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table of contents Pub Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Movie Reviews . . . . . . . . 19 Capitol Impact . . . . . . . . . . 6 Flick Skinny . . . . . . . . . . 19 This Modern World . . . . . . 6 The Calendar . . . . . . . . . 20 City Dope . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Bulletin Board . . . . . . . . . 26 Refugees . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Adopt Me . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Indie South Fair . . . . . . . 12 Art Around Town . . . . . . . 27 The Locavore . . . . . . . . . 13 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Alabama Shakes . . . . . . . 14 Crossword . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Iris DeMent . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Sudoku . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Threats & Promises . . . . . 17 Local Comics . . . . . . . . . 30 Record Review . . . . . . . . 17 Advice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

from the blogs âˆ? HOMEDRONE: A local writer reflects on Prince’s final concert, which took place in Atlanta Apr. 14. ď“ą IN THE LOOP: ACC Police released body-camera video of last week’s officer-involved shooting. ď†? HOMEDRONE: Pylon has released a single in advance of a two-LP live album that chronicles a 1983 concert at Athens’ Mad Hatter club.

athens power rankings: APR. 25–MAY 1 1. Human Rights Festival 2. Pylon ďˆą 3. Hope Zimmerman 4. New Madrid 5. Matthew Hicks

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Change Is All About Us Gardens, Laughs, Soul Food and High-Rise Students By Pete McCommons



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The Boulevard Gardening Club knows how to make digging and delving (almost) fun. They certainly have a good time with their annual Roving Garden Party, and the 2016 outing is concentrated along Pulaski Street, which has evolved into an intriguing mix of the old with the new, including gardens. And, as usual, your ticket includes food and drinks. They’re not going to wait around on you, though. Show up at Pulaski Heights BBQ, 675 Pulaski St., at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 1 to get your ticket. The tour is 3–5 p.m.,

Alas, Piedmont College’s Café on Prince is closing Wednesday, Apr. 28. Piedmont needs the space for its nursing program and its library, which have been housed off campus. The Café is the cafeteria staffed by cooks who used to work at Wilson’s Soul Food before it closed on Hot Corner downtown. This is where you could get macaroni and cheese delivered from Heaven every day, along with fried okra, squash casserole, green beans, stewed cabbage, your choice of meats, cornbread, cobbler, etc.

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Three Performances Only If you have felt the twinges of age or know somebody who has or you just enjoy a good play performed by good actors, remember that Town & Gown’s A Month of Sundays runs Friday and Saturday, Apr. 29 and 30 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 1 at 2 p.m. And that’s all. This is a busy time with a lot of good stuff happening all over town, and this play is well worth considering in the mix. Lots of laughs, some tears and some whiskey help us smile at the inevitable. Tickets are only $5 and are available at The Athens Community Theatre is behind the TaylorGrady House at the corner of Prince and Grady avenues. And, yes, the director makes me smoothies most mornings.

Is there no restaurant in need of a readymade staff with loyal customers eager to follow them to a new location? Maybe that’s just what we need at Flagpole: newspaper offices upstairs and The Café on Prince downstairs. Feed the mind; feed the body.

The College That Ate a City This one is about Texas State University and its hometown, San Marcos, TX. Several people shared it on Facebook recently, and you can read it on There’s a lot of other good stuff on that website, too, about getting urban living right. San Marcos, like other college towns, has been overrun by student housing, so this is a cautionary tale for Athenians, too. A common thread in the San Marcos story as well as our own is how local government just sat by and watched the city irrevocably change practically overnight and did nothing. Very late in the game, the San Marcos citizens are finally waking up and electing a government that will respond to their needs. Any chance of that happening in Athens? The concentration of downtown luxury high-rise student apartments is a response to a complex set of market demands not specific to Athens. But our response, or lack thereof, is definitely specific to Athens. f




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that included the possible construction of another nuclear plant on 7,000 acres along the Chattahoochee in Stewart County. Georgia Power said construction on the nuclear plant wouldn’t begin for another 10–15 years. But the utility wants ratepayers to cough up $175 million right now to pay for site studies and an application for a Nuclear Regulatory Commission license. The PSC held its first hearings last week on the proposed resource plan. In a rational world, the commissioners would have laughed Georgia Power’s attorneys right out of the hearing room for putting forth such a ludicrous idea. They would have told the utility to forget about launching a third nuclear project. They would have held a news conference to reassure Georgia Power’s customers they wouldn’t be burdened with higher monthly bills to pay for such a harebrained scheme. The PSC doesn’t operate rationally, however. Georgia Power will move ahead with preparatory work on the Stewart County nukes because the commissioners are congenitally unable to say no to the state’s most powerful utility. It’s obvious that Georgia Power is incapable of building nuclear plants that are finished on time and under budget. That doesn’t mean they’re bad people—they are just not capable, for whatever reason, of successfully managing such a complex construction project. That has been amply demonstrated time and again. This inability creates a larger problem: Georgia Power wants to pass along all the cost overruns to its customers in the form of higher monthly bills. If the PSC members were doing the job they’re elected to do, they would crack down on the utility and require its shareholders to eat part of those cost overruns. f


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Saving the West Broad Garden Plus, Prince Flags, Chase, Newton, Human Rights and Public Art By Blake Aued and Kat Khoury Two weeks ago, Ted Gilbert, associate superintendent at the Clarke County School District, gave a presentation on plans to renovate the long-vacant West Broad School into administrative offices. The plans presented confirmed what Flagpole had already reported—that they called for paving over a popular community garden on the property and moving the garden to a much smaller parcel that’s now a parking lot across Minor Street. “We think this is a pretty good effort at this point to balance the two needs�—the garden and parking, Gilbert told school board members. Not so much, many community members responded. About 20 people—just a small fraction of those who’ve chimed on social media and in conversation all over town—turned out to a subsequent school board meeting Apr. 21 to complain about the plans, including several residents of the neighborhood surrounding the garden. Those residents—some of them older African American women who attended the segregated school as children—told administrators and the board that they felt left out of the process. “Communities know what’s best for them, and they have a right to be at the table in a meaningful way,� said Daniela Aiello, who works with a group fighting gentrification in the Hancock Corridor neighborhood. This is a group of people that’s seen governments disinvest in their neighborhood for decades. As the school and its grounds sat empty, residents say it became a haven for crime. That changed when the Athens Land Trust, seeking a way around zoning laws that prohibited agriculture in residential areas, partnered with the school district to start the community garden and a farmers market on the property in 2013.

“It’s beloved in town even though it’s only been here a few years. It’d be a real shame to see it lost,� said Bertis Downs, an influential education activist who’s ordinarily a staunch supporter of Superintendent Philip Lanoue. It’s been a fruitful partnership. CCSD is on the cutting edge of the farm-to-table movement (see The Locavore on p. 13 for an example). Students work in the garden, and food grown there is served in schools. Neighborhood residents grow food there and sell it at the market, and other farmers and small-business owners come in from outside the area, too, to sell their wares. Not to knock the Athens Farmers Market at Bishop Park (personally, my family goes to both), but the West Broad Market Garden has a very different feel to it. “It’s one of the few places where I get to see diversity,� Chad Whitley said. Johanna Gardner, who’s lived in the neighborhood for nine years, said the market garden has given it more of a sense of community. “It’s affordable and friendly,� she said. “No one is priced out, and everyone is welcome.� Kathleen Falke was more direct: West Broad is not “all upper middle class white people who can afford to pay $4 for a bunch of kale or potatoes,� she wrote in a letter read by Lou Kregel. Since the garden is so important to them, residents are suspicious of why CCSD would want to dig it up, especially when other alternatives may be available. Donna Thurman, a representative from nearby Hill Chapel Baptist Church, said the congregation already has an arrangement with the district for overflow special event parking and would be open to a similar agreement for central-office staffers. Some have wondered if district employees are scared to walk through the

Agatha Coggins speaks to the Clarke County Board of Education about the West Broad Market Garden.

neighborhood. “God forbid you might want to cloister yourself locked up in that space,� market vendor Willa Fambrough said. “I hope that’s not the case.� Lanoue tried to reassure the 100-plus people there that the $6.2 million plan isn’t set in stone by any means. He outlined the reasons why the administration is moving: The headquarters on Mitchell Bridge was too large for a downsized central-office staff, too out of the way and too expensive to maintain, and he wanted to be “closer to the city, where we should be.� CCSD will appoint a stakeholders’ group at the appropriate time, he said, but the district hasn’t even hired an architect yet— the plan that’s been circulated is merely one proposal by one firm, and the board hasn’t made any decisions. In spite of Lanoue’s efforts, this is another public-relations disaster for CCSD. Eastsiders are still raw about the handling of the alleged sexual assault at Cedar Shoals High School, and now westsiders have a reason to be ticked off, too. Board members, however, literally gave Lanoue a vote of confidence—they renewed his contract at the meeting, too. [Blake Aued] More School Stuff: Another speaker at the meeting, Tommie Farmer of the Clarke


County NAACP, called for an independent investigation into CCSD’s handling of the aforementioned sexual assault at Cedar Shoals, where Tony Price, currently on administrative leave, won’t be returning as principal, district spokeswoman Anisa Sullivan Jimenez confirmed last week. The board also tentatively approved its $137 million budget, which includes employee raises, 16 new teaching positions and additional security. Public hearings will be held at 5:30 p.m. May 11 at Alps Road Elementary, May 18 at Gaines Elementary and May 26 at H.T. Edwards, and the board will vote to finalize the budget June 2. [BA] On the Streets: Athens-Clarke County Commissioner Melissa Link will propose her own option for bike lanes on Chase Street at the commission’s May 3 voting meeting, she said at the Apr. 19 agendasetting meeting. The Transportation and Public Works Department’s plan calls for a new crosswalk at Chase Street Elementary and bike lanes roughly from Boulevard to Newton Bridge Road. But the Chase PTO wants the crosswalk moved to a different location closer to Dubose Avenue, and several Chase residents who live between Boulevard and Rowe Road told commissioners they oppose eliminating the center




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turn lane there to make room for bike lanes because turning into their driveways would become more dangerous. Link told Flagpole she plans to meet with stakeholders and transportation officials to find a compromise. Closing the block of Newton Street between Meigs Street and Prince Avenue for an outdoor cafe is a no-go, at least for now, because the Bottleworks’ owners (and some tenants) oppose it, and commissioners want to see how Parkside Partners plans to develop the Bottleworks parking lot into senior housing. “At some time in the future, we can reconsider it, but at this time, this is not something that should divide this commission,” said Commissioner Mike Hamby, a proponent of the idea. Commissioners generally praised a $575 million deal for Atlanta-based Piedmont Healthcare to purchase Athens Regional, which will require commission approval next month, and signaled that they’ll likely approve the 100 Prince mixed-use development at St. Joseph Catholic Church, redevelopment of the Eastside Kroger and a Kroger gas station on Baxter Street. But they raised concerns about a $240 million, 20-year water and sewer plan because it includes $20 million to study and buy land for a potential future reservoir, questioning the need for it when residents continue to conserve and growth projects are often too optimistic. Manager Blaine Williams said Athens—which shares a reservoir with three other counties but ordinarily takes drinking water from rivers—could need its own reservoir during a future drought, but it’s far from a done deal. “There’s lots of discussion to come,” he said. [BA] RIP Prince Avenue Flags: Last year ACC set up stands at two dangerous Prince Avenue crosswalks with orange flags for pedestrians to wave (or throw) at cars as they crossed. Hilarious memes aside, the flags didn’t work—a study found that, while waving the flags made people look silly, it didn’t make cars stop for them—so ACC is no longer replacing them when they’re stolen or misplaced (as 220 have been so far). Back to carrying rotten fruit in our pockets… [BA] Public Art: Athens is gearing up for some new public art projects, attendees learned Thursday, Apr. 21 at an Athens Cultural Affairs Commission public art input session at the Lyndon House Arts Center. A survey of public opinion concerning art was conducted by the ACAC and then presented at the open house, revealing that many respondents look to cities such as Asheville, NC, Greenville, SC and Chattanooga, TN for inspiration. The types of art most desired are murals, sculptures and infrastructure such as bike racks. Todd Bressi, an art consultant visiting from Philadelphia, has been working with the ACAC since August to garner community input and help orchestrate new public art throughout Athens. “In order to keep the creative juices flowing, you have to let artists bring their own ideas, because they might have ideas about doing things in a way no one ever thought of. I think that if you’re doing public art that’s what you’re looking for. You’re looking for artists to do something fresh and innovative and unexpected,” Bressi said. Bressi has helped to bring three renowned artists to visit Athens, to give their input and help connect with the

community. The first two artists were Seitu Jones and Matthew Mazzotta. Here since Monday is Wing Young Huie, a Minneapolis photographer whose project is “chalk talks.” Huie’s vision is to bring people out of their bubble by photographing them with a chalkboard on which they write the answer to a personal question that a stranger asks them at Huie’s prompting. Since his arrival in Athens Apr. 18, Huie said he’s interacted with about 70 people in Athens, from veterans in restaurants to students at Cedar Shoals High School and UGA to the Sparrow’s Nest, a local Christian ministry. “I was confronted by my own assumptions and biases,” Huie said, reflecting on the hundreds of people he’s photographed in his career, and he hopes his subjects have the same reaction. His work is under consideration by ACAC, which is still figuring out how and where they want to display his project. UGA is considering turning it into a mural. You can see his “chalk talks” by searching the hashtag #athenspublicart on Instagram. While public art has always been an important part of Athens culture, with the help of Bressi the ACAC has developed an Athens Public Art Master Plan. The plan incorporates some features of the Downtown Master Plan but encompasses a larger geographical area, the idea being to bring public art to all areas of Athens. Athens-Clarke County Commissioner Diane Bell said she agrees strongly with the vision, believing that “letting each area have their own identity” is important for inclusion of all residents of Athens, adding that “I want us to do more to tie in with the university. We need more connectedness with all the interest groups.” Nine ACAC projects are underway, paid for through SPLOST, the commission’s main source of funding. The ACAC has a national request out in order to find an artist to design an interactive feature for the upcoming World of Wonder playground replacement at Southeast Clarke Park. They also have money to begin work on the Firefly Trail and Greenway extension around Dudley Park, which should see some revamping soon. An early May meeting will decide the direction for these projects, says ACAC Commissioner Helen Kuykendall,. Potential SPLOST projects also include bus shelters and bike racks and a downtown cultural trail showcasing Athens’ history through art. “The Downtown Master Plan identifies some of the downtown areas as priority corridors for public art,” read the information posters presented at the open house. It also calls for improved links to downtown like walkways and greenways. “Public art is an opportunity for businesses to sponsor, artists to produce their ideas, a way of making Athens prettier,” Bell said. “We have so much art that needs presenting.” [Kat Khoury] Human Rights: The 38th annual Human Rights Festival is taking place Apr. 30–May 1 in College Square (see the Calendar on p. 20 and for more), and the schedule is chock full of political speakers on topics ranging from immigrant rights to ethical eating, as well as bands and other entertainment. On May Day, Sunday, Athens for Everyone has organized a workers’ rights march starting at 1 p.m. Marchers are pushing for protections for LGBTQA workers, a higher minimum wage and better conditions for farm workers. [BA] f



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Esther Htoo, a refugee from Myanmar, settled in Athens eight years ago and now owns a home.

Refugees Have Been Resettling in Athens for Years By Marci Mendel White


hen Athens resident Esther Htoo arrived in the United States in 2008, she’d been living in the Mae La refugee camp in Thailand for 10 years. She arrived in the camp as a 12-year-old girl with her parents, brother and sister, after fleeing the civil war in Myanmar (aka Burma). Htoo tells of how her family lived in a small mountain village in Myanmar and how, as the battles got more intense around her village, bit by bit, everyone started to leave, traveling over the border of Thailand into refugee camps. She recounts in halting but serviceable English: “My country was so bad because of the civil war. The government fighters were fighting with the Karen soldiers.” (Karen is the ethnic group she comes from.) “They were fighting day and night. We can’t go to school to have our education, and at night we can’t sleep, because they are always fighting.” For the next 10 years, Htoo lived in the camp with her family. Mae La refugee camp is the largest camp in Thailand, with over 40,000 people crammed into an area about a half-mile wide and three miles long.

Coming from Camps Refugees entering the U.S. from anywhere in the world have spent an average of nine years at a refugee camp. Many refugees spend far longer in the camps, and only a tiny fraction of the world’s estimated 19.5 million refugees are given the chance to resettle in another country. Of the approximately 150,000 refugees referred for resettlement by the UN Refugee Agency annually, the U.S. normally



accepts 70,000—far more than any other country. For 2016, due to a sharp spike in worldwide refugees and the brutal war in Syria, President Obama has raised that number to 85,000. The application process for resettlement takes an average of 18–24 months. Htoo was able to complete the process in a year. After a person goes through the United Nations’ process and is referred for resettlement, the applicant is interviewed by the U.S. Department of State and then the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. If a refugee makes it through all of the interviews and background checks, he or she has to pass a medical screening. The camp where Htoo and her husband, Sawdaw, grew up was safe, but options are severely limited. There are no legal employment opportunities, and residents are confined to the camp, which is surrounded with a barbed wire fence. There are schools in the camp, which is how Htoo knew some English when she arrived, but higher education is not a possibility for most. Refugees are not citizens in the countries they reside in, and they have few of the rights and protections of citizens. “I didn’t want to live there, because the education is so low,” Htoo says, softly. “Also, you don’t have a job. It is so poor. Sometimes my son, who was just 2 years old, wanted to have a snack, and I was so sad because I didn’t have money to buy [one] for him. It is so difficult to live in a refugee camp. That’s why I want to live in another country. I want to work; I want to make money; I want to give my son more food.” The housing in Mae La is very basic and densely packed, with six or seven people sharing a small, one-room hut made of bamboo and leaves. There is no electricity or running water and, needless to say, no privacy. But beyond the

lack of material commodities, the main problem in refugee camps is the lack of opportunity and choice. “Living as a refugee in the camps means having a very uncertain future,” says Jennifer Drago, who has worked with refugees at Jubilee Partners—a Christian service community in Comer, about 10 miles east of Athens, that offers hospitality to refugees—for 20 years. “There’s a lot of boredom, with nothing productive to do; a lot of hopelessness. They also suffer from having very poor health care,” Drago says.

