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Pub Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Threats & Promises . . . . . 15 Capitol Impact . . . . . . . . . . 5 Record Review . . . . . . . . 15


This Modern World . . . . . . 5 Movie Reviews . . . . . . . . 16 City Dope . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Flickskinny . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Discrimination Law . . . . . . 7 The Calendar . . . . . . . . . 17



East Athens . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Bulletin Board . . . . . . . . . 22 Automatic Pizza . . . . . . . 10 Adopt Me . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Wendyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

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The Locavore . . . . . . . . . 11 Art Around Town . . . . . . . 23 Art Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Hip Hop Awards . . . . . . . 12 Puzzles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

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Close readers of this column will recall that a couple of weeks ago the writer sat at his kitchen table of a Sunday morning, writing both a speech for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) and his Pub Notes column, lazily combining the two. Behold, the writer is back at his table; a column looms; OLLI was canceled by the weather and is coming up again. Now we have what the philosopher Søren Kierkegaard liked to call a “repetition.” Readers may further recall that the topic of the OLLI speech is “The Making of Modern Athens” and that the last Pub Notes that was cribbed from the speech addressed changes at the university that brought in a flood of young PhDs from graduate schools outside the South. Their presence and their influence on campus, in town and especially in the minds of their students was a watershed from which flowed a different university and a different Athens. Of course, there were many, many confluent tributaries—the winding down of the Vietnam War, relatively affluent economic conditions, the belated arrival of “the ‘60s” during the ’70s, and a general intellectual awakening among some younger people—accelerated by the war and by the views of the new faculty—that things might not really be all peachy keen in “Amerika.” So, here in what was then called “Advancing Athens,” a paradigm shifted. This, like all university towns, had heretofore been a place where kids came to college and then left after they graduated, flunked out or finished law school. A few met and married Athens classmates and stayed on after school, but the general rule was up and out: back home to small-town Georgia (that was before half the student body came from Cobb County) or on to Atlanta to begin a career. Vietnam brought students who were here because college gave them a deferment that would keep them out of that unpopular war. Many of those students would not have been in college except for the war, and they were not particularly interested in remaining in school once they were no longer in danger of being drafted. Many of those students had interests more important to them than a college degree: starting a business, making art, making music. The college drew them here, but the town held them. These kids found that they liked Athens, not for its career opportunities but for itself—a small, college-influenced, laidback, inexpensive, pretty town with a growing concentration of people with liberal social views who appreciated art and music. These kids, moreover, to the extent that they had applied themselves at the university had been influenced by a cadre of assistant professors not a lot older than they

were and bursting with energy and enthusiasm. To those who “tuned in, turned on and dropped out,” Athens was, in author Blake Gumprecht’s description in The American College Town, “A Paradise for Misfits.” More importantly, if you were weird enough to choose music over medicine, you needed to live somewhere you could afford, where you could eke out some kind of living, preferably among congenial people and surroundings. Athens was perfect, and it was about to get better. Not long after the new energy on campus and the end of the war had spun off into a few head shops, organic food stores and beer-joint-clubs, Georgia Square Mall opened and pulled the retail heart of northeast Georgia out to the Atlanta Highway. That left a lot of empty space, cheap: suitable for artists’ studios, band practice spaces, cafés, record stores, clothing and leather-goods shops, bookshops. Local government already had its Main Street program trying to patch things together, and government also came up with low-interest loans to help a new generation of entrepreneurs buy the old buildings. The infrastructure for a new, weird Athens was in place. Advancing Athens had been bad to tear down the old stuff and put up the bad stuff. The misfits who lived in and appreciated the old homes in the old neighborhoods joined the preservationists in the fight to preserve and protect what was left. The new entrepreneurs opened restaurants and clubs where they and their friends could serve food and beer, and play and listen to music. They hung their art and their friends’ art on the walls, and they served lunch to their former profs and maybe sold them a painting, too. And they supported local government candidates who understood what was going on and also appreciated the importance of neighborhoods and the built environment and the encouragement of artistic creation to the economy and livability of a town. So, what made modern Athens was public investment—in the university and in the city—coupled with individual, entrepreneurial effort by local people who were here because they chose to be. It was never easy, and it never will be. The neighborhoods saved by the preservationists and the hippies have gone upscale; the low rents that made living and starting businesses possible have climbed; the government that after much contention finally “got it” has slipped back, and student apartments with their concomitant out-of-town chain businesses threaten to take over the downtown that once allowed an art school dropout to own a building. The Athens we know and enjoy is a public/private partnership, and it is dependent on both if it is to survive and thrive. f


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Prognosis for Hospitals Is Grim In Rural Communities, 911 Is Becoming a Joke By Tom Crawford the decision on Medicaid expansion to the If you work for a hospital in one of legislature, whose Republican members disGeorgia’s rural communities, you should be very afraid. There’s a strong possibility your like the ACA even more. The state spurned more than $3 billion in federal funds last hospital will be closing down soon because year, and will pass up a similar amount this of financial problems. Eight rural hospitals year that would have flowed to rural hospihave gone out of business since 2001, four tals desperately struggling to stay alive. of them in the past two years. The special committee that Deal It’s true that hospitals in more populous appointed to help rural hospitals didn’t areas, such as St. Francis in Columbus, are discuss the possibility of Medicaid expanalso having financial problems, but the sion at any of its meetings and made no situation is especially acute in thinly popumention of the available federal funding in lated rural Georgia. The picture only looks darker as time goes on. A special committee its final report. Instead, the committee recommended the development of a “hub and appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal last year spoke” network of medical facilities that to examine the situation at rural hospitals serve rural areas, with hubs in Blairsville, released a report warning that 15 of these Baxley, Cordele and Swainsboro. These facilities “are considered financially fragile, hospitals would coordiwith six operating on a nate the treatment with day-to-day basis.” With Medicaid the spokes—smaller Here’s the problem: Many patients can’t expansion, hospitals hospitals, ambulances with tele-medicine capaafford health insurance might be able to stay open. bilities, school clinics, and come to the emerfederally qualified health gency room to get medicenters, public health departments and cal treatment, leaving hospitals with huge local physicians. unpaid bills. The crushing burden of this The proposal is not a bad idea, and it charity care makes it difficult to generate may result in more efficient treatment of the cash flow needed to pay daily expenses. patients outside urban areas. However, Hospitals would get some relief if it won’t come close to solving the money Georgia would expand Medicaid coverproblems that are forcing rural hospitals age under the provisions of the federal out of business. It is rather like using a Affordable Care Act. That decision would Band-Aid to treat a cancerous tumor that’s bring the state more than $3 billion in fedeating away at your vital organs. eral funds each year and provide more than A lot of money would be available to our 400,000 uninsured residents with health rural hospitals if state officials would just care coverage. More patients at rural hosagree to accept federal funds for Medicaid pitals would have coverage, and hospitals expansion. It probably wouldn’t save all of might be able to stay open. them, but it could keep some of them going. Deal, however, does not like the By not taking the money, our elected leadAffordable Care Act, and has refused to ers are signing the death warrants for many accept federal money for Medicaid expanof these hospitals. f sion. He signed a bill last year that shifts



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Is Phil Lanoue Really All That? Plus, the Classic Center and Local Media News By Blake Aued Clarke County’s Phil Lanoue is National Superintendent of the Year. Out of all 14,178 school superintendents in the U.S., he’s the very best. Right. The easy thing to do would be to join the chorus praising Lanoue; he’s already got a big enough fan club, though. Somebody has to rain on the parade. The daily newspaper has stopped running editorials for fear of upsetting someone and has abdicated its civic responsibility to do any kind of watchdog reporting, so it’s gotta be me—even if it makes me feel like Kanye at the Grammys. In 2008, the year before Lanoue took over, CCSD’s fouryear graduation rate was 63 percent. “We’ve got to do a whole lot better here, a whole lot better real fast,” he told the Athens Banner-Herald. In 2014, after some ups and downs, the graduation rate was… 63 percent. Lanoue threw his students under the cheese wagon, attributing the disappointing figure to “a number of hardships and challenges with this year’s graduating class,” specifically an unusually high number in special ed. If more students aren’t graduating—which is the point, after all—then something isn’t working. Look, Lanoue is a personable guy who’s impressed a lot of powerful people. One of them is the daily’s publisher. Lanoue can dial up Scot Morrissey and have impertinent editors fired. Due to budget cuts, one beat reporter is trying to cover K-12 in addition to UGA. We try, but Flagpole lacks the resources to entirely pick up the slack. The school board is a rubber stamp. Lanoue’s political skills and palace guard of a PR department make any real evaluation of his performance impossible. Too much spin is coming out of Mitchell Bridge Road, and there’s no one to sift through it all. Let’s also keep in mind that the American Association of School Administrators’ track record isn’t exactly sterling. It named Atlanta’s Beverly Hall the nation’s top superintendent in 2009. When reports surfaced that she oversaw a vast cheating conspiracy to goose standardized test scores, the Atlanta elite rallied around her. Before she died Monday, Hall was out of a job and under indictment. (I’m not accusing Lanoue of anything untoward—his response to Clarke County’s mediocre test scores has always been to say they don’t matter much, and he’s right.) Educating public school students in Athens is a tough job. We have too much poverty, too many struggling

families, too many folks who send their high-achieving kids to private schools for us ever to be as highly rated as, say, Oconee County, with its affluent, educated twoparent households. I believe our teachers are dedicated, and our schools are better than the numbers indicate. But more than a third of our kids are dropping out. We have to demand better. With this new line on his resumé, Lanoue’s probably not long for Athens. He’s made some needed reforms and here’s hoping he’s put us on the path. It may be up to the next superintendent to show concrete results. Media Matters: Since we’re on the topic of the local broadsheet, they finally—FINALLY—are getting rid of the anonymous commenters who’ve been embarrassing the city for years. But leave it the ABH to botch even that. Briefly, the website revealed commenters’ real names. At press time, their commenting system didn’t appear to be working at all. Recently, Optimization Editor (whatever that means) Jim Thompson’s been swinging the banhammer pretty hard, and that’s helped, but requiring commenters to use their real names is a major about-face. For a long time, higher-ups at the Banner-Herald encouraged a cesspool of ill-informed racism because those commenters brought in clicks. From a journalism standpoint, though, holding commenters accountable to the same standards as sources and old-fashioned letter-writers only makes sense. Ban the Bag Ban: Recently, a movement has gained steam in Athens and a few other Georgia cities to ban or charge a fee for plastic bags, which are wasteful, difficult to recycle and damage the environment. State legislators, of course, are having none of it. The Senate passed SB 139 (co-sponsored by Athens’ Frank Ginn) last week; it would bar local governments from regulating not only plastic bags, but any disposable container, including paper and foam boxes and cups. A similar bill, HB 444, is moving through the House. Mayor Nancy Denson, who has vocally opposed regulating plastic bags, is reportedly lobbying in favor of those bills that would ban the ban, even though they’re opposed by groups representing local governments, including several ACC commissioners. The bills provide exceptions for “curbside” recycling, but at least one commissioner, Jerry NeSmith, is worried

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that they could scuttle the county’s commercial recycling program, which requires businesses and apartment complexes to encourage recycling. His concerns are backed up by lawyers from the Georgia Municipal Association and Association County Commissioners of Georgia. Classic Center: During budget hearings last week, ACC Commissioner Melissa Link asked an interesting question of Classic Center and Convention and Visitors Bureau chiefs Paul Cramer and Chuck Jones: What aspect of the downtown master plan do you most want to see implemented? Jones said he’d like a “gathering place that most other cities have,” presumably referring to plans for a plaza and a pocket park around City Hall. An amphitheater, Cramer said. Professor Jack Crowley’s plan calls for a $10–12 million, 1,500–2,500 seat amphitheater connected to the Classic Center parking deck and the Multimodal Center. “I think the dream of the Classic Center for some time has been some kind of attraction between us and the river that really ties the two together,” Cramer said. He also let it drop that he’s working on starting a Sunday farmers market in the new covered parking lot on Foundry Street. Stay tuned. f

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Freedom to Discriminate LGBT Community Loses Sleep Over â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Religious Libertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Bills By Evelyn Andrews


