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CCSD’s Two-Minute Offense PLANS FOR THE WEST BROAD SCHOOL TAKE SHAPE IN A HURRY By Blake Aued and Rebecca McCarthy news@flagpole.com Higginbotham, director of the Office of Early Learning. The federal program helps low-income children with their cognitive, social and emotional development, preparing them for literacy when they reach elementary school. BLAKE AUED

Thanks to a Head Start grant, the West Broad School campus will be converted into an early learning center after all—but only for the youngest children, and on a tight timeline. Meanwhile, historic preservation activists are insisting that the Clarke County School District can save one building on the site that architects plan to tear down. The $3.9 million federal grant’s catch is that CCSD must complete the project and open the new early learning center by Mar. 1, 2022. That’s just 11 months to appoint a building committee to vet the project, then design and build it. Both Superintendent Xernona Thomas and Director of SPLOST John Gilbreath described the timeline as “aggressive,” and to meet it, they said CCSD must start construction less than three months from now. The challenge, however, is that the fate of one historic building at the segregation-era school is still in dispute. The goal of the project is twofold: to preserve and acknowledge an era in local Black history, and to create space for an overflow of infants and toddlers eligible for early learning programs. A 1938 building facing Minor Street, the city’s oldest surviving AfricanAmerican school, will be restored. But CCSD and the preservation group Historic Athens are at odds over whether another building facing Campbell Lane—notable because it was built in the “equalization era” of the 1950s, when Southern school systems were trying to fend off integration by improving facilities for Black children—can be saved. As planned, the new early learning center will include 16 classrooms and serve up to 128 children under the age of 4, as well as a media center, historical archive, meeting rooms, offices and parking. The facility is needed because 37% of Clarke County’s 6,700 children age 0-3 are from families eligible for Head Start, according to Karen

ing courtyard. Renderings are available at clarke.k12.ga.us. Historic Athens is an official partner with CCSD and supports the use, but in a letter to CCSD last week, the organization expressed opposition to plans to tear down the Campbell Lane building. The group called on CCSD to either replace architectural firm Lindsay Pope Brayfield & Associates because of its “generic, ill-fitting approach,” or appoint Barbara Black, the historic preservation expert assigned to the project, as the principal architect alongside a new project manager, because her expertise has been restricted to the Minor Street building alone. Other architects and

This Campbell Lane school building would be torn down under CCSD’s plan.

Originally, former superintendent Demond Means’ plan for the campus called for 200 students encompassing both Head Start/Early Start and pre-kindergarten. However, at a little over 3 acres, the campus is too small to meet the criteria for pre-K. Nor will the project include space for community use except after school hours, per federal requirements. “When we looked at space availability, all that could not be accommodated,” Thomas said at a town hall meeting Mar. 30. At the meeting—archived at youtube. com/clarkecoschools—architects presented seven options for a new building replacing two others on the campus and the exist-

preservation experts who’ve examined the Campbell Lane building say it can be saved, Historic Athens Executive Director Tommy Valentine wrote in the letter, which was co-signed by local civil rights leaders Ken Dious and Fred Smith Sr. “Given our community’s and nation’s increasing awareness of the history of the erasure of African Americans spaces, it is more important than ever to have a committed and conscious team in place to protect the heritage of this community that is reflected in this site,” Valentine wrote. “It would be a false choice to suggest that we cannot prepare for the future of the site while also properly honoring its past.”

However, Black and fellow LPB architect Margaret Beaty told Flagpole that the Campbell Lane building must go because it doesn’t meet code, would be extremely expensive to restore and interferes with stormwater drainage. “I think when it’s done, everyone will be happy,” Beaty said. At the meeting, Smith spoke out about the importance of preserving buildings of significance to Athens’ Black history that have often been neglected or torn down, and said he wants to see the same resources put into restoring a historically all-Black school as were put into Barrow Elementary, a Jim Crow-era school for white children of similar age. “It’s almost like when you knock down history, you forget about history,” Smith said. The Board of Education already devoted $10 million in sales-tax revenue to the project in 2019, at the expense of planned renovations to 50-year-old Clarke Middle School. The vote came after years of wrangling over what to do with the long-vacant West Broad Campus. First, Means’ predecessor, Philip Lanoue, proposed converting the campus into administrative offices. That became mired in politics related to the Athens Land Trust’s community garden and farmers market operating on the property at the time. The ALT submitted a plan to turn the property into a community center that Means rejected in favor of pre-K. Although architects presented the destruction of much of the campus as a fait accomplis, Thomas said she will ultimately make the decision in collaboration with other administrators, architects and the building committee, which she hopes to appoint shortly after spring break. “Based on space needs, we’ll have to carefully consider what needs to be done,” she said. [Blake Aued]

Legion Pool Is Closed Again Like many amenities in Athens, Legion Pool—a large outdoor pool on Lumpkin Street—was closed last year because of COVID-19. Elsewhere on the University of Georgia campus, the pools and other facilities in the Ramsey Student Center have remained open since last August and will continue to be open this summer. Legion

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Pool, however, will be closed for 2021. According to a Department of Student Affairs website: “When considering current Centers for Disease Control and Department of Public Health Guidelines, the persisting numbers of positive COVID19 infections, as well as the uncertainty of when the pandemic will be sufficiently controlled for us to safely return to normal operations, we have determined Legion Pool will remain closed for the 2021 summer season.” A CDC website on aquatic resources offers tips for operating public pools safely. These include having patrons wear face masks when they aren’t in water; keeping swimmers 6 feet apart; spacing lounge chairs at least 6 feet apart and other suggestions. Athens-Clarke County is planning to open its outdoor pools this summer. A petition is circulating online to convince UGA officials to open Legion this summer. By then, proponents say, most adults will have been vaccinated. Gov. Brian Kemp said last week that all Georgians 16 and older are eligible to receive the vaccine, which will further increase the number of those inoculated. The possibility of not having a summertime community gathering place is all too familiar for Sara Baker, who learned to swim in Legion Pool. She spearheaded a 2012 campaign to save Legion Pool when it was left out of the university’s master plan showing the proposed Bolton Dining Hall. At the time, there was some movement to do an inventory of UGA’s historic resources on campus, but that has yet to happen. Designed by native Athenian architect C. Wilmer Heery, Legion Pool opened in 1936. The recreation department in the City of Athens managed and operated the pool following an agreement with American Legion Post 20, which was behind the pool’s creation. In 1952, UGA offered to buy both Legion Pool and the land surrounding it, now known as Legion Field. According to the Save Legion Pool website, Superior Court Judge Henry West “noted that Legion was ‘one of the largest outdoor pools in the South,’ and that it was in ‘more or less the nature of a trust,’ built to serve the citizens of Athens.”

Faculty, staff and community members aren’t the only ones enjoying Legion Pool, Baker said. Children attending the Extra Special People summer programs have been using the pool for almost 20 years, as have those participating in summer camps at UGA. With study abroad not an option this summer, she wondered if there will be more students on campus and whether they will choose to swim at Legion Pool. Does the university even market the pool to students? “It’s totally irrational not to open an outdoor pool,” Baker said. “People will follow the CDC guidelines. It’s much safer than an indoor pool, which UGA is planning to keep open. This is a community resource used by both town and gown.” [Rebecca McCarthy]

Paul Broun Is Making a Comeback Former Congressman Paul Broun is angling to get his old seat back now that his successor, Rep. Jody Hice, is running for secretary of state. Broun, an Oconee County physician, served as Athens’ congressman from 2007 through 2014. He came out of nowhere to win a special election in which, lacking a Democrat in the runoff, most Athens voters supported him because his opponent had stated that he wanted to bomb Athens except for the football team. While in office, Broun was known for attention-grabbing antics like comparing President Obama to Hitler and declaring that evolution is a “lie straight from the pit of Hell.” While running unsuccessfully for Senate in 2014, he gave away an AR-15. It sounds like voters can expect more of the same in 2022—in his campaign announcement, Broun railed against “more lockdowns, open borders, nationalized elections with no voter identification, unconstitutional gun controls, critical race theory in our schools and massive tax hikes” and predicted “the financial collapse of America.” Other potential candidates for the seat include Republican Mike Collins and Democrat Tabitha Johnson-Green, who’ve both lost to Hice in the past; state Rep. Houston Gaines (R-Athens) and ACC Commissioner Mariah Parker. [BA] f