Southern Hospitality The Htoos arrived in the U.S. eight years ago when their son was 3, and Esther was pregnant with their second child. Asked what is the hardest part of resettling, she says, “Only the English. That is the hardest thing. Sometimes I wish I could talk like I do in my own language, but it’s hard because my English is so little.” While it’s much easier to learn to adjust to a new culture when you know the language, the main thing refugees need when they arrive in their new country, says Drago, “is a friend, and I mean an American friend, to help them navigate all these different systems. Things that are hard for us to do, like deal with the Social Security office, medical offices… I mean, those are overwhelming for us, but for people who have never had to deal with those kinds of bureaucracies and don’t have the language for it… It’s just impossible.” As the refugee health coordinator at Jubilee, Drago knows what frequently happens. “Often when there’s a medical need, people don’t go, and if they do go, they don’t

know how to follow up,” she says. “If they have insurance, many don’t understand what their insurance will pay for, so they don’t go. Sometimes they can’t get off work, or don’t have transportation. It would be wonderful if every family could have someone who can be a friend and advocate for them.” Htoo’s family found one such friend in Athens resident Matthew Hicks. As a graduate student at Emory, Hicks had worked with Jubilee on a project. “Ten years later I was out in the work world, and I started thinking about how I could participate in Jubilee’s mission a little more fully,” he says. As a real estate investor and owner of New Ground Realty, he saw that he had the ability to help refugees out with housing. “What they do at Jubilee is fantastic, and it works, but usually refugees are only at Jubilee for a couple months. My thought was that we could work with a few families to give them a chance to catch their breath, figure out where they are and find work,” he says. Hicks decided to make one apartment available to a refugee family, offering free rent for a year. He contacted Drago to find a family to take him up on the offer. “Matthew was offering a very nice two-bedroom, twobath apartment. For him to offer free rent for a year was incredibly generous, but even so, it was hard to find a family for that apartment,” Drago recalls. “The problem was that no one wanted to be the first in Athens. They were used to living in groups, near other families like them. Who would help them to accomplish all the different things they need to accomplish? And though it was a tremendous offer, Matthew wasn’t promising anything but the apartment. “Well, finally I found a family who I convinced to come look at the apartment. It was a family of seven, with the grandparents. When Matthew walked in, the grandmother of this family walked over to him and hugged him. That’s when I knew it was going to work. It’s hard to be a pioneer, to be the first ones to step out of your comfort zone.”

I wish is that our culture was more empathetic towards refugees that need a place to settle in,” Hicks says. “If I were a father living in another country, and my children weren’t safe, I would do everything I possibly could to get them to a better place. Who wouldn’t do that? Refugee resettlement has become a political hot button, and that’s unfortunate.” When the Htoo family moved to Athens, they became part of a small group of pioneers. At first there were five families, all related to each other. Then five more came, and there are now at least 10 refugee families settled in Athens—all ethnic Karen and Karenni people who fled the long civil war in Myanmar—and dozens more in Madison and Oglethorpe counties. For eight years, Hicks has continued to be involved with the five families he provided housing for. He no longer owns the apartments they initially lived in, but he went on to assist three of the families in buying their own homes. “I found houses for them and put my own money up,” he recalls. “They do repay me with interest, but it’s not an exorbitant interest.” Two of the three families managed to pay their houses off within four years and now own them outright. “It’s amazing,” says Hicks, “More than anything, I think it’s a story about them and their ability to quickly adapt. And it does take some help; it does take people taking a risk.”

A New Home Esther and Sawdaw Htoo, along with their two children and her parents, are one of the families who have paid off their home. Esther states proudly that they made their last payment this past December. It’s a neat brick, one-story, four-bedroom, two-bath house in a quiet neighborhood filled with similar houses. Inside it’s clean and uncluttered, with sparse, tasteful furnishings. Two other refugee fami-

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The Htoo family and friends share a traditional meal.

That first family was Sawdaw Htoo’s parents, along with one of their daughters and her children. Matthew encouraged them to invite more families and made a total of three apartments available, eventually helping five families by offering a limited time of free rent while they adjusted to their new town. What motivated Hicks to help refugees? “Certainly my faith has something to do with it,” he says, “and my belief that people who live in very bad conditions in other parts of the world should have a chance to resettle here.” That’s not an attitude shared by everyone, as many conservative politicians and pundits have called on Obama to stop accepting refugees for fear that, in spite of the rigorous application process, some could be terrorists. “What

lies live in the same neighborhood, and the rest of the families are clustered together in houses about a mile away. All of the adults in the family work at the Pilgrim’s Pride poultry plant. Esther and her father work the night shift, while her husband and mother work the day shift. They do it this way so someone can always be home with the children. Most refugees living in Athens and Comer work at a poultry plant—the industry that provides the most jobs for refugees in Georgia. It’s tedious work and physically hard, but the poultry plants pay $10–11 an hour, more than you can get almost anywhere else for unskilled labor, and that makes it hard to leave. Esther stands on her feet for eight hours, five or six nights a week, cutting chicken in the cold

factory, moving fast to keep up with the conveyer belts. One day she’d like to get a job that’s not so hard, maybe in a retail store or daycare. “We don’t have much time to be social,” says Esther, laughing, “because sometimes we work 60 hours a week. On Sunday we go to church, and then the whole week is finished.” Last year the International Rescue Committee (a nonprofit refugee resettlement agency) proposed setting up a small office in Athens and bringing 150 refugees here, but it was rebuffed by local government leaders. Subsequently, an ecumenical group composed of clergy and other citizens formed Welcoming Athens, a group “working to nurture a culture of welcome for all people in Athens and the surrounding area.” Among other things, the group is advocating for the city to let the resettlement office come. The main reason Mayor Nancy Denson gave for not wanting IRC in Athens was that resources are stretched thin, and her priority is “to take care of the people who are already here,” citing issues with homelessness and panhandling. But some in the U.S. also resist taking refugees because of a concern that some refugees coming in might be criminals, violent radicals or unable to adjust successfully to American culture. “That’s not why they’re coming here,” says Drago, emphatically. “They’re coming here to work, to go to school and have a better future. Now, after having been here awhile, they’re also part of humanity, and some people do commit crimes, but no more than people from any country. But to say that people come here to sow discord and terrorism in our country, absolutely not. They’re fleeing that! They’re coming here because they want to live in a peaceful place. “In fact, many refugees are afraid because they’ve heard about American gun violence, and so many refugees do live in big cities where crime is more common. And they are often the victims, because who could be more vulnerable than a new refugee who often won’t call police because they’re too afraid and can’t explain what happened?” Hicks pushes back against the idea that refugees drain resources. “You know, our local government says that there’s not housing, that there are no jobs, but that’s simply not true,” he says. “Of the group of refugees I’ve been working with, three families own their homes. They live in nice houses in nice neighborhoods, and they did it working at the chicken plant. They work and go to school here and pay property taxes.” Esther Htoo is grateful for the help she and her family have received. “American people are so kind,” she says. “Matthew helped take care of us and he is very kind. I’m so happy. Our lives are changing. Before I’m so poor. Now I have a job and what I want, I can buy. I can buy things for my children.” Htoo says initially she thought she wanted to live in a big city, but now she prefers a smaller town. “The main thing is that in the big city everything is more expensive. The apartment is more expensive, so here we can save money. Also, school is close; everything is close to my house.” Drago chimes in: “Sure, and there’s less crime. It’s easier to get around. It’s only a 10-minute drive to their jobs. Some people commute from Atlanta to work at the poultry plant. “Since she’s lived here for a while, Esther is able to see the whole picture and all the benefits. But when you first get to a country, you have no idea. Who do you trust and how do you know where to go? These folks have never had bills; they’ve never been in debt. There are very few money exchanges when you’ve been living so many years at a refugee camp. “The refugees do have drive and vision and hope. They want a good future for themselves and their kids. They’re willing to work hard, but they do need a lot of help, especially at first. “The ones who make it are true success stories, and the amazing thing is that there are so many who do,” says Drago. “To see the tremendous resiliency and inner strength they have to rebuild a life, to start all over from scratch, with nothing, I get to witness that unfolding all the time.” f



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A Decade of Handmade Markets Indie South Fair Moves Downtown and Across the Southeast By Jessica Smith On the brink of regional expansion, Indie South Fair has grown from a humble, locally-focused market into a tremendous manifestation of founder Serra Ferguson’s vision for a curated, open-air craft festival. This weekend, more than 100 vendors will assemble downtown beneath iconic white tents for one of Athens’ most popular artist events, the ninth annual Springtacular. From handmade jewelry by Laurel Hill and Rhys May to natural bath and body products by Pale Blue Dot Soap and Forest Things, snacks by Piedmont Provisions and Nicobella Organics and sustainably made clothing by Ekkos and Maelu Designs, you’ll literally find everything under the sun. Indie South is admirable for its adaptability; from Ben’s Bikes to the Jittery Joe’s Roaster to its most recent residency in the lot near the intersection of Chase Street and Prince Avenue, its markets have explored various locations in search of the perfect balance between peak visibility and logistical accessibility. Though Indie South tested the waters by presenting the Springtacular in conjunction with the Human Rights Festival last year, this is the first time the market has been held independently in the streets of downtown after receiving permission from the Athens-Clarke County government. Taking place on West Washington Street between Lumpkin and Pulaski Streets and spilling over onto a portion of Hull Street, the location is significant in that the market is returning to the same end of town from which it was launched a decade ago. The idea for Indie South grew from Ferguson’s experience in designing jewelry and apparel that she sold in Remnant, her tiny boutique specializing in handmade items. “This was in the infancy of what I think of as the modern handmade movement, back in 2002. My shop was way ahead of its time, especially for Athens. There was no social media, and Etsy had not even been founded yet,” says Ferguson. Through her business, she began connecting with other artists in other cities, and at her peak was participating in 14 markets a year all over the country. “I went to the second ever Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago, and it was a revelation: I was part of something way bigger than my boutique or my town,” she says. “For the first time in my life, I felt like I belonged in a community. That was a big deal for someone like me who has always felt like an outsider socially.”

Going above and beyond your average artist market, Indie South has grown into a well-rounded, multi-faceted event by incorporating live entertainment and activities like kids’ crafts, workshops and demos. The hope is that everyone, regardless of whether they intend to shop or not, will feel welcome to stay awhile and engage with the artists. Several food trucks will be rolling into town for one or both days of this year’s Springtacular, with the culinary lineup including Chay J’s, Katty Wampus, Holy Crepe, Mac

the Cheese Truck, Charbucks, Wheely Grilly, Taza Foods and Speakcheesy. Athens Free School, a skill share learning network, will lead workshops in screen printing and sticker making, while DJ Mahogany and DJ Pip of Hits & Misses provide the aural backdrop. Guests can also tour Atlanta’s Serena Tiny House, a 224-square-foot home. “Marketplaces are the oldest way humans have acquired goods from one another, so obviously it’s endured since ancient times for a reason,” says Ferguson. “There’s just something about purchasing an object from the person who made it or collected it that you don’t get in a store setting, and I think that’s intangible. I love the excitement of discovery, the idea that I may be the only one who gets that particular piece, and also that I am supporting a person directly instead of going through a middleman.” Indie South has made huge strides in establishing smaller-scale events throughout the year, including a Handmade

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Lovers Valentine’s Market, Back to Cool Market and the vintage-centric Eclectic Bazaar. Now approaching its 10th year, the time has come to buckle down and take the show on the road. Earlier this month, Indie South presented a two-day artist market featuring 30 vendors in Columbia, SC, and already has plans to return in September. The following weekend, Indie South hopped over to Atlanta to host a market in conjunction with the first-ever Food-oRama in Grant Park. After the Springtacular, Indie South will hit the highway for Uptown’s Riverfest in Columbus, GA. Ferguson intends to plant roots in five cities outside of Athens by the end of the year. “When I changed the name to Indie South Fair [from Athens Indie Craftstravaganza] about five years ago, it was purposely to make it more expansive and inclusive. I knew then I wanted to get beyond Athens and expand to a regional level, but I wasn’t quite sure how to go about it,” says Ferguson. “So, the idea of being in other cities has been gestating for some time, and my motivation is the same as my motivation here in Athens but on a larger scale: I want to knit together a network of makers, artists and curators and give them a forum to market their work while building a community of supporters.” As nationwide interest in handmade items has continued to increase over the years, more cities have jumped in on the trend of holding craft fairs. Participating in a newly established event can be a big risk for traveling vendors, however, whose sales are greatly influenced by the marketing and promotional skills of the organizer, as well as by their own familiarity and name recognition with consumers. Recognizing this niche need, Ferguson is stepping in to offer Indie South as a reputable entity that can prioritize artists’ best interests full-time. “Expanding into other markets around the Southeast is just the beginning,” says Ferguson. She hopes to evolve Indie South’s scope by acting as a hub that supports creative entrepreneurs through offering services and resources to build their business. “I have also been scouting for a possible brick-andmortar location to serve as a base of operations. We want a space that could fulfill a lot of different purposes: from gatherings and events to workshops and maybe even retail. The possibilities feel endless right now, and it’s a very exciting time for Indie South.” f

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Waste Not, Want Not Clarke Middle Class Repurposes Leftover Food By Lauren Baggett Depending on the day, you might detect the scent of apple and cinnamon wafting through the air. You may hear the whir of a blender whipping together a fruit and kale smoothie or the thick glub of jam bubbling on the stove. These are just a few of the tasty morsels students at Clarke Middle School are creating in their food science classes, and some of the ingredients they’re using are food waste. Don’t think garbage or spoiled food, though, says Hope Zimmerman, Clarke Middle’s family and consumer science teacher. The foods she and her students use are uneaten lunchroom leftovers—whole pieces of fruit, unopened milk and juice cartons or packs of carrot sticks, for example.

Though students were encouraged to place untouched foods into separate bins, fruits were still getting tossed. So, bowl in hand, Prichard stood by the trash can for a year, collecting every banana or apple that came his way. Eventually the students caught on, and now they can leave the foods they don’t want in bowls on the lunch tables. On an average day, Prichard estimates the school collects around 40 bananas, 20 cups of milk and juice and 40–50 fruit cups. The food, along with unopened milk, juice and other items, was stored in Zimmerman’s classroom. At first, she gave out fruit or milk as an afternoon snack. But the excess started piling up, and one

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The reclaimed food labs are just another product of Clarke Middle’s evolving sustainability culture. Debbie Mitchell thinks they might be the most important program yet. As Clarke’s agriculture science teacher, Mitchell introduces her students to growing food, but bringing food into the classroom, she says, completes the picture for her kids. “They start to see how it all works together,” says Mitchell. The agriculture science classroom works in partnership with Zimmerman’s family and consumer science class to present a holistic view of food, from seed to plate, and now post-plate. Over the school year they will teach around 500 students, mostly sixth graders. Zimmerman thinks it’s good to start these lessons early. “Sixth graders are a blank slate,” she says. “They buy in more easily than the older kids.” Her reclaimed food labs began a little over a year ago as an idea that progressed from the school cafeteria composting program. “It all started with having too much food,” says Wick Prichard, the school’s AmeriCorps/VISTA volunteer from 2012– 2015. Prichard and Mitchell couldn’t help but noticed how many whole fruits they were collecting for compost. “Composting is the last step you want,” says Prichard. “Ideally, you want the kids to eat the fruit.”

day Zimmerman decided to use all the extra apples she had to make apple carrot muffins. Her kids loved it. Since then, Zimmerman’s class has made pear butter, apple bread and carrot juice, all using reclaimed food or produce from the school garden. “I probably save the school district hundreds of dollars using food from the cafeteria,” she says. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, the U.S. wastes 40 percent of its food. Within their classrooms, Mitchell and Zimmerman are working to show kids how to be mindful of food. Mitchell likes to emphasize how the recipes she makes with her kids can be modified. Though the students may not have the same list of ingredients, “they need to know that they can make these recipes at home,” she says. Zimmerman agrees. The students’ favorite kale smoothie recipe is an easy example, she says, to show kids how to work with what they have on hand. Sustainability programs are gaining momentum across the school district. Gardens have popped up in Clarke County’s three other middle schools. Mitchell and Zimmerman hope the next stop is the district high schools. For now, they’re eager to see how the program grows in the next year. “It’s not finished,” says Zimmerman. f


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Alabama Shakes are 21st Century Rock Stars By Bobby Moore


Brantley Gutierrez

a time when mainstream hip hop and pop vocalists dominate FM airwaves and awards-show accolades, the Alabama Shakes have pulled off a rare feat. The Athens, AL four-piece has achieved legitimate rock stardom in the 21st Century, translating early encounters with internet hype into something lucrative and long-lasting. The group’s rags-to-riches tale began with Brittany Howard (lead vocals, guitar) and Zac Cockrell (bass) jamming together in a garage, learning cover songs and composing two originals. When their go-to drummer broke his arm in an automobile accident, the pair recruited Steve Johnson. “I had some studio time my previous band had won, so I asked, ‘Would y’all be interested in using this free studio time to record the two originals you have?’” Johnson says. “After we did it, they just sat there three or four months or so. But every chance I got, I shared it with other musicians.” Among the musicians to hear those earliest recordings was guitarist Heath Fogg, who booked the nascent trio for its May 2009 live debut in Decatur, AL alongside his cover band, Tuco’s Pistol. With a second guitarist needed to liven up the Alabama Shakes’ first 45-minute set, Fogg joined the band. By 2011 the Shakes had crafted enough originals to record a new set of demos. “We had started going to east Nashville to record a demo,” Johnson says. “We had four or five of them done and put together a little EP. Plus, I think Brittany had posted a couple of songs on our MySpace page, or Facebook, or whatever it was. Somehow, a guy in California [Aquarium Drunkard’s Justin Gage] had heard it and started writing about it on his blog and everything. He had a bunch of people who read that and got turned on to it through that.” With this sudden flood of attention came inquiries directed at the band’s management and booking agent. The group had neither prior to meeting like-minded musicians with Athens, GA ties. ”As luck would have it, we had a show coming up in Florence, AL, which is where some of the Drive-By Truckers are from,” Johnson says. “At that point, the W.C. Handy Festival was taking place. They just happened to be in town for the festival, so Patterson [Hood] came and saw us. It was a Record Store Day thing or something like that. He’s the one who got us hooked up with their management. Once they got ahold of us, they had all the connections to facilitate putting an album out [and] putting us on the road.” The 2012 debut album, Boys and Girls, signaled the Alabama Shakes’ mainstream arrival. It netted the group its



first two Grammy nominations: Best New Artist and Best Rock Performance for “Hold On.” Critics praised Howard’s neo-soul delivery and the band’s grasp of regional blues, rock and gospel traditions. Instead of appeasing its swelling fanbase with another dose of comparable sounds, the band expanded its sonic horizons on its 2015 album, Sound and Color. “We’ve avoided being categorized or being the poster band for any movement, because we are interested in so many different things,” Johnson says. “On Sound and Color, we tried to expand on the interests we have. There’s some far-out stuff on there, and almost like hip-hop-oriented grooves.” The opportunity to introduce new influences and techniques was as circumstantial as it was an artistic statement.

