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plicated and time-consuming for smaller primary practices. Beyond DPH offering the vaccine, UGA also began administering the vaccine to faculty and staff over age 65. UGA also sent out an email and survey to the university community late last week as they developed a plan to vaccinate the entire UGA campus community—faculty, staff and students. The survey asked respondents about their age and health conditions broadly, whether they were planning on receiving the vaccine at UGA and if they’ve already received the vaccine. The Biden administration’s plan, announced last week, will provide assistance, but any help from the top down may still take a while to reach our local com-

Commissioners Ask State to End Red Tape on COVID Help

The Athens-Clarke County Mayor and Commission is asking the state legislature to revise the “gratuities clause” in the Georgia Constitution, which has hampered By Blake Aued, Jessica Luton and Rebecca McCarthy news@flagpole.com efforts to distribute local and federal stimulus funds during the pandemic. The pandemic in Athens still shows few The clause prevents the state or local govAs of Jan. 15, Clarke County had adminsigns of improving. If anything, things are ernments from giving financial assistance istered approximately 4,000 vaccinations in getting worse with further community directly to individuals, businesses, churches this phase to those who qualify. Statewide, spread. or other nonprofits. ACC officials found an Georgia has administered 368,379 shots. Athens-Clarke County data from the end-around by creating a new authority to At an event last week for reporters to Department of Public Health showed that pass CARES Act funds through, but it still tour the new testing and vaccination site, there were 9,989 confirmed cases via viral delayed distribution of the money and limNortheast Health District Clinic Manager tests and 1,777 positive antigen tests, for ited what kinds of entities could receive it. and COVID-19 Public Information Officer a total of 11,766 total cases for Changing the gratuities Clarke County as of Jan. 15. The clause will require working with data also shows a total of 352 the state attorney general’s hospitalizations and 74 conoffice, state Rep. Spencer Frye firmed deaths, with three addi(D-Athens) told commissioners tional deaths listed as probable. at an online Jan. 12 work sesThe seven-day rolling average of sion. “There seem to be a lot of new cases was 103. different opinions on the gratuThe increase in cases and ities clause, from one extreme hospitalizations in Athens and to the other,” he said. the surrounding counties that Other requests include a utilize local hospitals has meant break for low-income homeowncontinued stress on Athens hosers on their property taxes, the pitals. Eighty-six ICU beds were ability to regulate septic tanks in use, outstripping the normal locally, authority to use radar capacity of 70. Statewide, ICU to enforce speed limits on side bed capacity is at 91%. Regular streets, letting local governinpatient bed space remained at ments exempt groceries from 91% capacity with 571 of 621 local sales taxes and changing beds in use. COVID-19 patients state law to hold a special elecmade up 44% of all hospitalization when a candidate dies. tions in Region E, with 290 peoThe last item stemmed from ple hospitalized for COVID-19 Commissioner Jesse Houle’s as of Jan. 15. taking office by default because Need further proof that incumbent Jerry NeSmith died The Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement opened a “justice center” Jan. 16 in the Athens West Shopping Center at 3190 Atlanta Covid-19 is widespread among shortly before the election, Highway with books, computers, local art, meeting space for teens, workshops, and programs to help with filing discrimination our community? Look no furdespite Houle’s having received claims or getting bailed out of jail. ther than this week’s wastewafewer votes. Houle has endorsed ter data from Dr. Erin Lipp and the change. the Center for the Ecology of Infectious “I pushed hard for the homestead Sarah Peck said the real holdup at this point munity. For now, it’s more important than Diseases (CEID). According to the most exemption last year, but it got hung up,” is actually getting ahold of more of the vacever to follow public health guidelines. As recent data from Jan. 11, the total viral load cine. “We’re walking a fine line. We want the Goggans told the commission last week, Frye said. “That shouldn’t be difficult, as increased by five-fold compared to levels it is local legislation,” meaning that it only public to know that we’re here at this new “The thing that’s going to help this surge is measured the week prior and reached “the affects Athens and will pass as a courtesy if site, but we’ve got limited supply, and the continued public health measures.” [Jessica highest recorded total viral load through all five of the county’s legislators support it. demand is high,” she said. Luton] the course of this study.” While the rate of Jennifer Chastain, a public health nurse increase and total load are similar to trends at the new vaccine site, said the site has seen in August when the UGA fall semesbeen running smoothly so far. “Personally, ter started, the data also notes that “these I have faith in the vaccine, and we’re all so results may reflect an accelerated rate of excited to be able to provide this service to new infections, the increase in population the community,” she said. with the arrival of students, or both.” One other problem that’s been seen The promise of the vaccine and its disstatewide is the lack of any online system tribution provides some hope, but the slow for scheduling, but GDPH should be releasrollout continues to be mired with snags ing a scheduling tool that all health districts and logistical issues—including the lack of and health departments can use in the a statewide scheduling tool for DPH health coming days. This should cut down on the districts and delays in getting more of the wait times for those trying to schedule via vaccine into the hands of providers. telephone. At a Jan. 12 ACC Commission work “With testing, once we had better online session, Northeast Health District Director scheduling, the call center was much more Stephen Goggans gave commissioners furfunctional,” Goggins told commissioners. ther perspective on how vaccine distribu“I know it’s hard to ask constituents to tion is shaping up and what to expect in the be patient, but things really are growing, next six weeks. and I think you’ll see the impacts of that The new dual testing and vaccination really quickly, just in terms of the numbers drive-through at the DPH site in Athens, that are administered and how people are located at 355 Oneta St. just off Chase reached.” Street, is set up to provide vaccinations. In In the briefing to the commission, public five weeks’ time, Goggins said, there should health officials encouraged any private probe 23 sites, via public and private providers, viders who’d like to sign up to give vaccines set up across the county to administer vacto reach out for help in navigating their way cinations. Goggans said they expect to have through that process. A look at the current the capacity to administer at least 4,000 list of providers signed up shows that the vaccinations a week, perhaps up to 4,700. task may be proving daunting or too com-