queer or [transgender] looking, would I wo â&#x20AC;&#x153;religious libertyâ&#x20AC;? bills in the then die? That might be a little stressful,â&#x20AC;? Georgia legislature have been botEdwards says. tled up so far, but LGBT community The bill could also provide legal justificamembers and allies in Athens worry that, if one passes, businesses could refuse to serve tion for a guidance counselor refusing to help a gay student, a landlord not renting them, and they could even be left to die in to a single mother or a police officer refusthe streets if they fall ill. ing to protect a mosque, Robbie Medwed, Supporters of House Bill 218 and Senate the assistant director for Southern Jewish Bill 129 say the legislation would protect Resource Network for Gender and Sexual Christians from being forced to do someDiversity, said at a meeting with the UGA thing thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s against their religion. But Young Democrats last month. freedom-of-religion protections already Edwards also worries that workplace disexist, so the bills seem unnecessary, says crimination would worsen, because Georgia DeeDee Kane, who chairs UGA GLOBES law does not protect LGBT workers. In fact, (Gay, Lesbian or Bisexual Employees and right now, businesses might not face any Supporters). repercussions if they refused to serve an â&#x20AC;&#x153;[The bills] seem to be driven by peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unprotected class of people, according to fears, instead of anything that needs to be Kent Barnett, a UGA consumer law profesput in place,â&#x20AC;? Kane says. sor. Not many protective laws exist in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;These religious liberty bills seem to set U.S., especially in conservative states such up a false conflict between Christians that as Georgia, Barnett says. However, municiseem to be concerned about LGBT citizens pal laws specific to one city could exist of Georgia getting extra privileges when, in in more liberal areas in Georgia, he says. fact, it is just the privilege of not being dis(Athens-Clarke County law protects local criminated against,â&#x20AC;? she says. government employees based on sexual State lawmakers are drafting â&#x20AC;&#x153;religious orientation.) libertyâ&#x20AC;? bills all over the country, because Neither bill was making much headway people have misconceptions about discrimiat press time, although they could gain nation, Kane says. Serving a member of momentum. the LGBT community Two weeks ago, at a business does not To give people the a Senate committee infringe on religion, but denying them service opportunity to impose shocked observers by voting down SB 129, is discrimination, she their religious views in a even though itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sponsays. public arena or a civic arena sored by the committee â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you own a busiSen. Josh ness and you deny a is not the foundational core chairman, McKoon (R-Columbus). service to someone, of this country. Senate Majority Leader that is discrimination,â&#x20AC;? Bill Cowsert (R-Athens) Kane says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To give people the opportunity to impose their reli- turned against the bill after McKoon gious views in a public arena or a civic arena refused to consider an amendment clarifyis not the foundational core of this country. ing that child abusers could not use religion to justify their actions. For that reason, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We do have discrimination protection many district attorneys also oppose the from the U.S. Constitution and from the bills. Georgia Constitution. Those measures are â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wanted to make that clear, that the already in place to protect people from government does have a compelling state discrimination.â&#x20AC;? interest to prevent discrimination and House Speaker David Ralston, a to protect our children,â&#x20AC;? Cowsert was Republican, recently made a similar statement about HB 218: â&#x20AC;&#x153;What does this bill do quoted as saying in the Atlanta-Journal Constitution. (Flagpoleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attempts to reach that the Constitution doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do?â&#x20AC;? Right now, many LGBT people in Athens him were unsuccessful.) Even if one of the bills were to pass, say they feel comfortable patronizing local businesses and arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t discriminated against. wedding-related businesses contacted by Flagpole say they wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t discriminate. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel that I can go anywhere in Athens Jefferson Passet, owner of CareAway Cakes comfortably and safely,â&#x20AC;? Kane says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I and Gifts, says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;of courseâ&#x20AC;? heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d cater a think in Athens, because of the progresgay wedding. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We would absolutely do it, sive culture that we have, we are somewhat because they should be able to get married, insulated from these conservative discrimiand we would appreciate their business,â&#x20AC;? natory attacks.â&#x20AC;? Passet says. But that could change. Passage of the Independent Baking Co. manager Jessica legislation would set a perilous precedent, Tiges also says the bakery would cater a says Steven Edwards, an ambassador for the LGBT Resource Center at UGA. Edwards same-sex wedding. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would have absolutely no problem catering any wedding at all,â&#x20AC;? says he already experiences â&#x20AC;&#x153;micro-agTiges says. gressions,â&#x20AC;? such as people using the wrong Petals on Prince, a florist in Athens, has pronoun to refer to him as a transgender had at least one same-sex wedding client man. If a religious liberty law were to pass, Edwards, a Type 1 diabetic, fears even more already, Ella Deguzmen, a manager, says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s none of our business, the situation of dangerous kinds of discrimination. our customers,â&#x20AC;? Deguzmen says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We just â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would worry about if I needed emerprovide the service.â&#x20AC;? f gency services, and I was too obviously



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From Public Housing to Student Housing

Rental houses for UGA students are sprouting up right next door to Nellie B Homes in a part of East Athens that two decades ago was an open-air drug market.

Improvements Bring Gentrification to East Athens By Matthew Pulver

Fixing Up the Iron Triangle

Triangle Plaza was given a dramatic facelift, and parks and infrastructure projects broke ground. A change in federal policy aligned with a new, more prohere white folks wouldn’t stay— gressive ethos in Athens, and the worst impulses of urban wouldn’t even walk—now they’re buildAs surprising as the pace of the gentrification is, it isn’t renewal were replaced with more bottom-up participation ing houses,” marvels Rev. Archibald something that couldn’t have been predicted. An intensive, of local residents. Community leaders like Miriam Moore Killian, who’s watched East Athens since he was a boy in $2 million revitalization project coordinated in the 1990s the 1930s, then as one of Athens’ first black police officers, by the ACC government and local neighborhood leaders and and Evelyn Neely assumed leadership roles, and renovation and revitalization replaced the wholesale demolition model then as a community leader. activists made the Nellie B/Triangle Plaza area its focus. A of earlier urban renewal. Pizza places wouldn’t deliver to East Athens in the 1990s few years later, the county government set its sights on the Dudley Park, too, had come to be considered a problem and early 2000s, nor could they get a newspaper delivered Dudley Park and riverside district to construct an ambiarea. It’s unclear how much actual crime there was in the just blocks from the paper’s office, residents say. The “Iron tious network of greenways and trails. park and how much its transition to a park frequented by Triangle” at Nellie B was an open-air drug market after dark Sims, who has represented East Athens for more than African Americans after decades of white ownership creduring the crack crisis, and violent crime and prostitution two decades, lists the impressive list of neighborhood ated the impression of danger. Ellison does remember some plagued the area. improvements around Nellie B: the Miriam Moore recreamount of crime afflicting the park. Its perfectly functional Few could have foreseen how East Athens would change. ation center, a new park, the revitalization of the Triangle basketball court—the good one that Sims had been lucky Expensive student-oriented housing grows like mushPlaza, the paving of streets, the laying of sidewalks and the enough to play on a generation before, when it was whitesrooms, apparently fed by a steady stream of suburban location of a police substation at the Triangle. only—was destroyed by the county government along Atlanta wealth. In roughly the span it takes a student with the community center. The use of “bad language” to get a graduate degree, the accelerated gentrificaThe community’s quickly vanishing before by park-goers was the unconvincing euphemism for why tion has altered the character of East Athens. What Athens-Clarke County Commissioner Harry Sims calls their eyes, and they feel helpless and can’t do the court was removed, according to nearby residents. In any case, Dudley went from white to black to “McMansions” spring up anywhere there’s space. Where anything about it. And that resentment spills over. green, in two senses. O’Looney and Sims point to how there’s not, older homes are acquired and demolished. the ambitious new greenway originating in Dudley Expensive new homes sit right next to public housing, Park improved property values in the area. And increase BMWs next to box Chevys, Tri Delts near the trap. “It’s a lot of things in my 22 years of being on the comthey have, doubling in some cases. New student housing Evelyn Wright, who has spent most of her 82 years on mission that have transpired, and that I’m real proud of,” is wedged into any available space near Dudley, sometimes First Street, hears a band practice at night behind where says Sims. maximizing parcels by shoehorning multiple narrow houses an outhouse used to be. A group of guys on Herman Street The surrounding property owes much, or perhaps all, onto a property. park their Gwinnett County-tagged cars under signs of its hockey-stick-shaped valuation trend to the radical announcing security cameras overseeing their outpost just changes in the Triangle and the river area. Before the revia few hundred feet shy of the old “Iron Triangle.” They’re talization project, the area around the Nellie B public houscareful to arm the alarms after one housemate entered the ing was renowned as the “Iron Triangle,” infamous for its kitchen one late night in August to find a burglar making criminal character, both real and imagined. Former mayor off with a laptop and a TV. It feels a little like a compound. Gwen O’Looney remembers meeting a friend after 10 p.m. Though the new student-oriented development lacks UGA graduate student Ginny Hanger has lived for four in the Iron Triangle in 1989, at the height of Athens’ crack some of the brutality of urban renewal, a quieter, partially years in another compound-like settlement of student crisis. She recalls young kids running baggies to buyers in unseen displacement is proceeding throughout East Athens houses adjacent to public housing on Arch Street. She cars and one young boy who stumbled, scattering his delivall the same. The rising tide of property values means radirecalls the door-to-door panhandlers and car break-ins that ery of rocks across the pavement. He scrambled along the cally higher property tax bills for many older homeowners marked the early years. dark pavement to collect the merchandise and bolted off to on fixed incomes (although school taxes are frozen for retir“It was happening a lot,” she says. Her new roommate, his assigned buyer. ees). The taxes are “sky high” for many struggling retirees, Haley Klein, moved in six months ago, and the two agree The new police substation kept the hustlers in check—or Sims says. Unable to pay their tax bill, lifelong residents that the neighborhood is already considerably safer than it at least forced them to reconfigure their activity, say Sims find themselves forced to sell to developers, often in hasty, was when Hanger moved in. and Isaiah Ellison, an East Athens business owner. The unfair transactions, says Ellison.


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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Unfortunately, the community didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t realize the value of the resources they had,â&#x20AC;? he says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;so it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t marketed so that the property owners could realize a reasonable return on their property.â&#x20AC;? Black homeowners are â&#x20AC;&#x153;bombarded from every side,â&#x20AC;? he says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and unfortunately, right there on the Triangle Plaza, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in the crux of the poverty stricken area, the poorest of the poor.â&#x20AC;? Wright is inundated with calls and fliers in her mailbox from Realtors about her house on First Street, in which sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spent most of her life. Sims hears the same from his constituents throughout East Athens. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everybodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s getting them,â&#x20AC;? says Ellison about the fliers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Somebody with deep pocketsâ&#x20AC;? is coming in, he says, and offering cash and a quick closing. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a mixed blessing: Some homeowners are excited about the prospect of selling their property for more than they expected, says Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Looney. But suspicion and resentment can be found throughout formerly black neighborhoods that face gentrification. There is still a powerlessness that black residents feel against affluent, mostly white 20-somethings overtaking whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s theirs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a certain community ownership that the long-term residents have,â&#x20AC;? says Ellison. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quickly vanishing before their eyes, and they feel helpless and canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do anything about it. And that resentment spills over. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re feeling squeezed out of the their communities.â&#x20AC;? There is no defense against gentrification like the one deployed to protect East Athens against Yankee troops. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop the changes,â&#x20AC;? says lifelong resident Xavier Burton. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop it.â&#x20AC;? Even Commissioner Sims watches in relative powerlessness. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no slowing it down,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think the trend will stop,â&#x20AC;? says Ellison. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To be honest with you, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just waiting on some investor to come and buy out the Triangle Plaza. Because I see whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happening.â&#x20AC;?


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Somebody with deep pockets is coming in, offering cash and a quick closing.

As the trend of urban infilling continues, public housing occupies large tracts of real estate that make developers salivate. Just down the road, Atlanta became a pioneer when it was the first major city in the United States to completely destroy all of its public housing, opening the way for the sort of radically invasive development Ellison fears. The Atlanta experiment has left the city with an unaccounted diaspora of its poor in the wake of its gentrification. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what gentrification is: displacement, displacing folks without sharing with them,â&#x20AC;? says Ellison. A nearly two-century historyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;much of it still living in the architecture, geography and cultureâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;now faces what seems the implacable tide of transience. Students, whose concern for the area extends only to the few years of their stay, replace lifelong residents. Thankfully, the county government has commemorated and preserved a great deal of the history. ACC is finishing up work on an access path to the Thunderboltsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; bunker. The historical walk in Dudley Park gives visitors a view through more than 200 years to the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s European founding. The ongoing effort to preserve the R.E.M. steeple and the success in stopping the destruction of the Murmur trestle protect that component of East Athens history, too. But African American history is disappearing practically by the day, along with African Americans. Entire streets from a bygone era exist only as quiet, wooded indentations in the earth that wind almost imperceptibly through an increasingly forgetful neighborhood. Ellison hopes the changes in East Athens will preserve the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s character and not achieve the uniformity of suburban Atlanta. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think the trend will stop,â&#x20AC;? he says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;But I would love to see more inclusion of community in whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happening in the area.â&#x20AC;? Ellisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best-case scenario? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wish people could invest in a way to keep the neighborhood as a melting pot, to make the neighborhood more representative of the city itself. Because a lot can be done in the area to improve the lives of everybody.â&#x20AC;? f This is the third and last in a series on the history of East Athens. Read the first two installments at


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Spouse. By Mattox’s count, three marriages materialized from first dates there. “We want this place to be part of peoples’ routines,” Downes says. “We want this to be a neighborhood place.” A few months ago, Mattox told his kids, ages 5 and 7, that when Automatic opened, he’d be busier than ever. But, he said, it would be temporary. A few days ago, he sat at the dinner table with his family and apologized for not being around much. Basil, his son, looked up in surprise and said he knew his dad would be busy. “That was so mature of him,” Mattox says. “I’m so impressed that he’s cooler with has built up around the businesses where Agua Linda, Los this than I am.” Compadres and Normal Hardware are still “crushing it,” And business continues to grow in the Normaltown area. according to Dickherber. The trio chuckled about the good When Hi-Lo Lounge first opened and offered brunch, the and bad of running businesses in the service industry, Ike & Jane owners wondered what would happen. Their often finishing each other’s sentences like siblings. They don’t describe themselves as entrepreneurs, but the trio has Sunday brunch grew, they say. When Old Pal joined to create a trio of Normaltown bars, the numbers increased even envisioned how to turn Normaltown’s available spaces into more. Rather than detract, more business seems to multineighborhood hangouts. ply customers. “When we talked about Normal Bar, we wanted it to be “It’s great to have several places open late,” Dickherber a place we would go,” Mattox says. “If you create a place you says. “When I pass this way going home, things are happenwant to hang out at, hopefully everyone else will, too.” ing. Normaltown feels safer.” given day, you’ll see the business owners We open places geared toward the neighborhood, busyOnatany work, with Dickherber forming Ike & Jane and the community helps us shape them. doughnuts at dawn, Downes running the register at Automatic and Mattox adding logs to the fires on Normal’s back patio. Balance is tough. Sometimes The corner’s revitalization started with Ike & Jane, Dickherber runs into customers at the grocery store, where where Luna Baking Co. owner Downes partnered with Dickherber, who ordered bread from Luna while she worked they’re shocked to find her in the frozen food section when she’s tired of cooking. They’ll also see Downes at Waffle at Espresso Royale Caffe on Broad Street (now a Jittery House, where he’s grabbing a quick bite and avoiding the Joe’s). After the donut cafe opened, customers suggested lines at his businesses, Ideal Bagel Co. and Ike & Jane. In Ike & Jane extend their hours into the night to serve food

