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even fostered in our schools. Even after the sexual assault at Cedar Shoals and now the assault at Clarke Central, consent was never discussed. I believe that consent is the very first thing you should learn in sexual education. I contacted my school’s principal, Marie Laurie Wilburn Bailey, MEd, LPC; Suzanne Yuran, about this opportune time to discuss Morgan, MSW, LCSW; Aaron D Kirkwood, consent—to push for a conversation about LAMFT; Michelle Castleberry, LCSW; Ellen sexual assault, about rape, about consent. F Bargeron, LPC; Shea W. Squier, LCSW; Mrs. Yuran has still not contacted me or Kim Turner, MEd, LPC, NCC; Sarah K. even acknowledged my two emails. Chatfield, LCSW; Audrey Brannen, LCSW; One in five high-school girls are said to Iain Halstead, LCSW; Leigh Ellen Magness, have been sexually assaulted in school. One LCSW, RPT-S; Mary Elizabeth Trent, PsyD, in eight high-school-age girls are raped. Licensed Psychologist; Dorothy Boardman- Fifty-eight percent of girls are sexually Blocker, LPC; Alison Williams, LCSW; harassed or assaulted during grades 7–12. Savannah Smith, LCSW; Eleanor McMahan, By the time students go to college, these PhD, Licensed Psychologist; Alison Jedrick, numbers double, and the chances of being LCSW; Alice Huff, LCSW; Brendan A. assaulted are much greater. In other words, Stephens, MEd, LPC; Amanda Dutton, LPC; by college it is too late for many girls. Donna Slaboda, NCAC-II This is a real issue and a conversation that needs to be had. I am angry and sad and frustrated that girls aren’t even safe at school. I want to be proud of my school, my district, my county and my city, but I Michael Songster’s Comment (“Envision can’t until a conversation about consent Athens May Be Doomed,” Dec. 14) was is opened up in every sex-ed class. Please exactly on target. Our community isn’t don’t let what needs to be said go unheard. properly represented when membership in The following text is the two emails I important, influential committees is significantly comprised of representatives of UGA sent to Mrs. Yuran on Dec. 5 and 8: “I would like to personally thank you for and other state institutions who have little concern for our community’s welfare unless handling the alleged case of sexual assault very well. The seriousness and brevity in they happen to coincide with their own. which you handled the situation made me Even though their membership may repproud to be CCSD. Knowing that a student resent a minority of the committees, they exert heavy influence which other members can come to the school and the school will do something about can find difficult to the situation is resist. comforting to know The determinaBUMPERSTICKER OF THE WEEK: and makes me feel tion of members is much safer in school critically important knowing that, if and has to consider anything happens, more than political, it will be taken care personal or busiof. ness connections. Send your sticker sightings to letters@flagpole.com. “I would like to The majority of the ask, in light of what members should has happened, that you reach out to teachrepresent our community’s interests ers about opening a conversation in their and should be fair-minded of all current classes about consent. As a female student and future impacts of even the smallest at Clarke Central, I feel it is time for a developments. conversation about consent. Students are Mr. Songster, though I doubt he has any not taught about consent in school or sex political ambition, would get my vote for ed, and I feel that hearing it coming from mayor or commissioner. Steve Martin teachers is important. I know that many Athens teachers don’t have time due to it being the end of the semester. I still strongly feel that it is a conversation that we need to have in class and as soon as possible. Students need to know the severity of sexual assault I am a student at Clarke Central High and the huge importance of consent in all School. I love my school. Recently, for aspects of a relationship, sexual or not. the second time in less than a year, it was Even if you were able to just mention to brought to light that there was a sexual teachers that this conversation needs to be assault at my school. The student was had it would be greatly appreciated. I know quickly suspended, police were contacted, that this is not only the feeling of myself, and The Cottage was present to help the but many other students at Clarke Central. student that was assaulted. I was glad to hear that it was handled efficiently and with Please do not let this perfect time for difficult conversations to pass.” respect. The teachers were given a letter The following is the second email I sent: to read about what happened, that it was “As a student at Clarke Central, I am under control. upset and concerned with the lack of disThe issue is, that was it. Very few people cussion of consent at our school. I have talked about it, and most people have let never once in our sex-ed classes heard the it slip their minds by now. I am sickened discussion of consent. I know that this is by this. In my women’s studies group, we not under your control and that it is a part talked about how it was brushed over, how of the state’s curriculum. I do understand, easy it was to just forget about it, how few though, that what we discuss in advisement kids in our school knew about consent. and in our classrooms is under your control. The “comprehensive” sex-ed lecture that If they won’t teach consent in sex ed, then we have is anything but comprehensive it is of utmost importance that we teach it or forward. The word “consent” is never to students some other way… mentioned once. The idea of consent isn’t

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Dear President-elect Trump We write to you as licensed mentalhealth professionals, in light of the recent defeat of a LGBT-rights protection clause in the House. Among our clients are Americans who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT). As world leaders elected to the highest offices of our land, your words and actions are rightfully held to the highest standard as they set an example for all of us who now look to you for leadership. We are concerned that respect for LGBT people is being challenged by your administration. In particular, Vice President Pence has been active in speaking out against the rights of the LGBT community. We encourage you to allow the ethical guidelines of the medical profession to guide you in your legislation. The American Psychiatric Association recommends that “ethical practitioners refrain from attempts to change individuals’ sexual orientation, keeping in mind the medical dictum to first do no harm.” This stance is shared by the nation’s leading professional medical, health and mental health organizations. We will take deep exception to any and all comments and actions on your behalf that would maintain or exacerbate prejudices against people who are LGBT or members of any other minority group. Efforts must be taken to respect and protect our fellow Americans, especially those who are most vulnerable to societal prejudice and violence. We look to you to embody and encourage all of us through your example of informed and tolerant leadership and policies. Thank you for your service. Just as we are proud of our chosen profession and dedicated to serving those seeking our help, we look to you to demonstrate your commitment to serving all Americans. As leaders of the United States of America, we beseech you to not only exhibit equality and inclusiveness in your words and actions but also to pass legislation that would protect people who are LGBT from hate crimes and further our progress toward equal rights for all. This includes not appointing people as advisors who have exhibited discriminatory behavior toward minorities and also speaking out against violence against minority groups. We encourage our senators and representatives to also issue statements in support of their LGBT constituents. Anna Belle Wood, MA, Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC); Kate Morrissey Stahl, MA, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW); Taylor K. Evans, PhD, LCSW; Kelly Case-Simonson, PhD, Licensed Psychologist; Tara Weiszer, PhD, Licensed Psychologist; Michelle L. Farist HS-BCP; Devon Young, LPCC, NCC; Kate Woods, MA, LPC; Todd L. Love, PsyD, JD, LPC; Abigail S. Holbrook, MSW, LCSW; Tracey S Roberts, LCSW; William B. Warren, MS, LPC, MAC, NCC; Beverly Grant, LPC, CCADC; Kendall P. Weinberg, MEd, LPC; Claire Nichols Zimmerman, MSW, LCSW; Aline Robolin, MA, LPC; Susanna Rains Moriarty, LPC, CRC; Alison Jedrick, LCSW; Melinda Hawley, MSW, LCSW;

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“High school is a time where many people change and develop and form their own ideas and opinions. This is why I cannot stress enough that we discuss consent NOW. It is not OK for consent to not be talked about in school. “I am constantly appalled by the comments and things done in our school to other girls. Boys in the hallway are consistently catcalling and touching girls without their consent. Most of these students catcalling think that it is a compliment or should be appreciated. They believe the same thing when it comes to sexual assault. “Many students don’t understand that if someone is under the influence, then they can not consent. Students in high school are already going to parties involving drugs and alcohol. This means that consent is a conversation that needs to be had. This cannot be ignored. This conversation has to be had now. Students need to learn that consent isn’t optional. Students have to know this. “Mrs. Yuran, I am coming to you because you are in charge. You have the power to really make a difference in this school. This is extremely important to me and I can not stress enough how much this is needed in our school as soon as possible.” Alice Watson Athens

Actually, Trump Is Worse In response to J.P. Caillault’s “Trump’s No Worse Than Clinton” (Dec. 28): For you, there may not be much difference between the two in how one or the other’s presidency might impact your life. But for many others around you, there is a difference. Trump and the Republicans are proposing tax plans that would raise taxes on single parents (like myself) and working families in order to offset huge tax cuts to wealthy taxpayers. Trump will be picking new justices to the Supreme Court. His list of potential picks includes arch-conservatives who oppose women making their own health choices and oppose the rights of workers, and support targeted laws designed to discourage voting among certain groups of citizens. While the ACA is not universal and does not include free health care for all, tens of millions of Americans can now afford decent health care. Trump and the Republicans have promised to repeal this and replace it with programs that are of no value to working class and poor Americans. And worse, for older citizens this could end some of the no-cost/low-cost preventive services such as mammograms and eliminate the Rx price support for those in the Medicare gap. There are the million of young adults who were brought to this country as children, grew up here and integrated themselves into our society, and who are now threatened with losing everything they have here to deportation to what are for them essentially foreign countries where they have no home or prospects. This is a short list, and there is much more that could be added. The point is that for many folks, your neighbors and friends, Trump and the Republicans are a much, much worse outcome. Personally, I opposed Trump more than I “supported” Clinton, and I can understand some of the lack of enthusiasm for another Clinton presidency. Daniel Fell Athens


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Phil Lanoue is gone, Jack Parish has taken over for now, and the Clarke County Board of Education is digging into its search for the next school superintendent. The district has scheduled four public forums next week to seek “general input on characteristics desired in the next superintendent,” CCSD spokeswoman Anisa Sullivan Jimenez said. One for teachers will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19 in the H.T. Edwards atrium. Two for the entire community will be held simultaneously at Cedar Shoals and Clarke Central high schools at 6 p.m. the same day. A fourth, specifically for parents, is scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20 at H.T. Edwards. In addition, the headhunting firm CCSD hired to lead the superintendent search has posted an online survey at ecrasurvey.com/clarke. Mayor Nancy Denson (center) signed a proclamation for Athens’ first MLK Day parade, Lanoue, who served as CCSD superintenorganized by Mokah (left) and Knowa (right) Johnson. The parade starts at 3 p.m. Monday, dent since 2009, was considered a rising star, Jan. 16 at the corner of Hull Street and Hancock Ave. [Joshua L. Jones] improving graduation rates and winning the More public forums will be scheduled once the board National Superintendent of the Year award in 2015. But has whittled applicants down to three finalists, most likely a sexual assault at Cedar Shoals last February uncovered around late March. a troubling lack of transparency and accountability, and Lanoue announced in September that he would step down at the end of February. However, he ended up using accrued Odds and Ends: In a move designed to get commissioners, county staff and the public home in time for a late supper, time off to quietly leave office over the holiday break. The the Athens-Clarke County Commission has moved up board appointed Parish—a recently retired UGA College of the start times of its voting meetings on the first Tuesday Education associate dean and former Henry County superof the month and agenda-setting meetings on the third intendent—last month to lead the district Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 6 p.m. So, remember to show up through the end of the school year, when to City Hall early next time you feel like giving those CCSD board members hope to have a new jerks a piece of your mind. The commission also superintendent in place. tentatively approved a slate of sales-tax funded sidewalk projects—minus one on The Plaza, removed because it already has a sidewalk on one side of the street—and another list of upcoming SPLOST 2011-funded park White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer revealed last week improvements. that President-elect Trump fires off his hot takes on Twitter As first reported on without the knowledge or consultation of advisers. “I do not know, I do not get a our In the Loop blog, the memo [about Trump’s tweeting],” said Spicer, the man unlucky enough to have to Georgia Square Mall Macy’s go in front of reporters to clean up after Trump starting on Jan. 20. is closing Mar. 1 after the Even Trump’s family and campaign-season advisers understood that an unfiltered department-store chain Trump is a liability to himself, wrestling then-candidate Trump’s phone away from him during the last week of the campaign. Trump’s Twitter account was made great reported a disappointing again after the win, though, and the rash, impulsive outbursts returned. holiday shopping season; You knew it was Trump, and not a circumspect staffer, back at the helm because Georgia superfan Mike anyone possessing a modicum of caution wouldn’t continue to retweet followers who “Big Dawg” Woods (the tended to tweet about Pepe, the cartoon frog that’d become the playful avatar of the guy with the bulldog painted racist alt-right. No, Trump was back, doing things like joining in with Putin to call on top of his head) died; a Hillary’s loss “humiliating” and wishing a happy New Year to “my many enemies Fulton County judge ruled and those who have fought me and lost so badly they just don’t know what to do.” that under-documented You WON, fam. Chill. students who are protected It was around this time—once it became apparent that Trump’s abject narcissism by the Deferred Action meant he needed Twitter, that it wasn’t just a campaign-season utility but an emofor Childhood Arrivals tional necessity—that folks realized that Trump, once president, effectively has the program and attend openability to send a mass text to every single phone in the country. The transcendental enrollment public colleges tweet of all tweets. The God Tweet. And it’s unblockable. This is a real thing. like UNG are eligible for You know how we get those Amber Alerts? That’s a FEMA thing, what’s called in-state tuition; and the a Wireless Emergency Alert. The FCC defines only three circumstances for these Oconee County Commission unblockable, 90-character mass texts: Amber Alerts, “imminent threats to safety rejected a proposal (supor life” and “alerts issued by the president.” Amber Alerts override only cell towers where the child has gone missing; a presidential alert would be blasted from ported by its own planning every single cell tower in the republic, lighting up every phone and becoming, with staff) to build a solar farm America’s almost 350 million cell phones, quite possibly the most powerful act of on agricultural land because human speech in the history of the world. residents living in nearby There’s no presidential phone from which to issue these sorts of messages, subdivisions objected. Stay of course. It’s more difficult than tweeting, at least a little. 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As Macy’s Goes, So Goes Athens

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When Georgia Square Mall opened in 1981, it was the end of downtown Athens. J.C. Penney and Belk moved out to anchor the mall, and Macy’s soon followed. It was also the beginning of downtown Athens as we know it. The news that Macy’s is closing its Georgia Square store is a body blow for the mall. In 1981, the Atlanta Highway was beginning its retail ascendancy; now, the vigor has flowed on over to the Epps Bridge Centre area in Oconee County. We all know the story of how the semideserted downtown of the 1980s offered cheap rents to artists and musicians for lofts and practice spaces. We know how hippie entrepreneurs opened shops and restaurants, how bars sprang up and provided venues for musicians to play and artists to display. We know that little shops and stores began to fill in where the chain stores had dominated. We forget that the renaissance of downtown was abetted by local government. It created the Athens Downtown Development Authority, which made available low-interest loans, which enabled new entrepreneurs to purchase their buildings (with no questions asked about how the down payment was raised). The city also hired a coordinator for downtown promotions and put money into improving the downtown cityscape with tree plantings and other enhancements. You could call it the perfect public-private partnership, because the energy and hard work of the new business owners coincided with the university’s decision to get tough with drinking on campus, providing an eager clientele for the burgeoning downtown businesses. And now, downtown is morphing again, driven by the nationwide trend of college students wanting to live near campus and near the amenities of bars, shops and restaurants. Downtown Athens has always profited from its proximity to the campus and the steady supply of well-heeled students. That dynamic has been ratcheted up by the plethora of luxury high-rise apartments ringing the campus, with more soon to open. Those students want the goods and services they know in the Atlanta area, and so the pressure on downtown is to provide the franchises the students recognize. Our local government sat and watched as the student high-rises flowed in and looked the other way as the mayor smothered the Blue Heron initiative in its nest, nixing the idea

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of incubating a high-tech working-living complex where the dorms now rise. Will the Atlanta Highway continue its downward spiral until its value becomes attractive to a new generation of entrepreneurs, abetted by a new generation of Mayor and Commission? Will the growth of online shopping eventually turn Epps Bridge Centre into a concrete graveyard? Will distance learning develop to the point that students will prefer to earn their degrees at home in Marietta, turning their luxury apartments here into a high-rise Stonehenge, making downtown once again a ghost town? The future, as always, is murky and sure to be surprising.