The commission has requested more authority to catch speeding drivers before, but it’s always been held up by rural legislators who worry about speed traps. The sales tax request falls under local control, Frye said. “I think there is a very good argument for that to be done,” he said. Some members of the mayor and commission asked about the GOP’s false accusations of fraud and their efforts to limit absentee voting after mail-in ballots have favored Democrats in recent elections. “We embrace the franchise very heavily here in Athens-Clarke County and would seek the continued availability of early voting and the drop boxes, and absentee ballots without rationale being continued.” Mayor Kelly Girtz said. Frye said Democrats will fight efforts to restrict voting, but that lawmakers need to restore confidence in the system despite lawsuits, audits and recounts revealing no evidence of widespread fraud last November. “The elections are secure, and we need to talk about that, but we also need to figure out how to make people feel like they’re secure without limiting access,” he said. Much of what the legislature is able to accomplish will depend on whether it’s able to stay in session. Already, several lawmakers have been diagnosed with COVID-19. “We still have members in the House chamber who are having difficulty wearing their masks,” Frye said. “Yesterday, when I came home, I felt extremely unclean.” Republican state Reps. Houston Gaines and Marcus Wiedower and Republican Sens. Frank Ginn and Bill Cowsert did not participate in the online meeting. [Blake Aued]

Downtown Is Getting a Public Restroom Ever felt the call of nature downtown but had nowhere to go? You’re in for a treat. News leaked recently that Athens-Clarke County is considering placing a public restroom downtown. During a streaming work session last week, Central Services Director Andrew Saunders told commissioners that a public restroom would relieve pressure on downtown businesses to provide access to their restrooms. They’d also be useful on football game days and during festivals or other events when there is a steady flow of visitors, although ACC would continue to deploy portable toilets. A public restroom was one of the recommendations in a 2016 downtown health and safety study. Location options include the unused bus shelter at City Hall or in front of the College Avenue parking deck. Commissioners preferred to hold the old bus kiosk for another purpose, but they didn’t end the debate, saying instead that they wanted to seek more input on where to put the restroom. Staff and most commissioners favored a type of prefab restroom called the Portland Loo—designed in partnership with the city of Portland, OR—over one manufactured by Romtec, which is more expensive at $360,000 and would cost $34,000 a year to operate. The $240,000 Portland Loo has a smaller footprint, solar panels to cut down on utilities and a lower operating cost at $27,000, but only has a one-person occupancy as opposed to two for Romtec. The Romtec, however, “looks like a tank,” Commissioner Tim Denson said. Commissioner Jesse Houle supports the Portland Loo with an optional sink outside. “My main reason for that is, I do believe we should be a sex-positive community, but I

don’t think we need to provide spaces for people to engage in personal activities in public restrooms,” Houle said. “I’ve been to all too many Romtec-style public restrooms where that has occurred.” [BA]

Clarke Middle Will Be Rebuilt Clarke Middle School will get a brandnew facility, eventually. If voters pass another ESPLOST—the sixth—this fall, things could get underway in the spring of 2022. The Clarke County Board of Education voted unanimously at its regular monthly meeting for a resolution that starts the process for building a new Clarke Middle School. Board member Linda Davis noted that when she attended the school it was “Clarke Junior High School.” According to John Gilbreath, director of SPLOST facility planning and construction, such a resolution is necessary to acquire state funds to help with construction. He estimates the cost to be roughly $33 million, more than the new Patty Hilsman Middle School, which opened in 2019 at a cost of $26.5 million. About $10 million left over from ESPLOST V, passed in 2016, will also help fund the CMS project. Clarke Middle is the most crowded of the district’s middle schools, with a 2019 enrollment of 789 students. CCSD figures show that Coile Middle had 717, Hilsman 685 and Burney-Harris-Lyons 694. And CMS is the fastest growing, with a 3.15% growth rate, Gilbreath said. In the past 18 months, the county has had 1,000 permits pulled for single-family home construction, mostly off Tallassee and Cleveland roads. Multi-family complexes are also underway on the west side of the county. Gilbreath is planning for a school capable of accommodating 1,000–1,200 students. After running the numbers on the cost of renovating the current school campus, Gilbreath said it makes more sense to build a completely new facility. “With renovation and expansion cost estimated at $31.9 million verse $33 million for new construction, our recommendation is to build a new CMS,” he wrote in a report to the school board. Last fall, CCSD officials sent 52-question surveys about the CMS campus to parents and school staff. Only 10% of the 160 surveys returned were positive. The problems with the physical plant at CMS are well-known to children and their parents. The rooms have HVAC systems so old that finding replacement parts is difficult, if not impossible. The halls are narrow and dim, the ceilings are stained, and roaches are plentiful. The ceiling of the gym is too low for volleyball games. Gilbreath estimated that the building, by state standards, is about 30,000 square feet too small. Some other school projects sent students to the former Gaines School Road Elementary while construction was underway, but the district has decided to stop using Old Gaines for that purpose. At CMS, Gilbreath said, the new campus would be built in phases while the students remain in the old building. There are football fields and practice fields behind and beside the main building where the new CMS will go. The plans include a free-standing, 23,000-square-foot gym, “which could be used for community events,” Gilbreath said. Design charrettes and more meetings are planned for the coming months. [Rebecca McCarthy] f


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Abbey Swearingin, a senior biology major, also says she fell behind in her coursework during the fall. “I felt kind of disconnected,” Swearingin says. “I wouldn’t say it was terrible, mental-health wise. I could still email teachers and talk to people, but I had to spend some time to figure out time management.” Assuming most instructors opt for lenient attendance policies, Swearingin says, she prefers in-person classes. Calling it a “gray area,” she believes strict attendance policies during the pandemic may negatively impact students with unfavorable conditions, such as high-risk students.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19 both inside and outside Athens, UGA canceled spring break and dispersed three non-instructional days throughout the academic calendar. Pollard says he’s unhappy with the situation, but he ultimately agrees with the university’s decision. “It is what it is,” Pollard says. “Obviously, if they don’t cancel it, you’re going to have a bunch of students going out partying Lord knows where all over the country, maybe even internationally, and possibly spreading the virus.” Likewise, Ingle says he agrees with the cancellation, as it may avoid a huge spike in cases from students traveling back to Athens from their hometowns and vacation spots. Frick, on the other hand, believes

I think that we’re in for a really rude awakening in terms of the rates of campus infection we’re likely to see.