“With Boys and Girls, the songs were pretty much already [written], and we’d just go in and lay them down, so there wasn’t much spontaneity to it,” Johnson says. “We’d been playing them, and they were what they were. With Sound and Color, there was a lot more experimenting with different tones and different instrumentation. Some of the songs we’d been working on since Boys and Girls came out slowly progressed into what they are now. Others we went in kind of clueless. Brittany would have an idea, and then everyone else would have a chance to put their two cents in and try to make something of it.” Among the creative hurdles the band cleared was writing the Grammy-winning single and now pop-culture staple “Don’t Wanna Fight.” “That song was pretty tough when we were doing it in the studio,” Johnson says. “That’s one that kind of took shape over the course of a year or so, starting with the riff. The drum groove changed probably a dozen times. I don’t think anyone knew when Brittany came up with that riff that it had any kind of staying power. It was one of the weaker songs we had until the drum groove kind of locked it in.” Even with his band’s success, Johnson seems content to wind down when possible, enjoy hometown life as a father of two and play drums at his local church. “We’ve only done one-record deals for both albums, so there’s no immediate pressure to follow up or do anything else,” he says. “I think we’d burn ourselves out if that was the case. And given the fact that I have a family and Heath has a family, we like to have our downtime with them. Being on the road is super stressful sometimes. If we get our downtime and don’t think about music, eventually the desire comes back strong.” That same salt-of-the-earth attitude shines through when Johnson and his bandmates appear onstage, late-night television or the red carpet. Howard’s heart-wrenching vocals, Fogg’s twangy tones and all four members’ unshakable pride in the Yellowhammer state reveal the Alabama Shakes as musicians true to their roots. It’s this honesty and emotional accessibility that’s made the group a star in a musical climate that doesn’t always support rock and roll. f

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Higher Plane Iris DeMent Finds Spirit in Song By Chris Hassiotis


Pieta Brown

ris DeMent has this thing she’s good at, where she can take something familiar and well known and make it her own. When Flagpole reaches her by phone, it’s still early in the morning, and she’s fixing a cup of coffee. But there’s more to the coffee than just coffee. “I add a little coconut oil and butter to the coffee,” says the 55-year-old folk singer, “and give it a good blend. It’s so much better, so much richer.” We swap tips, suggesting that black coffee with a touch of xanthan gum in the blender sciences itself to produce a frothy, creamy drink that’s latte-like in texture and appearance. “I’ll have to give that a try,” she says. “I like new things sometimes.” DeMent’s most recent album, The Trackless Woods, takes old things and makes them new again. The hauntingly gorgeous album interprets pieces by the early 20th Century Russian poet Anna Akhmatova. The combination of DeMent’s folk, country and Delta blues music and her affectingly yearning voice delivering Akhmatova’s often achingly mournful, transcendent words makes for strong stuff. Like most in the U.S., DeMent was unfamiliar with Akhmatova’s work, but serendipity brought the two together. “I was

sitting in a little work cabin in Van Buren County in southeast Iowa, in the middle of nowhere, and opened up this book of Russian poetry. Four or five pages were devoted to her,” she says. “I read ‘Like a White Stone,’ and it was like somebody set it to music in my mind. I started and just kept going.” DeMent released The Trackless Woods last summer—only her third full album in 20 years. She’s kept busy, though, and her name may ring a bell to those unfamiliar with her solo work thanks to collaborations and duets sung with John Prine, Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle and Ralph Stanley. Though her past visits to town have been solo affairs, DeMent swings through Athens this time performing in a trio with a bassist

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and pedal steel player. She’ll perform a number of musical interpretations of the Akhmatova poems, some of her past material and likely some familiar tunes by other artists. “If I had my way, I’d do all 18 [of the poem songs],” DeMent admits, “but they’re a little intense, and I’d lose the audience.” Though Akhmatova’s poetry moved DeMent, there aren’t plans to move over for any Russian performances, even though the connection is a personal one; Dement’s daughter was born in Russia and adopted from there when she was 6 years old. “When I first made the record, I wondered what Russian people and those who knew the original poems in Russian would think of it,” she says. “I thought going to

Russia would be really cool, and hoped the record would open that opportunity naturally, though it hasn’t really done that yet. I’d have to work at it if I wanted to make it happen. I went there twice, and to be honest, it’s a long way. The right situation would have to come about.” Regardless of where she’s onstage, DeMent, who grew up in the Pentecostal church, says performing in front of a crowd helps her access something inside. “I always knew that when I sang, I went to a place inside myself that nothing else could get me to. It was a, dare I say, sacred kind of place, and it was really private when I was a kid, which annoyed my family because they were open and sang all the time,” she says. “It was the only place in this crowded house that was mine and was sacred and private, a beautiful thing that I would have called maybe God at the time, the spirit or higher plane. I became very guarded about it. As time went on, I learned that in my singing there was also something other people felt when they heard me sing. And when the songs started coming along, I felt so certain that the songs I was writing should be heard and had a job to do in the world. “Now, kind of ironically,” she adds, “one of the places I feel that spiritual connection is on the stage.” f

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Purses Drops a Pleasant Debut Plus, More Music News and Gossip By Gordon Lamb IN THE BAG: The debut album from Purses came out last week courtesy of the Laser Brains label. The record is titled Obsess Much and runs 10 tracks. The taut yet smoothly flowing songwriting feels influenced in its background by The Replacements and Uncle Tupelo and in its foreground by, say, The Lumineers, Deer Tick and Bon Iver. All in all it’s a totally pleasant—if unduly subdued in parts—album by a band I’ve yet to catch live. The veritable supergroup is populated by Drew Beskin, Phillip Brantley, McKendrick Bearden, Hunter Morris, Jeremy Wheatley and Frank Keith IV. Associated bands include Modern Skirts, The District Attorneys, Grand Vapids, Tedo Stone, Blue Blood and Crooked Fingers. If there’s one stand-out track, it’s “Wheels On the Run.” Consider yourself double-dared to not be singing along before it’s over. Check it at NOW HEAR THIS: Full Moon Recording Studios and the Oconee School of Rock will host a young singer-songwriter night Saturday, Apr. 30 at 7 p.m. on the studio’s premises at 10 School St. in Watkinsville. Mamie Davis, a crack songwriter herself, will introduce each musician, who will then play a song. Each song is folPurses lowed by a conversation regarding “structure, chords, rhythm, lyrical content and tone of the song as the other musicians chime in with their opinions and questions.” Davis says the vibe is that of a listening environment; audience members are asked to put their phones away and pay attention, even during the conversational parts. The lineup of performers is Jacob Conley, Tim Foley, Melanie Bowden and Simone ZJ, and Full Moon owner Josh Perkins will figure as a featured artist. It’ll run ya a mere five bucks, so don’t forget to bring a Lincoln. GET THAT WORM: Full festival early-bird passes for the revamped Athens PopFest are on sale now. These pre-lineup-announcement passes are less expensive than they will


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WHAT’S IN A NAME, ANYWAY?: A new, as-yet-unnamed group will play Flicker Theatre & Bar Apr. 29 and 30. The members are Chris McKay, whom most of you should know from his work with The Critical Darlings, new-to-Athens player Gary Taylor and Athens dudes Justin Sheffield and Jack Reed. There won’t be any other bands on these bills, and the idea is for these guys to play a selection of original songs fleshed out with covers they’ve never gotten to perform with others. McKay admitted that this is a nebulous idea, but it really sounds like a couple of live rehearsals. Although I’m unfamiliar with the other guys in the group, McKay has always specialized in dynamic and polished arena-style pop-rock, so let that be your jumping-off point for this. As always, I’ll keep ya updated on any future developments. THIS MAGIC MOMENT: Ben’s Bikes is the latest group to host a springtime event with a prom theme and, generally, there are so many of these they don’t warrant any mention. But this one is for a damn good cause, so it’s getting mentioned front and center. It takes place at Little Kings Shuffle Club Saturday, Apr. 30 and its theme is “Rock ’n’ Roll Prom 2016: A Space Oddity.” It’s a benefit for the BikeAthens Bike Recycling Program. In pure prom form, the festivities include music, photos, prizes and more. Creative dress is encouraged, so be a sport and honor the theme. Music comes via Andrew WK tribute band Girls Own Love, Cramps tribute band The De Lux Interiors, Silver Jews tribute band Hasidic Gold and Electric Wizard tribute band Dopethrone. Spinning tunes are DJs Mahogany and Background Props. Admission is $5 for singles and $8 per couple, so take a pal and have a ball. f

record review New Madrid: Magnetkingmagnetqueen (Normaltown) New Madrid’s follow-up to 2014’s Sunswimmer finds the Athens rock quartet expanding its palette, incorporating Television-esque guitar heroics and various psychedelic flourishes into its once-rootsy sound. The group even flirts with heady jam-band vibes; see the funky “Rex” or the appropriately named “Charlie’s Party” for two examples. At times the references are a bit on the nose: “Untitled III,” with its buttery opening riff and dramatic tempo change, could be a Marquee Moon B-side. The shuffling, repetitive “Darker Parts” cops from Radiohead’s King of Limbs playbook. “36 Grams of Sugar” has an undeniable Meat Puppets feel. Elsewhere, those influences coalesce into something more distinctive. On “Don’t Hold Me Now,” singer Phil McGill’s indiscernible vocal delivery becomes an asset, his careening melodies playing off the band’s airtight rhythm. “Knots” augments My Bloody Valentine tremolo with summery sweetness. “Magnetic Halo” is Sonic Youth sans emotional distance. (The album’s last track is called “Washing Machine.” Coincidence?) There are a ton of ideas crammed into the 15-track LP; it can feel like an overwhelming listen, especially given its 70-minute runtime. Increasingly, though, New Madrid’s greatest asset is its willingness to take chances. Dig a tune like “Guay Lo”—the taut, 11-minute instrumental jam that follows the album’s loosest, catchiest single—and tell me you don’t at least admire these fellas’ chutzpah. [Gabe Vodicka] New Madrid plays the Caledonia Lounge on Monday, May 2.

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MILES AHEAD (R) I know very little about Miles Davis, so a biopic on the jazz legend should be eye-opening. Don Cheadle, in his feature directing debut (previously, he has helmed some episodes of Showtimeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;House of Liesâ&#x20AC;?), constructs a retelling of By Drew Wheeler a time in Davisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; life known as his â&#x20AC;&#x153;silent period.â&#x20AC;? So Cheadle and his co-writers also a mind-numbing slog through fairyTHE HUNTSMAN: WINTERâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S WAR (PG-13) could be as right about Davis and Rolling tale tropes viewed through an overcast In ways, The Huntsman: Winterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s War Stone writer Dave Brill (Ewan McGregor) mirror. At least the first movie had a deviimproves on its Kristen Stewart-starring, taking on a minor gangster, played by the ous mirror; here we get a Liam Neeson VO Snow White-focused predecessor. Chris always mesmerizing Michael Stuhlbarg (A monotonously explaining everything. Hemsworthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s insouciant charm shines Serious Man, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Boardwalk Empireâ&#x20AC;?), brighter with a better romantic for a stolen recording. Or that foil in Jessica Chastain, ostensibly Born to Be Blue whole chunk of the film could be the female Huntsman (though fictional. we find â&#x20AC;&#x153;Huntsmanâ&#x20AC;? is less a job The unraveling of Davisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; mardescription than a military rank). riage to dancer Frances Taylor For about an act, I entertain(Emayatzy Corinealdi, The ingly imagined Winterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s War to Invitation and Amazonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s original be Hollywoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Witcher movie, series â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hand of Godâ&#x20AC;?) is recounted and it plays pretty well as an accurately, as are several other adaptation of the popular videosnapshots of the legendary musigame franchise. We learn that cianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life, i.e. his arrest outside Ravenna (Charlize Theron) has of Birdland. Anyone with little a sister, Freya (Emily Blunt, the knowledge of Davis will find it difexact opposite of Theronâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campy ficult to separate the fact from the queen), who happens to be the Ice fiction, which is what makes Miles Queen. Given this revelation, you Fedora, check. Cigarette, check. Now Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m jazzy! Ahead miles ahead of many of its can even reconsider the movie as musical biopic brethren (I Saw the Light, The Huntsman could have used more of a dark, live-action Frozen, which is loads for example). Cheadle knew you could not Theronâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campy, Faye Dunaway-as-Joan more amusing than realizing how tedious it make an ordinary film about such a revoluCrawford vibe to awaken this sleepy narrareally is. tionary jazz icon, even if his problems with tive, but she is barely there until the humLike its precursor, this prequel-sequel drugs and women were the same as every drum, effects-driven, climactic showdown. (oh yeah, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s both) has some visual pizThe rare individual who enjoyed Snow White other music legend to get their own film. zazz; it looks good, but is anyone looking? Miles Ahead tells a story; it does not and the Huntsman can give Winterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s War Multiple Oscar winner Colleen Atwoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recount a life. Like its peers, the film needs a go. The rest of the moviegoing worldâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; costume designs are a consistent standout. and has that outstanding star performance most of whom never asked to return to this However, like its precursor, Winterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s War is in Cheadle, who disappears under Davisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; long jheri curl and distinctive voice. I may not have left Miles Ahead as an expert in everything Davis, but I did find it more compelling and refreshingly less conventional than the average biopic.

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BORN TO BE BLUE (R) Like Miles Ahead, Born to Be Blue is less conventional than the Rays and the Walk the Lines. I know less about Chet Baker than I do Miles Davis. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Funny Valentineâ&#x20AC;? may be the single Baker fact I possessed prior to seeing Born to Be Blue. Recounting the acclaimed trumpet playerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s comeback after a drug-related beating destroyed his front teeth and his all-important embouchure rather than his entire life story, Born to Be Blue, like Miles Ahead, offers more of a single snapshot rather than a home movie. The film will not make anyone an expert in all things Chet Baker. Instead, filmmaker Robert Budreau fosters an appreciation for the work Baker put into reclaiming his greatness despite his addiction. Unlike most other musical biopics, we get to skip the inevitable druginduced downfall and ride the high of his subsequent success. As Baker, Ethan Hawke benefits from portraying a famous figure whose face and voice are unfamiliar to most viewers. Who knows whether or not he impressively impersonates Chet Baker? Instead, he simply gets to give another much-admired performance. Again, like in Miles Ahead, fact and fiction are blurred to the point that their separation does not matter. Born to Be Blue tells a solid narrative about a junkie musician getting a second chance. That tale is much more intriguing than the rehashed rise-and-fall motif used in every other tired musical biopic. f


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MUSIC | Thu, Apr 28

MUSIC | Fri, Apr 29

Georgia Theatre · 8 p.m. · $27.50–30 He first made a name for himself as a talented session player, songwriter and sideman, but last year’s Nashville Obsolete, the second fulllength release under his own name, was a reminder that Dave Rawlings is as compelling a frontman as any of his Americana contemporaries. The delicate firepower of his ongoing collaboration with longtime partner Gillian Welch is on full display on the record, which also features bassist Paul Kowert of Punch Brothers and Willie Watson on guitar. With his reedy voice and intricate fingerpicking, Rawlings is able to command a stage just as well as a stereo; he’ll bring Welch and company back to the Georgia Theatre Thursday for a must-see show. [Gabe Vodicka]

40 Watt Club · 7 p.m. · $21 ’Tis the season for unlikely comeback tours by troubled superstars: Hair-metal icon Sebastian Bach plays the 40 Watt Friday, and Creed crooner Scott Stapp headlines the Georgia Theatre Monday, May 2. Though their reigns of fame were separated by a decade, there are parallels to draw between the two; both have battled crippling substance abuse and endured onslaughts of critical hostility towards their music. Bach is promoting an upcoming memoir, 18 & Life on Skid Row; after posting a series of bizarre Facebook videos in 2014 and subsequently being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, Stapp appeared on the VH1 reality series “Couples Therapy” and has hinted at a Creed reunion down the line. [GV]

Bread & Puppet Theater Dave Rawlings Machine Sebastian Bach

40 Watt Club · 8 p.m. · $5–10 donation Founded in 1963 in NYC’s Lower East Side, Bread & Puppet Theater has been performing intricate productions starring its giant papier-mâché and cardboard puppets for over 50 years. Beautifully channeling activism through art, the troupe has approached topics like militarism, capitalism and environmentalism through avantgarde performance. The troubadours’ current show, “The Public Access Center for the Obvious Presents: The Situation,” is a musical written and directed by founder Peter Schumann. Better to just leave this one to the imagination: The show promises “cardboard horses, an anti-extinction angel, proletariat broom dancers, a 100 watt lightbulb, a ship of fools and a swinging brass band.” [Jessica Smith]

Tuesday 26 CLASSES: Tech Tuesdays (Lay Park) Participants can catch up on smart phone, Fitbit, tablet and iPad use in these stress-free sessions. 9:30–11 a.m. $10–15 (per session). CLASSES: StoryCorps App (ACC Library) Learn how to record interviews with family and friends using the StoryCorps app. Part of Preservation Week. 7 p.m. FREE!


