. 10 or Mar. 12, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. $57–78. Sandy Creek Nature Center hosts “Spring Explorers: Tall Tales at Sandy Creek” for ages 4–12. Mar. 11–13, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. $20–30. www.athensclarkecounty. com/camps Theatre Camp Registration (Elberton City Hall) Registration begins Mar. 7 for two summer camps hosted by The Elbert Theatre Foundation. The kids camp for grades K-5 includes a performance of Joust! A Mighty Medieval Musical. July 27–31. $85. Theatre camp for grades 6–12 includes a performance of Thoroughly Modern Millie Junior. June 1–12. $117. Register on Mar. 7 at 10 a.m. 706283-1049, UGA Summer Camps (Multiple Locations) Now registering middle and high school students for day camps and overnight camps in June and July. Offerings include a mini medical school, computer game design, a national security mock council and more.

Support Groups Al-Anon 12 Step (Little White House) For family and friends of alcoholics and drug addicts. 478955-3422, Alcoholics Anonymous (Athens, GA) If you want to drink, that’s your business. If you want to stop, we can help. 706-389-4164, Chronic Illness Support Group (Oasis Counseling Center) Six-week group meetings for individuals dealing with fibromyalgia, arthritis, lupus, cancer, severe injuries and other chronic medical conditions. Call to reserve spot. Every Wednesday, 1:30–3 p.m. through Apr. 10. $15/session. 706543-3522, info@oasiscounseling Emotions Anonymous (Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens) A 12-step program open to anyone with a desire to become well emotionally. Meets Sundays, 4–5 p.m. 706-202-7463, www.emotions Life After Diagnosis (Oasis Counseling Center) An ongoing support group aimed at helping those with chronic or life-threatening diseases. Tuesdays, 4:30–6 p.m. $15/session. 706-543-3522, www. Meditation/Group Energy Healing Experience a deeper awareness of who you really are.

Group meets every other Tuesday., Project Safe (Athens, GA) Meetings for Warriors: Hope & Healing from Domestic Violence Group are held every Tuesday, 6:30–8 p.m., with a dinner on the last Tuesday of each month. Meetings for the Emotional Abuse Support Group are held every Monday, 6:30–8 p.m., with a dinner on the last Monday of the month. Childcare provided. 24-hour crisis hotline: 706-543-3331. Teen texting line: 706-765-8019. Business: 706-549-0922. Meeting information: 706-613-3357, ext. 772. SLPAA (Campus View Church of Christ) Sex, Love and Pornography Addicts Anonymous is a 12-step program for sexually compulsive behaviors. Every Monday, 7:30–8:30 p.m. 706-372-8642 Weight Loss Group (Counseling Associates for Well-Being) This six-week group combines hypnosis, mindfulness and self-compassion.

Contact to reserve spot. Begins Mar. 3. $40/session. 706-425-8900,, Women’s Empowerment Group (Oasis Counseling Center) A small therapeutic group for women to work on vulnerability, setting boundaries, assertiveness, self-care and more. Eight-week sessions. Call to reserve a space. $15/session. 706-543-3522, www.oasis

On The Street Adult Soccer Registration (Trail Creek Park) The four divisions include coed, coed competitive, competitive, and 35 & older. The season begins Feb. 22. $450/team. 706-613-3589, www.athensclarke Avid Book Clubs (Avid Bookshop) The Young Readers’ Book Club is currently reading El Deafo by Cece Bell and meets the first Sunday of the month. The Young Adult for

