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Downtown Historic District Approved PLUS, THE PANDEMIC IS GETTING WORSE AND MORE LOCAL NEWS By Blake Aued, Allison Floyd and Jessica Luton news@flagpole.com The Athens-Clarke County Commission approved a historic district for western downtown last week that one commissioner called “our last chance to preserve the creative culture that put Athens on the map.” The Western Downtown Historic District, spearheaded by Commissioner Melissa Link, covers roughly an area bordered by Dougherty, Lumpkin, Broad and Pulaski streets. The eastern side of downtown is already protected by a historic district. The new district includes part of the Hot Corner, where Black-owned businesses flourished in the first half of the 20th Century—notable buildings related to the transportation industry, like the former tire store that houses Creature Comforts, the old bus station that’s now Chuck’s Fish and landmark music venues like the 40 Watt Club. But, along with First United Methodist Church, three Black-owned buildings on Hull Street—which house Brown’s Barber Shop, Wilson’s Styling Shop, the Manhattan and World Famous—were removed due to opposition. Kenny Kalivoda, a lawyer who also owns property in the district and represents the Brown, Wilson and Wade families, said he believes the district violates a clause in the Georgia constitution that bans taking or damaging private property without compensation. The Athens chapter of the NAACP also opposed including those properties. However, supporters of the district point to property tax breaks that come with historic designation. Development is still allowed; it just must go through an additional layer of review by the county’s Historic Preservation Commission. Kalivoda’s law partner, David Montgomery, said that most property owners in the district oppose it. There was some popular support, though: The preservation group Historic Athens collected more than 1,000 signatures in favor of the district. For too long, Athens has neglected Black history, said Jennifer Lewis, director of the UGA Center for Community Design and Preservation. “What message are we sending by not recognizing the history of this area and allowing development to go unchecked?” she asked. Link noted that several buildings built by Black architects that housed Black businesses were torn down in the 1960s and ’70s and are now parking lots. “There’s definitely a contingent of opponents of historic designation who I’m certain would be happy to see Athens’ creative culture erased as well,” Link said. The issue did not cut cleanly along racial lines, though. Commissioner Mariah Parker, who is Black, supported the district. Curtison Jones, a hip-hop performer known as Caulfield, also spoke in favor of it. “I do believe change is inevitable, just to make that clear, but there are certain things that we, at our core, are who we are,” Jones said. “It’s our identity. The western side of downtown is just that. It represents perseverance, progress, struggle. It’s who


we are. It’s important that we protect that. This is something that’s near and dear to me, because I am an artist, and it’s where I found myself.” Watkinsville resident Jill Bateman, the chair of First Methodist’s building committee, said the church cannot afford the $3 million to $4 million cost of maintaining and renovating the Saye Building, a 100-year-old Greek Revival structure on the corner of Lumpkin Street and Hancock Avenue. The church’s plans to tear down the building for a parking lot sparked the effort to protect the area in 2019. Bateman contended that the Saye Building is “simply not of historic significance.” Kevin Bates, a Historic Athens board member, said he and executive director Tommy Valentine met with First Methodist and came away confused about the longterm plans for the Saye Building. “There were a lot of things that didn’t add up,” he said. After more than two hours of speeches and debate, the commission voted 6-3 in favor of the district, with Link, Parker and commissioners Tim Denson, Russell Edwards, Jesse Houle and Mike Hamby in favor. Commissioners Andy Herod, Ovita Thornton and Allison Wright voted no. Commissioner Patrick Davenport abstained, although, based on his comments, he seemed to be opposed. In the days leading up to the meeting, rumors circulated that at least one commissioner would abstain so that Mayor Kelly Girtz couldn’t break a 5-5 tie. (A 5-4 vote would have meant the motion failed.) In the end, the district received six votes, so it didn’t matter. Before the vote, Thornton lashed out at other commissioners, saying that they were “disrespectful” to her and to property owners, adding that “half of you just came to town.” She advocated for a broader approach to historic preservation and said the local government should make grants available to help with improvements. “The smirks I see on some of my fellow commissioners’ faces [are] not appreciated,” Thornton said. “You take the folks that spoke like they were jokes.” Wright introduced her own proposal to include only those property owners who were in favor of the district. That would have left just a small portion of properties protected, mainly on the block bordered by Washington, Lumpkin, Hull and Pulaski streets. There were also disputes about business owners who wanted to be added to or taken out of Wright’s map. However, Wright’s approach was ill-advised, according to supporters of Link’s proposal. Denson called it “classist and undemocratic” to let property owners scuttle a district that would benefit the entire community. And, Lewis argued, no one should be allowed to decide which laws apply to them. Wright said those ideas “sound like something elected officials would have said about Linnentown, and I don’t want to be in that bag.” Linnentown was a majority


Black neighborhood on Baxter Street that was razed to make way for UGA dorms in the 1960s. Houle disputed Wright’s point, saying that UGA displaced Linnentown residents, while the Western Downtown Historic District aims to protect people from displacement. It will give local entrepreneurs a chance to build small businesses in one of the last remaining parts of downtown that isn’t overrun with chains and luxury student housing, Link said. “This is all we have left of that scene,” she said. Such “high-rise hysteria” distracts from a “pragmatic approach,” Wright responded. Wright’s motion was voted down 8-2, with only Herod joining her in favor. The vote was Houle’s first after winning a special election earlier this month to fill the remainder of the late Commissioner Jerry NeSmith’s term. Houle was sworn in before the meeting. [Blake Aued]

