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DECEMBER 2, 2020 · VOL. 34 · NO. 48 · FREE

HOLIDAY MARKET ROUNDUP A Guide to Local Artist Markets and Studio Sales  p. 6


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Participatory Budgeting and New Developments

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ARTS & CULTURE: Feature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Art Around Town . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

Holiday Artists Roundup

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comments section “So tired of all the COVID propaganda. PCR tests were never meant to diagnose an infectious illness. More than 30 CTs (cycle thresholds) renders them bogus with false positives up to 95% as the tests only detect fragments of inactive corona virus found in all and no contagion whatsoever. Scandemic to accelerate the elite globalists’ Great Reset.” —Cindy Pope From “COVID-19 Numbers Continue to Rise in Athens” at Flagpole.com






DawgCheck Has No Teeth At last! Jessica Luton finally touched on the fallacy behind the University of Georgia’s DawgCheck self-reporting of COVID numbers (“COVID Looks Like It’s About to Surge in Athens,” Nov. 6). Sixty-four positive reports Oct.19–25 is meaningless as long as UGA refuses to publish the percentage of students, faculty and staff who actually use DawgCheck. And there’s no way to verify the accuracy of DawgCheck, either. I suspect the percentage of faculty, staff and students who report is very low, judging by the appeals that bosses are making to remind folks to report. And I also suspect the accuracy of the reports is very low, too. I find it difficult to believe that pampered metro Atlanteens will bother to take their temperature, log onto DawgCheck and make their tedious report with any regularity—to say nothing of veracity. Roger Nielsen Athens

Athens Memorabilia Rocks Thanks for sharing the Ron Evans memorabilia collection in the Oct. 21 issue of Flagpole. My jaw dropped when I saw the Hanna Batrite stamping logo plate. As a freshman at UGA in the early 1980s, I still recall the day when the plume of smoke rose from downtown, and we ran through campus to see what was burning. Twenty years later, I finally located a Hanna bat to call my own. Here’s to hoping that Mr. Evans’ collection inspires younger generations to acquire a unique bond to Athens. Rick Stanziale Athens

Boo to Boo-levard How is Boulevard the only area where you’re judging Halloween houses? I mean, I get it, if grunge was coming on the scene now, I get it. I met my wife in the tri-bar area in the early 1990s. Back in the day, Boulevard was Athens’ Little Five Points—hip, a little sketchy, filled with locals and artists who didn’t give a shit, but now Athens’ Little Five Points is like Little


Five Points. R.E.M. got street cred for living in Normaltown, but now you’ve got to be in R.E.M. to afford Normaltown. We were townies. Met at the Georgia Bar, hung out at the Roadhouse and the Engine Room, and then our oldest was born at Athens Regional, and we had to leave. It’s taken us 20 years to get back. But we are back. And one of the things we did in our 20-year absence is own Halloween. We throw down the gauntlet. Boulevard, please. I see that weak-ass shit. I’m betting we’re not the only ones. Like the Dead Kennedys said, “Take your fun seriously.” I don’t care if my family comes, I ain’t got no presents, I ain’t going to church. It’s my favorite “H” in the trinity: heavy metal, horror and Halloween. See you next year. Bring it. Wylly Jordan Athens

Don’t Cancel Henry Grady David Pittman makes a number of valid points about the legacy of Henry Grady and the need for more focus on the rich diversity of Southern media professionals and their influence (“Rename the Grady College for Charlayne Hunter-Gault,” Oct. 14). But there are ways of balancing the scales without resorting to more “cancel culture” broad-stroke reactions. As we are already seeing, cancel-culture “remedies” tote a lot of woke baggage, and their unintended consequences can make their once-assured justifications less so, while part of the power of history is to be able to shine a light back on mistakes and miscarriages of justice, not to pretend that bad things didn’t happen. Would it be better if Athens got behind a brand-new project to build a Charlayne Hunter-Gault Media Center? In this way, the past is intact, in all its imperfection, but the future looks much brighter for the new understanding we have of it. B.H. Shaw Tucker

End Apathy in Athens I grew up in Athens, where I was fortunate enough to go to a diverse elementary school where every child was taught about


the Civil Rights Movement. I am glad that I was exposed to a variety of cultures and beliefs at an early age. As I grew older, I often found that I was teetering between two worlds: the values of a long Athenian lineage of white Protestants and the desire to know more and explore the rest of the world. Thanks to UGA, I finally got to study abroad in 2010. However, I now find in my 30s that the challenge lies right here at home. According to the Athens Clarke-County Board of Elections, there was only a 67.4% voter turnout in this election. Many folks were very excited to vote for president, but down-ballot candidates suffered as a result of what I can only imagine is ambivalence. I do not claim to have a perfect voting record; only in recent years have I begun to educate myself on policy. Yet as I look around at the world, it worries me that an entire third of my home county did not vote, period. Why is a town that is so invested in wearing just the right combo of red and black on a Saturday sitting on the bench? I understand that some people just aren’t interested in elections or politicians. That’s their right and, to be fair, it’s difficult to get behind most candidates because of the pervasive shadiness that clouds our political system. However, I want to know who these Athenians are so that I can understand the disconnect. I also want to continue to develop a better understanding of why our town seems so progressive and, at the same time, so antiquated. I suppose this town is experiencing a bigger version of what I have always felt: Do we go along with our legacy and what’s comfortable, or do we break the cycle by daring to wonder how someone else feels? These are complicated issues with no clear solution. However, there are some things that we can be doing as a community to cut down on the ambiguity. Our leaders should not be afraid to “offend” (I use this word flippantly) those who think that a police brutality protest downtown is the cause of a surge in COVID-19 cases instead of weekly keg parties where no masks are worn at all. I live near Milledge Avenue, and I’ve certainly seen some things that defy the ideas of social distancing and cleanliness (not to mention the litter). I also implore our leaders to enact policy that may not be popular with the powerful. This is a relatively progressive county in many ways, despite the mysterious third of the population who did not vote, as well as the folks who had no idea we even had

two Senate races last month (or that we have more coming up; please vote). I’m not asking everyone to think as I do. I am asking that Athenians think more deeply about why they think the way that they do. Is it because of your mom and dad? Is it because of your friends? It is our civic duty not only to exercise our rights, but also to understand the meaning and gravity of said rights. Athens is a beautiful town with beautiful people. It’s time for us to get to know each other a little better. C. M. Reeves Athens