So far, the endgame in Syria has played out in an entirely predictable way. All of Aleppo is back in the Syrian government’s hands, that decisive victory for President Bashar al-Assad and his Russian backers has been followed by a ceasefire, and the Russians are now organizing a peace conference in Astana, Kazakhstan for later this month. The one surprise is that Turkey, long the rebels’ most important supporter, will be co-chairing the conference. This means that Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

replace Assad at some point in the indefinite future. That’s as much as will be on offer, because Assad does not intend to quit and Moscow will not force him to. The extreme Islamists—Islamic State, which controls much of eastern Syria and western Iraq, and the former Nusra Front, which controls much of northwestern Syria—have not been invited to Astana, nor would they accept an invitation if it was issued. But a military victory over Assad is no longer possible, so these groups

Murder, She Wrote When I last saw Karen Branan, just after we graduated from UGA, she told me she wanted to be a writer, and that’s what she did. While raising her children, she wrote at her kitchen table for newspapers, magazines, stage, television and radio and is still writing. Now, she has published what looks like a real blockbuster. She has delved into the background of a lynching perpetrated by her greatgrandfather, who was sheriff over in Harris County, in west Georgia. She has marshaled her expertise as a writer and researcher to uncover the facts of a long-buried crime that involves her own family. Here’s an excerpt from reviewer Fergus Bordewich’s description of Branan’s book, The Family Tree: “In it, Branan drills deep and relentlessly into the circumstances surrounding a 1912 lynching in a small town, when four innocent African Americans were dragged from jail and hanged for a murder committed by a white man. Hamilton, GA was Branan’s hometown, and the event in question lingered persistently in local folklore for generations. Branan peels away layer after of deliberate falsification, distorted memory and deliberate self-justification to expose the long-buried webs of intimate cross-racial relationships of many types that existed within the dark underbelly of the Jim Crow era…” Karen Branan will read from and discuss The Family Tree at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11 in the auditorium of the AthensClarke County Library, sponsored by Avid Bookshop. What she has to say is bound to be fascinating, and her books will be available for purchase and autographing. f

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has made a deal of some sort with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, for Astana is clearly going to be a Russian show. (The United States has not been invited, and Saudi Arabia probably won’t be asked to attend, either.) So what kind of deal has Erdogan made with Putin? The details may well have been fudged, for Turkey has not yet renounced its longstanding insistence that Assad must step down as the Syrian leader. But it’s pretty easy to figure out most of what is going to be on the table in Astana, assuming the ceasefire holds until then. Assad has won the war, thanks largely to Russian and Iranian intervention, and the Syrian rebels are doomed. There is no point in their fighting on, because ALL their outside supporters are peeling away. Turkey is now cooperating with Russia, in three weeks Donald Trump will be U.S. president and also cooperating with Moscow, and Saudi Arabia is hopelessly overcommitted to its futile war in Yemen. Even little Qatar, once one of the main paymasters of the Syrian rebellion, has now lost interest: It recently signed an $11.5 billion deal for a 19.5 percent stake in Rosneft, Russia’s largest oil producer. The rebels are completely on their own, and their only options are surrender or die in the last ditch. Syria’s rebels are almost all Islamists of one sort or another by now, but the less extreme ones will probably be offered an amnesty at Astana in return for signing a peace deal—which may contain some vague language about an election that MIGHT

are destined to lose on the battlefield and revert to mere terrorism. In terms of what a post-civil war Syria will look like, the great unanswered question is: What happens to the Syrian Kurds? They are only one-tenth of the Syrian population, but they now control almost all the Kurdish-majority areas across northern Syria. As America’s only ally on the ground in Syria, they have played a major role in driving back Islamic State. They are not Islamists, they are not terrorists, and they have avoided any military confrontation with Turkey despite Erdogan’s war on his country’s own Kurdish minority. Yet Erdogan identifies the Syrian Kurds as Turkey’s enemy, and they have not (or at least not yet) been invited to the Astana peace conference. Was Erdogan’s price for switching sides a free hand in destroying Rojava, the proto-state created by the Syrian Kurds? Very probably, yes. So even if the current ceasefire holds, and even if the peace conference at Astana goes exactly according to Moscow’s plan, there is still some fighting to be done in Syria. Assad’s army, with Russian and Iranian support, will have to suppress both Islamic State and the former Nusra Front, and the Turks will have to subjugate the Syrian Kurds. This will take time, but with no more weapons and money flowing in from outside—since Turkey has turned off the taps—it will probably happen, which means that Assad will probably one day rule once again over a united Syria. That is a deeply discouraging prospect, but it is probably the least bad option that remains. f


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Draining the Swamp How to Hold Your Elected Officials Accountable By Tom Crawford tcrawford@gareport.com When Donald Trump was campaigning for president, he pledged he would “drain the swamp” in Washington and put an end to all the influence peddling that had infected the nation’s capital. He should have told his colleagues in Congress about his plans. The new year had barely gotten underway when GOP members of the House of Representatives voted secretly to do away with the Committee on Congressional Ethics. This is an independent panel that investigates allegations of wrongdoing by congressmen. In effect, these House members were voting to refill the swamp, not drain it. There are 10 Republican House members from Georgia, and at least three of them were identified by various publications as voting to kill the ethics committee: Rob Woodall, Doug Collins (who represents part of Athens) and Drew Ferguson, who was just elected to replace Lynn Westmoreland. A special commendation is in order for Ferguson on this one. On his very first vote in Congress, Ferguson ensured that there will be a giant stain on his entire congressional career, however long that may last. Ferguson at least was honest enough to reveal how he voted. The other seven Republicans in the state’s congressional delegation either ducked the question or refused to tell reporters how they voted. If I were a betting man, I’d bet they all voted to kill the committee but were too cowardly to admit it. This outrageous action did not stand for long. As soon as constituents learned what their congressman had done, they flooded Washington offices with protesting phone calls. The vote to kill the ethics committee was quickly reversed. There’s an important lesson here: If you pay attention to what your elected

representatives do and yell loudly enough, you can keep public officials accountable. Politicians are able to get away with their misdeeds because many voters don’t care enough to keep track of what they’re doing. Many people, in fact, don’t even know who their elected officials are. There are two U.S. senators from Georgia, Johnny Isakson and David Perdue. If you live in Georgia, you are their constituent. If you approve or disapprove of something happening in the U.S. Senate, give them a call. There are 14 members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Georgia districts. One of them represents you. Take the time to find out who your representative is and let him know what you think. You are also represented in the General Assembly by one member of the state Senate and one member of the state House of Representatives. They make the decisions each year on which state laws are passed and which ones never see the light of day. If you don’t know who your legislators are, contact your county election office. You can also go online to the General Assembly website and access even more information about what our lawmakers do. At the local level, you have a mayor and a city-county commission that is responsible for government services and zoning matters. Get to know them as well. Take the time to attend a meeting of your local governing body, if possible. If not, try to follow what they do through the media. The more you know, the more empowered you are. Our governments only work as well as the voters who elect them. Make it your New Year’s resolution to start paying attention to the things they do—and let them know when you don’t like what they’re doing. f

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Tax Credits Rock Georgia Lawmakers Look to Boost the Music Industry By Blake Aued and Martha Michael news@flagpole.com

Technology allows artists to live and work anywhere. It’s also changing the way musicians make a living—touring is now a more important source of income than record Athens economy is “football, it’s music,” 40 sales. “Live music is huge, and it continues to grow because Watt Club booker Velena Vego recently told a people want experiences,” Love said. group of Georgia legislators. “That’s what it’s about.” But That’s led to a flattening of the business. As Barbe put while the state channels hundreds of millions of dollars to it, the industry has gone from having a few home-run hitthe University of Georgia—and offers tax breaks to dozters (major artists with multi-million-dollar ens of industries—it does next to nothing recording budgets) to a bunch of singles hitfor the music scene that, along with the ters (who record albums in the five-figure Bulldogs, put Athens on the map. range). Barbe is the go-to producer for the A joint House-Senate study commitDrive-By Truckers, and they fall “smack dab tee—which includes Rep. Spencer Frye in the middle,” he said. “These are middle(D-Athens) and David Barbe, head of the class small businesses, essentially,” he said. UGA music business program—is looking Downs explained to the committee all to change that. the mundane things that go into running The committee took testimony from a band like a business: booking the right music-industry professionals last month venues, arranging travel, reserving hotels, prior to UGA’s Biennial Institute, a weeksetting up and breaking down stages, marend-long seminar for newly elected lawmakketing and promotion, buying insurance, ers, and presented preliminary findings paying taxes, workers’ comp. “We tried to to legislators and other political insiders. develop ourselves as a business, not just Georgia has a rich musical heritage and a band,” Downs said. Even though R.E.M. produces thousands of talented professionhas been broken up for years, someone still als, committee members and professionals has to oversee reissues, sell merchandise who offered testimony said, but too often and license music for films, TV shows and they have to leave the state to make it in commercials. the business. Then there are all the people who aren’t The music business program started musicians but benefit from the music with 22 students, but has now grown to industry nonetheless—manufacturers include more than 500 students in 10 like Gretsch Guitars in Savannah, venues, classes, according to Barbe, who’s also a hotels, bartenders, caterers, journalists, noted producer and former member of ’90s even masseuses for the band and the drivalt-rockers Sugar. Some of them stay in ers who pick them up from the airport. “If Georgia, but others are forced to leave for the music industry is successful, a lot of New York, Los Angeles, Nashville or Austin, people are successful,” she said. “That’s why TX to work, he said. it’s so important.” “We’d like them to have more opportuIn that respect, music is not so different nity to build their careers here at home,” from the film and television industries. A Barbe said. tax credit for movies and TV shows filmed The music industry employs 20,000 in Georgia has vaulted the industry to people in Georgia and has a $3.7 billion ecothird-largest in the U.S., behind California nomic impact, according to Lisa Love, direcand New York. Georgia also certifies comtor of music marketing and development munities (including Athens) as “camera at the Georgia Department of Economic ready,” with one point of contact for proDevelopment. But Love believes that’s just ducers looking for locations, and Love suga song’s first riff—it’s fine by itself, but David Barbe, director of UGA Music Business Program, says tax incentives could help his students stay in gested a similar “music-ready community” can grow into something bigger and better Georgia after graduating. designation. with a little work. The committee’s job, she But committee members caution that, because Quality of life is a selling point, too, said R.E.M.’s longsaid, is “to figure out how we can grow the music indusHollywood might spend hundreds of millions of dollars on time business manager, Bertis Downs. After the band try at a time when a lot of change is going on with digital one blockbuster, the music industry is powered by thousigned to IRS records in 1981, they briefly considered technology.” sands of much smaller concerts and recordings. “One thing moving to Los Angeles, but ultimately decided that they Georgia’s music industry pales in comparison to one that needs to be understood is the economies of scale for were more comfortable staying in Athens, Downs said. “It’s nearby city alone—Nashville—where music is a $10 bilmusic and film are decidedly different,” Love said. simple inertia,” he said. “They were here. They liked it here. lion industry employing 56,000 people, according to Love. Still, tax incentives could work for music. Louisiana, They didn’t want to leave.” (Three of the four members still A $1 million grant recently helped convince Warner Bros. for example, offers an 18 percent rebate for projects that live in Athens at least part-time.) And Barbe said he knows to bring 500 jobs there, and CBS Radio is bringing another spend more than $15,000, Love said. Other states with tax music-industry professionals who’ve left New York or L.A. 200, she said. “Their city gets it all day long, and they’ve incentives for music include New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, for smaller cities like Nashville because they’re cheaper and aggressively invested in that identity as Nashville, the Indiana, Texas, Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee and better places to raise a family. Music City,” she said. Virginia, according to Caplinger. “Our talent boosts their Vego—who books shows for Atlanta’s Buckhead Theatre Georgia does have its advantages, though. Whereas economies,” Caplinger said. in addition to the 40 Watt and is married to Cracker and Nashville is known solely for country, Georgia boasts what The tax break “might only be a few hundred dollars,” Camper Van Beethoven frontman David Lowery—is Michele Caplinger, director of the Atlanta chapter of The Barbe said, “but it shows we value them.” another industry veteran who put down roots in Athens. Recording Academy, which puts on the GRAMMYs, calls Tennessee also has no state income tax, giving it an “It was just way cheaper to live out here than Atlanta at the a “lush diversity” of artists in a variety of genres—Ma edge, especially for songwriters and others who own pubtime” when she started her career, she said. Now, “we could Rainey, Johnny Mercer, James Brown, Little Richard, Otis lishing rights. They rely on residuals and licensing fees live anywhere we want. We have a home in Virginia. But Redding, Ray Charles, the Allman Brothers, Widespread for income, and every time one of their songs is played or everything is based here.” Panic, Usher, OutKast, Future, Janelle Monae and

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Sugarland, just to name a few. Not to mention Athens’ indie scene, still going strong almost 40 years after R.E.M. and the B-52s got their start. Love specifically mentioned Monsoon, which earned a good bit of exposure when it licensed a song for a Toyota commercial last year. “More and more, we’re seeing brands use music to connect with their customers,” she said.