Making the Best of It


he University of Georgia resumed classes with an emphasis on in-person instruction last week, despite the rise in the weekly number of COVID-19 cases in AthensClarke County reaching an all-time high this month. The University System of Georgia Board of Regents, which governs the state’s public colleges and universities, announced its decision in October that “in-person instruction maximizes the well-being and mental health of each student.” UGA plans to move classes to larger classrooms to accommodate more physically present students at once, while still adhering to social distancing guidelines. UGA also plans to encourage more synchronous or live classes, which students need to attend either in person or virtually at a designated time. Since the announcement, teachers have heard mixed messages from their departments concerning how to enforce attendance policies and how they may facilitate their courses. David Ingle, an English instructor, says his department will once again require attendance in its classes, a policy abandoned for the fall 2020 semester. After the first couple of weeks, Ingle says, out of a total of 19 students no more than two students physically attended his classes, and about six to eight students attended via Zoom. While the students will receive a few more no-excuse absences than they would in the past, they will no longer be able to livestream their English courses, as the department suspects streaming may discourage in-person attendance. “You can look at any metric you want to look at. [COVID19] is worse now than ever,” Ingle says. “If those decisions were predicated on the data, which they should be, then I don’t understand why you’re going to have this renewed emphasis on in-person instruction at a time when things are worse than ever. It seems potentially dangerous to me.”

No Break, or Testing

Life During a Pandemic Nathan Pollard, a sophomore finance major, says he struggled to keep up with his online classes in the fall. While the course structure allowed him to stay on top of his schoolwork after he contracted a mild case of COVID-19 and isolated in his apartment for two weeks, he says he found it difficult to learn and engage with course content. Despite the ease of access to his coursework while isolating, Pollard says he welcomes the addition of more in-person classes with masks and social distancing. “I had three professors last semester that just posted pre-recorded lectures, and it’s not the same at all,” Pollard says. “If you don’t understand it, you can’t really ask a question [unless] you email them and wait a long time. And by the point they respond, you already forgot your question.”


thing when, really, it’s probably not that effective.” Other universities in the Southeast, such as the University of South Carolina and the University of Florida, require students to take a COVID-19 test either before returning to campus or throughout the semester. UGA requires neither, but it has increased its testing capabilities to accommodate up to 1,500 tests per day for a three-week period upon the return of students. “There are a bunch of us who have been saying for months that everyone needs to have mandatory testing because what we have right now is people opting in who are probably on the safer side and other students refusing to do it,” Frick says. “Without mandatory testing, we have absolutely no way to have any reasonable knowledge of what’s really going on with rates of campus infection. And that is just completely irresponsible.” In December, UGA announced it would reduce the number of days in which an asymptomatic individual must quarantine after exposure to someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Rather than quarantining for 14 days, these individuals must only quarantine for 10 days, which follows revised guidelines from both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Georgia Department of Public Health. The university encourages these individuals to get tested for COVID-19 at the end of the 10-day period.

Likewise, Joe Steuer, a junior political science and social studies education double major, says he prefers in-person instruction. While he feels as though “you’re getting more bang for your buck for your tuition,” Steuer says he understands why some students would feel uncomfortable going to class, so he disagrees with compulsory attendance policies. Janet Frick, a UGA psychology professor who primarily teaches freshmen, says she observed the toll that social isolation wreaked on her students in the fall. Starting school in the midst of a pandemic hindered the ability of freshmen to acclimate to college culture and learn how to succeed as college students, Frick says. Nevertheless, Frick says, the decision to increase the number of students physically in classrooms irritates her. In regard to UGA’s claim of low classroom transmission of COVID-19 in the fall, Frick says it lacks bearing, considering the low level of in-person attendance. “I appreciate the fact that parents want their kids to have in-person instruction,” says Frick, a parent of a UGA student herself. “But the thing I’ve been saying to parents repeatedly is there’s not a single university in the country that is going to


students need a break—not to party, but to mentally recoup during a stressful semester. Steuer says he believes the university’s decision “screws over” the students who follow COVID-19 guidelines. “People that are going to go on vacation or pack in bars are still going to do so, regardless of whether spring break exists or not,” Steuer says. UGA continues to advise its community members to use DawgCheck, a voluntary self-reporting app, before arriving on campus. At the beginning of the fall semester, Swearingin logged any potential symptoms into the app every day. But she forgot to use it by the end of the semester, and “it just became an email you see at 1 a.m. every day,” Swearingin says. “I probably would have done the same thing when I was 18, 19 or 20 years old— just to hell with it,” Ingle says. “There’s no compelling reason for people to be honest. But if a large percentage of students, faculty and staff were being tested—not on a volunteer basis but a mandatory basis on a regular rotation—I mean, the tests don’t lie [except for] a small percentage of false positives and false negatives. I think DawgCheck is essentially just hygiene theater and window dressing, and it just kind of makes it seem like they’re doing some-

Attending classes during a global pandemic adds a unique challenge to the already hectic life of a college student, but there are a few techniques that students and their instructors found helpful for finding success. To keep track of a heavy course load with both in-person and online classes, Frick says it’s important to become as organized as possible. She says students should write every date down and understand the various policies for each course. “If your professor is not being clear, politely ask them anything that’s not clear to you, because we don’t always realize what we haven’t been clear about,” Frick says. “Understand: Some professors have a lot of autonomy in their department and some don’t. So it may not be your instructor being unnecessarily strict. It may be something that’s being required by their dean or department head.” Ingle says students should “actively resist that tendency toward isolation” by going out for a walk, getting safely involved with campus groups and engaging in class as much as possible. “If you’re attending classes online, don’t just go into Zoom meetings and sit there with your camera off, not saying a word,” he says. “Speak up, turn on your camera, turn on your mic and talk. Somebody’s got to talk for these next 15 minutes, and if it’s none of you, then it’s going to be me for the whole 15 minutes. And you don’t want that. It’s just going to be boring—right?” f


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By Ed Tant news@flagpole.com Screams and gunfire shattered the usual quiet of the Capitol Building. Four pistol-packing terrorists in a visitors’ balcony sprayed bullets onto the floor of the House of Representatives below, wounding five congressmen. It was Mar. 1, 1954, and the terrorists were militants in favor of independence for Puerto Rico. They were captured and given long prison sentences, and the congressmen went back to their jobs on Capitol Hill after recovering from their wounds.

republic until he finally left office because, to the last, Trump showed what playwright Edward Albee meant when he said, “A drowning man takes down those nearest.” After the Capitol Hill incursion, invasion and insurrection of Jan. 6, some Trump apologists quickly made the predictable conspiratorial claim that the riot was really the work of leftist “antifa” activists and not Trump supporters. Such an attempt to deny and deflect the blame for the violent behavior of Trump’s troops flies in the





