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The Mayor’s Race Winds Down PLUS, ATHENS HAS A GANG PROBLEM AND MORE CAMPAIGN NEWS By Blake Aued and Ed Morales It may seem odd in a city that’s two-thirds Democratic, but with Athens-Clarke County Commissioner Kelly Girtz looking like he’s got the progressive vote all but wrapped up, fellow mayoral candidates Harry Sims and Richie Knight appear to be doubling down on conservatives—Sims by denigrating cyclists and Knight by emphasizing law enforcement. Sims, who spent 25 years on the commission before resigning in March, spent much of his opening statement at a WUGA forum at the library last week talking about the budget. “My first thing is, how do we save money?” Sims said. “I’ve already proved that to you” by resigning to set up a May 22 special election for his seat, saving taxpayers about $50,000. But when asked what he would do as mayor to save money, Sims couldn’t come up with anything. “People think we’re [ACC] wasting money,” he said. “We’re very frugal in what we do, and I’m very stingy.” There must be “pockets” of wasteful spending, Knight said, and he would appoint a citizen committee to find them, but he would also focus more on the revenue side. Police and firefighters are underfunded, he said. “As population grows, so should our public safety departments,” he said. One of his ideas is to sell off county-owned property downtown, like the planning department building, and move government offices into empty retail space. Rather than spend more on public safety, Girtz said he would look to the criminal justice system for cost savings. It makes up more than half of ACC’s $100-million-plus operating budget. “There are always inefficiencies in big systems like that, where you have a lot of independent players,” he said. A criminal justice coordinating council could make sure police, prosecutors, jailers and judges are all communicating and working together. ACC could also save money through energy initiatives like the hybrid buses the county recently bought and a solar array at the Cedar Creek wastewater treatment plant, he said. On transportation, Knight said he is concerned about “sidewalks to nowhere” and


doesn’t think industries should be required to build sidewalks. But “I fully support Complete Streets wherever feasible,” he said. The ability to walk places is “essential to quality of life,” Girtz said. He pointed to ACC’s soon-to-be-updated bike and pedestrian master plan, as well as T-SPOST, the sales tax for transportation voters approved last year, which will “greatly enhance mobility,” he said. The tax will pay for carfree paths like Firefly Trail and the North Oconee River Greenway, where riders of all abilities feel safe, he said. Sims, however, did not seem to understand what Complete Streets is about. The policy involves taking away a car lane or two on wide, fast roads (like Prince Avenue) and using the space for other modes of transportation, like bike lanes, sidewalks or a separated path. But Sims mainly talked about how residential side streets are too narrow. As for Prince, Sims said it’s already a complete street (narrator voice: It’s not). The right-hand car lane “is a better path for a bicycle because it’s a whole lot wider than a bike lane,” which I’m sure will come as shock to anyone who’s actually ridden a bike down Prince. He went on to blame cyclists for causing most wrecks with cars. “The bicyclist has to understand that they need to follow the rules of the road,” he said. True, but left unmentioned was that so do drivers, like the one who killed Karen Tinsley by following too closely, or the distracted, swerving driver on pills who killed Ashley Block in 2016. On housing, Sims said he’s skeptical of Girtz’s plan to use SPLOST funding and tax allocation districts to reduce developers’ costs and bring down housing prices. “Gee, that sounds good,” he said. “I wish it could really happen.” Sims did come across as progressive on one issue: He endorsed the green building code that former mayor Heidi Davison tried to pass in her last months in office and Mayor Nancy Denson shelved. Knight said he would look to other cities for inspiration on environmental sustainability. Girtz said he’d commit ACC to 100 percent renewable

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energy, first for the government and then for citizens. He’d also hire teenagers to plant trees. “We can make this a more beautiful town and a cleaner town, and help youth develop some skills at the same time,” Girtz said. One thing Sims and Knight have in common is contempt for activists on the left who they believe dominate political discussion. It’s a theme Sims returns to often, and one Knight has also embraced. “For far too long, we’ve let groups have the microphone who have one particular voice and are hostile to those who have another voice,” Knight said. (Gee, whom could he be talking about?) At least the candidates are civil toward each other. “We all live here in Athens, and we have to see you every day,” Sims said. “That’s why we’re not pulling each other’s hair out, or whatever.” [Blake Aued]

Rash of Gang Shootings in Athens Athens-Clarke County police have investigated 15 gang-related shooting incidents since the start of the year, according to spokesman Epifanio Rodriguez. Two people have been injured, and bullets have damaged cars and homes in neighborhoods, mobile home parks, apartment complexes and shopping centers all over town. Rodriguez said the incidents involved members and associates of the Bloods and Crips. The department is making headway in quelling the violence—10 suspects have been arrested—but investigators said the

accused can account for just six of the shootings. Since mid-March, the shootings have come in rapid succession, highlighted by a late afternoon parking-lot shootout at the Willowood Square shopping center off Lexington Road on Mar. 30. Individuals fired at each other from across the parking lot, and bystanders saw suspects running from the scene holding pistols with extended clips. There were no injuries, but five cars were damaged by gunfire. Police found 14 shell casings, indicating several individuals were involved. After learning suspects headed to The Oaks apartments on Gaines School Road, police arrested Damari Jones and Mortavius Crew, both 18, on charges of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during commission of a crime. According to court records, both Jones and Crew bonded out of jail and have no previous arrests on their record. The gunplay at Willowood was in response to shots fired with no injuries earlier that afternoon at Spring Valley Mobile Home Park. A car involved in the shooting was stopped by police soon after, leading to the discovery of four guns and the arrests of Ladaryan Thrasher and Jarvis Clark, both 18. Warrants were issued for two other suspects—Terique Eberhart, 19, and Raydreone Howard, 18—who have since been arrested. The four suspects remain behind bars, with Howard, Clark and Thrasher denied bond. All face charges of aggravated assault,

with Thrasher and Clark facing additional charges of reckless conduct, possession of a firearm during commission of a crime and theft by receiving stolen property. Two teenagers suffered non-life-threatening gunshot wounds on Mar. 18 during a shooting at Bethel Midtown Village. Police found shell casings in the breezeways between apartments, and later learned about the teens arriving at the hospital with gunshot wounds. Warrants were issued for Jamir James, 24, and Miquan Pittard, 18, on aggravated assault charges, and both were arrested days later. Both bonded out, with Pittard now under house arrest. Another man, Quintellis Smith, 21, was charged with aggravated assault and parole violation, in connection with the shooting at Bethel. Smith made news in 2015 when he was charged with aggravated assault and aggravated battery against another teenager for “depriving [the victim] of the use of his brain,” according to the Clarke County Superior Court indictment. A video of the attack showed Smith knocking out

the victim, then punching him again while he was on the ground unconscious. Smith pleaded guilty to two felony charges and was sentenced to 15 years—three in confinement and the rest on probation. He was released from prison earlier this year. Of the 10 arrested, three others join Smith in being charged with offenses in the past, including Eberhart (affray and disorderly conduct in 2016), Howard (affray and disorderly conduct in 2016; theft by taking and shoplifting in 2017) and James (simple battery and family violence in 2017). Additional arrests in recent drive-by shootings are possible, police said. Other drive-bys were reported Apr. 19 at Rivers Edge Apartments on West Broad Street, Apr. 10 on Burkland Drive, Mar. 26 on Highland Park Drive, Mar. 25 on Bailey Road, Mar. 21 on Sunny Hills Court and Mar. 10 on Johnson Drive and at Athens Gardens Apartments on the Eastside. Anyone with anonymous tips can call the Crime Stoppers confidential tip line at 706705-4665. [Ed Morales] f

Campaign Roundup • In our local nonpartisan elections, voters often want to know, who’s the real Democrat? The Athens-Clarke County Democratic Committee is here to help. The committee recently endorsed Patrick Davenport in the Commission District 1 race, former county party chairman Russell Edwards in Commission District 7 (over another former chairman, Bill Overend), LaKeisha Gantt in the school board’s 7th District and Lisa Lott for Superior Court judge. In addition, it declared that Sims and Girtz are “qualified Democrats” for mayor, as well as Mariah Parker, Taylor Pass, Tony Eubanks, Melissa Link, Tim Denson, Jared Bailey, Tommy Valentine, Ovita Thornton, Kara Dyckman and Imani ScottBlackwell. Left without the ACCDC’s seal of approval were Overend, Knight, Commissioner Sharyn Dickerson, Carol Williams, Danielle Benson and Carl Blount. • Speaking of endorsements, Athens for Everyone has given its blessing to Thornton in District 9. But Valentine—whom we are legally obligated to tell you in every article used to be in the rap game—recently announced a slew of endorsements from local hip-hop artists, including Parker (Linqua Franqa), Ishmael Cuthbertson (Ishues), Travis West (Dictator), Torrance Wilcher (Squalle), Kxng Blanco and promoter Montu Miller. • Sims has been feuding with A4E over the D- grade it gave him. That grade was based in part on his failure to fill out the group’s questionnaire. Well, Sims finally filled it out last week. His responses are too long to print here, but you can read them at or at • Girtz released his five-point plan on the environment—it was supposed to go out on Earth Day, but whatever—which you can also read at or • Knight found himself embroiled in some Facebook drama last week. He posted about the need for additional police funding and included a video of an Atlanta newscast that featured mugshots of several young African-American men. While Athens’ gang problem is real (see p. 4 for more), many commenters felt that the use of the mugshots was exploitative and preyed on racist fears. After several rounds of arguments, Knight was forced to apologize. Both the initial post and the apology appear to have been deleted from his page. • While it seems like every day brings another mayoral forum or two, there’s been a dearth of opportunities for commission candidates (and with 14 people running for six seats, it’s easy to see why). So, Overend is debating himself. Submit questions to • Our long municipal nightmare is over: The Athens GOP mayoral forum Apr. 30 was the last that I’m aware of. On Monday, May 14, at 6:30 p.m. at Country Inn & Suites, the party will host gubernatorial candidate Clay Tippins; Bradley Griffin, who’s running against U.S. Rep. Jody Hice; and Scott Howard, who’s running against state Sen. Frank Ginn. • Candidates for mayor and commission will be given three minutes each to speak about mental health issues at Brain Aid Fest at Flicker Theatre & Bar, organized by Stephen Cramer. Speeches start at 6 p.m. Friday, May 4, with music following at 9 p.m. See for more. • Early voting started Monday, Apr. 30 and runs through Friday, May 18. It takes place from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. weekdays at the Board of Elections office on Washington Street next door to City Hall. Remember to bring a photo ID. • Next week, Flagpole will publish a profile of Sims and a story on local school board races, which will mean that, in addition to blow-by-blow coverage in this column, we will have run stories about all three mayoral candidates and every local race on the ballot—the most comprehensive coverage in town. Visit news-features to catch up, and look for our voter guide in the May 16 issue. • Clarification: Last week’s City Dope included an ambiguous sentence about congressional candidate Richard Winfield’s stance on guns. He’s in favor of banning semi-automatic pistols, not all pistols. [BA]




Render Unto Athena Continues It has often been the case, when confronting the problems plaguing our local community, that we look outside of the community for the financial support necessary for our efforts. We place our hopes in the feds to give grants, in state government to provide programming and in our county commissioners to use local tax dollars to improve the plight of our poor. The problem with all these funding sources is that they come with stipulations that inadvertently stifle innovation, which is no strike to these groups, all of whom have a fiduciary responsibility to protect the public trust. But, what if we had a pool of unrestricted funds that could be directed toward social innovation? What if we set our leaders and activists free to pursue their dream strategies and solutions? What if we invested it in the creativity of our social servants? Could we, by doing so, reverse the trend in our community’s poverty—which, at 38 percent, has doubled since 2000? Two weeks ago, I delivered a sermon at the Hill Chapel Baptist Church unveiling a vision for Athens that I entitled, “Render unto Athena.” The vision is a response to the recent tax cuts which were passed into law in December—which, while benefiting Athenian households at a minimum of $300 in tax savings each year, is being at least partially funded by social services, housing and education cuts. My conviction is that we should “Render Unto Athena”, by collectively providing for the welfare of our community. If all 44,000 households in Athens rendered $300 unto Athena, we could raise a total of $84 million dollars over seven years of this “tax relief.” In the weeks that have ensued since the Render Unto Athena launch, I’ve been inundated with novel solutions presented to me by citizens. The first was Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) as a supplemental activity to the Ark’s financial programming. I’ve also had it pointed out to me that, with half of the $12 million we’re capable of raising annually, we could establish a youth entrepreneurship center and provide part-time summer jobs for all work-eligible Athens youth at $15 an hour. I’ve also had it suggested that we should re-establish an Office of Minority Business (OMB), to address the embarrassing paucity of “person of color”-owned businesses in Athens. And, the ideas keep on flowing in faster than my brain can process. My response has been the same: “It is not for me, but for us to decide how we should proceed. For, this is our money and our opportunity to do something remarkable in Athens.” We are faced with an unprecedented opportunity with the arrival of these funds, for never before have we had such an unexpected and unrestricted windfall. My prayer is that these dollars will be the impetus for a shared community agenda, building upon the solid foundation of our recent assessments and the invaluable work of our local agencies. Over the next seven years we have the opportunity to envision something remarkable for our community, as we imagine the impact that $84 million dollars can have on

Athens. And so I ask you, in the face of this tax relief we’ve been granted, to prepare your hearts and your minds to “Render Unto Athena.” This is our moment and our movement, and we are limited only by our commitment. Fenwick Broyard Nashville

Indivisible Georgia Isn’t Bipartisan I’m a voter with a conscience—as moderate as they come. Being a thoughtful participant in a democracy requires thorough examination of each and every issue. Becoming the campaign manager for Joe Hunt, a candidate for U.S. Congress, was a decision I made out of reverence for my desire to reignite bipartisan cooperation as we close the second decade of this century. It’s important to avoid organizations that make sweeping generalizations about one individual or group, no matter how much you may agree with that generalization. The Hunt for Congress campaign was contacted by Indivisible Georgia District 10, which invited Joe Hunt to come and speak at the January meeting. Joe, always eager to speak to the constituents of District 10 (a desire which adds contrast between himself and the incumbent Jody Hice), took the engagement under consideration. However, after some research, it became clear that Indivisible Georgia is not bipartisan, as I had been told it was. Indivisible Georgia’s tagline is “Resisting the Trump Agenda in Georgia.” That doesn’t sound like a bipartisan organization to me. It sounds like a group dedicated to capitalizing on the polarized state of American politics. Indivisible Georgia is contrary to my desire to encourage thoughtful and engaging participation in democracy. Opposing a single individual’s agenda, completely and without exception, is not prudent political participation; it’s cheap, easy, thoughtless politics. It’s easy to oppose Trump, and it’s easy to oppose the Democrats. But what is truly difficult is forming unique, fact-based, solution-oriented opinions, issue by issue. This brand of moderation is more commonplace than you may think. In fact, according to a 2013 NBC poll, 51 percent of the country consider themselves to be moderate. When you oppose someone’s views because you don’t like them, it isn’t bipartisanship. It’s part of the problem. I have my share of disagreements with the Trump Administration, but I would never oppose every item of his agenda without deliberate, sober reflection. If Indivisible Georgia becomes an organization dedicated to finding solutions, rather than opposing the agenda of one man, they can sign me up as the first speaker. In the meantime, candidates like Joe Hunt deserve our support. A divide plagues this country, and the cure is compromise. Compromise does not sacrifice values—it strengthens them. But in order to compromise, we cannot reject the ideas of an administration and call it bipartisanship. We must speak carefully, think critically and act morally. Finding solutions for our common cause is the only way forward. Liam Watson Athens

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The Nazis Went Down to Georgia NEWNAN TURNS INTO A POLICE STATE TO PROTECT PROTESTERS By Jordan A. Rothacker various levels of militancy, from black bloc-style antifa kids in their early 20s to locals who had never demonstrated before. Guns were everywhere. Outside the checkpoint, where I saw the most arrests, half a dozen police officers tackled one young protestor for putting on a mask while another five chased a shirtless kid, likely for the same reason. Or because he stood in the street.