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utomatic Pizza opened its doors a little over a month ago, and Athenians can’t stop talking about it. The dough-twirling crew made it through Super Bowl Sunday, Valentine’s Day and the Academy Awards, some nights putting off call-ins to serve those who ordered in person, clutching a plastic dinosaur or farm animal while waiting to taste the first bite of Normaltown cheese and pepperoni. With freezing cold nights and limited indoor seating, Automatic’s opening has been a hectic success so far. The restaurant even ran out of food its first few nights. “Everyone is excited about it, and we’re working hard to keep up with that excitement,” says Bain Mattox, co-owner of Automatic and Normal Bar. “It has been busier than we thought it would be, but we’re finally almost meeting the demand it has created.” Step inside Automatic, and you’ll find a handful of tables, a walk-up order counter and a kitchen that peeks onto a pizza oven. The open concept evokes a 1950s diner feel that plays on the space’s past as a car garage, complete with hubcaps cemented into the counter. Building owner Walter Muendlein, who opened Black Forest Bake Shop in the space years ago, is an avid car collector, which Mattox and co-owner Matt Downes kept in mind while brainstorming business names. “We kept coming back to ‘Automatic’ and loved the idea of giving automatic service,” Mattox says. “We don’t want people to think we’re stealing from Weaver D’s because ‘Automatic for the People’ is so huge, but it really was the best name.” Mattox and Downes ran through about 50 names, crossing off ideas such as Normaltown Pizza and Normal Pizza when they discovered those monikers were trademarked elsewhere. Plus, nobody wants “normal” pizza. “That type of name only works for the bar,” says Downes, co-owner of Automatic, Normal Bar and Ike & Jane. “We liked the idea of Automatic being for everyone, just as Ike & Jane appeals to both genders.” When the weather warms up and outdoor seating becomes bearable while the Automatic crew settles into a routine, expect food quality to get even better. Mattox and Downes are there, checking the pizzas and restaurant flow. “For an owner, opening a new Bain Mattox tending Normal Bar, the neighborhood hot spot he opened in 2010. place is like jumping off a cliff,” Downes says. “When you’re open, you’re open forever. Once and wine. Downes talked about the idea of opening a bar with The National’s Chris Luken, and the duo heard that you’re off that cliff, you’re adjusting as you go.” Mattox, then bar manager at Five & Ten, was thinking As Automatic celebrates a one-month anniversary, about the same idea. Because Ike & Jane closed at 5 p.m., neighboring Normal Bar celebrates five years on Apr. 28, the parking lot opened up at night, allowing enough spaces and Ike & Jane celebrated six years on Feb. 26. for a bar. Now that Automatic is open, Ike @ Nite will stop regular “Athens is a tough market sometimes, but it can be graservice, but you might see pop-ups for special events or cious, too,” Downes says. “We open places geared toward holidays. the neighborhood, and the community helps us shape “Ike @ Nite stepped up after Farm Cart left, because them.” we had a food desert on this side of the street,” says Corie The corner has built up a community feeling, where kids Dickherber, who co-owns Ike & Jane with Downes. “The and dogs are welcome. In Normaltown, you can grab a beer idea was to fill that need until Automatic opened.” with the guys and have your son in tow, or stop for a pizza On a cold February afternoon, Dickherber, Downes slice on your way home. Just last week, Normal Bar was and Mattox met in Normal Bar to talk about the revitalnamed, yet again, Flagpole’s Best Place to Meet Your Future ization of the Normaltown area and the community that



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the next month, Downes is opening a bar named Liberty on South Harris Street, where Locos Grill & Pub used to be. Then it’s time for a break. “There are days when it’s awesome to see the garbage guys downtown, wave to the bank tellers and know everyone who works in a particular restaurant,” he says. “But sometimes you feel like you can’t escape work.” The Normaltown corner will continue to see change this year, with the health sciences campus increasing the desire to live and work in the area. Video production company DT Productions is moving into the Classic City Consignment space, and J’s Bottle Shop is expanding. “I’m excited to see what else happens with Normaltown,” Mattox says. “I feel like we have everything we need, but I think there’s still a bit growth left.” f

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Local Organic Food Pioneers 40th Juried Exhibition Eric Wagoner, Julia Gaskin Win Georgia Organics Awards

Lyndon House Celebrates Four Decades of Art Downtown

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the recent Georgia Organics Conference, two Athens innovators in the organics scene did the town proud. Julia Gaskin, the University of Georgia’s sustainable agriculture coordinator, and Eric Wagoner, who created the online farm-to-table market Locally Grown, were both honored for their contributions to promoting sustainable agriculture and food systems. Brooke Hatfield

Eric Wagoner with his Georgia Organics award.

“[The award] was really the result of a lot of work and collaboration of a whole lot of extension people, research faculty at UGA and farmers… They have stepped up,” she says. Wagoner’s work is on the opposite end of the food production and consumption process—he gets local, sustainably grown food to the people. His development of Locally Grown earned him the Barbara Petit Pollinator Award. Wagoner initially created Locally Grown to facilitate sales for a co-op he was part of as a new farmer in 2002. “I’m a web developer by day, so it made perfect sense for me to write a little backend so our customers could just go to a website each week and mark what they wanted, rather than relying on emails or spreadsheets or faxes,” he says. “I didn’t know it at the time, but when we went live in May of 2002, we became the world’s first online farmers market.” The concept grew quickly. What began as a solution for a few growers in the Athens area has spread to more than 500 communities throughout the country. The uptake seems obvious for its appeal, but it also caught on because of its deliberately simple design. “It’s very simple, to the point of appearing plain, but that simplicity makes it easy for the non-nerds to get online and begin a

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Gaskin received the Georgia Organics Land Steward Award for her contributions to the field of soil science and all that she has done to promote the study and advocacy of sustainable agriculture in the state and in academia. She’s worked for UGA extension for more than 15 years as a soil scientist. As such, her interest in sustainable practices developed naturally. “I’ve always been interested in ag systems that would build soil health,” she says. “And those tend to.” On a day-to-day basis, Gaskin responds to inquiries from farmers who want to learn more about making their work environmentally sound and economically viable. On a grander scale, she creates programming to meet the needs of farmers—needs that she has seen become more and more oriented toward organic farming. “As it’s getting more Julia Gaskin with her Georgia Organics award. coverage, I think there’s market or start selling at an existing one,” been an increased interest,” Gaskin says. Wagoner says. “It also doesn’t lock the She is excited about the work to come. market into being just like Athens—it can “We have a brand-new grant that will cover handle a big urban market with many droptraining organic farmers,” she says. “That’s off points, down to a single farmer running something that I think we really need in a self-service farmstead at the end of their this state.” rural driveway.” Gaskin is also working on a calculator And it’s not just farmers who have benthat would predict how much nitrogen efitted from Wagoner’s innovation. “One cover crops yield. This, she hopes, will give of the things I’m proud of the most is how farmers the confidence they need to diseasy it makes it for a casual customer to get continue using nitrogen fertilizer, which more interested over time, buy more things, can damage water supplies, evaporate into start their own garden eventually, sell their greenhouse gas and explode when stored. excess at the market and even transition Although she is often the face of to becoming full- or part-time farmers,” he Georgia’s sustainable farming movement, says. f Gaskin is quick to credit the work of many.

40TH ANNUAL JURIED EXHIBITION: Anchoring an impressive list of upcoming programs celebrating the Lyndon House Arts Center’s 40th anniversary, the “40th Annual Juried Show” is a professionally oriented competition presenting a finely combed selection of works by local artists. The Center selects a different guest juror each year, this time around bringing in Carter Foster, Curator of Drawing at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. “This year, we had the biggest response from the arts community to date,” says Didi Dunphy, program supervisor at the Lyndon House. “Carter Foster reviewed 864 works of art and selected 194 by 160 artists. The show has always been a barometer of the arts quality in our area, and as the livability increases through the influx of arts, food and culture, artists are able to live and flourish here.” The works range among paintings, drawings, sculpture, ceramics, photography and fiber art, with emerging and established artists represented. Merit awards and honorable mentions will be announced at the opening reception on Thursday, Mar. 5 from 6–8 p.m., and the exhibit will remain on view through Saturday, May 2. Stefan Eberhard KEEP IT COMING: In addition to the “Juried Exhibition,” Lyndon House recently announced a promising string of shows for the upcoming season. In recognition of its 125th year, The Ladies Garden Club of Athens will present the “Southern Garden Series,” opening Saturday, Apr. 25 and closing with a reception on Thursday, May 21. “The Home Show: Artist Inspired Birdhouses” will display a neighborhood of unusual sculptural works created to benefit Athens Area Habitat for Humanity. “Where We Live, Work and Play” will present playful sculptural and kinetic works by Tad Gloeckler, Cameron Lyden and Michael Oliveri and Martijn van Wagdendonk. Exploring the natural process of decomposition and deterioration, “Beautiful Decay” will offer a range of works by Mandy Dey, Sarah Emerson, Susan Hable and Janelle Young. “The Home Show, “Where We Live, Work and Play” and “Beautiful Decay” will all be on view at Lyndon House Saturday, May 30–Saturday, Aug. 1, with a reception on Thursday, June 4. FORTY OF SOMETHING: Lyndon House has also launched “Forty of Something,” a rotating display in the main lobby that will showcase 40 items drawn from local collections. The first installment, “Forty Found Photographs,” is an assemblage of

images found by Lauren Fancher in thrift shops, antique stores, abandoned houses and other surprising places. Her collection, which includes QR scans linking to video and audio interpretations, will be on display Thursday, Mar. 5–Friday, Mar. 27. THE LOUNGE GALLERY: As another extension of celebrating 40 years of art, Lyndon House has launched the comfortable, brightly lit Lounge Gallery as a new space to showcase quarterly solo exhibitions by emerging artists. The gallery’s inaugural show features a collection of intensely patterned, imaginative landscapes by Katherine Dunlap, who recently graduated from Lamar Dodd with a BFA in painting and drawing. All artist receptions in the Lounge Gallery will coincide with Third Thursday, the monthly event in which the city’s seven largest art venues hold extended visiting hours. A reception for Dunlap will be held on Thursday, Mar. 19 from 6–9 p.m., and the show is currently on view through Friday, May 8. KIDS WORKSHOPS: One major goal of Lyndon House is to continue spreading its roots throughout the community by collaborating with kindred spirits. “My hope is that the Arts Center, as the anchor arts institution in downtown Athens, develops more outreach and partnerships with other wonderful creative organizations, as we have so many,” says Dunphy. Held in partnership with Chess and Community, “Pawns, Kings and Queens” on Saturday, Apr. 18 and 25, offers a chance to create custom chess boards. During the “Swag My Ride Workshop,” held in conjunction with the Twilight Criterium Race on Saturday, Apr. 25, kids can decorate their own bikes. “The Way Things Move: Stop Motion Animation and Video” on Saturdays, May 2 and 9, was funded by an AthFest Education grant. ADULTS, TOO: In addition to the classes in painting, jewelry, drawing and stained glass that Lyndon House regularly offers each season, the Lunch & Learn series is another official extension of the anniversary’s programming. Co-hosted by the Athens Area Arts Council, these afternoon lectures include a talk on social media and online portfolios led by Michael Lachowski on Wednesday, Mar. 18 and a discussion on creating proposals for public art grants led by Marilyn Wolf-Ragatz on Wednesday, Apr. 15. Local storytelling showcase Rabbit Box will host “For Art’s Sake” to celebrate Lyndon House on Thursday, July 9 at The Foundry. f



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Front row, L-R: Whisper, Knowa Johnson, Alyssa Schell, Tee-Roy 300, Bill E. Swagger, 3 ft. Keefie Second row: Versatyle tha Wildchyld, Noc, Big Breezy, Mokah Johnson, Alexandria Franck, Squalle, SouthPaw Third Row: Billy Sikwitit, Big Body, Loyal, Griffin, Tony La France

In the Zone How One Couple Saved Athens Hip Hop By Gabe Vodicka


hen they moved to Athens from Orlando in 2012, Knowa and Mokah Johnson faced a problem familiar to many local would-be movers and shakers: how to grow and galvanize an artistic population plagued by constant turnover, a lack of community support and an underlying, if inadvertent, current of self-sabotage. The Johnsons were taken aback by the lack of a distinct hip hop community in Athens, a town known as a music hub the world over. “[Athens] is where Orlando was 10 years ago,” says Knowa. “And it’s surprising, because Atlanta’s right up the street.” In Florida, the pair had helped unify a scattered scene via Chocolate City Live, a grassroots promotions and marketing company. They set out to do the same in Athens, forming the similarly oriented United Group of Artists Live and creating the Athens Hip Hop Awards. The awards show, where both nominees and winners are chosen by popular vote, recognizes not only the musicians



who make up Athens’ hip hop scene, but also the people and businesses that are the cultural and economic lifeblood of the African American community, including barbers, beauty salons and soul food restaurants. The inaugural 2013 event bore the marks of its infancy, but it got people talking. “There were people that thought they would win that took it pretty hard,” Knowa recalls. “It’s shaken people up… It even shook us up at one point, the [online] comments attacking the awards show, thinking it’s doing something other than what it’s doing.” Once the drama died down, they say, people began to understand the significance of what the Johnsons had brought to Athens. “After they meet us,” says Mokah, “the whole dynamic changes.” In the time since, Mokah and Knowa have helped organize an increasingly visible community of MCs, DJs, beat-makers and their supporters. Last year’s Athens Hip Hop Awards showed much growth in both concept and execution; along with longtime advocate Montu Miller, the Johnsons were also integral in coordinating AthFest’s first-

ever dedicated hip hop showcase in 2014, which featured Tony B, Big Body and Blacknerdninja, among others. “It’s growing, and it’s maturing,” says Knowa, of Athens hip hop. “It’s a more united scene… I’ve seen people mend their differences and start collaborating.” Still, he adds, “the work isn’t over yet.” Among the issues the Johnsons hope to tackle in the coming months are what they perceive as a continuing lack of respect from music venues, helping artists effectively promote their work (“When you drop a project, there needs to be a standard of marketing. I shouldn’t have to see you to know you dropped something,” says Knowa), bridging the town-gown gap and the need for a marquee artist to put Athens on the map. “The awards help, but it’s gonna take a lot more. I think we need to find that right hip hop artist that has the possibility of blowing up [outside of Athens]. But it’s bigger than the music, too,” says Mokah, noting that Athens’ rock scene is sustained in part by artists like Drive-By Truckers, who continue to support their hometown both creatively and financially after making it big.

And though they have established a dialog with certain local clubs, many of which have increased the hip hop presence on their stages, the Johnsons say there is more to be done. “Some of the people who could make a difference, who could give us support, don’t,” says Mokah. “This town is definitely set up a certain way. There are some doors that need to be kicked down. There are some changes [needed], if we’re going to have a level playing field.” In the meantime, the pair get ready for the third annual awards show, which takes place Saturday, Mar. 7. With two years of trial and error under their belts as well as support from UGA’s Music Business Program, Knowa and Mokah say the 2015 event will be the strongest yet.



Decoding Modest Mouse Parsing Isaac Brock’s Most Inscrutable Lyrics By Brooke Schueneman


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ndie rock giants Modest Mouse play the Georgia Theatre Monday, Mar. 9 in support of a new album, Strangers to Ourselves, after more than a 10-year absence from the Classic City. Frontman Isaac Brock is known for his often inscrutable, pseudo-existentialist lyrical meanderings. To commemorate the show, we asked Brooke Schueneman, a PhD candidate in UGA’s philosophy department, to analyze some of our favorite MM songs through a way-too-serious academic lens.