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The halls of Congress were again breached by terrorists on Jan. 6 when a MAGA mob of Donald Trump supporters invaded the historic old Capitol Building in a right-wing political putsch to overturn the results of the 2020 election. The rioters ransacked congressional offices, damaged property in what is called “the people’s house” and clashed with outnumbered police inside and outside the Capitol. At the end of the hours-long melee, five people lay dead, including a Capitol policeman who was hit in the head with a fire extinguisher and a Trump supporter who was shot by a cop when she attempted to forcibly enter a restricted area of the building where Congress members had met to certify the results of the November election. What should have been a routine political procedure was transformed into a dark and deadly day for this nation by President Trump, his political allies and his cultish base of hardcore slash-and-burn supporters who would sacrifice America’s ideals on the altar of their deity, “The Donald.” Today is Jan. 20—inauguration day in Washington—and authorities there and across this nation have been on high alert for more armed extremist actions in the nation’s capital and in all 50 states as Trump’s presidency comes to its inevitable and ignominious end. Trump has become more unhinged and dangerous by the day as his time in the White House runs out. The once-cocky “Commander-in-Tweet” spent his last days in office as a lame duck with clipped wings—angry, bitter and without Twitter. He remained a danger to this

face of the conservative mantras of taking personal responsibility and respecting this country’s laws and Constitution. The Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol was an act of domestic terrorism by a mob of Americans who bought into the Trump team’s myth of a stolen election. Weeks before the MAGA mob invaded the Capitol, Trump himself urged his supporters to come to Washington on Jan. 6 for an event that he said “will be wild.” Trump’s “wild” event was a chilling look at fascism on the march in America. Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger likened the Trump terrorists to the Nazis of his native Austria and said that the attack on Capitol Hill was reminiscent of the infamous Kristallnacht, when Nazis shattered windows at Jewish stores, homes and synagogues during “the night of broken glass.” Indeed, right-wing domestic terrorists have long been a threat to America, and white supremacist groups actively try to infiltrate and recruit police and military personnel. Such right-wing extremist groups were emboldened by Trump, and they are now embittered by his loss. Trump won the White House with overwhelming support from evangelical Christians who ignored and excused his lack of Christian virtues. Such evangelicals and millions of other Americans who pledged allegiance to Trump never saw that the Trump regime’s four years in office underlined the Biblical admonition that “they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind.” f

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I tried to start off 2021 with galvanized optimism. When I reread my 2020-in-review from last year’s last regular issue, I can see a sheen of desperation over my flowery words, a serious need for things to simply go well. Not long after I delivered that column, I found out that my father had contracted COVID-19 from a home health care worker who did not wear a mask in my parents’ home. My father, a diabetic who has had two strokes and chronic heart failure and is disabled now because of them, got COVID19 from someone with the education to know better than to be around at-risk people without proper PPE. Cross-country travel is a terrible idea in a pandemic, but now his health is such that any visit with him might be our last. So we loaded up and hauled it 7 hours across the Deep South to stand in the mud and shout through a window at a man who was now

effective delivery of high-quality instruction.” I am lucky to have a job that requires minimal public interaction, and I almost feel privileged when I think of UGA workers who can’t put as much space between themselves and the student body, especially those who have to handle materials from the public. In no way, shape or form is this pandemic even close to over. Administration of the vaccine will be slow going for the vast majority of the public, so right now the city of Athens is at the mercy of an influx of rosy-cheeked youth who wanna twerk and swap bodily fluids. Athens hospital ICUs have exceeded their capacity, and hospitals in general are full with 95% of beds occupied and nearly half of those are COVID-19 patients. I don’t even care that I didn’t get freaky with anyone at all last year when our town is literally turning into a soggy Kleenex.

too weak to hold up his head. Pneumonia set in almost immediately, and he was moved to the COVID unit of a rehab facility 20 miles from his home on Christmas Eve. My mom will not give me the home health care worker’s name. I realized while eating sushi in a Birmingham parking lot that I’d not only missed my talk-therapy appointment, but I’d also neglected to write my first column of 2021, and I am thankful to have an editor and a therapist who are accommodating during the worst of times. I have been in a daze of anger and fear since I watched a nurse place pillows on each side of my dad, too weak to stay upright in bed. My first column of 2021 was just me answering whatever I found in my inbox, completely unable to do what I’m doing right now. This is a perfect demonstration of “we wear the mask to protect others,” and sometimes I daydream of sitting on an anti-masker’s chest and punching their face into mincemeat. I am wearing a mask and gloves right now as I type this on a shared computer at my workplace, while our city’s largest employer is gearing up “to resume the

I couldn’t give a farthing for the college experience. Been there, done that— and it was just fine. I don’t care if rush happens. I think about UGA football less than I think about anything else in the entire world. I care about people like my dad whose entire lives have changed because of someone else’s distrust and carelessness. I care deeply about a friend whose father was diagnosed on the same day as mine and died six days later without ever seeing his son again. I care about the UGA administration making moves to provide the “college experience” that makes the campus attractive to freshmen—and to alumni with deep pockets—during a pandemic. Numbers will rise, and more people will die for this college experience. I didn’t want to hide in my home for the semester, but someone has to take this seriously, and I am very much about the business of taking care of one another, even if more powerful components of our community are not. f Need advice? Email advice@flagpole.com or use our anonymous online form at flagpole.com/ get-advice.