College Football Is a Sham Cy Brown’s article (Sept. 23) “College Football is a Sham” is right on the money. We tolerate on the large scale what outrages us on the small. Duke Geddis Athens

The People Have Spoken In America, we pick our leaders. They may not know our names, but we certainly know theirs, and we know what kind of people they are and what kind of values they hold. This is the beauty of a democracy. We decide—not a judge, a state legislature or even a candidate. We decide because no matter where we fall on the political spectrum, we all value democracy, freedom and fairness. Throughout our country’s relatively short but vaunted history, we have known our current presidents will do their constitutional and moral duty with respect to an organized transfer of power should the will of the people indicate that they should not remain in office. It’s just the way things are done in our beloved republic. In this election, we witnessed the clear, decisive will of the people. Every state elections administrator has vouched for the honesty and integrity of the peoples’ vote in this election, and so has the Republican-appointed head of the Department of Homeland Security. They have all, Republicans and Democrats alike, carefully counted and verified each vote, and they have always adhered to the standards and laws in each state. It is abundantly clear that the people have chosen Joe Biden as our next president. For America to continue to be the land of the free, only voters decide who leads us, and we have spoken. Peggy Perkins Winder


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The People’s Budget PLUS, NEW DEVELOPMENTS, A CCSD AWARD AND MORE LOCAL NEWS By Blake Aued and Chris Dowd news@flagpole.com A new activist group, the People’s Budget Athens, is demanding “drastic” changes to the Athens-Clarke County budget to allow some items to be decided through direct democracy. Imani Scott-Blackwell, founder of People’s Budget Athens, made a case for defunding the ACC police and reinvesting the money in other community priorities during a drive-in “People’s Assembly” on Nov. 20. In support of this idea, she referenced a survey collected by her group in which 84% of people picked policing as a top priority for divestment. This survey had over 1,300 responses, although it was not a scientific sample of residents. At their assembly, People’s Budget Athens members examined the ACC budget and discussed ways they’d like to see it changed. For example, in addition to divesting from policing, they’d like to create “participatory budgeting” mechanisms within the local government. Participatory budgeting is a process integrated into the regular county budget cycle that allows average citizens to decide how a certain portion of their tax dollars are spent. Some cities in the Southeast have already experimented with participatory budgeting. For example, Durham, NC allocated $2.4 million to the program in 2018; each of the city’s three wards was given $800,000 to spend as constituents decided. A representative from Durham gave a presentation on participatory budgeting to the ACC Mayor and Commission at their retreat on Sept. 10. It was received favorably by commissioners, according to Commissioner Jesse Houle, who was in attendance. Houle campaigned on participatory budgeting during the last election and has advocated it for years. “I’m really excited that there’s so much energy around looking at the budget,” Houle said. Other commissioners, including Tim Denson and Mariah Parker, have also spoken in favor of the idea in the past. While the commission is exploring various options for how to implement participatory budgeting, it appears unlikely that such a program will be ready in time to make an impact for next year. That is, in part, because of the tight timeline for budget discussions, which have already begun within the local government, but also because of the complexities inherent in democracy itself. “The logistics of making participatory budgeting work are actually pretty complicated,” Houle said. “You don’t want to have it be just whoever shows up one time. The participatory element takes a lot of time and energy. Right now, what I’m pushing for is to help get more public understanding of our existing budgeting process.” This issue of Flagpole went to press before the Tuesday, Dec. 1 runoff for district attorney. Check flagpole.com for results.

Under the current process, the commission develops strategic goals while departments formulate their budget requests in late fall. In the spring, the county manager meets with department heads and outside agencies that receive government funding, then works with the mayor on a recommended budget released in April. The commission then takes public input and tweaks the budget before approving it in June. A participatory budgeting program could be part of the next SPLOST or TSPLOST, part of the county’s yearly budgeting process or both. Houle said there could be legal issues with having a participatory element in SPLOST, but all options are currently on the table and being explored. Houle was careful to clarify that a participatory budgeting process like Durham’s, by itself, would not mean that the money would be taken from policing, for example, or from anything else the people might decide. Citizens wouldn’t have the option to reduce funding in any area; they would only get to choose how to spend a certain amount of money. While the commission slowly develops a plan to allow a bit more democracy within the ACC government, Scott-Blackwell said she will continue building power from the bottom up through people’s assemblies, with her sights set on a more fundamental transformation. If you’re interested in helping, follow them at facebook.com/peoplesbudgetathens. [Chris Dowd]

Developments Proposed in North Athens Redevelopment plans for an abandoned watch factory off Newton Bridge Road now include a hotel. An Atlanta development group known as Westclox Rocks recently submitted revised plans for the General Time project on 35 acres across the street from Terrapin Brewery. A Terrapin warehouse is one of the development’s anchor tenants, along with a call center for the online furniture retailer Wayfair. The development will also include a music venue, some office and retail space, 100 one-bedroom apartments and 100 two-bedroom apartments. Athens-Clarke County planning staff noted that the development “would attract visitors to a destination site in an area with predominantly industrial and pass-through traffic, so it has the potential to change the dynamic of the area.” They raised concerns about introducing residential units into an industrial part of town. The developer is seeking a rezoning from industrial to office, as well as several waivers to the county zoning code. Another proposed development nearby, on seven vacant acres at the intersection of Barber and Tracy streets near Buvez and Active Climbing, would include 87 one- and two-bedroom apartments, a small amount of industrial space and kiosks for startup businesses. Nine of the apartments would be set aside as affordable workforce housing for renters who earn 80–120% of the area median income.