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by Deal’s Educational Reform Committee. Teachers of various subjects, grade levels and regions shared their concerns with legislators, summed up and presented by Teacher Advisory Committee Chair Rep. Amy Carter (R-Valdosta), the only practicing teacher in the General Assembly. Here are a few: • Assist districts in developing strategic compensation models for teachers, in order to “have the flexibility to choose the model that meets their own set of unique needs.” Models would be based not only on years of experience and level of education, but by “actual school duties” and extra responsibilities like mentoring new and student

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recorded, they pay tax. Some committee members suggested they get an income-tax break to encourage them to live in Georgia. “Once [music is] made here, we want to keep it here,” said the committee’s co-chairman, Rep. Matt Dollar (R-Atlanta), endorsing the income tax break. Another idea is a “tour origination” tax incentive for artists to start tours in Georgia. Bands congregate in the first city on a tour for several weeks to rehearse and play warm-up shows, Vego said—often at smaller venues like the 40 Watt, which because of its history has drawn artists, like Kenny Chesney, who usually play to much larger crowds, she said. Bloodkin, of Montreal and the Truckers’ annual homecoming stint at the 40 Watt are other examples. “They do a three-day run with a three-day rehearsal,” Vego said. “All the hotels are booked… They like to come and play these underplays, and do it during the holidays when the kids aren’t here.” Spending more on marketing would help, too, said Love, who told the committee she has “no budget.” Her department worked with Oxford American, an influential literary magazine, on a special issue promoting Georgia music last year (which featured an essay by Barbe on Athens). An annual festival featuring Georgia artists—perhaps a revamped Georgia Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony—could also help cement the state’s musical heritage in the public mind, she said. The committee has yet to issue a final report, leaving in doubt whether the legislature will take action this year. A previous House-only committee that met in 2013 merely recommended further study. This time, though, the committee has a powerful proponent in co-chairman Sen. Jeff Mullis (R-Chickamauga), one of the most influential lawmakers under the Gold Dome. And Gov. Nathan Deal “very much wants to support the music industry,” Love said. “He’s very interested in this committee and its findings and recommendations.” The Biennial Institute also featured talks on other topics the legislature—which convened for its 40-day session Monday, Jan. 9—will be tackling this year. [Blake Aued]

Education Despite the defeat of Deal’s Opportunity School District amendment in November, legislators were optimistic for the future of Georgia education at the biennial conference. “I think we’re actually gonna get it this time!” said House Education Committee Chairman Brooks Coleman (R-Duluth). Although no specific “Plan B” to OSD was revealed, he said there will be a “six-step” reform plan to address failing schools. Little else was said, but according to the AJC, Rep. Kevin Tanner (R-Dawsonville), a member of the House Education Committee who will be heading up the Republican proposal, indicated a new measure would give the governor-appointed members of the Georgia Board of Education more power to intervene in struggling schools. “We want to brief some other folks on this before we talk publicly. We want to work within the existing system we already have, working with the state board of education and the school superintendent,” Tanner told the AJC. “We’re not creating a new bureaucracy, it doesn’t require a constitutional amendment.” What was discussed in detail, however, were the 46 recommendations from 90 teachers across the state gathered

teachers and supervising extracurricular activities. • Increase K-12 educational funding to help local districts “recruit, retain and reward the most effective teachers and maintain competitive teacher salaries.” The current base salary of $33,424 in Georgia has been a deterrent to teachers entering the profession, leading to an over 16 percent decline in enrollment in teacher preparation programs in the last five years, Carter said. “We want teaching to be viewed as a worthy profession.” • Return to a “normal” curricular adoption cycle, and maintain a high bar of consideration before implementing major changes outside a six-year cycle, instead of every year. “We have to find something and stick with it,” Carter said. “When teachers are making their plans for the year, things changing are distracting and discouraging.” • Investigate the benefit of re-instituting the service cancelable loan programs for students graduating from a University System of Georgia teacher education program, so that educators will be more likely to stay and teach in the state. Whatever form the new legislation takes, the concerns and requests of teachers are being considered across partisan lines. “We all know there are great schools in this state, whose students can compete with anybody in the world, but we also know that there are schools that struggle to meet the needs of their students, and it’s for those students that we continue to work with education reform,” said Susan Andrews, director of special projects for the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget. “If it were easy or if it were simple, we would have figured this out a long time ago.” [Martha Michael]

Higher Ed Unlike K-12 education, it looks like 2017 will be a statusquo year for higher education. Neither Deal nor newly appointed University System of Georgia Chancellor Steve

Wrigley took the opportunity to announce any new initiatives during their Biennial speeches. For Georgia’s public colleges and universities, the focus this year will be on keeping costs down, Wrigley said. Partly to make up for state budget cuts during the Great Recession, the Board of Regents nearly doubled tuition since 2006, while costs for room and board have also risen sharply, and money spent on instruction has declined, a recent USG audit found. That’s led lawmakers to pressure the chancellor and regents to keep tuition and fees in check. “We know we must do more to control costs and be more efficient,” Wrigley said. “We have heard your concerns about costs. We don’t take your support for granted… “We recognize [tuition] is a source of concern for the people of this state and you, their representatives,” he told legislators. “We as a university system have to make it our first priority to control costs, not raise revenue.” Online courses, free e-textbooks, replacing remedial courses with tutoring, “degree road maps” to help students avoid taking unnecessary classes and encouraging students to take a full load of 15 credit-hours per semester are among the ways Wrigley proposed to keep costs in check. Although “it is fashionable to say today that a college education does not impart practical knowledge,” Wrigley also played up the economic development value of a college degree. Forty-seven percent of Georgians went to college, ranking 23rd among states, but 60 percent of jobs require a degree, he said. “If we want companies to come here or our residents to start companies here, we have to have an educated workforce,” he said. [BA]

Transportation Thanks to the transportation tax reform the legislature passed in 2015, funding for the Georgia Department of Transportation has doubled to $1.7 billion. GDOT has stepped up road and bridge maintenance and is embarking on a number of major projects, including rebuilding the clogged Georgia 400 interchange at I-85 and new express lanes on I-75, director Russell McMurray told lawmakers. While most upcoming projects are in metro Atlanta—which McMurray said has the ninth-worst traffic in the country— GDOT also plans on widening the two-lane portion of U.S. 441 through Oconee, Morgan and Putnam counties. Two other transportation agencies—the State Road and Tollway Authority and the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority—are planning to merge. The combined agency will operate the Peach Pass express-lane program, as well as express buses. State senators announced last week that they’ll explore further consolidation of transit authorities in the metro Atlanta region. “This is a Georgia problem, not simply an Atlanta problem,” said a statement from Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Senate Majority Leader Bill Cowsert (R-Athens). “A regional solution is needed. A robust plan, developed between committed, local stakeholders and industry experts, will form the blueprint for Georgia’s path forward.” Of course, the legislature is sure to take on some, shall we say, less weighty issues not mentioned at the Biennial. Already one lawmaker, Rep. Jason Spencer (R-Woodbine) caused a furor by pre-filing, then quickly withdrawing a bill banning Muslim women from wearing burkas in their driver’s license photos. Expect to see controversial “religious freedom” and “campus carry” bills make a comeback, too, after Deal vetoed them last year. [BA] f

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In the face of recent hate speech and hate crimes nationollowing Athens’ first-ever Martin Luther King Jr. wide, Caroline Aiken, Ellison’s performance partner at the Holiday Parade and Festival, which kicks off at the event, wants to be “the first one to say, ‘Not in my name!” corner of Hull Street and Hancock Avenue Monday, she says. “That’s pretty much why I’m there. That’s not Jan. 16 at 3 p.m., the 40 Watt will host an accompanying gonna happen on my watch. The more that people do that, concert, dubbed Athens in Harmony Redux. The event was the better off we’ll be.” conceived during a City Hall vigil in July 2016 that was held in response to the Dallas police killings, as well as the police shootings of African Americans Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. Athens in Harmony organizer Pat Priest was at that vigil. “I thought, when looking at Mokah [Johnson], ‘Now is the time, and these are the people.’” Johnson, the co-founder of the Athens Hip Hop Awards and a leader of the Athens AntiDiscrimination Movement, had helped organize the rally, and Priest thought she and her husband, Knowa, would be perfect candidates to help transform her idea into reality. To complete the team, Priest brought Athens-Clarke County Police Chief Scott Freeman on board. In a time when so much tension exists between police and the black community, Freeman’s involvement added to the power of the first Athens in Harmony event, which took place Oct. 30 at The Foundry. “This community is diverse in every arena,” says Freeman, “and diversity should not only Local singer Stella Collins (pictured) will perform with multi-instrumentalist Michael Wegner at the Athens in be accepted, but should be Harmony Redux concert. embraced at every level.” Themes of love and togetherness drive Athens in At the October concert, musicians of varying cultural backgrounds, races and genres were paired up for collabora- Harmony. Aiken says she loved how diverse the crowd was at the first installment. “When I go to a show, it’s normally tive performances. Priest says it was fun to see what songs all black [or] all white, dependartists chose, especially with ing on the performer,” she the genre crossovers involved. says. Many chose protest songs MLK Day Parade and Festival Schedule It is this mixing together from the 1960s that still carry 3 p.m. Parade begins (Hull Street and Hancock that helps to break down the meaning today. Most of the Avenue) barriers of racism and bias, songs were also written and says Freeman, adding, “As originally performed by black 4 p.m. Block party and club crawl featuring an honoree ceremony, guest speakers, live a community, we must take artists, bringing even greater performances, vendors, food and family fun appropriate steps to set comsignificance to the perfor(Max and The World Famous) munity norms that no form mances, as the audience was 7 p.m. Athens in Harmony concert (40 Watt Club) of discrimination will be reminded of how much the tolerated.” As artists get to black community has conknow artists from different tributed to American culture. backgrounds, and audience members get to know others in Johnson says the successful event “reflected a new Athens, attendance, the hope is that this tolerance of discriminaa more diverse [Athens]—a community that supports justion breaks down. tice and equality.” “People are pretty much afraid of the unknown,” says With the looming inauguration of President-elect Aiken. “The more they understand someone, the less they’ll Trump, Priest decided to hold another Athens in Harmony be afraid of them.” So, Freeman urges, “Come out and let event on MLK Day. Ten duos will perform, many of which the music unite.” f are returning pairs from the October concert. Priest hopes the event and its timing will allow people of all races, creeds and lifestyles to come together as one community—to step out of their comfort zones and get to know one another. WHAT: Athens in Harmony Redux “I hope the event does more than just bring awareness,” WHERE: 40 Watt Club says Darrin Ellison, who performs as the rapper Elite the WHEN: Monday, Jan. 16, 7 p.m. Showstoppa. “I hope it shows unity. I hope it brings clarity. HOW MUCH: $15 (adv.), $20 (door) I hope people walk away with a more open-minded outlook on the human race.”

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Back in the Saddle With Friends’ Help, Daniel Hutchens Overcomes Health Scare By Dan Mistich music@flagpole.com

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ike others in the tightly knit Athens scene, Daniel Hutchens has occasionally gotten by with a little help from his friends. After suffering a minor hemorrhagic stroke last fall while in the midst of recording new material with David Barbe, the lifeblood of long-running local rock band Bloodkin found himself in need of financial support to cover medical expenses and related costs. “I’m very lucky that my manager and some very dear friends came together to raise money and help out financially. I would’ve never expected that amount of support, but it’s been wonderful,â€? Hutchens says. At the time of this writing, a GoFundMe page has raised nearly $27,000 to support Hutchens’ medical recovery effort. Hutchens adds that Nuçi’s Space was instrumental in providing advice on how to handle the situation. Despite his illness, Hutchens made his way onto the Georgia Theatre stage for the annual Bloodkin and Friends show only two

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weeks after suffering the stroke. While he didn’t play guitar, his appearance stands as a testament to his investment in songcraft and performance. “I didn’t feel comfortable doing a whole show yet, especially because full-on Bloodkin shows are always a workout,� says Hutchens. While doctors expect him to make a full recovery, Hutchens says he plans to gradually return to the stage to show off his signature brand of Southern rock. A local music fixture long before his recent illness, Hutchens, who is originally from the small town of Ripley, WV, says his intention was never to settle down in Athens. Following a stint in Huntington, WV, where he honed his craft of writing original material in a town where cover bands thrived, Hutchens and his musical partner, Eric Carter, planned to drift from town to town in search of new scenes around the country. After striking up friendships and collaborations with others around Athens, Hutchens and Carter decided it was a fine

to regain feeling in his right arm, which will impact his playing for a short period of time. At his upcoming 40 Watt show, “I’ll probably have a band. I don’t know who it’ll be yet,â€? says Hutchens. “That’s another fortunate thing about Athens. Aside from Bloodkin, I know so many people who know a good number of our songs. It’s like having a bullpen where you can call in some relief.â€? Hutchens says dealing with the medical incident has reminded him to take nothing for granted, including his ability to write and perform with longtime friends. “It makes everything more meaningful to me,â€? he says. “It sounds clichĂŠ, but you immediately start thinking about what matters.â€? f

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Harlot Party: I Want to Be Recalcitrant, I Am Just Exhausted EP (Independent Release) Harlot Party’s debut is a breathtaking introduction to the Athens/Atlanta duo’s deeply personal brand of alternative rock. The project is primarily an outlet for KyKy Renee Knight, who, along with bandmate Garrett Knighton, has crafted an EP that tries to make sense out of a difficult year. For Knight, 2016 was fraught with anxiety and frustration over America’s increasingly hostile political situation and frequent news of police brutality against people of color. Recalcitrant captures her re-evaluating her environment and relationships in real time. The centerpiece is “Whop,” a scathing, six-minute narrative about Knight’s strained relationship with her father. It’s immediately followed by interlude “Preemptive Apologist,” which features a real-life voicemail from Knight’s father, who seems upset at their lack of communication. The intentionally humanizing moment makes the heartache laid bare earlier all the more effective. Through strong songwriting and vocals, Knight navigates her complicated emotions in a way that engages the listener on a profound level. It’s a fascinating journey through the mind of one of the most promising artists of 2017. [Nathan Kerce]

Tomorrow’s Music News and Gossip, Today By Gordon Lamb threatsandpromises@flagpole.com It’s a new year for Athens music and, as has become tradition, we’ve rounded up everything that will happen in the coming months and presented it in convenient digest style. Enjoy! JANUARY: After thanking a variety of higher powers for a New Year’s Eve that fell on Saturday, gratitude quickly turned to curses as no one was able to get his or her brunch shifts covered the following day. Later this month, the punk and hardcore communities gathered at a house show and patted each other on the back for steadfastly refusing to perform at any of President-elect Trump’s inaugural events. As the first in a four-year series of such empty gestures, Athens was shown yet again that “fighting this shit” has never been easier.

Harlot Party plays Flicker Theatre & Bar on Wednesday, Jan. 11 and The World Famous on Sunday, Jan. 15.

JUNE: Seeking to further maximize both community involvement and ticket revenue, AthFest turned the volume up to 11 on its wristband-only events. This year, the nonprofit successfully persuaded the Athens-Clarke County government to establish checkpoints at all entrances to the county to enforce wristband compliance. Citizens were given the option of purchasing a pass into town on the spot or just waiting it out. When asked about the new policy, one local commissioner remarked, “We’re happy to provide the wait-it-out option. I mean, we’re not philistines.”

