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Pub Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Movie Reviews . . . . . . . . 13 Capitol Impact . . . . . . . . . . 4 Flick Skinny . . . . . . . . . . 13 This Modern World . . . . . . 4 The Calendar . . . . . . . . . 14 City Dope . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Bulletin Board . . . . . . . . . 18 Dodd Ferrelle . . . . . . . . . . 6 Adopt Me . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 The Locavore . . . . . . . . . . 8 Art Around Town . . . . . . . 19 Art Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Waka Flocka Flame . . . . . 10 Crossword . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Sad Dads
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⋔ GRUB NOTES: Get the scoop on all the local food events upcoming this month. ↸ IN THE LOOP: Landmark Properties refused to grant Patterson Hood an extension on a deadline to move his former East Broad Street house to Orange Twin. HOMEDRONE: Watch Sad Dads’ wacky, belated holiday special.
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The House: If you’ve been reading Flagpole and Facebook, you’re probably aware that Rebecca Hood and her husband, Drive-By Truckers frontman Patterson Hood, who are now living in Portland, OR, sold their old house down on lower East Broad Street to Pottery Street, LLC, a subsidiary of Landmark Properties, the developer of The Standard luxury student apartments over on the eastern stub of Dougherty Street and The Mark, on the old Armstrong and Dobbs property adjacent to the Hoods. You therefore probably recall that as a condition of the sale, the Hoods insisted that the Orange Twin conservation and music community be allowed to move their old house to its property out in the woods north of town. Another condition of the sale was that Orange Twin had to move the house by Jan. 5, a condition they failed to meet, citing the unprecedented season of rainy weather that made it impossible for the necessary heavy equipment to go onto the (former) Hood lot. Just before Jan. 5, the Hoods wrote a semi-open letter (45 recipients, many of them public officials— you can read it at flagpole.com/news/pubnotes/2016/01/06) to Wes Rogers and James Whitley, owners of Landmark Properties, pleading with them to Taylor Brown grant Orange Twin an inclement-weather extension, so that the house could still be moved to the conservation community. When the Landmark owners received the Hoods’ public letter, they had to respond publicly. They could have said something like, “Gee, Patterson, we surely were hoping Orange Twin could get it together to move your house, but they didn’t, and we’ve got to move on. Sorry.” Instead, in a letter worthy of a corporate public relations textbook at the Terry College of Business from which both partners graduated, Wes Rogers wrote the Hoods a big, public “fuck you,” rubbing their faces in the fact that Pottery Street, LLC had no intention of granting any extension. See Rogers’ letter on the In the Loop blog at flagpole.com. For an example of how that letter struck friends and supporters of the Hoods, see musician and publicist (and former Flagpole City Editor) Dave Marr’s Facebook post, reproduced in this Pub Notes online at flagpole.com. Rogers went on in the letter to establish his own preservation bona fides by pointing out his lead-investor role in the properties that house Five & Ten restaurant and Creature Comforts Brewing, respectively—a mention those businesses might not welcome in this context. Since it would have been so easy for the Landmark guys, regardless of how they
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privately felt about it, to generate good public relations within the wider Athens music and preservation communities, it’s difficult to understand why they chose instead to take such a hard-nosed and insulting stance. It’s almost like a clash of cultures, suggesting that those who are now calling the shots feel no compunction to acknowledge those who built downtown not with their money but with their music. n The Region: Something very unusual has happened. Taylor Brown, a native of St. Simons and alumnus of the University of Georgia (‘05) may well be a new voice in our literature. Readers were introduced to him by a volume of short stories, In the Season of Blood and Gold. I could read only one story a day; each was so disturbing, so haunting. And the writing was tight, powerful, often poetic, always piercing. One has the same experience in the novel, but here the entire atmosphere is elemental, and the naturalistic surface finally dissolves into the mythic. This is a Civil War novel, but one reflecting man’s situation in the universe. Beginning in the mountains of Virginia, it ends by following Sherman’s March to the Sea. But here the burning of Atlanta becomes an evocative symbol of something strong, chaotic and unknowable at the heart of existence. The story line, which surfaces from the brutally poetic prose, has to do with the boy Callum, an Irish orphan taken into a band of Confederate guerillas, who finds a young woman, Ava, hiding in a house under siege. In an opening section as confusing and unsettling as that of “Wolf Hall,” after a hallucinating recovery from a wound, the boy is witness to the shooting and death of the colonel of the band. He then escapes his own lynching and rides the colonel’s horse, Reiver, back for Ava. The book traces their progress down to Atlanta, fleeing bounty hunters who think Callum the colonel’s killer. Both pursuers and pursued then follow Sherman’s path to the sea. This is no Gone with the Wind, but a parable of man’s fight for existence and meaning in a stark and ravaged world. I see many influences—Proust’s scrutiny of the levels of consciousness; an aesthetic, Catherian sense of landscape; a Faulknerian feel for language. But Fallen Land stands by itself, even beyond the author’s acknowledged debt to Irish and Appalachian ballards. It is powerful and haunting on its own terms. Taylor Brown will give a reading and sign copies of his novel, Fallen Land, at Avid Bookshop Friday, Jan. 15 at 6:30 p.m. [Hubert McAlexander] f
