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NOVEMBER 18, 2020 · VOL. 34 · NO. 46 · FREE

Shelter Projects Willson Center Funds Creative Reflections on Pandemic  p. 11

Tips for Celebrating Thanksgiving Safely Traditional Thanksgiving gatherings with family and friends are fun but can increase the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19 or the flu. Follow these tips to make your Thanksgiving holiday safer.


The safest way to to celebrate Thanksgiving this year is to celebrate with people in your household. If you do plan to spend Thanksgiving with people outside your household, take steps to make your celebration safer.

Wear a Mask

Keep Your Distance

• Wear the mask over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin. • Make sure the mask fits snugly against the sides of your face. • Masks should NOT be worn by children under the age of 2 or anyone who has trouble breathing.

• Stay at least 6 feet away from others who do not live with you. • Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread COVID-19 or flu. • Indoors and outdoors, you are more likely to get or spread COVID-19 when you are in close contact with others for a long time.

Keep Hands & Items Clean

Attending/Hosting a Gathering

• Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. • Keep hand sanitizer with you and use it when you are unable to wash your hands. • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and items between use.

• Limit the number of guests and have conversations ahead of time to set expectations. • Use single-use options and disposable items like food containers, plates, and utensils. • Limit the number of people in food prep areas. • Eat outdoors if possible or open windows. • Have guests bring their food or have one person serve food if sharing.


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A crowd gathered to listen to Jon Ossoff, Democratic nominee for the 2020 U.S. Senate election in Georgia, speak outside the 40 Watt Club on Friday, Nov. 13.

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This Modern World . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Six New TADs Plus COVID-19 Updates From UGA, ACC and CCSD

Pub Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

NEWS: Pub Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Curb Your Appetite . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

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Art Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

NEWS: Feature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Art Around Town . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

Some Tips on Staying Safe for Thanksgiving

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Safe Thanksgiving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

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Adopt Me . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

ARTS & CULTURE: Art Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

Puzzles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Shelter Projects Support a Rich Panoply of Art

Threats & Promises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Record Review . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 MIKE WHITE · DEADLYDESIGNS.COM

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Elections officials in Athens and statewide are wrapping up an unusual hand recount ordered by Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger last week. Raffensperger, a Republican, came under fire from President Donald Trump, Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler and the state’s Republican congressional delegation after Joe Biden won a narrow victory of approximately 14,000 votes in Georgia. Despite a total lack of evidence of any widespread fraud that could change the result, Raffensperger said he ordered the hand recount—technically an audit—of 5 million ballots to ensure confidence in Georgia’s election process. Under normal circumstances, a recount would involve rescanning ballots rather than counting them by hand, and that could still happen since any losing candidate who finishes within 0.5 points has the right to ask for one. However, neither a hand nor machine recount is likely to change more than a handful of votes. In Athens, poll workers started the recount on Friday and were hoping to wrap up on Wednesday, Nov. 18, Director of Elections and Voter Registration Charlotte Sosebee said. Four audit teams of two people each were recounting the approximately 52,000 votes cast in Athens, 70% of which went for Biden. Under state law, Raffensperger must certify the election results by Nov. 20. AthensClarke County initially certified its results Nov. 6 but had to recertify Nov. 12 after poll workers discovered 99 additional ballots. They included two batches totaling 93 ballots that were found after counting was completed, two more that were not scanned and four that were found in drop boxes after Election Day. The Board of Elections accepted all but one of those ballots, which they couldn’t verify was cast before the 7 p.m. Nov. 3 deadline. Sosebee said she is investigating what happened and will reprimand the people responsible. “We have got to come up with another step or make sure this does not happen again, because it’s unacceptable,” she said. [Blake Aued]

Fowler Drive Elementary School is closed until after Thanksgiving break because a number of staff members are in quarantine after being exposed to COVID-19. The exposure occurred before schools reopened Nov. 9, and none of the staff members have tested positive, according to a Nov. 11 letter Principal Selecia Hardy sent to parents. CCSD reported 19 total positive tests among students and employees last week and 73 precautionary quarantines. [BA]

Thumbs Up for TADs The Athens-Clarke County Commission voted Nov. 10 to approve plans for six special tax districts to encourage growth in East Athens, on the Eastside, and along Atlanta Highway and Newton Bridge Road. The plans are for tax allocation districts, which are an economic development tool used to entice developers to blighted areas, such as Atlantic Station in Midtown Atlanta. Governments typically work with developers to decide on infrastructure or amenities that would make the development possible—anything from sidewalks to sewer lines. The extra taxes generated by the development then go toward paying for the public investment. TAD revenue can be used for improvements like affordable housing, water and sewer lines, parks, roads, bike lanes and sidewalks. Committees of residents will be appointed to guide projects.


The proposed districts are the Georgia Square Mall area, Broad Street west of Hawthorne Avenue, Newton Bridge Road, an area stretching from the eastern edge of downtown to Triangle Plaza in East Athens, North Avenue near the Loop and Lexington Road around Gaines School Road. Now that the commission has approved the districts, ACC will seek approval from the Clarke County Board of Education to use school property taxes as well. The TADs will take effect in January. [BA]

COVID Cases Up Again at UGA The University of Georgia’s weekly COVID-19 data release showed another week of increased cases for the week of Nov. 2-8. According to self-reported data from the DawgCheck app, there were 87 positive tests last week, with 63 from students and 24 from staff, up from 79 positive cases the previous week. Surveillance-testing participation was up again last week, with 2,225 tests given to asymptomatic individuals, yielding 31 positives for a positive rate of 1.39%. For the two weeks before Thanksgiving, UGA has increased its daily surveillance testing capacity to 1,000 tests a day in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19 as students head back home for Thanksgiving and the end of the semester. Each day, the University Health Center announces via its website a location for pop-up testing that can accommodate up to 250 people. The remaining 750 tests are available at the Legion Field surveillance testing location. At the University Health Center, where symptomatic tests are given on campus, there were a total of 171 COVID-19 tests given and nine positives for a positivity rate of 5.3%. That’s down from last week’s 12 positive cases and a positivity rate of 6.9%. Additionally, there were 41 positive tests recorded in the Athens community and other categories listed in the data. That’s up from last week’s 34 positive cases. While the United States continues to break records for new cases almost daily, new cases in Athens-Clarke County continue to hold steady. There were 167 new Athens-Clarke County cases last week, compared to 164 the week before. AthensClarke County’s cumulative totals were 6,018 positive cases, 262 hospitalizations and 50 deaths as of Nov. 13. In addition, rapid-antigen-testing data showed that there have been another 1,149 likely cases, an increase of 78 from last week. All combined, viral and antigen-positive cases are now at 7,167, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. UGA’s wastewater study continues to provide further perspective on AthensClarke County. The Center for the Ecology of Infectious Disease study now takes samples from all three wastewater plants twice a week. The trends have been relatively stable, with a slight upward shift last week, but it’s not clear yet if that’s a trend, said project leader Erin Lipp.