It was 4 p.m., and the Nazis were an hour late. Several people made jokes like, “I thought the trains were supposed to run on time” and “not very good Germans, are they?” The neo-Nazi group the National Socialist Movement, out of Michigan, had reserved Greenville Street Park in Newnan from 3–5 on Apr. 21, the day after Hitler’s birthday. The choice of location—a small metro Atlanta town of about 38,000 people—is still a bit of a mystery. There is a confederate statue in front of the Coweta County Probate Court downtown, and that could have been a draw reminiscent of Charlottesville. It was shockingly well guarded by riot police even though it was three blocks away from the park. But that perfectly encapsulated the day—police were protecting Nazis and property. I arrived in Newnan around 2 p.m., later than I wanted but early enough to park just outside downtown in case things went sideways and I needed to run. The downtown shopping district was mostly closed for business—one bar with a large patio carried on to serve spectators—and the police presence was extreme. I witnessed sheriff’s deputies in camouflage jump out of what appeared to be a tank without a gun turret and arrest a handful of protesters. I was told they committed the crime of standing in the street. This was a big deal for the 700 law enforcement officers present (from 42 different agencies, as reported by The New York Times). As I latched onto a very welcoming crowd of old hippies, possible antifa and other random counter-protesters, law enforcement constantly yelled at us to “stay on the sidewalk!” and “no masks!” Masks were the other big no-no (a 1950s Georgia law aimed at the KKK prohibits wearing them at public gatherings). Almost every arrest I saw was provoked by some counter-protester putting on a mask or bandana covering part or all of their face. We were stopped at a blockade of trucks and directed to a checkpoint. By then, in our ranks were protesters of




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Those seeking entry had to empty their pockets and be patted down by an officer. Prohibited items included pins, bandanas, flags, signs with stakes or poles, pens, water bottles and knives. Firearms were allowed if you had a permit. Glancing at one of the trash cans, I saw a set of nail clippers. The checkpoint and arrests were a reminder of the extreme militarization of local law enforcement. Why this show of force? Was it so the town could keep its citizens safe, and if so, safe from whom, Nazis or counter-protesters? Was it to protect property, or was it to protect freedom of speech? When Nazis have an armed escort provided by

the state to a secure location to spout hate, it’s hard not to see it as preferential treatment. Demonstrations are exactly what that word implies: performances and media events. Each side is there to make a spectacle. But the city shows how far it will go to protect its citizens and property (public and private). Law enforcement—who arrested 10 people—shows its concern with jaywalking and the dangers of a 22-year-old leftist kid wearing a mask. After I went through the checkpoint, I found the real event. I could tell because that’s where the television cameras were. I clocked the arrival of the Nazis on the columned stage in the park at 4:08 p.m., and finally the crowd of about 200 people around me had a definite direction for shouting, chanting and “loud love” (many had chosen a high road to counter hate with affirmations of equality). From my position there looked to be only about 15 Nazis, but some reports put them at about two dozen. The crowd yelling at them was mostly African-American, and some people were in organized groups led by church leaders. An older man in a Black Panther Party shirt and beret told stories about Malcolm X, and we were all entertained by a white woman, “Donna J. Trump,” who gave an on-point impersonation of our president. Since the Nazis were late, they had less than an hour to spread their hate. The wall of sound kept their amplified propaganda from going anywhere, but it was unclear whom they thought they would influence, anyway. The downtown had been cleared, and all the businesses were closed. It was just Nazis and counter-protesters. In between them was an insurmountable, if makeshift, border made of a chainlink fence, plastic ramparts, a line of police officers in riot gear and another row of plastic ramparts. Hundreds more police officers and sheriff’s deputies surrounded the area. Drones flew close overhead, helicopters high above them, and snipers were on the closest downtown rooftops. Still, we shouted—I participated as a counter-protester— en mass to the police and over the police at the National Socialist Movement, “Black lives matter!” We belted, “No Nazis, no KKK, no fascist USA!” and “Say it loud, say it clear, immigrants are welcome here!” We shouted in call and response, “Whose streets? Our streets! Whose streets? Our streets!” Overhead, a small plane towed a banner that read, “NEWNAN BELIEVES IN LOVE FOR ALL.” f


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Republicans Run to the Right CANDIDATES FOR GOVERNOR COMPETE TO BE MOST CONSERVATIVE By Tom Crawford We’ve talked about the difficulty facing Democratic primary voters who must choose between two candidates for governor holding similar positions. That situation is more than doubly difficult in a Republican primary, where the five leading candidates are all trying to run to the right of each other. The basic dynamics of the primary haven’t changed. Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle is the frontrunner, with a commanding 30-point lead in the polls over his closest challenger, but he is still about 10 points shy of winning without a runoff. That leaves the others to fight and claw to see who’s the most conservative and most deserving of forcing their way into a runoff. Several weeks ago, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed a law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks’ gestation and gives the state the most stringent restrictions in the nation. Secretary of State Brian Kemp promptly backed such a ban in Georgia. “If abortion rights activists want to sue me… bring it!” he tweeted. “I’ll fight for life at the Capitol and in the courtroom.” Shortly after Kemp’s challenge was issued, state Sen. Michael Williams said he would go even farther. “Georgia can ban abortion after a heartbeat is detected at six to eight weeks if we have a fearless conservative leading our state,” Williams said. Then there was the case of Atlanta’s historic Clermont Hotel, which for years harbored a topless lounge in its basement. A bill passed during the 2015 legislative session provided a tax credit for the restoration of historic buildings. Cagle did not vote on the bill, but he did make an appearance at the 2016 reopening of the Clermont. That left Cagle open to attack from Clay Tippins, a business consultant and political novice, who ran a TV spot

declaring: “Casey Cagle talks about his Georgia values, but he championed tax cuts for a strip club.” It is on the issue of gun rights that the struggle to differentiate the candidates becomes most desperate. Cagle secured the endorsement of the National Rifle Association for his insistence that Delta Air Lines lose a lucrative tax break this year for ending a discount airfare program for NRA members. That hasn’t stopped the other candidates from insisting they are really most deserving of that NRA endorsement. Hunter Hill, a former Army Ranger, made the mistake of suggesting he would support raising the minimum age to purchase firearms from 18 to 21. In the wake of a horrific mass shooting in Parkland, FL, where 17 students or faculty were gunned down, that wouldn’t seem to be an unreasonable position. But not for Tippins, who aired a commercial making this inflammatory statement: “Hunter Hill talks like he’s Rambo, but he’s really a Benedict Arnold who’s for gun control. Just ask the NRA.” Even for Congressman Jody Hice, who’s as far to the right as they come, it was a bit much. Hice had to step in and serve as the voice of reason. “Likening Hunter Hill for Governor—an honorable veteran who led soldiers on 3 combat tours overseas—to ‘Benedict Arnold’ (our nation’s first traitor) is just plain wrong,” Hice said on Facebook. The GOP primary has devolved into a battle between the far-right and the far-farright. How does a voter choose? CORRECTION: Last week’s column stated that Stacey Abrams served on the board of NARAL Pro-Choice Georgia and did free legal work for women seeking abortions. It was actually Stacey Evans who took those positions. f

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High School, making sure students have access to counselors, graduation coaches and mentors, among others. Girtz has been the District 9 commissioner since 2007. He is proud of initiatives he has championed, including increasing four-fold the amount of ACC funding for the Great Promise Partnership. A public-private initiative, the statewide program was started by the Department of Community

“And she said, ‘I wish I could feel safe enough in my neighborhood to walk around it.’ That was almost 20 years ago, but that conversation has stuck with me,” Girtz says. “Imagine the stress she carried.” He thinks about that mother and her child, now grown and gone, as he canvasses Athens, telling people he’s running for mayor. His goal in doing so is to “bring everybody into the fold of opportunity to build social and economic wealth.” Girtz grew up in Norfolk, VA, where his father was in the U.S. Navy. He attended community college before transferring to Old Dominion, where he studied sociology and criminal justice and focused on child welfare. An internship with Child Protection Services opened his eyes to the abuse and neglect some children endure. A scholarship for a master’s in social work took him to Austin, TX, but when the scholarship was “defunded,” he headed to Athens, where his first wife’s sister lived. He got a job at the Holiday Inn, bussing tables and working the front desk. He became friends with a local teacher, who told him how much he enjoyed his work and what a positive impact a good teacher can have on a child. So Girtz enrolled in Piedmont College and earned a master’s degree in education. In the fall of that year, Maxine Easom hired him to teach ELA at the newly opened Coile Middle School, where he stayed for 12 years. From there, he became principal of the alternative Classic City High School. He’s now in charge of student services for Foothills Charter

Affairs but is now a nonprofit that places into paid jobs teenagers who were at risk of dropping out of high school. Locally, Caterpillar, Power Partners, the Athens Land Trust, UGA and the unified government all hire the students. “The participants can see Athens-Clarke County institutions up close instead of feeling far removed,” Girtz says. “This makes our community more connected.” Other initiatives are the inclusion of a pedestrian master plan and the revision of the bike master plan. He’s continuing to work on grouping all aspects of permitting commercial construction projects into a single electronic portal, though there’s more work to do. And he has worked with developers to improve big projects, like the one slated for Prince Avenue on the old St. Joseph property. As mayor, he would like to see more homeownership in the county in order to help families build wealth. There’s relatively little land in Athens-Clarke County left to develop, but he cites segments along the corridors of Lexington Road and Hawthorne Avenue as possible areas for mixed-use development. The ACC government could “buy down” the cost of housing by installing trees and paving sidewalks. And inclusionary zoning could ensure that at least some of the units are affordable. “We need to capitalize on all the resources we have and make sure they are extended to everyone,” he says. “I want Athens to be the best it can be for everyone.” f


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Thornton has been involved in the community since she moved here more than 30 years ago. Thornton’s long history stems from her advocating for her son and other African-American students to receive additional help and support with their studies in and outside of the classroom. The biggest motivator for Thornton is her experience on the school board, which showed her the limited role that a citizen can have, even if they are a part of government. This



ith Commissioner Kelly Girtz vying for Athens’ top position, two candidates are battling it out for his vacant seat representing District 9, which stretches from Pulaski Heights and Newtown up to the Madison County line. Tommy Valentine—a former hip-hop artist and now activist and PhD student in public administration at UGA—was the first in the race, but longtime social worker and school board member Ovita Thornton is leveraging her decades of experience to mount a stiff challenge despite a relatively late start. Valentine hopes that his run not only energizes the voters of his district, but unifies the city around empowering all. “The knowledge that all of these people are coming together [and] feel empowered by our movement is what gives us strength,” he says. An Athens native, Valentine has witnessed firsthand the privilege that Athens offers to some of its citizens. Coming from a middle-class background on the Eastside, Valentine recalls a time that he saw someone who appeared to be homeless on Oak Street, but later that same day realized they were one of the many underpaid workers at UGA. Tommy Valentine This and other similar accounts of injustice inspired Valentine to do more to end poverty and strive for economic justice in Athens. “When four out of 10 are poor but only four out of 100 are unemployed, we have a glaring issue,” he says. He wants to end the stigma of being America’s poorest college town, according to Census Bureau statistics. The first step, he believes, is adequately funding anti-poverty programs guaranteed in the city-county charter.


Ovita Thornton rides in the Athens MLK Day parade in January.

Valentine believes that the work he and his team have put into this race will result in a higher-functioning government due to the large “new progressive” coalition that spans not only District 9, but the whole city. “By our very size and diversity, [we] can go anywhere and have support from all districts,” he says. Thornton, the executive director of the Georgia Clients Council, which provides resources for low-income people, has also served 15 years on the Clarke County school board. Her district significantly overlaps Girtz’s, but is not identical because the school board has nine seats to the commission’s 10.

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Want more Rook & Pawn? Subscribe to our podcast: The Rook & Pawncast was highlighted for her most recently with the passage of T-SPLOST, which affected areas around schools. Though she is happy that the initiative passed, “I think that the school board should have been more involved in the process.” It’s not just the school board that is left out, in her mind. Business leaders, families and citizens in District 9 are lacking a clear voice, she says. “You’re not going to change things if you’re not involved,” she stresses. Thornton believes her experience will be the difference in the race. “[Anyone] can be revolutionary,” she says, but there is a difference between having an idea and actually “working in the trenches” to implement change. She believes her track record of successes and community involvement over the last 35 years towers over her opponent’s. However, to Valentine, this race should not be about the candidates, but about their vision. “We aren’t running against a person,” he says. “We’re running against a city that is very apathetic to the needs of the people.” He hopes to mobilize and include anyone who is willing to fight against the current system. Despite Valentine’s alliance with groups like Athens for Everyone on issues like the county anti-discrimination ordinance, A4E has endorsed Thornton. But Valentine says that even though the progressive establishment isn’t supporting him, he is running on the most ambitious progressive platform in Athens history—pushing for living wages, fare-free transit, affordable housing, criminal justice reform, marijuana decriminalization and a committee to investigate discrimination complaints. Valentine is also fighting voter skepticism about some of his more ambitious platform policies. He says some voters have even asked, “What does a commissioner do?” Though the task is daunting, Valentine says he is inspired by the eagerness of his base. f

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Fight for Your Rights Athens Human Rights Festival Is Back


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hen the first Athens Human Rights Festival was held in 1979, it was intended as more of a memorial than a festival. It was created by two law students at the University of Georgia who wanted to host a get-together to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Kent State and Jackson State shootings. That first year, the festival was held on campus at Legion Field. It ended up being a success, so organizers hosted another event at the same location the next year. Then they had another festival. Then another one, and another one after that. Thirty-nine years later, the Athens Human Rights Festival has become a fixture of the community. “I think of it as the evolution between having a campus memorial picnic to an ongoing Jefferson Shuttlecraft performing at last year’s festival. thing reflecting the conditions of the time,” says John Miley, an AHRF committee member who has attended almost every festival since its genesis. Some years later, Tesanovich found himself at an AHRF For many, the AHRF, which celebrates its 40th edition meeting trying to find out how he could set up a table this weekend, isn’t just another community event. It’s for his “Impeach Bush” petition. He was told that, as an ingrained in their life, something they couldn’t fathom ever attendee of the meeting, he was allowed to vote on the missing. Jeff Hannan, head of the festival’s merchandising matters being covered. From there, Tesanovich became committee, has been to every fest since the first one, with more and more involved, until his role transformed into the exception of one, which he had to miss due to touring. helping to coordinate the event. “I was on a Grateful Dead tour, [and] it was too far to “It’s a unique two-day event for anywhere in the get back. After that, I didn’t like missing it, so I just flew country,” he says. “There aren’t many places where people back from tour for the event,” Hannan says. “But once you set up a stage and open it up to groups and people to voice haven’t missed one, it’s like, ‘Well, why would I miss this their opinions. I couldn’t see the future to know I would one?’ [It’s] a lifetime commitment—that’s pretty funky.” eventually be involved.” While some attendees can trace their connection all Many Athens musicians also view the festival as a big the way back to 1979, others simply stumbled upon it and part of their lives. Since the AHRF was one of the first real haven’t left. Committee member Drago Tesanovich’s first music festivals in town, it holds a permanent spot on their exposure to the AHRF was in 1983. Tesanovich, who is calendars. “[Bands] used to fight tooth and claw and beg originally from Michigan, was in town helping his sisterfor a slot,” says Hannan. “It was pre-AthFest. This kind of in-law build her house and decided to go to the festival. “I predated the template.” just happened to be down here the year they were at the Like most aspects of the festival, the music slots are fairgrounds and went to the Human Rights Festival just as filled by volunteers. With a few exceptions where lodging a tourist in Georgia,” Tesanovich says. or transportation was paid for, musicians play with the


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knowledge that they won’t be paid. However, that fact hasn’t deterred them from still wanting to play. “It’s one of the hardest times of the year, and you have people willing to fit it in,” Miley says. Miley himself used to play the festival in its early years. He recalls it being one of his favorite events of the year. “When I was a youngster in college, it was my biggest gig of the year. It was either that or the 40 Watt,” Miley says. Although there’s a great deal of nostalgia attached to this year’s 40th Athens Human Rights Festival, there is also a sense of newness. Though the AHRF has maintained many of the same committee members since its beginning, recently, some of the newer local activist groups, such as the Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement and Athens for Everyone, have become more involved. This year, in addition to its two days of live music, the festival features a diverse set of speakers, including representatives from A4E, the state ACLU, the Georgia Conflict Center, local immigrants’ rights groups, Athens PRIDE, Project Safe and climate-change activists, among others. “Getting these new organizations in the last couple years that are doing these great things, it’s just what we wanted to happen a long time ago,” says Miley. “It’s good to see all this participation now.” Looking forward, Miley and Tesanovich both hope these organizations will take the torch and help to keep the Athens Human Rights Festival going. “We would love to see the festival go another 40 years,” Tesanovich says. “We don’t want it to stop.” f

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WHAT ABOUT YOUR FAVORITE LOCAL LANDMARK? The double-barreled cannon, because it’s a dumb idea that never worked, accomplished nothing, and we act like it’s this special thing. It’s a monument to failure. Or the Iron Horse, because it’s not even in Athens.