For the next few weeks you’ll see every candidate for president dropping by the capitol as they campaign towards the Mar. 1 presidential primary. “They’ll all be invited,” said Speaker David Ralston, a Republican. “I’ll even let in candidates of the other party.” While those candidates get all the media attention, another group of politicians has been just as busy behind the scenes. That would be the governor’s race in 2018, and while you haven’t seen much reporting on it, there is already quite a bit of maneuvering underway. Secretary of State Brian Kemp has been getting ready for years to run for governor, but he has a lot of work to do to neutralize the negative media coverage of a recent data breach involving his agency. While Kemp is tending to that chore, he also has to be looking back over his shoulder wondering about the activities of another statewide official who wants to run for governor: Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle. Don’t expect Cagle to do any favors for Kemp in the upcoming legislative session. If I were advising Kemp, I’d tell him to put on a Kevlar vest anytime he walks near the Senate chambers. Attorney General Sam Olens has long been rumored as a potential candidate for governor. Olens had to break the news to Gov. Nathan Deal last month that the governor couldn’t legally keep Syrian refugees from resettling in Georgia. Olens also had to remind Deal that he couldn’t order state agencies to deny the refugees food stamps and other federally funded benefits. Deal had the good sense to heed Olens’ advice on that matter. The first executive order the governor signed in January rescinded the order he issued in November to have the state stomp on Syrian refugees.
Normally, it would be considered a positive development when someone like Olens advises a governor to obey the law, and the governor listens. You would want someone with that kind of level-headed judgment to be running for the state’s top job. But there are times when the right course isn’t the best political course. Olens has left himself open to accusations that he’s in favor of allowing terrorists into Georgia. Some of his Republican primary opponents would probably run attack ads claiming that Olens caved in to ISIS. U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland announced last week that he will not run for another term this year. Westmoreland has been interested in running for governor for a long time—he considered the race back in 2010, when Sonny Perdue was nearing the end of his two terms in office. If Westmoreland still plans to run for governor in 2018, his decision to step down from Congress may be a very smart move. He can now spend two years meeting with voters and contributors and won’t have to worry about flying back to Washington for a vote. Best of all, he no longer has the title “Congressman” in front of his name. Westmoreland saw what happened in 2014 when three House members—Jack Kingston, Phil Gingrey and Paul Broun— tried to run for Saxby Chambliss’ Senate seat. They all lost, in part because GOP primary voters didn’t trust incumbents in Congress. Westmoreland would solve that problem by getting out of Congress before cranking up his campaign for governor. While you watch the campaigning of Trump, Clinton, Rubio or Cruz, keep in mind that after they’re gone, there’s another big race coming in 2018. The scramble for that one has already started. f
No Black T-Shirts—or Black Skin ACC Commissioners Tackle Discrimination at Downtown Bars By John Huie email@example.com
The job is always vulnerable to politics—Reddish’s predecessor was fired by then-mayor “Doc” Eldridge for hiring a white department head after Eldridge had promised constituents a black one—and Denson once considered firing Reddish for perceived budget or pay slights dating to her time as tax commissioner. What will Denson consider when choosing a new manager—community concerns or insider ones? Management decisions like Reddish’s recent pick of a new police chief can have far-reaching community consequences. Reddish also got the county through a recession without over- or underreacting; budgets appear to be in good shape. But his reorganization of the sprawling Leisure Services department was not so successful. The new manager may have no local experience to draw on. The acting manager is practically a newbie here himself, and Reddish (who says retirement should be planned just like a career) will be gone. Experience, then—and perhaps power—will mostly reside in the government’s longtime department heads and staffers (whom the manager oversees) and in the elected commissioners. [JH]