In reviewing the plans last month, planning commissioners said Athens has a need for smaller apartments for single professionals, young couples and empty-nesters, rather than four- or five-bedroom units intended for college students. They praised the plans but had some concerns about residents walking across the railroad tracks. As they did with the General Time project, planners raised concerns about the proposed change to office zoning with people living near industrial uses. They also said the development may not have enough parking. Votes have not yet been scheduled on either development. [Blake Aued]

BOE Lawyer Says No to TADs The Clarke County School District’s lawyer is recommending that the Board of Education not go along with Athens-Clarke County’s plans to encourage redevelopment in six parts of town. In a letter to school board members obtained by Flagpole, Michael Pruett incorrectly stated that property taxes are forgiven in tax allocation districts. TADs are a redevelopment tool that uses additional taxes from new development to make infrastructure improvements within the district. For example, ACC could issue bonds to pay for sidewalks or sewer lines that would allow a development to go forward, then pay off the bonds with the revenue the development generates. The ACC Commission voted last month to create six TADS—around Georgia Square Mall, on Atlanta Highway near Hawthorne Avenue, along Newton Bridge Road, covering the eastern edge of downtown and part of East Athens, on North Avenue and on Lexington Road near Gaines School Road. Those areas were identified as “blighted,” and the possibility of a TAD could entice developers to build there. But the taxes ACC collects are only about 40% of the overall property taxes. About 60% go to the Clarke County School District, so unless the school board also adopts the TADs, less than half of the new taxes generated by development will be available to spend on infrastructure in

those districts, making them less attractive to developers. ACC has asked CCSD to approve the TADs before Jan. 1, when property values are set for the coming year. At press time, the school board had not scheduled a vote, and Pruett said in his letter that it would be difficult, if not impossible, to meet that deadline. [BA]

Cedar Shoals Paper Wins Award Cedar Shoals High School’s student newspaper, BluePrints, won a national award for its reporting on the controversy surrounding an appointed school board member earlier this year. The Student Press Law Center gave the Courage in Student Journalism Award to BluePrints staffers Stephany Gaona-Perez, Brittany Lopez and Jacqueline Wright. The student journalists, advised by English teacher Marc Ginsberg, discovered that school board member Antoine Stephens had not graduated from Cedar Shoals in 2014, as he implied when seeking a vacant seat on the board. They subsequently found that Stephens was legally too young to serve in Congress when he ran for a Northeast Georgia congressional seat prior to being appointed to the school board, and that he had lied about money he raised during a run for mayor in 2018. After BluePrints and other news outlets revealed these facts, Stephens announced that he would seek treatment for mental health issues and would not run for a full term. Kirrena Gallagher won the June election and will take over the seat in January. “These young journalists braved public ridicule and stonewalling as they methodically pursued public documents and asked probing questions of a major institution in their community,” Hadar Harris, executive director of the Student Press Law Center, said in a news release. “Accountability reporting is the bedrock of local journalism, and these students provided an essential public service by making their local school board more transparent.” The award, which carries a $1,000 prize, was presented during a virtual ceremony on Nov. 21. [BA] f



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Craft Markets and Studio Sales in Athens and Nearby By Jessica Smith arts@flagpole.com


an annual holiday tradition, regional artists and makers come together every December to showcase and sell their diverse, one-of-a-kind creations. Whether it’s a multi-vendor fair or an intimate open house at a private studio, these events provide opportunities to connect directly with the talented entrepreneurs who provide the backbone of Athens’ arts community. This year will look a little different, of course, as the pandemic presents challenges to gathering safely. Many markets plan to move their merchandise outdoors as much as possible, and some will hold extended hours to better spread out foot traffic. Masks are required at all markets, and it’s not a bad idea to carry your own hand sanitizer. There are also many artists who will have to skip this season for understandable reasons, and it’s important not to forget them. Countless artists sell wares through their personal webpages or are open to taking commissions if you simply ask. The newly launched Athens Creative Directory–a searchable catalog of workers in the visual, literary and performing arts organized by the Athens-Clarke County Economic Development Department and CREATE Athens (a division of Envision Athens)—aims to highlight active artists this season. Search for “Holiday2020” on athenscreatives.directory for a list of registered creatives, or create your own listing if you’re an artist yourself. Though there are only half the usual number of markets, there are twice as many reasons to support artists whose livelihoods have been severely impacted by the pandemic this year. With over 20 different events scheduled over the next three weeks, finding handcrafted and locally sourced gifts can be a safe and worthy experience for all. In the spirit of tradition, let Flagpole make shopping locally a little simpler this year with our annual Holiday Market Roundup, a list of artist markets, studio open houses and craft sales happening in Athens and nearby.


In Athens Though Good Dirt Clay Studio is still closed, aside from its independent studio membership program and private lessons for members, owners Rob and Jessica Sutherland are currently offering private shopping appointments for individual family or friend groups through Dec. 23 from 9:30 a.m.–7 p.m. The Sutherlands’ work is also available through Good Dirt’s online shop, with both shipping and contactless in-person pickup available. Good Dirt is located at 485 Macon Hwy. Contact the Sutherlands at 706-3553161 or info@gooddirt.net to set up an appointment, and visit gooddirt.net/pottery for examples of work. In addition to the Beechwood Shopping Center’s restaurants and retail shops, the inaugural Beechwood Holiday Market will set up several pop-up storefronts—including Kempt, Matilda Jane and Ann Peden Jewelry—as well as vendor booths and local artisans. Activities include hayrides, fire pits to roast s’mores, an ornament and craft station, seasonal food fare and Santa’s post office. Partnering with the 501 Exchange, a Christmas tree farm will donate a portion of proceeds each week to a different non-profit like Extra Special People, The Sparrows Nest, American Lunch and The Boy Scouts of America. Located at 196 Alps Rd., the market is currently running through Dec. 20 on Thursdays and Fridays from 6–9 p.m., Saturdays from 2–9 p.m. and Sundays from 2–6 p.m. Visit beechwoodathens. com/holiday-market. Maria Dondero’s 12th annual Marmalade Pottery Holiday Sale will be held outdoors at Southern Star Studio, located at 180 Cleveland Ave., Dec. 5–6 from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. The ceramic artist will share a new collection of mugs, planters, platters, pour-over sets and more, all decorated in her oneof-a-kind illustrations of flowers, animals and faces. Check out mariadondero.com.