Ossoff’s in the Runoff With all eyes on Georgia’s U.S. Senate runoff elections, which could produce a Democratic majority in both chambers of Congress, Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff spearheaded an effort to get out the vote with his Future of Georgia tour, stopping in Athens on Friday. Surrounded by a crowd of about 200 supporters outside the 40 Watt Club, Ossoff delivered sharp criticism of incumbent Sen. David Perdue, attacking his opponent’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and lack of communication with his constituents. “You shouldn’t expect public servants to vote the way you want them to every single time,” said Ossoff, a documentary filmmaker and mentee of U.S. Rep. John Lewis. “What we expect is for public servants to come out in public, answer questions and approach the people with an open heart and an open mind, listen to criticism and listen to scrutiny. If Sen. Perdue doesn’t want to serve the public, he can go home to his private island.” Ossoff also railed against Perdue’s purchase of stock in DuPont de Nemours, which sells personal protective equipment, on the same day he received a classified

briefing about the coronavirus. Perdue denies any allegations of insider trading, saying his financial adviser executes transactions without his knowledge. Ossoff finished his four-day tour of Georgia in Athens on the same day national news outlets announced that Presidentelect Joe Biden won the state, making Biden the first Democrat to win Georgia since Bill Clinton in 1992. “We’re living through a moment of historic crisis,” Ossoff said. “And in order for us to overcome this crisis, we need President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris to be able to lead, to be able to govern and to be able to make things happen. And if we don’t win these two U.S. Senate races here in Georgia, y’all, it will be gridlock for six years in Washington.” Prior to Ossoff’s arrival, former state Rep. Deborah Gonzalez threw her support behind Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock, who’s running against incumbent U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler in Georgia’s other runoff election. “Georgia is blue, folks. It is blue,” said Gonzalez, who’s currently in a runoff election for district attorney of the Western Judicial Circuit. “We all did that; we made Georgia blue for the first time in 28 years. But the fight isn’t ready yet. You know why? Because we can’t send Biden and Harris alone.” In endorsing Ossoff, ACC Commissioner Ovita Thornton called for Christians to “stand up” for what’s right, criticizing people who “hide behind” Christianity and use it as a means to “oppress people.” Commissioner Russell Edwards shared his support for Ossoff, encouraging the audience to vote out “Trump’s top ally.” Voters will ultimately decide between Ossoff and Perdue and between Loeffler and Warnock, on Jan. 5. Under Georgia law, a candidate must garner more than 50% of the vote to win an election. If no candidate receives a majority of the vote, the top two candidates head into a runoff election. Gonzalez’s runoff is Dec. 1. In the general election, Perdue received 49.71% of the vote, while Ossoff received 47.96%, a margin of about 86,000 votes. [Tyler Wilkins] f


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what they called the “Star Wars Cantina,” that gathering place in the first movie where disparate interplanetary beings could enjoy a drink together. Allen’s has always been like that: old townies like John and John and Buddy, students, working-class folks, Navy school students (who wore their Allen’s T-shirts all over the world), neighborhood people, the music crowd—all feeling comfortable there, no matter how strange one group might look to another.

World Famous WE COULD ALL GET ALONG AT ALLEN’S By Pete McCommons pete@flagpole.com

Danny Self died last week amid the buzz over who was going to run for political office. I didn’t know Danny well, certainly not as well as his friends who thronged Allen’s Hamburgers to mourn him last Friday. I live in the neighborhood, and when I was out for an early walk, he sometimes passed by on his way to or from Allen’s. Danny tooted his horn and waved and smiled and hollered something out the window. At 40 miles an hour from a pickup truck, he brightened my day. Imagine what he meant to his family and to his friends, whose clubhouse he ran. Danny assumed responsibility for the “world famous” Athens institution, which he understood well enough to let it continue just being Allen’s. His own warm and welcoming personality became the center of a place with a history, a place that meant a lot to a lot of people. It was a perfect match. So Danny’s sudden death when his enlarged heart gave out took away a fine man in the prime of life, and it also rocked the world of Allen’s. Standing out on the sidewalk last Friday afternoon after the wake for Danny, I fell into conversation with John Padgett and John Elliott, moderated by Buddy Broadnax. They all agreed with the description of Allen’s as being like




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Danny was the perfect manager for such a cantina. Whatever constellation of ideas made up his world view, he didn’t judge others by theirs. The regulars at the Allen’s breakfast club probably thought me a pernicious tree-hugger, but nobody has ever made me feel unwelcome there, certainly not Danny. Reflecting on our sidewalk conversation, I had one of those feelings you get about how Danny lives on through what his friends saw in him. I hate John Padgett’s

Republican-developer politics and John Elliott’s even more. But I like John Padgett, and I enjoy talking to him whenever we encounter each other, even on such a sad occasion. And, well, OK, I like John Elliott, too. Sure, he’s opinionated and bullheaded and a lot of other stuff, but he’s a funny guy. He cares deeply about our community; he just sees it wrong (and thinks I do, too). But Danny Self would like nothing more than to see us there at Allen’s talking and enjoying each other’s company, not even having to argue because we already know all the ways we disagree. The spirit of Danny Self is a powerful reminder just how important it is to be friendly with or at least tolerant of people from a different political planet. We’re in a hotly contested summer that will have a vast effect on the future of Athens. We’ve had elected officials working to find candidates to run against other elected officials. We’ve got ill feelings fueling political passions. We’ve got to get through this summer and fall and still be able to work as a community no matter who wins. After such a devastating loss as the death of Danny Self, it’s small comfort to think that his largeness of spirit can help us remember our humanity, but that’s at least something. We all get trapped in our own worlds, associating only with our own kind against the enemy. That’s why a place like Allen’s with a spirit like Danny’s is so important to us individually and as a community. Right there in Allen’s on Friday, curly-headed developer Bill Thornton started telling me what a great guy Republican state Senate candidate Brian Kemp is. Bill said he’d give me two votes for anybody if I’d give him one vote for Brian. I said, in that case, I’d see if I could get former Mayor Gwen O’Looney to run for something, and Bill withdrew his offer. Danny would have loved the look on Bill’s face. f


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ith a surge in COVID-19 cases nationwide, the Thanksgiving holiday provides its own set of challenges this year. Luckily, the mild winter conditions in the South, alongside our access to technology and proven ability to get creative in the face of pandemic life, means that there are plenty of ways to celebrate the holiday safely by thinking a little bit outside the box this year.