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Touch in the Time of COVID LUCY CALHOUN’S PORTRAITS FIND COMFORT DESPITE ISOLATION By Jessica Smith arts@flagpole.com Whether it’s a warm embrace, formal handshake, friendly and to just have contact enough to get some photos taken. high-five or reaffirming pat on the back, physical touch The feeling was mutual, as I enjoyed the interaction and plays a major role in how humans communicate and bond connection more than anything.” with each other. As the pandemic stretches on, however, Many of Calhoun’s portraits are shot from angles that human touch—long valued as an effective salve for the magnify the size of the subject’s hand, a technique that sympathetic nervous system during stressful times—is establishes the act of touching as the focal point within now understandably discouraged. Prolonged touch deprivation, an unfortunate consequence of social distancing, can lead to physiological ailments and must be mindfully counterbalanced with other safe activities and sensations. Artist Lucy Calhoun’s new photographic series, “Touch in the Time of COVID,” investigates how over 40 Athenians have coped with social distancing and found physical comfort elsewhere. Each participant was given the opportunity to share their reflections through a prompt: “Since COVID-19 started, do you miss touch and social closeness? Do you find yourself compensating in some way?” These responses, along with the portraits themselves, reveal a myriad of creative substitutions for staying fulfilled and connected. Cats and dogs have clearly risen to the occasion as loyal companions, and many people have found comfort in playing instruments, creating art, smoking cigarettes or foraging for mushrooms. “The friends, acquaintances and strangers who generously allowed Lucy Calhoun, the photographer behind “Touch in the Time of COVID” me to photograph them, and who shared their own experiences of the pandemic, were by far the best part of this,” says Calhoun. the frame while also amplifying the hand’s role as a tool for “In my experience, a safe space was created between myself physically connecting the body to the outside world. This and the other person. There was a certain level of vulnerafixation with hands naturally materialized as an extension bility in my taking photographs of them, and also of their of the artist’s paintings, many of which similarly depict opening up about their own difficulty with missing social enlarged, sprawling fingers. The recurring figures who closeness. It really felt like most people were glad to have appear across her paintings take the form of women with an outlet to talk about their feelings or coping mechanisms, dark, braided hair and solid-colored dresses. Though all

of their sensory organs are blurred, their fingers stretch impossibly far to fully embrace each other. “I was inspired to try and get that perspective in real life photos of subjects, with the camera close to their hands to give them an exaggerated larger perspective in size,” says Calhoun, who began the series after rekindling her interest in photography, a medium she had first explored in college during the early 1990s. “By the time I began taking my camera out for street portraits, the pandemic was front and center of most people’s lives. Suddenly my focus of hands and touch became even more relevant and intense in meaning! It’s hard to describe why or how much I love hands; they hold so much expression and beauty and feeling.” Another distinctive trait of Calhoun’s paintings is their celebration of Southwestern landscapes full of canyons, cacti and spectacular sunsets. Stories and descriptions of New Mexico, in particular, had always fascinated Calhoun from a young age—her mother’s family lived there in the ‘60s, and college friends would bring back interesting photographs from their trips. Looking back, Calhoun’s body of work appears to be foreshadowing; after many years of the Southwest serving as her muse, Albuquerque is now her home. “Well, when you turn 50, things start to become prioritized based on how you see your life unfolding,” says Calhoun. “Last-half-of-life kind of gives you impetus to focus on what you really want. I came here in the fall and love walking around the volcanoes, petroglyphs and having to get specialized bike tire tubes because of the plants with tiny thorns so strong they destroy regular bike tubes! There’s a fierceness here that defends something indescribable and beautiful.” “Touch in the Time of COVID” received one of 50 Arts in Community awards distributed by the Athens Cultural Affairs Commission using funding from the Athens-Clarke County Resiliency Package. Tiny ATH gallery will host an opening reception to coincide with Third Thursday on Jan. 21 from 6–9 p.m. The gallery limits entrance to four people at a time, but encourages guests to utilize the back lawn for socially distant socializing. Private appointments to view the exhibition can be made through the end of January by emailing tinyathgallery@ gmail.com. To look through the entire “Touch in the Time of COVID” series virtually, visit touchinthetimeofcovid.com. f




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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, athenscreatives.directory ATHENS MURAL ALLEY PROJECT (Athens, GA) Seeking artists to paint 5’x5’ primed panels. The theme is “2021, Here and Now.” Selected artists receive a stipend of $750. Proposals due Feb. 15. www. athensarts.org CALL FOR GUEST ARTIST/ CURATORS (Lyndon House Arts Center) The Lyndon House Arts Foundation is seeking guest artist/ curator projects from individuals who identify as BIPOC and reside within Athens or a surrounding county to develop an art exhibition to be on display in the galleries for 6–8 weeks. Selected applicants receive a $1000 stipend and additional funds to assist in other costs. Proposal reviews begin Feb. 15. lhartsfoundation@gmail.com CALL FOR INTERNS (Athens Institute for Contemporary Art: ATHICA) ATHICA is seeking interns interested in development, social media, music, poetry, photography and gallery operation. Minimum five hours a week. College credit is available in coordination with department of study. Rolling deadline. athica.org/updates/internships CALL FOR POET LAUREATE (Athens, GA) The Athens Cultural Affairs Commission presents a new program to promote poets, poetry and literary arts. The selected poet laureate will make guest appear-

ances throughout the community. Deadline Mar. 2. www.athens culturalaffairs.org 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 and closes June 26. $30/three entries. accgov.com/9661/46thJuried-Exhibition DIVERSITY IN THE ARTS (Online) The ACC Library and Oconee Cultural Arts Center present a multi-part series featuring conversations with local artists about their experiences in diversifying the arts, opportunities and challenges they have encountered. www.facebook. com/athensclarkelibrary 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 BREAD FOR LIFE (300 N. Thomas St.) This eight-week hospitality job training program covers event setup, housekeeping, kitchen prep and banquet service. Priority is given to those with criminal and/or addiction history, victims of domestic violence and anyone receiving SNAP benefits. Begins Feb. 8. contact@ breadforlife.org, www.classiccenter. com/384/Bread-for-Life DEDICATED MINDFULNESS PRACTITIONERS (Online) Weekly Zoom meditations are offered every Saturday at 8 a.m. Email for details. jaseyjones@gmail.com

art around town ATHICA INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART (ATHICA) (675 Pulaski St., Suite 1200) The 2021 Members’ Showcase shares work by new and renewing gallery members. Jan. 23–Feb. 28. CIRCLE GALLERY AT THE UGA COLLEGE OF ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (285 S. Jackson St.) Atlanta artist Rachel Evans Grant presents “Natural Engagement: Where Earth Meets Sky.” Through Apr. 15. GALLERY AT HOTEL INDIGO (500 College Ave.) “Athens Facades” presents Mike Landers’ photographs of buildings downtown and in Five Points at dark between 2000–2002. GEORGIA MUSEUM OF ART (90 Carlton St.) “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. LAMAR DODD SCHOOL OF ART (270 River Rd.) “What’s Here/Cos’ è qui” is a collection of works made by Bryan Parnham, UGA Cortona’s Visiting Artist/Facilities Manager. Through Jan. 23. • “La Mostra: Cortona” highlights the works of students who had to evaluate their studies in Cortona at the onset of the pandemic. Through Jan. 23. • “Down & Dirty” features sculptures and videos by New York-based artists Jeanne Silverthorne and Bonnie Rychlak. Through Feb. 26. LYNDON HOUSE ARTS CENTER (211 Hoyt St.) “Window Works” is a new outdoor project that utilizes the windows at the building’s entrance. The first installation presents a triptych and diptych by Noraa James that were inspired by love, the Black body, primary colors and afrofuturism. Through March. • In the Lounge Gallery, Victoria Dugger’s solo exhibition “Mind