art around town ALL BODY STUDIO (337 Prince Ave.) Multi-media artwork made from acrylic, cardboard, sheet vinyl and plastic by Frances Jemini. Tim Dominy’s mixed media work straddles painting and sculpture. Through April. AMICI (233 E. Clayton St.) Local photography by Beka Poss. Through February. ANTIQUES & JEWELS ART GALLERY (290 N. Milledge Ave.) Paintings by Mary Porter, Greg Benson, Dortha Jacobson and others. Art quilts by Elizabeth Barton and handmade jewelry by various artists. ART ON THE SIDE GALLERY AND GIFTS (17 N. Main St., Watkinsville) A gallery featuring works by various artists in media including ceramics, paintings and fused glass. ARTINI’S ART LOUNGE (296 W. Broad St.) “Meditations on Peace and Love” presents art by Charley Seagraves. Currently on view through March. ATHENS ACADEMY (1281 Spartan Lane) In the Bertelsmann Gallery, view “The Best of Fall: First Semester Student Art Show.” Through Feb. 20. • “Contrapunto” showcases the works of Contrapunto members Pedro Fuertes, Jorge Arcos, Dora Lopez, Stanley Bermudez and Carlos Solis. Guest artists include Alex Mendoza and Claudia Soria. Through Apr. 24. ATHENS-CLARKE COUNTY LIBRARY (2025 Baxter St.) A collection of antique quilts owned by historian Madeline Hawley and members of the Cotton Patch Quilters. Through Feb. 22. • Local costumer and fashion historian Beverly Bourgeois presents an exhibit of Victorian, Edwardian and flapper finery. Reception Feb. 26. Through Mar. 24. ATHENS INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART (ATHICA) (160 Tracy St.) “As We Wish to Be” is a solo installation of site-specific murals by Atlanta-based artist Bethany Collins. Through Mar. 8. BENDZUNAS GLASS (89 W. South Ave., Comer) The family-run studio has been creating fine art glass for almost 40 years. CINÉ BARCAFE (234 W. Hancock Ave.) “In Bloom” is a group show featuring the works of Rinne Allen, Wayne Bellamy, Claire Clements, Moon Jung Jang, Zipporah Camille Thompson and several other artists. Through Mar. 15. THE CLASSIC CENTER (300 N. Thomas St.) “Nature Revealed” includes works by Barbara Patisal, Janelle Young, Katherine Dunlap, Georgia Rhodes and Charles Warnok. • “Then and Now: Celebrating 40 Years of the Lyndon House Arts Center” includes works by Munroe d’Antignac, John d’Azzo, Terri Jarrette, Leah Mantini and Erik Patten. Through April. DONDERO’S KITCHEN (590 N. Milledge Ave.) Artwork by Jackie Dorsey. Through February. EARTH FARE (1689 S. Lumpkin St.) “Coffee and Travel” presents linoleum block prints by René Shoemaker. Through February. FARMINGTON DEPOT GALLERY (1011 Salem Rd., Farmington) Owned and staffed by 14 artists, the gallery exhibits paintings, sculpture, folk art, ceramics and fine furniture. Permanent collection artists include Phil Goulding, Larry Hamilton, Chris Hubbard, Michael Pierce and more. • Pastoral paintings by Cheryl Washburn. Through Mar. 12. FLICKER THEATRE & BAR (263 W. Washington St.) “The Toilsome Search for Probity” features black-and-white, dream-inspired illustrations by James Greer. Through February. GALLERY@HOTEL INDIGO (500 College Ave.) “Ornament” features the artwork of Cameron Lyden, Jess Machacek, Cassidy Russell, Laura Bell, Terri Dilling and Brittainy Lauback. Through Apr. 3. GEORGIA MUSEUM OF ART (90 Carlton St.) “Not Ready to Make Nice: Guerrilla Girls in the Artworld and Beyond.” Through Mar. 1. • “A Year on the Hill: Work by Jim Fiscus and Chris Bilheimer.” Through Mar. 8. • “The Life and Work of Alice Fischer, Cultural Pioneer” presents selections of ceramic jewelry and works on paper by the former UGA professor. Through Mar. 8. • “Chaos & Metamorphosis: The Art of Piero Lerda.” Through May 10. • In the sculpture garden, “Terra Verte,” created by Scottish artist Patricia Leighton, consists of six cubes full of living vegetation. Through May. • “Stone Levity” is a sculpture by Del Geist installed in the Performing and Visual Arts Complex quad. Through May.