Assess Your Risk First things first: Should we be gathering for thanksgiving at all this year? That depends on several factors, and it’s up to every individual to consider what their own risks are and what level of risk they’re comfortable taking. According to the recently released Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, you should consider several factors in combination to determine your own risk: • Are there high or increasing numbers of cases of COVID-19 in the gathering location or in locations where guests may be coming from? • What is the risk for exposure during travel? Airports, bus and train stations, public transportation, gas stations and rest stops all pose some risk of exposure. • Where will the gathering be held? Indoor gatherings, especially with poor ventilation in small, enclosed spaces, pose more risk than outdoor gatherings. • How long will the gathering last? The longer the gathering, the higher the risk. • How many people will be there? The more people, the higher the risk. • What has been the behavior of people who will attend? Individuals who have not been adhering to social distancing, mask wearing, hand washing and other prevention behaviors pose a higher risk than those who have consistently practiced these safety measures. • What behaviors will be expected by everyone at the gathering? For many, looking at these factors may mean that Thanksgiving will look a little different this year. According to Christina Proctor, health promotion and behavior clinical professor at the UGA College of Public Health, this might be the year to keep your celebration small and confined to the people in your own household. “It would be the ideal time to take a


break from the large family gatherings and focus on a small, intimate dinner with your immediate family,” she says. “The more people you bring together from outside your household, the riskier your Thanksgiving gathering becomes. The pandemic is currently surging in the U.S., with high numbers of cases and hospitalizations, and therefore there will be risk associated with groups of people gathering together indoors to share food.” Most importantly, people should avoid gatherings altogether if they have recently tested positive for COVID-19, have been exposed or are awaiting test results. People who have increased risk for severe illness should also avoid in-person gatherings altogether.

“The pandemic is worsening in many parts of the country, so following guidelines, planning ahead of time and taking necessary precautions to protect those you love is really important,” Proctor says. “One large family gathering can be a superspreader event with serious consequences. Take the risk seriously and listen to public-health experts.”

Gathering Safely Some people, however, will assess their risk and still want to gather for the holiday. “I understand that people have given up so much this year. We’ve missed birthdays,


weddings and family vacations, so heading into the holiday season with the pandemic surging in this country has left me defeated,” Proctor says. “I want my daughter to spend some time with her grandparents, and I know others are missing their family and loved ones.” With that in mind, Proctor suggests making a plan that everyone can agree on ahead of time. “Have conversations and make pacts to quarantine before the gathering and to get tested,” she says. Avoid air travel if possible. Prior to the gathering, ideally everyone would quarantine a week before getting a test, and then quarantine another week after getting a negative test result. The incubation time, or the time it takes for the virus to show up in test results or as symptoms, is two to 14 days, or, on average, about five days. “[This] makes testing a bit tricky,” says Proctor. “Let’s say the day before you get tested, you are exposed to someone with COVID19. You can still test negative and develop symptoms later, if you get symptoms at all. So even if everyone in the family tests negative, you still want to take other precautions to stay safe.” If you don’t have the option to stay out of work or leave your children out of daycare or school for two weeks, then plan to avoid dining in at restaurants, don’t go to bars, and avoid movie theaters. In general, avoid spending extended periods of time in indoor spaces during the weeks prior to the holiday. To ensure a safe gathering for everyone, it’s important that everyone understands and agrees to abide by the same basic public-health rules and guidelines. An email or conversation prior to arrival, laying out what guests can expect, can help get everyone on the same page. Creating simple signs to put up can serve as friendly reminders and help avoid confrontation. The CDC’s Thanksgiving recommendations strongly encourage everyone to wear a mask when indoors and not eating; observe six feet of social distancing; avoid going in and out of spaces where the meal is being prepared; frequently wash hands and use hand sanitizer; have one person serve the plates; don’t share food, drinks or eating utensils; and open windows if you are eating indoors. Also, consider having extra masks on hand and putting hand sanitizer in convenient and accessible locations. “Our family is opting for the outside option, since we have family members who have pre-existing conditions. If there’s bad weather, we will set up the table in the car garage and leave the door open for better air circulation,” Proctor says. “The more your Thanksgiving festivities revolve around outdoor activities, the safer your family will be.” One other way to reduce indoor time in the kitchen is to prepare food before guests arrive or to pre-order from a local restau-

rant food that only needs warming prior to the meal. If eating a big Thanksgiving meal outdoors isn’t in the cards, consider other creative options beyond a formal meal, such as enjoying pie and coffee together outside. This shortens the time of potential exposure but still gives everyone a chance to see each other in person. If a meal or dessert doesn’t suit your gathering needs, consider an outdoor activity like going for a hike to spend time with family.

