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Family Dog Tippy Took His Duties Seriously, No Matter the Cost By Pete McCommons I knew what Tippy’s heroic defense of Tippy was our first family dog, a small our home cost him personally. He could brown and black rat terrier. This was at a open the screen door from the inside but time and place when pets did not come not from the outside. Once he commitinto the house. Everybody was still counted to his watchdog persona, there was try enough that dogs lived outside—cats, no going back to his warm box. The threat too. Tippy ate well off table scraps and the vanquished or more likely found to be nonoccasional can of dog food. He would have existent, Tippy had to pass the rest of the turned up his nose at dry dog food in a bag. night in an outbuilding that had functioned How could that compare with steak fat, in the past as a combination smokehouse, scrambled eggs, turnip greens, cornbread? laundry room and woodshed—too far Tippy, like all dogs of his era, was lowremoved from our home to catch any of its maintenance, low-cost. His only visit to the warmth. To go down and let Tippy back into vet was his once-a-year 75-cent rabies vachis warm box would cination, administered have awakened the generally at a public He was who he was, entire household, so clinic on the courthouse and noises in the night Tippy, who had made grounds. He got some his bed, could not lie flea powder from time were going to get him up in it. to time and baths durand barking, regardless. As I lay in mine, I ing the summer, but reflected on why Tippy he was generally on couldn’t stay in his, why his routine had to his own and pretty much hung around our include the rushing forth. I didn’t underbig backyard, where he was always ready stand why Tippy couldn’t figure it all out to be the pet of whatever child was playing and resist the urge that cost him his warm outside and always ready for a walk in the bed. nearby woods. They say pets teach kids about life. Tippy Tippy slept inside our back screened certainly showed me the consequences of porch, sheltered from the night wind, giving in to random urges, throwing away within the ambience of our heated home comfort and safety for momentary gratifiin a cozy cardboard box lined with old towcation. I also eventually came to understand els. There he remained for the duration of that Tippy couldn’t help it. He was who he the night, unless… Unless Tippy heard a was, and noises in the night were going to sound or caught a whiff that might mean get him up and barking, regardless. Life is an intruder, throwing him into watchdog like that: knowing when to play it safe and mode. Tippy would never lie in his warm when to just go for it, doggone it. f box barking at intruders real or imagined. Tippy’s routine was to leap from his box, jump up and push the screen door open Don’t worry: Tom Crawford’s Capitol Impact column with his paws and rush out barking to can be found online and will be back in the paper confront the threat, while the screen door next week. We had to rearrange things this week to banged shut behind him, waking me in my make room for all the stories in the special pet secwarm bedroom upstairs above the porch. tion that follows.


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Keep Atlanta Highway Snellville Plus, School Discipline and More Local News By Blake Aued and John Huie

high schools here, and I’m telling you they’re going to have different problems,” he said. One issue that surfaced in the wake of a student’s sexual assault at Cedar Shoals earlier this year, though, was the almost total lack of discipline at the Eastside school compared to Clarke Central. Interim principal Derrick Maxwell has since announced that he’s cracking down on attendance, but according to state Department of Education statistics compiled by Karen Sweeney Gerow, a former CCSD teacher who’s been critical of the district, Central students were several times more likely to be suspended than Cedar students during the 2014–2015 school year. There were 621 attendance-related disciplinary actions at Central, compared to just 39 at Cedar. Maybe Jaguars are that much better behaved—or maybe someone was looking the other way to boost the school’s all-important College and Career Readiness Index score. But the policy committee didn’t talk about that. [BA]

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citizens expressed a desire for an explanation and better Athens-Clarke County officials are considering ditching understanding of the respective roles of the superintendent a ban on parking in front of stores on the city’s suburban and the board of education.” commercial corridors to spur more development, especially Elementary and middle schools “do not punish kids for on Atlanta Highway and Lexington Road. being tardy” because parents are responsible for getting Both corridors are widely considered eyesores, and in an them to school on time, Superintendent Philip Lanoue told effort to make new commercial development more attracthe school board’s policy committee last week. Students tive and pedestrian-friendly, for the past 15 years ACC has with excessive tardies may be referred to a social worker, he required parking to be on the side or back of the building. said. But with big-box stores and chains opting to locate (or Growlers: Under a new state law, Athens’ Copper Creek At the high-school level, from a student’s point of view, relocate) in Oconee County—and ACC Commissioner Jerry brewpub will be able to sell beer to go in growlers—and “it makes more sense to skip altogether than to show up NeSmith beating the drum to try to out-Oconee Oconee— any other packaged beer or wine, if it gets a separate packtardy,” board member Sarah Ellis said. The Code of Student officials are considering lifting the front-parking ban. age license, ACC’s attorney has confirmed. “In my personal opinion, we’re suffering It will need a few tweaks to local ordinances, from 20 years of a no-growth policy,” develBill Berryman told commissioners on the oper Carl Nichols told ACC planning comLegislative Review Committee (which conmissioners last week. “We’ve got to get rid of siders new ordinances), but the Georgia that. We’ve got to get people coming back to Department of Revenue says there’s no reaAthens.” son brewpubs can’t hold both types of alcohol Chain stores and restaurants have a onelicenses. (A package store must still be at size-fits-all model and don’t want to change least 300 feet from any school or college, it to meet ACC codes, Nichols said. Not only but that does not appear to be a conflict for that, but seeing parking in front draws in Copper Creek.) drivers, and customers find it more conve“There’s only one brewpub here” as defined nient, he added. Nichols and real estate agent under state law, Berryman told Flagpole. A Charlie Upchurch cited a couple of big-box brewpub cannot distribute beer to retailstores that opted not to build on Lexington ers, as a brewery like Terrapin Beer Co. Road, as well as CVS, which complied with does. Berryman proposed clarifying ACC’s the law by adding a hallway to the outside alcohol ordinance to avoid any conflict with of its newer Athens stores rather than move state ordinances; commissioners could vote the front doors. The new shopping center on the modified ordinance in July. Then, on Highway 72 had no choice but to turn its “Copper Creek can simply apply for a Class B back on the street. “It’s burdensome on the license—a package license—and can then sell developer to have to build these buildings growlers, and I guess other kinds of package the way we’re asking them to build them,” beer or wine,” he said. [John Huie] Upchurch said. An Urban Land Institute report on reviAnd More Growlers: ”There’s nothing that talizing Atlanta Highway doesn’t mention produces a line at city hall like any animal the front-parking ban as an impediment. A issue,” Commissioner Kelly Girtz commented, similar report on Lexington Road recombefore the committee went on to discuss elecmends allowing two rows of parking in front. tronic dog fences. In ACC, dogs are required Planning commissioners seemed open to that to be fenced (and they cannot be tied up or idea, as long as it came with some require“tethered” when the owner isn’t present). ment for landscaping and connectivity, such Some dog owners use an “invisible” electronic as sidewalks and access roads. fence, in which the dog wears a batteryThe parking rules can’t be too onerous, operated collar that will shock it if it crosses though. Upchurch and Nichols’ code critiques an underground wire. Mostly, that works, but ignore the fact that development is happenit’s not as secure as a physical fence, Animal ing along Athens’ commercial corridors noneControl Division Administrator Patrick Rives theless—just look at the pharmacies and told commissioners. But it’s allowed, since a dollar stores and giant Krogers popping up court decision accepted an electronic fence on every corner. Does the community really as a legal barrier. “Our ordinance is ambiguwant any development we can get our hands ous at this point,” though, Central Services on? Should we resign ourselves to having to Director David Fluck said. drive everywhere, or do we want to continue The dog Normaltown deserves, but not the one it needs right now. A squirrel guardian. A watchful pooper. A And there can be problems: The battery the (unfortunately, agonizingly slow) process dark feist. She is BatFran. can die; the dog can get excited and charge of encouraging walkability bit by bit and fixout of the fence despite the mild shock (and then will be Conduct doesn’t outline specific punishments for skipping ing the mistakes of the past? Athenians have often said shocked again if it comes back in); a power outage can shut class, and some administrators apparently have been lax in that we don’t want Athens to turn into Snellville. Is that off the fence. “Typically, they also rely a little on the trainthat regard. It could also be beneficial to rewrite the code still the case? [Blake Aued] ing of the animal,” Fluck said. And unless signs are posted, in plain language, rather than legalese, to make it easier for passers-by may not realize that the dog is even confined. students and parents to understand, board member Linda School Discipline: Feedback from parents and teachers ”Sometimes that creates fear or apprehension,” Fluck said, Davis suggested. from an April town hall meeting on school discipline has and calls to Animal Control. In one case, a deliveryman got That most infractions in the code don’t carry specific been cataloged, and Clarke County School District board bitten, not realizing he was intruding on the dog’s space. members and administrators are working on policy changes penalties is something that bothers many parents and If the local ordinance is tweaked, commissioners seem teachers. The district used to have such a matrix—it was with the goal of having them in place for the start of the likely to at least require posting signs; already any dog with added in response to black parents’ complaints about next school year. a proven history of causing injury would not be allowed in harsher punishments—but Lanoue got rid of it, Hardaway “First, there is an expressed concern that discipline polian electronic fence (but that can be hard to prove, especially explained to the policy committee. A racial discrepancy still cies are applied inconsistently across the Clarke County if neighbors aren’t willing to testify in municipal court persists: Out of 285 disciplinary hearings last year, 90 perSchool District,” board President Charles Worthy wrote in about a troublesome dog, and they often aren’t). “There cent involved African American students, Hardaway said. an introduction to the report, which is available at clarke. are some dogs that my officers know by name,” Rives said. Worthy (formerly the principal at Cedar Shoals) under the “board of education” tab. “Secondly, “There’s going to have to be a little more citizen involvewe saw a repeated suggestion that teachers would like more tioned against tying principals’ hands and said they should ment to make some cases,” attorney Berryman said. [JH] f have the ability to “enhance” district policy. “You have two support and training on management of discipline. Finally,





Future Guide Dogs Make Fast Friends

How Training Service Puppies Brought Together Two UGA Students By Kat Khoury


Sanjana Ramesh

ext time you see a puppy in a little yellow vest relieving itself on the sidewalk or chilling in a restaurant, you might want to refrain from muttering under your breath something about bad dog etiquette. That pup is probably better behaved than your average 10-year-old kid. Roughly 100 puppies in vests that boldly state â&#x20AC;&#x153;Future Guide Dogâ&#x20AC;? roam the sidewalks and classrooms of UGA and elsewhere in Athens every semester. The dogs are part of a puppy-raising program through the Guide Dog Foundation, an organization thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been around for 70 years helping to provide assistance dogs to those in need.

when they need to go out of town. Co-raisers share the load of raising a puppy between two people. The most involved is being a full-time raiser. Raisers like Markle and Ramesh typically raise dogs from the time they are 8 weeks old until they are ready to head back to New York for formal training 14â&#x20AC;&#x201C;18 months later. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When you get into it, you really donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re getting into,â&#x20AC;? Markle says. She and Ramesh reminisced about their first years with their pups, saying it was like having a baby to take care of. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We all talk like weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re moms.â&#x20AC;?

Puppy Love Gabbi Markle and Sanjana Ramesh were strangers when they drove to Deana Izzoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kennel, Happy Tails Playhouse, on Nov. 3, 2014 to pick up their long-awaited puppies, which had just arrived after a 19-hour drive from New York. After being handed their 8-week-old pups and given the puppy-raising essentialsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;food bowl, leash, collar and some foodâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; they realized they were parked next to each other, then Sanjana was in front of Gabbi all the way home to their apartment complex off College Station Road. From that night on, the two were inseparableâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the sister puppies, Barbie From left, Barbie, Gabbi Markle, Elsa and Sanjana Ramesh. and Elsa, demanded it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They were â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re human. Are you kidding? Please,â&#x20AC;? Ramesh obsessed with each other,â&#x20AC;? Markle says. insists. The Guide Dog Foundation offers several ways a volBoth girls discovered the program during their freshman unteer can be involved. Buddies can watch a dog for a few year, after seeing the dogs all over campus. UGA dorms hours a day, essentially babysitting. Campers can house donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t allow dogs, though, so they had to wait until their dogs for multiple days in a row, helping out puppy-raisers

sophomore year to volunteer. Raising a guide dog starts long before you hold the furry pup in your arms. A six- to seven-month process determines your eligibility. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have an extensive application process to be a puppy-raiser,â&#x20AC;? explains Izzo, the Athens field representative for the Guide Dog Foundation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This ensures we get raisers that have good communication, a good understanding of what they need to do to better ensure the dog they will be raising will be a guide dog and a good history of meeting attendance.â&#x20AC;? Aside from the in-depth application process and 80-page manual (complete with quiz), before theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re qualified to raise a future guide dog, applicants have to camp adult dogs, hosting at least one overnight stay, to make sure itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something they really want to take on. When Markle and Ramesh found out they were getting puppies, they both wanted male golden retrievers. However, a specific breed or color isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t guaranteed, and both were handed female black labs from the same litter. It didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really matterâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;they adored the puppies and memorialized them with tattoos and keychains bearing their ID numbers. The breed choices are slim. The foundation currently breeds labs, golden retrievers, lab/golden crosses and standard poodles. Having a limited selection and breeding them based on temperament and medical history in their own breeding department helps to ensure that the dogs have a high rate of success, according to Izzo. Names are out of raisersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; hands. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m pretty sure the sponsor family had little girls,â&#x20AC;? Markle says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;since their names are Barbie and Elsa.â&#x20AC;?