Heirloom Café and Fresh Market, at 815 N. Chase St., will host an opportunity for seasonal shopping at the Heirloom Holiday Market Dec. 5–6 from 9:30 a.m.–2 p.m. Handmade wares include jewelry, gourmet foods, woodwork, ceramics, soaps and bath products, textiles and more. Each day has a different lineup of vendors, with participants like Will Eskridge, R&R Secret Farm, Piedmont Provisions, Normal Soap Company and Grands Designs. Visit heirloomathens.com. For specialty items straight from the garden, visit the UGArden’s Have Yourself a Herbal Holiday Market on Dec. 5 from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. In addition to UGArden’s teas, seasoning blends, bath and beauty products, herbal tonics and vinegars, the outdoor market will feature vendors such as Cherokee Moon Mixology, Mama Bath and Body, MEplusTEA, Professional Plant Girl and Roseman’s Remedies. UGArden is located at 2500 S. Milledge Ave. Check ugardenherbs.com to learn more about the organic, student teaching farm. The West Broad Farmers Market will offer a special Holiday Market Dec. 5 and Dec. 12. Online orders can be placed during the week between Sunday at 5 p.m. and Thursday at 1 p.m. for drive-through pick-up on Saturdays from 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. The in-person markets, held 10 a.m.–2 p.m., will focus on offering craft and gift items in addition to the market’s staples of fresh produce and baked goods. Both shopping options are held at the Athens Housing Authority at 300 Rocksprings St. Go to wbfm. locallygrown.net to order online. Artists Zuzka Vaclavik and Kyle Jones will host a Ceramics Holiday Sale outdoors at the Athens Running Company on Dec. 5–6 and Dec. 12–13 from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. ARC is located near the Five Points intersection at 1210 S. Milledge Ave. Visit zuzkavaclavik.com and spencerkyle jones.com to see recent creations.

Fiber artist Mary Rugg will host a porch sale at her home studio located at 263 Milledge Circle on Dec. 5–6 and Dec. 12–13 from 12–3 p.m. or by appointment. Using centuries-old traditions to inspire modern designs, Rugg weaves a variety of scarves, shawls, cowls and wraps in a blend of colors and fibers. Contact 706-202-7636 or maryerugg@ gmail.com to arrange an appointment, and visit maryrugg weaver.com for examples of work. As an effort to fundraise for Flicker Theatre and Bar, the Flicker Holiday Market will present local vendors offering crafts, artwork, small business promotion, vintage clothes, hot drinks, treats and more. The indoor and outdoor markets are held Dec. 6, 13 and 20 from 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Flicker is located at 263 W. Washington St. Visit flickertheatreand bar.com. The Boulevard neighborhood café Buvez will host a Pop-Up Shop showcasing ceramics, jewelry, clothing, artwork and books from a variety of local artists and collectors. Browse handmade items, grab a cocktail and have your tarot cards read. Slated for Dec. 6 from 12–5 p.m., the outdoor event will happen at 585 Barber St., Suite A. See facebook.com/ buvezathens.

and friends Dec. 12–13 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Participating potters include Brandon Bishop, Abby Deschenes, Maria Dondero, Carter Gillies, Susan Hable, Jennifer Heynen, Courtney Howard, Chona Leathers, Regina Mandell, Esther Mech, Kerry Steingberg and Lee Turner. Check out southernstudioathens.com to learn more about the collective work space and gallery. Artists will come together during the seventh annual Holiday Artists Market to benefit the local nonprofit Campus Cats/Cat Zip Alliance Dec. 12 from 5–9 p.m. at Little Kings Shuffle Club, at 223 W. Hancock Ave. Information on Campus Cats can be found at catzip.org.

sculpture, fiber art and more. The market is open Dec. 4 from 5–8 p.m. and Dec. 5–6 from 10 a.m.–5 p.m., with the first hour of each day reserved for vulnerable guests. This year, the gallery will limit the number of shoppers per time period, so tickets should be reserved online in advance. Admission for all three days is $3 for adults and free for children under 16. OCAF’s Artists Shoppe, which features handmade items created by the gallery’s members, opens in conjunction with the Holiday Market and will remain open from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays until Dec. 19. OCAF is located at 34 School St. in Watkinsville. For more details, visit ocaf.com.

Venture over to Farmington Pottery’s December Open House Pottery Sale Dec. 5–6 from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. to view the latest creations of Geoff and Lisa Pickett. A wide variety of Geoff’s wood- and gas-fired dinnerware, kitchen and The family-run Bendzunas Glass Studio and Gallery, at tableware for the home and garden will be available, as well 89 W. South Ave. in Comer, will be open to the public daily as a selection of handmade soaps and botanical skin-care products made with fresh herbs grown by Lisa. All pots will be displayed spaciously outside. Farmington Pottery is Southern Star Studio located at 1171 Freeman Creek Road in Farmington. For more information, visit pickettpottery.com and farmington herbals.com.

Outside Athens

The Normaltown Pottery Holiday Sale, slated for Dec. 11 from 4–8 p.m. and Dec. 12 from 9 a.m.–4 p.m., will feature handmade, functional pottery by Nancy Green and studio owner Juana Gnecco. Additional items include local honey by 3 Kings Honey, natural soap by Farmington Herbs and face masks by Ann Sears. Normaltown Pottery is located at 465 Belvoir Heights, and the sale will be held outdoors with firepits. For more information, call 762-728-0575.

Farmview Market, at 2610 Eatonton Hwy. in Madison, will host a Holiday Market Dec. 5 from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. In addition to locally sourced veggies, meat, soaps, baked goods and preserves, you’ll find a few vendors offering handcrafted items like cutting boards, knitted accessories and jewelry. The family-friendly event also includes Christmas carols, an appearance by Santa Claus and live music by Random Acts, Andy & Amanda and Christa Rooks. Check out farmview market.com for what’s in store.

Michele Dross Ceramics will host an outdoor Holiday Studio Sale at her cozy backyard studio in Normaltown. Dross’ distinctive handmade porcelain pottery is characterized by mystical narrative drawings full of celestial women, plants, rainbows, snakes, goats and roosters. The event takes place Dec. 12 from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. at 515 King Ave. Keep up with the artist at micheledross.com.

This year’s lineup at the Nancy Green Ceramics Group Holiday Studio Show and Sale promises a diverse array of traditional and contemporary ceramic pieces, with participating potters including Juana Gnecco, Nancy Green and Minsoo Yuh. Additionally, there will be hand-printed textiles and cards by Sara Parker as well as local honey from 3 Kings Honey. Located at 1500 Tappan Spur Road in Watkinsville, the studio’s annual event is Dec. 5–6 from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. For more details, call 706-410-5200.

