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One Earth Tour: Mystery Performing on taiko drums, Kodo turns traditional Japanese music into a stunning spectacle and a vibrant artistic expression. They have inspired performers such as Blue Man Group and Cirque du Soliel, who incorporated elements from Kodo into their classic piece, Mystère.

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the day when Quang-Tri Province, the old Demilitarized Zone, will be safe from unexploded ordinance. Being Chuck, though, he is already shifting attention toward the equally horrid legacy of Agent Orange and the other defoliants rained down upon the countryside and its people, evident now in a continuing prevalence of disease and deformities. Even if Vietnam seems ancient history to you, this Nation article is a poignant reminder that our governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s actions abroad, especially when we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to know about them, cause widespread and lasting consequences.

The Mar. 16 issue of The Nation carried a long article about Chuck Searcy, who directs Project RENEW in its mission to clean up the deadly, unexploded bombs that litter the landscape of Vietnam 50 years after the warâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s end. Many of us know Chuck as the affable and intelligent activist who left UGA to serve in Vietnam, came back afterward and involved himself in Vietnam Veterans Against the War, as well as student activism on campus. Chuck, of course, was also instrumental in starting the famous Athens Observer and Observer Television here before going to Washington to work in the Carter Administration and later as press secretary to Georgia Sen. Wyche Fowler. He The UGA medical school, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Medical also had a stint as executive director of the Partnershipâ&#x20AC;? (with Georgia Regents Georgia Trial Lawyers Association before University in Augusta), had â&#x20AC;&#x153;Match Dayâ&#x20AC;? returning to Vietnam in 1995, where he Friday, Mar. 20 (as did the GRU campus). continues to live. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the day the The long Nation graduating medical piece, by a writer students find out how named George Black, their preferences have looks at Vietnam matched up with hosthrough Chuckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eyes, pitals offering them and provides a lot residencies. Reports of rich background from the campus are on that epic period that the students in our national hisdid extremely well, tory, as well as much as they did in their horrifying detail grades, and that about the continuaround 13 percent ing consequences of of them have chosen intense U.S. bombing family medicine, that and chemical warfare always-hard-to-fill rained upon that specialty that forms countryside of hamthe backbone of medilets and farms. cal care. It remains Unfortunately, to be seen, of course, the online version how many of these of the Nation article new medical gradudoes not include all ates will eventually the photographs in wind up back here to the newsstand verpractice in Georgia. Automatic Pizza has added a couple of authentic sion, including a great old gas pumps that tie the pizza joint back into This Athens gradupicture of Chuck, ating class has 39 its history as a filling station. The prices showing whom Black describes in the pumps are 25â&#x20AC;&#x2030;½ cents on the left and 33 future doctors in it, as â&#x20AC;&#x153;a tall, lean man and the main camcents on the right. Maybe theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll start offering a with a head of thick, pus in Augusta has fill-up at those prices with every large pizza. gray-white hair and a four-and-a-half times courtly charm that seems entirely without that many. Judging from the list of preseffort or artifice.â&#x20AC;? tigious hospitals that have matched with As one of Chuckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heroes, James Brown, the Augusta medical graduates, the main put it: â&#x20AC;&#x153;A man got his hair, got his teeth; campus had a stellar year, too. Will there heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got it all.â&#x20AC;? Well, Chuckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got it all, ever come a time when the Medical College including a deep commitment to demoof Georgia ceases to feel threatened by the cratic values, to peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s participation in success of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;partnershipâ&#x20AC;? campus here? the decision-making that affects their lives, We need more doctors in Georgia. a dedication deepened by his firsthand There was no way the medical college could observations as a U.S. soldier in military expand enough to turn out 39 more doctors intelligence in that landmark of top-down this year. There was an empty campus here decision making, the Vietnam War. that has been turned into a medical school Chuck has soldiered on through a long of apparently high quality in a short time. period of U.S. government indifference Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great leap forward for the State and denial toward responsibility for our of Georgia and for the medical college in actions in Vietnam and is finally beginAugusta itself. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time for the medical colning to see some recognition and support lege and its political allies, including Gov. from Washington, led by U.S. Sen. Patrick Nathan Deal, to own this medical school Leahy. As Chuck transitions into his inevihere in Athens and to realize that its success table role as grand old man (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mr. Chuckâ&#x20AC;?) can only augment Augusta and strengthen in Vietnam, he can actually, finally glimpse health care for the people of Georgia. f

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By Tom Crawford Rep. David Stover is a brave man. He may well be one of the gutsiest people serving in the General Assembly. Stover stood before the House of Representatives last week to give one of those brief speeches that are known as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;morning order.â&#x20AC;? Most of these speeches are given to commend a constituent back home whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performed some kind of good deed. Stover had a much more contentious point to make: He accused Gov. Nathan Deal of being a power-mad chief executive who was trying to exercise the â&#x20AC;&#x153;divine rightâ&#x20AC;? of kings. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m here today to refute the theory of the divine right of a single authoritarian branch of government,â&#x20AC;? Stover said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So many times here in the capitol, we forget that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re elected to serve those that elected us to these positions. In fact, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re pressured to only have one branch of government. Somehow, we have lost our way in the legislative process.â&#x20AC;? Stover went on: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The executive drives every decision under the Gold Dome. We worry what will happen if we vote against the governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bill or the lieutenant governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bill. The answer is quite simply, punish those who disagree with these bills.â&#x20AC;? Stover is a Republican business owner from Newnan whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been actively involved in tea party activities. His hard-edged speech is an indication that thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s restlessness in the ranks of the majority. Stover was correct about the main point he was making. A combination of law and tradition has made the governor of Georgia one of the most powerful officeholders in the nation, to the detriment of the legislature. There was a time when the governor held even more power than he does today. Back in the 1960s, Gov. Carl Sanders

decided who the speaker of the House would be and appointed the committee chairmen. Some of that power has faded, but whoever serves as governor still has enough leverage to get just about anything he wants from the General Assembly. When a major bill is introduced in the House or Senate, one of the first things youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll hear a lawmaker ask is, â&#x20AC;&#x153;What does the governor think about it?â&#x20AC;? Stover has rebelled not only against his own partyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s governor, but against the legislative leadership as well. Earlier in the session, he signed on as a sponsor of the bill that seeks to raise $1 billion a year to build roads and bridges. The transportation bill is one that Deal and the leaders badly want to pass. Several weeks into the session, however, Stover dramatically announced he was removing his name from the bill. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As it currently stands, it would be a $500 million tax increase, and I cannot and will not support any such increase on the backs of our citizens,â&#x20AC;? Stover said. By standing up to the governor and the leadership, Stover has put a bullseye on his back. You can bet that future bills he sponsors will not be passed, or allowed to get a vote. He could lose some committee assignments. The leadership could even have the lines of his district redrawn to make it more difficult for Stover to run for reelectionâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been done to other lawmakers who wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be team players. As the session moves into its final days, legislators are still grappling with that transportation bill and with Dealâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposal to have the state take over the operation of low-performing schools. If enough of Stoverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s colleagues get caught up in his spirit of rebellion, we could be headed for a very entertaining finish. f

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A new state law to accommodate app-based ride-share services like Uber (which started serving Athens last fall) and Lyft could create safety problems in Athens, local police say. House Bill 225, which at press time had passed the Georgia House but not the Senate, would require insurance and background checks for Uber and Lyft drivers statewide but would also prevent local governments from regulating the services. Presently, local taxis are regulated by ACC police, and that would not change. However, Uber and Lyft are not considered taxis under HB 225, and the legislation would also block any future regulation of cab companies by Georgia cities that do not already regulate them. Athens cab drivers must pass background checks, display ID, keep ride logs (but sometimes don’t, especially when drivers don’t report fares to dispatchers) and maintain insurance. Taxis must be inspected and have two-way radios. Cab companies also must provide service 24/7 (not just during times of high demand, like Uber). And taxis are required to take a passenger anywhere in ACC, although drivers sometimes resist that requirement, preferring shorter trips. Athens-Clarke County Commissioner Kelly Girtz told Flagpole that Uber and Lyft “may be in violation” of the taxicab ordinance, “but knowing that state action is underway, we haven’t pursued action Deregulation Uber Alles. against them.” Girtz chairs the commission’s Legislative Review Committee, and he wants to rewrite the local ordinance to end the “chaotic environment” and frequent complaints about cabs. Conflicts between drivers and students are common and occasionally serious, and taxicab enforcement presents more problems for local police than alcohol enforcement does, interim Police Chief Carter Greene told the committee. HB 225 will make oversight more difficult, Greene said. “Students take advantage of the cabs, and the drivers take advantage of the students,” he said. Student passengers

But students behave badly too, she said, “especially now that we have a lot of drivers from other countries.” There are racial insults, “they tear up the vehicles; they puke in them.” If HB 225 passes, local cab companies will still be regulated, but not individual drivers, “which we think is going to be a public safety issue,” ACC Attorney Bill Berryman said. Both Lusk and Greene were skeptical about the state’s ability to regulate drivers meaningfully, since it barely has staff to regulate bus and shuttle drivers now. A spokesperson for the Georgia Municipal Association,

which advocates for local governments, said the group is “neutral” on HB 225. “There hasn’t been an outcry from our cities that the bill will have a negative impact,” she said. Taxi discussions will continue next month. Girtz suggested possibly dropping the requirement for all cab companies to offer 24/7 service at all times, and also suggested again considering late night bus service. (A “drunk bus” was tried over a decade ago but had low ridership and didn’t break even.) No one from local cab companies attended last week’s meeting. They probably didn’t know about it, Girtz told Flagpole. Auditor Search: When she hired Steve Martin as interim auditor last summer after dismissing his predecessor and leaving the position vacant for a year, Mayor Nancy Denson promised to search nationwide for a permanent replacement. Apparently, that search was conducted. Denson said she’s turned applications for the position over to committee chairmen and asked them to rank the top five. Once she receives those rankings, she said she’ll appoint a new auditor, subject to ratification by the commission. “I value the input of my colleagues, and I knew it wasn’t reasonable to ask everyone to do it, so I asked, for the lack of a better word, the commission leaders to do that as a favor to me,” Denson said. Martin’s term expires at the end of June, and traditionally the commission votes on two-year contracts for charter officers (manager, attorney, auditor and municipal court judge) at its meeting the first Tuesday in June. Meanwhile, commissioners are set to change the name of the post to “internal auditor,” because they say the public is confused about what the auditor does. The internal auditor’s job description is to “conduct a continuing internal audit of the fiscal affairs and operations of every department, office and agency of the unified government.” [Blake Aued] Hoop Hoopla: University of Georgia sorority members have often worn antebellum-style hoop skirts to Old Souththemed events like the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity’s Magnolia Ball or Kappa Alpha’s Old South Ball. Playing Gone With the Wind dress-up, though, is now a lost cause. UGA administrators, fraternities and sororities last week agreed to ban hoop skirts at Greek events in the wake of a video showing SAEs at the University of Oklahama singing





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a chant filled with racial slurs vowing never to let a black man into their organization. SAE and Kappa Alpha both have strong historical ties to the Confederacy. Until recently, KAs would parade on Lumpkin Street on horseback dressed in Confederate gray. They abandoned the practice about eight years ago, after moving to Hancock Avenue in a historically African American neighborhood, and the national organization banned Confederate regalia about four years later. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A standard aspect of event planning for Greek organizations is that costuming for events must be evaluated as to its appropriateness,â&#x20AC;? Ashley Merkel, president of UGAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Panhellenic Council, and Alex Bosse, president of the Interfraternity Council, said in a statement. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The student leadership, staff and advisors agree that Antebellum hoop skirts are not appropriate in the context of some events. We will continue to review costuming and themes for future events to ensure their appropriateness for our organizations.â&#x20AC;? People were flipping out on Facebook about this, because â&#x20AC;&#x153;a dress canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be racist.â&#x20AC;? Well, no, but context is everything. Wearing a hoop skirt to Kroger? Probably not racist. But when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re dressed in slavery-era clothing at an event with a slavery-era Southern theme put on by a group started by slave owners who fought for slavery, then some people might consider that a bit questionable. They should have done this 50 years ago, but good for UGA Greeks for realizing it now, before the viral video comes out, I guess. [Blake Aued] Loony for Listicles: The Athens Banner-Herald loves them a good listicle. Any time some intern or algorithm randomly throws Athens onto a clickbait-y list with some other cities, the ABH is ON IT! So much so that the paper of record is now breaking news about which lists Athens didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make. Something called FindTheHome does not think Athens is one of the top 19 â&#x20AC;&#x153;hipster citiesâ&#x20AC;? (gasp!) in America. Thank you to Jim Thompson for his relentless investigative reporting into this listâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s methodology, a topic to which he devoted dozens of column inches. In related news, I checked Buzzfeedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s front page on Friday, and Athens was not listed among 50 Thoughts You Have When Eating a PB&J Sandwich for the First Time, A Timeline of Justin Bieberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Most Roast-Worthy Scandals, 15 Dogs Who Are More Than Ready For Spring or 25 Completely Magical Harry Potter Wedding Ideas. I call BS! [Blake Aued]

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School Governance Teams, we believe Congratulations on being named that CCSD must take the utmost care in National Superintendent of the Year, an balancing the needs and harnessing the honor we feel you richly deserve. We are resources of the community, while leavproud of you and proud to be CCSD! ing primary control of each school with Thank you for taking the time to meet parents. It is essential that the impact with community members to discuss the on school governance by those parties Clarke County School Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s impendoperating on their financial interests be ing application to become a state charter minimized. Maintaining current stateschool district. We find it unfortunate that mandated school council parental control the state is requiring our district to expend requirements should be the minimum and precious resources formulating a plan for explicitly stated. We also recommend that what seems like change for the sake of at-large members of LSGTs be parents of change. We believe CCSD has been and is students currently enrolled in that school. making substantial progress in meeting Furthermore, we advise that neighborthe challenges of educating such a diverse hood and community member positions population in an ever-shifting political should be offered first to parents of current landscape. That being said, we believe the students. Having all LSGT representacharter school district is the best of our tives residing in or having substantive ties three available choices and would like to assist in making the application as robust as to that schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attendance zone should be encouraged, if not possible. To that end, on required. behalf of the Chase Street We are concerned School Council, I would with the proposed comlike to offer the following mitment requirements observations. for LSGT members. The Given the need for amount of training and flexibility and innovaproposed meeting schedtion, the waiver process ule may deter interested seems to be the key parents and teachers advantage of the charfrom participating. We ter school system. We understand your relucunderstand the concept tance to define diversity, of asking for the kitchen but the commitment sink so as not to be required leads to a strong painted in a corner when self-selection bias and circumstances shift. therefore a lack of diverHowever, we believe our sity, however defined. community would benefit We are also concerned from a clear articulation Superintendent Philip D. Lanoue with the three-year term of the expectations and purpose behind each waiver. Specifically, we requirement. From our interpretation would like to evaluate these waivers by their of the charter application, after the first year of transition, parents of 4th and 5th effectiveness in keeping resources in the graders (elementary), 7th and 8th gradclassroom. With that in mind: ers (middle) and juniors and seniors (high school) would be precluded from serving â&#x20AC;˘ What current waivers will remain and on LSGTs because of the three-year term what is the rationale for keeping them requirement. Given that it takes parents at in place? least one year to gain an understanding of â&#x20AC;˘ What new waivers are being considered the labyrinth of federal, state and district and what are the implications of these policies, much less the nuances of any given new waivers? school, to limit LSGT governance to parents â&#x20AC;˘ Are all waivers being properly vetted in of incoming and first-year students reduces order to discern which ones might or might not be appropriate for our school? the likelihood of effective governance by excluding experienced parental leadership from consideration. We recommend that Of course, we are also concerned that LSGT representatives be elected in stagtest scores will remain as 50 percent of gered two-year terms after the initial year teacher evaluations. The fact that we evaluof implementation of the charter district ate our students, teachers and schools on a model. static measurement that is not recognized Finally, but most importantly, we feel as statistically valid, much less effective, is that precisely defining the tasks of LSGTs is the shame in all this. And while we believe critical. While narrowing the achievement the state mandated SLOs are misguided gap is a laudable and necessary goal, we feel at best, is reinventing a student testing that LSGTsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; role should be defined and measystem to evaluate teachers the best use of sured in terms of support for teachers and our limited resources? Why not propose the classroom experience. We would like to and lobby for a system of teacher evaluavoid the LSGT becoming another level of ation that is not so heavily weighted on governance and recommend that LSGTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s test scores? 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Kishi Bashi performs at the 2014 Slingshot Festival.

The Third-Year Festival Aims to Remake the Athens Economy By Blake Aued


ai Riedl has a tough time finding the right words for what, exactly, he’s trying to do with the Slingshot Festival. “Curated and diverse, but still forward-thinking, until I come up with a better word than forward-thinking?” he told Flagpole during an interview earlier this month. “’Experimental’ doesn’t work. ‘Ambitious’ is lame. ‘Genreexpanding?’ Then you’re an academic prick. You’re doomed here.” But his vision—hard to articulate though it may be—is apparent, and it is ambitious: To put Athens on the map as a globally recognized center at the intersection of tech, music and visual art; a place on the cutting edge that will draw both tourists and creative new residents, pumping up the local economy, so the best and brightest don’t feel pressure to leave to find work that doesn’t involve running credit cards. “Over time, it’ll create a new kind of economy in Athens,” Riedl says. Twenty or 30 years ago, Athens was the hippest small town in America. Don’t get us wrong, it’s still pretty hip, but Riedl sees other cities passing us by—Asheville, NC, the Research Triangle in North Carolina, Greenville, SC. Although Athens is still full of talented artists, musicians and entrepreneurs, we’re not necessarily known internationally for everything that’s happening here today, and those thousands of talented people don’t often get the chance to rub elbows with and be inspired by similarly talented people from around the globe. A group of Greeks is even putting on a spinoff in that other Athens (to be, somehow, simulcast here and vice versa), with future plans for spinoffs in Brooklyn and Berlin, too.