COVID Continues to Spread As Thanksgiving approaches, data for UGA and the Athens-Clarke County area continues to show COVID-19 spreading through the community. Athens-Clarke County had an increase of 359 cases last week, more than doubling the previous week’s total of 167, bringing the cumulative numbers to 6,377 positive cases, 268 hospitalizations and 51 deaths as of Nov. 20. In addition, rapid antigen testing data showed that there have been another 1,183 likely cases, an increase of 34 from last week. All combined, viral and antigen positive tests are now at 7,560, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. This week’s wastewater data, a project of Erin Lipp’s lab at the Center for the Ecology of Infectious Disease at UGA, also shows a

steady increase in levels of the virus at all three wastewater plants. The data, which is now collected twice a week from each plant, is another means to keep an eye on the level of coronavirus in the community. “For the Monday sample this week [collected between 6:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, and 6:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 16], we observed increased concentrations of SARS‑CoV‑2 at all plants based on the N1 gene,” according to the project’s website. “… On balance, the data suggest a slight but consistent increasing trend.” At UGA, self-reported data from the DawgCheck app for the week of Nov. 9-13, showed 78 positive tests, down from 87 the previous week, with 60 students, 17 staff and one faculty member testing positive. With UGA students heading home for Thanksgiving and taking classes the rest of the semester online, UGA ramped up its surveillance testing capacity to 1,000 tests each day at Legion Field and other pop-up sites on campus in the two weeks prior to the end of the semester. That effort, however, fell short in its first week, data released this week shows. Participation exceeded previous weeks at the surveillance site, with 2,544 tests done for the week of Nov. 9-13, but that’s far fewer than the goal of 1,000 tests a day. Of those tests done, 24 were positive, for an asymptomatic positivity rate of 0.94%, the lowest of the semester. At the University Health Center, where symptomatic individuals are tested, there were 162 tests given, with 15 positive cases, for a positivity rate of 9.3%. That’s an increase from the previous week’s 5.3% positivity rate. There were 39 additional positive cases listed in the “other” and “community testing” data categories. An update in last week’s UGA data showed an increase in the positive cases reported for the week of Nov. 2-8. The data now shows 101 positive cases for that week, instead of the initially reported positive case count of 87. This likely changes the positivity rate for that week, but without an update on the number of tests, there’s no way to calculate the change. And countywide, the infection rate continues to rise. Clarke County had 277


BUY LOCAL BUY ART Athens Creatives Directory Several Hot Corner buildings that date back only to 1970 were removed from the Western Downtown Historic District.

cases per 100,000 people over the past two weeks as of Nov. 20, according to Georgia Department of Public Health statistics, although according to public health expert Amber Schmidtke, that figure is more likely around 450 when antigen tests are included. Anything above 200 per 100,000 is considered “highest risk” for transmission within schools by the CDC. However, the Clarke County School District meets other CDC criteria for lower or lowest risk, such as ability to implement mitigation measures like mask-wearing and contact tracing. CCSD reported 13 confirmed cases and 164 precautionary quarantines last week among students and staff. Hilsman Middle School went virtual and closed early for Thanksgiving break while nurses conducted contact tracing. As the pandemic continues to spread nationwide, with regular record-breaking case counts, the CDC warned against travel for the Thanksgiving holiday, as it will likely contribute to further spread of the virus. [Jessica Luton]

Thanksgiving Meals Available Downtown On any given day prior to the pandemic, Our Daily Bread would serve 100 people lunch in the fellowship hall of First Baptist Church of Athens, giving people a healthy meal and creating a hub for a community of people often struggling to get by. That gathering hasn’t happened indoors for eight months, as COVID-19 made it impossible to bring people inside the church to have a large meal together. Instead, ODB distributed meals in take-away boxes at the church’s back door, meals that people eat alone, often standing at the edges of the parking lot or crouched on a nearby curb. When COVID-19 prevented volunteers from cooking in the church kitchen, restaurants provided discounted and donated meals; later, volunteers returned to the kitchen in masks and began to prepare meals that are dished up into individual containers and distributed at the back door. With Thanksgiving coming, the nonprofit coalition Downtown Ministries wanted to provide a slice of community, even if it looks a little different this year. “In the past, Our Daily Bread did not serve a Thanksgiving meal because numerous churches in and around Athens had gath-

erings. Campus View Church of Christ and Timothy Road Baptist were two, I think,” said Lora Smothers, who oversees Our Daily Bread as part of her role as director of downtown life for Downtown Ministries. “Over the years, all those meals kind of dwindled, as programs tend to do.” Smothers wanted Our Daily Bread’s patrons to have a meal for Thanksgiving, but more importantly, she wanted them to have a little normalcy—if it could be done safely. “In light of coronavirus and all that this group of people has been through this year, I thought it would be really sweet for us to provide a seated meal just once for our guests,” she said. First Baptist of Athens will host the meal across its parking lot. Tables will be distanced across the space. Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services lent barricades so ODB can guide people into the lot and across the space. Patrons will sit no more than three to a table. Volunteers from Watkinsville First Baptist Church will serve each seated person. “We will be wearing masks and gloves and have sanitizer galore,” Smothers said. “It’s shaping up to be a great event.” Most days, Our Daily Bread serves around 100 people. The demand goes higher depending on the day of the month and the weather. “The heart and soul of Our Daily Bread are the people who come here,” said Smothers, who started to work with the program late last year, when locally run Downtown Ministries took over from Atlanta-based Action Ministries. “Part of their strength as a community is their ability to help each other out and to share information and physical resources,” she said. “I’ve been impressed to see how people really care for each other, including the mentally ill, the elderly. The people who come to Our Daily Bread look out for everyone, especially the vulnerable. That’s part of their survival tactic. I feel like I’ve been welcomed into a special community.” Like every other part of this year, Thanksgiving 2020 will be different. But Smothers hopes that 2021 will allow Our Daily Bread to come inside again. “With the news of a vaccine on the horizon, hopefully we will be able to gather together again soon,” she said. To find out more about Our Daily Bread, go to downtownministries.org. [Allison Floyd] f

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When Joe Biden won a hard-fought presidential race against incumbent Donald Trump earlier this month, jubilant Americans danced in the streets in cities from coast to coast. Thanksgiving had arrived early, and the “turkey” soon would be gone. Biden won the contest by 306 electoral votes—the same electoral tally that propelled Trump to the White House in what he then called a “landslide” win, despite losing the popular vote to Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton in 2016. Now Trump is coming across as a sore loser as he and his minions seek to overturn the results of this year’s election. The same alleged conservatives who have long decried “frivolous lawsuits” before “activist judges” now hope to hold on to power by lodging frivolous lawsuits before activist judges who could side with Trump and his team.