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, marinabilbao75@gmail.com, www.marinaspain-2020.squarespace.com VIC CHESNUTT SONGWRITER SEMINAR AND WORKSHOP SERIES (Online) Workshop participants focus on developing individual songwriting compositions in a small group setting. Rock journalist Sylvie Simmons will moderate a discussion with instructors Jim White, Caroline Aiken and Marc Anthony Thompson. Sessions are conducted via Zoom. Workshop Jan. 21, 28. One-on-one is $75/ session. www.vicchesnuttaward. com/workshops 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

The Main Library at UGA presents “Georgia Trailblazers: Honoring the 60th Anniversary of Desegregation at UGA” to chronicle the historic events of 1961 when Hamilton Holmes and Charlene Hunter became the first African American students admitted to the university. Above, members of the Holmes family tour the new exhibit. 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 4TH ANNUAL HOPE GALA (Online) The Ashton Hope Keegan Foundation hosts a 50/50 raffle. Proceeds will be split between the winner and foundation. Silent auction and raffle runs now through Jan. 23. A “Mask”querade Ball will be held Aug. 14 at the Rialto Room. $10/raffle ticket. www.ashtonhope keganfoundation.networkforgood. com ACC LIBRARY EVENTS (AthensClarke County Library) All classes and events are held virtually. “Book Us! One-on-One Computer Tutorials” are offered Thursdays at 9 a.m. “Talking About Books Virtual Discussion Group” will discuss The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon on Jan. 20 at 10:30 a.m. “Last Monday Book Club Virtual Discussion” will talk about Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel on Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. “Computer Class: Google Photos” is held Jan. 26 at 10 a.m. www.athenslibrary.org/services/ virtual-events

the Body” explores the dynamic relationship between ourselves, our body and the world around us. Jan. 21–Apr. 3. MADISON-MORGAN CULTURAL CENTER (434 S. Main St.) “Children at Play: 1895–1957” is a collection of vintage toys representing the years of the Madison Graded School. The exhibition centers on toys that were in the toy room at the historic Stokes McHenry house in Madison, GA. Through Jan. 30. MASON-SCHARFENSTEIN MUSEUM OF ART (567 Georgia St., Demorest) Naomi Falk’s “What kind of times are these…” combines cyanotype and sculpture to contemplate relationships to place. Reception Jan. 21, 5–7 p.m. Through Feb. 11. STATE BOTANICAL GARDEN OF GEORGIA (2450 S. Milledge Ave.) The Guild of Natural Science Illustrators presents an exhibition of works by students, graduates, teachers and professional illustrators. Through Feb. 21. UGA MAIN LIBRARY (320 S. Jackson St.) “Georgia Trailblazers: Honoring the 60th Anniversary of Desegregation at UGA” chronicles the historic events of 1961 when Hamilton Holmes and Charlene Hunter became the first African American students admitted to the university. UGA SPECIAL COLLECTIONS LIBRARIES (300 S. Hull St.) “Election 1980: The Elephant in the Room” explores the historic change election. Through Feb. 26. • “Pylon: Tourists in Rock ’n Roll” celebrates the local band through photos, outfits, memorabilia and more. Through May 31. • “Making Space: Fighting for Inclusion, Building Community at UGA” will launch a virtual version of the exhibit in March. View in person through July 2. 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.


ART EVENTS (Georgia Museum of Art) “Artful Conversation: John Biggers,” Jan. 20 at 1 p.m. “Teen Studio via Zoom: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics,” Jan. 21 from 5:30–7:30 p.m. “Yoga in the Galleries (via Zoom),” Jan. 21 at 6 p.m. “Third Thursday,” Jan. 21 from 6–9 p.m. “Morning Mindfulness (via Zoom),” Jan. 22 at 9:30 a.m. “Graduate Student Symposium: ‘Modernism Foretold,’” Jan. 30 from 1–5 p.m. www.georgia museum.org ATHENS FARMERS MARKET (Bishop Park) The 2021 season will run Mar. 6–Dec. 18, 8 a.m.–12 p.m. AFM is currently accepting vendor applications until Jan. 31. www.athensfarmersmarket.com/ vendors COMEDY NIGHT (Little Kings Shuffle Club) Five comedians present 10-minute sets outside on the patio. Jan. 25, 8 p.m. FREE! DINNER AND A SHOW (Hendershot’s Coffee) Live music and dinner with The Plate Sale every Friday and Saturday. The lineup includes Calvert/Fountain on Feb. 5–6, Cicada Rhythm on Feb. 12–13, Kyshona on Feb. 19–20 and Jonathan Byrd on Feb. 26–27. Visit website to reserve your seat. www.hendershotsathens.com JANUARY EVENTS (Southern Brewing Company) Sunday Trivia with Solo Entertainment at 5 p.m. Monday Night Trivia at 6 p.m. Live music by Funky Bluester every Tuesday at 7 p.m. Live music by Michael Pezent Jan. 20 at 6 p.m. Live music by Brandi Colt Jan. 23 at 5 p.m. www.sobrewco.com LGBTQIA+ VIRTUAL ALPHABET FAMILY GATHERING (Online) This is a safe space for anyone on the LGBTQIA+/TGQNB spectrum. Fourth Sunday of every month, 6–8 p.m. uuathensga.org/justice/ welcoming-congregation LOCAL HONEY (Athens Institute for Contemporary Art) Celebrate the release of the new zine “Local Honey.” Online Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. Free registration required. www. athica.org LIVE JAZZ (Porterhouse Grill) Enjoy dinner and some smooth jazz. Wednesdays, 6–9 p.m. www.porter houseathens.com PILOT CLUB 5K CHASE (Athens, GA) Participate in a virtual 12th annual Pilot Club 5K Chase. Run, walk or jog using your own 5K (3.1 miles) course anytime between Feb. 1–6. Proceeds benefit the Pilot Club of Oconee County’s many projects to raise awareness and provide support for brain health