Athens Needs Police Oversight WHY ACC SHOULD ESTABLISH A CIVILIAN BOARD By Mokah Jasmine Johnson news@flagpole.com In early 2020, Mayor Kelly Girtz established waited until the day we presented to the a Police Advisory Task Force charged with GOC to let us know he would do everything evaluating and making recommendations in his power to destroy our hard work. to improve community relations and policSpruill disagreed with Girtz’s efforts to ing. This body of diverse individuals from create a diverse selection of task force memvarious professional backgrounds and life bers and rejected the task force recommenexperiences took on the assignment with dation to allow individuals with previous the hope of creating an infrastructure records who have paid their debts to society that addresses the damaged relationship to serve on this board. between marginalized community members I will also point out that people have and police officers. been misled to believe that our intention After a year of weekly meetings and is to “defund the police,” which this board extensive research, and with the profescannot do, nor was created to do. For clarsional guidance of NACOLE (National ity, the mayor and commission, plus the Association for Civilian Oversight of Law city manager, control the budget and decide Enforcement), the task force recommended how money is dispersed within our commuthat the Athens-Clarke County government nity, not a civilian oversight board. establish a hybrid model. On Feb. 24, 2020, co-chairs Shane Sims and I shared with the ACC commissions’ Government Operations Committee this collaborative model, which would include an auditor or monitor and a citizen review board to properly serve the residents of Athens-Clarke County. The auditor/ monitor would manage Mokah Jasmine Johnson daily operations, and the citizens review board would give community members a This is an opportunity for growth voice, a seat at the table. and correction. By establishing a civilian Nationwide, racial tension has risen oversight board, ACC residents, our local due to ongoing police brutality and lack government and our police department of accountability and transparency in law will begin to work towards improving enforcement. Time and time again, famtransparency, reducing police misconduct ilies have been left without answers or or abuse, building a positive relationship, justification for their loved ones killed or and creating a dialogue between officers harmed by police officers, and Athens is no and community members. I do believe with exception. Unfortunately, over the past few all the conflict and division we are facing, years, Athens has made national news due by establishing a police oversight board or to several incidents causing local advocacy department, we could offer some peace and groups to become vocal about the misuse resolution within our community. of police force, Immigration and Customs On Mar. 8, a town hall discussion Enforcement raids and the increasing rates was held to better inform the general of Black and brown men being incarcerated public. Guests included myself, Sims, in our community. These incidents included Girtz, David Bradley of the Athens Area an officer using his vehicle to stop a fleeing Chamber of Commerce, Commissioner suspect, then suing our local government Tim Denson and NACOLE representative for wrongful termination and settling for Cameron McEllhiney. The Athens Anti$250,000. The same year, another ACCPD Discrimination Movement will continue to officer was scrutinized for forcefully inform and advocate until a police oversight restraining a 10-year-old child distraught department is established. over his father’s arrest. Additional events In addition to myself and Sims, founder that also raised concerns included the six of the nonprofit People Living in Recovery, shootings by officers in 2019, the use of task force members include Project Safe tear gas on Athens protesters during the Executive Director Joan Prittie, Stephanie May 31, 2020 protest and more. Many of Flores of the Athens Immigrant Rights these incidents caused division within our Coalition and Cedar Shoals High School community and could have been addressed senior Tykerius “T.K.” Monford. through a civilian oversight board. For more information on this topic, Since releasing our recommendations, please email jasminejohnsonedu@gmail. some people have negatively reacted out of com, or shane.plrecovery@gmail.com. If you fear and misinformation. And sadly, Chief would like to stay up to date with this topic, Cleveland Spruill, one of the task forces’ please sign up for the AADM newsletter non-voting members, unexpectedly pushed at aadmovement.org/contact-us. The proback on the recommendations without fair posed recommendations can be accessed at warning. After months of hard work, he tinyurl.com/33ebdz5h. f

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Is It Safe to Reopen Schools? CCSD IS (MOSTLY) DOING WHAT IT CAN TO PROTECT STUDENTS AND STAFF By Jessica Luton news@flagpole.com



ext week Clarke County School District teachers, The new CDC guidelines provide a pathway for schools staff and students will return to the classroom to safely reopen by outlining five major strategies that are five days a week for the first time since the panmeant to work hand in hand, in layers, to ensure a safe demic hit Athens over a year ago. environment for everyone. Those strategies include schoolFor some, the return to in-person classes has caused a wide mask-wearing; physical distancing; washing hands; lot of anxiety and concern. Many parents and teachers felt cleaning facilities and improving ventilation; and contact left in the dark, dismayed by a lack of timely communicatracing, isolation and quarantine. tion about the district’s plans to return to the classroom The school system, in keeping with Athens-Clarke or detailed information about what measures were being County government efforts, does have a universal mask taken to ensure that schools would be safe upon reopening. mandate in place. Unlike many other neighboring school A lack of clear science-based, research-driven guidance in districts that have optional mask policies at schools, CCSD 2020 from the CDC meant that CCSD had the difficult task has been a proponent of mask-wearing in schools and of navigating the school reopening process on its own. adopted a mask mandate early on. With the release of the CDC’s guidelines for school reopenings earlier this year, school districts now have much-needed guidance. While the guidelines did provide a blueprint for schools across the country, they were not received without criticism from some scientists and education experts who suggested that the guidelines were too stringent and would delay school reopenings or make the task nearly impossible. As CCSD made the move to reopen schools this spring, Flagpole began an in-depth investigation about reopening measures. For this piece, we reviewed hundreds of pages of documents obtained via open records requests that included data on the returning student population versus virtual, positive case reports, data on CARES funding expenditures and work orders for COVID-19 mitigation-related A small group of parents protested against reopening schools outside CCSD headquarters Mar. 11. work across the school system. We also interviewed teachers While parents and teachers alike report very strong and parents and reviewed other pertinent research related adherence to this policy at schools, some teachers have also to student well-being and COVID-19 mitigation strategies. reported difficulty in getting students to adhere to the polWhile there is still room for improvement in the coming icy and say they have to remind students, again and again, year, much of the evidence Flagpole obtained in our investo keep masks on and wear them correctly. However, most tigation points to a tremendous effort to ensure schools teachers interviewed said students have been good about could reopen safely according to CDC guidelines. adhering to the policy. One area of concern for some parents regarding masks was a lack of adherence to the policy in athletics settings. Researchers have found that a lack of masks while playing sports means a greater risk of viral In February, the CDC released new guidelines under the spread. Biden administration for reopening schools in the United Aside from athletics, the other leading factor of viral States. The new guidelines suggest a series of mitigation spread is student interaction off-campus and outside of strategies that ensure schools can reopen safely. While the classroom. “In addition to what is happening inside the some parents and teachers have expressed concern or building, another consideration is what happens outside anxiety about reopening schools, research has also shown of the school building in the wider community,” said public that students were experiencing mental health problems health expert Amber Schmidtke. “If disease transmission as a result of remaining virtual and there’s also been ample in the community is low, that makes in-person learning evidence of an increase in domestic violence and child safer. When disease transmission in the community is abuse during the pandemic from social workers. While case substantial or high then there is more risk with in-person reports of these issues have been down, most social worklearning. I wish that communities were doing more to limit ers attribute this to schools remaining closed, as schools disease transmission to make in-person learning safer for are one of the main avenues for reporting abuse. Thus, for students, faculty and staff. But I’m sensitive to the reality many, reopening schools safely is of great importance for that schools are trying to do the best they can without that children’s overall well-being. community buy-in and partnership.” “We have been very cautious and conservative in terms Originally, the CDC’s guidelines on social distancing recof our return in an effort to protect all of our stakeholdommended a minimum of 6 feet of space between students ers—not just our teachers, but our students, our families, in the classroom. However, the CDC recently amended its other staff—but at some point, we are going to have to guidelines to recommend a minimum of 3 feet of space in look at what’s best for children,” said CCSD Superintendent some instances and provided additional guidance on when Xernona Thomas in a February Board of Education meeting. 6 feet of space is recommended. According to the CDC

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guidelines update Mar. 19, elementary school students should be at least 3 feet apart, and middle and high school students should be at least 3 feet apart in areas with low, moderate or substantial community transmission. In areas with high community transmission, middle and high school students should be 6 feet apart, if cohorting is not possible. Additionally, the CDC recommends 6 feet of distance between adults in the school building and between adults and students when masks can’t be worn, such as when eating; during activities when increased exhalation occurs, such as singing, shouting, band or sports and exercise; and in common areas. In some school districts that have more students per classroom, social distancing has proven to be a bit of a challenge. However, according to data obtained via open records, the number of students choosing to remain virtual versus returning to in-person instruction makes social distancing less of an issue for this semester at CCSD schools. The older children are, the more likely they are to remain virtual. Most elementary-school parents opted to return to in-person instruction, likely because of child-care issues for parents and knowledge that younger children are at less risk, but only about half of all high school students are back in the classroom, likely a result of older students’ ability to thrive in an online setting. While the pandemic has disproportionately affected minority populations across the country, Clarke County data does not show any significant difference in the decision to return to the classroom or remain virtual based on race. Overall, 51% of students are attending in person, 24% remained virtual and 25% offered no response (and were automatically counted as in-person) in CCSD’s survey data. According to the CCSD Reopening Guidebook, several measures were taken to address handwashing and cleaning mitigation strategies recommended by the CDC. The school system has installed hand-sanitizing stations in all schools, increased cleaning and sanitizing of all buildings, turned water fountains off in exchange for the use of water-bottle refill stations and installed signage to promote social distancing and minimize exposure. The school system spent a large chunk of CARES funding to install plexiglass shields around schools, much like many businesses early on in the pandemic. Ventilation, another CDC recommendation that has been stressed by scientists and public health experts alike, has proven to be a much more complicated issue in school systems. Assessing the safety of ventilation is complex and dependent on a variety of factors including when schools were built; how HVAC systems were designed to work in each building; the type of HVAC units currently in use; the need for HEPA filters; and long-overdue upgrades. Every school and building is different. Hundreds of pages of CCSD work orders provide evidence of HVAC system assessment, repair and upgrade efforts, including Merv-13 filter tests and ion air cleaner installation, in addition to plexiglass installation, drinking water system upgrades and other various projects related to COVID-19. According to the CCSD’s Reopening Guidebook, CCSD systems are designed for Merv-8 filters, but newer schools have bi-polar ionization units that filter air electronically. The goal is to have ionization systems installed in all the units that supply air to the classrooms. As such, a recent Board of Education work session included a proposal to use the second portion of CARES Act funding to do just that. The proposal suggests approving the installation of bi-polar ionization units for all classroom HVAC units and 20 HEPA filter units for nurses’ clinics and isolation rooms, to the tune of $400,000 in material costs and another $100,000 for installation.