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Work and Play Once raisers receive their pup and supplies, the hard work begins. A guide dog has to be exposed to everything. You name it, the dog needs to know it. Buses, cars, bikes, bars, tall people, short people, large people, children, all the different human races, all the kinds of animals, phones ringing, sirens wailing, wood, metal, plastic, thunderstorms, drunk people. It may seem strange to give your dog â&#x20AC;&#x153;experiences,â&#x20AC;? but the importance is easy to understate. A scared dog or a shy dog canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make a good guide dog. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are a variety of reasons a puppy may be released from our program, like fear of cars, fear of metal grates and medical [reasons], too,â&#x20AC;? Izzo says. And as for that little puppy marking his territory on the sidewalk? Most guide dogs, according to Markle and Ramesh, go on to live in urban settings and have to be accustomed to using concrete. It takes a village to raise a good dog. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You learn a lot from the people around you. I learned that through the prison program, because she would learn so much there,â&#x20AC;? Ramesh says. Elsa, Rameshâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s puppy, spent 10 months in the prison program at Arrendale State Prison in Habersham County. The foundation trained women in the prison to keep dogs, and they would switch between prisoners so the dog could meet different people. Elsa spent her weekdays in the prison and lived with Ramesh on weekends. (The specific prison program that Elsa was a part of has been discontinued, according to Ramesh.) â&#x20AC;&#x153;The support system is really important,â&#x20AC;? Markle says. Both Elsa and Barbie had litter problems. In addition to having each other, â&#x20AC;&#x153;we had monthly meetings where you got a lot of advice and help,â&#x20AC;? Ramesh says. Sometimes groups of raisers and puppies will work on training their dogs together around town or on campus. After puppies are raised, they leave the home theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve known for a year and a half to go back to New York. Think of it as a sort of guide-dog college. Back at the Guide Dog Foundation, the adult dogs start their formal, months-long training. Most of the dogs go on to be guide dogs for the blind, but if a dog shows potential in another field, the foundation works with other detection schools such as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives National Canine Division or the MSA Explosive Detection Canine Training, according to Izzo. A person in need of a seeing-eye dog fills out an extensive application and, if approved, goes to New York for two weeks of expenses-paid training. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We match a personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s walking pace, strength for corrections, lifestyle and other factors to a dog that we feel will be a good match,â&#x20AC;? Izzo says of the matching process of dog to new owner. Not all dogs go on to be guide dogs. While in training, dogs who may have medical issues or behavioral issues will be detected. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I believe the numbers Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve heard in the past is that 60â&#x20AC;&#x201C;70 percent of the dogs go on to be guide dogs,â&#x20AC;? Izzo says. So while most puppies go on to fulfill their destinies, some, like Barbie, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quite make the cut. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know this dog,â&#x20AC;? Markle told the foundation. She fought, knowing Barbieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s potential and wanting her to succeed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There was a lot of back and forth,â&#x20AC;? she says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but [the decision] shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be made overnight, so I get it, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard.â&#x20AC;? Markle struggles with Barbieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rejection. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The feeling of her not going is worse than her leaving,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love her with all my heart, but knowing I was going to keep her because she couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be the thing we had worked for was hard. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not because I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want her or love her, because I do, but I raised her because I wanted her to be something good.â&#x20AC;? Ramesh agrees: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Not being able to get answers is the hardest part,â&#x20AC;? she says. Elsa is still in training, and while Ramesh gets updates and pictures, she wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know if her dog made it through training until later in the summer. Both friends will raise dogs for the foundation again, they say, but not right away. As Ramesh says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;you want to give them stability.â&#x20AC;? f



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thens-Clarke Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s animal shelter is undergoing a $620,000 renovation and expansion that will provide a better life for dogs, cats and Animal Control workers and volunteers alike. As part of the SPLOST project, approved by voters in 2010, ACC has moved its cat shelter, previously located in a dilapidated building off Buddy Christian Way near the airport, to the existing dog pound just down the street. Additional cat cages and dog kennels have been added, as well as cat interaction rooms, a food prep area, a dog-grooming room, spaces to quarantine suspected feral cats, sick animals and those that bit people, and special rooms for puppies and kittens. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The tops [of the cages] will be open so you can actually reach over and interact with them,â&#x20AC;? says Animal Control Division Supervisor Patrick Rives. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a nice temperature-controlled environment for the little guys. What it also allows us to do is free up kennel space for the bigger dogs.â&#x20AC;? Understandably, Rives is especially excited about the new office space in the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; what he calls â&#x20AC;&#x153;the bullpen.â&#x20AC;? Previously five animal control officers had to share two computers and one phone. Now all have their own workstations with a phone and a laptop that allow them to file reports from home when theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re on call. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a secure room to keep evidence from animal cruelty cases. Outside are six additional dog kennels and several new, larger pens where potential adopters can play with dogs auditioning for their forever homes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The dogs have a lot of room to run, so we encourage people to bring toys, throw the ball, that sort of thing,â&#x20AC;? Rives says. Many of the improvements are already complete, and the rest could be finished as early as next month, Rives says.


hen my wife and I adopted an approximately oneyear-old lab/fiest mix, we quickly realized that, for her, literally no amount of walking was enough. Walks around the block quickly turned into epic two-hour slogs on the Greenway, and she was still rarinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to tear up the couch when we got home. While walking your dog is good exercise for both of you, Athens is lucky to have several places where canines can burn off energy without wearing out their owners. In addition to any number of informal play spotsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;ranging from friendsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; fenced-in yards to unused church ballfieldsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department and the University of Georgia run four official public dog parks where leashes can (legally) come off. [Blake Aued]

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by the state, including Athens Canine Rescue, Pawtropolis, Circle of Friends and others. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They check [a volunteer-run website] or come by and say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Make us the last chance,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Rives says. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just dogs and cats that find their way to the animal shelter, though. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had goats, horses, emus, cows,â&#x20AC;? says Rives, and the shelter now includes a special pen for livestock. Recently Animal Control took in an albino red tail boa that lost its home in a fire. Its owners could not take it back, but another family adopted the snake. f

Athens Dog Parks Let Pooches Roam Free

293 Gran Ellen Dr. â&#x20AC;˘ Open daily 8 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;sunset Located just south of Five Points, Memorial Parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1.5-acre dog park is the smallest and probably the most popular in townâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and, to be honest, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a bit worse for the wear. The upside is your dog will always be able to meet some new buddies; the downside is, when it gets too crowded, the hounds can get a bit salty. (And if you have a bird dog like me, have fun dragging it over the pond past the ducks.) But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s conveniently located, shady and stocked with lots of benches and picnic tables. Bring a book and let your furry friend frolic.


One benefit of the expansion will be to reduce ACC Animal Controlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s already low euthanasia rate. According to department records, just 55 out of more than 2,000 dogs that came through the shelter were euthanized in 2015. Few were put down because of lack of space; most had serious behavioral or medical problems, Rives says. One myth Rives is eager to dispel is that UGA students often drop off their pets or turn them loose when leaving school. Animal Control doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ask people if theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re students, but anecdotally, they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see a lot of college-age people come in, and their numbers donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t spike at the end of semesters. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happening, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happening in some secret way we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know about,â&#x20AC;? Rives says. County policy requires that animals be kept at the shelter for at least five days before being euthanized, but in practice some stay far longer unless the shelter becomes overcrowded, in which case rescue groups often step in. Animal Control works with any rescue group thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s licensed Joshua L. Jones


This one is a hidden gem, and when I say hidden, I mean hidden. Drive all the way through the UGA

Intramural Fields off College Station Road and park at the end. A ways down the trail through Oconee Forest, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find a 15-acre (somewhat) enclosed area where you can let Fido off-leash (and even swim in a pond). Warning: The fence is pretty spotty, so if your dog is prone to roam, this may not be the place for you. If not, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lots of cool stuff to explore.

Southeast Clarke Park

4440 Lexington Road â&#x20AC;˘ Open daily 8 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;sunset Leisure Services recently completed a brand-new, larger Wiggley Field off Whit Davis Road (out past the Walmart) to replace the old one, where the grass was chronically worn down from overuse. The new Wiggley Field is divided into three zonesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;one for all dogs, one for big dogs and one for small dogs, which is great if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re worried about a Rottweiler mistaking your Chihuahua for prey or vice versa. (One of the zones may be closed to recover from the trampling.) Parts of the park are left unmowed to create a natural meadow environment.

Sandy Creek Park

400 Bob Holman Road â&#x20AC;˘ Open Tues.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Sat. 7 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8 p.m. Up Highway 441 near the Jackson County line is Sandy Creek Park, which has five two- and three-acre dog pens that are perfect for fetch or Frisbee. Four require reservations and cost $1 per hour; the fifth is free and doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t require a reservation. (Reservations can be made at the gatehouse or by calling 706-6133631 up to 48 hours in advance.) Admission to the park is $2.


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The Furriest Family Member Tips for Raising Kids and Pets By Kristen Morales

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perspective. And that works out in the long If thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one thing I think kids should term, because you better understand why do before they graduate from high school, the dog is doing that crazy thing (jumping, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s be responsible for a pet. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s partly licking the floor under the high chair, digbecause I grew up with a menagerieâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;cats, ging in the back yard) and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re less likely dogs and fish, yes, but also parakeets, turto say, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hey, this relationship isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t working tles, a hedgehog and even an ornery, single out.â&#x20AC;? lovebird named Chester. While some aniThinking like a dog is also a common mals taught better lessons than others (parmistake that dog lovers make when the dog akeets are messy but can learn the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Andy is the first â&#x20AC;&#x153;childâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;and then a baby comes Griffithâ&#x20AC;? theme song; cats usually just want into the fold. One of my biggest peeves is to be left alone), the experience of taking when a couple has a dog, then gets pregcare of a living creature is one of the most nant and decides they have to get rid of the valuable lessons a child can experience. dog. Sure, there are times when the dog is That said, now that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a grownup with genuinely unsafe around kids, but if you children of my own, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not nearly as easy donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have any evidence of this, why assume to say yes when asked for a new pet. We the first member of your family now needs already have a cat and a dog, for example, to leave, making and now my daughroom for a human? ter is angling for Again, it goes back to something elseâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; trainingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and also something thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s thinking like a dog. truly â&#x20AC;&#x153;hersâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;like a Because dogs know hamster or a rat. I say when something is the dog and cat are up. fine for now. Also, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean It makes me wonto be picking on dogs. der how my parents but when thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a handled the ask. class for hamsters or Although, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll admit cats, let me know. I that once we got to may consider getting high school, my sister a hamster. and I stopped asking There are lots of and just came home private dog instrucwith random creators around town, tures (and I have zero and Athens-Clarke recollection of how County also offers a Chester the lovebird dog obedience class came into our pos(athensclarkecounty. session). Cats were com/1970/dog-obemy familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gateway dience-class). If you animalâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;we adopted Education is a big part of owning a pet, whether adopt from a shelter a series of ill-fated itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s obedience training or teaching your child how like the Humane barn cats when I to take care of one. Society, ask about an was in elementary â&#x20AC;&#x153;overnight option,â&#x20AC;? which allows you to take school. But by middle school, my sister a dog (or cat!) home for a trial run. That way had her heart set on a fluffy, bouncy dog you get an early indication if things may or called a keeshond, a Dutch breed. When we may not work out, personality-wise, with brought home the puppy weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d call Panda, your family, before youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve bonded with the my mother, it turns out, did one of the best pet. Stewart said staff can also help you figthings she could do: She signed us all up for ure out which animal has a personality that obedience classes. Yes, all of us. Dog obedience was a family best matches with your family. And if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not ready to make the affair. Once a week, my mother, sister and I commitment but your child is dead-set would head to puppy class and note how to on having an animal, the Athens Area make our little dog walk on a leash, sit on command and come when called. (Somehow Humane Society offers camps that teach kids about animals and how to handle them my father got out of this duty.) Later on, (the Junior Vet camp, June 13â&#x20AC;&#x201C;16, had when we took in Labrador puppies that a few openings as of press time). And all would eventually be trained to be seeinglocal shelters are happy to have kids come eye dogs, we also went through the rounds to volunteerâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen birthday parties of classes. By the time I graduated from where, instead of presents, kids asked for high school, I had a pretty good idea of how donations of newspapers and food for their to run a dog training class. favorite shelterâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;or they can schedule a I say this was one of the best decisions time to simply come by and play with the she could make when we got a dog because, animals. from what Jane Stewart tells me, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the Just like having a baby, having a pet is an simplest way to get a dog acclimated to a investment of love and time. But it pays off family and vice-versa. If you are a family down the road in your childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ability to care thinking of bringing a dog into the mix, for another creatureâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;or simply take on signing up for an obedience class is the best responsibility. Or, in the case of my childway to break the ice. Not only does it give hood, the ability to give a cranky old loveyou a foundation for good behavior, but it bird a place to hang out for its final years. f also helps you to see things from the dogâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s


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â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like just to sit. I like to stay busy,â&#x20AC;? says Robin Taylor. Taylor also has a love of animalsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;as evidenced by the pitter-patter of dog feet that greet you when you ring her doorbellâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and baking. Put all those factors together and you can see how they add up to Oscar Bites, her side business, which retails healthy dog treats around the Athens area. Taylor explains that she didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to spend all her time baking for herself. Her pets in 2009â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Oscar (a bulldog), Myrtle (an â&#x20AC;&#x153;Athens black dogâ&#x20AC;?) and Millie (a pig), all R.I.P.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;begged constantly for some of whatever she was making, but she knew that the butter and sugar in her baked goods wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t healthy for them to eat. So she tweaked her recipes and, seven years later, her business continues to expand. She sells on weekends at farmers markets (Comer and Athens, in season), through Athens Locally Grown, at Pawtropolis (which also puts them in gift bags), at various craft shows, on Etsy, through her website and even at a few places in Atlanta.

The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pudgy Ballsâ&#x20AC;? are Taylorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most popular flavor, made with carob chips (safe for dogs, unlike chocolate) as well as peanut butter, honey, oats and cinnamon. She says most dogs arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t that picky about which flavors they prefer, but there are exceptions. She thinks the Pudgy Balls attract their attention because of the variety of aromasâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;due to the spices they includeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; more than because of their flavor. When she can afford to, Taylor uses local ingredients, getting her eggs from Knick Knack Farm in Colbert and her honey from Beehaven Apiary in Madison County. She doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t usually opt for organic components for the same reason she canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go all-local. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not that making a profit is the most important thing to Taylor. Instead, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s that she donates 10 percent of her gross sales to Athens Canine Rescue. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is my way of being able to give more,â&#x20AC;? she says. That is, Oscar Bites basically allows her to give as much as she can to the rescue cause, and she doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want anything taking away from that.

Asked how many Oscar Bites sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s made in her life, Taylor doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know how to estimate, but sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mixed, rolled, cut, baked and packaged every single one herself. Since she got a job at UGAâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an advisor in the physics departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and stopped working nights in the service industry, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s had more time to bake, and she uses most of her free time to keep up with demand. How do they taste? I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help myself. I remembered trying to eat MilkBones as a child, and I had to know. Oscar Bites are a lot better, but still pretty bland. Dogs can only have so many ingredients, and Taylor doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t use preservatives, which limits their shelf lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;most flavors are good for about two months but can be frozenâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; and what she can include in the treats. Peanut butter, honey and oats, as well as whole-wheat flour and milk, are standard. Blancheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Banana Bites, named after a pet who died in March, are gluten-free because they use brown-rice flour instead of wheat. Cinnamon makes an appearance from time to time, as do apple and pumpkin, both of which are healthy for canines. What Taylor has on offer varies with the season and the venue. Some flavors do better than others in the heat of summer.