(The Moon & Antarctica) Sample lyric: ”Everyone’s afraid of their own lives/ If you could be anything you want/ I bet you’d be disappointed, am I right?” Brooke Schueneman: “Lives” is an example of the existential concept of bad faith. Jean-Paul Sartre describes bad faith as a form of lying to oneself in response to fear. We are afraid of what we can actually do and become, afraid that we create ourselves in each moment. The existentialist motto is “existence before essence.” This means that nothing is given before the fact. We are not born with a nature that is set in stone; who I am is not inevitable. But freedom is scary. It is scary, because with radical freedom comes radical responsibility.

“Never Ending Math Equation”

Mokah and Knowa Johnson

“The entertainment is really just gonna be on the next level,” says Knowa. This year’s show will include a special live tribute to the legends of hip hop, as well as surprise guest presenters and a performance by burlesque troupe the Modern Pin-Ups. “We’re trying to cover all the five elements of hip hop [rapping, DJing, dance, street art and knowledge] and incorporate them in the show,” says Mokah. Though the awards show has become the epicenter of Athens hip hop, its creators continue to view it as a starting point, a way to get people digging more deeply into the scene and for artists to trade ideas and affirmations. “We’re trying to bring unity,” explains Mokah. “We’re still trying to figure out how to be a resource to the hip hop community… We plan on living here. We like Athens, as far as raising our kids.” But, she admits, “it hasn’t been easy… I don’t know how long it’s gonna be before we see the changes we want.” Still, their work has already led to definite progress, even if it seems incremental. And the Johnsons are clearly committed to the long haul. “If you’re in the comfort zone,” says Knowa, “you’re not doing what you’re supposed to be doing.” f

WHAT: Athens Hip Hop Awards WHERE: Morton Theatre WHEN: Saturday, Mar. 7, 7 p.m. HOW MUCH: $15 (adv.), $25 (VIP)

(Building Nothing Out of Something) Sample lyric: “Infinity spirals out creation/ We’re on the tip of its tongue, and it is saying/ We ain’t sure where you stand/ You ain’t machines and you ain’t land” BS: There is an ancient debate concerning free will and determinism. On one hand, we experience life as constituted by a myriad of choices. We plan for the future, form intentions, act freely on those intentions and hold others accountable for their choices. On the other hand, we understand non-human nature through scientific principles, cause and effect. The universe is, in this sense, potentially explainable and, as a result, potentially predictable. But we are just parts of this universe. Are my actions—is my experience—equally understandable as a mere play of forces?

“Shit Luck”

(The Lonesome Crowded West) Sample lyric: “This plane is definitely crashing/ This boat is obviously sinking/ This building’s totally burning down” BS: Brock sings here of planes, boats and buildings— hardly objects of nature—but political philosopher Hannah Arendt points out that we humans have been eager to trade life on Earth, this “free gift from nowhere,” for something we’ve made ourselves. She calls this technological fixation a rebellion against human existence as it’s been given. While we might, indeed, trade the Earth for something artificial, in doing so we destroy the very conditions of our own existence. We cannot be free of the nature that both creates and sustains us. And in those final moments, as the planes

and ships go down, it will not be the artificers who perish with them, but their children. Only they shall enjoy the “luck” of being born into a world that may be past the point of saving.

“The Waydown”

(The Fruit That Ate Itself) Sample lyric: “What’s mine is mine and what’s yours you probably got/ And we all fall” BS: Critical theorist Herbert Marcuse worries about the erasure of individuality and freedom in our modern society. Human identity is ideally constituted by two dimensions: the inner dimension, wherein I am myself as a unique individual, and the outer dimension, my social identity. Marcuse argues that our mass-produced culture is “introjecting” the external into the internal such that there are no individual personalities, but carbon copy human beings who reflect only the products they consume. We are one-dimensional, completely identified with the products and producers that tell us what we need and want.

“Interstate 8”

(Building Nothing Out of Something) Sample lyric: “I drove around for hours, I drove around for days/ I drove around for months and years and never went no place” BS: According to Buddhist philosophers Śāntideva and Nāgārjuna, life is suffering. We are all caught in samsara, the beginningless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. Śāntideva describes the roots of this cycle as threefold—

craving, hatred and delusion—and Nāgārjuna focuses his philosophy on destroying this delusion. With rigorous argumentation, he shows that everything is related and everything is empty. Once I come to see that the world is empty of some enduring essence, that it is comprised only of temporary and fleeting relationships, I will find that I, too, am empty. I will come to understand my own struggle for permanence on the infinite highway as vain. Abandoning our craving for immortality, we can, perhaps, forge a new road to liberation. f

WHO: Modest Mouse WHERE: Georgia Theatre WHEN: Monday, Mar. 9, 8 p.m. HOW MUCH: SOLD OUT!




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Yonatan Gat Fuses Jazz Prowess with Punk Energy By Marshall Yarbrough


rummer Gal Lazer is sitting in a Brooklyn studio on the coldest day of the year, waiting for his bandmates Yonatan Gat and Sergio Sayeg to arrive. In two weeks, the three of them will play a show that marks the release of Gat’s latest record, Director, and the start of a six-week tour, but today, they’re focused on putting new material to tape. Lazer is talking about Bitches Brew, which the band listened to the day before. “It was like jazz guys doing rock and roll,” he says, describing his reaction to Miles Davis’ iconic work, “but you can hear that they are jazz guys.” It’s different for Lazer and his bandmates. “I feel like we’re the opposite, in a way,” he says. “There’s a lot of jazz philosophy involved in this band, but we are punk people.” Lazer’s assessment isn’t a bad way to approach Director. Each of the record’s 11 tracks is a brief, protean burst of energy. Mostly instrumental, mostly improvised, the album borrows from African and Brazilian music and, like Davis’ masterpiece, applies the technique of creative editing to the sound of a live ensemble captured on tape. Gat’s guitar forms the center of the record, moving between lithe, bluesy figures



and full, soaring chords. Together, Lazer and bassist Sayeg have the textural richness of a free-jazz rhythm section, particularly on “East to West” and “Gibraltar.” The guitar weaves in and out, never overshadowing the other players. Unlike the 2014 release Iberian Passage, a collaboration with Igor Domingues on which Gat played all the instruments except for drums, Director is the work of a band acting as a cohesive unit. It’s also more stylistically diverse. While Iberian Passage sought to capture the music Gat was hearing in Portugal, Director pulls from a broader palette. Arriving at the studio in Brooklyn, Gat explains, “I think if Iberian Passage is the beginning—it’s more of an EP—then maybe [Director] is an LP. It’s more of a global experience, and less focused on one place.” Gat is best known as a co-founder of Monotonix, the frenzied Israeli garagerock outfit with an unforgettable live act. Athens crowds will remember the band from its local DIY performances and opening sets for Dark Meat, the latter of which offered the thrilling spectacle of seeing the

bare-bones trio rival the headlining group’s sprawling, maximalist intensity. Like Monotonix, Gat’s new band makes a point of setting up on the floor of the venue, among the audience. One obvious plus of that approach is immediacy, an aspect that the band’s improvisational style enhances. “When you improvise,” says Gat, “your brain is working a little bit differently, because you don’t know what’s going to happen, so it kind of forces you to stay sharp… When you improvise, you have a

tendency to get excited yourself, and I feel like that excitement just moves from the musician to the listener.” Recorded live in the studio, Director captures that feeling beautifully. Performing in venues, the band retains a warm, dry sound by not running its instruments through the house PA; the album captures that unfiltered feel and also the band’s spontaneity. Davis comes up again when Gat describes the progression from studio session to finished product. “The record was like three or four hours of recorded music, which we edited down— probably in a little bit of a similar way to Bitches Brew—to 30 minutes.” Stepping into the Teo Macero role in this case was producer Chris Woodhouse, who also helped weave in field recordings Gat had made to round out Director’s sound. The band pairs its innovative, improvisational approach with an ambitious drive. February’s recording session followed another recent studio outing with legendary engineer Steve Albini, samples from which showcase a more prominent, aggressive rhythm section. Gat is committed to using the sessions as opportunities to evolve. “I’ve made records before,” he says, “and being in the studio is not exciting in itself; it’s more about what we do in the studio.” f

WHO: of Montreal, Yonatan Gat, Ruby the Rabbitfoot WHERE: 40 Watt Club WHEN: Thursday, Mar. 5, 8 p.m. HOW MUCH: $13


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Shoal Creek Stranglers Tackle the Standards Plus, More Music News and Gossip By Gordon Lamb SUNDAY MORNING SIDEWALK: A sweet EP by the Shoal Creek Stranglers snuck out a couple of weeks ago. Its five tracks were recorded during various sessions between 2001 and 2014. Fans of traditional and old-time bluegrass and country will recognize most of the songs and should appreciate the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reverent but distinct take on them. This is especially true for their version of the hoary folk tune â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tom Dooley.â&#x20AC;? Multiple groups have turned this song into absolute mush, but the Stranglers return suspected murderer Mr. Dooley to a place of resigned judgment and sadness. The stomp beat and hot-mic vocals on â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Shall Not Be Movedâ&#x20AC;? might also trick a closed-eye listener into believing this new version was recorded decades ago. The Stranglers are steeped in the folk and Appalachian traditions to the most honest degree; they treat these songs not as artifacts to be preserved under glass, but rather as living species that

THIS IS THE WAY, STEP INSIDE: In coordination with Peter Hook & The Lightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s upcoming Georgia Theatre performance Apr. 21, New Yorkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cinema Under the Influence will present Anton Corbijnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Control at CinĂŠ Monday, Apr. 13. The idea is to pair this biopic of Joy Divisionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s late Ian Curtis with Hookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance of his former bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s albums Unknown Pleasures and Closer. Athens rockers Muuy Biien, who owe more than a passing haircut to Joy Division, will play an afterparty for the film at The World Famous following the screening, which will include ticket giveaways for Hookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s show, a raffle featuring prizes from local businesses and screenings of archival Factory Records footage and Corbijn-directed music videos, plus discounted Creature Comforts beer. Doors will open around 7 p.m., with the film starting on or about 8:15. Expect to pay $12 for entry at CinĂŠ. The afterparty is free.

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ITâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S ALL OVER: Voting is now over for the Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Choice addendum to the 2015 AthFest compilation album, and the winner of the compâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s final spot is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Slip Byâ&#x20AC;? by Halem Albright. The field of choices was enormously wide, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got just one question for yâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;all: Did anyone actually listen to all 62 songs before voting? Stop it. No, you didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. The songs are still up over at, and there are some honest-to-gosh gems buried in that pile, as well as some truly bad stuff I wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t name. Take some time and dig around.

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writhe and squirm and take on the baggage and passion of any performer honest enough to engage them as such. In other words, they nail it. Stream it via gypsyfarmrecords. For more information on the Gypsy Farm Records family, see PRESS PLAY: Songwriter Nicholas Mallis is currently working up a new EP, and he released a song from it last week. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Great Northern,â&#x20AC;? and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a fairly marked departure from his previous work. Whereas listeners are used to Mallis operating via guitar/bass/drumsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and doing a fine job thereofâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;this new song features a lot of texture via synthesizers and drum pads. Although itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s too early to tell if this is going to be a completely positive path for his songwriting, the track is a nice sample. Dig it via

R.I.P.: You may have heard the terribly sad news that local musician and UGA student Philip Carpenter, who played in bands like Colibri and The Second Sons, died last week at the age of 23. Word came in at press time that a memorial service will be held Friday, Mar. 6 at Nuçiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Space, where Carpenter was a volunteer. For more info, see [Gabe Vodicka] NOW HEAR THIS: Supremely creative MC and intermittent Athenian Donny Knottsville (aka Walter Kovax, aka Malcolm Walters, aka Rorshak) has done it again. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only been four months since he put out the 15-track Brainiac Frankenstein, but last week he released another full-length album. Clocking in at 12 tracks, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s titled Hoof Beats, and as hard as it sometimes is to parse things like this, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m gonna go on record saying that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m enjoying it more than that October release. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s definitely more poporiented and immediately catchy. But, you know, just like Michael Bolton, I celebrate his entire catalog. Dig it at f

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THE LAZARUS EFFECT (PG-13) Raise your hand if you would have guessed that the director of Jiro Dreams of Sushi would direct a horror movie starring Mark Duplass and half gets, and the horror filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most frightMAPS TO THE STARS (R) In case you needed ening scene, involving a young street urchin Donald Glover. Well, The Lazarus Effect has more proof, Canadian auteur David such an odd pedigree, and it does not help (Milad Eghbali) has no blood at all. Cronenbergâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest film will confirm that this run-of-the-mill horror flick to stand Even so, writer-director Ana Lily Julianne Moore is our bravest actress (and out from the genre dreck. Amirpour loads her feature debut with of course one of our best). As aging starlet What seems like a Flatliners rip-off ends more style than most films can handle. Its Havana Segrand, Moore spends a lot of up being more like a Stephen King rip-off, black and white cinematographyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;think the movie acting like a ruined child, clad when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really just ticking off the in little more than her delicates (and standard possession tropes. sometimes less than that). Maps to the Stars Some scientists (Olivia Wilde, The desperate actress is clinging Duplass, Glover and Evan â&#x20AC;&#x153;American to the hope of essentially playing Horror Storyâ&#x20AC;? Peters) have created her deceased cult icon of a mother in the formula to bring the dead back a remake of Momâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Oscar-winning to life, but something happens to the glory. At the same time, she has hired subjects between death and reanimaa strange new assistant, burn victim tion. First, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just a super-aggressive Agatha Weiss (Mia Wasikowska), who dog, but when they bring back Wildeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is the estranged daughter of Havanaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Zoe, the situation gets much, much self-help guru, Stafford Weiss (John worse. She has some sort of King-y Cusack, who looks really strange, bortelekinesis-cum-paranormal activity. dering on Nicolas Cage territory). The scares are solely of the jump Staffordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s other offspring is the aggressively spoiled child star, Benjie Ommmmmmmmmmmmâ&#x20AC;Śmore Oscarsâ&#x20AC;Śommmmmmmmmmmmâ&#x20AC;Ś variety, which pleases its target teen demographic, but the cast could have (Evan Bird, one of Rosie Larsenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s made much more of these generic boos. New Wave via comic bookâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;is thrilling to brothers from â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Killingâ&#x20AC;?). Edward The flick looks and feels like itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been seen behold and amplifies Vandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mysterious Cullen, aka Robert Pattinson, occasionally and done before. Worse horror movies are beauty. She is far from a monster, despite pops by in the limo he chauffeurs between out there, but none are much more boring. her horrific, empowering actions. acting and writing. Screenwriter Bruce For more fun, check out Shakma, the killer I would love to see Vandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Girl run Wagner (who wrote my favorite Nightmare baboon loose in a hospital â&#x20AC;&#x153;gemâ&#x20AC;? with which on Elm Street; the third, the Dokken-themed into Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swintonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the screenwriters of Lazarus clearly had to ancient vampire lovers from Only Lovers Dream Warriors) channels some major be familiar. f Left Alive, just to see what would happen. Chuck Palahniuk. The characters, narrative, tone, everything typify the work of the Fight Club novelist and are better than his own attempt at Hollywood satire, Tell-All. While Cronenberg has seemed to soften since his days as the king of body horror, Maps to the Stars still mines humanityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strange underbelly. Maps to the Stars would make a good double-feature with Cronenbergâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s notorious Crash. Oddly, Moore received a Golden Globe nomination for Maps to the Stars in the category of Comedy or Musical. Yikes! While dark humor hangs around like cigarette smoke, calling Maps a comedy stretches that categoryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s boundaries more than Cronenberg stretched the human body in his early work. By Drew Wheeler

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A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT (NR) This woman-directed Iranian vampire western is arresting, even as its culturally transgressive early spell gets broken by a narrative thread that snaps in the first act. Sheila Vand mesmerizes as a skateboarding, hijab-sporting vampire haunting the streets of Bad City. The Girl meets the boy, Arash (Arash Marandi), who drives a classic Thunderbird while dressing and acting like James Dean. A surprising, familiar faceâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Marshall Manesh, who is best known as Ranjit, the driver in â&#x20AC;&#x153;How I Met Your Motherâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D; appears as Arashâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s drug-addicted dad, who is in deep with a local thug. After a quickly resolved clash with said local tough, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night meanders through a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;60s-influenced go-go movie world in which any â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mystery Science Theaterâ&#x20AC;? fan will feel at home. The film portends explicit violence but even seems to lose interest in that angle. An ear-piercing is nearly as violent as the latter

the calendar! calendar picks MUSIC | Wednesday, Mar. 4

Big K.R.I.T.