The festival aims to “try to give people in Athens a chance to see something they’d never, ever get to see, try to magnetize some tourism to Athens and also try to connect Athens to Atlanta,” Riedl says. “We tend to not give them a reason to come to Athens. If we give them an interesting reason, they’ll come, other than football.” After a rather inauspicious start in 2013, Slingshot found its legs last year and is hoping to grow again this year. Co-founders Reidl and artist Eric Marty added Fat Possum Records’ Peter Wiley (who’s in charge of comedy) to the leadership team, as well as Dan Geller, an Athens musician/UGA researcher, along with about 30–40 volunteers who do everything from book acts to design apps. With big-name headliners like James Murphy (formerly of LCD Soundsystem) and Arcade Fire’s Win Butler (performing under the name DJ Windows 98) Riedl hopes this year’s Slingshot—scheduled for Thursday, Mar. 26–Saturday, Mar. 28 at various locations downtown and on campus—will bring in several thousand people, including crowds “slingshotting” back home from last week’s South by Southwest, the massive tech/music showcase in Austin, TX. “It’s not really [Murphy] coming to play a DJ show, it’s that we can still work with the geography and creative economy we have to do cool things, but other cities have sped past us,” he says. “I think for years it served us well to be isolated; that was pretty fantastic, but I’m not sure that’s really going to keep us alive.” Tech innovators will be here for a panel talk on presenting vast reams of data using sound and light. (“It sounds techie, but it’s actually pretty cool,” Riedl says.) The music lineup features a mix of locals new and old, like Washed Out and Michael Lachowski (ex-Pylon), and experimental out-of-towners like Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche and

Prince Rama. Art installations will be set up all over town. Over the following five pages, you’ll find features on Athens’ nascent tech industry and co-headliners Reptar, as well as our editors and writers’ picks. Full festival listings are in The Calendar on p. 19. This is a make-or-break year for Slingshot. Riedl has a litany of complaints about city government—from too little funding to officials’ lack of vision to what he calls embarrassingly shoddy websites—and he’s threatened to move the festival elsewhere if it doesn’t go well this year. “It’s with all the love, but whenever you do something new in Athens, it should always be with the implicit critique that things need to change,” he says. Festivals like Slingshot are expensive and time-consuming to organize. Artists and venues need to be paid. For a festival that’s not yet established, corporate sponsorships are hard to come by. Wristbands at $70 are a tough sell to an Athens audience that’s used to paying $5 for shows, if anything at all, although the price tag is a fraction of what many festivals elsewhere cost. Riedl is unsure of Slingshot’s total budget; Marty told the Athens Downtown Development Authority recently that it’s somewhere between $100,000–$200,000. (The organizers are currently unpaid.) Riedl laments that the City of Asheville, NC, and Buncombe County gave Moogfest $180,000 last year, compared to the ADDA’s $6,000 contribution to Slingshot. But even with the infusion of government grants, Moogfest lost $1.5 million. If Riedl and Co. can pull it off, though, look for even bigger things in the future. “I don’t know if we can reach it, but I think we’re at a three out of 10, when you talk about magnetizing jobs, economic development, doing things on a scale that will have an impact, that will revert back out to the nation,” Riedl says. f





St art Me Up Tech Startups Collaborate to Keep Local Talent and Entice Investment By Laura James


don’t let talent leave Known more for its music and arts scene, Athens probably wouldn’t come up on a list of cities comparable to Silicon Valley—but maybe one day it could. People are unlikely to come to Athens to work in the tech sector, because the industry is more established in tons of other cities, Flannery says. “From a company perspective, we don’t have a Google or a Facebook or Snapchat, where we can say, ‘You can come work for them.’ What we

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a Tuesday evening in May 2013 at a software developer meet-up at Four Athens, Jordan Burke prepared to present to an audience for the first time since college. Osama Hashmi was the next to present, but he forgot his laptop, so he asked to borrow Burke’s. Hashmi presented on a project that would improve communication in an industry he’s passionate about—health care. The two got to talking after the event and had lunch the following weekend to plan how they could found Vitamin C together. Vitamin C is a web application that streamlines communication between patients and health-care providers that is specific to patients’ needs. “My mom has lupus, so it really struck a chord with me, because I’ve spent my life around doctors and hospitals with my mom,” says Burke, the chief technology officer. Vitamin C’s serendipitous start is similar to how many tech companies are born. People share their ideas, and other people take interest in those they think are worth a risk, whether that be joining the team or investing their dollars. Without the space the local tech incubator Four Athens provides, Burke and Hashmi probably would never have met, and Burke wouldn’t have had a reason to quit his job of five years at Starbucks and become a full-time developer.

Business Innovation Club at UGA and mentor and investor at Four Athens. Less structured events include happy hours every Wednesday at The World Famous, where anyone is welcome to meet and mingle with a drink of choice in hand. Flannery says all kinds of business relationships have come out of those happy hours.

room to grow The most important tool Athens needs to grow tech businesses is space to connect and collaborate. Athens prides itself on its rich music culture and the bands it produces. Why is Athens able to produce talented musicians? Bars and music venues attract talented musicians, and in those spaces, they connect and collaborate with other talented people. The same way space is key for musicians, it’s important for talented people wanting to work in startups. Four Athens, the tech incubator Jim Flannery started in 2011, lost Jordan Burke (left) speaks with coworker Matt Parsons of Vitamin C at Four Athens. its original space earlier this year when the building it previously rented on Dougherty Street do have is this great culture and this great community and was sold to a company that plans to tear it down and build really smart people and really awesome research.” student apartments. Without a central space to hold events Although UGA attracts highly talented people, the proband provide offices, Four Athens might have lost its key lem is keeping them here. For students about to graduate, resource. They found a new location downtown at the cortheir biggest concern is usually getting a job. Most move to ner of Hancock Avenue and Pulaski Street but downsized a large city that has more opportunities. from 22 office spaces to 10. “Without the jobs, any smart and ambitious person who The physical location of Four Athens hosts software would want to stay here, shouldn’t stay here,” Flannery developer meet-ups, coding classes taught by Burke and says. “It wouldn’t be an intelligent decision to stay here as a pitch camps, along with providing startups subsidized 21-year-old not knowing what you’re going to do.” office space as low as $75 for a desk. Partnerships and outFour Athens startups work to create jobs with the hopes reach programs connect talent with potential employers or that they can tap into the talent and resources available investors. at a large university like UGA. Dave Gunton, an attorney For example, on Tuesday, Mar. 24, the semi-annual Talk who volunteers his time to help businesses at Four Athens, Tech program returned to the University of Georgia with thinks one competitive advantage UGA has over very techthe new name, Students 2 Startups. The event—a partnercentered places like Georgia Tech is its diversity. ship with the UGA computer science department—is “a “With a place like UGA, Four Athens has students and unique opportunity for UGA students to explore internfaculty from computer science, the business school, the ships and other experiential learning opportunities by forestry program, from family and consumer sciences,” networking with the local startup community in a familiar he says. “So there’s diversity, and I think great things can setting,” says David Sutherland, a Terry College of Business happen when you get people who think different ways and lecturer, faculty advisor to the MBA Entrepreneurship and solve problems different ways and kind of combine forces,



so that’s what I think a big research university and a university town like this might have going for it over some place that’s strictly engineering or computer science.”

local is not always better Many Athenians prefer to support small businesses and shop and eat locally. The local restaurants, coffee shops, boutiques and venues give Athens its culture—a culture and quality of life that’s attractive—but small businesses alone can’t sustain our economy. Flannery refers to this problem as the poverty mentality. “We have become proud of our poverty mentality in Athens, which is problematic in my mind,” he says. Small businesses often cannot employ many people or even pay interns, and they usually don’t bring in much money from outside the community. While big businesses can take our dollars out of town, when a dollar circulates within the community, it depreciates. “If you have a dollar that goes to Walker’s and that person goes and spends that same dollar at Cutter’s and that bartender goes and spends the dollar at Allgood, all of a sudden, that dollar disappears within the span of a month maybe,” Flannery says. Bringing in fresh dollars is essential to growing the local economy. “If we’re bringing a dollar from the outside, it can go to pay those interns or the designer or that musician,” Flannery says. “I think we need to figure out a way to break that mold, and I think the way we do that is with startups, because then well-paid jobs are generating revenue from outside.”

just the start For companies that have a chance to make it big but now can barely make rent, more collaborative spaces are coming to Athens. Broad 9A is a work-and-play space in the Chase Street Warehouses owned by Josh and Alex Brown, the same pair who started The Broad Collective lifestyle blog. Although not specifically targeted at tech startups, their space could potentially serve other people wanting to start something. “When you get in an environment and the more open you can make it, the more collaboration happens,” Josh Brown says. “You make each other better, because you’re constantly talking about different ideas that you have and ways to make each other better.” Broad 9A will have about 16 desk spaces, eight of which are already filled. Prices range from $20 day passes to fulltime office space for $200 a month. The grand opening of the 4,000-square-foot space is scheduled for May 1. Five years ago, there were few to no tech startups in Athens. Now, Four Athens has about 100 members, and they’ve worked with over 200 startups total. In 2014, its members hired over 100 people, raised over $500,000 in capital and generated over $4.5 million in revenue. They currently have more than 20 job openings. “This is just the tip of the iceberg,” Flannery says. f

arts & culture

art notes

Slingshot Art & Film Multi-Faceted Festival Highlights Tech-Based Art By Jessica Smith ART: Focused on artwork that incorporates emerging technologies, Slingshot presents over two dozen installations and performances that center around interactivity, augmented reality and cutting-edge data visualizations. Works are spread throughout venues on campus and downtown: the Lamar Dodd School of Art, Georgia Museum of Art, UGA Special Collections Library, Ciné, Live Wire, Little Kings, Hendershot’s, Lyndon House Arts Center and Creature Comforts. Simply walk around to stumble upon the artwork, or visit for a comprehensive schedule. Slingshot will host an art kick-off party at the Lamar Dodd School of Art on Thursday, Mar. 26 from 6–8 p.m. featuring four exhibitions, including “ The Lamar Dodd Professorial Chair Project Space: Zoe Strauss.” Visiting Dodd artist Keith Wilson, a San Francisco-based filmmaker and visual artist, will give interpretive tours of the building from 6–7 p.m. Next door at the Georgia Museum of Art, Montrealbased artist Hugues Clement will present “Dichotomie” at 7:30 p.m., an HD video and multichannel audio live VJ performance that merges real world video with responsive electronic music. Two new exhibitions will also open at GMOA in conjunction with Slingshot. “Andy Thomas: Bird Sound Visualizations,” on display Thursday, Mar. 26–Friday, Apr. 3, presents colorful, abstract digital sound sculptures that combine field recordings of bird songs with generative 3D animation. “AiryLight: Visualizing the Invisible,” on view Thursday, Mar. 26–Sunday, June 28, which was created as artist Annelie Berner’s thesis for the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University, translates real-time air-quality data into projected light patterns. Over at Lyndon House, New Zealandbased multi-media artist Shannon Novak presents “String Section,” an interactive installation that merges smart-mobile technology and visual graphics to transform the gallery’s walls into a musical instrument. During its duration from Thursday, Mar.

26–Saturday, Apr. 11, visitors can play the walls like a piano. Several of Slingshot’s installations present fascinating ways to make data visible. “The Unemployed” by Jody Zellen, on view at Ciné, visualizes worldwide unemployment among multiple countries by pulling data from online sources and representing the jobless as animated figures. Outside Live Wire, you can find “Bat-Bots” by Daniel Miller, a sound “Pixi Dress” by Zane Cochran sculpture that uses distance at Flicker Theatre & Bar, is a full feature film sensors to detect the presence of visitors directed by Will Goss about a university stuand emit echolocations. dent who gets entangled in a revolutionary Just as many of the installations are terrorist plan to assassinate by time-bomb interactive. Also at Live Wire, “Pixi Dress” a government official who happens to be his by Zane Cochran is an interactive, hyperfather. Big Bad Art, screening at The World customizable dress embedded with 600 Famous on Sunday, Mar. 29 at 5:05 p.m., is spatially-aware LED lights that create mesa documentary following emerging artist merizing designs controlled by the environAndrew Ohanesian in the weeks leading up ment. Cochran, co-founder of HackBerry to a life-changing opportunity: his experiLab at Berry College, is a PhD student at ential installation “The House Party,” a freeGeorgia Tech who was featured at Lyndon House this past year for his immersive envi- standing house built within a Williamsburg art gallery. ronment BitDome. Another fun interactive Several Q&As with directors and crew piece, “Social Synth,” will make an appearmembers will be held throughout the weekance at Little Kings. Artist team Relay— end. Both screenings of Sequence, a series of with members including Athenians Greg O’Connell, Ash Rickli, William Kennedy and four short comedies, held on Friday, Mar. 27 at 5 p.m. at Flicker and Sunday, Mar. 29 Addison Adams—converted a dumpster into a giant, walk-in analog synthesizer and at 3:30 p.m. at the World Famous, will be followed by a Q&A. Craig Zobel, a former drum machine decked out in LEDs. UGA student and three-time SundanceFor a full list of participating artists appearing film director, will also host a and a schedule, visit Q&A after the screenings of his film Pills, line-up/electronic-art-2015. held on Friday, Mar. 27 at 6:15 p.m. at The Globe and Saturday, Mar. 28 at 6:20 p.m. at FILM: Though Slingshot has screened colFlicker. Q&As for psycho-sexual romance lections of short experimental films in the Buttercup Bill will be held at the Globe past, this year marks the full launch of a Friday, Mar. 27 at 6:45 p.m. and Saturday, film addition to the festival. The Georgia premier of Salad Days, screening on Sunday, Mar. 28 at 5:35 p.m. { group theory }, a collaborative producMar. 29 at 7:30 p.m. at Ciné, documents the tion studio and media company that creearly DIY punk scene of D.C. through interates documentary films, narrative shorts, views with the likes of Ian MacKaye, Henry branded content and original series; will Rollins and Thurston Moore. Clarkesdale, present several films on Saturday, Mar. screening on Friday, Mar. 27 at 4:50 p.m. at 28 at The Globe. William and the Windmill, The Globe and Saturday, Mar. 28 at 5 p.m.

screening at 3 p.m., is a full-length feature following William Kamkwamba, a Malawian who creates a windmill from junk parts in order to generate power and protect his family from famine. Brooklyn Farmer, screening at 4:40 p.m., is a short about Brooklyn Grange, a group of New York City farmers attempting to operate the world’s largest rooftop farm. Palimpsest, a short screening at 5:05 p.m., focuses on a New York house tuner who offers spatial therapy by analyzing the harmony of notes created by appliances and traffic. Many of the films run under a half hour, making it easy to pop in for a quick breather. International art film selections on Thursday, Mar. 26 at 6 p.m. will present Italian shorts Epythimetikon by Diego Capoccitti, Kintsugi by Apotropia and Molar Formations: Urban Cuts by Matteo Pasin; Swedish short (+) by Tina Willgren; and Taiwanese short The Voyage (In the End: The Beginning) by Poyen Wang. Other shorts include dark comedy Fools Day, local group Dominar Film’s God’s Precious People, documentary The Shrimp, a selection of works by Yours Truly and an episode of TV series “Music Voyager” featuring Kishi Bashi, The Whigs, Pylon, Bloodroot Blades and Peter Dale. With the exception of Salad Days, which will cost you $5, all films will be screened free of charge, with or without a wristband. For a full schedule of film screenings, visit f





10 Slingshot Shows to See flagpole’s Music Picks for This Year’s Fest

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this year’s music lineup, Slingshot Festival organizers have upped the ante in terms of both quality and quantity. From Mar. 26–28, the third installment of the annual multi-media happening will feature over 100 acts performing on about a dozen local stages. Anchored by massive Saturday-night shows at the two most iconic venues in town, and sporting a sizable dose of international flavor, Slingshot’s electronica-heavy music schedule also features many notable artists from the indie rock and experimental pop scenes. Slingshot director Kai Riedl says the music lineup reflects his and other organizers’ personal tastes, but also that they made sure each one of the carefully curated selection of artists is “expanding the idea of music in subtle ways,” adding that the festival looks for “people that are pushing the boundaries of music a bit.” In addition to SXSW, the grandaddy of the modern music festival, Riedl cites higher minded, smaller scale nearby events like North Carolina’s Moogfest and Tennessee’s Big Ears Festival as inspirations, adding, “We kind of take a cue from each of those, and add our own dose… [We want to] give people an opportunity in Athens to see stuff they would never be able to see [otherwise].” The end goal, Riedl says, is to provide a bridge between Athens and the wider world—to encourage creative crosspollination across city and state lines and, most importantly, to put Athens back on the map as an international arts destination. “Athens is at a crest where it wants to open itself up to the world—it’s at a crossroads,” says Riedl. “We’re trying to fill that gap.”

The full Slingshot schedule, with set times for each band, is available in this week’s Calendar. To help you navigate the lineup, we’ve selected 10 must-see shows, which you can read all about below.

Japan Nite 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Mar. 26, Live Wire Athens

The unmistakable sounds of Japanese pop and rock hit Athens for Japan Nite, at this point a Slingshot tradition. On Thursday, culturally minded music lovers can enjoy a hearty lineup of catchy tunes at Live Wire. Starting at 8:30 p.m., the lineup includes Bo-Peep, Zaragani$, The Fin, Quorum and Tsu Shi Ma Mi Me Re. This year’s headliner is Peelander-Z, the popular “Japanese action comic punk band” based in New York City and known for its animated style and hard-rocking riffs. [Ryan Kor]

Ryley Walker 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Mar. 26, Georgia Theatre

Twenty-something acoustic guitar virtuoso Ryley Walker makes music largely informed by the rustic British (and Brit-indebted) folk of the ‘60s and ‘70s—think Bert Jansch and Tim Buckley—though his aching Midwestern heart bleeds fiercely through. Walker’s sophomore LP, Primrose Green, out now on Dead Oceans, is a show-stopping affair that melds grassy psychedelia with icy, jazz-inspired instrumentation, courtesy of Windy City scene godfathers like Fred Lonberg-Holm. It is a quietly stunning record. [Gabe Vodicka]


11 p.m. Thursday, Mar. 26, 40 Watt Club

Comedy Headliners Bring the Laughs By Nathan Kerce One of the underappreciated aspects of Slingshot is its Comedy Night. After an excellent showing from Doug Benson and Jonah Ray last year, Slingshot has upped the ante for 2015, bringing on three big headliners: Kyle Kinane, Ron Funches and Kurt Braunohler. Kinane has performed in Athens several times over the course of his career. His recent Comedy Central special, I Liked His Old Stuff Better, was filmed at the 40 Watt last summer; Kinane was generous with his shout-outs to the venue and the city throughout the recording. Kinane’s dark, alcohol-fueled material walks the line between offensive and hilarious. He’s known for his run as Comedy Central’s commercial announcer, as well as his appearances on “Drunk History,” “At Midnight” and “Bob’s Burgers.” Funches is a lovable comedian with a signature childlike giggle guaranteed to put a smile on your face. At this point, to compare him to a teddy bear would be a cliché and an insult—if anything, teddy bears could take a lesson or two from Funches. His comedy is surfacelevel silly, but takes on race, social politics and the general weirdness of human interaction, with depth. Funches currently stars on the NBC sitcom “Undateable,” and will appear in the Will Ferrell/Kevin Hart film Get Hard later this year. He’s known for his writing/acting stint on “Kroll Show,” as well as his appearances on “At Midnight” and “Bob’s Burgers.” Kurt Braunohler specializes in lighthearted takes on shitty situations. Single life, narcissism, American consumerism—there is no subject Braunohler won’t tackle with a sly smile hidden behind a fake frown. His deep-seated optimism is nothing less than infectious. Braunohler is Ron Funches known for hosting “The K Ohle” podcast on the Nerdist Network, as well as his appearances on, yes, “At Midnight” and “Bob’s Burgers.” Kicking off at 7 p.m. Saturday, Mar. 28 at the Morton Theatre, Comedy Night will be hosted by Chunklet’s Henry Owings. In addition to its three headliners, there will be appearances from North Carolina comedian Chad Cosby and a special video presentation by Georgia comedy collective 3B. f



In 2012, Chris Clark became the latest in a grand lineage of UK electro producers to call the esteemed label Warp home. He fulfilled expectations with an ensuing onslaught of genre-bending music that is at turns ruminative and explosive. Last year’s self-titled effort found him reaching the psych-techno crest he’d been building to for some time; the Flame Rave EP, out this week, should solidify Clark as one of electronic music’s most integral and inventive figures. [GV]