In terms of coming up with new flavors, Taylor tinkers. Sometimes she invents a new treat that tastes good, but the shelf life is too short to make it viable, as with a treat involving turkey bacon. She still makes blueberry treats, but they have a similar problem. Her packaging requires some tweaking from time to time, to keep the treats fresh, withstand grease and attract the eye. Taylor says Oscar Bites are popular as hostess gifts because theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re different, and the cute boxes and bags help her product stand out, even if sometimes the treats take longer to package than to bake. Taylor also makes dog-friendly cakes and cupcakes on demand, in peanut butter and banana, with cream cheese frosting, for special dog occasions. Which begs the question: Is there anything she eats of what she makes? Taylor admits that the Kennel Corn (air-popped popcorn seasoned with honey and Parmesan) is a bit of a weakness, and that sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not the only person she knows who nibbles on it. On the other hand, if she wants a cookie, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll bake some geared to human taste buds, not canine ones. f

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Teh Case for Kittehz Some Cool Things My Cats Did Today By Gabe Vodicka


wife and I have two indoor cats. Lemme tell you: As pets, cats are great. Low maintenance, high entertainment value. But certain members of Flagpoleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s staff didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think cats were interesting enough to merit a separate story in our first-ever Pet Issue. They goaded me: Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t they just sleep and eat? What else do they do? So, haters, here are some cool things my cats did today. Practiced Matrix jumps: Indoor cats need to burn off all that energy theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d otherwise spend chasing birds and other unsuspecting small animals outside, so for an hour or so each day they basically just run from

Stared intently across the room late at night: Cats are creepy. I cannot deny this. Sometimes, usually late at night, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be reading or watching TV or hate-checking Twitter and one of our cats will suddenly wake up from one of his million naps and start staring over my shoulder across the room with a calm but terrifying intensity. Of course, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing thereâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;that I can see. Cool it, cat. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re freaking me out. Watched TV for a spell: I am serious. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know if all cats do this or if we just happened to adopt a couple of savants (probably the latter!), but our cats will occasionally notice the picture on the tube and start watching. It happens most often with

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one end of the house to the other a bunch of times. Once in awhile their paths will converge unexpectedly, and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll both jump straight up into the air, creating a bullet-time effect that looks really hilarious and cool. Made bird noises: My cats spend a ton of time looking out the window, so the bird bath we put in our front yard was as much about feline entertainment as avian hydration. Cats make this bizarre noise when they see birds. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a trill-type sound thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pretty cute and funny. Supposedly theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trying to mimic a bird call in an attempt to lure the bird their way, but it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sound like a bird at all. Plus, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a window there. Dummies. Forgot there was another cat in the house: So funny. My cats forget about one another all the time, and then they freak out when they catch a glimpse of fur in another room. Their tails get all big and bushy and they creep slowly down the hall, until something clicks in their little walnut-sized brains. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oh, I know that dude.â&#x20AC;? DUMMIES.

nature shows and sportsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;especially sports that feature small, round balls, like golf and baseball. They get sucked way into the action and we literally have to intervene to get them to stop watching. Wastoids. Enjoyed cleaning/cuddle time: Some cats donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like each other. Thankfully, our two guys at least tolerate each other most of the time. Maybe once a night theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll decide they wanna be really sweet and start cuddling together and giving each other kitty baths. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s adorable and life-affirming. This brings up another great point: Cats are clean. As a human, you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to clean them. They take care of it themselves. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cool. Trapped a bug: This is probably the best argument in favor of having a cat (aside from, I dunno, everything Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve mentioned so far): Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re terrific critter-catchers. When cockroach season rolls around, they are on the job. Although this particular asset can be sort of creepy, too, particularly when you realize your catâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been sitting in the corner staring at your shoe for 15 solid minutes. You gotta upend that shoe and squash that bug, my man. f

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Immortalizing Furry Friends Three Athens Artists Specialize in Pet Portraits By Jessica Smith Cindy Jerrell: All creatures great and small have always been a major source of inspiration for multimedia artist Cindy Jerrell, whose creations range from beautifully painted wooden shadowboxes starring anthropomorphized characters, to whimsical puppets with moving appendages, to eerie, otherworldly digital compositions. Finding a unique way to channel her sense of humor, Jerrell offers two main types of commissioned pet portraits outside her main body of fine art: sepia-toned photographs of pets decked out in vintage clothing and accessories— similar to the cat gracing this week’s cover of Flagpole—and mugshots of animals caught being naughty. “Personally, I don’t need to see animals in clothes to understand that they have personalities and intelligence and emotions, but sometimes a photograph of an animal suggests so much character and background story,” says Jerrell. “The pet portraits are a collaboration with the owner of the pet, and they are all about adoration and anthropomorphic fun.” After selling portraits of adoptable animals and her own pets through her Etsy shop Hotdigitaldog for awhile, she began accepting custom orders. So far, she’s made an astounding 500 pet portraits for people all over the world. “Many people give them as gifts and then tell me how the pet owner reacted by either bursting out laughing or crying. No one ever sees this gift coming,” says the artist. “A few have told me the framed portraits now hang with the human ancestor portraits on a wall of honor.” Jerrell’s home is a bit of an animal sanctuary; there’s Gigi, “a CockaPekaPoo who has ruled [her] life for 16 years with an iron paw,” nine cats—Finny, Violet, Pickles, Slinky, Boo, Sissy, Punky, Pirate and Lacey—two ducks named

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Eleanor and Shirley, a chicken named Penny and a temperamental, fluffy-footed rooster named Marvin. “A chunk of these animals have come from my many trips to Animal Control over the years while doing Adopt Me for Flagpole,” she says. “You didn’t think I came home empty-handed every time, did ya?” Nethie Lockwood: Another local artist who is more than familiar with capturing the likeness of furry friends is Nethie Lockwood, a painter who has specialized in pet portraits since graduating from the Ringling College of Art and Design in Florida in 2003. “I like trying to capture the emotion of a moment,” says Lockwood. “In college, I did a lot of work with this obsession. I realized animals have an emotional openness [that] people never will.” After using a friend’s cat as the muse for part of her senior thesis, the artist was greatly moved by the realization that her friend had formed a very personal connection to her artwork. This ability to bring joy into people’s lives has motivated Lockwood to offer commissioned portraits for more than a decade. “My favorite part of making a portrait is putting the detail in the eyes. It makes me feel like I am bringing the painting to life,” she says. “It’s nice to have the pet I have been staring at for hours suddenly stare back at me.” Lockwood is the proud mother of a “sweet little princess” corgi mix, a “devious, wild man” dachshund mix and three cichlids. Will Eskridge: Known for promoting awareness of issues pertaining to animal welfare and habitat conservation through his artwork depicting wildlife, Will Eskridge is also talented at creating lighthearted portraits of domestic pets. “My dad is a veterinarian and my mom is an artist and musician, so I guess it was natural for me to evolve into an animal artist,” says Eskridge. Though using photographs for reference—animals rarely sit still for long, after all—his contemporary images are typically painted in a loose, expressive style

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rather than a photorealistic one, which allows for flecks of bold colors to pop in each creature’s coat. Eskridge and his wife share their home with Mr. Furley, an Old English sheepdog and husky mix who was adopted from the pound; Lola, a black Labrador who was handed down by a family member; Hank, a Pekingese and shih tzu mix who was abandoned in the neighborhood; Alfred Hitchcock, an orange tabby who was never retrieved after an appointment at his father’s vet clinic; and Loretta, a tortoise-shell cat who was found in a dumpster. Like Lockwood, one of Eskridge’s favorite aspects of creating portraits is painting the eyes. “It’s always in the eyes. The eyes really are the window to the soul, and these animals have definitely got soul.” f

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ugene Willis, who performs as Blacknerdninja, has been an important player in Athensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; hip hop scene for more than 15 years. Coming up on a dual mixtape release and listening party at Hendershotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Willis spoke with Flagpole about his past, his goals for the future and how the scene has evolved over the last two decades. While he has been performing in some form since his early childhood, Willisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; hip hop career started after he graduated from Cedar Shoals High School in 2000. Initially performing under the name Lil Gene, Willis made his name with several hip hop and jazz bands. For about six years he performed with musicians like Scott Low, Marvelous Projections and, later, his own group, Common Enemy. According to Willis, it was at the tail end of those six years that he decided to make a change. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I made a change in my life and stopped drinking,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At the time, everybody and their mama was doing music and trying to get signed. I was obsessed with that idea of needing to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;make itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fun anymore. I had reached the point that I was bitter and angry about making music and decided that I just needed to stop. So, I took four years off from rapping to try and get in touch with who I was and decide what kind of music I wanted to make.â&#x20AC;? Four years later, Willis reemerged with a new identity. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I decided I was ready to come back into the scene on my own terms and reinvent myself,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come back as Lil Gene, because I was older and not so little anymore. So, I came back as Black Nerdâ&#x20AC;Ś Then I found out there was another guy using that name who had a really popular YouTube channel. He was cool with it, and we actually became friends over Twitter, but I knew I had to change the name because people were already confusing me with him. I already had â&#x20AC;&#x153;ninjasâ&#x20AC;? in my Twitter name, and it sounded kind of cool, so I decided to just push it all together into the persona of Blacknerdninja.â&#x20AC;? Since adopting the moniker, Willis has become a central figure in Athens hip hop. His upbeat performances, unique lyrics and positive perspective have made him one of the go-to names for festivals and showcases across town. As an Athens native, Willis has seen the hip hop landscape change drastically. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I grew up listening to the ones who came before me and whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been going longer than me,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ishues, Big Earl [and] Elite tha Showstoppa, to name a few. As the scene was coming up, there was a divide between more turned-up country-style artists and artists who considered themselves â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;conscious.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; There was a lot of bickering between the two sides initially, and then

the scene became stagnated for a long time. I would say within the last few years weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve all really come together in an effort to move the culture forward.â&#x20AC;? Part of that, according to Willis, is making sure artists are focused on building and maintaining their brand. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Before, everyone was rapping, partying or doing their own thing, but a lot of people werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t thinking about booking shows or being professional about it,â&#x20AC;? says Willis. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what I set out to doâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;to be more conscious of my surroundings. Not just doing shows to get drunk and have a good time, [but] to add a level of prestige to the brand. Now, a lot of people are about their business, and the quality of the shows has improved.â&#x20AC;? On a personal level, Willis is putting all of his focus on taking his brand and making it bigger. While he loves his hometown, Willisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ambitions are bigger than having a career as an â&#x20AC;&#x153;Athens rapper.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m trying to go international,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gonna take money, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m trying to build a lifestyle. In the future, kids are gonna be talking about, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;You do music, cool, but what else?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; You have to have more going on now; youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve gotta have a whole lifestyle for people. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just about rapping anymore. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about building within the community.â&#x20AC;? Willisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; mixtapes The Uncanny Blacknerdninja and Robots, Monkeys & Microphones will see release on May 29, with a third tape set for later this year. The dual mixtape strategy was inspired by one of Willisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; favorite comic book series. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Back in the day they would release The Uncanny X-Men and its sister series, X-Factor, as two different comics, but with covers that went together in the storyline. So the idea behind [Robots], which is more energetic and nerdy, and [Uncanny], which is more message-based, pure hip hop, was to release two different projects where the cover art would go together in the same way.â&#x20AC;? As for the overall message of the two tapes? According to Willis, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s simpler than it may appear. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With each project, I try to say something different. Right now Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m all about the message of making better decisions. Making yourself a better person. But underneath that message, really underneath the surface of every one of my projects, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a layer of unconditional love.â&#x20AC;? f

WHO: Blacknerdninja Pop-up Show & Listening Party WHERE: Hendershotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Coffee Bar WHEN: Sunday, May 29, 7 p.m. HOW MUCH: FREE!

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Chris Cohen Embarks On a Solo Career By Andy Barton


ew would hold it against you if the name Chris Cohen doesn’t ring any bells. The Los Angeles native is a restless musician whose involvement with better-known projects over the years has overshadowed a brilliant, more recent solo career. With a lustrous sophomore release that puts a modern spin on the ’70s singersongwriter mold, Cohen is making an argument for why you should know his name. Throughout the early 2000s, Cohen recorded and performed with The Curtains, a San Francisco-based group whose jazz and electronic-influenced sound eventually made way for more melodically-focused pop fare. Around that same time, he joined the fellow S.F. experimentalists in Deerhoof on guitar, taking part in recording several critically acclaimed albums before parting ways with the band in 2006. Soon after, he began supplying his talents as a touring member for songwriters Ariel Pink (as part of his Haunted Graffiti band) and Cass McCombs. Now, splitting his time between others’ bands and musical outlets of his own, Cohen maintains that each brings its own sort of fulfillment. “I like playing the instruments and producing for other people’s songs, but I also love to write and sing my own,” he says, conceding that “right

now I’m mostly working on my own.” That follow-up seems like an understatement; Cohen recorded every instrument on his latest solo album, As If Apart, by himself. Written and recorded over a three-year span, As If Apart is a different type of record than those recorded under his Curtains moniker. “I wanted to write different types of songs—songs that had fewer parts and fewer key changes,” says Cohen. And although his jazz influence remains present across its 10 tracks, there’s an accessible element to the album that naturally lends itself to some easy listening. As one can imagine, there’s a wide range of thoughts and feelings that accompany the creative process when there’s just one person behind the wheel. “It’s lonely sometimes, but also very fun. I get into the music and don’t have to communicate with anyone verbally until it’s done, so that’s great,” says Cohen, adding that he ran the gamut from “this is terrible’” to “I love this” to “let’s try something else” while working on the record. Regardless, he says confidence in the material was key—he just didn’t know how long it would take to finish. As If Apart expresses this range. There’s the bustling excitement of album opener

“Torrey Pine,” the somber meditation of “Memory” and the collected reflection of “Yesterday’s On My Mind.” While the record shares traits with his Captured Tracks labelmates and possesses a vintage California sound, Cohen’s trademark is his own. “The people who listen will have their opinions and descriptions,” he says. “My music fits perfectly into my weird mishmash world… I synthesize music from my favorites, then filter them through myself.” With his idiosyncrasies firmly in place and album No. 2 available to the world, the next logical step is touring, with a stop at Go Bar Saturday. For a guy who writes and records his own records, Cohen describes his live band as really just “friends from before.” “The touring band is always people I like… I’d never ask someone to play who I

didn’t want to spend time with,” he says. The whole experience—writing, recording, giving interviews and touring—can be consuming. How does one find reprieve? “I’m most looking forward to playing, but I also wanna stop for some swims along the way,” says Cohen. “If anyone has good tips in Georgia, hit me up on Facebook!” Athens, show the man some Southern hospitality. f

WHO: Chris Cohen, Salsa Chest, Mans Trash, Half Acid, Potted Plant WHERE: Go Bar WHEN: Saturday, May 28, 10 p.m. HOW MUCH: $10