PERFORMANCE | Thursday, Mar. 5

Georgia Theatre · 9 p.m. · $20 Mississippi-born, Atlantabased rapper Big K.R.I.T., aka Justin Scott, was 10 years old when OutKast’s ATLiens arrived on our planet two decades ago, and the impression its creators laid on his path has been indelible. On a micro level, you can glean Big Boi and 3 Stacks’ influence from the title of K.R.I.T.’s latest full-length album, Cadillactica, an uncharacteristic instance of sci-fi imagery for this typically earthy, gimmick-free emcee. Deeper still, OutKast’s commitment to authentic musicality clearly made a mark on K.R.I.T., perhaps the most successful rapper today who is equally adept at beat-making (or, at least, whose last name isn’t West). [Jeff Tobias]

Tuesday 3 ART: Athens Fibercraft Guild 40th Anniversary Celebration (Georgia Square Mall) The guild celebrates its 40th year with demonstrations, refreshments and displays. Guests can make their own potholder to take home. The guild is made up of beaders, basketmakers, weavers and more. See Calendar Pick on p. 37. 1–4 p.m. FREE! 706338-7138 CLASSES: Learn to Create Pearl Jewelry (The Pearl Girls) Learn how to knot pearls with local busi-

Donnell Leahy and Natalie MacMaster FILM | Friday, Mar. 6

Natalie MacMaster and Banff Mountain Film Donnell Leahy Festival

Hodgson Concert Hall · 8 p.m. · $25–45 Husband and wife duo Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy are a Celtic fiddling match made in heaven, maintaining a work-life balance by taking the whole family on the road. Their program “Visions from Cape Breton and Beyond” will include tracks from One, the duo’s first album together since marrying in 2002—though both have several albums of their own—as well as traditional dance tunes highlighting the talents of their six children. The Georgia Museum of Art will host “Make it an Evening” with coffee from Jittery Joe’s, cakes from Cecilia Villaveces and preperformance gallery tours at 6 p.m. [Jessica Smith]

ness The Pearl Girls. Registration required. 6:30–8:30 p.m. $39. www. CLASSES: “Master Five Money Questions for Women” (ACC Library) This presentation focuses on the unique financial circumstances women face. Lunch will be served. Reservation recommended. 11:30 a.m. FREE! 706-583-8834 CLASSES: Buns, Beards, Bodices and Bustles (ACC Library) In this webinar, photo detective Maureen Taylor will explain her process of looking for clues in hairstyles, clothing and background to place a photograph in a time period and

The Morton Theatre · 7 p.m. · $10–15 The Banff Centre’s annual festival presents a collection of environmental, sports and outdoor adventure films. HalfMoon Outfitters will present the festival’s stop in Athens, which will continue its current tour of roughly 400 communities in 35 countries. Each program varies based on audience feedback, but expect to see 6–10 short films full of pristine wilderness, cultural exploration and actionpacked sports, like skiing, biking, climbing and kayaking in some of the world’s most challenging terrains. Proceeds will benefit the Georgia Conservancy, a statewide program that advocates protecting natural resources. [JS]

discover the history associated with it. 6 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary. org/athens 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: Protect Athens Music Conference (40 Watt Club) This conference is for musicians, stu-

MUSIC | Saturday, Mar. 7

The Bottle Rockets

MUSIC | Saturday, Mar. 7

The Foundry · 8 p.m. · $17 (adv.), $20 (door) With strong ties to Uncle Tupelo and others from the burgeoning alt-country scene of the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, the Midwesterners known as The Bottle Rockets have a longstanding reputation for busting out a killer live show, night after night. Take a trip through the band’s deep discography (with most releases coming via the very respectable Bloodshot Records imprint), and you’ll find plenty of twangy gems that nod to both the rock and country canons. Lately, the band has been touring with famed singer-songwriter Marshall Crenshaw and doing double duty as his backup band, so Saturday’s show is a two-fer you won’t want to miss. [Dan Mistich]

dents and professionals who are interested in issues relevant to the intersection of law, music and business. This year’s panel moderators are David Barbe, director of the Music Business Program at Terry, and Michelle Davis, Flagpole’s former music editor. 4:30 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Trivia (Hi-Lo Lounge) General trivia with host Caitlin Wilson. 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-8508561 GAMES: Trivia at the Rail (The Rail Athens) Trivia hosted by Todd Kelly every Tuesday. 10:30 p.m. FREE! 706-354-7289

Whitey Morgan & the 78’s

Lumpkin Street Station · 10 p.m. · $20 Lumpkin Street Station owner Bryan Gay and his crew are wasting no time in the former Green Room space, hosting a Flagpole-recommended gig right off the bat. Hulking songwriter and guitarist Whitey Morgan and his band hail from Flint, MI, but Morgan’s two studio outings with The 78’s—2008’s Honky Tonks and Cheap Motels and 2010’s self-titled LP—as well as the solo effort Grandpa’s Guitar and the live LP Born, Raised & LIVE From Flint, are rich with the sweet sounds of Texarkana. Morgan’s honky tonk acumen is no joke, nor is it laced with any irony. His upcoming fifth album, Sonic Ranch, is said to be his best yet. [Gabe Vodicka]

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! GAMES: Locos Trivia (Locos Grill & Pub) Westside and Eastside locations of Locos Grill and Pub feature trivia night every Tuesday. 8 p.m. FREE! KIDSTUFF: Toddler Storytime (ACC Library) An interactive pro-

gram for ages 2–5. 9:30–10:30 a.m. FREE! PERFORMANCE: Buddy Wakefield (Normaltown Hall) The two-time world poetry slam champion performs live with guests. 8:30 p.m. $8.

Wednesday 4 ART: Tour at Two (Georgia Museum of Art) Led by Lynn Boland. 2 p.m. FREE! CLASSES: Spring Vegetable Gardening Workshop (ACC k continued on next page



THE CALENDAR! Library) Learn the dos and don’ts of vegetable gardening. 6 p.m. FREE! 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. 3 p.m. FREE! 706-850-1354, COMEDY: An Evening of Comedic Comedy and Musical Music (The Foundry) There will be stand-up sketch and improv comedy hosted by Lawson Chambes and Collin Ingram. Guest comedians include Jake Brannon and Caroline Schmitt, along with a performance by Fake Flowers. 8 p.m. $5. GAMES: Trivia (Blind Pig Tavern, Both Locations) Every Wednesday. 8 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Sports Trivia (Beef ‘O’ Brady’s) Test your sports knowledge every Wednesday night. 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-850-1916 GAMES: Trivia (Copper Creek Brewing Company) Test your trivia chops for prizes! Every Wednesday. 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-1102 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 GAMES: Bingo Bango (Highwire Lounge) Weekly themed games. House cash and drink prizes. 8 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Dirty Bingo (Grindhouse Killer Burgers) Hosted by Garrett Lennox every Wednesday. Prizes and house cash. 8 p.m. FREE! www. KIDSTUFF: Talent Show and Open Mic Night (Oconee County Library) Dazzle the crowd with your talent or sit back and be amazed. Prizes and snacks. Ages 11–18 6–8 p.m. FREE! KIDSTUFF: Grandmothers’ Playgroup (reBlossom Mama Baby Shop) Grandparents who care for their grandchildren can socialize and let the little ones play. 1–3 p.m. FREE! KIDSTUFF: Toddler Storytime (ACC Library) See Tuesday listing for full description 9:30–10:30 a.m. FREE! LECTURES & LIT: Word of Mouth Poetry (The Globe) Open mic poetry readings. This month’s featured reader is Kodac Harrison, the host of Java Monkey Speaks in Decatur. 8 p.m. FREE! LECTURES & LIT: Penguin Teen on Tour (Avid Bookshop) Meet young adult authors Seth Fishman, Maggie Hall, Jessica Khoury, Rachel Hawkins and Morgan Rhodes. 6 p.m. FREE! LECTURES & LIT: Meet the Author: Kimberly Cross Teter (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Kim Teter will talk about her debut novel Isabella’s Libretto. Dr. Karen Bergmann will perform on the cello. 6 p.m. FREE! www.botgarden.uga. edu MEETINGS: “Have You Had a Spiritual Experience?” (ACC Library) An open discussion for all faiths to share spiritual experiences including dreams. This week’s topic is past life memories. 7 p.m. FREE! MEETINGS: Photo Sharegroup (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) The Photo Sharegroup meets at the Garden to share digital images of outdoor photography. Email for more information. 6:30 p.m. FREE!


Wednesday, Mar. 4 continued from p. 17, bc.akin@ PERFORMANCE: UGA Symphony Orchestra (Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall) Director Mark Cedel leads the UGASO and violin professor Michael Heald in a performance of Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3, followed by Rachmaninoff’s second symphony. 8 p.m. $5 (w/ student ID), $10. www.

GAMES: Entertainment Trivia (Butt Hutt Bar-B-Q) Hosted by Dirty South Trivia. Every Thursday. 8 p.m. FREE! 706-850-8511 KIDSTUFF: Wiggle, Giggle & Go (Lay Park) Enjoy games, crafts, and snacks with your pre-K tot. Ages 2-3. Registration required. 10 a.m. $3-5. 706-613-3596 KIDSTUFF: Meet the Author (Avid Bookshop) Greg Christie has illustrated over 50 children’s books including Brothers in Hope: The

Hodgson Concert Hall) Cape Breton fiddler Natalie MacMaster is joined by husband Donnel Leahy and their children for a show highlighting the family’s talents and stories through dancing, singing and music making. See Calendar Pick on p. 17. 8 p.m. $25–45. THEATER: Farce of Nature (Memorial Park, Quinn Hall) This Southern-fried farce highlights a day in the life of the Wilburn family and the Reel ‘Em Inn fishing

indoor arts show features works by both fine artists and folk artists. A Meet the Artists Reception will be held on Friday, and workshops will be held throughout the weekend. Mar. 6, 6–9 p.m. $15. Mar. 7, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. & Mar. 8, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. $7. ART: A Journey In Quilts 2015 (Oconee County Civic Center) The Cotton Patch Quilters present an indoor quilt show featuring 200 quilts, a raffle, a scavenger hunt for

Thursday 5 ART: Gallery Talk (Georgia Museum of Art) Independent curator Mary Koon will discuss “The Life and Work of Alice Fischer, Culturual Pioneer.” 5:30 p.m. FREE! www. ART: The Promises of Empowered Girls (Georgia Museum of Art) Dr. Nancy Lesko will present this lecture, cosponsored by the Feminist Scholar Activists, the LISELL project and the UGA department of art and art education. 3 p.m. FREE! www. ART: Opening Reception (Lyndon House Arts Center) View artworks selected for the 40th annual Juried Exhibition. See Art Notes on p. 11. 6–8 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! CLASSES: One-On-One Computer Tutorial (ACC Library) Personalized instruction available for various computer topics. 9–9:45 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650, ext. 354 CLASSES: Fingerless Mitts Class (Revival Yarns) This two-session class teaches knitters how to make fingerless mitts. The second class is Mar. 12. 6 p.m. $30. 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 encouraged to bring their own nature writings or favorite poems and essays to share with the group. 8:30 a.m. FREE! 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: Full Moon Hike (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Bring family and friends along to enjoy the mysterious world of nature at night. Includes a two-mile hike through the wooded trails and in the garden. 8 p.m. $5/person, $15/family. www. FILM: Amélie (UGA Tate Student Center, Theatre) Audrey Tautou plays a shy waitress in Paris who decides to change the lives of those around her for the better. 8 p.m. $1–2. www. FILM: Field of Dreams (Buffalo’s Café) Iowa farmer Ray (Kevin Costner) hears a mysterious voice that compels him to build a baseball diamond in his fields. 6:30 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Trivia (El Azteca) Win prizes with host Garrett Lennox. Every Thursday. 7:30 p.m. FREE! 706549-2639


A reception, talk and book signing with Kimberly Cross Teter, author of Isabella’s Libretto, will be held in the Visitor Center of the State Botanical Gardens on Wednesday, Mar. 4 at 6 p.m. Dr. Karen Bergmann will perform on cello. Story of the Lost Boys of the Sudan, Yesterday I Had the Blues, Love to Langston and Keep Climbing. 6:30 p.m. FREE! LECTURES & LIT: Lo! The Poor Indian, No More: The Trans-Atlantic Choctaw Irish Exchange (Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries, Room 285) Irish, Choctaw and Cherokee scholars gather to consider the Trans-Atlantic ChoctawIrish Exchange that occurred 168 years ago. 4:30 p.m.FREE! willson. MEETINGS: NAACP (East Friendship Baptist Church) Regular monthly meeting. Open to all. 7 p.m. FREE! MEETINGS: Oconee Rivers Audubon Society (Sandy Creek Nature Center) Dr. Sonia Altizer will describe conservation efforts to reduce threats to the majestic monarch butterfly in his speech, “Monarchs in a Changing World: Status and Conservation of an Iconic Butterfly.” 7 p.m. FREE! www. PERFORMANCE: Visions from Cape Breton and Beyond: A Celtic Family Celebration (Hugh

lodge of Mayhew, AR. Truths will be revealed and the lives of all change in surprising ways. Mar. 5–7, 7:30 p.m. & Mar. 8, 3 p.m. $12–15. www. THEATER: Jack and the Beanstalk (Morton Theatre) This musical adaptation is a rollicking retelling of the classic fairy tale. Join the modern-day hero as he uses his imagination to become the famous Jack from the book he is reading. As he spins the tale of trading the family cow for magic beans, watch the giant beanstalk grow towards the home of an ill-tempered giant. 10:30 a.m. $8–12.