Holly Herndon 9 p.m. Friday, Mar. 27, 40 Watt Club

Holly Herndon has produced a string of releases that explore deceptively simple themes in complex musical terms. Largely using her custom virtual instruments, the San Francisco-based sound artist dissects topics ranging from bodily movements, neo-feudalism and NSA-driven paranoia while walking a sonic tightrope, balancing between glitch, IDM and post-minimal modes. Herndon swings through Athens following the announcement of Platform, to be co-released by RVNG Intl. and 4AD on May 19. [Bobby Power]

Skylar Spence 11 p.m. Friday, Mar. 27, Georgia Theatre

After legal threats, vaporwave producer Ryan DeRobertis was forced to change his project’s name from Saint Pepsi to Skylar Spence. The new name is an amalgam of the two lead characters from Woody Allen’s 1996 musical comedy, Everyone Says I Love You. Much like how Allen’s film reworked old Broadway songs into a modern setting, DeRobertis takes pop tropes and shapes them into something entirely unique, utilizing unusual sounds and samples

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of accomplished players dubbed the Horns From Hell, the record blurs the lines of jazz, jam and post-rock with cinematic ease. [GV]

Jamie xx

11 p.m. Saturday, Mar. 28, 40 Watt Club

London-based Jamie Smith is best known for his role in the indie-pop band The xx; it was Smith’s moody, pristine production that set that group apart in a crowded genre. But Smith’s best work can be found in his relatively limited solo catalog. Incorporating elements of dub, garage and traditional house music, Smith has created a distinct sound. With high-profile remixes of tracks by Adele, Radiohead and Gil-Scott Heron (with whom Smith released an entire collaborative remix album), as well as singles like “Far Nearer” and “All Under One Roof Raving,” Jamie xx has cemented himself as one of the most important electronic musicians working today. [NK]

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to bring the genre into a new era. He has also begun the transition from producer to pop singer, with more emphasis on his vocals than ever before. [Nathan Kerce]

Omar Souleyman 11 p.m. Friday, Mar. 27, 40 Watt Club

In its mix of Arabic, Iraqi, Kurdish and Turkish styles, Omar Souleyman’s music reflects the singer’s origins in rural northeastern Syria. A syncopated rhythmic pulse lays the foundation for reedy, pitch-bending synths, an electronic replication of traditional instruments pushed way past mimesis and fusing with club-ready rhythms to form something wholly otherworldly. And in the middle of it all, Souleyman himself, a cool cipher in dark shades, with a stiff mustache and an impassive expression, saving all his

emotion for his vocal exhortations. [Marshall Yarbrough]

Kenosha Kid

8:30 & 10 p.m. Saturday, Mar. 28, Hendershot’s Coffee Bar

Dan Nettles is an Athens music fixture both onstage and off, acting as mentor to countless aspiring guitarists while leading his Kenosha Kid project through years of subtle stylistic shifts. With the new LP Inside Voices—for which Kenosha Kid’s Slingshot appearance is billed as a release party—Nettles has hit a new high. Along with his usual supporting cast—bassist Robby Handley and drummer Marlon Patton—as well as a trio

Slingshot Festival Features Tech Talkers By Laura James The tech sector in Athens is slowly growing, and so is the tech at the annual Slingshot Festival. This year, the tech components of Slingshot, curated by Dan Geller, include the Sensory Overload Conference, a Data Perceptualization Competition and various demonstrations and pop-up events downtown throughout the weekend. The Sensory Overload Conference, which spans Thursday, Mar. 26–Friday, Mar. 27 at the UGA Special Collections Libraries, will host speakers from around the world and across many disciplines to share their work related to big data and visualizing data. The conference is hosted in partnership with the UGA College of Engineering, the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts and the Office of the Vice President for Research. You can register for the free event at Students who register for a conference event can get a $10 discount on a Slingshot wristband. One presenter, Samantha Joye, is a professor in the department of marine sciences at UGA and the director of Ecosystem Impacts of Oil & Gas Inputs to the Gulf, a research group studying the effects of the 2010 BP Macondo Well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico. The oceanographer will discuss how she uses technology to collect data in the field, as well as make sense of it afterward. “I think it provides a real-world sort of scientific application to a lot of the high-tech stuff that you’re going to hear about at Slingshot with respect to everything from how to handle big data and how to visualize it,” Joye says. “Everything that others are going to talk about has application to what we do as oceanographers.” A detailed schedule can be found on Slingshot’s website. The Data Perceptualization Competition winners will be announced at the Sensory Overload Conference. The entrants submitted visualizations or sonifications of some type of data—turning that data into images or sound. The following people are finalists for the competition: Annelie Berner–AiryLight: Visualizing the Invisible (2014). This submission visualizes air quality through a kinetic light fixture. It will be on display at the Georgia Museum of Art beginning Thursday, Mar. 26. Thomas Rex Beverly–Telepresent Storm: Rita (2013). This submission is a sonification of data from Hurricane Rita and is one of the performances at the Sensory Overload Conference. You can see it at the conference on Thursday, Mar. 26 at 2 p.m. Przemyslaw Sanecki–The Source of the Work of Art (2013). This piece is a semantic space visualization/sonification of philosopher Martin Heidegger’s Der Ursprung des Kunstwerkes (often translated as The Origin of the Work of Art), with AI-generated text derived from analysis of the work. It will be on view Mar. 26 and 27 in the Special Collections Libraries Room 285. Jody Zellen–The Unemployed (2009, updated 2011 and 2014). This submission is an interactive video installation that visualizes data on worldwide unemployment. It will be on view Thursday, Mar. 26–Saturday, Mar. 28 from 9 p.m.–midnight at Ciné Lab. f

James Murphy 12 a.m. Saturday, Mar. 28, Georgia Theatre

The tentpole act of this year’s Slingshot is James Murphy, the LCD Soundsystem mastermind and DFA Records co-founder who singlehandedly brought dancepunk to its mid-aughts zenith. Murphy will be performing a late-night DJ set alongside Win Butler of Arcade Fire, aka DJ Windows 98, and Michael Lachowski of Pylon, whose first two records were reissued by DFA in 2007 and 2009, giving the legendary Athens group new critical life. Slingshot Director Riedl defends the notion of a DJ set as festival headliner, saying these days, “music is more of a conversation… People are interested in the concept of music [as] interaction.” [GV]

Awesome Tapes from Africa 12:30 a.m. Saturday, Mar. 28, Creature Comforts Brewery

Following in the same vein as legendary archivists such as Alan Lomax, Brian Shimkovitz has dedicated his career to unearthing thousands of little-known gems from Africa’s intricate musical patchwork. As Awesome Tapes From Africa, Shimkovitz has spent over a decade re-releasing massive caches of obscure African music to the Western world. His selections run the gamut from South African house music to Senegalese rap to Ethiopian psychedelic soul. The tapes provide not only awesome sounds but fascinating snapshots of the ways Western music collides with African traditions. [Paul DeMerritt] f





Reptar Returns

The flagpole Q&A By Gabe Vodicka


eptar has long-since transcended the “local band” designation, attracting attention from beyond Athens’ borders with the 2012 release of the bubbly, infectious Body Faucet. That album, with its intriguing if slightly undercooked blend of angular guitar-pop, psychedelic melodies and Caribbean-influenced rhythms, seemed to put the group on the road to indie stardom. After an exhausting string of tour dates in support of Body Faucet, and relations with the band’s label and management souring, the group decided instead to take an indefinite break. But as anyone who’s seen a Reptar show knows, you can’t cage their particular brand of beast for long. The band returns Mar. 31 with the poised, prismatic Lurid Glow, an album light-years ahead of Body Faucet in both concept and realization. In advance of Reptar’s headlining show at this weekend’s Slingshot Festival, Flagpole caught up with frontman Graham Ulicny for a chat. Flagpole: What took y’all so long? Graham Ulicny: After we recorded Body Faucet, we were on tour for the better part of a year. We were all pretty burned out and ready to take a step back from doing band stuff. I moved out to California with some friends [and] kept writing songs. I remember, at some point, calling up the rest of [Reptar] and being like, “Fuck, we should probably start recording another record.” I moved back to Athens, and we starting working on new music and playing shows again. When we had the demos to a certain point, we contacted Andy LeMaster about recording with him at Chase Park. We would record for a week or so, play some gigs around the Southeast to pay for the studio time and go back into the studio for another week.



All in all, it took about a year from start to finish to record Lurid Glow. FP: You signed with Vagrant for the first LP; the new one’s out on Joyful Noise. How was your first label experience, and how do you hope the new one’s different? GU: I am thankful for everything Vagrant did for us­— they are really nice folks, and we wouldn’t have been able to sustain the band or tour as much as we have without their help. But it had its drawbacks. Large, independent record labels in this day and age operate essentially like major labels, and that was something that was lost on us when we signed to Vagrant. Shortly after we finished touring on Body Faucet, we got rid of our manager and agent. We were just on completely different pages as far as the trajectory of the band. It was extremely liberating to go back to being a self-sustained unit. We were able to fund the recording process slowly through touring and were ready to self-release [Lurid Glow] before we met Joyful Noise. We played a show at their space in Indianapolis, and it just really clicked. I really respect the way they run their label, and it’s really great to be in the company of the artists they work with. FP: What do you see as the stylistic differences between the two records? GU: I don’t see a lot of difference in the actual songs, but I do think people will hear them and immediately notice the sound has changed. We focused way more on honing the arrangements and making it as direct and pop-oriented as possible. I believe so much in the power of melody, and I wanted to let that shine. One thing we didn’t want was for the songs to be mired in unnecessary sound. If this album was a human, it would be a skeleton using a smartphone to locate its internal organs. We did a lot of learning and experimenting in making the synth lines more

expressive and interesting. We all love the possibility and sheer creative power that pop music holds, and the main goal was to make a good pop record. FP: You guys developed a reputation for your live shows early on. Do you feel like you’re able to adequately translate that energy to bigger stages? GU: It was weird when we first started playing bigger venues. I think that was when were like, “Let’s take some of these samples and have people start to play them.” As a vocalist, I find it kind of hard to get in the vibe on a huge stage. You feel like, no matter how hard you practice, your band is in the hands of whoever is running front of house. I hate that feeling, and that’s why I think I will always kind of hate playing larger outdoor venues. Something will always be lost when you add that much negative space. FP: Reptar has been a band now for nearly a decade. Did you ever think it would last this long? GU: I don’t think any of us could have imagined the incredible places this band has taken us. I know I can speak for all of us when I say that most of the best moments of my life have been spent onstage with this band. It has become this amorphous life form that we can now use as a vehicle for new ideas. We love playing this music for people, and I don’t really see that changing any time soon. I’m eternally psyched to be in the company of all the incredible artists we have befriended on this fucking, weird journey. f

WHO: Reptar, Skylar Spence, Lord Fascinator WHERE: Georgia Theatre WHEN: Friday, Mar. 27, 8 p.m. HOW MUCH: $20 (door), FREE (w/ festival wristband)


threats & promises

Dave Marr is Back in the Game, Baby Plus, More Music News and Gossip By Gordon Lamb ACT TWO: News came last week that former Star Room Boy Dave Marr is in the midst of recording his first album in just about a decade and a half. The sessions are happening out at The Glow Recording Studio, and Marrâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s band includes Don Chambers, Thayer Sarrano, Bo Bedingfield, Brandon Reynolds and Alan Flurry. Guest appearances by John Fernandes and others should round out everything nicely. The record should be completed by summer. This information broke via our Homedrone blog at, but since some of you likely missed that, I figured it wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hurt to repeat it here. Head that way to catch a video for the song â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thank You,â&#x20AC;? directed by filmmaker Jim Issa. Marr next plays locally Saturday, Mar. 28 Mike White ¡

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at the Caledonia Lounge at the New West/Normaltown Records Slingshot Festival showcase. GENERATING STEAM HEAT: Those shredders in Shehehe just wrapped an 11-date tour, including stops at SXSW, in celebration of their sophomore album, Rock & Roll Queen. True to the form theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve developed as a live act over the past few years, the album is solidly book-ended stylistically between 1977â&#x20AC;&#x201C;1983. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s full of buzzsaw guitars, smidgens of hardcore and a triple dose of snotty perma-adolescence. Keep up with them over at and stream or purchase the album at KEEP IT SMOOTH: Jazz guitarist Trey Wright (ex-Squat) will celebrate the release of his newest album, Songs From Oak Avenue, Thursday, Apr. 9 at Hendershotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Coffee Bar. The show is free and starts at 8 p.m. The core performers on the

record are the members of the Trey Wright Trio: Wright (acoustic and electric guitars), drummer Marlon Patton (Kenosha Kid, Grogus) and bassist Marc Miller (professor of jazz bass at Kennesaw State University). Guests on the record include saxophonist Mace Hibbard (Derek Trucks Band) and KSU Jazz Studies director Sam Skelton. The album is quite focused on Wrightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s guitar playing, which is nice, because so many jazz recordsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;even classic ones we know and loveâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;bury the named artist in both recording and composition. For more info, see DREAMS NEVER END: Local Pennsylvanian transplant Jonah Cordy just released a new track named â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Great Collectorâ&#x20AC;? under his performance moniker Kites With Lights. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s smooth pop in the classic style of, say, Joe Jackson, Johnny Hates Jazz and, perhaps, Swing Out Sister. He released his second full-length album, On the Edges, last October. I literally just got turned on to him about a week ago and have been streaming practically every day since then. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so appealing about Cordyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s particular brand of 1980s-style synth excursions is his ability to tap that intangible, working-class ennui that was always part and parcel of the true forerunners and exemplars of the style. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve, obviously, no idea what his personal background is, but either way, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hit a solid vein here. Dig it all via ROLLINâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; COAL: The 2015 UGA Spring Concert will happen Friday, Apr. 10 on Legion Field. Promoted and presented by University Union, the show features star-on-the-rise Sam Hunt and Floridaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Michael Ray. Tickets are $5 in advance and $10 at the gate for students, and $10 in advance and $15 at the gate for non-students. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re unfamiliar with either or both of these dudes, I want you to imagine itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Thanksgiving, and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re at your grandparentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; house. Your cousin that you see once a year heard youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re â&#x20AC;&#x153;really into music,â&#x20AC;? and he makes you go out to his truck so he can play you what heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been â&#x20AC;&#x153;jammingâ&#x20AC;? all semester. Out of nowhere, your ears are slapped with utterly pedestrian, barely listenable, pretty-in-a-Florida-way, boy-sensitive country-pop. You realize, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Well, we are sitting in an F-150.â&#x20AC;? You nod your head and mumble something about its being â&#x20AC;&#x153;pretty goodâ&#x20AC;? before hurrying back inside, feeling like a total ass who canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even find common ground with his cousin. But as God is your witness, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll never sit in that damn truck again. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re game, grab tickets via f

record review BATHROOM/S: Southern Troll (Independent Release) The debut EP from Athens hardcore punk band BATHROOM/S blisters from the start. Each song is introduced with a nonstop barrage of quick, hammering swells. I hesitate to describe the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s music as rawer than Harsh Wordsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (another project involving BATHROOM/Sâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Brandon Goss and Jason Griffin), but it definitely seems more metallic. Drummer â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lennyâ&#x20AC;? is superb throughout, as is Gossâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; guitar playing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Crossâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nooseâ&#x20AC;? burst violently out of the gate. After this one-two punch, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d think maybe the band would slow it down a bit. Not so. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Constant Negative Communicationâ&#x20AC;? starts even faster than the first two. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Birthday Juiceâ&#x20AC;? lulls the listener into a false sense of security by starting relatively slow and then quickly speeding up. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blade Runnerâ&#x20AC;? might be my favorite, with Griffinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vocals sounding more desperate than they do on any of the other tracks. The guitar, bass and drums all grind along, as if making a beeline for the exit, while Griffin yowls. The last track, â&#x20AC;&#x153;In My Room,â&#x20AC;? has two distinct partsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the first one slower, the second one faster, with Griffin screaming about killing people. The track measures an epic two minutes, seven seconds; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s by far the longest on the record. [Ernie LoBue]

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Speakeasy 2.0

Joshua L. Jones

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The Restaurant Changes for the Better By Hillary Brown Change isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t easy. Speakeasy (269 E. Broad St., 706546-5556) opened 15 years ago, and always seemed to have an â&#x20AC;&#x153;if it ainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t broke, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fix itâ&#x20AC;? philosophy. But over that decade and a half, the menu became dated, and the restaurant faltered. With the hiring of Swen Froemke as general manager and owner Patrick Anderson taking the reins in the kitchen, there is a world of difference in the experience. Everyone expresses concern about local farmers and produce these days, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s often a sales tactic. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s genuine at Speakeasy. The menu is new, the attitude is assured, and the food can be on par with the best in town. There are dishes that you should make a special point to experience. If you miss the desserts at Cinco y Diez, where Froemke ran pastry, the sopa de fruta will make you happy. The combination of a lake of sparkling blood orange juice dotted with sectioned pink grapefruit and oranges and featuring a circular cake of caramel corn topped with coconut sorbet may sound like too much, but it is refined, beautifully presented, complex and a complete delight. The Beelerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pork belly taco may seem a little pricey at $6, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a contender for the best one in town. The meat is perfectly cooked (too many chefs think pork belly automatically gives a dish an upgrade, but when left greasy or thick or underseasoned, it detracts seriously), accented with cinnamon, and the cotija cheese crumbled on top gives it the pop of salt it needs. The combination of chicken and waffles often ends up sad, soggy and saccharine, but at Speakeasy, although the buttermilk hot sauce is a bit disappointing, the Springer Mountain bird is fantastically well cooked, the waffles both fluffy and crisp, with a moist bite

on the inside, and the maple bourbon syrup a subtle and genuine accent to the dish. There are items on the menu that are less exciting. The grilled Gulf shrimp with BBQ sauce is prettily plated but lacks inspiration. The paella is wet, lacking the traditional crust on the bottom of the pan. The nuggets of protein buried within are flavorful and good, but the dish, like risotto, is difficult to do justice to in a restaurant. But, for the most part, everything has some sort of highlight. The chicken confit on special one week was accompanied by rice pilaf, a contender for the two most boring words in the English