and brain related diseases and illnesses. Register online. $20. www. active.com, www.oconeepilotclub. com SMALL WORKS INSPIRED BY POETRY (Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation) Artwork responds to five poems written by Clela Reed, Carl Britton, Dana Smith, Pat Adams and Rebecca Baggett. Opening reception Jan. 22, 6–8 p.m. The exhibition runs Jan. 22–Feb. 26. www.ocaf.com SOUTHERN STAR STUDIO OPEN GALLERY (Southern Star Studio) SSS is a working collective ceramics studio established by Maria Dondero in 2016. The gallery contains members’ work. No more than two people or a single group inside at a time. Saturdays, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. southernstarstudioathens@ gmail.com SPRING ACTIVITIES (Athens, GA) A variety of activities in the arts, environmental science, recreation, sports and holiday events are planned for adults and children. Rolling registration begins Feb. 6. www.accgov.com/leisure TOUCH IN THE TIME OF COVID (tiny ATH gallery) Lucy Calhoun presents a series of photographic portraits that reveal how Athenians have coped with social distancing and reexamined their relationship to touch. Opening reception Jan. 21, 6–9 p.m. Available to view by appointment through January. www. tinyathgallery.com UUFA VIRTUAL FORUMS (Online) The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens hosts recently-elected Sheriff John Q. Williams on Jan. 31 at 9:30 a.m. Visit website for link. uuathensga.org/ stay-connected WINTER MARKET (Hendershot’s Coffee) The Culinary Kitchen of Athens hosts a weekly market with vendors. Saturdays through Mar. 13, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. www. theckofathens.squarespace.com/ wintermarketvendors WONDERLAND RANGERS (Online) The band performs its new album, Trouble & Treasure, during a live stream from Hendershot’s Coffee. Jan. 21, 7 p.m. www.facebook.com/ hendershots.coffee.videos

Help Out BUILDING BETTER COMMUNITIES (Hendershot’s Coffee) W&A Engineering presents a local business partnership program. Up to $500 in sales at Hendershot’s will be matched and donated to Heart

Music Athens, a local nonprofit supporting music education. Through Jan. 23. www.waengineering.com COAT AND BLANKET DRIVE (Bogart Library) The library is collecting new and gently used blankets and coats of all sizes to donate to local charities including ACTS. Bring donations in a tied plastic trash bag and leave in the bins in the library’s foyer. Through Feb. 1. 706-3103515, www.athenslibrary.org DIAPER DRIVE (Bogart Library) The library is collecting diapers to donate to the Athens Area Diaper Bank. Open packs are accepted. Leave donations in the bins in the foyer. 706-310-3515, www.athens areadiaperbank.com

Kidstuff ACC LIBRARY EVENTS (AthensClarke County Library) Virtual storytimes are offered via Facebook weekdays at 10:30 a.m. “GCBA Petting Zoo,” a program highlighting nominees of the Georgia Children’s Picture Book Award and Georgia Children’s Book Award, is held Jan. 20 at 3 p.m. “Teen Take and Make Craft: CD Scratch Art” is offered Jan. 25. www.facebook. com/athenschildrens ART CLASSES (Online) Treehouse Kid and Craft hosts a variety of art classes for children through Zoom. Visit the website for a calendar of class series. www.treehousekidand craft.com BOGART LIBRARY EVENTS (Bogart Library) Virtual Storytimes are offered weekdays at 10:30 a.m. Virtual Booktalks are held every Friday on Facebook at 2 p.m. Ms. Donna will share Tales from the Far North during a “Kids Virtual Program” on Facebook on Jan. 20 at 3 p.m. “Grab & Go Craft Kit for Adults” will offer supplies to make essential oil candles. Pick up Jan. 21–22. Video available Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. Virtual Dungeons and Dragons Club for teens is held Jan. 28, 6 p.m. www.athenslibrary.org CALL FOR ENTRIES: K-12 GREEN LIFE ART CONTEST (ACC Recycling Division) K–12 students in Athens-Clarke County are invited to participate in the annual Green Life Awards Art, Photography and Poetry Contest. The theme is based on a fresh start to a new year. Submissions can be paintings, drawings, sculpture, short videos (30 seconds to one minute), photography or poems about how you will live a green life in 2021. Entries are due to the ACC Recycling Division by Mar. 1 at 5 p.m. Winners will be recognized at a virtual awards ceremony on Apr. 15. www.accgov.com/greenlife DUNGEONS & DRAGONS PANEL DISCUSSION (Online) Join a virtual panel discussion to learn how experienced players got started. For grades 6–12. Email to be added to the Discord server. Jan. 23, 4 p.m. adial@athenslibrary.org FAMILY MOVIE SERIES (The Classic Center Theatre) Films include The Greatest Showman on Jan. 29 at 6:30 p.m. and Big on Feb. 26. $15. www.classiccenter. com/tickets THANK-YOU NOTE WRITING WORKSHOP (Online) Maggie Huner will teach ages 8–17 about the value of writing thank-you notes. Proceeds benefit Family Promise, a nonprofit that provides immediate shelter and guidance to families with children who are experiencing homelessness. RSVP for Zoom link. Jan. 24, 3 p.m. $10, $15/two. director@ihnathens.org