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NOW WATCH THIS: Athens pop band Playground Hero is on the skids, or, rather, “on a hiatus for a while, if not indefinitely.” Alas, we hardly knew ye! Actually, this is fine, because the best part of Playground Hero was its singer, E.M. Watson, who seems intent on making a solid go of it as a solo artist. His newest single is “Spaced Out,” and word is that its accompanying video is the first in a ninepart release. Because of this, I’m gonna reserve full judgement until he’s completed the entire thing. Musically, it’s a 180-degree split from Playground Hero’s safe rhythmisms, but a logical progression from some of Watson’s other solo work. The video and song are pretty cinematic and ambi-

no, you can’t be on the guest list. Sheesh, people. SUMMERTIME BLUES: Pretty damn new hardcore/noise band Tug—composed of scene folks Emmett Cappi, Dick Hunsinger and Garrett Burke—has a new EP that seems like it’s 99 percent ready to be released. They’ve got one song streaming now, a release date of June 1 listed and a promise that purchasers will have full streaming access and download rights “the moment it’s released.” What you can hear now is the pain wail and clash clatter of “Falling Through Webs.” It woulda been way rad to hear this in context of the whole EP—titled Cover the Earth, by the way—but I can break


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tious, with the music landing, thankfully, just before the pivot point where it would become too much like Radiohead. Multiple listenings reveal a little Bowie, too. It’s supposed to tell the story of the protagonist’s breakdown and split from reality, but this first chapter reveals little towards that end. What it does is further establish Watson as an artist who shouldn’t be slept on. I’m looking forward to seeing this one play out. Props should be given to video director Daniel Espeut (Espeuté Productions), who, along with several others, has helped guide the visual—and, by extension, emotional— impact of Watson’s music. See for all videos and music. GRAND BAND DISCO: Former Athenian Justin Flowers (Long Legged Woman, CCR Headcleaner) makes his way back to Athens this week with a new project. This Friday, May 27, Flowers will play at Go Bar one of his Bay Area outfits, Life Stinks. Yeah! Anyway, they play kinda grimy, kinda indie-ish punk and should be worth a few hoots ’n’ hollers. Also on the bill this night are Athens hardcore blitzers Harsh Words and psychic boot-stompers Shade. You can get a taste of Life Stinks at soundcloud. com/life-stinks-sf, but the others you should already know about. This night costs $7, so plan accordingly and, before you ask,

bottles against the wall and scream into the void to this one just fine. If you haven’t seen ‘em yet, get thee to The Globe Sunday, May 29. They’ll be playing that night— duh—and Deep State and Philadelphia’s Pinkwash will join them. Check things out at YOU CAN ALWAYS GO DOWNTOWN: Mark your calendars for this year’s Hot Corner Festival. It’s happening June 10–11 at the intersection of Hull and Washington streets downtown. For those who don’t know, this area of town is a historically black entertainment and business district, and the Hot Corner Festival is held in tribute to that legacy and as a celebration of the Classic City’s current African American culture. To this end, the weekend begins on Friday evening at First AME Church (521 N. Hull St.) with the Gospel Extravaganza from 6–10 p.m. On Saturday the festivities run from noon–10 p.m. and include live jazz, gospel, hip hop and more, raffles, chess and checkers competitions, NAACP and voter registration, local authors and more cool stuff. This is a great event that has been steadily growing over the past few years to become one that lots of folks look forward to and multiple people help coordinate. It’s free and open to everybody. See HotCornerATH for more information. f



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Two New Flicks, Reviewed By Drew Wheeler THE NICE GUYS (R) Superstar screenwriter Shane Black followed Lethal Weapon with a string of multimillion-dollar scripts like The Last Boy Scout, Last Action Hero and The Long Kiss Goodnight (and most importantly, he co-wrote my childhood favorite, The Monster Squad), but did not get a chance to direct until the 2005 standout Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. Black has followed up his breakthrough flick, Marvel Phase Two opener Iron Man 3, with The Nice Guys, a ’70s throwback with the ’80s buddy-cop comedy vibe epitomized by Lethal Weapon. Think if Riggs and Murtaugh investigated crimes in an L.A. where they could run into Inherent Vice’s Doc. That pretty well sums up these entertaining Nice Guys. Russell Crowe stars as Jackson Healy, a tough guy who professionally beats up bad guys. When Healy’s latest client, Amelia (Andie MacDowell’s daughter, Margaret Qualley), sends him after morally ambiguous P.I. Holland March (Ryan Gosling), the two end up working together to find Amelia, who happens to be the daughter of a Justice Department bigwig played by Kim Basinger, and crack a case that involves

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a missing pornographic movie, the auto industry (represented by Buck Rogers himself, Gil Gerard) and a dead porn star named Misty Mountains (Murielle Telio). Fortunately, Healy and March have a His Girl Nancy Drew in Holland’s level-headed, resourceful tweenage daughter Holly (Angourie Rice). Crowe and Gosling have a distinct, friendly chemistry—much like that of Mel Gibson and Danny Glover—but Black plays this action comedy more like a live-action cartoon with Gosling tripping, flipping and falling like Wile E. Coyote, much to the bemused chagrin of his more serious pseudo-partner. The mystery may last a red herring too long, as its false ending clocks in at about 90 minutes, presaging the movie’s major action set piece, a climactic shoot’em-up at 1978’s big auto show. Still, Black reinvigorates the rather staid, formulaic action comedy by inserting period flair that matches his charismatic lead duo. Crowe always works best in a time period other than the present, and Gosling nails the rakish, Elliot Gould-ish ’70s gumshoe. Visions of Fletch mingle with the macho musk of Lethal Weapon, and despite

some genre-induced narrative and character limitations, The Nice Guys is a blast to watch, like a supersized pilot episode for a never-picked-up ’70s buddy detective series. NEIGHBORS 2: SORORITY RISING (R) Surprisingly, 2014’s Neighbors was not only funnier than it appeared but unexpectedly warmer, too. Zac Efron’s frat bro, Teddy Sanders, is never relegated to mere bad-dude one-dimensionality. The sequel tries to give the girls of Kappa Nu, led by Chloe Grace Moretz’s Shelby, the same equal treatment, but the basketball team of screenwriters—original writers Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O’Brien, plus director Nicholas Stoller, star Seth Rogen and his screenwriting partner Evan Goldberg— cannot accomplish this goal until this very funny sequel is pretty much over. Too bad, as Neighbors 2 may have surpassed its predecessor had it been able to humanize the sisters of Kappa Nu as well as it did the brothers of Delta Psi Beta. The nominal plot involves Mac and Kelly Radner (Rogen and Rose Byrne) trying to sell their home when a sorority moves in next door. Having learned from their experience with Teddy and Delta Psi, Mac and Kelly know these wild 18-year-old girls are going to blow their escrow. Meanwhile, Teddy is having a hard time leaving the brotherhood behind, so he joins the sisterhood of the new sorority formed by Shelby, Beth (Kiersey Clemons, Dope) and Nora (Beanie Feldstein) after these girls learn it is against the rules for sisters to party in their own home; only bros can drink beers in their abodes. (Seriously, this rule is real and enforced by the National Panhellenic Conference.) A second Greek war then ensues between the old people—the side to which the girls banish Teddy, despite his abs and general hotness—and the youngsters. As sequels to successful comedies go, Neighbors 2 accomplishes what many of its peers cannot. It is pretty much as funny as the original without simply resorting to a wholesale rehashing of its predecessors plot and jokes. I laughed at Neighbors 2 a lot and loudly. However, I did not like Shelby and her sisters as much as Teddy, Pete (Dave Franco), et al. until the movie was over. Despite the movie’s commendable equal rights message, the girls simply were not as amenable as the boys in the beginning. This initial villainy simplifies the conflict and makes it easier to pick sides than in the last frat war. I really wanted to sympathize with the unfair plight of the girls more, but their lack of compromise, while it may have generated the rest of the movie, drove down their rootability. That’s saying a lot, because the Radners may be funny, but they are not great people. f

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The Foundry · 6 p.m. · $5 Last year, musician Liam Parke of Irish pub band Repent at Leisure conceived of an in-the-round singer-songwriter showcase where he planned to spotlight some of our town’s talented yet under-appreciated solo performers. The event soon became a monthly showcase at The Foundry, complete with a tagline—“Athens’ best kept secret”—and the May edition happens Wednesday. In addition to playing a selection of their original songs, the musicians participate in an open conversation about their writing process. This month’s edition will feature locals Nathan Sheppard, Ben Morrison, Caleb Keith, Drew Albenesius, Katherine Ball and Neal Canup. Music runs from 7–10 p.m. [Gabe Vodicka]

Southern Brewing · 5–8 p.m. · FREE! Co-organized by the ACC Stormwater Management Program and Water Conservation Office, Roll Out the Barrels is a silent auction that transforms 20 rain barrels into eyecatching, functional pieces of art. Participating artists include Chris Taylor, Ansley Sproull, Lorenza Chico Rozier, Cameron Bliss, Will Eskridge, Maggie Baxter and a dozen others. The sixth annual auction features a book signing by Susan M. Varlamoff, author of Sustainable Gardening for the Southeast, as well as a native plant sale. Proceeds benefit the Athens Green School Program, which promotes environmental education through projects focusing on conservation, preservation and beautification. [Jessica Smith]

Caledonia Lounge · 9 p.m. · $7–9 Onetime Athens musician Cara Beth Satalino decamped for Baltimore back in summer 2013 and has since found a foothold in that city’s thriving musical underground with Outer Spaces, her locally born indie rock band. In the project’s current incarnation, the guitarist and songwriter is joined by Charm City mainstay Chester Gwazda on bass and Rob Dowler on drums. The trio’s new fulllength record, A Shedding Snake, out May 27 on Don Giovanni Records, is a subtle but powerful collection of candidly melodic folk-pop. Locals Moths and Outer Sea—the latter, by the way, is one of the more exciting Athens bands to emerge over the past few months—also perform. [GV]

Farmington Depot Gallery · 6–9 p.m. · FREE! Despite appearing in numerous group exhibitions, seemingly cranking out paintings nonstop through social media and even starring on the cover of Flagpole last week, artist Cameron Bliss Ferrelle has yet to hang a solo show of her own in an art gallery—until now. “Silence” is a collection of portraits, often conveying pensive or moody expressions, that are lush in color and full of detailed patterns. Musician David Van Wyk will perform on cello during the opening reception, and the exhibition will remain on view through Thursday, June 30. A portion of sales from “Silence” will benefit The Cottage Sexual Assault Center and Children’s Advocacy Center. [JS]

Caledonia Lounge · 10 p.m. · $5 –7 Laser Background’s synesthetic psych-pop is a child’s view of candy and cookies through the eyes of a wizened adult: a dizzying sugar rush and its ensuing crash, a chattering mouth of nothing-but-sweettooth dentition full of resultant cavities and decay, a dialectic of hedonistic anticipation and corporeal shoulda-known-better. Back when losing a molar wasn’t just something you’d look forward to but something the mytho-industrial complex incentivized beneath your pillow, LB’s Andy Molholt knew better than to sell out, hoarding his baby teeth instead, grinding them up and squeezing the paste through a ring modulator. Laser Background plays with Half Acid and Giant Giants. [Adam Clair]

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Tuesday 24 CLASSES: Swing Night (Dancefx) A one-hour lesson is followed by a two-hour dancing session. No experience or partner necessary. Every Tuesday. 8 p.m. $3–5. www. CLASSES: Introduction to Instagram (ACC Library) Registration required. 10 a.m. FREE! EVENTS: Tuesday Tour at 2 (UGA Special Collections Library) Take a guided tour of the exhibit galleries of the Walter J. Brown Media Archives


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and Peabody Awards Collection, the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library and the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies. Meet in the rotunda on the second floor. 2 p.m. FREE! jclevela@ EVENTS: Election Day (Athens, GA) Visit the website to view sample ballots and find your polling place. 7 a.m.–7 p.m. FILM: Bad Movie Night: Undefeatable (Ciné Barcafé) Stingray is the champion of death matches and a rabid eyeball collector. 8:30 p.m. FREE! www.facebook. com/badmovienight


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GAMES: Bingo (Ted’s Most Best) Win drinks, sweet treats and gift cards. Every Tuesday on the patio. 6 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Trivia at the Rail (The Rail Athens) Trivia hosted by Nic every Tuesday. 10:30 p.m. FREE! 706354-7289 GAMES: Dirty South Trivia (Taqueria Tsunami) (Downtown) Surf the trivia wave every Tuesday. 8 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Trivia (Hi-Lo Lounge) Trivia with host Caitlin Wilson. 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-850-8561 GAMES: Locos Trivia (Locos Grill & Pub) Westside and Eastside loca-

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tions of Locos Grill and Pub feature trivia night every Tuesday. 8 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Full Contact Trivia (Johnny’s New York Style Pizza) Play to win. 8 p.m. FREE! johnnyspizza. com/athens GAMES: Full Contact Trivia (Blind Pig Tavern) (2301 College Station Rd.) Every Tuesday. 8:30 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Full Contact Trivia (The Savory Spoon) Compete to win prizes. 7 p.m. FREE! 706-367-5721 GAMES: Happy Hour Trivia (The Rook and Pawn) Compete in happy hour trivia hosted by James Majure.

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First place gets a $30 gift card. 5:30–6:30 p.m. FREE! KIDSTUFF: Preschool Storytime (ACC Library) Ages 2–5. 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary. org/athens KIDSTUFF: No Talent Required Art Party (ACC Library) Art supplies provided to create whatever you want! Ages 11–18. 4:30 p.m. FREE! KIDSTUFF: My Pet Rock Rocks (ACC Library) Hear stories about non-traditional pets and make a pet rock to go. Ages 5–11. 2:30 p.m. FREE!

Wednesday 25 ART: Tour at Two (Georgia Museum of Art) Sarah Kate Gillespie, curator of American art, leads a tour of “Frank Hartley Anderson: Forging the Southern Printmakers Society.” 2 p.m. FREE! www.georgiamuseum. org 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

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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: Athens Area Arts Council Annual Party (Flicker Theatre & Bar) Meet new board members and learn about AAAC’s offerings. Comedy by Sahima Godkhindi, poetry by Sanetra Handy and live music by Lovesongs. 7:30– 9:30 p.m. FREE! EVENTS: Athens Farmers Market (Creature Comforts Brewery) Local and sustainable produce, meats, eggs, dairy, baked goods, prepared foods, crafts and live music by Brefmint & J. 4–7 p.m. FREE! www. FILM: Pretty In Pink (Beechwood 11 Cinemas) Molly Ringwald and Jon Cryer star in John Hughes’ teen classic. Part of Flashback Cinema. 2 p.m. or 7 p.m. $4-5. GAMES: Music Trivia (Saucehouse Barbeque) Meet at the bar for a round of trivia. 7:30–9 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Trivia (Copper Creek Brewing Company) Test your trivia chops for prizes! Every Wednesday. 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-1102 GAMES: Sports Trivia (Beef ‘O’ Brady’s) Test your sports knowledge every Wednesday night. 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-850-1916 GAMES: 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: Ukelele Workshop & Summer Reading Program Kick-off (Madison County Library, Danielsville) Ages 8 & up can learn some ukulele basics in a workshop. Afterwards, performer Julie Austin will lead a family sing-a-long, movea-long concert. 1:30 p.m. (workshop), 3 p.m. (kick-off). FREE! www. KIDSTUFF: Bedtime Stories (ACC Library) Children of all ages are invited for bedtime stories every Wednesday. 7 p.m. FREE! www. KIDSTUFF: Board Games (Oconee County Library) The Rook & Pawn host an evening of playing unique board and card games. Popcorn and soda included. For grades 6–12. 6–8 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary. org/oconee KIDSTUFF: Cize Class (ACC Library) Exercise while dancing. 3 p.m. FREE! athens 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: Family Music Jam (Oconee County Library) Join Miss Rebecca and her ukulele for a singa-long. Limited supply of rhythm instruments available. For children of all ages and their guardians. 10:30 a.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary. org/oconee 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.