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Un Café, S’il Vous Plait Love of Coffee and Travel Leads to an Art Exhibit in Paris By René Shoemaker


an Athens artist, I’ve always believed in exhibiting my artwork in coffee shops and restaurants, because that is where the people are—and because in Athens, we really don’t have many other options. I am grounded in Athens, but I’m going to tell you a story about Paris. Going to Paris is something I have wanted to do for a long time, and for many years I yearned to experience France. I relish every moment while traveling, and I don’t take these experiences for granted. There is a coffee shop in Paris I have proclaimed has “the best coffee in the world.” When I had my first café latte there in 2013, it was the best I had ever tasted. I researched the café online after my introduction to it and discovered La Caféothèque de Paris is not only a café, but also a barista school and a cultural center—they are serious about what they do. Returning to Paris a month later, I headed straight to the café for another fabulous cup of coffee. Entering the shop, I spied the owner, whom I recognized from the website, and blurted out (in terrible French) “Are you la maîtresse? I adore your shop, your coffee and everything you are doing here!” It turns out that Gloria Montenegro, the proprietor and coffee guru, had been the Guatemalan ambassador to France. She was kind enough to sit with my husband Harvey and me and talk at length about what she is doing, what she hopes to accomplish and her sense of social responsibility for the coffee farmers and workers in Guatemala and elsewhere. At the café, the coffee is roasted on-site, following the theory of terroir, a term recognized when speaking of

wine—it denotes the complete natural environment of production: soil, topography and climate. Gloria assumed I was also in the coffee business, but I assured her that my interest is that of an educated consumer—a lover of coffee. As we got up to leave, I said, “I see you have artwork here. I admire it a lot; I am an artist, too.” She immediately said, “You must have an exhibit here. Just let me know when!” I handed her my business card with an image of my paintings on silk; she never even asked to see my portfolio. After returning to Athens, I emailed Gloria images of my work and a proposal for an exhibit. I planned to create a series of lino prints of the café experience in France. I quickly began the series and had arranged an exhibit at Jittery Joe’s downtown before I even left for France. After that exhibit, I continued adding to the series and exhibiting it—at Hendershots, The Grit, Donderos’, and Jittery Joe’s-5 Points—tweaking and adding to the work in the process. Once I confirmed the Paris exhibit, I took the images that had so far been printed in black ink and began printing them in new, bright, beautiful colors on a wonderful, pale blue cotton paper. When I arrived in Paris for the exhibit, I wanted to make a quiet visit to the café to rediscover it on my own, by myself. I watched the activity on the city streets through the large windows overlooking the Seine, Notre Dame de Paris and the Île Saint-Louis. I couldn’t believe my good fortune. I was in Paris, about to have a solo exhibition! A few days before the exhibit, I met my contacts: the cultural events coordinator at La Caféothèque, Christina Chirouze Montenegro, and her assistant Laure Jubert, who had recently returned from gallery work in Canada. We looked over my art, decided how to hang it and discussed our philosophies of art and life. I could tell these talented women were going to make great things happen. We immediately became a team, a relationship that continues to this day. They have agreed to be my French representatives, and they continue to exhibit my work at venues in Paris, Strasbourg and London. Nov. 12, 2014 was truly one of the best days of my life. There was a crowd at the reception, half of whom were people I knew and their friends, and half of whom were strangers. I answered many questions about my process and inspiration, one of which resulted in my teaching a printmaking class in Paris! Athenians sent friends; our Parisian friends came with an entourage, and a group of people we had met on the street when we first arrived in Paris showed up en masse! During the reception, Christina addressed the crowd: “In René’s artwork, you don’t see people in the prints and paintings. There may be a dog walking around, but otherwise you see only glasses and coffee cups. With these cups, one can imagine the people behind the coffee; those who have prepared the coffee or those drinking it. These art pieces are ‘inhabited.’ They invite us all to pick up the cup and enjoy some coffee.” Christina paused a moment, and then she went on. “This reminds me of the saying, ‘Tell me what you drink (or eat); I’ll tell you who you are.’ René embodies this idea. She travels through taste: She often comes to France, and she drinks good wine and good coffee. This is how she came to La Caféothèque: because she was looking for good coffee to drink. That was one year ago. We actually found out that we make a great team! Enjoy!” The exhibit, Un Café, S’il Vous Plait, was an incredibly satisfying experience for me. Now back in Athens, I continue to dream of France and plan to return, with new artwork in hand. The experience was so fulfilling that I am already working on plans for another show. I hope many of my Athenian friends will join me in Paris to celebrate my next exhibit. f





Vamps, Foam and Divergence Take Your Pick: Blood, Salt or Dystopia

Allegiant split into two entries, we have two more flicks to endure. Why not? Every other series did it.

SONG OF THE SEA (PG) This lovely new animated Irish fantasy from The Secret of the Kells’ Tomm Moore continues in that earlier film’s magical vein. Song of the fun bad. The Factionless, led by Naomi WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS (NR) Oh, Sea’s Academy Award nomination for Best Watts (another casting head-scratcher) are the plight of being a hundreds-years-old Animated Feature Film of the Year is cerlike some unintimidating outcasts from The vampire in New Zealand! One never even tainly justified (though it still was not betWarriors who’ve seen West Side Story too thought to consider the present-day mister than the un-nominated LEGO Movie). many times and provide some giggles in an fortunes of being a Kiwipire until this A young boy, Ben (v. David Rawle), must early train fight with Tris and Four. mockumentary about Viago (Taika Waititi), protect his little sister, Saoirse Vladislav (Jemaine Clement, (v. Lucy O’Connell), who is part one half of Flight of the Insurgent magical Selkie, i.e. she can turn Conchords), Deacon (Jonathan into a seal, from the owl witch, Brugh) and Count-OrlockMacha (v. Fionnula Flanagan), looking Petyr (Ben Fransham). not to be confused with Macca, Think “The Office” meets Sir Paul McCartney. Dracula. This mostly trio— If Ben cannot save Saoirse, Petyr doesn’t exactly pass well all the magical creatures from in public—faces off against his late mother’s stories will werewolves led by “Flight of the disappear forever. Brendan Conchords”’s Murray himself Gleeson, who also voiced a (Rhys Darby), deal with a newcharacter in Moore’s The Secret born vampire (Cori Gonzalezof the Kells, lends his booming Macuer) and come fang-to-fang brogue to Ben and Saoirse’s with Vlad’s arch-nemesis, The father and the giant Mac Lir, Beast. who is imprisoned in stone by This tremendously funny his witch mother. parody takes the Bram Stoker School safety solution. Gorgeous animation and legend and tweaks it for brilemotional depth highlight Moore’s sophoThe screenwriters did their best to trim liant laughs. Unlike the poor parody formore feature. Like many of the Gaelic up the final act, but their patch job immemula milked by Jason Friedberg and Aaron names, some of the legends can be hard to diately frayed. Any actors who got killed in Seltzer, Clement and Waititi concoct their this middle entry should thank their agents follow, but the main thematic threads— own, original scenarios and build jokes loss, forgiveness, regret—are the same in for getting them out early. Even the rather around the iconic monster’s genre tropes. any language. Here’s to more Moore. f bland Maze Runner is better, and with A familiarity with older vampire lore, most notably Stoker’s Dracula and/or its multitude of adaptations, is fairly necessary to get the gags in What We Do in the Shadows. However, from the opening flat meeting held due to Deacon’s five-year failure to complete his task on the chore wheel through the climatic monster masquerade, this horror comedy never fails to sparkle, even as its vampires thankfully do not. These guys are old-school; they do not show up in mirrors, hate crucifixes, turn into bats, fly and feast on humans, except for new vamp Nick’s “pre-deceased” pal, Stu (Stuart Rutherford); as Viago would say, he is very “cool.” What We Do in the Shadows is by far the funniest film of 2015. In my most hypnotically vampiric tone, I command you to see it. By Drew Wheeler


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INSURGENT (PG-13) This sequel to Divergent is more casually and aggressively violent as Divergent fugitives Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James)—more like 40, am I right?—run from one Faction to the next. Their Dauntless and Erudite hunters (headed by Jai Courtney and Mekhi Phifer) are so stereotypically villainous they’re no fun. Then again, no character reacts like a normal person. As created by Limitless’s Neil Burger, Divergent exceeded its novel-origins, but Burger handed the reins of the sequel over to Robert Schwentke, who should not have been on any producer’s radar after R.I.P.D. The world created in Insurgent feels incredibly artificial, and the talented actors, all seemingly miscast for prime name and facial recognition rather than appropriateness, do nothing to instill greater realism. It’s like a parade of Woodley’s cinematic exes. Nothing about this dystopian Chicago feels natural. Unfortunately, it’s not even

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the calendar! calendar picks Theater | Tuesday, Mar. 24– Sunday, Mar. 29

Hot Georgia Sunday

Cellar Theatre · 8 p.m. (2:30 p.m. Sunday) • $12 ($7 students) UGA alumna Catherine Trieschmann penned this paean to small-town Georgia life and its people, who will be familiar to you if you grew up anywhere near such a town. “But,” according to director Geoffrey Douglas, “they’re not caricatures of Southern stereotypes. The goal of the playwright isn’t to lampoon.” Fifteen-year-old Jenny and her friend Tara decide to skip church one Sunday, and what ensues, told from differing points of view, is, per the director, “poignant, familiar, dark and thought-provoking.” Trieschmann’s plays have been widely produced. Tickets and info at or 704542-4400. [Pete McCommons]

Tuesday 24 CLASSES: Make Your Own Envelopes (KA Artist Shop) Make custom envelopes in a variety of styles. 7 p.m. $20. CLASSES: Spring Into Gardening (Madison County Library, Danielsville) Learn about garden planning, soil fertility, insect and disease management. 6:30 p.m. FREE! 706-795-5597 CLASSES: The Law of Attraction and Manifestation (Body, Mind & Spirit) This ongoing class teaches many techniques for utilizing the

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ART | Wednesday, Mar. 25

Bulldog Inn Art Show

Bulldog Inn · 9 p.m.–12 a.m. · FREE! The bedrooms of roadside motel Bulldog Inn will be transformed into a gallery row of installations, performances and experimental art forms for one night only during this annual art show. Dreamed up by Michael Oliveri, an associate professor of art at Lamar Dodd, the exhibition was originally organized as a required class project for undergrads studying Art X. Now in its sixth year, the project has since expanded to include the entire community, with established artists like Will Eskridge, Ted Kuhn, Rebecca Wood, Michele Chidester and Michael Lachowski participating. All rooms have been rented out, with well over 50 artists collaborating toward what will surely be a surreal night. [Jessica Smith]

power of your mind to create wonders in all areas of your life. 6 p.m. $5. 706-351-6024 CLASSES: Treasures from the Hive (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Make three useful items with the wax and propolis from a local bee hive: beeswax food covers, beeswax luminary tea light globes and a propolis tincture. 6 p.m. $40. 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

MUSIC | Wednesday, Mar. 25

ART | Saturday, Mar. 28

Swearing at Motorists “Tease”

Caledonia Lounge · 9 p.m. Billing themselves as “the world’s most local band since 1995,” the eternally cheeky garage-rock two-piece Swearing at Motorists came up alongside fellow lo-fi Ohioans Guided By Voices in the fertile indie rock scene of the early ‘90s. Irrepressible frontman Dave Doughman is renowned for his onstage antics; the duo’s live show remains something to behold. Now based in Hamburg, Germany, Swearing at Motorists celebrates 20 years of rock and roll mayhem with a reissue of its debut self-titled cassette, out now on A Recordings Ltd, and a U.S. tour in support of last year’s surprisingly fresh-sounding full-length, While Laughing, The Joker Tells The Truth. [Gabe Vodicka]

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: Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar Tasting (Olive Basket) Learn about olive oils and balsamic vinegars. 6 p.m. FREE! 706-7146457 EVENTS: Fire & Flavor Pop-up at Seabear Oyster Bar (Sea Bear Oyster Bar) Fire & Flavor and Seabear Oyster Bar collaborate on dishes. Attendees will be entered into a raffle. 5–6:30 p.m.

MUSIC | Monday, Mar. 30

ATHICA · 6–8 p.m. · Donations Curated by Rebecca Brantley and ATHICA director Tatiana Veneruso, “Tease” explores the role and importance of hair within the realms of art, fashion, sexuality, spirituality and culture through a variety of interpretations. Several of the participating artists utilize hair as the medium itself; Lily Smith creates wearable ensembles from synthetic hair, Ari Richter makes phallic models using human hair, and Zipporah Thompson contributes an installation of woven words and furry animals. “Tease” also includes works by Jeremy Ayers, Brian Hitselberger, Shantay Robinson, Paul Thomas, Sarah Truett and Jessica Wohl. The exhibition will remain on view through Sunday, May 3. [JS]

EVENTS: Students 2 Startups (UGA Science Library, Lobby) This twice-annual event is designed to connect students with the Athens tech startup community. Refreshements provided. 4:30–6 p.m. FREE! FILM: Bad Movie Night: Brutal Fury (Ciné Barcafé) The seedy underbelly of Lincoln High School has met their match when a secret sorority of girls start dispensing vigilante-style justice. 8:30 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Trivia (Hi-Lo Lounge) Rrivia with host Caitlin Wilson. 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-850-8561

Sylvan Esso

40 Watt Club · 8 p.m. · $15 Before Nick Sanborn and Amelia Meath came together to form the electronic pop project known as Sylvan Esso, they were both deeply rooted in the world of folk. Sanborn played bass for psych-folk group Megafaun, while Meath was a member of the buzzed-about trio Mountain Man. As Sylvan Esso, they masterfully blend folkier elements with an unusual dance-pop sound. Sanborn’s bass-heavy beats have a distinct sense of melancholy that pairs perfectly with Meath’s soft-spoken vocals and emotionally heavy lyrics. The result? Sad songs you can dance your ass off to. Sylvan Esso will be joined at the 40 Watt by Flock of Dimes, the solo project of Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner. [Nathan Kerce]

GAMES: Trivia at the Rail (The Rail Athens) Trivia hosted by Todd Kelly every Tuesday. 10:30 p.m. FREE! 706-354-7289 GAMES: Dirty South Entertainment Trivia (Choo Choo Japanese Korean Grill Express) Compete for house prizes and free beer. Every Tuesday. 8 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Dirty Bingo (Mellow Mushroom) Hosted by Dirty South Trivia. Every Tuesday. 8 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Full Contact Trivia (The Savory Spoon) Compete to win prizes. 7 p.m. FREE! 706-367-5721

GAMES: Locos Trivia (Locos Grill & Pub) Westside and Eastside locations of Locos Grill and Pub feature trivia night every Tuesday. 8 p.m. FREE! KIDSTUFF: Stranger Danger (Oconee County Library) Instructors from Borders Black Belt Academy will teach children the warning signs of dangerous situations and basic martial arts skills. 4 p.m. FREE! LECTURES & LIT: Women’s History Month Keynote Address (Miller Learning Center, Room 148) Dr. Andrea Smith presents k continued on next page



THE CALENDAR! “Indigenous Feminist Narratives.” 6:30 p.m. FREE! LECTURES & LIT: Meet the Author (Avid Bookshop) Meet YA author Andrew Smith in celebration of The Alex Crow, a book about a 15-yearold who is a refugee from the Middle East living with an adoptive family in West Virginia. 6:30 p.m. FREE! www. LECTURES & LIT: Panel Discussion on K–12 Public Education (Timothy Baptist Church) Hosted by the Federation of Neighborhoods and Family Connection/Communities in Schools. 7 p.m. FREE! MEETINGS: Chugalug: UGA Linux Users Group (Four Athens) The topic this month is the btrfs filesystem. All skill levels welcome. 7 p.m. FREE! PERFORMANCE: Andrew Tyson Piano Performance (UGA Ramsey Concert Hall) Tyson performs works by Mozart, Chopin and Schumann. His recital will be recorded for broadcast on American Public Media’s “Performance Today.” 8 p.m. FREE! (w/ UGA ID), $25. PERFORMANCE: UGA Wind Symphony Concert (Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall) Hugh Hodgson School of Music professor Jaclyn Hartenberger will lead the group in an exciting program. 6:30 p.m. FREE! THEATER: Hot Georgia Sunday (UGA Fine Arts Building, Cellar Theatre) Written by UGA alumna Catherine Trieschmann, this is a story of lust, betrayal and the limits of faith in a small Georgia town. See Calendar Pick on p. 19. Mar. 24–29, 8 p.m. Mar. 29, 2:30 p.m. $7 (w/ UGA ID), $12.

Wednesday 25 ART: Tour at Two (Georgia Museum of Art) Led by docents. 2 p.m. FREE! ART: Bulldog Inn Art Show (Bulldog Inn) Local artists adopt rooms in the Bulldog Inn for onenight-only art installations, including video projections, sculpture and performances. See Calendar Pick on p. 19. 7 p.m.–12 a.m. FREE! www. CLASSES: The Buddha’s Teachings (Body, Mind & Spirit) Bring more inner peace to your life. Every Wednesday. 6 p.m. $5 suggested donation. 706-351-6024 CLASSES: Video Editing for Beginners (ACC Library) Registration required. 10 a.m. FREE! CLASSES: Flower Arranging Unit 4 (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) This class focuses on fruit and vegetable design. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. $45. COMEDY: Laugh Athens Comedy Presents (The Foundry) This weekly comedy series presents TJ Young, Paul Hooper and Taylor Ketchum. Hosted by Jake Brannon. 8 p.m. $5–7. www.thefoundryathens. com EVENTS: CMLT Jamboree (Joseph Brown Hall) This spring festival highlights the diverse cultures and programs housed in the UGA’s Comparative Literature Department. There will be native costumes, artifacts, music and food. 2:30–4:30 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Trivia (Copper Creek Brewing Company) Test your trivia chops for prizes! Every Wednesday. 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-1102 GAMES: Bingo Bango (Highwire


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Lounge) Weekly themed games. House cash and drink prizes. 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 (Blind Pig Tavern, Both Locations) Every Wednesday. 8 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Cribbage (Kumquat Mae Bakery Café) Play cards. 2 p.m. FREE! 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) Dirty South Trivia offers house cash prizes. 8 p.m. FREE! 706-613-0892 KIDSTUFF: Knit Kids Class (Revival Yarns) Knit Kids is a beginning knitting class for kiddos to learn how to cast-on and knit stitch. RSVP. 6 p.m. $15. 706-850-1354, KIDSTUFF: Toddler Storytime (ACC Library) An interactive program for ages 2–5. 9:30–10:30 a.m. FREE! LECTURES & LIT: Oconee Democrats Book Group (Chops and Hops) This month’s book is The Rape of Nanking by Iris Chang. 7 p.m. FREE! patricia.priest@yahoo. com MEETINGS: Tech Happy Hour (The World Famous) Meet local entrepreneurs, tech talent and other fellow Athenians who are making cool stuff at this weekly Four Athens networking happy hour. 6 p.m. FREE! www. MEETINGS: Public Input Session: Bishop Park Master Plan (Bishop Park) The Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department hosts a public input session regarding updates to the Bishop Park Master Plan. 6 p.m. FREE! 706-6133801, parkplanning PERFORMANCE: Pitros Duo (Athens Academy) Trumpeter Luigi Santo and pianist Daniela Gentile will perform Edwin MacDowell’s “To A Wild Rose,” Rachmaninov’s “Eighteenth Variation on a Theme of Paganini” and Gershwin’s “Someone to Watch Over Me,” among others. 7:30 p.m. FREE! THEATER: Hot Georgia Sunday (UGA Fine Arts Building) See Tuesday listing for full description Mar. 24–29, 8 p.m. Mar. 29, 2:30 p.m. $7 (w/ UGA ID), $12. www.