Support Groups AL-ANON 12 STEP (Multiple Locations) Recovery for people affected by someone else’s drinking. Visit the website for a calendar of electronic meetings held throughout the week. www. ga-al-anon.org ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS (Athens, GA) If you think you have a problem with alcohol, call the AA hotline or visit the website for a schedule of meetings in Barrow, Clarke, Jackson and Oconee Counties. 706-389-4164, www. athensaa.org RECOVERY DHARMA (Recovery Dharma) This peer-led support group offers a Buddhist-inspired path to recovery from any addiction. Visit the website for info about Zoom meetings. Thursdays, 7–8 p.m. FREE! www.athensrecovery dharma.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 CORNHOLEATL SPRING LEAGUE REGISTRATION (Southern Brewing Co.) Four different divisions are offered to accomodate all levels. The seven-week season begins in March. Registration is open until Mar. 8. info@cornholeatl.com ICE SKATING (440 Foundry Pavilion) The Classic Center offers outdoor ice skating. Skate sessions are 75 minutes. Masks required. $15/session, $120 season pass. Through January. classiccenter.com/athens onice NOMINATE A KEEPIN- IT CLEAN CITIZEN OF THE YEAR (Athens, GA) Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful is accepting nominations to recognize a community member as an environmental steward of litter prevention and abatement or community beautification. The award recipient will be recognized at the annual GreenFest Award Ceremony. Deadline Mar. 1. stacee.farrell@ accgov.com NOMINATE A STORMWATER STEWARD (Athens, GA) Nominate an organization, business, individual or community group that has gone above and beyond to reduce the impact of stormwater runoff through a specific project, practice or event. The award is presented by the Athens-Clarke County Stormwater Management Program. Nominations due Mar. 1. storm water@accgov.com STORMWATER CALENDARS (Department of Transportation and Public Works) Pick up a free 2021 calendar or have one mailed directly to your home. www.accgov. com/stormwatercalendar TALES OF SCHOOL (MadisonMorgan Cultural Center) The MMCC and Morgan County Landmarks Society present “Tales of School in the First Half of the 20th Century, Morgan County, Georgia, as Told by the Students,” a video featuring 31 Morgan County residents representing 19 schools who share tales of school in the first half of the 20th century. The 55-minute video plays on a loop through Jan. 30. www. mmcc-arts.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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Full Moons and Forest Bathing with Rachel Evans PLUS, MORE MUSIC NEWS AND GOSSIP By Gordon Lamb threatsandpromises@flagpole.com KIMONO MY HOUSE: Rachel Evans released a double dose of

her solo project Motion Sickness of Time Travel during December. First is the deceptively lush ambience of Shinrin​ -​yoku, a single track running just over half an hour, named after and performed in service of the activity of “forest bathing” (essentially allowing oneself to be immersed in nature in a mindful way). With this in mind, Evans’ recording has the potential to be a nice companion to such activity. This track is available as a download only. Next up is Evans’ piece Ballade for a Blue Moon, crafted by use of audio made by Evans between September 2013 and August 2014 on the night of each month’s full moon. Using voice, synths and other electronics, she mixed the pieces into a new composition to celebrate the full moon of Oct. 31, 2020. This record is much more nuanced and, due to its multiple recording sessions, contains a few different personalities and temperaments. Completely worthwhile and rewarding. Check out each of these at motionsicknessoftimetravel.band camp.com.

collaborations with local musicians. So he recorded his new album under the project name Fairweather Friends by himself and performed all the parts. The album is named Point of Choice. The first five tracks are available to stream as we speak, but this isn’t for sale anywhere. Generally speaking, Trieshmann is well-steeped in classic alt and college rock. This is occasionally a stumbling block, such as on the over-eight-minutes-long opening song “You Can’t Stop The Light,” but serves him well on the sparkly jangle pop of “I Don’t Wanna Let You Go.” So your mileage may vary— plus you’re gonna have to go to YouTube and search for

ATHENS > OMAHA: Although each would go on to

participate in multiple collaborations, including solo work, Athens will always remember Orenda Fink and Maria Taylor as Azure Ray. Last week, the pair’s debut album (originally released by Athens’ label Warm Electronic Recordings) was re-released 20 years to the Rachel Evans day it first came out. This edition also marks the first time the album is available on vinyl. It’s available now via Flower Moon Records, which was “Fairweather Friends” if you want to find this—but I found founded by Fink and Taylor and is the repository for all a few things I dug. For more information, wave your hands their work. For more information, please see flowermoon in the air and pray to God. records.com and azureraymusic.com. AMERICA ONLINE: The University of Georgia Wind Bands SOUR CREAM & ARCHIVES: Do you have that one room where will host JanFest: the 71st Annual UGA January High you just store all your old, totally unorganized things? School Band Festival Saturday, Jan. 23 at 6:15 p.m. Hoo You know, the kind of room that New Year Resolutions boy, that’s a whole lot of words, innit? At any rate, this is were made for? Well, Thom Strickland (Smokedog, et a virtual event that I’ve no doubt took some real doing to al) has built such a room online, now containing 12 sepundertake. The evening begins with a chat with Dr. Tim arate “releases” as of this writing. These are archives of Lautzenheiser (more info available at musicforall.org/ his recordings spanning at least 10 years. He deliberately who-we-are/bios/dr-tim-lautzenheiser). Then, there are decided not to include any information with them so they video performances from Central-Carroll High School all look like they were released very recently. Also, d’ya like Symphonic Band, Dutchtown High School Wind Symphony, noise? Well, he’s got it in droves. But he’s also got some Woodland High School Wind Symphony, plus a video conreally great jams, such as the first track on the three-track cert from Hodgson Wind Ensemble and Friends. Conductor 99 Red Buffoon, which rocks in a deconstructed Krautrock H. Robert Reynolds (University of Southern California’s kind of way. Man, this is just a huge grab bag of things, so Thornton School of Music) will host a talk named “What get your fill over at brownpaper.bandcamp.com. Makes a Great Conductor Great?” and the night will close out at 9 p.m. with a chat among composers Jennifer Jolley HIDE AND SEEK: New-to-town musician Bill Trieshmann and Alex Shapiro, and soprano Lindsay Kesselman. For found himself alone over the past year due to COVID more information, please see ugawindbands.wixsite.com restrictions, preventing him from doing any in-person and facebook.com/ugawindbands. f

record review Salsa Chest: Activity (Quality Faucet Records) Nearly a decade in the making, performance-art duo Salsa Chest’s first official release, Activity, is an experimental synth-pop excursion that is equal parts joyful and absurdist. Members Addison Adams and William Kennedy (Reptar) create funky, summery songs with a variety of unusual synth voices and unpredictable rhythms. Adams graduated with a BFA from the Lamar Dodd School of Art several years ago and continues exhibiting drawings and paintings, while Kennedy designs and fabricates a variety of lighting installations for touring bands, music festivals and art events under the moniker “Freakylamps.” Given their backgrounds working in the arts, Salsa Chest—with its synchronized dance moves and interactive lighting—is a band best experienced live. That said, while sweaty house parties may currently be paused during the pandemic, Activity’s bouncy melodies perfectly lend themselves to be the soundtrack of a nice night of weirdo aerobics and solo bedroom dancing. Mixed and produced by Graham Ulciny, these songs are interesting and catchy enough to appeal to any age but playful and silly enough to resonate well with children. [Jessica Smith]



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