Not-So-Young Adults Book Club is currently reading I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson and meets the second Sunday of the month. The Paperback Fiction Book Club is currently reading The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion and meets the third Sunday of the month. The New & Notable Book Club is currently reading The Meaning of Human Existence by E.O. Wilson and meets the fourth Sunday of the month. The Book Club of the Fantastic is currently reading Collages by Anais Nin and meets the fourth Tuesday of the month. Join by email. 706-3522060, avid.athens.rachel@gmail. com, Children First Soccer Tournament (Southeast Circle Park) This adult soccer tournament benefits the programs at Children First. $150 per team. 706-229-6266, George Tabori and the Theater of the Holocaust (Multiple Locations) This conference will highlight the work of HungarianGerman-Jewish playwright George

Tabori. The meeting is in conjunction with the University Theatre production of Tabori’s signature play, Mein Kampf, directed by Del Hamilton. Feb. 26–28. www.drama. ServeAthens ICN Service Day (Living Hope Church) Volunteers will perform a variety of service projects for local organizations. Register online. Mar. 28, 8 a.m.–1 p.m. Sprang Co-ed Ultimate Frisbee League (Southeast Clarke Park) This league is casual enough for beginners, yet competitive enough for ultimate frisbee vets. Mondays, Mar. 16–May 18, 5:30–7:45 p.m. $28 (members), $40., Talent Show The Carnivale of Black Hearts is seeking talent show contestants. Burlesque, circus acts, comedy, theater, music and other odd talents are welcome. Cash prizes. Deadline is Feb. 21. Send entries with descriptions and links to f

GLASSCUBE@INDIGO (500 College Ave.) “BANG” is an installation of bold colored pop art paintings by Carol John that will rotate throughout the course of the exhibit. Through June 30. THE GRIT (199 Prince Ave.) Watercolor paintings, cut paper silhouettes and cut paper collages by Missy Kulik. Through Mar. 8. HEIRLOOM CAFE AND FRESH MARKET (815 N. Chase St.) “Prairie and River” presents a collection of new oil and gouache paintings by Will Eskridge. Through February. HENDERSHOT’S COFFEE BAR (237 Prince Ave.) Artwork by Carley Rickles. Through February. JITTERY JOE’S FIVE POINTS (1230 S. Milledge Ave.) “Silk and Travel” presents hand-painted silk by René Shoemaker. Through February. • AthensHasArt! presents works by Margaret Schreiber, Audra Nichole and Tim Dominy. Through February. KA ARTIST SHOP (127 N. Jackson St.) “Love, In All Its Many Forms” is a group show featuring a variety of styles. Reception Feb. 19. Currently on display through February. LAMAR DODD SCHOOL OF ART (270 River Rd.) “The Exquisite” is a collaborative group exhibition that elaborates upon the established tradition of the Exquisite Corpse. Through Feb. 20. • “Mequitta Ahuja: Automythography” features a series of paintings that illustrate the visiting artist’s weaving of myth, cultural history and personal biography. Through Feb. 26. • “Justin Schmitz: Like a Juggernaut” shows portraits the Dodd’s Post-MFA Fellow in Photography took of teenagers at high school football games. Through Feb. 26. • “To-Do List” reveals what 28 artists were thinking, accomplishing and avoiding during a six-week period. Through Feb. 26. LYNDON HOUSE ARTS CENTER (293 Hoyt St.) The “Period Decorative Arts Collection (1840–1890) & Athens History Museum” inside the historic WareLyndon House now features a new bedroom exhibit full of decorative pieces. MAMA BIRD’S GRANOLA (909 E. Broad St.) Artwork by Cameron Bliss Ferrelle, James Fields, Barbara Bendzunas, Kayley Head, Leah Lacy, Saint Udio and Lakeshore Pottery. OCONEE COUNTY LIBRARY (1080 Experiment Station Rd., Watkinsville) “Women’s Work” presents paintings, photography, quilts, basketry and more from Caroline Angelo, Ruta Abolins, Robin Fay, Lisa Freeman, Lori Gibbons, Sarah Hubbard, Frances Jemini and Jasmine Odessa Rizer. Through Mar. 5. OCONEE CULTURAL ARTS FOUNDATION (OCAF) (34 School St., Watkinsville) “The Great Folk Parade: From Finster Forward” includes works by self-taught Southern artists like Howard Finster, R.A. Miller, Bennie Morrison, Tex Crawford and Harold Rittenberry. Through Feb. 20. • “Crescent Lane Rug Hookers” showcases both contemporary and traditional rugs created by the local guild’s members. Through Feb. 20. RICHARD B. RUSSELL JR. SPECIAL COLLECTIONS LIBRARIES (300 S. Hull St.) “Food, Power and Politics: The Story of School Lunch.” Through May 15. • An exhibition celebrating The Pennington Radio Collection features tube radios, external speakers and other artifacts from 1913–1933. Reception Feb. 20. Currently on view through December. SALON ON FIRST (6 1st St., Watkinsville) Abstract oil landscapes by Keith Karnok. SEWCIAL STUDIO (160 Tracy St.) Hand-dyed art quilts by Anita Heady. Rust and over-dyed fabric on canvas by Bill Heady. SIPS (1390 Prince Ave.) “Undulations,” artwork by Jonah Allen. Through February. STATE BOTANICAL GARDEN OF GEORGIA (2450 S. Milledge Ave.) The Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild presents “Creatures in the Garden,” a juried show of quilts embedded with scenes of flowers, trees and natural landscapes. Through Mar. 8. THE SURGERY CENTER (2142 W. Broad St.) “Landscapes I Have Loved” features paintings by Michael Spronck. Through Mar. 5. UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP OF ATHENS (780 Timothy Rd.) “Blooms and Boats” contains digital images by Dr. David Jarrett. Through March. THE WORLD FAMOUS (351 N. Hull St.) Permanent artists include RA Miller, Chris Hubbard, Travis Craig, Michelle Fontaine, Will Eskridge, Dan Smith, Greg Stone and more. • Nude photography by Grant Beecher. Reception Feb. 19. Through February.