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multiple tours per year, including several stints overseas. This level of activity has helped the band streamline its already efficient sound and also fostered a certain level of skepticism, particularly concerning the industry and its treatment of marginalBy Gabe Vodicka ized performers. “The only lyrics to Eureka California, less is more. The band [Roadrunners track] ‘SWDs’ are, formed in 2007 in Raleigh, NC as the solo ven‘Why should I ever care again/ ture of singer and guitarist Jake Ward, then expanded to a About a band made up of four five-piece the next year following Ward’s move to Athens. or five straight white men?’” A three-year stint as a trio followed. But the group hit its says Ward. “I don’t know if we stride in 2012, when it began operating as a two-piece have the answer to that, but as featuring Ward and drummer Marie Uhler. As a duo, it society changes, it’s something There’s no posturing. has released three albums of snark-laden, socially charged we think about a lot: the dissoluThe songs are true to what we think and believe. garage rock, music indebted to caustic British punk and tion of rock and roll as simply a domestic proto-indie but bearing a uniquely Athenian boys’ club, and championing the energy. voices of those that aren’t readEureka California’s latest, Roadrunners—recorded in the ily pushed to the top.” band’s frenetic standards—openly reflecting the drummer’s UK with psych icon Matthew “MJ” Johnson behind the In other ways, Roadrunners is more nakedly personal. struggle. “All of my adult life is working to nearly die/ To boards and out May 4 via HHBTM—is its most trenchant For Uhler, the process of putting together the album barely get by under the poverty line,” Ward yelps, before the and unguarded LP to date. It’s “a tale of trying to survive in occurred during a trying time in her life. song itself dies abruptly. Trump-era America,” according to a press release—but it’s “I was being steamrolled daily by a job that was killing Elsewhere, Roadrunners radiates blissed-out DGAF vibes. also, like much of the group’s music, about survival, period. me, and drowning in debilitating chronic pain that, it turns On “Over It,” shit is hitting the fan because, apparently, “[W]e don’t really have the luxury of taking time to write out, was just perpetuated by that job,” she says. “We had Mercury is in retrograde—“but you can only use that excuse record-by-record, to think, ‘Hmm, what should this one this short window of studio availability, and my brain was once, I’m afraid,” Ward cautions. “If you really wanted be about?’” says Ward. “Our band pays its own expenses, so fried all the time that it was hard for me to write parts to know,” he sings on the chorus to “Mexican Coke,” the which is really nice, but we still have to work to pay rent, to songs, and we couldn’t tour as much because I physically album’s closing track, “I could tell you where to need to go.” bills and everything else. We’re really just working all the couldn’t be in a car for that long or even set up my drum If ever such sass could be said to represent a leap in time, and things come together in pieces.” kit, so I was worried we wouldn’t be able to finish enough maturity, it’s in Eureka California’s case. Where once Ward and Uhler have long evinced the sort of blue-collar, songs in time.” the band cloaked itself in irony, frankness now abounds. DIY-or-die spirit that many musicians rep but few truly That urgency and frustration bleeds through on the “Roadrunners is really a record of honesty,” explains Ward. abide by. Since 2011, the pair has played around 300 shows, record, with songs like the blazing, Uhler-penned “JJT”—at “There’s no posturing. The songs are true to what we think according to an archive on its website, often embarking on one minute and 15 seconds, it’s a terse tune even by the and believe. In that respect, Roadrunners might be the best representation of who we are as a band.” And though Ward has primarily been the group’s focal point thus far, Eureka California feels increasingly like the product of two distinct yet highly synchronized creative forces. “Very, very slowly, I think I’ve figured out ways to WHERE DID YOU GET YOUR PASSION FOR MUSIC? That’s a really personal question. express certain things in our music,” says Uhler, “and sometimes we kind of distill parts of what Jake writes and what I WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE ATHENS RESTAURANT? Wilson’s. want to say into something that represents both of us.” f






t’s all in the name: The Perceptionists write about what they observe. Though the Boston-based rap duo of Akrobatik and Mr. Lif is watching the country’s ongoing social and political turmoil along with everyone else, Akrobatik—birth name Jared Bridgeman—hesitates to say that politically enlightened and socially conscious hip-hop artists in the tradition of Public Enemy and A Tribe Called Quest can help guide the way forward. That depends on who’s listening. “The thing about enlightened rap albums is that they’re mostly heard by enlightened people,” he says. “I don’t know how that works—am I further enlightening people who listen to the record, or am I bringing things to people’s attention they weren’t thinking about? It’s hard to say what the world needs. I just have no choice but to give what I can.” Bridgeman acknowledges that there’s a

lot of mindless rap out there—intellectually empty music that he views as a microcosm of where the U.S. is at right now. “We are a very short-attention-span, 24-hour-newscycle, toilet-humor and hyper-sexualization

type of society,” he says. “It’s for better or for worse. I’m not sitting here and saying all of those things are horrible and we need more people like me out there, that everyone needs to rap like KRS-One. I’m just not going to change based on anything like that.” Ahead of The Perceptionists’ set at Live Wire on Saturday, Bridgeman discussed the duo’s long history as fixtures in the Boston scene. Together, they’ve released two albums, 2005’s Black Dialogue and last year’s Resolution. Outside of making music with The Perceptionists and as a solo artist, Bridgeman teaches a class on hip-hop culture and history at the University of Massachusetts and considers himself an ever-learning student of the art form. “It’s been a part of my life for my whole life,” he says. “It’s taken me all over the world, and I’ve met many of the people who inspired me to do what I do. It’s been a great experience the whole way through.” Despite the 12-year gap between albums, Akrobatik never stopped working with Mr. Lif; they’ve both featured on each other’s solo work. But it took a couple of wake-up calls to get them back together in the studio to create Resolution. Bridgeman suffered a major heart attack in 2011, which granted him a sharper

perspective on the fragility of life and urgency of art. “You can go an undefined amount of time with everything seeming fine, and then life can do a 180 in the blink of an eye,” he says. “There are people out there who got shot in their 70s or died in a car crash before they turned 10. So, it’s definitely of great importance to take things by the horns.” On top of his own near-death experience, the 2016 death of Phife Dawg from A Tribe Called Quest hit home for Bridgeman. There wasn’t much time to waste. “To see a member of one of the greatest hip-hop duos be gone, it was just crazy,” he says. “It was like, ‘Let’s do this now that we’re here. We’re still young. Let’s rock it.’’” Fans won’t have to wait another decadeplus for an album by The Perceptionists. They’ve already started recording the follow-up to Resolution, which Akrobatik says will play like a party record but contain meaningful messaging. “We’ve got the party records too, but even when you’re partying, you don’t want to be completely unconscious of what’s going on around you,” he says. “That’s kind of what hip hop is about—being conscious. The hop is the movement, but the hip is the knowledge. Without the hip, you’re just bouncing around for no reason.” f

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PLUS, MORE MUSIC NEWS AND GOSSIP By Gordon Lamb SPRING FEVER: Don Chambers will release his newest album, Love of Oblivion, May 17. It was produced by longtime Athens musician and songwriter Kevin Lane (The Arcs, The Possibilities) and features the all-star cast of Matt “Pistol” Stoessel, Eric Harris, Jay Gonzalez and John Barner, plus harmony vocals by sisters Sayward Evans and Jackie Roberts. The lead single, “Your Lovers,” isn’t as

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immediately explosive and noise-ridden as Chambers’ most recent work. Rather, it’s a smoothly grooving tune with tremolo-guitar flourishes, Chambers’ signature vocal style of sand and honey, and an overall downbeat mood that trucks along in a solidly head-bobbing way. As soon as I get my hands on the full album, I’ll try to report more, but for now, make note of it all. Chambers next plays locally at the Georgia Theatre on Saturday, May 19. For more information, see TO YOUR HEALTH!: Athens mental health advocacy organization Brain Aid will host Mental Health Month Fest at Flicker Theatre & Bar May 4 and 5. Beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 4, 17 Athens political candidates and incumbents will speak for three minutes each about their vision for mental health care in Athens. After a short break, live

music begins at 9 p.m. and will feature True Born Sons, Sea Wall, Garrett Hatch and The Spookie Moon. On Saturday, May 5, Brain Aid is hosting the March for Our Brains. Inspired by recent anti-gun violence marches held around the U.S., Brain Aid notes that it hopes this march will inspire sister marches around the country. It will run from noon–2 p.m., and participants should meet at City Hall. Additionally, if you are hosting an event during May that you would like to align with Brain Aid by placing its logo on your promotional items, this can be approved with a small donation to Nuçi’s Space. For more information, contact organizer Stephen Cramer at For more information on Brain Aid, see GIVE A HOOT: The Georgia Dish Boys are holding the first Rock & Bowl Saturday, May 5 at Showtime Bowl. This event is a benefit for the Cedar Shoals High School special education department, in which band member Rob Hicks began a musical engagement program. The program is structured around building communication skills and encouraging self-expression, and to this end, students play music in class once a week. Upcoming opportunities for these students include collaborating with classmates and learning new instruments. Money raised this night will help purchase additional instruments for the class. Tickets are a mere 10 bucks and include a game of bowling, free food and a performance by the aforementioned Georgia Dish Boys. The bowling tournament begins at 6 p.m., and the show starts at 9. FESTIVAL NEWS: AthFest Educates has announced the Club Crawl headliners for this year’s AthFest Music and Arts Festival, which takes place June 22–24. Among those confirmed are T. Hardy Morris and Neighbor Lady, who will play the Georgia Theatre; Cracker and Cinemechanica at the 40 Watt Club; Five Eight at the Caledonia Lounge; Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs at The World Famous; and the Black Lips’ Ian St. Pe at Terrapin Beer Co. In addition, Athens Popfest organizers have announced the first wave of artists for this year’s festival, which takes place Aug. 9–12. Those performers include Guided By Voices, Ex Hex, The Mummies, Man or Astro-man? and Dean Wareham. See for much more. [Gabe Vodicka] f

record review Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs: Clippety Clop (Transdreamer) On Clippety Clop, UK punk turned Athens-area musician Holly Golightly explores songs that reflect her experiences and surroundings. Golightly and her significant other, Lawyer Dave, rescue horses in Madison County, so it makes sense that they’d relate to the folk and popular histories of equine-themed lyrics. Twelve such selections make up what might be the first and only covers album of blues, country and indie-rock songs about horses. From swearing like sailors while honoring Jimmie Rodgers’ “Mule Skinner” to making alt-rockers Red Red Meat’s “Carpet of Horses” sound like alt-country, the couple adds its own twist to each song covered. This juxtaposition between songs’ traditional arrangements and Golightly’s new musical interpretations keeps conjuring up surprises. Examples include the rockabilly swing on Big Maybelle’s “Jinny Mule” and the Vaselines-style indie-pop vibe added to cowboy anthem “I Ride an Old Paint.” Golightly explores a wide range of musical approaches, making this a broad-reaching introduction for listeners who only know her White Stripes collaboration. For those who share her and Jack White’s interest in unearthing musical history, prepare for a primer on everything from the Singing Brakeman to the legendary British race horse Stewball. [Bobby Moore]






















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Money, Money, Money GRANTS AWARDED TO THE ARTS IN THREE LOCAL CITIES By Jessica Smith WATKINSVILLE: Last fall, the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation received a $200,000 grant from the Lettie Pate Evans Foundation under the Woodruff Foundation umbrella, pushing the foundation’s current capital campaign beyond the $1 million mark. Independently funded, OCAF has raised a total of $1,175,000 to date through membership dues, grants, fundraisers and individual donations, with a goal of raising another $625,000 to reach $1.8 million by the end of December. These funds will be used to revitalize the the foundation’s three historic facilities—the 1902 OCAF Center, School Street Studios and Rocket Hall— providing structural and safety improvements that include new roofing, flooring, HVAC and electrical components. With a local economic impact estimated in excess of $1.9 million, OCAF attracts over 20,000 annual visitors to its exhibitions, arts-related educational programs and events. In January, the board of directors approved an allocation of $85,000 for a new roof and proper drainage system for the School Street Studios, a historic building that houses pottery studios and other classrooms. Under its new executive director, Tommy Deadwyler, who took the reins following Cindy Farley’s retirement, the center also hopes to expand its educational offerings for younger participants and establish after school programs for children this year. To see a strong example of the quality of artwork OCAF brings before the eyes of community members, swing by the galleries to see two group exhibitions, both on view through Friday, May 4. The annual “Southworks Exhibition” features over 90 pieces selected by juror Faythe Levine from artists across the country. As one of the gallery’s most diverse shows of the year, works range from paintings, drawings and

printmaking to sculptures, installation work and ceramics. Awards include Best in Show to Andrew Hayes for “Strand,” an unusual sculpture

“Strand” by Andrew Hayes received “Best in Show” at OCAF’s “Southworks”

resembling a folded book; People’s Choice to Paula Reynaldi for “Colonies,” a collection of flowers sprawling up the gallery’s wall; Best 3D to Cameron Hampton for “Coal Mining Canaries,” a collection of small birds made in coal dust; Best 2D to Kreh Mellick for a cut paper collage; and merit awards to Perry Johnson and Rosemary Segretti for portraits, as well as Mayumi Amada for “Grandmother’s Melancholy,” a textile that

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reveals words in its shadows. Curated by gallery director Margot Ecke, “Fold + Facet” is this year’s Director’s Choice Exhibition showcasing the work of Eleanor Annand, Justin Turcotte and Emily Rogstad. Annand assembles printed, dyed and cut paper into three-dimensional, wallbound compositions with recurring patterns. Turcotte’s glass vessels are alluring for the the way light faintly glows through their translucent, cut surfaces. Rogstad similarly takes inspiration from geometric forms, bending metal into unusual but functional jewelry pieces.

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WINTERVILLE: The City of Winterville has received a major historic preservation grant from the Fox Theatre Institute for the restoration of the Winterville Auditorium, a 450-seat venue that was abandoned in 2002 but has recently been undergoing major renovations to return to its glory days of housing plays, pageants and concerts. An astounding $55,476 will be allocated towards installing new sound and lighting

systems, as well as securing the space’s structural integrity. Built in 1950, the auditorium is located next to the 1918 Winterville High School building, which was transformed into the Winterville Center for Community and Culture in 2016 after a multi-year, $1.3 million renovation process. The City of Winterville will be presented with a giant check during a celebration held in the Winterville Auditorium on Friday, May 11 at 2 p.m. Promoting economic and cultural impact in local communities across Georgia, the Fox Theatre Institute’s grant program focuses on historic theaters in need of financial assistance, restoration support and operations mentoring. FTI awarded a record-breaking total of $470,541 to 13 grant recipients for the 2017–’18 cycle in the categories of historic preservation, historic structure studies or planning, and technical assistance and service. Nearby, the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center also received a grant for $16,195 that will support the repair and replacement of its theater’s seating fabric. ATHENS: The Athens Cultural Affairs Commission has announced three recipients of its Arts in Community Grant competition, each receiving $1,500. The West Broad Farmers Market will use its grant to host a free Juneteenth Community Art Engagement with visual and performing artists on June 16 to commemorate the abolishment of slavery in the U.S… “Seat in the Shade: A Summer Poetry Reading Series” will host poets Coleman Barks, Lemuel “Life the Griot” LaRoche, Jericho Brown, Colin Kelly, David Bottoms and Sandra Meeks, as well as a finale on July 27 with UGA educators and students…The UGA College of Education and Athens Housing Authority received a grant for a mural project held between middle- and high-school youth at the Parkview Community Center, UGA graduate students and a teaching artist. f

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Grocery Goodies PLUS, REVISITING TIENDA LOS AMIGOS By Hillary Brown GROCERY NO. 1: The same people who are totally happy ordering a Publix sub often get weird about about restaurants that operate out of smaller grocery stores, but what, in the end, is the difference? It’s a smart use of space and resources to serve two audiences at once, and people can browse while they wait for their meal. Off the Vine Produce (302 Athens Road, in Winterville, 706-899-0400) is doing exactly that. JESSICA SILVERMAN

Off the Vine Produce

The small space sits at the five-point intersection where Athens Road, Moores Grove Road, Main Street and Cherokee Road meet, meaning there’s a decent amount of traffic that goes by. The interior is somewhat similar to Opa Robby’s in Athens (in front of Target), having a kind of farm-store vibe, with loose produce for sale out of wooden bins, good butter, a few refrigerated cases (with produce, dairy and to-go foods), pickles, jams, staples (tinned salmon fillets, bulk grains and beans, chips, etc.), sweets (cookies, brownies, peanut-butter fudge), stuffed toys, big Ziploc bags of housemade duros and more available for sale. It also does biscuits and coffee in the morning, as you’d expect. Come afternoon, the small kitchen in the back gets going seriously, with sandwiches, soups, Southern sides and a couple of different hot options made to order six days a week. The specials are listed on a sign that sits near the road outside, rendered in big, eye-catching movable letters. Off the Vine makes a tasty collard-greens soup, with silky greens, plenty of onions and coins of sausage. Pair it with a loaded baked potato topped with cheese, sour cream and broccoli, and you will be satiated and then some. Most things come with a side of chips, but you can upgrade to add potato salad, baked macaroni and cheese or something else. The bacon cheeseburger, served on white toast, is definitely sort of a mess—bring your wet-naps—but has a sweet simplicity that calls to mind Phillips Grocery in Holly Springs, MS. The Hillbilly Sub—essentially a meatball sub with caramelized onions, white cheddar and barbecue sauce—is a similarly straightforward but satisfying creation. If you’re lucky, you can snag the adult-sized table by the window; there are a couple more available, but even for a short person they can feel like you’re sitting at a doll’s tea party.