EVENTS: Kitty Cat Café (Oconee County Library) Enjoy a cup of coffee or juice and play with adoptable kittens from the Athens Area Humane Society. 3–5 p.m. FREE! EVENTS: Spring Social Showcase (The Classic Center) Social organizations, student groups and event planners are invited to sample food prepared by Levy Restaurants, take a tour of the Classic Center’s venues, and walk through four different event setups. 5–7 p.m.


EVENTS: Tuesday Tour at 2 (UGA Special Collections Library) 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. 2 p.m. FREE! FILM: Bad Movie Night: The Pit (Ciné Barcafé) A boy feeds his oppressors to prehistoric trolls. 8:30 p.m. FREE! badmovienight

EVENT | Sat, Apr 30

EVENT | Sat, Apr 30 & Sun, May 1

Hendershot’s Coffee · 6 p.m. · $5 The passion project of local multimedia artist Ben Rouse, the second edition of art zine Wide Shining focuses largely on the works of 13 writers, including unrecorded and previously unpublished song lyrics co-created by Vic Chesnutt and Jeremy Ayers, among contributions from Jordan Rothacker, Forrest Aguar, Christopher Nelms, Maggie Benoit and Joey Carter. Each piece is accompanied by a photograph from Rouse’s recent series “Drowning Dali.” In addition to poetry readings and a raffle, the release party will feature performances by Tall Tall Trees, Oak House and Ginko. If you happen to miss the opening night, you can still pick up a copy at Avid Bookshop, Community or the edition’s beneficiary, Nuçi’s Space. [JS]

College Square · 10 a.m.–11 p.m. (Sat), 1–9 p.m. (Sun) · FREE! The 38th annual Athens Human Rights Festival returns to College Square with two full days of music, speakers, performance and much more. Designed to celebrate inclusivity and put forth a progressive vision for Athens and the rest of the world, the AHRF remains one of the Classic City’s most indelible yearly events. In addition to the normal programming, this year’s event will feature a May Day march on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. to raise issues of workers’ rights. Live music this year includes Caroline Aiken, Whisper Kiss, Versatyle tha Wildchyld, Savagist, Kite to the Moon, Universal Sigh and many others. See the Flagpole Calendar and [GV]

Wide Shining II

GAMES: Trivia at the Rail (The Rail Athens) Trivia hosted by Nic every Tuesday. 10:30 p.m. FREE! 706354-7289 GAMES: Trivia (Hi-Lo Lounge) Trivia with host Caitlin Wilson. 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-850-8561 GAMES: Happy Hour Trivia (The Rook and Pawn) Compete in happy hour trivia hosted by James Majure. First place gets a $30 gift card. 5:30–6:30 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Bingo (Ted’s Most Best) Win drinks, sweet treats and gift cards.

Human Rights Festival

Every Tuesday on the patio. 6 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Dirty South Trivia (Taqueria Tsunami, Downtown) Surf the trivia wave every Tuesday. 8 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Full Contact Trivia (Blind Pig Tavern, 2301 College Station Rd.) Every Tuesday. 8:30 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Locos Trivia (Locos Grill & Pub) Westside and Eastside locations of Locos Grill and Pub feature trivia night every Tuesday. 8 p.m. FREE!

KIDSTUFF: Money Smart Week (ACC Library) Teens can learn what it takes to start your own business in “So You Want to Be an Entrepreneur.” Ages 11–18. 4:30 p.m. FREE! athens KIDSTUFF: Día de los Niños (Winterville Library, Lay Park, East Athens and Winterville libraries) In observance of Día, a national celebration of the importance of literacy for all children, there will be a special bilingual storytime with Josie Bailey from the Wren’s Nest.

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3:30, 4:30 & 5:45 p.m. FREE! www. KIDSTUFF: Preschooler Storytime (Oconee County Library) Stories, songs, crafts and fun for preschoolaged children and their caregivers. 10 & 11 a.m. FREE! KIDSTUFF: Lunch & Learn (Bogart Library) Learn about history. Bring a bag lunch. 12:15 p.m. FREE! www. KIDSTUFF: Money Smart Week: Tax Form Origami (Madison County Library, Danielsville) Recycle old tax forms into origami art. Ages 8 and up. 4:30 p.m. FREE! www. KIDSTUFF: Preschool Storytime (ACC Library) Ages 2–5. 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary. org/athens LECTURES & LIT: UGA Charter Lecture (Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries) Former Secretary of Defense Dr. Bill Perry and Senator Sam Nunn will deliver a Charter Lecture titled “Preventing Nuclear Catastrophe In An Age of Terrorism.” 3:30 p.m. FREE! www.calendar. PERFORMANCE: UGA Philharmonia Spring Concert (Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall) The ensemble is one of the Hugh Hodgson School of Music’s large orchestral ensembles. 8 p.m. FREE!

Wednesday 27 ART: Tour at Two (Georgia Museum of Art) Docents lead a tour of highlights from the permanent collection. 2 p.m. FREE! www.georgiamuseum. org CLASSES: Creating Your Own Business (ACC Library) Local women business owners will share stories and resources for women interested in starting their own business. Part of Money Smart Week. 6:30 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary. org/athens CLASSES: Converting to Digital Media (ACC Library) Learn how to convert old photos, VHS movies, cassette tapes, out of print albums and more into a digital format. Part of Preservation Week. 7 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: Video Editing for Beginners (ACC Library) Learn the basics of video editing using Adobe Premiere. Registration required. 7 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650, www. COMEDY: Gin and Jokes (Buffalo’s Café) Live comedy hosted by Ms. Gin. For ages 21 & up. 7 p.m. $5. 678-374-9848 EVENTS: #VetoHB859 Rally (UGA Arch) Participate in a rally protesting HB859. Tweet selfies opposing the bill @vetocampuscarry. 5 p.m. FREE! poetryactionnetwork@gmail. com EVENTS: Make It An Evening (Georgia Museum of Art) Enjoy Jittery Joe’s coffee, Cecilia Villaveces’ cakes and a gallery tour prior to a performance by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and chorus in Hodgson Hall. 6–8 p.m. FREE! $5 (coffee & dessert). EVENTS: Athens Farmers Market (Creature Comforts Brewery) Local and sustainable produce, meats, eggs, dairy, baked goods, prepared foods, crafts and live music by Joe Willey & The Moving Men. 4–7 p.m. FREE!

GAMES: Sports Trivia (Beef ‘O’ Brady’s) Test your sports knowledge every Wednesday night. 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-850-1916 GAMES: Trivia (Copper Creek Brewing Company) Test your trivia chops for prizes! Every Wednesday. 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-1102 GAMES: Bingo Bango (Highwire Lounge) Weekly themed games. House cash and drink prizes. 8 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Music Trivia (Saucehouse Barbeque) Meet at the bar for a round of trivia. 7:30–9 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Full Contact Trivia (Blind Pig Tavern, Downtown and Broad St. locations) Every Wednesday. 8:30 p.m. FREE! blindpigtavern GAMES: Dirty South Trivia (Mellow Mushroom) Dirty South Trivia offers house cash prizes. 8 p.m. FREE! 706-613-0892 GAMES: Dirty Bingo (Grindhouse Killer Burgers) Hosted by Garrett Lennox every Wednesday. Prizes and house cash. 8 p.m. FREE! www. KIDSTUFF: Anti-Prom (Oconee County Library) The dance provides an alternative safe space for teens who may not feel welcome at traditional dances because of their sexual orientation or any other reason. Grades 6–12. 7 p.m. FREE! www. KIDSTUFF: PRISM (Oconee County Library) PRISM is a safe space for all teens who share a common vision of equality. Grades 6–12. 6 p.m. FREE! KIDSTUFF: Preschool & Toddler Storytime (Madison County Library, Danielsville) Includes stories, finger-puppet plays, songs and crafts for literacy-based fun. For ages 5 & under. Every Wednesday. 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-795-5597 KIDSTUFF: Preschooler Storytime (Oconee County Library) See Tuesday listing for full description 10 & 11 a.m. FREE! KIDSTUFF: Bedtime Stories (ACC Library) Children of all ages are invited for bedtime stories every Wednesday. 7 p.m. FREE! www. KIDSTUFF: Money Smart Week Craft: Piggy Banks (Madison County Library, Danielsville) Make a recycled piggy bank. 4:30 p.m. FREE! madison KIDSTUFF: Music Therapy Workshop for Kids (Oconee County Library) Learn how to express feelings through music. Instruments and materials provided. 4 p.m. FREE! 706-769-3950 KIDSTUFF: Wednesday Library Adventures (Bogart Library) This month’s adventures in storytelling and hands-on fun focus on nature, science and National Poetry Month. Ages 3.5–8. 10:30 a.m. FREE! www. LECTURES & LIT: Café Apollinaire (Ciné Barcafé) The Georgia Fine Arts Academy’s tenth Café Apollinaire includes ten-minute plays by students of Dr. John Patrick Bray. The program also includes a performance by Rebecca Simpson-Litke, a play by Bowen Craig and more. 7 p.m. FREE! 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. PERFORMANCE: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall) The program will include A German Requiem by

Johannes Brahms. 8 p.m. $25–65. PERFORMANCE: Bread and Puppet Theater (40 Watt Club) Bread and Puppet Theater perform “The Public Access Center for the Obvious Presents: The Situation,” a new work featuring cardboard hoarses, a ship of fools, a swinging brass band and more. See Calendar Pick on p. 20. 8 p.m. $5–10 suggested donation., THEATER: Next Act Presents Musical Theater History Cabaret (Hendershot’s Coffee Bar) Next Act presents “Timeline,” a cabaret celebrating the anthology of western musical theater. 7 p.m. www.

Thursday 28 ART: Student Jewelry and Metals Sale (Lamar Dodd School of Art) UGA’s jewelry and metalwork students present a sale of handmade items. Apr. 28 & May 2–3, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Apr. 29, 10 a.m.–8 p.m. ART: This Land is Your ATHICA: Art Show and Party (Athens Institute for Contemporary Art: ATHICA) View the current exhibition “This Land: Immigration in the U.S.” and bring a picture or

CLASSES: iRest Meditation Workshop (Athens Five Points Yoga Studio, Five Points Yoga) iRest is a transformative practice that leads to psychological, physical and spiritual well-being. 5:30 p.m. $20. CLASSES: Preserving Your Digital Life (ACC Library) in this webinar, Rutgers librarian Krista White will discuss how to retain important digital files. 2 p.m. FREE! www. EVENTS: UGA Bug Dawgs’ Beers and the Bees (Terrapin Beer Co.) The UGA Bug Dawgs of the Entomology Department will have booth with a live bee exhibit, edible insects, crafts, honey tasting and educational materials explaining the benefits of pollination. Admission fee includes a tour of the brewery. 5:30–7:30 p.m. $10. entomolo@ EVENTS: Rabbit Box Story Slam (Hi-Lo Lounge) Storytellers duke it out in a storm slam to claim a prize. Hear or perform five-minute stories on the theme “secrets.” Put your name in to tell a story; the first eight names chosen will be the performers for the night. 8:30 p.m. FREE! www. EVENTS: Nature Ramblers (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Learn more about the flora and fauna of the garden while enjoying fresh air and

EVENTS: Knit-Lits (Bogart Library) Knitters of all levels can knit together. Ages 16 & up. 6–8 p.m. FREE! 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: Lego Club (Madison County Library, Danielsville) Create Lego art and enjoy Lego-based games. Blocks provided. For ages 8 & up. 4:30 p.m. FREE! 706-7955597 KIDSTUFF: Dungeons and Dragons (ACC Library) Beginners welcome. Thursdays through April. 6 p.m. FREE! plewis@athenslibrary. org KIDSTUFF: Let’s Go Fly a Kite (ACC Library) Hear stories and make a craft about kites. Ages 3–11. 3:30 p.m. FREE! athens KIDSTUFF: Fashion 101 (ACC Library) Make a purse or bag from recycled jeans. Ages 11–18. 4:30 p.m. FREE! athens KIDSTUFF: Harvest and Cooking for Kids (Oconee County Library) Kids will learn the basics of harvesting and cooking with the veggies they are growing. 4 p.m. FREE! www.

Paintings by Michael Ross are currently on view in “Master of Fine Arts Degree Candidates Exhibition” at the Georgia Museum of Art through Sunday, May 1. The Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art will host its quarterly reception 90 Carlton: Spring on Friday, Apr. 29 from 6–9:30 p.m. other 2D item to add your family or friend’s immigration story to the “Faces of Immigration” participation piece. Live music by The Redstone Ramblers. The first 25 people to sign up as a gallery member will receive a limited edition print by Margot Ecke. 6–8 p.m. FREE! CLASSES: National Fair Housing Month (Athens Land Trust) This workshop discusses rights and responsibilities under the Fair Housing Act. Registration required. 5 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3155 CLASSES: Lunchtime Learning (ACC Library) Nina Borremans of Tax and Accounting +(Plus) will advise on how to use a tax refund. 12:15 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary. org/athens CLASSES: How to do Business with the Federal Government (UGA Small Business Development Center) In this seminar, participants will learn how to get a piece of the pie. 10 a.m. $30. 706-542-6791

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: Farewell Celebration and Sale (Suska) Shop for lastchance items at Suska’s preview night. The boutique will be closing after eight years of business. The sales will continue throughout the weekend. 5–9 p.m. $7. EVENTS: The Athens StepUp Scholarship Program (The H. T. Edwards Complex) The reception acknowledges scholarship recipients. The Athens Stepup Program recognizes students who have overcome significant obstacles to pursue their education. 6:30 p.m. www. EVENTS: Keep Calm and Color (ACC Library) Adults can relax by coloring. Materials provided. 6 p.m. FREE!

LECTURES & LIT: Virtual Roach Project (Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries) Joseph McHugh will discuss the Virtual Roach Project, a web reference resource on insect anatomy that was developed as a technical reference and an instructional tool. The project links morphological terminology with an image archive of scientific illustrations and photomicrographs. 5:30 p.m. FREE! LECTURES & LIT: Meet the Author (Avid Bookshop) Meet Jason Reynolds, author of When I Was The Greatest, Boy in the Black Suit and All American Boys. 5 p.m. FREE! LECTURES & LIT: David Ligare Lecture (Georgia Museum of Art) Artist David Ligare will discuss his work and the exhibition “David Ligare: California Classicist.” 5:30 p.m. FREE! www.georgiamuseum. org

LECTURES & LIT: “Intimacy as We Age” (ACC Library) Therapist Kate Morrisey Stahl will speak on the benefits and challenges of sexuality with aging. 7 p.m. FREE! www. LECTURES & LIT: Meet the Author (Avid Bookshop) Meet J. Aaron Sanders in celebration of his book Speakers of the Dead: A Walt Whitman Mystery. 6:30 p.m. FREE! MEETINGS: Political Community Forum (East Friendship Baptist Church) Meet the candidates you will vote for on May 24 during this meet and greet. 6:30 p.m. FREE! 706548-0853 PERFORMANCE: The Bulldog Brass Society (UGA Robert G. Edge Recital Hall) The ensemble performs repertoire ranging from Bach to 20th century works to home-grown arrangements by their members. 8 p.m. FREE! music.