Thursday 26 ART: Slingshot Festival Kick-Off Party (Multiple Locations) At the Lamar Dodd School of Art, view four exhibitions. Visiting Dodd artist Keith Wilson will give interpretive tours of the building from 6–7 p.m. At the Georgia Museum of Art from 7:30–8:15 p.m., Montreal-based artist Hugues Clément presents “Dichotomie,” an HD video and multichannel audio live vj performance. See Story on p. 11. 6–8:15 p.m. ART: Art at Slingshot Festival (Multiple Locations) See works in sound, video, installation, performance and augmented reality. Participating venues include the Lamar Dodd School of Art, Georgia Museum of Art, Ciné, Live Wire, Little Kings, Hendershot’s Coffee, Lyndon House, UGA Special


Collections Library and Creature Comforts. Check website for daily schedule. CLASSES: Knit 2 (Revival Yarns) Review casting on, the knit stitch, the purl stitch, stockinette and garter stitch patterns. RSVP. 4 p.m. $30. CLASSES: Parenting Class (reBlossom Mama Baby Shop) Discuss how to deal with sibling conflicts. 5:45 p.m. FREE! (w/ $10 purchase). www. CLASSES: One-On-One Computer Tutorial (ACC Library) Personalized instruction available for various

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: Sensory Overload Conference (Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries) Speakers across many disciplines will share their work related to big data and visualizing data. Part of the 2015 Slingshot Festival. See story on p. 13. Mar. 26, 8:30 a.m.– 3:30 p.m. & Mar. 27, 9 a.m.–12 p.m.

program full of stories, songs and playtime. 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706769-3950 KIDSTUFF: Pajama Storytime (Madison County Library, Danielsville) Bring your pajama-clad kids in for storytelling and readings by special guests. 7 p.m. FREE! 706795-5597 KIDSTUFF: Magic Show (ACC Library) Arthur Atsma will perform his special comedy magic show especially for toddler/preschooler attendees. 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706613-3650, athens

a lunch. 12:15 p.m. FREE! www. LECTURES & LIT: Mulling it Over: A Cookbook of Intangible Preservation in Athens (ACC Library, Appleton Auditorium) Jordan Shoemaker will cover Athens’ and surrounding areas’ culinary habits and the ways that the preservation field is trying to maintain that heritage. 7 p.m. FREE! www. MEETINGS: Clarke County Democratic Committee Meeting (Graduate Athens) Join Representative Spencer Frye as he presents a legislative update. 6 p.m. FREE! 706-546-7075, PERFORMANCE: Percussion Recital (UGA Ramsey Concert Hall) UGA percussion professor Kimberly Toscano Adams has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Boston Philharmonic and Tucson Symphony Orchestra. 6 p.m. FREE! THEATER: Hot Georgia Sunday (UGA Fine Arts Building) See Tuesday listing for full description Mar. 24–29, 8 p.m. Mar. 29, 2:30 p.m. $7 (w/ UGA ID), $12. www.

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Author Susan Power, a member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, will present “Indigenous Process in Writing Novels–Writing as Ceremony,” followed by a reception and book signing, on Thursday, Mar. 26 at 4:30 p.m. in the UGA North Psychology-Journalism Auditorium. An additional reading will be held at Avid Bookshop at 6:45 p.m. computer topics. 9–9:45 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650, ext. 354 CLASSES: One-on-One Digital Media Center Tutorial (ACC Library) 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! www.athenslibrary. org/athens CLASSES: Moog Werkstatt Workshop (Ciné Barcafé) Chris David Howe, Creative Learning Developer at Moog Music, leads a workshop on creating analog synth sounds with the Moog Werkstatt kit. Register online. Part of the 2015 Slingshot Festival. 5–7 p.m. www. COMEDY: Comic Strip (The Globe) Stand-up comedy open mic with A Jew and A Black Guy headlining. Hosted by Alia Ghosheh. 9 p.m. $5. EVENTS: Nature Ramblers (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Learn more about the flora and fauna of the

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: Dancing with the Athens Stars Team 8 Fundraiser (Marti’s at Midday) A portion of the day’s restaurant sales will help Richard Kimmich and Barb Benson, Team 8 from Dancing with the Athens Stars, as they raise money for Project Safe. All day. GAMES: Trivia (El Azteca) Win prizes with host Garrett Lennox. Every Thursday. 7:30 p.m. FREE! 706549-2639 GAMES: Entertainment Trivia (Butt Hutt Bar-B-Q) Hosted by Dirty South Trivia. Every Thursday. 8 p.m. FREE! 706-850-8511 KIDSTUFF: Bookworms (Oconee County Library) Children 2 & under are invited for this early-literacy

LECTURES & LIT: Susan Power (UGA Instructional Plaza, North P/J Auditorium) Author and Harvard graduate Susan Power is an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and a native Chicagoan. She will speak on the “Indigenous Process in Writing Novels: Writing as Ceremony.” 4:30 p.m. FREE! LECTURES & LIT: Meet Author Susan Power (Avid Bookshop) Susan Power, an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, is author of Sacred Wilderness, The Grass Dancer and Roofwalker. Power will also give a lecture at 4:30 p.m. in the UGA North P/J Auditiorium. 6:45 p.m. FREE! www.avidbookshop. com LECTURES & LIT: Green Bag Series (ACC Library) Marilyn Hall will discuss topics such as drip irrigation, looking for water leaks and the importance of water conservation. Beverages will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring

ART: Art at Slingshot Festival (Multiple Locations) See Thursday listing for full description www. EVENTS: BMA At Home First Birthday Open House (BMA At Home) BMA At Home celebrates their first birthday with an open house and live painting by artist Brynn Weiermiller. 5–8 p.m. FREE! EVENTS: Hawthorne House’s Spring Soirée (Hawthorne House, 1440 S. Milledge Ave.) Celebrate the release of Susan Hable and Rinne Allen’s book, A Colorful Home, and the grand opening of an expanded lighting gallery. Cocktails and goodies by Peter Dale. 6 p.m. FREE! www. FILM: Slingshot Festival: Fool’s Day (Flicker Theatre & Bar) A fourth grade class pulls an innocent April Fool’s prank on their teacher that accidentally kills her. Mar. 27, 4:10 p.m. & Mar. 28, 4:45 p.m. FREE! FILM: Slingshot Festival: Buttercup Bill (The Globe) A psycho-sexual romance featuring Patrick and Pernilla, mutually obsessed soul mates clinging to childhood secrets. Mar. 27, 6:45 p.m. & Mar. 28, 6:20 p.m. www. FILM: Slingshot Festival: Clarksdale (Multiple Locations) University student Boston Dean has gotten entangled with a revolutionary terrorist organization. Mar. 27, 4:50 p.m. at The Globe & Mar. 28, 5 p.m. at Flicker Bar. www.slingshotathens. com/film-2015 FILM: Slingshot Festival: Pills (Multiple Locations) Two southern Ohio boys dream of moving to California, so they raise money stealing pharmaceutical speed. See story on p. 11. Mar. 27, 6:15 p.m. at The Globe & Mar. 28, 6:20 p.m. at Flicker Bar. www.slingshotathens. com/film-2015 FILM: Slingshot Festival: A Selection of Works by Yours Truly (Multiple Locations) Yours Truly is a tight-knit family of friends on a mission to discover and document artists whose craft inspires passion. Mar. 27, 4:30 & 6:30 p.m. at Flicker Bar & Mar. 28, 3 p.m. at World Famous.

FILM: Slingshot Festival: Sequence (Multiple Locations) A series of short stories written and directed by James Alexander Warren. See story on p. 11. Mar. 27, 5 p.m. at Flicker Bar & Mar. 29, 3:30 p.m. at World Famous. FREE! www. FILM: Nightcrawler (UGA Tate Student Center, Theatre) Louis Bloom (played by Jake Gyllenhaal) stumbles into a career as a cameraman and begins searching to catch Los Angelesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; most shocking crimes. When he catches the eye of a local news director, he goes to increasingly greater lengths. Mar. 27, 6 p.m. & 9 p.m. Mar. 28â&#x20AC;&#x201C;29, 3 p.m., 6 p.m. & 9 p.m. $1â&#x20AC;&#x201C;2. KIDSTUFF: The Hunt for Sasquatch (Sandy Creek Nature Center) Families will make traps, hear calls and have fun trying to find Bigfoot with Nature Center staff. 6:30 p.m. $7â&#x20AC;&#x201C;10/family. www. KIDSTUFF: Writers Guild (ACC Library) Teen writers can discuss what they are writing about and listen to other writersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; work. 4:30 p.m. FREE! KIDSTUFF: Home School Science: Citizen Science (Sandy Creek Nature Center) This winter series will focus on ways to participate in scientific research at home. For ages 4â&#x20AC;&#x201C;18 and their chaperones. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. $4â&#x20AC;&#x201C;6. 706-613-3615 KIDSTUFF: Afterhours Anime Mini-Con (Oconee County Library) The Anime Club presents its first annual anime convention with games, crafts, cosplay, cooking lessons and screenings of anime shows. Ages 11â&#x20AC;&#x201C;18. 6â&#x20AC;&#x201C;9 p.m. FREE! KIDSTUFF: Fantastic Fridays (Bishop Park, Gym) Various obstacle courses and activities for ages 10 monthsâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;4 years and their parents. Call to register. 10â&#x20AC;&#x201C;11:30 a.m. $5. 706-613-3589 LECTURES & LIT: Meet the Author (Avid Bookshop) Meet Anne-Adele Wight, author of Sidestep Catapult and Opera House Arterial. 6:30 p.m. FREE! LECTURES & LIT: Distinguished Lecturer (UGA Gilbert Hall, Room 115) Thomas Pavel is currently the Gordon J. Laird Distinguished Service Professor in Comparative Literature, Romance Languages and Literatures, and Social Thought at the University of Chicago. 12:15 p.m. FREE! LECTURES & LIT: Georgia Women in History (Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries, Room 148) Kathleen Clark of the UGA History Department presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History: Georgia Women Shape the Twentieth Century.â&#x20AC;? 12:20 p.m. FREE! MEETINGS: Aphasia Social Group (UGA Speech and Hearing Clinic) This group provides a caring, interactive and encouraging setting for persons with aphasia. This month will focus on music, the brain and communication. RSVP. 10 a.m. FREE! 706-542-4598 MEETINGS: Healing Circle & Meditation (Body, Mind & Spirit) Experience modalities and forms of meditation. Every Friday. 6 p.m. $5 suggested donation. 706-351-6024 PERFORMANCE: UGA Steel Band (UGA Ramsey Concert Hall) A Caribbean-influenced ensemble made up of students on steel drums, a drumset and electric bass. 6 p.m. FREE! THEATER: Hot Georgia Sunday (UGA Fine Arts Building) See Tuesday listing for full description

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Saturday 28 ART: Opening Reception (Athens Institute for Contemporary Art: ATHICA) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Teaseâ&#x20AC;? explores the significance of hair in art, fashion, ritual, sexuality, religion and culture. This group exhibit features work by Jeremy Ayers, Brian Hitselberger, Ari Richter, Shantay Robinson, Lily Smith, Paul Thomas, Zipporah Thompson, Sarah Truett and Jessica Wohl. See Calendar Pick on p. 19. 6 p.m. Donations accepted. www. ART: Art at Slingshot Festival (Multiple Locations) See Thursday listing for full description www. CLASSES: Interactive Sound Design Workshop (Live Wire) Dr. Valery Vermeulen leads a workshop on interactive sound design and sound synthesis for music composition, performance and multimedia. Register online. Part of the 2015 Slingshot Festival. 10 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;3 p.m. 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 in the Digital Media Center. Mar. 10, 7 p.m. & Mar. 28, 3 p.m. FREE! CLASSES: LEDs & Electronics Workshop (Creature Comforts Brewery) Learn circuitry, soldering and LEDs. Participants will make their own LED enhanced laser cut acrylic yellow Slingshot Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Register online. Part of the 2015 Slingshot Festival. 1 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 2:30 p.m. or 3:15 p.m. 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 in the round. RSVP. 3:30 p.m. $30. CLASSES: Vinyl Class (Bizarro Wuxtry) Learn about vinyl records and how to get the most out of them on a budget. Topics include cartridge choices, tweaks, fixes and maintenance. 2 p.m. $20. wuxtryvinyl@ CLASSES: Posts Release Party (Thrive) Release tight psoas muscles with yoga and body rolling techniques. 3 p.m. $30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;35 www. COMEDY: Slingshot Festival Comedy Showcase (Morton Theatre) Henry Owings hosts Comedy Night with comedians Kyle Kinane, Kurt Braunohler and Ron Funches. 6:30 p.m. EVENTS: Athens Psychic Faire (Body, Mind & Spirit) Featuring tarot readings, reiki healing, musical performances and more. Proceeds benefit Athens Pagan Pride Day 2015. 1â&#x20AC;&#x201C;5 p.m. FREE! athensgapagans@ EVENTS: Agro Cycle Tour (Multiple Locations) Spend a day touring local farms including 3 Porch Farm, Anderson Farms, Jimmy Possâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Wood Shop and Watson Mill Bridge State Park. Ten and 30-mile routes available. 8 a.m. $14â&#x20AC;&#x201C;43. www. EVENTS: The School Lunch Challenge (Barrow Elementary School 100 Pinecrest Dr.) Four teams from The National, Heirloom Cafe, Goodie Two Shoes and the k continued on next page

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THE CALENDAR! Athens Land Trust will compete to create a school lunch plate for a K–12 audience. Attendees may sample a serving of each plate and a panel of student judges will vote on an overall winner. 2 p.m. FREE! libs. EVENTS: Clean Up Day (VFW) Help the Veterans of Foreign Wars clean outside and inside of buildings. 9 a.m.–2 p.m. FREE! EVENTS: March for Meals 5K & 12K (ACC Council on Aging) The Athens Community on Aging hosts its 4th annual 5K as well as a first-ever 12K. March for Meals raises money for the local Meals on Wheels program. 8 a.m. (5K) & 9 a.m. (12K). EVENTS: Visual Enhancements (Multiple Choices for Independent Living) The Athens Council of the Blind hosts a presentation with products from Visual Enhancements, which carries items like hand held magnifiers, desktop video magnifiers and the newest HD/OCR CCTVs. 10:30 a.m. FREE! jerriemt2@gmail. com EVENTS: Craft Swap (Madison County Library, Danielsville) Crafters can swap fabric, yarn, scissors and other art supplies. 1:30–4 p.m. FREE! madison EVENTS: Exotic Birds and Reptiles Presentation (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Roy Hodge teaches about cockatoos, owls, lizards and snakes and more with a hands-on presentation and crafts. 10 a.m. $5/person, $20/family. FILM: Slingshot Festival: Pills (Multiple Locations) See Friday listing for full description Mar. 27, 6:15 p.m. at The Globe & Mar. 28, 6:20 p.m. at Flicker Bar. FILM: Slingshot Festival: Palimpsest (The Globe) A successful house tuner provides clients with a unique form of therapy that examines subtle details in their living spaces. 5:05 p.m. FREE! www. FILM: Slingshot Festival: A Selection of Works by Yours Truly (Multiple Locations) See Friday listing for full description Mar. 27, 4:30 & 6:30 p.m. at Flicker Bar & Mar. 28, 3 p.m. at World Famous. FILM: Slingshot Festival: Fool’s Day (Flicker Theatre & Bar) See Friday listing for full description Mar. 27, 4:10 p.m. & Mar. 28, 4:45 p.m. FREE! www.slingshotathens. com/film-2015 FILM: Nightcrawler (UGA Tate Student Center) See Friday listing for full description Mar. 27, 6 p.m. & 9 p.m. Mar. 28–29, 3 p.m., 6 p.m. & 9 p.m. $1–2. FILM: Slingshot Festival: William and the Windmill (The Globe) In this documentary, a young Malawian builds a power-generating windmill from junk parts to rescue his family from famine. His success leads him to complex choices about his future. 3 p.m. FREE! www.slingshotathens. com/film-2015 FILM: Slingshot Festival: Brooklyn Farmer (The Globe) This documentary explores the unique challenges facing a group of urban farmers. 4:40 p.m. FREE! FILM: Slingshot Festival: Clarksdale (Multiple Locations) See Friday listing for full description Mar. 27, 4:50 p.m. at The Globe & Mar. 28, 5 p.m. at Flicker Bar. www.


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FILM: Slingshot Festival: Buttercup Bill (The Globe) See Friday listing for full description Mar. 27, 6:45 p.m. & Mar. 28, 6:20 p.m. KIDSTUFF: Story Time (Avid Bookshop) Miss Rachel reads to kids of all ages. 10:30 a.m. FREE! KIDSTUFF: DIY Sock Bunnies (Oconee County Library) Bring one sock (the bigger the sock, the bigger the bunny) and the library will provide the rest. Registration required. Ages 0–11. 10:30 a.m. FREE! www. 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: Saturday Morning Club (Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall) Watch student performers from UGA’s Department of Theatre and Film Studies. The UGA CORE Dance Company will showcase dance excerpts from different styles and interactive dances including voluntary audience members. For ages 4–12 and their families. 10 a.m. $6 (children), $10 (adults). www.pac. LECTURES & LIT: Digital News Bluejeans Workshop (UGA Grady College, Studio 100) The UGA Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications, CNN and CNN Newsource pesent a conference to provide helpful, practical information for improving coverage and digital news storytelling. 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m. $35–50. LECTURES & LIT: Hometown Book Launch (Avid Bookshop) Meet local authors Susan Hable and Rinne Allen in celebration of their book A Colorful Home: Create Lively Palettes for Every Room. 6:30 p.m FREE! OUTDOORS: Spring Bird Ramble (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Look and listen for spring migrant birds on a walk with the Oconee Audubon Society. 8 a.m. FREE! www. OUTDOORS: UOWN and Friends Paddle (Big Dog’s on the River) Paddle down the Middle Oconee River with the Upper Oconee Watershed Network. Light snacks and beer will be provided. 2–5 p.m. $10–15. THEATER: Hot Georgia Sunday (UGA Fine Arts Building) See Tuesday listing for full description Mar. 24–29, 8 p.m. Mar. 29, 2:30 p.m. $7 (w/ UGA ID), $12. www.

Sunday 29 CLASSES: Donation Hot Yoga Class (Bikram Yoga Athens) Team 8 of Dancing with the Athens Stars (RIchard Kimmich and Barb Benson) will raise money for Project Safe. 4 p.m. $8 suggested donation. www. CLASSES: Cables Class (Revival Yarns) Learn how to create cables. RSVP. 2 p.m. $15. CLASSES: Karma Class (Bikram Yoga Athens) Get sweaty doing hot yoga for a good cause. Donations benefit Project Safe. 12 p.m. $8 suggested donation. www.bikramathens. com EVENTS: The 7th Annual Cottage 5K (Sandy Creek Nature Center) Proceeds from the race will benefit The Cottage Sexual Assault Center & Children’s Advocacy Center. 1:30 p.m.