Breakfast and dinner casseroles, more sides (BLT pasta salad, cowboy caviar, chicken salad, etc.) and protein packs (nuts, cheese, etc.) are all available in an open refrigerated case for grab-and-go. The folks in charge also churn their own ice cream on weekends, in flavors like lemon custard, strawberry and cherry. You can order a scoop at the counter any time, and occasionally they have enough left over to pack pints to-go. Off the Vine is open 6 a.m.–6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m.–4 p.m. on Saturdays. GROCERY NO. 2: It’s been nearly 10 years since I wrote about Tienda Los Amigos (109 Rowe Road, between Chase and Barber), a bustling Mexican grocery store with a taco counter that has expanded its menu. It’s in the enviable position of having a meat counter an arm’s length away, which means it offers a wider range of fillings than the standards. Yes, you can still get (delicious) al pastor, lengua and carnitas, as well as beef and chicken, but you can also get tripa, buche, cuero and cabeza. Tacos run either $1.50 or $2 each and can be filled and dosed to your specs at the nearby bar of fixings: salsa (at least four options, all of which are pretty hot), chopped onions, whole grilled onions, cilantro, lime, radish, pickled jalapeños and carrots, a rainbow of peppers. Tortillas are made fresh on-site, and there is a tremendous perceptible difference in their flavor: mild and sweet, without the faint bitterness one usually finds in corn tortillas. Gone is the old sign with push-in letters that spelled out your options. Instead, a fancy new sign with pictures of everything serves as the menu. You can get an “American taco” with tomatoes, cheese and lettuce that is actually wonderful, and burritos, tortas, quesadillas and plates have been added as options. Firmly stuffed and briefly grilled, the burritos are simple and perfect: just rice, beans and meat, with no extras needed. The ingredients fuse into a sort of perfect nutritional loaf. Refrescos, including horchata, tamarindo, piña, guyaba and more, can quench your thirst. Poke around while you wait, and you can buy big logs of masa, tasty pastries, a bunch of tiny bananas, endless tamarind-flavored sweets, pre-cut cups of melon (with a bottle of chamoy nearby for flavoring), straw hats, piñatas, candles, sodas, dishwashing detergent, dried chiles and much, much more. The store is open from 9 a.m.–9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m.–7 p.m. Sunday, with the counter operating at slightly reduced hours from those. You can also now pay with a credit or debit card, another upgrade. f

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than one Guardian of the Galaxy. Earth being home to two of the six gems means the Avengers, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes (Superman might have a bone to pick with that claim) have to put their civil war on ice and team up with popular non-Avengers like Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and Spider-Man (Tom Holland) to put down By Drew Wheeler another alien invasion. Yes, Marvel Studios has hit on a winning AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR (PG-13) Marvel’s collecting infinity stones, the most powersuperhero-filmmaking formula akin to that end-of-April release of the year’s biggest ful mystical objects in the universe, with of Coca-Cola, and Infinity War smartly (and movie to date means movie summer has which he can control space, reality, power, likely contractually) adheres to it. Levity officially begin, and it is only early May. mind, soul and time. Basically, with all of is injected early and often from all the Not only is Avengers: Infinity War, aka them fitted into his bespoke glove, heretoexpected faces. No one was ever shocked Avengers 3, the biggest movie of the year, it fore called the Infinity Gauntlet, Thanos will that Robert Downey Jr. gave Tony Stark is Marvel’s biggest yet. The Russo brothers’ be the most powerful being in the universe, a razor-sharp wit, but Chris Hemsworth’s retelling of 1992’s Marvel UniverseThor is a continual and welcome spanning crossover event, The surprise who teams up naturally Avengers: Infinity War Infinity Gauntlet, is the studio’s most well with the Guardians, especially ambitious outing of the 19 released his new pal, Rocket Raccoon (v. since 2008’s breakthrough, Iron Bradley Cooper), and moody teen Man. Sure, the first Avengers movie Groot (v. Vin Diesel). The Russos successfully broke the critical and and screenwriting duo Christopher commercial dam on cinematic superMarkus and Stephen McFeely balhero team-ups, as Iron Man, Captain ance a star-studded cast playing a America, Thor, Hulk and the rest multitude of A-list superheroes. took on Loki and an alien menace, When one group—say Vision while Captain America: Civil War— (Paul Bettany) and Scarlet Witch also from Infinity War’s Anthony and (Elizabeth Olsen)—get boring, Joe Russo—increased the numbers we transition to another and then of onscreen heroes without watering another and then another, until down the base narrative. But Infinity everyone’s on the same climactic Just going to magnet school. War, even while featuring the most Wakandan battlefield. heroes fighting the most serious Audience members with a particthreat to the universe yet, does so with the a god capable of snuffing out billions of ular favorite—especially if it’s Chris Evans’ most deftness and least flab of any of the lives with the snap of a finger, which just so Captain America or any of the heroes on plus-sized MCU entries. happens to be his benevolent goal. Thanos his squad—might leave feeling underWithout spoiling anything (hopefully), values balance, and he has crisscrossed served. Unfortunately, this includes the Infinity War picks up where Thor: Ragnarok space, applying his genocidal practices on Avengers’ primary female member, Black left off. Mad Titan Thanos (Josh Brolin) is world after world—including those of more Widow (Scarlett Johansson), who at least gets to share a cool “grrrl power” moment with Danai Gurira’s Okoye. Shockingly, mass murderer Thanos shows up in more of the movie than any of the good guys, and gets treated like more than your typical power-mad supervillain. Brolin and the filmmakers actually churn some pathos out of his evil scheme. Marvel’s returns—the entertainment ones that matter to moviegoers, not the box office—do not seem to be diminishing, no matter how many heroes they cram into the story.



YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE (R) No one will ever mistake a Lynne Ramsay film (she previously directed Ratcatcher, Morvern Callar and We Need to Talk About Kevin) for a crowd-pleaser. Are you in need of a gritty, Jack Reacher-type antihero embroiled in a mystery as esoterically baffling as a lost episode of “True Detective?” (I still have no clue what happened in Season 2.) In You Were Never Really Here, Joaquin Phoenix stars as an excessively broken Iraq War vet who makes a living brutalizing with a hammer (Oldboy style) the men who kidnap and abuse young girls. He may be in over his head when a state senator stumping for the governor of New York hires him to find his missing daughter, Nina (Ekaterina Samsonov). Ramsay descends into the scary peccadilloes of rich and powerful men with no fear, so you will be glad Phoenix comes along to chaperone. Uncompromisingly brutal yet oddly gentle with his young charges, lowtech vigilante Joe has many demons. The last scene should cause viewers to question whether or not anything previously witnessed happened the way Joe saw (imagined?) it. It is almost as if you were never really there. f






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Georgia Theatre · 7:30 p.m. · $20–22 Although Tune-Yards, the eclectic recording project of singer-songwriter Merrill Garbus, has existed since the mid-aughts, it wasn’t until the release of 2011’s Afropop-influenced w h o k i l l that she began turning heads of both listeners and critics alike (singles “Gangsta” or “Bizness” were the likely culprits). Garbus and fellow songwriter Nate Brenner continue to pull inspiration from various elements of dance music on i can feel you creep into my private life, released earlier this year, streamlining their patchwork production methods as Garbus looks inward, unpacking white privilege and guilt. My Brightest Diamond joins the touring trio this Friday at the Georgia Theatre. [Andy Barton]

Tuesday 1 CLASSES: Athens Swing Night (Dancefx) A one-hour lesson is followed by a two-hour dancing session. No experience or partner necessary. 8–11 p.m. $4–6. www. EVENTS: YUF End of Year Celebration (Athens Community Career Academy) Students will present their small business products and speak on their many successes. Refreshments provided by Young Urban Farmers and Chef Emmanuel Stone. 5–6:30 p.m. athenslandtrust. org EVENTS: Tuesday Tour at 2 (UGA Special Collections Library) Take a guided tour of the exhibit galleries of the Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection, the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library and the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies. Meet in the rotunda on the second floor. 2 p.m. FREE! jclevela@ FILM: Below Baldwin (UGA Tate Student Center, Theater) Watch a


Mary and the Witch’s Flower

Mary and the Witch’s Flower

Ciné · Times TBA · $9.75 Ciné’s Spring Animation Series continues with a screening of the 2017 anime fantasy film directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, who was also an animator on Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away, Ponyo and Howl’s Moving Castle. Based on Mary Stewart’s 1971 children’s book The Little Broomstick, the film tells the story of an ordinary young girl living in the countryside who follows a cat into the forest and discovers a mysterious fly-by-night flower that grants magical powers, but only for one night. An enchanted broomstick whisks her to Endor College, a school of magic high above the clouds, where she is at first mistaken for a witch and then unearths unethical experiments that must be stopped. [Jessica Smith]

student-made film on slaves’ burial grounds under-and-around UGA’s Baldwin Hall. 7 p.m. aabhbowl@ GAMES: Trivia (Hi-Lo Lounge) General trivia hosted by Jacob and Wes. 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-850-8561 GAMES: Locos Trivia (Locos Grill & Pub) Westside and Eastside locations of Locos Grill and Pub feature trivia night every Tuesday. 8 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Trivia at the Rail (The Rail Athens) Trivia hosted by Nic every Tuesday. 10:30 p.m. FREE! 706354-7289 GAMES: Full Contact Trivia (Blind Pig Tavern, 2301 College Station Rd.) Every Tuesday. 8:30 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Happy Hour Trivia (The Rook and Pawn) Hosted by James Majure. 6 p.m. FREE! www. GAMES: Dirty Bingo (Mellow Mushroom) Win prizes. 8 p.m. FREE! LECTURES & LIT: Adult Book Club (Bogart Library) Pick up a copy of The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls at the front desk and meet book

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lovers at the new book club. 1 p.m. FREE! PERFORMANCE: Athens Choral Society (Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall) “Down in the Valley” is a Kurt Weill concert in partnership with the UGA Opera Department. 8 p.m. FREE!

Wednesday 2 ART: Tour at Two (Georgia Museum of Art) Led by docents. 2 p.m. FREE! ART: Artist Reception (Heirloom Cafe and Fresh Market) Jamie Calkin’s pieces include scenes around Athens. Arezou Taeed shares multi-media work. 5:30–6:30 p.m. FREE! ART: Opening Reception (ACC Library) The Georgia Peach Quilt is a collaborative effort by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America volunteers. 7 p.m. FREE! COMEDY: Educated Mess (Hendershot’s Coffee Bar) See standups from Athens and Atlanta. 9 p.m. FREE!


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Lyndon House · 2 p.m. · FREE! A new outdoor sculpture garden will feature three new creations by renowned local artist Rittenberry, whose towering metal works are immediately recognizable through their bold silhouettes and folkloric imagery. Donated by Dan and Sally Wyche Coenen and the Athens Area Community Foundation, “All,” “Air” and “Love is All” incorporate many of the selftaught artist’s favorite images—symbolic animals like fish and birds, as well as mythological creatures like mermaids and unicorns. LHAC founders Ronnie and Nancy Lukasiewicz will also be commemorated. The official ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception will include words from members of the community, LHAC and local government. [JS] EVENTS: Athens Farmers Market (Creature Comforts Brewery) Local and sustainable produce, meats, eggs, dairy, baked goods, prepared foods, crafts and live music. 4–7 p.m. FREE! EVENTS: 1 Million Cups (Athens Area Chamber of Commerce) 1MC is a national program designed to educate, engage and connect entrepreneurs. Each week, a local startup presents their company to a supportive audience. 8:30 a.m. FREE! GAMES: Trivia (Blind Pig Tavern, 2440 W. Broad St.) Compete for prizes. 8 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Trivia (Willy’s Mexicana Grill) Gather a team. Every Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. FREE! www. GAMES: Cornhole Tournament (Saucehouse Barbeque) Gather a team and compete. 8 p.m. www. GAMES: Geeks Who Drink Trivia (Blind Pig Tavern, Washington St.) Play to win. 8 p.m. FREE!

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The World Famous · 9 p.m. Best known in indie circles as the founder of San Francisco-based collective Sic Alps—which, along with groups like Thee Oh Sees and The Hospitals, helped usher in the Bay Area psych-rock resurgence during the previous decade— singer and guitarist Mike Donovan went solo in 2013 with the acoustic-flavored Wot. Donovan, who has also put in work with the glammy side project Peacers, returned last month with a new album, How to Get Your Record Played in Shops. The LP, out on famed indie Drag City, finds the artist supplementing his folky meanderings with synths, keyboards and a parade of never-ending echo effects. He plays Athens with support from local lo-fi popsters Party Favor. [Gabe Vodicka]

GAMES: Dirty Bingo (Grindhouse Killer Burgers) Hosted by Garrett Lennox every Wednesday. Prizes and house cash. 8 p.m. FREE! www. GAMES: Dirty South Trivia (Mellow Mushroom) Dirty South Trivia offers house cash prizes. 8 p.m. FREE! 706-613-0892 KIDSTUFF: Crafternoon (Bogart Library) Kids can create bookmarks for Mother’s Day. 3:30 p.m. FREE! LECTURES & LIT: Word of Mouth Poetry (The Globe) Open mic poetry readings. This month’s featured reader is Alex Johns. 8–11 p.m. FREE! athenswordofmouth OUTDOORS: Guided Nature Ramble (Sandy Creek Nature Center) Join naturalists from the community on the trails at Sandy Creek. 9–11 a.m. FREE! scncinc@

Thursday 3 ART: BFA 2 Exhibition Reception (Lamar Dodd School of Art) The

closing reception celebrates the work of BFA students graduating in various studio art majors. 6–8 p.m. FREE! EVENTS: Thursday Night Spaghetti Dinner (St. Philothea Greek Orthodox Church) Enjoy homemade spaghetti and live entertainment by the Oconee River Trio. 6 p.m. $4–8. events/festival-and-dinners EVENTS: Athens Science Café (Little Kings Shuffle Club) Dr. Rishi Masalia will present the last café of the semester, “Last Call at the Oasis: A Look at Water and Agriculture.” 7 p.m. FREE! EVENTS: KnitLits (Bogart Library) Knitters of all levels are welcome. 6–8 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary. org/bogart EVENTS: Senior Potluck (Winterville Center for Community and Culture) Bring a dish to share. Katrina Fairchild presents a talk on “Horticultural Therapy.” 12:30 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Johnny’s Trivia (Johnny’s New York Style Pizza) Win house cash prizes. 8 p.m. FREE! 706-3541515

GAMES: Music Trivia (Saucehouse Barbeque) Meet at the bar for a round of trivia. 8 p.m. FREE! www. LECTURES & LIT: Meet the Author (Avid Bookshop, Prince Ave.) Local author Bradley Bazzle presents his debut novel, Trash Mountain. 6 p.m. FREE! MEETINGS: Oconee Rivers Audubon Society (Sandy Creek Nature Center) Hans Neuhauser speaks on “The North Atlantic Right Whale: a Canary in the Mine?” 7 p.m. FREE! OUTDOORS: Nature Ramblers (State Botanical Garden of Georgia, Meet at Shade Garden Arbor) Learn more about flora and fauna of the garden while enjoying fresh air and inspirational readings. Ramblers are

welcoming atmosphere. 6 p.m. www. KIDSTUFF: May the Fourth (Madison County Library, Danielsville) Watch a movie and eat snacks celebrating May the Fourth. Costumes encouraged but light sabers must be peace-tied. 4 p.m. FREE! madison THEATER: Mernie’s Little Hoax (Memorial Park, Quinn Hall) A rich widow devises a hoax to see who among her supposed-loyal friends will be candidates in her will. May 4–5, 7:30 p.m. May 6, 3 p.m. $12–15. THEATER: The Gargoyles on Easter Island (Athens Little Playhouse) A mysterious yacht explosion brings the eccentric

comic book specialty shops around the world give away comic books absolutely free on this special holiday. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. FREE! 706769-7414 EVENTS: 40th Annual Athens Human Rights Festival (College Square) Hear speakers from various progressive organizations and live music. See story on p. 12. 10 a.m.–11 p.m. (Sat), 1–11 p.m. (Sun). FREE! EVENTS: Mental Health Month Fest: March to Save Our Brains (Athens, GA) The march is in support of mental health. Speakers will share personal stories. Live music from Daniel Clifford, Unus Mudus, Tears for the Dying and Antlered Aunt Lord. 12–2 p.m. (march) 9

FILM: Cinco de Mayo (Madison County Library, Danielsville) Watch movies celebrating Mexican culture. Light snacks provided. 10 a.m.–6 p.m. FREE! madison FILM: Mary and the Witch’s Flower (Ciné Barcafé) See Friday listing for full description Times TBA. GAMES: Shadowrun RPG (Tyche’s Games) Visit Seattle in 2071, when magic and megacorps clash. 12 p.m. FREE! KIDSTUFF: Free Comic Book Day (ACC Library) Pick up a free comic book and listen to a panel of speakers. 11 a.m.–1 p.m. FREE! www. LECTURES & LIT: Special Story Time (Avid Bookshop, Five Points)

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An opening reception for an exhibition of artwork by Jamie Calkin (above) and Arezou Taeed will be held at Heirloom Cafe on Wednesday, May 2 from 5:30–6:30 p.m. encouraged to bring their own nature writings or favorite poems and essays to share with the group. 9:30 a.m. FREE! www.naturerambling.