Celebrating From Afar While some relatives and friends may be able to gather this Thanksgiving, there will be many family members who can’t make it or don’t feel comfortable attending in-person festivities this year. Many of those who may have to opt out this year are older adults who experienced many months of isolation during this pandemic. Isolation, recent studies have shown, has a significant effect on mental well-being and health. “The pandemic has really shown us how important social connections are, and at no time do we notice it quite as much as during special events and holidays. Older adults have been particularly impacted by social distancing, and many are isolated and lonely,” says UGA Institute of Gerontology clinical associate professor Kerstin Gerst. “Reach out to those that might be at risk— on Thanksgiving, of course, but don’t forget about them afterwards. Socially isolated folks may still be lonely the day and weeks and months after Thanksgiving. So check in with a call or a letter or a distanced walk after the holidays as well.” Other ways to celebrate distantly include gathering virtually to share recipes or video chatting while cooking or shopping online, and sharing other activities virtually, such as watching the Thanksgiving parade, a football game or family movies. “If it’s one thing the pandemic has taught us, it’s that we can get creative to get our social needs met,” Gerst says. “We don’t want to have dozens of people gathered in a small living room, but perhaps we can cook together virtually and then eat together virtually. Or perhaps we can meet outside and share some pie or dessert in a park.” Also, consider sending a meal to a relative who might not cook otherwise or might not be able to afford a holiday meal. There are some great meal delivery options available,” Gerst says. “Perhaps you can have the same meal sent to yourself, and you can have a virtual taste testing. Is that pie as good as grandma’s? Zoom or Skype or any video platform can work really great for this, but remember that the phone can be good, too. Not everyone has the equipment or internet access for video calls.” Want to reach out to older adults here in Athens? Consider contributing to the Athens Area Council on Aging’s Thanksgiving fundraiser, Turkeypalooza. In partnership with UGA’s Campus Kitchen, donations to this fund will be used to purchase Thanksgiving meals that will be delivered to seniors and their families this holiday. Contributions also help fund ACCA’s senior hunger initiatives beyond Thanksgiving for the next year. Given that one in five older adults in Athens-Clarke County is at risk for hunger, donations can really make a difference in ensuring that older adults are taken care of beyond the holiday season. f

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Shelter Projects THE WILLSON CENTER FUNDS REFLECTIONS ON THE PANDEMIC By Jessica Smith arts@flagpole.com At their very essence, the arts and humanities serve as methods for nurturing creative expression, historical documentation, intercultural understanding, civic engagement and a deeper appreciation of the world. Shelter Projects, a mini-fellowship program spearheaded by the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, was established to support UGA graduate students and community-based artists and practitioners in the creation of shareable reflections on their experiencing the current pandemic. Limited only by social-distancing guidelines, the works include music, film, drawing, painting, sculpture, embroidery, photography, poetry, short stories and other media. Collectively, Shelter Projects offer a time capsule detailing the myriad nuanced ways the pandemic has altered reality. Dedicated to promoting research and intellectual exchange through interdisciplinary activity, the Willson Center supports a variety of lectures, symposia, visit-

Kim Truesdale created a series of portraits for her Shelter Project.

ing scholars and artists, exhibitions and performances throughout a normal year. After the center’s calendar of events was left indefinitely postponed at the beginning of the lockdown, director Nicholas Allen and communications specialist Dave Marr quickly pivoted to find a way to continue their mission while supporting an at-risk population. “We both saw that we needed to find new ways to share humanities and arts resources with our community, which is a huge part of what we do,” Marr says. “And we also knew that a lot of people in that community were going to be hurting financially.” The Willson Center collected additional funding through partnerships with UGA’s Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, Arts Council and Graduate School—as well as support from the Willson Center Board of Friends and other donors—which made it possible to award a total of 34 micro-fellowships of $500 each to applicants selected from a pool of over 100 proposals. Flagpole became a media partner and has shared online interviews highlighting individual Shelter Projects over the past few months. As the novel coronavirus outbreak spread from Wuhan, China, to the United States, Asians and Asian Americans

reported an increase in adverse experiences involving xenophobia, racism and discrimination. Kuo Zhang recently earned her PhD in language and literacy education at UGA. She writes from the perspective of an international graduate student from China, a mother of two small children and an Asian allied with the Black Lives Matter movement. She wrote 15 poems that confront the issues of culture, language, race, power and politics exacerbated by the pandemic. Tairan Qiu, a Chinese doctoral student also in language and literacy education, further illuminates the separate outbreaks in both China and the U.S. through a pair of bilingual poems. Addressing the current racial climate brought to the forefront by the Black Lives Matter movement forms the core of several Shelter Projects. Ashley Crooks-Allen, a PhD student researching how Afro-Latinx people use social media to make identity claims in relation to the Black Lives Matter movement, wrote a series of poems expressing isolation, grief, healing and identity. SJ Henderson, a student in the Master of Social Work and Master of Public Health dual-degree program, powerfully draws parallels between the pandemic and the long-standing oppression, inequities and violence experienced by the Black community in her spoken word piece, “Define Pandemic?” The pandemic has a strange influence on the perception of time—bizarrely looping near-identical experiences à la Groundhog Day, unbearably stretching along at a snail’s pace some days, exponentially accelerating the next. Ruth Allen’s four gifs consist of 20–40 images each that collectively represent every day over a four-month period, condensing a long diary-like ritual into fleeting, seconds-long impressions. Finding a clever way to create a rare in-person art-viewing experience, Cindy Jerrell built towering roadside sculptures of “topiary garden ladies” who gently reflect the passage of time as vines slowly climb their skirt trellises. As being outdoors takes the silver medal for the safest activity, second to sheltering in place, it’s only natural that reinvigorated relationships with the environment ground several works. Oil painter Cheryl Washburn, whose portrait of an alpaca graces the cover of Flagpole this week, turned to nature as refuge from isolation, uncertainty and fear of death—and in the process created a series of photorealistic landscapes that encapsulate solitude and stillness. Louisiana Lightsey, a PhD student in environmental anthropology, presents a montage of sensory details in the short film “Nature in Place” to investigate how indoor spaces remain interconnected with the organic environment surrounding them. “I really can’t believe how beautifully this has turned out—how many amazing people we’ve gotten to support and interact with, and how incredibly accomplished and how emotionally powerful these projects are,” says Marr, who hopes the Wilson Center will be able to raise funds to support a second round of Shelter Projects in the future. “There were so many worthy submissions the first time that we just didn’t have the resources to fund, and we also know that there are vast numbers of people we didn’t reach in this community who have great things to share. We never expected the pandemic to last this long, but here we are, and people still need help.” Presented in conjunction with UGA’s annual Spotlight on the Arts festival, the full suite of completed Shelter Projects can be explored as a virtual exhibition at willson. uga.edu/public-partners/shelter-projects-online-exhibition. To read extended Q&As that touch on the experiences, academic pursuits, creative ideas and community roles of each fellowship recipient, visit flagpole.com/shelterprojects. f