Friday 6 ART: First Friday Open Knit/ Crochet (Revival Yarns) These meetings are meant to build a community among local knitters and crocheters. Bring your current project, get comfy and mingle with fiber friends old and new. 10 a.m.–12 p.m. or 5–7 p.m. FREE! 706-8501354, ART: Folk to Fine Arts Festival & Expo (Commerce Civic Center) An

kids, local vendors and more. Mar. 6–7, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. & Mar. 8, 12–4 p.m. $3–6. CLASSES: Transcendental Meditation (Healing Arts Centre) This is an introductory lecture by Mark Cohen. The TM technique is an easy way to reduce stress, restore energy and unfold mental potential. A training course will be held Mar. 21–24. Mar. 6 or Mar. 20, 7 p.m. Mar. 7, 2 p.m. FREE! 706-613-1142 EVENTS: 23rd Annual Hellebore Days (Piccadilly Farm, Bishop) See a spectacular display of thousands of hellebores (Lenten Roses) in full bloom. Piccadilly Farm offers 20 types of hellebores including mixed colors, doubles and special colors. Mar. 6, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. & Mar. 7, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. FREE! 706-765-4446, EVENTS: Wine Tasting (The Globe) Try some esoteric gems like Gamay, Mauzac and Mencia at this casual tasting. 6–9 p.m. $10. 706-3534721 EVENTS: Hatch Hackathon (Black Box Operations) Work individually or in teams to make something in under four hours. Most projects

are tech, art or craft focused. After presentations, everyone votes for their favorite project. Bring your own supplies. 5–9 p.m. FREE! www. FILM: The Banff Mountain Film Festival (Morton Theatre) A collection of action, environmental and adventure films for all ages to enjoy. Proceeds benefit the Georgia Conservancy. See Calendar Pick on p. 17. 7 p.m. $10–15. KIDSTUFF: First Friday Storytime (reBlossom Mama Baby Shop) Miss Amy will read stories and sing songs. 10:30 a.m FREE! www. 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: Anime Club (ACC Library) Join other 6–12 graders to watch your favorite anime series, draw, and experiment with origami designs. 4:30–6 p.m. FREE! 706613-3650 PERFORMANCE: Athens Showgirl Cabaret (Little Kings Shuffle Club) A unique drag show featuring performances by local drag artists. Tonight’s performance celebrates ASC’s fifth anniversary. 10:30 p.m. $5. THEATER: Farce of Nature (Memorial Park) See Thursday listing for full description Mar. 5–7, 7:30 p.m. & Mar. 8, 3 p.m. $12–15. THEATER: The Mousetrap (Elbert Theatre, Elberton) A group of strangers are stranded in a boarding house during a snow storm and must determine who among them is a murderer. Feb. 27–28 & Mar. 6–7, 7 p.m. Mar. 1 & Mar. 8, 2 p.m. $9–16. 706-283-1049, THEATER: The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe (Seney-Stovall Chapel) Based on C.S. Lewis’ famous novel, the stage version follows the adventures of four siblings who stumble upon the magical world of Narnia. Feb. 26–27 & Mar. 6–7, 7 p.m., 706-340-9181

Saturday 7 ART: A Journey In Quilts 2015 (Oconee County Civic Center) See Friday listing for full description Mar. 6–7, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. & Mar. 8, 12–4 p.m. $3–6. show.cqquilters. org ART: Folk to Fine Arts Festival & Expo (Commerce Civic Center) See Friday listing for full description Mar. 6, 6–9 p.m. $15. Mar. 7, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. & Mar. 8, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. $7. CLASSES: How to Read a Pattern (Revival Yarns) This class will familiarize you with the way most knitting patterns are written. RSVP. 4:30 p.m. $15. CLASSES: Knit 1 Class (Revival Yarns) Get acquainted with the tools and craft of knitting. Learn cast-on stitches and the knit stitch. The class is free with the purchase of materials. RSVP. 3 p.m. FREE! www. CLASSES: Transcendental Meditation (Healing Arts Centre) See Friday listing for full description Mar. 6 or Mar. 20, 7 p.m. Mar. 7, 2 p.m. FREE! 706-613-1142 EVENTS: 23rd Annual Hellebore Days (Piccadilly Farm) See Friday listing for full description Mar. 6, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. & Mar. 7, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. FREE! 706-765-4446, www.sites.

EVENTS: First Saturday Contra Dance (UGA Dance School, 1030 Green St.) Beginner instruction at 7:45 p.m. with callers Stuart Whipple and Deena Kushner. No experience or partner necessary. 7:45–11 p.m. $7–8. EVENTS: Athens Hip Hop Awards (Morton Theatre) This red carpet event consists of an awards show, live performances and an after party. See story on p. 12. 7 p.m. www. FILM: TEDxManhattan: Changing the Way We Eat (Ciné Barcafé) Daily Groceries hosts a live viewing party of this one-day conference which features speakers addressing the sustainable food movement. 1 p.m. FREE! KIDSTUFF: Programming for Kids Using Scratch (Four Athens) Students will learn the basic concepts of the Scratch programming language and leave class with a completed game. Laptop required. For ages 9–12. 12–3 p.m. $49. KIDSTUFF: Bears’ Birthday Party (Memorial Park) Celebrate the birthdays of DJ, Athena and Yonah by watching them unwrap their presents and dive into an enrichment cake. 1–4 p.m. FREE! KIDSTUFF: Story Time (Avid Bookshop) Miss Rachel reads to kids of all ages. 10:30 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: Athens Kids Expo (The Classic Center) Activities include miniature golf, stories, songs, puppet shows, interactive booths and performances. All proceeds benefit the Wee Read Program for Oconee and Athens-Clarke Counties, which mails local children ages 5 & under one free, age-appropriate hardback book each month. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. $5. OUTDOORS: Naturalist’s Walk (Sandy Creek Nature Center) Take a hike around the property in search of seasonal happenings. Participants are encouraged to bring a camera and binoculars. 10–11 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3615 THEATER: Farce of Nature (Memorial Park) See Thursday listing for full description Mar. 5–7, 7:30 p.m. & Mar. 8, 3 p.m. $12–15. THEATER: The Mousetrap (Elbert Theatre, Elberton) See Friday listing for full description Feb. 27–28 & Mar. 6–7, 7 p.m. Mar. 1 & Mar. 8, 2 p.m. $9–16. 706-283-1049, tking@ THEATER: The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe (Seney-Stovall Chapel) See Friday listing for full description Feb. 26–27 & Mar. 6–7, 7 p.m., 706-340-9181

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. GAMES: Trivia (Brixx Wood Fired Pizza) Test out your trivia skills. Every Sunday. 9 p.m. FREE! 706395-1660 GAMES: Entertainment Trivia (Blind Pig Tavern, Both Locations) Hosted by Dirty South. Every Sunday. 6 p.m. FREE! KIDSTUFF: Sunday Funday: Book Exchange & Story Time (Young’uns Clothing & More) Bring a book to trade and hear some fun new stories during story time. 2 p.m. $5. www.youngunsclothingandmore. com PERFORMANCE: Variety is the Spice (Holy Cross Lutheran Church) See performances by the New Horizons Band, Chip McDaniel & Her Uke, Jennifer Snipes, the Holy Cross Bell Choir and more. 5 p.m.

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CLASSES: Financial Awareness, Part I (Oconee County Library) Learn about identity theft and retirement planning techniques. 6 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. 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). GAMES: Team Trivia (Beef ‘O’ Brady’s) Win house cash and prizes! Every Monday night. 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-850-1916

ART: Folk to Fine Arts Festival & Expo (Commerce Civic Center) See Friday listing for full description Mar. 6, 6–9 p.m. $15. Mar. 7, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. & Mar. 8, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. $7. ART: A Journey In Quilts 2015 (Oconee County Civic Center) See Friday listing for full description Mar. 6–7, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. & Mar. 8, 12–4 p.m. $3–6. show.cqquilters. org EVENTS: Briar Club (5 Points Cigar Shop & Lounge) Meet other cigar enthusiasts. 3–7 p.m.

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 trivia contests with house cash prizes every Monday night. 8 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Rock and Roll Trivia (Little Kings Shuffle Club) Get a team together and show off your extensive music knowledge! Hosted by the legendary Jonathan Thompson. 9 p.m. FREE! 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: Hour of Code (ACC Library) In this workshop, participants will complete an Hour of

in the Digital Media Center. Mar. 10, 7 p.m. & Mar. 28, 3 p.m. FREE! EVENTS: 2nd Tuesday Tastings (Heirloom Cafe and Fresh Market) Sample spring beers. 6 p.m. 706354-7901 EVENTS: Homebuyer’s Workshop (Buffalo’s Café) This workshop is for prospective homebuyers to learn about their credit score. 6:30 p.m. FREE! EVENTS: Free HIV Testing (Athens Neighborhood Health Center, 402 McKinley Dr.) Free and confidential HIV testing. 12–6 p.m. 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!

judgmental environment that helps kids develop their reading skills and builds confidence. Register for a 15-minutes session. Grades K-5. 3 p.m. FREE! 706-769-3950 LECTURES & LIT: African American Authors Book Club (ACC Library) This month’s title is The Sisterhood of Blackberry Corner by Andrea Smith. Newcomers welcome. 5 p.m. FREE!

Wednesday 11 ART: Artful Conversation (Georgia Museum of Art) Callan Steinmann and Brittany Ranew will discuss Dale Kennington’s “When Night Has Come.” 2 p.m. FREE! CLASSES: Crochet 2 Class (Revival Yarns) Review chain and single crochet and learn the most commonly used stitch, double crochet. You will also be introduced to shell stitch, granny square and slip stitch to work

for full description 9:30–10:30 a.m. FREE! KIDSTUFF: Podcasting for Teens (ACC Library) Learn how to create a podcast with Natalie Wright. Ages 11–18. Registration required. 4:30 p.m. FREE! plewis@athenslibrary. org, KIDSTUFF: String Art (Oconee County Library) All materials provided. Ages 11–18. 6 p.m FREE! LECTURES & LIT: Book Sale (ACC Library) Shop from thousands of books, including fiction, nonfiction, children’s books, hardbacks, paperbacks, DVDs, CDs and more. Proceeds benefit the ACC Library. Mar. 11–12, 9 a.m.–8:30 p.m., Mar. 13, 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m., Mar. 14 2–6 p.m. All books $2 or less. www.

LIVE MUSIC Tuesday 3 Caledonia Lounge 9 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18-20). www. DARSOMBRA Heavy drone-rock band from Batimore, MD. CHARTREUSE Drew Smith mixes heavy guitar with sample-driven drone. RAT BABIES Local heavy metal duo. The Foundry Tailgate Tuesday. 7 p.m. $5 (adv.), $7 (door). LAUGHLIN Local country duo with influences like Miranda Lambert and Sugarland. CD release party! HOLMAN AUTRY BAND Described as “a little bit of Hank, a little bit of Metallica and a healthy dose of Southern rock.” Fans of bands like the Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd can’t go wrong here. Georgia Theatre 8 p.m. $10 (adv.), $12 (door). www. JASON BOLAND Popular country artist known for fronting Jason Boland and The Stragglers. CODY CANADA Alt-country artist from Oklahoma.

Buxton plays the Caledonia Lounge on Friday, Mar. 6. THEATER: The Mousetrap (Elbert Theatre, Elberton) See Friday listing for full description Feb. 27–28 & Mar. 6–7, 7 p.m. Mar. 1 & Mar. 8, 2 p.m. $9–16. 706-283-1049, tking@ THEATER: Farce of Nature (Memorial Park) See Thursday listing for full description Mar. 5–7, 7:30 p.m. & Mar. 8, 3 p.m. $12–15.

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Code challenge that will result in a playable jumper game. Ages 11–18. 4:30 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary. org/athens 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 players and help build skill levels. For ages 7–18. Registration required. 4–5:30 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650, ext. 329

Tuesday 10 CLASSES: Computer Class: Digital Photography (ACC Library) In the computer training room. Call to register. 10–11:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650, www. CLASSES: Introduction to Photoshop (ACC Library) This lecture-based class will introduce you to the basics of Photoshop, a program now available at the library

GAMES: Trivia (Hi-Lo Lounge) See Tuesday listing for full description 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-850-8561 GAMES: Trivia at the Rail (The Rail Athens) Trivia hosted by Todd Kelly. 10:30 p.m. FREE! 706-354-7289 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! GAMES: Full Contact Trivia (The Savory Spoon) See Tuesday listing for full description 7 p.m. FREE! 706-367-5721 KIDSTUFF: Toddler Storytime (ACC Library) See Tuesday listing for full description 9:30–10:30 a.m. FREE! KIDSTUFF: Teen Tech Week Kickoff (ACC Library) The kick-off starts with a tech craft and a huge piano participants can play with their feet. Ages 11–18. 4:30 p.m. FREE! KIDSTUFF: Read to Rover (Oconee County Library) Reading aloud to a dog creates a relaxed, non-

in the round. RSVP. 3 p.m. $30. CLASSES: Intarsia Colorwork Class (Revival Yarns) Learn how to incorporate blocks of color in knitting projects using the intarsia method. RSVP. 6 p.m. $15. www. GAMES: Sports Trivia (Beef ‘O’ Brady’s) See Wednesday listing for full description 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-850-1916 GAMES: Trivia (Copper Creek Brewing Company) See Wednesday listing for full description 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-1102 GAMES: Trivia (Blind Pig Tavern, Both Locations) Every Wednesday. 8 p.m. FREE! 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. GAMES: Entertainment Trivia (Mellow Mushroom) See Wednesday listing for full description 8 p.m. FREE! 706-613-0892 KIDSTUFF: Toddler Storytime (ACC Library) See Tuesday listing

Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 HOUDINNE Atlanta-based experimental hip hop outfit. RICKY DIGITS Local MC who cites MF Doom, cLOUDDEAD, Wu Tang Clan, and Eminem as influences. DJ HOT WAX Max Wang (The Rodney Kings) spins ‘60s pop/soul and punk rock. Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. OH JEREMIAH Country band from Mississippi inspired by songwriters like Josh Ritter and Ryan Adams. SOUTHERN BRED CO. Local funkinspired rock and roll band. Live Wire Myriad. 9 p.m. FREE! 706-543-8283 MYRIAD HOUSE BAND Members of Partial Cinema, Monsoon and Saturn Valley lead an open jam session. WESDARULER Local minimalist hip hop producer performs. 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. k continued on next page



Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742 SESSIONS WITH S-WORDS AND FRIENDS Local band playing funky pop-rock with a touch of Southern jam.