Combined with other mitigation efforts, improving ventilation is a worthy consideration, said Schmidtke. “The CDC guidelines can work well when they’re followed faithfully. It sounds like [CCSD] has done a lot of the work to improve ventilation that some districts have been unwilling to do,” she said. “With the pandemic, none of our risk mitigation strategies are perfect, so we have to layer them

said he is not aware of any students or staff who’ve died of COVID-19. Cases are only reported by the school if there are 10 or more cases at a school. For many parents and teachers, that lack of reporting is of particular concern. CCSD, however, cites Georgia Department of Education policy on the issue. The district told Flagpole that the “Board attorney has


Board of Education member Mumbi Anderson after receiving her first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. Anderson said she’s afraid of needles but didn’t feel the shot at all.

together for optimal protection. That means good ventilation and appropriate mask wear and usage, and appropriate distancing and contact tracing, etc.” One point of contention, however, is the lack of rigorous research that proves these systems do provide extra protection against COVID-19. The CDC has issued caution about bi-polar ionization units in recent months.

Data Are Incomplete CCSD publishes information weekly on the number of COVID-19 cases among students and staff, as well as isolations and quarantines of those exposed to people who’ve tested positive. The district does not track hospitalizations or deaths, but Director of Communications Donald Porter

consulted with the State’s Attorney General’s Office, which confirmed that the school district should not identify student populations 10 and below. Doing so could potentially provide personally identifiable information.” In terms of contact tracing, CCSD is beholden to the Georgia Department of Public Health. In contrast with other states, Georgia has done significantly less to attempt contact tracing. The CCSD Reopening Guide does state that each school has set up designated space for symptomatic students awaiting pickup, and last week’s work session request regarding HVAC and HEPA filter funding included measures that would provide HEPA filters for all isolation and quarantine spaces. CCSD’s efforts are hindered by state policy that promotes a lack of transparency when more data could help parents, teachers and staff make better risk-based deci-

sions—for instance, the lack of case-by-case reporting for individual schools. More than 1,400 CCSD employees received both doses of the vaccine at two districtwide mass vaccination events and will be approaching full immunity when schools return from spring break. Those over 65 and others who were vaccinated elsewhere are not included in that number. With 2,300 full-time employees, it’s likely that the vast majority of employees have been vaccinated. However, data on vaccinations in Athens are less clear. While the Department of Public Health vaccination dashboard shows how many vaccinations have been administered in Clarke County, there is no available data about how many actual Clarke County residents have been vaccinated or specifics on demographics. That means everyone is flying blind in terms of the potential risk of transmission of COVID-19 because it’s impossible to see what populations or areas within the community remain at risk. “As I think so many of us have learned during this pandemic, transparency and trust leads to better community buy-in. Schools are in a difficult spot—administrators are not epidemiologists, and the public health departments that serve them are short-staffed and overwhelmed,” said Schmidtke. “So they’re trying to do the best they can with the information and expertise they have available, just like the rest of us. Unfortunately, we don’t have data down to the zip code, census tract or school district area to the extent that we would prefer when it comes to disease rates, vaccination rates, etc. So everyone involved is having to do the best they can with imperfect data. “But we do know that minority populations have been underserved when it comes to the vaccine rollout due to barriers to access. These same populations have been disproportionately harmed by the pandemic. So part of safe return to school means protecting those most vulnerable.” Children under 16 are not currently eligible to be vaccinated because safety testing isn’t complete. However, unless they have other health issues, they are extremely unlikely to contract a serious case of COVID-19. Out of approximately 83,000 confirmed cases among school-age children in Georgia, only about 800 have been hospitalized, and nine died. The risk of serious illness or death rises with age. While cases and hospitalizations remain low in Clarke County, residents are still dying every week, and nearby Oconee County has seen a significant jump in cases recently. Cases of new coronavirus variants are on the rise in Georgia, Florida and Michigan, and the need to get as many people vaccinated as soon as possible to prevent variant spread is more urgent each day. Meanwhile, many states, including Georgia, are lifting restrictions at this very tenuous time, and health experts are pleading with the public to remain vigilant. While it may be safe for schools to reopen now, there’s no certainty ahead about this pandemic just yet. f

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Delta had not been the agenda for the last day of the pleas for police reform that followed 2020’s string of Both chambers overwhelmingly approved the budget on 2021 Georgia legislative session, but that quickly changed. high-profile shootings of Black Americans. the final day of this year’s legislative session, Mar. 31, send- House lawmakers narrowly passed a bill to repeal a tax By the time the ceremonial tattered papers flew shortly ing it to the governor’s desk. The budget takes effect July 1. break on jet fuel, the same tactic Republicans used in 2018 after midnight, legislators had backed a after the airline revoked a discount for bill that would prohibit city and county National Rifle Association members folofficials from cutting their police budget lowing a high-profile school shooting at by more than 5%. But other controversial Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in measures—such as an expansion of gun Parkland, FL. rights and a push to educate new drivers Rep. Sam Watson (R-Moutrie) added on how to interact with police officers— the language to a bill relating to tax failed to make it to the governor’s desk. credits, sparking outrage from House “Frankly, I thought we needed to be Democrats. “This has nothing to do with very, very sensitive to any gun legislation,” the Department of Revenue, but it’s purely House Speaker David Ralston, a Blue Ridge retaliation for the business community Republican, told reporters before the start speaking out on a bill that everyone feels of the last day of the session Mar. 31. is Jim Crow 2.0,” said Minority Whip “You know, we’re less than two weeks out David Wilkerson of Powder Springs. from two major mass killings, and so that House Speaker David Ralston acknowlheightens my level of sensitivity to that.” edged that the proposal was a response Eight people, including six women of Asian to Delta’s statement. “They like our public descent, were killed in a series of shootings policy when we’re doing things that benat Atlanta-area spas last month. Within efit them, and they reap the rewards of a week, another mass shooting killed 10 those benefits and then turn around and people at a Boulder, CO grocery store. do this,” the Blue Ridge Republican told Lawmakers also came together to reporters. “As all of you know, I can’t resist The “de-defund the police” bill sponsored by Rep. Houston Gaines (R-Athens) passed and is awaiting Gov. a country boy line or two, you don’t feed overhaul Georgia’s Civil War-era citizen’s Brian Kemp’s signature. arrest law, which was initially cited by the a dog that bites your hand. You’ve got to South Georgia prosecutor who did not file keep that in mind.” Kemp did not make his traditional last-day visit to the charges in the slaying of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery last The measure did not receive a vote in the Senate, so chambers, since he is quarantining after coming in contact year. Demonstrators took to the streets last year to call for it will not become law this year. But it could be revisited recently with someone who tested positive for COVIDthe law’s repeal. In the end, lawmakers drastically remade during next year’s legislative session, Ralston said. 19. But he did leave lawmakers with a letter Wednesday the law so only business owners and out-of-jurisdiction law Bastian’s memo followed rising calls for a boycott of addressing a lingering question: Would federal funds be enforcement officers could detain someone suspected of a Delta and other major Atlanta businesses, including Cocaused to erase the rest of the budget cuts made last summer crime. Cola, Home Depot and UPS. when revenues were expected to plummet? Gov. Brian Kemp announced early this session that As lawmakers gathered Wednesday morning at the Kemp wrote that he is still awaiting more specifics from rewriting the law would be one of his priorities for the year. Capitol for a marathon final day, one group of protesters “I look forward to signing it into law as we continue to send the U.S. Treasury on how the funds can be spent, but the and religious leaders gathered at nearby Trinity United $4.6 billion in federal aid will likely not fill those holes since Methodist Church to protest against a provision in the law a clear message that the Peach State will not tolerate sinisstate revenues defied the dire predicter acts of vigilantism in our communities,” Kemp said in a that bars handing out water to people tions that spurred lawmakers to cut statement last week. waiting in line to vote. We will no longer be $2.2 billion last year. “As a result of our There, the Rev. Fer-Rell Malone of measured and balanced approach in Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church your booty call. We will response to COVID-19, our economy is said corporations that do not protect no longer be your side piece. Black votes should not expect to get strong, and current projections for FY Lawmakers also backed for a final time a contentious 2022 are greater than collections in FY business from Black people. measure that is a response to calls to defund the police that 2019,” the governor wrote. “Corporations and businesses, you cannot suck on the became a rallying cry at demonstrations last summer. The That is cold comfort to lawmakers who are dismayed to breast of the Black community and not be held accountmeasure would block cities and counties from reducing see nearly $382 million in reductions to public education able,” he said. “You cannot ride on the prosperous economtheir police department budget by 5%, with a few excepremain in the budget. But the legislature’s top budget writics of our community and not represent and fight for and tions. Two Georgia cities, Athens and Atlanta, considered ers argue that the $4 billion in federal aid for K-12 schools defend our rights. We will no longer be your booty call. We changes to how their police agencies are funded last year. will more than make up for the lost state funds. will no longer be your side piece.” Both measures failed to pass. To highlight the federal boost to schools, handouts Leading Georgia Democrats, including Stacey Abrams, “By outlawing any effort to defund the police, Georgia showing the amount of federal aid flowing to individual have resisted calls for a boycott. has put a stop to the liberal cities and far-left activists trydistricts were distributed to lawmakers Wednesday. “So, “One lesson of boycotts is that the pain of deprivation ing to enact their dangerous agenda across our state,” Rep. the reduction of the $382 million is—I won’t say minusmust be shared to be sustainable,” Abrams wrote for USA Houston Gaines (R-Athens), the bill’s sponsor, said in a cule because dollars do matter, I understand that—but I Today. “Otherwise, those least resilient bear the brunt of statement after the vote. would say pennies on the dollar to the federal [additions],” these actions; and in the aftermath, they struggle to access Democrats accused GOP lawmakers of undercutting said Sen. Blake Tillery, a Vidalia Republican who chairs the the victory. And boycotts are complicated affairs that local decision-makers and bypassing a broader conversaAppropriations Committee. require a long-term commitment to action. I have no doubt tion on policing in favor of scoring quick political points. Sen. Elena Parent, an Atlanta Democrat, questioned if that voters of color, particularly Black voters, are willing to “No matter how we vote on this bill today, the fact remains the plan is to continue the cuts because of one-time federal endure the hardships of boycotts. But I don’t think that’s that everyone wants to live in a safe community. Everyone funding. Tillery, though, offered an alternative view: The necessary—yet.” wants to live in a safe community and these local governfederal funds have allowed the state to shift state funds Coca-Cola also came out stronger than ever against the ments know best how to keep their community safe,” said to other areas of need, pointing to the nearly $36 million new law Wednesday, with CEO James Quincey calling it a Teri Anulewicz, a Smyrna Democrat. increase for mental health services. “step backwards” on CNBC’s “Power Lunch.” Ralston said he felt that statement was out of line as well, and jokingly suggested that he was holding his own boycott. “I don’t drink a lot of soft drinks, but I bought a Pepsi the other day, and they’re not that bad,” he said. f State lawmakers finalized a $27.2 billion spending plan After weeks of pressure from protesters, major Georgia These articles originally appeared at georgiarecorder.com. for next year, although it remains to be seen how exactly businesses, including Delta Air Lines, are taking a stronger