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Have downtown bars become those often-mocked politi- wearing earrings. He shrugged his shoulders.” • “In front of our group… were all African American and cally correct “safe spaces”—safe from diversity, that is? all relatively young… The bouncer looked back nervously for Sure looks like they’re trying to be, with dress codes that another employee. A second Boar’s Head employee walked ban tattoos, earrings, black shirts and, according to many up and began to tell the group ‘Sorry, tonight is students’ complaints, black skin. night’… The group said they were not students, they were Athens-Clarke County commissioners took a first step locals. The bouncers told them they couldn’t get in… When last week toward a local anti-discrimination ordinance to it was our turn to get in, the bouncer said NOTHING about supplement federal civil rights laws. But some bar owners a ‘student night.’” are pushing back. ACC commissioners last week unanimously passed “If you just allow anybody into the bar, that’s when a resolution calling on “all businesses” to “act in a nonyou start having crime,” Jerzees owner Mitch Jordan told discriminatory fashion with regard to race, color, sex, Flagpole. Dress codes keep “troublemakers” out of bars Roundabout: Apparently, drivers like the new roundabout sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national orito prevent fights and thefts, he said. But it goes beyond on Tallassee Road, Commissioner Jared Bailey said last gin, citizenship, age, disability or pregnancy” and asked that, Jordan acknowledged. “I got turned away from a bar week. “There was some pretty strong opposition” before it ACC’s manager and county attorney to recommend how to in Athens because I’m too old,” he said, while Little Kings was built—people unaccustomed to roundabouts wanted enforce compliance, including making liquor licenses conlast year briefly barred anyone under 25 on weekends. And a stoplight instead—but “I’ve been receiving very positive tingent on nondiscrimination. it’s not just Athens, Jordan said; “all across the country,” feedback on it,” he said, even from people bars try to pick their clientele. In Athens, who were “vehemently” opposed. [JH] “there are bars that consider themselves Greek-only.” Learn to Code: Girl Scouts of Historic 9d’s owner Mark Bell (son of Georgia and Four Athens will host a codCommissioner Diane Bell) attended last ing workshop for girls ages 10–15 this week’s ACC commission meeting to ask Saturday, Jan. 16 from 9 a.m.–noon at commissioners not to single out the bar the Athens Service Center, 185 Newton industry when they write an anti-discrimBridge Road. Scouts will learn with ination ordinance. He told Flagpole he too Hackety Hack, an education tool designed was refused entry to an Athens bar—he to teach the popular coding language wouldn’t say which one—for wearing Ruby on Rails. earrings. Bell said 9d’s posts its dress This is GSHG’s first partnership with code explicitly, so it won’t be viewed as Four Athens. “I want to contribute toward discriminating based on race or personal a culture of nonprofit organizations workcharacteristics. ing together in our community,” GSHG “Dress codes are posted as a means to Program Manager Erica Strout said about discriminate,” Commissioner Melissa Link the collaboration. asserted, including specifying “culturally It is also Four Athens’ first girl-cendiscriminatory” hair styles. tered workshop. Their weekend workSome UGA students have found downshops for local elementary and middle town bars unwelcoming, to say the least. schools often enjoy a good showing of In dozens of incidents collected anonyfemale participants, Four Athens’ Tamara mously by UGA’s Student Government Neff said, but “there is an onus upon Association through various student the tech fields to make engaging women organizations, students—especially black and people of color in the community a students—recalled being denied entry Silver Dollar is just one of many downtown bars where black UGA students say they’ve been discriminated against. priority.” to bars. In many cases, the students said, Four Athens also hosts a monthly Women in Tech get“If there is discrimination, it would have to be proven,” similarly-dressed white students were allowed in. Here’s a together, and the Girl Scouts also have other programs for said county attorney Bill Berryman, whose office will consample of the stories the SGA collected: sider how to establish proof. (Federal law already bars racial students to explore science, tech, engineering and math • “After denial of entry into Jerzees for my black male careers—fields that are often dominated by white men. friend wearing a plain black shirt, we tried to go to 9d’s and discrimination, but enforcement is difficult.) “Empowering girls with STEM education is important to “I don’t think we can legislate how people feel about we were denied entry for the same reason. We pointed out us.” Strout said. “Those careers are growing very quickly, each other in their hearts, but we can certainly enforce the to the bouncer of the white male he just let in with a plain more quickly than any other field. We want to see girls and law,” Commissioner Andy Herod said. black shirt. The male bouncer said that the white male was women take part in that.” different. We got out of line and went home.” Learning to Code with Hackety Hack is open to all Discrimination March: Local music promoters and found• “Encountered discrimination at Whiskey Bent with a registered girl scouts. Register by emailing estrout@gshg. black male (I am a white female) who adhered to the posted ers of the Athens Hip Hop Awards Mokah and Knowa org. GSHG membership is $15, a Ruby patch is included Johnson have organized a march in support of the anti‘dress code’ while in line by removing his jewelry… but the in the $50 class fee, and financial aid is available. [Prosper discrimination ordinance on MLK Day, Monday, Jan. 18. door guy denied him with no reason. He is a student-athHedges] It starts at 4 p.m. at the Arch and will wind past General lete at UGA but often avoids the downtown bars because of Beauregard’s before ending up at City Hall. “I’ve noticed similar discrimination at many places.” Help Casa de Amistad: As Immigration