Wednesday 4 Blue Sky 5 p.m. FREE! 706-850-3153 VINYL WEDNESDAYS Bring your own records and spin them! 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. Caledonia Lounge 9 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18-20). www. COBALT CRANES L.A.-based fourpiece group playing psych-grunge. MURDER THE MOOD Local alternative rock band. MODERN MAMMOTH Melodic rock band from Toccoa. Georgia Theatre 9 p.m. BIG K.R.I.T. Alias of acclaimed Mississippi-based rapper and producer Justin Scott. See Calendar Pick on p. 17. DJ DARK KNIGHT With high energy and a positive attitude, this Atlanta DJ keeps the music flowing. Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 THE HERNIES Local indie rock band led by Henry Barbe. WING DAM Fuzzed-out psych-pop group from Baltimore. THE HONEY SLIDERS Original, Detroit-influenced rock from Catropolis. Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. THE NICK AUSTIN TRIO Local rhythm-rock three-piece. 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! CAROLINE AIKEN’S OPEN MIC Local songwriter and guitarist Caroline Aiken hosts this open mic. This week’s featured guest is Sean VanMeter. Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-4742 LITTLE RAINE BAND Americana/ Rock band from Birmingham, AL. 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! THE OARSMEN Midwestern folkpop group led by frontman Marcus Christopher Maloney.


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Thursday 5 Barbeque Shack 7 p.m. FREE! 706-613-6752 OPEN BLUEGRASS JAM All pickers welcome! Every Thursday! Caledonia Lounge 8:30 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18-20). www. WHITE VIOLET Local group led by songwriter Nate Nelson, playing haunting, brooding indie-pop. PENICILLIN BABY “Space-trash” band from Nashville, TN. FAYE WEBSTER Folk singer-songwriter from Atlanta. Dos Palmas Restaurant & Cantina 6:30 p.m. FREE! 706-353-7771 TRE POWELL FEAT. THE BIG SMOOTH Bluesy acoustic tunes with soulful vocals. 40 Watt Club 8 p.m. $13. OF MONTREAL Long-running local psych-pop group known for its outlandish stage presence. YONATAN GAT High-octane guitar virtuoso known for his work with Israeli math-rock group Monotonix. See story on p. 14. RUBY THE RABBITFOOT Pop group led by songwriter Ruby Kendrick, a local singer-songwriter with a sweet voice and prodding, poignant lyrics.

The Office Lounge 8 p.m. 706-546-0840 REV. CONNER MACK TRIBBLE Newly relocated back to his old stomping grounds of Athens, Tribble is a Georgia rock fixture. He hosts an “all-star jam” every Thursday. Walker’s Coffee & Pub 9 p.m. FREE! 706-543-1433 KARAOKE Every Thursday!

Friday 6 Boar’s Head Lounge 9 p.m. 706-369-3040 SUN-DRIED VIBES South Carolina band plays a reggae-tinted brand of rock. Caledonia Lounge 9 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18-20). www. ADIA VICTORIA “Back-porch blues” singer-songwriter from Nashville, TN. BUXTON Garage-rock meets lush harmonies and plucked folk guitar in the music of this Houston, TX-based band. LILLY HIATT Edgy, Americana singersongwriter from Nashville, TN.

Georgia Theatre 9 p.m. $7. DIARRHEA PLANET Anthemic rock band from Nashville with a sense of humor. FAUX FEROCIOUS Nashville, TN-based sloppy, lo-fi rock band with pop sensibilities. MONSOON Female-fronted local post-punk band that dabbles in rockabilly and new wave. COTTONMOUTH Local group featuring members of Pretty Bird and Muuy Biien. Expect lots of fuzzy, heavy drums and bass.

Live Wire 7 p.m. T.O.T.M. Space-rock and “cosmic poetry” group from Columbus, GA.

Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 STRAYS Local garage-pop band featuring members of Velocirapture and Muuy Biien. STRICTLY RICKLI Local experimental family band featuring songwriter and musician Ash Rickli. MOTHERS Local songwriter Kristine Leschper performs gorgeous, haunting folk tunes. LITTLE GOLD Local group fronted by songwriter Christian DeRoeck, playing garage-rock with country and pop sensibilities. DJ MAHOGANY Popular local DJ spins freaky funk, sultry soul,

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. 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-0840 KARAOKE With your host Lynn, the Queen of Karaoke!

Lumpkin Street Station 10 p.m. $8. LumpkinStreetStation CONEY ISLAND ROCK N ROLL ROADSHOW Featuring performances by the Cut Throat Freak Show, Scarlett Storm Burlesque, Jesse Ray Carter Trio, Potwhole, Daddy Stitches and more.

Saturday 7 Boar’s Head Lounge 9 p.m. 706-369-3040 SUN-DRIED VIBES See Friday’s listing for full description

The Foundry 8 p.m. $17 (adv.), $20 (door). www. MARSHALL CRENSHAW Pop-rock singer-songwriter known for hits like “Someday, Someway.” THE BOTTLE ROCKETS Underrated, quasi-legendary alt-country band. See Calendar Pick on p. 17. Georgia Theatre 8 p.m. GOGOL BORDELLO Hard-touring Gypsy punk group from New York City. FLY GOLDEN EAGLE Upstart, Nashville-based rockers. Go Bar 10 p.m. $5. 706-546-5609 HURRICANES OF LOVE Experimental group from Boston that describes its music as “spiritual mountain psych gangsta folk.” CULT OF RIGGONIA Experimental soundscapes with tribal, world music beats and ornate instrumentation. REALISTIC PILLOW New local indie band. LITTLE HOWLIN’ WOLF Alias of eccentric and prolific Chicago-based street musician James Pobiega. Remedy


The Foundry 8 p.m. $10 (adv.), $12 (door). www. ZACH DEPUTY Singer-songwriter from Bluffton, SC who describes his sound as a combination of jam, funk and soul. Georgia Theatre 8 p.m. $10. CONSIDER THE SOURCE New York trio who describe themselves as “sci-fi Middle Eastern funk.” TAUK Jammy, instrumental rockfusion band from NYC. THE MANTRAS A high-energy mix of funk-rock, Middle Eastern, electronica and metal. Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 KARAOKE Hosted by John “Dr. Fred” Bowers and featuring a large assortment of pop, rock, indie and more. The Grotto 10 p.m. 706-549-9933 LEAVING COUNTRIES Local singersongwriter Louis Phillip Pelot and company play a “mind-boggling wall of organic sound with upbeat, traveldriven lyrics.” LOUIS PHILLIP PELOT & LANDON TRUST Playing American folk, rock and blues. Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. FREE! www.hendershotscoffee. com CARL LINDBERG TRIO The local Latin jazz bassist leads his new trio. Kumquat Mae Bakery Café 6:30 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 p.m. FREE! TECROPOLIS Athens’ longestrunning electronic dance music monthly, with special guests D:RC and Jigawatts.


Hiss Golden Messenger plays the Caledonia Lounge on Tuesday, Mar. 10. PADRE Local indie band featuring members of Dana Swimmer and Mothers. Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m. BOOTY BOYZ DJs Immuzikation, Twin Powers and Z-Dog spin dance hits into the night. 40 Watt Club 9 p.m. $16. TURQUOISE JEEP Hip hop collective and viral sensation known for the 2010 hit “Lemme Smang It.” PLAYGROUND HERO Local “urban alternative rock band” that combines rock and hip hop. BLACKNERDNINJA Eugene Willis delivers bookish, explosive rhymes over organic, high-energy beats. The Foundry 8:30 p.m. $8 (adv.), $12 (door). www. THE GRAINS OF SAND Local band with a four-piece horn section offering up your favorite ‘60s and ‘70s beach and Motown music.

righteous R&B and a whole lotta unexpected faves. Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. KYSHONA ARMSTRONG Soulful singer-songwriter with a rootsy, bluesy sound. RICK LOLLAR Indie singer-songwriter from Tallahassee, FL. CLAY EVANS Rock and R&B songwriter from Nashville, TN. 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 7 p.m. THE NOW AND THEN BAND Playing a mixture of bluegrass, country and Americana covers and originals.

Caledonia Lounge 9:30 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18-20). www. WHAT MOON THINGS Indie rock band from New Paltz, NY influenced by groups like Modest Mouse and The Cure. Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m. $5. www.flickertheatreandbar. com NEW NATURE New local jam-rock band. VACATION Fuzzed-out punk band from Cincinatti, OH. 40 Watt Club 9 p.m. $5. HOUSTON IN THE BLIND New local three-piece fronted by songwriter Charlie Garrett. TIA MADRE Band fronted by Walker Howle of Dead Confederate fame, featuring Matt Stoessel, Ivey Hughes, Paul McHugh and Bryan Howard. BLUE BLOOD Melodic psych-pop project from Hunter Morris, formerly of Gift Horse.

DJ BLOWPOP Joe Kubler (Bubbly Mommy Gun) spins a set of tunes. Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. BIG C & THE VELVET DELTA A modern take on traditional blues, rock and R&B from this local group. CREE MO Rock, blues, jazz and soul are mixed together into an intoxicating concoction of original music. 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. Little Kings Shuffle Club 10 p.m. $5. lkshuffleclub SHEHEHE Local band that draws from old-school punk and arena rock to create a fist-pumping atmosphere. V-8 DEATH CAR Rowdy punk band from Montgomery, AL.

STREET SWEEPER Ska-tinged thrash punk band. HUNGER ANTHEM Fuzzed-out, lo-fi guitar driven local indie rock band. Live Wire 9 p.m. $7 (adv.), $10 (door) www. JIMKATA Electro-rock band blending heavy beats, synthy hooks and big guitars. MOMCAT Lyrically driven rock and roll duo from Atlanta. Lumpkin Street Station 10 p.m. $20. LumpkinStreetStation WHITEY MORGAN AND THE 78S Old-school honky tonk country outfit from Flint, MI. See Calendar Pick on p. 17. Morton Theatre 7 p.m. ATHENS HIP HOP AWARDS The annual awards show celebrating local hip hop culture returns for a third year. See story on p. 12. The Office Lounge 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-546-0840 CARLA LEFEVER AND THE RAYS This band, led by longtime Athenian LeFever, plays old-school jams, groovy funk and sweet pop.

Sunday 8 Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. KEVN KINNEY The Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ frontman performs a set of his solo material. TIM KNOL Singer-songwriter from the Netherlands performs a set of solo folk. Hi-Lo Lounge 8 p.m. THE UKIAH DRAG Boston-based punk rock band. HARSH WORDS Fast hardcore group featuring members of Shaved Christ and Gripe. MUUY BIIEN Local band plays doomladen goth-punk influenced by ‘80s hardcore and new wave. PINECONES Atlanta/Athens-based rock band that touches on flailing, melodic grunge and urgent postpunk.

Monday 9 Caledonia Lounge 9 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18-20). www. CAPSULA Spanish native band playing psychedelic rock laced with “brutal fuzz.” FEATHER TRADE This local band plays lush, moody post-pop. BEL VAS Local alt-rock group influenced by jazz, surf and bossa nova. Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m. PREE Experimental pop group from Washington, D.C. The Foundry 8 p.m. FREE! www.thefoundryathens. com THE HOOT Monthly showcase put on by the Athens Folk Music & Dance Society. This month’s Hoot features The Vinyl Strangers, MrJordanMrTonks and Honeychild. Tommy Jordan opens and hosts.

Georgia Theatre 8 p.m. SOLD OUT. www.georgiatheatre. com MODEST MOUSE The Pacific Northwest indie rock legends return to Athens after more than 10 years. See story on p. 13. Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 CURT OREN Minimalist, experimental saxophonist and composer from Iowa. KILLICK Freeform jazz experimentalist Killick Hinds coaxes sounds from unconventional instruments like his H’arpeggione and his “harp guitar,” Big Red. ALEC LIVADITIS Local experimental musician performs solo. MAGICICADA Alter ego of Atlantabased noise/electronic artist Chris White. KUSA87 Local experimental band creating visual soundscapes through tapes, pedals, vinyl and more. 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 TRIO Soulful R&B artist Ike Stubblefield is a Hammond B3 virtuoso who cut his teeth backing Motown legends like the Four Tops, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye. Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-4742 MUSCLE SHOALS MONDAY Local artists pay tribute to the Alabama hotspot.

Tuesday 10 Caledonia Lounge 9 p.m. $10 (21+), $12 (18-20). www. HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER North Carolina’s M.C. Taylor plays laidback folk-rock with hints of Wilco and the Grateful Dead. TWINSMITH Omaha, NE-based rock group on Saddle Creek Records. The Foundry Tailgate Tuesday. 7 p.m. $5 (adv.), $7 (door). CRESTON MAXEY BAND Singersongwriter from Winder, GA playing a mix of new country, traditional country and Southern rock covers. DALTON GANG BAND Country and Southern rock from Jefferson, GA. Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. ANTHONY D’AMATO Singersongwriter on New West Records who has recorded with members of Bon Iver, Megafaun and others. Kumquat Mae Bakery Café 7 p.m. DK & THE JOY MACHINE New York-based group featuring “humorous tenderness, feminist anthems, alt-folk and acoustic punk.” The Manhattan Café Loungy Tuesday. 9 p.m. FREE! 706369-9767 DJ NATE FROM WUXTRY Playing an all-vinyl set of slow and melan-

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Wednesday 11 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. Caledonia Lounge 9 p.m. $8 (21+), $10 (18-20). www. SCREAMING FEMALES New Jerseybased indie-punk trio fronted by diminutive and energetic guitarist Marissa Paternoster. DOWNTOWN BOYS “Dance-punkpolitics” band from Providence, RI. T HARDY MORRIS AND THE HARD KNOCKS Dead Confederate frontman performs a solo set of his folky, lived-in tunes. SHADE Local three-piece skews stoner riffs by sleight-of-hand over oceans of confusion. Frontwoman Phelan LaVelle throttles through dark, unlearned outsider jazz. The Foundry 7 p.m. FREE! www.thefoundryathens. com AMERICOPIA Local Americana/ roots-rock band. Playing for Tommy Jordan’s retirement party. Hi-Lo Lounge 10 p.m. FREE! 706-850-8561 KARAOKE WITH THE KING See Wednesday’s listing for full description


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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 See Wednesday’s listing for full description 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.