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Houses for Rent 137 N. Peter St. 2 Bedroom house for rent w/ DW, W/D, fenced backyard, front and back porch, hardwood floors. Pets ok. $800/mo. (706) 202-0858. 2BR/1BA. Near UGA, LR, DR, den, HWflrs., all appls., fenced yd., carport, elec. AC, gas heat, garbage. No pets. 117 Johnson Dr., $550/mo. Stan, (706) 5435352. 3BR/2BA University Heights. CHAC, HWflrs., All appliances, fenced back yd. Great for professional or grad student. Pets negotiable. No smoking. Avail. Mar. 1. $850. (910) 409-0769. 5 Pts. off Baxter St. 4BR/2BA, $1200/mo. 5 Pts. off Lumpkin. 2 story condo, 2BR/2.5BA, $650/mo. Call McWaters Realty, (706) 353-2700, (706) 540-1529. Place your ad by using our website: classifieds. It’s ready when you are! Large 3,000 sf. townhome available now. 3-5BR/4BA, $1000/mo. W/D, trash & pest control included, pet friendly. Roommate matching available. (706) 395-1400.







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Beautiful home on heavily wooded lot on Oconee River just minutes to downtown, Eastside, UGA. 5BR/3BA. O n R i v e r b e n d P k w y. Donna Smith Fee (706) 296-5717, KWGA (706) 316-2900.

Books Galore at 1011 Stonebridge Pkwy, suite 1 0 5 i n Wa t k i n s v i l l e i s closing. All books $1. Shelves and fixtures also for sale. Open Thursday– Saturday, 10–6. (706) 7691443.

Parking & Storage Parking places for rent across from UGA. $30/mo. (706) 354-4261.

Roommates Housemate, Eastside, close to campus/new vet school, on bus line. Room & bathroom, large yard, basement, covered parking. Cats ok. Long or short term. (706) 3533244.

Sub-lease 2BR/1BA apartment for sublease at Lakeside Apartments. $439/mo. utilities incl. Fall 2015– Summer 2016. Fully Furnished. Great amenities. Individual leasing. On Bus route 14. Call (770) 4021928.

Wanting to rent Single mom needs 3 bedroom house with s p a c e t o g a rd e n a n d within 45 minutes of UGA. Stable income, works at the University. nicolev@ or (770) 5688054.