FEBRUARY: An early-week Valentine’s Day made easy work for local party DJs, who felt quite clever when playing Drake’s “Goin’ Up on a Tuesday.” In a rare showing of contrarianism, Dan Geller of the Booty Boyz would only play the pre-remix track “Tuesday,” and spent the night informing people that the ILoveMakonnen song was “the original.” Zack “Z-Dog the Booty Hunter” Hosey was overheard saying, “Aw, hell yeah, dog. Makonnen is my dog, dog!”

MARCH: As Athens is accustomed to anticipating both heat JULY: This was the slow business month that local clubs waves and snowstorms during this month, the only thing blamed on everyone being exhausted from the aforemenleft to do was for everyone to practice what they would tell to touring bands coming through at this time. “Yeah, spring tioned AthFest. Local bands went on tour to equally empty college towns, and this year’s secret sneak-in pool was break can be really rough! The kids are gone,” said everyone ruined because you let your stupid friend from high school to anyone with an out-of-state tag. Slyly, no one ever let on come along one night and he invited that spring break is only a week long all his bros. Smooth move, buddy. and the “kids” are largely made up of We’re happy to provide people that are here all year long. the wait-it-out option. AUGUST: Although it was definitely too hot to fish, it was nowhere near APRIL: This was the month in which I mean, we’re not philistines.” too hot for a solid 75 percent of local every music-scene couple containing bands to become simultaneously two actual musicians decided it’d be unavailable for booking and totally available for secret cool to form a “side project” together. Each was insistent riverside day-drinking jams. Discoveries made during this that these new combos had nothing to do with their memannual display of translucently pale skin included how bers being romantically intertwined, but were rather an many really bad spring break tattoos existed and that, actuopportunity to try new things. All of them caused a run on ally, no one knew who invited that crusty punk kid named consignment slips at area record stores as they rushed to Tarmac who kept shooting a BB gun into the water and get their cassettes to market. laughingly saying, “It’s just BBs, y’all!” MAY: Just like that, half the aforementioned duos broke SEPTEMBER: Due to our generally polite nature, the music up this month, leaving a trail of plastic boxes, magnetic scene dedicated this month to informing newly-arrived tape and abandoned Bandcamp accounts in their wake. In other news, the spurned parties of each now-defunct group UGA students that all the good stuff had pretty much already happened, but that they were still cool and we’d be started a solo noise project facilitated mostly by free softhappy to tell them all about it. ware and the second floor of The Globe.

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OCTOBER: Timi Conley’s Wild Rumpus parade surpassed the public-event attendance record previously held by Widespread Panic. An estimated 200,000 people crowded into downtown, as more than 90 percent of Athens residents in attendance went out at night for the first time since the last Rumpus. Everyone had a good time talking about how much they contributed to the scene, and how much Athens was changing but they were the ones keeping it alive. NOVEMBER: As is tradition, the Athens music scene celebrated its particular brand of charity and inclusiveness by hosting multiple benefit shows this month. All financial records were, of course, taken to the scene’s accountant, and costs such as labor, materials, lost time from work, hospitality and transportation were deducted from proceeds. In the end, we raised approximately 25 cents for every man-hour spent, which is about 3 percent of the current minimum wage. Even while operating at a 97 percent loss, we all felt pretty good about ourselves, and you can’t put a price on feelings. DECEMBER: Seeking to redress grievances over what some readers felt was an unrepresentative list of honorees in Flagpole’s 2016 year-end highlights, the local arts weekly went to work. It took a solid year of planning and fundraising, but the annual Parade of Lights featured 45 flatbed trucks sponsored by the paper, as well as marching bands from local high schools. Every single Athens musician was rounded up, put on board and provided with a microphone and/or amplifier. The ostensibly religion-free event was nonetheless edified by an enormous pre-parade circle of hand-holding, while scene spokespersons led the gathering in chanting the sacred rock and roll prayer: “Gabba, Gabba! We accept you! We accept you! One of us!” Oh, holy night, indeed! f

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MUSIC | Wed, Jan 11

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Flicker Theatre & Bar · 9 p.m. · $5 An overlooked Bandcamp standout from 2016’s latter half, former Georgia resident and current New Yorker WalteYoung’s All My Ghosts Are Leaving Atlanta is a captivating blend of reflective pop-punk, candid singer-songwriter-ism and monastic DIY-studio tinkering that should appeal to fans of Pedro the Lion, Neutral Milk Hotel and Self. This mid-week Flicker show is also one of two outings this week from KyKy Renee Knight’s up-and-coming Harlot Party project (the other is Sunday at The World Famous; see Record Review on p. 12), and also features new local noise-pop group Dimmen and touring post-punk act Self and Other. [Gabe Vodicka]

Hendershot’s Coffee Bar · 8 p.m. Ciné · 7 p.m. · FREE! After becoming an AthensNick Licata—a former Seattle music mainstay and releasing a city councilman and author of locally acclaimed 2004 debut, Becoming a Citizen Activist: Animal You Rock Star, songwriter Stories, Strategies and Advice and multi-instrumentalist Count for Changing Our World—is an Kellam decamped for Portland, expert on effectively lobbying OR in the late ’00s. Kellam for progressive policies. Licata has since made a name in that will lead a discussion entitled town’s fertile scene as a musi“Building a Better Athens: A cian and producer, but he’s back Community Conversation About in Athens for two shows this Local Governance and Action” week featuring former friends with a panel including ACC and collaborators. Thursday at Commissioner Melissa Link, Hendershot’s, he’ll be joined Athens Anti-Discrimination by former Rhino 5 collaborators Movement leader Mokah Matt Lucas, Claire Campbell Johnson, artist and activist and Adam Payne for a low-key Broderick Flanigan, school board evening of sounds; Saturday, member Ovita Thornton and Jan. 14 at the Caledonia, he’ll Athens for Everyone President reunite the most recent version Tim Denson. The talk is sponof his Athens band for a fullsored by Avid Bookshop. [Blake volume affair. [GV] Aued]

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Tuesday 10 ART: Athens Fibercraft Guild (Lyndon House Arts Center) The Guild welcomes all amateur and professional fiber artists including knitters, crocheters, weavers, spinners, fabric designers, basket makers, quilters and embroiderers. In this program, Cynthia Belcham and Susie Schmoll demonstrate how to do needle felting. 12:30 p.m. FREE! 706-543-4319 CLASSES: Intro to Computers (Oconee County Library) This class will discuss hardware, drives, storage disks and peripherals. Registration is required. 2–4 p.m.

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FREE! 706-769-3950, www.athenslibrary.org/oconee GAMES: Locos Trivia (Locos Grill & Pub) Westside and Eastside locations of Locos Grill and Pub feature trivia night every Tuesday. 8 p.m. FREE! www.locosgrill.com GAMES: Trivia (Hi-Lo Lounge) General trivia with host Caitlin Wilson. 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-8508561 GAMES: Trivia at the Rail (The Rail Athens) Trivia hosted by Nic every Tuesday. 10:30 p.m. FREE! 706354-7289 GAMES: Happy Hour Trivia (The Rook and Pawn) Hosted by James Majure. 6 p.m. FREE! www.therookandpawn.com

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GAMES: Full Contact Trivia (Blind Pig Tavern, 2301 College Station Rd.) Every Tuesday. 8:30 p.m. FREE! www.facebook.com/blindpigtavern GAMES: Dirty South Trivia (Taqueria Tsunami, Downtown) Surf the trivia wave every Tuesday. 8 p.m. FREE! www.dirtysouthtrivia.com KIDSTUFF: Spanish Play Group (reBlossom Mama Baby Shop) Parents and children meet to speak or learn some Spanish. 3:30–5 p.m. FREE! www.reblossomathens.com KIDSTUFF: Preschooler Storytime (Oconee County Library) Stories, songs, crafts and fun for preschoolaged children and their caregivers. 10 & 11 a.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/oconee

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The Foundry · 8 p.m. · $7–10 For those still sore from the Great Celebrity Die-Off of 2016, The Everywhen offers a bit of musical comfort to ease you into the new year: a tribute to David Bowie with a performance “by true fans, for true fans.” The new group, led by Athens mainstay Chris McKay, promises to skip the costumes and makeup that accompany most Bowie cover shows to focus on the songs—not just the Thin White Duke’s best-known work (“Ashes to Ashes” and “Rebel Rebel” have both graced the band’s setlist as of late), but “musical surprises that have rarely been performed live by anyone,” including an exclusive arrangement by former Bowie pianist Mike Garson. [Marc Schultz]

40 Watt Club · 1 p.m.–2 a.m. · $5–10 What began as a DIY event has grown into a full-day festival with 20 musical acts, 10 performance art pieces and five installations. In addition to stalwarts like Killick Hinds, Vernon Thornsberry, New Madrid and Salsa Chest, the evening includes an interactive performance by Robbie Cucchiaro (The Music Tapes) and Laura Carter (Elf Power), Mongolian throat singing by Aaron Fu and an AV screening by Ben Rouse. Solo projects include Isaak Pancake (Garrett Burke of Art Contest), SU SU (Clark Brown of Juan de Fuca) and Drew Kirby (New Wives/Mothers). Proceeds will benefit The Cottage Sexual Assault Center and Children’s Advocacy Center. [Jessica Smith]

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KIDSTUFF: Lego Club (Oconee County Library) Create Lego art and enjoy Lego-based activities. Legos provided. Ages 3–10. 4 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/oconee LECTURES & LIT: Bricks and Bones (UGA Jackson St. Building) Richard Becherer presents “Bricks and Bones: Exploring Atlanta’s Spaces of Neo-Slavery.” 5 p.m. FREE! shpo@uga.edu LECTURES & LIT: African American Authors Book Club (ACC Library) This month’s title is Driving the King by Ravi Howard. Newcomers welcome. 5 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org LECTURES & LIT: Cathy Pentz (Madison County Library,

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Danielsville) Cathy Pentz will discuss her career as a scientist and jobs related to public health. 6:30 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/ madison PERFORMANCE: Hugh Hodgson Faculty Series Recital (UGA Ramsey Concert Hall) The faculty ensemble includes Michael Heald, Maggie Snyder, D. Ray McClellan, David Starkweather and guest violinist Lorenz Gamma. 8 p.m. FREE! music.uga.edu

Wednesday 11 ART: Artful Conversation (Georgia Museum of Art) Curator Carissa

DiCindo leads an in-depth discussion on Purvis Young’s painting “Angels from Heaven and Earth.” 2 p.m. FREE! www.georgiamuseum.org CLASSES: Video Editing for Beginners (ACC Library) Learn the basics of video editing using Adobe Premiere. Registration required. 7 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650, www. athenslibrary.org/athens CLASSES: Bellydance for Everybody (Winterville Center for Community and Culture) Learn Middle Eastern dance in a relaxed class for all ages and abilities. 6 p.m. $21/three sessions. rahnigamar@gmail.com COMEDY: “The Good Stuff” Stand Up Comedy (The World Famous)


Hosted by Jake and Shaunak. 9:30 p.m. FREE! www.facebook.com/ theworldfamousathens EVENTS: Rabbit Box (The Foundry) Storytellers share true-life tales. This month the theme is “Rites of Passage.” 7 p.m. $7. thefoundryathens.com FILM: Science on Screen Series: Demain (Tomorrow) (Ciné Barcafé) Ciné, UGA and the Consulate General of France in Atlanta present a special screening of the enivornmental documentary. The screening will be preceded by a reception and followed by a panel discussion on global warming with professors Nik Heynen, Gene M. Pesti, Patricia Yager and Richard Neupert. 7 p.m. $5. www.athenscine. com

and house cash. 8 p.m. FREE! www. grindhouseburgers.com GAMES: Trivia (Copper Creek Brewing Company) Test your trivia chops for prizes! Every Wednesday. 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-1102 GAMES: Full Contact Trivia (Blind Pig Tavern, 2440 W. Broad St.) Play to win. 8 p.m. FREE! www.fullcontacttrivia.wordpress.com 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 LECTURES & LIT: Tricia Lootens’ Political Poetess (Hendershot’s Coffee Bar) UGA professor Tricia Lootens shares from The Political Poetess: Victorian Femininity, Race,

Beethoven and Prokofiev with pianist Gilles Vonsattel. 8 p.m. $36. www. pac.uga.edu

Thursday 12 ART: Thursday Twilight Tour (Georgia Museum of Art) View selections from the permanent collection on a tour led by docents. 7 p.m. FREE! www.georgiamuseum. org CLASSES: Mama-Baby Yoga (reBlossom Mama Baby Shop) This yoga class allows kiddos to practice alongside their parents. Free childcare is available for little ones who would rather play than practice yoga. 9:30 a.m. $5–10 donation. www. reblossomathens.com

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and the Legacy of Separate Spheres. 7 p.m. www.hendershotscoffee.com LECTURES & LIT: Meet the Author (ACC Library) Avid Bookshop and the ACC Library present author Karen Branan in celebration of her book, The Family Tree: A Lynching in Georgia, a Legacy of Secrets, and My Search for the Truth. 7 p.m. FREE! www.avidbookshop.com MEETINGS: TSPLOST Citizens Advisory Committee (ACC Library) The Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax Citizens Advisory Committee holds a public forum to receive comments and questions from the public. 5:30 p.m. FREE! www.athensclarkecounty. com MEETINGS: Tech Happy Hour (The World Famous) Meet local entrepreneurs, tech talent and other fellow Athenians who are making cool stuff at this weekly Four Athens networking happy hour. 6–7:30 p.m. FREE! www.fourathens.com/happy-hour PERFORMANCE: Frank Huang (UGA Performing Arts Center) Violinist Frank Huang, concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic, performs a program of works by

COMEDY: Comic Strip (Bar Georgia) Show-up and go-up comedy open mic. Hosted by Alia Ghosheh and Veronica Darby. 9 p.m. $5. ghoshehalia@gmail.com EVENTS: Preschool Open House (Emmanuel Episcopal Church) Attend an information session and tour the school. 10 a.m. FREE! www. emmanuelathens.org GAMES: Music Trivia (Saucehouse Barbeque) Meet at the bar for a exciting round of music trivia. 8 p.m. FREE! www.facebook.com/ saucehousebbq LECTURES & LIT: Meet the Author (Avid Bookshop, 493 Prince Ave.) Meet Michele Moore in celebration of The Cigar Factory. 6:30 p.m. FREE! www.avidbookshop.com LECTURES & LIT: Last Tango in Space (UGA Physics Building, Room 202) Professor David Reitze presents “Last Tango in Space: Detecting Gravitational Waves from Binary Black Hole Mergeres for the First Time Ever Using LIGO.” 3:30 p.m. FREE! www.physast.uga.edu OUTDOORS: Full Moon Hike (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) See k continued on next page