The second annual Holi-LADDER-day Market at tiny ATH gallery will make the best use of its small square footage by displaying creations vertically on ladders. Ten different artists will participate each day, with highlights including folk art by Peter Loose, ornaments by Valley StipeMaas, jewelry by The Fuse Muse, wool dolls by Cricket Bancroft, prints by Lois Songster, paintings by Sam Balling and light switch covers by Marisa Leilani Mustard. Located at 174 Cleveland Ave., the outdoor market will be held Dec. 12–13 from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Visit tinyath gallery.com. Indie South’s 14th annual Holiday Hooray is one of the largest markets of its type in the region and covers virtually everything handmade, from original art in every medium, bath and beauty products, vintage and sustainable fashion to artisanal food and home goods. Keep an eye out for Oriskany Glass, Appaloosa Designs Jewelry, Humble Hutch (John Lundy), Lovely Bones, Christina Kosinski, Merging Metals, Forestique, Stoned Beautiful, Chris Hubbard and Bear Hug Honey. The two-day open-air market takes place Dec. 12 from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and Dec. 13 from 11 a.m.–5 p.m. at 660 Chase St. Visit theindiesouth.com. Southern Star Studio, located outdoors at 180 Cleveland Ave., will present its fifth annual holiday sale of members

A new collection of work by Lori Breedlove will be available at the Rose Creek Pottery Holiday Sale Dec. 5–6 from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. An assortment of pots, cups, vases, bowls and other vessels will be spaced outside in front of the studio, as well as within the studio, which is open to the fresh air. Rose Creek Pottery is located on a grass-fed cattle farm at 1051 Rose Creek Drive in Watkinsville. Visit rosecreekpottery.com.

from 12–5 p.m. through the holiday season. Operating primarily as a wholesale business that distributes to galleries countrywide, a public gallery displays some of the family’s best functional and decorative glass works, including cups, paperweights, bowls, ornaments, bird feeders and vases. The studio is also open by appointment by calling 706-7835869. For more information, check out bendzunasglass.net. The Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation’s 26th annual juried Holiday Market presents the works of dozens of regional artists and crafters, including paintings, pottery, stained and fused glass, jewelry, photography, woodwork,

While in the area, visit the annual J.B. (Jeff Bishoff) and Friends Pottery Sale for new works. Occurring Dec. 5–6 from 10 a.m.–5 pm., the sale is located at 1790 Salem Road in Farmington. Call 678-863-1847. For richly glazed pieces of pottery that draw inspiration from nature, check out the works of David Morgan, a regional potter who has been creating functional stoneware for over 30 years. The David Morgan Pottery studio, located at 3747 Old Wildcat Bridge Road near Danielsville, opens for a Holiday Sale Dec. 12 from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. and Dec. 13 from 12–5 p.m. The studio can also be visited by appointment by calling 706-207-2325 or emailing dsmorgan9350@ gmail.com. Find David Morgan Pottery on Facebook. f





From Parking to Parklets OUTDOOR DINING HELPS ATHENS RESTAURANTS THRIVE By Tyler Wilkins news@flagpole.com



few months after the start of the the outdoor retail area pilot project was COVID-19 pandemic, Athens-Clarke extended only through the end of the year. County Mayor Kelly Girtz and the ACC “I’ve eaten at several [parklets], and Commission shut down portions of downit seems like they’re working well,” said town streets to allow restaurants to more Girtz, who initially tasked a small group safely seat patrons outdoors. with examining the possibility of adding In doing so, Athens joined a long list of cities that are turning over street space from drivers to diners. Besides closing College Square to traffic as part of a streetscape project at the Broad Street intersection, the commission approved a “parklet” program allowing restaurants to use up to half of the parking spaces in front of those establishments for outdoor dining. Another program, the “outdoor retail area” pilot project on the westernmost block of Washington Street, uses metal barricades to block off parking spaces and two lanes of traffic on weekends to create outdoor space for bars and retailers as well as restaurants. “I think this will make people feel more comfortable coming Outdoor dining on West Washington Street. downtown to shop, knowing that there is an option for outdoor shopping,” Commissioner Melissa Link said parklets. “A couple of businesses have said at a meeting last month. it has made the difference between being These programs allow businesses to profitable and losing money this year, so recover some of the revenue lost during the I’m glad for that.” pandemic while helping to curb the spread With a parklet set up on North Hull of the coronavirus. The risk of contracting Street, Trappeze Pub and other nearby COVID-19 is substantially lower in open air, restaurants have observed an uptick in according to the CDC. customers, said Becca Johnson, the frontIn response to general support of the of-house manager for the restaurant. parklets from the restaurant community “Right now, everyone wants to sit outside,” and a continual rise in COVID-19 cases in Johnson said. “We’ve been making a lot Athens, the commission extended the parmore money than we would have if we klets program until Mar. 31 at its Nov. 17 couldn’t have extra seating. I would defimeeting. Owing to concerns about weather, nitely like for it to stay.”

Outside downtown, a section of North Newton Street between The Grit and Taziki’s Café was converted into an outdoor dining area about a month ago. The commission previously considered halting traffic from passing through that short block and setting up chairs and tables on the street years ago, but the proposal failed to pass due to opposition from another business. Toby Cole, general manager of The Grit, said that since the block has been converted into an outdoor dining area he believes it has helped attract customers. The Grit is offering only take-out and outdoor seating for the time being, and the blocked-off

area allows more patrons to sit outside the restaurant and escape the noisy construction on the other side of Prince Avenue that can be heard from the sidewalk, Cole said. Even after the threat of COVID-19 becomes less serious, Cole said, he’d support a move by the commission for the Newton Street outdoor dining area to become a permanent fixture. Whit Richardson, owner of Taziki’s, said he’d need to hear input from the commission, other restaurant owners and Athens residents before deciding whether he’d support the permanent installation of the dining area.