EVENTS: Blood Drive (Athens First UMC) All donors will receive Chick-fil-A coupons. To schedule an appointment, contact Diana Zylow 8 a.m.–1 p.m. FREE! 706-543-1442, EVENTS: Phi Delta Theta ALS Iron Phive K (Stegeman Coliseum) The race benefits ALS research and awareness. 7–11 a.m. $25–35. www. FILM: Slingshot Festival: Salad Days (Ciné Barcafé) Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC (1980–90) examines the early DIY punk scene in the Nation’s Capital. See story on p. 11. 7:30 p.m. $5. FILM: Slingshot Festival: Sequence (Multiple Locations) See Friday listing for full description Mar. 27, 5 p.m. at Flicker Bar & Mar. 29, 3:30 p.m. at World Famous. FREE! film-2015 FILM: Nightcrawler (UGA Tate Student Center) See Friday listing for full description Mar. 27, 6 p.m. & 9 p.m. Mar. 28–29, 3 p.m., 6 p.m. & 9 p.m. $1–2.

clinical social worker Barbara McLaughlin will speak on “Types of Dementia and How to Help or Cope.” 10:15 a.m. FREE! www.uuathensga. org LECTURES & LIT: Crop Stories Preview Party (Terrapin Beer Co.) Celebrate the release of the latest Crop Stories #3: Radish. with a zine sale and radish snacks. Terrapin will unveil a special cask of radishinfused beer. 1:30–3:30 p.m. www. OUTDOORS: Wild Intelligence: Tales from the Wild (State Botanical Garden of Georgia, Gardenside Room) Experience the mysteries and magic of nature during an afternoon of storytelling. 1:30 p.m. $5 (individual), $10 (family). PERFORMANCE: Kodo: One Earth Tour (Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall) Kodo turns traditional Japanese music into a stunning spectacle of taiko drumming. 7 p.m. $35–45. PERFORMANCE: Athens Symphony Spring Concert (The Classic Center) Featuring

Mondays. 9 p.m. 10:30 p.m. (trivia registration). FILM: Vegucated (Miller Learning Center, Room 101) This awardwinning documentary follows three meat-and-cheese lovers who adopt a vegan diet for six weeks. Sponsored by Speak Out for Species. 7:30 p.m. FREE! FILM: The Punk Singer (Miller Learning Center, Room 214) Sini Anderson’s documentary offers a never-before-seen view into the life of the Bikini Kill frontwoman, feminist and riot grrrl icon. 6:30 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 Jonathan Thompson. 9 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Team Trivia (Highwire Lounge) House cash prizes and mini games. Every Monday. 8 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Team Trivia (Beef ‘O’ Brady’s) Win house cash and prizes! Every Monday night. 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-850-1916

The Orange Constant plays Nowhere Bar on Friday, Mar. 27. FILM: Slingshot Festival: Big Bad Art (The World Famous) This documentary follows artist Andrew Ohanesian in the weeks leading up to the biggest show of his career. See story on p. 11. 5:05 p.m. FREE! FILM: Esther Broner: A Weave of Women (ACC Library, Appleton Auditorium) This documentary tells the story of Esther Broner, a Jewish feminist, author, professor and pioneer of the Women’s Rights Movement. 3 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Trivia (Blind Pig Tavern, 2440 W. Broad St.) Every Sunday. 6 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Trivia (Brixx Wood Fired Pizza) Test your skills. Every Sunday. 9 p.m. FREE! 706-395-1660 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: Entertainment Trivia (Blind Pig Tavern, 485 Baldwin St.) Hosted by Dirty South. Every Sunday. 6 p.m. FREE! KIDSTUFF: Sunday Funday: Easter Egg Hunt (Young’uns Clothing & More) Start Easter week with a special egg hunt. The golden egg has a special treat. 2 p.m. $5. LECTURES & LIT: Unitarian Universalist Forum (Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens) Licensed pastoral counselor and

violin soloist Rachael Fischer, the symphony’s program includes Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5, Op. 107 and M. Bruch’s Violin Concerto in G Minor, Op. 26. 3 p.m. FREE! (tickets required). 706-3574444, THEATER: Hot Georgia Sunday (UGA Fine Arts Building) See Tuesday listing for full description Mar. 24–29, 8 p.m. Mar. 29, 2:30 p.m. $7 (w/ UGA ID), $12. www.

Monday 30 CLASSES: Financial Awareness, Part II (Oconee County Library) Learn about the risks associated with long-term bonds in the current market. 6 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary. org/oconee EVENTS: 2015 CURO Symposium (The Classic Center) This year’s keynote address “Infectious Diseases on a Changing Planet: How Ecology Drives Epidemics” will be delivered by Dr. Sonia Altizer from the Odum School of Ecology. Mar.30, 11:15 a.m.–6:30 p.m. & Mar. 31, 9:30 a.m.–4:45 p.m. FREE! www.curo. 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

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! KIDSTUFF: Open Playtime (ACC Library) Children ages 1–3 and their caregivers can come play with toys and meet friends. 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 KIDSTUFF: Bedtime Stories (ACC Library) Children are invited for bedtime stories every Monday. 7 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650 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. For ages 7–18. Registration required. 4–5:30 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650, ext. 329 LECTURES & LIT: Last Monday Book Group (ACC Library) This month’s discussion is on Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. 7 p.m. FREE! LECTURES & LIT: Nature Writing Group (Athens Land Trust) Josh Brown, editor of the online magazine “The Broad Collective,” is this month’s featured guest. 5:30 p.m. $5 suggested donation. patricia.priest@ LECTURES & LIT: Institute of Higher Education: 50th Anniversary Conference (Georgia Center for Continuing Education) This daylong event will

highlight the history of the institute and its impact on higher education over the past 50 years. Keynote speakers include Houston Davis and Richard Rhoda. 9:15 a.m.–5 p.m. $50. PERFORMANCE: UGA Horn Choir Spring Concert (Hugh Hodgson School of Music) The choir is directed by Dr. Jean Martin-Williams. 6 p.m. FREE!

Tuesday 31 ART: UGA Jewelry & Metals Sale (Lamar Dodd School of Art) Phi Beata Heata presents new work from jewelry and metalsmithing students. Mar. 31 & Apr. 1, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. CLASSES: The Law of Attraction and Manifestation (Body, Mind & Spirit) This ongoing class teaches many techniques for utilizing the power of your mind to create wonders in all areas of your life. 6 p.m. $5. 706-351-6024 CLASSES: Knitting Forward, Backward and Sideways (Revival Yarns) Learn how to knit asymmetrically and on the bias, knit and purl backward, pick up selvage stitches without leaving holes, knit sideways off an existing fabric and knit in circles by conquering the art of short rows. 10:30 a.m. $30. www. CLASSES: Computer Class: Introduction to Excel (ACC Library) Register by phone or in person at the reference desk. 10 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650, CLASSES: Spring Wildflowers of Upland Deciduous Forests of Georgia (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Learn botanical terminology and how to identify springblooming plants. 9 a.m. $50. www. COMEDY: Life’s a Gift Comedy Tour (Flicker Theatre & Bar) Stand-up comedy, stories, music, prizes and more with Larry Fulford and Alex Luchun. 9 p.m. $5. COMEDY: Casual Comedy (Hendershot’s Coffee Bar) Dave Weiglein hosts this month’s installment of Casual Comedy with guest comedians Ben Davis, Kevin Saucier, Cherith Fuller and Remi Treuer. 9 p.m. FREE! www.hendershotscoffee. com EVENTS: Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar Tasting (Olive Basket) See Tuesday listing for full description 6 p.m. FREE! 706-714-6457 EVENTS: Spanish Wine Dinner with Ole Imports and Healthy Gourmet (The National) Take a tour through the back roads of Spain with six courses and wine pairings. 6:30 p.m. $75. 706-549-3450, 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: Dancing with the Athens Stars Team 1 Fundraiser (Taqueria La Parrilla, Homewood Hills) A percentage of the day’s sales will help Susan Bogardus and Mike Fulford, Team 1 of Dancing with the Athens Stars, in their mission to raise funds for Project Safe. All day. EVENTS: 2015 CURO Symposium (The Classic Center) See Monday listing for full description Mar.30,

11:15 a.m.–6:30 p.m. & Mar. 31, 9:30 a.m.–4:45 p.m. FREE! www. GAMES: Trivia at the Rail (The Rail Athens) Trivia hosted by Todd Kelly every Tuesday. 10:30 p.m. FREE! 706-354-7289 GAMES: Trivia (Hi-Lo Lounge) See Tuesday listing for full description 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-850-8561 GAMES: Locos Trivia (Locos Grill & Pub) See Tuesday listing for full description 8 p.m. FREE! www. GAMES: Dirty Bingo (Mellow Mushroom) Hosted by Dirty South Trivia. Every Tuesday. 8 p.m. FREE! 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) An interactive program for ages 2–5. 9:30–10:30 a.m. FREE! PERFORMANCE: Vadym Kholodenko Piano Performance (Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall) Ukranian pianist Kholodenko is the winner of the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. 8 p.m. $25–42.

Wednesday 1 ART: UGA Jewelry & Metals Sale (Lamar Dodd School of Art) See Tuesday listing for full description Mar. 31 & Apr. 1, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. ART: Tour at Two (Georgia Museum of Art) Pierre Daura Curator of European Art Lynn Boland leads a tour honoring April Fool’s Day. 2 p.m. FREE! CLASSES: The Buddha’s Teachings (Body, Mind & Spirit) Bring more inner peace to your life. Every Wednesday. 6 p.m. $5 suggested donation. 706-351-6024 CLASSES: Fingerless Mitts Class (Revival Yarns) This class teaches knitters how to make fingerless mitts. 6 p.m. $30. EVENTS: Automatic for Autism (Ciné Barcafé) This autism resource fair and film event features a screening of HBO’s Temple Grandin. Proceeds benefit the UGA Automatic for Autism Endowment Fund. 4 p.m. Donations encouraged. FILM: España en Corto: Spanish Short Film Festival (Georgia Museum of Art) Award-winning short films inspired and directed by up-and-coming Spanish filmmakers. An interactive discussion of the films follows each screening. Apr. 1–2, 7 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Sports Trivia (Beef ‘O’ Brady’s) See Wednesday listing for full description 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-850-1916 GAMES: Dirty Bingo (Grindhouse Killer Burgers) Hosted by Garrett Lennox every Wednesday. Prizes and house cash. 8 p.m. FREE! www. GAMES: Bingo Bango (Highwire Lounge) See Wednesday listing for full description 8 p.m. FREE! www. GAMES: Entertainment Trivia (Mellow Mushroom) See Wednesday listing for full description 8 p.m. FREE! 706-613-0892 GAMES: Trivia (Copper Creek Brewing Company) See Wednesday

listing for full description 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-1102 KIDSTUFF: Young Adult Photography Class (Oconee County Library) Learn pro tips for taking photos using a cellphone or iPod. Ages 11–18. 6 p.m. FREE! KIDSTUFF: Storytime with Grandmother Goose (House Electric) Kids can hear stories and take Easter pictures with Grandmother Goose. 10–11 a.m. FREE! LECTURES & LIT: Mary Frances Early Lecture (UGA Tate Student Center, Theater) Michael Thurmond, superintendent of the DeKalb County School District, delivers this year’s lecture. A reception will follow. 3 p.m. FREE! LECTURES & LIT: An Evening in Community (Athens Academy, Harrison Center Performance Hall) Martha Caldwell and Oman Frame, founders of iChange Collaborative, discuss social and emotional development, authentic inquiry and personal awareness, and how to have critical conversations about race, class, gender and social justice. 5:30 p.m. FREE! 706-549-9225 LECTURES & LIT: Word of Mouth Poetry (The Globe) Open mic poetry readings. This month’s featured reader is Sharon McCoy, instructor and academic Free Agent at UGA. 8 p.m. FREE! www.facebook. com/athenswordofmouth 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!, bc.akin@ MEETINGS: “Sharing Spiritual Experiences and Inner Guidance” (ACC Library, Multipurpose Room A) Share experiences and divine intervention, discuss dreams and past lives, and ask questions and learn techniques to find answers. 7 p.m. FREE! www. MEETINGS: Tech Happy Hour (The World Famous) See Wednesday listing for full description 6 p.m. FREE!

LIVE MUSIC Tuesday 24 Caledonia Lounge 9 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18-20). www. BLACK PUSSY Rock and roll band that sounds “like Tarantino directing a Thin Lizzy video in the low desert.” MARSES Local “party-doom” fourpiece band. VOLT No info available. The Foundry Tailgate Tuesday. 7 p.m. $5 (adv.), $7 (door). SCOTT BRANTLEY & THE BIG COOLER CREW Dublin, GA-based country singer. DANIEL MACK & THE PICKIN’ COOP Country band. Georgia Theatre 8 p.m. $8. STOKESWOOD Mellow, modern altrock band from Atlanta that experiments with atmospheric sounds. GHOST OWL Local group featuring former members of Perpetual Groove. On the Rooftop. 10 p.m. FREE! www. VINYL THIEF Electro-rock band from Nashville, TN.

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THE NORTHERN FACES Alternative rock group from New York.


Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 HOUDINNE Atlanta-based experimental hip hop outfit. Hendershot’s Coffee Bar Project Safe Benefit. 7 p.m. $5. www. RICK FOWLER BAND Original guitar-driven blues-rock. BIG C & THE VELVET DELTA A modern take on blues, rock and R&B. MARION MONTGOMERY & GLYN DENHAM Local folk/blues duo.


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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.


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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. SWEARING AT MOTORISTS Longrunning indie rock duo from Dayton, OH. See Calendar Pick on p. 19. DTCV Los Angeles-based post-punk band featuring former members of Guided By Voices and Tennis System.


Open Mic hosted by Larry Forte TUESDAY, MARCH 31ST

Casual Comedy hosted by Dave Weiglein Ben Evans, Ben Davis, Kevin Saucier, Cherith Fuller, Remi Treuer

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Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m. MOTHERS Local songwriter Kristine Leschper performs gorgeous, haunting folk tunes. SOFT CAT Chamber-folk ensemble based in Baltimore, MD. SMALL WONDER Emotive folk duo from New York City. Georgia Theatre 7 p.m. $15. TRIBAL SEEDS Roots reggae band infused with the backbone of rock. THE MOVEMENT South Carolinabased reggae band that has recently regrouped with original frontman Josh Swain. LEILANI WOLFGRAM Solo reggae artist from Orlando, FL. Slingshot Festival. On the Rooftop. BOOTY BOYZ DJs Immuzikation, Twin Powers and Z-Dog spin dance hits into the night. (11 p.m.) Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 PAPER KNIVES New, revved-up local post-punk trio. NICHOLAS NICHOLAS Brooklynbased indie rock project of songwriter Chris Masullo. STEVE JR Sludgy rock band from Montreal, Quebec. RICKOLUS DIY musician from Jacksonville Beach, FL. VISITATION No info available. MIDNIGHT BOY New project from local musician Eli Rickli. Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. JIM AVETT Singer-songwriter (and Avett family patriarch) sure to give k continued on next page



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THE CALENDAR! a “warm and relaxed, genuine and endearing” performance. Hi-Lo Lounge 10 p.m. FREE! 706-850-8561 KARAOKE WITH THE KING Sing your guts out every Wednesday! Live Wire 9 p.m. BRAD AARON Local acoustic singer-songwriter influenced by The Decemberists and Sondre Lerche. ALEX GUTHRIE Atlanta-based singersongwriter. THE JULIE HOLMES BAND Singersongwriter/multi-instrumentalist who specializes in acoustic jams. Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-4742 DIABLO SANDWICH & DR. PEPPER New local acoustic band featuring Bo Hembree, Adam Poulin and Scotty Nichols. The Office Lounge 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-0840 KARAOKE With your host Lynn, the Queen of Karaoke! Porterhouse Grill 6:30 p.m. FREE! 706-369-0990 JAZZ NIGHT The longest standing weekly music gig in Athens! Join Zack Milster and Carl Lindberg for an evening of original music, improv and standards. Terrapin Beer Co. 5:30 p.m. FREE! CYGNE Hard-touring original fingerstyle blues and folk artist.

Thursday 26 Barbeque Shack 7 p.m. FREE! 706-613-6752 OPEN BLUEGRASS JAM All pickers welcome! Every Thursday! Caledonia Lounge Slingshot Festival. THE NEW SOUND OF NUMBERS Experimental pop and post-punk project led by songwriter Hannah Jones. (12:30 a.m.) JACOB MORRIS Morris plays an acoustic sort of ‘70s folk-rock with a pop sensibility and an inevitable psychedelic tinge. (11:30 p.m.) CULT OF RIGGONIA Experimental soundscapes with tribal, world music beats and ornate instrumentation. (10:30 p.m.) OLD SMOKEY Local folk-rock band with an interweaving sonic palette that includes banjo, cello, violin, lap steel and percussion. (9:30 p.m.) Flicker Theatre & Bar Slingshot Festival. BAGHOUSE Long-dormant experimental group that spends time exploring instrumental jazz, ambient and post-rock. (12 a.m.) KILLICK Freeform jazz experimentalist Killick Hinds coaxes sounds from unconventional instruments like his H’arpeggione and his “harp guitar,” Big Red. (11 p.m.) DON CHAMBERS This longtime local favorite presents his “Last Thursday” series, featuring music, spoken word, film, magic and a variety of other surprises. (8 p.m.) 40 Watt Club Slingshot Festival. NOSAJ THING Forward-thinking electronic musician and producer based in Los Angeles, CA. (12 a.m.)


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CLARK England’s Chris Clark plays textural, experimental techno. (11 p.m.) RIVAL CONSOLES Alias of electronic music mainstay Ryan Lee West. (10 p.m.) The Foundry 7 p.m. $8 (adv.), $12 (door). www. 7 BRIDGES Eagles tribute band from Nashville, TN. Georgia Theatre Slingshot Festival. ANDY HULL Solo sounds from the Manchester Orchestra singer and guitarist. (11:30 a.m.) ROADKILL GHOST CHOIR Folkinfluenced rock six-piece from Deland, FL gaining national attention. (10:30 p.m.) RYLEY WALKER Young psych-folk singer-songwriter from Chicago. (9:30 p.m.) Slingshot Festival. On the Rooftop. GRAND VAPIDS This local alt-rock band has a dense, dreamy, slowcore-inspired sound. (11 p.m.) GROUNDERS An emerging, buzzworthy avant-pop outfit from Toronto. (10 p.m.) PARTIAL CINEMA This local group takes influences from funk, indie, dance and classical music to inspire fits of dancing, vibing and grooving. (9 p.m.)

Live Wire Slingshot Festival. JAPAN NITE Touring show featuring some of Japan’s hottest rock and punk groups, including Peelander-Z (12:30 a.m.), Tsu Shi Ma Mi Re (11:30 p.m.), Quorum (11 p.m.), The fin. (10 p.m.), Zarigani$ (9:30 p.m.) and Bo-Peep (8:30 p.m.).

Caledonia Lounge Slingshot Festival. PRINCE RAMA Kaleidoscopic, Brooklyn-based psych/world/dance band featuring sisters Taraka and Nimai Larson. (12 a.m.) NIGHTMARE AIR Los Angeles-based psychedelic shoegaze trio. (11 p.m.) DREAM BOAT Psychedelic, ethereal folk-pop. (10 p.m.)

Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-4742 THE SOULFEATHERS Soulful Southern rock from Clemson, SC.

Flicker Theatre & Bar Slingshot Festival. EL HOLLIN This Athens band plays haunting pop music with minimal instrumentation and ethereal vocals. (10:30 p.m.) HONEYCHILD SJ Ursrey plays folky songs with romantic themes. (9 p.m.)