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Friday 13 CLASSES: Mindfulness Practice Evening (Athens Regional Medical Center, Healing Lodge, Loran Smith Center) Mindfulness of Feeling Tones: The Second of the Found Foundations of Mindfulness” includes discussion and mindfulness practice. 5:30–6:30 p.m. FREE! 706-543-0162, www.mindfuliving. org EVENTS: Adult Coloring Program (Madison County Library, Danielsville) Coloring sheets and pencils will be provided for participants to drop in, color and relax. 4–6 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary. org/madison EVENTS: Totes 2 Tots (Georgia Cancer Specialists, 125 King Ave., Suite 200) Georgia Cancer Specialists and Northside Hospital are collecting backpacks and suitcases for foster children. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. www.facebook.com/totes2tots EVENTS: 1st Annual Amateur Benefit Drag Show (Caledonia Lounge) Atomic presents an evening

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of performances by aspiring drag queens and kings. Everyone is encouraged to dress in gender bending attire. Proceeds benefit AIDS Athens. A sign up sheet to perform can be found on Facebook. 8 p.m. $5. www.caledonialounge.com GAMES: Friday Night Magic Draft (Tyche’s Games) Win fantastic prizes. 5:30 p.m. FREE! www.tychesgames.com KIDSTUFF: Spanish Storytime (Oconee County Library) Listen and practice Spanish songs and stories. Participants do not need to speak Spanish. 4 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/oconee LECTURES & LIT: Building a Better Athens (Ciné Barcafé) Author and former Seattle City Council member Nick Licata will host a panel with Melissa Link, Mokah Jasmine Johnson, Broderick Flanigan and more. See Calendar Pick on p. 14. 7 p.m. FREE! www. avidbookshop.com PERFORMANCE: State Ballet Theatre of Russia (UGA Fine Arts Building) The State Ballet Theatre of Russia presents a fully-staged production of Cinderella with dancing, lavish sets, detailed costumes and Prokofiev’s classic score. A pre-concert lecture will be offered 45 minutes prior to the performance. Jan. 13–14, 8 p.m. $62–72. www. pac.uga.edu THEATER: A Christmas Story, the Musical (Oconee County Civic Center) Oconee Youth Playhouse presents a musical to help you keep enjoying the spirit of the holidays. Jan. 13–14 & Jan. 20–21, 7 p.m. Jan. 15 & Jan. 22, 3 p.m. $14–18. www.oconeeyouthplayhouse.com

Saturday 14 ART: “Visions of MLK Art Exhibition” & Saturday Celebration (Lyndon House Arts Center) The annual “Visions of MLK Art Exhibition” is a collaborative show featuring a visual poetry project. This year’s theme is “Let Us Build Bridges.” The Saturday Celebration features live performances, food, guest speakers and activities. See Art Notes on p. 22. 1–4 p.m. FREE! www.athensclarkecounty.com/leisure ART: Opening Reception (Lyndon House Arts Center) “Upstream II” focuses on African American artists’ experiences with work by William Downs, Jerushia Graham, Njambi Mwaura, Meaza Nigatu and Broderick Flanigan. Juan Logan, whose artwork is on view in “Upstream I” will give a gallery talk on his work. See Art Notes on p. 22. 1–4 p.m. FREE! lyndonhouseartsfoundation.com EVENTS: Dronefest (40 Watt Club) An all-day event featuring 35-plus musicians, performance artists and visual art masters birthing new forms of live music, acting, speech, installation and procedural creation. See Calendar Pick on p. 14. 1 p.m.–2 a.m. $5 minimum, $10 (suggested donation). www.40watt.com EVENTS: Really Really Free Market (Reese & Pope Park) Bring what you can; take what you need. No bartering, trading or paying. Second Saturday of every month. 12–2 p.m. FREE! reallyreallyfreemarketathens@gmail.com GAMES: Pokémon Regional Championships (The Classic Center) Card and video game competitors of all ages can vie for the

title of champion. 8 a.m.–11 p.m. www.pokemon.com/play KIDSTUFF: Tweens Together (Lay Park) The “Tween Only Space” includes a life-size board game, crafts, computer lab, photo booth and a Wii competition. Ages 8–12. 4–6 p.m. $5–7.50. 706-613-3596 KIDSTUFF: Science Kit Fun (Madison County Library, Danielsville) Shareables are fun, educational toys available for checkout with a library card. For ages 5 and up. 2 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/madison KIDSTUFF: Family Day: Faces of the Georgia Museum of Art (Georgia Museum of Art) Explore the many faces of the museum with gallery activities. 10 a.m.–12 p.m. FREE! www.georgiamuseum.org KIDSTUFF: Critter Tales (Sandy Creek Nature Center) Families are invited to listen to a story about nature. Staff will then bring it to life by visiting a critter or going outdoors for an activity. 2:30–3 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3615 LECTURES & LIT: Meet the Author (Avid Bookshop, 1662 S. Lumpkin St.) Atlanta author Susan Crawford celebrates the release of The Other Widow. 6:30 p.m. FREE! www.avidbookshop.com LECTURES & LIT: Writer’s Circle (Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries, Hargrett Library) Serious writers may bring up to ten pages of their work, any genre, for group feedback. Each meeting will highlight books form Hargrett’s Collections. 2–4:30 p.m. FREE! artzar@gmail.com PERFORMANCE: State Ballet Theatre of Russia (UGA Fine Arts Building) See Friday listing for full description Jan. 13–14, 8 p.m. $62–72. www.pac.uga.edu

THEATER: A Christmas Story, the Musical (Oconee County Civic Center) See Friday listing for full description Jan. 13–14 & Jan. 20–21, 7 p.m. Jan. 15 & Jan. 22, 3 p.m. $14–18. www.oconeeyouthplayhouse.com

Sunday 15 ART: Athens Historical Society (Georgia Museum of Art) The society will present its Hull Award to Mary Bondurant Warren, with a program celebrating her work. 3–5 p.m. FREE! www.athenshistorical.org CLASSES: Athens Free School: Digital Security for Activists (Bombs Away! 317 N. Chase St.) Get tips for protecting yourself in the surveillance state. 2 p.m. FREE! facebook.com/athensfreeschool GAMES: Lord of the Rings Fantasy Fan Track (The Rook and Pawn) Meet fans of Tolkien and the fantasy genre. Games include War of the Ring, Battle of the Five Armies, Lords of Waterdeep and more. 12:30–3:30 p.m. www.therookandpawn.com KIDSTUFF: Read to Rover (Madison County Library, Danielsville) Beginning readers read aloud to a certified therapy dog. 3–4 p.m. FREE! 706-795-5597 LECTURES & LIT: WritersResist (Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation, Firehall #2) Join writers across the nation who are focused on the ideals of a free, just and democratic society. An all-ages workshop creating peace flags will be followed by readings from community speakers. 3 p.m. FREE! www.avidbookshop.com LECTURES & LIT: UUFA Forum (Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens) Mokah Johnson will speak

on “Spirit of an Activist: Training to Inspire.” 10 a.m. FREE! uufa@ uuathensga.org MEETINGS: Immigrant Rights Discussion (Leathers Building) Guest speakers from the Athens Immigrants’ Rights Coalition discuss immigrants rights. 11:30 a.m. FREE! www.athensga.quaker.org MEETINGS: Workers Coffee Hour (Athens for Everyone) Drop in to the Athens for Everyone office to ask questions about your legal protections as a worker. 6:30–8 p.m. FREE! athensforeveryone@gmail.com THEATER: A Christmas Story, the Musical (Oconee County Civic Center) See Friday listing for full description Jan. 13–14 & Jan. 20–21, 7 p.m. Jan. 15 & Jan. 22, 3 p.m. $14–18. www.oconeeyouthplayhouse.com

Monday 16 EVENTS: MLK Day Parade and Fest (Hull and Washington Streets) UGA Live and the Athens AntiDiscrimination Movement host a parade through the streets followed by a block party at Max with guest speakers, live performances, food vendors and more. See Story on p. 10. 3-6 p.m. FREE! www.aadmovement.org/athensmlkdayparade EVENTS: Empty Bowls South (The Old Pal) Hosted by The Seed & Plate in partnership with potter Regina Mandell of Forged and Found, chefs prepare a special dinner served in handmade bowls that raises funds for the American Civil Liberties Union and Athens Immigrant Rights Coalition. 6 p.m. & 8 p.m. $40. www.theseedandplate.com EVENTS: MLK Day of Service (Lay Park) “A Day On and Not a Day Off”

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starts with a morning celebration with breakfast and speaker Life the Griot. Volunteers will do service projects at 18 locations around town for the rest of the day. 8:30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;9:30 a.m. FREE! www.athensclarkecounty. com/mlkday GAMES: Team Trivia (Beef â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Bradyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s) Win house cash and prizes! Every Monday night. 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-850-1916 GAMES: Dirty South Trivia: Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll (Grindhouse Killer Burgers) Team trivia contests with house cash prizes every Monday night. 8 p.m. FREE! www.grindhouseburgers.com 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 7â&#x20AC;&#x201C;18. Registration required. 4â&#x20AC;&#x201C;5:30 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650

GAMES: Dirty South Trivia (Taqueria Tsunami, Downtown) Surf the trivia wave every Tuesday. 8 p.m. FREE! www.dirtysouthtrivia.com GAMES: Trivia at the Rail (The Rail Athens) Trivia hosted by Nic every Tuesday. 10:30 p.m. FREE! 706354-7289 GAMES: Trivia (Hi-Lo Lounge) See Tuesday listing for full description 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-850-8561 GAMES: Playtest Night (The Rook and Pawn) Demo yet-to-be-released games. 7:30 p.m. FREE! www. therookandpawn.com GAMES: Locos Trivia (Locos Grill & Pub) See Tuesday listing for full description 8 p.m. FREE! www. locosgrill.com GAMES: Full Contact Trivia (Blind Pig Tavern) See Tuesday listing for full description 8:30 p.m. FREE! www.facebook.com/blindpigtavern GAMES: Happy Hour Trivia (The Rook and Pawn) See Tuesday listing for full description 6 p.m. FREE! www.therookandpawn.com

joining the Be the Match Marrow Donor Registry. A drawing will give one donor a $200 tab at The Place. 4â&#x20AC;&#x201C;6 p.m. FREE! www.bethematch. org EVENTS: Native Plant Symposium (The Garden Club of Georgia) This day-long program considers gardening with native flowers and trees along with related conservation issues. Learn how to incorporate your appreciation of these plants into your home landscape. Includes lunch. Pre-registration required. 8:45 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;3:30 p.m. $65. www. botgarden.uga.edu GAMES: Cornhole Tournament (Saucehouse Barbeque) Gather a team and compete. 8 p.m. saucehouse.com GAMES: Trivia (Copper Creek Brewing Company) See Wednesday listing for full description 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-1102 GAMES: Trivia (Willyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mexicana Grill) Every Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. FREE! 706-548-1920

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Tuesday 17 ART: Athens Metal Arts Guild Meeting (Lyndon House Arts Center) This monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s speakers are Paul and Anne Lings, who will describe their work with classical designs in high-karat gold. 5 p.m. FREE! athensmetalartsguild@gmail. com COMEDY: OpenTOAD Comedy Open Mic (Flicker Theatre & Bar) This comedy show allows locals to watch quality comedy or perform themselves. Email to perform. First and third Tuesday of every month! 9 p.m. $5. flickertheatreandbar.com EVENTS: Athens Rock and Gem Club (Holy Cross Lutheran Church) Geologist and author Dr. Bill Witherspoon will present a slide show on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Golddiggers, Generals and Tightrope Walkers.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. FREE! wwwathensrockandgemclub.org

KIDSTUFF: Spanish Play Group (reBlossom Mama Baby Shop) Parents and children meet to speak or learn some Spanish. 3:30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;5 p.m. FREE! www.reblossomathens.com KIDSTUFF: Toddler Tuesday (Georgia Museum of Art) Families and children 18 monthsâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;3 years can take a tour tailored for young children, listen to stories and participate in a hands-on activity. RSVP. 10â&#x20AC;&#x201C;11 a.m. FREE! callan@uga.edu, www. georgiamuseum.org

Wednesday 18 ART: Tour at Two (Georgia Museum of Art) Docents lead a tour of highlights from the permanent collection. 2 p.m. FREE! www.georgiamuseum. org CLASSES: After Effects for Beginners (ACC Library) Learn how to add special effects with Adobe After Effects. Registration is required. 7 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/athens EVENTS: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Be the Matchâ&#x20AC;? Registry Drive (The Place) Learn how you could potentially save a strangerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life in the fight against cancer by

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Georgia Theatre 7:30 p.m. $22 (adv.), $25 (door). www. georgiatheatre.com BROTHERS OSBORNE Countrymusic duo consisiting of brothers T.J. and John Osborne. LANCO Country band from Nashville.

colors, tastes, sounds, crafts and games. 10–11:30 a.m. $4–6. www. athensclarkecounty.com/leisure LECTURES & LIT: Talking About Books: Adult Book Discussion Group (ACC Library) This month’s title is The Old Gringo by Carlos Fuentes. Newcomers welcome. 10:30 a.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary. org MEETINGS: Tech Happy Hour (The World Famous) See Wednesday listing for full description 6–7:30 p.m. FREE! www.fourathens.com/ happy-hour

Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 BLIND HANDS No info available. GENETIC OUTCAST Sexual noise karaoke with voice memos, samples and soundbytes as sweet as the taste of candy. L’OR Opera-like dream sequences fused with ballet performance art. LOVEDRAGON No info available.

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Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-4742 CHRIS PADGETT & FRIENDS Local guitar virtuoso and songwriter performs a solo set.

Tuesday 10

The Foundry 7:30 p.m. $5. www.thefoundryathens. com LIVE BAND KARAOKE Sing your favorite ‘80s and ‘90s jams and beyond, backed by Saved by the Band.

The Office Lounge 8:30 p.m. 706-546-4742 TWO THIRDS No info available.

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Georgia Theatre 7 p.m. $20 (adv.), $23 (door). www. georgiatheatre.com RAILROAD EARTH Americana mainstay and “newgrass” jam band from Stillwater, NJ. DAVID WAX MUSEUM Missouribased duo David Wax and Suz Slezak fuse traditional Mexican folk with American roots and indie rock.

Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m. $5. www.flickertheatreandbar. com JOE WILLEY & THE MOVING MEN Folk music from the local songwriter and his band. HOG-EYED MAN Local instrumental duo that plays traditional Appalachian music.

Go Bar 10 p.m. FREE! 706-546-5609 KARAOKE Hosted by karaoke fanatic John “Dr. Fred” Bowers and featuring a large assortment of pop, rock, indie and more. Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. www.hendershotscoffee.com COUNT KELLAM Formerly local singer-songwriter with a rich, evocative voice. See Calendar Pick on p. 14. CLAIRE CAMPBELL Hope For Agoldensummer singer plays a set of soft, haunting folk tunes.