Friday 4 CLASSES: Mouse and Keyboard Basics (Oconee County Library) This hands-on tutorial is designed to help people who have never used a computer before. Registration required. 2 p.m. FREE! 706-7693950, CLASSES: Photography Class Shootout (Washington-Wilkes County Airport, 351 Airport Rd., Washington) Athens Photo Collective offers a model shootout at the airport. Vintage outfits will be provided for the models. Bring your own camera. Search for the event on 6 p.m. $20–25. 706247-9719, EVENTS: Mental Health Month Fest (Flicker Theatre & Bar) Athens candidates for Mayor and Commission will be invited to speak about their vision for better mental health in Athens. Music from True Born Sons, Sea Wall, Garett Hatch and The Spookie Moon will follow. 6 p.m. (speakers) 9 p.m. (music). $5 donation. EVENTS: Brain Aid Candidate Forum (Flicker Theatre & Bar) Candidates for Mayor and the Commission will speak on mental health issues. Followed by live music. 6 p.m. EVENTS: Hatch Hackathon (Chase Park Warehouses, The Hatch) Work individually or in teams to make something in under four hours. Most projects are tech, art or craft focused. Bring your own supplies. 5–9 p.m. FREE! FILM: Mary and the Witch’s Flower (Ciné Barcafé) Mary discovers a flower that grants magical powers for one night. Part of Ciné’s Spring Animation Series. See Calendar Pick on p. 20. Times TBA. GAMES: Planeswalkers for Diversity Meeting and Magic (Tyche’s Games) Play Magic in a

Gargoyle family to the shores of Easter Island. May 4–5 & 11–12, 7 p.m. May 6 & 13, 3 p.m. $5–10. THEATER: Sleeping Indoors (Athens Community Theater) Paul and his wife Nora are charmed by a homeless man, Dwain, who they invite into their home for Christmas dinner. May 4–5, 8 p.m. May 6, 2 p.m. $5. www.townandgownplayers. org

Saturday 5 ART: Southern Star Studio Open House (Southern Star Studio) The pottery studio features work by Maria Dondero, Lori Demosthenes, Chona Leathers, Allya Maerz, Regina Mandell and Kerry Steinberg. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. FREE! mariadondero. com ART: Instructor & Student Pottery Sale (Good Dirt Clay Studio, 485 Macon Hwy.) See diverse pottery from 18 local artists. Pieces include planters, mugs, dishes, vases, sculpture and statement pieces. Refreshments provided. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. ART: Opening Reception (Hip Vintage and Handmade) See new drawings and paintings by Lyndon Tewkesbury. 2–4 p.m. FREE! www. ART: Ribbon Cutting Celebration (Lyndon House Arts Center) A ribbon cutting ceremony and reception celebrate the new Harold Rittenberry Jr. Sculpture Garden. See Calendar Pick on p. 20. 2 p.m. FREE! 706613-3623 ART: McCavitt Design & R Huston Art’s Open Air Studio Sale (351 Timber Creek Dr., Athens) Artists Donna McCavitt and Richard Huston will offer their work at special prices during their first open-air studio sale. 6–8 p.m. FREE! CLASSES: First Aid CPR & AED (Athens CPR) A class offered The American Red Cross CPR and American Heart BLS Certification. 9 a.m.3:30 p.m. $65. www.athensCPR. com EVENTS: Free Comic Book Day (Mr. Comic Shop) Participating

p.m. (music). $5–10. brainaidfest@ EVENTS: Miles for Moms Run/ Walk 5K (Milledge Avenue Baptist Church) A free health expo will follow the race. Proceeds benefit the East Georgia Cancer Coalition. 8–11:30 a.m. www.milesformoms5k. org EVENTS: Cinco de Mayo Drop-in Craft (Bogart Library) Drop-in anytime to make papel picado, tissue paper flags. 10 a.m.–6 p.m. FREE! EVENTS: Cinco de Mayo (Terrapin Beer Co.) Celebrate with beer tastings, food trucks, music, games and more. 1–9 p.m. www.terrapinbeer. com EVENTS: Athens Farmers Market (Bishop Park) Local and sustainable produce, meats, eggs, dairy, baked goods, prepared foods, crafts and live music. 8 a.m. FREE! EVENTS: Spring Harvest Festival (Farmview Market) Madison’s seasonal Farmers Market reopens with live music, chef demos, a petting zoo, prizes and more. 9 a.m.–2 p.m. FREE! EVENTS: West Broad Farmers Market (West Broad Market Garden) Shop for fresh and affordable produce and prepared foods. The market also includes kids activities, cooking demonstrations, educational booths and entertainment. Today is the season’s grand opening. 9 a.m.–1 p.m. FREE! www. EVENTS: Rock & Bowl (Showtime Bowling Center) A bowling tournament and rock show with the Georgia Dish Boys will benefit Cedar Shoals High School Special Education Department. $10. www. EVENTS: Cinco de Mayo (Southern Brewing Company) This year’s party includes a classic car show, live band and food trucks. Margarita style beers on tap. 2:30–10 p.m. $20. EVENTS: Cinco de Mayo (3 Ravens Tattoo & Piercing, 159 W. Clayton St.) Party with the Classic City Roller Girls and special deals. 11 a.m.–10 p.m.

Illustrator Ward Jenkins shares his new book, Rocket Shoes! 10 a.m. FREE! PERFORMANCE: Spring Showcase (The Classic Center) Students from the Oconee Youth School of Performance perform dance and musical theater numbers. 3:30 p.m. $15–20. www. PERFORMANCE: Athens Showgirl Cabaret (Go Bar) Drag performances by local artists. 9 p.m. $3., www. THEATER: Mernie’s Little Hoax (Memorial Park) See Friday listing for full description May 4–5, 7:30 p.m. May 6, 3 p.m. $12–15. www. THEATER: Sleeping Indoors (Athens Community Theater) See Friday listing for full description May 4–5, 8 p.m. May 6, 2 p.m. $5. THEATER: The Gargoyles on Easter Island (Athens Little Playhouse) See Friday listing for full description May 4–5 & 11–12, 7 p.m. May 6 & 13, 3 p.m. $5–10.

Sunday 6 ART: Sunday Spotlight Tour (Georgia Museum of Art) Docents lead a tour of highlights from the permanent collection. 3 p.m. FREE! EVENTS: 40th Annual Athens Human Rights Festival (College Square) See Saturday listing for full description 10 a.m.–11 p.m. (Sat), 1–11 p.m. (Sun). FREE! EVENTS: Sunday Market (Terrapin Beer Co.) Terrapin and Athens Land Trust hosts a weekly market with local produce and food vendors. 1:30–3:30 p.m. FILM: Mary and the Witch’s Flower (Ciné Barcafé) See Friday listing for full description Times TBA. LECTURES & LIT: Meet the Author (Barnes & Noble) Meet local author Denise Weimer in celebration of her novella Across Three Autumns, her k continued on next page

County Commissioner District 1: Patrick Davenport County Commissioner District 7: Russell Edwards School Board District 1: Greg Davis School Board District 3: Linda Davis School Board District 7: LaKeisha Gantt School Board District 9: Tawana Mattox Superior Court Judge of the Western Circuit: Lisa Lott

ACCDC finds the following to be qualified Democratic candidates: Athens Mayor: Kelly Girtz and Harry Sims County Commissioner District 2: Mariah Parker and Taylor Pass County Commissioner District 3: Tony Eubanks and Melissa Link County Commissioner District 5: Jared Bailey and Tim Denson County Commissioner District 9: Ovita Thornton and Tommy Valentine School Board District 5: Kara Dyckman and Imani Scott-Blackwell For further information contact ACCDC Vice Chair for Candidate Development Marci White 706-206-0291

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THE CALENDAR! contribution to “The Backcountry Brides Collection.” 2 p.m. FREE! 706-354-1195 PERFORMANCE: Spring Showcase (The Classic Center) See Saturday listing for full description 3:30 p.m. $15–20. www. THEATER: The Gargoyles on Easter Island (Athens Little Playhouse) See Friday listing for full description May 4–5 & 11–12, 7 p.m. May 6 & 13, 3 p.m. $5–10. THEATER: Mernie’s Little Hoax (Memorial Park) See Friday listing for full description May 4–5, 7:30 p.m. May 6, 3 p.m. $12–15. www. THEATER: Sleeping Indoors (Athens Community Theater) See Friday listing for full description May 4–5, 8 p.m. May 6, 2 p.m. $5.

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GAMES: Dirty Bingo (Mellow Mushroom) Win prizes. 8 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Full Contact Trivia (Blind Pig Tavern) See Tuesday listing for full description 8:30 p.m. FREE! KIDSTUFF: Lego Club (Oconee County Library) Create Lego art and enjoy Lego-based activities. Legos provided. Ages 3–11. 4 p.m. FREE! KIDSTUFF: Bubble Guppies Live (The Classic Center) Nickelodeon presents a fin-tastic world of learning and laughter, “Ready to Rock.” 6:30 p.m. $19–65. PERFORMANCE: Georgia Children’s Chorus (Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall) The chorus is made up of singers ages 8–18 from across Northeast Georgia. Their spring concert celebrates their 20th

presents their company to a supportive audience. 8:30 a.m. FREE! EVENTS: Blood Drive (Bogart Library) Donors must be at least 17 and bring a valid ID. 2–6 p.m. FREE! EVENTS: Athens Farmers Market (Creature Comforts Brewery) See Wednesday listing for full description 4–7 p.m. FREE! EVENTS: ACC Commissioners Forum (Hendershot’s Coffee Bar) Hear candidates speak. 7 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Trivia (Willy’s Mexicana Grill) Gather a team. Every Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. FREE! www. GAMES: Trivia (Blind Pig Tavern) See Wednesday listing for full description 8 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Geeks Who Drink Trivia (Blind Pig Tavern, Washington St.)

Suarez, Video Tronic and the Talent Show winner Rose A. 9 p.m. www.

LIVE MUSIC Tuesday 1 Caledonia Lounge 9 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18-20). www. THE PIERRES Athens-based alternative rock group. Tape release show! WAIT AND SHACKLE RExperimental rock quartet from New York. 200 EAST Athens-based alt-rock group with blues and folk influences. Cali ’N’ Tito’s Eastside 11 a.m.–3 p.m. FREE! LEAVING COUNTRIES Louis Phillip Pelot plays folk with Latin influences every Tuesday.

show for the UGA chapter of United Campus Workers of Georgia. Featuring music from Harlot Party, Bed Deth, Lydia Sera, Celest Divine and more. Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 5:30 p.m. FREE! PIANO HAPPY HOUR Local musicians play piano songs in the round. Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-4742 WEST END BLEND Funky soul outfit from Connecticut fronted by vocalist Erica Bryan.

Wednesday 2 Blind Pig Tavern 7 p.m. FREE! 706-850-4919 (College Station Road location) LEAVING COUNTRIES Louis Phillip Pelot performs solo sets of

Tuesday 8 CLASSES: Lunch and Learn (Madison County Library, Danielsville) First Citizens Bank will present information on smart money management and budgeting. Bring your own lunch. 11:30 a.m. FREE! COMEDY: Decaf Comedy Open Mic (Hendershot’s Coffee Bar) Hear comics from Athens and Atlanta. Newcomers welcome. Email to perform. Second Tuesday of the month. 8:30 p.m. FREE! efj32330@gmail. com, EVENTS: Tuesday Tour at 2 (UGA Special Collections Library) See Tuesday listing for full description 2 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Trivia at the Rail (The Rail Athens) Trivia hosted by Nic. 10:30 p.m. FREE! 706-354-7289 GAMES: Locos Trivia (Locos Grill & Pub) See Tuesday listing for full description 8 p.m. FREE! www. GAMES: Trivia (Hi-Lo Lounge) See Tuesday listing for full description 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-850-8561 GAMES: Happy Hour Trivia (The Rook and Pawn) See Tuesday listing for full description 6 p.m. FREE!


The Globe 8 p.m. THE HOT HOTTY-HOTS Local swing and hot jazz ensemble playing music of the 1910s, ’20s and ’30s. Locos Grill & Pub 6 p.m. FREE! 706-549-7700 (Timothy Road location) THE VIBRATONES Veterans of the Athens scene playing various blues styles. Dancing is encouraged! The Office Lounge 8 p.m. FREE! 706-546-0840 KARAOKE With your host Lynn. Every Wednesday!

Monday 7 CLASSES: Basic Computer Skills (Oconee County Library) Learn setup, maintenance and how to install and uninstall software. Registration required. 2 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Geeks Who Drink Trivia (Highwire Lounge) Test your general knowledge for prizes. 8–10 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Dirty South Trivia: Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll (Grindhouse Killer Burgers) Team trivia contests with house cash prizes every Monday night. 8 p.m. FREE! KIDSTUFF: Nerd Herd (Oconee County Library) Hang out with fellow nerds for a low-key hour of fun. Grades 6–12. 6 p.m. FREE! www. KIDSTUFF: Teen Library Council (Oconee County Library) Have a say in future YA events. Grades 6–12. 7 p.m. FREE! oconee MEETINGS: Job Club (Oconee County Library) Share job-seeking challenges, get resume reviews and network in an empowering environment. 7 p.m. FREE!

Georgia Theatre On the Rooftop. 7 p.m. FREE! www. JAY GONZALEZ Drive-By Truckers’ keyboardist plays your favorite yacht rock, singer-songwriter, power-pop, British Invasion, originals and TV theme songs. On the Rooftop. 10 p.m. FREE! www. THE SOUTHERN BELLES A Zappaesque amalgamation of country, jazz, rock and funk from Richmond, VA.

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

Thursday 3 Akademia Brewing Co. 7 p.m. FREE! STEVEN SCHULER Soulful acoustic singer-songwriter playing originals and favorites. Blue Sky 10 p.m. FREE! 706-850-3153 WARM GLOW BLUE SKY SHOW JJC plays disco, funk, soul & cetera. Every Thursday! Boar’s Head Lounge 10 p.m. FREE! 706-369-3040 LEAVING COUNTRIES Louis Phillip Pelot plays solo sets of country-rock and acoustic Southern soul.

Negative Gemini plays the Caledonia Lounge on Thursday, May 3. Anniversary. 7 p.m. $12.