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Art ARTIST-IN-ATHICA RESIDENCIES (Athens Institute for Contemporary Art: ATHICA) Residencies provide administrative support, exhibition and performance facilities, and a small stipend. Artists may work in any or multiple disciplines and traditions, including but not limited to visual, curatorial, musical, performing, written, experimental, cinematic, digital and theatrical arts. Residents can work independently or collaborate with others. Visit website for quarterly deadlines. www.athica. org/call-for-entries ATHENS CREATIVE DIRECTORY (Athens, GA) The ACD is a new platform to connect creatives with patrons. Visual artists, musicians, actors, writers and other creatives are encouraged to create a free listing (using a desktop computer) before the new website launches. Make sure to include contact information, a description of work and an image. athenscreatives@gmail.com, athenscreatives.directory CALL FOR ART (Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation) The “Small Works Inspired by Poetry Exhibition” seeks works in any media that visually respond to one of five provided poems. See website for submission guidelines. Deadline Dec. 1. $20–25 fee. www.ocaf.com

CALL FOR INTERNS (Athens Institute for Contemporary Art: ATHICA) ATHICA is seeking interns interested in development, social media, music, poetry, photography and gallery operation. Minimum five hours a week. College credit is available in coordination with department of study. Rolling deadline. athica. org/updates/internships CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS (Lyndon House Arts Center) “The 46th Juried Exhibition” will be juried by Hallie Ringle of the Birmingham Museum of Art. Works in all media may be submitted online Dec. 1–Jan. 22. Exhibition opens Mar. 11. accgov. com/9661/46th-Juried-Exhibition DEFIANCE AWARDS PROJECT (Morton Theatre) The Morton Theatre Corporation is accepting submissions for its new Defiance Awards Project, which will provide up to 10 cash awards of $500 to Black artists to support the creation and exhibition of short films or studio art that explore the Black Lives Matter movement and everyday experiences of Blacks in America. Deadline Nov. 30. board@morton theatre.com GREENWAY CALL FOR PUBLIC ART (Oconee Rivers Greenway) The Athens Cultural Affairs Commission invites professional artists to submit a proposal and images of a public art concept for the Oconee Rivers Greenway trail construction project.

art around town ATHENS INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART (ATHICA) (675 Pulaski St., Suite 1200) Curated by Alex Christopher Williams of Minor League, “The Unseen Forest” features photographs by Southern photographers Nydia Blas, Jaclyn Kolev Brown and Aaron Hardin. Hosted by violinist Serena Scibelli, “A Social Conversation with Performance” will feature music by cellist Ismail Akbar online (athica.org) on Nov. 19, 7 p.m. Exhibition remains on view through Dec. 6. CLASSIC CENTER (300 N. Thomas St.) The Classic Galleries presents “Inside/Outside,” an exploration of domestic spaces and gardens through the eyes of artists. Christina Foard, Leah Mckillop and Cameron Bliss examine their surroundings, people, pets and furniture in Gallery I, while Richard Botters, Melanie Epting, Nancy Everett, Richard Huston and Beth Richardson invite viewers into their gardens in Gallery II. CREATURE COMFORTS BREWING CO. (271 W. Hancock Ave.) “Hope” by David Hale features nine new paintings made in preparation for the artist’s new downtown mural, in addition to two new larger paintings. Through November. FLICKER THEATRE AND BAR (263 W. Washington St.) A Flicker Art Auction offers donated works by local artists to help raise funds for the business. Through November. GALLERY AT HOTEL INDIGO (500 College Ave.) “Athens Facades” presents Mike Landers’ photographs of buildings at dark in downtown and Five Points between 2000–2002. GEORGIA MUSEUM OF ART (90 Carlton St.) “The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design” presents a survey of exceptional American chair design from the early 19th century to the present day. Through Jan. 3. • “The Seated Child: Early Children’s Chairs from Georgia Collections.” Through Jan. 3. • “Carl Holty: Romantic Modernist” includes paintings and drawings that reflect the artist’s pursuit of modern art theory. Through Jan. 17. • Sarah Cameron Sunde’s “36.5 / A Durational Performance with the Sea” combines performance, video and public art to address climate change. Through Jan. 17. • “Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Horvitz Collection” represents three generations of artists dating from the 1940s. Through Sept. 26, 2021. • “Modernism Foretold: The Nadler Collection of Late Antique Art from Egypt.” Through Sept. 26. LAMAR DODD SCHOOL OF ART (270 River Rd.) Located on the third floor, “Zoom Party” includes painting, photography, graphic design, printmaking and video installation by 10 BFA students. Through Nov. 19.


Deadline Jan. 4 at 11:59 p.m. www. athensculturalaffairs.com INDIE SOUTH HOLIDAY HOORAY (660 N. Chase St.) Indie South will host one of the largest artist markets in the region. Multiple booth options are available for a two-day outdoor craft fair. Market is held Dec. 12–13, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. www.theindiesouth. com OPEN STUDIOS (Lyndon House Arts Center) Studio members have access to spaces for painting, printmaking, photography, ceramics, jewelry, fiber and woodworking. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. $65/ month. nicholas.daglis@accgov.com SOLO-DUO-TRIO (Ciné) ATHICA is seeking artists for exhibitions at its gallery and upcoming satellite location, Ciné. Proposals are considered on a rolling basis. www.athica.org/ updates/solo-duo-trio-call

Classes DEDICATED MINDFULNESS PRACTITIONERS (Online) Weekly Zoom meditations are offered every Saturday at 8 a.m. Email for details. jaseyjones@gmail.com F3 FREE MEN’S WORKOUT GROUP (UGA Intramural Fields Parking Deck) Bring your gloves and a buddy for a socially distanced workout. Saturdays, 7 a.m. www. f3classiccity.com

FALL PROGRAM REGISTRATION (Athens, GA) ACC Leisure Services hosts a diverse selection of activities highlighting the arts, environmental science, recreation, sports and holiday events for adults and children. In-person and virtual programs are offered. Rolling registration is offered Saturdays through Nov. 28 for classes beginning two weeks later. www.accgov.com/leisure LEARNING GUITAR ONLINE (Online) The Athens-Clarke County Library presents a virtual class on where to find free guitar resources. Nov. 19, 6 p.m. athenslibrary.libcal. com/event/7214666 MINDFULNESS PRACTICE EVENINGS (Online) Discuss and practice how to change your relationship with difficult thoughts and emotions. Email for the Zoom link. Second Friday of the month, 6–7 p.m. FREE! mfhealy@bellsouth.net SPANISH CLASSES (Athens, GA) For adults, couples and children. Learn from experts with years of professional experience. Contact for details. 706-372-4349, marinabilbao 75@gmail.com, marina-spain-2020. squarespace.com WATER JAR PAINTING WORKSHOP (Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation) Art in History’s replica is an example of an Acoma Pueblo water jar. Learn about the history of the artifact, time period designs and motifs and decorating instructions. Nov. 21, 11 a.m. $20–25. www. ocaf.com YAMUNA AND MORE (Elevate Athens, Online) Nia Holistic Fitness and Yamuna Body Rolling are held on an ongoing basis. $20/class.