40 Watt Club 8 p.m. $5. www.40watt.com DANIEL HUTCHENS Bloodkin guitarist plays a solo set of wrenching, rocking soul-folk. See story on p. 11. DAVE MARR The former Star Room Boys singer plays a set of his solo material in his deep and resonant country twang. JUNKER Dark, evocative local folkrock group fronted by songwriter Stephen Brooks. The Foundry 8 p.m. $7 (adv.), $10 (door). www. thefoundryathens.com THE EVERYWHEN New local group led by fixture Chris McKay pays

Boat) plays folky pop songs with romantic themes. Highwire Lounge 8 p.m. FREE! www.highwirelounge.com LIVE JAZZ A group of talented jazz musicians play every Friday. Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-4742 VOODOO VISIONARY Improvisational funk-rock group from Atlanta. 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 THE BACUPS Fun-loving local cover band.

Saturday 14 Caledonia Lounge 9 p.m. www.caledonialounge.com DANGFLY Local rock band featuring an all-star lineup, including Adam Payne, Shawn Johnson, Jay

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40 Watt Club 7 p.m. $21. www.40watt.com ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO Legendary and influential alternative country statesman. THE MINUS 5 Long-running poprock band led by songwriter Scott McCaughey and featuring R.E.M.’s Peter Buck.

LEVI LOWREY Storyteller and country singer-songwriter from Dacula.

Georgia Theatre 7 p.m. $15 (adv.), $20 (door). www. georgiatheatre.com THE INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS Improvised string band music with country and bluegrass underpinnings. BILLY STRINGS “Super-charged Americana” and bluegrass artist. Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 DJ MAHOGANY Popular local DJ spins freaky funk, sultry soul, righteous R&B and a whole lotta unexpected faves. Hendershot’s Coffee Bar Nancy Travis Childcare Project Benefit. 7:30 p.m. $10. www.hendershotscoffee.com THE MUSICSMITHS Natalie Smith of Grogus and husband Brian Smith of the Georgia Guitar Quarter put together eerily beautiful flute/guitar compositions. RED OAK SOUTHERN STRING BAND This Watkinsville-based band plays rootsy Americana tunes. Highwire Lounge 7:30 p.m. FREE! www.highwirelounge. com LIVE JAZZ A group of talented jazz musicians play every Saturday. 11 p.m. $1 (headphone). www.highwirelounge.com SILENT DISCO See Thursday’s listing for full description Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-4742 MORNING FATTY Punk, ska, reggae and funk group from Gainesville, FL.

Georgia Theatre 8 p.m. $20. www.georgiatheatre.com DEERHUNTER Critically-acclaimed noise-pop group from Atlanta, led by talented and eccentric frontman Bradford Cox. PALM New York-based noise-rock band. JOCK GANG Atlanta-based noise-pop group featuring members of k i d s and Shepherds.

The Office Lounge 8:30 p.m. 706-546-0840 ERIK NEIL BAND Local trio playing blues/rock covers and originals. Terrapin Beer Co. 4:30 p.m. www.terrapinbeer.com VINCENT THE DOG Local bluesrock trio.

Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 REAP Speedy, aggressive local punk rock group. BUM FEEDER No info available.

The World Famous 11 a.m. www.facebook.com/theworldfamousathens KITH & KIN Newly formed Athensbased folk-rock band.

Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. FREE! www.hendershotscoffee. com PERIOD SIX Playing a unique blend of jazz standards featuring collective communication and soulful improvisation.

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Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-4742 DJ WHOM Local DJ playing a mix of hip hop, ‘90s and 2000s music.

Wednesday 11 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. Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m. www.flickertheatreandbar.com DIMMEN Local trio featuring two twins playing polyrhythmic jams. WALTE-YOUNG Georgia native and New York resident playing rich, reflective indie rock. See Calendar Pick on p. 14. SELF AND OTHER Angular rock three-piece from New Paltz, NY. HARLOT PARTY Local folk-rock project led by songwriter Kyky Renee Knight.

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The Infamous Stringdusters play the Georgia Theatre on Saturday, Jan. 14. Porterhouse Grill 6:30 p.m. FREE! 706-369-0990 JAZZ NIGHT Enjoy an evening of original music, improv and standards.

Thursday 12 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 8 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18-20). www. caledonialounge.com COUCHLOCKED New psychedelic/ progressive folk duo. STEEL GALLERY High-intensity rock group from Marietta. KING ISRAEL New local alternative blues-rock band. RUHA No info available. The Foundry 8 p.m. $17. thefoundryathens.com CHARLIE STARR Eclectic Southern singer-songwriter and leader of Atlanta band Blackberry Smoke.

ADAM PAYNE Payne writes songs with a lot of heart that can either make you tear up or laugh out loud. MATT LUCAS Simple, honest music.

tribute to David Bowie in honor of what would have been the artist’s 70th birthday. See Calendar Pick on p. 14.

Highwire Lounge 11 p.m. $1 (headphone). www.highwirelounge.com SILENT DISCO Dance the night away with wireless headphones and two channels of music. One of them is a request line!

Georgia Theatre 8 p.m. $20 (adv.), $25 (door). www. georgiatheatre.com LETTUCE New York-based funk band. JAW GEMS Beat-music on samplers played to a live band.

No. 3 Railroad Street 6:30 p.m. www.3railroad.org 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. Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-4742 MARADEEN Five-piece rock group from Nashville, TN. The Office Lounge 8:30 p.m. 706-546-0840 REV. TRIBBLE AND THE DANCING MAGNOLIAS Led by Athens rock fixture Rev. Conner Mack Tribble.

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The Globe 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-353-4721 JEFFERSON SHUTTLECRAFT A collection of Athens musicians playing the music of Paul Kantner. Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 HANNIE AND THE SLOBS New local garage project featuring members of The Rodney Kings and Muuy Biien. DJ HOT WAX Max Wang (The Rodney Kings) spins ‘60s pop/soul and punk rock. Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. www.hendershotscoffee.com HONEYCHILD SJ Ursrey (Dream

Rodgers, Scotty Nicholson and Adam Poulin. COUNT KELLAM The formerly local singer-songwriter has reunited his Athens band (Dan Nettles, Jeff Rieter, Billy Rhoton, Marlon Patton) for a special performance. See Calendar Pick on p. 14. CREEMO Rock, blues, jazz and soul are mixed together into a smooth, intoxicating concoction of original music. 40 Watt Club 1 p.m. $10. www.40watt.com DRONEFEST Featuring an all-day lineup of experimental music, visuals and performance art. See Calendar Pick on p. 14. The Foundry Athens Nurses Clinic Benefit. 7 p.m. $10 (adv.), $12 (door). www.thefoundryathens.com THE WILDJORDANTONKSCATS AND FRIENDS Long-running local blues group The Wildcats teams up with other local musicians. NUCLEAR TOURISM Young local rock group playing covers and originals.

The Foundry 6 p.m. $12 (adv.), $15 (door). www. thefoundryathens.com THE SEGAR JAZZ AFFAIR WXAG radio DJ Dwain Segar curates a night of smooth jazz, featuring Madoca & Company. Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 6 p.m. FREE! www.hendershotscoffee. com CLASSICAL REVOLUTION UGA School of Music graduates and students play works by Dvorak, Ligeti, Bach and more. Terrapin Beer Co. 1:30 p.m. www.terrapinbeer.com DAVID KLEPINGER No info available. The World Famous 9 p.m. www.facebook.com/theworldfamousathens SCOOTERBABE Scrappy, jangly local emo group playing a stripped-down set. JIANNA JUSTICE Athens-based indie-folk project with a compelling, summery sound. FREE CAKE FOR EVERY CREATURE Lo-fi pop group from Philadelphia.


T-REXTASY Riot grrrl-influenced poppunk group from New York. HARLOT PARTY Local folk-rock project led by songwriter Kyky Renee Knight. See Record Review on p. 12.

Monday 16 Caledonia Lounge 9 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18-20). www. caledonialounge.com KWAZYMOTO Noisy local punk- and and folk-influenced rock trio. SAILOR POON Feisty garage-punk group from Austin, TX. BITTER Punk rock four-piece from Atlanta. 40 Watt Club 7 p.m. $15 (adv.), $20 (door). www.40watt.com ATHENS IN HARMONY REDUX An event designed to improve race relations in Athens, featuring musical duos Elite tha Showstoppa and Caroline Aiken, Jordan Rhym and Vanessa Briscoe Hay, Squallé and Chris McKay, Repunza and Nathan Sheppard, Marco Hull and Maggie Hunter, Stella and Michael Wegner, Eugene Willis and Bain Mattox, Areana Williams and SJ Ursrey, Celest Ngeve and Reverend Tribble and Monique Osorio and Tre Powell. See story on p. 10. Georgia Theatre 9 p.m. $25. www.georgiatheatre.com WAKA FLOCKA FLAME Atlantabased rapper known for hits like “O Let’s Do It” and “Hard in Da Paint.” WELL$ AKA Leroy Shingu, a rapper out of Charlotte, NC. DJ WHOO KID Hip hop DJ and producer. 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. Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-4742 JAZZ FUNK JAM WITH MASON DAVIS Local jazz musician Mason Davis hosts a jam session. The World Famous 9 p.m. FREE! www.facebook.com/theworldfamousathens HIP HOP CYPHER NIGHT Athens rappers and producers Project Paul, Yung’N Restless, Solo 10k, Ziggy RoxXx, Ricky Digits and Jonbthedj hold down a cypher night. Jonbthedj will provide instrumentals for an open-mic freestyle after the performers have finished their sets.

Tuesday 17 Caledonia Lounge 9 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18-20). www. caledonialounge.com WIMPY RUTHERFORD & THE CRYPTICS The original singer for punk legends The Queers is backed by his band for a full set of early Queers material and more. SKATANIC Skateboard-influenced thrash-punk band from Atlanta. Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 THE HERNIES Local riff-heavy rock

band displaying influences from classic to indie rock. GARY EDDY Local psychedelic singer-songwriter plays a solo set. L’OR Opera-like dream sequences fused with ballet performance art. TURNIP KING Psych- and shoegazeinfluenced indie rock band from New York. RICHARD GUMBY Local psych-rock project led by songwriter Scott Crossman. MICHAELSOFT 98 No info available. HUMAN BEAN No info available. Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-4742 DJ WHOM Local DJ playing a mix of hip hop, ‘90s and 2000s music. The World Famous 9 p.m. www.facebook.com/theworldfamousathens ADVANCE BASE Chicago-based lo-fi pop project led by songwriter Owen Ashworth, formerly of Casiotone for the Painfully Alone. CLAIRE CRONIN Singer and poet Cronin plays folk music that’s both delicate and intense.

Wednesday 18 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. The Foundry 7 p.m. $5. www.thefoundryathens.com THE BEST OF UNKNOWN ATHENS A monthly singer-songwriter showcase hosted by Liam Parke. Featuring Emily and Matt Joiner of Eastville Belle, Claire Pearson and Don McCollister of The Ormewoods, Seth and Tyler Key of Falco Brown and Bradley Koch and Victoria Patchen of SelfFulfilling Prophets. Georgia Theatre 7 p.m. $20 (adv.), $23 (door). www. georgiatheatre.com GREENSKY BLUEGRASS Wellregarded, well-traveled, Michiganbased bluegrass group. FRONT COUNTRY Eclectic bluegrass group from San Francisco. Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. FREE! www.hendershotscoffee. com DUO ELEVATION Chris Burroughs and David Ellington blend unique percussion and keyboard compositions. 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. The World Famous 10 p.m. www.facebook.com/theworldfamousathens NIHILIST CHEERLEADER Local upand-comers play energetic, fun, lo-fi punk rock. YIP DECEIVER An infectiously fun blend of feel-good pop, R&B grooves and noise-bending electro from Athens. MCQUEEN Comedian and producer McQueen Adams spoofs pop culture through a show that blends music, comedy and projections.

Down the Line 1/19 BLUEGRASS JAM (The Bar-BQue Shack) 1/19 HECKLEHAMMER / VICES OF VANITY / ELIMINATE EARTH (Caledonia Lounge) 1/19 DAVID LOWERY AND JOHNNY HICKMAN / EDWARD DAVID ANDERSON / PETER CASE (40 Watt Club) 1/19 MARTY STUART & HIS FABULOUS SUPERLATIVES (The Foundry) 1/19 SILENT DISCO (Highwire Lounge) 1/19 REV. TRIBBLE AND THE DANCING MAGNOLIAS (The Office Lounge) 1/19 THE GUMPS / NIHILIST CHEERLEADER (The World Famous) 1/20 CINEMECHANICA / MONSOON / DOUBLE FERRARI (Caledonia Lounge) 1/20 ELVIS LIVES (The Classic Center) 1/20 THAYER SARRANO (Flicker Theatre & Bar) 1/20 THE VG MINUS / TIGHT BLACKS / THE PLAGUE / THE GRAWKS (Flicker Theatre & Bar) 1/20 CAMPER VAN BEETHOVEN / THE DARNELL BOYS / DAISY / IKE REILLY (40 Watt Club) 1/20 THE BLACK JACKET SYMPHONY (Georgia Theatre) 1/20 THE HOBOHEMIANS (Hendershot’s Coffee Bar) 1/20 LIVE JAZZ (Highwire Lounge) 1/20 REV. CONNER MACK TRIBBLE (The Office Lounge) 1/20 JUST JAY (Terrapin Beer Co.) 1/21 THEOCRACY / CONTROL THE DEVASTATOR / KINGS PEAK / BEAST MODE (Caledonia Lounge) 1/21 JONATHAN SEGEL (Flicker Theatre & Bar) 1/21 CRACKER / ERIC BACHMANN / THE HEAP / THE DRAPES (40 Watt Club) 1/21 ABBEY ROAD LIVE (The Foundry) 1/21 TREY WRIGHT QUARTET (The Globe) 1/21 JOHNNY HICKMAN / VICTOR KRUMMENACHER TRIO (Hendershot’s Coffee Bar) 1/21 LIVE JAZZ (Highwire Lounge) 1/21 SILENT DISCO (Highwire Lounge) 1/21 REPENT AT LEISURE (No. 3 Railroad Street) 1/21 THE GET RIGHT BAND (Nowhere Bar) 1/21 DAVE PARSON (Terrapin Beer Co.) 1/21 KITH & KIN (The World Famous) 1/22 THE WILD HARES (Terrapin Beer Co.) 1/23 OPEN MIC (Hendershot’s Coffee Bar) 1/24 LOS CANTARES / MINOR MOON (Flicker Theatre & Bar) 1/25 REPLICKA / MURDER THE MOOD / SCMOOZE (Caledonia Lounge) 1/25 DEAD HORSES / SARA RACHELE (The Foundry) 1/26 BLUEGRASS JAM (The Bar-BQue Shack) 1/26 LEE BAINS III & THE GLORY FIRES / FIVE EIGHT / T. HARDY MORRIS (Caledonia Lounge) 1/26 GEORGIA JAZZ EDUCATORS JAM / Dr. Gordon Vernick (The Foundry) 1/26 SAMMY ADAMS (Georgia Theatre) 1/26 KARAOKE (Go Bar) 1/26 SILENT DISCO (Highwire Lounge)