For Sale Antiques Archipelago Antiques Swear off throw-away gifts and purchases! An antique is a permanent eye-catcher in your surroundings for all time. 1676 S. Lumpkin St. (706) 354-4297. Need to get rid of your extra stuff? Someone else wants it! Sell cars, bikes, electronics and instruments with Flagpole Classifieds. Go to today!

Day trippers visit Neat Pieces in Carlton, GA. Architectural antiques, vintage clothes, books and much more. Only 3 mi. from Watson Mill State Park. Thursday–Sunday 10–5. Jimmy, (706) 7973317. Instant cash is now being paid for good vinyl records & CDs in fine condition.Wu x t r y Records, at corner of Clayton & College Dwntn. (706) 369-9428. Proform Treadmill. Good condition, bought at Sears, hardly used. $450 OBO. Call Robin (706) 543-4556.

Music Equipment Nuçi’s Space needs your old instruments & music gear! All donations are tax-deductible. Call (706) 227-1515 or come by Nuçi’s Space, 396 Oconee St.

Instruction Athens School of Music. Instruction in g u i t a r, b a s s , d r u m s , piano, voice, brass, woodwinds, strings, banjo, mandolin, fiddle & more. From beginner to expert. Instrument repairs avail. Visit www. AthensSchoolofMusic. com, (706) 543-5800.

Musicians Wanted Violin teacher needed for 106 West Music School in Winder. One afternoon/ evening per week to start w/ potential to add days. Fiddle, cello, viola a plus. Classic violin technique required. Call Becky (770) 868-1977 or email becky

Max Athens is available for private parties and looking for bands to book. If you are interested, please email

Services Classes Atma Sakti Yoga (Power of the Self) Donation Based Studio welcoming all levels, celebrating everyBODY. Come align, balance and restore. Atma Sakti Yoga offers classes 3 times a week and a Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra journey çonce a week. Monday 5:45-7:30pm Mindful Vinyasa+Yoga Nidra; Tuesday 5:45-7:00pm Reggae Vinyasa; Thursday 7-8:30pm Candlelit Restorative Flow. Located At: 160 Tr a c y S t 3 0 6 0 1 . I n BLOOM next to Athica Atmasaktiyoga. com

Health Healthcare Aide Needed for a boy, 10 yrs, and a girl, 7 yrs. Job seeker must be 18 yrs or older. $80/hour. Email me at stacysutton591@yahoo. com for further details.

Misc. Services Horse Boarding in Watkinsville. Pasture/$125, stall/$350. Owners onsite. L i g h t e d r i d i n g a re n a . Round pen. (706) 2027 5 4 0 , p e t e r. m e l i s s a @ Looking for the perfect employee? Advertise job opportunities in Flagpole Magazine! Call us at (706) 549-0301 to find out about our great rates!



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Jobs Full-time Downtown Athens restaurant looking for a FT pantry cook. 2 years e x p e r i e n c e p re f e r re d . Email resume to Advertise your special skills! Move-in/move-out help, pet care, child care, yard work, cleaning, e t c . Let Athens know how to contact you with Flagpole classifieds! Call (706) 549-0301 or visit C a l l c e n t e r representative . Join established Athens company calling CEOs & CFOs of major corporations generating sales leads for tech companies. $9–11/hr. BOS Staffing, www.bosstaff. com, (706) 353-3030. Housekeeping help needed. Should be flex. for all 7 days. Comfort Suites, 255 Nor th Ave. Apply in person, bring resume. 8:30 a.m.–2 p.m., M–F. Mr. Singh. Line/Prep Cooks Needed.The Georgia Center has several positions available 20–40 hrs./week. Pay DOE/ Minimum 3 years in full service restaurant. Email resumes to robh@uga. edu.

Town 220 Restaurant in Madison, Georgia has immediate openings for experienced line cooks, prep cooks and broiler cooks. Please email resume to town220@gmail. com.

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Opportunities Bikini Modeling Contest. Winner receives $1000, poolside photo shoot and will represent Lazy Day Pools in our 2015 online, outdoor and print advertising. No nudity! Apply at LazyDayPools. com.