The Office Lounge 8 p.m. 706-546-0840 REV. CONNER MACK TRIBBLE Newly relocated back to his old

tunes with angular rhythms and danceable new-wave beats. See story on p. 14. (12 a.m.) SKYLAR SPENCE Expiremental pop artist from Long Island, NY. (11 p.m.) LORD FASCINATOR The alias of New York City-based experimental artist Johnny Mackay. (9 p.m.) Go Bar Slingshot Festival. CULT OF RIGGONIA Experimental soundscapes with tribal, world music beats and ornate instrumentation. (1 a.m.) CROWN LARKS Solo noise artist from Chicago. (12 a.m.) JOHN FERNANDES Olivia Tremor Control member plays a solo set of experimental tunes. (11 p.m.)


Live Wire Friday Afternoon Beer Club. 5 p.m. FREE! DJ OSMOSE International touring DJ and Athens resident plays an allvinyl set of funk, soul and reggae. Slingshot Festival. TIMI CONLEY & KITE TO THE MOON Wild pop spurs from the edgy monsterbrain of this local musician. (12 a.m.) SINGLE MOTHERS Punk band from London, Ontario. (11 p.m.) MONSOON Female-fronted local post-punk band that dabbles in rockabilly and new wave. (10 p.m.) THE DIRTY NIL Loud, three-piece rock and roll band. (9 p.m.)

Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-4742 THE ORANGE CONSTANT Fusionoriented jam-rock band from Statesboro, GA. The Office Lounge 6 p.m. 706-546-0840 REV. CONNER MACK TRIBBLE Tribble is a Georgia rock and roll fixture. 8:30 p.m. 706-546-0840 SEVEN 7 The ‘80s dance party band calls it quits after 15 years with a final farewell show.

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.”

Little Kings Shuffle Club Slingshot Festival. SHEHEHE Local band that draws from old-school punk and arena rock to create a fist-pumping atmosphere. (12:30 a.m.) LITTLE GOLD Local rock group fronted by songwriter Christian DeRoeck, playing garage-rock with country and pop sensibilities. (11:30 p.m.) PINECONES Atlanta/Athens-based rock band that touches on flailing, melodic grunge and urgent postpunk. (10:30 p.m.)

Little Kings Shuffle Club Slingshot Festival. BOOTY BOYZ DJs Immuzikation, Twin Powers and Z-Dog spin dance hits into the night. (12 a.m.) HUDSON K Electro/synth-rock duo from Tennessee. (10:30 p.m.) LITTLE WAR TWINS Power-pop duo featuring guitar, percussion and electronic samples. (9:30 p.m.)

Morton Theatre Slingshot Festival. ROSS AFTEL Performing Stockhausen’s “Strahlen” for vibraphone and 10-channel electronics, and Rzewski’s “Lost and Found” for naked percussionist. (8 p.m.)

Go Bar Slingshot Festival. COTTONMOUTH Local group featuring members of Pretty Bird and Muuy Biien. Expect lots of fuzzy, heavy drums and bass. (1 a.m.) WAREHOUSE “Jaded-jazz/jock-rock” band from Atlanta. (12 a.m.) SEX BBQ East Atlanta “surf-rock space wizards” playing psychedelic yet melodic math-rock inspired tunes. (11 p.m.) BANDA SUKI Experimental post-punk rock band from Charlotte, NC. (10 p.m.)

Hendershot’s Coffee Bar Slingshot Festival. PRODUCTO Ane Diaz leads a tribute to Venezuela and Venezuelan folk music. (10:30 p.m.) NIVE NIELSON & THE DEER CHILDREN Singer-songwriter from Nuuk, Greenland. (9:30 p.m.) LASSINE KOUYATE Local Americana singer-songwriter Adam Klein presents a twist on traditional West African music. (8:30 p.m.)

Iron Factory 9 p.m. 706-395-6877 ISAAC BRAMBLETT BAND Southern soul singer with a rootsrock band who has performed with Ike Stubblefield and Sunny Ortiz.

venue TBA Slingshot Festival. WASHED OUT Local synth-pop purveyor Ernest Greene performs a DJ set. (12:30 a.m.)

The Nth Power plays the Georgia Theatre on Monday, Mar. 30. stomping grounds of Athens, Tribble is a Georgia rock and roll fixture. He hosts an “all-star jam” every Thursday. Terrapin Beer Co. 5:30 p.m. FREE! JIM COOK Wailing slide guitar, gritty vocals and swamp stomp with this local bluesman. Walker’s Coffee & Pub 9 p.m. FREE! 706-543-1433 KARAOKE Every Thursday!

Friday 27 Buffalo’s Café 7 p.m. $10. THE SPLITZ BAND This band’s impressively wide range encompasses classic Motown, funk, disco and both old-school and contemporary R&B.

40 Watt Club Slingshot Festival. OMAR SOULEYMAN Syrian wedding singer-turned-international recording icon. (11 p.m.) GLENN KOTCHE Percussionist and composer known for being the rhythmic backbone of Wilco. (10 p.m.) HOLLY HERNDON Experimental sound artist and composer. (9 p.m.) The Foundry 9 p.m. $10 (adv.), $15 (door). www. KINCHAFOONEE COWBOYS Country band from Albany, GA. KRISTINA MURRAY Nashville-based country singer-songwriter. Georgia Theatre Slingshot Festival. REPTAR Highly praised local synthpop band offering fun, irreverent

HALF ACID Greg O’Connell (Bubbly Mommy Gun) experiments with synths and talk boxes. (10 p.m.) Hendershot’s Coffee Bar Slingshot Festival. RUBY THE RABBITFOOT Pop group led by songwriter Ruby Kendrick, a local singer-songwriter with a sweet voice and poignant lyrics. (9 p.m.) THE VIKING PROGRESS Patrick Morales has a lovely, tender voice that sings gentle, indie/folk ballads about love, death and isolation inspired by his time at sea. (8 p.m.) 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.

VFW 7 p.m. $8. TANGENTS This country-fried rock group from Watkinsville carries Lynyrd Skynyrd licks and John Mellencamp melodies. The World Famous Slingshot Festival. POWERKOMPANY Local pop duo featuring the crisp, soaring vocals of Marie Davon, playing folk songs enhanced with electronic instrumentation courtesy of Andrew Heaton. (11:30 p.m.) FUTO Sex-obsessed electro-pop project fronted by songwriter Patrick Brick. (10:30 p.m.)

Saturday 28 Caledonia Lounge Slingshot Festival. CICADA RHYTHM Acoustic guitar and upright bass duo playing blue-

grass-tinged indie folk, filled with paired vocal harmonies. (12 a.m.) DANIEL ROMANO Traditionalist Ontario-based country singer on Normaltown Records influenced by the likes of Hank Williams and Gram Parsons. (11 p.m.) DAVE MARR The former Star Room Boys singer plays a set of solo material in his deep and resonant country twang. (10 p.m.) Creature Comforts Brewery Slingshot Festival. AWESOME TAPES FROM AFRICA Showcasing the best cassette music from the African diaspora. (12:30 a.m.) Flicker Theatre & Bar Slingshot Festival. BLUE BLOOD Melodic psych-pop project from Hunter Morris, formerly of Gift Horse. (12 a.m.) REVERENDS Atlanta band fronted by Dandy Lee Strickland. (11 p.m.) JOCK GANG New pop group featuring former members of k i d s. (10 p.m.) DIVING BELL Experimental, Ohiobased electronic duo. (8 p.m.) 40 Watt Club Slingshot Festival. JAMIE XX The xx’s co-leader performs a solo set of garage and postdubstep. (11 p.m.) Georgia Theatre Slingshot Festival. JAMES MURPHY Legendary electronica artist known from his work with LCD Soundsytem plays a DJ set. (12 a.m.) DJ WINDOWS 98 Win Butler of Arcade Fire plays a DJ set. (10 p.m.) MICHAEL LACHOWSKI Bassist for Pylon spins a DJ set. (9 p.m.) The Globe Slingshot Festival. SILVER SCREEN ORCHESTRA Instrumental post-rock duo featuring members of PAN. (11:30 p.m.) IN SONITUS LUX Free improv group from Atlanta fronted by E. Serson Brannen. (10:30 p.m.) FLIGHT MODE USA Kenny Aguar and Leslie Grove lead a trip down new-wave memory lane, with faithful homages to the dark, minimal pioneers of punk and synth-pop. (9:30 p.m.) Go Bar Slingshot Festival. DIP Electronically composed, overthe-top pop music with hip hop vocal delivery. The band humorously and compulsively mentions “dip” in every song. (1 a.m.) SALSA CHEST Local experimental electronic group. (12 a.m.) BOYFRIEND Experimental hip hop artist with raunchy lyrics and a subversive approach to music. (11 p.m.) BREATHERS Synth-pop group from Atlanta. (10:30 p.m.) FLAMINGO SHADOW Atlanta-based tropical-punk supergroup featuring Madeline Adams. (10 p.m.) Hendershot’s Coffee Bar Slingshot Festival. KENOSHA KID Centered around the compositions of guitarist Dan Nettles, Kenosha Kid also features Robby Handley and Marlon Patton. They will be joined by the Horns from Hell. Album release show! (8:30 & 10 p.m.)

ETIENNE DE ROCHER West Coast transplant plays “a unique style of indie rock.” (8 & 9:30 p.m.) Highwire Lounge 8 p.m. FREE! LIVE JAZZ A trio of incredibly talented musicians play to a great crowd every weekend. Little Kings Shuffle Club Slingshot Festival. DJ MAHOGANY & EASY RIDER Two popular local DJs team up for a night of dance music. (12 a.m.) THE RODNEY KINGS Scuzzed-out local garage-punk trio. (9:30 p.m.) JUNA Sweeping local post-rock band featuring epic, end-of-the-world instrumentation. (8:30 p.m.) STRAYS Local garage-pop band featuring members of Velocirapture and Muuy Biien. (7:30 p.m.) FEATHER TRADE This local band plays lush, moody post-pop. (7 p.m.) METH WAX Local, punk-inspired lo-fi acoustic pop outfit. (6:30 p.m.) JOCK GANG New local pop group featuring former members of k i d s. (5:30 p.m.) KISSING BOOTH New project from Erin Lovett (Four Eyes) and Patrick Brick (Futo). (5 p.m.) Live Wire Slingshot Festival. NANA GRIZOL Catchy, heartfelt songs led by former Athenian Theo Hilton. (11 p.m.) MIND BRAINS New local supergroup playing experimental pop music with skewed sensibilities. (10 p.m.) Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-4742 ERIK NEIL BAND Local trio playing blues/rock covers and originals. The Office Lounge 8:30 p.m. 706-546-0840 JACLYN STEELE & THE REVEREND Reverend Conner Tribble teams up with singer Jaclyn Steele for a night of music. venue TBA Slingshot Festival. SEMICIRCLE Lush, captivating folk-rock project of Reptar’s Andrew McFarland and Ryan Engelberger. (11:30 p.m.) JAMAICAN QUEENS Buzzworthy Detroit-based avant-pop band. (10:30 p.m.) TONGUES Dreamy local pop-rock band. (9:30 p.m.) The World Famous Slingshot Festival. MY WIFE Alias of Brooklyn-based sound artist and composer Jen Kutler. (9 p.m.)

Sunday 29 The Foundry 6 p.m. $6 (adv.), $8 (door), $5 (w/ student ID). CHAMBER CHANCHERS Contemporary arrangements of music from Lebanon, Turkey, Tunisia, Israel, Spain and the United States. ATHENS TANGO PROJECT Local group playing Argentine tango, featuring the upright bass talent of Laura Camacho. This show will feature special guest singer Claudia Gargiulo.

DUO GREGO Featuring Fernando Deddos (piano, euphonium) and Pedro Alliprandini (clarinet), Duo Grego plays a variety of Brazilian Choro music. Hi-Lo Lounge 8 p.m. FREE! BATHROOMS New local punk band featuring members of Cancers, Shaved Christ, Little Gold and more. SLIMY MEMBER Raunchy punk band from Dallas, TX. GRUMPER Athens-based hardcore. Nuçi’s Space 7 p.m. FREE! CAMP AMPED FINALE SHOW Camp Amped concludes with bands of young musicians showcasing the originals and covers they learned.

Monday 30 Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m. MEGA BOG Experimental, saxophonecentric lo-fi recording project from Seattle. STUPID IDIOTS Local experimental group fronted by Ash Rickli. CULT FLUORESCENT Athens-based minimalist pop project. 40 Watt Club 8 p.m. $15. SYLVAN ESSO Candid and critically adored indie-pop duo with tumultuous grooves. See Calendar Pick on p. 19. FLOCK OF DIMES Solo, synth-based project of Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner. Georgia Theatre 8 p.m. $12. THE NTH POWER Groovy five-piece soul band, featuring artists associated with acts from Beyonce to Lettuce. CORY HENRY & THE FUNK APOSTLES Grammy-winning organ player and jazz artist teams up with his newest project: a soulful funkjam group playing in the style of James Brown. On the Rooftop. 7 p.m. FREE! www. PIERCE EDENS Americana singersongwriter from Asheville, NC. CORTEZ GARZA Local singer-songwriter pushes the envelope with his unique blend of indie/Americana. Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. FREE! www.hendershotscoffee. com OPEN MIC Showcase your talent at this open mic night every Monday. Hosted by Larry Forte. 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.

Tuesday 31 The Foundry Tailgate Tuesday. 7 p.m. $5 (adv.), $7 (door). MOCKINGBIRD SUN Nashvillebased country band with a sound “accessible to listeners with more indie sensibilities.” EMILY HACKETT Folk singer-songwriter raised in Atlanta.

Georgia Theatre Anchor Jam. 7 p.m. $15. JOHN KING BAND This local band blends the stylistic qualities of Southern rock and country. Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 DARD DOG Ear-splitting images concocted by Pops Baron. GYPS Xander Witt (Muuy Biien) plays a set of ambient drone. SHADES MARTEL Guitar-distorted keyboard sonatas that attempt to transcend musicianship and traditional songwriting. HANNAH AND HER SISTERS Local experimental husband/wife duo inspired by Jean-Luc Godard manipulate noise to create dissonant soundscapes. 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. Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-4742 SESSIONS WITH S-WORDS AND FRIENDS Local band playing funky pop-rock with a touch of Southern jam.

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Wednesday 1 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. $5 (21+), $7 (18-20). www. CARELESS PILOTS Garage-rock band from Atlanta. THE NICK AUSTIN TRIO Local rhythm rock three-piece. THE GOOD LOOKS No info available. OVER YONDER No info available. Georgia Theatre 9 p.m. $15. EOTO Electronic-inspired rock, house, jazz and jam mixture that aims for a dubstep/breakbeat sound. ILL.GATES Glitchy, bass-heavy EDM DJ. ANDY BRUH & ROBBIE DUDE Two local EDM hotshots spin sets. Hi-Lo Lounge 10 p.m. FREE! 706-850-8561 KARAOKE WITH THE KING See Wednesday’s listing for full description The Office Lounge 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-0840 KARAOKE See Wednesday’s listing for full description Porterhouse Grill 6:30 p.m. FREE! 706-369-0990 JAZZ NIGHT The longest standing weekly music gig in Athens! Join Zack Milster and Carl Lindberg for an evening of original music, improv and standards.

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Art 1st Annual Juried Exhibition (Athens Institute for Contemporary Art: ATHICA) The galleryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first juried show is open to all artists (all ages and media) with a focus on innovative contemporary art. Michael Rooks, curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the High Museum of Art, will be the guest juror. Deadline Aug. 1. Exhibit Sept. 19â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Nov. 15. $25., 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. 706543-5940, AthFest Artist Market (Downtown Athens) AthFest is now accepting applications for the 2015 Artist Market. Deadline Apr. 1. art@, www.athfest. com/artist-market 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

Classes 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, Dance Classes (Dancefx) Classes offered in creative movement, ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, breakdance, acrobatics, cheer dance and more. Register online. 706-355-3078, Martial Arts Classes (Live Oak Martial Arts, Bogart) Traditional and modern-style Taekwondo, selfdefense, grappling and weapons classes for all ages. Visit website for full class schedule. www.liveoak Printmaking CLASSES (Smokey Road Press) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Make Your Own Stationery.â&#x20AC;? Apr. 17, May 8 or June 19, 6â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8 p.m. $45. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bookbinding Boot Camp.â&#x20AC;? Apr. 6â&#x20AC;&#x201C;10, 10 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;4 p.m. $300. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coptic.â&#x20AC;? May 9â&#x20AC;&#x201C;10, 10 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;4 p.m. $130. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Introduction to Letterpress Printing.â&#x20AC;? June 15â&#x20AC;&#x201C;19, 9 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;12 p.m. $300. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wedding Guest Book.â&#x20AC;? June 20â&#x20AC;&#x201C;21, 10 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;4 p.m. $165. Printmaking Workshops (Double Dutch Press) 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 Parts.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. www.double Pure Barre (Pure Barre Athens) Purre Barre is a 55-minute full-body workout that uses a ballet barre for isometric movements concentrating on hips, thighs, seat, addominals and arms. Classes offered daily. 706-850-4000, ga-athens Salsa Dance Classes (Little Kings Shuffle Club) Cubanstyle salsa dance classes with SALSAthens. No partner necessary. Beginners welcome. Every Wednesday, 6:30-7:30 p.m. (intermediate), 7:30-8:30 p.m. (beginners). $10 (incl. drink). Success Summit (The Classic Center) The summit is an all-day event for businesses of all sizes and stages of development. It includes educational breakout sessions, resources, experienced speakers and networking opportunities. Apr. 29, 9:30 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;6 p.m. $39â&#x20AC;&#x201C;129. Traditional Karate Training (Athens Yoshukai Karate) Learn traditional Yoshukai karate in a positive atmosphere. Accepting new students. No experience necessary. See website for schedule. Classes held Sundaysâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Thursdays. FREE! 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., Yoga (5 Points Yoga) The studio offers alignment yoga (Iyengar), flow yoga, gentle flow, hot power flow, power flow and restorative yoga. Private and small group yoga classes are also available. Check

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Gentle Labrador mix is very sweet and good with cats. She has beautiful brown eyes and is very expressive. Knows basic commands, is a little leash shy until she trusts you. Intelligent and good-natured.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Circles,â&#x20AC;? an interactive video work by artist Will Copps, will be on view Thursday, Mar. 26â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Saturday, Mar. 28 at CinĂŠ during Slingshot. website for weekly schedule of classes. www.athensfivepointsyoga. com Yoga Classes (Chase Street Yoga) This studio teaches different types of yoga like gentle yoga, yin yoga and power heated Vinyasa, plus Zumba and Pilates. 706-316-9000, Yoga Classes (Healing Arts Centre, Sangha Yoga Studio) Classes are held in mindful Pilates, Tai Chi and Quigong, foundational Hatha yoga, gentle yoga, awareness through movement (Feldenkrais), Vinyasa yoga, trance dance yoga and bellydancing. Check website for weekly schedule. Yoga Teacher Training (5 Points Yoga) This teacher training program is grounded in self-study. Meets three days a week. May 11â&#x20AC;&#x201C;June 3. shannon@5pointsyoga. com, 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 Book Drive for Oconee County Jail (Multiple Locations) The Oconee Democrats are collecting paperback books for inmates. Drop off donations to Athens West Cleaners, Farmington Depot Gallery, Krimson Kafe and Let it Be Yoga. Through Apr. 30. oconeebooks@ Call for Volunteers (Downtown Athens) The Athens Human Rights Festival is looking for volunteers to help with fundraising, publicity, organizing speakers and performers, the tabloid, social media, stage building and more. The 37th annual will be held downtown on May 2â&#x20AC;&#x201C;3. Contact for meeting information. 706-202-9169, www. 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 Easter Basket Donations (Lay Park) Strong, Beautiful & Godly Girls are preparing Easter baskets for children and women in need. They are accepting donations of baskets, candy, cards, snacks, gift cards, toiletries, cosmetics and more until Mar. 30. Basket making will take place on Apr. 1. 706-338-8284

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.