and Customs more than 70 percent of the businesses downtown cater • “I was denied access because of my dress, and the Enforcement continues its raids on Latino communities in to a distinct audience, which is not inviting to everyone,” bouncer [at Double Barrel] said, ‘We don’t let fags in here.’” Athens and elsewhere, a local nonprofit that serves those Mokah Johnson said. “Due to this, many local African • “A bouncer kept out a group of African American Americans avoid going downtown unless visiting local busi- communities, Casa de Amistad, is in “desperate” need of women from [the Silver Dollar] with the excuse that they funding, Executive Director Alex Borges said. With an nesses near Hot Corner.” [Blake Aued] were wearing crop tops—my friend and I (both of whom annual budget of just $32,000 (primarily from Presbyterian are white) were just let into the bar and we too were wearchurches), Casa de Amistad offers English and citizenship New Boss: With longtime ACC Manager Alan Reddish retiring crop tops. I was not the victim in this situation, but classes, child care and help with groceries, transportaing at month’s end and no old hands left in the manager’s want to make sure this incident is shared.” tion and paperwork to Latino families, many of whom are office, how will the transition to a new manager maintain • “My friend was kicked out of the bar for being gay. undocumented and/or impoverished. Unfortunately, what continuity and perspective? He was a guy who kissed another guy at the bar, and the Borges refers to as a lack of empathy and understanding in Assistant Manager Blaine Williams, hired three years bouncer told them to leave.” the broader community has left the group $20,000 in the ago to replace the retired Bob Snipes, will take over as • “Everyone was accepted [at 100 Proof] except my black hole. You can contribute at gofund.me/SaveCasa or by mailacting manager while Mayor Nancy Denson advertises friends. They were all denied. When I asked the bouncer ing a check to P.O. Box 841, Athens, GA 30603. Donations for a new manager, who must then be approved by why he denied them, he said because they were wearing are tax-deductible. [BA] f commissioners. earrings. I pointed and said my white guy friend was also
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to City Hall New Winterville Mayor Dodd Ferrelle’s Most Important Gig Yet By Blake Aued firstname.lastname@example.org
interville may be a small town, but Dodd Ferrelle has big plans for it. After the newly elected mayor was sworn in Tuesday, Jan. 5, Ferrelle and about 200 supporters marched from City Hall a half-mile down the street to the former high school’s long-shuttered auditorium, where he unlocked the doors for a brief celebration before adjourning to the brandnew senior center next door for a reception. Local artists’ work temporarily adorned the walls in the dark, dusty auditorium as Wilma Pittard sang a song about the city she wrote as a teenager, and actress Joelle Arp Dunham performed a short skit as a Southern belle who was part of the high school’s last graduating class in 1956. Ferrelle has pledged that his first priority as mayor will be to renovate and reopen the auditorium as a theater and concert
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hall, fitting with his vision to reshape the sleepy railroad town into a music and arts destination. “I see this as maybe being the heart of the community,” he told the crowd. “I just want to give Wintervillans a glimpse at what’s possible for the future.”
Ch-ch-ch-changes Winterville is already changing, and Ferrelle is proof. He came to Athens from Savannah in 1993 to pursue a career in music and became a successful singer-songwriter. Ten years ago, he and his wife, Cameron Bliss Ferrelle, expecting the first of their two children, moved into the second house ever built in Winterville, originally the home of the railroad depot supervisor the town is named after.
“Cameron and I were looking for places in Normaltown,” Ferrelle recalls while sitting in the barn he turned into a studio and decorated with his wife’s paintings. “We love that area, wanted to stay there, but the places we were looking at were getting so expensive, not a lot of yard, and knowing we had a family on the way, Cameron decided, ‘Why don’t we look outside of town a little bit?’ Well, I’d always loved Winterville. Rode out here, saw the for-sale sign on this house, and we fell in love.” He’s not alone. A host of local artists and musicians, like Jim White, Clay Leverett and Jimmy “Cap Man” Straehla, also call this town of 1,100 near the Oglethorpe County line home. And residents say more families with young children, drawn by the Mayberry atmosphere and reasonably priced real estate, are moving in, too. “A lot of young families recognize you can get a really nice house, maybe more
affordable, good schools, and you’re right next to Athens,” says Emily Eisenman, the former mayor (who didn’t seek a second term). All of which, Ferrelle and his supporters believe, made the time right for new leadership. “I knew we had a lot of artists living in Winterville, but I had no idea how many until I went out and started knocking on doors,” he says. “This is a huge creative town that’s been bubbling beneath the surface, and when I started my campaign they just popped up out of the woodwork, and their voices were heard.” Although Ferrelle is best known as a musician, during the campaign he chose to emphasize his business career—he worked his way up from truck driver to executive at Cameron & Barkley, an industrial supplier—and his involvement in the city’s Marigold Festival, the local elementary school and other community organizations.