Wednesday 9 ART: Artful Conversation (Georgia Museum of Art) Sage Kincaid leads a tour of Pedro Orrente’s painting, “The Crucifixion.” 2 p.m. FREE! COMEDY: Michael Ian Black (40 Watt Club) Michael Ian Black is a comedian, actor and author who has appeared on “The State,” “Viva Variety” and “Stella.” Comedian Nick Thune opens. 8 p.m. $26. EVENTS: Rabbit Box (The Foundry) Storytelling for adults. This month’s theme is “Think Before You Move,” in collaboration with Chess & Community. 7 p.m. $7. EVENTS: Dog Days of Summer (Southern Brewing Company) An evening of live music, food and more to help Athenspets find permanent homes or rescue placement for adoptable dogs and cats. 5 p.m. EVENTS: 1 Million Cups (Athens Area Chamber of Commerce) 1MC is a national program designed to educate, engage and connect entrepreneurs. Each week, a local startup

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Play to win. 8 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Dirty Bingo (Grindhouse Killer Burgers) Hosted by Garrett Lennox. Prizes and house cash. 8 p.m. FREE! GAMES: Dirty South Trivia (Mellow Mushroom) See Wednesday listing for full description 8 p.m. FREE! 706-613-0892 GAMES: Cornhole Tournament (Saucehouse Barbeque) Gather a team and compete. 8 p.m. www. KIDSTUFF: Anime Club (Oconee County Library) Watch some anime and manga, listen to J-Pop music, eat Japanese snacks and share fan art. Ages 11–18. 6–8 p.m. FREE! 706-769-3950 KIDSTUFF: Wednesday Reads Book Club (Bogart Library) Reader’s choice! Participants can read anything they bring. 4th and 5th graders. 4 p.m. FREE! PERFORMANCE: Spring Showcase (Morton Theatre) Students from Center City Ballet & Movement Arts perform. 7:30 p.m. PERFORMANCE: After Hours with The Kourtesans (Terrapin Beer Co.) Drag performances by Karmella Macchiato, Raven La’Wrath, Semaj Onyx-Coxring, Cola Fizz, Alex

The Foundry Terrapin Tuesday. 7 p.m. $5. www. GYPSY WILDCATS Local group playing classic gypsy-swing tunes, as well as Americana and vaudeville standards. HAWK PROOF ROOSTER Local old-time string duo that sings and plays fiddle, banjo, ukulele, guitar and mandolin. Georgia Theatre 6 p.m. $37. UNDEROATH Influential post-hardcore group from Florida. DANCE GAVIN DANCE Sixpiece post-hardcore group from Sacramento, CA. VEIL OF MAYA Prog-metal band from Chicago. LIMBS Post-hardcore group from Tampa Bay, FL. On the Rooftop. 10:30 p.m. FREE! DJ MY CHEMICAL BROMANCE Spinning a set of emo tunes—”all those hits you’ve been listening to on ’Private Mode’ for the past 10 years.” Go Bar 9 p.m. $5–$10 (donation). 706-5465609 POETRY & FOLK NIGHT An International Workers’ Day benefit

country-rock songs and acoustic Southern soul music. Boar’s Head Lounge 10 p.m. FREE! 706-369-3040 OPEN MIC A weekly open-mic jam hosted by Louis Phillip Pelot. All musicians welcome. Backline provided! 40 Watt Club 9 p.m. $5. THE YOD Party-starting Athens-based alternative hip-hop collective. GRÜT Atlanta-based band that dabbles in electronica, funk and more. SELINE HAZE Athens-based hip-hop artist who makes “music to inspire, to empathize and to motivate.” ART CONTEST Local math-rock duo with propulsive rhythms and intricate melodies. IMADO New performance ensemble featuring experimental composer Peter Webb. The Foundry 7 p.m. $5. THE BEST OF UNKNOWN ATHENS A monthly singer-songwriter showcase hosted by Liam Parke. This week’s show features Van Shepherd, Adam Klein, Steve Erwin, Hunter Callahan, Michael Wegner and Halem Albright.

Caledonia Lounge 8 p.m. $10 (21+), $12 (18-20). www. NEGATIVE GEMINI Electronic alter ego of Brooklyn producer Lindsey French. GEORGE CLANTON Vaporwave and chillwave-influenced artist from Brooklyn, NY. STAY AT HOME DAD Local producer with a hazy, beat-centric take on electronica. Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m. $5. THE FAMILY RECIPE New local jazz fusion outfit. JAQK Athens-based rock band. SUPER HELPFUL No information available. 40 Watt Club 8 p.m. $5. GRANT COWAN Local jazz-influenced, piano-based singer-songwriter. Georgia Theatre On the Rooftop. 9 p.m. FREE! www. STROKIN Local Strokes cover band. PALACE DOCTOR Dynamic rock trio fronted by former Modern Skirts bassist Phillip Brantley. Go Bar 10 p.m. FREE! 706-546-5609 KARAOKE Hosted by karaoke fanatic Dr. Fred and featuring a large k continued on p. 24

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The Vic Chesnutt Songwriter of the Year Awards Ceremony and Celebration

Thursday, May 17 · 7-10 pm The Foundry, downtown Athens

Doors open and live music starting at 7:00 p.m. Tickets $10/$12 at door, from The Foundry. Awards Ceremony begins at 8:00 p.m.

Performances by Drew Beskin, Armistead And, Claire Campbell, and the five finalists for 2018:

KyKy Knight Linqua Franqa Andrew Rieger Sean Stephansen Cindy Wilson also featuring

Andrew Huang (2017 Winner) Afterparty: (Flicker Theatre and Bar)

Tickets are $5 Cortez Garza Juan De Fuca Squalle

Benefits Nuçi’s Space and other Athens non-profits

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fronted by singer-songwriter Merrill Garbus. See Calendar Pick on p. 20. MY BRIGHTEST DIAMOND Eclectic, experimental rock and pop project of songwriter Shara Nova. On the Rooftop. 10:30 p.m. FREE! DJ RELL Hip-hop and EDM DJ from Jacksonville, FL.

assortment of pop, rock, indie and more. Every Thursday! Hendershot’s Coffee Bar Old Skool Presents. 8 p.m. FREE! www. NIGHT FEVER Athens-based duo featuring Ansley Stewart and Jason Fuller playing ’70s hits.

Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 KINDERCORE DJS Spinning Britpop, post-punk, indie rock and new wave.

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

The Office Lounge 8:30 p.m. 706-546-0840 SALLY & THE SIX GRAND BAND Long-running dance band playing oldies, classic rock, blues, disco and some fun originals.

The Office Lounge 6 p.m. FREE! 706-546-0840 REV. CONNER MACK TRIBBLE Tribble is a Georgia rock and roll fixture. Every Friday! 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-549-0840 KARAOKE With your host Lynn, the Queen of Karaoke! Terrapin Beer Co. 5 p.m. FREE! POSITIVE CHAOS Heavy alternative rock act from Connecticut. 9:30 p.m. $5 (21+), $8 (18-20). www. HARVEY FUNKWALKER Athensbased trio steeped in deep funk roots and laced with tinges of jazz, blues and rock.

The Foundry 8 p.m. $8 (adv.), $10 (door). www. CINCO DE MAYO CELEBRATION Athens Latin presents a night of festive fun, featuring sets from DJ BIGGZ and DeeJay K.Liente. Front Porch Book Store 6 p.m. FREE! 706-742-7735 SCARLET STITCH Straight-up rock and roll. Georgia Theatre On the Rooftop. 10:30 p.m. BOOTY BOYZ DJs Immuzikation, Twin Powers and Z-Dog spin dance hits into the night. Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 LOS MEESFITS Popular Athensbased group playing Misfits covers

Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-4742 HARVEY FUNKWALKER Athensbased trio steeped in deep funk roots and laced with tinges of jazz, blues and rock. The Office Lounge 9 p.m. 706-546-0840. NEW DIXIE BLUES Classic melodies and instrumentation with influences from blues and rock to country. The Old Pal 11 p.m. FREE! 706-850-4340 DJ QUINCY Local musician John Swint spins a dance party. Showtime Bowling Center Rock & Bowl. 9 p.m. $10. GEORGIA DISH BOYS Local rock group fronted by Seth Martin.


Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-4742 TENTH MOUNTAIN DIVISION Eclectic fusion-rock band from Boulder, CO.

Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. THE PUSSYWILLOWS Rock and roll duo featuring local songwriters Hannah Zale and Carly Gibson.

Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-4742 THE FUSTICS Folk-rock band from North Carolina.

Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. FREE! www.hendershotscoffee. com OPEN MIC Showcase your talent at this open mic night most Mondays. Hosted by Larry Forte. Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-4742 BLUES NIGHT WITH BIG C Nobody in Athens sings the blues quite like Big C. Expect lots of soulful riffs, covers and originals.

Friday 4

Caledonia Lounge 9 p.m. $10 (21+), $12 (18-20). www. BIT BRIGADE Local supergroup plays the soundtrack to vintage video games while Noah McCarthy plays the games onstage. HISSING TILES Noise-punk band from Cincinnati, OH. DOUBLE FERRARI This local band plays virtuosic, riff-laden, instrumental rock. Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m. BRAIN AID FEST A mental-health awareness benefit featuring The Spookie Moon, Garett Hatch, Sea Wall and True Born Sons. Georgia Theatre Girtz for Mayor Fundraiser. On the Rooftop. 6 p.m. FREE! EASTER ISLAND Lush, local postrock band with pop melodies, tender harmonies and shimmering guitars. 7:30 p.m. $20 (adv.), $22 (door). www. TUNE-YARDS Eclectic, critically acclaimed, rhythm-centric indie act


The World Famous 10 p.m. MIKE DONOVAN San Francisco singer-songwriter known for his work with garage-rock band Sic Alps. See Calendar Pick on p. 20. PARTY FAVOR Local supergroup featuring members of Muuy Biien, Surface to Air Missive and Neighbor Lady. HALF ACID Greg O’Connell uses synths and other unconventional instruments to create a psychedelic stew.

Georgia Theatre On the Rooftop. 8 p.m. $3. FASTER CIRCUITS Local psychpop band led by songwriter Derek Almstead. HOT FUDGE Local psych-rock project helmed by guitar wizard Kris Deason.

Terrapin Beer Co. 9 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18-20). www. PEAK PHYSIQUE Sample- and beatbased project with a soulful pop sound. WESDARULER Athens-based hiphop producer and emcee with a laidback, throwback style. L.G. Athens emcee Larry Gresham pulls from ’90s hip hop and R&B to create a unique sound.

Butt Hutt Bar-B-Q 7 p.m. FREE! THE LUCKY JONES Rockin’ rhythm and blues from this local three-piece.

Terrapin Beer Co. 3:30 p.m. FREE! GLADIUS Guitarist and composer from Atlanta playing a unique “baroque-ethnic-metal fusion.”

Monday 7

Southern Brewing Company 5 p.m. FREE! KARAOKE DJ Gregory plays song requests and lets the bravest of the bunch jump in to sing. Every Thursday!

Boar’s Head Lounge 10 p.m. FREE! 706-369-3040 LILY ROSE Nashville-based pop-folk singer-songwriter.

Conner Tribble, Athens Cowboy Choir, Jefferson Shuttlecraft, Repent at Leisure and more. See story on p. 12.

The Pub 8:30 p.m. FREE! 706-353-2831 KARAOKE Sing to your heart’s content every Monday.

Shakey Graves plays a sold-out show at the Georgia Theatre on Tuesday, May 8. CAROLINE AIKEN This guitarist and singer’s bluesy voice and masterful technique guarantee a hypnotic performance.

MOON CHIEF Funky prog-rock group from Atlanta. NEW TREE Atlanta-based psychedelic pop group.

Highwire Lounge 8 p.m. FREE! LIVE MUSIC Rotating local jazz and bluegrass bands play every Friday and Saturday night.

Saturday 5

Little Kings Shuffle Club 8:30 p.m. $5. lkshuffleclub EUREKA CALIFORNIA Melodic, rough-edged, blown-out local garage-rock duo. Album release show! See story on p. 13. LINQUA FRANQA Athens emcee Mariah Parker spits politically charged lyrics inspired by the ’90s underground and the study of linguistics. HARLOT PARTY Local rock group featuring intertwining guitar riffs and haunting, emotive vocals. LYDIA BRAMBILA Local singer-songwriter and guitarist with a pensive folk sound. Madison Morgan Cultural Center 7 p.m. $20. THE GRASCALS Long-running, six-piece bluegrass outfit from Nashville.

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Caledonia Lounge 9:30 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18-20). www. FALLOW Local three-piece dirty grunge and Southern metal band. HEMBREE Metal songwriter Zachary Hembree performs a solo acoustic set. College Square 10 a.m. FREE! ATHENS HUMAN RIGHTS FESTIVAL A weekend-long lineup of music and speakers, featuring The Hobohemians, Diva Experience, Timi & Wonderland Rangers, Michael Guthrie, Dog Politics, Misnomer, The Pussy Willows, Caroline Aiken and more. See story on p. 12. Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m. BRAIN AID FEST A mental-health awareness benefit featuring Antlered Aunt Lord, Tears for the Dying, Unus Mundus and Daniel Clifford.

performed in a Cuban salsa style, of course. Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. $7. DRIFTWOOD A group of experienced Athens musicians playing classic country, rock, folk, blues and bluegrass. Highwire Lounge 8 p.m. FREE! LIVE MUSIC Rotating local jazz and bluegrass bands play every Friday and Saturday night. 11 p.m. $1 (headphone). SILENT DISCO Dance the night away with wireless headphones and two channels of music. One of them is a request line! Live Wire 9 p.m. $12 (adv.), $15 (door). www. THE PERCEPTIONISTS Bostonbased hip-hop group featuring emcees Mr. Lif and Akrobatik. See story on p. 14. DOPE KNIFE Rapper and producer from Savannah. Max 10 p.m. FREE! 706-286-0339 DJ Q Spinning a dance party for Cinco de Mayo.

Terrapin Beer Co. 5 p.m. FREE! STEPHEN SIMMONS Rootsy folkrock singer-songwriter. Wonderbar 10 p.m. FREE! wonderbarathens GEORGE THE INFINITE Local DJ spins the best in Top 40, EDM and bass music every Saturday.

Sunday 6 ACC Library 3 p.m. FREE! athens GYPSY WILDCATS Local group laying classic Django Reinhardt gypsy swing tunes, as well as Americana and old vaudeville standards. Cali ’N’ Tito’s Eastside 6 p.m. FREE! 706-355-7087 THE LUCKY JONES Local band playing old-school rockin’ rhythm and blues. College Square 1 p.m. FREE! ATHENS HUMAN RIGHTS FESTIVAL A weekend-long lineup of music and speakers, featuring Universal Sigh, Klezmer Local 42, MrJordanMrTonks, Rev.

The World Famous 10 p.m. TYLER KEY & STRANGERS Local indie-folk project. BRANDON LUEDTKE Rootsy Americana singer-songwriter from Austin, TX.

Tuesday 8 Cali ’N’ Tito’s Eastside 11 a.m.–3 p.m. FREE! www.calintitos. com LEAVING COUNTRIES Louis Phillip Pelot plays folk with Latin influences every Tuesday. The Foundry Terrapin Tuesday. 7 p.m. $5. www. THE LIL’ SMOKIES Traditional bluegrass quintet from Missoula, MT. THE BROKEN STRING BAND Athens band blending Western folk with indie rock. Georgia Theatre On the Rooftop. 6:30 p.m. FREE! www. SYLVIA ROSE NOVAK Southern gothic singer-songwriter with sharp vibrato and a sharper fiddle. 7:30 p.m. SOLD OUT. SHAKEY GRAVES The alias of Texasbased country musician and actor Alejandro Rose-Garcia.

AND THE KIDS Indie-pop group from Northampton, MA. Go Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-5609 JOHN.AVERAGE Rapper and producer from Atlanta known for a candid style of lyricism. SHALOM LITTLE Conscious rapper from Atlanta. DEXX Up-and-coming emcee from Conyers. SON ZOO Athens hip-hop artist with a dark aesthetic and rapid-fire style. SOLO 10K Hip-hop alter ego of Athens performer Xyquavis Clay. PACO MARQUEZ Young, Athensbased hip-hop artist.

Wednesday 9 Blind Pig Tavern 7 p.m. FREE! 706-850-4919 (College Station Road location) LEAVING COUNTRIES Louis Phillip Pelot plays solo sets of country-rock and acoustic Southern soul. Boar’s Head Lounge 10 p.m. FREE! 706-369-3040 OPEN MIC A weekly open-mic jam hosted by Louis Phillip Pelot. All musicians welcome. Backline provided! Caledonia Lounge 9 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18-20). www. ANCIENT WHALES Fuzz-rock band led by songwriter and vocalist Enoch Bledsoe. COMMON VISIONS Experimental post-punk band from Asheville, NC. NATURE BOYS Gargae-punk group on tour from Kansas City. Flicker Theatre & Bar 10 p.m. PATOIS COUNSELORS Noisy postpunk band from Charlotte, NC. MULTIPLE MIGGS High-octane local harcore band. HEX PARTY New local grunge-inspired rock band. Georgia Theatre On the Rooftop. 7 p.m. FREE! www. JAY GONZALEZ Drive-By Truckers’ keyboardist plays your favorite yacht rock, singer-songwriter, power-pop, British Invasion, originals and TV theme songs. 7:30 p.m. $15 (adv.), $20 (door). www. CAITLYN SMITH Nashville-based pop-country songwriter and musician. ANDREA DAVIDSON Pop singer-songwriter with a wide range of musical influences. The Globe 8 p.m. THE HOT HOTTY-HOTS Local swing and hot jazz ensemble playing music of the 1910s, ’20s and ’30s. Locos Grill & Pub 6 p.m. FREE! 706-549-7700 SIMPLE LIFE Local band led by musician Greg Veal. The Office Lounge 8 p.m. FREE! 706-546-0840 KARAOKE With your host Lynn. Every Wednesday! Porterhouse Grill 6:30 p.m. FREE! 706-369-0990 JAZZ NIGHT The longest standing weekly music gig in Athens! Enjoy

an evening of original music, improv and standards.