LYNDON HOUSE ARTS CENTER (211 Hoyt St.) Andrew Zawacki’s “Waterfall Plot” pairs 20 black-and-white photographs with short poems from his latest poetry volume. • In the Lounge Gallery, view paintings by Kendall Rogers, the recipient of the LHAC Choice Award at the “45th Juried Exhibition.” • “Boundless” features works by Don Chambers, Derek Faust, Alex McClay, Katherine McCullough and Paula Reynaldi. Faust, Rogers and Zawacki will participate in a 3Thurs Gallery Talk on Nov. 19 at 6 p.m.• “The Art of Jeremy Ayers” celebrates the artist, lyricist, activist and beloved member of the community, who passed away in 2016. • Organized by Christina Foard, “Imagination Squared: Pathways to Resiliency” consists of over 1000 fiveinch works created by students and community members. Sharing a theme of resiliency, the small works build a collective story of recovery and strength. • The “Full House Online Exhibition” is an invitational extended to all the artist members in the groups and guilds who call the LHAC home. Through Jan. 9. • Online Collections From Our Community presents Claire Dunphy’s Czechoslovakian wooden bead jewelry that dates from the Depression era. JITTERY JOE’S FIVE POINTS (1230 S. Milledge Ave.) Tom Hancock creates mixed media abstract assemblages.Through November. MADISON-MORGAN CULTURAL CENTER (434 S. Main St.) “Suttles Art” features 88 original pieces ranging from paintings, oils and pastels by Bill Suttles, photography by Todd Suttles and sculpture by Pat Suttles. Through December. STEFFEN THOMAS MUSEUM OF ART (4200 Bethany Rd., Buckhead) “Unveiled” presents rarely seen works on paper, canvas and found objects by Steffen Thomas. Nov. 19–Jan. 7. SURGERY CENTER OF ATHENS (2142 W. Broad St., Building 100) Paintings by Susie Criswell. Through Dec. 11. TINY ATH GALLERY (174 Cleveland Ave.) Jamie Calkin presents watercolor and ink paintings of local scenes in “Athens in Silks.” 3Thurs on Nov. 19, 6–9 p.m. Open through Nov. 25 by private appointment at tinyathgallery@ gmail.com. UGA SPECIAL COLLECTIONS LIBRARIES (300 S. Hull St.) “The Strategies of Suffrage: Mobilizing a Nation for Women’s Rights.” “Pylon: Tourists in Rock ’n Roll” celebrates the local band through photos, outfits, memorabilia and more. Through May 31. • “Election 1980: The Elephant in the Room” explores the historic change election. Through Feb. 26. Visit digilab.libs.uga.edu/scl/exhibits. WILLSON CENTER FOR THE HUMANITIES AND ARTS (Online) As part of UGA’s Spotlight on the Arts, the Willson Center presents “Shelter Projects,” a virtual exhibition of over 30 projects created by graduate students or community practitioners who reflect pandemic experiences through the arts. willson.uga.edu


Tif Sigfrids presents an exhibition of works by Adrianne Rubenstein (pictured) and Jackie Gendel at the gallery’s new location located at 83 E. North Ave. in Comer, GA. The gallery is open on Saturdays from 8 a.m.–3 p.m. and by appointment. Specialty classes range from selfcare to Yamuna foot fitness and more.www.elevateathens.com YOGA CLASSES (Revolution Therapy and Yoga) “Outdoor Yoga with Meg Brownstone,” every Sunday at 10 a.m. $5–10 suggested donation. “Trauma Conscious Yoga with Crystal,” every Thursday at 6 p.m. $10 suggested donation. “Yoga for Well-being with Nicole Bechill,” every Saturday on Zoom at 10:30 a.m. Pre-registration required. rubbersoulcollective@gmail.com, www.revolutiontherapyandyoga.com ZOOM YOGA (Online) Rev. Elizabeth Alder offers “Off the Floor Yoga” (chair and standing) on Mondays at 1:30 p.m. and “Easy on the Mat” yoga classes on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. Ongoing classes are $5/class or $18/month. 706-612-8077, ommmever@yahoo.com

Events ART EVENTS (Georgia Museum of Art, Online) “Toddler Tuesday: Have a Seat” on Nov. 17. “Livestream of Sarah Cameron Sunde’s ‘36.5 / A Durational Performance with the Sea’” on Nov. 19 at 9 a.m. www. georgiamuseum.org ATHENS FARMERS MARKET (Bishop Park) The market is open with safety precautions in place. Wear a mask, pre-order when possible, keep your family home and use cashless payments. Saturdays, 8 a.m.–12 p.m. www.athensfarmers market.net BREAKFAST WITH SANTA (The Classic Center) Kids can drop their wish list into the North Pole mailbox and hear Santa read a holiday story. Proceeds benefit the Classic Center Cultural Foundation. Dec. 12, 8:30– 10:30 a.m. $25/adult, $20/child. www.classiccenter.com/foundation THE CRY BABY LOUNGE PRESENTS (Online) Eli Saragoussi hosts bimonthly shows using YouTube Premiere. Find The Cry Baby Lounge on Facebook. thecry babylounge@gmail.com, bit.ly/ TheCryBabyLounge