Friday 29 ART: 90 Carlton: Spring (Georgia Museum of Art) View the museum’s current exhibitions, “Ask the Experts,” enjoy light refreshments and win door prizes. 6–9:30 p.m. FREE! ART: Opening Reception (Madison Morgan Cultural Center) The “Richard Sudden Exhibit” explores illuminations through two-dimensional works. 7 p.m. FREE! www. ART: Student Jewelry and Metals Sale (Lamar Dodd School of Art) See Thursday listing for full description Apr. 28 & May 2–3, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Apr. 29, 10 a.m.–8 p.m. www. CLASSES: One-on-One Computer Class (Bogart Library) Computer classes for adults are held the fourth Friday of the month. Registration required. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. FREE! 770-725-9443, www.athenslibrary. org/bogart CLASSES: Small Business Class (UGA Small Business Development Center) This session’s topic is “Franchise Ownership Lunch & Learn.” 10 a.m. $29. EVENTS: Morning Mindfulness (Georgia Museum of Art) Join instructor Jerry Gale for a meditation session in the galleries. Meet in the lobby. 9:30–10:30 a.m. FREE!, GAMES: Friday Night Magic (Tyche’s Games) Win prizes. 5:30 p.m. KIDSTUFF: Afterhours: Science Spectacular (ACC Library) UGA’s Science Olympiad Outreach will lead science experiments. Pizza will be served. Registration required. 6–8 p.m. FREE! plewis@athenslibrary. org KIDSTUFF: Kids Night Out (Lay Park) Parents get the night off while their kids watch movies, play games and enjoy refreshments. Ages 6–12. 6–8:30 p.m. $10–15. KIDSTUFF: Spanish Storytime (Oconee County Library) Listen and practice Spanish songs and stories. Participants do not need to speak Spanish. 4:30 p.m. FREE! www. KIDSTUFF: Día de los Niños (Pinewoods Library, 1465 US-29, Lot G-10) Festivities include a puppet show and workshop, a show by Canopy Studio, a science show by UGA’s Department of Physics and Astronomy. 4 p.m. FREE! www. k continued on next page



THE CALENDAR! LECTURES & LIT: The Big Read: Jeffers in Art (Georgia Museum of Art) Artist David Ligare will discuss Robinson Jeffers’ influence on his paintings. 2 p.m. FREE! www.coe. LECTURES & LIT: Money Smart Week: Duct Tape Wallets (Madison County Library, Danielsville) Craft a duct tape wallet to carry around the money you save. 4:30 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary. org/madison LECTURES & LIT: Avid Poetry Series (Avid Bookshop) Hear poetry from Lindsay Tigue, Jacob Sunderlin and Kameel Mir. 6:30 p.m. FREE! LECTURES & LIT: Andrea Carson Coley Lecture (Georgia Museum of Art) Dr. Mollie Blackburn presents “Talking about Race, Religion, Sex and Violence in Relation to LGBTthemed Literature.” 12:30 p.m. FREE! MEETINGS: STEM Networking Event (Sandy Creek Nature Center) The Scientific Research & Education Network (SciREN) hosts a chance for university researchers and local K-12 STEM educators to connect and learn about classroom activities. 5:45 p.m. FREE! georgia@thesciren. org PERFORMANCE: UGA Concert Band & University Band Performance (Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall) Both ensembles perform their spring concerts. 8 p.m. FREE! PERFORMANCE: Athens Symphony Pops Concert (The Classic Center) Featuring “The Liberty Bell March,” selections from “Porgy and Bess” and more. Apr. 29–30, 8 p.m. FREE! (tickets required) PERFORMANCE: Percussion Recital (UGA Ramsey Concert Hall) The Lineage Percussion is one of UGA’s newest ensembles. 6 p.m. FREE! THEATER: A Month of Sundays (Athens Community Theater) Written by Bob Larbey and directed by Gay McCommons, A Month of Sundays is the story of Cooper and Aylott, two retirement home residents who plot their Escape Committee and brainstorm ideas for equipment to help them meet the challenges of aging. See Pub Notes on p. 5. Apr. 29–30, 8 p.m. & May 1, 2 p.m. $5.

Saturday 30 ART: Closing Reception (Donderos’ Kitchen) Ainhoa Bilbao Cebrero’s paintings explore sacred metaphors, renewal and transformation. 5–7 p.m. FREE! www.donderoskitchen. com CLASSES: Care & Protection of Personal Collections Workshop (ACC Library) Preservation specialists Tina Seetoo and Christine Wiseman lead an all-day workshop on maintaining personal collections in disasters. Registration required. Part of Preservation Week. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. FREE! EVENTS: “Trains, Bikes and Yoga” Open House (Sandy Creek Nature Center) The open house includes a naturalist bike ride, a train through the garden and animalinspired yoga. 1–4 p.m. FREE! www. EVENTS: Super Spring Saturdays (Washington Farms) Celebrate strawberry season. Farm activites include a petting zoo, jumping pillows, cow train, wagon rides, a


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vortex tunnel and more. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. EVENTS: Will Rock 4 Food (Terrapin Beer Co.) Sample beers, eat treats from 20 different local eateries, hear live music, win raffle prizes and compete in the area’s largest contest of Rock, Paper, Scissors. Proceeds benefit Food 2 Kids. 4:30– 7:30 p.m. EVENTS: Zine Release Party (Hendershot’s Coffee Bar) Celebrate the release of “Wide Shining II” with poetry readings and performances by Tall Tall Trees, Oak House and Ginko. Proceeds benefit Nuçi’s Space. See Calendar Pick on p. 20. 6 p.m. $5. www.hendershotscoffee. com EVENTS: World Tai Chi Day (Memorial Park, Pavilion 2) Celebrate World Tai Chi Day with guided practice. No experience necessary. 10 a.m. panlexcie@

EVENTS: 38th Annual Athens Human Rights Festival (College Square) Hear speakers from organizations including Peace Corps, Georgia Women’s Action for New Directions, Move to Amend, Athens for Everyone, AIDS Athens and more. Live music by Repent at Leisure, Paul Lombard, ChromoZone, Motherfore, Savagist, The Heap, Timmy & Kite the the Moon, Universal Sigh and more. See website for schedule. See Calendar Pick on p. 20. 10 a.m.–11 p.m. FREE! EVENTS: Bhagavad Gita (Body, Mind & Spirit) A Vedanta monk teaches from this ancient text. Every Saturday. 3 p.m. $5 donation. 706351-6024 EVENTS: Athens Latin (Georgia Theatre) Athens Latin celebrates their ninth anniversary with salsa dancing, Orquesta Macuba and Athens Tango Project. 8 p.m. $12. FILM: Elektra (Beechwood 11 Cinemas) The Metropolitan Operia

For ages 8–18. 11 a.m. FREE! www. KIDSTUFF: Family Game Day (Bogart Library) Play classic board games. 2–4 p.m. FREE! KIDSTUFF: Storytime (Barnes & Noble) Join in the stadium excitement. 11 a.m. FREE! PERFORMANCE: Secret City Burlesque (40 Watt Club) The ladies present “Secret Origins.” 9 p.m. $5. lkshuffleclub PERFORMANCE: The Ecotones Present Ecopella V (Live Wire) The Ecotones’ fifth annual spring concert and fundraiser for the Upper Oconee Watershed Network features a cappella performances. 7 p.m. $5–7. ugaecotones PERFORMANCE: Athens Symphony Pops Concert (The Classic Center) See Friday listing for full description Apr. 29–30, 8 p.m. FREE! (tickets required)

with games, shopping, art, Avid Bookshop, Mr. Comic Shop and surprise guests. 12:30–5:30 p.m. www. EVENTS: Boulevard Gardening Club Roving Garden Party (Pulaski Heights BBQ) This year the Boulevard Gardening Club moves onto Pulaski Street. See a garden full of medicinal herbs and heirloom plants surrounding an early 1900s home, a sprawling old industrial site repurposed by sculpture artist Stan Mullins, and several other gardens at eclectic homes. Meet in front of Pulaski Heights BBQ. 3 p.m. $15 (members), $20. 762-728-0575, EVENTS: Indie South Fair Springtacular (Downtown Athens) See Saturday listing for full description Apr. 30, 11 a.m.–7 p.m. & May 1, 12–7. FREE! www.indiesouthfair. com EVENTS: Athens Canine Rescue Mutt Strut (Bishop Park) Dogs of all kinds show off in categories like “Best Kisser,” “Best Puppy Dog

Gary Taylor, Justin Sheffield, Jack Reed and Chris McKay play Flicker Theatre & Bar on Friday, Apr. 29 and Saturday, Apr. 30. EVENTS: West Broad Farmers Market (West Broad Market Garden) Shop for fresh and affordable produce and prepared foods. The market also includes kids activities, cooking demonstrations, educational booths and entertainment. Today is Opening Day and features entertainment by musician Dave Court, Clarke Middle and Clarke Central Orchestras, and the Hillsman Middle Step Team. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. FREE! EVENTS: Indie South Fair Springtacular (Downtown Athens, Washington & Hull Streets) Indie South Fair presents the ninth annual Springtacular artist market, featuring over 100 handmade and vintage vendors. Items include jewelry, beauty products, paintings, terrariums, pottery, clothing, accessories and more. See Art Notes on p. 12. Apr. 30, 11 a.m.–7 p.m. & May 1, 12–7. FREE! EVENTS: Athens Farmers Market (Bishop Park) Local and sustainable produce, meats, eggs, dairy, baked goods, prepared foods and crafts. Live music by Gary Grossman (8 a.m.) and Keiko, Nancy & Lavon (10 a.m.). 9 a.m.–12 p.m. FREE! www.


will broadcast Richard Strauss’ oneact opera live. 12:55 p.m. $22. www. GAMES: Tabletop Gaming Meetup (Barnes & Noble) Play Machi Koro, Qwirkle, Munchkin, Superfight and Ticket to Ride. 4 p.m. FREE! www. GAMES: Board Game Demonstration (Tyche’s Games) Try out some new games. 12 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Netrunner Open Play (Tyche’s Games) New players welcome to this fantasy card game open play. 12:30–4:30 p.m. FREE! www. GAMES: International Table Top Day (The Rook and Pawn) Celebrate with game demos with local celebs, prizes, giveaways and food and drink specials. 12–6 p.m. KIDSTUFF: The Big Read: Georgia Museum of Art’s Family Day (Georgia Museum of Art) Kids will create a decorative frame for a favorite poem. 10 a.m.–12 p.m. FREE! KIDSTUFF: Lego Club (ACC Library) Join us for Lego art and Lego-based games and activities. No need to bring your own Legos.

SPORTS: Athens Road Runners (Meigs and Newton St.) Go on a three or six mile group run. Coffee afterwards. 8 a.m. FREE! THEATER: A Month of Sundays (Athens Community Theater) See Friday listing for full description Apr. 29–30, 8 p.m. & May 1, 2 p.m. $5.

Sunday 1 CLASSES: Make and Take: Build a Compost Screener (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Chris McDowell shows participants how to build a screener for sifting backyard compost. 2 p.m. $20. EVENTS: 38th Annual Human Rights Festival (College Square) Hear speakers from various community organizations. Live music by MrJordanMrTonks, Connor Tribble, Jefferson Shuttle Craft, Caroline Akins and more. See website for schedule. See Calendar Pick on p. 20. 1–9 p.m. FREE! EVENTS: Pawn Con Strikes Back (The Rook and Pawn) The shop hosts an event in the parking lot

Eyes” and “Best Booty Wiggle.” All registered participants will receive a free raffle ticket. 1:30–4 p.m. $10. mutt-strut GAMES: Trivia Night (Buffalo’s Café) Alan’s Challenge. Every Sunday. 6:30 p.m. FREE! athens 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 PERFORMANCE: High Lonesome Bluegrass Mass (First Baptist Church) Accompanied by the Chuck Nation Band. 5 p.m. FREE! www. PERFORMANCE: Athens Youth Symphony Spring Concert (Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall) Young musicians perform works by von Suppé, Tchaikovsky, Respighi and more. 4 p.m. FREE! 706-543-1907 PERFORMANCE: The Dixieland Five (ACC Library) Enjoy the sounds of this southern jazz band. 3 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary. org/athens THEATER: A Month of Sundays (Athens Community Theater) See

Friday listing for full description Apr. 29–30, 8 p.m. & May 1, 2 p.m. $5.

Monday 2 ART: Student Jewelry and Metals Sale (Lamar Dodd School of Art) See Thursday listing for full description Apr. 28 & May 2–3, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Apr. 29, 10 a.m.–8 p.m. www. COMEDY: Comic Strip Comedy Show (Flicker Theatre & Bar) Weekly “show up and go up” comedy open mic hosted by Alia Ghosheh and Veronica Darby. 7 p.m. $5. EVENTS: Honey’s Cut-A-Thon (Chase Park Warehouses, Honey’s Salon) Honey’s offers $25 dry cuts to raise money for Nuci’s Space Athens Business Rocks band “Honey, I Lost My Mind.” 11 a.m.–2 p.m. (appointments), 2–5 p.m. (walk-ins). $25. 706-254-4008 EVENTS: Cookbook Club (Oconee County Library) Pick up a copy of The Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics by Ina Garten, prepare a recipe and meet to share with other members of the club. 7 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 (Beef ‘O’ Brady’s) Win house cash and prizes! Every Monday night. 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-850-1916 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: Nerd Herd Hang Out (Oconee County Library) Geek out with other nerds. Grades 6–12. 6 p.m. FREE! oconee KIDSTUFF: Teen Advisory Board (Oconee County Library) Teen Advisory Board (TAB) is a group of teens who gather at the beginning of every month to discuss and plan upcoming events. Ages 11–18. Registration required. 7 p.m. FREE! 706-769-3950 LECTURES & LIT: Poetry Reading (Athens Institute for Contemporary Art: ATHICA) Brian Blanchfield has published three books of poetry and prose. He teaches at the University of Arizona. 7 p.m. FREE! english. MEETINGS: Shaping the Future of Downtown Athens (Roundsphere, 1 Press Place) Kick-off National Small Business Week with a community conversation on the future of downtown Athens. 7 p.m. FREE!

Tuesday 3 ART: Student Jewelry and Metals Sale (Lamar Dodd School of Art) See Thursday listing for full description Apr. 28 & May 2–3, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Apr. 29, 10 a.m.–8 p.m. www. CLASSES: How to Use Georgia Download Destination (Oconee County Library) Georgia Download Destination is a free service that allows patrons to download free audio and ebooks. Registration required. 2 p.m. FREE! 706-7693950, COMEDY: OpenTOAD Comedy Open Mic (Flicker Theatre & Bar) This comedy show allows locals to

watch quality comedy or perform themselves. Email to perform. First and third Tuesday of every month! 9 p.m. $5. www.flickertheatreandbar. com EVENTS: Percentage Night (Ben & Jerryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Scoop Shop) Grab a scoop or two and support the Upper Oconee Watershed Network. 6â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8 p.m. www. EVENTS: Tuesday Tour at 2 (UGA Special Collections Library) See Tuesday listing for full description 2 p.m. FREE! EVENTS: Western Square Dancing (Buffaloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CafĂŠ) Dance with the Classic City Squares. 8 p.m. GAMES: Trivia at the Rail (The Rail Athens) Trivia hosted by Nic every Tuesday. 10:30 p.m. FREE! 706354-7289 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: Full Contact Trivia (The Savory Spoon) Compete to win prizes. 7 p.m. FREE! 706-367-5721 GAMES: Dirty South Trivia (Taqueria Tsunami, Downtown) Surf the trivia wave every Tuesday. 8 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Bingo (Tedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Most Best) Win drinks, sweet treats and gift cards. Every Tuesday on the patio. 6 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Full Contact Trivia (Blind Pig Tavern) See Tuesday listing for full description 8:30 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Happy Hour Trivia (The Rook and Pawn) See Tuesday listing for full description 5:30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;6:30 p.m. FREE! MEETINGS: Developers of Athens (RoundSphere, 1 Press Place Floor #2) Developers, software engineers, coders and technically included people can meet up to socialize and learn something new. 6:30 p.m. FREE! PERFORMANCE: Rak the Watt (40 Watt Club) Watch as bellydancers demonstrate their skills. 7 p.m. $5â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8.

Wednesday 4 CLASSES: The Buddhaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Teachings (Body, Mind & Spirit) See Wednesday listing for full description 6 p.m. $5 suggested donation. 706-351-6024 COMEDY: Gin and Jokes (Buffaloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CafĂŠ) See Wednesday listing for full description 7 p.m. $5. 678-3749848 COMEDY: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Good Stuffâ&#x20AC;? Stand Up Comedy (The World Famous) Hosted by Jake and Shaunak. 10 p.m. FREE! theworldfamousathens EVENTS: Guided Trail Hike (Sandy Creek Nature Center) Take a guided walk on the trails to discover the beauty and variety of the centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ecosystems. Followed by refreshments. 9 a.m. FREE! www. EVENTS: Journey Through the Stars (Sandy Creek Nature Center) Attendees will try to connect astronomy to space movies in â&#x20AC;&#x153;May The Fourth Be With You.â&#x20AC;? Ages 5 and up. 5 & 6 p.m. $7â&#x20AC;&#x201C;10/family. www. EVENTS: Athens Farmers Market (Creature Comforts Brewery) Local and sustainable produce, meats, eggs, dairy, baked goods, prepared foods, crafts and live music by

Caroline Aiken. 4â&#x20AC;&#x201C;7 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Sports Trivia (Beef â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Bradyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s) See Wednesday listing for full description 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-850-1916 GAMES: Bingo Bango (Highwire Lounge) See Wednesday listing for full description 8 p.m. FREE! www. GAMES: Movie Trivia (Little Kings Shuffle Club) Hosted by Count Zapula. 9:30 p.m. www.facebook. com/lkshuffleclub GAMES: Trivia (Copper Creek Brewing Company) See Wednesday listing for full description 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-1102 GAMES: Music Trivia (Saucehouse Barbeque) See Wednesday listing for full description 7:30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;9 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Full Contact Trivia (Blind Pig Tavern, Downtown and Broad St. locations) Every Wednesday. 8:30 p.m. FREE! blindpigtavern GAMES: Dirty Bingo (Grindhouse Killer Burgers) Hosted by Garrett Lennox every Wednesday. Prizes and house cash. 8 p.m. FREE! www. GAMES: Dirty South Trivia (Mellow Mushroom) See Wednesday listing for full description 8 p.m. FREE! 706-613-0892 KIDSTUFF: Storytime (Barnes & Noble) Watch out! You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to be wearing Grumpy Pants. 11 a.m. FREE! KIDSTUFF: Fashion Show and Exchange (Oconee County Library) See a fashion show hosted by Platoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Closet then swap your own clothes with friends. Grades 6â&#x20AC;&#x201C;12. 6â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8 p.m. FREE! LECTURES & LIT: Word of Mouth Poetry (The Globe) Open mic poetry readings. This monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s featured reader is Tony Morrison from Savannah. 8â&#x20AC;&#x201C;11 p.m. FREE! www. MEETINGS: Tech Happy Hour (The World Famous) See Wednesday listing for full description 6 p.m. FREE! MEETINGS: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Do You Recognize Your Spiritual Experiences?â&#x20AC;? (ACC Library) This workshop is for all faiths to learn about dreams and past lives. 6 p.m. FREE! www.