Thursday 26 ART: Gallery Discussion (Georgia Museum of Art) View the 1978 Smithsonian documentary The Meaders Family: North Georgia Potters, then join Georgia potter Clint Alderman and curator Dale Couch for a discussion. 7 p.m. FREE! ART: Roll Out the Barrels Silent Auction (Southern Brewing Company) Twenty local artists have transformed ordinary rain barrels into functional pieces of art. Proceeds benefit the Athens Green School Program. The event includes a native plant sale and a book signing with Susan M. Varlamoff, author of Sustainable Gardening of the Southeast. See Calendar Pick on p. 18. 5–8 p.m. www.rolloutthebarrels. org CLASSES: Crafting a Research Paper or Manuscript (ACC Library) Registration required. 6:30 p.m. FREE! athens CLASSES: Drumming Program (ACC Library) Aleta Turner leads a drum circle. Some hand drums and percussion instruments will be provided but attendees are encouraged to bring their own. No prior experience necessary. 12:15 p.m. FREE! CLASSES: How Our City Works (RoundSphere, 1 Press Place) RoundSphere and HW Creative Marketing present a lunch lecture with City Manager Blaine Williams, who will walk guests through the inner workings of the unified government. 12 p.m. FREE! mary@ EVENTS: Keep Calm and Color (ACC Library) Adults can relax by coloring. Materials provided. 6 p.m. FREE! EVENTS: Refined Singles Unwind (Showtime Bowling Center) Older adults can meet new people and socialize. This month will feature bowling and dinner. RSVP. 5 p.m. $8.50. 706-549-4850, nfrederick@ EVENTS: Nature Ramblers (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Learn more about the flora and fauna of the garden while enjoying fresh air and inspirational readings. Ramblers are encouraged to bring their own nature writings or favorite poems and essays to share with the group. 8:30 a.m. FREE! EVENTS: Healing Circle & Meditation (Body, Mind & Spirit) Experience a variety of healing and meditation modalities. 6 p.m. $5. 706-351-6024 EVENTS: Athens Science Café (Little Kings Shuffle Club) David Berle from the UGA Department of Horticulture will present “Dig In: The Scoop on Organic Gardens.” 7 p.m. FREE! athenssciencecafe.wordpress. com GAMES: Entertainment Trivia (Butt Hutt Bar-B-Q) Hosted by Dirty South Trivia. Every Thursday. 8 p.m. FREE! 706-850-8511 GAMES: Full Contact Trivia (Johnny’s New York Style Pizza) See Tuesday listing for full description 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: Hand Clap and Jump Rope Rhymes (ACC Library) A

morning of clapping, jumping rope and action rhyme. Ages 6–11. 10:30 a.m. FREE! athens 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 LECTURES & LIT: Oconee Hill (ACC Library) Charlotte Thomas Marshall will give a presentation on Oconee Hill Cemetery. 7 p.m. FREE!

Friday 27 ART: Opening Reception (Farmington Depot Gallery) “Silence” features painted portraits by Cameron Bliss. Live music by David Van Wyk. A portion of sales will benefit The Cottage. See

Saturday 28 ART: Closing Reception (Jittery Joe’s Coffee) (Alps) See oils on paper and mono prints by Stuart McCall Libby. 3-6 p.m. FREE! CLASSES: Singing Through Collage (OCAF, Watkinsville) Local artist Susan Pelham leads a class on creating personal collages inspired by poetry and song. 12:30–4:30 p.m. $85. CLASSES: Windows Basics (Oconee County Library) Learn how to navigate Windows and understand files, settings and accounts. Registration required. 2–4 p.m. FREE! EVENTS: West Broad Farmers Market (West Broad Market Garden) Shop for fresh and affordable produce and prepared foods. The market also includes kids activi-

produce, meats, eggs, dairy, baked goods, prepared foods and crafts. Live music by Michael Lesousky (8 a.m.) and Dixieland 5 (10 a.m.). Today is Compost Day and features an educational activity with master composters. 8 a.m.–12 p.m. FREE! EVENTS: “Celebrate Freedom” (New Covenant Worship Center, 1425 Newton Bridge Rd.) Meet and interact with local public safety departments. Fire trucks, police cruisers, ambulances and a helicopter will be on site. Refreshments and door prizes. 11 a.m.–1 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. KIDSTUFF: Storytime (Barnes & Noble) Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service with

The Georgia Museum of Art will host a Tour at Two for the exhibition “Frank Harley Anderson: Forging the Southern Printmakers Society” on Wednesday, May 25 at 2 p.m. Pictured above is “Seedling” by Lynd Ward. Calendar Pick on p. 18. 6–9 p.m. FREE! FILM: Flashback Friday Film Screening (Oconee County Library) Watch a throwback flick. Popcorn provided. 3 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Friday Night Magic Draft (Tyche’s Games) Win prizes. 5:30 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Video Game Tournament (Kelly’s Corner Gaming Center, 3575 Atlanta Hwy.) Compete in Pokken (6 p.m.) and Street Fighter V (8 p.m.). 6 p.m. $10. KIDSTUFF: Music Club (ACC Library) Hang out, eat snacks and talk about music. For ages 11–18. 3 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary. org/athens

ties, cooking demonstrations, educational booths and entertainment. Music by DJ Segar. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. FREE! EVENTS: 33rd Annual Rutledge Country Fair (Rutledge, GA) Festivities include an old-fashioned parade of vintage cars and tractors honoring the military, a beachthemed golf cart competition, arts and crafts, antiques, vendors, inflatables, live music, book signings and more. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. FREE! treeves@ 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 Farmers Market (Bishop Park) Local and sustainable

a reading of Our Great Big Backyard. 11 a.m. FREE! KIDSTUFF: Saturday Movies (ACC Library) Family fun movies are shown in the story room. Call for movie title. 11 a.m. FREE! www. SPORTS: Athens Road Runners (Meigs and Newton St.) Go on a three or six mile group run. Coffee afterwards. 7:15 a.m. FREE! www.

Sunday 29 ART: Monochromes Photography Show (The World Famous) See photography by Grant Beecher and Ian McFarlane. Live music by LeeAnn Peppers. 8 p.m.–12 a.m.

FREE! GAMES: Trivia Night (Buffalo’s Café) Alan’s Challenge. Every Sunday. 6:30 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Trivia (Amici) Compete to win. 6 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Trivia (Brixx Wood Fired Pizza) Test your skills. Every Sunday. 9 p.m. FREE! 706-395-1660 GAMES: Trivia (Blind Pig Tavern) (2440 W. Broad St.) Every Sunday. 6 p.m. FREE! KIDSTUFF: Lei Day (Madison County Library, Danielsville) May is Luau Month. Celebrate in style by making your own fancy lei. Materials provided. Ages 5 & up. 4:30 p.m. FREE! 706-795-5597

Monday 30 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: Memorial Day Concert and Picnic (Memorial Park) Music by Kip Jones, Wrecks and Park and Walden. The cast of #LickItUpTV will film segments of their episode in Athens. The afternoon also includes food, kids activities and swimming in the pool. 12-4 p.m. FREE! www. EVENTS: 13th Annual Running with the Dawgs 5K (The Classic Center) The Athens-Oconee Junior Women’s Club presents a run through downtown Athens that passes the fiberglass bulldog statues. Prizes include tabletop bulldog statues. 7 a.m. (registration), 8 a.m. (race). $20–25. EVENTS: Line Dancing with Ron Putman (Buffalo’s Café) For all skill levels. 6–8:30 p.m. $5. GAMES: Team Trivia (Beef ‘O’ Brady’s) 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! GAMES: Dirty South Entertainment Trivia (Ovation 12) Hosted by Nic. Play for prizes. 8 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Rock and Roll Trivia (Little Kings Shuffle Club) Get a team together and show off your extensive music knowledge! Hosted by Jonathan Thompson. 9 p.m. FREE! KIDSTUFF: Memorial Day in Memorial Park (Memorial Park) Activities include Inflatables, music, face painting and games. 12–3 p.m. FREE! $1 (pool). 706-613-3580 KIDSTUFF: Open Chess Play for Kids and Teens (ACC Library) Teen chess players of all skill levels can play matches and learn from members of the local Chess and Community Players, who will be on hand to assist players and help build skill levels. For ages 7–18. Registration required. 4–5:30 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650, ext. 329

Tuesday 31 CLASSES: Swing Night (Dancefx) A one-hour lesson is followed by a two-hour dancing session. No experience or partner necessary. Every Tuesday. 8 p.m. $3–5. www. CLASSES: Computer Class: eBooks and Audiobooks (ACC Library) Learn how to use Georgia k continued on next page



THE CALENDAR! Download Destination. Registration required. 10–11:30 a.m. FREE! www. COMEDY: Nitro Comedy Show (Hendershot’s Coffee Bar) Shaunak Godkhindi hosts a comedy show the last Tuesday of every month. 9 p.m. FREE! EVENTS: Western Square Dancing (Buffalo’s Café) With Randy Ramsey. 7 p.m. EVENTS: Afternoon Crafts and Snacks on Sticks (Madison County Library) Make a variety of crafts on sticks while eating fruit kabobs. Ages 5 & up. 4:30 p.m. FREE! EVENTS: Swing Dance Night in the Garden (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) UGA Swing Dance Club presents a night of dancing in the tropical conservatory. No previous dance experience or partner required. 8 p.m. (dance lessons), 9–11 p.m. (open dance). FREE! EVENTS: “Chopped Jr.” Viewing Party (The Foundry) Watch local 12-year-old kid chef Luke Krohn as he competes on Food Network’s Season 2 of “Chopped Jr.” Followed by a performance from Mamie Davis. Food donations will benefit Food 2 Kids. 6 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Trivia (Hi-Lo Lounge) See Tuesday listing for full description 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-850-8561 GAMES: Trivia at the Rail (The Rail Athens) Trivia hosted by Nic every Tuesday. 10:30 p.m. FREE! 706354-7289 GAMES: Locos Trivia (Locos Grill & Pub) See Tuesday listing for full description 8 p.m. FREE! www. GAMES: Happy Hour Trivia (The Rook and Pawn) See Tuesday listing for full description 5:30–6:30 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Dirty South Trivia (Taqueria Tsunami) (Downtown) Surf the trivia wave every Tuesday. 8 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Bingo (Ted’s Most Best) Win drinks, sweet treats and gift cards. Every Tuesday on the patio. 6 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Full Contact Trivia (The Savory Spoon) See Tuesday listing for full description 7 p.m. FREE! 706-367-5721 GAMES: Full Contact Trivia (Blind Pig Tavern) See Tuesday listing for full description 8:30 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Full Contact Trivia (Johnny’s New York Style Pizza) See Tuesday listing for full description 8 p.m. FREE! KIDSTUFF: Afternoon at the Little House on the Prairie (ACC Library) Participants will enjoy activities Mary, Laura and Carrie would approve of. Ages 5–11. 2:30 p.m. FREE! KIDSTUFF: PRISM (Oconee County Library) PRISM is a safe space for all teens who share a common vision of equality. Watch Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Popcorn and drinks provided. Grades 6–12. 3 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!

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EVENTS: Ordering Microfilm through FamilySearch (ACC Library) The Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah possesses the world’s largest genealogical collections. Microfilms can be mailed to you using Learn to take advantage of this resource. Registration required. 6 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650, www.athenslibrary. org EVENTS: Food Truck Market (Jittery Joe’s Coffee) Local food trucks include Jittery Joe’s, Taza, Holy Crepe and more. This week, bring a blanket and watch a movie. 5–10 p.m. EVENTS: Athens Farmers Market (Creature Comforts Brewery) Local and sustainable produce, meats, eggs, dairy, baked goods, prepared foods, crafts and live music by Chris Padgett. 4–7 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Cribbage (Kumquat Mae Bakery Café) Play cards every other Wednesday. 2 p.m. FREE! www. GAMES: Sports Trivia (Beef ‘O’ Brady’s) See Wednesday listing for full description 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-850-1916 GAMES: Music Trivia (Saucehouse Barbeque) See Wednesday listing for full description 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: Trivia (Copper Creek Brewing Company) See Wednesday listing for full description 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-1102 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: Anime Club (Oconee County Library) Watch some anime and manga, listen to J-Pop music, eat Japanese snacks and share fan art. Ages 11–18. 6–8 p.m. FREE! 706-769-3950 KIDSTUFF: Barry Stewart Mann (Madison County Library, Danielsville) Storyteller Barry Stewart Mann presents Lazy Louie’s Lucky Day with puppets, props and audience participation. 2 p.m. FREE! 706-795-5597 KIDSTUFF: Kitty Kapow and Professor Whiskers: Rock Band for Kids (Oconee County Library) Rock out with these musical superheroes to interactive songs that’ll get you singing and dancing. 10:30 a.m. FREE! MEETINGS: “Animals are Soul, too” (ACC Library) Attendees can share spiritual experiences, dreams and past lives. 6 p.m. FREE! www. MEETINGS: Tech Happy Hour (The World Famous) See Wednesday listing for full description 6 p.m. FREE!

LIVE MUSIC Tuesday 24 The Foundry 7 p.m. FREE! www.thefoundryathens. com OPEN MIC NIGHT Hosted by Rev. Conner Mack Tribble.


Georgia Theatre On the Rooftop. 9 p.m. $4. WHITE VIOLET Local group led by Nate Nelson, playing haunting, brooding, atmospheric indie-pop. THE HERNIES Local riff-heavy rock band displaying influences from classic to indie rock.

Morrison, Neal Canup, Drew Albenesius, Caleb Keith and Katherine Ball. See Calendar Pick on p. 18.

The Manhattan Café 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!