ably could not have done: He beat Donald Trump. Now there is the possibility that Trump might try for another run in 2024, proving that British orator Edmund Burke was right nearly two centuries ago when he said, “Those who have been once intoxicated with power and have derived any kind of emolument from it… can never willingly abandon it.” The once-dignified Grand Old Party has now become the “Trumpublican Party,” a wholly owned subsidiary of Donald J. Trump and his family that preys together. He and his millions of supporters are not going away, and Trump will no doubt busy himself with political mischief before his days in the White House end. Now the eyes of the nation are on Georgia as the upcoming Jan. 5 runoff election could decide the balance of the United States Senate. Democratic challeng-



ith no candidate receiving more than When Secretary of State Brad 50% of the vote in the November Raffensperger moved a runoff for Public special election, former state Rep. Deborah Service Commission from Dec. 1 to Jan. 5 Gonzalez and Deputy Chief Assistant to coincide with two U.S. Senate runoffs, District Attorney James Chafin will face there were initially conflicting reports one another in a runoff election. Voters in about when the local DA runoff would Athens-Clarke and Oconee counties will occur, which Gonzalez said may confuse decide on Tuesday, Dec. 1 who will serve as potential voters and lead to lower voter district attorney for the Western Judicial turnout. “I was just commenting to someCircuit. one this morning how quickly misinformaGonzalez, a progressive Democrat, tion spreads and how hard it is to correct received 48.4% of the vote on Nov. 3, while it,” Gonzalez said. Chafin, who is running without a party desIn order to get the word out about the ignation, received 34.9%. Brian Patterson, runoff, Chafin said in a prepared statement, also a Democrat, became the acting district he and his team are making phone calls and attorney after Gov. Brian Kemp failed knocking on doors, while taking COVID-19 to appoint an interim DA following Ken precautions. “Our campaign is very focused Mauldin’s resignation but received only on a well-organized grassroots effort to 16.7% of the vote. Under Georgia law, the bring about awareness to voters as to when top two candidates in any given election the election date is,” Chafin said. “We face each other in a runoff if no candidate believe the local news outlets are also doing receives more than a good job letting cit50% of the vote. izens know when the This vote is about, how do election is.” Despite receiving the highest number Likewise, Gonzalez Athens and Oconee look at of votes in the special said she’s relying on themselves in terms of justice? social media, emails, election, Gonzalez may face a challenge postcards and literin turning out voters. Voter turnout is ature drops to spread awareness about the usually higher in presidential elections, runoff date. She’ll also receive help from and Republicans traditionally turn out in the Athens Progressive Canvassing Corps, larger numbers than Democrats in Georgia organized by Athens-Clarke County comrunoffs. missioners Tim Denson, Russell Edwards James Chafin received substantial backand Mariah Parker. The organization is raising from Republicans in Oconee County ing money and paying organizers to knock during the special election. on every door in Athens over the next six “Every runoff is always a numbers game,” weeks for Gonzalez and for Democratic PSC Gonzalez said in an interview with Flagpole. candidate Daniel Blackmon and U.S. Senate “Right now, this race is the only thing on candidates Raphael Warnock and Jon that ballot. This vote is about: How do Ossoff, whose runoff elections will occur on Athens and Oconee look at themselves in Jan. 5. terms of justice? That’s what this is about. If a voter wishes to cast an absentee You can’t hide behind a presidential or senballot, they must request one from their atorial election; it’s just the DA race.” local board of elections office by Nov. 25 Gonzalez, who describes herself as a (visit accgov.com/245/Absentee-Voting). progressive Democrat, has said she will end Gonzalez said she recommends that voters cash bail and address racial discrimination submit absentee ballots by placing them in the criminal justice system while focusin a drop-off box in their county to ensure ing on violent crimes. She would be the first they arrive by the 7 p.m. Dec. 1 deadline. Latina elected DA in Georgia. (Hamilton star Additionally, in-person advanced voting will Lin-Manuel Miranda recently dropped by a take place from Nov. 23-25. f Latino Victory Fund online fundraiser for Note: In spite of the ballot’s instruction, the Board her.) But Chafin has argued that Gonzalez of Elections office says you do not have to choose a lacks the prosecuting experience necessary type of ballot. to be the DA.

What had been a presidential bout between two septuagenarian white guys turned into a “thrilla in vanilla” as the battle went on long after Election Day. Trump garnered well over 70 million popular votes, but Biden earned millions more votes in the contest, and even the longtime Republican state of Georgia went blue for Biden in the first presidential victory by a Democrat in Georgia since Bill Clinton carried the Peach State in 1992. After the election, historian Jon Meacham said, “Dignity, decency and democracy were on the ballot, and they barely won.” Still, Trump has refused to concede the election, and his angry supporters converged on the nation’s capital by the thousands for a weekend rally where they waved Trump banners and howled that the election was a fraud and rigged because their man lost. Trump campaigned by calling his opponent “Sleepy Joe,” but in the end, “Sleepy” dwarfed Trump at the polls and left the GOP president feeling “Grumpy” and “Dopey” after he became “Donald Lame Duck” with a Jan. 20 eviction notice from the White House. Biden was never the darling of political progressives in the Democratic Party. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren were favorites of the party’s left wing, but Biden did what Sanders and Warren prob-


ers Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff are running against incumbent Republicans Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue in a Georgia election that could decide whether or not a Biden presidency will be mired in political gridlock in the Senate. This runoff is of utmost importance for the political future of this nation, and Democratic voters who celebrated when Trump came up a loser should return to the polls in massive numbers to turn their Senate candidates into winners. This country today is a divided nation where the stench of fascism, Americanstyle, mixes with the sting of tear gas. The political right wing is giving new meaning to the term “crybaby conservatives,” even though GOP candidates did well in down-ballot races this year, and even though conservatives may hold on to the reins of power in the Senate, as well as in the courts, many churches and much of the media. President Biden will have his hands full with a political right wing that will use its power to thwart every Democratic initiative in Congress. When Biden moves into the White House, he will see what Joni Mitchell meant when she sang, “There’s danger in this land. You get witch-hunts and war when the church and state hold hands.” f


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ACC Board of Elections and City Hall: Nov. 23-25, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. ACC Library: Nov. 24, 10 a.m.–7 p.m. and Nov. 25, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. ACC Cooperative Extension: Nov. 24, 10 a.m.–7 p.m. and Nov. 25, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. ACC Tennis Center: Nov. 24, 10 a.m.–7 p.m. and Nov. 25, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Miriam Moore Community Center: Nov. 24, 10 a.m.–7 p.m. and Nov. 25, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Oconee County Civic Center: Nov. 23–25 from 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