Down the Line 5/10 STAY THE SEA / MURDER THE MOOD / TIN CAN COLLECTIVE / CHOIR OF BABBLE (Caledonia Lounge) 5/10 THE PROXIES / REBREEDERS (40 Watt Club) 5/10 CICADA RHYTHM / THE ARTISANALS / THE VIKING PROGRESS (The Foundry) 5/10 CREE MO (Georgia Theatre) 5/10 LOUIS ROMANOS TRIO (Hendershot’s Coffee Bar) 5/10 SALLY & THE SIX GRAND BAND (The Office Lounge) 5/11 MOTHER THE CAR / THE GRAWKS / JACKSON HAREM / GEORGIA DISH BOYS (Caledonia Lounge) 5/11 6 STRING DRAG / DAVE MARR / DAVID BARBE AND THE QUICK HOOKS (40 Watt Club) 5/11 THE HIGHBALLS / DJ RERON (The Foundry) 5/11 REV. CONNER TRIBBLE (Georgia Theatre) 5/11 CROWE & WARDADDY (Georgia Theatre) 5/11 CHAD PRATHER (Georgia Theatre) 5/11 THE JUMP OFF / Squalle / LG / Kxng Blanco / Billy D. Brell / DJ Kountry Boy (Hendershot’s Coffee Bar) 5/11 REV. CONNER MACK TRIBBLE (The Office Lounge) 5/11 BATTLE OF THE BANDS (Terrapin Beer Co.) 5/11 SCOTT LANIAK (Terrapin Beer Co.) 5/12 ATHENS BUSINESS ROCKS (40 Watt Club) 5/12 BOOTY BOYZ / Immuzikation / Twin Powers / Z-Dog (Georgia Theatre) 5/12 BUCKETHEAD (Georgia Theatre) 5/12 RED OAK SOUTHERN STRING BAND / REV. CONNER TRIBBLE (Hendershot’s Coffee Bar) 5/12 ELDER SUN (Terrapin Beer Co.) 5/12 GEORGE THE INFINITE (Wonderbar) 5/13 CORY JOLLY & BRENT DAVENPORT (Terrapin Beer Co.) 5/14 THE PLEASURE POINT / MATERIAL GIRLS / ROSE HOTEL (Georgia Theatre) 5/14 UWG JAZZ ENSEMBLE (Hendershot’s Coffee Bar) 5/15 LEAVING COUNTRIES (Cali ’N’ Tito’s Eastside) 5/15 THE LIZA COLBY SOUND / THE TIP (Georgia Theatre) 5/16 LEAVING COUNTRIES (Blind Pig Tavern) 5/16 JAY GONZALEZ (Georgia Theatre) 5/16 FIONA SILVER (Georgia Theatre) 5/16 THE HOT HOTTY-HOTS (The Globe) 5/16 KIP JONES (Locos Grill & Pub) 5/17 LEAVING COUNTRIES (Boar’s Head Lounge) 5/17 NEIGHBOR LADY / THE HERNIES / LITTLE GOLD (Caledonia Lounge) 5/17 JOE WILLEY AND THE MOVING MEN / THE MOONSHINE / EMILY HORTON (40 Watt Club) 5/17 VIC CHESNUTT SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR AWARD (The Foundry) 5/17 JAZZ JAM (Hendershot’s Coffee Bar) 5/17 SALLY & THE SIX GRAND BAND (The Office Lounge)

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Art 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 June 15, Sept. 15 & Dec. 15. CALL FOR ART (Lyndon House Arts Center) Members of groups that meet at the Lyndon House can submit artwork to “Full House,” a biennial invitational exhibit. Online registration opens May 5. Drop off May 17, 1–8 p.m. Opening reception June 7, 6–8 p.m. 706-613-3623, CALL FOR ARTISTS (Lyndon House Arts Center) Entries are currently being accepted through May 8 for the exhibition “Picturing the Black Fantastic,” scheduled to open in Fall 2018. Send inquiries to curator Drék Davis, akaprofessordavis@, Picturing-the-Black-Fantastic CALL FOR ENTRIES (Athens Institute for Contemporary Art: ATHICA) An exhibition inspired by the sounds of Earth traveling beyond our galaxy, “The Golden Record” seeks works in all media like sound, video, performance, technology and science. Proposal deadline May 31. Exhibition opens Aug. 18. www. FALL RESIDENCIES (Athens Institute for Contemporary Art: ATHICA) Now accepting proposals for Artists-inATHICA fall residencies. Deadline June 30. GEORGIA RIVER NETWORK’S TRASH TO ART CONTEST (Athens, GA) Participants of all ages

are encouraged to submit artwork they create from trash found at river clean-ups. The River Trash Cleanup to Art Contest will be Sept. 8 during the Weekend for Rivers Conference and River Celebration Award Dinner Party. MAKERSPACE MEMBERSHIP (The Hatch) Makers can have access to a full woodshop, metal shop, electronics lab, clean prototyping space, as well as fine art tools, sewing, 3D printing, laser cutting and other tools. $50/month for 24/7 access. Members also get discounted classes and attendance to monthy events. membership PAR TEE DOWN (Trio Contemporary Art Gallery) Par Tee Down will be a nine-hole, artist-designed miniature golf course. Contact to sponsor or design a hole in the course.

Classes BEGINNING BEEKEEPING COURSE (West Broad Market Garden) Participants will learn about backyard beekeeeping. Saturdays, May 5–26, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. $25 per week or $100 for all sessions. 706613-0122, CLASSES (Winterville Center for Community and Culture) “Community Coffeehouse,” Mondays–Thursdays from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. “Silver Sneakers Stretch,” Mondays at 10 a.m. “Silver Sneakers Senior Aerobics,” Mondays at 11 a.m. “Oil Painting,” Mondays at 1:30 p.m. “American Legion Post 20 Coffee Hour,” Tuedays at 9 a.m. “Threadwork Crafting Club,” Tuesdays at 9 a.m. “Pilates,”

art around town AMICI (233 E. Clayton St.) Gunnar Tarsa creates stream of consciousness drawings where ideas collide and coalesce through the ordering of line and shape. 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 ART AND FRAME (1021 Parkway Blvd.) Heidi Hensley’s paintings depict colorful and eclectic scenes of Athens and UGA. ATHENS-CLARKE COUNTY LIBRARY (2025 Baxter St.) The Georgia Peach Quilt is a collaborative effort by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America volunteers. Opening reception May 2. Through May. ATHENS INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART (ATHICA) (160 Tracy St.) Curated by Kira Hegeman and Jon Vogt, “Emerges: Collaborations” is a site-specific installation by Megan Burchett, Maddie Zerkel, Jonathan Quinn Nowell, Forest Kelley and Alexis Spina. Through May 13. ATHENS LATINO CENTER FOR EDUCATION AND SERVICES (445 Huntington Rd., #120) See 20 paintings by Stanley Bermudez. BENDZUNAS GLASS (89 W. South Ave., Comer) The family-run studio has been creating fine art glass for almost 40 years. 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, Harold Rittenberry and Joni Younkins-Herzog. • “Artscape Oconee: The Monuments of Artland” features a total of 20 paintings on panels installed around town. Artists include Claire Clements, Peter Loose, Andy Cherewick, Lisa Freeman, Manda McKay and others. CLASSIC CENTER GALLERIES (300 N. Thomas St.) “Kaleidoscope” includes


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Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. “Tai Chi,” Wednesdays at 10 a.m. “Silver Sneakers Stretch,” Mondays at 10 a.m. “Learn Chess,” Wednesdays at 10 a.m. “Bellydance,” Wednesdays at 7 p.m. “Mah Jong,” Thursdays at 1 p.m. “Line Dancing,” Thursdays at 4 p.m. “Ballroom Dancing,” Thursdays at 6 p.m. 706-742-0823,, FARMVIEW CLASSES (Farmview Market) “Basic Sausage-Making with Butcher Glen Wellman.” May 16, 3 p.m. $40. “On the Grill: SausgeMaking for Tailgaiting Season.” Aug. 4, 3 p.m. $40. “Water-Bath Canning: Peach Butter.” June 14, 2–4 p.m. $40. “Water-Bath Canning: Pepper Jelly.” July 24, 6–8 p.m. $40 (Both canning classes held at Morgan Co. Extension Office’s Consumer Kitchen in Madison). “Columbus Day Sausage-Making: Flavors From Around the World.” Oct. 3, 3 p.m. $40. FIBER ARTS STUDIO WORKSHOP (Georgia Museum of Art) Paige French will teach a four-part course exploring weaving and fiber arts. All levels welcome. Thursdays, May 3–24, 6:30–8:30 p.m. $15. 706542-8863, GENTS OF THE CORK (J’s Bottle Shop) A six-week Wine 101 Appreciation Course exploring the basic principles of wine, critical evaluation technique and a review (and tasting) of the world’s major wine grapes. Two Thursdays a month, 6:15–7:30 p.m. beginning May 3. $75. 706-353-8881, wine. MARTIAL ARTS CLASSES (Live Oak Martial Arts, Bogart) Traditional and modern-style Taekwondo, Jodo, self-defense, grappling and weapons

“Robodog” and other artworks by Megan Burchett are currently on view in “Emerges: Collaborations” at the Athens Institute for Contemporary Art through Sunday, May 13. classes for all ages. Visit website for full class schedule. www.liveoak MOSAIC ART CLASSES (200 Northcrest Dr.) Weekend mosaic classes for beginner and intermediate levels. Visit website for upcoming dates. $175. corazonmosaics@, www.corazonmosaics. 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. one drink). www.facebook. com/salsaathens

artwork by Stanley Bermudez, Tammy Cantarella, Beth Thompson, Starr Campbell, Katherine Burke, Wilma and Erin McIntosh. Through May. CREATURE COMFORTS BREWING CO. (271 W. Hancock Ave.) “The Velvet Ditch” is a series of photographs by Lucy Bone that explore the struggles, jealousies and bliss in growing older. Through June 3. FLICKER THEATRE & BAR (263 W. Washington St.) Paintings by Marisa Mustard. Through May 5. • Artwork by Annelie Klein. May 7–June 2. GEORGIA MUSEUM OF ART (90 Carlton St.) “The Master of Fine Arts Degree Candidates Exhibition” features exiting students of the Lamar Dodd School of Art. Through May 20. • “Images of Awakening: Buddhist Sculpture from Afghanistan and Pakistan.” Through June 17. HEIRLOOM CAFE & FRESH MARKET (815 N. Chase St.) Ink, watercolor and silkscreen paintings of scenes around Athens by Jamie Calkin, plus photographs of people, places and things by Arezou Taeed. Opening reception May 2. Through June 25. HIP VINTAGE & HANDMADE (215 Commerce Blvd.) Drawings and paintings by Lyndon Tewkesbury. Opening reception May 5. Through May. JUST PHO…AND MORE (1063 Baxter St.) Drawings and painting by Patrick Linker. KRIMSON KAFE (40 Greensboro Hwy., Watkinsville) Susan Pelham presents 20 surreal collages in “More Bits and Pieces.” Through May. LAMAR DODD SCHOOL OF ART (270 River Rd.) “BFA 2 Exhibition” showcases works by graduating students. Closing reception May 3. LOWERY GALLERY (2400 Booger Hill Rd., Danielsville) The gallery celebrates “24 Years of Art” with Giclee prints, originals, photographs and sculptures by over 24 artists including Claire Clements, Ben Rouse, Peter Loose, Kip Ramey and more. LYNDON HOUSE ARTS CENTER (293 Hoyt St.) The 43rd Juried Exhibition was juried by Wassan Al-Khudhairi, chief curator at the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis. The show includes 126 pieces selected from 373 artists. Through May 5. • Community Collections presents unique pins traded by members of the Enamelist Society and collected by jeweler Leslie Litt. Through May 19. • On view in the Lounge Gallery, Kristen Hyink’s other-

SEWING CLASSES (Madison County Library, Danielsville) Learn how to sew on the library’s sewing machines. Tuesdays through May, 4:30 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary. org/madison TABLET COMPUTING CLASS (Madison County Library, Danielsville) Learn how to use your tablet. Mondays, 2:30 p.m. www. YOGA CLASSES (M3Yoga) Proceeds from Community Classes through June will benefit Nuci’s Space. $8/ drop-in., YOGA CLASSES & WORKSHOPS (Athens Five Points Yoga Studio)

200-Hour Yoga Alliance Certified Teacher Training. $2250. Ongoing classes in Vinyasa Flow, Hot Power Flow, Hatha, Iyengar, restorative and more. “Ayurveda: Sister Science to Yoga” will be a special workshop offered in June. See schedule online.

Help Out BIG JUMP (Skydive Monroe, 535 Towler St. Monroe) Jumpers raise money for Extra Special People before skydiving on May 12. The Big Jump celebration includes live music, pony rides, bounce houses

worldly illustrations are inspired by nature, dreams and the power of self-discovering. Through June 2. • “Pictures and Words with Pictures” features paintings and drawings by cartoonist and illustrator Eleanor Davis. MADISON MORGAN CULTURAL CENTER (434 S. Main St., Madison) In “The Bower Bird,” sculptor Thomas Prochnow mimics the Australian bird’s unusual mating ritual of constructing a bower adorned with feathers, shells and other found objects. Through July 31. OCONEE CULTURAL ARTS FOUNDATION (OCAF) (34 School St., Watkinsville) The annual juried “Southworks” exhibition includes 90 artworks submitted from across the country. “Fold + Facet” highlights the artistry of Eleanor Annand, Justin Turcotte and Emily Rogstad. Through May 4. PEDAL DRIVEN CYCLES (1075 W. Broad St.) Artwork by James Greer and Nathan Tavel. Through June. PINEWOODS PUBLIC LIBRARY (1265 Hwy. 29 N. #12) See paintings by Stanley Bermudez as well as a community mural currently in the process of restoration. RICHARD B. RUSSELL JR. SPECIAL COLLECTIONS LIBRARIES (300 S. Hull St.) “Wrestling Temptation: The Quest to Control Alcohol in Georgia.” THE SURGERY CENTER (2142 W. Broad St.) See colorful paintings by Dr. Hildegard Timberlake. TRIO CONTEMPORARY ART GALLERY (766 W. Broad St.) “Media Circus” celebrates mixed media artwork by 70dot, Whitney Cleveland, Meredith Elder, Lisa Freeman, Vivian Liddell, Lift It Down, Julia Wynn Safer, Anna Lee Shultz and more. Through May 26. VERONICA’S SWEET SPOT (149 Oneta St., #6C6) See work by local and regional artists, craftsmen, potters and sculptors. WHITE TIGER (217 Hiawassee Ave.) Teenage friends Rose Shelton and Havivah Z. Saltz create watercolors and ink drawings of women, mermaids and pop culture icons, as well as a series inspired by astrological signs. Through May 19. THE WORLD FAMOUS (351 N. Hull St.) Permanent artists include RA Miller, Chris Hubbard, Travis Craig, Michelle Fontaine, Dan Smith, Greg Stone and more.

and more. extraspecialpeople. LITTER INDEX SURVEY The Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful Litter Index is a simple survey for citizens to provide input on the litter they see in their community. Surveys accepted until July 16. aspx?nid=4026

Kidstuff ACC SUMMER CAMPS (Multiple Locations) Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services offers camps in science, dance, sports, art and more. Visit website for dates and details. 706-613-3800, leisure ALLEGRO (Center City Ballet and Athens YMCA) Classes incorporate singing, dancing, movement and

ROOTING FOR COMMUNITY (Williams Farm, 235 Northside Dr.) The camp offers kid empowerment through garden education, cooking lessons, food justice, fine arts and more at the Athens Land Trust’s Williams Farm. For 4th–8th graders. Full scholarships available. July 2–13, 8 a.m.–4 p.m. $160. 706613-0122, www.athenslandtrust. org/rfc ROSE OF ATHENS THEATRE SUMMER ACADEMY (SeneyStovall Chapel, Rose Hall, 150 Fritz Mar Lane) “Teaching Life Skills Through Stage Skills,” June 11–22, Grades 1–12. $85–185. 706-3409181, SPLASH PAD (Multiple Locations) The Trail Creek Splash Pad will be open on weekends May 5–20 & Aug. 5–Sept. 4, then regular seasonal hours from May 26–Aug. 5. The Rocksprings Splash Pad

and applied arts, written and spoken word, nature explorations, mindfulness, music and sound play, improvisation and more. Five weekly camps offered May 29–June 28, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. www.whirligigcamps. com

Support Groups EMOTIONS ANONYMOUS (Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens) A 12-step program open to anyone with a desire to become well emotionally. Meets Sundays, 4–5 p.m. 706-202-7463, www.emotions MENTAL HEALTH PEER SUPPORT GROUP (Nuçi’s Space) Meets the second Wednesday of every month. Open to anyone focused on improving their life and learning how to live with their condition. FREE! www. PROJECT SAFE (Athens, GA) “The New Beginnings Support Group.” Mondays, 6:30–8 p.m., with a dinner on the last Monday of the month. Childcare provided. “Athena: Goddess of Courage, Wisdom and Justice Group.” Thursdays, 6–7:30 p.m. “Walk-In Clinic.” Mondays, 1–4 p.m. and Thursdays, 3–6 p.m. 24-hour crisis hotline: 706-5433331. Teen texting line: 706-7658019.