going to sell those seats as a dedication, so â€œThat was kind of a jaw-dropper at the youâ€™ll have a plaque on the back of those forum, because my experience was a quesnice wooden seats,â€? he says. Eventually, he tion mark for a lot of people in town,â€? he envisions it as a music venue and home to says. a theater troupe, and a revenue generator But the skills he learned as a performer for the city, which has a $600,000 annual translated well to politics. budget. â€œI still get nervous playing, but Iâ€™m also Sidewalks are on the agenda, too. â€œThe comfortable in front of crowd. That helped talking to people, I think,â€? he says. â€œAnd the idea is to make the town walkable all the way from Pittard Park, down to the audimarketing aspect, for sure, was a benefit. torium, to Five Points [the Cherokee RoadThatâ€™s kind of key in these situations, espeAthens Road-Main Street intersection] cially running against two guys who knew and up to the school,â€? Ferrelle says. â€œAll of everybody in town, good guys. One lives that is in preparation for if, or I should say in the house he was born in, so they have when, the Firefly Trail comes through here.â€? strong, good relationships with everybody. The first phase of the rails-to-trails â€œI had to market myself to a lot of people project, between downtown and the Loopâ€™s who didnâ€™t know me or just knew me as a Lexington Road interchange, is under musician. I had to get out in front of anyconstruction. Athens-Clarke County will thing that might be negative about that. eventually build it out to Winterville, and I donâ€™t know why, but some people think a private group hopes to extend it down to being a musician is negative.â€? Union Point in Greene County from there. Even his future campaign manager, Combined with the creative talent Kasey Oâ€™Brien, a University of Georgia already in Winterville, Ferrelle envisions political science major, was skeptical. â€œThe the trail drawing recreational cyclists and first thing I read about Dodd was â€˜local tourists to Winterville, pumping money musician enters mayorâ€™s race,â€™â€? she says. â€œI into the economy. Winterville Station, a thought, â€˜Oh, gosh, this might be an uphill controversial 180-lot battle. Then I met him, subdivision approved and he had so many I donâ€™t know why, but in 2005, went belly ideas.â€? up before it was built, Oâ€™Brien cut her some people think and the new owner is teeth volunteering for being a musician is negative. converting it into miniMichelle Nunnâ€™s 2014 farms. In Wintervilleâ€™s Senate campaign, and rural setting, Ferrelle sees a farmers market she ran a modern, Obama-style campaign setting up under the Pittard Park pavilion, for Ferrelle, even though the technology in and an ice cream shop, coffee shop and art most small-town political races hasnâ€™t progalleries popping up downtown. He plans to gressed beyond the invention of the yard appoint an arts/business council to put the sign. Rather than rely on printed literature pieces together. or randomly knocking on doors, she used Another community hub is Winterville Democratsâ€™ VoteBuilder database to target Elementary Schoolâ€”or at least it could be. potential supporters and drive them to the Relations with the community have been polls. frosty, since the school has had problems in â€œThereâ€™s been a little bit of a changing the past with teacher turnover and employof the guard,â€? says Mike Holcomb, who ees embezzling funds. But Lauren Holcomb worked on Ferrelleâ€™s campaign. â€œThereâ€™s started a PTO three years ago, and things been a small pocket of progressives who are looking up. Ferrelle says heâ€™ll use his figured out how to get people involved and position to apply for grants and support the get out the vote.â€? school in any way possible. It worked: Ferrelle won an outright â€œThe school and the community kind majority, besting engineer George Chandler of went their separate ways a little bit,â€? and city councilman and landscape comFerrelle says. Now, â€œweâ€™re on a great path. pany owner Ken Hodges with 178 of 314 I just think it wouldnâ€™t hurt to have the votes cast. Turnout was 55 percent of regmayor walking the halls of the school for istered votersâ€”extraordinarily high for an the next four years.â€? off-year election. Of course, as Athenians well know, cities can become victims of their own success. Will the high quality of life thatâ€™s driving a luxury-student-housing boom downtown and driving up intown home prices work Now that Ferrelleâ€™s in office, here comes against Winterville, too? After all, itâ€™s halfthe hard part: keeping all those campaign way between the development happening promises. Heâ€™ll have a solid foundation to build on. on Highway 29 and on the Eastside. Ferrelle doesnâ€™t think so. The Winterville Eisenman oversaw improvements at Pittard city charter contains a secret weapon: Parkâ€”a new playground, a barbecue pit, a pickleball court and a disc-golf courseâ€”that Alcohol sales are illegal inside the city limits. were dedicated in December. The city also â€œOne thing that keeps that growth slow finally completed the troubled $1.4 miland controlled is the alcohol restriction on lion senior center almost two years behind schedule after firing the original contractor. sales in town,â€? he says. â€œThatâ€™s a huge part Programming is expected to start in March. of why that boom canâ€™t happen. â€œI visit liquor stores. Iâ€™m a musician. I â€œIt took a long time,â€? Eisenman says. enjoy my beverages. But I donâ€™t mind drivâ€œIâ€™m really glad itâ€™s done. Iâ€™m really proud ing four miles out of town. And it does keep of it.