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Thanksgiving Sacrifices HAVING FUN WITHOUT HAVING A CROWD OF PEOPLE OVER By Kristen Morales news@flagpole.com A friend who is smarter than I am helped mitigate your risk of catching a potentially put the pandemic in perspective recently, deadly virus, too? observing that right now, we have two But this is a column about doing things choices: hospital food or airplane food. We with your kids, not public health. Let’s talk have to choose one. about families who are navigating the holiBoth options suck. But that’s what we’ve day season with children—many of whom got. have already gone months without seeing Now, as we stare down the barrel of the any family beyond parents and siblings. holiday season, the bad food analogy rings While there were a number of parents in especially true. Nobody likes cooking a turthat Facebook discussion who had plans to key or ham for one or two people. Nobody forge ahead with traditional Thanksgiving wants leftovers for days. Nobody wants to plans, many others had plans to do just the upend decades of family traditions to spend opposite and involve their kids in fun activthe food-centric holidays apart from loved ities to still make the holiday special. ones. For example, one mom was planning And yet, we must. I’m sorry, folks, I an alternative Thanksgiving, with a turkey know it’s an unpopular opinion in some meatloaf, curly fries instead of mashed circles. I’m not judging you for planning a potatoes and a fun turkey snack board holiday get-together that uses a decorated like it’s a normal year; pear for a turkey and Another family plans radiates crackers, fruit I’m telling you: Stop. I launched a to have a meal outside and vegetables as its Facebook discussion tail feathers. (It cerabout this topic recently under family-specific tents. tainly makes for a good in a parenting group, Pinterest post.) and I was disheartened by the number of Another family plans to have a meal people who planned to forge ahead with outside under family-specific tents. Each their holiday plans as if 250,000 people family has its own tailgate-type tents to hadn’t already died this year from COVIDsit under—this way they can still socialize 19. It’s selfish, really—you can’t take just but stay within their pod while eating. Of one year off to let this plague pass safely? course, the mom acknowledges, they’re a Georgia Tech compiles a website of risks bit screwed if it pours that day. But at least associated with large gatherings, and, last I they’re making an attempt at being safe. checked, a gathering of 15 people in Clarke There are a lot of families who live close County has a 21% chance of someone being enough to include, for example, grandinfected with COVID-19. (Check it out for parents or in-laws into their quarantine yourself at covid19risk.biosci.gatech.edu). pod—and these are the same people who In other Georgia counties, it’s double that. will be sharing a meal with them this Sure, there’s risk in everything, but this Thanksgiving. I’ll admit, I’m a bit envious is a risk that’s entirely avoidable by not of this setup; my parents live more than hosting large family gatherings. You wear four hours away, and since my mother your seat belt as you drive to the store is high-risk, we haven’t seen them since because you want to reduce the risk of last Christmas. But I also know there are getting injured in a car accident. Why not families with members in more precarious

health situations—maybe this could even be the last Christmas for some—and so a visit takes on an entirely different sense of urgency. Which is when I’m reminded: hospital or airline food? Maybe this is the year you take the kids camping. Or you set up a computer on the kitchen table and share your meal virtually. Heck, maybe that means you can finally fit 30 people in your house for that big, full meal you’ve always wanted to cook. It will probably be the only time a Zoom meeting with multiple people talking over each other makes sense. But, yeah, maybe skip that trip to Pigeon Forge or that rental house with three other families or making the rounds among multiple houses of family members all in one day. Again, no judgments. But it wouldn’t

be the end of the world if you skipped the tradition. Just this year. Remember, we’re setting examples for our kids. Doing things for the greater good of public health isn’t like getting a second piece of pie or playing with your cousins all day on the rope swing. And I know our kids have already sacrificed a lot. A lot. But we’re starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Let’s not give up and let down our guard just yet. Your kids can always look back at that time we had the pandemic and we made s’mores in the backyard instead of traveling four states away to visit distant cousins. It can be a year—just one year—that you shake things up a bit with new memories. Let’s find our joys where we can and expect to make some sacrifices for the greater good. f


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cation for local youth. This much-needed support will help offset lost profits from the organization’s two main fundraising events: the festival, which was canceled after the onset of the pandemic; and the AthHalf Half Marathon & 5K, which, while held virtually in October with over a thousand registered participants, raised only about 35% of what could have been expected during a normal year. “The swallow is the universe sending us a reminder that we have not been forgotten and our hope is enough in and of itself,” says Hale. In his design, each year of the festival’s history is represented by a bird

Inspiring Hope DAVID HALE’S NEW MURAL COMMEMORATES ATHFEST AT 25 By Jessica Smith arts@flagpole.com “Birdsong” had begun to fade under the sun, Hale initially wanted to retouch the panels with UV-resistant paint and realized that downtown’s forced downtime could be an ideal window to work without disruptATHFEST EDUCATES

Across cultures, swallows are often used to symbolize luck, rebirth and hope. For sailors out at sea, for example, looking to the sky and spotting a swallow can indicate that the ship is finally nearing shore and returning home. Local artist David Hale’s newest mural, “Hope,” explores the barn swallow as a symbol. Painted in his distinctive style of angular linework, a flight of swallows swirls across a prismatic, rainbow-colored sky with golden halos around their little heads as if to suggest their liminal role between Earth and the heavens. Made to commemorate the upcoming 25th anniversary of the AthFest Music & Arts Festival, the mural encourages viewers to look upward—not unlike hopeful sailors at sea—and reflect on what the future may bring. “I have spent a large amount of my time throughout the past year reflecting on and contemplating hope,” Hale says. “What is true hope here is a sailor who cannot see the shore climbing up the mast and looking out on the horizon day-after-day. This is what hope must become for us to persevere—we must learn to hope in hope itself, and if we can do this and pull our eyes out across the sea and up to the sky, we will be greeted with a piece of Heaven with feathers and wings.” “Hope” is the third mural by Hale to beautify this brick canvas located on the exterior walls of Epiphany Athens and The Rook & Pawn, adjacent to the area where the music festival anchors its main outdoor stage at the intersection of Pulaski and Washington Streets. The new mural replaces “Birdsong,” a collection of 20 different species of Georgia songbirds that were painted onto individual panels and installed into a cohesive mural to commemorate the festival’s 20th anniversary in 2016. Noticing that the red pigments on