Georgia Theatre 8 p.m. $5. CBDB Alabama-based “joyfunk” band playing a mix of funk, progressive rock and jam fusion. BACKUP PLANET Progressive funkrock band from Knoxville, TN. On the Rooftop. 10 p.m. FREE! www. BACK CITY WOODS Macon, Georgia-based bluegrass/Southern rock band.

Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-4742 SESSIONS WITH D-KAPS Enjoy an evening of fresh live tunes.

Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 GREEN UVULA Alter ego of local outsider musician Garrett Johnson.

Porterhouse Grill 6:30 p.m. FREE! 706-369-0990 JAZZ NIGHT Enjoy an evening of original music, improv and standards.

Thursday 26 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. $7 (21+), $9 (18-20). www. OUTER SPACES Folk-pop band fronted by formerly local songwriter Cara Beth Satalino. See Calendar Pick on p. 18. MOTHS Jacob Morris and his all-star backing band play an acoustic sort of ‘70s folk-rock with a pop sensibility and an inevitable psychedelic tinge. OUTER SEA New local surf-rock five-piece. Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m. FLIGHT MODE USA Kenny Aguar, Leslie Grove and Xander Witt lead a trip down new wave memory lane, with homages to the dark, minimal pioneers of punk and synth-pop. POTTED PLANT Project of local artist Zannie Owens. MR. E Alias of local musician Ethan T. LaPaquette. The Foundry 6 p.m. $10 (adv.), $15 (door). www. BEN SOLLEE Cellist and singer-songwriter known for his innovative playing style, incorporating banjo, guitar and mandolin along with percussion and unusual cello techniques. ME AND MOLLY Nashville-based country-folk duo. GRANT COWAN Local jazz-influenced, piano-based singer-songwriter.

Rev. Tribble and the Deacons play an EP release show at The Foundry on Friday, May 27.

Wednesday 25 Blue Sky 5 p.m. FREE! 706-850-3153 VINYL WEDNESDAYS Bring your own records and spin them at the bar! Boar’s Head Lounge 10 p.m. FREE! 706-369-3040 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! BREFMINT & J Local duo consisting of “an old road dog and a classically trained beauty.” Flicker Theatre & Bar AAAC Party. 7:30 p.m. FREE! www. LOVESONGS Athens-based experimental band with electronic, dance and metal influences. The Foundry 6 p.m. THE BEST OF UNKNOWN ATHENS A singer-songwriter showcase hosted by Liam Parke. Featuring Nathan Sheppard, Ben

BROTHER MARY Ivano Milo of Downer plays “vacuous Muzak.” DOG LOVER 420 Atlanta-based experimental electronic artist. TRAPHORSE New local pop-rock band with folky flirtations and sinister undertones. Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. SANDER PINHEIRO & FRIENDS Brazilian-born guitarist performs his blend of jazz, soul and bossa nova. Hi-Lo Lounge 10 p.m. FREE! KARAOKE WITH THE KING Sing your guts out every Wednesday! Live Wire 7 p.m. FREE! OPEN MIC & LATE NIGHT JAM Drums, keys and amps are provided. Come share your music, jam with other musicians, and have fun! Hosted by a local band each week. Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-4742 CHRIS PADGETT Local guitar virtuoso performs a solo set. The Office Lounge 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-546-0840 KARAOKE With your host Lynn. Every Wednesday!

Georgia Theatre 8 p.m. $25. SNARKY PUPPY Technically proficient, Brooklyn-based jazz/funk outfit. MICHELLE WILLIS Toronto-based singer-songwriter and keyboardist. On the Rooftop. 10 p.m. FREE! www. THE NAUGHTY PROFESSOR Louisiana-based acid jazz outfit. The Globe 9 p.m. $5 706-353-4721 PERIOD BOMB Experimental punk band from Loas Angeles. NIHILIST CHEERLEADER Local upand-comers play energetic, fun lo-fi punk rock. SMOKEDOG This local band plays noisy, burned-out experimental rock and roll. HONORABLE DEMONS Experimental rock group from California. 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 LANDON TRUST Local singersongwriter performs an acoustic set of soulful Americana. Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. FREE! www.hendershotscoffee. com STICKS AND BONES Jazz combo featuring Barry Marler (Dreams So Real), Jamie Derevere, Darrin Cook and Bo Hembree.

Live Wire 7 p.m. $10. IKE STUBBLEFIELD Soulful R&B artist Ike Stubblefield is a Hammond B3 virtuoso who cut his teeth backing Motown legends like the Four Tops and Marvin Gaye. He’ll be joined by drummer Yonrico Scott. Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-4742 FRAZIERBAND Rocking bluegrass outfit from Nashville, TN. 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.

Friday 27 Big Daddy Mike’s Barbecue 6 p.m. FREE! 706-850-3888 KARAOKE With your host Lynn, the queen of karaoke! Butt Hutt Bar-B-Q 8 p.m. FREE! www.butthuttbarbecue. com JAKE DAVIS & JOSH BRICKER Two local country-rock artists perform. Caledonia Lounge 9 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18-20). www. LASER BACKGROUND Psychedelic, doo-woppy dream-pop project from Philadelphia’s Andy Molholt. See Calendar Pick on p. 18. GIANT GIANTS Percussive, lo-fi electronic act featuring members of Reptar. HALF ACID Greg O’Connell (Bubbly Mommy Gun) experiments with synths and talk boxes. Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m. $5. www.flickertheatreandbar. com BAND & THE BEAT New dream-pop duo from songwriters Tracy Shedd and James Tritten. DOUG HOYER Local chamber-pop singer-songwriter. TABLOID Anthemic, jumpy pop rock from members of Little Gold, Hot Fudge, Blunt Bangs and Marshmallow Coast. 40 Watt Club 9 p.m. $5. TWIN ROOF RUSTED All-star local musicians cover a variety of Elvis Costello tunes followed by a Prince dance party. Nonperishable food items, blankets and sheets will also be collected for the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia and the Athens Area Homeless Shelter. The Foundry 7 p.m. $5 (adv.), $7 (door). REV. TRIBBLE AND THE DEACONS Local group led by Athens rock fixture Reverend Conner Tribble. EP release show! WHISPER KISS Acoustic project featuring Michael Wegner (Abbey Road Live), Shelley Lotus (Grogus) and Karen Bergmann (Artie Ball Swing Band). Georgia Theatre On the Rooftop. 11 p.m. FREE! www. THE BOTTOM DOLLARS Brooklynbred classic rock that’s just as loud as it is sweaty. Go Bar 10 p.m. $7. 706-546-5609 LIFE STINKS Psychedelic punk band from San Francisco featuring members of CCR Headcleaner.

HARSH WORDS Fast hardcore group featuring members of Shaved Christ and Gripe. SHADE Dissonant, groove-oriented local post-punk band. Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. GYPSY WILDCATS Local group laying classic Django Reinhardt gypsy swing tunes, as well as Americana and old vaudeville standards. 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. Highwire Lounge 8 p.m. FREE! LIVE JAZZ Jeremy Raj is bringing together the best that Athens jazz has to offer every weekend. Iron Factory 10 p.m. FREE! 706-395-6877 MINGLEWOOD FRIDAY Local Grateful Dead tribute band plays a special Friday show featuring two full sets. Live Wire 8 p.m. FREE! SHIP OF FOOLS Eclectic indie rock group from Baton Rouge, LA.

Caledonia Lounge 5 p.m. BEAST MODE Intense local heavy metal group. DEATH OF KINGS Self-described “metal facemelters”. MARSES Local “party-doom” fourpiece band. PALADIN No info available. FALLOW Local three-piece Southern metal band. NEW MASTERS OF EVIL Thrash and speed metal band from Birmingham, AL. JET ENGINE DRAGONS Local band playing a blend of shoegaze, progressive rock and technical metal. APOTHECARY Metal band from Loganville. Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m. FREE! www.flickertheatreandbar. com STRANGE DREAMS Local goth- and post-punk-influenced band featuring former members of The Girl Pool. FIFTH SOCKET COLLECTIVE A group of musicians and sound artists from Nashville, TN. 40 Watt Club 8 p.m. $5. OLDE WORLD MONKEYS Local Southern rock four-piece. MOTHER FORE Local band influenced by Pink Floyd.

collaborator performs a set of his psych-pop. See story on p. 15. POTTED PLANT Experimental pop project fronted by Zannie Owens. MANS TRASH Skewed pop sounds from Mercer West (The Dream Scene, Bubbly Mommy Gun). SALSA CHEST Local experimental electronic group. HALF ACID Greg O’Connell experiments with synths and talk boxes. Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. PULLIN’ STRINGS Bluegrass band from Greene County playing a mix of originals and covers from the likes of The Grateful Dead and Bob Dylan. BORDERHOP TRIO High lonesome pickin’ and singing from Athens’ own bluegrass outfit. Highwire Lounge 8 p.m. FREE! LIVE JAZZ See Friday’s listing for full description Iron Factory 10 p.m. FREE! 706-395-6877 ALL NIGHT WRONG A supergroup of local musicians plays two sets of deep-cut covers and heavy improvisation to celebrate a birthday and the beginning of summer. Featuring members of Saturn Valley, Percy

Saucehouse Barbeque 6 p.m. FREE! JULIE HOLMES Local singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist who specializes in acoustic jams.

Sunday 29 The Globe 9 p.m. 706-353-4721 TUG New local noise-punk trio. DEEP STATE Members of Little Gold and Brothers play driving, punky, melodic guitar-rock. PINKWASH Punk duo from Philadelphia. Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 7 p.m. BLACKNERDNINJA & LG Eugene Willis and Larry Gresham deliver explosive rhymes over organic, high-energy beats. Album release show! Featuring a listening party and performances from Trey Willis, Team SS, Profound, Sonny Bamboo and more. See story on p. 14. Hi-Lo Lounge 9 p.m. $5. NICHOLAS MALLIS & THE BOREALIS Mallis’ music is “a cross between David Bowie, The

Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 JULIA LUCILLE Dreamy lo-fi folk artist from Austin, TX. MOSES NESH Folky American Primitive guitarist and songwriter from Atlanta. JOHN & KIRAN FERNANDES Father and son team up for an instrumental set. SMOKEY DEROECK Little Gold/ Deep State member plays a solo set of tunes. Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. FREE! www.hendershotscoffee. com OPEN MIC Showcase your talent at this open mic night every Monday. Hosted by Larry Forte. Memorial Park 12 p.m. FREE! MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT Featuring music from Walden, Kip Jones and Wrecks and Park. Plus, food, games and fun for the whole family. The Office Lounge 8:30 p.m. 706-546-0840 UNPLUG & UNWIND A weekly “acoustic fam-jam” hosted by Joey Quiggins.

No. 3 Railroad Street 7 p.m. $5. BETWEEN NAYBORS Local trio playing a variety of folk-based music that ranges from ‘60s coffeehouse to Richard and Linda Thompson-esque duets to rhythmic, Tom Waits-y rants.

Bishop Park Athens Farmers Market. 8 a.m. FREE! MICHAEL LESOUSKY Local folk singer-songwriter and member of Grassland String Band. (8 a.m.) 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. (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.

Blue Sky 5 p.m. FREE! 706-850-3153 VINYL WEDNESDAYS Bring your own records and spin them at the bar! Boar’s Head Lounge 10 p.m. FREE! 706-369-3040 LEAVING COUNTRIES OPEN MIC JAM Full bands are welcome, a backline is provided, and the jam rocks until 2 a.m. every Wednesday night. Caledonia Lounge 9 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18-20). www. SCOOTERBABE Scrappy, jangly local noise-pop/emo group. FREE CAKE FOR EVERY CREATURE Female-fronted lo-fi pop group from Philadelphia. JIANNA JUSTICE Athens-based lo-fi indie-folk project. Formerly known as Gal Pal and Penny Lame. BROTHER MARY Producer Ivano Milo of Downer plays “vacuous Muzak.”

Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 7 p.m. FREE! www.hendershotscoffee. com DJ TONY CHACKAL Spinning allvinyl set of music with a different theme each show.

Saucehouse Barbeque 6 p.m. FREE! LANDON TRUST Local singersongwriter performs an acoustic set of soulful Americana.

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Georgia Theatre On the Rooftop. 7 p.m. FREE! www. JAY GONZALEZ Drive-By Truckers’ keyboardist plays your favorite yacht rock, singer-songwriter, power-pop, British Invasion, originals and TV theme songs.

The Office Lounge 6 p.m. 706-546-0840 REV. CONNER MACK TRIBBLE Tribble is a Georgia rock and roll fixture. Every Friday! 8:30 p.m. 706-546-0840 ERIK NEIL BAND Local trio playing blues/rock covers and originals.

VFW 7 p.m. $8. TANGENTS This country-fried rock group from Watkinsville features Skynyrd licks and Mellencamp melodies.

Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-4742 SESSIONS WITH D-KAPS See Tuesday’s listing for full description

Creature Comforts Brewery Athens Farmers Market. 5 p.m. FREE! CHRIS PADGETT Local songwriter and guitar virtuoso performs a solo set.

Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-4742 LAGOONS Jammy rock group from Tuscaloosa, AL.

Terrapin Beer Co. 4:30 p.m. FREE! DJ OSMOSE International touring DJ and Athens resident lays down an all-vinyl set of funk, soul and reggae.

deep soul, R&B and blues. Every Tuesday!

Hi-Lo Lounge 10 p.m. FREE! KARAOKE WITH THE KING Sing your guts out every Wednesday night!

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros play the Georgia Theatre on Saturday, May 28. MEADOW No info available. Georgia Theatre 7:30 p.m. SOLD OUT! EDWARD SHARPE AND THE MAGNETIC ZEROS Popular folkpop revival band notable for heartfelt lyrics and energetic stage presence. HARRIET Los Angeles based progressive indie-pop band. On the Rooftop. 11 p.m. FREE! www. EUREKA CALIFORNIA Melodic, rough-edged, guitar-driven local garage-rock duo. WITCHING WAVES UK-based synthrock trio with strong female vocals. The Globe 7 p.m. $8 (adv.), $10 (door). 706353-4721 TRIO DELUXE Local jazz trio featuring Dan Coy, Andrea DeMarcus and John Norris. Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 CHRIS COHEN Captured Tracks musician and Deerhoof/Ariel Pink

Sledgehammer, Partials and Lazy Locomotive. Little Kings Shuffle Club 10 p.m. FREE! lkshuffleclub DJ MAHOGANY Popular local DJ spins freaky funk, sultry soul, righteous R&B and a whole lotta faves. Live Wire 7 p.m. $5. REDSTONE RAMBLERS Local blues-folk group led by songwriter Mark Wilmot. LILY HERNE Local alt rock trio. BORDERHOP TRIO High lonesome pickin’ and singing from Athens’ own bluegrass outfit. Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-4742 CLASSIC CITY JUKEBOX Local allstar rock and roll cover band. The Office Lounge 9 p.m. 706-546-0840 ELI CARLAN BAND Blues and Southern rock-influenced group from Commerce.