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I’m getting tired of being mad all the time. I can’t ignore it or act like everyone’s just being awful to me and me alone. It’s not them, it’s me! I know you’re gonna recommend therapy, and I’m already doing some research, but what else can a default-unhappy person do to get out of this rut? Thanks! Sincerely, Permanently Pissed Off What’s up PPO, Whew, chile, can I relate to being in a permanent bad mood! Anger and disappointment were certainly my baseline emotions for a big part of my youth, but I lacked the introspection that shines out of you. I also lived a lifestyle that rewarded aggression and anger and hating people for no reason, and for a long time, I couldn’t get enough distance from my scene to see how social pressure was making me a shitty person. Don’t get me wrong—it’s completely my choice and my fault if I’m being a jerk or hating things for no reason, but it’s much easier not to examine that behavior if I’m surrounded by people who think I’m cool for being mean. But that’s not what you’re going through.

notifications while you’re still in bed, and no workplace can argue against a worker not working during time off. Think of it this way: When you answer work emails in bed before your workday has even started, you are working for free. Ask any HR professional if it’s acceptable for someone to be working from home for free, and any good one will say no. You’re within your rights to only work during your work hours, and you don’t have to discuss that with anyone. Delete that app, unsync that inbox and go on your merry way. Also, I recommend you think of yourself more. Assumptions are empty and pointless and you’re right that they create an unneeded barrier to knowing others. Just ask questions instead. There is no benefit to you when you go to a brewery and scowl at the other patrons. You get nothing from judging others—well, maybe an ego boost, but you can get that by just remembering what’s great about yourself and loving it. Remember that you control your reality, your body, and your fears and desires, and you can choose to avoid unmasked people or folks with stupid opinions. Just don’t talk to them. f

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Giants baseball coach Leo Durocher proclaimed, “Nice guys finish last,” but he didn’t know Del Dunn, who died recently. Del, like his friend and colleague, the late Tom Dyer, had the human touch that made people better—that excellent characteristic

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of the best teachers. And Del, like Tom, was devoid of that ambition that treats each job as a step up the ladder of advancement. “Gladly would he learn and gladly teach.” Del was a teacher and a scholar, and that’s what he wanted to do. Because he taught and researched and wrote so well, he kept on getting promoted and called on to fill in whenever higher administrative positions fell open. He was the consummate academic administrator, but his ambition pulled him not toward the executive office but to the classroom and the study, where he could focus on his students and his scholarship. Del enjoyed his family, his neighborhood, his university and his community—making them all better by his quiet observation and informed action. When you encountered him, you felt his warm regard: He wanted to know more about you, rather than wanting you to know more about him. He told me on a number of occasions about his grandfather’s weekly newspaper in Lone Pine, OK, opening our conversation on my turf rather than his. I could see how well that trait would resonate in the classroom and in conferences with students, as well as interactions at the highest levels of the university, where his qualities and abilities inevitably took him.

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1943 list of his New Year’s resolutions. Old Woody may have been a dreamer and a rambler, but he sure did leave us some sensible, practical and down-to-earth advice—as relevant now as it was then: 1. Work more and better 2. Work by a schedule 3. Wash teeth if any 4. Shave 5. Take bath 6. Eat good—fruit-vegetables-milk 7. Drink very scant if any 8. Write a song a day 9. Wear clean clothes—look good 10. Shine shoes 11. Change socks 12. Change bed clothes often 13. Read lots good books 14. Listen to radio a lot 15. Learn people better 16. Keep rancho clean 17. Don’t get lonesome 18. Stay glad 19. Keep hoping machine running 20. Dream good 21. Bank all extra money 22. Save dough 23. Have company but don’t waste time 24. Send Mary and kids money 25. Play and sing good 26. Dance better 27. Help win war—beat fascism 28. Love Mama 29. Love Papa 30. Love Pete [sic] 31. Love everybody 32. Make up your mind 33. Wake up and fight. f

Insurrection is defined as an open revolt The specter of white supremacy and against civil authority or constitutional domestic terrorism again stalks this land, government. What happened inside and and what once was “the party of Lincoln” outside the Capitol on Jan. 6 was an insurhas become the party of fear, malice, represrection by a mob of Donald Trump support- sion and authoritarianism. Today’s “Grand ers hell-bent on overturning the results of Old Party” is so bad that it is making the the 2020 election that gave the presidency Democrats look good. The Republican Party to Democrat Joe Biden. Presidents take that once had dignity with officeholders like an oath to defend this nation against “all Dwight Eisenhower and Everett Dirksen enemies, foreign and domestic.” Those who has degenerated into a crybaby conservafought with cops on Capitol Hill, vandaltive playpen of sore losers, religious zealots ized the historic old building and forcibly and conspiracy advocates. entered legislative offices during the rightConservative icon Barry Goldwater wing rebellion were domestic enemies of said in 1964, “Extremism in the defense this nation. They besmirched the iconic site of liberty is no vice, and moderation in the where Republican Abraham Lincoln had pursuit of justice is no virtue.” Goldwater called for “malice toward none” in 1865 and lost in a landslide to Democrat Lyndon where Democrat Franklin Roosevelt had Johnson in the 1964 presidential election, reminded Americans that they had “nothbut even the right-wing Goldwater later ing to fear but fear itself” in 1933. warned against the takeover of the GOP by Today, malice and fear stalk the land. The religious fundamentalists, and he was one mobs who chanted “USA, USA” and “Blue of the legislators who defended the rule of Lives Matter” during the Capitol insurrection posed as patriots and supporters of police, but their actions were an affront to this country and an assault on law enforcement. By a bipartisan 41312 vote in the House of Representatives, a proposal was passed to award Congressional Gold Medals to the Capitol Police and the Washington Metropolitan Police for their service while battling the MAGA mob that stormed the Capitol. The Congressional Gold Trump supporters scale the walls of the U.S. Capitol Jan. 6. Medal is the highest honor Congress can give to individuals or organizations, and law in 1974 when he counseled his fellow representatives on both sides of the aisle Republican, President Richard Nixon, to signified their support for awarding it to resign from the White House in the afterthe police departments on duty during math of the Watergate scandal. the Capitol Hill melee. All of the “deplorThe MAGA mobsters were extremists, able dozen” representatives who opposed but they were not defending liberty on the resolution were Republicans, includCapitol Hill in January. Authorities have ing Georgia’s QAnon conspiracy peddler arrested hundreds of the insurrectionists, Marjorie Taylor Greene and Athens-area and the manhunt continues. It is hoped congressman Andrew Clyde. that those extremists who were guilty of Mob action is nothing new in Washingcrimes in the Congressional workplace of ton or across the history of this nation, national lawmakers will soon find out in but a mob backed by members of Congress federal courts that “moderation in the purand emboldened by a former president is suit of justice is no virtue.” unprecedented and disturbing in a nation On Mar. 17, a government report to that claims to champion the rule of law Congress warned about the danger of and the peaceful transition of presidendomestic terrorism from militias, white tial administrations. After the Civil War, supremacists and “lone wolf” armed the Ku Klux Klan rose up to defend white attackers. Politicians and voters alike must supremacy in the defeated American South. be wary of threats against America by When victorious Union Gen. Ulysses Grant Americans. Writer Jeffrey Kluger’s words became president as a Republican in 1869, are true in these times of fear and malice: he battled Democrats who backed contin“It is not mere extremism that makes folks ued white supremacy and cracked down on at the fringes so troubling; it’s extremism the emerging KKK as a domestic terrorist wedded to false beliefs. Humans have long organization that it was then and is to this been dupes, easily gulled by rumors and day. flat-out lies.” f