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ing nearby businesses. This intention soon coalesced with another idea to auction the panels as a fundraiser for AthFest Educates, effectively sending “Birdsong” into flight across the community and providing an opportunity to create a new mural in its place. The 10-day online silent auction raised a total of $58,000, with half the proceeds designated to assist AthFest Educates in its mission to provide music and arts edu-

which carries a twig toward the central focal point, a nest that symbolizes a period of sheltering in place, creative incubation and envisioning the future. “There are 24 swallows in flight, and the 25th swallow is in the nest,” Hale says. “This represents this piece honoring the 25th anniversary of AthFest and the complexity of how we navigate this one year that seems so difficult at times but is also so full of hope, specifically because it is so difficult.”

Hale painted “Hope” during October, with the assistance of Mara Bastow, Marci White and Gunnar Tarsa. Currently on view through November, a special exhibition at Creature Comforts’ gallery features nine paintings that were created in preparation for the mural, as well as two larger paintings. All pieces have already sold, and 50% of proceeds will be donated to the brewery’s Get Artistic grantmaking efforts. In addition to the mural, Hale has been steadily working alongside Peter James McCarron and Dave Harrison to create a large-scale public art sculpture called “Origins,” which will feature a 20-foot-tall hen atop an interactive, painted concrete egg. Organized by the Athens Cultural Affairs Commission, the SPLOST-funded project will be installed at the Cooperative Extension Service Center on Cleveland Road. Last week, Hale delivered a collection of mounted woodblocks to Indie South’s brick-and-mortar shop for the holiday season, and soon he will create a video art lesson for a series shared through the Lyndon House Arts Center. “Art is how we navigate these times and come out on the other side stronger and more resolute to become who we are capable of being,” says Hale. “I have seen through these months and through my personal experience that this community and the leadership here recognize this outcome and are doing everything they can to support the arts and artists… I believe the potential we are all sharing right now here in Athens is greater than any of us can know or imagine. I hope we can all hold that in our hearts, and the mural can act as a tiny sliver of a reminder to keep climbing up the mast together and looking on the horizon.” Due to the pandemic’s current holding pattern and the unpredictable distribution rate of vaccines, it is still too early for AthFest Educates to make any announcements regarding the 2021 festival. Events of its scale typically require several months of behind-the-scenes work to line up sponsors, vendors, permits and performers, but here’s hoping AthFest will return in a safe capacity. AthFest Educates plans to recognize Hale’s new mural at an official dedication ceremony coinciding with the festival’s 25th anniversary. f





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It was the best outing from a Georgia quarterback since Aaron Murray’s senior season. Murray was also the last Bulldog quarterback who had the ability to win a game, which is much different from not losing the game. (Sorry, Jake Fromm.) Make no mistake, Daniels won us this game. Because we’re Georgia, and things can never be too good, as soon as we found a quarterback with a pulse, our defense and running game completely crapped out. Mike Leach’s Air Raid offense methodically moved the ball for most of the night until the defense clamped down in the fourth quarter. Our offensive line was bullied in the run game, and we finished with eight rushing yards. The defense and rushing game only concern me a small bit, though. For the past five years, we’ve hung our hat on having a shutdown defense and running the dang ball. But the problems against Mississippi State seemed more like aberrations than anything systemic. For all the issues I have with Smart—the list grows every season—I don’t doubt he will get the defense and running game turned around in short order. But because of the circumstances of this game, we needed a quarterback to go out there and win. It was clear early on that Daniels could do that. Although it took him a bit to start breaking off the big plays, his aesthetics on the field are different from Bennett or Mathis. He looks like a quarterback, especially compared to the diminutive

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stature of Bennett and the rail-thin frame of Mathis. More importantly, he passes the ball with power and purpose, with accuracy and touch. With Daniels out there, the receiving corps also came to life. Freshman Jermaine Burton, a fellow California native, was blowing by defenders and making catches all night. He finished with 197 receiving yards and two touchdowns, more than doubling his season yardage. George Pickens finally looked like the George Pickens of last season. Daniels threw him the ball in places only he could come down with, and he finished the game with eight catches for 87 yards and a score. Kearis Jackson kept doing his thing and caught the game-winning 40-yard strike from Daniels on third-and-20 in the fourth quarter. After this stellar performance, the question on every Georgia fan’s mind is: Why is Daniels just now starting? There have been rumors about his fitness all year, but we’ve received no concrete information. Daniels finally got a chance to say his piece in the postgame presser. According to him, he’s been cleared to play in every game this season sans the opener against Arkansas. Otherwise, it was the coaches’ decision. That is not a good look for Smart or offensive coordinator Todd Monken. I won’t sit here and say we would have beaten Alabama or Florida if Daniels had started those games—not just because that’s revisionist history, but also because I’m not sure we would have. We would’ve had a better shot, though. And we would’ve had a lot more fun watching this offense. Which brings us back around to the main criticism of Smart’s time as a head coach: his quarterback management. As much as Smart preaches the value of competition and the best player playing based on that competition, that doesn’t play out with the boys under center. If you get the job—even through unforeseen circumstances such as a player opting out of the season or injury— you have it until you lose the job. But in a hyper-competitive conference such as the SEC, losing the job often means losing games. And losing games means losing the season. Smart’s refusal to be proactive with his quarterback management will continue to cost Georgia games and seasons until there is a clear, beyond-the-shadow-of-adoubt star who holds the position for the entire season. Lord willing and the creek don’t rise, Daniels will become a clear, beyond-theshadow-of-a-doubt star who holds onto the position for the entire season. f