Ventures, and a little bit of Neil Diamond.” VELVETEEN PINK This quartet of funksters plays electro-based, upbeat stuff in the Prince, Stevie Wonder and Jamiroquai style. PURSES Popular local rock band featuring members of Tedo Stone, Grand Vapids and The District Attorneys. The World Famous 8 p.m. LEEANN PEPPERS Local singersongwriter playing sparse, evocative folk music.

Monday 30 Georgia Theatre On the Rooftop. 7 p.m. FREE! www. MEGHANN WRIGHT & THE SURE THING Indie-folk singer-songwriter from Brooklyn, NY. GRANT COWAN Local jazzinfluenced, piano-based singersongwriter.

Tuesday 31 The Foundry 8 p.m. FREE! www.thefoundryathens. com MAMIE DAVIS Young local songwriter influenced by grunge and folk. Georgia Theatre On the Rooftop. 9 p.m. FREE! www. HARVEY FUNKWALKER Athensbased trio “steeped in deep funk roots and laced with tinges of jazz, blues and rock.” SLOW CLAP Prog rock trio that incorporates various musical styles. The Manhattan Café Loungy Tuesdays. 10 p.m. FREE! 706369-9767 DJ NATE FROM WUXTRY Spinning an all-vinyl set of rare and classic

Live Wire 7 p.m. FREE! OPEN MIC & LATE NIGHT JAM See Wednesday’s listing for full description Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-4742 DIGG Denver-based progressive rock/ funk band. 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.

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Art â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oct-POE-berâ&#x20AC;? Juried Art Exhibition (ACC Library) The NEA Big Read is sponsoring an exhibition of artwork inspired by the writings of Edgar Allan Poe. All ages and experience levels welcome. Submit images via email with name, grade level, phone number, address, title, media and dimensions. Prizes awarded. Deadline Sept. 11, 8 p.m. Exhibition on view throughout October. acclibrarypoeartexhibition Call for Entries (ATHICA) The gallery is seeking art from emerging Athens-based artists in all media for ATHICAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Emerges IX.â&#x20AC;? Submit work online. Deadline May 25, 8 p.m. $20 entry fee. Outside the Lines (Athens, GA) TV Gallery and Pixel & Ink are gathering submissions for the second volume of its all-ages coloring book full of pages created by local artists. Proceeds benefit local public schools and non-profits. tvartgallery 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 11, 7 p.m.

Classes Aquatics Fitness Programs (Multiple Locations) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aquatic Aerobicsâ&#x20AC;? is held at Memorial Park Pool on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and

Thursdays through Aug. 6, 6 p.m. $5 per class. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aqua Zumbaâ&#x20AC;? is held at Bishop Park Pool on Saturdays through Aug. 8, 10:30 a.m. $5 per class. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Adult Lap Swimâ&#x20AC;? is held at Bishop Park Pool on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 6:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. $55. 706613-3589, www.athensclarkecounty. com/leisure Artist Workshops (KA Artist Shop) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Creative Journaling for Adults with Hope Hilton.â&#x20AC;? June 7, 10:30 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;12 p.m. or 6â&#x20AC;&#x201C;7:30 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Modern Calligraphy: Beginnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Basics.â&#x20AC;? June 11, 1â&#x20AC;&#x201C;3 p.m. or June 21, 7â&#x20AC;&#x201C;9 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Silk Painting with RenĂŠ Shoemaker.â&#x20AC;? July 9. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Drawing 101 with Otto Lange.â&#x20AC;? July 13, 20 & 27, 6â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8 p.m. 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. Dog Obedience Training (Southeast Clarke Park) Puppies and dogs of all ages will learn basic skills such as stay, sit, heel, come when called, walk nicely on a leash and more. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dog Obedienceâ&#x20AC;? takes place Saturdays, June 4â&#x20AC;&#x201C;July 30, 10â&#x20AC;&#x201C;11 a.m. or Tuesdays, June 7â&#x20AC;&#x201C;July 26, 7â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8 p.m. $100â&#x20AC;&#x201C;120. Gentle Hatha Yoga (St. Gregoryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church) De-stress, relax and move into stillness. Every other Saturday, 5:30 p.m. $10. Lunchtime Workout (CinĂŠ BarcafĂŠ) 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.

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Wednesday and Fridays. $5â&#x20AC;&#x201C;10. 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 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 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 Classes (5 Points Yoga) Hot flow, gentle flow, Iyenger yoga and meditation. www.athensfivepoints 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.

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A closing reception for artwork by Stuart McCall Libby will be held at the Baxter Street Jittery Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on Saturday, May 28 from 3â&#x20AC;&#x201C;6 p.m. service opportunities at various organizations. Over 130 local agencies seek help with ongoing projects. PALS Volunteers Needed (PALS Institute) Women of the World is seeking volunteers to mentor young adult women in earning a GED. Spanish speakers needed. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;1 p.m. Smart Lunch, Smart Kid (Milledge Avenue Baptist Church) Volunteers are needed to help provide and deliver sack lunches and educational enrichment activities to under-served children in nine communities around Athens this summer. Mondaysâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Fridays from 11 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;2 p.m., May 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Aug. 5.

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 Art Classes (KA Artist Shop) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Art Club for Teens.â&#x20AC;? Fridays, 6â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8 p.m. $20, $25 for supplies. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Art Club Junior for Ages 9â&#x20AC;&#x201C;13.â&#x20AC;? Fridays, 4â&#x20AC;&#x201C;5:30 p.m. $15, $25 for supplies. Both classes are taught by Hope Hilton. 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 through July, 9 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;12 p.m. weekendclasses

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 Portuguese for Kids (Oconee County Library) Kids can learn to speak Portuguese. Wednesdays through June 15, 6:15 p.m. Ages 7â&#x20AC;&#x201C;11. Report Card Rewards Program (Multiple Locations) Any student Kâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;12 in Athens may bring his or her final report card with all As and Bs to the ACC Leisure Services Aquatics Office for a free summer pool pass or 10 free swims. 706-613-3589, ext. 226, www.athens Rooting for Community (Williams Farm, 235 Northside Dr.) Kids can learn the ropes of the farm and make dishes from fresh produce at the Athens Land Trustâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Williams Farm. For rising 5thâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;7th graders. Full scholarships available. July 6â&#x20AC;&#x201C;15, 8 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;4 p.m. $160. Splash Pads (Multiple Locations) The Trail Creek Park Splash Pad is open May 28â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Aug. 7, 10 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;5:30 p.m. (Closed Mondays). The

Rocksprings Park Splash Pad opens May 28. $1/person. Pool passes are $30. splashpad Summer Camps (Treehouse Kid and Craft) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Superhero Camp,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Miniatures & Stop Motion Animation Camp,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Space Odyssey Camp,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Intergalatic Planetary Camp,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fairy Camp,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sewing & Textiles Camp,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Skateboard & Zine Campâ&#x20AC;? and more. Check website for full descriptions and dates. www.tree 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, www.uu Summer Camps Cornerstone offers two camps for students interested in theater. Elementary Summer Camp, grades 1â&#x20AC;&#x201C;5. June 6â&#x20AC;&#x201C;9, $90. Middle and High School Summer Camp, grades 6â&#x20AC;&#x201C;12, July 18â&#x20AC;&#x201C;22, $120. cornerstoneproductions777@yahoo. com, Summer Camps (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Full day summer camps from 9 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;3:30 p.m. are for ages 6â&#x20AC;&#x201C;10. $160. Half-day camps from 9 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;1 p.m. are for five year olds. $125/week. Camps include â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Plants We Eatâ&#x20AC;? (June 13â&#x20AC;&#x201C;17), â&#x20AC;&#x153;Forest Explorers and Early Civilizationsâ&#x20AC;? (June 20â&#x20AC;&#x201C;24), â&#x20AC;&#x153;Water Worldâ&#x20AC;? (June 27â&#x20AC;&#x201C;July 1 or July 18â&#x20AC;&#x201C;22), 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. $33–50. www.athensclarkecounty. com/leisure The Heroines Club (1161 Long Rd.) A monthly mother-daughter empowerment circle based on the sharing of real-life heroines and women’s history. The “Little Sisters” Circle is for ages 7–10. The “Big Sisters” Circle is for ages 11–14. $25. Theatre Academy (Rose of Athens) “Teaching Life Skills Through Stage Skills.” For grades 1st–12th. Multiple sessions available. June 2–22. $85–385.

Support Groups Alanon (540 Prince Ave.) Alanon: a 12-step recovery program for those affected by someone else’s drinking. Noon and evening meetings are held throughout the week. FREE!

Amputee Support Group (ACC Library) All are welcome. Meets every first Thursday of the month. Contact Reyna, 706-498-4313 Caregivers’ Support Group (Tuckston United Methodist Church) Find support with other caregivers. Second Sundays, 3 p.m. June 12 will be a discussion on “stress-busters” and techniques for relaxation. 706-353-1331 Project Safe (Athens, GA) Meetings for Warriors: Hope & Healing from Domestic Violence Group are held every Tuesday, 6:30–8 p.m., with a dinner on the last Tuesday of each month. Meetings for the New Beginnings Support Group are held every Monday, 6:30–8 p.m., with a dinner on the last Monday of the month. Childcare provided. 24-hour crisis hotline: 706-543-3331. Teen texting line: 706-765-8019. S-Anon (Cornerstone Church) S-Anon is a support group for family and friends of sexaholics. sunday.,

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. Through May. 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 INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART (ATHICA) (160 Tracy St.) “This Land: Immigration in the United States” 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. CINÉ BARCAFE (234 W. Hancock Ave.) “Swim Team” is a series of paintings by Jaime Bull. Through June 17. CITY OF WATKINSVILLE (Downtown Watkinsville) “Public Art Watkinsville: A Pop-up Sculpture Exhibit” consists of sculptures placed in prominent locations around downtown. Artists include Benjamin Lock, William Massey, Stan Mullins, Robert Clements and Joni Younkins-Herzog. “Artscape Oconee: The Monuments of Artland” features eight newly commissioned art panels and six refurbished panels of paintings. THE CLASSIC CENTER (300 N. Thomas St.) In Classic Gallery I, “High Contrast” features bold, black-and-white works by Timothy D. Hubbard, Kyle Kizzah, Jon Vogt and Eileen Wallace. • In Classic Gallery II, “A-Town” showcases works examining Athens architecture by Lewis Bartlett, Robert Brussack, Dortha Jacobson and Jacob Wenzka. Through October. CREATURE COMFORTS BREWING CO. (271 W. Hancock Ave.) “Ripple Surveyor” is a collection of paintings by Logan Shirah. Through May 28. DONDEROS’ KITCHEN (590 N. Milledge Ave.) Peter Thompson, owner of Archipelago Antiques, shares his work. Through May. EARTH FARE (1689 S. Lumpkin St.) 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. • “Silence” is a solo exhibition by Cameron Bliss. Opening reception May 27. Currently on view through June 30. FLICKER THEATRE & BAR (263 W. Washington St.) Drawings by Jeremy Kiran Fernandes. Through May. GALLERY@HOTEL INDIGO (500 College Ave.) “Wild Wooly Wonderful Athens” 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.) “Frank Hartley Anderson: Forging the Southern Printmakers Society.” Through June 19. • Created by design studio VolvoxLabs, “VVOX: Refining Realities” is an immersive triptych utilizing digital visualization. Through June 19. • “Turned and Sculpted: Wood Art from the Collection of Arthur and Jane Mason.” Through Aug. 7. • In the Jane and Harry Willson Sculpture Garden, “Twists and Turns: Sculptures by Alice Aycock” includes two sculptures, “Waltzing Matilda” and “Twin Vortexes.” Through Sept. 4. GLASSCUBE@INDIGO (500 College Ave.) Jamey Grimes’ Northern Lightsinspired “Aurora” 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.) Works by Double Dutch Press. Through May 29. HEIRLOOM CAFÉ (815 N. Chase St.) Collages influenced by Surrealism and Magic Realism by Susan Pelham. Through July 11. HENDERSHOT’S COFFEE BAR (237 Prince Ave.) Artwork by Lea Purvis and Licca Kirk. Through May.

On The Street ACC Pool Season (Multiple Locations) Public pools are located at Bishop Park, East Athens Community Center, Lay Park, Memorial Park and Rocksprings Park. Pools are open Tuesdays– Fridays and Sundays from 1–5:30 p.m. and on Saturdays from 12–5:30 p.m. Bishop Park is open on weekends only. $1 admission. $20 pool pass. aquatics American Lunch (Multiple Locations) Five Restaurant & Bar offers free meals through a mobile soup kitchen three days a week at various locations: 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. at Jessie B. Denney Towers on Tuesdays, Sparrows Nest Mission on Wednesdays, and Bigger Vision of Athens on Fridays. www.american Athens Street Hockey (YMCA, Hockey Rink) Players of all skill levels can play in a local hockey rink. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30–8:30 p.m.