Part-time Clocked is now hiring kitchen staff. $10.25-$13/ hr based on experience. Bring in resume and ask for David or Sam. 259 W.Washington St. Downtown Athens restaurant looking for a PT dish washer. 2 years e x p e r i e n c e p re f e r re d . Email resume to

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Mr. Not-Quite-Right Advice for Life’s Persistent Questions By Rhonda

Eh I’m dating a guy who is objectively fine, and I have fun with him, and our sex life is good but… I’m just not crazy about him. Our relationship is good day-to-day, but just kind of superficial. We don’t talk about anything important—and that’s fine, because most of the time I don’t have anything super-important to talk about, but if I did, we wouldn’t really have a foundation for it. We’ve been dating for about six months, and there’s no reason for me to break up with him tomorrow—it’s not like we fight or I’ve met someone else—but I just don’t have a depth of feeling for him. Like I said, we have fun together, but I think part of the fun is just the fact of having someone else to do things with. If the universe replaced this guy, mid-date, with another guy of similar height and temperament, I don’t know if I’d even notice or care. I feel bad about breaking up with him, because as far as he knows, everything is going great. We always have a good time together, but I want a connection deeper than just having fun together. What do you think I should do? Try to make this work? Keep dating him until I find someone else? How do I explain why—all of a sudden—I don’t want to date him anymore? Lukewarm

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this is not the guy for you. I was freed from this trap when a friend of mine told me that an ex-boyfriend of hers had broken up with her by saying, “My feelings for you haven’t progressed like I thought they would.” When she told me that, I immediately thought, “That can be my reason? Perfect! That describes like 20 relationships I’ve had!” I think you can say something similar: You like him; you’ve had fun with him, but you don’t have the connection you’re looking for in a long-term relationship. I think you said it perfectly in your letter: You don’t have a depth of feeling for him. Make the move now, so you’ll have room in your life to find someone you do click with.



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Thank you, thank you, thank you for your wise and compassionate response to “Music Critic” in the Jan. 28 Flagpole. I’m a music teacher with a focus on adult learners, and many of my students (both beginners and those returning to music) have had major self-esteem and insecurity issues that they’ve had to recover from due to the off-hand or “well-meaning” (ahem) comments from friends, family and even former music teachers, who have implied my students’ lack of musical Ah, the Goodability. It’s so sad to Enough Guy. I’ve dated think that one mindless several of those. In comment could actually fact, I’d say I’ve dated squelch a person’s desire mostly those guys. to pursue an interest They can be great in music-making, but people, but they’re just it happens all the time. Please send your questions to not quite right for you. Sometimes, I feel more or And that’s the part like a psychologist than that matters. a music teacher, because Now, they can have the adult learners, a place in your life. If despite their passion you’re just interested in having a companand determination to pursue their musical ion for right now, having someone, as you interests, need so much support to overcome say, to go out and do things with, it’s fine their insecurity and fear of failure, to follow a to continue dating this guy IF he knows dream they’ve held onto for years. And these where you stand. He needs to hear that you students are realistic. They know their goals enjoy him but you don’t foresee a long-term and limitations; they just want to have fun and future for the two of you. If he’s OK with do something they’ve always wanted to do. I that, you can continue having fun together often wonder what motivates those who feel until one or both of you meets someone they need to evaluate another person’s musical else. interests and efforts. Perhaps it comes out of It can be hard to have room to find the their own inability to honor their own musical right relationship, though, when you’re in spirit, due to their own unfortunate earlier the wrong one. And I hear your question experiences? I really appreciated your advice. about how to explain the breakup to your Let’s be positive, supportive and encouraging current, unsuspecting bf. I once thought to those who just want to have fun singing and (probably unconsciously, which is even playing! more pernicious) that breaking up required New to Athens and loving it! a reason. A good reason. And that if I couldn’t articulate a good reason, then we’d Thanks for your letter; it’s nice to hear just continue dating. But you don’t need that you agree. In the first column I wrote to be able to name exactly what isn’t right here, I mentioned that one of the pieces of about someone. advice I aspire to follow advises that it’s betIt’s completely sufficient just to know. ter to be kind than clever. I think this is a And you seem to know pretty clearly that situation where that applies. f Lee Gatlin













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February 18th, 2015

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