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Artist Competition (VFW) The Veterans of Foreign Wars is hosting a competition for the design and repainting of the Flag Drop Box located in the parking lot at their post, 835 Sunset Blvd. Deadline Mar. 30. $100 to the winner. Call for Artists (Amici) Currently accepting artists for exhibitions. Email samples of work to 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

Acting for Film (Film Athens Film Lab) George Adams teaches â&#x20AC;&#x153;Actorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gym: The Road to Becoming a Professional Actor.â&#x20AC;? Topics include creating dynamic characters, working as an actor in film and television, and the creative and business aspects of film. Register online. Wednesdays, 6:30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8:30 p.m. $75/ month. 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, Georgia Master Naturalist (Various Locations) Explore habitats, ecosystems and the natural environments of Georgia through lectures and hands-on field studies. Developed by the UGA Extension and the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. Register by Mar. 27. Every Friday, Apr. 3â&#x20AC;&#x201C;May 29. $185. clarke/anr Martial Arts Classes (Live Oak Martial Arts, Bogart) Traditional and modern-style Taekwondo, selfdefense, grappling and weapons classes for all ages. www.liveoak

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Paintings by Dortha Jacobson are currently on view at Antiques and Jewels. Printmaking Workshops (Double Dutch Press) 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). www. Self-Defense Workshop (Dancefx) Learn basic self-defense wtih UGA Police Chief Jimmy Williamson and UGA karate instruc-

tor Christopher Weaver. Three Saturdays, Mar. 21â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Apr. 4, 1 p.m. Suggested $10 donation to benefit Project Safe. dancefx 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, 9:30 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;6 p.m. $109â&#x20AC;&#x201C;129. Western Square Dance Lessons (Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens) Lessons start Mar. 3. First two lessons are free. All ages. 706-742-2331, webmaster@ 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 classes are also available. Check website for weekly schedule of classes. www. 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 schedule. Donation based., www.rubber

Yoga Classes (Chase Street Yoga) Gentle yoga, yin yoga and power heated Vinyasa, plus Zumba and Pilates. 706-316-9000, 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, held downtown May 2â&#x20AC;&#x201C;3, is looking for volunteers to help with fundraising, publicity, organizing speakers and performers, the tabloid, social media, stage building and more. 706-202-9169, www.athenshuman 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.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;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

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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. OCAF Thrift Sale Donations (OCAF, Watkinsville) Donate furniture, electronics, toys, clothing, books, tools, antiques and other items to the annual OCAF thrift sale. Donations are being accepted through Mar. 18. The sale will open Mar. 20. 706-769-4565, info@ 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 Baton (Bishop Park) The Classic City Majorettes offer instruction in dance-twirling, strutting, marching technique and more. For ages 5 & up. Tuesdays, Mar. 3–May 12, 5:45–7:45 p.m. $65–80. 706-6133589, leisure Canopy Spring Break Camp (Canopy Studio) Learn the basics of trapeze. Includes arts and crafts and circus-style fun. Mar. 9 -13, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. $175. www.canopy Crawlers and Toddlers Playgroup (reBlossom Mama Baby Shop) A weekly meeting for parents and their children, ages 8–24 months, to relax and socialize. Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., 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 for students in K-5th grade. 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, beth@ Playgroups (100 Athens Town Blvd, Suite 1) Young’uns Clothing & More hosts play groups every Saturday. Lil’ Wiggle Worms (ages NB–9 months), 11 a.m.–12 p.m. Galloping Tots (ages 1–2), 1–2 p.m. Horsing Around Young’uns (ages 2 & up), 3–4 p.m. No registration necessary. youngunsclothingandmore@ Qigong Buddies for Parents and Kids (reBlossom Mama Baby Shop) Parents and children can practice together to create a

shared energy. Ages 4 & up. First and third Thursdays, 4 p.m. $8/drop in., Special Needs & Quirky Kids Playgroup (reBlossom Mama Baby Shop) Familes with special needs children can connect and help one another. First Saturdays, 10 a.m., Spring Break Mini Camp (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Each day will include activities that connect youth to the wonders of nature. Ages 5–11. Mar. 9–11, 8:30 a.m.– 2:30 p.m. Spring Break Mini Camps (Multiple Locations) 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. 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, Breastfeeding Support Group (reBlossom Mama Baby Shop) Get expert tips from lactation counselors from By Your Leave and share experiences with other mothers. Wednesdays, 5 p.m. monira, www. New Moms’ Support Group (reBlossom Mama Baby Shop) New moms can bring their baby or babies to chat and play. Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. FREE! 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. www.

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,,

On The Street 4th Annual Preservation South Conference The UGA Student Historic Preservation Organization hosts a conference to present new research. Register online. Mar. 20–22. 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 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 Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood and meets the third Sunday of the month. The New & Notable Book Club is currently reading Euphoria by Lily King and meets the fourth Sunday of the month. The Book Club of the Fantastic is currently reading Bird Box by Josh Malerman and meets the fourth Tuesday of the month. Join by email. CCCF Scholarships (The Classic Center) The Classic Center Cultural Foundation is currently accepting applications from high school students for its performing arts scholarship program. Visit website for application, eligibility requirements and audition information. Deadline Mar. 6. Audition Apr. 13. 706-3574417,

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.) Artwork by students in the Visual Arts Magnet Program at North Springs Charter High School in Sandy Springs, GA. Through March. ANTIQUES & JEWELS ART GALLERY (290 N. Milledge Ave.) Paintings by Dortha Jacobson. 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. Through March. ATHENS ACADEMY (1281 Spartan Lane) “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. • A display of works by Athens Academy Art Club. Through Apr. 17. ATHENS-CLARKE COUNTY LIBRARY (2025 Baxter St.) Local costumer and fashion historian Beverly Bourgeois presents an exhibit of Victorian, Edwardian and flapper finery. 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.) Collages influenced by Surrealism and Magic Realism by Susan Pelham. Reception Mar. 22. Currently on view through March. 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. • Mixed media artwork by Melissa Steele. Through Mar. 22. FLICKER THEATRE & BAR (263 W. Washington St.) Artwork by Lawson Grice. Through March. 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.) “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. • “Small Truths: Pierre Daura’s Life and Vision.” Through Apr. 19. • “Pierre Daura (1896–1976): Picturing Attachments.” Through Apr. 19. • “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. 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.

Children First Soccer Tournament (Southeast Circle Park) This adult soccer tournament benefits the programs at Children First. $150 per team. 706-229-6266, Collective Harvest CSA Collective Harvest provides organic vegetables and fruits to Athens area communities. They are currently accepting members for a 16-week Spring CSA. www.collectiveharvest Nominations for the 2015 Preservation Awards Nominate a project that helps celebrate Athens’ unique heritage. Categories include rehabilitation, new construction, stewardship, community revitalization and more. Deadline Apr. 17. www.achfonline. org/awards 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.

Social Co-Ed Adult Kickball League Registration ends Mar. 12 at 6 p.m. To play, create or join a team visit athens 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., Spring Book Sale (Madison County Library, Danielsville) Thousands of books will be available for bargain prices. Proceeds benefit the Madison County Library. Mar. 6–14. $1–2 (most items). www. adDRESS a Need Sale (Georgia Square Mall) Local designers revamped outdated dresses into stylish new ones. Dresses are available Mar. 6–22, with proceeds benefiting Friends of Advantage. www.friends f

THE GRIT (199 Prince Ave.) Watercolor paintings, cut paper silhouettes and cut paper collages by Missy Kulik. Through Mar. 8. • A display of works by students attending Barrow St. Elementary. Mar. 8–29. HENDERSHOT’S COFFEE BAR (237 Prince Ave.) Artwork by Bob Brussack. Reception Mar. 12. Through March. HEIRLOOM CAFE AND FRESH MARKET (815 N. Chase St.) Photography by Colin Murphy. Through March. JITTERY JOE’S DOWNTOWN (297 E. Broad St.) Landscape acrylics by Sara Brogdon. Through April. JITTERY JOE’S EASTSIDE (1860 Barnett Shoals Rd.) Female character designs and whimsical watercolor robots by Jessica M. Adkins. LAMAR DODD SCHOOL OF ART (270 River Rd.) “Square One: First Year MFA Student Exhibition.” Opens Mar. 5. Closing reception Mar. 26. LEATHERS BUILDING (675 Pulaski St.) Paintings by Suzanna AntonezEdens. Through May. LYNDON HOUSE ARTS CENTER (293 Hoyt St.) The “Period Decorative Arts Collection (1840–1890) & Athens History Museum” inside the historic Ware-Lyndon House now features a new bedroom exhibit full of decorative pieces. • The “40th Annual Juried Exhibit.” Opening reception Mar. 5. Through May 2. 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) In celebration of Youth Art Month, an exhibit features artwork by students attending Oconee County’s public and private schools in grades K–12. Through Mar. 26. 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. 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. 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. SWEET SPOT STUDIO GALLERY (160 Tracy St., Mercury A.I.R.) The gallery presents paintings, ceramics, sculpture, drawings, furniture, folk art and jewelry from artists including Veronica Darby, John Cleaveland, Rebecca Wood, Nikita Raper, Natalia Zuckerman, Briget Darryl Ginley, Jack Kashuback, Barret Reid and Ken Hardesty. • “Loose Teeth” is an eerie, nightmare terror tale installation by Nikita Raper. Through March. UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP OF ATHENS (780 Timothy Rd.) “Blooms and Boats” contains digital images by Dr. David Jarrett. Through March. UNIVERSITY OF NORTH GEORGIA, GAINESVILLE CAMPUS GALLERY (3820 Mundy Mill Rd., Oakwood) “Constructing the Past” is an exhibit of landscapes by John Cleaveland. Through Mar. 25. UNIVERSITY OF NORTH GEORGIA, OCONEE CAMPUS GALLERY (1201 Bishop Farms Pkwy., Watkinsville) “Reciprocal: OCAF Members at UNG.” Opening reception Mar. 5. Through Apr. 2. WHITE TIGER (217 Hiawassee Ave.) New paintings by Mary Porter. 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. • Large-scale paintings by Lamar Dodd BFA grad Jessica Schulman. Through March.




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My Friend’s Indiscretions A fairly close friend of mine who is not married recently shared with me that she’s been “dating” a man who is married. I say “dating” in quotation marks, because what she’s really doing is having an affair, although she didn’t term it that. I’m married and am kind of put off by her affair. It seems like a terrible thing to do to this man’s wife, and I can’t figure out what my friend thinks she’s going to get out of this relationship. Married men do not leave their wives for their girlfriends. Truthfully, knowing this about her lowers her in my esteem and makes me less interested in being friends with her. I feel like I have some responsibility to do something about this, since I know about it. Should I tell her what I think about the whole situation? Is there a way to say it without sounding judgmental? Should I caution her that she is likely to end up hurt? I just think she’s being unwise and kind of selfish in doing this. The Other Woman’s Friend

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My Friend’s Children My husband and I are close friends with another couple. We have a six-year-old boy, and they have two children, an eight-year-old boy and a four-year-old girl. For years, now, the kids have socialized, because we socialize. That’s largely been fine, but for the past couple years, I’ve become more and more uncomfortable with it because of the way they’re raising their kids. I know it sounds horribly snobby to say this, but their kids are allowed to do whatever they want, whenever they want. Their kids are noisy, ill-behaved and constantly interrupt the adults when we’re having a meal together or talking. It’s become unpleasant for us to be around their kids, but worse than that, our son has started imitating some of their habits, something we do not tolerate at home and certainly not something we want him doing with us, at school or anywhere else. Is there a way to deal with this without jeopardizing our relationship with our friends? I don’t know how to make the shift to socializing just as adults, since we’ve included the kids for so long. I’m not inclined to tell them the truth about what’s going on; how they raise their kids is their business, but it’s really not something we want our son around. Protective Parent

Lee Gatlin

There’s not a way to tell her what you think without sounding judgmental, TOWF, because you are being judgmental. You’ve made the judgment that what she’s doing is wrong. I don’t think you’re in a position to say that, though. Maybe this man and his wife have agreed that they’re free to date other people. Or, maybe he is violating the terms of their marriage, a hurtful thing, but one that many people do for many different reasons, and not something that will be mitigated at all by your interference. I see two courses Are you complicit of action for you, PP. Please send your questions to in this because you The first is to begin to or know about it? Yes, a limit the amount of little bit. But you also time your kids spend know that systemic together. You can do racism exists, that this under the guise a tremendous inequality in distribution of wanting to renew your adult friendship. of wealth exists and that many people in Start suggesting getting baby-sitters and your community go hungry every day. And spending time out as grown-ups. You can your knowledge of those things makes you couple this with a gradual increase in your culpable in them as well. I strongly suggest son’s busy-ness: other play dates, a need to you start by trying to right some of those spend more time together as a family, etc. problems. The second option is to continue letting I understand your distaste about what your children be together, but insist that she’s doing, but it’s not really your business. your son act the way you expect him to. She told you, as a friend, about what’s going This is an opportunity for you to talk to him on in her life but it doesn’t sound like she about behaving the right way in different asked for your advice. situations, when other people aren’t. To Of course, you’re not required to mainbe effective, this will have to be a series of tain your friendship with this woman, but I conversations over time. Children learn the urge you to exercise a little compassion and majority of their behavior at home; I susempathy here. Your friend is in a situation pect your son will emerge from this friendthat you predict will lead to her being hurt, ship pretty well unscathed. He may come to which suggests she’ll need a friend sooner the realization on his own, eventually, that or later. Surely there’s been a time or times they’re too different to be close friends. f















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March 4th, 2015

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