â€? your town a quaint, quiet, sleepy, screenThe senior center, in the old high school door community.â€? that closed 60 years ago, sits next to the Hopefully, thatâ€™ll be one less thing for auditorium that Ferrelle plans to make the centerpiece of his tenure in office. Although Ferrelle to worry aboutâ€”he has a lot on his plate already. But Eisenman thinks heâ€™s state historic preservation grants are availup to the task. â€œHe has a lot of energy,â€? she able for such projects, he hopes to do it says. â€œHe shares a vision Iâ€™ve always had, without taxpayer funding. â€œIâ€™m going to go where heâ€™s very community-oriented.â€? f into Athens and all over the state, and Iâ€™m
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What Do Farmers Do in Winter? They Don’t Get a Break, That’s for Sure By Lauren Baggett email@example.com Winter yields will vary from farm to farm The beginning of winter brings an end depending on what resources it has availto the farmers market and CSA season. able, says Coburn. A larger farm with a Though a determined Athenian can find greenhouse can even continue growing local produce at a handful of spots in town, summer crops through the winter. she can’t find the producers as easily. Like “We have two hoophouses, so we bears into hibernation, local farmers retreat have peppers growing next to carrots, in to their farms to prepare for the next growDecember,” says Coburn. A hoophouse is ing season. But for small farms like Front large, framed structure—Coburn’s meaField Farm, an Athens Farmers Market sures 96 feet by 30 feet—made with plastic. mainstay and Collective Harvest grower, Think of an unheated greenhouse. The there’s no time for long naps. They have a plastic protects plants from wind, frost and lot of work to do to prepare for spring. the dropping winter temperatures. (Coburn “Really, it’s a lot of admin work that’s throws some credit for her peppers to the hard to get to when you’re growing,” says persistent warmth in Coburn. Her husband, Alex Rilko, points to A little sheet of plastic December.) Walking into the the tractor that needs makes a big difference. hoophouse, the bite of maintenance work 40-degree morning air and irrigation lines is gone. The temperature inside is even a that need to be expanded and buried. That little balmy. “A little sheet of plastic makes kind of thing gets harder when March rolls a big difference,” says Coburn. They plan to around. install another hoophouse once the ground Making her way toward the open fields dries enough to start building. beyond the barn, Coburn’s boots squish For the rest of winter, Coburn and Rilko through the bright red clay that has almost are relying on the smaller cousin to the spread to the barn door. All the recent rain, hoophouse called a “caterpillar” to protect she says, washed out the gravel road. That individual beds of winter crops. So named will need to be repaired, too. for its segmented appearance, a caterpilTooner, the farm’s short-legged, yellowlar is a rounded plastic tent that stretches haired mutt, bounds through a field of along the length of one bed. “These were an two-foot-high oat leaves, one of three cover experiment for us this year,” says Coburn, crops Coburn planted to prep these beds “but they seem to be working out.” for winter. Oat and vetch, Coburn explains, have a dense root system, which keeps the soil in place. Winter peas are a legume, which provide nitrogen to the soil. Come February, the cover crops will be bushhogged and hoed into the soil, ready for planting. “I’m going to plant greens here,” says Coburn, “and root vegetables here.” Coburn will work out a plan for just how much spring mix, kale, radishes or eggplant to plant—a Fennel and kale mingle with the last of the season’s peppers in Front Field framework for buying Farm’s hoophouse. seeds, planting and With the help of a little plastic, Front harvest timelines and yield calculations for Field is producing root veggies, plenty a whole year. Their decisions hinge on what they think Athens buyers want. “Carrots are of kale and greens, enough that Coburn continues to make about two deliveries a good. Almost everyone likes carrots,” says week to the Daily Groceries Co-op and local Rilko. Lettuces and berries, he adds, are restaurants. always on the list. At the end of the month, Coburn, like Coburn and Rilko will also work with many other small farm owners, will head the two other farms in Collective Harvest to growers conferences where they can to predict growing needs. For example, exchange ideas, share successes and disif Collective Harvest decides to grow 500 cuss the year ahead. “I have a stack of seed pounds of beets, Coburn will bid to grow a catalogs this high,” says Coburn, holding percentage of the beets. “In the case of 20 her hands a foot apart. “I get sucked in!” percent, I’m responsible for 100 pounds But she admits she’ll have to decide what of beets, so I’ll need to have them planted to order soon. Very soon: She has to start by a certain deadline so that they’re ready planting trays by the end of the month. In to harvest by April [when the spring CSA a few months, those trays will have been opens].” planted, harvested and sold for Athens’ eatIn the midst of planning and repairs, ing pleasure. f many small farms are still yielding crops.