DINE OUT FOR OUR DAILY BREAD COMMUNITY KITCHEN (Multiple Locations) Ten percent of sales will benefit the Community Kitchen. Participating locations include Dawg Gone Good Barbeque, Taziki’s, Subway, Zaxby’s, Nedza’s, Big City Bread, Cali-N-Titos, Athentic Brewing Company and Hi-Lo Lounge. Nov. 19, all day. downtown ministries.org/our-daily-bread FLICKER DEADSTREAM (Flicker Theatre and Bar) Flicker hosts virtual shows every Thursday through November. Upcoming shows are Kalen & Aslyn and Seth Martin (Nov. 19) and Cicada Rhythm and Earle Grey (Nov. 26). Find it on YouTube HIKES (Multiple Locations) “Autumn Splendor: Lakeside Loop Trail” is planned at Sandy Creek Park for Nov. 21 at 10 a.m. “Full Moon Hike” is planned at Sandy Creek Nature Center on Nov. 30 at 5:30 p.m. www. accgov.com/leisure INAUGURAL PEOPLES ASSEMBLY (Rabbit Hole Studios) People’s Budget Athens hosts an assembly to open a radically inclusive, non-partisan space to unify the community and propel Athens into direct action through participatory budgeting. Nov. 21, 4–9 p.m. peoplesbudget athens.org LIVE JAZZ (Porterhouse Grill) Enjoy dinner and some smooth jazz. Wednesdays, 6–9 p.m. www.porter houseathens.com LIVE WIRE EVENTS (Live Wire Athens) Wedding Industry Happy Hour is held every Wednesday from 5–6 p.m. Games of darts are held every Wednesday from 5–10 p.m. Fresh Garden Jam with live jamming is held every Thursday from 5–10 p.m. Love Music Live Stream offers bands streamed from the main stage every Friday 5-10 p.m. www.livewireathens.com/calendar LIVES AT STAKE: THE TRANS RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS (Zoom) Watch the film and participate in a discussion. Nov. 21, 4 p.m. uuathensga.org/stay-connected NOVEMBER EVENTS (Southern Brewing Company) Monday Night Trivia every Monday at 6

p.m. Sunday Trivia with Solo Entertainment is held every Sunday at 5 p.m. www.sobrewco.com NUÇI’S SPACE 20TH ANNIVERSARY (Online) Watch performances by Patterson Hood, Five Eight, Wesdaruler and more. Dec. 5. www.nuci.org OPENING NIGHT: AN INTIMATE VIRTUAL CONCERT EXPERIENCE (Online) The Madison-Morgan Cultural Center hosts a series of performances and interviews with Southern artists. Common Currents, Underground Springhouse play Nov. 21 at 8 p.m. Annie Leeth, Andrew Blooms and a string quartet play Nov. 28 at 8 p.m. $10/episode. mmcc-arts.org/opening-night POTTERY POP UP SALE (Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation) Every two weeks, four new regional artists will be featured. View pottery by Nancy Green, Juana Gnecco, MInsoo Yuh, and Tripti Yoganathan through Nov. 21. www.ocaf.com ROBOT SOUP (Online) Avid Bookshop present author Bart King and illustrator Jacob Wenzka in celebration of their new children’s book, Robot Soup. Nov. 19, 7 p.m. events@avidbookshop.com SPOTLIGHT ON THE ARTS (Multiple Locations) Presented by the UGA Arts Council, the festival includes virtual exhibitions, performances and events highlighting visual, literary and performing arts. Select units will host in-person performances and exhibitions that maintain social distancing. Through Nov. 20. www.arts.uga.edu UGA PRESENTS (Online) Virtual fall programming includes performances by pianist Gloria Chien on Nov. 18–23 and singer Kathy Mattea on Nov. 20–22. An Arts Chat will be held with Wu Han on Nov. 22. pac. uga.edu UUFA VIRTUAL FORUMS (Online) Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens presents a lecture series. “Ask Morgan Anything: The LGBTQIA+/TGNQNB Ballpark” will be held on Nov. 29, 9:30 a.m. uuathensga.org/stay-connected WATER BOOK CLUB (Online) Seth M. Siegel discusses his book, Let There Be Water: Israel’s Solution for a Water-Starved World. Nov. 19, 7 p.m. RSVP. 706-613-3650, athens library.org

Kidstuff ART CLASSES (Online) Treehouse Kid and Craft hosts a variety of art classes for children through Zoom. Visit the website for a calendar of class series. www.treehousekidand craft.com SANTA AT THE MADISONMORGAN CULTURE CENTER Schedule a photo with Santa. Dec. 4 & 5, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. 706-342-4743, www.mmcc-arts.org

Support Groups AL-ANON 12 STEP (Multiple Locations) Recovery for people affected by someone else’s drinking. Visit the website for a calendar of electronic meetings held throughout the week. www.ga-al-anon.org ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS (Athens, GA) If you think you have a problem with alcohol, call the AA hotline or visit the website for a schedule of meetings in Barrow, Clarke, Jackson and Oconee Counties. 706-389-4164, www. athensaa.org RECOVERY DHARMA (Recovery Dharma) This peer-led support group offers a Buddhist-inspired path to recovery from any addiction.

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Word on the Street ACRONYM (Athens, GA) ACRONYM is a new website compiling COVID19 aid for Athens-based live music venues and artists. Check the website for updated listings on funding and financial opportunities, mental health guides, organizational support, community resources and more. Visit acroynym.rocks BE A SANTA TO A SENIOR (Multiple Locations) Home Instead Senior Care is organizing an event to help seniors this holiday season. Select an ornament off of a tree for a senior’s gift request or suggestion, then return the wrapped item with the ornament attached. Tree locations include Bella Salon, First American Bank & Trust, Fleet Feet, Hawthorne Drugs, Village Drug Shop and more. Through Dec. 4. 706-983-1092, www.beasantatoasenior.com FLUSH AWAY WATER WASTE (Athens, GA) Receive a free toilet flapper from Normal Hardware or Athens Hardware when you mention the ACC Water Conservation Office. Through November INK JET AND LASER CARTRIDGE DRIVE (Athens) Recycle old cell phones, inkjets and laser cartridges. Proceeds support Keep AthensClarke County Beautiful. Through Nov. 25. 706-613-3501 LIGHT UP ATHENS (Downtown Athens) In lieu of the annual holiday parade, the community will host an inaugural “Light Up Athens” this season. Downtown Athens storefronts will decorate with lights and decorations, and a variety of events will be held on Fridays and Saturdays through December. Businesses and organizations can apply to “adopt” a location to decorate. Registration deadline Nov. 19. www.accgov.com/lightupathens MLK DAY OF SERVICE (Athens, GA) The Athens MLK Jr. Day of Service steering committee is seeking project sites for the 2021 event. Hundreds of volunteers will work on community enhancement and beautification projects like invasive species removal, litter clean-ups, painting and more. Deadline to submit project proposal is Nov. 18 at 5 p.m. Event held Jan. 18. athens gamlkday@gmail.com, www.accgov. com/mlkday MUSICIANS (AND FRIENDS) HEALTH CLINIC (Nuçi’s Space) In-person and telephone appointments are available on Nov. 16. Open to anyone on a low income who is uninsured or under-insured. Call to book. 706-227-1515 SUNDAY MUSIC SERIES (Athens Regional Library System) The library is seeking musicians of all genres to perform through its Facebook Live series. Email your name, band’s name, contact information and a link to your music to jmitchell@ athenslibrary.org THERE IS A SEASON (Athens Clarke County Extension) There is a Season: An Intentional Approach to Sustenance by master gardeners Rita Mathew and Suzanne Keifer is a new cookbook to foster health, environmental stewardship and community connections. A portion of proceeds benefit the ACC Extension Office. 706-613-3670 f

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Jimbo (54441)

Jimbo is a smart and bouncy guy full of energy and plenty of love to share! He knows how to sit, loves treats and enjoys the company of a human friend. Be sure to call today for more on Jimbo!