Kidstuff ACC Summer Camps (Athens, GA) Now enrolling. Camps include zoo camps, sports camps, theater camps, art camps and more. Visit website for complete schedule. 706613-3616, www.athensclarkecounty. com/camps 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 Crawlers and Toddlers Playgroup (reBlossom Mama Baby Shop) A weekly meeting for parents and their children, ages 8â&#x20AC;&#x201C;24 months, to relax and socialize. Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;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. Students in K-5th grade can submit artwork portraying Georgia nongame wildlife and plants. Entries due Apr. 3. Call for rules and guidelines. 706-542-6156 Hospitality Careers Academy (The Classic Center) High school students interested in the hospitality industry can apply for a week-long academy program that includes hearing guest speakers, shadowing job professionals, attending industry tours and participating in leadership activities. Deadline to apply Apr. 15. July 13â&#x20AC;&#x201C;17. $450. 706-357-4521, beth@ Playgroups (Youngâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;uns Clothing & More) Youngâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;uns Clothing & More hosts play groups every Saturday. Lilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Wiggle Worms (9 months & under), 11 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;12 p.m. Galloping Tots (ages 1â&#x20AC;&#x201C;2), 1â&#x20AC;&#x201C;2 p.m. Horsing Around Youngâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;uns (ages 2 & up), 3â&#x20AC;&#x201C;4 p.m. No registration necessary. youngunsclothingandmore@ Summer Camps (Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens)

Peace Camp runs June 29â&#x20AC;&#x201C;July 3. Hogwarts School at the Pyramid runs July 20â&#x20AC;&#x201C;24 and July 27â&#x20AC;&#x201C;31. 10 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;3 p.m. $80â&#x20AC;&#x201C;150/camp. 706546-7914, 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, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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@, New Momsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Support Group (reBlossom Mama Baby Shop) New moms can bring their baby or babies to chat and play. Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;1:30 p.m. FREE! Project Safe (Athens, GA) Meetings for Warriors: Hope & Healing from Domestic Violence Group are held every Tuesday, 6:30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8 p.m., with a dinner on the last Tuesday of each month. Meetings for the Emotional Abuse Support Group are held every Monday, 6:30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8 p.m., with a dinner on the last Monday of the month. Childcare provided. 24-hour crisis hotline: 706-543-3331. Teen texting line: 706-765-8019. Business: 706-549-0922. Meeting information: 706-613-3357, ext. 772. SLPAA (Campus View Church of Christ) Sex, Love and Pornography Addicts Anonymous is a 12-step program for sexually compulsive behaviors. Every Monday, 7:30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8:30 p.m. 706-372-8642

On The Street 50 Shades of Spay: Cat Spaying The Athens Area Humane Society offers a special spay rate during March in an effort to beat the heat and reduce pet overpopulation. Mention the promotion when sched-

uling a procedure. $50. 706-7699155, www.athenshumane ALT Farms CSA Program (Athens, GA) The Athens Land Trust is growing local, Certified Naturally Grown produce. Proceeds from the Community Supported Agriculture program support ongoing projects at Williams Farm, West Broad Market Garden and other ALT programs. Two 18-week sessions for members are available. $450. www.athensland Avid Book Clubs (Avid Bookshop) The Young Readersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 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 Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson and meets the second Sunday of the month. The Paperback Fiction Book Club is currently reading Catâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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. 706-352-2060, avid.athens.rachel@, BISHOP PARK MASTER PLAN (Bishop Park) Department Park Planning staff have prepared a preliminary master plan concept for citizen feedback. Review the plan and fill out a survey online. Information sessions will be held Mar. 25, 6â&#x20AC;&#x201C;7:30 p.m., at the Bishop Park Conference Room and Apr. 4, 8 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;12 p.m., at the Athens Farmers Market. www.athensclarkecounty. com Collective Harvest CSA Collective Harvest provides organic

art around town ALL BODY STUDIO (337 Prince Ave.) Multi-media artwork made from acrylic, cardboard, sheet vinyl and plastic by Frances Jemini. Tim Dominyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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. ARTINIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S ART LOUNGE (296 W. Broad St.) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Meditations on Peace and Loveâ&#x20AC;? presents art by Charley Seagraves. Through March. â&#x20AC;˘ Animal-themed artwork by Will Eskridge and Ruth Allen. Reception Apr. 19. On view Apr. 1â&#x20AC;&#x201C;May 10. ATHENS ACADEMY (1281 Spartan Lane) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Contrapuntoâ&#x20AC;? 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. â&#x20AC;˘ In the Bertelsmann Gallery, a display of works by members of the Athens Academy Art Club. Through Apr. 17. ATHENS INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART (ATHICA) (160 Tracy St.) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Teaseâ&#x20AC;? explores the significance of art through the works of Jeremy Ayers, Brian Hitselberger, Ari Richter, Shantay Robinson, Lily Smith, Paul Thomas, Zipporah Thompson and Jessica Wohl. Opening reception Mar. 28. BENDZUNAS GLASS (89 W. South Ave., Comer) The family-run studio has been creating fine art glass for almost 40 years. CINĂ&#x2030; BARCAFE (234 W. Hancock Ave.) Paintings by Sarah Lowing. Through Apr. 28. CIRCLE GALLERY (285 S. Jackson St.) â&#x20AC;&#x153;925,000 Campsites: The Commodification of an American Experienceâ&#x20AC;? by Martin Hogue. Through Mar. 27. THE CLASSIC CENTER (300 N. Thomas St.) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nature Revealedâ&#x20AC;? includes works by Barbara Patisal, Janelle Young, Katherine Dunlap, Georgia Rhodes and Charles Warnok. â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Then and Now: Celebrating 40 Years of the Lyndon House Arts Centerâ&#x20AC;? includes works by Munroe dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Antignac, John dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Azzo, Terri Jarrette, Leah Mantini and Erik Patten. Through April. DONDEROâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S KITCHEN (590 N. Milledge Ave.) Collages influenced by Surrealism and Magic Realism by Susan Pelham. 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. FLICKER THEATRE & BAR (263 W. Washington St.) Artwork by Lawson Grice. Through March. GALLERY@HOTEL INDIGO (500 College Ave.) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ornamentâ&#x20AC;? 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.) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Small Truths: Pierre Dauraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Life and Vision.â&#x20AC;? Through Apr. 19. â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pierre Daura (1896â&#x20AC;&#x201C;1976): Picturing Attachments.â&#x20AC;? Through Apr. 19. â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chaos & Metamorphosis: The Art of Piero Lerda.â&#x20AC;? Through May 10. â&#x20AC;˘ In the sculpture garden, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Terra Verte,â&#x20AC;? created by Scottish artist Patricia Leighton, consists of six cubes full of living vegetation. Through May. â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stone Levityâ&#x20AC;? is a sculpture by Del Geist installed in the Performing and Visual Arts Complex quad. Through May. â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Andy Thomas: Bird Sound Visualizations.â&#x20AC;? Mar. 26â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Apr. 3. â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;AiryLight: Visualizing the Invisible.â&#x20AC;? Mar. 26â&#x20AC;&#x201C;June 28. â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jay Robinson: Quarks, Leptons and Peanuts.â&#x20AC;? Mar. 28â&#x20AC;&#x201C;June 21. GLASSCUBE@INDIGO (500 College Ave.) â&#x20AC;&#x153;BANGâ&#x20AC;? is an installation of bold colored pop art paintings by Carol John that will rotate throughout the course of the exhibit. Through June. THE GRIT (199 Prince Ave.) A display of works by students attending Barrow St. Elementary. Through Mar. 29. â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Grit Employee Art Show.â&#x20AC;? Mar. 29â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Apr. 19. HENDERSHOTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S COFFEE BAR (237 Prince Ave.) Artwork by Bob Brussack. Through March. HEIRLOOM CAFE AND FRESH MARKET (815 N. Chase St.) Photography by Colin Murphy. Through March.

and certified naturally grown 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 Athensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 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.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;1 p.m. Sprockets International Music Video Festival (Athens, GA) Sprockets is now accepting submissions of music videos to be

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JACKSON STREET BUILDING (285 S. Jackson St.) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Desire Pathâ&#x20AC;? by Keith Wilson is a large-scale photography installation. Through Apr. 17. JITTERY JOEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S DOWNTOWN (297 E. Broad St.) Landscape acrylics by Sara Brogdon. Through April. JITTERY JOEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S EASTSIDE (1860 Barnett Shoals Rd.) Ballpoint pen and watercolor designs of female characters and whimsical robots by Jessica M. Adkins. Through March. LAMAR DODD SCHOOL OF ART (270 River Rd.) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Square One: First Year MFA Student Exhibition.â&#x20AC;? Closing reception Mar. 26. â&#x20AC;˘ On the third floor, Clarke County presents its annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youth Art Month Showâ&#x20AC;? featuring works by students in Kâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;12. Through Mar. 27. LEATHERS BUILDING (675 Pulaski St.) Paintings by Suzanna AntonezEdens. Through May. LYNDON HOUSE ARTS CENTER (293 Hoyt St.) The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Period Decorative Arts Collection (1840â&#x20AC;&#x201C;1890) & Athens History Museumâ&#x20AC;? inside the historic Ware-Lyndon House now features a new bedroom exhibit full of decorative pieces. â&#x20AC;˘ The â&#x20AC;&#x153;40th Juried Exhibitionâ&#x20AC;? features local works selected by juror Carter Foster of the Whitney Museum. Through May 2. â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;40 of Something: Collections from Our Communityâ&#x20AC;? is a rotating display of 40 items from local collections. Found photographs by Lauren Fancher are on display through Mar. 27. â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;String Sectionâ&#x20AC;? by Shannon Novak is presented as part of the Slingshot Festival. Mar. 26â&#x20AC;&#x201C;28. â&#x20AC;˘ In the new Lounge Gallery, vibrant landscape drawings by Katherine Dunlap. Currently on view through May 8. MAMA BIRDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 CULTURAL ARTS FOUNDATION (OCAF) (34 School St., Watkinsville) In celebration of Youth Art Month, an exhibit features artwork by students attending Oconee Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s public and private schools in grades Kâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;12. Through Mar. 26. RICHARD B. RUSSELL JR. SPECIAL COLLECTIONS LIBRARIES (300 S. Hull St.) In the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Art of Diplomacy: Winston Churchill and the Pursuit of Paintingâ&#x20AC;? includes seven Churchill paintings and numerous artifacts. Through Apr. 17. â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Food, Power and Politics: The Story of School Lunch.â&#x20AC;? Through May 15. â&#x20AC;˘ An exhibition celebrating The Pennington Radio Collection features tube radios, external speakers and other artifacts from 1913â&#x20AC;&#x201C;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.) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Undulations,â&#x20AC;? artwork by Jonah Allen. Through March. Slingshot Festival (Various Locations) Various electronic art installations will be set up at the Lamar Dodd School of Art, Georgia Museum of Art, CinĂŠ, Live Wire, Little Kings, Hendershotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Lyndon House, UGA Special Collections Libraries and Creature Comforts. Mar. 26â&#x20AC;&#x201C;28. STATE BOTANICAL GARDEN OF GEORGIA (2450 S. Milledge Ave.) An exhibit of watercolor paintings by Thomas W. Ventulett. Through Apr. 26. 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. â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Loose Teethâ&#x20AC;? is an eerie, nightmare terror tale installation by Nikita Raper. Through March. UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP OF ATHENS (780 Timothy Rd.) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blooms and Boatsâ&#x20AC;? contains digital images by Dr. David Jarrett. Through March. â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Art of Eating Ethically,â&#x20AC;? a display of artwork and commentaries about the food system. On view Apr. 1â&#x20AC;&#x201C;May. UNIVERSITY OF NORTH GEORGIA, GAINESVILLE CAMPUS GALLERY (3820 Mundy Mill Rd., Oakwood) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Constructing the Pastâ&#x20AC;? is an exhibit of landscapes by John Cleaveland. Through Mar. 25. UNIVERSITY OF NORTH GEORGIA, OCONEE CAMPUS GALLERY (1201 Bishop Farms Pkwy., Watkinsville) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reciprocal: OCAF Members at UNG.â&#x20AC;? 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. â&#x20AC;˘ Large-scale paintings by Lamar Dodd BFA grad Jessica Schulman. Through March.


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For Sale Antiques Antiques & Jewels, 290 N. Milledge Ave. 12–5, Wed–Sat. (706) 340-3717. Estate Jewlery, Local Artist, Furniture, Oriental Rugs. shop/antiques-jewels. A rc h i p e l a g o A n t i q u e s Swear off throw-away gifts and purchases! An antique is a permanent eye-catcher in your surroundings for all time. 1676 S. Lumpkin St. (706) 354-4297. Come visit the Lar gest Single Antique Store in the area. Primitives, vintage books & clothes, architectural pieces. Carlton, GA. Thursday–Sunday, 10–5. Jimmy, (706) 797-3317. Whimsical Marketplace: vintage finds, local art, architectural salvage, upcycled furniture, industrial lighting. Lexington Vintage: 1743 Lexington Rd, just 2 miles south of DT Athens. Entrance around back.

Furniture Black leatherette couch with queen pullout bed. Very light use. $250.00. (706) 308-8022 anytime. Eastside.

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Services Cleaning Housekeeping services avail. in Athens, Bogart, Winterville and Watkinsville. Good prices, free estimates, references avail. (706) 7136665 or She said, “My house is a wreck.” I said, “That’s what I do!” House cleaning, help with organizing, pet mess. Local, Independent and Earth Friendly. Text or Call Nick for quote, (706) 8519087.

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C a l l c e n t e r representative. Join established Athens company calling CEOs & CFOs of major corporations generating sales leads for tech companies. $9–11/hr. BOS Staffing, www., (706) 353-3030. Downtown Athens restaurant looking for a FT pantry cook. 2 years experience preferred. Email resume to Full and part time servers needed. Must have experience. Apply in person at George’s Lowcountry Table. Monday– Friday, 4–6 p.m. Line/Prep Cooks Needed.The Georgia Center has several positions available 20–40 hrs./week. Pay DOE/ Minimum 3 years in full service restaurant. Email resumes to L i t t l e P ro d i g i e s , 2 m i l e s from UGA campus, is hiring a FT and PT teacher as well as substitutes to care for infants–4yr olds. Must have M–F availability. Previous childcare experience preferred. Clean criminal background a must. Please email director, Kathy.littleprodigieschildcare@, attach your resume and list your availability.


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Get paid to type! SBSA is a financial transcription company offering PT positions. Create your own schedule. Competitive production-based pay. Close to campus! Must be able to touch-type 65 wpm & have excellent English grammar/comprehension skills. Visit our website to apply: www. L i t t l e P ro d i g i e s , 2 m i l e s from UGA campus, is hiring a FT and PT teacher as well as substitutes to care for infants–4yr olds. Must have M–F availability. Previous childcare experience preferred. Clean criminal background a must. Please email director, Kathy.littleprodigieschildcare@, attach your resume and list your availability.



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Whom Should I Believe?

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your co-workers. If you had tried to correct their story, that would have given them more information to talk about. It also I encountered kind of a sticky situation at would have given them another, unflatterwork. A colleague of mine, who is not a close friend but someone I’ve worked with for several ing angle: This guy is getting a divorce and years, recently told me that his wife had admit- telling a false story about why the divorce is happening. If you go to your about-to-beted to having an affair and is leaving him. divorced colleague to report the other story Very shortly after he told me this, I was eating floating around, you just run the risk of fanlunch with two other colleagues—also not ning flames between co-workers and adding close friends but people I’ve worked with for a more grist to the mill. while—and they started talking about the guy All this is not to say that you shouldn’t who had confided in me about his impending speak up for friends who are being misrepdivorce. resented. Of course you should. But you Their story was a little different though: don’t know that that’s what’s happening They were saying that he had a relationship here. And this is a sensitive, salacious topic; with a woman he met online and was leaving his wife for this online girlfriend—even though your input will only fuel the gossip machine. So, how do you help he has never met this your co-worker? As online gf in person! usual, the best bet is I didn’t quite know to increase the amount what to say when they of time you spend with relayed this bit of goshim, talking to him, etc. sip to me. On the one It shouldn’t be a drahand, it felt like none of matic increase, but you my business, and I was can try eating lunch inclined to say nothing. with him once or twice On the other hand, if this week or seeing if he their story is inaccurate wants to go to the gym and our co-worker’s marafter work (or whatever riage is ending because it is you do after work). his wife is leaving—not If he is struggling, because of his online you’re presenting an affair—then he’s probopportunity for some ably vulnerable right friendship and support. now and doesn’t need Ask consistently, even ugly office gossip spreadif he declines. Having ing around. And, if he is Please send your questions to those invitations is help about to leave his wife for or in itself. And if he does someone he’s never met, take you up on it, you someone needs to tell him don’t need to mention that’s not a good idea. the divorce or the gosI made a kind of nonsip unless he does. Time with him and staycommittal noise when they told me this story and got out of the break room as fast as I could. ing out of third-party discussions about his Should I have corrected their story? Should I go personal life are the best forms of support you can offer. back to them and correct their story? Tell the first guy that there’s some contradictory information floating around? And then tell him that he’d be crazy to end his marriage for someone he’s never met? Adding to the situation is the A friend and I were at a local video store fact that we work in a very demanding field— on the Eastside picking out DVDs to watch both physically and mentally. There is a lot together. We picked up three, two of which we of stress in our work, and we all rely on each watched, and one of which he took home to other on the job, so fissures among colleagues watch, because he wanted to see it more than I or a colleague whose head isn’t in the game is did. All three were checked out on my account. not a good thing. Fast-forward two weeks; he hasn’t returned Discreet the DVD he took home, and I just had to pay the cost of the DVD to the store in order to be The truth of your co-worker’s situation able to rent another movie. I’m super-annoyed is probably somewhere in between the two by this but don’t want to ruin a friendship over stories you heard. His wife had an affair, it. Am I overreacting? and then he met someone online. Or he was Twenty Dollars Poorer dabbling online, and now his wife is leaving him. He’s told you the parts of the situaYour friend was inconsiderate, no doubt tion he wanted to share, and that’s fine. You about it. But, if the cost of a good friendcan’t and don’t know all the details of his ship and a lesson about extending account marriage and its dissolution. What you’re privileges to others only costs you $20 over right about is that this is a difficult time for the course of the friendship, I think you him, and ugly gossip will not help. got a bargain. Don’t give other people your The difficulty with gossip is that it can’t ATM pin code, your Vision Video account really be stopped in its tracks. It has to be number or your library card, and don’t costarved to death. And you did your part in sign loans. This $20 might save you a much starving it: You stayed quiet at lunch with more expensive mistake in the future. f

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