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What’s Next for 1190 Prince? THE MID-CENTURY MODERN BUILDING IS AN ATHENS LANDMARK By Lee Shearer news@flagpole.com


Design adjunct. “I think it’s marvelous,” he said. “It’s an important building. The first time I came to Athens, that was one of the buildings that sort of jumped out at me.” It’s also a symbol of a period of unprecedented growth for Athens. Clarke County’s population grew from 45,000 to 65,000 people, and UGA enrollment nearly tripled from 7,374 students in 1960 to 20,358 in 1970 as Baby Boomers headed off to college. Manufacturers brought thousands of new jobs to the county, and retail sales more than doubled in the decade as Athens became a regional retail hub. The original owner was the Atlanta Gas Light Co.’s retail arm, Georgia Natural Gas, which filled the upper floor with gas-powered stoves, clothes dryers and other appliances for the modern home to tempt customers who The building at 1190 Prince Ave. as originally designed. came in to pay their monthly gas bills. But in the deregulation of the 1990s, the company ing and its 44 parking spaces, however, sold the building to pharmacist Garrison, resisting developers’ offers to take it off her who moved her Smith Pharmacy from hands until five years ago, when she got an down the street in the space that’s now offer she thought was reasonable from the Agua Linda. She paid $500,000; her mother current owner, Trey Wallace. thought she’d lost her mind, recalled Wallace and fellow developers John Garrison. Stamm and Bryan Austin in early 2017 “I just loved the building. It was so difdesigned a plan for a mixed-use developferent,” she said. “I think the other people ment on the site, directly across Prince were just going to tear it down.” from the big addition to Piedmont Athens The building was actually made to be Regional Medical Center now taking shape. earthquake-proof, Garrison discovered after They abandoned the plan for 48 apartshe bought it—maybe because of the web ments, a grocery store, other retail and of communications cabling she learned was restaurant space and a small parking deck FRANCES MULLINS GARRISON

ne of Athens’ most recognizable historic buildings is headed for a new phase of life. A sign in the glass door of the Walgreens Pharmacy at 1190 Prince Ave. tells the story: The pharmacy will close Apr. 15. Walgreens’ departure means developers will soon be looking for a new tenant for one of a relatively few examples of mid-century modern architecture in Athens. “It would make a really cool restaurant and bar,” speculated Athens-Clarke County Commissioner Melissa Link, one of the building’s admirers. With its circular shape, exterior wall of glass and clamshell roof, 1190 Prince has been a landmark for generations. Government records list two dates for its construction, 1960 and 1965, but former owner Frances Mullins Garrison and others who have worked in the building over the years believe 1960 is the accurate date. It is an outstanding example of the revolution in commercial architecture of the era, historically significant not only for its look, but also for the new materials and construction techniques that went into it, said Danny Sniff, former associate vice president for facilities planning at the University of Georgia and an adjunct professor in UGA’s College of Environment and Design. Advances in construction techniques and materials, such as extruded aluminum and precast concrete, allowed architects to experiment with new forms and design buildings that could be not only functional spaces but also sculptural, said Sniff, who counts the building as one of his Athens favorites. The sight of it let people driving in on U.S. Hwy. 29 know that they were entering a different place than the one they left, said ACC Assistant Planning Director Bruce Lonnee, also a College of Environment

buried in the bowels of the building. Garrison also made some local pharmaceutical history there when she figured out that the store could bill insurance companies for her customers from the nearby Navy Supply Corps School, now the UGA Health Sciences Campus. Before, the practice was for customers with insurance to pay for a prescription, then file a claim for reimbursement with their insurance company. But with the pharmacy billing the insurance company, customers only had to worry about a $5 co-pay, she said. Garrison sold her pharmacy business in the early 2000s to the Eckerd Corp. As mergers and acquisitions changed the face of the industry, the name over the door changed to Rite Aid and then to Walgreens. Garrison retained ownership of the build-



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when their bid to acquire nearby acreage from the hospital fell through. The developers subsequently came back with the alternate plan now nearing completion, including a multistory building for a Barberitos and Flying Biscuit Cafe (now open), an Atlanta chain that has grown to more than two dozen stores in four Southeastern states since the first restaurant opened in Atlanta in 1993. The development also includes other retail and office space and renovations to the Park Avenue-facing building housing Athentic Brewing Co. Like most of Athens’ mid-century modern architecture, 1190 Prince lacks any official protected status as a historic structure, but the developers have kept it intact in their plans—though someone did make a significant alteration at some point during its drugstore days, covering up the top parts of the arched glass panes forming its front exterior wall. “Our hope is to find something unique for the building,” said Stamm, who is also involved in the project bringing a new Target store to downtown Athens. Sniff and Lonnee said they hope preservationists will pay more attention to Athens’ mid-century modern buildings. Architectural historian Lauren Patterson cataloged dozens of Athens examples in a 2019 thesis she wrote as she completed her Master of Historic Preservation degree at UGA—not just 1190 Prince, but also architecturally significant structures like the old Arctic Girl restaurant on Broad Street, now Tamez Barbecue; UGA’s Stegeman Coliseum; the 1965 Athens Janitorial Supply building on Old Hull Road and downtown’s 1940 Greyhound bus station, now Chuck’s Fish. “They deserve more respect. When you put them in context and realize what they represent, they are pretty remarkable,” Lonnee said. f



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hen listeners finally get their ears on the new album by The Pink Stones, many will have no idea how hard they worked to make it happen. The band, which is releasing its album Introducing…The Pink Stones Friday, Apr. 9 courtesy of Normaltown Records, thought they had the whole thing in the bag, save some mixing and overdubs, as early as summer 2019. When they returned to the studio to put the finishing touches on it, they found it had disappeared. The hard drive on which it was stored became corrupted, and it was, in the words of songwriter and founder Hunter Pinkston, “completely gone.”


Rather than tuck away their spurs, they kicked them into action. “We were immediately like, ‘Well, OK, let’s book a week next month and just re-record the whole album.’ I guess that was in September of 2019,” Pinkston says. “So we finished it up and made that 7-inch [Jimmy & Jesus, released December 2019] around that time, too, and just kept working on it and then COVID hit. It was pretty much done before [lockdown], but I went into the studio by myself and did some stuff during [that time], too.” That they acted so quickly isn’t surprising, considering they’ve never been strangers to putting the work in. They’ve released several demos, the aforementioned 7-inch, one-offs and other things, but mostly they’ve been honing their skills as a live band both locally and on the road. They were quickly becoming something of a house band at the Flicker Theatre & Bar before 2020 said goodbye to live music. This kind of growing up in public played at least an equal role in their music when it came to being offered a label deal. Pinkston says, “Luckily, it worked out where we took our time and played out a bunch.” “So when we had a record, Normaltown was ready to go with us because we had kind of grinded it out a little bit.”