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Holiday Craft Fairs and Studio Sales KUNSTMARKT: THE VIRTUAL HOLIDAY MARKET (Online) Originally designed to mimic a European holiday market, Kunstmarkt is an online series of events showcasing the work of local artists. Through Jan. 2. www.steffen thomas.org BEECHWOOD HOLIDAY MARKET (Beechwood Shopping Center) The first annual event hosts a Christmas tree farm, hay rides, fire pits to roast smores, an ornament craft station, seasonal food, Santa’s post office and special pop-up vendors. Nov. 21–Dec. 20. info@beechwood athens.com, www.beechwoodathens. com/holiday-market ATHENS FARMERS MARKET HOLIDAY ARTIST MARKET (Bishop Park) Vendors include Element Designs, Absynia Jewelry, Rekindle Candle Co., Abigail West, Linnea Rae Collection, Little Athens Children’s Museum, Tinker Wagon, MEplusTEA, Dogwood Pottery, Little Light Co. and many more. Nov. 28, 8 a.m.–4 p.m. GOOD DIRT SHOPPING APPOINTMENTS (Good Dirt Clay Studio) Though the studio and gallery are currently closed to the public, shoppers can make appointments to check out the works of Good Dirt’s owners Rob and Jessica Sutherland. Dec. 1–23, 9:30

a.m.–7 p.m. 706-355-3161, info@ gooddirt.net ARTISTS SHOPPE AND HOLIDAY MARKET (Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation) The Artists Shoppe presents handmade items. Dec. 4–19, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. The annual Holiday Market is held Dec. 4, 5–8 p.m. and Dec. 5–6, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $5/weekend pass. www.ocaf.com MARMALADE POTTERY HOLIDAY SALE (Marmalade Pottery) Maria Dondero hosts her 12th annual studio sale. Dec. 5–5, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. mariadondero.com HAVE YOURSELF A HERBAL HOLIDAY MARKET (UGArden) The outdoor market includes a variety of herbal teas, remedies, tinctures and bath and body products. Dec. 5, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. facebook.com/ ugardeners NANCY GREEN CERAMICS GROUP STUDIO SALE (1500 Tappan Spur Rd., Watkinsville) Featuring ceramic work by Juana Gnecco, Nancy Green and Minsoo Yuh, plus textiles and cards by Sara Parker and local honey by 3 Kings Honey. Dec. 5–6, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. 706-410-5200 DECEMBER OPEN HOUSE POTTERY SALE (Farmington Pottery, Bishop) The studio hosts an outdoor sale of pottery and herbal soaps. Dec. 5–6, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. www.pickettpottery.com, www.farmingtonherbals.com ROSE CREEK POTTERY HOLIDAY SALE AND OPEN STUDIO (1051 Rose Creek Dr., Watkinsville) Lori D.

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. 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 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. • “Modernism Foretold: The Nadler Collection of Late Antique Art from Egypt.” Through Sept. 26. • “Power and Piety in 17th-Century Spanish Art.” Through Nov. 28. LYNDON HOUSE ARTS CENTER (211 Hoyt St.) Andrew Zawacki’s “Waterfall Plot” pairs 20 black-and-white photographs with short poems from his latest


Breedlove hosts an open air shopping with new tableware and decorative pieces. Dec. 5–6, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. www.rosecreekpottery.com NORMALTOWN POTTERY HOLIDAY SALE (465 Belvoir Heights) An outdoor sale with pottery by Juana Gnecco and Nancy Green, soaps by Farmington Herbals, masks by Ann Sears and local honey by 3 Kings Honey. Dec. 11, 4–8 p.m. & Dec. 12, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. 762-728-0575 DAVID MORGAN POTTERY 2020 HOLIDAY SALE (3747 Old Wildcat Bridge Rd., Danielsville) New works by David Morgan. Available by appointment beginning Nov. 27. Sale on Dec. 12, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. & Dec. 13, 12–5 p.m. 706-207-2325 MICHELE DROSS CERAMICS HOLIDAY STUDIO SALE (515 King Ave.) Shop for unique items at an outdoor sale. Dec. 12, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. micheledross.com 2ND ANNUAL HOLI-LADDER-DAY MARKET (tiny ATH gallery) Local artists will set up their wares on ladders during an outdoor market. Dec. 12–13, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. www. tinyathgallery.com SOUTHERN STAR STUDIO’S 5TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY SALE (Southern Star Studio) The studio’s ceramicists host a group sale. Dec. 12–13, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. www.southern starstudioathens.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

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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. Users can search for artists offering commissions for holiday gifts. 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

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. • “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 five-inch 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. Through Jan. 7. SURGERY CENTER OF ATHENS (2142 W. Broad St., Building 100) Paintings by Susie Criswell. Through Dec. 11. TIF SIGFRIDS (83 E. North Ave., Comer) The gallery reopens in its new location with artwork by Adrianne Rubenstein and Jackie Gendel. TINY ATH GALLERY (174 Cleveland Ave.) Jamie Calkin presents watercolor and ink paintings of local scenes in “Athens in Silks.” 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.” Through Dec. 18. • “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. 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


“Power and Piety in 17th-Century Spanish Art,” an exhibition of works by Spanish baroque painters, is currently on view at the Georgia Museum of Art. Pictured above is “Saint Michael the Archangel Overcoming Satan” by José Antolínez. 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. Deadline Jan. 4 at 11:59 p.m. www. athensculturalaffairs.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

and a buddy for a socially distanced workout. Saturdays, 7 a.m. www. f3classiccity.com 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 YAMUNA AND MORE (Elevate Athens, Online) Nia Holistic Fitness and Yamuna Body Rolling are held on an ongoing basis. $20/class. 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


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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. Visit the website for info about Zoom

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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 CORNHOLEATL WINTER LEAGUE REGISTRATION (Southern Brewing Co.) The seven-week season for four different divisions begins in January. Register by Dec. 28. info@cornholeatl.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 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. 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. Event held Jan. 18. athensgamlkday@gmail.com, www.accgov.com/mlkday NUÇI’S SPACE’S BLACK FRIDAY REWIRED GEAR SALE (40 Watt Club) Peruse a large selection of instruments, studio and recording equipment, speakers, amps, pedals and more. Cashless event (bring a card, check or web-enabled device for online payments). Proceeds benefit the 40 Watt Employee Relief Fund and Nuçi’s Space. Nov. 27, 5–10 p.m. Nov. 28, 12-10 p.m. and Nov. 29, 12–5 p.m. www.nuci.org STORMWATER CALENDAR (Department of Transportation and Public Works) Request a free stormwater calendar online in advance, then pickup in person. stormwater@ accgov.com 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 VIRTUAL LEISURE SERVICES (Online) A variety of activities are offered in arts, athletics, nature and recreation. www.accgov.com/ leisure f