LIVE MUSIC Tuesday 26 Flicker Theatre & Bar 10 p.m. ROSE HOTEL â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bedroom-rockâ&#x20AC;? alter ego of songwriter Jordan Reynolds. TREY ROSENKAMPFF Frontman for garage-rockers Chief Scout plays a solo set. JACK BLAUVELT Dana Swimmerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s singer and guitarist performs solo. EMILY BRADEN Local singer-songwriter and Neighbor Lady founder. The Foundry 8 p.m. $18 (adv.), $22 (door). www. BUTCH TRUCKS AND THE FREIGHT TRAIN BAND Butch Trucks, drummer and founding member of The Allman Brothers, leads a jazz-influenced jam session. THE RIES BROTHERS Brother duo that showcases a love of rock, blues and reggae. Georgia Theatre 8 p.m. $10 (adv.), $12 (door). www. MARC SCIBILIA Nashville-based pop singer-songwriter.

THE WELCOME HOME Local fourpiece indie rock band. KEVIN WHITFIELD Alternative country artist from Jefferson. On the Rooftop. 10 p.m. FREE! www. THE TOUGH SHITS Retro-garagepop band on Burger Records. MAGNUM CUM LORD No info available. Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 AN ATOMIC WHIRL Experimental noise-rock band from Japan. LIP GENERATION Wyatt Plessâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; solo noise project, reminiscent of early Wolf Eyes with a hint of hip hop. MA JA KA No info available. TRAVEL BY HAIKU No info available. TOM VISIONS Post-mystical, electronic, psychedelic folk music from the artist formerly known as Tom(b) Television. The Manhattan CafĂŠ Loungy Tuesdays. 10 p.m. FREE! 706369-9767 DJ NATE FROM WUXTRY Spinning an all-vinyl set of rare and classic deep soul, R&B and blues. Every Tuesday! Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-4742 SESSIONS WITH D-KAPS Enjoy an evening of fresh live tunes. Stegeman Coliseum 8 p.m. $20. FETTY WAP Popular hip hop and top 40 artist known for radio hits like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Trap Queen.â&#x20AC;? The World Famous 9 p.m. BOOGARINS Psychedelic rock fourpiece from Brazil. ADRON The strong, fluttering voice of Atlantaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Adrienne McCann meanders through her blend of mellow Tropicalia and low-key jazz. CULT OF RIGGONIA Experimental soundscapes with tribal, world music beats and ornate instrumentation.

Wednesday 27 Blue Sky 5 p.m. FREE! 706-850-3153 VINYL WEDNESDAYS Bring your own records and spin them! Boarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Head Lounge 10 p.m. FREE! 706-369-3040 LEAVING COUNTRIES OPEN MIC JAM Bands are welcome, backline is provided and the jam rocks until 2 a.m. Caledonia Lounge 9 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18-20). www. BATTLE OF THE BANDS Presented by Operation Smile. Featuring Funkasaurus Wrex, Fat Neptune, Russell Vandiver and Bosco. The Classic Center 7 p.m. $30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;$40. www.classiccenter. com ALABAMA SHAKES Grammywinning, Alabama-based group with blistering vocals and intensely emotional grooves. See story on p. 14. DYLAN LEBLANC Louisiana-based singer-songwriter steeped in the altcountry tradition. Creature Comforts Brewery Athens Farmers Market. 5 p.m. FREE! JOE WILLEY AND THE MOVING MEN Folk music from the local songwriter and his band. k continued on next page

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The Foundry 6 p.m. THE BEST OF UNKNOWN ATHENS A singer-songwriter showcase hosted by Liam Parke. Featuring Cortez Garza, Mike Mantione, Chris McKay, Owen Scott III, Kelly Hoyle and William Tonks. Georgia Theatre 8 p.m. $15. ZOSO Formed in 1995, this ultimate Led Zeppelin tribute band has played over 2,400 live performances. On the Rooftop. 10 p.m. FREE! www. CRANE A high-energy band that falls into genres ranging from Southern rock to hip hop to funk. The Globe 7 p.m. FREE! 706-353-4721 MARY & THE HOT HOTTY-HOTS Local jazz singer Mary Sigalas and her band perform hot jazz and swing selections. Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 MANS TRASH Skewed pop sounds from Mercer West (The Dream Scene, Bubbly Mommy Gun). COCO & CLAIR CLAIR Atlanta- and Athens-based experimental hip hop duo. PALLAS New Atlanta-based fourpiece. CLOTHES Beat-based experimental trio from Atlanta. Hi-Lo Lounge 10 p.m. FREE! KARAOKE WITH THE KING Sing your guts out every Wednesday! Live Wire 8 p.m. FREE! OPEN MIC & LATE NIGHT JAM Drums, keys and amps are provided. Come share your music, jam with other musicians, and have a great time! Hosted by a local band each week. Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-4742 LORD NELSON Virginia band of “two brothers, one greasy trombone, backbone bass, pocket drums, dirty South guitar and a hell of a lot of fun.” The Office Lounge 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-546-0840 KARAOKE With your host Lynn. Every Wednesday! Porterhouse Grill 6:30 p.m. FREE! 706-369-0990 JAZZ NIGHT The longest standing weekly music gig in Athens! Enjoy an evening of original music, improv and standards.

Thursday 28 The Bar-B-Que Shack 7 p.m. FREE! 706-613-6752 BLUEGRASS JAM Bring your own instrument! All pickers are welcome every Thursday. Caledonia Lounge 9 p.m. $8 (21+), $10 (18-20). www. BIT BRIGADE Local supergroup plays the soundtrack to a vintage video game while Noah McCarthy plays— and beats—the game onstage. THE BRONZED CHORUS North Carolina duo that make a melodic and lyrical bang despite their small numbers. SELF-EVIDENT Indie post-rock trio from Minneapolis.


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Flicker Theatre & Bar 8 p.m. $5. www.flickertheatreandbar. com ANTLERED AUNT LORD Fuzz-pop project of local producer and songwriter Jesse Stinnard. SAM BARRON New York-based singer-songwriter. MIMI OZ Folk-pop singer-songwriter from Toronto. DOUG HOYER Local chamber-pop singer-songwriter. 40 Watt Club 8 p.m. $5. THE SUMMER SONICS Local alternative rock band. JULIE HOLMES Local singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist who specializes in acoustic jams. THE SPACE TIME TRAVELERS Atlanta-based funk-rock band.

Caledonia Lounge 9 p.m. GRINGO STAR Atlanta-based indie rock quartet. FUTURE LIVES New Athens-based Cali-country project from King of Prussia songwriter Brandon Taj Hanick. Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m. GARY TAYLOR, JUSTIN SHEFFIELD, JACK REED & CHRIS MCKAY Four local musicians team up for sets of new and old originals and covers. 40 Watt Club 7 p.m. $21. SEBASTIAN BACH The lead singer of Skid Row, Sebastian Bach has released many albums and starred in multiple television series and

VACATIONS Local surf-rock group. NATE & THE NIGHTMARES Garage-rock act fronted by Cars Can Be Blue’s Nate Mitchell and featuring members of Free Associates and Mother the Car. DJ MAHOGANY Popular local DJ spins freaky funk, sultry soul, righteous R&B and a whole lotta unexpected faves. Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. $10. www.hendershotscoffee. com BEVERLY SMITH AND JOHN GRIMM Folky duo playing vintage tunes as well as some Carter Family classics. HOG-EYED MAN Athens-based instrumental duo that performs traditional Appalachian music with fiddle, dulcimer and mandolin.

Saturday 30 Bishop Park Athens Farmers Market. 8 a.m. FREE! GARY GROSSMAN Local folk artist whose music is informed by his scientific teaching background. (8 a.m.) KEIKO, NANCY & LAVON Athensbased trio. (10 a.m.) Boar’s Head Lounge 10 p.m. 706-369-3040 KIP JONES BAND Local songwriter playing all your favorite covers and some of his own tunes. Caledonia Lounge 9 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18-20). www. KARBOMB High-speed, long-running local punk band.

Full Moon Studio 7 p.m. $5. 706-769-4100 YOUNG SINGER-SONGWRITER SHOWCASE This event features Josh Perkins, with young songwriters Jacob Conley, Tim Foley, Melanie Bowden and Simone ZJ. Hosted by Mamie Davis, this night will be full of original music, laughs and good conversation. Georgia Theatre Athens Latin 9th Anniversary Party. 7 p.m. $12. ORQUESTA MACUBA Atlanta-based Cuban salsa duo backed by a 13-piece orchestra. ATHENS TANGO PROJECT Local group playing Argentine tango, featuring the upright bass talent of Laura Camacho. DJ HAROLD G Spinning the best in Latin music! David McClister


The Foundry 8 p.m. $10 (adv.), $13 (door). www. SHINYRIBS Folk meets Southern rock and swamp-funk. WILL WHITE & THE BLUE SOUTH Local Americana outfit. Georgia Theatre 8 p.m. (27.50 (adv.), $30 (door). www. DAVE RAWLINGS MACHINE Award-winning guitarist and songwriter Dave Rawlings, known for his collaborative work with Gillian Welch, leads his band through a set of bluegrass-infused folk music. See Calendar Pick on p. 20. On the Rooftop. 11 p.m. FREE! www. DJ KEIS Local DJ mixes up the hottest party music for a high-energy set. Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 KARAOKE Hosted by John “Dr. Fred” Bowers and featuring a large assortment of pop, rock, indie and more. The Grotto 11 p.m. 706-549-9933 LEAVING COUNTRIES Louis Phillip Pelot plays funky Southern folk rock. Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. FREE! www.hendershotscoffee. com NICK ROSEN Multi-instrumentalist and composer who has performed with artists including Jennifer Holliday, Dionne Farris and more. CLEVELAND P. JONES Soul and jazz singer-songwriter. Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-4742 LITTLE RAINE BAND Rock/ Americana band from Birmingham, AL.

Lucinda Williams plays the Georgia Theatre on Tuesday, May 3. Broadway productions. See Calendar Pick on p. 20. The Foundry 8:30 p.m. $27.50 (adv.), $32 (door). IRIS DEMENT Legendary folk, country and gospel singer with a sweet and unmistakable voice. See story on p. 15. PIETA BROWN Americana singersongwriter and “self-styled poetess, folk goddess and country waif.”

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Georgia Theatre 8 p.m. $7 (adv.), $10 (door). www. WRENN Up-and-coming local pop singer who experiments with jazz, Vaudeville and more. SAM BURCHFIELD The Atlantabased singer-songwriter plays a set of his folk-pop tunes. On the Rooftop. 10 p.m. ROADKILL GHOST CHOIR Folkinfluenced psych-rock six-piece from Athens via Deland, FL. DEEP STATE Members of Little Gold and Brothers play driving, punky, melodic guitar-rock. THAYER SARRANO Local songwriter playing hazy, desolate, Southerninspired rock tunes.

Big Daddy Mike’s Barbecue 7 p.m. FREE! 706-850-3888 KARAOKE With your host Lynn, the queen of karaoke!

Go Bar 9 p.m. $3 (21+), $5 (18–20). 706546-5609 KOKO BEWARE Local lo-fi, upbeat, summery indie surf-rock band.

The Office Lounge 8 p.m. 706-546-0840 REV. CONNER MACK TRIBBLE Tribble is a Georgia rock and roll fixture. He hosts an “all-star jam” every Thursday. Your Pie 6:30 p.m. FREE! 706-355-7048 (Gaines School Rd. location) YOESHI ROBERTS Singer-songwriter playing uplifting “acoustic music that feels good.”


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. Iron Factory 10 p.m. FREE! 706-395-6877 LORENZ ATTRACTOR Local “spacefunk” four-piece band. THE KIND MINDS Local group associated with the Kind Minds Art Collective. Little Kings Shuffle Club 10 p.m. DJ QUINCY Former Modern Skirts drummer John Swint spins a dance party. The Office Lounge 6 p.m. 706-546-0840 REV. CONNER MACK TRIBBLE Conner Mack Tribble is a legendary Georgia rock and roll fixture. Every Friday! Saucehouse Barbeque 6 p.m. FREE! LANDON TRUST Local singersongwriter performs an acoustic set of soulful Americana. VFW 7 p.m. BACKWOODS COUNTRY Southern rock/country band.

WOLVES & WOLVES & WOLVES & WOLVES Indie-punk band from Winston-Salem, NC. BURNS LIKE FIRE Stewed, screwed and tattooed punk rock band from Athens. MAXINE OF ARC Local post-punk band influenced by groups like Coheed and Cambria. College Square 10 a.m. FREE! ATHENS HUMAN RIGHTS FESTIVAL Day one of the 38th annual Athens Humans Right Festival features music from Universal Sigh, Kite to the Moon, The HEAP, Savagist, Motherfore, Croma Zone, Paul Lombard, Repent at Leisure and more. For the full schedule, see See Calendar Pick on p. 20. Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m. GARY TAYLOR, JUSTIN SHEFFIELD, JACK REED & CHRIS MCKAY See Friday’s listing for full description Front Porch Book Store 6 p.m. FREE! 706-742-7735 KATE MORRISSEY Best known for her dark velvet voice, Morrissey’s songwriting is literate and sincere, and her conversational live shows come punctuated with an offbeat sense of humor.

On the Rooftop. 9:30 p.m. FREE! www. THE MCLOVINS Four-piece jam band from Hartford, CT. Go Bar 10 p.m. FREE! 706-546-5609 KARAOKE Hosted by karaoke fanatic John “Dr. Fred” Bowers and featuring a large assortment of pop, rock, indie and more. Hedges on Broad 9 p.m. JORDAN RAGER Country singersongwriter from Loganville. Hendershot’s Coffee Bar Nuci’s Space Benefit. 8 p.m. $5. www. GINKO Edgar Lopez’s fuzzy, beatdriven experimental hip hop project. OAK HOUSE A mix of prog, folk, indie and everything in between. TALL TALL TREES Psychedelic folk artist and Kishi Bashi band member Mike Savino performs. Hi-Lo Lounge 10 p.m. $5. OLD SMOKEY Popular Athens folkrock band with an interweaving sonic palette that includes banjo, cello, violin, lap steel and percussion. HUNGER ANTHEM Fuzzed-out, guitar-driven local indie rock band. HISTORIC SUNSETS New local experimental rock band.

Highwire Lounge 8 p.m. FREE! LIVE JAZZ See Fridayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s listing for full description Iron Factory 10 p.m. FREE! 706-395-6877 DR. STRANGELOVE Atlanta-based band with â&#x20AC;&#x153;psychedelic ultra groovesâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;tasty licks.â&#x20AC;? Little Kings Shuffle Club BikeAthens Benefit. 9 p.m. $5, $8 (couple). lkshuffleclub ROCK â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ROLL PROM Benâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bikes transforms Little Kings into a real â&#x20AC;&#x153;Space Oddity!â&#x20AC;? Music by cover bands The De Lux Interiors (The Cramps), Girls Own Love (Andrew WK), Hasidic Gold (Silver Jews) and Dopethrone (Electric Wizard). Hosted by DJ Mahogany and DJ Background Props. Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-4742 ALBATROSS Athens group creating an upbeat mixture of jazz, blues and funk. Saucehouse Barbeque 6 p.m. FREE! LEAVING COUNTRIES Louis Phillip Pelot performs tasty sets of funky Southern folk rock â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; roll. West Broad Market Garden 9 a.m. FREE! OPENING DAY Featuring music from Dave Court and the Clarke Middle School and Clarke Central High School orchestras.

Sunday 1 ACC Library 3 p.m. FREE! THE DIXIELAND 5 Local trad-jazz/ Dixieland band that features a front line of trumpet, clarinet and trombone and a rhythm section of piano and tenor banjo. College Square 1 p.m. FREE! ATHENS HUMAN RIGHTS FESTIVAL Day two of the 38th annual AHRF features music from Caroline Aiken with Shadow Cab, Rev. Conner Tribble & the Deacons, MrJordanMrTonks, Whisper Kiss, Versatyle tha Wildchyld, Teresa Haynes and more. For the full schedule, see See Calendar Pick on p. 20. The Foundry 1 p.m. $5 (adv.), $7 (door). MAY DAY FESTIVAL The UGA Music Business Program presents an allday lineup of music, featuring Alex Young, Dead Neighbors, Dream Sequence Artist Collective, Gerkey, Harvey Funkwalker, Janie Waddell, Kayla Berrie, Lexi Kelson, Mackalie Davidson, Mosaic, Russell Vandiver, Schmooze, Summer Sonics, The MBUS Staff Band and The Space Time Travelers. Hendershotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. MON DOM RAM BAND The Monsignor Donovan Catholic High School band performs.

Hi-Lo Lounge 9 p.m. $5. RICCI New local indie rock band. AREA MEN Local punk band featuring former members of Witches and Daffodil.

Monday 2 Caledonia Lounge 9 p.m. $10 (21+), $12 (18-20). www. NEW MADRID Rocking, riveting local buzz band with a psychedelic edge. Album release show! SHADE Dissonant, groove-oriented local post-punk band. THE HERNIES Local riff-heavy rock band displaying influences from classic to indie rock. Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m. CHRISTOPHER WITHOUT HIS LIVER Songwriter Chris Ingham plays a set of acoustic music. BRANDON NELSON MCCOY Local folk singer-songwriter. KRISTIAN RODRIGUEZ Athens singer-songwriter with a warm, expressive voice. Georgia Theatre 7:30 p.m. $22 (adv.), $25 (door). www. SCOTT STAPP Grammy-winning singer-songwriter and frontman for alt-rock titans Creed. See Calendar Pick on p. 20. ROCKETT QUEEN East Texas-based rock and roll group. SELDOM Heavy rock band from Houston, TX. On the Rooftop. 9 p.m. FREE! www. MOSAIC Indie-folk group from Athens. Hedges on Broad 11 p.m. FREE! www.hedgesonbroad. com OF GOOD NATURE North Carolina band that blends rock, reggae and funk. Hendershotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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. Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-4742 BLUES NIGHT WITH BIG C Nobody in Athens sings the blues quite like Big C. Expect lots of soulful riffs, covers and originals. The Office Lounge 8:30 p.m. 706-546-0840 UNPLUG & UNWIND A weekly â&#x20AC;&#x153;acoustic fam-jamâ&#x20AC;? hosted by Joey Quiggins.