While Pinkston is the definitive creative lead and songwriter, these guys are very much a band. The core—Will Anderson, Adam Wayton, Logan Brammer and Jack Colclough—are now joined by pedal steel player John Neff, who is known for being a crack sideman but has accepted his Pink Stones merit badge and is counted as a member. The band’s musical focus has changed some over the years, but is now situated comfortably in the big nest of country music that allows for semi-psych tunes, driving guitar numbers and deeply personal acoustic songs. The Pink Stones’ days of garage rock and sometimes shoegaze-y tunes feel less like phases and more like easily accessible arrows in their quiver. Indeed, both those styles are represented somewhat, and not obviously, on the new album. Pinkston is often a quick writer who will string a song from an overheard phrase, musically or lyrically, and the material on the album was largely arranged by the band and worked out live. “A lot of those songs we would rehearse them one time and then go play them live. Some of them we wouldn’t rehearse at all,” he says. “I mean, we knew the chord changes, but the actual fine-tuning of the songs came for sure from us playing live all the time.” During 2020, as the band was isolated and he found himself working more and more alone, he encountered challenges to which he was unaccustomed and was without his traditional sounding board. “I’ve been struggling with that thing where some of my songs are simple country songs,” he says. “I have to find the line between simple and good and I‘m trying too hard to add stuff to songs that doesn’t need to be there. With [the album] there was some deliberation between me and the guys. A lot of the stuff I’ll bring in fully-fleshed and sometimes I’ll be like, ‘Hey, I’ve got these lyrics and I’ve got some ideas but I need help taking it… somewhere.’” The album’s singles, the sweet soft-psych “Blueberry Dream” and the harrowing “Shiny Bone,” are untraditional for a self-declared country band. Far more typical would have been the honky-tonky “Let’s Sit Down,” maybe the After The Gold Rush-styled “Sweat Me Out” or even the speed-gobbling, after-party-seeking, Buck Owens-ish-jammer “Barroom Blues.” Pinkston says of “Shiny Bone” in particular, “It was nice to have other people tell me they thought we should try the non-typical single as the single.” Many songwriters will often shroud their direct influences or musical objects of affection, but Pinkston—whose personal tastes include artists as cosmically similar but culturally apart as Kurt Vile, The Grateful Dead, Gram Parsons and Porter Wagoner—celebrates his. “I listen to all kinds of stuff, new and old. One of my favorite things is when I’m listening to a current band and I hear them say something or play something that is a direct homage to something else,” he says. Things seem to have dovetailed for this band who will now release its proper full-length debut with an auspicious clarity of purpose. But, like everything else in The Pink Stones universe, they’ve come by it naturally and honestly. “As we played more, it just evolved,” Pinkston says of the point at which they now find themselves. “We figured out what we were trying to do the whole time.” f

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Art CALL FOR ARTISTS (Creature Comforts Brewing Co.) Local artists and curators can submit proposals for the CCVC Gallery throughout 2021. getartistic@ccbeerco.com, www.getcurious.com/get-artistic/ call-for-artists CALL FOR ARTISTS TO DECORATE PUBLIC ART PANELS (Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation) Seeking local artists to design six new art panels that will be displayed throughout the city of Watkinsville, as well as to help restore existing panels. Panels are 4-foot x 6-foot or 4-foot x 8-foot and must be completed by May 8. Artists will receive a $300 stipend. Contact La Ruchala Murphy at 706-769-4565 or director@ocaf.com CALL FOR EXHIBITION PROPOSALS (Lyndon House Arts Center) Artists and curators can submit ideas for exhibitions. Proposals are reviewed Apr. 20 and Sept. 20. lyndonhouse@accgov.com EARTH DAY 2021 ART CHALLENGE (Online) Artists are invited to create a work that celebrates and inspires good neighbors to establish a more unified, equitable, prosperous and compassionate community. All media are accepted. Awards are offered in the categories Appreciation, Awareness and Action. Deadline Apr. 15 at midnight. Online exhibition runs Apr. 22–30. www.sustainability. uga.edu.community-engagement/ art-challenge QUARTERLY ARTIST GRANTS (Athens, GA) The Athens Area Arts Council offers quarterly grants of

$500 to local organizations, artists and events that connect the arts to the community in meaningful and sustainable ways. Deadlines are June 15, Sept. 15, Dec. 15 and Mar. 15. www.athensarts.org/grants SPRINGTACULAR (Athens, GA) Participate in a large outdoor market celebrating everything handmade. Deadline to apply as a vendor is Apr. 15. Market held May 1, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and May 2, 12–5 p.m. $150/10-foot x 10-foot booth. www.theindiesouth.com

Classes ART CLASSES (Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation) “Creative Drawing with Watercolor” is for ages 18 & up. Thursdays, Apr. 15–29, 6–8 p.m. $75–100. www.ocaf.com BLACKSMITHING CLASSES (Greenhow Handmade Ironworks, Comer) In “Basic Blacksmithing, First Time at the Forge,” students will forge and assemble a wall mount rack with three hooks. Skills taught will be tapering/drawing out, twisting, scrolling and bending, riveting, cutting and basic forging fire management when working in the coal forge. Tools and materials included. Apr. 10, Apr. 17 or May 15, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. $150. “Building a Throwing Tomahawk” covers tools, design elements, target practice and more. Apr. 24 or May 1, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. $175. “Forging a Firepoker” is held May 8, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. $150. www.greenhowhand made.com DEDICATED MINDFULNESS PRACTITIONERS (Online) Weekly Zoom meditations are offered every

Saturday at 8 a.m. Email for details. jaseyjones@gmail.com DIVINATION BY THROWING BONES WORKSHOP (Margo Metaphysical) Learn the ancient form of divination of bone casting in this two-hour workshop. Comes with a mini bone kit. Apr. 25, 1 p.m. $25. www.atalantamoonfire.com GROW YOUR BUSINESS WORKSHOP (Online or West Broad Community Garden) Athens Land Trust hosts a course designed to help budding entrepreneurs develop their businesses. The program features speakers, lectures, in-class work and individual coaching. Saturdays through May 1, 2:30 p.m. (In Person). FREE! ellie@athenslandtrust. org, www.athenslandtrust.org 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 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. “Outdoor Yoga with Miles Bunch” every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. Pre-registration required. rubber

art around town THE ATHENAEUM (287 W. Broad St.) The Lamar Dodd School of Art presents its annual MFA Thesis Exhibition titled “Whistling in the Dark” with works by Mac Balentine, Matthew J. Bown, Caitlin Adair Daglis, Alex McClay, Katharine Miele, Ciel Rodriguez and Kelsey Wishik. The new gallery will be open Thursdays–Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Exhibition on view Apr. 12–May 15. ATHENS INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART: ATHICA (675 Pulaski St., Suite 1200) Artist-in-ATHICA Sara Hess presents “Courtside,” an installation that explores the tennis court visually and conceptually through printmaking, painting and sculpture. On view through Apr. 7. ATHICA@CINÉ GALLERY (234 W. Hancock Ave.) Jacob Wenzka’s solo show “Ecumenopolis” features paintings and drawings inspired by the idea of a “world city” where giant cities have fused together to cover an entire planet. Through April. 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.) “Emma Amos: Color Odyssey” is a retrospective exhibition that includes over 60 works ranging from painting, printmaking and textile-based mixed-media works. Through Apr. 25. • “In Dialogue: Look, Paint, Repeat: Variations in the Art of Pierre Daura.” Through May 23. • “Extra Ordinary: Magic, Mystery and Imagination in American Realism.” Through June 13. • “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.


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soulcollective@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)”Slow Art Day” on Apr. 10 at 2 p.m. “Artful Conversation: Eldzier Cortor” on Apr. 14 at 1 p.m. “Curator Talk: Modernism Foretold: The Nadler Collection of Late Antique Art from Egypt” on Apr. 15 at 1 p.m. “Yoga in the Galleries” on Apr. 15 at 6 p.m. Third Thursday on Apr. 15 from 6–9 p.m. “Morning Mindfulness via Zoom,” Apr. 16 or 30 at 9:30 a.m. “Toddler Tuesday To-Go: Earth Day” on Apr. 20. Angel Miller speaks on “Friends and Relations: The Queer Symbolic Realists of the Lincoln Kirstein Circle” on Apr. 22 at 1 p.m. “Homeschool Day To-Go: Mid-Century America” on Apr. 22 from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. www.georgia museum.org ATHENS CARS & COFFEE (Beechwood Shopping Center) Check out classic cars and bikes while enjoying a good cup of coffee. May 1, 9–11 a.m. www.face book.com/athenscarsandcoffee ATHENS FARMERS MARKET (Bishop Park) The 2021 season will run Saturdays through Dec. 18, 8 a.m.–12 p.m. www.athensfarmers market.com/vendors ATHENS FIBERCRAFT GUILD (Zoom) Barbette Houser gives a presentation on using textiles in the home. Members are invited to show and tell about their projects. Apr. 13, 12:30 p.m. www.athensfiber.org