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It’s Thanksgiving week, and normally I’d put something kind of lighthearted here about gratitude, reflection, etc. The fact is, though, none of you need that this year. While those things remain good and necessary, I think we’re all pretty much fed up with feel-good advice and vague directives. So, let me just speak for myself and say that I’m personally thankful for the way so many of you have risen to the occasion during a year in which anyone would have forgiven laziness. There’s been an incredible amount of outstanding music from our town this year, and I still don’t know how all y’all did it. We don’t know yet exactly what our scene will look like in the coming months, if not years, but if it was indeed always about the music…then we’ve got that covered. So thank you.

us that the stream will be shown outside with appropriate social distancing rules in place. For more information and ease of access, please see facebook.com/flickerbar.athens. MOSES SUPPOSES HIS TOESES ARE ROSES: Newer Athens band The Dazy Chains, who released a two-song EP back in April, have an album planned for next year and just released its title track, “Ascend,” about a week or so ago. Technically, the jammy-pop-grunge tune runs 5:40 long. In reality, though, its natural end occurs around 3:37, but then you get almost two minutes of guitar solos. It’s as if no one

ANOTHER HEARTY HELPING: The sun never seems to set on Seth Martin & The Dish Boys. While it’s been incredibly inspiring and impressive to see how productive the Athens scene has been during 2020, Martin and crew are now on their third full-length album of the year. At the end of last month, they released the nine-song Sending Out My Love, which they recorded with engineer Zeke Sayer (The Humms) out Seth Martin & The Dish Boys at Gypsy Farm on the actual stage of Clem’s Shoal Creek Music Park. This had ever heard “Layla” before and was like, “You know what is easily my favorite recording from the band. It’s lyrically this needs? A whole bunch of stuff at the end!” While suffiimpressive and shows an increasingly mature songwritciently performed, the coda is really a reprise of the earlier ing style, and, beyond that, the arrangements are those melody with flourishes thrown in. Oh, the tune itself? of a band in a nice lockstep of purpose. The Southern jam Actually not a half-bad kinda psych-y reimagined Pearl styling of “Just Driving Around” is a certain highlight, Jam-type track which may well be your, uh, jam. You can especially with the tinkling background piano. Additional find this on Spotify and keep up with the band at facebook. standouts include the rockin’ “Sha Na Na,” the simple and com/thedazychains. lovely “Please Be Good To Each Other” and opening track “Living In This Country.” You can dig this immediately over LOAD OUT: Musician’s resource center Nuçi’s Space will once at sethmartinandthedishboys.bandcamp.com. At the time again host its Black Friday ReWired Gear Sale on Friday, of its release, vinyl copies were available for free, too, and Nov. 27 from 5–10 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 28 from 12–10 there might be some left. Who knows? Drop ‘em a line at p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 29 from 12–5 p.m.. It takes place at georgiadishboys@gmail.com, and see what they say. the 40 Watt, and a portion of sales will be donated to the TRYPTOPHAN EVENING POST: Although I know some among you club’s employee relief fund. The organizers are assuring the are gonna take the risk and gather up in a traditional way public that this event is sanitary and will maintain approduring Thanksgiving, for those more attuned to remainpriate social distancing requirements. This sale is cashless ing distanced, the Flicker DeadStream has you covered (cards, checks and online payments only) and packed with for the evening. On Thanksgiving evening, they’ll host tons of musical gear—and not just instruments. There’s PA the fourth of the Normaltown Records series of shows. equipment, amplifiers, recording gear and more. Proceeds Featured acts this night are Cicada Rhythm, Earle Grey from ReWired help keep Nuçi’s Space on its righteous path and a special guest. The stream begins at 8 p.m., so put on of music community support and suicide prevention. For your fat pants and tune in. If you want to leave the house more information, please see nuci.org or facebook.com/ anyway, you can head down to Flicker itself, which assures nucisspace. f

record review Julianna Money: In the Valley (Independent) Named after her hometown nestled in the Chattahoochee Valley region, Julianna Money’s first full-length album, In the Valley, explores finding an authentic path, becoming more comfortable within a queer identity and always returning to the concept of home. This reconciliation between identity and place is best represented by “Desert Mountains,” a wistfully haunting melody that subtly imbues several of the Western genre’s signature qualities—the rhythm of a horse’s gait, around-the-campfire storytelling, romanticized lonesomeness—but is written from a perspective firmly rooted in the musical legacy of Appalachian folk and country. Conversely, “27” quietly confronts the passage of time and perpetual growing pains not limited to existential dread and an unknowable future. It draws a parallel with Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide”—a rumination on the seasons of life written when Stevie Nicks was 28—ultimately arriving at the present to say that “life is in this moment.” With simple instrumentation that never distracts, the album successfully shows off Money’s rare vocal ability, as on the see-sawing stand-out dark pop melody “Pretty Words,” or on “Shrug,” in which her low, bluesy whisper effortlessly climbs the stairs of a scale within the next breath. [Jessica Smith]

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Holiday Gift Guide Terrapin Beer Co. 265 Newton Bridge Rd.

www.terrapinbeer.com Find the perfect gift at Terrapin! Treat the beer fan in your life to something you know they’ll love with exclusive beer options like the new IPA Survival Kit or the Mexican Style Chocolate Moo-Hoo stout. Try some Terrapin clothing on for size, like this cozy holiday sweater. Cheers! Open Mon.–Sat. for curbside pickup, shop full selection at shop.terrapinbeer.com for a contactless experience

Junkman’s Daughter’s Brother 175 E. Clayton St.

Find us on Facebook Junkman’s has something for everyone on your list: Wake and Bake ceramic coffee mug/pipe, Eurographics jigsaw puzzles and a desk size wacky waving inflatable tube guy! Open inside Cillies! Open every day 1 p.m.–8 p.m. Extended hours closer to Christmas

Indie South

Big City Bread Cafe

indiesouthfair.com Shop small this season with Indie South’s brick and mortar location: with a Luna moth necklace by Serra Jaggar, a screen printed denim tote made in house or a beautiful book, The Spirit Almanac, by Emma Loewe and Lindsay Kellner.

www.bigcitybreadcafe.com Treat your loved ones and celebrate your love of Big City Bread with gift certificates in any denomination. Wrap it up with a soft, comfy, Big City tshirt. Double up on local with Big City’s full-bodied and complex blend of coffee, roasted right here in Athens by Jittery Joe’s Coffee Roasters.