Juno (54570)

Juno is a beautiful girl with a shiny brindle coat! She’s also super sweet and eager to bond with anyone willing to sit and chill for a while. If a gentle, well-behaved pup is what you seek, Juno’s your girl!

Rico (54027)

Rico has grown more comfortable with people at the shelter and is even in a foster home! However if you’d like to give him a furever home, call the shelter today. Rico will be waiting for you!

These pets and many others are available for adoption at:


Athens-Clarke County Animal Services 125 Buddy Christian Way · 706-613-3540 Call for appointment



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FROM START TO FINISH: A brand-new full-length from Saint

Syzygy named All My Friends Are Sick comes out this Friday, Nov. 20. Ian Hemerlein’s songwriting with this project has thus far been defined by his willingness to take large chances, and the results, while generally positive, have occasionally not achieved the grandness he’s capable of. This new album, though, is a fully integrated example of Hemerlein at his best. Opening with the semi-operatic title track, the album immediately plunges into full rock territory with “She Wants To Lose Motor Function” and continues steadily from there. This is a vibrantly constructed album that, thematically speaking, strikes a solid balance between introspection and declaration. From the sound effects and vocal samples on “SHIIINE!” to the fist pump of “Frown In Every Frame” to the piano in “OK Now What,” All My Friends Are Sick weaves a loose narrative that is quite up to interpretation. This reminds me very much of the purposefulness behind, say, OK Computer, In Utero and maybe even Nick Cave’s No More Shall We Part. Start streaming this on Friday over at saintsyzygy. bandcamp.com and all major digital platforms.

her “Holiday” doesn’t figure into this somehow. Turn this up, and forget that it’s already November. Sail away over at salsachest.bandcamp.com. FREEDOM ROCK: Although I’ve never really been a big fan of The Big Lebowski, I can say with enthusiasm I’m glad it exists because it provided the best Athens band name around, at least for now. I should have covered this a long time ago, but, a while back, Larry’s Homework released an EP, appropriately titled Extended Play, that I’m just getting around to. Self-described as “gritty blue collar garage rock,” that’s exactly what this is. The group is composed of Stephan Eutsler, Pat Pensyl, Jeff Rieter and Brian Carey, and this is right up the alley of anyone who digs, say, Tom Petty, Neil Young, et al. So, give ‘em a thumbs up for the MAGGY SWAIN


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just re-released the 1982 self-titled debut album by Love Tractor. This particular issue was preceded by a limited edition Record Store Day 7-inch single “60 Degrees and Sunny” b/w “FESTI-vals.” Love Tractor was a leader among the second wave of Athens bands carving out our little burg as the New Music Capital of The World, and damn if they didn’t do a fine job of it. Originally released on DB Records (home Salsa Chest of Pylon, Guadalcanal Diary, et al), this is the first vinyl reissue of this album. Although I’ve heard this album literally hundreds of times over the years, it remains a never-boring and oddly comforting record. To purchase, bug your local record store, or simply go direct at hhbtm.com, and while you’re doing that, stream along via soundcloud.com/hhbtm-records. WHEN I DIP, YOU DIP, WE DIP: Athens expats William Kennedy

(Reptar) and Addison Adams have a fresh jam of an album from their Salsa Chest band that’s arriving way past the time anyone is even imagining Spring Break. That said, break out a damn sun lamp or something, son, because this is 11 tracks of funky party tunes just ripe for your Spuds MacKenzie togs. It’s titled Activity and was produced and mixed by Reptar’s Graham Ulicny. It’s almost redundant to go through this track-by-track, as the entire record is soulful and upbeat, but highlights here are the house-oriented “Liquid Yes” and the Madonna-inspired “Do The Law.” Just give a good, close listen to the latter, and try to tell me that

name, but stick around for the tunes. Ya might could dig something here. Follow along via larryshomework.com and facebook.com/LarrysHomeworkBand. You can find music links over at their Facebook page, too. TAKE ME TO THE RIVER: Songwriter Ryne Meadow has a new single out named “Judgement,” exploring the artist’s contemplation of social justice, our current national condition and his personal spiritual journey. It’s such an exceedingly earnest, piano-driven song that, I must admit, it made me blush for him at first. The emotion present is so raw that to hear it is, at first, akin to being a tourist stumbling into a church service. Thing is, though, that Meadow is a fantastic songwriter whose honesty I trust. Thus, whereas this exact same song would be nearly blasphemous if left to weaker hands, Meadow turns his plea into a hymn. You can find this on the major streaming services, and you can be a fan over at facebook.com/rynemeadowmusic. f

record review Seth Martin & The Dish Boys: Sending Out My Love (Independent) During a time when the majority of musicians are still limited in their ability to write or record together in person, it seems nearly miraculous that Seth Martin & The Dish Boys (formerly Georgia Dish Boys) could produce not one, not two, but three albums in under a year. First came Live in Classic Town in early February, a rowdy live show recorded by Sloan Simpson at Caledonia Lounge. Then came Suitcase of Life in June, a collection of songs creatively interrupted by auditory scenes—the revving of an engine, scanning of the radio, chattering of the audience between sets—to recreate the mundanities of life on the road. Recorded at Gypsy Farm on the stage of Shoal Creek Music Park, Sending Out My Love is yet again anchored by Martin’s idiosyncratic singing style: a yearning, warbling yowl that pushes and pulls listeners along through his lyrical storytelling. “Please Be Good To Each Other” and “Good To See You Again” carry particularly relevant messages during the pandemic, while the album’s gentle namesake track, softly punctuated with piano and pedal steel, champions nursing-home and other frontline workers and aims to envision a more equitable future. [Jessica Smith]

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