GLASSCUBE 2 INDIGO (500 College Ave.) Funded by an Arts in Community award from the Athens Cultural Affairs Commission, Jaime Bull’s “Diorama” reimagines natural history museum displays through large-scale assemblages of 1980s wicker furniture graffitied in psychedelic colors. Closing event Apr. 15 at 6 p.m. JITTERY JOE’S FIVE POINTS (1230 S. Milledge Ave.) Harper Calhoun presents a collection of charcoal portraits. Through April. LAMAR DODD SCHOOL OF ART (270 River Rd.) Undergraduate students of all disciplines will exhibit their final thesis projects in the “BFA 1 Exit Exhibition.” Apr. 9–16. LYNDON HOUSE ARTS CENTER (211 Hoyt St.) • On view in the lobby case, Luka Carter’s “Flywheel” combines small sketches, studies and found objects into a realized mood board. Through Apr. 10. • Collections from our Community presents “Julie Rutledge’s Grandparents’ Avon Bottles.” Through Apr. 10. • “Athens Together” is an exhibition of documentary photography of protests and rallies featuring the work of Penny Noah with Nathaniel Burkins, Lucy Calhoun and Sean Dunn. Through Apr. 10. • The 46th annual Juried Exhibition features 161 works by 116 local artists selected by juror Hallie Ringle of the Birmingham Museum of Art. On view through June 26. Charles Key, Rebecca Kreisler and Shan O’Gorman will speak about their work during an in-person Artist Talk on Apr. 15 at 6 p.m. • As part of the Green Life Awards, “The Green Life Art Contest” is an annual art contest in which K-12 students explored environmental education and sustainability by creating works inspired by this year’s theme, “Renew, Reinvent and Rejoice,” through visual art. Through April. MADISON-MORGAN CULTURAL CENTER (434 S. Main St., Madison) “The 125th Anniversary Exhibition: Celebrating the Home of the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center” explores the Romanesque Revival building that was built as a graded schoolhouse in 1895 and became a regional cultural center in 1976. Through June. OCONEE COUNTY LIBRARY (1080 Experiment Station Rd., Watkinsville) Watercolors by Janet Rodekohr. Through April. STATE BOTANICAL GARDEN OF GEORGIA (2450 S. Milledge Ave.) The new Porcelain and Decorative Arts Museum at the Center for Art and Nature holds

Charcoal portraits by Harper Calhoun are currently on view at Jittery Joe’s Coffee in Five Points. ATHENS SHOWGIRL CABARET (Multiple Locations) Watch a virtual show broadcasted from Hendershot’s Coffee via Facebook and Twitch Live on Apr. 11, 3 p.m. The troupe performs an in-person show at Sound Track Bar on Apr. 23 at 7 p.m. showgirlcabaret@gmail. com, www.athensshowgirlcabaret. com BALSAM RANGE (Madison Municipal Airport) An outdoor evening of live bluegrass music, brews and BBQ. Part of the 2021 Madison Chamber Music Festival. May 1, 6–10 p.m. $45. www.mmcc-arts. org BOSS BABES (Online) Next Act and the Black Theatrical Ensemble present a virtual cabaret devoted to celebrating influential female artists like Lady Gaga, SZA, Kacey Musgraves, Ariana Grande, Destiny’s Child and more. Now available online. uganextact.weebly. com/boss-babes

BOSTON 1770 (Online) Athens Chautauqua presents “Boston 1770: John Adams and the Massacre” with actor John Roeder. Email to RSVP. Apr. 14, 3 p.m. athens chau@gmail.com, www.history comesalive.org/performances/ events BREWERY EVENTS (Southern Brewing Company) Monday Night Trivia at 6 p.m. Live music by Funky Bluester every Tuesday at 7 p.m. Sunday Trivia with Solo Entertainment Sundays at 5 p.m. www.sobrewco.com CONGRESS WEEK (Zoom) UGA’s Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies hosts Atlanta Journal-Constitution senior reporter Tamar Hallerman. Email for link. Apr. 8, 1 p.m. ellet tag@uga.edu DINNER AND A SHOW (Hendershot’s Coffee) Live music and dinner with The Plate Sale every Friday and Saturday. The lineup includes

the collections of Deen Day Sanders, a charter board member of the garden. The eight galleries blend conservation, botanicals, art, beauty and curiosity. STEFFEN THOMAS MUSEUM OF ART (4200 Bethany Rd., Buckhead) “Celebrating Creative Genius: The Art, Life and Legacy of Eatonton, Georgia native David Driskell” features original artworks and prints, plus photographs and artifacts from the artist’s early life. Student artwork inspired by the exhibition is also on view. Through Apr. 22. SURGERY CENTER OF ATHENS (2142 W. Broad St.) Paintings by Dortha Jacobson. Through Apr. 16. TIF SIGFRIDS (83 E. North Ave., Comer) The gallery presents “Nora Riggs: Fortress of Solitaire.” Through Apr. 23. TINY ATH GALLERY (174 Cleveland Ave.) Mosaic artist Krysia Ara hosts “Silver Lining.” Apr. 10, 4–7 p.m. UGA SCHOOL OF LAW (225 Herty Dr.) Williams Elliot Stiles Jr., an accomplished artist, Atlanta attorney and UGA School of Law alumnus, recently unveiled a new commission, “1961,” to commemorate the 60th anniversary of desegregation at UGA. 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.) “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” chronicles the journey of students advocating for racial and social justice on campus. Through July 2. • “The Hargrett Hours: Exploring Medieval Manuscripts” presents original items from the collections, dating back centuries, as well as findings from students’ indepth studies. Through Aug. 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.

Watch Angels in the Outfield on the big screen. Apr. 9, 7:30 p.m. (Rain date Apr. 16). RSVP. www.accgov. com/myrec PINK STONES ALBUM RELEASE (Southern Brewing Company) The Pink Stones celebrate the release of the debut LP Introducing… The Pink Stones. T. Hardy Morris opens. Apr. 15, 7 p.m. $10. www. sobrewco.com POP-UP ARTIST MARKET (Stan Mullins Art Studio) The Georgia Museum of Art’s Student Association hosts its annual gallery artist market event featuring a variety of art and handmade goods by students and community artists. Apr. 24, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. www.georgia museum.org/event/5th-annual-popup-artist-market SEAT IN THE (PLEASANT) SHADE (Online) The summer poetry series “Seat in the Shade” kicks off with a slate of local writers including Athens first named poet laureate and members of the Poetry Educators Collective. Apr. 27, 6 p.m. Poet Alicia Ostriker presents “On Not Aging Gracefully.” Both events are part of the “Something More Pleasant” series of events inspired by Roz Chast’s book, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? www.coe.uga.edu/events/ big-read SHOWDOWN AT THE EQUATOR (Flicker Theatre and Bar, Outdoor Patio) A framed kickboxer and his evil stepbrother clash for control of the family business in Deathfight, featuring Richard Norton and Chuck Jeffreys. Apr. 12, 8 p.m. www.face book.com/com/showdownatthe equator 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 HARVEST FESTIVAL AND OPENING DAY (Farmers Market at Farmview, Madison) Meet local farmers and artisan craft makers selling an assortment of locally grown produce and handcrafted items. May 1, 9 a.m.–2 p.m. www. farmviewmarket.com TRIVIA AT ATHENTIC (Athentic Brewing Co.) Win beer tabs and other prizes. Every second Monday of the month, 7 p.m. www.athentic brewing.com TORRANCE FESTIVAL OF IDEAS (Online) This three-day online cultural event will showcase 21 speakers presenting on a variety of topics relevant to creativity, imagination, art, music, humor, empathy, consciousness, identity and more. Apr. 23–25, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. The festival is also seeking community contributions (visual, musical, literary) for a creative challenge exploring the theme “Reflections on 2020.” Entries will be broadcasted live during the festival. tinyurl.com/ y5opb8em UGARDEN PLANT SALE (2510 S. Milledge Ave.) Shop outdoors for medicinal, edible, native and dye plants from UGArden Herbs, Cherokee Moon Mixology, Gently Herbal Skincare, Mama Bath and Body, MEplusTEA, Roseman’s Remedies and Heartsong Herbs. May 1, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. www.ugardenherbs. com UGA THEATRE (Online) The Girlhood of Shakespeare’s Heroines explores the lived experiences of two of Shakespeare’s famous female characters. Apr. 19–21, 8 p.m. www. ugatheatre.com

WEST BROAD FARMERS MARKET (300 S. Rocksprings St.) The market is open for shopping each week from Sunday at 5 p.m. to Thursday at 1 p.m., with a drive-through (or walk/bike-through) pick-up on Saturdays from 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. wbfm.locallygrown.net WINTERVILLE MARIGOLD FESTIVAL (Online) A virtual concert with The Pink Stones will stream live from the Winterville Auditorium. This year’s featured artist is Marisa Leilani Mustard. May 8, 7 p.m. Find the festival on social media @ MarigoldFestival

Kidstuff ACC LIBRARY EVENTS (AthensClarke County Library) Virtual storytimes are offered via Facebook weekdays at 10:30 a.m. www.face book.com/athenschildrens SUMMER CAMP SEASON (Multiple Locations) The Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department hosts summer camps for children and teens in art, nature education, sports and theater. Registration begins Apr. 10. Scholarships available. www.accgov.com/ camps, www.accgov.com/myrec TUTORING (Online) The Athens Regional Library System is now offering free, live online tutoring via tutor.com for students K-12, plus college students and adult learners. Daily, 2–9 p.m. athenslibrary.org VIRTUAL SUMMER CAMPS (Treehouse Kid and Craft) Camp themes include woodland fairy and gnomes, textile and fiber arts, circus, pen pals, mini museum, rebel girls, flower gardens and more. Register online. $200/camp. www. treehousekidandcraft.com