“We have seen about half our customers using the outdoor patio and half eating inside, socially distanced,” Richardson said. “We have not seen an increase in overall sales. However, we have seen customers who would have gotten take-out utilizing the outdoor dining space.” With the limited space available downtown, the pedestrian plaza at College Square and the use of parklets could become permanent, said Commissioner Allison Wright. “I think they’re working great,” she said. “We’re trying to balance businesses being able to have the outdoor capacity for people that are choosing to gather and be in groups.” As the temperature continues to drop, customers may not wish to dine outside in parklets. To counteract this, at its last meeting the commission approved the use of portable, non-electric heaters inside parklets. With the temporary suspension of open-container requirements for servers passed by the commission over the summer, restaurants may serve alcoholic beverages to their patrons inside parklets. Bars are currently excluded from requesting parklets, although some wish to be included, said David Lynn, director of planning and outreach for the Athens Downtown Development Authority. In a survey distributed by the county to 20 bars, all but one indicated an interest in participating in the parklet program if it were offered to them. Of all 85 businesses that responded to the county’s survey, 58 indicated an interest in participating in the parklet program, while 15 businesses said they’d opt not to participate, and 10 indicated opposition to the program entirely. Those that expressed opposition to the program in the survey were overwhelmingly retail businesses. Lynn said he’s aware of concerns from a few retailers over the loss of street parking, but he’s not aware of any widespread pushback on the parklets. Wright said that because of the pandemic fewer people are coming downtown, meaning fewer parking spots are needed. f

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Handlebar Hobo FRED BIRCHMORE PEDALED THE WORLD AND LIVED TO TELL ABOUT IT By Pete McCommons pete@flagpole.com The UGA Press recently recycled the perfect antidote for all that ails us shut-in, wornout, Trumped-up, beaten-down citizens in the gloaming of the year that was. Here’s a hometown hero who set forth on his bicycle and pedaled around the world just before it was engulfed in war. In the mid-1930s, Fred Birchmore graduated from UGA with an MA and a law degree simultaneously and then eventually went to Germany to study international law. There, he bought a heavy, one-speed bicycle that he aptly named “Bucephalus” after Alexander the Great’s horse. Birchmore began exploring Germany on his bike and then ventured on to Denmark, Sweden and Norway. Eventually, he did Switzerland, too, climbing the Matterhorn on foot, then pushing his bike over others of the Alps. He took a holiday ride from Germany to Egypt (!), where his passport and his stash of traveler’s checks were stolen while he slept on the beach beside the Red Sea. By the time he got everything replaced, his school semester had already begun, so he headed east on Bucephalus. Eighteen months and scores of incredible adventures later, like Odysseus returning to Ithaca, Birchmore made it back to Athens, where

he remained for the rest of his life—practicing real estate law, raising a family and immersing himself in the civic and charitable endeavors of his community, while taking time out to bike across the country and through Latin America and Europe. You will see in this book, not surprisingly titled Around the World on a Bicycle, that Birchmore was eminently qualified for the rigors and dangers of his journey. He was an athlete with four years as a member of the UGA boxing team. He had an excellent education, as is evident from his writing, and he had a deep self-confidence and a belief in the better angels of human nature, perhaps instilled by the Methodist church he attended all his life. Even so, Around the World chronicles unbelievable hardship and danger. Birchmore traveled on his bicycle (except to cross oceans, of course—even he was not that good a Methodist). Most nights, unless invited inside, he slept outside, wherever nightfall found him, whether mid-desert or deep jungle. And he encountered the native people wherever he went, meeting them on their own terms, even in regions where they had never seen a white man, let alone a bicycle. He traveled light (no tent) and he traveled cheap (no restaurants). No cell

more than a mere inanimate piece of metal—it is a real friend. When I think of the thousands of miles of jungle mud, desert sands and rocky mountain sides my old ‘iron horse’ had to plow over; the scores of

snow-blocked passes making its life miserable in my mad mid-winter dash through the Dolomites, Bavarian and Tyrolean Alps, and how, like old Job in the Bible, Bucephalus came through with colors flying—well, I just can’t keep from loving that old bicycle as a true friend much more trustworthy and ‘human’ than many human beings.” One other point about the book, perhaps the most important: Fred Birchmore is a very compelling writer. He had plenty to write about, of course, and it comes alive through his writerly language: “Next morning, after a hurried breakfast of popped rice, I plunged down the 25 miles of red, muddy trail, through icy rain and dense layer of cloud to Kentung, lying 3,000 feet below, in the midst of a beautiful valley cupped by concentric circles of cloud-enshrouded blue mountain ranges.” And on and on like that for 353 pages, plus grainy black and white pictures he took along the way— not to mention his traveling companion for a while, his pet monkey, “Vociferous.” The UGA Press, which originally published Around the World on a Bicycle in 1939, has done us a great service by bringing it back. This hefty paperback would make a great gift for just about anybody because it is packed with death-defying true adventures told by a storyteller whose colorful prose invites us to become a part of all that he has met. f

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items. Dec. 4–19, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. www.ocaf.com FARMVIEW HOLIDAY MARKET (Farmview Market, Madison) In addition to locally sourced produce, meat and baked goods, holiday vendors will offer an assortment of craft items. The market includes an appearance by Santa Claus and live music. Dec. 5, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. www. farmviewmarket.com MARMALADE POTTERY HOLIDAY SALE (Marmalade Pottery) Maria Dondero hosts her 12th annual studio sale. Dec. 5–6, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. mariadondero.com 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. Breedlove hosts an open air shopping with new tableware and decorative pieces. Dec. 5–6, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. www.rosecreekpottery.com HEIRLOOM HOLIDAY MARKET (Heirloom Café and Fresh Market) A two-day outdoor craft sale will

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. • “Hindsight 20/20: A Community catharsis” is a collaborative exhibition in which members of the community can share artifacts, meditations, artwork or other personal expressions. Bring items during Pin-Up Events on Dec. 10, 5–7 p.m. or Dec. 17, 6–9 p.m. Streaming event for “Local Honey” zine on Jan. 3 at 7 p.m. Streaming musical event on Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. Collect your items on Jan. 9, 7–9 p.m. On view Dec. 10–Jan. 9. 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. 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


feature different vendors each day. Dec. 5–6, 9:30 a.m.–2 p.m. www. heirloomathens.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 J.B. AND FRIENDS POTTERY SALE (1790 Salem Rd., Farmington) Local potter Jeff Bishoff and his friends share a collection of works. Dec. 5–6, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. 678863-1847 WEST BROAD FARMERS MARKET (Athens Housing Authority) Shop online between Sunday at 5 p.m. and Thursday at 1 p.m. to pick-up orders Saturdays from 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. In-person shopping is available 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Dec. 5 & Dec. 12. www.wbfm.locallygrown.net CERAMICS HOLIDAY SALE (Athens Running Company) Zuzka Vaclavik and Kyle Jones host an outdoor sale. Dec. 5–6 and Dec. 12–13, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. zuzkavaclavik.com, spencerkylejones.com MARY RUGG PORCH SALES (263 Milledge Circle) Shop for unique scarves, shawls, cowls and wraps by local fiber artist Mary Rugg. Dec. 5–6 and Dec. 12–13, 12–3 p.m. or by appointment. maryerugg@gmail. com, maryruggweaver.com FLICKER HOLIDAY MARKET (Flicker Theatre & Bar) Crafts, artwork, small business promotion, vintage clothes, hot drinks, treats and more. Dec. 6, 13 and 20, 11

a.m.–5 p.m. flickertheatreandbar. com POP-UP SHOP (Buvez) An outdoor market will offer ceramics, jewelry, clothing, artwork, books and more. Dec. 6, 12–5 p.m. www.facebook. com/buvezathens 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 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 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 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 are available for a two-day outdoor craft fair. Market is held Dec. 12–13, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. www.theindiesouth. com

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. 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. Through Dec. 19. 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.