470 Hawthorne Ave.

393 N. Finley St.

Open Tuesday–Saturday 11 a.m.–6 p.m. and Sundays noon–3 p.m.

Pain and Wonder Tattoo and Piercing 285 W. Washington St.

painandwonder.com Pain and Wonder, an Athens favorite tattoo shop, has gifts for your loved ones: jewelry for all piercings and tattoos for anyone on your list.

Gift certificates available in any amount

Stop in or call to order. 706-353-0029


4100 Lexington Rd.

shopstarship.com Evolved Thrust & Go - portable pleasure machine allows you to play anywhere! Two attachments and a hands-free mount. Together Vibe - couple’s toy with more than just classic double ends! 3 vibrating motors, 3 speeds and Echo Mode! WeVibe Jive - Bluetooth enabled vibrations target those inner sweet spots, hands free! Open everyday till Christmas! Black Friday Adult Doorbuster SPECIAL… 25% OFF your total purchase*-noon till midnight

DePalma’s Italian Cafe

A. Lafera Salon

www.depalmasitaliancafe.com Party in place this year! DePalma’s offers catering and party trays to make your holidays tastier. Baked Penne Bolognese, Lasagna, Chicken Parmigian, salad, bread sticks and more. Call in your order and pick it up at one of their 3 locations.

alafera.com Maison Louis Marie gift sets feature perfume oils, perfume, and a candle. Build a perfect set of Rene Furterer products, available for all hair colors. (Pictured: Okara Brightening Blonde Shampoo, Conditioner and Spray) Fill your home with the Voluspa Copper Clove fragrance collection, featuring notes of clove spice, amber, and autumn squash.

401 E. Broad St., 2080 Timothy Rd., 1965 Barnett Shoals Rd.

Gift cards, both physical and email versions, are available online at depalmasitaliancafe.com.

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Welcome to the first edition of Flagpole’s 2020 Holiday Gift Guide.

Athens Community Council on Aging

Hendershot’s Coffee

www.accaging.com Help us ensure that all older adults in our community age well. A gift can provide an electric blanket for an older adult ($25), transportation to the pharmacy, grocery store or medical appointments ($10), or 1 day of care at our Adult Day Health Center ($60).

hendershotsathens.com Support your favorite local spot by gifting the finest coffee Athens has to offer. Christmas Coal Coffee is Hendershot’s signature holiday blend for the naughty and nice! Whole Bean or Ground. 33 1/3 Light Roast is their brand new blend added to the line up.

135 Hoyt St.

237 Prince Ave.

Gift Cards available! Easy and safe garage door pick-up.

Very Good Puzzle

Canopy Studio 160-6 Tracy St.

verygoodpuzzle.com Unique jigsaw puzzles featuring works by Athens area artists. With 40+ designs, you’re sure to find the perfect work to gift to any art (or puzzle!) lover on your list. Shown here: The Search by Cameron Bliss, Kitty and Flowers against a Prussian Blue Sky by Jill Carnes, and Faded by Jourdan Joly.

www.canopystudio.org Winter Camp is back and better than ever! Support local business, give an “experience” gift with no little pieces to clean up! For K-6th grade. Dec 21-23 ($105) or Dec 28-Jan 1 ($175). Reduced capacity, masks required, extensive cleaning, and updated air exchange. Wrap up a gift certificate and t-shirt for Camp to go under the tree!

Order online or buy locally at Treehouse, Avid, Community, Cillies, and Indie South.

R. Wood Studio

The Garden Gift Shop

www.rwoodstudio.com Give one-of-a-kind handmade pottery and home goods in readyto-go curated gift boxes with their favorite southern-made brands! Everything is locally sourced and the pottery is made entirely by hand at their studio in Athens, GA.

botgarden.uga.edu The Garden Gift Shop at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia offers many gift ideas, including: Monarch Butterfly Puzzle by artist Kate O’Hara 750 pieces, $19.95, Woodland Finger Puppets, set of 4 with fun facts about animals, $24.00, Roland Pine Candle, 5oz, 40 hour burn, $22.00.

Shop full stock online for safe, curbside pickup at the studio.

Gift shop hours: Tues.–Sat. 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Sun. 12–4 p.m.

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To be included in the Gift Guide in 2020, contact the Flagpole Advertising Department at 706-549-0301 or ads@flagpole.com. A second Gift Guide issue will run on December 9th.

Journey Juice

The Pearl Girls

journey juice.com Give the gift of health! Cold-pressed juice is an excellent way to get your veggies without all the sugar and preservatives. Know someone that loves juice but not sure which ones to buy? No worries! Juice gift cards are the best gifts, and include a shirt from their punny JUICY merch selection!

www.thepearlgirls.com Black Pearls for Black Friday! Black pearls, like the Single Tahitian Black Pearl Necklace and Tahitian Black Pearl Earrings, are 50% off! The necklace features a black pearl from a cultured pearl farm in French Polynesia. The earrings put the same gorgeous pearls in a cute and easy to wear dangle earring style.

1428 Prince Ave.

548 Hawthorne Ave.

Shop online (free shipping or pick-up) or stop by the store! Tues.–Fri. 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. or Sat. 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Franny’s Farmacy

The Olive Basket

www.frannysfarmacy.com/cbd-athens Connect to the farm with CBD options like: Full Spectrum hemp oil tincture available in 125mg, 250mg, 500mg or 1000mg bottles, CBD chocolate bar with sea salt & hemp seed in easy to dose pieces with 10mg per piece, and FullSpectrum honey available in 12oz/100mg, or 5oz/50mg jars.

www.olivebasketonline.com Four or Six bottle gift sets are available in a variety of combinations, including Olive Oils, White or Dark Balsamic Vinegars, or a combination of Oils and Vinegars. Choose one of their pre-made combinations or design your own from over 50 oils and vinegars.

2361 W. Broad St.

8851 Macon Hwy., Suite 401

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