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. $5. 706-248-4809 Cause + Effect (Athens, GA) Seeking short films focused on social, political, environmental or economic issues facing Georgia. $1000 prize. Deadline Oct. 2. Winners will be screened at Ciné in November. Classic City BBQ (The Classic Center) Now accepting vendor booth applications for food vendors, Tailgate Tradeshow exhibitors and chefs for cooking competitions on Aug. 20. The BBQ festival includes contests, outdoor music stage, kids’ activities and more. www.classiccity Co-ed Ultimate Frisbee League (Southeast Clarke Park) Casual enough for beginners, competitive enough for vets. Mondays and Wednesdays, June 6–Aug. 10, 6 p.m. $60. f






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JITTERY JOE’S ALPS (1480 Baxter St.) Oils on paper and mono prints by Stuart Libby. Closing reception May 28. JITTERY JOE’S FIVE POINTS (1230 S. Milledge Ave.) Drawings and paintings by Tekla Vanderplas. Through May. JUST PHO…AND MORE (1063 Baxter St.) “Feminine Mystique” is a series of still life oil paintings by Manda McKay. Through May. K.A. ARTIST SHOP (127 N. Jackson St.) Mini art, prints, merch and installation pieces by local artists. Through June 2. LAST RESORT GRILL (174 W. Clayton St.) “Homesick” is a collection of ladies hanging out at Athens landmarks by Keith P. Rein, who relocated from Athens to Colorado. Through May. LOWERY IMAGING GALLERY (2400 Booger Hill Rd., Danielsville) The gallery features paper and canvas giclee prints by Athens artists as well as artists’ renderings of Athens. LYNDON HOUSE ARTS CENTER (293 Hoyt St.) 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. • Community Collections on view in the lobby’s glass cases include floaty pens from the collection of Jeff Montgomery and push puppets from the collection of Katherine Winslow. Through June 25. • In the Lounge Gallery, “Reflections on Yuma Trail” is a series of photographs by Deepanjan Mukhopadhyay, a current graduate student at UGA’s Lamar Dodd School of Art. Closing reception Aug. 18. Currently on view through Aug. 20. MADISON COUNTY LIBRARY (1315 GA-98, Danielsville) Pottery by Pat Shields of Georgia Mudcats Pottery. Through May. MADISON MORGAN CULTURAL CENTER (434 S. Main St., Madison) Richard Sudden’s “Illuminations” use three gallery spaces to explore light, its physical properties and metaphorical meanings. Through Aug. 28. OCONEE COUNTY LIBRARY (1080 Experiment Station Rd., Watkinsville) Retired educator and artist Jack Burk shares watercolor, collage and pastel works. Through May 29. RICHARD B. RUSSELL JR. SPECIAL COLLECTIONS LIBRARIES (300 S. Hull St.) “Seeing Georgia: Changing Visions of Tourism and the Modern South.” • “The Greatest Bulldog of Them All: Dan McGill.” • “Selections from the Disability History Archive.” • “John Abbot, Early Georgia’s Naturalist Artist.”• “Celebrating 75 Years of Excellence: The George Foster Peabody Awards.” • “Olympic Legacy.” Through July. STATE BOTANICAL GARDEN OF GEORGIA (2450 S. Milledge Ave.) Photography by Barbara Holder. Through July 3. 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.) Lauren Geitner’s series “About Today” features oil paintings and mixed media artworks that explore isolation and confinement through snapshots of stillness. Through May. UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP OF ATHENS (780 Timothy Rd.) The Ethical Eating Group at UUFA presents, “Get Yourself FREE,” a multi-media display adapting the chorus of Paul Simon’s song “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover.” Contributing artists are Kate Blane and Melissa Biehl. Through May. VIVA! ARGENTINE CUISINE (247 Prince Ave.) Abstract paintings by Antoine Stewart. Through May. 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, “The Inaugural Art Show” 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. • Paintings by Jessica Shulman and Andrew Huang. Through June.

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1 and 2 BR apts. avail. early August in the Boulevard area. $535–760/ mo. incl. water and trash. Email: rentals@boulevard proper tymanagement. com to set up an appointment to view.

Eastside quadraplex, 2BR/2BA, $500/mo. & 2BR/1BA, $475/ mo. Eastside duplex, 2BR/1BA & FP, $525/mo. 3BR/2BA & FP, $700/mo. Call McWaters Realty: (706) 353-2700 or cell: (706) 540-1529.

2, 3 & 4BR apts preleasing for Aug. 480 N. Thomas St. All appliances, furnished, W/D, parking, internet, Direct TV, water, trash incl. Starting at $1150/mo. (706) 5489137.

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Flagpole will be closed on Monday, May 30 for Memorial Day. All Classified ad placements or changes must be submitted before 11 a.m. on Friday, May 27. Place your ad today! (706) 549-0301. Location, location... Downtown across from campus. University Towers. 1BR/1BA, 600sf. $725/ mo. Avail. Aug. 1. Call/text Don, (603) 690-5689. Now pre-leasing for Fall 2016. 1BRs in Baldwin Village across the street from UGA. Star ting at $520/mo. Hot and cold water incl. Manager Keith, (706) 354-4261. Pre-Lease For Fall! Amazing 2BR/1BA apt overlooking Milledge Ave. Close to UGA w/ private garden, sundeck. W/D incl. Must see to appreciate. $775/mo. Call (706) 2029905. 2027 S. Milledge Ave. Pre-Leasing for Fall: 415 Peabody Drive, 2BR/2.5BA Town Home for rent in Five Points. $1000/mo. (706) 850-5922 for more info or to set up a showing.

Condos for Rent Next to downtown/ U G A ! 4BR/2BA. W/D, D W, H VA C . M a k e o v e r for New Tenant! Balcony overlooking small creek. Spacious! 4 Parking Spaces! Ground floor! $1100/mo. Avail. Aug.1. (706) 296-9467. 2BR/1BA condo. Stadium Village. Walking distance to UGA campus. Gated, pool, fitness center. Excellent condition. Avail. 6/1. $600/ mo. (706) 206-2347.

Beautiful 2BR/2.5BA c o n d o . Avail Aug. 1. Quiet neighborhood w/ lots of green space and river walk. HW & tile floors, granite counters, stainless appliances spacious rooms. W/D hookup. $800/ mo. Pets ok w/ deposit. River Station Condos 385 Old Epps Bridge Rd. (706) 202-9905. Just reduced! Investor’s West-side 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) 5401529. Renovated large 2BR/2BA Condo Flat at The Cour tyard, cor ner of Milledge and Baxter. W/D, Alarm, Pool, Porch, Busline. Avail. Aug. 1. Rent $950/mo. (770) 953-3855, (404) 226-2200.

Duplexes For Rent S. Milledge, Venita Dr. 4 B R / 2 B A , W / D , D W, fenced back yd.! Close to everything yet private. $999/mo., negotiable. Avail. Aug. (404) 558-3218, or bagley_w@bellsouth. net. Electronic flyers avail.

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. now. Evenings: (706) 424-1571. All utils. incl. Very Nice 4BR/4BA. Close to Brumby Hall, off Bloomfield. $495/ BR, equal $1980/mo. Avail. 8/1. Terry: (706) 714-1100.




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3BR/2BA spacious farmhouse: 1321 Dowdy R d . o ff E p p s B r i d g e . $ 9 0 0 / m o . C H A C , D W, W/D, large deck, high ceilings, huge yard. Pets welcome w/ fee. Avail. Aug. 1. rentals@boulevard proper tymanagement. com. Advertise your properties in Flagpole Classifieds! Photos and long-term specials available. Call (706) 549-0301! Historic House Boulevard, 4BR/2BA, CHAC, WD, DW, 3 screened porches, fenced yard, comfort and charm. Grad students, professionals preferred. $2000/mo. Available Aug. 2016. Normaltown 7BR/5BA fully renovated home w/ charm! HWflrs., huge kitchen, 2 laundry rooms w/ W/D incl. Avail for Fall. $500/ BR. (706) 546-6900, www.

For Sale Antiques Archipelago Antiques: The best of past trends in design and art! 1676 S. Lumpkin St. Open daily 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. (706) 354-4297.

Art 1993 Conrad C-25 Combo Press (electric) for litho or etching w 27x48 bed, stand, new felts, $3500.00. Less than 8 hours of use. Email tom_

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


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Miscellaneous Disclaimer! Flagpole does its best to prevent scams but we can’t guarantee. Be careful giving out personal info. Call to report scams, (706) 549-0301. Polleria Pablo: Famous Peruvian roasted chicken: 1/4 chicken w/ 2 sides, $5.99! Authentic Peruvian, Mexican. Ceviches. 3073 Danielsville Rd., inside Petro gas station. Th.–Su., 9–9. (706) 461-2533.

Music Equipment Nuçi’s Space needs your old instruments & music gear! All donations are taxdeductible. Call (706) 2271515 or come by Nuçi’s Space, 396 Oconee St.

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

Music Services Instant cash is now being paid for good vinyl records & CDs in fine condition.Wu x t r y Records, at corner of Clayton & College Dwntn. (706) 369-9428.

Services Cleaning Peachy Green Clean Co-op, your local friendly Green Clean! Free estimates w/ rates as low as $29. (706) 248-4601, peachygreencleancoop. com. She said, “My house is a wreck.” I said, “That’s what I do!” House cleaning, help w/ organizing, pet mess. Local, Independent and Earth Friendly. Text or call Nick for a quote (706) 851-9087.

Printing S e l f P u b l i s h Yo u r Book. Complete local, professional publishing service. Editing, design, layout and printing services. 25 years experience. (706) 3954874, booksprintedhere. com.

Jobs Full-time E x p e r i e n c e d maintenance personnel needed for a large apt. c o m m u n i t y. E l e c t r i c a l , plumbing and CPO cer tified. Valid Drivers license, background check, drug test. Email resume: carouselvillage@ Hotel Indigo has openings for: FT maintenance, PT painting and PT housekeeping. Send resumes and/or questions to: laceygreen@ or call (706) 286-1710. Line/Prep Cooks Needed.The Georgia Center has several positions available 20–40 hrs./week. Pay DOE/ Minimum 3 years in full service restaurant. Email resumes to robh@uga. edu. Searching for the perfect employee to work at your business? Let us help get the word out through Flagpole Classifieds. Call (706) 549-0301. Summer (full-time or part-time). Junk South is hiring a Crew Leader ($15/hr.) for work in AthensClarke and Oconee County. Please inquire & submit resumes to info@junksouth. com, visit us at www. or call (855) 747-5865.


Blind Pig Tavern (W. Broad Location) is hiring experienced cooks and FOH management. Please stop by the restaurant from 2–4 p.m. to fill out application or send resume to bptaver n2@

Groove Burgers (new restaurant) is hiring FOH and BOH positions. Looking for positive people with the passion for food. Apply online:, send your application to: info@ or call: (762) 499-5699. Job Opening: Assistant Mgr/Project Mgr. Starting at $18/hr. plus benefits ( w e e k e n d p a y, f o o d stipend, performance bonuses). Travel req. in company vehicles. Must be avail. Jun., Jul. and partial Aug. Call: (706) 540-2980 or email: info@ classiccityinstallation. com. The Flagpole office will be closed Monday, May 30. Happy Memorial Day! The UGA Hotel and Conference Center is looking for front desk clerks and night auditors to join our team of professionals. We are looking for team members w/ positive attitudes, outgoing personalities and strong work ethics; w h o a re i n t e re sted in working in a fastpaced, professional environment, serving guests from Georgia, throughout the U.S. and around the world. To apply, please visit w w w. u g a j o b s e a rc h . com to create an online account and application; search job posting 20070351 a n d a p p l y. U G A requires a background investigation for all employees. Now Hiring Experienced Line Cooks, Daytime Servers, Drivers, Locos To G o G o s & H o s t s a t Locos Grill & Pub, 2020 Timothy Rd. Locos is looking for highly e n e r g e t i c , c u s t o m e rfocused individuals who want to work at the busiest restaurant in town. We offer great pay–not competitive pay–but pay that makes others look silly. Apply inside between 2–4pm or email us at:

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Needed: PT Server for morning shift and PT Cook for evening shift at Hotel Indigo Athens. Experience required. Send resume to Chris Wojcik: FandB@ Do not apply in person.

The UGA Hotel and Conference Center is looking for temporary, PT housekeepers. E x p e r i e n c e 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: w w w. u g a j o b s e a rc h . c o m , c re a t e o n l i n e account and application, search job posting #20151318 (Temporary labor pool – staff no benefits), a p p l y. P o s t i n g w i l l describe in detail the duties and physical demands.

Vehicles 1996 Volkswagen Jetta. Runs great. 2 litre w/ 230k miles. $500 OBO. Contact Tommy: (706) 201-1012.

Lost and Found Lost Cat! Brown, grey, black tabby w/ white feet, blue collar. Last seen near Regions Bank and VFW off Sunset Dr. Call/text any info: (706) 202-1804.

Organizations After The End: A PostApocalyptic Book Club. June 2, 7 p.m. AthensClarke County Librar y. Show-and-tell your favorite book about the end of the world.

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How Do I Deal With My Drunk Friends? Advice for Athens’ Loose and Lovelorn By Bonita Applebum people in my life who have quit drinking in a fashion similar to mine. There are three people in particular who by happenstance have all relapsed in the past month or two. And I’m not talking about having a glass of wine on graduation day. We’re talking a swan dive off the wagon, then running off in the opposite direcIt’s responses like this that make all the tion, guns blazing. spam, hate mail, slut-shaming and racial I want to offer them the same rock-solid slurs worth it. I’m honored. Thank you! support and understanding that pulled me through my darkest times. I don’t want to Hey Bonita, enable and I don’t want to ignore. I want to It’s no secret that Athens is “a drinking stand up for and with them, without coming town with a football problem.” If you live here across like I’m standing up to them. But I have for any length of time, you will experience (or no idea how to address my concerns without at the very least, witness) some serious conseit coming across as an quences of the drinking attack. I refuse to overculture. In the nine years Live your life loudly and look the fact that last I’ve lived here I have seen month they treasured lives ruined, even ended beautifully, and invite their sobriety, and today by the long-term effects them in where you can. they are stumbling of the booze itself (from around drunk in the employment-ending middle of the day, and laughing about it. I also chronic hangovers to life-threatening organ refuse to act like I’m OK with other people failure) and/or by proxy (DUIs, self-harm, pretending like it’s not a big deal. We all know interpersonal drama, poor judgment, etc). better. We all are better. Subsequently, I have also seen a lot of Please help me be a good and supportive habits ebb and flow, including my own. In presfriend without jeopardizing my integrity or my ervation of my health and happiness (or more relationships. I want my friends to be happy accurately, to acquire those things in the first and healthy. I love them. I need them. place), I quit drinking about 18 months ago. It Sincerely, took several serious attempts, with all but the Sad and Scared last ending in relapse. Every time I relapsed, despite having broadcast my intentions to quit, Hi Scared, even my closest friends welcomed me back to So you want your friends to be in your the bottle with open arms. life, but not as the intense drinkers that they’ve become. You want things to be the way they used to be, and sweetie, you can’t have that. Things change for a reason, and we can’t turn back time. I’m picking up a lot of feelings of resentment and betrayal from you, but you shouldn’t judge your friends so harshly for making a choice that you wouldn’t. Kinda reminds me of my friends’ reactions when I gave up vegetarianism. You might be disgusted, but if your friends are over 21 and wanna drink, then they can drink. You either have to accept your friends the way they are or become Friends With Conditions. Make plans for sober hangouts, but refuse to meet them What finally made the difference last at bars or restaurants that serve alcohol. year was having someone enter my life who Make it clear that you don’t want to be absolutely refused to enable me. If I drink, around alcohol or drunk people. Live your regardless of whatever else happens, I will face life loudly and beautifully, and invite them the immediate consequence of someone I love dearly walking out of my life. They offer me tre- in where you can. You can be friends with addicts, believe me, and you can do that mendous, uncompromising love and support. I without imposing your lifestyle on them or love them so much that just the thought of losrelapsing yourself. f ing them to something as stupid as beer keeps me sober. Lo and behold, over time [abstaining from alcohol] got easier. I did not take this sup- Need advice? Email, use the port for granted. anonymous form at, or find So, here’s the thing… There are quite a few Bonita on Twitter: @flagpolebonita. Thank you so much for posting Gina M. Defalco’s letter [in the May 11 issue]. I had no idea I could still press charges against my abuser. Thank you. Another Hurt Kid

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