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Art 42nd Annual Juried Exhibition (Lyndon House Arts Center) The annual show will be juried by Susan Krane, executive director of the San Jose Museum of Art. All visual art welcome. Drop off entry forms and up to three works on Jan. 26, 12:30–8:30 p.m. or Jan. 27, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Exhibition opens Mar. 3. $25 submission fee. www. athensclarkecounty.com/exhibits AAAC Grants (Athens, GA) The Athens Area Arts Council is seeking applicants for its quarterly $500 grants. All local artists, arts organizations or arts-based projects are welcome to apply. Deadline Mar. 15, June, 15, Sept. 15 and Dec. 15. info@athensarts.org, www.athensarts.org Arts in Community Grants (Athens, GA) The Athens Cultural Affairs Commission award two grants of $1,500 each to promote creative placemaking in the commu-

nity. Grants will be awarded based on the level of community enrichment through the arts, contribution to the local identity and quality or artistic merit. Artists, local organizations and groups can apply. Visit website for announcements. athensculturalaffairs@gmail.com, www. athensculturalaffairs.org AthFest Educates Grant (Athens, GA) Individuals from nonprofit organizations, public schools or government agencies serving you in grades K-8 can apply for grants. Grants can be used for music and arts based non-consumable equipment, programs and experiences, and professional development for educators or youth specialists. AthFest Educates awards up to $25,000 per grant cycle. 706-5481973, director@athfesteducates.org, athfesteducates.org Classic Center Cultural Foundation Arts Grant (The Classic Center) A grant is offered once a year by the Classic Center Cultural Foundation. Up to $5,000

art around town AMICI (233 E. Clayton St.) Live music photography by Ryan Myers. Through January. ANTIQUES & JEWELS ART GALLERY (290 N. Milledge Ave.) New paintings by Mary Porter, Greg Benson, Chatham Murray, Candle Brumby, Lana Mitchell and more. ART ON THE SIDE GALLERY AND GIFTS (17 N. Main St., Watkinsville) A gallery featuring works by various artists in media including ceramics, paintings and fused glass. ATHENS ACADEMY (1281 Spartan Lane) In the Harrison Center Foyer Gallery, “Seven Elements of Art” features sculptural works by Lawrence Steuck, Leonard Piha and Lorraine Thompson. • “The Other 95.6%: Photos from Around the World” is a collection of photography. Through Feb. 3. ATHENS INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART (ATHICA) (160 Tracy St.) The first-ever “Members Exhibition” is a collection of works by over a dozen of the gallery’s members. Through Jan. 14. 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.) “Wild People” is a series of paintings by Terry Rowlett. CIRCLE GALLERY (UGA College of Environment and Design, 285 S. Jackson St.) “Places for the Spirit: Traditional African American Gardens” is a traveling exhibit of photographs by Vaughn Sills. The images document the daily lives of four generations of the Toole family in Athens. Through Feb. 28. 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.) “Highlights” includes artists from the Classic Center’s permanent collection: June Ball, Greg Benson, Dianne Penny, Henry Ransom, John Ahee, Ana Anest and Lamar Wood. EARTH FARE (1689 S. Lumpkin St.) Artwork by Alan Mason. Through January. FLICKER THEATRE & BAR (263 W. Washington St.) Artwork by Jean Mann. Through January. GEORGIA MUSEUM OF ART (90 Carlton St.)“Storytelling: The Georgia Review’s 70th Anniversary Art Retrospective” including 25 works by 12 artists whose work the Review has published. Through Jan. 29. • In the Jane and Harry Willson Sculpture Garden, “Driving Forces: Sculpture by Lin Emergy” presents four large kinetic sculptures. Through Apr. 2. • “Artists of the New York School” contains paintings, sculptures and works on paper by artists who worked in abstraction in the 1950s and ‘60s. Jan. 14–Mar. 19. • “Advanced and Irascible: Abstract Expressionism from the Collection of Jeanne and Carroll Berry” includes pieces by Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning, Hedda Sterne and more. Jan. 14–Apr. 30. GLASSCUBE@INDIGO (500 College Ave.) “Satisfaction System” is a sitespecific installation by Garrett Hayes that suspends circular forms woven

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will be awarded to help a community group offset the expense of space rental at The Classic Center. www. classiccenter.com Fold Unfold (Lyndon House Arts Center) "Fold Unfold" invites skilled makers to weave functional bedding on manually operated looms for an installation. Coverlets should be informed by overshot geometric patterning popular in the South, and should use a modernist color scheme of black, white and gray. Confirm participation by Mar. 1. Submission deadline May 1. foldunfold2017@gmail.com Open Studio Membership (Lyndon House Arts Center) Local artists can now access studio facilities through a new open studio monthly membership program. Studios include ceramics, jewelry, painting, fiber, printmaking, photography and woodshop/sculpture studios. Up to 32 hours per week. $65/month or $175/three months. 706-613-3623, www.athensclarkecounty.com/leisure

“2 ships” by Vanessa German is currently on view in “Storytelling: The Georgia Review’s 70th Anniversary Art Retrospective” at the Georgia Museum of Art through Sunday, Jan. 29.

Auditions Call for Musicians (Athens Little Playhouse) Seeking musicians for a live pit orchestra for Suessical the Musical. Rehearsals take place in January. Performances begin Jan. 27

with scrap denim, rope and Electro-Luminescent wire. Through Apr. 15. THE GRIT (199 Prince Ave.) Paintings by Ella Salt. Through January. HEIRLOOM CAFÉ (815 N. Chase St.) Father-daughter team Jack Burke and Amanda Burke present a show of their works. Through January. HENDERSHOT’S COFFEE BAR (237 Prince Ave.) Ryan Dorsey’s collection of black-and-white illustrations, “A Disconnect,” serve as a journal of internal dialogue through surreal imagery. Through January. HIGHWIRE LOUNGE (269 N. Hull St.) Artwork by staff members of Trappeze Pub and Highwire Lounge. Through January. JUST PHO…AND MORE (1063 Baxter St.) Collages influenced by Surrealism and Magic Realism by Susan Pelham. LAMAR DODD SCHOOL OF ART (270 River Rd.) “La Mostra: Cortona 2016” shares works by faculty and students of the art school’s study abroad program. Closing reception Jan. 21. 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.) “Upstream I: Sweetmare” features paintings by Juan Logan that address the interconnections of race, place and power. Through Jan 14. • “Full House” features artwork by members of the various guilds and artists groups who meet at the Lyndon House. Through Jan. 21. • In the Lounge Gallery, see a collection of works by textile artist Maddie Zerkel. Through Feb. 11. • “Upstream II” continues an exploration of African American artists’ experiences through the works of William Downs, Jerushia Graham, Njambi Mwaura, Broderick Flanigan and Meaza Nigatu. Opening reception Jan. 14. Through Mar. 2. MADISON COUNTY LIBRARY (1315 GA-98, Danielsville) The “Discover Tech Exhibition” is a part of the STAR Library Education Network led by the National Center for Interactive Learning at the Space Science Institute. Through Feb. 10. • Stefan Eberhard’s “Crystal Photomicrography” features photos taken through a microscope. Through February. OCONEE COUNTY LIBRARY (1080 Experiment Station Rd., Watkinsville) Paintings and collages by Melody Croft. Through Jan. 29. RICHARD B. RUSSELL JR. SPECIAL COLLECTIONS LIBRARIES (300 S. Hull St.) In the Hargrett Library Gallery, see “Necessary Words & Images: 70 Years of the Georgia Review. Through May 12. • In the Russell Library Gallery, see “On the Stump: What Does it Take to Get Elected in Georgia.” Through Aug. 18. • In the Brown Media Gallery, see the “Steele Vintage Broadcast Microphone Collection.” UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP OF ATHENS (780 Timothy Rd.) “The Medieval Experience, Art and Craft of the Society for Creative Anachronism” includes illustrated manuscripts, needlework and metalwork. Through January. WHITE TIGER (217 Hiawassee Ave.) Ice cream cone sculptures by Jourdan Joly. WINTERVILLE CENTER FOR COMMUNITY CULTURE (371 N. Church St., Winterville) Presented by the Winterville Arts Council, “Beginnings” includes works by Lisa Freeman, Will Eskridge, Chris Taylor, Cheryl Washburn, Jacob Wenzka and more. THE WORLD FAMOUS (351 N. Hull St.) Permanent artists include RA Miller, Chris Hubbard, Travis Craig, Michelle Fontaine, Dan Smith, Greg Stone and more.

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Classes Art Classes (Lyndon House Arts Center) Online registration is underway for classes offered to children and adults, beginner and advanced. Courses for adults include drawing, enamel jewelry, printmaking, photography and wheel thrown pottery. Courses for youth inclue art time, stop-motion animation and designing fairy houses. 706-613-3623, www.athensclarkecounty.com/leisure Beekeeping for Beginners (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) A seven-part series covers the fundamentals of beekeeping. Topics include beekeeping basics, care and feeding of honeybees, ABC's of assembling a beehive, spring hive management, installing bees, products from the hive, and overwintering your hive. Sundays through Aug. 13. $35/class, $215/series. www. botgarden.uga.edu Belly Dancing (Winterville Center for Community and Culture) Learn Middle Eastern dance in a relaxed class for people of all ages and abilities. Classes cover basic postures and combinations as well as group improvisations. Wednesdays, 6–7 p.m. $7–10/session. 706-742-0823, wintervillecenter@gmail.com Career Coach (ACC Library) A Goodwill's Virtual Career Coach will assist patrons with job applications and resumes. First Tuesdays, 1–3 p.m. and last Thursdays, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. www.careerconnector.org Classes at Farmview (Farmview Grist Mill, 2610 Eatonton Hwy., Madison) "How to Prune Properly Session I" and "How to Prune Properly Session II," Jan. 14 & 28, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. $50. "DIY Healthy Living: Make & Take Foaming Hand Soap," Jan. 17, 5:30–7 p.m. $35. "Sausage-Making in the Farmview Butchery," Jan. 18, 4:30–5:30 p.m. $25. "Eating for a Balanced Life," Jan. 19, 4:30–6:30 p.m. $25. Visit website for descriptions. angelina@ farmviewmarket.com, www.farmviewmarket.com/classes Code Classes (Four Athens) Learn to code with one-day boot camps. Jan. 21 or Jan. 28, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. $125. ww.fourathens.com/beginnerclasses

Dance Classes (Center City Ballet, 750A N. Chase St.) Sulukule Bellydance presents classes in bellydancing and Middle Eastern drumming. Visit website for schedule. www.floorspaceathens.com Hot Yoga (Fuel Hot Yoga) Classes in hot yoga are offered seven days a week. Beginners welcome. Student discounts available. 706-353-9642, www.fuelhotyoga.com Introduction to Acting (OCAF, Watkinsville) This course for ages 16 & up focuses on the imaginative, physical and vocal skills necessary for acting. The program culminates in a performance of scripted scenes and monologues. Wednesdays, Jan. 25–Mar. 29, 6:30–8:30 p.m. $180–190. www.ocaf.com Little City Hookers (Winterville Center for Community and Culture) Bring your crochet projects and hook awhile. Share ideas and techniques. Hooks, scrap yarn and basic instructions are available. Fridays, 1–3 p.m. ww.wintervillecenter@ gmail.com Lunchtime Yoga (Ciné Barcafé) Annie Marcum teaches "Mindful Flow Yoga." Mondays, 12 p.m. $5–10. BYO Mat. 706-372-1849 Martial Arts Classes (Live Oak Martial Arts, Bogart) Traditional and modern-style Taekwondo, Jodo, self-defense, grappling and weapons classes for all ages. Visit website for full class schedule. www.liveoakmartialarts.com Orchard Fruit Production (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Learn the best ways to expand fruit production in your own orchard. Topics include proper pruning techniques, seasonal maintenance, spraying techniques and pest and disease care. Followed by a tour of the Heritage Garden to learn about the historical Berkman's Orhard. Session 1 is on Jan. 29 and Session 2 is on Feb. 19, 1–5 p.m. $25/session. www.botgarden.uga.edu PALS Institute (PALS Institute) The PALS Institute provides training in GED preparation, literacy, EFL, business and computer skills to women. Women to the World covers the cost of materials and testing fees. 706-548-0000, survival@ womentotheworld.org Quilting Classes (Crooked Pine Quilts) Amanda Whitsel offers classes in quilting and sewing for all levels and ages. 706-318-2334,


needleinahaystack7@yahoo.com, crookedpinefarm.blogspot.com Salsa Dance Classes (Little Kings Shuffle Club) Cuban-style salsa dance classes (Casino-Rueda) with SALSAthens. No partner necessary. Beginners welcome. Every Wednesday, 7:30-8:30 p.m. $10 (incl. drink). www.facebook.com/ salsaathens Winter Art Classes (OCAF, Watkinsville) "Painting with Charles." Jan. 13–Feb. 24, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. or 1–3 p.m. $120. "Introduction to Acting." Jan. 25, 6–8 p.m. $180. "Introduction to Bookbinding." Begins Feb. 4, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. $110. "Beginner to Intermediate Wheel Throwing." Feb. 9, 6–9 p.m. $140. "Metalworking with Sylvia Dawe." Feb. 11, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Visit the website for full descriptions of the courses. 706769-4565, www.ocaf.com Yoga (Athens Five Points Yoga Studio) Classes are offered in Iyengar yoga, flow yoga, gentle flow, hot power flow, restorative yoga and alignment yoga. Check website for weekly schedule. www.athensfivepointsyoga.com

web climber. Swing areas include standard swings, co-ride parent/ child generational swings and swings for individuals with mobility impairment. 706-613-3801 Youth Sports Program Registration (Multiple Locations) Basketball for ages 6–13 at East Athens Community Center. Jan. 10–Feb. 20. $65–98. Tennis for ages 5–16 at the Athens-Clarke County Tennis Center and Bishop Park. Jan. 31–Mar. 8. $60–90. www. athensclarkecounty.com/leisure

Support Groups Alcoholics Anonymous (Athens, GA) If you want to drink, that's your business. If you want to stop, we can help. 706-389-4164, www.athensaa.org

Fridays, 6–7 p.m. tinyurl.com/ DudesHelpingDudes, www.brainaidfest.com Life After Diagnosis (Oasis Counseling Center) An ongoing support group aimed at helping those with chronic or life-threatening diseases. Tuesdays, 4–5:30 p.m. 706-543-3522, www.oasiscounselingcenter.com Mental Health Round Table (Nuçi's Space) This peer support group is open to anyone with a brain illness. Meets every Monday, 5:30–7:30 p.m. lesley@nuci.org, www.nuci.org Nature Therapy (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) This series of classes focuses on various activities in therapeutic horticulture which is holistic wellness promoting socialization, relaxation, sensory stimulation, self-esteem, new skills and