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More on the Changes at ATHICA Financial Hardship Leaves the Gallery Leaderless By Jessica Smith firstname.lastname@example.org multiple board members made it possible to pay Venerusoâ€™s The Athens Institute for Contemporary Artâ€™s alarming salary ($1,300 per month) and rent ($700 per month) in announcement to terminate the position of executive and order to close out the year with a positive balance. artistic director with the new year was delivered abruptly â€œItâ€™s worth noting that our rentâ€”even though itâ€™s generamidst the winter holidays, leaving many in the community ously reduced by our landlordsâ€”increases every year. Not wondering about the galleryâ€™s current health and future everyone may know this, but ATHICAâ€™s rent was free for plans. many years due to the altruism and commitment to the The independent nonprofitâ€™s only paid position, arts of FiveArt, our landlords,â€? says Brantley. â€œAs agreed executed wonderfully for the past two years by Tatiana Veneruso, was terminated due to lack of funding. The gallery plans to operate as an all-volunteer organization for an interim period, and hopes to restore the directorâ€™s position after one year or when it becomes financially possible to do so. In 2008, following six years of operating under an all-volunteer model, ATHICA received a prestigious three-year grant totaling $45,000 from the New York-based Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. For the first time, the gallery was able to establish a salaried director position, as well as offer stipends to guest curators and artists. Though other grants have been received in the time since, many were allocated towards specific projects rather than operating expenses. ATHICAâ€™s board of directors applied for two grants in 2015, and neither were received. This shift towards a reliance on sponsorships, donations and fundraising campaigns had a significant influence on the boardâ€™s decision to temporarily terminate the position. â€œATHICAâ€™s finances are always tenuous, and Tatiana Veneruso the organization has been through periods of [since] our founding in 2002, though, we pay a little more austerity before. However, we encountered a particularly each year.â€? difficult period at the end of 2015,â€? says Rebecca Brantley, Moving into its 14th year of operation, ATHICA intends president of the ATHICA board. â€œIt took us a little over two to keep currently scheduled exhibitions in place. Though months of deliberation to arrive at the decision to terminate the directorâ€™s position. No one on the board was happy Veneruso had begun planning much of 2016â€™s programming, her responsibilities will now fall to the board of about it, but we did not see another option in the immedidirectors and the galleryâ€™s crew of volunteers. Comprised of ate future. That said, we have remained open through lean artists, professors, university and nonprofit professionals, a times in the past and will remain open in the future.â€? In 2015, the gallery brought in roughly $22,000 through lawyer, a financial advisor and an art education student, the nine-member board oversees budgeting, grant applications, business sponsorships, fundraising, donations and artist legal compliance, resource development and, as made painentry fees for the â€œJ1â€? juried exhibitionâ€”just shy of covfully clear through all of this, staffing decisions. ering expenses, which totaled over $24,000. End-of-year The role of director was by and large a part-time position loan forgiveness and small financial contributions made by
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with full-time hours, and Veneruso exceeded expectations in many ways. Essentially the face of the gallery, she was responsible for communicating through several channels: overseeing public relations, managing volunteers, serving as a liaison to the board and representing the gallery at community events. Behind the scenes, she oversaw the artistic vision of each exhibition: recruiting guest curators and artists, organizing the transportation and installation of artwork and supervising corresponding publications. With the exception of the 2016 artist calendar released last month, Veneruso spearheaded all fundraising projects held within the past three yearsâ€”impressively creative, community-driven ventures such as â€œAthens Arcana: A Contemporary Tarot,â€? â€œDetour Thru Your Mind: An Illustrated Peopleâ€™s History of Athens, GAâ€? and â€œOutside the Lines: A Community Coloring Book,â€? to name a few. â€œIâ€™m very proud of my exhibitions and programming, as well as my marketing initiatives,â€? says Veneruso. â€œI did my best to keep things both engaging and accessible, all with basically no budget to speak of. A lot of our patrons have remarked on our increased visibility. In two years, I nearly tripled our social media following, which is crucial when you have no budget for paper media and print advertising. â€œAfter my termination was announced, I received an outpouring of support from our community. To me, thatâ€™s what really matters: their view of my work and what it meant to them. That support has been invaluable during this difficult time.â€? As ATHICA takes this step backwards, support from the community becomes even more crucial to its survival. There are several ways to help sustain the gallery. Annual memberships are available at different price points with a range of perks exchanged in return, and art lovers can get hands-on experience by installing shows or manning the gallery during visitation hours as a volunteer. As valuable as cold, hard cash obviously is, in-kind donations from businesses are also graciously accepted. At a most basic level, attending exhibition receptions and engaging with the local arts community demonstrates the continued need for a contemporary art space. â€œIâ€™m really not sure what is going to happen to ATHICA,â€? says Veneruso. â€œI think having a dedicated leader is really crucial for a small nonprofit, even with volunteer help. Transitions are very hard on an organization even in the best-case scenario. â€œI would say to anyone, if there is a nonprofit organization that is important to you, give what you can as often as you can. There are a lot of wonderful organizations in our community doing tremendous things while struggling to break even.â€? f
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Where the Hell is Flockaveli 2 ? A Timeline of Waka Flockaâ€™s Recent History
By Nathan Kerce email@example.com
or the last five years, the world has waited for Atlanta rapper Waka Flocka Flame to drop an official sequel to his debut, Flockaveli. Despite dozens of â€œconfirmedâ€? release dates and fan anticipation hitting an all-time high, Flockaveli 2 still hasnâ€™t come out. Ahead of Wakaâ€™s Georgia Theatre show this weekend, Flagpole took a look at the rapperâ€™s timeline from Flockaveli until now, in an attempt to discover why we have yet to see a follow-up to the indisputable trap classic.
had grown to dislike each other after Gucci fired Wakaâ€™s mother, Debra Atney, as his manager in 2010. Despite these rumors, the rappers insist there is no beef and release this mediocre, chemistry-free album.