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 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 ZOOM INN (Online) Nuçi’s Space holds weekly meetings on Thursdays for people to drop by and say hi virtually. Email lesly@ nuci.org

Word on the Street CLASSIC CITY TOASTMASTERS (Zoom) This is an encouraging group for individuals who want to develop their communication and public speaking skills. Meetings are held 2–3 times a month on Thursday evenings. 706-202-7566 CLEAN AND RENEWABLE ENERGY PLAN (Online) The ACC government seeks community input. Virtual town halls will be held Apr. 8 at 6:30 p.m., Apr. 10 at 1:30 p.m., Apr. 19 at 11:30 a.m., Apr. 22 at 6:30 p.m. and Apr. 27 at 11:30 a.m. Fill out a community survey and learn more at accgov.com/100 SUMMER STAFF (Athens, GA) The Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department is now hiring for approximately 120 summer positions including camp counselors, lifeguards and pool clerks. www.accgov.com/jobs f


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Haunted Shed’s Faltering Light PLUS, MORE MUSIC NEWS AND GOSSIP By Gordon Lamb threatsandpromises@flagpole.com DIG IT: New-ish label Strolling Bones Records must surely be edified by the brand-new album by Haunted Shed. It’s been, or felt like, nearly forever since an Athens band had such a complete grasp of the subtleties and touchstones of later-20th-century pop without falling into rote cliché and meandering familiarity—honestly, not since The Glands. Haunted Shed is spearheaded by Etienne de Rocher, and the full lineup includes Dan Nettles, Joe Rowe and Jacob Morris. The new album is named Faltering Light and, as the title implies, the mood here skews toward thoughtful melancholy. Specific highlights are “Collections,” “Old Joy” and “Impending Machines.” Bravo, dudes. Hear it all in person at a vinyl listening party hosted by de Rocher and Eric Shea at White Tiger on Sunday, Apr. 11 from 5–8 p.m. For more information please see facebook.com/hauntedshed and hauntedshedband.com.

use those references as a jumping-off point. There’s an especially nice piano-based track (“Queen of Clean”) that is just ripe for remixing, too, so all you producers get on it. Find this at pageturner2.bandcamp.com. HEADS UP: Athens songwriter and performer Aspen Anonda will release her EP This One is About You on Apr. 11, which is a Sunday. You wouldn’t expect that, which is why I’m telling you now. Throughout these six tracks, Anonda’s quiet voice stays within its range—which isn’t necessarily ALEC PEYTON

Don Chambers on Apr. 9–10, Haunted Shed on Apr. 16–17, Four Fathers on Apr. 23–24, Daniel Harden on Apr. 30–May 1 and Call Me Spinster May 9–10. Visit website to reserve your seat. www. hendershotsathens.com DREAMFEST 2021 (Online) U-LEAD Athens, an organization that supports the educational equality of immigrant families, presents an event with artwork, speakers, performers and information. Watch via YouTube Live and Facebook Live. Apr. 10, 12 p.m. www.uleadathens. org/dreamfest GARDEN TOUR OF ATHENS (Multiple Locations) The Piedmont Gardeners host their annual spring garden tour. Amble through four local, do-it-yourself gardens of different styles. Visit website for tickets and locations. Rain or shine. Apr. 17, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. $10–20. www.piedmontgardeners.org G DAY (Sanford Stadium) Approximately 20,000 fans will attend UGA’s annual Red v. Black spring game. Apr. 17. georgiadogs.com GLOBAL GEORGIA INITIATIVE EVENTS (Online) “E Pluribus Unum Reflections on Immigration in America in Music and Visual Art” with Liza Stepanova, Badie Khaleghian, Reinaldo Moya and Kevork Mourad on Apr. 7 at 7 p.m. “Conversation with Musician Val Jeanty and Author Renee Gladman” on Apr. 20 at 7 p.m. “Land, Water, Sky: Photographers Address the Environment on Earth Day 2021” conversation with Tomiko Jones, Jeff Rich and Marni Shindelman. on Apr. 22 at 4 p.m. willson.uga.edu HORT CLUB AT UGA SPRING PLANT SALE (South Milledge Greenhouse Complex, 2500 S. Milledge Ave.) Shop for perennials, woody plants, houseplants, succulents and veggies. Book a shopping appointment online. Apr. 10–11, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. calendly.com/hortclub uga/plantsale HAUNTED SHED LISTENING PARTY (White Tiger) Hear Haunted Shed’s new album at a vinyl listening party hosted by Etienne de Rocher and Eric Shea. Apr. 11, 5–8 p.m. www.facebook.com/ hauntedshed INTERNATIONAL STREET FESTIVAL (Virtual) Online activities and programs include craft workshops, dance and musical performances, cooking demonstrations and more. Now through Apr. 9. isl.uga.edu/ international-street-festival 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 LIVE ART 2021: A MUSICAL REVIEW (Online) Athens Creative Theatre presents a musical revue exploring the human experience of living through a pandemic year. Live streamed from Quinn Hall. Apr. 16–17, 7 p.m. $6. www.accgov. com/myrec LIVE JAZZ (Porterhouse Grill) Enjoy dinner and some smooth jazz. Wednesdays, 6–9 p.m. www.porter houseathens.com LIVE MUSIC AT FRONT PORCH BOOKSTORE (Front Porch Bookstore, Winterville) Enjoy free free concerts on the lawn. The lineup includes Vagabond (Apr. 10), Kate Morrissey Stahl (Apr. 17), Borderhop Trio (Apr. 24), Church of the Wayward Note (May 1), Original Screwtops (May 15) and Janet and the Blue Dogs (June 19) Shows held at 6 p.m. jmazzucc@uga.edu MOVIES BY MOONLIGHT: DRIVE IN MOVIE (Southeast Clarke Park)


two-decades-running Maserati is on deck to receive the full court vinyl reissue treatment from label Temporary Residence. Specifically in line for this honor are the albums Inventions for the New Season (2007), Passages Etienne de Rocher of Haunted Shed (2009), Maserati VII (2012) and Rehumanizer (2015). These are limited—and doesn’t strain nor stretch to each in limited editions of 500, and each make its point. Musically, there are touches is on different-colored vinyl. Preorders are of smooth jazz (“Travel Therapy”), classic happening as we speak, and these will ship Joni Mitchell-type folk-pop arrangements out on or around May 28. In other news, (“Gold”) and even some big-room producthe band has scheduled what I consider to tion (“More Than She Wants You”) that at be a most ambitious European and UK tour one point would have been only associated that’s slated to happen in October. Fingers with, say, U2, but is now so recognizable crossed for a successful trip! For more information please see temporaryresidence. it’s a barely remarkable part of the landscape. Meaning everyone that deigns to use com, facebook.com/MASERATIBAND and it must make it their own, and while she ihaveadagger.net. shines on some of the other tracks, I’m not YOU SURE BOB SEGAR DONE IT THIS WAY?: sold on this particular one yet. I am partial, Furlined Records has existed for, like, however, to the subtle reggae rhythm of forever, but only occasionally peppers the “Emotional” though. Once this is out it’ll be Earth with releases. Now is one of those available on all the usual platforms (Spotify, times. The label has re-released the 2001 Apple Music, Soundcloud, etc.). For more album by Pageturner, Furlined Socialite. As information please see aspenanonda.com you might guess, the label itself is named and facebook.com/AspenAnonda. after a track of the same name. The core members of Pageturner are Laura Morgan, STREAM ON: Nuçi’s Space just launched its new pre-recorded streaming program named Joe Rowe and Kim Rowe, but a small Nuci’s Space Satellite Sessions last week. group of notable others helped out on this, Word got to us too late, which is why I too. Morgan told me, “We put this together wasn’t able to alert you about Saint Syzygy in spare time from Joe’s gig with The Glands and mine with Le Guano and Crown playing the series debut. The videos are all posted on Nuçi’s Facebook page the day Vic. We just recently decided to dust it off after the stream, though, so no harm done, and unleash it 20 years later.” The album runs 13 tracks long, and those familiar with really. The series will broadcast on YouTube Live every Thursday at 7 p.m. Upcoming it will be glad it’s out there again. For the shows include, in order, Elijah Johnston, uninitiated, imagine what a band would Josey, Weaponized Flesh, Cannon and the sound like if they’d only ever read reviews Boxes, Girl Clothes, Convict Julie, Arts + of stuff like Sonic Youth, The Birthday Crafts, Maxuma, Wuornos with Serator and Party and The Gun Club and decided they Ilyhat, Fishbug, Ryne Meadow and Eagle were gonna make music that sounded like Scout. Do your thing at facebook.com/ the way those words read. That’s incredibly nucisspace and nuci.org. f reductive of me to state it that way, so just

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