Teen texting line: 706-765-8019. Business: 706-549-0922. Meeting information: 706-613-3357, ext. 770. www.project-safe.org

On The Street Athens Free School (Athens, GA) Athens Free School is a learning network where people share skills through free classes. Find the calendar online. Email with class ideas. athensfreeschool@riseup.net, www. facebook.com/athensfreeschool Athens Pétanque Club (Outside of 1000 Faces Coffee) Play a friendly game of Pétanque, a French version of bocce ball, at the Pétanque terrain. Beginners welcome. Sundays, 2–3:30 p.m. athenspetanqueclub@ gmail.com, athenspetanqueclub.wix. com/play

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Help Out MLK Day of Service (Athens, GA) Register to volunteer at 18 sites around Athens. A light breakfast will be served and Life the Griot will be the featured speaker. Opening event Jan. 16, 8:30 a.m.–12 p.m. at Park Park Community Center. www.athensclarkecounty.com/mlkday Mentor Training (Chamber of Commerce) The Clarke County Mentor Program matches adult volunteers with students in the Clarke County School District. Mentors are role models and friends who visit their mentee for one hour per week for one year. mentor@athensga.com, www.clarkecountymentorprogram. org Pickled Peach Valentine Classic Tournament (The Classic Center) Volunteers are needed at the 3rd annual tournament which will raise funds for a pickleball venue. Feb. 10–12. royvdiane@ gmail.com Readers Needed (Learning Ally) Learning Ally is looking for volunteers to train as readers to help create audio textbooks for people with print disabilities. 706-549-1313, scourt@learningally.org Tutors Needed (410 McKinley Dr.) Athens Tutorial Program is seeking volunteer tutors for grades K–8. Sessions are scheduled Monday– Thursday, 3–6 p.m. 706-354-1653, athens.tutorial@gmail.com

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“Botanical Garden 46, Carolina Jessamine” by Richard Huston is currently on view in the “Members Exhibition” at the Athens Institute for Contemporary Art through Saturday, Jan. 14. Breastfeeding Support Group (reBlossom Mama Baby Shop) Get expert tips from lactation counselors from By Your Leave and share experiences with other mothers. Wednesdays, 4 p.m. and Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. www.reblossomathens.com Caregivers' Support Group (Tuckston United Methodist Church) Find support with other caregivers. Non-denominational meetings are held the third Sunday of each month. 706-850-7272 Dudes Helping Dudes (Nuçi's Space) A weekly support group for anyone who identifies as a man.

more. Saturdays through February, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. $240. 706-5426156, www.botgarden.uga.edu New Mamas' Group (reBlossom Mama Baby Shop) Meet other parents with babies. Tuesdays, 10 a.m. www.reblossomathens.com Project Safe (Athens, GA) Meetings for Athena, a skillsbased group covering relationship topics, are held every Thursday, 12–1:30 p.m. 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.

Health Screenings (ACC Library) The Athens Nurses Clinic provide free health screenings and information. No appointment needed. Fourth Fridays. 11 a.m.–1 p.m. athensnursesclinic.org Ice Skating (The Classic Center) Offering ice skating in the outdoor pavilion through Feb. 16. $13. www. classiccenter.com Women's March on Washington (191 Alps Rd.) The Women's March on Washington will leave Athens Jan. 20 to march in D.C. on Jan. 21. 4humanrights2016@gmail.com, www. letskedaddle.com/events/6341 f

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Celebrate MLK Day with Art Lyndon House Presents Works of African-American Artists By Jessica Smith arts@flagpole.com Jerushia Graham, whose artwork Right in time for Martin Luther King Jr. appears on this weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cover of Flagpole, Day, the Lyndon House Arts Center is holds a BFA in fabric design and printhosting three exhibitions exploring the making from UGAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lamar Dodd School African-American artist experience, as of Art and an MFA in book arts from the well as current race relations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Upstream University of the Arts in Philadelphia. In I: Sweetmare, Paintings by Juan Logan,â&#x20AC;? addition to serving as education direcâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Upstream IIâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Visions of MLK Art tor of the Atlanta Printmakers Studio, Exhibitionâ&#x20AC;? all challenge viewers to conshe also teaches through Kennesaw State, template how cultural histories, social stereotypes and corrupt institutional power the Hudgens Center for the Artsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; smART structures shape contemporary life. Through his solo exhibition of large-scale mixed-media paintings, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Upstream I,â&#x20AC;? North Carolina artist Juan Logan draws from his heritage to investigate relationships between race, location and power. Simultaneously abstract and representational, he uses simple forms to symbolize complex ideas. Named after a place where slaves were punished and tortured, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sugar Houseâ&#x20AC;? is dense with flurries of puzzle pieces swirling among silhouettes of heads. A striped mechanical form represents a treadmill, once used as a torture device, while the sliced-up lottery â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sugar Houseâ&#x20AC;? by Juan Logan tickets on its wheel allude to a system Program and the Paper Museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Explore! that has historically disadvantaged people workshop series. On Thursday, Jan. 19 at 6 of color. Referring to the aftermath of p.m., she will offer a gallery talk and printHurricane Katrina, the painting â&#x20AC;&#x153;Help Me, making workshop at the Lyndon House. Save Me, Love Meâ&#x20AC;? is similarly simple in Each of Grahamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s paper cuts in style yet heavy in content. Using the puzzle â&#x20AC;&#x153;Upstream IIâ&#x20AC;? were created for the exhibipieces to represent humans, a dark mass of displaced bodies surround a bright red cross tion, guided by inspiration sparked during a conference called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Black Liquidityâ&#x20AC;? at symbolizing the promise of aid. Georgia State University a few years ago. Continuing an exploration into identity, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m exploring the love/hate relationship race and culture, the sequential exhibition this nation and black people have with the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Upstream IIâ&#x20AC;? presents works by five concontinuously fluid notion of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;blackness.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; temporary artists. Opening on Saturday, Jan. 14â&#x20AC;&#x201D;the final day of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Upstream Iâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;the Though I know that race is a social construct, there are moments when I want to exhibition will remain on view through embrace fully black power and black pride,â&#x20AC;? Thursday, Mar. 2 and includes painting, says Graham. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At other times, I want to sculpture, installation and works on paper.

shout, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;This is a manmade construct; see me for my individual personality.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; There are times when Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m viewed as too black or not black enough. The definition and understanding of blackness is fluid and changes depending on context. I wanted to create images that made black fluidity visible.â&#x20AC;? Athens artist Broderick Flanigan, owner of Flaniganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Portrait Studio, is known for his ability to use art for activism. In addition to leading local youth mural projects in the East Athens Triangle Plaza neighborhood and at Hilsman Middle School, he has traveled to Kisii, Kenya and Chiang Mai, Thailand for community projects. Many of his pieces in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Upstream IIâ&#x20AC;? are emotionally reflective of how the founding principle â&#x20AC;&#x153;all men are created equalâ&#x20AC;? has been selectively upheld over history. One painting, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Statue of Liberty,â&#x20AC;? refers to the alleged modifica-

tionsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and consequential cultural implicationsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;of Lady Liberty, who may have been originally modeled after an Egyptian woman and who held a broken shackle and chains before tablets were substituted in. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If this has any merit of truth, for me it speaks to the fact that people of African descent in America are constantly being given a narrative to define us by the majority culture,â&#x20AC;? says Flanigan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rarely are we given an opportunity to define ourselves and tell our own stories in the mainstream of society.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Upstream IIâ&#x20AC;? also includes artworks by William Downs, Njambi Mwuara and Meaza Nigatu. Downs, who teaches at

Georgia State, contributes an installation of drawings from his â&#x20AC;&#x153;Black Flagsâ&#x20AC;? series. Individual images are displayed in a grid resembling a paper quilt, collectively establishing a cohesive narrative to get lost inside of. Athens resident Mwuara reflects her Kenyan heritage through a series of new watercolor paintings. Born in Ethiopia and raised in the U.S., Nigatu builds threedimensional constructions that unify shapes, patterns and designs found among different African cultures. Currently entering its 10th year, the annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Visions of MLK Art Exhibitionâ&#x20AC;? honors the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. through collaborative works by teams of writers and artists. Organized by Montu Miller, this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s theme was â&#x20AC;&#x153;Let Us Build Bridges,â&#x20AC;? encouraging participants to combine poetic words with visual work communicating ideas of dissolving boundaries and coming together. The exhibition will be on view from Jan. 14â&#x20AC;&#x201C;21. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Upstream I,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Upstream IIâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Visions of MLKâ&#x20AC;? will be highlighted together together during the Saturday Celebration on Saturday, Jan. 14 from 1â&#x20AC;&#x201C;4 p.m. Logan will offer a gallery talk on his body of work, and several â&#x20AC;&#x153;Upstream IIâ&#x20AC;? artists will be in attendance to discuss their backgrounds. The afternoon begins with a collaborative bridge-building activity. A multifaceted event featuring art, dance, poetry, music and food, the lineup includes Life the Griot, Chief Rocka, the VIP Girlz â&#x20AC;&#x153;Unityâ&#x20AC;? Dance Team, African Soul, Repunza, the Clarke Middle School Competitive Step Team, Wisexpressions Dance Studio and a dozen other entertainers. As part of the nationwide public initiative â&#x20AC;&#x153;Make It a Day On, Not a Day Off,â&#x20AC;? volunteers will assist in various service projects throughout the community on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement will also host the inaugural MLK Day Parade at 3 p.m., which kicks off near the corner of Hull Street and Hancock Avenue and ends on Washington Street at Max for a block party with guest speakers, food vendors and live performances. f

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Bayona mixes live action, CGI and gorgeous watercolor animation into a sumptuous painting of anger and grief. While the metaphor may be a bit on the nose and the narrative straight as an arrow, A Monster Calls will please moviegoers looking for a family film that trods the path less traveled. Just don’t expect the destination to be anywhere other than exactly where you’d think.

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Getting Real in the New Year Advice for Athens’ Loose and Lovelorn By Bonita Applebum advice@flagpole.com Honestly, I can’t believe I don’t have mono right now—I kissed pretty much everyone on New Year’s Eve. We’re three days in, and I’m smoking on my porch after a great workout, and it’s not quite 9 a.m. yet. I’m gonna keep it simple and say that’s a solid start to 2017, for me. I’m not trying to restart or resolve anything this year. I figure if I can just start the year right, it’ll be easier to stay the course. You don’t need me to tell you that New Year’s resolutions are futile. We all know it, but we make them anyway. They’re usually weight loss or health-related—both fine endeavors, but life changes start with lifestyle changes, and we have to stop expecting ourselves to get the socially accepted version of the “bikini body” by spring break if our first workout is on Jan. 1. You’re pretty much guaranteed to fail.

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Now she’s flirting and dating with intention, and we both know she’ll see way less action by following her new rules. But this is about quality, not quantity. I intend to live my best life this year— and all years—and I intend to live my best love life, as well. I’m not making resolutions. Instead, I’m choosing to act from the ideal that I’m worthy of respect, mutual adoration and love. I’ve always known that, but I’ve rarely acted from that place, and this year is as good a time as any to cut it out. But I can’t just tell myself that at the start of 2017 and expect it to manifest if I don’t make it a lifelong intention. I have a few ideas for things I can do this year to turn this life goal into a lifestyle, and of course I’ll share them with you. Maybe they’ll help you, too. This year I intend to:

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18

BROTHERS OSBORNE

GREENSKY BLUEGRASS

YOUR GEORGIA COUNTRY PRESENTS

WITH

LANco

WITH

FRONT COUNTRY

DOORS 7:30PM • SHOW 8:30PM

DOORS 7:00PM • SHOW 8:00PM

THURSDAY, JANUARY 12

FRIDAY, JANUARY 20

RAILROAD EARTH

WITH

DAVID WAX MUSEUM

THE BLACK JACKET SYMPHONY PRESENTS

PINK FLOYD’S DARK SIDE OF THE MOON

DOORS 7:00PM • SHOW 8:00PM

DOORS 8:00PM • SHOW 9:00PM

FRIDAY, JANUARY 13

THURSDAY, JANUARY 26

SAMMY ADAMS

LETTUCE WITH

JAW GEMS

DOORS 8:00PM • SHOW 9:00PM

Don’t start the year by setting yourself up for failure—not just regarding dieting or quitting smoking. You have to be intentional with your life choices. To be effective, our actions must be an extension of an ideal that we hold in our hearts, not just the mental white noise of wanting to be thinner or to finally snag our crush. We have to really mean it and believe it if we want it to happen. People make resolutions centered around sex and dating, too, and we can screw those up just as badly when we do nothing more than set some empty directive and continue on with our same behaviors and attitudes. For example, if you feel that you can’t find a partner and have too many one-night stands, it’s probably a good idea to stop going home with strangers and to insist on real dates. Sounds simple, but my thirtysomething lady friend confessed to me that this idea finally sank into her bones all of two weeks ago. It was just habit for her to seek out companionship in this way, even though she knew she was limiting herself by attempting to cultivate deep connections in a setting intended for the exact opposite.

• Be a better friend. I will listen more closely and selflessly to the people I love. I will reach out to them more than I did last year. I will love them the way I want to be loved. • Have better friends. I will not tolerate racism, sexism or abuse from anyone I call a friend. I will not enable people to be their worst selves. • Do more for the city of Athens. I will use my spare time more wisely and creatively, and I will attract more driven people into my life by being driven myself. • Go on more dates. Love and sex blew up in my face this year. I need practice. • Go on real dates. Let’s just say that me and my homegirl have lots in common. • Have less, but better, sex. Quality, people. Not quantity. What are your intentions? Whatever they are, find the tangible things you can do this year to make them happen. f Need advice? Email advice@flagpole.com, use the anonymous form at flagpole.com/getadvice, or find Bonita on Twitter: @flagpolebonita.

THE SENIORITIS TOUR

DOORS 7:00PM • SHOW 8:00PM

SATURDAY, JANUARY 14

FRIDAY, JANUARY 27

THE INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS

JON LANGSTON

DOORS 7:00PM • SHOW 8:00PM

DOORS 8:00PM • SHOW 9:00PM

MONDAY, JANUARY 16

SATURDAY, JANUARY 28

WITH

BILLY STRINGS

WITH

WAKA FLOCKA FLAME

WITH

moe.

WELL$, DJ WHOO KID

DOORS 9:00PM • SHOW 9:30PM

COLE TAYLOR

DOORS 8:00PM • SHOW 9:00PM

COMING SOON

2/2

ANGEL OLSEN

2/3

TINSLEY ELLIS

2/4

PARQUET COURTS

2/9

ZOSO

2/10

PERPETUAL GROOVE W/ FUNK YOU

2/10

HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER AT 40 WATT CLUB

2/11

COIN - AT THE 40 WATT CLUB

2/14

ANDERS OSBORNE

2/15 & 2/16

JAMEY JOHNSON

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