OCT. 5, 2010: After a string of successful mixtapes and street singles, Waka Flocka signs a collaborative deal with Warner Bros. and Gucci Maneâ€™s 1017 Bricksquad Records to release Flockaveli. Though it recycles some of his mixtape material, Flockaveli quickly becomes known as a classic Atlanta hip hop record. The albumâ€™s scream-along hooks, confessional gangster-rap lyrics and trap-style productionâ€”provided by the likes of Lex Luger and Southsideâ€” enraptures hip hop fans everywhere and goes on to influence artists like Future and Kanye West.
AUG. 9, 2011: Waka Flocka and mentor Gucci Mane release a collaborative album, Ferrari Boyz, after rumors of a falling-out. It had become common knowledge on the Internet that the two longtime friends
MAR. 5, 2013: Gucci announces that Waka Flocka has been dropped from 1017 Bricksquad. Waka goes on to announce that he wishes to never work with or speak to his former friend again. While neither side directly acknowledges how the beef started, a lawsuit Gucci files against Waka, Atney and others alleges that there was an attempt to take leadership in 1017 Bricksquad away from Gucci. (Approximately one year later, Waka implies on Twitter that the beef has been squashed.) JUNE 4, 2013: Flockaveli 2 is announced as completed by Waka on Twitter. JUNE 21, 2013: Waka Flocka tells TMZ that he is producing Amanda Bynesâ€™ debut rap album, which never sees release.
2011â€“PRESENT DAY: Waka Flocka consistently releases strong mixtapes in lieu of an official follow-up to Flockaveli. (It would take an entirely separate article to chronicle these mixtapesâ€”15 in total, by our estimation. If you want an easy place to start, check out anything from the Duflocka Rant or Salute Me Or Shoot Me series of tapes.) MAR. 8, 2011: Waka poses nude for PETAâ€™s â€œInk Not Minkâ€? campaign and continues to work for the organization for years to come.
clash heavily with the stronger trap songs throughout.
JUNE 8, 2012: After a few delays, Waka Flocka releases his second solo album, Triple F Life: Friends, Fans & Family. Though its initial sales are decent, Triple F is considered a critical and commercial failure. The album is far from catastrophically bad, but overt attempts to court radio play and a misguided acoustic track fail to impress and
NOV. 20, 2013: Waka releases a mobile game called Wakaville. The game lets users and their friends battle zombies together across five different maps. Itâ€™s not very good. NOV. 27, 2013: After a string of festival appearances, it seems Waka is ready to fully embrace a hip hop-EDM crossover. He announces an EDM-based album titled Flockaveli Psychotics, saying it will feature collaborations with producers like Diplo
and Steve Aoki. He later changes the title to Turn Up God, but it doesnâ€™t matter, because it is never released. MAY 5, 2014: Waka and his wife, Tammy Rivera, begin appearing regularly on the VH1 show â€œLove & Hip-Hop: Atlanta.â€? After one season on the show, a spinoff, â€œMeet the Flockas,â€? is announced. SEPT. 14, 2014: Waka says he will hire a full-time blunt roller via social media in exchange for $50,000 a year. Seth Rogen volunteers. NOV. 11, 2014: Waka tweets a photo of a 31-track iTunes playlist with the caption â€œ#Flockaveli2 track-list.â€? FEB. 9, 2015: Waka tweets what appears to be a list of Flockaveli 2 collaborators, including heavyweights Jay Z, Kanye West, Drake, 50 Cent and Lil Wayne. He gives a release date of June 1, 2015. NOV. 15, 2015: Waka has been calling out Atlantic Records (with whom he had been shuffled into business after some restructuring at Warner) on Twitter, claiming they are holding Flockaveli 2 hostage. He urges fans to call the label heads and demand its release. Eventually, he takes matters into his own hands, releasing one of his strongest mixtapes ever, appropriately named Flockaveli 1.5. PRESENT DAY: Waka is still signed to Atlantic, and it seems that until he can get out of his contract, Flockaveli 2 will never be released. f
WHO: Waka Flocka Flame WHERE: Georgia Theatre WHEN: Friday, Jan. 15, 9 p.m. HOW MUCH: SOLD OUT
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