Tuesday 3 The Foundry 7 p.m. FREE! www.thefoundryathens. com OPEN MIC NIGHT Hosted by Rev. Conner Mack Tribble. Georgia Theatre 7 p.m. $25. LUCINDA WILLIAMS Legendary Americana singer-songwriter from Louisana. BUICK 6 Side project featuring Lucinda Williamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; backing band members.

On the Rooftop. 9 p.m. FREE! www. NORMA RAE This local four-piece plays soulful, distinctively Southern Americana. Hendershotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. FREE! www.hendershotscoffee. com PERIOD SIX Playing a unique blend of jazz standards featuring collective communication and soulful improvisation. The Manhattan CafĂŠ Loungy Tuesdays. 10 p.m. FREE! 706369-9767 DJ NATE FROM WUXTRY Spinning a set of rare and classic deep soul, R&B and blues. Every Tuesday!

Wednesday 4 Blue Sky 5 p.m. FREE! 706-850-3153 VINYL WEDNESDAYS Bring your own records and spin them! Boarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Head Lounge 10 p.m. FREE! 706-369-3040 LEAVING COUNTRIES OPEN MIC JAM Bands are welcome, backline is provided and the jam rocks until 2 a.m. Creature Comforts Brewery Athens Farmers Market. 5 p.m. FREE! CAROLINE AIKEN One of Athensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; most talented and respected performing songwriters. Her bluesy voice and masterful technique guarantee a hypnotic performance. The Foundry 7 p.m. THE GEORGIA FLOOD Atlanta-based indie-blues band.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Faces of Immigrationâ&#x20AC;? (ATHICA) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Faces of Immigration: Community, Culture and Conversation about Immigration in Americaâ&#x20AC;? is an on-going, participation-based project for the galleryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exhibition, â&#x20AC;&#x153;This Land: Immigration in the United States.â&#x20AC;? Bring a story, photograph or image (heirlooms discouraged) that deals with the theme of immigration to pin to the wall during gallery hours. Through May 28. TV Gallery (Athens, GA) TV Gallery is a virtual gallery promoting contemporary art in the Southeast. Email high-resolution .jpegs with the title, media, where youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re from and website to be featured through social media. TV Gallery is also hosting a pop-up exhibition this summer. Submit up to three pieces via email plus $10 via Paypal. Deadline June 1, 7 p.m.

Bikram Hot Yoga (Bikram Yoga Athens) Classes in hot yoga are offered seven days a week. Karma Classes on Sundays at 6 p.m. benefit Project Safe. www.bikramathens. com Clay Classes (Good Dirt) 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. 706-355-3161, www. Happy Yoga Happy Hour (Kumquat Mae Bakery CafĂŠ) Get your weekend off to a serene start with a stress-eliminating yoga session. Fridays, 5:15 p.m. A portion of donations will go to Nuciâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Space. Hatha Yoga (Healing Arts Centre, Sangha Yoga Studio) Michelle Arington leads a yoga practice for all skill levels. Saturdays, 12â&#x20AC;&#x201C;1:30 p.m. $14. www.holistichealth Knitting Classes (Revival Yarns) â&#x20AC;&#x153;How to Read a Pattern.â&#x20AC;? Apr. 29, 10:30 a.m. $15. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fair IsleColorwork Class.â&#x20AC;? May 4, 6 p.m. $15. RSVP. Lunchtime Workout (CinĂŠ BarcafĂŠ) All skill levels welcome. BYO mat. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:45 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;12:45 p.m. $5â&#x20AC;&#x201C;10. Lunchtime Yoga (CinĂŠ BarcafĂŠ) Margaret Thomas leads Lunchtime Yoga for all levels. BYO mat. Wednesday and Fridays. $5â&#x20AC;&#x201C;10. Natural Dye Workshop with Protein Fibers (Sea Island Indigo at The Williams Farm, 481 Ruth St.) This two-day workshop

Auditions Hairspray (Crawford School) Arts!Oglethorpe seeks teens and adults for an upcoming production of Hairspray. May 3, 6â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8 p.m. info@ On Golden Pond (Elberton Arts Center) Encore Productions host auditions for the classic love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer. Actors should come prepared to read from the script. Auditions May 2â&#x20AC;&#x201C;3, 6â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8 p.m. Performances July 8â&#x20AC;&#x201C;16. 706283-1049 Wizard of Oz (Athens Little Playhouse) Play a part in this classic tale. Auditions on May 17â&#x20AC;&#x201C;18. Performances July 29â&#x20AC;&#x201C;31 & Aug. 5â&#x20AC;&#x201C;7. athenslittleplayhouse@gmail. com,

instructs on how to dye silk and wool. Apr. 30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;May 1, 10 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;4 p.m. $250. indigogrower@gmail. com, OCAF Art Classes (OCAF, Watkinsville) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Textures in Clay: A Raku Pottery Workshop with Candone Warton.â&#x20AC;? Apr. 30 & May 1, 9 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;4 p.m. $235. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beyond Memoir with Dana Wildsmith.â&#x20AC;? Saturdays, May 7â&#x20AC;&#x201C;21, 9:30 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;12 p.m. $140. One-on-One Computer Skills (ACC Library) Personalized instruction available for various computer topics. Thursdays, 9 a.m. 706-6133650, ext. 354 One-on-One Digital Media Center Tutorials (ACC Library) Get individual instruction for graphics, audio or video editing projects or learn to convert albums and cassettes to DVDs and CDs. Thursdays, 6 p.m., Saturdays, 11 a.m. 706-613-3650 One-on-One Genealogy Assistance (ACC Library) Library staff offer assistance to genealogists and researchers. Apr. 28, 2 p.m. Pilates and More (All Body Studio) All Body Studio offers Prana Flow Yoga, Yoga Wheel and Pilates Mat and Apparatus classes. Check website for classes. www.mindbody Quilting Classes (Crooked Pine Quilts) Classes are offered in sewing, quilting, fabric dying and knitting for all levels and ages., Salsa Dance Classes (Little Kings Shuffle Club) Cubanstyle salsa dance classes with SALSAthens. No partner necessary. Beginners welcome. Every Wednesday, 7:30-8:30 p.m. $10 (incl. drink). salsaathens

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Paige is a joyful young Feist mix who loves to give kisses. She is very interested in other dogs and has a playful energy. She also knows basic commands. Trixie is black and tan with a tiny underbite. She is a happy, affectionate girl who loves people and wants to please. Both girls are medium-sized and around a year-old.


LILY She has a silver muzzle and face but this well-mannered 10 year-old lady is in great shape. She was so good on the leash, I could have walked her with T`WPUR`Ă&#x201E;UNLY(WWHYLU[S`ZOLSVZ[ her home when she didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get along with the new dog, but they said he is great with kids and horses (though not cats). Odds might be stacked against Lily because she is older, but she has a really delightful and friendly personality, already spayed and not a jumper-upper.

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A closing reception for paintings by Ainhoa Bilbao Cebrero will be held Saturday, Apr. 30 from 5â&#x20AC;&#x201C;7 p.m. at Donderosâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Kitchen. Tai Chi Easy (Rocksprings Community Center) Tom Wittenberg leads an hour of this healthful exercise. No experience necessary. Thursdays, 10 a.m. $3â&#x20AC;&#x201C;5. 706548-1310 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;Wednesdays. FREE! Yoga 101 for Beginners (Yurt Yoga Athens) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Integral Yoga Teacher Training.â&#x20AC;? Two weeks in May and two weeks in December. 706-548-3625, Yoga Teacher Training (Athens Yoga Institute) Get certified at the 200-hour level with Yoga Alliance. New six-month format begins in May. Zumba at 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 2-1-1 Volunteer Operating Training (Athens, GA) Learn Community Connectionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2-1-1 interface, plus other policies and procedures for volunteering. Fill out online application. Sessions held Apr. 27 & May 4. Community Connection (Athens, GA) Community Connection of Northeast Georgia 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. www.communityconnection Great American Cleanup (Oconee County Library) Join Keep Oconee County Beautiful in a beautification project. Apr. 30, 9 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;1 p.m. My Athens Apps & Taps (Athens, GA) Benefitting Habitat for Humanity, this event features 24 breweries and 6 local restaurants serving on Washington Street along the Twilight race course. Volunteers are needed to help pour beers. Free T-shirt and an appreciation party on May 10. Event on May 7. myathensvolunteer Over the Edge (SPARC Building, 2040 W. Broad St.) Fundraise $1,000 and rappel down the side of

a building or support a brave edger by May 4. Proceeds benefit Nancy Travis Childcare Project, Interfaith Hospitality Netwok, Children First. PALS Volunteers Needed (PALS Institute) Women of the World is seeking volunteers to mentor young adult women in earning a GED. The program focuses on business training, computer skills and literacy. Spanish speakers needed. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;1 p.m. www.womentotheworld. org

Kidstuff ACC Summer Camps (Multiple Locations) Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services offers camps in science, dance, sports, art and more. Visit website for dates and details. 706-613-3580, www.athensclarke Athens Code Camp (Four Athens) Four Athens offers classes focused on programming concepts in Ruby, Python, JavaScript and HTML/CSS. All ages. Laptop required. Register online. Saturdays, 9 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;12 p.m., Mayâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Juy. weekendclasses Family Weekend (Rock Eagle 4H Center) Families can create their own schedule for a weekend in the great outdoors. Activities include canoeing, hiking, gardening, meeting animals and cook-outs. Register by May 6. Event weekend May 21â&#x20AC;&#x201C;22. $90. Intermezzo Piano Academy (The Church at College Station) Each day offers classes in rhythm, music history, composition, theory and piano ensemble for beginning and intermediate pianists. Ages 5â&#x20AC;&#x201C;14. July 18â&#x20AC;&#x201C;22, 9 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;1 p.m. $160. New Moon Summer Adventure Camp (Athens, GA) Now accepting registration for a summer camp that travels to different locations daily. Activities include hiking, swimming and boating as well as educational trips. Fee includes all activities and travel expenses. For ages 6â&#x20AC;&#x201C;12. Weeks of June 13 & 20 and July 11 & 18, 8:30 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;5 p.m. $175/week. 706310-0013 Play Minecraft in a Movie Theatre (Ovation 12) Gamers will play and collaborate on teams of of 4â&#x20AC;&#x201C;7 members. Saturdays, Apr. 30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;May 21. 10 a.m. $50. www. Portuguese for Kids (Oconee County Library) Kids can learn to speak Portuguese. Wednesdays, Apr.

27â&#x20AC;&#x201C;June 15, 6:15 p.m. Ages 7â&#x20AC;&#x201C;11. Summer Camps (Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens) Peace Camp runs June 27â&#x20AC;&#x201C;July 1. Hogwarts School at the Pyramid runs July 18â&#x20AC;&#x201C;22 and July 25â&#x20AC;&#x201C;29, 10 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;3 p.m. 706-546-7914, Summer Theater Camps (Athens Little Playhouse) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Folk Tales,â&#x20AC;? May 30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;June 3. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mother Goose,â&#x20AC;? June 6â&#x20AC;&#x201C;10. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Circus,â&#x20AC;? June 13â&#x20AC;&#x201C;17. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fairy Tail,â&#x20AC;? June 20â&#x20AC;&#x201C;24. Visit website for registration form. Swim School (Bishop Park, East Athens Community Center & Lay Park) Swim school is for ages 3 & up. Multiple sessions available. $33â&#x20AC;&#x201C;50. Check website for dates. accaquatics@athensclarkecounty. com, leisure The Heroines Club (1161 Long Rd.) A monthly mother-daughter empowerment circle based on the sharing of real-life heroines and womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Little Sistersâ&#x20AC;? Circle is for ages 7â&#x20AC;&#x201C;10. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Big Sistersâ&#x20AC;? Circle is for ages 11â&#x20AC;&#x201C;14. Visit website for next meeting. $25. The Mural Project (Lyndon House Arts Center) Work with artist in residence David Hale on the AthFest Educates 20th Anniversary Mural Project. For ages 7â&#x20AC;&#x201C;11. Apr. 30 and May 7, 1â&#x20AC;&#x201C;4 p.m. $57. www. Theatre Academy (Rose of Athens) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Teaching Life Skills Through Stage Skills.â&#x20AC;? For grades 1stâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;12th. Multiple sessions available. June 2â&#x20AC;&#x201C;22. $85â&#x20AC;&#x201C;385. www.

Support Groups Adoptee Support and Encouragement (Oasis Counseling Center) Group meetings are held for teens ages 12â&#x20AC;&#x201C;16 to explore and share the feelings, experiences and views of being an adoptee through art, journaling, media and activities. Parents meet at the same time in a separate area. Thursdays through April. 706-5433522, www.oasiscounselingcenter. com Amputee Support Group (ACC Library) All are welcome. Meets every first Thursday of the month. Contact Reyna, 706-498-4313 Caregiversâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Support Group (Tuckston United Methodist Church) Find support with other caregivers. Second Sundays, 3 p.m. 706-7428441

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 New Beginnings Support Group are held every Monday, 6:30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8 p.m., with a dinner on the last Monday of the month. 24-hour hotline: 706-543-3331. Teen texting line: 706-765-8019. Meeting information: 706-613-3357, ext. 772. S-Anon (Cornerstone Church) S-Anon is a support group for family and friends of sexaholics, based on the 12 steps of AA. sunday.,

The Legacy Circle: A Monthly Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Empowerment Journey (The Mother-Daughter Nest) Practice the art of sacred selfcare and support your own personal growth. Eight women participate in sacred circling the first Sunday of every month at 2 p.m. $15. www.

On The Street American Lunch (Multiple Locations) Five Restaurant & Bar offers free meals through a mobile soup kitchen. The food truck is available 11:30 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;1:30 p.m. at Jessie B. Denney Towers on Tuesdays, Sparrows Nest Mission on

art around town A. LAFERA SALON (2440 W. Broad St.) Artwork by Perry McCrackin. AMICI (233 E. Clayton St.) A collection of new paintings by Matt Bahr. ANTIQUES & JEWELS ART GALLERY (290 N. Milledge Ave.) New paintings by Mary Porter, Greg Benson, Chatham Murray, Candle Brumby, Lana Mitchell and more. 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. ATHENS ACADEMY (1281 Spartan Lane) In the Harrison Center for the Arts & Preschoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lobby Gallery, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mentor/Menteeâ&#x20AC;? features the work of professors and students from UGAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lamar Dodd School of Art. Through May 20. ATHENS INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART (ATHICA) (160 Tracy St.) â&#x20AC;&#x153;This Land: Immigration in the United Statesâ&#x20AC;? was curated by Venezuelan American artist and University of North Georgia art professor Stanley Bermudez. Through May 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.) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Maxâ&#x20AC;? features photography by Mo Costello. Currently on view through April. CIRCLE GALLERY (285 S. Jackson St.) â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Landscapes of the Country Place Era: Photographs by Carol Betsch.â&#x20AC;? Through Apr. 28. THE CLASSIC CENTER (300 N. Thomas St.) In Classic Gallery I, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hello, Neighborâ&#x20AC;? features artwork by Terry Rowlett, Michelle Fontaine, RenĂŠ Shoemaker and Michael Ross. â&#x20AC;˘ In Classic Gallery II, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tableauâ&#x20AC;? features works by Mary Ruth Moore, Michael Oliveri, Ally White and Otto Lange. CREATURE COMFORTS BREWING CO. (271 W. Hancock Ave.) In celebration of Earth Day, see cyanotypes by Rinne Allen and an installation by the Air Plants Proliferation Project (A-4P). Through May 7. DONDEROSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; KITCHEN (590 N. Milledge Ave.) Ainhoa Bilbao Cebreroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s paintings explore sacred metaphors, renewal and transformation. Closing reception Apr. 30. EARTH FARE (1689 S. Lumpkin St.) Artwork by Patrick Sprague and Tatiana Veneruso. Through April. â&#x20AC;˘ Artwork by Corynne Gamboa. Through May. 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 Matt Alston, John Cleaveland, Peter Loose, Michael Pierce, Dan Smith, Cheri Wranosky and more. â&#x20AC;˘ Greg Bensonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oil Compassâ&#x20AC;? features eight paintings that create a 360-degree panorama when viewed together. Through April. FLICKER THEATRE & BAR (263 W. Washington St.) Artwork by Ro Scurry. Through April. â&#x20AC;˘ Drawings by Kiran Fernandes. Opening reception May 6. GALLERY@HOTEL INDIGO (500 College Ave.) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wild Wooly Wonderful Athensâ&#x20AC;? features works by Jared Brown, Timi Conley, James Greer, Michael Lachowski, Ali Norman, Dan Smith and Kaleena Stasiak. Through June 26. GEORGIA MUSEUM OF ART (90 Carlton St.) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Master of Fine Arts Degree Candidates Exhibition.â&#x20AC;? Through May 1. â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;David Ligare: California Classicist.â&#x20AC;? Through May 8. â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Frank Hartley Anderson: Forging the Southern Printmakers Society.â&#x20AC;? Through June 19. â&#x20AC;˘ Created by design studio VolvoxLabs, â&#x20AC;&#x153;VVOX: Refining Realitiesâ&#x20AC;? is an immersive triptych utilizing digital visualization. Through June 19. â&#x20AC;˘ In the Jane and Harry Willson Sculpture Garden, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Twists and Turns: Sculptures by Alice Aycockâ&#x20AC;? includes two sculptures, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Waltzing Matildaâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Twin Vortexes.â&#x20AC;? Through Sept. 4. GLASSCUBE@INDIGO (500 College Ave.) Jamey Grimesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Northern Lightsinspired â&#x20AC;&#x153;Auroraâ&#x20AC;? is an installation illuminated by natural light during the day and a color-based lighting cycle at night. Through September. THE GRIT (199 Prince Ave.) Black-and-white illustrations by James Greer. Through May 8. HEIRLOOM CAFĂ&#x2030; (815 N. Chase St.) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Four Cornersâ&#x20AC;? presents works by four MFA students graduating this spring: Michael Ross, Drema Montgomery, Spence Townsend and Heather Foster. Through May 1. HENDERSHOTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S COFFEE BAR (237 Prince Ave.) Paintings by Marisa Mustard. Through April. â&#x20AC;˘ Artwork by Lea Purvis and Licca Kirk. Through May. JITTERY JOEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S ALPS (1480 Baxter St.) Oils on paper and mono prints by Stuart Libby. Through May 28. JITTERY JOEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S FIVE POINTS (1230 S. Milledge Ave.) Drawings and paintings by Tekla Vanderplas. Through May. JUST PHOâ&#x20AC;ŚAND MORE (1063 Baxter St.) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Feminine Mystiqueâ&#x20AC;? is a series of still life oil paintings by Manda McKay. K.A. ARTIST SHOP (127 N. Jackson St.) Mini art, prints, merch and installation pieces by local artists. Through June 2.