“The Art of Jeremy Ayers” is currently on view at the Lyndon House Arts Center through Jan. 12. HOLIDAY ARTISTS MARKET (Little Kings Shuffle Club) Artists will come together to raise funds for Campus Cats/Cat Zip Alliance. Dec. 12, 5–9 p.m. catzip.org

Art 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 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 through Jan. 22. Exhibition opens Mar. 11. accgov. com/9661/46th-Juried-Exhibition 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

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 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 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) Morning Mindfulness via Zoom (Dec. 4 and Dec. 18 at 9:30 a.m.), Artful Conversation: Philip Evergood (Dec. 9 at 1 p.m.), Yoga in the Galleries via Zoom (Dec. 10 at 6 p.m.), Family Day To-Go: Holiday Tidings (Dec. 12, all day), Gallery Gumshoes (Dec. 16, all day), Livestream of Sarah Cameron Sunde’s “36.5 / A Durational Performance with the Sea” Brazil (Dec. 16 at 9 a.m.–Dec. 17 at 9 a.m.), Third Thursday (Dec. 17 from 6–9 p.m.), Toddler Tuesday: Holiday Celebration Online (Dec. 22). 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

CHA CHA (Bishop Park) Dance outside in the covered courts. $10. Dec. 6, 2–3 p.m. dancefx.org CHRISTMAS AT WIRE PARK (Wire Park, Watkinsville) The concert features food trucks, Java Joy, Santa Clause and live music by The Athens A-Train Band. Bring blankets and chairs to relax on the lawn or roast s’mores over the fire pit. Dec. 12, 5:30–8 p.m. trey@gibbscapital.com DECEMBER EVENTS (Southern Brewing Company) Monday Night Trivia every Monday at 6 p.m. Sunday Trivia is held every Sunday at 5 p.m. www.sobrewco.com ENTREPRENEUR WEEK (ACC Libraries) The Athens Regional Library System received a Grow With Google grant from Georgia Public Library Service to fund virtual programs for budding entrepreneurs and small businesses. Programs run Dec. 1–8. athenslibrary.org KIESE LAYMON IN CONVERSATION WITH ED PAVLIC (Zoom) Avid Booshop presents a conversation in celebration of the reissue of Laymon’s book, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America. Dec. 3, 7 p.m. www.avidbookshop.com 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.livewire athens.com/calendar NUÇI’S SPACE 20TH ANNIVERSARY (Online) Watch performances by Patterson Hood, Five Eight, Wesdaruler and more. Stream the program on YouTube (@nucisspace). The anniversary’s program will be a condensed version of a larger series coming next year. Dec. 5, 7 p.m.. www.nuci.org UUFA VIRTUAL EVENTS (Online) Attend a virtual screening of the film Signing Black in America, the first-ever documentary about the innovative variety of sign language that was developed by members of the historically segregated African American deaf community. Dec. 6, 2 p.m. kdotson@uga.edu, uuathensga. org/stay-connected

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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, 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 meetings. Thursdays, 7–8 p.m. FREE! athensrecoverydharma.org SEX ADDICTS ANONYMOUS (Athens, GA) (Email for Location) Athens Downtown SAA offers a message of hope to anyone who suffers from a compulsive sexual behavior. www.athensdowntownsaa.com

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 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 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 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 VIRTUAL LEISURE SERVICES (Online) A variety of activities are offered in arts, athletics, nature and recreation. www.accgov.com/leisure WINTER RAIN BARREL SALE (Contact for Location) The ACC Stormwater Management Program hosts a sale of rain barrel kits ($25) that include a plastic 55-gallon drum and DIY RainRecycle kit from the Rain Barrel Depot. Order online and pickup on Dec. 16. accgov.com/ rainbarrel f


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Nuçi’s Space Celebrates 20th Anniversary PLUS, MORE MUSIC NEWS AND GOSSIP By Gordon Lamb threatsandpromises@flagpole.com DOUBLE DECADE DEDICATION: Nuçi’s Space is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a special video presentation Saturday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. Produced by Athens Rising director James Preston, this first video is a preview of coming attractions, if you will. It is a condensed version of what is to be a larger series of videos celebrating the Musicians Resource Center. In a press release, Nuçi’s Space spokesperson Mariah Caldwell said of the videos, “They will showcase our Counseling Program, Youth Programs, Amplify Recording Studio, Community Partners, Building Expansion, Local Artists and our beloved volunteers. The presentations will include some history, program updates, special performances, interviews and highlights of the many ways we connect with the Athens music community.” The streaming presentation happens at the Nuçi’s Space YouTube channel—just search for “Nuçi’s Space”—but you’ll likely find direct links via either nuci.org or facebook.com/nucisspace.

surprised when it concludes. Seemingly inspired—at least in part—by grand old Hollywood soundtracks and mid-century easy listening, the whole record is a wonderfully integrated celebration of mood and atmosphere, and Steck is quite adept at creating compositions that are welcomingly approachable. I’m very partial to his string sections (as displayed on tracks such as “Cucumber Water”). I’ll be among the first to remark that I’m less than ideally qualified to really drill down into these tracks, but I am eminently qualified to talk about how much I’ve enjoyed them. Find this at andrewsteck.bandcamp.com. SURPRISE, SURPRISE, SURPRISE: Joe Rowe (The Glands) slipped out a quiet release under his Fourth Mansions moniker that pulls together two new ones with two that are now