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“Nancy Drinks Busch” by Katelyn Chapman is currently on view in the “Master of Fine Arts Degree Candidates Exhibition” at the Georgia Museum of Art through Sunday, May 20. instrument play. www.centercity AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS (Athens Little Playhouse) Theater day camp for kids ages 5 & up. The week concludes with a performance for families. Choice of nine weeks, May 21–July 27. www.athenslittle BAKING AND COOKING CAMPS (Olive Basket) April after-school cooking classes include phyllo apple strudel, pop tarts, ravioli and breakfast burritos. May after-school cooking classes include Korean fried rice, Italian style breakfast muffins, chocolate mousse and Korean ice cream sundaes. For ages 7 & up. Choose one class a week from Monday– Thursday 3–4:30 p.m. or 4:30–6 p.m. or Friday, 3–4:30 p.m. $35/ class, $125/month. “Cooking Class” with Korean sushi and stir fried glass noodles takes place Fridays in April at 6 p.m. $35. “Summer Baking Camp,” June 4–29. Kids Camp, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. Teen Camp, 2–5:30 p.m. “Summer Cooking Camp,” July 9–Aug. 10. Kids Camp, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. Teen Camp, 2–5:30 p.m. $200. EXPLORING THE EARTH SUMMER CAMP (Little Rose Nature Adventures, Watkinsville) This camp is a nature-based, visual and performing arts, STEAM program for kids ages 5–12. Runs June and July, 8:30 a.m.–2 p.m. $200/ week. HOMESCHOOL GROUP (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Instruction and activities connect youth to their natural surroundings. Second Mondays, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. $25/class.

will open May 26. $1/person. Pool passes $20–40. www.athensclarke SPRING PRE-SCHOOL PROGRAMS (Lay Park) “May Showers.” May 11, 10 a.m. $4–6. SUMMER CAMPS (Treehouse Kid and Craft) Camps include themed programming on modern art, superhero and fantasy, dollhouse design, natural dyeing and textiles, fairies and nature art, Latin American art, women in art, and more. Check website for full descriptions and dates. SUMMER CAMPS (Community Voices in Action) “Creative Arts for Imaginative Hearts” for ages 6–9 includes puppetry, culinary arts, musical theater and more. May 29-June 1 or June 11–15. “Backyard Broadway Creative Arts” for ages 10–14 includes theater, writing and creative arts. June 18–22. “Athens Teen Writers Group Summer Intensive” for ages 13–18 guides writers through short narratives and poems. June 4–8. $125–150/week. 706-340-7461, SUMMER SPORTS CAMP (United Team Sports Center) Basketball, baseball, football and other team sports. TEEN SUMMER CAMP (Lyndon House Arts Center) “Live Action Puppets and Video” for ages 12–16. June 25–29, 1–4 p.m. “Fine Art Intensive” for ages 12–16. July 9–20, 1–4 p.m. 706-613-3623 WHIRLIGIG CREATIVE CAMPS FOR KIDS (Chase Park Warehouses) Activities include movement arts, 2D and 3D visual

ADULT FIELD TRIPS (Lay Park) “Dahlonega Arts and Wine Festival.” May 19, 10 a.m.–7 p.m. $15–17.50. Trips depart from and return to Lay Park. ADULT TRIPS (Rocksprings Community Center) “Taste of Alpharetta.” May 3, 3–10 p.m. $25– 37.50. For ages 18 & up. All trips depart and return to Rocksprings Park. Register online. www.accgov. com/leisure under recreation tab INCLUSIVE BOOK CLUB (Madison County Library, Danielsville) Adults of all abilities can read out loud and discuss books. May 9 & May 23, 1 p.m. 706-795-5597, www.athens MEDITATION IN ATHENS (Multiple Locations) Meditations are offered in various forms across town. Athens Zen Group offers a newcomers orientation every Sunday (except first Sunday of the month) at 11 a.m. Breathing Heart Sangha offers mindfulness meditation in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. Sundays, 6:30–8 p.m. Dedicated Mindfulness Practitioners meets at the Griffin Dubose Healing Lodge every first and third Saturday of the month, 8:30–9:30 p.m. jaseyjones@ Mindful Living Center offers intro classes every second Friday, 5:30–6:30 p.m. at the Griffin Debose Healing Lodge. Rich Panico leads mindfulness meditation at Athens Physical Therapy every Thursday, 5:30–6:30 p.m. Satchidananda Mission offers yoga meditation every Sunday, 6:30–7:30 p.m. and Kirtan every third Sunday, 4–6 p.m. SPRING PROGRAMS (Rocksprings Community Center) “Fairy Tale Fun Shop.” May 3, 10 a.m. $6–9. Ages 2–6. Register online. www.accgov. com/leisure THE PET CARE CLINIC (Pet Supplies Plus) The Athens Area Humane Society offers a low-cost clinic the first Saturday of each month, 1–4 p.m. Services include vaccines, deworming, microchipping, nail trimming, flea treatments and more. No appointment necessary. 706-769-9155 f


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Bad Coffee and Breakup Jitters ADVICE FOR ATHENS’ LOOSE AND LOVELORN By Bonita Applebum Hey Bonita, I have a somewhat awkward situation I hope you can help me out with. My regular coffee shop has a new barista, and they don’t seem to know how to make drinks correctly. This person’s schedule lines up with when I stop by, and maybe I’m too friendly, because they always pop up and want to serve me. I tried to suggest a better method for steaming milk, and their response made it clear they were oblivious to my (maybe too gentle?) criticism. I really don’t want to have to find a new regular place.

Uh oh, friend. Breaking up isn’t easy for anyone involved, and I have no advice that will make this a painless experience for either of you. This is a long-term relationship that took years to build, so don’t expect a quick and clean separation. Hopefully, you’ve been having conversations around this topic for a while now— maybe not about breaking up, but about the trajectory of your relationship and your future together—and not treating the stagnation of your relationship like a dirty little secret. People are great at playing along You do sound very friendly, but don’t be for the sake of appearances, and I really so friendly that you have to change your hope that’s not what you’ve been doing. entire morning routine. Otherwise, a sit-down Just talk to the manabout your relationship People are great at could come as a real ager. This is an issue of training, not customer playing along for the shock to your partner. service, so relax if you’re If this subject has been sake of appearances, and on the table for a little worried about the new employee getting in trou- I really hope that’s not bit, the conversation will ble. Any good manager come easier than you what you’ve been doing. will just retrain the newthink. He would expect bie and send them back it, to a degree. out ready to better serve the public. But you seem really worried about the initial shock of it all, and honey, I’m sorry, Dear Bonita, but you’re just gonna have to rip that banWhat is the best way to let an extremely dage off. Sit him down on a quiet evening sensitive friend know the shoes they wear all and break the news. You might be tempted day every day stink to high hell and need to be to compromise by offering to just move replaced? out instead of break up—which I’m sure All of Our Noses he’d find much more appealing if he’s not expecting to be dumped—but that’s up to Just go out and buy your friend a similar you. That’s a little dishonest, I know, but pair of new shoes. Don’t ask. Get their shoe I thought I’d offer at least one diplomatic size, then go to Marshalls or T.J. Maxx— solution, since this guy is probably gonna anywhere with cute and affordable get blindsided. My personal stuff. Wrap them like a gift, and opinion is to present them to your friend always privately.

Dear Bonita, I have been dating my boyfriend for almost five years. We first started dating when we were young and just messing around. Now we’re in our mid20s and living together. Though I love him, I feel like I need to leave the relationship. He did nothing wrong—it’s just that I’m starting to feel like the relationship is not going anywhere. We have grown a lot while dating, but not together. He is my first real boyfriend, and I want to see what else is out there. The problem is sitting him down and breaking it to him. I need to figure out the best time to tell him before we decide to re-sign our lease. I need to figure out where I will be living after our lease is up, or figure out who my next roommate will be. Either way, got any breakup advice? Thanks! First-Time Heartbreaker

be honest first, but I know how hard that can be when our honest desires or actions might negatively impact someone we care for. Good luck to you, dude. Get in there, roll up your sleeves, and crack those eggs with compassion for yourself and your soonto-be ex. f Need advice? Email, use the anonymous form at, or find Bonita on Twitter: @flagpolebonita.

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3BD/3.5BA house on Dr. MLK Jr. Walking distance to downtown and campus. C o m p l e t e l y re n o v a t e d w/ all new appliances. Includes W/D, granite countertops. Each BR BA suite has own entrance. Large front porch and backyard and parking. All tile flooring. $2100/mo., excludes utils. Avail. 5/15. 706-540-8103. Charming Historic House Boulevard neighborhood, 2 b l o c k s f ro m C h a s e E l e m e n t a r y. 4 B R / 2 B A , C H A C , W D , D W, 3 screened porches, fenced yard, $2200/mo. Avail. now.

ROOMS FOR RENT VP and Blockchain Software Lead of New York based multi-national bank needs fulltime housemate. Fully furnished, 5BR/4BA, 13.5 acre farm in Clarke County 1 mile from Mall. In town every 4 to 6 weeks. No undergrads or rockers (30+ musicians OK). $500/ mo. or negotiable. Pets OK. Will consider children. Available mid-June. 706286-0070. Flagpole ♥ apartments and houses and other real estate type stuff.

FOR SALE ANTIQUES Archipelago Antiques: A treasury of home decor and personal accents. 1676 S. Lumpkin St. Open daily, 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. 706-354-4297.

APPLIANCES Washer & Dr yer. Only 3 years old. $300 each/$550 pair. Also, sofa, bookcases, desk, etc. Call/ Text: 205-936-2210. Must Sell by May 5th!

FURNITURE Queen pillow top mattress. Brand new, in the plastic. $175. King-size pillow top mattress set. Brand new, in the plastic. $295. Call 706714-4365. Can deliver. Flagpole ♥ antiques, appliances, furniture and other stuff for sale.

MUSIC EQUIPMENT Nuçi’s Space needs your old instruments & music gear! All donations are taxdeductible. Call 706-2271515 or come by Nuçi’s Space, 396 Oconee St.



Athens School of M u s i c . Instruction in guitar, bass, drums, piano, voice, brass, woodwinds, strings, banjo, mandolin, fiddle & more. From beginner to expert. Visit www.athensschoolofmusic. com, 706-543-5800.

Hands-On Beginning Beekeeping Course. Learn everything you need to become an expert backyard beekeeper! Saturdays, May 5–26 $25/ wk or $100/total. 706-6130122,

UGA Community Music School. Group and private instruction avail. for students 18 mos. through adult seniors! Private instruction in popular and classical styles. ugacms., ugacms@uga. edu, 706-542-2894.

MUSIC SERVICES Instant cash is now being paid for good vinyl records & CDs in fine condition. Wuxtry Records, at corner of Clayton & College Dwntn. 706-369-9428.

SERVICES CLEANING Peachy Green Clean Co-op, your local friendly Green Clean! Free estimates w/ rates as low as $39. 706-248-4601, peachygreencleancoop. com.

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PRINTING Self Publish Your Book. Local (Five Points) professional publishing service. Editing, design & printing services. 30+ years experience. Let’s meet at Jittery Joe’s. 706395-4874.

JOBS FULL-TIME Awesome burritos start with awesome people! Join the Barberitos team today. We are now hiring for full and part-time positions at our Barnett Shoals Rd. and Lumpkin S t re e t l o c a t i o n s . Vi s i t to fill out an application or stop by to speak with a manager. Front desk, breakfast and laundry help needed. Must be flex. 7 days. Wingate, 255 Nor th Ave. Apply in person, bring resume. 8:30 a.m.–2 p.m., M–F. Mr. Singh.

Groove Burgers is hiring servers and line cooks for FT and/or PT employment. Line cook pay is based on skill level. We are looking for both day and night shifts. Apply online: www. or in person: 1791 Oconee Connector, Suite 510. 762499-5699. Help wanted in back of house. Apply in person at George’s Lowcountry. FT and PT positions avail. 2095 S. Milledge Ave. SMI Composites wants to train you to make Carbon Fiber parts for the Automotive & A v i a t i o n i n d u s t r y. Full benefits, vacation. Contact: fowler@

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Electing Judges LAWYERS ARE LIKELY TO LOVE THE INCUMBENT By Pete McCommons The only Superior Court election here without an incumbent in at least the last 40 years was in 2002, when Joe Gaines declined to retire early to allow the governor to appoint his successor. The subsequent election drew seven candidates and resulted in the election of David Sweat, who retired before the end of his term last fall because of family illness, paving the way for Gov. Nathan Deal to appoint state Rep. Regina Quick to the bench. The other incumbent judge up for election this year is Eric Norris, who was appointed by Deal to fill a new judgeship.

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attorneys who try criminal cases, as many of them do. So, it is no surprise that local lawyers have voted with their dollars in favor of the incumbent judges. It’s no surprise, either, that the election of judges puts the candidates and the lawyers alike in an awkward situation. Lawyers have to make their living practicing in front of whoever is elected, so they naturally want to be counted among the supporters, rather than the opponents, of the winning judge. Judges, of course, are sworn to uphold the law impartially, so they certainly don’t want to be in any possible
















The statue “Justice” by Diana Moore, in front of the federal courthouse in Newark, NJ, assures us that justice is blind, no matter how much lawyers contribute to judges.

He is opposed by Allison Mauldin, wife of District Attorney Ken Mauldin and chief deputy district attorney in the nearby Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit. Lawyers have the greatest interest in who will be judge. Based strictly on which candidates they’re supporting with their contributions this time, neither Lott nor Mauldin has much chance of a bench seat. Campaign finance statements show that Quick has raised $62,000, with 53 lawyers contributing half her total. Lott has raised $40,000, with 42 lawyers making up only a fourth of her total. Norris’s contributions total $37,500, with 89 lawyers giving three-fourths of that amount. Mauldin, who got into the race late, has raised only $3,500, excluding her own money. Only one lawyer is among her contributors. One advantage of incumbency is that lawyers see how a judge operates, and if they’re comfortable with a judge, they’re less likely to want a change. That makes the challenger’s job even harder. In the present instance, both Quick and Norris had their own private practices before they became judges, and they handled cases and clients familiar to all the lawyers who try cases before them. Lott, on the other hand, has for most of her career been a public defender, assisting poorer clients who are not paying for her services. Mauldin, as a career prosecutor, raises a red flag for

position of appearing to favor a contributor. Still, money is given and received, and that’s the system we play under, even though most lawyers and judges would prefer something different. The de facto something different has traditionally been appointment by the governor. Gaines was originally appointed to fill a new judgeship. Lawton Stephens was appointed to fill the vacancy created by Judge James Barrow’s death. Sweat won the contested election to succeed Gaines. Steve Jones was appointed to fill a new judgeship. Patrick Haggard was appointed to fill the vacancy when Jones was appointed federal district judge. Then Norris and Quick were appointed. Some of the appointed judges have had opposition at re-election time. Lott makes the point in her campaign that our local judges should not be chosen in Atlanta, i.e. by the governor, and she’s right about that. Our law provides for the direct election of judges, but our practice takes advantage of interim appointments, and all of our current judges have been initially appointed by the governor. A vote for Lott and Mauldin would be a protest against that practice, but a majority of the lawyers who make their living in front of judges have already put their money on the incumbents as not only the probable winners but also as fair and competent judges. It remains to be seen if a majority of the voters agree. f






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