Wednesdays, and Bigger Vision of Athens on Fridays. www.american Athens Free School (Athens, GA) Athens Free School is a learning network where people share skills like paper marbling, hands-on beekeeping, Buddhist meditation and car tire changing. Find the calendar online. Email with class ideas., www. Athens Street Hockey (YMCA, Hockey Rink) Players of all skill levels can play in a local hockey rink. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8:30 p.m. Bike Clinic (BikeAthens) Learn how to repair your bike with tools and advice from experts. Thursdays,

6â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8:30 p.m. $10 donation. Bridge (Athens Bridge Center) Open Duplicate Bridge Games are held Tuesdays at 1 p.m., Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and Fridays at 1 p.m. Non-Life Master (Beginner) Duplicate Bridge Games are held Wednesdays at 1 p.m. Party Bridge is held Thursdays at 1 p.m. All games $5. 706-2484809 Ladies Rock Camp (Athens School of Music) This condensed version of the annual Girls Rock Camp is for women 18+ to spend a weekend forming bands, writing songs and performing a show. Proceeds benefit Girls Rock Camp over the summer. $150â&#x20AC;&#x201C;200. www. f

LAST RESORT GRILL (174 W. Clayton St.) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Homesickâ&#x20AC;? is a collection of ladies hanging out at Athens landmarks by Keith P. Rein, who relocated from Athens to Colorado. Through May. LAMAR DODD SCHOOL OF ART (270 River Rd.) â&#x20AC;&#x153;BFA Exhibition II.â&#x20AC;? Through Apr. 29. LOWERY IMAGING GALLERY (2400 Booger Hill Rd., Danielsville) The gallery features paper and canvas giclee prints by Athens artists as well as artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; renderings of Athens. LYNDON HOUSE ARTS CENTER (293 Hoyt St.) In the Lounge Gallery, Spence Townsend presents a collection of paintings examining animals, people and places through a fantastical lens. Through April. â&#x20AC;˘ The 41st annual Juried Exhibition presents 228 pieces by 171 artists selected by Jock Reynolds, director at the Yale University Art Gallery. Through May 7. â&#x20AC;˘ Paige Adairâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s video projection â&#x20AC;&#x153;Daughter of the Caveâ&#x20AC;? explores gender and underground wanderlust. Through May 7. â&#x20AC;˘ Newly established in honor of the Willow Oak that recently reached the end of its lifecycle, The Tree Gallery showcases photography by Shannon Williams and kid art projects inspired by Gustav Klimt. MADISON COUNTY LIBRARY (1315 GA-98, Danielsville) Mixed media by Chris Elkins. Through April. MADISON MORGAN CULTURAL CENTER (434 S. Main St., Madison) Richard Suddenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Illuminationsâ&#x20AC;? use three gallery spaces to explore light, its physical properties and metaphorical meanings. Apr. 29â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Aug. 28. OCONEE COUNTY LIBRARY (1080 Experiment Station Rd., Watkinsville) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Figures, Florals and Fabulous Celestialsâ&#x20AC;? presents watercolors by Judith DeJoy, Cindy Malota and Radha Murthy. Through April. OCONEE CULTURAL ARTS FOUNDATION (OCAF) (34 School St., Watkinsville) The 21st annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Southworks National Juried Art Exhibitâ&#x20AC;? features 79 works by 52 artists. Through May 6. â&#x20AC;˘ This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Encore16â&#x20AC;? features artists from previous â&#x20AC;&#x153;Directorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Choice Exhibits.â&#x20AC;? Through May 6. RICHARD B. RUSSELL JR. SPECIAL COLLECTIONS LIBRARIES (300 S. Hull St.) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seeing Georgia: Changing Visions of Tourism and the Modern South.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Greatest Bulldog of Them All: Dan McGill.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Selections from the Disability History Archive.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;John Abbot, Early Georgiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Naturalist Artist.â&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Celebrating 75 Years of Excellence: The George Foster Peabody Awards.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Olympic Legacy.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;˘ Through July. SIPS (1390 Prince Ave.) Maria Strom shows colorful and humorous prints from her cat series. STATE BOTANICAL GARDEN OF GEORGIA (2450 S. Milledge Ave.) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Portraits of the Working Class: Treesâ&#x20AC;? by Marlene Lipinski explores mankindâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s relationship with trees. Through May 1. THE SURGERY CENTER OF ATHENS (2142 W. Broad St.) Paintings by Monroe art teacher Bobbie Austin. Through April. 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 Fain Henderson, Michelle Dross, Veronica Darby, John Cleaveland, Rebecca Wood, Nikita Raper, Natalia Zuckerman, Briget Darryl Ginley, Jack Kashuback, Barret Reid, Camille Hayes, Jason Whitley and Ken Hardesty. TERRAPIN BEER CO. (265 Newton Bridge Rd.) â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Beginnings are often Disguised as Painful Endingsâ&#x20AC;? is a painting series by Maria Nissan. Through April. UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP OF ATHENS (780 Timothy Rd.) The Ethical Eating Group at UUFA presents, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Get Yourself FREE,â&#x20AC;? a multi-media display adapting the chorus of Paul Simonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s song â&#x20AC;&#x153;50 Ways to Leave Your Lover.â&#x20AC;? Contributing artists are Kate Blane and Melissa Biehl. Through May. UNIVERSITY OF NORTH GEORGIA OCONEE CAMPUS GALLERY (1201 Bishop Farms Pkwy., Watkinsville) The 2016 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oconee Art Students Exhibitâ&#x20AC;? features recipients of the Outstanding Achievement in Art Scholarship. Through Apr. 28. VIVA! ARGENTINE CUISINE (247 Prince Ave.) Abstract paintings by Antoine Stewart. Through May. WALKERâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S COFFEE AND PUB (128 College Ave.) Artwork by Jamie Calkin and Miranda Rupkey. Through April. WHITE TIGER (217 Hiawassee Ave.) Paintings of scenes around Athens by Mary Porter. WINTERVILLE CENTER FOR COMMUNITY CULTURE (371 N. Church St., Winterville) Curated by Jimmy Straehla, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Inaugural Art Showâ&#x20AC;? showcases work by Cameron Bliss, Tex Crawford, Margot Ecke, Peter Loose, Terry Rowlett, cap man and several more Winterville area artists. Through May. THE WORLD FAMOUS (351 N. Hull St.) Permanent artists include RA Miller, Chris Hubbard, Travis Craig, Michelle Fontaine, Dan Smith, Greg Stone and more.


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Condos for Rent 2BR/1BA condo. Stadium Village. Walking distance to UGA campus. Gated, pool, f i t n e s s c e n t e r. E x c e l l e n t condition. Avail. 6/1. $700/mo. (706) 206-2347. Condo at Tanyard, 370 S. Pope St. #16. 2BR/2BA. 1 block from campus. $800/mo. W/D All appliances incl. Avail. Aug. 1. Call (478) 609-1303. Just reduced! Investor’s Westside condo. 2BR/2BA, FP, 1500 sf., great investment, lease 12 mos. at $625/mo. Price in $50s. For more info, call McWaters Realty: (706) 353-2700 or (706) 540-1529.

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Houses for Rent 1BR/1BA plus bonus room, Carriage House: 5 miles north of downtown. W/D hookup. Lawn care incl. $540/mo. plus sec. dep. Avail. May. Evenings (706) 424-1571.

2BR/1BA House. 285 Savannah Ave. CHAC, W/D. Avail. May 1. Call (678) 698-7613. 4 Roommates, only $523.75 each! All utils. incl. Each BR has private BA. W/D, DW, CHAC, spacious screen porch w/ swing. Ground f l o o r, p l e n t y o f p a r k i n g . 1 9 4 - B Ta l m a d g e S t . ( o f f Bloomfield). Total $2095/mo. Av a i l . 8 / 1 / 1 6 . Te r r y, ( 7 0 6 ) 714-1100.


5 Mins. walk to Med. School. Normal Town. Freshly painted. 2BR/1BA. House For Rent. Separate Dining Room. HWflrs., CHAC, W/D, fenced yd., pets OK. Avail. April 16. Yearly Lease, deposit, references req. $1150 per mo. Details: Tel : (706) 608-4030.

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Close To UGA Health Sciences Campus: 3BR/1BA on Sunset. Large living/dining combo, spacious kitchen, HWflrs., carport! $1150/mo. (706) 5466900, www.valerioproperties. com.

Streets Cafe, Local Athens Food Truck. Sale includes fully equipped food truck. $29,000. Clarke County health department approved. Contact Ryan: (706) 540-2134.

Nor maltown 7BR/5BA fully renovated home w/ charm! HWflrs., huge kitchen, 2 l a u n d r y ro o m s w / W / D incl. Avail for Fall. $4725/ mo. (706) 546-6900, www. Only $450 each. All utils. incl.! Walk to class. 3BR/1BA house, close to downtown/UGA. W/D, DW, CHAC, tile and HWflrs., large deck, view of town. Private. Small pet OK. 185-A S. Finley St. $1350/mo. total. Avail. 8/1/16. Terry: (706) 7141100.

Rooms for Rent 1BR in a 4BR/4BA house. Large rooms! Walking distance to Downtown/campus,158 Strickland St. Three roommates are hardworking, cool guys. $475/mo. Avail. 8/1/16–7/27/17., (678) 232-6292. Visit S t u d e n t s o n l y. S p a c i o u s , fur nished BR/living area (24’x24’). Quiet, near campus, kitchen, laundry privileges. Shared BA, priv. entrance. No pets. $325/mo. incl. utils. Avail. 5/8. (706) 353-0227.

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Opportunities Looking for a highly motivated, service-oriented person to handle the customer i n t e rc h a n g e f o r o u r f ro n t office. A good knowledge of cars is not required, but a plus. Start off at part-time but could quickly progress to fulltime. Responsibilities: effectively handle multiple calls and customers simultaneously; schedule, estimate and repair appointments; schedule d ro p o ff a n d p i c k - u p o f vehicles; log final billing and closing repair orders; assess customers’ needs to achieve highest satisfaction; build lasting relationships w/ customers/vendors; keep accurate customer records. Requirements: Excellent communication skills, 2-3 years of experience, great telephone etiquette and active listening skills, customer oriented, ability to adapt/respond to multiple personalities. High school degree required along w/ clean and valid G e o r g i a d r i v e r ’s l i c e n s e . Please send resumes to: athensautoshop@gmail. com by May 7.

Part-time Advertise your special skills! Move-in/move-out help, pet care, child care, yard work, cleaning, etc. Let Athens know how to contact you with Flagpole classifieds! Call (706) 549-0301 or visit Big City Bread Cafe is now accepting applications for evening servers and early morning counter staff. Experience preferred. Must be available to work weekends. Please apply in person. Experienced kitchen help needed. Bring resume or fill out application at George’s Lowcountry Table. No phone calls please. Groove Bur gers (new re staur ant) is hir in g FO H and BOH positions. Looking for positive people with the passion for food. Apply online: g ro o v e b u r g e r s . c o m , s e n d your application to: info@ or call: (762) 499-5699.

Graduate Athens seeking PT Marketing Coordinator for property. Graphics design skills (AI and Photoshop) and social media promotion experience required. Apply in person. Graduate Athens is seeking PT baristas at Iron Works Coffee Company. Experience preferred. Weekend availability req. Apply in person. Local catering company now hiring. Positions include food prep/production, bartender and head waiter. Availability on weekend nights is a must. To apply contact: schedule@ Now accepting applications/ resumes at the Epps Bridge, Watkinsville and Bethlehem Barberitos. No exp. necessary, just great attitudes and friendly people! Many perks including tips, flexible schedule and a shift meal! Please email resume/ availability to barb5569@gmail. com.

Pawtropolis is now hiring for Animal Caretakers at both our East and West Athens locations. We’re looking for outgoing, hardworking, motivated “dog people” to join our team. Duties incl. managing doggie daycare playgroups, grooming, facility cleaning and customer service. If interested, please go to www.pawtropolis. com/services/hiring or visit either locaiton for more details. P/T Pilates, Pilates Refor mer Instructor at YWCO. 2–5 classes weekly. Must be Pilates & CPR certified. Apply online to: bgalvin.ywco@ Include fitness instructor resume. Summer Employment (May–Aug). Hiring assistant s u p e r v i s o r s a t $ 1 0 - 1 2 / h r. w/ benefits, incentives & promotional opportunites. Visit us at www.classiccityinstallation. com for more info. Email us at info@classiccityinstallation. com, or call us at (855) 7478565. The UGA Hotel and Conference Center is looking for front desk clerks and night auditors to join our team of professionals, serving the overnight guests of The University of Georgia. We are looking for team members w/ positive attitudes, outgoing personalities and strong work ethics; who are interested in working in a fast-paced, p ro f e s s i o n a l e n v i ro n m e n t , serving guests from Georgia, throughout the U.S. and around the world. We invite you to join our team! To apply, please visit to create an online account and application; search job posting 20070351 and apply. The University of Georgia requires a background investigation for all employees.


The UGA Hotel and Conference Center is looking f o r t e m p o r a r y, P T housekeepers. Experience preferred. Required to work flexible hours any day of the week, including holidays and weekends. How to apply (no calls or drop by applications accepted): UGA requires a background investigation for all new hires. Go to:, c re a t e o n l i n e a c c o u n t and application, search job posting #20151318 (Temporary labor pool – staff no benefits), apply. Posting will describe in detail the duties and physical demands. Urgent help needed at A-OK Cafe from 9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., Monday–Friday. Apply in person. 154 College Ave., Athens, GA, after 2 p.m.

Wanted Swim Instructors/Swim C o a c h e s for growing Swim School. Competitive swimming background a huge plus. Starting at $12.50 an hour up to $20. Coaching is contract based. Contact Sean Gillan. Email: swimwithsean@gmail. com, phone: (706) 5487284.


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Surprise! Advice for Athens’ Loose and Lovelorn By Bonita Applebum Bonita, One of my BFFs is turning 40 next month, and her husband contacted me about a surprise birthday party for her where they live now. Thing is, I hate surprise parties, and I’m pretty sure she does too. I expressed this concern to her husband, and his reply was, “She’ll just be happy to see all her friends.” There’s some background I won’t get into about why him keeping any secrets from her is just a plain ol’ BAD IDEA, but aside from that, I’m not comfortable being part of a scenario that involves potentially lying to one of my dearest friends. My family threw me a surprise party when I finished grad school, and it was traumatizing. I hated it. This friend was there for that, and I distinctly recall talking about it afterward and her saying she would also be horrified if such a thing happened to her. Granted, that was 10 years ago, but… I don’t want to miss her party or reuniting with our old crew for a weekend, but I don’t see how I can do it without hating myself. Ideas? No Surprises Here No Surprises, I’m one of those incredibly festive types in the “no one hates surprise parties!” camp, but I wouldn’t dare foist that perspective on you or your BFF. Some people have anxiety around large groups of people, friendly or not. Even worse, the party plan-

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she was speaking to you in support all those years ago, so who knows—she might have said she’d hate a party like that just to help you feel better. She might love it. I say that you should definitely go to the party. No one knows how she’ll react, but you should definitely be there for your friend in case shit goes left and she needs some support. Not a specific situation, just curious about your opinion on the subject in general: Given the small pond we fish in here in Athens, what’s your take on dating and/or hooking up with a friend’s former significant other and/or friend-with-benefits? Is there a best way? I really do try to avoid crossing streams with my friends, but in a town this small it’s pretty much impossible. I used to be pretty hard-line about it, but I also spent my first two years in this town getting no action at all. I also used to FLIP THE HELL OUT when friends of mine got involved with my crushes. Then I noticed all of the incredibly chill partner-swapping happening around me, and I realized I was being self-righteous and silly. I moved here from a really big city—one of the largest on the East Coast—where I didn’t fool around with any of my buddies’ exes while still managing to slam ass all over town. I tried to keep to that principle in Athens until






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ner could invite someone to this shindig that your friend absolutely does not want to see. It’s funny because it’s true: Friends typically know people much better than their partners or spouses (up to a certain point, I suppose). You know that your friend is not going to be into this, and I trust your judgment on that. Hubby is too wrapped up in the joy of throwing your BFF a party to even consider that she might be negatively affected by it. Planning a surprise party seems like an altruistic act to most of us, but I think your friend’s husband is being quite selfish. This could play out horribly, and he’s choosing to ignore that fact. At the end of the day, though, your friend has never had a surprise party, and

the loneliness got to me, and I broke down. I really do try to go for new people without dating histories within my circle of friends (maybe I’m tired of the same old faces), but sometimes it happens. Honestly, I believe the best practice for dating your friends’ exes is to avoid their most recent paramours or anyone over whom they are experiencing emotional turmoil. That includes hook-ups and FWBs. If you wanna cause real drama in a friendship, bang the person your friend is still in love with. f Need advice? Email, use the anonymous form at, or find Bonita on Twitter: @flagpolebonita.






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