PIERCE THE SKY: The brand new and fairly unexpected new album, Brown Dwarf, from Creston Spiers (Harvey Milk), will be out this Friday, Dec. 4, and it’s also pressed in limited-edition vinyl— only 150 copies—courtesy of Australian label WeEmptyRooms. It’s named Brown Dwarf. Spiers recorded the album and it was mastered by Kyle Spence. In advance of its release, you can preview two tracks: the extra groovy “Snake On Grass” and the anthemic “We Win.” I was this close to trying to extract an advance copy of this from the music machine system but decided to just wait Nuçi’s Space’s first official gathering was a fundraising concert featuring performances by David Barbe, Andy LeMaster, Kitty Snyder and Five Eight in 1999. for the whole release like everyone else. So here’s to both of us looking forward 25 years old. Simply titled Singles, the two new songs are to Friday. Before then, sample this over at crestonspiers. “People Gotta Hustle” and “Talkin’ ‘Bout It Blues.” The bandcamp.com and then return there on release day. frailty and lyrical urgency of the former is reflected solidly GET MOVING: Athens dance organization DanceFX is hostin the instrumental latter and, while this effect may have ing a socially distanced Cha Cha Footwork workshop been unintentional, it makes for compelling back-to-back at Bishop Park Sunday, Dec. 6 from 2–3 p.m. Although listening. The last two tracks are from a 4-track recording designed for participants that have some basic knowledge done in 1995. They’re audibly of their time in terms of of Cha Cha steps, anyone is welcome to attend and learn. production and structure. The first is actually two songs It takes place at the covered courts and masks are required. (“One Hundred Years / This Is My Life”), and the first half Cost is $10, and advance payments are accepted at dancefx. of that is pretty grunge-lite but with a really creative and org/athens-drop-in-form. For more information, please see catchy chorus. The second half of this pairing is very much facebook.com/dancefx and dancefx.org. a demo-style, wavy, sort of soft psych track that seems likely very quickly completed. Finally, though, “I Am The MOOD OPERATOR: Composer Andrew Steck has released his Rebound” plows straight into the world built by Polvo, full-length album Inner Loop / Outer Loop, which he’s been Guided By Voices and other ’90s heroes. Of course, at that promising for a while. The 12-track album is a wonderful time, they were contemporaries, so respect is due. Give it a batch of pieces that flow so well together, listeners may be spin via fourthmansions.bandcamp.com. f

record review Art Contest: Fit Pitcher (Sludge Country Records) Following the 2017 sophomore release Two Songs, which was written with founding drummer Garrett Burke prior to his departure for rising act Mothers, Fit Pitcher represents a new chapter as frontman Cole Monroe expands Art Contest into a four-piece. Through the addition of keyboards and more prevalent vocals, the math rock act enters a brighter, more accessible territory where its technical wizardry can shine through avantpop melodies. Opening track “A Large, White Vase” establishes the fragility and impact of so many precisely interlocking sounds, while the title track quickly follows to establish the album’s overarching sense of urgency. Jarring rhythms and disjointed riffs like those of “Small Fortune” and “Not Just Dancing” can feel physically uncomfortable at times but succeed in jerking you around as math rock tends to do. “Fiery Hand” is a catchy electro-pop scorcher with beautiful, sweeping interludes, and “Brain Option” similarly races under the helm of frenetic vocals before transcending into intricate guitar lines. Altogether, Fit Pitcher is a feverish, dense album that deserves full attention. [Jessica Smith]



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I Want Kids; My Boyfriend Doesn’t ADVICE FOR ATHENS’ LOOSE AND LOVELORN By Bonita Applebum advice@flagpole.com Hey Bonita, I’ve been with my boyfriend for a little over three months now, and it’s going great. We get each other’s humor, we have the same interests, we have fun together, he even met my incredibly judgmental parents, and they loved him. I know it’s only been three months, but I’ve developed strong feelings for him. Probably too strong for the amount of time we’ve been together, but I haven’t been worried because I can truly see a future with him. We seem so compatible in every way except one. I recently found out that he probably doesn’t want kids. Having kids is a HUGE thing for me and, honestly, a deal-breaker. We discussed it, and he is super understanding and willing to accept whatever I decide. And he’s giving me space to figure it out. So what do I do? I don’t want to get really far into the relationship only to have it end because of this. Wouldn’t it be better to break things off before we get too invested? Is it naïve to assume he’s going

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to change his mind in the future? I’m only 21, and I’m not planning on having kids until I’m like 30, so this issue is very far in the future. Should I let that affect my decisions now? I don’t want to break up with him. I know this is cliché, but I’ve never met anyone like him, and I want him in my life. And ultimately it’s up to him, right? If I decide I’m willing to take this chance, then he has to be mature enough to tell me when/if he knows for sure whether he wants kids or not. But that’s also putting a lot of pressure on him. Right now, I feel like I want us to cross that bridge when we come to it, but I don’t know if that’s the right thing to do. Hey Friend, You’re talking about something that’s nine years down the road for you, and believe me when I say that the 30-year-old you will be very different from the 21-yearold you, and in beautiful and positive ways. Same goes for your boyfriend and possible future baby father. When I was 21, I was positive that I’d never want kids. I also thought I’d be an MTV News anchor with


a loft in Central Park West and a white woman for my housekeeper, but here we are. I have no comments about your being so deeply in love after only three months, except congratulations. Yeah that’s fast, but if you’re both in agreement that it is true love, then rock on. I heavily admire your tendency to look ahead and plan for the future, and I especially appreciate your family planning. More people should do what you’re doing. That said, I’m too close to 40 to try and convince you that 10-year plans always work out. Plans change and paradigms shift. His lack of desire for kids could absolutely change, and your attachment to giving birth at 30 could change as well. Also—and I truly hate to say this, because you are in love but you chose to write to my pragmatic ass—in nine years, you may very well have a different partner who is completely on board with starting a family with you. I believe that


you will get what you want in some capacity, but I don’t think it’s helpful to have these discussions right now with your current partner. It’s a long ways away, and your time would best be used to plan for future things that you can affect right now, like your careers and housing. Instead of daydreaming about marriage and kids so early, I’d rather you get focused on your career plans and put your degree (I assume you’re in college) at the front of your mind. Where do you wanna live after you graduate? Can you afford a family home there? Does your boo wanna move in after graduation? Does he like that city, too? Are you living together already? Should you live together as renters before buying a home together and getting married? Will your careers be enough to provide for the lives you want to live with each other? There’s a lot to consider with babies and families beyond whether or not you want to have them at all. f Need advice? Email advice@flagpole.com, use the anonymous form at flagpole.com/get-advice, or find Bonita on twitter: @flagpolebonita.

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